Mechanical Properties Structure Correlation for Commercial Specification of Cast Particulate Metal Matrix Components
The objective of this research project is to evaluate mechanical testing and structural characterization procedures for commercially available particulate metal matrix composites (PMMCs), in particular for aluminum alloy - silicon carbides particle composites. This study will provided quantitative comparative data generated cooperatively by material suppliers, casting producers, and casting users, including the U.S. Automotive Materials Partnership (USAMP), to help establish industry procedures for mechanical testing and structural characterization. This project will generate "Metals Handbook" grade data on mechanical properties and examine variations in properties with different material suppliers, foundries and testing agencies.