Adal files patent for 'Ticalium', a metal matrix composite

Ticalium combines aluminum with titanium and carbon to produce a super-hard extrusion that is designed to increase the strength, hardness and wear resistance of aluminum. It would be perfect for bicycle frames, said the Adal Group.
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Dr. Cem Selcuk, Adal Group's project manager for Ticalium said: "We believe that the possibilities for applications are immense."

"Just for comparison with another strong material, white cast iron has a tensile strength of approximately 250 MPa (Mega Pascals) and is also brittle, whereas Ticalium has a higher strength of about 330 MPa together with a greater stiffness while exhibiting greater lightness according to third party testing."

The precise content of reinforcement in the composite can be varied to suit the application. A typical addition level is in the range 5-15wt%, said the Adal Group.

The company said the material would be perfect for brake discs and drums in the automotive industry; train wheels, and bicycle frames.

Adal Group, Inc., based in the UK, is a global producer of aluminum extrusions, and precision engineered parts.

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