Correlations Between Arrangement of Reinforcing Particles and Mechanical Properties in Pressure Die Cast AlSi11-SiC Composites

Journal title

Archives of Foundry Engineering




No 2

Publication authors


Pressure die casting ; Metal matrix composites (MMCs) ; aluminium alloy ; Structure ; Mechanical properties

Divisions of PAS

Nauki Techniczne


Archives of Foundry Engineering continues the publishing activity started by Foundry Commission of the Polish Academy of Sciences (PAN) in Katowice in 1978. The initiator of it was the first Chairman Professor Dr Eng. Wacław Sakwa – Corresponding Member of PAN, Honorary Doctor of Czestochowa University of Technology and Silesian University of Technology. This periodical first name was „Solidification of Metals and Alloys” , and made possible to publish the results of works achieved in the field of the Basic Problems Research Cooperation. The subject of publications was related to the title of the periodical and concerned widely understand problems of metals and alloys crystallization in a casting mold. In 1978-2000 the 44 issues have been published. Since 2001 the Foundry Commission has had patronage of the annually published “Archives of Foundry” and since 2007 quarterly published “Archives of Foundry Engineering”. Thematic scope includes scientific issues of foundry industry:

  • Theoretical Aspects of Casting Processes,
  • Innovative Foundry Technologies and Materials,
  • Foundry Processes Computer Aiding,
  • Mechanization, Automation and Robotics in Foundry,
  • Transport Systems in Foundry,
  • Castings Quality Management,
  • Environmental Protection.


The work presents the investigation results concerning the structure of composite pressure die castings with AlSi11 alloy matrix reinforced

with SiC particles. Examination has been held for composites containing 10 and 20 volume percent of SiC particles. The arrangement of

the reinforcing particles within the matrix has been qualitatively assessed in specimens cut out of the castings. The index of distribution

was determined on the basis of particle count in elementary measuring fields. The tensile strength, the yield point and elongation of the

obtained composite were measured. Composite castings were produced at various values of the piston velocity in the second stage of

injection, diverse intensification pressure values, and various injection gate width values. The regression equation describing the change of

the considered arrangement particles index and mechanical properties were found as a function of the pressure die casting parameters. The

infuence of particle arrangement in composite matrix on mechanical properties these material was examined and the functions of

correlations between values were obtained. The conclusion gives the analysis and the interpretation of the obtained results.


The Katowice Branch of the Polish Academy of Sciences




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