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Steel and Composite Structures   Volume 21, Number 6, August30 2016, pages 1327-1345
Application of the full factorial design to modelling of Al2O3/SiC particle reinforced al-matrix composites
Necat Altinkok

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    Al2O3/SiC particulate reinforced (Metal Matrix Composites) MMCs which were produced by using stir casting process, bending strength and hardening behaviour were obtained using an analysis of variance (ANOVA) technique that uses full factorial design. Factor variables and their ranges were: particle size 2-60 μm; the stirring speed 450 rpm, 500 rpm and the stirring temperature 620°C, 650°C. An empirical equation was derived from test results to describe the relationship between the test parameters. This model for the tensile strength of the hybrid composite materials with R2 adj = 80% for the bending strength R2 adj = 89% were generated from the data. The regression coefficients of this model quantify the tensile strength and bending strengths of the effects of each of the factors. The interactions of all three factors do not present significant percentage contributions on the tensile strength and bending strengths of hybrid composite materials. Analysis of the residuals versus was predicted the tensile strength and bending strengths show a normalized distribution and thereby confirms the suitability of this model. Particle size was found to have the strongest influence on the tensile strength and bending strength.
Key Words
    hybrid particulate reinforced composites; the tensile strength; bending strengths; hardness; porosity; full factorial design; analysis of variance (ANOVA)
Department of Machine and Metal Technologies Sakarya University, Hendek Vocational School, Hendek, Sakarya, Republic of Turkey.

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