X-ray microtomography analysis of the aluminum alloy composite reinforced by SiC after Friction Stir Processing

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Rok:
2013
Typ publikacji:
Artykuł
Słowa kluczowe:
3D model, aluminum alloys, friction stir processing, SEM, x-ray microtomography
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Czasopismo:
Journal of Materials Engineering and Performance
Ilość:
23
Numer:
9
Strony:
3215-3221
Miesiąc:
September
ISSN:
1544-1024
Punkty MNiSW:
13
Streszczenie:
Despite many years of using friction stir processing (FSP), there are many unexplained aspects concerning the processes which appear during FSP: determining the direction of flow and mixing of the materials and the degree of mixing and microstructure fragmentation in specific areas. This paper presents the impact of FSP on the micro- and macrostructure of the composite with hypo-eutectic Si matrix reinforced by SiC particles. The analysis of the structure of the processed area in FSP in the relation to the microstructure of the base material has been made using x-ray microtomography. The results of these studies have been juxtaposed with studies using microscopic methods (light microscopy and SEM). The microtomography images revealed an additional separation on the advancing side and the weld nugget, where on the basis of a 3D reconstruction a layer microstructure on the direction of linear movement of the tool has been demonstrated. The analyses have revealed a limited flow of the material above the weld nugget. The main advantages of the research method applied were the possibility to show the invisible or barely visible elements of the microstructure using standard test methods and the ability to analyze the microstructure changes uninterruptedly in different directions in the volume of the material.

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