Institute of Fundamental Technological Research
Polish Academy of Sciences


Pandi Pitchai

Indian Institute of Science (IN)

Recent publications
1.  Węglewski W., Pitchai P., Chmielewski M., Guruprasad P.J., Basista M., Thermal conductivity of Cu-matrix composites reinforced with coated SiC particles: Numerical modeling and experimental verification, INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF HEAT AND MASS TRANSFER, ISSN: 0017-9310, DOI: 10.1016/j.ijheatmasstransfer.2022.122633, Vol.188, pp.122633-1-18, 2022

Copper-matrix composites reinforced with silicon carbide (SiC) particles are heat sink materials with potential application in the electronic industry. A major challenge in the manufacturing of these materials, involving sintering process, is to prevent the decomposition of SiC and the subsequent dissolution of silicon in the copper matrix. This is overcome by coating SiC particles with metallic layers. In this study, a combined experimental and computational micromechanics approach was used to investigate thermal conductivity of Cu-matrix composites reinforced with silicon carbide particles coated with chromium, titanium, or tungsten layers. Plasma Vapor Deposition (PVD) was used to produce the metallic layers on SiC particles, while Spark Plasma Sintering (SPS) to consolidate the powder mixtures of copper and coated silicon carbide. Thermal conductivities of the fabricated three-phase composites Cu/SiC/Cr, Cu/SiC/Ti and Cu/SiC/W were evaluated using the Laser Flash technique. Finite Element Method (FEM) and Variational Asymptotic Method (VAM) based homogenization techniques were used for computational modeling of thermal conductivity. In the numerical models complex material microstructures were accounted for using micro-CT images of the sintered compacts. Comparison of the experimental results with simulations highlighted the importance of including the effect of imperfect interfaces to accurately model thermal conductivity of the investigated composites.

metal-matrix composites, powder metallurgy, plasma vapor deposition, imperfect interface, thermal conductivity, numerical modeling

Węglewski W. - IPPT PAN
Pitchai P. - Indian Institute of Science (IN)
Chmielewski M. - Institute of Electronic Materials Technology (PL)
Guruprasad P.J. - Indian Institute of Technology (IN)
Basista M. - IPPT PAN
2.  Węglewski W., Pitchai P., Bochenek K., Bolzon G., Konetschnik R., Sartory B., Ebner R., Kiener D., Basista M., Experimental and numerical investigation of the deformation and fracture mode of microcantilever beams made of Cr(Re)/Al2O3 metal–matrix composite, METALLURGICAL AND MATERIALS TRANSACTIONS A-PHYSICAL METALLURGY AND MATERIALS SCIENCE, ISSN: 1073-5623, DOI: 10.1007/s11661-020-05687-3, Vol.51, No.5, pp.2377-2390, 2020

This work presents a combined experimental and computational study of the deformation and fracture of microcantilever specimens made of chromium(rhenium)-alumina metal–matrix composite (MMC), with a particular focus on the failure properties of the metal–ceramic interfaces. The obtained experimental results show that the bending strength of microcantilevers containing alumina particles in critical cross-sections near specimen's fixed end is considerably higher than that of unreinforced chromium(rhenium) samples. Brittle cracking along chromium–alumina interfaces is the dominant fracture mode of the composite microcantilevers. The interface characteristics are determined in an indirect way by numerical simulations of the experiment with account of the actual specimen microstructure from the scanning electron microscope (SEM) images. A parametric study demonstrates that the overall material response may be reproduced by different sets of model parameters, whereas the actual failure mode permits to discriminate among the possible alternatives. Using this approach, the in situ values of the chromium–alumina interface cohesive strength and the fracture energy are estimated.

Węglewski W. - IPPT PAN
Pitchai P. - Indian Institute of Science (IN)
Bochenek K. - IPPT PAN
Bolzon G. - other affiliation
Konetschnik R. - other affiliation
Sartory B. - other affiliation
Ebner R. - other affiliation
Kiener D. - other affiliation
Basista M. - IPPT PAN

Conference abstracts
1.  Węglewski W., Pitchai P., Bochenek K., Basista M., Modeling of deformation and fracture of metal-ceramic microcantilever beams in bending, CMM-SolMech 2022, 24th International Conference on Computer Methods in Mechanics; 42nd Solid Mechanics Conference, 2022-09-05/09-08, Świnoujście (PL), No.148, pp.1-1, 2022

Category A Plus


logo ippt            Pawińskiego 5B, 02-106 Warsaw
  +48 22 826 12 81 (central)
  +48 22 826 98 15

Find Us

© Institute of Fundamental Technological Research Polish Academy of Sciences 2023