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Metals 2016, 6(7), 143; doi:10.3390/met6070143

Microwave Rapid Sintering of Al-Metal Matrix Composites: A Review on the Effect of Reinforcements, Microstructure and Mechanical Properties

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Center for Advanced Materials, Qatar University, Doha 2713, Qatar
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Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Faculty of Petroleum and Mining Engineering, Suez University, Suez 43721, Egypt
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Department of Mechanical Engineering, National University of Singapore, 117576, Singapore
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Academic Editor: Hugo F. Lopez
Received: 11 March 2016 / Revised: 7 June 2016 / Accepted: 16 June 2016 / Published: 25 June 2016
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Abstract

Aluminum metal matrix composites (AMMCs) are light-weight materials having wide-spread use in the automobile and aerospace industries due to their attractive physical and mechanical properties. The promising mechanical properties of AMMCs are ascribed to the size and distribution of the reinforcement, as well as to the grain size of the matrix. Microwave rapid sintering involves internal heating of aluminum compacts by passing microwave energy through them. The main features of the microwave sintering technique are a short processing time and a low energy consumption. The aim of this review article is to briefly present the microwave rapid sintering process and to summarize the recent published work on the sintering and properties of pure Al and Al-based matrix composites containing different reinforcements. View Full-Text
Keywords: aluminum; metal matrix; reinforcement; microwave sintering; microstructure; mechanical properties aluminum; metal matrix; reinforcement; microwave sintering; microstructure; mechanical properties
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Matli, P.R.; Shakoor, R.A.; Amer Mohamed, A.M.; Gupta, M. Microwave Rapid Sintering of Al-Metal Matrix Composites: A Review on the Effect of Reinforcements, Microstructure and Mechanical Properties. Metals 2016, 6, 143.

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