Materials 2013, 6(5), 1940-1955; doi:10.3390/ma6051940
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Synthesis and Characterization of Nano Boron Nitride Reinforced Magnesium Composites Produced by the Microwave Sintering Method

1 Department of Mechanical Engineering, National University of Singapore, 9 Engineering Drive 1, Singapore 117576 2 Technology Development Centre, ITE College Central, H1-01, 2 Ang Mo Kio Drive, Singapore 567720 3 Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department, Qatar University, Doha P.O. Box No. 2713, Qatar
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Received: 11 April 2013; in revised form: 3 May 2013 / Accepted: 6 May 2013 / Published: 10 May 2013
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Microwave Processing of Materials)
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Abstract: In this study, magnesium composites with nano-size boron nitride (BN) particulates of varying contents were synthesized using the powder metallurgy (PM) technique incorporating microwave-assisted two-directional sintering followed by hot extrusion. The effect of nano-BN addition on the microstructural and the mechanical behavior of the developed Mg/BN composites were studied in comparison with pure Mg using the structure-property correlation. Microstructural characterization revealed uniform distribution of nano-BN particulates and marginal grain refinement. The coefficient of thermal expansion (CTE) value of the magnesium matrix was improved with the addition of nano-sized BN particulates. The results of XRD studies indicate basal texture weakening with an increase in nano-BN addition. The composites showed improved mechanical properties measured under micro-indentation, tension and compression loading. While the tensile yield strength improvement was marginal, a significant increase in compressive yield strength was observed. This resulted in the reduction of tension-compression yield asymmetry and can be attributed to the weakening of the strong basal texture.
Keywords: metal matrix composites; microwave sintering; mechanical properties; microstructure; X-ray diffraction; scanning electron microscopy

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Seetharaman, S.; Subramanian, J.; Tun, K.S.; Hamouda, A.S.; Gupta, M. Synthesis and Characterization of Nano Boron Nitride Reinforced Magnesium Composites Produced by the Microwave Sintering Method. Materials 2013, 6, 1940-1955.

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Seetharaman S, Subramanian J, Tun KS, Hamouda AS, Gupta M. Synthesis and Characterization of Nano Boron Nitride Reinforced Magnesium Composites Produced by the Microwave Sintering Method. Materials. 2013; 6(5):1940-1955.

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Seetharaman, Sankaranarayanan; Subramanian, Jayalakshmi; Tun, Khin S.; Hamouda, Abdelmagid S.; Gupta, Manoj. 2013. "Synthesis and Characterization of Nano Boron Nitride Reinforced Magnesium Composites Produced by the Microwave Sintering Method." Materials 6, no. 5: 1940-1955.

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