Efficient Processing of Metal-Matrix-Composites by Combining Direct Pressure Sintering and Subsequent Thixoforging
The paper describes a cost effective and innovative combination of direct pressure sintering and subsequent thixoforming to produce MMC-components in (near-) net shape quality and, thus, to make these interesting materials attractive to mass production.First results of some combinations of aluminium matrix alloys with different ceramic reinforcements, consolidated by fast pressure sintering show the efficiency of this technology.The further processing of the consolidated billets has been performed by thixoforging. It can be shown, that the homogeneous microstructure from the direct pressure sintering stage with uniformly distributed ceramic reinforcements can be maintained over the semi-solid state and a full densification can be achieved. Form filling was complete and surface quality was comparable to forgings from conventional alloys.This new process flow shows advantages regarding the material yield in each of the processing steps. The (near-) net shape quality of thixoforged components allows a reduced effort for machining, which is of special importance for composite materials with a high content of wear resistant hard phases like SiC-particles.
Christian Edtmaier and Guillermo Requena
A. Storz et al., "Efficient Processing of Metal-Matrix-Composites by Combining Direct Pressure Sintering and Subsequent Thixoforging", Materials Science Forum, Vols. 825-826, pp. 167-175, 2015