Metal-Ceramic Composite Materials – Powder Technological Processing and Material Properties
The combination of ceramic and metallic properties addresses applications with a special demand on the materials. As ceramics usually exhibit properties like hardness and temperature resistance, whereas metals show electrical conductivity and plastic deformation, a material with combined properties would exhibit
an extended property profile [1, 2]. This basic approach is not new, Metal Matrix Composites (MMC) with ceramic reinforcements (e.g. cermets) are well known and applied in various fields like cutting tools (e.g. tungsten carbide hard metals), special automotive breaks or motor components, aircraft components (e.g.
landing gears) or even for power electronics or in particle accelerators. They usually make use of the metal as matrix that incorporates ceramic particles, fibres or filaments.