Processing, Properties, and Microstructure of Recycled Aluminum Alloy Composites Produced Through an Optimized Stir and Squeeze Casting Processes

John Victor Christy, Ramanathan Arunachalam, Abdel Hamid I. Mourad*, Pradeep Kumar Krishnan, Sujan Piya, Majid Al-Maharbi

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Abstract

This work focuses on the processing, properties, microstructure, and optimization of squeeze and stir casted samples of scrap aluminum alloy wheel aluminum matrix composites reinforced with alumina. The Taguchi-Grey relational analysis method was used to optimize the stir and casting process parameters, namely, squeeze pressure, squeeze time, die preheating temperature, and stirrer speed. These stir-casted composites were analyzed based on their microstructure, hardness, tensile strength, compression strength, and wear/tribological performance. Adding alumina to an aluminum matrix improved the mechanical and tribological properties. The results showed that out of nine experiments (L1–L9) obtained from Taguchi analysis, experiments L5 and L6 exhibited the best mechanical properties. Microstructural observations revealed different morphologies in the distribution of Al2O3 and porosity in the Al matrix, depending on the process parameters. Finally, the Taguchi-GRA method was used to find the optimized process parameters and was experimentally verified. The optimized sample (M2) showed the lowest porosity (5.29%) and significantly higher ultimate compression strength (433 MPa). However, it exhibited slightly lower hardness and ultimate tensile strength when compared with the L6 and L5 samples, respectively.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)287-301
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Manufacturing Processes
Volume59
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2020
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Alumina
  • Aluminum Metal Matrix Composites
  • Mechanical Properties
  • Scrap Aluminum Alloy Wheel
  • Squeeze Stir Casting
  • Taguchi

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Strategy and Management
  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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