Machinability of hypereutectic Al-Si alloy fabricated by rapid solidification process

Biing Hwa Yan, Shen Long Lee, Shi Shung Chang

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In casting of a hypereutectic Al-Si alloy, silicon is generally known to crystallize easily as a needle or plate-like shape in the matrix, resulting in the decreased machinability as well as the decreased mechanical strength and ductility. In thiswork hypereutectic Al-20 mass%Si alloys were fabricated using both the conventional ingot casting and rapid solidification processes in order to investigate their fundamental aspects of machinability. In the alloy produced by the rapid solidification process (R. S. P) the average size of silicon crystals was smaller than that in the alloy produced by the conventionalcasting process and both the mechanical strength and hardness increased. The tool wear and surface roughness of the R. S. P. alloy were superior to those of the conventional casting process alloy. The cutting force for the R. S. P, alloy was higher than that for the conventional process alloy. The chip treatability of the conventional castingprocess alloy was better than that of the R. S. P. alloy in the case that no chip breakers were used.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)102-106
Number of pages5
JournalKeikinzoku/Journal of Japan Institute of Light Metals
Issue number2
StatePublished - Aug 1992


  • hypereutectic alloy
  • machinability
  • rapid solidfication process
  • surface roughness
  • tool wear


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