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International Journal of Applied Research in Mechanical Engineering

Abstract

In this current investigation, SiC particles 20μm in average size were incorporated into the commercially AA6061-T6 to prepare surface composite by using Friction stir processing (FSP). The morphology of the reinforcement inside the Al matrix has been evaluated from scanning electron microscope (SEM) and the corrosion characteristics of the resulted composite were evaluated using static immersion corrosion (SIC) behavior in 3.5% NaCl aqueous solution at various regimes. From the results, it observed that the SiC particles were distributed uniformly inside the stir zone (SZ) in both first and third-pass of FSP. The micro hardness of stir zone with SiC particles of I-pass was higher compared to III-pass and as-received Al alloy. In static immersion corrosion test the FSP AA6061-T6/SiCp exhibited significantly greater corrosion resistance in I-pass than compared to the III-pass and as-received Al alloy.

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