The Fracture Mechanism of As-Cast and Extruded SiCp/AZ91 Composites Fabricated by Stir Casting
The fracture mechanisms of SiCp/AZ91 composites were investigated by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). For the as-cast composites, the decohesion at SiCp/matrix interface is the main fracture mechanism because of the high stress concentration resulting from the segregation of particles in grain boundaries formed during solidification process. But for the extruded composites, the main fracture mechanism is the particle crack or ductile rupture of the matrix between the particles. So the fracture mechanism of SiCp/AZ91 composites is altered by extrusion because the segregation of particles and defects in the grain boundaries are largely eliminated by extrusion.
Yu Zhou, Shan-Tung Tu and Xishan Xie
X. J. Wang et al., "The Fracture Mechanism of As-Cast and Extruded SiCp/AZ91 Composites Fabricated by Stir Casting", Key Engineering Materials, Vols. 353-358, pp. 1203-1206, 2007