Enhanced strength and ductility of metal composites with intragranularly dispersed reinforcements by additive manufacturing

Bingkun Zou, Lei Wang, Yanming Zhang, Yang Liu, Qiubao Ouyang, Shenbao Jin, Di Zhang, Wentao Yan & Zan Li
Reinforcements in metal composites are usually dispersed at grain boundaries. We here show that the rapid solidification during laser additive manufacturing enables the spontaneous engulfment of reinforcing particles inside aluminum grains, which helps to decouple the stress concentration induced by grain boundaries and reinforcements. The additively manufactured TiB2-Al composite possesses 30% increase in tensile strength and nearly tripled ductility as compared with composite obtained by the traditional method. Our experimental investigations indicate that the intragranular...
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