Enhanced plastic deformation ability of copper matrix composites through synergistic strengthening of nano-Al2O3 and Cr particles

GUO, Xiuhua, XU, Guoyang, LI, Shaolin, SONG, Kexing, LIU, Song, WANG, Xu, LUO, Quanshun, LIU, Haitao and SONG, Hao (2024). Enhanced plastic deformation ability of copper matrix composites through synergistic strengthening of nano-Al2O3 and Cr particles. Materials Science and Engineering: A, 910: 146886.

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The commercial application of Al2O3/Cu composites (ODS copper) with high Al2O3 content is consistently restricted by their plastic deformability. In order to synergistically improve the plastic deformability of Al2O3/Cu composites, Al2O3/Cu–Cr composites with different Cr contents are prepared by internal oxidation combined with heat treatment by replacing part of the Al2O3 particles with Cr phases heat treatment. The effects of Cr content on the microstructure and plastic deformability of Al2O3/Cu–Cr composites are investigated. It is found that the nano-Al2O3 (8 nm) and Cr (25 nm) particles are uniformly distributed in the copper matrix, and both reach a semi-congruent interface with copper matrix. Meanwhile, the copper matrix undergoes a transition from a [111]Cu hard orientation to a [100]Cu soft orientation, and the increase in Cr content leads to a more pronounced degree of recrystallization in the Al2O3/Cu–Cr composites. The results of geometric phase analysis (GPA) show that the coordinated deformability between Cr and Cu is better than that between Al2O3 and Cu. The elongation of 2.5Al2O3/Cu-0.3Cr composite increased to 24.48 % from 22.47 % of the Cr-free 2.8Al2O3/Cu composite. The results of tensile strength calculations show that the tensile strength of Al2O3/Cu–Cr composites is mainly dominated by matrix strengthening and Orowan strengthening induced by Al2O3 particles, while grain strengthening, dislocation strengthening, and Orowan strengthening induced by Cr particles play a secondary role. The correlation coefficient (R2) is 0.95 after fitting the experimental and theoretical values of tensile strength of Al2O3/Cu–Cr composites.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 0910 Manufacturing Engineering; 0912 Materials Engineering; 0913 Mechanical Engineering; Materials; 4016 Materials engineering; 4017 Mechanical engineering
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.msea.2024.146886
SWORD Depositor: Symplectic Elements
Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited: 05 Jul 2024 10:51
Last Modified: 05 Jul 2024 11:00
URI: https://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/33916

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