Metallography & Bulk Hardness of Artificially Aged Al6061-B4C-SiC Stir Cast Hybrid Composites

Sharma, S S and Jagannath, K and Prabhu, P R and Gowri Shankar, M C and Harisha, S R and Kini, Achutha U (2016) Metallography & Bulk Hardness of Artificially Aged Al6061-B4C-SiC Stir Cast Hybrid Composites. In: 4th Asia conference on Mechanical and Materials Engineering, 14/07/2016, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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Present investigation focusses on combined effect of B4C and SiC on the improvement in hardness with an average size of 35-40μm on Al6061 hybrid composite. Composites are produced by stir casting process. The effect of artificial aging treatment with different aging temperatures of 100, 150 and 200ᴼC on the improvement in hardness is also investigated. Optical micrographs and Brinell hardness number have been discussed. An attempt is made to find out the intermetallic phase responsible for strengthening by Transmission Electron Microscopy. Due to positive response to age hardening treatment there is an improvement in the mechanical properties of Al6061 alloy & its hybrid composite. The aging kinetics is more accelerated in case of hybrid composites as compared to unreinforced Al6061 alloy because of presence of reinforcement particulate, which act as nucleation site for precipitation. Artificially aged at 100ᴼC shows improvement in hardness by 120-220% due to the precipitation of secondary solute rich phase of alloying elements as compared Al6061 alloy.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Al6061 alloy, Silicon Carbide, Boron Carbide, Hybrid composites, Intermetallics
Subjects: Engineering > MIT Manipal > Mechanical and Manufacturing
Depositing User: MIT Library
Date Deposited: 17 Aug 2016 11:29
Last Modified: 17 Aug 2016 11:29

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