Investigation on Microstructure, Wear Behavior and Microhardness of Al−Si/SiC Nanocomposite

  • E. Bahmani
  • V. AboueiEmail author
  • Y. Shajari
  • S. H. Razavi
  • O. Bayat


Aluminum matrix nano-composites have been widely used in various fields such as aerospace, automobile, and packing industries. In this study, the effect of nano-SiC content on the microst-ructure, wear resistance and micro-hardness of Al–Si/SiC nano-composite was investigated. In this regard, Al–Si matrix was reinforced by different amounts of nano-SiC: 0, 0.5, 1, 1.5, 3, 5, 10 wt %. The results showed that with increasing the nano-SiC weight ratio, nano-particles are agglomerated and unsuitable sintering increases the porosity, as pores and cavities. For more than 1.5% weight ratio of nano-SiC in the matrix, the wear resistance and the micro-hardness decreased. The results of the wear test, scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy and worn surfaces showed that the dominant wear mechanism is controlled by nano-SiC contents. This study indicated that with adding nano-SiC particles more than the optimal content, wear resistance and micro-hardness of Al–Si/SiC nano-composite increased more than twice.


nano composite wear rate wear resistance Al−Si/SiC 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • E. Bahmani
    • 1
  • V. Abouei
    • 1
    Email author
  • Y. Shajari
    • 1
  • S. H. Razavi
    • 2
  • O. Bayat
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Karaj BranchIslamic Azad UniversityKarajIran
  2. 2.School of Metallurgy and Materials EngineeringIran University of Science and TechnologyTehranIran
  3. 3.Department of Materials Science and EngineeringHamedan University of TechnologyHamedanIran

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