DYMAT 2009
Volume 2, 2009
DYMAT 2009 - 9th International Conference on the Mechanical and Physical Behaviour of Materials under Dynamic Loading
Page(s) 947 - 953
Section Micro-Structural Effects
Published online 15 September 2009
DYMAT 2009 (2009) 947-953
DOI: 10.1051/dymat/2009133

Dynamic behavior and fracture of granular composite Al-W

Po-Hsun Chiu1 and V.F. Nesterenko1, 2

1  Materials Science and Engineering Program
2  Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of California, San Diego, CA 92093-0411, USA

Published online: 15 September 2009

Dynamic properties and fracture of Al-W granular composites with Al matrix were experimentally investigated. Materials with different porosities and morphology of W particles (coarse and fine) and samples with W wires embedded in Al matrix with an identical weight ratio between Al and W were fabricated by Cold Isostatic Pressing. For comparison Al samples with porosity similar to granular composites were also tested. The quasi-static and Hopkinson bar compression tests were employed to measure the mechanical properties of these materials and high speed camera was used to detect fracture behavior. It was shown that fracture and dynamic properties are sensitive to porosity and morphology of W inclusions, for example, dynamic strength in composite with fine W particles can be significantly larger than strength of composite with coarse W particles at similar porosity. Highest strength was observed in composites with W wires.

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