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Title: Effect of limited matrix-reinforcement interfacial reaction on enhancing the mechanical properties of aluminium-silicon carbide composites
Authors: Tham, L.M.
Gupta, M. 
Cheng, L. 
Keywords: Composites
Fracture & fracture toughness
Mechanical properties
Microstructure
Issue Date: 20-Sep-2001
Citation: Tham, L.M., Gupta, M., Cheng, L. (2001-09-20). Effect of limited matrix-reinforcement interfacial reaction on enhancing the mechanical properties of aluminium-silicon carbide composites. Acta Materialia 49 (16) : 3243-3253. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1016/S1359-6454(01)00221-X
Abstract: An unconventional approach to strengthening Al/SiC composites through controlled matrix-reinforcement interfacial reactions was studied. Composites with two distinct interfacial microstructures were prepared by varying the contact time between the SiC particles and molten aluminium during processing. The formation of a thin Al4C3 reaction layer along the particle-matrix interface was found to increase the composite yield strength, ultimate tensile strength, work-hardening rate and work-to-fracture, and change the fracture pattern from one involving interfacial decohesion to one where particle breakage was dominant. These changes were attributed to a stronger interface bond, which is thought to result from the tendency for the Al4C3 reaction layer to form semicoherent interfaces and orientation relationships with the aluminium matrix and SiC particles and for it to be mechanically "keyed-in" to both these phases. The stronger interface bond also enhanc ed the levels of plastic constraint which, when coupled with the greater work hardening, promoted local matrix failure, thereby reducing the composite ductility. © 2001 Published by Elsevier Science Ltd on behalf of Acta Materialia Inc.
Source Title: Acta Materialia
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/85052
ISSN: 13596454
DOI: 10.1016/S1359-6454(01)00221-X
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