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Even the crummiest fiber reinforced material, fiberglass, is stronger and lighter than the best aluminium alloys,
They didn't screen it on April 1 by any chance?(I can still remember the Swiss spaghetti harvest.)
It might be "system2" which is silicon carbide fibre reinforced glass, which is from Harwell UK Atomic Energy Agency.The silicon carbide would explain how it blunted the cutting devices. It's apparently rated for 1400+K, which means it would handle a 1100C furnace.They were going to use it for Skylon, but apparently the material is no longer made.It's a slight longshot, but there aren't that many materials that would be likely to have that kind of behaviour, particularly the high temperature, and it makes sense that it would be on Tomorrows World, and that the Reaction Engines guys would know about it and want to use it.