Structural Ceramics for Aerospace and Defense Applications
Structural ceramics components are extensively used in aerospace and military defense industries. Ceramics offer several benefits for these applications, including superior strength-to-weight ratios compared to traditional metallic materials, exceptional hardness, making them highly resistant to wear and abrasion, high dielectric strength, ability to withstand high temperatures without significant degradation, chemical inertness (resistance to chemical corrosion), excellent electrical and magnetic insulation, and high durability. Ceramics can also be used for applications requiring radar-absorbing materials (RAMs) used in stealth aircraft to avoid detection.
Fralock’s Ceramic Materials include:
- Silicon Carbide
- Aluminum oxide
- Aluminum Nitride
Partnering with over 150 reputable material suppliers, we provide parts for:
- Shaped Zerodur and quartz optics for windows and reflectors
- Light weighting of Zerodur mission-critical optical components
- High-voltage metal to ceramic assemblies
- Ceramic subcomponents for space flight thrusters
- Static and dynamic fluid bearings made from alumina and silicon carbide
- Insulators for high-power microwave tubes
We offer a wide range of capabilities including UV and CO2 laser cutting, water jetting, die-cutting, machining, slitting, lamination (nip roll, heat-activated, and adhesiveless). We can provide active multilayered, cofired ceramics, and near net shape structural ceramic components. We also provide precision CNC grinding, lapping, and polishing hard materials. Our engineers work with you to provide the best solution for your requirements.