Production and Characterization of Zinc-Aluminium, Silicon Carbide Reinforced with Palm Kernel Shell Ash

  IJETT-book-cover  International Journal of Engineering Trends and Technology (IJETT)          
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Volume-41 Number-6
Year of Publication : 2016
Authors : Ajibola W.A,Fakeye A .B
DOI :  10.14445/22315381/IJETT-V41P259


Ajibola W.A, Fakeye A .B "Production and Characterization of Zinc-Aluminium, Silicon Carbide Reinforced with Palm Kernel Shell Ash", International Journal of Engineering Trends and Technology (IJETT), V41(6),318-325 November 2016. ISSN:2231-5381. published by seventh sense research group

The zeal to produce relatively high performance and materials which are light weighted and relatively low in cost has made metal matrix composite (MMCs) undergo major transition over the years. This research, production and characterization of Zinc-Aluminium composite reinforced with silicon carbide and palm kernel shell ash (PKSA). Samples were prepared with compositions 5wt% SiC added with 0.2%, 0.4%, 0.6%, 0.8% and 1.0wt% PKSA were utilized to prepare the reinforcing phase with Zinc-Aluminium matrix composite using two-step stir casting method. The agro-waste materials was preheated to 6500c before being introduced into the Zinc-Aluminium composite in molten state. Hardness and tensile test were used to characterize the composite produced. The result shows that increase in PKSA reinforcement that gives increase in hardness and tensile strength, the microstructure shows that SiC and PKSA were well dispersed in the alloy matrix. In conclusion, the tensile and hardness characteristics improved with increase in PKSA reinforcement using 5% silicon carbide.


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Casting, Composite, Composition, Microstructure and Reinforcement.