, Volume 68, Issue 5, pp 1312–1316 | Cite as

The Influence of Al4C3 Nanoparticles on the Physical and Mechanical Properties of Metal Matrix Composites at High Temperatures

  • S. Vorozhtsov
  • V. Kolarik
  • V. Promakhov
  • I. Zhukov
  • A. Vorozhtsov
  • V. Kuchenreuther-Hummel


Metal matrix composites (MMC) based on aluminum and reinforced with nonmetallic particles are of great practical interest due to their potentially high physico-mechanical properties. In this work, Al-Al4C3 composites were obtained by a hot-compacting method. Introduction of nanodiamonds produced by detonation to the Al powder in an amount of 10 wt.% led to the formation of ~15 wt.% of aluminum carbide during hot compacting. It was found that composite materials with the diamond content of 10 wt.% in the initial powder mix have an average microhardness of 1550 MPa, whilst the similarly compacted aluminum powder without reinforcing particles shows a hardness of 750 MPa. The mechanical properties of an Al-Al4C3 MMC at elevated test temperatures exceeded those of commercial casting aluminum alloys such as A356.


Compressive Strength Metal Matrix Composite Casting Aluminum Alloy Compressive Yield Strength Aluminum Carbide 
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The work was financially supported by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation within the framework of the Federal Target Program. Agreement No. 14.578.21.0025 (Unique identifier RFMEFI57814X0025).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. Vorozhtsov
    • 1
  • V. Kolarik
    • 2
  • V. Promakhov
    • 1
  • I. Zhukov
    • 1
  • A. Vorozhtsov
    • 1
  • V. Kuchenreuther-Hummel
    • 2
  1. 1.National Research Tomsk State UniversityTomskRussian Federation
  2. 2.Fraunhofer ICTPfinztalGermany

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