Experimental Investigation to Confirm the Presence of TiB2 Reinforcements in the Matrix and Effect of Artificial Aging on Hardness and Tensile Properties of Stir-Cast LM4-TiB2 Composite

Srinivas Doddapaneni, Sathish Kumar, Manjunath Shettar, Suma Rao, Sathyashankara Sharma, Gowrishankar MC

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

8 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

The present work focuses on the effect of multistage solution heat treatment (MSHT) and artificial aging on two-stage stir-cast LM4 + TiB2 (1, 2, and 3 wt.%) composites on the mechanical properties as compared to as-cast and single-stage solution heat-treated (SSHT) composites. Two novel tests, viz. the confirmation hardness test and the chemical analysis test, were performed to ensure the soundness of the casting and uniform distribution of TiB2 within the matrix. Samples subjected to MSHT + aging at 100–200 °C displayed the highest hardness and UTS values compared to as-cast and SSHT + aging at 100–200 °C samples. Compared to as-cast alloy, peak-aged samples of 1–3 wt.% (MSHT + aging at 100 °C), hardness values improved from 107–150%, and UTS values improved from 47–68%. The presence of metastable phases (θ′-Al2Cu and θ″-Al3Cu) and of hard TiB2 particles are the reason for the improvement in the properties. Peak aged LM4 + 3 wt.% TiB2 composite displayed the highest hardness of 175 VHN and UTS of 251 MPa. Fracture analysis of the LM4 alloy showed dimple rupture, and its composites revealed quasi-cleavage fracture. Based on the overall results, the inclusion of TiB2, MSHT, and artificial aging treatment on the LM4 alloy significantly influenced the composites’ mechanical properties.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1114
JournalCrystals
Volume12
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 08-2022

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Chemical Engineering
  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Inorganic Chemistry

Fingerprint

Dive into the research topics of 'Experimental Investigation to Confirm the Presence of TiB2 Reinforcements in the Matrix and Effect of Artificial Aging on Hardness and Tensile Properties of Stir-Cast LM4-TiB2 Composite'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this