Mechanical properties of As-cast and heat-treated ZA-27 alloy/short glass fiber composites

  • S. C. Sharma
  • B. M. Girish
  • B. M. Satish
  • R. Kamath


This paper reports on the mechanical properties of as-cast and heat-treated ZA-27 alloy composites reinforced with glass fibers from 1 to 5 wt%. The composites were fabricated using the Compocasting method, in which short glass fibers were introduced into the vortex created in the molten alloy through an impeller rotated at 500 rpm. The molten mass was thoroughly stirred and poured into permanent molds and squeezed under pressure. The specimens were heat treated at 320 °C for 1, 2,3, and 4 h. The tests on the as-cast composites revealed that as the glass content in the composites was increased, the ultimate tensile strength (UTS), compressive strength, and hardness of the composite increased, while the ductility and impact strength were decreased. Heat treatment was found to improve significantly the ductility, compressive strength, and impact strength, while the hardness and UTS were reduced. This paper discusses the behavior of these composites.


composites E-glass mechanical properties zinc alloys 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. C. Sharma
    • 1
  • B. M. Girish
    • 1
  • B. M. Satish
    • 1
  • R. Kamath
    • 1
  1. 1.Research and Development, Department of Mechanical EngineeringR.V. College of Engineering, BangaloreKarnatakaIndia

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