• Antonio Contreras Cuevas
  • Egberto Bedolla Becerril
  • Melchor Salazar Martínez
  • José Lemus Ruiz


This chapter describes the main fundamental aspects considered during the wetting process. The wettability behavior of molten metals on a solid substrate has become the fundamental aspect in the manufacture of metal-ceramic composites, since in many stages of the process, liquid metal is in contact with a solid ceramic. The degree of wettability is measured from the contact angle (θ) between the molten metal and the ceramic. There are two different types: (1) reactive systems and (2) nonreactive systems. In addition, the main methods to measure wettability of a solid by a liquid metal at high temperature are described, as well as the suitable engineering methods used to improve wettability are addressed. An efficient approach is to apply coatings to the ceramic reinforcement. Another method is the addition of alloying elements that reduce the surface tension and improve wettability. In this chapter the authors analyzed wetting of TiC by pure Al, Mg, and Cu, as well as some binary Al-Mg and Al-Cu alloys. Additionally, some commercial Al alloys (1010, 2024, 6061, and 7075) were studied.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Antonio Contreras Cuevas
    • 1
  • Egberto Bedolla Becerril
    • 2
  • Melchor Salazar Martínez
    • 3
  • José Lemus Ruiz
    • 2
  1. 1.Instituto Mexicano del PetróleoCiudad de MéxicoMéxico
  2. 2.Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolás de HidalgoInstituto de Investigación en Metalurgia y MaterialesMoreliaMéxico
  3. 3.Clúster Politécnico Veracruz - IPNPapantla de OlarteMéxico

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