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In Situ Formation of Particle Reinforced Al Matrix Composite by Selective Laser Melting of Al/Fe2O3 Powder Mixture

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  • Sasan Dadbakhsh,

    1. College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences University of Exeter, Exeter EX4 4QF, (UK)
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  • Liang Hao

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    1. College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences University of Exeter, Exeter EX4 4QF, (UK)
    • College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences University of Exeter, Exeter EX4 4QF, (UK).
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Abstract

This work presents a novel in situ reaction approach to produce Al matrix composites from a powder mixture of Al/5 wt% Fe2O3 by using selective laser melting (SLM). It is found that the SLM process not only is able to produce three-dimensional parts, but also is capable of activating an in situ reaction in the powder mixture, producing particles mainly from alumina (Al2O3) and iron combinations (such as Fe2+Al2O4) in Al matrix. These particles (as reinforcements) can be distributed uniformly with a good particle/matrix interface under controlled conditions.

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