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Effect of nanoscale boron carbide particle addition on the microstructural evolution and mechanical response of pure magnesium

Sankaranarayanan, S and Sabat, RK and Jayalakshmi, S and Suwas, S and Gupta, M (2014) Effect of nanoscale boron carbide particle addition on the microstructural evolution and mechanical response of pure magnesium. In: MATERIALS & DESIGN, 56 . pp. 428-436.

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In this study, the effect of nano-B4C addition on the microstructural and the mechanical behavior of pure Mg are investigated. Pure Mg-metal reinforced with different amounts of nano-size B4C particulates were synthesized using the disintegrated melt deposition technique followed by hot extrusion. Microstructural characterization of the developed Mg/x-B4C composites revealed uniform distribution of nano-B4C particulates and significant grain refinement. Electron back scattered diffraction (EBSD) analyses showed presence of relatively more recrystallized grains and absence of fiber texture in Mg/B4C nanocomposites when compared to pure Mg. The evaluation of mechanical properties indicated a significant improvement in tensile properties of the composites. The significant improvement in tensile ductility (similar to 180% increase with respect to pure Mg) is among the highest observed when compared to the pure Mg based nanocomposites existing in the current literature. The superior mechanical properties of the Mg/B4C nanocomposites are attributed to the uniform distribution of the nanoparticles and the tendency for texture randomization (absence of fiber texture) achieved due to the nano-B4C addition. (C) 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Item Type: Journal Article
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Keywords: Magnesium; Nano-composite; Mechanical properties; Scanning electron microscopy; Electron back scattered diffraction
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Materials Engineering (formerly Metallurgy)
Date Deposited: 24 Apr 2014 07:34
Last Modified: 24 Apr 2014 07:35
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/48905

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