Metal Matrix Innovations
Metal Matrix Innovations develops light-weight, high-strength metal matrix composite materials for the automotive industry. A metal-matrix composite, in this case, is an engineered material made from an aluminum metal and a ceramic. Tailored properties can be achieved with the systematic combination of different metals and ceramics. Metal matrix composites provide unique combinations of engineering properties such as high elevated temperature strength, fatigue strength, a high coefficient of friction, high wear resistance, and tailored thermal expansion coefficient. The replacement of cast iron with an aluminum metal matrix composite achieves a 60% weight reduction, which is important to the automotive industry. Lighter weight automobiles help the auto industry to realize CAFÉ 2025 requirements for reduced gas mileage.