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Bournemouth University (GB)

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1.  Nosewicz S., Bazarnik P., Clozel M., Kurpaska Ł., Jenczyk P., Jarząbek D., Chmielewski M., Romelczyk-Baishya B., Lewandowska M., Pakieła Z., Huang Y., Langdon T.G., A multiscale experimental analysis of mechanical properties and deformation behavior of sintered copper–silicon carbide composites enhanced by high-pressure torsion, ARCHIVES OF CIVIL AND MECHANICAL ENGINEERING, ISSN: 1644-9665, DOI: 10.1007/s43452-021-00286-4, Vol.21, pp.131-1-19, 2021

Abstract:
Experiments were conducted to investigate, within the framework of a multiscale approach, the mechanical enhancement, deformation and damage behavior of copper–silicon carbide composites (Cu–SiC) fabricated by spark plasma sintering (SPS) and the combination of SPS with high-pressure torsion (HPT). The mechanical properties of the metal–matrix composites were determined at three different length scales corresponding to the macroscopic, micro- and nanoscale. Small punch testing was employed to evaluate the strength of composites at the macroscopic scale. Detailed analysis of microstructure evolution related to SPS and HPT, sample deformation and failure of fractured specimens was conducted using scanning and transmission electron microscopy. A microstructural study revealed changes in the damage behavior for samples processed by HPT and an explanation for this behavior was provided by mechanical testing performed at the micro- and nanoscale. The strength of copper samples and the metal–ceramic interface was determined by microtensile testing and the hardness of each composite component, corresponding to the metal matrix, metal–ceramic interface, and ceramic reinforcement, was measured using nano-indentation. The results confirm the advantageous effect of large plastic deformation on the mechanical properties of Cu–SiC composites and demonstrate the impact on these separate components on the deformation and damage type.

Keywords:
copper–silicon carbide composite, high-pressure torsion, metal–matrix composites, multiscale analysis, nano-indentation, small punch test

Affiliations:
Nosewicz S. - IPPT PAN
Bazarnik P. - Warsaw University of Technology (PL)
Clozel M. - National Centre for Nuclear Research (PL)
Kurpaska Ł. - National Centre for Nuclear Research (PL)
Jenczyk P. - IPPT PAN
Jarząbek D. - IPPT PAN
Chmielewski M. - Institute of Electronic Materials Technology (PL)
Romelczyk-Baishya B. - Warsaw University of Technology (PL)
Lewandowska M. - other affiliation
Pakieła Z. - Warsaw University of Technology (PL)
Huang Y. - Bournemouth University (GB)
Langdon T.G. - University of Southampton (GB)
2.  Bazarnik P., Nosewicz S., Romelczyk-Baishya B., Chmielewski M., Strojny-Nędza A., Maj J., Huang Y., Lewandowska M., Langdon T.G., Effect of spark plasma sintering and high-pressure torsion on the microstructural and mechanical properties of a Cu–SiC composite, MATERIALS SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING A-STRUCTURAL MATERIALS PROPERTIES MICROSTRUCTURE AND PROCESSING, ISSN: 0921-5093, DOI: 10.1016/j.msea.2019.138350, Vol.766, pp.138350-1-11, 2019

Abstract:
This investigation examines the problem of homogenization in metal matrix composites (MMCs) and the methods of increasing their strength using severe plastic deformation (SPD). In this research MMCs of pure copper and silicon carbide were synthesized by spark plasma sintering (SPS) and then further processed via high-pressure torsion (HPT). The microstructures in the sintered and in the deformed materials were investigated using Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) and Scanning Transmission Electron Microscopy (STEM). The mechanical properties were evaluated in microhardness tests and in tensile testing. The thermal conductivity of the composites was measured with the use of a laser pulse technique. Microstructural analysis revealed that HPT processing leads to an improved densification of the SPS-produced composites with significant grain refinement in the copper matrix and with fragmentation of the SiC particles and their homogeneous distribution in the copper matrix. The HPT processing of Cu and the Cu–SiC samples enhanced their mechanical properties at the expense of limiting their plasticity. Processing by HPT also had a major influence on the thermal conductivity of materials. It is demonstrated that the deformed samples exhibit higher thermal conductivity than the initial coarse-grained samples.

Keywords:
copper, silicon carbide, high-pressure torsion, spark plasma sintering, thermal conductivity

Affiliations:
Bazarnik P. - Warsaw University of Technology (PL)
Nosewicz S. - IPPT PAN
Romelczyk-Baishya B. - Warsaw University of Technology (PL)
Chmielewski M. - Institute of Electronic Materials Technology (PL)
Strojny-Nędza A. - Institute of Electronic Materials Technology (PL)
Maj J. - IPPT PAN
Huang Y. - Bournemouth University (GB)
Lewandowska M. - other affiliation
Langdon T.G. - University of Southampton (GB)

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