Theses and Dissertations


Wei Li

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


German, Randall M.

Committee Member

Park, Seong Jin

Committee Member

Berry, John T.

Date of Degree


Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access


Mechanical Engineering

Degree Name

Master of Science (M.S.)


James Worth Bagley College of Engineering


Department of Mechanical Engineering


With the possession of extremely broad unique properties, particulate reinforced aluminum composites are very attractive in diverse applications. Aluminum matrix particulate composites are challenging to work with. A single pressing and sintering process was used to fabricate the reinforced aluminum composites in this study. The key advantage of this method is its comparative low expense. However, abrasive reinforcement powders can lead to shorter tool life. To study the fundamental wear mechanisms during the die compaction process, a new method was developed and combined with experiments to quantify tool wear. Automatic die compaction experiments and tribological experiments are employed in this study. The tribologcial experiments consist of a modified pin-onlat test and a modified loop test. Mass loss of tools was recorded during all the experiments. A new tool wear model was used in this study to investigate effect of different hard phase and different lubricant level on die compaction process.