Ultrasonic Cavitation Based Nanomanufacturing of Bulk Aluminum Matrix Nanocomposites

[+] Author and Article Information
Yong Yang

Department of Mechanical Engineering,  University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1513 University Avenue, Madison WI 53706

Xiaochun Li1

Department of Mechanical Engineering,  University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1513 University Avenue, Madison WI 53706xcli@cae.wisc.edu


Corresponding author.

J. Manuf. Sci. Eng 129(3), 497-501 (Feb 05, 2006) (5 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2714583 History: Received September 27, 2005; Revised February 05, 2006

Lightweight metal–matrix nanocomposites (MMNCs) (metal matrix with nanosized ceramic particles) can be of significance for automobile, aerospace, and numerous other applications. It would be advantageous to develop effective nanomanufacturing methods for fabrication of bulk components of aluminum based MMNCs through solidification processing. However, it is extremely difficult to disperse nanosized ceramic particles uniformly in molten aluminum. In this paper, a high power ultrasonic probe is used to disperse nanosized SiC particles into molten aluminum alloy A356. Experimental results show that the ultrasonic cavitation based dispersion of nanoparticles in molten aluminum alloy is effective. The uniform nanoparticle dispersion in the Al alloy matrix resulted in significantly improved mechanical properties. To enhance the nanomanufacturing efficiency, various nanoparticle feeding techniques were explored and experimental results are presented.

Copyright © 2007 by American Society of Mechanical Engineers
Your Session has timed out. Please sign back in to continue.



Grahic Jump Location
Figure 1

Schematic of experimental nanomanufacturing setup

Grahic Jump Location
Figure 2

SEM images of Al matrix and nanocomposite

Grahic Jump Location
Figure 3

Spot EDS spectrum of the nanocomposite with 2wt%SiC

Grahic Jump Location
Figure 4

Bright-field TEM image of nanocomposites

Grahic Jump Location
Figure 5

Tensile test results of nanocomposites

Grahic Jump Location
Figure 6

Flow chart for master powder preparation

Grahic Jump Location
Figure 7

SEM and EDS analysis of master powders with 10wt%SiC

Grahic Jump Location
Figure 8

Optical images of composites fabricated with loose master powers



Some tools below are only available to our subscribers or users with an online account.

Related Content

Customize your page view by dragging and repositioning the boxes below.

Related Journal Articles
Related eBook Content
Topic Collections

Sorry! You do not have access to this content. For assistance or to subscribe, please contact us:

  • TELEPHONE: 1-800-843-2763 (Toll-free in the USA)
  • EMAIL: asmedigitalcollection@asme.org
Sign In