Synthesis and Characterization of Particulate SiCp Reinforced Al-Si-Mg Alloy Composite with Varying Si Content
Amongst the Metal Matrix Composites (MMCs), Al-Si-Mg alloy/ SiCp MMCs are very attractive for their properties. But, the formation of brittle interfacial reaction product, Aluminium carbide has been one of the major concerns when these materials are processed by liquid phase methods. The extent of Aluminium carbide formation depends on various processing parameters such as temperature, wt% of SiCp, particle size of SiCp and chemical composition of the matrix alloy especially Silicon (Si) content. According to recent studies, various difficulties in finding the process parameters to get desirable properties of Al alloy/ SiCp MMCs as desired by the industries. Thus, in the present study thermodynamic & structural estimates in Al alloy/ SiCp MMCs under various process conditions, composition, microstructures were performed. The relatively low cost liquid stir casting technique is used in the production of Al alloy/ SiCp MMCs with varying Silicon content (0–7%) in the alloy matrix using process temperature 710°C. Aluminium carbide layer formation on SiCp surface, Critical Si content for Aluminium carbide separation from SiCp surface, eutectic Si formation, existence of near-dislocation segregation regions after formation of Aluminium carbide on SiCp surface and the equilibrium amount of Si to suppress Aluminium carbide formation were investigated using Transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The separation of Aluminium carbide from SiCp surface was observed after 3% Si. The equilibrium Si content of 7% was found to suppress the formation of Aluminium carbide with thermodynamic model and its significance has been assessed.
B.S.S. Daniel and G.P. Chaudhari
P. Dhandapani and K.R. Ravi, "Synthesis and Characterization of Particulate SiCp Reinforced Al-Si-Mg Alloy Composite with Varying Si Content", Advanced Materials Research, Vol. 585, pp. 301-305, 2012