Journal of Materials Science

, Volume 27, Issue 16, pp 4447–4459 | Cite as

Processing-microstructure relationships in compocast magnesium/SiC

  • V. Laurent
  • P. Jarry
  • G. Regazzoni
  • D. Apelian


Compocasting experiments were conducted to investigate the feasibility of the process as applied to the AZ91 D magnesium alloy-SiC particles system. Processing-macro/ microstructure relationships were examined. Three temperature-time processing sequences were investigated: stirring temperature maintained above liquidus; stirring temperature in the semi-solid temperature range; and lastly, an imposed temperature rise above the liquidus after stirring in the mushy zone. Stirring temperature and particle size significantly affect spatial particle distribution and porosity level. The easy incorporation and even dispersion of particles in the matrix suggest good wetting of SiC particles by the magnesium matrix. Impact fracture surfaces show strong bonding at the particle/matrix interface. A reaction takes place at the matrix/particle interface whilst stirring at temperatures above the liquidus. Reaction products have been identified. Finally, the mechanical properties of a compocast ingot which was extruded have been studied and are reported. This work clearly points out that there is a preferred procedure to follow during compocasting to obtain an optimum microstructure. The procedure is to add the reinforcing materials to the semi-solid alloy followed by stirring above the liquidus temperature.


Liquidus Temperature Particle System Processing Sequence Mushy Zone Strong Bonding 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • V. Laurent
    • 1
  • P. Jarry
    • 1
  • G. Regazzoni
    • 1
  • D. Apelian
    • 2
  1. 1.Péchiney, Centre de Recherches de VoreppeFrance
  2. 2.College of EngineeringWorcester Polytechnic InstituteWorcesterUSA

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