Ceramic Matrix Composite engine parts made with 3M™ Nextel™ Ceramic Fibers are lighter weight, stronger, and more heat resistant than titanium parts commonly used today, enabling defense aircraft to run hotter and fly faster in demanding operational environments.
Defense aircraft must maintain technological superiority. Ceramic Matrix Composite (CMC) engine parts made with 3M™ Nextel™ Ceramic Fibers provide an advantage over other materials used in high temperature applications, such as titanium and other ceramics. These aluminum oxide ceramic fibers are export controlled, and provide a technological edge.
Nextel™ Ceramic Fibers are also used in other aircraft applications such as fire resistant seals, firewall blankets, and other heat shielding applications to provide the kind of fire protection with light weight that few other materials can offer.