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Velhinho, Alexandre, F. M. Braz Fernandes, and J. D. Botas. "Microstructural study of aluminium-matrix composites reinforced with SiC." Advanced Materials Forum I. Vol. 230-2. Key Engineering Materials, 230-2. 2002. 226-230. Abstract01_-_key_eng._mater._230-232_2002_226-230.pdf

Rheocasting, as a semi-solid process, allows the production of aluminium matrix composites at relatively low temperatures (ca. 580ºC), thus favouring a reduced reactivity at the reinforcement-metal matrix interface. When one considers the possibility of further processing (such as any treatment involving remelting, even if partial) of the material, this trait allows a more rigorous control of the interfaces. Composite samples have been produced using as matrix an Al-7Si-0.3Mg alloy reinforced with SiCp (granulometry: 120 μm; Vr = 0.30). These were rheocast at 583ºC, followed by forging and subsequent water-quenching. A structural characterisation (optical microscopy and XRD) of the as-received matrix material, as well as of the reinforced and non-reinforced rheocast material was performed. The phases identification will provide a basis for the understanding of the further processing where the rheocast material will be used as a raw material to produce functionally graded metal-matrix composites by centrifugal casting.