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Talon Composites, a manufacturer of proprietary metal matrix composites, has entered into contract with British Nuclear Fuels PLC (BNFL) for the Talbor Metal Matrix Material for PWR/BWR caskets for the transportation of nuclear fuel.
The MMCs consist of aluminum and boron carbide and are supplied primarily to the nuclear waste and nuclear transportation industries for neutron shielding applications. Talon’s process results in the boron carbide being dispersed evenly throughout the composite, making it particularly suitable to the nuclear industry.
Robin A. Carden, CEO of Talon remarked, “”We are extremely pleased by the formalization of our contractual relationship with BNFL. The agreement will require us to form our materials into large assemblies for nuclear transportation. Also, Talon’s relationship with Allied Manufacturing of Ontario, Calif., announced October 2003, allows us to combine our metal matrix technology with Allied’s large-part machining capabilities. In the end, we are able to offer a complete storage cask fabricated from a variety of materials.”” He further added, “”Advances in our manufacturing techniques facilitates the production of plates in excess of 5 meters long.””
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