Contemplation of Mechanical and Thermal Properties of Aluminum (1100) with Silicon Carbide
Balamurugan Adhithan1, A.Syed bava bakrudeen2, Hari Prasada Rao Pydi3
1Balamurugan Adhithan, College of Engineering and Technology, Aksum University, Aksum, Ethiopia, North East Africa.
2A.Syed bava bakrudeen, College of Engineering and Technology, Aksum University, Aksum, Ethiopia, North East Africa.
3Hari Prasada Rao Pydi, College of Engineering and Technology, Aksum University, Aksum, Ethiopia, North East Africa.
Manuscript received on November 28, 2012. | Revised Manuscript received on December 07, 2012. | Manuscript published on December 30, 2012. | PP: 252-259 | Volume-2, Issue-2, December 2012. | Retrieval Number: B0922112212 /2012©BEIESP
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Abstract: Aluminum (1100) is found wide application for rail coaches, aircraft industry, bearing materials, piston material, transmission lines etc. But due to their low melting point and low hardness they will wear and deformed easily. The metal Aluminum cannot meet all the required properties suitable for various engineering applications. So it is necessary to develop the Aluminum based materials that could have all combinational properties satisfying all our engineering requirements. SiC can be considered as ideal reinforcements, due to their high strength, high aspect ratio and thermo-mechanic properties. However, until now, the main obstacle is to obtain a homogenous dispersion of the SiCs in the desired matrix. Quite a few methods have studied to help improving the dispersion of SiCs in a polymer matrix. The objective of this work is to reinforce light Aluminum with SiC by melt stirring method. Different wt% of SiC was added to Aluminum  separately to make Aluminum composites and its mechanical and thermal properties have been investigated using test like tensile, hardness, coefficient of thermal expansion. The improvement of mechanical and thermal properties for both the cases has been compared with pure Aluminum 
Keywords: Aluminum, Rockwell Hardness, Silicon Carbide, coefficients of thermal expansion.