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Effect of different reinforcement on mechanical properties of aluminium metal matrix composites

Author Affiliations

  • 1Department of Mechanical Engineering, Bhilai Institute of Technology, Durg, CG, India
  • 2Department of Mechanical Engineering, Bhilai Institute of Technology, Durg, CG, India

Res. J. Engineering Sci., Volume 6, Issue (6), Pages 39-45, July,26 (2017)


There is a significant role of reinforcing materials in determining the overall performance of the composites. Metal matrix composites (MMCs) shows very attractive physical (density, thermal expansion etc.) and mechanical (tensile, compressive and yield strength, toughness, hardnessetc.) properties for aerospace, automotive and numerous other applications where they can successfully replace other materials like cast iron and steel. Aluminium matrix composites (AMCs) are potential candidate materials for numerous applications because they have combination of above properties; enhancement in such properties is obtained by suitable tailoring reinforcements in base metal. In the casting process the reinforcement particles like metal borides (TiB2), metal oxides (Al2O3), metal carbides (SiC, TiC, etc.) and metal nitrides (Si3N4, AlN) are reinforced in the melt of aluminium matrix. The widely used reinforcing materials to fabricate AMCs are silicon carbide (SiC) and aluminium oxide (Al2O3) in the form of particles or whiskers. Mechanical properties are controlled by initial processing method, reinforcement size, weight faction etc. The ceramic particles reinforced AMCs are termed as new generation material and these can be tailored and engineered to achieve enhanced properties. In present review an attempt has been made to describe the effect of tailoring different reinforcements in aluminium alloy on aspects relating to mechanical properties. The successful commercial production of AMCs is finally depending on their cost effectiveness for different applications.


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