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Assessment of metal matrix composites for innovations

Objective



Metal matrix composites (MMC) have been a topic of intensive research in materials for about two decades, and have found their way to practical applications such as electronic heat sinks, automotive drive shafts, ground vehicle brake rotors, jet fighter aircraft fins, or explosion engine components. In all cases, engineering implementation of these materials has been successful, but has necessitated significant time, in particular due to the necessity to transmit knowledge of the existence of these materials, to collect relevant data on their properties, including both physical and mechanical properties as well as their projected cost and recyclability, and to test their performance in service. Further increasing the lead-time for implementation of these materials is the multiplicity of compositions and internal architectures that can be produced: this multiplicity increases their capabilities, but also reduces the ease with which designers can gain access to knowledge of the full potential or limitations of a class of materials that remains somewhat confusing. The aim of this proposal is to contribute towards accelerating the dissemination of knowledge pertaining to this class of materials, with a focus on knowledge pertinent to their practical applications in engineering. The proposed network brings together researchers from industry, applied research institutions and universities working in different topics related to MMC: - Processing, quality control and recycling; - Characterisation and modelling; - Working and shaping; - Testing and properties; - Application, product development, cost/benefit analysis. The network is to be subdivided into tasks, aimed at each of the principal types of metal matrix composites of current engineering interest: A) Particulate reinforced metals (PRM) B) Short fibre and whisker reinforced metals (SFRM, WRM)
C) Continuous fibre reinforced
metals (CFRM) D) Monofilament reinforced metals (MFRM) The members of the present network provide a representative cross-cut of European researchers active in metal matrix composites, which also comprises expertise in each of these metal matrix composites classes and can build links with other research groups active in the field, particularly in their own country. The network will provide a centre of focus for the organization of inter-European contacts in metal matrix composites research, for the assembly of relevant databases and sources of engineering information, for the dissemination of this knowledge, and for the identification of opportunities in future research or development. Its mission is to improve the competitiveness of the European industry during the take off period of a new material penetrating the market at considerable growth rates.

Coordinator

VIENNA UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY
Address
13/E308,karlplatz 13/E308
1040 Wien
Austria

Participants (19)

AEROSPATIALE MATRA SA
France
Address
12,Rue Pasteur
92152 Suresnes
CENTRO RICERCHE FIAT S.C.P.A.
Italy
Address
Strada Torino 50
10043 Orbassano
CSM Materialteknik AB
Sweden
Address
Ffv Aerotech Industrial Area
580 13 Linköping
Daimler-Benz AG
Germany
Address
Ludwig-bölkow-allee
81663 München
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Metallkunde
Germany
Address
21,Adenauerallee 21
61440 Oberursel
EA TECHNOLOGY LTD.
United Kingdom
Address
Capenhurst
Chester
Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
Switzerland
Address
Ecublins
1015 Lausanne
GERMAN AEROSPACE CENTRE
Germany
Address
Linder Hoehe
51147 Koeln
INSTITUT NATIONAL DES SCIENCES APPLIQUEES DE LYON
France
Address
Avenue Albert Einstein 20, Bètiment Blaise Pascal
69621 Villeurbanne
INTOSPACE GmbH
Germany
Address
17,Sophienstraße 17
30159 Hannover
ISRIM Scarl - Istituto Superiore di Ricerca e Formazione sui Materiali Speciali per le Tecnologie Avanzate
Italy
Address
Localitá Pentima Bassa 21
05100 Terni
KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN
Belgium
Address
2,Kasteelpartk Arenberg, 44
3001 Heverlee
NPL MANAGEMENT LTD.
United Kingdom
Address
Queens Road
TW11 0LW Teddington
RISOE NATIONAL LABORATORY
Denmark
Address
Frederiksborgvej 399
Roskilde
SWISS FEDERAL LABORATORIES FOR MATERIALS TESTING AND RESEARCH
Switzerland
Address
39,Feuerwerkerstrasse 39
3602 Thun
TECHNICAL RESEARCH CENTRE OF FINLAND
Finland
Address
2-4,Metallimiehenkuja 2-4
02044 Espoo
Universidad Politécnica de Madrid
Spain
Address
S/n,ciudad Univeritaria S/n
28040 Madrid
University of Cambridge
United Kingdom
Address
Pembroke Street
CB2 3QZ Cambridge
Österreichisches Forschungszentrum Seibersdorf GmbH
Austria
Address

2444 Seibersdorf