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Equal Channel Angular Pressing of Al-SiC Composites Fabricated by Stir Casting

Author(s): Farouk Shehata | Nahed ElMahallawy | Mohamed Arab | Mohamed Agwa

Journal: Open Journal of Metal
ISSN 2164-2761

Volume: 03;
Issue: 02;
Start page: 26;
Date: 2013;
Original page

Keywords: Metal Matrix Composites | (Al-SiC) Composite | Porosity | Stir Casting

Stir casting method was used to produce conventional metal matrix composites (MMC) with fairly homogenous dispersion of reinforcement material. Commercial pure aluminum and silicon carbide particles (50 μm) were selected as matrix and reinforcement materials respectively. The matrix was first completely melt and kept constant at 750°C. Then SiC powder preheated to 800°C was added during stirring action. No wetting agents were used. The melt mixture was poured into a metallic mold. The composite contents were adjusted to contain 5% and 10% SiC. The as-cast composites were processed by Equal Channel Angular Pressing (ECAP) route A. The microstructure and mechanical properties were studied. Results indicated that as cast AlSiC composites can be successfully fabricated via a cheap conventional stir casting method, giving fairly dispersed SiC particle distribution and having low porosity levels
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