Mechanical Engineering Faculty Research

Title

The Tensile Response and Fracture Behavior of 2009 Aluminum Alloy Metal Matrix Composite

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

Spring 4-15-2003

Abstract

In this research paper the tensile properties and fracture characteristics of aluminum alloy 2009 discontinuously reinforced with silicon carbide particulates (SiCp) are presented and discussed. The increased strength of the Al 2009/SiCp composite is attributed to the synergistic influences of residual stresses generated due to intrinsic differences in thermal expansion coefficients between the composite constituents, strengthening from constrained plastic flow and triaxiality in the ductile aluminum alloy metal matrix due to the presence of ceramic particle reinforcements. Fracture on a microscopic scale comprised of cracking of the individual and clusters of SiC particles present in the microstructure. Final fracture of the composite resulted from crack propagation through the matrix between the clusters of reinforcing SiC particles. The key mechanisms governing the tensile fracture process are elucidated.

Publication Title

Materials Science and Engineering: A

Volume

346

Issue

1-2

First Page

91

Last Page

100