Effect of VC Content on Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of VC/Fe-Based Composites


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VC/Fe-based composite samples were fabricated with different volume fraction of VC in vacuum, and the content are 40%, 55%, and 70% respectively. The relationship between microstructure and mechanical properties for VC/Fe based composite with various VC content were studied. The results indicated VC content had a significant effect on the performance and organization of the VC/Fe-based composites and the effect of VC content on the mechanical properties are varied. With ratio of VC powders increased, the volume fraction of V8C7 particles formed additionally, while the fraction of Fe particles slightly decreased. The flexural strength, fracture toughness, relative density and wear resistant increased with increase of VC content in the range of 0 to 55vol. %, and then decreased with further increase of VC content, while the Vickers hardness increased with the increase of VC content. By comparing the material with 55vol.%VC would show the best combination of properties in the prepared samples.



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B. Xu and H.Y. Li




R. F. Wang et al., "Effect of VC Content on Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of VC/Fe-Based Composites", Advanced Materials Research, Vol. 583, pp. 219-222, 2012

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October 2012




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