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Light Materials

Light Alloys

Centro Sviluppo Materiali S.p.A. technological offer covers all metallurgical aspects related to Light Alloys exploitation for new products development. This capability is empowered by the use of refined simulation tools allowing an easy prediction of the alloy phase composition and the assessment of its mechanical and surface properties.
These predictive models integrate the experimental contributions from several lab equipments in order to work out the metallurgical strategies optiziming the characteristics of the developed products.
The Differential Thermal Analysis (DTA) has a primary role in putting the metallurgists in the optimal condition for selecting the best thermal treatment routes able to enhance the alloy mechanical properties.
These physical models also guide CSM researchers in defining the best deformation practices and recrystallisation kinetics aimed at maximising the strength, the strain to failure and the toughness of light alloys, also guaranteeing at the same time the demanded geometrical tolerances of the final product prototype either flat or 3-D.
CSM metallurgists has also gained a remarkable experience in designing light alloys microstructures devoted to successfully support heavy dynamic loads, like the ballistic ones, and the bulk and surface chemistry for the best resistance to operational environment conditions.
Centro Sviluppo Materiali has succeeded within a very short time in expanding its own capabilities to the world of superplasticity and diffusional bonding typical of aluminium, titanium and magnesium alloys, so becoming a reliable and solid partner for new boarder-edge products development.

Metallic Composites 

The steep ascent of knowledge on light alloys metallurgy was matched by a striking growth of CSM on both long fiber and particulate reinforced metal matrix composites.
This makes CSM metallurgists involved in advanced development projects whose success is strictly related to the solution of technological and metallurgical key-points like those connected to the microstructure of superplasticised titanium and aluminium alloys, which must guarantee low brittleness levels in the matrix/matrix and matrix/fiber or particulate interfaces.
Our metallurgists have the capability to govern all the phases of the fabrication process of this family of materials having gained a unique experience on preparing not-oxydated surfaces or drawing the right furnace cycles able to maximise adhesion among incoherent phases.
These relevant expertises are the result of a decade of research focused on multy-stacked sandwiches structures, either close-packed through Hot Isostatic Pressing or obtained by fibers impregnation through plasma-sprayed powders, or, else, on titanium powders - silicon carbide long fiber components attained through superplastic forging and aluminium powders reiforced by means of titanium carbides and oxides.
It is in this technological field, which conjugates highly refined metallurgical approaches for the materials design with the philosophy of an handicraft production, that the metallurgists are in charge of the full product cycle from the concept idea up to the prototype testing.


In the latest 20 years CSM researchers have managed to gain a strong knowledge about intermetallic material and, more specifically, about the correlation among their chemistry, microstructure, workability and functional-related characteristics (e.g., mechanical properties, corrosion and oxidation behaviour).
The CSM metallurgists have developed technics able to make some demanded features prevailing on other ones as a result of the remarkable work done in balancing the material chemistry and the thermomechanical process conditions. 
In that respect, whoever from the industry or academy is active in developing new reliable and more performing intermetallics applications can find in the company the right environment where to receive a complete support on the functional properties of nickel, iron and titanium aluminides.
This is made possible through the handling of a complete set of tools like:
  • thermodinamical, physical and process models;
  • working microstructural models about the degradation of the related funtional properties
  • fabrication and characterisation equipments.

Polymeric Composites
The recent growth in the involvement of Centro Sviluppo Materiali S.p.A. in aerospace and defence technologies has been a strong encouragement for the company to enter the polymeric composites field taking advantage of the previous relevant experiences in the metallic composites one.

In that respect the attention of our company has been strategically focused on such technologies as the Liquid Composite Moulding Techniques not yet of common practice in the italian industry.
CSM technological offer in the field of polymeric composites covers a wide spectrum of possibilities embracing such topics as:
  • Selection of the materials with respect to the application requirements
  • Selection of the fabrication process;
  • Mechanical and condition testing at coupons and prototype level;
  • Prototype design and production.

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