Shock response of boron carbide based composites infiltrated with magnesium alloys Conference Paper uri icon


  • The fully dense composites were obtained by vacuum infiltrating the boron carbide compacts (80% green density) with liquid AZ91 magnesium alloy (850 C) and with the melt of 50/50 AZ91-silicon mixture (1050 C). The densities, the elastic moduli and the Vickers hardness values of the obtained composites were, respectively, 2.44 g/cm 3 and 2.54 g/cm 3, 300 and 350 GPa, and 1200 and 1800 HV. The impact response of the composites was studied in a series of VISAR-instrumented planar impact experiments with velocities of W and Cu impactors ranged from 100 to 1000 m/s. It was found that velocity histories recorded for the composites produced by infiltration with Mg-Si alloy contain a distinct elastic precursor front followed by a plastic ramp. On the contrary, the velocity histories of the composites infiltrated with AZ91 do not display any step-like front; the amplitude of the …

publication date

  • June 1, 2011