Design and fabrication of an alumina reinforced aluminum composite material

X. X. Yu, Wing Bun Lee

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A low cost bonding technique of hot-cold rolling was used to fabricate an aluminum matrix composite dispersed with three different volume fractions of alumina platelets. It was found that the increase in both the elastic modulus and the tensile strength of the composite was significant as compared with that of the aluminum matrix. A numerical investigation into the mechanism of reinforcement was made in order to optimize the material design. Finite element analysis was carried out for a representative unit cell of the composite using the elastic-plastic theory. The effects of reinforcement volume fraction and other geometric parameters of the reinforcement on the local stress fields, the elastic modulus and the elastic-plastic properties of the composite were evaluated. The calculated elastic modulus agrees very well with the experimental results. The numerical calculations also provide many other valuable insights into the design of the composite material.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)245-258
Number of pages14
JournalComposites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2000


  • A. Metal matrix composites (MMCs)
  • Finite element method

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Mechanics of Materials


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