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SECTION TITLE COMPOSITES


Aluminium-based metal matrix composites are stepping into the


middle ground between unreinforced metals and carbon composites


How aluminium-based metal matrix composites are stepping into the middle ground between unreinforced metals and carbon composites


AMCS ALL ABOUT


corrosion resistance – and in some cases also have special thermal and electrical properties.


A Tese composites are classified


according to the material being reinforced, with reinforcements typically made with a long fibre, short fibre, or particulates. Hence metal matrix composites (MMCs) are metallic materials reinforced with a secondary high-performance material. Within the category of MMCs, Alvant specialises in aluminium matrix composites (AMCs).


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dvanced composite materials combine the properties of high strength, high stiffness, low weight, enhanced damage tolerance and


Elements of Alvant’s innovative manufacturing process, advanced liquid pressure forming (ALPF), are the subject of patents


AMCs first became known, primarily for their use in automotive components, in the 1980s. At this time AMCs were in their infancy, their properties largely unproven and sometimes over-sold. As a consequence, their reputation suffered, and as carbon composites became more widely adopted, AMCs were largely forgotten. In the three decades since, however, research and development into the manufacturing of AMCs has resulted in game-changing progress. AMCs’ properties are now precisely manufacturable, dependable and more affordable and repairable than carbon composites. Tese qualities are affirmed by the high calibre of companies Alvant is working with and supplying to.


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