Journal of Materials Science

, Volume 20, Issue 11, pp 4021–4026 | Cite as

Beneficial influence of copper and manganese alloying elements on the mechanical properties of metallic composite materials based on the eutectic Al-5.7% Ni alloy

  • N. Terao


We have developed a new type of metallic composite material based on the binary eutectic Al-5.7 wt% Ni alloy. The structure of the initial alloys prepared by simple casting consists of strong, fine fibres of the Al3Ni phase and a ductile aluminium matrix. These alloys are then transformed into dispersion-hardened materials by isostatic extrusion in which the Al3Ni fibres are broken and dispersed in the ductile matrix. The materials thus prepared present a mechanical strength of the same order as the unidirectionally solidifed eutectic alloy: the tensile strength is nearly 300 MPa at room temperature. We observed in this work that the mechanical strength is remarkably increased by the addition of a small amount of copper or manganese: it attains about 400 MPa by the addition of 2 to 3wt% Cu, and more than 500 MPa by the addition of 3wt% Mn. These alloying elements also produce beneficial effects on the mechanical properties at high temperature.


Polymer Copper Mechanical Property Manganese Tensile Strength 
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  • N. Terao
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  1. 1.Laboratory of Physical Metallurgy, Faculty of Applied SciencesCatholic University of LouvainLouvain-la-NeuveBelgium

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