An experimental study is presented of ultra-fine coal fly ash (CFA) aluminum matrix composites produced by successive high-power ring milling of CFA, oscillating microgrid mixing of the CFA–aluminum melt, gravity casting and rapid cooling. Samples corresponding to different CFA concentrations and particle size distributions (1 μm average, or less) are produced and subjected to microstructural and mechanical characterization, including tensile, compressive, impact, hardness and wear testing. While the usual trade-off between increased strength and hardness and reduced ductility and toughness is observed, the obtained ultra-fine particle composites are confirmed to have overall improved mechanical properties compared to composites with larger size particles previously produced by ball milling.
- A380 aluminum alloy
- high-energy ring milling
- mechanical testing
- metal matrix composites
- ultra-fine coal fly ash (CFA)