Aluminum-based particulate-reinforced metal matrix composites (PMMCs) frequently have a heterogeneous distribution of reinforcement particles whether produced by a powder or liquid processing route. The applicability of X-ray microtomography (XMT) for the characterization of this heterogeneity, and its influence on final properties, was investigated for the case of a powder blended and extruded AA2124 matrix with Ni particulate. Three-dimensional image analysis techniques were used to quantify the embedded Ni particle size distribution and the extent and texture of clusters formed. The XMT data were exploited as a rapid method to generate a microstructurally accurate and robust three-dimensional mesh for input for finite-element modeling. Simulation of the elastoplastic response of the material showed excellent correlation with experimental results.
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A: Physical Metallurgy and Materials Science|
|Publication status||Published - 2006|