Friction extrusion uses relative motion and high contact forces between a non-consumable tool set and a metallic workpiece to generate frictional heating and severe plastic deformation. The result is a metal with fine grain size, low dislocation density, and high quality. By processing custom-blended powders, new composite materials can be produced with unique properties, such as high thermal and electrical conductivity, high ductility, improved high-temperature performance, etc.
This is an area of active, cutting-edge research worldwide. Bond anticipates that this research will produce new materials with special characteristics. Bond is currently expanding its lineup of FE systems, in response to current demands.