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Metal Matrix Composites: Casting Processes

  1. Barbara Previtali

Published Online: 20 JUL 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118097298.weoc138

Wiley Encyclopedia of Composites

Wiley Encyclopedia of Composites

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Previtali, B. 2012. Metal Matrix Composites: Casting Processes. Wiley Encyclopedia of Composites. 1–19.

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  1. Politecnico di Milano, Milano, Italy

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 20 JUL 2012


This article deals with the casting processes of metal matrix composites (MMCs). First, a common definition of MMCs and a classification of main MMC casting routes are given. Then the main casting processes are described, with particular attention to the changes that have to be introduced in order to take into account the peculiar characteristics of MMCs. Finally, the principal and well-recognized applications in casting MMCs are reported, as well as future developments and challenges.


  • MMC casting processes;
  • stir casting process;
  • infiltration method;
  • MMC casting applications;
  • traditional casting