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Characterization of ZrC reinforced AA6061 alloy composites produced using stir casting process

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In the present study, effect of ZrC vol.% on mechanical properties of AA6061 metal matrix composites (MMCs) produced via stir casting technique was investigated. The vol.% of ZrC particles was varied as 5,10 and 15. The composites were characterized for its microstructure and mechanical properties and their relationships were obtained. The scanning electron microscope (SEM) images revealed uniform distribution and good bonding between the AA6061 alloy and the ZrC particles. The mechanical properties of the AA6061 alloy was found to significantly improve with the addition of ZrC particles from 5 to 15 vol.%, the hardness increased from 32 to 68 HV, yield strength increased from 50 to 86 MPa and the ultimate tensile strength increased from 118 to 165 MPa. However, the % of elongation of the composite samples decreased with 15 vol.% addition of ZrC particles. Sliding wear behaviour of the composites was investigated using a pin-on-disc wear tester at a load of 9.8 N and addition of ZrC particles was significantly found to reduce the wear rate of AA6061 alloy.

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T. Satish Kumar is working as an Assistant Professor (Sr.Gr) in Department of Mechanical Engineering, Amrita School of Engineering, Coimbatore, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, India. He has published more than 21 international journals and guided many research scholars. His specialization areas include composites and tribology.

S. Shalini is working as Lecturer in Department of Physics, PSG Polytechnic College, Coimbatore, India. She has published more than 30 papers in international journals. Her research area includes composites and thin films.

M. Ramu is an Associate Professor in Mechanical Engineering, Amrita School of Engineering, Coimbatore with 18 years of teaching experience. He has published more than 60 research papers in journals and conferences. His research area includes additive manufacturing, composites and design.

Titus Thankachan is working as an Assistant Professor in Department of Mechanical Engineering, Karpagam College of Engineering, Coimbatore, India. He has published more than 15 international journals in the area of composites.

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Kumar, T.S., Shalini, S., Ramu, M. et al. Characterization of ZrC reinforced AA6061 alloy composites produced using stir casting process. J Mech Sci Technol 34, 143–147 (2020) doi:10.1007/s12206-019-1214-0

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Keywords

  • AA6061 alloy
  • ZrC particles
  • Stircasting process
  • Mechanical properties
  • Wear behavior