Advanced Ceramics Research, Inc. (ACR) recently announced that it has received the R&D 100 Award for developing an innovative ceramic and metal technology called Fibrous Monolith(TM). The new technology produces a unique class of high-strength, high-temperature composite materials that have very high fracture toughness and a tendency to fail incrementally, instead of catastrophically like traditional ceramic or ceramic metal components. Fibrous Monoliths (FMs) are produced using a process in which sets of inexpensive thermodynamically compatible ceramic and/or metal powders are blended with thermoplastic polymer binders and then co-extruded to form a "green fiber." The green composite fiber may be wound, woven or braided into the shape of the desired component to obtain the final FM product.
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