Experimental Research on the Tribological -Mechanical Properties of Al-SiC composites and EN31 Steel
D. Ramesh1, V. R. Muruganantham2, K. Arun Balasubramanian3, A. Thirumoorthy4, M. Sudhakar5

1D. Ramesh*, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Rathinam Technical Campus, Coimbatore, (Tamil Nadu), India.
2V R Muruganantham, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Kumaraguru College of Technology, Coimbatore, (Tamil Nadu), India.
3K. Arun Balasubramanian, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Sethu Institute of Technology, Virudhunagar, Coimbatore, (Tamil Nadu), India.
4A.Thirumoorthy, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Rathinam Technical Campus, Coimbatore, (Tamil Nadu), India.
5R.M. Sudhakar, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Sri Sairam Engineering College, Coimbatore, (Tamil Nadu), India.
Manuscript received on November 22, 2019. | Revised Manuscript received on December 15, 2019. | Manuscript published on December 30, 2019. | PP: 3503-3507 | Volume-9 Issue-2, December, 2019. | Retrieval Number:  B3897129219/2019©BEIESP | DOI: 10.35940/ijeat.B3897.129219
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Abstract: In this research, metal matrix composites was fabricated using stir cast technique. Al 6061 alloy (Matrix) and silicon carbide (Reinforcement) were selected as particles. Tata Ace (mini truck) frame made of EN31 steel considered as a comparative material. Optimal weight % of SiC particles was selected as 30 %. Tensile, impact, hardness tests and tribological behaviour of the fabricated composites and EN31 steel was carried out. The mechanical tests such as tensile, impact and hardness are conducted according to the ASTM standards. The results shows that the fabricated composites had improved properties when compared to EN31 steel.
Keywords:  SiC particles, Metal matrix composite, Stir casting, Carbon steel EN31.