Microstructural analysis of B4C and SiC reinforced Al alloy metal matrix composite joints

  • Ashraff Ali Kaveripakkam Suban
  • Marimuthu Perumal
  • Athijayamani Ayyanar
  • Arungalai Vendan Subbiah


This paper presents the investigations on joining 10-mm Al metal matrix composite plates with particles of SiC and B4C as reinforcement using friction stir welding (FSW) process. This study majorly focuses on the metallurgical characterizations to explore the microstructural behavior of the welded specimen subjected to constant load of 10 KN, rotational speed of 1000 rpm, and traveling speed of 75 mm/min of the FSW tool. Further, tensile and hardness properties of the welded specimens are investigated and related to the microstructural variations. The results reveal vital information on the distribution pattern of the elements in the Al metal matrix composite (MMC) in the weld region leading to variation in the mechanical strength. The feasibility of joining Al MMC with FSW is also established through this study.


FSW AA6061 B4SiC Weld 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ashraff Ali Kaveripakkam Suban
    • 1
  • Marimuthu Perumal
    • 2
  • Athijayamani Ayyanar
    • 3
  • Arungalai Vendan Subbiah
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Mechanical EngineeringGlobal Institute of Engineering and TechnologyVelloreIndia
  2. 2.Department of Mechanical EngineeringSyed Ammal Engineering CollegeRamanathapuramIndia
  3. 3.Department of Mechanical EngineeringAlagappa Chettiar College of Engineering & TechnologyKarikudiIndia
  4. 4.School of Electrical Engineering (SELECT)VIT UniversityVelloreIndia

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