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Title: Micro-mechanics modelling of smart materials
Author: Shah, Syed Asim Ali
ISNI:       0000 0004 7224 3781
Awarding Body: Sheffield Hallam University
Current Institution: Sheffield Hallam University
Date of Award: 2016
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Metal Matrix ceramic-reinforced composites are rapidly becoming strong candidates as structural materials for many high temperature and engineering applications. Metal matrix composites (MMC) combine the ductile properties of the matrix with a brittle phase of the reinforcement, leading to high stiffness and strength with a reduction in structural weight. The main objective of using a metal matrix composite system is to increase service temperature or improve specific mechanical properties of structural components by replacing existing super alloys. The purpose of the study is to investigate, develop and implement second phase reinforcement alloy strengthening empirical model with SiCp reinforced A359 aluminium alloy composites on the particle-matrix interface and the overall mechanical properties of the material. To predict the interfacial fracture strength of aluminium, in the presence of silicon segregation, an empirical model has been modified. This model considers the interfacial energy caused by segregation of impurities at the interface and uses Griffith crack type arguments to predict the formation energies of impurities at the interface. Based on this, model simulations were conducted at nano scale specifically at the interface and the interfacial strengthening behaviour of reinforced aluminium alloy system was expressed in terms of elastic modulus. The numerical model shows success in making prediction possible of trends in relation to segregation and interfacial fracture strength behaviour in SiC particle-reinforced aluminium matrix composites. The simulation models using various micro scale modelling techniques to the aluminum alloy matrix composite, strengthenedwith varying amounts of silicon carbide particulate were done to predict the material state at critical points with properties of Al-SiC which had been heat treated. In this study an algorithm is developed to model a hard ceramic particle in a soft matrix with a clear distinct interface and a strain based relationship has been proposed for the strengthening behaviour of the MMC at the interface rather than stress based, by successfully completing the numerical modelling of particulate reinforced metal matrix composites.
Supervisor: Hasan, Syed ; Bramhall, Mike Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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