A three-dimensional realistic microstructure model of particle-reinforced metal matrix composites
A new and robust methodology is presented for the complete computer simulation of large three-dimensional (3D) microstructures of particle-reinforced metal matrix composites (PRMMCs), by integrating the boundary representation scheme, the random cutting algorithm and the random sequential adsorption algorithm. The methodology allows large realistic 3D microstructure models to be generated that can be used for multi-scale investigation of PRMMC structure and design. The effect of the simulation parameters on the simulated microstructure is investigated by applying a quantitative metallographic analysis of the distribution functions of aspect ratio, diameter and the area of reinforcements. Simulated large realistic homogenous 3D microstructures of PRMMC are in close agreement with the experimental microstructures.