Fabrication of MgO nanoparticulates reinforced aluminum matrix composites using stir-casting method

2016 Kovové materiály  
In the present work, A356.1 aluminum alloy matrix composites reinforced with 1.5, 2.5, and 5 vol.% MgO nanoparticles were fabricated at various casting temperatures, viz. 800, 850 and 950 • C using stir casting method. Density, crystal structure and microstructure of the samples were investigated in order to achieve the optimum amount of casting temperature. Also, the composites were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD). Results indicated that with
more » ... cated that with increasing the content of the second phase (MgO), the amount of agglomeration and porosity increased. However, the microstructural characterization of the composite samples showed uniform distribution of reinforcement and presence of the minimal porosity. Density results showed adjacent values in comparison with theoretical ones. Composite cast at 850 • C can be considered as the optimum fabrication conditions. K e y w o r d s : aluminum matrix composite, stir casting, MgO nanoparticles, microstructure, density *
doi:10.4149/km_2015_5_319 fatcat:a6krcnvuwbcgtadg763nvou54u