Metal Matrix Composites: Aluminum
Published Online: 20 JUL 2012
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Wiley Encyclopedia of Composites
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Singh, H. and Dhindaw, B. K. 2012. Metal Matrix Composites: Aluminum. Wiley Encyclopedia of Composites. 1–18.
- Published Online: 20 JUL 2012
Metal matrix composites in general consist of at least two chemically and physically dissimilar phases, which are distributed so as to provide properties not obtainable by either of the individual phases. In aluminum matrix composites, the matrix is mainly aluminum or aluminum alloy, in which some continuous fibrous materials such as Al2O3 or particulates such as SiC are reinforced. Since aluminum alloys have low density, excellent strength, toughness, and corrosion resistance, they have been considered extensively in the aerospace and automotive applications. The article details the classification, processing, salient properties, and applications of the aluminum matrix composites.
- aluminum matrix composites;
- continuously reinforced composites;
- discontinuously reinforced composites;
- properties and applications