Title£º Distribution of SiC particles in semisolid electromagnetic-mechanical stir-casting Al-SiC composite
Author£º Distribution of SiC particles in semisolid electromagnetic-mechanical stir-casting Al-SiC composite
Address£º School of Mechanical, Electronic and Control Engineering, Beijing Jiaotong University, Beijing 100044, China
Key words£º Al-SiC composite; stir casting; particle distribution; microstructure; performance
CLC Nmuber£º TG146.21
Document Code£º A
Article ID£º 1672-6421(2018)05-351-07
Abstract£º

The distribution of SiC particles in Al-SiC composite can greatly influence the mechanical performances of Al-SiC composite. To realize the homogeneous distribution of SiC particles in stir-casting Al-SiC composite, semisolid stir casting of Al-4.25vol.%SiC composite was conducted using a special electromagneticmechanical stirring equipment made by our team, in which there are three uniformly-distributed blades with a horizontal tilt angle of 25 ¡ã to mechanically raise the SiC particles by creating an upward movement of slurry under electromagnetic stirring. The microstructure of the as-cast Al-SiC composites was observed by Scanning Electron Mcroscopy (SEM). The volume fraction of SiC particles was measured by image analysis using the Quantimet 520 Image Processing and Analysis System. The tensile strength of the Al-4.25vol.%SiC composites was measured by tensile testing. Results show that the Al-4.25vol.%SiC composites with the homogeneous distrbutin of SiC particles can be obtained by the electromagnetic-mechanical stirring casting with the speed of 300 and 600 r¡¤min−1 at 620 ¡ãC. The differences between the volume fraction of SiC particles at the top of ingot and that at the bottom are both ~0.04vol.% with the stirring speed of 300 and 600 r¡¤min−1, which are so small that the distribution of SiC particles can be seen as the homogeneous. The tensile strength of the Al matrix is enhanced by 51.2% due to the uniformly distributed SiC particles. The porosity of the composite mainly results from the solidifi cation shrinkage of slurry and it is less than 0.04vol.%.