Extrusion of Metal Matrix Composite material: orientation of reinforcements and transfer of properties

The aim of this project is to develop and characterize metal matrix composite materials for applications in the field of power electronics and automotive. The material under study are constituted by a copper or aluminum matrix, reinforced by carbon (fibers or platelets) and it is known that the composite properties depend on the orientation of the reinforcements. The objective of this research is to study and to evaluate the effect of a deformation (e.g extrusion) of the material on its thermal, electrical and mechanical properties. For this, a deep characterization of the microstructures will be conducted to establish correlations between the microstructures and the final properties of the composite. It should lead to an optimized composite materials, according to a given application.

Marine Lechartier
Faculty Supervisor: 
Mary Wells
Partner University: 
Université de Bordeaux