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Near-eutectic Al–Si alloys were produced by conventional casting and spray forming resulting in microstructural differences due to process dependent cooling rates. The as-sprayed alloy exhibited fine equiaxed Si particles uniformly distributed throughout the matrix in contrast to the as-cast alloy, which exhibited acicular morphology with relatively large needle-like Si particles. The effect of Si morphology on the microstructural stress distribution of the as-cast and as-sprayed alloys was estimated by simulating uni-axial tensile loads on microstructures using Object Oriented Finite Element code (OOF2). Microstructures of the as-sprayed alloy experienced relatively low and uniform stress distribution, while the microstructural stress distribution in the as-cast alloy was significantly influenced by the orientation of the needle shaped silicon particles.