Self-Repairing Ceramic Matrix Composite
This technology is a high-temperature self-repairing carbide ceramic matrix composite. It is produced using titanium and a porous CfC composite preform matrix. Titanium and the composite preform matrix are placed in a crucible and spark plasma sintering is used to melt titanium so that it infiltrates the preform until a uniform composite material is formed.
This resultant material is capable of initiating a self-repairing mechanism in application environments with temperatures exceeding 3000 oC.
Applications in ultra-high temperature and aggressive environments, suitable for components of hypersonic flight.