Advanced Aerospace Materials: Titanium Aluminide Intermetallic Compounds and Metal Matrix Composites

  • F. H. Froes
  • C. Suryanarayana
  • I. S. Polkin

Abstract

The aerospace systems of the twenty-first century will have mission requirements considerable beyond present day vehicles; including operation in a cost-effective manner. This in turn will require materials with enhanced mechanical property characteristics compared to current state-of-the-art materials. The mission scenarios of the future air and space systems will be briefly reviewed followed by a general consideration of the materials of construction. Two specific types of advanced materials will then be discussed - intermetallic compounds and metal matrix composites. It will be pointed out that while both generic types of materials offer increased strength, stiffness and temperature capability, both also suffer from low ambient temperature “forgiveness” (ductility, fracture toughness, fatigue crack growth rate, etc.) and high cost. The advances which have been made in resolving these concerns, while maintaining other characteristics at attractive levels, will be discussed. A detailed presentation of monolithic and composite titanium aluminides (Ti Al, where x = 1 or 3) will be made.

Keywords

Combustion Fatigue Titanium Carbide Welding 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • F. H. Froes
    • 1
  • C. Suryanarayana
    • 1
  • I. S. Polkin
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute for Materials and Advanced Processes (IMAP)College of Mines University of IdahoMoscowUSA
  2. 2.All Union Institute for Light Alloys (VILS)MoscowUSSR

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