Improved Cast Stainless Steel Alloys

UT-Battelle, LLC, acting under its Prime Contract No. DE-AC05-00OR22725 with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for the management and operation of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), is seeking a commercialization partner for an opportunity based on the CF8C-Plus: Improved Cast Stainless Steel Alloys.  The ORNL Technology Transfer Office will accept licensing applications through August 10, 2015.

ORNL researchers have developed a cast stainless steel alloy that will provide benefits to both manufacturers and consumers. A goal for many manufacturers (and a plus for consumers) is expanding the warranty coverage for their products. At a cost comparable to currently available alloys, the enhanced properties of these new alloys will enable manufacturers to do just that by producing parts that can operate at high temperatures and extreme temperature changes while providing superior performance, reliability, and durability. These alloys will also help manufacturers meet emission regulations for diesel, turbine, and gasoline engine applications. A significant benefit to consumers is that manufacturers will be able to reduce the weight of engines by using designs that are thinner than those used for conventional materials, resulting in increased fuel efficiency. In addition, although these alloys are aimed at the production of engine components, they could be used for other applications as well.

This technology was originally developed using federal funds and selected for further development under the laboratory's Technology Innovation Program (TIP). TIP supports technology development using royalties from existing technology licenses to accelerate the market readiness of high potential technologies.

License applications will be evaluated based on prospective partners' ability and commitment to successfully commercialize the technology.  If a license is executed, the ORNL researchers developing the technology will be eligible to compete for additional TIP funding to further advance the technology.

Website posting:  You can access the posting of this licensing opportunity on the U.S. FedBizOpps website (

Please contact Nestor Franco, Commercialization Manager, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, 865-574-0534, with any questions and to obtain a license application for this opportunity.

Intellectual Property

UTB ID 200100911,  Heat and Corrosion Resistant Cast CF8C Stainless Steels with Improved High Temperature Strength and Ductility, U.S. Patent 7,153,373 and 7,255,755.

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