Al/SiCp functionally graded metal-matrix composites produced by centrifugal casting: Effect of particle grain size on reinforcement distribution

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Functionally graded materials (FGM's), particularly in the form of Al-Si metal matrix composites (MMC's) selectively reinforced at the surface with SiC particles, are advanced materials, combining high wear resistance with high bulk toughness or even a thermal barrier at the surface. Centrifugal casting is one of the most effective methods for processing this type of MMC, but accurate control of the ceramic particles distribution/gradient in the metallic matrix has not yet been completely attained. In this work, precursor Al/SiC composites were prepared by rheocasting, using SiC particles and an Al-10Si-2.2 Mg alloy. Morphology of the SiC particles was previously characterized by laser interpherometry and SEM. Differing grain sizes were selected as reinforcing elements. The MMC's were then molten and centrifugally cast in order to produce the FGM composites, whose structure and properties were investigated by XRD, quantitative image analysis of optical micrographs and longitudinal hardness profiles. Therefore, it was possible to evaluate the influence of the particle grain size on the structure and properties of the FGM. Apart from the evaluation of the effects of particle grain size per se, its influence when combined with differing casting conditions are reported as well.
Original languageUnknown
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2003
Event7th International Symposium on Functionally Graded Materials -
Duration: 1 Jan 2002 → …


Conference7th International Symposium on Functionally Graded Materials
Period1/01/02 → …

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