High-performance light-metal alloys and their composites are needed in many fields of application. In addition, in several industrial sectors like aviation, marine and offshore, the (petro-)chemical industries, power generation, medical engineering including surgery, implant technology and osteosynthesis, the three major light-weight materials aluminum, magnesium, titanium and their composites have to fulfill special requirements related to extreme conditions.
Such harsh environments can be attributed to high and low temperatures, extreme freezing in remote locations, icing and permafrost, high winds possibly in combination with abrasive sand particles e.g. in desert storms, seawater and other corrosive media like acids, de-icing fluids, human blood or enzymes just to name a few.
To deal with these challenges, it is crucial to carefully analyze these requirements, choosing the right materials with dedicated thermo-mechanical treatments and production processes, apply surface engineering, develops enhanced alloys and/or suitable coating, perform a risk assessment and establish reliable and resilient operational models to achieve safe working conditions.