2012 Volume 53 Issue 7 Pages 1310-1317
Al–Mg alloys close to β-Al3Mg2 intermetallic phase were processed by neutral gas coverage melting process of pure elemental Al and Mg with the composition of Al–40 mass% Mg. Mechanical milling was applied in order to convert the pre-alloyed ingots to nanocrystalline or amorphous alloy. X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) tests were carried out to investigate the formation of Al3Mg2 single phase nanoparticle. Having prepared the single phase intermetallic, it was added to the pre-alloyed matrix powder of Al–4.5 mass% Cu, in different contents. The effect of the reinforcing agent on the microhardness and wear behavior of the nanocopmosites were studied thoroughly with the aid of press-sinter methodology and quantitative data recorders via pin-on-disk wear test. The results of microhardness tests revealed that the hardness of nanocomposites is significantly improved with increasing reinforcement content with in the matrix. The coexisted wear mechanisms, mainly delamination and abrasive, of the consolidated nanocopmosites were investigated through scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and TEM observations.