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How manufacturers use various metals for matrix metal composites

Though it’s not a metal, adding straw into mud to make bricks that don’t crumble easily might represent the first composite material documented in history. Surprisingly, some currently standing mud-composite buildings have lasted for hundreds of years, demonstrating adobe’s clear superiority over mud or straw alone as a building material. Relying on similar principals of…

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The Infiltration Process to Create Matrix Metal Composites

Metal Matrix Composites, often shortened to MMC, refer to composite materials formed from at least two parts. The properties of these composites improve the material’s properties to provide benefits for certain applications. Some examples might include very durable components for drill bits or strong, lightweight parts for aerospace and transportation. According to Science Direct, some…

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Popular Applications and Uses for High Grade Virgin Zinc

Industries around the world rely on base metals and alloys in the manufacturing of parts, components, and complex assemblies that will be used in their operations or as products to consumers. One such metal is zinc. As the fourth most widely used metal in the world, zinc is a versatile and adaptable material that can…

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Popular Applications and Uses of Zinc Alloys

Many base metals provide specific mechanical, electrical, and thermal characteristics on their own. However, their physical properties may make them unsuitable for certain applications. With the addition of other metals, the base metals can enhance their properties where they can be made more durable, ductile, stronger, or less brittle. Zinc is a common additive to…