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Challenges to developing and producing MMCs for space applications

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Metal-matrix composites (MMCs) offer a number of potential benefits to the aerospace industry, and these have led to important applications on systems such as the Space Shuttle Orbiter, the Hubble Space Telescope, and communications satellites. However, even after decades of development, MMCs have not seen widespread use. Several technical and non-technical challenges remain to their successful insertion into a variety of space applications. This article attempts to provide an overview of these challenges and potential pathways to resolving them.

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For more information, contact J.M. Kunze, Triton Systems Inc., 200 Turnpike Avenue, Unit 12, Chelmsford, Massachusetts 01824; (978) 250-4200; fax (978) 250-4533; e-mail

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Kunze, J.M., Bampton, C.C. Challenges to developing and producing MMCs for space applications. JOM 53, 22–25 (2001).

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