Introduction of a material with metal and ceramic characteristics into the PIM process: Ti2AlC-MAX phases
GONZALEZ-JULIAN J. 3, BRAM M. 2, HILGER M. 3, VON WITZLEBEN M. 1, JEGUST S. 1
1 INMATEC Technologies GmbH, Rheinbach, Germany; 2 Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH Institut für Energie- und Klimaforschung IEK-1: Werkstoffsynthese und Herstellungsverfahren, Jülich, Germany; 3 RWTH Aachen University Institute of Mineral Engineering Chair of Ceramics , Aachen, Germany
INMATEC is specialized in the development and production of feedstocks for the PIM process. Since the company was founded 25 years ago, customer requirements for the feedstock have changed due to changes in the geometry of the components:
The component geometry has become more complex, which has made it necessary to develop a new feedstock formulation with optimized rheological properties and to introduce new technologies for processing these feedstocks.
But there are also changed customer requirements in the applied inorganic material:
The material should not only have a structural strength at high temperatures, but also have very good electrically conductive properties. Therefore, materials must be introduced into the PIM process, so-called "metal-ceramic hybrids", which make it possible to combine metallic and ceramic properties in one component.
In this presentation, the metal-ceramic hybrid material Ti2AlC-MAX phases will be introduced and the challenges in the development of a feedstock based on this material for the PIM process will be shown.