Knowledge-based Multifunctional Materials
Knowledge-based multifunctional materials (KMM) are advanced materials designed for enhanced performance in highly demanding loading and environmental conditions like thermo-mechanical and impact loading, high strain rates and temperature regimes, aggressive chemical environment, and combinations thereof. Such regimes are typical of applications in aerospace and automotive industry, turbo-machinery industry, tribology, chemical industry, electronic devices, biological implants, microsensors, household appliances etc. KMM includes intermetallics, metal-ceramic composites, functionally graded materials and thin layers. These are materials with high knowledge contents devised and tailored in research laboratories to arrive at desired physico-chemical properties that are well beyond the performance limits of traditional materials.