Materion’s MMCs Provide Aerospace Engineers with New Design Options

MAYFIELD HEIGHTS, Ohio—The Society of Automotive Engineers – Aerospace Material Specification Nonferrous Alloys Committee (SAE-AMS) approved AMS4369 specification for SupremEX® 225XF metal matrix composite (MMC) and AMS4379 for SupremEX 225XE MMC, Materion Corp. said in a press release. This represents the second AMS specification for SupremEX 225XE and applies to the extruded form of the material. The two recently added specifications give the company a total of four AMS specifications for its SupremEX line of products, allowing engineers to reference a national standard for material properties.

SupremEX metal matrix composites offer a balanced combination of properties by combining ultrafine silicon carbide reinforcement with aerospace aluminum alloys. The composites are said to offer benefits over conventional alloys because they provide the lightweight properties of aluminum with outstanding strength and stiffness. Metal matrix composites are well-suited for aero-engine components and aircraft structures for commercial and military applications, as well as for satellite structures, optical systems, and automotive pistons, Materion said in the release.

“We understand the importance of having AMS specifications for aerospace applications and are proud to add our third and fourth for SupremEX metal matrix composites,” said Clive Grannum, president, Materion Performance Alloys and Composites, in a statement. “These materials are ideal for aerospace applications and give engineers more materials options that meet their properties requirements and enhance their designs.”

Collaboration Aims to Enable Advanced Materials Innovation

Materion also announced that it is collaborating with Silicon Valley-based Plug and Play, a large startup accelerator and innovation center, to explore opportunities in advanced materials innovation. Plug and Play connects startups with corporations, giving entrepreneurs access to resources and providing large companies with access to cutting-edge solutions for specific vertical markets.

Materion recently became a participating corporation in Plug and Play’s New Materials and Packaging platform. Materion also has opportunities to collaborate with entrepreneurs in other Plug and Play industry-specific vertical platforms, such as Mobility, the Internet of Things, Health, and more.

“We enable technology solutions and make innovation front and center of everything we do,” said Materion Chief Technology and Marketing Officer Dr. Ian Tribick, in a statement. “Working closely with Plug and Play extends our reach into a dynamic startup ecosystem and positions us to continually invigorate our value chain and deliver game-changing solutions to our customers.”

“This is a win-win partnership,” said Saeed Amidi, founder and CEO, Plug and Play. “Materion benefits from new insight and perspective while startups can leverage their global expertise and advanced materials knowledge. We’re very pleased to have them on board.”

Materion (https://materion.com/About) is a global high-tech provider of performance alloys, precision coatings, and advanced materials used in applications that span the electrical, electronic, thermal, defense, automotive electronics, telecommunications infrastructure, energy, and commercial aerospace markets, among others.

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