Indexed on: 16 Jul '20Published on: 13 Jul '20Published in: Journal of composite materials
Journal of Composite Materials, Ahead of Print. In this study, copper powder was reinforced with different weight percentages of Al2O3 particles (0, 5, 10, and 15 wt.% Al2O3 coated Ag) to produce Cu-Al2O3 composites by mechanical alloying and uniaxial cold pressing/sintering route. Electro-less deposition was used to coat Al2O3 particles with Ag. The microstructure of the consolidated samples was investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX) elemental mapping. The porosity, microhardness, and wear behavior of the consolidated samples were also investigated as a function of Al2O3 content. The EDX mapping images reveal that the Al2O3 reinforcement particles were homogeneously distributed into the Cu matrix. Microstructural analysis shows that the addition of Al2O3 coated Ag particles improves density of the composites coating. SEM micrographs result shows that slight porosities exist in the composites produced. Furthermore, the average hardness of the composite coatings varies from 72.3 to 187.6 HV as Al2O3 content increases from 0 to 15 wt.%. The wear test results showed that the composite with higher Al2O3 content 15 wt.% showed the best wear resistance.