DWA-USA, the global leader for Aluminum
Metal-Matrix-Composites for Lighter Weight Designs

Our Company

DWA Aluminum Composites USA, Inc. is a producer of ceramic particulate reinforced, powder-metallurgy based Aluminum Metal-Matrix-Composites (Al MMCs).  We operate a fully equipped, serial production manufacturing facility that satisfies a growing number of demanding aerospace, defense and industrial applications.  With over 40 years of Al MMC manufacturing experience, the last 20 as a serial raw material and parts producer, DWA-USA’s sole focus is to provide its customers with the highest quality aluminum and ceramic particulate reinforcement compositions tailored to outperform conventional metallics and organic matrix composites.  DWA-USA has more Al MMCs in service than any other producer, with each fielded application providing the end-user with acquisition or life-cycle cost improvement.

Our 40 Year History Of Engineered Powder Metallurgy Excellence

DWA Aluminum Composites USA will consistently provide world-class Aluminum Metal-Matrix-Composite products that meet or exceed the requirements of our valued customers. We will actively pursue quality improvements through programs that enable each employee to do their job right the first time and every time. 

1977

Fundamental research launched for ceramic particulate reinforced aluminum (Al MMCs)

1985

Beryllium replacement parts for Trident II Missile become first Al MMC defense application

1987

U2 spy plane begins flying Al MMC electronic equipment racking, replacing carbon fiber composite

1989

Defense Production Act Title II program awarded to expand US industrial base for Al MMCs

1995

6092/SiC/17.5p Al MMC selected by Pratt & Whitney for PW4000 engine fan exit guide vanes, the first commercial aerospace application for Al MMCs

1996

6092/SiC/17.5p becomes first Al MMC chosen by the USAF for F-16 Fighting Falcon service life extension

1998

2009/SiC/15p rotating part forgings become first Al MMC used for “safety-of-flight” parts on helicopter main rotors

2000

DWA-USA begins the development of nano-crystalline Al and Al MMC products based on cryomilling

2015

6092/SiC/25p Al MMC selected by Sikorsky for S-97 and SB>1 Defiant helicopter bearing liners

2016

DWA-USA begins the commercial sale of nano-scale aluminum

2017

DWA-USA Al MMC production for fielded applications exceeds 1,000,000 lbs

Commitment To Quality

DWA-USA has more critical, structural components in service than any other Al MMC manufacturer in the world. This speaks to our commitment to total quality and customer satisfaction. OurAS9100 compliant Quality Management System (QMS) assures that rigidly controlled, “frozen” processing is maintained for all primary and secondary processes.

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Our Technology

Research And New Product Development

DWA-USA offers its customers a broad range of Aluminum MMC products encompassing commercial, full-scale production, as well as innovative engineering process development for new aluminum composites and advanced monolithic aluminum alloys. From billet to cost-effective final product, we work with your team to build the entire supply-chain using the available, global metalworking infrastructure.

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Aluminum Metal-Matrix-Composites

DWA-USA Al MMCs are based on a proprietary powder metallurgy process of blending, vacuum degassing and hot pressing. The conventional, secondary metalworking processes of extrusion, forging and rolling are employed to create a wide variety of semi-finished and finished product forms. Improved, isotropic strength- and stiffness-to-weight and fatigue resistance are the key distinguishing features of Al MMCs compared to legacy aerospace aluminum alloys. DWA-USA Al MMCs are in their third decade as a serial production, advanced aluminum alloy for a growing number of demanding aerospace and defense applications.

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