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Development of High Performance Mg/SiC Composites Containing Nano-Size SiC Using Microwave Assisted Rapid Sintering

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W. L. E. Wong, M. Gupta

National University of Singapore

Paper No. IMECE2005-82501, pp. 511-515; 5 pages
  • ASME 2005 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Aerospace
  • Orlando, Florida, USA, November 5 – 11, 2005
  • Conference Sponsors: Aerospace Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4210-X | eISBN: 0-7918-3769-6
  • Copyright © 2005 by ASME


Magnesium composites containing nano-size silicon carbide (SiC) particulates were synthesized using powder metallurgy technique coupled with a novel microwave assisted rapid sintering. The sintered specimens were hot extruded and characterized in terms of microstructural, physical and mechanical properties. Microstructural characterization revealed minimal porosity and the presence of a continuous network of nano-size SiC particulates decorating the particle boundaries of the metal matrix. Thermal mechanical analysis revealed a marginal reduction in the average coefficient of thermal expansion (CTE) values of the matrix with the addition of nano-size SiC reinforcement. Mechanical characterization revealed that the addition of nano-size SiC particulates lead to an increase in microhardness, 0.2% yield strength (YS), ultimate tensile strength (UTS) and ductility of the matrix. Particular emphasis was placed to correlate the effects of nano-size SiC reinforcement on the microstructural, physical and mechanical properties of monolithic magnesium.

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