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Ultrasonic-Based Fabrication of Bulk Aluminum Matrix Nanocomposite

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Yong Yang, Jie Lan, Xiaochun Li

University of Wisconsin at Madison

Paper No. IMECE2004-59632, pp. 59-62; 4 pages
doi:10.1115/IMECE2004-59632
From:
  • ASME 2004 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Applied Mechanics
  • Anaheim, California, USA, November 13 – 19, 2004
  • Conference Sponsors: Applied Mechanics Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4702-0 | eISBN: 0-7918-4178-2, 0-7918-4179-0, 0-7918-4180-4
  • Copyright © 2004 by ASME

abstract

Lightweight metal matrix nano-composites (MMNCs) (metal matrix with nano-sized ceramic particles) can be of significance for automobile, aerospace and numerous other applications. However, it is extremely difficult to disperse nano-sized ceramic particles uniformly in molten metal for casting. This paper presents a fabrication method for casting of bulk aluminum MMNCs by use of ultrasonic nonlinear effects, namely transient cavitation and acoustic streaming. Nano-sized SiC particles have been dispersed in molten aluminum alloy A356 for casting. Microstructural study was carried out and it validates a good distribution and dispersion of nano-sized SiC in aluminum alloy matrix. Hardness of the as-cast MMNCs have been improved significantly even with a low weight fraction of nano-sized SiC. The ultrasonic fabrication methodology is promising to produce a wide range of other MMNCs.

Copyright © 2004 by ASME

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