Effect of Milling Time and the Consolidation Process on the Properties of Al Matrix Composites Reinforced with Fe-Based Glassy Particles

Balci O., PRASHANTH K. G., SCUDINO S., AGAOGULLARI D., Duman I., Öveçoğlu M. L., ...More

METALS, vol.5, no.2, pp.669-685, 2015 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 5 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Doi Number: 10.3390/met5020669
  • Journal Name: METALS
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.669-685
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: Yes


Al matrix composites reinforced with 40 vol% Fe50.1Co35.1Nb7.7B4.3Si2.8 glassy particles have been produced by powder metallurgy, and their microstructure and mechanical properties have been investigated in detail. Different processing routes (hot pressing and hot extrusion) are used in order to consolidate the composite powders. The homogeneous distribution of the glassy reinforcement in the Al matrix and the decrease of the particle size are obtained through ball milling. This has a positive effect on the hardness and strength of the composites. Mechanical tests show that the hardness of the hot pressed samples increases from 51-155 HV, and the strength rises from 220-630 MPa by extending the milling time from 1-50 h. The use of hot extrusion after hot pressing reduces both the strength and hardness of the composites: however, it enhances the plastic deformation significantly.