Thermal Expansion and Thermal Conductivity Behaviors of Al-Si/SiC/graphite Hybrid Metal Matrix Composites (MMCs)
AbstractAluminum-silicon based hybrid composites reinforced with silicon carbide and graphite particles were prepared by liquid phase particle mixing (melt stirring) and squeeze casting. The thermal expansion and thermal conductivity behaviors of hybrid composites with various graphite contents (5.0; 7.5; 10 wt.%) and different silicon carbide particle sizes (45 µm and 53 µm) were investigated. Results indicated that increasing the graphite content improved the dimensional stability, and there was no obvious variation between the thermal expansion behaviors of the 45 µm and the 53 µm silicon carbide reinforced composites. The thermal conductivity of hybrid composites was reduced due to the enrichment of the graphite component.
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