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Utilization of multiwalled boron nitride nanotubes for the reinforcement of lightweight aluminum ribbons

Maho Yamaguchi12, Amir Pakdel1, Chunyi Zhi13, Yoshio Bando1, Dai-Ming Tang14, Konstantin Faerstein5, Dmitry Shtansky5 and Dmitri Golberg12*

Author Affiliations

1 World Premier International (WPI) Center for Materials Nanoarchitectonics (MANA), National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), Namiki 1-1, Tsukuba, Ibaraki, 305-0044, Japan

2 Graduate School of Pure and Applied Science, University of Tsukuba, Tennodai 1-1-1, Tsukuba, 305-8577, Japan

3 Department of Physics and Materials Science, City University of Hong Kong, Tat Chee Avenue, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 8523, China

4 Shenyang National Laboratory for Materials Science, Institute of Metal Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 72 Wenhua Road, Shenyang, 110016, China

5 National University of Science and Technology “MISIS”, Leninsky Avenue 4, Moscow, 119049, Russian Federation

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Nanoscale Research Letters 2013, 8:3  doi:10.1186/1556-276X-8-3

Published: 2 January 2013


Multiwalled boron nitride nanotubes (BNNTs) have very attractive mechanical and thermal properties, e.g., elasticity, tensile strength, and high resistance to oxidation, and may be considered as ideal reinforcing agents in lightweight metal matrix composites. Herein, for the first time, Al-BNNT ribbons with various BNNT contents (up to 3 wt.%) were fabricated via melt spinning in an argon atmosphere. BNNTs were randomly dispersed within a microcrystalline Al matrix under ribbon casting and led to more than doubling of room-temperature ultimate tensile strength of the composites compared to pure Al ribbons produced at the similar conditions.

Aluminum; Boron nitride; Composite; Nanotubes; Melt spinning