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Metals 2017, 7(3), 92; doi:10.3390/met7030092

Synthesis and Characterization of Copper-Based Composites Reinforced by CuZrAlNiTi Amorphous Particles with Enhanced Mechanical Properties

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MTA-ME Materials Science Research Group, Miskolc-Egyetemvaros H-3515, Hungary
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Institute of Physical Metallurgy, Metalforming and Nanotechnology, University of Miskolc, Miskolc-Egyetemvaros H-3515, Hungary
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Received: 9 February 2017 / Revised: 28 February 2017 / Accepted: 8 March 2017 / Published: 11 March 2017
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Abstract

Novel amorphous/crystalline composites were developed combining the ductile copper matrix with hard CuZr-based amorphous powder. The amorphous powders of two compositions, Cu39.2Zr36All4.8Ni10Ti10 and Cu39.2Zr35.2Al5.6Ni10Ti10, produced by ball milling were used for reinforcement of the composites. Different mixing techniques, magnetic mixing, ultrasonic mixing and high-energy ball milling, were applied in order to create a homogenous mixture of the powders. The composites were produced by hot pressing under a purified argon atmosphere. Their microstructure, homogeneity and mechanical properties were investigated. It was observed that before hot pressing, minimal porosity had been obtained for the composite blended for 15 min by the ball-mill with a ball-to-powder ratio of 80:1. Its copper content was 50 wt %, which is the minimum to produce a compact composite. Reinforcing the copper by amorphous powders, the maximal compressive strength was enhanced to 490 MPa and 470 MPa, respectively, for the abovementioned composites. The yield strength of the copper due to reinforcement increased drastically from 150 MPa to 400 MPa and 420 MPa. View Full-Text
Keywords: amorphous/crystalline composite; ball-milling; powder metallurgy; hot pressing; microstructure; mechanical properties amorphous/crystalline composite; ball-milling; powder metallurgy; hot pressing; microstructure; mechanical properties
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Tomolya, K.; Sycheva, A.; Sveda, M.; Arki, P.; Miko, T.; Roosz, A.; Janovszky, D. Synthesis and Characterization of Copper-Based Composites Reinforced by CuZrAlNiTi Amorphous Particles with Enhanced Mechanical Properties. Metals 2017, 7, 92.

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