Elastic Behaviour of Spherical Particles Reinforced Metal-Matrix Composites
Current technology provides means of fabrication of spherical micro-particles, either hollow or compact, for all engineering materials. Such spherical particles can be further embedded into another material to build-up either random dispersions or close-packed arrays, according to the production route and the degree of anisotropy intended for the ultimate composite material. In this study, a simple analytical formula for the composite stiffness is derived from an early micromechanics model, to describe the actual reinforcement of ductile matrices by a random dispersion of uniform spherical ceramic particles. Predictions from this model are checked against some other relevant models, and specific features arising from its theoretical derivation are pointed out.
António Torres Marques, António Fernando Silva, António Paulo Monteiro Baptista, Carlos Sá, Fernando Jorge Lino Alves, Luís Filipe Malheiros and Manuel Vieira
J. D. Botas et al., "Elastic Behaviour of Spherical Particles Reinforced Metal-Matrix Composites", Materials Science Forum, Vols. 587-588, pp. 202-206, 2008