Improvement of the mechanical properties of 2124 Al/SiCp MMC plate by optimisation of the solution treatment

M.P. Thomas, J.E. King

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    Abstract

    Static mechanical properties of 2124 Al/SiCp MMC have been measured as a function of solution temperature and time. An optimum solution treatment has been established which produces significant improvements in static mechanical properties and fatigue crack growth resistance over conventional solution treatments. Increasing the solution treatment parameters up to the optimum values improves the mechanical properties because of intermetallic dissolution, improved solute and GPB zone strengthening and increased matrix dislocation density. Increasing the solution treatment parameters beyond the optimum values results in a rapid reduction in mechanical properties due to the formation of gas porosity and surface blisters. The optimum solution treatment improves tensile properties in the transverse orientation to a greater extent than in the longitudinal orientation and this results in reduced anisotropy. © 1996 Elsevier Science Limited.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1141-1149
    Number of pages9
    JournalComposites Science and Technology
    Volume56
    Issue number10
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Oct 1996

    Keywords

    • Fatigue crack growth
    • Particulate MMC
    • Solution treatment
    • Tensile

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