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Manufacture of Al/SiC Metal Matrix Composites by the Press and Sinter Route



G T. Campbell, R Raman, Richard J. Fields


Aluminum based Metal Matrix Composites (MMC's) are being considered for many different high volume applications. The most common manufacturing rout for aluminum based MMC's is a blend/can/extrude route. This route is considered high cost and not practicable for high volume applications such as automotive parts. Interparticle spacing is though to be an important factor on mechanical properties. Where little or no hot work occurs in the manufacturing process, the starting particle size distribution of the metal powder should have a significant effect on the resulting microstructure and mechanical. This work examines the relationship between metal powder size, SiC size and the resulting microstructure and mechanical properties for pressed and sintered compacts.
NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR) - 6235
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aluminum, metal matrix composites, powder metallurgy, pressed and sinter, silicon carbide


Campbell, G. , Raman, R. and Fields, R. (2021), Manufacture of Al/SiC Metal Matrix Composites by the Press and Sinter Route, NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD (Accessed June 17, 2024)


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Created October 12, 2021