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.
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