Journal of Materials Science

, Volume 26, Issue 2, pp 447–454 | Cite as

The fabrication of metal matrix composites by a pressureless infiltration technique

  • M. K. Aghajanian
  • M. A. Rocazella
  • J. T. Burke
  • S. D. Keck


A novel technique for fabricating metal matrix composites by the spontaneous (pressureless) infiltration of filler preforms with molten aluminium alloys is described. Numerous reinforcing materials, including Al2O3 and SiC of various configurations, such as particles, agglomerates, and fibres, have been incorporated as fillers. The effects of processing variables, such as alloy chemistry, process temperature, and filler material, on the infiltration kinetics and resultant microstructures are discussed. Comparisons with existing infiltration technology and preliminary composite properties are presented.


Polymer Aluminium Microstructure Al2O3 Aluminium Alloy 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. K. Aghajanian
    • 1
  • M. A. Rocazella
    • 1
  • J. T. Burke
    • 1
  • S. D. Keck
    • 1
  1. 1.Lanxide CorporationNewarkUSA

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