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Title: Processing of ultrafine-size particulate metal matrix composites by advanced shear technology
Authors: Barekar, NS
Tzamtzis, S
Hari Babu, N
Fan, Z
Dhindaw, BK
Keywords: Metal matrix composites;Mixing;Intensive shearing;Particle distribution;Tensile test properties
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher: The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society and ASM International
Citation: Barekar, NS et al. 2009. Processing of ultrafine-size particulate metal matrix composites by advanced shear technology. Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A, 40A(3), 691 - 701.
Abstract: Lack of efficient mixing technology to achieve a uniform distribution of fine-size reinforcement within the matrix and the high cost of producing components have hindered the widespread adaptation of particulate metal matrix composites (PMMCs) for engineering applications. A new rheo-processing method, the melt-conditioning high-pressure die-cast (MC-HPDC) process, has been developed for manufacturing near-net-shape components of high integrity. The MC-HPDC process adapts the well-established high shear dispersive mixing action of a twin-screw mechanism to the task of overcoming the cohesive force of the agglomerates under a high shear rate and high intensity of turbulence. This is followed by direct shaping of the slurry into near-net-shape components using an existing cold-chamber die-casting process. The results indicate that the MC-HPDC samples have a uniform distribution of ultrafine-sized SiC particles throughout the entire sample in the as-cast condition. Compared to those produced by conventional high-pressure die casting (HPDC), MC-HPDC samples have a much improved tensile strength and ductility.
Description: Copyright @ 2009 ASM International. This paper was published in Metallurgical & Materials Transactions A 40A(3) and is made available as an electronic reprint with the permission of ASM International. One print or electronic copy may be made for personal use only. Systematic or multiple reproduction, distribution to multiple locations via electronic or other means, duplications of any material in this paper for a fee or for commercial purposes, or modification of the content of this paper are prohibited.
ISSN: 1073-5623
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