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1. (WO2018051106) Method of Producing a Composite Material

Pub. No.:    WO/2018/051106    International Application No.:    PCT/GB2017/052725
Publication Date: Fri Mar 23 00:59:59 CET 2018 International Filing Date: Fri Sep 15 01:59:59 CEST 2017
IPC: B22F 1/02
B22F 9/02
B22F 9/18
B22F 9/20
B22F 9/22
C22C 1/05
C22C 29/00
C22C 32/00
Inventors: MELLOR, Ian
Title: Method of Producing a Composite Material
Method of Producing a Composite Material A method of forming a composite material comprising a matrix phase and a reinforcement phase distributed within the matrix phasecomprises the step of growing a plurality of precursor particles comprising a matrix precursor material and a reinforcement precursor material using a fluidised-bed spray granulation process, thereby forming a precursor powder (190).The matrix precursor material comprisesa reducible compound comprising a first metal and oxygen. The precursor powder is reduced under conditions in which oxygen is removed from the matrix precursor material.The matrix phase of the composite comprises the first metal, and the reinforcement phase of the composite either consists of the reinforcement precursor material or derives from a reaction of the reinforcement precursor material.A precursor powder (190) and a composite material are also provided. (Figure4)