Nanoindentation of Multi-Wall CNT Reinforced Al Composites


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This work used nanoindentation to characterize the local mechanical properties of the multi-wall carbon nanotube (MWCNT) reinforced aluminum (Al) composites. The Al-MWCNT (0.5, 1.0 and 2.0 wt.%) specimens were fabricated by spark plasma sintering (SPS) followed by hot extrusion. Different local regions of the as-extruded and tensile-fractured specimen over the longitudinal and transverse section were studied by nanoindentation. The nanoindentation results were compared with the conventional macro- and mircoscopic mechanical tests, and were found in good agreement. The values of hardness (H) and elastic modulus (E) obtained reached maximum at the 0.5 wt.% MWCNT adding Al samples. E was highest in the necking region then decreased with increasing distance from the localized deformed region; while H varied in different regions. In the same region, H and V were higher in the longitudinal than those in the transverse direction, due to the texture hardening and alignment of CNT.



Key Engineering Materials (Volumes 447-448)

Edited by:

Jianhong Zhao, Masanori Kunieda, Guilin Yang and Xue-Ming Yuan






J. Z. Liao et al., "Nanoindentation of Multi-Wall CNT Reinforced Al Composites", Key Engineering Materials, Vols. 447-448, pp. 549-553, 2010

Online since:

September 2010




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