Journal of Materials Science

, Volume 31, Issue 3, pp 795–805 | Cite as

Spinel growth in the interface of δ-Al2O3 fibre reinforced aluminium piston alloys

  • H. J. Dudek
  • R. Borath
  • A. Kleine


Spinel growth is studied by analytical electron microscopy in the fibre-matrix interface of as-processed and in thermal treated δ-Al2O3 fibre reinforced AlSi12CuMgNi alloys. In the as-processed composites a few nanometer large spinel crystals are observed in the fibre-matrix interface. They are interpreted as the reaction product of remnants of the SiO2 binder, with magnesium segregating in the interface. In the thermally treated material, large spinel crystals of a few tenths of a micrometer grow on the fibre, preferentially at positions where α-Al2O3 crystals reach the δ fibre surface. The spinel grows into the aluminium grain of the matrix, as well as into α-Al2O3 of the fibre. The orientational relationship of the spinel and the alumina is studied and the results are discussed in relation to the fibre wetting, adhesion and fibre-matrix reaction.


Polymer Aluminium Electron Microscopy SiO2 Magnesium 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • H. J. Dudek
    • 1
  • R. Borath
    • 1
  • A. Kleine
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute for Materials ResearchDLRKölnGermany
  2. 2.BAFA Federal Export OfficeEschbornGermany

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