Niobium C-103 Alloy Developed for Space Exploration

Judson Humphrey

A global supplier of refractory technology metals and technical ceramics for multiple industries recently launched a unique niobium C-103 alloy for rocket and jet propulsion applications utilized in spacecraft and launch vehicles.

H.C. Starck’s Fabricated Products Division developed the advanced alloy with “resistance to high-frequency vibrations at cryogenic temperatures that occur in satellites and particularly high-performance rocket nozzle applications,” said Judson Humphrey, Market Director for Aerospace, Defense and Government for the Fabricated Products Division.

Andreas Mader

“H.C. Starck‘s niobium C-103 alloy is part of our alloy development program to extend our fabricated products portfolio allowing customers to take advantage of the unique characteristics of our alloyed materials,” said Andreas Mader, CEO of the Fabricated Products Division. “We are working with customers in space exploration to design the highest quality and performance products with the prospects of more advanced space exploration in mind.”

 

 

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