Diamond/Al metal matrix composites formed by the pressureless metal infiltration process Academic Article uri icon


  • Diamond particles are unique fillers for metal matrix composites because of their extremely high modulus, high thermal conductivity, and low coefficient of thermal expansion. Diamond reinforced aluminum metal matrix composites were prepared using a pressureless metal infiltration process. The diamond particulates are coated with SiC prior to infiltration to prevent the formation of Al4C3, which is a product of the reaction between aluminum and diamond. The measured thermal conductivity of these initial diamond/Al metal matrix composites is as high as 259 W/m-K. The effects of coating thickness on the physical properties of the diamond/Al metal matrix composite, including Young's modulus, 4-point bend strength, coefficient of thermal expansion, and thermal conductivity, are presented.

published proceedings

  • Journal of Materials Research

altmetric score

  • 3

author list (cited authors)

  • Johnson, W. B., & Sonuparlak, B.

citation count

  • 83

complete list of authors

  • Johnson, William B||Sonuparlak, B

publication date

  • May 1993