Mechanical properties of Al3BC by nanoindentation and micropillar compression

Yongfeng Zhao, Arun Sundar S. Singaravelu, Xia Ma, Xiangfa Liu, Nikhilesh Chawla

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Mechanical properties of Al3BC are still not sufficiently investigated yet for its synthesis difficulties. In this work, the mechanical properties of single-crystal Al3BC were experimentally measured through nanoindentation and micropillar compression for the first time. The hardness, modulus and compression strength were measured to be 24 GPa, 332 GPa and 8.7 GPa, respectively. The high mechanical properties of Al3BC are one prerequisite for it as the reinforcement of Al alloys. This work is expected to have a profound significance for the design and optimization of Al3BC/Al composites.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number127361
JournalMaterials Letters
StatePublished - Apr 1 2020


  • AlBC
  • Mechanical property
  • Metal matrix composite
  • Micropillar compression
  • Nanoindentation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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