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Metals 2015, 5(2), 743-762; doi:10.3390/met5020743

Processing and Properties of Aluminum and Magnesium Based Composites Containing Amorphous Reinforcement: A Review

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Department of Mechanical Engineering, National University of Singapore, 9 Engineering Drive 1, Singapore 117576, Singapore
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Department of Mechanical Engineering, Bannari Amman Institute of Technology, Satyamangalam, Tamil Nadu 638401, India
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Academic Editor: Hugo F. Lopez
Received: 27 January 2015 / Revised: 15 April 2015 / Accepted: 2 May 2015 / Published: 11 May 2015

Abstract

This review deals with the processing and properties of novel lightweight metal matrix composites. Conventionally, hard and strong ceramic particles are used as reinforcement to fabricate metal matrix composites (MMCs). However, the poor mechanical properties associated with the interfacial de-cohesion and undesirable reactions at (ceramic) particle–(metallic) matrix interface represent major drawbacks. To overcome this limitation, metallic amorphous alloys (bulk metallic glass) have been recently identified as a promising alternative. Given the influential properties of amorphous metallic alloys, their incorporation is expected to positively influence the properties of light metal matrices when compared to conventional ceramic reinforcement. In view of this, a short account of the existing literature based on the processing and properties of Al- and Mg-matrix composites containing amorphous/bulk metallic glass (BMG) reinforcement is presented in this review. View Full-Text
Keywords: aluminum; magnesium; amorphous materials/Bulk Metallic Glass (BMG) reinforcement; processing methods; mechanical properties aluminum; magnesium; amorphous materials/Bulk Metallic Glass (BMG) reinforcement; processing methods; mechanical properties
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Subramanian, J.; Seetharaman, S.; Gupta, M. Processing and Properties of Aluminum and Magnesium Based Composites Containing Amorphous Reinforcement: A Review. Metals 2015, 5, 743-762.

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