Microstructural observations on the composite Al-SiC-15p obtained by the compocasting process [Observaciones microestructurales en el composite Al-SiC-15p obtenido por el procedimiento de compocolado] Article uri icon


  • In order to study how the processing variables of the compocasting process, such as shear rate and solid fraction, influence the mechanical entrapment of SiCp in the aluminium matrix of the Al-SiC-xxp composite. In the present work, shear rate and solid fraction were varied (γ= 27, 120 and 219 s-1 and fs = 0.3, 0.4 and 0.5. respectively). In addition, the atomic force microscope (AFM) was used to investigate the surface topography of the composite. with the purpose of determine, qualitatively, the degree of interfacial bonding between aluminium matrix and reinforcement elements. By using the chemical facilities of SEM it was attempted to determine the composition of the second phase responsible of bonding between matrix and paniculate. The results obtained in the AFM confirmed that the mechanical entrapment of the particles by the solid is more efficient at high solid fractions (fs > 0.4) and high shear rates (γ>120 s-1 120s-1). In contrast, at low fs (<0.3) and low γ(< 27 s-1) such effect is poor. In addition, cualitative evidence, recorded by optical micrographs, illustrate the mechanism of dendritic fragmentation and change (from dendritic to globular) of the primary solid phase in the compocasling process. SEM results suggested that bonding could be established through the silicon phase nevertheless it is considered that more accurate analysis are needed.

publication date

  • 1996-01-01