Like conventional aluminum, Al MMC billets are transformed into a variety of semi-finished and finished products using secondary processing techniques such as extrusion, forging and rolling. DWA-USA has relationships with industry leaders within the existing, global metalworking infrastructure to produce Al MMC product forms of the highest quality.
Secondary processing not only creates the geometry of interest to the end-user, it is also important for exploiting Al MMC’s unique mechanical properties. Deformation processing of Al MMCs promotes prior particle boundary disruption which optimizes strength, ductility and fracture toughness.
DWA-USA specializes in new aluminum-based powder metallurgy materials and applications development. We serve our customers throughout the entire development cycle, whether it be an upgrade to an existing design or starting from the ground up. Our track record for transitioning prototyping efforts to real world serial production is unparalleled.View our Case Studies
One of the clear advantages of Al MMCs compared to conventional metallic materials is greatly enhanced strength and stiffness. These property gains are achieved without impacting material density, so the specific properties of Al MMC are dramatically increased. Al MMCs are also isotropic composite materials. Their design space is not dependent on reinforcement orientation.
The Al MMC manufacturing process can be divided into three elements- primary processing, secondary processing and finishing. Unlike other composite materials, after primary processing of the billet, Al MMCs offer a high level of “fit, form and function” when inserted into the industrial manufacturing stream, making use of conventional facilities and equipment.Learn More
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