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1.Nosewicz S., Rojek J., Chmielewski M., Pietrzak K., Discrete Element Modeling of Intermetallic Matrix Composite Manufacturing by Powder Metallurgy, Materials, ISSN: 1996-1944, Vol.12, No.281, pp.1-18, 2019
Nosewicz S., Rojek J., Chmielewski M., Pietrzak K., Discrete Element Modeling of Intermetallic Matrix Composite Manufacturing by Powder Metallurgy, Materials, ISSN: 1996-1944, Vol.12, No.281, pp.1-18, 2019

Abstract:
This paper presents a numerical and experimental analysis of manufacturing of intermetallic ceramic composites by powder metallurgy techniques. The scope of the paper includes the formulation and development of an original numerical model of powder metallurgy of two-phase material within the framework of the discrete element method, simulations of powder metallurgy processes for different combinations of process parameters, and a verification of the numerical model based on own experimental results. Intermetallic-based composite NiAl–Al2O3 has been selected as representative material for experimental and numerical studies in this investigation. Special emphasis was given to the interactions between the intermetallic and ceramic particles by formulating the special model for adhesive contact bond. In order to properly represent a real microstructure of a two-phase sintered body, a discrete element specimen was generated using a special algorithm. Numerical validation showed the correct numerical representation of a sintered two-phase composite specimen. Finally, micromechanical analysis was performed to explain the macroscopic behavior of the sintered sample. The evolution of the coordination number, a number of equilibrium contacts, and the distribution of the cohesive neck size with respect to time are presented.

Keywords:
powder metallurgy; sintering; discrete element method; modeling; intermetallic matrix composites