RESEARCH PAPERS: Gas Turbines: Manufacturing and Materials

Nondestructive Eddy Current Evaluation of Anisotropic Conductivities of Silicon Carbide Reinforced Aluminum Metal-Matrix Composite Extrusions

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P. K. Liaw

Department of Materials Science and Engineering, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN 37996-2200

R. Pitchumani

Center for Composite Materials, University of Delaware, Newark, DE 19716

D. K. Hsu

Center for Nondestructive Evaluation, Iowa State University, Ames, IA 50011

H. Jeong

Agency for Defense Development, DaeJon, Korea

S. C. Yao

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

J. Eng. Gas Turbines Power 116(3), 647-656 (Jul 01, 1994) (10 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2906869 History: Received February 12, 1993; Online April 24, 2008


Nondestructive eddy current methods were used to evaluate the electrical conductivity behavior of silicon-carbide particulate (SiCp ) reinforced aluminum (Al) metal-matrix composite extrusions. The composites investigated included 2124, 6061, and 7091 Al base alloys reinforced by SiCp . The composite extrusions exhibited anisotropic conductivities with the maximum conductivity occurring along the extrusion plane. Microstructural characterization showed that the observed anisotropic conductivities could result from the preferred orientation distribution of SiCp . A theoretical model was formulated to quantify the influence of composite constituents (SiCp , intermetallics, and Al base alloy) on the anisotropic conductivities of the composites. The theoretical predictions of conductivities were found to be in good agreement with the experimental results.

Copyright © 1994 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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