Comparison between Roll Diffusion Bonding and Hot Isostatic Pressing Production Processes of Ti6Al4V-SiCf Metal Matrix Composites
Titanium-metal-matrix composites (Ti-MMC) are materials with very large specific resistance and potential operative temperature up to 800° C. At present these composites are produced by Hot Isostatic Pressing (HIP), a reliable but expensive manufacturing method. To cut production costs, Centro Sviluppo Materiali SpA (CSM) has developed and patented an experimental plant for co-rolling at high temperature sheets of titanium alloy and silicon carbide monofilaments fabrics. The experimental Roll Diffusion Bonding (RDB) pilot plant permits a reduction of process costs of about 40% with respect to the HIP process. This work reports the results of microstructural and mechanical examinations carried out on composites realized by RDB and HIP. The comparison shows that the fibre-matrix interface is stable in both the composites while the mechanical properties of RDB composite are better due to its smaller grain size and high dislocation density.
Lorella Ceschini and Roberto Montanari
C. Testani et al., "Comparison between Roll Diffusion Bonding and Hot Isostatic Pressing Production Processes of Ti6Al4V-SiCf Metal Matrix Composites", Materials Science Forum, Vol. 678, pp. 145-154, 2011