Copper Matrix Composites reinforced with particulate Silicon Carbide were consolidated by Vacuum Hot Pressing and Press-Sinter routes. The reinforcement content was varied from 10% to 30% by volume. The composites were then characterized for their microstructure, density, X-ray diffraction (XRD), Coefficient of Thermal Expansion (CTE), hardness, tensile strength, electrical conductivity and elastic modulus. The properties were compared with those of Copper Tungsten alloys. Cu/SiC composites are found to be potential materials for electrical contact and welding applications. An attempt has also been made to evaluate the suitability of copper matrix composites as a replacement to copper tungsten alloys.
Processing and Characterization of Particulate SiC Reinforced Copper Matrix Composites
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Bhanu Prasad, VV, Vasudeva Rao, V, Putrevu, A, Vijay, AS, & Harini, G. "Processing and Characterization of Particulate SiC Reinforced Copper Matrix Composites." Proceedings of the ASME 7th Biennial Conference on Engineering Systems Design and Analysis. Volume 1. Manchester, England. July 19–22, 2004. pp. 343-351. ASME. https://doi.org/10.1115/ESDA2004-58355
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