Effect of heat treatment on microstructure and interface of SiC particle reinforced 2124 Al matrix composite

Mandal, D and Viswanathan, S (2013) Effect of heat treatment on microstructure and interface of SiC particle reinforced 2124 Al matrix composite. Materials Characterization, 85 (IF-1.880). pp. 73-81.

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The microstructure and interface between metal matrix and ceramic reinforcement of a composite play an important role in improving its properties. In the present investigation, the interface and intermetallic compound present in the samples were characterized to understand structural stability at an elevated temperature. Aluminum based 2124 alloy with 10 wt.% silicon carbide (SiC) particle reinforced composite was prepared through vortex method and the solid ingot was deformed by hot rolling for better particle distribution. Heat treatment of the composite was carried out at 575 degrees C with varying holding time from 1 to 48 h followed by water quenching. In this study, the microstructure and interface of the SiC particle reinforced Al based composites have been studied using optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) coupled with energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS), electron probe micro-analyzer (EPMA) associated with wavelength dispersive spectroscopy (WDS) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) to identify the precipitate and intermetallic phases that are formed during heat treatment. The SiC particles are uniformly distributed in the aluminum matrix. The microstructure analyses of Al SiC composite after heat treatment reveal that a wide range of dispersed phases are formed at grain boundary and surrounding the SiC particles. The energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy and wavelength dispersive spectroscopy analyses confirm that finely dispersed phases are CuAl2 and CuMgAl2 intermetallic and large spherical phases are Fe2SiAl8 or Al-15(Fe,Mn)(3)Si. It is also observed that a continuous layer enriched with Cu and Mg of thickness 50-80 nm is formed at the interface in between Al and SiC particles. EDS analysis also confirms that Cu and Mg are segregated at the interface of the composite while no carbide is identified at the interface. (C) 2013 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved

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Uncontrolled Keywords:Al-SiC composite; Microstructure; Interface structure; Intermetallic phase
Divisions:Material Science and Technology
ID Code:6784
Deposited On:26 Dec 2013 16:38
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