Functionally graded aluminium matrix composites obtained by centrifugal casting: processing, characterisation and modelling


In this project a centrifugal induction casting technique will be used in order to produce aluminium-based FGMMCs, with controlled distribution of ceramic particles. The main aims of the project are the following:
- To study and model the influence of the processing conditions and of the composition ofthe aluminium alloy and ceramic reinforcements used on the structural, chemical and mechanical characteristics of the material.
-To compare the structural and mechanical characteristics of the FGMMCs with those of MMCs obtained by conventional powder metallurgy (P/M) techniques.
-To study the wear mechanisms as a function of superficial volume fraction of reinforcement and of its distribution, with particular emphasis on the influence of the metal matrix/ceramic reinforcement interface on the mechanical behaviour of the materials.

Main Local Researcher

Rui Ramos Ferreira e Silva


Universidade do Minho


Instituto Superior Técnico; Universidade de Aveiro (UA)


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