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See detailFriction Stir Processing of Magnesium Matrix Composites Reinforced with Carbon Fibres or Carbon Nanotubes - A Comparative Study
Mertens, Anne ULg; Simar, Aude; Garray, Didier et al

Conference (2013, December 05)

The poor wettability of carbon substrates by liquid Mg and, in the case of carbon nanotubes (CNTs), their strong tendency to agglomerate, are major obstacles to the large-scale production of C-Mg ... [more ▼]

The poor wettability of carbon substrates by liquid Mg and, in the case of carbon nanotubes (CNTs), their strong tendency to agglomerate, are major obstacles to the large-scale production of C-Mg composites by classical ‘liquid-state’ processing routes such as squeeze casting. As an innovative ‘solid state’ process, Friction Stir Processing (FSP) hence appeared as a very promising alternative for the production of C-Mg composites, although the method for inserting the reinforcing phase - in grooves or holes machined in the matrix material - remained time-consuming and labour-intensive. More recently, the present authors proposed a new and easier technique for the insertion of C fibres in FSPed Mg-matrix composites i.e. FSP of a C fabric stacked between two metal sheets. In the current work, the feasibility of extending this latter method to the production of CNTs-Mg composites has been assessed. “Bucky papers” – thin disks made from agglomerated CNTs, thus ensuring for their safe handling – were stacked between two sheets of Mg alloy AZ31B, and the resulting sandwich was FSPed. The effect of FSP experimental parameters such as the rotational and advancing speeds or the number of passes on the microstructural changes occuring upon processing has been studied and compared with the case of C fibres-Mg composites. Moreover, a particular attention has been given to the distribution of the reinforcements in the Mg matrix and to the characterization of the resulting mechanical properties. [less ▲]

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See detailMicrostructure and Thermomechanical Behaviour of Magnesium – C nanotubes Composites produced by Friction Stir Processing
Mertens, Anne ULg; Simar, Aude; Garray, Didier et al

Conference (2013, September 09)

Due to their exceptional mechanical and thermal characteristics, C nanotubes (CNTs) are attracting an ever increasing interest in view of tailoring the properties of metal matrix composites (MMCs) e.g ... [more ▼]

Due to their exceptional mechanical and thermal characteristics, C nanotubes (CNTs) are attracting an ever increasing interest in view of tailoring the properties of metal matrix composites (MMCs) e.g. for applications at high service temperature or in thermal management… However, the poor wettability of CNTs by molten metals and their strong tendency to agglomerate are major obstacles to the large-scale production of CNTs-MMCs by classical ‘liquid-state’ processing routes such as squeeze casting. As an innovative ‘solid state’ process, Friction Stir Processing (FSP) hence appears as a very promising alternative for the production of CNTs-MMCs [1], although the method for inserting the reinforcing phase - in grooves or holes machined in the matrix material - remains time-consuming and labour-intensive. More recently, Mertens et al. [2] proposed a new and easier technique for the insertion of C fibres in FSPed Mg-matrix composites i.e. FSP of a C fabric stacked between two metal sheets. In the present work, the feasibility of extending this latter method to the production of CNTs-MMCs has been assessed. “Bucky papers” – made from agglomerated CNTs, thus ensuring for their safe handling – were stacked between two sheets of Mg alloy AZ31B, and the resulting sandwich was FSPed. The effect of FSP experimental parameters such as the rotational and advancing speeds, and the number of FSP passes, on the microstructure of the composites and particularly on the distribution of the CNTs in the Mg matrix has been carefully studied. Moreover, a particular attention has been given to the characterization of the thermomechanical behaviour of the FSPed AZ31B-CNTs composites. [less ▲]

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See detailFriction Stir Processing of Magnesium Matrix Composites reinforced with Carbon Fibres: Influence of the Matrix Characteristics and of the Processing Parameters on Microstructural Developments
Mertens, Anne ULg; Simar, Aude; Montrieux, Henri-Michel ULg et al

in W.J.Poole, K.U.Kainer (Ed.) Proceedings of the 9th International Conference On Magnesium Alloys and their Apllications (2012, July 12)

Processing of magnesium matrix composites reinforced with C fibres by ‘liquid state’ methods such as squeeze casting are usually impaired by the poor wettability of C substrates by liquid Mg. As a ... [more ▼]

Processing of magnesium matrix composites reinforced with C fibres by ‘liquid state’ methods such as squeeze casting are usually impaired by the poor wettability of C substrates by liquid Mg. As a consequence, ‘solid state’ processes such as Friction Stir Processing (FSP) appear as very promising alternative processing routes for the production of C-Mg composites. And, more particularly, FSP of a C fabric between two sheets of the fairly ductile Mg alloy AZ31B was shown to be a simple and innovative process for a large-scale production of magnesium matrix composites reinforced with short C fibres. In the present work, FSP of a C fabric between two metal sheets or thin plates has been performed using two different Mg alloys exhibiting quite different mechanical behaviours, i.e. alloy AZ31B and the more brittle alloy AZ91D. And the effect of the matrix characteristics, along with the influence of the FSP experimental parameters such as the rotational and advancing speeds, on the microstructural changes occuring upon processing have been carefully studied. A particular attention has been given to the fragmentation and distribution of the C fibres, as well as to the recrystallisation, solutionising and precipitation processes taking place in the Mg matrix. [less ▲]

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See detailProcessing of Carbon Fibers Reinforced Mg Matrix Composites Via Pre-infiltration with Al
Mertens, Anne ULg; Montrieux, Henri-Michel ULg; Halleux, Jacques et al

in Journal of Materials Engineering and Performance (2012), 21(5), 701-706

Mg-C composites offer a suitable alternative to Al alloys while allowing for a significant weight reduction, but their production can be impaired by the poor wettability of C substrates by Mg. In the ... [more ▼]

Mg-C composites offer a suitable alternative to Al alloys while allowing for a significant weight reduction, but their production can be impaired by the poor wettability of C substrates by Mg. In the present work, a new 'liquid' processing route has been investigated. By making use of the well-known effect of a pre-treatment of the C fibres with an aqueous solution of K2ZrF6 in favouring spontaneous wetting of C with Al, C yarns have been pre-impregnated with Al and the feasibility of further using them as reinforcements in Mg matrix composites has been assessed. More particularly, it has thus been shown that, under the thermal conditions involved in the process, C fibres did not suffer damage due to chemical reaction with Al, and also that special care should be taken in order to control the surface condition of the pre-infiltrated yarns. [less ▲]

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See detailMicrostructure and mechanical properties of stir processed magnesium matrix composites reinforced with carbon fibres
Simar, Aude; Mertens, Anne ULg; Montrieux, Henri-Michel ULg et al

Conference (2012, January 26)

Mg-Al-Zn alloys have been reinforced with carbon fibres using friction stir processing (FSP) which appears as a promising alternative for the large-scale production of C-Mg composites. The process has ... [more ▼]

Mg-Al-Zn alloys have been reinforced with carbon fibres using friction stir processing (FSP) which appears as a promising alternative for the large-scale production of C-Mg composites. The process has shown its ability to produce sound composites with enhanced strength compared to the non-reinforced alloys. The C fabric is fragmented in short fibres leading to a reduction in grain size and an improved hardness. [less ▲]

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See detailProcessing of carbon fibers reinforced Mg matrix composites via pre-infiltration with Al
Mertens, Anne ULg; Lecomte-Beckers, Jacqueline ULg; Montrieux, Henri-Michel ULg et al

Conference (2011, September)

Mg matrix composites appear as suitable competitors to Al alloys for a wide number of applications, as they allow for a significant weight reduction while exhibiting potentially comparable mechanical ... [more ▼]

Mg matrix composites appear as suitable competitors to Al alloys for a wide number of applications, as they allow for a significant weight reduction while exhibiting potentially comparable mechanical properties. And a large variety of processing routes have already been considered for their production, including 'liquid state' processes such as squeeze casting. These techniques necessitate a very careful control of the wetting behaviour and of the possible interfacial reactions between the reinforcements and the molten metal, along with the solidification process. And this is more particularly true in the case of Mg matrix composites with carbon fibers reinforcements, as Mg alloys are known to exhibit a poor wetting behaviour on carbon substrates. [less ▲]

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See detailInterfacial phenomena in carbon fibre reinforced magnesium alloys processed by squeeze casting and thixomolding
Montrieux, Henri-Michel ULg; Mertens, Anne ULg; Halleux, Jacques et al

Conference (2011, September)

Composite materials are known to combine interesting properties of different materials. This research concerns magnesium alloys reinforced by carbon fibre weaves. Such a material can theoretically exhibit ... [more ▼]

Composite materials are known to combine interesting properties of different materials. This research concerns magnesium alloys reinforced by carbon fibre weaves. Such a material can theoretically exhibit a high yield strength/density ratio. This composite is thought to be especially promising for aeronautics. A pre-treatment of carbon weaves ensure two fundamental functions. The first is to provide stiffness and cohesion. It helps keeping fibres aligned and well placed in the mould during casting to ensure optimal properties of the final part in the main load directions. This is imperative when the composite is formed with thixomolding for which semi liquid metal is injected with a very high speed. Nevertheless the problem of geometrical carbon weaves stability is also encountered with squeeze casting. The second objective of the pre-treatment is to provide a porous network in the weaves to enhance infiltration by the capillary action. The two functions can be assumed by coating fibres with Al(H2PO4)3, SiO2 combined with starch, or some other oxide containing mixtures. The general process is to assemble carbon weaves, infiltrate them in an aqueous solution or dispersion of oxides and lastly heat them at high temperature to promote covalent bonds with fibres and vaporize or crack carbonaceous agents to let a porous medium. Further the chemical interaction between the coated fibres and the liquid metal during infiltration can influence the species which are present at the interfaces. As magnesium oxide is stable magnesium can react with oxides. This could lead to better wettability of treated weave. However such chemical reactions seem to be thermally activated and take many seconds to initiate, whereas solidification of magnesium is achieved faster. Furthermore the addition of some carbide former elements (Si, Ti, Zr) to a magnesium based alloy can also influence chemical affinity. In conclusion CMg-MMC research concerns composites with low density, high potential mechanical properties and possibility of processing through thixomolding. Firstly the reach of the theoretical performance of the composite includes the ability of dealing with the interaction between fibres and liquid metal. Secondly primary treatment could help to form bonds between matrix and fibres, make rigid weaves and promote a further infiltration. Thirdly chemical affinity between the fibres, magnesium alloy and coating can influence the infiltration. [less ▲]

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See detailX38CrMoV5 hot-work tool steel as tool material for thixoforging of steel, numerical and experimental evaluation
Rassili, Ahmed ULg; Pierret, Jean-Christophe ULg; Vaneetveld, Grégory ULg et al

in Transactions of Nonferrous Metals Society of China (2010), 20(Special 3), 713-718

Whereas thixoforming of low melting point alloys as aluminum or magnesium is now an industrial reality, thixoforming of high melting point alloys, as steel, is still at the research level. High working ... [more ▼]

Whereas thixoforming of low melting point alloys as aluminum or magnesium is now an industrial reality, thixoforming of high melting point alloys, as steel, is still at the research level. High working temperature, die wearing and production rate are problems that must be solved and are under investigation. The aim of this work is to evaluate the thermal and mechanical loadings applied to the tools during the steel thixoforging process in order to determine if classical hot-work tool steel could be an appropriate tool material. This evaluation has been realized thanks to experimental trials and to simulations on the finite elements code Forge2008©. The effect of the loadings on the tool’s failure modes are highlighted and compared to the ones observed in classical hot forging. Beyond this, the failure modes of hot-work tool steel, the X38CrMoV5 or H11, is presented. [less ▲]

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