Metal Matrix Composites

1st Edition

A Study of Patents, Patent Applications and Other Literature


  • S.A. Gieskes
  • M. Terpstra
    • Print ISBN 9781851666294


    This study of patents and patent applications published in the United States, Japan and Western Europe since 1980, is the result of a comprehensive analysis of documents which reveal various processes for reinforcing composite materials, the atoms of which have been arranged according to predetermined matrices. The research was conducted at the Patent Information Office of TNO in Rijswijk, The Netherlands according to the International Patent Classification System [IPC]. The book distinguishes the different types of MMC according to their methods of formation and includes those formed in the following ways: when alloys are combined with metallic or non–metallic filaments; by subjecting to pressure and heat an assembly comprising at least one metal layer or sheet and one layer of fibre or filaments; by fusing the fibres with molten metal; by using powder–metallurgical methods; matrices formed of light metals such as A1, Mg, Be, and Ti; matrices formed with refractory metals such as Ni, Co, Cr, Mo. About 225 documents covering the period 1982 to 1988 are covered and, since this is a rapidly developing area, this study will be of great interest to composites engineers, scientists and researchers as well as to metallurgists involved in metal matrix research and companies involved in developing products in this field.

    Table of Contents

    1. Reinforced Composites of Aluminium and/or Magnesium. 1.1. Reinforced aluminium composites. 1.2. Reinforced aluminium and/or magnesium–based composites. 1.3. Reinforced magnesium composites. 2. Reinforced Composites Based on Titanium. 3. Reinforced Composites Based on Copper. 4. Reinforced Composites Based on Miscellaneous Metals. 4.1. Miscellaneous reinforced metal based composites: Cu, W, Mo, Fe, Ni, Co : A12O3, Si3N4, ZrO2, W. 5. Apparatus and/or Procedures for the Fabrication of Reinforced Metal Composites. 5.1. Miscellaneous composites. 5.2. Cu–based composites. 5.3. Ti–based composites. 5.4. Miscellaneous concerning fibres for the fabrication of reinforced metal composites. 6. Cermets. 7. Applications of Reinforced Metal Composites. 7.1. Miscellaneous applications. 7.2. Applications of reinforced aluminium composites. 7.3. Applications of reinforced composites based on aluminium or magnesium. 7.4. Applications of composites based on copper. 7.5. Applications of composites based on silver. 7.6. Applications of reinforced composites based on iron or steel. 7.7. Cermets reinforced by TiC, WC, or TaC.


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