J. Mater. Sci. Technol. ›› 2022, Vol. 108: 164-172.DOI: 10.1016/j.jmst.2021.08.056

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Ultra-high strength GNP/2024Al composite via thermomechanical treatment

Zhong Zhenga, Xuexi Zhanga,*(), Mingfang Qiana, Jianchao Lia, Muhammad Imranb, Lin Genga,*()   

  1. aSchool of Materials Science and Engineering, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin 150001, China
    bMechanical Engineering Department, University of Engineering & Technology Taxila, Taxila 47050, Pakistan
  • Received:2021-05-30 Revised:2021-07-14 Accepted:2021-08-16 Published:2021-10-27 Online:2021-10-27
  • Contact: Xuexi Zhang,Lin Geng
  • About author:genglin@hit.edu.cn (L. Geng).
    * E-mail addresses: xxzhang@hit.edu.cn (X. Zhang),


The 5.0 vol.% GNP/2024Al composites were prepared by accumulated shear deformation combined with heat treatment, i.e. the thermomechanical treatment (TMT). The results showed that homogeneous distributed GNPs that aligned along the plastic deformation direction were obtained by six-pass drawing in the solution heat treatment state. The introducing of high-density dislocations in Al matrix by multiple drawing resulted in enhanced nucleation of precipitates and subsequent uniform growth during ageing. Consequently, ultra-strength GNP/2024Al composites, with yield and ultimate tensile strength 482 and 571 MPa, respectively, were achieved. The high strength was attributed to homogeneous dispersion of undamaged GNPs, fine and dispersed precipitations and work-hardening effect. This work demonstrated that TMT could act as a feasible strategy for preparing high-performance GNP/Al composites.

Key words: Metal-matrix composites (MMCs), Graphene nano-platelets (GNPs), Interface, Ultra-strength composites, Thermomechanical treatment (TMT)