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Silica and kaolin reinforced aluminum matrix composite for heat storage

Ogunrinola, Iyanuoluwa and Akinyemi, M. L. and Aizebeokhai, A. P. and Sule, Rasidi and Omeje, Maxwell and Boyo, Henry and Sanni, Samuel Eshorame and Babalola, P.O. (2023) Silica and kaolin reinforced aluminum matrix composite for heat storage. Reviews on Advanced Materials Science, 62.

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This study used aluminum scraps to produce a secondary aluminum metal matrix for heat storage analyses. Silica and kaolin reinforced aluminum metal matrix composites were successfully produced via stir casting. The X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) were employed for phase and microstructure characterization. XRD revealed alumina (corundum), aluminum and kyanite phases while SEM indicated pores in the composites. Density, average specific heat (from 30 to 200°C), thermal conductivity, and hardness tests were carried out. Total heat energy stored per kg, from 30 to 200°C, was obtained. The inclusion of 7.5 and 15wt% kaolin increased the specific heat of the matrix from 474.3 to 564.57 J·kg−1·°C−1 and 474.3 to 679.03 J·kg−1·°C−1, respectively. Likewise, adding 7.5 and 15 wt% silica sand increased the thermal conductivity of the matrix from 154.99 to 175.62W·m−1·°C−1 and 154.99W·m−1·°C−1 to 181.38W·m−1·°C−1, respectively. The addition of 7.5 wt% silica sand and 7.5 and 15wt% kaolin increased the hardness value of the matrix from 72.11 to 73.11 HB, 72.11 to 81.38 HB, and 72.11 to 82 HB, respectively. Hardness of the composites reinforced with kaolin is higher than that of the composites reinforced with silica sand. This is attributed to the higher molecular weight of kaolin. Significant

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: kaolin, microstructure, secondary aluminum, silica sand, specific heat
Subjects: T Technology > TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery
Divisions: Faculty of Engineering, Science and Mathematics > School of Engineering Sciences
Depositing User: nwokealisi
Date Deposited: 27 Jun 2023 09:49
Last Modified: 27 Jun 2023 09:49

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