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Journal: International Journal of Engineering Sciences & Research Technology (IJESRT) (Vol.4, No. 9)

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Page : 691-703

Keywords : KEYWORDS: aluminium; friction stir welding; microstructure; Titanium Carbide (TiC);

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In this research study, the characterization of the microstructure evolution of friction stir lap welds (FSLW) of Aluminium incorporated with Titanium Carbide powder to form Aluminium based composites is presented. The Titanium Carbide powder was infused at the weld interface to produce a composite. The FSLW were conducted on an Intelligent Stir Welding for Industry and Research (I-STIR) Process Development System (PDS). Different welding parameters were used for the welding process. Rotational speeds of 1600 rpm and 2000 rpm and transverse speeds of 100 mm/min, 200 mm/min and 300 mm/min were employed. The process parameters were carefully selected to represent a low, medium and high setting for the feed rates. The microstructural evolution of the samples were studied. Optical microscope and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) techniques were used to investigate the particle distribution of the welded samples. The results obtained revealed the influence of the welding parameters on the particle distribution of the welded samples. A homogenous mixture of the materials was observed at higher rotational speed of 2000 rpm.

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