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Strength differential effect in SiCp reinforced Al composites

  • V. K. Varma EMAIL logo , S. V. Kamat , Y. R. Mahajan and V. V. Kutumbarao


The strength differential (SD) effect as a function of plastic strain in SiCP reinforced Al –Cu –Mg alloy matrix composites with varying reinforcement sizes was investigated. Matrix alloy was also produced in a similar manner for comparison and designated as Control. All the materials exhibited significantly negative SD at very low plastic strains. The magnitude of the negative SD decreased and eventually became positive with increasing plastic strain. All the metal matrix composites exhibited a higher negative SD below and a higher positive SD above 0.35% plastic strain as compared to Control. The observed results were attributed to the nature, magnitude and distribution of thermal residual stresses in the matrix of MMCs and work hardening during deformation.

Dr. Vijay Kumar Varma Mechanical Behaviour Group Defence Metallurgical Research Laboratory P. O. Kanchanbagh, Hyderabad 500 058, India Tel.: +91 40 434 3071 Fax.: +91 40 434 1439/434 0683

  1. The authors would like to thank DRDO for the financial assistance and permission to publish and to Dr. V. V. Bhanuprasad for preparation of materials. Assistance rendered in optical and scanning electron metallography by Mr B. Venkateswara Rao and Dr. K. Muralidharan, is acknowledged.


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Received: 2001-01-02
Published Online: 2022-01-08

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