Traditional materials have certain restrictions in an industrial application today inhibiting them from the attainment of the best blend of toughness, density and strength. The paradigm shift in the use of agro-waste products as particulate reinforcement is an excellent choice owing to the inexpensive and availability of the desired agro-waste product. This research focuses on the development of AA6061 aluminium alloy through stir casting method using kaolinite clay as the reinforcement agent in increasing weight percentages of 2.5wt %, 5wt %, 7.5wt % and 10wt %.. The use of agro-waste as reinforcements is possible as the clay kaolinite was effectively infused into the pure matrix for composites to be constructed. The tensile strength was highest at the addition of 10 wt % of clay kaolinite. Brinell’s hardness test showed an increase in value with an increase in the mass fraction of clay. It was observed from the results of the tests carried out that the reinforced specimens exhibited improved hardness when analyzed using Brinell’s hardness machine. Some of these properties improved with the increase in weight percentage of reinforcement particles. This research has shown the importance of agricultural waste to material engineers, material handlers and metallurgists in our society and that it is the right way to go.
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