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Fabrication of Aluminum Composites With Patterned Silicon Carbide Reinforcement Architecture by Semi-Solid Processing

[+] Author Affiliations
Can Zhu, Yufeng Wu, Gap-Yong Kim

Iowa State University, Ames, IA

Paper No. MSEC2012-7352, pp. 951-958; 8 pages
doi:10.1115/MSEC2012-7352
From:
  • ASME 2012 International Manufacturing Science and Engineering Conference collocated with the 40th North American Manufacturing Research Conference and in participation with the International Conference on Tribology Materials and Processing
  • ASME 2012 International Manufacturing Science and Engineering Conference
  • Notre Dame, Indiana, USA, June 4–8, 2012
  • Conference Sponsors: Manufacturing Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5499-0
  • Copyright © 2012 by ASME

abstract

Semi-solid powder processing is a promising technology, combining the advantages of semi-solid forming and powder metallurgy. In this study, spray deposition process combined with semi-solid powder processing was used to synthesize an aluminum alloy composite and to control its microstructure. Silicon carbide (SiC) reinforced aluminum alloy composites were fabricated with and without microstructure pattern. The influence of different composite microstructure on mechanical properties was analyzed by microstructure analysis, bend test and fracture analysis. Bend test results showed that patterned microstructure has the potential to significantly improve composite strength with minimal sacrifice of ductility.

Copyright © 2012 by ASME

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