Fabrication of Graphene Reinforced Aluminum Composite by Semi-Solid Processing Conference Paper uri icon


  • A composite made of graphene and aluminum is a promising material for many engineering applications due to its lightweight and relatively high strength properties. Unfortunately, the uniform dispersion of the graphene is considered one of the big challenges since the graphene clusters tend to deteriorate the mechanical properties of the composite. In this study, a graphene reinforced Al6061 composite has been investigated. The composites are fabricated by ball milling the graphene flakes and the Al6061 powder, followed by hot compaction in the semi-solid regime of the Al6061. In addition, a graphene reinforced composite with localized reinforced zones within the composite was also investigated The mechanical properties of the composites are measured by conducting a bend test, and microstructural analysis of the composite and fracture surfaces are performed. According to the bending test results, an enhancement in the strength is clearly observed.

name of conference

  • Volume 2B: Advanced Manufacturing

published proceedings

  • Volume 2B: Advanced Manufacturing

author list (cited authors)

  • Bastwros, M., Kim, G., Zhang, K., & Wang, S.

citation count

  • 9

complete list of authors

  • Bastwros, Mina||Kim, Gap-Yong||Zhang, Kun||Wang, Shiren

publication date

  • January 2013