In this chapter, damping study on Aluminium-MWCNT based nanocomposites materials are discussed to increase the damping property for applications like engine head, pistons and cylinder blocks and other aerospace components. The Al-MWCNT composites were developed using Ball-milling, cold-isostatic, extrusion and compo-casting process. Corresponding, surface morphology and micro-structure study were discussed. The improved damping property of Al-MWCNT materials were discussed. The hysteresis damping of the composite material was understood by Tan delta and storage modulus (or) dynamic young’s modulus. Tan delta and storage modulus of Al-MWCNT composites were performed using dynamic mechanical analyser, by varying the temperature range from room temperature to 500°C (heating phases and cooling phases), at different frequencies. The Al-MWCNT shows some good damping property with increased temperature and decrease in storage modulus. The mechanisms behind the damping property were discussed.
Part of the book: Hysteresis of Composites