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Development of Metal Matrix Composite Piston

Article of Honda R&D Technical Review F1 Special (The third Era Activities)

Summary

A metal matrix composite that can be expected to have outstanding strength at elevated temperatures was applied to reduce the piston weight. In composites, it is generally difficult to cope with both strength and toughness. To solve this issue, a powder alloy was applied using the mechanical alloying process, and the manufacturing process and surface treatment were optimized. This achieved a 16% weight reduction compared to the conventional material, AA2618. In addition, this enabled the Formula One engine speed to be increased by 400 rpm.

Reference

(1) http:/www.amc-mmc.co.uk/

Author (organization or company)

Kazuhisa ISHIZUKA(Automobile R&D Center)、Katsuhito KUSAKAI(Automobile R&D Center)、Nobuyuki IMAI(Automobile R&D Center)

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