Morgan Advanced Materials (Windsor, UK) announced that it now has the capability to braze carbon fiber, ceramics, composites, or other engineered materials directly to a titanium honeycomb. Carbon fiber and other similar non-metallic engineered materials have exceptional thermal conductivity capabilities, and are able to remain strong at temperatures exceeding 2000°F, far higher than those at which any metals retain their strength. Titanium honeycomb adds greater strength to the carbon fiber and eliminates fracturing issues by transferring forces from impact better than the carbon fiber alone. Both materials are exceedingly lightweight.

In addition, the strength of the braze bond is exceptional, equaling or exceeding the strength of each component material, unlike the reduced strength of adhesive, riveted, or other bonds. The addition of the titanium honeycomb to the carbon fiber allows easy joining of the titanium to other structures through traditional joining techniques.

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