Effect of Ultrasonic Treatment on the microstructure and mechanical properties of Al6061 and composite Thesis

thesis or dissertation chair

fiu authors

  • Exime, Ana S


  • In this study, the effect of ultrasonic treatment (UST) parameters such as amplitude, sonication time, and melt temperature on microstructure and microhardness of Al 6061 alloy is evaluated. The effect of UST on the dispersion of tungsten disulfide (WS2) and carbon nanotubes (CNT) as reinforcement particles in Al 6061 during casting is also studied. The cast Al 6061 with UST demonstrated 32% grain size reduction and 8% increase in the microhardness for optimum processing conditions. The cavitation process induced by UST is responsible for the refinement in microstructure and increase of hardness by enhancing the degassing and nucleation process. UST treated 6061 Al alloy demonstrated Hall-Petch relationship for all processing conditions. The UST process also aids in excellent dispersion of WS2 and CNT as reinforcement particles. UST treated WS2 and CNT reinforced Al 6061 composites displayed improved wear resistance as compared to samples without cavitation.

publication date

  • November 14, 2017


  • Aluminum
  • cast
  • cavitation
  • composite
  • dispersion
  • hardness
  • microstructure
  • sonication
  • ultrasonic treatment

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