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  1. Interfacial characteristics for brazing of aluminum matrix composites with Al-12Si filler metals

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    Weng, W.P.; Chuang, T.H.

    1997-12-01

    Discussions concerning the interfacial reactions and characterizations in brazing aluminum matrix composites are documented in this study. Joints of alumina particulate reinforced 6061 aluminum matrix composites were made using an Al-12 (wt pct) Si filler metal by vacuum brazing. The resulted maximum bonding strengths were 75.4, 81.5, and 71.8 MPa for 10, 15, and 20 vol pct alumina reinforcement, respectively. The microstructural examinations revealed that the bonding strength was strictly related to the reinforced alumina particles and the reaction products presented at the joint interfaces. During brazing, Mg segregated at the joining interface and alumina/6061 Al interface. Further, reactions between alumina and 6061 Al matrix resulted in the formation of Mg-rich phases, such as MgAl{sub 2}O{sub 4} and MgO, near the joining interface and the alumina reinforcement. The Si in the filler material penetrated into the metal matrix composites (MMCs) matrix and segregated at the alumina/6061 Al interfaces. This phenomenon can be confirmed by a joint between two alumina bulk specimens.

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

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    Dutkiewicz, Jan; Rogal, Łukasz; Wajda, Wojciech; Kukuła-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 μm, so the powder was sieved to obtain maximum size of 60 μm. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Aluminum Metal Matrix Composites

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    Hunt, Warren; Herling, Darrell R.

    2004-02-01

    Metal matrix composites comprise a relatively wide range of materials defined by the metal matrix, reinforcement type, and reinforcement geometry. In the area of the matrix, most metallic systems have been explored for use in metal matrix composites, including Al, Be, Mg, Ti, Fe, Ni, Co, and Ag. By far, the largest usage is in aluminum matrix composites. From a reinforcement perspective, the materials used are typically ceramics since they provide a very desirable combination of stiffness, strength, and relatively low density. Candidate reinforcement materials include SiC, Al2O3, B4C, TiC, TiB2, graphite, and a number of other ceramics. In addition, there has been work on metallic materials as reinforcements, notably W and steel fibers. The morphology of the reinforcement material is another variable of importance in metal matrix composites. The three major classes of reinforcement morphology are continuous fiber, chopped fiber or whisker, and particulate. Typically, the selection of the reinforcement morphology is determined by the desired property/cost combination. Generally, continuous fiber reinforced MMCs provide the highest properties in the direction of the fiber orientation but are the most expensive. Chopped fiber and whisker reinforced materials can produce significant property improvements in the plane or direction of their orientation, at somewhat lower cost. Particulates provide a comparatively more moderate but isotropic increase in properties and are typically available at the lowest cost. By adding to the three variables of metallic matrix, reinforcement material, and reinforcement morphology the further options of reinforcement volume fraction, orientation, and matrix alloy composition and heat treatment, it is apparent that there is a very wide range of available material combinations and resultant properties. This paper will focus on how MMCs have been applied in specific application areas.

  5. Aluminum matrix texture in AlAl3Ti functionally graded materials analyzed by electron back-scattering diffraction

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    Watanabe, Yoshimi; Sequeira, Paulo D.; Sato, Hisashi; Inamura, Tomonari; Hosoda, Hideki

    2016-01-01

    Al matrix functionally graded materials (FGMs) with oriented Al3Ti platelets were fabricated by a centrifugal solid-particle method. The applied centrifugal forces were 30, 60, and 120G (units of gravity). The orientation and volume fraction gradients of the Al3Ti platelets within the samples were measured. Since a good lattice correspondence was reported for the close-packed directions and the close-packed planes between Al and Al3Ti, the Al matrix in the AlAl3Ti FGMs fabricated by the centrifugal solid-particle method should have some texture. Al matrix texture was, therefore, analyzed by electron back-scattering diffraction (EBSD). Analysis of the resulting pole figures indicates a preferred orientation along the (200) plane for the Al matrix crystals. Furthermore, increasing the applied centrifugal force enhances the orientation effect. A correlation appears to exist between platelet orientation and the preferred texture of the Al matrix.

  6. Wetting Behavior of a Novel Al-Si-Ti Active Brazing Filler Metal Foil on Aluminum Matrix Composite

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    Zhang, Guifeng; Su, Wei; Zhang, Jianxun; Suzumura, Akio

    2013-07-01

    An active ternary brazing filler metal of Al-12Si-1Ti with a melting temperature range of 851-856 K was developed by adding Ti into Al-Si system alloy to improve the wettability of Al-Si system filler metal on pure aluminum matrix composite reinforced with short alumina fiber (Al2O3sf/Al). The wetting behavior of the developed Al-12Si-1Ti and conventional Al-12Si foils were compared using sessile drop test at 883 K for 300, 900, and 1800 s in flowing argon atmosphere. After shorter retardation periods, the interfacial gaps between Al-12Si-1Ti foil and matrix (M/M) micro-interfaces could disappear more easily than the case of using conventional Al-12Si foil. Moreover, the thickness of residual Al-12Si-1Ti foil also decreased faster than that of conventional Al-12Si foil. Especially, the interfacial gaps between reinforcement and filler metal (R/M) micro-interfaces could be eliminated for the developed Al-12Si-1Ti foil, while for conventional Al-12Si foil the interfacial gaps at R/M micro-interfaces could not be eliminated, although Si atoms could penetrate into the composite through bonded M/M micro-interfaces. These results showed that the Ti addition could not only accelerate the wetting at M/M micro-interfaces, but also eliminate the interfacial gaps at R/M micro-interfaces.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. Spark plasma sintering of aluminum matrix composites

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    Yadav, Vineet

    2011-12-01

    Aluminum matrix composites make a distinct category of advanced engineering materials having superior properties over conventional aluminum alloys. Aluminum matrix composites exhibit high hardness, yield strength, and excellent wear and corrosion resistance. Due to these attractive properties, aluminum matrix composites materials have many structural applications in the automotive and the aerospace industries. In this thesis, efforts are made to process high strength aluminum matrix composites which can be useful in the applications of light weight and strong materials. Spark Plasma Sintering (SPS) is a relatively novel process where powder mixture is consolidated under the simultaneous influence of uniaxial pressure and pulsed direct current. In this work, SPS was used to process aluminum matrix composites having three different reinforcements: multi-wall carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs), silicon carbide (SiC), and iron-based metallic glass (MG). In Al-CNT composites, significant improvement in micro-hardness, nano-hardness, and compressive yield strength was observed. The Al-CNT composites further exhibited improved wear resistance and lower friction coefficient due to strengthening and self-lubricating effects of CNTs. In Al-SiC and Al-MG composites, microstructure, densification, and tribological behaviors were also studied. Reinforcing MG and SiC also resulted in increase in micro-hardness and wear resistance.

  10. Coating of 6028 Aluminum Alloy Using Aluminum Piston Alloy and Al-Si Alloy-Based Nanocomposites Produced by the Addition of Al-Ti5-B1 to the Matrix Melt

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    El-Labban, Hashem F.; Abdelaziz, M.; Mahmoud, Essam R. I.

    2014-10-01

    The Al-12 pctSi alloy and aluminum-based composites reinforced with TiB2 and Al3Ti intermetallics exhibit good wear resistance, strength-to-weight ratio, and strength-to-cost ratio when compared to equivalent other commercial Al alloys, which make them good candidates as coating materials. In this study, structural AA 6028 alloy is used as the base material. Four different coating materials were used. The first one is Al-Si alloy that has Si content near eutectic composition. The second, third, and fourth ones are Al-6 pctSi-based reinforced with TiB2 and Al3Ti nano-particles produced by addition of Al-Ti5-B1 master alloy with different weight percentages (1, 2, and 3 pct). The coating treatment was carried out with the aid of GTAW process. The microstructures of the base and coated materials were investigated using optical microscope and scanning electron microscope equipped with EDX analyzer. Microhardness of the base material and the coated layer were evaluated using a microhardness tester. GTAW process results in almost sound coated layer on 6028 aluminum alloy with the used four coating materials. The coating materials of Al-12 pct Si alloy resulted in very fine dendritic Al-Si eutectic structure. The interface between the coated layer and the base metal was very clean. The coated layer was almost free from porosities or other defects. The coating materials of Al-6 pct Si-based mixed with Al-Ti5-B1 master alloy with different percentages (1, 2, and 3 pct), results in coated layer consisted of matrix of fine dendrite eutectic morphology structure inside ?-Al grains. Many fine in situ TiAl3 and TiB2 intermetallics were precipitated almost at the grain boundary of ?-Al grains. The amounts of these precipitates are increased by increasing the addition of Al-Ti5-B1 master alloy. The surface hardness of the 6028 aluminum alloy base metal was improved with the entire four used surface coating materials. The improvement reached to about 85 pct by the first type of coating material (Al-12 pctSi alloy), while it reached to 77, 83, and 89 pct by the coating materials of Al-6 pct Si-based mixed with Al-Ti5-B1 master alloy with different percentages 1, 2, and 3 pct, respectively.

  11. Wear Resistance of Aluminum Matrix Composites Reinforced with Al2O3 Particles After Multiple Remelting

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    Klasik, Adam; Pietrzak, Krystyna; Makowska, Katarzyna; Sobczak, Jerzy; Rudnik, Dariusz; Wojciechowski, Andrzej

    2016-01-01

    Based on previous results, the commercial composites of A359 (AlSi9Mg) alloy reinforced with 22 vol.% Al2O3 particles were submitted to multiple remelting by means of gravity casting and squeeze-casting procedures. The studies were focused on tribological tests, x-ray phase analyses, and microstructural examinations. More promising results were obtained for squeeze-casting method mainly because of the reduction of the negative microstructural effects such as shrinkage porosity or other microstructural defects and discontinuities. The results showed that direct remelting may be treated as economically well-founded and alternative way compared to other recycling processes. It was underlined that the multiple remelting method must be analyzed for any material separately.

  12. Recycling of aluminum matrix composites

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    Nishida, Yoshinori; Izawa, Norihisa; Kuramasu, Yukio

    1999-03-01

    Separation of matrix metals in composites was tried on alumina short fiber-reinforced aluminum and 6061 alloy composites and SiC whisker-reinforced 6061 alloy composite for recycling. It is possible to separate molten matrix metals from fibers in the composites using fluxes that are used for melt treatment to remove inclusions. About 50 vol pct of the matrix metals was separated from the alumina short fiber-reinforced composites. The separation ratio of the matrix from the SiC whisker-reinforced 6061 alloy composite was low and about 20 vol pct. The separation mechanism was discussed thermodynamically using interface free energies. Since the flux/fiber interface energy is smaller than the aluminum/fiber interface energy, the replacement of aluminum with fluxes in composites takes place easily. Gases released by the decomposition of fluxes act an important role in pushing out the molten matrix metal from the composite. The role was confirmed by the great amount cavity formed in the composite after the matrix metal flowed out.

  13. 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.

    2016-03-01

    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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. Molybdenum disilicide reinforced aluminum nitride matrix composite

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    Lee, C.T.

    1996-12-31

    Aluminum nitride (AlN) based ceramics have low density, high thermal conductivity, and good strength at both ambient and elevated temperatures but are brittle and susceptible to oxidation at high temperatures. The addition of silicon based ceramics to an AlN matrix is known to increase its oxidation resistance as well as high temperature properties. This work investigated the processing of molybdenum disilicide (MoSi{sub 2}) reinforced AlN matrix composites. Two processing routes were investigated, i.e. one using conventional tape casting followed by pressureless sintering, and the other using a low temperature 850{degrees}C direct metal oxidation approach. Preliminary data suggests that the addition of molybdenum disilicide inhibits the densification of aluminum nitride in the conventional tape casting and pressureless sintering approach. On the other hand, the direct metal oxidation approach resulted in MoSi{sub 2}/AlN composites with good mechanical properties and oxidation resistance up to 1600{degrees}C. It was also found that the composite generated by the direct metal oxidation method continued to densify upon heat treatment at higher temperatures. Thus, a high density MoSi{sub 2}/AlN composite can be produced by a cost effective direct metal oxidation/pressureless sintering method. The preliminary mechanical properties and potential applications of MoSi{sub 2} reinforced AlN matrix composite are presented.

  17. 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.

  18. Corrosion protection of aluminum metal-matrix composites

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    Greene, H.J.; Mansfeld, F.

    1997-12-01

    Corrosion protection of aluminum metal-matrix composites (MMC) by anodizing treatments was investigated. Electrochemical behavior of MMC without protection also was investigated. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) and potentiodynamic polarization measurements were used to characterize the properties of protective surface layers. Materials studied were Al 6061/SiC, alloy A356/SiC, Al 2009/SiC, Al 2014/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} and Al 6061/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} with various reinforcement concentrations. The MMC had similar corrosion (E{sub corr}) and pitting (E{sub pit}) potentials as the matrix alloy. The cathodic current density for oxygen reduction in 0.5% N sodium chloride increased for Al 6061/SiC MMC with reinforcement concentration, which was attributed to electrochemically active interfaces between the matrix and the reinforcement particles. Anodizing and hot-water sealing were less effective for MMC than for the matrix aluminum alloys. The reinforcement particles produced a more porous structure of the anodized layer for MMC. Improved results were noted for dichromate sealing, where chromium (Cr{sup 6+}) in the pores of the outer oxide acted as an inhibitor. The effectiveness of corrosion protection methods decreased with increasing reinforcement concentration and was a function of the matrix alloy but not of the reinforcement material. The observed reduction in corrosion protection was believed to result from corrosion-susceptible interfaces formed between the reinforcement particles and the matrix.

  19. 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

  20. 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 (Al4C3) was observed by TEM analysis and quantified using x-ray diffraction. The composite with the highest hardness values contained some nanosized Al4C3. Along with the CNT and the nano-SiC, Al4C3 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.

  1. Electrometallurgical treatment of aluminum-matrix fuels

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    Willit, J.L.; Gay, E.C.; Miller, W.E.; McPheeters, C.C.; Laidler, J.J.

    1996-08-01

    The electrometallurgical treatment process described in this paper builds on our experience in treating spent fuel from the Experimental Breeder Reactor (EBR-II). The work is also to some degree, a spin-off from applying electrometallurgical treatment to spent fuel from the Hanford single pass reactors (SPRs) and fuel and flush salt from the Molten Salt Reactor Experiment (MSRE) in treating EBR-II fuel, we recover the actinides from a uranium-zirconium fuel by electrorefining the uranium out of the chopped fuel. With SPR fuel, uranium is electrorefined out of the aluminum cladding. Both of these processes are conducted in a LiCl-KCl molten-salt electrolyte. In the case of the MSRE, which used a fluoride salt-based fuel, uranium in this salt is recovered through a series of electrochemical reductions. Recovering high-purity uranium from an aluminum-matrix fuel is more challenging than treating SPR or EBR-II fuel because the aluminum- matrix fuel is typically -90% (volume basis) aluminum.

  2. Spray Casting Aluminum and Al/SiC Composites

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    Buhrmaster, C. L.; Clark, D. E.; Smartt, H. B.

    1988-11-01

    The gas metal arc welding process has been modified to deposit aluminum, aluminum alloys and Al/SiC composites on a substrate or in a mold. Density is close to theoretical and mechanical properties are comparable to those of wrought or cast materials. The thermal characteristics of the deposit vary with controllable parameters. This new process can be adapted to produce a variety of pure metals or metal-matrix composite materials.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. Active-Transient Liquid Phase (A-TLP) Bonding of Pure Aluminum Matrix Composite Reinforced with Short Alumina Fiber Using Al-12Si-xTi Foils as Active Interlayer

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    Zhang, Guifeng; Su, Wei; Suzumura, Akio

    2016-02-01

    To optimize both the interlayer composition design route and pressure for joining aluminum matrix composite reinforced with short alumina fiber (as-cast 30 vol pct Al2O3sf/Al), traditional transient liquid phase (TLP) bonding using Al-12Si and Cu interlayer and active-TLP (A-TLP) bonding using an active Ti-containing interlayer (Al-12Si-xTi, x = 0.1, 0.5, and 1 wt pct) under the same condition [883 K (610 °C) × 30 minutes × 1 or 0.015 MPa in flowing argon] were compared in terms of interfacial wettability, bond seam microstructure, shear strength, and fracture path. It was found that not only the Ti content but also the pressure are critical factors affecting interfacial wettability and bond seam microstructure. The improvement in wettability by adding Ti as an active element were confirmed by reduction of expulsion of liquid interlayer, elimination of interfacial gap, higher shear strength and favorable fracture path (partially through bond seam and the composite). Because of the incubation period for wetting, reducing the pressure after melting of the interlayer could further increase joint shear strength by thickening the remaining bond seam of solid-solution matrix and decreasing fraction of the in situ newly formed Al-Si-Ti IMC phase (short bar shape) within the bond seam. The maximum shear strength of 88.6 MPa (99 pct of the as-cast composite) was obtained by adding trace Ti content (0.5 Ti wt pct) addition and using low pressure (0.015 MPa). The results showed that suitable combination of Ti content and pressure pattern is required for improving both wettability and bond seam microstructure.

  9. 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.

  10. A new discontinuously reinforced aluminum MMC: Al+AlB{sub 2} flakes

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    HALL,AARON C.; ECONOMY,J.

    2000-06-08

    Development of a novel metal matrix composite based on the Al-B alloy system has been undertaken. Preparation of this discontinuously reinforced material is based on the precipitation of high aspect ratio AlB{sub 2} from an Al-B alloy. This paper describes a number of efforts forced on preparing high volume fractions (> 30 v%) of AlB{sub 2} in aluminum. New insights into the behavior of the Al-B alloys system allowed this effort to be successful.

  11. Severe plastic deformation processing and high strain rate superplasticity in an aluminum matrix composite

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    Mishra, R.S.; McFadden, S.X.; Mukherjee, A.K.; Valiev, R.Z.; Islamgaliev, R.K.

    1999-04-23

    Metal matrix composites possess an attractive set of properties for structural applications. For example, reinforcement of conventional aluminum alloys with second phase ceramic particulates increases the stiffness, high temperature strength, etc. A drawback of ceramic phase reinforcement is that it makes machining of components difficult. Superplastic forming is quite attractive for hard-to-machine materials like composites. A number of aluminum matrix composites exhibit superplasticity. The most attractive feature of superplasticity in aluminum matrix composite is the high strain rate (10{sup {minus}2}--10{sup 1} s{sup {minus}1}) for optimum ductility. This is significantly higher than the optimum superplastic strain rates of 10{sup {minus}4}--10{sup {minus}3} s{sup {minus}1} in conventional fine grained alloys. The optimum superplasticity in aluminum matrix composites is influenced by the thermo-mechanical processing. In the last five years or so, a number of aluminum alloys have been processes by severe plastic deformation (SePD). Severe plastic deformation processing leads to ultrafine grained aluminum alloys with attractive superplastic properties. In this short paper the authors report on successful processing of an ultrafine grained aluminum matrix composite by severe plastic deformation technique. The SePD processes 2009 Al-SiC{sub 2} composite exhibits high strain rate superplasticity.

  12. Hot extruded carbon nanotube reinforced aluminum matrix composite materials.

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    Kwon, Hansang; Leparoux, Marc

    2012-10-19

    Carbon nanotube (CNT) reinforced aluminum (Al) matrix composite materials were successfully fabricated by mechanical ball milling followed by powder hot extrusion processes. Microstructural analysis revealed that the CNTs were well dispersed at the boundaries and were aligned with the extrusion direction in the composites obtained. Although only a small quantity of CNTs were added to the composite (1vol%), the Vickers hardness and the tensile strength were significantly enhanced, with an up to three-fold increase relative to that of pure Al. From the fractography of the extruded Al-CNT composite, several shapes were observed in the fracture surface, and this unique morphology is discussed based on the strengthening mechanism. The damage in the CNTs was investigated with Raman spectroscopy. However, the Al-CNT composite materials were not only strengthened by the addition of CNTs but also enhanced by several synergistic effects. The nanoindentation stress-strain curve was successfully constructed by setting the effective zero-load and zero-displacement points and was compared with the tensile stress-strain curve. The yield strengths of the Al-CNT composites from the nanoindentation and tensile tests were compared and discussed. We believe that the yield strength can be predicted using a simple nanoindentation stress/strain curve and that this method will be useful for materials that are difficult to machine, such as complex ceramics. PMID:23011263

  13. Hot extruded carbon nanotube reinforced aluminum matrix composite materials

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    Kwon, Hansang; Leparoux, Marc

    2012-10-01

    Carbon nanotube (CNT) reinforced aluminum (Al) matrix composite materials were successfully fabricated by mechanical ball milling followed by powder hot extrusion processes. Microstructural analysis revealed that the CNTs were well dispersed at the boundaries and were aligned with the extrusion direction in the composites obtained. Although only a small quantity of CNTs were added to the composite (1 vol%), the Vickers hardness and the tensile strength were significantly enhanced, with an up to three-fold increase relative to that of pure Al. From the fractography of the extruded Al-CNT composite, several shapes were observed in the fracture surface, and this unique morphology is discussed based on the strengthening mechanism. The damage in the CNTs was investigated with Raman spectroscopy. However, the Al-CNT composite materials were not only strengthened by the addition of CNTs but also enhanced by several synergistic effects. The nanoindentation stress-strain curve was successfully constructed by setting the effective zero-load and zero-displacement points and was compared with the tensile stress-strain curve. The yield strengths of the Al-CNT composites from the nanoindentation and tensile tests were compared and discussed. We believe that the yield strength can be predicted using a simple nanoindentation stress/strain curve and that this method will be useful for materials that are difficult to machine, such as complex ceramics.

  14. 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.

  15. In Situ Synthesis Aluminum Borate Whiskers Reinforced TiB2 Matrix Composites for Application in Aluminum Reduction Cells

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    Zhang, Gang; Yang, Jianhong

    2013-11-01

    The TiB2 matrix ceramics reinforced by aluminum borate whiskers (Al18B4O33 w) had been prepared by the pressureless sintering method. The mechanical properties and densification behavior of the TiB2 matrix ceramics were investigated. The results showed that Al18B4O33 w was in situ synthesized by the reaction of boehmite (AlOOH) and TiB2 powders during the sintering process. Increasing the sintering temperature had benefited for densification of the TiB2 matrix ceramics. Al18B4O33 w could increase the flexural strength and Vicker's hardness. It is obtained that the maximum value Vicker's hardness with 1.81 GPa and flexural strength with 82 MPa for samples sintered at 1600C.

  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 +/- 5C. 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. Inertia-friction welding of particulate-reinforced aluminum matrix composites

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    Cola, M.J.; Baeslack, W.A. III; Kou, M.

    1994-12-31

    Aluminum metal-matrix composites (Al-MMC) are rapidly becoming materials of choice for many aerospace, automotive, recreational sports, and microelectronic applications. The attractive features of these materials include high specific strength and stiffness, a low coefficient of thermal expansion and enhanced wear characteristics relative to monolithic aluminum alloys. The effective engineering application of Al-MMC will commonly require their joining beth to themselves, to dissimilar Al-MMC, and to monolithic aluminum alloys. In the present work, dissimilar-alloy inertia-friction welds were produced between a 6061-T6 Al-MMC tube reinforced with l0 v/o Al{sub x}O{sub 3} particles (W6A.l0A-T6) and a modified A356 case MMC bar reinforced with 20 v/o SiC particles (F3S.20S), or a monolithic 6061-T6511 aluminum alloy bar. In Phase I, a fractional-factorial test matrix was statistically designed and performed to evaluate the effects of flywheel speed and axial pressure on the weld integrity, microstructure, hardness, tensile and torsion strengths and fracture behavior. In Phase 2, the effects of pre-weld machining of the solid bar on weld alignment and mechanical properties were evaluated. inertia-friction welding was shown to be effective for the joining of alumina particulate-reinforced composites to monolithic aluminum and to SiC-particulate reinforced aluminum. High-integrity joints exhibiting a defect-free joint interface with varying degrees of base alloy intermixing were produced at optimum parameter settings. Tensile and torsional strength joint efficiencies for the alumina-particulate MMC to monolithic aluminum alloy welds exceeded 80% and 75%, respectively, with tensile strength maximized with high axial pressure and flywheel speed, and torsional strength maximized at both medium and high levels of flywheel speed and axial pressure.

  18. 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.

  19. In situ synthesis of TiC particulate-reinforced aluminum matrix composites

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    Nukami, Tetsuya; Flemings, M.C.

    1995-07-01

    Particulate TiC-reinforced aluminum composite specimens were processed by compacting a mixture of titanium, carbon, and aluminum powders into preforms that were infiltrated with molten aluminum and subsequently heated in a differential thermal analyzer to about 1,573 K under argon atmosphere. The onset of formation of TiC particles began at about 1,150 K by reaction of TiAl{sub 3} with Al{sub 4}C{sub 3}. Subsequent formation of TiC particles at higher temperatures to approximately 1,265 K occurred by direct reaction of carbon with TiAl{sub 3}. Above this temperature, the TiC particles coarsened with increasing temperature from an initial size of about 0.15 {mu}m. TiC particles were also produced in preforms that were not infiltrated; however, the presence of liquid aluminum in infiltrated specimens inhibited particle agglomeration and sintering. Infiltrated preforms could, therefore, serve as excellent master alloys for subsequent dilution in an aluminum melt and processing of metal-matrix composites (MMCs) reinforced with submicron TiC particulates.

  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. Ductility of a continuous fiber reinforced aluminum matrix composite

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    Jansson, S.; Leckie, Frederick A.

    1991-01-01

    The transverse properties of an aluminum alloy metal matrix composite reinforced by continuous alumina fibers have been investigated. The composite is subjected to both mechanical and cyclic thermal loading. The ductility can vary by an order of magnitude according to the operating conditions. For high mechanical and low thermal loading the ductility is small, for low mechanical and high thermal loading the ductility is an order of magnitude higher. Experiments on a beam in bending confirm that the ductility is strongly dependent on the loading conditions. The observations suggest a means of utilizing the inherent ductility of the matrix.

  2. Aluminum-matrix composites with embedded Ni-Ti wires by ultrasonic consolidation

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    Hahnlen, Ryan; Dapino, Marcelo J.; Short, Matt; Graff, Karl

    2009-03-01

    [Smart Vehicle Workshop] 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 UAM experience process temperatures as low as 20°C, in contrast to current metal-matrix fabrication processes which require fusion of materials and hence reach temperatures of 500°C and above. UAM thus creates unprecedented opportunities to develop adaptive structures with seamlessly embedded smart materials and electronic components without degrading the properties that make embedding these materials and components attractive. This research focuses on three aspects of developing UAM Ni-Ti/Al composites which have not been accomplished before: (i) Characterization of the mechanical properties of the composite matrix; (ii) Investigation of Ni-Ti/Al composites as tunable stiffness materials and as strain sensors based on the shape memory effect; and (iii) Development of constitutive models for UAM Ni-Ti/Al composites. The mechanical characterization shows an increase in tensile strength of aluminum UAM builds over the parent material (Al 3003-H18), likely due to grain refinement caused by the UAM process. We demonstrate the ability to embed Ni-Ti wires up to 203 μm in diameter in an aluminum matrix, compared with only 100 μm in previous studies. The resulting Ni-Ti/Al UAM composites have cross sectional area ratios of up to 13.4% Ni-Ti. These composites exhibit a change in stiffness of 6% and a resistivity change of -3% when the Ni- Ti wires undergo martensite to austenite transformation. The Ni-Ti area ratios and associated strength of the shape memory effect are expected to increase as the UAM process becomes better understood and is perfected. The Brinson constitutive model for shape memory transformations is used to describe the stiffness and the strain sensing of Ni-Ti/Al composites in response to temperature changes.

  3. Low Cost Cast Aluminum Metal Matrix Composites Have Arrived

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    Herling, Darrell R.; Hunt, Warren

    2004-03-01

    Aluminum metal matrix composites (MMC) have found applications in many industries, from aerospace and automotive to sporting goods and electronics packaging [1-5]. Many of the primary applications have been in military components and structures, where advanced high performance materials are necessary to meet vigorous material challenges. Aluminum MMC are attractive due to their lightweight and high specific stiffness. In addition, the ceramic particle reinforcement significantly increases the wear resistance of these materials. Nevertheless, high materials costs relative to conventional aluminum alloys have been the primary limit to widespread use of such a material family. The use of particulate instead of fiber reinforcement has helped to reduce the overall material cost for those applications that do not require the additional strength obtained from fiber reinforced composites. However, for many cost sensitive industries, such as the on-highway transportation industry, widespread application of particulate reinforced MMC is still limited due to cost and availability. There are two primary components that makeup the cost of metal matrix composite feedstock material. The first is the raw material cost, which is somewhat controlled by the cost of aluminum. However, the raw material used for the reinforcement can play a significant role in the overall MMC material cost. This incurred cost can be affected through the use of alternative and less costly ceramic material options. The other source of cost is related to the compositing processes used to make the aluminum MMC materials. If the cost associated with these two aspects can be controlled and reduced, then this could enable widespread use of particle reinforced aluminum MMC materials. Metal Matrix Composites for the 21st Century (MC-21), Inc., in Carson City, Nevada, has developed a novel rapid mixing process for the production of MMC materials. This is a proprietary process, with the focus of rapidly mixing the particulate into the matrix alloy. The process claims to significantly reduce the time required for mixing, and therefore can reduce the labor and ultimately MMC material costs. In addition, it is proposed to place such a modular mixing system at the site of a foundry, producing the composite material as needed and transferring the molten material directly to the casting floor, without the need for remelting of ingot. This would potentially aid in reducing costs. Further cost savings can be realized with the use of a low cost SiC material for the reinforcement, compared to the standard F-500 grade used in the industry.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. Fabrication of Metal Particles Embedded Aluminum Matrix Composite by Friction Stir Processing (FSP)

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    Yadav, Devinder; Bauri, Ranjit

    2011-01-01

    Conventional metal matrix composites (MMCs) suffer from the disadvantage of low ductility. In order to overcome this, reinforcing the metal matrix with metal particles can be taken as an alternative approach. However, processing such composites can pose serious challenges as the metal particles can either go in to solution or form undesirable intermetallics during processing through conventional routes. Friction stir processing (FSP) is emerging as a versatile tool for processing and modification of variety of materials. In the present study, metal particulate reinforced aluminum matrix composite was processed by incorporating nickel particles through friction stir processing (FSP) in one step. The microstructure was characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), electron backscattered diffraction (EBSD) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). SEM observations revealed that particles are uniformly dispersed in the aluminum matrix with excellent interfacial bonding. FSP also lead to grain refinement of the matrix as observed by EBSD and TEM analysis. Moreover, no harmful Al-Ni intermetallics formed in the matrix. The mechanical properties were determined by tensile tests to evaluate the effect of metal particulate reinforcement. The novel feature of the composite is that it exhibits a threefold increase in the yield stress (0.2% proof stress) while appreciable amount of ductility is retained.

  7. 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.

  8. Functionally Graded Al Alloy Matrix In-Situ Composites

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    Kumar, S.; Subramaniya Sarma, V.; Murty, B. S.

    2010-01-01

    In the present work, functionally graded (FG) aluminum alloy matrix in-situ composites (FG-AMCs) with TiB2 and TiC reinforcements were synthesized using the horizontal centrifugal casting process. A commercial Al-Si alloy (A356) and an Al-Cu alloy were used as matrices in the present study. The material parameters (such as matrix and reinforcement type) and process parameters (such as mold temperature, mold speed, and melt stirring) were found to influence the gradient in the FG-AMCs. Detailed microstructural analysis of the composites in different processing conditions revealed that the gradients in the reinforcement modify the microstructure and hardness of the Al alloy. The segregated in-situ formed TiB2 and TiC particles change the morphology of Si particles during the solidification of Al-Si alloy. A maximum of 20 vol pct of reinforcement at the surface was achieved by this process in the Al-4Cu-TiB2 system. The stirring of the melt before pouring causes the reinforcement particles to segregate at the periphery of the casting, while in the absence of such stirring, the particles are segregated at the interior of the casting.

  9. Activation energy for superplastic flow in aluminum matrix composites exhibiting high-strain-rate superplasticity

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    Mabuchi, M.; Higashi, K.

    1996-06-15

    It is recognized that the activation energy for superplastic flow in metals is in agreement with the activation energy for lattice self-diffusion or for grain boundary diffusion. Moreover, Mishra et al. showed that the activation energy for superplastic flow in a high strain rate superplastic SiC{sub w}/2124Al composite was 313 KJ/mol and they noted that the activation energy was higher than the activation energy for lattice self-diffusion of aluminum (=142 KJ/mol). Very recently, Higashi et al. revealed that an apparent value of the activation energy for superplastic flow was increased by the presence of a liquid phase for mechanically-alloyed materials exhibiting high-strain-rate superplasticity. The same trend was reported in the high-strain-rate superplastic Si{sub 3}N{sub 4w}/Al-Zn-Mg composite. However, there are a few works describing the activation energy for superplastic flow in metal matrix composites from the viewpoint of effects of a liquid phase. In this paper, the activation energies for superplastic flow in a variety of high-strain-rate superplastic Al-Mg(5052), Al-Mg-Si(6061), Al-Zn-Mg(7064) and Al-Cu-Mg(2124) alloy matrix composites have been analyzed.

  10. Microscopic characteristics of fatigue crack propagation in aluminum alloy based particulate reinforced metal matrix composites

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    Wang, Zhirui; Zhang, R.J. . Dept. of Metallurgy and Materials Science)

    1994-04-01

    Microscopic characteristics of fatigue crack propagation in two aluminum alloy (A356 and 6061) based particulate reinforced metal matrix composites (MMCs) were investigated by carrying out three point bending fatigue tests. The impedance offered by the reinforcing particles against fatigue crack propagation has been studied by plotting the nominal and actual crack lengths vs number of cycles. Surface observation shows that fatigue cracks tend to develop along the particle-matrix interface. In the case of Al (A356) MMCs, stronger interaction of fatigue crack with Si particles, as compared to SiC particles, was evident. In both MMC materials, particle debonding was more prominent as compared to particle cracking. The attempted application of Davidson's model to calculate [Delta]K[sub th] indicated that for cast MMCs the matrix grain including the surrounding reinforcing particles has to considered as a large hard particle'', and the grain boundary particles themselves behave like a hard egg-shell'' to strengthen the material.

  11. High Temperature Sliding Wear of Spray-Formed Solid-Lubricated Aluminum Matrix Composites

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    Kaur, Kamalpreet; Pandey, O. P.

    2013-10-01

    The present work describes the tribological study of the aluminum metal matrix composite manufactured by the spray atomization and deposition technique. The immiscible element Sn is added in the Al-Si alloy in different proportion to see its effect on wear behavior. The economical mineral zircon sand (8 vol.%) of size range 63-90 ?m has been used as ceramic reinforcement. The microstructural features showed that Sn and reinforced particles were homogeneously dispersed in the matrix phase. The wear experiments were conducted at high temperature on pin-on-disk wear testing machine. The wear debris and worn surfaces are analyzed with the help of scanning electron microscope equipped with energy-dispersive spectroscopy facility. The Al-Si-10Sn/ZrSiO4 composite offers higher wear resistance as compared to base alloy and other composites irrespective of the high temperature conditions of wear tests.

  12. 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.

  13. Evaluation of corrosion-protection methods for aluminum metal-matrix composites (final report). Master's thesis

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    Greene, H.J.

    1992-07-09

    Corrosion protection of Aluminum Metal Matrix Composites (MMC) using anodizing, chromate conversion coating and polymer coatings was investigated. Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy, DC polarization measurements, and Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) with Energy Dispersive X-ray Spectroscopy (EDS) were used. The materials studied included 606 1/SiC, A356/SiC, 2009/SiC, 2014/Al203 and 6061/Al203 in various reinforcement concentrations. The electrochemical behavior of the MMCs without protection was also investigated. MMCs were found to have similar corrosion and pitting potentials as the matrix alloy. The cathodic current density were found to be higher for MMCs with the current density increasing with reinforcement concentration. The increased current density is attributed to the interface between the matrix and the reinforcement particles which increases the corrosion rate. Anodizing was performed on both Al alloys and MMCS. A new model is proposed for Al alloys. Anodizing and hot water sealing on MMCs was less effective than on Al. Improved results were noted for dichromate sealing.

  14. 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.

  15. 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%.

  16. Surface treatment of carbon fibers for aluminum alloy matrix composites

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    Hall, I.W.; Manrique, F.

    1995-12-15

    Fiber surface treatment is often used to alter the bonding characteristics of C fibers in polymer matrix composites (PMC`s) and, hence, to influence the mechanical properties. Fiber surface treatments for metal matrix composites (MMC`s) have received less attention. The rationales for the effect of fiber surface treatment in PMC`s cannot be applied straightforwardly to MMC`s since the temperatures used for infiltration of molten metal are very high, typically in excess of 725 C. At this temperature it is very unlikely that highly reactive Al or Mg matrices will react with -OH and -COOH groups in the same way as a typical polymer matrix. For example, a common observation in C/Al composites is the formation of Al{sub 4}C{sub 3}. The present work was undertaken in an effort to determine whether STM could assist in defining the relative importance of these effects. Surface treatment has been shown here to increase carbide formation but the total volume fraction remains small. Although Al{sub 4}C{sub 3} formation is generally undesirable, there is no evidence to demonstrate that the amount of carbide formed during a well-executed squeeze casting operation poses any threat whatsoever to the mechanical properties. At one extreme, it may be postulated that the reactive groups present on surface treated fiber surfaces promote Al-C bonding by the formation of Al{sub 4}C{sub 3}. At the other extreme it is possible that these groups are merely passive indicators that the fiber topography has been changed and that the effects on mechanical properties arise purely from effects of increased mechanical interlocking. The correct explanation is probably a combination of both of these extremes. To quantify these relative contributions, work has begun to model the effects of fiber surface roughening on mechanical properties and the present work has shown that the quantitative data available from STM/AFM will be indispensable in these efforts.

  17. Modification of cast aluminum-matrix composite materials by refractory nanoparticles

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    Chernyshova, T. A.; Kobeleva, L. I.; Kalashnikov, I. E.; Bolotova, L. K.

    2009-02-01

    The effect of SiO2 and Al2O3 oxide ceramic nanoparticles on the solidification of model samples based on a commercial D16 alloy is studied. The composite samples are fabricated by reaction casting when titanium, nickel, and ceramic powders are mixed with an aluminum melt. The grain size in a matrix, the size and shape of Al3Ti intermetallic inclusions, and the interphase distances in eutectics are determined with optical and scanning electron microscopes. A certain modifying effect of oxide ceramic nanoparticles on the structure of model CMs during their in situ formation is detected, and the inoculation effect of SiO2 added to a melt on the reaction products is most pronounced.

  18. Tailoring Microstructure and Properties of Hierarchical Aluminum Metal Matrix Composites Through Friction Stir Processing

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    Sohn, Y. H.; Patterson, T.; Hofmeister, C.; Kammerer, C.; Mohr, W.; van den Bergh, M.; Shaeffer, M.; Seaman, J.; Cho, K.

    2012-02-01

    The fabrication of hierarchical aluminum metal matrix composites (MMCs) begins with the cryomilling of inert gas-atomized AA5083 Al powders with B4C particles, which yields agglomerates of nanocrystalline (NC) Al grains containing a uniform dispersion of solidly bonded, submicron B4C particles. The cryomilled agglomerates are size classified, blended with coarse-grain Al (CG-Al) powders, vacuum degassed at an elevated temperature, and consolidated to form the bulk composite. This hierarchical Al MMCs have low weight and high strength/stiffness attributable to the (A) Hall-Petch strengthening from NC-Al (5083) grains, (B) Zener pinning effects from B4C particulate reinforcement and dispersoids in both the NC-Al and CG-Al, (C) the interface characteristics between the three constituents, and (D) a high dislocation density. The hierarchical Al MMCs exhibit good thermal stability and microstructural characteristics that deflect or blunt crack propagation. A significant change in the microstructure of the composite was observed after friction stir processing (FSP) in the thermomechanically affected zone (TMAZ) due to the mechanical mixing, particularly in the advancing side of the stir zone (SZ). The NC-Al grains in the TMAZ grew during FSP. Evidence of CG-Al size reduction was also documented since CG-Al domain was absent by optical observation. Given the proper control of the microstructure, FSP has demonstrated its potential to increase both strength and ductility, and to create functionally tailored hierarchical MMCs through surface modification, graded structures, and other hybrid microstructural design.

  19. 49 CFR 178.46 - Specification 3AL seamless aluminum cylinders.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-10-01

    ... 49 Transportation 3 2012-10-01 2012-10-01 false Specification 3AL seamless aluminum cylinders. 178... FOR PACKAGINGS Specifications for Cylinders § 178.46 Specification 3AL seamless aluminum cylinders. (a) Size and service pressure. A DOT 3AL cylinder is a seamless aluminum cylinder with a maximum...

  20. 49 CFR 178.46 - Specification 3AL seamless aluminum cylinders.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-10-01

    ... 49 Transportation 3 2013-10-01 2013-10-01 false Specification 3AL seamless aluminum cylinders. 178... FOR PACKAGINGS Specifications for Cylinders § 178.46 Specification 3AL seamless aluminum cylinders. (a) Size and service pressure. A DOT 3AL cylinder is a seamless aluminum cylinder with a maximum...

  1. 49 CFR 178.46 - Specification 3AL seamless aluminum cylinders.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-10-01

    ... 49 Transportation 3 2014-10-01 2014-10-01 false Specification 3AL seamless aluminum cylinders. 178... FOR PACKAGINGS Specifications for Cylinders § 178.46 Specification 3AL seamless aluminum cylinders. (a) Size and service pressure. A DOT 3AL cylinder is a seamless aluminum cylinder with a maximum...

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Melting and Solidification Behaviour of Bi-Pb Multiphase Alloy Nanoparticles Embedded in Aluminum Matrix.

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    Khan, Patan Yousaf; Biswas, Krishanu

    2015-01-01

    The present investigation reports the result of the investigation on the phase transformation of biphasic Bi-Pb alloy nanoparticles embedded in the aluminum matrix. The samples are prepared by rapid solidification route involving melt spinning of Al-6 wt% (Bi55.9Pb44.1) alloy on a rotating copper wheel in an argon-filled evacuated chamber. The detailed transmission electron microscope (TEM) investigation shows presence of near cuboctahedral shaped biphasic nano-inclusions consisting of the (Bi) solid solution and ?, the intermediate phase. ? constitutes bulk of the nanoparticle with (Bi) forming the cap. Both the phases bear distinct orientation relationship with the matrix. The compositional analysis indicates substantial increase in solid solubilities of Pb in the (Bi) and Bi in the ?-phases as compared to the as-cast sample. Differential scanning calorimetric (DSC) studies indicate substantial superheating (16.4 K) of the embedded nanoparticles with appearance of sharp melting peak. The solidification is observed to be diffused, taking place over a large temperature range (344.5 K to 332 K). The in situ heating stage experiments carried out in TEM indicate formation of core shell morphology during heating with ? forming the shell around (Bi). The melting starts from Al/?/(Bi) triple point and then the liquid spreads along matrix-particle interface. The solidification occurs in eutectic manner. PMID:26328350

  5. An Al@Al2O3@SiO2/polyimide composite with multilayer coating structure fillers based on self-passivated aluminum cores

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    Zhou, Yongcun; Wang, Hong

    2013-04-01

    We demonstrate a capability in combining two kinds of nanosize and microsize particles of core-shell Al@Al2O3@SiO2 with aluminum cores to form multilayer coating structures as fillers in polyimide matrix for electronic applications. The core-shell Al@Al2O3@SiO2 structure can effectively adjust the relative permittivity (about 12 @1 MHz) of the composite while keeping lower dielectric loss (0.015 @1 MHz) compared to that uncoated aluminum particles. The combination of "macro" and "micro" coating can significantly improve the dielectric properties of the composites. This work provides a useful method to modify the fillers for polymer matrix nanocomposite materials.

  6. 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.

  7. 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 CF-AMCs were higher than the non-deformed CF-AMCs.

  8. Manufacturing of nanostructured Al/WCp metal- matrix composites by accumulative press bonding

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    Amirkhanlou, Sajjad; Ketabchi, Mostafa; Parvin, Nader; Khorsand, Shohreh; Carreo, Fernando

    2014-08-01

    The accumulative press bonding (APB) process used as a novel technique in this study provides an effective alternative method for manufacturing Al/10 vol.% WCp metal matrix composites (MMCs). The results revealed that by increasing the number of APB cycles (a) the uniformity of WC particles in aluminum matrix improved, (b) the porosity of the composite eliminated, (c) the particle free zones decreased. The X-ray diffraction results also showed that nanostructured Al/WCp composite with the average crystallite size of 58.4 nm was successfully achieved by employing 14 cycles of APB technique. The tensile strength of the composites enhanced by increasing the number of APB cycles, and reached to a maximum value of 216 MPa at the end of 14th cycle, which is 2.45 and 1.2 times higher than obtained values for annealed (raw material, 88 MPa) and 14 cycles APB-ed monolithic aluminum (180 MPa), respectively

  9. 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.

  10. Kinetic energy distributions of sputtered neutral aluminum clusters: Al--Al{sub 6}

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    Coon, S.R.; Calaway, W.F.; Pellin, M.J.; Curlee, G.A.; White, J.M.

    1992-12-01

    Neutral aluminum clusters sputtered from polycrystalline aluminum were analyzed by laser postionization time-of-flight (TOF) mass spectrometry. The kinetic energy distributions of Al through Al{sub 6} were measured by a neutrals time-of-flight technique. The interpretation of laser postionization TOF data to extract velocity and energy distributions is presented. The aluminum cluster distributions are qualitatively similar to previous copper cluster distribution measurements from our laboratory. In contrast to the steep high energy tails predicted by the single- or multiple- collision models, the measured cluster distributions have high energy power law dependences in the range of E{sup {minus}3} to E{sup {minus}4.5}. Correlated collision models may explain the substantial abundance of energetic clusters that are observed in these experiments. Possible influences of cluster fragmentation on the distributions are discussed.

  11. Kinetic energy distributions of sputtered neutral aluminum clusters: Al--Al[sub 6

    SciTech Connect

    Coon, S.R.; Calaway, W.F.; Pellin, M.J. ); Curlee, G.A. . Dept. of Physics); White, J.M. . Dept. of Chemistry and Biochemistry)

    1992-01-01

    Neutral aluminum clusters sputtered from polycrystalline aluminum were analyzed by laser postionization time-of-flight (TOF) mass spectrometry. The kinetic energy distributions of Al through Al[sub 6] were measured by a neutrals time-of-flight technique. The interpretation of laser postionization TOF data to extract velocity and energy distributions is presented. The aluminum cluster distributions are qualitatively similar to previous copper cluster distribution measurements from our laboratory. In contrast to the steep high energy tails predicted by the single- or multiple- collision models, the measured cluster distributions have high energy power law dependences in the range of E[sup [minus]3] to E[sup [minus]4.5]. Correlated collision models may explain the substantial abundance of energetic clusters that are observed in these experiments. Possible influences of cluster fragmentation on the distributions are discussed.

  12. 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

  13. The mechanism of corrosion and corrosion control of aluminum/graphite metal matrix composites

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    Dash, L.C.

    1988-01-01

    The mechanism of corrosion and corrosion control of aluminum/graphite metal-matrix composites (MMC) were investigated. Based on the results of salt fog and immersion exposures, anodic and cathodic electrochemical polarizations, and galvanic-coupling experiments of the MMC and their constituents, the rapid disintegration of the composites was found to be unambiguously attributable to oxygen reduction on the graphite fibers. The corrosion mechanism is divided into the three following steps: Stage I-the penetration of the corrosive environment into the interior of the MMC caused by (a) pitting of the foil, (b) mechanical or processing surface defect, or (c) capillary wicking of the solution down exposed fibers; Stage II-galvanic corrosion of the aluminum at the G/Al interface driven by the reduction of oxygen on the graphite fibers; Stage III-corrosion/mechanical rupture of the MMC caused by wedging of the hydrated corrosion products (formed in Stage II) in the confined spaces of the MMC. The kinetics of oxygen reduction on fibers is decreased by silica coatings and silicon-rich surface-modified layers and increased by both copper and nickel coatings. The galvanic corrosion rate is significantly reduced by silica coatings and silicon-rich surface-modified layers on the graphite fibers.

  14. The acoustoelastic measurement of elastic constants in alumina/aluminum metal matrix composites

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    Leisk, G.G.; Saigal, A.

    1995-10-01

    In this study, acoustoelastic testing is performed on alumina-reinforced aluminum 6061 alloy metal matrix composites. The MMCs consist of an aluminum 6061 matrix containing 0, 10, and 20 volume percentage alumina particulate reinforcements. Since the matrix and reinforcement have such disparate moduli, the second-order elastic constants of the composite should vary with the amount of reinforcement. In addition, the residual stresses that have developed during processing should have a significant effect on higher-order elastic constants. Bulk properties like Young`s and shear modulus are measured, as well as the higher-order elastic constants in an effort to monitor variations as a function of reinforcement.

  15. Microstructure of arc brazed and diffusion bonded joints of stainless steel and SiC reinforced aluminum matrix composite

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    Elßner, M.; Weis, S.; Grund, T.; Wagner, G.; Habisch, S.; Mayr, P.

    2016-03-01

    Joint interfaces of aluminum and stainless steel often exhibit intermetallics of Al-Fe, which limit the joint strength. In order to reduce these brittle phases in joints of aluminum matrix composites (AMC) and stainless steel, diffusion bonding and arc brazing are used. Due to the absence of a liquid phase, diffusion welding can reduce the formation of these critical in- termetallics. For this joining technique, the influence of surface treatments and adjusted time- temperature-surface-pressure-regimes is investigated. On the other hand, arc brazing offers the advantage to combine a localized heat input with the application of a low melting filler and was conducted using the system Al-Ag-Cu. Results of the joining tests using both approaches are described and discussed with regard to the microstructure of the joints and the interfaces.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. Carbon nanofiber reinforced aluminum matrix composite fabricated by combined process of spark plasma sintering and hot extrusion.

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    Kwon, Hansang; Kurita, Hiroki; Leparoux, Marc; Kawasaki, Akira

    2011-05-01

    Spark plasma sintering and hot extrusion processes have been employed for fabricating carbon nanofiber (CNF)-aluminum (Al) matrix bulk materials. The Al powder and the CNFs were mixed in a mixing medium of natural rubber. The CNFs were well dispersed onto the Al particles. After removal of the natural rubber, the Al-CNF mixture powders were highly densified. From the microstructural viewpoint, the composite materials were observed by optical, field-emission scanning electron, and high-resolution transmission electron microscopies. The CNFs were found to be located on every grain boundary and aligned with the extrusion direction of the Al-CNF bulk materials. Some Al carbides (Al4C3) were also observed at the surface of the CNFs. This carbide was created by a reaction between the Al and the disordered CNF. The CNFs and the formation of Al4C3 play an important role in the enhancement of the mechanical properties of the Al-CNF bulk material. The CNFs can also be used for engineering reinforcement of other matrix materials such as ceramics, polymers and more complex matrices. PMID:21780415

  19. 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.

  20. Preparation of Aluminum Metal Matrix Composite with Novel In situ Ceramic Composite Particulates, Developed from Waste Colliery Shale Material

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    Venkata Siva, S. B.; Sahoo, K. L.; Ganguly, R. I.; Dash, R. R.; Singh, S. K.; Satpathy, B. K.; Srinivasarao, G.

    2013-08-01

    A novel method is adapted to prepare an in situ ceramic composite from waste colliery shale (CS) material. Heat treatment of the shale material, in a plasma reactor and/or in a high temperature furnace at 1673 K (1400 C) under high vacuum (10-6 Torr), has enabled in situ conversion of SiO2 to SiC in the vicinity of carbon and Al2O3 present in the shale material. The composite has the chemical constituents, SiC-Al2O3-C, as established by XRD/EDX analysis. Particle sizes of the composite range between 50 nm and 200 ?m. The shape of the particles vary, presumably rod to spherical shape, distributed preferably in the region of grain boundaries. The CS composite so produced is added to aluminum melt to produce Al-CS composite (12 vol. pct). For comparison of properties, the aluminum metal matrix composite (AMCs) is made with Al2O3 particulates (15 vol. pct) with size <200 ?m. The heat-treated Al-CS composite has shown better mechanical properties compared to the Al-Al2O3 composite. The ductility and toughness of the Al-CS composite are greater than that of the Al-Al2O3 composite. Fractographs revealed fine sheared dimples in the Al-CS composite, whereas the same of the Al-Al2O3 composite showed an appearance of cleavage-type facets. Abrasion and frictional behavior of both the composites have been compared. The findings lead to the conclusion that the in situ composite developed from the colliery shale waste material has a good future for its use in AMCs.

  1. Fabrication and Analysis of the Wear Properties of Hot-Pressed Al-Si/SiCp + Al-Si-Cu-Mg Metal Matrix Composite

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    Bang, Jeongil; Oak, Jeong-Jung; Park, Yong Ho

    2015-12-01

    The aim of this study was to characterize microstructures and mechanical properties of aluminum metal matrix composites (MMC's) prepared by powder metallurgy method. Consolidation of mixed powder with gas atomized Al-Si/SiCp powder and Al-14Si-2.5Cu-0.5Mg powder by hot pressing was classified according to sintering temperature and sintering time. Sintering condition was optimized using tensile properties of sintered specimens. Ultimate tensile strength of the optimized sintered specimen was 228 MPa with an elongation of 5.3% in longitudinal direction. In addition, wear properties and behaviors of the sintered aluminum-based MMC's were analyzed in accordance with vertical load and linear speed. As the linear speed and vertical load of the wear increased, change of the wear behavior occurred in order of oxidation of Al-Si matrix, formation of C-rich layer, Fe-alloying to matrix, and melting of the specimen

  2. Fabrication and Analysis of the Wear Properties of Hot-Pressed Al-Si/SiCp + Al-Si-Cu-Mg Metal Matrix Composite

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    Bang, Jeongil; Oak, Jeong-Jung; Park, Yong Ho

    2016-01-01

    The aim of this study was to characterize microstructures and mechanical properties of aluminum metal matrix composites (MMC's) prepared by powder metallurgy method. Consolidation of mixed powder with gas atomized Al-Si/SiCp powder and Al-14Si-2.5Cu-0.5Mg powder by hot pressing was classified according to sintering temperature and sintering time. Sintering condition was optimized using tensile properties of sintered specimens. Ultimate tensile strength of the optimized sintered specimen was 228 MPa with an elongation of 5.3% in longitudinal direction. In addition, wear properties and behaviors of the sintered aluminum-based MMC's were analyzed in accordance with vertical load and linear speed. As the linear speed and vertical load of the wear increased, change of the wear behavior occurred in order of oxidation of Al-Si matrix, formation of C-rich layer, Fe-alloying to matrix, and melting of the specimen

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Structure and mechanical properties of ingots and rolled sections of aluminum alloy based on the Al-Mg-Mn system

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    Ovsyannikov, B. V.; Reznik, P. L.; Zamyatin, V. M.; Doroshenko, N. M.

    2013-01-01

    Commercial ingots and hot-pressed rolled sections of Al-Mg-Mn alloy doped with zinc, scandium, zirconium, chromium, and vanadium have been studied using optical microscopy, thermal analysis, electron microscopy, and electron-probe microanalysis. The compositions of the phase constituents and aluminum matrix of the alloy are determined. The sensitivity of the alloy to the formation of complex intermetallic compounds during solidification is revealed. The mechanical properties of ingots and rolled sections are determined.

  6. Interfacial shear strength estimates of NiTi-Al matrix composites fabricated via ultrasonic additive manufacturing

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    Hehr, Adam; Pritchard, Joshua; Dapino, Marcelo J.

    2014-03-01

    The purpose of this study is to understand and improve the interfacial shear strength of metal matrix composites fabricated via very high power (VHP) ultrasonic additive manufacturing (UAM). VHP-UAM NiTi-Al composites have shown a dramatic decrease in thermal expansion compared to Al, yet thermal blocking stresses developed during thermal cycling have been found to degrade and eventually cause interface failure. Consequently, to improve understanding of the interface and guide the development of stronger NiTi- Al composites, the interface strength was investigated through the use of single ber pullout tests. It was found that the matrix yielded prior to the interface breaking since adhered aluminum was consistently observed on all pullout samples. Additionally, measured pullout loads were utilized as an input to a nite element model for stress and shear lag analysis, which, in turn showed that the Al matrix experienced a peak shear stress near 230 MPa. This stress is above the Al matrix's ultimate shear strength of 150-200 MPa, thus this large stress corroborates with matrix failure observed during testing. The in uence of various ber surface treatments on bond mechanisms was also studied with scanning electron microscopy and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy.

  7. 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.

  8. 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 950C), 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.

  9. 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 450C 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 400C. The overaging in these materials was delayed by 100C 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 350C. For long-term thermal stability, the mechanical properties of the Sc and Zr containing composite were stable up to 300C, while the composite containing only Sc exhibited a good softening resistance up to 250C. 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.)

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. Comparing addition of ZrO II particles in micron and nano scale on microstructure and mechanical behavior of aluminum-matrix composites produced by vortex route

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    Baghchesara, M. A.; Karimi, M.; Abdizadeh, H.; Baharvandi, H. R.

    2007-07-01

    Aluminum matrix composites are important engineering materials in automotive, aerospace and other applications because of their low weight, high specific strength and better physical and mechanical properties compared to pure aluminum. ZrO II particles as reinforcement were selected to add aluminum with micron and nano size. Al/ZrO II composites were produced by direct incorporation (vortex method) in different temperatures and 5 volume percents of ZrO II particles. Microstructure of the samples was studied by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Chemical composition of the phases was studied by XRD. Hardness, and density of these composites were also measured. The microstructure and mechanical properties tests of composites and study the effect of particle size, resulted the better properties compared to matrix aluminum. Homogeneous dispersion of the reinforcement particles in the matrix aluminum was observed. The results show enhancing the composites properties for all samples compared to the monolithic alloy. However there are some differences in results because of particle size of ceramics and therefore differences between particles surface area. Maximum volume percent that can be added to A356 aluminum alloy is 5 vol.%, for nano ZrO II particles, but it seems that is more than 5 vol.% for micron particles. Increasing of viscosity, porosities and much more defects are caused by increasing volume percents and using smaller particles. The casting processing is difficult in these conditions. Furthermore, optimum temperatures of casting for micron and nano zirconia particles are not the same.

  13. Thermal exposure effects on the mechanical properties of a polycrystalline alumina fiber/aluminum matrix composite

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    Olsen, G. C.

    1979-01-01

    The effects of thermal exposures and elevated test temperature on the mechanical properties of a unidirectional polycrystalline alumina fiber reinforced aluminum matrix composite were investigated. Test temperatures up to 590 K and 2500 hours exposures at 590 K did not significantly affect fiber dominated properties but did severely degrade matrix dominated properties. Fiber strength, degraded by the fabrication process, was restored by post fabrication thermal exposures. Possible degradation mechanisms are discussed.

  14. Laser processing of a SiC/Al-alloy metal matrix composite

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    Dahotre, Narendra B.; McCay, T. Dwayne; McCay, Mary Helen

    1989-06-01

    Preliminary studies were conducted on the laser processing of SiC/A356-Al alloy metal matrix composite (MMC) for such applications as welding/joining and cutting. The SiC/A356-Al MMC was processed using several different laser specific energies. Microstructural observations after laser processing revealed that the extent of reinforced material (SiC)-matrix (A356-Al) reaction is directly proportional to the laser energy input. As energy input increased, SiC particle dissolution became greater and aluminum carbide formation increased in both size and quantity. It appears possible to control substantial change (physical and chemical) in SiC particles during processing by controlling the amount and mode of energy input.

  15. Resonance Raman spectroscopy of mass selected Al2 in an argon matrix.

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    Fang, L; Davis, B L; Lu, H; Lombardi, J R

    2001-12-01

    In an excitation range of 620-760 nm, resonance Raman spectra of aluminum dimers (Al2) in an argon matrix have been obtained for the first time. Temperature annealing experiments were performed to remove Raman lines attributed site effects caused by the Al2/Ar matrix. We observe a single fundamental at 293.3 (5) cm(-1) along with a progression up to 1149 (1) cm(-1). Taking successive differences of band centers we obtain spectroscopic constants for the ground state fundamental, w(e) = 297.5 (5) cm(-1), the anharmonicity, e(e)x(e) = 1.68 (8) cm(-1). Our results are in close agreement with previous experimental results for Al2 which designate the ground state as a 3piu state, and may be considered as confirmation of this assignment. PMID:11789882

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. TRANSCRIPTIONAL ANALYSIS BETWEEN TWO WHEAT NEAR-ISOGENIC LINES CONTRASTING IN ALUMINUM (AL) TOLERANCE UNDER AL STRESS

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    To understand the mechanisms of aluminum (Al) tolerance and identify genes responsible for Al tolerance in wheat (Triticum aestivum L.), suppression subtractive hybridization (SSH) libraries were constructed from Al-stressed roots for two wheat near- isogenic lines (NILs), Chisholm-T (Al-tolerant) a...

  19. A comparative study of cavitation characteristics in Si[sub 3]N[sub 4p]/Al-Mg-Si composite and 7475 aluminum alloy

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    Iwasaki, H.; Takeuchi, M.; Mori, T. . Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering); Mabuchi, M. ); Higashi, K. . Dept. of Mechanical Systems Engineering)

    1994-08-01

    Recently, it has been demonstrated that many aluminum matrix composites with discontinuous SiC or Si[sub 3]N[sub 4] show superplastic behavior. In particular, it should be noted that some aluminum matrix composites show superplasticity at high strain rates (> 10[sup [minus]2] s[sup [minus]1]). It is well established that cavitation occurs during superplastic flow in a wide number of metallic materials. However, the cavitation behavior in superplastic metal matrix composites is not well understood. It is important to investigate characteristics of cavitation in metal matrix composites for superplastic forming applications. In this investigation, cavitation in a 20 vol% Si[sub 3]N[sub 4p]/Al-Mg-Si composite, which exhibits superplasticity at high strain rates, has been investigated and the data of the composite have been compared with those of the superplastic 7475 alloy which is a typical superplastic aluminum alloy.

  20. Effect of aluminum content on the mechanochemical synthesis of in-situ TiN in the Al-Ti-AlN system and subsequent shock consolidation

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    Amini Mashhadi, H.; Kennedy, G.; Tanaka, S.; Hokamoto, K.

    2011-03-01

    To determine the effect of aluminum content on the formation of in-situ TiN in the Al-Ti-AlN system, a mixture of aluminum, titanium and aluminum nitride powders was subjected to high energy milling. Al content of the mixture was changed according to the following stoichiometric reaction: Ti+AlN+ XAl?TiN+(1+ X)Al. The value of X was varied from 5.35 to 19.65 based on the stoichiometric calculation of the molar mass of each component expected to result in aluminum matrix composite with TiN weights of 30%, 20% and 10%, respectively, in addition to reaction corresponding to X=0(Ti+AlN?TiN+Al). Thermodynamic factors determine that the amount of Al in the mixture plays a key role in the formation of in-situ TiN. XRD and EPMA results showed that at lower Al content ( X=0, 5.35), reaction proceed through a gradual mode. By increasing Al content ( X=19.65), no mechanochemical reaction occurred between Ti and AlN. Continuation of the milling process allowed acquisition of in-situ TiN in the designed compositions of AlN-TiN, Al-Ti-AlN-30%TiN, and to some extent, of Al-Ti-AlN-20%TiN. A nanocrystalline solid solution evolved by mechanical alloying (MA) was sustained for prolonged milling time. The mean TiN crystallite size obtained was 10 nm for the AlN-TiN composition. The end product milled powder after 40 h of milling time, equating to the Al-Ti-AlN-30%TiN composition was consolidated into bulk compact using the underwater shock compaction method. The milled specimens were characterized by XRD, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), electron probe microanalysis (EPMA) and microhardness testing. The sample had a uniform and fine-grained composite structure with 99% theoretical density and average microhardness of 434 HV0.1. The results confirmed the possibility of fabricating reliable bulk nanostructured materials by imposing shock compaction on submicron sized powders.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Fabrication of carbon nanofiber-reinforced aluminum matrix composites assisted by aluminum coating formed on nanofiber surface by in situ chemical vapor deposition

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    Ogawa, Fumio; Masuda, Chitoshi

    2015-01-01

    The van der Waals agglomeration of carbon nanofibers (CNFs) and the weight difference and poor wettability between CNFs and aluminum hinder the fabrication of dense CNF-reinforced aluminum matrix composites with superior properties. In this study, to improve this situation, CNFs were coated with aluminum by a simple and low-cost in situ chemical vapor deposition (in situ CVD). Iodine was used to accelerate the transport of aluminum atoms. The coating layer formed by the in situ CVD was characterized using scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, x-ray diffraction, Fourier transform-infrared spectroscopy, and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The results confirmed that the CNFs were successfully coated with aluminum. The composites were fabricated to investigate the effect of the aluminum coating formed on the CNFs. The dispersion of CNFs, density, Vickers micro-hardness and thermal conductivity of the composites fabricated by powder metallurgy were improved. Pressure-less infiltration experiments were conducted to fabricate composites by casting. The results demonstrated that the wettability and infiltration were dramatically improved by the aluminum coating layer on CNFs. The aluminum coating formed by the in situ CVD technique was proved to be effective for the fabrication of CNF-reinforced aluminum matrix composites.

  4. 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; stel, 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.

  5. Particle denuded zones in alumina reinforced aluminum matrix composite weldments

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    Chidambaram, A.; Bhole, S.D.

    1996-08-01

    The Welding Institute of Canada (WIC), Ontario, has been studying the weldability of different DURALCAN MMC`s. Research on alumina reinforced (20 vol.%) 6061 Al alloy GTA welds showed satisfactory tensile and yield strengths (0.2% Proof Stress) but the welds failed to pass the bend test requirements with fracture taking place in the relatively brittle heat affected zone (HAZ). Further, the welds were characterized by a region which was devoid of reinforcement particles adjacent to the fusion lines. The present study was undertaken to try and explain the formation of this particle denuded zone (PDZ) at the fusion lines.

  6. The Influence of Al4C3 Nanoparticles on the Physical and Mechanical Properties of Metal Matrix Composites at High Temperatures

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    Vorozhtsov, S.; Kolarik, V.; Promakhov, V.; Zhukov, I.; Vorozhtsov, A.; Kuchenreuther-Hummel, V.

    2016-03-01

    Metal matrix composites (MMC) based on aluminum and reinforced with nonmetallic particles are of great practical interest due to their potentially high physico-mechanical properties. In this work, Al-Al4C3 composites were obtained by a hot-compacting method. Introduction of nanodiamonds produced by detonation to the Al powder in an amount of 10 wt.% led to the formation of ~15 wt.% of aluminum carbide during hot compacting. It was found that composite materials with the diamond content of 10 wt.% in the initial powder mix have an average microhardness of 1550 MPa, whilst the similarly compacted aluminum powder without reinforcing particles shows a hardness of 750 MPa. The mechanical properties of an Al-Al4C3 MMC at elevated test temperatures exceeded those of commercial casting aluminum alloys such as A356.

  7. Macro-model for Development of Al-Al2O3 Metal Matrix Composite with Vacuum Moulding: Designed Experiments

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    Singh, R.; Singh, J.; Singh, Jagdev

    2012-10-01

    Aluminum matrix composites (AMC) have many potential engineering applications. Not much work hitherto has been reported for development of AMC with vacuum moulding (VM). In this work; Al-Al2O3, AMC has been developed with VM. The study highlights the effect of input parameters like: moulding sand, vacuum pressure and component volume on properties of AMC produced by the VM. An approach to macro-model the hardness and dimensional accuracy during development of AMC has been proposed and applied. Relationship between hardness, dimensional accuracy and other parameters have been deduced by using Taguchi technique L9 OA for industrial applications. The comparison with experimental results will also serve as a future validation of the model.

  8. 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.

  9. Interfacial Reactions at Elevated Temperatures in New Low-Cost AL/SiC Metal Matrix Composite

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    Grant, Glenn J.; Mccready, David E.; Herling, Darrell R.; Smith, M. T.

    2001-08-21

    The mechanical properties of Metal Matrix Composites (MMCs) are strongly affected by the quality of the bond between the matrix and the reinforcing particle. In aluminum MMCs reinforced with SiC particles, the particle/matrix interface can be degraded at high temperature by the formation of aluminum carbide and aluminum/magnesium oxides. The temperature that these reactions occur at is an important process limit during melting, casting, and eventual product recycling. Recently, lower cost Al/SiC MMCs have become available that utilize less well-graded particulate and a unique rapid-mixing technique. However, as a result of the relaxed control on the particle size fraction, a significantly larger percentage of the particulate is found in the finer size ranges. This leads to an increase in the interface area between the SiC particles and the aluminum melt, and raises the possibility that detrimental aluminum carbide and oxide reactions could occur at lower temperatures, or lower time-at-temperature, than in current commercial products. In this study, we quantify by conventional, and in-situ liquid metal XRD, the time-temperature relationship for interfacial carbide/oxide formation, and compare commercially available MMC materials to MMC material produced from less well-graded SiC particulate.

  10. Effect of microstructure and notch root radius on fracture toughness of an aluminum metal matrix composite

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    Manoharan, M.; Lewandowski, J. J.

    1989-01-01

    Recent results on the effects of matrix aging condition (matrix temper) and notch root radius on the measured fracture toughness of a SiC particulate reinforced aluminum alloy are reviewed. Stress intensity factors at catastrophic fracture were obtained for both underaged and overaged composites reveal. The linear relation found between apparent fracture toughness and the square root of the notch root radius implies a linear dependence of the crack opening displacement on the notch root radius. The results suggest a strain controlled fracture process, and indicate that there are differences in the fracture micromechanisms of the two aging conditions.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  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. 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

  15. Tribological properties of aluminum alloy matrix TiB{sub 2} composite prepared by in situ processing

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    Caracostas, C.A.; Chiou, W.A.; Fine, M.E.; Cheng, H.S.

    1997-02-01

    Due to the low weight, high strength and stiffness, and enhanced wear resistance of particulate-reinforced aluminum-based metal matrix composites (MMCs), the automotive industry has identified a number of applications for these materials. An investigation of the wear behavior, in lubricated sliding and rolling of in situ prepared TiB{sub 2} particle-reinforced 2024 T4 Al alloy matrix composites against 52100 steel and hardened pearlitic modular cast iron, respectively, was undertaken. In sliding contact, the 10 vol pct 0.3-{micro}m TiB{sub 2}-metal matrix composite (MMC) showed slightly less wear than the 10 vol pct 1.3 {micro}m TiB{sub 2}-MMC. Transmission electron microscopy of cross sections, taken normal to the wear track and parallel to the sliding direction, revealed that the TiB{sub 2} particles on the wear track were polished and particle pullout was largely absent. This was attributed to the strong interfacial bonding between the Al-alloy matrix and the TiB{sub 2} reinforcing phase. In rolling contact, the 0.3-{micro}m-size TiB{sub 2}-MMC showed 5 times higher weight loss than the 1.3-{micro}m TiB{sub 2}-MMC for the same content of reinforcement, but the weight loss of the cast iron mating surface was less for the former. For the smaller particle size, the wear of 5 and 10 vol pct TiB{sub 2}-MMCs was the same. A high density of surface cracks was present on the wear track of the 0.3-{micro}m TiB{sub 2}-MMC but not on the 1.3-{micro}m MMC. The significance of strong particle/matrix interfacial bonding and particle size effect on the wear behavior of ceramic particulate-reinforced MMCs in lubricated sliding and rolling wear is discussed.

  16. The processing and characterization of sintered metal-reinforced aluminum matrix composites

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    Baron, Richard Paul

    1998-12-01

    Aluminum metal matrix composites are often reinforced with costly ceramic materials. However, porous sintered metal compacts can provide a low-cost alternative. The objective of this investigation was to produce and characterize sintered ferrous metal reinforced 380 aluminum alloy matrix composites, fabricated through a high-pressure casting technique. Tensile, compressive, and rolling contact fatigue tests were used to evaluate the composite properties. During composite fabrication, a non-stoichiometric reaction phase, containing aluminum and iron, formed between the infiltrating molten aluminum and ferrous reinforcement. At high volume fractions, this reaction phase limited composite strength by promoting failure at low stress levels. To minimize the volume fraction of this reaction phase through rapid solidification, the optimum casting conditions were: a metal casting temperature of 675C, a compact immersion duration of 30 seconds, a maximum punch velocity of 102 cm/min, and a maximum punch dwell pressure of 164 MPa. Superior composite mechanical properties were produced when the compact consisted of relatively large particles (-80 mesh) that contained a sufficient amount of chromium as an alloying element to make the compact stainless. In addition, the strength of the compact and resulting composite was further improved through a high compact relative density and high quality interparticle bonding, which produced a high-strength reinforcing phase. Only the 409 stainless steel compacts exhibited all these properties, and as a result, produced superior composites. The remaining composite types exhibited limited ductility due to the reinforcing ferrous compact having a low relative density and poor interparticle bonding (Delcrome 6347 and HCx) or from a high volume fraction of brittle reaction phase (Anchorsteel 1000). In rolling contact fatigue, each composite type exhibited fatigue lives comparable to the unreinforced 380 aluminum alloy at the same nominal loads. However, when tested at the same normalized loads (applied load divided by the yield strength), only the 409 stainless steel composites exhibited consistently superior fatigue life. The comparatively high fatigue resistance of these composites was attributed to their ability to experience considerable ductility as a result of the properties of the 409 stainless steel compact. Finite element analysis simulation of the tensile and rolling contact mechanical tests on the composite material demonstrated that the majority of the high stress is located in the ferrous reinforcing phase, with stress concentrations present at notches in the ferrous particles. However, high stresses are also generated in the aluminum matrix through elastic constraint. In rolling contact fatigue, these microstructural features can generate high stresses depending upon their orientation with respect to the maximum principal stress axis.

  17. The effect of reinforcement stability on composition redistribution in cast aluminum metal matrix composites

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    Lucas, J.P.; Yang, N.Y.C. ); Stephens, J.J.; Greulich, F.A. )

    1990-05-01

    The microstructure has been characterized in cast Al-7Si metal matrix composites containing either SiC or B{sub 4}C particulate reinforcement. Also, particulate/matrix interfacial precipitation reactions were extensively examined in these composites. The type of reinforcement was shown to have a profound effect on interfacial precipitation, elemental composition distribution and the as-cast and solution treated and aged microstructure of the matrix alloy. The stability of SiC particulates in the A356 matrix alloy was substantially greater in comparison to highly reactive B{sub 4}C particulates. Electron microprobe (EMP), SEM, and STEM were used to identify and analyze phases associated with the bulk matrix microstructure and the particulate/matrix interfacial reaction zones. Essentially no reaction products were observed at the interface of SiC particulates. In sharp contrast, an extensive reaction products zone was observed at the interface and in regions near the B{sub 4}C reinforcement. The extensive matrix/reinforcement reactions caused selective partitioning of matrix alloying elements, thereby modifying the matrix microstructure in the composites by compositional redistribution in the matrix. Boron carbide significantly modified the matrix microstructure of the composite, whereas the matrix containing silicon carbide particulates remained essentially unchanged. 14 refs., 9 figs., 4 tabs.

  18. 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.

  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. Processing and property evaluation of silver or aluminum matrix YBa2Cu3O6+x superconducting materials. Technical report

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    Rao, A.S.

    1993-03-01

    In order to understand the physical behavior at the atomistic level of the superconducting metal matrix composites, both aluminum/YBa2Cu3O6(+)x and silver/YBa2Cu3O6(+). composites have been investigated. The results suggest that silver forms superconducting composites in the concentration range 10-72 wt. %. The aluminum based composites showed the superconducting property only for composites containing 60 wt.% aluminum and 40 wt. % YBa2Cu3O6(+)x. In addition, it was found that the superconducting behavior of the aluminum YBa2Cu3O6(+)x composites is very sensitive to the sintering temperature and the duration of sintering.

  1. 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.

  2. 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

  3. Laser and electron beam welding of SiC[sub p] reinforced aluminum A-356 metal matrix composite

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    Lienert, T.J.; Lippold, J.C. ); Brandon, E.D. )

    1993-06-01

    This paper details the results of a comparative study of laser and electron beam welding of a cast aluminum metal-matrix composite (Al-MMC) reinforced with SiC particles (SiC[sub p]). Electron beam welding of 15% SiC[sub p] A356-MMC produces much less deleterious Al[sub 4]C[sub 3] than CO[sub 2] laser beam welding at the same input powers and travel speeds. The advantage of EB welding of 15% SiC[sub p] A356-MMC relative to laser beam welding due to the different mechanisms of energy absorption by the substrate material for the two processes. During laser beam welding, the SiC particles are dissolved into a homogeneous solution of liquid Al, Si, and C at high temperatures, and the Al[sub 4]C[sub 3] subsequently precipitates from this solution on cooling. During EB welding of SiC[sub p] Al-MMCs, neither phase preferentially absorbs the energy of the electrons, and heating is more uniform than with laser beam welding. As a result of the uniform heat transfer to each phase, dissolution and decomposition of the SiC is limited and little Al[sub 4]C[sub 3] is formed. It is recommended that sharp focus of the electron beam and high travel speeds be used to minimize Al[sub 4]C[sub 3] formation. The results of this study can be more broadly interpreted to suggest that other high melting efficiency welding processes that allow for rapid welding cycles and minimal superheating can also be used to join SiC[sub p] Al-MMCs as long as the process is compatible with the material.

  4. 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.

  5. Corrosion behavior of squeeze-cast-aluminum metal-matrix composites. Final report

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    Agarwala, V.S.; Fabiszewski, A.S.

    1991-12-01

    Corrosion behavior of metal matrix composites (MMC) vary greatly with the reinforcement material type, processing conditions and methods of fabrication into engineering parts. The corrosion susceptibilities for the MMC arise from the segregations of the reinforcement material during fluid flow (extrusion) and/or processing, and from the resulting compositional differences in the alloy, the matrix material. These differences sets-up galvanic cells and cause preferential corrosion. The metal matrix composites studied were Al 6061/Al2O3 and Al 356/SiC. In particular, the effects of near-net-shape processing called squeeze casting (solidification of liquid under pressure) was investigated. The results showed that regions which were clustered with SiC or (Al203)Oi were microstructurally sensitive to preferential corrosion. Electrochemical-potentiodynamic polarization and controlled potential corrosion behavior measurements were made and related to microstructural segregation through metallographic optical microscopic analysis.

  6. In-Situ Synthetic TiB2 Particulate Reinforced Metal Matrix Composite Coating on AA2024 Aluminum Alloy by Laser Cladding Technology

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    Xu, Jiang; Kan, Yide; Liu, Wenjin

    In order to improve the wear resistance of aluminum alloy, in-situ synthesized TiB2 and Ti3B4 peritectic composite particulate reinforced metal matrix composite, formed on a 2024 aluminum alloy by laser cladding with a powder mixture of Fe-coated Boron, Ti and Al, was successfully achieved using 3-KW CW CO2 laser. The chemical composition, microstructure and phase structure of the composite clad coating were analyzed by energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX), SEM, AFM and XRD. The typical microstructure of the composite coating is composed of TiB2, Ti3B4, Al3Ti, Al3Fe and ?-Al. The surface hardness of cladding coating increases with the amount of added Fe-coated B and Ti powder which determines the amount of TiB2 and Ti3B4 peritectic composite particulate. The nanohardness and the elastic modulus at the interface of the TiB2 and Ti3B4 peritectic composite particulate/matrix were investigated using the nanoindentation technique. The results showed that the nanohardness and the reduced elastic modulus from the peritectic composite particulate to the matrix is a gradient distribution.

  7. Effect of aluminum concentration and boron dopant on environmental embrittlement in FeAl aluminides

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    Liu, C.T.; George, E.P.

    1990-01-01

    The room-temperature tensile properties of FeAl aluminides were determined as functions of aluminum concentration (35 to 43 at. % Al), test environment, and surface (oil) coating. The two lower aluminum alloys containing 35 and 36.5% Al are prone to severe environmental embrittlement, while the two higher aluminum alloys with 40 and 43% Al are much less sensitive to change in test environment and surface coating. The reason for the different behavior is that the grain boundaries are intrinsically weak in the higher aluminum alloys, and these weak boundaries dominate the low ductility and brittle fracture behavior of the 40 and 43% Al alloys. When boron is added to the 40% Al alloy as a grain-boundary strengthener, the environmental effect becomes prominent. In this case, the tensile ductility of the boron-doped alloy, just like that of the lower aluminum alloys, can be dramatically improved by control test environment (e.g. dry oxygen vs air). Strong segregation of boron to the grain boundaries, with a segregation factor of 43, was revealed by Auger analyses. 28 refs., 2 figs., 3 tabs.

  8. Calculation-experimental study of the phase composition of Al-Zn-Mg-(Cu)-Ni-Fe aluminum alloys

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    Akopyan, T. K.; Belov, N. A.; Alabin, A. N.; Zlobin, G. S.

    2013-07-01

    To optimize the compositions of new high-strength aluminum ATs7NZh and ATs6N0.5Zh alloys (economically alloyed nikalins), the thermodynamic optimization of the Al-Zn-Mg-Cu-Ni-Fe system is performed via the construction of polythermal sections and the calculation of the chemical composition and volume fraction of phases at characteristic temperatures. The concentrations of the matrix elements (Zn, Mg, Cu) that determine the high level of mechanical properties are shown to be 6-7 wt % Zn, 2-3 wt % Mg, and up to 0.3 wt % Cu. The concentrations of the eutectic-forming elements (Ni, Fe) that ensure the solidification of (Al) + Al9FeNi eutectic are determined. This eutectic favors an increase in the manufacturing properties of the alloys during casting, metal forming, and welding along with a retained high level of the mechanical properties. In general, experimental results confirm the calculated data.

  9. Optimization of Al Matrix Reinforced with B4C Particles

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    Shabani, Mohsen Ostad; Mazahery, Ali

    2013-02-01

    In the current study, abrasive wear resistance and mechanical properties of A356 composite reinforced with B4C particulates were investigated. A center particle swarm optimization algorithm (CenterPSO) is proposed to predict the optimal process conditions in fabrication of aluminum matrix composites. Unlike other ordinary particles, the center particle has no explicit velocity and is set to the center of the swarm at every iteration. Other aspects of the center particle are the same as that of the ordinary particle, such as fitness evaluation and competition for the best particle of the swarm. Because the center of the swarm is a promising position, the center particle generally gets good fitness value. More importantly, due to frequent appearance as the best particle of swarm, it often attracts other particles and guides the search direction of the whole swarm.

  10. High-temperature ultrasonic characterization of the mechanical and microstructural behavior of a fibrous composite with a magnesium lithium aluminum silicate glass-ceramic matrix

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    Cutard, T.; Huger, M.; Fargeot, D.; Gault, C.

    1996-04-01

    The mechanical behavior and the microstructural modifications of a SiC-fiber-reinforced magnesium lithium aluminum silicate glass-ceramic (SiC/MASL) have been characterized by ultrasonic measurement of uniaxial Young`s modulus at high temperature. Under vacuum, long isothermal agings in the 750--1,000 C temperature range have shown matrix modifications in terms of crystallization of residual glassy phases, and of phase transformations in the Li{sub 2}O-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}-SiO{sub 2} system. In air, long isothermal agings performed under the same conditions have led to the same matrix transformations but in competition with oxidation mechanisms of the carbon fiber-matrix interphase. All of these matrix and/or interface transformations have been confirmed by X-ray diffraction analysis, scanning electron microscopy, scanning acoustic microscopy, and microindentation tests.

  11. Effect of volume fraction of AlN particle on superplasticity of AlN/6061 aluminum alloy composite

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    Imai, Tsunemichi; Kojima, Sumito; L`Esperance, G.; Hong, B.; Jiang, D.

    1996-11-15

    Ceramic whisker or particulate reinforced aluminum alloy composites which exhibit higher elastic modulus and tensile strength, excellent heat resistance and wear resistance, high thermal conductivity and can produce high strain rate superplasticity (HSRS), are expected to have application in engine and wear resistant components and even in semi-conductor packaging for the automobile and aerospace industries. The purpose of this study is to examine the effect of volume fraction of AlN on HSRS behavior of an AlN particulate reinforced 6061 aluminum alloy composite and the maximum volume fraction by which the HSRS could produce in order to understand the deformation mechanism of the HSRS.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. Wetting and Reaction Characteristics of Al2O3/SiC Composite Refractories By Molten Aluminum and Aluminum Alloy

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    Hemrick, James Gordon; Xu, Jing; Peters, Klaus-Markus; Liu, Xingbo; Barbero, Ever J

    2007-01-01

    The reactive wetting behavior in molten aluminum (Al) and Al alloy was investigated for alumina-silicon carbide composite refractory materials using an optimized sessile drop method at 900oC in a purified Ar-4% H2 atmosphere. The time dependent behavior of the contact angle and drop geometry was monitored and the wetting kinetics were determined. The initial contact angle between the liquid Al/Al alloy and the refractory substrates was found to be greater than 90 and to gradually decrease with time. For two of the materials, it was found that the contact angles decreased to and angle less than 90 by the end of the two-hour test. For the third material, the contact angle was still greater than 90 at the conclusion of the two-hour test. The difference in wetting properties among the three types of refractories is attributed to their microstructural and compositional variations. The effect of magnesium in the molten Al alloy drops on the wetting kinetics and the reaction with the refractory substrates are also discussed. The results obtained provide important understanding of the wetting and corrosion mechanisms of alumina and silicon carbide materials in contact with molten aluminum.

  15. 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.

  16. Wear products that form during tribological tests of aluminum-matrix composite materials

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    Kalashnikov, I. E.; Bolotova, L. K.; Kobeleva, L. I.; Bykov, P. A.; Kolmakov, A. G.

    2015-04-01

    The wear products and the friction surfaces of the composite materials fabricated by reactive casting after the addition of commercial-purity aluminum AD1, titanium and nickel powders, and nanosized modifiers to a matrix melt are studied. The dispersity and the chemical composition of the wear products that form an intermediate layer between the contacting surfaces are analyzed, and the dominating wear mechanisms under experimental tribological loading conditions are determined. It is shown that the formation of such a disperse intermediate layer during lubricant-free friction of the synthesized composite materials decreases the temperature in the tribological contact and ensures a transition from weak to intense wear at higher critical loads.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  1. Characteristics of aluminum-reinforced ?-LiAlO2 matrices for molten carbonate fuel cells

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    Lee, Jong-Jin; Choi, Hyun-Jong; Hyun, Sang-Hoon; Im, Hee-Chun

    2008-05-01

    A key component in molten carbonate fuel cells (MCFCs) is the electrolyte matrix, which provides both ionic conduction and gas sealing. During initial MCFC stack start-up and operation (650 C), the matrix experiences both mechanical and thermal stresses as a result of the difference in thermal expansion coefficients between the LiAlO2 ceramic particles and the carbonate electrolyte that causes cracking of the matrix. A pure ?-LiAlO2 matrix, however, has poor mechanical strength and low thermal expansion coefficients. In this study, fine ?-LiAlO2 powders and pure Al (3/20/50 ?m)/Li2CO3 particles are used as a matrix and as reinforcing materials, respectively. The Al phase transforms completely into ?-LiAlO2 at 650 C within 10 h. The mechanical strength of these matrices (283.48 gf mm-2) increases nearly threefold relative to that of a pure ?-LiAlO2 matrix (104.01 gf mm-2). The mismatch of the thermal expansion coefficient between the matrix and electrolyte phases can be controlled by adding Al particles, which results in improved thermal stability in the initial heating-up step. In unit-cell and thermal-cycling tests, the optimized matrix demonstrates superior performance over pure ?-LiAlO2 matrices.

  2. Method for embedding optical fibers in an aluminum matrix by ultrasonic consolidation.

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    Kong, Choon Yen; Soar, Rupert

    2005-10-20

    The overall aim of the research, part of which is outlined in this paper, was to utilize the ultrasonic consolidation (UC) process for the fabrication of smart metal structures, capable of measuring an external stimulus and responding to this stimulus by adapting its structure accordingly through embedding both active and passive functional elements. This paper presents a fundamental study of embedding methods for the fabrication of optical fibers embedded within aluminum structures. The methods considered in this paper produced embedded optical fiber specimens in which large amounts of plastic flow were observed within the matrix. The matrix material deformed around the fibers, resulting in fully embedded optical fibers capable of transmitting a bright light source and without damaging the fibers. Based on light responses, a general process window was drawn to show the range at which optical fibers can be embedded within aluminum structures using the UC process. The outcomes lay down initial investigative principles for the further development of the technology for embedding or cladding of optical fiber sensors, such as fiber Bragg grating devices, within or on metal structures: for example, the cladding of large free-form metal structures or smart "skinned" metal foam or metal honeycomb structures. PMID:16252642

  3. Jet Electrochemical Machining of Particle Reinforced Aluminum Matrix Composites with Different Neutral Electrolytes

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    Hackert-Oschätzchen, M.; Lehnert, N.; Martin, A.; Schubert, A.

    2016-03-01

    Conventional mechanical machining of particle reinforced aluminum matrix composites (AMCs) is challenging because the hard ceramic particles in the soft aluminum matrix lead to an increased tool wear. Furthermore, the mechanical and thermal impact during conventional machining affects the microstructure of the AMCs. Electrochemical machining (ECM) is an alternative method to machine AMCs. Based on anodic dissolution, ECM has a slight influence on the work piece material structure and is independent of material strength and hardness. So the microstructure of the work piece remains unaffected. One method of ECM is electrochemical machining with continuous electrolytic free jet (Jet-ECM). Hereby the electrochemical removal is localized by the geometry of the electrolyte jet. By moving the electrolyte jet micro-structures and microgeometries can be generated quickly and flexibly in metallic parts [1]. Another advantage of Jet-ECM is the low consumption of electrolyte which allows an easy and inexpensive change of electrolyte for investigations with different types of electrolyte. In this study AMCs reinforced with different amounts of SiC-particles are machined with two pH-neutral electrolytes using Jet-ECM. The results provide information about the suitability of the selected electrolytes for the machining of AMCs. In addition, the influence of the particle content on the electrochemical removal result will be evaluated.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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

  7. 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.

  8. Retention and release of tritium in aluminum clad, Al-Li alloys

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    Louthan, M.R. Jr.

    1991-12-31

    Tritium retention in and release from aluminum clad, aluminum-lithium alloys is modeled from experimental and operational data developed during the thirty plus years of tritium production at the Savannah River Site. The model assumes that tritium atoms, formed by the {sup 6}Li(n,{alpha}){sup 3}He reaction, are produced in solid solution in the Al-Li alloy. Because of the low solubility of hydrogen isotopes in aluminum alloys, the irradiated Al-Li rapidly becomes supersaturated in tritium. Newly produced tritium atoms are trapped by lithium atoms to form a lithium tritide. The effective tritium pressure required for trap or tritide stability is the equilibrium decomposition pressure of tritium over a lithium tritide-aluminum mixture. The temperature dependence of tritium release is determined by the permeability of the cladding to tritium and the local equilibrium at the trap sites. This model is used to calculate tritium release from aluminum clad, aluminum-lithium alloys. 9 refs., 3 figs.

  9. Retention and release of tritium in aluminum clad, Al-Li alloys

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    Louthan, M.R. Jr.

    1991-01-01

    Tritium retention in and release from aluminum clad, aluminum-lithium alloys is modeled from experimental and operational data developed during the thirty plus years of tritium production at the Savannah River Site. The model assumes that tritium atoms, formed by the {sup 6}Li(n,{alpha}){sup 3}He reaction, are produced in solid solution in the Al-Li alloy. Because of the low solubility of hydrogen isotopes in aluminum alloys, the irradiated Al-Li rapidly becomes supersaturated in tritium. Newly produced tritium atoms are trapped by lithium atoms to form a lithium tritide. The effective tritium pressure required for trap or tritide stability is the equilibrium decomposition pressure of tritium over a lithium tritide-aluminum mixture. The temperature dependence of tritium release is determined by the permeability of the cladding to tritium and the local equilibrium at the trap sites. This model is used to calculate tritium release from aluminum clad, aluminum-lithium alloys. 9 refs., 3 figs.

  10. Effect of deformation temperature on the mechanical behavior and deformation mechanisms of Al-Al[sub 2]O[sub 3] metal matrix composites

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    Mazen, A.A. . Dept. of Engineering)

    1999-08-01

    Aluminum-alumina (Al-Al[sub 2]O[sub 3]) metal matrix composite (MMC) materials were fabricated using the powder metallurgy (PM) techniques of hot pressing followed by hot extrusion. Different reinforcement weight fractions were used, that is, 0, 2.5, 5, and 10 wt% Al[sub 2]O[sub 3]. The effect of deformation temperature was investigated through hot tensile deformation conducted at different temperatures. The microstructures of the tested specimens were also investigated to characterize the operative softening mechanisms. The yield and tensile strength of the Al-Al[sub 2]O[sub 3] were found to improve as a function of reinforcement weight fraction. With the exception of Al-10wt%Al[sub 2]O[sub 3], the MMC showed better strength and behavior at high temperatures than the unreinforced matrix. The uniform deformation range was found to decrease for the same reinforcement weight fraction, as a function of temperature. For the same deformation temperature, it increases as a function of reinforcement weight fraction. Both dynamic recovery and dynamic recrystallization were found to be operative in Al-Al[sub 2]O[sub 3] MMC as a function of deformation temperature. Dynamic recovery is dominant in the lower temperature range, while dynamic recrystallization is more dominant at the higher range. The increase in reinforcement weight fraction was found to lead to early nucleation of recrystallization. No direct relationship was established as far as the number of grains nucleated due to each reinforcement particle.

  11. In situ fabrication and properties of AlN dispersion strengthened 2024 aluminum alloy

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    Yang, Wei-wei; Guo, Zhi-meng; Guo, Lei-chen; Cao, Hui-qin; Luo, Ji; Ye, An-ping

    2014-12-01

    Nanoscaled aluminum nitride (AlN) dispersion strengthened 2024 aluminum alloy was fabricated using a novel approach in which Al-Mg-Cu compacts were partially nitrided in flowing nitrogen gas. The compacts were subsequently consolidated by sintering and hot extrusion. The microstructure and mechanical properties of the material were preliminarily investigated. Transmission electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction results revealed that AlN particles were generated by the nitridation of Al-Mg-Cu compacts. The material exhibited excellent mechanical properties after hot extrusion and heat treatment. The ultimate tensile and yield strengths of the extruded samples containing 8.92vol% AlN with the T6 heat treatment were 675 and 573 MPa, respectively.

  12. 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.

  13. Effects of diffusion on aluminum depletion and degradation of NiAl coatings

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    Smialek, J. L.; Lowell, C. E.

    1974-01-01

    Experiments were performed to critically demonstrate the effects of diffusion on the aluminum depletion and degradation of NiAl coatings on superalloys. Pack aluminized IN 100 and Mar-M200 were diffusion annealed in 5 mtorr vacuum at 1100 C for 300 hr. Aluminum losses due to oxidation and vaporization were minimal. Metallographic and electron microprobe analyses showed considerable interdiffusion of the coating with the substrate, which caused a large decrease in the original aluminum level of the coating. Subsequent cyclic furnace oxidation tests were performed at 1100 C using 1 hr cycles on prediffused and as-coated specimens. The prediffusion treatment decreased the oxidation and as-coated specimens. The prediffusion treatment decreased the oxidation protection for both alloys, but more dramatically for IN 100. Identical oxidation tests of bulk NiAl, where such diffusion effects are precluded, showed no signs of degradation at twice the time needed to degrade the coated superalloys.

  14. 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.

  15. Internal friction in AlCu-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} metal matrix composites

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    Parrini, L.; Schaller, R.

    1994-12-31

    In MMC`s the metal matrix is exposed to plastic deformation and damage accumulation in the region close to the reinforcements, following mechanical or thermal stress. In this connection, Al-4%Cu based MMC`s reinforced with 20% Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} fibers were characterized by internal friction (IF) measurements. IF measurements as a function of the vibration amplitude present a solid friction peak connected with interfaces loosening, while plastic deformation was associated with a high amplitude IF background. On this basis, IF measurements allowed the authors to identify the distribution of internal stresses and damage accumulation at matrix-fiber interfaces or plastic flow in the matrix in different thermomechanical conditions. Furthermore, IF measurements allowed damage accumulation consequent to mechanical fatigue to be followed.

  16. Aluminum diffusion in Al-implanted AISI 321 stainless steel using accelerator-based characterization techniques

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    Noli, F.; Misaelides, P.; Bethge, K.

    1998-04-01

    The aluminum diffusion in near-surface layers of Al-implanted AISI 321 austenitic stainless steel (Fe/Cr18/Ni8/Ti) was studied using ion beam analysis techniques. The implanted samples were investigated at temperatures between 450°C and 650°C (treatment times up to 144 h in vacuum and in air). The Al-profiles were determined by the 992 keV resonance of the 27Al(p,γ) 28Si nuclear reaction as well as by 4He +-Rutherford Backscattering Spectrometry (RBS). The experimental diffusion coefficients, obtained during this study using Fick's second law, were compared with corresponding literature concerning the aluminum diffusion in other relevant metallic materials. The determination of the depth profiles contributes to the interpretation of the high temperature oxidation behavior of Al-implanted stainless steel surfaces.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. Formation of a well ordered ultrathin aluminum oxide film on icosahedral AlPdMn quasicrystal

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    Longchamp, J.-N.; Burkardt, S.; Weisskopf, Y.; Erbudak, M.

    2007-09-01

    We have exposed the pentagonal surface of icosahedral AlPdMn quasicrystal kept at 700 K to several hundred langmuirs of O{sub 2}, which results in the formation of a 5 A thick, well ordered aluminum oxide film. The local structure of the film resembles that of the oxide layers formed on ordered binary alloys of Al except that the quasicrystalline substrate makes the film consist of five pairs of nanometer-size aluminum oxide domains exposing their nominal (111) faces parallel to the substrate surface and rotated by 72 deg. with respect to each other. The orientational relationship between these domains and the substrate is a consequence of the affinity of the icosahedral structure of AlPdMn to the CsCl structure.

  20. The mechanical response of ceramic microballoon reinforced aluminum matrix composites under compressive loading

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    Kiser, M.; He, M.Y.; Zok, F.W. . Materials Dept.)

    1999-07-09

    An investigation is performed on the mechanical response of a family of ceramic microballoon reinforced aluminum matrix composites under both uniaxial compression and constrained die compression loadings. The key material parameters that are varied are the matrix strength and the ratio of wall thickness t to radius R of the microballoons. Uniaxial compressive failure initiates at relative small strains ([approx] 1--2%) and occurs through a process of crushing and collapse of the material within a localized deformation band. Under constrained die conditions, localization is suppressed and the flow stress increases monotonically with increasing strain. The latter response is well described by Gurson's constitutive law for plastic yielding of porous ductile metals, with an effective strength that depends on the relative wall thickness, t/R. Furthermore, the energy absorption capacity ([approx] 60--70 MJ/m[sup 3]) is extremely high in comparison with values that are typical of metal foams. The results suggest that the microballoon composites may be attractive for applications requiring a high resistance to penetration by projectiles or other forms of local intrusion, in combination with a high compressive strength.

  1. 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.

  2. Combustion synthesis of metal-matrix composites. Part 3: The Al-TiC-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} system

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    Kunrath, A.O.; Strohaecker, T.R.; Moore, J.J.

    1996-01-15

    The principle of combustion synthesis to produce metal matrix composites has been outlined in earlier papers. Applying pressure either during or immediately after the reaction is completed is the most commonly used method to achieve high densification of the synthesized products. Some advanced ceramics (TiC and TiB{sub 2}) have been reported to achieve up to 95% of theoretical density using this technique. The current research is a continuation of the work on the TiC-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}-Al system, in which an excess amount of liquid aluminum is generated by the exothermic reaction and infiltrates the pores of the ceramic matrix improving the densification of the product. The current research is aimed at synthesizing high volume fractions, i.e., > 50%, metal matrix composites using the SHS reaction. The stability of this reaction is inversely proportional to the excess amount of the metal phase added to the reactants, i.e. xAl. The excess Al acts as a diluent, taking heat from the reaction front, and making it difficult to ignite and/or sustain the reaction in pellets with stoichiometries of high volume fractions of metal. For this reason, the simultaneous combustion (thermal explosion) mode was chosen to perform the synthesis reaction and in which the whole pellet is heated to the ignition temperature.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. The metal-organic framework MIL-53(Al) constructed from multiple metal sources: alumina, aluminum hydroxide, and boehmite.

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    Li, Zehua; Wu, Yi-nan; Li, Jie; Zhang, Yiming; Zou, Xin; Li, Fengting

    2015-04-27

    Three aluminum compounds, namely alumina, aluminum hydroxide, and boehmite, are probed as the metal sources for the hydrothermal synthesis of a typical metal-organic framework MIL-53(Al). The process exhibits enhanced synthetic efficiency without the generation of strongly acidic byproducts. The time-course monitoring of conversion from different aluminum sources into MIL-53(Al) is achieved by multiple characterization that reveals a similar but differentiated crystallinity, porosity, and morphology relative to typical MIL-53(Al) prepared from water-soluble aluminum salts. Moreover, the prepared MIL-53(Al) constructed with the three insoluble aluminum sources exhibit an improved thermal stability of up to nearly 600 °C and enhanced yields. Alumina and boehmite are more preferable than aluminum hydroxide in terms of product porosity, yield, and reaction time. The adsorption performances of a typical environmental endocrine disruptor, dimethyl phthalate, on the prepared MIL-53(Al) samples are also investigated. The improved structural stability of MIL-53(Al) prepared from these alternative aluminum sources enables double-enhanced adsorption performance (up to 206 mg g(-1)) relative to the conventionally obtained MIL-53(Al). PMID:25756851

  7. 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

    1992-09-01

    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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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 μm, ~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 μm, 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 μm coarse products, which are smaller than the original, average particle size and are also 66% smaller in diameter (96% by volume) than the 76 μm 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.

  10. Plastic inhomogeneity and easy glide of aluminum and Al-Al{sub 3}Ni eutectic alloy with [111] fiber texture

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    Uan, J.Y.; Lui, T.S.; Chen, L.H.

    1997-02-01

    An aluminum of commercial purity and a directionally solidified Al-Al{sub 3}Ni eutectic alloy were extruded to obtain [111] fiber texture. Tensile testings were then performed at room temperature and 500 C with the tensile direction parallel to the fiber axis. Similar to stage I tensile deformation of single crystals, the room temperature flow curve of the pure aluminum and that of the Al-Al{sub 3}Ni alloy with pure intergranular particles reveal plateau-like flow behavior at the initial stage of yielding. For the latter deformed at 500 C, the flow curve shows superior elongation with ideal plastic behavior following the initial work-hardening stage. The above results are associated with plastic inhomogeneity with which primary slip occurs in limited subgrains and dislocation activities in most subgrains are extremely low or absent. This plastic inhomogeneity can be rationalized by comparing the Taylor factors of primary slip and multiple slip for the subgrains of different misorientations. Also, as discussed in this paper, the influence of the Portevin-LeChatelier effect on the above results can be neglected if it exists.

  11. Crack initiation and growth toughness of an aluminum metal-matrix composite

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    Manoharan, M.; Lewandowski, J. J.

    1990-01-01

    The effects of systematic changes in matrix microstructure on crack initiation and growth toughnesses were determined on an Al-Zn-Mg-Cu alloy containing 0, 15, 20 percent by volume of SiC particulates. Materials were heat treated to underaged (UA) and overaged (OA) conditions of equivalent matrix microhardness and flow stress. Although both the fracture initiation and growth toughnesses, as measured by JIc and tearing modulus, were similar for the unreinforced materials in the UA and OA conditions, significant effects of microstructure on both JIc and tearing modulus were observed in the composites. SEM and TEM observations of fracture paths in the two conditions are utilized to rationalize these observations in light of existing theories of ductile fracture propagation.

  12. 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.

  13. Single crystalline AlN film formed by direct nitridation of sapphire using aluminum oxynitride buffer

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    Nakao, Wataru; Fukuyama, Hiroyuki

    2003-12-01

    A noble method forming single crystalline AlN films has been developed as a new substrate for blue/UV light emitters. Sapphire substrates have been nitrided by appropriate CO-N 2 gas mixtures saturated with graphite based on the chemical potential diagram of the Al-N-O-C system. The nitrided surface of sapphire consists of consecutive layers of AlN and ?-aluminum oxynitride (?-ALON) with low-level dislocation density, where the ?-ALON layer spontaneously forms as an equilibrium phase and acts as a buffer. The lattice mismatch between sapphire substrate and AlN layer has been effectively reduced by using the ?-ALON buffer, which significantly attributes to the growth of single crystalline AlN.

  14. Epitaxial growth of aluminum nitride on AlGaN by reactive sputtering at low temperature

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    Duquenne, C.; Djouadi, M. A.; Tessier, P. Y.; Jouan, P. Y.; Besland, M. P.; Brylinski, C.; Aubry, R.; Delage, S.

    2008-08-04

    We report the synthesis of 1 {mu}m thick single crystalline aluminum nitride films by dc magnetron sputtering on AlGaN/GaN layer grown on sapphire substrate at low temperature (substrate temperature <250 deg. C). The microstructure of c-axis oriented AlN films deposited on Si (100) and AlGaN <0001> substrates was studied by x-ray diffraction, selected area electron diffraction, and transmission electron microscopy. The optimization of process parameters, involving low energetic ion bombardment on film surface (20-30 eV) during the growth, leads to an increase in the surface mobility and thus promotes AlN epitaxial growth on AlGaN substrate at 250 deg. C.

  15. 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

  16. 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

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

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    Osorio, Julin D.; Giraldo, Juliana; Hernndez, Juan C.; Toro, Alejandro; Hernndez-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 Damkhler 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 , following the diffusion control mechanism. At later times, however, the presence of other oxides and additional kinetics modify the diffusive exponent.

  18. Dissociation of H{sub 2} on carbon doped aluminum cluster Al{sub 6}C

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    Yang, Huihui; Zhang, Yan; Chen, Hongshan

    2014-08-14

    The dissociation of H{sub 2} 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 H{sub 2} on carbon doping aluminum cluster Al{sub 6}C. The study shows that doping carbon into aluminum cluster can significantly change the electronic structure and increase the stability. Al{sub 6}C has a few stable isomers with close energies and their structures are quite flexible. The molecular adsorption of H{sub 2} on Al{sub 6}C is very weak, but the H{sub 2} 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 H{sub 2}, 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.

  19. Environment enhanced fatigue of advanced aluminum alloys and metal matrix composites

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    Slavik, Donald C.; Gangloff, Richard P.

    1991-01-01

    The environmental fatigue crack propagation behavior of advanced Al-Li-Cu based alloys and metal matrix composites is being characterized. Aqueous NaCl and water vapor, which produce atomic hydrogen by reactions on clean crack surfaces, are emphasized. The effects of environment sensitive crack closure, stress ratio, and precipitate microstructure are assessed. Mechanistic models are sought for intrinsic crack tip damage processes to enable predictions of cracking behavior outside of the data, metallurgical improvements in material cracking resistance, and insight on hydrogen compatibility.

  20. 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.

  1. Laser direct marking applied to rasterizing miniature Data Matrix Code on aluminum alloy

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    Li, Xia-Shuang; He, Wei-Ping; Lei, Lei; Wang, Jian; Guo, Gai-Fang; Zhang, Teng-Yun; Yue, Ting

    2016-03-01

    Precise miniaturization of 2D Data Matrix (DM) Codes on Aluminum alloy formed by raster mode laser direct part marking is demonstrated. The characteristic edge over-burn effects, which render vector mode laser direct part marking inadequate for producing precise and readable miniature codes, are minimized with raster mode laser marking. To obtain the control mechanism for the contrast and print growth of miniature DM code by raster laser marking process, the temperature field model of long pulse laser interaction with material is established. From the experimental results, laser average power and Q frequency have an important effect on the contrast and print growth of miniature DM code, and the threshold of laser average power and Q frequency for an identifiable miniature DM code are respectively 3.6 W and 110 kHz, which matches the model well within normal operating conditions. In addition, the empirical model of correlation occurring between laser marking parameters and module size is also obtained, and the optimal processing parameter values for an identifiable miniature DM code of different but certain data size are given. It is also found that an increase of the repeat scanning number effectively improves the surface finish of bore, the appearance consistency of modules, which has benefit to reading. The reading quality of miniature DM code is greatly improved using ultrasonic cleaning in water by avoiding the interference of color speckles surrounding modules.

  2. 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 Hg(0) on the sorbent media, the analytical bias test on tube 3 spiked with Hg(0) 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

  3. 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

  4. Evaluation of the Technical-Economic Potential of Particle- Reinforced Aluminum Matrix Composites and Electrochemical Machining

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    Schubert, A.; Götze, U.; Hackert-Oschätzchen, M.; Lehnert, N.; Herold, F.; Meichsner, G.; Schmidt, A.

    2016-03-01

    Compared to conventional cutting, the processing of materials by electrochemical machining offers some technical advantages like high surface quality, no thermal or mechanical impact on the work piece and preservation of the microstructure of the work piece material. From the economic point of view, the possibility of process parallelization and the absence of any process-related tool wear are mentionable advantages of electrochemical machining. In this study, based on experimental results, it will be evaluated to what extent the electrochemical machining is technically and economically suitable for the finish-machining of particle- reinforced aluminum matrix composites (AMCs). Initial studies showed that electrochemical machining - in contrast to other machining processes - has the potential to fulfil demanding requirements regarding precision and surface quality of products or components especially when applied to AMCs. In addition, the investigations show that processing of AMCs by electrochemical machining requires less energy than the electrochemical machining of stainless steel. Therefore, an evaluation of electrochemically machined AMCs - compared to stainless steel - from a technical and an economic perspective will be presented in this paper. The results show the potential of electro-chemically machined AMCs and contribute to the enhancement of instruments for technical-economic evaluations as well as a comprehensive innovation control.

  5. Modification Performance of WC Nanoparticles in Aluminum and an Al-Si Casting Alloy

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    Borodianskiy, Konstantin; Zinigrad, Michael

    2016-04-01

    The influence of a modifier based on tungsten carbide (WC) nanoparticles is investigated first using 1 kg of bulk aluminum and then in a real industrial process using a commercial Al-Si casting alloy. The modifier is prepared by two different approaches, and its influence is investigated in pure aluminum and in commercial aluminum alloy A356. Microstructural studies show that the mean grain size in pure aluminum is reduced by 11.5 pct. Such a change usually causes an improvement in the mechanical properties of metals. Accordingly, the mechanical properties of the A356 alloy modified with WC nanoparticles are determined after T6 heat treatment and compared with unmodified specimens of the same alloy. The results obtained in the modified A356 alloy reveal unusual behavior of the mechanical properties, where the elongation of the alloys improved by 32 to 64 pct, while the tensile strength and yield strength remained unchanged. This behavior is attributable to a grain-size strengthening mechanism, where strengthening occurs due to the high concentration of grain boundaries, which act as obstacles to the motion of dislocations in the lattice.

  6. Modification Performance of WC Nanoparticles in Aluminum and an Al-Si Casting Alloy

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    Borodianskiy, Konstantin; Zinigrad, Michael

    2016-01-01

    The influence of a modifier based on tungsten carbide (WC) nanoparticles is investigated first using 1 kg of bulk aluminum and then in a real industrial process using a commercial Al-Si casting alloy. The modifier is prepared by two different approaches, and its influence is investigated in pure aluminum and in commercial aluminum alloy A356. Microstructural studies show that the mean grain size in pure aluminum is reduced by 11.5 pct. Such a change usually causes an improvement in the mechanical properties of metals. Accordingly, the mechanical properties of the A356 alloy modified with WC nanoparticles are determined after T6 heat treatment and compared with unmodified specimens of the same alloy. The results obtained in the modified A356 alloy reveal unusual behavior of the mechanical properties, where the elongation of the alloys improved by 32 to 64 pct, while the tensile strength and yield strength remained unchanged. This behavior is attributable to a grain-size strengthening mechanism, where strengthening occurs due to the high concentration of grain boundaries, which act as obstacles to the motion of dislocations in the lattice.

  7. 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

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

    Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

    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...

  9. Spark Plasma Sintering of Aluminum-Magnesium-Matrix Composites with Boron Carbide and Tungsten Nano-powder Inclusions: Modeling and Experimentation

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    Dvilis, E. S.; Khasanov, O. L.; Gulbin, V. N.; Petyukevich, M. S.; Khasanov, A. O.; Olevsky, E. A.

    2016-03-01

    Spark-plasma sintering (SPS) is used to fabricate fully-dense metal-matrix (Al/Mg) composites containing hard ceramic (boron carbide) and refractory metal (tungsten) inclusions. The study objectives include the modeling (and its experimental verification) of the process of the consolidation of the composites consisted of aluminum-magnesium alloy AMg6 (65 wt.%), B4C powder (15 wt.%), and W nano-powder (20 wt.%), as well as the optimization of the composite content and of the SPS conditions to achieve higher density. Discrete element modeling of the composite particles packing based on the particle size distribution functions of real powders is utilized for the determination of the powder compositions rendering maximum mixture packing densities. Two models: a power-law creep model of the high temperature deformation of powder materials, and an empirical logarithmic pressure-temperature-relative density relationship are successfully applied for the description of the densification of the aluminum-magnesium metal matrix powder composite subjected to spark-plasma sintering. The elastoplastic properties of the sintered composite samples are assessed by nanoindentation.

  10. Spark Plasma Sintering of Aluminum-Magnesium-Matrix Composites with Boron Carbide and Tungsten Nano-powder Inclusions: Modeling and Experimentation

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    Dvilis, E. S.; Khasanov, O. L.; Gulbin, V. N.; Petyukevich, M. S.; Khasanov, A. O.; Olevsky, E. A.

    2016-01-01

    Spark-plasma sintering (SPS) is used to fabricate fully-dense metal-matrix (Al/Mg) composites containing hard ceramic (boron carbide) and refractory metal (tungsten) inclusions. The study objectives include the modeling (and its experimental verification) of the process of the consolidation of the composites consisted of aluminum-magnesium alloy AMg6 (65 wt.%), B4C powder (15 wt.%), and W nano-powder (20 wt.%), as well as the optimization of the composite content and of the SPS conditions to achieve higher density. Discrete element modeling of the composite particles packing based on the particle size distribution functions of real powders is utilized for the determination of the powder compositions rendering maximum mixture packing densities. Two models: a power-law creep model of the high temperature deformation of powder materials, and an empirical logarithmic pressure-temperature-relative density relationship are successfully applied for the description of the densification of the aluminum-magnesium metal matrix powder composite subjected to spark-plasma sintering. The elastoplastic properties of the sintered composite samples are assessed by nanoindentation.

  11. 49 CFR Appendix C to Part 180 - Eddy Current Examination With Visual Inspection for DOT 3AL Cylinders Manufactured of Aluminum...

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-10-01

    ... for DOT 3AL Cylinders Manufactured of Aluminum Alloy 6351-T6 C Appendix C to Part 180 Transportation... Cylinders Manufactured of Aluminum Alloy 6351-T6 1. Examination Procedure. Each facility performing eddy... ring and probe for each DOT-3AL cylinder manufactured of aluminum alloy 6351-T6 to be inspected must...

  12. 49 CFR Appendix C to Part 180 - Eddy Current Examination With Visual Inspection for DOT 3AL Cylinders Manufactured of Aluminum...

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-10-01

    ... for DOT 3AL Cylinders Manufactured of Aluminum Alloy 6351-T6 C Appendix C to Part 180 Transportation... Cylinders Manufactured of Aluminum Alloy 6351-T6 1. Examination Procedure. Each facility performing eddy... ring and probe for each DOT-3AL cylinder manufactured of aluminum alloy 6351-T6 to be inspected must...

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

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-10-01

    ... for DOT 3AL Cylinders Manufactured of Aluminum Alloy 6351-T6 C Appendix C to Part 180 Transportation... Cylinders Manufactured of Aluminum Alloy 6351-T6 1. Examination Procedure. Each facility performing eddy... ring and probe for each DOT-3AL cylinder manufactured of aluminum alloy 6351-T6 to be inspected must...

  14. 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 μm.

  15. Brazing 6061 aluminum alloy with Al-Si-Zn filler metals containing Sr

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    Dai, Wei; Xue, Song-bai; Ji, Feng; Lou, Jiang; Sun, Bo; Wang, Shui-qing

    2013-04-01

    Al-6.5Si-42Zn and Al-6.5Si-42Zn-0.09Sr filler metals were used for brazing 6061 aluminum alloy. Air cooling and water cooling were applied after brazing. Si phase morphologies in the brazing alloy and the brazed joints were investigated. It was found that zinc in the Al-Si filler metals could reduce the formation of eutectic Al-Si phase and lower the brazing temperature at about 520C. Adding 0.09wt% Sr element into the Al-6.5Si-42Zn alloy caused ?-Al phase refinement and transformed acicular Si phase into the finely fiber-like. After water cooling, Zn element dissolved into the Al-Si eutectic area, and ?-Zn phase disappeared in the brazed joints. Tensile strength testing results showed that the Sr-modified filler metal could enhance the strength of the brazed joints by 13% than Al-12Si, while water-cooling further improved the strength at 144 MPa.

  16. 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.

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

    DOEpatents

    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).

  18. 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 structurewear behavior of the processed composites.

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

    PubMed

    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

  20. Chemical interactions in the aluminum-carbon and aluminum-silicon carbide systems

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    Maruyama, Benji; Ohuchi, Fumio S.; Rabenberg, L.

    1990-01-01

    XPS was used to investigate the influence of O2 and H2O on the formation of aluminum carbide at Al-C and Al-SiC interfaces. It was determined that dosing the interfaces with H2O catalyzed the formation of aluminum carbide in both systems. This result is consistent with the oxidation model of carbide formation (developed to understand the kinetics of aluminum carbide formation at graphite-aluminum interfaces). These results imply that the formation of aluminum carbide in graphite- and SiC-reinforced metal-matrix composites, which severely degrades the composite mechanical properties by degrading the fiber and interface strength is catalyzed.

  1. 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 AlSiC 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 5080 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 575C 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.

  2. Pulse laser processing of a SiC/Al-alloy metal matrix composite

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    Dahotre, N.B.; McCay, M.H.; McCay, T.D.; Gopinathan, S. ); Allard, L.F. )

    1991-03-01

    The microstructural changes and the tensile behavior of laser processed A356-Al alloy matrix composites reinforced with 10 and 20 vol. % SiC particulates are characterized. The autogenous bead-on-plate welds were made using a pulsed CO{sub 2} laser operating at a peak power level of 3.2 kW. The pulse on-time was constant at 20 ms and the off-time was varied from 20 to 2 msec (duty cycles of 50--91%). The microstructure of the laser melted region was investigated by optical, scanning, and transmission electron microscopy, and x-ray microchemical analysis techniques. The extent of microstructural changes varied directly with duty cycle, i.e., being a maximum for the longest (91%) duty cycles. Pulsed laser processing produced partial to complete dissolution of SiC particles and sometimes resulted in the formation of aluminum carbide. The associated rapid cooling also produced a fine distribution of nonequilibrium complex precipitates. In addition, the laser energy modified the SiC surface both physically and chemically. The results of tensile tests indicated that the modified SiC and the distribution of fine nonequilibrium precipitates enhance the mechanical properties of the laser processed composites. Optimum changes in microstructure and mechanical properties were obtained in the composites processed with intermediate (67 and 74%) duty cycles; therefore pulsed processing appears to be a strong candidate for successful joining of these MMCs.

  3. Al4H7? is a resilient building block for aluminum hydrogen cluster materials

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    Roach, P. J.; Reber, A. C.; Woodward, W. H.; Khanna, S. N.; Castleman, A. W.

    2007-01-01

    The formation and oxygen etching of AlnHm? clusters are characterized in a flow reactor experiment with first-principles theoretical investigations to demonstrate the exceptional stability of Al4H7?. The origin of the preponderance of Al4H7? in the mass spectra of hydrogenated aluminum anions and its resistance to O2 etching are discussed. Al4H7? is shown to have the ability to bond with ionic partners to form stable hydrides through addition of an alkali atom [XAl4H7 (X = Li-Cs)]. An intuitive model that can predict the existence of stable hydrogenated cluster species is proposed. The potential synthetic utility of the superatom assemblies built on these units is addressed. PMID:17823245

  4. Al-Si-Mn Alloy Coating on Aluminum Substrate Using Cold Metal Transfer (CMT) Welding Technique

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    Rajeev, G. P.; Kamaraj, M.; Bakshi, S. R.

    2014-06-01

    The cold metal transfer (CMT) process was explored as a weld overlay technique for synthesizing Al-Si-Mn alloy coating on a commercially pure Al plate. The effect of welding speed on the bead geometry, deposition rate, and the dilution were studied and the best parameter was used to synthesize the coatings. The CMT process can be used to produce thick coatings (>2.5 mm) without porosity and with low dilution levels. The Vickers hardness number of the Al substrate increased from 28 in the bulk to 57 in the coating. It is suggested that the CMT process can be an effective and energy-efficient technique for depositing thick coatings and is useful in weld repair of aluminum alloy components.

  5. The abrasive wear properties of Al-Mg-Si3N4 metal matrix composites

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    Wang, Shou-Ren; Sun, Bin; Geng, Hao-Ran; Wang, Ying-Zi

    2006-10-01

    One kind of three-dimensional network structure, reinforced aluminum magnesium matrix composites, has been prepared by pressure-assisted and vacuum-driven infiltration technology. The composites interpenetrated with ceramic have higher wear resistance than the metal matrix owing to their special topology structure. The reinforcement volume fraction has a large effect on abrasive wear. The wear rate decreases with the increase of the volume fraction of reinforcement and increases with the increase of sliding time and applied load. The wear mechanism of the composites (abrasive wear) differs greatly from the matrix alloy (adhesive wear).

  6. 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.

  7. Joining of aluminum-based particulate-reinforced metal-matrix composites

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    Kolli, Sudhakar.

    1990-01-01

    Some 25 Vol pct. SiCp/6061 Al metal matrix composite (MMC) material were joined by the transient liquid phase diffusion bonding process using a Gleeble 1500 system. In order to understand the effects of the bonding thermomechanical cycle on the mechanical and metallurgical properties of the base material, thermal and thermomechanical simulation studies were performed with a regular heat treatment furnace and the Gleeble system. Thermal simulation conditions included temperatures ranging from 500 to 590 C and times from 5 to 9 minutes. Thermo-mechanical simulation conditions ranged temperatures from 540 to 580 C, times from 5 to 60 minutes, and pressures from 350 to 900 psi, with resulting deformation at the interface from 1.8 to 11.9 pct. Degradation in base material mechanical properties with time, temperature, and loading was observed. The simulated bond structures were characterized with optical and scanning electron microscopy and bonding temperatures and times selected.

  8. 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.

  9. Refractive index of Al3C2B48 aluminum borocarbide crystals

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    Shelykh, A. I.; Gurin, V. N.; Nikanorov, S. P.

    2008-07-01

    Aluminum borocarbide single crystals have been grown from an Al-based solution melt. The crystal lattice parameters have been determined, the dispersion of the refractive index in a 0.55 1.3 ?m wavelength interval has been studied, and the temperature coefficient of the refractive index in a 300 600 K range has been measured. The crystals are characterized by a high refractive index in the visible spectral range in combination with at a high hardness, which makes them of interest for jewelry, as well as for both traditional and X-ray optics.

  10. Functionalizing Aluminum Oxide by Ag Dendrite Deposition at the Anode during Simultaneous Electrochemical Oxidation of Al.

    PubMed

    Rafailovi?, Lidija D; Gammer, Christoph; Rentenberger, Christian; Triovi?, Tomislav; Kleber, Christoph; Karnthaler, Hans Peter

    2015-11-01

    A novel synthesis strategy is presented for depositing metallic Ag at the anode during simultaneous electrochemical oxidation of Al. This unexpected result is achieved based on galvanic coupling. Metallic dendritic nanostructures well-anchored in a high surface area supporting matrix are envisioned to open up a new avenue of applications. PMID:26398487

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

    PubMed

    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 (γ-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

  12. Effect of Carbon Nanotube Dispersion on Mechanical Properties of Aluminum-Silicon Alloy Matrix Composites

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    Chandran, Prathap; Sirimuvva, Tadepalli; Nayan, Niraj; Shukla, A. K.; Murty, S. V. S. Narayana; Pramod, S. L.; Sharma, S. C.; Bakshi, Srinivasa R.

    2014-03-01

    This study has been carried out to reinforce the commonly believed fact that the dispersion of carbon nanotubes in a composite has a profound effect on the properties of the composite. In this study, ball milling was carried out using two different parameters to obtain distinctly different degrees of dispersion of carbon nanotubes (4 wt.%) in Al-9 wt.% Si powders. Composite disks, 80 mm in diameter, having good and bad dispersions of carbon nanotubes were obtained by hot pressing. Optical micrographs and Raman spectroscopy images showed the presence of larger carbon nanotube clusters in the bad dispersion sample. Transmission electron microscopy images confirmed the presence of large clusters in the bad dispersion sample, while the good dispersion sample showed individual carbon nanotubes in the Al matrix. Nanoindentation results indicated a 41% increase in the hardness and a 27% increase in the elastic-to-plastic work ratio, while compression tests indicated a 185% increase in compression yield strength and a 109% increase in fracture strength with improvement in carbon nanotube's dispersion.

  13. Accurate, Electronic and Transport Properties of Wurtzite Aluminum Nitride (w-AlN)

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    Nwigboji, Ifeanyi; Malozovsky, Yuriy; Franklin, Lashounda; Ekuma, Chinedu; Bagayoko, Diola

    2015-03-01

    We present results from ab-initio, self-consistent calculations of electronic and transport properties of wurtzite aluminum nitride (w-AlN). We utilized a local density approximation (LDA) potential, the linear combination of Gaussian orbitals (LCGO), and the Bagayoko, Zhao, and Williams (BZW) method, as enhanced by Ekuma and Franklin (BZW-EF). With multiple oxidation states of Al and N, the method led to several sets of calculations with different ionic species as input. LDA requires, for the description of w-AlN, the results of the calculation leading to the lowest, occupied energies. With Al3+ and N3- as input, the binding energy was 1.5 eV larger, in magnitude, than those for other ionic inputs; hence, the description of w-AlN is provided by a calculation with these ionic species as input. Our calculated, direct band gap for w-AlN, at the ? point, is 6.28 eV, in excellent agreement with the 6.28 eV experimental value at 5 K. We discuss the bands, total and partial densities of states, and calculated electron and hole effective masses. Funded in part by the NSF and the Louisiana Board of Regents, through LASiGMA [Award Nos. EPS- 1003897, NSF (2010-15)-RII-SUBR] and NSF HRD-1002541, the US Department of Energy - NNSA (Award No. DE-NA0001861), LaSPACE, and LONI-SUBR.

  14. 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.

  15. 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...

  16. 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.

  17. First-principles aluminum database: Energetics of binary Al alloys and compounds

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    Wolverton, C.; Ozoli?, V.

    2006-04-01

    Using an extensive series of first-principles density functional calculations, we have constructed a first-principles aluminum database of thermodynamic properties of binary Al-based alloys with 26 different solute elements, X . In all cases, first-principles results are critically compared to experimental data for observed Al-rich ordered compounds, dilute impurities in Al, disordered Al-X solid solutions, and pure elements, X , in a variety of structure types. We find the following: (i) In all Al-X systems, first-principles formation enthalpies of ordered compounds are in excellent agreement with experimental data. Impurity energetics for X in Al also agree rather well with thermodynamically assessed values from the COST507 database. (ii) Formation enthalpies of ordered compounds and energies of dilute impurities for elements from the 3d series are most negative at the beginning and the end of the series, and reach a maximum near the middle of the series for Cr. The ordering tendency decreases dramatically in the Al-Cu system with filled d bands. (iii) The special quasirandom structure approach has been used to obtain mixing energies of disordered solid solutions across the whole composition range for all systems. We find that mixing energies follow the same general trend across the 3d series as the ordered and impurity formation enthalpies. Asymmetry in the mixing energies is also similar in all systems, giving less negative mixing energies for Al-rich compositions. (iv) Calculation of the solubility enthalpy, which is the difference in the formation energy per solute atom between the ordered and dilute solid solution phases, shows that the observed low solubility in Al-X systems is due to very negative values of the ordered formation enthalpies in comparison with those for the dilute solid solution.

  18. 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.

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

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    Chmielewski, Marcin; Piątkowska, 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.

  20. Thermal diffusivity of Al-Mg based metallic matrix composite reinforced with Al2O3 ceramic particles

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    Cruz-Orea, A.; Morales, J. E.; Saavedra S, R.; Carrasco, C.

    2010-03-01

    Thermal diffusivities of Al-Mg based metallic matrix composite reinforced with ceramic particles of Al2O3 are reported in this article. The samples were produced by rheocasting and the studied operational condition in this case is the shear rate: 800, 1400 and 2000 rpm. Additionally, the AlMg base alloy was tested. Measurements of thermal diffusivity were performed at room temperature by using photoacoustic technique.

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

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

    2010-11-01

    A new aluminum oxycarbonitride, Al 5(O xC yN 4- x- y) ( x1.4 and y2.1), 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 3/ mmc, Z=2, and unit-cell dimensions a=0.328455(6) nm, c=2.15998(3) nm and V=0.201805(6) nm 3. The atom ratios O:C:N were determined by EELS. The final structural model, which is isomorphous with that of (Al 4.4Si 0.6)(O 1.0C 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 Rwp=6.94% ( S=1.22), Rp=5.34%, RB=1.35% and RF=0.76%. The crystal was an inversion twin. Each twin-related individual was isostructural with Al 5C 3N (space group P6 3mc, Z=2).

  2. 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.

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

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    Franz, Daniel; Szilvsi, 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

  4. 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.

  5. Damping characteristics of Zn-Al matrix composites

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    Gu, M.; Chen, Z.; Wang, Z.; Jin, Y.; Huang, J.; Zhang, G. . State Key Lab. of Metal Matrix Composite Materials)

    1994-05-15

    Among high damping materials, Zn-Al alloys are considered to be the most excellent non-ferromagnetic damping alloys due to their attractive properties such as low melting point, low density, good workability and high damping capacity in a broad frequency range. The limitations to high temperature use of these alloys are their poor high temperature mechanical properties and dimensional instability. Recently, various reinforcements have been added to Zn-Al alloys to improve their high temperature properties while to increase their specific strength. Stiffness, wear resistance and to decrease thermal expansion coefficient. However, the effects of these reinforcements on damping behavior of Zn-Al alloys are yet to be elucidated. The present paper is to report some new phenomena found in preliminary damping studies of long graphite fiber, short graphite fiber and silicon carbide whisker reinforced Zn-Al alloy based composites.

  6. 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.

  7. Theory and X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy for Aluminum Coordination Complexes Al K-Edge Studies of Charge and Bonding in (BDI)Al, (BDI)AlR2, and (BDI)AlX2 Complexes.

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    Altman, Alison B; Pemmaraju, C D; Camp, Clment; Arnold, John; Minasian, Stefan G; Prendergast, David; Shuh, David K; Tyliszczak, Tolek

    2015-08-19

    Polarized aluminum K-edge X-ray absorption near edge structure (XANES) spectroscopy and first-principles calculations were used to probe electronic structure in a series of (BDI)Al, (BDI)AlX2, and (BDI)AlR2 coordination compounds (X = F, Cl, I; R = H, Me; BDI = 2,6-diisopropylphenyl-?-diketiminate). Spectral interpretations were guided by examination of the calculated transition energies and polarization-dependent oscillator strengths, which agreed well with the XANES spectroscopy measurements. Pre-edge features were assigned to transitions associated with the Al 3p orbitals involved in metal-ligand bonding. Qualitative trends in Al 1s core energy and valence orbital occupation were established through a systematic comparison of excited states derived from Al 3p orbitals with similar symmetries in a molecular orbital framework. These trends suggested that the higher transition energies observed for (BDI)AlX2 systems with more electronegative X(1-) ligands could be ascribed to a decrease in electron density around the aluminum atom, which causes an increase in the attractive potential of the Al nucleus and concomitant increase in the binding energy of the Al 1s core orbitals. For (BDI)Al and (BDI)AlH2 the experimental Al K-edge XANES spectra and spectra calculated using the eXcited electron and Core-Hole (XCH) approach had nearly identical energies for transitions to final state orbitals of similar composition and symmetry. These results implied that the charge distributions about the aluminum atoms in (BDI)Al and (BDI)AlH2 are similar relative to the (BDI)AlX2 and (BDI)AlMe2 compounds, despite having different formal oxidation states of +1 and +3, respectively. However, (BDI)Al was unique in that it exhibited a low-energy feature that was attributed to transitions into a low-lying p-orbital of b1 symmetry that is localized on Al and orthogonal to the (BDI)Al plane. The presence of this low-energy unoccupied molecular orbital on electron-rich (BDI)Al distinguishes its valence electronic structure from that of the formally trivalent compounds (BDI)AlX2 and (BDI)AlR2. The work shows that Al K-edge XANES spectroscopy can be used to provide valuable insight into electronic structure and reactivity relationships for main-group coordination compounds. PMID:26258886

  8. 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

  9. Laser bending of Al-based metal matrix composites sheets

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    Yau, C.L.; Chan, K.C.; Lee, W.B.

    1996-12-31

    In comparison with the matrix alloy, metal matrix composites (MMC) offer considerable potential for applications in aerospace industries. This class of materials can provide light weight components, exhibiting high strength, high stiffness, good wear resistance and improved elevated temperature properties. However, achieving this potential is restricted owing to high material cost and manufacturing techniques. With the rapid growth of laser technologies, it is expected that laser forming can be used to bend MMC sheets. This process is relatively new and is able to produce deformation in sheet metal without the requirement of mechanical contact. Its basic feature is the forming by thermal stress, induced by the irradiation of a laser beam. Various metals and alloys have been bent and formed successfully by some researchers. However, laser bending of MMCs has not yet been explored. In this study, experiments are conducted using a 2000 W Nd:YAG laser(cw). MMC sheets are irradiated with the defocused beams and bent into V-shape. Processing parameters are optimized to obtain maximum bending angles without fracture.

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. 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.

  13. 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…

  14. 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.

  15. 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)

  16. InGaN nanoinclusions in an AlGaN matrix

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    Sizov, V. S. Tsatsul'nikov, A. F.; Lundin, V. V.

    2008-07-15

    GaN-based structures with InGaN quantum dots in the active region emitting in the near-ultraviolet region are studied. In this study, two types of structures, namely, with InGaN quantum dots in a GaN or AlGaN matrix, are compared. Photoluminescence spectra are obtained for both types of structures in a temperature range of 80-300 K and at various pumping densities, and electroluminescence spectra are obtained for light-emitting (LED) structures with various types of active region. It is shown that the structures with quantum dots in the AlGaN matrix are more stable thermally due to the larger localization energy compared with quantum dots in the GaN matrix. Due to this, the LED structures with quantum dots in an AlGaN matrix are more effective.

  17. 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; tich, 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

  18. 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.; tich, 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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 300C. 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.

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

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

    2015-10-01

    Metal matrix composites (MMCs) are regarded to be one of the most principal classifications in composite materials. The thermal characterization of hybrid MMCs has become increasingly important in a wide range of applications. Thermal conductivity is one of the most important properties of MMCs. Since nearly all MMCs are used in various temperature ranges, measurement of thermal conductivity as a function of temperature is necessary in order to know the behavior of the material. In the present research, evaluation of thermal conductivity has been accomplished for aluminum alloy (Al) 6061, silicon carbide (SiC) and graphite (Gr) hybrid MMCs from room temperature to 300?C. Al-based composites reinforced with SiC and Gr particles have been prepared by stir casting technique. The thermal conductivity behavior of hybrid composites with different percentage compositions of reinforcements has been investigated using laser flash technique. The results have indicated that the thermal conductivity of the different compositions of hybrid MMCs decreases by the addition of Gr with SiC and Al 6061. Few empirical models have been validated concerning with the evaluation of thermal conductivity of composites. Using the experimental values namely density, thermal conductivity, specific heat capacity and enthalpy at varying temperature ranges, computational investigation has been carried out to evaluate the thermal gradient and thermal flux.

  2. 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

  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 σac (ω)=Aωs 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 σac (ω) 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. Internal friction at medium temperature in an Al matrix composite reinforced by SiC particles

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    Wang, C.; Zhu, Z.

    1998-05-12

    The aim of this paper is to present new results showing that a relaxation damping peak associated with the motion of dislocations controlled by point defects, appear at about 450 K in the 6061 Al matrix MMC. For that purpose, mechanical spectroscopy has been measured in a 6061 Al alloy matrix composite reinforced with SiC particulate at low frequencies. In this paper, the damping spectra for the MMC of 6061 Al/SiC{sub p} and unreinforced 6061 Al are presented at first. Secondly, some supplement results are presented. Finally, the origin of the differences between the damping spectra of Al/SiC{sub p} and Al alloy are discussed, and a relaxation model is proposed to explain the damping peak.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. The 1200 C cyclic oxidation behavior of two nickel-aluminum alloys (Ni3AL and NiAl) with additions of chromium, silicon, and titanium

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    Lowell, C. E.; Santoro, G. J.

    1972-01-01

    The alloys Ni3Al and NiAl with and without 1 and 3 atomic percent chromium, silicon, and titanium replacing the aluminum were cyclically oxidized at 1200 C for times to 200 hours, and the results were compared with those obtained with the alloy B-1900 subjected to the same oxidation process. The evaluation was based on metal recession, specific weight change, metallography, electron microprobe analysis, and X-ray diffraction. The oxidation resistance of Ni3Al was improved by Si, unaffected by Ti, and degraded by Cr. The oxidation resistance of NiAl was slightly improved by Ti, unaffected by Si, and degraded by Cr. The oxidation resistance of Ni3Al with 1 atomic percent Si was nearly equal to that of NiAl. Alloy B-1900 exhibited oxidation resistance comparable to that of Ni3Al + Cr compositions.

  9. Aluminum nanoscale order in amorphous Al{sub 92}Sm{sub 8} measured by fluctuation electron microscopy

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    Stratton, W.G.; Hamann, J.; Perepezko, J.H.; Voyles, P.M.; Mao, X.; Khare, S.V.

    2005-04-04

    Fluctuation electron microscopy (FEM) measurements and simulations have identified nanoscale aluminum-like medium-range order in rapidly quenched amorphous Al{sub 92}Sm{sub 8} which devitrifies by primary Al crystallization. Al{sub 92}Sm{sub 8} amorphized by plastic deformation shows neither Al nanoscale order, nor primary crystallization. Annealing the rapidly quenched material below the primary crystallization temperature reduces the degree of nanoscale Al order measured by FEM. The FEM measurements suggest that 10-20 A diameter regions with Al crystal-like order are associated with primary crystallization in amorphous Al{sub 92}Sm{sub 8}, which is consistent with the quenched-in cluster model of primary crystallization.

  10. 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.

  11. Effect of a solid solution on the steady-state creep behavior of an aluminum matrix composite

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    Pandey, A. B.; Mishra, R. S.; Mahajan, Y. R.

    1996-02-01

    The effect of an alloying element, 4 wt pct Mg, on the steady-state creep behavior of an Al-10 vol pct SiCp composite has been studied. The Al-4 wt pct Mg-10 vol pct SiCp composite has been tested under compression creep in the temperature range 573 to 673 K. The steady-state creep data of the composite show a transition in the creep behavior (regions I and II) depending on the applied stress at 623 and 673 K. The low stress range data (region I) exhibit a stress exponent of about 7 and an activation energy of 76.5 kJ mol-1. These values conform to the dislocation-climb-controlled creep model with pipe diffusion as a rate-controlling mechanism. The intermediate stress range data (region II) exhibit high and variable apparent stress exponents, 18 to 48, and activation energy, 266 kJ mol-1, at a constant stress, ? = 50 MPa, for creep of this composite. This behavior can be rationalized using a substructure-invariant model with a stress exponent of 8 and an activation energy close to the lattice self-diffusion of aluminum together with a threshold stress. The creep data of the Al-Mg-A12O3f composite reported by Dragone and Nix also conform to the substructure-invariant model. The threshold stress and the creep strength of the Al-Mg-SiCp, composite are compared with those of the Al-Mg-Al2O3f and 6061 Al-SiCp.w, composites and discussed in terms of the load-transfer mechanism. Magnesium has been found to be very effective in improving the creep resistance of the Al-SiCp composite.

  12. Laser Brazing of Aluminum with a New Filler Wire AlZn13Si10Cu4

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    Tang, Z.; Seefeld, T.; Vollertsen, F.

    Laser brazing processes of aluminum with both single beam and double beam techniques were developed using a new AlZn13Si10Cu4 filler wire which has a lower solidification range comparing to normal AlSi12 filler wire and the base material. Brazing experiments on both bead on plate and flange joints showed that the new wire has a very good wettability on the aluminum samples. Comparing to the AlSi12 wire one needs a lower heat input (in some cases 73% less heat input) for joining the same samples with the new filler wire and reaches a high hardness value in the joint. In addition, brazing with double beam technique showed its potential to increase the joint quality.

  13. Calorimetric studies of 7000 series aluminum alloys. I - Matrix precipitate characterization of 7075. II - Comparison of 7075, 7050, and RX720 alloys

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    Deiasi, R.; Adler, P. N.

    1977-01-01

    Correlation between differential scanning calorimetry and high temperature transmission electron microscopy for the characterization of preexisting matrix precipitates in the highest-strength and overaged tempers of 7075 aluminum was demonstrated. The solid state reactions undergone by these tempers in the 20-500 C temperature range were elucidated and expressed in terms of thermodynamic and kinetic parameters. The dissolution parameters for each phase are distinguishable and serve as guidelines for a rapid characterization of the matrix microstructure of these alloys.

  14. High Porosity Alumina as Matrix Material for Composites of Al-Mg Alloys

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    Gmze, L. A.; Gmze, L. N.; Egsz, .; Ojima, F.

    2013-12-01

    The sophisticated industry and technologies require higher and higher assumptions against mechanical strength and surface hardness of ceramic reinforced metal alloys and metal matrix composites. Applying the well-known alumina powders by dry pressing technology and some special pore-forming additives and sintering technology the authors have successfully developed a new, high porosity alumina matrix material for composites of advenced Al-Mg alloys. The developed new matrix material have higher than 30% porosity, with homogenous porous structure and pore sizes from few nano up to 2-3 mm depending on the alloys containments. Thanks to the used materials and the sintering conditions the authors could decrease the wetting angles less than 90 between the high porosity alumina matrix and the Al-Mg alloys. Applied analytical methods in this research were laser granulometry, scanning electron microscopy, and X-ray diffraction. Digital image analysis was applied to microscopy results, to enhance the results of transformation.

  15. 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.

  16. Speciation of aqueous mononuclear Al(III)-hydroxo and other Al(III) complexes at concentrations of geochemical relevance by aluminum-27 nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy

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    Faust, Bruce C.; Labiosa, William B.; Dai, K'o. H.; MacFall, Janet S.; Browne, Bryant A.; Ribeiro, Anthony A.; Richter, Daniel D.

    1995-07-01

    Aluminum-27 (27Al) nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy was used to characterize Al(III)-hydroxo complexes, in aqueous solutions with total Al(III) concentrations of 1.0-10 ?M, using a custom-built NMR probe, coil, and sample bottle with low background aluminum impurities. Published 27Al NMR spectroscopy studies have traditionally used total Al(III) concentrations that are generally outside the range of geochemical interest (total [ Al(III) l ? 1000 ?M). In this study, lower Al(III) concentrations (? 10 ?M) were used to more closely approximate natural conditions, while allowing the measurement of mononuclear Al(III) species by 27Al NMR spectroscopy. The sensitivity of the 27Al NMR spectroscopy system, as measured by the signal-to-noise ratio (S/N), is S/N= 5 for 1.0 ?M Al(III) at pH 2.00 and S/N= 3 for 10 ?M Al(III) at pH 5.20. This level of sensitivity is within the range of geochemically relevant Al(III) concentrations found in slightly acidic natural waters. Quantitative models are developed which link observations of NMR chemical shifts and linewidth ratios to the calculated equilibrium speciation of mononuclear Al(III) for 10 ?M Al(III) solutions at pH values 2.00 to 5.20 (prepared by titrating acidic AI(III) solutions with pyridine). Linear-regression best fits of the models to the NMR data are used to determine the intrinsic chemical shifts and linewidths of individual mononuclear Al(III) species. The intrinsic chemical shift of each Al(III) species "i", ?i (ppm), is (1) ?Al3+ ? 0 for Al3+ (defined by convention), (2) ?Al(OH)2+ = 3.5 (SE= 1.3, N = 10) for Al(OH)2+, (3) ?Al(OH)2+ ? 3.7 (SE= 1.4, N = 10) for Al(OH)2+ , and (4) ?Al(OH)4- = 79.9 (SE= 0.03, N = 4) for Al(OH)4-; where positive chemical shifts are "downfield," SE = standard error, and N =number of samples. A convention is delineated in which the linewidth of the Al(III) species/peak of interest is normalized with respect to that of a reference species (Al3+) under the same conditions. Such linewidth ratios are independent of investigation-specific variables such as solution viscosity and temperature. Due to the large sample volume (18.8 mL) used here to achieve increased sensitivity, there is some line broadening caused by magnetic field inhomogeneities; however, this line broadening is constant and reproducible both during and between experimental runs, and it was corrected for in the determination of linewidths of individual Al(III) species. For an absolute linewidth of LWAl3+ = 1.6 Hz for Al3+, the linewidth ratio (ppm/ppm) of each species "i", (LWi)/(LWAl3+), is: (1) (LWAl3+)/(LWAl3+) ? 1for Al3+ (by definition), (2) LWAl(OH)2+/(LWAl3+)= 495 (SE= 11, N = 8) for Al(OH)2+, and (3) (LWAl(OH)2+)/LWAl3+= 450 (SE= 140, N = 10) for Al(OH)2+. The increased sensitivity of this system, and the knowledge of intrinsic 27Al NMR spectroscopic parameters for Al3+, Al(OH)2+, Al(OH)2+, and Al(OH)4-, sets the stage for use of 27Al NMR spectroscopy to characterize these species in natural waters and to study other Al(III) species of geochemical interest.

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

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    Steflekova, V.; iovi?, 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.

  18. Data characterizing flexural 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 flexural property datasets are provided for aluminum alloy matrix syntactic foam core sandwich composites. The tests are conducted in three-point bending configuration. The data supplied includes methods used for conducting microscopy and mechanical testing. Raw load–displacement data, which is used to plot stress–strain graphs, obtained during the flexural test is also included. Images from a DSLR camera are stitched together to form a detailed failure sequencing video. Failure of specimens is captured in sequential images using a digital camera. These images are stitched together to develop a video for visualization of failure mechanisms. Calculations are also included for a theoretical model that is used to estimate the flexural properties of the syntactic foam core sandwich. PMID:26958610

  19. Data characterizing flexural 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 flexural property datasets are provided for aluminum alloy matrix syntactic foam core sandwich composites. The tests are conducted in three-point bending configuration. The data supplied includes methods used for conducting microscopy and mechanical testing. Raw load-displacement data, which is used to plot stress-strain graphs, obtained during the flexural test is also included. Images from a DSLR camera are stitched together to form a detailed failure sequencing video. Failure of specimens is captured in sequential images using a digital camera. These images are stitched together to develop a video for visualization of failure mechanisms. Calculations are also included for a theoretical model that is used to estimate the flexural properties of the syntactic foam core sandwich. PMID:26958610

  20. 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

  1. 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

  2. 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.

  3. Heterointerface formation of aluminum selenide with silicon: Electronic and atomic structure of Si(111):AlSe

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    Adams, J. A.; Bostwick, A.; Ohta, T.; Ohuchi, Fumio S.; Olmstead, Marjorie A.

    2005-05-01

    In this paper we present a new, stable, unreconstructed surface termination of silicon, Si(111):AlSe. The structure forms the interface layer when aluminum sesquiselenide (Al2Se3) is deposited on Si(111) by molecular beam epitaxy. The atomic structure of the interface layer was investigated using angle-resolved valence and core-level photoelectron spectroscopy and diffraction. The Al2Se3/Si(111) interface forms an unreconstructed bilayer structure similar to GaSe-terminated Si, with Al directly above the top Si atom and Se over the hollow site, although the temperatures for bilayer formation and for Se re-evaporation from the film are higher for AlSe than for GaSe. In addition, the valence band structure shows that the AlSe bilayer electronically passivates the bulk Si, with all interface states lying within the bulk Si bands.

  4. Structural Characterization of MAO and Related Aluminum Complexes. 1. Solid-State 27 Al NMR with Comparison to EFG Tensors from ab Initio Molecular Orbital Calculations

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    Bryant, Pamela L.; Harwell, Chris; Mrse, Anthony A.; Emery, Earl F.; Gan, Zhedong; Caldwell, Tod; Reyes, Arneil P.; Kuhns, Philip; Hoyt, David W.; Simeral, Larry S.; Hall, Randall W.; Butler, Leslie G.

    2001-11-07

    Aminato and propanolato aluminum clusters with 3-, 4-, and 6-coordinate aluminum sites are studied with three 27Al NMR techniques optimized for large 27Al Quadrupole coupling constants: field-swept, frequency-stepped, and high-field MAS NMR. The 27Al quadrupole coupling constants and asymmetry parameters of molecular species, both experimental and derived from ab initio molecular orbital calculations, are correlated with structure.

  5. Fractionation of residual Al in natural water treatment from reservoir with poly-aluminum-silicate-chloride (PASiC): effect of OH/Al, Si/Al molar ratios and initial pH.

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    Yang, Zhonglian; Gao, Baoyu; Wang, Yan; Zhao, Yaqin; Yue, Qinyan

    2012-01-01

    An aluminum fractionation study was conducted for a surface reservoir water treatment to understand the performance of poly-aluminum-silicate-chloride (PASiC) in terms of the residual Al fractions as a function of initial pH. The coagulation performance expressed as turbidity and organic matter removal was established as supporting data. Some extra data were evaluated in terms of the residual Al ratio of the composite PASiC coagulant. The main residual Al sources were the Al fractions derived from the use of PASiC. The turbidity and organic matter removal ability was optimal at initial pH 6.00-7.00, while the concentrations of various residual Al species and the residual Al ratio of PASiC were minimal at an initial pH range of 7.00-8.00. Under the conditions of OH/Al molar ratio = 2.00 and Si/Al molar ratio = 0.05, PASiC had superior coagulation performance and comparatively low residual Al concentrations. The Al fraction in the composite PASiC coagulant seldom remained under such conditions. Experimental data also indicated that the suspended (filterable) Al fraction was the dominant species, and organic-bound or organo-Al complex Al was considered to be the major species of dissolved Al in water treated by PASiC coagulation. Additionally, the dissolved inorganic monomeric Al species dominated the dissolved monomeric Al fraction. PMID:23534222

  6. 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.

  7. Damping mechanisms in alumina borate whisker-reinforced-aluminum matrix composites with or without SnO{sub 2} coatings

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    Hu, J.; Wang, X. F.; Zheng, Z. Z.

    2010-01-15

    SnO{sub 2} was successfully coated on the surface of alumina borate whiskers. The pure aluminum matrix composites reinforced with a SnO{sub 2}-coated alumina borate whisker were fabricated by squeeze casting. The effects of coating contents on the damping properties of the coated composites at various temperatures, frequencies, and strain amplitudes were examined. The microstructures of the coated composites were also investigated through transmission electron microscopy observations. These results indicate that the introduction of Sn at the interface between whisker and matrix in the coated composites during the squeeze casting process alters not only the interface structures but also the dislocation status of the matrices in the vicinity of the interface. The results of damping characterization indicate that the damping capacities of the coated composites strongly depend on the coating contents and strain amplitudes. A damping peak at low temperatures appeared not only in the coated composites but also in the noncoated one, which is related to dislocation motion and interfacial slip caused by Sn. A damping peak at high temperatures appeared only in the coated composites, and the damping mechanisms at high temperature change with the increase in strain amplitudes. Sn played an important role on the damping mechanisms of the coated composites all along.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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

  13. Effect of pulsed laser radiation on deformation band dynamics and discontinuous deformation in aluminum-magnesium Al-6%Mg alloy

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    Shibkov, A. A.; Zolotov, A. E.; Gasanov, M. F.; Zheltov, M. A.; Proskuryakov, K. A.

    2015-12-01

    The dynamics and morphology of deformation bands and the discontinuous deformation under local action of pulsed infrared fiber laser radiation on the surface of aluminum-magnesium Al-6%Mg alloy have been studied by high-speed video recording techniques. Conditions under which laser action leads to the formation of macrolocalized deformation bands and deformation jumps of several percent on the stress-strain diagram are experimentally established. A possible mechanism of this phenomenon is discussed.

  14. AlNiYCo Amorphous Matrix Composites Induced by Bismuth and Lead Additions

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    He, Jie; Jiang, Hongxiang; Zhao, Jiuzhou; Mattern, Norbert; Eckert, Jrgen

    2011-12-01

    (Al85Ni5Y8Co2)98Bi2 and (Al85Ni5Y8Co2)98(Bi50Pb50)2 alloys are rapidly solidified using the single-roller melt-spinning method. Al85Ni5Y8Co2 amorphous matrix composites containing faceted BiY particles are synthesized by the liquid-solid reaction between added bismuth and constituents of the molten Al-Ni-Y-Co glass-forming alloy. The microstructure of the rapidly quenched (Al85Ni5Y8Co2)98(Bi50Pb50)2 multiphase composites consists of Al-based amorphous matrix and crystalline Pb-rich and BiY particles. The Pb-rich particles stem from liquid-liquid and monotectic reactions induced by lead addition. The phase constitution and microstructure are investigated by means of X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The reaction-induced crystalline BiY and Pb-rich particles are uniformly distributed in the amorphous matrix. The microstructure formation of the rapidly quenched alloys was discussed.

  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 2610-4 ?-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. Pre-Accretionary Distribution of Ca and Al Between Matrix and Chondrules in CV Chondrites

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    Hezel, D. C.; Palme, H.

    2007-03-01

    Ca/Al-ratios in Y-86751 (CV) chondrules are super- and in matrix sub-chondritic. The opposite is true for Allende and Efremovka. Incorporation of spinel in Allende and Efremovka chondrule precursors in a nebular setting can explain this observation.

  17. Synthesis and electroluminescence characterization of a new aluminum complex, [8-hydroxyquinoline] bis [2, 2'bipyridine] aluminum Al(Bpy)2q

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    Rahul, Kumar; Ritu, Srivastava; Punita, Singh

    2016-01-01

    We have synthesized and characterized a new electroluminescent material, [8-hydroxyquinoline] bis [2,2'bipyridine] aluminum. A solution of this material Al(Bpy)2q in toluene showed absorption maxima at 380 nm, which was attributed to the moderate energy (??*) transitions of the aromatic rings. The photoluminescence spectrum of Al(Bpy)2q in the toluene solution showed a peak at 518 nm. This material shows thermal stability up to 300 C. The structure of the device is ITO/F4-TCNQ (1 nm)/?-NPD (35 nm)/Al(Bpy)2q (35 nm)/ BCP (6 nm)/Alq3 (28 nm)/LiF (1 nm)/Al (150 nm). This device exhibited a luminescence peak at 515 nm (CIE coordinates, x = 0.32, y = 0.49). The maximum luminescence of the device was 214 cd/m2 at 21 V. The maximum current efficiency of OLED was 0.12 cd/A at 13 V and the maximum power efficiency was 0.03 lm/W at 10 V.

  18. 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.

  19. Joint effect of scandium and zirconium on the recrystallization of aluminum Al-Mg2Si alloys

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    Rokhlin, L. L.; Bochvar, N. R.; Tarytina, I. E.

    2015-05-01

    Metallographic analysis and hardness measurements are used to study the recrystallization processes in aluminum Al-Mg2Si alloys with scandium and combined scandium and zirconium additions that occur during annealing of the cold-deformed alloys at 100-600C. The temperature of the onset of recrystallization of the Al-Mg2Si alloys with scandium and combined zirconium and scandium additions is shown to be 50C higher than that of the alloys free from scandium and zirconium. It was noted that the small grain sizes of the alloyed compositions lead to weaker disordering during recovery and recrystallization.

  20. 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.

  1. Microstructure of multilayer interface in an Al matrix composite reinforced by TiNi fiber.

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    Hu, Jie; Wu, Gaohui; Zhang, Qiang; Kang, Pengchao; Liu, Yan

    2014-09-01

    A multilayer interface was formed in the Al matrix composite which was reinforced by 30% volume fraction of TiNi fiber. The composite was fabricated by pressure infiltration process and the interface between the TiNi fiber and Al matrix was investigated by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS). When the TiNi fiber was pre-oxidized in the air at 773 K for 1 h, three layers have been found and characterized in the interface: TiNi-B2 layer near the TiNi fiber, Ti-Al compound layer with Ti and granular TiO2 near the Al matrix, and Ti-Ni compound layer between TiNi-B2 and Ti-Al compound layers. The effect of the multilayer interface on the mechanical properties of the composite was also discussed. The result showed that the uniaxial tensile strength of the composite at room temperature was 318 MPa, which was very close to the theoretical calculation value of 326 MPa. Moreover, the composite with good ductility exhibited a typical ductile-fracture pattern. PMID:24981215

  2. Pretreatment effects on the morphology and properties of aluminum oxide thermally grown on NiCoCrAlY

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    Prakash, S.; Budhani, R.; Doerr, H. J.; Deshpandey, C. V.; Bunshah, R. F.

    1985-01-01

    The effect of pretreatments on the morphology and properties of aluminum oxide thermally grown from NiCoCrAlY was investigated. The goal was to optimize process steps to produce a highly adherent, continuous, and insulating aluminum oxide. Two pretreatments were carried out, one in vacuum (about 0.0001 Torr) at 1350 K for 5 h, and the other consisting of deposition of a 1-micron thick Al2O3 film by activated reactive evaporation. Samples were subsequently oxidized thermally at 1000 C for 50 h at 0.5 Torr oxygen pressure. The two pretreatments were carried out on electron-beam evaporation NiCoCrAlY, about 120 microns thick, deposited on a superalloy turbine blade substrate. The results showed that the thermally grown oxide was significantly different in microstructure, surface topography and in its adherence to the NiCoCrAlY for the two pretreatments. Optimum results were obtained by combining the two pretreatments to produce an adherent, continuous, and insulating oxide film on the NiCoCrAlY-coated superalloy substrate.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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-Snchez, 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.

  6. 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...

  7. Fabrication of an AlN particulate aluminium matrix composite by a melt stirring method

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    Taheri-Nassaj, E.; Kobashi, M.; Choh, T.

    1995-06-15

    The physical and mechanical properties of metal matrix composites (MMCs) are extensively controlled by the structure and properties of the reinforcement/metal interface. From a metallurgical point of view, the ideal interfacial layer in a composite is expected to have some conditions: (a) the presence of intimate contact between the reinforcement and the matrix through satisfactory wetting of the reinforcement by the matrix to ensure enough adhesion and (b) the low rate of a chemical reaction at the interface to prevent degradation of the reinforcement. There are, however, various methods which can be used to improve the wetting characteristics of MMCs. The addition of alloying elements to the metal matrix has been shown to improve the metal/ceramic wettability by either reducing the metal/ceramic interfacial energy or reacting with the ceramic reinforcement to form interfacial reaction products. Although the thermal conductivity of AlN particles is less than that of SiC particles, it is likely that AlN is chemically more stable than SiC. Thus, the aim of the present paper is mainly to study the incorporation behavior of AlN particulates into aluminium melt.

  8. 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.

  9. Assistance of Novel Artificial Intelligence in Optimization of Aluminum Matrix Nanocomposite by Genetic Algorithm

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    Mazahery, Ali; Shabani, Mohsen Ostad

    2012-12-01

    In this article, a genetic algorithm (GA) is used to predict the mechanical properties and to optimize the process conditions of Al nanocomposites. An artificial intelligence method is also implemented as an assisting tool for engineering tasks of GAs. The principle of the survival of the fittest is applied to produce successively superior approximations to a solution. A population of points at each iteration is generated. The population approaches an optimal solution. The next population by computations that involve random choices is selected. The optimal volume percentage of SiC, cooling rate, and temperature gradient are computed to be 2.84 pct, 283 K/s (10 C/s), 1273 K/m (1000 C/m), respectively.

  10. Effect of OH-/Al3+ and Si/Al molar ratios on the coagulation performance and residual Al speciation during surface water treatment with poly-aluminum-silicate-chloride (PASiC).

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    Yang, Zhonglian; Gao, Baoyu; Xu, Weiying; Cao, Baichuan; Yue, Qinyan

    2011-05-15

    Coagulation performance, mechanism of poly-aluminum-silicate-chloride (PASiC) and residual Al speciation in the effluent with respect to a specific surface water treatment in China were comprehensively investigated in this study. The impact of OH(-)/Al(3+) and Si/Al molar ratios on the coagulation performance, mechanism and residual Al speciation of PASiC in surface water treatment was discussed as a function of coagulant dosage. It was intended to provide an insight into the relationship between coagulation performance and residual Al. Experimental results revealed that when OH(-)/Al(3+) molar ratio = 2.00 and Si/Al molar ratio = 0.0500 in PASiC coagulant, PASiC exhibited beneficial coagulation property and relatively lower content of residual Al. Surface bridging and entrapment was more effective compared with charge neutralization during the specific surface water treatment. The majority of residual Al in the effluent existed in the form of insoluble suspended or particulate Al. Dissolved organically bound Al was almost the major speciation in dissolved Al and dissolved inorganically bound monomeric Al was the only component in dissolved monomeric Al. Al in PASiC remained abundant at lower dosages and residual Al concentration could be effectively reduced at the dosages of 12.0-15.0mg/L as Al. PMID:21376461

  11. Investigation of the structure/property relationship of spray-formed 7XXX series high-strength aluminum alloys and their metal matrix composites

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    Sharma-Judd, Malavika M.

    2000-12-01

    The purpose of this investigation was to identify the structure/property relationship of spray formed 7XXX series alloys. High solute, ultra-high strength 7XXX series aluminum alloys with solute contents close to equilibrium solid solubility limits of the Al-Zn-Mg-Cu system have been produced by rapid solidification using spray deposition. The process yields massive preforms directly from the liquid state. Various elements, including chromium, manganese, silver, zirconium and scandium, were incorporated to produce a variety of microstructures and mechanical properties. SiC particulate was added to these same alloy compositions to produce metal matrix composites (MMCs). The resulting extruded products in the T6 and T7 conditions were evaluated and compared. Under peak-aged conditions in the unreinforced materials, strengths in excess of 860 MPa were achieved, with one alloy exceeding 900 MPa. Apart from the elongation to failure, the mechanical properties of the composite materials were equal to or superior to those of their unreinforced counterparts. The superior strength properties of the spray formed alloys were attributed to two major substructures with different scale; nanometer sized eta ' metastable precipitates and slightly larger, but finely distributed dispersoids. The large volume fraction of plate-like eta' precipitates (average size 58A, ranging up to 73 A in diameter) were identified as having a hexagonal structure with lattice parameters a = 0.488 nm and c = 1.376. The remarkable strengthening is predominantly attributed to precipitation hardening. The enhanced mechanical properties of the MMC materials are attributed to the increased dislocation density, and thus, a higher concentration of structural particles compared to the unreinforced materials. Higher gas-to-metal ratios of 4.45, as opposed to lower gas-to-metal ratios of 1.95 produced a refined grain structure with an evenly distributed second phase. In both unreinforced and MMC materials, alloys with zinc contents over 12 wt. % attained the highest concentration of structural particles. One alloy displayed high strengths exceeding all others in the study. The superior strength properties were attributed to the addition of scandium, which produced a fine dispersion of the Al3Sc phase. This finely dispersed phase created additional strengthening through, coherency mismatch of Al3Sc and Al3(Sc,Zr) precipitates with the matrix, and ordered particle strengthening. The spray formed extrusions exhibited a loss in fracture resistance (K Q), compared to IM 7075 alloys. Characterization of the fracture surfaces indicated a predominantly intergranular decohesion, possibly facilitated by the presence of incoherent particles at the grain boundary regions and by the large strength differential between the matrix and precipitate zone. The MMC materials displayed a large increase in fatigue strength compared to commercial IM 7075-T6 and -T7 alloys. The enhanced fatigue performance of the spray formed alloys is attributed to low crack growth rates, which are a consequence of inhomogeneous slip. It is believed that the massive presence of coherent and semicoherent (GP zones and eta' phase) particles of reduced dimension in the spray formed alloys allowed a highly inhomogeneous slip behavior, where a slip reverse mechanism was operative.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. Investigation of Product Performance of Al-Metal Matrix Composites Brake Disc using Finite Element Analysis

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    Fatchurrohman, N.; Marini, C. D.; Suraya, S.; Iqbal, AKM Asif

    2016-02-01

    The increasing demand of fuel efficiency and light weight components in automobile sectors have led to the development of advanced material parts with improved performance. A specific class of MMCs which has gained a lot of attention due to its potential is aluminium metal matrix composites (Al-MMCs). Product performance investigation of Al- MMCs is presented in this article, where an Al-MMCs brake disc is analyzed using finite element analysis. The objective is to identify the potentiality of replacing the conventional iron brake disc with Al-MMCs brake disc. The simulation results suggested that the MMCs brake disc provided better thermal and mechanical performance as compared to the conventional cast iron brake disc. Although, the Al-MMCs brake disc dissipated higher maximum temperature compared to cast iron brake disc's maximum temperature. The Al-MMCs brake disc showed a well distributed temperature than the cast iron brake disc. The high temperature developed at the ring of the disc and heat was dissipated in circumferential direction. Moreover, better thermal dissipation and conduction at brake disc rotor surface played a major influence on the stress. As a comparison, the maximum stress and strain of Al-MMCs brake disc was lower than that induced on the cast iron brake disc.

  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 2.5μm (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. Development of a job-exposure matrix for exposure to total and fine particulate matter in the aluminum industry.

    PubMed

    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 μm (PM(2.5)). Despite this, the health impacts of higher occupational exposures to PM(2.5) have rarely been evaluated. In part, this research gap derives from the absence of information on PM(2.5) 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 PM(2.5) were used to develop exposure metrics for an epidemiologic study. TPM exposures for distinct exposure groups (DEGs) in the JEM were calculated using 8385 personal TPM samples collected at 11 facilities (1980-2011). For eight of these facilities, simultaneous PM(2.5) and TPM personal monitoring was conducted from 2010 to 2011 to determine the percent of TPM that is composed of PM(2.5) (%PM(2.5)) in each DEG. The mean TPM from the JEM was then multiplied by %PM(2.5) to calculate PM(2.5) 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 and 0.76 mg/m(3), and the corresponding mean PM(2.5) concentrations were 2.03 and 0.40 mg/m(3). Observed occupational exposures in this study generally exceeded environmental PM(2.5) concentrations by an order of magnitude. PMID:24022670

  17. The influence of reinforcement homogeneity on the deformation and fracture of a discontinuously reinforced aluminum matrix composite

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    Wilks, Garth Barrett

    Deformation processing (extrusion) has been used to homogenize reinforcement distribution in a discontinuously reinforced aluminum matrix composite (DRA 6092/SiC/25p). Reinforcement distribution after three conditions of varying extrusion reduction has been quantified using the homogenous length scale technique. Results indicate that deformation processing positively influences reinforcement homogeneity---increasing deformation asymptotically leads to an increasingly uniform reinforcement distribution. After heat treatment to peak age, the compressive flow behavior both along and transverse to the extrusion axis has been determined for each condition. Using chevron notch short rods, the fracture toughness behavior in several orientations has also been assessed. Variations in flow behavior with deformation processing are mainly rationalized in terms of matrix texture with the combined effect of particle alignment along the extrusion axis and reinforcement homogenization being relatively small. Regardless of orientation, toughness is shown to increase with reinforcement homogeneity; in a particular transverse orientation, chevron notch fracture toughness (KIv) demonstrates a nearly two-fold increase (10.8 MPa?m to 19.3 MPa?m) as a result of reinforcement cluster breakdown. Qualitative fractography indicates a generally ductile fracture process. Quantitative fractography indicates a strong positive relationship between fracture surface average roughness (RA---a measure of out-of-plane crack deflection) and toughness (KIv ), while a fractal technique used to characterize the fracture surface indicates a decrease in fractal dimension with increasing toughness. Using a simple model, the trend of increasing average roughness is interpreted as an increase in the fracture process length scale, while the decrease in fractal dimension is interpreted as a subtle decrease in the mean angle of crack deflection---a result expected with reinforcement homogenization. The increase in toughness is rationalized as a combined effect of decreasing crack deflection (leading to slower strain accumulation during crack blunting) in addition to a nominal improvement in plastic strain that can be supported by the interparticle ligament after reinforcement homogenization. Such a change in local ductility is qualitatively validated with SEM fractography.

  18. Effectiveness of metal matrix and ceramic matrix composites as orbital debris shield materials

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    Mcgill, Preston B.; Mount, Angela R.

    1992-01-01

    The effectiveness of two metal matrix composites and one ceramic matrix material in defeating hypervelocity impacts at about 3.8 km/s are evaluated to determine the potential of these composites as spacecraft shield materials. The metal matrix composites investigated consist of SiC particles (70 percent by volume) in an aluminum matrix and Al2O3 particles (50 percent by volume) in an Al matrix. The ceramic composite consists of ZrB2 platelets in a ZrC matrix. Both the metal matrix and ceramic matrix composites are found to perform as well or better than 6061-T6 aluminum, which is presently used in the Whipple type bumper shield of Space Station Freedom. Test results indicate that the composites tested may have applications as micrometeoroid/orbital debris shield materials.

  19. Al/sub 2/S/sub 3/ preparation and use in electrolysis process for aluminum production

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    Hsu, C.C.; Loutfy, R.O.; Yao, N.P.

    A continuous process for producing aluminum sulfide and for electrolyzing the aluminum sulfide to form metallic aluminum in which the aluminum sulfide is produced from aluminum oxide and COS or CS/sub 2/ in the presence of a chloride melt which also serves as the electrolysis bath. Circulation between the reactor and electrolysis cell is carried out to maintain the desired concentration of aluminum sulfide in the bath.

  20. Inter-wall bridging induced peeling of multi-walled carbon nanotubes during tensile failure in aluminum matrix composites.

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    Chen, Biao; Li, Shufeng; Imai, Hisashi; Umeda, Junko; Takahashi, Makoto; Kondoh, Katsuyoshi

    2015-02-01

    In situ scanning electron microscopy (SEM) observation of a tensile test was performed to investigate the fracturing behavior of multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) in powder metallurgy Al matrix composites. A multiple peeling phenomenon during MWCNT fracturing was clearly observed. Its formation mechanism and resultant effect on the composite strength were examined. Through transition electron microscopy characterizations, it was observed that defective structures like inter-wall bridges cross-linked adjacent walls of MWCNTs. This structure was helpful to improve the inter-wall bonding conditions, leading to the effective load transfer between walls and resultant peeling behaviors of MWCNTs. These results might provide new understandings of the fracturing mechanisms of carbon nanotube reinforcements for designing high-performance nanocomposites. PMID:25437849

  1. 49 CFR Appendix C to Part 180 - Eddy Current Examination With Visual Inspection for DOT 3AL Cylinders Manufactured of Aluminum...

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    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...

  2. 49 CFR Appendix C to Part 180 - Eddy Current Examination With Visual Inspection for DOT 3AL Cylinders Manufactured of Aluminum...

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    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...

  3. Composition and solidification microstructure selection in the interdendritic matrix between primary Al{sub 3}Fe dendrites in hypereutectic Al-Fe alloys

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    Liang, D.; Korgul, P.; Jones, H.

    1996-07-01

    The composition and constitution of matrix microstructure between plate-like Al{sub 3}Fe dendrites in Bridgman-grown hypereutectic Al-Fe alloys has been determined as a function of alloy concentration C{sub 0} and growth velocity V in the ranges 2.5 < C{sub 0} < 28.1 wt%Fe and 0.01 < V < 5.0 mm/s. The transition at V = 0.1 mm/s from a fully eutectic matrix at C{sub 0} = 3.5 wt%Fe to one containing {alpha}Al dendrites at C{sub 0} {ge} 4.7 wt%Fe is attributed to growth temperatures of {alpha}Al dendrites that are higher than those of eutectic in a matrix of lower iron-content, which results from these conditions. The matrix eutectic changes from irregular {alpha}-Al-Al{sub 3}Fe to regular {alpha}Al-Al{sub x}Fe with increasing V, the transition velocity increasing from 0.1 to 0.2 mm/s for C{sub 0} values of 9.5 and 14 wt%Fe up to 0.35--1.0 mm/s for C{sub 0} values of 18.7--28.1 wt%Fe. This increased transition velocity, compared with that for {alpha}-Al-Al{sub 3}Fe to {alpha}Al-Al{sub 6}Fe at lower concentration, is indicative of a lower formation temperature for the {alpha}Al-Al{sub x}Fe than the {alpha}Al-Al{sub 6}Fe eutectic.

  4. AC impedance spectroscopy studies on solid-state sintered zinc aluminum oxide (ZnAl2O4) ceramics

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    Kumar, B. Rajesh; Rao, T. Subba

    2012-07-01

    In the present investigation Zinc Aluminum Oxide (ZnAl2O4) is prepared by solid-state reaction technique. Dielectric constant (?'), dielectric loss(tan ?), ac conductivity (?ac) as a function of temperature are studied by varying frequencies from 100 Hz to 1MHz using an impedance analyzer. The dielectric constant and dielectric loss increases gradually with an increase of temperature, but it decreases with increase of frequency. The ac conductivity (?ac) also increases with increases of frequency. The transition peaks for ZnAl2O4 are observed at 490C, 510C, 520C for the frequencies 1 KHz, 10 KHz and 100 KHz. No transition peaks are found for the frequency 100 Hz and 1 MHz because of high conductive loss.

  5. Dendrite-Free Aluminum Electrodeposition from AlCl3-1-Ethyl-3-Methyl-Imidazolium Chloride Ionic Liquid Electrolytes

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    Pradhan, Debabrata; Reddy, Ramana G.

    2012-06-01

    A novel, dendrite-free electrorefining of aluminum scrap alloys (A360) was investigated by using a low-temperature AlCl3-1-ethyl-3-methyl-imidazolium chloride (EMIC) ionic liquid electrolyte on copper/aluminum cathodes. The bulk electrodeposition of aluminum was carried out at a fixed voltage of 1.5 V, temperatures 323 K to 383 K (50 C to 110 C), stirring rate (0 to 120 rpm), concentration (molar ratio AlCl3:EMIC = 1.25 to 2.0), and electrode surface modification (modified/unmodified). The study investigated the effect of electrode surface modification, cathode materials, temperature, stirring rate, electrolyte concentration, and deposition time on the deposit morphology of aluminum, cathode current density, and their role in production of dendrite-free aluminum deposit, which is essential for decreasing the production cost. The deposits were characterized using scanning electron microscope (SEM), energy-dispersive spectroscopy (EDS), and X-ray diffraction (XRD). It was shown that electrode surface modification, cathode overpotential, and stirring rate play an important role in dendrite-free deposit. Modified electrodes and stirring (60 rpm) eliminate dendritic deposition by reducing cathode overpotential below critical overpotential ( ?_{{crt}} ? - 0.53V ) for dendrite formation. Pure aluminum (>99 pct) was deposited for all experiments with a current efficiency of 84 to 99 pct and energy consumption of 4.51 to 5.32 kWh/kg Al.

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

    SciTech Connect

    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.

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

    SciTech Connect

    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.

  8. Solute-derived thermal stability of nanocrystalline aluminum and processing factor influence on the formation of Al6Mn quasicrystals in melt-spinning

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    Baker, Andrew H.

    Thermal stability of nanograined metals can be difficult to attain due to the large driving force for grain growth that arises from the significant boundary area constituted by the nanostructure. Kinetic approaches for stabilization of the nanostructure effective at low homologous temperatures often fail at higher homologous temperatures. Thermodynamic approaches for thermal stabilization may offer higher temperature stability. In this research, modest alloying of aluminum with solute (1 at.% Sc, Yb, or Sr) was examined as a means to thermodynamically stabilize a bulk nanostructure at elevated temperatures. After using melt-spinning and ball-milling to create an extended solid-solution and nanostructure with average grain size on the order of 30-45 nm, 1 h annealing treatments at 673 K (0.72 Tm) , 773 K (0.83 Tm) , and 873 K (0.94 Tm) were applied. The alloys remain nanocrystalline (<100 nm) as measured by Warren-Averbach Fourier analysis of x-ray diffraction peaks and direct observation of TEM dark field micrographs, with the efficacy of stabilization: Sr>Yb>Sc. Disappearance of intermetallic phases in the Sr and Yb alloys in the x-ray diffraction spectra are observed to occur coincident with the stabilization after annealing, suggesting that precipitates dissolve and the boundaries are enriched with solute. Melt-spinning has also been shown to be an effective process to produce a class of ordered, but non-periodic crystals called quasicrystals. However, many of the factors related to the creation of the quasicrystals through melt-spinning are not optimized for specific chemistries and alloy systems. In a related but separate aspect of this research, melt-spinning was utilized to create metastable quasicrystalline Al6Mn in an alpha-Al matrix through rapid solidification of Al-8Mn (by mol) and Al-10Mn (by mol) alloys. Wheel speed of the melt-spinning wheel and orifice diameter of the tube reservoir were varied to determine their effect on the resulting volume proportions of the resultant phases using integrated areas of collected x-ray diffraction spectra. The data were then used to extrapolate parameters for the Al-10Mn alloy which consistently produced Al6Mn quasicrystal with almost complete suppression of the equilibrium Al6Mn orthorhombic phase.

  9. Corrosion Mechanisms of Steel and Cast Iron by Molten Aluminum

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    Balloy, David; Tissier, Jean-Charles; Giorgi, Marie-Laurence; Briant, Marc

    2010-09-01

    The corrosion mechanisms by liquid aluminum of three industrial materials have been studied: unalloyed steel (UAS), and ferritic and modified pearlitic cast irons (FCI and PCI, respectively). The behavior of these materials when in contact with liquid aluminum is different. Aluminum diffuses deep into the UAS and forms intermetallic compounds with iron at the surface and in the steel matrix. At the surface, only Fe2Al5 and FeAl3 are found. In the matrix, FeAl2 also is formed in agreement with the equilibrium Fe-Al diagram. From the matrix to FeAl2, the Al content in the ferrite increases progressively until Al saturation is reached. At this step, black elongated precipitates (Al4C3 and/or graphite) appear. Graphite lamellas present in both FCI and PCI constitute an efficient barrier to the Al diffusion. The high silicon content of the FCI leads to the formation of a phase free from Al and saturated in Si. For the PCI, a thin layer rich in Al and Si, which is formed between the matrix and Fe2Al5, limits the diffusion of atoms. The effects of Cr and P added in the PCI also are discussed.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. The fracture behavior of SiCp/aluminum alloy composites with and without large Al-particles

    SciTech Connect

    Pandey, A.B.; Majumdar, B.S.; Miracle, D.B.

    1996-12-31

    J{sub Ic} measurements were performed on a SiCp/Al-7093 MMC with controlled heat treatments, and the damage mechanisms were evaluated to understand the influence of microstructural parameters on the fracture toughness and crack resistance behavior. The deformed materials showed widely different damage and flow localization for different matrix microstructures. In an effort to improve fracture toughness, large Al particles were incorporated into the powder-metallurgy based MMC, and extruded to obtain pancake shaped Al phases. In the extruded condition, the effect of Al particles on the crack initiation toughness was negligible. However, significant improvement in the toughness was observed when the extruded material was further rolled. These issues are discussed in the context of observed deformation and damage mechanisms.

  13. Tensile deformation and fracture behavior of spray-deposition 7075/15SiC{sub p} aluminum matrix composite sheet at elevated temperatures

    SciTech Connect

    Zhang Hui He Yusong; Li Luoxing

    2008-08-15

    The tensile deformation and fracture behavior of spray-deposition 7075/15SiC{sub p} (15 vol.% SiC particle) aluminum matrix composite sheet were studied by uniaxial tension tests at temperatures ranging from 300 deg. C to 450 deg. C and strain rates of 0.001-0.1 s{sup -1}, and the fracture surfaces were examined by using a scanning electron microscopy. The results show that strain softening is present up to the point of failure and the flow stress level increases with increasing strain rate but decreases with increasing temperature. The total elongation to fracture increases with increasing temperature and with decreasing strain rate. The maximum strain rate sensitivity exponent is 0.24 which is much lower than that of typical superplastic materials. The apparent activation energy is calculated to be approximately 379 kJ/mol which is much higher than its unreinforced counterpart. The fracture surface morphology shows a large amount of localized plastic deformation in the aluminum matrix and numerous large cavities around the reinforcement. The absence of strain accommodation by interface sliding might have caused premature failure at the reinforcement/matrix interface.

  14. Special Features of the Mechanical Characteristics of Al-Al2O3 Composites Produced By Explosive Compaction of Powders Under Shock-Wave Deformation

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    Zhukov, I. A.; Garkushin, G. V.; Vorozhtsov, S. A.; Khrustalyov, A. P.; Razorenov, S. V.; Kvetinskaya, A. V.; Promakhov, V. V.; Zhukov, A. S.

    2016-01-01

    The results obtained from investigations into the special features inherent in the mechanical characteristics (Hugoniot elastic limit and spall strength) observed under shock-wave loading of Al-Al2O3 composite samples produced by an explosive powder compaction technique are presented. Embedding 10 wt.% of aluminum oxide in the aluminum matrix has been found to increase the Hugoniot elastic limit as opposed to the commercialgrade AD1(Al 1013) aluminum alloy.

  15. The Development of Multicultural Counselling Competencies (MCC) Training Module Based on MCC Matrix Model by Sue et al. (1992)

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    Anuar, Azad Athahiri; Rozubi, Norsayyidatina Che; Abdullah, Haslee Sharil

    2015-01-01

    The aims of this study were to develop and validate a MCC training module for trainee counselor based on MCC matrix model by Sue et al. (1992). This module encompassed five sub modules and 11 activities developed along the concepts and components of the MCC matrix model developed by Sue, Arredondo dan McDavis (1992). The design method used in this

  16. 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.

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

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    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.

  18. Hardness and tensile strength of zircon particles and TiB 2 reinforced Al-A356.1 alloy matrix composites: comparative study

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    Shirvani Moghaddam, K.; Abdizadeh, H.; Baharvandi, H. R.; Ehsani, N.; Abdi, F.

    2007-07-01

    Aluminum matrix composites are important engineering materials in automotive, aerospace, thermal, wear, and other applications because of excellent low weight, high specific strength, and better physical and mechanical properties compared to pure aluminum. In this paper, zircon and TiB II ceramic particles with different amounts were incorporated into Al-A356.1 alloy by stir-casting route. The ceramic particles size and adding temperature were 1 micron and 750C respectively. Microstructure of samples has been investigated by scanning electron microscopy (SEM); hence the dispersion of reinforcement was noted. Situation of compounds of composites was examined by XRD. Mechanical tests such as hardness measurement, tensile and physical (density) tests were used. Results showed that the mechanical properties and microstructure behavior of composites have improved compared to monolithic alloy. Microstructures of the composites in as-cast conditions show uniform distribution particles and reveal better bonding in the case of zircon reinforced composite compare to TiB II, but increasing the amount of reinforcement shows better conditions in the case of TiB II reinforced composite. It is observed that TiB II reinforced composites have a better wetting condition compare to zircon reinforced composites.

  19. 3D Epitaxy of Graphene nanostructures in the Matrix of Ag, Al and Cu

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    Salamanca-Riba, Lourdes; Isaacs, Romaine; Wuttig, Manfred; Lemieux, Melburne; Hu, Liangbing; Iftekhar, Jaim; Rashkeev, Sergey; Kukla, Maija; Rabin, Oded; Mansour, Azzam

    2015-03-01

    Graphene nanostructures in the form ribbons were embedded in the lattice of metals such as Ag, Cu, and Al in concentrations up to 36.4 at.%, 21.8 at% and 10.5 at.%, respectively. These materials are called covetics. Raman scattering from Ag and Al covetics indicate variations in the intensity of peaks at ~ 1,300 cm-1 and 1,600 cm-1 with position on the sample. These peaks are associated with the D (defects) and G (graphite E2g mode) peaks of graphitic carbon with sp2 bonding and reveal various degrees of imperfections in the graphene layers. First principles calculations of the dynamic matrix of Ag and Al covetics show bonding between C and the metal. EELS mapping of the C-K edge and high resolution lattice images show that the graphene-like regions form ribbons with epitaxial orientation with the metal lattice of Ag and Al. The temperature dependences of the resistivites of Ag and Cu covetics are similar to those of the pure metals with only slight increase in resistivity. Films of Cu covetic deposited by e-beam evaporation and PLD show higher transmittance and resistance to oxidation than pure metal films of the same thickness indicating that copper covetic films can be used for transparent electrodes. Funded by DARPA/ARL Grant No. W911NF-13-1-0058, and ONR Award No N000141410042.

  20. The solidification microstructure of Al-Cu-Si alloys metal matrix composites

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    Garbellini, O.; Palacio, H.; Biloni, H.

    1998-12-31

    The relationship between solidification microstructure and fluidity in MMC was studied. The composites were fabricated by infiltration of liquid metal into a alumina SAFFIL fibers preform under a gas pressure, using alloys of the AlCuSi system as matrices. The fluidity was measured in terms of classic foundry practice (i.e., the distance of flow liquid metal into the preform, while solidifying). The characterization of solidification microstructure in the cast composite was analyzed and correlated with the results of fluidity. The attention was particularly focused on such effects as the presence or absence of selective nucleation, the refinement of certain solidifying phases in the presence of fibers and their influence on microstructure formation and segregation of certain elements present in the liquid at the fiber matrix interface. By comparing reinforced and non reinforced zones, it was shown that the presence of fibers resulted in a refinement of the dendritic arm spacing of the {alpha}Al phase, with nucleation of Si on the fibers and without nucleation of primary Al dendrites. The results were discussed and compared with the microstructures and fluidity test of the unreinforced Al-Cu-Si alloys.

  1. Characterization of disk-laser dissimilar welding of titanium alloy Ti-6Al-4V to aluminum alloy 2024

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    Caiazzo, Fabrizia; Alfieri, Vittorio; Cardaropoli, Francesco; Corrado, Gaetano; Sergi, Vincenzo

    2013-02-01

    Both technical and economic reasons suggest to join dissimilar metals, benefiting from the specific properties of each material in order to perform flexible design. Adhesive bonding and mechanical joining have been traditionally used although adhesives fail to be effective in high-temperature environments and mechanical joining are not adequate for leak-tight joints. Friction stir welding is a valid alternative, even being difficult to perform for specific joint geometries and thin plates. The attention has therefore been shifted to laser welding. Interest has been shown in welding titanium to aluminum, especially in the aviation industry, in order to benefit from both corrosive resistance and strength properties of the former, and low weight and cost of the latter. Titanium alloy Ti-6Al-4V and aluminum alloy 2024 are considered in this work, being them among the most common ones in aerospace and automotive industries. Laser welding is thought to be particularly useful in reducing the heat affected zones and providing deep penetrative beads. Nevertheless, many challenges arise in welding dissimilar metals and the aim is further complicated considering the specific features of the alloys in exam, being them susceptible to oxidation on the upper surface and porosity formation in the fused zone. As many variables are involved, a systematic approach is used to perform the process and to characterize the beads referring to their shape and mechanical features, since a mixture of phases and structures is formed in the fused zone after recrystallization.

  2. 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

  3. 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

    2015-02-01

    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.

  4. 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

  5. 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 1670C 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 1670C 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.

  6. 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; Biurstrm, 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  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 AlCl36H2O, Al2(SO4)318H2O, and Al(NO3)39H2O 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)39H2O exhibit the largest emission intensity among the three ZnAl2O4 samples, followed in turn by the ZnAl2O4 nanoparticles prepared from Al2(SO4)318H2O and AlCl36H2O. These differences are attributed to combinational changes in Eg and the defect types of the ZnAl2O4 nanoparticles.

  10. The effects of He implantation on the thermal stability of Cu-Al precipitates in aluminum

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    Feldmann, G.; Fichtner, P. F. P.; Zawislak, F. C.

    2000-03-01

    In this contribution we report on the effects of He on the formation and thermal evolution of Cu-Al precipitates produced after Cu + and He + ion implantation in pure Al foils. The profiles of Cu and He were measured via Rutherford Backscattering (RBS) and Elastic Recoil Detection Analysis (ERDA) techniques, respectively, and the precipitate and bubble morphology were investigated by TEM. After thermal annealing, we observe a retardation of the Cu-Al precipitates coarsening and a Cu redistribution governed by the presence of He bubbles. Our results are discussed in terms of an overpressurized bubble system, which reduces the local vacancy concentration and affects the diffusional process.

  11. Aluminum Mobility in Crustal Fluids: the Role of Al-Si Complexing

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    Manning, C. E.; Thomas, R.; Tropper, P.

    2012-04-01

    The low solubility of Al in pure H2O at crustal metamorphic conditions has led to the common assumption that this element is immobile during fluid flow; however, Al-rich minerals in metamorphic veins and segregations suggest otherwise. High fluid fluxes are typically not supported by other data, and alternatives such as H+ metasomatism or complexing with alkalis or halides require special conditions if they are to provide a general explanation for this apparent inconsistency. A more plausible explanation is Al complexing with SiO2 because of its high concentrations in metamorphic pore fluids present in a wide range of crustal lithologies. We investigated this hypothesis via rapid-quench, hydrothermal piston-cylinder experiments on corundum solubility in SiO2-bearing H2O at 700-950 C and 0.5-1.5 GPa. Three sets of runs were conducted at fixed P and T: 1 GPa & 700 C, 1 GPa & 800 C, and 1.5 GPa & 800 C. Corundum solubility increases with SiO2 concentration in each case, signaling Al-Si complexing. Quartz-saturated experiments at 1.5 GPa, 800-950 C, and at 800 C, 0.5-1.5 GPa, show that (1) both Al and Si solubility are enhanced in the presence of corundum+quartz relative to that expected for saturation in a single oxide mineral, and (2) Al and Si solubility enhancements increase with P and T, indicating progressively higher concentrations of Al-Si complexes. The nature of the Al-Si complex(es) can be determined from the solubility patterns. At 800 C, 1 GPa, the predominant Al and Si aqueous species are the neutral Al monomer (AlO1.5(m)) and Si monomer (SiO2(m)) and dimer (Si2O4(d)). Adopting a standard state of unit activity of one mole of the species and assuming ideal mixing, mass balance relations can be coupled with thermodynamic properties of equilibrium between SiO2(m) and Si2O4(d) to obtain the stoichiometry and thermodynamic properties of the homogeneous reaction AlO1.5(m) + nSiO2(m)= AlSinO2n+1.5. We obtain n = 2.01 and logK = 5.10.4 (1?). Average deviation from the experimental measurements is 17%. That the best fit value for n corresponds almost exactly to an integer reaction coefficient of 2 strongly suggests that the mechanism for Al interaction with Si is formation of a simple trimer complex at this P and T. In addition, we find that Si>Al at all conditions measured. The results show that, by forming polymeric clusters with silica in solution, Al is readily mobilized in metamorphic fluids simply by H2O equilibration with the major minerals of the crust: quartz, feldspars and micas. Al mobility should thus be expected during fluid-rock interaction in deep crustal settings.

  12. Formation of layered Fe(II)-Al(III)-hydroxides during reaction of Fe(II) with aluminum oxide.

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    Elzinga, Evert J

    2012-05-01

    The reactivity of aqueous Fe(II) with aluminum oxide in anoxic solutions was investigated with batch kinetic experiments combined with Fe K edge X-ray absorption spectroscopy measurements to characterize Fe(II) sorption products. Formation of Fe(II)-Al(III)-layered double hydroxides with an octahedral sheet structure similar to nikischerite (NaFe(II)(6) Al(3)(SO(4))(2)(OH)(18) (H(2)O)(12)) was observed within a few hours during sorption at pH 7.5 and aqueous Fe(II) concentrations of 1-3 mM. These Fe(II) phases are composed of brucite-like Fe(II)(OH)(2) sheets with partial substitution of Al(III) for Fe(II), charge balanced by anions coordinated along the basal planes. Their fast rate of formation suggests that these previously unrecognized Fe(II) phases, which are structurally and compositionally similar to green rust, may be an important sink of Fe(II) in suboxic and anoxic geochemical environments, and impact the fate of structurally compatible trace metals, such as Co(II), Ni(II), and Zn(II), as well as redox-reactive species including Cr(VI) and U(VI). Further studies are required to assess the thermodynamics, formation kinetics, and stability of these Fe(II) minerals under field conditions. PMID:22409244

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

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    Vasková, Zuzana; Kontrík, Martin; Mlynáriková, Jarmila; Boča, 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.

  14. 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.

  15. Multi-Objective Optimization in Hot Machining of Al/SiCp Metal Matrix Composites

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    Jadhav, M. R.; Dabade, U. A.

    2016-02-01

    Metal Matrix Composites (MMCs) have been found to be useful in a number of engineering applications and particle reinforced MMCs have received considerable attention due to their excellent engineering properties. These materials are generally regarded as extremely difficult to machine, because of the abrasive characteristics of the reinforced particulates. These characteristics of MMCs affect the machined surface quality and integrity. This paper presents use of Taguchi Grey Relational Analyses (GRA) for optimization of Al/SiCp/10p (220 and 600 mesh) MMCs produced by stir casting. Experiments are performed using L16 orthogonal array by using hot machining technique. The objective of this study is to identify the optimum process parameters to improve the surface integrity on Al/SiCp MMCs. The machined surface integrity has been analyzed by process parameters such as speed, feed, depth of cut and preheating temperature. The significance of the process parameters on surface integrity has been evaluated quantitatively by the analysis of variance (ANOVA) method and AOM plots. The grey relational analysis shows optimum machining conditions as 0.05 mm/rev feed, 0.4 mm depth of cut and 60 °C preheating temperature to enhance surface integrity for both Al/SiCp/10p (220 and 600 mesh) MMCs except for cutting speed 50 and 25 m/min respectively.

  16. 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.

  17. Investigation on Microstructure and Fatigue Behavior of Al-5Zn- 2Mg High Strength Aluminum Alloy with T5 Heat Treatment

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    Yang, S. L.; Xu, C.; Lin, Q. L.; Ding, B.

    The low cycle fatigue property of Al-5Zn-2Mg high strength aluminum alloy with T5 heat treatment was tested, and the fatigue damage behaviors were observed by OM, SEM and TEM. The results show that the rolling direction of Al-5Zn-2Mg high strength aluminum alloy is distinct. The separations, such as inclusions, mostly distribute along the rolling direction. The ?? (MgZn2) transitional strengthening phases are precipitated in Al-5Zn-2Mg aluminum alloy, and mostly distributed in grain boundary. The appearance of strengthening phase is ellipsoid. Its diameter of short axis is about 20 nm, and the diameter of long axis is about 40 nm. The cycle fatigue life is 4.22106 cycle in R=0.1, f=8 Hz, and ?max=127-210 MPa. The fatigue crack initiates in surface of Al-5Zn-2Mg aluminum alloy sample, while the fatigue crack come into being and propagate along the rolling direction. The fatigue stress causes the loose microstructure. There have the fatigue striations and shell texture in fatigue crack propagation zone.

  18. Microstructures of cubic Al sub 2 O sub 3 precipitates in oxygen-implanted aluminum

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    Follstaedt, D.M.; Myers, S.M.; Bourcier, R.J.

    1990-01-01

    The microstructure of Al ion-implanted at room temperature with 17 at. % 0 has been characterized with TEM. The alloy has extremely small (1.5--3.5 nm) oxide precipitates whose crystal structure is interpreted to be a disordered version of {gamma}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} having a fcc lattice of O{sup 2{minus}} ions with Al{sup 3+} ions in random interstitial sites. The small sizes can account for the exceptionally high strength of as-implanted alloys: 2500--3300 MPa. Larger precipitates are found when the alloy is annealed 1/2 hour at 550{degree}C, which is consistent with its somewhat lower strength: 800--1600 MPa. 4 figs.

  19. Critical magnetic fields of superconducting aluminum-substituted Ba8Si42Al4 clathrate

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    Li, Yang; Garcia, Jose; Franco, Giovanni; Lu, Junqiang; Lu, Kejie; Rong, Bo; Shafiq, Basir; Chen, Ning; Liu, Yang; Liu, Lihua; Song, Bensheng; Wei, Yuping; Johnson, Shardai S.; Luo, Zhiping; Feng, Zhaosheng

    2015-06-01

    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 sp3 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 Ba8Si42Al4, the critical magnetic fields were measured to be HC1 = 40.2 Oe and HC2 = 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 κ = 62 revealed that Ba8Si42Al4 is a strong type-II superconductor.

  20. Nucleation and growth behavior of Cu-Al precipitates in He implanted and annealed aluminum

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    Feldmann, G.; Fichtner, P. F. P.; Zawislak, F. C.

    2001-04-01

    The effects of He on the thermal evolution of Cu-Al precipitates produced after Cu + and He + implantation into pure Al foils were analyzed as a function of the implanted He fluence and post-implantation thermal annealing temperature. The profiles of Cu and He were measured via Rutherford backscattering (RBS) and elastic recoil detection analysis (ERDA) techniques. The precipitate and bubble morphology were investigated by transmission electron microscopy (TEM). In comparison to a sample implanted only with Cu +, we observe that the presence of He leads to larger Cu-Al precipitates upon low-temperature annealing. For high-temperature annealing the situation is opposite. This behavior is discussed considering precipitate nucleation and growth processes affected by the reduction in the vacancy field due to the formation of He bubbles.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Comparison of Tribological Properties of NiAl Matrix Composites Containing Graphite, Carbon Nanotubes, or Graphene

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    Xu, Zengshi; Zhang, Qiaoxin; Shi, Xiaoliang; Zhai, Wenzheng; Zhu, Qingshuai

    2015-05-01

    To better understand respective lubrication effects and mechanisms of graphite, multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWNTs), and multilayer graphene (MLG), comparison of tribological properties of NiAl matrix composites (NAMC) containing graphite, MWNTs, or MLG is investigated. Tribological results clearly indicate that the incorporation of solid lubricant remarkably improves the tribological properties of NAMC. NAMC containing MWNTs have better tribological properties than that containing graphite. NAMC containing MLG have the best tribological properties. EPMA, AFM, and FESEM analyses of worn surfaces suggest that the discontinuous island-like solid lubricant-rich films with different compacting extent forms on the worn surfaces of NAMC containing solid lubricant. The worn surface of NAM shows the slighter delamination and comparatively more compact films than that of NAC; in contrast, the worn surface of NAG presents the slightest delamination and the most compact films. It is concluded that graphite, MWNTs, and MLG indeed possess different lubrication effects and mechanisms.

  4. Properties of sulfur sorbents containing dispersed nickel in an Al2O3 matrix

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    Swisher, J. H.; Jhunjhunwala, M.; Gasper-Galvin, L. D.; Gardner, T. H.; Hammerbeck, K.

    1996-04-01

    For advanced coal gasification systems, regenerable sorbents are being developed to remove sulfur (S) from the hot product gas prior to its use in gas turbines and high-temperature fuel cells. Whereas zinc (Zn) base sorbents are attractive for these applications, they have limitations in high-temperature capability and in durability. Materials containing dispersed nickel (Ni) in an Al2O3 matrix have the potential to be better in both respects. Their main limitation is that they do not reduce H2S concentrations to the low parts per million (ppm) level. Results are reported here on the second phase of a program on dispersed Ni sorbents. Included are the results of crush strength, thermogravimetric analysis, and fixed-bed reactor experiments. An important conclusion drawn from the results is that chemisorption of H2S plays a major role in reducing its concentration in gas exiting the bed below the levels expected from the Ni-Ni sulfide equilibrium.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. The effect of matrix temper on particulate integrity in an Al/Al[sub 2]O[sub 3] metal matrix composite

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    Ferry, M.; Munroe, P.R. . School of Materials Science and Engineering)

    1994-07-15

    Aluminium-based particulate metal-matrix composites (PMMC's) are being developed for application in both the aerospace and automotive industries. The near-isotropic properties of these materials allow them to be processed through the same conventional thermomechanical routes that are applied to unreinforced aluminium alloys. However, the microstructural behavior of these materials during such treatments has not been widely studied. It is also relevant to note that matrix prior to processing may strongly affect the behavior of these alloys during deformation. This paper describes the microstructural development during cold work of a PMMC consisting of a 2xxx series alloy matrix, reinforced with alumina particles, heat treated to two different starting tempers. Of particular importance is the effect of matrix temper on the integrity of the alumina particulates.

  10. Effect of mechanical mixing on the microstructure and mechanical properties of Al-based metal matrix composites reinforced with nanocrystalline Al-Ca intermetallics

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    Chaubey, A. K.; Kumar, Rohit; Sahoo, Tapas

    2015-02-01

    Al-based metal matrix composites reinforced with 40 vol.% of nanocrystalline Al- Ca intermetallic particles were synthesized by hot pressing followed by hot extrusion process and the effect of manual blending as well as mechnical mixing on microstructure and mechanical properties was studied. Microstuture reveals that mannual blending leads to the agglomeration of Al-Ca intermetallic particles and on the other hand, the composites prepared by milling display a more homogeneous distribution of the reinforcing particles. Mechanical mixing has a strong impact on the mechanical properties. The strength increases from 112MPa for pure Al to 250 and 415MPa for the composites produced by blending and milling respectively. This behavior is linked to the reduced matrix ligament size characterizing the milled composites.

  11. 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.

  12. Temperature distribution study during the friction stir welding process of Al2024-T3 aluminum alloy

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    Yau, Y. H.; Hussain, A.; Lalwani, R. K.; Chan, H. K.; Hakimi, N.

    2013-08-01

    Heat flux characteristics are critical to good quality welding obtained in the important engineering alloy Al2024-T3 by the friction stir welding (FSW) process. In the present study, thermocouples in three different configurations were affixed on the welding samples to measure the temperatures: in the first configuration, four thermocouples were placed at equivalent positions along one side of the welding direction; the second configuration involved two equivalent thermocouple locations on either side of the welding path; while the third configuration had all the thermocouples on one side of the layout but with unequal gaps from the welding line. A three-dimensional, non-linear ANSYS computational model, based on an approach applied to Al2024-T3 for the first time, was used to simulate the welding temperature profiles obtained experimentally. The experimental thermal profiles on the whole were found to be in agreement with those calculated by the ANSYS model. The broad agreement between the two kinds of profiles validates the basis for derivation of the simulation model and provides an approach for the FSW simulation in Al2024-T3 and is potentially more useful than models derived previously.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. Effect of alloying elements in the brazing sheet on the bonding strength between Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} and aluminum

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    Kobashi, M.; Ninomiya, T.; Kanetake, N.; Choh, T.

    1996-02-01

    Ceramics have several outstanding mechanical properties especially at high temperatures, but a difficulty in machining has been hindering the cost-effective use. Hence, bonding between ceramics and metals has become an important technology. Among many bonding techniques such as brazing, diffusion bonding, frictional bonding and so forth, brazing is one of the most promising methods for practical applications. There are several bonding parameters such as temperature, time, pressure and atmosphere. In this work, Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}/aluminum bonding using an aluminum alloy as a filler sheet is dealt with, and the effects of some parameters on the bonding strength are mainly discussed.

  16. 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

  17. Cryomilled Aluminum Stabilized by Diamondoid Nanoparticles

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    Maung, Khinlay

    Nanocrystalline aluminum powder with an average grain size of 22nm was prepared via cryomilling. Hot Isostatic Pressing was used to consolidate the powder followed by hot extrusion to homogenize the consolidated material. The high homologous temperature processes tend to increase the average grain diameter beyond the nanoscle classification, which is less than 100 nm. Diamantane was added during cryomilling to enhance the thermal stability in nanocrystalline aluminum. The thermal stability test data show that aluminum reinforced with 1 wt% diamantane exhibit two to three fold better thermal stability than non-reinforced aluminum when annealed at 773K (0.84 Tm) for ten hours. A similar trend is shown for the samples consolidated at 693K. This finding is explained through Burke's model for grain growth in materials containing secondary particles to inhibit grain boundary motion. The mechanical properties of cryomilled aluminum stabilized by 0.5 wt% and 1 wt% diamantane particles are compared with cryomilled commercial purity (CP) aluminum with no diamantane after high strain rate deformation (trap extrusion). The grain size of cryomilled CP aluminum is 0.6 to 1.2 times larger than the samples containing diamantane. In contrast to Hall-petch predictions, cryomilled aluminum with diamantane has relatively lower flow stress while demonstrating a 2.7-3.7 time higher ductility compared to cryomilled CP aluminum. Possible reasons for this behavior are suggested in mechnical property section. A combination of higher temperature and pressure resulted in formation of Aluminum tris (Al(C9H6NO)3) precipitates from diamantane in the cryomilled aluminum matrix. The precipitates were formed during trap extrusion process but only seen in samples containing 1 wt% diamantane and HIP'ed at 521C. Therefore, the HIP'ng temperature plays an important role in formation of these precipitates.

  18. A thermodynamic prediction for microporosity formation in aluminum-rich Al-Cu alloys

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    Poirier, D. R.; Yeum, K.; Maples, A. L.

    1987-01-01

    A computer model is used to predict the formation and degree of microporosity in a directionally solidified Al-4.5 wt pct Cu alloy, considering the interplay between solidification shrinkage and gas porosity. Macrosegregation theory is used to determine the local pressure within the interdendritic liquid. Results show interdendritic porosity for initial hydrogen contents in the 0.03-1 ppm range, and none below contents of 0.03. An increase in either the thermal gradient or the solidification rate is show to decrease the amount of interdendritic porosity.

  19. Properties of a reaction-bonded β-SiAlON ceramic doped with an FeMo alloy for application to molten aluminum environments

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    Li, Yan-jun; Yu, Hai-liang; Jin, Hai-yun; Shi, Zhong-qi; Qiao, Guan-jun; Jin, Zhi-hao

    2015-05-01

    An FeMo-alloy-doped β-SiAlON (FeMo/β-SiAlON) composite was fabricated via a reaction-bonding method using raw materials of Si, Al2O3, AlN, FeMo, and Sm2O3. The effects of FeMo on the microstructure and mechanical properties of the composite were investigated. Some properties of the composite, including its bending strength at 700°C and after oxidization at 700°C for 24 h in air, thermal shock resistance and corrosion resistance to molten aluminum, were also evaluated. The results show that the density, toughness, bending strength, and thermal shock resistance of the composite are obviously improved with the addition of an FeMo alloy. In addition, other properties of the composite such as its high-temperature strength and oxidized strength are also improved by the addition of FeMo alloy, and its corrosion resistance to molten aluminum is maintained. These findings indicate that the developed FeMo/β-SiAlON composite exhibits strong potential for application to molten aluminum environments.

  20. Deposition of duplex Al 2O 3/aluminum coatings on steel using a combined technique of arc spraying and plasma electrolytic oxidation

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    Gu, Weichao; Shen, Dejiu; Wang, Yulin; Chen, Guangliang; Feng, Wenran; Zhang, Guling; Fan, Songhua; Liu, Chizi; Yang, Size

    2006-02-01

    Plasma electrolytic oxidation (PEO) is a cost-effective technique that can be used to prepare ceramic coatings on metals such as Ti, Al, Mg, Nb, etc., and their alloys, but this promising technique cannot be used to modify the surface properties of steels, which are the most widely used materials in engineering. In order to prepare metallurgically bonded ceramic coatings on steels, a combined technique of arc spraying and plasma electrolytic oxidation (PEO) was adopted. In this work, metallurgically bonded ceramic coatings on steels were obtained using this method. We firstly prepared aluminum coatings on steels by arc spraying, and then obtained the metallurgically bonded ceramic coatings on aluminum coatings by PEO. The characteristics of duplex coatings were analyzed by X-ray diffractometer (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The corrosion and wear resistance of the ceramic coatings were also studied. The results show that, duplex Al 2O 3/aluminum coatings have been deposited on steel substrate after the combined treatment. The ceramic coatings are mainly composed of ?-Al 2O 3, ?-Al 2O 3, ?-Al 2O 3 and some amorphous phase. The duplex coatings show favorable corrosion and wear resistance properties. The investigations indicate that the combination of arc spraying and plasma electrolytic oxidation proves a promising technique for surface modification of steels for protective purposes.

  1. Microstructural development in a spray formed aluminum-silicon carbide based metal matrix composite. Annual report No. 2, 1 January-31 December 1992

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    Howell, P.R.

    1992-01-01

    The aging response of an 8090-SiC composite at 190 deg C has been monitored using microhardness tests, macrohardness tests and transmission electron microscopy(TEM). Intriguingly, it has been found that the composite does not exhibit increased aging kinetics when compared with a control 8090 alloy. Both the control alloy and the composite exhibit a two stage strengthening behavior which is attributed to the precipitation of Delta' (Al3Li) and S' (Al2CuMg). Quantitative microscopy of the composite has been initiated since it has been found that T2 (Al6CuLi3), precipitates on the SiC/matrix interface. Hence, the interfacial area per unit volume(Sv) is of the utmost importance. Finally, the effects of T2 precipitates, at the SiC/matrix interface, on the distribution of Delta' have been determined.

  2. Laminated metal matrix composites of ultra-high carbon steel-brass and Al-Al/SiC: Processing and properties

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    Syn, C.K.; Lesuer, D.R.; Cadwell, K.L. ); Sherby, O.D. . Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering); Brown, K.R. . Center for Technology)

    1991-11-01

    We have fabricated laminated metal composites of (1) ultrahigh carbon steel (1.8%C) and brass (70Cu-30Zn), and (2) aluminum 5182 and aluminum 6061 with 25 vol.% SiCp. The laminates were prepared by hot pressing alternating layers of the component materials in an argon gas atmosphere. The steel was thermo-mechanically processed to produce a fine grained microstructure that exhibited superplasticity. The brass and aluminum materials were obtained from commercial sources and used in the as-received condition. Laminates with different numbers of layers and layer thickness were made. The compressive stress and strain rate were measured during hot pressing, and material flow behavior in the UHCS-brass laminate was found to be rate-controlled by the stronger component rather than by the softer one (brass). Material flow behavior was more complicated in the Al-laminate. Tensile and fracture behavior were determined by tensile tests and by chevron notched fracture toughness tests. Details of processing, microstructure and initial results of mechanical property tests of these laminates are discussed.

  3. 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. . Dept. of Mechanical Engineering)

    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 X0ray 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.

  4. Singly and interactive effects of aluminum, low pH or Ca/Al ratio on growth and chlorophyll contents of red pine seedlings in solution culture

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    Shan, Y.; Totsuka, T.

    1995-12-31

    Acid deposition and subsequent soil acidification were considered as possible causes of forest declines. Toxicity due to low pH or aluminum per se is difficult, even impossible, to demonstrate because of complex soil chemistry and lack of well understanding for ion uptake of roots in any case. In solution culture, the concentrations of aluminum and other nutrients can be controlled, therefore, solution culture was used and undertaken to determine singly and interactive effects of aluminum, low pH or Al/Ca (Ca/All) ratio on growth and chlorophyll contents of red pine (Pinus densiflora Sieb. and Zuecc.) Seedlings. Red pine current year-old seedlings exposed to Al with solution pH 3.90 and 3.60 in solution culture exhibited purplish leaves characteristic, but no visible foliar injury was observed in these with pH 4.60. 30 ppm Al with low pHs reduced the dry weights of leaf and whole-plant, the current needle elongation. Results show that red pine is an intermediate species in sensitivity to Al whose growth may be reduced by high soil Al concentrations. On the other hand, single low pH did not significantly affect the growth parameters measured. Results show that red pine can tolerate acidic conditions and is insensitive to low pH. However, the synergistic interactions of low pH treatments with the elevated aluminum concentrations were significant. Al toxicity to the root and stem matter productions and the current needle elongations of red pine were significantly enlarged with reduced pH.

  5. Synthesis and characterization of lithium aluminum-doped spinel (LiAl xMn 2- xO 4) for lithium secondary battery

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    Lee, Yun-Sung; Kumada, Naoki; Yoshio, Masaki

    LiAl xMn 2- xO 4 has been synthesized using various aluminum starting materials, such as Al(NO 3) 3, Al(OH) 3, AlF 3 and Al 2O 3 at 600-800C for 20 h in air or oxygen atmosphere. A melt-impregnation method was used to synthesize Al-doped spinel with good battery performance in this research. The Al-doped content and the intensity ratio of (3 1 1)/(4 0 0) peaks can be important parameters in synthesizing Al-doped spinel which satisfies the requirements of high discharge capacity and good cycleability at the same time. The decrease in Mn 3+ ion by Al substitution induces a high average oxidation state of Mn ion in the LiAl xMn 2- xO 4 material. The electrochemical behavior of all samples was studied in Li/LiPF 6-EC/DMC (1:2 by volume)/LiAl xMn 2- xO 4 cells. Especially, the initial and last discharge capacity of LiAl 0.09Mn 1.97O 4 using LiOH, Mn 3O 4 and Al(OH) 3 complex were 128.7 and 115.5 mAh/g after 100 cycles. The Al substitution in LiMn 2O 4 was an excellent method of enhancing the cycleability of stoichiometric spinel during electrochemical cycling.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. Combustion synthesis of metal-matrix composites. Part 2: The Ti-Ti{sub x}Al{sub y}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} system

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    Kunrath, A.O.; Strohaecker, T.R.; Moore, J.J.

    1996-01-15

    The production of high performance materials (ceramics, intermetallics and composites) by combustion synthesis is receiving considerable attention since the process offers certain advantages with respect to simplicity and a relatively low energy requirement. The methods by which combustion synthesis (or SHS) can be used to produce metal matrix composites were outlined in an earlier paper. The use of excess liquid metal in the combustion synthesis reaction has already been successfully employed to achieve low porosity products. This metallic phase may be generated by an in-situ reduction of a metal oxide or by adding an excess of some metal to the reactants. Coupling a simultaneous consolidation (pressing) process with the SHS reaction has been found to produce dense bodies. This work discussed in this paper is concerned with the synthesis of a metallic/intermetallic matrix composite reaction system which can be represented by equation. With this reaction, high volume fractions of metallic/intermetallic phases can be produced. The metal-matrix produced by this reaction is predominantly a mixture of Ti{sub 3}Al + Ti as indicated in the appropriate area of the Ti-Al phase diagram. Increasing x increases the volume fraction of Ti. TiAl was observed in only one of the four different stoichiometries studied, i.e., x = 1, as detected by XRD. Using this reaction, there is a constant amount of excess Al and a variable excess of Ti. These stoichiometries produce composites with varying Ti-Al ratios that allow the matrix composition of the composite to be varied along the concentration axis of the Ti-Al phase diagram.

  10. Experimental determination of the temperature range of AlO molecular emission in laser-induced aluminum plasma in air

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    Bai, Xueshi; Motto-Ros, Vincent; Lei, Wenqi; Zheng, Lijuan; Yu, Jin

    2014-09-01

    Measurements with laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) usually take place in the atmospheric air. For quantitative analysis of metallic elements, oxidation may represent an important issue which can significantly modify the stoichiometry of the plasma. Molecule formation in plasma should be therefore studied and taken into account in the LIBS practice. In this work, we experimentally investigated the temporal evolution and transformation of the plasma induced on an aluminum target by a nanosecond infrared (1064 nm) laser in the atmospheric air, in terms of its temperatures over a large interval of time from hundreds of nanoseconds to tens of microseconds. Such evolution was then correlated to the temporal evolution of the emission intensity from AlO molecules in the ablation plume. In particular, for a given ablation laser pulse energy, the appearance of the molecular emission while the plume cools down allows determining a minimal delay, ?min, which corresponds to a maximal value of the temperature, Tmax, below which the molecular emission begins to be clearly observed and to grow as a function of the delay. Such delay or such temperature indicates the longest delay or the lowest temperature for laser-induced plasma to be suitable for a correct analysis of metallic elements without significant influence of the alternation of the stoichiometry by oxidation. In our experiment, the values of ?min and Tmax have been determined for a range of ablation laser pulse energies from 5 mJ to 50 mJ. These values lie respectively in the range of 3 to 15 ?s for ?min, and 4500 K to 6600 K in terms of the molecule temperature for Tmax. Beyond the practical interest for LIBS, our results provide also insights to the kinetics of the AlO molecule formation in laser-induced plasma.

  11. 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.

  12. Solid-state hot pressing of elemental aluminum and titanium powders to form TiAl ({gamma} + {alpha}{sub 2}) intermetallic microstructure

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    Yang, J.B.; Teoh, K.W.; Hwang, W.S.

    1996-10-01

    The elemental powder metallurgy (EPM) process is used to prepare TiAl-base intermetallics. An EPM process conducted by two-stage solid-state hot pressing was employed to prepare TiAl-base intermetallics and to investigate the resulting microstructural changes. The results showed that the TiAl{sub 3} phase forms in the first stage. During the temperature increase to the second sintering stage, lamellar phases start to precipitate in the TiAl{sub 3} matrix. Further, the TiAl{sub 3} phase transforms to TiAl, and Ti{sub 3}Al layers develop in the remaining titanium particles. Meanwhile, the lamellar phases grow into ring-type structures between the TiAl matrix and the Ti{sub 3}Al layers. After the second stage, the remaining titanium particles are fully reacted, and a microstructure of Ti{sub 3}Al phases enclosed by fine-grained lamellar rings in the TiAl matrix is developed.

  13. Erosion of multiphase materials. [Al/sub 2/O/sub 3/ rods-304 ss matrix

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    Anand, K.; Morrison, C.; Scattergood, R.O.; Conrad, H.; Routbort, J.L.; Warren, R.

    1984-01-01

    Erosion rate measurements were made for a series of WC-Co alloys with varying WC-Co grain size and for a fully aligned composite consisting of Al/sub 2/O/sub 3/ rods in a stainless steel matrix. The microstructure in these multiphase alloys, each containing a brittle and ductile component, has a significant effect on the erosion behavior. In WC-Co alloys, the erosion rate vs angle-of-incidence curves change from a brittle to a ductile signature as the impacting abrasive particle size or particle velocity are increased using target samples with finer WC grain sizes. In the composite, the curves change from a ductile to a brittle signature as the particle size is increased. These effects are attributed to the change in scale of the impact damage event relative to the scale of the microstructure in WC-Co alloys. At small WC grain size, a constraint is imposed on the brittle-fracture erosion process that occurs in the WC grains. For the composite, the microstructural scale is always large and the behavior is due to the relative change in erosion rates for the two components without constraints due to the microstructural scale.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. Aluminum composite driveshafts

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    Not Available

    1994-02-01

    This article examines the development and performance of a metal matrix composite lightweight driveshaft tube of 6061 aluminum alloy with an even dispersion of 20[percent] aluminum oxide particles. The topics of the article include evolution of the lightweight design, raw material production, tubing fabrication, driveshaft performance, and modulus testing.

  17. Aluminum incorporation in Ti{sub 1-x}Al{sub x}N films studied by x-ray absorption near-edge structure

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    Gago, R.; Redondo-Cubero, A.; Endrino, J. L.; Jimenez, I.; Shevchenko, N.

    2009-06-01

    The local bonding structure of titanium aluminum nitride (Ti{sub 1-x}Al{sub x}N) films grown by dc magnetron cosputtering with different AlN molar fractions (x) has been studied by x-ray absorption near-edge structure (XANES) recorded in total electron yield mode. Grazing incidence x-ray diffraction (GIXRD) shows the formation of a ternary solid solution with cubic structure (c-Ti{sub 1-x}Al{sub x}N) that shrinks with the incorporation of Al and that, above a solubility limit of xapprox0.7, segregation of w-AlN and c-Ti{sub 1-x}Al{sub x}N phases occurs. The Al incorporation in the cubic structure and lattice shrinkage can also be observed using XANES spectral features. However, contrary to GIXRD, direct evidence of w-AlN formation is not observed, suggesting a dominance and surface enrichment of cubic environments. For x>0.7, XANES shows the formation of Ti-Al bonds, which could be related to the segregation of w-AlN. This study shows the relevance of local-order information to assess the atomic structure of Ti{sub 1-x}Al{sub x}N solutions.

  18. Influence of pH modifiers and HPMC viscosity grades on nicotine-magnesium aluminum silicate complex-loaded buccal matrix tablets.

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    Pongjanyakul, Thaned; Kanjanabat, Sopaphan

    2012-06-01

    Hydroxypropyl methylcellulose (HPMC) tablets containing nicotine-magnesium aluminum silicate (NCT-MAS) complex particles and pH modifiers, namely, sodium chloride, citric acid, and magnesium hydroxide, were prepared using the direct compression method. The effects of HPMC viscosity grades and pH modifiers on NCT release and permeation of the matrix tablets were examined. The results showed that the higher the viscosity grade of HPMC that was used in the tablets, the lower was the unidirectional NCT release rate found. The unidirectional NCT permeation was not affected by the viscosity grade of HPMC because the NCT diffusion through the mucosal membrane was the rate-limiting step of the permeation. Incorporation of magnesium hydroxide could retard NCT release, whereas the enhancement of unidirectional NCT release was found in the tablets containing citric acid. Citric acid could inhibit NCT permeation due to the formation of protonated NCT in the swollen tablets at an acidic pH. Conversely, the NCT permeation rate increased with the use of magnesium hydroxide as a result of the neutral NCT that formed at a basic microenvironmental pH. The swollen HPMC tablets, with or without pH modifiers, gave sufficient adhesion to the mucosal membrane. Furthermore, the addition of magnesium hydroxide to the matrix tablets was the major factor in controlling buccal delivery of NCT. This study suggests that the NCT-MAS complex-loaded HPMC tablets, which contained magnesium hydroxide, are potential buccal delivery systems of NCT. PMID:22552930

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  1. Effects of isothermal and cyclic exposures on interface structure and mechanical properties of FPalpha-Al2O3/aluminum composites. [polycrystaline alumina fibers

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    Kim, W. M.; Koczak, M. J.; Lawley, A.

    1979-01-01

    The microstructural and interface stability of FPalpha-Al203/Al-Li composites are investigated as a function of isothermal exposure at 500 C or thermal cycling between 140 and 500 C with hold time at Tmax. Interfacial morphology, growth kinetics, crystal structure, and composition of interfacial reaction products are characterized. Strength is monitored in the transverse orientation, and fracture mechanics is analyzed in terms of interface reaction products. The interfacial reaction product in FP/Al is Li2O.5Al2O3. Significant fiber-matrix reaction occurs during fabrication. The number of thermal cycles rather than total time at Tmax is the determining factor in strength degradation, thermal cycling giving rise to voids at the fiber-matrix interface. Extensive interface failures occur at composite fracture stresses below about 128 MPa; above this stress level failure is attributed to ductile matrix fracture.

  2. Formation of magnesium aluminate (spinel) in cast SiC particulate-reinforced Al(A356) metal matrix composites

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    Wang, Ning; Wang, Zhirui; Weatherly, George C.

    1992-05-01

    Transmission (TEM) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) are employed to study the SiC/Al-alloy interface in a cast SiCp/Al(A356) metal matrix composite (MMC). Magnesium aluminate (spinel), MgAl2O4, was found at the interface as a reaction product after material processing. Comparisons of the crystal structure, structure factor, and interface reaction ther-modynamics between MgAl2O4 and MgO have been carried out. The results from these com-parisons confirm the experimental observation; i.e., the favored interface phase is magnesium aluminate (spinel). Based on the thermodynamic analysis, the presence of oxygen in various forms in the system during processing, such as SiO2, A12O3, and MgO, is believed to be the source which supplies the oxygen for the formation of MgAl2O4.

  3. Residual microstructure associated with impact crater in Ti-6Al-4V meshes reinforced 5A06Al alloy matrix composite.

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    Guo, Q; Chen, G Q; Jiang, L T; Hussain, M; Han, X L; Sun, D L; Wu, G H

    2012-02-01

    In this paper, TC4(m)/5A06Al composite was hypervelocity impacted by 2024 aluminium projectile with the diameter of 2mm and with the impact velocity of 3.5 km/s. The residual microstructure was observed by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HREM). The TC4-Al interface before impact was composed of TiAl(3) phase and Ti(3)Al phase. Near the pithead, separation of TC4 fibers and Al matrix occurred along the impact direction. Around the middle of the crater, TC4 fibers were sheared into several sections. Near the bottom of crater, adiabatic shear band (ASB) occurred in TC4 fiber, while the angle between shear plane and cross section was 45°. The crack propagated along TC4-Ti(3)Al interface during impact and some Ti(3)Al phase at the TC4-Al interface transformed to amorphous with few nanocrystals after hypervelocity impact. PMID:21852141

  4. Fabrication of an r-Al2Ti intermetallic matrix composite reinforced with α-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 α-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 γ-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.

  5. Aluminum reference electrode

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    Sadoway, Donald R. (Belmont, MA)

    1988-01-01

    A stable reference electrode for use in monitoring and controlling the process of electrolytic reduction of a metal. In the case of Hall cell reduction of aluminum, the reference electrode comprises a pool of molten aluminum and a solution of molten cryolite, Na.sub.3 AlF.sub.6, wherein the electrical connection to the molten aluminum does not contact the highly corrosive molten salt solution. This is accomplished by altering the density of either the aluminum (decreasing the density) or the electrolyte (increasing the density) so that the aluminum floats on top of the molten salt solution.

  6. Aluminum reference electrode

    DOEpatents

    Sadoway, D.R.

    1988-08-16

    A stable reference electrode is described for use in monitoring and controlling the process of electrolytic reduction of a metal. In the case of Hall cell reduction of aluminum, the reference electrode comprises a pool of molten aluminum and a solution of molten cryolite, Na[sub 3]AlF[sub 6], wherein the electrical connection to the molten aluminum does not contact the highly corrosive molten salt solution. This is accomplished by altering the density of either the aluminum (decreasing the density) or the electrolyte (increasing the density) so that the aluminum floats on top of the molten salt solution. 1 fig.

  7. 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.

  8. Quaternary aluminum silicides grown in Al flux: RE5Mn4Al(23-x)Si(x) (RE = Ho, Er, Yb) and Er44Mn55(AlSi)237.

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    Calta, Nicholas P; Kanatzidis, Mercouri G

    2013-09-01

    Four novel intermetallic silicides, RE5Mn4Al(23-x)Si(x) (x = 7.9(9), RE = Ho, Er, Yb) and Er44Mn55(AlSi)237, have been prepared by reaction in aluminum flux. Three RE5Mn4Al(23-x)Si(x) compounds crystallize in the tetragonal space group P4/mmm with the relatively rare Gd5Mg5Fe4Al(18-x)Si(x) structure type. Refinement of single-crystal X-ray diffraction data yielded unit cell parameters of a = 11.3834(9)-11.4171(10) and c = 4.0297(2)-4.0575(4) with volumes ranging from 522.41(5) to 528.90(8) (3). Structure refinements on single-crystal diffraction data show that Er44Mn55(AlSi)237 adopts a new cubic structure type in the space group Pm3n with a very large unit cell edge of a = 21.815(3) . This new structure is best understood when viewed as two sets of nested polyhedra centered on a main group atom and a manganese atom. These polyhedral clusters describe the majority of the atomic positions in the structure and form a perovskite-type network. We also report the electrical and magnetic properties of the title compounds. All compounds except the Ho analogue behave as normal paramagnetic metals without any observed magnetic transitions above 5 K and exhibit antiferromagnetic correlations deduced from the value of their Curie constants. Ho5Mn4Al(23-x)Si(x) exhibits a ferromagnetic transition at 20 K and an additional metamagnetic transition at 10 K, suggesting independent ordering temperatures for two distinct magnetic sublattices. PMID:23931551

  9. Effects of Al-5Ti-1B master alloy on the microstructural evaluation of a highly alloyed aluminum alloy produced by SIMA process

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    Alipour, M.; Emamy, M.; Azarbarmas, M.; Karamouz, M.

    2010-06-15

    This study was undertaken to investigate the influence of Al-5Ti-1B master alloy on the structural characteristics of Al-12Zn-3 Mg-2.5Cu aluminum alloy. The optimum amount of Ti containing master alloy for proper grain refining was selected as 6 wt.%. A modified strain-induced, melt-activated (SIMA) process for semi-solid processing of alloys was proposed. In order to examine the effectiveness of the modified SIMA process, the recrystallized microstructures of the Al alloy (Al-12Zn-3 Mg-2.5Cu) prepared by the modified SIMA processes were macroscopically. The modified SIMA process employed casting, warm multi-forging, recrystallization and partial melting instead of the conventional process. Reheating condition to obtain a fine globular microstructure was optimized. The microstructure evolution of reheated Al-12Zn-3 Mg-2.5Cu aluminum alloy was characterized by SEM (Scanning electron microscopy) and optical microscopy. In this study the relation between the induced strain with size and shape of grain size has been studied. Results indicated that with the increase of strain sphericity of particles, their size decreases and sphericity takes place in less reahiting time.

  10. Effects of Al5Ti1B master alloy on the microstructural evaluation of a highly alloyed aluminum alloy produced by SIMA process

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    Alipour, M.; Emamy, M.; Azarbarmas, M.; karamouz, M.

    2010-06-01

    This study was undertaken to investigate the influence of Al5Ti1B master alloy on the structural characteristics of Al12Zn3 Mg2.5Cu aluminum alloy. The optimum amount of Ti containing master alloy for proper grain refining was selected as 6 wt.%. A modified strain-induced, melt-activated (SIMA) process for semi-solid processing of alloys was proposed. In order to examine the effectiveness of the modified SIMA process, the recrystallized microstructures of the Al alloy (Al12Zn3 Mg2.5Cu) prepared by the modified SIMA processes were macroscopically. The modified SIMA process employed casting, warm multi-forging, recrystallization and partial melting instead of the conventional process. Reheating condition to obtain a fine globular microstructure was optimized. The microstructure evolution of reheated Al12Zn3 Mg2.5Cu aluminum alloy was characterized by SEM (Scanning electron microscopy) and optical microscopy. In this study the relation between the induced strain with size and shape of grain size has been studied. Results indicated that with the increase of strain sphericity of particles, their size decreases and sphericity takes place in less reahiting time.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. Construction of a Job Exposure Matrix to Dust, Fluoride, and Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons in the Norwegian Aluminum Industry using Prediction Models

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    Søyseth, Vidar; Henneberger, Paul; Virji, Mohammed Abbas; Bakke, Berit; Kongerud, Johny

    2016-01-01

    Background The Norwegian aluminum industry developed and implemented a protocol for prospective monitoring of employees’ exposure using personal samplers. We analyzed these data to develop prediction lines to construct a job exposure matrix (JEM) for the period 1986–1995. Methods The protocol for personal monitoring of exposure was implemented in all seven Norwegian aluminum plants in 1986 and continued until 1995. Personal samplers were used to collect total dust, fluorides, and total polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH). In addition, exposure could be categorized according to process, i.e. prebake, Søderberg, and ‘other’. We constructed four-dimensional JEMs characterized by: Plant, Job descriptor, Process, and Year. Totally 8074, 6734, and 3524 measurements were available for dust, fluorides, and PAH, respectively. The data were analyzed using linear mixed models with two-way interactions. The models were assessed using the Akaike criterion (AIC) and unadjusted R2. The significance level was set to 10% (two-sided) for retaining variables in the model. Results In 1986, the geometric mean (95% confidence interval in parentheses) for total dust, total fluorides, and PAH were 3.18 (0.46–22.2) mg m−3, 0.58 (0.085–4.00) mg m−3, and 33.9 (2.3–504) μg m−3, respectively. During 10 years of follow-up, the exposure to total dust, fluorides, and PAH decreased by 9.2, 11.7, and 14.9% per year, respectively. Each model encompassed from 49 to 72 significant components of the interaction terms. The interaction components were at least as important as the main effects, and 65 to 91% of the significant components of the interaction terms were time-dependent. Conclusion Our prediction models indicated that exposures were highly time-dependent. We expect that the time-dependent changes in exposure are of major importance for longitudinal studies of health effects in the aluminum industry. PMID:26409268

  14. 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 (Na2B4O710H2O) or boron oxide (B2O3) with aluminum. Aluminum metal at temperatures higher than 900C 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.

  15. Irradiation performance of U-Mo-Ti and U-Mo-Zr dispersion fuels in Al-Si matrixes

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    Kim, Yeon Soo; Hofman, G. L.; Robinson, A. B.; Wachs, D. M.; Ryu, H. J.; Park, J. M.; Yang, J. H.

    2012-08-01

    Performance of U-7 wt.%Mo with 1 wt.%Ti, 1 wt.%Zr or 2 wt.%Zr, dispersed in an Al-5 wt.%Si alloy matrix, was investigated through irradiation tests in the ATR at INL and HANARO at KAERI. Post-irradiation metallographic features show that the addition of Ti or Zr suppresses interaction layer growth between the U-Mo and the Al-5 wt.%Si matrix. However, higher fission gas swelling was observed in the fuel with Zr addition, while no discernable effect was found in the fuel with Ti addition as compared to U-Mo without the addition. Known to have a destabilizing effect on the ?-phase U-Mo, Zr, either as alloy addition or fission product, is ascribed for the disadvantageous result. Considering its benign effect on fuel swelling, with slight disadvantage from neutron economy point of view, Ti may be a better choice for this purpose.

  16. 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

  17. 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

  18. Identification of aluminum-responsive proteins in rice roots by a proteomic approach: cysteine synthase as a key player in Al response.

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    Yang, Qiaosong; Wang, Yuqi; Zhang, Jianjun; Shi, Weiping; Qian, Chunmei; Peng, Xinxiang

    2007-03-01

    Aluminum (Al) toxicity is a serious limitation to worldwide crop production. Rice is one of the most Al-tolerant crops and also serves as an important monocot model plant. This study aims to identify Al-responsive proteins in rice, based on evidence that Al resistance is an inducible process. Two Al treatment systems were applied in the study: Al3+-containing simple Ca solution culture and Al3+-containing complete nutrient solution culture. Proteins prepared from rice roots were separated by 2-DE. The 2-DE patterns were compared and the differentially expressed proteins were identified by MS. A total of 17 Al-responsive proteins were identified, with 12 of those being up-regulated and 5 down-regulated. Among the up-regulated proteins are copper/zinc superoxide dismutase (Cu-Zn SOD), GST, and S-adenosylmethionine synthetase 2, which are the consistently known Al-induced enzymes previously detected at the transcriptional level in other plants. More importantly, a number of other identified proteins including cysteine synthase (CS), 1-aminocyclopropane-1-carboxylate oxidase, G protein beta subunit-like protein, abscisic acid- and stress-induced protein, putative Avr9/Cf-9 rapidly elicited protein 141, and a 33 kDa secretory protein are novel Al-induced proteins. Most of these proteins are functionally associated with signaling transduction, antioxidation, and detoxification. CS, as consistently detected in both Al stress systems, was further validated by Western blot and CS activity assays. Moreover, the metabolic products of CS catalysis, i.e. both the total glutathione pool and reduced glutathione, were also significantly increased in response to Al stress. Taken together, our results suggest that antioxidation and detoxification ultimately related to sulfur metabolism, particularly to CS, may play a functional role in Al adaptation for rice. PMID:17295357

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  1. 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

  2. Reactions of AlH(3) x NMe(3) with nitriles: structural characterization and substitution reactions of hexameric aluminum imides.

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    Reddy, N Dastagiri; Roesky, Herbert W; Noltemeyer, Mathias; Schmidt, Hans-Georg

    2002-05-01

    The reaction of AlH(3).NMe(3) with RCN proceeds with the evolution of trimethylamine and affords (HAINCH(2)R)(6) (R = Ph (1), p-MeC(6)H(4) (2), p-CF(3)C(6)H(4) (3)). Compounds 1 and 3 are characterized by single-crystal structural analysis. Compound 1 reacts with Me(3)SiBr as well as with PhC[triple bond]CH to give (XAINCH(2)Ph)(6) (X = Br (4), PhC[triple bond]C (5)). Structural data and other characterization data of compounds 4 and 5 show that all the hydridic hydrogen atoms in 1 have been replaced by bromine atoms and PhC[triple bond]C groups, respectively. Compounds 1-5 are potential precursors for the preparation of aluminum nitride. Crystals of 1 are rhombohedral, space group R3 macro, with a = 15.7457(13) A, b = 15.7457(13) A, c = 14.949(2) A, V = 3209.8(5) A(3), and Z = 3. Crystals of 3.(3)/(4)C(7)H(8) are triclinic, space group P1 macro, with a = 17.527(11) A, b = 18.894(12) A, c = 19.246(15) A, alpha = 96.11(7) degrees, beta = 102.23(4) degrees, gamma = 106.79(3) degrees, V = 5867(7) A(3), and Z = 4. Compound 4 crystallizes in the monoclinic space group P2(1)/c, with a = 14.175(4) A, b = 16.678(5) A, c = 10.731(3) A, beta = 106.82(2) degrees, V = 2428.6(11) A(3), and Z = 2. Compound 5. C(7)H(8) crystallizes in the monoclinic space group C2/c, with a = 25.842(5) A, b = 15.443(3) A, c = 20.699(4) A, beta = 105.88(3) degrees, V = 7945(3) A(3), and Z = 4. PMID:11978101

  3. 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.

  4. In-situ processing of aluminum nitride particle reinforced aluminum alloy composites

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    Zheng, Qingjun

    Discontinuously reinforced aluminum alloy composites (DRACs) have potential applications in automotive, electronic packaging, and recreation industries. Conventional processing of DRACs is by incorporation of ceramic particles/whiskers/fibers into matrix alloys. Because of the high cost of ceramic particles, DRACs are expensive. The goal of this work was to develop a low-cost route of AlN-Al DRACs processing through bubbling and reacting nitrogen and ammonia gases with aluminum alloy melt in the temperature range of 1373--1523 K. Thermodynamic analysis of AlN-Al alloy system was performed based on Gibbs energy minimization theory. AlN is stable in aluminum, Al-Mg, Al-Si, Al-Zn, and Al-Li alloys over the whole temperature range for application and processing of DRACs. Experiments were carried out to form AlN by bubbling nitrogen and ammonia gases through aluminum, Al-Mg, and Al-Si alloy melts. Products were characterized with XRD, SEM, and EDX. The results showed that in-situ processing of AlN reinforced DRACs is technically feasible. Significant AlN was synthesized by bubbling deoxidized nitrogen and ammonia gases. When nitrogen gas was used as the nitrogen precursor, the AlN particles formed in-situ are small in size, (<10 mum). The formation of AlN is strongly affected by the trace oxygen impurities in the nitrogen gas. The deleterious effect of oxygen impurities is due to their inhibition to the chemisorption of nitrogen gas at the interface. In comparison with nitrogen gas, bubbling ammonia led to formation of AlN particles in smaller size (about 2 mum or less) at a significantly higher rate. Ammonia is not stable and dissociated into nitrogen and hydrogen at reaction temperatures. The hydrogen functions as oxygen-getter at the interface and benefits chemisorption of nitrogen, thereby promoting the formation of AlN. The overall process of AlN formation was modeled using two-film model. For nitrogen bubbling gas, the whole process is controlled by chemisorption of nitrogen molecules at the gas bubble - aluminum melt interface. For ammonia precursor, the rate of the overall process is limited by the mass transfer of nitrogen atoms in the liquid boundary layer. The models agree well with the experimental results.

  5. Electronic structure and bonding in four-coordinate organometallic complexes of aluminum. Valence photoelectron spectra of BHT-H, Me sub 3 Al(PMe sub 3 ), and Me sub 2 (BHT)Al(PMe sub 3 )

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    Lichtenberger, D.L.; Hogan, R.H. ); Healy, M.D.; Barron, A.R. )

    1990-04-25

    The He I valence photoelectron spectra of the Lewis acid-base adducts Me{sub 3}Al(PMe{sub 3}) and Me{sub 2}(BHT)Al(PMe{sub 3}) (BHT{minus}H = 2,6-di-tert-butyl-4-methylphenol) have been obtained to characterize the electronic structure and bonding in four-coordinate organometallic complexes of aluminum. To aid in the assignment of the spectrum of Me{sub 2}(BHT)Al(PMe{sub 3}), the spectrum of the free alcohol, BHT-H, was also obtained. The first and second ionizations of the free BHT-H alcohol show vibrational progressions associated with the symmetric C-C phenyl ring stretching modes, consistent with the b{sub 1} and a{sub 2} {pi} ionizations, respectively, of monosubstituted phenyl rings. In the photoelectron spectrum of BHT coordinated to aluminum in Me{sub 2}(BHT)Al(PMe{sub 3}), the corresponding phenoxide a{sub 2} ionization retains the vibrational structure, but the individual vibrational components are lost in the ionization that corresponds most closely with the b{sub 1}. The loss of vibrational fine structure associated with ionization from the phenyl {pi} b{sub 1} orbital in the coordinated phenoxide shows that the phenoxide is involved in a {pi} interaction with the Me{sub 2}Al(PMe{sub 3}) portion of the molecule.

  6. Synthesis and Characterization of Novel Al-Matrix Composites Reinforced with Ti3SiC2 Particulates

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    Gupta, S.; Hammann, T.; Johnson, R.; Riyad, M. F.

    2015-02-01

    In this paper, we report for the first time, the synthesis and characterization of novel Ti3SiC2 reinforced Al-matrix composites. All the composites were cold pressed and sintered in the temperature range of 700-750 C for 5-30 min in an inert Ar atmosphere. Microstructure analysis by scanning electron microscopy and phase analysis by x-ray diffraction confirmed that there was minimal interfacial reaction between Ti3SiC2 particles and Al. The addition of Ti3SiC2 enhanced the mechanical performance of the composites. For example, the pure Al samples had a yield strength of 97 6 MPa, where as the volume fraction of Ti3SiC2 was increased to 5 and 10 vol.% in the composites, the yield strength increased significantly to 212 27 and 273 52 MPa, respectively. As the volume fraction of Ti3SiC2 was further increased to 20 and 35 vol.%, the yield strength mildly increased to 278 48 MPa, and then decreased to 134 20 MPa, respectively. The decrease in yield strength after 35 vol.% Ti3SiC2 addition in the Al matrix was attributed to the presence of higher amount of porosity in these samples. The addition of Ti3SiC2 particles also had a beneficial effect on the tribological performance of these composites against alumina substrates.

  7. 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.}

  8. AlGaN/GaN metal-insulator-semiconductor high electron mobility transistors with reduced leakage current and enhanced breakdown voltage using aluminum ion implantation

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    Sun, Shichuang; Fu, Kai; Yu, Guohao; Zhang, Zhili; Song, Liang; Deng, Xuguang; Qi, Zhiqiang; Li, Shuiming; Sun, Qian; Cai, Yong; Dai, Jiangnan; Chen, Changqing; Zhang, Baoshun

    2016-01-01

    This letter has studied the performance of AlGaN/GaN metal-insulator-semiconductor high electron mobility transistors on silicon substrate with GaN buffer treated by aluminum ion implantation for insulating followed by a channel regrown by metal-organic chemical vapor deposition. For samples with Al ion implantation of multiple energies of 140 keV (dose: 1.4 1014 cm-2) and 90 keV (dose: 1 1014 cm-2), the OFF-state leakage current is decreased by more than 3 orders and the breakdown voltage is enhanced by nearly 6 times compared to the samples without Al ion implantation. Besides, little degradation of electrical properties of the 2D electron gas channel is observed where the maximum drain current IDSmax at a gate voltage of 3 V was 701 mA/mm and the maximum transconductance gmmax was 83 mS/mm.

  9. 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.

  10. A chronoamperometric study of anodic processes at various types of carbon anode in Al[sub 2]O[sub 3]-Na[sub 3]AlF[sub 6] melts used in the electrolytic production of aluminum

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    Djokic, S.S.; Conway, B.E. . Dept. of Chemistry); Belliveau, T.F. . Arvida Research and Development Centre)

    1994-08-01

    The performance of four graphites and glassy carbon as sensor anode materials in chronoamperometry experiments for possible determination of Al[sub 2]O[sub 3] were comparatively examined in alumina-cryolite melts at 1,010 C. With graphite anode materials, the anode process(es) is (are) not fully diffusion controlled nor are the results adequately reproducible. Only at glassy carbon is (are) the anodic process(es) diffusion controlled. Consequently, at glassy-carbon sensor anodes, the dependence of the response current function on Al[sub 2]O[sub 3] concentration is found to be approximately linear. The presence or absence of Al metal, dissolved in the melt, as arises in the practical technology of electrolytic aluminum smelting, has a significant effect on the results due mainly to background current contributions from oxidation of dissolved Al.

  11. Development of mathematical models of superplasticity properties as a function of parameters of aluminum alloys of Al-Mg-Si system

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    Churyumov, A. Yu.; Mikhailovskaya, A. V.; Kotov, A. D.; Bazlov, A. I.; Portnoi, V. K.

    2013-03-01

    The article discusses the superplasticity properties and structure parameters of cold-worked alloys of a quasi-binary section of the Al-Mg-Si system with a volume fraction of eutectic particles of 0.08-0.18. Mathematical models of yield stress and effective elongation as a function of the structure and engineering parameters have been developed for alloys of this system. An analysis of the developed models shows that, in the temperature range of 520-560C, superplastic deformation is controlled by the rate of diffusion of aluminum atoms in the grain bulk.

  12. 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.

  13. Aluminum tolerance in maize is correlated with increased levels of mineral nutrients, carbohydrates and proline, and decreased levels of lipid peroxidation and Al accumulation.

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    Giannakoula, Anastasia; Moustakas, Michael; Mylona, Photini; Papadakis, Ioannis; Yupsanis, Traianos

    2008-03-13

    We investigated the uptake of aluminum (Al) and transport to shoots in two inbred maize lines (Zea mays L., VA-22 and A(4/67)) differing in Al tolerance. Seedlings were grown for 7 days in hydroponic culture with nutrient solution that contained 0, 240, 360, and 480microM Al at pH 4.2. After 7 days of exposure to Al, roots of sensitive maize line (A(4/67)) plants accumulated 2-2.5 times more Al than roots of tolerant line (VA-22) plants. Inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectrometry (ICP-AES) showed that the tolerant line retained higher concentrations of Ca(2+), Mg(2+), and K(+) compared with the sensitive line. In response to Al treatment, proline (Pro) concentration increased three-fold in roots of tolerant plants, while a slight increase was observed in roots of sensitive-line plants. A substantial carbon surplus (two-fold increase) was observed in roots of the Al-tolerant maize line. Carbohydrate concentration remained almost unchanged in roots of Al-sensitive line plants. Al treatment triggered the enhancement of lipid peroxidation in the sensitive line, while no change in lipid peroxidation level was observed in the tolerant maize line. These data provide further support to the hypothesis that a mechanism exists that excludes Al from the roots of the tolerant maize line, as well as an internal mechanism of tolerance that minimizes accumulation of lipid peroxides through a higher Pro and carbohydrate content related to osmoregulation and membrane stabilization. PMID:17646031

  14. Chemical, mechanical, and thermal expansion properties of a carbon nanotube-reinforced aluminum nanocomposite

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    Sharma, Manjula; Sharma, Vimal

    2016-02-01

    In the present study, the chemical and mechanical properties and the thermal expansion of a carbon nanotube (CNT)-based crystalline nano-aluminum (nano Al) composite were reported. The properties of nanocomposites were tailored by incorporating CNTs into the nano Al matrix using a physical mixing method. The elastic moduli and the coefficient of thermal expansion (CTE) of the nanocomposites were also estimated to understand the effects of CNT reinforcement in the Al matrix. Microstructural characterization of the nanocomposite reveals that the CNTs are dispersed and embedded in the Al matrix. The experimental results indicate that the incorporation of CNTs into the nano Al matrix results in the increase in hardness and elastic modulus along with a concomitant decrease in the coefficient of thermal expansion. The hardness and elastic modulus of the nanocomposite increase by 21% and 20%, respectively, upon CNT addition. The CTE of CNT/Al nanocomposite decreases to 70% compared with that of nano Al.

  15. 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.

  16. Irradiation behavior of the interaction product of U-Mo fuel particle dispersion in an Al matrix

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    Kim, Yeon Soo; Hofman, G. L.

    2012-06-01

    Irradiation performance of U-Mo fuel particles dispersed in Al matrix is stable in terms of fuel swelling and is suitable for the conversion of research and test reactors from highly enriched uranium (HEU) to low enriched uranium (LEU). However, tests of the fuel at high temperatures and high burnups revealed obstacles caused by the interaction layers forming between the fuel particle and matrix. In some cases, fission gas filled pores grow and interconnect in the interdiffusion layer resulting in fuel plate failure. Postirradiation observations are made to examine the behavior of the interdiffusion layers. The interdiffusion layers show a fluid-like behavior characteristic of amorphous materials. In the amorphous interdiffusion layers, fission gas diffusivity is high and the material viscosity is low so that the fission gas pores readily form and grow. Based on the observations, a pore formation mechanism is proposed and potential remedies to suppress the pore growth are also introduced.

  17. Effect of magnesium on the aging behavior of Al-Zn-Mg-Cu/Al2O3 metal matrix composites

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    Chou, Ming-Chun; Chao, Chuen-Guang

    1996-07-01

    The effect of magnesium content on the aging behavior of Al-Zn-Mg-Cu alloy reinforced with alumina (A12O3) was studied by using the differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) technique and hardness measurement. The magnesium contents were studied in the range from 1.23 to 2.97 wt pct. The addition of magnesium was found to increase the coherent Guinier-Preston (GP) zones in com-posites. The apparent formation enthalpy of GP zones of composites (0.1 V f) was 0.932 cal/g for 1.23 wt pct magnesium content and 1.375 cal/g for 2.97 wt pct magnesium content. The precipitation time to achieve the maximum hardness in the composites depends on the magnesium content. The time changed from 12 to 48 hours as the magnesium content increased from 1.23 to 2.97 wt pct. Both Vickers microhardness and Rockwell hardness increased with increasing magnesium content. The maximum hardness occurred in the composites that contained maximum amounts of GP zones and ?' precipitates. However, the microhardness of the composites was always lower than that of monolithic alloys due to the alumina fibers which caused the suppression of GP zones and ?' for-mation in the composites.

  18. 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.

  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. 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.

  1. 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.

  2. Electron Diffraction Evidence for the Ordering of Excess Nickel Atoms by Relation to Stoichiometry in Nickel-Rich Beta'-Nial Formation of a Nickel-Aluminum (Ni2al) Superlattices

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    Reynaud, F.

    1988-01-01

    In electron diffraction patterns of nickel-rich beta-NiAl alloys, many anomalies are observed. One of these is the appearance of diffuse intensity maxima between the reflexions of the B2 structure. This is explained by the short-range ordering of the excess nickel atoms on the simple cubic sublattice occupied only by aluminum atoms in the stoichiometric, perfectly ordered NiAl alloy. After annealing Ni 37.5 atomic percent Al and Ni 37.75 atomic percent Al for 1 week at 300 and 400 C, the diffuse intensity maxima transformed into sharp superstructure reflexions. These reflexions are explained by the formation of the four possible variants of an ordered hexagonal superstructure corresponding to the Ni2Al composition. This structure is closely related to the Ni2Al3 structure (same space group) formed by the ordering of vacancies on the nickel sublattice in aluminum-rich beta-NiAl alloys.

  3. Composite propellant combustion with low aluminum agglomeration

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    Mullen, Jessica Christine

    Aluminum behavior---accumulation, agglomeration and ignition---is studied in a unique, wide-distribution, ammonium perchlorate/hydroxyl-terminated polybutadiene (AP/HTPB) propellant formulation that results in low Al agglomeration, even at low pressures (1--30 atm). Variations in formulation---such as fine-AP/binder ratio, Al particle size, Al loading, coarse-AP size---are also examined. A fuel-rich, oxygenated binder matrix highly loaded with fine (2-mum) AP (FAP) at 75/25:FAP/binder (by mass) is found to have premixed flame conditions that produce minimal agglomeration (without ignition) of 15-mum Al. Coarse AP (CAP) is added to the system in the form of either particles (200 or 400 mum) or pressed-AP laminates (simulated CAP). In the 2-D laminate system the CAP/oxyfuel-matrix flame structure is seen to be similar to that previously described for non-aluminized laminates with split (diffusion) and merged (partially-premixed) flame regimes, depending on pressure and fuel-matrix thickness. Both laminate and particulate systems show that with CAP present, Al can agglomerate more extensively on CAP via lateral surface migration from fuel matrix to the CAP region. The particulate CAP system also shows that Al can accumulate/agglomerate via settling on CAP from above (in the direction of burning). Both systems, but more clearly the 2-D laminates, show that with CAP present, Al is ignited by the outer CAP/fuel-matrix canopy flames. Thus, a propellant formulation is proposed for reducing overall Al agglomeration through intrinsically reduced agglomeration in the fuel-matrix and a reduced number of CAP-particle agglomerates via higher FAP/CAP ratio.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. Maize aluminum tolerance

    Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

    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...

  7. 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.

  8. Effect of Aluminum Content on Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of Al x CoCrFeMo0.5Ni High-Entropy Alloys

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    Hsu, Chin-You; Juan, Chien-Chang; Sheu, Tsing-Shien; Chen, Swe-Kai; Yeh, Jien-Wei

    2013-12-01

    High-entropy alloys Al x CoCrFeMo0.5Ni with varied Al contents ( x = 0, 0.5, 1.0, 1.5, and 2.0) have been designed based on the Al x CoCrCuFeNi system to improve mechanical properties for room and elevated temperatures. They have been investigated for microstructure and mechanical properties. As the aluminum content increases, the as-cast structure evolves from face-centered cubic dendrite + minor σ-phase interdendrite at x = 0 to B2 dendrite with body-centered cubic (bcc) precipitates + bcc interdendrite with B2 precipitates at x = 2.0. This confirms the strong bcc-forming tendency of Al. The room-temperature Vickers hardness starts from the lowest, HV 220, at x = 0, attains to the maximum, HV 720, at x = 1.0, and then decreases to HV 615 at x = 2.0. Compared with the base alloy system, the current alloy system has a superior combination of hardness and fracture toughness. In addition, Al x CoCrFeMo0.5Ni alloys except x = 0 display a higher hot hardness level than those of Ni-based superalloys, including In 718 and In 718 H, up to 1273 K and show great potential in high-temperature applications.

  9. Reaction synthesis of Ni-Al based particle composite coatings

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    SUSAN,DONALD F.; MISIOLEK,WOICECK Z.; MARDER,ARNOLD R.

    2000-02-11

    Electrodeposited metal matrix/metal particle composite (EMMC) coatings were produced with a nickel matrix and aluminum particles. By optimizing the process parameters, coatings were deposited with 20 volume percent aluminum particles. Coating morphology and composition were characterized using light optical microscopy (LOM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and electron probe microanalysis (EPMA). Differential thermal analysis (DTA) was employed to study reactive phase formation. The effect of heat treatment on coating phase formation was studied in the temperature range 415 to 1,000 C. Long-time exposure at low temperature results in the formation of several intermetallic phases at the Ni matrix/Al particle interfaces and concentrically around the original Al particles. Upon heating to the 500--600 C range, the aluminum particles react with the nickel matrix to form NiAl islands within the Ni matrix. When exposed to higher temperatures (600--1,000 C), diffusional reaction between NiAl and nickel produces ({gamma})Ni{sub 3}Al. The final equilibrium microstructure consists of blocks of ({gamma}{prime})Ni{sub 3}Al in a {gamma}(Ni) solid solution matrix, with small pores also present. Pore formation is explained based on local density changes during intermetallic phase formation and microstructural development is discussed with reference to reaction synthesis of bulk nickel aluminides.

  10. Tensile and fracture toughness properties of SiCp reinforced Al alloys: Effects of particle size, particle volume fraction, and matrix strength

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    Milan, M. T.; Bowen, P.

    2004-12-01

    The goal of this work was to evaluate the effects of particle size, particle volume fraction, and matrix strength on the monotonic fracture properties of two different Al alloys, namely T1-Al2124 and T1-Al6061, reinforced with silicon carbide particles (SiCp). From the tensile tests, an increase in particle volume fraction and/or matrix strength increased strength and decreased ductility. On the other hand, an increase in particle size reduced strength and increased the composite ductility. In fracture toughness tests, an increase in particle volume fraction reduced the toughness of the composites. An increase in matrix strength reduced both K crit and ?crit values. However, in terms of K Q (5%) values, the Al6061 composite showed a value similar to the corresponding Al2124 composite. This was mainly attributed to premature yielding caused by the high ductility/low strength of the Al6061 matrix and the testpiece dimensions. The effect of particle size on the fracture toughness depends on the type of matrix and toughness parameter used. In general, an increase in particle size decreased the K Q (5%) value, but simultaneously increased the amount of plastic strain that the matrix is capable of accommodating, increasing both ?crit and K crit values.

  11. The effect of matrix microstructure on cyclic response and fatigue behavior of particle-reinforced 2219 aluminum. Part 2: Behavior at 150 C

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    Vyletel, G.M.; Van Aken, D.C.; Allison, J.E.

    1995-12-01

    The 150 C cyclic response of peak-aged and overaged 2219/TiC/15p and 2219 Al was examined using fully reversed plastic strain-controlled testing. The cyclic response of peak-aged and overaged particle-reinforced materials showed extensive cyclic softening. This softening began at the commencement of cycling and continued until failure. At a plastic strain below 5 {times} 10{sup {minus}3}, the unreinforced materials did not show evidence of cyclic softening until approximately 30 pct of the life was consumed. In addition, the degree of cyclic softening ({Delta}{sigma}) was significantly lower in the unreinforced microstructures. The cyclic softening in both reinforced and unreinforced materials was attributed to the decomposition of the {theta}{prime} strengthening precipitates. The extent of the precipitate decomposition was much greater in the composite materials due to the increased levels of local plastic strain in the matrix caused by constrained deformation near the TiC particles.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. Fabrication and Structure Characterization of Alumina-Aluminum Interpenetrating Phase Composites

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    Dolata, Anna J.

    2016-01-01

    Alumina-Aluminum composites with interpenetrating networks structure belong to advanced materials with potentially better properties when compared with composites reinforced by particles or fibers. The paper presents the experimental results of fabrication and structure characterization of Al matrix composites locally reinforced via Al2O3 ceramic foam. The composites were obtained using centrifugal infiltration of porous ceramics by liquid aluminum alloy. Both scanning electron microscopy (SEM + EDS) and x-ray tomography were used to determine the structure of foams and composites especially in reinforced areas. The quality of castings, degree of pore filling in ceramic foams by Al alloy, and microstructure in area of interface were assessed.

  15. Characterization of Hypereutectic Al-20wt%Si/TiCp Metal Matrix Composite

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    Choi, Jinmyung; Park, Seulki; Park, Bonggyu; Park, Ikmin; Park, Yongho; Kim, Yongjin

    Hypereutectic Al-Si alloys are one of the most interesting material for high strength structural components because they have low coefficient of thermal expansion (CTE) as well as high wear resistance and mechanical properties. However, Al-based alloys have lower hardness and wear resistance than ferrous alloys and these disadvantages restrict the use of al-based alloy. They could be overcome by making composite reinforced with ceramic particles. TiC was good candidate for the reinforcement of the alloy. Al-20wt%Si was fabricated by gas atomization and 1, 3 and 5wt%TiC were mixed to these powders by turbular mixer for 10h with 45rpm. The mixture was hot-pressed at 550?C for 1h under 60MPa pressure. Relative density of the sintered samples was about 98% of theoretical density. The effect of reinforcements on mechanical properties and wear resistance of composite was investgated. Strength, hardness and wear resistance of the sintered sample were improved by the grain refinement and dispersion strengthening.

  16. 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.

  17. Effects of MoS2 and Multiwalled Carbon Nanotubes on Tribological Behavior of TiAl Matrix Composite

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    Yang, Kang; Shi, Xiaoliang; Zhai, Wenzheng

    2016-02-01

    The sliding velocities and applied loads are often varied to minimize friction and decrease mechanical energy dissipation in moving mechanical assemblies. In this study, TiAl matrix composites containing MoS2 and multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) are fabricated using spark plasma sintering. The testing conditions are chosen as 0.3 m/s-6.5 N; 0.5 m/s-11.4 N; and 0.7 m/s-16.3 N. The sliding tribological property of TiAl matrix composite containing MoS2 and MWCNTs (TMC-MM) is evaluated based on a ball-on-disk tribometer. The results show that the tribological performance of TMC-MM is excellent for the lower friction coefficient and less wear rate at 0.7 m/s-16.3 N. Massive MWCNTs are pulled out from TMC-MM at 0.7 m/s-16.3 N, and made to adhere to wear surface due to the existence of MoS2 with high adhesion property, resulting in the formation of smooth isolated island-like layer. It could protect the lubrication film formed on the worn surface, and be beneficial to the excellent tribological behavior of TMC-MM.

  18. Aluminum powder metallurgy processing

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    Flumerfelt, Joel Fredrick

    In recent years, the aluminum powder industry has expanded into non-aerospace applications. However, the alumina and aluminum hydroxide in the surface oxide film on aluminum powder require high cost powder processing routes. A driving force for this research is to broaden the knowledge base about aluminum powder metallurgy to provide ideas for fabricating low cost aluminum powder components. 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). The commercial atomization methods are bench marks of current aluminum powder technology. The GARS process is a laboratory scale inert gas atomization facility. A benefit of using pure aluminum powders is an unambiguous interpretation of the results without considering the effects of alloy elements. 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 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.

  19. Impact loading of an aluminum/alumina composite

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    Johnson, J.N.; Hixson, R.S.; Gray, G.T. III

    1994-02-01

    The combined demands of increased strength and reduced weight in modern dynamic structural applications require improved understanding of composite materials subject to impact conditions. In order to isolate and identify individual contributions to composite material behavior under these conditions, an experimental and theoretical program was undertaken to examine dynamic behavior of an aluminum/alumina composite consisting of a 6061-T6 aluminum matrix containing elastic, spherical Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} inclusions (10 percent by volume, average diameter {approximately}25 microns). Parallel impact experiments are conducted on these composites and on pure 6061-T6 aluminum samples. This combination provides a direct and immediate qualitative picture of the effect of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} inclusions the dynamic response of the composite in compression, release, and spallation. Additional experimental information is provided by post-shock reload tests of shock-recovered samples at quasi-static and intermediate strain rates.

  20. 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.

  1. 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.

  2. Micromechanical modeling of processing-induced damage in Al-SiC metal matrix composites synthesized using the disintegrated melt deposition technique

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    Tham, L.M.; Su, L.; Cheng, L.; Gupta, M.

    1999-01-01

    Porosity of a few percent by volume can often be found in particulate-reinforced metal-matrix composites (MMCs) produced by any of the solid, liquid, or solid-liquid phase processes. Like the voids nucleated within the ductile matrix of the composite during loading, processing-induced voids also have an effect on the mechanical response of the composite. However, unlike nucleated voids, processing-induced voids affect the elastic and initial plastic behavior of the composite, as they are present from the onset of loading. In this study, an axisymmetric finite element model was used to investigate the influence of processing-induced voids on the deformation behavior of silicon carbide particulate-reinforced aluminum metal-matrix composites synthesized by the disintegrated melt deposition technique. A limited parametric analysis of the effect of reinforcement content on the deformation response of the composite is discussed. The numerical predictions are compared with experimental measurements.

  3. Effect of Amount of Aluminum on the Performance of Si-Al Codeposited Anodes for Lithium Batteries.

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    Patil, Vaishali; Patil, Arun; Yoon, Seok-Jin; Choi, Ji-Won

    2015-11-01

    Silicon is considered one of the most promising anode materials for high-performance Li-ion batteries due to its 4000 mAh/g theoretical specific capacity, relative abundance, low cost, and environmental benignity. However, silicon experiences a dramatic volume change (-300%) during full charge/discharge cycling, leading to severe capacity decay and poor cycling stability. Here, we report Si-Al codeposited anode material for Li-ion batteries. The Si-Al thin films were deposited by co-deposition from Si and Al target on nickel substrate. The composition of Si and Al in the film is estimated by energy-dispersive spectroscopy. The XRD and SEM analysis revealed that the Si-Al thin films were amorphous in structure. The electrochemical performance of the Si-Al thin film as anode material for lithium ion battery was investigated by the charge/discharge tests. Galvanostatic half-cell electrochemical measurements were conducted in between 0 mV to 2 V using a Li counter electrode, demonstrating that the Al rich Si-Al thin film achieved a good cycleability up to 100 cycles with a high capacity retention. Si-Al sample having 11.04% Al shows capacity 825 mAh/g over the 100 cycles. PMID:26726617

  4. Influence of shear force on floc properties and residual aluminum in humic acid treatment by nano-Al??.

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    Xu, Weiying; Gao, Baoyu; Du, Bin; Xu, Zhenghe; Zhang, Yongfang; Wei, Dong

    2014-04-30

    The impacts of various shear forces on floc sizes and structures in humic acid coagulations by polyaluminum chloride (PACl) and nano-Al13 were comparatively studied in this paper. The dynamic floc size was monitored by use of a laser diffraction particle sizing device. The floc structure was evaluated in terms of fractal dimension, analyzed by small-angle laser light scattering (SALLS). The effect of increased shear rate on residual Al of the coagulation effluents was then analyzed on the basis of different floc characteristics generated under various shear conditions. The results showed that floc size decreased with the increasing shear rate for both Al13 and PACl. Besides, floc strength and re-formation ability were also weakened by the enhanced shear force. Al13 resulted in small, strong and better recoverable flocs than PACl and moreover, in the shear range of 100-300 revolution per minute (rpm) (G=40.7-178.3s(-1)), the characteristics of HA-Al13 flocs displayed smaller scale changes than those of HA-PACl flocs. The results of residual Al measurements proved that with shear increased, the residual Al increased continuously but Al13 presented less sensitivity to the varying shear forces. PACl contributed higher residual Al than Al13 under the same shear condition. PMID:24583809

  5. Ultrasonic-Assisted Synthesis of Graphite-Reinforced Al Matrix Nanocomposites

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    Christy Roshini, P.; Nagasivamuni, B.; Raj, Baldev; Ravi, K. R.

    2015-06-01

    A novel approach to produce Al-2 vol.% graphite nanocomposites using micron-sized graphite particles has been reported using conventional stir casting technique combined with ultrasonic treatment. Microstructural observations indicate that the visible agglomerations and porosities are significantly reduced after ultrasonic treatment. Transmission electron microscopy studies of ultrasonic-treated composites reveal that the size of the graphite particles is reduced substantially and its morphology is transformed into flake type structures. The width of the graphite flakes is reduced markedly with the increase in ultrasonic processing time and it is found to be in the range of 100-120 nm with an aspect ratio of 8.83 after 5 min of ultrasonication. Added to that, considerable improvement in the hardness values are noted for ultrasonic-treated Al-2 vol.% graphite composites when compared to conventional untreated composites. The mechanism behind the significant reduction in graphite particle size and porosity, uniform distribution of graphite particles and hardness increments are discussed.

  6. 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.

  7. Dry sliding wear behavior of Al 2219/SiCp-Gr hybrid metal matrix composites

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    Basavarajappa, S.; Chandramohan, G.; Mukund, K.; Ashwin, M.; Prabu, M.

    2006-12-01

    The dry sliding wear behavior of Al 2219 alloy and Al 2219/SiCp/Gr hybrid composites are investigated under similar conditions. The composites are fabricated using the liquid metallurgy technique. The dry sliding wear test is carried out for sliding speeds up to 6 m/s and for normal loads up to 60 N using a pin on disc apparatus. It is found that the addition of SiCp and graphite reinforcements increases the wear resistance of the composites. The wear rate decreases with the increase in SiCp reinforcement content. As speed increases, the wear rate decreases initially and then increases. The wear rate increases with the increase in load. Scanning electron microscopy micrographs of the worn surface are used to predict the nature of the wear mechanism. Abrasion is the principle wear mechanism for the composites at low sliding speeds and loads. At higher loads, the wear mechanism changes to delamination.

  8. 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) , b = 3.6894(2) , c = 12.3900(8) , 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) , b = 8.82388(12) , c = 5.15643(7) , and ? = 93.1854(12). (151)Eu Mssbauer 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

  9. Physical and Microstructure Properties of MgAl2C2 Matrix Composite Coating on Titanium

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    Li, Peng

    2014-12-01

    This work is based on the dry sliding wear of the MgAl2C2-TiB2-FeSi composite coating deposited on a pure Ti using a laser cladding technique. Scanning electron microscope images indicate that the nanocrystals and amorphous phases are produced in such coating. X-ray diffraction result indicated that such coating mainly consists of MgAl2C2, Ti-B, Ti-Si, Fe-Al, Ti3SiC2, TiC and amorphous phases. The high resolution transmission electron microscope image indicated that the TiB nanorods were produced in the coating, which were surrounded by other fine precipitates, favoring the formation of a fine microstructure. With increase of the laser power from 0.85 kW to 1.00 kW, the micro-hardness decreased from 1350 1450 HV0.2 to 1200 1300 HV0.2. The wear volume loss of the laser clad coating was 1/7 of pure Ti.

  10. Effect of Aluminum Doping on the Nanocrystalline ZnS:Al3+ Films Fabricated on Heavily-Doped p-type Si(100) Substrates by Chemical Bath Deposition Method

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    Zhu, He-Jie; Liang, Yan; Gao, Xiao-Yong; Guo, Rui-Fang; Ji, Qiang-Min

    2015-06-01

    Intrinsic ZnS and aluminum-doped nanocrystalline ZnS (ZnS:Al3+) films with zinc-blende structure were fabricated on heavily-doped p-type Si(100) substrates by chemical bath deposition method. Influence of aluminum doping on the microstructure, and photoluminescent and electrical properties of the films, were intensively investigated. The average crystallite size of the films varying in the range of about 9.0 35.0 nm initially increases and then decreases with aluminum doping contents, indicating that the crystallization of the films are initially enhanced and then weakened. The incorporation of Al3+ was confirmed from energy dispersive spectrometry and the induced microstrain in the films. Strong and stable visible emission band resulting from the defect-related light emission were observed for the intrinsic ZnS and ZnS:Al3+ films at room temperature. The photoluminescence related to the aluminum can annihilate due to the self-absorption of ZnS:Al3+ when the Al3+ content surpasses certain value. The variation of the resistivity of the films that initially reduces and then increases is mainly caused by the partial substitute for Zn2+ by Al3+ as well as the enhanced crystallization, and by the enhanced crystal boundary scattering, respectively.

  11. Structure and deformation of continuous alumina fiber reinforced aluminum composites

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    Isaacs, J.A.

    1991-01-01

    Plastic deformation under uniaxial tension and compression of high purity aluminum reinforced with a high volume fraction of parallel alumina fibers is investigated. This material is chosen because there are no fiber/matrix chemical reactions for this system, and the only significant intrinsic hardening mechanism of the matrix is work hardening. The matrix substructure is characterized in the as-cast condition and after deformation by examination of electrolytically polished thin foils using transmission electron microscopy. Simple models to account for dislocation generation due to thermal stresses at smooth fibers on cooling the composite from processing temperatures, predict much lower dislocation densities than observed in the as-cast composite. A constant rate of work hardening is observed in tensile loading stage 2 for the composite, which is attributable to the fiber contribution, with little additional work hardening by the aluminum matrix. The reactivity of zirconia-alumina fibers with aluminum during high-temperature processing is also studied. It is determined that the ZrAl{sub 3} forms in the matrix by reaction between the fiber and the matrix at temperatures above 640C.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. Formation of adiabatic shear band in Al-SiC{sub w} metal matrix composites

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    Cho, K.M.; Park, I.M.; Lee, S.; Choi, W.B.

    1993-12-31

    Ballistic impact accompanying high strain rate plastic deformation caused adiabatic shear bands to form in 2124 Al-SiC{sub w} composites. It is tried to interpret the formation behavior of the adiabatic shear bands in terms of microstructure of the composites including the volume fraction and distribution of SiC whiskers. Higher volume fraction of SiC whiskers prevented the formation of adiabatic shear bands more effectively. Shear bands were blocked by SiC whiskers, thereby changing their propagation path to the extrusion direction running through the whisker depleted zone. Cracks formed within the shear band induce loss of load carrying capacity and thus failure of the composites.

  15. Quasicrystalline particulate reinforced aluminum composite

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    Anderson, I.E.; Biner, S.B.; Sordelet, D.J.; Unal, O.

    1997-07-01

    Particulate reinforced aluminum and aluminum alloy composites are rapidly emerging as new commercial materials for aerospace, automotive, electronic packaging and other high performance applications. However, their low processing ductility and difficulty in recyclability have been the key concern. In this study, two composite systems having the same aluminum alloy matrix, one reinforced with quasicrystals and the other reinforced with the conventional SiC reinforcements were produced with identical processing routes. Their processing characteristics and tensile mechanical properties were compared.

  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. Conventional and Micro-XRD Study of a New Ternary Zirconium, Titanium, Aluminum AlloyZr2TiAl

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    Sornadurai, D.; Flemming, Roberta L.; Sastry, V. S.

    2011-07-01

    Zr3Al is a cubic intermetallic compound whereas Ti3Al has a hexagonal structure. Crystallography and microstructure study of an alloy containing all three components is, therefore, interesting to study. A nominal Zr2TiAl alloy was prepared by arc melting and subsequently vacuum annealing at 1050 C for 30 days. Scanning Electron Microscopy and Energy Dispersive Spectrometry showed three phases in the material. Among the three phases the major phase was the stoichiometric alloy Zr2TiAl. Of the two minor phases present in the specimen, one was rich in Ti and the other rich in Al. In an SEM micrograph the major phase grains varied in size from 10 ?m to 50?m. Conventional XRD shows peaks due to all three phases with considerable proximity and overlap. In order to identify peaks due to individual phases micro-beam XRD was carried out and the major phase was identified.

  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, Las 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. 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).

  20. 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.

  1. '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.

  2. Micromechanic of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} matrix composites toughened by metallic phases

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    Lutterotti, L.; Di Maggio, R.; Gialanella, S.; Orsini, P.G.

    1996-10-01

    Ceramic materials toughened by dispersion of a ductile metallic phase can be a solution for high temperature applications where corrosion and mechanical resistance are requested in severe conditions. Alumina based composites are studied for this purpose from the micromechanic point of view; combining the microstructure characterization with numerical simulations a better study Dan design of these materials can be performed. Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} reinforced with Ni second phase composites were prepared and characterized by SEM, TEM and XRD techniques; the measured mechanical properties were compared with numerical simulation based on the microstructure analysis and the results can be used to design a better microstructure. In particular, using some microstructure characteristics as design parameters, the mechanical properties of the composite can be optimized by numerical simulations.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  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. Microstructure and wear properties of Al2O3-CeO2/Ni-base alloy composite coatings on aluminum alloys by plasma spray

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    He, Long; Tan, Yefa; Wang, Xiaolong; Xu, Ting; Hong, Xiang

    2014-09-01

    Al2O3 and CeO2 particles reinforced Ni-base alloy composite coatings were prepared on aluminum alloy 7005 by plasma spray. The microstructure, microhardness, fracture toughness, critical bonding force and the wear behavior and mechanisms of the composite coatings were investigated. It is found that CeO2 particles can refine crystal grains, reduce porosity and unmelted Al2O3 particles in the composite coatings. The microhardness, fracture toughness, critical bonding force and wear resistance of the composite coatings are enhanced due to synergistic strengthening effects of Al2O3 and CeO2 particles. The friction coefficients and wear losses increase as loads increase. At the loads of 3-6 N, the composite coatings experience local plastic deformation and micro-cutting wear. At the loads in the range of 9-12 N, the calculated maximum contact stress and maximum tensile stress on friction surfaces increase leading to plastic deformation induced working hardening. The wear mechanisms change into micro-brittle fracture wear and slight oxidative wear.

  7. High-temperature discontinuously reinforced aluminum

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    Zedalis, M. S.; Bryant, J. D.; Gilman, P. S.; Das, S. K.

    1991-08-01

    High-temperature discontinuously reinforced aluminum (HTDRA) composites have been developed for elevated-temperature applications by incorporating SiC particulate reinforcement into a rapidly solidified, high-temperature Al-Fe-V-Si (alloy 8009) matrix. HTDRA combines the superior elevated-temperature strength, stability and corrosion resistance of the 8009 matrix with the excellent specific stiffness and abrasion resistance of the discontinuous SiC particulate reinforcement. On a specific stiffness basis, HTDRA is competitive with Ti-6-Al-4V and 17-4 PH stainless steel to temperatures approaching 480C. Potential aerospace applications being considered for HTDRA include aircraft wing skins, missile bodies, and miscellaneous engine, spacecraft and hypersonic vehicle components.

  8. Platinum-Enhanced Electron Transfer and Surface Passivation through Ultrathin Film Aluminum Oxide (Al?O?) on Si(111)-CH? Photoelectrodes.

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    Kim, Hark Jin; Kearney, Kara L; Le, Luc H; Pekarek, Ryan T; Rose, Michael J

    2015-04-29

    We report the preparation, stability, and utility of Si(111)-CH3 photoelectrodes protected with thin films of aluminum oxide (Al2O3) prepared by atomic layer deposition (ALD). The photoelectrodes have been characterized by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), photoelectrochemistry (Fc in MeCN, Fc-OH in H2O), electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS), and cyclic voltammetry (CV) simulation. XPS analysis of the growing Al2O3 layer affords both the thickness, and information regarding two-dimensional versus three-dimensional mode of growth. Impedance measurements on Si(111)|CH3|Al2O3 devices reveal that the nascent films (5-30 ) exhibit significant capacitance, which is attenuated upon surpassing the bulk threshold (?30 ). The Al2O3 layer provides enhanced photoelectrochemical (PEC) stability evidenced by an increase in the anodic window of operation in MeCN (up to +0.5 V vs Ag) and enhanced stability in aqueous electrolyte (up to +0.2 V vs Ag). XPS analysis before and after PEC confirms the Al2O3 layer is persistent and prevents surface corrosion (SiOx). Sweep-rate dependent CVs in MeCN at varying thicknesses exhibit a trend of increasingly broad features, characteristic of slow electron transport kinetics. Simulations were modeled as slow electron transfer through a partially resistive and electroactive Al2O3 layer. Lastly, we find that the Al2O3 ultrathin film serves as a support for the ALD deposition of Pt nanoparticles (d ? 8 nm) that enhance electron transfer through the Al2O3 layer. Surface recombination velocity (SRV) measurements on the assembled Si(111)|CH3|Al2O3-15 device affords an S value of 4170 cm s(-1) (? = 4.2 ?s) comparable to the bare Si(111)-CH3 surface (3950 cm s(-1); ? = 4.4 ?s). Overall, the results indicate that high electronic quality and low surface defect densities can be retained throughout a multistep assembly of an integrated and passivated semiconductor|thin-film|metal device. PMID:25880534

  9. Geochemistry of dissolved aluminum at low pH: Extent and significance of Al-Fe(III) coprecipitation below pH 4.0

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    Sánchez-España, Javier; Yusta, Iñaki; Gray, Jennifer; Burgos, William D.

    2016-02-01

    This work examines the geochemical behavior of dissolved aluminum in sulfate-rich acidic waters. Our observations were obtained during several years of geochemical and mineralogical research in the San Telmo acidic pit lake and other pit lakes of SW Spain. The work includes scanning and transmission electron microscopy (SEM, TEM) of suspended mineral colloids found in deep lake waters. Energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS) coupled to scanning and high resolution transmission electron microscopy (STEM, HRTEM) revealed not only the presence and formation of discrete, sub-micron Al solids like alunite, but also the abundance and distribution of Al into Fe(III) phases typical of acid mine drainage, such as schwertmannite and jarosite, at a nanometric resolution. The main conclusion emerging from our work is that the fate and transport of Al at low pH (<4.0) can be largely influenced by adsorption on and/or coprecipitation with both schwertmannite and jarosite. Under the geochemical conditions studied (SO42- = 10-2 M, Fe(III) ∼ Al = 10-3 M), alunite formation may occur at pH > 3.3, as suggested by mineralogical observations and geochemical modelling. Below this pH, and contrary to the extended assumption, Al is not truly conservative, and in the presence of ferric iron, both metals may co-precipitate at a substantial extent to form either particles of Al-rich schwertmannite (containing up to ca. 8 at.% Al with [Fe/(Fe + Al)] = 0.77) and/or crystals of H3O+- to K+-jarosite (containing up to ca. 10 at.% Al with [Fe/(Fe + Al)] = 0.54). This Al incorporation seems to take place by adsorption on particle surfaces in schwertmannite and by atomic substitution for Fe3+ in jarosite. Alunite is also unstable at this low pH range with respect to jarosite, which may lead either to isomorphic transformation and/or to chemically zoned crystals with jarositic rims around previously formed alunite cores. As a whole, the compositional spectrum of the analyzed jarosites and alunites describes a discontinuous, coupled (Al3+-Fe3+, H3O+-K+) solid solution series with an apparent gap at intermediate compositions. However, this gap seems to follow geochemical aspects more than crystallographic factors (i.e., immiscibility). The combination of this macroscopically invisible Al incorporated into Fe(III) solids along with subordinate alunite formation may cause significant Al removal even at very low pH (e.g., 20% decrease in Al concentration in San Telmo at pH < 3.1). Furthermore, this Fe(III)-Al co-precipitation may also affect the fate of toxic trace elements like As and Pb.

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

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    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

  11. 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

  12. Spatial Inhomogeneity of Aluminum Content in Air-Bridged Lateral Epitaxially Grown AlGaN Ternary Alloy Films Probed by Cross-Sectional Scanning Near-Field Optical Microscopy

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    Ishibashi, Akihiko; Murotani, Hideaki; Yokogawa, Toshiya; Yamada, Yoichi

    2012-03-01

    We systematically studied spatial inhomogeneity of aluminum content in air-bridged lateral epitaxially grown (ABLEG) AlGaN ternary alloy films by high-resolution photoluminescence mapping probed with cross-sectional scanning near-field optical microscopy (SNOM). We observed the content changes along the vertical <0001> and the horizontal <11bar 20> growth directions in AlGaN films with four different mask widths. The spatial inhomogeneity was determined by considering the following factors: the different growth rates of the lateral and vertical directions, the aluminum and gallium adatom supplies from a gas that depend on mask width, and the aluminum and gallium adatom diffusions on the (0001) and (11bar 20) facets.

  13. Hydrothermal Transformation of the Calcium Aluminum Oxide Hydrates CaAl2O4 . 10H2O and Ca2Al2O. 8H2O to Ca3Al2(OH)12 Investigated by In Situ Synchrotron X-ray Powder Diffraction

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    Jensen,T.; Christensen, A.; Hanson, J.

    2005-01-01

    The hydrothermal transformation of calcium aluminate hydrates were investigated by in situ synchrotron X-ray powder diffraction in the temperature range 25 to 170 C. This technique allowed the study of the detailed reaction mechanism and identification of intermediate phases. The material CaAl{sub 2}O{sub 4}{center_dot}10H{sub 2}O converted to Ca{sub 3}Al{sub 2}(OH){sub 12} and amorphous aluminum hydroxide. Ca{sub 2}Al{sub 2}O{sub 5}{center_dot}8H{sub 2}O transformed via the intermediate phase Ca{sub 4}Al{sub 2}O{sub 7}{center_dot}13H{sub 2}O to Ca{sub 3}Al{sub 2}(OH){sub 12} and gibbsite, Al(OH){sub 3}. The phase Ca{sub 4}Al{sub 2}O{sub 7}{center_dot}19H{sub 2}O reacted via the same intermediate phase to Ca{sub 3}Al{sub 2}(OH){sub 12} and mainly amorphous aluminum hydroxide. The powder pattern of the intermediate phase is reported.

  14. 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.

  15. 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 U7 wt.% Mo alloy research reactor dispersion fuel plate with Al2 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 U7Mo 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 U7 wt.% Mo dispersion fuel plate with an Al alloy matrix. SEM results showed that a significant portion of the original ?-(UMo) 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 (UMo)(AlSi)3 type of phase, which formed at the decomposed U7Mo/matrix interface and extended into the lamellar microstructure. Some regions of the U7Mo particles retained the single-phase ?-(UMo). 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 UMo dispersion fuel plate to improve irradiation performance appears to result in the creation of a Si-rich (UMo)(AlSi)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 UMo dispersion fuel plates without Si in the matrix.

  16. Characterization of tool wear and weld optimization in the friction-stir welding of cast aluminum 359+20% SiC metal-matrix composite

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    Fernandez, G.J.; Murr, L.E

    2004-03-15

    Tool wear for threaded steel pin tools declines with decreasing rotation speed and increasing traverse or weld speeds for the friction-stir welding (FSW) of Al 359+20% SiC metal-matrix composite (MMC). Less than 10% tool wear occurs when the threaded tool erodes to a self-optimized shape resembling a pseudo-hour glass at weld traverse distances in excess of 3 m. There is only a 7% reduction in the SiC mean particle size in the weld zone for self-optimized pin tools with no threads as compared with a 25% variation for threaded tools wearing significantly at the start of welding. The weld zone becomes more homogeneous for efficient welding with self-optimized tools, and there is a reduction in the weld zone grain size due to dynamic recrystallization, which facilitates the solid-state flow. Transmission electron microscopy shows little difference in the dislocation density from the base material to the weld zone, but there is a propensity of dislocation loops in the weld zone. The weld zone is observed to harden by as much as 30%, in contrast to the base material, as a consequence of the recrystallized grain size reduction and the SiC particles distributed therein.

  17. Investigation and synthesis of high-temperature and increased-stiffness RSP aluminum alloys. Final technical report, 1 October 1985-30 September 1988

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    Fine, M.E.; Weertman, J.R.

    1988-11-30

    The objective of this research was to investigate two promising systems as the basis for high-temperature aluminum alloys useful to 425 C. The first is a metal-matrix composite consisting of an aluminum-magnesium alloy matrix reinforced by spinel (magnesium aluminate) particulate. The second system is Al/sub 3/(ZrX), where X is vanadium or titanium dispersed in aluminum matrix. Here the lattice parameter of the Al/sub 3/(ZrX) intermetallic particles nearly matches that of the matrix. Research on dilute alloys has shown a low coarsening rate for these intermetallics at 425 C. A study of aluminum alloys with a higher concentration of zirconium and vanadium was completed. The creep resistance at 410 C of the spinel composite was much better than that of the alumina composite. Extrusions containing 5 vol.% A1/sub 3/(V.75Zr.25) were prepared. The measured creep rate at 425 C is much lower than that of the current aluminum-iron-cerium alloys. An aluminum-vanadium intermetallic compound, however, forms at grain boundaries leading to a precipitate free zone which grows slowly at 425 C. Dilute alloys containing 1 vol.% A1/sub 3/(ZrTi) were then prepared and these show more promise than the aluminum-zirconium-vanadium alloys.

  18. 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.

  19. Wettability of Aluminum on Alumina

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    Bao, Sarina; Tang, Kai; Kvithyld, Anne; Tangstad, Merete; Engh, Thorvald Abel

    2011-12-01

    The wettability of molten aluminum on solid alumina substrate has been investigated by the sessile drop technique in a 10-8 bar vacuum or under argon atmosphere in the temperature range from 1273 K to 1673 K (1000 C to 1400 C). It is shown that the reduction of oxide skin on molten aluminum is slow under normal pressures even with ultralow oxygen potential, but it is enhanced in high vacuum. To describe the wetting behavior of the Al-Al2O3 system at lower temperatures, a semiempirical calculation was employed. The calculated contact angle at 973 K (700 C) is approximately 97 deg, which indicates that aluminum does not wet alumina at aluminum casting temperatures. Thus, a priming height is required for aluminum to infiltrate a filter. Wetting in the Al-Al2O3 system increases with temperature.

  20. Photoemission study of tris(8-hydroxyquinoline) aluminum/aluminum oxide/tris(8-hydroxyquinoline) aluminum interface

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    Ding Huanjun; Zorba, Serkan; Gao Yongli; Ma Liping; Yang Yang

    2006-12-01

    The evolution of the interface electronic structure of a sandwich structure involving aluminum oxide and tris(8-hydroxyquinoline) aluminum (Alq), i.e. (Alq/AlO{sub x}/Alq), has been investigated with photoemission spectroscopy. Strong chemical reactions have been observed due to aluminum deposition onto the Alq substrate. The subsequent oxygen exposure releases some of the Alq molecules from the interaction with aluminum. Finally, the deposition of the top Alq layer leads to an asymmetry in the electronic energy level alignment with respect to the AlO{sub x} interlayer.

  1. 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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    Blk, 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.

  2. 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 ...

  3. Irradiation behavior of uranium oxide-aluminum dispersion fuel

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    Hofman, G.L.; Rest, J.; Snelgrove, J.L.

    1996-12-01

    An oxide version of the DART code has been generated in order to assess the irradiation behavior of UO{sub 2}-Al dispersion fuel. The aluminum-fuel interaction models were developed based on U{sub 3}O{sub 8}-Al irradiation data. Deformation of the fuel element occurs due to fuel particle swelling driven by both solid and gaseous fission products, as well as a consequence of the interaction between the fuel particles and the aluminum matrix. The calculations show, that with the assumption that the correlations derived from U{sub 3}O{sub 8} are valid for UO{sub 2}, the LEU UO{sub 2}-Al with a 42% fuel volume loading (4 gm/cc) irradiated at fuel temperatures greater than 413 K should undergo breakaway swelling at core burnups greater than about 1.12 x 10{sup 27} fissions m{sup {minus}3} ({approximately} 63% {sup 235}U burnup).

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

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    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.

  5. Characterization of molecular disorder in vapor-deposited thin films of aluminum tris(quinoline-8-olate) by one-dimensional 27Al NMR under magic angle spinning

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    Utz, Marcel; Nandagopal, Magesh; Mathai, Mathew; Papadimitrakopoulos, Fotios

    2006-01-01

    Aluminum tris (quinoline-8-olate) (Alq3) is used as an electron-transport layer in organic light-emitting diodes. The material can be obtained in a wide range of different solid phases, both crystalline and amorphous, by deposition from the vapor phase or from solution under controlled conditions. While the structure of the crystalline polymorphs of Alq3 has been investigated thoroughly by x-ray diffraction as well as solid-state NMR, very little information is currently available on the amount of structural disorder in the amorphous forms of Alq3. In the present contribution, we report the use of Al27 NMR spectroscopy in the solid state under magic angle spinning to extract such information from amorphous vapor deposits of Alq3. The NMR spectra obtained from these samples exhibit different degrees of broadening, reflecting distributions of the electric-field gradient tensor at the site of the aluminum ion. These distributions can be obtained from the NMR spectra by solving the corresponding inverse problem. From these results, the magnitude of structural disorder in terms of molecular geometry has been estimated by density-functional theory calculations. It was found that the electric-field gradient anisotropy ? follows a bimodal distribution. Its majority component is centered around ? values comparable to the meridianal ? crystal polymorph and has a width of about 10%, corresponding to distortions of the molecular geometry of a few degrees in the orientation of the ligands. Alq3 samples obtained at higher deposition rates exhibit higher degrees of disorder. The minor component, present at about 7%, has a much smaller anisotropy, suggesting that it may be due to the facial isomer of Alq3.

  6. The effect of TiB2 reinforcement on the mechanical properties of an Al-Cu-Li alloy-based metal-matrix composite

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    1991-01-01

    The addition of ceramic particles to aluminum based alloys can substantially improve mechanical properties, especially Young's modulus and room and elevated temperature strengths. However, these improvements typically occur at the expense of tensile ductility. The mechanical properties are evaluated to a metal matrix composite (MMC) consisting of an ultrahigh strength aluminum lithium alloy, Weldalite (tm) 049, reinforced with TiB2 particles produced by an in situ precipitation technique called the XD (tm) process. The results are compared to the behavior of a nonreinforced Weldalite 049 variant. It is shown that both 049 and 049-TiB2 show very attractive warm temperature properties e.g., 625 MPa yield strength at 150 C after 100 h at temperature. Weldalite 049 reinforced with a nominal 4 v pct. TiB2 shows an approx. 8 pct. increase in modulus and a good combination of strength (529 MPa UTS) and ductility (6.5 pct.) in the T3 temper. And the high ductility of Weldalite 049 in the naturally aged and underaged tempers makes the alloy a good, high strength matrix for ceramic reinforcement.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. In-situ TiC particle reinforced Ti-Al matrix composites: Powder preparation by mechanical alloying and Selective Laser Melting behavior

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    Gu, Dongdong; Wang, Zhiyang; Shen, Yifu; Li, Qin; Li, Yufang

    2009-08-01

    Mechanical alloying of Ti-Al-graphite elemental powder mixture was performed to synthesize nanocomposite powder with Ti(Al) solid solution matrix reinforced by in-situ formed TiC particles. The evolutions in phases, microstructures, and compositions of milled powders with the applied milling times were investigated. It showed that with increasing the milling time, the starting irregularly shaped powder underwent a successive change in its morphology from a flattened shape (10 h) to a highly coarsened spherical one (15 h) and, eventually, to a fine, equiaxed and uniform one (above 25 h). The prepared TiC/Ti(Al) composite powder was nanocrystalline, with the estimated average crystallite size of 12 nm and of 7 nm for Ti(Al) and TiC, respectively. Formation mechanisms behind the microstructural development of powders were elucidated. The Ti(Al) solid solution is formed through a gradual and progressive solution of Al into Ti lattice. The formation of TiC is through an abrupt, exothermic, and self-sustaining reaction between Ti and C elements. Selective Laser Melting (SLM) of as-prepared TiC/Ti(Al) composite powder was performed. The TiC particle reinforced TiAl 3 (a major phase) and Ti 3AlC 2 (a minor phase) matrix composite part was obtained after SLM. Although a slight grain growth occurred as relative to as-milled powder, the SLM processed composites still exhibited a refined microstructure.

  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. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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

    SciTech Connect

    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.

  14. Metal matrix composite structures

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    Krivov, G.A.; Beletsky, V.M.; Gribkov, A.N.

    1993-12-31

    High strength-weight properties, stiffness and fatigue resistance characteristics together with low sensitivity to stress concentration make metal matrix composites (MMC) rather promising for their use in structures. Metal matrix composites consist of a matrix (aluminum, magnesium, titanium and their alloys are the most frequently used) and reinforcers (carbon and boron fibers, high-strength steel wire, silicon carbide whiskers, etc.). This work considers various types of MMC and their applications in structures. The methods of structure production from metal matrix CM of aluminum-boron system with the help of machining, deformation, part joining by welding and riveting are given.

  15. Surfactant assisted synthesis of aluminum doped SrFe{sub 10}Al{sub 2}O{sub 19} hexagonal ferrite

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    Neupane, D. Wang, L.; Mishra, S. R.; Poudyal, N.; Liu, J. P.

    2015-05-07

    M-type aluminum doped SrFe{sub 10}Al{sub 2}O{sub 19} were synthesized via co-precipitation method using cetyltrimethyl ammonium bromide (CTAB) as a surfactant. The effects of CTAB content (x = 0, 1, 3, and 9 wt. %) on the formation, structure, morphology, magnetic, and dielectric properties of the SrFe{sub 10}Al{sub 2}O{sub 19} nanoparticles were investigated. X-ray diffraction results show elimination of α-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} phase from samples prepared using CTAB. Morphological changes including grain and crystallite size was noticed with the increase in the CTAB content. With the increase in CTAB, powder particles grew in hexagonal plates. A linear increase in saturation magnetization, Ms, with CTAB content was observed from 56.5 emu/g at 0% CTAB to 66.4 emu/g at 9% CTAB. This is a net increase of 17.5% in Ms. The coercivity (Hc ∼ 5700 Oe) of sample reached maximum at 1% CTAB and reduced with further CTAB content reaching to a minimum value of 4488 Oe at 9% CTAB. A slight increase in Curie temperature (735 K) was also observed for samples synthesized using CTAB as compared to that of sample prepared in the absence of CTAB (729 K). Samples synthesized with CTAB show higher dielectric constants as compared to samples prepared without CTAB, while dielectric constant for all samples show decrease in value with the increase in frequency. These results imply that CTAB may act as a crystallization master, controlling the nucleation and growth of SrFe{sub 10}Al{sub 2}O{sub 19} crystal. The study delineates the scope of improving magnetic properties of ferrites without substitution of metal ions.

  16. 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.

  17. Effect of pulsed current on structure of Al-Mg-Si aluminum-based alloy during cold deformation

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    Brodova, I. G.; Shirinkina, I. G.; Astaf'ev, V. V.; Yablonskikh, T. I.; Potapova, A. A.; Stolyarov, V. V.

    2013-11-01

    The effect of the current density on the formation of the structure of the AD33 Al-Mg-Si alloy during deformation by rolling is studied. It is shown that, at a current density of 30 A/mm2, the electroplastic deformation by rolling (EPDR) of the AD33 alloy increases its ultimate strength. A decrease in the deformability of the material with increasing current density to 100 A/mm2 and higher is related to the melting of fusible eutectic, which leads to the appearance of microcracks at the grain and subgrain boundaries.

  18. Production of aluminum metal by electrolysis of aluminum sulfide

    DOEpatents

    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.

  19. Production of aluminum metal by electrolysis of aluminum sulfide

    DOEpatents

    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.

  20. 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.