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Advanced production routes for metal matrix composites

Mussatto, Andre orcid logoORCID: 0000-0001-5335-7968, Ahad, Inam Ul orcid logoORCID: 0000-0002-3802-6156, Taherzadeh Mousavian, Reza orcid logoORCID: 0000-0002-2274-3636, Delauré, Yan orcid logoORCID: 0000-0002-7151-9278 and Brabazon, Dermot orcid logoORCID: 0000-0003-3214-6381 (2020) Advanced production routes for metal matrix composites. Engineering reports, 3 (5). ISSN 2577-8196

The use of metal matrix composites (MMCs) in a variety of products is significantly increasing with time due to the fact that their properties can be tailored and designed to suit specific applications. However, the future usage of MMC products is very much dependent on their beneficial aspects and hence it is critical to ensure in a robust repeatable manner the superior physical property advantages compared to conventional unreinforced monolithic metal counterparts. Although numerous routes are available for production of MMC products, each of them has their own advantages and disadvantages. This article provides an overview of advanced production routes for MMCs. The discussion also highlights challenges and presents a future prospectus for MMCs. Powder metallurgy and casting routes are still extensively used for production of MMCs. Aluminum alloys are today the most commonly used matrix materials in MMC products. Carbides (eg, SiC, TiC, and B4C), carbon allotropes (eg, CNTs and graphene), and alumina (Al2O3) are currently the most used reinforcement materials. Nevertheless, the use of nano and of hybrid reinforcements are seeing increased usage in niche applications. Additive manufacturing (AM) is discussed as a novel production route for MMC products. This process represents a promising method for the production of MMC products.
Item Type:Article (Published)
Uncontrolled Keywords:additive manufacturing; casting; metal matrix composite; nano-reinforcement, powder; metallurgy
Subjects:Engineering > Materials
Engineering > Mechanical engineering
Engineering > Production engineering
DCU Faculties and Centres:DCU Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Engineering and Computing > School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering
Research Institutes and Centres > Advanced Processing Technology Research Centre (APTRC)
Research Institutes and Centres > I-Form
Official URL:https://dx.doi.org/10.1002/eng2.12330
Copyright Information:© 2020 Wiley. Open Access (CC-BY-4.0)
Funders:Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) under Grant Number 16/RC/3872, European Regional Development Fund
ID Code:26096
Deposited On:10 Aug 2021 10:34 by Dermot Brabazon . Last Modified 27 May 2022 13:11

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