The present work investigates the effect of sintering mode and graphene addition on the microstructural, mechanical and electrical properties of copper–graphene metal matrix composites reinforced with varying amounts (0.9, 1.8, 2.7 and 3.6 vol%) of graphene particles fabricated through powder metallurgy route. Sintering was carried out at 900 °C in 95%N2-5%H2 (forming gas) atmosphere with a heating rate of 5°/min for conventional and 20 °C/min for microwave with a holding time of 60 min in both cases. All the composites were found to couple well with microwave field and had resulted in 63% reduction in the processing cycle time as compared to the conventional process. Micro-structural analysis revealed the homogeneous distribution of graphene in copper matrix. Copper-graphene composites exhibited excellent wear resistance due to higher hardness and excellent lubricating nature of graphene. It was observed that porosity has a significant effect on the electrical conductivity values.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Chemical Engineering(all)
- Mechanics of Materials