Development of Determination Methodology of Electrical Conductivity of Titanium-based Composites
Keywords:Electrical conductivity, resistivity, four probe, MMC, composite
The Ti-based metal matrix composite samples are novel, fabricated by using high voltage electric discharge and spark plasma sintering processes. They have potential usage in the aviation industry. A research that allowed measuring an electrical conductivity of Ti-based composites was performed. A collinear four-point probe method was chosen for measurement of electrical conductivity. Needle-like probes were used to contact the tested sample. Other aspects of the measurement setup are discussed and selected according to relevant literature. A simulation was performed using COMSOL software to validate the measurement method. Furthermore, a simulation performed for contact force of the probes was performed. A 3D model of the measurement tool was created and designed. The measurement setup was tested and validated by using a copper sample. electrical resistance of Ti-based composite samples was measured, and electrical conductivity was calculated. Furthermore, samples were measured at different temperatures and resistivity dependence to temperature was presented. Experimental results are compared to similar research results.