Total views : 246

Investigation on Tensile and Impact Behavior of Aluminum Base Silicon Carbide Metal Matrix Composites


  • Department of Mechanical Engineering, Sri Sairam Engineering College, Chennai, India
  • Department of Mechanical Engineering, DMI College of Engineering, Chennai, India


Objectives: The scope of this work was to: 1. to fabricate Silicon Carbide (SiC) particle Metal Matrix Composites (MMC) by vortex method; 2. to investigate the effect of SiC particles on the tensile and impact behavior of SiC particle reinforced 6061 aluminum alloy composites. Recently, the material technology has seen many contemporary developments in the field of fabricating new materials which reinstates the current materials for different applications. Amidst these, the composite materials have an important aspect which is a combination of different materials possessing various physical and chemical properties. Methods: This Aluminum base metal Matrix Composite (AMC) has been manufactured by wrought aluminum alloy by varying the weight fractions of silicon carbide to compose five distinct forms of composites. Stir – casting has been chosen as the manufacturing technique, in this study. Findings: The manufactured composites were tested to determine their tensile and impact properties and the result proves that the sample with higher percentage of silicon carbide has better mechanical properties, comparably. Applications: This study essentially focuses on establishing AMC as they find applications on aerospace and automotive industries because of their admirable properties compared with the unreinforced alloys.


Aluminum 6061, Mechanical Properties, Metal Matrix Composite, Silicon Carbide, Stir Casting.

Full Text:

 |  (PDF views: 350)


  • Ozden S, Ekici R, Nair F. Investigation of impact behavior of aluminum based SiC particle reinforced metal–matrix composites. Composites: Part A, Applied Science and Manufacturing. 2007 Feb; 38(2):484-94.
  • Ezuber H, El-Houd A, El-Shawesh F. A study on the corrosion behavior of aluminum alloys in sea water. Materials and Design. 2008; 29(4):801-05.
  • Ramnath BV, Elanchezhian C, Jaivignesh M, Rajesh S, Parswajinan C, Ghias ASA. Evaluation of mechanical properties of aluminium alloy–alumina–boroncarbide metal matrix composites. Materials and Design. 2014 Jun; 58:332-38.
  • Bharath V, Nagaral M, Auradi V, Kori SA. Preparation of 6061Al-Al2O3 MMC’s by Stir Casting and Evaluation of Mechanical and Wear Properties. Procedia Materials Science. 2014 Sep; 6:1658-67.
  • Kumar A, Lal S, Kumar S. Fabrication and characterization of A359/Al2O3 metal matrix composite using electromagnetic stir casting method. Journal of Material Research and Technology.2013 Jul-Sep; 2(3):250-54.
  • Kok M. Production and mechanical properties of Al2O3 particle reinforced 2024 Al alloy composites. Journal of Material Processing Technology. 2005 Apr; 161(3):381-87.
  • Sahin Y, Kok M, Celik H. Tool wear and surface roughness of Al2O3 particle reinforced Al alloy composites. Journal of Material Processing Technology. 2002 Oct; 128(1-3):280-91.
  • Taha MA, El – Mahallawy NA. MMC fabricated by pressure assisted infiltration of loose ceramic powder. Journal of Materials Processing Technology. 1998; 73(1-3):139-46.
  • Baradeswaran A, Perumal AE. Influence of B4C particles on the tribological and mechanical properties of Al 7075 – B4C composites. Composites: Part B. 2013 Nov; 54(1):146-52.
  • Ramanujam R, Venkatesan K, Kothawade N, Shivangkumar J, Dusane H. Fabrication of Al-TiB2 metal matrix composites for evaluation of surface characterization and machinability. Indian Journal of Science and Technology. 2015 Jan; 8(S2):85-89.


  • There are currently no refbacks.

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.