Effect of Particle Size on Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of Al-Based Composite Reinforced with 10 Vol.% Mechanically Alloyed Mg-7.4%Al Particles

Year: 
2016
Month: 
11
Day: 
19
Pages: 
37
DOI: 
10.3390/technologies4040037
Type: 
Journal Articles
Journal: 
Technologies
Volume: 
4
Abstract: 

The effect of Mg-7.4%Al reinforcement particle size on the microstructure and mechanical properties in pure Al matrix composites was investigated. The samples were prepared by hot consolidation using 10 vol.% reinforcement in different size ranges, D, 0 < D < 20 µm (0–20 µm), 20 ≤ D < 40 µm (20–40 µm), 40 ≤ D < 80 µm (40–80 µm) and 80 ≤ D < 100 µm (80–100 µm). The result reveals that particle size has a strong influence on the yield strength, ultimate tensile strength and percentage elongation. As the particle size decreases from 80 ≤ D < 100 µm to 0 < D < 20 µm, both tensile strength and ductility increases from 195 MPa to 295 MPa and 3% to 4% respectively, due to the reduced ligament size and particle fracturing. Wear test results also corroborate the size effect, where accelerated wear is observed in the composite samples reinforced with coarse particles.