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Corrosion analysis of GTA welded metal matrix composites

Palaniswamy Venugopal (Department of Mechanical Engineering, Dhanalakshmi Srinivasan Engineering College, Perambalur, India)
Natarajan Murugan (Department of Mechanical Engineering, Coimbatore Institute of Technology, Coimbatore, India)

Journal of Engineering, Design and Technology

ISSN: 1726-0531

Article publication date: 23 March 2012

Abstract

Purpose

The SiC reinforced Al composite is perhaps the most successful class of metal matrix composites (MMCs) produced to date. They have found widespread application for aerospace, energy, and military purposes, as well as in other industries – for example, they have been used in electronic packaging, aerospace structures, aircraft and internal combustion engine components, and a variety of recreational products. In all these applications, welding plays a vital role. Little attention has been paid to SiC reinforced aluminium matrix composites joined by gas tungsten arc (GTA) welding. The purpose of this paper is to outline the manufacturing method for producing MMCs, GTA welding of MMCs and pitting corrosion analysis of welded MMCs.

Design/methodology/approach

This paper focuses upon production and welding of metal matrix composites. The welded composites have been treated at elevated and cryogenic temperatures for experimental studies. Pitting corrosion analysis of welded plates was carried out as per Box Benkehn Design.

Findings

From the results, it should be noted that maximum pitting resistance was observed with MMCs containing 10% SiC treated at cryogenic temperature. Corrosion resistance of welded composites treated at elevated temperature was found to be higher than that of as‐welded and at cryogenic temperature treated composites. The pitting potential increases with increase in % SiC to certain level and decreases with further increase in % SiC. Corrosion potential of composites treated at elevated temperature is high compared to other composites. Maximum pitting resistance is observed when the welding current was kept at 175 amps for 10% addition of SiC in LM25 matrix treated at cryogenic temperature.

Originality/value

The paper outlines the manufacturing method for producing MMCs, GTA welding of MMCs and pitting corrosion analysis of welded MMCs. The results obtained may be helpful for the automobile and aerospace industries.

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Citation

Venugopal, P. and Murugan, N. (2012), "Corrosion analysis of GTA welded metal matrix composites", Journal of Engineering, Design and Technology, Vol. 10 No. 1, pp. 93-109. https://doi.org/10.1108/17260531211211908

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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