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 Title: The processing and characterization of aluminum boride flake-reinforced aluminum matrix composites Author(s): Deppisch, Carl Ludwig Doctoral Committee Chair(s): Economy, James Department / Program: Materials Science and Engineering Discipline: Materials Engineering Degree Granting Institution: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Degree: Ph.D. Genre: Dissertation Subject(s): Engineering, Materials Science Abstract: AlB$\sb2$ flakes in an aluminum matrix offer the potential for greatly increased composite mechanical and wear properties because of their high aspect ratio, very high mechanical properties and good wetting to the aluminum matrix. This thesis describes, for the first time, an approach to the processing of AlB$\sb2$ flake reinforced aluminum alloy composites in the absence of any other Al-B phase. The processing route is presented and then the crystallization and growth behavior of the flakes are described. Specifically, a high temperature heat treatment is discussed which produces a homogeneous distribution of AlB$\sb2$ flakes in the absence of AlB$\sb{12}$ cuboidal impurities. The production of high aspect ratio 10v/o and 20v/o AlB$\sb2$/Al-Cu composites along with the resultant composite mechanical properties is then described. The randomly oriented AlB$\sb2$ flake reinforced aluminum matrix composites show a significant enhancement of the strength and modulus over the aluminum alloy both at room and elevated temperatures. Increased planar alignment of the flakes is demonstrated to further increase the mechanical properties of the composites. Wear, thermal conductivity, and thermal expansion data of the composites are then presented. The incorporation of AlB$\sb2$ flakes in aluminum is shown to increase the wear resistance and decrease both the thermal conductivity and thermal expansion coefficient in the longitudinal direction. Issue Date: 1996 Type: Text Language: English URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2142/20753 ISBN: 9780591197945 Rights Information: Copyright 1996 Deppisch, Carl Ludwig Date Available in IDEALS: 2011-05-07 Identifier in Online Catalog: AAI9712254 OCLC Identifier: (UMI)AAI9712254
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