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Microstructure and interface structure studies of SiCp-reinforced Al (6061) metal-matrix composites

Wang, RM and Surappa, KM and Tao, CH and Li, CZ and Yan, MG (1998) Microstructure and interface structure studies of SiCp-reinforced Al (6061) metal-matrix composites. In: Materials Science and Engineering: A, 252 (1-2). pp. 219-226.

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Abstract

The microstructure and interface structure of the particle reinforced 6061-Al metal-matrix composites have been studied by optical microscopy, transmission electron microscopy (TEM), high resolution electron microscopy (HREM) and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX). The SiC particles are uniformly distributed in the matrix. The constituent phase observed in the matrix is Al-15(Mn,Fe,Cu)(3)Si-2. It has a BCC structure with lattice parameter a=1.28 nm. The SiC reinforcements are found to contain hexagonal alpha-SiC (including 6H alpha-SiC and 4H alpha-SiC) and cubic beta-SiC. Stacking faults are observed in the SiC particles. SIC reinforcements are well bonded with the matrix. In most cases, the interface between the SiC particles and the matrix is clean and no reaction product was observed. However, certain amount of oxygen and magnesium elements have been found at the interface. The reaction products at the interface are identified to be MgAl2O4, and MgO. The size of these particles are found to be of several nanometers.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to Elsevier Science.
Keywords: Al-base composite;Microstructure;Interface.
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Materials Engineering (formerly Metallurgy)
Date Deposited: 24 Dec 2009 07:23
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2010 05:26
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ernet.in/id/eprint/18943

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