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Continuous-fiber reinforced composites: A new generation

  • Herve E. Deve
  • Colin McCullough
Lightweight Auto Material Overview


The mechanical and physical properties of aluminum-matrix composites reinforced with high-performance continuous alumina fibers are reviewed and compared with those of other structural materials. Continuous-fiber reinforced aluminum-matrix compositesoffer outstanding improvements in specific strength and specific stiffness over conventional alloys and particulate composites. Thelongitudinal tensile strength of an aluminum matrix reinforced with 55–65 vol.% alumina fibers is in the range ofl.4-1.9 GPa, the longitudinal Young's modulus is 220–240 GPa, and the density is 3.2-3.4 g/cm3. The mechanisms of strengthening and fracture under longitudinal, transverse, and shear loading are reviewed. Examples of applications are presented that are representative of the range of product forms being developed.


Metal Matrix Composite Fiber Volume Fraction Oxide Fiber Alumina Fiber Transverse Strength 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Herve E. Deve
    • 1
  • Colin McCullough
    • 1
  1. 1.3M Metal Matrix Composite ProgramUSA

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