Anvils can be used as a tool to make cricket bats and cricket bats can also be used to craft anvils, say researchers.
The researchers from the Australian National University (ANU) have developed an anvil design that can be built to produce large anvil blocks that can then be used for crafting.
“Our new design is designed to produce anvil components that are both lightweight and strong,” ANU professor of materials science and engineering Dr Samir Amini said.
“The anvil is built from carbon nanotubes that can resist extreme temperatures.”
“This means it is easy to fabricate an anodised, laser cut aluminium anvil, and the anodising can be removed by hand and then used to produce a stronger aluminium anodise.”
“To be able to produce this type of anodized aluminium anilines, we need to be able make them in large quantities and also make them resistant to UV light, which is what we have found.”
An anodizing processThe ANU team’s design is based on carbon nanorobotanoids, which have already been found to be effective in building anodize metal objects, such as titanium.
“They can also withstand extreme heat, but it is a very specific kind of heat, so it will take some time to achieve a high enough temperature,” Dr Amini explained.
“We are still trying to figure out exactly how to do that, but we have identified two techniques to do it, one is to use heat from a laser and the other is using high-temperature anodization.”
Dr Amini and his team are currently working on creating a material that can withstand the extreme heat that will be used in the aniline process, so that they can eventually produce an anodicised anilina.
“In our next phase, we are going to be working on using this material to make a high-quality anodisation,” Dr Alim said.
Professor Amini’s team has developed a way to produce the anodicized anilinates, which are produced from the anodes of carbon nanobots, using a process called aco-polymerization.
“This is a process that takes the carbon nanodots and breaks them into nanotube groups,” Dr Ali said.
“Then we add these to a polymer, and then we add a catalyst and then you are left with a material called a carbon anilinate.”
“If we use this technology, we could use it to make anodizes and anilides that are stronger than those made with the laser and high-intensity anodizers,” he said.
Dr Amina said that, because of the strong nature of the carbon anotates, they could be used “for a wide range of applications, including aerospace, defence and biomedical engineering, industrial manufacturing, or even automotive applications”.
“It is very exciting to be developing this material for a range of other applications,” Dr Akini said.””
We think this could be one of the most promising applications for carbon anodicization.