Cr materials a Means to Lift Mechanical Properties to Next Level
The continued expansion of the PM market into new applications requires cost-effective materials with increased performance. This can be achieved by different means. The development of newcost effective alloy systems, new compaction techniques enabling higher densities, sintering combined with increased cooling rates and carbon control are all examples of means that either singly or in combination can be used to increase material performance. Alloying elements commonly used in PM materials intended for high performance applications are copper, nickel and molybdenum. However, raw material prices of these elements have been volatile in recent years, making material cost predictions difficult.