Affordable Metal-Matrix Composites for High Performance by Awadh B. Pandey, Kevin L. Kendig, Thomas J. Watson

By Awadh B. Pandey, Kevin L. Kendig, Thomas J. Watson

This e-book will comprise papers on contemporary learn performed within the box of metal-matrix composites (MMCs). Processing, microstructure, and mechanical houses of MMCs and unreinforced matrix alloys should be coated with a spotlight on aluminum, titanium, nickel, and copper MMCs. these fascinated with the learn of MMCs and unreinforced alloys, relatively in aerospace, house, and car fabrics study, will locate this quantity indispensible.

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The properties offered by MMC's include high specific strength and stiffness, excellent thermal and electrical properties, tailorable coefficient of thermal expansion, compatibility with cryogenic fluids and affordable processing via an established manufacturing infrastructure. Efforts are already underway in discontinuous and continuous MMC's in Al- and Cu-based systems for spacecraft and launch systems. The largest payoffs are in propellant management devices in advanced liquid rocket propulsion systems, but many opportunities exist in combustion and energy conversion devices, spacecraft thermal and mechanical subsystems and in cryogenic tankage.

However, selective reinforcement of the wear surface would be required to ensure adequate strength and toughness to avoid fracture under vehicle loads. While the whisker-reinforced material did not exhibit the best wear resistance in the screening tests, it does provide the opportunity for selective reinforcement of the wear surface. And, the squeeze casting process could be an affordable approach in full production. Results of the full-scale prototype tests indicate that selective reinforcement is the best approach to provide sufficient wear on the wear surface combined with adequate mechanical properties to withstand vehicle loads.

Teaming strategy Even with projected expansion in the access to space, the domestic material production capacity required to support the space industry will remain quite small. From the perspective of a material supplier, the total payoff for implementing new materials technologies is rather limited, so that the incentive for tackling the cost and risk associated with the development and certification of a new material for the space industry alone will continue to be small. A strategy for overcoming this difficulty exists in identifying materials requirements that are common with other aerospace systems.

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