Simulation of the mechanical properties of an aluminum matrix composite using X-ray microtomography

I.G. Watson, P.D. Lee, R.J. Dashwood, P. Young

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)551-558
Number of pages8
JournalMetallurgical and Materials Transactions A: Physical Metallurgy and Materials Science
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2006


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