Design and Analysis of Hybrid Metal Matrix Composite Connecting Rod via Stir/Squeeze Casting Route 2019-28-0113
Connecting rod is a link which connects the crankshaft and piston in an internal combustion engine. The main role of a connecting rod is to change the rotation movement of the crankshaft to the linear movement of the piston and it also withstands high tensile and compressive stress. Mostly the connecting rod is manufactured by forging process or machining process. The main intern of our proposed work is to manufacture a two set of composites A356 alloy with reinforcement of 5 wt% silicon carbide and 10 wt% flyash by using stir casting and stir cum squeeze casting process and obtain testing results. Further, the same material properties were taken for modelling and analysing of the developed connecting rod. Now a day’s composite material takes a vital role/demandable one in the analysis because it offers novel response and satisfies current industrial needs. The FEA analysis is done on the connecting rod by taking four different case conditions for an 180cc engine. The output parameter such as total deformation, Von Mises stress, and maximum equivalent stress are taken in each condition. The analysised results show that the aluminium alloy A356 reinforced with 5%SiC and 10%flyash was casted under stir cum squeeze casting condition and opt better results when compared with conventional stir casted sample results. This composites and process were recommended for manufacturing of connecting rod for automobile applications.