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Title: Development of high performance Mg-Al 2O 3 composites containing Al 2O 3 in submicron length scale using microwave assisted rapid sintering
Authors: Wong, W.L.E. 
Karthik, S.
Gupta, M. 
Keywords: Mechanical properties
Metal matrix composites
Microwave sintering
Powder metallurgy
Issue Date: Sep-2005
Citation: Wong, W.L.E., Karthik, S., Gupta, M. (2005-09). Development of high performance Mg-Al 2O 3 composites containing Al 2O 3 in submicron length scale using microwave assisted rapid sintering. Materials Science and Technology 21 (9) : 1063-1070. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: In the present study, magnesium composites reinforced with different volume fraction of submicron size Al 2O 3 particulates were synthesised using powder metallurgy technique incorporating an innovative microwave assisted rapid sintering technique. The sintered materials were subsequently hot extruded for characterisation in terms of microstructural, physical and mechanical properties. Microstructural characterisation results revealed a reasonably uniform distribution of Al 2O 3 particulates, minimal porosity and good matrix reinforcement interfacial integrity. The average coefficient of thermal expansion (CTE) value for Mg-Al 2O 3 composites was found to decrease with increasing amount of submicron Al 2O 3 particulates. Mechanical characterisation of the composites revealed an increase in hardness, elastic modulus, 0-2% YS and ultimate tensile strength (UTS) with the increase in amount of alumina particulates. Ductility exhibited the reverse trend. An attempt is made in the present study to correlate the effect of the presence of submicron alumina and its increasing amount with the microstructural, physical and mechanical properties of magnesium. © 2005 Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining.
Source Title: Materials Science and Technology
ISSN: 02670836
DOI: 10.1179/174328405X51758
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