Characterization of welded joints produced by FSW in AA1100-B4C metal matrix composites

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DOIResolve DOI: http://doi.org/10.1179/1362171811Y.0000000066
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TypeArticle
Journal titleScience and technology of Welding & Joining
Volume17
Issue2
Pages8591; # of pages: 7
SubjectFriction Stir Welding, Al-B4C Metal Matrix Composite; Microstructure; Mechanical Properties; Ductility; Joint Efficiency; Grain Structure; Fractography
AbstractThe feasibility of friction stir welding for joining AA 1100 based metal matrix composites reinforced with B4C particulate is studied for 16 and 30%B4C volume concentrations. For both composites, friction stir welding has a significant influence on the particle size distribution and the matrix grain size. For the 16% composite, the average particle size decreases after welding by ,20% and the grain size from 15 to 5 mm as measured in the weld nugget. Tensile testing of welded joints showed up to 100% joint efficiency for both annealed AA 1100–16%B4C and AA 1100–30%B4C composite materials. However, if the ultimate tensile strength values of all the studied composites are similar at ,130 MPa, then the weld ductility is higher for the annealed materials. Furthermore, it was observed that varying the welding speed between 100 and 275 mm min21 does not influence the tensile properties and the particle size distribution in the nugget.
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AffiliationNRC Industrial Materials Institute; National Research Council Canada
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NRC number53453
NPARC number19793792
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