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2011

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High Temperature, Low Cycle Fatigue Of A Hybrid Particulate/Fiber Aluminum Metal-Matrix Composite , Justin Clark Jan 2011

High Temperature, Low Cycle Fatigue Of A Hybrid Particulate/Fiber Aluminum Metal-Matrix Composite , Justin Clark

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The effect of shot particles on the high temperature, low cycle fatigue of a hybrid fiber/particulate metal-matrix composite (MMC) was studied. Two hybrid composites with the general composition A356/35%SiC particle/5%Fiber (one without shot) were tested. It was found that shot particles acting as stress concentrators had little effect on the fatigue performance. It appears that fibers with a high silica content were more likely to debond from the matrix. Final failure of the composite was found to occur preferentially in the matrix. SiC particles fracture progressively during fatigue testing, leading to higher stress in the ...


Processing And Mechanical Properties Of Cast Aluminum Containing Scandium, Zirconium, And Ytterbium , Nicholas D. Johnson Jan 2011

Processing And Mechanical Properties Of Cast Aluminum Containing Scandium, Zirconium, And Ytterbium , Nicholas D. Johnson

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A series of aluminum alloys containing additions of scandium, zirconium, and ytterbium were cast to evaluate the effect of partial ytterbium substitution for scandium on tensile behavior. Due to the high price of scandium, a crucible-melt interaction study was performed to ensure no scandium was lost in graphite, alumina, magnesia, or zirconia crucibles after holding a liquid Al-Sc master alloy for 8 hours at 900 °C in an argon atmosphere. The alloys were subjected to an isochronal aging treatment and tested for conductivity and Vickers microhardness after each increment. For scandium-containing alloys, peak hardnesses of 520-790 MPa, and peak tensile ...


Structure And Properties Of Graphene Nano Disks (Gnd) With And Without Edge-Dopants, Pubodee Ratana-Arsanarom Jan 2011

Structure And Properties Of Graphene Nano Disks (Gnd) With And Without Edge-Dopants, Pubodee Ratana-Arsanarom

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Graphene is one of the most important materials. In this research, the structures and properties of graphene nano disks (GND) with a concentric shape were investigated by Density Functional Theory (DFT) calculations, in which the most effective DFT methods - B3lyp and Pw91pw91 were employed.

It was found that there are two types of edges - Zigzag and Armchair in concentric graphene nano disks (GND). The bond length between armchair-edge carbons is much shorter than that between zigzag-edge carbons. For C24 GND that consists of 24 carbon atoms, only armchair edge with 12 atoms is formed. For a GND larger than the ...


Technique To Measure Heats Of Reaction Of Ti-B, Al-Ti-B, And Al-Ti-B4c Powder Blends, Andrew H. Baker Jan 2011

Technique To Measure Heats Of Reaction Of Ti-B, Al-Ti-B, And Al-Ti-B4c Powder Blends, Andrew H. Baker

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In this research, a modification to initiation aid ignition in bomb calorimetry that involves systemically blending levels of boron and potassium nitrate initiation aids with a bulk structural energetic elemental power blend is developed. A regression is used to estimate the nominal heat of reaction for the primary reaction. The technique is first applied to the synthesis of TiB2 as a validation study to see if close proximity to literature values can be achieved. The technique is then applied to two systems of interest, Al-Ti-B, and Al-Ti-B4C. In all three investigations, x-ray diffraction is used to characterize the product phases ...


Effects Of Silicon Content And Cooling Rate On Mechanical Properties Of Heavy Section Ductile Cast Iron , Meghan Haycock Jan 2011

Effects Of Silicon Content And Cooling Rate On Mechanical Properties Of Heavy Section Ductile Cast Iron , Meghan Haycock

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The effects of Si and cooling rate are investigated for their effect on the mechanical properties and microstructure. Three alloys were chosen with varying C and Si contents and an attempt to keep the remainder of the elements present constant. Within each heat, three test blocks were poured. Two blocks had chills – one with a fluid flowing through it to cool it (active chill) and one without the fluid (passive) – and the third block did not have a chill. Cooling curves were gathered and analyzed. The mechanical properties of the castings were correlated to the microstructure, cooling rate and Si ...