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Fabrication of TiCx-TiB2/Al Composites for Application as a Heat Sink

by Shili Shu 1, Hongyu Yang 4, Cunzhu Tong 1 and Feng Qiu 2,3,*
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State Key Laboratory of Luminescence and Applications, Changchun Institute of Optics, Fine Mechanics and Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Changchun 130033, China
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Key Laboratory of Automobile Materials, Ministry of Education, and Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Jilin University, Changchun 130025, China
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Department of Mechanical Engineering, Oakland University, Rochester, MI 48309, USA
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Jiangsu Provincial Key Laboratory of Advanced Welding Technology, Jiangsu University of Science and Technology, Zhenjiang 212003, China
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Academic Editor: Mark T. Whittaker
Materials 2016, 9(8), 642; https://doi.org/10.3390/ma9080642
Received: 20 May 2016 / Revised: 5 July 2016 / Accepted: 19 July 2016 / Published: 29 July 2016
Metal matrix composites reinforced with ceramic particles have become the most attractive material in the research and development of new materials for thermal management applications. In this work, 40–60 vol. % TiCx-TiB2/Al composites were successfully fabricated by the method of combustion synthesis and hot press consolidation in an Al-Ti-B4C system. The effect of the TiCx-TiB2 content on the microstructure and compression properties of the composites was investigated. Moreover, the abrasive wear behavior and thermo-physics properties of the TiCx-TiB2/Al composite were studied and compared with the TiCx/Al composite. The compression properties, abrasive wear behavior and thermo-physics properties of the TiCx-TiB2/Al composite are all better than those of the TiCx/Al composite, which confirms that the TiCx-TiB2/Al composite is more appropriate for application as a heat sink. View Full-Text
Keywords: composites; heat sink; wear; thermo-physics properties composites; heat sink; wear; thermo-physics properties
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Shu, S.; Yang, H.; Tong, C.; Qiu, F. Fabrication of TiCx-TiB2/Al Composites for Application as a Heat Sink. Materials 2016, 9, 642.

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