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  1. High performance alloy electroforming

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Malone, G. A.; Winkelman, D. M.

    1989-01-01

    Electroformed copper and nickel are used in structural applications for advanced propellant combustion chambers. An improved process has been developed by Bell Aerospace Textron, Inc. wherein electroformed nickel-manganese alloy has demonstrated superior mechanical and thermal stability when compared to previously reported deposits from known nickel plating processes. Solution chemistry and parametric operating procedures are now established and material property data is established for deposition of thick, large complex shapes such as the Space Shuttle Main Engine. The critical operating variables are those governing the ratio of codeposited nickel and manganese. The deposition uniformity which in turn affects the manganese concentration distribution is affected by solution resistance and geometric effects as well as solution agitation. The manganese concentration in the deposit must be between 2000 and 3000 ppm for optimum physical properties to be realized. The study also includes data regarding deposition procedures for achieving excellent bond strength at an interface with copper, nickel-manganese or INCONEL 718. Applications for this electroformed material include fabrication of complex or re-entry shapes which would be difficult or impossible to form from high strength alloys such as INCONEL 718.

  2. Study of high performance alloy electroforming

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    Malone, G. A.

    1984-01-01

    Using the two nickel-manganese alloy electroforming baths of near identical compositions, panels were electroformed under the same deposition parameters of current density, bath temperature, pH, and pulse plating conditions of duty cycle and frequency. By changing the electrolyte agitation conditions, significant effects on mechanical properties were noted. Since electrolyte agitation conditions on the typical flat panels studied to date will not be identical to those existing on a complex curved shape such as the SSME combustion chamber simulation, it is most important that these effects be evaluated prior to Phase B studies. The subscale chamber has been fabricated and shield support tooling is being made. Electroforming of optimized alloy test bars is being deferred until the electrolyte agitation effects are more fully appraised.

  3. High performance alloy electroforming. Final report

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    Malone, G.A.; Winkelman, D.M.

    1989-01-01

    Electroformed copper and nickel are used in structural applications for advanced propellant combustion chambers. An improved process has been developed by Bell Aerospace Textron, Inc. wherein electroformed nickel-manganese alloy has demonstrated superior mechanical and thermal stability when compared to previously reported deposits from known nickel plating processes. Solution chemistry and parametric operating procedures are now established and material property data is established for deposition of thick, large complex shapes such as the Space Shuttle Main Engine. The critical operating variables are those governing the ratio of codeposited nickel and manganese. The deposition uniformity which in turn affects the manganese concentration distribution is affected by solution resistance and geometric effects as well as solution agitation. The manganese concentration in the deposit must be between 2000 and 3000 ppm for optimum physical properties to be realized. The study also includes data regarding deposition procedures for achieving excellent bond strength at an interface with copper, nickel-manganese or INCONEL 718. Applications for this electroformed material include fabrication of complex or re-entry shapes which would be difficult or impossible to form from high strength alloys such as INCONEL 718.

  4. Study of high performance alloy electroforming

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    Malone, G. A.

    1985-01-01

    The nickel-manganese experimental electrolyte was hydrogen peroxide treated and carbon purified for removal of residual sodium saccharin and related organic decomposition products from the plating of previous test panels. The saccharin additive was used to reduce stress where high concentrations of manganese and high pulse peak current densities were used. A large quantity of nickel-manganese alloy plates containing 0.35 to 0.40 percent by weight manganese was electroformed for testing to supply data for a mechanical property data table. The aluminum billet required for the machining of the subscale SSME main combustion chamber was acquired.

  5. Study of high performance alloy electroforming

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    Malone, G. A.

    1985-01-01

    More panels electroformed with intentional variations of pulse plating parameters are being made. Pulse plating frequency was noted to have a significant effect regarding mechanical properties. The use of a high pulse frequency (assuming fixed duty cycles) results in an increase in ductility and a decrease in ultimate and yield strengths. Electroforming to intermediate frequencies is being done to obtain the best possible combination of ductility and strength. Results of some tests from high frequency specimens are tabulated.

  6. Study of high performance alloy electroforming. [nickel manganese and nickel cobalt manganese alloys

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    Malone, G. A.

    1984-01-01

    Nickel-manganese alloy electrodeposits from an electrolyte containing more manganese ion than previously used is being evaluated at two bath operating temperatures with a great variety of pulse plating conditions. Saccharine was added as a stress reducing agent for the electroforming of several of the samples with highest manganese content. All specimens for mechanical property testing have been produced but are not through the various heat treatments as yet. One of the heat treatment will be at 343 C (650 F), the temperature at which the MCC outer electroformed nickel shell is stress relieved. A number of retainer specimens from prior work have been tested for hardness before and after heat treatment. There appears to be a fairly good correlation between hardness and mechanical properties. Comparison of representative mechanical properties with hardnesses are made for nickel-manganese electrodeposits and nickel-cobalt-manganese deposits.

  7. Improved Electroformed Structural Copper and Copper Alloys

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    Malone, G. A.; Hudson, W.; Babcock, B.; Edwards, R.

    1998-01-01

    Electroforming offers a superior means for fabricating internally cooled heat exchangers and structures subjected to thermal environments. Copper is deposited from many such applications because of the good thermal conductivity. It suffers from mediocre yield strength as a structural material and loses mechanical strength at intermediate temperatures. Mechanical properties similar to those of electroformed nickel are desired. Phase 1 examined innovative means to improve deposited copper structural performance. Yield strengths as high as 483 MPa (70 ksi) were obtained with useful ductility while retaining a high level of purity essential to good thermal conductivity. Phase 2 represents a program to explore new additive combinations in copper electrolytes to produce a more fine, equiaxed grain which can be thermally stabilized by other techniques such as alloying in modest degrees and dispersion strengthening. Evaluation of new technology - such as the codeposition of fullerness (diamond-like) particles were made to enhance thermal conductivity in low alloys. A test fire quality tube-bundle engine was fabricated using these copper property improvement concepts to show the superiority of the new coppers and fabrications methods over competitive technologies such as brazing and plasma deposition.

  8. Self-electroforming and high-performance complementary memristor based on ferroelectric tunnel junctions

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    Yan, Z. B.; Yau, H. M.; Li, Z. W.; Gao, X. S.; Dai, J. Y.; Liu, J.-M.

    2016-08-01

    Complementary resistive switching (CRS) has potential applications in ultra-high density three-dimensional crossbar arrays for resistive random access memories and Logic-in-Memories. For real applications, the good stability and electroforming-free character have become essential pre-requisites. In this work, we investigate the resistance switching behaviors of a CRS device based on two anti-serial Au/BaTiO3/Nb:SrTiO3 ferroelectric tunnel junctions (FTJs). This FTJ-based CRS device shows a stable butterfly-like resistance-voltage hysteresis, as well as self-electroforming, multi-switching, and good performance complementary switching behaviors. The present work presents a convincing demonstration of the complementary multi-switching states modulated by remnant ferroelectric polarization, making the FTJ structure good potentials for high-performance CRS memristors.

  9. Investigation of electroforming techniques, literature analysis report

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    Malone, G. A.

    1975-01-01

    A literature analysis is presented of reports, specifications, and documented experiences with the use of electroforming to produce copper and nickel structures for aerospace and other engineering applications. The literature period covered is from 1948 to 1974. Specific effort was made to correlate mechanical property data for the electrodeposited material with known electroforming solution compositions and operating conditions. From this survey, electrolytes are suggested for selection to electroform copper and nickel outer shells on regeneratively cooled thrust chamber liners, and other devices subject to thermal and pressure exposure, based on mechanical properties obtainable, performance under various thermal environments, and ease of process control for product reproducibility. Processes of potential value in obtaining sound bonds between electrodeposited copper and nickel and copper alloy substrates are also discussed.

  10. Study of Lightweight Ni-Co Alloy Mirrors Obtained by Electroforming Techniques

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    Jones, Ruth; Muntele, Iulia; Muntele, Claudiu; Zimmerman, Robert; Ila, Daryush; Smith, W. Scott (Technical Monitor)

    2002-01-01

    One contribution in reducing the costs of optics in space can be provided by production of ultralight mirrors. The decrease in the weight of the primary mirror of a telescope is anticipated to lead to the possibility of increasing the size of the telescopes, therefore increasing the amount and distance from which information is received. An electroplating process of ultralight replica mirrors from nickel sulfamate solution will be described. Based on an experimental setup with cylindrical symmetry, flat mirrors with a diameter of 7 inches and thickness of 1.5 mm are made from a Ni-Co alloy. The composition of the resulting deposit is analyzed using Rutherford Backscattering Spectrometry (RBS) and Proton Induced X-ray Emission (PIXE). In order to resolve Ni and Co, 10 MeV nitrogen ions are used as projectiles in the RBS measurements. Solution parameters monitored during the deposition process using optical absorption and polarography will be correlated with the final concentration of Ni and Co in the deposit. Bath parameters like temperature, current density, agitation level and acidity are chosen at certain values and maintained constant from one sample to another throughout the deposition process. The purpose of the experiment is to obtain mirrors with near zero stress, and predetermined composition and hardness. This study is an intermediate step in obtaining through the same process, but with a larger scale setup, ultralight large aperture replica mirrors.

  11. Optical Fabrication By Precision Electroform

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    George, Ronald W.; Michaud, Lawrence L.

    1987-01-01

    The basic electroforming process exactly reproduces finely finished surface details from a master mold or mandrel. The process promises high potential for fabricating imaging quality optical components. This requires, however, the electrodeposition to be nearly stress free to attain accuracy within fractions of a wavelength (1.06 um) of light. Prior to this work, this level of accuracy had never been accomplished. This paper presents the advances made to the method and the process of electroforming in creating the routine production of imaging quality nickel metal mirrors. Work to date includes the electroforming of self-aligning two mirrored telescopes; the development of a large electroforming workstation to produce several mirrors simultaneously, and the development of a process for electroforming secondary mandrels. A generic process overview is presented along with opto-mechanical testing and results. Also included is a description of the general computer controlled closed loop process (Martin Marietta U.S. Patent #4,647,365 & #4,648,944). The work described was performed at Martin Marietta Corporation (Orlando) with the majority conducted under contract DAAHO1-85-C-1072 for the U.S. Army Missile Command, Redstone Arsenal, August 1985 through August 1987

  12. Electroformed Nickel-Graphite Composite

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    Xiong-Skiba, Pei

    2005-01-01

    Future x-ray astronomy will demand larger optics than Chandra, currently in orbit. Ways must be devised to produce cheaper and lighter x-ray mirrors to save the cost of manufacturing and launching this future telescope. One technique, being developed at Marshall Space Flight Center and elsewhere, is electroformed nickel replication technique, wherein mirror shells are electroformed (using pure nickel or a nickel alloy) onto super-polished and figured aluminum mandrels and are subsequently released by cooling. This technique can produce relatively inexpensive mirrors, but is hampered by the high density of nickel (8.9 g / cm3). An alternative is to develop a composite, with lower mass density and compatible mechanical properties to the nickel cobalt alloy, as the mirror shell material.

  13. Investigation of electroforming techniques. [fabrication of regeneratively cooled thrust chambers

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    Malone, G. A.

    1975-01-01

    Copper and nickel electroforming was examined for the purpose of establishing the necessary processes and procedures for repeatable, successful fabrication of the outer structures of regeneratively cooled thrust chambers. The selection of electrolytes for copper and nickel deposition is described. The development studies performed to refine and complete the processes necessary for successful chamber shell fabrication and the testing employed to verify the applicability of the processes and procedures to small scale hardware are described. Specifications were developed to afford a guideline for the electroforming of high quality outer shells on regeneratively cooled thrust chamber liners. Test results indicated repeatable mechanical properties could be produced in copper deposits from the copper sulfate electrolyte with periodic current reversal and in nickel deposits from the sulfamate solution. Use of inert, removable channel fillers and the conductivizing of such is described. Techniques (verified by test) which produce high integrity bonds to copper and copper alloy liners are discussed.

  14. Majorana Electroformed Copper Mechanical Analysis

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    Overman, Nicole R.; Overman, Cory T.; Kafentzis, Tyler A.; Edwards, Danny J.; Hoppe, Eric W.

    2012-04-30

    The MAJORANA DEMONSTRATOR is a large array of ultra-low background high-purity germanium detectors, enriched in 76Ge, designed to search for zero-neutrino double-beta decay. The DEMONSTRATOR will utilize ultra high purity electroformed copper for a variety of detector components and shielding. A preliminary mechanical evaluation was performed on the Majorana prototype electroformed copper material. Several samples were removed from a variety of positions on the mandrel. Tensile testing, optical metallography, scanning electron microscopy, and hardness testing were conducted to evaluate mechanical response. Analyses carried out on the Majorana prototype copper to this point show consistent mechanical response from a variety of test locations. Evaluation shows the copper meets or exceeds the design specifications.

  15. Replication of Low Density Electroformed Normal Incidence Optics

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    Ritter, Joseph M.; Burdine, Robert (Technical Monitor)

    2001-01-01

    Replicated electroformed light-weight nickel alloy mirrors can have high strength, low areal density (less than 3kg/m2), smooth finish, and controllable alloy composition. Progress at NASA MSFC SOMTC in developing normal incidence replicated Nickel mirrors will be reported.

  16. Replication of Low Density Electroformed Normal Incidence Optics

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Ritter, Joseph M.

    2000-01-01

    Replicated electroformed light-weight nickel alloy mirrors can have high strength, low areal density (<3kg/m2), smooth finish, and controllable alloy composition. Progress at NASA MSFC SOMTC in developing normal incidence replicated Nickel mirrors will be reported.

  17. Microcomposite electroforming for MEMS technology

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    Yeh, Shinn-Horng; Liue, Chun-Ying; Wang, Ji-Weng; Chou, Min-Chieh; Hou, Shu-Ling

    1997-09-01

    Composite electroforming is an electroplating technique basically. The ceramic or other type powder is mixed into electroforming solution, then codeposited with metal ion by using electroplating method. The codeposit is strengthen by the ceramic powder, which can be used for the application in MEMS field. We do the microcomposite electroforming research by using ultrafine (submicron or nano-sized) powder. The 20g/L silicon carbide powder added to nickel sulfamate electroforming solution can obtain the higher hardness and internal stress deposits (1.5 wt% SiC). Because high internal stress is harmful for electroforming process, it's necessary to take a suitable electrolyte and controlled condition for high hardness and low internal stress in microcomposite electroforming process.

  18. A Study of Deposition Coatings Formed by Electroformed Metallic Materials

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    Shimura, Kojiro; Tobayama, Go; Togashi, Toshio

    2016-01-01

    Major joining methods of dental casting metal include brazing and laser welding. However, brazing cannot be applied for electroformed metals since heat treatment could affect the fit, and, therefore, laser welding is used for such metals. New methods of joining metals that do not impair the characteristics of electroformed metals should be developed. When new coating is performed on the surface of the base metal, surface treatment is usually performed before re-coating. The effect of surface treatment is clinically evaluated by peeling and flex tests. However, these testing methods are not ideal for deposition coating strength measurement of electroformed metals. There have been no studies on the deposition coating strength and methods to test electroformed metals. We developed a new deposition coating strength test for electroformed metals. The influence of the negative electrolytic method, which is one of the electrochemical surface treatments, on the strength of the deposition coating of electroformed metals was investigated, and the following conclusions were drawn: 1. This process makes it possible to remove residual deposits on the electrodeposited metal surface layer. 2. Cathode electrolysis is a simple and safe method that is capable of improving the surface treatment by adjustments to the current supply method and current intensity. 3. Electrochemical treatment can improve the deposition coating strength compared to the physical or chemical treatment methods. 4. Electro-deposition coating is an innovative technique for the deposition coating of electroformed metal. PMID:27326757

  19. A Study of Deposition Coatings Formed by Electroformed Metallic Materials.

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    Hayashi, Shoji; Sugiyama, Shuta; Shimura, Kojiro; Tobayama, Go; Togashi, Toshio

    2016-01-01

    Major joining methods of dental casting metal include brazing and laser welding. However, brazing cannot be applied for electroformed metals since heat treatment could affect the fit, and, therefore, laser welding is used for such metals. New methods of joining metals that do not impair the characteristics of electroformed metals should be developed. When new coating is performed on the surface of the base metal, surface treatment is usually performed before re-coating. The effect of surface treatment is clinically evaluated by peeling and flex tests. However, these testing methods are not ideal for deposition coating strength measurement of electroformed metals. There have been no studies on the deposition coating strength and methods to test electroformed metals. We developed a new deposition coating strength test for electroformed metals. The influence of the negative electrolytic method, which is one of the electrochemical surface treatments, on the strength of the deposition coating of electroformed metals was investigated, and the following conclusions were drawn: 1. This process makes it possible to remove residual deposits on the electrodeposited metal surface layer. 2. Cathode electrolysis is a simple and safe method that is capable of improving the surface treatment by adjustments to the current supply method and current intensity. 3. Electrochemical treatment can improve the deposition coating strength compared to the physical or chemical treatment methods. 4. Electro-deposition coating is an innovative technique for the deposition coating of electroformed metal. PMID:27326757

  20. Electrodeposition of Low Stress Nickel Phosphorous Alloys for Precision Component Fabrication

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    Engelhaupt, Darell; Ramsey, Brian; Speegle, Chet; Whitaker, Ann F. (Technical Monitor)

    2001-01-01

    Nickel alloys are favored for electroforming precision components. Nickel phosphorous and nickel cobalt phosphorous are studied in this work. A completely new and innovative electrolytic process eliminates the fumes present in electroless processes and is suitable for electroforming nickel phosphorous and nickel cobalt phosphorous alloys to any desirable thickness, using soluble anodes, without stripping of tanks. Solutions show excellent performance for extended throughput. Properties include, cleaner low temperature operation (40 - 45 C), high Faradaic efficiency, low stress, Rockwell C 52 - 54 hardness and as much as 2000 N per square millimeter tensile strength. Performance is compared to nickel and nickel cobalt electroforming.

  1. Electroplating, electroless plating and electroforming

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    Dini, J.W.

    1990-02-01

    This presentation is intended to familiarize non-platers with electrolytic and electroless deposition techniques and how these methods are used to manufacture non-reinforced metal parts by the electroforming process. The techniques enable manufacture of complex shapes, often at lower cost than other forming methods. Electroless techniques are deposition methods which provide uniform deposits of very low porosity without the use of electrical current. In electroforming, the part is formed by deposition on a mandrel or preform, from which it is subsequently separated. 10 refs., 1 fig.

  2. Shaped pulse electroforming of nickel

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    Wong, Kam Po

    Although pulse current electroforming has been demonstrated to be a powerful means for the fabrication of many micro-devices, there are still some key issues such as surface finish and grain size that needed to be tackled before this technique can be widely used for micro-electroforming of premium products. As far as pulse current electroforming is concerned, most of the published works have focused on conventional rectangular waveform, there is only a limited amount of work reported on the use of non-conventional shaped waveforms. Since nickel coatings enhance the value and usefulness of industrial equipment and components, investigations on improving the properties of nickel electroforms are of high significance. The present study therefore aims to investigate, both theoretically and experimentally, the effect of different types of shaped waveforms on surface finishing and grain size development of electroformed nickel. A mathematical model is established for formulating the effects of different types of waveform on surface finishing in pulse current electroforming of nickel. The model describes the change of concentration profile of electroactive ions, micro-current distribution and the rate of protrusion growth at cathodic surfaces. The theoretical predictions are compared with the experimental results: within the range of the study, a maximum discrepancy of 10% on surface roughness values between the two was found. This discrepancy could be due to the evolution of hydrogen gases at the cathodic surface during electrodeposition. Both theoretical predictions and experimental results show that the quality of the electroforms, in terms of surface roughness improvement, influenced by the types of waveform is of the order of ramp-down waveform > triangular waveform > ramp-up waveform > rectangular waveform, all with relaxation time. This is also supported by the study of the surface morphology of the electroforms by scanning electron microscopy. Another mathematical

  3. Electroformed screens with uniform hole size

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    Schaer, G. R.

    1968-01-01

    Efficient method electroforms fine-mesh nickel screens, or plagues, with uniform hole size and accurate spacing between holes. An electroformed nickel mandrel has nonconducting silicone rubber projections that duplicate the desired hole size and shape in the finished nickel screen.

  4. Process for making electroformed stents

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    Hines, Richard A.

    2000-02-01

    This invention is directed to an expandable stent useful for implantation into an artery or the like. The stents are made using electroforming techniques in which an electrically-conductive mandrel is coated with a suitable resist material, after which the resist is exposed to an appropriate light pattern and frequency so as to form a stent pattern in the resist. The mandrel is then electroplated with a suitable stent material. The mandrel is etched away once a sufficient layer of stent material is deposited, leaving a completed stent.

  5. Electro-Formed Mirrors for Both X-Ray and Visible Astronomy

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    Ritter, J.; Smith, W. Scott; Rose, M. Frank (Technical Monitor)

    2000-01-01

    The Space Optics Manufacturing Technology Center of NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center is involved in the development of nickel and nickel alloy electroformed mirrors for rapid production of space-based optical systems. The current state of the process is discussed- for both cylindrical x-ray mirrors and normal incidence mirrors for visible and infrared applications.

  6. Electroformation of uranium hemispherical shells

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    Marshall, S.L.; Redey, L.; Vandegrift, G.F.; Vissers, D.R.

    1989-11-01

    This effort was directed at developing an electrochemical process for forming uniform and dendrite-free deposits of uranium from molten salts. This process is to be used for the electroformation of free-standing hemispherical shells of uranium for nuclear applications. Electrodeposition of uranium onto a substrate was accomplished with a fused chloride mixture containing 42 wt% UCl{sub 3} and a fused chloride-fluoride mixture containing 4 wt % UF{sub 4}. Under pulsed potential control at 504{degree}C, the chloride-fluoride mixture yielded the widest range of plating conditions for which dendrites could be avoided. Bipolar current pulse plating with both electrolytes gave good results, and successful application of this technique to a large tubular cathode has been demonstrated. 24 refs., 10 figs.

  7. Fabrication of ion source components by electroforming

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    Schechter, D.E.; Sluss, F.

    1983-01-01

    Several components of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)/Magnetic Fusion Test Facility (MFTF-B) ion source have been fabricated utilizing an electroforming process. A procedure has been developed for enclosing coolant passages in copper components by electrodepositing a thick (greater than or equal to 0.75-mm) layer of copper (electroforming) over the top of grooves machined into the copper component base. Details of the procedure to fabricate acceleration grids and other ion source components are presented.

  8. Fabrication of liquid-rocket thrust chambers by electroforming

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    Duscha, R. A.; Kazaroff, J. M.

    1974-01-01

    Electroforming has proven to be an excellent fabrication method for building liquid rocket regeneratively cooled thrust chambers. NASA sponsored technology programs have investigated both common and advanced methods. Using common procedures, several cooled spool pieces and thrust chambers have been made and successfully tested. The designs were made possible through the versatility of the electroforming procedure, which is not limited to simple geometric shapes. An advanced method of electroforming was used to produce a wire-wrapped, composite, pressure-loaded electroformed structure, which greatly increased the strength of the structure while still retaining the advantages of electroforming.

  9. Electroform replication used for multiple X-ray mirror production

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    Kowalski, M. P.; Ulmer, M. P.; Purcell, W. R., Jr.; Loughlin, J. E. A.

    1984-01-01

    The electroforming technique for producing X-ray mirrors is described, and results of X-ray tests performed on copies made from a simple conical mandrel are reported. The design of the mandrel is depicted and the total reflectivity as well as the full-wave half modulation resolution are shown as a function of energy. The reported work has improved on previous studies by providing smaller grazing angles, making measurements at higher energies, producing about four times as many replicas from one mandrel, and obtaining better angular resolution.

  10. In Situ TEM Study of Reversible and Irreversible Electroforming in Pt/Ti:NiO/Pt Heterostructures

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    D'Aquila, Kenneth; Liu, Yuzi; Iddir, Hakim; Petford-Long, Amanda K.

    2015-05-01

    Experimental verification of the microscopic origin of resistance switching in metal/oxide/metal heterostructures is needed for applications in non-volatile memory and neuromorphic computing. Numerous reports suggest that resistance switching in NiO is caused by local reduction of the oxide layer into nanoscale conducting filaments, but few reports have shown experimental evidence correlating electroforming with site-specific changes in composition. We have investigated the mechanisms of reversible and irreversible electroforming in 250–500 nm wide pillars patterned from a single Ta/Ti/Pt/Ti-doped NiO/Pt/Ta heterostructure and have shown that these can coexist within a single sample. We performed in situ transmission electron microscopy (TEM) electroform- ing and switching on each pillar to correlate the local electron transport behavior with microstructure and composition in each pillar. DFT calculations fitted to electron energy loss spectroscopy data showed that the Ti-doped NiO layer is partially reduced after reversible electroforming, with the formation of oxygen vacancies ordered into lines in the <110> direction. However, under the same probing conditions, adjacent pillars show irreversible electroforming caused by electromigration of metallic Ta to form a single bridge across the oxide layer. We propose that the different electroforming behaviors are related to microstructural variations across the sample and may lead to switching variability.

  11. Thin gold layer in Ni electroforming process: optical surface characterization

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    Sironi, G.; Spiga, D.; Pareschi, G.; Missaglia, N.; Paganini, L.

    2009-08-01

    Mandrel replication by Nickel electroforming is a well-suited process to manufacture X-ray mirrors, making use of Gold layer playing the twofold role of release agent and reflective coating. To increase the optical performances of mirrors it is crucial to minimize the impact of X-ray scattering effects related to surface microroughness, especially when the mirror is intended to operate in hard X-rays. In this case, the Gold layer simply acts as release agent because the reflection is demanded to interferential over-coatings. Even though the replicated optical surface is usually believed to reproduce the smooth topography of the master, a surface degradation is commonly observed. Such a worsening can also suffer from a contribution from the spontaneous roughness growth of the Gold layer itself: if this is the case, the mirror's optical quality could potentially benefit from the utilization of a thin Gold layer (< 100 nm) instead of the traditional thick gold layer (> 100 nm). To prove the effectiveness of the Gold thickness reduction, a microroughness characterization of replicated thin gold layers has been achieved. We report here a preliminary roughness study of 3 electroformed Ni samples replicated from a super-polished Zerodur flat master with various Gold layer thicknesses, in the spectral range 0.02-1000 μm. The study is organized as follows: (a) characterization of the 3 replicated samples; (b) comparison of the Gold roughness for thin vs. thick layers; (c) comparison of the two sides of Gold layers.

  12. Electroforming copper targets for RTNS-II

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    Kelley, W.K.; Dini, J.W.; Logan, C.M.

    1981-02-06

    Copper targets used in RTNS II, which is the world's most intense 14-MeV neutron source, contain water cooling channels for temperature control. There are two methods for fabricating these targets: (1) diffusion bonding a copper panel containing photoetched channels to another copper panel, and (2) an electroforming technique which involves filling the photoetched channels with wax, plating thick copper to seal over the channels and then removing the wax. Development of this latter process and results obtained with it are described.

  13. Multi-slit mask fabrication on spherical electroformed shell substrates

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    O'Brien, Thomas P.; Eastman, Jason D.

    2006-06-01

    We discuss the application of modern precision electroforming technology to the fabrication of multi-slit masks used for multi-object spectroscopy. Electroforming technology is capable of producing very accurate compound curved thin metal shells using nickel or nickel-cobalt material. The curved slit masks can be fabricated to conform to a curved focal surface of spherical, conic, or arbitrary shape. A variety of optical coatings including gold and extremely low reflectivity copper oxide can be applied to the electroformed mask substrate prior to cutting slits. Precise rectangular slits and apertures of arbitrary shape are readily machined in the nickel materials using a three axis YAG laser machining system.

  14. Improved release coatings for electroformed x-ray optics

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    Romaine, S.; Boike, J.; Bruni, R.; Engelhaupt, D.; Gorenstein, P.; Ramsey, B.

    2011-09-01

    X-ray astronomy grazing incidence telescopes use the principle of nested shells to maximize the collecting area. Some of the more recent missions, such as XMM-Newton [1], have used an electroformed nickel replication (ENR) process [2] to fabricate the mirror shells. Upcoming missions, such as Spectrum-Röntgen-Gamma [3] and Focusing Optics X-ray Solar Imager [4], also use the electroforming process to fabricate nested shell grazing incidence X-ray telescopes. We present recent results on fabrication of replicas with multilayer coatings from Wolter-1 mandrels using a new hardcoat release material to simplify and improve this electroforming process.

  15. Three year performance of aluminum alloy galvanic cathodic protection system

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    Funahashi, M.; Young, W.T.

    1999-07-01

    A newly developed aluminum alloy galvanic cathodic protection system was installed on selected prestressed concrete piles. The piles were instrumented to measure the aluminum alloy anode performance. To evaluate the new anode, the pure zinc anode was used for the comparison purpose. The anode performance was monitored for the three years since the system was installed in June, 1996. This paper discusses the results of the performance of the new aluminum alloy anode.

  16. High power tests of an electroforming cavity operating at 11.424 GHz

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    Dolgashev, V. A.; Gatti, G.; Higashi, Y.; Leonardi, O.; Lewandowski, J. R.; Marcelli, A.; Rosenzweig, J.; Spataro, B.; Tantawi, S. G.; Yeremian, D. A.

    2016-03-01

    The achievement of ultra high accelerating gradients is mandatory in order to fabricate compact accelerators at 11.424 GHz for scientific and industrial applications. An extensive experimental and theoretical program to determine a reliable ultra high gradient operation of the future linear accelerators is under way in many laboratories. In particular, systematic studies on the 11.424 GHz frequency accelerator structures, R&D on new materials and the associated microwave technology are in progress to achieve accelerating gradients well above 120 MeV/m. Among the many, the electroforming procedure is a promising approach to manufacture high performance RF devices in order to avoid the high temperature brazing and to produce precise RF structures. We report here the characterization of a hard high gradient RF accelerating structure at 11.424 GHz fabricated using the electroforming technique. Low-level RF measurements and high power RF tests carried out at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory on this prototype are presented and discussed. In addition, we present also a possible layout where the water-cooling of irises based on the electroforming process has been considered for the first time.

  17. Using galvanostatic electroforming of Bi1–xSbx nanowires to control composition, crystallinity, and orientation

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    Limmer, Steven J.; Medlin, Douglas L.; Siegal, Michael P.; Hekmaty, Michelle; Lensch-Falk, Jessica L.; Erickson, Kristopher; Pillars, Jamin; Yelton, W. Graham

    2014-12-03

    When using galvanostatic pulse deposition, we studied the factors influencing the quality of electroformed Bi1–xSbx nanowires with respect to composition, crystallinity, and preferred orientation for high thermoelectric performance. Two nonaqueous baths with different Sb salts were investigated. The Sb salts used played a major role in both crystalline quality and preferred orientations. Nanowire arrays electroformed using an SbI3 -based chemistry were polycrystalline with no preferred orientation, whereas arrays electroformed from an SbCl3-based chemistry were strongly crystallographically textured with the desired trigonal orientation for optimal thermoelectric performance. From the SbCl3 bath, the electroformed nanowire arrays were optimized to have nanocompositionalmore » uniformity, with a nearly constant composition along the nanowire length. Moreover, nanowires harvested from the center of the array had an average composition of Bi0.75 Sb0.25. However, the nanowire compositions were slightly enriched in Sb in a small region near the edges of the array, with the composition approaching Bi0.70Sb0.30.« less

  18. Testing of electroformed deposited iridium/powder metallurgy rhenium rockets

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    Reed, Brian D.; Dickerson, Robert

    1996-01-01

    High-temperature, oxidation-resistant chamber materials offer the thermal margin for high performance and extended lifetimes for radiation-cooled rockets. Rhenium (Re) coated with iridium (Ir) allow hours of operation at 2200 C on Earth-storable propellants. One process for manufacturing Ir/Re rocket chambers is the fabrication of Re substrates by powder metallurgy (PM) and the application of Ir coatings by using electroformed deposition (ED). ED Ir coatings, however, have been found to be porous and poorly adherent. The integrity of ED Ir coatings could be improved by densification after the electroforming process. This report summarizes the testing of two 22-N, ED Ir/PM Re rocket chambers that were subjected to post-deposition treatments in an effort to densify the Ir coating. One chamber was vacuum annealed, while the other chamber was subjected to hot isostatic pressure (HIP). The chambers were tested on gaseous oxygen/gaseous hydrogen propellants, at mixture ratios that simulated the oxidizing environments of Earth-storable propellants. ne annealed ED Ir/PM Re chamber was tested for a total of 24 firings and 4.58 hr at a mixture ratio of 4.2. After only 9 firings, the annealed ED Ir coating began to blister and spall upstream of the throat. The blistering and spalling were similar to what had been experienced with unannealed, as-deposited ED Ir coatings. The HIP ED Ir/PM Re chamber was tested for a total of 91 firings and 11.45 hr at mixture ratios of 3.2 and 4.2. The HIP ED Ir coating remained adherent to the Re substrate throughout testing; there were no visible signs of coating degradation. Metallography revealed, however, thinning of the HIP Ir coating and occasional pores in the Re layer upstream of the throat. Pinholes in the Ir coating may have provided a path for oxidation of the Re substrate at these locations. The HIP ED Ir coating proved to be more effective than vacuum annealed and as-deposited ED Ir. Further densification is still required to

  19. Observing Oxygen Vacancy Driven Electroforming in Pt-TiO2-Pt Device via Strong Metal Support Interaction.

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    Jang, Moon Hyung; Agarwal, Rahul; Nukala, Pavan; Choi, Dooho; Johnson, A T Charlie; Chen, I-Wei; Agarwal, Ritesh

    2016-04-13

    Oxygen vacancy formation, migration, and subsequent agglomeration into conductive filaments in transition metal oxides under applied electric field is widely believed to be responsible for electroforming in resistive memory devices, although direct evidence of such a pathway is lacking. Here, by utilizing strong metal-support interaction (SMSI) between Pt and TiO2, we observe via transmission electron microscopy the electroforming event in lateral Pt/TiO2/Pt devices where the atomic Pt from the electrode itself acts as a tracer for the propagating oxygen vacancy front. SMSI, which originates from the d-orbital overlap between Pt atom and the reduced cation of the insulating oxide in the vicinity of oxygen vacancies, was optimized by fabricating nanoscale devices causing Pt atom migration tracking the moving oxygen vacancy front from the anode to cathode during electroforming. Experiments performed in different oxidizing and reducing conditions, which tune SMSI in the Pt-TiO2 system, further confirmed the role of oxygen vacancies during electroforming. These observations also demonstrate that the noble metal electrode may not be as inert as previously assumed. PMID:26982325

  20. Fabrication of microlens based on overplating in electroforming

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    Sun, Hao; Wang, Xiang; Xiong, Ying; Liu, Gang; Wang, Keyi

    2016-05-01

    This paper presents an effective and flexible process to fabricate microlenses based on the overplating phenomenon in electroforming of microvias. With the overplating structures working as the master mold, the polymeric microlenses are replicated through a combination of PDMS molding and UV curing. Shape evolution of the overplating structures in electroforming leads to the formation of spherical surfaces and enables the fabrication of hemispherical lenses with various sizes and curvatures. Furthermore, through design of the pitch in the microvia array and control of the deposition time in electroforming, microlens arrays with packing ratios up to 100% can be obtained. Results of geometrical and optical measurements demonstrate the potential of this method in the fabrication of microlenses.

  1. Electrical transport and thermometry of electroformed titanium dioxide memristive switches

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    Borghetti, Julien; Strukov, Dmitri B.; Pickett, Matthew D.; Yang, J. Joshua; Stewart, Duncan R.; Williams, R. Stanley

    2009-12-01

    We investigated the electrical transport of electroformed titanium dioxide memristive switches from liquid helium to room temperatures in order to better understand their internal states. After electroforming, we observed a continuous transition between two distinct limiting behaviors: a nearly Ohmic "ON"-state and an "OFF"-state characterized by conduction through a barrier. We interpret our data in terms of a model in which the electroforming step creates a conducting channel that does not completely bridge the metal contacts on the titanium dioxide film. The switching then occurs as a result of voltage-induced changes in the oxygen vacancy concentration in the gap between the tip of the channel and the adjacent metal contact. We used the metallic resistivity of the conduction channel as an in situ thermometer to measure the local device temperature, thus revealing an important implicit state variable.

  2. Electroform/Plasma-Spray Laminates for X-Ray Optics

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    Ulmer, Melville P.; Graham, Michael; Vaynman, Semyon

    2007-01-01

    Electroform/plasma-spray laminates have shown promise as lightweight, strong, low-thermal-expansion components for xray optics. The basic idea is to exploit both (1) the well-established art of fabrication of optical components by replication and (2) plasma spraying as a means of reinforcing a thin replica optic with one or more backing layer(s) having tailorable thermomechanical properties. In x-ray optics as in other applications, replication reduces the time and cost of fabrication because grinding and polishing can be limited to a few thick masters, from which many lightweight replicas can thereafter be made. The first step in the fabrication of a component of the type in question is to make a replica optic by electroforming a thin layer of nickel on a master. Through proper control of the electroforming process conditions, it is possible to minimize residual stress and, hence, to minimize distortion in the replica. Next, a powder comprising ceramic particles coated with a metal compatible with the electroformed nickel is plasma-sprayed onto the backside of the nickel replica. Then through several repetitions and variations of the preceding steps or perhaps a small compressive stress, alternating layers of electroformed nickel and plasma-sprayed metal-coated ceramic powder are deposited. The thicknesses of the layers and the composition of the metal-coated ceramic powder are chosen to optimize the strength, areal mass density, and toughness of the finished component. An important benefit of using both electroforming and plasma spraying is the possibility of balancing stresses to a minimum level, which could be zero or perhaps a small net compressive stress designed to enhance the function of the component in its intended application.

  3. Electroforming free resistive switching memory in two-dimensional VOx nanosheets

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    Hota, M. K.; Nagaraju, D. H.; Hedhili, M. N.; Alshareef, H. N.

    2015-10-01

    We report two-dimensional VOx nanosheets containing multi-oxidation states (V5+, V4+, and V3+), prepared by a hydrothermal process for potential applications in resistive switching devices. The experimental results demonstrate a highly reproducible, electroforming-free, low SET bias bipolar resistive switching memory performance with endurance for more than 100 cycles maintaining OFF/ON ratio of ˜60 times. These devices show better memory performance as compared to previously reported VOx thin film based devices. The memory mechanism in VOx is proposed to be originated from the migration of oxygen vacancies/ions, an influence of the bottom electrode and existence of multi-oxidation states.

  4. High-temperature alloys: Single-crystal performance boost

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    Schütze, Michael

    2016-08-01

    Titanium aluminide alloys are lightweight and have attractive properties for high-temperature applications. A new growth method that enables single-crystal production now boosts their mechanical performance.

  5. Thin gold layer in NiCo and Ni electroforming process: optical surface characterization

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    Sironi, G.; Spiga, D.; Raimondi, L.; Pareschi, G.; Orlandi, A.; Borghi, G.; Missaglia, N.; Negri, B.

    2010-07-01

    Mandrel replication by NiCo electroforming is an upgrade of the well-suited X-ray mirrors manufacturing process with pure Nickel. In this process, a Gold layer deposited on the mandrel acts as release agent and, at the same time, as reflective coating. To increase the optical performances of X-ray mirrors, the replicated optical surface is meant to reproduce the smooth topography of the mandrel: a surface degradation is commonly observed, indeed. A factor leading to surface smoothness worsening can be the spontaneous roughness growth of the Gold layer itself; therefore, the optical quality of the reflecting surface might be improved by optimizing the Gold layer thickness. A preliminary study, aimed at investigating the effects of Gold thickness reduction (< 100 nm Vs. the usual 200 nm), had already been dealt in the spectral range 0.02-1000 μm: measurements performed on flat electroformed samples showed that the Gold thickness reduction chiefly affects the roughness around 1 μm. Here we presents a study of the effectiveness of a Gold layer with reduced (< 100 nm) thickness in the NiCo X-ray mirrors electroforming, aimed at surface micro-roughness mitigation. The characterization, in the spectral range 0.02-1000 μm, of 3 X-ray mirrors manufactured utilizing Gold layers with different thickness values from a flight mandrel is reported. The performed investigation is organized as follows: (a) characterization of the flight mandrel; (b) dependence of the micro-roughness from different Gold layers thicknesses supported by XRD study; (c) comparison of the micro-roughness of mirrors manufactured in NiCo in Ni, with the same Gold layer thickness. As a conclusive remark the effects of the Gold layer thinning on the angular degradation at high energy are reported.

  6. High temperature corrosion performance of automotive coupling alloys

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    Smith, G.D.; Crum, J.R.; Flower, H.L.

    1998-12-31

    Key to the satisfactory performance of automotive exhaust couplings is adequate high temperature corrosion resistance. This is becoming especially critical as service life is being extended by government legislation and as service temperatures are increasing due to the need for increased fuel efficiency and faster catalyst light-off. Currently employed and candidate coupling alloys, including 409, 304, 316Ti and 321 stainless steels (SS) and alloys 600, 800, 864 and 625, are selectively evaluated for resistance to road salt spray corrosion, oxidation in air and engine exhaust gases and under cyclic burner rig conditions, These laboratory results are compared with alloy performance of couplings subjected to test track and field exposure.

  7. Numerical Simulation of and Experiment on Electroforming Microstructure Mold Insert

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    Fu, Ming-Nan

    2008-09-01

    Microstructures are a vital component in various systems such as bionic chips, micro-fluidics sensor, optical communication systems, and micro-fuel cells. Micro-mold inserts should be produced by precise electroforming; however, interchanging the plating solution in an extremely small tunnel has been a main problem, where flow field and mass transfer are the major variances. In this paper we will concentrate on single- and three-micro hole array mode insert electroform flow fields and the mass transfer effect. Single-hole results show that the interchange of the plating fluid is more efficient at a lower aspect ratio of similar apertures with different aspect ratios. A lower coefficient of viscosities results in a weaker microelectroforming effect. The electroforming effect is better at an entry flow field speed of 0.01 m/s than at that of 0.001 m/s. The three-hole array results show that the first hole proved the best among the three holes, followed by the second hole; the third hole showed the worst results. The 10:1 ratio of distance to diameter of the hole produces better electroforming results than the 1:1 ratio. Lastly, this paper will contribute to the development of microelectro-mechanical manufacturing technologies.

  8. The mechanism of electroforming of metal oxide memristive switches.

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    Joshua Yang, J; Miao, Feng; Pickett, Matthew D; Ohlberg, Douglas A A; Stewart, Duncan R; Lau, Chun Ning; Williams, R Stanley

    2009-05-27

    Metal and semiconductor oxides are ubiquitous electronic materials. Normally insulating, oxides can change behavior under high electric fields--through 'electroforming' or 'breakdown'--critically affecting CMOS (complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor) logic, DRAM (dynamic random access memory) and flash memory, and tunnel barrier oxides. An initial irreversible electroforming process has been invariably required for obtaining metal oxide resistance switches, which may open urgently needed new avenues for advanced computer memory and logic circuits including ultra-dense non-volatile random access memory (NVRAM) and adaptive neuromorphic logic circuits. This electrical switching arises from the coupled motion of electrons and ions within the oxide material, as one of the first recognized examples of a memristor (memory-resistor) device, the fourth fundamental passive circuit element originally predicted in 1971 by Chua. A lack of device repeatability has limited technological implementation of oxide switches, however. Here we explain the nature of the oxide electroforming as an electro-reduction and vacancy creation process caused by high electric fields and enhanced by electrical Joule heating with direct experimental evidence. Oxygen vacancies are created and drift towards the cathode, forming localized conducting channels in the oxide. Simultaneously, O(2-) ions drift towards the anode where they evolve O(2) gas, causing physical deformation of the junction. The problematic gas eruption and physical deformation are mitigated by shrinking to the nanoscale and controlling the electroforming voltage polarity. Better yet, electroforming problems can be largely eliminated by engineering the device structure to remove 'bulk' oxide effects in favor of interface-controlled electronic switching. PMID:19423925

  9. Materials Design for Joinable, High Performance Aluminum Alloys

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    Glamm, Ryan James

    An aluminum alloy compatible with friction stir welding is designed for automotive and aerospace structural applications. Current weldable automotive aluminum alloys do not possess the necessary strength to meet safety standards and therefore are not able to replace steel in the automotive body. Significant weight savings could be achieved if steel components are replaced with aluminum. Current aerospace alloys are not weldable, requiring machining of large pieces that are then riveted together. If an aerospace alloy could be friction stir welded, smaller pieces could be welded, reducing material waste. Using a systems approach for materials design, property goals are set from performance objectives. From previous research and computational predictions, a structure is designed for a prototype alloy containing dynamic precipitates to readily dissolve and re-precipitate and high stability precipitates to resist dissolution and coarsening in the weld region. It is found that a Ag modified Al-3.9Mg-0.04Cu (at. %) alloy enhanced the rate and magnitude of hardening during ageing, both beneficial effects for dynamic precipitation. In the same alloy, ageing at 350°C results in hardening from Al 3(Sc,Zr) precipitates. Efforts to effectively precipitate both populations simultaneously are unsuccessful. The Al3(Sc,Zr) precipitation hardened prototype is friction stir processed and no weak zones are found in the weld hardness profile. An aerospace alloy design is proposed, utilizing the dual precipitate structure shown in the prototype. The automotive alloy is designed using a basic strength model with parameters determined from the initial prototype alloy analysis. After ageing to different conditions, the alloy is put through a simulated heat affected zone thermal cycle with a computer controlled induction heater. The aged samples lose hardness from the weld cycle but recover hardness from a post weld heat treatment. Atom probe tomography and transmission electron

  10. A graphene superficial layer for the advanced electroforming process

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    Rho, Hokyun; Park, Mina; Lee, Seungmin; Bae, Sukang; Kim, Tae-Wook; Ha, Jun-Seok; Lee, Sang Hyun

    2016-06-01

    Advances in electroplating technology facilitate the progress of modern electronic devices, including computers, microprocessors and other microelectronic devices. Metal layers with high electrical and thermal conductivities are essential for high speed and high power devices. In this paper, we report an effective route to fabricate free-standing metal films using graphene as a superficial layer in the electroforming process. Chemical vapor deposition (CVD) graphene grown on a Cu foil was used as a template, which provides high electrical conductivity and low adhesive force with the template, thus enabling an effective electroforming process. The required force for delamination of the electroplated Cu layer from graphene is more than one order smaller than the force required for removing graphene from the Cu foil. We also demonstrated that the electroformed free-standing Cu thin films could be utilized for patterning microstructures and incorporated onto a flexible substrate for LEDs. This innovative process could be beneficial for the advancement of flexible electronics and optoelectronics, which require a wide range of mechanical and physical properties.Advances in electroplating technology facilitate the progress of modern electronic devices, including computers, microprocessors and other microelectronic devices. Metal layers with high electrical and thermal conductivities are essential for high speed and high power devices. In this paper, we report an effective route to fabricate free-standing metal films using graphene as a superficial layer in the electroforming process. Chemical vapor deposition (CVD) graphene grown on a Cu foil was used as a template, which provides high electrical conductivity and low adhesive force with the template, thus enabling an effective electroforming process. The required force for delamination of the electroplated Cu layer from graphene is more than one order smaller than the force required for removing graphene from the Cu foil

  11. Developments for Nickel Electroformed X-Ray Optics

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    Ramsey, B.; Engelhaupt, D.; Gubarev, M.; O'Dell, S.; Speegle, C.; Weisskopf, M.

    2008-01-01

    This slide presentation reviews the developments at Marshall Space Flight Center in fabricating Electroformed Nickel X-ray Optical devices. Missions that are using the mandrels created using the described process are reviewed, and improvements in the process of creating better quality mandrels are also reviewed. One of the processes, Electrochemically-Enhanced Mechanical Polishing (EEMP), is described. The Alignment and mounting system for full-shell replicated X-Ray Optics is shown, and the selective deposition process is also shown.

  12. Status of the Electroforming Shield Design (ESD) project

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    Fletcher, R. E.

    1977-01-01

    The utilization of a digital computer to augment electrodeposition/electroforming processes in which nonconducting shielding controls local cathodic current distribution is reported. The primary underlying philosophy of the physics of electrodeposition was presented. The technical approach taken to analytically simulate electrolytic tank variables was also included. A FORTRAN computer program has been developed and implemented. The program utilized finite element techniques and electrostatic theory to simulate electropotential fields and ionic transport.

  13. A graphene superficial layer for the advanced electroforming process.

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    Rho, Hokyun; Park, Mina; Lee, Seungmin; Bae, Sukang; Kim, Tae-Wook; Ha, Jun-Seok; Lee, Sang Hyun

    2016-07-01

    Advances in electroplating technology facilitate the progress of modern electronic devices, including computers, microprocessors and other microelectronic devices. Metal layers with high electrical and thermal conductivities are essential for high speed and high power devices. In this paper, we report an effective route to fabricate free-standing metal films using graphene as a superficial layer in the electroforming process. Chemical vapor deposition (CVD) graphene grown on a Cu foil was used as a template, which provides high electrical conductivity and low adhesive force with the template, thus enabling an effective electroforming process. The required force for delamination of the electroplated Cu layer from graphene is more than one order smaller than the force required for removing graphene from the Cu foil. We also demonstrated that the electroformed free-standing Cu thin films could be utilized for patterning microstructures and incorporated onto a flexible substrate for LEDs. This innovative process could be beneficial for the advancement of flexible electronics and optoelectronics, which require a wide range of mechanical and physical properties. PMID:26949072

  14. Electroformation of Giant Unilamellar Vesicles: Investigating Vesicle Fusion versus Bulge Merging.

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    Micheletto, Yasmine Miguel Serafini; Marques, Carlos M; Silveira, Nádya Pesce da; Schroder, André P

    2016-08-16

    Partially ordered stacks of phospholipid bilayers on a flat substrate can be obtained by the evaporation of a spread droplet of phospholipid-in-chloroform solution. When exposed to an aqueous buffer, numerous micrometric buds populate the bilayers, grow in size over minutes, and eventually detach, forming the so-called liposomes or vesicles. While observation of vesicle growth from a hydrated lipid film under an optical microscope suggests numerous events of vesicle fusion, there is little experimental evidence for discriminating between merging of connected buds, i.e., a shape transformation that does not imply bilayer fusion and real membrane fusion. Here, we use electroformation to grow giant unilamellar vesicles (GUVs) from a stack of lipids in a buffer containing either (i) nanometric liposomes or (ii) previously prepared GUVs. By combining different fluorescent labels of the lipids in the substrate and in the solution, and by performing a fluorescence analysis of the resulting GUVs, we clearly demonstrate that merging of bulges is the essential pathway for vesicle growth in electroformation. PMID:27409245

  15. Corrosion performance of a nickel-molybdenum-chromium alloy: Effects of aging, alloying elements, and electrolyte composition

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    Rebak, R.B.; Srivastava, S.K.

    1999-04-01

    General and stress corrosion cracking (SCC) behaviors of a Ni-Mo-Cr alloy were assessed in the mill-annealed and aged conditions. Performance of this Ni-25% Mo-8% Cr alloy (alloy 242 [proposed UNS N10242]) was compared to the performance of a Ni-Mo alloy (alloy B-3 [UNS N10675]) and a Ni-Cr-Mo alloy (C-2000 [UNS N06200]). Results showed the general corrosion rate of alloy 242 in reducing acids was slightly higher than that of alloy B-3. However, in mildly oxidizing conditions, the corrosion rate of alloy 242 was lower than that of alloy B-3. Effects of electrolyte and alloy composition on the general corrosion rate were studied. After aging at 650 C (1,200 F) for 24 h, the corrosion rate of alloy 242 increased slightly, particularly in strongly reducing conditions. Alloy 242 was resistant to SCC but was prone to hydrogen-induced cracking, especially in the aged condition.

  16. Using galvanostatic electroforming of Bi1–xSbx nanowires to control composition, crystallinity, and orientation

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    Limmer, Steven J.; Medlin, Douglas L.; Siegal, Michael P.; Hekmaty, Michelle; Lensch-Falk, Jessica L.; Erickson, Kristopher; Pillars, Jamin; Yelton, W. Graham

    2014-12-03

    When using galvanostatic pulse deposition, we studied the factors influencing the quality of electroformed Bi1–xSbx nanowires with respect to composition, crystallinity, and preferred orientation for high thermoelectric performance. Two nonaqueous baths with different Sb salts were investigated. The Sb salts used played a major role in both crystalline quality and preferred orientations. Nanowire arrays electroformed using an SbI3 -based chemistry were polycrystalline with no preferred orientation, whereas arrays electroformed from an SbCl3-based chemistry were strongly crystallographically textured with the desired trigonal orientation for optimal thermoelectric performance. From the SbCl3 bath, the electroformed nanowire arrays were optimized to have nanocompositional uniformity, with a nearly constant composition along the nanowire length. Moreover, nanowires harvested from the center of the array had an average composition of Bi0.75 Sb0.25. However, the nanowire compositions were slightly enriched in Sb in a small region near the edges of the array, with the composition approaching Bi0.70Sb0.30.

  17. Irradiation performance of FFTF drivers using the D9 alloy

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    Pitner, A.L.; Gneiting, B.C.; Bard, F.E.

    1994-12-31

    Five test assemblies similar in design to the Fast Flux Test Facility driver fuel assembly , but employing the alloy D9 in place of stainless steel 316 for duct, cladding, and wire wrap compnents were irradiated to demonstrate the improved performance of the new design. Results of post-irradiation examinations are discussed.

  18. Effects of ultrasonic agitation on adhesion strength of micro electroforming Ni layer on Cu substrate.

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    Zhao, Zhong; Du, Liqun; Xu, Zheng; Shao, Ligeng

    2016-03-01

    Micro electroforming is an important technology, which is widely used for fabricating micro metal devices in MEMS. The micro metal devices have the problem of poor adhesion strength, which has dramatically influenced the dimensional accuracy of the devices and seriously limited the development of the micro electroforming technology. In order to improve the adhesion strength, ultrasonic agitation method is applied during the micro electroforming process in this paper. To explore the effect of the ultrasonic agitation, micro electroforming experiments were carried out under ultrasonic and ultrasonic-free conditions. The effects of the ultrasonic agitation on the micro electroforming process were investigated by polarization and alternating current (a.c.) impedance methods. The real surface area of the electroforming layer was measured by cyclic voltammetry method. The compressive stress and the crystallite size of the electroforming layer were measured by X-ray Diffraction (XRD) method. The adhesion strength of the electroforming layer was measured by scratch test. The experimental results show that the imposition of the ultrasonic agitation decreases the polarization overpotential and increases the charge transfer process at the electrode-electrolyte interface during the electroforming process. The ultrasonic agitation increases the crystallite size and the real surface area, and reduces the compressive stress. Then the adhesion strength is improved about 47% by the ultrasonic agitation in average. In addition, mechanisms of the ultrasonic agitation improving the adhesion strength are originally explored in this paper. The mechanisms are that the ultrasonic agitation increases the crystallite size, which reduces the compressive stress. The lower the compressive stress is, the larger the adhesion strength is. Furthermore, the ultrasonic agitation increases the real surface area, enhances the mechanical interlocking strength and consequently increases the adhesion

  19. Fracture testing and performance of beryllium copper alloy C 17510

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    Murray, H.A.; Zatz, I.J.; Ratka, J.O.

    1992-12-01

    A series of test programs was undertaken on copper beryllium alloy C 17510 for several variations in material process and chemistry. These variations in C 17510 were primarily optimized for combinations of strength and conductivity. While originally intended for use as cyclically loaded high-field, high-strength conductors in fusion energy research, material testing of C 17510 has indicated that it is an attractive and economical alternative for a host of other structural, mechanical and electrical applications. ASTM tests performed on three variations of C 17510 alloys included both J-integral and plane strain fracture toughness testing (E813, E399) and fatigue crack growth rate tests (E647), as well as verifying tensile, hardness, Charpy, and other well defined mechanical properties. Fracture testing was performed at both room and liquid nitrogen temperatures, which bound the thermal environment anticipated for the fusion components being designed. Fatigue crack propagation stress ratios ranged from nominal zero to minus one at each temperature.

  20. Fracture testing and performance of beryllium copper alloy C 17510

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    Murray, H.A.; Zatz, I.J. . Plasma Physics Lab.); Ratka, J.O. )

    1992-01-01

    A series of test programs was undertaken on copper beryllium alloy C 17510 for several variations in material process and chemistry. These variations in C 17510 were primarily optimized for combinations of strength and conductivity. While originally intended for use as cyclically loaded high-field, high-strength conductors in fusion energy research, material testing of C 17510 has indicated that it is an attractive and economical alternative for a host of other structural, mechanical and electrical applications. ASTM tests performed on three variations of C 17510 alloys included both J-integral and plane strain fracture toughness testing (E813, E399) and fatigue crack growth rate tests (E647), as well as verifying tensile, hardness, Charpy, and other well defined mechanical properties. Fracture testing was performed at both room and liquid nitrogen temperatures, which bound the thermal environment anticipated for the fusion components being designed. Fatigue crack propagation stress ratios ranged from nominal zero to minus one at each temperature.

  1. Pt/WO3/FTO memristive devices with recoverable pseudo-electroforming for time-delay switches in neuromorphic computing.

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    Shi, Tuo; Yin, Xue-Bing; Yang, Rui; Guo, Xin

    2016-04-14

    A recoverable pseudo-electroforming process was discovered in Pt/WO3/FTO devices. Unlike conventional electroforming, which is usually destructive, pseudo-electroforming can be recovered when the electrical stimulation is removed. Furthermore, the time-dependent recovery process can be tuned by diverse voltage pulses applied in pseudo-electroforming; therefore, the device can be used as a time-delay switch in memristor-based neuromorphic networks. This "volatile" electroforming process can be attributed to the high oxygen vacancy concentration in the fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) bottom electrode, which acts as a non-blocking electrode in the resistive switching. PMID:26996120

  2. Electrodeposition of High Quality Nickel Phosphorous Alloys for Pollution Reduction and Energy Conservation

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    Engelhaupt, Darell; Ramsey, Brian

    2003-01-01

    NASA and the University of Alabama in Huntsville have developed ecologically friendly, versatile nickel and nickel cobalt phosphorous electroplating processes. Solutions show excellent performance with high efficiency for vastly extended throughput. Properties include, clean, low temperature operation (40 - 60 C), high Faradaic efficiency, low stress and high hardness. A variety of alloy and plating speed options are easily achieved from the same chemistry using soluble anodes for metal replacement with only 25% of the phosphorous additions required for electroless nickel. Thick deposits are easily achieved unattended, for electroforming freestanding shapes without buildup of excess orthophosphate or stripping of equipment.

  3. Electrodeposition of High Quality Nickel Phosphorous Alloys for Pollution Reduction and Energy Conservation

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    Engelhaupt, Darell; Ramsey, Brian

    2004-01-01

    NASA and the University of Alabama in Huntsville have developed ecologically friendly, versatile nickel and nickel cobalt phosphorous electroplating processes. Solutions show excellent performance with high efficiency for vastly extended throughput. Properties include, clean, low temperature operation (40 - 60 C), high Faradaic efficiency, low stress and high hardness. A variety of alloy and plating speed options are easily achieved from the same chemistry using soluble anodes for metal replacement with only 25% of the phosphorous additions required for electroless nickel. Thick deposits are easily achieved unattended, for electroforming freestanding shapes without buildup of excess orthophosphate or stripping of equipment.

  4. Ca-mediated electroformation of cell-sized lipid vesicles.

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    Tao, Fei; Yang, Peng

    2015-01-01

    Cell-sized lipid giant unilamellar vesicles (GUVs) are formed when lipid molecules self-assemble to construct a single bilayer compartment with similar morphology to living cells. The physics of self-assembly process is only generally understood and the size distribution of GUVs tends to be very polydisperse. Herein we report a strategy for the production of controlled size distributions of GUVs by a novel mechanism dissecting the mediation ability of calcium (Ca) on the conventional electroformation of GUVs. We finely construct both of the calcium ion (Ca(2+)) and calcium carbonate (CaCO3) mineral adsorption layers on a lipid film surface respectively during the electroformation of GUVs. It is found that Ca(2+) Slip plane polarized by alternating electric field could induce a pattern of electroosmotic flow across the surface, and thus confine the fusion and growth of GUVs to facilitate the formation of uniform GUVs. The model is further improved by directly using CaCO3 that is in situ formed on a lipid film surface, providing a GUV population with narrow polydispersity. The two models deciphers the new biological function of calcium on the birth of cell-like lipid vesicles, and thus might be potentially relevant to the construction of new model to elucidate the cellular development process. PMID:25950604

  5. Ca-Mediated Electroformation of Cell-Sized Lipid Vesicles

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    Tao, Fei; Yang, Peng

    2015-01-01

    Cell-sized lipid giant unilamellar vesicles (GUVs) are formed when lipid molecules self-assemble to construct a single bilayer compartment with similar morphology to living cells. The physics of self-assembly process is only generally understood and the size distribution of GUVs tends to be very polydisperse. Herein we report a strategy for the production of controlled size distributions of GUVs by a novel mechanism dissecting the mediation ability of calcium (Ca) on the conventional electroformation of GUVs. We finely construct both of the calcium ion (Ca2+) and calcium carbonate (CaCO3) mineral adsorption layers on a lipid film surface respectively during the electroformation of GUVs. It is found that Ca2+ Slip plane polarized by alternating electric field could induce a pattern of electroosmotic flow across the surface, and thus confine the fusion and growth of GUVs to facilitate the formation of uniform GUVs. The model is further improved by directly using CaCO3 that is in situ formed on a lipid film surface, providing a GUV population with narrow polydispersity. The two models deciphers the new biological function of calcium on the birth of cell-like lipid vesicles, and thus might be potentially relevant to the construction of new model to elucidate the cellular development process. PMID:25950604

  6. Welding and performance of advanced high temperature alloys

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    Prager, M.; Masuyama, F.

    1995-12-31

    The last decade has witnessed the development of many new alloys for elevated temperature service and recognition of a large number of them in the form of allowable stresses by the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code. These alloys offer considerable advantages in terms of higher tensile and stress rupture strengths, lower thermal stresses, superior corrosion resistance and, in one case, weldability. The improvements are obtained through additions of tungsten, vanadium, columbium, copper, nitrogen and other elements which significantly affect microstructure and weldability. The paper will discuss where introduction of these advanced materials may be warranted, the properties to be expected in comparison to conventional alloys, PWHT requirements and concerns regarding weld failure modes. Higher performance in operation of power plants is achieved by use of tungsten alloyed advanced 9--12%Cr ferritic steels, NF616 (9Cr-0.5 Mo-1.8W-V-Nb) and HCM12A (12Cr-0.4Mo-2W-1 Cu-V-Nb), which exhibit over 30% higher creep strength than T91/P91 (Mod. 9Cr-1 Mo) at 600 C. Thick-walled and large-diameter pipes of NF616 and HCM12A were subjected to fabrication tests such as joint welding and induction bending, and it was shown that the properties of the fabricated parts were satisfactory for the practical application of those steels. HCM2S, a newly developed low alloy steel (0.06C-2.25Cr-1.6W-0.25V0.05Nb) is approximately 1.8 times stronger than conventional T22 (2.25Cr-1 Mo) at around 600 C. The weldability of this low carbon content steel is much improved, as it needs no pre-weld nor postweld heat treatment. HCM2S was installed in a large capacity utility boiler.

  7. Pressurized metallurgy for high performance special steels and alloys

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    Jiang, Z. H.; Zhu, H. C.; Li, H. B.; L1, Y.; Liu, F. B.

    2016-07-01

    The pressure is one of the basic parameters which greatly influences the metallurgical reaction process and solidification of steels and alloys. In this paper the history and present situation of research and application of pressurized metallurgy, especially pressurized metallurgy for special steels and alloys have been briefly reviewed. In the following part the physical chemistry of pressurized metallurgy is summarized. It is shown that pressurizing may change the conditions of chemical reaction in thermodynamics and kinetics due to the pressure effect on gas volume, solubility of gas and volatile element in metal melt, activity or activity coefficient of components, and change the physical and chemical properties of metal melt, heat transfer coefficient between mould and ingot, thus greatly influencing phase transformation during the solidification process and the solidification structure, such as increasing the solidification nucleation rate, reducing the critical nucleation radius, accelerating the solidification speed and significant macro/micro-structure refinement, and eliminating shrinkage, porosity and segregation and other casting defects. In the third part the research works of pressured metallurgy performed by the Northeastern University including establishment of pressurized induction melting (PIM) and pressurized electroslag remelting (PESR) equipments and development of high nitrogen steels under pressure are described in detail. Finally, it is considered in the paper that application of pressurized metallurgy in manufacture of high performance special steels and alloys is a relatively new research area, and its application prospects will be very broad and bright.

  8. Alloy performance in high temperature oil refining environments

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    Sorell, G.; Humphries, M.J.; McLaughlin, J.E.

    1995-12-31

    The performance of steels and alloys in high temperature petroleum refining applications is strongly influenced by detrimental interactions with aggressive process environments. These are encountered in conventional refining processes and especially in processing schemes for fuels conversion and upgrading. Metal-environment interactions can shorten equipment life and cause impairment of mechanical properties, metallurgical stability and weldability. Corrosion and other high temperature attack modes discussed are sulfidation, hydrogen attack, carburization, and metal dusting. Sulfidation is characterized by bulky scales that are generally ineffective corrosion barriers. Metal loss is often accompanied by sub-surface sulfide penetration. Hydrogen attack and carburization proceed without metal loss and are detectable only by metallographic examination. In advanced stages, these deterioration modes cause severe impairment of mechanical properties. Harmful metal-environment interactions are characterized and illustrated with data drawn from test exposures and plant experience. Alloys employed for high temperature oil refining equipment are identified, including some promising newcomers.

  9. Mach 5 electroformed nickel nozzle refurbishment FNAS investigation of ultra-smooth surfaces

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    Rood, Robert; Griffith, Charles; Engelhaupt, Darell

    1992-01-01

    This task is in support of the Quiet Hypersonic Wind Tunnel effort currently in effect at NASA Langley Research Center, VA. A laminar flow wind tunnel nozzle has been previously fabricated by electroforming pure nickel over a machined and polished two piece stainless steel mandrel. The mandrel was removed leaving the replicate nozzle surface. The nozzle was then pressed into a heavy stainless steel jacket for mounting features and rigidity. The original nickel surface was a replication of the polished mandrel but had degraded due to oxidation. The inside surface requirements are very stringent in order to achieve laminar or quiet flow at the desired pressure and temperature for the specific design of Mach 5. The throat area of the axisymmetric device must have a surface finish with no defects greater than 16 microinches. This requires an rms average background of about four microinches or better for inspection purposes. A coating of nickel-phosphorous alloy was applied by catalytic deposition and then the inside of the nozzle was polished retaining dimensional and surface finish tolerances as specified per drawings supplied. Since the unit is not an optical component, conventional optical inspection methods for surface finish and figure are not readily achieved. Measurements were made using surface profilometry.

  10. Demands on automotive battery performance, what is the best alloy?

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    Richter, G.

    Modern automotive batteries represent a compromise between starting performance and power handling. Being designed for high starting currents, their capacity amplitude for frequent cyclic loads is relatively small, compared with their nominal capacity. Considering the category of high-class passenger cars, the two-battery concept better meets requirements and at the same time improves the reliability of the starting system. It is expected that for both the starter battery (in the engine compartment) and the power-handling battery (in the boot), the leadcalciumtin system will be the most appropriate choice for the grid alloy.

  11. The electrodeposition of high performance ferromagnetic cobalt-samarium alloys

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    Wei, Jen-Chieh

    Co-Sm permanent magnets, such as SMCo5 and Sm2Co 17, are well known for their high coercivity and energy product. More recently, Co-Sm thin films have been studied for the interest in high density recording media and MEMS applications. These films have been prepared by sputtering, evaporation and plasma spraying. However, high manufacturing costs of these processes have limited usage of Co-Sm thin films for consumer electronic devices. Development of an aqueous electrodeposition continuous process for Co-Sm thin films would provide substantial reduction in manufacturing costs. Initially the Hull cell was used as a screening device to study the dependence of plating variables on Co-Sm electrodeposition from aqueous solution. Systematic parametric studies of DC and PC electrodeposition by parallel electrodes have been performed to study the effects of operating conditions and solution compositions on deposit composition, structure and properties. Relationships between deposit characteristics and magnetic behavior were developed. Alloy composition appeared strongly dependent on operating conditions and solution components. Addition of glycine suppressed the deposition of hydroxides/oxides and enabled the co-deposition of Sm and Co. High Sm content (32at%) Co-Sm alloys have been obtained from a bath consisting of 1M Sm sulfamate, 0.05M Co sulfate and 0.15M glycine by DC electrodeposition satisfying the stoichiometric compositions of intermetallic Co-Sm alloys of Sm2 Co17 (10.5at%) and SmCo5 (16.7at%). Therefore, CoSm alloys of sufficient Sm content for Sm Co magnets have been achieved by electrodeposition. PC is superior than DC electrodeposition for metallic deposits can be obtained at room temperature without the appearance of hydroxides. The structures of electrodeposited Co-Sm crystallites were dominated by hcp phases. Crystalline properties of deposits strongly depend on Sm deposit content. Increased Sm content changed deposits from crystalline to non

  12. Enhancing the adhesion strength of micro electroforming layer by ultrasonic agitation method and the application.

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    Zhao, Zhong; Du, Liqun; Tao, Yousheng; Li, Qingfeng; Luo, Lei

    2016-11-01

    Micro electroforming is widely used for fabricating micro metal devices in Micro Electro Mechanism System (MEMS). However, there is the problem of poor adhesion strength between micro electroforming layer and substrate. This dramatically influences the dimensional accuracy of the device. To solve this problem, ultrasonic agitation method is applied during the micro electroforming process. To explore the effect of the ultrasonic agitation on the adhesion strength, micro electroforming experiments were carried out under different ultrasonic power (0W, 100W, 150W, 200W, 250W) and different ultrasonic frequencies (0kHz, 40kHz, 80kHz, 120kHz, 200kHz). The effects of the ultrasonic power and the ultrasonic frequency on the micro electroforming process were investigated by polarization method and alternating current (a.c.) impedance method. The adhesion strength between the electroforming layer and the substrate was measured by scratch test. The compressive stress of the electroforming layer was measured by X-ray Diffraction (XRD) method. The crystallite size of the electroforming layer was measured by Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) method. The internal contact surface area of the electroforming layer was measured by cyclic voltammetry (CV) method. The experimental results indicate that the ultrasonic agitation can decrease the polarization overpotential and increase the charge transfer process. Generally, the internal contact surface area is increased and the compressive stress is reduced. And then the adhesion strength is enhanced. Due to the different depolarization effects of the ultrasonic power and the ultrasonic frequency, the effects on strengthening the adhesion strength are different. When the ultrasonic agitation is 200W and 40kHz, the effect on strengthening the adhesion strength is the best. In order to prove the effect which the ultrasonic agitation can improve the adhesion strength of the micro devices, micro pillar arrays were fabricated under

  13. The use of fractally-designed waveforms in electroforming

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    Bullock, J.S.; Lawson, R.L.; Kirkpatrick, J.R.

    1996-03-01

    Pulsed electrodeposition offers the potential for superior control of deposit properties because of the additional control variables available. However, optimization of pulsed deposition processes is a challenge because of the complexity. E.g., the tendency of electroforms to acquire irregularities such as dendritic growths or other morphological instabilities, creates the need for methods to control these undesirable phenomena. One such method is periodic reverse pulses. Optimization of periodic reverse processes is not simple and can lead to local solutions that do not optimize all properties simultaneously. One method for global optimization that might, for example, control surface irregularities on several size scales, uses a periodic reverse design based on fractal time series. This incorporates deplating pulses of several lengths within one self- similar waveform. The properties of fractals permit control of highly complex designs with a small number of input variables. The creation of such waveforms, their properties, and their use in a lead- plating process are described. Speculation on the potential for further application of this method is offered. 26 figs, 11 refs.

  14. High-Strength Low-Alloy (HSLA) Mg-Zn-Ca Alloys with Excellent Biodegradation Performance

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    Hofstetter, J.; Becker, M.; Martinelli, E.; Weinberg, A. M.; Mingler, B.; Kilian, H.; Pogatscher, S.; Uggowitzer, P. J.; Löffler, J. F.

    2014-04-01

    This article deals with the development of fine-grained high-strength low-alloy (HSLA) magnesium alloys intended for use as biodegradable implant material. The alloys contain solely low amounts of Zn and Ca as alloying elements. We illustrate the development path starting from the high-Zn-containing ZX50 (MgZn5Ca0.25) alloy with conventional purity, to an ultrahigh-purity ZX50 modification, and further to the ultrahigh-purity Zn-lean alloy ZX10 (MgZn1Ca0.3). It is shown that alloys with high Zn-content are prone to biocorrosion in various environments, most probably because of the presence of the intermetallic phase Mg6Zn3Ca2. A reduction of the Zn content results in (Mg,Zn)2Ca phase formation. This phase is less noble than the Mg-matrix and therefore, in contrast to Mg6Zn3Ca2, does not act as cathodic site. A fine-grained microstructure is achieved by the controlled formation of fine and homogeneously distributed (Mg,Zn)2Ca precipitates, which influence dynamic recrystallization and grain growth during hot forming. Such design scheme is comparable to that of HSLA steels, where low amounts of alloying elements are intended to produce a very fine dispersion of particles to increase the material's strength by refining the grain size. Consequently our new, ultrapure ZX10 alloy exhibits high strength (yield strength R p = 240 MPa, ultimate tensile strength R m = 255 MPa) and simultaneously high ductility (elongation to fracture A = 27%), as well as low mechanical anisotropy. Because of the anodic nature of the (Mg,Zn)2Ca particles used in the HSLA concept, the in vivo degradation in a rat femur implantation study is very slow and homogeneous without clinically observable hydrogen evolution, making the ZX10 alloy a promising material for biodegradable implants.

  15. Dynamics of electroforming and electrically driven insulator-metal transition in NbOx selector

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    Park, Jaehyuk; Cha, Euijun; Karpov, Ilya; Hwang, Hyunsang

    2016-06-01

    In this research, we investigate an electroforming and electrically driven insulator-metal transition (E-IMT) characteristic of the NbOx film that follows the framework of nucleation theory. First, we carry out the electroforming process to form the crystalline NbO2 phase, and it separated to nucleation and grain-growth according to external electric field degree. During the electroforming process, we also study the field-induced nucleation that occurred selectively according to the crystallinity of films. We conclude that the E-IMT process was the result of Peierls transition between the tetragonal and the rutile NbO2 phases, and we experimentally deduce the minimum energy pathway for transition.

  16. Performance evaluation of several commercial alloys in a reducing environment

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    Liu, Y.

    Several commercial alloys including Ebrite, Crofer 22 APU, Haynes 230 and Haynes 242, which are candidates for intermediate-temperature solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) interconnect materials, were isothermally and cyclically oxidized at 900 °C in the reducing atmosphere of Ar + 5 vol.% H 2 + 3 vol.% H 2O corresponding to the SOFC anode environment. Results indicate that these alloys exhibited good scale spallation resistance with the Ni-base alloys possessing better oxidation resistance over the Fe-base alloys. Both Mn-Cr spinel and Cr 2O 3 were formed in the oxide scales of these alloys. For Crofer 22 APU and Haynes 242, a continuous protective MnO and Mn-Cr spinel layer formed outside on the inner layer of Cr 2O 3. The increase in scale ASR after longer-term thermal exposure in the reducing environment was relatively slower for the Ni-base alloys than for the Fe-base alloys.

  17. Electroforming and Ohmic contacts in Al-Al2O3-Ag diodes

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    Hickmott, T. W.

    2012-03-01

    Electroforming of metal-insulator-metal (MIM) diodes is a non-destructive dielectric breakdown process that changes the diode from its initial high resistance state (HRS) to a low resistance state (LRS). After electroforming, resistance switching memories (RSMs) use voltages to switch from HRS to LRS and back. Many MIM combinations are proposed for use in RSMs. In many cases conduction in the LRS is nearly temperature independent at low temperatures; an Ohmic contact with a barrier to electron injection of ˜0 eV results from electroforming. Electroforming of Al-Al2O3-Ag diodes with amorphous anodic Al2O3 thicknesses between 12 and 41 nm has been studied. Two anodizing electrolytes have been used; 0.1 M ammonium pentaborate (bor-H2O) and a solution of 0.1 M of ammonium pentaborate per liter of ethylene glycol (bor-gly). Polarization of Al2O3 and negative charge in Al2O3 are much larger when Al2O3 is formed in bor-H2O solution than when Al is anodized in bor-gly solution. Electroforming of Al-Al2O3-Ag diodes results in an Ohmic contact at the Al-Al2O3 interface, voltage-controlled negative resistance (VCNR) in the current-voltage (I-V) characteristics, electroluminescence (EL), and electron emission into vacuum (EM) from filamentary conducting channels. Two distinct modes of electroforming occur for Al-Al2O3-Ag diodes. α-forming occurs for 2.5 V ≲ VS ≲ 5 V, where VS is the applied voltage. It is characterized by an abrupt current jump with the simultaneous appearance of EL and EM. β-forming occurs for VS ≳ 7 V. I-V curves, EL, and EM develop gradually and are smaller than for α-forming. Electroforming occurs more readily for diodes with Al2O3 formed in bor-H2O that have greater defect densities. Fully developed I-V curves have similar VCNR, EL, and EM after α-forming or β-forming. A model is proposed in which excited states of F-centers, oxygen vacancies in amorphous anodic Al2O3, form defect conduction bands. Electroforming that results in an Ohmic

  18. Oxidation performance of platinum-clad Mo-47Re alloy

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    Clark, Ronald K.; Wallace, Terryl A.

    1994-01-01

    The alloy Mo-47Re has favorable mechanical properties at temperatures above 1400 C, but it undergoes severe oxidation when used in air with no protective coating. To shield the alloy from oxidation, platinum cladding has been evaluated. The unprotected alloy undergoes catastrophic oxidation under static and dynamic oxidation conditions. The platinum cladding provides good protection from static and dynamic oxidation for moderate times at 1260 C. Samples tested for longer times under static oxidation conditions experienced severe oxidation. The data suggest that oxidation results from the transport of oxygen through the grain boundaries and through the pinhole defects of the platinum cladding.

  19. Thermocouples of molybdenum and iridium alloys for more stable vacuum-high temperature performance

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    Morris, J. F. (Inventor)

    1978-01-01

    Thermocouples providing stability and performance reliability in systems involving high temperatures and vacuums by employing a bimetallic thermocouple sensor are described. Each metal of the sensor is selected from a group of metals comprising molybdenum and iridium and alloys containing only those two metals. The molybdenum, iridium thermocouple sensor alloys provide bare metal thermocouple sensors having advantageous vapor pressure compatibility and performance characteristics. The compatibility and physical characteristics of the thermocouple sensor alloys result in improved emf, temperature properties and thermocouple hot junction performance.

  20. Modified silicon-germanium alloys with improved performance. [thermoelectric material

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    Pisharody, R. K.; Garvey, L. P.

    1978-01-01

    This paper discusses the results of a program on the modification of silicon-germanium alloys by means of small extraneous material additions in order to improve their figures-of-merit. A review of the properties that constitute the figure-of-merit indicates that it is the relatively high thermal conductivity of silicon-germanium alloys that is responsible for their low values of figure-of-merit. The intent of the effort discussed in this paper is therefore the reduction of the thermal conductivity of silicon-germanium alloys by minor alloy additions and/or changes in the basic structure of the material. Because Group III and V elements are compatible with silicon and germanium, the present effort in modifying silicon-germanium alloys has concentrated on additions of gallium phosphide. A significant reduction in thermal conductivity, approximately 40 to 50 percent, has been demonstrated while the electrical properties are only slightly affected as a result. The figure-of-merit of the resultant material is enhanced over that of silicon-germanium alloys and when fully optimized is potentially better than that of any other presently available thermoelectric material.

  1. Effect of Hf and Y Alloy Additions on Aluminide Coating Performance

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    Pint, Bruce A; Haynes, James A; Besmann, Theodore M

    2010-01-01

    Iron- and Ni-base alloys, with and without Hf or Hf and Y alloy additions, were aluminized by chemical vapor deposition to study the potential for minor alloy additions to improve oxidation resistance of coated alloys. Compared to uncoated specimens, the coated specimens showed improved cyclic oxidation resistance at 1100 and 1150 C. However, alumina scale spallation was observed at relatively short times and, particularly for the Ni-base alloy X, the aluminized lab-cast alloy with Hf tended to have poor coating performance compared to the commercial alloy without Hf. Internal oxidation of Hf at 1150 C and rapid Al depletion in the relatively thin aluminide coatings contributed to the observed detrimental Hf effect. For the Ni-base alloys, the increased scale spallation could be attributed to much higher S contents (10-50 ppma) in the laboratory-cast alloys. Oxide scale spallation from the coating surface was minimized when Hf and Y were added to a casting and the [Y]/[S] content ratio was {approx}1.

  2. The Effect of Oscillating Traverse Welding on Performance of Cr-Fe-C Hardfacing Alloys

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    Lai, Hsuan-Han; Hsieh, Chih-Chun; Wang, Jia-Siang; Lin, Chi-Ming; Wu, Weite

    2015-11-01

    In this study, a series of experiments involving Cr-Fe-C hardfacing alloys is conducted to evaluate the effect of oscillating traverse welding on microstructure and performance of clad alloys. The alloys are designed to exhibit hypoeutectic, eutectic, and hypereutectic morphology. The morphology of the heat-affected zone (HAZ) of the unmelted metal, the solidified remelted metal, and the fusion boundary exhibited distinct characteristics. In the hypoeutectic and the eutectic alloys, the same lamellar eutectic structure can be observed as the solidified structure, and they also showed the same evolution in the HAZ. In the hypereutectic alloy, the incomplete weld pool blending results in a eutectic morphology instead of a fully hypereutectic morphology. The hardness result reveals that, for the hypereutectic alloy, the eutectic region, instead of the HAZ, is the weak point. The wear test shows that the hypoeutectic alloy exhibits the same wear behaviors in both the remelted metal and the HAZ, and so is the hypereutectic alloy; the eutectic alloy remelted metal and the HAZ have different wear morphologies.

  3. Effects of Si Addition and Heating Ar on the Electromigration Performance of Al-Alloy Interconnects

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    Lee, Dok Won; Lee, Byung-Zu; Jeong, Jong Yeul; Park, Hyun; Shim, Kyu Cheol; Kim, Jong Seok; Park, Young Bae; Woo, Sun-Woong; Lee, Jeong-gun

    2002-02-01

    The electromigration (EM) performance of Ti/Al-alloy multilayered metallization with one-step sputtered Al-alloy has been studied. The Al-alloys investigated included Al-1.0%Si-0.5%Cu and Al-0.5%Cu, and the Al-alloy films were prepared with and without heating Ar. The package-level EM test results indicate that the EM resistance of the Al-Si-Cu stack is nearly identical to that of the Al-Cu stack. Si addition was found to degrade the microstructure of the Al-alloy film, while it had the retarding effect on the Ti/Al reaction, which suggests that there exists a trade-off between the film microstructure and the formation of TiAl3 intermetallic compound. The EM performance of the one-step sputtered Al-alloy stack was enhanced by the use of heating Ar during the deposition of Al-alloy film, which has been attributed to the improved microstructure of the Al-alloy film by the use of heating Ar.

  4. Thermocouples of tantalum and rhenium alloys for more stable vacuum-high temperature performance

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    Morris, J. F. (Inventor)

    1977-01-01

    Thermocouples of the present invention provide stability and performance reliability in systems involving high temperatures and vacuums by employing a bimetallic thermocouple sensor wherein each metal of the sensor is selected from a group of metals comprising tantalum and rhenium and alloys containing only those two metals. The tantalum, rhenium thermocouple sensor alloys provide bare metal thermocouple sensors having advantageous vapor pressure compatibilities and performance characteristics. The compatibility and physical characteristics of the thermocouple sensor alloys of the present invention result in improved emf, temperature properties and thermocouple hot junction performance. The thermocouples formed of the tantalum, rhenium alloys exhibit reliability and performance stability in systems involving high temperatures and vacuums and are adaptable to space propulsion and power systems and nuclear environments.

  5. Method of making porous conductive supports for electrodes. [by electroforming and stacking nickel foils

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    Schaer, G. R. (Inventor)

    1973-01-01

    Porous conductive supports for electrochemical cell electrodes are made by electroforming thin corrugated nickel foil, and by stacking pieces of the corrugated foil alternatively with pieces of thin flat nickel foil. Corrugations in successive corrugated pieces are oriented at different angles. Adjacent pieces of foil are bonded by heating in a hydrogen atmosphere and then cutting the stack in planes perpendicular to the foils.

  6. Reduction of Radioactive Backgrounds in Electroformed Copper for Ultra-Sensitive Radiation Detectors

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    Hoppe, Eric W.; Aalseth, Craig E.; Farmer, Orville T.; Hossbach, Todd W.; Liezers, Martin; Miley, Harry S.; Overman, Nicole R.; Reeves, James H.

    2014-07-07

    Abstract Ultra-pure construction materials are required for the next generation of neutrino physics, dark matter and environmental science applications. These new efforts require materials with purity levels at or below 1 uBq/kg 232Th and 238U. Yet radiometric analysis lacks sensitivity below ~10 uBq/kg for the U and Th decay chains. This limits both the selection of clean materials and the validation of purification processes. Copper is an important high-purity material for low-background experiments due to the ease with which it can be purified by electrochemical methods. Electroplating for purification into near-final shapes, known as electroforming, is one such method. Continued refinement of the copper electroforming process is underway, for the first time guided by an ICP-MS based assay method that can measure 232Th and 238U near the desired purity levels. An assay of electroformed copper at 10 uBq/kg for 232Th has been achieved and is described. The implications of electroformed copper at or better than this purity on next-generation low-background experiments are discussed.

  7. Reduction of radioactive backgrounds in electroformed copper for ultra-sensitive radiation detectors

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    Hoppe, E. W.; Aalseth, C. E.; Farmer, O. T.; Hossbach, T. W.; Liezers, M.; Miley, H. S.; Overman, N. R.; Reeves, J. H.

    2014-11-01

    Ultra-pure construction materials are required for the next generation of neutrino physics, dark matter and environmental science applications. These materials are also important for use in high-purity germanium spectrometers used in screening materials for radiopurity. The next-generation science applications require materials with radiopurity levels at or below 1 μBq/kg 232Th and 238U. Yet radiometric analysis lacks sensitivity below ~10 μBq/kg for the U and Th decay chains. This limits both the selection of clean materials and the validation of purification processes. Copper is an important high-purity material for low-background experiments due to the ease with which it can be purified by electrochemical methods. Electroplating for purification into near-final shapes, known as electroforming, is one such method. Continued refinement of the copper electroforming process is underway, for the first time guided by an ICP-MS based assay method that can measure 232Th and 238U near the desired purity levels. An assay of electroformed copper at a μBq/kg level has been achieved and is described. The implications of electroformed copper at or better than this purity on next-generation low-background experiments are discussed.

  8. The Effect of H and He on Irradiation Performance of Fe and Ferritic Alloys

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    James F. Stubbins

    2010-01-22

    This research program was designed to look at basic radiation damage and effects and mechanical properties in Fe and ferritic alloys. The program scope included a number of materials ranging from pure single crystal Fe to more complex Fe-Cr-C alloys. The range of materials was designed to examine materials response and performance on ideal/model systems and gradually move to more complex systems. The experimental program was coordinated with a modeling effort. The use of pure and model alloys also facilitated the ability to develop and employ atomistic-scale modeling techniques to understand the inherent physics underlying materials performance

  9. Reducing defects in remelting processes for high-performance alloys

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    van den Avyle, James A.; Brooks, John A.; Powell, Adam C.

    1998-03-01

    Defect reduction is one of the most important goals in continuing research to improve remelting technologies, such as vacuum arc remelting, electroslag remelting, or hearth melting (plasma or electron beam), of specialty alloys. Ingot defects may originate from several sources in these processes, such as foreign materials in the melt stock or electrode, drop-in material from the furnace interior, and solidification defects. Laboratory-and industrial-scale melting experiments are used by Sandia National Laboratories and the Specialty Metals Processing Consortium to determine relationships between melt-processing conditions and defect formation. Examples described here include freckle formation, a solidification defect in large ingots of alloy 625 (electroslag remelting), and alloy 718 (vacuum arc remelting). These examples demonstrate how integrated melting experiments, process modeling, and ingot analysis can guide the control of melting conditions to reduce defects.

  10. Graphical method for predicting life of a rocket thrust chamber with half-hard zirconium-copper liner and electroformed nickel closeout

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    Kasper, H. J.

    1977-01-01

    A method for estimating the life of a regeneratively cooled rocket thrust chamber was developed and is based on the hot-gas wall temperature and the temperature difference between the hot-gas wall and the outside surface of the closeout. This method permits a quick estimate of the life of a thrust chamber when design changes or test-cycle variations are considered. Strain range and life are presented graphically as functions of these temperature parameters for a typical high-performance rocket thrust chamber with a half-hard zirconium-copper liner and an electroformed nickel closeout.

  11. Performance of Process Damping in Machining Titanium Alloys at Low Cutting Speed with Different Helix Tools

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    Shaharun, M. A.; Yusoff, A. R.; Reza, M. S.; Jalal, K. A.

    2012-09-01

    Titanium is a strong, lustrous, corrosion-resistant and transition metal with a silver color to produce strong lightweight alloys for industrial process, automotive, medical instruments and other applications. However, it is very difficult to machine the titanium due to its poor machinability. When machining titanium alloys with the conventional tools, the wear rate of the tool is rapidly accelerate and it is generally difficult to achieve at high cutting speed. In order to get better understanding of machining titanium alloy, the interaction between machining structural system and the cutting process which result in machining instability will be studied. Process damping is a useful phenomenon that can be exploited to improve the limited productivity of low speed machining. In this study, experiments are performed to evaluate the performance of process damping of milling under different tool helix geometries. The results showed that the helix of 42° angle is significantly increase process damping performance in machining titanium alloy.

  12. Steam assisted oxide growth on aluminium alloys using oxidative chemistries: Part II corrosion performance

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    Din, Rameez Ud; Jellesen, Morten Stendahl; Ambat, Rajan

    2015-11-01

    Surface treatment of aluminium alloys using steam with oxidative chemistries, namely KMnO4 and HNO3 resulted in accelerated growth of oxide on aluminium alloys. Detailed investigation of the corrosion performance of the treated surfaces was carried out using potentiodynamic polarisation and standard industrial test methods such as acetic acid salt spray (AASS) and filiform corrosion on commercial AA6060 alloy. Barrier properties of the film including adhesion were evaluated using tape test under wet and dry conditions. Electrochemical results showed reduced cathodic and anodic activity, while the protection provided by steam treatment with HNO3 was a function of the concentration of NO3- ions. The coating generated by inclusion of KMnO4 showed highest resistance to filiform corrosion. Overall, the performance of the steam treated surfaces under filiform corrosion and AASS test was a result of the local coverage of the alloy microstructure resulting from steam containing with KMnO4 and HNO3.

  13. Electrochemical comparison and biological performance of a new CoCrNbMoZr alloy with commercial CoCrMo alloy.

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    Andrei, M; Galateanu, B; Hudita, A; Costache, M; Osiceanu, P; Calderon Moreno, J M; Drob, S I; Demetrescu, I

    2016-02-01

    A new CoCrNbMoZr alloy, with Nb and Zr content is characterized from the point of view of surface features, corrosion resistance and biological performance in order to be proposed as dental restorative material. Its properties are discussed in comparison with commercial Heraenium CE alloy based on Co, Cr and Mo as well. The microstructure of both alloys was revealed by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The composition and thickness of the alloy native passive films were identified by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The surface characteristics were analyzed by atomic force microscopy (AFM) and contact angle techniques. The quantity of ions released from alloys in artificial saliva was evaluated with inductively coupled plasma-mass spectroscopy (ICP-MS) measurements. The electrochemical stability was studied in artificial Carter-Brugirard saliva, performing open circuit potentials, polarization resistances and corrosion currents and rates. The biological performance of the new alloy was tested in vitro in terms of human adipose stem cells (hASCs) morphology, viability and proliferation status. The new alloy is very resistant to the attack of the aggressive ions from the artificial saliva. The surface properties, the roughness and wettabiliy sustain the cell behavior. The comparison of the new alloy behavior with that of existing commercial CoCrMo alloy showed the superior properties of the new metallic biomaterial. PMID:26652383

  14. A 3D porous Ni-Cu alloy film for high-performance hydrazine electrooxidation

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    Sun, Ming; Lu, Zhiyi; Luo, Liang; Chang, Zheng; Sun, Xiaoming

    2016-01-01

    Structural design and catalyst screening are two most important factors for achieving exceptional electrocatalytic performance. Herein we demonstrate that constructing a three-dimensional (3D) porous Ni-Cu alloy film is greatly beneficial for improving the hydrazine oxidation reaction (HzOR) performance. A facile electrodeposition process is employed to synthesize a Ni-Cu alloy film with a 3D hierarchical porous structure. As an integrated electrode for HzOR, the Ni-Cu alloy film exhibits superior catalytic activity and stability to the Ni or Cu counterparts. The synthesis parameters are also systematically tuned for optimizing the HzOR performance. The excellent HzOR performance of the Ni-Cu alloy film is attributed to its high intrinsic activity, large electrochemical specific surface area, and 3D porous architecture which offers a ``superaerophobic'' surface to effectively remove the gas product in a small volume. It is believed that the Ni-Cu alloy film electrode has potential application in direct hydrazine fuel cells as well as other catalytic fields.Structural design and catalyst screening are two most important factors for achieving exceptional electrocatalytic performance. Herein we demonstrate that constructing a three-dimensional (3D) porous Ni-Cu alloy film is greatly beneficial for improving the hydrazine oxidation reaction (HzOR) performance. A facile electrodeposition process is employed to synthesize a Ni-Cu alloy film with a 3D hierarchical porous structure. As an integrated electrode for HzOR, the Ni-Cu alloy film exhibits superior catalytic activity and stability to the Ni or Cu counterparts. The synthesis parameters are also systematically tuned for optimizing the HzOR performance. The excellent HzOR performance of the Ni-Cu alloy film is attributed to its high intrinsic activity, large electrochemical specific surface area, and 3D porous architecture which offers a ``superaerophobic'' surface to effectively remove the gas product in a small

  15. Relation between the electroforming voltage in alkali halide-polymer diodes and the bandgap of the alkali halide

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    Bory, Benjamin F.; Wang, Jingxin; Janssen, René A. J.; Meskers, Stefan C. J.; Gomes, Henrique L.; De Leeuw, Dago M.

    2014-12-08

    Electroforming of indium-tin-oxide/alkali halide/poly(spirofluorene)/Ba/Al diodes has been investigated by bias dependent reflectivity measurements. The threshold voltages for electrocoloration and electroforming are independent of layer thickness and correlate with the bandgap of the alkali halide. We argue that the origin is voltage induced defect formation. Frenkel defect pairs are formed by electron–hole recombination in the alkali halide. This self-accelerating process mitigates injection barriers. The dynamic junction formation is compared to that of a light emitting electrochemical cell. A critical defect density for electroforming is 10{sup 25}/m{sup 3}. The electroformed alkali halide layer can be considered as a highly doped semiconductor with metallic transport characteristics.

  16. Refinement performance and mechanism of an Al-50Si alloy

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    Dai, H.S.; Liu, X.F.

    2008-11-15

    The microstructure and melt structure of primary silicon particles in an Al-50%Si (wt.%) alloy have been investigated by optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, electron probe micro-analysis and a high temperature X-ray diffractometer. The results show that the Al-50Si alloy can be effectively refined by a newly developed Si-20P master alloy, and the melting temperature is crucial to the refinement process. The minimal overheating degree {delta}T{sub min} ({delta}T{sub min} is the difference between the minimal overheating temperature T{sub min} and the liquidus temperature T{sub L}) for good refinement is about 260 deg. C. Primary silicon particles can be refined after adding 0.2 wt.% phosphorus amount at sufficient temperature, and their average size transforms from 2-4 mm to about 30 {mu}m. The X-ray diffraction data of the Al-50Si melt demonstrate that structural change occurs when the melting temperature varies from 1100 deg. C to 1300 deg. C. Additionally, the relationship between the refinement mechanism and the melt structure is discussed.

  17. Corrosion performance of Fe-Cr-Al and Fe aluminide alloys in complex gas environments

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    Natesan, K.; Johnson, R.N.

    1995-05-01

    Alumina-forming structural alloys can offer superior resistance to corrosion in the presence of sulfur-containing environments, which are prevalent in coal-fired fossil energy systems. Further, Fe aluminides are being developed for use as structural materials and/or cladding alloys in these systems. Extensive development has been in progress on Fe{sub 3}Al-based alloys to improve their engineering ductility. In addition, surface coatings of Fe aluminide are being developed to impart corrosion resistance to structural alloys. This paper describes results from an ongoing program that is evaluating the corrosion performance of alumina-forming structural alloys, Fe-Al and Fe aluminide bulk alloys, and Fe aluminide coatings in environments typical of coal-gasification and combustion atmospheres. Experiments were conducted at 650-1000{degrees}C in simulated oxygen/sulfur gas mixtures. Other aspects of the program are corrosion evaluation of the aluminides in the presence of HCl-containing gases. Results are used to establish threshold Al levels in the alloys for development of protective alumina scales and to determine the modes of corrosion degradation that occur in the materials when they are exposed to S/Cl-containing gaseous environments.

  18. Performance of aluminide coatings applied on alloy CF8C plus at 800 C

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    Kumar, Deepak; Dryepondt, Sebastien N; Shyam, Amit; Haynes, James A; Pint, Bruce A; Armstrong, Beth L; Lara-Curzio, Edgar

    2011-01-01

    The cost effective, austenitic stainless steel CF8C plus is an attractive alloy for massive cast structures such as steam turbine casings. The microstructure stability and creep strength of this alloy are better than commercial high-performance heat-resistant steels such as NF709 and Super 304H, and are comparable to the Ni-based superalloy Inconel 617. The oxidation resistance of the alloy in atmosphere rich in water vapor is however insufficient at T>800 C, and the use of diffusion aluminide coatings is considered for potential high temperature applications. The thermal stability and protectiveness of coatings applied on the CF8C plus substrate by pack cementation and slurry process were investigated in air + 10% H2O environment at 800 C. Further, the coating effect on the fatigue life of the alloy was assessed via low-cycle-fatigue experiments.

  19. The effect of Si in Al-alloy on electromigration performance in Al filled vias

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    Kageyama, Makiko; Hashimoto, Keiichi; Onoda, Hiroshi

    1998-01-01

    Electromigration performance of vias filled with Al-Si-Cu alloys on Ti glue layers was investigated in comparison with W-stud vias. In Al-Si-Cu filled vias, voids were formed at only a few locations in the test structure, while voids were formed at every via in W-stud via chains. It is supposed that Al moves through the Al-Si-Cu via during electromigration in spite of the existence of a glue layer at the via bottom. This phenomenon was observed only in the vias filled with Al-Si-Cu alloy. Al movement was prohibited in Al-Cu filled vias. In Al-Si-Cu filled vias, an Al-Ti-Si alloy was formed at the via bottom while Al3Ti was formed at Al-Cu filled vias. Al is speculated to move through this Al-Ti-Si alloy during electromigration.

  20. Fabrication of electroformed long-period fiber grating by MEMS process for temperature sensing application

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    Chiang, Chia-Chin; Wu, Chao-Wei; Lin, Kai-Xiang

    2016-06-01

    In this study, we introduce an electroformed long-period fiber grating (ELPFG) with a periodic circle shaped polymer–metal (SU-8 photoresist and nickel) structure fabricated by the lithography process and electroforming process. The optical properties of the ELPFG were investigated with the thermal cycle test. Subsequent temperature sensor experiments showed that the ELPFG exhibited high temperature sensitivity from 26 to 100 °C (heating stage) and then reduced to room temperature (cooling stage). Temperature calibration results showed that the sensitivity of the ELPFG sensor is 0.238 dB/°C and that an average linearity (R 2) of 0.982 was reached. Therefore, the ELPFG temperature sensor has superior sensitivity and stability.

  1. Simulation of electroforming of the Pt/NiO/Pt switching memory structure

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    Sysun, V. I.; Sysun, I. V.; Boriskov, P. P.

    2016-05-01

    We analyze experimental data on a transient thermal electroforming of a Pt/NiO/Pt unipolar memory switching structure. Numerical simulation of this process shows that the channel can be identified with the melting region of nickel oxide, in which its cross section is determined by the maximal breakdown current, a considerable contribution to which can come from a parasitic capacitance. Rough analytic approximations are given for estimating the channel formation parameters.

  2. High-Power Comparison Among Brazed, Clamped and Electroformed X-Band Cavities

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    Spataro, B.; Alesini, D.; Chimenti, V.; Dolgashev, V.; Higashi, Y.; Migliorati, M.; Mostacci, A.; Parodi, R.; Tantawi, S.G.; Yeremian, A.D.; /SLAC

    2012-04-25

    We report the building procedure of X-band copper structures using the electroforming and electroplating techniques. These techniques allow the deposition of copper layers on a suitable die and they can be used to build RF structures avoiding the high temperature brazing step in the standard technique. We show the constructed prototypes and low power RF measurements and discuss the results of the high power tests at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory.

  3. Development of improved electroforming technique. [for fabricating regeneratively cooled thrust chambers

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    Mccandles, L. C.; Davies, L. G.

    1973-01-01

    Techniques were studied to reinforce or strengthen electroformed nickel to allow a fuller utilization of electroforming as a reliable and low cost fabrication technique for regenerately cooled thrust chambers. Techniques for wire wrapping while electrodepositing were developed that can result in a structurally strong wall with less weight than a conventional electroformed wall. Also a technique of codepositing submicron sized THO2 particles with the nickel to form a dispersion strengthened structure was evaluated. The standard nickel cylinders exhibited an average hoop strength of 80,000 psi with a yield strength of 65,000 psi and a modulus of 25.6 x 10 to the 6th power psi. The as produced dispersion strengthened nickel showed a hoop strength of 97,000 psi with a yield strength of 67,000 psi. This is an increase of 17,000 psi or 21% over the standard nickel hoop strength. The wire wrapping cylinders showed an increased strength over the standard nickel test samples of 26,000 to 66,800 psi which is in the range of 26 to 104% increase in strength over the base standard nickel. These latter test results are indicative of a volume percent wire reinforcement from 15 to 31. The measured hoop strengths agree with calculated composite strengths based upon rule of mixtures.

  4. Alloyed Crystalline Au-Ag Hollow Nanostructures with High Chemical Stability and Catalytic Performance.

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    Liu, Renxiao; Guo, Jianhua; Ma, Gang; Jiang, Peng; Zhang, Donghui; Li, Dexing; Chen, Lan; Guo, Yuting; Ge, Guanglu

    2016-07-01

    For bimetallic nanoparticles (NPs), the degree of alloying is beginning to be recognized as a significant factor affecting the NP properties. Here, we report an alloyed crystalline Au-Ag hollow nanostructure that exhibits a high catalytic performance, as well as structural and chemical stability. The Au-Ag alloyed hollow and porous nanoshell structures (HPNSs) with different morphologies and subnanoscale crystalline structures were synthesized by adjusting the size of the sacrificial Ag NPs via a galvanic replacement reaction. The catalytic activities of the nanomaterials were evaluated by the model reaction of the catalytic reduction of p-nitrophenol by NaBH4 to p-aminophenol. The experimental results show that the subnanoscale crystalline structure of the Au-Ag bimetallic HPNSs has much greater significance than the apparent morphology does in determining the catalytic ability of the nanostructures. The Au-Ag alloyed HPNSs with better surface crystalline alloying microstructures and open morphologies were found to exhibit much higher catalytic reaction rates and better cyclic usage efficiencies, probably because of the better dispersion of active Au atoms within these materials. These galvanic replacement-synthesized alloyed Au-Ag HPNSs, fabricated by a facile method that avoids Ag degradation, have potential applications in catalysis, nanomedicine (especially in drug/gene delivery and cancer theranostics), and biosensing. PMID:27268019

  5. Performance of V-4Cr-4Ti Alloy Exposed to the JFT-2M Tokamak Environment

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    Johnson, W.R.; Trester, P.W.; Sengoku, S.; Ishiyama, S.; Fukaya, K.; Eto, M.; Oda, T.; Hirohata, Y.; Hino, T.; Tsai, H.

    1999-10-01

    A long-term test has been conducted in the JFT-2M tokamak fusion device to determine the effects of environmental exposure on the mechanical and chemical behavior of a V-4Cr-4Ti alloy. Test specimens of the alloy were exposed in the outward lower divertor chamber of JFT-2M in a region away from direct contact with the plasma and were preheated to 300 C just prior to and during selected plasma discharges. During their nine-month residence time in JFT-2M, the specimens experienced approximately 200 lower single-null divertor shots at 300 C, during which high energy particle fluxes to the preheated test specimens were significant, and approximately 2,010 upper single-null divertor shots and non-diverter shots at room temperature, for which high energy particle fluxes to and expected particle retention in the test specimens were very low. Data from post-exposure tests have indicated that the performance of the V-4Cr-4Ti alloy would not be significantly affected by environmental exposure to gaseous species at partial pressures typical for tokamak operation. Deuterium retention in the exposed alloy was also low (<2 ppm). Absorption of interstitial by the alloy was limited to the very near surface, and neither the strength nor the Charpy impact properties of the alloy appeared to be significantly changed from the exposure to the JFT-2M tokamak environment.

  6. SYNTHESIS AND PERFORMANCE OF FE-BASED AMORPHOUS ALLOYS FOR NUCLEAR WASTE REPOSITORY APPLICATIONS

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    Kaufman, L; Perepezko, J; Hildal, K

    2007-02-08

    In several Fe-based alloy systems it is possible to produce glasses with cooling rates as low as 100 K/s that exhibit outstanding corrosion resistance compared to typical crystalline alloys such as high-performance stainless steels and Ni-based C-22 alloy. Moreover, novel alloy compositions can be synthesized to maximize corrosion resistance (i.e. adding Cr and Mo) and to improve radiation compatibility (adding B) and still maintain glass forming ability. The applicability of Fe-based amorphous coatings in typical environments where corrosion resistance and thermal stability are critical issues has been examined in terms of amorphous phase stability and glass-forming ability through a coordinated computational analysis and experimental validation. Similarly, a novel computational thermodynamics approach has been developed to explore the compositional sensitivity of glass-forming ability and thermal stability. Also, the synthesis and characterization of alloys with increased cross-section for thermal neutron capture will be outlined to demonstrate that through careful design of alloy composition it is possible to tailor the material properties of the thermally spray-formed amorphous coating to accommodate the challenges anticipated in typical nuclear waste storage applications over tens of thousands of years in a variety of corrosive environments.

  7. Corrosion performance of metals and alloys in a tuff geochemical environment

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    Van Konynenburg, R.A.; McCright, R.D.

    1985-03-20

    Reference and alternate alloy systems have been chosen for use in fabricating waste packages for a potential high-level nuclear waste repository in tuff. The main corrosion concerns have been identified. Testing performed to date indicates that austenitic stainless steels woul perform well as package materials under the expected conditions as well as the less likely extreme conditions so far postulated. Carbon steel appears to be adequate as a material for borehole liners. Copper-based alloys and Zircaloys are also undergoing corrosion testing, the former as alternate package materials, and the latter because of their presence as spent fuel cladding. 17 references, 2 tables.

  8. Comparison study of different coatings on degradation performance and cell response of Mg-Sr alloy.

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    Shangguan, Yongming; Sun, Lina; Wan, Peng; Tan, Lili; Wang, Chengyue; Fan, Xinmin; Qin, Ling; Yang, Ke

    2016-12-01

    To solve the problem of rapid degradation for magnesium-based implants, surface modification especially coating method is widely studied and showed the great potential for clinical application. However, as concerned to the further application and medical translation for biodegradable magnesium alloys, there are still lack of data and comparisons among different coatings on their degradation and biological properties. This work studied three commonly used coatings on Mg-Sr alloy, including micro-arc oxidation coating, electrodeposition coating and chemical conversion coating, and compared these coatings for requirements of favorable degradation and biological performances, how each of these coating systems has performed. Finally the mechanism for the discrepancy between these coatings is proposed. The results indicate that the micro-arc oxidation coating on Mg-Sr alloy exhibited the best corrosion resistance and cell response among these coatings, and is proved to be more suitable for the orthopedic application. PMID:27612693

  9. Performance improvement of Sn-Co alloy film anodes for lithium-ion batteries

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    Li, Peng; Chen, Yun; Zeng, Duoqing; Xiao, Qizhen; Li, Zhaohui; Lei, Gangtie

    2014-05-01

    Three sets of Sn-Co alloy films were electrochemically deposited onto nodule-type Cu foil in aqueous solution. The results of X-ray diffraction (XRD), atomic absorption spectroscopy (AAS) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) proved that the electrochemical current density and the depositing time had influence on the structure and the morphology of the alloy films. The electrochemical properties of the Sn-Co alloy film electrodes for lithium-ion battery were investigated by galvanostatic charge-discharge test and cyclic voltammetry (CV). The Sn-Co alloy with the thickness of 0.8 μm created at the current density of 15 mA cm-2 presents excellent electrochemical performance with the discharge capacity of 949.3 mAh g-1 at the first cycle and 661.1 mAh g-1 after 70 cycles. The high coulombic efficiency of almost 100% can be observed at different current rate. The improved performance is attributed to the structure of Cu foil, the optimized Co content and thickness of the alloy film, which were beneficial to strengthen the adhesion of the active materials to the current collector, shorten diffusion length of lithium ions and reduce the electrical resistance.

  10. Characterization of high performance austenitic and ODS alloys for SCWR conditions

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    Penttila, S.; Toivonen, A.; Auerkari, P.; Novotny, R.

    2012-07-01

    High temperature oxidation resistance is of critical importance for the in-reactor components of the European supercritical water reactor (SCWR) concept. To consider candidate materials for this purpose, selected austenitic steels, iron based ODS (Oxide Dispersion Strengthened) alloys and one Ni alloy have been tested by exposure to supercritical water at 650 deg. C/25 MPa up to 2000 h. Results of observed mass change, oxide thickness and composition after exposure are shown and discussed regarding implications for long term oxidation performance. (authors)

  11. Optimal Performance of Buildings Isolated By Shape-Memory-Alloy-Rubber-Bearing (SMARB) Under Random Earthquakes

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    Das, Sumanta; Mishra, Sudib K.

    2014-05-01

    Shape Memory Alloy (SMA)-based bearing has been proposed recently for improved base isolation by optimal choice of its transformation strength. Presently, superior performances of the Shape-Memory-Alloy-Rubber-Bearing (SMARB) over the elastomeric bearing are established in mitigating seismic vibration under constraint on maximum isolator displacement. The optimal transformation strengths are proposed through constrained optimization based on stochastic responses. Numerical simulation reveals that Lead Rubber Bearings (LRB) either fails to provide feasible parameters or leads to large floor acceleration, compromising the isolation efficiency. Contrarily, optimal SMARB can efficiently enforce such constraint without greatly affecting the isolation efficiency. Evidence of robustness of SMARB over LRB is also established.

  12. Boundary Engineering for the Thermoelectric Performance of Bulk Alloys Based on Bismuth Telluride.

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    Mun, Hyeona; Choi, Soon-Mok; Lee, Kyu Hyoung; Kim, Sung Wng

    2015-07-20

    Thermoelectrics, which transports heat for refrigeration or converts heat into electricity directly, is a key technology for renewable energy harvesting and solid-state refrigeration. Despite its importance, the widespread use of thermoelectric devices is constrained because of the low efficiency of thermoelectric bulk alloys. However, boundary engineering has been demonstrated as one of the most effective ways to enhance the thermoelectric performance of conventional thermoelectric materials such as Bi2 Te3 , PbTe, and SiGe alloys because their thermal and electronic transport properties can be manipulated separately by this approach. We review our recent progress on the enhancement of the thermoelectric figure of merit through boundary engineering together with the processing technologies for boundary engineering developed most recently using Bi2 Te3 -based bulk alloys. A brief discussion of the principles and current status of boundary-engineered bulk alloys for the enhancement of the thermoelectric figure of merit is presented. We focus mainly on (1) the reduction of the thermal conductivity by grain boundary engineering and (2) the reduction of thermal conductivity without deterioration of the electrical conductivity by phase boundary engineering. We also discuss the next potential approach using two boundary engineering strategies for a breakthrough in the area of bulk thermoelectric alloys. PMID:25782971

  13. The corrosion performance of nickel-based alloys in a reverse osmosis plant utilizing seawater

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    Al-Hashem, A.; Carew, J.; Al-Odwani, A.

    1998-12-31

    Four nickel-based alloys, UNS N06625, UNS N08825, UNS N10276, and UNS N05500, were evaluated in terms of their corrosion performance in a seawater reverse osmosis plant using the electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS), open circuit potential (OCP) and linear polarization resistance (LPR) measurements. Slight changes in the EIS spectra were observed for UNS N06625, UNSN10276 and UNS N05500 at low frequencies. However, UNS N08825 EIS spectra exhibited more changes than the other alloys at low frequencies. The OCP of UNS N10276 was more noble than the other alloys under the same conditions. The LPR measurements indicated that UNS N10276 and UNS N05500 exhibited lower corrosion rates than UNS NO6625 and UNS N08825.

  14. Electrochemical kinetic performances of electroplating Co-Ni on La-Mg-Ni-based hydrogen storage alloys

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    Li, Yuan; Tao, Yang; Ke, Dandan; Ma, Yufei; Han, Shumin

    2015-12-01

    Electroplating Co-Ni treatment was applied to the surface of the La0.75Mg0.25Ni3.48 alloy electrodes in order to improve the electrochemical and kinetic performances. The Scanning electron microscope-Energy dispersive spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction results showed that the electrodes were plated with a homogeneous Co-Ni alloy film. The alloy coating significantly improved the high rate dischargeability of the alloy electrode, and the HRD value increased to 57.5% at discharge current density 1875 mA/g after the Co-Ni-coating. The exchange current density I0, the limiting current density IL and the oxidation peak current also increased for the coated alloy. The improvement of overall electrode performances was attributed to an enhancement in electro-catalytic activity and conductivity at the alloy surface, owing to the precipitation of the Co-Ni layer.

  15. Synthesis and Performance of Fe-based Amorphous Alloys for Nuclear Waste Applications

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    Kaufman, L; Perepezko, J; Hildal, K

    2007-02-06

    Recent developments in multi-component Fe-based amorphous alloys have shown that these novel materials exhibit outstanding corrosion resistance compared to typical crystalline alloys such as high-performance stainless steels and Ni-based C-22 alloy. During the past decade, amorphous alloy synthesis has advanced to allow for the casting of bulk metallic glasses. In several Fe-based alloy systems it is possible to produce glasses with cooling rates as low as 100 K/s. At such low cooling rates, there is an opportunity to produce amorphous solids through industrial processes such as thermal spray-formed coatings. Moreover, since cooling rates in typical thermal spray processing exceed 1000 K/s, novel alloy compositions can be synthesized to maximize corrosion resistance (i.e. adding Cr and Mo) and to improve radiation compatibility (adding B) and still maintain glass forming ability. The applicability of Fe-based amorphous coatings in typical environments where corrosion resistance and thermal stability are critical issues has been examined in terms of amorphous phase stability and glass-forming ability through a coordinated computational analysis and experimental validation. For example, a wedge casting technique has been applied to examine bulk glass forming alloys by combining multiple thermal probes with a measurement based kinetics analysis and a computational thermodynamics evaluation to elucidate the phase selection competition and critical cooling rate conditions. Based upon direct measurements and kinetics modeling it is evident that a critical cooling rate range should be considered to account for nucleation behavior and that the relative heat flow characteristics as well as nucleation kinetics are important in judging ease of glass formation. Similarly, a novel computational thermodynamics approach has been developed to explore the compositional sensitivity of glass-forming ability and thermal stability. Also, the synthesis and characterization of alloys

  16. Alloy development for irradiation performance. Quarterly progress report for period ending December 31, 1980

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    Not Available

    1981-04-01

    Progress is reported in eight sections: analysis and evaluation studies, test matrices and test methods development, Path A Alloy Development (austenitic stainless steels), Path C Alloy Development (Ti and V alloys), Path D Alloy Development (Fe alloys), Path E Alloy Development (ferritic steels), irradiation experiments and materials inventory, and materials compatibility and hydrogen permeation studies. (DLC)

  17. Promoting the Performance of Layered-Material Photodetectors by Alloy Engineering.

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    Yao, Jiandong; Zheng, Zhaoqiang; Yang, Guowei

    2016-05-25

    The successful peeling of graphene heralded the era of van der Waals material (vdWM) electronics. However, photodetectors based on semiconducting transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs), formulated as MX2 (M = Mo, W; X = S, Se), often suffer either poor responsivity or long response time because of their high density of deep-level defect states (DLDSs). Alloy engineering, which can shift the DLDSs to shallow-level defect states, is proposed to be an efficient strategy to solve this problem. However, proof-of-concept is still lacking, which is probably because of the absence of a facile technology to grow high-quality alloyed TMDs. Here, we report the growth of large-scale and high-quality Mo0.5W0.5S2 alloy films via pulsed laser deposition (PLD). We demonstrate that the resulting Mo0.5W0.5S2 photodetector possesses a stable photoresponse from 370 to 1064 nm. The photocurrent exhibits positive dependence on both the source-drain voltage and incident power density, providing good tunability for multifunctional photoelectrical applications. We also establish that, because of the suppression of DLDSs with alloy engineering, the Mo0.5W0.5S2 photodetector achieves a good responsivity of 5.8 A/W and a response time shorter than 150 ms. The working mechanism for the suppression of DLDSs in Mo0.5W0.5S2 is unveiled by qualitatively analyzing the alloying-dressed band structure. In conclusion, the excellent performance of the PLD-grown Mo0.5W0.5S2 photodetector may pave the way for next-generation photodetection. The approach shown here represents a fundamental and universal scenario for the development of alloyed TMDs. PMID:27152481

  18. Design and identification of high performance steel alloys for structures subjected to underwater impulsive loading

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    Wei, Xiaoding; Latourte, Felix; Feinberg, Zack; Olson, Gregory; Espinosa, Horacio; Micro; Nanomechanics Laboratory Team; Olson Group Team

    2011-06-01

    To characterize the performance of naval structures, underwater blast experiments have been developed. Martensitic and austenitic steel alloys were designed to optimize the performance of structures subjected to impulsive loads. The deformation and fracture characteristics of the designed steel alloys were investigated experimentally and computationally. The experiments were based on an instrumented fluid structure interaction apparatus, in which deflection profiles were recorded. The computational study was based on a modified Gurson damage model able to accurately describe ductile failure under various loading paths. The model was calibrated for two high performance martensitic steels (HSLA-100 and BA-160) and an austenitic steel (TRIP-120). The martensitic steel (BA-160) was designed to maximize strength and fracture toughness while the austenitic steel (TRIP-120) was designed to maximize uniform ductility. The combined experimental-computational approach provided insight into the relationships between material properties and blast resistance of structures.

  19. Performance of Alumina-Forming Austenitic Steels, Fe-base and Ni-base alloys exposed to metal dusting environments

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    Vande Put Ep Rouaix, Aurelie; Unocic, Kinga A; Pint, Bruce A; Brady, Michael P

    2011-01-01

    A series of conventional Fe- and Ni- base, chromia- and alumina- forming alloys, and a newly developed creep-resistant, alumina-forming austenitic steel were developed and its performance relative to conventional Fe- and Ni-based chromia-forming alloys was evaluated in metal dusting environments with a range of water vapor contents. Five 500h experiments have been performed at 650 C with different water vapor contents and total pressures. Without water vapor, the Ni-base alloys showed greater resistance to metal dusting than the Fe-base alloys, including AFA. However, with 10-28% water vapor, more protective behavior was observed with the higher-alloyed materials and only small mass changes were observed. Longer exposure times are in progress to further differentiate performance.

  20. Fatigue Performance of Fluidized Bed Heat Treated 319 Alloy Diesel Cylinder Heads

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    Chaudhury, Sujoy K.; Apelian, Diran; Meyer, Philippe; Massinon, Denis; Morichon, Julien

    2015-07-01

    Effects of various heat treatment tempers on fatigue performance of 319 alloy diesel cylinder heads were investigated. Castings were heat treated to T5, T6, and T7 tempers. Castings were solution heat treated and quenched using fluidized beds and aged using both conventional air convective furnace and fluidized bed for T6 and T7 tempers; while they were aged after casting for T5 temper using conventional furnace. Fatigue tests were performed at 373 K (100 °C) and stress ratio equal to -1. Results show that heat treatment has significant effect on the fatigue behavior of 319 alloy. The fatigue strength of T6 tempered 319 alloy is greater than T5 and T7 treatments. Weibull analysis shows that the Weibull modulus and characteristic fatigue life of castings treated (using conventional forced air circulation electrical resistance furnace) to T6 and T7 tempers are greater than T5 temper. This implies that castings treated to T6 and T7 tempers have greater reliability vis-à-vis T5 temper. Fractographic analyses reveal three distinct regions. These are: (I) crack initiation region from the surface, (II) crack propagation region, and (III) catastrophic or monotonic failure region. The relative size of the crack propagation region in T6 and T7 treated samples is greater than T5 treated samples. In general, the monotonic failure region shows typical dimple morphology, which implies significant plastic deformation prior to failure. Dimples on the fractured surface of T5 treated alloy are relatively more faceted than those treated to T6 and T7 tempers. This implies that the 319 alloy treated to T6 and T7 tempers underwent higher degree of plasticity prior to failure than that in the T5 condition.

  1. Development of grazing-incidence multilayer mirrors by direct Ni electroforming replication: a status report

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    Pareschi, G.; Basso, S.; Citterio, O.; Ghigo, M.; Mazzoleni, F.; Spiga, D.; Burkert, W.; Freyberg, M.; Hartner, G. D.; Conti, G.; Mattaini, E.; Grisoni, G.; Valsecchi, G.; Negri, B.; Parodi, G.; Marzorati, A.; dell'Acqua, P.

    2005-08-01

    The Ni electroforming replication process has been used successfully by Beppo-SAX, JET-X/SWIFT, and XMM-Newton, to produce their gold-coated X-ray mirrors. The important feature of the technique is that, also with thin substrates, it is possible to achieve a good angular resolution, which is important for obtaining high signal-to-noise ratios in deep observations and imaging extended sources, while the assembly and integration of the monolithic shells is a relatively easy task. Two approaches can be used for the up grade of this technique also to the case of mirrors with multilayer coating, to be used in future hard X-ray missions: i) the direct replication of the mirror shell, after the deposition of the multilayer film on the master (mandrel) surface followed by the electroforming of the Ni walls, ii) the application of the multilayer film to the internal surface of Ni mirror shells, previously realized by replication. In this paper the last results achieved in Italy in the context of an activity aiming at the development of the former of the two methods will be presented and discussed.

  2. Technical and economic advantages of making lead-acid battery grids by continuous electroforming

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    Warlimont, H.; Hofmann, T.

    A new continuous electroforming process to manufacture lead grids for automotive and industrial lead-acid batteries has been developed. A galvanic cell comprising a drum cathode for electroforming and a subsequent series of galvanic cells which form a strip galvanizing line are operating in a single, fully continuous, automatic process. Virgin lead or lead scrap may be used as the anode material. The product is grid strip of any specified thickness and design which can be fed into existing strip-pasting equipment. The composition and microstructure of the grid material can be varied to provide increased corrosion resistance and increased paste adherence. A unique feature of the material is its inherent layered composite structure that allows optimization of the properties according to particular functional requirements. Thus, both the specific power and the specific energy of the battery can be increased by reducing weight. The material properties increase the calendar life of the battery by increasing the corrosion resistance of the grid, and increase the cycle-life of the battery by improved adherence of the positive active material. The technical and economic features and competitive advantages of this new technology and product are presented in quantitative terms.

  3. Electroformed iron as new biomaterial for degradable stents: development process and structure-properties relationship.

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    Moravej, M; Prima, F; Fiset, M; Mantovani, D

    2010-05-01

    An electroforming technique was developed for fabricating iron foils targeted for application as biodegradable cardiovascular stent material. The microstructure, mechanical properties and corrosion of electroformed iron (E-Fe) foils were evaluated and compared with those of pure iron made by casting and thermomechanical treatment (CTT-Fe), with 316L stainless steel (316L SS) and with other candidate metallic materials for biodegradable stents. Electron backscattered diffraction revealed an average grain size of 4 microm for E-Fe, resulting in a high yield (360 MPa) and ultimate tensile strength (423 MPa) being superior to those of other metallic biodegradable stent materials. Annealing at 550 degrees C was found to improve the ductility of the E-Fe from 8% to 18%. The corrosion rate of E-Fe in Hanks' solution, measured by potentiodynamic polarization, was higher than that of CTT-Fe, which had been found to have a slow in vivo degradation. The results showed that E-Fe possesses fine-grain microstructure, suitable mechanical properties and moderate corrosion rate as a degradable stent material. PMID:20085829

  4. Development and High Temperature Property Evaluation of Ni-Co-Cr-Al Composite Electroforms

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    Srivastava, Meenu; Siju; Balaraju, J. N.; Ravisankar, B.

    2015-05-01

    Ni-Co-Cr-Al composite electroforms were developed with cobalt content of 10 and 40 wt.%. Cr and Al nano-particles were suspended in sulphamate electrolyte and co-deposited in the Ni-Co matrices. The surface morphology was investigated using field emission scanning electron microscope and the composition analyzed by energy-dispersive x-ray analysis. The oxidation resistance of the electroforms was studied from 600 to 1000 °C. The weight gain of Ni-10 wt.%Co-Cr-Al was less (better oxidation resistance) compared to Ni-Cr-Al and Ni-40 wt.%Co-Cr-Al. The x-ray diffraction studies revealed that the oxidation product formed on the surface of Ni-Cr-Al and Ni-10 wt.%Co-Cr-Al consisted of NiO and Al2O3, while Ni-40 wt.%Co-Cr-Al comprised oxides such as NiCo2O4, CrO3, CoO, NiO, and Al2O3. The hot corrosion behavior was investigated in 75%Na2SO4 + 25%NaCl environment at 800 °C. It was found that the hot corrosion resistance of the composite coating improved with increase in cobalt content. The probable composition suitable for high-temperature applications was found to be Ni-10 wt.%Co-Cr-Al.

  5. Effect of mechanical surface treatments on fatigue performance of titanium alloys

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    Wagner, L.

    1999-07-01

    Generally, mechanical surface treatments induce high dislocation densities in near-surface regions. Due to the local plastic deformation, residual stresses are developed and the surface topography is changed. The effect of these parameters on the fatigue performance after shot peening is illustrated for Ti-6Al-4V. Results on the influence of shot peening and roller-burnishing on {alpha}-, ({alpha}+{beta})- and metastable-{beta}-alloys are compared and contrasted.

  6. Ball-Burnishing and Roller-Burnishing to Improve Fatigue Performance of Structural Alloys

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    Wagner, Lothar; Ludian, Tomasz; Wollmann, Manfred

    The HCF response to burnishing of a number of structural materials is compared and contrasted. It is shown that alloys which exhibit marked work-hardening during burnishing respond very beneficially with regard to HCF performance while others which show little work-hardening may even react with losses in HCF strength. Possible explanations for such behavior are outlined in terms of mean stress and environmental sensitivities of the fatigue strengths of the various materials and microstructures.

  7. The impact of carbon on single crystal nickel-base superalloys: Carbide behavior and alloy performance

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    Wasson, Andrew Jay

    Advanced single crystal nickel-base superalloys are prone to the formation of casting grain defects, which hinders their practical implementation in large gas turbine components. Additions of carbon (C) have recently been identified as a means of reducing grain defects, but the full impact of C on single crystal superalloy behavior is not entirely understood. A study was conducted to determine the effects of C and other minor elemental additions on the behavior of CMSX-4, a commercially relevant 2nd generation single crystal superalloy. Baseline CMSX-4 and three alloy modifications (CMSX-4 + 0.05 wt. % C, CMSX-4 + 0.05 wt. % C and 68 ppm boron (B), and CMSX-4 + 0.05 wt. % C and 23 ppm nitrogen (N)) were heat treated before being tested in high temperature creep and high cycle fatigue (HCF). Select samples were subjected to long term thermal exposure (1000 °C/1000 hrs) to assess microstructural stability. The C modifications resulted in significant differences in microstructure and alloy performance as compared to the baseline. These variations were generally attributed to the behavior of carbide phases in the alloy modifications. The C modification and the C+B modification, which both exhibited script carbide networks, were 25% more effective than the C+N modification (small blocky carbides) and 10% more effective than the baseline at preventing grain defects in cast bars. All C-modified alloys exhibited reduced as-cast gamma/gamma' eutectic and increased casting porosity as compared to baseline CMSX-4. The higher levels of porosity (volume fractions 0.002 - 0.005 greater than the baseline) were attributed to carbides blocking molten fluid flow during the final stages of solidification. Although the minor additions resulted in reduced solidus temperature by up to 16 °C, all alloys were successfully heat treated without incipient melting by modifying commercial heat treatment schedules. In the B-containing alloy, heat treatment resulted in the transformation of

  8. Characterization of electroforming-free titanium dioxide memristors

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    Strachan, John Paul; Yang, J Joshua; Montoro, L A; Ospina, C A; Kilcoyne, A L D; Medeiros-Ribeiro, Gilberto

    2013-01-01

    Summary Metal–insulator–metal (MIM) structures based on titanium dioxide have demonstrated reversible and non-volatile resistance-switching behavior and have been identified with the concept of the memristor. Microphysical studies suggest that the development of sub-oxide phases in the material drives the resistance changes. The creation of these phases, however, has a number of negative effects such as requiring an elevated voltage, increasing the device-to-device variability, damaging the electrodes due to oxygen evolution, and ultimately limiting the device lifetime. In this work we show that the deliberate inclusion of a sub-oxide layer in the MIM structure maintains the favorable switching properties of the device, while eliminating many of the negative effects. Electrical and microphysical characterization of the resulting structures was performed, utilizing X-ray and electron spectroscopy and microscopy. In contrast to structures which are not engineered with a sub-oxide layer, we observed dramatically reduced microphysical changes after electrical operation. PMID:23946916

  9. SISGR: Theoretically relating the surface composition of Pt alloys to their performance as the electrocatalysts of low-temperature fuel cells

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    Wang, Guofeng

    2010-12-31

    The main goal of this project is to gain fundamental knowledge about the relation between surface composition and catalytic performance of Pt alloy catalysts for oxygen reduction reaction (ORR). Specific objectives are: to develop and improve a first-principles based multiscale computation approach to simulating surface segregation phenomena in Pt alloy surfaces; to evaluate the surface electronic structure and catalytic activity of Pt alloy catalysts and; to relate the surface composition to the catalytic performance of Pt alloy catalysts.

  10. Improvement in performance of reinforced concrete structures using shape memory alloys

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    Bajoria, Kamal M.; Kaduskar, Shreya S.

    2015-04-01

    Shape memory alloys (SMA) are a unique class of materials which have ability to undergo large deformation and also regain its undeformed shape by removal of stress or by heating. This unique property could be effectively utilized to enhance the safety of a structure. This paper presents the pushover analysis performance of a Reinforced Concrete moment resistance frame with the traditional steel reinforcement replaced partially with Nickel-Titanium (Nitinol) SMA. The results are compared with the RC structure reinforced with conventional steel. Partial replacement of traditional steel reinforcement by SMA shows better performance.

  11. Effects of Flux Precoating and Process Parameter on Welding Performance of Inconel 718 Alloy TIG Welds

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    Lin, Hsuan-Liang; Wu, Tong-Min; Cheng, Ching-Min

    2014-01-01

    The purpose of this study is to investigate the effect of activating flux on the depth-to-width ratio (DWR) and hot cracking susceptibility of Inconel 718 alloy tungsten inert gas (TIG) welds. The Taguchi method is employed to investigate the welding parameters that affect the DWR of weld bead and to achieve optimal conditions in the TIG welds that are coated with activating flux in TIG (A-TIG) process. There are eight single-component fluxes used in the initial experiment to evaluate the penetration capability of A-TIG welds. The experimental results show that the Inconel 718 alloy welds precoated with 50% SiO2 and 50% MoO3 flux were provided with better welding performance such as DWR and hot cracking susceptibility. The experimental procedure of TIG welding process using mixed-component flux and optimal conditions not only produces a significant increase in DWR of weld bead, but also decreases the hot cracking susceptibility of Inconel 718 alloy welds.

  12. Localized corrosion of high performance metal alloys in an acid/salt environment

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    Macdowell, L. G.; Ontiveros, C.

    1991-01-01

    Various vacuum jacketed cryogenic supply lines at the Space Shuttle launch site at Kennedy Space Center use convoluted flexible expansion joints. The atmosphere at the launch site has a very high salt content, and during a launch, fuel combustion products include hydrochloric acid. This extremely corrosive environment has caused pitting corrosion failure in the thin walled 304L stainless steel flex hoses. A search was done to find a more corrosion resistant replacement material. The study focussed on 19 metal alloys. Tests which were performed include electrochemical corrosion testing, accelerated corrosion testing in a salt fog chamber, and long term exposure at a beach corrosion testing site. Based on the results of these tests, several nickel based alloys were found to have very high resistance to this corrosive environment. Also, there was excellent agreement between the electrochemical tests and the actual beach exposure tests. This suggests that electrochemical testing may be useful for narrowing the field of potential candidate alloys before subjecting samples to long term beach exposure.

  13. Thirty year atmospheric corrosion performance of 55% aluminum-zinc alloy-coated sheet steel

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    Townsend, H.E.; Borzillo, A.R.

    1996-04-01

    In 1964, a series of aluminum-zinc (Al-Zn) alloy coatings were applied to steel sheet on a laboratory continuous hot-dip coating pilot line. The coated sheets were exposed in outdoor corrosion tests in severe marine, moderate marine, rural, and industrial atmospheres. Following eight years of testing, the 55% Al-Zn composition was selected as the optimum composition because it combined excellent long-term durability with the ability to provide cut-edge protection to the steel substrate. Now, after 30 years of continued outdoor testing, the results show conclusively that the 55% Al-Zn alloy coating has better than twice the life of an ordinary zinc coating of equal thickness, and that it provides enduring cut-edge protection. Following identification of the optimum composition in 1972, steel sheet with the 55% Al-Zn alloy coating was produced commercially by Bethlehem Steel. Large quantities of this material have been put in service as unpainted roofing on metal buildings. Inspections of these buildings show that the corrosion performance is excellent for roofs that have been in service for up to 22 years in a variety of US environments. These results confirm the conclusions of the earlier outdoor tests.

  14. Performance of commercial aluminium alloys as anodes in gelled electrolyte aluminium-air batteries

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    Pino, M.; Chacón, J.; Fatás, E.; Ocón, P.

    2015-12-01

    The evaluation of commercial aluminium alloys, namely, Al2024, Al7475 and Al1085, for Al-air batteries is performed. Pure Al cladded Al2024 and Al7475 are also evaluated. Current rates from 0.8 mA cm-2 to 8.6 mA cm-2 are measured in a gel Al-air cell composed of the commercial alloy sample, a commercial air-cathode and an easily synthesizable gelled alkaline electrolyte. The influence of the alloying elements and the addition to the electrolyte of ZnO and ZnCl2, as corrosion inhibitors is studied and analysed via EDX/SEM. Specific capacities of up to 426 mAh/g are obtained with notably flat potential discharges of 1.3-1.4 V. The competition between self-corrosion and oxidation reactions is also discussed, as well as the influence of the current applied on that process. Al7475 is determined to have the best behaviour as anode in Al-air primary batteries, and cladding process is found to be an extra protection against corrosion at low current discharges. Conversely, Al1085 provided worse results because of an unfavourable metallic composition.

  15. Electrochemical performance and capacity degradation mechanism of single-phase La-Mg-Ni-based hydrogen storage alloys

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    Liu, Jingjing; Li, Yuan; Han, Da; Yang, Shuqin; Chen, Xiaocui; Zhang, Lu; Han, Shumin

    2015-12-01

    La-Mg-Ni-based hydrogen storage alloys are a promising candidate for the negative electrode materials of nickel metal hydride batteries. However, their fast capacity degradation hinders them from more extensive application. In this study, the electrochemical performance and capacity degradation mechanism of single-phase La2MgNi9, La3MgNi14 and La4MgNi19 alloys are studied from the perspective of their constituent subunits. It is found that the rate capability and cycling stability of the alloy electrodes increase with higher [LaNi5]/[LaMgNi4] subunit ratio, while the discharge capacity shows a reverse trend. Degradation study shows that the inter-molecular strains in the alloys are the main reason that leads to the fast capacity degradation of La-Mg-Ni-based alloys. The strains are caused by the difference in the expansion/contraction properties between [LaNi5] and [LaMgNi4] subunits during charge/discharge which is mainly observed in the H-dissolved solid solution instead of hydride. It is also found that the strains can be relieved by adjusting [LaNi5]/[LaMgNi4] subunit ratio of the alloys, thus achieving less pulverization and oxidation, and better cycling stability. We expect our findings can inspire new thoughts on improving the electrochemical performance of La-Mg-Ni-based alloys by tuning their superlattice structures.

  16. Mn in misch-metal based superlattice metal hydride alloy - Part 2 Ni/MH battery performance and failure mechanism

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    Young, K.; Koch, J.; Yasuoka, S.; Shen, H.; Bendersky, L. A.

    2015-03-01

    The performance and failure mode of Ni/MH batteries made from a series of Mn-modified A2B7 superlattice and a commercially available AB5 metal hydride alloys were studied and reported. Cells with the Mn-free A2B7 alloy generally show improved low-temperature, higher peak power, and similar charge-retention behavior over those with a conventional AB5 alloy. As Mn-additive amount increased, cell voltage and high-rate capacity improved, low temperature, charge retention, and cycle life first improved, but then deteriorated, and peak power and high temperature voltage stand deteriorated. Analysis of battery performance test results show the use of a superlattice alloy containing 2.3% Mn as the best overall alloy composition. Failure analysis of the highly cycled AB5 alloy containing cells indicate a balanced degradation in negative, positive, separator, and a moderate loss of electrolyte. Same analysis on cells containing the various superlattice alloys suffered from a high degree of pulverization and oxidation of its negative electrode (with the 9.3% Mn content experiencing the worst amount of pulverization/oxidation) and a high degree of electrolyte loss.

  17. Severe sour gas service performance of HIP-clad alloy 625

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    Bednarowicz, T.A.; Byrd, J.D.; Raymond, E.L.; Bunch, P.D.

    1989-01-01

    A cladding method/material combination has been developed to provide reliable service for high-temperature and pressure sour gas wells producing extremely corrosive fluids. Over the past 10 years, extensive laboratory evaluations combined with field testing and service have demonstrated the desirable performance of hot isostatically pressed (HIP) age-hardenable alloy 625 (UNS N06625) clad oilfield components. The product appears particularly well suited for offshore applications due to the limited inclination to use chemical inhibition and the high degree of product integrity required for environmentally sensitive geographical locations.

  18. Elevated temperature aluminum alloys

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    Meschter, Peter (Inventor); Lederich, Richard J. (Inventor); O'Neal, James E. (Inventor)

    1989-01-01

    Three aluminum-lithium alloys are provided for high performance aircraft structures and engines. All three alloys contain 3 wt % copper, 2 wt % lithium, 1 wt % magnesium, and 0.2 wt % zirconium. Alloy 1 has no further alloying elements. Alloy 2 has the addition of 1 wt % iron and 1 wt % nickel. Alloy 3 has the addition of 1.6 wt % chromium to the shared alloy composition of the three alloys. The balance of the three alloys, except for incidentql impurities, is aluminum. These alloys have low densities and improved strengths at temperatures up to 260.degree. C. for long periods of time.

  19. Enhancement of the electrochemical behaviour and biological performance of Ti-25Ta-5Zr alloy by thermo-mechanical processing.

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    Cimpean, Anisoara; Vasilescu, Ecaterina; Drob, Paula; Cinca, Ion; Vasilescu, Cora; Anastasescu, Mihai; Mitran, Valentina; Drob, Silviu Iulian

    2014-05-01

    A new Ti-25Ta-5Zr alloy based only on non-toxic and non-allergic elements was elaborated in as-cast and thermo-mechanical processed, recrystallized states (XRD and SEM) in order to be used as candidate material for implant applications. Its long-term interactions with Ringer-Brown and Ringer solutions of different pH values and its cytocompatibility were determined. The thermo-mechanically processed alloy has nobler electrochemical behaviour than as-cast alloy due to finer microstructure obtained after the applied treatment. Corrosion and ion release rates presented the lowest values for the treated alloy. Nyquist and Bode plots displayed higher impedance values and phase angles for the processed alloy, denoting a more protective passive film. SEM micrographs revealed depositions from solutions that contain calcium, phosphorous and oxygen ions (EDX analysis), namely calcium phosphate. An electric equivalent circuit with two time constants was modelled. Cell culture experiments with MC3T3-E1 pre-osteoblasts demonstrated that thermo-mechanically processed Ti-25Ta-5Zr alloy supports a better cell adhesion and spreading, and enhanced cell proliferation. Altogether, these data indicate that thermo-mechanical treatment endows the alloy with improved anticorrosion and biological performances. PMID:24656361

  20. Progress in bearing performance of advanced nitrogen alloyed stainless steel, Cronidur 30

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    Trojahn, W.; Streit, E.; Chin, H.A.; Ehlert, D.

    1998-12-31

    The bearing rig tests performed in this study demonstrate superior bearing performance of Cronidur 30 steel over conventional bearing steels. In these tests the L{sub 10} life of Cronidur 30 steel as calculated by the DIN/ISO 281 method was 80 times the unfactored L{sub 10} life under full lubrication conditions. In boundary lubrication conditions, the Cronidur 30 steel demonstrated the L{sub 10} life capability typical of EHD lubrication conditions, whereas the other steels showed drastically reduced lives. In tests with predamaged races and boundary lubrication conditions, Cronidur 30 demonstrated 8 times the calculated L{sub 10} life, whereas the conventional steels exhibited further reduction in lives. The improved performance of Cronidur 30 steel over conventional bearing steels is attributed to its unique compositional formulation and microstructure that results in provision of balanced properties in the alloy--hardness, toughness, and corrosion resistance.

  1. Proof of concept for a novel, binder-free and conducting carbon-free sulfur battery cathode: Composite electroformation of copper foil with incorporated polythiophene wrapped sulfur particles

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    Erhardt, Claudia; Sörgel, Şeniz; Meinhard, Sandra; Sörgel, Timo

    2015-11-01

    This work, for the first time, presents sulfur electrodes for lithium/sulfur (Li/S) batteries produced by a newly developed single-step electroforming process, which allows simultaneous sulfur incorporation during electroformation of an electrically conducting electrode. This metal is used as binding matrix for the sulfur particles and thereby makes any binder and conducting carbon additives redundant. Furthermore, it serves by itself as the current collector, so that all functionalities (current collector, binder and electrical conductor towards sulfur) are fulfilled by the electroformed metal, while modified sulfur particles are directly incorporated (composite electroformation). In this way, the sulfur cathode can be produced in a single continuous step in form of a metal foil with adjustable thickness and sulfur loading. The process requires functionalization of sulfur to improve its wettability, incorporation homogeneity and volume which is provided by wrapping sulfur particles with polythiophene. Electroformed copper-sulfur composite foils are chosen as a first proof of the new concept. The achieved battery capacity, cycling stability and coulombic efficiency are presented. It is shown that the electroformed copper-sulfur composite foil operates very well as a battery cathode and a discharge capacity of over 400 mAh g-1 at a rate of 0.5 C over 100 cycles is preserved.

  2. Irradiation performance of Fast Flux Test Facility drivers using D9 alloy

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    Pitner, A.L.; Gneiting, B.C.; Bard, F.E.

    1994-06-01

    Six test assemblies similar in design to the FFTF driver assembly but employing the advanced alloy D9 in place of Type 316 stainless steel for duct, cladding, and wire wrap material were irradiated to demonstrate the improved performance and lifetime capability of this design. A single pinhole-type breach was incurred in one of the high exposure tests after a peak fuel burnup of 155 MWd/kgM and peak fast neutron fluence of 25 {times} 10{sup 22} n/cm{sup 2} (E > 0.1 MeV). Postirradiation examinations were performed on four of the test assemblies and measured results were compared to analytical evaluations. A revised swelling correlation for D9 Alloy was developed to provide improved agreement between calculated and measured cladding deformation results. A fuel pin lifetime design criterion of 5% calculated hoop strain was derived. Alternatively, fuel pin lifetimes were developed for two irradiation parameters using statistical failure analyses. For a 99.99% reliability, the analyses indicated a peak fast fluence lifetime of 21.0 {times} 10{sup 22} n/cm{sup 2}, or a peak fuel burnup greater than 120 MWd/kgM. The extended lifetime capability of this design would reduce fuel supply requirements for the FFTF by a third relative to the reference driver design.

  3. Electrodeposition of magnesium and magnesium/aluminum alloys

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    Mayer, A.

    1988-10-18

    Electrolytes and plating solutions for use in processes for electroplating and electroforming pure magnesium and alloys of aluminum and magnesium and also electrodeposition processes. An electrolyte of this invention is comprised of an alkali metal fluoride or a quaternary ammonium halide, dimethyl magnesium and/or diethyl magnesium, and triethyl aluminum and/or triisobutyl aluminum. An electrolyte may be dissolved in an aromatic hydrocarbon solvent to form a plating solution. The proportions of the component compounds in the electrolyte are varied to produce essentially pure magnesium or magnesium/alumnum alloys having varying selected compositions.

  4. Electrodeposition of magnesium and magnesium/aluminum alloys

    DOEpatents

    Mayer, A.

    1988-01-21

    Electrolytes and plating solutions for use in processes for electroplating and electroforming pure magnesium and alloys of aluminum and magnesium and also electrodeposition processes. An electrolyte of this invention is comprised of an alkali metal fluoride or a quaternary ammonium halide, dimethyl magnesium and/or diethyl magnesium, and triethyl aluminum and/or triisobutyl aluminum. An electrolyte may be dissolved in an aromatic hydrocarbon solvent to form a plating solution. The proportions of the component compounds in the electrolyte are varied to produce essentially pure magnesium or magnesium/aluminum alloys having varying selected compositions.

  5. Electrodeposition of magnesium and magnesium/aluminum alloys

    DOEpatents

    Mayer, Anton

    1988-01-01

    Electrolytes and plating solutions for use in processes for electroplating and electroforming pure magnesium and alloys of aluminum and magnesium and also electrodeposition processes. An electrolyte of this invention is comprised of an alkali metal fluoride or a quaternary ammonium halide, dimethyl magnesium and/or diethyl magnesium, and triethyl aluminum and/or triisobutyl aluminum. An electrolyte may be dissolved in an aromatic hydrocarbon solvent to form a plating solution. The proportions of the component compounds in the electrolyte are varied to produce essentially pure magnesium or magnesium/aluminum alloys having varying selected compositions.

  6. Elimination of high transient currents and electrode damage during electroformation of TiO2-based resistive switching devices

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    Meng Lu, Yi; Noman, Mohammad; Chen, Wenhao; Salvador, Paul A.; Bain, James A.; Skowronski, Marek

    2012-10-01

    Transient currents associated with electroforming TiO2-based resistive switching devices were measured using three distinct circuits designed to limit them, and they were correlated with physical changes in the top electrode using scanning electron microscopy. A transient current more than 10 times greater than expected was observed when only using the source meter to limit the current via the compliance set point. The large excursion arose from equipment delays and resulted in significant physical changes to the top electrode. An external resistor was used to decrease the excess transient current value to nearly zero, as long as parasitic capacitive discharges were also suppressed. Simultaneously, the physical changes to the top electrode were completely suppressed, indicating physical damage was related to Joule heating from the excess forming currents. The switching characteristics of all devices were similar, implying damage during electroformation of functional switches can be avoided by device/circuit design.

  7. The corrosion performance of magnesium alloy AM-SC1 in automotive engine block applications

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    Song, Guangling; Stjohn, David; Bettles, Colleen; Dunlop, Gordon

    2005-05-01

    The magnesium alloy AM-SC1 has been developed as a creep-resistant automotive engine block material. This paper outlines its corrosion performance under laboratory test conditions, considering corrosion on both the external and internal surfaces. This study found that AM-SC1 has a corrosion performance comparable to AZ91 when subjected to an aggressive salt-spray environment or in galvanic-coupling environments. This article further demonstrates that, with the appropriate selection of a commercially available engine coolant, the internal corrosion of AM-SC1 can be maintained at a tolerable level. In addition, internal corrosion resistance can be significantly improved by the addition of fluorides to the coolant solution. It is concluded that AM-SC1 can be successfully used in an engine environment provided that some simple corrosion-prevention strategies are adopted.

  8. Corrosion Performance of Fe-Cr-Ni Alloys in Artificial Saliva and Mouthwash Solution

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    Porcayo-Calderon, J.; Casales-Diaz, M.; Salinas-Bravo, V. M.; Martinez-Gomez, L.

    2015-01-01

    Several austenitic stainless steels suitable for high temperature applications because of their high corrosion resistance and excellent mechanical properties were investigated as biomaterials for dental use. The steels were evaluated by electrochemical techniques such as potentiodynamic polarization curves, cyclic polarization curves, measurements of open circuit potential, and linear polarization resistance. The performance of steels was evaluated in two types of environments: artificial saliva and mouthwash solution at 37°C for 48 hours. In order to compare the behavior of steels, titanium a material commonly used in dental applications was also tested in the same conditions. Results show that tested steels have characteristics that may make them attractive as biomaterials for dental applications. Contents of Cr, Ni, and other minor alloying elements (Mo, Ti, and Nb) determine the performance of stainless steels. In artificial saliva steels show a corrosion rate of the same order of magnitude as titanium and in mouthwash have greater corrosion resistance than titanium. PMID:26064083

  9. Performance improvement of vertical ultraviolet-LEDs with AlSi alloy substrates.

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    Chen, Kung-Cheng; Huang, Shih-Yung; Wang, Wei-Kai; Horng, Ray-Hua

    2015-06-15

    A composite AlSi alloy substrate was fabricated to eliminate thermal expansion coefficient mismatch in high-power vertical light-emitting diodes (VLEDs). At 2000-mA injection current, the light output power performance of LED/sapphire, VLED/Si, and VLED/AlSi are 1458, 2465, and 2499 mW and the wall-plug efficiencies are 13.66%, 26.39%, and 28.02%, respectively. The enhanced performance is attributable to the lower tensile stress and series resistance in VLED/AlSi than in LED/sapphire. The surface temperature of LED/AlSi is almost identical to and lower than that of LED/Si and LED/sapphire, respectively. Raman spectroscopy confirms that the residual strain in GaN film bonding on the composite AlSi is lower than that on bulk sapphire. PMID:26193525

  10. Fuel Performance Experiments and Modeling: Fission Gas Bubble Nucleation and Growth in Alloy Nuclear Fuels

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    McDeavitt, Sean; Shao, Lin; Tsvetkov, Pavel; Wirth, Brian; Kennedy, Rory

    2014-04-07

    Advanced fast reactor systems being developed under the DOE's Advanced Fuel Cycle Initiative are designed to destroy TRU isotopes generated in existing and future nuclear energy systems. Over the past 40 years, multiple experiments and demonstrations have been completed using U-Zr, U-Pu-Zr, U-Mo and other metal alloys. As a result, multiple empirical and semi-empirical relationships have been established to develop empirical performance modeling codes. Many mechanistic questions about fission as mobility, bubble coalescience, and gas release have been answered through industrial experience, research, and empirical understanding. The advent of modern computational materials science, however, opens new doors of development such that physics-based multi-scale models may be developed to enable a new generation of predictive fuel performance codes that are not limited by empiricism.

  11. Corrosion Performance of Fe-Cr-Ni Alloys in Artificial Saliva and Mouthwash Solution.

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    Porcayo-Calderon, J; Casales-Diaz, M; Salinas-Bravo, V M; Martinez-Gomez, L

    2015-01-01

    Several austenitic stainless steels suitable for high temperature applications because of their high corrosion resistance and excellent mechanical properties were investigated as biomaterials for dental use. The steels were evaluated by electrochemical techniques such as potentiodynamic polarization curves, cyclic polarization curves, measurements of open circuit potential, and linear polarization resistance. The performance of steels was evaluated in two types of environments: artificial saliva and mouthwash solution at 37°C for 48 hours. In order to compare the behavior of steels, titanium a material commonly used in dental applications was also tested in the same conditions. Results show that tested steels have characteristics that may make them attractive as biomaterials for dental applications. Contents of Cr, Ni, and other minor alloying elements (Mo, Ti, and Nb) determine the performance of stainless steels. In artificial saliva steels show a corrosion rate of the same order of magnitude as titanium and in mouthwash have greater corrosion resistance than titanium. PMID:26064083

  12. Preparation of single crystal of TiNi alloy and its shape memory performance

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    Li, Chonghe; Guo, Ziming; Zhu, Ming; Lu, Xionggang; Ye, Xiaosu; Zhang, Panxin; Zhai, Qijie

    2009-07-01

    The unidirectional solidification equipment based on Bridgman method with high temperature gradient was designed, and the single crystal of Ti-50.0at%Ni alloy was successfully fabricated by this equipment as well as a selective growing zigzag-shaped crystallizer and a steady growth container that were made of electro graphite. The microstructure of single crystal sample was studied by means of Optical Microscopy (OM), Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) and Energy Dispersive Spectrometer (EDS); the orientation of single crystal was measured by X-ray technology; the phase transformation points were determined by Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC). It is resulted that, the single crystal of TiNi shape memory alloy (SMA) can be prepared with a set of suitable process parameters; the microstructure of the single crystal obtained in this study is dendritic, there is Ti2Ni intermetallic between the dendrites, the angle between the orientation of single crystal and [111] plane is about 15 degree; the shape memory performances are improved obviously and the maximum recoverable strain reaches 10%.

  13. Methodologies for predicting the performance of Ni-Cr-Mo alloys proposed for high level nuclear waste containers

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    Dunn, D.S.; Cragnolino, G.A.; Sridhar, N.

    1999-07-01

    For the geologic disposal of the high level nuclear waste (HLW), aqueous corrosion is considered to be the most important factor in the long-term performance of containers, which are the main components of the engineered barrier subsystem. Container life, in turn, is important to the overall performance of the repository system. The proposed container designs and materials have evolved to include multiple barriers and highly corrosion resistant Ni-Cr-Mo alloys, such as Alloys 625 and C-22. Calculations of container life require knowledge of the initiation time and growth rate of localized corrosion. In the absence of localized corrosion, the rate of general or uniform dissolution, given by the passive current density of these materials, is needed. The onset of localized corrosion may be predicted by using the repassivation and corrosion potentials of the candidate container materials in the range of expected repository environments. In initial corrosion tests, chloride was identified as the most detrimental anionic species to the performance of Ni-Cr-Mo alloys. Repassivation potential measurements for Alloys 825, 625, and C-22, conducted over a wide range of chloride concentrations and temperatures, are reported. In addition, steady state passive current density, which will determine the container lifetime in the absence of localized corrosion, was measured for Alloy C-22 under various environmental conditions.

  14. Production, fabrication, and performance of alloy 625 clad steel for aggressive corrosive environments

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    Stevens, C.E.; Ross, R.W. Jr.

    1986-06-01

    INCONEL/sup */ alloy 625 is a nickel-chromium-molybdenum-columbium alloy used in aggressive corrosive applications where high strength, fabricability, and outstanding corrosion resistance are required. Because of these properties, the alloy is used by the power and chemical industries in a variety of components in coal-fired, nuclear, and chemical process plants. However, widespread use of INCONEL alloy 625 is limited due to its cost. There is a need, notably in utility flue gas desulfurization systems (scrubbers) for an economical, highly corrosive-resistant material. To satisfy this need, INCONEL alloy 625 thin-gauge clad steel plate was developed by Lukens Steel Company. The corrosion resistance of INCONEL alloy 625 in several aggressive corrosive environments will be reviewed. Additionally, this paper will describe methods used to manufacture, fabricate, and weld INCONEL alloy 625 clad plate. Field test evaluation programs conducted at six power plant scrubber systems will also be reported.

  15. Texture and grain neighborhood effects on Ni-Ti shape memory alloy performance

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    Paranjape, Harshad; Anderson, Peter M.

    2014-10-01

    This work demonstrates how the statistical pseudoelastic performance of individual grains is affected by the local grain neighborhood in polycrystalline shape memory alloys (SMAs). This is achieved using a microstructural finite element (FE) model calibrated to homogenized Ti-50.9 at% Ni SMA. The results show a three-fold variation in the grain level axial transformation strain pT in randomly textured polycrystals, and a ˜20-30% reduction in average pT if plastically predeformed. A key outcome is a performance function to predict pT of a grain, based on the orientations of the grain and its neighbors. Two key strategies to improve polycrystalline SMA performance are identified. The first is to minimize the number of grain boundaries between high-and low-performing grains: plate and bamboo geometries achieve this. The second is to employ high-symmetry orientation relationships between these grains. The results draw on recent experimental studies of grain level performance and provide a theoretical framework to interpret future diffraction tomography studies.

  16. On the performance of low pressure die-cast Al-Cu based automotive alloys: Role of additives

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    Zaki, Gergis Adel

    The present study focuses on the effect of alloying elements, namely, strontium (Sr), titanium (Ti), zirconium (Zr), scandium (Sc) and silver(Ag) individually or in combination, on the performance of a newly developed Al-2%Cu based alloy. A total of thirteen alloy compositions were used in the study. Tensile test bar castings were prepared employing the low pressure die casting (LPDC) technique. The test bars were solution heat treated at 495°C for 8 hours, followed by quenching in warm water, and then subjected to different isochronal aging treatments using an aging time of 5 hours and aging temperatures of 155°C, 180°C, 200°C, 240°C and 300°C. Tensile testing of as-cast and heat-treated test bars was carried out at room temperature using a strain rate of 4 x 10-4s-1. Five test bars were used per alloy composition/condition. Hardness measurements were also carried out on these alloys using a Brinell hardness tester. The microstructures of selected samples were examined using optical microscopy and electron probe microanalysis (EPMA). The results showed that adding Ti in the amount of 0.15 wt% in the form of Al-5%Ti-1%B master alloy is sufficient to refine the grains in the cast structure in the presence of 200 ppm Sr (0.02 wt%). Addition of Zr and Sc did not contribute further to the grain refining effect. The main role of addition of these two elements appeared in the formation of complex compounds with Al and Ti. Their presence resulted in extending the aging temperature range before the onset of softening. Mathematical analysis of the hardness and tensile data was carried out using the Minitab statistical software program. It was determined that the alloy containing (0.5wt% Zr + 0.15wt% Ti) is the most effective in maximizing the alloy tensile strength over the range of aging temperatures, from 155°C to 300°C. Addition of Ag is beneficial at high aging temperatures, in the range of 240°C-300°C. However, it is less effective compared to the (Zr + Ti

  17. Design and performance of a shape memory alloy-reinforced composite aerodynamic profile

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    Simpson, J. C.; Boller, C.

    2008-04-01

    Based on a shape memory alloy (SMA)-reinforced composite developed separately, the applicability of the composite has been demonstrated through realization of a realistically scaled aerodynamic profile of around 0.5 m span by 0.5 m root chord whose skins had been made from this composite. The design, manufacturing and assembly of the profile are described. The curved skins were manufactured with two layers of SMA wires integrated into the layup of aramid fibre prepregs. All SMA wires were connected such that they can be operated as individual sets of wires and at low voltages, similar to the conditions for electrical energy generation in a real aircraft. The profile was then mounted on a vibration test rig and excited by a shaker at its tip which allowed the dynamic performance of the profile to be validated under internal actuation conditions generated through the SMA wires.

  18. Enhanced microwave absorbing performance of CoNi alloy nanoparticles anchored on a spherical carbon monolith.

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    Li, Na; Hu, Changwen; Cao, Minhua

    2013-05-28

    CoNi alloy nanoparticles anchored on a spherical carbon monolith (CoNi-C) were prepared by a solvothermal route and subsequent heat treatment without any templates. Their permittivity and permeability behaviors were studied in the frequency range of 2-18 GHz. The CoNi-C composites showed the best microwave absorbing performances compared to those of Co-C and Ni-C. The maximum reflection loss of the CoNi-C nanocomposites can reach -50.2 dB at 7.7 GHz with samples of 4 mm in thickness, better than that of the Ni-C composites, while the Co-C composites showed almost no absorption at all. The absorption mechanism of the three absorbents was also discussed. PMID:23595353

  19. Microstructures and Hardness/Wear Performance of High-Carbon Stellite Alloys Containing Molybdenum

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    Liu, Rong; Yao, J. H.; Zhang, Q. L.; Yao, M. X.; Collier, Rachel

    2015-12-01

    Conventional high-carbon Stellite alloys contain a certain amount of tungsten which mainly serves to provide strengthening to the solid solution matrix. These alloys are designed for combating severe wear. High-carbon molybdenum-containing Stellite alloys are newly developed 700 series of Stellite family, with molybdenum replacing tungsten, which are particularly employed in severe wear condition with corrosion also involved. Three high-carbon Stellite alloys, designated as Stellite 706, Stellite 712, and Stellite 720, with different carbon and molybdenum contents, are studied experimentally in this research, focusing on microstructure and phases, hardness, and wear resistance, using SEM/EDX/XRD techniques, a Rockwell hardness tester, and a pin-on-disk tribometer. It is found that both carbon and molybdenum contents influence the microstructures of these alloys significantly. The former determines the volume fraction of carbides in the alloys, and the latter governs the amount of molybdenum-rich carbides precipitated in the alloys. The hardness and wear resistance of these alloys are increased with the carbide volume fraction. However, with the same or similar carbon content, high-carbon CoCrMo Stellite alloys exhibit worse wear resistance than high-carbon CoCrW Stellite alloys.

  20. Fatigue Performance of Medical Ti6Al4V Alloy after Mechanical Surface Treatments

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    Sonntag, Robert; Reinders, Jörn; Gibmeier, Jens; Kretzer, J. Philippe

    2015-01-01

    Mechanical surface treatments have a long history in traditional engineering disciplines, such as the automotive or aerospace industries. Today, they are widely applied to metal components to increase the mechanical performance of these. However, their application in the medical field is rather rare. The present study aims to compare the potential of relevant mechanical surface treatments on the high cycle fatigue (R = 0.1 for a maximum of 10 million cycles) performance of a Ti6Al4V standard alloy for orthopedic, spinal, dental and trauma surgical implants: shot peening, deep rolling, ultrasonic shot peening and laser shock peening. Hour-glass shaped Ti6Al4V specimens were treated and analyzed with regard to the material’s microstructure, microhardness, residual stress depth profiles and the mechanical behavior during fatigue testing. All treatments introduced substantial compressive residual stresses and exhibited considerable potential for increasing fatigue performance from 10% to 17.2% after laser shock peening compared to non-treated samples. It is assumed that final mechanical surface treatments may also increase fretting wear resistance in the modular connection of total hip and knee replacements. PMID:25823001

  1. Fatigue performance of medical Ti6Al4V alloy after mechanical surface treatments.

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    Sonntag, Robert; Reinders, Jörn; Gibmeier, Jens; Kretzer, J Philippe

    2015-01-01

    Mechanical surface treatments have a long history in traditional engineering disciplines, such as the automotive or aerospace industries. Today, they are widely applied to metal components to increase the mechanical performance of these. However, their application in the medical field is rather rare. The present study aims to compare the potential of relevant mechanical surface treatments on the high cycle fatigue (R = 0.1 for a maximum of 10 million cycles) performance of a Ti6Al4V standard alloy for orthopedic, spinal, dental and trauma surgical implants: shot peening, deep rolling, ultrasonic shot peening and laser shock peening. Hour-glass shaped Ti6Al4V specimens were treated and analyzed with regard to the material's microstructure, microhardness, residual stress depth profiles and the mechanical behavior during fatigue testing. All treatments introduced substantial compressive residual stresses and exhibited considerable potential for increasing fatigue performance from 10% to 17.2% after laser shock peening compared to non-treated samples. It is assumed that final mechanical surface treatments may also increase fretting wear resistance in the modular connection of total hip and knee replacements. PMID:25823001

  2. The Improvement of Tribological and Fatigue Properties of Casting Magnesium Alloy AZ91 Performed Diamond Like Carbon Coating

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    Akebono, Hiroyuki; Suzuki, Hideto

    In recent years, magnesium alloy has been widely used because of its low weight and ease of recycling. However, because magnesium alloys provide inferior wear resistance, it is necessary to improve this property to use magnesium alloy for more machine parts. For this study, we produced a diamond like carbon (DLC) coating that has high hardness, low friction, and excellent wear resistance. With DLC coated onto a soft material such as magnesium alloy, the adhesion strength between the substrate and the coating poses an important problem. Therefore, in this study, to acquire high adhesion strength, the DLC coating process was performed using unbalanced magnetron sputtering (UBMS). A tungsten-doped inter-layer was formed on the substrate. Onto the inter-layer, nano-order DLC coatings of two kinds were laminated. Wear tests and fatigue tests were carried out. The DLC-coated magnesium alloy exhibited excellent wear friction. Furthermore, DLC coatings raised its fatigue reliability over that of the substrate alone.

  3. Alloy development for irradiation performance. Quarterly progress report for period ending December 31, 1979

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    Ashdown, B.G.

    1980-04-01

    Progress is reported concerning preparation of a materials handbook for fusion, creep-fatigue of first-wall structural materials, test results on miniature compact tension fracture toughness specimens, austenitic stainless steels, Fe-Ni-Cr alloys, iron-base alloys with long-range crystal structure, ferritic steels, irradiation experiments, corrosion testing, and hydrogen permeation studies. (FS)

  4. Progress towards high performance low cost [ital a]-Si:H alloy multijunction modules

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    Catalano, A.; Bennett, M.; Newton, J.; Yang, L.; Li, Y.; Fieselmann, B.; Wiedeman, S.; D'Aiello, R.V. )

    1992-12-01

    Amorphous silicon alloy based triple junction solar cells and modules with initial efficiencies of approximately 11% have been developed. These devices are expected to exhibit less than a 20% loss before stabilizing. An improved transparent front contact and silicon carbide alloys promise to raise conversion efficiencies to 13%--14%.

  5. Two-Dimensional Atomic-Layered Alloy Junctions for High-Performance Wearable Chemical Sensor.

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    Cho, Byungjin; Kim, Ah Ra; Kim, Dong Jae; Chung, Hee-Suk; Choi, Sun Young; Kwon, Jung-Dae; Park, Sang Won; Kim, Yonghun; Lee, Byoung Hun; Lee, Kyu Hwan; Kim, Dong-Ho; Nam, Jaewook; Hahm, Myung Gwan

    2016-08-01

    We first report that two-dimensional (2D) metal (NbSe2)-semiconductor (WSe2)-based flexible, wearable, and launderable gas sensors can be prepared through simple one-step chemical vapor deposition of prepatterned WO3 and Nb2O5. Compared to a control device with a Au/WSe2 junction, gas-sensing performance of the 2D NbSe2/WSe2 device was significantly enhanced, which might have resulted from the formation of a NbxW1-xSe2 transition alloy junction lowering the Schottky barrier height. This would make it easier to collect charges of channels induced by molecule adsorption, improving gas response characteristics toward chemical species including NO2 and NH3. 2D NbSe2/WSe2 devices on a flexible substrate provide gas-sensing properties with excellent durability under harsh bending. Furthermore, the device stitched on a T-shirt still performed well even after conventional cleaning with a laundry machine, enabling wearable and launderable chemical sensors. These results could pave a road toward futuristic gas-sensing platforms based on only 2D materials. PMID:27388231

  6. High performance Zr-based metal hydride alloys for nickel metal hydride batteries

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    Young, R.C.; Ovshinsky, S.R.; Huang, B.; Chao, B.S.; Li, Y.

    2000-07-01

    Based upon Ovonic's multi-element, atomic engineering approach, two families of alloys are being used in commercial Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH) rechargeable batteries, i.e., the mischmetal (Mm) based AB{sub 5} and Zr based AB{sub 2} alloys. While Mm based alloys are faster to activate, they are limited by a discharge capacity of only 320--340 mAh/g. The Zr based alloy, although slightly slower to activate, provides a much higher discharge capacity. In this paper, the authors first discuss the use of Ovonic's multi-element approach to generate a spectrum of disordered local environments. They then present experimental data to illustrate that through these atomically engineered local environments, they are able to control the hydrogen site occupancy, discharge capacity, kinetics, and surface states. The Zr based alloy with a specific discharge capacity of 465 mAh/g and excellent rate capability has been demonstrated.

  7. Performance of tantalum-tungsten alloy selective emitters in thermophotovoltaic systems

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    Stelmakh, Veronika; Rinnerbauer, Veronika; Chan, Walker R.; Senkevich, Jay J.; Joannopoulos, John D.; Soljačić, Marin; Celanovic, Ivan

    2014-06-01

    A tantalum tungsten solid solution alloy, Ta 3% W, based 2D photonic crystal (PhC) was designed and fabricated for high-temperature energy conversion applications. Ta 3% W presents advantages compared to the non-alloys as it combines the better high-temperature thermomechanical properties of W with the more compliant material properties of Ta, allowing for a direct system integration path of the PhC as selective emitter/absorber into a spectrum of energy conversion systems. Indeed metallic PhCs are promising as high performance selective thermal emitters for thermophotovoltaics (TPV), solar thermal, and solar TPV applications due to the ability to tune their spectral properties and achieve highly selective emission. A 2D PhC was designed to have high spectral selectivity matched to the bandgap of a TPV cell using numerical simulations and fabricated using standard semiconductor processes. The emittance of the Ta 3% WPhC was obtained from near-normal reectance measurements at room temperature before and after annealing at 1200 °C for 24h in vacuum with a protective coating of 40 nm HfO2, showing high selectivity in agreement with simulations. SEM images of the cross section of the PhC prepared by FIB confirm the structural stability of the PhC after anneal, i.e. the coating effectively prevented structural degradation due to surface diffusion. The mechanical and thermal stability of the substrate was characterized as well as the optical properties of the fabricated PhC. To evaluate the performance of the selective emitters, the spectral selectivity and useful emitted power density are calculated as a function of operating temperature. At 1200 °C, the useful emitted irradiance is selectively increased by a factor of 3 using the selective emitter as compared to the non-structured surface. All in all, this paper demonstrates the suitability of 2D PhCs fabricated on polycrystalline Ta-W substrates with an HfO2 coating for TPV applications.

  8. X-ray characterization of short-pulse laser illuminated hydrogen storage alloys having very high performance

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    Daido, Hiroyuki; Abe, Hiroshi; Shobu, Takahisa; Shimomura, Takuya; Tokuhira, Shinnosuke; Takenaka, Yusuke; Furuyama, Takehiro; Nishimura, Akihiko; Uchida, Hirohisa; Ohshima, Takeshi

    2015-09-01

    Hydrogen storage alloys become more and more important in the fields of electric energy production and stage and automobiles such as Ni-MH batteries. The vacancies introduced in hydrogen absorption alloy by charged particle beams were found to be positive effect on the increase in the initial hydrogen absorption reaction rate in the previous study. The initial reaction rates of hydrogen absorption and desorption of the alloy are one of the important performances to be improved. Here, we report on the characterization of the hydrogen absorption reaction rate directly illuminated by a femtosecond and nanosecond lasers instead of particle beam machines. A laser illuminates the whole surface sequentially on a tip of a few cm square LaNi4.6Al0.4 alloy resulting in significant improvement in the hydrogen absorption reaction rate. For characterization of the surface layer, we perform an x-ray diffraction experiment using a monochromatized intense x-ray beam from SPring-8 synchrotoron machine.

  9. Tuning resistance states by thickness control in an electroforming-free nanometallic complementary resistance random access memory

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    Yang, Xiang; Lu, Yang; Lee, Jongho; Chen, I.-Wei

    2016-01-01

    Tuning low resistance state is crucial for resistance random access memory (RRAM) that aims to achieve optimal read margin and design flexibility. By back-to-back stacking two nanometallic bipolar RRAMs with different thickness into a complementary structure, we have found that its low resistance can be reliably tuned over several orders of magnitude. Such high tunability originates from the exponential thickness dependence of the high resistance state of nanometallic RRAM, in which electron wave localization in a random network gives rise to the unique scaling behavior. The complementary nanometallic RRAM provides electroforming-free, multi-resistance-state, sub-100 ns switching capability with advantageous characteristics for memory arrays.

  10. On the amorphization behavior and hydrogenation performance of high-energy ball-milled Mg{sub 2}Ni alloys

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    Kou, Hongchao; Hou, Xiaojiang; Zhang, Tiebang Hu, Rui; Li, Jinshan; Xue, Xiangyi

    2013-06-15

    Amorphous Mg{sub 2}Ni alloy was prepared by high energy ball-milling starting with polycrystalline Mg{sub 2}Ni which was prepared with the help of a metallurgy method by using a SPEX 8000D mill. The microstructural and phase structure characterization of the prepared materials was performed via scanning electron microscopy, transition electron microscope and X-ray diffraction. The thermal stabilities were investigated by differential scanning calorimetry. The apparent activation energies were determined by means of the Kissinger method. The first and second crystallization reactions take place at ∼ 255 °C and ∼ 410 °C, and the corresponding activation energy of crystallization is E{sub a1} = 276.9 and E{sub a2} = 382.4 kJ/mol, respectively. At 3 MPa hydrogen pressure and 250 °C, the hydrogen absorption capacities of crystalline, partially and fully amorphous Mg{sub 2}Ni alloy are 2.0 wt.%, 3.2 wt.% and 3.5 wt.% within 30 min, respectively. - Graphical Abstract: We mainly focus on the amorphization behavior of crystalline Mg{sub 2}Ni alloy in the high energy ball-milling process and the crystallization behavior of the amorphous Mg{sub 2}Ni alloy in a follow-up heating process. The relationship of milling, microstructure and hydrogenation properties is established and explained by models. - Highlights: • Amorphous Mg{sub 2}Ni has been obtained by high energy ball milling the as-cast alloy. • The amorphization behavior of polycrystalline Mg{sub 2}Ni is presented. • The crystallization behavior of the amorphous Mg{sub 2}Ni alloy is illustrated. • Establish the relationship of milling, microstructure and hydrogenation properties.

  11. The Effect of Active Phase of the Work Material on Machining Performance of a NiTi Shape Memory Alloy

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    Kaynak, Yusuf; Karaca, Haluk E.; Noebe, Ronald D.; Jawahir, I. S.

    2015-06-01

    Poor machinability with conventional machining processes is a major shortcoming that limits the manufacture of NiTi components. To better understand the effects of phase state on the machining performance of NiTi alloys, cutting temperature, tool-wear behavior, cutting force components, tool-chip contact length, chip thickness, and machined surface quality data were generated from a NiTi alloy using precooled cryogenic, dry, minimum quantity lubrication (MQL), and preheated machining conditions. Findings reveal that machining NiTi in the martensite phase, which was achieved through precooled cryogenic machining, profoundly improved the machining performance by reducing cutting force components, notch wear, and surface roughness. Machining in the austenite state, achieved through preheating, did not provide any benefit over dry and MQL machining, and these processes were, in general, inferior to cryogenic machining in terms of machining performance, particularly at higher cutting speeds.

  12. Considerations on the performance and fabrication of candidate materials for the Yucca Mountain repository waste packages highly corrosion resistant nickel-base and titanium-base alloys

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    Dalder, E; Goldberg, A

    1995-11-30

    Among the metallurgical factors that affect the performance of a material in a given environment are alloy composition, alloy segregation, depletion of alloying elements, non-uniform microstructures, precipitation leading to an increase in susceptibility to corrosion as well as decreases in ductility, residual plastic deformation, and residual stresses. Precipitation often occurs preferentially at grain boundaries, causing depletion of critical elements in regions adjacent to these boundaries. Continuous grain-boundary precipitates can lead to drops in ductility and toughness. The presence of non-metallic inclusions, if excessive and/or segregated, can also cause embrittlement. Segregation of alloying elements can result in localized galvanic action. Depletion of alloying elements as well as segregation can result in reductions in the concentrations of critical elements below those necessary to resist localized corrosion. Segregation and alloy depletion can also facilitate precipitation that could lead to embrittlement.

  13. Cryogenic machining and burnishing of AZ31B magnesium alloy for enhanced surface integrity and functional performance

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    Pu, Zhengwen

    Surface integrity of manufactured components has a critical impact on their functional performance. Magnesium alloys are lightweight materials used in the transportation industry and are also emerging as a potential material for biodegradable medical implants. However, the unsatisfactory corrosion performance of Mg alloys limits their application to a great extent. Surface integrity factors, such as grain size, crystallographic orientation and residual stress, have been proved to remarkably influence the functional performance of magnesium alloys, including corrosion resistance, wear resistance and fatigue life. In this dissertation, the influence of machining conditions, including dry and cryogenic cooling (liquid nitrogen was sprayed to the machined surface during machining), cutting edge radius, cutting speed and feed rate, on the surface integrity of AZ31B Mg alloy was investigated. Cryogenic machining led to the formation of a "featureless layer" on the machined surface where significant grain refinement from 12 microm to 31 nm occurred due to dynamic recrystallization (DRX), as well as increased intensity of basal plane on the surface and more compressive residual stresses. Dry and cryogenic burnishing experiments of the same material were conducted using a fixed roller setup. The thickness of the processed-influenced layer, where remarkable microstructural changes occurred, was dramatically increased from the maximum value of 20 microm during machining to 3.4 mm during burnishing. The burnishing process also produced a stronger basal texture on the surface than the machining process. Preliminary corrosion tests were conducted to evaluate the corrosion performance of selected machined and burnished AZ31B Mg samples in 5% NaCl solution and simulated body fluid (SBF ). Cryogenic cooling and large edge radius tools were found to significantly improve the corrosion performance of machined samples in both solutions. The largest improvement in the material

  14. Shape memory alloy micro-actuator performance prediction using a hybrid constitutive model

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    Wong, Franklin C.; Boissonneault, Olivier

    2006-03-01

    The volume and weight budgets in missiles and gun-launched munitions have decreased with the military forces' emphasis on soldier-centric systems and rapid deployability. Reduction in the size of control actuation systems employed in today's aerospace vehicles would enhance overall vehicle performance as long as there is no detrimental impact on flight performance. Functional materials such as shape memory alloys (SMA's) offer the opportunity to create compact, solid-state actuation systems for flight applications. A hybrid SMA model was developed for designing micro-actuated flow effectors. It was based on a combination of concepts originally presented by Likhatchev for microstructural modelling and Brinson for modelling of transformation kinetics. The phase diagram for a 0.1mm SMA wire was created by carrying out tensile tests in a Rheometrics RSA-II solids analyser over a range of temperatures from 30°C to 130°C. The characterization parameters were used in the hybrid model to predict the displacement-time trajectories for the wire. Experimental measurements were made for a SMA wire that was subjected to a constant 150g load and short, intense 4.5 to 10V pulses. Actuation frequency was limited by the cooling rate rather than the heating rate. A second set of experiments studied the performance of SMA wires in an antagonistic micro-actuator set-up. A series of 2 or 3V step inputs were alternately injected into each wire to characterize the peak to peak displacement and the motion time constant. A maximum frequency of 0.25Hz was observed. An antagonistic actuator model based on the hybrid SMA model predicted reasonably well the displacement-time results.

  15. High performing and stable supported nano-alloys for the catalytic hydrogenation of levulinic acid to γ-valerolactone

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    Luo, Wenhao; Sankar, Meenakshisundaram; Beale, Andrew M.; He, Qian; Kiely, Christopher J.; Bruijnincx, Pieter C. A.; Weckhuysen, Bert M.

    2015-03-01

    The catalytic hydrogenation of levulinic acid, a key platform molecule in many biorefinery schemes, into γ-valerolactone is considered as one of the pivotal reactions to convert lignocellulose-based biomass into renewable fuels and chemicals. Here we report on the development of highly active, selective and stable supported metal catalysts for this reaction and on the beneficial effects of metal nano-alloying. Bimetallic random alloys of gold-palladium and ruthenium-palladium supported on titanium dioxide are prepared with a modified metal impregnation method. Gold-palladium/titanium dioxide shows a marked,~27-fold increase in activity (that is, turnover frequency of 0.1 s-1) compared with its monometallic counterparts. Although ruthenium-palladium/titanium dioxide is not only exceptionally active (that is, turnover frequency of 0.6 s-1), it shows excellent, sustained selectivity to γ-valerolactone (99%). The dilution and isolation of ruthenium by palladium is thought to be responsible for this superior catalytic performance. Alloying, furthermore, greatly improves the stability of both supported nano-alloy catalysts.

  16. High performing and stable supported nano-alloys for the catalytic hydrogenation of levulinic acid to γ-valerolactone

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    Luo, Wenhao; Sankar, Meenakshisundaram; Beale, Andrew M.; He, Qian; Kiely, Christopher J.; Bruijnincx, Pieter C. A.; Weckhuysen, Bert M.

    2015-01-01

    The catalytic hydrogenation of levulinic acid, a key platform molecule in many biorefinery schemes, into γ-valerolactone is considered as one of the pivotal reactions to convert lignocellulose-based biomass into renewable fuels and chemicals. Here we report on the development of highly active, selective and stable supported metal catalysts for this reaction and on the beneficial effects of metal nano-alloying. Bimetallic random alloys of gold-palladium and ruthenium-palladium supported on titanium dioxide are prepared with a modified metal impregnation method. Gold-palladium/titanium dioxide shows a marked,~27-fold increase in activity (that is, turnover frequency of 0.1 s−1) compared with its monometallic counterparts. Although ruthenium-palladium/titanium dioxide is not only exceptionally active (that is, turnover frequency of 0.6 s−1), it shows excellent, sustained selectivity to γ-valerolactone (99%). The dilution and isolation of ruthenium by palladium is thought to be responsible for this superior catalytic performance. Alloying, furthermore, greatly improves the stability of both supported nano-alloy catalysts. PMID:25779385

  17. High performing and stable supported nano-alloys for the catalytic hydrogenation of levulinic acid to γ-valerolactone.

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    Luo, Wenhao; Sankar, Meenakshisundaram; Beale, Andrew M; He, Qian; Kiely, Christopher J; Bruijnincx, Pieter C A; Weckhuysen, Bert M

    2015-01-01

    The catalytic hydrogenation of levulinic acid, a key platform molecule in many biorefinery schemes, into γ-valerolactone is considered as one of the pivotal reactions to convert lignocellulose-based biomass into renewable fuels and chemicals. Here we report on the development of highly active, selective and stable supported metal catalysts for this reaction and on the beneficial effects of metal nano-alloying. Bimetallic random alloys of gold-palladium and ruthenium-palladium supported on titanium dioxide are prepared with a modified metal impregnation method. Gold-palladium/titanium dioxide shows a marked,~27-fold increase in activity (that is, turnover frequency of 0.1 s(-1)) compared with its monometallic counterparts. Although ruthenium-palladium/titanium dioxide is not only exceptionally active (that is, turnover frequency of 0.6 s(-1)), it shows excellent, sustained selectivity to γ-valerolactone (99%). The dilution and isolation of ruthenium by palladium is thought to be responsible for this superior catalytic performance. Alloying, furthermore, greatly improves the stability of both supported nano-alloy catalysts. PMID:25779385

  18. 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.

  19. Enhanced electrocatalytic performance of Pt monolayer on nanoporous PdCu alloy for oxygen reduction

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    Hou, Linxi; Qiu, Huajun

    2012-10-01

    By selectively dealloying Al from PdxCu20-xAl80 ternary alloys in 1.0 M NaOH solution, nanoporous PdCu (np-PdCu) alloys with different Pd:Cu ratios are obtained. By a mild electrochemical dealloying treatment, the np-PdCu alloys are facilely converted into np-PdCu near-surface alloys with a nearly pure-Pd surface and PdCu alloy core. The np-PdCu near-surface alloys are then used as substrates to fabricate core-shell catalysts with a Pt monolayer as shell and np-PdCu as core by a Cu-underpotential deposition-Pt displacement strategy. Electrochemical measurements demonstrate that the Pt monolayer on np-Pd1Cu1 (Pt/np-Pd1Cu1) exhibits the highest Pt surface-specific activity towards oxygen reduction, which is ˜5.8-fold that of state-of-the-art Pt/C catalyst. The Pt/np-Pd1Cu1 also shows much enhanced stability with ˜78% active surface retained after 10,000 cycles (0.6-1.2 V vs. RHE). Under the same condition, the active surface of Pt/C drops to ˜28%.

  20. Performance of Diffusion Aluminide Coatings Applied on Alloy CF8C-Plus at 800oC

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    Kumar, Deepak; Dryepondt, Sebastien N; Zhang, Ying; Haynes, James A; Pint, Bruce A; Armstrong, Beth L; Shyam, Amit; Lara-Curzio, Edgar

    2012-01-01

    High performance cast stainless steel, CF8C-Plus, is a low cost alloy with prospective applications ranging from covers and casings of small and medium size gas turbines to turbocharger housing and manifolds in internal combustion engines. Diffusion aluminide coatings were applied on this alloy as a potential strategy for improved oxidation resistance, particularly in wet air and steam. In this paper the performance of the aluminide coatings evaluated by cyclic oxidation experiments in air containing 10 vol.% H2O at 800 C and conventional tension-compression low-cycle-fatigue tests in air at 800 C with a strain range of 0.5% is presented. The results show that specimens coated by a chemical vapor deposition process provide better oxidation resistance than those coated by an Al-slurry coating process. The application of a coating by pack cementation reduced the fatigue life by 15%.

  1. Performance of a prototype power transformer constructed by nanocrystalline Fe-Co-Si-B-P-Cu soft magnetic alloys

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    Takenaka, Kana; Nishiyama, Nobuyuki; Setyawan, Albertus D.; Sharma, Parmanand; Makino, Akihiro

    2015-05-01

    To clarify the feasibility and performance of Fe81.2Co4Si0.5B9.5P4Cu0.8 alloy (with trade name NANOMET®) for electrical power applications, a prototype transformer was constructed. After surface treatment, as-quenched ribbons with a constant width of 50 mm and a thickness of ˜30 μm were wound into a toroidal shape. Nanocrystallization of toroidal core was performed by immersing it in a salt at 673 K for 180 s. The transformer constructed in the present work exhibit low core loss similar to the transformer constructed by a commercial Fe-based amorphous alloy. In spite of issues related to the annealing/nano-crystallization of the core, the feasibility for commercialization of NANOMET in power transformer applications can be confirmed. We believe the potential of NANOMET as core material for next generation of power transformer seems to be huge.

  2. Performance Enhancement of Silicon Alloy-Based Anodes Using Thermally Treated Poly(amide imide) as a Polymer Binder for High Performance Lithium-Ion Batteries.

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    Yang, Hwi Soo; Kim, Sang-Hyung; Kannan, Aravindaraj G; Kim, Seon Kyung; Park, Cheolho; Kim, Dong-Won

    2016-04-01

    The development of silicon-based anodes with high capacity and good cycling stability for next-generation lithium-ion batteries is a very challenging task due to the large volume changes in the electrodes during repeated cycling, which results in capacity fading. In this work, we synthesized silicon alloy as an active anode material, which was composed of silicon nanoparticles embedded in Cu-Al-Fe matrix phases. Poly(amide imide)s, (PAI)s, with different thermal treatments were used as polymer binders in the silicon alloy-based electrodes. A systematic study demonstrated that the thermal treatment of the silicon alloy electrodes at high temperature made the electrodes mechanically strong and remarkably enhanced the cycling stability compared to electrodes without thermal treatment. The silicon alloy electrode thermally treated at 400 °C initially delivered a discharge capacity of 1084 mAh g(-1) with good capacity retention and high Coulombic efficiency. This superior cycling performance was attributed to the strong adhesion of the PAI binder resulting from enhanced secondary interactions, which maintained good electrical contacts between the active materials, electronic conductors, and current collector during cycling. These findings are supported by results from X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy, and a surface and interfacial cutting analysis system. PMID:27008091

  3. Effects of Stoichiometry on Transformation Temperatures and Actuator-Type Performance of NiTiPd and NiTiPdX High-Temperature Shape Memory Alloys

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    Bigelow, Glen S.; Gaydosh, Darrell; Garg, Anita; Padula, Santo A., II; Noebe, Ronald D.

    2007-01-01

    High-temperature shape memory NiTiPd and NiTiPdX (X=Au, Pt, Hf) alloys were produced with titanium equivalent (Ti+Hf) compositions of 50.5, 50.0, 49.5, and 49.0 at.%. Thermo-mechanical testing in compression was used to evaluate the transformation temperatures, transformation strain, work output, and permanent deformation behavior of each alloy to study the effects of quaternary alloying and stoichiometry on high-temperature shape memory alloy behavior. Microstructural evaluation showed the presence of second phases for all alloy compositions. No load transformation temperatures in the stoichiometric alloys were relatively unchanged by Au and Pt substitutions, while the substitution of Hf for Ti causes a drop in transformation temperatures. The NiTiPd, NiTiPdAu and NiTiPdHf alloys exhibited transformation temperatures that were highest in the Ti-rich compositions, slightly lower at stoichiometry, and significantly reduced when the Ti equivalent composition was less than 50 at.%. For the NiTiPdPt alloy, transformation temperatures were highest for the Ti-rich compositions, lowest at stoichiometry, and slightly higher in the Ni-rich composition. When thermally cycled under constant stresses of up to 300 MPa, all of the alloys had transformation strains, and therefore work outputs, which increased with increasing stress. In each series of alloys, the transformation strain and thus work output was highest for stoichiometric or Ti-rich compositions while permanent strain associated with the constant-load thermal cycling was lowest for alloys with Ni-equivalent-rich compositions. Based on these results, basic rules for optimizing the composition of NiTiPd alloys for actuator performance will be discussed.

  4. Greatly improved electrochemical performance of lithium-oxygen batteries with a bimetallic platinum-copper alloy catalyst

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    Lee, Minwook; Hwang, Yubin; Yun, Kyung-Han; Chung, Yong-Chae

    2015-08-01

    Research on the cathode catalysts of lithium-oxygen (Li-O2) batteries is one of the most important branches to commercialize these batteries to overcome the sluggish kinetics during both the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) and the oxygen evolution reaction (OER). In this study, a high performance catalyst based on a bimetallic Pt-Cu alloy is investigated for Li-O2 batteries using first-principles calculation. The theoretical prediction shows that the Pt-Cu alloy is much more effective than the pure Pt according to the electrochemical performance. In particular, the effectiveness of the catalytic property is maximized in the case of the PtCu (111) surface which greatly reduces the large overpotentials of the original Li-O2 batteries during the OER/ORR. It is identified for the first time that the charge overpotentials are affected mainly by the inherent surface charge character of the alloy catalyst. It is observed that the more negatively charged PtCu (111) surface can act as a weakly positively charged surface for the adsorption of Li-O intermediates and thus result in weak ionic bonding of the intermediates on the surface. As a result, the dominant factor improving the catalytic performance is clearly demonstrated, providing insight into the design of an efficient catalyst for Li-O2 battery technologies.

  5. Alloying ZnS in the hexagonal phase to create high-performing transparent conducting materials.

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    Faghaninia, Alireza; Bhatt, Kunal Rajesh; Lo, Cynthia S

    2016-08-10

    Alloyed zinc sulfide (ZnS) has shown promise as a relatively inexpensive and earth-abundant transparent conducting material (TCM). Though Cu-doped ZnS has been identified as a high-performing p-type TCM, the corresponding n-doped ZnS has, to date, been challenging to synthesize in a controlled manner; this is because the dopant atoms compete with hole-inducing zinc vacancies near the conduction band minimum as the most thermodynamically stable intrinsic point defects. We thus aim to identify the most promising n-type ZnS-based TCM, with the optimal combination of physical stability, transparency, and electrical conductivity. Using a relatively new method for calculating the free energy of both the sphalerite (cubic) and wurtzite (hexagonal) phases of undoped and doped ZnS, we find that doped ZnS is more stable in the hexagonal structure. This, for the first time, fundamentally explains previous experimental observations of the coexistence of both phases in doped ZnS; hence, it profoundly impacts future work on sulfide TCMs. We also employ hybrid density functional theory calculations and a new carrier transport model, AMSET (ab initio model for mobility and Seebeck coefficient using the Boltzmann transport equation), to analyze the defect physics and electron mobility of the different cation- (B, Al, Ga, In) and anion-doped (F, Cl, Br, I) ZnS, in both the cubic and hexagonal phases, at various dopant compositions, temperatures, and carrier concentrations. Among all doped ZnS candidates, Al-doped ZnS (AZS) exhibits the highest dopant solubility, largest electronic band gap, and highest electrical conductivity of 3830, 1905, and 321 S cm(-1), corresponding to the possible carrier concentrations of n = 10(21), 10(20), and 10(19) cm(-3), respectively, at the optimal 6.25% dopant concentration of Al and the temperature of 300 K. PMID:27477188

  6. High-Performance MnBi Alloy Prepared Using Profiled Heat Treatment

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    Nguyen, Van V.; Poudyal, Narayan; Liu, Xubo; Liu, J. Ping; Sun, Kewei; Kramer, Matthew J.; Cui, Jun

    2014-12-01

    The profiled heat treatment (PHT) method has been used to synthesize MnBi alloys with high-purity low-temperature phase (LTP). In the PHT method, the arc-melted MnBi alloy was remelted then slowly cooled by a pseudo-equilibrium solidification process to promote the formation of LTP phase. The PHT-treated MnBi alloys had an LTP phase up to 94 wt.% and a magnetization of 73 emu/g under a field of 9 T. Scanning electron microscopy showed that there exist some micrometer-sized Mn-rich inclusions in the LTP matrix of the PHT MnBi alloy. The PHT MnBi alloys were crushed into powders with an average size of ~3 μm by low-energy ball milling. These MnBi powders were aligned in an 18 kOe field and warm compacted into a bulk magnet at 300 °C for 30 min. The magnet had a density of 8.2 g/cm3 and magnetic properties of Ms = 6.7 kG, Mr = 5.3 kGs, i Hc = 5 kOe, and (BH)max = 6.1 MGOe

  7. Electrocatalytic performance of Pt-Dy alloys for direct borohydride fuel cells

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    Šljukić, Biljana; Milikić, Jadranka; Santos, Diogo M. F.; Sequeira, César A. C.; Macciò, Daniele; Saccone, Adriana

    2014-12-01

    The electrochemical oxidation of sodium borohydride (NaBH4) is systematically studied on platinum-dysprosium (Pt-Dy) alloys in alkaline media with respect to application in direct borohydride fuel cells (DBFCs). Using several different techniques, namely cyclic voltammetry, chronoamperometry and chronopotentiometry, reaction parameters are evaluated for NaBH4 electrooxidation in 2 M NaOH supporting electrolyte. The values obtained for the number of electrons exchanged are comparable for the two alloys and close to 2.5. Dependence of Pt-Dy alloys activity for NaBH4 oxidation on the electrolyte composition and temperature is also investigated. Test fuel cell is assembled using Pt-Dy alloy as anode, reaching peak power density of 298 mW cm-2 at current density of 595 mA cm-2 and cell potential of 0.5 V at 25 °C. Pt-Dy alloys exhibit comparable behavior with pure Pt electrode at room temperature, while at higher temperature they exhibit improved Coulombic efficiency, with the advantage of significantly lower price.

  8. Effect of Initial Microstructure on the Performance of 6XXX Al-alloy Laser Welds: A Computational Study

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    Samaras, Spiros N.

    2016-04-01

    Laser welding (LW) offers an attractive joining technique for Al-alloys. The performance of laser welds usually suffers from mechanical strength degradation in the heat-affected zone (HAZ). In the present study, the effect of the initial-aged microstructure on the post-welded state of 6XXX Al-alloys laser welds was examined via computational modeling techniques. A well-established and detailed precipitation model was used, coupled with a strength model. The influence of the main process variables for aging heat treatment (time and temperature) and LW (power and speed) on the mechanical integrity of weld joints and specifically in the yield strength profile in the HAZ was analyzed. Also, a simple method for the prediction of the width of HAZ is provided. It is concluded that more coarsened microstructures show better performance (compared with the aged state) due to lower degradation of mechanical strength and narrower width of HAZ on the post-welded state. This study provides a method for the selection of the appropriate process parameters for aging and LW of 6XXX Al-alloys.

  9. Effect of Initial Microstructure on the Performance of 6XXX Al-alloy Laser Welds: A Computational Study

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    Samaras, Spiros N.

    2016-05-01

    Laser welding (LW) offers an attractive joining technique for Al-alloys. The performance of laser welds usually suffers from mechanical strength degradation in the heat-affected zone (HAZ). In the present study, the effect of the initial-aged microstructure on the post-welded state of 6XXX Al-alloys laser welds was examined via computational modeling techniques. A well-established and detailed precipitation model was used, coupled with a strength model. The influence of the main process variables for aging heat treatment (time and temperature) and LW (power and speed) on the mechanical integrity of weld joints and specifically in the yield strength profile in the HAZ was analyzed. Also, a simple method for the prediction of the width of HAZ is provided. It is concluded that more coarsened microstructures show better performance (compared with the aged state) due to lower degradation of mechanical strength and narrower width of HAZ on the post-welded state. This study provides a method for the selection of the appropriate process parameters for aging and LW of 6XXX Al-alloys.

  10. Wear-resistant, hemocompatible Ti-Nb-Zr and Zr-Nb alloys to improve blood pump design and performance.

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    Davidson, J A; Daigle, K P; Kovacs, P

    1996-06-01

    Over the past several years, we have developed novel titanium-niobium-zirconium (Ti-Nb-Zr) alloys to address the long-term performance needs of orthopedic implants. The unique properties of these alloys also render them promising candidates for blood pumps. These properties include excellent biocompatibility in combination with high strength and toughness, and low elastic modulus (low stiffness). Additionally, these metal alloys are readily hot or cold worked into complex shapes including wire, foil, tubing and bar. They are readily machined and polished, and they can be surface oxidized to form a hard, wear-resistant, low-friction ceramic surface layer. In this diffusion-hardened condition, oxygen also hardens the underlying metal to optimize the bone between the ceramic oxide surface and the tough metal substrate. Unlike metal surfaces, oxidative wear, which can alter surface energy, friction, and hemocompatibility, does not occur. Consequently, the combined benefits of a stable, wear-resistant, low-friction ceramic surface layer with the toughness, strength, formability, and thermal conductivity of metal may provide improvements in the design and performance of blood pumps and peripheral graft and percutaneous (power) components of the pump. PMID:8817948

  11. Performance of coated columbium and tantalum alloys in plasma arc reentry simulation tests

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    Levine, S. R.; Merutka, J. P.

    1974-01-01

    The evaluation of coated refractory metals screened in stagnation model plasma arc tests is reported. Columbium alloys FS-85, C-129Y, and Cb-752 coated with Si-20Cr-20Fe (R512E) were tested at 1390 C. Three silicide coatings on Ta-10W were tested at 1470 C. Half-hour cycles and a 6500 N/sqm stagnation pressure were used. The best R512E coated columbium alloy was FS-85 with first local coating breakdowns occurring in 12 to 50 cycles. At coating defects, low metal recession rates (0.005 mm/min) were generally observed on coated columbium alloys while high rates (0.15 mm/min) were observed on coated Ta-10W. Coated columbium suffered large emittance losses (to below 0.7) due to surface refractory metal pentoxide formation.

  12. Performance of AA5052 alloy anode in alkaline ethylene glycol electrolyte with dicarboxylic acids additives for aluminium-air batteries

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    Wang, DaPeng; Zhang, DaQuan; Lee, KangYong; Gao, LiXin

    2015-11-01

    Dicarboxylic acid compounds, i.e. succinic acid (SUA), adipic acid (ADA) and sebacic acid (SEA), are used as electrolyte additives in the alkaline ethylene glycol solution for AA5052 aluminium-air batteries. It shows that the addition of dicarboxylic acids lowers the hydrogen gas evolution rate of commercial AA5052 aluminium alloy anode. AA5052 aluminium alloy has wide potential window for electrochemical activity and better discharge performance in alkaline ethylene glycol solution containing dicarboxylic acid additives. ADA has the best inhibition effect for the self-corrosion of AA5052 anode among the three dicarboxylic acid additives. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) reveals that dicarboxylic acids and aluminium ions can form coordination complexes. Quantum chemical calculations shows that ADA has a smaller energy gap (ΔE, the energy difference between the lowest unoccupied orbital and the highest occupied orbital), indicating that ADA has the strongest interaction with aluminium ions.

  13. Corrosion Inhibition Performance of Triazole Derivatives on Copper-Nickel Alloy in 3.5 wt.% NaCl Solution

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    Jiang, B.; Jiang, S. L.; Liu, X.; Ma, A. L.; Zheng, Y. G.

    2015-12-01

    This study investigates the performance of three triazole derivatives with different molecular structures as corrosion inhibitors for the copper-nickel alloy CuNi 90/10 in 3.5 wt.% NaCl solution. Inhibition behavior was systematically determined through electrochemical measurements, scanning electron microscopy, energy-dispersive spectroscopy, and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. In addition, adsorption behavior and the inhibition mechanism were investigated via quantum chemical calculation and molecular dynamic simulation. Experimental results indicate that the three inhibitors with triazole rings and heteroatoms exhibited excellent corrosion inhibition capabilities on the copper-nickel alloy surface through physisorption and chemisorption. In particular, 3-amino-5-mercapto-1,2,4-triazole showed the best inhibition capability according to the concentration ranges considered in the experiments. The results of quantum chemical calculation agreed with the experimental findings.

  14. Alloy development for irradiation performance. Quarterly progress report for period ending March 31, 1980

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    Ashdown, B.G.

    1980-06-01

    This report is organized along topical lines in parallel to a Program Plan of the same title so that activities and accomplishments may be followed readily relative to that Program Plan. Thus, the work of a given laboratory may appear throughout the report. Chapters 1, 2, 8, and 9 review activities on analysis and evaluation, test methods development, status of irradiation experiments, and corrosion testing and hydrogen permeation studies, respectively. These activities relate to each of the alloy development paths. Chapters 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7 present the ongoing work on each alloy development path. The Table of Contents is annotated for the convenience of the reader.

  15. Alloy development for irradiation performance. Quarterly progress report for period ending September 30, 1980

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    Not Available

    1980-12-01

    This report is organized along topical lines in parallel to a Program Plan of the same title so that activities and accomplishments may be followed readily relative to that Program Plan. Thus, the work of a given laboratory may appear throughout the report. Chapters 1, 2, 8, and 9 review activities on analysis and evaluation, test methods development, status of irradiation experiments, and corrosion testing and hydrogen permeation studies, respectively. These activities relate to each of the alloy development paths. Chapters 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7 present the ongoing work on each alloy development path. The Table of Contents is annotated for the convenience of the reader.

  16. Alloy development for irradiation performance. Quarterly progress report for period ending June 30, 1980

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    Ashdown, B.G.

    1980-10-01

    This report is organized along topical lines in parallel to a Program Plan of the same title so that activities and accomplishments may be followed readily relative to that Program Plan. Thus, the work of a given laboratory may appear throughout the report. Chapters 1, 2, 8, and 9 review activities on analysis and evaluation, test methods development, status of irradiation experiments, and corrosion testing and hydrogen permeation studies, respectively. These activities relate to each of the alloy development paths. Chapters 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7 present the ongoing work on each alloy development path. The Table of Contents is annotated for the convenience of the reader.

  17. Ab initio-predicted micro-mechanical performance of refractory high-entropy alloys

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    Li, Xiaoqing; Tian, Fuyang; Schönecker, Stephan; Zhao, Jijun; Vitos, Levente

    2015-01-01

    Recently developed high-entropy alloys (HEAs) consisting of multiple principal elements represent a new field of metallurgy and have demonstrated appealing properties for a wide range of applications. Using ab initio alloy theory, we reveal the alloying effect on the elastic properties and the ideal tensile strength (ITS) in the [001] direction of four body-centered cubic (bcc) refractory HEAs based on Zr, V, Ti, Nb, and Hf. We find that these HEAs show high elastic anisotropy and large positive Cauchy pressure, suggesting good extrinsic ductility. Starting from ZrNbHf, it is found that the ITS decreases with equimolar Ti addition. On the other hand, if both Ti and V are added to ZrNbHf, the ITS is enhanced by about 42%. An even more captivating effect is the ITS increase by about 170%, if Ti and V are substituted for Hf. The alloying effect on the ITS is explained by the d-band filling. An intrinsic brittle-to-ductile transition is found in terms of the failure mode under uniaxial tension. These investigations suggest that intrinsically ductile HEAs with high ideal strength can be achieved by controlling the proportion of group four elements to group five elements. PMID:26199145

  18. Development of High-Temperature Ferritic Alloys and Performance Prediction Methods for Advanced Fission Energy Systems

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    G. RObert Odette; Takuya Yamamoto

    2009-08-14

    Reports the results of a comprehensive development and analysis of a database on irradiation hardening and embrittlement of tempered martensitic steels (TMS). Alloy specific quantitative semi-empirical models were derived for the dpa dose, irradiation temperature (ti) and test (Tt) temperature of yield stress hardening (or softening) .

  19. Ab initio-predicted micro-mechanical performance of refractory high-entropy alloys.

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    Li, Xiaoqing; Tian, Fuyang; Schönecker, Stephan; Zhao, Jijun; Vitos, Levente

    2015-01-01

    Recently developed high-entropy alloys (HEAs) consisting of multiple principal elements represent a new field of metallurgy and have demonstrated appealing properties for a wide range of applications. Using ab initio alloy theory, we reveal the alloying effect on the elastic properties and the ideal tensile strength (ITS) in the [001] direction of four body-centered cubic (bcc) refractory HEAs based on Zr, V, Ti, Nb, and Hf. We find that these HEAs show high elastic anisotropy and large positive Cauchy pressure, suggesting good extrinsic ductility. Starting from ZrNbHf, it is found that the ITS decreases with equimolar Ti addition. On the other hand, if both Ti and V are added to ZrNbHf, the ITS is enhanced by about 42%. An even more captivating effect is the ITS increase by about 170%, if Ti and V are substituted for Hf. The alloying effect on the ITS is explained by the d-band filling. An intrinsic brittle-to-ductile transition is found in terms of the failure mode under uniaxial tension. These investigations suggest that intrinsically ductile HEAs with high ideal strength can be achieved by controlling the proportion of group four elements to group five elements. PMID:26199145

  20. Plutonium Immobilization Task 5.6 Metal Conversion: Milestone Report - Perform Feasibility Demonstrations on Pu-Al Alloys

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    Zundelevich, Y; Kerns, J; Bannochie, C

    2001-04-12

    The Plutonium Conversion Task within the Plutonium Immobilization Program (PIP) transforms incoming plutonium (Pu) feed materials into an oxide acceptable for blending with ceramic precursors. One of the feed materials originally planned for PIP was unirradiated fuel, which consisted mainly of the Zero Power Plutonium Reactor (ZPPR) fuel. Approximately 3.5 metric tons of Pu is in ZPPR fuel. The ZPPR fuel is currently stored at the Argonne National Laboratory-West as stainless steel clad metal plates and oxide pellets, with the vast majority of the Pu in the metal plates. The metal plates consist of a Pu-U-Mo alloy (containing 90% of the ZPPR plutonium metal) and a Pu-Al alloy (containing 10% of the ZPPR plutonium metal). The Department of Energy (DOE) decided that ZPPR fuel is a national asset and, therefore, not subject to disposition. This report documents work done prior to that decision. The Hydnde-Oxidation (HYDOX) Process was selected as the method for Metal Conversion in PIP because it provides a universal means for preparing oxide from all feed materials. HYDOX incorporates both the hydride process, originally developed to separate Pu from other pit materials, as well as the oxide formation step. Plutonium hydride is very reactive and is readily converted to either the nitride or the oxide. A previous feasibility study demonstrated that the Pu-U-Mo alloy could be successfully converted to oxide via the HYDOX Process. Another Metal Conversion milestone was to demonstrate the feasibility of the HYDOX Process for converting plutonium-aluminum (Pu-Al) alloy in ZPPR fuel plates to an acceptable oxide. This report documents the results of the latter feasibility study which was performed before the DOE decision to retain ZPPR fuel rather than immobilize it.

  1. Performance of Ultra Hard Carbon Wear Coatings on Microgears Fabricated by Liga

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    Ager III, J.W.; Brown, I.G.; Christenson, T.R.; Dugger, M.T.; Follstaedt, D.M.; Knapp, J.A.; Monteiro, O.R.

    1998-12-18

    Stiction and friction are of concern for the reliable, long-term application of Ni-alloy micromachines. We have found that the application of a 30-70 nm hard carbon coating produces a significant reduction in the friction coefficient and wear rate of electroformed Ni substrates in reciprocating sliding contact under simulated MEMS operating conditions. To evaluate the performance of coated components, a series of 70-pm-thick microgears ranging in diameter from 0.2 to 2.2 mm were fabricated from electroformed Ni via standard LIGA processes and fixtured on posts in preparation for the coating procedure. A pulsed vacuum- arc deposition process was used to deposit a carbon coating on the gears with the plasma incident at a shallow angle to the gears' top surface. A sample bias of -2 keV was used in order to produce a coating with relatively low stress and good adhesion while maintaining high hardness. This coating process is known to be somewhat comformal to the component surfaces. The coating uniformity, particularly in the high-aspect-ratio areas between the gear teeth, was evaluated with micro-Raman spectroscopy. It is shown that the coating can be applied uniformly on the top gear surface. Between the gear teeth the coating was the same thickness as on top of the gear down to a point 50 ~m below the top surface. Below that point (i.e. between 50 and 70 Lm), the coating thickness is somewhat thinner, but is still present. These results demonstrate that it is possible to a deposit hard carbon coating on microgears to reduce friction and wear in micromachines.

  2. Coating TiVCr hydrogen storage alloy on the anode gas diffusion layer of proton exchange membrane fuel cells to improve performance

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    Fang, Sheng-Yu; Huang, Rong-Hsin; Teoh, Lay Gaik; Hsueh, Kan-Lin; Chao, Wen-Kai; Tsai, Du-Cheng; Yang, Tse-Ning; Shieu, Fuh-Sheng

    2014-12-01

    In this study, a TiVCr hydrogen storage alloy was coated onto the anode gas diffusion layer (GDL) of proton exchange membrane fuel cells (PEMFCs) by direct-current sputtering to improve cell performance and durability. Scanning electron microscopy analysis indicated that the GDLs are well coated and that the TiVCr coating shows pyramidal protrusions. The single-cell performance of PEMFCs, in which the GDLs were coated with TiVCr hydrogen storage alloy as the anode, was investigated at cell temperatures of 25 and 65 °C (non-humidification and full-humidification conditions, respectively). The membrane-electrode assembly (MEA) with TiVCr hydrogen storage alloy-coated GDL (10 min sputtering time) exhibited optimal performance at 25 and 65 °C, with power densities 18.49% and 43.67%, respectively, higher than that without TiVCr hydrogen storage alloy coating. The MEA with the TiVCr-coated GDL obtained by 60 min of sputtering exhibited 90.6% greater durability under no-hydrogen flow conditions than the MEA without the TiVCr hydrogen storage alloy coating. These results demonstrate for the first time that GDLs coated with a hydrogen storage alloy such as TiVCr may be applied in PEMFCs to improve their performance and durability.

  3. Performance Investigation of Nanoscale Strained Ge pMOSFETs with a GeSn Alloy Stressor.

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    Lee, Chang-Chun; Chang, Shu-Tong; Cheng, Sen-Wen; Chian, Bow-Tsin

    2015-11-01

    A germanium (Ge)-based substrate combined with germanium-tin (GeSn) alloy embedded in source/drain (S/D) regions has attracted significant attention because of its ability to satisfy the requirements of a high-mobility channel. Devices are shrunk in their geometries to meet the target of superior density in layout arrangement. Thus, determining the influences of devices on mobility gain is important. Accordingly, several designed factors, including gate width, S/D length, and Sn concentration of the GeSn stressor, are systematically analyzed in this study. A second-order formula composed of piezoresistance coefficients is derived and adopted to achieve a precise mobility gain estimation. A peak of the carrier mobility gain appears when a nanoscale geometry combination of 20 nm gate length and -200 nm gate width is used in the Ge channel, and 10% of the Sn mole proportion of the GeSn alloy is applied. PMID:26726661

  4. Performance of Integrated Fiber Optic, Piezoelectric, and Shape Memory Alloy Actuators/Sensors in Thermoset Composites

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    Trottier, C. Michael

    1996-01-01

    Recently, scientists and engineers have investigated the advantages of smart materials and structures by including actuators in material systems for controlling and altering the response of structural environments. Applications of these materials systems include vibration suppression/isolation, precision positioning, damage detection and tunable devices. Some of the embedded materials being investigated for accomplishing these tasks include piezoelectric ceramics, shape memory alloys, and fiber optics. These materials have some benefits and some shortcomings; each is being studied for use in active material design in the SPICES (Synthesis and Processing of Intelligent Cost Effective Structures) Consortium. The focus of this paper concerns the manufacturing aspects of smart structures by incorporating piezoelectric ceramics, shape memory alloys and fiber optics in a reinforced thermoset matrix via resin transfer molding (RTM).

  5. Characterization of the Corrosion Behavior of Alloy 22 Regarding its Lifetime Performance as a Potential Nuclear Waste Container Material

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    Rebak, R B; McCright, D

    2002-06-04

    Alloy 22 (UNS N06022) was proposed for the corrosion resistant outer barrier of a two-layer waste package container for nuclear waste at the potential repository site at Yucca Mountain in Nevada (USA). A testing program is underway to characterize and quantify three main modes of corrosion that may occur at the site. Current results show that the containers would perform well under general corrosion, localized corrosion and environmentally assisted cracking (EAC). For example, the general corrosion rate is expected to be below 100 nm/year and the container is predicted to be outside the range of potential for localized corrosion and environmentally assisted cracking.

  6. RhPt/graphite catalysts for CO electrooxidation: Performance of mixed metal and alloyed surfaces

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    Fang, L.; Vidal-Iglesias, F. J.; Huxter, S. E.; Attard, G. A.; Wells, P. B.

    2015-01-01

    Cyclic voltammetry (CV) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) have been used to characterise novel PtRh mixed metal and surface alloyed active phases supported on 5% Pt/graphite catalysts (5% Pt/G). The active phases could be prepared using forced deposition or a combination of forced deposition and thermal annealing in a flowing 5% hydrogen in argon gas mixture at 700 K. The protocols employed originate directly from previous single crystal studies of Rh on Pt{100} whereby Rh overlayers (either singly adsorbed or as a 'sandwich structure' of alternate Pt/Rh/Pt layers) could be transformed into surface PtRh alloys by careful thermal annealing. We demonstrate that this method is also successful for the preparation of active supported catalysts for CO electrooxidation whereby a peak potential as low as 0.60 V (Pd/H) for the CO oxidation is reported (0.12 V lower than that on 5% Pt/G). Moreover, the onset potential for CO stripping is lowered to 0.33 V (Pd/H). The presence of alloyed PtRh phases gives rise to a small but reproducible 0.1-0.2 eV shift to higher binding energy of the Pt 4f7/2 XPS peak together with strongly modified Pt and Rh electrosorption features in the CV which correlate with changes in surface composition. Unusual kinetic behaviour in the CO stripping peaks from the PtRh catalyst as a function of CO coverage is ascribed to competition between electrochemical oxide on Rh and CO-induced blocking of electrochemical oxide formation sites at the highest CO coverage. For PtRh alloys, the onset of electrochemical oxide formation shifts to more positive potentials relative to Rh overlayers and so a different behaviour towards CO electrooxidation is observed.

  7. Removing hydrochloric acid exhaust products from high performance solid rocket propellant using aluminum-lithium alloy.

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    Terry, Brandon C; Sippel, Travis R; Pfeil, Mark A; Gunduz, I Emre; Son, Steven F

    2016-11-01

    Hydrochloric acid (HCl) pollution from perchlorate based propellants is well known for both launch site contamination, as well as the possible ozone layer depletion effects. Past efforts in developing environmentally cleaner solid propellants by scavenging the chlorine ion have focused on replacing a portion of the chorine-containing oxidant (i.e., ammonium perchlorate) with an alkali metal nitrate. The alkali metal (e.g., Li or Na) in the nitrate reacts with the chlorine ion to form an alkali metal chloride (i.e., a salt instead of HCl). While this technique can potentially reduce HCl formation, it also results in reduced ideal specific impulse (ISP). Here, we show using thermochemical calculations that using aluminum-lithium (Al-Li) alloy can reduce HCl formation by more than 95% (with lithium contents ≥15 mass%) and increase the ideal ISP by ∼7s compared to neat aluminum (using 80/20 mass% Al-Li alloy). Two solid propellants were formulated using 80/20 Al-Li alloy or neat aluminum as fuel additives. The halide scavenging effect of Al-Li propellants was verified using wet bomb combustion experiments (75.5±4.8% reduction in pH, ∝ [HCl], when compared to neat aluminum). Additionally, no measurable HCl evolution was detected using differential scanning calorimetry coupled with thermogravimetric analysis, mass spectrometry, and Fourier transform infrared absorption. PMID:27289269

  8. Mach 6 electroformed nickel nozzle refurbishment: FNAS investigation of ultra-smooth surfaces

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    Rood, Robert; Griffith, Charles; Engelhaupt, Darell; Cernosek, John

    1992-01-01

    The task objective has been to apply a coating of nickel-phosphorous alloy to a laminar flow wind tunnel nozzle by catalytic deposition and then polish and inspect the inside surface using optical device processes. The surface of the nozzle was coated with a nickel-phosphorous alloy of sufficient hardness and corrosion resistance to improve the durability. Due to plating defects that were clearly process related and not inherent, the final polished part was less than the desired quality. Surface finishing processes and lapping media were identified which produced a submicron surface finish on the interior plated surface. Defects apparently manifested by the first plating attempt were repaired using a small brush plating process demonstrating that individual small defects can be repaired. Measurement and analysis by profilometry demonstrated that quantitative control of the surface can be achieved.

  9. Irradiation Performance of U-Mo Alloy Based ‘Monolithic’ Plate-Type Fuel – Design Selection

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    A. B. Robinson; G. S. Chang; D. D. Keiser, Jr.; D. M. Wachs; D. L. Porter

    2009-08-01

    A down-selection process has been applied to the U-Mo fuel alloy based monolithic plate fuel design, supported by irradiation testing of small fuel plates containing various design parameters. The irradiation testing provided data on fuel performance issues such as swelling, fuel-cladding interaction (interdiffusion), blister formation at elevated temperatures, and fuel/cladding bond quality and effectiveness. U-10Mo (wt%) was selected as the fuel alloy of choice, accepting a somewhat lower uranium density for the benefits of phase stability. U-7Mo could be used, with a barrier, where the trade-off for uranium density is critical to nuclear performance. A zirconium foil barrier between fuel and cladding was chosen to provide a predictable, well-bonded, fuel-cladding interface, allowing little or no fuel-cladding interaction. The fuel plate testing conducted to inform this selection was based on the use of U-10Mo foils fabricated by hot co-rolling with a Zr foil. The foils were subsequently bonded to Al-6061 cladding by hot isostatic pressing or friction stir bonding.

  10. Composition, Compatibility, and the Functional Performances of Ternary NiTiX High-Temperature Shape Memory Alloys

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    Bucsek, Ashley N.; Hudish, Grant A.; Bigelow, Glen S.; Noebe, Ronald D.; Stebner, Aaron P.

    2016-03-01

    A general procedure to optimize shape memory alloys (SMAs) for specific engineering performance metrics is outlined and demonstrated through a study of ternary, NiTiX high-temperature SMAs, where X = Pd, Hf, Zr. Transformation strains are calculated using the crystallographic theory of martensite and compared to the cofactor conditions, both requiring only lattice parameters as inputs. Measurements of transformation temperatures and hysteresis provide additional comparisons between microstructural-based and transformation properties. The relationships between microstructural-based properties and engineering performance metrics are then thoroughly explored. Use of this procedure demonstrates that SMAs can be tuned for specific applications using relatively simple, fast, and inexpensive measurements and theoretical calculations. The results also indicate an overall trade-off between compatibility and strains, suggesting that alloys may be optimized for either minimal hysteresis or large transformation strains and work output. However, further analysis of the effects of aging shows that better combinations of uncompromised properties are possible through solid solution strengthening.

  11. The corrosion performance of die-cast magnesium alloy MRI230D in 3.5% NaCl solution saturated with Mg(OH){sub 2}

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    Aghion, E. Lulu, N.

    2010-11-15

    The environmental behavior of die-cast magnesium alloy MRI230D designated for high-temperature applications was evaluated in comparison with regular AZ91D alloy. The microstructure examination was carried out using SEM, TEM, and X-ray diffraction analysis; the corrosion performance in 3.5% NaCl solution was evaluated by immersion test, salt spray testing, potentiodynamic polarization analysis, and stress corrosion behavior by Slow Strain Rate Testing (SSRT). Although the general corrosion resistance of MRI230D was slightly improved compared to that of AZ91D alloy its stress corrosion resistance was relatively reduced. The variations in the environmental behavior of the two alloys were mainly due to the differences in their chemical composition and microstructure after die casting. In particular, the differences were related to the reduced Al content in MRI230D and the addition of Ca to this alloy, which consequently affected its relative microstructure and electrochemical characteristics. - Research Highlights: {yields}Corrosion and SCC resistance of a new Mg alloy MRI230D was evaluated vs. regular AZ91D. {yields}MRI230D has a minor advantage in corrosion performance compared with AZ91D. {yields}The SCC resistance of MRI230D by SSRT analysis was relatively reduced. {yields}The reduced SCC resistance of MRI230D was due to the detrimental effect of Ca on ductility.

  12. Change of immitance during electroforming and resistive switching in the metal-insulator-metal memristive structures based on SiO x

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    Tikhov, S. V.; Gorshkov, O. N.; Antonov, I. N.; Kasatkin, A. P.; Korolev, D. S.; Belov, A. I.; Mikhaylov, A. N.; Tetel'baum, D. I.

    2016-05-01

    The change of the immitance of the metal-insulator-metal memristive structures based on SiOx, which is observed during electroforming and resistive switching, confirms the formation of conducting channels (filaments) in the insulator during forming and their rupture upon a transition of the structure to a highresistance state. The observed switching of the differential capacitance and conductivity synchronously with the switching of current (resistance) can substantially extend the functional applications of memristive devices of this type.

  13. The Effect of pH on Nickel Alloy SCC and Corrosion Performance

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    D.S. Morton; M. Hansen

    2002-10-10

    Alloy X-750 condition HTH stress corrosion crack growth rate (SCCGR) tests have been conducted at 360 C (680 F) with 50 cc/kg hydrogen as a function of coolant pH. Results indicate no appreciable influence of pH on crack growth in the pH (at 360 C) range of {approx} 6.2 to 8.7, consistent with previous alloy 600 findings. These intermediate pH results suggest that pH is not a key variable which must be accounted for when modeling pressurized water reactor (PWR) primary water SCC. In this study, however, a nearly three fold reduction in X-750 crack growth rate was observed in reduced pH environments (pH 3.8 through HCl addition and pH 4-5.3 through H{sub 2}SO{sub 4} addition). Crack growth rates did not directly correlate with corrosion film thickness. In fact, 10x thicker corrosion films were observed in the reduced pH environments.

  14. Optical microcavities and enhanced electroluminescence from electroformed Al-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}-Ag diodes

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    Hickmott, T. W.

    2013-12-21

    Electroluminescence (EL) and electron emission into vacuum (EM) occur when a non-destructive dielectric breakdown of Al-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}-Ag diodes, electroforming, results in the development of a filamentary region in which current-voltage (I-V) characteristics exhibit voltage-controlled negative resistance. The temperature dependence of I-V curves, EM, and, particularly, EL of Al-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}-Ag diodes with anodic Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} thicknesses between 12 nm and 30 nm, has been studied. Two filters, a long-pass (LP) filter with transmission of photons with energies less than 3.0 eV and a short-pass (SP) filter with photon transmission between 3.0 and 4.0 eV, have been used to characterize EL. The voltage threshold for EL with the LP filter, V{sub LP}, is ∼1.5 V. V{sub LP} is nearly independent of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} thickness and of temperature and is 0.3–0.6 V less than the threshold voltage for EL for the SP filter, V{sub SP}. EL intensity is primarily between 1.8 and 3.0 eV when the bias voltage, V{sub S} ≲ 7 V. EL in the thinnest diodes is enhanced compared to EL in thicker diodes. For increasing V{sub S}, for diodes with the smallest Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} thicknesses, there is a maximum EL intensity, L{sub MX}, at a voltage, V{sub LMX}, followed by a decrease to a plateau. L{sub MX} and EL intensity at 4.0 V in the plateau region depend exponentially on Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} thickness. The ratio of L{sub MX} at 295 K for a diode with 12 nm of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} to L{sub MX} for a diode with 25 nm of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} is ∼140. The ratio of EL intensity with the LP filter to EL intensity with the SP filter, LP/SP, varies between ∼3 and ∼35; it depends on Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} thickness and V{sub S}. Enhanced EL is attributed to the increase of the spontaneous emission rate of a dipole in a non-resonant optical microcavity. EL photons interact with the Ag and Al films to create surface plasmon polaritons (SPPs) at the metal-Al{sub 2}O

  15. Spectra of surface plasmon polariton enhanced electroluminescence from electroformed Al-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}-Ag diodes

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    Hickmott, T. W.

    2015-03-07

    Narrow band-pass filters have been used to measure the spectral distribution of electroluminescent photons with energies between 1.8 eV and 3.0 eV from electroformed Al-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}-Ag diodes with anodic Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} thicknesses between 12 nm and 18 nm. Electroforming of metal-insulator-metal (MIM) diodes is a non-destructive dielectric breakdown that results in a conducting channel in the insulator and changes the initial high resistance of the MIM diode to a low resistance state. It is a critical step in the development of resistive-switching memories that utilize MIM diodes as the active element. Electroforming of Al-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}-Ag diodes in vacuum results in voltage-controlled negative resistance (VCNR) in the current-voltage (I-V) characteristics. Electroluminescence (EL) and electron emission into vacuum (EM) develop simultaneously with the current increase that results in VCNR in the I-V characteristics. EL is due to recombination of electrons injected at the Al-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} interface with radiative defect centers in Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}. Measurements of EL photons between 1.8 eV and 3.0 eV using a wide band-pass filter showed that EL intensity is exponentially dependent on Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} thickness for Al-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}-Ag diodes between 12 nm and 20 nm thick. Enhanced El intensity in the thinnest diodes is attributed to an increase in the spontaneous emission rate of recombination centers due to high electromagnetic fields generated in Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} when EL photons interact with electrons in Ag or Al to form surface plasmon polaritons at the Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}-Ag or Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}-Al interface. El intensity is a maximum at 2.0–2.2 eV for Al-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}-Ag diodes with Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} thicknesses between 12 nm and 18 nm. EL in diodes with 12 nm or 14 nm of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} is enhanced by factors of 8–10 over EL from a diode with 18 nm of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}. The extent of EL enhancement in

  16. Effect of Cr content on the corrosion performance of low-Cr alloy steel in a CO2 environment

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    Xu, Lining; Wang, Bei; Zhu, Jinyang; Li, Wei; Zheng, Ziyi

    2016-08-01

    Low-Cr alloy steel demonstrates lower corrosion rate than does C steel in a high-temperature and high-pressure CO2-containing environment. This study aimed to clarify the role of the Cr content in mitigating corrosion and reports the performance of 1%Cr, 2%Cr, 3%Cr, 4%Cr, 5%Cr, and 6.5%Cr steels. The results show that low-Cr alloy steel in CO2 at 80 °C and 0.8 MPa possesses spontaneous prepassivation characteristics when the Cr content is 3% or higher. Furthermore, the formation and peel-off of a prepassivation film on 3%Cr-6.5%Cr steels surfaces during polarization demonstrate that adequate amount of Cr in the steel substrate can cause protective layer. The main component of prepassivation film on 3%Cr steel is Cr(OH)3. Thus, the role of Cr is revealed. An adequate amount of Cr in the steel substrate causes the formation of protective Cr(OH)3 layer, which helps low-Cr steel to possess prepassivation characteristics. Prepassivation is the reason why low-Cr steel has a lower corrosion rate than C steel.

  17. Corrosion performance and application limits of corrosion-resistant alloys in oilfield service

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    Miyasaka, A.; Ogawa, H.

    1995-03-01

    The corrosion behavior of corrosion-resistant alloys (CRA) in sour environment was investigated using a duplex stainless steel as a representative CRA. Changes in corrosion morphologies resulting from changes in environmental aggressiveness were elucidated. The application limits of CRA were shown to be determined by whether pitting corrosion occurred. A theory was proposed for predicting the corrosion morphologies and, thus, determining the application limits of the CRA. The validity of prediction by this new theory was confirmed by good agreement with results from long-term immersion tests and a field test for actual-size test pipes. Since this theory was based on the corrosion mechanism, it showed many advantages: the prediction was accurate, the results for one environment could be extended to other environments, and the prediction was conducted very quickly.

  18. Microstructure and wear performance of Ni-20 wt.% Pb hypomonotectic alloys

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    Xie, H.; Yang, G.C.; La, P.Q.; Hao, W.X.; Fan, J.F.; Liu, W.M.; Xu, L.J

    2004-05-15

    The tribological properties of Ni-20 wt.% Pb alloys were measured by using a ball-on-disc reciprocating tribo-tester. The effects of load, sliding speed and melt undercooling on wear rate of the sample were investigated. The worn surface of Ni-20 wt.% Pb was examined using scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The results show that the wear properties of the samples undercooled by 85 and 390 K are obviously superior, which is attributed to more efficient transfer of Pb from the bulk material to the worn surface. The lubricating film is identified as a mixture of Ni{sub 2}O{sub 3} and lead oxide by XPS analysis. At the same load or sliding speed, the predominant wear mechanisms can be identified as oxidative wear for the lower and larger undercooling and plastic deformation for the medium undercooling.

  19. AS04-AS02-133 Electroformed-Nickel Hard-X-Ray Optic Development at NASA/MSFC

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    Ramsey, Brian; Eisner, Ron; Engelhaupt, Darell; Gubarev, Mikhail; Kolodziejczak, Jeffrey; ODell, Stephen; Speegle, Chet; Weisskopf, Martin

    2004-01-01

    We are developing the nickel electroforming process to fabricate high-quality mirrors for the region. Two applications for these optics are a balloon-borne payload, termed HERO, and a hard-X-ray telescope module for consideration for the Constellation-X mission. In the formation on shells, of 15 arcsec angular resolution, will provide over 200 sq cm of effective collecting area unprecedented sensitivity in the 20-75 keV region. A first flight of a partial payload, feature approximately 1/4 of the total collecting area, is scheduled for the Spring of 2004. In the Co-application, two mirror shells, of diameters 150 and 230 mm, are being fabricated. This is particularly challenging as high angular resolution must be maintained with shells of only 1 mm thickness (driven by the tight weight budget for the mission). Further, the shells must be low (less than 5 A on sub-micron spatial scales) to permit efficient use of planned multilayer coatings which must release cleanly from their forming mandrels without any surface degradation.

  20. Preparation and Performance of Plasma/Polymer Composite Coatings on Magnesium Alloy

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    Bakhsheshi-Rad, H. R.; Hamzah, E.; Bagheriyan, S.; Daroonparvar, M.; Kasiri-Asgarani, M.; Shah, A. M.; Medraj, M.

    2016-07-01

    A triplex plasma (NiCoCrAlHfYSi/Al2O3·13%TiO2)/polycaprolactone composite coating was successfully deposited on a Mg-1.2Ca alloy by a combination of atmospheric plasma spraying and dip-coating techniques. The NiCoCrAlHfYSi (MCrAlHYS) coating, as the first layer, contained a large number of voids, globular porosities, and micro-cracks with a thickness of 40-50 μm, while the Al2O3·13%TiO2 coating, as the second layer, presented a unique bimodal microstructure with a thickness of 70-80 μm. The top layer was a hydrophobic polymer, which effectively sealed the porosities of plasma layers. The results of micro-hardness and bonding strength tests showed that the plasma coating presented excellent hardness (870 HV) and good bonding strength (14.8 MPa). However, the plasma/polymer coatings interface exhibited low bonding strength (8.6 MPa). The polymer coating formed thick layer (100-110 μm) that homogeneously covered the surface of the plasma layers. Contact angle measurement showed that polymer coating over plasma layers significantly decreased surface wettability. The corrosion current density (i corr) of an uncoated sample (262.7 µA/cm2) decreased to 76.9 µA/cm2 after plasma coatings were applied. However, it was found that the i corr decreased significantly to 0.002 µA/cm2 after polymer sealing of the porous plasma layers.

  1. Enhanced methanol electro-oxidation and oxygen reduction reaction performance of ultrafine nanoporous platinum-copper alloy: Experiment and density functional theory calculation

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    Sun, Junzhe; Shi, Jun; Xu, Junling; Chen, Xiaoting; Zhang, Zhonghua; Peng, Zhangquan

    2015-04-01

    Novel ultrafine nanoporous Pt-Cu alloy with a Pt:Cu stoichiometric ratio of 3:1 (np-Pt3Cu) has been prepared by mechanical alloying and subsequent two-step chemical dealloying. The obtained np-Pt3Cu has uniform and bicontinuous ligament(metal)-channel(void) structure with the ligament size of 3.3 ± 0.7 nm. To explore its potential application in energy conversion reactions, the np-Pt3Cu alloy has been examined as electrocatalyst for the operating reactions in direct methanol fuel cells (DMFCs). Compared with the commercial JM Pt/C, a benchmark catalyst extensively used in fuel cell research, the np-Pt3Cu alloy demonstrates better performance in both the methanol electro-oxidation and oxygen reduction reactions in acidic medium. Theoretical calculations reveal that the electronic structure of Pt has been modified with the shift of Pt d-band center due to alloying with Cu, which can decrease CO poisoning and enhance the methanol oxidation and oxygen reduction reaction activities.

  2. Biological Behaviour and Enhanced Anticorrosive Performance of the Nitrided Superelastic Ti-23Nb-0.7Ta-2Zr-0.5N Alloy

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    Mitran, Valentina; Vasilescu, Cora; Drob, Silviu Iulian; Osiceanu, Petre; Calderon-Moreno, Jose Maria; Tabirca, Mariana-Cristina; Gordin, Doina-Margareta; Gloriant, Thierry; Cimpean, Anisoara

    2015-01-01

    The influence of gas nitriding surface treatment on the superelastic Ti-23Nb-0.7Ta-2Zr-0.5N alloy was evaluated. A thorough characterization of bare and nitrided Ti-based alloy and pure Ti was performed in terms of surface film composition and morphology, electrochemical behaviour, and short term osteoblast response. XPS analysis showed that the nitriding treatment strongly influenced the composition (nitrides and oxynitrides) and surface properties both of the substrate and of the bulk alloy. SEM images revealed that the nitrided surface appears as a similar dotted pattern caused by the formation of N-rich domains coexisting with less nitrided domains, while before treatment only topographical features could be observed. All the electrochemical results confirmed the high chemical stability of the nitride and oxynitride coating and the superiority of the applied treatment. The values of the corrosion parameters ascertained the excellent corrosion resistance of the coated alloy in the real functional conditions from the human body. Cell culture experiments with MG63 osteoblasts demonstrated that the studied biomaterials do not elicit any toxic effects and support cell adhesion and enhanced cell proliferation. Altogether, these data indicate that the nitrided Ti-23Nb-0.7Ta-2Zr-0.5N alloy is the most suitable substrate for application in bone implantology. PMID:26583096

  3. Final Assessment of Preindustrial Solid-State Route for High-Performance Mg-System Alloys Production: Concluding the EU Green Metallurgy Project

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    D'Errico, Fabrizio; Plaza, Gerardo Garces; Giger, Franz; Kim, Shae K.

    2013-10-01

    The Green Metallurgy Project, a LIFE+ project co-financed by the European Union Commission, has now been completed. The purpose of the Green Metallurgy Project was to establish and assess a preindustrial process capable of using nanostructured-based high-performance Mg-Zn(Y) magnesium alloys and fully recycled eco-magnesium alloys. In this work, the Consortium presents the final outcome and verification of the completed prototype construction. To compare upstream cradle-to-grave footprints when ternary nanostructured Mg-Y-Zn alloys or recycled eco-magnesium chips are produced during the process cycle using the same equipment, a life cycle analysis was completed following the ISO 14040 methodology. During tests to fine tune the prototype machinery and compare the quality of semifinished bars produced using the scaled up system, the Buhler team produced interesting and significant results. Their tests showed the ternary Mg-Y-Zn magnesium alloys to have a highest specific strength over 6000 series wrought aluminum alloys usually employed in automotive components.

  4. Biological Behaviour and Enhanced Anticorrosive Performance of the Nitrided Superelastic Ti-23Nb-0.7Ta-2Zr-0.5N Alloy.

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    Mitran, Valentina; Vasilescu, Cora; Drob, Silviu Iulian; Osiceanu, Petre; Calderon-Moreno, Jose Maria; Tabirca, Mariana-Cristina; Gordin, Doina-Margareta; Gloriant, Thierry; Cimpean, Anisoara

    2015-01-01

    The influence of gas nitriding surface treatment on the superelastic Ti-23Nb-0.7Ta-2Zr-0.5N alloy was evaluated. A thorough characterization of bare and nitrided Ti-based alloy and pure Ti was performed in terms of surface film composition and morphology, electrochemical behaviour, and short term osteoblast response. XPS analysis showed that the nitriding treatment strongly influenced the composition (nitrides and oxynitrides) and surface properties both of the substrate and of the bulk alloy. SEM images revealed that the nitrided surface appears as a similar dotted pattern caused by the formation of N-rich domains coexisting with less nitrided domains, while before treatment only topographical features could be observed. All the electrochemical results confirmed the high chemical stability of the nitride and oxynitride coating and the superiority of the applied treatment. The values of the corrosion parameters ascertained the excellent corrosion resistance of the coated alloy in the real functional conditions from the human body. Cell culture experiments with MG63 osteoblasts demonstrated that the studied biomaterials do not elicit any toxic effects and support cell adhesion and enhanced cell proliferation. Altogether, these data indicate that the nitrided Ti-23Nb-0.7Ta-2Zr-0.5N alloy is the most suitable substrate for application in bone implantology. PMID:26583096

  5. Fatigue Performance of Powder Metallurgy (PM) Ti-6Al-4V Alloy: A Critical Analysis of Current Fatigue Data and Metallurgical Approaches for Improving Fatigue Strength

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    Cao, Fei; Ravi Chandran, K. S.

    2016-03-01

    A comprehensive assessment of fatigue performance of powder metallurgy (PM) Ti-6Al-4V alloy, manufactured using various powder-based processing approaches to-date, is performed in this work. The focus is on PM processes that use either blended element (BE) or pre-alloyed (PA) powder as feedstock. Porosity and the microstructure condition have been found to be the two most dominant material variables that control the fatigue strength. The evaluation reveals that the fatigue performance of PM Ti-6Al-4V, in the as-sintered state, is far lower than that in the wrought condition. This is largely caused by residual porosity, even if it is present in small amounts, or, by the coarse lamellar colony microstructure. The fatigue strength is significantly improved by the closure of pores, and it approaches the levels of wrought Ti-6Al-4V alloys, after hot-isostatic-pressing (HIPing). Further thermo-mechanical and heat treatments lead to additional increases in fatigue strength-in one case, a high fatigue strength level, exceeding that of the mill-annealed condition, was achieved. The work identifies the powder, process and microstructure improvements that are necessary for achieving high fatigue strength in powder metallurgical Ti-6Al-4V alloys in order for them to effectively compete with wrought forms. The present findings, gathered from the traditional titanium powder metallurgy, are also directly applicable to additively manufactured titanium, because of the similarities in pores, defects, and microstructures between the two manufacturing processes.

  6. EFFECT OF CHEMISTRY VARIATIONS IN PLATE AND WELD FILLER METAL ON THE CORROSION PERFORMANCE OF NI-CR-MO ALLOYS

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    D.V. Fix

    2006-02-07

    The ASTM standard B 575 provides the requirements for the chemical composition of Nickel-Chromium-Molybdenum (Ni-Cr-Mo) alloys such as Alloy 22 (N06022) and Alloy 686 (N06686). The compositions of each element are given in a range. For example, the content of Mo is specified from 12.5 to 14.5 weight percent for Alloy 22 and from 15.0 to 17.0 weight percent for Alloy 686. It was important to determine how the corrosion rate of welded plates of Alloy 22 using Alloy 686 weld filler metal would change if heats of these alloys were prepared using several variations in the composition of the elements even though still in the range specified in B 575. All the material used in this report were especially prepared at Allegheny Ludlum Co. Seven heats of plate were welded with seven heats of wire. Immersion corrosion tests were conducted in a boiling solution of sulfuric acid plus ferric sulfate (ASTM G 28 A) using both as-welded (ASW) coupons and solution heat-treated (SHT) coupons. Results show that the corrosion rate was not affected by the chemistry of the materials in the range of the standards.

  7. Photovoltaic performance of thin-film CdS-Cu2S solar cells with electroformed junctions

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    Rastogi, A. C.

    1985-06-01

    Irreproducibility and low conversion efficiency of CdS-Cu2S solar cells fabricated by the chemiplating process are found to be the result of variations in the surface morphology of the textured CdS surface. To counter such problems, a new technique of barrier formation using direct-current (DC) field-assisted control over the reacting ionic species is described. Photovoltaic data on solar cells fabricated in this way display an overall improvement owing to the prevention of deep-intruded Cu(2-x)S growth along the CdS grain boundaries and a closer approximation to stoichiometry. In addition, with the use of the DC potential as a first-order variable these improved characteristics of the junctions have been found to be less sensitive to the Cu(2-x)S deposition variables, thus improving general reproducibility. Data on the cells made by the new technique obtained from spectral response, sheet resistivity, and accelerated life tests are presented.

  8. Corrosion Performance Based on the Microstructural Array of Al-Based Monotectic Alloys in a NaCl Solution

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    Osório, Wislei R.; Freitas, Emmanuelle S.; Garcia, Amauri

    2014-01-01

    The aim of this study is to compare the electrochemical behavior of three monotectic Al-based alloys (Al-Pb, Al-Bi, and Al-In) in a 0.5 M NaCl solution at room temperature. Two distinct microstructure arrays were experimentally obtained for each Al monotectic alloy by using a water-cooled unidirectional solidification system. Results of electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) plots, potentiodynamic polarization curves, and impedance parameters obtained by an equivalent circuit analysis are discussed. It was found that the Al-Pb alloy has lower corrosion current density, higher polarization resistance, lower relative weight, and cost than the corresponding values of Al-Bi and Al-In alloys. It is also shown that the electrochemical behavior of the three alloys examined are intimately correlated with the scale of the corresponding microstructure, with smaller droplets and spacings (i.e., cell and interphase spacings) being associated with a decrease in the corrosion resistance.

  9. Electrochemical performances of Al-0.5Mg-0.1Sn-0.02In alloy in different solutions for Al-air battery

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    Jingling, Ma; Jiuba, Wen; Hongxi, Zhu; Quanan, Li

    2015-10-01

    In this research, the corrosion behavior and the electrochemical performances of Al-0.5Mg-0.1Sn-0.02In (wt.%) alloy have been investigated in 2 M NaCl, 4 M NaOH ethanol-10% water, 4 M NaOH solutions. The results show that the optimal electrochemical properties are obtained in 4 M NaOH ethanol-water solutions, and the alloy has higher anodic utilization and lower self-corrosion rate in the solutions compared to 2 M NaCl or 4 M aqueous NaOH. SEM and EIS results of the alloy are in good agreement with corrosion characteristics. By comparison with the electrochemical performance of Zn in 4 M NaOH solutions, the feasibility of using Al-0.5Mg-0.1Sn-0.02In alloy as anode material for a high power density Al-air battery in 4 M NaOH ethanol-water solutions is demonstrated.

  10. Platinum-TM (TM = Fe, Co) alloy nanoparticles dispersed nitrogen doped (reduced graphene oxide-multiwalled carbon nanotube) hybrid structure cathode electrocatalysts for high performance PEMFC applications.

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    Vinayan, B P; Ramaprabhu, S

    2013-06-01

    The efforts to push proton exchange membrane fuel cells (PEMFC) for commercial applications are being undertaken globally. In PEMFC, the sluggish kinetics of oxygen reduction reactions (ORR) at the cathode can be improved by the alloying of platinum with 3d-transition metals (TM = Fe, Co, etc.) and with nitrogen doping, and in the present work we have combined both of these aspects. We describe a facile method for the synthesis of a nitrogen doped (reduced graphene oxide (rGO)-multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWNTs)) hybrid structure (N-(G-MWNTs)) by the uniform coating of a nitrogen containing polymer over the surface of the hybrid structure (positively surface charged rGO-negatively surface charged MWNTs) followed by the pyrolysis of these (rGO-MWNTs) hybrid structure-polymer composites. The N-(G-MWNTs) hybrid structure is used as a catalyst support for the dispersion of platinum (Pt), platinum-iron (Pt3Fe) and platinum-cobalt (Pt3Co) alloy nanoparticles. The PEMFC performances of Pt-TM alloy nanoparticle dispersed N-(G-MWNTs) hybrid structure electrocatalysts are 5.0 times higher than that of commercial Pt-C electrocatalysts along with very good stability under acidic environment conditions. This work demonstrates a considerable improvement in performance compared to existing cathode electrocatalysts being used in PEMFC and can be extended to the synthesis of metal, metal oxides or metal alloy nanoparticle decorated nitrogen doped carbon nanostructures for various electrochemical energy applications. PMID:23644681

  11. Enhancing catalytic performance of palladium in gold and palladium alloy nanoparticles for organic synthesis reactions through visible light irradiation at ambient temperatures.

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    Sarina, Sarina; Zhu, Huaiyong; Jaatinen, Esa; Xiao, Qi; Liu, Hongwei; Jia, Jianfeng; Chen, Chao; Zhao, Jian

    2013-04-17

    The intrinsic catalytic activity of palladium (Pd) is significantly enhanced in gold (Au)-Pd alloy nanoparticles (NPs) under visible light irradiation at ambient temperatures. The alloy NPs strongly absorb light and efficiently enhance the conversion of several reactions, including Suzuki-Miyaura cross coupling, oxidative addition of benzylamine, selective oxidation of aromatic alcohols to corresponding aldehydes and ketones, and phenol oxidation. The Au/Pd molar ratio of the alloy NPs has an important impact on performance of the catalysts since it determines both the electronic heterogeneity and the distribution of Pd sites at the NP surface, with these two factors playing key roles in the catalytic activity. Irradiating with light produces an even more profound enhancement in the catalytic performance of the NPs. For example, the best conversion rate achieved thermally at 30 °C for Suzuki-Miyaura cross coupling was 37% at a Au/Pd ratio of 1:1.86, while under light illumination the yield increased to 96% under the same conditions. The catalytic activity of the alloy NPs depends on the intensity and wavelength of incident light. Light absorption due to the Localized Surface Plasmon Resonance of gold nanocrystals plays an important role in enhancing catalyst performance. We believe that the conduction electrons of the NPs gain the light absorbed energy producing energetic electrons at the surface Pd sites, which enhances the sites' intrinsic catalytic ability. These findings provide useful guidelines for designing efficient catalysts composed of alloys of a plasmonic metal and a catalytically active transition metal for various organic syntheses driven by sunlight. PMID:23566035

  12. Mechanical performance and microstructure array of as-cast lead-silver and lead-bismuth alloys

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    Osório, Wislei R.; Bortolozo, Ausdinir D.; Peixoto, Leandro C.; Garcia, Amauri

    2014-12-01

    The aim of this study is to establish correlations between mechanical properties of Pb-Ag and Pb-Bi alloys and parametric features of their as-cast microstructures, as well as to develop a comparative analysis with the corresponding properties of Pb-Sn alloys considering applications of these alloys in the manufacture of Pb-acid battery components. A wide range of microstructures are obtained using an upward water-cooled directional solidification system. Ultimate (UTS) and yield tensile strengths (YS) and elongation are experimentally determined as a function of cellular and dendritic spacings, and Hall-Petch type experimental equations are proposed relating UTS to these microstructure parameters. Despite the higher specific strengths of Pb-Ag alloys, as compared with those of Pb-Bi and Pb-Sn alloys, their corresponding relative costs are the highest of all Pb-based alloys examined. It is found that the Pb-Bi and Pb-Sn alloys examined have similar specific strengths and relative costs.

  13. Electrochemical synthesis of mesoporous Pt-Au binary alloys with tunable compositions for enhancement of electrochemical performance.

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    Yamauchi, Yusuke; Tonegawa, Akihisa; Komatsu, Masaki; Wang, Hongjing; Wang, Liang; Nemoto, Yoshihiro; Suzuki, Norihiro; Kuroda, Kazuyuki

    2012-03-21

    Mesoporous Pt-Au binary alloys were electrochemically synthesized from lyotropic liquid crystals (LLCs) containing corresponding metal species. Two-dimensional exagonally ordered LLC templates were prepared on conductive substrates from diluted surfactant solutions including water, a nonionic surfactant, ethanol, and metal species by drop-coating. Electrochemical synthesis using such LLC templates enabled the preparation of ordered mesoporous Pt-Au binary alloys without phase segregation. The framework composition in the mesoporous Pt-Au alloy was controlled simply by changing the compositional ratios in the precursor solution. Mesoporous Pt-Au alloys with low Au content exhibited well-ordered 2D hexagonal mesostructures, reflecting those of the original templates. With increasing Au content, however, the mesostructural order gradually decreased, thereby reducing the electrochemically active surface area. Wide-angle X-ray diffraction profiles, X-ray photoelectron spectra, and elemental mapping showed that both Pt and Au were atomically distributed in the frameworks. The electrochemical stability of mesoporous Pt-Au alloys toward methanol oxidation was highly improved relative to that of nonporous Pt and mesoporous Pt films, suggesting that mesoporous Pt-Au alloy films are potentially applicable as electrocatalysts for direct methanol fuel cells. Also, mesoporous Pt-Au alloy electrodes showed a highly sensitive amperometric response for glucose molecules, which will be useful in next-generation enzyme-free glucose sensors. PMID:22352760

  14. Microstructure and Performance of Kovar/Alumina Joints Made with Silver-Copper Base Active Metal Braze Alloys

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    STEPHENS, JOHN J.; VIANCO,PAUL T.; HLAVA,PAUL F.; WALKER,CHARLES A.

    1999-12-15

    Poor hermeticity performance was observed for Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} ceramic-ceramic joints having a Kovar{trademark} alloy interlayer. The active Ag-Cu-Ti filler metal was used to braze the substrates together. The Ti active element was scavenged from the filler metal by the formation of a (Fe, Ni, Co){sub x}Ti phase (x= 2-3) that prevented development of a continuous Ti{sub x}O{sub y} layer at the filler metal/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} interface. Altering the process parameters did not circumvent the scavenging of Ti. Molybdenum barrier layers 1000, 2500, or 5000 {angstrom} thick on the Kovar{trademark} surfaces successfully allowed Ti{sub x}O{sub y} formation at the filler metal/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} interface and hermetic joints. The problems with the Ag-Cu-Ti filler metal for Kovar{trademark}/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} braze joints led to the evaluation of a Ag-Cu-Zr filler metal. The Zr (active element) in Ag-Cu-Zr filler metal was not susceptible to the scavenging problem.

  15. Fabrication and electromagnetic interference shielding performance of open-cell foam of a Cu-Ni alloy integrated with CNTs

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    Ji, Keju; Zhao, Huihui; Zhang, Jun; Chen, Jia; Dai, Zhendong

    2014-08-01

    A lightweight multi-layered electromagnetic interference (EMI) shielding material made of open-cell foam of a Cu-Ni alloy integrated with carbon nanotubes (CNTs) was prepared by electroless copper plating, then nickel electroplating, and finally electrophoretic deposition of CNTs. The foamed Cu-Ni-CNT composite comprises, from inside to outside, Cu, Ni, and CNT layers. Scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive spectroscopy, and EMI tests were employed to characterize the morphology, composition, and EMI performance of the composite, respectively. The results indicated that the shielding effectiveness (SE) of the composite increased with increasing pore density (indicated as pores per inch (PPI)) and increasing thickness. A specimen with a PPI of 110 and a 1.5-mm thickness had a maximum SE of up to 54.6 dB, and a SE as high as 47.5 dB on average in the 8-12 GHz range. Integrating the inherent superiority of Cu, Ni, and CNTs, the porous structure of the composite can attenuate the incident electromagnetic microwaves by reflecting, scattering, and absorbing them between the metallic skeleton and the CNT layer. The multiple reflections and absorptions make it difficult for the microwaves to escape from the composite before being absorbed, thereby making the composite a potential shielding material.

  16. Innovative surface modification of Ti-6Al-4V alloy with a positive effect on osteoblast proliferation and fatigue performance.

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    Havlikova, Jana; Strasky, Josef; Vandrovcova, Marta; Harcuba, Petr; Mhaede, Mansour; Janecek, Milos; Bacakova, Lucie

    2014-06-01

    A novel approach of surface treatment of orthopaedic implants combining electric discharge machining (EDM), chemical milling (etching) and shot peening is presented in this study. Each of the three techniques have been used or proposed to be used as a favourable surface treatment of biomedical titanium alloys. But to our knowledge, the three techniques have not yet been used in combination. Surface morphology and chemistry were studied by scanning electron microscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, respectively. Fatigue life of the material was determined and finally several in-vitro biocompatibility tests have been performed. EDM and subsequent chemical milling leads to a significant improvement of osteoblast proliferation and viability thanks to favourable surface morphology and increased oxygen content on the surface. Subsequent shot-peening significantly improves the fatigue endurance of the material. Material after proposed combined surface treatment possesses favourable mechanical properties and enhanced osteoblast proliferation. EDM treatment and EDM with shot peening also supported early osteogenic cell differentiation, manifested by a higher expression of collagen type I. The combined surface treatment is therefore promising for a range of applications in orthopaedics. PMID:24863238

  17. Performance analysis of STT-RAM with cross shaped free layer using Heusler alloys

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    Bharat Kumary, Tangudu; Ghosh, Bahniman; Awadhiya, Bhaskar; Verma, Ankit Kumar

    2016-01-01

    We have investigated the performance of a spin transfer torque random access memory (STT-RAM) cell with a cross shaped Heusler compound based free layer using micromagnetic simulations. We have designed a free layer using a Cobalt based Heusler compound. Simulation results clearly show that the switching time from one state to the other state has been reduced, also it has been found that the critical switching current density (to switch the magnetization of the free layer of the STT RAM cell) is reduced.

  18. Improvement of lithium storage performance of Sn-alloy anode materials by a polypyrrole protective layer

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    Peng, Peng; Wen, Zhaoyin; Liu, Yu; Jin, Jun

    2015-01-01

    The SnO2-based anode with improved reversible capacity and cyclability was achieved by employing a protective layer composed of crosslinked polypyrrole nanowires. Scanning electron microscopy measurement was performed to characterize the surface and cross section morphology of electrodes before and after cycling. The crosslinked polypyrrole nanowire protective layer with good elasticity adhered to the SnO2 surface could form a network, leading to buffer the volumetric swelling of active materials during the lithiation/delithiation process. A good cycling stability and an excellent rate capability of the modified electrode were achieved.

  19. Fatigue performance of metastable β titanium alloys: Effects of microstructure and surface finish

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    Kocan, Marcin; Wagner, Lothar; Rack, H. J.

    2005-12-01

    This investigation examined the role of microstructure and surface finish on the high cycle fatigue (HCF) performance of TIMETAL LCB (Ti-6.8Mo-4.5Fe-1.5Al). The as-received microstructure of LCB consisted of elongated β grains with a semicontinuous grain boundary α layer. In contrast, a fine equiaxed β + spheroidized α LCB microstructure was achieved by hot swaging and solution (recrystallization) anneal. The latter modification of the prior β grain structure, together with the size, morphology, and distribution of the primary α phase, resulted in a significant enhancement in the tensile and HCF properties. Furthermore, prestraining (PS), as would be expected during the fabrication of an automotive coil spring, and prior to aging for 30 min at temperatures between 500 and 550 °C, led to additional increases in tensile strength. In contrast, the HCF performance was always reduced when PS prior to aging was included in the overall processing procedure. Finally, shot-peening and roller-burnishing both resulted in an increased fatigue life in the finite life regimen; however, significant reductions in the 107 cycle fatigue strengths were observed when these procedures were used. These observations have been explained by including the effect of process-induced residual tensile stresses in the fatigue analysis, resulting in subsurface fatigue crack nucleation.

  20. Performances of special stainless steels and alloys in pulp and paper industries: Industrial references, laboratory and field test results

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    Dupoiron, F.; Schweitzer, G.; Charles, J.; Audouard, J.P.

    1994-12-31

    Due to improvements in the pulp and paper processes, and the new environmental regulations, the use of special stainless steels and alloys is increasing in this industry. This paper presents the results of industrial references, field tests and laboratory data on the use of stainless steels in delignification, bleaching and papermaking stages. Emphasis is put on the economical and safety advantages of the use of high alloyed steels in service as well as during fabrication.

  1. Erosion-corrosion performance of nickel-based and copper-based alloys in the Arabian Gulf seawater

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    Al-Hashem, A.; Carew, J.; Al-Sayegh, A.

    1996-10-01

    The erosion-corrosion behavior of nickel-based (UNS N0 6022) and copper-based (UNS C71500) alloy tubes in water flowing seawater containing sulfide ions is investigated. Visual, optical and scanning electron microscopy examinations of the internal surfaces of the tubes were conducted to compare the susceptibilities to erosion-corrosion attack of these two alloys, taking into consideration the nature of the product films formed.

  2. Performance of Al-Rich Oxidation Resistant Coatings For Fe-Base Alloys

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    Pint, Bruce A

    2010-01-01

    Aluminum-rich coatings made by chemical vapor deposition and pack cementation on ferritic (e.g. Fe-9Cr-1Mo) and austenitic (Type 304L) substrates are being evaluated at 650-800 C. For oxidation testing, a humid air environment was used to quantify coating performance, as uncoated substrates experience rapid oxidation at these temperatures. A main goal of this work is to demonstrate the potential benefits and problems with alumina-forming coatings. The higher exposure temperatures were selected to accelerate the degradation of the coating by interdiffusion with the substrate. A general conclusion of this testing was that coatings with less Al and a ferritic Fe(Al) structure could be more durable than higher Al content aluminide coatings which have a large thermal expansion mismatch with these substrates. A lifetime model has been developed using diffusion and oxidation observations to predict coating performance as a function of temperature and initial coating composition. To test and improve the model, additional experiments are now being conducted to determine the effect of substrate composition (e.g. Cr content using Fe-12Cr and Fe-9Cr-2W substrates) and exposure temperature on the critical Al content for coating failure. Because of the unexpectedly low level of Al measured at coating failure ({approx}3.5at.% at 700 C), exposures of specimens with thick ({approx}200 {mu}m) high Al content coatings were stopped after 10kh at 800 C and 20kh at 700 C because extremely long times to failure were predicted. Post-exposure Al concentration profiles for these specimens were measured using electron microprobe.

  3. Performance of Al-rich Oxidation Resistant Coatings for Fe-Base Alloys

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    Pint, Bruce A; Zhang, Ying

    2011-01-01

    Aluminum-rich coatings made by chemical vapor deposition and pack cementation on ferritic (e.g. Fe-9Cr-1Mo) and austenitic (Type 304L) substrates are being evaluated at 650-800 C. For oxidation testing, a humid air environment was used to quantify coating performance, as uncoated substrates experience rapid oxidation at these temperatures. A main goal of this work is to demonstrate the potential benefits and problems with alumina-forming coatings. The higher exposure temperatures were selected to accelerate the degradation of the coating by interdiffusion with the substrate. A general conclusion of this testing was that coatings with less Al and a ferritic Fe(Al) structure could be more durable than higher Al content aluminide coatings which have a large thermal expansion mismatch with these substrates. A lifetime model has been developed using diffusion and oxidation observations to predict coating performance as a function of temperature and initial coating composition. To test and improve the model, additional experiments are now being conducted to determine the effect of substrate composition (e.g. Cr content using Fe-12Cr and Fe-9Cr-2W substrates) and exposure temperature on the critical Al content for coating failure. Because of the unexpectedly low level of Al measured at coating failure ({approx}3.5 at.% at 700 C), exposures of specimens with thick ({approx}200 {micro}m) high Al content coatings were stopped after 10kh at 800 C and 20kh at 700 C because extremely long times to failure were predicted. Post-exposure Al concentration profiles for these specimens were measured using electron microprobe.

  4. Performance of Al-Rich Oxidation Resistant Coatings for Fe-Base Alloys

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    Pint, Bruce A; Zhang, Ying

    2009-01-01

    Aluminum-rich coatings made by chemical vapor deposition and pack cementation on ferritic (e.g. Fe-9Cr-1Mo) and austenitic (Type 304L) substrates are being evaluated at 650-800 C. For oxidation testing, a humid air environment was used to quantify coating performance, as uncoated substrates experience rapid oxidation at these temperatures. A main goal of this work is to demonstrate the potential benefits and problems with alumina-forming coatings. The higher exposure temperatures were selected to accelerate the degradation of the coating by interdiffusion with the substrate. A general conclusion of this testing was that coatings with less Al and a ferritic Fe(Al) structure could be more durable than higher Al content aluminide coatings which have a large thermal expansion mismatch with these substrates. A lifetime model has been developed using diffusion and oxidation observations to predict coating performance as a function of temperature and initial coating composition. To test and improve the model, additional experiments are now being conducted to determine the effect of substrate composition (e.g. Cr content using Fe-12Cr and Fe-9Cr-2W substrates) and exposure temperature on the critical Al content for coating failure. Because of the unexpectedly low level of Al measured at coating failure ({approx}3.5at.% at 700 C), exposures of specimens with thick ({approx}200 {micro}m) high Al content coatings were stopped after 10kh at 800 C and 20kh at 700 C because extremely long times to failure were predicted. Post-exposure Al concentration profiles for these specimens were measured using electron microprobe.

  5. Core-Shell Sn-Ni-Cu-Alloy@Carbon Nanorods to Array as Three-Dimensional Anode by Nanoelectrodeposition for High-Performance Lithium Ion Batteries.

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    Peng, Hao; Li, Rui; Hu, Jiangtao; Deng, Wenjun; Pan, Feng

    2016-05-18

    We report the synthesis of a novel three-dimensional anode based on the core-shell Sn-Ni-Cu-alloy@carbon nanorods which was fabricated by pulse nanoelectrodeposition. Li ion batteries equipped with the three-dimensional anode demonstrated almost 100% capacity retention over 400 cycles at 450 mA g(-1) and excellent rate performance even up to 9000 mA g(-1) for advanced Li-ion battery. Insight of the high performance can be attributed to three key factors, Li-Sn alloys for Li-ion storage, Ni-Cu matrix for the electronic conductive and nanorods structure, and the carbon shell for the electronic/Li-ion conductive and holding stable solid electrolyte interphase (SEI), because these shells always kept stable volumes after extension of initial charge-discharge cycles. PMID:27113033

  6. Tungsten joining with copper alloy and its high heat load performance

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    Liu, Xiang; Lian, Youyun; Chen, Lei; Cheng, Zengkui; Chen, Jiming; Duan, Xuru; Song, Jioupeng; Yu, Yang

    2014-12-01

    W-CuCrZr joining technology by using low activation Cu-Mn filler metal was developed at Southwestern Institute of Physics (SWIP) for the manufacturing of divertor components of fusion experiment devices. In addition, a fast W coating technology by chemical vapor deposition (CVD) was also developed and CVD-W/CuCrZr and CVD-W/C mockups with a W coating thickness of 2 mm were prepared. In order to assess their high heat flux (HHF) performances, a 60 kW Electron-beam Material testing Scenario (EMS-60) equipped with a 150 keV electron beam welding gun was constructed at SWIP. Experimental results indicated that brazed W/CuCrZr mockups can withstand 8 MW/m2 heat flux for 1000 cycles without visible damages and CVD-W/CuCrZr mockups with W-Cu gradient interface can survive 1000 cycles under 11 MW/m2 heat flux. An ultrasonic inspection method for non-destructive tests (NDT) of brazed W/CuCrZr mockups was established and 2 mm defect can be detected. Infinite element analysis and heat load tests indicated that 5 mm defect had less noticeable influence on the heat transfer.

  7. Resistance Spot Weld Failure Mode and Weld Performance for Aluminium Alloys

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    Sun, Xin

    2010-01-30

    In this chapter, we present the strength and failure modes of reactive NanoFoil® bonded joints for similar and dissimilar lightweight materials. NanoFoil® is a multi-layer foil fabricated through the growth of thousands of nanoscale layers of aluminum and nickel by vapor deposition. Initiated by an energy impulse, the like-like bonds of the atoms of each layer in the foil are exchanged for more stable unlike bonds between atoms from neighboring layers. As the atoms of each layer mix, heat is generated, creating a self-sustaining reaction traveling along the length of the foil. The instantaneous release of heat energy by this reaction is controlled by the nanolayer thickness and lay-up, such that accurate control of a highly localized heat source can be realized, allowing bonding without compromising the properties/integrities of the base materials. First, solder and braze joints for similar and dissimilar material combinations of steel, aluminum and magnesium are fabricated. Static bond strength tests under tensile shear loading condition are then performed to quantify the bond strength for different material combinations. The through-thickness microstructure changes and modifications by the bonding process are quantified using SEM. Depending on the base material combinations, it is shown that the nanofoil bond strength is comparable to those of the conventional structural adhesive bonds.

  8. Numerical analysis of static performance comparison of friction stir welded versus riveted 2024-T3 aluminum alloy stiffened panels

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    Shao, Qing; He, Yuting; Zhang, Teng; Wu, Liming

    2014-07-01

    Most researches on the static performance of stiffened panel joined by friction stir welding(FSW) mainly focus on the compression stability rather than shear stability. To evaluate the potential of FSW as a replacement for traditional rivet fastening for stiffened panel assembly in aviation application, finite element method(FEM) is applied to compare compression and shear stability performances of FSW stiffened panels with stability performances of riveted stiffened panels. FEMs of 2024-T3 aluminum alloy FSW and riveted stiffened panels are developed and nonlinear static analysis method is applied to obtain buckling pattern, buckling load and load carrying capability of each panel model. The accuracy of each FEM of FSW stiffened panel is evaluated by stability experiment of FSW stiffened panel specimens with identical geometry and boundary condition and the accuracy of each FEM of riveted stiffened panel is evaluated by semi-empirical calculation formulas. It is found that FEMs without considering weld-induced initial imperfections notably overestimate the static strengths of FSW stiffened panels. FEM results show that, buckling patterns of both FSW and riveted compression stiffened panels represent local buckling of plate between stiffeners. The initial buckling waves of FSW stiffened panel emerge uniformly in each plate between stiffeners while those of riveted panel mainly emerge in the mid-plate. Buckling patterns of both FSW and riveted shear stiffened panels represent local buckling of plate close to the loading corner. FEM results indicate that, shear buckling of FSW stiffened panel is less sensitive to the initial imperfections than compression buckling. Load carrying capability of FSW stiffened panel is less sensitive to the initial imperfections than initial buckling. It can be concluded that buckling loads of FSW panels are a bit lower than those of riveted panels whereas carrying capabilities of FSW panels are almost equivalent to those of riveted

  9. Microstructure and electrochemical hydrogenation/dehydrogenation performance of melt-spun La-doped Mg{sub 2}Ni alloys

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    Hou, Xiaojiang; Hu, Rui; Zhang, Tiebang Kou, Hongchao; Song, Wenjie; Li, Jinshan

    2015-08-15

    This work focuses on microstructure and electrochemical hydrogen storage properties of La-doped Mg{sub 2}Ni alloys. The alloys with nominal compositions of Mg{sub 2}Ni{sub 1−x}La{sub x} (x = 0, 0.1, 0.3, 0.5) were prepared via metallurgical smelting and melt-spun on a rotating copper wheel. The scanning electron microscope, X-ray diffraction, differential scanning calorimetry and transition electron microscope, galvanostatic charging/discharging and other electrochemical measurements were employed to investigate. The results show that the increasing of La content and melt-spinning speed favors the formation of Mg–Ni–La amorphous/nanocrystalline alloys. It is found that the melt-spun ribbons display increased discharge capacities and superior cycle stabilities compared to the as-cast alloys with and without La. The potentiodynamic polarization results indicate that melt-spun La-doped Mg{sub 2}Ni ribbons possess more positive corrosion potential E{sub corr} and exhibit relatively high corrosion resistance against the alkaline solution. The mechanism for electrochemical hydrogenation/dehydrogenation has been proposed based on the effect of microstructures on the mass/charge transfer process for electrode electrochemical reaction. - Highlights: • Nanocrystalline/amorphous Mg–Ni–La alloys are obtained by melt-spinning. • Microstructures of as-cast and rapid quenched Mg{sub 2}Ni{sub 1−x}La{sub x} alloys are investigated. • Electrochemical hydrogenation properties of experimental alloys are characterized. • Electrochemical hydrogen absorption/desorption mechanism is proposed.

  10. Microstructures and Mechanical Performance of Plasma-Nitrided Al0.3CrFe1.5MnNi0.5 High-Entropy Alloys

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    Tang, Wei-Yeh; Chuang, Ming-Hao; Lin, Su-Jien; Yeh, Jien-Wei

    2012-07-01

    This study investigates the effect of plasma nitriding at 798 K (525 °C) on microstructures and the mechanical performance of Al0.3CrFe1.5MnNi0.5 high-entropy alloys (HEAs) obtained using different cast and wrought processing. All the alloys can be well nitride, with a thickness of around 80 μm, and attain a peak hardness level around Hv 1300 near the surface. The main nitride phases are CrN, AlN, and (Mn, Fe)4N. Those of the substrates are bcc, fcc, Al-, and Ni-rich B2 precipitates, and ρ phase. Their relative amounts depend on the prior processing and also change under the heat treatment during nitriding. The formation of ρ phase during nitriding could in-situ harden the substrate to attain the suitable level required for wear applications. This gives the advantage in simplifying the processing for making a wear-resistance component or a mold since austenitizing, quench hardening, and tempering required for steels such as SACM and SKD steels are no longer required and final finishing can be accomplished before nitriding. Nitrided Al0.3CrFe1.5MnNi0.5 samples have much better wear resistance than un-nitrided ones by 49 to 80 times and also exhibit superior adhesive wear resistance to conventional nitrided alloys: nitriding steel SACM-645 (AISI 7140), 316 stainless steel, and hot-mold steel SKD-61 (AISI H13) by 22 to 55 times depending on prior processing. The superiority is due to the fact that the present nitrided alloys possess a much thicker highly hardened layer than the conventional alloys.