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  1. Aluminum Matrix Composites Strengthened with CuZrAgAl Amorphous Atomized Powder Particles

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    Dutkiewicz, Jan; Rogal, ?ukasz; Wajda, Wojciech; Kuku?a-Kurzyniec, Agata; Coddet, Christian; Dembinski, Lucas

    2015-06-01

    The Al-matrix composites were prepared by hot pressing in vacuum of an aluminum powder with 20 and 40 wt.% addition of the amorphous Cu43Zr43Ag7Al7 alloy (numbers indicate at.%) obtained using gas atomization method. The amorphous structure of the powder was confirmed using x-ray diffraction, DSC, and TEM. The average size of mostly spherical particles was 100 ?m, so the powder was sieved to obtain maximum size of 60 ?m. The composites were prepared using uniaxial cold pressing in vacuum and at a temperature of 400 °C. The composites of hardness from 43 to 53 HV were obtained for both additions of the amorphous phase. They reached compression strength of 150 MPa for 20% of amorphous phase and 250 MPa for the higher content. The modest hardening effect was caused by crack initiation at Al/amorphous interfaces. The amorphous phase was only partially crystallized in the hot-pressed composites, what did not cause hardness decrease. The application of nanocrystalline aluminum powders obtained by high-energy ball milling for the matrix of composites allowed obtaining nanocrystalline aluminum matrix composites of size near 150 nm, strengthened with the amorphous powders, whose compression strength was near 550 MPa for the composite containing 40% of the amorphous phase and slightly lower for the composite containing 20% of the phase. They showed much higher ductility of 23% in comparison with 7% for the composite containing 40% amorphous phase. The distribution of the strengthening phase in the nanocrystalline matrix was not homogeneous; the amorphous particles formed bands, where majority of cracks nucleated during compression test.

  2. Localized Corrosion Behavior of Al-Si-Mg Alloys Used for Fabrication of Aluminum Matrix Composites

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    Pech-Canul, M. A.; Giridharagopal, R.; Pech-Canul, M. I.; Coral-Escobar, E. E.

    2013-12-01

    The relationship between microstructure and localized corrosion behavior in neutral aerated chloride solutions was investigated with SEM/EDAX, conventional electrochemical techniques, and with scanning Kelvin probe force microscopy (SKPFM) for two custom-made alloys with Si/Mg molar ratios of 0.12 and 0.49. In this order, Al3Fe, Al3Mg2, and Mg2Si intermetallics were identified in the first alloy and Al(FeMn)Si and Mg2Si particles in the second one. Anodic polarization curves and corrosion morphology showed that the alloy with higher Si/Mg molar ratio exhibited a better corrosion performance and evidence was shown that it had a more corrosion-resistant passive film. The corrosion process for both alloys in aerated 0.1 M NaCl solutions was localized around the Fe-rich intermetallics. They acted as local cathodes and produced dissolution of the aluminum matrix surrounding such particles. Mg2Si and Al3Mg2 exhibited anodic behavior. SKPFM was successfully used to map the Volta potential distribution of main intermetallics. The localized corrosion behavior was correlated with a large Volta potential difference between the Fe-rich intermetallics and the matrix. After immersion in the chloride solution, such Volta potential difference decreased.

  3. Hot Extrusion of A356 Aluminum Metal Matrix Composite with Carbon Nanotube/Al2O3 Hybrid Reinforcement

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    Kim, H. H.; Babu, J. S. S.; Kang, C. G.

    2014-05-01

    Over the years, the attention of material scientists and engineers has shifted from conventional composite materials to nanocomposite materials for the development of light weight and high-performance devices. Since the discovery of carbon nanotubes (CNTs), many researchers have tried to fabricate metal matrix composites (MMCs) with CNT reinforcements. However, CNTs exhibit low dispersibility in metal melts owing to their poor wettability and large surface-to-volume ratio. The use of an array of short fibers or hybrid reinforcements in a preform could overcome this problem and enhance the dispersion of CNTs in the matrix. In this study, multi-walled CNT/Al2O3 preform-based aluminum hybrid composites were fabricated using the infiltration method. Then, the composites were extruded to evaluate changes in its mechanical properties. In addition, the dispersion of reinforcements was investigated using a hardness test. The required extrusion pressure of hybrid MMCs increased as the Al2O3/CNT fraction increased. The deformation resistance of hybrid material was over two times that of the original A356 aluminum alloy material due to strengthening by the Al2O3/CNTs reinforcements. In addition, an unusual trend was detected; primary transition was induced by the hybrid reinforcements, as can be observed in the pressure-displacement curve. Increasing temperature of the material can help increase formability. In particular, temperatures under 623 K (350 °C) and over-incorporating reinforcements (Al2O3 20 pct, CNTs 3 pct) are not recommended owing to a significant increase in the brittleness of the hybrid material.

  4. Tensile and Dry Sliding Wear Behavior of In-Situ Al3Zr + Al2O3-Reinforced Aluminum Metal Matrix Composites

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    Gautam, G.; Ghose, A. K.; Chakrabarty, I.

    2015-12-01

    In the present study, aluminum-based in-situ intermetallic Al3Zr and Al2O3-reinforced metal matrix composites have been synthesized by direct melt reaction through stir casting of zirconium oxychloride (ZrOCl2·8H2O) powder in commercially pure aluminum. The in-situ reaction produces intermetallic Al3Zr needles that change to feathery morphology with increasing ZrOCl2·8H2O, while the Al2O3 is of fine globular shape. The tensile strengths of these composites increase with increasing volume percent reinforcements, attaining a peak value with 18 pct addition. The dry sliding wear behavior of the composites was evaluated with varying parameters, viz. sliding distance, normal load, and sliding velocities. The wear mechanisms are explained based on the microstructure, the topography of the worn surface, and the interfacial strength of the matrix and reinforcement. The tensile and wear properties are compared with widely used wear resistant hypereutectic Al-17 pct Si cast alloy.

  5. The Effect of Nanosized Pb Liquid Phase on the Damping Behavior in Aluminum Matrix Composite Based on the 2024Al-BaPbO3 System

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    Fan, G. H.; Geng, L.; Wu, H.; Zheng, Z. Z.; Meng, Q. C.

    2015-10-01

    An aluminum matrix composite containing nanosized Pb particles was fabricated by a powder metallurgy technique based on the 2024Al-BaPbO3 system. The composite exhibited a high and broad damping peak at the melting temperature range of nanosized Pb particles. The increase in value and breadth of the damping peak was attributed to the dislocation damping of the interfacial matrix close to the nanosized Pb liquid phase. The damping peak is expected to be enhanced by further refining the Pb particle size.

  6. Duplex Al2O3/DLC Coating on 15SiCp/2024 Aluminum Matrix Composite Using Combined Microarc Oxidation and Filtered Cathodic Vacuum Arc Deposition

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    Xue, Wenbin; Tian, Hua; Du, Jiancheng; Hua, Ming; Zhang, Xu; Li, Yongliang

    2012-08-01

    Microarc oxidation (MAO) treatment produces a thick Al2O3 coating on the 15SiCp/2024 aluminum matrix composite. After pretreatment of Ti ion implantation, a thin diamond-like carbon film (DLC) was deposited on the top of polished Al2O3 coating by a pulsed filtered cathodic vacuum arc (FCVA) deposition system with a metal vapor vacuum arc (MEVVA) source. The morphology and tribological properties of the duplex Al2O3/DLC multiplayer coating were investigated by Raman spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and SRV ball-on-disk friction tester. It is found that the duplex Al2O3/DLC coating had good adhesion and a low friction coefficient of less than 0.07. As compared to a single Al2O3 or DLC coating, the duplex Al2O3/DLC coating on aluminum matrix composite exhibited a better wear resistance against ZrO2 ball under dry sliding, because the Al2O3 coating as an intermediate layer improved load support for the top DLC coating on 15SiCp/2024 composite substrate, meanwhile the top DLC coating displayed low friction coefficient.

  7. Criteria for matrix selection in continuous fiber aluminum matrix composites

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    McCullough, C.; Galuska, P.; Pittman, S.R.

    1996-10-01

    Traditionally Continuous Fiber Aluminum Matrix Composites have been fabricated using high strength fibers and high strength matrices, often commercial alloys, with the goal of producing high strength composites. However the specific role of the choice of matrix alloy on composite properties has not been well established. One way to control composite tensile strength is to use coatings to introduce a low strength interface between fiber and matrix which tends to reduce the importance of the matrix selection, but unfortunately renders the transverse strength unacceptably low. Thus using a system with strong bonding between fiber and matrix is desirable, such as an alumina fiber/aluminum alloy matrix system. In this case the transverse strength is a strong function of the matrix strength. However, the longitudinal strength then depends largely on the characteristics of the matrix. The important role of the matrix is discussed using examples of alumina fibers in various aluminum alloy matrices. The key attributes are matrix constituent phases, alloy chemistry, alloy reactivity with the fiber, and matrix strength. From the understanding developed in these systems a set of design rules may be established for selecting an optimum matrix.

  8. Dual-nanoparticulate-reinforced aluminum matrix composite materials.

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    Kwon, Hansang; Cho, Seungchan; Leparoux, Marc; Kawasaki, Akira

    2012-06-01

    Aluminum (Al) matrix composite materials reinforced with carbon nanotubes (CNT) and silicon carbide nanoparticles (nano-SiC) were fabricated by mechanical ball milling, followed by hot-pressing. Nano-SiC was used as an active mixing agent for dispersing the CNTs in the Al powder. The hardness of the produced composites was dramatically increased, up to eight times higher than bulk pure Al, by increasing the amount of nano-SiC particles. A small quantity of aluminum carbide (Al(4)C(3)) was observed by TEM analysis and quantified using x-ray diffraction. The composite with the highest hardness values contained some nanosized Al(4)C(3). Along with the CNT and the nano-SiC, Al(4)C(3) also seemed to play a role in the enhanced hardness of the composites. The high energy milling process seems to lead to a homogeneous dispersion of the high aspect ratio CNTs, and of the nearly spherical nano-SiC particles in the Al matrix. This powder metallurgical approach could also be applied to other nanoreinforced composites, such as ceramics or complex matrix materials. PMID:22571898

  9. Spin Forming of Aluminum Metal Matrix Composites

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    Lee, Jonathan A.; Munafo, Paul M. (Technical Monitor)

    2001-01-01

    An exploratory effort between NASA-Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) and SpinCraft, Inc., to experimentally spin form cylinders and concentric parts from small and thin sheets of aluminum Metal Matrix Composites (MMC), successfully yielded good microstructure data and forming parameters. MSFC and SpinCraft will collaborate on the recent technical findings and develop strategy to implement this technology for NASA's advanced propulsion and airframe applications such as pressure bulkheads, combustion liner assemblies, propellant tank domes, and nose cone assemblies.

  10. Some thoughts on surface characteristics of machined aluminum matrix composites

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    Sadat, A.B.

    1998-12-31

    In this work samples of aluminum matrix composite (22%Al{sub 2} O{sub 3}/6061Al) were machined under orthogonal cutting conditions. Samples were machined using various cutting speeds and feeds and under both dry and lubricated conditions. The machined surface of each sample was examined using an optical microscope at various magnifications. The machined surface of all samples consisted of damage in the form of long and short grooves and cavities. The long grooves were attributed to the condition of the tool cutting edge and the cause of the short grooves and the cavities was explained in terms of the presence of hard aluminum oxide particles. Surface damage was not influenced by the variation of the cutting speed and feed. The effect of the application of the lubricant on the quality of the machined surface was negligible.

  11. Aluminum-Alloy-Matrix/Alumina-Reinforcement Composites

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    Kashalikar, Uday; Rozenoyer, Boris

    2004-01-01

    Isotropic composites of aluminum-alloy matrices reinforced with particulate alumina have been developed as lightweight, high-specific-strength, less-expensive alternatives to nickel-base and ferrous superalloys. These composites feature a specific gravity of about 3.45 grams per cubic centimeter and specific strengths of about 200 MPa/(grams per cubic centimeter). The room-temperature tensile strength is 100 ksi (689 MPa) and stiffness is 30 Msi (206 GPa). At 500 F (260 C), these composites have shown 80 percent retention in strength and 95 percent retention in stiffness. These materials also have excellent fatigue tolerance and tribological properties. They can be fabricated in net (or nearly net) sizes and shapes to make housings, pistons, valves, and ducts in turbomachinery, and to make structural components of such diverse systems as diesel engines, automotive brake systems, and power-generation, mining, and oil-drilling equipment. Separately, incorporation of these metal matrix composites within aluminum gravity castings for localized reinforcement has been demonstrated. A composite part of this type can be fabricated in a pressure infiltration casting process. The process begins with the placement of a mold with alumina particulate preform of net or nearly net size and shape in a crucible in a vacuum furnace. A charge of the alloy is placed in the crucible with the preform. The interior of the furnace is evacuated, then the furnace heaters are turned on to heat the alloy above its liquidus temperature. Next, the interior of the furnace is filled with argon gas at a pressure about 900 psi (approximately equal to 6.2 MPa) to force the molten alloy to infiltrate the preform. Once infiltrated, the entire contents of the crucible can be allowed to cool in place, and the composite part recovered from the mold.

  12. Characterization of tribological behaviour of graphitic aluminum matrix composites, grey cast iron, and aluminum silicon alloys

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    Riahi, Ahmad Reza

    In recent years a number of aluminum-silicon alloys and some graphitic aluminum matrix composites have been fabricated for potential tribological applications in the automotive industry, in particular for lightweight high efficiency internal combustion engines to replace conventional uses of cast iron. This study provides a systematic investigation for wear mechanisms in dry sliding of the graphitic aluminum-matrix composites (A356 Al-10%SiC-4%Gr and A356 Al-5%Al2O3-3%Gr) developed for cylinder liner applications. Two eutectic Al-Si alloys (modified with rare earth elements) developed for wear resistant engine blocks were also studied. The tribological behavior of grey cast iron (ASTM A30), which is a traditional material for engine components, was also investigated as reference. For graphitic aluminum matrix composites, a wear mapping approach has been adopted. Three main regimes: ultra mild, mild and severe wear regions were determined in the maps; additionally, a scuffing region was observed. In the ultra mild wear regime the wear resistance was primarily due to the hard particles supporting the load. It was shown that the onset of severe wear in graphitic composites occurred at considerably higher loads compared to A356 aluminum alloy and A356 Al-20% SiC composite. At the onset of severe wear, the surface temperatures and coefficient of friction of the graphitic composites was lower than that of A356 Al-20% SiC. At all testing conditions in the mild wear regime, a protective tribo-layer was formed, which by increasing the speed and load became more continuous, more compact, smoother, and harder. The tribo-layers were removed at the onset of severe wear. An experimental wear map of grey cast iron was constructed; it consisted of three wear regimes: ultra mild, mild and severe wear. In the ultra mild regime a compacted fine iron oxide powder formed on the contact. The onset of severe wear was started with local material transfer to the steel counterface, and continued by increasing the roughness of the counterface. In the mild wear regime the oxide layers on the contact surface controlled the wear. Because of the microstructure of grey cast iron, large size debris formed in the mild regimes, which could promote a transition from mild to severe wear at loading conditions close to the upper limit of the mild regime. The effects of size and morphology of hard phases in eutectic Al-Si alloys on their scuffing and wear resistance was investigated using etching techniques. Scratch tests and sliding wear tests were performed on the Al-Si samples etched to different times. At low loads, the wear rates and scuffing resistance of Al-Si alloys were a strong function of the etching time, surface roughness before etching, and the morphology of the hard phases. In the etched condition, fracture of the hard phases from the roots of the protruded portions of particles caused scuffing; while fracture of the trailing edges of the hard phases controlled the wear rate of the Al-Si alloys.

  13. Corrosion control of cement-matrix and aluminum-matrix composites

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    Hou, Jiangyuan

    Corrosion control of composite materials, particularly aluminum-matrix and cement-matrix composites, was addressed by surface treatment, composite formulation and cathodic protection. Surface treatment methods studied include anodization in the case of aluminum-matrix composites and oxidation treatment (using water) in the case of steel rebar for reinforcing concrete. The effects of reinforcement species (aluminum nitride (AIN) versus silicon carbide (SiC) particles) in the aluminum-matrix composites and of admixtures (carbon fibers, silica fume, latex and methylcellulose) in concrete on the corrosion resistance of composites were addressed. Moreover, the effect of admixtures in concrete and of admixtures in mortar overlay (as anode on concrete) on the efficiency of cathodic protection of steel reinforced concrete was studied. For SiC particle filled aluminum, anodization was performed successfully in an acid electrolyte, as for most aluminum alloys. However, for AlN particle filled aluminum, anodization needs to be performed in an alkaline (0.7 N NaOH) electrolyte instead. The concentration of NaOH in the electrolyte was critical. It was found that both silica fume and latex improved the corrosion resistance of rebar in concrete in both Ca(OH)sb2 and NaCl solutions, mainly because these admixtures decreased the water absorptivity. Silica fume was more effective than latex. Methylcellulose improved the corrosion resistance of rebar in concrete a little in Ca(OH)sb2 solution. Carbon fibers decreased the corrosion resistance of rebar in concrete, but this effect could be made up for by either silica fume or latex, such that silica fume was more effective than latex. Surface treatment in the form of water immersion for two days was found to improve the corrosion resistance of rebar in concrete. This treatment resulted in a thin uniform layer of black iron oxide (containing Fesp{2+}) on the entire rebar surface except on the cross-sectional surface. Prior to the treatment, the surface was non-uniform due to rusting. Sand blasting also made the surface uniform, but is an expensive process, compared to the water immersion method. For cathodic protection of steel rebar reinforced concrete, mortar overlay containing carbon fibers and latex needed 11% less driving voltage to protect the rebar in concrete than plain mortar overlay. However, multiple titanium electrical contacts were necessary, whether the overlay contained carbon fibers or not. For the same overlay (containing carbon fibers and latex), admixtures in the concrete also made a significant difference on the effect of cathodic protection; concrete with carbon fibers and silica fume needed 18% less driving voltage than plain concrete and 28% less than concrete containing silica fume.

  14. Cathodoluminescent properties of an Am3+ ion in a matrix of yttrium-aluminum garnet Y3Al5O12

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    Kuznetsova, Ya. V.; Usacheva, V. P.; Zamoryanskaya, M. V.

    2014-03-01

    The luminescent properties of an americium ion are studied. Luminescence spectra of americium in yttrium-aluminum garnet are recorded for the first time. The luminescence bands are identified, and the levels responsible for the observed optical transitions are determined.

  15. Degradation Mechanisms in Aluminum Matrix Composites: Alumina/Aluminum and Boron/Aluminum. Ph.D. Thesis - North Carolina State Univ. at Raleigh

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    Olsen, G. C.

    1981-01-01

    The effects of fabrication and long term thermal exposure (up to 10,000 hours at 590 K) on two types of aluminum matrix composites were examined. An alumina/aluminum composite, was made of continuous alpha Al2O3 fibers in a matrix of commercially pure aluminum alloyed with 2.8% lithium. The mechanical properties of the material, the effect of isothermal exposure, cyclic thermal exposure, and fatigue are presented. Two degradation mechanisms are identified. One was caused by formation of a nonstoichiometric alumina during fabrication, the other by a loss of lithium to a surface reaction during long term thermal exposure. The other composite, boron/aluminum, made of boron fibers in an aluminum matrix, was investigated using five different aluminum alloys for the matrices. The mechanical properties of each material and the effect of isothermal and cyclic thermal exposure are presented. The effects of each alloy constituent on the degradation mechanisms are discussed. The effects of several reactions between alloy constituents and boron fibers on the composite properties are discussed.

  16. Pathways to a family of low-cost, high-performance, metal matrix composites based on aluminum diboride in aluminum

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    Hall, Aaron Christopher

    The continued development of a new family of metal matrix composites based on the in-situ formation of AlB2 flakes in liquid aluminum is described. First, a new synthesis technique for the preparation of high aspect ratio AlB2 is demonstrated. Borax and B2O 3 were reacted with molten aluminum to prepare high aspect ratio AlB 2. The focus then shifts to further understanding the Al-B alloy system. Work on the Al-B alloy system concentrated on the Al(L) + AlB 2 ? Al(L) + AlB12 peritectic transformation and the growth of AlB2 in aluminum. The equilibrium peritectic transformation temperature was redetermined and found to be 950 +/- 5°C. The kinetics of the peritectic transformation were measured and reported for the first time. Cu, Fe, and Si additions were made to the alloy, and their effect on the peritectic reaction was investigated. All three elements shorten the time required for the peritectic reaction to occur. The effect of these three elements on flake growth was also investigated. They each caused a reduction in the size of growing AlB2 flakes. Finally two samples containing more than 30v% AlB2 in aluminum were prepared. Their properties were measured. The sample containing 40v% AlB2 exhibited a flexural strength of 200 MPa. The 35v% sample exhibited a flexural strength of 150 MPa. When the 35v% sample was tested in compression, it exhibited an ultimate strength close to 200 MPa. Its modulus varied from 200--300 GPa depending on the orientation of the loading axis with respect to the flake reinforcement.

  17. The role of Metal-Matrix Composite development During Friction Stir Welding of Aluminum to Brass in Weld Characteristics

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    Zareie Rajani, H. R.; Esmaeili, A.; Mohammadi, M.; Sharbati, M.; Givi, M. K. B.

    2012-11-01

    The present research aims to investigate the development of brass reinforced aluminum composites during dissimilar friction stir welding of brass and aluminum. Moreover, to probe the effect of such a metal matrix composite on its bed, the cross-sectional properties of joint area are studied in two aspects of corrosion behavior and hardness distribution. Microstructural investigations through optical and electron microscopy show development of lamellar composites within the top site of the stir zone and aluminum surface. The measured iso-hardness contours indicate that evolved composite structures increase the cross-sectional hardness of aluminum locally. Also, the electrochemical assessment of joint area suggests that Al/Br composite structure plays an accelerative role in deterioration of cross-sectional corrosion resistance of aluminum through obstructing passivation and forming microgalvanic cells, where cathodic brass reinforcements intensify the corrosion of anodic aluminum matrix.

  18. Aluminum sulfate (alum; Al2 O) is used as a

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    Sparks, Donald L.

    477 Aluminum sulfate (alum; Al2 (SO4 )3 ·14H2 O) is used as a chemical treatment of poultry litter, and pelletizing, the use of chemical amendments, primarily aluminum sulfate (alum, Al2 (SO4 )3 ·14H2 O), alter

  19. Pressureless infiltration of aluminum metal-matrix composites

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    Kajikawa, Y.; Nukami, T.; Flemings, M.C.

    1995-08-01

    Pressureless infiltration of ceramic preforms by molten aluminum is described. The preforms are SiC with varying amounts of particulate Al, Ti, and Ni. Infiltrants employed are pure Al and Al-12.5 wt pct Si. It is shown that a pressure differential within the preform is required for infiltration, and measurements are made of pressure changes in the preforms during infiltration. Results indicate that atmospheric pressure is essential for infiltration but that capillarity may play a role as well.

  20. Galvanic corrosion of aluminum-matrix composites. Technical report No. 2, 1 Mar-31 Dec 90

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    Hihara, L.H.; Latanision, R.M.

    1991-02-01

    Galvanic-corrosion rates of Al-matrix composites were high in aerated chloride-containing solutions. Oxygen reduction was found to be the primary cathodic reaction. Aluminum corroded by pitting. The type of noble constituent (i.e., graphite, SiC, or TiB{sub 2}) also affected galvanic-corrosion rates. For example, results indicated that the galvanic-corrosion rate of Al should be about 30 times greater when coupled to graphite than when coupled to SiC or TiB{sub 2}. In dearated solutions, galvanic corrosion was negligible even if chlorides were present. The galvanic-corrosion rates were determined using the zero-resistance ammeter technique and from potentiodynamic polarization diagrams of ultrapure Al, 6061-T6 Al, graphite fiber, SiC, TiB2, and a commercial graphite fiber/6061-T6 Al metal-matrix composite.

  1. Evaluation of Johnson-Cook model constants for aluminum based particulate metal matrix composites

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    Hilfi, H.; Brar, N. S.

    1996-05-01

    High strain rate and high temperature response of three types of aluminum based particulate metal matrix ceramic composites is investigated by performing split Hopkinson pressure bar (SHPB) experiments. The composites are: NGP-2014 (15% SiC), NGT-6061 (15% SiC), and NGU-6061 (15% Al2O3), in which all the reinforcement materials are percentage by volume. Johnson-Cook constitutive model constants are evaluated from the high strain rate/high temperature data and implemented in a two dimensional finite element computer code (EPIC-2D) to simulate the penetration of an ogive nose tungsten projectile (23 grams) at a velocity 1.17 km/sec into the base 6061-T6 aluminum alloy and the composite NGU-6061. The simulated penetrations in the composite and in 6061-T6 aluminum agree with in 2%, in both materials, with the measured values.

  2. Vacuum brazing of high volume fraction SiC particles reinforced aluminum matrix composites

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    Cheng, Dongfeng; Niu, Jitai; Gao, Zeng; Wang, Peng

    2015-03-01

    This experiment chooses A356 aluminum matrix composites containing 55% SiC particle reinforcing phase as the parent metal and Al-Si-Cu-Zn-Ni alloy metal as the filler metal. The brazing process is carried out in vacuum brazing furnace at the temperature of 550°C and 560°C for 3 min, respectively. The interfacial microstructures and fracture surfaces are investigated by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and energy spectrum analysis (EDS). The result shows that adequacy of element diffusion are superior when brazing at 560°C, because of higher activity and liquidity. Dislocations and twins are observed at the interface between filler and composite due to the different expansion coefficient of the aluminum alloy matrix and SiC particles. The fracture analysis shows that the brittle fracture mainly located at interface of filler and composites.

  3. Strengthening behavior of chopped multi-walled carbon nanotube reinforced aluminum matrix composites

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    Shin, S.E.; Bae, D.H.

    2013-09-15

    Strengthening behavior of the aluminum composites reinforced with chopped multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) or aluminum carbide formed during annealing at 500 °C has been investigated. The composites were fabricated by hot-rolling the powders which were ball-milled under various conditions. During the early annealing process, aluminum atoms can cluster inside the tube due to the diffusional flow of aluminum atoms into the tube, providing an increase of the strength of the composite. Further annealing induces the formation of the aluminum carbide phase, leading to an overall drop in the strength of the composites. While the strength of the composites can be evaluated according to the rule of mixture, a particle spacing effect can be additionally imparted on the strength of the composites reinforced with the chopped MWCNTs or the corresponding carbides since the reinforcing agents are smaller than the submicron matrix grains. - Highlights: • Strengthening behavior of chopped CNT reinforced Al-based composites is investigated. • Chopped CNTs have influenced the strength and microstructures of the composites. • Chopped CNTs are created under Ar- 3% H2 atmosphere during mechanical milling. • Strength can be evaluated by the rule of the mixture and a particle spacing effect.

  4. Effects of thermal cycling on density, elastic modulus, and vibrational damping in an alumina particulate reinforced aluminum metal matrix composite (Al{sub 2}O{sub 3p}/2014 Al)

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    Wolfenden, A.; Tang, H.H.; Chawla, K.; Hermel, T.

    1999-07-01

    The effects of thermal cycling on the mechanical and physical properties, namely, the density, dynamic elastic modulus and vibrational damping, were measured for a particular reinforced metal matrix composite (MMC). The material was made by Duralcan. Specimens were exposed to up thermal cycles from room temperature to 300 C. The density of the material was measured by the Archimedes technique. The dynamic Young`s Modulus and vibrational damping of the material were determined by the piezoelectric ultrasonic composite oscillator technique (PUCOT). The results showed that the density and elastic modulus of the material increased only slightly due to the thermal cycling while the damping increased significantly. An increase in dislocation concentration near the particle/matrix interfaces caused by the thermal cycling could account for the measured results.

  5. Spray-forming monolithic aluminum alloy and metal matrix composite strip

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    McHugh, K.M.

    1995-10-01

    Spray forming with de Laval nozzles is an advanced materials processing technology that converts a bulk liquid metal to a near-net-shape solid by depositing atomized droplets onto a suitably shaped substrate. Using this approach, aluminum alloys have been spray formed as strip, with technoeconomic advantages over conventional hot mill processing and continuous casting. The spray-formed strip had a flat profile, minimal porosity, high yield, and refined microstructure. In an adaptation to the technique, 6061 Al/SiC particulate-reinforced metal matrix composite strip was produced by codeposition of the phases.

  6. Modulus, strength and thermal exposure studies of FP-Al2O3/aluminum and FP-Al2O3/magnesium composites

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    Bhatt, R. T.

    1981-01-01

    The mechanical properties of FP-Al2O3 fiber reinforced composites prepared by liquid infiltration techniques are improved. A strengthening addition, magnesium, was incorporated with the aluminum-lithium matrix alloy usually selected for these composites because of its good wetting characteristics. This ternary composite, FP-Al2O3/Al-(2-3)Li-(3-5)Mg, showed improved transverse strength compared with FP-Al2O3/Al-(2-3)Li composites. The lower axial strengths found for the FP-Al2O3/Al-(2-3)Li-(3-5)Mg composites were attributed to fabrication related defects. Another technique was the use of Ti/B coated FP-Al2O3 fibers in the composites. This coating is readily wet by molten aluminum and permitted the use of more conventional aluminum alloys in the composites. However, the anticipated improvements in the axial and transverse strengths were not obtained due to poor bonding between the fiber coating and the matrix. A third approach studied to improve the strengths of FP-Al2O3 reinforced composites was the use of magnesium alloys as matrix materials. While these alloys wet fibers satisfactorily, the result indicated that the magnesium alloy composites used offered no axial strength or modulus advantage over FP-Al2O3/Al-(2-3)Li composites.

  7. Mechanical characterization of copper coated carbon nanotubes reinforced aluminum matrix composites

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    Maqbool, Adnan; Hussain, M. Asif; Khalid, F. Ahmad; Bakhsh, Nabi; Hussain, Ali; Kim, Myong Ho

    2013-12-15

    In this investigation, carbon nanotube (CNT) reinforced aluminum composites were prepared by the molecular-level mixing process using copper coated CNTs. The mixing of CNTs was accomplished by ultrasonic mixing and ball milling. Electroless Cu-coated CNTs were used to enhance the interfacial bonding between CNTs and aluminum. Scanning electron microscope analysis revealed the homogenous dispersion of Cu-coated CNTs in the composite samples compared with the uncoated CNTs. The samples were pressureless sintered under vacuum followed by hot rolling to promote the uniform microstructure and dispersion of CNTs. In 1.0 wt.% uncoated and Cu-coated CNT/Al composites, compared to pure Al, the microhardness increased by 44% and 103%, respectively. As compared to the pure Al, for 1.0 wt.% uncoated CNT/Al composite, increase in yield strength and ultimate tensile strength was estimated about 58% and 62%, respectively. However, in case of 1.0 wt.% Cu-coated CNT/Al composite, yield strength and ultimate tensile strength were increased significantly about 121% and 107%, respectively. - Graphical Abstract: Copper coated CNTs were synthesized by the electroless plating process. Optimizing the plating bath to (1:1) by wt CNTs with Cu, thickness of Cu-coated CNTs has been reduced to 100 nm. Cu-coated CNTs developed the stronger interfacial bonding with the Al matrix which resulted in the efficient transfer of load. Highlights: • Copper coated CNTs were synthesized by the electroless plating process. • Thickness of Cu-coated CNTs has been reduced to 100 nm by optimized plating bath. • In 1.0 wt.% Cu-coated CNT/Al composite, microhardness increased by 103%. • Cu-coated CNTs transfer load efficiently with stronger interfacial bonding. • In 1.0 wt.% Cu-coated CNT/Al composite, Y.S and UTS increased by 126% and 105%.

  8. Control of self-propagating high-temperature synthesis derived aluminum-titanium carbide metal matrix composites

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    Garrett, William

    Self-propagating High-temperature Synthesis (SHS) is a combustion process that can be used to form Metal Matrix Composite (MMC) reinforcing phases in situ. Generally, the kinetic processes in these reactions are poorly understood but are affected by reactant particle size, reactant green density, reactant stoichiometry, reaction preheat temperature, and reaction product cooling rate. These reaction parameters also affect the microstructure of the reaction products because of changes in the rate of heat evolution, reaction rate, surface area available for heterogeneous nucleation, reaction temperature, and the stable phases during and after the reaction. Post-reaction processes affecting the microstructure and properties of the SHS products include densification, melt alloying (SHS reaction products are used as a master alloy), and die casting techniques. Matrix alloy additions should be controlled to prevent unwanted reactions between the matrix and the reinforcement. In the present study, Ti + C + X ? TiC + X (X = Al or TiC) is the SHS reaction system studied, with varying amounts of Al (10-50wt%) or TiC (0-20wt%) added to the reactants as a thermal diluent. Addition of these diluents decreases the reaction temperatures and decreases the TiC reinforcing particle size and interaction during particle growth. A method of direct thermal analysis of the self-heating behavior of diluted SHS reactions is developed and compared to existing methods used to measure the apparent activation energy of single step SHS reactions. The activation energies are used to determine a probable reaction path for Ti + C + Al ? TiC + Al. SHS reaction products of various diluent concentrations are analyzed for TiC particle size and shape. SHS reaction products containing 55v% TiC - 45v% Al are dispersed as a master alloy in aluminum melts; reaction products containing higher concentrations of TiC particles are difficult to disperse. To show compatibility with the TiC reinforcing particles, MMCs with aluminum alloy matrices of pure aluminum, Al-4.5Mg, and Al-4.5Mg-4.5Cu-1Mn-0.25Cr are coupled with TiC particle concentrations of 0, 10, and 20v%. MMC compositions were Thixocast at VForge in Lakewood, CO and squeeze cast at CWRU in Cleveland, OH. A pure aluminum matrix MMC with 55v% TiC was densified after the SHS reaction and thixocast, though the other MMCs with pure aluminum matrices were not thixocast because they lack a semisolid matrix condition required for thixocasting. The cast MMCs are tested for tensile, hardness, wear, and ballistic properties with properties apparently dominated by agglomerated TiC particles.

  9. Enhancement of Wettability of Aluminum Based Silicon Carbide Reinforced Particulate Metal Matrix Composite

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    Singh, V. K.; Chauhan, Sakshi; Gope, P. C.; Chaudhary, A. K.

    2015-04-01

    Lately, materials research has shifted to composite materials from monolithic, adjusting to the global need for light weight, low cost, quality, and high performance in structural materials. Every effort aims to develop a material which can be appropriate for various industry and machinery purpose. In the present study, a modest attempt has been made to develop cast aluminum based silicon carbide (SiC) particulate metal matrix composite (MMC) and worked upon to raise the wettability factor between the matrix and dispersion phase. Magnesium (Mg) is used as wetting agent. It works by scavenging the oxygen from dispersoids surface and thinning the gas layer around dispersoids and this is done by forming MgO or MgAl2O4 or both according to concentration of Magnesium added. Mg2Si is the compound responsible for strengthening. The combination of aluminum and magnesium seems to have synergetic effect on wetting and give appropriate strength. All mechanical properties obtained are well correlated with microstructure obtained by Scanning electron micrograph. Differential thermal analysis (DTA) and thermo gravimetric analysis (TGA) also justified the results obtained in present investigations.

  10. 26Al-containing acidic and basic sodium aluminum phosphate preparation and use in studies of oral aluminum bioavailability from foods utilizing 26Al as an aluminum tracer

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    Yokel, Robert A.; Urbas, Aaron A.; Lodder, Robert A.; Selegue, John P.; Florence, Rebecca L.

    2005-04-01

    We synthesized 26Al-containing acidic and basic (alkaline) sodium aluminum phosphates (SALPs) which are FDA-approved leavening and emulsifying agents, respectively, and used them to determine the oral bioavailability of aluminum incorporated in selected foods. We selected applicable methods from published syntheses (patents) and scaled them down (?3000- and 850-fold) to prepare ?300-400 mg of each SALP. The 26Al was incorporated at the beginning of the syntheses to maximize 26Al and 27Al equilibration and incorporate the 26Al in the naturally-occurring Al-containing chemical species of the products. Near infrared spectroscopy (NIR) and X-ray powder diffraction (XRD) were used to characterize the two SALP samples and some intermediate samples. Multi-elemental analysis (MEA) was used to determine Na, Al and P content. Commercial products were included for comparison. Satisfactory XRD analyses, near infrared spectra and MEA results confirmed that we synthesized acidic and basic SALP, as well as some of the syntheses intermediates. The 26Al-containing acidic and basic SALPs were incorporated into a biscuit material and a processed cheese, respectively. These were used in oral bioavailability studies conducted in rats in which the 26Al present in blood after its oral absorption was quantified by accelerator mass spectrometry. The results showed oral Al bioavailability from acidic SALP in biscuit was ?0.02% and from basic SALP in cheese ?0.05%, lower than our previous determination of Al bioavailability from drinking water, ?0.3%. Both food and water can appreciably contribute to the Al absorbed from typical human Al intake.

  11. Effects of Complex Structured Anodic Oxide Dielectric Layer Grown in Pore Matrix for Aluminum Capacitor.

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    Shin, Jin-Ha; Yun, Sook Young; Lee, Chang Hyoung; Park, Hwa-Sun; Suh, Su-Jeong

    2015-11-01

    Anodization of aluminum is generally divided up into two types of anodic aluminum oxide structures depending on electrolyte type. In this study, an anodization process was carried out in two steps to obtain high dielectric strength and break down voltage. In the first step, evaporated high purity Al on Si wafer was anodized in oxalic acidic aqueous solution at various times at a constant temperature of 5 degrees C. In the second step, citric acidic aqueous solution was used to obtain a thickly grown sub-barrier layer. During the second anodization process, the anodizing potential of various ranges was applied at room temperature. An increased thickness of the sub-barrier layer in the porous matrix was obtained according to the increment of the applied anodizing potential. The microstructures and the growth of the sub-barrier layer were then observed with an increasing anodizing potential of 40 to 300 V by using a scanning electron microscope (SEM). An impedance analyzer was used to observe the change of electrical properties, including the capacitance, dissipation factor, impedance, and equivalent series resistance (ESR) depending on the thickness increase of the sub-barrier layer. In addition, the breakdown voltage was measured. The results revealed that dielectric strength was improved with the increase of sub-barrier layer thickness. PMID:26726615

  12. The mechanical properties measurement of multiwall carbon nanotube reinforced nanocrystalline aluminum matrix composite

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    Sharma, Manjula; Pal, Hemant; Sharma, Vimal

    2015-05-01

    Nanocrystalline aluminum matrix composite containing carbon nanotubes were fabricated using physical mixing method followed by cold pressing. The microstructure of the composite has been investigated using X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy and energy dispersive spectroscopy techniques. These studies revealed that the carbon nanotubes were homogeneously dispersed throughout the metal matrix. The consolidated samples were pressureless sintered in inert atmosphere to further actuate a strong interface between carbon nanotubes and aluminum matrix. The nanoindentation tests carried out on considered samples showed that with the addition of 0.5 wt% carbon nanotubes, the hardness and elastic modulus of the aluminum matrix increased by 21.2 % and 2 % repectively. The scratch tests revealed a decrease in the friction coefficient of the carbon nanotubes reinforced composite due to the presence of lubricating interfacial layer. The prepared composites were promising entities to be used in the field of sporting goods, construction materials and automobile industries.

  13. The mechanical properties measurement of multiwall carbon nanotube reinforced nanocrystalline aluminum matrix composite

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    Sharma, Manjula Pal, Hemant; Sharma, Vimal

    2015-05-15

    Nanocrystalline aluminum matrix composite containing carbon nanotubes were fabricated using physical mixing method followed by cold pressing. The microstructure of the composite has been investigated using X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy and energy dispersive spectroscopy techniques. These studies revealed that the carbon nanotubes were homogeneously dispersed throughout the metal matrix. The consolidated samples were pressureless sintered in inert atmosphere to further actuate a strong interface between carbon nanotubes and aluminum matrix. The nanoindentation tests carried out on considered samples showed that with the addition of 0.5 wt% carbon nanotubes, the hardness and elastic modulus of the aluminum matrix increased by 21.2 % and 2 % repectively. The scratch tests revealed a decrease in the friction coefficient of the carbon nanotubes reinforced composite due to the presence of lubricating interfacial layer. The prepared composites were promising entities to be used in the field of sporting goods, construction materials and automobile industries.

  14. Corrosion of Continuous Fiber Reinforced Aluminum Metal Matrix Composites (CF-AMCs)

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    Tiwari, Shruti

    The first objective of this research is to study the atmospheric corrosion behavior of continuous reinforced aluminum matrix composites (CF-AMCs). The materials used for this research were alumina (Al2O3) and nickel (Ni) coated carbon (C) fibers reinforced AMCs. The major focus is to identify the correlation between atmospheric parameters and the corrosion rates of CF-AMCs in the multitude of microclimates and environments in Hawai'i. The micro-structures of CF-AMCs were obtained to correlate the microstructures with their corrosion performances. Also electrochemical polarization experiments were conducted in the laboratory to explain the corrosion mechanism of CF-AMCs. In addition, CF-AMCs were exposed to seven different test sites for three exposure periods. The various climatic conditions like temperature (T), relative humidity (RH), rainfall (RF), time of wetness (TOW), chloride (Cl- ) and sulfate (SO42-) deposition rate, and pH were monitored for three exposure period. Likewise, mass losses of CF-AMCs at each test site for three exposure periods were determined. The microstructure of the CF-AMCS showed that Al/C/50f MMCs contained a Ni-rich phase in the matrix, indicating that the Ni coating on the C fiber dissolved in the matrix. The intermetallic phases obtained in Al-2wt% Cu/Al 2O3/50f-T6 MMC and Al-2wt%-T6 monolith were rich in Cu and Fe. The intermetallic phases obtained in Al 7075/Al2O3/50f-T6 MMC and Al 7075-T6 monolith also contained traces of Mg, Zn, Ni, and Si. Electrochemical polarization experiment indicated that the Al/Al 2O3/50f Al-2wt% Cu/Al2O3/50f-T6 and Al 7075/Al2O3/50f-T6 MMC showed similar corrosion trends as their respective monoliths pure Al, Al-2wt%-T6 and Al 7075-T6 in both aerated and deaerated condition. Al2O3 fiber, being an insulator, did not have a great effect on the polarization behavior of the composites. Al/C/50f MMCs corroded at a much faster rate as compared to pure Al monolith due to the galvanic effect between C and Al. According to the mass loss data of Al/C/50f MMCs, corrosion rate was high at marine environments (high Cl-) when compared to a tropical rainforest microclimate and low in a test site with a high SO2 and acid rain. Due to presence of conductive C fiber, the galvanic corrosion was a dominating corrosion mechanism. Due to high volume fraction of C, the corrosion phenomenon was cathodically controlled. The galvanic corrosion between C fiber and Al matrix showed a strong positive correlation with Cl - deposition rate. Lower corrosion rate at volcanic test site was attributed to dissolution of Ni rich phase, a potential cathodic site that promotes corrosion of Al/C/50f MMCs. Based on the mass loss data of Al2O3 based CF-AMCs and the monoliths showed maximum corrosion at volcanic test site when compared to any other test site. Due to the small volume fraction of intermetallic phases, the corrosion was anodically controlled. And hence the maximum anodic dissolution was found at volcanic test site (high SO2 and acid rain). The second objective of this thesis is to study the effect localized deformation on the corrosion of CF-AMCs. Corrosion initiation on Al (2 wt% Cu)/Al2O3/60f (60% fiber), Al 6061/Al2O 3/60f, and Al/Al2O3/60f CF-AMCs was studied in an aqueous environment The CF-AMCs and their monolithic alloys were deformed locally using a 1/16" diameter silicon nitride ball and 15-60 Kg load in a Rockwell hardness testing machine. Corrosion initiated at the deformed sites, and after longer exposures, spread over the entire region. Localized mechanical deformation resulted in micro-crevice formations at the fiber matrix interface. When deformed material is exposed to a corrosive solution, the crevices at the fiber matrix interface likely increased the hydrogen ion concentration lowering the pH at those regions, a process that leads to premature corrosion. The copper (Cu) rich CF-AMCs in aqueous solution resulted in dissolution of Cu rich phase and their subsequent deposition and redistribution as Cu over the deformed CF-AMCs surface. The corrosion rates of deformed C

  15. Degradation of Al/SiCp composites produced with rice-hull ash and aluminum cans.

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    Escalera-Lozano, R; Gutiérrez, C A; Pech-Canul, M A; Pech-Canul, M I

    2008-01-01

    The use of recycling aluminum from beverage containers and rice-hull ash (RHA) offers to be an attractive alternative for the economic production of Al/SiCp composites. However, corrosion phenomena in the composites represent technological barriers yet to be resolved before they can be exploited to their full potential. A simple methodology involving characterization by XRD, SEM, EDX, FTIR and ICP was designed in order to investigate the causes of the rapid degradation in a humid environment of Al/SiCp composites produced with RHA and aluminum cans. Results reveal that the use of RHA was beneficial to avoid degradation through the formation and subsequent hydration of the Al4C3 phase. However with condensed moisture acting as an electrolyte, localized corrosion took place with aggressive damage manifested by the disintegration of the composite into a powdery mixture. The relevant corrosion mechanism was mainly attributed to microgalvanic coupling between the Mg2Si intermetallic compound and the matrix (although other phases such as SiC, Si, MgAl2O4 could also work as microcathodes). PMID:17320370

  16. Carbide coated fibers in graphites-aluminum composites. [(fabrication of metal matrix composites)

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    Imprescia, R. J.; Levinson, L. S.; Reiswig, R. D.; Wallace, T. C.; Williams, J. M.

    1976-01-01

    Research activities are described for a NASA-supported program at the Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory to develop graphite fiber-aluminum matrix composites. A chemical vapor deposition apparatus was constructed for continuously coating graphite fibers with TiC. As much as 150 meters of continuously coated fibers were produced. Deposition temperatures were varied from 1365 K to about 1750 K, and deposition time from 6 to 150 seconds. The 6 sec deposition time corresponded to a fiber feed rate of 2.54 m/min through the coater. Thin, uniform, adherent TiC coats, with thicknesses up to approximately 0.1 micrometer were produced on the individual fibers of Thornel 50 graphite yarns without affecting fiber strength. Although coat properties were fairly uniform throughout a given batch, more work is needed to improve the batch-to-batch reproducibility. Samples of TiC-coated Thornel 50 fibers were infiltrated with an aluminum alloy and hot-pressed in vacuum to produce small composite bars for flexure testing. Strengths as high as 90% of the rule-of-mixtures strength were achieved. Results of the examination of the fracture surfaces indicate that the bonding between the aluminum and the TiC-coated fibers is better than that achieved in a similar, commercially infiltrated material made with fibers having no observable surface coats. Several samples of Al-infiltrated, TiC-coated Thornel 50 graphite yarns, together with samples of the commercially infiltrated, uncoated fibers, were heated for 100 hours at temperatures near the alloy solidus. The TiC-coated samples appear to undergo less reaction than do the uncoated samples. Photomicrographs are shown.

  17. High-Temperature Fatigue of a Hybrid Aluminum Metal Matrix Composite

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    Clark, J. T.; Sanders, P. G.

    2014-01-01

    An aluminum metal matrix composite (MMC) brake drum was tested in fatigue at room temperature and extreme service temperatures. At room temperature, the hybrid composite did not fail and exceeded estimated vehicle service times. At higher temperatures (62 and 73 pct of the matrix eutectic), fatigue of a hybrid particle/fiber MMC exhibited failure consistent with matrix overloading. Overaging of the A356 matrix coupled with progressive fracture of the SiC particles combined to create the matrix overload condition. No evidence of macro-fatigue crack initiation or growth was observed, and the matrix-particle interface appeared strong with no debonding, visible matrix phases, or porosity. An effective medium model was constructed to test the hypothesis that matrix overloading was the probable failure mode. The measured particle fracture rate was fit using realistic values of the SiC Weibull strength and modulus, which in turn predicted cycles to failure within the range observed in fatigue testing.

  18. Strengthening Aluminum Alloys for High Temperature Applications Using Nanoparticles of Al203 and Al3-X Compounds (X= Ti, V, Zr)

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    Lee, Jonathan A.

    2007-01-01

    In this paper the effect of nanoparticles A12O3 and A13-X compounds (X= Ti, V, Zr) on the improvement of mechanical properties of aluminum alloys for elevated temperature applications is presented. These nanoparticles were selected based on their chemical stability and low diffusions rates in aluminum matrix at high temperatures. The strengthening mechanism for aluminum alloy is based on the mechanical blocking of dislocation movements by these nanoparticles. Samples were prepared from A12O3 nanoparticle preforms, which were produced using ceramic injection molding process and pressure infiltrated by molten aluminum. A12O3 nanoparticles can also be homogeneously mixed with aluminum powder and consolidated into samples through hot pressing and sintering. On the other hand, the Al3-X nanoparticles are produced as precipitates via in situ reactions with molten aluminum alloys using conventional casting techniques. The degree of alloy strengthening using nanoparticles will depend on the materials, particle size, shape, volume fraction, and mean inter-particle spacing.

  19. Applicability of ultrasonic testing for the determination of volume fraction of particulates in alumina-reinforced aluminum matrix composites

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    Fang, C.K.; Fang, R.L.; Weng, W.P.; Chuang, T.H.

    1999-10-01

    An ultrasonic testing technique was employed to determine the volume fraction of alumina particulate reinforcement in 6061 aluminum matrix composites. this study was performed on various composites with Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} nominal volume fractions of 10, 15, and 20%. For comparison, other techniques were employed as well, including the Archimedes method, metallographic image analysis, X-ray diffraction, and acid dissolution. Observations indicated that ultrasonic testing and acid dissolution methods are more reliable than the other techniques, while ultrasonic testing is faster than the acid dissolution method.

  20. Fracture toughness of SiC/Al metal matrix composite

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    Flom, Yury; Parker, B. H.; Chu, H. P.

    1989-01-01

    An experimental study was conducted to evaluate fracture toughness of SiC/Al metal matrix composite (MMC). The material was a 12.7 mm thick extrusion of 6061-T6 aluminum alloy with 40 v/o SiC particulates. Specimen configuration and test procedure conformed to ASTM E399 Standard for compact specimens. It was found that special procedures were necessary to obtain fatigue cracks of controlled lengths in the preparation of precracked specimens for the MMC material. Fatigue loading with both minimum and maximum loads in compression was used to start the precrack. The initial precracking would stop by self-arrest. Afterwards, the precrack could be safely extended to the desired length by additional cyclic tensile loading. Test results met practically all the E399 criteria for the calculation of plane strain fracture toughness of the material. A valid K sub IC value of the SiC/Al composite was established as K sub IC = 8.9 MPa square root of m. The threshold stress intensity under which crack would cease to grow in the material was estimated as delta K sub th = 2MPa square root of m for R = 0.09 using the fatigue precracking data. Fractographic examinations show that failure occurred by the micromechanism involved with plastic deformation although the specimens broke by brittle fracture. The effect of precracking by cyclic loading in compression on fracture toughness is included in the discussion.

  1. Residual stresses in particulate and short fiber reinforced aluminum matrix composites

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    Harris, S.J.; Cai, H.W.; Zhang, G.D.; Wu, R.J.

    1993-12-31

    Thermal residual stresses in the matrix alloy of both SiC particulate 2124 aluminum alloy and Saffil ({delta}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}) short fiber Al-3.4%Cu composites in different heat treatment conditions were measured using a conventional X-ray diffractometer. A multi-exposure technique (sin{sup 2} {psi} method) was employed. Under all the heat-treated conditions, i.e. furnace cooled, quenched and aged, compressive residual stresses were detected in the surface regions of both composites. These measured stresses are the resultant of the micro and macro-stresses present in the composites. During aging the stress relaxed slowly at ambient and more rapidly at elevated temperatures (180{degree}C). In the Saffil short fiber composite the surface stress in the fiber plane was much reduced when compared with that in a perpendicular plane, when both samples were in the as-quenched condition. The pattern of stress relaxation is explained in part in terms of the precipitation reactions which take place in the two alloys during aging.

  2. Developing scandium and zirconium containing aluminum boron carbide metal matrix composites for high temperature applications

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    Lai, Jing

    The study presented in this thesis focuses on developing castable, precipitation-strengthened Al--B4C metal matrix composites (MMCs) for high temperature applications. In the first part, B4C plates were immersed in liquid aluminum alloyed with Sc, Zr and Ti to investigate the interfacial reactions between B4C and liquid aluminum The influences of Sc, Zr and Ti on the interfacial microstructure in terms of individual and combined additions were examined. Results reveal that all three elements reacted with B4C and formed interfacial layers that acted as a diffusion barrier to limit the decomposition of B4C in liquid aluminum. The interfacial reactions and the reaction products in each system were identified. With the combined addition of Sc, Zr and Ti, most of the Ti was found to enrich at the interface, which not only offered appropriate protection of the B4C but also reduced the consumption of Sc and Zr at the interface. In the second part, Sc and Zr were introduced into Al-15vol.% B 4C composites presaturated by Ti, and eight experimental composites with different Sc and Zr levels were prepared via a conventional casting technique. It was found that Sc was involved in the interfacial reactions with B 4C that partially consume Sc. The Sc addition yielded considerable precipitation strengthening in the as-cast and peak aged conditions. To achieve an equivalent strengthening effect of Sc in binary Al-Sc alloys, approximately double the amount of Sc is required in Al-B4C composites. On the contrary, no major Zr reaction products were found at the interfaces and the major part of Zr remained in the matrix for the precipitation strengthening. The combination of Sc and Zr enhanced sthe precipitation strengthening. Two kinds of nanoscale precipitates, Al3Sc and Al3(Sc, Zr), were found in the as-cast microstructure and contributed to the increase in the matrix hardness. In the third part, all the experimental composites were isothermally aged at 300, 350, 400 and 450°C after a homogenization/solution treatment. Results demonstrate that the addition of Sc generated a considerable precipitation hardening of the matrix of the composites for all aging temperatures applied. The precipitation hardening effect increased when increasing the Sc content and decreased with increase in aging temperature. The combination of alloying Sc and Zr in Al-B4C composites produced a remarkable synergistic effect. The addition of Zr provided not only a strength increase at peak aging but also an improvement of thermal stability. The composites with a high Zr:Sc ratio (?1) showed excellent thermal stability of the strength up to 400°C. The overaging in these materials was delayed by ˜100°C compared with the Zr-free composites at the same Sc level. The precipitate volume fraction, the average radius and the size distribution of nanoscale Al3Sc and Al3(Sc,Zr) precipitates during the aging process were measured. The Al3(Sc,Zr) precipitates generally showed a much better coarsening resistance than the Al3Sc precipitates. In the fourth part, two experimental composites with 0.4wt.% Sc and 0.4wt.% Sc plus 0.24wt.% Zr 0were selected to examine the mechanical properties during long-term exposure (2000h) at elevated temperatures from 250 to 350°C. For long-term thermal stability, the mechanical properties of the Sc and Zr containing composite were stable up to 300°C, while the composite containing only Sc exhibited a good softening resistance up to 250°C. At higher temperatures the strengths of both composites decreased with prolonged annealing time. The reduction of the composites' mechanical properties during long-time annealing at higher temperatures was dominated by the precipitate coarsening. Finally, two experimental composites with 0.58wt.% Sc and 0.58wt.% Sc plus 0.24wt.% Zr, were respectively hot-rolled to a 2 mm thick sheet with a total reduction of 93%. Results indicate that the Sc- and Zr-containing composites possessed a good hot rolling processability. (Abstract shortened by UMI.)

  3. Transient Liquid-Phase Diffusion Bonding of Aluminum Metal Matrix Composite Using a Mixed Cu-Ni Powder Interlayer

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    Maity, Joydeep; Pal, Tapan Kumar

    2012-07-01

    In the present study, the transient liquid-phase diffusion bonding of an aluminum metal matrix composite (6061-15 wt.% SiCp) has been investigated for the first time using a mixed Cu-Ni powder interlayer at 560 °C, 0.2 MPa, for different holding times up to 6 h. The microstructure of the isothermally solidified zone contains equilibrium precipitate CuAl2, metastable precipitate Al9Ni2 in the matrix of ?-solid solution along with the reinforcement particles (SiC). On the other hand, the microstructure of the central bond zone consists of equilibrium phases such as NiAl3, Al7Cu4Ni and ?-solid solution along with SiC particles (without any segregation) and the presence of microporosities. During shear test, the crack originates from microporosities and propagates along the interphase interfaces resulting in poor bond strength for lower holding times. As the bonding time increases, with continual diffusion, the structural heterogeneity is diminished, and the microporosities are eliminated at the central bond zone. Accordingly, after 6-h holding, the microstructure of the central bond zone mainly consists of NiAl3 without any visible microporosity. This provides a joint efficiency of 84% with failure primarily occurring through decohesion at the SiC particle/matrix interface.

  4. Stir mixing and pressureless infiltration synthesis of aluminum alloy metal matrix nanocomposites

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    Schultz, Benjamin Franklin

    2009-12-01

    Pressureless liquid metal infiltration of suitably packed compacts of spherical shaped 47 nm size 70:30 Delta:Gamma Al2O3 mixed with a 7/2 ratio of elemental Al and Mg powders was used to study (i) the kinetics of pressureless infiltration processing of Al2O 3 nanoparticle-A206 alloy composites, (ii) the optimal processing variables to maximize material property responses, (iii) the development of multimodal microstructures in terms of feature size. The major experimental variables included: infiltration temperature (850 to 950°C), infiltration time (1--5 hours), and powder composition (0--50 wt% Al2O 3). All experiments were conducted under UHP nitrogen atmosphere. Under the conditions studied, compacts with a maximum of 20 wt% nanoparticles were successfully infiltrated with A206 alloy aluminum, and the degree of infiltration measured by the percentage of residual porosity depended on infiltration time, temperature and nanoparticle content. By examining responses including percent porosity, and macrohardness, empirical models for correlating processing conditions with material properties and microstructure were developed. The addition of increasing weight percentage of Al2O3 nanoparticles resulted in a decrease in the coefficient of thermal expansion greater than that predicted by the rule of mixtures due to the mechanical constraint of the nanoparticles on the matrix. Likewise, the damping capacity of the 10 wt% and 20 wt% reinforced nanocomposites increased with increasing weight percentage up to 280% greater than the base alloy. The key microstructural observations in the pressureless infiltrated composites include: (1) a bimodal structure of micro-scale grains, exhibiting Al-Cu-Mg precipitates dispersed within the grains; (2) amorphous and crystalline interfaces between the Al-alloy grains and the nanocomposite regions; (3) infiltrated nanoparticle agglomerates having nanoscale channels forming a nanoscale substructure; (4) mixed nanoscale reinforcements of 20 nm Al2MgO4 and ˜2 nm Cu 4O3. Heat treatment of the pressureless infiltrated specimens was not necessary, as Al2CuMg precipitate phases were observed in solution both inside the micro-scale grains and within the composite regions. Remelted and squeeze cast specimens of A206- 1 v% nanosize spinel exhibited a 19% increase in the hardness relative to the base alloy.

  5. Interaction of an aluminum atom with a closed subshell metal atom: Spectroscopic analysis of AlZn

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    Morse, Michael D.

    Interaction of an aluminum atom with a closed subshell metal atom: Spectroscopic analysis of Al-block main group element, aluminum, and the 3d series of transi- tion metal atoms. Although the bonding in Al

  6. The aluminum ordering in aluminosilicates: a dipolar 27Al NMR spectroscopy study.

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    Gee, Becky A

    2004-01-01

    The spatial ordering of aluminum atoms in CsAl(SiO3)2 and 3Al2O3.2SiO2 was probed by 27Al dipolar solid-state NMR spectroscopy. The 27Al response to a Hahn spin-echo pulse sequence in a series of aluminum-containing model crystalline compounds demonstrates that quantitative 27Al homonuclear dipolar second moments can be obtained to within +/-20% of the theoretical values, if evaluation of the spin-echo response curve is limited to short evolution periods (2t1 < or = 0.10 ms). Additionally, selective excitation of the central transition m = 1/2 --> -1/2 is necessary in order to ensure quantitative results. Restriction of spin exchange affecting the dephasing of the magnetization may decelerate the spin-echo decay at longer evolution periods. Considering these restraints, the method was used to probe the spatial distribution of aluminum atoms among the tetrahedral sites in two aluminosilicate materials. Experimental 27Al spin-echo response data for the aluminosilicates CsAl(SiO3)2 (synthetic pollucite) and 3Al2O3.2SiO2 (mullite) are compared with theoretical data based on (I) various degrees of aluminum-oxygen-aluminum bond formation among tetrahedrally coordinated aluminum atoms (Al(T(d) )-O-Al(T(d) )) and (II) the maximum avoidance of Al(T(d) )-O-Al(T(d) ) bonding. Analysis of the second moment values and resulting echo decay responses suggests that partial suppression of spin exchange among aluminum atoms in crystallographically distinct sites may contribute to the 27Al spin echo decay in 3Al2O3.2SiO2, thus complicating quantitative analysis of the data. Silicon-29 and aluminum-27 magic angle spinning (MAS) NMR spectra of 3Al2O3.2SiO2 are consistent with those previously reported. The experimental 27Al spin-echo response behavior of CsAl(SiO3)2 differs from the theoretical response behavior based on the maximum avoidance of Al-O-Al bonding between tetrahedral aluminum sites in CsAl(SiO3)2. A single unresolved resonance is observed in both the silicon-29 and aluminum-27 MAS spectra of CsAl(SiO3)2. PMID:14745814

  7. Approach to In- Situ Producing Reinforcing Phase Within an Active-Transient Liquid Phase Bond Seam for Aluminum Matrix Composite

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    Zhang, Guifeng; Liao, Xianjin; Chen, Bo; Zhang, Linjie; Zhang, Jianxun

    2015-06-01

    To optimize the braze composition design route for aluminum matrix composite, the feasibility of in situ producing reinforcing phase within the transient liquid phase bond seam matrix, by adding active melting point increaser (MPI, e.g., Ti) together with general melting point depressant (MPD, e.g., Cu) into the interlayer, was demonstrated. For SiC p /A356 composite, by comparing the wettability, joint microstructure, joint shear strength, and fracture path for the developed Al-19Cu-1Ti, Al-19Cu, Al-33Cu-1Ti, Al-33Cu (wt pct), and commercial Cu foils as interlayer, the feasibility of in situ producing reinforcing phase within the bond seam by adding Ti was demonstrated. Especially for Al-19Cu-1Ti active braze, small and dispersed ternary aluminide of Al-Si-Ti phase was obtained within the bond seam as in situ reinforcement, leading to a favorable fracture path within SiC p /A356, not along the initial interface or within the bond seam. For the formation mechanism of the in situ reinforcing phase of MPI-containing intermetallic compound within the bond seam, a model of repeating concentration-precipitation-termination-engulfment during isothermal solidification is proposed.

  8. In-situ deformation studies of an aluminum metal-matrix composite in a scanning electron microscope

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    Manoharan, M.; Lewandowski, J. J.

    1989-01-01

    Tensile specimens made of a metal-matrix composite (cast and extruded aluminum alloy-based matrix reinforced with Al2O3 particulate) were tested in situ in a scanning electron microscope equipped with a deformation stage, to directly monitor the crack propagation phenomenon. The in situ SEM observations revealed the presence of microcracks both ahead of and near the crack-tip region. The microcracks were primarily associated with cracks in the alumina particles. The results suggest that a region of intense deformation exists ahead of the crack and corresponds to the region of microcracking. As the crack progresses, a region of plastically deformed material and associated microcracks remains in the wake of the crack.

  9. The microstructure-processing-property relationships in an aluminum matrix composite system reinforced by aluminum-copper-iron alloy particles

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    Tang, Fei

    Solid state vacuum sintering was studied in tap densified Al powder and in hot quasi-isostatically forged samples composed of commercial inert gas atomized or high purity Al powder, generated by a gas atomization reaction synthesis (GARS) technique. The GARS process results in spherical Al powder with a far thinner surface oxide. The overall results indicated the enhanced ability of GARS-processed Al and Al alloy powders for solid state sintering, which may lead to simplification of current Al powder consolidation processing methods. Elemental Al-based composites reinforced with spherical Al-Cu-Fe alloy powders were produced by quasi-isostatic forging and vacuum hot pressing (VHP) consolidation methods. It was proved that spherical Al-Cu-Fe alloy powders can serve as an effective reinforcement particulate for elemental Al-based composites, because of their high hardness and a preferred type of matrix/reinforcement interfacial bonding, with reduced strain concentration around the particles. Ultimate tensile strength and yield strength of the composites were increased over the corresponding Al matrix values, far beyond typical observations. This remarkable strengthening was achieved without precipitation hardening and without severe strain hardening during consolidation because of the matrix choice (elemental Al) and the "low shear" consolidation methods utilized. This reinforcement effectiveness is further evidenced by elastic modulus measurements of the composites that are very close to the upper bound predictions of the rule of mixtures. The load partitioning measurements by neutron diffraction showed that composite samples made from GARS powders present significantly higher load transfer efficiency than the composites made from commercially atomized powders. Further analysis of the load sharing measurements and the calculated values of the mismatch of coefficient of thermal expansion (CTE) and the geometrically necessary dislocation (GND) effects suggest that these strengthening mechanisms can be combined to predict accurately the strength of the composites. By neutron diffraction measurements, it also was found that the composites consolidated from Al and Al63Cu25Fe12 quasicrystal alloy reinforcement powders have compressive residual stress in the Al matrix, contrary to the tensile residual stress in typical Al/SiC composites. The composites made by the quasi-isostatic forging process exhibited higher tensile strengths and much higher compressive residual stresses than the composites made by the VHP process.

  10. Diamond cutting tools with a Ni3Al matrix processed by reaction pseudo-hipping

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    Hwang, K. S.; Yang, T. H.; Hu, S. C.

    2005-10-01

    Nickel aluminide, Ni3Al, has high hot strength, which could help overcome the high heat and the interrupted vibrations that diamond cutting tools encounter during operation. Reaction pseudo-hipping, on the other hand, require only a short dwell time at high temperatures, which are detrimental to the diamond grits. Thus, it is promising to combine the unique nickel aluminide with the unique reaction pseudo-hipping process and replace the commonly used cobalt matrix. This study reports for the first time the process and application of reaction-pseudo-hipped Ni3Al matrix for diamond tools. In this work, mixtures of elemental nickel, aluminum, boron powder, and diamond particles are reaction-pseudo-hipped. Densities greater than 99 pct and mechanical properties comparable to those of the cobalt are attained. With high-grade diamond grits, the tools thus prepared show, under dry cutting conditions, a grinding ratio 118 pct higher than that with the cobalt matrix.

  11. First principles predictions of intrinsic defects in aluminum arsenide, AlAs : numerical supplement.

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    Schultz, Peter Andrew

    2012-04-01

    This Report presents numerical tables summarizing properties of intrinsic defects in aluminum arsenide, AlAs, as computed by density functional theory. This Report serves as a numerical supplement to the results published in: P.A. Schultz, 'First principles predictions of intrinsic defects in Aluminum Arsenide, AlAs', Materials Research Society Symposia Proceedings 1370 (2011; SAND2011-2436C), and intended for use as reference tables for a defect physics package in device models.

  12. Patterned aluminum nanowires produced by electron beam at the surfaces of AlF3 single crystals

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    Wang, Zhong L.

    Patterned aluminum nanowires produced by electron beam at the surfaces of AlF3 single crystals C is demonstrated for fabricating patterned aluminum nanowires in AlF3 substrate in a scanning electron microscope nanowires of different sizes. The aluminum nanowires may act as nano- interconnects for nanoelectronics

  13. Molecular characterization of Atlas 66 derived wheat near-isogenic lines contrasting in Aluminum (Al) tolerance

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    Aluminum (Al) toxicity is the major limiting factors for wheat growth in acidic soils. Genetic improvement of Al tolerance is one of the most cost-effective solutions to improve wheat productivity. The objective of this study was to identify DNA markers associated with the Al-tolerance in wheat usin...

  14. Part I. Corrosion studies of continuous alumina fiber reinforced aluminum-matrix composites. Part II. Galvanic corrosion between continuous alumina fiber reinforced aluminum-matrix composites and 4340 steel

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    Zhu, Jun

    Part I. The corrosion performance of continuous alumina fiber reinforced aluminum-matrix composites (CF-AMCs) was investigated in both the laboratory and field environments by comparing them with their respective monolithic matrix alloys, i.e., pure Al, A1-2wt%Cu T6, and Al 6061 T6. The corrosion initiation sites were identified by monitoring the changes in the surface morphology. Corrosion current densities and pH profiles at localized corrosion sites were measured using the scanning-vibrating electrode technique and the scanning ion-selective electrode technique, respectively. The corrosion damage of the materials immersed in various electrolytes, as well as those exposed in a humidity chamber and outdoor environments, was evaluated. Potentiodynamic polarization behavior was also studied. The corrosion initiation for the composites in 3.15 wt% NaCl occurred primarily around the Fe-rich intermetallic particles, which preferentially existed around the fiber/matrix interface on the composites. The corrosion initiation sites were also caused by physical damage (e.g., localized deformation) to the composite surface. At localized corrosion sites, the buildup of acidity was enhanced by the formation of micro-crevices resulting from fibers left in relief as the matrix corroded. The composites that were tested in exposure experiments exhibited higher corrosion rates than their monolithic alloys. The composites and their monolithic alloys were subjected to pitting corrosion when anodically polarized in the 3.15 wt% NaCl, while they passivated when anodically polarized in 0.5 M Na2SO4. The experimental results indicated that the composites exhibited inferior corrosion resistance compared to their monolithic matrix alloys. Part II. Galvanic corrosion studies were conducted on CF-AMCs coupled to 4340 steel since CF-AMCs have low density and excellent mechanical properties and are being considered as potential jacketing materials for reinforcing steel gun barrels. Coupled and uncoupled coupons were immersed in various electrolytes, exposed to a humidity chamber, and exposed at outdoor test sites. Results showed that the corrosion rates of the CF-AMCs increased, while those of the 4340 steel decreased after being coupled together, in most cases. Crevice corrosion was also observed in these exposure experiments. Zero resistance ammeter (ZRA) experiments were conducted to record the galvanic-corrosion rates and potentials of the couples. The CF-AMCs were found to serve as anodes, while the steel was cathodic, in most test conditions. Galvanic performance predicted by polarization experiments was in close agreement with the ZRA results. Key words. Aluminum, metal-matrix composites, alumina fiber, pitting corrosion, galvanic corrosion.

  15. Adsorption of nitrogen on aluminum, Al2O3, and AlN powders at 78 K

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    Ryabina, A. V.; Kononenko, V. I.; Seleznev, A. S.; Petrov, L. A.

    2014-01-01

    The adsorption of nitrogen on aluminum powders of ASD-4 and UDA grades, aluminum oxide (?-Al2O3), and aluminum nitride is studied at 78 K in the adsorbate relative pressure range ( P a / P 0) of 0 to 1. It is shown that the nature of the chemical bonds and the structure and state of the adsorbent determine the share of the adsorption isotherms and their attribution to a particular type of isotherms. With an increase in the fraction of metal bonds in an adsorbent, the isotherms become more convex, indicating enhancement of the effect of lateral interactions. The specific surfaces of samples are calculated.

  16. H2O Dissociation-Induced Aluminum Oxide Growth on Oxidized Al(111) Surfaces.

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    Liu, Qianqian; Tong, Xiao; Zhou, Guangwen

    2015-12-01

    The interaction of water vapor with amorphous aluminum oxide films on Al(111) is studied using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy to elucidate the passivation mechanism of the oxidized Al(111) surfaces. Exposure of the aluminum oxide film to water vapor results in self-limiting Al2O3/Al(OH)3 bilayer film growth via counter-diffusion of both ions, Al outward and OH inward, where a thinner starting aluminum oxide film is more reactive toward H2O dissociation-induced oxide growth because of the thickness-dependent ionic transport in the aluminum oxide film. The aluminum oxide film exhibits reactivity toward H2O dissociation in both low-vapor pressure [p(H2O) = 1 × 10(-6) Torr] and intermediate-vapor pressure [p(H2O) = 5 Torr] regimes. Compared to the oxide film growth by exposure to a p(H2O) of 1 × 10(-6) Torr, the exposure to a p(H2O) of 5 Torr results in the formation of a more open structure of the inner Al(OH)3 layer and a more compact outer Al2O3 layer, demonstrating the vapor-pressure-dependent atomic structure in the passivating layer. PMID:26550986

  17. Effect of Metal Matrix Alloying on Mechanical Strength of Diamond Particle-Reinforced Aluminum Composites

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    Zhang, Hailong; Wu, Jianhua; Zhang, Yang; Li, Jianwei; Wang, Xitao

    2015-06-01

    Diamond particle-reinforced Al matrix (Al/diamond) composites were produced by a gas pressure infiltration method, where 0.5-4.0 wt.% Ti was added to Al matrix. An interfacial TiC layer of about 2 ?m thickness was formed between Al and diamond at 4.0 wt.% Ti addition. The mechanical properties of the Al/diamond composites were enhanced by both the formation of interfacial layer and the strengthening of the matrix. The mechanical strength increased with increasing alloying Ti content, and a tensile strength of 153 MPa was obtained at 4.0 wt.% Ti addition. The tensile flow stress of the composites was found to be in broad agreement with the prediction of the Mori-Tanaka model. The effect of interfacial layer on mechanical properties provides guideline for the production of mechanically reliable Al/diamond composites.

  18. The Effect of Plasma Spraying on the Microstructure and Aging Kinetics of the Al-Si Matrix Alloy and Al-Si/SiC Composites

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    Altunpak, Yahya; Akbulut, Hatem; Üstel, Fatih

    2010-02-01

    The Al-Si (LM 13)-based matrix alloy reinforced with SiC particles containing 10, 20, and 30 vol.% SiC particles were spray-formed onto Al-Si substrates. The sprayed samples were directly subjected to a standard aging treatment (T551). From the experiments, it was observed that the high rate of solidification resulted in very fine silicon particles which were observed as continuous islands in the matrix and each island exhibited several very fine silicon crystals. Analysis showed that plasma-spraying caused an increased solid solubility of the silicon in the aluminum matrix. DSC measurements in the permanent mold-cast Al-Si matrix alloy and plasma-sprayed Al-Si matrix alloy showed that plasma-spraying causes an increase in the amount of GP-zone formation owing to the very high rate solidification after plasma-spraying. In the plasma-sprayed Al-Si/SiC composites GP zones were suppressed, since particle-matrix interfaces act as a sink for vacancies during quenching from high plasma process temperature. Introduction of SiC particles to the Al-Si age-hardenable alloy resulted in a decrease in the time required to reach plateau matrix hardness owing to acceleration of aging kinetics by ceramic SiC particles.

  19. Mechanical Properties of Aluminum Matrix Composite Reinforced by Carbothermally Reduced of Fly Ash

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    Jamasri; Wildan, M. W.; Sulardjaka; Kusnanto

    2011-01-17

    The addition of fly ash into aluminum as reinforcement can potentially reduce the production cost and density of aluminum. However, mechanical properties of aluminum matrix composite reinforced by fly ash (MMC ALFA) have some limitations due to the characteristic of fly ash. In this study, a carbothermal reduction process of fly ash and activated carbon powder with particle size <32 {mu}m was performed prior to produce MMC ALFA.The process was carried out in a furnace at 1300 deg. C in vacuum condition under argon flow. Synthesis product was analyzed by XRD with Cu-K{sub {alpha}} radiation. From XRD analysis, it shows that the synthesis process can produce SiC powder. The synthesis product was subsequently used as reinforcement particle. Aluminum powder was mixed with 5, 10 and 15% of the synthesized powder, and then uni-axially compacted at pressure of 300 MPa. The compacted product was sintered for 2 hours in argon atmosphere at temperature variation of 550 and 600 deg. C. Flexural strength, hardness and density of MMC ALFA's product were respectively evaluated using a four point bending test method based on ASTM C1161 standard, Brinell hardness scale and Archimedes method. The result of this study shows that the increase of weight of reinforcement can significantly increase the hardness and flexural strength of MMCs. The highest hardness and flexural strength of the MMC product are 300 kg/mm{sup 2} and 107.5 MPa, respectively.

  20. Mechanical Properties of Aluminum Matrix Composite Reinforced by Carbothermally Reduced of Fly Ash

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    Jamasri, Wildan, M. W.; Sulardjaka, Kusnanto

    2011-01-01

    The addition of fly ash into aluminum as reinforcement can potentially reduce the production cost and density of aluminum. However, mechanical properties of aluminum matrix composite reinforced by fly ash (MMC ALFA) have some limitations due to the characteristic of fly ash. In this study, a carbothermal reduction process of fly ash and activated carbon powder with particle size <32 ?m was performed prior to produce MMC ALFA. The process was carried out in a furnace at 1300° C in vacuum condition under argon flow. Synthesis product was analyzed by XRD with Cu-K? radiation. From XRD analysis, it shows that the synthesis process can produce SiC powder. The synthesis product was subsequently used as reinforcement particle. Aluminum powder was mixed with 5, 10 and 15% of the synthesized powder, and then uni-axially compacted at pressure of 300 MPa. The compacted product was sintered for 2 hours in argon atmosphere at temperature variation of 550 and 600° C. Flexural strength, hardness and density of MMC ALFA's product were respectively evaluated using a four point bending test method based on ASTM C1161 standard, Brinell hardness scale and Archimedes method. The result of this study shows that the increase of weight of reinforcement can significantly increase the hardness and flexural strength of MMCs. The highest hardness and flexural strength of the MMC product are 300 kg/mm2 and 107.5 MPa, respectively.

  1. The effect of grain size on aluminum anodes for Al-air batteries in alkaline electrolytes

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    Fan, Liang; Lu, Huimin

    2015-06-01

    Aluminum is an ideal material for metallic fuel cells. In this research, different grain sizes of aluminum anodes are prepared by equal channel angular pressing (ECAP) at room temperature. Microstructure of the anodes is examined by electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) in scanning electron microscope (SEM). Hydrogen corrosion rates of the Al anodes in 4 mol L-1 NaOH are determined by hydrogen collection method. The electrochemical properties of the aluminum anodes are investigated in the same electrolyte using electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) and polarization curves. Battery performance is also tested by constant current discharge at different current densities. Results confirm that the electrochemical properties of the aluminum anodes are related to grain size. Finer grain size anode restrains hydrogen evolution, improves electrochemical activity and increases anodic utilization rate. The proposed method is shown to effectively improve the performance of Al-air batteries.

  2. Hardness and wear resistance of carbon nanotube reinforced aluminum-copper matrix composites.

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    Nam, Dong Hoon; Kim, Jae Hwang; Cha, Seung Il; Jung, Seung Il; Lee, Jong Kook; Park, Hoon Mo; Park, Hyun Dal; Hong, Hyung

    2014-12-01

    Recently, carbon nanotubes (CNTs) have been attracted to reinforcement of composite materials due to their extraordinary mechanical, thermal and electrical properties. Many researchers have attempted to develop CNT reinforced metal composites with various fabrication methods and have shown possibilities for structural and functional applications. Among them, CNT reinforced Al matrix composites have become very attractive due to their huge structural application in industry. In this study, CNT reinforced Al-Cu matrix composites with a microstructure of homogeneous dispersion of CNTs in the Al-Cu matrix are investigated. The CNT/Al-Cu composites are fabricated by mixing of CNT/Cu composite powders and Al powders by high energy ball mill process followed by hot extrusion process. The hardness and wear resistance of the CNT/Al-Cu composites are enhanced by 1.4 and 3 times, respectively, compared to those values for the Al-Cu matrix. This remarkable enhancement mainly originates from the homogeneous dispersion of CNTs in Al-Cu matrix and self-lubricant effect of CNTs. PMID:25971024

  3. Interactions at the Al-S-Fe interface: S inhibition of aluminum oxidation

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    Addepalli, S.G.; Lin, J.S.; Ekstrom, B.; Kelber, J.A.

    1999-08-01

    The deposition of aluminum on S/Fe(111) (1 x 1) at 300 K in UHV results in the formation of a disordered S-modified Al adlayer. Insertion of Al between the sulfur atoms and the Fe substrate is indicated by an increase of the S Auger signal with increasing Al deposition. Room-temperature oxidation of AlS/Fe(111) in UHV is inhibited compared to the oxidation of aluminum deposited on the sulfur-free Fe(111). The oxygen-uptake curves and variations in the S(LVV), Fe(MVV) intensities with oxygen exposure are also consistent with the insertion of the aluminum atoms between the S overlayer and the Fe substrate.

  4. Friction Stir Welding of SiC/Aluminum Metal Matrix Composites

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    Lee, Jonathan A.

    1999-01-01

    Friction Stir Welding (FSW) is a new solid state process for joining metals by plasticizing and consolidating materials around the bond line using thermal energy producing from frictional forces. A feasibility study for FSW of Metal Matrix Composites (MMC) was investigated using aluminum 6092 alloy reinforced with 17% SiC particulates. FSW process consists of a special rotating pin tool that is positioned to plunge into the MMC surface at the bond line. As the tool rotates and move forward along the bond line, the material at the bond line is heated up and forced to flow around the rotating tip to consolidate on the tip's backside to form a solid state joint. FSW has the potential for producing sound welds with MMC because the processing temperature occurs well below the melting point of the metal matrix; thereby eliminating the reinforcement-to-matrix solidification defects, reducing the undesirable chemical reactions and porosity problems.

  5. Development of an electronic device quality aluminum antimonide (AlSb) semiconductor for solar cell applications

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    Sherohman, John W; Yee, Jick Hong; Combs, III, Arthur W

    2014-11-11

    Electronic device quality Aluminum Antimonide (AlSb)-based single crystals produced by controlled atmospheric annealing are utilized in various configurations for solar cell applications. Like that of a GaAs-based solar cell devices, the AlSb-based solar cell devices as disclosed herein provides direct conversion of solar energy to electrical power.

  6. The Effect of Aluminum Content on the Corrosion Behavior of Fe-Al Alloys in Reducing Environments at 700 C

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    DuPont, John N.

    The Effect of Aluminum Content on the Corrosion Behavior of Fe-Al Alloys in Reducing Environments with the observance and/or duration of each stage directly related to the aluminum content of the alloy. The first by relatively high corrosion rates. Further decreasing the aluminum content to 5 wt pct and below lead

  7. High temperature dynamic modulus and damping of aluminum and titanium matrix composites

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    Dicarlo, J. A.; Maisel, J. E.

    1979-01-01

    Dynamic modulus and damping capacity property data were measured from 20 to over 500 C for unidirectional B/Al (1100), B/Al (6061), B/SiC/Al (6061), Al2O3/Al, SiC/Ti-6Al-4V, and SiC/Ti composites. The measurements were made under vacuum by the forced vibration of composite bars at free-free flexural resonance near 2000 Hz and at amplitudes below 0.000001. Whereas little variation was observed in the dynamic moduli of specimens with approximately the same fiber content (50 percent), the damping of B/Al composites was found at all temperatures to be significantly greater than the damping of the Al2O3/Al and SiC/Ti composites. For those few situations where slight deviations from theory were observed, the dynamic data were examined for information concerning microstructural changes induced by composite fabrication and thermal treatment. The 270 C damping peak observed in B/Al (6061) composites after heat treatment above 460 C appears to be the result of a change in the 6061 aluminum alloy microstructure induced by interaction with the boron fibers. The growth characteristics of the damping peak suggest its possible value for monitoring fiber strength degration caused by excess thermal treatment during B/Al (6061) fabrication and use.

  8. Cast Aluminum Alloys for High Temperature Applications Using Nanoparticles Al2O3 and Al3-X Compounds (X = Ti, V, Zr)

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    Lee, Jonathan A.

    2009-01-01

    In this paper, the effect of nanoparticles Al2O3 and Al3-X compounds (X = Ti, V, Zr) on the improvement of mechanical properties of aluminum alloys for elevated temperature applications is presented. These nanoparticles were selected based on their low cost, chemical stability and low diffusions rates in aluminum at high temperatures. The strengthening mechanism at high temperature for aluminum alloy is based on the mechanical blocking of dislocation movements by these nanoparticles. For Al2O3 nanoparticles, the test samples were prepared from special Al2O3 preforms, which were produced using ceramic injection molding process and then pressure infiltrated by molten aluminum. In another method, Al2O3 nanoparticles can also be homogeneously mixed with fine aluminum powder and consolidated into test samples through hot pressing and sintering. With the Al3-X nanoparticles, the test samples are produced as precipitates from in-situ reactions with molten aluminum using conventional permanent mold or die casting techniques. It is found that cast aluminum alloy using nanoparticles Al3-X is the most cost effective method to produce high strength aluminum alloys for high temperature applications in comparison to nanoparticles Al2O3. Furthermore, significant mechanical properties retention in high temperature environment could be achieved with Al3-X nanoparticles, resulting in tensile strength of nearly 3 times higher than most 300- series conventional cast aluminum alloys tested at 600 F.

  9. Formation regularities of AlOOH hollow spheres during aluminum nanopowder water oxidation

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    Lozhkomoev, Aleksandr S.; Glazkova, Elena A.; Svarovskaya, Natalia V.; Bakina, Olga V.; Kazantsev, Sergey O.; Lerner, Marat I.

    2015-10-01

    There described a novel environmentally friendly synthesis route of micro/nanostructured hollow spheres of AlOOH by oxidation of Al nanopowder in pure water under mild processing conditions. The reaction kinetics of the aluminum nanopowder interaction with water was studied using the method of continuous recording of suspension pH and temperature. There observed the change in Al3+ concentration in the reaction medium and the rate of hydrogen release as well as TEM investigations of the intermediate reaction products at different stages of the process were performed. It is shown that AlOOH hollow spheres are formed through the aluminum core dissolution, Al3+ ion diffusion through the surface oxide film and AlOOH nanosheets formation on the surface of the precursor oxide film.

  10. On Poisson's ratio for metal matrix composite laminates. [aluminum boron composites

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    Herakovich, C. T.; Shuart, M. J.

    1978-01-01

    The definition of Poisson's ratio for nonlinear behavior of metal matrix composite laminates is discussed and experimental results for tensile and compressive loading of five different boron-aluminum laminates are presented. It is shown that there may be considerable difference in the value of Poisson's ratio as defined by a total strain or an incremental strain definition. It is argued that the incremental definition is more appropriate for nonlinear material behavior. Results from a (0) laminate indicate that the incremental definition provides a precursor to failure which is not evident if the total strain definition is used.

  11. Pressureless Reaction Sintering of AlON using Aluminum Orthophosphate as a Transient Liquid Phase

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    Michael Bakas; Henry Chu

    2009-01-01

    Use of aluminum oxynitride (AlON) in transparent armor systems has been difficult due to the expense and limitations of the processing methods currently necessary to achieve transparency. Development of a pressureless processing method based on direct reaction sintering of alumina and aluminum nitride powders would reduce costs and provide a more flexible and practical manufacturing method. It may be possible to develop such a processing method using liquid phase sintering; as long as the liquid phase does not remain in the final sample. AlPO4 forms a liquid phase with Al2O3 and AlN at the temperatures required to sinter AlON, and slowly decomposes into P2O5 and alumina. Therefore, it was investigated as a possible transient liquid phase for reaction-sintered AlON. Small compacts of alumina and aluminum nitride with up to of 15wt% AlPO4 additive were pressed and sintered. It was found that AlPO4 formed the requisite transient liquid phase, and it was possible to adjust the process to produce AlON samples with good transmission and densities of 3.66-3.67 g/cc. XRD confirmed the samples formed were AlON, with no trace of any remaining phosphate phases or excess alumina or aluminum nitride. Based on the results, it was concluded that AlPO4 could be utilized as a transient liquid phase to improve the density and transmission of AlON produced by pressureless reaction sintering.

  12. Charging effect of aluminum nitride thin films containing Al nanocrystals.

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    Liu, Y; Chen, T P; Ding, L; Wong, J I; Yang, M; Liu, Z; Li, Y B; Zhang, S

    2010-01-01

    In this work, the Al-rich AIN thin film is deposited on Si substrate by radio frequency (RF) sputtering to form a metal-insulator-semiconductor (MIS) structure. Al nanocrystals (nc-Al) are formed and embedded in the AIN thin film. Charge trapping/detrapping in the nc-Al leads to a shift in the flat-band voltage (VFB) of the MIS structure. The charge storage ability of the AIN thin films containing Al nanocrystals provides the possibility of memory applications. On the other hand, charge trapping in nc-Al reduces the current conduction because of the breaking of some tunneling paths due to Coulomb blockade effect and the current conduction evolves with a trend towards one-dimensional transport. PMID:20352898

  13. The melting behavior of lutetium aluminum perovskite LuAlO3

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    Klimm, Detlef

    2009-01-01

    DTA measurements with mixtures of aluminum oxide and lutetium oxide around the 1:1 perovskite composition were performed up to 1970 deg. C. A peak with onset 1901 deg. C was due to the melting of the eutectic Lu4Al2O9 (monoclinic phase) and LuAlO3 (perovskite). Neither peritectic melting of the perovskite nor its decomposition in the solid phase could be resolved experimentally. The maximum of the eutectic peak size near x=0.44, on the Lu-rich side of the perovskite, leads to the conclusion that LuAlO3 melts peritectically at ca. 1907 deg. C as proposed by Wu, Pelton, J. Alloys Compd. 179 (1992) 259. Under strongly reducing conditions (oxygen partial pressure <10^{-13} bar) aluminum(III) oxide can be reduced to suboxides or even Al metal. It is shown that under such conditions a new phase field with liquid Al can appear.

  14. Investigation of Thermo-Mechanical Fatigue Characteristics for Cast Aluminum (AL319-T7)

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    Miller, Luke W.

    In today's transient economy, the demand for new alternative technologies is increasing. Vehicle fuel economy has become the most important phrase in the automotive industry. The ability to achieve optimal fuel economy has many trade-offs. In terms of engine components, this trade-off comes in the form of component reliability. In the past, most engine components were constructed of cast iron. Currently many cast iron components have been replaced by aluminum components to reduce part weight. In parallel with the use of light weight components, higher thermal loadings have been applied to engine components due to the increasing use of fuel saving technologies. Current aluminum reliability concerns have led to a thermal mechanical fatigue (TMF) investigation of the aluminum casting alloy, AL319-T7. This thesis attempts to model TMF behaviour for an AL319-T7 cylinder head using a combined hardening material model, in which the effects of creep and oxidation have been neglected.

  15. Irradiation tests for U 3Si-Al dispersion fuels with aluminum cladding

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    Chae, H. T.; Kim, H.; Lee, C. S.; Jun, B. J.; Park, J. M.; Kim, C. K.; Sohn, D. S.

    2008-02-01

    The HANARO fuel element is made of a cylindrical fuel meat, top and bottom aluminum end plugs and an aluminum cladding with eight longitudinal fins. The fuel meat of each fuel element consists of a dispersion of small particles of a high density uranium silicide (U 3Si) compound in a continuous aluminum matrix. To verify the irradiation performance of the HANARO fuel at a high power and a high burnup, in-pile irradiation tests were performed in the HANARO core. Detailed non-destructive and destructive post-irradiation examinations were conducted. It was verified through the irradiation tests that the HANARO fuel maintains a proper in-pile performance and integrity even at a high power of 121 kW/m and up to a high burnup of 85 at.% U-235.

  16. The influence of microstructure on the tensile behavior of an aluminum metal matrix composite

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    Birt, Michael J.; Johnson, W. Steven

    1990-01-01

    The relationship between tensile properties and microstructure of a powder metallurgy aluminum alloy, 2009 was examined. The alloy was investigated both unreinforced and reinforced with 15 v/o SiC whiskers or 15 v/o SiC particulate to form a discontinuous metal matrix composite (MMC). The materials were investigated in the as-fabricated condition and in three different hot-rolled sheet thicknesses of 6.35, 3.18, and 1.8 mm. Image analysis was used to characterize the morphology of the reinforcements and their distributions within the matrix alloy. Fractographic examinations revealed that failure was associated with the presence of microstructural inhomogeneities which were related to both the matrix alloy and to the reinforcement. The results from these observations together with the matrix tensile data were used to predict the strengths and moduli of the MMC's using relatively simple models. The whisker MMC could be modeled as a short fiber composite and an attempt was made to model the particulate MMC as a dispersion/dislocation hardened alloy.

  17. Effect of fiber diameter and matrix alloys on impact-resistant boron/aluminum composites

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    Mcdanels, D. L.; Signorelli, R. A.

    1976-01-01

    Efforts to improve the impact resistance of B/Al are reviewed and analyzed. Nonstandard thin-sheet charpy and Izod impact tests and standard full-size Charpy impact tests were conducted on composites containing unidirectional 0.10mm, 0.14mm, and 0.20mm diameter boron fibers in 1100, 2024, 5052, and 6061 Al matrices. Impact failure modes of B/Al are proposed in an attempt to describe the mechanisms involved and to provide insight for maximizing impact resistance. The impact strength of B/Al was significantly increased by proper selection of materials and processing. The use of a ductile matrix and large diameter boron fibers gave the highest impact strengths. This combination resulted in improved energy absorption through matrix shear deformation and multiple fiber breakage.

  18. Optimization of Abrasive Powder Mixed EDM of Aluminum Matrix Composites with Multiple Responses Using Gray Relational Analysis

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    Singh, S.; Yeh, M. F.

    2012-04-01

    Abrasive powder-mixed electrical discharge machining (APM-EDM), a hybrid manufacturing process involving the use of a dielectric fluid mixed with abrasive powder, combines the benefits of mechanical and thermal interactions. The aim of this article is to use a new approach of performance evaluation, gray relational analysis (GRA), to evaluate the effectiveness of optimizing multiple performance characteristics of APM-EDM of 6061Al/Al2O3p/20p aluminum matrix composites (AMCs). The considered process parameter includes the seven control factors namely pulse current (A), pulse ON time (?s), duty cycle (%), gap voltage (V), time interval of tool lift (s), abrasive powder concentration (g/L), abrasive particle size (?m), and a noise factor, aspect ratio (shape of tool electrode). The combination of L18 (21 × 37) orthogonal array design of experiment with GRA enables to determine the optimal parameters for multiple responses. GRA is used to obtain a single performance index, gray relational grade through gray relational coefficient to optimize the APM-EDM process with lower tool wear rate, surface roughness, and higher material removal rate. In addition, analysis of variance (ANOVA) for the GRC is also utilized.

  19. Microstructure and Crystallographic Texture Variations in the Friction-Stir-Welded Al-Al2O3-B4C Metal Matrix Composite Produced by Accumulative Roll Bonding

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    Mohammadnezhad, Mahyar; Shamanian, Morteza; Zabolian, Azam; Taheri, Mahshid; Javaheri, Vahid; Navidpour, Amir Hossein; Nezakat, Majid; Szpunar, Jerzy A.

    2015-12-01

    In this research, ultrafine-grained sheets of aluminum matrix composite (Al-Al2O3-B4C) were produced by accumulative roll bonding ARB technique. As-received, ultrafine-grained aluminum composite sheets were joined by friction-stir welding. The microstructure, crystallographic texture, and Vickers hardness in the weld zones were investigated. Electron backscattered diffraction results revealed occurrence of dynamic recrystallization and demonstrated existence of different grain orientations within the weld nugget. Produced composite plates illustrated rotated cubic texture. Moreover, in the nugget, a well-recrystallized grain structure having characteristic strong shear texture component finally developed. However, the texture result in the heat-affected zone illustrated rotated cubic and Goss components that related to the effect of heat input. Friction-stir welding refined the grain size in the weld zone. The hardness also improved with the peak hardness being observed towards the advancing stir welding side.

  20. Effect of angleplying and matrix enhancement on impact-resistant boron/aluminum composites

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    Mcdanels, D. L.; Signorelli, R. A.

    1976-01-01

    Efforts to improve the impact resistance of B/Al are reviewed and analyzed. Tensile and dynamic modulus tests, thin sheet Charpy and Izod impact tests, and standard full size Charpy impact tests were conducted on 0.20 mm (8 mil) diameter-B/1100 Al matrix composites. Angleplies ranged from unidirectional to + or - 30 deg. The best compromise between reduced longitudinal properties and increased transverse properties was obtained with + or - 15 deg angleply. The pendulum impact strengths of improved B/Al were higher than that of notched titanium and appear to be enough to warrant consideration of B/Cl for application to fan blades in aircraft gas turbine engines.

  1. Mechanical behavior of a continuous fiber reinforced aluminum matrix composite subjected to transverse and thermal loading

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    Jansson, S.; Leckie, F. A.

    1991-01-01

    The transverse properties of an aluminum alloy metal matrix composite reinforced by continuous alumina fibers were investigated. The composite is subjected to both mechanical and cyclic thermal loading. The results of an experimental program indicate that the shakedown concept of structural mechanics provides a means of describing the material behavior. When the loading conditions are within the shakedown region, the material finally responds in an elastic manner after initial plastic response, and for loading conditions outside the shakedown region, the material exhibits a rapid incremental plastic strain accumulation. The failure strain varies by an order of magnitude according to the operating conditions. Hence, for high mechanical and low thermal loading, the failure strains is small; for low mechanical and high thermal loading, the failure strain is large.

  2. Residual stresses in continuous graphite fiber Al metal matrix composites

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    Park, Hun Sub; Zong, Gui Sheng; Marcus, Harris L.

    1988-01-01

    The residual stresses in graphite fiber reinforced aluminum (Gr/Al) composites with various thermal histories are measured using X-ray diffraction (XRD) methods. The XRD stress analysis is based on the determination of lattice strains by precise measurements of the interplanar spacings in different directions of the sample. The sample is a plate consisting of two-ply P 100 Gr/Al 6061 precursor wires and Al 6061 overlayers. Prior to XRD measurement, the 6061 overlayers are electrochemically removed. In order to calibrate the relationship between stress magnitude and lattice spacing shift, samples of Al 6061 are loaded at varying stress levels in a three-point bend fixture, while the stresses are simultaneously determined by XRD and surface-attached strain gages. The stresses determined by XRD closely match those determined by the strain gages. Using these calibrations, the longitudinal residual stresses of P 100 Gr/Al 6061 composites are measured for various heat treatments, and the results are presented.

  3. 49 CFR Appendix C to Part 180 - Eddy Current Examination With Visual Inspection for DOT 3AL Cylinders Manufactured of Aluminum...

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  5. 49 CFR Appendix C to Part 180 - Eddy Current Examination With Visual Inspection for DOT 3AL Cylinders Manufactured of Aluminum...

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    ...DOT 3AL Cylinders Manufactured of Aluminum Alloy 6351-T6 C Appendix C to Part 180...DOT 3AL Cylinders Manufactured of Aluminum Alloy 6351-T6 1. Examination Procedure...DOT-3AL cylinder manufactured of aluminum alloy 6351-T6 to be inspected must be...

  6. 49 CFR Appendix C to Part 180 - Eddy Current Examination With Visual Inspection for DOT 3AL Cylinders Manufactured of Aluminum...

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  7. 49 CFR Appendix C to Part 180 - Eddy Current Examination With Visual Inspection for DOT 3AL Cylinders Manufactured of Aluminum...

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  8. Dispersion strengthened aluminum alloys; Proceedings of the Symposium, Phoenix, AZ, Jan. 25-29, 1988

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    Kim Youngwon; Griffith, W.M.

    1988-01-01

    Papers are presented on the dispersion strengthening and undercooling of aluminum alloys, the rapid solidification and powder metallurgy of aluminum alloys, and the mechanical properties of Al-Ni-Mg and Al-Mn-Mg die casting alloys. Also considered are aluminum alloys with spinel for oxide dispersion strengthening, the mechanical alloying of dispersion strengthened aluminum, and fracture mechanisms in Al-Fe-X alloys. Other topics include P/M aluminum metal matrix composites, metal matrix composites produced by spray deposition, and the rapid solidification of aluminum-based ordered cubic intermetallic compounds.

  9. Diffusion bonding of Al7075 alloy to titanium aluminum vanadate alloy

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    Alhazaa, Abdulaziz Nasser

    The aluminum alloy (Al7075) and titanium alloy (Ti-6Al-4V) are used in a variety of applications in the aerospace industry. However, the high cost of Ti-6Al-4V alloy has been a major factor which has limited its use and therefore, the ability to join Al7075 alloy to Ti-6Al-4V alloy can provide a product that is less costly, but retains the high strength and light weight properties necessary for the transport industry. However, the large difference in the physical properties between these two alloys prevents the use of conventional joining techniques such as fusion welding to join these dissimilar alloys. Therefore, the diffusion bonding technique was used to join Al7075 alloy to Ti-6Al-4V alloy with the objective of minimizing microstructural changes of the two alloys during the bonding process. In this thesis, solid state and liquid phase bonding processes were undertaken. Solid state bonding was employed without interlayers and was successful at 510°C and 7 MPa. The bond interface showed an absence of the oxides due to the dissolution of oxygen into the titanium solution. Bonds made using copper interlayers at a temperature sufficient enough to form eutectic liquid formation between copper and aluminum were produced. The intermetallics theta(Al2Cu), S(Al2CuMg) and T(Al2Mg3Zn3) were identified at the aluminum interface while Cu3Ti2 intermetallic was identified at the titanium interface. Bonds made using tin based alloys interlayers and copper coatings were successful and gave the highest shear strength. The eutectic formation on the Al7075 alloy was responsible for joint formation at the aluminum interface while the formation of Sn3Ti5 intermetallic was responsible for the joint formation at titanium interface. The corrosion rate of the bonds decreased with increasing bonding time for joints made using the tin based interlayer in 3% NaCl solution. However, the presence of copper within the joint increased the corrosion rate of the bonds and this was attributed to the corrosive effect of copper in the Al7075 alloy.

  10. Low cost, SPF aluminum cryogenic tank structure for ALS

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    Anton, Claire E.; Rasmussen, Perry; Thompson, Curt; Latham, Richard; Hamilton, C. Howard; Ren, Ben; Gandhi, Chimata; Hardwick, Dallis

    1992-01-01

    Past production work has shown that cryogenic tank structure for the Shuttle Booster Rockets and the Titan system have very high life cycle costs for the fuel tank structure. The tanks are machined stiffener-skin combination that are subsequently formed into the required contour after machining. The material scrap rate for these configurations are usually high, and the loss of a tank panel due to forming or heat treatment problems is very costly. The idea of reducing the amount of scrap material and scrapped structural members has prompted the introduction of built-up structure for cryogenic tanks to be explored on the ALS program. A build-up structure approach that has shown improvements in life cycle cost over the conventional built-up approach is the use of superplastically formed (SPF) stiffened panels (reducing the overall part count and weight for the tank) resistance spot welded (RSW) to outer tank skin material. The stiffeners provide for general stability of the tank, while the skin material provides hoop direction continuity for the loads.

  11. Composite propellant aluminum agglomeration reduction using tailored Al/PTFE particles

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    Sippel, Travis R.

    Micron aluminum is widely used in propellants; however, performance could be significantly improved if ignition barriers could be disrupted and combustion tailored. In solid propellants for example, aluminum increases theoretical specific impulse performance, yet theoretical levels cannot be achieved largely because of two-phase flow losses. These losses could be reduced if particles quickly ignited, more gaseous products were produced, and if particle breakup occurred during combustion. To achieve altered aluminum ignition and particle combustion, this work explores the use of low level (10-30 wt.%) fluorocarbon (polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) or poly(carbon monofluoride) (PMF)) inclusion inside of aluminum via low or high energy mechanical activation. Aluminum/PTFE particles are found to be amenable to use in binder based energetics, having average particle sizes ranging from 15 to 78 ?m, ~2-7 m2/g, specific surface area, and combustion enthalpies as high as 20.2 kJ/g. Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) experiments indicate high energy MA reduces both reaction and oxidation onset to ~440 °C that is far below aluminum alone. Safety testing shows these particles have high electrostatic discharge (ESD) (89.9-108 mJ), impact (> 213 cm), and friction (> 360 N) ignition thresholds. The idea of further increasing reactivity and increasing particle combustion enthalpy is explored by reducing fluorocarbon inclusion content to 10 wt.% and through the use of the strained fluorocarbon PMF. Combustion enthalpy and average particle size range from 18.9 to 28.5 kJ/g and 23.0 to 67.5 ?m, respectively and depend on MA intensity, duration, and inclusion level. Specific surface areas are high (5.3 to 34.8 m2/g) and as such, Al/PMF particles are appropriate for energetic applications not requiring a curable liquid binder. Mechanical activation reduces oxidation onset (DSC) from 555 to 480 °C (70/30 wt.%). Aluminum/PMF particles are sensitive to ESD (11.5-47.5 mJ) and some can be ignited via optical flash. Propellant aluminum agglomeration is assessed through replacement of reference aluminum powders (spherical, flake, or nanoscale) with Al/PTFE (90/10 or 70/30 wt.%) particles. The effects on burning rate, pressure dependence, and aluminum ignition, combustion, and agglomeration are quantified. Microscopic imaging shows tailored particles promptly ignite at the burning surface and appear to breakup into smaller particles. Replacement of spherical aluminum with Al/PTFE 70/30 wt.% also increases the pressure exponent from 0.36 to 0.58, which results in a 50% increase in propellant burning rate at 13.8 MPa. Combustion products were quench collected using a liquid-free technique at 2.1 and 6.9 MPa. Sizing of products indicates that composite particles result in nominally 25 ?m coarse products, which are smaller than the original, average particle size and are also 66% smaller in diameter (96% by volume) than the 76 ?m products collected from reference spherical aluminized propellant. Smaller diameter condensed phase products and more gaseous products will likely decrease two-phase flow loss and reduce slag accumulation in solid rocket motors.

  12. Hydrolysis Studies and Quantitative Determination of Aluminum Ions Using [superscript 27]Al NMR: An Undergraduate Analytical Chemistry Experiment

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    Curtin, Maria A.; Ingalls, Laura R.; Campbell, Andrew; James-Pederson, Magdalena

    2008-01-01

    This article describes a novel experiment focused on metal ion hydrolysis and the equilibria related to metal ions in aqueous systems. Using [superscript 27]Al NMR, the students become familiar with NMR spectroscopy as a quantitative analytical tool for the determination of aluminum by preparing a standard calibration curve using standard aluminum

  13. Analysis of Acoustic Emission During the Melting of Embedded Indium Particles in an Aluminum Matrix: A Study of Plastic Strain Accommodation During Phase Transformation

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    Kuba, Michael M.; Van Aken, David C.

    2013-08-01

    Acoustic emission (AE) is used in this article to study melting and solidification of embedded indium particles in the size ranging from 0.2 to 3 ?m in diameter and to show that dislocation generation occurs in the aluminum matrix to accommodate a 2.5 pct volume change. The volume-averaged acoustic energy produced by indium particle melting is similar to that reported for bainite formation upon continuous cooling. A mechanism of prismatic loop generation is proposed to accommodate the volume change, and an upper limit to the geometrically necessary increase in dislocation density is calculated as 4.1 × 109 cm-2 for the Al-17In alloy. Thermomechanical processing is also used to change the size and distribution of the indium particles within the aluminum matrix. Dislocation generation with accompanied AE occurs when the melting indium particles are associated with grain boundaries or upon solidification where the solid-liquid interfaces act as free surfaces to facilitate dislocation generation. AE is not observed for indium particles that require super heating and exhibit elevated melting temperatures. The AE work corroborates previously proposed relaxation mechanisms from prior internal friction studies and that the superheat observed for melting of these micron-sized particles is a result of matrix constraint.

  14. Microstructure and grain growth behavior of an aluminum alloy metal matrix composite processed by disintegrated melt deposition

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    Gupta, M. . Dept. of Mechanical and Production Engineering); Srivatsan, T.S. . Dept. of Mechanical Engineering)

    1999-08-01

    In this study, a silicon-carbide particulate (SiC[sub p]), reinforced aluminum alloy-based, metal-matrix composite was synthesized using disintegrated melt deposition. Microstructural characterization of the disintegrated melt deposition processed composite samples revealed the presence of columnar-equiaxed shaped grain structure, noninterconnected porosity associated with the reinforcing carbide particulates, improved interfacial integrity between the reinforcement and the aluminum alloy matrix coupled, and a near uniform distribution of the reinforcing SiC particulates in the alloy matrix. An examination of grain growth with the objective of delineating the effects of the silicon carbide particulates revealed a diminishing to minimal role of the reinforcing phase with an increase in temperature from 450 to 590 C.

  15. Analysis of stress-strain, fracture and ductility behavior of aluminum matrix composites containing discontinuous silicon carbide reinforcement

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    Mcdanels, D. L.

    1984-01-01

    Mechanical properties and stress-strain behavior for several types of commercially fabricated aluminum matrix composites, containing up to 40 vol % discontinuous SiC whisker, nodule, or particulate reinforcement were evaluated. It was found that the elastic modulus of the composites was isotropic, to be independent of type of reinforcement, and to be controlled solely by the volume percentage of SiC reinforcement present. The yield/tensile strengths and ductility were controlled primarily by the matrix alloy and temper condition. Ductility decreased with increasing reinforcement content, however, the fracture strains observed were higher than those reported in the literature for this type of composite. This increase in fracture strain is attributed to cleaner matrix powder and increased mechanical working during fabrication. Conventional aluminum and titanium structural alloys were compared and have shown that the properties of these low cost, lightweight composites have good potential for application to aerospace structures.

  16. Manufacturing of Aluminum Matrix Composites Reinforced with Iron Oxide (Fe3O4) Nanoparticles: Microstructural and Mechanical Properties

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    Bayraktar, Emin; Ayari, Fayza; Tan, Ming Jen; Tosun-Bayraktar, Ayse; Katundi, Dhurata

    2014-04-01

    The purpose of this paper is to demonstrate the low-cost manufacturing of aluminum matrix composites reinforced with nano iron oxide as light and efficient materials for engineering applications. It is very desirable to use reinforced aluminum matrix composites in structural applications (automotive, aeronautical, etc.) because of their outstanding stiffness-to-weight and strength-to-weight ratios. In modern industry, it is increasingly important to develop new composites as alternative materials to fabricate multifunctional pieces. Detailed information is presented on the manufacturing process of this composite, and a preliminary study was performed on the cryogenic-cycling behavior to evaluate the interface between the matrix and the reinforcement. Microindentation tests were carried out to evaluate the micromechanical properties of these materials; a simple and practical finite element model is proposed to predict certain parameters related to the composition of the composite.

  17. Dissociation of H? on carbon doped aluminum cluster Al?C.

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    Yang, Huihui; Zhang, Yan; Chen, Hongshan

    2014-08-14

    The dissociation of H2 molecule is the first step for chemical storage of hydrogen, and the energy barrier of the dissociation is the key factor to decide the kinetics of the regeneration of the storage material. As a light element, aluminum is an important candidate component for storage materials with high gravimetric density. This paper investigates the adsorption and dissociation of H2 on carbon doping aluminum cluster Al6C. The study shows that doping carbon into aluminum cluster can significantly change the electronic structure and increase the stability. Al6C has a few stable isomers with close energies and their structures are quite flexible. The molecular adsorption of H2 on Al6C is very weak, but the H2 molecule can be dissociated easily on this cluster. The stable product of the dissociated adsorption is searched and the different paths for the dissociation are investigated. During the dissociation of H2, the structure of the cluster adjusts accordingly, and strong orbital interaction between the hydrogen and the cluster occurs. The calculated energy barrier for the dissociation is only 0.30 eV, which means the dissociation can take place at moderate temperatures. PMID:25134566

  18. Diffusion-reaction of aluminum and oxygen in thermally grown Al2O3 oxide layers

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    Osorio, Julián D.; Giraldo, Juliana; Hernández, Juan C.; Toro, Alejandro; Hernández-Ortiz, Juan P.

    2014-04-01

    The diffusion-reaction of aluminum (Al) and oxygen (O), to form thermally grown oxide (TGO) layers in thermal barrier coatings (TBCs), is studied through an analytical model. A nonsymmetrical radial basis function approach is used to numerically solve the mass balance equations that predict the TGO growth. Correct boundary conditions for the Al and O reactions are laid out using scaling arguments. The Damköhler number shows that the O-Al reaction is several orders of magnitude faster than diffusion. In addition, a comparison between aluminum and oxygen diffusivities indicates that TGO growth is governed by aluminum diffusion. The results are compared with experimental measurements on air plasma spray-deposited TBCs treated at 1,373 K with exposure times ranging from 1 to 1700 hours. We found that, for several time decades, the thickness of the thermally grown layer has power law dependence of time with an exponent of ½, following the diffusion control mechanism. At later times, however, the presence of other oxides and additional kinetics modify the diffusive exponent.

  19. The aluminum electrode in AlCl3-alkali-halide melts

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    Holleck, G. L.; Giner, J.

    1972-01-01

    Passivation phenomena were observed upon cathodic and anodic polarization of the Al electrode in AlCl3-KCl-NaCl melts between 100 and 160 C. They are caused by formation of a solid salt layer at the electrode surface resulting from concentration changes upon current flow. The anodic limiting currents increased with temperature and with decreasing AlCl3 content of the melt. Current voltage curves obtained on a rotating aluminum disk showed a linear relationship between the anodic limiting current and 1/sq root of 2 pi (rps). Upon cathodic polarization dentrite formation occurs at the Al electrode. The activation overvoltage in AlCl3-KCl-NaCl (57.5-12.5-20 mol%) was determined by galvanostatic current step methods. An apparent exchange current density of 270 mA/cm2 at 130 C and a double layer capacity of 40 plus or minus 10 microfarad/cm2 were measured.

  20. The aluminum electrode in AlCl3-alkali-halide melts.

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    Holleck, G. L.; Giner, J.

    1972-01-01

    Passivation phenomena have been observed upon cathodic and anodic polarization of the Al electrode in AlCl3-KCl-NaCl melts between 100 and 160 C. They are caused by formation of a solid salt layer at the electrode surface resulting from concentration changes upon current flow. The anodic limiting currents increased with temperature and with decreasing AlCl3 content of the melt. Current voltage curves obtained on a rotating aluminum disk showed a linear relationship between the anodic limiting current and omega to the minus 1/2 power. Upon cathodic polarization, dendrite formation occurs at the Al electrode. The activation overvoltage in AlCl3-KCl-NaCl was determined by galvanostatic current step methods. An apparent exchange current density of 270 mA/sq cm at 130 C and a double layer capacity of 40 plus or minus 10 microfarad/sq cm were measured.

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  4. Aluminum-activated citrate and malate transporters encoded by distinct Al tolerance genes function independently in Arabidopsis

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    Aluminum (Al) -activated malate and citrate exudation from roots plays an important role in conferring Al tolerance to many plant species. Here, we report on the identification and characterization of AtMATE, the gene encoding an Al-activated root citrate efflux transporter that functions in Arabid...

  5. Growth of aluminum catalyzed AlGaAs nanowires on silicon substrate.

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    Bag, R K; Mohan, P; Singh, S; Kumar, A; Tyagi, R; Pandya, D K; Singh, R

    2013-03-01

    Aluminum catalyzed AlGaAs nanowires were fabricated on Si (111) substrates using metal-organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) technique at a low growth temperature of 450 degrees C. Grown structures were characterized by field emission scanning electron microscope (FE-SEM), energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS) and photoluminescence (PL) techniques. Nanowire clusters were observed all over the substrate. Multiprong root-grown AlGaAs nanowire clusters as well as catalyst particle terminated growth was observed. The growth is explained by Vapor-Solid-Solid (VSS) and Vapor-Solid (VS) growth mechanisms using Al-Si binary phase diagram. EDS and PL measurement confirm the formation of AlGaAs nanowires. PMID:23755616

  6. Laser fusion-brazing of aluminum alloy to galvanized steel with pure Al filler powder

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    Liu, Jia; Jiang, Shichun; Shi, Yan; Kuang, Yulin; Huang, Genzhe; Zhang, Hong

    2015-03-01

    The fusion-brazing connection of the dissimilar metal 5052 aluminum alloy/ST07Z steel was achieved by using the Nd:YAG laser with pure Al filler powder, and the effects of the laser power and powder feeding speed on the formation and mechanical properties of the resultant joints were investigated. The experimental results show that melting-brazing connection of 5052 aluminum alloy/galvanized steel can be successfully achieved, and the zinc plating layer has played the role of flux, assuring the brazing properties. The intermetallic compound layer was generated on the welded brazing interface. The joint exhibited a shear strength of 174 N/mm if the thickness of the intermetallic layer at the interface is about 6-7 ?m.

  7. PII S0016-7037(98)00136-7 The kinetics of mixed Ni-Al hydroxide formation on clay and aluminum oxide minerals

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    Sparks, Donald L.

    PII S0016-7037(98)00136-7 The kinetics of mixed Ni-Al hydroxide formation on clay and aluminum. This finding indicates that the dissolution of clay and aluminum oxide minerals can be promoted by metal ions

  8. Measurement of Mercury in Flue Gas Based on an Aluminum Matrix Sorbent

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    Wang, Juan; Xu, Wei; Wang, Xiaohao; Wang, Wenhua

    2011-01-01

    The measurement of total mercury in flue gas based on an economical aluminum matrix sorbent was developed in this paper. A sorbent trap consisted of three tubes was employed to capture Hg from flue gas. Hg trapped on sorbent was transferred into solution by acid leaching and then detected by CVAAS. Hg adsorbed on sorbent was recovered completely by leaching process. The 87.7% recovery of Hg in flue gas by tube 1 and tube 2 was obtained on the equipment of coal combustion and sampling in lab. In order to evaluate the ability to recover and accurately quantify Hg0 on the sorbent media, the analytical bias test on tube 3 spiked with Hg0 was also performed and got the average recovery of 97.1%. Mercury measurements based on this method were conducted for three coal-fired power plants in China. The mercury in coal is distributed into bottom ash, electrostatic precipitator (ESP) ash, wet flue gas desulfurization (WFGD) reactant, and flue gas, and the relative distribution varied depending on factors such as the coal type and the operation conditions of plants. The mercury mass balances of three plants were also calculated which were 91.6%, 77.1%, and 118%, respectively. The reliability of this method was verified by the Ontario Hydro (OH) method either in lab or in field. PMID:22235178

  9. Wear Behavior of Aluminum Alloy 6061-Based Composites Reinforced with SiC, Al2O3, and Red Mud: A Comparative Study

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    Singla, Yogesh Kumar; Chhibber, Rahul; Bansal, Hitesh; Kalra, Anil

    2015-09-01

    Metal-matrix composites are widely used in shipping, aerospace, automotive, and nuclear applications. Research attempts have been made in the past to reduce the cost of processing of composites, decrease the weight of the composites, and increase the desired performance characteristics. In this research article, an attempt has been made in using red mud obtained as an industrial waste during the production of aluminum from bauxite ore. This article discusses the novel findings of the experimental study on the dry sliding wear behavior of aluminum alloy 6061-based composites reinforced individually with red mud, SiC, and Al2O3. The microstructural characterization of the composites provides the further insight into the structure—wear behavior of the processed composites.

  10. Atom probe tomography study of the nanoscale heterostructure around an Al20Mn3Cu2 dispersoid in aluminum alloy 2024.

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    Parvizi, Reza; Marceau, Ross K W; Hughes, Anthony E; Tan, Mike Y; Forsyth, Maria

    2014-12-16

    Atom probe tomography (APT) has been used to investigate the surface and sub-surface microstructures of aluminum alloy 2024 (AA2024) in the T3 condition (solution heat treated, cold worked, and naturally aged to a substantially stable condition). This study revealed surface Cu enrichment on the alloy matrix, local chemical structure around a dispersoid Al20Mn3Cu2 particle including a Cu-rich particle and S-phase particle on its external surface. Moreover, there was a significant level of hydrogen within the dispersoid, indicating that it is a hydrogen sink. These observations of the nanoscale structure around the dispersoid particle have considerable implications for understanding both corrosion and hydrogen embrittlement in high-strength aluminum alloys. PMID:25415412

  11. Wear and Friction Characteristics of AlN/Diamond-Like Carbon Hybrid Coatings on Aluminum Alloy

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    Nakamura, Masashi; Kubota, Sadayuki; Suzuki, Hideto; Haraguchi, Tadao

    2015-10-01

    The use of diamond-like carbon (DLC) coatings has the potential to greatly improve the wear resistance and friction of aluminum alloys, but practical application has so far been limited by poor adhesion due to large difference in hardness and elasticity between the two materials. This study investigates the deposition of DLC onto an Al-alloy using an intermediate AlN layer with a graded hardness to create a hybrid coating. By controlling the hardness of the AlN film, it was found that the wear life of the DLC film could be improved 80-fold compared to a DLC film deposited directly onto Al-alloy. Furthermore, it was demonstrated through finite element simulation that creating a hardness gradient in the AlN intermediate layer reduces the distribution of stress in the DLC film, while also increasing the force of adhesion between the DLC and AlN layers. Given that both the DLC and AlN films were deposited using the same unbalanced magnetron sputtering method, this process is considered to represent a simple and effective means of improving the wear resistance of Al-alloy components commonly used within the aerospace and automotive industries.

  12. Formation of nanocrystalline h-AlN during mechanochemical decomposition of melamine in the presence of metallic aluminum

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    Rounaghi, S.A.; Kiani Rashid, A.R.; Eshghi, H.; Vahdati Khaki, J.

    2012-06-15

    Decomposition of melamine was studied by solid state reaction of melamine and aluminum powders during high energy ball-milling. The milling procedure performed for both pure melamine and melamine/Al mixed powders as the starting materials for various times up to 48 h under ambient atmosphere. The products were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR). The results revealed that Al causes melamine deammoniation at the first stages of milling and further milling process leads to the s-triazine ring degradation while nano-crystallite hexagonal aluminum nitride (h-AlN) was the main solid product. Comparison to milling process, the possibility of the reaction of melamine with Al was also investigated by thermal treatment method using differential scanning calorimeter (DSC) and thermo gravimetric analyzer (TGA). Melamine decomposition occurred by thermal treatment in the range of 270-370 Degree-Sign C, but no reaction between melamine and aluminum was observed. - Graphical Abstract: Mechanochemical reaction of melamine with Al resulted in the formation of nanocrystalline AlN after 7 h milling time Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer High energy ball milling of melamine and aluminum results decomposition of melamine with elimination of ammonia. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Nano-crystalline AlN was synthesized by the mechanochemical route. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Milling process has no conspicuous effect on pure melamine degradation. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer No reaction takes place by heating melamine and aluminum powder mixture in argon.

  13. Combustion synthesis of TiAl-matrix composites in the Ti-Al-BN system

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    Mabuchi, H.; Tsuda, H.; Nakayama, Y. . Dept. of Metallurgy and Materials Science)

    1995-01-15

    The intermetallic compound TiAl has attracted much attention for its potential use as a structural high-temperature material. However, its use has been limited because of its negligible low-temperature ductility and fracture toughness and low high-temperature strength and creep. To improve these properties, recently this compound has been made as a composite material containing a secondary phase such as boride, carbide, nitride, or oxide. Recently, combustion synthesis or self-propagating, high-temperature synthesis (SHS) using powder compacts has been developed to produce intermetallics or ceramics. It is also possible to form intermetallic-intermetallic, intermetallic-ceramic, or ceramic-ceramic composites from combustion reactions between corresponding elemental constituents. It has the advantage of an in-situ forming technique compared with conventional artificial composite production approaches. In the previous studies using elemental powders, combustion reaction was carried out to form intermetallic-ceramic composites in the Ti-Al-C, or Ti-Al-N system. The compacts of Ti and Al powders with carbon powder or in gaseous nitrogen reacted exothermically, and formed a mixture product which had a fine distribution of the Ti[sub 2]AlC or Ti[sub 2]AlN particles in the matrix TiAl with a small amount of Ti[sub 3]Al. The processing technique, therefore, is of interest as a combustion reaction synthesis to make in-situ intermetallic-based composite materials. In the present work, to investigate the effect of BN addition on the reaction of Ti And Al powder mixtures, combustion synthesis of TiAl-matrix composites has been performed for the Ti-Al-BN system.

  14. Method using selected carbons to react with Al2O and Al vapors in the carbothermic production of aluminum

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    Fruehan, Richard J.; Li, Yun; Carkin, Gerald

    2005-02-01

    In a method for recovering Al from an off-gas (3,4) produced during carbothermic reduction of aluminum utilizing at least one smelter (1,2), the off-gas (3,4) is directed to an enclosed reactor (5) which is fed a supply of wood charcoal (7) having a porosity of from about 50 vol. % to 85 vol. % and an average pore diameter of from about 0.05 .mu.m to about 2.00 .mu.m, where the wood charcoal (7) contacts the off-gas (3,4) to produce at least Al.sub.4 C.sub.3 (6), which is passed back to the smelter (1,2).

  15. Superconducting properties of nanocrystalline Nb3Al in Nb-Al matrix

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    Mondal, Puspen; Manekar, Meghmalhar; Kumar, Ravi; Ganguli, Tapas; Roy, S. B.

    2008-02-01

    We present the results of x-ray diffraction and magnetization measurements on the nanocrystalline as-cast compound Nb3Al. X-ray diffraction shows the presence of the A15 Nb3Al phase embedded in a matrix of a bcc Nb-Al solid solution. The average grain size of Nb3Al estimated from the line broadening is about 35nm. Magnetization measurements give a lower limit of the superconducting transition temperature to be about 16.8K, which is amongst the highest known TC for the as-cast sample of Nb3Al. In the superconducting state, the sample shows anomalous thermomagnetic history effects in the temperature and field variation of magnetization.

  16. Terbium-Aluminum (TbAl2) Binary Alloy as High Magnetostrictive Material

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    Boghosian, Mary; Sanchez, Carlos; Bernal, Oscar; Kocharian, Armen; Cal State LA Team

    2015-03-01

    Magnetic phase diagram for the cubic intermetallic terbium-aluminum (Tb-Al) binary alloy is being investigated for the purpose of developing material with high magnetostrain properties that can be used for energy harvesting. Low temperature magnetizations, specific heat, combined with structural examinations are few of the techniques that are being used for this purpose. Preliminary DC magnetization results on as-cast material show magnetic ordering of around 109 K in zero applied fields that varies in magnitude and direction with the increase of applied magnetic field. The preliminary results will be discussed. Supported by Grant # NS-DMR1105380.

  17. Elementary surface chemistry during CuO/Al nanolaminate-thermite synthesis: copper and oxygen deposition on aluminum (111) surfaces.

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    Lanthony, Cloé; Guiltat, Mathilde; Ducéré, Jean Marie; Verdier, Agnes; Hémeryck, Anne; Djafari-Rouhani, Mehdi; Rossi, Carole; Chabal, Yves J; Estève, Alain

    2014-09-10

    The surface chemistry associated with the synthesis of energetic nanolaminates controls the formation of the critical interfacial layers that dominate the performances of nanothermites. For instance, the interaction of Al with CuO films or CuO with Al films needs to be understood to optimize Al/CuO nanolaminates. To that end, the chemical mechanisms occurring during early stages of molecular CuO adsorption onto crystalline Al(111) surfaces are investigated using density functional theory (DFT) calculations, leading to the systematic determination of their reaction enthalpies and associated activation energies. We show that CuO undergoes dissociative chemisorption on Al(111) surfaces, whereby the Cu and O atoms tend to separate from each other. Both Cu and O atoms form islands with different properties. Copper islanding fosters Cu insertion (via surface site exchange mechanism) into the subsurface, while oxygen islands remain stable at the surface. Above a critical local oxygen coverage, aluminum atoms are extracted from the Al surface, leading to oxygen-aluminum intermixing and the formation of aluminum oxide (?-alumina). For Cu and O co-deposition, copper promotes oxygen-aluminum interaction by oxygen segregation and separates the resulting oxide from the Al substrate by insertion into Al and stabilization below the oxide front, preventing full mixing of Al, Cu, and O species. PMID:25089744

  18. Energy-Saving Melting and Revert Reduction Technology (E-SMARRT): Development of Elevated Temperature Aluminum Metal Matrix Composite (MMC) Alloy and Its Processing Technology

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    Weiss, David C.; Gegal, Gerald A.

    2014-04-15

    The objective of this project was to provide a production capable cast aluminum metal matrix composite (MMC) alloy with an operating temperature capability of 250-300°C. Important industrial sectors as well as the military now seek lightweight aluminum alloy castings that can operate in temperature ranges of 250-300°C. Current needs in this temperature range are being satisfied by the use of titanium alloy castings. These have the desired strength properties but the end components are heavier and significantly more costly. Also, the energy requirements for production of titanium alloy castings are significantly higher than those required for production of aluminum alloys and aluminum alloy castings.

  19. Preparation and Properties of a Novel Al-Si-Ge-Zn Filler Metal for Brazing Aluminum

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    Niu, Zhiwei; Huang, Jihua; Yang, Hao; Chen, Shuhai; Zhao, Xingke

    2015-06-01

    The study is concerned with developing a filler metal with low melting temperature and good processability for brazing aluminum and its alloys. For this purpose, a novel Al-Si-Ge-Zn alloy was prepared according to Al-Si-Ge and Al-Si-Zn ternary phase diagrams. The melting characteristics, microstructures, wettability, and processing property of the alloy were investigated. The results showed that the melting temperature range of the novel filler metal was 505.2-545.1 °C, and the temperature interval between the solidus and the liquidus was 39.9 °C. Compared with a common Al-Si-Ge alloy, it had smaller and better dispersed ?-GeSi solid solution precipitates, and the Zn-rich phases distributed on the boundary of the ?-GeSi precipitates. The novel filler metal has good processability and good wettability with Al. There was one obvious transition layer with a thin ?-Al solid solution between the filler metal and base metal, which is favorable to improve the strength of brazing joint.

  20. Effect of aluminum treatment on proteomes of radicles of seeds derived from Al-treated tomato plants

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    Aluminum (Al) toxicity is a major constraint to plant growth and crop yield in acid soils. Tomato cultivars are especially susceptible to excessive A1 3+ accumulated in the root zone. In this study, tomato plants were grown in a hydroponic culture system supplemented with 50 uM AlK(SO4)2. Seeds harv...

  1. Ballistic Impact Testing of Aluminum 2024 and Titanium 6Al-4V for Material Model Development

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    Pereira, J. Michael; Revilock, Duane M.; Ruggeri, Charles R.; Emmerling, William C.; Altobelli, Donald J.

    2012-01-01

    An experimental program is underway to develop a consistent set of material property and impact test data, and failure analysis, for a variety of materials that can be used to develop improved impact failure and deformation models. Unique features of this set of data are that all material property information and impact test results are obtained using identical materials, the test methods and procedures are extensively documented and all of the raw data is available. This report describes ballistic impact testing which has been conducted on aluminum (Al) 2024 and titanium (Ti) 6Al-4vanadium (V) sheet and plate samples of different thicknesses and with different types of projectiles, one a regular cylinder and one with a more complex geometry incorporating features representative of a jet engine fan blade.

  2. Microstructure and mechanical properties of Al2O3 composites with surface-treated carbon nanotubes (CNTs): dispersibility of modified carbon nanotubes (CNTs) on Al2O3 matrix.

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    Kim, Eun-Hee; Jung, Yeon-Gil; Paik, Ungyu

    2012-02-01

    Aluminum oxide (Al2O3) matrix have been reinforced by the multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) to overcome the inherent brittleness of Al2O3 matrix. In order to increase mechanical properties of MWCNTs-Al2O3 composites, MWCNTs need to be well dispersed and individually incorporated in Al2O3 matrix. In this work, aluminum hydroxide (Al(OH)3) used as a Al2O3 precursor and MWCNTs were mixed in an aqueous solution for the homogeneous mixing of hetero-particles, as functions of the content of MWCNTs and the potential hydrogen (pH) of Al(OH)3 suspension. Firstly, MWCNTs were purified and modified by an acid reagent, inducing that the dispersibility of MWCNTs is increased in an aqueous solution by carboxylic group given on the surface of MWCNTs. The modified MWCNTs were added in the Al(OH)3 suspension, and then the mixture was filtered at room temperature. The filtered powders were formed using an uniaxial pressing and then densified by a pressureless heat treatment. As the pH is decreased the Al(OH)3 particles are well dispersed in an aqueous solution, due to the increment of repulsive force between particles with a same surface charge. MWCNTs are individually incorporated into Al2O3 matrix up to 1 vol.% MWCNTs, whereas MWCNTs are aggregated at the composite with 3 vol.% MWCNTs. Therefore, control of the pH and the MWCNTs content are key factors to be considered for the fabrication of MWCNTs-Al2O3 composites with high functional properties. PMID:22629950

  3. Avoidance of stress corrosion susceptibility in high strength aluminum alloys by control of grain boundary and matrix microstructure

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    Adler, P.; Deiasi, R.

    1974-01-01

    The relation of microstructure to the mechanical strength and stress corrosion resistance of highest strength and overaged tempers of BAR and 7050 aluminum alloys was investigated. Comparison is made with previously studied 7075 aluminum alloy. Optical microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and differential scanning calorimetry were used to characterize the grain morphology, matrix microstructure, and grain boundary microstructure of these tempers. Grain boundary interparticle spacing was significant to stress corrosion crack propagation for all three alloys; increasing interparticle spacing led to increased resistance to crack propagation. In addition, the fire grain size in Bar and 7050 appears to enhance crack propagation. The highest strength temper of 7050 has a comparatively high resistance to crack initiation. Overall stress corrosion behavior is dependent on environment pH, and evaluation over a range of pH is recommended.

  4. A monotopic aluminum telluride with an Al=Te double bond stabilized by N-heterocyclic carbenes

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    Franz, Daniel; Szilvási, Tibor; Irran, Elisabeth; Inoue, Shigeyoshi

    2015-01-01

    Aluminum chalcogenides are mostly encountered in the form of bulk aluminum oxides that are structurally diverse but typically consist of networks with high lattice energy in which the chalcogen atoms bridge the metal centres. This makes their molecular congeners difficult to synthesize because of a pronounced tendency for oligomerization. Here we describe the isolation of the monotopic aluminum chalcogenide (LDipN)AlTe(LEt)2 (LDip=1,3-(2,6-diisopropylphenyl)-imidazolin-2-imine, LEt=1,3-diethyl-4,5-dimethyl-imidazolin-2-ylidene). Unique features of (LDipN)AlTe(LEt)2 are the terminal position of the tellurium atom, the shortest aluminum–tellurium distance hitherto reported for a molecular complex and the highest bond order reported for an interaction between these elements, to the best of our knowledge. At elevated temperature (LDipN)AlTe(LEt)2 equilibrates with dimeric {(LDipN)AlTe(LEt)}2 in which the chalcogen atoms assume their common role as bridges between the metal centres. These findings demonstrate that (LDipN)AlTe(LEt)2 comprises the elusive Al=Te double bond in the form of an N-heterocyclic carbene-stabilized species. PMID:26612781

  5. A monotopic aluminum telluride with an Al=Te double bond stabilized by N-heterocyclic carbenes.

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    Franz, Daniel; Szilvási, Tibor; Irran, Elisabeth; Inoue, Shigeyoshi

    2015-01-01

    Aluminum chalcogenides are mostly encountered in the form of bulk aluminum oxides that are structurally diverse but typically consist of networks with high lattice energy in which the chalcogen atoms bridge the metal centres. This makes their molecular congeners difficult to synthesize because of a pronounced tendency for oligomerization. Here we describe the isolation of the monotopic aluminum chalcogenide (L(Dip)N)AlTe(L(Et))2 (L(Dip)=1,3-(2,6-diisopropylphenyl)-imidazolin-2-imine, L(Et)=1,3-diethyl-4,5-dimethyl-imidazolin-2-ylidene). Unique features of (L(Dip)N)AlTe(L(Et))2 are the terminal position of the tellurium atom, the shortest aluminum-tellurium distance hitherto reported for a molecular complex and the highest bond order reported for an interaction between these elements, to the best of our knowledge. At elevated temperature (L(Dip)N)AlTe(L(Et))2 equilibrates with dimeric {(L(Dip)N)AlTe(L(Et))}2 in which the chalcogen atoms assume their common role as bridges between the metal centres. These findings demonstrate that (L(Dip)N)AlTe(L(Et))2 comprises the elusive Al=Te double bond in the form of an N-heterocyclic carbene-stabilized species. PMID:26612781

  6. Synthesis and electroluminescence properties of tris-[5-choloro-8-hydroxyquinoline] aluminum Al(5-Clq)3

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    Kumar, Rahul; Bhargava, Parag; Srivastava, Ritu; Tyagi, Priyanka

    2015-06-01

    A new electroluminescent material tris-[5-choloro-8-hydroxyquinoline] aluminum has been synthesized and characterized. Solution of this material Al(5-Clq)3 in toluene showed absorption maxima at 385 nm which was attributed to the moderate energy (?-?*) transitions of the aromatic rings. The photoluminescence spectrum of Al(5-Clq)3 in toluene solution showed a peak at 522 nm. This material shows thermal stability up to 400 °C. The structure of the device is ITO/0.4 wt%F4-TCNQ doped ?-NPD (35 nm) / Al(5-Clq)3 (30 nm) / BCP (6 nm) / Alq3 (30 nm) / LiF (1 nm) / Al (150 nm). This device exhibited a luminescence peak at 585 nm (CIE coordinates, x = 0.39, y = 0.50). The maximum luminescence of the device was 920 Cd/m2 at 25 V. The maximum current efficiency of OLED was 0.27 Cd/A at 20 V and maximum power efficiency was 0.04 lm/W at 18 V.

  7. Effect of aluminum on fine structure and distribution of chemical elements in high-entropy alloys Al x FeNiCoCuCr

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    Nadutov, V. M.; Makarenko, S. Yu.; Volosevich, P. Yu.

    2015-05-01

    Electron-microscopic and X-ray diffraction methods have been used to study the fine structure of cast high-entropy alloys (HEAs) Al x FeNiCoCuCr ( x = 1, 1.5, 1.8). Disperse precipitates with dimensions of 130-400 and 10-20 nm have been revealed, the character of distribution of which, as well as the amounts, dimensions, and shapes, change with increasing aluminum content. In the equiatomic HEA, copper-containing particles with an fcc structure have been found; in the alloy with x = 1.8, particles of bcc Al4Cu9 dominate. It has been shown that the most uniform distribution over the matrix is characteristic of Co, unlike other elements, among which Cu and Cr are distributed in the alloy extremely nonuniformly and predominantly enter into the precipitated particles and into clusters in the interparticle spaces, respectively.

  8. Effect of heat treatment on microstructure and interface of SiC particle reinforced 2124 Al matrix composite

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    Mandal, Durbadal; Viswanathan, Srinath

    2013-11-15

    The microstructure and interface between metal matrix and ceramic reinforcement of a composite play an important role in improving its properties. In the present investigation, the interface and intermetallic compound present in the samples were characterized to understand structural stability at an elevated temperature. Aluminum based 2124 alloy with 10 wt.% silicon carbide (SiC) particle reinforced composite was prepared through vortex method and the solid ingot was deformed by hot rolling for better particle distribution. Heat treatment of the composite was carried out at 575 °C with varying holding time from 1 to 48 h followed by water quenching. In this study, the microstructure and interface of the SiC particle reinforced Al based composites have been studied using optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) coupled with energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS), electron probe micro-analyzer (EPMA) associated with wavelength dispersive spectroscopy (WDS) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) to identify the precipitate and intermetallic phases that are formed during heat treatment. The SiC particles are uniformly distributed in the aluminum matrix. The microstructure analyses of Al–SiC composite after heat treatment reveal that a wide range of dispersed phases are formed at grain boundary and surrounding the SiC particles. The energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy and wavelength dispersive spectroscopy analyses confirm that finely dispersed phases are CuAl{sub 2} and CuMgAl{sub 2} intermetallic and large spherical phases are Fe{sub 2}SiAl{sub 8} or Al{sub 15}(Fe,Mn){sub 3}Si. It is also observed that a continuous layer enriched with Cu and Mg of thickness 50–80 nm is formed at the interface in between Al and SiC particles. EDS analysis also confirms that Cu and Mg are segregated at the interface of the composite while no carbide is identified at the interface. - Highlights: • The composite was successfully heat treated at 575°C for 1-48 hrs. • A layer of 50-75 nm is formed at interface after heat treatment. • No Carbide formation and SiC dissolution is observed at this temperature. • MgAl{sub 2}O{sub 4}, CuMgAl{sub 2} phases are segregated at interface of Al-SiC composite. • Mg and Cu are also segregated at near to the grain boundary.

  9. Friction Stir Welding for Aluminum Metal Matrix Composites (MMC's) (Center Director's Discretionary Fund, Project No. 98-09)

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    Lee, J. A.; Carter, R. W.; Ding, J.

    1999-01-01

    This technical memorandum describes an investigation of using friction stir welding (FSW) process for joining a variety of aluminum metal matrix composites (MMC's) reinforced with discontinuous silicon-carbide (SiC) particulate and functional gradient materials. Preliminary results show that FSW is feasible to weld aluminum MMC to MMC or to aluminum-lithium 2195 if the SiC reinforcement is <25 percent by volume fraction. However, a softening in the heat-affected zone was observed and is known to be one of the major limiting factors for joint strength. The pin tool's material is made from a low-cost steel tool H-13 material, and the pin tool's wear was excessive such that the pin tool length has to be manually adjusted for every 5 ft of weldment. Initially, boron-carbide coating was developed for pin tools, but it did not show a significant improvement in wear resistance. Basically, FSW is applicable mainly for butt joining of flat plates. Therefore, FSW of cylindrical articles such as a flange to a duct with practical diameters ranging from 2-5 in. must be fully demonstrated and compared with other proven MMC joining techniques for cylindrical articles.

  10. Atmospheric pressure atomic layer deposition of Al?O? using trimethyl aluminum and ozone.

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    Mousa, Moataz Bellah M; Oldham, Christopher J; Parsons, Gregory N

    2014-04-01

    High throughput spatial atomic layer deposition (ALD) often uses higher reactor pressure than typical batch processes, but the specific effects of pressure on species transport and reaction rates are not fully understood. For aluminum oxide (Al2O3) ALD, water or ozone can be used as oxygen sources, but how reaction pressure influences deposition using ozone has not previously been reported. This work describes the effect of deposition pressure, between ?2 and 760 Torr, on ALD Al2O3 using TMA and ozone. Similar to reports for pressure dependence during TMA/water ALD, surface reaction saturation studies show self-limiting growth at low and high pressure across a reasonable temperature range. Higher pressure tends to increase the growth per cycle, especially at lower gas velocities and temperatures. However, growth saturation at high pressure requires longer O3 dose times per cycle. Results are consistent with a model of ozone decomposition kinetics versus pressure and temperature. Quartz crystal microbalance (QCM) results confirm the trends in growth rate and indicate that the surface reaction mechanisms for Al2O3 growth using ozone are similar under low and high total pressure, including expected trends in the reaction mechanism at different temperatures. PMID:24617608

  11. Mechanical behaviour of an Al-matrix composite reinforced with nanocrystalline Al-coated B4C particulates

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    Ye, J.; Han, B. Q.; Schoenung, J. M.

    2006-11-01

    In metal-matrix composites (MMCs), interfacial bonding between the metal matrix and the ceramic reinforcement plays a crucial role in their mechanical performance. In the present study, B4C particles were cryomilled with an Al alloy to produce a composite powder, in which the B4C was uniformly distributed in nanocrystalline Al. The cryomilling developed a strong bond between the B4C and the Al, allowing the nanocrystalline Al to act as a coating with a strong ceramic-metal interface. This cryomilled composite powder was then introduced, as a reinforcement, into a conventional Al alloy to strengthen the material. After consolidation, the result was a bulk Al-matrix composite reinforced with B4C particles encapsulated in nanocrystalline Al. This composite exhibits greatly improved strength and stiffness.

  12. 49 CFR 178.46 - Specification 3AL seamless aluminum cylinders.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-10-01

    ...suitable method that will identify the alloy, the aluminum producer's cast number...Only the following heat treatable aluminum alloys in table 1 and 2 are permitted as follows...Similar to “Aluminum Association”1 Alloy 6061 [CHEMICAL ANALYSIS IN WEIGHT...

  13. 49 CFR 178.46 - Specification 3AL seamless aluminum cylinders.

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    2013-10-01

    ...suitable method that will identify the alloy, the aluminum producer's cast number...Only the following heat treatable aluminum alloys in table 1 and 2 are permitted as follows...Similar to “Aluminum Association”1 Alloy 6061 [CHEMICAL ANALYSIS IN WEIGHT...

  14. 49 CFR 178.46 - Specification 3AL seamless aluminum cylinders.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-10-01

    ...suitable method that will identify the alloy, the aluminum producer's cast number...Only the following heat treatable aluminum alloys in table 1 and 2 are permitted as follows...Similar to “Aluminum Association”1 Alloy 6061 [CHEMICAL ANALYSIS IN WEIGHT...

  15. Influence of milling strategy on the surface roughness in ball end milling of the aluminum alloy Al7075-T6

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    Aristomenis, Antoniadis

    Influence of milling strategy on the surface roughness in ball end milling of the aluminum alloy Al in revised form 27 January 2012 Accepted 2 March 2012 Available online xxxx Keywords: Milling strategy components. End ball milling is used for achieving high surface quality, especially in complex geometries

  16. The use of polyimide-modified aluminum nitride fillers in AlN@PI/Epoxy composites with enhanced thermal conductivity for electronic encapsulation

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    Zhou, Yongcun; Yao, Yagang; Chen, Chia-Yun; Moon, Kyoungsik; Wang, Hong; Wong, Ching-ping

    2014-01-01

    Polymer modified fillers in composites has attracted the attention of numerous researchers. These fillers are composed of core-shell structures that exhibit enhanced physical and chemical properties that are associated with shell surface control and encapsulated core materials. In this study, we have described an apt method to prepare polyimide (PI)-modified aluminum nitride (AlN) fillers, AlN@PI. These fillers are used for electronic encapsulation in high performance polymer composites. Compared with that of untreated AlN composite, these AlN@PI/epoxy composites exhibit better thermal and dielectric properties. At 40?wt% of filler loading, the highest thermal conductivity of AlN@PI/epoxy composite reached 2.03?W/mK. In this way, the thermal conductivity is approximately enhanced by 10.6 times than that of the used epoxy matrix. The experimental results exhibiting the thermal conductivity of AlN@PI/epoxy composites were in good agreement with the values calculated from the parallel conduction model. This research work describes an effective pathway that modifies the surface of fillers with polymer coating. Furthermore, this novel technique improves the thermal and dielectric properties of fillers and these can be used extensively for electronic packaging applications. PMID:24759082

  17. The use of polyimide-modified aluminum nitride fillers in AlN@PI/Epoxy composites with enhanced thermal conductivity for electronic encapsulation

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    Zhou, Yongcun; Yao, Yagang; Chen, Chia-Yun; Moon, Kyoungsik; Wang, Hong; Wong, Ching-Ping

    2014-04-01

    Polymer modified fillers in composites has attracted the attention of numerous researchers. These fillers are composed of core-shell structures that exhibit enhanced physical and chemical properties that are associated with shell surface control and encapsulated core materials. In this study, we have described an apt method to prepare polyimide (PI)-modified aluminum nitride (AlN) fillers, AlN@PI. These fillers are used for electronic encapsulation in high performance polymer composites. Compared with that of untreated AlN composite, these AlN@PI/epoxy composites exhibit better thermal and dielectric properties. At 40 wt% of filler loading, the highest thermal conductivity of AlN@PI/epoxy composite reached 2.03 W/mK. In this way, the thermal conductivity is approximately enhanced by 10.6 times than that of the used epoxy matrix. The experimental results exhibiting the thermal conductivity of AlN@PI/epoxy composites were in good agreement with the values calculated from the parallel conduction model. This research work describes an effective pathway that modifies the surface of fillers with polymer coating. Furthermore, this novel technique improves the thermal and dielectric properties of fillers and these can be used extensively for electronic packaging applications.

  18. New ionic liquids based on complexation of dipropylsulfide and AlCl3 for electrochodeposition of aluminum

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    Fang, Youxing; Jiang, Xueguang; Dai, Sheng; Sun, Xiao-Guang

    2015-01-01

    A new kind of ionic liquid based on complexation of dipropyl sulfide (DPS) and AlCl3 has been prepared. The equivalent concentration of AlCl3 in the ionic liquid is as high as 2.3 M. More importantly, it is highly fluidic and exhibits an ambient ionic conductivity of 1.25 x 10-4 S cm-1. This new ionic liquid can be successfully used as an electrolyte for electrodeposition of aluminum.

  19. ANALYSIS OF ANISOTROPY IN ELASTIC CONSTANTS OF SiCp/2124 Al METAL MATRIX COMPOSITES

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    Hong, Soon Hyung

    ANALYSIS OF ANISOTROPY IN ELASTIC CONSTANTS OF SiCp/2124 Al METAL MATRIX COMPOSITES H.K. Jung* , Y) (Accepted in revised form September 13, 1999) Keywords: Powder metallurgy; Resonant ultrasound spectroscopy; Metal matrix composite; Elastic constants; Aspect ratio; Anisotropy 1. Introduction Metal matrix

  20. CO sub 2 induced inhibition of the localized corrosion of aluminum, Al-0. 5% Cu, and Al-2% Cu in dilute HF solution

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    Scully, J.R. . Dept. of Materials Science); Peebles, D.E. )

    1991-01-01

    This study presents work on corrosion of aluminum, Al-.5% Cu, and Al-2% Cu. Electrochemical tests were performed in dilute HF solutions both with and without CO{sub 2} sparging. It is suggested that CO{sub 2} or its reaction products interact with the passive film so that exposure of Cu in the oxide-solution interface is minimized. CO{sub 2} is investigated as a corrosion inhibitor. 4 refs. (JDL)

  1. Effect of Rhenium Addition on Wear Behavior of Cr-Al2O3 Metal Matrix Composites

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    Chmielewski, Marcin; Pi?tkowska, Anna

    2015-05-01

    Materials for applications in the automotive industry are required to be strong, stiff, hard, light weight, and wear resistant, which is very difficult to achieve in the case of conventional materials. To meet all these diverse requirements, it is necessary to combine various types of materials (such as metals and ceramics). In the present study, the chromium and chromium-rhenium matrices were reinforced with aluminum oxide to obtain composite materials with improved wear resistance. The composites were fabricated by a powder metallurgy method. The effects of the rhenium addition and volume fraction of aluminum oxide on the wear rate and the friction coefficient of the composites at room temperature were examined in a ball-on-surface apparatus under dry conditions. The worn surfaces and debris were studied by scanning electron microscopy. The final values of the friction coefficient were 0.9 and 0.8 for the Cr-25%Al2O3 and Cr-40%Al2O3 composites, respectively. Alloying Cr matrix with Re improved wear resistance of composite but, at the same time, it caused an increase in its coefficient of friction.

  2. THE PROTOTYPE ALUMINUM - CARBON SINGLE, DOUBLE, AND TRIPLE BONDS: Al - CH3, Al = CH2, AND Al. = CH

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    Fox, Douglas J.; Ray, Douglas; Rubesin, Philip C.; Schaefer III, Henry F.

    1980-06-01

    Nonempirical quantum mechanical methods have been used to investigate the A{ell}CH{sub 3}, A{ell}CH{sub 2}, and A{ell}CH molecules, which may be considered to represent the simplest aluminum-carbon single, double, and triple bonds. Equilibrium geometries and vibrational frequencies were determined at the self-consistent-field level of theory using double zeta basis set: A{ell}(11s7p/6s4p), C(9s5p/4s2p), H(4s/2s). The {sup 1}A{sub 1} ground state of A{ell}CH{sub 3} has a reasonably conventional A{ell}-C single bond of length 2.013 {angstrom}, compared to 1.96 {angstrom} in the known molecule A{ell}(CH{sub 3}){sub 3}. The CH equilibrium distance is 1.093 {angstrom} and the A{ell}-C-H angle 111.9{sup o}. The structures of three electron states each of A{ell}CH{sub 2} and A{ell}CH were similarly predicted, The interesting result is that the ground state of A{ell}CH{sub 2} does not contain an A{ell}-C double bond, and the ground state of A{ell}CH is not characterized by an A{ell}{triple_bond}C bond. The multiply-bonded electronic states do exist but they lie 21 kcal (A{ell}CH{sub 2}) and 86 kcal (A{ell}CH) above the respective ground states. The dissociation energies of the three ground electronic states are predicted to be 68 kcal (A{ell}CH{sub 3}), 77 kcal (A{ell}CH{sub 2}), and 88 kcal (A{ell}CH), Vibrational frequencies are also predicted for the three molecules, and their electronic structures are discussed with reference to Mulliken populations and dipole moments.

  3. Electrical, dielectric and electrochemical measurements of bulk aluminum phthalocyanine chloride (AlPcCl)

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    Soliman, I. M.; El-Nahass, M. M.; Mansour, Y.

    2016-01-01

    AC conductivity and the related dielectric properties of bulk aluminum phthalocyanine chloride (AlPcCl) have been studied over a temperature range (303-403 K) and frequency range (42-106 Hz). The universal power law ?ac (?)=A?s has been used to investigate dependence of AC conductivity on frequency. The variation of the frequency exponent (s) with temperature was analyzed in terms of different conduction mechanisms; the predominant conduction mechanism was found to be the correlated barrier hopping (CBH) model. The barrier height was calculated by using (CBH) model, it was found to be 1.41 eV. Dependence of ?ac (?) on temperature refers to a linear increase with increasing temperature at different frequencies. The density of states N (EF) was calculated to be equal 4.11×1019 cm-3 using Elliott model. It has been found that AC activation energy decreases with increasing frequency. Dielectric values were analyzed using complex permittivity and complex electric modulus for bulk AlPcCl at different temperatures. The obtained value of HOMO-LUMO energy gap was found to be 1.48 eV.

  4. Atomic force microscopy identification of Al-sites on ultrathin aluminum oxide film on NiAl(110).

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    Li, Yan Jun; Brndiar, J; Naitoh, Y; Sugawara, Y; Štich, I

    2015-12-18

    Ultrathin alumina film formed by oxidation of NiAl(110) was studied by non-contact atomic force microscopy in an ultra high vacuum at room temperature with the quest to provide the ultimate understanding of structure and bonding of this complicated interface. Using a very stiff Si cantilever with significantly improved resolution, we have obtained images of this system with unprecedented resolution, surpassing all the previous results. In particular, we were able to unambiguously resolve all the differently coordinated aluminum atoms. This is of importance as the previous images provide very different image patterns, which cannot easily be reconciled with the existing structural models. Experiments are supported by extensive density functional theory modeling. We find that the system is strongly ionic and the atomic force microscopy images can reliably be understood from the electrostatic potential which provides an image model in excellent agreement with the experiments. However, in order to resolve the finer contrast features we have proposed a more sophisticated model based on more realistic approximants to the incommensurable alumina interface. PMID:26588437

  5. Atomic force microscopy identification of Al-sites on ultrathin aluminum oxide film on NiAl(110)

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    Li, Yan Jun; Brndiar, J.; Naitoh, Y.; Sugawara, Y.; Štich, I.

    2015-12-01

    Ultrathin alumina film formed by oxidation of NiAl(110) was studied by non-contact atomic force microscopy in an ultra high vacuum at room temperature with the quest to provide the ultimate understanding of structure and bonding of this complicated interface. Using a very stiff Si cantilever with significantly improved resolution, we have obtained images of this system with unprecedented resolution, surpassing all the previous results. In particular, we were able to unambiguously resolve all the differently coordinated aluminum atoms. This is of importance as the previous images provide very different image patterns, which cannot easily be reconciled with the existing structural models. Experiments are supported by extensive density functional theory modeling. We find that the system is strongly ionic and the atomic force microscopy images can reliably be understood from the electrostatic potential which provides an image model in excellent agreement with the experiments. However, in order to resolve the finer contrast features we have proposed a more sophisticated model based on more realistic approximants to the incommensurable alumina interface.

  6. Influence of thin porous Al2O3 layer on aluminum cathode to the H? line shape in glow discharge

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    Steflekova, V.; Šišovi?, N. M.; Konjevi?, N.

    2009-06-01

    The results of the Balmer alfa line shape study in a plane cathode-hollow anode Grimm discharge with aluminum (Al) cathode covered with thin layer of porous Al2O3 are presented. The comparison with same line profile recorded with pure Al cathode shows lack of excessive Doppler broadened line wings, which are always detected in glow discharge with metal cathode. The effect is explained by the lack of strong electric field in the cathode sheath region, which is missing in the presence of thin oxide layer in, so called, spray discharge.

  7. Global Transcriptome Analysis Reveals Distinct Aluminum-Tolerance Pathways in the Al-Accumulating Species Hydrangea macrophylla and Marker Identification

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    Chen, Haixia; Lu, Changping; Jiang, Hui; Peng, Jinhui

    2015-01-01

    Hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla) is a well known Al-accumulating plant, showing a high level of aluminum (Al) tolerance and accumulation. Although the physiological mechanisms for detoxification of Al and the roles of Al in blue hydrangea sepals have been reported, the molecular mechanisms of Al tolerance and accumulation are poorly understood in hydrangea. In this study, we conducted a genome-wide transcriptome analysis of Al-response genes in the roots and leaves of hydrangea by RNA sequencing (RNA-seq). The assembly of hydrangea transcriptome provides a rich source for gene identification and mining molecular markers, including single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) and simple sequence repeat (SSR). A total of 401,215 transcripts with an average length of 810.77bp were assembled, generating 256,127 unigenes. After annotation, 4,287 genes in the roots and 730 genes in the leaves were up-regulated by Al exposure, while 236 genes in the roots and 719 genes in the leaves were down-regulated, respectively. Many transporters, including MATE and ABC families, were involved in the process of Al-citrate complex transporting from the roots in hydrangea. A plasma membrane Al uptake transporter, Nramp aluminum transporter was up-regulated in roots and leaves under Al stress, indicating it may play an important role in Al tolerance by reducing the level of toxic Al. Although the exact roles of these candidate genes remain to be examined, these results provide a platform for further functional analysis of the process of detoxification of Al in hydrangea. PMID:26660093

  8. Parameter optimization for controlling aluminum loss when laser depositing Ti-6Al-4V

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    Barclay, Richard Charles

    The ability to predict the mechanical properties of engineering materials is crucial to the manufacturing of advanced products. In the aerospace industry, Ti-6Al-4V is commonly used to build structures. Any deviation from the alloy's standard properties can prove detrimental. Thus, the compositional integrity of the material must be controlled. The ability to directly build and repair large, complicated structures directly from CAD files is highly sought after. Laser Metal Deposition (LMD) technology has the potential to deliver that ability. Before this process can gain widespread acceptance, however, a set of process parameters must be established that yield finished parts of consistent chemical composition. This research aims to establish such a set of parameters. Design of Experiments was utilized to maximize the information gained while minimizing the number of experimental trials required. A randomized, two-factor experiment was designed, performed, and replicated. Another set of experiments (nearly identical to the first) was then performed. The first set of experiments was completed in an open environment, while the second set was performed in an argon chamber. Energy Dispersive X-Ray Spectroscopy (EDS) was then used to perform a quantitative microanalysis to determine the aluminum level in each sample. Regression analysis was performed on the results to determine the factors of importance. Finally, fit plots and response surface curves were used to determine an optimal parameter set (process window). The process window was established to allow for consistent chemical composition of laser deposited Ti64 parts.

  9. 75 FR 44184 - Aluminum tris(O-ethylphosphonate), Butylate, Chlorethoxyfos, Clethodim, et al.; Proposed...

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    2010-07-28

    ... for aluminum tris(O-ethylphosphonate) on pineapple fodder and forage because they are not considered... to revoke the tolerances for aluminum tris(O- ] ethylphosphonate) on pineapple fodder and forage... on the commodity. Because pineapple, fodder and pineapple, forage are no longer considered by...

  10. Brazing process using'al-Si filler alloy reliably bonds aluminum parts

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    Beuyukian, C. S.; Johnson, W. R.

    1966-01-01

    Brazing process employs an aluminum-silicon filler alloy for diffusion bonding of aluminum parts in a vacuum or inert gas atmosphere. This process is carried out at temperatures substantially below those required in conventional process and produces bonds of greater strength and reliability.

  11. Impact Testing of Aluminum 2024 and Titanium 6Al-4V for Material Model Development

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    Pereira, J. Michael; Revilock, Duane M.; Lerch, Bradley A.; Ruggeri, Charles R.

    2013-01-01

    One of the difficulties with developing and verifying accurate impact models is that parameters such as high strain rate material properties, failure modes, static properties, and impact test measurements are often obtained from a variety of different sources using different materials, with little control over consistency among the different sources. In addition there is often a lack of quantitative measurements in impact tests to which the models can be compared. To alleviate some of these problems, a project is underway to develop a consistent set of material property, impact test data and failure analysis for a variety of aircraft materials that can be used to develop improved impact failure and deformation models. This project is jointly funded by the NASA Glenn Research Center and the FAA William J. Hughes Technical Center. Unique features of this set of data are that all material property data and impact test data are obtained using identical material, the test methods and procedures are extensively documented and all of the raw data is available. Four parallel efforts are currently underway: Measurement of material deformation and failure response over a wide range of strain rates and temperatures and failure analysis of material property specimens and impact test articles conducted by The Ohio State University; development of improved numerical modeling techniques for deformation and failure conducted by The George Washington University; impact testing of flat panels and substructures conducted by NASA Glenn Research Center. This report describes impact testing which has been done on aluminum (Al) 2024 and titanium (Ti) 6Al-4vanadium (V) sheet and plate samples of different thicknesses and with different types of projectiles, one a regular cylinder and one with a more complex geometry incorporating features representative of a jet engine fan blade. Data from this testing will be used in validating material models developed under this program. The material tests and the material models developed in this program will be published in separate reports.

  12. Corrosion of graphite/aluminum metal-matrix composites. Technical report, 1 Mar-31 Dec 90

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    Buonanno, M.A.; Latanision, R.M.; Hihara, L.H.; Chiang, J.F.

    1991-02-01

    Several commercial G/Al MMCs have been studied by potentiodynamic polarization in deaerated 0.5 M Na{sub 2}SO{sub 4}. The results have been compared with those which were predicted by the mixed electrode theory. The results indicate that processing conditions, especially the cooling rate, had a strong influence on the corrosion behavior of the G/Al MMCs. Large scale G/Al model MMCs were fabricated at MIT in order to study the corrosion behavior of G/Al galvanic couples with the scanning potential microprobe (SPM). Preliminary results indicate that coating graphite with discontinuous alumina did not reduce the corrosion rate of the G/Al galvanic couple. Ion implanting the surface of G/Al model MMCs with zinc, a cathodic inhibitor, did reduce the corrosion G/Al galvanic couple; however, the protection was incomplete.

  13. B -spline R -matrix-with-pseudostates calculations for electron collisions with aluminum

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    Gedeon, Viktor; Gedeon, Sergej; Lazur, Vladimir; Nagy, Elizabeth; Zatsarinny, Oleg; Bartschat, Klaus

    2015-11-01

    A systematic study of angle-integrated cross sections for electron scattering from neutral aluminum is presented. The calculations cover elastic scattering, excitation of the 14 states (3 s2n p ) P2o (n =3 ,4 ,5 ,6 ) , (3 s2n s ) 2S (n =4 ,5 ,6 ) , (3 s2n d ) 2D (n =3 ,4 ) , (3 s 3 p2)P,24,2D,2S , and (3 s24 f ) F2o , as well as electron impact ionization. The sensitivity of the results to changes in the theoretical model is checked by comparing predictions from a variety of approximations, including a large-scale model with over 500 continuum pseudostates. The current results are believed to be accurate at the few-percent level and should represent a sufficiently extensive set of electron collision data for most modeling applications involving neutral aluminum.

  14. Failure Modeling of Titanium-6Al-4V and 2024-T3 Aluminum with the Johnson-Cook Material Model

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    Kay, G

    2002-09-16

    A validated Johnson-Cook model could be employed to perform simulations that conform to FAA standards for evaluating aircraft and engine designs for airworthiness and containment considerations. A previous LLNL report [1] described the motivation for using the Johnson-Cook material model in simulations involving engine containment and the effect of uncontained engine debris on aircraft structures. In that report, experimental studies of the deformation and failure behavior of Ti-6Al-4V and 2024-T3 aluminum at high strain rates and large strains were conducted. The report also describes the generation of material constants for the Johnson-Cook strength model. This report describes the determination and validation of parameters for Ti-6Al-4V and 2024-T3 aluminum that can be used in the failure portion of the Johnson-Cook material.

  15. Aluminum Doped ZnO Thin Films by RF Sputtering of Coaxial ZnO and Al Targets

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    Nagaraja, K. K.; Kumar, A. Santhosh; Nagaraja, H. S.

    2011-10-01

    Transparent conducting aluminum doped zinc oxide (AZO) films were deposited on glass substrates by radio (RF) frequency magnetron sputtering employing zinc oxide and aluminum targets. The targets are fixed coaxially in one cathode, by using a center hollow aluminum disc. Gas pressure was kept constant and the sputter power was varied. The nature of AZO film was found to be polycrystalline with hexagonal structure and a preferred orientation along c-axis. The Al content in the films is determined using EDXA analysis and it is found to vary with the applied power. Surface morphology of the films was found to be uniform and has fine grained structure. Electrical resistivity of the deposited films was found to be as low as 26×10-4 ?-cm for the film deposited at 250 W. The average transparencies up to 85% in the visible region were obtained for all the films. Optical band gap of the films show a slight blue shift as indicated by the (?h?)2 v/s h? plots. In the present investigation we have controlled Al content in the films by adjusting the power to the coaxial targets. The value of resistivity was found to decrease with the amount of Al present in the sample.

  16. Partial oxidation of dimethyl ether using the structured catalyst Rh/Al2O3/Al prepared through the anodic oxidation of aluminum.

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    Yu, B Y; Lee, K H; Kim, K; Byun, D J; Ha, H P; Byun, J Y

    2011-07-01

    The partial oxidation of dimethyl ether (DME) was investigated using the structured catalyst Rh/Al2O3/Al. The porous Al2O3 layer was synthesized on the aluminum plate through anodic oxidation in an oxalic-acid solution. It was observed that about 20 nm nanopores were well developed in the Al2O3 layer. The thickness of Al2O3 layer can be adjusted by controlling the anodizing time and current density. After pore-widening and hot-water treatment, the Al2O3/Al plate was calcined at 500 degrees C for 3 h. The obtained delta-Al2O3 had a specific surface area of 160 m2/g, making it fit to be used as a catalyst support. A microchannel reactor was designed and fabricated to evaluate the catalytic activity of Rh/Al2O3/Al in the partial oxidation of DME. The structured catalyst showed an 86% maximum hydrogen yield at 450 degrees C. On the other hand, the maximum syngas yield by a pack-bed-type catalyst could be attained by using a more than fivefold Rh amount compared to that used in the structured Rh/Al2O3/Al catalyst. PMID:22121705

  17. Optimal welding parameters for very high power ultrasonic additive manufacturing of smart structures with aluminum 6061 matrix

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    Wolcott, Paul J.; Hehr, Adam; Dapino, Marcelo J.

    2014-03-01

    Ultrasonic additive manufacturing (UAM) is a recent solid state manufacturing process that combines ad- ditive joining of thin metal tapes with subtractive milling operations to generate near net shape metallic parts. Due to the minimal heating during the process, UAM is a proven method of embedding Ni-Ti, Fe-Ga, and PVDF to create active metal matrix composites. Recently, advances in the UAM process utilizing 9 kW very high power (VHP) welding has improved bonding properties, enabling joining of high strength materials previously unweldable with 1 kW low power UAM. Consequently, a design of experiments study was conducted to optimize welding conditions for aluminum 6061 components. This understanding is critical in the design of UAM parts containing smart materials. Build parameters, including weld force, weld speed, amplitude, and temperature were varied based on a Taguchi experimental design matrix and tested for me- chanical strength. Optimal weld parameters were identi ed with statistical methods including a generalized linear model for analysis of variance (ANOVA), mean e ects plots, and interaction e ects plots.

  18. New ionic liquids based on complexation of dipropylsulfide and AlCl3 for electrochodeposition of aluminum

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    Fang, Youxing; Jiang, Xueguang; Dai, Sheng; Sun, Xiao-Guang

    2015-01-01

    A new kind of ionic liquid based on complexation of dipropyl sulfide (DPS) and AlCl3 has been prepared. The equivalent concentration of AlCl3 in the ionic liquid is as high as 2.3 M. More importantly, it is highly fluidic and exhibits an ambient ionic conductivity of 1.25 x 10-4 S cm-1. This new ionic liquid can be successfully used as an electrolyte for electrodeposition of aluminum.

  19. Stress Corrosion Cracking in Al-Zn-Mg-Cu Aluminum Alloys in Saline Environments

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    Holroyd, N. J. Henry; Scamans, G. M.

    2013-03-01

    Stress corrosion cracking of Al-Zn-Mg-Cu (AA7xxx) aluminum alloys exposed to saline environments at temperatures ranging from 293 K to 353 K (20 °C to 80 °C) has been reviewed with particular attention to the influences of alloy composition and temper, and bulk and local environmental conditions. Stress corrosion crack (SCC) growth rates at room temperature for peak- and over-aged tempers in saline environments are minimized for Al-Zn-Mg-Cu alloys containing less than ~8 wt pct Zn when Zn/Mg ratios are ranging from 2 to 3, excess magnesium levels are less than 1 wt pct, and copper content is either less than ~0.2 wt pct or ranging from 1.3 to 2 wt pct. A minimum chloride ion concentration of ~0.01 M is required for crack growth rates to exceed those in distilled water, which insures that the local solution pH in crack-tip regions can be maintained at less than 4. Crack growth rates in saline solution without other additions gradually increase with bulk chloride ion concentrations up to around 0.6 M NaCl, whereas in solutions with sufficiently low dichromate (or chromate), inhibitor additions are insensitive to the bulk chloride concentration and are typically at least double those observed without the additions. DCB specimens, fatigue pre-cracked in air before immersion in a saline environment, show an initial period with no detectible crack growth, followed by crack growth at the distilled water rate, and then transition to a higher crack growth rate typical of region 2 crack growth in the saline environment. Time spent in each stage depends on the type of pre-crack ("pop-in" vs fatigue), applied stress intensity factor, alloy chemistry, bulk environment, and, if applied, the external polarization. Apparent activation energies ( E a) for SCC growth in Al-Zn-Mg-Cu alloys exposed to 0.6 M NaCl over the temperatures ranging from 293 K to 353 K (20 °C to 80 °C) for under-, peak-, and over-aged low-copper-containing alloys (<0.2 wt pct) are typically ranging from 80 to 85 kJ/mol, whereas for high-copper-containing alloys (>~0.8 wt pct), they are typically ranging from 20 to 40 kJ/mol for under- and peak-aged alloys, and based on limited data, around 85 kJ/mol for over-aged tempers. This means that crack propagation in saline environments is most likely to occur by a hydrogen-related process for low-copper-containing Al-Zn-Mg-Cu alloys in under-, peak- and over-aged tempers, and for high-copper alloys in under- and peak-aged tempers. For over-aged high-copper-containing alloys, cracking is most probably under anodic dissolution control. Future stress corrosion studies should focus on understanding the factors that control crack initiation, and insuring that the next generation of higher performance Al-Zn-Mg-Cu alloys has similar longer crack initiation times and crack propagation rates to those of the incumbent alloys in an over-aged condition where crack rates are less than 1 mm/month at a high stress intensity factor.

  20. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy study of catalyzed aluminum carbide formation at aluminum-carbon interfaces

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    Rabenberg, L.; Maruyama, Benji

    1990-01-01

    Aluminum carbide may form at aluminum-graphite interfaces during the high-temperature processing of graphite fiber-reinforced aluminum metal matrix composites. The chemical interactions leading to the formation of the aluminum carbide in the solid state involve the breaking of the carbon-carbon bonds within the graphite, the transport of the carbon atoms across the interface, and the reaction with the aluminum to form Al4C3. The aluminum carbide formation process has been followed using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy of model, thin-film, reaction couples. The overall reaction is shown to be catalyzed by the presence of water vapor. Water at the interface increases reaction kinetics by apparently weakening the bonds between the surface carbon atoms and their substrate. This result is in general agreement with what is known to occur during the oxidation of graphite in air.

  1. Computational investigation on thermal expansivity behavior of Al 6061-SiC-Gr hybrid metal matrix composites

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    Mohan Krishna, S. A.; Shridhar, T. N.; Krishnamurthy, L.

    2015-08-01

    Metal matrix composites (MMCs) have been regarded as one of the most principal classifications in composite materials. The thermal characterization of hybrid MMCs has been increasingly important in a wide range of applications. The coefficient of thermal expansion is one of the most important properties of MMCs. Since nearly all MMCs are used in various temperature ranges, measurement of coefficient of thermal expansion (CTE) as a function of temperature is necessary in order to know the behavior of the material. In this research paper, the evaluation of thermal expansivity has been accomplished for Al 6061, silicon carbide (SiC) and Graphite (Gr) hybrid MMCs from room temperature to 300°C. Aluminum (Al)-based composites reinforced with SiC and Gr particles have been prepared by stir casting technique. The thermal expansivity behavior of hybrid composites with different percentage compositions of reinforcements has been investigated. The results have indicated that the thermal expansivity of the different compositions of hybrid MMCs decreases by the addition of Gr with SiC and Al 6061. Few empirical models have been validated for the evaluation of thermal expansivity of composites. Using the experimental values namely modulus of elasticity, Poisson's ratio and thermal expansivity, computational investigation has been carried out to evaluate the thermal parameters namely thermal displacement, thermal strain and thermal stress.

  2. ULTRAFINE GRAINED MATERIALS Microstructure and tensile behavior of Al and Al-matrix carbon

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    Hong, Soon Hyung

    , the powders were ball milled using planetary ball mill in order to achieve molecular level mixing. Aluminum size from 20 to 200 nm [1]. Among the various SPD methods, the HPT process, a novel method of scientific community due to their interesting properties caused by small size and unique structural

  3. Synthesis and processing of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}/Al composites by in situ reaction of aluminum and mullite

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    Fahrenholtz, W.G.; Ewsuk, K.G.; Loehman, R.E.; Tomsia, A.P.

    1995-02-01

    Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}/Al composites, were formed by reacting molten aluminum metal with dense mullite ceramic preforms. The composites produced by this reactive metal penetration process (RMP) have a two phase, interpenetrating microstructure in which both the ceramic and the metal are continuous in three dimensions. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) micrographs of composites produced by RMP show a fine microstructure comprised of interlocked metal and ceramic phases, with a feature size of approximately 2 {mu}m. RMP is a relatively rapid process with metal penetration rates of nearly 5 mm/hour at 1100{degrees}C after a short incubation period. An activation energy of 92 kJ/mole was calculated from reaction rate data. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) micrographs reveal that aluminum metal penetrates along the mullite grain boundaries before reaction with the mullite grains, indicating that diffusion along grain boundaries may be the rate limiting step for the reaction. Thermodynamic information, results of microstructure analyses, and kinetic data indicate that RMP proceeds in 4 stages: (1) Al melting and the formation of a thermodynamically stable metal/ceramic interface; (2) depletion of oxygen from the grain boundaries intersecting the ceramic/metal interface; (3) Al metal penetration into the ceramic preform along grain boundaries; and (4) Al reaction with and conversion of individual mullite grains.

  4. PHOSPHORUS AND ALUMINUM INTERACTIONS IN SOYBEAN IN RELATION TO AL TOLERANCE: EXUDATION OF SPECIFIC ORGANIC ACIDS FROM DIFFERENT REGIONS OF THE INTACT ROOT SYSTEM

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    Aluminum (Al) toxicity and phosphorus (P) deficiency often coexist in acid soils to severely limit crop growth and production. Understanding the mechanisms underlying plant Al and P interactions is necessary to facilitate the development of acid tolerant crops. Here we studied the effects of Al and...

  5. Al2O3 fiber strength degradation in metal and intermetallic matrix composites

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    Draper, S. L.; Locci, I. E.

    1994-01-01

    The mechanisms for fiber damage in single crystal Al2O3 fiber-reinforced composites were investigated. Both fiber fragmentation and fiber strength degradation were observed in composites with a variety of matrix compositions. Four mechanisms that may be contributing to the fiber strength loss have been proposed and include matrix reaction, reaction with binders, residual stress-induced damage, and pressure from hot pressing. The effect of matrix reaction was separated from the other three effects by sputter-coating the matrices on cleaned fibers and annealing with a temperature profile that simulates processing conditions. These experiments revealed that Y and Cr in FeCrAlY base alloys and Zr in NiAl alloys reacted with the fiber, and grooves and adherent particles were formed on the fiber surface which were responsible for the strength loss. The effects of the matrix reaction appeared to dominate over the other possible mechanisms, although evidence for reaction with binders was also found. Ridges on the fiber surface, which reflected the grain boundaries of the matrix, were also observed. In order for single-crystal Al2O3 to be used as a fiber in MMC's and IMC's, a matrix or protective coating which minimizes matrix reaction during processing will be necessary. Of the matrices investigated, the Thermo-span(sup TM) alloy was the least damaging to fiber properties.

  6. Improvement in mechanical properties of NiAl matrix composites fabricated by reaction compocasting

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    Lu, Y.X.; Tao, C.H.; Yang, D.Z.

    1996-11-15

    With Ni, Al, Fe, Ti and C elemental powders, the NiAl(Fe) matrix composites have been successfully fabricated by the reaction compocasting (RC) technique. The composites consist of three phases, which are {beta}{sup 9} and {gamma}{sup 9} and TiC, respectively. The TiC particles, with the particle size of 0.2{approximately}3{micro}m, tend to be uniformly dispersed in the matrix. The composites not only offer the high elevated temperature strength, but also exhibit the satisfied ambient ductility, which indicates that the shortcomings of the insufficient elevated temperature strength and the poor ambient temperature ductility of stoichiometric NiAl are overcome, and which makes it possible for NiAl(Fe) matrix composites to be used in the high temperature structural applications.

  7. Anodic Corrosion Behavior of NiFe2O4-Based Cermet in Na3AlF6-K3AlF6-AlF3 for Aluminum Electrolysis

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    Tian, Zhongliang; Lai, Yanqing; Yang, Shu; Li, Jie; Hwang, Jiann-Yang; Liu, Yexiang

    2015-03-01

    A (Cu,Ni)/(10NiO-NiFe2O4) cermet was tested as an inert anode for aluminum electrolysis in Na3AlF6-K3AlF6-AlF3 melt at 1173 K (900 °C), and its corrosion behavior was studied. The results show that the low-temperature Na3AlF6-K3AlF6-AlF3 bath is beneficial, improving the service conditions. With the combined effects of the electrolyte composition and the nascent oxygen during electrolysis, the metal phase (Cu,Ni) at the surface of anode will not be leached preferentially, but be transferred into the aluminates including FeAl2O4, NiAl2O4 and CuAl2O4. This is helpful for the anode to improve its corrosion resistance.

  8. Modeling of Interaction Layer Growth Between U-Mo Particles and an Al Matrix

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    Yeon Soo Kim; G. L. Hofman; Ho Jin Ryu; Jong Man Park; A. B. Robinson; D. M. Wachs

    2013-12-01

    Interaction layer growth between U-Mo alloy fuel particles and Al in a dispersion fuel is a concern due to the volume expansion and other unfavorable irradiation behavior of the interaction product. To reduce interaction layer (IL) growth, a small amount of Si is added to the Al. As a result, IL growth is affected by the Si content in the Al matrix. In order to predict IL growth during fabrication and irradiation, empirical models were developed. For IL growth prediction during fabrication and any follow-on heating process before irradiation, out-of-pile heating test data were used to develop kinetic correlations. Two out-of-pile correlations, one for the pure Al matrix and the other for the Al matrix with Si addition, respectively, were developed, which are Arrhenius equations that include temperature and time. For IL growth predictions during irradiation, the out-of-pile correlations were modified to include a fission-rate term to consider fission enhanced diffusion, and multiplication factors to incorporate the Si addition effect and the effect of the Mo content. The in-pile correlation is applicable for a pure Al matrix and an Al matrix with the Si content up to 8 wt%, for fuel temperatures up to 200 degrees C, and for Mo content in the range of 6 – 10wt%. In order to cover these ranges, in-pile data were included in modeling from various tests, such as the US RERTR-4, -5, -6, -7 and -9 tests and Korea’s KOMO-4 test, that were designed to systematically examine the effects of the fission rate, temperature, Si content in Al matrix, and Mo content in U-Mo particles. A model converting the IL thickness to the IL volume fraction in the meat was also developed.

  9. A theoretical approach to the photochemical activation of matrix isolated aluminum atoms and their reaction with methane

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    Pacheco-Blas, M. A.; Novaro, O. A.; Pacheco-Sánchez, J. H.

    2010-11-01

    The photochemical activation of Al atoms in cryogenic matrices to induce their reaction with methane has been experimentally studied before. Here, a theoretical study of the nonadiabatic transition probabilities for the ground (P2:3s23p1) and the lowest excited states (S2:3s24s1 and D2:3s23d1) of an aluminum atom interacting with a methane molecule (CH4) was carried out through ab initio Hartree-Fock self-consistent field calculations. This was followed by a multiconfigurational study of the correlation energy obtained by extensive variational and perturbational configuration interaction analyses using the CIPSI program. The D2 state is readily inserted into a C-H bond, this being a prelude to a sequence of avoided crossings with the initially repulsive (to CH4) lower lying states P2 and S2. We then use a direct extension of the Landau-Zener theory to obtain transition probabilities at each avoided crossing, allowing the formation of an HAlCH3 intermediate that eventually leads to the final pair of products H+AlCH3 and HAl+CH3.

  10. 49 CFR 178.46 - Specification 3AL seamless aluminum cylinders.

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    2010-10-01

    ...”, published by the Aluminum Association Inc. 2 Except for “Pb” and “Bi”, the chemical composition corresponds... significant change to any acceptable design must be qualified for production by testing prototype samples as... pressurization may not exceed 200 psig per second. (6) In this specification “significant change” means a...

  11. Simulation of the concomitant process of nucleation-growth-coarsening of Al2Cu particles in a 319 foundry aluminum alloy

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    Martinez, R.; Larouche, D.; Cailletaud, G.; Guillot, I.; Massinon, D.

    2015-06-01

    The precipitation of Al2Cu particles in a 319 T7 aluminum alloy has been modeled. A theoretical approach enables the concomitant computation of nucleation, growth and coarsening. The framework is based on an implicit scheme using the finite differences. The equation of continuity is discretized in time and space in order to obtain a matricial form. The inversion of a tridiagonal matrix gives way to determining the evolution of the size distribution of Al2Cu particles at t??+?t. The fluxes of in-between the boundaries are computed in order to respect the conservation of the mass of the system, as well as the fluxes at the boundaries. The essential results of the model are compared to TEM measurements. Simulations provide quantitative features on the impact of the cooling rate on the size distribution of particles. They also provide results in agreement with the TEM measurements. This kind of multiscale approach allows new perspectives to be examined in the process of designing highly loaded components such as cylinder heads. It enables a more precise prediction of the microstructure and its evolution as a function of continuous cooling rates.

  12. Aluminum monocarbonyl and aluminum isocarbonyl Steve S. Wesolowski,a)

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    Crawford, T. Daniel

    Aluminum monocarbonyl and aluminum isocarbonyl Steve S. Wesolowski,a) T. Daniel Crawford,b) Justin of the aluminum monocarbonyl species AlCO and AlOC have been performed to predict the geometries, fragmentation, Ogden, and Oswald6 first isolated aluminum dicarbonyls in solid krypton and identified the species

  13. 49 CFR Appendix C to Part 180 - Eddy Current Examination With Visual Inspection for DOT 3AL Cylinders Manufactured of Aluminum...

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    2013-10-01

    ... for DOT 3AL Cylinders Manufactured of Aluminum Alloy 6351-T6 C Appendix C to Part 180 Transportation... Pt. 180, App. C Appendix C to Part 180—Eddy Current Examination With Visual Inspection for DOT 3AL... with CGA pamphlet C-6.1 (IBR; see § 171.7 of this subchapter). 3. Eddy Current Equipment. A...

  14. 49 CFR Appendix C to Part 180 - Eddy Current Examination With Visual Inspection for DOT 3AL Cylinders Manufactured of Aluminum...

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    2010-10-01

    ... for DOT 3AL Cylinders Manufactured of Aluminum Alloy 6351-T6 C Appendix C to Part 180 Transportation... PACKAGINGS Pt. 180, App. C Appendix C to Part 180—Eddy Current Examination With Visual Inspection for DOT 3AL... with CGA pamphlet C-6.1 (IBR; see § 171.7 of this subchapter). 3. Eddy Current Equipment. A...

  15. Development of a job-exposure matrix for exposure to total and fine particulate matter in the aluminum industry

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    Noth, Elizabeth M.; Dixon-Ernst, Christine; Liu, Sa; Cantley, Linda; Tessier-Sherman, Baylah; Eisen, Ellen A.; Cullen, Mark R.; Hammond, S. Katharine

    2014-01-01

    Increasing evidence indicates that exposure to particulate matter (PM) at environmental concentrations increases the risk of cardiovascular disease, particularly PM with an aerodynamic diameter of less than 2.5?m (PM2.5). Despite this, the health impacts of higher occupational exposures to PM2.5 have rarely been evaluated. In part, this research gap derives from the absence of information on PM2.5 exposures in the workplace. To address this gap, we have developed a job-exposure matrix (JEM) to estimate exposure to two size fractions of PM in the aluminum industry. Measurements of total PM (TPM) and PM2.5 were used to develop exposure metrics for an epidemiologic study. TPM exposures for distinct exposure groups (DEGs) in the JEM were calculated using 8,385 personal TPM samples collected at 11 facilities (1980-2011). For 8 of these facilities, simultaneous PM2.5 and TPM personal monitoring was conducted from 2010-2011 to determine the percent of TPM that is composed of PM2.5 (%PM2.5) in each DEG. The mean TPM from the JEM was then multiplied by %PM2.5 to calculate PM2.5 exposure concentrations in each DEG. Exposures in the smelters were substantially higher than in fabrication units; mean TPM concentrations in smelters and fabrication facilities were 3.86 mg/m3 and 0.76 mg/m3, and the corresponding mean PM2.5 concentrations were 2.03 mg/m3 and 0.40 mg/m3. Observed occupational exposures in this study generally exceeded environmental PM2.5 concentrations by an order of magnitude. PMID:24022670

  16. The Microstructure-Processing-Property Relationships in an Al Matrix Composite System Reinforced by Al-Cu-Fe Alloy Particles

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    Fei Tang

    2004-12-19

    Metal matrix composites (MMC), especially Al matrix composites, received a lot of attention during many years of research because of their promise for the development of automotive and aerospace materials with improved properties and performance, such as lighter weight and better structural properties, improved thermal conductivity and wear resistance. In order to make the MMC materials more viable in various applications, current research efforts on the MMCs should continue to focus on two important aspects, including improving the properties of MMCs and finding more economical techniques to produce MMCs. Solid state vacuum sintering was studied in tap densified Al powder and in hot quasi-isostatically forged samples composed of commercial inert gas atomized or high purity Al powder, generated by a gas atomization reaction synthesis (GARS) technique. The GARS process results in spherical Al powder with a far thinner surface oxide. The overall results indicated the enhanced ability of GARS-processed Al and Al alloy powders for solid state sintering, which may lead to simplification of current Al powder consolidation processing methods. Elemental Al-based composites reinforced with spherical Al-Cu-Fe alloy powders were produced by quasi-isostatic forging and vacuum hot pressing (VHP) consolidation methods. Microstructures and tensile properties of AYAl-Cu-Fe composites were characterized. It was proved that spherical Al-Cu-Fe alloy powders can serve as an effective reinforcement particulate for elemental Al-based composites, because of their high hardness and a preferred type of matrix/reinforcement interfacial bonding, with reduced strain concentration around the particles. Ultimate tensile strength and yield strength of the composites were increased over the corresponding Al matrix values, far beyond typical observations. This remarkable strengthening was achieved without precipitation hardening and without severe strain hardening during consolidation because of the matrix choice (elemental Al) and the ''low shear'' consolidation methods utilized. This reinforcement effectiveness is further evidenced by elastic modulus measurements of the composites that are very close to the upper bound predictions of the rule of mixtures. The load partitioning measurements by neutron diffraction showed that composite samples made from GARS powders present significantly higher load transfer efficiency than the composites made from commercially atomized powders. Also, the composite samples made from GARS powders show a higher strengthening effect and ductility than the samples made from commercial purity powders. The higher load transfer efficiency and higher strength and ductility may result from an enhanced inter-particle bonding strength, promoted by the ''clean'' interfaces between particles. Further analysis of the load sharing measurements and the calculated values of the mismatch of coefficient of thermal expansion (CTE) and the geometrically necessary dislocation (GND) effects suggest that these strengthening mechanisms can be combined to predict accurately the strength of the composites.

  17. Crystal Structures of Al-Nd Codoped Zirconolite Derived from Glass Matrix and Powder Sintering.

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    Liao, Chang-Zhong; Shih, Kaimin; Lee, William E

    2015-08-01

    Zirconolite is a candidate host for immobilizing long-lived radionuclides. Zirconolite-based glass-ceramics in the CaO-SiO2-Al2O3-TiO2-ZrO2-Nd2O3-Na2O matrix are a potential waste form for immobilizing actinide radionuclides and can offer double barriers to immobilize radioactive elements. However, the X-ray diffraction patterns of the zirconolite derived from the glass matrix (glass ceramic, GC) are significantly different from those prepared by powder sintering (PS). In this Article, the crystal structures of Al-Nd codoped zirconolite grown via the glass matrix route and the powder sintering route are investigated in detail. Two samples of Al-Nd codoped zirconolite were prepared: one was grown from a CaO-SiO2-Al2O3-TiO2-ZrO2-Nd2O3-Na2O glass matrix, and the other was prepared with a Ca0.75Nd0.25ZrTi1.75Al0.25O7 composition by powder sintering. The samples were then characterized using powder X-ray diffraction (PXRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy-energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (TEM-EDX), and selected area electron diffraction (SAED). The chemical composition of the 100-500 nm zirconolite crystals grown from a glass matrix was determined by TEM-EDX to be Ca0.83Nd0.25Zr0.85Ti1.95Al0.11O7. PXRD and SAED results showed that these two Al-Nd codoped zirconolite phases were crystallized in space group C12/c1. The HRTEM images and SAED results showed that there were heavy stacking faults in the zirconolite crystals grown from the glass matrix. In contrast, far fewer defects were found in the zirconolite crystals prepared by powder sintering. The split-atom model was adopted for the first time to construct the Al-Nd codoped zirconolite structure grown from glass during the Rietveld refinement. The isostructural method assisted by Rietveld refinement was used to resolve the Al-Nd codoped zirconolite structures prepared by different methods. The occupancies of the cation sites were identified, and the distribution behavior of Nd(3+) was further investigated. The results indicate that the heavy stacking faults may lead to substantial differences in the Al-Nd codoped zirconolite structures prepared by these two fabrication routes. PMID:26204432

  18. Structure of the aluminum alloy Al-Cu-Mg cryorolled to different strains

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    Krymskiy, S. V.; Avtokratova, E. V.; Sitdikov, O. Sh.; Mikhaylovskaya, A. V.; Markushev, M. V.

    2015-07-01

    Methods of optical metallography, X-ray diffraction, and transmission and scanning electron microscopy were used to study changes in the structure of the aluminum alloy D16 (2024) caused by isothermal rolling at a temperature of liquid nitrogen. It has been established that the basic structural changes that take place in the material upon deformations to e ˜ 2.0 are due to the formation and evolution of the dislocation structure, which contains cells of nanometer size. With further straining to e ˜ 3.5, the processes of recovery and recrystallization become activated, which lead to the formation of a mixed grain-subgrain nanosized structure.

  19. Time exposure studies on stress corrosion cracking of aluminum 2014-T6, 2219-T87, 2014-T651, 7075-T651, and titanium 6Al-4V

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    Terrell, J.

    1973-01-01

    The effect of a constant applied stress in crack initiation of aluminum 2014-T6, 2219-T87, 2014-T651, 7075-T651 and titanium 6Al-4V has been investigated. Aluminum c-ring specimens (1-inch diameter) and u-band titanium samples were exposed continuously to a 3.5% NaCl solution (pH 7) and organic fluids of ethyl, methyl, and iso-propyl alcohol (reagent purity), and demineralized distilled water. Corrosive action was observed to begin during the first and second day of constant exposure as evidenced by accumulation of hydrogen bubbles on the surface of stressed aluminum samples. However, titanium stressed specimens showed no reactions to its environment. Results of this investigation seems to suggest that aluminum 2014-T6, aluminum 7075-T651 and aluminum 2014-T651 are susceptible to stress corrosion cracking in chloride solution (NaCl), while aluminum 2219-T87 seem to resist stress corrosion cracking in sodium chloride at three levels of stress (25%, 50%, and 75% Y.S.). In organic fluids of methyl, ethyl, and iso-propyl alcohol, 2014-T6 and 7075-T651 did not fail by SCC; but 2014-T651 was susceptible to SCC in methly alcohol, but resistant in ethyl alcohol, iso-propyl alcohol and demineralized distilled water.

  20. Effects of pH, surface finish and thermal treatment on the corrosion of AlFeNi aluminum alloy. Characterization of oxide layers

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    Nabhan, D.; Kapusta, B.; Billaud, P.; Colas, K.; Hamon, D.; Dacheux, N.

    2015-02-01

    The aluminum alloy AlFeNi used as fuel cladding for the Jules Horowitz Reactor (JHR) may undergo corrosion in the reactor environment. In order to qualify the corrosion behavior of the fuel elements of the JHR in accidental conditions, several specimens of AlFeNi have been corroded at 250 °C for different durations (9-34 days) in distilled water at various pH (4.9, 5.2 and 5.6) chosen to simulate that currently considered for the JHR. On all specimens, the only crystalline corrosion product formed is boehmite (AlOOH). The corrosion film is composed of three oxide layers which show through thickness chemical composition variations. The iron-nickel precipitates pre-existing in the metal matrix are present in the inner and intermediate oxide layers though oxidized. For long corrosion times, some of the iron and nickel particles are released in the water and some precipitation is observed at the surface of the oxide layer. The effect of surface finish (as received or polished) and thermal treatment (annealed and not annealed) on the oxide growth rate has also been investigated. For durations over 25 days, pH = 5.6 appears to be more favorable than pH = 5.2 and 4.9 in terms of oxide thickness and weight gain limitation. This effect of pH is however reduced on unpolished specimens. The effect of surface finish on the corrosion behavior as measured by optical microscopy appears to be strong, especially for pH = 4.9 where polished samples exhibited an accelerated evolution of the oxide thickness and of the mass gain. This could be due to the combined effect of a strong acid solution (pH = 4.9) and of the local microstructural changes formed at the interface through polishing. The effect of thermal treatment on the behavior of unpolished AlFeNi specimens during corrosion tests in the conditions investigated was found to be small. In this study, microstructural and chemical analyses were performed on the corroded specimens in order to get a better understanding of the corrosion kinetics. The crystallographic nature of the boehmite layers investigated by X-ray diffraction is unaffected by the pH of the solution. Iron precipitates were identified on the oxide surface beyond 34 days of corrosion by Environmental Scanning Electron Microscope (ESEM). Finally, Electron Probe Micro-Analysis (EPMA) was used to determine the chemical composition of the metal matrix and of the different oxide layers and precipitates versus the pH of the solution.

  1. Bulk critical state and fundamental length scales of superconducting nanocrystalline Nb3Al in Nb-Al matrix

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    Mondal, Puspen; Manekar, Meghmalhar; Srivastava, A. K.; Roy, S. B.

    2009-07-01

    We present the results of magnetization measurements on an as-cast nanocrystalline Nb3Al superconductor embedded in Nb-Al matrix. The typical grain size of Nb3Al ranges from about 2-8 nm with the maximum number of grains at around 3.5 nm, as visualized using transmission electron microscopy. The isothermal magnetization hysteresis loops in the superconducting state can be reasonably fitted within the well-known Kim-Anderson critical-state model. By using the same fitting parameters, we calculate the variation in field with respect to distance inside the sample and show the existence of a critical state over length scales much larger than the typical size of the superconducting grains. Our results indicate that a bulk critical current is possible in a system comprising of nanoparticles. The nonsuperconducting Nb-Al matrix thus appears to play a major role in the bulk current flow through the sample. The superconducting coherence length ? is estimated to be around 3 nm, which is comparable to the typical grain size. The penetration depth ? is estimated to be about 94 nm, which is much larger than the largest of the superconducting grains. Our results could be useful for tuning the current carrying capability of conductors made out of composite materials which involve superconducting nanoparticles.

  2. Experimental Research on Ultrasonic Vibration Milling Metal Matrix Composites SiCp/Al

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    Gao, G. F.; Zhao, B.; Xiang, D. H.; Zhao, M. L.

    2011-01-17

    Although particle reinforced metal matrix composites possess excellent physical properties, its machining performance is rather bad because of its specific structure. It is difficult to obtain good cutting effect by traditional machining method. So machining has become the bottleneck which strictly restricts its industry application. This paper mainly focuses on both wear characteristics of different tool materials and material removal mechanism in ultrasonic milling high volume fraction particle reinforced metal matrix composites SiCp/Al. An acoustic device for ultrasonic vibration milling was developed to introduce the ultrasonic vibration into the traditional machining process. Through the contrast experiment of traditional milling and ultrasonic vibration milling SiCp/Al, the mechanism of tool wear and characteristics of surface topography were analyzed. The experimental results showed that the surface integrity and tool life in the ultrasonic vibration milling SiCp/Al were improved.

  3. Al:ZnO thin film: An efficient matrix for cholesterol detection

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    Batra, Neha; Tomar, Monika; Gupta, Vinay

    2012-12-01

    Al doped ZnO thin film (Al:ZnO) has been realized as a potential matrix for the development of efficient cholesterol biosensor. The correlation between the structural and electrical properties of ZnO thin film with varying Al doping concentration (1% to 5%) and their cyclic voltammetric (CV) response has been studied. 2% Al doped ZnO films were found to give the best CV response and were further utilized for immobilization of cholesterol oxidase (ChOx) to detect cholesterol. Amperometric and photometric studies reveal that the prepared bioelectrode based on 2% Al doped ZnO matrix (ChOx/Al:ZnO/Pt/glass) is highly sensitive (sensitivity = 173 ?AmM-1 cm-2) to the detection of cholesterol in the wide range from 0.6-12.9 mM (25-500 mg/dl). A relatively low value of enzyme's kinetic parameter (Michaelis menten constant, 2.53 mM) indicates enhanced affinity of the immobilized ChOx toward cholesterol. The prepared bioelectrode is found to be exhibiting high shelf life (10 weeks) having negligible interference with the presence of other biomolecules in human serum indicating promising application of Al doped ZnO thin films for cholesterol biosensing.

  4. MOVPE-like HVPE of AlN using solid aluminum trichloride source

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    Eriguchi, Ken-ichi; Murakami, Hisashi; Panyukova, Uliana; Kumagai, Yoshinao; Ohira, Shigeo; Koukitu, Akinori

    2007-01-01

    A new MOVPE-like hydride vapor-phase epitaxy (HVPE) using AlCl 3 solid source is proposed for growing thick and high-quality AlN layers. For the new system, a high-purity AlCl 3 (5 N grade) powder was produced. AlN epitaxial layers were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and optical absorption measurement. Also, impurities such as oxygen and carbon in the epitaxial layer were analyzed comparing to the conventional HVPE system using Al metal and HCl gas. It is shown that the new HVPE system can be applied to mass production, because the Al-precursor can be transported to the reactor as vapor.

  5. Design of high frequency piezoelectric resonators utilizing laterally propagating fast modes in thin aluminum nitride (AlN) films.

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    Yantchev, V; Enlund, J; Biurström, J; Katardjiev, I

    2006-12-01

    Highly c-oriented aluminum nitride (AlN) thin piezoelectric films have been grown by pulsed direct-current (DC) magnetron reactive sputter deposition. The films were deposited at room temperature and had a typical full width half maximum (FWHM) value of the (0 0 2) rocking curve of around 2 degrees. Resonant devices in thin film plates having surface acoustic wave (SAW) based designs were fabricated by means of low resolution photolithography. The devices were designed to operate with the fast Rayleigh and Lamb modes respectively. Both types of devices exhibited propagation velocities in excess of 10,000 m/s and sufficient electromechanical couplings. The device measurements illustrate the big potential of these modes for the development of low cost IC compatible electroacoustic devices in the lower GHz range. The basic properties of the modes studied are discussed in a comparative manner. Potential commercial applications are also outlined. PMID:17097706

  6. Aluminum-Centered Tetrahedron-Octahedron Transition in Advancing Al-Sb-Te Phase Change Properties

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    Xia, Mengjiao; Ding, Keyuan; Rao, Feng; Li, Xianbin; Wu, Liangcai; Song, Zhitang

    2015-01-01

    Group IIIA elements, Al, Ga, or In, etc., doped Sb-Te materials have proven good phase change properties, especially the superior data retention ability over popular Ge2Sb2Te5, while their phase transition mechanisms are rarely investigated. In this paper, aiming at the phase transition of Al-Sb-Te materials, we reveal a dominant rule of local structure changes around the Al atoms based on ab initio simulations and nuclear magnetic resonance evidences. By comparing the local chemical environments around Al atoms in respective amorphous and crystalline Al-Sb-Te phases, we believe that Al-centered motifs undergo reversible tetrahedron-octahedron reconfigurations in phase transition process. Such Al-centered local structure rearrangements significantly enhance thermal stability of amorphous phase compared to that of undoped Sb-Te materials, and facilitate a low-energy amorphization due to the weak links among Al-centered and Sb-centered octahedrons. Our studies may provide a useful reference to further understand the underlying physics and optimize performances of all IIIA metal doped Sb-Te phase change materials, prompting the development of NOR/NAND Flash-like phase change memory technology. PMID:25709082

  7. Aluminum-centered tetrahedron-octahedron transition in advancing Al-Sb-Te phase change properties.

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    Xia, Mengjiao; Ding, Keyuan; Rao, Feng; Li, Xianbin; Wu, Liangcai; Song, Zhitang

    2015-01-01

    Group IIIA elements, Al, Ga, or In, etc., doped Sb-Te materials have proven good phase change properties, especially the superior data retention ability over popular Ge2Sb2Te5, while their phase transition mechanisms are rarely investigated. In this paper, aiming at the phase transition of Al-Sb-Te materials, we reveal a dominant rule of local structure changes around the Al atoms based on ab initio simulations and nuclear magnetic resonance evidences. By comparing the local chemical environments around Al atoms in respective amorphous and crystalline Al-Sb-Te phases, we believe that Al-centered motifs undergo reversible tetrahedron-octahedron reconfigurations in phase transition process. Such Al-centered local structure rearrangements significantly enhance thermal stability of amorphous phase compared to that of undoped Sb-Te materials, and facilitate a low-energy amorphization due to the weak links among Al-centered and Sb-centered octahedrons. Our studies may provide a useful reference to further understand the underlying physics and optimize performances of all IIIA metal doped Sb-Te phase change materials, prompting the development of NOR/NAND Flash-like phase change memory technology. PMID:25709082

  8. Chemical compatibility of a TiAl-Nb melt with oxygen-free crucible ceramics made of aluminum nitride

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    Kartavykh, A. V.; Cherdyntsev, V. V.

    2008-12-01

    The problem of uncontrolled oxygen contamination of intermetallic TiAl ingots is considered for the application of crucibles and molds based on traditional oxide ceramics. A synthesized Ti-45.9Al-8Nb (at %) alloy is solidified in alternative oxygen-free crucibles made of high-purity aluminum nitride (99.99% AlN) upon holding at 1670°C for 5, 12, and 25 min and subsequent quenching in a high-purity argon atmosphere. The initial material and the solidified ingots are studied by scanning electron microscopy, optical microscopy, X-ray diffraction, electron-probe microanalysis, and gas-content chemical analysis. The key features of the interaction of the TiAl-Nb melt with AlN ceramics are revealed. Partial thermal dissociation of the crucible material according to the reaction AlN ? Al + N and the reaction of atomic nitrogen with the melt lead to the formation of a solid 6.4-?m-thick TiN coating on the ingot surface and provide perfect wettability of the crucible by the melt and easy removal of solidified casting items from the mold. The TiN coating serves as a diffusion barrier that hinders the diffusion of nitrogen and residual oxygen from the pores in the crucible toward the melt. As a result, no oxide particles are detected in the ingots. However, few single microprecipitates of two nitride phases ((Ti,Al) x N y , NbN) are detected in the near-bottom region, 300 ?m thick, in the alloy after holding at 1670°C for 25 min. The total oxygen contamination in a two-phase ?2 + ? ingot does not exceed 1100 wt ppm, which is 1.5-2 times lower than that obtained in the experiments performed with modern advanced oxide crucibles made of yttrium ceramics Y2O3. AlN is shown to be a promising crucible material that can be considered as an alternative to oxide ceramics in the metallurgy of TiAl intermetallics.

  9. A comparative study of ZnAl2O4 nanoparticles synthesized from different aluminum salts for use as fluorescence materials

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    Wang, Shi-Fa; Sun, Guang-Zhuang; Fang, Lei-Ming; Lei, Li; Xiang, Xia; Zu, Xiao-Tao

    2015-08-01

    Three ZnAl2O4 samples were prepared via a modified polyacrylamide gel method using a citric acid solution with different aluminum salt starting materials, including AlCl3•6H2O, Al2(SO4)3•18H2O, and Al(NO3)3•9H2O under identical conditions. The influence of different aluminum salts on the morphologies, phase purity, and optical and fluorescence properties of the as-prepared ZnAl2O4 nanoparticles were studied. The experimental results demonstrate that the phase purity, particle size, morphology, and optical and fluorescence properties of ZnAl2O4 nanoparticles can be manipulated by the use of different aluminum salts as starting materials. The energy bandgap (Eg) values of ZnAl2O4 nanoparticles increase with a decrease in particle size. The fluorescence spectra show that a major blue emission band around 400?nm and two weaker side bands located at 410 and 445?nm are observed when the excitation wavelength is 325?nm. The ZnAl2O4 nanoparticles prepared from Al(NO3)3•9H2O exhibit the largest emission intensity among the three ZnAl2O4 samples, followed in turn by the ZnAl2O4 nanoparticles prepared from Al2(SO4)3•18H2O and AlCl3•6H2O. These differences are attributed to combinational changes in Eg and the defect types of the ZnAl2O4 nanoparticles.

  10. A comparative study of ZnAl2O4 nanoparticles synthesized from different aluminum salts for use as fluorescence materials

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    Wang, Shi-Fa; Sun, Guang-Zhuang; Fang, Lei-Ming; Lei, Li; Xiang, Xia; Zu, Xiao-Tao

    2015-01-01

    Three ZnAl2O4 samples were prepared via a modified polyacrylamide gel method using a citric acid solution with different aluminum salt starting materials, including AlCl3?6H2O, Al2(SO4)3?18H2O, and Al(NO3)3?9H2O under identical conditions. The influence of different aluminum salts on the morphologies, phase purity, and optical and fluorescence properties of the as-prepared ZnAl2O4 nanoparticles were studied. The experimental results demonstrate that the phase purity, particle size, morphology, and optical and fluorescence properties of ZnAl2O4 nanoparticles can be manipulated by the use of different aluminum salts as starting materials. The energy bandgap (Eg) values of ZnAl2O4 nanoparticles increase with a decrease in particle size. The fluorescence spectra show that a major blue emission band around 400?nm and two weaker side bands located at 410 and 445?nm are observed when the excitation wavelength is 325?nm. The ZnAl2O4 nanoparticles prepared from Al(NO3)3?9H2O exhibit the largest emission intensity among the three ZnAl2O4 samples, followed in turn by the ZnAl2O4 nanoparticles prepared from Al2(SO4)3?18H2O and AlCl3?6H2O. These differences are attributed to combinational changes in Eg and the defect types of the ZnAl2O4 nanoparticles. PMID:26238034

  11. Matrix grain characterisation by electron backscattering diffraction of powder metallurgy aluminum matrix composites reinforced with MoSi{sub 2} intermetallic particles

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    Corrochano, J. Hidalgo, P.; Lieblich, M.; Ibanez, J.

    2010-11-15

    Research highlights: Six extruded PM AA6061/MoSi{sub 2}/15p were processed with and without ball milling {yields} EBSD was used to characterise matrix grain size and grain orientation. {yields} Ball milling decreases matrix grain size to submicrometric level. {yields} Ball milling produces a more equiaxed microstructure and larger misorientation. {yields} Increasing milling time produces matrix texture randomization.

  12. Development of Crystallographic Texture and Grain Refinement in the Aluminum Layer of CU-AL-CU Tri-Layer Composite Deformed by Equal Channel Angular Extrusion

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    Tolaminejad, B.; Taheri, A. Karimi; Shahmiri, M.; Arabi, H.

    The present research is concerned with the aluminum layer of a loosely packed tri-layer copper-aluminum-copper composite deformed by ECAE process. Electron back scattered diffraction (EBSD), transmission electron microscope, and X-ray technique were employed to investigate the detailed changes occurring in the microtexture, microstructure (cell size and misorientation), and dislocation density evolution during consecutive passes of ECAE process performed on the composite based on route Bc. According to tensile test results, the yield stress of the aluminum layer was increased significantly after application of ECAE throughout the four repeated passes and then slightly decreased. An ultrafine grain size within the range of 500-600 nm was obtained in the Al layer by increasing the thickness of copper layers. It was observed that the reduction of grain size in the aluminum layer is nearly 57% more than that of an ECAE-ed single layer aluminum billet. Also, the grain refinement of the aluminum layer is accelerated throughout 8 passes. This observation was attributed to the higher rate of dislocation interaction, cell formation and texture development during the ECAE of the composite compared to those of the single billet.

  13. Time exposure studies on stress corrosion cracking of aluminum 2014-T6, aluminum 7075-T651, and titanium 6Al-4V

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    Terrell, J.

    1972-01-01

    The effect of a constant applied stress in crack initiation of aluminum 2014-T6, 7075-T651 and titanium 6A1-4V has been investigated. Aluminum c-ring specimens (1-inch diameter) and u-band titanium samples were exposed continuously to a 3.5% NaCl solution (pH 6) and organic fluids of ethyl, methyl, and iso-propyl alcohol (reagent purity). Corrosive action was observed to begin during the first and second day of constant exposure as evidenced by accumulation of hydrogen bubbles on the surface of stressed aluminum samples. However, a similar observation was not noted for titanium stressed specimens. Results of this investigation seems to suggest that aluminum 2014-T6, aluminum 7075-T651 are susceptible to stress corrosion cracking in chloride solution (NaCl); while they (both alloys) seem to resist stress corrosion cracking in methyl alcohol, ethyl alcohol, iso-propyl alcohol, and demineralized distilled water. Titanium 6A1-4V showed some evidence of susceptibility to SCC in methanol, while no such susceptibility was exhibited in ethanol, iso-propyl alcohol and demineralized distilled water.

  14. Transient Behavior of Inclusion Chemistry, Shape, and Structure in Fe-Al-Ti-O Melts: Effect of Titanium/Aluminum Ratio

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    Wang, Cong; Nuhfer, Noel Thomas; Sridhar, Seetharaman

    2009-12-01

    During ladle processing of interstitial-free (IF) steel melts, it is possible for transient titanium-containing oxides to be formed if the local titanium/aluminum (Ti/Al) ratio is locally and temporarily increased after aluminum killing. The phase stability diagrams suggest that if the Ti/Al ratio is increased, then Al2TiO5 and/or a liquid Al-Ti-O region can become stable, and eventually at even higher Ti/Al ratios, Ti3O5 becomes stable. In this study, the Ti/Al ratio was successively altered to investigate (1) how the inclusions evolved after titanium addition to aluminum-killed iron melts and (2) whether the inclusions present after sufficient time were those predicted by thermodynamics. When the Ti/Al ratio was maintained at 1/4, such that Al2O3 is the only thermodynamically stable oxide, the results show that transient titanium-containing oxides exist temporarily after titanium addition, but with time, the predominant inclusion was Al2O3, which would generate little shape change and produce transient stage inclusions with less titanium contents. When the Ti/Al ratio was increased to 1/1 (Al2O3 still being the only thermodynamically stable oxide), the results show a more distinct increase in the titanium content of the transient inclusions. The transient reaction was, in this case, accompanied by an irreversible shape change from spherical to irregular inclusions. When the Ti/Al ratio in the melt was increased to 15/1 within the Al2TiO5 stable phase region, the inclusion population evolved from spherical-dominant ones to irregular ones. It was found that the final inclusion chemistry has more titanium but less aluminum content compared with the expected from the Al2TiO5 chemistry. Besides, the transmission electron microscopy (TEM) results showed the existence of Ti2O. When the Ti/Al ratio in the melt was increased such that Ti3O5 is the thermodynamically stable inclusion (Ti/Al ratio of 75/1 or ?), the inclusions evolved after titanium addition toward TiOx inclusions, which is accompanied by a shape change from spherical to irregular. The TEM results revealed and confirmed the existence of metastable Ti2O besides the thermodynamically stable Ti3O5, and it was consistent with the results based on oxidation studies of thin layers of titanium with Al2O3 substrate. It was discovered that Ti2O has the tendency of transforming into the thermodynamically stable phase Ti3O5 under certain conditions.

  15. Site Selection and Pseudo-Clustering Behaviors of Alloying Elements in Aluminum-Lean ?-TiAl Intermetallics

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    Aykol, Muratahan; Mekhrabov, Amdulla O.; Vedat Akdeniz, M.

    2010-02-01

    Site selection and pseudo-clustering behaviors of the various M alloying elements in Al-lean Ti50Al50- X M X ( X = 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 at. pct) intermetallics have been investigated by means of the ordering energy-dependent and long-range-order forced fast Monte Carlo simulation method. The ordering energies have been calculated via pseudopotential approximation in the electronic theory of alloys up to the third coordination sphere (CS) taking the anisotropic nature of tetragonal L10-type structure of ?-TiAl into account. It was shown that the site occupation characteristics of the M alloying element atoms in ?-TiAl intermetallics are governed by the relative magnitude of partial ordering energies between Ti-M and Al-M atomic pairs. However, the sign of partial ordering energies of these atomic pairs at the first CS becomes important in determining the clustering behavior and controls the dissolution modes of alloying element atoms in the ?-TiAl matrix. The pseudo-clustering behavior of alloying elements reveals three dissolution modes, namely, random dissolution (mode I), planar clustering in two dimensions (mode II), and three-dimensional (3-D) clustering (mode III) of the M occupant atoms.

  16. Aluminum Alloy and Article Cast Therefrom

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    Lee, Jonathan A. (Inventor); Chen, Po-Shou (Inventor)

    2003-01-01

    A cast article from an aluminum alloy, which has improved mechanical properties at elevated temperatures, has the following composition in weight percent: Silicon 14 - 25.0, Copper 5.5 - 8.0, Iron 0.05 - 1.2, Magnesium 0.5 - 1.5, Nickel 0.05 - 0.9, Manganese 0.05 - 1.0, Titanium 0.05 - 1.2, Zirconium 0.05 - 1.2, Vanadium 0.05 - 1.2, Zinc 0.05 - 0.9, Phosphorus 0.001 - 0.1, and the balance is Aluminum, wherein the silicon-to-magnesium ratio is 10 - 25, and the copper-to-magnesium ratio is 4 - 15. The aluminum alloy contains a simultaneous dispersion of three types of Al3X compound particles (X=Ti, V, Zr) having a LI2, crystal structure, and their lattice parameters are coherent to the aluminum matrix lattice. A process for producing this cast article is also disclosed, as well as a metal matrix composite, which includes the aluminum alloy serving as a matrix and containing up to about 60% by volume of a secondary filler material.

  17. Temperature distribution across the growth zone of sapphire (Al2O3) and yttrium-aluminum garnet (YAG) single crystal fibers

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    Bufetova, G. A.; Rusanov, S. Ya.; Seregin, V. F.; Pyrkov, Yu. N.; Kamynin, V. A.; Tsvetkov, V. B.

    2016-01-01

    Temperature distribution along a single crystal fiber molten zone in the laser heated pedestal growth (LHPG) process of pure sapphire (Al2O3) and yttrium-aluminum garnet (Y3Al5O12) fiber was measured for the first time. The temperature was determined from thermal radiation spectra measurements in the visible spectral range. Our measurements indicate the existence of local temperature minimum in the region of source rod melting.

  18. FORMING Al-Al2O3 NANOCOMPOSITE SURFACES USING FRICTION STIR PROCESSING

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    Qu, Jun; Xu, Hanbing; Feng, Zhili; An, Ke; Battiste, Rick; An, Linan; Heinrich, Helge

    2009-01-01

    This study presents a solid state surface engineering process to form a nanocomposite layer on aluminum surface. Friction stir processing (FSP) was used to stir and mix nano-sized Al2O3 particles into a commercially pure aluminum surface to form an Al-Al2O3 nanocomposite layer of up to several millimeters thick. Compared with a non-processed aluminum surface, a nanocomposite surface with 15 vol% nano-particles has demonstrated increased hardness (by 3X) and yield strength (by 10X), and reduced friction coefficient (by 55%) and wear rate (by 100X). Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) has revealed high matrix dislocation density in the nanocomposite surface that is believed to be largely responsible to such significant property improvements. Neutron diffraction measurements suggested tensile residual stress in the aluminum matrix. The stress was mainly induced by thermal-expansion-mismatch between aluminum and alumina.

  19. Density of Low-Temperature KF-AlF3 Aluminum Baths with Al2O3 and AlPO4 Additives

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    Vasková, Zuzana; Kontrík, Martin; Mlynáriková, Jarmila; Bo?a, Miroslav

    2015-02-01

    The density of the KF-AlF3 melts of various KF and AlF3 ratio with Al2O3 and AlPO4 addition has been measured using the Archimedean method. On the basis of the obtained density data the molar volumes of the melts were calculated. These molar volumes decrease with concentration of Al2O3 or AlPO4. In the system containing AlPO4, the relation between cryolite ratios (CRs) vs slopes of molar volume trend lines was identified with excellent correlation factor of R 2 = 0.9844, while in the system containing Al2O3 a discontinuity at CR = 2.5 can be observed.

  20. Wear mechanisms in hybrid composites of Graphite-20 Pct SiC in A356 Aluminum Alloy (Al-7 Pct Si-0.3 Pct Mg)

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    Ames, W.; Alpas, A. T.

    1995-01-01

    The wear behavior of A356 aluminum alloy (Al-7 Pct Si-0.3 Pct Mg) matrix composites reinforced with 20 vol Pct SiC particles and 3 or 10 vol Pct graphite was investigated. These hybrid composites represent the merging of two philosophies in tribological material design: soft-particle lubrication by graphite and hard-particle reinforcement by carbide particles. The wear tests were performed using a block-on-ring (SAE 52100 steel) wear machine under dry sliding conditions within a load range of 1 to 441 N. The microstructural and compositional changes that took place during wear were characterized using scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Auger electron spectroscopy (AES), energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDXA), and X-ray diffractometry (XRD). The wear resistance of 3 Pct graphite-20 Pct SiC-A356 hybrid composite was comparable to 20 Pct SiC-A356 without graphite at low and medium loads. At loads below 20 N, both hybrid and 20 Pct SiC-A356 composites without graphite demonstrated wear rates up to 10 times lower than the unreinforced A356 alloy due to the load-carrying capacity of SiC particles. The wear resistance of 3 Pct graphite 20 Pct SiC-A356 was 1 to 2 times higher than 10 Pct graphite-containing hybrid composites at high loads. However, graphite addition reduced the counterface wear. The unreinforced A356 and 20 Pct SiC-A356 showed a transition from mild to severe wear at 95 N and 225 N, respectively. Hybrid composites with 3 Pct and 10 Pct graphite did not show such a transition over the entire load range, indicating that graphite improved the seizure resistance of the composites. Tribolayers, mainly consisting of a compacted mixture of graphite, iron oxides, and aluminum, were generated on the surfaces of the hybrid composites. In the hybrid composites, the elimination of the severe wear (and hence the improvement in seizure resistance) was attributed to the reduction in friction-induced surface heating due to the presence of graphite- and iron-oxide-containing tribolayers.

  1. Synthesis and structural characterization of a new aluminum oxycarbonitride, Al{sub 5}(O, C, N){sub 4}

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    Inuzuka, Haruya; Kaga, Motoaki; Urushihara, Daisuke; Nakano, Hiromi; Asaka, Toru; Fukuda, Koichiro

    2010-11-15

    A new aluminum oxycarbonitride, Al{sub 5}(O{sub x}C{sub y}N{sub 4-x-y}) (x{approx}1.4 and y{approx}2.1), has been synthesized and characterized by X-ray powder diffraction, transmission electron microscopy and electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS). The title compound was found to be hexagonal with space group P6{sub 3}/mmc, Z=2, and unit-cell dimensions a=0.328455(6) nm, c=2.15998(3) nm and V=0.201805(6) nm{sup 3}. The atom ratios O:C:N were determined by EELS. The final structural model, which is isomorphous with that of (Al{sub 4.4}Si{sub 0.6})(O{sub 1.0}C{sub 3.0}), showed the positional disordering of one of the three types of Al sites. The maximum-entropy method-based pattern fitting (MPF) method was used to confirm the validity of the split-atom model, in which conventional structure bias caused by assuming intensity partitioning was minimized. The reliability indices calculated from the MPF were R{sub wp}=6.94% (S=1.22), R{sub p}=5.34%, R{sub B}=1.35% and R{sub F}=0.76%. The crystal was an inversion twin. Each twin-related individual was isostructural with Al{sub 5}C{sub 3}N (space group P6{sub 3}mc, Z=2). - Graphical abstract: A new oxycarbonitride discovered in the Al-O-C-N system, Al{sub 5}(O{sub 1.4}C{sub 2.1}N{sub 0.5}). The crystal is an inversion twin, and hence the structure is represented by a split-atom model. The three-dimensional electron density distributions are determined by the maximum-entropy methods-based pattern fitting, being consistent with the disordered structural model. Display Omitted

  2. Microstructure and mechanical properties of twin-wire arc sprayed Ni-Al composite coatings on 6061-T6 aluminum alloy sheet

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    Wang, Ji-xiao; Liu, Jing-shun; Zhang, Lun-yong; Sun, Jian-fei; Wang, Zhi-ping

    2014-05-01

    We have systematically studied the microstructure and mechanical properties of Ni-5wt%Al and Ni-20wt%Al composite coatings fabricated on 6061-T6 aluminum alloy sheet by twin-wire arc spraying under different experimental conditions. The abrasive wear behavior and interface diffusion behavior of the composite coatings were evaluated by dry/wet rubber wheel abrasive wear tests and heat treatment, respectively. Experimental results indicate that the composite coatings exhibit features of adhesive wear. Besides, the Vickers microhardness of NiAl and Ni3Al intermetallic compounds is relatively larger than that of the substrate, which is beneficial for enhancing the wear resistance. With the increase of annealing temperature and time, the interface diffusion area between the Ni-Al coating and the substrate gradually expands with the formation of NiAl3 and Ni2Al3 phases, and is controlled by diffusion of aluminum atoms. The grain growth exponent n of diffusion kinetics of the Ni-Al coating, calculated via a high-temperature diffusion model at 400, 480, and 550°C, is between 0.28 and 0.38. This satisfies the cubic law, which is consistent with the general theoretical relationship of high-temperature diffusion.

  3. The influence of aluminum content on the surface morphology of heavily doped (Al)GaN mesastrip structures grown by selective metalorganic vapor phase epitaxy

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    Lundin, W. V.; Zavarin, E. E.; Popov, M. G.; Troshkov, S. I.; Sakharov, A. V.; Smirnova, I. P.; Kulagina, M. M.; Davydov, V. Yu.; Smirnov, A. N.; Tsatsulnikov, A. F.

    2015-10-01

    Heavily Si-doped Al x Ga1- x N mesastrip structures were grown by selective MOVPE technology. Al x Ga1- x N:Si mesastructures with x ~ 0.01-0.07 possess a smoother top and more even side surfaces as compared to those in analogous GaN:Si structures. During the growth of mesastructures with x ~ 0.03-0.07, a thin nanocrystalline AlN deposit appears on the Si3N4 mask. This deposit is not formed during the growth of structures with sufficiently low aluminum content.

  4. Microstructural Development in Irradiated U-7Mo/6061 Al Alloy Matrix Dispersion Fuel

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    Dennis D. Keiser, Jr.; Adam B. Robinson; Jan-Fong Jue; Pavel G. Medvedev; Daniel M. Wachs; M. Ross Finlay

    2009-09-01

    A U-7Mo alloy/6061 Al alloy matrix dispersion fuel plate was irradiated in the Advanced Test Reactor and then destructively examined using optical metallography and scanning electron microscopy to characterize the developed microstructure. Results were compared to the microstructures of as-fabricated dispersion fuel to identify changes that occurred during irradiation. The interaction layers that formed on the surface of the fuel U-7Mo particles during fuel fabrication exhibited stable irradiation performance as a result of the ~0.88 wt% Si present in the fuel meat matrix. During irradiation, the interaction layers changed very little in thickness and composition. The overall irradiation performance of the fuel plate to moderate power and burnup was considered excellent.

  5. Characterization of a Pt-core PZT fiber/Al matrix composite

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    Richeson, M.; Erturun, U.; Waxman, R.; Mossi, K.; Kunikata, J.; Asanuma, H.

    2010-04-01

    The objective of this study is to design and characterize a piezoelectric composite and evaluate its suitability for viscosity-measuring applications, i.e., monitoring the coagulation rate of blood. The composite is manufactured of a platinum-core lead zirconate titanate (PZT) fiber inserted into an aluminum matrix. This study characterizes the described composite by testing its impedance, capacitance, voltage sensitivity response to vibrational inputs, and deformation due to electrical input. As actuators, different voltage inputs are fed into the probes and displacement is measured with results on the range of nanometers. As sensors, the devices are used to monitor cantilever beam vibrations. The probe's response is in the mV range and follows the same pattern as an accelerometer. Additional tests in air, water, and deionized water are carried out to evaluate the sensor's suitability for measuring viscosity using two probes: one as an actuator and the other as a sensor. Results of the gain and phase between the two probes indicate that the phase shift may be used as an indicator of viscosity changes. The first significant phase shift was measured as 2.45, 2.77, and 4.065x107Hz, for water, air, and oil, respectively, which is directly proportional to the kinematic viscosity of each fluid.

  6. The effect of sulfate on aluminum concentrations in natural waters: some stability relations in the system Al2O3-SO3-H2O at 298 K

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    Nordstrom, D.K.

    1982-01-01

    While gibbsite and kaolinite solubilities usually regulate aluminum concentrations in natural waters, the presence of sulfate can dramatically alter these solubilities under acidic conditions, where other, less soluble minerals can control the aqueous geochemistry of aluminum. The likely candidates include alunogen, Al2(SO4)3 ?? 17H2O, alunite, KAl3(SO4)2(OH)6, jurbanite, Al(SO4)(OH) ?? 5H2O, and basaluminite, Al4(SO4)(OH)10 ?? 5H2O. An examination of literature values shows that the log Ksp = -85.4 for alunite and log Ksp = -117.7 for basaluminite. In this report the log Ksp = -7.0 is estimated for alunogen and log Ksp = -17.8 is estimated for jurbanite. The solubility and stability relations among these four minerals and gibbsite are plotted as a function of pH and sulfate activity at 298 K. Alunogen is stable only at pH values too low for any natural waters (<0) and probably only forms as efflorescences from capillary films. Jurbanite is stable from pH < 0 up to the range of 3-5 depending on sulfate activity. Alunite is stable at higher pH values than jurbanite, up to 4-7 depending on sulfate activity. Above these pH limits gibbsite is the most stable phase. Basaluminite, although kinetically favored to precipitate, is metastable for all values of pH and sulfate activity. These equilibrium calculations predict that both sulfate and aluminum can be immobilized in acid waters by the precipitation of aluminum hydroxysulfate minerals. Considerable evidence supports the conclusion that the formation of insoluble aluminum hydroxy-sulfate minerals may be the cause of sulfate retention in soils and sediments, as suggested by Adams and Rawajfih (1977), instead of adsorption. ?? 1982.

  7. Size Effect of SiC Particle on Microstructures and Mechanical Properties of SiCp/Al Composites

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    Qin, Qinghua

    matrix composites reinforced with ceramic particles have some attractive properties such as high strengthCp/Al composites were fabricated using aluminum alloy ZL101 as the matrix material, and SiC particles a composite is stretched, most of external load transfers from soft Al matrix to hard SiCp reinforcement

  8. Microstructural characterization and mechanical properties of high power ultrasonic spot welded aluminum alloy AA6111–TiAl6V4 dissimilar joints

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    Zhang, C.Q. Robson, J.D.; Ciuca, O.; Prangnell, P.B.

    2014-11-15

    Aluminum alloy AA6111 and TiAl6V4 dissimilar alloys were successfully welded by high power ultrasonic spot welding. No visible intermetallic reaction layer was detected in as-welded AA6111/TiAl6V4 welds, even when transmission electron microscopy was used. The effects of welding time and natural aging on peak load and fracture energy were investigated. The peak load and fracture energy of welds increased with an increase in welding time and then reached a plateau. The lap shear strength (peak load) can reach the same level as that of similar Al–Al joints. After natural aging, the fracture mode of welds transferred from ductile fracture of the softened aluminum to interfacial failure due to the strength recovery of AA6111. - Highlights: • Dissimilar Al/Ti welds were produced by high power ultrasonic spot welding. • No visible intermetallic reaction layer was detected on weld interface. • The lap shear strength can reach the same level as that of similar Al–Al joints. • The fracture mode becomes interfacial failure after natural aging.

  9. Tribological Behavior of TiAl Matrix Composites with MoO3 Tabular Crystal

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    Zhang, Ao; Shi, Xiaoliang; Zhai, Wenzheng; Yang, Kang; Wang, Zhihai

    2015-11-01

    The friction and wear behaviors of TiAl matrix self-lubricating composites (TMSC) with MoO3 tabular crystal (MTC) against GCr15 steel ball are tested using a constant load of 10 N and a constant speed of 0.2 m/s from room temperature to 600 °C. The result shows that, during the sliding friction and wear process, the MTC which has the microstructure of multiple layers could reduce the shear stress, leading to the reduction of friction coefficient. Meanwhile, TMSC with MTC exhibits the excellent tribological performance over a wide temperature range, if compared to TiAl based alloy. Moreover, MTC can improve the tribological properties of TMSC obviously below 400 °C.

  10. Comparison of the Booster Interface Temperature in Stainless Steel (SS) V-Channel Versus the Aluminum (Al) Y-Channel Primer Chamber Assemblies (PCAs). Volume 2; Appendices

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    Garcia, Roberto; Saulsberry, Regor L.

    2011-01-01

    NASA's Technical Fellow for Propulsion, requested a technical assessment of the performance improvement achieved by the introduction of the stainless steel (SS) V-channel compared to the aluminum (Al) Y-channel Primer Chamber Assembly (PCA) design. The SS V-channel PCA was developed for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) Project. The principle focus of the assessment was to measure the transient temperature at the booster interface with both designs. This document contains the Appendices to the Volume I main report.

  11. Liquid oxygen LOX compatibility evaluations of aluminum lithium (Al-Li) alloys: Investigation of the Alcoa 2090 and MMC weldalite 049 alloys

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    Diwan, Ravinder M.

    1989-01-01

    The behavior of liquid oxygen (LOX) compatibility of aluminum lithium (Al-Li) alloys is investigated. Alloy systems of Alcoa 2090, vintages 1 to 3, and of Martin Marietta Corporation (MMC) Weldalite 049 were evaluated for their behavior related to the LOX compatibility employing liquid oxygen impact test conditions under ambient pressures and up to 1000 psi. The developments of these aluminum lithium alloys are of critical and significant interest because of their lower densities and higher specific strengths and improved mechanical properties at cryogenic temperatures. Of the different LOX impact tests carried out at the Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC), it is seen that in certain test conditions at higher pressures, not all Al-Li alloys are LOX compatible. In case of any reactivity, it appears that lithium makes the material more sensitive at grain boundaries due to microstructural inhomogeneities and associated precipitate free zones (PFZ). The objectives were to identify and rationalize the microstructural mechanisms that could be relaxed to LOX compatibility behavior of the alloy system in consideration. The LOX compatibility behavior of Al-Li 2090 and Weldalite 049 is analyzed in detail using microstructural characterization techniques with light optical metallography, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), electron microprobe analysis, and surface studies using secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS), electron spectroscopy in chemical analysis (ESCA) and Auger electron spectroscopy (AES). Differences in the behavior of these aluminum lithium alloys are assessed and related to their chemistry, heat treatment conditions, and microstructural effects.

  12. Atomic layer deposition of Al-doped ZnO films using ozone as the oxygen source: A comparison of two methods to deliver aluminum

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    Yuan Hai; Luo Bing; Yu Dan; Cheng, An-jen; Campbell, Stephen A.; Gladfelter, Wayne L.

    2012-01-15

    Aluminum-doped ZnO films were prepared by atomic layer deposition at 250 deg. C using diethylzinc (DEZ), trimethylaluminum (TMA), and ozone as the precursors. Two deposition methods were compared to assess their impact on the composition, structural, electrical, and optical properties as a function of Al concentration. The first method controlled the Al concentration by changing the relative number of Al to Zn deposition cycles; a process reported in the literature where water was used as the oxygen source. The second method involved coinjection of the DEZ and TMA during each cycle where the partial pressures of the precursors control the aluminum concentration. Depth profiles of the film composition using Auger electron spectroscopy confirmed a layered microstructure for the films prepared by the first method, whereas the second method led to a homogeneous distribution of the aluminum throughout the ZnO film. Beneath the surface layer the carbon concentrations for all of the films were below the detection limit. Comparison of their electrical and optical properties established that films deposited by coinjection of the precursors were superior.

  13. Metal-Intermetallic Laminate Ti-Al3Ti Composites Produced by Spark Plasma Sintering of Titanium and Aluminum Foils Enclosed in Titanium Shells

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    Lazurenko, Daria V.; Mali, Vyacheslav I.; Bataev, Ivan A.; Thoemmes, Alexander; Bataev, Anatoly A.; Popelukh, Albert I.; Anisimov, Alexander G.; Belousova, Natalia S.

    2015-09-01

    Metal-intermetallic laminate composites are considered as promising materials for application in the aerospace industry. In this study, Ti-Al3Ti composites enclosed in titanium cases were produced by reactive spark plasma sintering. Sintering was carried out at 1103 K and 1323 K (830 °C and 1050 °C) for 10 minutes. In both cases, high-quality Ti-Al3Ti composites containing thin transition layers at the interfaces were obtained. Al2Ti, AlTi, and AlTi3 intermetallic phases and a solid solution of aluminum in titanium were observed in the transition layers by scanning and transmission electron microscopy. The material sintered at 1323 K (1050 °C) had higher strength in comparison with the composite obtained at 1103 K (830 °C). However, the hardness of the intermetallic component in the sample sintered at higher temperature decreased due to the grain growth. The impact toughness values of both materials were approximately identical.

  14. Residual strain dependence on the matrix structure in RHQ-Nb3Al wires by neutron diffraction measurement

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    Jin, Xinzhe; Nakamoto, Tatsushi; Ito, Takayoshi; Harjo, Stefanus; Kikuchi, Akihiro; Takeuchi, Takao; Tsuchiya, Kiyosumi; Hemmi, Tsutomu; Ogitsu, Toru; Yamamoto, Akira

    2012-06-01

    We prepared three types of non-Cu RHQ-Nb3Al wire sample with different matrix structures: an all-Ta matrix, a composite matrix of Nb and Ta with a Ta inter-filament, and an all-Nb matrix. Neutron diffraction patterns of the wire samples were measured at room temperature in the J-PARC ‘TAKUMI’. To obtain the residual strains of the materials, we estimated the lattice constant a by multi-peak analysis in the wires. A powder sample of each wire was measured, where the powder was considered to be strain free. The grain size of all the powder samples was below 0.02 mm. For the wire sample with the all-Nb matrix, we also obtained the lattice spacing d by a single-peak analysis. The residual strains of the Nb3Al filament were estimated from the two analysis results and were compared. The resulting residual strains obtained from the multi-peak analysis showed a good accuracy with small standard deviation. The multi-peak analysis results for the residual strains of the Nb3Al filaments in the three samples (without Cu plating) were all tensile residual strain in the axial direction, of 0.12%, 0.12%, and 0.05% for the all-Ta matrix, the composite matrix, and the all-Nb matrix, respectively. The difference in the residual strain of the Nb3Al filament between the composite and all-Nb matrix samples indicates that the type of inter-filament material shows a great effect on the residual strain. In this paper, we report the method of measurement, method of analysis, and results for the residual strain in the three types of non-Cu RHQ-Nb3Al wires.

  15. Fabrication of an r-Al2Ti intermetallic matrix composite reinforced with ?-Al2O3 ceramic by discontinuous mechanical milling for thermite reaction

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    Mosleh, A.; Ehteshamzadeh, M.; Taherzadeh Mousavian, R.

    2014-10-01

    In this study, a powder mixture with an Al/TiO2 molar ratio of 10/3 was used to form an r-Al2Ti intermetallic matrix composite (IMC) reinforced with ?-Al2O3 ceramic by a novel milling technique, called discontinuous mechanical milling (DMM) instead of milling and ignition of the produced thermite. The results of energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) of samples with varying milling time indicate that this fabrication process requires considerable mechanical energy. It is shown that Al2Ti-Al2O3 IMC with small grain size was produced by DMM after 15 h of ball milling. Peaks for ?-TiAl as well as Al2Ti and Al2O3 are observed in XRD patterns after DMM followed by heat treatment. The microhardness of the DMM-treated composite produced after heat treatment was higher than Hv 700.

  16. Scanning Electron Microscopy Analysis of Fuel/Matrix Interaction Layers in Highly-Irradiated U–Mo Dispersion Fuel Plates with Al and Al–Si Alloy Matrices

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    Dennis D. Keiser, Jr.; Jan-Fong Jue; Brandon D. Miller; Jian Gan; Adam B. Robinson; Pavel Medvedev; James Madden; Dan Wachs; Mitch Meyer

    2014-04-01

    In order to investigate how the microstructure of fuel/matrix-interaction (FMI) layers change during irradiation, different U–7Mo dispersion fuel plates have been irradiated to high fission density and then characterized using scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Specifially, samples from irradiated U–7Mo dispersion fuel elements with pure Al, Al–2Si and AA4043 (~4.5 wt.%Si) matrices were SEM characterized using polished samples and samples that were prepared with a focused ion beam (FIB). Features not observable for the polished samples could be captured in SEM images taken of the FIB samples. For the Al matrix sample, a relatively large FMI layer develops, with enrichment of Xe at the FMI layer/Al matrix interface and evidence of debonding. Overall, a significant penetration of Si from the FMI layer into the U–7Mo fuel was observed for samples with Si in the Al matrix, which resulted in a change of the size (larger) and shape (round) of the fission-gas bubbles. Additionally, solid-fission-product phases were observed to nucleate and grow within these bubbles. These changes in the localized regions of the microstructure of the U–7Mo may contribute to changes observed in the macroscopic swelling of fuel plates with Al–Si matrices.

  17. Development of an in-situ multi-component reinforced Al-based metal matrix composite by direct metal laser sintering technique — Optimization of process parameters

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    Ghosh, Subrata Kumar; Bandyopadhyay, Kaushik; Saha, Partha

    2014-07-01

    In the present investigation, an in-situ multi-component reinforced aluminum based metal matrix composite was fabricated by the combination of self-propagating high-temperature synthesis and direct metal laser sintering process. The different mixtures of Al, TiO{sub 2} and B{sub 4}C powders were used to initiate and maintain the self-propagating high-temperature synthesis by laser during the sintering process. It was found from the X-ray diffraction analysis and scanning electron microscopy that the reinforcements like Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}, TiC, and TiB{sub 2} were formed in the composite. The scanning electron microscopy revealed the distribution of the reinforcement phases in the composite and phase identities. The variable parameters such as powder layer thickness, laser power, scanning speed, hatching distance and composition of the powder mixture were optimized for higher density, lower porosity and higher microhardness using Taguchi method. Experimental investigation shows that the density of the specimen mainly depends upon the hatching distance, composition and layer thickness. On the other hand, hatching distance, layer thickness and laser power are the significant parameters which influence the porosity. The composition, laser power and layer thickness are the key influencing parameters for microhardness. - Highlights: • The reinforcements such as Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}, TiC, and TiB{sub 2} were produced in Al-MMC through SHS. • The density is mainly influenced by the material composition and hatching distance. • Hatching distance is the major influencing parameter on porosity. • The material composition is the significant parameter to enhance the microhardness. • The SEM micrographs reveal the distribution of TiC, TiB{sub 2} and Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} in the composite.

  18. Micro-strain Evolution and Toughening Mechanisms in a Trimodal Al-Based Metal Matrix Composite

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    Zhang, Yuzheng; Topping, Troy D.; Yang, Hanry; Lavernia, Enrique J.; Schoenung, Julie M.; Nutt, Steven R.

    2015-03-01

    A trimodal metal matrix composite (MMC) based on AA (Al alloy) 5083 (Al-4.4Mg-0.7Mn-0.15Cr wt pct) was synthesized by cryomilling powders followed by compaction of blended powders and ceramic particles using two successive dual mode dynamic forgings. The microstructure consisted of 66.5 vol pct ultrafine grain (UFG) region, 30 vol pct coarse grain (CG) region and 3.5 vol pct reinforcing boron carbide particles. The microstructure imparted high-tensile yield strength (581 MPa) compared to a conventional AA 5083 (242 MPa) and enhanced ductility compared to 100 pct UFG Al MMC. The deformation behavior of the heterogeneous structure and the effects of CG regions on crack propagation were investigated using in situ scanning electron microscopy micro-tensile tests. The micro-strain evolution measured using digital image correlation showed early plastic strain localization in CG regions. Micro-voids due to the strain mismatch at CG/UFG interfaces were responsible for crack initiation. CG region toughening was realized by plasticity-induced crack closure and zone shielding of disconnected micro-cracks. However, these toughening mechanisms did not effectively suppress its brittle behavior. Further optimization of the CG distribution (spacing and morphology) is required to achieve toughness levels required for structural applications.

  19. Role of the dopant aluminum for the growth of sputtered ZnO:Al investigated by means of a seed layer concept

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    Sommer, Nicolas; Stanley, Mishael; Köhler, Florian; Mock, Jan; Hüpkes, Jürgen

    2015-07-01

    This work elucidates the effect of the dopant aluminum on the growth of magnetron-sputtered aluminum-doped zinc oxide (ZnO:Al) films by means of a seed layer concept. Thin (<100 nm), highly doped seed layers and subsequently grown thick (˜800 nm), lowly doped bulk films were deposited using a ZnO:Al2O3 target with 2 wt. % and 1 wt. % Al2O3, respectively. We investigated the effect of bulk and seed layer deposition temperature as well as seed layer thickness on electrical, optical, and structural properties of ZnO:Al films. A reduction of deposition temperature by 100 °C was achieved without deteriorating conductivity, transparency, and etching morphology which renders these low-temperature films applicable as light-scattering front contact for thin-film silicon solar cells. Lowly doped bulk layers on highly doped seed layers showed smaller grains and lower surface roughness than their counterpart without seed layer. We attributed this observation to the beneficial role of the dopant aluminum that induces an enhanced surface diffusion length via a surfactant effect. The enhanced surface diffusion length promotes 2D-growth of the highly doped seed layer, which is then adopted by the subsequently grown and lowly doped bulk layer. Furthermore, we explained the seed layer induced increase of tensile stress on the basis of the grain boundary relaxation model. The model relates the grain size reduction to the tensile stress increase within the ZnO:Al films. Finally, temperature-dependent conductivity measurements, optical fits, and etching characteristics revealed that seed layers reduced grain boundary scattering. Thus, seed layers induced optimized grain boundary morphology with the result of a higher charge carrier mobility and more suitable etching characteristics. It is particularly compelling that we observed smaller grains to correlate with an enhanced charge carrier mobility. A seed layer thickness of 5 nm was sufficient to induce the beneficial effects.

  20. High temperature stability, interface bonding, and mechanical behavior in (beta)-NiAl and Ni3Al matrix composites with reinforcements modified by ion beam enhanced deposition

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    Grummon, D. S.

    1993-01-01

    Diffusion-bonded NiAl-Al2O3 and Ni3Al-Al2O3 couples were thermally fatigued at 900 C for 1500 and 3500 cycles. The fiber-matrix interface weakened after 3500 cycles for the Saphikon fibers, while the Altex, PRD-166, and FP fibers showed little, if any, degradation. Diffusion bonding of fibers to Nb matrix is being studied. Coating the fibers slightly increases the tensile strength and has a rule-of-mixtures effect on elastic modulus. Push-out tests on Sumitomo and FP fibers in Ni aluminide matrices were repeated. Al2O3 was evaporated directly from pure oxide rod onto acoustically levitated Si carbide particles, using a down-firing, rod-fed electron beam hearth; superior coatings were subsequently produced using concurrent irradiation with 200-eV argon ion-assist beam. The assist beam produced adherent films with reduced tensile stresses. In diffusion bonding in B-doped Ni3Al matrices subjected to compressive bonding at 40 MPa at 1100 C for 1 hr, the diffusion barriers failed to prevent catastrophic particle-matrix reaction, probably because of inadequate film quality. AlN coatings are currently being experimented with, produced by both reactive evaporation and by N(+)-ion enhanced deposition. A 3-kW rod-fed electron-beam-heated evaporation source has been brought into operation.

  1. Preparing high- and low-aspect ratio AlB2 flakes from borax or boron oxide

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    Hall, A. C.; Economy, J.

    2000-02-01

    The commercial preparation of aluminum-diboride flakes in aluminum relies on relatively expensive starting materials. A new synthesis has been developed that allows AlB2 to be prepared directly from the reaction of borax (Na2B4O7·10H2O) or boron oxide (B2O3) with aluminum. Aluminum metal at temperatures higher than 900°C has been shown to reduce these boron-containing compounds, producing an Al2O3-containing slag and AlB2. A natural separation occurs, leaving AlB2 in the molten aluminum and Al2O3 as part of a slag that forms at the melt surface. Samples containing up to 10 vol.% AlB2 in an aluminum matrix have been directly prepared using this method.

  2. Effect of sintering temperature and time intervals on morphological and hardness behaviour of Al-20 vol% Sn matrix composites

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    Badarulzaman, N. A.; Karim, S. R.; Lajis, M. A.

    2015-05-01

    Aluminium (Al) alloys are widely used in various industries, such as automotive and aerospace. The production processes in these sectors create large amount of Al residues. In this paper, a new method of recycling Al chip is presented. Metal matrix composite (MMCs) of Al-20 vol% Sn was prepared by using solid state direct conversion method of recycled Al 6061 alloy. Constant pressure (10 ton) was used to implement the cold forging process. The differences of sintering temperature (200 °C, 250 °C, 300 °C and 350 °C) and time intervals (1h, 2h, 3h, 4h and 5h) were studied to obtain the optimum hardness, strength and surface integrity of Al-20 vol% Sn. The results showed that, hardness and strength of Al-20 vol% Sn was decreased by additional temperature and increase with time interval of sintering. Sintering temperature at 350 °C produces better morphology structure of Al-Sn composites.

  3. Critical Experiments with Highly Enriched Uranium and Matrix Elements (Si, Mg, Al, Gd, and Fe)

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    Sanchez, Rene; Loaiza, David; Brunson, Glenn; Kimpland, Robert

    2004-07-15

    Scientists at the Los Alamos National Laboratory measured the critical masses of square prisms of highly enriched uranium diluted in various X/{sup 235}U with matrix material and polyethylene. The configuration cores were 22.86 and 45.72 cm square and were reflected with 8.13-cm-thick and 10.16-cm-thick side polyethylene reflectors, respectively. The configurations had 10.16-cm-thick top and bottom polyethylene reflectors. For some configurations, the Rossi-{alpha}, which is an eigenvalue characteristic for a particular configuration, was measured to establish a reactivity scale based on the degree of subcriticality. These experiments provided critical mass data in the thermal energy range for systems containing Si, Mg, Al, Gd, and Fe. The measured k{sub eff} from these experiments was compared with the calculated k{sub eff} from MCNP using ENDF/B-V and ENDF/B-VI cross-section data. The observed biases were +0.005 {delta}k and +0.008 {delta}k for Si, +0.0006 {delta}k and +0.008 {delta}k for Al, +0.0023 {delta}k for Mg, +0.004 {delta}k and +0.01304 {delta}k for Gd, and +0.0123 {delta}k and -0.00106 {delta}k for Fe.

  4. Electron-impact study of AlH using the R-matrix method

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    Kaur, Savinder; Baluja, K. L.

    2009-10-15

    We have carried out a comprehensive study of electron-impact on AlH molecule using the R-matrix method. Elastic (integrated and differential), momentum-transfer, excitation, and ionization cross sections along with rate coefficients have been presented at various levels of approximation. The target states are represented by including correlations via a configuration-interaction technique. The results of the static-exchange, one-state, and 20-state close-coupling approximations are presented. Our study has detected Feshbach and core-excited shape resonances in 20-state model. We detect a stable bound state of AlH{sup -} having configuration 1{sigma}{sup 2}2{sigma}{sup 2}3{sigma}{sup 2}4{sigma}{sup 2}1{pi}{sup 4}5{sigma}{sup 2}2{pi} with a vertical electronic affinity value of 0.22 eV which is in good agreement with the estimated experimental value of about 0.15 eV. The ionization cross sections are calculated in binary-encounter-Bethe model in which Hartree-Fock molecular orbitals are used to calculate kinetic and binding energies of the occupied molecular orbitals.

  5. Maize aluminum tolerance

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    Maize is one of the most economically important food crops grown on acid soils, where aluminum (Al) toxicity greatly limits crop yields. Considerable variation for Al tolerance exists in maize, and this variation has been exploited for many years by plant breeders to enhance maize Al tolerance. Curr...

  6. Thermodynamics of aqueous aluminum: standard partial molar heat capacities of Al/sup 3 +/ from 10 to 55/sup 0/C

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    Hovey, J.K.; Tremaine, P.R.

    1986-03-01

    The thermodynamic properties of aqueous aluminum species are required over wide ranges of temperature in order to model mineral dissolution and transport in steam injection and combustion processes for the in situ recovery of bitumen. The same data are needed to model aqueous solutions associated with the formation of hydrothermal ore deposits, geothermal power generation, the marine chemistry of deep hydrothermal vents, hydrometallurgy, and the corrosion behavior of aluminum alloys. Apparent molar heat capacities and volumes of Al(NO/sub 3/)/sub 3/ and AlCl/sub 3/ have been measured at 25/sup 0/C in dilute aqueous acid solutions to suppress hydrolysis. Heat capacity results for AlCl/sub 3/ span the range 10-55/sup 0/C. The measurements yield standard partial molar heat capacities, anti C/sub p//sup 0/, and volumes, anti V/sup 0/, for the Al/sup 3 +/ (aq) ion: anti V/sub 298//sup 0/ (Al/sup 3 +/, aq) = -45.3 cm/sup 3/ mol/sup -1/, anti C/sub pT//sup 0/(Al/sup 3 +/, aq) = 566.2 - 1.452% - 27338/(T - 190), where T is the absolute temperature (K). Their result for anti V/sub 298//sup 0/ is consistent with published semi-empirical correlations. The result for anti C/sub p298//sup 0/ is more negative than that predicted from the entropy correspondence principle by 135 J K/sup -1/ mol/sup -1/ and casts doubt upon the correspondence method as a predictive tool. The heat capacities approach born behavior at elevated temperatures and appear to be consistent with the Helgeson-Kirkham-Flowers model for extrapolations to higher temperatures.

  7. Tensile and compressive test results for metal matrix composites

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    Shuart, M. J.; Herakovich, C. T.

    1977-01-01

    Experimental results of the mechanical behavior of two metal matrix composite systems at room temperature are presented. Ultimate stress, ultimate strain, Poisson's ratio, and initial Young's Modulus are documented for BORSIC/Aluminum in uniaxial tension and Boron/Aluminum in uniaxial tension and compression. Poisson's ratio is used for nonlinear stress-strain behavior. A comparison of compression results for B/Al as obtained from sandwich beam compression specimens and IITRI coupon compression specimens is presented.

  8. Comparison of post-detonation combustion in explosives incorporating aluminum nanoparticles: Influence of the passivation layer

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    Lewis, W. K.; Rumchik, C. G.; Smith, M. J.; Fernando, K. A. S.; Crouse, C. A.; Spowart, J. E.; Guliants, E. A.; Bunker, C. E.

    2013-01-01

    Aluminum nanoparticles and explosive formulations that incorporate them have been a subject of ongoing interest due to the potential of aluminum particles to dramatically increase energy content relative to conventional organic explosives. We have used time-resolved atomic and molecular emission spectroscopy to monitor the combustion of aluminum nanoparticles within the overall chemical dynamics of post-detonation fireballs. We have studied the energy release dynamics of hexahydro-1,3,5-trinitro-1,3,5-triazine (RDX) charges incorporating three types of aluminum nanoparticles: commercial oxide-passivated nanoparticles, oleic acid-capped aluminum nanoparticles (AlOA), and nanoparticles in which the oxide shell of the particle has been functionalized with an acrylic monomer and copolymerized into a fluorinated acrylic matrix (AlFA). The results indicate that the commercial nanoparticles and the AlFA nanoparticles are oxidized at a similar rate, while the AlOA nanoparticles combust more quickly. This is most likely due to the fact that the commercial nano-Al and the AlFA particles are both oxide-passivated, while the AlOA particles are protected by an organic shell that is more easily compromised than an oxide layer. The peak fireball temperatures for RDX charges containing 20 wt. % of commercial nano-Al, AlFA, or AlOA were ˜3900 K, ˜3400 K, and ˜4500 K, respectively.

  9. Effects of porous carbon on sintered Al-Si-Mg matrix composites

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    Ejiofor, J.U.; Reddy, R.G.

    1997-12-01

    The influence of microporous particulate carbon char on the mechanical, thermal, and tribological properties of wear-resistant Al-13.5Si-2.5Mg alloy composites was studied. Large increases in surface area due to the formation of micropores in coconut shell chars were achieved by high-temperature activation under CO{sub 2} gas flow. Activated char particles at 0.02 V{sub f} were used to reinforce the alloy. The composites were fabricated via a double-compaction reaction sintering technique under vacuum at a compaction pressure of 250 MPa and sintering temperature of 600 C. At more than 35% burn-off of the carbon chars at the temperature of activation, 915 C, the total surface area remained virtually unaffected. The ultimate tensile strength and hardness decreased by 23% and 6%, respectively; with increasing surface area of the reinforcement from 123 to 821 m{sup 2} g{sup {minus}1}. The yield strength and the percentage of elongation decreased by a factor of 2 and 5, respectively. No significant change in sliding wear rate was observed but the coefficient of friction increased by 13% (0.61 to 0.69). The coefficient of linear thermal expansion was reduced by 16% (11.7 {times} 10{sup {minus}6} to 9.8 {times} 10{sup {minus}6} C{sup {minus}1}), and remained unaffected at more than 35% burn-off. Energy-dispersive spectrometry of the particles of the activated chars showed that oxides of potassium and copper coated the open surfaces. Failure at the matrix-char interface was observed, and this was attributed to localized presence of oxides at the interfaces as identified by electron probe microanalysis. Poor wetting of the oxides by magnesium at the sintering conditions resulted in formation of weak matrix-char interface bonds.

  10. High Strength Aluminum Alloy For High Temperature Applications

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    Lee, Jonathan A. (Inventor); Chen, Po-Shou (Inventor)

    2005-01-01

    A cast article from an aluminum alloy has improved mechanical properties at elevated temperatures. The cast article has the following composition in weight percent: Silicon 6.0-25.0, Copper 5.0-8.0, Iron 0.05-1.2, Magnesium 0.5-1.5, Nickel 0.05-0.9, Manganese 0.05-1.2, Titanium 0.05-1.2, Zirconium 0.05-1.2, Vanadium 0.05-1.2, Zinc 0.05-0.9, Strontium 0.001-0.1, Phosphorus 0.001-0.1, and the balance is Aluminum, wherein the silicon-to-magnesium ratio is 10-25, and the copper-to-magnesium ratio is 4-15. The aluminum alloy contains a simultaneous dispersion of three types of Al3X compound particles (X=Ti, V, Zr) having a LI2 crystal structure, and their lattice parameters are coherent to the aluminum matrix lattice. A process for producing this cast article is also disclosed, as well as a metal matrix composite, which includes the aluminum alloy serving as a matrix containing up to about 60% by volume of a secondary filler material.

  11. Modeling the Break-up of Nano-particle Clusters in Aluminum- and Magnesium-Based Metal Matrix Nano-composites

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    Manoylov, Anton; Bojarevics, Valdis; Pericleous, Koulis

    2015-07-01

    Aluminum- and magnesium-based metal matrix nano-composites with ceramic nano-reinforcements promise low weight with high durability and superior strength, desirable properties in aerospace, automobile, and other applications. However, nano-particle agglomerations lead to adverse effects on final properties: large-size clusters no longer act as dislocation anchors, but instead become defects; the resulting particle distribution will be uneven, leading to inconsistent properties. To prevent agglomeration and to break-up clusters, ultrasonic processing is used via an immersed sonotrode, or alternatively via electromagnetic vibration. A study of the interaction forces holding the nano-particles together shows that the choice of adhesion model significantly affects estimates of break-up force and that simple Stokes drag due to stirring is insufficient to break-up the clusters. The complex interaction of flow and co-joint particles under a high frequency external field (ultrasonic, electromagnetic) is addressed in detail using a discrete-element method code to demonstrate the effect of these fields on de-agglomeration.

  12. Effect of re-melting on particle distribution and interface formation in SiC reinforced 2124Al matrix composite

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    Mandal, Durbadal; Viswanathan, Srinath

    2013-12-15

    The interface between metal matrix and ceramic reinforcement particles plays an important role in improving properties of the metal matrix composites. Hence, it is important to find out the interface structure of composite after re-melting. In the present investigation, the 2124Al matrix with 10 wt.% SiC particle reinforced composite was re-melted at 800 °C and 900 °C for 10 min followed by pouring into a permanent mould. The microstructures reveal that the SiC particles are distributed throughout the Al-matrix. The volume fraction of SiC particles varies from top to bottom of the composite plate and the difference increases with the decrease of re-melting temperature. The interfacial structure of re-melted 2124Al–10 wt.%SiC composite was investigated using scanning electron microscopy, an electron probe micro-analyzer, a scanning transmission electron detector fitted with scanning electron microscopy and an X-ray energy dispersive spectrometer. It is found that a thick layer of reaction product is formed at the interface of composite after re-melting. The experimental results show that the reaction products at the interface are associated with high concentration of Cu, Mg, Si and C. At re-melting temperature, liquid Al reacts with SiC to form Al{sub 4}C{sub 3} and Al–Si eutectic phase or elemental Si at the interface. High concentration of Si at the interface indicates that SiC is dissociated during re-melting. The X-ray energy dispersive spectrometer analyses confirm that Mg- and Cu-enrich phases are formed at the interface region. The Mg is segregated at the interface region and formed MgAl{sub 2}O{sub 4} in the presence of oxygen. The several elements identified at the interface region indicate that different types of interfaces are formed in between Al matrix and SiC particles. The Al–Si eutectic phase is formed around SiC particles during re-melting which restricts the SiC dissolution. - Highlights: • Re-melted composite shows homogeneous particle distribution • Thick reaction products are observed at the interface • Carbide is identified at interface due to SiC dissolution at high temperature • Reaction products are also Si enrich phase • Mg and Cu segregated and formed MgAl{sub 2}O{sub 4}, CuMgAl{sub 2} phase at grain boundary.

  13. High Strength Discontinuously Reinforced Aluminum For Rocket Applications

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    Pandey, A. B.; Shah, S. R.; Shadoan, M.

    2003-01-01

    This study presents results on the development of a new aluminum alloy with very high strength and ductility. Five compositions of Al-Mg-Sc-Gd-Zr alloy were selected for this purpose. These alloys were also reinforced with 15 volume percent silicon-carbide and boron-carbide particles to produce Discontinuously Reinforced Aluminum (DRA) materials. Matrix alloys and DRA were processed using a powder metallurgy process. The helium gas atomization produced very fine powder with cellular-dentritic microstructure. The microstructure of matrix alloys showed fine Al3Sc based precipitate which provides significant strengthening in these alloys. DRA showed uniform distribution of reinforcement in aluminum matrix. DRA materials were tested at -320 F, 75 F in air and 7S F in gaseous hydrogen environments and matrix alloys were tested at 75 F in air. DRA showed high strengths in the range of 89-111 ksi (614-697 MPa) depending on alloy compositions and test environments. Matrix alloys had a good combination of strength, 84-89 ksi (579-621 MPa) and ductility, 4.5-6.5%. The properties of these materials can further be improved by proper control of processing parameters.

  14. In-situ scanning electron microscope studies of crack growth in an aluminum metal-matrix composite

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    Manoharan, M.; Lewandowski, J. J.

    1990-01-01

    Edge-notched specimens of a cast and extruded Al alloy-based, alumina particulate-reinforced composite in the annealed condition were tested in situ in a SEM apparatus equipped with a deformation stage permitting the direct observation of crack growth phenomena. Fracture in this composite is seen to proceed by initiation of microcracks ahead of the macrocrack; as deformation proceeds, the microcracks lengthen, and crack propagation occurs when the region of intense plastic straining becomes comparable to the macrocrack-microcrack distance. The sequence is then repeated.

  15. Aluminum powder metallurgy processing

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    Flumerfelt, J.F.

    1999-02-12

    The objective of this dissertation is to explore the hypothesis that there is a strong linkage between gas atomization processing conditions, as-atomized aluminum powder characteristics, and the consolidation methodology required to make components from aluminum powder. The hypothesis was tested with pure aluminum powders produced by commercial air atomization, commercial inert gas atomization, and gas atomization reaction synthesis (GARS). A comparison of the GARS aluminum powders with the commercial aluminum powders showed the former to exhibit superior powder characteristics. The powders were compared in terms of size and shape, bulk chemistry, surface oxide chemistry and structure, and oxide film thickness. Minimum explosive concentration measurements assessed the dependence of explosibility hazard on surface area, oxide film thickness, and gas atomization processing conditions. The GARS aluminum powders were exposed to different relative humidity levels, demonstrating the effect of atmospheric conditions on post-atomization processing conditions. The GARS aluminum powders were exposed to different relative humidity levels, demonstrating the effect of atmospheric conditions on post-atomization oxidation of aluminum powder. An Al-Ti-Y GARS alloy exposed in ambient air at different temperatures revealed the effect of reactive alloy elements on post-atomization powder oxidation. The pure aluminum powders were consolidated by two different routes, a conventional consolidation process for fabricating aerospace components with aluminum powder and a proposed alternative. The consolidation procedures were compared by evaluating the consolidated microstructures and the corresponding mechanical properties. A low temperature solid state sintering experiment demonstrated that tap densified GARS aluminum powders can form sintering necks between contacting powder particles, unlike the total resistance to sintering of commercial air atomization aluminum powder.

  16. Lightweight Aluminum/Nano composites for Automotive Drive Train Applications

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    Chelluri, Bhanumathi; Knoth, Edward A.; Schumaker, Edward J.

    2012-12-14

    During Phase I, we successfully processed air atomized aluminum powders via Dynamic Magnetic Compaction (DMC) pressing and subsequent sintering to produce parts with properties similar to wrought aluminum. We have also showed for the first time that aluminum powders can be processed without lubes via press and sintering to 100 % density. This will preclude a delube cycle in sintering and promote environmentally friendly P/M processing. Processing aluminum powders via press and sintering with minimum shrinkage will enable net shape fabrication. Aluminum powders processed via a conventional powder metallurgy process produce too large a shrinkage. Because of this, sinter parts have to be machined into specific net shape. This results in increased scrap and cost. Fully sintered aluminum alloy under this Phase I project has shown good particle-to-particle bonding and mechanical properties. We have also shown the feasibility of preparing nano composite powders and processing via pressing and sintering. This was accomplished by dispersing nano silicon carbide (SiC) powders into aluminum matrix comprising micron-sized powders (<100 microns) using a proprietary process. These composite powders of Al with nano SiC were processed using DMC press and sinter process to sinter density of 85-90%. The process optimization along with sintering needs to be carried out to produce full density composites.

  17. Effects of mercury on thermally sprayed aluminum coatings

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    Czajkowski, C.J.; Usmani, S.; Greene, G.A.

    1999-09-01

    The quantification of liquid metal embrittling effects of mercury on thermally sprayed aluminum was investigated. The program consisted of heat treatments at 250 and 300 C of thermally sprayed (aluminum on lead) cylinders with mercury additions of 0.25, 0.50, 1.00, and 3.00 wt.%. The cylinders were then tested to determine the adhesion/cohesion strength of the thermally sprayed bond. The Pb/Al interfaces were evaluated using energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS). The results of the testing indicate that there was no noticeable embrittling effects of the mercury, up to 3.0 wt.% Hg in the Pb matrix.

  18. Boron-carbide-aluminum and boron-carbide-reactive metal cermets. [B/sub 4/C-Al

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    Halverson, D.C.; Pyzik, A.J.; Aksay, I.A.

    1985-05-06

    Hard, tough, lighweight boron-carbide-reactive metal composites, particularly boron-carbide-aluminum composites, are produced. These composites have compositions with a plurality of phases. A method is provided, including the steps of wetting and reacting the starting materials, by which the microstructures in the resulting composites can be controllably selected. Starting compositions, reaction temperatures, reaction times, and reaction atmospheres are parameters for controlling the process and resulting compositions. The ceramic phases are homogeneously distributed in the metal phases and adhesive forces at ceramic-metal interfaces are maximized. An initial consolidated step is used to achieve fully dense composites. Microstructures of boron-carbide-aluminum cermets have been produced with modules of rupture exceeding 110 ksi and fracture toughness exceeding 12 ksi..sqrt..in. These composites and methods can be used to form a variety of structural elements.

  19. Visible photoluminescence in polycrystalline terbium doped aluminum nitride (Tb:AlN) ceramics with high thermal conductivity

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    Wieg, A. T.; Kodera, Y.; Wang, Z.; Garay, J. E.; Imai, T.; Dames, C.

    2012-09-10

    Thermal management continues to be one of the major challenges in the development of high powered light sources such as solid state lasers. In particular, the relatively low thermal conductivity of standard photoluminescent (PL) materials limits the overall power output and/or duty cycle. We present a method based on current activated pressure assisted densification for the fabrication of high thermal conductivity PL materials: rare earth doped polycrystalline bulk aluminum nitride. Specifically, the ceramics are translucent and are doped with Tb{sup 3+}, allowing for emission in the visible. Remarkably, the ceramics have a room temperature thermal conductivity of 94 W/(m K) which is almost seven times higher than that of the state of the art host material, Nd-doped yttrium aluminum garnet. These light emitting properties coupled with very high thermal conductivity should enable the development of a wide variety of more powerful light sources.

  20. Development and Processing Improvement of Aerospace Aluminum Alloys-Development of AL-Cu-Mg-Ag Alloy (2139)

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    Cho, Alex; Lisagor, W. Barry; Bales, Thomas T.

    2007-01-01

    This final report supplement in presentation format describes a comprehensive multi-tasked contract study to continue the development of the silver bearing alloy now registered as aluminum alloy 2139 by the Aluminum Association. Two commercial scale ingots were processed into nominal plate gauges of two, four and six inches, and were extensively characterized in terms of metallurgical and crystallographic structure, and resulting mechanical properties. This report includes comparisons of the property combinations for this alloy and 2XXX and 7XXX alloys more widely used in high performance applications. Alloy 2139 shows dramatic improvement in all combinations of properties, moreover, the properties of this alloy are retained in all gauge thicknesses, contrary to typical reductions observed in thicker gauges of the other alloys in the comparison. The advancements achieved in this study are expected to result in rapid, widespread use of this alloy in a broad range of ground based, aircraft, and spacecraft applications.

  1. Strength and Formability Improvement of Al-Cu-Mn Aluminum Alloy Complex Parts by Thermomechanical Treatment with Sheet Hydroforming

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    Chen, Yi-Zhe; Liu, Wei; Yuan, Shi-Jian

    2015-05-01

    Normally, the strength and formability of aluminum alloys can be increased largely by severe plastic deformation and heat treatment. However, many plastic deformation processes are more suitable for making raw material, not for formed parts. In this article, an experimental study of the thermomechanical treatment by using the sheet hydroforming process was developed to improve both mechanical strength and formability for aluminum alloys in forming complex parts. The limiting drawing ratio, thickness, and strain distribution of complex parts formed by sheet hydroforming were investigated to study the formability and sheet-deformation behavior. Based on the optimal formed parts, the tensile strength, microhardness, grain structure, and strengthening precipitates were analyzed to identify the strengthening effect of thermomechanical treatment. The results show that in the solution state, the limiting drawing ratio of cylindrical parts could be increased for 10.9% compared with traditional deep drawing process. The peak values of tensile stress and microhardness of formed parts are 18.0% and 12.5% higher than that in T6 state. This investigation shows that the thermomechanical treatment by sheet hydroforming is a potential method for the products manufacturing of aluminum alloy with high strength and good formability.

  2. Formation of ordered films of axially bridged aluminum phthalocyanine [(tBu){sub 4}PcAl]{sub 2}O via magnetic field-induced reaction

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    Basova, Tamara Berezin, Aleksei; Nadolinny, Vladimir; Peisert, Heiko; Chassé, Thomas; Banimuslem, Hikmat; Hassan, Aseel

    2013-11-28

    The ?-(oxo)bis[tetra-tert-butylphthalocyaninato] aluminum(III) [(tBu){sub 4}PcAl]{sub 2}O films with the crystallites oriented preferably in one direction were obtained via chemical transformation of tetra-tert-butylsubstituted chloroaluminum(III) phthalocyanine (tBu){sub 4}PcAlCl film upon its annealing in magnetic field. A comparative analysis of the influence of post-deposition annealing process without and under applied magnetic field of 1 T, on the orientation and morphology of (tBu){sub 4}PcAlCl and [(tBu){sub 4}PcAl]{sub 2}O films, has been carried out by the methods of UV-vis, Infrared and Raman spectroscopies, XRD as well as atomic force microscopy. The formation of [(tBu){sub 4}PcAl]{sub 2}O films with elongated crystallites having preferential orientation was observed upon heating of the films in magnetic field while annealing without magnetic field under the same conditions does not demonstrate any effect on the structure and morphology of these films. The reasons of the sensitivity of this reaction to the presence of such magnetic field is discussed and studied by electronic paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy.

  3. Aluminum in Superconducting Magnets Robert J. Weggel

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    McDonald, Kirk

    Aluminum in Superconducting Magnets Robert J. Weggel Magnet Optimization Research Engineering is aluminum, either ultrapure, as quenchstabilization matrix metal, and/or alloyed and coldworked and heat for magnets in which the stresses and strains are modest. The strongest aluminum alloy commercially available

  4. Study on effects of powder and flake chemistry and morphology on the properties of Al-Cu-Mg-X-X-X powder metallurgy advanced aluminum alloys

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    Meschter, P. J.; Lederich, R. J.; Oneal, J. E.

    1986-01-01

    A study was conducted: (1) to develop rapid solidification processed (RSP) dispersoid-containing Al-3Cu-2Li-1Mg-0.2Zr alloys as substitutes for titanium alloys and commercial 2XXX aluminum alloys for service to at least 150 C; and (2) to develop RSP Al-4Li-Cu-Mg-Zr alloys as substitutes for high-strength commercial 7XXX alloys in ambient-temperature applications. RSP Al-3Cu-2Li-1Mg-0.2Zr alloys have density-normalized yield stresses at 150 C up to 52% larger than that of 2124-T851 and up to 30% larger than that of Ti-6Al-4V. Strength at 150 C in these alloys is provided by thermally stable delta' (Al3Li), T1 (Al2LiCu), and S' (Al2CuMg) precipitates. Density-normalized yield stresses of RSP Al-3Cu-2Li-1Mg-0.2Zr alloys are up to 100% larger than that of 2124-T851 and equivalent to that of Al-8Fe-4Ce at 260 C. Strength in the RSP alloys at 260 C is provided by incoherent dispersoids and subboundary constituent particles such as T1 and S. The RSP alloys are attractive substitutes in less than or = 100-h exposures for 2xxx and Al-4Fe-Ce alloys up to 260 C and for titanium alloys up to 150 C. RSP Al-4Li-Cu-Mg-Zr alloys have ambient-temperature yield and ultimate tensile stresses similar to that of 7050-T7651, and are 14% less dense. RSP Al-4Li-0.5Cu-1.5Mg-0.2Zr has a 20% higher specific yield stress, 40% higher specific elastic modulus, and superior corrosion resistance compared to the properties of 7050-T7651. Strength in the Al-4Li-Cu-Mg-Zr alloy class is primarily provided by the substructure and delta' precipitates and is independent of Cu:Mg ratio. Improvements in fracture toughness and transverse-orientation properties in both alloy classes depend on improved melt practices to eliminate oxide inclusions which are incorporated into the consolidated forms.

  5. Aluminum for plasmonics.

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    Knight, Mark W; King, Nicholas S; Liu, Lifei; Everitt, Henry O; Nordlander, Peter; Halas, Naomi J

    2014-01-28

    Unlike silver and gold, aluminum has material properties that enable strong plasmon resonances spanning much of the visible region of the spectrum and into the ultraviolet. This extended response, combined with its natural abundance, low cost, and amenability to manufacturing processes, makes aluminum a highly promising material for commercial applications. Fabricating Al-based nanostructures whose optical properties correspond with theoretical predictions, however, can be a challenge. In this work, the Al plasmon resonance is observed to be remarkably sensitive to the presence of oxide within the metal. For Al nanodisks, we observe that the energy of the plasmon resonance is determined by, and serves as an optical reporter of, the percentage of oxide present within the Al. This understanding paves the way toward the use of aluminum as a low-cost plasmonic material with properties and potential applications similar to those of the coinage metals. PMID:24274662

  6. Aluminum Hydroxide

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    Aluminum hydroxide is used for the relief of heartburn, sour stomach, and peptic ulcer pain and to ... Aluminum hydroxide comes as a capsule, a tablet, and an oral liquid and suspension. The dose and ...

  7. Crystal structures and properties of europium aluminum oxynitride Eu2AlO(3.75)N(0.1) and europium aluminum oxide EuAl2O4.

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    Tezuka, Keitaro; Tokuhara, Yoshimi; Wakeshima, Makoto; Shan, Yue Jin; Imoto, Hideo; Hinatsu, Yukio

    2013-11-18

    The reactions among Eu2O3, AlN, and Al2O3 with the ratios Eu:Al = 2:1 and 1:2 at 1200 °C for 10 h yielded Eu2AlO(3.75)N(0.1) and EuAl2O4, respectively. The powder X-ray diffraction pattern of the new oxynitride could be indexed as a monoclinic structure with the space group I2 (No. 5) (a = 3.7113(2) Å, b = 3.6894(2) Å, c = 12.3900(8) Å, and ? = 90.6860(5)°). This structure was found to be a novel distorted Ruddlesden-Popper type. For EuAl2O4, isostructural with monoclinic SrAl2O4 (space group P2(1), No. 4), a structural refinement was performed, indicating that the cell parameters were a = 8.44478(11) Å, b = 8.82388(12) Å, c = 5.15643(7) Å, and ? = 93.1854(12)°. (151)Eu Mössbauer spectra revealed that the divalent and trivalent Eu ions coexisted in Eu2AlO(3.75)N(0.1), while Eu ions were in the divalent state in EuAl2O4. A photoluminescent mechanism due to 4f(7) ((8)S(7/2)) ? 4f(6)5d(1) of europium in EuAl2O4 was proposed on the basis of the calculated band structure, the band gap obtained from UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectra, and the photoluminescence spectra. PMID:24191631

  8. Effect of forging parameters on low cycle fatigue behaviour of Al/basalt short fiber metal matrix composites.

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    Karthigeyan, R; Ranganath, G

    2013-01-01

    This paper deals with metal matrix composites (MMCs) of Al 7075 alloy containing different weight percentage (2.5, 5, 7.5, and 10) basalt short fiber reinforcement and unreinforced matrix alloy. The samples were produced by the permanent stir casting technique. The casting ingots were cut into blanks to be forged in single stage and double stage, using MN press and graphite-based lubricant. The microstructures and fatigue properties of the matrix alloy and MMC samples were investigated in the as cast state and in the single and double stage forging operations. The microstructure results showed that the forged sample had a uniform distribution of the basalt short fiber throughout the specimens. Evaluation of the fatigue properties showed that the forged samples had higher values than those of the as cast counterparts. After forging, the enhancement of the fatigue strength of the matrix alloy was so significant and high in the case of 2.5 and 5.0?wt. percentage basalt short fiber reinforced MMC, and there was no enhancement in 7.5 and 10?weight percentages short fiber reinforced MMCs. The fracture damage was mainly due to decohesion at the matrix-fiber interface. PMID:24298207

  9. Effect of Forging Parameters on Low Cycle Fatigue Behaviour of Al/Basalt Short Fiber Metal Matrix Composites

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    Karthigeyan, R.; Ranganath, G.

    2013-01-01

    This paper deals with metal matrix composites (MMCs) of Al 7075 alloy containing different weight percentage (2.5, 5, 7.5, and 10) basalt short fiber reinforcement and unreinforced matrix alloy. The samples were produced by the permanent stir casting technique. The casting ingots were cut into blanks to be forged in single stage and double stage, using MN press and graphite-based lubricant. The microstructures and fatigue properties of the matrix alloy and MMC samples were investigated in the as cast state and in the single and double stage forging operations. The microstructure results showed that the forged sample had a uniform distribution of the basalt short fiber throughout the specimens. Evaluation of the fatigue properties showed that the forged samples had higher values than those of the as cast counterparts. After forging, the enhancement of the fatigue strength of the matrix alloy was so significant and high in the case of 2.5 and 5.0?wt. percentage basalt short fiber reinforced MMC, and there was no enhancement in 7.5 and 10?weight percentages short fiber reinforced MMCs. The fracture damage was mainly due to decohesion at the matrix-fiber interface. PMID:24298207

  10. Effect of aluminum alloying on the structure, the phase composition, and the thermoelastic martensitic transformations in ternary Ni-Mn-Al alloys

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    Belosludtseva, E. S.; Kuranova, N. N.; Kourov, N. I.; Pushin, V. G.; Stukalov, V. Yu.; Uksusnikov, A. N.

    2015-07-01

    The properties, the martensitic transformation, and the structure of Ni50Mn50 - x Al x ( x = 5, 10, 18, 20, 22, 24, 25) alloys are studied by electrical resistivity measurements, transmission electron microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, and X-ray diffraction over wide temperature and composition ranges. It is found that, as the aluminum content increases, the martensite transformation temperature decreases significantly and the structure of martensite changes. Complex multilayer (10 M, 14 M) martensite phases are detected in the ternary alloys. Martensite is shown to have a predominant morphology in the form of hierarchic packets of thin coherent plates of nanoand submicrocrystalline crystallites, which have plane habit boundaries close to {110} B2 and are pairwise twinned along one of the 24 equivalent systems of twinning shear.

  11. 'Forbidden' reflections in resonant diffraction of synchrotron radiation in yttrium aluminum garnet Y{sub 3}Al{sub 5}O{sub 12}

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    Mukhamedzhanov, E. Kh.; Kovalchuk, M. V.; Borisov, M. M.; Ovchinnikova, E. N. Oreshko, A. P.; Dmitrienko, V. E.

    2011-01-15

    The purely resonant Bragg reflections (13, 13, 0) and (14, 0, 0) in yttrium aluminum garnet Y{sub 3}Al{sub 5}O{sub 12} at energies near the K absorption edge of yttrium have been studied experimentally and theoretically. The anisotropic tensor atomic factor of yttrium corresponding to dipole-dipole resonance transitions depends on three independent parameters changing with energy. The intensities of the reflections (14, 0, 0) and (13, 13, 0) are shown to depend on the parameter difference f{sub 1}(E) - f{sub 2}(E) and the parameter f{sub 3}(E), respectively, which are attributable to distortions of the wave functions of the excited atoms and change greatly with photon energy E. Studying various reflections has allowed one to determine the various components of the tensor atomic factor and to compare them with the results of numerical calculations.

  12. Data characterizing compressive properties of Al/Al2O3 syntactic foam core metal matrix sandwich.

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    Omar, Mohammed Yaseer; Xiang, Chongchen; Gupta, Nikhil; Strbik, Oliver M; Cho, Kyu

    2015-12-01

    Microstructural observations and compressive property datasets of metal matrix syntactic foam core sandwich composite at quasi-static and high strain rate (HSR) conditions (525-845 s(-1)) are provided. The data supplied in this article includes sample preparation procedure prior to scanning electron and optical microscopy as well as the micrographs. The data used to construct the stress-strain curves and the derived compressive properties of all specimens in both quasi-static and HSR regions are included. Videos of quasi-static compressive failure and that obtained by a high speed image acquisition system during deformation and failure of HSR specimen are also included. PMID:26587558

  13. Data characterizing compressive properties of Al/Al2O3 syntactic foam core metal matrix sandwich

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    Omar, Mohammed Yaseer; Xiang, Chongchen; Gupta, Nikhil; Strbik, Oliver M.; Cho, Kyu

    2015-01-01

    Microstructural observations and compressive property datasets of metal matrix syntactic foam core sandwich composite at quasi-static and high strain rate (HSR) conditions (525–845 s?1) are provided. The data supplied in this article includes sample preparation procedure prior to scanning electron and optical microscopy as well as the micrographs. The data used to construct the stress–strain curves and the derived compressive properties of all specimens in both quasi-static and HSR regions are included. Videos of quasi-static compressive failure and that obtained by a high speed image acquisition system during deformation and failure of HSR specimen are also included. PMID:26587558

  14. Aluminum anode for aluminum-air battery - Part I: Influence of aluminum purity

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    Cho, Young-Joo; Park, In-Jun; Lee, Hyeok-Jae; Kim, Jung-Gu

    2015-03-01

    2N5 commercial grade aluminum (99.5% purity) leads to the lower aluminum-air battery performances than 4N high pure grade aluminum (99.99% purity) due to impurities itself and formed impurity complex layer which contained Fe, Si, Cu and others. The impurity complex layer of 2N5 grade Al declines the battery voltage on standby status. It also depletes discharge current and battery efficiency at 1.0 V which is general operating voltage of aluminum-air battery. However, the impurity complex layer of 2N5 grade Al is dissolved with decreasing discharge voltage to 0.8 V. This phenomenon leads to improvement of discharge current density and battery efficiency by reducing self-corrosion reaction. This study demonstrates the possibility of use of 2N5 grade Al which is cheaper than 4N grade Al as the anode for aluminum-air battery.

  15. The electronic structure of ultrathin aluminum oxide film grown on FeAl,,110...: A photoemission spectroscopy

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    of bulk oxides. Thin oxide films grown on NiAl alloys have been the subject of many previous studies due for coatings such as those on turbine blades in jet engines and because they provide an appropriate transition metal alloy, like NiAl, and possesses the same crystal structure CsCl type. The oxi- dation

  16. Tailored growth of in situAl4SiC4 in laser melted aluminum melt

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    Chang, Fei; Gu, Dongdong

    2015-04-01

    The crystallization and growth of in situ crystals during non-equilibrium laser rapid melting/solidification process is an important research topic in the fields of both Applied Physics and Materials Science. The present paper studies the development mechanisms of in situ formed Al4SiC4 ceramic phase within the selective laser melted SiC/AlSi10Mg composites. Two different-structured Al4SiC4 having strip and particle morphologies were disclosed and their growth mechanisms were influenced by laser linear energy density (LED). An elevated LED resulted in a larger degree formation of strip-structured Al4SiC4 with the gradually coarsened crystal sizes in its length and thickness. The homogeneously dispersed particle-shaped Al4SiC4 exhibited a considerably refined nanostructure with a proper increase in LED, but showing a significant coarsening of particles at an excessive LED.

  17. Ultrathin aluminum oxide films: Al-sublattice structure and the effect of substrate on ad-metal adhesion

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    JENNISON,DWIGHT R.; BOGICEVIC,ALEXANDER

    2000-03-06

    First principles density-functional slab calculations are used to study 5 {angstrom} (two O-layer) Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} films on Ru(0001) and Al(111). Using larger unit cells than in a recent study, it is found that the lowest energy stable film has an even mix of tetrahedral (t) and octahedral (o) site Al ions, and thus most closely resembles the {kappa}-phase of bulk alumina. Here, alternating zig-zag rows of t and o occur within the surface plane, resulting in a greater average lateral separation of the Al-ions than with pure t or o. A second structure with an even mix of t and o has also been found, consisting of alternating stripes. These patterns mix easily, can exist in three equivalent directions on basal substrates, and can also be displaced laterally, suggesting a mechanism for a loss of long-range order in the Al-sublattice. While the latter would cause the film to appear amorphous in diffraction experiments, local coordination and film density are little affected. On a film supported by rigid Ru(0001), overlayers of Cu, Pd, and Pt bind similarly as on bulk truncated {alpha}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}(0001). However, when the film is supported by soft Al(111), the adhesion of Cu, Pd, and Pt metal overlayers is significantly increased: Oxide-surface Al atoms rise so only they contact the overlayer, while substrate Al metal atoms migrate into the oxide film. Thus the binding energy of metal overlayers is strongly substrate dependent, and these numbers for the above Pd-overlayer systems bracket a recent experimentally derived value for a film on NiAl(110).

  18. Growth of aluminum-free porous oxide layers on titanium and its alloys Ti-6Al-4V and Ti-6Al-7Nb by micro-arc oxidation.

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    Duarte, Laís T; Bolfarini, Claudemiro; Biaggio, Sonia R; Rocha-Filho, Romeu C; Nascente, Pedro A P

    2014-08-01

    The growth of oxides on the surfaces of pure Ti and two of its ternary alloys, Ti-6Al-4V and Ti-6Al-7Nb, by micro-arc oxidation (MAO) in a pH 5 phosphate buffer was investigated. The primary aim was to form thick, porous, and aluminum-free oxide layers, because these characteristics favor bonding between bone and metal when the latter is implanted in the human body. On Ti, Ti-6Al-4 V, and Ti-6Al-7Nb, the oxides exhibited breakdown potentials of about 200 V, 130 V, and 140 V, respectively, indicating that the oxide formed on the pure metal is the most stable. The use of the MAO procedure led to the formation of highly porous oxides, with a uniform distribution of pores; the pores varied in size, depending on the anodizing applied voltage and time. Irrespective of the material being anodized, Raman analyses allowed us to determine that the oxide films consisted mainly of the anatase phase of TiO2, and XPS results indicated that this oxide is free of Al and any other alloying element. PMID:24907769

  19. MICROSTRUCTURE EVOLUTION MODELING FOR SOLUTION TREATMENT OF ALUMINUM ALLOYS

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    Yin, Hebi; Sabau, Adrian S; Skszek, Timothy; Niu, X

    2013-01-01

    The microstructure evolution during solution treatment plays an important role in mechanical properties of heat-treated aluminum alloys. In this paper, models were reviewed that can predict the microstructure evolution during the solutionizing process of the aging heat treatment of aluminum alloys. The dissolution of Mg2Si particles has been modeled as a diffusion process of Mg in the -Al matrix. The evolution of volumetric fraction of fragmented silicon as a function of time and temperature was also considered. The growth and coarsening of silicon particles during the heat treatment was considered. It was found that constitutive equations and required property data for most of the phenomena that need to be considered are available. Several model parameters that need to be obtained from material characterization were identified. Pending the availability of these model parameters, this comprehensive model can be used to describe the microstructure evolution of aluminum alloys in order to optimize the solutionizing heat treatment for energy savings.

  20. Crystal Growth and Structure Analysis of a New Scandium Aluminum Boride Sc 2AlB 6

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    Okada, Shigeru; Tanaka, Takaho; Leithe-Jasper, A.; Michiue, Yuichi; Gurin, Vladimir N.

    2000-10-01

    Single crystals of a new ternary boride Sc2AlB6 were obtained from the Sc-Al-B system using high-temperature Al melts under an argon atmosphere. The growth conditions for large crystals were established. Sc2AlB6 crystals were obtained in the form of needle-like rectangles extending along the direction of the b axis or in the form of thick platelets with large c planes. The crystals were examined by powder X-ray diffraction and chemical analyses, and the crystal structure of Sc2AlB6 was investigated by single-crystal X-ray diffractometry. The crystal structure of Sc2AlB6 is of the Y2ReB6 type with the space group Pbam and the unit cell parameters are a=0.8937(3) nm, b=1.1226(3) nm, c=0.3433(1) nm, V=344.4(1)×10-3 nm3, Z=4. The structure refinement converged at an R(F2) value of 0.046 for 1545 reflections. The structural characteristics of Sc2AlB6 are discussed.

  1. Melting process of nanometer-sized in particles embedded in an Al matrix synthesized by ball milling

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    Sheng, H.W.; Xu, J.; Yu, L.G.; Sun, X.K.; Hu, Z.Q.; Lu, K.

    1996-11-01

    Dispersions of nanometer-sized In particles embedded in an Al matrix (10 wt.{percent} In) have been synthesized by ball milling of a mixture of Al and In powders. The as-milled product was characterized by using x-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive x-ray spectrometer (EDX), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HREM), respectively. It was found that In and Al are pure components immiscible with each other, with nanometer-sized In particles dispersively embedded in the Al matrix. The melting behavior of In particles was investigated by means of differential scanning calorimeter (DSC). The calorimetric measurements indicate that both the melting point and the melting enthalpy of the In nanoparticles decrease with increasing milling time, or refinement of the In particles. Compared to its bulk melting temperature, a melting point depression of 13.4 K was observed when the mean grain size of In is 15 nm, and the melting point depression of In nanoparticles is proportional to the reciprocal of the mean grain size. The melting enthalpy depression was interpreted according to the two-state concept for the nanoparticles. Melting of the interface was deduced to be an exothermal process due to its large excess energy/volume. {copyright} {ital 1996 Materials Research Society.}

  2. Studies of waste-canister compatibility. [Waste forms: Al-Si and Pb-Sn matrix alloys, FUETAP, glass, Synroc D, and waste particles coated with carbon or carbon plus SiC

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    McCoy, H.E.

    1983-01-01

    Compatibility studies were conducted between 7 waste forms and 15 potential canister structural materials. The waste forms were Al-Si and Pb-Sn matrix alloys, FUETAP, glass, Synroc D, and waste particles coated with carbon or carbon plus silicon carbide. The canister materials included carbon steel (bare and with chromium or nickel coatings), copper, Monel, Cu-35% Ni, titanium (grades 2 and 12), several Inconels, aluminum alloy 5052, and two stainless steels. Tests of either 6888 or 8821 h were conducted at 100 and 300/sup 0/C, which bracket the low and high limits expected during storage. Glass and FUETAP evolved sulfur, which reacted preferentially with copper, nickel, and alloys of these metals. The Pb-Sn matrix alloy stuck to all samples and the carbon-coated particles to most samples at 300/sup 0/C, but the extent of chemical reaction was not determined. Testing for 0.5 h at 800/sup 0/C was included because it is representative of a transportation accident and is required of casks containing nuclear materials. During these tests (1) glass and FUETAP evolved sulfur, (2) FUETAP evolved large amounts of gas, (3) Synroc stuck to titanium alloys, (4) glass was molten, and (5) both matrix alloys were molten with considerable chemical interactions with many of the canister samples. If this test condition were imposed on waste canisters, it would be design limiting in many waste storage concepts.

  3. Crack Propagation During Sustained-Load Cracking of Al-Zn-Mg-Cu Aluminum Alloys Exposed to Moist Air or Distilled Water

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    Holroyd, N. J. Henry; Scamans, G. M.

    2011-12-01

    Intergranular sustained-load cracking of Al-Zn-Mg-Cu (AA7xxx series) aluminum alloys exposed to moist air or distilled water at temperatures in the range 283 K to 353 K (10 °C to 80 °C) has been reviewed in detail, paying particular attention to local processes occurring in the crack-tip region during crack propagation. Distinct crack-arrest markings formed on intergranular fracture faces generated under fixed-displacement loading conditions are not generated under monotonic rising-load conditions, but can form under cyclic-loading conditions if loading frequencies are sufficiently low. The observed crack-arrest markings are insensitive to applied stress intensity factor, alloy copper content and temper, but are temperature sensitive, increasing from ~150 nm at room temperature to ~400 nm at 313 K (40 °C). A re-evaluation of published data reveals the apparent activation energy, E a for crack propagation in Al-Zn-Mg(-Cu) alloys is consistently ~35 kJ/mol for temperatures above ~313 K (40 °C), independent of copper content or the applied stress intensity factor, unless the alloy contains a significant volume fraction of S-phase, Al2CuMg where E a is ~80 kJ/mol. For temperatures below ~313 K (40 °C) E a is independent of copper content for stress intensity factors below ~14 MNm-3/2, with a value ~80 kJ/mol but is sensitive to copper content for stress intensity factors above ~14 MNm-3/2, with E a , ranging from ~35 kJ/mol for copper-free alloys to ~80 kJ/mol for alloys containing 1.5 pct Cu. The apparent activation energy for intergranular sustained-load crack initiation is consistently ~110 kJ/mol for both notched and un-notched samples. Mechanistic implications are discussed and processes controlling crack growth, as a function of temperature, alloy copper content, and loading conditions are proposed that are consistent with the calculated apparent activation energies and known characteristics of intergranular sustained-load cracking. It is suggested, depending on the circumstances, that intergranular crack propagation in humid air and distilled water can be enhanced by the generation of aluminum hydride, AlH3, ahead of a propagating crack and/or its decomposition after formation within the confines of the nanoscale volumes available after increments of crack growth, defined by the crack arrest markings on intergranular fracture surfaces.

  4. Production of aluminum metal by electrolysis of aluminum sulfide

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    Minh, N.Q.; Loutfy, R.O.; Yao, N.P.

    1982-04-01

    Metallic aluminum may be produced by the electrolysis of Al/sub 2/S/sub 3/ at 700 to 800/sup 0/C in a chloride melt composed of one or more alkali metal chlorides, and one or more alkaline earth metal chlorides and/or aluminum chloride to provide improved operating characteristics of the process.

  5. Production of aluminum metal by electrolysis of aluminum sulfide

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    Minh, Nguyen Q. (Woodridge, IL); Loutfy, Raouf O. (Tucson, AZ); Yao, Neng-Ping (Clarendon Hills, IL)

    1984-01-01

    Production of metallic aluminum by the electrolysis of Al.sub.2 S.sub.3 at 700.degree.-800.degree. C. in a chloride melt composed of one or more alkali metal chlorides, and one or more alkaline earth metal chlorides and/or aluminum chloride to provide improved operating characteristics of the process.

  6. Short-term aluminum administration in the rat: reductions in bone formation without osteomalacia

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    Goodman, W.G.

    1984-05-01

    Aluminum may be a pathogenic factor in dialysis-associated osteomalacia. To study the early effects of Al on bone, cortical bone growth was measured in pair-fed rats given Al and control rats over two consecutive intervals of 28 (period I) and 16 (period II) days, respectively, using tetracycline labeling of bone. Al (2 mg elemental Al per rat) was administered intraperitoneally for 5 days each week, except for the first week of study, when an incremental dose of Al was given. Control rats received saline vehicle only. For the entire 44-day study, bone and matrix formation were reduced from control values in rats given Al. Although bone and matrix formation remained at control levels during period I in rats given Al, both measurements decreased from control values during period II. During Al exposure, bone and matrix apposition at the periosteum were reduced from control levels in period II, but not in period I. Neither osteoid width nor mineralization front width increased from control values in rats given Al. These findings indicate that Al reduces bone and matrix formation early in the course of Al exposure and prior to the development of histologic osteomalacia. Rather than acting as an inhibitor of mineralization, the early effect of Al on bone is the suppression of matrix synthesis. Our results suggest that the state of low bone formation seen in dialysis-associated osteomalacia may be the consequence of a direct toxic effect of Al on the cellular activity of osteoblasts. 29 references, 3 tables.

  7. Aluminum chain in Li2Al3H8(-) as suggested by photoelectron spectroscopy and ab initio calculations.

    PubMed

    Popov, Ivan A; Zhang, Xinxing; Eichhorn, Bryan W; Boldyrev, Alexander I; Bowen, Kit H

    2015-10-21

    Group 13 elements are very rarely observed to catenate into linear chains and experimental observation of such species is challenging. Herein we report unique results obtained via combined photoelectron spectroscopy and ab initio studies of the Li2Al3H8(-) cluster that confirm the formation of an Al chain surrounded by hydrogen atoms in a very particular manner. Comprehensive searches for the most stable structure of the Li2Al3H8(-) cluster have shown that the global minimum isomer I possesses a geometric structure, which resembles the structure of propane, similar to the experimentally known Zintl-phase Cs10H[Ga3H8]3 compound featuring the propane-like [Ga3H8](3-) polyanions. Theoretical simulations of the photoelectron spectrum have demonstrated the presence of only one isomer (isomer I) in the molecular beam. Chemical bonding analysis of the Li2Al3H8(-) cluster has revealed two classical Al-Al ? bonds constituting the propane-like kernel. PMID:26358650

  8. Decarbonization process for carbothermically produced aluminum

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    Bruno, Marshall J.; Carkin, Gerald E.; DeYoung, David H.; Dunlap, Sr., Ronald M.

    2015-06-30

    A method of recovering aluminum is provided. An alloy melt having Al.sub.4C.sub.3 and aluminum is provided. This mixture is cooled and then a sufficient amount of a finely dispersed gas is added to the alloy melt at a temperature of about 700.degree. C. to about 900.degree. C. The aluminum recovered is a decarbonized carbothermically produced aluminum where the step of adding a sufficient amount of the finely dispersed gas effects separation of the aluminum from the Al.sub.4C.sub.3 precipitates by flotation, resulting in two phases with the Al.sub.4C.sub.3 precipitates being the upper layer and the decarbonized aluminum being the lower layer. The aluminum is then recovered from the Al.sub.4C.sub.3 precipitates through decanting.

  9. Optical reflection from the Bragg lattice of AsSb metal nanoinclusions in an AlGaAs matrix

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    Ushanov, V. I.; Chaldyshev, V. V.; Preobrazhenskii, V. V.; Putyato, M. A.; Semyagin, B. R.

    2013-08-15

    The optical properties of metal-semiconductor metamaterials based on an AlGaAs matrix are studied. The specific feature of these materials is that there are As and AsSb nanoinclusion arrays which modify the dielectric properties of the material. These nanoinclusions are randomly arranged in the medium or form a Bragg structure with a reflectance peak at a wavelength close to 750 nm, corresponding to the transparency region of the matrix. The reflectance spectra are studied for s- and p-polarized light at different angles of incidence. It is shown that (i) As nanoinclusion arrays only slightly influence the optical properties of the medium in the wavelength range 700-900 nm, (ii) chaotic AsSb nanoinclusion arrays cause strong scattering of light, and (iii) the spatial periodicity in the arrangement of AsSb nanoinclusions is responsible for Bragg resonance in the optical reflection.

  10. Durability of nickel-metal hydride (Ni-MH) battery cathode using nickel-aluminum layered double hydroxide/carbon (Ni-Al LDH/C) composite

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    Béléké, Alexis Bienvenu; Higuchi, Eiji; Inoue, Hiroshi; Mizuhata, Minoru

    2014-02-01

    We report the durability of the optimized nickel-aluminum layered double hydroxide/carbon (Ni-Al LDH/C) composite prepared by liquid phase deposition (LPD) as cathode active materials in nickel metal hydride (Ni-MH) secondary battery. The positive electrode was used for charge-discharge measurements under two different current: 5 mA for 300 cycles in half-cell conditions, and 5.8 mA for 569 cycles in battery regime, respectively. The optimized Ni-Al LDH/C composite exhibits a good lifespan and stability with the capacity retention above 380 mA h gcomp-1 over 869 cycles. Cyclic voltammetry shows that the ?-Ni(OH)2/?-NiOOH redox reaction is maintained even after 869 cycles, and the higher current regime is beneficial in terms of materials utilization. X-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns of the cathode after charge and discharge confirms that the ?-Ni(OH)2/?-NiOOH redox reaction occurs without any intermediate phase.

  11. Thermal expansion studies of prestrained Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}/Al metal matrix composite

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    Elomari, S.; Boukhili, R.; Lloyd, D.J.

    1996-05-01

    The present study was undertaken to investigate the effect of prestraining on the coefficient of thermal expansion (CTE) of 10 and 20 volume percent (v/o) Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} particle-reinforced composite over various temperature ranges using thermal mechanical analysis (TMA). The CTE of the composite was shown to be dependent on the volume fraction of the broken particle, plastic yielding and flow, and other transformation processes occurring at elevated temperatures. The experimentally measured values of the CTE were found to be in good agreement with Schapery`s model at various values of plastic prestrain (0--10%) and with a modified Kerner`s equation, at high prestraining ({epsilon}{sub p} > 4%) for a wider temperature range.

  12. Aluminum induces inflammatory and proteolytic alterations in human monocytic cell line.

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    Ligi, D; Santi, M; Croce, L; Mannello, F

    2015-11-01

    The increasing exposure to aluminum has been linked with the development of different human pathologies (e.g., breast cancer, myofasciitis, neurodegenerative diseases), probably due to the consistent presence of aluminum salts in widely diffused cosmetic products and vaccines. However, the mechanisms underlying immunologic and proliferative alterations still remain unknown. In the present study we investigated the ability of different aluminum compounds (i.e., aluminum chloride vs Imject® Alum, a mixture of aluminum and magnesium hydroxide) to trigger both inflammatory and proteolytic responses in U-937 human monocytic cell line. We demonstrated, by multiplex immunoassay analyses, that monocytic cells treated with both Imject Alum and aluminum chloride showed different and peculiar expression profiles of 27 inflammatory mediators and 5 matrix metalloproteinases, with respect to untreated control cells. In particular, we found dose-dependent significantly increased levels of pro-inflammatory cytokines, growth factors, and chemoattractant chemokines; whereas among metalloproteinases, only collagenolytic protease showed a significant dose-dependent increase in Imject-treated cells with respect to controls and Al-chloride treated cells. Noteworthy, we found only in Imject Alum-treated cells the significant positive correlations among collagenolytic metalloproteinase and increased expression of pro-inflammatory chemokines, suggesting a possible involvement of aluminum in regulating the acute inflammatory responses. In agreement to emerging evidences, for the first time we demonstrated that the treatment of monocyte cells with aluminum-based adjuvant is able to induce an inflammatory status and a proteolytic cascade activation. In fact, the cell treatment with Imject Alum induced increased levels of several cytokines and proteinases, suggesting these monocyte mediators as possible biomarkers for aluminum-linked diseases. The identification of the biochemical pathways involved in Al-induced cell injury pave the way for improving the knowledge on the potential impact of aluminum in human physio-pathology. PMID:26421828

  13. Morphology and properties of a hybrid organic-inorganic system: Al nanoparticles embedded into CuPc thin film

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    Molodtsova, O. V.; Babenkov, S. V.; Aristova, I. M.; Vilkov, O. V.; Aristov, V. Yu.

    2014-04-28

    The evolution of the morphology and the electronic structure of the hybrid organic-inorganic system composed of aluminum nanoparticles (NPs) distributed in an organic semiconductor matrix—copper phthalocyanine (CuPc)—as a function of nominal aluminum content was studied by transmission electron microscopy and by photoemission spectroscopy methods. The aluminum atoms deposited onto the CuPc surface diffuse into the organic matrix and self-assemble to NPs in a well-defined manner with a narrow diameter distribution, which depends on the amount of aluminum that is evaporated onto the CuPc film. We find clear evidence of a charge transfer from Al to CuPc and we have been able to determine the lattice sites where Al ions sit. The finally at high coverage about 64?Å the formation of metallic aluminum overlayer on CuPc thin film takes place.

  14. Morphology and properties of a hybrid organic-inorganic system: Al nanoparticles embedded into CuPc thin film

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    Molodtsova, O. V.; Aristova, I. M.; Babenkov, S. V.; Vilkov, O. V.; Aristov, V. Yu.

    2014-04-01

    The evolution of the morphology and the electronic structure of the hybrid organic-inorganic system composed of aluminum nanoparticles (NPs) distributed in an organic semiconductor matrix—copper phthalocyanine (CuPc)—as a function of nominal aluminum content was studied by transmission electron microscopy and by photoemission spectroscopy methods. The aluminum atoms deposited onto the CuPc surface diffuse into the organic matrix and self-assemble to NPs in a well-defined manner with a narrow diameter distribution, which depends on the amount of aluminum that is evaporated onto the CuPc film. We find clear evidence of a charge transfer from Al to CuPc and we have been able to determine the lattice sites where Al ions sit. The finally at high coverage about 64 Å the formation of metallic aluminum overlayer on CuPc thin film takes place.

  15. Surface studies on the thermite mixture of Al/Cu/sub 2/O. II. Thickness measurements of carbon and of aluminum oxide on aluminum, and changes in copper chemistry

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    Rengan, A.; Haws, L.D.; Moddeman, W.E.; Wang, P.S.

    1980-10-10

    Improved surface analysis techniques of x-ray induced photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and high resolution Auger spectroscopy (AES) were used to study thermite materials. The thermite under examination was a powdered mixuture of aluminum metal and cuprous oxide in a mole ratio of 2/3. These improved techniques were used to examine the surfaces of the aluminum metal and of the cuprous oxide for the presence, the amount, and the thickness of contaminants. Carbon, aluminum oxide, cupric oxide, and metallic-like copper were found on the reactants and mixtures. XPS and AES spectra of aluminum and copper are given, and equations are derived which allow for the calculation of carbon and oxide thicknesses.

  16. Enhanced vertical and lateral hole transport in high aluminum-containing AlGaN for deep ultraviolet light emitters

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    Cheng, B.; Choi, S.; Northrup, J. E.; Yang, Z.; Knollenberg, C.; Teepe, M.; Wunderer, T.; Chua, C. L.; Johnson, N. M.

    2013-06-01

    Improved p-type conductivity is demonstrated in AlGaN:Mg superlattice (SL) cladding layers with average Al composition ˜60%. The vertical conductivity ranges from 6.6 × 10-5 S/cm at a DC current of 1 mA to ˜0.1 S/cm at 550 mA and approaches the lateral conductivity that was obtained from Hall-effect measurements. The effective acceptor activation energy (EA) in the SL was determined to be 17 meV, nearly 10× smaller than EA in homogeneous p-GaN. The devices sustain current densities of 11 kA/cm2 under DC and up to 21 kA/cm2 under pulsed operation.

  17. Tungsten wire/FeCrAlY matrix turbine blade fabrication study

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    Melnyk, P.; Fleck, J. N.

    1979-01-01

    The objective was to establish a viable FRS monotape technology base to fabricate a complex, advanced turbine blade. All elements of monotape fabrication were addressed. A new process for incorporation of the matrix, including bi-alloy matrices, was developed. Bonding, cleaning, cutting, sizing, and forming parameters were established. These monotapes were then used to fabricate a 48 ply solid JT9D-7F 1st stage turbine blade. Core technology was then developed and first a 12 ply and then a 7 ply shell hollow airfoil was fabricated. As the fabrication technology advanced, additional airfoils incorporated further elements of sophistication, by introducing in sequence bonded root blocks, cross-plying, bi-metallic matrix, tip cap, trailing edge slots, and impingement inserts.

  18. Mechanisms of aluminum tolerance

    Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

    Aluminum (Al) toxicity limits agricultural productivity over much of the world’s arable land by inhibiting root growth and development. Affected plants have difficulty in acquiring adequate water and nutrition from their soil environments and thus have stunted shoot development and diminished yield....

  19. Composite aluminum conductor for high current density applications at cryogenic temperatures

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    Premkumar, M. K.; Billman, F. R.; Chakrabarti, D. J.; Dawless, R. K.; Austen, A. R.

    Electrical resistivity of high purity aluminum decreases by several order of magnitude below a temperature of approximately 25 K and consequently it can be for high current density applications at these low temperatures. However, high-purity aluminum does not have the requisite strength to withstand magnetic forces produced by the high currents. A composite conductor consisting of high purity aluminum filaments supported in a high strength powder metallurgy processed Al-Fe-Ce alloy matrix has been successfully fabricated to meet these requirements by a combination of hot extrusion through streamline dies followed by cold drawing to wire gauges. Effects of hot extrusion and cold drawings as well as the influence of superimposed hydrostatic stresses during cold working on the filament shape are considered in terms of deformation principles. Results of microstructural observations and theoretical analyses of diffusional contamination of the high purity aluminum filaments during processing are presented.

  20. Improved Irradiation Performance of Uranium-Molybdenum/Aluminum Dispersion Fuel by Silicon Addition in Aluminum

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    Yeon Soo Kim; G. L. Hofman; A. B. Robinson; D. M. Wachs

    2013-10-01

    Uranium-molybdenum fuel particle dispersion in aluminum is a form of fuel under development for conversion of high-power research and test reactors from highly enriched to low-enriched uranium in the U.S. Global Threat Reduction Initiative program (also known as the Reduced Enrichment for Research and Test Reactors program). Extensive irradiation tests have been conducted to find a solution for problems caused by interaction layer growth and pore formation between U-Mo and Al. Adding a small amount of Si (up to [approximately]5 wt%) in the Al matrix was one of the proposed remedies. The effect of silicon addition in the Al matrix was examined using irradiation test results by comparing side-by-side samples with different Si additions. Interaction layer growth was progressively reduced with increasing Si addition to the matrix Al, up to 4.8 wt%. The Si addition also appeared to delay pore formation and growth between the U-Mo and Al.

  1. Development of Ta-matrix Nb3Al Strand and Cable for High-Field Accelerator Magnet

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    Tsuchiya, K.; Ghosh, A.; Kikuchi, A.; Takeuchi, T.; Banno, N.; Iijima, Y.; Nimori, S.; Takigawa, H.; Terashima, A.; Nakamoto, T.; Kuroda, Y.; Maruyama, M.; Takao, T.; Tanaka, K.; Nakagawa, K.; Barzi, E.; Yamada, R.; Zlobin, A.

    2011-08-03

    Research and development of Nb{sub 3}Al strands and cables for a high field accelerator magnet is ongoing under the framework of the CERN-KEK collaboration. In this program, new Ta-matrix Nb{sub 3}Al strands were developed and their mechanical properties and superconducting properties were studied. The non-Cu J{sub c} values of these strands were 750 {approx} 800 A/mm{sup 2} at 15 T and 4.2 K. Using these strands, test fabrication of 27-strand Rutherford cable was carried out in collaboration with NIMS and Fermilab. The properties of the strands extracted from the cable were examined and it was found that there was no degradation of the superconducting properties of the strands. In this paper, we report the fabrication of the strands and the cable in brief and present some of the results obtained by studying their properties.

  2. Aluminum-fly ash metal matrix composites for automotive parts. [Reports for October 1 to December 31, 1999, and January 1 - to March 31, 2000

    SciTech Connect

    Weiss, David; Purgert, Robert; Rhudy, Richard; Rohatgi, Pradeep

    2000-04-21

    The highlights of this report are: (1) fly ash classified by less than 100 microns in size was mixed into a 300 lb melt of alloy 535 without the need of a magnesium additive; (2) a vibratory feeder fitted with a sieve was used as the means to minimize particle clustering while introducing fly ash into the aluminum alloy 535 melt; and (3) the industrial-size field test was successful in that sand mold castings and permanent mold castings of tensile bars, K mold bars, and ingots were made from aluminum alloy 535-fly ash mix. Use of aluminum alloy 535 containing 7% magnesium precluded the need to introduce additional magnesium into the melt. The third round of sand mold castings as well as permanent mold castings produced components and ingots of alloy 535 instead of alloy 356. The ingots will be remelted and cast into parts to assess the improvement of flyash distribution which occurs through reheating and the solidification wetting process. Microstructure analysis continues on sand and permanent mold castings to study particle distribution in the components. A prototype sand cast intake manifold casting was found to be pressure tight which is a major performance requirement for this part. Another heat of pressure die cast brackets of A380-classified fly ash will be made to examine their strength and fly ash distribution. Ingots of A356-fly ash have been made at Eck for remelting at Thompson Aluminum for squeeze casting into motor mounts.

  3. Influence of Cr and W alloying on the fiber-matrix interfacial shear strength in cast and directionally solidified sapphire NiAl composites

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    Asthana, R.; Tiwari, R.; Tewari, S. N.

    1995-01-01

    Sapphire-reinforced NiAl matrix composites with chromium or tungsten as alloying additions were synthesized using casting and zone directional solidification (DS) techniques and characterized by a fiber pushout test as well as by microhardness measurements. The sapphire-NiAl(Cr) specimens exhibited an interlayer of Cr rich eutectic at the fiber-matrix interface and a higher interfacial shear strength compared to unalloyed sapphire-NiAl specimens processed under identical conditions. In contrast, the sapphire-NiAl(W) specimens did not show interfacial excess of tungsten rich phases, although the interfacial shear strength was high and comparable to that of sapphire-NiAl(Cr). The postdebond sliding stress was higher in sapphire-NiAl(Cr) than in sapphire-NiAl(W) due to interface enrichment with chromium particles. The matrix microhardness progressively decreased with increasing distance from the interface in both DS NiAl and NiAl(Cr) specimens. The study highlights the potential of casting and DS techniques to improve the toughness and strength of NiAl by designing dual-phase microstructures in NiAl alloys reinforced with sapphire fibers.

  4. Understanding and development of cost-effective industrial aluminum back surface field (Al-BSF) silicon solar cells

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    Chen, Nian

    For the long-term strategy of gradual decarbonization of the world's energy supply, high penetration of PV electricity is critical in the future world energy landscape. In order to achieve this, solar electricity with competitive cost to fossil fuel energy is necessary. To be able to obtain high efficiency solar cells, many advanced cell architectures have been developed commercially by PV industry. However, the fabrication of these cells necessitates complex processing steps and high requirements on semiconductor materials, which make it not as cost-effective as the state-of-the-art conventional Al-BSF structure. In order to keep the cost of PV cell low and improve on the efficiency with fewer processing steps, this thesis work focuses on the understanding of the conventional Al-BSF solar cell structure. The research work therefore, focuses on the (i) design, and modeling of front metal electrodes including the use of multi-bus-bar capable of decreasing the gridline resistance, (ii) fine-line printing and (iii) metal contact co-firing using high belt speed that is not common to the solar industry to achieve ~20% efficient industrial Al-BSF silicon solar cells. In order to achieve the objectives of this thesis work, firstly, the appropriate Al paste was investigated for lowest back surface recombination velocity (BSRV), which gives high open circuit voltage (Voc). Secondly, the impact of emitter sheet resistance on solar cell performance was modeled to determine the optimal sheet resistance, and the uniformity of emitter was also investigated. Thirdly, modeling on the front metal electrodes was carried out to investigate the optimal number of busbars, and determine the optimum number of gridlines and gridline geometries that would result in low series resistance (Rs), high fill factor (FF) and hence high efficiency. Fourthly, the modeled results were experimentally validated through fine-line printing and optimized contact co-firing. By combining each layer to make solar cells, Voc of ~642 mV, Jsc of ~38.5 mA/cm 2 and FF of ~80.4% led to average ~19.8% efficient cell. Based on the experimental results, other innovative front grid designs are proposed that can lead to >20% energy conversion efficiency.

  5. Influence of thin porous Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} layer on aluminum cathode to the H{sub a}lpha line shape in glow discharge

    SciTech Connect

    Steflekova, V.; Sisovic, N. M.; Konjevic, N.

    2009-06-01

    The results of the Balmer alfa line shape study in a plane cathode-hollow anode Grimm discharge with aluminum (Al) cathode covered with thin layer of porous Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} are presented. The comparison with same line profile recorded with pure Al cathode shows lack of excessive Doppler broadened line wings, which are always detected in glow discharge with metal cathode. The effect is explained by the lack of strong electric field in the cathode sheath region, which is missing in the presence of thin oxide layer in, so called, spray discharge.

  6. Li.sub.2 O-Al.sub.2 O.sub.3 -SiO.sub.2 glass ceramic-aluminum containing austenitic stainless steel composite body and a method of producing the same

    DOEpatents

    Cassidy, Roger T. (Monroe, OH)

    1990-05-01

    The present invention relates to a hermetically sealed Li.sub.2 O-Al.sub.2 O.sub.3 -SiO.sub.2 glass ceramic-aluminum containing stainless steel composite body and a method of producing the body. The composite body includes an oxide interfacial region between the glass ceramic and metal, wherein the interfacial region consists essentially of an Al.sub.2 O.sub.3 layer. The interfacial Al.sub.2 O.sub.3 region includes constituents of both the metal and glass ceramic.

  7. Regeneration of aluminum hydride

    DOEpatents

    Graetz, Jason Allan (Mastic, NY); Reilly, James J. (Bellport, NY)

    2009-04-21

    The present invention provides methods and materials for the formation of hydrogen storage alanes, AlH.sub.x, where x is greater than 0 and less than or equal to 6 at reduced H.sub.2 pressures and temperatures. The methods rely upon reduction of the change in free energy of the reaction between aluminum and molecular H.sub.2. The change in free energy is reduced by lowering the entropy change during the reaction by providing aluminum in a state of high entropy, by increasing the magnitude of the change in enthalpy of the reaction or combinations thereof.

  8. Regeneration of aluminum hydride

    DOEpatents

    Graetz, Jason Allan; Reilly, James J; Wegrzyn, James E

    2012-09-18

    The present invention provides methods and materials for the formation of hydrogen storage alanes, AlH.sub.x, where x is greater than 0 and less than or equal to 6 at reduced H.sub.2 pressures and temperatures. The methods rely upon reduction of the change in free energy of the reaction between aluminum and molecular H.sub.2. The change in free energy is reduced by lowering the entropy change during the reaction by providing aluminum in a state of high entropy, and by increasing the magnitude of the change in enthalpy of the reaction or combinations thereof.

  9. In Situ Observation of Solidification Conditions in Pulsed Laser Welding of AL6082 Aluminum Alloys to Evaluate Their Impact on Hot Cracking Susceptibility

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    von Witzendorff, Philipp; Kaierle, Stefan; Suttmann, Oliver; Overmeyer, Ludger

    2015-04-01

    The influence of laser pulse parameters on solidification conditions and hot crack formation in pulsed laser welding of Al6082 aluminum alloys was studied with the aid of high-speed cameras capturing visible and infrared radiation. Hot cracking was evaluated with respect to strain rate, strain, and metallurgical outcome. The strain rate was approximated by the product of interface velocity and temperature gradient at the interface. The temperature gradient decreases during the course of solidification and followed a specific course. The interface velocity was therefore used as an indicator for the strain rate, which increased in a logarithmic manner with respect to the slope of the laser pulse's cooling time. The accumulated strain was calculated by measuring the spot weld deformation during solidification. Within the heat-conduction welding regime, hot cracking can be reduced by lowering the interface velocity leading to a reduced strain rate and enhanced permeability of the dendritic microstructure. An over-proportional increase of the accumulated strain was observed for keyhole welding, which led to a high susceptibility to hot cracking regardless of the interface velocity. At low interface velocities, hot cracking was induced by extensive hydrogen diffusion at the solid-liquid interface, which promotes crack initiation.

  10. Heat capacity of yttrium aluminum garnet, Y{sub 3}Al{sub 5}O{sub 12}, in the range 350-610 K

    SciTech Connect

    Pashinkin, A.S.; Malkova, A.S.; Ivanov, I.A.

    1995-12-01

    Yttrium aluminum garnet (YAG), Y{sub 3}Al{sub 5}O{sub 12}, doped most often with neodymium (Nd{sup 3+}), is widely used as a gain medium in lasers. In thermodynamic and physical calculations aimed at optimizing conditions for the preparation of YAG, data on its thermodynamic properties, including heat capacity C{sub p}, are of key importance. In earlier studies, C{sub p} of undoped YAG in the range 4.25-300.8 K was measured and its standard entropy calculated. At higher temperatures (223 - 673), heat capacity measurements with an IT-S-400 calorimeter yielded values about 4% greater than an adiabatic calorimeter. This systematic error was taken into account in further calculations so as to match the C{sub p} data in the range 298-673 K with low-temperature measurements. These results should, however, be considered preliminary. Further measurements and more thorough data treatment revealed a pronounced scatter in C{sub p} data in the range 448 - 673 K. Therefore, we undertook repeat measurements of the isobaric heat capacity of YAG with a DSM-2M differential scanning calorimeter.

  11. Effect of thermal exposure, forming, and welding on high-temperature, dispersion-strengthened aluminum alloy: Al-8Fe-1V-2Si

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    Kennedy, J. R.; Gilman, P. S.; Zedalis, M. S.; Skinner, D. J.; Peltier, J. M.

    1991-01-01

    The feasibility of applying conventional hot forming and welding methods to high temperature aluminum alloy, Al-8Fe-1V-2Si (FVS812), for structural applications and the effect of thermal exposure on mechanical properties were determined. FVS812 (AA8009) sheet exhibited good hot forming and resistance welding characteristics. It was brake formed to 90 deg bends (0.5T bend radius) at temperatures greater than or equal to 390 C (730 F), indicating the feasibility of fabricating basic shapes, such as angles and zees. Hot forming of simple contoured-flanged parts was demonstrated. Resistance spot welds with good static and fatigue strength at room and elevated temperatures were readily produced. Extended vacuum degassing during billet fabrication reduced porosity in fusion and resistance welds. However, electron beam welding was not possible because of extreme degassing during welding, and gas-tungsten-arc welds were not acceptable because of severely degraded mechanical properties. The FVS812 alloy exhibited excellent high temperature strength stability after thermal exposures up to 315 C (600 F) for 1000 h. Extended billet degassing appeared to generally improve tensile ductility, fatigue strength, and notch toughness. But the effects of billet degassing and thermal exposure on properties need to be further clarified. The manufacture of zee-stiffened, riveted, and resistance-spot-welded compression panels was demonstrated.

  12. Aluminum-Based Cast In Situ Composites: A Review

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    Pramod, S. L.; Bakshi, Srinivasa R.; Murty, B. S.

    2015-06-01

    In situ composites are a class of composite materials in which the reinforcement is formed within the matrix by reaction during the processing. In situ method of composite synthesis has been widely followed by researchers because of several advantages over conventional stir casting such as fine particle size, clean interface, and good wettability of the reinforcement with the matrix and homogeneous distribution of the reinforcement compared to other processes. Besides this, in situ processing of composites by casting route is also economical and amenable for large scale production as compared to other methods such as powder metallurgy and spray forming. Commonly used reinforcements for Al and its alloys which can be produced in situ are Al2O3, AlN, TiB2, TiC, ZrB2, and Mg2Si. The aim of this paper is to review the current research and development in aluminum-based in situ composites by casting route.

  13. Structure and temperature effects on Nd3+ spectra in polycrystalline mixed scandium aluminum garnets Y3ScxAl5-xO12

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    Lupei, A.; Lupei, V.; Hau, S.; Gheorghe, C.; Voicu, F.

    2015-09-01

    New spectroscopic data obtained from high resolution low temperature absorption and emission spectra of Nd3+ in mixed scandium aluminum garnets Y3ScxAl5-xO12 - (x = 0-2) translucent ceramics revealed transition dependent composition effects: modification of the shapes (Lorentz at x = 0 and 2, quasi-Gauss at x = 1, x-dependent asymmetric for other x values, with obvious multicenter structure for low x), widths and shifts of the lines. Nd3+ electronic structure dependence on structural changes with composition is analyzed in terms of nephelauxetic effect and maximum splitting of manifolds: Sc3+ co-doping reduces the nephelauxetic effect, and the increase of 4F3/2 splitting from 85 cm-1 (x = 0) to 98 cm-1 (x = 2) denotes the lowering of local symmetry. The multicenter structure and inhomogeneous broadening of Nd3+ lines is attributed to crystal field distributions determined by the random occupancy of the octahedral sites by Sc3+ and Al3+. For low x (0.2) the resolved two satellites S1, S2 that accompany Nd:YAG lines are correlated to anisotropic crystal field perturbations produced by the n.n. Sc3+ by analogy to those determined by Y3+-antisites (excess of Y3+ ions that enter in octahedral sites of the melt-grown YAG crystals). The temperature evolution of the Nd3+ spectral characteristics (line intensity, shift, broadening) in the 10-300 K range is analyzed in terms of thermal population of the Stark levels, of the effect on electron-phonon interaction and on lattice expansion. The relevance of the spectroscopic properties on the laser emission characteristics in these systems is discussed.

  14. Aluminum alloys for ALS cryogenic tanks: Comparative measurements of cryogenic mechanical properties of Al-Li alloys and alloy 2219, February 1993

    SciTech Connect

    Reed, R.P.; Purtscher, P.T.; Simon, N.J.; McColskey, J.D.; Walsh, R.P.

    1993-02-01

    Tensile and fracture toughness were obtained at cryogenic temperatures to compare the Al-Li alloys 8090, 2090, and WL049, and alloy 2219 in various tempers and specimen orientations. The strongest alloy at very low temperatures is WL049-T851, which is about 10 percent stronger than 2090-T81. Both alloys are considerably stronger than 2219-T87. Alloy 2090-T81 is tougher (about 50 percent) than WL049-T851 at low temperatures; the higher toughness is attributed to the presence of fewer constituent particles and the tendency to delaminate at low temperatures. The delamination divides the moving crack, thus separating it into smaller regions where plane stress (rather than plane strain) conditions are conducive to increased toughness.

  15. Coordination between apoplastic and symplastic detoxification confers plant aluminum resistance.

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    Zhu, Xiao Fang; Lei, Gui Jie; Wang, Zhi Wei; Shi, Yuan Zhi; Braam, Janet; Li, Gui Xin; Zheng, Shao Jian

    2013-08-01

    Whether aluminum toxicity is an apoplastic or symplastic phenomenon is still a matter of debate. Here, we found that three auxin overproducing mutants, yucca, the recessive mutant superroot2, and superroot1 had increased aluminum sensitivity, while a transfer DNA insertion mutant, xyloglucan endotransglucosylase/hydrolases15 (xth15), showed enhanced aluminum resistance, accompanied by low endogenous indole-3-acetic acid levels, implying that auxin may be involved in plant responses to aluminum stress. We used yucca and xth15 mutants for further study. The two mutants accumulated similar total aluminum in roots and had significantly reduced cell wall aluminum and increased symplastic aluminum content relative to the wild-type ecotype Columbia, indicating that altered aluminum levels in the symplast or cell wall cannot fully explain the differential aluminum resistance of these two mutants. The expression of Al sensitive1 (ALS1), a gene that functions in aluminum redistribution between the cytoplasm and vacuole and contributes to symplastic aluminum detoxification, was less abundant in yucca and more abundant in xth15 than the wild type, consistent with possible ALS1 function conferring altered aluminum sensitivity in the two mutants. Consistent with the idea that xth15 can tolerate more symplastic aluminum because of possible ALS1 targeting to the vacuole, morin staining of yucca root tip sections showed more aluminum accumulation in the cytosol than in the wild type, and xth15 showed reduced morin staining of cytosolic aluminum, even though yucca and xth15 had similar overall symplastic aluminum content. Exogenous application of an active auxin analog, naphthylacetic acid, to the wild type mimicked the aluminum sensitivity and distribution phenotypes of yucca, verifying that auxin may regulate aluminum distribution in cells. Together, these data demonstrate that auxin negatively regulates aluminum tolerance through altering ALS1 expression and aluminum distribution within plant cells, and plants must coordinate exclusion and internal detoxification to reduce aluminum toxicity effectively. PMID:23776189

  16. Optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) of carbon-doped aluminum oxide (Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}:C) for film dosimetry in radiotherapy

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    Schembri, V.; Heijmen, B. J. M.

    2007-06-15

    Introduction and Purpose: Conventional x-ray films and radiochromic films have inherent challenges for high precision radiotherapy dosimetry. Here we have investigated basic characteristics of optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) of irradiated films containing carbon-doped aluminum oxide (Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}:C) for dosimetry in therapeutic photon and electron beams. Materials and Methods: The OSL films consist of a polystyrene sheet, with a top layer of a mixture of single crystals of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}:C, ground into a powder, and a polyester base. The total thickness of the films is 0.3 mm. Measurements have been performed in a water equivalent phantom, using 4, 6, 10, and 18 MV photon beams, and 6-22 MeV electron beams. The studies include assessment of the film response (acquired OSL signal/delivered dose) on delivered dose (linearity), dose rate (1-6 Gy/min), beam quality, field size and depth (6 MV, ranges 4x4-30x30 cm{sup 2}, d{sub max}-35 cm). Doses have been derived from ionization chamber measurements. OSL films have also been compared with conventional x-ray and GafChromic films for dosimetry outside the high dose area, with a high proportion of low dose scattered photons. In total, 787 OSL films have been irradiated. Results: Overall, the OSL response for electron beams was 3.6% lower than for photon beams. Differences between the various electron beam energies were not significant. The 6 and 18 MV photon beams differed in response by 4%. No response dependencies on dose rate were observed. For the 6 MV beam, the field size and depth dependencies of the OSL response were within {+-}2.5%. The observed inter-film response variation for films irradiated with the same dose varied from 1% to 3.2% (1 SD), depending on the measurement day. At a depth of 20 cm, 5 cm outside the 20x20 cm{sup 2} 6 and 18 MV beams, an over response of 17% was observed. In contrast to GafChromic and conventional x-ray films, the response of the Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}:C films is linear in the clinically relevant dose range 0-200 cGy. Conclusions: Measurement of the OSL signal of irradiated films containing Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}:C is a promising technique for film dosimetry in radiotherapy with no or small response variations with dose rate, beam quality, field size and depth, and a linear response from 0 to 200 cGy.

  17. Improved performance of U-Mo dispersion fuel by Si addition in Al matrix.

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    Kim, Y S; Hofman, G L

    2011-06-01

    The purpose of this report is to collect in one publication and fit together work fragments presented in many conferences in the multi-year time span starting 2002 to the present dealing with the problem of large pore formation in U-Mo/Al dispersion fuel plates first observed in 2002. Hence, this report summarizes the excerpts from papers and reports on how we interpreted the relevant results from out-of-pile and in-pile tests and how this problem was dealt with. This report also provides a refined view to explain in detail and in a quantitative manner the underlying mechanism of the role of silicon in improving the irradiation performance of U-Mo/Al.

  18. Electron microscopy characterization of an as-fabricated research reactor fuel plate comprised of U-7Mo particles dispersed in an Al-2Si alloy matrix

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    Keiser, Dennis D.; Gan, J.; Jue, J.F.; Miller, B.D.; Clark, C.R.

    2010-11-15

    To understand the microstructural development of nuclear fuel plates during irradiation, it is imperative to know the microstructure of a fuel plate after all the fabrication steps have been completed and before it is inserted into the reactor. To this end, a U-7 wt.% Mo alloy research reactor dispersion fuel plate with Al-2 wt.% Si matrix was destructively examined using scanning and transmission electron microscopy to characterize the developed microstructure after fabrication. Of particular interest for this study was how the Si that was added to the fuel matrix partitioned between the various fuel plate phases during fabrication. Si was added to the matrix so that the microstructure that developed during fuel fabrication would exhibit good irradiation behavior. SEM analysis was used to identify the representative microstructure, the compositions of the various phases, and the partitioning behavior of the fuel and matrix constituents. TEM analysis was employed to definitively identify the phases in the U-7Mo alloy and the phases that formed due to diffusional interactions between the fuel particles and matrix during fuel plate fabrication. The TEM results are the first reported for an as-fabricated U-7 wt.% Mo dispersion fuel plate with an Al alloy matrix. SEM results showed that a significant portion of the original {gamma}-(U-Mo) fuel particles had transformed to a lamellar microstructure, comprised of {alpha}-U and either {gamma} or {gamma}' phases, and the fuel/matrix interaction layers were enriched in Si. TEM analysis identified an ordered fcc (U-Mo)(Al-Si){sub 3} type of phase, which formed at the decomposed U-7Mo/matrix interface and extended into the lamellar microstructure. Some regions of the U-7Mo particles retained the single-phase {gamma}-(U-Mo). Small precipitate phases were observed in the fuel meat matrix that contained Fe, Al, and Si. The Si that is added to the matrix of a U-Mo dispersion fuel plate to improve irradiation performance appears to result in the creation of a Si-rich (U-Mo)(Al-Si){sub 3} type of fuel/matrix interaction layer during fabrication that appears to exhibit favorable behavior during irradiation compared to the behavior of the layers that form in U-Mo dispersion fuel plates without Si in the matrix. - Research Highlights: {yields}Si seems to positively affect the microstructure of an as-fabricated fuel plate. {yields}Si modifications to the fuel plate exhibit favorable performance during irradiation. {yields}Si interdiffuses faster than Al.

  19. [Determination of Arsenic in Food Package Aluminum by Ultrasound Assisted Solid Phase Extraction/ICP-AES].

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    Qin, Wen-xia; Gong, Qi; Li, Min; Deng, Li-xin; Mo, Li-shu; Li, Yan-lin

    2015-04-01

    Determination of arsenic in pure aluminum by inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectrometry was interfered by aluminum matrix. The experiment showed that when the mass concentration of Al was greater than or equal to 5 000 times the As in the test solution, the measurement error was greater than 5%. In order to eliminate the interference, strong acid cation exchange fiber (SACEF) was used as solid phase extraction agent to adsorb Al(3+). The extraction conditions included amount of SACEF, extraction time, temperature and pH were investigated. The optimal extraction conditions were that 0.9000 g SACEF was used to extract the aluminum from the sample solution of pH 2.0 at 55 °C for 5 min with the ultrasonic assist, and in this case, the arsenic in the form of arsenic acid was not extracted and left in the solution for the determination. The results showed that after treating 10. 00 mL test solution containing 1.00 µg arsenic and 20.0 mg aluminum, arsenic did not lose. The mass concentration of residual aluminum in the raffinate was about 2,000 times the As, which had not interfered the determination of arsenic. The detection limit (3 s) was 0.027 µg · mL(-1) and quantification limit (10 s) was 0.0091 µg · mL(-1). The proposed method was successfully applied to the separation and determination of arsenic in the synthetic samples, the aluminum cans and the barbecue aluminum foil. Recovery was in the range of 98.3%-105% and RSD (n = 3) was in the range of 0.1%-4.3%. The results showed that the content of arsenic in the aluminum cans and the aluminum barbecue foil was below the limited value of national standard (GB/T 3190-2008). PMID:26197599

  20. Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of AA1235 Aluminum Foil Stocks Produced Directly from Electrolytic Aluminum Melt

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    Xiong, Hanqing; Yu, Kun; Wen, Li; Yao, Sujuan; Dai, Yilong; Wang, Zhifeng

    2015-09-01

    A new process is developed to obtain high-quality AA1235 aluminum foil stocks and to replace the traditional manufacture process. During the new manufacture process, AA1235 aluminum sheets are twin-roll casted directly through electrolytic aluminum melt (EAM), and subsequently the sheets are processed into aluminum foil stocks by cold rolling and annealing. Microstructure and mechanical properties of the AA1235 aluminum sheets produced through such new process are investigated in each state by optimal microscope, scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, orientation imaging microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, etc. The results show that compared with the traditional AA1235 aluminum foil stocks produced through re-melted aluminum melt (RAM), the amount of impurities is decreased in the EAM aluminum foil stocks. The EAM aluminum foil stock obtains less ?-FeSiAl5 phases, but more ?-Fe2SiAl8 phases. The elongation of EAM aluminum foil stocks is improved significantly owing to more cubic orientation. Especially, the elongation value of the EAM aluminum foil stocks is approximately 25 pct higher than that of the RAM aluminum foil stocks. As a result, the EAM aluminum foil stocks are at an advantage in increasing the processing performance for the aluminum foils during subsequent processes.

  1. Aluminum alloys for ALS cryogenic tanks: Comparative measurements of cryogenic mechanical properties of Al-Li alloys and Alloy 2219. Final report, Aug 89-Mar 90

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    Reed, R.P.; Purtscher, P.T.; Simon, N.J.; McColskey, J.D.; Walsh, R.P.

    1991-10-01

    Tensile and plane-strain fracture toughness properties were obtained at cryogenic temperatures to compare the Al-Li alloys 8090, 2090, and WL049 and alloy 2219 in various tempers and specimen orientations. The strongest alloy at very low temperatures is WL049-T851, which is about 10% stronger than 2090-T81. Both alloys are considerably stronger than 2219-T87. Alloy 2090-T81 is tougher in the in-plane orientations (about 50%) than WL049-T851 at low temperatures; the higher in-plane toughness is attributed to the presence of less constituent particles and the tendency to crack out-of-plane or delaminate at low temperatures. This delamination tends to divide the moving crack, thus separating it into smaller regions where plan stress (rather than plane strain) conditions are conducive to increased toughness. Thus, a dichotomy: reduced toughness in the through-thickness or out-of-plane orientations leads to increased toughness in the in-plane orientations. In service, a leak in the tank is considered failure, and a leak will be caused by a crack in the panels of the tankage growing through the panel thickness. To measure the resistance to crack growth under these conditions, surface-flawed panel tests are recommended.

  2. Comparison of the Booster Interface Temperature in Stainless Steel (SS) V-Channel versus the Aluminum (Al) Y-Channel Primer Chamber Assemblies (PCAs). Volume 1; Technical Assessment Report

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    Garcia, Roberto; Saulsberry, Regor L.

    2011-01-01

    NASA's Technical Fellow for Propulsion, requested a technical assessment of the performance improvement achieved by the introduction of the stainless steel (SS) V-channel compared to the aluminum (Al) Y-channel Primer Chamber Assembly (PCA) design. The SS V-channel PCA was developed for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) Project. The principle focus of the assessment was to measure the transient temperature at the booster interface with both designs. This document contains the findings of the assessment.

  3. Rechargeable Aluminum-Ion Batteries

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    Paranthaman, Mariappan Parans; Liu, Hansan; Sun, Xiao-Guang; Dai, Sheng; Brown, Gilbert M

    2015-01-01

    This chapter reports on the development of rechargeable aluminum-ion batteries. A possible concept of rechargeable aluminum/aluminum-ion battery based on low-cost, earth-abundant Al anode, ionic liquid EMImCl:AlCl3 (1-ethyl-3-methyl imidazolium chloroaluminate) electrolytes and MnO2 cathode has been proposed. Al anode has been reported to show good reversibility in acid melts. However, due to the problems in demonstrating the reversibility in cathodes, alternate battery cathodes and battery concepts have also been presented. New ionic liquid electrolytes for reversible Al dissolution and deposition are needed in the future for replacing corrosive EMImCl:AlCl3 electrolytes.

  4. Aluminum Analysis.

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    Sumrall, William J.

    1998-01-01

    Presents three problems based on the price of aluminum designed to encourage students to be cooperative and to use an investigative approach to learning. Students collect and synthesize information, analyze results, and draw conclusions. (AIM)

  5. Influence of Lubricants on Wear and Self-Lubricating Mechanisms of Ni3Al Matrix Self-Lubricating Composites

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    Yao, Jie; Shi, Xiaoliang; Zhai, Wenzheng; Xu, Zengshi; Ibrahim, Ahmed Mohamed Mahmoud; Zhu, Qingshuai; Xiao, Yecheng; Chen, Long; Zhang, Qiaoxin

    2015-01-01

    A research is conducted on the possible beneficial synergistic effects of multiple additives in self-lubricating composites for use in high temperature friction and wear-related mechanical assemblies. Dry sliding tribological tests of Ni3Al matrix self-lubricating composites (NMSCs) on a HT-1000 ball-on-disk high-temperature tribometer are undertaken against Si3N4 at 25-800 °C. The results show that the subsurface microstructures beneath wear scar of NMSCs change with addition of different lubricants, which have great effects on tribological mechanisms and tribological performances. NMSC with addition of MoS2 and Ti3SiC2 exhibits distinct subsurface microstructure beneath wear scar and excellent tribological performance among all samples.

  6. Tribological Performance of NiAl Self-lubricating Matrix Composite with Addition of Graphene at Different Loads

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    Xiao, Yecheng; Shi, Xiaoliang; Zhai, Wenzheng; Yao, Jie; Xu, Zengshi; Chen, Long; Zhu, Qingshuai

    2015-08-01

    This research was carried out on the beneficial effect of graphene additive in self-lubricating composites for use at different loads of tribological application. The dry friction and wear behaviors of NiAl self-lubricating matrix composite with graphene (NSMG) were investigated at different loads at room temperature. Finite element method served as aided method to analyze the stress condition of contact pair, which would provide another perspective to comprehend the relationship between tribological behaviors and different degrees of load-induced deformation. In the load range of 2-16 N, the results indicated that NSMG showed excellent tribological performance at load of 16 N due to the formation of anti-friction tribo-film on the worn surface. Moreover, suitable load would lead to the contact situation transfer from multi-point contact to area contact, which could contribute to the beneficial effect on friction behavior of NSMG.

  7. Tribological Properties of Al-SiC Metal Matrix Composites: A Comparison Between Sand Cast and Squeeze Cast Techniques

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    Ghosh, S.; Sahoo, P.; Sutradhar, G.

    2014-10-01

    Tribological behaviour of Al-SiC metal matrix composites prepared using two different fabrication techniques, viz. sand cast and squeeze cast techniques are studied in a multi- tribotester (TR-25, DUCOM, India) under dry sliding conditions and ambient atmosphere for varying volume fraction of reinforcement, applied load and sliding speed. Friction increases with increase in applied load and sliding speed and volume fraction of reinforcement. Wear test results show increased wear rates at higher load and speed, while increase in SiC volume fraction yields decrease in wear rate. Corrosion study conducted in 3.5 % NaCl solution shows that squeeze cast composites have better corrosion resistance than sand cast composites. Vickers's microhardness test shows improved hardness properties for squeeze cast composites compared to sand cast ones. The microstructure study of wear tracks reveals domination of abrasive wear with minor traces of adhesive wear.

  8. Electron Microscopy Characterization of an As-Fabricated Research Reactor Fuel Plate Comprised of U-7Mo Particles Dispersed in an Al-2Si Alloy Matrix

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    Dennis D. Keiser, Jr.; J. Gan; J. F. Jue; B. D. Miller

    2010-11-01

    To understand the microstructural development of nuclear fuel plates during irradiation, it is imperative to know the microstructure of a fuel plate after all the fabrication steps have been completed and before it is inserted into the reactor. To this end, a U–7 wt.% Mo alloy research reactor dispersion fuel plate with Al–2 wt.% Si matrix was destructively examined using scanning and transmission electron microscopy to characterize the developed microstructure after fabrication. Of particular interest for this study was how the Si that was added to the fuel matrix partitioned between the various fuel plate phases during fabrication. Si was added to the matrix so that the microstructure that developed during fuel fabrication would exhibit good irradiation behavior. SEM analysis was used to identify the representative microstructure, the compositions of the various phases, and the partitioning behavior of the fuel and matrix constituents. TEM analysis was employed to definitively identify the phases in the U–7Mo alloy and the phases that formed due to diffusional interactions between the fuel particles and matrix during fuel plate fabrication. The TEM results are the first reported for an as-fabricated U–7 wt.% Mo dispersion fuel plate with an Al alloy matrix. SEM results showed that a significant portion of the original ?-(U–Mo) fuel particles had transformed to a lamellar microstructure, comprised of a-U and either ? or ?' phases, and the fuel/matrix interaction layers were enriched in Si. TEM analysis identified an ordered fcc (U–Mo)(Al–Si)3 type of phase, which formed at the decomposed U–7Mo/matrix interface and extended into the lamellar microstructure. Some regions of the U–7Mo particles retained the single-phase ?-(U–Mo). Small precipitate phases were observed in the fuel meat matrix that contained Fe, Al, and Si. The Si that is added to the matrix of a U–Mo dispersion fuel plate to improve irradiation performance appears to result in the creation of a Si-rich (U–Mo)(Al–Si)3 type of fuel/matrix interaction layer during fabrication that appears to exhibit favorable behavior during irradiation compared to the behavior of the layers that form in U–Mo dispersion fuel plates without Si in the matrix.

  9. Herstellung eines federelastischen Spangutes geringer Dichte als Matrix für Schüttdämmstoffe, für plattenförmige Dämmstoffe und leichte Spanplatten

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    Tröger, Johannes; Groß, Lucia

    Klimaschutz und die ständig steigenden Energiekosten erfordern eine kontinuierliche Verbesserung der Dämmstoffe. Eine Alternative zur relativ kostenaufwändigen Wärmedämmung durch Platten bzw. Matten auf Basis von mineralischen Stoffen, ist der Einsatz von schütt-bzw. einblasbaren Dämmstoffpartikeln. Späne aus Holz und andere Dämmstoffe aus nachwachsenden Rohstoffen waren schon vor dem ersten Weltkrieg die gebräuchlichsten Dämmstoffe überhaupt. Seit etwa fünfzehn Jahren werden u.a. für den Holzhausbau im zunehmenden Maße auch Fräs-, Säge und Hobelspäne für Wärmedämmzwecke eingesetzt [1], [2], [3]. Hervorzuheben ist der ökologische Aspekt dieser Dämmstoffe durch die Bindung von CO2 und den sinkenden Heizenergiebedarf. Die bisherige Philosophie bei der Gewinnung von Dämmstoffspänen beruhte darauf, anfallendes Spangut stofflich weiter zu nutzen. Die Recyclingspäne sollten dabei sowohl die Setzungssicherheit als auch eine möglichst gute Wärmedämmung gewährleisten.

  10. Development and characterization of Powder Metallurgy (PM) 2XXX series Al alloy products and Metal Matrix Composite (MMC) 2XXX Al/SiC materials for high temperature aircraft structural applications

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    Chellman, D. J.; Gurganus, T. B.; Walker, J. A.

    1992-01-01

    The results of a series of material studies performed by the Lockheed Aeronautical Systems Company over the time period from 1980 to 1991 are discussed. The technical objective of these evaluations was to develop and characterize advanced aluminum alloy materials with temperature capabilities extending to 350 F. An overview is given of the first five alloy development efforts under this contract. Prior work conducted during the first five modifications of the alloy development program are listed. Recent developments based on the addition of high Zr levels to an optimum Al-Cu-Mg alloy composition by powder metallurgy processing are discussed. Both reinforced and SiC or B4C ceramic reinforced alloys were explored to achieve specific target goals for high temperature aluminum alloy applications.

  11. Aluminum Zintl anion moieties within sodium aluminum clusters

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    Wang, Haopeng; Zhang, Xinxing; Ko, Yeon Jae; Grubisic, Andrej; Li, Xiang; Ganteför, Gerd; Bowen, Kit H. E-mail: kiran@mcneese.edu; Schnöckel, Hansgeorg; Eichhorn, Bryan W.; Lee, Mal-Soon; Jena, P.; Kandalam, Anil K. E-mail: kiran@mcneese.edu; Kiran, Boggavarapu E-mail: kiran@mcneese.edu

    2014-02-07

    Through a synergetic combination of anion photoelectron spectroscopy and density functional theory based calculations, we have established that aluminum moieties within selected sodium-aluminum clusters are Zintl anions. Sodium–aluminum cluster anions, Na{sub m}Al{sub n}{sup ?}, were generated in a pulsed arc discharge source. After mass selection, their photoelectron spectra were measured by a magnetic bottle, electron energy analyzer. Calculations on a select sub-set of stoichiometries provided geometric structures and full charge analyses for both cluster anions and their neutral cluster counterparts, as well as photodetachment transition energies (stick spectra), and fragment molecular orbital based correlation diagrams.

  12. Plasma Source Ion Implantation of Aluminum and Aluminum Alloys

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    Walter, Kevin Carl

    Three plasma source ion implantation (PSII) schemes applied to three aluminum systems have been studied. Pure aluminum, and aluminum alloys 7075 (Al-Cu-Mg-Zn) and A390 (Al-17Si-Cu-Fe) were (1) argon ion sputter-cleaned and nitrogen-implanted, (2) nitrogen-implanted without sputter -cleaning, and (3) argon-implanted. Nitrogen implantation was performed with the goal of modifying the surface properties by transformation of the surface to aluminum-nitride. Argon implantation was performed with the goal of modifying the surface properties by inducing radiation damage. All implantation schemes were accomplished using a glow discharge mode of the PSII process. Implanted surfaces were investigated using Auger depth profiling and Transmission Electron Microscopy. The profiles indicated a stoichiometric layer, ~ 0.15 ?m thick, of AlN on the nitrogen-implanted samples. Electron microscopy confirmed the complete conversion of the aluminum surface to AlN. Knoop microhardness tests showed an increase in surface hardness, especially at low loads. The improvements were independent of prior sputter-cleaning and were approximately equal for the studied aluminum systems. Pin-on-disk wear tests were conducted using a ruby stylus and isopropanol lubrication. Argon implantation decreased the wear resistance of pure aluminum and 7075. Nitrogen implantation improved the wear rates by a factor of ~10 for pure aluminum and 7075. These improvements were independent of prior sputter-cleaning. The coefficient of friction was not significantly influenced by the implantation schemes. Due to a coarse microstructure, tribological tests of ion-implanted A390 were inconclusive. Corrosion studies performed in a 3.5 wt% NaCl solution (seawater) indicated nitrogen implantation gave pure aluminum improved corrosion resistance. The improvement is due to the complete conversion of the aluminum surface to AlN. Because of pre-existing precipitates, the corrosion properties of 7075 and A390 were not significantly affected. This work demonstrated significant modification of the tribological and electrochemical properties of the aluminum surface can be accomplished using nitrogen plasma source ion implantation.

  13. Processing and structure of in situ Fe-Al alloys produced by gas tungsten arc welding

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    Banovic, S.W.; DuPont, J.N.; Marder, A.R.

    1997-02-14

    Iron aluminide weld overlays are being investigated for corrosion and erosion protection of boiler tubes in low NOx burners. The primary objective of the research is to identify overlay compositions which can be deposited in a crack-free condition and provide corrosion protection in moderately reducing environments. In the current phase of work, Fe-Al alloy weld overlays were produced by depositing commercially pure aluminum wire on to low carbon steel substrates using Gas Tungsten Arc Welding. A systematic variation of the wire feed speed and current, two major factors affecting dilution, resulted in a variation in aluminum contents of the welds ranging from 3--42 wt% aluminum. The aluminum content was observed to increase with wire feed speed and a decrease in the current. The aluminum content was also found to affect the cracking susceptibility of the overlays. At 10wt% aluminum, few to no cracks were observed in the deposits. Above this value, cracking was prevalent throughout the weld. In addition, two types of microstructures were found correlating to different concentrations of aluminum. A homogeneous matrix with second phase particles consisting of coarse columnar grains was found for low aluminum concentrations. With higher aluminum contents, a two-phase constituent was observed to surround primary dendrites growing from the substrate. The transition of the microstructures occurred between 24 and 32 wt% Al.

  14. High temperature stability, interface bonding, and mechanical behavior in {beta}-NiAl and Ni{sub 3}Al matrix composites with reinforcements modified by ion beam enhanced deposition. Progress summary report, June 1, 1993--May 31, 1994

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    Grummon, D.S.

    1993-01-21

    Diffusion-bonded NiAl-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} and Ni{sub 3}Al-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} couples were thermally fatigued at 900 C for 1500 and 3500 cycles. The fiber-matrix interface weakened after 3500 cycles for the Saphikon fibers, while the Altex, PRD-166, and FP fibers showed little, if any, degradation. Diffusion bonding of fibers to Nb matrix is being studied. Coating the fibers slightly increases the tensile strength and has a rule-of-mixtures effect on elastic modulus. Push-out tests on Sumitomo and FP fibers in Ni aluminide matrices were repeated. Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} was evaporated directly from pure oxide rod onto acoustically levitated Si carbide particles, using a down-firing, rod-fed electron beam hearth; superior coatings were subsequently produced using concurrent irradiation with 200-eV argon ion-assist beam. The assist beam produced adherent films with reduced tensile stresses. In diffusion bonding in B-doped Ni{sub 3}Al matrices subjected to compressive bonding at 40 MPa at 1100 C for 1 hr, the diffusion barriers failed to prevent catastrophic particle- matrix reaction, probably because of inadequate film quality. AlN coatings are currently being experimented with, produced by both reactive evaporation and by N{sup +}-ion enhanced deposition. A 3-kW rod-fed electron-beam-heated evaporation source has been brought into operation.

  15. High temperature stability, interface bonding, and mechanical behavior in [beta]-NiAl and Ni[sub 3]Al matrix composites with reinforcements modified by ion beam enhanced deposition

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    Grummon, D.S.

    1993-01-21

    Diffusion-bonded NiAl-Al[sub 2]O[sub 3] and Ni[sub 3]Al-Al[sub 2]O[sub 3] couples were thermally fatigued at 900 C for 1500 and 3500 cycles. The fiber-matrix interface weakened after 3500 cycles for the Saphikon fibers, while the Altex, PRD-166, and FP fibers showed little, if any, degradation. Diffusion bonding of fibers to Nb matrix is being studied. Coating the fibers slightly increases the tensile strength and has a rule-of-mixtures effect on elastic modulus. Push-out tests on Sumitomo and FP fibers in Ni aluminide matrices were repeated. Al[sub 2]O[sub 3] was evaporated directly from pure oxide rod onto acoustically levitated Si carbide particles, using a down-firing, rod-fed electron beam hearth; superior coatings were subsequently produced using concurrent irradiation with 200-eV argon ion-assist beam. The assist beam produced adherent films with reduced tensile stresses. In diffusion bonding in B-doped Ni[sub 3]Al matrices subjected to compressive bonding at 40 MPa at 1100 C for 1 hr, the diffusion barriers failed to prevent catastrophic particle- matrix reaction, probably because of inadequate film quality. AlN coatings are currently being experimented with, produced by both reactive evaporation and by N[sup +]-ion enhanced deposition. A 3-kW rod-fed electron-beam-heated evaporation source has been brought into operation.

  16. NASA-UVa light aerospace alloy and structures technology program supplement: Aluminum-based materials for high speed aircraft

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    Starke, E. A., Jr. (editor)

    1995-01-01

    This report on the NASA-UVa light aerospace alloy and structure technology program supplement: Aluminum-Based Materials for High Speed Aircraft covers the period from July 1, 1992. The objective of the research is to develop aluminum alloys and aluminum matrix composites for the airframe which can efficiently perform in the HSCT environment for periods as long as 60,000 hours (certification for 120,000 hours) and, at the same time, meet the cost and weight requirements for an economically viable aircraft. Current industry baselines focus on flight at Mach 2.4. The research covers four major materials systems: (1) Ingot metallurgy 2XXX, 6XXX, and 8XXX alloys, (2) Powder metallurgy 2XXX alloys, (3) Rapidly solidified, dispersion strengthened Al-Fe-X alloys, and (4) Discontinuously reinforced metal matrix composites. There are ten major tasks in the program which also include evaluation and trade-off studies by Boeing and Douglas aircraft companies.

  17. Flux assisted dispersion of ceramic phases in molten aluminum alloys

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    Dometakis, C.; Jha, A.

    1996-10-01

    Without the use of a flux, only a poor dispersion of ceramic phase can be achieved. A molten-flux-assisted ceramic phase dispersion technique for producing aluminum alloy metal-matrix composites has been developed. In this paper, the authors report the physical chemistry for the dispersion of TiB{sub 2} in molten aluminum. In particular, aspects of the interfacial energy and the thermodynamics of the dispersion reactions are briefly discussed for enhancing the volume of dispersion phase in the molten metal and for controlling their morphology. This investigation also addresses the role of molten flux in the fabrication of Al-alloy mmc using a casting technique. The morphological aspects of the dispersion are explained on the basis of the classical theory of nucleation.

  18. Processing, microstructure evolution and properties of nanoscale aluminum alloys

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    Han, Jixiong

    In this project, phase transformations and precipitation behavior in age-hardenable nanoscale materials systems, using Al-Cu alloys as model materials, were first studied. The Al-Cu nanoparticles were synthesized by a Plasma Ablation process and found to contain a 2˜5 nm thick adherent aluminum oxide scale, which prevented further oxidation. On aging of the particles, a precipitation sequence consisting of, nearly pure Cu precipitates to the metastable theta' to equilibrium theta was observed, with all three forming along the oxide-particle interface. The structure of theta' and its interface with the Al matrix has been characterized in detail. Ultrafine Al-Cu nanoparticles (5˜25 nm) were also synthesized by inert gas condensation (IGC) and their aging behavior was studied. These particles were found to be quite stable against precipitation. Secondly, pure Al nanoparticles were prepared by the Exploding Wire process and their sintering and consolidation behavior were studied. It was found that nanopowders of Al could be processed to bulk structures with high hardness and density. Sintering temperature was found to have a dominant effect on density, hardness and microstructure. Sintering at temperatures >600°C led to breakup of the oxide scale, leading to an interesting nanocomposite composed of 100˜200 nm Al oxide dispersed in a bimodal nanometer-micrometer size Al matrix grains. Although there was some grain growth, the randomly dispersed oxide fragments were quite effective in pinning the Al grain boundaries, preventing excessive grain growth and retaining high hardness. Cold rolling and hot rolling were effective methods for attaining full densification and high hardness. Thirdly, the microstructure evolution and mechanical behavior of Al-Al 2O3 nanocomposites were studied. The composites can retain high strength at elevated temperature and thermal soaking has practically no detrimental effect on strength. Although the ductility of the composite remains quite low, there was substantial evidence for high localized plasticity. The strengthening mechanisms of the composite include: Orowan strengthening, grain size strengthening and Forest strengthening. Finally, the microstructure evolution and mechanical behavior of 2024Al-Al 2O3 nanocomposites were studied. This 2024Al-Al2O 3 composite exhibits similar thermal stability and high strength at elevated temperature as Al-Al2O3. On aging, the matrix of 2024Al-Al2O3 composites revealed a precipitation sequence of: alphaAl ? GP/GPB ? theta'/S' ? theta/S. The strengthening mechanisms of the 2024Al-Al2O3 composites include precipitation strengthening, Orowan strengthening, grain size strengthening and Forest strengthening.

  19. Thermo-piezo-electro-mechanical simulation of AlGaN (aluminum gallium nitride) / GaN (gallium nitride) High Electron Mobility Transistors

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    Stevens, Lorin E.

    Due to the current public demand of faster, more powerful, and more reliable electronic devices, research is prolific these days in the area of high electron mobility transistor (HEMT) devices. This is because of their usefulness in RF (radio frequency) and microwave power amplifier applications including microwave vacuum tubes, cellular and personal communications services, and widespread broadband access. Although electrical transistor research has been ongoing since its inception in 1947, the transistor itself continues to evolve and improve much in part because of the many driven researchers and scientists throughout the world who are pushing the limits of what modern electronic devices can do. The purpose of the research outlined in this paper was to better understand the mechanical stresses and strains that are present in a hybrid AlGaN (Aluminum Gallium Nitride) / GaN (Gallium Nitride) HEMT, while under electrically-active conditions. One of the main issues currently being researched in these devices is their reliability, or their consistent ability to function properly, when subjected to high-power conditions. The researchers of this mechanical study have performed a static (i.e. frequency-independent) reliability analysis using powerful multiphysics computer modeling/simulation to get a better idea of what can cause failure in these devices. Because HEMT transistors are so small (micro/nano-sized), obtaining experimental measurements of stresses and strains during the active operation of these devices is extremely challenging. Physical mechanisms that cause stress/strain in these structures include thermo-structural phenomena due to mismatch in both coefficient of thermal expansion (CTE) and mechanical stiffness between different materials, as well as stress/strain caused by "piezoelectric" effects (i.e. mechanical deformation caused by an electric field, and conversely voltage induced by mechanical stress) in the AlGaN and GaN device portions (both piezoelectric materials). This piezoelectric effect can be triggered by voltage applied to the device's gate contact and the existence of an HEMT-unique "two-dimensional electron gas" (2DEG) at the GaN-AlGaN interface. COMSOL Multiphysics computer software has been utilized to create a finite element (i.e. piece-by-piece) simulation to visualize both temperature and stress/strain distributions that can occur in the device, by coupling together (i.e. solving simultaneously) the thermal, electrical, structural, and piezoelectric effects inherent in the device. The 2DEG has been modeled not with the typically-used self-consistent quantum physics analytical equations, rather as a combined localized heat source* (thermal) and surface charge density* (electrical) boundary condition. Critical values of stress/strain and their respective locations in the device have been identified. Failure locations have been estimated based on the critical values of stress and strain, and compared with reports in literature. The knowledge of the overall stress/strain distribution has assisted in determining the likely device failure mechanisms and possible mitigation approaches. The contribution and interaction of individual stress mechanisms including piezoelectric effects and thermal expansion caused by device self-heating (i.e. fast-moving electrons causing heat) have been quantified. * Values taken from results of experimental studies in literature.

  20. Aluminum phosphide

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    Aluminum phosphide ; CASRN 20859 - 73 - 8 Human health assessment information on a chemical substance is included in the IRIS database only after a comprehensive review of toxicity data , as outlined in the IRIS assessment development process . Sections I ( Health Hazard Assessments for Noncarcinoge

  1. Aluminum Pannier

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    This aluminum pannier was made for the storage of meat, vegetables and other food products. The pannier could be buried in the ground or placed in water in order to keep the contents cool. It was designed by Dr. J. D. Love and made for him in 1945. For transportation, this pannier, along with two re...

  2. Sr effect on the microstructure and tensile properties of A357 aluminum alloy and Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}/SiC-A357 cast composites

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    Razaghian, A.; Emamy, M.; Najimi, A.A.; Ebrahimi, S.H. Seyed

    2009-11-15

    The effect of strontium as a modifier on the microstructures and tensile properties of two castable particulate metal matrix composites has been studied. The particulate metal matrix composites had similar matrix alloy (A357) but different reinforcing fine particles (silicon carbide and alumina). Results showed that the addition of 0.03% strontium makes a modest improvement to the yield strength, ultimate tensile strength and elongation percentage values, and the scatter of these properties, but makes a significant improvement to minimum strength and elongation results. Microstructural examinations by scanning electron microscope and energy dispersive spectroscopy analysis of metal matrix composites showed segregation of strontium on both the silicon carbide and alumina particles. Further results showed that the addition of higher strontium levels contributes to the over-modification of the eutectic silicon and promotes the formation of an Al-Si-Sr intermetallic compound on the particle/matrix interface.

  3. Laser surface forming of AlCoCrCuFeNi particle reinforced AZ91D matrix composites

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    Meng, Guanghui; Yue, T. M.; Lin, Xin; Yang, Haiou; Xie, Hui; Ding, Xu

    2015-07-01

    Traditionally, the laser melt injection (LMI) technique can only be used for forming ceramic particles reinforced metal matrix composites (MMCs) for enhancing surface properties of lightweight engineering materials. In this research, the LMI method was employed to form metal particles reinforced MMCs on AZ91D instead. This was viable because of the unique properties of the AlCoCrCuFeNi high-entropy alloy (HEA) metal particles used. The large difference in melting point between the HEA and the substrate material (AZ91D), and the limited reaction and the lack of fusion between the HEA and Mg have made it possible that a metal particles reinforced AZ91D composite material was produced. The reason of limited reaction was considered mainly due to the relatively high mixing enthalpy between the HEA constituent elements and Mg. Although there was some melting occurred at the particles surface with some solute segregation found in the vicinity close to the surface, intermetallic compounds were not observed. With regard to the wear resistance of the MMCs, it was found that when the volume fraction of the reinforcement phase, i.e. the HEA particles, reached about 0.4, the wear volume loss of the coating was only one-seventh of that of the substrate material.

  4. The formation and structure of the oxide and hydroxide chemisorbed phases at the aluminum surface, and relevance to hydrogen embrittlement

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    Francis, Michael; Kelly, Robert; Neurock, Matthew

    2010-03-01

    Aluminum alloys used in aerospace structures are susceptible to environmentally assisted cracking (EAC) induced by hydrogen embrittlement (HE) (Gangloff and Ives 1990). Crack growth experiments have demonstrated a linear relation between the relative humidity of the environment and crack growth rates, indicating the importance of water (Speidel and Hyatt 1972). While the presence of water has been demonstrated to be necessary for EAC of aluminum, crack growth rates have been linked to the diffusivity of hydrogen in aluminum (Gangloff 2003) and hydrogen densities at the crack tip as high as Al2H have been observed (Young and Scully 1998). While the mechanism by which hydrogen embrittles aluminum is yet not well understood, without the entry of hydrogen into the aluminum matrix, embrittlement would not occur. While at the crack tip high hydrogen concentrations exist, the solubility of hydrogen in aluminum is normal near 1 ppm (Wolverton 2004). In this work combined first principles and kinetic Monte Carlo methods will be used to examine the oxide and hydroxide structure resulting from exposure of aluminum to H2O or O2 and relevance to hydrogen entry as well as EAC is discussed.

  5. Method of forming aluminum oxynitride material and bodies formed by such methods

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    Bakas, Michael P. (Ammon, ID) [Ammon, ID; Lillo, Thomas M. (Idaho Falls, ID) [Idaho Falls, ID; Chu, Henry S. (Idaho Falls, ID) [Idaho Falls, ID

    2010-11-16

    Methods of forming aluminum oxynitride (AlON) materials include sintering green bodies comprising aluminum orthophosphate or another sacrificial material therein. Such green bodies may comprise aluminum, oxygen, and nitrogen in addition to the aluminum orthophosphate. For example, the green bodies may include a mixture of aluminum oxide, aluminum nitride, and aluminum orthophosphate or another sacrificial material. Additional methods of forming aluminum oxynitride (AlON) materials include sintering a green body including a sacrificial material therein, using the sacrificial material to form pores in the green body during sintering, and infiltrating the pores formed in the green body with a liquid infiltrant during sintering. Bodies are formed using such methods.

  6. Thermal imaging of nickel-aluminum and aluminum-polytetrafluoroethylene impact initiated combustion

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    Densmore, John M.; Biss, Matthew M.; Homan, Barrie E.; McNesby, Kevin L.

    2012-10-01

    Combustion temperatures from impact initiated nickel-aluminum (NiAl) and aluminum-polytetrafluoroethylene (Al-PTFE) materials have been measured using a high-speed two-camera imaging pyrometer. The materials were launched with a nominal velocity of 1700 m/s into a sealed chamber. Upon impact into a steel anvil chemical reactions were initiated and a flame propagated through the chamber. The measured temperature after impact was 3600 K (NiAl) and 3300 K (Al-PTFE).

  7. Evaluation of aluminum tolerance in grapevine rootstocks

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    Aluminum (Al) toxicity is a major worldwide agricultural problem. At low pH, Al speciates into the soluble and phyto-toxic form Al3+, causing inhibition of root growth and affecting plant development. In Brazil, agriculture in acidic soils regions with elevated concentration of Al has significantly ...

  8. Transmission electron microscopy characterization of microstructural features in aluminum-lithium-copper alloys

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    Avalos-Borja, M.; Larson, L. A.; Pizzo, P. P.

    1984-01-01

    A transmission electron microscopy (TEM) examination of aluminum-lithium-copper alloys was conducted. The principal purpose is to characterize the nature, size, and distribution of stringer particles which result from the powder metallurgy (P/M) processing of these alloys. Microstructural features associated with the stringer particles are reported that help explain the stress corrosion susceptibility of the powder metallurgy-processed Al-Li-Cu alloys. In addition, matrix precipitaton events are documented for a variety of heat treatments and process variations. Hot rolling is observed to significantly alter the nature of matrix precipitation, and the observations are correlated with concomitant mechanical property variations.

  9. High temperature stability, interface bonding, and mechanical behavior in. beta. -NiAl and Ni sub 3 Al matrix composites with reinforcements modified by ion beam enhanced deposition

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    Grummon, D.S.

    1992-01-22

    In preparation for experiments with surface modified Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} reinforcements in {beta}NiAl, diffusion bonding experiments were conducted. FP alumina fibers were prepared with ion sputtered surface films (Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}, Al, Ni) and then composited with {beta}NiAl slabs and hot pressed. After 70 thermal cycles, interfacial shear strength was measured. A roughness mechanism is proposed for the observed increased strength of the coated fibers. Creep in Ni{sub 3}Al was studied. 3 figs, 1 tab. (DLC)

  10. Magnetic properties and crystallization behavior of Al-Co-Ce(Dy) amorphous ribbons

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    Sidorov, V.; Svec, P.; Janickovic, D.; Mikhailov, V.; Son, L.

    2015-12-01

    Magnetic and electric properties as well as the structure (by X-rays) and DSC of Al91Co2Ce7 and Al89Co5Dy6 alloys in amorphous and crystalline states are studied. For both ribbons crystallization goes into two stages. In case of Al91Co2Ce7 composition it starts with the formation of Al nanoparticles; after that Al11Ce3 and Al9Co2 compounds appear. For Al89Co5Dy6 ribbon the situation is vice versa - the crystallization of Al3Dy compound takes place at the first stage whereas crystallization of aluminum matrix arises at the second stage only. The effective magnetic moments per Ce (Dy) atoms were found to be smaller than for R3+ ions suggesting that rare-earth atoms create directed bonds with aluminum atoms.

  11. A study on in situ growth of TaC whiskers in Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} matrix powder for ceramic cutting tools

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    Zhao, Guolong; Key Laboratory of High-efficiency and Clean Mechanical Manufacture , Ministry of Education ; Huang, Chuanzhen; Key Laboratory of High-efficiency and Clean Mechanical Manufacture , Ministry of Education ; Liu, Hanlian; Xu, Liang; Chong, Xuewen; Zou, Bin; Zhu, Hongtao; Key Laboratory of High-efficiency and Clean Mechanical Manufacture , Ministry of Education

    2012-08-15

    Graphical abstract: In situ growth of TaC whiskers (TaC{sub w}) was synthesized in an ?-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} matrix powder via a carbothermal reduction technique. The whiskers were 0.2–0.5 ?m in diameter and 5–15 ?m in length; they were straight and had smooth surfaces. Highlights: ? In situ growth of TaC whiskers was synthesized in an ?-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} matrix powder. ? The wet mixing method and 1450 °C were suitable for whiskers growth. ? The growth of TaC whiskers is not influenced by the Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} powder. ? The major impurities were TaC particles, nickel and unreacted carbon. -- Abstract: In situ growth of tantalum carbide (TaC) whiskers was synthesized in an ?-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} matrix powder via a carbothermal reduction technique within a temperature range of 1350–1500 °C in an argon atmosphere. The starting materials consisted of Ta{sub 2}O{sub 5}, C, Ni and NaCl powders. Different mixing methods and various reaction temperatures were employed. Most of the prepared whiskers were 0.2–0.5 ?m in diameter and 5–15 ?m in length. The reaction temperature of 1400–1450 °C was suitable for the growth of TaC whiskers and a wet mixing method was beneficial to increase the whisker yield. Some of the whiskers exhibited the needle shape while others exhibited the screw shape. The growth mechanism of the whiskers was a complex mechanism involving a helical screw dislocation mechanism and a vapor–liquid–solid process. No obvious influences of the Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} matrix powder on the growth of TaC whiskers were found and the major impurities in the obtained powder were TaC particles, nickel and unreacted carbon.

  12. Aluminum Carbothermic Technology

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    Bruno, Marshall J.

    2005-03-31

    This report documents the non-proprietary research and development conducted on the Aluminum Carbothermic Technology (ACT) project from contract inception on July 01, 2000 to termination on December 31, 2004. The objectives of the program were to demonstrate the technical and economic feasibility of a new carbothermic process for producing commercial grade aluminum, designated as the ''Advanced Reactor Process'' (ARP). The scope of the program ranged from fundamental research through small scale laboratory experiments (65 kW power input) to larger scale test modules at up to 1600 kW power input. The tasks included work on four components of the process, Stages 1 and 2 of the reactor, vapor recovery and metal alloy decarbonization; development of computer models; and economic analyses of capital and operating costs. Justification for developing a new, carbothermic route to aluminum production is defined by the potential benefits in reduced energy, lower costs and more favorable environmental characteristics than the conventional Hall-Heroult process presently used by the industry. The estimated metrics for these advantages include energy rates at approximately 10 kWh/kg Al (versus over 13 kWh/kg Al for Hall-Heroult), capital costs as low as $1250 per MTY (versus 4,000 per MTY for Hall-Heroult), operating cost reductions of over 10%, and up to 37% reduction in CO2 emissions for fossil-fuel power plants. Realization of these benefits would be critical to sustaining the US aluminum industries position as a global leader in primary aluminum production. One very attractive incentive for ARP is its perceived ability to cost effectively produce metal over a range of smelter sizes, not feasible for Hall-Heroult plants which must be large, 240,000 TPY or more, to be economical. Lower capacity stand alone carbothermic smelters could be utilized to supply molten metal at fabrication facilities similar to the mini-mill concept employed by the steel industry. Major accomplishments for the program include definition of the system thermo-chemistry, demonstration of reactor stage 1, development of reactor stage 2 critical components in a 500 kW module, experimental determination of the vapor recovery reactor fundamentals, detailed design and installation of an advanced stage 1/vapor recovery reactor, feasibility of efficient separation of Al-C metal alloy product, updated capital and operating cost estimates, and development of computer models for all steps of the Advanced Reactor Process.

  13. Redistribution of Ti and Al in deuterium charged TiAl

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    Legzdina, D.; Robertson, I. M.; Birnbaum, H. K.

    1992-01-01

    The redistribution of titanium and aluminum in a single-phase TiAl alloy that has been exposed to a high pressure of deuterium gas at high temperature is studied. The microstructure in the as-received, uncharged condition consisted of single-phase gamma TiAl grains and a random distribution of precipitates. Precipitates were distributed throughout the matrix and along the grain boundaries. The chemistry of the precipitates varied considerably; some were rich in Al, while other were mostly Ti with some Si and Al. The dislocation density in most grains was low, although in a few grains a high dislocation density was observed. FCC deuterides with a lattice parameter of 0.45 nm form in a Ti-52.1Al-2.1Ta (at. pct) alloy after exposure to 1.38 MPa of deuterium gas at 650 C for 213 hr. The structure and lattice parameter are consistent with the formation of Ti(l)D2. The deuterides that form in this alloy are enriched in Ti and deficient in Al and Ta compared to the deuteride-free matrix. Regions of the matrix contiguous with the deuterides have a correspondingly enhanced aluminum and tantalum concentration.

  14. Mobilizing aluminum in crustal and mantle fluids Craig E. Manning

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    Manning, Craig

    Mobilizing aluminum in crustal and mantle fluids Craig E. Manning Department of Earth and Space December 2005 Available online 9 March 2006 Abstract Aluminum is a major rock-forming element, but its low by formation of polynuclear Na­Al­Si­O clusters and/or polymers. Aluminum should not be assumed to be immobile

  15. Occupational exposure to aluminum and its biomonitoring in perspective.

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    Riihimäki, Vesa; Aitio, Antero

    2012-11-01

    Exposure to aluminum at work is widespread, and people are exposed to several species of aluminum, which differ markedly as to the kinetics and toxicity. Especially welding of aluminum is widely applied and continuously expanding. Inhalation of fine particles of sparsely soluble aluminum results in the retention of deposited particles in the lungs. From the lungs, aluminum is released to the blood and distributed to bones and the brain, and excreted to urine. Soluble aluminum compounds are not accumulated in the lungs. Neurotoxicity is the critical effect of exposure to sparsely soluble aluminum compounds. Studies on workers exposed to aluminum welding fumes have revealed disturbances of cognitive processes, memory and concentration, and changes in mood and EEG. Early pulmonary effects have been observed among aluminum powder-production workers using high-resolution computed tomography. The primary objective of aluminum biomonitoring (BM) is to help prevent the formation of aluminum burden in the lungs and thereby to prevent harmful accumulation of aluminum in target organs. BM of aluminum can be effectively used for this purpose in the production/use of aluminum powders, aluminum welding, as well as plasma cutting, grinding, polishing and thermal spraying of aluminum. BM of aluminum may also be similarly useful in the smelting of aluminum and probably in the production of corundum. BM can help identify exposed individuals and roughly quantitate transient exposure but cannot predict health effects in the production/use of soluble aluminum salts. For urinary aluminum (U-Al) we propose an action limit of 3 µmol/L, corrected to a relative density of 1.021, in a sample collected preshift after two days without occupational exposure, and without use of aluminum-containing drugs. This value corresponds roughly to 2.3 µmol/g creatinine. Compliance with this limit is expected to protect the worker against the critical effect of aluminum in exposure to sparsely soluble aluminum dusts, the cognitive function of the central nervous system. For serum aluminum (S-Al), we do not propose an action limit because S-Al is less sensitive as an indicator of aluminum load. PMID:23013241

  16. Aluminum plasmonic photocatalysis.

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    Hao, Qi; Wang, Chenxi; Huang, Hao; Li, Wan; Du, Deyang; Han, Di; Qiu, Teng; Chu, Paul K

    2015-01-01

    The effectiveness of photocatalytic processes is dictated largely by plasmonic materials with the capability to enhance light absorption as well as the energy conversion efficiency. Herein, we demonstrate how to improve the plasmonic photocatalytic properties of TiO2/Al nano-void arrays by overlapping the localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) modes with the TiO2 band gap. The plasmonic TiO2/Al arrays exhibit superior photocatalytic activity boasting an enhancement of 7.2 folds. The underlying mechanisms concerning the radiative energy transfer and interface energy transfer processes are discussed. Both processes occur at the TiO2/Al interface and their contributions to photocatalysis are evaluated. The results are important to the optimization of aluminum plasmonic materials in photocatalytic applications. PMID:26497411

  17. Aluminum plasmonic photocatalysis

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    Hao, Qi; Wang, Chenxi; Huang, Hao; Li, Wan; Du, Deyang; Han, Di; Qiu, Teng; Chu, Paul K.

    2015-01-01

    The effectiveness of photocatalytic processes is dictated largely by plasmonic materials with the capability to enhance light absorption as well as the energy conversion efficiency. Herein, we demonstrate how to improve the plasmonic photocatalytic properties of TiO2/Al nano-void arrays by overlapping the localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) modes with the TiO2 band gap. The plasmonic TiO2/Al arrays exhibit superior photocatalytic activity boasting an enhancement of 7.2 folds. The underlying mechanisms concerning the radiative energy transfer and interface energy transfer processes are discussed. Both processes occur at the TiO2/Al interface and their contributions to photocatalysis are evaluated. The results are important to the optimization of aluminum plasmonic materials in photocatalytic applications. PMID:26497411

  18. Oxidation kinetics of aluminum diboride

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    Whittaker, Michael L.; Sohn, H. Y.; Cutler, Raymond A.

    2013-11-01

    The oxidation characteristics of aluminum diboride (AlB2) and a physical mixture of its constituent elements (Al+2B) were studied in dry air and pure oxygen using thermal gravimetric analysis to obtain non-mechanistic kinetic parameters. Heating in air at a constant linear heating rate of 10 °C/min showed a marked difference between Al+2B and AlB2 in the onset of oxidation and final conversion fraction, with AlB2 beginning to oxidize at higher temperatures but reaching nearly complete conversion by 1500 °C. Kinetic parameters were obtained in both air and oxygen using a model-free isothermal method at temperatures between 500 and 1000 °C. Activation energies were found to decrease, in general, with increasing conversion for AlB2 and Al+2B in both air and oxygen. AlB2 exhibited O2-pressure-independent oxidation behavior at low conversions, while the activation energies of Al+2B were higher in O2 than in air. Differences in the composition and morphology between oxidized Al+2B and AlB2 suggested that Al2O3-B2O3 interactions slowed Al+2B oxidation by converting Al2O3 on aluminum particles into a Al4B2O9 shell, while the same Al4B2O9 developed a needle-like morphology in AlB2 that reduced oxygen diffusion distances and increased conversion. The model-free kinetic analysis was critical for interpreting the complex, multistep oxidation behavior for which a single mechanism could not be assigned. At low temperatures, moisture increased the oxidation rate of Al+2B and AlB2, but both appear to be resistant to oxidation in cool, dry environments.

  19. Method of winning aluminum metal from aluminous ore

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    Loutfy, Raouf O. (Naperville, IL); Keller, Rudolf (Naperville, IL); Yao, Neng-Ping (Clarendon Hills, IL)

    1981-01-01

    Aluminous ore such as bauxite containing alumina is blended with coke or other suitable form of carbon and reacted with sulfur gas at an elevated temperature. For handling, the ore and coke can be extruded into conveniently sized pellets. The reaction with sulfur gas produces molten aluminum sulfide which is separated from residual solid reactants and impurities. The aluminum sulfide is further increased in temperature to cause its decomposition or sublimation, yielding aluminum subsulfide liquid (AlS) and sulfur gas that is recycled. The aluminum monosulfide is then cooled to below its disproportionation temperature to again form molten aluminum sulfide and aluminum metal. A liquid-liquid or liquid-solid separation, depending on the separation temperature, provides product aluminum and aluminum sulfide for recycle to the disproportionation step.

  20. Improving properties of Mg with Al–Cu additions

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    Rashad, Muhammad; Pan, Fusheng; Asif, Muhammad; Hussain, Shahid; Saleem, Muhammad

    2014-09-15

    The present work reports improvement in tensile properties of the Mg matrix reinforced with micron-sized copper–aluminum particulate hybrids. The Al–Cu particulate hybrids were incorporated into the Mg matrix through powder metallurgy method. The synthesized alloys exhibited homogeneously dispersed Mg{sub 2}Cu particles in the matrix, therefore leading to a 110% increase in yield strength (221 MPa) and a 72% enhancement in ultimate tensile strength (284 MPa) by addition of 1.0 wt.%Al–0.6 wt.%Cu particle hybrids. Optical microscopy, scanning election microscopy, transmission electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction were used to investigate the microstructure and intermetallic phases of the synthesized alloys. - Highlights: • Mg matrix is reinforced with Al–Cu particulate hybrids. • Powder metallurgic method is used to fabricate the alloys. • Tensile strength and ductility were increased simultaneously.

  1. Brazing dissimilar aluminum alloys

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    Dalalian, H.

    1979-01-01

    Dip-brazing process joins aluminum castings to aluminum sheet made from different aluminum alloy. Process includes careful cleaning, surface preparation, and temperature control. It causes minimum distortion of parts.

  2. Suppression of activation energy and superconductivity by the addition of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanoparticles in CuTl-1223 matrix

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    Jabbar, Abdul; Qasim, Irfan; Mumtaz, M.; Zubair, M.; Nadeem, K.; Khurram, A. A.

    2014-05-28

    Low anisotropic (Cu{sub 0.5}Tl{sub 0.5})Ba{sub 2}Ca{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 10??} (CuTl-1223) high T{sub c} superconducting matrix was synthesized by solid-state reaction and Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanoparticles were prepared separately by co-precipitation method. Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanoparticles were added with different concentrations during the final sintering cycle of CuTl-1223 superconducting matrix to get the required (Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}){sub y}/CuTl-1223, y?=?0.0, 0.5, 0.7, 1.0, and 1.5?wt.?%, composites. The samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive X-ray, and dc-resistivity (?) measurements. The activation energy and superconductivity were suppressed with increasing concentration of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanoparticles in (CuTl-1223) matrix. The XRD analysis showed that the addition of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanoparticles did not affect the crystal structure of the parent CuTl-1223 superconducting phase. The suppression of activation energy and superconducting properties is most probably due to weak flux pinning in the samples. The possible reason of weak flux pinning is reduction of weak links and enhanced inter-grain coupling due to the presence of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanoparticles at the grain boundaries. The presence of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanoparticles at the grain boundaries possibly reduced the number of flux pinning centers, which were present in the form of weak links in the pure CuTl-1223 superconducting matrix. The increase in the values of inter-grain coupling (?) deduced from the fluctuation induced conductivity analysis with the increased concentration of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanoparticles is a theoretical evidence of improved inter-grain coupling.

  3. Microstructure and Tensile Properties of Mg (AM60)/Al2O3 Metal Matrix Composites with Varying Volume Fractions of Fiber Reinforcement

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    Zhang, Xuezhi; Fang, Li; Xiong, Bojun; Hu, Henry

    2015-10-01

    Magnesium alloy AM60 matrix-based composite reinforced with 7, 9, 11, 22, and 35 vol.% of Al2O3 fibers was squeeze cast. The microstructure and mechanical properties were investigated in comparison with the matrix alloy AM60. The results of tensile testing indicated that the addition of Al2O3 fibers to magnesium alloy AM60 led to a significant improvement in mechanical properties. As the fiber volume fraction increased, the strengths and moduli of the composites were enhanced considerably. However, the notable increase in strengths was at sacrifice in elongation. Microstructural analyses via scanning electron microscopy (SEM) revealed that the grain size decreased with increasing volume fractions of reinforcement. The restriction of grain growth by the limited inter-fiber spacing could be the primary mechanism for a reduction in the grain size of the matrix alloy. The SEM fractography evidently reveals that the debonding of fibers from the matrix alloy and the fiber cracking were two primary mechanisms for the tensile failure of the composites.

  4. Microstructural characterization of a thin film ZrN diffusion barrier in an As-fabricated U–7Mo/Al matrix dispersion fuel plate

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    Keiser, Dennis D.; Perez, Emmanuel; Wiencek, Tom; Leenaers, Ann; Van den Berghe, Sven

    2015-03-01

    The United States High Performance Research Reactor Fuel Development program is developing low enriched uranium fuels for application in research and test reactors. One concept utilizes U–7 wt.% Mo (U–7Mo) fuel particles dispersed in Al matrix, where the fuel particles are coated with a 1 ?m-thick ZrN coating. The ZrN serves as a diffusion barrier to eliminate a deleterious reaction that can occur between U–7Mo and Al when a dispersion fuel is irradiated under aggressive reactor conditions. To investigate the final microstructure of a physically-vapor-deposited ZrN coating in a dispersion fuel plate after it was fabricated using a rolling process, characterization samples were taken from a fuel plate that was fabricated at 500 °C using ZrN-coated U–7Mo particles, Al matrix and AA6061 cladding. Scanning electron and transmission electron microscopy analysis were performed. Data from these analyses will be used to support future microstructural examinations of irradiated fuel plates, in terms of understanding the effects of irradiation on the ZrN microstructure, and to determine the role of diffusion barrier microstructure in eliminating fuel/matrix interactions during irradiation. The as-fabricated coating was determined to be cubic-ZrN (cF8) phase. It exhibited a columnar microstructure comprised of nanometer-sized grains and a region of relatively high porosity, mainly near the Al matrix. Small impurity-containing phases were observed at the U–7Mo/ZrN interface, and no interaction zone was observed at the ZrN/Al interface. The bonding between the U–7Mo and ZrN appeared to be mechanical in nature. A relatively high level of oxygen was observed in the ZrN coating, extending from the Al matrix in the ZrN coating in decreasing concentration. The above microstructural characteristics are discussed in terms of what may be most optimal for a diffusion barrier in a dispersion fuel plate application.

  5. Subsurface Aluminum Nitride Formation in Iron-Aluminum Alloys

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    Bott, June H.

    Transformation-induced plasticity (TRIP) steels containing higher amounts of aluminum than conventional steels are ideal for structural automotive parts due to their mechanical properties. However, the aluminum tends to react with any processing environment at high temperatures and therefore presents significant challenges during manufacturing. One such challenge occurs during secondary cooling, reheating, and hot-rolling and is caused by a reaction with nitrogen-rich atmospheres wherein subsurface aluminum nitride forms in addition to internal and external oxides. The nitrides are detrimental to mechanical properties and cause surface cracks. It is important to understand how these nitrides and oxides form and their consequences for the quality of steel products. This study looks at model iron-aluminum (up to 8 wt.% aluminum) alloys and uses confocal laser scanning microscopy, x-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy with energy dispersive x-ray spectrometry, and transmission electron microscopy to study the effect of various conditions on the growth and development of these precipitates in a subsurface oxygen-depleted region. By using model alloys and controlling the experimental atmosphere, this study is able to understand some of the more fundamental materials science behind aluminum nitride formation in aluminum-rich iron alloys and the relationship between internal nitride and oxide precipitation and external oxide scale morphology and composition. The iron-aluminum alloys were heated in N2 atmospheres containing oxygen impurities. It was found that nitrides formed when bulk aluminum content was below 8 wt.% when oxygen was sufficiently depleted due to the internal oxidation. In the samples containing 1 wt.% aluminum, the depth of the internal oxide and nitride zones were in agreement with a diffusion-based model. Increasing aluminum content to 3 and 5 wt% had the effects of modifying the surface-oxide scale composition and increasing its continuity, which gradually decreased the internal precipitation zones with increasing aluminum content. In samples containing 8 wt.% aluminum, a thick continuous oxide scale formed and prevented nitrogen and oxygen penetration into the bulk of the sample, thus preventing the formation of any internal precipitates. The effect of modifying the heating rate in pure N2 atmospheres was examined. Samples were heated over the course of 1, 10, or 100 minutes. Faster heating rates increased the aluminum content in the oxide scale on all samples. Additionally, these rapid heating rate samples had either had lower internal precipitation depths or no internal precipitates. Experiments were conducted in N2--2.5% H2/H 2O mixtures with varying dew points to lower the oxygen potential of the reaction gas and prevent the formation of external iron oxide scales. In the 3 and 5 wt.% Al alloys, this produced an internal aluminum-rich oxide band which inhibited further internal precipitation. Samples treated in atmospheres to simulate the reheat furnace combustion atmosphere experienced dramatically increased external oxidation in addition to inward growth of the oxide scale and internal precipitation of oxides and nitrides within the metal. The most important scientific findings of this dissertation are the dramatic effect of heating rate on modifying the external scale of the alloys presented and the presence of continuous internal oxide bands in several samples throughout the study. Oxidation studies typically occur for longer times and in higher oxygen contents than the present results, so the influence of heating rate is either largely unnoticed or is overcome by oxide growth at long times. Oxide bands have been observed in literature, but few aluminum oxide bands have been seen before this study. vi.

  6. Effects of neutron irradiation on metal matrix composites

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    Kohyama, A.; Sato, S.; Tezuka, H.; Kondo, M.

    1991-03-01

    Aluminum matrix composites reinforced with C or SiC fibers are being considered for fusion reactor materials because of their good mechanical properties at elevated temperatures and low-activation characteristics. The objectives of this investigation are to evaluate the potential of Al matrix composites as low activation fusion reactor materials and to develop them for fusion applications. Mechanical properties were measured by a three-point bending test, mini size specimen tensile test for composite materials and by mono-filament tensile test. Microstructures were inspected by means of SEM and TEM. The effects of irradiation were studied using fission neutrons from, JOYO (FBR) and JMTR (LWR). Al matrix composites showed excellent stability under irradiation up to a certain fluence, designated as a threshold fluence. For SiC fibers in the composite, only a small changes in tensile strength and Young's modulus and crystallization of amorphous SiC was observed below the threshold fluence. But above the threshold fluence, strength drastically dropped. The alloying of nickel and silicone to matrix aluminum alloys appears to be unfavorable for SiC/Al composite materials used under fusion environment.

  7. Characteristic of copper matrix simultaneously reinforced with nano- and micro-sized Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} particles

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    Rajkovic, Viseslava Bozic, Dusan; Devecerski, Aleksandar; Jovanovic, Milan T.

    2012-05-15

    The effect of the simultaneous presence of nano- and micro-sized Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} particles on the microstructure and properties of copper matrix was the object of this study. The mixture of inert gas-atomized prealloyed copper powder (with 1 wt.% Al) and 0.6 wt.% commercial Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} powder (serving as micro-sized particles) was used as the starting materials. Strengthening of the copper matrix was performed by treating the powders in the air for up to 20 h in the planetary ball mill. During milling of the prealloyed powder, finely dispersed nano-sized Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} particles were formed in situ by internal oxidation. The approximate size of these particles was between 30 and 60 nm. The highest values of microhardness were reached in compacts processed from 10 h-milled powders. The microhardness of compact obtained from 10 h-milled powder was 3 times higher than the microhardness of compact processed from as-received and non-milled prealloyed powder. At the maximum microhardness the grain size reaches the smallest value as a result of the synergetic effect of nano- and micro-sized Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} particles. Recrystallization, which occurred during prolonged milling, was the main factor influencing the decrease in microhardness. The increase in electrical conductivity of compacts after 15 h of milling is the result of the decrease in microhardness and activated recrystallization processes. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Copper matrix was reinforced with nano- and micro-sized Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} particles. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The twofold role of coarse Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} particles in matrix strengthening exists. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer During shorter milling time these particles contribute to increase of microhardness. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer At longer milling time decrease in microhardness is related to recrystallization.

  8. High conductivity, low cost aluminum composite for thermal management

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    Sommer, J.L.

    1997-04-01

    In order to produce an inexpensive packaging material that exhibits high thermal conductivity and low CTE, Technical Research Associates, Inc. (TRA) has shown in Phase I the feasibility of incorporating natural flake graphite in an aluminum matrix. TRA has developed a proprietary coating technique where graphite flakes have been coated with a thin layer of molybdenum/molybdenum carbide (approximately 0.2 microns). This barrier coating can protect the graphite flake from chemical reaction and high temperature degradation in molten aluminum silicon alloys. Methods to successfully vacuum infiltrate coated flake with molten aluminum alloys were developed. The resulted metal matrix composites exhibited lower CTE than aluminum metal. The CTE of the composites were significantly lower than aluminum and its alloys. The CTE can potentially be tailored for specific applications. The in plane thermal conductivity was higher than the aluminum matrix alloy. The thermal conductivity and CTE of the composite may be significantly improved by improving the bond strength of the molybdenum coating on the graphite flake. The flake can potentially be incorporated in the molten aluminum and pressure die cast to align the flakes within the aluminum matrix. By preferentially aligning high conductivity graphite flakes within a plane or direction, the thermal conductivity of the resulting composite will be above pure aluminum in the alignment direction.

  9. Ignition of Aluminum Particles and Clouds

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    Kuhl, A L; Boiko, V M

    2010-04-07

    Here we review experimental data and models of the ignition of aluminum (Al) particles and clouds in explosion fields. The review considers: (i) ignition temperatures measured for single Al particles in torch experiments; (ii) thermal explosion models of the ignition of single Al particles; and (iii) the unsteady ignition Al particles clouds in reflected shock environments. These are used to develop an empirical ignition model appropriate for numerical simulations of Al particle combustion in shock dispersed fuel explosions.

  10. A two-terminal write-once-read-many-times-memory device based on an aluminum nitride thin film containing Al nanocrystals.

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    Liu, Y; Chen, T P; Ding, L; Li, Y B; Zhang, S; Fung, S

    2010-09-01

    A switching from a high-conduction state to a low-conduction state occurs in an AIN thin film containing Al nanocrystals (nc-Al) when the nc-Al is charged with electrons. The switching is explained in terms of breaking of the conductive percolation paths of the nc-AI as a result of the charging of the nc-Al. A write-once-read many times-memory (WORM) device is demonstrated based on this phenomenon. The device can be switched by charging the nc-Al with a voltage of +10 V for 100 ms, yielding a current ratio of the two memory states of more than 300 at the reading voltage of 1 V. The charged state (i.e., the low-conduction state) remains unchanged after more than 1 x 106 read cycles, and its retention time is predicted to be more than 10 years. PMID:21133107

  11. Aluminum-26 as a biological tracer using accelerator mass spectrometry

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    Flarend, Richard Edward

    1997-06-01

    The development of accelerator mass spectrometry (AMS) has provided a practical method of detection for the only isotope of aluminum suitable as a tracer, 26Al. The use of 26Al as a tracer for aluminum has made possible the study of aluminum metabolism and the pharmacokinetics of aluminum-containing drugs at physiological levels. An overview of the various advantages of using 26Al as a tracer for aluminum and a general description of the AMS technique as applied to bio-medical applications is given. To illustrate the versatility of 26Al as a tracer for aluminum, 26Al studies of the past several years are discussed briefly. In addition, Two novel investigations dealing with 26Al-labeled drugs will be presented in more detail. In one of these studies, it was found that 26Al from aluminum hydroxide and aluminum phosphate vaccine adjuvants appeared in the blood just one hour after intramuscular injection. This is a surprising result since the currently held theory of how adjuvants work assumes that adjuvants remain insoluble and hold the antigen at the injection site for a long period of time. In another project, 26Al-labeled antiperspirants are being characterized by combining AMS with traditional analytical and chromatographic techniques. Future directions for this and other possible studies are discussed.

  12. ALUMINUM AIR BRAZING FOR JOINING CERAMICS

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    Kim, Jin Yong Y.; Hardy, John S.; Weil, K. Scott

    2008-01-01

    Aluminum foils were used to braze ceramic plates directly in air. Since aluminum forms an inert oxide layer, aluminum air brazing can provide significant benefits in ceramic joining such as chemical tolerance in dual atmospheres. In using aluminum to air braze, the key factor is optimizing the brazing conditions in order to obtain good interface between braze and substrates by controling the kinetics of melting and oxidation of aluminum and sintering of oxide scale. In this study, joint strength was found to be largely dependent on brazing conditions such as temperature and hold time. Effects of these conditions on the mechanical properties and the microstructure of the Al-brazed ceramic joints will be discussed in this paper.

  13. The viability of aluminum Zintl anion moieties within magnesium-aluminum clusters

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    Wang, Haopeng; Jae Ko, Yeon; Zhang, Xinxing; Gantefoer, Gerd; Bowen, Kit H. E-mail: akandalam@wcupa.edu; Schnoeckel, Hansgeorg; Eichhorn, Bryan W.; Jena, Puru; Kiran, Boggavarapu E-mail: akandalam@wcupa.edu; Kandalam, Anil K. E-mail: akandalam@wcupa.edu

    2014-03-28

    Through a synergetic combination of anion photoelectron spectroscopy and density functional theory based calculations, we have investigated the extent to which the aluminum moieties within selected magnesium-aluminum clusters are Zintl anions. Magnesium-aluminum cluster anions were generated in a pulsed arc discharge source. After mass selection, photoelectron spectra of Mg{sub m}Al{sub n}{sup ?} (m, n = 1,6; 2,5; 2,12; and 3,11) were measured by a magnetic bottle, electron energy analyzer. Calculations on these four stoichiometries provided geometric structures and full charge analyses for the cluster anions and their neutral cluster counterparts, as well as photodetachment transition energies (stick spectra). Calculations revealed that, unlike the cases of recently reported sodium-aluminum clusters, the formation of aluminum Zintl anion moieties within magnesium-aluminum clusters was limited in most cases by weak charge transfer between the magnesium atoms and their aluminum cluster moieties. Only in cases of high magnesium content, e.g., in Mg{sub 3}Al{sub 11} and Mg{sub 2}Al{sub 12}{sup ?}, did the aluminum moieties exhibit Zintl anion-like characteristics.

  14. Tensile properties of bcc Nb Al supersaturated solid solution embedded in a Nb matrix to be transformed to A15-type Nb3Al filaments

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    Takeuchi, T.; Kosuge, M.; Banno, N.; Kikuchi, A.; Iijima, Y.

    2005-07-01

    The mechanical Cu-cladding method is favourable to incorporate stabilizer into the rapid-heating, quenching and transformation (RHQT) processed Nb3Al conductor for NMR insert coil uses, because an appropriate mechanical deformation of bcc Nb-Al supersaturated solid solution (Nb(Al)ss) is effective in transforming it in a short time, making the resultant superconducting properties large and insensitive to the temperature ramp rate during transformation annealing. In order to examine the drawability of a Cu-clad stabilized conductor with rectangular dies that might be effective in finishing the conductor with a precision dimension, which would eventually be a key to homogenizing the magnetic field of NMR magnet, the tensile loading test at room temperature was performed for Cu-clad conductors. For comparison, the tensile properties of as-quenched wires and round-to-round deformed bare wires were also examined. A fracture elongation reached as much as 11% for as-quenched Nb/Nb(Al)ss composites, but only 3.5% for Cu-clad conductors. Effects of pre-annealing on tensile properties were also studied. Ductility does not seem to deteriorate after pre-annealing at temperatures less than 500 °C, but the pre-annealing at 600 °C apparently reduces the elongation. Pre-annealing did not improve the drawability of Cu-clad stabilized conductor with rectangular dies.

  15. Experimental and Numerical Studies of Aluminum-Alumina Composites 

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    Gudlur, Pradeep

    2013-07-22

    The preliminary goal of this study is to determine the effects of processing conditions, compositions and microstructural morphologies of the constituents on the physical and thermo-mechanical properties of alumina (Al_2O_3) reinforced aluminum (Al...

  16. Phosphate adsorption ability of biochar/Mg-Al assembled nanocomposites prepared by aluminum-electrode based electro-assisted modification method with MgCl2 as electrolyte.

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    Jung, Kyung-Won; Jeong, Tae-Un; Hwang, Min-Jin; Kim, Kipal; Ahn, Kyu-Hong

    2015-12-01

    In this work, the textural properties and phosphate adsorption capability of modified-biochar containing Mg-Al assembled nanocomposites prepared by an effective electro-assisted modification method with MgCl2 as an electrolyte have been determined. Structure and chemical analyses of the modified-biochar showed that nano-sized stonelike or flowerlike Mg-Al assembled composites, MgO, spinel MgAl2O4, AlOOH, and Al2O3, were densely grown and uniformly dispersed on the biochar surface. The adsorption isotherm and kinetics data suggested that the biochar/Mg-Al assembled nanocomposites have an energetically heterogeneous surface and that phosphate adsorption could be controlled by multiple processes. The maximum phosphate adsorption capacity was as high as 887mgg(-1), as fitted by the Langmuir-Freundlich model, and is the highest value ever reported. It was concluded that this novel electro-assisted modification is a very attractive method and the biochar/Mg-Al assembled nanocomposites provide an excellent adsorbent that can effectively remove phosphate from aqueous solutions. PMID:26433157

  17. Studies of aluminum in rat brain

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    Lipman, J.J.; Brill, A.B.; Som, P.; Jones, K.W.; Colowick, S.; Cholewa, M.

    1985-01-01

    The effects of high aluminum concentrations in rat brains were studied using /sup 14/C autoradiography to measure the uptake of /sup 14/C 2-deoxy-D-glucose (/sup 14/C-2DG) and microbeam proton-induced x-ray emission (microPIXE) with a 20-..mu..m resolution to measure concentrations of magnesium, aluminum, potassium, and calcium. The aluminum was introduced intracisternally in the form of aluminum tartrate (Al-T) while control animals were given sodium tartrate (Na-T). The /sup 14/C was administered intravenously. The animals receiving Al-T developed seizure disorders and had pathological changes that included cerebral cortical atrophy. The results showed that there was a decreased uptake of /sup 14/C-2DG in cortical regions in which increased aluminum levels were measured, i.e., there is a correlation between the aluminum in the rat brain and decreased brain glucose metabolism. A minimum detection limit of about 16 ppM (mass fraction) or 3 x 10/sup 9/ Al atoms was obtained for Al under the conditions employed. 14 refs., 4 figs., 1 tab.

  18. High-velocity-oxidation performance of metal-chromium-aluminum (MCrAl), cermet, and modified aluminide coatings on IN-100 and type VIA alloys at 1093 C

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    Deadmore, D. L.

    1974-01-01

    Cermet, MCrAl, and modified aluminide types of coatings applied to IN-100 and NASA-TRW-VIA alloy specimens were cyclically oxidation tested in a high velocity (Mach 1) gas flame at 1093 C. Several coating compositions of each type were evaluated for oxidation resistance. The modified aluminide coating, Pt-Al, applied to alloy 6A proved to be the best, providing oxidation protection to approximately 750 hours based on weight change measurements. The second best, a CoCrAlY coating applied to 6A, provided protection to 450 hours. The third best was a cermet + aluminide coating on 6A with a protection time to 385 hours.

  19. Aluminum toxicity. Hematological effects.

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    Mahieu, S; del Carmen Contini, M; Gonzalez, M; Millen, N; Elias, M M

    2000-01-01

    Sequential effects of intoxication with aluminum hydroxide (Al) (80 mg/Kg body weight, i.p., three times a week), were studied on rats from weaning and up to 28 weeks. The study was carried out on hematological and iron metabolism-related parameters on peripheral blood, at the end of the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th months of exposure. As it was described that hematotoxic effects of Al are mainly seen together with high levels of uremia, renal function was measured at the same periods. The animals treated developed a microcytosis and was accompanied by a decrease in mean corpuscular hemoglobin (MCH). Significantly lower red blood cell counts (RBC million/microl) were found in rats treated during the 1st month. These values matched those obtained for control rats during the 2nd month. From the 3rd month onwards, a significant increase was observed as compared to control groups, and the following values were obtained by the 6th month: (T) 10.0 +/- 0.3 versus (C) 8.7 +/- 0.2 (million/microl). Both MCH and mean corpuscular volume (MCV) were found to be significantly lower in groups treated from the 2nd month. At the end of the 6th month the following values were found: MCH (T) 13.3 +/- 0.1 versus (C) 16.9 +/- 0.3 (pg); MCV (T) 42.1 +/- 0.7 versus (C) 51.8 +/- 0.9 (fl). Al was found responsible for lower serum iron concentration levels and in the percentage of transferrin saturation. Thus, although microcytic anemia constitutes an evidence of chronic aluminum exposure, prolonged exposure could lead to a recovery of hematocrit and hemoglobin concentration values with an increase in red cell number. Nevertheless, both microcytosis and the decrease of MCH would persist. These modifications took place without changes being observed in the renal function during the observation period. PMID:10643868

  20. Aluminum/steel wire composite plates exhibit high tensile strength

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    1966-01-01

    Composite plate of fine steel wires imbedded in an aluminum alloy matrix results in a lightweight material with high tensile strength. Plates have been prepared having the strength of titanium with only 85 percent of its density.

  1. Processing, Dynamic Deformation and Fragmentation of Heterogeneous Materials (Aluminum-Tungsten Composites and Aluminum-Nickel Laminates)

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    Chiu, Po-Hsun

    Two types of heterogeneous reactive materials, Aluminum-Tungsten composites and Aluminum-Nickel laminates were investigated. The current interest in these materials is their ability to combine the high strength and energy output under critical condition of the mechanical deformation which may include their fragmentation. Mesoscale properties of reactive materials are very important for the generation of local hot spots to ignite reactions and generate critical size of debris suitable for fast oxidation kinetics. Samples with different mesostructures (e.g., coarse vs. fine W particles, bonded vs. non-bonded Al particles, W particles vs. W wires and concentric vs. corrugated Al-Ni laminates) were prepared by Cold Isostatic Pressing, Hot Isostatic Pressing and Swaging. Several dynamic tests were utilized including Split Hopkinson Pressure Bar, Drop Weight Test, Explosively Driven Fragmentation Test, and Thick-Walled Cylinder Method. A high speed camera was used to record images of the in situ behavior of materials under dynamic loading. Pre- and post-experiment analyses and characterization were done using Optical Microscopy, Scanning Electron Microscopy, X-ray Powder Diffraction, and Laser Diffraction. The numerical simulations were conducted to monitor the in situ dynamic behavior of materials and elucidate the mesoscale mechanisms of the plastic strain accommodation under high-strain, high-strain-rate conditions in investigated heterogeneous m aterials. Several interesting results should be specifically mentioned. They include observation that the fracture and dynamic properties of the Al-W composites are sensitive to porosity of samples, particles sizes of rigid inclusions (W particles or wires), and bonding strength between Al particles in the matrix. Soft Al particles were heavily deformed between the rigid W particles/wires during dynamic tests. Three plastic strain accommodation mechanisms are observed in Al-Ni laminates. They depend on the initial mesostructure and act to block the development of periodic patterns of multiple shear bands that have been observed previously in homogeneous solids and granular materials.

  2. Nanostructured lithium-aluminum alloy electrodes for lithium-ion batteries.

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    Hudak, Nicholas S.; Huber, Dale L.

    2010-12-01

    Electrodeposited aluminum films and template-synthesized aluminum nanorods are examined as negative electrodes for lithium-ion batteries. The lithium-aluminum alloying reaction is observed electrochemically with cyclic voltammetry and galvanostatic cycling in lithium half-cells. The electrodeposition reaction is shown to have high faradaic efficiency, and electrodeposited aluminum films reach theoretical capacity for the formation of LiAl (1 Ah/g). The performance of electrodeposited aluminum films is dependent on film thickness, with thicker films exhibiting better cycling behavior. The same trend is shown for electron-beam deposited aluminum films, suggesting that aluminum film thickness is the major determinant in electrochemical performance regardless of deposition technique. Synthesis of aluminum nanorod arrays on stainless steel substrates is demonstrated using electrodeposition into anodic aluminum oxide templates followed by template dissolution. Unlike nanostructures of other lithium-alloying materials, the electrochemical performance of these aluminum nanorod arrays is worse than that of bulk aluminum.

  3. Low-aluminum-content iron-aluminum alloys

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    Sikka, V.K.; Baldwin, R.H.; Howell, C.R.

    1993-07-01

    The low room-temperature ductility Fe{sub 3}Al-based alloys is associated with their environmental embrittlement. Reducing the aluminum level from 29 to 16 at % has been found to be an effective method in essentially eliminating the environmental-embrittlement effect and increasing the room-temperature ductility value to over 25%. This paper will present data on alloy compositions, melting, casting and processing methods, and mechanical properties. Plans for future work on these alloys will also be described.

  4. Aluminum exclusion and aluminum tolerance in woody plants

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    Brunner, Ivano; Sperisen, Christoph

    2013-01-01

    The aluminum (Al) cation Al3+ is highly rhizotoxic and is a major stress factor to plants on acid soils, which cover large areas of tropical and boreal regions. Many woody plant species are native to acid soils and are well adapted to high Al3+ conditions. In tropical regions, both woody Al accumulator and non-Al accumulator plants occur, whereas in boreal regions woody plants are non-Al accumulators. The mechanisms of these adaptations can be divided into those that facilitate the exclusion of Al3+ from root cells (exclusion mechanisms) and those that enable plants to tolerate Al3+ once it has entered the root and shoot symplast (internal tolerance mechanisms). The biochemical and molecular basis of these mechanisms have been intensively studied in several crop plants and the model plant Arabidopsis. In this review, we examine the current understanding of Al3+ exclusion and tolerance mechanisms from woody plants. In addition, we discuss the ecology of woody non-Al accumulator and Al accumulator plants, and present examples of Al3+ adaptations in woody plant populations. This paper complements previous reviews focusing on crop plants and provides insights into evolutionary processes operating in plant communities that are widespread on acid soils. PMID:23781222

  5. Characterization of Metal Matrix Composites

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    Daniel, I. M.; Chun, H. J.; Karalekas, D.

    1994-01-01

    Experimental methods were developed, adapted, and applied to the characterization of a metal matrix composite system, namely, silicon carbide/aluminim (SCS-2/6061 Al), and its constituents. The silicon carbide fiber was characterized by determining its modulus, strength, and coefficient of thermal expansion. The aluminum matrix was characterized thermomechanically up to 399 C (750 F) at two strain rates. The unidirectional SiC/Al composite was characterized mechanically under longitudinal, transverse, and in-plane shear loading up to 399 C (750 F). Isothermal and non-isothermal creep behavior was also measured. The applicability of a proposed set of multifactor thermoviscoplastic nonlinear constitutive relations and a computer code was investigated. Agreement between predictions and experimental results was shown in a few cases. The elastoplastic thermomechanical behavior of the composite was also described by a number of new analytical models developed or adapted for the material system studied. These models include the rule of mixtures, composite cylinder model with various thermoelastoplastic analyses and a model based on average field theory. In most cases satisfactory agreement was demonstrated between analytical predictions and experimental results for the cases of stress-strain behavior and thermal deformation behavior at different temperatures. In addition, some models yielded detailed three-dimensional stress distributions in the constituents within the composite.

  6. Pre-treatments applied to oxidized aluminum surfaces to modify the interfacial bonding with bis-1,2-(triethoxysilyl)ethane (BTSE). Part I. High-purity Al with native oxide

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    Teo, M.; Kim, J.; Wong, P. C.; Wong, K. C.; Mitchell, K. A. R.

    2005-12-01

    A remote microwave-generated H 2 plasma and heating to 250 °C were separately used to modify high-purity oxidized aluminum surfaces and to assess whether these treatments can help enhance adhesion with bis-1,2-(triethoxysilyl)ethane (BTSE) coatings. Different initial oxide surfaces were considered, corresponding to the native oxide and to surfaces formed by the Forest Products Laboratory (FPL) treatment applied for either 15 or 60 min. BTSE is applied from solution at pH 4, and competing processes of etching, protonation (to form OH groups) and coupling (to form Al sbnd O sbnd Si interfacial bonds) occur at the solid-liquid interface. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) was used to determine how the topographies of the modified Al surfaces changed with the different pre-treatments and with exposure to a buffer solution of pH 4. Secondary-ion mass spectrometry (SIMS) was used to determine the direct amount of Al sbnd O sbnd Si interfacial bonds by measuring the ratio of peak intensities 71-70 amu, while X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) was used to determine the overall strength of the silane coating adhesion by measuring the Si 2p signals before and after application of an ultrasonic rinse to the coated sample. Measured Al 2p and O 1s spectra helped assess how the different pre-treatments modified the various Al oxidized surfaces prior to BTSE coating. Pre-treated samples that showed increased Al sbnd O sbnd Si bonding after BTSE coating corresponded to surfaces, which did not show evidence of significant etching after exposure to a pH 4 environment. This suggests that such surfaces are more receptive to the coupling reaction during exposure to the BTSE coating solution. These surfaces include all H 2 plasma-treated samples, the heated native oxide and the sample that only received the 15 min FPL treatment. In contrast, other surfaces that show evidence of etching in pH 4 environments are samples that received lower amounts of Al sbnd O sbnd Si interfacial bonding. Overall, heating improved the BTSE adhesive bonding for the native Al oxide, while H 2 plasma treatment improved the BTSE bonding for surfaces that had initially been FPL-treated for 15 and 60 min.

  7. A comparative wear study on Al-Li and Al-Li/SiC composite

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    Okumus, S. Cem Karslioglu, Ramazan Akbulut, Hatem

    2013-12-16

    Aluminum-lithium based unreinforced (Al-8090) alloy and Al-8090/SiCp/17 vol.% metal matrix composite produced by extrusion after spray co-deposition. A dry ball-on disk wear test was carried out for both alloy and composite. The tests were performed against an Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} ball, 10 mm in diameter, at room temperature and in laboratory air conditions with a relative humidity of 40-60%. Sliding speed was chosen as 1.0 ms{sup ?1} and normal loads of 1.0, 3.0 and 5.0 N were employed at a constant sliding distance of 1000 m. The wear damage on the specimens was evaluated via measurement of wear depth and diameter. Microstructural and wear characterization was carried out via scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The results showed that wear loss of the Al-8090/SiC composite was less than that of the Al-8090 matrix alloy. Plastic deformation observed on the wear surface of the composite and the matrix alloy, and the higher the applied load the greater the plastic deformation. Scanning electron microscopy examinations of wear tracks also reveal that delamination fracture was the dominant wear mechanism during the wear progression. Friction coefficient was maximum at the low applied load in the case of the Al-8090/SiC composite while a gradual increase was observed with applied load for the matrix alloy.

  8. Mechanical properties and dual atmosphere tolerance of Ag-Al based braze

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    Kim, Jin Yong; Choi, Jung-Pyung; Weil, K. Scott

    2008-12-01

    Reactive air brazing (RAB) based on the silver-copper oxide system was recently developed for use in sealing high-temperature electrochemical devices such as solid oxide fuel cells. One of the concerns regarding the viability of this joining technique is the long-term stability of silver-based alloys under a high-temperature, dual oxidizing/reducing gas environment. One possible solution to improve the dual atmosphere tolerance of the silver-based system is the addition of elements which can preferentially react with oxygen over hydrogen and minimize the pore formation caused by the reaction of oxygen with hydrogen in the silver matrix. In this paper, the effects of aluminum addition into silver-based air braze filler materials on microstructure, mechanical properties, and high temperature dual atmosphere tolerance were investigated using foils and pastes of aluminum-added braze filler materials. Joints brazed with binary Ag-Al braze foils containing more than 2 at% of Al retained a metallic form of aluminum in the metallic braze filler matrix after brazing at 1000?C in air. The flexural strength of joints prepared with binary Ag-Al braze foils decreased with increase in Al content due to the formation of interfacial aluminum oxide. The existence of metallic aluminum in the braze filler matrix, however, enhanced the high temperature dual atmosphere tolerance of the silver-based braze filler, showing smaller size of porosity after dual reducing/oxidizing atmosphere tests at 800?C for 1000 hrs. The Binary and ternary braze pastes based on the Ag-Al(-Cu) system were also tried as a sealant. Alumina joints brazed with these pastes showed increase in flexural strength with Cu content. However, a braze filler containing 5 at% Al and 8 at% Cu possessed nearly no metallic aluminum in the braze filler matrix after brazing, while the as-brazed sample prepared using a binary braze filler with 5 at% Al kept some metallic Al in the braze matrix. Thus, the addition of copper did not give a positive influence on the dual atmosphere tolerance of the silber-based braze filler materials as indicated by large pores caused by dual atmosphere embrittlement.

  9. Effect of composition on properties of reactive Al·B·I2 powders prepared by mechanical milling

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    Abraham, Ani; Obamedo, John; Schoenitz, Mirko; Dreizin, Edward L.

    2015-08-01

    Metal-based fuels producing halogen-containing combustion products are being developed to enable rapid inactivation of harmful aerosolized spores and bacteria. Ternary reactive materials containing aluminum, boron, and iodine were prepared by mechanical milling with systematically varied Al:B ratio. The aluminum mass fraction varied from 0% to 70%, and most materials included 20 wt% of iodine. Prepared powders were inspected by electron microscopy; particle size distributions were measured using low angle laser light scattering. Stability of materials was studied using thermo-gravimetry and differential scanning calorimetry. As-prepared as well as pre-heated and quenched samples were analyzed using x-ray diffraction. Iodine was released upon heating in several stages. Low-temperature iodine release was relatively small. It overlapped with decomposition of B(OH)3 releasing water. The most significant amounts of iodine were released when the samples were heated to 400-500 °C, when AlB2 formed. Both AlB2 formation and iodine release were further accelerated by melting of aluminum. For the boron-rich samples, in which boron remained after all aluminum was used to form AlB2, an additional, high-temperature iodine release stage was observed near 900 °C. The results show that both boron and aluminum are capable of stabilizing substantial quantities of iodine in the metal matrix. The iodine is released at temperatures much greater than its boiling point. The mechanism by which iodine is retained in boron and aluminum remains unclear.

  10. Electron stimulated desorption of the metallic substrate at monolayer coverage: Sensitive detection via 193 nm laser photoionization of neutral aluminum desorbed from CH3O/Al(111)

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    Young, C. E.; Whitten, J. E.; Pellin, M. J.; Gruen, D. M.; Jones, P. L.

    A fortuitous overlap between the gain profile of the 193 nm ArF excimer laser and the Al autoionizing transition (sup 2)S(sub 1/2) (512753/cm) yields to the left (sup 2)P(sup 0)J has been exploited in the direct observation of substrate metal atoms in an electron simulated desorption (ESD) process from the monolayer adsorbate system CH3O/Al(111). The identity of the mass 27 photoion was established as Al(+) by (1) isotopic substitution of C-13 in the methanol employed for methoxy formation, and (2) tunable laser scans utilizing the DJ-2 (J = 3/2, 5/2) intermediate levels at approximately 32436/cm and a 248 nm ionization step. An ESD yield of approximately x 10(exp -6) Al atoms/(electron at 1 keV) was established by comparison with a sputtering experiment in the same apparatus. Velocity distributions measured for the desorbed Al species showed some differences in comparison with methoxy velocity data: a slightly lower peak velocity and a significantly less prominent high-velocity component.

  11. Thixoforming A356 Aluminum Bipolar Plates at High Solid Fractions

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    Bolouri, Amir; Jang, Chang Hyun; Kang, Chung Gil

    2014-04-01

    Thixoforming investigations have been developed primarily for the manufacturing of bulk components, and the current knowledge is very limited with respect to the fabrication of thin cross sections of alloys. We studied the effectiveness of thixoforming process for the fabrication of A356 aluminum alloy bipolar plates with microchannels on both sides. Feedstock semisolid slurries, with different solid contents of ~55, 50, and 45 pct, were prepared at 858 K, 863 K, and 868 K (585 °C, 590 °C, and 595 °C), respectively, and were used to thixoform 1.20-mm-thick bipolar thin plates. The microstructures of the thixoformed thin plates consisted of (i) large primary ?-Al globular grains, (ii) a quenched liquid phase, and (iii) fine secondary ?-Al particles. The fraction and size of the primary ?-Al globular grains decreased, and the primary ?-Al globular grains became more spherical with the increasing thixoforming temperature. It seemed that these changes in the microstructural features led to the reduction in the agglomeration and interaction among the primary ?-Al globular grains surrounded by the liquid matrix during thixoforming. This enabled the semisolid slurry to effectively flow and fill in the sharp corners (such as the microchannels) of the die cavity at higher thixoforming temperatures. The thin plates thixoformed at 868 K (595 °C), consequently, exhibited the highest dimensional stability and the fewest internal defects. The liquid matrix surrounding the primary ?-Al grains solidified inside the die cavity after thixoforming. Either the liquid phase was instantly quenched or fine secondary ?-Al particles were formed inside the die cavity. The fraction and size of the latter increased with increasing thixoforming temperature. The surface hardness of the thixoformed plates was measured, and the hardness values were correlated with the microstructural features of the thixoformed plates.

  12. INTERDISCIPLINARY ANALYSIS OF ALUMINUM TOLERANCE IN MAIZE

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    Aluminum (Al) toxicity is a profound limitation to crop production worldwide, reducing yields on up to 50% of potentially arable lands. Breeding for Al tolerance and agronomic practices aimed at ameliorating soil acidity have historically been productive avenues for improved crop production. However...

  13. Active metal-matrix composites with embedded smart materials by ultrasonic additive manufacturing

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    Hahnlen, Ryan; Dapino, Marcelo J.

    2010-04-01

    This paper presents the development of active aluminum-matrix composites manufactured by Ultrasonic Additive Manufacturing (UAM), an emerging rapid prototyping process based on ultrasonic metal welding. Composites created through this process experience temperatures as low as 25 °C during fabrication, in contrast to current metal-matrix fabrication processes which require temperatures of 500 °C and above. UAM thus provides unprecedented opportunities to develop adaptive structures with seamlessly embedded smart materials and electronic components without degrading the properties that make these materials and components attractive. This research focuses on developing UAM composites with aluminum matrices and embedded shape memory NiTi, magnetostrictive Galfenol, and electroactive PVDF phases. The research on these composites will focus on: (i) electrical insulation between NiTi and Al phases for strain sensors, investigation and modeling of NiTi-Al composites as tunable stiffness materials and thermally invariant structures based on the shape memory effect; (ii) process development and composite testing for Galfenol-Al composites; and (iii) development of PVDF-Al composites for embedded sensing applications. We demonstrate a method to electrically insulate embedded materials from the UAM matrix, the ability create composites containing up to 22.3% NiTi, and their resulting dimensional stability and thermal actuation characteristics. Also demonstrated is Galfenol-Al composite magnetic actuation of up to 54 ?(see manuscript), and creation of a PVDF-Al composite sensor.

  14. Aluminum detoxification in Pseudomonas fluorescens is mediated by oxalate and phosphatidylethanolamine

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    Appanna, Vasu

    Aluminum detoxification in Pseudomonas fluorescens is mediated by oxalate carbon source to the soil microbe Pseudomonas fluorescens. We have demonstrated the ability September 2002; accepted 23 September 2002 Abstract 13 C NMR studies with aluminum (Al)-stressed Pseudomonas

  15. Screening Methods to Develop Alfalfa Germplasms Tolerant of Acid, Aluminum Toxic Soils

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    Parrott, Wayne

    Screening Methods to Develop Alfalfa Germplasms Tolerant of Acid, Aluminum Toxic Soils M. Dall'Agnol, J. H. Bouton,* and W. A. Parrott ABSTRACT Soil acidity and aluminum (Al)toxicity are major problems

  16. Long-term thermal degradation and alloying constituent effects on five boron/aluminum composites

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    Olsen, G. C.

    1982-01-01

    Thermal exposure effects on the properties of five boron/aluminum composite systems were experimentally investigated. The composite systems were 49 volume percent boron fibers (203 micron diameter) in aluminum-alloy matrices 1100 Al, 2024 Al, 3003 Al, 5052 Al, and 6061 Al. Specimens were thermally exposed up to 10,000 hours at 500 K and 590 K, up to 500 hours at 730 K, and up to 10,000 hours at 500 K and 590 K, up to 500 hours at 730 K, and up to 2000 thermal cycles between 200 K and 590 K. Composite longitudinal and transverse tensile strengths, longitudinal compression strength, and in-plane shear strength were determined. None of the systems was severely degraded by exposure at 590 K. The best performing system was B-2024 Al. Effects of matrix alloys on degradation mechanisms were experimentally investigated. Composite specimens and individual fibers were metallurgically analyzed with a scanning electron microscope and an electron microprobe to determine failure characteristics, chemical element distribution, and reaction layer morphology. Alloying constituents were found to be affect the composite degradation mechanisms as follows: alloys containing iron, but without manganese as a stabilizer, caused increased low-temperature degradation; alloys containing magnesium, iron, or manganese caused increased degradation; and alloys containing copper caused increased fiber strength.

  17. Tribocorrosion Behavior of Aluminum/Alumina Composite Manufactured by Anodizing and ARB Processes

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    Jamaati, Roohollah; Toroghinejad, Mohammad Reza; Szpunar, Jerzy A.; Li, Duanjie

    2011-12-01

    In the present work, tribocorrosion behavior of Al/Al2O3 composite strips manufactured by anodizing and accumulative roll bonding (ARB) processes was investigated. The alumina quantity was 0.48, 1.13, and 3.55 vol.% in the aluminum matrix. Tribocorrosion experiments were conducted using a ball-on-plate tribometer, where the sliding contact was fully immersed in 1 wt.% NaCl solution. The composite sample served as a working electrode and its open circuit potential (OCP) was monitored before, during, and after sliding. In order to characterize the electrochemical behavior of the surface before and after sliding electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) was used and wear was also measured. Furthermore, the influence of quantity and distribution of reinforcement particles in the matrix on OCP and EIS was evaluated. It was found that the quantity, shape, size, and dispersion of alumina particles in the aluminum matrix strongly affected the measured tribocorrosion characteristics. The results showed that inhomogeneous, lower quantity, fine, and acicular-shape alumina particles cause serious materials loss in tribocorrosion process.

  18. Crystal structure, characterization and thermoelectric properties of the type-I clathrate Ba{sub 8-y}Sr{sub y}Al{sub 14}Si{sub 32} (0.6{<=}y{<=}1.3) prepared by aluminum flux

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    Roudebush, John H.; Toberer, Eric S.; Hope, Hakon; Jeffrey Snyder, G.; Kauzlarich, Susan M.

    2011-05-15

    The title compound was prepared as single crystals using an aluminum flux technique. Single crystal and powder X-ray diffraction indicate that this composition crystallizes in the clathrate type-I structure, space group Pm3-bar n. Electron microprobe characterization indicates the composition to be Ba{sub 8-y}Sr{sub y}Al{sub 14.2(2)}Si{sub 31.8(2)} (0.77Al content fixed at the microprobe value (12 K data: R{sub 1}=0.0233, wR{sub 2}=0.0441) on a crystal of compositions Ba. The Sr atom preferentially occupies the 2a position; mixed Al/Si occupancy was found on all framework sites. These refinements are consistent with a fully occupied framework and nearly fully occupied cation guest sites as found by microprobe analysis. Temperature dependent electrical resistivity and thermal conductivity have been measured from room temperature to 1200 K on a hot-pressed pellet. Electrical resistivity reveals metallic behavior. The negative Seebeck coefficient indicates transport processes dominated by electrons as carriers. Thermal conductivity is between 22 and 25 mW/cm K. The sample shows n-type conductivity with a maximum figure of merit, zT of 0.3 at 1200 K. A single parabolic band model predicts a five-fold increase in zT at 800 K if carrier concentration is lowered. -- Graphical abstract: The inorganic type-I clathrate phase with nominal composition Ba{sub 7}Sr{sub 1}Al{sub 14}Si{sub 32} has been prepared by Al flux. Single crystal diffraction at 90 and 12 K reveal that the framework is fully occupied with the cation sites nearly fully occupied. The lattice thermal conductivity is low thereby suggesting further optimization of the carrier concentration will lead to a high zT. Display Omitted Highlights: {yields} Ba{sub 7}Sr{sub 1}Al{sub 14}Si{sub 32} is a light element phase ideal for thermoelectric power generation. {yields} Ba{sub 7}Sr{sub 1}Al{sub 14}Si{sub 32} is a high melting point cubic structure ideal for efficient power generation. {yields} The framework is fully occupied with the cation sites nearly fully occupied. {yields} Further optimization of the carrier concentration is expected to lead to a high zT.

  19. Effect of milling time and CNT concentration on hardness of CNT/Al{sub 2024} composites produced by mechanical alloying

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    Perez-Bustamante, R.; Perez-Bustamante, F.; Estrada-Guel, I.; Licea-Jimenez, L.; Miki-Yoshida, M.; Martinez-Sanchez, R.

    2013-01-15

    Carbon nanotube/2024 aluminum alloy (CNT/Al{sub 2024}) composites were fabricated with a combination of mechanical alloying (MA) and powder metallurgy routes. Composites were microstructurally and mechanically evaluated at sintering condition. A homogeneous dispersion of CNTs in the Al matrix was observed by a field emission scanning electron microscopy. High-resolution transmission electron microscopy confirmed not only the presence of well dispersed CNTs but also needle-like shape aluminum carbide (Al{sub 4}C{sub 3}) crystals in the Al matrix. The formation of Al{sub 4}C{sub 3} was suggested as the interaction between the outer shells of CNTs and the Al matrix during MA process in which crystallization took place after the sintering process. The mechanical behavior of composites was evaluated by Vickers microhardness measurements indicating a significant improvement in hardness as function of the CNT content. This improvement was associated to a homogeneous dispersion of CNTs and the presence of Al{sub 4}C{sub 3} in the aluminum alloy matrix. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The 2024 aluminum alloy was reinforced by CNTs by mechanical alloying process. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Composites were microstructural and mechanically evaluated after sintering condition. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The greater the CNT concentration, the greater the hardness of the composites. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Higher hardness in composites is achieved at 20 h of milling. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The formation of Al{sub 4}C{sub 3} does not present a direct relationship with the milling time.

  20. Joining of titanium aluminides using aluminum foils

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    Annaji, S.; Lin, R.Y.; Wu, S.K.

    1996-10-01

    Infrared joining of TiAl using aluminum foils as the filler material was investigated at temperatures between 1,050 C and 1,350 C in a flowing argon environment for times varying between 15 and 60 seconds. Using aluminum foils, the attempt was to form the Al{sub 3}Ti phase in the joint as a result of reaction between Al and TiAl at temperatures above the melting point of Al. It has been found based on X-ray diffraction and TEM analysis that, Al{sub 3}Ti, indeed is the product of infrared joining of TiAl using Al as the joining alloy. Al{sub 3}Ti was detected even in the joint processed at 1,050 C for only 15 seconds. Since the aluminum foil used in this study contains 27 at% Si, the {tau}{sub 2} phase in the Ti-Al-Si ternary system is believed to have also formed at the joint/base TiAl interface. Cross sectional studies on the joined specimens have shown different degrees of reaction depending on the temperature and time of joining. Microhardness evaluations across the joint show that the hardness near the center of the joint is typically smaller than that near the joint edge next to the base material. However, as the joining temperature and time increase, the increment of the hardness at the center of the joint is faster than that around the periphery of the joint.

  1. Managing aluminum phosphide poisonings

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    Gurjar, Mohan; Baronia, Arvind K; Azim, Afzal; Sharma, Kalpana

    2011-01-01

    Aluminum phosphide (AlP) is a cheap, effective and commonly used pesticide. However, unfortunately, it is now one of the most common causes of poisoning among agricultural pesticides. It liberates lethal phosphine gas when it comes in contact either with atmospheric moisture or with hydrochloric acid in the stomach. The mechanism of toxicity includes cellular hypoxia due to the effect on mitochondria, inhibition of cytochrome C oxidase and formation of highly reactive hydroxyl radicals. The signs and symptoms are nonspecific and instantaneous. The toxicity of AlP particularly affects the cardiac and vascular tissues, which manifest as profound and refractory hypotension, congestive heart failure and electrocardiographic abnormalities. The diagnosis of AlP usually depends on clinical suspicion or history, but can be made easily by the simple silver nitrate test on gastric content or on breath. Due to no known specific antidote, management remains primarily supportive care. Early arrival, resuscitation, diagnosis, decrease the exposure of poison (by gastric lavage with KMnO4, coconut oil), intensive monitoring and supportive therapy may result in good outcome. Prompt and adequate cardiovascular support is important and core in the management to attain adequate tissue perfusion, oxygenation and physiologic metabolic milieu compatible with life until the tissue poison levels are reduced and spontaneous circulation is restored. In most of the studies, poor prognostic factors were presence of acidosis and shock. The overall outcome improved in the last decade due to better and advanced intensive care management. PMID:21887030

  2. Study on performance of p-Si thin film fabricated by aluminum induced lateral crystallization at low temperature

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    Chen, Qiankun; Zeng, Xiangbin; Zeng, Yu; Liu, Luo; Yang, Yanyan

    2009-08-01

    Nowadays, low temperature polycrystalline silicon thin film transistor (poly-Si TFT) has been the most popular subject in active matrix liquid display (AMLCD) and active matrix organic light emitting display (AMOLED). Relative to the other crystallization technique, aluminum-induced crystallization have certain advantages in lower temperature, and of course, lower cost than any other methods. This paper gives a research on the performance of poly-Si thin film fabricated by aluminum-induced electric field enhancing lateral crystallization at low temperature (<600°C). Raman spectra, X-ray diffraction and scan electron microscope were used to analyze the crystallization state, crystal structure and surface morphology of the poly-Si thin film. Results show that the poly-Si thin film has good crystallinity, and the electric field has the effect of enhancing the crystallization when direct current electric voltage is added to the film during annealing. In addition to this, the metal aluminum induced crystallization was monitored in the whole progress when Al was diffusing into the a-Si thin film by measuring resistance of crystallizing thin film. The poly-Si thin film fabricated by this low temperature electric enhancing aluminum-induced crystallization technique was obtained. The results show that it is suitable for P-Si TFTs which is widely used in AMLCD and AMOLED.

  3. Effect of bi-layer ratio in ZnO/Al2O3 multilayers on microstructure and functional properties of ZnO nanocrystals embedded in Al2O3 matrix

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    Sekhar, K. C.; Levichev, S.; Buljan, M.; Bernstorff, S.; Kamakshi, Koppole; Chahboun, A.; Almeida, A.; Agostinho Moreira, J.; Pereira, M.; Gomes, M. J. M.

    2014-04-01

    Zinc oxide (ZnO) nanocrystals (NCs) embedded in alumina (Al2O3) matrix were produced via rapid thermal annealing (RTA) of pulsed laser deposited ZnO/Al2O3 multilayered nanostructures. The effect of the thickness ratio ( R) between Al2O3 and ZnO in one bi-layer on the microstructure and functional properties of NCs has been investigated. Grazing incidence small angle X-ray scattering confirmed the formation of nanocrystals after RTA. Grazing incidence wide angle X-ray scattering studies revealed that ZnO NCs have a high crystalline quality with (100) as preferred orientation. Tensile strain of NCs decreases with increasing R and is correlated to the distribution of NCs. From Raman analysis, it is noticed that the phonon frequency of the E2 mode, related to the ZnO wurtzite phase, in NCs is shifted towards that of bulk ZnO with increasing R. Photoluminescence studies revealed that the near edge peak position shifts from 382 nm to 371 nm as the ratio R changes from 1.5 to 4 and is attributed to the strain effect. The intensity of emission in the yellow-green region due to defects decreases significantly with increasing R. Current-voltage ( I- V) characteristics of Al/ZnO NCs embedded in Al2O3/n-Si (100)/Al have shown a hysteresis behavior. The increasing width of the hysteresis with increasing R revealed that the origin of the hysteresis might be due to the existence of polar surface charges on well-separated NCs. The high-resistance and low-resistance states in I- V hysteresis curves seem to be governed by Fowler-Nordheim tunneling and Schottky emission mechanisms, respectively.

  4. Aluminum and Young Artists.

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    Anderson, Thomas

    1980-01-01

    The author suggests a variety of ways in which aluminum and aluminum foil can be used in elementary and junior high art classes: relief drawing and rubbing; printing; repousse; sculpture; mobiles; foil sculpture; and three dimensional design. Sources of aluminum supplies are suggested. (SJL)

  5. AlGaN nanoparticle/polymer composite: Synthesis, optical, and structural characterization

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    Benaissa, M.; Gonsalves, K. E.; Rangarajan, S. P.

    1997-12-01

    The aluminum gallium nitride (AlGaN) alloy is uniquely suited for fabricating optoelectronic devices in the ultraviolet and visible bands of the spectrum. Its synthesis in a nanometer scale may potentially open the way for applications such as tunable optoelectronic devices. Presently, results concerning the synthesis and microstructural and optical characterization of nanometer-sized AlGaN imbedded in a poly-methylmethacrylate (PMMA) matrix are reported. Our optical measurement showed that the AlGaN/PMMA nanoparticle/polymer composite efficiently emits in the violet-blue region, while the microstructural characterization confirms the formation of defect-free zinc blende AlGaN nanoparticles.

  6. Total allowable concentrations of monomeric inorganic aluminum and hydrated aluminum silicates in drinking water.

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    Willhite, Calvin C; Ball, Gwendolyn L; McLellan, Clifton J

    2012-05-01

    Maximum contaminant levels are used to control potential health hazards posed by chemicals in drinking water, but no primary national or international limits for aluminum (Al) have been adopted. Given the differences in toxicological profiles, the present evaluation derives total allowable concentrations for certain water-soluble inorganic Al compounds (including chloride, hydroxide, oxide, phosphate and sulfate) and for the hydrated Al silicates (including attapulgite, bentonite/montmorillonite, illite, kaolinite) in drinking water. The chemistry, toxicology and clinical experience with Al materials are extensive and depend upon the particular physical and chemical form. In general, the water solubility of the monomeric Al materials depends on pH and their water solubility and gastrointestinal bioavailability are much greater than that of the hydrated Al silicates. Other than Al-containing antacids and buffered aspirin, food is the primary source of Al exposure for most healthy people. Systemic uptake of Al after ingestion of the monomeric salts is somewhat greater from drinking water (0.28%) than from food (0.1%). Once absorbed, Al accumulates in bone, brain, liver and kidney, with bone as the major site for Al deposition in humans. Oral Al hydroxide is used routinely to bind phosphate salts in the gut to control hyperphosphatemia in people with compromised renal function. Signs of chronic Al toxicity in the musculoskeletal system include a vitamin D-resistant osteomalacia (deranged membranous bone formation characterized by accumulation of the osteoid matrix and reduced mineralization, reduced numbers of osteoblasts and osteoclasts, decreased lamellar and osteoid bands with elevated Al concentrations) presenting as bone pain and proximal myopathy. Aluminum-induced bone disease can progress to stress fractures of the ribs, femur, vertebrae, humerus and metatarsals. Serum Al ?100 µg/L has a 75-88% positive predictive value for Al bone disease. Chronic Al toxicity is also manifest in the hematopoietic system as an erythropoietin-resistant microcytic hypochromic anemia. Signs of Al toxicity in the central nervous system (speech difficulty to total mutism to facial grimacing to multifacial seizures and dyspraxia) are related to Al accumulation in the brain and these symptoms can progress to frank encephalopathy. There are four groups of people at elevated risk of systemic Al intoxication after repeated ingestion of monomeric Al salts: the preterm infant, the infant with congenital uremia and children and adults with kidney disease. There is a dose-dependent increase in serum and urinary Al in people with compromised renal function, and restoration of renal function permits normal handling of systemically absorbed Al and resolution of Al bone disease. Clinical experience with 960?mg/day of Al(OH)(3) (~5?mg Al/kg-day) given by mouth over 3 months to men and women with compromised renal function found subclinical reductions in hemoglobin, hematocrit and serum ferritin. Following adult males and females with reduced kidney function found that ingestion of Al(OH)(3) at 2.85?g/day (~40?mg/kg-day Al) over 7 years increased bone Al, but failed to elicit significant bone toxicity. There was one report of DNA damage in cultured lymphocytes after high AlCl(3) exposure, but there is no evidence that ingestion of common inorganic Al compounds presents an increased carcinogenic risk or increases the risk for adverse reproductive or developmental outcomes. A number of studies of Al exposure in relation to memory in rodents have been published, but the results are inconsistent. At present, there is no evidence to substantiate the hypothesis that the pathogenesis of Alzheimer's Disease is caused by Al found in food and drinking water at the levels consumed by people living in North America and Western Europe. Attapulgite (palygorskite) has been used for decades at oral doses (recommended not to exceed two consecutive days) of 2,100?mg/day in children of 3-6 years, 4,200?mg/day in children of 6-12 years, and 9,000?mg/day in

  7. Matrix structure evolution and thermo-mechanical properties of carbon fiber-reinforced Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}-SiC-C castable composites

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    Li, Xiangcheng Li, Yaxiong; Chen, Liufang; Zhu, Boquan

    2015-01-15

    Highlights: • Carbon fibers are formed in Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}-SiC-C castable composites under the action of nano Ni. • Starting growth temperature is 900 °C and growth mechanism agrees with V–S model. • The high temperature strength of composites can be increased by above 40%. • The thermal shock resistance can be enhanced by above 20%. - Abstract: The spalling and corrosion during the thermal cycles are the main causes of the damages observed in Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}-SiC-C castable composites that are used in molten-iron system. Using the catalyst of nano Ni and ball pitch in the matrix, Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}-SiC-C castable composites were prepared with the anti-oxidant addition of silicon. The results indicate that the high temperature of the Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}-SiC-C castable composites can be increased by above 42%, and the thermal shock resistance can be enhanced by above 20% because the ball pitch is carbonized and releases C{sub x}H{sub y} vapor, which can be pyrolized to carbon atoms and subsequently deposited into carbon fibers under the catalyst action. The starting temperature of carbon fiber growth is approximately 900 °C, and their diameter and aspect ratio can increase with the rising temperature. The in-situ generation of carbon fibers in Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}-SiC-C castable composites can significantly improve the fibers’ thermo-mechanical properties.

  8. Study of Aluminum-doped zinc oxide current spreading layer on P-side up thin-film AlGaInP-based light-emitting diodes by ALD

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    Tseng, Ming-Chun; Chen, Chi-Lu; Lai, Nan-Kai; Wuu, Dong-Sing; Lee, Hsin-Ying; Lin, Yu-Chang; Horng, Ray-Hua

    2015-03-01

    A twice wafer-transfer technique can be used to fabricate high-brightness p-side-up thin-film AlGaInP-based light-emitting diodes (LEDs) with an aluminum-doped zinc oxide (AZO) thin films transparent conductive layer deposited on a GaP window layer. The GaP window layer consist of the two different doping profile, the carbon doped Gap (GaP:C) window layer of 50 nm is on the top of Mg doped GaP window layer of 8 ?m. The GaP:C window layer is used to improved the ohmic contact properties of GaP:C/AZO. The AZO with different cycle ratio of Zn:Al (15:1, 20:1 and 25:1) is deposited on GaP:C window layer as current spreading layer by atomic layer deposition. The AZO layer can be used to improve light extraction, which enhances light output power. The output power of p-side-up thin-film AlGaInP LED with an AZO layer of 20:1 cycle ratio has improved up to 19.2 % at injection current of 350 mA, as compared with that of LED without AZO film. The p-side-up thin-film AlGaInP LED with AZO current spreading layer exhibited excellent performance stability, the emission wavelength shift of p-side-up thin-film AlGaInP LED without and with AZO thin film(Zn:Al=20:1) are 17 nm and 3 nm under the injection current increased from 20 mA to 1000mA, respectively. This stability can be attributed to the following factors: 1) Refractive index matching, performed by introducing AZO thin film between the epoxy and the GaP window layer enhances light extraction; and 2) the favorable thermal dissipation of the silicon substrate reduces thermal degradation.

  9. In Situ Al Based Composites Fabricated in Al-SiO2-C System by Reaction Sintering

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    Mokhnache, El Oualid; Wang, Guisong; Geng, Lin; Kaveendran, Balasubramaniam; Henniche, Abdelkhalek; Ramdani, Noureddine

    2015-07-01

    In situ Al-based composites with different SiO2/C/Al molar ratios were fabricated by reaction hot pressing. Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) was used to investigate the reaction mechanisms in the Al-SiO2-C system. X-ray diffraction results revealed that no new resultant phase was observed below the melting temperature of aluminum except the SiO2, C and Al phases. Heating at different synthesis temperatures showed that, up to 1000°C with a holding time of 1 h, the reactions in the Al-SiO2-C system took place completely, where the final products were Al2O3, SiC, Al4C3 and Si. Microstructural observation showed that the in situ synthesized Al2O3, SiC, Al4C3, and Si were dispersed uniformly and had fine sizes less than 2 µm. The formed interfaces between the reinforcements and Al matrix are clean and free from any interfacial phase. During cooling, the synthesized Si formed a multilayer growth in the (111) direction. When the SiO2/C/Al molar ratio was (6/3/9), more Al2O3 and Si were produced along with the complete prevention of Al4C3 in the Al-SiO2-C system. The yield strength, ultimate tensile strength and Brinell hardness of the in situ fabricated composites are significantly higher than those of pure aluminum matrix, with a decrease of ductility. Mechanisms governing the tensile fracture process are also discussed.

  10. Study on effects of powder and flake chemistry and morphology on the properties of Al-Cu-Mg-X-X-X powder metallurgy advanced aluminum alloys

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    Meschter, P. J.; Lederich, R. J.; Oneal, J. E.; Pao, P. S.

    1985-01-01

    The effects of alloy chemistry and particulate morphology on consolidation behavior and consolidated product properties in rapid solidification processed, powder-metallurgical Al-3Li-1.5Cu-1Mg-0.5Co-0.2Zr and Al-4.4Cu-1.5Mg-Fe-Ni-0.2Zr extrusions and forgings were studied. Microstructures and mechanical properties of both alloys are largely unaffected by particulate production method (vacuum atomization, ultrasonic atomization, or twin-roller quenching) and by particulate solidification rates between 1000 and 100,000 K/s. Consolidation processing by canning, cold compaction, degassing, and hot extrusion is sufficient to yield mechanical properties in the non-Li-containing alloy extrusions which are similar to those of 7075-Al, but ductilities and fracture toughnesses are inferior owing to poor interparticle bonding caused by lack of a vacuum-hot-pressing step during consolidation. Mechanical properties of extrusions are superior to those of forgings owing to the stronger textures produced by the more severe hot working during extrusion. The effects on mechanical properties of dispersoid size and volume fraction, substructural refinement, solid solution strengthening by Mg, and precipitate size and distribution are elucidated for both alloy types.

  11. Critical magnetic fields of superconducting aluminum-substituted Ba{sub 8}Si{sub 42}Al{sub 4} clathrate

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    Li, Yang Garcia, Jose; Lu, Kejie; Shafiq, Basir; Franco, Giovanni; Lu, Junqiang; Rong, Bo; Chen, Ning; Liu, Yang; Liu, Lihua; Song, Bensheng; Wei, Yuping; Johnson, Shardai S.; Luo, Zhiping; Feng, Zhaosheng

    2015-06-07

    In recent years, efforts have been made to explore the superconductivity of clathrates containing crystalline frameworks of group-IV elements. The superconducting silicon clathrate is unusual in that the structure is dominated by strong sp{sup 3} covalent bonds between silicon atoms, rather than the metallic bonding that is more typical of traditional superconductors. This paper reports on critical magnetic fields of superconducting Al-substituted silicon clathrates, which were investigated by transport, ac susceptibility, and dc magnetization measurements in magnetic fields up to 90 kOe. For the sample Ba{sub 8}Si{sub 42}Al{sub 4}, the critical magnetic fields were measured to be H{sub C1}?=?40.2?Oe and H{sub C2}?=?66.4 kOe. The London penetration depth of 4360?Å and the coherence length 70?Å were obtained, whereas the estimated Ginzburg–Landau parameter of ??=?62 revealed that Ba{sub 8}Si{sub 42}Al{sub 4} is a strong type-II superconductor.

  12. Laser induced surface modification of aluminum alloys

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    Nayak, Subhadarshi

    Purpose of this work is to improve surface related properties of aluminum alloys by employing laser. Two approaches were taken to achieve this goal. First approach involves a rapid solidification induced by laser. A high power laser was used to melt the surface layer of A319. In-situ high-speed infrared thermographs captured during laser surface melting of A319 enabled estimation of maximum temperature, temperature gradient and cooling rate. The cooling rate thus estimated provided a range of cell size that closely matched with the experimentally observed cell size. The high cooling rate (>105) resulted in extensive refinement of microstructure in the laser-melted layer. Instrumented indentation technique was used to measure hardness (H) and elastic modulus (E) of the laser-melted layer. Berkovich tip was used to indent the material for 100-nm, 200-nm, 500-nm, and 1000-nm depths. The H and the E were found to be 1.22 GPa and 78.2 GPa, respectively, for 1000-nm indentation depths. The variances associated with H and E were minimal. Also, H and E increased with decreasing depth of indentation. Closer examination suggested that when the heterogeneity in the material was in the scale of indentation depth, significant scattering took place and the hard phase Si influenced the average hardness. The improvement in mechanical properties manifested in better wear resistance. In second approach, laser was used for coating of iron oxide on A319 to produce a Fe3O4/Al reaction composite coating. Infrared thermography was employed thermal studies. Electron microscopy indicated reactions between oxide particles and aluminum-forming Fe-Al intermetallics, Al 2O3, and various intermediate products. Analysis of the coating, fractured in vacuuo, indicated substantial toughness of the material due to extremely refined microstructure with finely distributed reaction products and strong interfacial bonding between particles and the matrix. Mechanical properties of the coating were evaluated by instrumented indentation techniques. Hardness and elastic modulus values were found to be uniform at 1.24 and 76 GPa, respectively. No radial cracking was observed for either the Berkovich or cube-corner indenters. These results indicate that the laser-induced rapidly solidified composite material is tough and fracture resistant.

  13. Shear Strength of Aluminum Oxynitride

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    Dandekar, Dattatraya P.; Vaughan, Brian A. M.; Proud, William G.

    2007-06-01

    Aluminum oxynitride (AlON) is a transparent, polycrystalline cubic spinel. The results of investigations^1-4 on shock response of AlON permit determination of the equation of state, and shear strength retained under shock compression. Whereas the values of the HEL of AlON holds no surprises, the inelastic response of AlON reported in Ref. 1-4 differ significantly and is stress dependent. The results of Ref. 1-2 show that AlON retains a shear strength of 3 to 4 GPa when shocked up to around 20 GPa, but the results of Ref, 3-4 seem to suggest a possible loss of shear strength when shocked to 16 GPa and beyond. Our analysis examines the observed differences in the inelastic response of AlON reported in these four studies . 1. J. U. Cazamias, et. al., in Fundamental Issues and Applications of Shock-Wave and High Strain Rate Phenomena, Eds. Staudhammer, Murr, and Meyers, Elsevier, NY, 173 (2001). 2. B. A. M. Vaughn, et.al., Shock Physics, Cavendish Laboratory, Report SP/1092 (2001) 3. T. Sekine, et.al., J. Appl. Phys. 94, 4803 (2003). 4. T. F. Thornhill, et.al., Shock Compression of Matter-2005, Eds. Furnish, Elert, Russell, White, AIP, NY, 143 (2006).

  14. Effect of the strain-induced melt activation (SIMA) process on the tensile properties of a new developed super high strength aluminum alloy modified by Al-5Ti-1B grain refiner

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    Haghparast, Amin; Nourimotlagh, Masoud; Alipour, Mohammad

    2012-09-15

    In this study, the effect of Al-5Ti-1B grain refiners and modified strain-induced melt activation process on an Al-Zn-Mg-Cu alloy was studied. The optimum level of Ti was found to be 0.1 wt.%. The specimens subjected to deformation ratio of 40% (at 300 Degree-Sign C) and various heat treatment times (10-40 min) and temperature (550-600 Degree-Sign C) regimes were characterized in this study. Reheating condition to obtain a fine globular microstructure was optimized. Microstructural examinations were conducted by optical and scanning electron microscopy coupled with an energy dispersive spectrometry. The optimum temperature and time in strain-induced melt activation process are 575 Degree-Sign C and 20 min, respectively. T6 heat treatment including quenching to room temperature and aging at 120 Degree-Sign C for 24 h was employed to reach to the maximum strength. Significant improvements in mechanical properties were obtained with the addition of grain refiner combined with T6 heat treatment. After the T6 heat treatment, the average tensile strength increased from 283 MPa to 587 and 332 MPa to 617 for samples refined with 2 wt.% Al-5Ti-1B before and after strain-induced melt activation process and extrusion process, respectively. Ultimate strength of Ti-refined specimens without SIMA process has a lower value than globular microstructure specimens after SIMA and extrusion process. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The effect of Al-5Ti-1B on the aluminum alloy produced by SIMA process was studied. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Al-5Ti-1B is an effective in reducing the grain and reagent fine microstructure. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Reheating condition to obtain a fine globular microstructure was optimized. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The optimum temperature and time in SIMA process are 575 Degree-Sign C and 20 min respectively. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer UTS of globular structure specimens have a more value than Ti-refined specimens.

  15. Thermal measurements and computational simulations of three-phase (CeO2-MgAl2O4-CeMgAl11O19) and four-phase (3Y-TZP-Al2O3-MgAl2O4-LaPO4) composites as surrogate inert matrix nuclear fuel

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    Angle, Jesse P.; Nelson, Andrew T.; Men, Danju; Mecartney, Martha L.

    2014-11-01

    This study investigates the temperature dependent thermal conductivity of multiphase ceramic composites for simulated inert matrix nuclear fuel. Fine grained composites were made of CeO2-MgAl2O4-CeMgAl11O19 or 3Y-TZP-Al2O3-MgAl2O4-LaPO4. CeO2 and 3Y-TZP are used as UO2 surrogates due to their similar structures and low thermal conductivities. Laser flash analysis from room temperature to 1273 K (1000 °C) was used to determine the temperature dependent thermal conductivity. A computational approach using Object Oriented Finite Element Analysis Version 2 (OOF2) was employed to simulate the composite thermal conductivity based on the microstructure. Observed discrepancies between experimental and simulated thermal conductivities at low temperature may be due to Kapitza resistance; however, there is less than 3% deviation between models and experiments above 673 K (400 °C) for both compositions. When the surrogate phase was replaced with UO2 in the computational model for the four-phase composite, a 12-16% increase in thermal conductivity resulted compared to single phase UO2, in the range of 673-1273 K (400-1000 °C). This computational approach may be potentially viable for the high-throughput evaluation of composite systems and the strategic selection of inert phases without extensive sample fabrication during the initial development stages of composite nuclear fuel design.

  16. Aluminum-lithium target behavior

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    McDonell, W.R.

    1989-10-01

    Information on physical properties and irradiation behavior of aluminum-lithium target alloys employed for the production of tritium in Savannah River reactors has been reviewed to support development of technology for the New Production Reactor (NPR). Phase compositions and microstructures, thermal conductivity, mechanical properties, and constituent diffusion phenomena of the alloys, established in prior site studies, are presented. Irradiation behavior, including distributions of product tritium and helium and related exposure limits due to swelling and cracking of the target alloys is discussed, along with gas release processes occurring during subsequent product recovery operations. The property review supports designation of the aluminum-lithium alloys as ideally well-suited target materials for low-temperature, tritium-producing reactors, demonstrated over 35 years of Savannah River reactor operation. Low temperature irradiation and reaction with lithium in the alloy promotes tritium retention during reactor exposure, and the aluminum provides a matrix from which the product is readily recovered on heating following irradiation. 33 refs., 26 figs., 8 tabs.

  17. Simulation of automotive wrist pin joint and tribological studies of tin coated Al-Si alloy, metal matrix composites and nitrogen ceramics under mixed lubrication

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    Wang, Qian

    Development of automotive engines with high power output demands the application of high strength materials with good tribological properties. Metal matrix composites (MMC's) and some nitrogen ceramics are of interest to replace some conventional materials in the piston/pin/connecting rod design. A simulation study has been developed to explore the possibility to employ MMC's as bearing materials and ceramics as journal materials, and to investigate the related wear mechanisms and the possible journal bearing failure mechanisms. Conventional tin coated Al-Si alloy (Al-Si/Sn) have been studied for the base line information. A mixed lubrication model for journal bearing with a soft coating has been developed and applied to the contact and temperature analysis of the Al-Si/Sn bearing. Experimental studies were performed to reveal the bearing friction and wear behavior. Tin coating exhibited great a advantage in friction reduction, however, it suffered significant wear through pitting and debonding. When the tin wore out, the Al-Si/steel contact experienced higher friction. A cast and P/M MMC's in the lubricated contact with case hardened steel and ceramic journals were studied experimentally. Without sufficient material removal in the conformal contact situation, MMC bearings in the MMC/steel pairs gained weight due to iron transfer and surface tribochemical reactions with the lubricant additives and contact failure occurred. However, the MMC/ceramic contacts demonstrated promising tribological behavior with low friction and high wear resistance, and should be considered for new journal bearing design. Ceramics are wear resistant. Ceramic surface roughness is very crucial when the journals are in contact with the tin coated bearings. In contact with MMC bearings, ceramic surface quality and fracture toughness seem to play some important roles in affecting the friction coefficient. The wear of silicon nitride and beta sialon (A) journals is pitting due to grain boundary fracture and grain pull-out.

  18. The use of aluminum nitride to improve Aluminum-26 Accelerator Mass Spectrometry measurements and production of Radioactive Ion Beams

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    Janzen, Meghan S.; Galindo-Uribarri, Alfredo; Liu, Yuan; Mills, Gerald D.; Romero-Romero, Elisa; Stracener, Daniel W.

    2015-10-01

    We present results and discuss the use of aluminum nitride as a promising source material for Accelerator Mass Spectrometry (AMS) and Radioactive Ion Beams (RIBs) science applications of 26Al isotopes. The measurement of 26Al in geological samples by AMS is typically conducted on Al2O3 targets. However, Al2O3 is not an ideal source material because it does not form a prolific beam of Al- required for measuring low-levels of 26Al. Multiple samples of aluminum oxide (Al2O3), aluminum nitride (AlN), mixed Al2O3-AlN as well as aluminum fluoride (AlF3) were tested and compared using the ion source test facility and the stable ion beam (SIB) injector platform at the 25-MV tandem electrostatic accelerator at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Negative ion currents of atomic and molecular aluminum were examined for each source material. It was found that pure AlN targets produced substantially higher beam currents than the other materials and that there was some dependence on the exposure of AlN to air. The applicability of using AlN as a source material for geological samples was explored by preparing quartz samples as Al2O3 and converting them to AlN using a carbothermal reduction technique, which involved reducing the Al2O3 with graphite powder at 1600 °C within a nitrogen atmosphere. The quartz material was successfully converted to AlN. Thus far, AlN proves to be a promising source material and could lead towards increasing the sensitivity of low-level 26Al AMS measurements. The potential of using AlN as a source material for nuclear physics is also very promising by placing 26AlN directly into a source to produce more intense radioactive beams of 26Al.

  19. Aluminum laser welding optimization

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    Chmelí?ková, Hana; Halenka, Viktor; Lapšanská, Hana; Havelková, Martina

    2007-04-01

    Pulsed Nd:YAG laser with maximal power 150 W is used in our laboratory to cut, drill and weld metal and non-metal thin materials to thickness 2 mm. Welding is realized by fixed processing head or movable fiber one with beam diameter 0,6 mm in focus plane. Welding of stainless and low-carbon steel was tested before and results are publicized and used in practice. Now the goal of our experiment was optimization of process parameters for aluminum that has other physical properties than steels, lower density, higher heat conductivity and surface reflexivity. Pure alumina specimen 0,8 mm and Al-Mg-Si alloy 0,5 mm prepared for butt welds. Problem with surface layer of Al IIO 3 was overcome by sanding and chemical cleaning with grinding paste. Critical parameters for good weld shape are specimen position from beam focus plane, pulse length and energy, pulse frequency and the motion velocity that determines percentage of pulse overlap. Argon as protective gas was used with speed 6 liters per second. Thermal distribution in material can be modeled by numerical simulation. Software tool SYSWELD makes possible to fit laser as surface heat source, define weld geometry, and make meshing of specimen to finite elements and compute heat conduction during process. Color isotherms, vectors, mechanical deformations and others results can be study in post-processing.

  20. Identification of New Sources of Aluminum Resistance in Wheat

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    Aluminum (Al) toxicity is a major constraint for wheat production in acidic soils. An Al-resistance gene on chromosome 4DL that traces to Brazilian wheat has been extensively studied, and can provide partial protection from Al damage. To identify potentially new sources of Al resistance, 590 wheat a...

  1. Physiological and molecular characterization of aluminum resistance in Medicago truncatula

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    Aluminum (Al) tolerance in the model legume Medicago truncatula Gaertn. was examined using the Al-tolerant line T32 and the Al-sensitive line S70. Hydroponic root growth and hematoxylin staining studies indicated that an inducible Al exclusion mechanism occurs in T32. Molecular events underlying the...

  2. Evaluation of Al3Mg2 precipitates and Mn-rich phase in aluminum-magnesium alloy based on scanning transmission electron microscopy imaging

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    Zhu, Yakun; Cullen, David A; Kar, Soumya; Free, Michael P; Allard Jr, Lawrence Frederick

    2012-01-01

    Scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM) and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS) were used to observe intergranular and intragranular -phase (Al3Mg2) formation and growth in as-received sample and long-term (~ 1 year) thermally treated samples of 5083-H131 alloy. Rod-shaped and equiaxed particles rich in Mn, Fe, and Cr were present in the as-received and heat treated samples. The -phase precipitated along grain boundaries as well as around and between preexisting Mn-Fe-Cr rich particles. The measured thickness of -phase along grain boundaries was lower than Zener Hillert diffusion model predicted value and the potential reasons were theoretically analyzed. Dislocation networks, grain boundaries, and different preexisting particles were observed to contribute to Mg diffusion and -phase precipitation.

  3. Polymer gel electrolytes for application in aluminum deposition and rechargeable aluminum ion batteries.

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    Sun, Xiao-Guang; Fang, Youxing; Jiang, Xueguang; Yoshii, Kazuki; Tsuda, Tetsuya; Dai, Sheng

    2016-01-01

    A polymer gel electrolyte using AlCl3 complexed acrylamide as a functional monomer and acidic ionic liquid based on a mixture of 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride (EMImCl) and AlCl3 (EMImCl-AlCl3, 1-1.5, in molar ratio) as a plasticizer has been successfully prepared for the first time via free radical polymerization. Aluminum deposition is successfully achieved using a polymer gel electrolyte containing 80 wt% ionic liquid. The polymer gel electrolytes are also good candidates for rechargeable aluminum ion batteries. PMID:26511160

  4. Evaluation of low-cost aluminum composites for aircraft engine structural applications

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    Mcdanels, D. L.; Signorelli, R. A.

    1983-01-01

    Panels of discontinuous SiC composites, with several aluminum matrices, were fabricated and evaluated. Modulus, yield strength and tensile strength results indicated that the properties of composites containing SiC whisker, nodule or particulate reinforcements were similar. The modulus of the composites was controlled by the volume percentage of the SiC reinforcement content, while the strength and ductility were controlled by both the reinforcement content and the matrix alloy. The feasibility of fabricating structural shapes by both wire performs and direct casting was demonstrated for Al2O3/Al composites. The feasibility of fabricating high performance composites into structural shapes by low pressure hot molding was demonstrated for B4C-coated B/Al composites.

  5. Synthesis and structural characterization of Al{sub 7}C{sub 3}N{sub 3}-homeotypic aluminum silicon oxycarbonitride, (Al{sub 7-x}Si{sub x})(O{sub y}C{sub z}N{sub 6-y-z}) (x{approx}1.2, y{approx}1.0 and z{approx}3.5)

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    Urushihara, Daisuke; Kaga, Motoaki; Asaka, Toru; Nakano, Hiromi; Fukuda, Koichiro

    2011-08-15

    A new aluminum silicon oxycarbonitride, (Al{sub 5.8}Si{sub 1.2})(O{sub 1.0}C{sub 3.5}N{sub 1.5}), has been synthesized and characterized by X-ray powder diffraction (XRPD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX) and electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS). The title compound is hexagonal with space group P6{sub 3}/mmc and unit-cell dimensions a=0.322508(4) nm, c=3.17193(4) nm and V=0.285717(6) nm{sup 3}. The atom ratios of Al:Si and those of O:C:N were, respectively, determined by EDX and EELS. The initial structural model was successfully derived from the XRPD data by the direct methods and further refined by the Rietveld method. The crystal is most probably composed of four types of domains with nearly the same fraction, each of which is isotypic to Al{sub 7}C{sub 3}N{sub 3} with space group P6{sub 3}mc. The existence of another new oxycarbonitride (Al{sub 6.6}Si{sub 1.4})(O{sub 0.7}C{sub 4.3}N{sub 2.0}), which must be homeotypic to Al{sub 8}C{sub 3}N{sub 4}, has been also demonstrated by XRPD and TEM. - Graphical abstract: A new oxycarbonitride discovered in the Al-Si-O-C-N system, (Al{sub 7-x}Si{sub x})(O{sub y}C{sub z}N{sub 6-y-z}) (x{approx}1.2, y{approx}1.0 and z{approx}3.5). The crystal is composed of four types of domains (I, II, III and IV), and hence the structure is represented by a split-atom model. Individual crystal structures can be regarded as layered structures, which consist of A-type [(Al, Si){sub 4}(O, C, N){sub 4}] unit layers and B-type [(Al, Si)(O, C, N){sub 2}] single layers. Highlights: > (Al{sub 5.8}Si{sub 1.2})(O{sub 1.0}C{sub 3.5}N{sub 1.5}) as a new aluminum silicon oxycarbonitride. > Crystal structure is determined and represented by a split-atom model. > Existence of another new oxycarbonitride (Al{sub 6.6}Si{sub 1.4})(O{sub 0.7}C{sub 4.3}N{sub 2.0}) is demonstrated. > Both new materials are formed by oxidation and nitridation of (Al, Si){sub 6}(O, C){sub 5}.

  6. Instability Growth of Magnetically Imploded Cylindrical Aluminum and High-Strength Aluminum Alloy Liners

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    Buyko, A. M.; Burenkov, O. M.; Garanin, S. F.; Gorbachev, Yu. N.; Grinevich, B. E.; Zmushko, V. V.; Ivanova, G. G.; Kuzyayev, A. I.; Mokhov, V. N.; Nizovtsev, P. N.; Petrukhin, A. A.; Pishchurov, A. I.; Solovyev, V. P.; Sofronov, V. N.; Chernyshev, V. K.; Yakubov, V. B.; Anderson, B. G.; Anderson, W. E.; Atchison, W. L.; Bartsch, R. R.; Brostie, W.; Cochrane, J.; Ekdahl, C. A.; Faehl, R.; Lindemuth, I. R.; Morgan, D. V.; Oona, H.; Reinovsky, R. E.; Stokes, J.; Tabaka, L. C.; Younger, S. M.

    2004-11-01

    Experimental data which considerably complements earlier results [1] is given for the initial perturbation growth of liners made of high-purity soft aluminum (A995, 99.995% Al) and high-strength aluminum alloys with major magnesium (AMg6) or zinc (B95) additives. Preliminary data analysis and comparison with VNIIEF and LANL numerical simulation allows us to revise parameter estimations of dynamic strength and conductivity of the materials used for designing magnetically driven liners.

  7. Aluminum-activated citrate and malate transporters from the MATE and ALMT families function independently to confer Arabidopsis aluminum tolerance

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    Aluminum (Al) activated root malate and citrate exudation plays an important role in Al tolerance in many plant species. Here, we report on the identification and characterization of AtMATE, a homolog of the recently discovered sorghum and barley Al tolerance genes, here shown to encode an Al-activ...

  8. Aluminum-activated citrate and malate transporters from the MATE and ALMT families function independently to confer Arabidopsis aluminum tolerance

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    Aluminum (Al) activated root malate and citrate exudation play an important role in Al tolerance in many plant species. AtALMT1, an Al-activated malate transporter, is a major contributor to Arabidopsis Al tolerance. Here, we demonstrate that a second, unrelated gene, AtMATE, encodes an Arabidopsi...

  9. Transfer of Amide and 2-Methoxyethoxy Groups and Sodium Encapsulation in the Reaction of TaCl3[N(TMS)2]2 with Sodium Bis(2-methoxyethoxy)aluminum Hydride: X-ray Structure of [NaAl{N(TMS)2}(OCH2CH2OMe)3]2

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    Huang, Shih-Huang Huang; Wang, Xiaoping; Richmond, Michael G.

    2009-01-01

    The reaction between the tantalum compound TaCl3[N(TMS)2]2 and the hydridic reducing agent sodium bis(2-methoxyethoxy)aluminum hydride (Vitride) has been investigated in toluene solution at room temperature and found to afford the dimeric aluminate complex [NaAl{N(TMS)2}(OCH2CH2OMe)3]2 as the sole isolable product. The molecular structure of the product establishes the existence of a four-coordinate aluminum atom and the formal transfer of the 2-methoxyethoxy and bis(trimethylsilyl)amide groups to the aluminate product. The aggregation of two NaAl{N(TMS)2}(OCH2CH2OMe)3 units serves to bind the two sodium cations in a crown-ether fashion through six ancillary oxygen atoms.

  10. Aspects of aluminum toxicity

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    Hewitt, C.D.; Savory, J.; Wills, M.R. )

    1990-06-01

    Aluminum is the most abundant metal in the earth's crust. The widespread occurrence of aluminum, both in the environment and in foodstuffs, makes it virtually impossible for man to avoid exposure to this metal ion. Attention was first drawn to the potential role of aluminum as a toxic metal over 50 years ago, but was dismissed as a toxic agent as recently as 15 years ago. The accumulation of aluminum, in some patients with chronic renal failure, is associated with the development of toxic phenomena; dialysis encephalopathy, osteomalacic dialysis osteodystrophy, and an anemia. Aluminum accumulation also occurs in patients who are not on dialysis, predominantly infants and children with immature or impaired renal function. Aluminum has also been implicated as a toxic agent in the etiology of Alzheimer's disease, Guamiam amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, and parkinsonism-dementia. 119 references.

  11. Developpement de couches absorbantes a base de composites Al2O3-NiO pour des applications en energie solaire thermique

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    Ouedraogo, Bintou

    The main objective of this study is to develop layers absorbents based on composites of alumina and nickel oxide in order to improve the optical and thermal performance and possibly the sustainability of the solar energy conversion technologies into heat and / or electricity. The layers have been developed using electrophoretic deposition technique (EPD) of dispersed nickel oxide (NiO) nanoparticles in alumina (Al2O3) matrix on nickel (Ni), aluminum (Al) or stainless steel (SS) substrates. (Abstract shortened by UMI.).

  12. Scandium in aluminum alloys

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    Kramer, L.S.; Tack, W.T.; Fernandes, M.T.

    1997-10-01

    Aluminum alloys that contain dilute scandium additions display upgraded properties in several areas. In conjunction with zirconium, scandium forms very fine, coherent precipitates that impart strength and serve to inhibit recrystallization in aluminum alloys. In addition, these alloys display improved hot-cracking resistance during welding, and enhanced weld strength. Several scandium-aluminum alloys are currently under development, and some of the more interesting properties are presented in this article.

  13. Rapid communication Quantication of ve-and six-coordinated aluminum ions in

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    Puglisi, Joseph

    Rapid communication Quanti®cation of ®ve- and six-coordinated aluminum ions in aluminosilicate, Stanford, CA 94305-2115, USA Received 5 May 2000 Abstract Aluminum cation sites with ®ve (5 Al) or six (6 in a calcium-aluminosilicate glass without excess aluminum over charge-balancing cations, and quantify small

  14. Modeling the Effect of Finite-Rate Hydrogen Diffusion on Porosity Formation in Aluminum Alloys

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    Beckermann, Christoph

    Modeling the Effect of Finite-Rate Hydrogen Diffusion on Porosity Formation in Aluminum Alloys KENT of hydrogen in the melt is developed to predict pore formation during the solidification of aluminum alloys by Lee et al.[3] Recent examples of porosity models for aluminum alloy castings, including the effect

  15. THE SEARCH FOR MICROMETER-SIZED IMPACT CRATERS ON THE POLISHED ALUMINUM

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    Floss, Christine

    THE SEARCH FOR MICROMETER-SIZED IMPACT CRATERS ON THE POLISHED ALUMINUM COLLECTOR FROM THE GENESIS of the Stardust spacecraft [2]. Optical crater searches of the polished aluminum collector ("Al kidney") from used a roughly centimeter-sized section of the polished aluminum collector for high resolution imaging

  16. Oxidation kinetics of aluminum diboride

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    Whittaker, Michael L.; Sohn, H.Y.; Cutler, Raymond A.

    2013-11-15

    The oxidation characteristics of aluminum diboride (AlB{sub 2}) and a physical mixture of its constituent elements (Al+2B) were studied in dry air and pure oxygen using thermal gravimetric analysis to obtain non-mechanistic kinetic parameters. Heating in air at a constant linear heating rate of 10 °C/min showed a marked difference between Al+2B and AlB{sub 2} in the onset of oxidation and final conversion fraction, with AlB{sub 2} beginning to oxidize at higher temperatures but reaching nearly complete conversion by 1500 °C. Kinetic parameters were obtained in both air and oxygen using a model-free isothermal method at temperatures between 500 and 1000 °C. Activation energies were found to decrease, in general, with increasing conversion for AlB{sub 2} and Al+2B in both air and oxygen. AlB{sub 2} exhibited O{sub 2}-pressure-independent oxidation behavior at low conversions, while the activation energies of Al+2B were higher in O{sub 2} than in air. Differences in the composition and morphology between oxidized Al+2B and AlB{sub 2} suggested that Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}–B{sub 2}O{sub 3} interactions slowed Al+2B oxidation by converting Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} on aluminum particles into a Al{sub 4}B{sub 2}O{sub 9} shell, while the same Al{sub 4}B{sub 2}O{sub 9} developed a needle-like morphology in AlB{sub 2} that reduced oxygen diffusion distances and increased conversion. The model-free kinetic analysis was critical for interpreting the complex, multistep oxidation behavior for which a single mechanism could not be assigned. At low temperatures, moisture increased the oxidation rate of Al+2B and AlB{sub 2}, but both appear to be resistant to oxidation in cool, dry environments. - Graphical abstract: Isothermal kinetic data for AlB{sub 2} in air, showing a constantly decreasing activation energy with increasing conversion. Model-free analysis allowed for the calculation of global kinetic parameters despite many simultaneous mechanisms occurring concurrently. (a) Time–temperature plots, (b) conversion as a function of time, (c) Arrhenius plots used to calculate activation energies, and (d) activation energy as a function of conversion. Display Omitted - Highlights: • First reported kinetic parameters for AlB{sub 2} and Al+2B oxidation in air and O{sub 2}. • Possible mechanism of enhanced boron combustion presented. • Moisture sensitivity shown to be problematic for AlB{sub 2}, less for Al+2B.

  17. Reactive ion assisted deposition of aluminum oxynitride thin films.

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    Hwangbo, C K; Lingg, L J; Lehan, J P; Macleod, H A; Suits, F

    1989-07-15

    Optical properties, stoichiometry, chemical bonding states, and crystal structure of aluminum oxynitride (AlO(x)N(y)) thin films prepared by reactive ion assisted deposition were investigated. The results show that by controlling the amount of reactive gases the refractive index of aluminum oxynitride films at 550 nm is able to be varied from 1.65 to 1.83 with a very small extinction coefficient. Variations of optical constants and chemical bonding states of aluminum oxynitride films are related to the stoichiometry. From an x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy analysis it is observed that our aluminum oxynitride film is not simply a mixture of aluminum oxide and aluminum nitride but a continuously variable compound. The aluminum oxynitride films are amorphous from an x-ray diffraction analysis. A rugate filter using a step index profile of aluminum oxynitride films was fabricated by nitrogen ion beam bombardment of a growing Al film with backfill oxygen pressure as the sole variation. This filter shows a high resistivity to atmospheric moisture adsorption, suggesting that the packing density of aluminum oxynitride films is close to unity and the energetic ion bombardment densifies the film as well as forming the compound. PMID:20555598

  18. Analysis of Aluminum Dust Cloud Combustion Using Flame Emission Spectroscopy.

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    Lee, Sanghyup; Noh, Kwanyoung; Yoon, Woongsup

    2015-09-01

    In this study, aluminum flame analysis was researched in order to develop a measurement method for high-energy-density metal aluminum dust cloud combustion, and the flame temperature and UV-VIS-IR emission spectra were precisely measured using a spectrometer. Because the micron-sized aluminum flame temperature was higher than 2400 K, Flame temperature was measured by a non-contact optical technique, namely, a modified two-color method using 520 and 640 nm light, as well as by a polychromatic fitting method. These methods were applied experimentally after accurate calibration. The flame temperature was identified to be higher than 2400 K using both methods. By analyzing the emission spectra, we could identify AlO radicals, which occur dominantly in aluminum combustion. This study paves the way for realization of a measurement technique for aluminum dust cloud combustion flames, and it will be applied in the aluminum combustors that are in development for military purposes. PMID:26669143

  19. Yield Criteria and Strain-Rate Behavior of Zr57.4Cu16.4Ni8.2Ta8Al10 Metallic-Glass-Matrix Composites

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    Sansoz, Frederic

    criterion is most appropriate for metallic glasses has received considerable attention in the literatureYield Criteria and Strain-Rate Behavior of Zr57.4Cu16.4Ni8.2Ta8Al10 Metallic have examined the yielding and fracture behavior of Zr57.4Cu16.4Ni8.2Ta8Al10 metallic-glass- matrix

  20. Carbothermic Aluminum Production Using Scrap Aluminum As A Coolant

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    LaCamera, Alfred F. (Trafford, PA)

    2002-11-05

    A process for producing aluminum metal by carbothermic reduction of alumina ore. Alumina ore is heated in the presence of carbon at an elevated temperature to produce an aluminum metal body contaminated with about 10-30% by wt. aluminum carbide. Aluminum metal or aluminum alloy scrap then is added to bring the temperature to about 900-1000.degree. C. and precipitate out aluminum carbide. The precipitated aluminum carbide is filtered, decanted, or fluxed with salt to form a molten body having reduced aluminum carbide content.

  1. In vivo bone aluminum measurements in patients with renal disease

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    Ellis, K.J.; Kelleher, S.P.

    1986-01-01

    Contamination of the dialysis solution with trace amounts of aluminum and long-term use of aluminum-based phosphate binders have led to increased body burden of aluminum in patients with end-stage renal disease. A significant clinical problem associated with aluminum-overload is the early diagnosis of aluminum-induced dialysis dementia and osteomalacic osteodystrophy. There are few, if any, blood or urine indices that provide an early monitor of this bone disease, especially in the asymptomatic patient. Although a bone biopsy is usually the basis for the final clinical diagnosis, this procedure is not recommended for routine monitoring of patients. The present technique demonstrates the direct in vivo measurement of bone aluminum levels in patients with renal failure. The interference normally present from activation of bone phosphorus is eliminated by using a thermal/epithermal neutron beam. For the clinical management of the patients, the Al/Ca ratio for the hand may be more useful than an absolute measurement of the total body or skeletal aluminum burden. The relationship between the increased serum Al levels following disferrioxamine infusion and the direct in vivo measurement of bone aluminum using the Al/Ca ratio are currently under investigation. The neutron activation procedure presented in this pilot study is a promising new technique with an immediate clinical application. 5 refs., 3 figs., 1 tab.

  2. Aluminum/cuprous oxide thermite

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    Shapiro, A.B.; Gressmann, R.

    1982-03-03

    Thermite is a generic name applied to a class of metal-metal oxide reactants that undergo a chemical oxidation reduction reaction with the liberation of large amounts of thermal energy. If a mixture of aluminum and cuprous oxide is ignited, the thermitic reaction 2Al + 3Cu/sub 2/O ..-->.. Al/sub 2/O/sub 3/ + 6Cu will proceed at such a rapid rate (burn rate of 6 cm/s) and with the evolution of so much heat (580 cal/g) that the temperature will rise to about 2570/sup 0/C. The thermite reaction, accordingly, has been used for sabotaging or destroying military equipment, starting military fires, and welding together large sections of metal. Aluminum/cuprous oxide (Al/Cu/sub 2/O) thermite is discussed in this report with respect to these topics: reactant powder characterization; power contaminant extraction; reactant powder compaction into a consolidated pellet; initiation system; and reaction and reaction product analysis.

  3. Studies on aluminum neurotoxicity

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    Cho, S.

    1988-01-01

    This work reports the inhibitory effects of aluminum on glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) from yeast and brains. The aluminum contents and several enzyme activities in aluminum-fed rat brain homogenates were compared with those in age-matched control groups. The concentration of aluminum in the homogenates of the aluminum-fed groups were twice of that of the controls. Acetylcholinesterase activities were the same as in both groups but hexokinase and G6PD activities in the aluminum-fed group were about 73% and 70% of the control, respectively. Further studies on the inhibitory effects of aluminum on G6PD were performed with the enzymes purified from human and pig brains. Two forms of G6PD isozymes were purified from human and pig brain by ammonium sulfate fractionation, hydroxylapatite chromatography, affinity chromatography with NADP-agarose and Blue-Sepharose CL-6B, and gel filtration with Sephadex S-300. The two forms of isozymes (isozyme I and II), purified to be homogeneous, had a molecular weight of 220,000, and composed of 4 subunits of molecular weight of 57,000. HPLC peptide maps of tryptic digests and amino acid analyses of the isozymes showed extensive homologies between the isozymes. Interestingly, only the isozyme II in human and pig brain were active with 6-phosphogluconate as a substrate. No such an activity was found in isozyme I. Aluminum inactivated G6PD activity of the human and pig brain isozyme I and isozyme II without affecting the 6-phosphogluconate dehydrogenase activity of the isozyme II. Circular dichroism studies showed that the binding of aluminum to G6PD induced a decrease in {alpha}-helix and {beta}-sheet and a increase in random coil. Therefore it is suggested that inactivation of G6PD by aluminum is due to the conformational change induced by aluminum binding.

  4. The Molecular Connection Between Aluminum Toxicity, Anemia,

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    Appanna, Vasu

    to iron deficiency (McClung et al, 2009). Gaining incredible importance as a global health issue, obesity, there is an increase in the incidence of childhood and adolescent obesity in industrialized countries where the number25 The Molecular Connection Between Aluminum Toxicity, Anemia, Inflammation and Obesity

  5. Chemical vapor deposition of aluminum oxide

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    Gordon, Roy (Cambridge, MA); Kramer, Keith (Cleveland, OH); Liu, Xinye (Cambridge, MA)

    2000-01-01

    An aluminum oxide film is deposited on a heated substrate by CVD from one or more alkylaluminum alkoxide compounds having composition R.sub.n Al.sub.2 (OR').sub.6-n, wherein R and R' are alkyl groups and n is in the range of 1 to 5.

  6. Thermal expansion of aluminum-fly ash composites

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    Rohatgi, P.K.; Iksan, H.; Guo, R.Q.; Qiu, X.

    1998-12-31

    The use of fly ash particles as a filler in aluminum was found to result in a composite of lower density and lower thermal expansion. The thermal expansion coefficients (CTEs) of aluminum matrix composite, reinforced with cenosphere fly ash or precipitator fly ash, were measured between 25 to 400 C. The CTEs of fly ash preforms were also measured under same temperature range and compared with the calculated values of CTE of fly ash from CTE measurements of aluminum-fly ash composite using rule of mixture model. The results show that additions of fly ash significantly reduce the coefficient of thermal expansion of matrix aluminum alloys which could be a major advantage in several applications.

  7. Simulation study of a highly efficient, high resolution X-ray sensor based on self-organizing aluminum oxide

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    Muehlbauer, J.; Sukowski, F.; Reims, N.; Krueger, P.; Schreiber, J.; Mukhurov, N. I.; Uhlmann, N.

    2012-01-01

    State of the art X-ray imaging sensors comprise a trade-off between the achievable efficiency and the spatial resolution. To overcome such limitations, the use of structured and scintillator filled aluminum oxide (AlOx) matrices has been investigated. We used Monte-Carlo (MC) X-ray simulations to determine the X-ray imaging quality of these AlOx matrices. Important factors which influence the behavior of the matrices are: filling factor (surface ratio between channels and `closed` AlOx), channel diameter, aspect ratio, filling material etc. Therefore we modeled the porous AlOx matrix in several different ways with the MC X-ray simulation tool ROSI [1] and evaluated its properties to investigate the achievable performance at different X-ray spectra, with different filling materials (i.e. scintillators) and varying channel height and pixel readout. In this paper we focus on the quantum efficiency, the spatial resolution and image homogeneity.

  8. Reduction of Perchlorate and Nitrate by Aluminum Activated by pH Change and Electrochemically Induced Pitting Corrosion. 

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    Raut Desai, Aditya B.

    2011-08-08

    of perchlorate or nitrate. Aluminum can effectively reduce perchlorate and nitrate, if the protective oxide film that separates the thermodynamically reactive Al0 from most environments is removed. Aluminum was activated by pH change and electrochemically induced...

  9. Aluminum: Reducing chloride emissions from aluminum production

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    Simon, P.

    1999-09-29

    Reynolds Metals Company (RMC), with assistance from a NICE{sup 3} grant, is developing for commercialization a closed-loop control process that greatly reduces chlorine emissions and increases plant efficiency while maintaining metal quality. The process still utilizes chlorine to remove impurities during aluminum processing, but is more effective than current methods. With the new technology chlorine in the stack is monitored and input chlorine is adjusted continuously. This optimization of chlorine use results in substantially less waste because less chlorine has to be bought or produced by aluminum manufacturers. This innovation is a significant improvement over conventional aluminum treatments, in which chlorine is injected in a more costly and wasteful manner. By the year 2010, the new technology has the potential to reduce the energy it takes to create chlorine by 8.4 billion Btu per year and to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 1,377 tons per year.

  10. Microstructure and mechanical properties of 7075 aluminum alloy nanostructured composites processed by mechanical milling and indirect hot extrusion

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    Flores-Campos, R.; Estrada-Guel, I.; Miki-Yoshida, M.; Martinez-Sanchez, R.; Herrera-Ramirez, J.M.

    2012-01-15

    Nanostructured composites of 7075 aluminum alloy and carbon coated silver nanoparticles were produced by mechanical milling and indirect hot extrusion. The milling products were obtained in a high energy SPEX ball mill, and then were compacted by uniaxial load and pressure-less sintered under argon atmosphere. Finally, the sintered product was hot extruded. Carbon coated silver nanoparticles were well distributed in the matrix of the extruded material. Tensile tests were carried out to corroborate the hypothesis that second phase particles, well dispersed in the matrix, improve the strength of the material. High resolution transmission electron microscopy was employed to locate and make sure that the silver nanoparticles were homogeneously and finely dispersed. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer 7075 Al nanostructured composites can be produced by mechanical milling. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Carbon coated silver nanoparticles are well dispersed into aluminum matrix. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Ductile Ag-C NP's improve the mechanical properties of the 7075 Al-alloy. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Ag-C NP's content has an important effect in the particle and crystallite size. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Ag-C NP's keep their morphology after milling and conformation processes.

  11. Is the Aluminum Hypothesis Dead?

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    2014-01-01

    The Aluminum Hypothesis, the idea that aluminum exposure is involved in the etiology of Alzheimer disease, dates back to a 1965 demonstration that aluminum causes neurofibrillary tangles in the brains of rabbits. Initially the focus of intensive research, the Aluminum Hypothesis has gradually been abandoned by most researchers. Yet, despite this current indifference, the Aluminum Hypothesis continues to attract the attention of a small group of scientists and aluminum continues to be viewed with concern by some of the public. This review article discusses reasons that mainstream science has largely abandoned the Aluminum Hypothesis and explores a possible reason for some in the general public continuing to view aluminum with mistrust. PMID:24806729

  12. Anodizing Aluminum with Frills.

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    Doeltz, Anne E.; And Others

    1983-01-01

    "Anodizing Aluminum" (previously reported in this journal) describes a vivid/relevant laboratory experience for general chemistry students explaining the anodizing of aluminum in sulfuric acid and constrasting it to electroplating. Additions to this procedure and the experiment in which they are used are discussed. Reactions involved are also…

  13. The effect of solute additions on the steady-state creep behavior of dispersion-strengthened aluminum.

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    Reynolds, G. H.; Lenel, F. V.; Ansell, G. S.

    1971-01-01

    The effect of solute additions on the steady-state creep behavior of coarse-grained dispersion-strengthened aluminum alloys was studied. Recrystallized dispersion-strengthened solid solutions were found to have stress and temperature sensitivities quite unlike those observed in single-phase solid solutions having the same composition and grain size. The addition of magnesium or copper to the matrix of a recrystallized dispersion-strengthened aluminum causes a decrease in the steady-state creep rate which is much smaller than that caused by similar amounts of solute in single-phase solid solutions. All alloys exhibited essentially a 4.0 power stress exponent in agreement with the model of Ansell and Weertman. The activation energy for steady-state creep in dispersion-strengthened Al-Mg alloys, as well as the stress dependence, was in agreement with the physical model of dislocation climb over the dispersed particles.

  14. Polycrystalline Aluminum Oxynitride Hugoniot and Optical Properties

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    Thornhill, T. F.; Vogler, T. J.; Reinhart, W. D.; Chhabildas, L. C.

    2006-07-28

    Aluminum oxynitride (AlON) is an interesting ceramic because it is both polycrystalline and transparent. We have conducted plate impact experiments to measure the Hugoniot up to 100 GPa and the spall strength up to the HEL. AlON appears to loose spall strength completely under certain conditions, perhaps due to the propagation of a failure wave. It remains transparent, however, up to at least 5 GPa allowing refractive index measurements over this regime.

  15. Aluminum structural applications

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    Lucas, G.

    1996-05-01

    Extensive research by aluminum producers and automakers in the 1980s resulted in the development of technologies that enable building of aluminum cars that meet and exceed all the expectations of today`s drivers and passengers, yet weigh several hundred pounds less than their steel counterparts. The Acura NSX sports car, the Audi A8, and the Jaguar XJ220 have all been introduced. Ford has built 40 aluminum-intensive automobiles based on the Taurus/Sable for test purposes, and General Motors recently announced an aluminum-structured electric vehicle. The design flexibility that aluminum allows is shown by these examples. Each uses a somewhat different technology that is particularly suited to the vehicle and its market.

  16. The Aluminum Smelting Process

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    2014-01-01

    This introduction to the industrial primary aluminum production process presents a short description of the electrolytic reduction technology, the history of aluminum, and the importance of this metal and its production process to modern society. Aluminum's special qualities have enabled advances in technologies coupled with energy and cost savings. Aircraft capabilities have been greatly enhanced, and increases in size and capacity are made possible by advances in aluminum technology. The metal's flexibility for shaping and extruding has led to architectural advances in energy-saving building construction. The high strength-to-weight ratio has meant a substantial reduction in energy consumption for trucks and other vehicles. The aluminum industry is therefore a pivotal one for ecological sustainability and strategic for technological development. PMID:24806722

  17. Engineering wear-resistant surfaces in automotive aluminum

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    Kavorkijan, V.

    2003-02-01

    Inadequate wear resistance and low seizure loads prevent the direct use of aluminum alloys in automotive parts subject to intensive friction combined with high thermal and mechanical loading, such as brake discs, pistons, and cylinder liners. To enable the use of aluminum alloys in the production of automotive brake discs and other wear-resistant products, the insertion of a monolithic friction cladding rather than surface coating has been considered in this work. Three experimental approaches, two based on the pressure-less infiltration of porous ceramic preforms and one based on the subsequent hot rolling of aluminum and metal-matrix composite strips, are currently under investigation.

  18. Microwave dielectric properties of composites consisting of MgAl2O4 filler synthesized by molten-salt method and isotactic polypropylene polymer matrix

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    Takahashi, Susumu; Imai, Yusuke; Kan, Akinori; Hotta, Yuji; Ogawa, Hirotaka

    2015-10-01

    MgAl2O4 particles were synthesized through the solid-state reaction method (MAO-S) or molten-salt method (MAO-M). The crystallinity, particle size, and crystal structure of spinel-structured MAO-S and MAO-M particles were characterized and these particles used as dielectric fillers were filled into an isotactic polypropylene matrix, up to 30 vol % filler concentration. Significant differences in the degree of inversion (?), which represents the cation distribution in tetrahedral and octahedral sites, were obtained for MAO-S and MAO-M by solid-state NMR measurements and the ? value of MAO-S fired for 10 h was 0.39, while that of MAO-M fired for 10 h was 0.64. The dielectric constant of MAO-S- or MAO-M-filled composites increased from 2.4 to 3.7 with increasing filler concentration and was consistent with the Bruggeman model. The dielectric loss and thermal conductivity of the composites were remarkably improved by the addition of the MAO-M filler, depending on the increase in the duration of firing, and were 1.74 × 10-4 and 0.62 W/(m·K), respectively. The coefficient of thermal expansion and the temperature coefficient of the dielectric constant of composites also depended on the filler concentration.

  19. QUANTITATIVE TRAIT LOCI FOR ALUMINUM RESISTANCE IN WHEAT

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    Quantitative trait loci (QTLs) for wheat resistance to aluminum (Al) toxicity were analyzed using simple sequence repeats (SSRs) in a population of 192 F6 recombinant inbred lines (RILs) derived from a cross between an Al-resistant cultivar, Atlas 66 and an Al-sensitive cultivar, Chisholm. Wheat rea...

  20. Association and linkage analysis of aluminum tolerance genes in maize

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    Aluminum (Al) toxicity is a major worldwide constraint to crop productivity on acidic soils. Al becomes soluble at low pH, inhibiting root growth and severely reducing yields. Maize is an important staple food and commodity crop in acidic soil regions, especially in South America and Africa. Al e...

  1. Morphologically selective synthesis of nanocrystalline aluminum nitride

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    Haber, J.A.; Gibbons, P.C.; Buhro, W.E.

    1998-12-01

    Aluminum and N{sub 2} (1 atm) react at 900--1100 C to give AlN. The nitridation reactions of four types of starting Al powder--nanocrystalline Al of two different origins, and 2-{micro}m and 20-{micro}m Al powders from commercial sources--are described. All four Al powders undergo nitridation to give nanocrystalline AlN; however, only the nanocrystalline Al powders undergo nitridation completely at the low temperatures employed. The nanocrystalline AlN is formed in two principal particle morphologies, equiaxed nanoparticles and nanowhiskers, in relative amounts that depend on reaction conditions and the starting Al powders. Added AlCl{sub 3} is an effective promoter of nanowhisker growth. Either AlN morphology may be produced with a high selectivity; samples containing predominantly equiaxed nanoparticles or predominantly nanowhiskers are readily obtained. The results are consistent with a growth model in which the equiaxed AlN nanoparticles precipitate at or near the surface of coalesced liquid Al droplets, whereas the AlN nanowhiskers grow apart from the Al droplets in a vapor-transport process mediated by AlCl{sub 3} and Al subchloride intermediates.

  2. Synthesis and structural characterization of Al{sub 4}Si{sub 2}C{sub 5}-homeotypic aluminum silicon oxycarbide, (Al{sub 6-x}Si{sub x})(O{sub y}C{sub 5-y}) (x{approx}0.8 and y{approx}1.6)

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    Kaga, Motoaki; Urushihara, Daisuke; Iwata, Tomoyuki; Sugiura, Keita; Nakano, Hiromi; Fukuda, Koichiro

    2010-09-15

    We have prepared a new layered oxycarbide, [Al{sub 5.25(5)}Si{sub 0.75(5)}][O{sub 1.60(7)}C{sub 3.40(7)}], by isothermal heating of (Al{sub 4.4}Si{sub 0.6})(O{sub 1.0}C{sub 3.0}) at 2273 K near the carbon-carbon monoxide buffer. The crystal structure was characterized using X-ray powder diffraction, transmission electron microscopy and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX). The title compound is trigonal with space group R3m (centrosymmetric), Z=3, and hexagonal cell dimensions a=0.32464(2) nm, c=4.00527(14) nm and V=0.36556(3) nm{sup 3}. The atom ratios Al:Si were determined by EDX, and the initial structural model was derived by the direct methods. The final structural model showed the positional disordering of one of the three types of Al/Si sites. The reliability indices were R{sub wp}=4.45% (S=1.30), R{sub p}=3.48%, R{sub B}=2.27% and R{sub F}=1.25%. The crystal is composed of three types of domains with nearly the same fraction, one of which has the crystal structure of space group R3-bar m. The crystal structure of the remaining two domains, which are related by pseudo-symmetry inversion, is noncentrosymmetric with space group R3m. - Graphical Abstract: A new aluminum silicon oxycarbide, (Al{sub 6-x}Si{sub x})(O{sub y}C{sub 5-y}) (x{approx}0.8 and y{approx}1.6). The crystal is composed of three types of domains (I, II and III), and hence the structure is represented by a split-atom model. Individual crystal structures can be regarded as layered structures, which consist of A-type [(Al,Si){sub 4}(O,C){sub 4}] unit layers and B-type [(Al,Si)(O,C){sub 2}] single layers.

  3. Surface modification of aluminum nitride by polysilazane and its polymer-derived amorphous silicon oxycarbide ceramic for the enhancement of thermal conductivity in silicone rubber composite

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    Chiu, Hsien Tang; Sukachonmakul, Tanapon; Kuo, Ming Tai; Wang, Yu Hsiang; Wattanakul, Karnthidaporn

    2014-02-01

    Polysilazane (PSZ) and its polymer-derived amorphous silicon oxycarbide (SiOC) ceramic were coated on aluminum nitride (AlN) by using a dip-coating method to allow moisture-crosslinking of PSZ on AlN, followed by heat treatment at 700 °C in air to convert PSZ into SiOC on AlN. The results from FTIR, XPS and SEM indicated that the surface of AlN was successfully coated by PSZ and SiOC film. It was found that the introduction of PSZ and SiOC film help improve in the interfacial adhesion between the modified AlN (PSZ/AlN and SiOC/AlN) and silicone rubber lead to the increase in the thermal conductivity of the composites since the thermal boundary resistance at the filler-matrix interface was decreased. However, the introduction of SiOC as an intermediate layer between AlN and silicone rubber could help increase the thermal energy transport at the filler-matrix interface rather than using PSZ. This result was due to the decrease in the surface roughness and thickness of SiOC film after heat treatment at 700 °C in air. Thus, in the present work, a SiOC ceramic coating could provide a new surface modification for the improvement of the interfacial adhesion between the thermally conductive filler and the matrix in which can enhance the thermal conductivity of the composites.

  4. Slow plastic strain rate compressive flow in binary CoAl intermetallics

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    Whittenberger, J. D.

    1985-01-01

    Constant-velocity elevated temperature compression tests have been conducted on a series of binary CoAl intermetallics produced by hot extrusion of blended prealloyed powders. The as-extruded materials were polycrystalline, and they retained their nominal 10-micron grain size after being tested between 1100 and 1400 K at strain rates ranging from 2 x 10 to the -4th to 2 x 10 to the -7th per sec. Significant plastic flow was obtained in all cases; while cracking was observed, much of this could be due to failure at matrix-oxide interfaces along extrusion stringers rather than to solely intergranular fracture. A maximum in flow strength occurs at an aluminum-to-cobalt ratio of 0.975, and the stress exponent appears to be constant for aluminum-to-cobalt ratios of 0.85 or more. It is likely that very aluminum-deficient materials deform by a different mechanism than do other compositions.

  5. Fabrication of Al-TiB2 Nanocomposites by Flux-Assisted Melt Stirring

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    Nabawy, Ahmed M.; Chen, X.-Grant

    2015-08-01

    The fabrication process for Al-TiB2 nanocomposites, in which TiB2 nanoparticles were incorporated into aluminum with K2ZrF6 flux-assisted melt stirring, was studied. The microstructure of the Al-TiB2 nanocomposites was investigated using scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy. The strengthening effect of TiB2 nanoparticles on the aluminum matrix was examined by microhardness measurements. Results revealed that TiB2 nanoparticles were successfully incorporated and dispersed into the aluminum melt in the presence of the K2ZrF6 flux during mechanical stirring. In the as-cast microstructure, most nanoparticles segregated in the interdendritic regions as a result of particle redistribution during solidification. The addition of 2, 5, and 10 wt pct TiB2 nanoparticles increased the composite hardness by 60, 90, and 150 pct, respectively, when compared to commercial purity aluminum. The role of K2ZrF6 flux agent on the incorporation of nanoparticles into aluminum melt was discussed.

  6. Ultrafine nanoporous palladium-aluminum film fabricated by citric acid-assisted hot-water-treatment of aluminum-palladium alloy film

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    Harumoto, Takashi; Tamura, Yohei; Ishiguro, Takashi

    2015-01-01

    Hot-water-treatment has been adapted to fabricate ultrafine nanoporous palladium-aluminum film from aluminum-palladium alloy film. Using citric acid as a chelating agent, a precipitation of boehmite (aluminum oxide hydroxide, AlOOH) on the nanoporous palladium-aluminum film was suppressed. According to cross-sectional scanning transmission electron microscopy observations, the ligament/pore sizes of the prepared nanoporous film were considerably small (on the order of 10 nm). Since this fabrication method only requires aluminum alloy film and hot-water with chelating agent, the ultrafine nanoporous film can be prepared simply and environmentally friendly.

  7. NASA-UVa light aerospace alloy and structure technology program supplement: Aluminum-based materials for high speed aircraft

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    Starke, E. A., Jr.

    1993-01-01

    This report on the NASA-UVa Light Aerospace Alloy and Structure Technology Program Supplement: Aluminum-Based Materials for High Speed Aircraft covers the period from January 1, 1992 to June 30, 1992. The objective of the research is to develop aluminum alloys and aluminum matrix composites for the airframe which can efficiently perform in the HSCT environment for periods as long as 60,000 hours (certification for 120,000 hours) and, at the same time, meet the cost and weight requirements for an economically viable aircraft. Current industry baselines focus on flight at Mach 2.4. The research covers four major materials systems: (1) ingot metallurgy 2XXX, 6XXX, and 8XXX alloys, (2) powder metallurgy 2XXX alloys, (3) rapidly solidified, dispersion strengthened Al-Fe-X alloys, and (4) discontinuously reinforced metal matrix composites. There are ten major tasks in the program which also include evaluation and trade-off studies by Boeing and Douglas aircraft companies.

  8. Nanosized aluminum altered immune function.

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    Braydich-Stolle, Laura K; Speshock, Janice L; Castle, Alicia; Smith, Marcus; Murdock, Richard C; Hussain, Saber M

    2010-07-27

    On the basis of their uses in jet fuels and munitions, the most likely scenario for aluminum nanoparticle (NP) exposure is inhalation. NPs have been shown to be capable of penetrating deep into the alveolar regions of the lung, and therefore human alveolar macrophages (U937) with human type II pneumocytes (A549) were cultured together and exposed to NPs dispersed in an artificial lung surfactant to more accurately mimic the lung microenvironment. Two types of NPs were evaluated: aluminum (Al) and aluminum oxide (Al2O3). Following a 24-h incubation, cell viability was assessed using MTS, and mild toxicity was observed at higher doses with the U937 cells affected more than the A549. Since the U937 cells provided protection from NP toxicity, the cocultures were exposed to a benign concentration of NPs and infected with the respiratory pathogen community-associated methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (ca-MRSA) to determine any changes in cellular function. Phagocytosis assays demonstrated that the NPs impaired phagocytic function, and bacterial growth curves confirmed that this reduction in phagocytosis was not related to NP-bacteria interactions. Furthermore, NFkappaB PCR arrays and an IL-6 and TNF-alpha real time PCR demonstrated that both types of NPs altered immune response activation. This change was confirmed by ELISA assays that evaluated the secretion of IL-6, IL-8, IL-10, IL-1beta, and TNF-alpha and illustrated that the NPs repressed secretion of these cytokines. Therefore, although the NPs were not toxic to the cells, they did impair the cell's natural ability to respond to a respiratory pathogen regardless of NP composition. PMID:20593840

  9. Weldability of extruded aluminum-alumina composites

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    Gedeon, S.A.; Lane, C.; Altshuller, B.

    1994-12-31

    Acceptable procedure were developed for welding the following types of aluminum particle-reinforced aluminum: 6061/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}/10p-T6, 6061/Al{sub x}/O{sub 3}20p-T6, and 7005Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}/10p-T6,. Automated and manual procedures were developed and using both gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW), with a cold wire feed, and gas metal arc welding (GMAW). The effect of welding procedures on porosity, reinforcing particulate distribution, and mechanical properties was determined. Postweld heat treatment and microhardness testing were used to understand the effect of the welded microstructure on the strength and ductility of the joint. Fracture surfaces and transverse microsections of mechanical test specimens were examined to determine the origins and mechanisms of failure. Cleanliness of the joint and weld wire were found to be essential to eliminate porosity. Based on these experimentally determined data, general guidelines for welding aluminum oxide particle-reinforced aluminum composites are proposed. Discussion includes proper selection of weld joint geometry, filler metals, travel speed, voltage, and current ranges. These parameters are compared to those used in an actual production environment for composite products. Distinctions between welding these composites and others produced via powder metallurgy or with silicon carbide reinforcements are also discussed.

  10. Characterization and Formation of Rod-Shaped (Al,Si)3Ti Particles in an Al-7Si-0.35Mg-0.12Ti (Wt Pct) Alloy

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    Gao, Xiang; Zhu, Yuman; Easton, Mark A.; Rinderer, Barbara; Couper, Mal; Nie, Jian-Feng

    2015-08-01

    In this study, the rod-shaped particles in an Al-7Si-0.35Mg-0.12Ti (wt pct) casting alloy have been characterized using transmission electron microscopy. It is found that these particles invariably contain Ti, Al, and Si and that they have the structure of the equilibrium phase (Al,Si)3Ti. A near-rational orientation relationship is observed between the (Al,Si)3Ti particles and the ?-Al matrix phase. For this orientation relationship, the long axes of the (Al,Si)3Ti rods are invariably parallel to the moiré planes defined by the intersection of closest-packed planes of the (Al,Si)3Ti and ?-Al phases. In contrast to the (Al,Si)3Ti or Al3Ti particles form directly from the melt act as heterogeneous nucleation sites for aluminum grains and thus grain-refined Al-Si foundry alloys, the (Al,Si)3Ti particles are found to form during solution treatment at temperatures above 673 K (400 °C). Their formation occurs in the center of aluminum grains and/or dendrites which is Ti enriched due to partitioning during solidification. The low diffusivity of Ti in ?-Al allows the particles to form in the Ti-enriched areas near the center of grains as the Ti concentration is not able to be homogenized during typical solution treatment times.

  11. Mechanical Characteristics of an Extension Clamp Fabricated from Used Aluminum Beverage Cans

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    Sekunowo, O. I.; Lawal, G. I.; Durowaye, S. I.; Raheem, I. A.

    2015-05-01

    This article investigates the mechanical properties of a laboratory-sized clamp fabricated from used aluminum beverage cans as part of effort to achieve a cleaner environment and add value. Used aluminum beverage cans, ferromanganese, and varied percentages of ferrosilicon (0.94%, 2.28%, 3.35%, and 4.82%) were synthesized by casting. The cast samples were then subjected to the clamp's relevant functional mechanical properties test. The results of the tests show that the Al-4.82% Si specimen demonstrated the highest ultimate tensile strength and elastic modulus. The wear resistance of the alloy also improved as the amount of silicon added increased. However, the total elongation decreased with an increase in the weight percentage of silicon due to an increase in the fraction of silicon particles present within the alloy matrix. The improved mechanical properties demonstrated by the aluminum-silicon alloy impact positively on the functionality of the three-prong extension clamp. This development has the potential of creating an immense boost in the global effort at achieving a cleaner environment.

  12. Aluminum nanoparticle/acrylate copolymer nanocomposites for dielectric elastomers with high dielectric constants

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    Hu, Wei; Zhang, Suki N.; Niu, Xiaofan; Liu, Chao; Pei, Qibing

    2014-03-01

    Dielectric elastomers are useful for large-strain actuation and energy harvesting. Their application has been limited by their low dielectric constants and consequently high driving voltage. Various fillers with high dielectric constants have been incorporated into different elastomer systems to improve the actuation strain, force output and energy density of the compliant actuators and generators. However, agglomeration may happen in these nanocomposites, resulting in a decrease of dielectric strength, an increase of leakage current, and in many instances the degree of enhancement of the dielectric constant. In this work, we investigated aluminum nanoparticles as nanofillers for acrylate copolymers. This metallic nanoparticle was chosen because the availability of free electrons could potentially provide an infinite value of dielectric constant as opposed to dielectric materials including ferroelectric nanocrystals. Moreover, aluminum nanoparticles have a self-passivated oxide shell effectively preventing the formation of conductive path. The surfaces of the aluminum nanoparticles were functionalized with methacrylate groups to assist the uniform dispersion in organic solutions and additionally enable copolymerization with acrylate copolymer matrix during bulk polymerization, and thus to suppress large range drifting of the nanoparticles. The resulting Al nanoparticle-acrylate copolymer nanocomposites were found to exhibit higher dielectric constant and increased stiffness. The leakage current under high electric fields were significantly lower than nanocomposites synthesized without proper nanoparticle surface modification. The dielectric strengths of the composites were comparable with the pristine polymers. In dielectric actuation evaluation, the actuation force output and energy specific work density were enhanced in the nanocomposites compared to the pristine copolymer.

  13. Clinical biochemistry of aluminum

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    King, S.W.; Savory, J.; Wills, M.R.

    1981-05-01

    Aluminum toxicity has been implicated in the pathogenesis of a number of clinical disorders in patients with chronic renal failure on long-term intermittent hemodialysis treatment. The predominant disorders have been those involving either bone (osteomalacic dialysis osteodystrophy) or brain (dialysis encephalopathy). In nonuremic patients, an increased brain aluminum concentration has been implicated as a neurotoxic agent in the pathogenesis of Alzheimer's disease and was associated with experimental neurofibrillary degeneration in animals. The brain aluminum concentrations of patients dying with the syndrome of dialysis encephalopathy (dialysis dementia) are significantly higher than in dialyzed patients without the syndrome and in nondialyzed patients. Two potential sources for the increased tissue content of aluminum in patients on hemodialysis have been proposed: (1) intestinal absorption from aluminum containing phosphate-binding gels, and (2) transfer across the dialysis membrane from aluminum in the water used to prepare the dialysate. These findings, coupled with our everyday exposure to the ubiquitous occurrence of aluminum in nature, have created concerns over the potential toxicity of this metal.

  14. Transmission electron microscopy characterization of microstructural features of Al-Li-Cu alloys

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    Avalos-Borja, M.; Pizzo, P. P.; Larson, L. A.

    1983-01-01

    A transmission electron microscopy (TEM) examination of aluminum-lithium-copper alloys was conducted. The principal purpose is to characterize the nature, size, and distribution of stringer particles which result from the powder metallurgy (P/M) processing of these alloys. Microstructural features associated with the stringer particles are reported that help explain the stress corrosion susceptibility of the powder metallurgy-processed Al-Li-Cu alloys. In addition, matrix precipitation events are documented for a variety of heat treatments and process variations. Hot rolling is observed to significant alter the nature of matrix precipitation, and the observations are correlated with concomitant mechanical property variations.

  15. Novel aqueous dual-channel aluminum-hydrogen peroxide battery

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    Marsh, Catherine; Licht, Stuart

    1994-06-01

    A dual-channel aluminum hydrogen peroxide battery is introduced with an open-circuit voltage of 1.9 volts, polarization losses of 0.9 mV cm(exp 2) mA(exp -1), and power densities of 1 W/cm(exp 2). Catholyte and anolyte cell compartments are separated by an Ir/Pd modified porous nickel cathode. Separation of catholyte and anolyte chambers prevents hydrogen peroxide poisoning of the aluminum anode. The battery is expressed by aluminum oxidation and aqueous solution phase hydrogen peroxide reduction for an overall battery discharge consisting of 2Al + 3H2O2 + 2OH(-) yields 2AlO2(-) + 4H2O E = 2.3 V. The search for electrical propulsion sources which fit the requirements for electrically powered vehicles has blurred the standard characteristics associated with electrochemical storage systems. Presently, electrochemical systems comprised of mechanically rechargeable primary batteries, secondary batteries, and fuel cells are candidates for electrochemical propulsion sources. While important advances in energy and power density continue for nonaqueous and molten electrolytes, aqueous electrolyte batteries often have an advantage in simplicity, conductivity, cost effectiveness, and environmental impact. Systems coupling aluminum anodes and aqueous electrolytes have been investigated. These systems include: aluminum/silver oxide, aluminum/manganese dioxide, aluminum air, aluminum/hydrogen peroxide aqueous batteries, and the recently introduced aluminum/ferricyanide and aluminum sulfur aqueous batteries. Conventional aqueous systems such as the nickel cadmium and lead-acid batteries are characterized by their relatively low energy densities and adverse environmental impact. Other systems have substantially higher theoretical energy capacities. While aluminum-silver oxide has demonstrated the highest steady-state power density, its high cost is an impediment for widespread utilization for electric propulsion.

  16. Aluminum bioavailability from basic sodium aluminum phosphate, an approved food additive emulsifying agent, incorporated in cheese

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    Yokel, Robert A.; Hicks, Clair L.; Florence, Rebecca L.

    2008-01-01

    Oral aluminum (Al) bioavailability from drinking water has been previously estimated, but there is little information on Al bioavailability from foods. It was suggested that oral Al bioavailability from drinking water is much greater than from foods. The objective was to further test this hypothesis. Oral Al bioavailability was determined in the rat from basic [26Al]-sodium aluminum phosphate (basic SALP) in a process cheese. Consumption of ~ 1 gm cheese containing 1.5 or 3% basic SALP resulted in oral Al bioavailability (F) of ~ 0.1 and 0.3%, respectively, and time to maximum serum 26Al concentration (Tmax) of 8 to 9 h. These Al bioavailability results were intermediate to previously reported results from drinking water (F ~ 0.3%) and acidic-SALP incorporated into a biscuit (F ~ 0.1%), using the same methods. Considering the similar oral bioavailability of Al from food vs. water, and their contribution to the typical human’s daily Al intake (~ 95 and 1.5%, respectively), these results suggest food contributes much more Al to systemic circulation, and potential Al body burden, than does drinking water. These results do not support the hypothesis that drinking water provides a disproportionate contribution to total Al absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract. PMID:18436363

  17. Aluminum electroplating on steel from a fused bromide electrolyte

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    Prabhat K. Tripathy; Laura A. Wurth; Eric J. Dufek; Toni Y. Gutknecht; Natalie J. Gese; Paula Hahn; Steven M. Frank; Guy L. Frederickson; J. Stephen Herring

    2014-08-01

    A quaternary bromide bath (LiBr–KBr–CsBr–AlBr3) was used to electro-coat aluminum on steel substrates. The electrolytewas prepared by the addition of AlBr3 into the eutectic LiBr–KBr–CsBr melt. A smooth, thick, adherent and shiny aluminum coating could be obtained with 80 wt.% AlBr3 in the ternary melt. The SEM photographs of the coated surfaces suggest the formation of thick and dense coatings with good aluminum coverage. Both salt immersion and open circuit potential measurement suggested that the coatings did display a good corrosionresistance behavior. Annealing of the coated surfaces, prior to corrosion tests, suggested the robustness of the metallic aluminum coating in preventing the corrosion of the steel surfaces. Studies also indicated that the quaternary bromide plating bath can potentially provide a better aluminumcoating on both ferrous and non-ferrous metals, including complex surfaces/geometries.

  18. Membrane Purification Cell for Aluminum Recycling

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    David DeYoung; James Wiswall; Cong Wang

    2011-11-29

    Recycling mixed aluminum scrap usually requires adding primary aluminum to the scrap stream as a diluent to reduce the concentration of non-aluminum constituents used in aluminum alloys. Since primary aluminum production requires approximately 10 times more energy than melting scrap, the bulk of the energy and carbon dioxide emissions for recycling are associated with using primary aluminum as a diluent. Eliminating the need for using primary aluminum as a diluent would dramatically reduce energy requirements, decrease carbon dioxide emissions, and increase scrap utilization in recycling. Electrorefining can be used to extract pure aluminum from mixed scrap. Some example applications include producing primary grade aluminum from specific scrap streams such as consumer packaging and mixed alloy saw chips, and recycling multi-alloy products such as brazing sheet. Electrorefining can also be used to extract valuable alloying elements such as Li from Al-Li mixed scrap. This project was aimed at developing an electrorefining process for purifying aluminum to reduce energy consumption and emissions by 75% compared to conventional technology. An electrolytic molten aluminum purification process, utilizing a horizontal membrane cell anode, was designed, constructed, operated and validated. The electrorefining technology could also be used to produce ultra-high purity aluminum for advanced materials applications. The technical objectives for this project were to: - Validate the membrane cell concept with a lab-scale electrorefining cell; - Determine if previously identified voltage increase issue for chloride electrolytes holds for a fluoride-based electrolyte system; - Assess the probability that voltage change issues can be solved; and - Conduct a market and economic analysis to assess commercial feasibility. The process was tested using three different binary alloy compositions (Al-2.0 wt.% Cu, Al-4.7 wt.% Si, Al-0.6 wt.% Fe) and a brazing sheet scrap composition (Al-2.8 wt.% Si-0.7 wt.% Fe-0.8 wt.% Mn),. Purification factors (defined as the initial impurity concentration divided by the final impurity concentration) of greater than 20 were achieved for silicon, iron, copper, and manganese. Cell performance was measured using its current and voltage characteristics and composition analysis of the anode, cathode, and electrolytes. The various cells were autopsied as part of the study. Three electrolyte systems tested were: LiCl-10 wt. % AlCl3, LiCl-10 wt. % AlCl3-5 wt.% AlF3 and LiF-10 wt.% AlF3. An extended four-day run with the LiCl-10 wt.% AlCl3-5 wt.% AlF3 electrolyte system was stable for the entire duration of the experiment, running at energy requirements about one third of the Hoopes and the conventional Hall-Heroult process. Three different anode membranes were investigated with respect to their purification performance and survivability: a woven graphite cloth with 0.05 cm nominal thickness & > 90 % porosity, a drilled rigid membrane with nominal porosity of 33%, and another drilled rigid graphite membrane with increased thickness. The latter rigid drilled graphite was selected as the most promising membrane design. The economic viability of the membrane cell to purify scrap is sensitive to primary & scrap aluminum prices, and the cost of electricity. In particular, it is sensitive to the differential between scrap and primary aluminum price which is highly variable and dependent on the scrap source. In order to be economically viable, any scrap post-processing technology in the U.S. market must have a total operating cost well below the scrap price differential of $0.20-$0.40 per lb to the London Metal Exchange (LME), a margin of 65%-85% of the LME price. The cost to operate the membrane cell is estimated to be < $0.24/lb of purified aluminum. The energy cost is estimated to be $0.05/lb of purified aluminum with the remaining costs being repair and maintenance, electrolyte, labor, taxes and depreciation. The bench-scale work on membrane purification cell process has demonstrated technological advantages and subs

  19. Aluminum-halogen cells

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    Arakawa, T.; Fukuoka, M.; Kimura, M.; Kobayashi, H.; Masukawa, Y.

    1981-05-26

    An aluminum-halogen cell is disclosed that is comprised of aluminum as an anode active material and a halogen compound as a cathode active material characterized in that the layer containing the cathode active material further comprises at least one stabilizer selected from the group consisting of magnesium halides, zinc halides, organic carboxylic acids and their anhydrides, aluminum or more basic metallic salts of perhaloid acids and quaternary ammonium salts shows only slight lowering in output voltage at initial discharge when continuously discharged under a load and can give high discharge output for a remarkably long period of time.

  20. Resistive switching of aluminum oxide for flexible memory

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    Kim, Sungho; Choi, Yang-Kyu

    2008-06-02

    The unipolar resistive switching of the Al/Al{sub x}O{sub y}/Al structure is investigated for nonvolatile memory. Following the production of aluminum oxide film (Al{sub x}O{sub y}) by plasma oxidation, a high ratio of on-state and off-state currents ({>=}10{sup 4}) is achieved, and characteristics of switching endurance are reported. Due to the good ductility of aluminum, the performance of resistive switching on a flexible substrate is not degraded by severe substrate bending. The low process temperature of the plasma oxidation process is advantageous for the fabrication of flexible electronic devices and modern interconnection processes.

  1. Determination of dissolved aluminum in water samples

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    Afifi, A.A.

    1983-01-01

    A technique has been modified for determination of a wide range of concentrations of dissolved aluminum (Al) in water and has been tested. In this technique, aluminum is complexed with 8-hydroxyquinoline at pH 8.3 to minimize interferences, then extracted with methyl isobutyl ketone (MIBK). The extract is analyzed colorimetrically at 395 nm. This technique is used to analyze two forms of monomeric Al, nonlabile (organic complexes) and labile (free, Al, Al sulfate, fluoride and hydroxide complexes). A detection limit 2 ug/L is possible with 25-ml samples and 10-ml extracts. The detection limit can be decreased by increasing the volume of the sample and (or) decreasing the volume of the methyl isobutyl ketone extract. The analytical uncertainty of this method is approximately + or - 5 percent. The standard addition technique provides a recovery test for this technique and ensures precision in samples of low Al concentrations. The average percentage recovery of the added Al plus the amount originally present was 99 percent. Data obtained from analyses of filtered standard solutions indicated that Al is adsorbed on various types of filters. However, the relationship between Al concentrations and adsorption remains linear. A test on standard solutions also indicated that Al is not adsorbed on nitric acid-washed polyethylene and polypropylene bottle wells. (USGS)

  2. Purifying Aluminum by Vacuum Distillation

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    Du Fresne, E. R.

    1985-01-01

    Proposed method for purifying aluminum employs one-step vacuum distillation. Raw material for process impure aluminum produced in electrolysis of aluminum ore. Impure metal melted in vacuum. Since aluminum has much higher vapor pressure than other constituents, boils off and condenses on nearby cold surfaces in proportions much greater than those of other constituents.

  3. Insensitive high-energy energetic structural material of tungsten-polytetrafluoroethylene-aluminum composites

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    Wang, Liu; Liu, Jinxu; Li, Shukui; Zhang, Xinbo

    2015-11-01

    Energetic structural material is a kind of materials that are inert under normal conditions but could produce exothermic chemical reaction when subjected to impact. This report shows a kind of energetic structural material of tungsten (W)-polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE)-aluminum (Al) with density of 4.12 g/cm3, excellent ductility and dynamic compressive strength of 96 MPa. Moreover, 50W-35PTFE-15Al (wt%) can exhibit a high reaction energy value of more than 2 times of TNT per unit mass and 5 times of TNT per unit volume, respectively, but with excellent insensitivity compared with traditional explosives. Under thermal conditions, the W-PTFE-Al composite can keep stable at 773 K. Under impact loading, when the strain rate up to ˜4820 s-1 coupled with the absorbed energy per unit volume of 120 J/cm3, deflagration occurs and combustion lasts for 500 ?s. During impact compressive deformation, the PTFE matrix is elongated into nano-fibers, thus significantly increases the reaction activity of W-PTFE-Al composites. The nano-fiber structure is necessary for the reaction of W-PTFE-Al composites. The formation of PTFE nano-fibers must undergo severe plastic deformation, and therefore the W-PTFE-Al composites exhibit excellent insensitivity and safety. Furthermore, the reaction mechanisms of W-PTFE-Al composites in argon and in air are revealed.

  4. Generation and structural characterization of aluminum cyanoacetylide

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    Cabezas, Carlos; Peña, Isabel; Alonso, José L. E-mail: jlalonso@qf.uva.es; Barrientos, Carmen; Largo, Antonio E-mail: jlalonso@qf.uva.es; Guillemin, Jean-Claude; Cernicharo, José

    2014-09-14

    Combined spectroscopy measurements and theoretical calculations bring to light a first investigation of a metallic cyanoacetylide, AlC{sub 3}N, using laser ablation molecular beam Fourier transform microwave spectroscopy. This molecule was synthesized in a supersonic expansion by the reaction of aluminum vapour with C{sub 3}N, produced from solid aluminum rods and BrCCCN in a newly constructed ablation-heating nozzle device. A set of accurate rotational and {sup 27}Al and {sup 14}N nuclear quadrupole coupling constants have been determined from the analysis of the rotational spectrum and compared with those predicted in a high-level ab initio study, conducting to the assignment of the observed species to linear AlCCCN. We have searched for this species towards the carbon-rich evolved star IRC + 10216 but only an upper limit to its abundance has been obtained.

  5. Generation and structural characterization of aluminum cyanoacetylide

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    Cabezas, Carlos; Barrientos, Carmen; Largo, Antonio; Guillemin, Jean-Claude; Cernicharo, José; Peña, Isabel; Alonso, José L.

    2015-01-01

    Combined spectroscopy measurements and theoretical calculations bring to light a first investigation of a metallic cyanoacetylide, AlC3N, using laser ablation molecular beam Fourier transform microwave spectroscopy. This molecule was synthesized in a supersonic expansion by the reaction of aluminum vapour with C3N, produced from solid aluminum rods and BrCCCN in a newly constructed ablation-heating nozzle device. A set of accurate rotational and 27Al and 14N nuclear quadrupole coupling constants have been determined from the analysis of the rotational spectrum and compared with those predicted in a high-level ab initio study, conducting to the assignment of the observed species to linear AlCCCN. We have searched for this species towards the carbon-rich evolved star IRC + 10216 but only an upper limit to its abundance has been obtained. PMID:25217914

  6. Chromic acid anodizing of aluminum foil

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    Dursch, H.

    1988-01-01

    The success of the Space Station graphite/epoxy truss structure depends on its ability to endure long-term exposure to the LEO environment, primarily the effects of atomic oxygen and the temperture cycling resulting from the 94 minute orbit. This report describes the development and evaluation of chromic acid anodized (CAA) aluminum foil as protective coatings for these composite tubes. Included are: development of solar absorptance and thermal emittance properties required of Al foil and development of CAA parameters to achieve these optical properties; developing techniques to CAA 25 ft lengths of Al foil; developing bonding processes for wrapping the Al foil to graphite/epoxy tubes; and atomic oxygen testing of the CAA Al foil. Two specifications were developed and are included in the report: Chromic Acid Anodizing of Aluminum Foil Process Specification and Bonding of Anodized Aluminum Foil to Graphite/Epoxy Tubes. Results show that CAA Al foil provides and excellent protective and thermal control coating for the Space Station truss structure.

  7. Influence of sodium aluminosilicate, hydroxy-sodalite, carnegieite, aluminum sulfate, and aluminum phosphate on performance of commercial Leghorns.

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    Roland, D A; Barnes, D G; Laurent, S M

    1991-04-01

    Experiments were conducted to determine if the high ion-exchange capacity of sodium aluminosilicate (ZA) marketed as ETHACAL Feed Component or its aluminum content or both are related to the beneficial effect of ZA on egg specific gravity (ESG). In Experiments 1 and 2, ZA was compared with hydroxy-sodalite (HS) and carnegieite, which have the same chemical formula as ZA but little or no ion-exchange capacity. Two levels of ZA (0 and 1.5% of the diet) and three levels of HS (0, .75, and 1.5%) were fed in Experiment 1. In Experiment 2, 0, .75, and 1.5% of ZA and carnegieite were fed. In Experiment 3, ZA, carnegieite, aluminum sulfate, and aluminum phosphate were fed at levels calculated to contain .148 and .101% aluminum. Criteria evaluated were ESG, egg production, feed consumption, and egg weight. Egg specific gravity was significantly improved by ZA in all experiments and was not affected by HS, carnegieite (Experiments 1 and 2), aluminum sulfate (.148% Al), or aluminum phosphate (Experiment 3). Carnegieite and aluminum (.101%) from aluminum sulfate increased ESG in Experiment 3. In Experiments 1 and 3, egg production and feed consumption were not influenced by various treatments. Carnegieite and ZA reduced egg production and feed consumption in Experiment 2. It was concluded that the ion-exchange capacity and aluminum content of ZA may contribute to its beneficial effect on ESG. PMID:1652132

  8. Characterization of salt cake from secondary aluminum production.

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    Huang, Xiao-Lan; Badawy, Amro El; Arambewela, Mahendranath; Ford, Robert; Barlaz, Morton; Tolaymat, Thabet

    2014-05-30

    Salt cake is a major waste component generated from the recycling of secondary aluminum processing (SAP) waste. Worldwide, the aluminum industry produces nearly 5 million tons of waste annually and the end-of-life management of these wastes is becoming a challenge in the U.S. and elsewhere. In this study, the mineral phases, metal content and metal leachability of 39 SAP waste salt cake samples collected from 10 different facilities across the U.S. were determined. The results showed that aluminum (Al), aluminum oxide, aluminum nitride and its oxides, spinel and elpasolite are the dominant aluminum mineral phases in salt cake. The average total Al content was 14% (w/w). The overall percentage of the total leachable Al in salt cake was 0.6% with approximately 80% of the samples leaching at a level less than 1% of the total aluminum content. The extracted trace metal concentrations in deionized water were relatively low (?gL(-1) level). The toxicity characteristic leaching procedure (TCLP) was employed to further evaluate leachability and the results indicated that the leached concentrations of toxic metals from salt cake were much lower than the EPA toxicity limit set by USEPA. PMID:24747373

  9. Electronic structure and properties of magnetic defects in Co(1+x)Al(1-x) and Fe(1+x)Al(1-x) alloys. Ph.D. Thesis - Paris Univ.

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    Abbe, D.

    1984-01-01

    CoAl and FeAl compounds are developed along two directions. Magnetic susceptibility and specific heat at low temperature on (NiCo)Al and (CoFe)Al ternary alloys are in good agreement with band calculations. Results on magnetization and specific heat under field at low temperature on nonstoichiometric compounds show clearly the importance of the nearest neighbor effects. In the case of CoAl, the isolated cobalt atoms substituting aluminum are characterized by a Kondo behavior, and, for FeAl, the isolated extra iron atoms are magnetic and polarize the matrix. Moreover, for the two compounds, clusters of higher order play a considerable part in the magnetic properties for CoAl, these clusters also seem to be characterized by a Kondo behavior, for FeAl, these clusters whose moment is higher than in the case of isolated atoms, could be constituted of excess parts of iron atoms.

  10. Formation and stability of Al{sub 3}Ti in the hyper-peritectic AlTi alloys after mechanical alloying

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    Kim, H.S.; Kim, G.; Kum, D.W.

    1996-10-01

    Mechanical alloying is an effective way to finely distribute inert dispersoids in Al-TM (TM is a transition metal element) systems. It is considered that high melting point aluminides are formed by precipitation from the supersaturated aluminum matrix. The analysis is based on the fact that much higher content of TM than the solubility limit can be dissolved in alpha aluminum during the high energy ball milling. Nonetheless, the role of undissolved TM particles affecting the formation of aluminides is not suitably considered. In this paper, authors present experimental observation on the formation of Al{sub 3}Ti particles from mechanically alloyed Al-Ti alloys in the hyper-peritectic region. This study showed that, in the mechanically alloyed Al-20wt%Ti specimen, intermediate phase of cubic Al{sub 3}Ti and tetragonal Al{sub 24}Ti{sub 8} formed at 300--400 C and 400--500 C, respectively, before the MA-state reaches to the global equilibrium at higher temperatures. The formation behavior of L1{sub 2}-Al{sub 3}Ti is interpreted by interdiffusion of Al and Ti in solid state based on the fact that large amount of nano-sized Ti particles exist in the milled powder. Present analysis indicated undissolved Ti particles of nanosize should have played an important role initiating the formation of Al{sub 3}Ti phase during annealing.

  11. Walnut Hulls Clean Aluminum

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    Colberg, W. R.; Gordon, G. H.; Jackson, C. H.

    1984-01-01

    Hulls inflict minimal substrate damage. Walnut hulls found to be best abrasive for cleaning aluminum surfaces prior to painting. Samples blasted with walnut hulls showed no compressive stress of surface.

  12. Advances in aluminum anodizing

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    Dale, K. H.

    1969-01-01

    White anodize is applied to aluminum alloy surfaces by specific surface preparation, anodizing, pigmentation, and sealing techniques. The development techniques resulted in alloys, which are used in space vehicles, with good reflectance values and excellent corrosive resistance.

  13. Corrosion Inhibitors for Aluminum.

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    Muller, Bodo

    1995-01-01

    Describes a simple and reliable test method used to investigate the corrosion-inhibiting effects of various chelating agents on aluminum pigments in aqueous alkaline media. The experiments that are presented require no complicated or expensive electronic equipment. (DDR)

  14. Alloying of liquid aluminum

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    Shafyei, A.; Guthrie, R.I.L.

    1996-10-01

    The addition of high melting point alloying elements is an integral component in the processing of molten aluminum alloys. In this research, the kinetics of dissolution of manganese and iron particles, freely dispersed in turbulently-stirred baths of liquid aluminum, has been investigated at a laboratory scale. First, the suspension behavior of alloying elements in liquid aluminum was studied via water modeling analogues, using dimensional analysis and similarity techniques. Second, mass transfer coefficients between particles of manganese or iron and stirred liquid aluminum were measured. These high temperature experiments showed that measured mass transfer coefficients of manganese and iron particles were strongly dependent on the intensity of the mixing, until the point at which particles became fully suspended. Further increases in the rate of mixing produced little further rises in mass transfer coefficients. From a practical point of view, therefore, these results suggested that very high rates of melt mixing are not recommended during an alloying process.

  15. Localization of hydrogen peroxide accumulation and diamine oxidase activity in pea root nodules under aluminum stress.

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    Sujkowska-Rybkowska, Marzena; Borucki, Wojciech

    2014-02-01

    Aluminum (Al) is one of the environmental stressors that induces formation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) in plants. Hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) and H2O2-generated apoplast diamine oxidase (DAO) activity were detected cytochemically via transmission electron microscopy (TEM), in pea (Pisum sativum L.) root nodules exposed to high (50 ?M AlCl3, for 2 and 24h) Al stress. The nodules were shown to respond to Al stress by disturbances in infection thread (IT) growth, bacteria endocytosis, premature degeneration of bacteroidal tissue and generation of H2O2 in nodule apoplast. Large amounts of peroxide were found at the same sites as high DAO activity under Al stress, suggesting that DAO is a major source of Al-induced peroxide accumulation in the nodules. Peroxide distribution and DAO activity in the nodules of both control plants and Al-treated ones were typically found in the plant cell walls, intercellular spaces and infection threads. However, 2 h Al treatment increased DAO activity and peroxide accumulation in the nodule apoplast and bacteria within threads. A prolonged Al treatment (24 h) increased the H2O2 content and DAO activity in the nodule apoplast, especially in the thread walls, matrix and bacteria within infection threads. In addition to ITs, prematurely degenerated bacteroids, which occurred in response to Al, were associated with intense staining for H2O2 and DAO activity. These results suggest the involvement of DAO in the production of a large amount of H2O2 in the nodule apoplast under Al stress. The role of reactive oxygen species in pea-Rhizobium symbiosis under Al stress is discussed. PMID:24246127

  16. Aluminum powder applications

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    Gurganus, T.B.

    1995-08-01

    Aluminum powders have physical and metallurgical characteristics related to their method of manufacture that make them extremely important in a variety of applications. They can propel rockets, improve personal hygiene, increase computer reliability, refine exotic alloys, and reduce weight in the family sedan or the newest Air Force fighter. Powders formed into parts for structural and non-structural applications hold the key to some of the most exciting new developments in the aluminum future.

  17. Diffusion Bonding and Characterization of a Dispersion Strengthened Aluminum Alloy

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    Cooke, Kavian Omar

    Aluminum metal matrix composites (Al-MMC's) containing silicon carbide or alumina particle reinforcements are used extensively in automotive and aircraft industries. The addition of a reinforcing phase has led to significant improvements in the mechanical properties of these alloys. However, despite substantial improvements in the properties, the lack of a reliable joining method has restricted their full potential. The differences in physical and metallurgical properties between the ceramic phase and the Al-MMC, prevents the successful application of the fusion welding processes, conventionally used for joining monolithic aluminum alloys. Therefore, alternative techniques that prevent microstructural changes in the base metal need to be developed. In this study, the transient liquid phase diffusion bonding and eutectic bonding of a particle reinforced Al 6061-MMC was investigated to identify a method that could control particle segregation within the joint and increase the final joint strength. The results showed that TLP bonding using Ni-foil was possible at 600°C for 10 minutes using a pressure of 0.01 MPa. However, characterization of the bond interface showed a wide particle segregated zone due to the "pushing effect" of the solid/liquid interface during isothermal solidification stage of bonding. The presence of this particle segregated zone was shown to cause low joint strengths. In order to overcome these problems, TLP bonding was performed using electrodeposited coatings of Ni and Ni-Al 2O3 as a way of controlling the volume of eutectic liquid formed at the joint. Theoretical and experimental work showed that the use of thin coatings was successful in reducing the width of the segregated zone formed at the joint and this had the effect of increasing joint shear strength values. Furthermore, lower bonding temperature could also be used as a method of reducing particle segregation and therefore, a Cu-Sn interlayer was used to form a eutectic bond. The experimental results showed that particle segregation could be prevented, but lower joint shear strengths were obtained. Comparative analysis indicated that when Ni-Al2O3 coating was used, shear strength of 92% of the base metal strength was achievable. In comparison, when Ni coating, Ni-foil and Cu-Sn interlayers were used, the maximum joint strengths achievable were 84% 62% and 60% respectively.

  18. Biaxial texture development in aluminum nitride layers during off-axis sputter deposition

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    Gall, Daniel

    Biaxial texture development in aluminum nitride layers during off-axis sputter deposition Ruopeng-plane grain orientation and the c-axis tilted by 42 6 2 off the substrate normal, yielding wurtzite AlN grains) Polycrystalline aluminum nitride (AlN) layers were deposited by pulsed-dc reactive magnetron sputtering from

  19. Influence of aluminum on growth, mineral nutrition and organic acid exudation of rambutan (Nephelium lappaceum)

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    A randomized complete block design experiment with six aluminum (Al) concentrations was carried out to evaluate the effect of aluminum on nutrient content, plant growth, dry matter production and Al-induced organic acid exudation in rambutan (Nephelium lappaceum). One rambutan cultivar was grown in...

  20. The Corrosion Protection of Metals by Ion Vapor Deposited Aluminum

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    Danford, M. D.

    1993-01-01

    A study of the corrosion protection of substrate metals by ion vapor deposited aluminum (IVD Al) coats has been carried out. Corrosion protection by both anodized and unanodized IVD Al coats has been investigated. Base metals included in the study were 2219-T87 Al, 7075-T6 Al, Titanium-6 Al-4 Vanadium (Ti-6Al-4V), 4130 steel, D6AC steel, and 4340 steel. Results reveal that the anodized IVD Al coats provide excellent corrosion protection, but good protection is also achieved by IVD Al coats that have not been anodized.

  1. Reinforced aluminum conductor for cryogenic applications

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    Premkumar, M. K.; Billman, F. R.; Chakrabarti, D. J.; Dawless, R. K.; Austen, A. R.

    1991-01-01

    The fabrication of a 99.999 percent aluminum conductor reinforced by a powder metallurgy (P/M) processed Al-Fe-Ce alloy is described. Long continuous lengths of composite conductors consisting of 1, 4, and 19 Al filaments have been produced by streamline die hot extrusion and cold working by conventional wire drawing or cold hydrostatic extrusion. Microstructural observations and some limited electrical resistivity and mechanical property data are presented along with an analysis of the contamination of high-purity Al conductors by diffusion during annealing.

  2. Transcriptomic analysis reveals differential gene expression in common bean (Phaseoulus vulgaris) for aluminum resistance

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    Eticha, Dejene; Zahn, Marc; Rao, Idupulapati M.; Horst, Walter J.

    2009-01-01

    genes and pathways associated with aluminum stress and tolerance using transcriptome profiling of wheatgene encoding the Al-activated malate transporter (TaALMT1) is responsible for malate release in Al resistant wheat.

  3. Inhibition of Aluminum Oxyhydroxide Precipitation with Citric Acid

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    Dabbs, Daniel M.; Ramachandran, Usha; Lu, Sang; Liu, Jun; Wang, Li Q.; Aksay, Ilhan A.

    2005-12-06

    Citric acid has been shown to act as an agent for increasing the solubility of aluminum oxyhydroxides in aqueous solutions of high (>2.47 mol/mol) hydroxide-to-aluminum ratios. Conversely, citric acid also colloidally stabilizes particles in aqueous suspensions of aluminum-containing particles. Solutions of aluminum chloride, with and without citric acid added, were titrated with NaO(aq). The presence and size of particles were determined using quasi-elastic light scattering. In solutions that contained no citric acid, particles formed instantaneously when NaOH(aq) was added but these were observed to rapidly diminish in size, disappearing at OH/Al ratios below 2.5 mol/mol. When the OH/Al ratio was raised beyond 2.5 by addingmoreNaOH(aq), suspensions of colloidally stable particles formed. Large polycations containing 13 aluminum atoms were detected by 27Al solution NMR in citric-acid-free solutions with OH/Al ratios slightly lower than 2.5. In comparison, adding citric acid to solutions of aluminum chloride inhibited the formation of large aluminum-containing polycations. The absence of the polycations prevents or retards the subsequent formation of particles, indicating that the polycations, when present, act as seeds to the formation of new particles. Particles did not form in solutions with a citric acid/aluminum ratio of 0.8 until sufficient NaOH(aq) was added to raise the OH/Al ratio to 3.29. By comparison, lower amounts of citric acid did not prevent particles from forming but did retard the rate of growth.

  4. Aluminum Solubility in Complex Electrolytes - 13011

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    Agnew, S.F.; Johnston, C.T.

    2013-07-01

    Predicting aluminum solubility for Hanford and Savannah River waste liquids is very important for their disposition. It is a key mission goal at each Site to leach as much aluminum as practical from sludges in order to minimize the amount of vitrified high level waste. And it is correspondingly important to assure that any soluble aluminum does not precipitate during subsequent decontamination of the liquid leachates with ion exchange. This report shows a very simple and yet thermodynamic model for aluminum solubility that is consistent with a wide range of Al liquors, from simple mixtures of hydroxide and aluminate to over 300 Hanford concentrates and to a set of 19 Bayer liquors for temperatures from 20-100 deg. C. This dimer-dS{sub mix} (DDS) model incorporates an ideal entropy of mixing along with previous reports for the Al dimer, water activities, gibbsite, and bayerite thermodynamics. We expect this model will have broad application for nuclear wastes as well as the Bayer gibbsite process industry. (authors)

  5. Google matrix 1 Google matrix

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    Shepelyansky, Dima

    Google matrix 1 Google matrix Fig.1. Google matrix of Wikipedia articles network, written [19]) A Google matrix is a particular stochastic matrix that is used by Google's PageRank algorithm be generated iteratively from the Google matrix using the power method. However, in order for the power method

  6. Google matrix 1 Google matrix

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    Shepelyansky, Dima

    Google matrix 1 Google matrix A Google matrix is a particular stochastic matrix that is used by Google's PageRank algorithm. The matrix represents a graph with edges representing links between pages. The rank of each page can be generated iteratively from the Google matrix using the power method. However

  7. Effective alleviation of aluminum phytotoxicity by manure-derived biochar.

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    Qian, Linbo; Chen, Baoliang; Hu, Dingfei

    2013-03-19

    The alleviation of aluminum phytotoxicity to wheat plants in a hydroponic system through the amendment of biochar is investigated to explore the possibility of applying biochar in acidic soil amelioration. Biochar derived from cattle manure pyrolyzed at 400 °C (CM400) and the CM400 biochar washed with distilled-deionized water to remove alkalinity (WCM400) were prepared to determine the roles of the liming effect and adsorption during the alleviation of Al toxicity. Upon addition of 0.02% (W/V) CM400 to the exposure solution, the inhibition of plant growth by Al was significantly reduced while the toxic threshold was extended from 3 to 95 ?mol/L Al(3+). Due to the biochar liming effect, the aluminum species were converted to Al(OH)(2+) and Al(OH)2(+) monomers, which were strongly adsorbed by biochar; furthermore, the highly toxic Al(3+) evolved to less toxic Al(OH)3 and Al(OH)4(-) species. Adsorption of Al by the biochar is dominated by surface complexation of the carboxyl groups with Al(OH)(2+)/Al(OH)2(+) rather than through electrostatic attraction of Al(3+) with negatively charged sites. Compared to the liming effect, the adsorption by biochar exhibited a sustainable effect on the alleviation of Al toxicity. Therefore, the biochar amendment appears to be a novel approach for aluminum detoxification in acidic soils. PMID:23398535

  8. Aluminum-zinc antagonism in Bufo arenarum embryos

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    Herkovits, J.; Herkovits, F.D.; Perez-Coll

    1995-12-31

    As a result of their aquatic embryonic and larval development, many species of amphibians are potentially affected by adverse environmental conditions. In this study the possibility of reducing the lethal effect of aluminum (ALC13, Mallinckrodt) in Bufo arenarum embryos by means of simultaneous zinc (ZnSO4) treatment is reported. The aluminum hazard was evaluated in a 7 day renewal toxicity testing study conducted with batches of 10 individuals (by quadruplicate) in six concentrations of aluminum plus the control at 20 C. The pH of the experimental solutions were measured. The LC100 expressed as Al(3 +) mg/L at 24 and up till 168 hours of treatment were 0.9 (the pH of the solution was 6.2 while in control Holtfreter solution the pH was 6.8). Therefore, aluminum exert a lethal effect on amphibian embryos in concentrations which reduce only slightly the pH of the maintaining solution. The lethal effect of aluminum could be reduced 100% by means of simultaneous treatment with 2 mg Zn(2 +)/L. The results point out the high sensibility of the amphibian embryos to aluminum (LC100/24hs:0.9mg Al(3 +)/L) and therefore, episodic increases in dissolved aluminum, usually concomitant with surface water pH decreases, could produce very harmful effects during embryonic stages of amphibians. The noteworthy beneficial effect of zinc against the lethal effect of aluminum could be of practical value in reducing the harmful effects exerted by aluminum. The conspicuous Al-Zn antagonism points out the need of biological test systems for recording the integrated effects of substances released to the environment.

  9. Strength of Shocked Aluminum Oxynitride

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    Zhu, J.; Feng, R.; Dandekar, D. P.

    2009-06-01

    Aluminum oxynitride (AlON) is a polycrystalline and transparent ceramic. An accurate characterization of its shock response is critically important for its applications as transparent armor. Shock wave profiles measured in a series of plate impact experiments on AlON [Thornhill, et al., SCCM-2005, 143-146 (2006)] have been reanalyzed using finite element wave propagation simulations and considering an effective strength behavior that is pressure- and time-dependent. The results show a stiffer shock response than that calculated previously using the jump conditions. The material has a Hugoniot elastic limit of 10.37 GPa and sustains a maximum shear stress of 4.38 GPa for shock compressions up to a shock stress of 96 GPa. The mean stress response determined from the simulations displays no sign of phase transformation and corresponds to a linear shock speed-particle velocity relation with a slope of 0.857. These results have been successfully summarized into an AlON material model consisting of compression-dependent nonlinear elasticity, pressure-dependent equilibrium strength, and over-stress relaxation. The wave profiles simulated with the model show very good agreement with the experimental measurements.

  10. Effects of Thermal Exposure on Properties of Al-Li Alloys

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    Shah, Sandeep; Wells, Doug; Stanton, William; Lawless, Kirby; Russell, Carolyn; Wagner, John; Domack, Marcia; Babel, Henry; Farahmand, Bahram; Schwab, David; Jones, Clyde S. (Technical Monitor)

    2002-01-01

    This paper presents viewgraphs on the effects of thermal exposure on the mechanical properties of both developmental and production mature Al-Li alloys. The topics include: 1) Aluminum-Lithium Alloys Composition and Features; 2) Key Characteristics of Al-Li Alloys; 3) Research Approach; 4) Available and Tested Material; and 5) Thermal Exposure Matrix. The alloy temperatures, gage thickness and product forms show that there is no deficit in mechanical properties at lower exposure temperatures in some cases, and a significant deficit in mechanical properties at higher exposure temperatures in all cases.

  11. Compilation of fatigue, fatigue-crack propagation, and fracture data for 2024 and 7075 aluminum, Ti-6Al-4V titanium, and 300M steel. Volume 1: Description of data and data storage on magnetic tape. Volume 2: Data tape (7-track magnetic tape)

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    Rice, R. C.; Reynolds, J. L.

    1976-01-01

    Fatigue, fatigue-crack-propagation, and fracture data compiled and stored on magnetic tape are documented. Data for 202 and 7075 aluminum alloys, Ti-6Al-4V titanium alloy, and 300M steel are included in the compilation. Approximately 4,500 fatigue, 6,500 fatigue-crack-propagation, and 1,500 fracture data points are stored on magnetic tape. Descriptions of the data, an index to the data on the magnetic tape, information on data storage format on the tape, a listing of all data source references, and abstracts of other pertinent test information from each data source reference are included.

  12. Aluminum, parathyroid hormone, and osteomalacia

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    Burnatowska-Hledin, M.A.; Kaiser, L.; Mayor, G.H.

    1983-01-01

    Aluminum exposure in man is unavoidable. The occurrence of dialysis dementia, vitamin D-resistant osteomalacia, and hypochromic microcytic anemia in dialysis patients underscores the potential for aluminum toxicity. Although exposure via dialysate and hyperalimentation leads to significant tissue aluminum accumulation, the ubiquitous occurrence of aluminum and the severe pathology associated with large aluminum burdens suggest that smaller exposures via the gastrointestinal tract and lungs could represent an important, though largely unrecognized, public health problem. It is clear that some aluminum absorption occurs with the ingestion of small amounts of aluminum in the diet and medicines, and even greater aluminum absorption is seen in individuals consuming large amounts of aluminum present in antacids. Aluminum absorption is enhanced in the presence of elevated circulating parathyroid hormone. In addition, elevated PTH leads to the preferential deposition of aluminum in brain and bone. Consequently, PTH is likely to be involved in the pathogenesis of toxicities in those organs. PTH excess also seems to lead to the deposition of aluminum in the parathyroid gland. The in vitro demonstration that aluminum inhibits parathyroid hormone release is consistent with the findings of a euparathyroid state in dialysis patients with aluminum related vitamin D-resistant osteomalacia. Nevertheless, it seems likely that hyperparathyroidism is at least initially involved in the pathogenesis of aluminum neurotoxicity and osteomalacia; the increases in tissue aluminum stores are followed by suppression of parathyroid hormone release, which is required for the evolution of osteomalacia. Impaired renal function is not a prerequisite for increased tissue aluminum burdens, nor for aluminum-related organ toxicity. Consequently, it is likely that these diseases will be observed in populations other than those with chronic renal disease.

  13. Aluminum nanoparticles burning - still a puzzle?

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    Gromov, A. A.; Popenko, E. M.

    2009-09-01

    The experimental data on the aluminum nanopowders (nAl) combustion in oxidizing media (air, propellants AP?/HTPB/Al/HMX, and energetic compositions) assuming the phenomenon of nitrides formation with the high yield is generalized. In the present work, the nAl produced by electrical explosion of wires was studied. The temperature, burning rate, and radiation were measured at combustion and the actual burning process was recorded by a videocamera. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), and chemical analysis were performed on the both initial powders and final condensed products. It was experimentally proved that the combustion process of aluminum nanoparticles was two staged independently of burning conditions in nitrogen-containing media. The formation of nitrides in presence of molecular nitrogen is the determining stage in the particles combustion. A qualitative discussion is given on the kinetic limitation for AlN (AlON) oxidation due to rapid condensation and encapsulation of solid AlN (AlON).

  14. Eutectic bonding of boron-aluminum structural components. II

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    Niemann, J. T.; Garrett, R. A.

    1974-01-01

    Eutectic bonding is a diffusion brazing process developed for fabricating boron-aluminum components from composite monolayer. This process relies on the diffusion of a thin surface film of copper into the aluminum matrix to form a liquid phase when heated above the copper-aluminum eutectic temperature of 1018 F. This type of fabrication offers design flexibility in that skin thickness may be varied, the stiffness geometry and orientation can be varied, and local reinforcement can be added. In addition, this type of boron-aluminum structure offers high efficiency. Also, this method of construction can be cost-comparative with complex titanium shapes; simple tooling permits easy layup, bonding is a one-step operation, and little finish machining is required.

  15. Photoelectron spectroscopy of boron aluminum hydride cluster anions

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    Wang, Haopeng; Zhang, Xinxing; Ko, Yeon Jae; Gantefoer, Gerd; Bowen, Kit H. E-mail: kiran@mcneese.edu; Li, Xiang; Kiran, Boggavarapu E-mail: kiran@mcneese.edu; Kandalam, Anil K.

    2014-04-28

    Boron aluminum hydride clusters are studied through a synergetic combination of anion photoelectron spectroscopy and density functional theory based calculations. Boron aluminum hydride cluster anions, B{sub x}Al{sub y}H{sub z}{sup ?}, were generated in a pulsed arc cluster ionization source and identified by time-of-flight mass spectrometry. After mass selection, their photoelectron spectra were measured by a magnetic bottle-type electron energy analyzer. The resultant photoelectron spectra as well as calculations on a selected series of stoichiometries reveal significant geometrical changes upon substitution of aluminum atoms by boron atoms.

  16. ALUMINUM RECLAMATION BY ACIDIC EXTRACTION OF ALUMINUM-ANODIZING SLUDGES

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    Extraction of aluminum-anodizing sludges with sulfuric acid was examined to determine the potential for production of commercial-strength solutions of aluminum sulfate, that is liquid alum. The research established kinetic and stoichiometric relationships and evaluates product qu...

  17. Nonlinear response of unidirectional boron/aluminum

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    Pindera, M.-J.; Herakovich, C. T.; Becker, W.; Aboudi, J.

    1990-01-01

    Experimental results obtained for unidirectional boron/aluminum subjected to combined loading using off-axis tension, compression and Iosipescu shear specimens are correlated with a nonlinear micromechanics model. It is illustrated that the nonlinear response in the principal material directions is markedly influenced by the different loading modes and different ratios of the applied stress components. The observed nonlinear response under pure and combined loading is discussed in terms of initial yielding, subsequent hardening, stress-interaction effects and unloading-reloading characteristics. The micromechanics model is based on the concept of a repeating unit cell representative of the composite-at-large and employs the unified theory of Bodner and Partom to model the inelastic response of the matrix. It is shown that the employed micromechanics model is sufficiently general to predict the observed nonlinear response of unidirectional boron/aluminum with good accuracy.

  18. Joint linkage-association analysis of aluminum tolerance in maize

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    Aluminum (Al) toxicity is a profound limitation to crop production worldwide, reducing yields on up to 50% of potentially arable lands. Breeding for Al tolerance and agronomic practices aimed at ameliorating soil acidity have historically been productive avenues for improved crop production. Howev...

  19. Joint linkage association analysis of aluminum tolerance in maize

    Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

    Aluminum (Al) toxicity is a profound limitation to crop production worldwide, reducing yields on up to 50% of potentially arable lands. Breeding for Al tolerance and agronomic practices aimed at ameliorating soil acidity have historically been productive avenues for improved crop production. However...

  20. Mechanical properties of porous Al2O3 composite with surface modified multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs).

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    Kim, Eun-Hee; Lee, Woo-Ram; Jung, Yeon-Gil

    2011-08-01

    Multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) have been reinforced in alumina (Al2O3) matrix to overcome the inherent brittleness of the Al2O3 matrix. In this work, MWCNTs were treated by acid to provide hydrophilicity to hydrophobic MWCNTs, inducing the homogeneous dispersion of MWCNTs in an aqueous solution. Aluminum hydroxide (Al(OH)3) as a Al2O3 precursor was added in the solution with the modified MWCNTs, and then this mixture solution was filtered at room temperature. The prepared powders were calcinated at 800-1000 degrees C to reduce the gas pocket in the matrix by decomposition of Al(OH)3. Then the calcinated powders were formed, and heat-treated. The porous MWCNTs-Al2O3 composites show higher mechanical properties in flexure strength and hardness than the porous Al2O3 without the reinforcement phase, which is attributed to the high mechanical properties of MWCNTs. However, higher MWCNTs contents in the composites decrease the mechanical properties due to the aggregation of MWCNTs in the composites. Therefore, control of the MWCNTs content and its dispersibility in the matrix are key factors to be considered for the fabrication of the porous MWCNT-Al2O3 composites. PMID:22103230