Reinforcing effects of carbon nanotubes in structural aluminum matrix nanocomposites

Hyunjoo Choi, Jaehyuck Shin, Byungho Min, Junsik Park, Donghyun Bae

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The reinforcing effects of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) are investigated for aluminum matrix composites. The composites present a strong bonding between CNTs and the aluminum matrix using a controlled mechanical milling process, producing a network structure of aluminum atoms around CNTs. At the same time, CNTs that are dispersed during the milling process can be located inside aluminum powders, thereby providing an easy consolidation route via thermomechanical processes. A composite containing 4.5 vol% multiwalled CNTs exhibits a yield strength of 620 MPa and fracture toughness of 61 MPamm 1/2, the values of which are nearly 15 and seven times higher than those of the corresponding starting aluminum, respectively.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2610-2616
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Materials Research
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2009 Aug

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Funding Information:
This work was supported by the Second Stage of Brain Korea 21 Project in 2008.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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