Over on EE Times, is an article about the U.S. Army searching for ways to improve armor on vehicles that have been a prime target for improvised explosives and roadside bombs in Iraq and Afghanistan. A requirement for lightweight ground vehicles is the ability to join different materials when adding armor.
Reactive Nanotechnologies Inc. has been researching a solution to the problem. Their research focuses on reactive multilayer joining of silicon carbide and titanium. Their patented technology is called nanofoil, which is designed to precisely control the instantaneous release of heat for joining applications. The company has been using the Army’s small business innovation program to fund their research.