The damping alloy EXIUM®AM, developed by LBI, was selected by SODERN / EADS to be part of a system sent to planet MARS, during the next INSIGHT mission (association NASA/ESA) whose launch is planned for 2016.
EXIUM®AM was in competition with elastomer materials and a Titan alloy (TA6V). After 5 months of qualifications tests, the following results were highlighted:
• EXIUM®AM shows damping properties equivalent to Elastomer Materials, and much higher than those obtained by Titan alloy TA6V.
• Physical and mechanical properties of EXIUM®AM, compared to elastomer Materials, convinced SODERN/EADS to select this alloy for the INSIGHT Mission to Mars.
These mechanical parts will protect measurement devices (embedded in the exploring robot) from vibrations during their use.