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Year : 2015 | Volume: 1 | Issue: 1 | Pages: 19 - 29

Fabrication and Characterization of Al-SiCp-Fly Ash Composite using Stir Casting Process

Sakthi Vijay1*, S Senthil Murugan2

DOI: 10.18831/came/2015011003

Corresponding author

Sakthi Vijay*

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Mepco Schlenk Engineering College, Sivakasi, India

  • 1. Department of Mechanical Engineering, Mepco Schlenk Engineering College, Sivakasi, India
  • 2. P Nagaraj

Received on: 2015/04/03

Revised on: 2015/06/22

Accepted on: 2015/08/08

Published on: 2015/08/11

  • Fabrication and Characterization of Al-SiCp-Fly Ash Composite using Stir Casting Process, Sakthi Vijay, S Senthil Murugan 2015/08/11, Concurrent Advances in Mechanical Engineering, 1(1): 19 - 29, http://dx.doi.org/10.18831/came/12015011003.

    Published on: 2015/08/11

Abstract

Metal-matrix composites (MMCs) have emerged as potential alternatives to conventional alloys in terms of high-strength, wear resistance and stiffness applications especially in automotiveindustries.The present work is focused on the study of mechanical characterization and microstructural behaviour of pure Aluminum - Silicon carbide (SiC)p - fly ash composite produced by stir casting technique. Here the combination of composites investigated is 3, 6, 9 wt. % of SiC and the 2 wt. % of fly ash as constant for all the combinations. The composites were tested for hardness, tensile strength and dry sliding wear behaviour. The pin on the disk apparatus is used to analyse the wear rate of the composite. The results show improved hardness, tensile strength and wear resistance with increase in percentage of SiC up to 6 wt. % of SiC and it tends to decrease while SiC wt. % increases and fly ash wt. % remains constant. Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) image indicates better bonding between matrix, fly ash and SiC particle with no fracture initiation at matrix particle interface. 

Keywords

Pure aluminum, SiCp, Fly ash, MMC, Mechanical characterization, SEM.