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Materials–It’s What You Know

 - July 7, 2008, 10:04 AM

Complex materials, made of carbon fiber composites and a metal, are tricky to characterize. “We already know that titanium is a better match than aluminum with carbon fiber,” research coordinator Benoît Sagot-Duvauroux said. But now researchers are endeavoring to put numbers on corrosion and dilatation issues, for example. Simulation of real-world operating conditions is the key to success in this work. Therefore, the researchers aim to quantify all the properties of these complex materials.