Effect of weight percentage and particle size of B4C reinforcement on physical and mechanical properties of powder metallurgy Al2024-B4C composites


METALS AND MATERIALS INTERNATIONAL, vol.19, no.6, pp.1227-1234, 2013 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 19 Issue: 6
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s12540-013-6014-y
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.1227-1234
  • Keywords: composites, powder processing, mechanical alloying, sintering, powder processing, CU ALLOY COMPOSITES, MATRIX COMPOSITES, BEHAVIOR, MICROSTRUCTURE, EXTRUSION
  • Karadeniz Technical University Affiliated: Yes


In this study, Al2024-B4C composites containing 0, 5, 10 and 20 wt% of B4C particles with two different particle sizes (d(50)=49 mu m and d(50)=5 mu m) as reinforcement material were produced by a mechanical alloying method. Two new particle distribution models based on the size of reinforcement materials was developed. The microstructure of the Al2024-B4C composites was investigated using a scanning electron microscope. The effects of reinforcement particle size and weight percentage (wt%) on the physical and mechanical properties of the Al2024-B4C composites were determined by measuring the density, hardness and tensile strength values. The results showed that more homogenous dispersion of B4C powders was obtained in the Al2024 matrix using the mechanical alloying technique according to the conventional powder metallurgy method. Measurement of the density and hardness properties of the composites showed that density values decreased and hardness values increased with an increase in the weight fraction of reinforcement. Moreover, it was found that the effect of reinforcement size and reinforcement content (wt%) on the homogeneous distribution of B4C particles is as important as the effect of milling time.