Diffraction microcomputed tomography of an Al-matrix SiC-monofilament composite

Stuart R Stock*, Jonathan D. Almer

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The structure of an SiC-monofilament-reinforced Al-matrix composite was reconstructed using diffraction rings from these two phases. A 65 keV X-ray beam with 15 μ m width (horizontal) and 150 m length (vertical) was scanned across the specimen in 15 μ m steps. A 2° rotation about the vertical rotation axis was used between projections, and filtered back projection reconstructions were created with 15 15 μ m in-plane and 150 m out-of-plane volume elements (voxels). The integrated intensities of the 11.0, 10.1 and 10.2 SiC and the 111, 200 and 220 Al diffraction rings were used to produce six independent reconstructions. The transmitted-intensity reconstruction agreed with that of higher resolution, absorption-contrast synchrotron microcomputed tomography. The Al reconstructions showed the effect of large grains, and the SiC reconstructions revealed the two microstructural zones in the fibers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1077-1083
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Applied Crystallography
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1 2012


  • aluminium
  • composites
  • diffraction imaging
  • silicon carbide
  • synchrotron radiation
  • tomography
  • X-ray diffraction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology


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