The Effect of Artificial Aging on Mechanical Properties of Metal Matrix Composite

Abstract

Recently the use of the composite material based on aluminum alloys matrix isincreased because of their good mechanical properties and light weight.In this work the addition of % SiC particle to the aluminum (6063) matrix effect wasconsidered and the solution heat treatment was applied on the produced compositematerial which has optimum properties followed by artificial aging.The work shows that the hardness increased and the wear rate decreased with theaddition of silicon carbide particles (SiC) , where as optimum produced compositematerial which has best properties is ( 15% SiC ) . On the other hand the increasingin temperature and time of artificial aging increases the properties.