Different Consites: Different Differences Between Alloys And Composites

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Both alloys and composites are comprised of a mixture of at least two components. Though, there are also more than a few differences between them that make them suitable for different applications. Alloy is a combination of two or more components, one of which has to be metallic. The purpose of putting these two (or more) ingredients together is creating a mixture that will have significantly different (better) qualities than the isolated components. Still, the present technologies often have requirements that cannot be met by conventional alloys. Many industries today need materials that are characterized with better mechanical properties such as low density, high strength, resistance to abrasion and corrosion. This combination of properties…show more content…
bronze: copper and tin alloy, steel: iron and carbon alloy, etc.). Alloys acquire completely new characteristics, which differ from the ones of their components: more favorable mechanical properties, increased corrosion resistance, color change, improved processing ability, etc. Most of the alloys are obtained by melting the constituents, but there are other methods as well - such is the case of metal-ceramic alloys that are made by sintering. In industrial practice, pure metals are often substituted with alloys. The reasons are multiple: technically pure metals are difficult to obtain in purified state, they are expensive, generally have low damping capacity and strength levels, unfavorable chemical and physical properties, are often difficult to handle with standard processing methods and many more. Composites are formed from composite materials, e.g. by casting, laminating or extruding. Composite material is a type of material consisting of a combination of two or more simple (monolithic) materials and in which the individual components retain their distinctive identity. The composite material has properties different from the properties of its components - the simple

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