The aim is to demonstrate the feasibility of producing near-net-shape components from particulate reinforced aluminium alloy matrix composite ingot material via a range of casting processes of relevance to mass production applications.
Whilst concentrating on specific metal matrix composite (MMC) formulations and specific casting processes the programme will also provide generic enabling technologies relevant to a wider range of MMC formulations and applications.
Amongst the specific technical objectives the following are expected to have generic significance to the wider field of cast MMC developments :
-identification of MMC formulations of potential use to mass production applications;
-development of new melt treatment and handling practices to facilitate component manufacture from MMC materials.
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B7 5JR Birmingham