We’re in the age of hypersonic speed when it comes to military aerospace applications. Whether it’s a state-of-the-art fighter jet soaring at Mach 3 or an advanced hypersonic missile traveling up to Mach 5, traditional materials are no longer a viable option for handling the extreme conditions experienced by vehicles travelling at these speeds.
High temperatures and aerodynamic loads degrade and destroy traditional materials quickly. In propulsion applications, demanding gas turbine engines are becoming more reliant on higher performance ball bearings for efficiency and durability. Not only are higher performing materials essential for the viability and longevity of aerospace systems, but it helps protect our military personnel, too.