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Title: Investigation into tensile and compressive responses of Mg-ZnO composites
Authors: Tun, K.S. 
Jayaramanavar, P.
Nguyen, Q.B. 
Chan, J.
Kwok, R.
Gupta, M. 
Keywords: Compressive properties
Microwave sintering
Powder metallurgy
Tensile properties
Tensile-compression asymmetry
Issue Date: 2012
Citation: Tun, K.S., Jayaramanavar, P., Nguyen, Q.B., Chan, J., Kwok, R., Gupta, M. (2012). Investigation into tensile and compressive responses of Mg-ZnO composites. Materials Science and Technology 28 (5) : 582-588. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: In the present study, the mechanical properties of magnesium composites containing nano-ZnO particles are investigated. An increase in microhardness was observed with increasing amount of ZnO from 0.5 to 1.5 vol.-% in magnesium. The tensile and compressive yield strengths of the composites remained similar to that of Mg. This is attributed to the heterogeneous grain size distribution and the resultant weak basal texture. The tension-compression yield asymmetry was also found to be minimal due to the lack of strong basal texture. The composites showed improved ultimate tensile and compressive strengths, and this is attributed to well known strengthening mechanisms due to the presence of fine reinforcement particles. The tensile failure strain was significantly improved in composites, while there was a compromise in compressive failure strain. The improved tensile failure strain was due to non-basal slip activation through grain refinement and lack of intense basal intensity in composites. © 2012 Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining.
Source Title: Materials Science and Technology
ISSN: 02670836
DOI: 10.1179/1743284711Y.0000000108
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