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Effects of SiC wt% Content on Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of Al/SiC Nano Composite produced by Mechanical Alloying, Sintering and Milling

Version 1 : Received: 25 September 2020 / Approved: 26 September 2020 / Online: 26 September 2020 (13:48:40 CEST)

How to cite: Arab, N. Effects of SiC wt% Content on Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of Al/SiC Nano Composite produced by Mechanical Alloying, Sintering and Milling. Preprints 2020, 2020090638 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202009.0638.v1). Arab, N. Effects of SiC wt% Content on Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of Al/SiC Nano Composite produced by Mechanical Alloying, Sintering and Milling. Preprints 2020, 2020090638 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202009.0638.v1).

Abstract

Nano Silicon carbide reinforced aluminum (Al/nanoSiC) metal matrix composites are attractive because of their superior properties such as high strength and stiffness, Application of aluminum in technological and structural application is growing steadily. The major limitation for metal matrix nano composites, however, is their propensity to brittle fracture. The new technologies and new materials are two basic aims for companies. In this research, the effect of addition Al/SiC nano particles on microstructure and mechanical properties of pure aluminum has been investigated. Pure aluminum powder and various fractions of SiC particles with an average diameter of 50 nm were milled by a high-energy planetary ball mill to produce nanocrystalline Al–SiC nanocomposite powders. Pressing and sintering applied to consolidate powders to tablet shape. Then the samples were rolled to cylindrical shape. The nano SiC Percentage were 0%, 2.5%, 5%, 7.5%, 10% , 12,5% and 15%. Mechanical tests such as tensile, hardness, fracture toughness and young’s modules measurement carried out to study the mechanical behavior of each alloy. Scanning electron microscopy was used to study the morphology and microstructure of nanocomposite powders and bulk samples. The role of wt% fraction of SiC nanoparticles was investigated. The results shows that the addition of SiC nano particles has significant influence on the microstructure and mechanical properties of composites and usually the optimum properties depends on wt% SiC.

Subject Areas

Al/nanoSiC; Mechanical Alloying Powder Metallurgy; Mechanical Properties; Microstructure

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