Institute of Fundamental Technological Research
Polish Academy of Sciences


T.G. Langdon

University of Southampton (GB)

Recent publications
1.  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

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.

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

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)
Huang Y. - Bournemouth University (GB)
Lewandowska M. - other affiliation
Langdon T.G. - University of Southampton (GB)

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