ISSN: 1003-6326
CN: 43-1239/TG
CODEN: TNMCEW

Vol. 27    No. 1    January 2017

Production and mechanical properties of nano SiC particle reinforced Ti-6Al-4V matrix composite
G. SIVAKUMAR1, V. ANANTHI2, S. RAMANATHAN3
(1. CISL, Department of Physics, Annamalai University, Tamilnadu 608002, India;
2. Physics Section, FEAT, Annamalai University, Tamilnadu 608002, India;
3. Manufacturing Engineering Department, Annamalai University, Tamilnadu 608002, India
)
Abstract: Different mass fractions (0, 5%, 10%, and 15%) of the synthesized nano SiC particles reinforced Ti-6Al-4V (Ti64) alloy metal matrix composites (MMCs) were successfully fabricated by the powder metallurgy method. The effects of addition of SiC particle on the mechanical properties of the composites such as hardness and compressive strength were investigated. The optimum density (93.33%) was obtained at the compaction pressure of 6.035 MPa. Scanning electron microscopic (SEM) observations of the microstructures revealed that the wettability and the bonding force were improved in Ti64 alloy/5% nano SiCp composites. The effect of nano SiCp content in Ti64 alloy/SiCp matrix composite on phase formation was investigated by X-ray diffraction. The correlation between mechanical parameter and phase formation was analyzed. The new phase of brittle interfaced reaction formed in the 10% and 15% SiCp composite specimens and resulted in no beneficial effect on the strength and hardness. The compressive strength and hardness of Ti64 alloy/5% nano SiCp MMCs showed higher values. Hence, 5% SiCp can be considered to be the optimal replacement content for the composite.
Key words: titanium alloy; nano SiC particle; powder metallurgy; hardness; compressive strength
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