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HX5® is our flagship nanocomposite material that offers the strength of aluminum at 50% of the weight. Originally designed for the F-35 at Lockheed Martin, this ultra-light and mechanically superior nanocomposite is designed to be the most capable, versatile and best-in-class aerospace-grade option for high-performance installations.
93% as strong as 6061-T6 aluminum
Performs well in extreme high and low temperatures
Low shrinkage and excellent dimensional stability (0.5% vs 2.0%)
Extremely resistant to solvents, fuels, lubricants and chemicals including skydrol and DEET
Corrosion resistant unlike other metals
Meets flame, smoke, toxicity (FST) requirements for commercial aerospace and defense applications
Resistant to twisting, warping, and fatigue of molded structures in high thermal gradient environments
Passed accelerated lifetime thermal cycling and high-temperature thermal stability
Weight reduction with HX5 components results allows vehicles to go further and faster
HX5 vs. Aluminum
The extreme mechanical performance of HX5 was characterized by a broad range of standard ASTM tests important to aerospace, defense and space design engineers with a goal to replace 6061-T6 aluminum with a material of the same strength, yet half the weight.
HX5 vs. Thermoplastics
HX5 also enables robust composite structures with best-in-class properties compared to other industry standard thermoplastics.