A research article published recently in Materials, the Open Access Materials Science Journal, reports the development of
“a novel magnesium alloy Elektron21 reinforced by ceramic AlN nanoparticles produced by an ultrasound-assisted casting.”
The research was conducted by the team of Abdollah Saboori, Elisa Padovano, Matteo Pavese and Claudio Badini
at the Department of Applied Science and Technology (DISAT), Politecnico di Torino, Torino, Italy.
The research paper’s abstract reports, “The fabricated nanocomposites were investigated to evaluate their microstructure, hardness, physical, thermal and electrical conductivity.” Research results showed that the microstructural evolutions evidenced “a uniform dispersion of the ceramic particles within the matrix can be achieved by employing the ultrasound-assisted stirring.” “The addition of AlN nanoparticles results in a slight improvement of the mechanical properties of the nanocomposites. . .What is surprising is that both electrical and thermal conductivity of the nanocomposite were improved significantly as a consequence of AlN addition,” according to the abstract.
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