Shear testing of Al and Al-Al4C3 materials at elevated temperatures

Vasilios Spitas, Michal Besterci, Paul Michelis, Christos Spitas

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The shear creep properties of the Al-Al4C3 composite material were investigated for the first time at different temperatures ranging from 523 K to 773 K and different shear stress levels ranging from 25 to 40 MPa in comparison to pure aluminum. The specimens were loaded in pure shear using a specially designed patented specimen geometry and a prototype shear-testing machine. The experimental results indicate that the Al4C3 composite aluminum exhibits shear creep resistance more than four orders of magnitude higher than that of the unalloyed aluminum and can be loaded at shear stress levels exceeding two times those of the pure aluminum material.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)145-152
Number of pages8
JournalHigh Temperature Materials and Processes
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2005
Externally publishedYes


  • A1-AlC composite
  • Al
  • Elevated temperature
  • F.E. analysis
  • Shear creep testing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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