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Talon Composites, manufacturer of proprietary metal matrix composites, has entered into contract with British Nuclear Fuels PLC for the supply of their Talbor Metal Matrix Material.
Talon Composites produces and markets a range of high performance advanced metal matrix material (“MMC”) products utilizing Talon’s proprietary technology under the name of Talbor and Boralyn. The MMC’s consist of aluminium and boron carbide and are supplied primarily to the nuclear waste and nuclear transportation industries for neutron shielding applications.
The materials are claimed to be stiffer than titanium, lighter than aluminium and wear like steel.
Talon’s process results in the boron carbide being dispersed evenly throughout the composite, making it particularly suitable to the nuclear industry and is ideal for protecting critical fuel and providing shielding for both permanent and temporary storage of nuclear waste. Additionally, the fine grain structure of the Talbor substantially boosts cradle performance and allows for superior handling of wet and dry nuclear storage.
Robin A. Carden, CEO of Talon remarked, “We are extremely pleased by the formalization of our contractual relationship with BNFL. The Talbor material will be formed into large assemblies for nuclear transportation and storage on a worldwide basis”. He further added, “Although Talon’s products can be utilized for many different commercial and industrial purposes, we have made a conscious decision to focus our attention on the nuclear industry because of the substantial benefits our products provide.
BNFL’s manager commented: “”Talon Composites provides a much-needed component for our nuclear fuel casks and we are proud to extend this relationship. This third phase of our partnership is an important one, and we have confidence in the Talon team. We look forward to continuing this ‘across the pond’ partnership, as we maintain our commitment to utilize the best available technology in handling fuel.””
This represents the beginning of Phase III of the highly specialized nuclear fuel transportation project for BNFL, whose success has been driven in part by the Talbor material.
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