Optimisation of mechanical milling process for production of AA 7075/(SiC or TiB2) composite powders Articles uri icon

publication date

  • September 2012

start page

  • 280

end page

  • 286


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  • 55

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0032-5899

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1743-2901


  • Nota: Versión de la ponencia títulada "Characterization of Al-Zn-Mg-Cu/(SiC or TiB2)p Composite Powders Obtained by Mechanical Milling" presentada en European Congress and Exhibition on Avanced Materials and Processes (Euromat 2011). Se corresponde con CC/0000019758 -------- Abstract: The present work concerns the processing of composite powders based on 7075 aluminium alloy by mechanical milling. A premixed powder (Alumix 431D, Ecka Granules, Germany) was used as the matrix material, and two different ceramic reinforcements (SiC and TiB2) were chosen as reinforcements. The main objective was to evaluate the effect of the content and addition method of the process control agent as well as the content and type of reinforcement on the microstructural and morphological evolutions of the powder particles during milling process and the as milled properties of the processed materials. Results showed that regardless of the starting composition, alloying took place through three stages, in which deformation, cold welding and fracturing of powder particles were the main mechanisms involved respectively. The mechanically milled composite powders showed a fine and homogenous distribution of reinforcement particles. A higher content of reinforcement resulted in a lower crystalline size for the milled powders (similar to 18 nm for composite powders containing 15 vol.-% ceramic particles).


  • Materials science and engineering


  • aluminium matrix composites; mechanical milling; process control agent; reinforcement; microstructural and morphological evolution; powder extraction efficiency