Materials for the Fabrication of Composites

  • Yoshinori Nishida


Properties of the major reinforcement materials used for metal matrix composites are introduced in this chapter and their characteristic features are discussed and compared. The properties of a composite are partly determined by the properties of each constituent material, because each constituent retains its own microstructure and properties within the composite. Production methods for reinforcements are briefly described, along with their influence on the properties of the reinforcements including their compatibility with matrix metal. Reinforcements may be particles or fibers, including whiskers, nanofibers and nanotubes. They are made from ceramics or carbon. Carbon fibers with high thermal conductivity are introduced, because they are likely to be useful in carbon/metal composite heat sink materials.


Carbon Fiber Silicon Nitride Aluminum Nitride Molten Aluminum Precursor Fiber 
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  • Yoshinori Nishida
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  1. 1.National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST)NagoyaJapan

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