Chapter 5. Fiber FP/Metal Matrix Composite Connecting Rods: Design, Fabrication and Performance

  1. John B. Wachtman Jr.
  1. Francisco Folgar

Published Online: 28 MAR 2008

DOI: 10.1002/9780470310496.ch5

Proceedings of the 12th Annual Conference on Composites and Advanced Ceramic Materials, Part 1 of 2: Ceramic Engineering and Science Proceedings, Volume 9, Issue 7/8

Proceedings of the 12th Annual Conference on Composites and Advanced Ceramic Materials, Part 1 of 2: Ceramic Engineering and Science Proceedings, Volume 9, Issue 7/8

How to Cite

Folgar, F. (2008) Fiber FP/Metal Matrix Composite Connecting Rods: Design, Fabrication and Performance, in Proceedings of the 12th Annual Conference on Composites and Advanced Ceramic Materials, Part 1 of 2: Ceramic Engineering and Science Proceedings, Volume 9, Issue 7/8 (ed J. B. Wachtman), John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/9780470310496.ch5

Author Information

  1. I.E. du Pont de Nemours & Co., Inc. Pioneering Research Laboratory Textile Fibers Department, Experimental Station Wilmington, DE 1988

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 28 MAR 2008
  2. Published Print: 1 JAN 1988

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470374801

Online ISBN: 9780470310496

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Keywords:

  • wear resistance;
  • mechanical properties;
  • borides;
  • carbothermal;
  • borothermal

Summary

Aluminum and magnesium castings reinforced with Fiber FP, Du Pont's alumina fiber, are being developed for high-performance automotive applications. The connecting rod has been selected as the model to assess the value of these reinforced castings and to develop design and fabrication technology. While they are lighter and may offer better compressive strength and stiffness and fatigue resistance than conventional engine materials, their design still representa a major technical challenge. A comparative study was undertaken to predict the structural behavior of connecting rods using two- and three-dimensional finite element stress analysis models, and to determine the most cost effective modeling and analysis approach. Results from all the analyses match closely and correlate well with static and fatigue testing of FP/Aluminum and FP/Magnesium cast connecting rods. We discovered a useful alloy composition. casting conditions, and machining techniques. And we identified computerized industrial tomography as a reliable method of determining casting quality.