Flash Bainite Tubing at 260ksi is triple the strength of off the shelf 4130 tubing. It is available from 3/4" to 2" diameter up to wall thickness of 0.120". Flash tubing has repeatedly tested at 10% elongation and bends to very tight radii without collapse and minimal thinning. 1" dia x 0.120" wall bends at 2.5" centerline bend radius while 1" x 0.049" wall bends to a 5" radius. Energy apsorption properties of Flash Tubing are exceptional.
Flash 4130 sheet metal at 2mm thick has tested at 260ksi while over 9% elongation in ASTM E8 testing of A50 gage length in 1/2" wide specimens.
Flash Bainite Armor has proven at six ballistic testing labs to be pound for pound the strongest, most ballisitcally resistant, readily weldable metal known to man. For tthe same level of protection against 0.30-cal AP at 0 obliquity AND 20mm FSP, the choice is 10psf of Flash 500, at least 16psf of 5083 Al, or even heavier 6061-T6 Al. Early tests indicate Flash 500 does not suffer adiabatic shear plugging. This means against 0 obliquity AP, Flash 500 requires only 2/3 the thickness (thus 2/3 the weight) of RHA or High Hard. At 5-10psf, Flash 500 has vastly superior AP protection over Ti-64. Flash 500 beats all 10 psf metal armors against 20mm FSP. Data doesn't lie ... Flash 500 is far more than "just High Hard"
Metal Matrix Composites are known to increase mechanical and ballistic properties of aluminum and magnesium. The flaw is that Al and Mg, even with their very low density, are pound for pound very weak metals. Flash 500 is a naturally occurring Iron-Based Metal Matrix Composite. The homogeneous combination of ductile bainite, strong martensite, and chromium carbides is unmatched in performance.
"Too good to be true", Flash Bainite has suffered harshly from "Not Invented Here" (or 18 miles south of here!). Any negative reports are from ill-informed that have done absolutely no metallurgy on Flash. We can apologize for mild exaggerations in the scores of media articles on Flash that we did not even interview for and had no literary control over. Curiously, the folks in Colorado referenced unpublished, internal Quench & Partition data in an "OPINION" paper on Flash but ignored the independently tested Flash DATA we sent to them. Flash data of 302ksi at 10.2% A50 elong at 97.2%wt Fe was sent again, yet ignored, after a Colorado professor as a courtesy informed our team he would be discrediting Flash in an AIST article.
Quench and Partition shows impressive results at 93-95%wt Fe but Flash uses less energy, alloy, and time. True Flash data is on a corrected DeMoor et al's downloadable chart above. IRAD Flash results are right up there with Quench / Partition results from 21 institutions. Note: The Oliver Equation used to develop this chart is invalid for AHSS per ISO-2566. We only show this chart since so many people reference it believing it to be valid. It is unfortunats that the Colorado School of Mines paper by DeMoor et al did not note their mis-use and violation of ISO 2566 requirements in applying the Oliver equation..
Flash Bainite is the highest overall performing, readily weldable Structural METAL / Armor ever.... and at the lowest cost. ThyssenKrupp Labs, Element Labs, US Army, and others' data exists to back every Flash claim. Challenges Welcome!