Development of Novel Aluminum Alloys and Metal Matrix Composites Strengthened with Rare Earth Elements and Nano Ceramic and Carbon Particles

This purpose of the proposed project is to comprehensively study the effects that nickel (Ni), iron (Fe), manganese (Mn) and nano-scale particles have on the microstructure and high temperature mechanical properties of aluminum-cerium (Al-Ce) based alloys. This research will use conventional sintering and casting processes to determine how varying the cooling rate during casting and material composition affects the microstructure and mechanical properties. For the first time, composite nano-sized particles will be introduced to the Al-Ce-Ni/Fe/Mn alloys and the resulting material will be examined thoroughly using state of the art microscopes and material testing and analyzing equipment. The new alloys will be subjected to a wide variety of mechanical tests at elevated temperatures (250-350°C). The development of a new temperature resistant Al alloy, with improved properties, will enable the transportation industry to reduce material consumption, improve operating efficiency of engines and reduce harmful green house gas emissions.

Jordan Kozakevich;Joshua Stroh
Faculty Supervisor: 
Dimitry Sediako
British Columbia
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