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Title: Numerical analysis of single dry clutch using functional graded aluminium matrix composite reinforced with silicon carbide

Authors: Saeed Asiri

Addresses: Mechanical Engineering Department, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Abstract: Functionally graded aluminium matrix composite (FGAMC) with silicon carbide is used as a friction material in clutches since this material has acceptable friction coefficient and high wear resistance. The functionally graded material (FGM) is represented as layered solid parts, each layer with different properties, the properties are calculated using rule-of-mixture and power-law of Voight. The FGAMC clutch is compared with two material e-glass and aluminium matrix composite with 20% silicon carbide particles, the FGAMC also has silicon carbide as the second material. Analysis reveals an increase in strain for the FGAMC over the traditional aluminium matrix composite (AMC). Adding to that a significant decrease in deformation at thickness direction and for stresses, in most analysis, it was the least. The drawbacks of the material is a rise in the mass resulting in low natural frequency, but the deformation is low. The results combined with FE simulation are used to predict the properties grading function.

Keywords: functionally graded material; aluminium matrix composite; deformations; stresses; strain.

DOI: 10.1504/IJVNV.2022.125602

International Journal of Vehicle Noise and Vibration, 2022 Vol.18 No.1/2, pp.41 - 60

Received: 17 Nov 2021
Accepted: 30 Dec 2021

Published online: 16 Sep 2022 *

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