Kumar, Santosh and Das, Prosenjit and Tiwari, Sandeep K. and Mondal, Manas K. and Bera, Supriya and Roy, Himadri and Samanta, Sudip K. (2015) Study of Microstructure Evolution during Semi-Solid Processing of an In-Situ Al Alloy Composite. Materials and Manufacturing Processes, 30 (3). pp. 356-366.

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In the present work, effect of pouring temperature (650°C, 655°C, and 660°C) on semi-solid microstructure evolution of in-situ magnesium silicide (Mg2Si) reinforced aluminum (Al) alloy composite has been studied. The shear force exerted by the cooling slope during gravity driven flow of the melt facilitates the formation of near spherical primary Mg2Si and primary Al grains. Shear driven melt flow along the cooling slope and grain fragmentation have been identified as the responsible mechanisms for refinement of primary Mg2Si and Al grains with improved sphericity. Results show that, while flowing down the cooling slope, morphology of primary Mg2Si and primary Al transformed gradually from coarse dendritic to mixture of near spherical particles, rosettes, and degenerated dendrites. In terms of minimum grain size and maximum sphericity, 650°C has been identified as the ideal pouring temperature for the cooling slope semi-solid processing of present Al alloy composite. Formation of spheroidal grains with homogeneous distribution of reinforcing phase (Mg2Si) improves the isotropic property of the said composite, which is desirable in most of the engineering applications.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Metal matrix composite (MMC) processing
Depositing User: Dr. Sarita Ghosh
Date Deposited: 20 Sep 2016 07:49
Last Modified: 20 Sep 2016 07:49
URI: http://cmeri.csircentral.net/id/eprint/274

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