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Since few years metal matrix composites (MMCs) with light metal matrix are successfully applied in the automotive industry, e.g. in fiber-reinforced pistons or hybrids for crank cases. A further important field of indsutrial applications of these high-tech materials is the aerospace industry. The properties of MMCs can be directly designed "into" the material. With such a potential MMCs can fulfill all the wishes of design engineers, since they are true custom-made materials. This book now conveys the state-of-the-art and the possibilities of the development of MMCs as engineering and functional materials. It is thus of utmost value to all materials scientists and engineers that want to get an in-depth background of the potentials these materials can offer in research, development and design engineering.
Professor Kainer is Director of Institute for Materials Research at the GKSS Forschungszentrum Geesthacht and Professor at the Technical University Hamburg-Harburg. His main research focuses on metal matrix composites and magnesium alloys, with a special focus on applications in the automobile industry. He cooperates in research projects with major European and American car manufactures as well as with research institutes in Asia, America and Europe. He was also Chairman of the three International Magnesium Conferences in Germany, organised by the DGM, and he gave invited lectures at many international conferences, including the TMS Annual Meetings in the US.
Release date NZ
January 20th, 2006
Edited by Karl U. Kainer
Country of Publication
Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH
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