Microstructure and strength of a squeeze cast aluminium piston alloy composite reinforced with alumina short fibre using Al2O3 binder
Authors: Asano, K.; Yoneda, H.
Source: International Journal of Cast Metals Research, Volume 17, Number 6, 2004 , pp. 351-356(6)
Publisher: Maney Publishing
Abstract:Alumina short fibre preforms were fabricated using an Al2O3 binder and infiltrated with aluminium piston alloy melt by squeeze casting. Al2O3 binder is thermodynamically more stable than the conventional SiO2 binder and reduces the fibre/matrix interfacial reaction. The effects of fibre volume fraction, temperature and heat treatment on the yield strength and tensile strength of the composite were investigated. The Al2O3 binder provided a satisfactory interfacial bond between the fibre and the matrix without any interfacial reaction or fibre damage. Aging behaviour was not changed by reinforcement. At every temperature, the composites showed the highest strength with a fibre volume fraction of 18%. The strength of the composite was improved by T6 heat treatment. Examination of the fracture surfaces and calculation of the tensile strength using the rule of mixtures indicated that the 18% fibre reinforced composite had a strong interfacial bond even at high temperatures.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 2004-01-01