Microstructure and fracture of SiC-particulate-reinforced cast A356 aluminum alloy composites
- Microstructure and fracture of SiC-particulate-reinforced cast A356 aluminum alloy composites
- Lee, S; Kwon, D; Suh, D
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- MINERALS METALS MATERIALS SOC
- A microstructural analysis of local microfracture of cast A356 Al-SiCp composites fabricated by permanent mold re-casting and squeeze-casting methods was made. Notch fracture toughness tests were conducted on these composites to identify critical fracture parameters using a stress-modified critical-strain criterion. The composite microstructure shows continuous networks of densely populated SiC and eutectic Si particles along the intercellular regions. Squeeze casting produces a more homogeneous structure and larger spacing of brittle particles and increases the tensile ductility and fracture toughness, while strength levels are almost identical to the re-casting case. The calculated values of the microstructurally characteristic distance l* for the re-cast and squeeze-cast composites are about 40 mu m, which is comparable to the average sizes of the intercellular network. However, the reference critical strain <(epsilon)over bar>(0)* for squeeze casting is larger than that for re-casting, showing a trend to higher ductility and fracture toughness.
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- METALLURGICAL AND MATERIALS TRANSACTIONS A-PHYSICAL METALLURGY AND MATERIALS SCIENCE, vol. 27, no. 12, page. 3893 - 3901, 1996-12
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