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Composite material reinforced with atomized quasicrystalline particles and method of making same

United States Patent

5,851,317
December 22, 1998
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A composite material comprises an aluminum or aluminum alloy matrix having generally spherical, atomized quasicrystalline aluminum-transition metal alloy reinforcement particles disposed in the matrix to improve mechanical properties. A composite article can be made by consolidating generally spherical, atomized quaiscrystalline aluminum-transition metal alloy particles and aluminum or aluminum alloy particles to form a body that is cold and/or hot reduced to form composite products, such as composite plate or sheet, with interfacial bonding between the quasicrystalline particles and the aluminum or aluminum alloy matrix without damage (e.g. cracking or shape change) of the reinforcement particles. The cold and/or hot worked compositehibits substantially improved yield strength, tensile strength, Young's modulus (stiffness).
Biner; Suleyman B. (Ames, IA), Sordelet; Daniel J. (Ames, IA), Lograsso; Barbara K. (Ames, IA), Anderson; Iver E. (Ames, IA)
Iowa State University Research Foundation, Inc. (Ames, IA)
08/ 792,285
January 31, 1997
CONTRACTURAL ORIGIN OF THE INVENTION The United States Government has rights in this invention pursuant to Contract No. W-7405-ENG-82 between the U.S. Department of Energy and Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, which contract grants to Iowa State University Research Foundation, Inc. the right to apply for this patent.