Accession Number : AD0742661
Title : Microstructural Observations of Fusion Welded Boron-Aluminum Composites
Descriptive Note : Research memo.
Corporate Author : GRUMMAN AEROSPACE CORP BETHPAGE NY RESEARCH DEPT
Personal Author(s) : Kennedy, James R
Report Date : May 1972
Pagination or Media Count : 18
Abstract : Welding studies were conducted on boron-aluminum (B/Al) composites to observe the effects of gas-tungsten arc fusion welding on the boron reinforcing filaments and aluminum matrix. The objective of this investigation was to determine the basic potential of fusion welding B/Al composites for possible structural applications. Microstructural observations after welding revealed matrix fusion without apparent boron filament damage. Analysis of weld metal regions indicated that aluminum filler metal additions intermixed with the matrix and altered its chemical composition. It is concluded that fusion welding of B/Al composites may be possible by control of welding energy input.
Descriptors : *COMPOSITE MATERIALS , *INERT GAS WELDING , MICROSTRUCTURE , FILAMENTS , ACCEPTABILITY , BORON , ALUMINUM ALLOYS
Subject Categories : Laminates and Composite Materials
Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE