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Title: Size-effects in textural strengthening of hierarchical magnesium nano-composites
Authors: Habibi, M.K.
Gupta, M. 
Joshi, S.P. 
Keywords: Asymmetry
Magnesium hierarchical nano-composites
Mechanical properties
Size effects
Textural strengthening
Issue Date: 30-Oct-2012
Citation: Habibi, M.K., Gupta, M., Joshi, S.P. (2012-10-30). Size-effects in textural strengthening of hierarchical magnesium nano-composites. Materials Science and Engineering A 556 : 855-863. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: In a recent work, we demonstrated the efficacy of a hierarchical Mg nano-composite concept where the reinforcement is itself a composite (Al+Al 2O 3) at a finer scale, referred to as level-I composite (Habibi et al., 2010 [1]). In this work, we systematically investigate the influence of the Al 2O 3 reinforcement size d p and its overall volume fraction (v.f.) on the microstructural characteristics and the quasi-static tensile and compressive responses. We consider three different Al 2O 3 sizes with dilute f p thereby giving different hierarchical configurations (H-configs). All H-configs exhibit enhanced tensile and compressive responses compared to pure Mg. The compressive strengthening is nearly independent of the hierarchical configuration. On the other hand, the level of strengthening in quasi-static tension varies with H-config. The average grain sizes in all the H-configs are found to be nearly the same and therefore, it does not account for the strength variation. Microstructural analysis indicates that the variation in the strengthening for H-configs arises from at least two sources: (a) level-I size, d I which shows a weak dependence on d p, and (b) systematic dependence of the as-extruded textures on the level-I size and v.f. The hierarchical configurations exhibit stronger prismatic texture and weaker basal texture with decreasing size and increasing v.f. of the level-I phase. The underlying mechanism is not clearly understood, but we suggest that for the micron/submicron sized d p the level-I serves as a more effective sources for recrystallization compared to nanoscaled d p, thereby producing weaker textures in the former compared to the latter. © 2012 Elsevier B.V.
Source Title: Materials Science and Engineering A
ISSN: 09215093
DOI: 10.1016/j.msea.2012.07.080
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