Fracture behaviour of pressure die-cast aluminium-graphite composites
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Fracture toughness values of pressure die-cast Al-7Si-3 Mg-5 graphite composites were measured and found to be in the range 8–10 MPa m1/2. Detailed microstructure of the composite and the fractured surfaces were examined. Defects such as clusters, agglomerations and segregation of graphite particles, play a dominant role in accelerating the fracture process. In addition, the acicular silicon phase present in the matrix and the casting defects, such as gas and shrinkage porosities, also initiated and accelerated the crack, thus lowering the fracture toughness of the composites.
KeywordsMicrostructure Porosity Graphite Shrinkage Fracture Surface
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