Pressing and Infiltration of Metal Matrix Nanocomposites Academic Article uri icon


  • The ability to produce metal matrix nanocomposites via pressing and infiltration was validated. Al/TiC nanocomposite was used as the model material. Pressing the powder in a die yielded cylindrical specimens with a green density of 1.98 0.05 g/cm3, which was increased to only 2.11 0.12 g/cm3 by sintering. Direct infiltration of the pressed specimens at 1050 C for 3.5 h yielded specimens with a density of 3.07 0.08 g/cm3, an open porosity of 3.06 1.40%, and an areal void fraction of 8.09 2.67%. The TiC nanoparticles were verified to be well dispersed using energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy. The measured hardness of 64 3 HRA makes it a promising material for structural applications in industries such as aerospace and automotive.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Porter, Q., Li, X., & Ma, C.

citation count

  • 2

complete list of authors

  • Porter, Quinton||Li, Xiaochun||Ma, Chao

publication date

  • January 2021