Effects of ball milling and high-pressure torsion for improving mechanical properties of Al-Al2O3 nanocomposites

Maki Ashida, Zenji Horita

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Abstract

Pure Al powders were mixed with a 30 % volume fraction of Al 2O 3 powders having particle sizes of ∼30 nm. The mixed powders were first subjected to ball milling (BM) and thereafter consolidated by high-pressure torsion (HPT) at room temperature under a pressure of 3 GPa for 10 turns. The Al-Al 2O 3 composite produced by BM and HPT (BM + HPT) had a more uniform dispersion of the nano-sized Al 2O 3 particles in the Al matrix. Hardness values of the BM + HPT composites were higher than those of the composites without BM. It is shown that the use of BM powders for HPT is more effective in achieving a uniform dispersion of the nano-sized Al 2O 3 particles and in improving mechanical properties of the Al-Al 2O 3 nanocomposites.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7821-7827
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Materials Science
Volume47
Issue number22
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering

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