Chapter 17. Innovative Infrared Processing of Metal Matrix Composites

  1. John B. Wachtman Jr
  1. Ray Y. Lin and
  2. G. Sunil

Published Online: 26 MAR 2008

DOI: 10.1002/9780470314715.ch17

Proceedings of the 19th Annual Conference on Composites, Advanced Ceramics, Materials, and Structures - A: Ceramic Engineering and Science Proceedings, Volume 16, Issue 4

Proceedings of the 19th Annual Conference on Composites, Advanced Ceramics, Materials, and Structures - A: Ceramic Engineering and Science Proceedings, Volume 16, Issue 4

How to Cite

Lin, R. Y. and Sunil, G. (1995) Innovative Infrared Processing of Metal Matrix Composites, in Proceedings of the 19th Annual Conference on Composites, Advanced Ceramics, Materials, and Structures - A: Ceramic Engineering and Science Proceedings, Volume 16, Issue 4 (ed J. B. Wachtman), John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/9780470314715.ch17

Author Information

  1. Warner Department of Materials Science and Engineering ML 12, University of Cincinnati Cincinnati, OH 45221

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 26 MAR 2008
  2. Published Print: 1 JAN 1995

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470375372

Online ISBN: 9780470314715

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Keywords:

  • infrared;
  • wetting;
  • infiltration;
  • interfacial;
  • metal matrix composite (MMC)

Summary

Infrared processing is a technique developed recently for manufacturing metal matrix composites and joining advanced materials. Salient features of infrared processing are that it is rapid, simple and low cost. Because of rapid processing, very little oxide forms on the surface of the molten alloy, hence facilitating wetting and flow. Consequently, vacuum is not normally required. Using infrared infiltration, aluminum and titanium matrix composites have been prepared under an ambient argon atmosphere in time of the order of minutes. Reinforcements in these composites include carbon fibers, silicon carbide Nicalon fibers and Textron's SCS fibers. Results in our laboratory indicate that the composites manufactured with infrared processing exhibit controlled interfacial reaction and good mechanical properties.