Mechanical and tribological performance of aluminium matrix composite reinforced with nano iron oxide (Fe < inf> 3 o < inf> 4 )

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Department of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics


Aluminium matrix composite materials are used in aerospace, defence, automotive applications especially in the thermal management areas. Aluminium Matrix Composite (AMCs) reinforced with Nano Iron Oxide (Fe3O4) exhibit good physical and mechanical behaviour (electrical conductivity and wear resistance), which makes it an excellent multifunctional lightweight material. The present paper is based on low cost manufacturing of light and efficient materials for aeronautical applications. To that end, a study has been carried out on an aluminium matrix composite reinforced with Fe3O4-iron oxide and other alloying elements produced in our laboratory. Micro indentation tests were conducted on the AMC to investigate its elastic modulus, hardness, and scratch tests with very long cycles were performed to study its wear performance. Scanning Electron Microscopy examinations were made to study the morphology of damage surfaces. The goal was to get more information about the influence of fillers on the corresponding reinforcing and wear mechanism.

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Conference Proceedings of the Society for Experimental Mechanics Series