Aluminium composite material as an alternative to steel used in body of tactical vehicles has been studied. Addition of SiC was expected to have strengthening effect on the composite matrix therefore improving its ballistic performance. Composites of Al-11Zn-6.7Mg matrix and SiC strengthening particles with the fraction of 0, 10, and 15 vol. % were fabricated through squeeze casting process. Composite samples were then precipitation strengthened at 130 °C for 102 h to further improve their toughness. Final products were characterized by using chemical composition testing, optical microscopy, Scanning Electron Microscope - Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy (SEM-EDS) and quantitative metallography to calculate porosity, hardness test, impact test, and type III ballistic test in accordance with NIJ 0108.04 standard. The results showed that increase in SiC volume fraction from 0 to 10 and 15 vol. % managed to improve the hardness from 73 to 85 and 87 HRB, respectively, while on the other hand reduced the impact values from 12,278.69 to 11,290.35 and 9,924.54 J/m2. SEM-EDS observation confirmed the presence of Mg3Zn3Al2 intermetallic compound which formed during solidification and indicated the precipitation of MgZn2 precipitates during ageing. The ballistic testing demonstrated a promising result of the potential of Al-11Zn-6.7Mg composite strengthened by 15 vol. % SiC to withstand penetration of type III bullet (7.62 mm).
|Journal||IOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering|
|Publication status||Published - 30 Jan 2018|
|Event||Mineral Processing and Technology International Conference 2017, MINEPROCET 2017 - Jakarta, Indonesia|
Duration: 23 Oct 2017 → 24 Oct 2017