Investigation on microstructure and mechanical properties of Friction Stir Welded AA6061-4.5Cu-10SiC composite

Mervin A. Herbert, Arun Kumar Shettigar, Akshay V. Nigalye, Shrikantha S. Rao

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The application of Metal Matrix Composites (MMCs) is restricted by the availability of properly developed fabrication methods. The main challenge here is the fabrication and welding of MMCs in a cost effective way. In the present study, synthesis of AA6061-4.5%Cu- 10%SiC composite was done by stir casting method. The joining of MMCs was performed by Friction Stir Welding (FSW) using a combination of square and threaded profile pin tool (CSTPP). Further, the welded composite was evaluated for microstructure and joint properties. The microstructural characterization showed uniform distribution of refined fine grains and numerous small particles at nugget zone. The hardness at the stir zone is higher than that of the base material. The tensile test revealed 96% joint efficiency in transverse direction.

Original languageEnglish
Article number012125
JournalIOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 03-03-2016


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Engineering(all)

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