The main objective of the current research is the assessment of semi-solid state processing as a new near-net shape forming technique for MMCs. The rheological behaviour of semi-solid state. Microstructural and mechanical characterization will, finally, assess the potential of semi-solid forming of MMCs.
Taking advantage of thixotropic properties, semi-sold state processing of metal matrix composites offers many advantages over conventional shaping processes, such as reduction of operating temperatures, porosity shrinkage, energy consumption, tool wear, damaging of the reinforcing phases and segregation of the reinforcing phases as well as easier machining.
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