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Processing of Metal Matrix Composites: Bidimensional Numerical Model of the Infiltration of Fibrous Preform by a Pure Metal

[+] Author Affiliations
E. Lacoste, C. Del Borrello, O. Mantaux, M. Danis

Université Bordeaux I, Talence Cedex, France

Paper No. FEDSM2002-31447, pp. 25-30; 6 pages
  • ASME 2002 Joint U.S.-European Fluids Engineering Division Conference
  • Volume 2: Symposia and General Papers, Parts A and B
  • Montreal, Quebec, Canada, July 14–18, 2002
  • Conference Sponsors: Fluids Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-3616-9 | eISBN: 0-7918-3600-2
  • Copyright © 2002 by ASME


The infiltration process is one of the techniques employed to work out polymer matrix composites (PMC) or metal matrix composites (MMC) and with continuous reinforcement. It consists in injecting the liquid (resin or metal) through a fibrous reinforcement placed in a mould. In the case of the MMC, the fibres and the mould are initially preheated at temperatures lower than the temperature of metal solidification. These thermal conditions induce phenomena of phase change of metal when the metal is in contact with the fibres. These phenomena disturb the flow of metal through the fibrous network. In order to follow the displacement of metal in the preform and take into account of the phase change, a two-dimensional numerical model based on a finite volume formulation was developed, on a very simple geometry.

Copyright © 2002 by ASME



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