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Microstructures and Tensile Properties of Al–Cu Matrix Composites Reinforced with Nano-Sized SiCp Fabricated by Semisolid Stirring Process

Key Laboratory of Automobile Materials, Ministry of Education and Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Jilin University, Renmin Street NO. 5988, Changchun 130025, China
State Key Laboratory of Luminescence and Applications, Changchun Institute of Optics, Fine Mechanics and Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Changchun 130012, China
Department of Mechanical Engineering, Oakland University, Rochester, MI 48309, USA
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Metals 2017, 7(2), 49;
Received: 29 December 2016 / Accepted: 3 February 2017 / Published: 8 February 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Metal Matrix Composites)
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The nano-sized SiCp/Al–Cu composites were successfully fabricated by combining semisolid stirring with ball milling technology. Microstructures were examined by an olympus optical microscope (OM), field emission scanning electron microscope (FESEM) and transmission electron microscope (TEM). Tensile properties were studied at room temperature. The results show that the α-Al dendrites of the composites were strongly refined, especially in the composite with 3 wt. % nano-sized SiCp, of which the morphology of the α-Al changes from 200 μm dendritic crystal to 90 μm much finer equiaxial grain. The strength and ductility of the composites are improved synchronously with the addition of nano-sized SiCp particles. The as-cast 3 wt. % nano-sized SiCp/Al–Cu composite displays the best tensile properties, i.e., the yield strength, ultimate tensile strength (UTS) and fracture strain increase from 175 MPa, 310 MPa and 4.1% of the as-cast Al–Cu alloy to 220 MPa, 410 MPa and 6.3%, respectively. The significant improvement in the tensile properties of the composites is mainly due to the refinement of the α-Al dendrites, nano-sized SiCp strengthening, and good interface combination between the SiCp and Al–Cu alloys. View Full-Text
Keywords: nano-sized SiCp; aluminum matrix composites; mechanical properties; microstructures nano-sized SiCp; aluminum matrix composites; mechanical properties; microstructures

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Qiu, F.; Gao, X.; Tang, J.; Gao, Y.-Y.; Shu, S.-L.; Han, X.; Li, Q.; Jiang, Q.-C. Microstructures and Tensile Properties of Al–Cu Matrix Composites Reinforced with Nano-Sized SiCp Fabricated by Semisolid Stirring Process. Metals 2017, 7, 49.

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