Tuesday, February 14, 2012

US Patent 8113530 - Nano-metal bicycle frame


This patent from PowerMetal Technologies teaches a lighter, stronger, and more durable bicycle formed using a nanostructured metallic coating. Claim 1 reads:

1. A bicycle comprising a frame,

wherein a portion of the frame includes a substrate and a layer of nanostructured material with an average grain size between 2 nm and 5,000 nm extending over at least a portion of the substrate,

wherein a conductive interface is disposed between the substrate and layer of nanostructured material for improved adhesion of the layer of nanostructured material to the substrate and improved impact performance of the frame portion,

wherein the frame portion further includes a silane applied to the conductive interface to improve adhesion of the conductive interface to the substrate.