Mechanical properties of aluminum-based nanocomposite reinforced with fullerenes

Kwangmin Choi, Jiyeon Seo, Donghyun Bae, Hyunjoo Choi

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The strengthening effect of fullerenes in aluminum matrix composites was investigated. The composites are produced using a two-step ball-milling technique combined with a hot rolling process. First, fullerene aggregates, where fullerene molecules initially come together to form giant particles (∼200 μm in diameter) via van der Waals bonding, are shattered into smaller particles (∼1 μm in diameter) by planetary milling. Second, primarily ball-milled fullerenes are dispersed in aluminum powder via attrition milling. Finally, aluminum/fullerene composite powder is consolidated by hot-rolling at 480 °C. For the composite sheet, grain refinement strengthening and dispersion hardening by fullerenes are accomplished at the same time, thereby exhibiting HV ∼222 of Vickers hardness (e.g., ∼740 MPa of yield strength) with only 2% (volume fraction) of fullerenes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)s47-s52
JournalTransactions of Nonferrous Metals Society of China (English Edition)
Issue numberSUPPL. 1
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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Funding Information:
This work was supported in part by the New Faculty Research Program 2012 of Kookmin University in Korea. Hyunjoo Choi also acknowledges the support from the Priority Research Centers Program (2012-0006680) and the Korea-Belarus Joint Research Program (2012-057348) through the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) funded by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Materials Chemistry


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