Structural Evolution During Mechanical Milling of Bimodal-Sized Al2O3 Particles Reinforced Aluminum Matrix Composite

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Abstract

Hybrid aluminum matrix composite powders reinforced with bimodal-sized Al2O3 particles were synthesized by mechanical milling. Two different approaches were investigated for the addition of submicron- and nano-sized Al2O3 particles to the aluminum powders. It was observed that the simultaneous addition of bimodal-sized Al2O3 particles to the aluminum powders resulted in an equiaxed morphology of the composite powders and the average particle size stabilized after 5 h of milling, indicating that the presence of bimodal-sized particles has greater effect on accelerating milling process as compared to nano-sized particles; the grain size of the aluminum matrix in composite powders was reduced to under 40 nm, approximate to the value obtained in the separate addition case, while a lower rate of refining was observed due to hindrance of submicron-sized particles on the interactions between nano-sized particles and the aluminum matrix.

Keywords

Bimodal-sized Aluminum matrix composite Mechanical milling Grain refinement 

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Acknowledgements

The authors greatly acknowledge the financial support from the State Key Laboratory of Traction Power (Grant No. 2015TPL_Z01), the State Key Laboratory of Solidification Processing (Grant Nos. 82-TZ-2013 and SKLSP201609), the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities (Grant No. 2682017CX090), and the “111” Project (B08040).

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ke Zhao
    • 1
  • Dan Tang
    • 1
  • Jin-Ling Liu
    • 2
    • 3
  • Yi-Guang Wang
    • 1
  1. 1.Science and Technology on Thermostructural Composite Materials LaboratoryNorthwestern Polytechnical UniversityXi’anChina
  2. 2.State Key Laboratory of Traction Power, School of Mechanics and EngineeringSouthwest Jiaotong UniversityChengduChina
  3. 3.Applied Mechanics and Structure Safety Key Laboratory of Sichuan ProvinceSouthwest Jiaotong UniversityChengduChina

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