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Metal-matrix composites in ground transportation

  • N. Chawla
  • K. K. Chawla
Overview Low-Cost Composites in Vehicle Manufacture


Metal-matrix composites (MMCs) are used in a variety of automotive and other ground transp ortation applications. This article provides a brief overview of the major applications of MMCs in ground transportation. The main attractive features of MMCs are: high strength-to-weight ratio, enhanced mechanical and thermal properties over conventional materials, improved fatigue and creep characteristics, better wear resistance, and general tailorability of properties. Because the transportation industry is extremely cost-sensitive, reducing the manufacturing costs of MMC components will aid in the use of MMCs.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • N. Chawla
    • 1
  • K. K. Chawla
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Materials at Arizona State UniversityUSA
  2. 2.Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Alabama at BirminghamBirminghamUSA

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