EVALUATION OF MECHANICAL PROPERTIES OF Al-SiC METAL MATRIX COMPOSITES SYNTHESIZED BY STIR CASTING METHOD

1A. S. HARI VIJAY, K. SHANMUGANANTHAM, S. SURESH KUMAR

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Abstract:

On account of the excellent physical and mechanical properties of composite materials, they are widely used in many engineering applications such as in tank armors and automotive disc brakes. Metal- matrix composites are a relatively new range of materials possessing several characteristics that make them useful in situations where low weight, high strength, high stiffness, and an ability to operate at elevated temperatures are required. Despite the superior mechanical and thermal properties of metal-matrix composites, their poor machinability has been the main cause to their substitution for metal parts. The hard abrasive reinforcement causes rapid tool wear during machining and, consequently, high machining costs. In this work an attempt is made to fabricate Al/SiC Metal Matrix Composite with 6.6% weight fraction constituted by SiC particles and the machinability of the fabricated specimen is evaluated by micro-drilling process on a CNC Vertical Machining Centre using 800μm diameter Tungsten Carbide tool. Design and optimization of the experiment is implemented with the help of Full factorial method. The holes are then analyzed to evaluate their surface integrity including taper and, burr formations.

Keywords:

Aluminum matrix composite, Microstructure, Mechanical properties, Stir casting

Paper Details
Month3
Year2020
Volume24
IssueIssue 3
Pages4066-4072