Materials which are formed by the joining of two materials to achieve the combination of properties that cannot be obtained in the original materials. These materials offer the great advantage, a significant design flexibility. This means that there is the possibility to design and manufacture the material according to the exact specifications required. This possibility is much more important than it might seem at first, since it implies that, starting from the most efficient design (ex aerospace structures, a car, the hull of a boat or an electric motor), can manufacture material likely to build such a device. These compounds can be selected to achieve unusual combinations of stiffness, strength, weight, high temperature performance, corrosion resistance, conductivity or hardness.
Typical composite materials are:
- Composite building materials (concrete, concrete, ...)
- Fiber Reinforced Plastics
- Metal compounds
- Ceramic Composites
Composite materials are used in the automotive, marine, aviation, aerospace, electronics, orthopedic surgery, sports equipment and construction, replacing metals and other materials in many applications.
CIT UPC we provide companies and institutions our knowledge and experience in the field of composite materials, in Materials Technology, offering:
- The study of structure and structural integrity, reliability and service performance of metal matrix composites, ceramic matrix composites and ceramic nanocomposite.
- Coatings and multilayer materials (thermal barriers, piles of solid oxide fuel, ...).
- Development of new characterization techniques in micro and nano mechanics.
- Development of nano-structured compounds.
- Foams multifunctional.
- Bio compounds. Design and characterization of biomaterials for replacement, regeneration and / or repair tissue and organ function, and controlled drug release.