In order to supply variations in mechanical properties to Al/Al2O3 composites by displacement reaction between SiO2 and molten Al, two processes was attempted to fabricate the modified composites. The first process was to infiltrate Al melt into a partially sintered SiO2 preform and Al/Al2O3 composites were obtained. Molten Al infiltrated into some pores in the preform, which formed thick Al channels in the composite bodies. The mechanical property changed from dutile to brittle, depending on the thickness of these Al channels, which was related to the sintering temperature of SiO2 preforms. Al-Cu/Al2O3 composites were fabricated by reaction between molten Al-Cu alloy and SiO2. The hardness increased 1.5 times by aging the specimens. Fine precipitates were observed in Al parts in the composite bodies. Their mechanical properties were discussed in relation with the microstructure.
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||International Journal of Materials and Product Technology|
|Publication status||Published - 2001|