Preparation and characterization of aluminum borate whisker reinforced magnesium alloy composites by semi-solid process

Makoto Yoshida, S. Takeuchi, J. Pan, G. Sasaki, N. Fuyama, T. Fujii, H. Fukunaga

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To develop a new kind of composite material, 'graded morphology MMCs', a semi-solid magnesium alloy was squeeze-cast into an aluminum borate whisker preform. Currently, to increase the interfacial tensile/shear strength between MMCs and some metal parts, the joining processes have been studied. However, a suitable process has not yet been found. In this study, we first studied the optimum manufacturing condition to increase the preform compressive strength which should be necessary to prevent the preform from deformation in the squeeze cast process. The dependence of the binder types, which were the SiO2, Al2O3, and TiO2 sols, the binder content (0-5 mass% vs whisker amount), and the sintering temperature (1000-1160°C) of the preform were measured. We then examined the microstructure of the obtained material which was in situ joined with the semi-solid magnesium alloy (Mg-9 mass% Al-1 mass% Zn). The results were as follows: (1) The SiO2 sol was the most effective as a binder to increase the preform compressive strength. (2) During the squeeze cast process, the particles of the α-Mg solid phase in the semi-solid alloy were filtered by the preform and piled up in front of the preform/semi-solid alloy interface. This causes a gradational distribution of the primary crystals in part of the obtained material.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)259-268
Number of pages10
JournalAdvanced Composite Materials: The Official Journal of the Japan Society of Composite Materials
Volume8
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1999
Externally publishedYes

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Compressive strength
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Shear strength
Sintering
Metals
Crystals
Microstructure
Temperature

Keywords

  • Composites
  • Magnesium alloy
  • Semi-solid
  • Squeeze casting

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  • Ceramics and Composites

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Preparation and characterization of aluminum borate whisker reinforced magnesium alloy composites by semi-solid process. / Yoshida, Makoto; Takeuchi, S.; Pan, J.; Sasaki, G.; Fuyama, N.; Fujii, T.; Fukunaga, H.

In: Advanced Composite Materials: The Official Journal of the Japan Society of Composite Materials, Vol. 8, No. 3, 1999, p. 259-268.

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