Faculty Advisor

Apelian, Diran


The aim of this project was to explore the nature of metallurgical bonds that can be created between steel and aluminum. Metallic coatings were utilized to facilitate the formation of quality bonds between the two dissimilar metals. Hot dipping experiments were performed to evaluate the effect of time and coating material. The introduction of zinc as a coating material improved the bond quality; attempts to use a more complex metal matrix material were unsuccessful due to challenges with its creation. The conclusions drawn from this research provide a basis for better understanding of the mechanism of metal diffusion over time and the subsequent bond formation.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

March 2016


Mechanical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project


Restricted-WPI community only

Advisor Department

Metal Processing Institute

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