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Metal Matrix Composites by Friction Stir Processing
Metal Matrix Composites by Friction Stir Processing is the eighth volume in the recently launched short book series on friction stir welding (FSW) and friction stir processing (FSP). As highlighted in the preface of the first book, the intention of this book series is to serve engineers and researchers engaged in advanced and innovative manufacturing techniques. FSW was invented more than 20 years back as a solid-state joining technique. In this period, FSW has found a wide range of applications in joining of aluminum alloys. FSP was invented based on the principle of FSW. In little more than one decade, FSP has emerged as a popular and effective tool for grain refinement and microstructure modification. FSP, however, can have a far greater reach if the full potential of the process is realized through new material development by the process.
This book is focused on processing of metal matrix composites (MMCs) by FSP to highlight the potential of FSP as a tool to manufacture new materials. Apart from grain refinement, FSP has a wider capability due to the material flow and material mixing that happens during the process. This volume aims to highlight such aspects by demonstrating the ability of the process to incorporate a second phase and make MMCs. The book will cover the subject in detail and provide a good summary of the work done so far with regard to processing MMCs by FSP. It will also present a novel approach of making ductile MMCs by FSP using metal particle reinforcements. As a whole, the book aims to present a new facet of FSP to the reader community. As stated in the previous volumes, this short book series on FSW and FSP will include books that advance both the science and technology.
- Demonstrates how friction stir processing can be used to make metal matrix composites
- Includes a review of different approaches of making metal matrix composites by friction stir processing
- Demonstrates the utility of friction stir processing in making new types of non-equilibrium ductile composites
- Provides a comparison of properties of friction stir processed composites to those of conventional metal matrix composites
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