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H.C. Starck Rolls Out Niobium C-103 Alloy for Space Exploration

Technology metals for high-energy physics projects also introduced

NEWTON, Mass.–H.C. Starck's Fabricated Products Division (FPR) reported that it has launched its unique H.C. Starck niobium C-103 alloy for rocket and jet propulsion applications used in spacecraft and launch vehicles.

H.C. Starck's new advanced niobium C-103 alloy has excellent resistance to high frequency vibrations at cryogenic temperatures that occur in satellites and, particularly, in high performance rocket nozzle applications, said Judson Humphrey, market director for aerospace, defense, and government for the Fabricated Products Division, in a company release. The new alloy is part of the company's alloy development program to extend its fabricated products portfolio.

"We are working with customers in space exploration to design the highest quality and performance products, with the prospects of more advanced space exploration in mind," said Andreas Mader, CEO of the Fabricated Products Division.

H.C. Starck partners with its customers to develop and optimize materials, products, and processes. The company's in-house, state-of-the-art labs are equipped with the latest in analytical tools, testing equipment, and modeling and simulation software, enabling the firm to evaluate product performance for the most critical applications.

In a separate release, the Fabricated Products Division of H.C. Starck reported that it introduced its technology metals for high energy physics projects, such as particle acceleration. Particle accelerators are designed to speed up and collide sub-atomic particles, like protons or electrons, to break them into smaller, fundamental particles with the goal of understanding the physical laws of the universe.

"We at H.C. Starck are excited that our technology metals are advancing physics and the search for answers to questions being explored by the scientific community," said Mader. "It is of upmost importance to us to collaborate with our customers to develop materials solutions using the latest in cutting-edge technology to assist with these projects.

Tungsten alloys from H.C. Starck are used as beam collimators and shields inside the particle accelerator. The company's niobium and tantalum refractory metals have unique properties, which, the company said, makes them "the primary choice for superconducting material to create the electromagnetic fields that steer and propel the charged particles to very high speeds."

H.C. Starck (www.hcstarck.com) offers extrusion services to produce large diameter superconducting wire bundles employed in particle accelerators. The company has supplied fabricated products, including tungsten slugs, used in the FCAL Section of the Atlas Detector of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC).

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