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"The Dimox directed metals oxidation process for making reinforced ceramics [oxidation here refers to the formation of a compound through the donation or sharing of electrons] starts with the reinforcing materials - ceramic particles, whiskers, fibers, microspheres.
In the remarkably simple Dimox process, ceramic composites are grown by way of an oxidation reaction that occurs between a molten metal and a surrounding gaseous reactant inside a porous preform of ceramic reinforcing materials.
"With our Dimox directed metal oxidation process," Newkirk said, "we can engineer the properties of a ceramic composite - its strength, stiffness, thermal conductivity, coefficient of thermal expansion, and wear and corrosion resistance - to meet specific design needs." The trick, he noted, lies in choosing the appropriate ceramic/ reinforcement system and processing details.