Ceramic Metal Composites

CERMETs are composites of ceramics combined with metals. Most ceramics are oxides of aluminum, magnesium, and beryllium. They are typically strong but brittle and offer both thermal and electrical insulating attributes. Metals on the other hand are more malleable and are usually good thermal and electrical conductors. Combinations of these features offer innovative applications.

Rapid ceramic-metal processing for superior composites – [tamu.edu]

Recent advancements in automotive, aerospace and power generation industries have inspired materials scientists to engineer innovative materials. Ceramic metal composites, or ceDr. Radovic with SPSrmets, are an example of a new and improved class of materials that can enhance transportation and energy conversion technologies.

Cermets combine useful properties from each of their primary constituent materials such as high temperature stability of ceramics and machinability and ductility of metals. However, cermets are effective only if their constituent materials do not react with each other during their processing.

Researchers at Texas A&M University have developed a rapid and efficient technology that enables processing ceramics and metals together into cermets with little to no reaction between constituent materials. This breakthrough opens the possibilities for development of new and superior composite materials.

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