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Problem Addressed

Silicon, the second most abundant element on earth, exhibits the strength, high hardness, and low density of popular engineering ceramics but is much cheaper to manufacture and process, thus making it a promising material for many mechanical and structural applications.  However, pure silicon is fairly brittle at room temperature, which limits its usefulness as a structural material.  This technology develops silicon-based alloys containing at least 50% silicon by weight, which allows the alloy to benefit from silicon's low density and price while not suffering from the brittleness of pure silicon.