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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 detailInfluence of Fiber Distribution and Grain Size on the Mechanical Behavior of Friction Stir Processed Mg-C Composites
Mertens, Anne ULg; Montrieux, Henri-Michel ULg; Lecomte-Beckers, Jacqueline ULg et al

Conference (2012, November 12)

Short C fibers-Mg matrix composites have been produced by friction stir processing sandwiches made of a layer of C fabric stacked between two sheets of either the ductile Mg alloy AZ31B, or of the less ... [more ▼]

Short C fibers-Mg matrix composites have been produced by friction stir processing sandwiches made of a layer of C fabric stacked between two sheets of either the ductile Mg alloy AZ31B, or of the less ductile alloy AZ91D, that is capable of age hardening. It has been shown that the choice of the optimal experimental parameters for the production of sound composites was strongly dependent on the nature of the matrix. 3D X-ray tomography reveals that the fibers orient along the onion rings and that they are more or less fragmented depending on the local shear stress during the process. The fiber volume fraction is increased when the nugget volume decreases in particular for the AZ91D base material and for a high advancing speed for the AZ31B base material. The fiber volume fraction influences directly the grain size, the hardness and the tensile properties of the composites. [less ▲]

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See detailComposite Manufacturing by Friction Stir Processing
Simar, Aude; de Meester, Bruno; Delannay, Francis et al

Conference (2012, October 29)

A new solid-state process developed recently on the same principles as Friction Stir Welding (FSW), Friction Stir Processing appear as a very promising technique for the production of metal matrix ... [more ▼]

A new solid-state process developed recently on the same principles as Friction Stir Welding (FSW), Friction Stir Processing appear as a very promising technique for the production of metal matrix composites and for tailoring materials properties. In the present work, this process has been applied to two different composite systems: (i) magnesium-matrix composites reinforced with carbon fibers, and (ii) copper-matrix composites reinforced with Y2O3 powder. Process optimization and mechanical properties of the composites are discussed in both systems. [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 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 detailC Fibres - Mg Matrix Composites Produced by Squeeze Casting and Friction Stir Processing: Microstructure & Mechanical Behaviour
Mertens, Anne ULg; Simar, Aude; Delannay, Francis

in Materials Science Forum (2012), 706-709

Mg-Al-Zn alloys have been reinforced with carbon fibres using either the liquid state process of squeeze casting (SC), or friction stir processing (FSP), a solid state process developed more recently and ... [more ▼]

Mg-Al-Zn alloys have been reinforced with carbon fibres using either the liquid state process of squeeze casting (SC), or friction stir processing (FSP), a solid state process developed more recently and that appears as a promising alternative for the large-scale production of C-Mg composites. Both processes have shown their ability to produce sound composites with enhanced strength compared to the non-reinforced alloys. in SC composites, the unsized woven C fabric remains intact while in the FSP composites the sized C fabric is fragmented in short fibres, with an aspect ratio typically equal to 4, homogeneously distributed in the Mg alloy matrix. [less ▲]

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See detailC FIBERS - MG MATRIX COMPOSITES PRODUCED BY SQUEEZE CASTING AND FRICTION STIR PROCESSING: Microstructure & Mechanical Behaviour
Mertens, Anne ULg; Simar, Aude; Delannay, Francis

Poster (2011, August)

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

Mg matrix composites appear as suitable competitors to Al alloys, as they allow for a significant weight reduction while exhibiting potentially comparable mechanical properties. A large variety of processing routes have already been considered for their production, including 'liquid state' processes such as squeeze casting. However these techniques necessitate a very careful control, simultaneously, of the solidification process, the wetting behaviour and the possible interfacial reactions between the reinforcements and the molten metal. 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. As a consequence, 'solid state' processing routes such as friction stir processing, that has been developed more recently, provide promising alternatives for the production of C-Mg composites. In the present work, Mg-Al-Zn alloys have been reinforced with carbon fibers using squeeze casting and friction stir processing. The microstructures and mechanical behaviour of composites produced by both processes have then been characterised and compared to those of non-reinforced samples, with a particular attention to the damage mechanisms prevailing in the composite materials. As a result, both processes have been compared in terms of the properties of their final products and hence their ability to produce sound composites. [less ▲]

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