Plastic metals

NASA, Caltech, and the US DoE have formed a research amalgam to develop new materials they call "liquid metals". These alloys contain three or more metals and have properties similar to plastic in that they cool and solidify quickly, but have strength on a par with more conventional metals. One of the materials, dubbed Vitreloy, is composed of a blend of zirconium, titanium, nickel, copper, and beryllium, and goes from a liquid to a solid at room temperature. Instead of having to quickly cool a liquid metal to become solid, it cooled and hardened itself at room temperature. These materials are resistant to stress without losing their shape but are also three times more elastic than conventional alloys. The materials could have applications in the construction industry, sports equipment and in military armor.