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The effect of SiC particles on the size and morphology of eutectic silicon in cast A356/SiCp composites

Nagarajan, Sucheta and Dutta, B and Surappa, MK (1999) The effect of SiC particles on the size and morphology of eutectic silicon in cast A356/SiCp composites. In: Composites Science and Technology, 59 (6). 897-902 .

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0266-3538(98)00131-6

Abstract

Properties of cast aluminium matrix composites are greatly influenced by the nature of distribution of reinforcing phase in the matrix and matrix microstructural length scales, such as grain size, dendrite arm spacing, size and morphology of secondary matrix phases, etc. Earlier workers have shown that SIC reinforcements can act as heterogeneous nucleation sites for Si during solidification of Al-Si-SiC composites. The present study aims at a quantitative understanding of the effect of SiC reinforcements on secondary matrix phases, namely eutectic Si, during solidification of A356 Al-SiC composites. Effect of volume fraction of SiC particulate on size and shape of eutectic Si has been studied at different cooling rates. Results indicate that an increase in SiC volume fraction leads to a reduction in the size of eutectic Si and also changes its morphology from needle-like to equiaxed. This is attributed to the heterogeneous nucleation of eutectic Si on SiC particles. However, SiC particles are found to have negligible influence on DAS. Under all the solidification conditions studied in the present investigation, SiC particles are found to be rejected by the growing dendrites. (C) 1999 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.

Item Type: Journal Article
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Keywords: A.Metal-matrix composites;Solidi®cation;Nucleation;Eutectic Si;DAS
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Materials Engineering (formerly Metallurgy)
Date Deposited: 02 Jul 2011 05:39
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2011 05:39
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ernet.in/id/eprint/38849

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