The effect of process parameters in Aluminum Metal Matrix Composites with Powder Metallurgy
Division of Manufacturing Process and Automation Engineering, Netaji Subhas Institute of Technology,
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Accepted: 18 January 2018
Metal Matrix Composites are developed in recent years as an alternative over conventional engineering materials due to their improved properties. Among all, Aluminium Matrix Composites (AMCs) are increasing their demand due to low density, high strength-to-weight ratio, high toughness, corrosion resistance, higher stiffness, improved wear resistance, increased creep resistance, low co-efficient of thermal expansion, improved high temperature properties. Major applications of these materials have been in aerospace, automobile, military. There are different processing techniques for the fabrication of AMCs. Powder metallurgy is a one of the most promising and versatile routes for fabrication of particle reinforced AMCs as compared to other manufacturing methods. This method ensures the good wettability between matrix and reinforcement, homogeneous microstructure of the fabricated MMC, and prevents the formation of any undesirable phases. This article addresses mainly on the effect of process parameters like sintering time, temperature and particle size on the microstructure of aluminum metal matrix composites.
Key words: Aluminum matrix composites / particle size ratio / microstructure
© V.V. Vani and S.K. Chak, Published by EDP Sciences 2018
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