A Charlottesville based company affiliated with the University of Virginia, Cellular Materials International Inc. offers structures that are lightweight and multi-functional in a variety of designs and materials. These materials are lighter than traditional metal forms (solid sheets), more functional than traditional cellular materials (honeycombs, metal foams), and therefore can be more cost-effective and environmentally friendly than any competitor material.
Composite metal foams (CMFs) are tough enough to turn an armor-piercing bullet into dust on impact. Given that these foams are also lighter than metal plating, the material has obvious implications for creating new types .
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Metal Foam Protects From Heat Twice as Well as Regular Metal
Lightweight composite metal foams have excellent thermal protection compared to conventional metals. The study findings show that these metals could be used in other studies involving heat sensitive materials and space exploration.
Aerogel is a synthetic porous ultralight material derived from a gel, in which the liquid component of the gel has been replaced with a gas. The result is a solid with extremely low density and thermal conductivity.