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  1. Damage Assessment of A356 Al Alloy Under Ratcheting-Creep Interaction

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    Mishra, Srimant Kumar; Roy, H.; Mondal, A. K.; Dutta, Krishna

    2017-06-01

    The aim of this report was to examine the influence of asymmetric cyclic stress on the ratcheting behavior of A356 Al alloy with special emphasis on its postratcheting creep behavior. A series of A356 alloy specimens were deformed under asymmetrical cyclic loading with different combinations of mean stress and stress amplitude. These tests were carried out up to 2000 cycles. Followed by ratcheting, the specimens were subjected to impression creep tests under varied stresses and temperatures. It is revealed from the ratcheting tests that strain accumulation increases with increasing stress amplitude or mean stress. However, total accumulated ratcheting strain of the investigated alloy was significantly low compared to that reported for some other aluminum alloys. The results of creep tests indicated that predominantly dislocation climb-assisted creep occurred for the alloy. Postratcheted specimens exhibited higher creep rates compared to that of the as-received A356 alloy; this fact was attributed to the work softening of the specimens during the impression creep test. The extent of work softening was minimum in the specimen that accumulated the highest strain during ratcheting, leading to its lowest creep rate.

  2. Interdiffusion between U(Mo,Pt) or U(Mo,Zr) and Al or Al A356 alloy

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    Komar Varela, C.; Mirandou, M.; Aricó, S.; Balart, S.; Gribaudo, L.

    2009-12-01

    Solid state reactions in chemical diffusion couples U-7 wt.%Mo-0.9 wt.%Pt/Al at 580 °C and U-7 wt.%Mo-0.9 wt.%Pt/Al A356 alloy, U-7 wt.%Mo-1 wt.%Zr/Al and U-7 wt.%Mo-1 wt.%Zr/Al A356 alloy at 550 °C were characterized. Results were obtained from optical and scanning electron microscopy, electron probe microanalysis and X-ray diffraction. The UAl 3, UAl 4 and Al 20Mo 2U phases were identified in the interaction layers of γU(Mo,Pt)/Al and γU(Mo,Zr)/Al diffusion couples. Al 43Mo 4U 6 ternary compound was also identified in γU(Mo,Zr)/Al due to the decomposition of γU(Mo,Zr) phase. The U(Al,Si) 3 and U 3Si 5 phases were identified in the interaction layers of γU(Mo,Pt)/Al A356 and γU(Mo,Zr)/Al A356 diffusion couples. These phases are formed due to the migration of Si to the interaction layer. In the diffusion couple U(Mo,Zr)/Al A356, Zr 5Al 3 phase was also identified in the interaction layer. The use of synchrotron radiation at Brazilian Synchrotron Light Laboratory (LNLS, CNPq, Campinas, Brazil) was necessary to achieve a complete crystallographic characterization.

  3. Effect of TiN-Coated Al Powders on the Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of A356 Alloy

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    Hu, Jiaoyu; Liu, Jun; Wang, Chunxia; Tang, Xin

    2017-01-01

    The core/shell nano-TiN-coated Al powders (TiN/Al) were prepared and added into A356 alloy by ultrasonic-assisted casting method in this work. The results show that TiN/Al has a better dispersion in A356 matrix and a stronger strengthening effect than TiN without the core/shell structure. With the addition of TiN/Al, most of the coarse primary α-Al dendrites of A356 turn into equiaxial. After T6 heat treatment, it is found that eutectic silicon in A356 with TiN/Al becomes columnar or globular in shape and smaller in size, which causes a greatly enhanced elongation of 11.7%. The results also suggest that the addition of nanoparticles can affect the precipitation behaviors and change the shapes and sizes of the precipitation.

  4. Deformation behaviour of Rheocast A356 Al alloy at microlevel considering approximated RVEs

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    Islam, Sk. Tanbir; Das, Prosenjit; Das, Santanu

    2015-03-01

    A micromechanical approach is considered here to predict the deformation behaviour of Rheocast A356 (Al-Si-Mg) alloy. Two representative volume elements (RVEs) are modelled in the finite element (FE) framework. Two dimensional approximated microstructures are generated assuming elliptic grains, based on the grain size, shape factor and area fraction of the primary Al phase of the said alloy at different processing condition. Plastic instability is shown using stress and strain distribution between the Al rich primary and Si rich eutectic phases under different boundary conditions. Boundary conditions are applied on the approximated RVEs in such a manner, so that they represent the real life situation depending on their position on a cylindrical tensile test sample. FE analysis is carried out using commercial finite element code ABAQUS without specifying any damage or failure criteria. Micro-level in-homogeneity leads to incompatible deformation between the constituent phases of the rheocast alloy and steers plastic strain localisation. Plastic stain localised regions within the RVEs are predicted as the favourable sites for void nucleation. Subsequent growth of nucleated voids leads to final failure of the materials under investigation.

  5. Assessment of refining effectiveness of self-prepared nano-(TiNb)C/(NbTi)/Al complex powder inoculation on A356 alloy

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    Qiao, Gui-ying; Wu, Da-yong; Wei, Teng-fei; Liao, Bo; Xiao, Fu-ren

    2017-07-01

    Inoculation plays an effective role to refine the microstructure of as-cast aluminium alloys, which strongly depend on the effectiveness of the inoculants. In this work, a new concept of nano-(TiNb)C/(NbTi)/Al complex powder as an inoculant for refining the as-cast aluminium alloys was proposed, and the nano-(TiNb)C/(NbTi)/Al complex powder was prepared by mechanical alloying (MA) method, furthermore, the refining effectiveness of inoculation on A356 alloy was investigated. Results show that the nano-(TiNb)C/(NbTi)/Al complex powder consists of three phases of α-Al, nano-(TiNb)C and (NbTi) solid solution. The nano-(TiNb)C/(NbTi)/Al complex powder as an inoculant have higher refining effectiveness as well as good recyclability on the microstructure of cast A356 alloy, and improve the mechanical properties, especially the ductility.

  6. Hot ductility and strength of SiC{sub p}/A356 Al composite and matrix alloy by torsion testing

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    McQueen, H.J.; Sakaris, P.; Bowles, J.

    1993-12-31

    Torsion testing was conducted on a metal-matrix composite (MMC, 15 v% SiC{sub p}A356 Al) and its matrix alloy over the range 300 to 540{degree}C and 0.1 to 5.0 s{sup {minus}1}. Comparison of flow stress ductility and other hot working parameters is presented. Flow stresses of the A356 MMC were found to be generally higher than A356 alloy but the difference was quite small at higher temperatures. Flow stresses were found to depend on the strain rate through a sinh function and on temperature through an Arrhenius term with activation energies of 263 kJ/mol for the composite and 161 kJ/mol for the matrix; the increased value for the composite suggests that the SiC particles force the matrix to undergo additional strain hardening. Dynamic recovery seems to be predominant in A356; however, dynamic recrystallization likely nucleates in the vicinity of silicon carbide particles in 15 v% SiC{sub p}/A356 Al. Ductility of the composite, about 25% below that of the alloy, rose by a factor of 4 between 400 and 500{degree}C to become higher than many wrought alloy composites. The low ductility of A356 was shown to result from linking up of the cracks nucleated at Si particles, whereas linkage of the decohesion voids at the SiC was associated with more plastic flow in the matrix which had much finer Si particles than the bulk alloy.

  7. Nucleation Catalysis in Aluminum Alloy A356 Using Nanoscale Inoculants

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    de Cicco, Michael P.; Turng, Lih-Sheng; Li, Xiaochun; Perepezko, John H.

    2011-08-01

    Different types of nanoparticles in aluminum (Al) alloy A356 nanocomposites were shown to catalyze nucleation of the primary Al phase. Nanoparticles of SiC β, TiC, Al2O3 α, and Al2O3 γ were added to and dispersed in the A356 matrix as nucleation catalysts using an ultrasonic mixing technique. Using the droplet emulsion technique (DET), undercoolings in the nanocomposites were shown to be significantly reduced compared to the reference A356. None of the nanocomposites had a population of highly undercooled droplets that were observed in the reference samples. Also, with the exception of the A356/Al2O3 α nanocomposite, all nanocomposites showed a reduction in undercooling necessary for the onset of primary Al nucleation. The observed nanocomposite undercoolings generally agreed with the undercooling necessary for free growth. The atomic structure of the particles showed an influence on nucleation potency as A356/Al2O3 γ nanocomposites had smaller undercoolings than A356/Al2O3 α nanocomposites. The nucleation catalysis illustrates the feasibility of, and basis for, grain refinement in metal matrix nanocomposites (MMNCs).

  8. Characterization of the interaction layer grown by interdiffusion between U-7wt%Mo and Al A356 alloy at 550 and 340 °C

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    Mirandou, M.; Aricó, S.; Rosenbusch, M.; Ortiz, M.; Balart, S.; Gribaudo, L.

    2009-02-01

    U(Mo) alloys are under study to get a low-enriched U fuel for research and test reactors. Qualification experiments of dispersion fuel elements have shown that the interaction layer between the U(Mo) particles and the Al matrix behaves unsatisfactorily. The addition of Si to Al seems to be a good solution. The goal of this work is to identify the phases constituting the interaction layer for out-of-pile interdiffusion couples U(Mo)/Al(Si). Samples γU-7wt%Mo/Al A356 alloy (7.1 wt%Si) made by Friction Stir Welding were annealed at 550 and 340 °C. Results from metallography, microanalysis and X-ray diffraction, indicate that the interaction layer at 550 °C is formed by the phases U(Al,Si) 3, U 3Si 5 and Al 20Mo 2 U, while at 340 °C it is formed by U(Al,Si) 3 and U 3Si 5. X-ray diffraction with synchrotron radiation showed that the Si-rich phase, previously reported in the interaction layer at 550 °C near U(Mo) alloy, is U 3Si 5.

  9. Analysis of Dendritic Primary Al Grain Ripening and Solid Fraction Measurement in A356 Alloy Semi-Solid Slurry Using Segregation Sensitive Reagent

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    Gao, Li; Harada, Yohei; Kumai, Shinji

    Ripening of dendritic primary Al grain in semi-solid state has been paid much attention to since it is the most economical way to produce semi-solid slurry containing spheroidal Al grains for thixocasting. Also, solid fraction is the key factor in all the semi-solid processes. A segregation sensitive reagent (Weck's reagent) can help to study both the two topics, revealing the inner-primary Al grain's optical microstructure evolution during semi-solid heat treatments (partial re-melting) of small A356 alloy samples cut from both as-DC cast and compressed ingots (Recrystallization and partial re-melting process). With the help of this etching technique, the influence of induced strain on the ripening mechanism of primary Al grains was investigated precisely. Furthermore, the peripheral part of the primary Al grain grown during water quenching was distinguished by the reagent. Therefore we could exclude this area when measuring the solid fraction and avoid overestimation by image analysis.

  10. The Effects of Molding Materials on Microstructure and Wear Behavior of A356 Alloy

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    Yildirim, Musa; Özyürek, Dursun; Tunçay, Tansel

    2017-05-01

    In this study, the effect of molding materials on microstructure and wear behavior of A356 alloy was investigated. Different microstructures were obtained by casting A356 alloy into the molds made from three different materials. Homogenization and aging heat treatments were applied as cast blocks. The aged samples were tested by pin-on-disk-type standard wear equipment. The results showed that casting into different mold materials resulted in different microstructures of A356 alloy. Microstructures of the Al-Si-Mg alloy differ depending on the mold materials. Secondary dendrite arm space (SDAS) decreased proportionally with increasing cooling rate. Based on the cooling rate, hardness values of the alloy also differ. As the cooling rate increased, hardness of the alloy increased. The SDAS increased due to the decreasing cooling rate. In wear tests, increasing weight loss was observed with decreasing cooling rate.

  11. Wear analysis of A356 alloy cast through rheometal process

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    Gupta, Robin; Sharma, Ashok; Pandel, Upender; Ratke, Lorenz

    2017-04-01

    In present investigation, correlation between microstructure, mechanical properties and wear analysis for the non-heat-treated and heat-treated A356 was observed. The rheometal process changed the dendritic morphology into globular morphology which improved the mechanical properties and wear resistance of the alloy. Mechanical properties of non-heat-treated and heat-treated A356 alloy were studied. Wear tests for the non-heat-treated and heat-treated samples were performed. The SEM analysis was employed for microstructural feature of worn surfaces. The results showed that the rheometal process along with the use of baffles, addition of grain refiner and T5 heat treatment showed better mechanical properties and wear resistance of A356 alloy as compared to other processing conditions.

  12. Plasma Electrolytic Oxidation (PEO) Coatings on an A356 Alloy for Improved Corrosion and Wear Resistance

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    Peng, Zhijing

    Plasma electrolytic oxidizing (PEO) is an advanced technique that has been used to deposit thick and hard ceramic coatings on aluminium (Al) alloys. This work was however to use the PEO process to produce thin ceramic oxide coatings on an A356 Al alloy for improving corrosion and wear resistance of the alloy. Effects of current density and treatment time on surface morphologies and thickness of the PEO coatings were investigated. The improvement of galvanic corrosion properties of the coated A356 alloy vs. steel and carbon fibre were evaluated in E85 fuel or NaCl environments. Tribological properties of the coatings were studied with comparison to the uncoated A356 substrate and other commercially-used engine bore materials. The research results indicated that the PEO coatings could have excellent tribological and corrosion properties for aluminium engine applications.

  13. The rheological behavior of semi-solid A356 alloy

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    Lashkari, Omid

    The semi-solid-metal, SSM, processing deals with semi solid slurries, in which non dendritic solid particles are dispersed in a liquid matrix with apparent viscosity values near to that of liquid. It is able to flow easily under pressure and fills complicated die cavities to manufacture sound as-cast products with high integrity. The SSM slurry is prepared through different methods. In the current study conventional casting and the SEED process were employed to produce SSM billets with different morphologies of primary alpha-Al phase in A356 Al-Si alloy. For conventional casting, a range of solid particle morphologies, microstructure, were realized through variation of pouring temperature while for the SEED billets, as a new patent of ALCAN international for semi solid casting, changes in the morphology were achieved by control of process parameters during solidification of the melt. In order to investigate the morphological evolution due to the effect of different process parameters, pouring temperature and swirling intensities, the SSM billets prepared by both methods were studied using quantitative metallography. The microstructure of SSM A356 alloy has also been characterized using an innovative method, parallel plate compression viscometry, where a correlation was made between the morphology and viscosity. The main objective of the current research was the implication of rheological principles to study the deformation behavior of A356 alloy at different morphologies and fraction of solid, while treating the SSM billets as Newtonian and Non-Newtonian fluids respectively. Furthermore, two empirical relationships were proposed to underline the correlation among the viscosity, and fraction solid and its morphology. In order to further confirm the reliability of the tests results in this research and to highlight that the sample size has no effect on the final deformation and viscosity values, a new series of tests were performed using two sets of specimens with

  14. Modeling of Microporosity Size Distribution in Aluminum Alloy A356

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    Yao, Lu; Cockcroft, Steve; Zhu, Jindong; Reilly, Carl

    2011-12-01

    Porosity is one of the most common defects to degrade the mechanical properties of aluminum alloys. Prediction of pore size, therefore, is critical to optimize the quality of castings. Moreover, to the design engineer, knowledge of the inherent pore population in a casting is essential to avoid potential fatigue failure of the component. In this work, the size distribution of the porosity was modeled based on the assumptions that the hydrogen pores are nucleated heterogeneously and that the nucleation site distribution is a Gaussian function of hydrogen supersaturation in the melt. The pore growth is simulated as a hydrogen-diffusion-controlled process, which is driven by the hydrogen concentration gradient at the pore liquid interface. Directionally solidified A356 (Al-7Si-0.3Mg) alloy castings were used to evaluate the predictive capability of the proposed model. The cast pore volume fraction and size distributions were measured using X-ray microtomography (XMT). Comparison of the experimental and simulation results showed that good agreement could be obtained in terms of both porosity fraction and size distribution. The model can effectively evaluate the effect of hydrogen content, heterogeneous pore nucleation population, cooling conditions, and degassing time on microporosity formation.

  15. Investigation on the Mechanical Properties of A356 Alloy Reinforced AlTiB/SiCp Composite by Semi-Solid Stir Casting Method

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    Bhiftime, E. I.; Gueterres, N. F. D. S.

    2017-05-01

    Employing the semi-solid stir casting method to strengthen MMCs by SiCp particle was the simplest way in the casting process. The strength and toughness of a composite material can be obtained through a combination of the A356 / Al7Si composites and SiCp particle. The purpose of this study was to investigate the difference in the mechanical properties of Al7Si1Mg/SiCp and Al7Si1Mg1.5TiB/SiCp composites, as well as the changing effects on the extra level of SiCp particle. Al7Si was used as matrix strengthened by SiCp with the percentage variations of 10, 15, 20 wt%. The additional level of 1.5 wt% AlTiB aimed for increasing the matrix grain refinement. The semi-solid stir casting method was performed to spread the SiCp particles evenly in the liquid matrix. The results of the study were the tensile strength value of as much as 143 MPa or the increase of 22.16%. The biggest yield strength on the Al7Si1Mg1.5TiB/SiCp composite was averagely as much as 106 MPa. The highest impact toughness was averagely amounted to 4.74 J/mm2. The lowest porosity value was averagely 2.10%. The morphology of the composite between the reinforcing particle and the matrix was able to unite and to be dispersed evenly. The present study was conducted through density test, tensile test, impact test, microstructure test, and SEM.

  16. Impact properties of A356-T6 alloys

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    Shivkumar, S.; Wang, L.; Keller, C.

    1994-02-01

    The Charpy impact energy of A356 alloys has been measured. Instrumented Charpy impact tests have been conducted at 25,100,150, and 200 °C. The Charpy specimens were machined from plate castings ortapered cylindrical castings. The plates were produced in sand molds, and tapered cylinders were produced in water-cooled copper molds. Both unmodified and strontium-modified castings were tested. The results indicate that strontium modification improves the impact properties of sand and permanent mold castings. The impact energy increases with solution treatment time. Strontium modification reduces the solution treatment time for attaining a specific impact property level in the casting.

  17. The Effect of Iron Content on Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of A356 Cast Alloy

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    Tunçay, Tansel; Bayoğlu, Samet

    2017-01-01

    In the present study, microstructure and mechanical properties of A356 alloy including various amounts (0.2 to 1.2 wt pct) of iron were investigated. The alloys were produced by conventional gravity sand casting method. In order to determine the effect of iron addition to A356, optical and scanning electron microscopes (SEM/EDS) were used for microstructural examinations, and X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis was carried out for phase characterization. Tensile tests were also conducted in order to determine effect of the Fe content on mechanical properties. It was found that as the Fe content of A356 was increased, the secondary dendrite arm spacing (SDAS) was decreased and the morphology of Al-Si eutectic became finer. From XRD examinations, different iron-based intermetallic compounds (β-Al5FeSi and α-Al8Fe2Si) formations were observed. It was also observed that as iron content increased, α-Al8Fe2Si intermetallic was transformed into β-Al5FeSi intermetallic. The tensile test results revealed that tensile strength and elongation values were reduced by increasing Fe content. It was also determined that β-Al5FeSi intermetallics were more negatively effective on tensile strength than α-Al8Fe2Si intermetallics.

  18. The Effect of Iron Content on Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of A356 Cast Alloy

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    Tunçay, Tansel; Bayoğlu, Samet

    2017-04-01

    In the present study, microstructure and mechanical properties of A356 alloy including various amounts (0.2 to 1.2 wt pct) of iron were investigated. The alloys were produced by conventional gravity sand casting method. In order to determine the effect of iron addition to A356, optical and scanning electron microscopes (SEM/EDS) were used for microstructural examinations, and X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis was carried out for phase characterization. Tensile tests were also conducted in order to determine effect of the Fe content on mechanical properties. It was found that as the Fe content of A356 was increased, the secondary dendrite arm spacing (SDAS) was decreased and the morphology of Al-Si eutectic became finer. From XRD examinations, different iron-based intermetallic compounds ( β-Al5FeSi and α-Al8Fe2Si) formations were observed. It was also observed that as iron content increased, α-Al8Fe2Si intermetallic was transformed into β-Al5FeSi intermetallic. The tensile test results revealed that tensile strength and elongation values were reduced by increasing Fe content. It was also determined that β-Al5FeSi intermetallics were more negatively effective on tensile strength than α-Al8Fe2Si intermetallics.

  19. Processing and Microstructure Characteristics of As-Cast A356 Alloys Manufactured via Ultrasonic Cavitation during Solidification

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    Xuan, Yang; Jia, Shian; Nastac, Laurentiu

    2017-04-01

    Recent studies have showed that the microstructure and mechanical properties of A356 alloy can be significantly improved when ultrasonic cavitation and solidification processing is used. This is because during the fabrication of A356 castings, ultrasonic cavitation processing plays an important role in degassing and refining the as-cast microstructure. In the present study, A356 alloy and Al2O3/SiC nanoparticles are used as the matrix alloy and the reinforcements, respectively. Nanoparticles are injected into the molten alloy and dispersed by ultrasonic cavitation. Ultrasonic cavitation was also applied during solidification of these nanocomposites. The microstructure and nanoparticle distribution of the cast samples have been investigated in detail. The current experimental results indicated that ultrasonic cavitation during solidification will greatly improve the microstructure of the samples. Al2O3 and SiC nanoparticle reinforced nanocomposites have different nanoparticle distributions in the matrix.

  20. Semi-Solid Forming of A356 Alloy by Rapid Slurry Forming Process

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    Sharma, S.; Sharma, A.; Kumar, S.

    Rapid Slurry Forming (RSF) is a relatively new technique of semi-solid forming. RSF process has been used for A356, A356+Ti+B (grain refiner) and A356+Ti+B+Sr (grain refiner and modifier) Al alloys in the present investigation. All the three alloys were held at 597°C, at which about 30% solid fraction is obtained in the semi-solid slurry, for 0, 5, 10 and 15 minutes. After each holding time, the slurry was quenched in water to preserve the semi-solid microstructure. Microstructure of all the three alloys at each stage was examined and hardness was measured. A globular microstructure was obtained for the RSF-processed alloys. The globularity of a-grains increased but grain size also increased and hardness decreased with increase in holding time. The optimum hold time appeared to be 5 minutes. The grain refiner and modifier did not seem to have any effect on the formation of semi solid slurry. The coarsening kinetics of the globular a-grains was found to be faster than that predicted by the LSW theory.

  1. Effects of Solid-Liquid Mixing on Microstructure of Semi-Solid A356 Aluminum Alloy

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    Guo, H. M.; Wang, L. J.; Wang, Q.; Yang, X. J.

    2014-08-01

    The desired starting material for semi-solid processing is the semi-solid slurry in which the solid phase is present as fine and globular particles. A modified solid-liquid mixing (SLM) is reported wherein semi-solid slurry can be produced by mixing a solid alloy block into a liquid alloy, and mechanical vibration is utilized to enhance the mixing. Effects such as liquid alloy temperature, mass ratio, and mixing intensity on the microstructure and the cooling curves during SLM were evaluated. 2D and 3D microstructure analysis of treated A356 aluminum alloy shows that microstructure can be refined significantly with a considerable morphology change in primary Al phase. It is critical that the temperature of mixture after mixing is lower than its liquidus temperature to obtain a valid SLM process. Specially, mixing intensity is identified as a primary factor for a favorable microstructure of semi-solid slurry.

  2. Damage by eutectic particle cracking in aluminum casting alloys A356/357

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    Wang, Q. G.; Caceres, C. H.; Griffiths, J. R.

    2003-12-01

    The strain dependence of particle cracking in aluminum alloys A356/357 in the T6 temper has been studied in a range of microstructures produced by varying solidification rate and Mg content, and by chemical (Sr) modification of the eutectic silicon. The damage accumulates linearly with the applied strain for all microstructures, but the rate depends on the secondary dendrite arm spacing and modification state. Large and elongated eutectic silicon particles in the unmodified alloys and large π-phase (Al9FeMg3Si5) particles in alloy A357 show the greatest tendency to cracking. In alloy A356, cracking of eutectic silicon particles dominates the accumulation of damage while cracking of Fe-rich particles is relatively unimportant. However, in alloy A357, especially with Sr modification, cracking of the large π-phase intermetallics accounts for the majority of damage at low and intermediate strains but becomes comparable with silicon particle cracking at large strains. Fracture occurs when the volume fraction of cracked particles (eutectic silicon and Fe-rich intermetallics combined) approximates 45 pct of the total particle volume fraction or when the number fraction of cracked particles is about 20 pct. The results are discussed in terms of Weibull statistics and existing models for dispersion hardening.

  3. Tribological Behavior of A356/Al2O3 Surface Nanocomposite Prepared by Friction Stir Processing

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    Mazaheri, Y.; Karimzadeh, F.; Enayati, M. H.

    2014-04-01

    Surface A356 aluminum alloy matrix composites containing micro and nanosized Al2O3 are prepared by a new approach utilizing high-velocity oxy-fuel spraying and friction stir processing (FSP). Optical and scanning electron microscopy, microhardness, and wear tests were used to characterize the surface composites. Results indicated that, the presence of Al2O3 in matrix can improve the mechanical properties of specimens. The microhardness of surface composites containing micro and nanosized Al2O3 were 89.8 ± 2.6 HV and 109.7 ± 2.5 HV, respectively, which were higher than those for the as-received (79.6 ± 1.1 HV) and the FSPed A356-T6 with no alumina powder (66.8 ± 0.9 HV). Surface composites revealed low friction coefficients and wear rates, which were significantly lower than those obtained for substrate. The wear mass losses of the as-received, the FSPed, and surface micro and nanocomposite specimens after 500-m sliding distance were 50.5, 55.6, 31, and 17.2 mg, respectively. Scanning electron microscopy tests revealed different wear mechanisms on the surface of the wear test specimens.

  4. Microstructural effects on the tensile and fracture behavior of aluminum casting alloys A356/357

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    Wang, Q. G.

    2003-12-01

    The tensile properties and fracture behavior of cast aluminum alloys A356 and A357 strongly depend on secondary dendrite arm spacing (SDAS), Mg content, and, in particular, the size and shape of eutectic silicon particles and Fe-rich intermetallics. In the unmodified alloys, increasing the cooling rate during solidification refines both the dendrites and eutectic particles and increases ductility. Strontium modification reduces the size and aspect ratio of the eutectic silicon particles, leading to a fairly constant particle size and aspect ratio over the range of SDAS studied. In comparison with the unmodified alloys, the Sr-modified alloys show higher ductility, particularly the A356 alloy, but slightly lower yield strength. In the microstructures with large SDAS (>50 µm), the ductility of the Sr-modified alloys does not continuously decrease with SDAS as it does in the unmodified alloy. Increasing Mg content increases both the matrix strength and eutectic particle size. This decreases ductility in both the Sr-modified and unmodified alloys. The A356/357 alloys with large and elongated particles show higher strain hardening and, thus, have a higher damage accumulation rate by particle cracking. Compared to A356, the increased volume fraction and size of the Fe-rich intermetallics ( π phase) in the A357 alloy are responsible for the lower ductility, especially in the Sr-modified alloy. In alloys with large SDAS (>50 µm), final fracture occurs along the cell boundaries, and the fracture mode is transgranular. In the small SDAS (<30 µm) alloys, final fracture tends to concentrate along grain boundaries. The transition from transgranular to intergranular fracture mode is accompanied by an increase in the ductility of the alloys.

  5. The New Heat Treatment Technology of A356 Aluminium Alloy Prepared by Ptc

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    Zhang, Lianyong; Jiang, Yanhua; Ma, Zhuang; Wang, Wenkui

    Phase Transition Cooling (PTC), using the absorbed latent heat during the melting of phase transition cooling medium to cool and solidify alloys in the process of casting, is a new casting technology. Specimens of A356 casting aluminum alloy were prepared by this method in the paper. The new heat treatment process (cast and then aging directly without solid solution) of A356 alloy was performed. For comparison, the conventional T6 heat treatment (solution and then aging treatment) was performed too. The mechanical properties of A356 alloy with different heat treatments were measured by tensile strength testing methods and microstructures of the alloy with different heat treatment process were investigated by optical microscopy (OM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), X-rays diffraction (XRD) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) too. The results show that ultimate tensile strength (UTS) of A356 alloy with the new heat treatment process is much higher than that with conventional heat treatment while the elongations with the two heat treatment processes are very close. This is due to the grain refinement obtained after PTC processing.

  6. Modeling of microporosity formation in A356 aluminum alloy casting

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    Zhu, J. D.; Cockcroft, S. L.; Maijer, D. M.

    2006-03-01

    A numerical model for predicting microporosity formation in aluminum castings has been developed, which describes the redistribution of hydrogen between solid and liquid phases, the transport of hydrogen in liquid by diffusion, and Darcy flow in the mushy zone. For simulating the nucleation of hydrogen pores, the initial pore radius is assumed to be a function of the secondary dendrite arm spacing, whereas pore growth is based on the assumption that hydrogen activity within the pore and the liquid are in equilibrium. One of the key features of the model is that it uses a two-stage approach for porosity prediction. In the first stage, the volume fraction of porosity is calculated based on the reduced pressure, whereas, in the second stage, at fractions solid greater than the liquid encapsulation point, the fraction porosity is calculated based on the volume of liquid trapped within the continuous solid network, which is estimated using a correlation based on the Niyama parameter. The porosity model is used in conjunction with a thermal model solved using the commercial finite-element package ABAQUS. The parameters influencing the formation of microporosity are discussed including a means to describe the supersaturation of hydrogen necessary for pore nucleation. The model has been applied to examine the evolution of porosity in a series of experimental samples cast using unmodified A356 in which the initial hydrogen content was varied from 0.048 to 0.137 (cc/100 g). A comparison between the model predictions and the experimental measurements indicates good agreement in terms of the variation in porosity with distance from the chill and the variation resulting from initial hydrogen content.

  7. Multistage Fatigue Modeling of Cast A356-T6 and A380-F Aluminum Alloys

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    Xue, Y.; Burton, C. L.; Horstemeyer, M. F.; McDowell, D. L.; Berry, J. T.

    2007-08-01

    This article presents a microstructure-based multistage fatigue (MSF) model extended from the model developed by McDowell et al.[1,2] to an A380-F aluminum alloy to consider microstructure-property relations of descending order, signifying deleterious effects of defects/discontinuities: (1) pores or oxides greater than 100 μm, (2) pores or oxides greater than 50 μm near the free surface, (3) a high porosity region with an area greater than 200 μm, and (4) oxide film of an area greater than 10,000 μm2. These microconstituents, inclusions, or discontinuities represent different casting features that may dominate fatigue life at stages of fatigue damage evolutions. The incubation life is estimated using a modified Coffin Mansion law at the microscale based on the microplasticity at the discontinuity. The microstructurally small crack (MSC) and physically small crack (PSC) growth was modeled using the crack tip displacement as the driving force, which is affected by the porosity and dendrite cell size (DCS). When the fatigue damage evolves to several DCSs, cracks behave as long cracks with growth subject to the effective stress intensity factor in linear elastic fracture mechanics. Based on an understanding of the microstructures of A380-F and A356-T6 aluminum alloys, an engineering treatment of the MSF model was introduced for A380-F aluminum alloys by tailoring a few model parameters based on the mechanical properties of the alloy. The MSF model is used to predict the upper and lower bounds of the experimental fatigue strain life and stress life of the two cast aluminum alloys.

  8. Impact Behavior of A356 Foundry Alloys in the Presence of Trace Elements Ni and V

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    Casari, Daniele; Ludwig, Thomas H.; Merlin, Mattia; Arnberg, Lars; Garagnani, Gian Luca

    2015-02-01

    In the present work, the impact behavior of unmodified A356 alloys with the addition of Ni or V in as-cast and T6 heat-treated conditions was assessed. Charpy V-notched specimens obtained from sand and permanent mold casting showed low total absorbed energy average values ( W t < 2 J). SEM analysis of fracture profiles and surfaces indicated a Si-driven crack propagation with a predominant transgranular fracture mode. Occasionally, intergranular contributions to fracture were detected in the permanent mold cast alloys due to the locally finer microstructure. Concurrent mechanisms related to the chemical composition, solidification conditions and heat treatment were found to control the impact properties of the alloys. While the trace element Ni exerted only minor effects on the impact toughness of the A356 alloy, V had a strong influence: (i) V-containing sand cast alloys absorbed slightly higher impact energies compared to the corresponding A356 base alloys; (ii) in the permanent mold cast alloys, V in solid solution led to a considerable loss of ductility, which in turn decreased the total absorbed energy.

  9. Solid fraction evolution characteristics of semi-solid A356 alloy and in-situ A356-TiB2 composites investigated by differential thermal analysis

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    Deepak Kumar, S.; Mandal, A.; Chakraborty, M.

    2015-04-01

    The key factor in semi-solid metal processing is the solid fraction at the forming temperature because it affects the microstructure and mechanical properties of the thixoformed components. Though an enormous amount of data exists on the solid fraction-temperature relationship in A356 alloy, information regarding the solid fraction evolution characteristics of A356-TiB2 composites is scarce. The present article establishes the temperature-solid fraction correlation in A356 alloy and A356- xTiB2 ( x = 2.5wt% and 5wt%) composites using differential thermal analysis (DTA). The DTA results indicate that the solidification characteristics of the composites exhibited a variation of 2°C and 3°C in liquidus temperatures and a variation of 3°C and 5°C in solidus temperatures with respect to the base alloy. Moreover, the eutectic growth temperature and the solid fraction ( f s) vs. temperature characteristics of the composites were found to be higher than those of the base alloy. The investigation revealed that in-situ formed TiB2 particles in the molten metal introduced more nucleation sites and reduced undercooling.

  10. X-Ray Microtomographic Characterization of Porosity in Aluminum Alloy A356

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    Lashkari, Omid; Yao, Lu; Cockcroft, Steve; Maijer, Daan

    2009-04-01

    The presence of microporosity can, in certain circumstances, lead to a significant reduction in the mechanical properties of cast aluminum alloys. The size of the microporosity is especially crucial to the performance of castings in fatigue applications. The aim of this study is to investigate the effect of cooling rate and degassing time on the formation and evolution of microporosity in aluminum alloy A356 (Al-7Si-0.3Mg) castings using traditional metallography and X-ray microtomography (XMT) methods. The final results clearly confirm that increasing the cooling rate and degassing time yield lower microporosity within the microstructure. The XMT analysis enabled the calculation of the volume fraction and size distribution of microporosity. The XMT analysis revealed a bimodel distribution of pores with one population of small pores and a second population of large pores. The large population has been attributed to hydrogen gas solubility, whereas the smaller population is proposed to be linked to the localized entrapment of liquid metal occurring at the end of mass feeding.

  11. Mechanical behaviour of A356 alloy reinforced with high strength alloy particulate metallic composites

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    Krishna Mallarapu, Gopi; Kancharla, Praveen Kumar; Rao, J. B.; Bhargava, N. R. M. R.

    2017-08-01

    In the present investigation, work has been carried out to fabricate composites with high strength and good ductility by maximizing a uniform and smooth interface for effective transfer of load, and minimizing reinforcement cracking, agglomerations, and pull outs. A high-strength alloy (ternary) in particulate (HSA(P)) form was used as reinforcement in 356 aluminium. A 356-HSA(P) composite was prepared using the stir casting technique by dispersing an average particle size of 125 µm for reinforcement with various weight fractions varying between 5% and 15%. Secondary processing was done using the hot extrusion process to obtain 14 mm Ø rods (extrusion ratio of 18:1) and homogenized in an industrial furnace for 24 h. A decrease in reinforcement size was observed with increments in particulate content. The hardness of the composites was improved compared to the existing matrix. Mechanical properties such as UTS, yield strength, modulus of elasticity and ductility reveal superior specific properties than that of the alloy.

  12. Thixoforming of an ECAPed Aluminum A356 Alloy: Microstructure Evolution, Rheological Behavior, and Mechanical Properties

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    Campo, Kaio Niitsu; Zoqui, Eugênio José

    2016-04-01

    Thixoforming depends upon three aspects: (a) solid to liquid transformation; (b) size and morphology of the remaining solid phase in the semisolid state, and (c) the effect of both input factors on rheology of the semisolid slurry. The aluminum A356 alloy presents an ideal solid to liquid transformation, but the solidification process generates coarse aluminum dendrites surrounded by eutectic. In this regard, Equal Channel Angular Pressing (ECAP) has great potential as a method for manufacturing thixotropic raw material due to its grain refining effect. Therefore, the microstructure evolution and rheological behavior in the semisolid state of an ECAPed aluminum A356 alloy were investigated. Samples were heated up to 853 K (580 °C) and held for 0, 30, 60, 90, 210, and 600 seconds at this temperature. The isothermal heat treatment caused the globularization of the solid phase without any significant microstructure coarsening. Compression tests were carried out at the same temperature and holding times using an instrumented mechanical press. Apparent viscosities values close to 250 Pa s were obtained, revealing the exceptional rheological behavior of the produced samples. The thixoformed material also presented good mechanical properties, with high yield and ultimate tensile strength values (YS = 110/122 MPa, UTS = 173/202), and good ductility (E = 6.9/7.5 pct). These results indicate that the production of the A356 alloy via the ECAP process increases its thixoformability.

  13. Factors Affecting the Nucleation Kinetics of Microporosity Formation in Aluminum Alloy A356

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    Yao, Lu; Cockcroft, Steve; Reilly, Carl; Zhu, Jindong

    2012-03-01

    Metal cleanliness is one of the most critical parameters affecting microporosity formation in aluminum alloy castings. It is generally acknowledged that oxide inclusions in the melt promote microporosity formation by facilitating pore nucleation. In this study, microporosity formation under different casting conditions, which aimed to manipulate the tendency to form and entrain oxide films in small directionally cast A356 samples was investigated. Castings were prepared with and without the aid of argon gas shielding and with a varying pour surface area. Two alloy variants of A356 were tested in which the main difference was Sr content. Porous disc filtration analysis was used to assess the melt cleanliness and identify the inclusions in the castings. The porosity volume fraction and size distribution were measured using X-ray micro-tomography analysis. The measurements show a clear increment in the volume fraction, number density, and pore size in a manner consistent with an increasing tendency to form and entrain oxide films during casting. By fitting the experimental results with a comprehensive pore formation model, an estimate of the pore nucleation population has been made. The model predicts that increasing the tendency to form oxide films increases both the number of nucleation sites and reduces the supersaturation necessary for pore nucleation in A356 castings. Based on the model predictions, Sr modification impacts both the nucleation kinetics and the pore growth kinetics via grain structure.

  14. Plastic deformation behavior of aluminum casting alloys A356/357

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    Wang, Q. G.

    2004-09-01

    The plastic deformation behavior of aluminum casting alloys A356 and A357 has been investigated at various solidification rates with or without Sr modification using monotonic tensile and multi-loop tensile and compression testing. The results indicate that at low plastic strains, the eutectic particle aspect ratio and matrix strength dominate the work hardening, while at large plastic strains, the hardening rate depends on secondary dendrite arm spacing (SDAS). For the alloys studied, the average internal stresses increase very rapidly at small plastic strains and gradually saturate at large plastic strains. Elongated eutectic particles, small SDAS, or high matrix strength result in a high saturation value. The difference in the internal stresses, due to different microstructural features, determines the rate of eutectic particle cracking and, in turn, the tensile instability of the alloys. The higher the internal stresses, the higher the damage rate of particle cracking and then the lower the Young’s modulus. The fracture strain of alloys A356/357 corresponds to the critical amount of damage by particle cracking locally or globally, irrespective of the fineness of the microstructure. In the coarse structure (large SDAS), this critical amount of damage is easily reached, due to the clusters of large and elongated particles, leading to alloy fracture before global necking. However, in the alloy with the small SDAS, the critical amount of damage is postponed until global necking takes place due to the small and round particles. Current models for dispersion hardening can be used to calculate the stresses induced in the particles. The calculations agree well with the results inferred from the experimental results.

  15. A comparative assessment of crystallite size and lattice strain in differently cast A356 aluminium alloy

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    Mishra, S. K.; Roy, H.; Lohar, A. K.; Samanta, S. K.; Tiwari, S.; Dutta, K.

    2015-02-01

    In this investigation, A356 aluminium alloy has been prepared by different routes viz. gravity casting, rheo pressure die casting (RPDC) and RPDC with T6 heat treatment. X-ray diffraction studies of these samples have been done in the scanning range of 20 - 90°. X-ray peak broadening analysis has been used to estimate the crystallite size and lattice stain, in all the samples. The sample prepared by RPDC with T6 treatment has comparatively smaller crystallite size and lesser lattice strain than gravity cast and RPDC samples.

  16. Computer-assisted Rheo-forging Processing of A356 Aluminum Alloys

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    Kim, H. H.; Kang, C. G.

    2010-06-15

    Die casting process has been used widely for complex automotive products such as the knuckle, arm and etc. Generally, a part fabricated by casting has limited strength due to manufacturing defects by origin such as the dendrite structure and segregation. As an attempt to offer a solution to these problems, forging has been used as an alternative process. However, the forging process provides limited formability for complex shape products. Rheo-forging of metal offers not only superior mechanical strength but also requires significantly lower machine loads than solid forming processes. In order to produce semi-solid materials of the desired microstructure, a stirring process is applied during solidification of A356 aluminum molten state. This paper presents the results of an A356 aluminum alloy sample, which were obtained by experiment and by simulation using DEFORM 3D V6.1. Samples of metal parts were subsequently fabricated by using hydraulic press machinery. In order to compare the influence of loading method, two types of samples were fabricated: (1) samples fabricated under direct loading die sets (2) those fabricated under indirect loading die sets. The formability and defects, which were predicted by FEM simulation, were similar to those of samples used in practice.

  17. Computer-assisted Rheo-forging Processing of A356 Aluminum Alloys

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    Kim, H. H.; Kang, C. G.

    2010-06-01

    Die casting process has been used widely for complex automotive products such as the knuckle, arm and etc. Generally, a part fabricated by casting has limited strength due to manufacturing defects by origin such as the dendrite structure and segregation. As an attempt to offer a solution to these problems, forging has been used as an alternative process. However, the forging process provides limited formability for complex shape products. Rheo-forging of metal offers not only superior mechanical strength but also requires significantly lower machine loads than solid forming processes. In order to produce semi-solid materials of the desired microstructure, a stirring process is applied during solidification of A356 aluminum molten state. This paper presents the results of an A356 aluminum alloy sample, which were obtained by experiment and by simulation using DEFORM 3D V6.1. Samples of metal parts were subsequently fabricated by using hydraulic press machinery. In order to compare the influence of loading method, two types of samples were fabricated: (1) samples fabricated under direct loading die sets (2) those fabricated under indirect loading die sets. The formability and defects, which were predicted by FEM simulation, were similar to those of samples used in practice.

  18. Microstructural Inclusion Influence on Fatigue of a Cast A356 Aluminum Alloy

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    Jordon, J. B.; Horstemeyer, M. F.; Yang, N.; Major, J. F.; Gall, K. A.; Fan, J.; McDowell, D. L.

    2010-02-01

    We examine the dependence of fatigue properties on the different size scale microstructural inclusions of a cast A356 aluminum alloy in order to quantify the structure-property relations. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) analysis was performed on fatigue specimens that included three different dendrite cell sizes (DCSs). Where past studies have focused upon DCSs or pore size effects on fatigue life, this study includes other metrics such as nearest neighbor distance (NND) of inclusions, inclusion distance to the free surface, and inclusion type (porosity or oxides). The present study is necessary to separate the effects of numerous microstructural inclusions that have a confounding effect on the fatigue life. The results clearly showed that the maximum pore size (MPS), NND of gas pores, and DCS all can influence the fatigue life. These conclusions are presumed to be typical of other cast alloys with similar second-phase constituents and inclusions. As such, the inclusion-property relations of this work were employed in a microstructure-based fatigue model operating on the crack incubation and MSC with good results.

  19. Investigation into the Mechanical Properties and Fracture Behavior of A356 Aluminum Alloy-Based ZrO2-Particle-Reinforced Metal-Matrix Composites

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    Abdizadeh, H.; Baghchesara, M. A.

    2013-11-01

    In the present study, an investigation has been carried out into the influence of ZrO2 content and casting temperature on the mechanical properties and fracture behavior of A356 Al/ZrO2 composites. A356 aluminum alloy matrix composites reinforced with 5, 10 and 15 vol.% ZrO2 were fabricated at 750, 850, and 95 0°C via the stir-casting method. Based on the results obtained, the optimum amount of reinforcement and casting temperature were determined by evaluating the density and mechanical properties of the composites through the use of hardness and tensile tests. The fracture surfaces of composite specimens were also studied to identify the main fracture mechanisms of the composites. The results obtained indicated that all samples fractured due to the interdendritic cracking of the matrix alloy. Reinforcing the Al matrix alloy with ZrO2 particles increased the hardness and ultimate tensile strength of the alloy to the maximum values of 70 BHN and 232 MPa, respectively. The best mechanical properties were obtained for the specimens with 15 vol.% of ZrO2 produced at 75 0°C.

  20. Microstructure and fracture of SiC-particulate-reinforced cast A356 aluminum alloy composites

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    Lee, S.; Suh, D.; Kwon, D.

    1996-12-01

    A microstructural analysis of local microfracture of cast A356 Al-SiC{sub p} composites fabricated by permanent mold re-casting and squeeze-casting methods was made. Notch fracture toughness tests were conducted on these composites to identify critical fracture parameters using a stress-modified critical-strain criterion. The composite microstructure shows continuous networks of densely populated SiC and eutectic Si particles along the intercellular regions. Squeeze casting produces a more homogeneous structure and larger spacing of brittle particles and increases the tensile ductility and fracture toughness, while strength levels are almost identical to the re-casting case. The calculated values of the microstructurally characteristic distance l* for the re-cast and squeeze-cast composites are about 40 {micro}m, which is comparable to the average sizes of the intercellular network. However, the reference critical strain {bar {var_epsilon}}*{sub 0} for squeeze casting is larger than that for re-casting, showing a trend to higher ductility and fracture toughness.

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

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

    2014-05-01

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

  2. Production of semi-solid feedstock of A356 alloy and A356-5TiB2 in-situ composite by cooling slope casting

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    Kumar, S. Deepak; Acharya, Mihira; Mandal, A.; Chakraborty, M.

    2015-02-01

    Cooling Slope casting process has gained significant importance for manufacturing of semi-solid feedstock Al alloys and composites which find applications in automotive and aerospace industries. The primary objective of this research is to generate the semi-solid feedstock suitable for thixoforming process. The current work discusses the phenomena involved in the evolution of microstructure of the semi-solid feed stock by Cooling Slope casting process and the effect of various parameters. The process parameters like the angle and length of inclined plate affect the size and morphology of α-Al phase. The Cooling slope process resulted in the formation of fine grain size of about 38 μm of α-Al phase, compared to that of 98 μm processed conventionally. Further, the pouring temperature played a crucial role in the generation of semi-solid microstructures in case of both the alloy and composites. Moreover, fine TiB2 particles of size 0.2-0.5 μm are uniformly distributed in the almost spherical α-Al grains and at the grain boundaries in the composite feed stock. Cooling slope casting route is a suitable and economical route for semi-solid slurry generation by effectively varying the process parameters.

  3. EBSD and DTA Characterization of A356 Alloy Deformed by ECAP During Reheating and Partial Re-melting

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    Moradi, Marzyeh; Nili-Ahmadabadi, Mahmoud; Poorganji, Behrang; Heidarian, Bashir; Furuhara, Tadashi

    2013-11-01

    Recrystallization and partial re-melting processes have been developed for producing semi-solid feedstock in a solid state in which a globular microstructure is obtained by plastic deformation followed by reheating. In this research, to induce strain, a cast- and solution-treated Aluminum A356 (7 wt pct Si) alloy was subjected to a repetitive equal channel angular pressing process using a 90 deg die, up to a total accumulated strain of approximately 8 in route A (increasing strain through a sequence of passes with no rotation of the sample after each pass) at ambient temperature. The microstructural evolutions of deformed and reheated materials were studied by optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, and electron back-scattered diffraction analysis. In addition, the influences of pre-deformation on the recrystallization mechanism and liquid formation of A356 alloy were presented and discussed. The results are also supported by differential thermal analysis experiments. Evaluation of the observations indicated that the average cell boundary misorientation increased with increasing strain, so this increased misorientation accelerated the mobility of boundaries and recrystallization kinetics. Therefore, the recrystallization mechanism and kinetics affected by deformation, reheating condition, and intrinsic material properties determined the particle size in the semi-solid state.

  4. Effect of Oxide Level on Pore Formation in A356 Alloy by X-Ray Imaging and Directional Solidification Technology

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    Liao, Hengcheng; Song, Wan; Wang, Qigui; Zhao, Lei; Fan, Ran

    Effect of oxide level on porosity formation in an A356 alloy was investigated using micro-focus X-ray imaging and directional solidification technology. The increase of oxide level in liquid aluminum was achieved by violently stirring molten metal at elevated temperature. During solidification, the increased oxide content in melt significantly increases the amount of active nucleation sites for porosity and thus raises the nucleation temperature of pores. The fast growth of those early formed pores further restrains the succeeding nucleation operations of new pores in local regions and results in a considerable reduction in pore density. It was also found that the melt with high oxide content shows less dependency of growth rate reduction with local temperature.

  5. The Influence of Ni and V Trace Elements on High-Temperature Tensile Properties and Aging of A356 Aluminum Foundry Alloy

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    di Giovanni, Maria Teresa; Cerri, Emanuela; Casari, Daniele; Merlin, Mattia; Arnberg, Lars; Garagnani, Gian Luca

    2016-05-01

    High-temperature tensile properties of unmodified A356 alloy with and without the addition of Ni or V in traces (600 and 1000 ppm of Ni and V, respectively) were investigated by analyzing samples obtained from sand and permanent mold castings in the as-cast and T6 heat-treated conditions. Tensile tests were performed at 508 K (235 °C) at a crosshead speed of 1 mm/min. In addition, samples were subjected to artificial aging at 508 K (235 °C) for different times, and corresponding hardness curves were plotted. Microstructures and fracture surfaces, analyzed by FEG-SEM equipped with energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, showed that neither Ni nor V addition had a detrimental effect on high-temperature tensile properties. Aging curves showed a strong loss of hardness affecting the T6 class between 30-min and 1-h exposure time. After 6-h aging, no evidence of aging treatment persisted on hardness of the tested material. Hardness values did not reveal any significant difference between the reference alloy and the Ni- and V-containing alloys in both casting conditions, in complete analogy with the tensile properties. Unmodified eutectic silicon particles provided inhomogeneity in the α-Al matrix and acted as the principal source of stress concentration leading to fracture.

  6. Interplay among Coating Thickness, Strip Size, and Thermal and Solidification Characteristics in A356 Lost Foam Casting Alloy

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    Shabestari, S. G.; Divandari, M.; Ghoncheh, M. H.; Jamali, V.

    2017-07-01

    The aim of this research was evaluation of the solidification parameters of A356 alloy, e.g., dendrite arm spacing (DAS), correlation between cooling rate (CR) and DAS, hot tearing, and microstructural analysis at different coating thicknesses and strip sizes during the lost foam casting process (LFC). To achieve this goal, the DAS was measured at six coating thicknesses and six different strip sizes. In addition, thermal characteristics, such as the CR, temperatures of start and finish points of solidification, recalescence undercooling, and hot tearing susceptibility (HCSC), at five coating thicknesses were recognized from the cooling curves and their first derivative and the solid fraction curves, which have been plotted through the thermal analysis technique. The pouring temperature and strip size were fixed at 1063 K (790 °C) and 12 mm, respectively. Besides, to derive a numerical equation to predict the CR by measuring the DAS in this alloy, a microstructural evaluation was carried out on samples cast through 12-mm strip size. The results showed that both coating thickness and strip size had similar influences on the DAS, in which, by retaining one parameter at a constant value and simultaneous enhancement in the other parameter, the DAS increased significantly. Furthermore, at thinner coating layer, the higher amount of the CR was observed, which caused reduction in the temperatures of both the start and finish points of solidification. Also, increasing the CR caused a nonlinear increase in both the recalescence undercooling and the HCSC.

  7. Microstructural effects on high-cycle fatigue-crack initiation in A356.2 casting alloy

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    Zhang, B.; Poirier, D.R.; Chen, W.

    1999-10-01

    The effects of various microconstituents on crack initiation and propagation in high-cycle fatigue (HCF) were investigated in an aluminum casting alloy (A356.2). Fatigue cracking was induced in both axial and bending loading conditions at strain/stress ratios of {minus}1, 0.1, and 0.2. The secondary dendrite arm spacing (SDAS) and porosity (maximum size and density distribution) were quantified in the directionally solidified casting alloy. Using scanning electron microscopy, the authors observed that cracks initiate at near-surface porosity, at oxides, and within the eutectic microconstituents, depending on the SDAS. When the SDAS is greater than {approximately}25 to 28{micro}m, the fatigue cracks initiate from surface and subsurface porosity. When the SDAS is less than {approximately}25 to 28{micro}m, the fatigue cracks initiate from the interdendritic eutectic constituents, where the silicon particles are segregated. Fatigue cracks initiated at oxide inclusions whenever they were near the surface, regardless of the SDAS. The fatigue life of a specimen whose crack initiated at a large eutectic constituent was about equal to that when the crack initiated at a pore or oxide of comparable size.

  8. Effects of the Delay Between Quenching and Aging on Hardness and Tensile Properties of A356 Aluminum Alloy

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    Ceschini, Lorella; Morri, Alessandro; Morri, Andrea

    2013-01-01

    The aim of the study was to evaluate the accuracy of heat treatment guidelines, generally followed in industrial practices, about the T6 heat treatment of A356 aluminum alloy. In particular, the effect of the delay between quenching and artificial aging (pre-aging time) on microstructure, hardness, and tensile behavior was studied using specimens extracted from different locations of a cylinder head, characterized by different cooling rates and, consequently, by different secondary dendrite arm spacing values. Hardness and tensile tests confirmed the detrimental effect of pre-aging with a 20% reduction in hardness and strength after approximately 1 h of pre-aging, both for samples with fine and large SDAS. Differential scanning calorimetry analyses on samples that were solutionized, quenched, and pre-aged between 0 and 96 h, suggested that the nature and composition of the clusters formed during pre-aging, rather than their size, influenced the subsequent precipitation process and the final mechanical properties of the alloy.

  9. Interplay among Coating Thickness, Strip Size, and Thermal and Solidification Characteristics in A356 Lost Foam Casting Alloy

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    Shabestari, S. G.; Divandari, M.; Ghoncheh, M. H.; Jamali, V.

    2017-10-01

    The aim of this research was evaluation of the solidification parameters of A356 alloy, e.g., dendrite arm spacing (DAS), correlation between cooling rate (CR) and DAS, hot tearing, and microstructural analysis at different coating thicknesses and strip sizes during the lost foam casting process (LFC). To achieve this goal, the DAS was measured at six coating thicknesses and six different strip sizes. In addition, thermal characteristics, such as the CR, temperatures of start and finish points of solidification, recalescence undercooling, and hot tearing susceptibility (HCSC), at five coating thicknesses were recognized from the cooling curves and their first derivative and the solid fraction curves, which have been plotted through the thermal analysis technique. The pouring temperature and strip size were fixed at 1063 K (790 °C) and 12 mm, respectively. Besides, to derive a numerical equation to predict the CR by measuring the DAS in this alloy, a microstructural evaluation was carried out on samples cast through 12-mm strip size. The results showed that both coating thickness and strip size had similar influences on the DAS, in which, by retaining one parameter at a constant value and simultaneous enhancement in the other parameter, the DAS increased significantly. Furthermore, at thinner coating layer, the higher amount of the CR was observed, which caused reduction in the temperatures of both the start and finish points of solidification. Also, increasing the CR caused a nonlinear increase in both the recalescence undercooling and the HCSC.

  10. A356 Reinforced with Nanoparticles: Numerical Analysis of Mechanical Properties

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    Mazahery, Ali; Shabani, Mohsen Ostad

    2012-02-01

    Commercial casting Al-Si (A356)-based composites reinforced with different volume fractions of alumina (Al2O3) nanoparticulates (average particle size 50 nm) were synthesized in this study. Particle distribution, hardness, and tensile properties in the as-cast condition were experimentally investigated. The A356 alloy composite showed an increase in hardness, elastic modulus, and tensile strength compared with monolithic alloys. Finally, a combination of an artificial neural network and the finite element method (FEM) was implemented to predict the microstructure and mechanical properties including grain size, length of silicon rods, amount of porosity, hardness, tensile yield stress, ultimate tensile stress, and elongation percentage.

  11. Influence of Initial Microstructure on Microstructural Stability and Mechanical Behavior of Cryorolled A356 Alloy Subjected to Annealing

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    Immanuel, R. J.; Panigrahi, S. K.

    2017-08-01

    In the present work, various heat treatment cycles are imposed on an A356 aluminum alloy to develop two different base microstructures, one with supersaturated aluminum matrix and the other with coarse and uniformly distributed precipitates. Both the developed materials are subjected to cryorolling and then isochronally annealed for 1 hour at various temperatures ranging from 373 K to 673 K (100 °C to 400 °C). The overall strength is maximum for the cryorolled material with supersaturated base microstructure due to the dominant dislocation strengthening and precipitation strengthening mechanisms. However, the cryorolled material with precipitated base microstructure is found to have superior microstructural stability with retained ultrafine-grained (UFG) microstructure up to the annealing temperature of 473 K (200 °C) due to effective grain boundary pinning by the precipitates. Also, the material retains about 85 pct of as-cryorolled strength with enhanced ductility even after annealing at 473 K (200 °C). A detailed investigation on the microstructural evolution of the material at various annealing temperatures along with their mechanical behavior is presented in this article.

  12. Microstructure and hot deformation behavior of A356/Al2O3 composite fabricated by infiltration method

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    Yu, Seung-Baek; Jeon, Kyung-Soo; Kim, Mok-Soon; Lee, Jeung-Keun; Ryu, Kwan-Ho

    2017-07-01

    The hot deformation behavior of an A356/Al2O3 composite fabricated by the infiltration method was characterized in the temperature range of 300-500 °C and strain rate range of 0.001-1/s using compressive tests. The composite consists of an Al-Si based matrix and nano-sized Al2O3 particulates. A constitutive model was established based on the hyperbolic sine Arrhenius type equation and its hot workability was evaluated by means of processing maps based on Dynamic Material Modeling. The activation energy for hot deformation was calculated to be 223 kJ/mol, which is higher than the activation energy for self-diffusion of pure aluminum (142 kJ/mol). The optimum processing condition for the hot working of the composite was found to exist at 500 °C with a strain rate of 1/s, where a dynamic recrystallized microstructure was observed and the maximum efficiency was exhibited in the processing map. Voids were frequently detected at 500 °C with lower strain rates, deteriorating the workability of the composite.

  13. Mathematical modeling and experimental study of squeeze casting of magnesium alloy AM50A and aluminum alloy A356

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    Yu, Fang

    In recent years, the squeeze casting process has been widely used with various aluminum alloys to manufacture near-net shape automotive components. Preliminary research has also demonstrated technical feasibility potential of squeeze casting for magnesium. A better understanding of squeeze casting process is essential for applying the process for the production of large automotive components, such as engine block, using aluminum and magnesium. Meanwhile, simulation can help to achieve the analysis and optimization of the casting process. Unfortunately, for squeeze casting, no appropriate model is presently available. In this study, a mathematical model has been developed to simulate the transport phenomena and solidification occurring in squeeze casting process. The model was based on the control-volume finite difference approach and on an enthalpy method. An experimental system was developed capable of characterizing local in-cavity pressures, determining casting/die interfacial heat transfer, and observing pressurized solidification phenomena taking place in squeeze casting of aluminum and magnesium alloys. It was found that, during squeeze casting process, the local cavity pressure distribution was inhomogeneous. Experimental correlations of heat transfer coefficient were integrated into the model with local cavity pressures estimated by a force balance approach. Hence, instead of using static boundary condition, a dynamic boundary condition was established in the model. In order to minimize the deviation of calculation, experimental correlations between solidification temperatures and applied pressures were also integrated into the model. The predicted results, including cooling curves, solidification times, and local pressure cavity pressures, were compared with the experimental measurements and they were found to be in good agreement. The model was further advanced to predict shrinkage porosity during squeeze casting by a newly proposed criterion based on

  14. Pretreatment of Al and Mg Alloys - Structural and Electronic

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    2007-05-17

    casting materials Aluminum Alloys Structural and components 6061 7075 ( 7050 ) 2024 (22219,2124), LiAl (2219,2195) 3 , 5 A356, A380 CrCC used for...Barrier coating important for corrosion protection Aluminum cold spray or electroplate for protection and galvanic protection? – By design – Process used...inhibitors for Mg and barrier – Damage resistant coating Powder coat? “panther grip” + barrier system? Aluminum on Magnesium by design High strength aluminum

  15. Stress-strain time-dependent behavior of A356.0 aluminum alloy subjected to cyclic thermal and mechanical loadings

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    Farrahi, G. H.; Ghodrati, M.; Azadi, M.; Rezvani Rad, M.

    2014-08-01

    This article presents the cyclic behavior of the A356.0 aluminum alloy under low-cycle fatigue (or isothermal) and thermo-mechanical fatigue loadings. Since the thermo-mechanical fatigue (TMF) test is time consuming and has high costs in comparison to low-cycle fatigue (LCF) tests, the purpose of this research is to use LCF test results to predict the TMF behavior of the material. A time-independent model, considering the combined nonlinear isotropic/kinematic hardening law, was used to predict the TMF behavior of the material. Material constants of this model were calibrated based on room-temperature and high-temperature low-cycle fatigue tests. The nonlinear isotropic/kinematic hardening law could accurately estimate the stress-strain hysteresis loop for the LCF condition; however, for the out-of-phase TMF, the condition could not predict properly the stress value due to the strain rate effect. Therefore, a two-layer visco-plastic model and also the Johnson-Cook law were applied to improve the estimation of the stress-strain hysteresis loop. Related finite element results based on the two-layer visco-plastic model demonstrated a good agreement with experimental TMF data of the A356.0 alloy.

  16. The Influence of ScF3 Nanoparticles on the Physical and Mechanical Properties of New Metal Matrix Composites Based on A356 Aluminum Alloy

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    Vorozhtsov, S.; Zhukov, I.; Promakhov, V.; Naydenkin, E.; Khrustalyov, A.; Vorozhtsov, A.

    2016-12-01

    The development of the aerospace and automotive industries demands the development of aluminum alloys and composites reinforced with new nanoparticles. In this work, metal matrix composites (MMC) with an A356 aluminum alloy matrix reinforced with 0.2 wt.% and 1 wt.% of ScF3 nanoparticles were produced by ultrasonic dispersion of nanoparticles in the melt followed by casting in a metallic mold. Structure as well as physical and mechanical properties of the cast samples were examined using electron and optical microscopy, hardness and tensile testing. It is shown that nanoparticles clusters are formed during the solidification at grain boundaries and silicon inclusions. Increasing nanoparticles content significantly reduced the grain size in the MMC and increased the mechanical properties—ultimate tensile strength, elongation and hardness. The contribution of different strengthening mechanisms is discussed. It is suggested that the coefficient of thermal expansion mismatch between the nanoparticles ScF3 and the aluminum matrix is a dominant strengthening mechanism.

  17. Experimental and theoretical analyses on the ultrasonic cavitation processing of Al-based alloys and nanocomposites

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    Jia, Shian

    Strong evidence is showing that microstructure and mechanical properties of a casting component can be significantly improved if nanoparticles are used as reinforcement to form metal-matrix-nano-composite (MMNC). In this paper, 6061/A356 nanocomposite castings are fabricated using the ultrasonic stirring technology (UST). The 6061/A356 alloy and Al2O3/SiC nanoparticles are used as the matrix alloy and the reinforcement, respectively. Nanoparticles are injected into the molten metal and dispersed by ultrasonic cavitation and acoustic streaming. The applied UST parameters in the current experiments are used to validate a recently developed multiphase Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) model, which is used to model the nanoparticle dispersion during UST processing. The CFD model accounts for turbulent fluid flow, heat transfer and the complex interaction between the molten alloy and nanoparticles using the ANSYS Fluent Dense Discrete Phase Model (DDPM). The modeling study includes the effects of ultrasonic probe location and the initial location where the nanoparticles are injected into the molten alloy. The microstructure, mechanical behavior and mechanical properties of the nanocomposite castings have been also investigated in detail. The current experimental results show that the tensile strength and elongation of the as-cast nanocomposite samples (6061/A356 alloy reinforced by Al2O 3 or SiC nanoparticles) are improved. The addition of the Al2O 3 or SiC nanoparticles in 6061/A356 alloy matrix changes the fracture mechanism from brittle dominated to ductile dominated.

  18. Computer Modelling of Age Hardening for Isothermally Aged Al-Mg-Si Alloys

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    Wu, Linda; Ferguson, W. George

    Computer modelling, due to it saving time and money, has been widely used in industrial simulation. The present model, which is based on the Shercliff-Ashby methodology for the ageing of aluminum alloys, can be used to predict the yield strength (or hardness) of Al-Mg-Si alloys for the artificial ageing temperature below the solvus temperature as a function of time. With suitable input data, this model can be applied to most Al-Mg-Si alloys, wrought or cast. In the present model, input data for aluminium alloys of A356, A357 and 6061 is taken from the open literature, and then the unknown constants are calibrated from these data. After calibration, the ageing curves are constructed for different isothermal ageing temperatures. Finally, experimentally ageing heat treatments at different temperatures for casting alloys of A356 were done to validate the model.

  19. Effect of the Spinning Deformation Processing on Mechanical Properties of Al-7Si-0.3Mg Alloys

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    Cheng, Yin-Chun; Lin, Chih-Kuang; Tan, An-Hung; Hsu, Shih-Yuan; Lee, Sheng-Long

    2012-09-01

    This study investigates the mechanical properties of Al-7Si-0.3Mg (A356) alloy affected by the spinning deformation processing (SDP). The cast structure of the A356 alloy becomes elongated with increasing reduction in thickness. This leads to reduction of casting defects, and refines and distributes the eutectic silicon phase throughout the Al-matrix. The hardness tends to reach a steady value due to the uniformity of the microstructure with the reduction in thickness. The SDP leads to a re-arrangement in the eutectic region, which forces the propagation of cracks through the ductile α-Al phase. The tensile strength and elongation increases accordingly. The improvement on tensile strength and elongation produces the best quality index for A356 alloy.

  20. Grain Refiner Effect on the Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of the A356 Automotive Wheels

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    Aguirre-De la Torre, E.; Afeltra, U.; Gómez-Esparza, C. D.; Camarillo-Cisneros, J.; Pérez-Bustamante, R.; Martínez-Sánchez, R.

    2013-12-01

    A356 aluminum alloy automotive wheels, 17 inch in diameter, were produced by low-pressure die casting. Contents of Al-5Ti-B (ATB) master alloy were added from 0 to 0.79 wt.%. Microstructural and mechanical properties were evaluated under industrial casting process conditions. The obtained results from mechanical testing provide evidence that additions of 0.13 and 0.27 wt.% of ATB have an improvement on the mechanical performance of the automotive wheels. This can be compared with the use of a grain refiner's higher concentrations, leading to a significant reduction in the cost-benefit ratio for the manufacturing of A356 automotive wheels.

  1. Functionally Graded Al Alloy Matrix In-Situ Composites

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

    2010-01-01

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

  2. 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.

  3. Centrifugal casting of ZA8 zinc alloy and composite A356/silicon carbide: Study and modeling of phases' and particles' segregation

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    Balout, Bahaa

    Centrifugation is a casting technology that allows the production of cylindrical and graduated parts with different mechanical properties through the section. The need for materials with good quality and specific mechanical properties has been driven this technology in order to produce different types of materials such as zinc alloys and graduated metal matrix composites reinforced by hard and wear resistant particles. The goal of this research project is to study and model the eutectic macrosegregation, the solidification speed, and the speeds of solidification fronts during centrifugal casting of ZA8 zinc-aluminum alloy in order to improve the part quality and increase its strength and field reliability. Moreover, the segregation of the particles during centrifugal casting of an aluminum matrix composite reinforced by silicon carbide particles (A356/SiC) is also studied to improve and control the graduation of the parts. The cooling rate, the speed, acceleration/deceleration, displacement, and segregation of the particles across the section will be modeled by discretization of Stokes' law in time in order to take into consideration the change in the centrifugal radius and melt viscosity during cooling process. This study will allow the control of the graduation degree of particles across the section in order to improve the properties and wear resistance of the composite. This composite can be used in systems where friction is critical and load is high (reinforcements of parts for the cylinders of pneumatic systems). The results show that the maximum macrosegregation zone of the eutectic across the casting section corresponds to the last point of solidification. The eutectic macrosegregation produced during centrifugal casting of thin walled part is a normal segregation which varies depending on the solidification speed and the ratio between the speeds of solidification fronts. On the other hand, it was found that the position and volume fraction of the particles

  4. Ni{sub 3}Al aluminide alloys

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    Liu, C.T.

    1993-10-01

    This paper provides a brief review of the recent progress in research and development of Ni{sub 3}Al and its alloys. Emphasis has been placed on understanding low ductility and brittle fracture of Ni{sub 3}Al alloys at ambient and elevated temperatures. Recent studies have resulted in identifying both intrinsic and extrinsic factors governing the fracture behavior of Ni{sub 3}Al alloys. Parallel efforts on alloy design using physical metallurgy principles have led to properties for structural use. Industrial interest in these alloys is high, and examples of industrial involvement in processing and utilization of these alloys are briefly mentioned.

  5. Breaking through the strength-ductility trade-off dilemma in an Al-Si-based casting alloy

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    Dang, B.; Zhang, X.; Chen, Y. Z.; Chen, C. X.; Wang, H. T.; Liu, F.

    2016-01-01

    Al-Si-based casting alloys have a great potential in various industrial applications. Common strengthening strategies on these alloys are accompanied inevitably by sacrifice of ductility, known as strength-ductility trade-off dilemma. Here, we report a simple route by combining rapid solidification (RS) with a post-solidification heat treatment (PHT), i.e. a RS + PHT route, to break through this dilemma using a commercial Al-Si-based casting alloy (A356 alloy) as an example. It is shown that yield strength and elongation to failure of the RS + PHT processed alloy are elevated simultaneously by increasing the cooling rate upon RS, which are not influenced by subsequent T6 heat treatment. Breaking through the dilemma is attributed to the hierarchical microstructure formed by the RS + PHT route, i.e. highly dispersed nanoscale Si particles in Al dendrites and nanoscale Al particles decorated in eutectic Si. Simplicity of the RS + PHT route makes it being suitable for industrial scaling production. The strategy of engineering microstructures offers a general pathway in tailoring mechanical properties of other Al-Si-based alloys. Moreover, the remarkably enhanced ductility of A356 alloy not only permits strengthening further the material by work hardening but also enables possibly conventional solid-state forming of the material, thus extending the applications of such an alloy. PMID:27502444

  6. Breaking through the strength-ductility trade-off dilemma in an Al-Si-based casting alloy

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    Dang, B.; Zhang, X.; Chen, Y. Z.; Chen, C. X.; Wang, H. T.; Liu, F.

    2016-08-01

    Al-Si-based casting alloys have a great potential in various industrial applications. Common strengthening strategies on these alloys are accompanied inevitably by sacrifice of ductility, known as strength-ductility trade-off dilemma. Here, we report a simple route by combining rapid solidification (RS) with a post-solidification heat treatment (PHT), i.e. a RS + PHT route, to break through this dilemma using a commercial Al-Si-based casting alloy (A356 alloy) as an example. It is shown that yield strength and elongation to failure of the RS + PHT processed alloy are elevated simultaneously by increasing the cooling rate upon RS, which are not influenced by subsequent T6 heat treatment. Breaking through the dilemma is attributed to the hierarchical microstructure formed by the RS + PHT route, i.e. highly dispersed nanoscale Si particles in Al dendrites and nanoscale Al particles decorated in eutectic Si. Simplicity of the RS + PHT route makes it being suitable for industrial scaling production. The strategy of engineering microstructures offers a general pathway in tailoring mechanical properties of other Al-Si-based alloys. Moreover, the remarkably enhanced ductility of A356 alloy not only permits strengthening further the material by work hardening but also enables possibly conventional solid-state forming of the material, thus extending the applications of such an alloy.

  7. Breaking through the strength-ductility trade-off dilemma in an Al-Si-based casting alloy.

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    Dang, B; Zhang, X; Chen, Y Z; Chen, C X; Wang, H T; Liu, F

    2016-08-09

    Al-Si-based casting alloys have a great potential in various industrial applications. Common strengthening strategies on these alloys are accompanied inevitably by sacrifice of ductility, known as strength-ductility trade-off dilemma. Here, we report a simple route by combining rapid solidification (RS) with a post-solidification heat treatment (PHT), i.e. a RS + PHT route, to break through this dilemma using a commercial Al-Si-based casting alloy (A356 alloy) as an example. It is shown that yield strength and elongation to failure of the RS + PHT processed alloy are elevated simultaneously by increasing the cooling rate upon RS, which are not influenced by subsequent T6 heat treatment. Breaking through the dilemma is attributed to the hierarchical microstructure formed by the RS + PHT route, i.e. highly dispersed nanoscale Si particles in Al dendrites and nanoscale Al particles decorated in eutectic Si. Simplicity of the RS + PHT route makes it being suitable for industrial scaling production. The strategy of engineering microstructures offers a general pathway in tailoring mechanical properties of other Al-Si-based alloys. Moreover, the remarkably enhanced ductility of A356 alloy not only permits strengthening further the material by work hardening but also enables possibly conventional solid-state forming of the material, thus extending the applications of such an alloy.

  8. Correlating Hardness Retention and Phase Transformations of Al and Mg Cast Alloys for Aerospace Applications

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    Kasprzak, W.; Czerwinski, F.; Niewczas, M.; Chen, D. L.

    2015-03-01

    The methodology based on correlating hardness and phase transformations was developed and applied to determine the maximum temperature of hardness retention of selected Al-based and Mg-based alloys for aerospace applications. The Al alloys: A356, F357, and C355 experienced 34-66% reduction of the initial hardness, in comparison to 4-22% hardness reduction observed in Mg alloys: QE22A, EV31A, ZE41A, and WE43B after the same annealing to 450 °C. For Al alloys the hardness reduction showed a steep transition between 220 and 238 °C. In contrast, Mg alloys showed a gradual hardness decrease occurring at somewhat higher temperatures between 238 and 250 °C. The hardness data were correlated with corresponding phase transformation kinetics examined by dilatometer and electrical resistivity measurements. Although Mg alloys preserved hardness to higher temperatures, their room temperature tensile strength and hardness were lower than Al alloys. The experimental methodology used in the present studies appears to be very useful in evaluating the softening temperature of commercial Al- and Mg-based alloys, permitting to assess their suitability for high-temperature applications.

  9. An investigation to the effect of deformation-heat treatment cycle on the eutectic morphology and mechanical properties of a Thixocast A356 alloy

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    Haghshenas, M.; Zarei-Hanzaki, A.; Jahazi, M.

    2009-08-15

    The influences of deformation, heat treatment temperature and holding time on morphology and size distribution of Si containing eutectic phases of Thixocast Al-7Si-0.4 Mg alloy were investigated. The novel thermo-mechanical treatment consisted of initial cold working practice followed by a solution heat treatment at 540 deg. C for durations ranging from 2 min to 120 min followed by water quenching. Optical and scanning electron microscopes were used to study the influence of process parameters on microstructure evolution. Also, final mechanical properties were investigated using hardness test. The results indicate that, under appropriate conditions it is possible to achieve an ultrafine grain microstructure with the eutectic Si fibers fragmented and spheroidized in the entire microstructure. It was also found that, an agglomeration of sphrodized particles occurs and is governed by Ostwald ripening mechanism.

  10. Proton irradiation studies on Al and Al5083 alloy

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    Bhattacharyya, P.; Gayathri, N.; Bhattacharya, M.; Gupta, A. Dutta; Sarkar, Apu; Dhar, S.; Mitra, M. K.; Mukherjee, P.

    2017-10-01

    The change in the microstructural parameters and microhardness values in 6.5 MeV proton irradiated pure Al and Al5083 alloy samples have been evaluated using different model based techniques of X-ray diffraction Line Profile Analysis (XRD) and microindendation techniques. The detailed line profile analysis of the XRD data showed that the domain size increases and saturates with irradiation dose both in the case of Al and Al5083 alloy. The corresponding microstrain values did not show any change with irradiation dose in the case of the pure Al but showed an increase at higher irradiation doses in the case of Al5083 alloy. The microindendation results showed that unirradiated Al5083 alloy has higher hardness value compared to that of unirradiated pure Al. The hardness increased marginally with irradiation dose in the case of Al5083, whereas for pure Al, there was no significant change with dose.

  11. Effect of Rare Earth Metals on the Microstructure of Al-Si Based Alloys.

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    Alkahtani, Saleh A; Elgallad, Emad M; Tash, Mahmoud M; Samuel, Agnes M; Samuel, Fawzy H

    2016-01-13

    The present study was performed on A356 alloy [Al-7 wt %Si 0.0.35 wt %Mg]. To that La and Ce were added individually or combined up to 1.5 wt % each. The results show that these rare earth elements affect only the alloy melting temperature with no marked change in the temperature of Al-Si eutectic precipitation. Additionally, rare earth metals have no modification effect up to 1.5 wt %. In addition, La and Ce tend to react with Sr leading to modification degradation. In order to achieve noticeable modification of eutectic Si particles, the concentration of rare earth metals should exceed 1.5 wt %, which simultaneously results in the precipitation of a fairly large volume fraction of insoluble intermetallics. The precipitation of these complex intermetallics is expected to have a negative effect on the alloy performance.

  12. Effect of Rare Earth Metals on the Microstructure of Al-Si Based Alloys

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    Alkahtani, Saleh A.; Elgallad, Emad M.; Tash, Mahmoud M.; Samuel, Agnes M.; Samuel, Fawzy H.

    2016-01-01

    The present study was performed on A356 alloy [Al-7 wt %Si 0.0.35 wt %Mg]. To that La and Ce were added individually or combined up to 1.5 wt % each. The results show that these rare earth elements affect only the alloy melting temperature with no marked change in the temperature of Al-Si eutectic precipitation. Additionally, rare earth metals have no modification effect up to 1.5 wt %. In addition, La and Ce tend to react with Sr leading to modification degradation. In order to achieve noticeable modification of eutectic Si particles, the concentration of rare earth metals should exceed 1.5 wt %, which simultaneously results in the precipitation of a fairly large volume fraction of insoluble intermetallics. The precipitation of these complex intermetallics is expected to have a negative effect on the alloy performance. PMID:28787844

  13. NiAl alloys for structural uses

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    Koss, D. A.

    1991-01-01

    Alloys based on the intermetallic compound NiAl are of technological interest as high temperature structural alloys. These alloys possess a relatively low density, high melting temperature, good thermal conductivity, and (usually) good oxidation resistance. However, NiAl and NiAl-base alloys suffer from poor fracture resistance at low temperatures as well as inadequate creep strength at elevated temperatures. This research program explored macroalloying additions to NiAl-base alloys in order to identify possible alloying and processing routes which promote both low temperature fracture toughness and high temperature strength. Initial results from the study examined the additions of Fe, Co, and Hf on the microstructure, deformation, and fracture resistance of NiAl-based alloys. Of significance were the observations that the presence of the gamma-prime phase, based on Ni3Al, could enhance the fracture resistance if the gamma-prime were present as a continuous grain boundary film or 'necklace'; and the Ni-35Al-20Fe alloy was ductile in ribbon form despite a microstructure consisting solely of the B2 beta phase based on NiAl. The ductility inherent in the Ni-35Al-20Fe alloy was explored further in subsequent studies. Those results confirm the presence of ductility in the Ni-35Al-20Fe alloy after rapid cooling from 750 - 1000 C. However exposure at 550 C caused embrittlement; this was associated with an age-hardening reaction caused by the formation of Fe-rich precipitates. In contrast, to the Ni-35Al-20Fe alloy, exploratory research indicated that compositions in the range of Ni-35Al-12Fe retain the ordered B2 structure of NiAl, are ductile, and do not age-harden or embrittle after thermal exposure. Thus, our recent efforts have focused on the behavior of the Ni-35Al-12Fe alloy. A second parallel effort initiated in this program was to use an alternate processing technique, mechanical alloying, to improve the properties of NiAl-alloys. Mechanical alloying in the

  14. Substitutional alloy of Ce and Al

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    Zeng, Qiao-Shi; Ding, Yang; Mao, Wendy L.; Luo, Wei; Blomqvist, Andreas; Ahuja, Rajeev; Yang, Wenge; Shu, Jinfu; Sinogeikin, Stas V.; Meng, Yue; Brewe, Dale L.; Jiang, Jian-Zhong; Mao, Ho-kwang

    2009-01-01

    The formation of substitutional alloys has been restricted to elements with similar atomic radii and electronegativity. Using high-pressure at 298 K, we synthesized a face-centered cubic disordered alloy of highly dissimilar elements (large Ce and small Al atoms) by compressing the Ce3Al intermetallic compound >15 GPa or the Ce3Al metallic glass >25 GPa. Synchrotron X-ray diffraction, Ce L3-edge absorption spectroscopy, and ab initio calculations revealed that the pressure-induced Kondo volume collapse and 4f electron delocalization of Ce reduced the differences between Ce and Al and brought them within the Hume-Rothery (HR) limit for substitutional alloying. The alloy remained after complete release of pressure, which was also accompanied by the transformation of Ce back to its ambient 4f electron localized state and reversal of the Kondo volume collapse, resulting in a non-HR alloy at ambient conditions. PMID:19188608

  15. Microstructure Development and Characteristics of Semisolid Aluminum Alloys

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    Merton Flemings; srinath Viswanathan

    2001-05-15

    A drop forge viscometer was employed to investigate the flow behavior under very rapid compression rates of A357, A356 diluted with pure aluminum and Al-4.5%Cu alloys. The A357 alloys were of commercial origin (MHD and SIMA) and the rheocast, modified A356 and Al-4.5Cu alloys were produced by a process developed at the solidification laboratory of MIT.

  16. Grain refinement of 7075Al alloy microstructures by inoculation with Al-Ti-B master alloy

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    Hotea, V.; Juhasz, J.; Cadar, F.

    2017-05-01

    This paper aims to bring some clarification on grain refinement and modification of high strength alloys used in aerospace technique. In this work it was taken into account 7075 Al alloy, and the melt treatment was carried out by placing in the form of master alloy wire ternary AlTiB the casting trough at 730°C. The morphology of the resulting microstructures was characterized by optical microscopy. Micrographs unfinished and finished with pre-alloy containing ternary Al5Ti1B evidence fine crystals, crystal containing no columnar structure and highlights the size of the dendrites, and intermetallic phases occurring at grain boundaries in Al-Zn-Mg-Cu alloy. It has been found that these intermetallic compounds are MgZn2 type. AlTiB master alloys finishing ensures a fine eutectic structure, which determines the properties of hardware and improving the mechanical properties of aluminum alloys used in aeronautical engineering.

  17. Durability Assessment of TiAl Alloys

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    Draper, Susan L.; Lerch, Bradley A.

    2008-01-01

    The durability of TiAl is a prime concern for the implementation of TiAl into aerospace engines. Two durability issues, the effect of high temperature exposure on mechanical properties and impact resistance, have been investigated and the results are summarized in this paper. Exposure to elevated temperatures has been shown to be detrimental to the room temperature ductility of gamma alloys with the most likely mechanisms being the ingress of interstitials from the surface. Fluorine ion implantation has been shown to improve the oxidation resistance of gamma alloys, and ideally it could also improve the environmental embrittlement of high Nb content TiAl alloys. The effect of F ion implantation on the surface oxidation and embrittlement of a third generation, high Nb content TiAl alloy (Ti-45Al-5Nb-B-C) were investigated. Additionally, the ballistic impact resistance of a variety of gamma alloys, including Ti-48Al-2Cr- 2Nb, Ti-47Al-2Cr-2Nb, ABB-2, ABB-23, NCG359E, 95A and Ti-45Al-5Nb-B-C was accessed. Differences in the ballistic impact properties of the various alloys will be discussed, particularly with respect to their manufacturing process, microstructure, and tensile properties.

  18. FSW between Al alloy and Mg Alloy: the comparative study

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    Jagadeesha, C. B.

    2017-04-01

    It is difficult to fusion weld Al alloy to Mg alloy, so by experimental optimization procedure (EOP) optimum parameters for FSW between Al alloy and Mg alloy were determined and experiment conducted using these parameters resulted in not only sound weld but also highest strength weld for 5 mm thickness of the alloys plates. One can arrive to optimum parameters by following the EOP in case of similar and dissimilar materials FSW, such as Al alloy and Mg alloy FSW. It has observed that tensile sample having least thickness intermetallics (IMs) layer has highest strength compared to sample with larger thickness of intermetallics layer and also it has observed that weld of lesser thickness plates have strength higher than welds of larger thickness plates. It has observed that, Vickers hardness in WN i.e. on the region containing layers of IMs is considerably higher, which leads to emerge of new type of laminated composite materials. It has observed that, it is the least thickness IMs layers in the weld are responsible for higher strength of weld not the ductility of the IMs formed owing to the insertion of intermediate material in the weld. It has found that coefficient of friction is =0.25, in case of bead on plate welding of Mg alloy.

  19. Optimization of Drilling Parameters for Reducing the Burr Height in Machining the Silicon Carbide Particle (SiCp) Coated with Multi Wall Carbon Nano Tubes (MWCNT) Reinforced in Aluminum Alloy (A 356) Using Meta Modeling Approach

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    Sangeetha, M.; Prakash, S.

    2017-05-01

    This paper explains the optimization of drilling parameters using meta modeling approach to reduce the burr height while machining Silicon Carbide Particle (SiCp) coated with Multi Wall Carbon Nano Tubes (MWCNT) and reinforced in aluminum alloy (A 356). The specimen is prepared by the combination of sonication and stir casting processes. The volume fraction of MWCNT used is 1.5% and the volume fraction of SiCp is 10%. The combination of input parameters for drilling the holes is designed using Taguchi experimental design technique. The input parameters chosen for drilling operations are spindle speed, feed rate and drill diameter. The ranges of input parameters are listed in Table 1. The tools used for drilling operation are made up of solid carbide drill bit. Meta model is a mathematical and statistical model whose second-order model can be fitted by factorial design. The optimization model can be improved significantly by the second-order model compared to the first-order model. Twenty-seven holes are drilled using vertical machining center in the prepared specimen (A 356/MWCNT coated SiCp). Desirability function shows the optimized values of input parameters to obtain minimum burr height. Meta modeling approach is used to design a model using input parameters and output response burr height. The residuals plot shows the predicted values are closer to the measured values. This plot explains that the Meta model is adequately used to predict the burr height. The optimized values of input parameters for obtaining minimum burr height are the combination of high speed, low feed and low drill diameter. The minimum value of burr height observed in this experiment is 0.002mm and it is obtained in the optimized combination of N3, f1 and d1.

  20. PEO of pre-anodized Al-Si alloys: Corrosion properties and influence of sealings

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    Mohedano, M.; Matykina, E.; Arrabal, R.; Mingo, B.; Pardo, A.

    2015-08-01

    Voltage-controlled PEO coatings were developed on A356 aluminum alloys (gravity-cast and rheocast) with a pre-anodized layer. The influence of the alloy manufacturing process and the effect of Si-rich phase on the structure and composition of the oxide layers were evaluated using SEM, EDS and XRD. The pre-anodized oxide layer preserves the microstructure of the substrate due to the presence of secondary phases that have a different behavior relative to the matrix during anodizing. PEO coatings consisted of a mixture of α-Al2O3, γ-Al2O3 and mullite. The corrosion behavior and the effectiveness of different sealing techniques based on salts of nickel, cobalt, cerium and phosphonic acid were also studied. Post-treatments improved the hydrophobic properties of the coatings and showed a beneficial effect, significantly increasing the coating impedance and thereby reducing the susceptibility to corrosion.

  1. The Effect of the Heat Treatment on the Dust Emission During Machining of an Al-7Si-Mg Cast Alloys

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    Djebara, A.; Zedan, Y.; Kouam, J.; Songmene, V.

    2013-12-01

    This paper reports on the effect of artificial aging on the machinability of Al-7Si-Mg (A356) cast alloys for the as-received alloy, solution heat-treated (SHT) alloy and then aged SHT alloy at 155, 180, and 220 °C, respectively. The influence of heat treatment on the machinability of the alloys studied was considered using innovative criteria such as dust emission. The effect of various lubrication modes including dry, mist, and wet process, as well as cutting speed and feed rate, was also investigated. The results obtained from the statistically designed experiments indicate that at the same cutting conditions, the A356-T7 heat treatment generates less dust emission level compared to other various heat treatments (there is 32% less airborne swarf produced than with A356-T6). Aging at low temperature was observed to produce the greatest level of the dust emission while the aging at higher temperatures is accompanied by a reduction in the dust emission level. Fracture surface analysis using scanning electron microscope, has shown that dust emission levels were strongly dependent on the nature of the fracture surface of the alloys studied, with different heat treatments. A change in chip formation was also found to be a function of age hardening and dust emission during machining of the tested aluminum alloy. A correlation was established between the cutting speed, the feed rate, and the dust emission, which is useful for determining the conditions required for minimal dust emission.

  2. Effects of Mold Temperature and Pouring Temperature on the Hot Tearing of Cast Al-Cu Alloys

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    Li, Shimin; Sadayappan, Kumar; Apelian, Diran

    2016-10-01

    The effects of mold temperature and pouring temperature on hot tearing formation and contraction behavior of a modified Al-Cu alloy 206 (M206) have been studied. The experiments were conducted using a newly developed Constrained Rod Mold, which simultaneously measures the contraction force/time/temperature during solidification for the restrained casting or linear contraction/time/temperature for a relaxed casting. Three mold temperatures [473 K, 573 K, and 643 K (200 °C, 300 °C, and 370 °C)] and three pouring temperatures [superheat of 50 K, 100 K, and 150 K (50 °C, 100 °C, and 150 °C)] were studied, and alloy A356 was used as reference for comparison. The results confirm that alloy A356 has high resistance to hot tearing. Hot tearing did not occur for the three mold temperatures evaluated, whereas alloy M206 exhibited significant hot tearing for the same casting and mold temperature conditions. Hot tearing severity and linear contraction in alloy 206 decreased significantly with increasing mold temperature. Increasing pouring temperature increases hot tearing in alloy M206, but the effect is not as significant as that of mold temperature. The results and underlying mechanism of these effects are discussed in correlation with the thermomechanical properties and microstructures.

  3. Localized Recrystallization in Cast Al-Si-Mg Alloy during Solution Heat Treatment: Dilatometric and Calorimetric Studies

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    Chaudhury, S. K.; Warke, V.; Shankar, S.; Apelian, D.

    2011-10-01

    During heat treatment, the work piece experiences a range of heating rates depending upon the sizes and types of furnace. When the Al-Si-Mg cast alloy is heated to the solutionizing temperature, recrystallization takes place during the ramp-up stage. The effect of heating rate on recrystallization in the A356 (Al-Si-Mg) alloy was studied using dilatometric and calorimetric methods. Recrystallization in as-cast Al-Si alloys is a localized event and is confined to the elasto-plastic zone surrounding the eutectic Si phase; there is no evidence of recrystallization in the center of the primary Al dendritic region. The size of the elasto-plastic zone is of the same order of magnitude as the Si particles, and recrystallized grains are observed in the elasto-plastic region near the Si particles. The coefficient of thermal expansion of Al is an order of magnitude greater than Si, and thermal stresses are generated due to the thermal mismatch between the Al phase and Si particles providing the driving force for recrystallization. In contrast, recrystallization in Al wrought alloy (7075) occurs uniformly throughout the matrix, stored energy due to cold work being the driving force for recrystallization in wrought alloys. The activation energy for recrystallization in as-cast A356 alloy is 127 KJ/mole. At a slow heating rate of 4.3 K/min, creep occurs during the heating stage of solution heat treatment. However, creep does not occur in samples heated at higher heating rates, namely, 520, 130, and 17.3 K/min.

  4. Modeling of precipitation in Al alloys

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    Asta, M.; Foiles, S.M.; Wolfer, W.G.

    1996-10-01

    Objective was the development of a computational model of precipitation from a supersaturated alloy solid solution. The model is based on the formalism of chemical-reaction-rate theory combined with classical descriptions of precipitate thermodynamic properties and a mean-field treatment of diffusion-limited growht and coarsening. For the case of precipitation of Al{sub 3}Sc in supersaturated Al-Sc alloys, it is demonstrated how the model can be used to calculate number densities and size distributions of precipitates as a function of aging time and temperature, including effects of continuous cooling and thermally generated point defects. Application of the model to a specific alloy system requires knowledge of diffusion data, point defect energetics, and thermodynamic properties for bulk phases and interphase interfaces. For interfaces and point defects, thermodynamic data can be difficult to measure and reliable values of defect free energies are often unavailable. For this reason, part of the efforts were devoted to applying semiempirical and first-principles atomistic techniques to the calculation of interfacial and point-defect thermodynamic properties. This report discusses applications for interphase interfaces in the Al-Ag, Al-Sc, and Al-Li alloy systems. We also describe atomistic work aimed at understanding the energetics of vacancy clusters in Al. These clusters serve as sinks for isolated vacancies during aging and their growth can lead to more complex defects, such as dislocation loops, that act as heterogeneous nucleation sites.

  5. In Situ Characterisation of Entrainment Defects in Liquid Al-Si-Mg Alloy

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    Yue, Y.; Griffiths, W. D.; Fife, J. L.; Green, N. R.

    Entrainment defects occur frequently in aluminium alloy castings during mould filling, and are very detrimental to both mechanical properties and reliability. The formation mechanisms and influences of these defects have been discussed previously, but the behaviour of the defects in the liquid metal and their evolution during solidification has not been studied in detail. In this research, samples of Al-Si-Mg alloy A356 that contained entrainment defects were scanned using ultra-fast synchrotron-based X-ray tomographic microscopy at the TOMCAT beamline of the Paul Scherrer Institut. The samples were directly viewed at both room temperature and in a fully liquid state. The reconstructed images showed three different entrainment defect morphologies, namely, entrained pores, tangled double oxide films and closed cracks. The evolution of the morphology of the entrainment defects was studied to better understand morphological changes of the defects, and the relationship between entrainment defects and microporosity.

  6. Tribological Properties of Al Alloy Particle Composites

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    Prasad, S. V.; Rohatgi, P. K.

    1987-11-01

    In recent years, a variety of particle dispersed aluminum alloy composites have been synthesized. The tribological properties of these materials include sliding wear, friction, seizure resistance and abrasive wear (of composites containing solid lubricant as well as hard ceramic particles). The potential high-performance applications of Al-alloy-graphite composites include pistons for internal combustion engines and bearings. For such applications, the low stress abrasive wear rates of composites, containing high volume fractions (0.20-0.35), are comparable to that of heat treated 1045 steel.

  7. Cavity nucleation in Al 5083 alloys

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    Chandra, N.; Chen, Z.

    2000-07-01

    In this paper the authors address the controversial issue of nucleation of cavities in Al 5083 alloys. They focus on the origin of cavities during the manufacture of these alloys into SPF (superplastic forming) sheet form. Experimental observations on the pre-existing cavities in this alloy are made using optical and electron microscopy. The effects of rolling direction and state of stress during superplastic deformations on the formation of cavities are also discussed. Numerical simulations of the sheet manufacturing process are carried out to understand the effect of hard phase/matrix, mechanical properties and interfacial strength on the origin of cavities. Based on the numerical results, a simplified model relating the process, material parameters and the cavity nucleation is presented.

  8. Corrosion Studies of 2195 Al-Li Alloy and 2219 Al Alloy with Differing Surface Treatments

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    Danford, M. D.; Mendrek, M. J.

    1998-01-01

    Corrosion studies of 2195 Al-Li and 2219 Al alloys have been conducted using the scanning reference electrode technique (SRET) and the polarization resistance (PR) technique. The SRET was used to study corrosion mechanisms, while corrosion rate measurements were studied with the PR technique. Plates of Al203 blasted, soda blasted and conversion coated 2219 Al were coated with Deft primer and the corrosion rates studied with the EIS technique. Results from all of these studies are presented.

  9. Fundamental studies on ultrasonic cavitation-assisted molten metal processing of A356-nanocomposites

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    Liu, Xiaoda

    The usage of lightweight high-performance components is expected to increase significantly as automotive, military and aerospace industries are required to improve the energy efficiency and the performance of their products. A356, which is much lighter than steel, is an attractive replacement material. Therefore, it is of great interest to enhance its properties. There is strong evidence that the microstructure and mechanical properties can be considerably improved if nanoparticles are used as reinforcement to form metal-matrix-nano-composite (MMNC). Several recent studies revealed that ultrasonic vibration is highly efficient in dispersing nanoparticles into the melt and producing MMNC. In this thesis, a detailed analysis of the microstructure and mechanical properties is provided for an A356 alloy enhanced with Al2O 3 and SiC nanoparticles via ultrasonic processing. Each type of the nanoparticles was inserted into the A356 molten metal and dispersed by ultrasonic cavitation and acoustic streaming technology (UST) to avoid agglomeration or coalescence. The results showed that microstructures were greatly refined and with the addition of nanoparticles, tensile strength, yield strength and elongation increased significantly. SEM and EDS analyses were also performed to analyze the dispersion of nanoparticles in the A356 matrix. Since the ultrasonic energy is concentrated in a small region under the ultrasonic probe, it is difficult to ensure proper cavitation and acoustic streaming for efficient dispersion of the nanoparticles (especially in larger UST systems) without to determine the suitable ultrasonic parameters via modeling and simulation. Accordingly, another goal of this thesis was to develop well-controlled UST experiments that can be used in the development and validation of a recently developed UST modeling and simulation tool.

  10. Development of Creep Resistant Mg-Al-Sr Alloys

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    Pekguleryuz, Mihriban O.; Baril, Eric

    There have been attempts since in the 70's to develop creep resistant magnesium diecasting alloys for automotive applications such as automatic-transmission case and engine components. The earliest die casting alloys developed as a result of these activities were the Mg-Al- RE and Mg-Al-Si systems (AE and AS alloys). The shortcomings of these two alloy systems related to high cost or borderline properties have led to renewed activity in the 90's in the development of magnesium alloys with improved elevaied-temperature properties. This paper presents the development of a new family of creep-resistant Mg alloys based on the Mg-Al-Sr system. Creep resistance, the tensile yield strength and the bolt-load-retention of these alloys at 150°C and 175°C show improvement over Mg-Al-RE and Mg-Al-Si system. The microstructure of the alloys is characterized by Al-Sr-(Mg) containing intermetallic second phases. The absence of the Mg17Al12 phase in the microstructure, either creep-induced or as-cast, is one of the factors that contribute to improved creep-resistance of these alloys over the Mg-Al based diecasting alloys. Furthermore, the alloys exhibit better salt-spray corrosion resistance (0.09-0.15mg/cm2/day) than other commercial magnesium diecasting alloys such as AM60B, AS41, AE42 and the aluminum diecasting alloy A380.

  11. Magsimal-59, an AlMgMnSi-type squeeze-casting alloy designed for temper F

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    Hielscher, U.; Sternau, H.; Koch, H.; Franke, A.J.

    1996-10-01

    To get high mechanical properties using standard squeeze casting alloys (for example A356) it is indispensable to make a heat treatment. That means solution heat treatment and quenching and artificially aging. For this reason, the authors were challenged to develop an alloy that provides sophisticated mechanical properties without any heat treatment. Compared to A 356 T6 values in brackets, the new alloy has yield strength > 21 ksi (> 32 ksi) tensile strengths > 42 ksi (43 ksi) and elongation > 15% (10%) in temper F. fatigue strength (r = {minus}1, high frequency pulsation test) is > {+-} 16 ksi (13.5). To meet these properties, a casting process with high solidification velocity like squeeze casting or high pressure die-casting is necessary. Magsimal-59 is of the AlMgMnSi-type. The microstructure consists of {alpha}-Al and a very fine dispersed ternary eutectic. The microstructure and the influence of cooling rate on the mechanical properties will be discussed including some examples of castings.

  12. Corrosion Behaviour of Al Alloys in Sea Water

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    Kamarudin, S. R. M.; Daud, M.; Muhamad, A.; Sattar, M. S.; Daud, A. R.

    2010-03-11

    The electrochemical behaviour of aluminum (Al) alloys in seawater medium was investigated using potentiodynamic technique, complemented by Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) and EDAX. SEM was used to characterize the corroded surface and to observe the extent of corrosion attack on the Al alloys after tested in seawater. EDAX analysis was used to identify elements present on the specimen surface. The results indicate that influences of alloying elements present in the Al alloys play important role in the corrosion of Al alloys in seawater. The behaviour of Al alloys with addition of Zn, Sn, Cu and Si was greatly enhanced in terms of its potential and corrosion behaviour. Potential of Al with alloying elements reached value more negative than -0.9 V{sub SCE} and showed active corrosion behaviour.

  13. Mechanical Properties of High Strength Al-Mg Alloy Sheet

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    Choi, Bong-Jae; Hong, Kyung-Eui; Kim, Young-Jig

    The aim of this research is to develop the high strength Al alloy sheet for the automotive body. For the fabrication Al-Mg alloy sheet, the composition of alloying elements was designed by the properties database and CALPHAD (Calculation Phase Diagram) approach which can predict the phases during solidification using thermodynamic database. Al-Mg alloys were designed using CALPHAD approach according to the high content of Mg with minor alloying elements. After phase predictions by CALPHAD, designed Al-Mg alloys were manufactured. Addition of Mg in Al melts were protected by dry air/Sulphur hexafluoride (SF6) mixture gas which can control the severe Mg ignition and oxidation. After rolling procedure of manufactured Al-Mg alloys, mechanical properties were examined with the variation of the heat treatment conditions.

  14. Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of CNTs/A356 Nanocomposites Fabricated by High-Intensity Ultrasonic Processing

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    Yan, Hong; Huang, Zhi-Xiang; Qiu, Hong-Xu

    2017-02-01

    Carbon nanotube (CNT)-reinforced A356 alloy nanocomposites were successfully fabricated by introducing a method of CNT predispersion and high-intensity ultrasonic treatment. The scanning electron microscope and energy-dispersive spectrometer results showed that high-intensity ultrasonic treatment was able to disperse the CNTs into the melt. When the ultrasonic power was less than 2.1 kW, the microhardness and tensile properties (ultimate tensile strength (UTS), yield strength (YS), and elongation) of the nanocomposites improved as the ultrasonic power increased. Further, the microhardness, UTS, and YS improved as the CNT content increased while elongation decreased. The microhardness, UTS, and YS of the 0.8 wt pct CNTs/A356 nanocomposites fabricated by high-intensity ultrasonic processing at an ultrasonic power of 2.1 kW were increased, respectively, by 27.8, 17, and 29.2 pct compared to the A356 alloy without CNT addition, and the ductility remained. The fracture analysis confirmed that CNTs were homogeneously distributed in the matrix, and strong interfacial bonding formed between CNTs and the matrix. Also, transmission electron microscope results confirmed that CNTs were stale embedded in the matrix and the formation of brittle Al4C3 was suppressed.

  15. Indium Helps Strengthen Al/Cu/Li Alloy

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    Blackburn, Linda B.; Starke, Edgar A., Jr.

    1992-01-01

    Experiments on Al/Cu/Li alloys focus specifically on strengthening effects of minor additions of In and Cd. Indium-bearing alloy combines low density with ability to achieve high strength through heat treatment alone. Tensile tests on peak-aged specimens indicated that alloy achieved yield strength approximately 15 percent higher than baseline alloy. Alloy highly suitable for processing to produce parts of nearly net shape, with particular applications in aircraft and aerospace vehicles.

  16. Indium Helps Strengthen Al/Cu/Li Alloy

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    Blackburn, Linda B.; Starke, Edgar A., Jr.

    1992-01-01

    Experiments on Al/Cu/Li alloys focus specifically on strengthening effects of minor additions of In and Cd. Indium-bearing alloy combines low density with ability to achieve high strength through heat treatment alone. Tensile tests on peak-aged specimens indicated that alloy achieved yield strength approximately 15 percent higher than baseline alloy. Alloy highly suitable for processing to produce parts of nearly net shape, with particular applications in aircraft and aerospace vehicles.

  17. Processing and Mechanical Properties of Directionally Solidified NiAl/NiAlTa Alloys

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    Johnson, D. R.; Oliver, B. F.; Noebe, R. D.; Whittenberger, J. D.

    1994-01-01

    Promising creep strengths were found for a directionally solidified NiAl-NiAlTa alloy when compared to other NiAl based intermetallics. The directionally solidified alloy had an off-eutectic composition that resulted in microstructures consisting of NiAl dendrites surrounded by aligned eutectic regions. The room temperature toughness of the two phase alloy was similar to that of polycrystalline NiAl even with the presence of the brittle Laves phase NiAlTa. Alloying additions that may improve the room temperature toughness by producing multiphase alloys are discussed.

  18. Fabric cutting application of FeAl-based alloys

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    Sikka, V.K.; Blue, C.A.; Sklad, S.P.; Deevi, S.C.; Shih, H.R.

    1998-11-01

    Four intermetallic-based alloys were evaluated for cutting blade applications. These alloys included Fe{sub 3}Al-based (FAS-II and FA-129), FeAl-based (PM-60), and Ni{sub 3}Al-based (IC-50). These alloys were of interest because of their much higher work-hardening rates than the conventionally used carbon and stainless steels. The FeAl-based PM-60 alloy was of further interest because of its hardening possibility through retention of vacancies. The vacancy retention treatment is much simpler than the heat treatments used for hardening of steel blades. Blades of four intermetallic alloys and commercially used M2 tool steel blades were evaluated under identical conditions to cut two-ply heavy paper. Comparative results under identical conditions revealed that the FeAl-based alloy PM-60 outperformed the other intermetallic alloys and was equal to or somewhat better than the commercially used M2 tool steel.

  19. Crystallization Behaviour of Amorphous Al-Ni-Nd Alloy

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    Goegebakan, Musa; Guendes, Alaaddin

    2007-04-23

    In this study, crystallization behaviour of rapidly solidified Al85Ni5Nd10 alloy has been investigated by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). Continuous heating DSC trace of amorphous Al85Ni5Nd10 alloy consisted of three exothermic peaks. This indicated that; crystallization of amorphous Al85Ni5Nd10 alloy during continous heating takes places in three stages. Before the first exothermic peak, a glass transition temperature was observed.

  20. High Strength, Nano-Structured Mg-Al-Zn Alloy

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    2011-01-01

    REPORT High strength, nano-structured Mg– Al – Zn alloy 14. ABSTRACT 16. SECURITY CLASSIFICATION OF: The mechanical behavior and microstructure of...Prescribed by ANSI Std. Z39.18 - High strength, nano-structured Mg– Al – Zn alloy Report Title ABSTRACT The mechanical behavior and microstructure of...strength, nano-structured Mg– Al – Zn alloy Block 13: Supplementary Note © 2011 . Published in Materials Science and Engineering, Vol. 528, (54), Ed. 0 (2011

  1. Precipitation of β-Al5FeSi Phase Platelets in Al-Si Based Casting Alloys

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    Liu, L.; Mohamed, A. M. A.; Samuel, A. M.; Samuel, F. H.; Doty, H. W.; Valtierra, S.

    2009-10-01

    The aim of the present work has been to investigate the factors affecting the precipitation of the β-Al5FeSi iron intermetallic phase of directionally solidified A356- and 319-type alloys as a function of the iron content, a Sr addition of ~250 ppm, and superheating or cooling rates. The iron levels selected varied from 0.12 to 0.8 wt pct and cover the range of Fe levels in commercial casting alloys. The use of an end-chill mold provided different cooling rates along the height of the same casting, with dendritic arm spacing values that varied from ~15 to 85 μm, corresponding to levels of 5, 10, 30, 50, and 100 mm above the chill end. The microstructure and phase identification were monitored using optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), thermal analysis, and electron probe microanalysis (EPMA) techniques. An image analyzer was used in conjunction with the optical microscope for quantification purposes. The results showed that, for the range of cooling rates covered in the present study, the highest cooling rate (at a 5-mm distance from the chill) is the more significant parameter in controlling the size and distribution of the β-Al2FeSi intermetallic phase in the nonmodified 319 and 356 alloys. The addition of strontium leads to fragmentation of coeutectic or posteutectic β platelets. This effect diminishes with an increase in the iron concentration, and further strontium addition leads to the precipitation of Al2Si2Sr phase particles, instead.

  2. Influence of Some Trace Elements on Solidification Path and Microstructure of Al-Si Foundry Alloys

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    Ludwig, Thomas Hartmut; Schaffer, Paul Louis; Arnberg, Lars

    2013-08-01

    In the present study, Ca, Ni, V, and Zn were added to a high purity binary Al-7wt pct Si and commercial purity A356 foundry alloy in the nominal range of 50 to 600 ppm in order to study their effect on the solidification path and the resultant microstructure. Thermal analysis was used to assess nucleation and growth of the various phases. It was found that Ca and Ni additions suppress characteristic temperatures associated with nucleation and growth of the eutectic by up to 4 and 1.5 K, respectively. Additionally, Ca was observed to modify the eutectic Si and a concentration as low as 39 ppm Ca was sufficient to precipitate the geometrically unfavored polyhedral Al2Si2Ca phase. Furthermore, Ni addition resulted in the formation of two intermetallic phases when the Ni concentration exceeded 300 ppm. These phases have been quantified as Al3Ni and Al9FeNi by SEM-EDS. V and Zn had no apparent effect on the cooling curve and the microstructure. Even though it could be shown that V accumulates preferably in β-Al5FeSi particles, V concentrations of 600 ppm were too low to have any influence on the phase's morphology.

  3. Structure of Al-Ti-C master alloys

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    Popova, E. A.; Brodova, I. G.; Yablonskikh, T. I.; Shirinkina, I. G.; Barbin, N. M.; Bodrova, L. E.; Dolmatov, A. V.; Pastukhov, E. A.; Vatolin, N. A.; Chebykin, V. V.; Chernov, Ya. B.

    2011-06-01

    A binary Al-Ti master alloy of hyperperitectic composition, whose structural characteristics ensure high modifying efficiency, has been prepared by the aluminothermy method. The treatment of the alloy by low-frequency vibrations (LFVs) and its interaction with the carbon emitter of LFVs in the process of crystallization lead to the formation of a ternary Al-Ti-C alloy containing titanium aluminide Al3Ti and titanium carbide TiC. The presence of these phases creates favorable conditions for the formation of solidification nuclei in the aluminum melt when using a ternary master alloy as a modifier. A comparison of the efficiency of the structure refinement when using experimental master alloys and the standard Al-Ti master alloy poured into a metallic chill mold has been performed.

  4. Thermodynamic and structural properties of liquid Al-Au alloys

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    Olajire, B. A.; Musari, A. A.

    2017-08-01

    The mixing properties of liquid Al-Au alloys with respect to the concentration of each constituent is determined using a method based on hard sphere system and pseudo-potential perturbation. These models were used to get relevant information on mixing properties of the Al-Au alloys like the Gibbs energy and the entropy of mixing. The concentration fluctuations, chemical short range order for the hard sphere mixture (quasi-lattice theory) and the activity are calculated to know the extent of order in the liquid alloys. The results revealed that there is a degree of ordering in liquid Al-Au alloy (hetero-coordinated).

  5. The physical metallurgy of mechanically-alloyed, dispersion-strengthened Al-Li-Mg and Al-Li-Cu alloys

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    Gilman, P. S.

    1984-01-01

    Powder processing of Al-Li-Mg and Al-Li-Cu alloys by mechanical alloying (MA) is described, with a discussion of physical and mechanical properties of early experimental alloys of these compositions. The experimental samples were mechanically alloyed in a Szegvari attritor, extruded at 343 and 427 C, and some were solution-treated at 520 and 566 C and naturally, as well as artificially, aged at 170, 190, and 210 C for times of up to 1000 hours. All alloys exhibited maximum hardness after being aged at 170 C; lower hardness corresponds to the solution treatment at 566 C than to that at 520 C. A comparison with ingot metallurgy alloys of the same composition shows the MA material to be stronger and more ductile. It is also noted that properly aged MA alloys can develop a better combination of yield strength and notched toughness at lower alloying levels.

  6. Homogenization of alloys in the system Al-Mg-Sc

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    Drits, M. E.; Toropova, L. S.; Bykov, Yu. G.

    1983-07-01

    A reduction in homogenizing anneal temperature and a reduction in soaking time leads to an increase in yield point for alloys of the system Al-Mg-Sc. The optimum homogenizing schedule for alloys of this system is heating to 400°C and soaking for up to 10 h. This homogenizing schedule provides an alloy structure of fine coherent ScAl3-phase precipitates and dissolution of excess β-phase precipitates.

  7. Synthesis Processing of High-Lithium Al-Li Alloys

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    1988-06-27

    Li-base alloys suitable for structural applications, with densities 15 to 20 percent lower than 7075 Al. The alloy compositions being investigated...States and Europe. Alloys that offer a 7 to 9 percent decrease in density compared to 7075 Al, with service properties similar to conventional high...large particles substantially influence the deformation behavior due to their non-shearable nature and are therefore desirable for the improvement of

  8. Whisker Formation in Porosity in Al Alloys

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    Griffiths, William David; Elsayed, Ahmed; El-Sayed, Mahmoud Ahmed

    2016-12-01

    An examination of the fracture surfaces of tensile test bars from Al alloy castings held in the liquid state for up to 20 minutes revealed porosity which in some cases contained whisker-like features. Energy-dispersive X-ray analysis in a SEM suggested that these might be oxide whiskers forming in an oxide-related pore or double oxide film defect. Such entrainment defects (also known as bifilms) may entrap a small amount of the local atmosphere when they form and become incorporated into the liquid metal. This atmosphere may be predominantly air, which then subsequently reacts with the surrounding melt, firstly by reaction with oxygen and secondly by reaction with nitrogen. A CFD model of the heat distribution associated with the reactions between the interior atmosphere of a double oxide film defect and the surrounding liquid alloy suggested that highly localized increases in temperature, up to about 2000 K to 5000 K (1727 °C to 4727 °C), could occur, over a scale of a few hundred micrometers. Such localized increases in temperature might lead to the evaporation or disassociation of oxide within the pore, followed by condensation, to form the whisker structures observed. Hydrogen might also be expected to diffuse into the bifilm and may play a role in the chemical reactions associated with the development of the bifilm.

  9. Elastic moduli of nanocrystalline binary Al alloys with Fe, Co, Ti, Mg and Pb alloying elements

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    Babicheva, Rita I.; Bachurin, Dmitry V.; Dmitriev, Sergey V.; Zhang, Ying; Kok, Shaw Wei; Bai, Lichun; Zhou, Kun

    2016-05-01

    The paper studies the elastic moduli of nanocrystalline (NC) Al and NC binary Al-X alloys (X is Fe, Co, Ti, Mg or Pb) by using molecular dynamics simulations. X atoms in the alloys are either segregated to grain boundaries (GBs) or distributed randomly as in disordered solid solution. At 0 K, the rigidity of the alloys increases with decrease in atomic radii of the alloying elements. An addition of Fe, Co or Ti to the NC Al leads to increase in the Young's E and shear μ moduli, while an alloying with Pb decreases them. The elastic moduli of the alloys depend on a distribution of the alloying elements. The alloys with the random distribution of Fe or Ti demonstrate larger E and μ than those for the corresponding alloys with GB segregations, while the rigidity of the Al-Co alloy is higher for the case of the GB segregations. The moduli E and μ for polycrystalline aggregates of Al and Al-X alloys with randomly distributed X atoms are estimated based on the elastic constants of corresponding single-crystals according to the Voigt-Reuss-Hill approximation, which neglects the contribution of GBs to the rigidity. The results show that GBs in NC materials noticeably reduce their rigidity. Furthermore, the temperature dependence of μ for the NC Al-X alloys is analyzed. Only the Al-Co alloy with GB segregations shows the decrease in μ to the lowest extent in the temperature range of 0-600 K in comparison with the NC pure Al.

  10. Al-Ti-Zr master alloys: Structure formation

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    Popova, E. A.; Shubin, A. B.; Kotenkov, P. V.; Pastukhov, E. A.; Bodrova, L. E.; Fedorova, O. M.

    2012-05-01

    The effects of the composition of ternary Al-Ti-Zr master alloys, the overheating of their melts with respect to liquidus, and exposure to low-frequency vibrations on the structure formation in them are studied. It is shown that complex aluminide Al3(Zr x Ti1 - x ) with a metastable L12-type cubic lattice coinciding with the structure type of α Al primarily precipitates during the crystallization of Al-Ti-Zr melts under certain conditions. This fact makes such master alloys promising for modifying aluminum alloys.

  11. Combinatorial electrochemistry on Al Fe alloys

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    Ionut Mardare, Andrei; Prasad Yadav, Amar; Wieck, Andreas Dirk; Stratmann, Martin; Hassel, Achim Walter

    2008-07-01

    Combinatorial material development was combined with high throughput microelectrochemistry to allow an efficient but comprehensive investigation of the interface chemistry of Al rich Al Fe alloys as a function of their chemical composition. Composition spread thin films with a linear composition gradient were produced by thermal codeposition. A scanning droplet cell was used to determine the open circuit potential and to perform successive anodic oxide formation with intermittent impedance spectroscopy. The film formation factor, the relative permittivity of the oxides and the onset potential of oxide formation were determined quantitatively as function of the composition with a resolution of 0.5 at.%. An unexpected synergistic effect is found in a very narrow composition range between 9 and 12 at.% Fe. This effect, which shifts the onset potential by nearly 1 V, is discussed in terms of a local accumulation of Fe resulting in a redox stabilisation of space charge layer formation during high-field oxide growth. The results are supported by composition and depth dependent XPS measurements. Corrections were made to figures 5 and 6 of this article on 19 September 2008.

  12. Amorphous powders of Al-Hf prepared by mechanical alloying

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    Schwarz, R.B.; Hannigan, J.W.; Sheinberg, H.; Tiainen, T.

    1988-01-01

    We synthesized amorphous Al/sub 50/Hf/sub 50/ alloy powder by mechanically alloying an equimolar mixture of crystalline powders of Al and Hf using hexane as a dispersant. We characterized the powder as a function of mechanical-alloying time by scanning electron microscopy, x-ray diffraction, and differential scanning calorimetry. Amorphous Al/sub 50/Hf/sub 50/ powder heated at 10 K s/sup /minus/1/ crystallizes polymorphously at 1003 K into orthorhombic AlHf (CrB-type structure). During mechanical alloying, some hexane decomposes and hydrogen and carbon are incorporated into the amorphous alloy powder. The hydrogen can be removed by annealing the powder by hot pressing at a temperature approximately 30 K below the crystallization temperature. The amorphous compacts have a diamond pyramidal hardness of 1025 DPH. 24 refs., 7 figs., 1 tab.

  13. Review of cryogenic mechanical and thermal properties of Al-Li alloys and Alloy 2219

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    Simon, N.J.; Drexler, E.S.; Reed, R.P.

    1991-12-01

    The review of cryogenic mechanical and thermal properties presented here is part of a broader National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) program to assess new high-strength Al-Li alloys for use in the cryogenic tankage of the Advanced Launch System (ALS). The purpose of the NIST program has been to assess the relative suitability of high-strength Al-Li alloys and alloy 2219 for use in ALS cryogenic tanks. In the report, the cryogenic data on Al-Li alloys 8090, 2090, WL049, and Al alloy 2219 have been summarized. Properties covered in the survey are tensile strength, yield strength, elongation, fracture toughness, elastic constants, specific heat, thermal conductivity, and thermal expansion.

  14. Mechanical Properties of Squeeze-Cast A356 Composites Reinforced With B4C Particulates

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    Mazahery, Ali; Ostad Shabani, Mohsen

    2012-02-01

    In this study, different volume fractions of B4C particles were incorporated into the aluminum alloy by a mechanical stirrer, and squeeze-cast A356 matrix composites reinforced with B4C particles were fabricated. Microstructural characterization revealed that the B4C particles were distributed among the dendrite branches, leaving the dendrite branches as particle-free regions in the material. It also showed that the grain size of aluminum composite is smaller than that of monolithic aluminum. X-ray diffraction studies also confirmed the existence of boron carbide and some other reaction products such as AlB2 and Al3BC in the composite samples. It was observed that the amount of porosity increases with increasing volume fraction of composites. The porosity level increased, since the contact surface area was increased. Tensile behavior and the hardness values of the unreinforced alloy and composites were evaluated. The strain-hardening behavior and elongation to fracture of the composite materials appeared very different from those of the unreinforced Al alloy. It was noted that the elastic constant, strain-hardening and the ultimate tensile strength (UTS) of the MMCs are higher than those of the unreinforced Al alloy and increase with increasing B4C content. The elongation to fracture of the composite materials was found very low, and no necking phenomenon was observed before fracture. The tensile fracture surface of the composite samples was indicative of particle cracking, interface debonding, and deformation constraint in the matrix and revealed the brittle mode of fracture.

  15. Development of ODS-Fe{sub 3}Al alloys

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    Wright, I.G.; Pint, B.A.; Tortorelli, P.F.; McKamey, C.G.

    1997-12-01

    The overall goal of this program is to develop an oxide dispersion-strengthened (ODS) version of Fe{sub 3}Al that has sufficient creep strength and resistance to oxidation at temperatures in the range 1000 to 1200 C to be suitable for application as heat exchanger tubing in advanced power generation cycles. The main areas being addressed are: (a) alloy processing to achieve the desired alloy grain size and shape, and (b) optimization of the oxidation behavior to provide increased service life compared to semi-commercial ODS-FeCrAl alloys intended for the same applications. The recent studies have focused on mechanically-alloyed powder from a commercial alloy vendor. These starting alloy powders were very clean in terms of oxygen content compared to ORNL-produced powders, but contained similar levels of carbon picked up during the milling process. The specific environment used in milling the powder appears to exert a considerable influence on the post-consolidation recrystallization behavior of the alloy. A milling environment which produced powder particles having a high surface carbon content resulted in a consolidated alloy which readily recrystallized, whereas powder with a low surface carbon level after milling resulted in no recrystallization even at 1380 C. A feature of these alloys was the appearance of voids or porosity after the recrystallization anneal, as had been found with ORNL-produced alloys. Adjustment of the recrystallization parameters did not reveal any range of conditions where recrystallization could be accomplished without the formation of voids. Initial creep tests of specimens of the recrystallized alloys indicated a significant increase in creep strength compared to cast or wrought Fe{sub 3}Al, but the specimens failed prematurely by a mechanism that involved brittle fracture of one of the two grains in the test cross section, followed by ductile fracture of the remaining grain. The reasons for this behavior are not yet understood. The

  16. Rapidly solidified Mg-Al-Zn-rare earth alloys

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    Chang, C.F.; Das, S.K.; Raybould, D.

    1987-01-01

    Among the light metal alloys, magnesium is the lightest structural material except for beryllium, and yet magnesium alloys have not seen extensive use because of their poor strength and corrosion resistance. Rapid solidification technology offers a possible solution to these problems. A number of Mg-Al-Zn alloys containing rare earth (RE) elements (e.g. Ce, Pr, Y, and Nd) have been investigated using rapid solidification processing for possible structural applications. The processing consists of planar flow or jet casting into ribbons, pulverization of ribbon to powder, and consolidation of powder into bulk shapes. The mechanical properties of some of these alloys show attractive combinations of strength, ductility and corrosion resistance. The microstructures of these alloys are correlated with their mechanical properties. The rapidly solidified Mg-Al-Zn-RE alloys show great potential for applications in automotive and aerospace industries. 7 references.

  17. Corrosion-Fatigue Cracking in Al 7075 Alloys

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    2014-12-09

    Naval Research Laboratory Washington, DC 20375-5320 NRL/MR/6355--14-9582 Corrosion-Fatigue Cracking in Al 7075 Alloys December 9, 2014 P.S. Pao...7075 Alloys P.S. Pao and R.L. Holtz Naval Research Laboratory 4555 Overlook Avenue, SW Washington, DC 20375-5328 Office of Naval Research One Liberty...NaCl] concentration), and load ratio on fatigue crack growth kinetics of Al 7075 alloy . The materials investigated were peakaged Al 7075-T651 and

  18. Numerical Modeling of the Dispersion of Ceramic Nanoparticles during Ultrasonic Processing of A356-based Nanocomposites

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    Zhang, Daojie; Nastac, Laurentiu

    The metal-matrix-nano-composite in this study consist of a A356 alloy matrix reinforced with 1.0 wt.% SiC-nanoparticles dispersed within the matrix via ultrasonic cavitation system, available in the Solidification Laboratory at The University of Alabama. The required ultrasonic parameters to achieve cavitation for adequate degassing and refining of the A356 alloy as well as the fluid flow and solidification characteristics for uniform dispersion of the nanoparticles into the aluminum alloy matrix are being investigated via CFD ultrasonic cavitation modeling. The multiphase CFD model for nanoparticle dispersion accounts for turbulent fluid flow, heat transfer and solidification as well as the complex interaction between the molten alloy and nanoparticles by using the Ansys's Fluent DDPM model. The modeling parametric study includes the effects of ultrasonic probe location, the fluid flow intensity, and the initial location where the nanoparticles are released into the molten alloy.

  19. Influence of casting conditions and alloy additives on the Zn40Al2Cu alloy structure

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    Michalik, R.; Tomaszewska, A.; Woźnica, H.

    2011-05-01

    Zn-Al-Cu alloys are characterized by several advantageous properties that can include good castability, good tribological properties, and low energy value needed to form the product. In comparison to bronzes, Zn-Al-Cu alloys are characterized by a lower density. The purpose of this study was to determine the effect of casting conditions and the addition of silicon and rare earth elements on the structure of a Zn-40%Al alloy. The subjects of this examination were an unmodified alloy, an alloy with the addition of 1,5% Si, and an alloy with additions of 1,5%Si and rare earth elements. Samples were cast in sand and graphite molds. In order to determine the microstructure of the tested samples, metallographic examinations using a light microscope and a scanning electron microscope with energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS) through an X-ray spectrometer were used.

  20. Atomistic Modeling of RuAl and (RuNi) Al Alloys

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    Gargano, Pablo; Mosca, Hugo; Bozzolo, Guillermo; Noebe, Ronald D.; Gray, Hugh R. (Technical Monitor)

    2002-01-01

    Atomistic modeling of RuAl and RuAlNi alloys, using the BFS (Bozzolo-Ferrante-Smith) method for alloys is performed. The lattice parameter and energy of formation of B2 RuAl as a function of stoichiometry and the lattice parameter of (Ru(sub 50-x)Ni(sub x)Al(sub 50)) alloys as a function of Ni concentration are computed. BFS based Monte Carlo simulations indicate that compositions close to Ru25Ni25Al50 are single phase with no obvious evidence of a miscibility gap and separation of the individual B2 phases.

  1. Effects of the Al content on pore structures of porous TieAl alloys

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    Jaing, Y; He, Y H; Xu, N P; Zou, J; Huang, B; Lui, C T

    2008-01-01

    Porous TieAl alloys with different nominal compositions were fabricated through a reactive synthesis of Ti and Al elemental powders. It has been found that the pore parameters vary with the Al contents, indicating that the nature of the pores can be manipulated through changing the Al contents. In addition, detailed structural characterizations showed that the fabricated porous TieAl alloys can have three crystalline phases (i.e., a2-Ti3Al, g-TiAl, and TiAl3) when using different compositions. The fundamental reasons behind these phenomena have been explored.

  2. Alloy development and processing of FeAl: An overview

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    Maziasz, P.J.; Goodwin, G.M.; Alexander, D.J.; Viswanathan, S.

    1997-03-01

    In the last few years, considerable progress has been made in developing B2-phase FeAl alloys with improved weldability, room-temperature ductility, and high-temperature strength. Controlling the processing-induced microstructure is also important, particularly for minimizing trade-offs in various properties. FeAl alloys have outstanding resistance to high-temperature oxidation, sulfidation, and corrosion in various kinds of molten salts due to formation of protective Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} scales. Recent work shows that FeAl alloys are carburization-resistant as well. Alloys with 36 to 40 at. % Al have the best combination of corrosion resistance and mechanical properties. Minor alloying additions of Mo, Zr, and C, together with microalloying additions of B, produce the best combination of weldability and mechanical behavior. Cast FeAl alloys, with 200 to 400 {mu}m grain size and finely dispersed ZrC, have 2 to 5% tensile ductility in air at room-temperature, and a yield strength > 400 MPa up to about 700 to 750{degrees}C. Extruded ingot metallurgy (I/M) and powder metallurgy (P/M) materials with refined grain sizes ranging from 2 to 50 {mu}m, can have 10 to 15% ductility in air and be much stronger, and can even be quite tough, with Charpy impact energies ranging from 25 to 105 J at room-temperature. This paper highlights progress made in refining the alloy composition and exploring processing effects on FeAl for monolithic applications. It also includes recent progress on developing FeAl weld-overlay technology, and new results on welding of FeAl alloys. It summarizes some of the current industrial testing and interest for applications.

  3. Fundamental research regarding the ultrasonic stirring effects on the microstructure of A356 castings

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    Jia, Shian

    Ultrasonic stirring treatment (UST) of molten metal has significant effects on the solidification microstructure of A356 alloy, which includes grain structure, distribution of inclusions, refinement of secondary phases, etc. The primary causes are due to ultrasonic cavitation, acoustic streaming and propagation of ultrasound waves in media. However, the mechanism of how those effects happen are not fully understood and quantified. In this research, molten A356 alloy was treated with high power ultrasound at a frequency of 18 kHz, and then at relatively high superheat, the melt was cast into a permanent metal mold which complies with ASTM B108-02. The UST processing system was custom built to perform the present UST study. The relatively high superheat condition is similar to the one used in the standard foundry practice, which will assist in the scale up of practical application of ultrasonic stirring technology. The selected parameters for the ultrasonic stirring technology (UST) were determined by using an UST modeling software tool that was recently developed and validated. The UST modeling software tool is capable of modeling and simulating the acoustic streaming and ultrasonic cavitation as well as the microstructure evolution during the solidification of cast alloys. Since the UST was preceded in the molten alloy, no dendrites are growing during the UST processing. Besides, more energy is required for homogeneous nucleation to occur. Consequently, the dominant mechanism of nucleation in this research is heterogeneous nucleation. The microstructure and mechanical properties of the A356 alloy processed with and without UST were analyzed and compared in detail in this study. It was demonstrated that the ultrasonically-stirred A356 alloy shows superior microstructure characteristics with very low micro-porosity levels and improved tensile properties when compared with the standard A356 alloy.

  4. Laser ablation of Al-Ni alloys and multilayers

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    Roth, Johannes; Trebin, Hans-Rainer; Kiselev, Alexander; Rapp, Dennis-Michael

    2016-05-01

    Laser ablation of Al-Ni alloys and multilayers has been studied by molecular dynamics simulations. The method was combined with a two-temperature model to describe the interaction between the laser beam, the electrons, and the atoms. As a first step, electronic parameters for the alloys had to be found and the model developed originally for pure metals had to be generalized to multilayers. The modifications were verified by computing melting depths and ablation thresholds for pure Al and Ni. Here known data could be reproduced. The improved model was applied to the alloys Al_3Ni, AlNi and AlNi_3. While melting depths and ablation thresholds for AlNi behave unspectacular, sharp drops at high fluences are observed for Al_3Ni and AlNi_3. In both cases, the reason is a change in ablation mechanism from phase explosion to vaporization. Furthermore, a phase transition occurs in Al_3Ni. Finally, Al layers of various thicknesses on a Ni substrate have been simulated. Above threshold, 8 nm Al films are ablated as a whole while 24 nm Al films are only partially removed. Below threshold, alloying with a mixture gradient has been observed in the thin layer system.

  5. Improving High-Temperature Tensile and Low-Cycle Fatigue Behavior of Al-Si-Cu-Mg Alloys Through Micro-additions of Ti, V, and Zr

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    Shaha, S. K.; Czerwinski, F.; Kasprzak, W.; Friedman, J.; Chen, D. L.

    2015-07-01

    High-temperature tensile and low-cycle fatigue tests were performed to assess the influence of micro-additions of Ti, V, and Zr on the improvement of the Al-7Si-1Cu-0.5Mg (wt pct) alloy in the as-cast condition. Addition of transition metals led to modification of microstructure where in addition to conventional phases present in the Al-7Si-1Cu-0.5Mg base, new thermally stable micro-sized Zr-Ti-V-rich phases Al21.4Si4.1Ti3.5VZr3.9, Al6.7Si1.2TiZr1.8, Al2.8Si3.8V1.6Zr, and Al5.1Si35.4Ti1.6Zr5.7Fe were formed. The tensile tests showed that with increasing test temperature from 298 K to 673 K (25 °C to 400 °C), the yield stress and tensile strength of the present studied alloy decreased from 161 to 84 MPa and from 261 to 102 MPa, respectively. Also, the studied alloy exhibited 18, 12, and 5 pct higher tensile strength than the alloy A356, 354 and existing Al-Si-Cu-Mg alloy modified with additions of Zr, Ti, and Ni, respectively. The fatigue life of the studied alloy was substantially longer than those of the reference alloys A356 and the same Al-7Si-1Cu-0.5Mg base with minor additions of V, Zr, and Ti in the T6 condition. Fractographic analysis after tensile tests revealed that at the lower temperature up to 473 K (200 °C), the cleavage-type brittle fracture for the precipitates and ductile fracture for the matrix were dominant while at higher temperature fully ductile-type fracture with debonding and pull-out of cracked particles was identified. It is believed that the intermetallic precipitates containing Zr, Ti, and V improve the alloy performance at increased temperatures.

  6. Al-TiH2 Composite Foams Magnesium Alloy

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    Prasada Rao, A. K.; Oh, Y. S.; Ain, W. Q.; A, Azhari; Basri, S. N.; Kim, N. J.

    2016-02-01

    The work presented here in describes the synthesis of aluminum based titanium-hydride particulate composite by casting method and its foaming behavior of magnesium alloy. Results obtained indicate that the Al-10TiH2 composite can be synthesized successfully by casting method. Further, results also reveal that closed-cell magnesium alloy foam can be synthesized by using Al-10TiH2 composite as a foaming agent.

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

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    Alhazaa, Abdulaziz Nasser

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

  8. Mechanical Behaviour and Morphology of A356/SiC Nanocomposites Using Stir Casting

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    Tanwir Alam, Md.; Arif, Sajjad; Husain Ansari, Akhter

    2017-08-01

    In this research an attempt has been made to explore the experimental investigation of A356/SiC nanocomposites using two step stir casting process. A356 alloy ingot was selected for the matrix and the reinforcement (aluminium fine powder (99.9%) plus nano size SiC mechanically forged by using ball mill at 100 rpm for duration of 10 hours). Ball milling process enhances the wettability of the particles. Reinforcement was varied from 1% to 5% with a step of 1% by weight. The stirring process was carried out at 500±50 rpm with stirring duration 10 minutes in two steps. The melt composites were poured at 680±20° C into the die to fabricate the composites. In this process of fabrication, less oxides/segregations were depicted. Tensile strengths of fabricated composites were evaluated by using UTM and toughness was calculated from area under stress-strain curve. To identify the involvement and presence of the nanoreinforcement into the matrix alloy (A356), fractured surfaces of the fabricated nanocomposites were examined using SEM and EDX. Tensile test results have shown the fracture mechanism and enhanced mechanical properties with the addition of forged nanoreinforcements. Yield tensile strength (YTS) and ultimate tensile strength (UTS) of A356 parent alloy found as 212.76 MPa and 219.90 MPa respectively. The improvement of 41% in YTS and 45% in UTS in case of A356/SiC nanocomposites were investigated. Decrease in % elongation and toughness with increase in forged nanoreinforcement were predicted. Proper distribution of reinforcement was attributed by SEM micrographs. EDX spectrum disclosed the presence of the constituents in the parent alloy (A356) and stir cast nanocomposites.

  9. High temperature creep behaviour of Al-rich Ti-Al alloys

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    Sturm, D.; Heilmaier, M.; Saage, H.; Aguilar, J.; Schmitz, G. J.; Drevermann, A.; Palm, M.; Stein, F.; Engberding, N.; Kelm, K.; Irsen, S.

    2010-07-01

    Compared to Ti-rich γ-TiAl-based alloys Al-rich Ti-Al alloys offer an additional reduction of in density and a better oxidation resistance which are both due to the increased Al content. Polycrystalline material was manufactured by centrifugal casting. Microstructural characterization was carried out employing light-optical, scanning and transmission electron microscopy and XRD analyses. The high temperature creep of two binary alloys, namely Al60Ti40 and Al62Ti38 was comparatively assessed with compression tests at constant true stress in a temperature range between 1173 and 1323 K in air. The alloys were tested in the cast condition (containing various amounts of the metastable phases Al5Ti3 and h-Al2Ti) and after annealing at 1223 K for 200 h which produced (thermodynamically stable) lamellar γ-TiAl + r-Al2Ti microstructures. In general, already the as-cast alloys exhibit a reasonable creep resistance at 1173 K. Compared with Al60Ti40, both, the as-cast and the annealed Al62Ti38 alloy exhibit better creep resistance up to 1323 K which can be rationalized by the reduced lamella spacing. The assessment of creep tests conducted at identical stress levels and varying temperatures yielded apparent activation energies for creep of Q = 430 kJ/mol for the annealed Al60Ti40 alloy and of Q = 383 kJ/mol for the annealed Al62Ti38 material. The latter coincides well with that of Al diffusion in γ-TiAl, whereas the former can be rationalized by the instability of the microstructure containing metastable phases.

  10. Directional Solidification and Mechanical Properties of NiAl-NiAlTa Alloys

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    Johnson, D. R.; Chen, X. F.; Oliver, B. F.; Noebe, R. D.; Whittenberger, J. D.

    1995-01-01

    Directional solidification of eutectic alloys is a promising technique for producing in-situ composite materials exhibiting a balance of properties. Consequently, the microstructure, creep strength and fracture toughness of directionally solidified NiAl-NiAlTa alloys were investigated. Directional solidification was performed by containerless processing techniques to minimize alloy contamination. The eutectic composition was found to be NiAl-15.5 at% Ta and well-aligned microstructures were produced at this composition. A near-eutectic alloy of NiAl-14.5Ta was also investigated. Directional solidification of the near-eutectic composition resulted in microstructures consisting of NiAl dendrites surrounded by aligned eutectic regions. The off-eutectic alloy exhibited promising compressive creep strengths compared to other NiAl-based intermetallics, while preliminary testing indicated that the eutectic alloy was competitive with Ni-base single crystal superalloys. The room temperature toughness of these two-phase alloys was similar to that of polycrystalline NiAl even with the presence of the brittle Laves phase NiAlTa.

  11. Supercoducting property of Zr-Cu-Al-Ni-Nb alloys

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    Okai, D.; Motoyama, G.; Kimura, H.; Inoue, A.

    The superconducting property of Zr55Cu(30-X)Al10Ni5NbX alloys prepared by arc melting and liquid quenching methods was investigated by magnetic susceptibility measurements. The crystalline alloys with X = 0∼25 at.% prepared by arc melting method exhibited superconductivity with maximum Tc,on of 10.1 K. The alloys (X = 10∼23 at.%) with crystalline particles embedded in an amorphous structure, which were fabricated by melt spinning method, showed superconductivity with Tc,on of less than 4.0 K. The superconducting property of the Zr-Cu-Al-Ni-Nb alloys was attributed to superconducting phases of Zr2Cu, Zr2Ni, Zr65Al10Nb25 and Zr-Nb contained in the Zr-Cu-Al-Ni-Nb alloys. The melt-spun Zr55Cu(30-X)Al10Ni5NbX (X = 10∼20 at.%) alloys exhibited glass transition at 718∼743 K and were found to be superconducting metallic glasses.

  12. Formation and characterization of Al-Ti-Nb alloys by electron-beam surface alloying

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    Valkov, S.; Petrov, P.; Lazarova, R.; Bezdushnyi, R.; Dechev, D.

    2016-12-01

    The combination of attractive mechanical properties, light weight and resistance to corrosion makes Ti-Al based alloys applicable in many industrial branches, like aircraft and automotive industries etc. It is known that the incorporation of Nb improves the high temperature performance and mechanical properties. In the present study on Al substrate Ti and Nb layers were deposited by DC (Direct Current) magnetron sputtering, followed by electron-beam alloying with scanning electron beam. It was chosen two speeds of the specimen motion during the alloying process: V1 = 0.5 cm/s and V2 = 1 cm/s. The alloying process was realized in circular sweep mode in order to maintain the melt pool further. The obtained results demonstrate a formation of (Ti,Nb)Al3 fractions randomly distributed in biphasic structure of intermetallic (Ti,Nb)Al3 particles, dispersed in α-Al solid solution. The evaluated (Ti,Nb)Al3 lattice parameters are independent of the speed of the specimen motion and therefore the alloying speed does not affect the lattice parameters and thus, does not form additional residual stresses, strains etc. It was found that lower velocity of the specimen motion during the alloying process develops more homogeneous structures. The metallographic analyses demonstrate a formation of surface alloys with very high hardness. Our results demonstrate maximal values of 775 HV [kg/cm2] and average hardness of 673 HV [kg/cm2].

  13. Property Criteria for Automotive Al-Mg-Si Sheet Alloys.

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    Prillhofer, Ramona; Rank, Gunther; Berneder, Josef; Antrekowitsch, Helmut; Uggowitzer, Peter J; Pogatscher, Stefan

    2014-07-04

    In this study, property criteria for automotive Al-Mg-Si sheet alloys are outlined and investigated in the context of commercial alloys AA6016, AA6005A, AA6063 and AA6013. The parameters crucial to predicting forming behavior were determined by tensile tests, bending tests, cross-die tests, hole-expansion tests and forming limit curve analysis in the pre-aged temper after various storage periods following sheet production. Roping tests were performed to evaluate surface quality, for the deployment of these alloys as an outer panel material. Strength in service was also tested after a simulated paint bake cycle of 20 min at 185 °C, and the corrosion behavior was analyzed. The study showed that forming behavior is strongly dependent on the type of alloy and that it is influenced by the storage period after sheet production. Alloy AA6016 achieves the highest surface quality, and pre-ageing of alloy AA6013 facilitates superior strength in service. Corrosion behavior is good in AA6005A, AA6063 and AA6016, and only AA6013 shows a strong susceptibility to intergranular corrosion. The results are discussed below with respect to the chemical composition, microstructure and texture of the Al-Mg-Si alloys studied, and decision-making criteria for appropriate automotive sheet alloys for specific applications are presented.

  14. Property Criteria for Automotive Al-Mg-Si Sheet Alloys

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    Prillhofer, Ramona; Rank, Gunther; Berneder, Josef; Antrekowitsch, Helmut; Uggowitzer, Peter J.; Pogatscher, Stefan

    2014-01-01

    In this study, property criteria for automotive Al-Mg-Si sheet alloys are outlined and investigated in the context of commercial alloys AA6016, AA6005A, AA6063 and AA6013. The parameters crucial to predicting forming behavior were determined by tensile tests, bending tests, cross-die tests, hole-expansion tests and forming limit curve analysis in the pre-aged temper after various storage periods following sheet production. Roping tests were performed to evaluate surface quality, for the deployment of these alloys as an outer panel material. Strength in service was also tested after a simulated paint bake cycle of 20 min at 185 °C, and the corrosion behavior was analyzed. The study showed that forming behavior is strongly dependent on the type of alloy and that it is influenced by the storage period after sheet production. Alloy AA6016 achieves the highest surface quality, and pre-ageing of alloy AA6013 facilitates superior strength in service. Corrosion behavior is good in AA6005A, AA6063 and AA6016, and only AA6013 shows a strong susceptibility to intergranular corrosion. The results are discussed below with respect to the chemical composition, microstructure and texture of the Al-Mg-Si alloys studied, and decision-making criteria for appropriate automotive sheet alloys for specific applications are presented. PMID:28788119

  15. Production of Cu-Al-Ni Shape Memory Alloys by Mechanical Alloy

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    Goegebakan, Musa; Soguksu, Ali Kemal; Uzun, Orhan; Dogan, Ali

    2007-04-23

    The mechanical alloying technique has been used to produce shape memory Cu83Al13Ni4 alloy. The structure and thermal properties were examined by using scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). The morphology of the surface suggests the presence of martensite.

  16. Overview of the development of FeAl intermetallic alloys

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    Maziasz, P.J.; Liu, C.T.; Goodwin, G.M.

    1995-09-01

    B2-phase FeAl ordered intermetallic alloys based on an Fe-36 at.% Al composition are being developed to optimize a combination of properties that includes high-temperature strength, room-temperature ductility, and weldability. Microalloying with boron and proper processing are very important for FeAl properties optimization. These alloys also have the good to outstanding resistance to oxidation, sulfidation, and corrosion in molten salts or chlorides at elevated temperatures, characteristic of FeAl with 30--40 at.% Al. Ingot- and powder-metallurgy (IM and PM, respectively) processing both produce good properties, including strength above 400 MPa up to about 750 C. Technology development to produce FeAl components for industry testing is in progress. In parallel, weld-overlay cladding and powder coating technologies are also being developed to take immediate advantage of the high-temperature corrosion/oxidation and erosion/wear resistance of FeAl.

  17. Reactive Commercial Ni/Al Nanolayers for Joining Lightweight Alloys

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    Simões, Sónia; Viana, Filomena; Vieira, Manuel F.

    2014-05-01

    Reactive nanoscale multilayer foils for use in joining techniques have attracted a great deal of attention. A common feature of these nanolayers is the large amount of heat released during the reaction between the layers to form a new phase. In this study, films of alternated Ni and Al nanolayers (NanoFoil® made by the Indium Corporation) with period (bilayer thickness) close to 54 nm and with a thickness of 60 μm were used as local heat sources to bond lightweight alloys. The as-deposited Ni and Al alternated nanolayers evolve into NiAl nanometric grains when the multilayer, ignited by an electrical discharge, reacts. Joining of lightweight alloys was performed at room temperature under pressures of 10-80 MPa. The ability of the nanolayers to join these alloys by high temperature diffusion bonding was also investigated. The microstructural and chemical characterizations of the interfaces were performed on cross-sections of the joints by scanning electron microscopy and energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy. Ni/Al nanolayers are an effective means of joining titanium alloys at room temperature. A sound interface, mainly composed by NiAl grains, is obtained in joints of TiAl/TiAl and TiAl/Inconel, produced with NanoFoil® by annealing at 700 ºC, during 60 min under a pressure of 10 MPa. The low shear strength revealed a weak adhesion of the nanofoil to the base materials.

  18. Solute partitioning in TiAl/Ti{sub 3}Al alloys

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    Munroe, P.R.; Baker, I.

    1999-11-19

    Over the last few years there have been intense research and development efforts on two-phase alloys based on ({gamma}) TiAl + ({alpha}{sub 2}) Ti{sub 3}Al; the goal being to develop alloys for aerospace and, possibly, automotive applications. Two-phase alloys have been studied which contain numerous elemental additions, the more common ones of which are W, Mo, Nb, Cr, W, V, Si, Mn, Ta, C and B. These have been studied both for their phase stability and to determine their monotonic and cycling loading response both at low and high temperature. Although the mechanical properties and physical behavior of these alloys have been studied in detail, there is surprisingly little published information on the distribution of these alloying additions between the two phases. Here the authors report a short study on two recently developed alloys concerning how some of these elemental additions partition between the two phases.

  19. Corrosion Fatigue of Al-Zn-Mg and and Al-Mg-Li Alloys.

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1986-01-01

    surface of a sample of the Al-Zn-Mg alloy tested in 0.5 M sodium chloride, at a constant potential of -0.8 I..* xiii ..:S: Vuce ...potential of -0.8 Vuce (10OX). 20g .71 179 eL 4 0.2 mm Figure 97 The fracture surface of a sample of the Al-Zn-Mg alloy tested in 0.5 N sodium...fracture surface of a sample of the Al-Zn-Mg alloy tested in 0.5 N sodium chloride at a constant potential of-1.0 Vuce (20X). : Figure 100 The fracture

  20. The debonding and fracture of Si particles during the fatigue of a cast Al-Si alloy

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    Gall, K.; Yang, N.; Horstemeyer, M.; McDowell, D.L.; Fan, J.

    1999-12-01

    Constant-amplitude high-cycle fatigue tests ({sigma}{sub max} = 133 MPa, {sigma}{sub max}/{sigma}{sub y} = 0.55, and R = 0.1) were conducted on a cylindrical samples machined from a cast A356-T6 aluminum plate: The fracture surface of the sample with the smallest fatigue-crack nucleating defect was examined using a scanning electron microscope (SEM). For low crack-tip driving forces (fatigue-crack growth rates of da/dN {lt} 1 x 10{sup {minus}7} m/cycle), the authors discovered that a small semicircular surface fatigue crack propagated primarily through the Al-1% Si dendrite cells. The silicon particles in the eutectic remained intact and served as barriers at low fatigue-crack propagation rates. when the semicircular fatigue crack inevitably crossed the three-dimensional Al-Si eutectic network, it propagated primarily along the interface between the silicon particles and the Al-1% Si matrix. Furthermore, nearly all of the silicon particles were progressively debonded by the fatigue cracks propagating at low rates, with the exception of elongated particles with a major axis perpendicular to the crack plane, which were fractured. As the fatigue cracks grew with a high crack-tip driving force (fatigue-crack growth rates of da/dN {gt} 1 x 10{sup {minus}6} m/cycle), silicon particles ahead of the crack tip were fractured, and the crack subsequently propagated through the weakest distribution of prefractured particles in the Al-Si eutectic. Only small rounded silicon particles were observed to debond while the fatigue crack grew at high rates. Using fracture-surface markings and fracture mechanics, a macroscopic measure of the maximum critical driving force between particle debonding vs fracture during fatigue-crack growth was calculated to be approximately K{sub max}{sup tr} {approx} 6.0 MPa {radical}m for the present cast A356 alloy.

  1. AlGaInN quaternary alloys by MOCVD

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    McIntosh, F.G.; Piner, E.; Boutros, K.; Roberts, J.C.; He, Y.; El-Masry, N.; Bedair, S.M.; Moussa, M.

    1996-11-01

    AlGaInN quaternary alloy based devices can cover the emission wavelength from deep UV to red. This quaternary alloy also offers lattice matched heterostructures for both optical and microwave devices. The authors report on the MOCVD growth of Al{sub x}Ga{sub 1{minus}x{minus}y}In{sub y}N (0 < x < 0.12), (0 < y < 0.15) at 750 C on sapphire substrates, using TMG, EDMIn, TMAl and NH{sub 3} precursors. Chemical composition, lattice constants and bandgaps of the grown films were determined by EDS, X-ray diffraction and room temperature PL. Data indicates that the lattice constants can also be deduced using Vegard`s law, indicating a solid solution of this alloy. PL showed band edge emission, however emission from deep levels was also observed. Optimized growth conditions and heterostructures using this quaternary alloy will be presented.

  2. Influence of RCS on Al-3Mg and Al-3Mg-0.25Sc alloys

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    Bhovi, Prabhakar M.; Venkateswarlu, K.

    2016-02-01

    An influence of repetitive corrugation and straightening (RCS) was studied on Al-3Mg and Al-3Mg-0.25Sc alloys up to eight passes. Each pass consist of a corrugation and followed by straightening. This has resulted in introducing large plastic strain in sample, and thus led to formation of sub-micron grain sizes with high angle grain boundaries. These sub grain formation was eventually resulted in improved mechanical properties. The average grain size of Al-3Mg-0.25Sc alloy after 8 passes yielded to ∼0.6pm. Microhardness, strength properties were evaluated and it suggests that RCS was responsible for high hardness values as compared to the as cast samples. The microhardness values after RCS were 105 HV and 130 HV for Al-3Mg and Al-3Mg-0.25Sc alloys, respectively. Similarly, ∼ 40% improvement in tensile strength from 240 MPa to 370 MPa was observed for Al- 3Mg-0.25Sc alloy after RCS process.Al-3Mg and Al-3Mg-0.25Scalloys exhibited maximum strength of 220 MPa and 370 MPa, respectively. It is concluded that RCS process has a strong influence on Al- 3Mg and Al-3Mg-0.25Sc alloys for obtaining improved mechanical properties and grain refinement. In addition to RCS process and presence of AESc precipitates in Al-3Mg-0.25Sc alloy had a significant role in grain refinement and improved mechanical properties as compared to Al-3Mg alloy.

  3. Microstructure evolution of 7050 Al alloy during age-forming

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    Chen, Junfeng; Zou, Linchi; Li, Qiang; Chen, Yulong

    2015-04-15

    The microstructure evolution of the 7050 Al alloy treated by age-forming was studied using a designed device which can simulate the age-forming process. The grain shape, grain boundary misorientation and grain orientation evolution of 7050 Al alloy during age-forming have been quantitatively characterized by electron backscattering diffraction technique. The results show that age-forming produced abundant low-angle boundaries and elongated grains, which attributed to stress induced dislocation movement and grain boundary migration during the age-forming process. On the other side, the stress along rolling direction caused some unstable orientation grains to rotate towards the Brass and S orientations during the age-forming process. Hence, the intensity of the rolling texture orientation in age-formed samples is enhanced. But this effect decays gradually with increasing aging time, since stress decreases and precipitation hardening occurs during the age-forming process. - Highlights: • Quantitative analysis of grain evolution of 7050 Al alloys during age-forming • Stress induces some grain rotation of 7050 Al alloys during age-forming. • Creep leads to elongate grain of 7050 Al alloys during age-forming. • Obtains a trend on texture evolution during age-forming applied stress.

  4. Wear Performance of A356 Matrix Composites Reinforced with Different Types of Reinforcing Particles

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    Akbari, Mostafa; Shojaeefard, Mohammad Hasan; Asadi, Parviz; Khalkhali, Abolfazl

    2017-09-01

    To improve the wear resistance of Al-Si alloys, different types of reinforcing particles such as SiC, TiC, ZrO2, and B4C were used to produce matrix composites by friction stir processing (FSP). First, microstructural properties of different locations of stir zone (SZ) in the FSPed specimens such as advancing side, retreating side, shoulder-affected area, and pin-affected area were investigated. The results demonstrate that Si particles size is not the same in different SZ subdomains. SEM investigation was performed in order to investigate the particles distribution in different areas of the SZ as well as bonding quality between particles and metal matrix. Hardness and wear tests were carried out to determine mechanical and wear properties of the composites. The pin-on-disk wear tests were performed at room temperature, with the normal applied loads of 5, 10, and 20 N and sliding speed of 1 and 2 m/s. All fabricated composites show higher resistance in wear than A356 alloy. Wear test results show, by increasing the normal load and sliding velocity, the wear loss weight of all composites increased gradually.

  5. POWDER METALLURGY TiAl ALLOYS: MICROSTRUCTURES AND PROPERTIES

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    Hsiung, L

    2006-12-11

    The microstructures and properties of powder metallurgy TiAl alloys fabricated by hot extrusion of gas-atomized powder at different elevated temperatures were investigated. Microstructure of the alloy fabricated at 1150 C consisted of a mixture of fine ({gamma} + {alpha}{sub 2}) equiaxed grains and coarse ordered B2 grains. Particles of ordered hexagonal {omega} phase were also observed in some B2 grains. The alloy containing B2 grains displayed a low-temperature superplastic behavior: a tensile elongation of 310% was measured when the alloy was tested at 800 C under a strain rate of 2 x 10{sup -5} s{sup -1}. Microstructure of the alloy fabricated at 1250 C consisted of a mixture of fine ({gamma} + {alpha}{sub 2}) equiaxed grains, coarse {alpha}{sub 2} grains, and lamellar ({gamma} + {alpha}{sub 2}) colonies. An observation of stacking faults associated with fine {gamma} lamellae in {alpha}{sub 2} grains reveals that the stacking fault of {alpha}{sub 2} phase plays an important role in the formation of lamellar ({gamma} + {alpha}{sub 2}) colonies. Unlike the alloy fabricated at 1150{sup o}, the alloy fabricated at 1250{sup o} displayed no low-temperature superplasticity, but a tensile elongation of 260% at 1000 C was measured. Microstructure of the alloy fabricated at 1400 C consisted of fully lamellar ({gamma} + {alpha}{sub 2}) colonies with the colony size ranging between 50 {micro}m and 100 {micro}m, in which the width of {gamma} lamella is in a range between 100 nm and 350 nm, and the width of {alpha}{sub 2} lamella is in a range between 10 nm and 50 nm. Creep behavior of the ultrafine lamellar alloy and the effects of alloying addition on the creep resistance of the fully lamellar alloy are also investigated.

  6. Development of Fe-Mn-Al-X-C alloys

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    Schuon, S. R.

    1982-01-01

    Development of a low cost Cr-free, iron-base alloy for aerospace applications involves both element substitution and enhancement of microstructural strengthening. When Mn is substituted for Ni and Al or Si is substituted for Cr, large changes occur in the mechanical and thermal stability of austenite in FeMnAlC alloys. The in situ strength of MC or M2C (M = Ti, V, Hf, Ta, or Mo) in FeMnAlC alloys was determined. The high temperature tensile strength depends more on the distribution of carbides than the carbide composition. Precipitation of a high volume percent-ordered phase was achieved in Fe2OMnlONi6Al6Ti (lC) alloys. As case, these alloys have a homogeneous austenitic structure. After solutioning at 1100 C for 5 hr followed by aging at 600 C for 16 hr, gamma prime or a perovskite carbide is precipitated. Overaging occurs at 900 C where eta is precipitated.

  7. Electrochemical Properties of Al-Cu Alloys in Nacl Solutions

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    Roman, Alejandra Silvina; Méndez, Claudia Marcela; Schvezov, Carlos Enrique; Ares, Alicia Esther

    In this paper the structure of aluminum based alloys and their corrosion behavior by using different electrochemical techniques as characterization methods are considered. Currently, it becomes imperative to know the role of the Al2Cu against the susceptibility to corrosion of these alloys. The present work aims to studying the electrochemical behavior of aluminum base alloys with the following compositions: Al-1wt.%Cu, Al-4.5wt.%Cu and Al-15wt.%Cu (with different grain structures), in 1M NaCl solutions, at room temperature. Cyclic potentiodynamic polarization tests were performed and were found that the alloys with more than 1wt.%Cu in the matrix have an unstable behavior and without tendency to reach passivity. The equivalent circuits derived from electrochemical impedance spectroscopy technique (EIS) generally showed two capacitive contributions. The susceptibility to corrosion becomes a complex function, not only of copper concentration and structure, but also with interdendritic spacings and distribution of phases in the alloys.

  8. Al-Li Alloy 1441 for Fuselage Applications

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    Bird, R. K.; Dicus, D. L.; Fridlyander, J. N.; Sandler, V. S.

    2000-01-01

    A cooperative investigation was conducted to evaluate Al-Cu-Mg-Li alloy 1441 for long service life fuselage applications. Alloy 1441 is currently being used for fuselage applications on the Russian Be-103 amphibious aircraft, and is expected to be used for fuselage skin on a new Tupolev business class aircraft. Alloy 1441 is cold-rollable and has several attributes that make it attractive for fuselage skin applications. These attributes include lower density and higher specific modulus with similar strength as compared to conventional Al-Cu-Mg alloys. Cold-rolled 1441 Al-Li sheet specimens were tested at NASA Langley Research Center (LaRC) and at the All-Russia Institute of Aviation Materials (VIAM) in Russia to evaluate tensile properties, fracture toughness, impact resistance, fatigue life and fatigue crack growth rate. In addition, fuselage panels were fabricated by Tupolev Design Bureau (TDB) using 1441 skins and Al-Zn-Mg-Cu alloy stiffeners. The panels were subjected to cyclic pressurization fatigue tests at TDB and at LaRC to simulate fuselage pressurization/depressurization during aircraft service. This paper discusses the results from this investigation.

  9. Protective Al2O3 scale formation on NbAl3-base alloys

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    Doychak, J.; Hebsur, M. G.

    1991-01-01

    The oxidation of NbAl3 with additions of Cr and Y was studied to determine the mechanisms of the beneficial effects of these elements upon oxidation. Cr additions to the binary NbAl3 alloy of up to 6.8 at. percent reduced the scale growth rates and promoted alpha-Al2O3 formation over much longer times relative to binary NbAl3. A major effect of Cr is to form a layer of AlNbCr at the metal/scale interface, which is inherently more oxidation-resistant than the matrix alloy in the long term. Yttrium additions to a Cr-containing alloy improved the scale growth rate and adherence and changed the scale microstructure to mimic that of a typical protective Al2O3 scale.

  10. Microstructures and Mechanical Properties of Binary Al-Zn Alloys Fabricated by Casting and Heat Treatment

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    Zhou, W. B.; Teng, G. B.; Liu, C. Y.; Qi, H. Q.; Huang, H. F.; Chen, Y.; Jiang, H. J.

    2017-08-01

    Binary Al-Zn alloys with different Zn contents were fabricated by casting and heat treatment. Analysis of mechanical properties showed that the hardness and tensile strength of Al-Zn alloys increased with increased Zn content, with the post-heat treatment hardness and ultimate tensile strength of Al-49Zn alloy reaching as high as 152 HV and 330 MPa, respectively. Meanwhile, the plasticity and toughness of Al-Zn alloys decreased with increased Zn content. Solid-solution strengthening was the main strengthening mechanism for Al-Zn alloys, and Orowan strengthening was also observed in Al-49Zn alloy. The fracture mode of Al-20Zn and Al-35Zn alloys was ductile, whereas Al-20Zn alloy showed good impact toughness. This work provided a basis for further improving the cast component design of the Al-Zn-X system.

  11. Effect of alloying elements Al and Ca on corrosion resistance of plasma anodized Mg alloys

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    Anawati, Asoh, Hidetaka; Ono, Sachiko

    2016-04-01

    Plasma anodizing is a surface treatment used to form a ceramic-type oxide film on Mg alloys by the application of a high anodic voltage to create intense plasma near the metal surface. With proper selection of the process parameters, the technique can produce high quality oxide with superior adhesion, corrosion resistance, micro-hardness, wear resistance and strength. The effect of alloying element Al on plasma anodizing process of Mg alloys was studied by comparing the anodizing curves of pure Mg, AZ31, and AZ61 alloys while the effect of Ca were studied on AZ61 alloys containing 0, 1, and 2 wt% Ca. Anodizing was performed in 0.5 M Na3PO4 solution at a constant current density of 200 Am-2 at 25°C. Anodic oxide films with lava-like structure having mix composition of amorphous and crystal were formed on all of the alloys. The main crystal form of the oxide was Mg3(PO4)2 as analyzed by XRD. Alloying elements Al and Ca played role in modifying the plasma lifetime during anodization. Al tended to extend the strong plasma lifetime and therefore accelerated the film thickening. The effect of Ca on anodizing process was still unclear. The anodic film thickness and chemical composition were altered by the presence of Ca in the alloys. Electrochemical corrosion test in 0.9% NaCl solution showed that the corrosion behavior of the anodized specimens depend on the behavior of the substrate. Increasing Al and Ca content in the alloys tended to increase the corrosion resistance of the specimens. The corrosion resistance of the anodized specimens improved significantly about two orders of magnitude relative to the bare substrate.

  12. Recent advances in alloy design of Ni{sub 3}Al alloys for structural use

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

    1996-12-31

    This is a comprehensive review of recent advances in R&D of Ni{sub 3}Al-based alloys for structural use at elevated temperatures in hostile environments. Recent studies indicate that polycrystalline Ni{sub 3}Al is intrinsically quite ductile at ambient temperatures, and its poor tensile ductility and brittle grain-boundary fracture are caused mainly by moisture-induced hydrogen embrittlement when the aluminide is tested in moisture- or hydrogen-containing environments. Tensile ductility is improved by alloying with substitutional and interstitial elements. Among these additives, B is most effective in suppressing environmental embrittlement and enhancing grain-boundary cohesion, resulting in a dramatic increase of tensile ductility at room temperature. Both B-doped and B-free Ni{sub 3}Al alloys exhibit brittle intergranular fracture and low ductility at intermediate temperatures (300-850 C) because of oxygen-induced embrittlement in oxidizing environments. Cr is found to be most effective in alleviating elevated-temperature embrittlement. Parallel efforts on alloy development using physical metallurgy principles have led to development of several Ni{sub 3}Al alloys for industrial use. The unique properties of these alloys are briefly discussed. 56 refs, 15 figs, 3 tabs.

  13. Characterization of ZnAl cast alloys with Na addition

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    Gancarz, Tomasz; Cempura, Grzegorz; Skuza, Wojciech

    2016-01-15

    This study was aimed at evaluating the microstructural change and thermal, electrical and mechanical properties with the addition of Na to eutectic ZnAl alloys. Solders based on eutectic ZnAl containing 0.2 to 3.0 (wt.%) of Na were developed for high temperature solder. Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) measurements were performed to determine the melting temperatures of the alloys. Thermal linear expansion and electrical resistivity measurements were performed over − 50 °C to 300 °C and 30 °C to 300 °C temperature ranges, respectively. The microstructure of the specimens was analyzed using scanning (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) techniques. Chemical microanalysis was performed by energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS) on SEM and TEM. The precipitates of NaZn{sub 13} were confirmed by X-ray diffraction (XRD) measurements and selected area electron diffraction (SAED) techniques. The addition of Na to eutectic ZnAl alloy increased the electrical resistivity and reduced the coefficient of thermal expansion; however, the melting point did not change. The mechanical properties, strain and microhardness increased with Na content in alloys. - Highlights: • High temperature soldering materials of ZnAl with Na were designed and characterized. • Precipitates of NaZn{sub 13}were observed and confirmed using TEM and XRD. • Addition of Na to eutectic ZnAl cussed increased mechanical properties. • NaZn{sub 13} caused increased electrical resistivity and microhardness, and reduced the CTE.

  14. The immiscibility of InAlN ternary alloy

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    Zhao, Guijuan; Xu, Xiaoqing; Li, Huijie; Wei, Hongyuan; Han, Dongyue; Ji, Zesheng; Meng, Yulin; Wang, Lianshan; Yang, Shaoyan

    2016-01-01

    We have used two models based on the valence force field and the regular solution model to study the immiscibility of InAlN ternary alloy, and have got the spinodal and binodal curves of InAlN. Analyzing the spinodal decomposition curves, we obtain the appropriate concentration region for the epitaxial growth of the InN-AlN pseudobinary alloy. At a temperature most common for the epitaxial growth of InAlN (1000 K), the solubility of InN is about 10%. Then we introduce the mismatch strain item into the Gibbs free energy, and the effect of different substrates is taken into consideration. Considering Si, Al2O3, InN, GaN, AlN as a substrate respectively, it is found that all the five systems are stabilized with the upper critical solution temperature largely reduced. Finally, InN and GaN are potential substrates for In-rich InAlN, while AlN and GaN substrates are recommended in the Al-rich region. Si and Al2O3 may be ideal substrates for thin InAlN film. PMID:27221345

  15. Recrystallization behavior of a supersaturated Al Mn alloy

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    Radhakrishnan, Balasubramaniam; Liu, W C

    2010-01-01

    The effect of concurrent precipitation on recrystallization behavior during the isothermal annealing of a supersaturated and deformed Al-Mn alloy was investigated. It is found that concurrent precipitation strongly affects the recrystallization behavior of this alloy. At low temperatures, concurrent precipitation retards recrystallization and results in large flat grains. The size of recrystallized grains decreases significantly with increasing temperature. The kinetics of recrystallization was determined by measurements of hardness. The JMAK exponent decreases from 3.0 to 0.8 as the annealing temperature increases from 371 C to 427 C. The activation energy for recrystallization of the alloy is about 456 kJ/mol. Concurrent precipitation enhances the activation energy for recrystallization of aluminum alloys.

  16. Melting and casting of FeAl-based cast alloy

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    Sikka, V.K.; Wilkening, D.; Liebetrau, J.; Mackey, B.

    1998-11-01

    The FeAl-based intermetallic alloys are of great interest because of their low density, low raw material cost, and excellent resistance to high-temperature oxidation, sulfidation, carburization, and molten salts. The applications based on these unique properties of FeAl require methods to melt and cast these alloys into complex-shaped castings and centrifugal cast tubes. This paper addresses the melting-related issues and the effect of chemistry on the microstructure and hardness of castings. It is concluded that the use of the Exo-Melt{trademark} process for melting and the proper selection of the aluminum melt stock can result in porosity-free castings. The FeAl alloys can be melted and cast from the virgin and revert stock. A large variation in carbon content of the alloys is possible before the precipitation of graphite flakes occurs. Titanium is a very potent addition to refine the grain size of castings. A range of complex sand castings and two different sizes of centrifugal cast tubes of the alloy have already been cast.

  17. Investigation of Carbon incorporation into Al 6061 alloys

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    Ge, Xiaoxiao; Riba, Lourdes Salamanca; Wuttig, Manfred; Covetics Collaboration

    The incorporation of carbon nanostructures into aluminum alloys, such as Al6061 and Al7075, has the potential to further improve the mechanical, electrical and anti-corrosion properties of these alloys. We report on a novel method to incorporate up to 10.0 wt% carbon into the crystal structure of Al 6061 alloys to form a new material ``Al Covetics''. In this method, a DC current is applied to molten Al metal containing activated carbon particles. The current facilitates ionization of the carbon atoms and their bonding to each other, forming graphic chains and layers along preferential directions of the Al lattice. Raman mapping of the G and D peaks of graphitic carbon was used to confirm the role of the current in ensuring that the carbons remain in the metal by electro-static force and spread into the metal matrix evenly. Sp2 bonding of carbon was found all over the surface in the Covetics. Carbon signals were also observed everywhere in Covetics with Energy Dispersive X-ray Spectroscopy. However, localized carbon signals were detected in samples made with activated carbon but without applying any current. The dependence of the mechanical, electrical and structural properties of Al Covetics on C content from 3 to 10 wt. % will be presented.

  18. Molecular-dynamics simulation of mechanical alloying for the Al50Ti50 alloy

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    Lu, J.; Szpunar, J. A.

    1993-07-01

    The structural ordering development during mechanical alloying of the Al50Ti50 alloy was investigated by using molecular-dynamics computer simulations. Random external forces with both random orientations and magnitudes were used to simulate the mechanical alloying processes and pseudopotential was used as a model for the interaction between the atoms. The results indicate that the final nonequilibrium phase obtained through simulation of mechanical alloying is an amorphous state which can be formed experimentally in the laboratory. The transformation from crystals to amorphous state may locally be a first-order-like phase transition, but statistically it is a gradual phase transition due to the characteristics of random external forces which help atoms to overcome their energetic barrier during the mechanical alloying. This means that the transformation occurs in random sites and is discontinuous.

  19. Hydrogen absorption and desorption in rapidly solidified Mg- Al alloys

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    Urgnani, J.; Di Chio, M.; Palumbo, M.; Feuerbacher, M.; Fernandez, J. F.; Leardini, F.; Baricco, M.

    2009-01-01

    The addition of Al to Mg has been indicated as a suitable way to destabilise the hydride phase, in order to bring the absorption and desorption reactions close to reasonable temperatures and pressure values for hydrogen storage. Rapid solidification is known to refine the microstructure of Mg-Al alloys and it might improve the H2 absorption/desorption kinetics. In this paper, the interaction of H2 with rapidly solidified Mg-Al alloys have been studied for three different composition: Mg38.5Al61.5, Mg69Al31 and Mg72Al28. For Mg72Al28, no significant changes in the microstructure have been obtained by rapid solidification. In Mg69Al31, a significant grain refinement has been observed, whereas, for Mg38.5Al61.5, the formation of a metastable hexagonal phase has been found. In all cases, a disproportionation reaction has been observed after H2 absorption, leading to MgH2. After heating up to 430 °C the hydrogenated samples, a main desorption reaction from MgH2 has been observed, which brings again to the starting phases. Experimental results have been discussed on the basis of a thermodynamic assessment of the Mg-Al-H system.

  20. Eutectic nucleation in hypoeutectic Al-Si alloys

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    Nafisi, S. Ghomashchi, R.; Vali, H.

    2008-10-15

    The nucleation mechanism of eutectic grains in hypoeutectic Al-Si foundry alloys has been investigated by examining deep etched specimens in high-resolution field emission gun scanning electron microscope (FEG-SEM) and by using in-situ Focused Ion Beam (FIB) milling and microscopy. Both unmodified and Sr-modified alloys were studied to characterize the nucleation mechanism of eutectic silicon flakes and fibers. It is proposed that following nucleation of eutectic Al on the primary {alpha}-Al dendrites, fine Si particles form at the solidification front upon which the eutectic Si flakes and fibers could develop. The formation of small Si particles is attributed to Si enrichment of the remaining melt due to the formation of eutectic Al (aluminum spikes) at the eutectic temperature. A hypothesis is then proposed to explain the mechanism of eutectic grains formation with main emphasis on the eutectic Si phase.

  1. Evaluation of the microstructure, secondary dendrite arm spacing, and mechanical properties of Al-Si alloy castings made in sand and Fe-Cr slag molds

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    Narasimha Murthy, I.; Babu Rao, J.

    2017-07-01

    The microstructure and mechanical properties of as-cast A356 (Al-Si) alloy castings were investigated. A356 alloy was cast into three different molds composed of sand, ferrochrome (Fe-Cr) slag, and a mixture of sand and Fe-Cr. A sodium silicate-CO2 process was used to make the necessary molds. Cylindrical-shaped castings were prepared. Cast products with no porosity and a good surface finish were achieved in all of the molds. These castings were evaluated for their metallography, secondary dendrite arm spacing (SDAS), and mechanical properties, including hardness, compression, tensile, and impact properties. Furthermore, the tensile and impact samples were analyzed by fractography. The results show that faster heat transfer in the Fe-Cr slag molds than in either the silica sand or mixed molds led to lower SDAS values with a refined microstructure in the products cast in Fe-Cr slag molds. Consistent and enhanced mechanical properties were observed in the slag mold products than in the castings obtained from either sand or mixed molds. The fracture surface of the slag mold castings shows a dimple fracture morphology with a transgranular fracture nature. However, the fracture surfaces of the sand mold castings display brittle fracture. In conclusion, products cast in Fe-Cr slag molds exhibit an improved surface finish and enhanced mechanical properties compared to those of products cast in sand and mixed molds.

  2. Hot corrosion of CoCrAlY alloys

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    Hwang, S.Y.

    1989-01-01

    The kinetics and mechanisms of the hot corrosion of CoCrAlY alloys over wide ranges of temperature (600-1000{degree}C) and Pso{sub 3} (10{sup {minus}6}-10{sup {minus}3} atm) were studied. Isothermal and cyclic experiments were performed to study the kinetics, and microstructures were examined by scanning electron microscopy. After interpreting these results, the hot corrosion mechanisms of the CoCrAlY alloys were proposed to explain the observed behavior. The reaction mechanism governing hot corrosion is thought to be as follows. At low temperature (600-800{degree}C), SO{sub 3} and CoO react and form a molten Na{sub 2}SO{sub 4}-CoSO{sub 4} salt mixture. Aluminum diffuses through the alloy, is oxidized, and the alumina which is formed becomes subject to basic fluxing. While alumina is subject to the Rapp-Goto mechanism, chromia may not be subject to this mechanism. Since Co is left behind in the alloy, the basic fluxing of alumina seems to be the cause for formation of nonprotective scales. Sulfides can form during low temperature hot corrosion and considerable sulfide formation is observed at 900-850{degree}C, but the sulfidation process is less likely to be the major cause of LTHC. Also, the sulfite formation mechanism is evaluated, and the activity of aluminum sulfite is found to be too low for this compound to exist. At high temperature (900-1000{degree}C), the CoCrAlY alloy was in the initiation stage due to the formation of protective alumina during isothermal tests. The mode of degradation of the CoCrAlY alloy at 1000{degree}C in pure oxygen during the cyclic tests was basic fluxing of alumina and chromia accompanied by spalling and cracking of oxides.

  3. Nanoscale design of Ni-Al shape memory alloys.

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    Subramaniyan, Arun K; Sun, C T

    2009-02-25

    Nanoscale design of Ni-Al alloys was performed to optimize the phase transformation behavior. The distribution of nickel and aluminum atoms was identified as a key parameter in the phase transformation process. A design criterion based on thermal expansion asymmetry was proposed. The effectiveness of the design criterion was validated using molecular dynamics simulations.

  4. Magnetic properties of mechanically alloyed Mn-Al-C powders

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    Kohmoto, O.; Kageyama, N.; Kageyama, Y.; Haji, H.; Uchida, M.; Matsushima, Y.

    2011-01-01

    We have prepared supersaturated-solution Mn-Al-C alloy powders by mechanical alloying using a planetary high-energy mill. The starting materials were pure Mn, Al and C powers. The mechanically-alloyed powders were subjected to a two-step heating. Although starting particles are Al and Mn with additive C, the Al peak disappears with MA time. With increasing MA time, transition from α-Mn to β-Mn does not occur; the α-Mn structure maintains. At 100 h, a single phase of supersaturated-solution α-Mn is obtained. The lattice constant of α-Mn decreases with increasing MA time. From the Scherrer formula, the crystallite size at 500 h is obtained as 200Å, which does not mean amorphous state. By two-step heating, high magnetization (66 emu/g) was obtained from short-time-milled powders (t=10 h). The precursor of the as-milled powder is not a single phase α-Mn but contains small amount of fcc Al. After two-step heating, the powder changes to τ-phase. Although the saturation magnetization increases, the value is less than that by conventional bulk MnAl (88 emu/g). Meanwhile, long-time-milled powder of single α-Mn phase results in low magnetization (5.2 emu/g) after two-step heating.

  5. Investigation of Phase Equilibria and Some Properties of Alloys of Ti-Al-Fe and Ti-Al-V Systems,

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    Some data on the structure and properties of Ti-Al-Fe alloys are presented. The phase equilibria in alloys in the system Ti-Al-V were studies...However, the data available in the literature on phase equilibria in the systems Ti-Al-Fe and Ti-Al-V require refinement, as they are insufficiently

  6. Reactive plasma spraying of Al-Ti alloys

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    Entezarian, M.; Shanker, K.; Tsantrizos, P.G.; Allaire, F.; Immarigeon, J.P.; Drew, R.A.L.

    1995-12-31

    Reactive plasma spraying was used to synthesize Al alloys containing a dispersion of TiAl{sub 3} intermetallics. Either Al powder or Al wire and TiCl{sub 4} were the raw materials used. The size, distribution, and morphology of the intermetallic phase were a function of the injection manner of the starting materials, the plasma process parameters, and the molar ratio of the reactants (TiCl{sub 4}/Al). Under optimum conditions, a fine dispersion of micron sized intermetallics was obtained. Investigation of the reaction mechanism showed that the particle`s temperature was a critical factor in producing a fine dispersion of TiAl{sub 3} phase in an Al matrix. Materials produced at temperatures below the melting point of TiAl{sub 3} resulted in a microstructure containing an Al core with a TiAl{sub 3} shell. In contrast, materials produced at higher temperatures resulted in a fine TiAl{sub 3} phase precipitating from the Al-Ti melt during the solidification process. Products were collected as porous deposited layers whose surface was contaminated with chlorides. The products were subjected to purification followed by hot rolling for further consolidation. The effectiveness of vacuum thermal treatment on the removal of Cl was investigated. Al chlorides could be removed by thermal treatments at temperatures below the melting point of Al, while some of the Ti subchlorides required higher temperatures. The mechanical properties of the consolidated materials were also determined and are reported.

  7. Hot Cracking Susceptibility of Binary Mg-Al Alloys

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    Cao, Guoping; Kou, Sindo; Chang, Y. Austin

    The susceptibility of binary Mg-Al alloys in permanent mold casting was tested, including Mg-0.25Al, Mg-0.6Al, Mg-1Al, Mg-2Al, Mg-4Al and Mg-8Al (all in wt %). A steel mold was used for constrained rod casting (CRC), in which rods of various lengths were cast with sudden enlargement at both ends of each rod to prevent it from free contraction during solidification and thus induce hot cracking. The cooling rate near the location of cracking was measured. The hot cracking susceptibility was evaluated based on the widths and locations of the cracks observed. The curve of crack susceptibility vs. Al content was determined and compared with previous curves based on ring casting in steel molds and constrained rod casting in sand molds. The Scheil model of solidification was used to calculate the curves of temperature vs. fraction solid (T-fS) of the alloys. The crack susceptibility curve based on a simplified hot cracking criterion and the T-fS and cooling curves was compared with that based on CRC.

  8. Divorced Eutectic Solidification of Mg-Al Alloys

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    Monas, Alexander; Shchyglo, Oleg; Kim, Se-Jong; Yim, Chang Dong; Höche, Daniel; Steinbach, Ingo

    2015-08-01

    We present simulations of the nucleation and equiaxed dendritic growth of the primary hexagonal close-packed -Mg phase followed by the nucleation of the -phase in interdendritic regions. A zoomed-in region of a melt channel under eutectic conditions is investigated and compared with experiments. The presented simulations allow prediction of the final properties of an alloy based on process parameters. The obtained results give insight into the solidification processes governing the microstructure formation of Mg-Al alloys, allowing their targeted design for different applications.

  9. Microscopic Properties of Long-Period Ordering in Al-Rich TiAl Alloys

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    Hata, S.; Nakano, T.; Kuwano, N.; Itakura, M.; Matsumura, S.; Umakoshi, Y.

    2008-07-01

    The ordering mechanism of long-period superstructures (LPSs) in Al-rich TiAl alloys has been investigated by high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM). The LPSs are classified in terms of arrangements of base clusters with different shapes and compositions formed in Ti-rich (002) layers of L10-TiAl matrix: square Ti4Al, fat rhombus Ti3Al, and lean rhombus Ti2Al type clusters. The HRTEM observations revealed that antiphase boundaries of long-range-ordered LPS domains and short-range-ordered microdomains are constructed by various space-filling arrangements of the base clusters. Such a microscopic property characterized by the base clusters and their arrangements is markedly analogous to that of the {left< {{text{1,1/2,0}}} rightrangle } * special-point ordering alloys such as Ni-Mo.

  10. Microstructural Investigations On Ni-Ta-Al Ternary Alloys

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    Negache, M.; Souami, N.

    2010-01-05

    The Ni-Al-Ta ternary alloys in the Ni-rich part present complex microstructures. They are composed of multiple phases that are formed according to the nominal composition of the alloy, primary Ni(gamma), Ni{sub 3}Al(gamma'), Ni{sub 6}AlTa(tau{sub 3}), Ni{sub 3}Ta(delta) or in equilibrium: two solid phases (gamma'-tau{sub 3}), (tau{sub 3}-delta), (tau{sub 3}-gamma), (gamma-delta) or three solid phases (gamma'-tau{sub 3}-delta). The nature and the volume fraction of these phases give these alloys very interesting properties at high temperature, and this makes them attractive for specific applications. We have developed a series of ternary alloys in electric arc furnace, determining their solidification sequences using Differential Thermal Analysis (DTA), characterized by SEM-EDS, X-ray diffraction and by a microhardness tests. The follow-up results made it possible to make a correlation between the nature of the formed phases and their solidifying way into the Ni{sub 75}Al{sub x}Ta{sub y} (x+y = 25at.%) system, which are varied and complex. In addition to the solid solution Ni (gamma), the formed intermetallics compounds (gamma', tau{sub 3} and delta) has been identified and correlated with a complex balance between phases.We noticed that the hardness increases with the tantalum which has a hardening effect and though the compound Ni{sub 3}Ta(delta) is the hardest. The below results provide a better understanding of the complex microstructure of these alloys.

  11. Mercury embrittlement of Cu-Al alloys under cyclic loading

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    Regan, T. M.; Stoloff, N. S.

    1977-01-01

    The effect of mercury on the room temperature, high cycle fatigue properties of three alloys: Cu-5.5 pct Al, Cu-7.3 pct Al, and Cu-6.3 pct Al-2.5 pct Fe has been determined. Severe embrittlement under cyclic loading in mercury is associated with rapid crack propagation in the presence of the liquid metal. A pronounced grain size effect is noted under mercury, while fatigue properties in air are insensitive to grain size. The fatigue results are discussed in relation to theories of adsorption-induced liquid metal embrittlement.

  12. Phase-transformation-induced hardening in Zn-22Al alloys

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    Zhang, Yangming; Zeng, Xuduo; Yang, Lijing; Sun, Keqing; Song, Zhenlun

    2013-06-01

    A phase-transformation-induced hardening effect is reported in Zn-22Al (Al: 22 wt.%) alloys. The Zn-22Al specimens were held at 300 °C for 10 h and then quenched in water. A hardening effect took place in subsequent artificial aging at 100-200 °C, which was accompanied by a phase decomposition of a soft α 2 phase and a grain coarsening. The phase-transformation-induced hardening affects the hardness more than the grain-coarsening-induced softening, which leads to the age-hardening phenomenon.

  13. Two-Phase (TiAl+TiCrAl) Coating Alloys for Titanium Aluminides

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    Brady, Michael P. (Inventor); Smialek, James L. (Inventor); Brindley, William J. (Inventor)

    1998-01-01

    A coating for protecting titanium aluminide alloys, including the TiAl gamma + Ti3Al (alpha(sub 2)) class, from oxidative attack and interstitial embrittlement at temperatures up to at least 1000 C. is disclosed. This protective coating consists essentially of titanium, aluminum. and chromium in the following approximate atomic ratio: Ti(41.5-34.5)Al(49-53)Cr(9.5-12.5)

  14. Enriched alloy layer on an Al-Cu alloy studied by cyclic voltammetry

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    García Vergara, S. J.; Blanco Pinzon, C. E.; Skeldon, P.

    2017-01-01

    The behaviour of enriched Al-0.7at.%Cu alloy is investigated using cyclic voltammetry. Enriched alloy layers at the interface between the alloy/oxide film were developed by alkaline etching at 5mAcm-2 in 0.1M sodium hydroxide solution at 298K, with the time of etching determining the extent of enrichment. Cyclic voltammograms were recorded at a scan rate of 10mV s-1 in naturally aerated 0.1M ammonium pentaborate solution at 298K. The current overshoot of the enriched alloys was different from that for non-enriched alloy. The latter material revealed the usual single peaks, which are very similar. In contrast, the overshoot comprised two or more components for the enriched alloys. The behaviour is suggested to be associated with the atomic bonding of aluminium in copper-rich and aluminium-rich regions of the enriched alloy layer, with influence on the activation potentials for oxidation of aluminium.

  15. Structure and Phase Composition of Ni-Al-Cr Alloy Alloyed by Rhenium and Lanthanum

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    Nikonenko, E. L.; Popova, N. A.; Dement, T. V.; Koneva, N. A.

    2017-06-01

    The paper presents the transmission and the scanning electron microscope investigations of the phase composition and fine structure of Ni-Al-Cr-based alloy alloyed by rhenium and lanthanum. The alloy is prepared by the directional crystallization technique and then subjected to 1150°C annealing during 1 hour. It is shown that γ- and γ'-phases are major and have a face-centered cubic crystal system. Solid solutions of γ- and γ'-phase have a disordered and an ordered atom arrangement, respectively. The latter has L12 superstructure. It is found that rhenium and lanthanum alloying leads to the structural modification of γ'-phase quasi-cuboids. Not dissolving in major phases, rhenium and lanthanum are phase-formation elements and form σ-phase. The phase composition and morphology of these phases are studied and described.

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

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

    1993-02-01

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

  17. Effect of a grain refiner cum modifier on mechanical properties of Al-7Si and Al-11Si alloys

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    Jigajinni, S. M.; Venkateswarlu, K.; Kori, S. A.

    2013-03-01

    This study evaluates the influence of grain refiners/modifiers on the mechanical properties of the Al-7Si and Al-11Si alloys with an experiment of quantitative and qualitative correlations with the microstructure. Modification of Al-Si alloys with strontium additions and grain refinement with Al-Ti, Al-B and Al-T-B master alloy additions are demonstrated to be efficient on Al-Si alloys. A single master alloy with combined additions of Sr and Ti and/or B was prepared and the microstructure and mechanical properties were studied. The results show that boron rich (Al-3B-Sr and Al-1Ti-3B-Sr) master alloys are more efficient than Ti rich (Al-3Ti-Sr and Al-5Ti-1B-Sr) master alloys considering their combined grain refinement and modification effect on Al-7Si and Al-11Si alloys. However, the presence of Sr does not influence the grain refinement. Similarly, presence of grain refiner does not influence the modification of eutectic Si.

  18. Investigation on Formation Mechanism of Irregular Shape Porosity in Hypoeutectic Aluminum Alloy by X-Ray Real Time Observation

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    Liao, Hengcheng; Zhao, Lei; Wu, Yuna; Fan, Ran; Wang, Qigui; Pan, Ye

    2012-08-01

    The formation mechanism of irregular shape porosity in hypoeutectic aluminum silicon alloy (A356) was investigated by X-ray real time observation on porosity evolution during solidification and re-melting. Porosity in the hypoeutectic aluminum A356 alloy with high hydrogen content (>0.3 mL/100 g Al) first forms in the liquid as small spherical gas bubbles, then expands along with the pressure drop in the mushy zone due to shrinkage and lack of feeding, and finally deforms into irregular morphology by the impingement of aluminum dendrite network. Degassing is a key to eliminate porosity in aluminum alloy castings.

  19. Oxidation characteristics of Ti-14Al-21Nb ingot alloy

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    Sankaran, Sankara N.; Clark, Ronald K.; Unnam, Jalaiah; Wiedemann, Karl E.

    1990-01-01

    Static oxidation kinetics of Ti14Al21Nb (wt pct) ingot alloy were studied in air over the temperature interval of 649 to 1093 C in a thermogravimetric apparatus. The oxidation products were characterized by x ray diffraction, electron microprobe analysis, energy dispersive x ray analysis, and Auger electron spectroscopy. Cross-sections of the oxidized samples were also examined using light and scanning electron microscopy. The oxidation rate was substantially lower than the conventional alloys of titanium, but the kinetics displayed a complex behavior involving two or more oxidation rates depending on the temperature and duration of exposure. The primary oxide formed was TiO2, but this oxide was doped with Nb. Small amounts of Al2O3 and TiN were also present in the scale. Diffusion of oxygen into the alloy was observed and the diffusivity seemed to be dependent on the microstructure of the metal. A model was presented to explain the oxidation behavior of the alloy in terms of the reduction in the oxygen diffusivity in the oxide caused by the modification of the defect structure of TiO2 by Nb ions.

  20. Hydrogen generation using the corrosion of Al-Sn and Al-Si alloys in an alkaline solution

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    Yoo, Jeong-Hyun; Yun, Kwi-Sub; Kalubarme, Ramchandra S.; Park, Choong-Nyeon; Park, Chan-Jin

    2014-07-01

    We investigated the effects of adding Sn and Si to Al alloys on the corrosion of the alloys and the generation of hydrogen from an alkaline solution using the alloys. With increasing Sn content of up to 20 wt% in the Al-Sn alloy, the volume fraction of the Sn phase as a cathodic site at grain boundaries increased, and consequently, the hydrogen generation rate from an alkaline solution by the alloy also increased. In addition, the quenched Al-Sn alloys had smaller grain sizes compared to the furnace-cooled alloys, and accordingly, exhibited a slightly higher hydrogen generation rate. A galvanic cell was formed between the Al grain and the Sn phase of the grain boundary, and accordingly, intergranular type corrosion was observed on the Al-Sn alloys. Compared with the Al-Sn alloys, a more uniform type corrosion was observed on the Al-Si alloys because the nobler Si was uniformly distributed in the eutectic region formed between the primary Al grains. The hydrogen generation rate increased with an increasing Si content up to 10 wt% and was greater for the furnace-cooled samples than that for the quenched samples due to the more clearly formed eutectic structure.

  1. Mechanical Characterization and Corrosion Testing of X608 Al Alloy

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    Prabhakaran, Ramprashad; Choi, Jung-Pyung; Stephens, Elizabeth V.; Catalini, David; Lavender, Curt A.; Rohatgi, Aashish

    2016-02-07

    This paper describes the mechanical characterization and corrosion testing of X608 Al alloy that is being considered for A-pillar covers for heavy-duty truck applications. Recently, PNNL developed a thermo-mechanical process to stamp A-pillar covers at room temperature using this alloy, and the full-size prototype was successfully stamped by a tier-1 supplier. This study was conducted to obtain additional important information related to the newly developed forming process, and to further improve its mechanical properties. The solutionization temperature, pre-strain and paint-bake heat-treatment were found to influence the alloy’s fabricability and mechanical properties. Natural aging effect on the formability was investigated by limiting dome height (LDH) tests. Preliminary corrosion experiments showed that the employed thermo-mechanical treatments did not significantly affect the corrosion behavior of Al X608.

  2. Laser Metal Deposition of the Intermetallic TiAl Alloy

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    Thomas, Marc; Malot, Thierry; Aubry, Pascal

    2017-03-01

    Laser metal deposition of the commercial intermetallic Ti-47Al-2Cr-2Nb alloy was investigated. A large number of experiments were conducted under controlled atmosphere by changing the processing parameters to manufacture a series of beads, thin walls, and massive blocks. Optimal process parameters were successfully found to prevent cracking which is generally observed in this brittle material due to built-up residual stresses during fast cooling. These non-equilibrium cooling conditions tend to generate ultra-fine and metastable structures exhibiting high microhardness values, thus requiring post-heat treatments. The latter were successfully used to restore homogeneous lamellar or duplex microstructures and to relieve residual stresses. Subsequent tensile tests enabled us to validate the soundness and homogeneity of the Intermetallic TiAl alloy. Finally, a higher mechanical performance was achieved for the LMD material with respect to cast+HIP and EBM counterparts.

  3. Laser Metal Deposition of the Intermetallic TiAl Alloy

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    Thomas, Marc; Malot, Thierry; Aubry, Pascal

    2017-06-01

    Laser metal deposition of the commercial intermetallic Ti-47Al-2Cr-2Nb alloy was investigated. A large number of experiments were conducted under controlled atmosphere by changing the processing parameters to manufacture a series of beads, thin walls, and massive blocks. Optimal process parameters were successfully found to prevent cracking which is generally observed in this brittle material due to built-up residual stresses during fast cooling. These non-equilibrium cooling conditions tend to generate ultra-fine and metastable structures exhibiting high microhardness values, thus requiring post-heat treatments. The latter were successfully used to restore homogeneous lamellar or duplex microstructures and to relieve residual stresses. Subsequent tensile tests enabled us to validate the soundness and homogeneity of the Intermetallic TiAl alloy. Finally, a higher mechanical performance was achieved for the LMD material with respect to cast+HIP and EBM counterparts.

  4. NDE of friction stir welds of Al alloys using high-frequency acoustic microscopy

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    Palit Sagar, S.; Miyasaka, C.; Ghosh, M.; Tittmann, B. R.

    2012-12-01

    This paper presents results on high-frequency ultrasonic imaging of bonds between different materials with application to friction stir welding (FSW). The unique feature of this paper is the use of high numerical aperture lenses that allow the excitation of leaky surface acoustic waves. These interact with weak bonds to produce wave interference of incident and reflected waves at weak bond interfaces. The interference provides a vivid contrast marking the weak interface bond as an easily recognisable feature. Presented are a description of the high-frequency lenses, simulation of the contrast phenomenon and the application to friction stir welds. The welds were between cast A356 and wrought 6061 Al alloys obtained under four different processing conditions. The selected sections of these were imaged at high frequencies in the GHz range by bringing the acoustic lenses towards the specimen's surface far enough so that the peripheral lens rays were incident at large enough angles to exceed the first and second critical angles and to excite leaky surface acoustic waves. The interference of these waves allowed the imaging of the bond details with a resolution of about 1.5-3 μm. The features and flaws observed in the images were correlated with those reported on in the literature as well as those obtained from scanning electron microscopy and tensile property evaluation. The quality of weld bonds inferred from the images was correlated to the tensile fracture experiments, which showed that improperly bonded specimens showed a relatively larger number of flaws. The results suggest that high-frequency acoustic microscopy is indeed a useful method for the diagnostic evaluation of FSW, especially since acoustic microscopes are now available as portable instruments commercially.

  5. Crystallization of Al-Co-Dy(Ho) amorphous alloys

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    Sidorov, V.; Petrova, S.; Svec, P., Sr.; Svec, P.; Janickovic, D.; Palitsina, A.

    2016-10-01

    Amorphous ribbons of Al92-xCo8Dy(Ho)x (x = 6 and 10 at.%) composition were produced by a standard planar flow casting method. Their kinetics of crystallization was studied by X-rays, DSC and electric resistivity. The phase composition was determined at each stage of crystallization. In order to increase the stability of amorphous state, use of alloy with high REM content and holmium is preferred to dysprosium.

  6. Crystallization of Al-Co-Dy(Ho) amorphous alloys

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    Sidorov, V.; Petrova, S.; Svec, P., Sr.; Svec, P.; Janickovic, D.; Palitsina, A.

    2017-04-01

    Amorphous ribbons of Al92- x Co8Dy(Ho) x ( x = 6 and 10 at.%) composition were produced by a standard planar flow casting method. Their kinetics of crystallization was studied by X-rays, DSC and electric resistivity. The phase composition was determined at each stage of crystallization. In order to increase the stability of amorphous state, use of alloy with high REM content and holmium is preferred to dysprosium.

  7. Behavior of Al-Mg alloy subjected to thermal processing

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    Cristian, AchiÅ£ei Dragoş; Georgiana, Minciunǎ Mirabela; Victor, Sandu Andrei; Abdullah, Mohd Mustafa Al Bakri

    2017-04-01

    In the paper are shown the experimental results obtained for aluminum alloy, after application of the heat treatments by quenching solution and artificial ageing. The purpose of quenching solution treatment is to decrease the hardness and improve the machining for industrial parts made from this material. By artificial ageing treatment, the Al-Mg structure is modified, the hardness increase to the values necessary for a long exploitation of the parts.

  8. Aluminum Alloys for ALS Cryogenic Tanks: Oxygen Compatibility. Volume 2

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1990-09-01

    Absorbed energy, calculated from specimen deformation characteristics, vs. absorbed energy, calculated from rebound heights. 79. 11.7.2. Tensile...combustion tests. Therefore, within the ability of the current tests to discern relative compatibility and flamability with LOX and COX, the Al-Li alloys and...each second phase particle measured and assuming a circular shape to calculate a diameter; (4) separating second phase particles into 10 bins based on

  9. Tensile properties of Fe-16 at. % Al alloys

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    Sikka, V.K.

    1995-02-01

    A newly developed melting method for Fe-16 at. % Al alloy (FAPY) is described. Tensile data on the air-induction-melted (AIM) and vacuum-induction-melted (VIM) heats of FAPY after identical processing are presented. Optical, scanning electron micrographs (SEM), and microprobe analysis were carried out to explain the lower room-temperature ductility and more scatter in the data for the AIM material as opposed to the VIM material.

  10. High temperature, oxidation resistant noble metal-Al alloy thermocouple

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    Smialek, James L. (Inventor); Gedwill, Michael G. (Inventor)

    1994-01-01

    A thermocouple is disclosed. The thermocouple is comprised of an electropositive leg formed of a noble metal-Al alloy and an electronegative leg electrically joined to form a thermocouple junction. The thermocouple provides for accurate and reproducible measurement of high temperatures (600 - 1300 C) in inert, oxidizing or reducing environments, gases, or vacuum. Furthermore, the thermocouple circumvents the need for expensive, strategic precious metals such as rhodium as a constituent component. Selective oxidation of rhodium is also thereby precluded.

  11. Experimental analysis of Exfoliation rate on Aluminum alloy Al7010

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    Choudhury, Ankur; Gopakumar, Abhimanyu; Athul, K. P.; Adinath, D. R.; Prashanth, Mrudula

    2017-08-01

    Aluminium alloys are increasingly being used in the manufacture of structures of airplanes and automobiles due to their superior properties such as high strength to weight ratio and excellent mechanical properties. AA7010 Al alloy is a 7xxx series alloy that is mainly used in the aircraft industries. Al 7010 is said to have high tensile strength as well as high fatigue strength. It is also stress corrosion resistant. However due to exposure to extreme marine and industrial environments, the metal may be subjected to corrosion such as exfoliation corrosion. Exfoliation is a special form of intergranular corrosion that proceeds laterally from the sites of initiation along planes parallel to the surface, generally at grain boundaries, forming corrosion products that force metal away from the body of the material, giving rise to a layered appearance. Exfoliation corrosion may cause heavy damage to aircrafts in the long run. In the present work, the test has been conducted on Al7010 samples for the determination of rate and extent of exfoliation corrosion by subjecting them to artificial corrosive conditions that mimic the actual marine and industrial environments. The samples are heat treated to T6 and T7 tempers prior subjecting them to the corrosive environments, as most of the aircraft materials are subjected to T6 and T7 tempers to enhance the properties before being put to commercial use. Samples are tested according to ASTM G34 and rated by comparing them with standard photographs. Also electrical conductivity tests on the samples have been carried out which reveals that the electrical conductivity of the Al 7010 alloy increases upon heat treatment.

  12. Infrared gold alloy brazing on titanium and Ti-6Al-4V alloy surfaces and its application to removable prosthodontics.

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    Wakabayashi, N; Ai, M; Iijima, K; Takada, Y; Okuno, O

    1999-09-01

    This study investigated the area size of the flow of a gold braze alloy on commercially pure titanium and Ti-6Al-4V alloy plates, and elemental composition at the interface was determined. In the second part of this study, the tensile strengths of titanium plates brazed using a gold alloy were investigated. Chips of Type IV gold alloy and silver braze alloys were melted onto commercially pure titanium and Ti-6Al-4V surfaces in a dental infrared radiation unit. Flow area of each braze alloy was measured using a digital image analyzer. Tensile specimens (n = 5) were also prepared by infrared brazing using the braze alloys. Five specimens for each combination of the two titanium plates and the two braze alloys were subjected to tensile loading using a Universal testing machine. Electronprobe microanalysis of x-rays at cross-section of the brazed joints to determine elemental composition across the interface, as well as scanning electron microscopic observation at the fracture surfaces, were also conducted. The braze alloys flowed well and spread over the Ti and Ti-6Al-4V plates. Braze alloy type significantly influenced flow, and the gold alloy flowed less on the titanium materials. The mean tensile strengths of Ti and Ti-6Al-4V plates brazed using the gold braze alloy were 219 MPa and 417 MPa, respectively. The fracture surfaces of Ti-6Al-4V specimens with the gold braze alloy exhibited typical ductile behavior. Ti with the same braze alloy showed brittle surfaces. A greater concentration of Cu was found at the Ti with gold braze interface. The flow and the tensile strength of the gold alloy coating on titanium surface by means of an infrared brazing is adequate for dental use.

  13. Potential of an Al-Ti-MgAl2O4 Master Alloy and Ultrasonic Cavitation in the Grain Refinement of a Cast Aluminum Alloy

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    Sreekumar, V. M.; Babu, N. H.; Eskin, D. G.

    2017-02-01

    A new grain refining master alloy containing MgAl2O4 and Ti was synthesized by in situ reaction of TiO2 particles in an Al-Mg melt. MgAl2O4 particles formed were distributed in the melt by ultrasonic cavitation processing. The obtained master alloy showed considerable (50 pct) grain refining ability in a commercial A357-type Al-Si alloy. Ultrasonication contributed further to 25 pct in the grain refinement. In comparison with a commercial Al-5 pct Ti-1 pct B master alloy, the efficiency of the new master alloy is less at a lower addition rate. Nevertheless, both master alloys performed similarly at higher additions. The strength and ductility of the inoculated and ultrasonicated alloy showed at least a 10 pct and a 50 pct increase, respectively, as compared with non-grain-refined alloy and a similar mechanical performance in comparison with the alloy inoculated with Al-5 pct Ti-1 pct B master alloy.

  14. 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.

  15. Towards a Superplastic Forming of Fe-Mn-Al Alloys

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    Guanabara, Paulo Jr.; Bueno, Levi de O.; Ferreira Batalha, Gilmar

    2011-01-17

    The aim is to study the characteristics of superplasticity, mostly on non qualified materials, such as austenitic steel of the Fe-Mn-Al alloy, which has some of the specific material parameters closely related to microstructural mechanisms. These parameters are used as indicators of material superplastic potentiality. The material was submitted to hot tensile testing, within a temperature range from 600 deg. C to 1000 deg. C and strain-rates varying from 10{sup -6} to 1 s{sup -1}. The strain rate sensitivity parameter (m) and observed maximum elongation until rupture ({epsilon}{sub r}) could be determined and also obtained from the hot tensile test. The experiments stated a possibility of superplastic behaviour in a Fe-Mn-Al alloy within a temperature range from 700 deg. C to 900 deg. C with grain size around 3 {mu}m (ASTM grain size 12) and average strain rate sensitivity of m {approx} 0.54, as well as a maximum elongation at rupture around 600%. The results are based on a more enhanced research from the authors; however, this paper has focused just on the hot tensile test, as further creep tests results are not available herein. There are rare examples of superplasticity study of an austenitic steel Fe-Mn-Al alloy, thus this work showed some possibility of exploring the potential use of such materials in this regime at temperatures {>=}700 deg. C.

  16. Recent Developments in Friction Stir Welding of Al-alloys

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    Çam, Gürel; Mistikoglu, Selcuk

    2014-06-01

    The diversity and never-ending desire for a better life standard result in a continuous development of the existing manufacturing technologies. In line with these developments in the existing production technologies the demand for more complex products increases, which also stimulates new approaches in production routes of such products, e.g., novel welding procedures. For instance, the friction stir welding (FSW) technology, developed for joining difficult-to-weld Al-alloys, has been implemented by industry in manufacturing of several products. There are also numerous attempts to apply this method to other materials beyond Al-alloys. However, the process has not yet been implemented by industry for joining these materials with the exception of some limited applications. The microstructures and mechanical properties of friction stir welded Al-alloys existing in the open literature will be discussed in detail in this review. The correlations between weld parameters used during FSW and the microstructures evolved in the weld region and thus mechanical properties of the joints produced will be highlighted. However, the modeling studies, material flow, texture formation and developments in tool design are out of the scope of this work as well as the other variants of this technology, such as friction stir spot welding (FSSW).

  17. Comparative evaluation of cast aluminum alloys for automotive cylinder heads: Part I Microstructure evolution

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    Roy, Shibayan; Allard, Jr, Lawrence Frederick; Rodriguez, Andres; ...

    2017-03-06

    The present study stages a comparative evaluation of microstructure and associated mechanical and thermal response for common cast aluminum alloys that are used for manufacturing automotive cylinder heads. The systems considered are Al-Cu (206-T6), Al-Si-Cu (319-T7), and Al-Si (356-T6, A356-T6, and A356 + 0.5Cu-T6). The focus of the present manuscript is on the evaluation of microstructure at various length scales after aging, while the second manuscript will deal with the mechanical and thermal response of these alloys due to short-term (aging) and long-term (pre-conditioning) heat treatments. At the grain-scale, the Al-Cu alloy possessed an equiaxed microstructure as opposed to themore » dendritic structure for the Al-Si-Cu or Al-Si alloys which is related to the individual solidification conditions for these alloy systems. The composition and morphology of intermetallic precipitates within the grain and at the grain/dendritic boundary are dictated by the alloy chemistry, solidification, and heat treatment conditions. At the nanoscale, these alloys contain various metastable strengthening precipitates (GPI and θ''θ'' in Al-Cu alloy, θ'θ' in Al-Si-Cu alloy, and β'β' in Al-Si alloys) with varying size, morphology, coherency, and thermal stability.« less

  18. Comparative Evaluation of Cast Aluminum Alloys for Automotive Cylinder Heads: Part I—Microstructure Evolution

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    Roy, Shibayan; Allard, Lawrence F.; Rodriguez, Andres; Watkins, Thomas R.; Shyam, Amit

    2017-05-01

    The present study stages a comparative evaluation of microstructure and associated mechanical and thermal response for common cast aluminum alloys that are used for manufacturing automotive cylinder heads. The systems considered are Al-Cu (206-T6), Al-Si-Cu (319-T7), and Al-Si (356-T6, A356-T6, and A356 + 0.5Cu-T6). The focus of the present manuscript is on the evaluation of microstructure at various length scales after aging, while the second manuscript will deal with the mechanical and thermal response of these alloys due to short-term (aging) and long-term (pre-conditioning) heat treatments. At the grain-scale, the Al-Cu alloy possessed an equiaxed microstructure as opposed to the dendritic structure for the Al-Si-Cu or Al-Si alloys which is related to the individual solidification conditions for these alloy systems. The composition and morphology of intermetallic precipitates within the grain and at the grain/dendritic boundary are dictated by the alloy chemistry, solidification, and heat treatment conditions. At the nanoscale, these alloys contain various metastable strengthening precipitates (GPI and θ^'' in Al-Cu alloy, θ^' in Al-Si-Cu alloy, and β^' in Al-Si alloys) with varying size, morphology, coherency, and thermal stability.

  19. Comparative Evaluation of Cast Aluminum Alloys for Automotive Cylinder Heads: Part I—Microstructure Evolution

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    Roy, Shibayan; Allard, Lawrence F.; Rodriguez, Andres; Watkins, Thomas R.; Shyam, Amit

    2017-03-01

    The present study stages a comparative evaluation of microstructure and associated mechanical and thermal response for common cast aluminum alloys that are used for manufacturing automotive cylinder heads. The systems considered are Al-Cu (206-T6), Al-Si-Cu (319-T7), and Al-Si (356-T6, A356-T6, and A356 + 0.5Cu-T6). The focus of the present manuscript is on the evaluation of microstructure at various length scales after aging, while the second manuscript will deal with the mechanical and thermal response of these alloys due to short-term (aging) and long-term (pre-conditioning) heat treatments. At the grain-scale, the Al-Cu alloy possessed an equiaxed microstructure as opposed to the dendritic structure for the Al-Si-Cu or Al-Si alloys which is related to the individual solidification conditions for these alloy systems. The composition and morphology of intermetallic precipitates within the grain and at the grain/dendritic boundary are dictated by the alloy chemistry, solidification, and heat treatment conditions. At the nanoscale, these alloys contain various metastable strengthening precipitates (GPI and θ^'' in Al-Cu alloy, θ^' in Al-Si-Cu alloy, and β^' in Al-Si alloys) with varying size, morphology, coherency, and thermal stability.

  20. Some TEM observations of Al2O3 scales formed on NiCrAl alloys

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    Smialek, J.; Gibala, R.

    1979-01-01

    The microstructural development of Al2O3 scales on NiCrAl alloys has been examined by transmission electron microscopy. Voids were observed within grains in scales formed on a pure NiCrAl alloy. Both voids and oxide grains grew measurably with oxidation time at 1100 C. The size and amount of porosity decreased towards the oxide-metal growth interface. The voids resulted from an excess number of oxygen vacancies near the oxidemetal interface. Short-circuit diffusion paths were discussed in reference to current growth stress models for oxide scales. Transient oxidation of pure, Y-doped, and Zr-doped NiCrAl was also examined. Oriented alpha-(Al, Cr)2O3 and Ni(Al, Cr)2O4 scales often coexisted in layered structures on all three alloys. Close-packed oxygen planes and directions in the corundum and spinel layers were parallel. The close relationship between oxide layers provided a gradual transition from initial transient scales to steady state Al2O3 growth.

  1. Some TEM observations of Al2O3 scales formed on NiCrAl alloys

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    Smialek, J.; Gibala, R.

    1979-01-01

    The microstructural development of Al2O3 scales on NiCrAl alloys has been examined by transmission electron microscopy. Voids have been observed within grains in scales formed on a pure NiCrAl alloy. Both voids and oxide grains grew measurably with oxidation time at 1100 C. The size and amount of porosity decreased towards the oxide-metal growth interface. It was postulated that the voids resulted from an excess number of oxygen vacancies near the oxide-metal interface. Short-circuit diffusion paths were discussed in reference to current growth stress models for oxide scales. Transient oxidations of pure, Y-doped, and Zr-doped NiCrAl was also examined. Oriented alpha-(Al,Cr)2O3 and Ni(Al,Cr)2O4 scales often coexisted in layered structures on all three alloys. Close-packed oxygen planes and directions in the corundum and spinel layers were parallel. The close relationships between oxide layers provided a gradual transition from initial transient scales to steady state Al2O3 growth.

  2. Some TEM observations of Al2O3 scales formed on NiCrAl alloys

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    Smialek, J.; Gibala, R.

    1979-01-01

    The microstructural development of Al2O3 scales on NiCrAl alloys has been examined by transmission electron microscopy. Voids have been observed within grains in scales formed on a pure NiCrAl alloy. Both voids and oxide grains grew measurably with oxidation time at 1100 C. The size and amount of porosity decreased towards the oxide-metal growth interface. It was postulated that the voids resulted from an excess number of oxygen vacancies near the oxide-metal interface. Short-circuit diffusion paths were discussed in reference to current growth stress models for oxide scales. Transient oxidations of pure, Y-doped, and Zr-doped NiCrAl was also examined. Oriented alpha-(Al,Cr)2O3 and Ni(Al,Cr)2O4 scales often coexisted in layered structures on all three alloys. Close-packed oxygen planes and directions in the corundum and spinel layers were parallel. The close relationships between oxide layers provided a gradual transition from initial transient scales to steady state Al2O3 growth.

  3. Si Purification by Removal of Entrapped Al during Electromagnetic Solidification Refining of Si-Al Alloy

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    Yu, Wenzhou; Ma, Wenhui; Zheng, Zhong; Lei, Yun; Jiang, Weiyan; Li, Jie

    2017-10-01

    To investigate the effect of the removal of entrapped Al on Si purity during Al-Si electromagnetic solidification refining, the formation mechanism and removal principle of entrapped Al in primary Si were studied. The results showed that the agglomeration and irregular shape of primary Si crystals during electromagnetic solidification were the main reasons for the formation of entrapped Al; a higher initial Si content in an Al-Si alloy may result in higher amounts of entrapped Al. The entrapped Al can be effectively removed by first grinding the primary Si to powder particles of 20 μm and then leaching the particles with acid, which can simultaneously remove other impurities concentrated in the entrapped Al such as Fe, Ca, Ti, and B. Hence, it is proposed that the combination of electromagnetic solidification, acid leaching, and vacuum directional solidification could be used to obtain solar-grade silicon.

  4. Si Purification by Removal of Entrapped Al during Electromagnetic Solidification Refining of Si-Al Alloy

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    Yu, Wenzhou; Ma, Wenhui; Zheng, Zhong; Lei, Yun; Jiang, Weiyan; Li, Jie

    2017-06-01

    To investigate the effect of the removal of entrapped Al on Si purity during Al-Si electromagnetic solidification refining, the formation mechanism and removal principle of entrapped Al in primary Si were studied. The results showed that the agglomeration and irregular shape of primary Si crystals during electromagnetic solidification were the main reasons for the formation of entrapped Al; a higher initial Si content in an Al-Si alloy may result in higher amounts of entrapped Al. The entrapped Al can be effectively removed by first grinding the primary Si to powder particles of 20 μm and then leaching the particles with acid, which can simultaneously remove other impurities concentrated in the entrapped Al such as Fe, Ca, Ti, and B. Hence, it is proposed that the combination of electromagnetic solidification, acid leaching, and vacuum directional solidification could be used to obtain solar-grade silicon.

  5. Effect of Al on the Wetting Behavior Between TiC x and Molten Ti-Al Alloys

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    Liu, Xuyang; Lv, Xuewei; Dong, Hongbiao; Li, Chunxin; Bai, Chenguang

    2015-10-01

    The wetting behavior and the interfacial reactions between TiC x substrate and molten Ti-Al alloys with different Al contents were studied using the Sessile Drop method at 1758 K (1485 °C) in argon atmosphere. It is found that the wettability and interface reaction products depend on Al content in the molten alloy. The initial contact angles between the molten Ti-Al alloy and TiC0.78 surface reduces from 110 to 80 deg when Al content in the alloy changes from 40 to 80 wt pct. The reduction in the initial contact angle is due to the decrease of surface tension of the molten Ti-Al alloys with increasing Al contents. The segregation of Al atoms to the surface occurred at all bulk concentrations of Ti-Al alloys. Al with lower surface tension tends to segregate on the surface of liquid Ti-Al alloy. In the spreading stage, the interfacial reaction led to the decrease in the contact angle. The adhesion in Ti-Al/TiC x system can be interpreted in terms of strong chemical interactions, which is greatly affected by the diffusion of C. The equilibrium contact angle was measured less than 10 deg. Finally, the reaction sequence at the Ti-Al melt and TiC x substrate interface is proposed.

  6. Concentration dependent structural parameters of liquid Al-Fe alloys

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    Lalnuntluanga, C.; Mishra, Raj Kumar

    2016-10-01

    Square well potential is perturbed over Lebowtiz solution of hard sphere mixtures to determine direct correlation function,C(0) ij(r) in repulsive and attractive regions under Mean Spherical Model Approximation [1]. Obtained direct correlation functions were employed to derive partial structure factors and then total structure factor, S(k) in liquid Al-Fe alloy at different atomic percent of Al. Fourier transform of partial and total structure factors gives partial and total radial distribution functions, g(r) from which partial and total coordination numbers and the partial nearest-neighbor distances were computed.

  7. The effects of alloying elements Al and In on Ni-Mn-Ga shape memory alloys, from first principles.

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    Chen, Jie; Li, Yan; Shang, Jia-Xiang; Xu, Hui-Bin

    2009-01-28

    The electronic structures and formation energies of the Ni(9)Mn(4)Ga(3-x)Al(x) and Ni(9)Mn(4)Ga(3-x)In(x) alloys have been investigated using the first-principles pseudopotential plane-wave method based on density functional theory. The results show that both the austenite and martensite phases of Ni(9)Mn(4)Ga(3) alloy are stabilized by Al alloying, while they become unstable with In alloying. According to the partial density of states and structural energy analysis, different effects of Al and In alloying on the phase stability are mainly attributed to their chemical effects. The formation energy difference between the austenite and martensite phases decreases with Al or In alloying, correlating with the experimentally reported changes in martensitic transformation temperature. The shape factor plays an important role in the decrease of the formation energy difference.

  8. Mechanical Properties of the TiAl IRIS Alloy

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    Voisin, Thomas; Monchoux, Jean-Philippe; Thomas, Marc; Deshayes, Christophe; Couret, Alain

    2016-12-01

    This paper presents a study of the mechanical properties at room and high temperature of the boron and tungsten containing IRIS alloy (Ti-48Al-2W-0.08B at. pct). This alloy was densified by Spark Plasma Sintering (SPS). The resultant microstructure consists of small lamellar colonies surrounded by γ regions containing B2 precipitates. Tensile tests are performed from room temperature to 1273 K (1000 °C). Creep properties are determined at 973 K (700 °C)/300 MPa, 1023 K (750 °C)/120 MPa, and 1023 K (750 °C)/200 MPa. The tensile strength and the creep resistance at high temperature are found to be very high compared to the data reported in the current literature while a plastic elongation of 1.6 pct is preserved at room temperature. A grain size dependence of both ductility and strength is highlighted at room temperature. The deformation mechanisms are studied by post-mortem analyses on deformed samples and by in situ straining experiments, both performed in a transmission electron microscope. In particular, a low mobility of non-screw segments of dislocations at room temperature and the activation of a mixed-climb mechanism during creep have been identified. The mechanical properties of this IRIS alloy processed by SPS are compared to those of other TiAl alloys developed for high-temperature structural applications as well as to those of similar tungsten containing alloys obtained by more conventional processing techniques. Finally, the relationships between mechanical properties and microstructural features together with the elementary deformation mechanisms are discussed.

  9. Estimation of Volume Deficit Characteristic of Cast Al-Si-Mg Alloy

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    Santhi, S.; Sakri, S. B.; Rao, D. Hanumantha; Sundarrajan, S.

    2013-04-01

    Volume deficit characteristic of US A356 cast aluminium alloy has been discussed in the present study. The reduction in specific volume leads to volume deficit in castings and it can be visualized as a casting defect. The information regarding the volume deficit and its distribution is essential in minimizing casting defects. The volume deficit can be classified as macro cavities, internal porosity, surface sinks and volumetric contraction. These defects are measured using mathematical formulae and the actual volume deficit of the given casting has been arrived by adding all the defects. Influence of bottom chill and casting shape on the volume deficit characteristics have been studied.

  10. A Combined Numerical-Experimental Approach to Quantify the Thermal Contraction of A356 During Solidification

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    Macht, J. P.; Maijer, D. M.; Phillion, A. B.

    2017-07-01

    A process for generating thermal contraction coefficients for use in the solidification modeling of aluminum castings is presented. Sequentially coupled thermal-stress modeling is used in conjunction with experimentation to empirically generate the thermal contraction coefficients for a strontium-modified A356 alloy. The impact of cooling curve analysis on the modeling procedure is studied. Model results are in good agreement with experimental findings, indicating a sound methodology for quantifying the thermal contraction. The technique can be applied to other commercially relevant aluminum alloys, increasing the utility of solidification modeling in the casting industry.

  11. Processing and Characterization of Mechanically Alloyed NiAl-Based Alloys

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    1994-07-20

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  12. Thermophysical Properties of Liquid AlTi-Based Alloys

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    Egry, I.; Holland-Moritz, D.; Novakovic, R.; Ricci, E.; Wunderlich, R.; Sobczak, N.

    2010-05-01

    The surface tension and density of three liquid AlTi-based alloys (AlTiV, AlTiNb, and AlTiTa) have been measured using electromagnetic levitation as a tool for containerless processing. Surface tension has been determined by the oscillating-drop method, while the density was measured using a shadowgraph technique. Both quantities were determined over a wide temperature range, including the undercooled regime. In addition, sessile-drop and pendant-drop experiments to determine the surface tension were performed in a recently built high-temperature furnace. The measured data were compared to thermodynamic calculations using phenomenological models and the Butler equation. Generally, good agreement was found.

  13. Characterization of Al-Mg Alloy Aged at Low Temperatures

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    Yi, Gaosong; Cullen, David A.; Littrell, Kenneth C.; Golumbfskie, William; Sundberg, Erik; Free, Michael L.

    2017-02-01

    Long-term aged [343 K (70 °C) for 30 months and natural exposure for over 10 years] Al 5456 H116 samples were characterized using electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD), scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM), state-of-the-art energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS) systems, and small-angle neutron scattering (SANS). ASTM G-67 mass loss tests of the sensitized Al 5456 alloy samples were conducted. Intragranular Mg-rich precipitates, such as Guinier-Preston (GP) zones, were confirmed in Al 5456 H116 aged at 343 K (70 °C) for 30 months, and the volume of these precipitates is 1.39 pct. β' phase is identified at the grain boundary of a navy ship sample, while high-resolution STEM results reveal no intragranular precipitates. Intergranular corrosion (IGC) of Al 5456 was found to be related to the continuity of intergranular precipitates.

  14. Characterization of Al-Mg Alloy Aged at Low Temperatures

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    Yi, Gaosong; Cullen, David A.; Littrell, Kenneth C.; Golumbfskie, William; Sundberg, Erik; Free, Michael L.

    2017-04-01

    Long-term aged [343 K (70 °C) for 30 months and natural exposure for over 10 years] Al 5456 H116 samples were characterized using electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD), scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM), state-of-the-art energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS) systems, and small-angle neutron scattering (SANS). ASTM G-67 mass loss tests of the sensitized Al 5456 alloy samples were conducted. Intragranular Mg-rich precipitates, such as Guinier-Preston (GP) zones, were confirmed in Al 5456 H116 aged at 343 K (70 °C) for 30 months, and the volume of these precipitates is 1.39 pct. β' phase is identified at the grain boundary of a navy ship sample, while high-resolution STEM results reveal no intragranular precipitates. Intergranular corrosion (IGC) of Al 5456 was found to be related to the continuity of intergranular precipitates.

  15. Microstructural Homogeneity and Hot Deformation of Various Friction-Stir-Processed 5083 Al Alloys

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    García-Bernal, M. A.; Mishra, R. S.; Hernández-Silva, D.; Sauce-Rangel, V. M.

    2016-12-01

    Diverse studies on FSP of 5083 Al alloys have been conducted, and some have made comparisons with previous studies of similar alloys, but many times such comparisons could be invalid because of differences in the parameters used during FSP, above all, tool profile. Five 5083 Al alloys produced by different production routes were friction-stir-processed and compared among themselves and with other two superplastic forming (SPF) grade 5083 Al alloys. Results suggest that the grain size refinement is independent of the original microstructure and that there is a relationship between the size of the second phase before and after FSP. The combination of continuous casting 5083 Al alloys + FSP had an outstanding behavior in hot deformation in comparison with rolled or extruded 5083 Al alloys + FSP, and even SPF 5083 Al alloys.

  16. Microstructural Homogeneity and Hot Deformation of Various Friction-Stir-Processed 5083 Al Alloys

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    García-Bernal, M. A.; Mishra, R. S.; Hernández-Silva, D.; Sauce-Rangel, V. M.

    2017-01-01

    Diverse studies on FSP of 5083 Al alloys have been conducted, and some have made comparisons with previous studies of similar alloys, but many times such comparisons could be invalid because of differences in the parameters used during FSP, above all, tool profile. Five 5083 Al alloys produced by different production routes were friction-stir-processed and compared among themselves and with other two superplastic forming (SPF) grade 5083 Al alloys. Results suggest that the grain size refinement is independent of the original microstructure and that there is a relationship between the size of the second phase before and after FSP. The combination of continuous casting 5083 Al alloys + FSP had an outstanding behavior in hot deformation in comparison with rolled or extruded 5083 Al alloys + FSP, and even SPF 5083 Al alloys.

  17. Effect of Sn Alloying on the Diffusion Bonding Behavior of Al-Mg-Si Alloys

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    Atabay, Sıla Ece; Esen, Ziya; Dericioglu, Arcan F.

    2017-07-01

    Effect of Sn as an alloying element on the diffusion-bonding behavior of Al-Mg-Si alloy has been studied by means of differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and mechanical testing of the diffusion-bonded joint. XRD results revealed the formation of Mg2Sn and (Sn) phases during solidification following induction casting. DSC results showed local liquid (Sn) formation during the bonding process for Sn-containing alloys, where its amount was found to be increasing with the increasing Sn content. Results revealed that Sn addition leads to an increase in the bond shear strength of the diffusion-bonded joints and elimination of the irregularities formed on the bonded interface. Fractured surfaces showed that formation of (Sn) layer at the bonded interface causes the fracture to transform from the ductile to the mixed fracture mode.

  18. Thermodynamic Modeling and Experimental Study of Phase Transformations in Alloys Based on γ-TiAl

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    Kuznetsov, A. V.; Sokolovskii, V. S.; Salishchev, G. A.; Belov, N. A.; Nochovnaya, N. A.

    2016-09-01

    Thermo-Calc software is used to model the composition diagram for alloys based on γ-TiAl of the systems Ti - Al - Mo - (4 - 10) at.% Nb and Ti - Al - Nb - X ( X is Cr, Mo, V). The effect of alloying on critical points and sequence of phase transformations is established. Changes in phase composition in relation to alloy TNM-B1 temperature are analyzed using a polythermal section of the Ti - Al - Nb - Mo system.

  19. Microcrack propagation in Ti-6Al-4V alloys

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    Hines, J.A.; Peters, J.O.; Luetjering, G.

    1999-07-01

    In this study, microcrack propagation in Ti-6Al-4V was examined in regions just above and below the fatigue limit. Two different Ti-6Al-4V alloys with nominally similar chemical compositions were examined: the first alloy was thermo-mechanically treated in the laboratory to develop a bi-modal and a fully lamellar microstructure and the second alloy is from the High Cycle Fatigue MURI program (forging No. 197) containing a duplex microstructure. Microcracks were nucleated in smooth specimens of each microstructure in the LCF regime during tests conducted at R = {minus}1 (R = {sigma}{sub min}/{sigma}{sub max}) so that internal stresses could be minimized. These samples were then tested in the HCF regime to determine crack propagation rates for R values of {minus}1, 0.1, and 0.5. In addition, conventional fatigue crack propagation curves for macrocracks using CT-specimens were measured. Comparisons in microcrack growth behavior were evaluated and discussed for the bi-modal and fully lamellar microstructures, for bi-modal and forging No. 197 microstructures, and for forging No. 197 examining the influence of R = 0.1 and 0.5. Much of the observed behavior appeared to be explained by differences in crack front roughness.

  20. The cyclic oxidation resistance at 1200 C of beta-NiAl, FeAl, and CoAl alloys with selected third element additions

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    Barrett, C. A.; Titran, R. H.

    1992-01-01

    The intermetallic compounds Beta-NiAl, FeAl, and CoAl were tested in cyclic oxidation with selected third element alloy additions. Tests in static air for 200 1-hr cycles at 1200 C indicated by specific weight change/time data and x-ray diffraction analysis that the 5 at percent alloy additions did not significantly improve the oxidation resistance over the alumina forming baseline alloys without the additions. Many of the alloy additions were actually deleterious. Ta and Nb were the only alloy additions that actually altered the nature of the oxide(s) formed and still maintained the oxidation resistance of the protective alumina scale.

  1. Investigation of new type Cu-Hf-Al bulk glassy alloys

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    Nagy, E.; Rontó, V.; Sólyom, J.; Roósz, A.

    2009-01-01

    In the last years new type Cu-Hf-Al ternary alloys were developed with high glass forming ability and ductility. The addition of Al to Cu-Hf alloys results in improvements in glass formation, thermal stability and mechanical properties of these alloys. We have investigated new Cu-based bulk amorphous alloys in Cu-Hf-Al ternary system. The alloys with Cu49Hf42Al9, Cu46Hf45Al9, Cu50Hf42.5Al7.5 and Cu50Hf45Al5 compositions were prepared by arc melting. The samples were made by centrifugal casting and were investigated by X-ray diffraction method. Thermodynamic properties were examined by differential scanning calorimetry and the structure of the crystallising phases by scanning electron microscopy. The determination of liquidus temperatures of alloys were measured by differential thermal analysis.

  2. Model for nonprotective oxidation of Al-Mg alloys

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    Zayan, M.H. )

    1990-12-01

    The oxidation of Al-5Mg alloy has been studied at 550 C in dry air. Morphological details of the MgO layers which develop on this alloy during high-temperature oxidation have been studied by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). A localized detachment of the protective, adherent MgO layer was found, which is caused by voids formed by vacancy condensation at the metal-oxide interface. The source of these vacancies was the outward diffusion of Mg though the oxide layer. Continuing growth of these voids was responsible for cracking of oxide ridges and nodules, as well as the growth of new MgO having a cauliflower morphology. A model describing the process of the outward diffusion is given.

  3. Development of Al sbnd Ge base rheocast brazing alloys

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    Saint-Antonin, F.; Suéry, M.; Meneses, P.; Le Marois, G.; Moret, F.

    1996-10-01

    This study concerns the development of an aluminium—germanium rheocast brazing alloy able to join replaceable sacrificial protections onto permanently cooled substrates in the ITER divertor. The rheocast alloy must be solid at the in-service temperature (up to 350°C) and semi-solid, with a viscosity close to that of grease, in a wide range of temperature above: this last property will allow the in-situ replacement of the sacrificial components even on vertical surfaces. This paper describes the fabrication route of the rheocast and reports the mechanical characterisation both up to 400°C and in the semi-solid region. Moreover, the brazing process has been optimized to obtain sound joints. The surface, mechanical resistance and thermal stability of the Al sbnd Ge/Cu joint are presented. Successive brazing tests have been performed to show the feasibility to sacrificial parts removal and replacement.

  4. Solidification behavior and structure of Al-Cu alloy welds

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    Brooks, J.A.; Li, M.; Yang, N.C.Y.

    1997-09-01

    The microsegregation behavior of electron beam (EB) and gas tungsten arc (GTA) welds of Al-Cu alloys covering a range from 0.19 to 7.74 wt% Cu were characterized for dendrite core concentrations and fraction eutectic solidification. Although a single weld speed of 12.7 mm/sec was used, some differences were observed in the segregation behavior of the two weld types. The microsegregation behavior was also modeled using a finite differences technique considering dendrite tip and eutectic undercooling and solid state diffusion. Fairly good agreement was observed between measured and calculated segregation behavior although differences between the two weld types could not be completely accounted for. The concept of dendrite tip undercooling was used to explain the formation of a single through thickness centerline grain in the higher alloy content GTA welds.

  5. Fabrication and Characterization of AL-AL4C3 Nanocomposite by Mechanical Alloying

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    Mohammad Sharifi, E.; Enayati, M. H.; Karimzadeh, F.

    Aluminum carbide (Al4C3) seems to be an ideal reinforcement for producing aluminum matrix composites. Al4C3 has high hardness and shear strength as well as a high melting point. The dispersion of Al4C3 particles in the matrix produces a pinning effect that reduces aluminum grain growth, which improves the mechanical properties. In this study, aluminum powders were mixed with 4.5 wt.% graphite and mechanically alloyed using a high-energy ball mill in order to produce Al-Al4C3 nanocomposite. The structural evaluation of powder particles after different milling times was studied by X-ray diffractometry, scanning electron microscopy and microhardness measurements. The aluminum crystallite size estimated with broadening of XRD peaks by Williamson-Hall formula. XRD results suggested that the grain size of aluminum decreased to nanometer range (30 nm) during ball milling. No Al4C3 formed during the mechanical alloying process. Milled powders were then annealed at 300-600 °C for 1 h under argon atmosphere. Annealing at temperatures higher than 300 °C led to formation of Al4C3 phase which increased as annealing temperature increased. Aluminum grain size remained in nanometer range after annealing process. The microhardness of powder particles increased after annealing. Both effects are due to the formation of nanosized Al4C3 particles.

  6. B2 structure of high-entropy alloys with addition of Al

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    Li, C.; Zhao, M.; Li, J. C.; Jiang, Q.

    2008-12-01

    A series of AlCrCoNiFe based alloys with equal percentage of principal components (high-entropy alloys or HE alloys) is fabricated. The related crystalline structures of the alloys are measured and calculated. Results show that the formed bcc phase is a compound based B2 structure where there is partial ionic bonding between Al and other transition metals. Thus, the bcc structure of the alloys should be a B2 instead of an A2 due to the large difference in electronegativities among the components consisting of the HE alloys.

  7. Oxidation behavior of cubic phases formed by alloying Al3Ti with Cr and Mn

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    Parfitt, L. J.; Nic, J. P.; Mikkola, D. E.; Smialek, J. L.

    1991-01-01

    Gravimetric, SEM, and XRD data are presented which document the significant improvement obtainable in the oxidation resistance of Al3Ti-containing alloys through additions of Cr. The L1(2) Al(67)Cr(8)Ti25 alloy exhibited excellent cyclic oxidation resistance at 1473 K, with the primary oxide formed being the ideally protective alpha-Al2O3. The Al(67)Mn(8)Ti(25) alloy also tested for comparison exhibited poor cyclic oxidation resistance, with substantial occurrence of TiO2 in the protective scales. Catastrophic oxidation was also encountered in the quaternary alloy Al(67)Mn(8)Ti(22)V(3).

  8. Oxidation behavior of cubic phases formed by alloying Al3Ti with Cr and Mn

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    Parfitt, L. J.; Nic, J. P.; Mikkola, D. E.; Smialek, J. L.

    1991-01-01

    Gravimetric, SEM, and XRD data are presented which document the significant improvement obtainable in the oxidation resistance of Al3Ti-containing alloys through additions of Cr. The L1(2) Al(67)Cr(8)Ti25 alloy exhibited excellent cyclic oxidation resistance at 1473 K, with the primary oxide formed being the ideally protective alpha-Al2O3. The Al(67)Mn(8)Ti(25) alloy also tested for comparison exhibited poor cyclic oxidation resistance, with substantial occurrence of TiO2 in the protective scales. Catastrophic oxidation was also encountered in the quaternary alloy Al(67)Mn(8)Ti(22)V(3).

  9. Laser Cladding of γ-TiAl Intermetallic Alloy on Titanium Alloy Substrates

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    Maliutina, Iuliia Nikolaevna; Si-Mohand, Hocine; Piolet, Romain; Missemer, Florent; Popelyukh, Albert Igorevich; Belousova, Natalya Sergeevna; Bertrand, Philippe

    2016-01-01

    The enhancement of titanium and titanium alloy's tribological properties is of major interest in many applications such as the aerospace and automotive industry. Therefore, the current research paper investigates the laser cladding of Ti48Al2Cr2Nb powder onto Ti6242 titanium alloy substrates. The work was carried out in two steps. First, the optimal deposition parameters were defined using the so-called "combined parameters," i.e., the specific energy E specific and powder density G. Thus, the results show that those combined parameters have a significant influence on the geometry, microstructure, and microhardness of titanium aluminide-formed tracks. Then, the formation of dense, homogeneous, and defect-free coatings based on optimal parameters has been investigated. Optical and scanning electron microscopy techniques as well as energy-dispersive spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction analyses have shown that a duplex structure consisting of γ-TiAl and α 2-Ti3Al phases was obtained in the coatings during laser cladding. Moreover, it was shown that produced coatings exhibit higher values of microhardness (477 ± 9 Hv0.3) and wear resistance (average friction coefficient is 0.31 and volume of worn material is 5 mm3 after 400 m) compared to those obtained with bare titanium alloy substrates (353 Hv0.3, average friction coefficient is 0.57 and a volume of worn material after 400 m is 35 mm3).

  10. Structural and magnetic properties of Co 2CrAl Heusler alloys prepared by mechanical alloying

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    Hakimi, M.; Kameli, P.; Salamati, H.

    2010-11-01

    Mechanical alloying has been used to produce nanocrystalline samples of Co 2CrAl Heusler alloys. The samples were characterized by using different methods. The results indicate that, it is possible to produce L2 1-Co 2CrAl powders after 15 h of ball-milling. The grain size of 15 h ball milled L2 1-Co 2CrAl Heusler phase, calculated by analyzing the XRD peak broadening using Williamson and Hall approach was 14 nm. The estimated magnetic moment per formula unit is ˜2 μ B. The obtained magnetic moment is significantly smaller than the theoretical value of 2.96 μ B for L2 1 structure. It seems that an atomic disorder from the crystalline L2 1-type ordered state and two-phase separation depresses the ferromagnetic ordering in alloy. Also, the effect of annealing on the structural and magnetic properties of ball milled powders was investigated. Two structures were identified for annealed sample, namely L2 1 and B2. The obtained value for magnetic moment of annealed sample is smaller than the as-milled sample due to the presence of disordered B2 phase and improvement of phase separation.

  11. Conditions for CET in a gamma TiAl alloy

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    Mooney, R. P.; Lapin, J.; Klimová, A.; McFadden, S.

    2015-06-01

    The solidification of gamma TiAl alloys is of interest to the aerospace and automotive industries. A gamma TiAl multicomponent alloy: Ti-45.5Al-4.7Nb-0.2C-0.2B (at. %) has been the focus of a study to investigate the solidification conditions that led to a Columnar to Equiaxed Transition (CET) in a directional solidification experiment where traditional Bridgman solidification was combined in series with the power down method. In this paper, a numerical modelling result (a locus plot of columnar growth rate and temperature gradient) from this experiment is superimposed onto CET maps generated using an established analytical model for CET from the literature. A parametric study is carried out over suitable ranges of nucleation undercooling and nuclei density values. The predicted CET positions are compared with the experimentally measured CET position. Reasonable agreement is found at low levels of nuclei density. The paper concludes with estimates for the solidification conditions (nuclei density and nucleation undercooling) that led to the CET.

  12. Effects of casting conditions and deformation processing on A356 aluminum and A356-20 vol. pct SiC composites

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    Rozak, G. A.; Lewandowski, J. J.; Wallace, J. F.; Altmisoglu, A.

    1992-01-01

    The effects of casting conditions and deformation processing on the mechanical properties of unreinforced A356 aluminum and A356-20 vol pct SiC composite were investigated by tensile properties in these compounds fabricated by either sand casting or squeeze casting techniques followed by hot working to 33, 50, 90, and 95 percent reductions. The evolution of the microstructure and values of tensile properties were evaluated for the cast materials in each of the hot worked conditions. It was found that, while the deformation processing of the sand-cast composite resulted in banding of the Al and SiC particles within the microstructure, such features were not observed in the squeeze-cast microstructure. The tensile strengths of the squeeze cast materials was found to be higher than those of the sand cast materials, for both the unreinforced and composite samples, while increased amounts of deformation were found to improve the ductility of the composite.

  13. Effects of casting conditions and deformation processing on A356 aluminum and A356-20 vol. pct SiC composites

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    Rozak, G. A.; Lewandowski, J. J.; Wallace, J. F.; Altmisoglu, A.

    1992-01-01

    The effects of casting conditions and deformation processing on the mechanical properties of unreinforced A356 aluminum and A356-20 vol pct SiC composite were investigated by tensile properties in these compounds fabricated by either sand casting or squeeze casting techniques followed by hot working to 33, 50, 90, and 95 percent reductions. The evolution of the microstructure and values of tensile properties were evaluated for the cast materials in each of the hot worked conditions. It was found that, while the deformation processing of the sand-cast composite resulted in banding of the Al and SiC particles within the microstructure, such features were not observed in the squeeze-cast microstructure. The tensile strengths of the squeeze cast materials was found to be higher than those of the sand cast materials, for both the unreinforced and composite samples, while increased amounts of deformation were found to improve the ductility of the composite.

  14. Comparative study using MS and XRD of Fe80Al20 alloy produced by mechanical alloying

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    Hadef, F.; Otmani, A.; Grenèche, J. M.

    2013-08-01

    An X-ray diffraction and 57Fe Mössbauer effect study of mechanically alloyed Fe80Al20 is presented. X-ray measurements indicate that the disordered bcc α-Fe(Al) solid solution was formed after 2 h of milling, while the analysis of Mössbauer spectra suggested that total dissolution of aluminium is achieved after 10 h of milling. These differences can be attributed to: (i) rapid nanocrystallization of aluminium and/or (ii) small particles with small amounts of aluminium cannot be detected by the X-ray diffraction technique.

  15. Structural and dynamical properties of liquid Al-Au alloys

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    Peng, H. L.; Voigtmann, Th.; Kolland, G.; Kobatake, H.; Brillo, J.

    2015-11-01

    We investigate temperature- and composition-dependent structural and dynamical properties of Al-Au melts. Experiments are performed to obtain accurate density and viscosity data. The system shows a strong negative excess volume, similar to other Al-based binary alloys. We develop a molecular-dynamics (MD) model of the melt based on the embedded-atom method (EAM), gauged against the available experimental liquid-state data. A rescaling of previous EAM potentials for solid-state Au and Al improves the quantitative agreement with experimental data in the melt. In the MD simulation, the admixture of Au to Al can be interpreted as causing a local compression of the less dense Al system, driven by less soft Au-Au interactions. This local compression provides a microscopic mechanism explaining the strong negative excess volume of the melt. We further discuss the concentration dependence of self- and interdiffusion and viscosity in the MD model. Al atoms are more mobile than Au, and their increased mobility is linked to a lower viscosity of the melt.

  16. Lattice dynamics of Ni-Mn-Al Heusler alloys

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    Moya, Xavier; Manosa, Lluis; Planes, A.; Krenke, T.; Acet, Mehmet; Wassermann, E. F.; Morin, M.; Garlea, Vasile O; Lograsso, Tom; Zarestky, Jerel L.

    2008-01-01

    We have studied the lattice dynamics of a Ni54Mn23Al23 (at.%) Heusler single-crystalline alloy by means of neutron scattering and ultrasonic techniques. Results show the existence of a number of precursor phenomena. We have found an anomaly (dip) in the low TA2 phonon branch at the wave number 0.33 (in reciprocal lattice units) that becomes more pronounced (phonon softening) with decreasing temperature. We have also observed softening of the associated shear elastic constant (C ) with decreasing temperature. Ultrasonic measurements under applied magnetic field, both isothermally and varying the temperature show that the values of elastic constants depend on magnetic order thus evidencing magnetoelastic coupling.

  17. Radiation-stimulated diffusion in Al-Si alloys

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    Kiv, A.; Fuks, D.; Munitz, A.; Zenou, V.; Moiseenko, N.

    A di-vacancy low-temperature diffusion is proposed to explain diffusion-controlled processes in Al-Si alloys responsible for neutron-induced silicon precipitation. Ab initio calculations of potential barriers for Si atom hopping in aluminium lattice showed that in the case of di-vacancy diffusion, they are small compared with that of mono-vacancy diffusion. The low temperature diffusivity of mono-vacancies is too small to account for the measured Si diffusivities in aluminium. The dependencies of radiation-stimulated diffusion on the neutron flux and on the temperature are obtained and can be used for the experimental verification of the developed model.

  18. Magnetic properties of ball milled Fe-40Al at.% alloys

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    Amils, X.; Nogues, J.; Surinach, S.; Baro, M.D.; Munoz, J.S.

    1998-07-01

    A direct correlation between the lattice parameter and the saturation magnetization, during the disordering (ball milling) and posterior reordering (annealing) processes, has been found in Fe-40Al At.% compounds. These results indicate that the paramagnetic-ferromagnetic-paramagnetic transitions induced by ball milling and subsequent annealing could be related to the changes in volume, and not only to nearest neighbors effects as is commonly assumed. Moreover, these alloys have been found to become spin glass at low temperatures, independently of their structural state (ordered or disordered).

  19. Superconducting property of Zr-Co and Zr-Co-Al alloys fabricated by rapid solidification

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    Okai, D.; Nagai, R.; Motoyama, G.; Fukami, T.; Yamasaki, T.; Yokoyama, Y.; Kimura, H. M.; Inoue, A.

    2010-11-01

    The superconducting property of Zr(1-x)Cox (x = 10-50 at.%) alloys and a Zr55Co30Al15 bulk metallic glass fabricated using techniques of rapid solidification was investigated. The Zr55Co30Al15 alloy crystallized by heat treatment in a vacuum atmosphere exhibited superconductivity of Tc,on = 2.4 K. This was attributable to the superconducting property of a crystalline Zr-Co alloy precipitated in the Zr55Co30Al15 alloy. The Tc,on of the crystalline Zr(1-x)Cox alloy was sensitive to the Co content. The increase of Co content for the Zr(1-x)Cox alloy led to the decrease of Tc,on. The Zr(1-x)Cox alloy exhibited superconductivity of a maximum Tc,on = 3.9 K for the Zr80Co20 alloy with superconducting nanocrystal particles embedded in the amorphous matrix.

  20. Kinetics and Properties of Micro Arc Oxidation Coatings Deposited on Commercial Al Alloys

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    Krishna, L. Rama; Purnima, A. Sudha; Wasekar, Nitin P.; Sundararajan, G.

    2007-02-01

    The micro arc oxidation (MAO) technique is being increasingly recognized as a novel and ecofriendly means of depositing dense ceramic oxide coatings on Al and its alloys. In the present study, the deposition kinetics, surface roughness, morphology, phase distribution and the microhardness of the MAO coatings deposited on ten different commercially available Al substrates having widely differing chemical composition has been investigated. Further, the tribological properties of the coatings obtained on different Al alloys in comparison with the bare substrates have also been evaluated using dry sand abrasion, solid-particle erosion and pin-on-disc dry sliding wear tests. The results clearly demonstrate that the alloying elements added to the Al substrate substantially influence the MAO coating deposition kinetics and coating properties. In the case of Al-Si alloys, the coating deposition kinetics is non-linear and the Al6Si2O13 (mullite) is observed to form. With increasing Si content, the corresponding mullite phase also increases. Increasing mullite content in the coating adversely affects the tribological performance. Excepting Al-Si alloys, all other alloys investigated including commercial purity Al exhibit linear coating deposition kinetics. Of all the alloys investigated, Al-Li alloy exhibits the highest coating deposition rate and the 6061 T6 Al alloy exhibits the best coating properties.

  1. Structure of molten Al and eutectic Al-Si alloy studied by neutron diffraction

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    Dahlborg, U.; Kramer, Matthew J.; Besser, M.; Morris, J. R.; Calvo-Dahlborg, M.

    2012-11-24

    The structure of molten eutectic Al87.8Si12.2 alloy has been studied by neutron diffraction during a temperature cycle. For comparison measurements were performed on pure molten Al. The measurements show that the alloy after heating above the liquidus contains particles of two kinds, aluminum-rich and silicon-rich. The silicon-rich particles are partly dissolved after a further heating. Earlier published data obtained by the γ-ray absorption technique of the density of the molten eutectic Al–Si alloy had demonstrated the existence of two temperatures above the liquidus temperature: A dissolution temperature Td, at which the microstructure of the melt inherited from the ingot starts to dissolve and a branching temperature, Tb, at which the melt reaches a fully mixed state. The highest temperature that was possible to reach during the neutron experiments lies between Td and Tb. The obtained results support these conclusions that molten alloys after melting are inhomogeneous up to a temperature well above the liquidus. Moreover, the difference in shape between the static structure factors measured by neutron and X-ray diffraction on molten aluminum is observed and is found to be more accentuated and to extend to larger wavevectors than in earlier works.

  2. Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of Ultra-Fine Grain Al-Zr Alloy Fabricated by Mechanical Alloying Process.

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    Kim, Chung Seok; Kim, Il-Ho

    2015-08-01

    The ultra-fine grain Al-4Zr alloy has been successfully fabricated by a mechanical alloying process. The intermetallic Al3Zr phases strongly enhance the mechanical properties of Al-based alloy and prevent grain growth of alloy. The phase stability and transformation during mechanical alloying process have been investigated. The ultra-fine grain alloy has been successfully obtained. The thin film of Al-4Zr alloy has been observed by a transmission electron microscope. The equivalent grain size of as-milling specimen is 55 nm. After milling process, the specimens were heat treated at 350 °C to 650 °C. The equivalent grain size of heat treated specimens were 80 nm at 350 °C and 130 nm at 650 °C. Some of Zr atoms were dissolved into the Al matrix and most of them reacted with hydrogen produced by decomposition of PCA to form ZrH2 during mechanical alloying process. These ZrH2 hydrides decomposed gradually after the heat treatment. Stable A13Zr with a D023 structure was formed by heat treatment at temperature of 550 °C.

  3. Al/sub 2/O/sub 3/ adherence on CoCrAl alloys

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    Kingsley, L.M.

    1980-04-01

    Adherence of protective oxides on NiCrAl and CoCrAl superalloys has been promoted by a dispersion of a highly oxygen reactive element or its oxide being produced within the protection system. Two aspects of this subject are investigated here: the use of Al/sub 2/O/sub 3/ as both the dispersion and protective oxide; and the production of an HfO/sub 2/ dispersion while simultaneously aluminizing the alloy. It was found that an Al/sub 2/O/sub 3/ dispersion will act to promote the adherence of an external scale of Al/sub 2/O/sub 3/ to a degree comparable to previously tested dispersions and an HfO/sub 2/ dispersion comparable to that produced by a Rhines pack treatment is produced during aluminization.

  4. Processing and characterization of Al-Al3Nb prepared by mechanical alloying and equal channel angular pressing

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    Chandran, P.; Zafari, A.; Lui, E. W.; Xia, K.

    2017-05-01

    Mechanically alloyed Al with immiscible elements such as Nb can lead to a uniform distribution of nanoscaled precipitates which are highly stable compared to conventional alloying and with excellent interface, resulting in significant increase in strength without problems associated with nano ceramic particles in metal matrix composites. Although immiscible, Nb can be alloyed with Al through mechanical milling, forming trialuminide (Al3Nb), either directly or upon subsequent precipitation, which possesses high strength, stiffness and stability at elevated temperatures. In the present study, Al-5 at.% Nb supersaturated solid solution was achieved after prolonged ball milling and nano Al3Nb precipitates were formed during subsequent ageing at 530°C. The Al-Al3Nb powder was consolidated by equal channel angular pressing (ECAP) at 400°C, resulting in a fully dense material with a uniform distribution of nanoscaled Al3Nb precipitates in the Al matrix.

  5. Dislocation loop evolution during in-situ ion irradiation of model FeCrAl alloys

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    Haley, Jack C.; Briggs, Samuel A.; Edmondson, Philip D.; ...

    2017-07-06

    Model FeCrAl alloys of Fe-10%Cr-5%Al, Fe-12%Cr-4.5%Al, Fe-15%Cr-4%Al, and Fe-18%Cr-3%Al (in wt %) were irradiated with 1 MeV Kr++ ions in-situ with transmission electron microscopy to a dose of 2.5 displacements per atom (dpa) at 320 °C. In all cases, the microstructural damage consisted of dislocation loops with ½< 111 > and <100 > Burgers vectors. The proportion of ½< 111 > dislocation loops varied from ~50% in the Fe-10%Cr-5%Al model alloy and the Fe-18Cr%-3%Al model alloy to a peak of ~80% in the model Fe-15%Cr-4.5%Al alloy. The dislocation loop volume density increased with dose for all alloys and showed signsmore » of approaching an upper limit. The total loop populations at 2.5 dpa had a slight (and possibly insignificant) decline as the chromium content was increased from 10 to 15 wt %, but the Fe-18%Cr-3%Al alloy had a dislocation loop population ~50% smaller than the other model alloys. As a result, the largest dislocation loops in each alloy had image sizes of close to 20 nm in the micrographs, and the median diameters for all alloys ranged from 6 to 8 nm. Nature analysis by the inside-outside method indicated most dislocation loops were interstitial type.« less

  6. Radial macrosegregation and dendrite clustering in directionally solidified Al-7Si and Al-19Cu alloys

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    Ghods, M.; Johnson, L.; Lauer, M.; Grugel, R. N.; Tewari, S. N.; Poirier, D. R.

    2016-05-01

    Hypoeutectic Al-7 wt% Si and Al-19 wt% Cu alloys were directionally solidified upward in a Bridgman furnace through a range of constant growth speeds and thermal gradients. Though processing is thermo-solutally stable, flow initiated by gravity-independent advection at, slightly leading, central dendrites moves rejected solute out ahead and across the advancing interface. Here any lagging dendrites are further suppressed which promotes a curved solid-liquid interface and the eventual dendrite "clustering" seen in transverse sections (dendrite "steepling" in longitudinal orientations) as well as extensive radial macrosegregation. Both aluminum alloys showed considerable macrosegregation at the low growth speeds (10 and 30 μm s-1) but not at higher speed (72 μm s-1). Distribution of the fraction eutectic-constituent on transverse sections was determined in order to quantitatively describe radial macrosegregation. The convective mechanisms leading to dendrite-steepling were elucidated with numerical simulations, and their results compared with the experimental observations.

  7. Effect of Cooling Rate on Morphology of TiAl3 Particles in Al-4Ti Master Alloy.

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    Zhao, Jianhua; Wang, Tao; Chen, Jing; Fu, Lu; He, Jiansheng

    2017-02-27

    The Al-4Ti master alloy was fabricated by aluminum (Al) and sponge titanium particle in a resistance furnace at different cooling rates. This work aims to investigate the relationship between the cooling rate and morphology of TiAl3. The microstructure and composition of master alloys at different cooling rates were characterized and analyzed by optical microscopy (OM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), and SEM with energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS). The results showed that various morphologies of TiAl3 particles in the Al-4Ti master alloy could be acquired at different cooling rates. Petal-like, blocky, and flake-like TiAl3 particles in the Al-4Ti master alloy were respectively acquired at the cooling rates of 3.36 K/s, 2.57 K/s, and 0.31 K/s. It was also found that the morphology of TiAl3 particles in the prepared master alloy changed from petal-like to blocky, then finally to flake-like, with the decrease of cooling rate. In addition, the morphology of the TiAl3 particles has no effect on the phase inversion temperature of Al-4Ti master alloy.

  8. Electron-ion plasma modification of Al-based alloys

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    Ivanov, Yurii; Rygina, Mariya; Petrikova, Elizaveta Krysina, Olga Teresov, Anton; Ivanova, Olga Ikonnikova, Irina

    2016-01-15

    The paper reports on the study where we analyzed the surface structure and strength properties of coated Al alloys modified by electron-ion plasma treatment. The Al alloys were deposited with a thin (≈0.5 μm) TiCu film coating (TiCu-Al system) and with a hard TiCuN coating (TiCuN–AlSi system) on a TRIO vacuum setup in the plasma of low-pressure arc discharges. The temperature fields and phase transformations in the film–substrate system were estimated by numerical simulation in a wide range of electron energy densities (5–30 J/cm{sup 2}) and pulse durations (50–200 μs). The calculations allowed us to determine the threshold energy density and pulse duration at which the surface structure of the irradiated Al-based systems is transformed in a single-phase state (solid or liquid) and in a two-phase state (solid plus liquid). The elemental composition, defect structure, phase state, and lattice state in the modified surface layers were examined by optical, scanning, and transmission electron microscopy, and by X-ray diffraction analysis. The mechanical characteristics of the modified layers were studied by measuring the hardness and Young’s modulus. The tribological properties of the modified layers were analyzed by measuring the wear resistance and friction coefficient. It is shown that melting and subsequent high-rate crystallization of the TiCu–Al system makes possible a multiphase Al-based surface structure with the following characteristics: crystallite size ranging within micrometer, microhardness of more than 3 times that in the specimen bulk, and wear resistance ≈1.8 times higher compared to the initial material. Electron beam irradiation of the TiCuN–AlSi system allows fusion of the coating into the substrate, thus increasing the wear resistance of the material ≈2.2 times at a surface hardness of ∼14 GPa.

  9. Directional solidification processing on CET in Al-based alloys

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    Jung, H.; Mangelinck-Noël, N.; Nguyen-Thi, H.; Billia, B.; Reinhart, G.; Buffet, A.

    2009-02-01

    The control of the transition from columnar to equiaxed (CET) dendrite microstructure is an important point to obtain desired final properties of industrial products. The objective is to understand how the formation and the evolution of the CET are influenced by the processing parameters and natural convection with Al - 3.5 wt.% Ni and Al - 7.0 wt.% Si alloys. Various experiments are carried out in a Bridgman furnace for which the thermal gradient and pulling velocity can be independently controlled. We concentrate our interest on the CET tendency, added particle effects and the evolution of dendrite grain structures under different test conditions. On the other hand, in-situ and real time observation of the solid-liquid interface is used to reveal the dynamics of the phenomena that occur, thus deepening our understanding. To achieve this objective, Synchrotron X-ray Radiography has been designed and performed at the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility.

  10. Microstructure and Oxidation Behavior of Al and Al/NiCrAlY Coatings on Pure Titanium Alloy

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    Gong, Xue; Zhang, Nannan; Zhang, Zhongli; Chen, Ruirun; Lin, Danyang

    2017-06-01

    To improve the oxidation resistance of Ti alloys, a NiCrAlY coating was deposited as diffusion barrier between aluminum overlay coating and pure Ti substrate by air plasma spraying method. The microstructure and oxidation behavior of Al coatings with and without NiCrAlY diffusion barrier were investigated in isothermal oxidation tests at 800 °C for 100 h. The results indicate that the weight gain of the Al/NiCrAlY coating was 4.16 × 10-5 mg2 cm-4 s-1, whereas that of the single Al coating was 9.52 × 10-5 mg2 cm-4 s-1 after 100 h oxidation. As compared with single Al coating, the Al/NiCrAlY coating revealed lower oxidation rate and excellent oxidation resistance by forming thin Al2O3 + NiO scales at overlaying coating/diffusion barrier and diffusion barrier/substrate interfaces. Meanwhile, the inward diffusion of Al and the outward diffusion of Ti were inhibited effectively by the NiCrAlY diffusion barrier.

  11. Deformation-driven catalysis of nanocrystallization in amorphous Al alloys

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    Perepezko, John H; Rösner, Harald; Wilde, Gerhard

    2016-01-01

    Summary Nanocrystals develop in amorphous alloys usually during annealing treatments with growth- or nucleation-controlled mechanisms. An alternative processing route is intense deformation and nanocrystals have been shown to develop in shear bands during the deformation process. Some controversy surrounded the idea of adiabatic heating in shear bands during their genesis, but specific experiments have revealed that the formation of nanocrystals in shear bands has to be related to localized deformation rather than thermal effects. A much less debated issue has been the spatial distribution of deformation in the amorphous alloys during intense deformation. The current work examines the hypothesis that intense deformation affects the regions outside shear bands and even promotes nanocrystal formation in those regions upon annealing. Melt-spun amorphous Al88Y7Fe5 alloy was intensely cold rolled. Microcalorimeter measurements at 60 °C indicated a slight but observable growth of nanocrystals in shear bands over the annealing time of 10 days. When the cold-rolled samples were annealed at 210 °C for one hour, transmission electron images did not show any nanocrystals for as-spun ribbons, but nanocrystals developed outside shear bands for the cold rolled samples. X-ray analysis indicated an increase in intensity of the Al peaks following the 210 °C annealing while the as-spun sample remained “X-ray amorphous”. These experimental observations strongly suggest that cold rolling affects regions (i.e., spatial heterogeneities) outside shear bands and stimulates the formation of nanocrystals during annealing treatments at temperatures well below the crystallization temperature of undeformed ribbons. PMID:27826517

  12. Deformation-driven catalysis of nanocrystallization in amorphous Al alloys.

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    Hebert, Rainer J; Perepezko, John H; Rösner, Harald; Wilde, Gerhard

    2016-01-01

    Nanocrystals develop in amorphous alloys usually during annealing treatments with growth- or nucleation-controlled mechanisms. An alternative processing route is intense deformation and nanocrystals have been shown to develop in shear bands during the deformation process. Some controversy surrounded the idea of adiabatic heating in shear bands during their genesis, but specific experiments have revealed that the formation of nanocrystals in shear bands has to be related to localized deformation rather than thermal effects. A much less debated issue has been the spatial distribution of deformation in the amorphous alloys during intense deformation. The current work examines the hypothesis that intense deformation affects the regions outside shear bands and even promotes nanocrystal formation in those regions upon annealing. Melt-spun amorphous Al88Y7Fe5 alloy was intensely cold rolled. Microcalorimeter measurements at 60 °C indicated a slight but observable growth of nanocrystals in shear bands over the annealing time of 10 days. When the cold-rolled samples were annealed at 210 °C for one hour, transmission electron images did not show any nanocrystals for as-spun ribbons, but nanocrystals developed outside shear bands for the cold rolled samples. X-ray analysis indicated an increase in intensity of the Al peaks following the 210 °C annealing while the as-spun sample remained "X-ray amorphous". These experimental observations strongly suggest that cold rolling affects regions (i.e., spatial heterogeneities) outside shear bands and stimulates the formation of nanocrystals during annealing treatments at temperatures well below the crystallization temperature of undeformed ribbons.

  13. The shock Hugoniot of the intermetallic alloy Ti-46.5Al-2Nb-2Cr

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    Millett, Jeremy; Gray, George T. Rusty III; Bourne, Neil

    2000-09-15

    Plate impact experiments were conducted on a {gamma}-titanium aluminide (TiAl) based ordered intermetallic alloy. Stress measurements were recorded using manganin stress gauges supported on the back of TiAl targets using polymethylmethacrylate windows. The Hugoniot in stress-particle velocity space for this TiAl alloy was deduced using impedance matching techniques. The results in this study are compared to the known Hugoniot data of the common alpha-beta engineering Ti-based alloy Ti-6Al-4V. The results of the current study on the intermetallic alloy TiAl support that TiAl possesses a significantly higher stress for a given particle velocity than the two-phase Ti-6Al-4V alloy. (c) 2000 American Institute of Physics.

  14. Diffusional transport during the cyclic oxidation of gamma + beta, Ni-Cr-Al(Y, Zr) alloys

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    Nesbitt, J. A.; Heckel, R. W.

    1988-01-01

    The cyclic oxidation behavior of several cast gamma + beta, Ni-Cr-Al(Y, Zr) alloys and one low-pressure plasma spraying gamma + beta, Ni-Co-Cr-Al(Y) alloy was studied. Cyclic oxidation was found to result in a decreasing Al concentration at the oxide-metal interface due to a high rate of Al consumption coupled with oxide scale cracking and spalling. Diffusion paths plotted on the ternary phase diagram showed higher Ni concentrations with increasing cyclic oxidation exposures. The alloy with the highest rate of Al consumption and the highest Al content underwent breakaway oxidation following 500 1-hr cycles at 1200 C.

  15. Microstructure development in Al-Cu-Ag-Mg quaternary alloy

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    Zhou, Bin; Froyen, L.

    2012-01-01

    The solidification behaviour of multi-component and multi-phase systems has been largely investigated in binary and ternary alloys. In the present study, a quaternary model system is proposed based on the well known Al-Cu-Ag and Al-Cu-Mg ternary eutectic alloys. The quaternary eutectic composition and temperature were determined by EDS (Energy Dispersive Spectrometry) and DSC (Differential Scanning Calorimetry) analysis, respectively. The microstructure was then characterised by SEM (Scanning Electron Microscope). In the DSC experiments, two types of quaternary eutectics were determined according to their phase composition. For each type of eutectic, various microstructures were observed, which result in different eutectic compositions. Only one of the determined eutectic compositions was further studied by the controlled growth technique in a vertical Bridgeman type furnace. In the initial part of the directionally solidified sample, competing growth between two-phase dendrites and three-phase eutectics was obtained, which was later transformed to competing growth between three-phase and four-phase eutectics. Moreover, silver enrichment was measured at the solidification front, which is possibly caused by Ag sedimentation due to gravity and Ag rejection from dendritic and three-phase eutectic growth, and its accumulation at the solidification front.

  16. Drilling of intermetallic alloys gamma TiAl

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    Beranoagirre, A.; Olvera, D.; Lopez de Lacalle, L. N.; Urbicain, G.

    2011-01-17

    Due to their high strength/weight ratio and resistance to corrosion and wear, superalloys such as gamma TiAl or Inconel 718 appear as the best choice for the high mechanical/thermal demands in the vicinity of the combustion chamber of aircraft engines. There are assembled parts such as cases, disks or blisks; in the manufacturing of these components the last drilling operation could jeopardize the full work integrity adding new costs to the just very expensive parts. Therefore drilling is a high-added value step in the complete sequence. The present work is framed within the study of hole making in advanced materials used for lightweight applications in aerospace sector. Within this context, the paper presents the results from milling tests on three types of gamma TiAl alloys (extruded MoCuSi, ingot MoCuSi and TNB) to define an optimal set of cutting parameters, which will contribute to open the increase in use of these special alloys. Drilling tools made of integral hard metal were used, applying different feeds and cutting speeds. The influence of cutting speed and feed is discussed.

  17. Thermodynamics-Based Computational Design of Al-Mg-Sc-Zr Alloys

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    Haidemenopoulos, G. N.; Katsamas, A. I.; Kamoutsi, H.

    2010-04-01

    Alloying additions of Sc and Zr raise the yield strength of Al-Mg alloys significantly. We have studied the effects of Sc and Zr on the grain refinement and recrystallization resistance of Al-Mg alloys with the aid of computational alloy thermodynamics. The grain refinement potential has been assessed by Scheil-Gulliver simulations of solidification paths, while the recrystallization resistance (Zener drag) has been assessed by calculation of the precipitation driving forces of the Al3Sc and Al3Zr intermetallics. Microstructural performance indices have been derived, used to rank several alloy composition variants, and finally select the variant with the best combination of grain refinement and recrystallization resistance. The method can be used, with certain limitations, for a thermodynamics-based design of Al-Mg and other alloy compositions.

  18. Fabrication of biodegradable Zn-Al-Mg alloy: Mechanical properties, corrosion behavior, cytotoxicity and antibacterial activities.

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    Bakhsheshi-Rad, H R; Hamzah, E; Low, H T; Kasiri-Asgarani, M; Farahany, S; Akbari, E; Cho, M H

    2017-04-01

    In this work, binary Zn-0.5Al and ternary Zn-0.5Al-xMg alloys with various Mg contents were investigated as biodegradable materials for implant applications. Compared with Zn-0.5Al (single phase), Zn-0.5Al-xMg alloys consisted of the α-Zn and Mg2(Zn, Al)11 with a fine lamellar structure. The results also revealed that ternary Zn-Al-Mg alloys presented higher micro-hardness value, tensile strength and corrosion resistance compared to the binary Zn-Al alloy. In addition, the tensile strength and corrosion resistance increased with increasing the Mg content in ternary alloys. The immersion tests also indicated that the corrosion rates in the following order Zn-0.5Al-0.5MgAl-0.3MgAl-0.1MgAl. The cytotoxicity tests exhibited that the Zn-0.5Al-0.5Mg alloy presents higher viability of MC3T3-E1 cell compared to the Zn-0.5Al alloy, which suggested good biocompatibility. The antibacterial activity result of both Zn-0.5Al and Zn-0.5Al-Mg alloys against Escherichia coli presented some antibacterial activity, while the Zn-0.5Al-0.5Mg significantly prohibited the growth of Escherichia coli. Thus, Zn-0.5Al-0.5Mg alloy with appropriate mechanical properties, low corrosion rate, good biocompatibility and antibacterial activities was believed to be a good candidate as a biodegradable implant material.

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

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

    1991-10-01

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

  20. Effects of Li content on precipitation in Al-Cu-(Li)-Mg-Ag-Zr alloys

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    Huang, B.P.; Zheng, Z.Q.

    1998-01-06

    Although much attention has been paid to Al-Cu-Li-Mg-Ag-Zr alloys, there are sparse reports about the influence of Li on precipitation in these alloys. The aim of the present study is to determine the effects of Li on modifying precipitation in a baseline aluminum alloy 2195 and the accompanying variants with 0--1.6 wt.% Li.

  1. Ni3Al-based alloys for die and tool application

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    Liu, Chain T.; Bloom, Everett E.

    2001-01-01

    A novel Ni.sub.3 Al-based alloy exhibits strengths and hardness in excess of the standard base alloy IC-221M at temperatures of up to about 1000.degree. C. The alloy is useful in tool and die applications requiring such temperatures, and for structural elements in engineering systems exposed to such temperatures.

  2. Predicting the oxidative lifetime of beta NiAl-Zr alloys

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    Nesbitt, J. A.; Vinarcik, E. J.

    1991-01-01

    Nickel aluminides containing 40 to 50 at. pct Al and 0.1 at. pct Zr were studied following cyclic oxidation at 1400 C. The selective oxidation of Al resulted in the formation of protective Al2O3 scales on each alloy composition. However, repeated cycling eventually resulted in the gradual formation of less-protective NiAl2O4, first appearing on the 40Al alloys followed at longer times on the 45Al alloys. The appearance of the NiAl2O4, signaling the end of the protective scale-forming capability of the alloy, was related to the presence of gamma-prime (Ni3Al) which formed as a result of the loss of Al from the sample. A diffusion model, based on finite-difference techniques, was developed to predict the protective life of beta Ni-Al alloys. This model predicts Ni and Al concentration profiles after various oxidation exposures. The model can predict the oxidative lifetime due to Al depletion when the Al concentration decreases to a critical concentration. Measured Al concentration profiles on two alloys after various oxidation exposures are compared to those predicted by the diffusion model. The time to the appearance of the NiAl2O4 and that predicted by the diffusion model are compared and discussed.

  3. Nanocrystalline Al-based alloys - lightweight materials with attractive mechanical properties

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    Latuch, J.; Cieslak, G.; Dimitrov, H.; Krasnowski, M.; Kulik, T.

    2009-01-01

    In this study, several ways of bulk nanocrystalline Al-based alloys' production by high-pressure compaction of powders were explored. The effect of chemical composition and compaction parameters on the structure, quality and mechanical properties of the bulk samples was studied. Bulk nanocrystalline Al-Mm-Ni-(Fe,Co) alloys were prepared by ball-milling of amorphous ribbons followed by consolidation. The maximum microhardness (540 HV0.1) was achieved for the samples compacted at 275 °C under 7.7 GPa (which resulted in an amorphous bulk) and nanocrystallised at 235 °C for 20 min. Another group of the produced materials were bulk nanocrystalline Al-Si-(Ni,Fe)-Mm alloys obtained by ball-milling of nanocrystalline ribbons and consolidation. The hardness of these samples achieved the value five times higher (350HV) than that of commercial 4xxx series Al alloys. Nanocrystalline Al-based alloys were also prepared by mechanical alloying followed by hot-pressing. In this group of materials, there were Al-Fe alloys containing 50-85 at.% of Al and ternary or quaternary Al-Fe-(Ti, Si, Ni, Mg, B) alloys. Microhardness of these alloys was in the range of 613 - 1235 HV0.2, depending on the composition.

  4. Formation Mechanisms of Alloying Element Nitrides in Recrystallized and Deformed Ferritic Fe-Cr-Al Alloy

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    Akhlaghi, Maryam; Meka, Sai Ramudu; Jägle, Eric A.; Kurz, Silke J. B.; Bischoff, Ewald; Mittemeijer, Eric J.

    2016-09-01

    The effect of the initial microstructure (recrystallized or cold-rolled) on the nitride precipitation process upon gaseous nitriding of ternary Fe-4.3 at. pct Cr-8.1 at. pct Al alloy was investigated at 723 K (450 °C) employing X-ray diffraction (XRD) analyses, transmission electron microscopy (TEM), atom probe tomography (APT), and electron probe microanalysis (EPMA). In recrystallized Fe-Cr-Al specimens, one type of nitride develops: ternary, cubic, NaCl-type mixed Cr1- x Al x N. In cold-rolled Fe-Cr-Al specimens, precipitation of two types of nitrides occurs: ternary, cubic, NaCl-type mixed Cr1- x Al x N and binary, cubic, NaCl-type AlN. By theoretical analysis, it was shown that for the recrystallized specimens an energy barrier for the nucleation of mixed Cr1- x Al x N exists, whereas in the cold-rolled specimens no such energy barriers for the development of mixed Cr1- x Al x N and of binary, cubic AlN occur. The additional development of the cubic AlN in the cold-rolled microstructure could be ascribed to the preferred heterogeneous nucleation of cubic AlN on dislocations. The nitrogen concentration-depth profile of the cold-rolled specimen shows a stepped nature upon prolonged nitriding as a consequence of instantaneous nucleation of nitride upon arrival of nitrogen and nitride growth rate-limited by nitrogen transport through the thickening nitrided zone.

  5. Study on Mg/Al Weld Seam Based on Zn–Mg–Al Ternary Alloy

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    Liu, Liming; Liu, Fei; Zhu, Meili

    2014-01-01

    Based on the idea of alloying welding seams, a series of Zn–xAl filler metals was calculated and designed for joining Mg/Al dissimilar metals by gas tungsten arc (GTA) welding. An infrared thermography system was used to measure the temperature of the welding pool during the welding process to investigate the solidification process. It was found that the mechanical properties of the welded joints were improved with the increasing of the Al content in the Zn–xAl filler metals, and when Zn–30Al was used as the filler metal, the ultimate tensile strength could reach a maximum of 120 MPa. The reason for the average tensile strength of the joint increasing was that the weak zone of the joint using Zn–30Al filler metal was generated primarily by α-Al instead of MgZn2. When Zn–40Al was used as the filler metal, a new transition zone, about 20 μm-wide, appeared in the edge of the fusion zone near the Mg base metal. Due to the transition zones consisting of MgZn2- and Al-based solid solution, the mechanical property of the joints was deteriorated. PMID:28788508

  6. Resistance to Fracture, Fatigue and Stress-Corrosion of Al-Cu-Li-Zr Alloys

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    2007-11-02

    Zr alloyý, 4 Heat treatment and hot rolling schedules fur 66 the Al-Cu-Li-Zr alloys 5 Laue transmission analysis of Al-Cu-Li-Zr alloys 67 6 X-ray...ratio, there appears to be an increase in amount of matrix 6 ’ as well as grain boundary precipitates ( 6 , T-phase) (? 4 ). As a result, there is a...containing 6 ’ precipitates that enhance slip planarity and certain titanium alloys (e.g. alloys with acicular astructure), will be expected to have a

  7. Elastic Modulus Measurement of ORNL ATF FeCrAl Alloys

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    Thompson, Zachary T.; Terrani, Kurt A.; Yamamoto, Yukinori

    2015-10-01

    Elastic modulus and Poisson’s ratio for a number of wrought FeCrAl alloys, intended for accident tolerant fuel cladding application, are determined via resonant ultrasonic spectroscopy. The results are reported as a function of temperature from room temperature to 850°C. The wrought alloys were in the fully annealed and unirradiated state. The elastic modulus for the wrought FeCrAl alloys is at least twice that of Zr-based alloys over the temperature range of this study. The Poisson’s ratio of the alloys was 0.28 on average and increased very slightly with increasing temperature.

  8. An Introduction to the BFS Method and Its Use to Model Binary NiAl Alloys

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    Bozzolo, Guillermo; Noebe, Ronald D.; Ferrante, J.; Amador, C.

    1998-01-01

    We introduce the Bozzolo-Ferrante-Smith (BFS) method for alloys as a computationally efficient tool for aiding in the process of alloy design. An intuitive description of the BFS method is provided, followed by a formal discussion of its implementation. The method is applied to the study of the defect structure of NiAl binary alloys. The groundwork is laid for a detailed progression to higher order NiAl-based alloys linking theoretical calculations and computer simulations based on the BFS method and experimental work validating each step of the alloy design process.

  9. Processing, properties, and applications of Ni{sub 3}Al-based alloys

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    Sikka, V.K.; Santella, M.L.; Liu, C.T.

    1997-06-01

    The Ni{sub 3}Al-based alloys represent a quantum jump in advanced alloys for structural applications at elevated temperatures. These alloys offer benefits of oxidation, carburization, and chlorination resistance, and significantly higher strength than many commercially used alloys. The commercial applications of the Ni{sub 3}Al-based alloys have begun to occur because of their comprehensive development This paper is to provide a review of. (1) alloy development, (2) melting, casting, and processing of alloys, (3) property data, (4) welding process and weldment properties, and (5) case histories of current applications. It is concluded that the cast alloy IC-221M is on its way to commercialization. 22 refs., 8 figs., 2 tabs.

  10. Mechanical properties of neutron-irradiated model and commercial FeCrAl alloys

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    Field, Kevin G.; Briggs, Samuel A.; Sridharan, Kumar; Howard, Richard H.; Yamamoto, Yukinori

    2017-06-01

    The development and understanding of the mechanical properties of neutron-irradiated FeCrAl alloys is increasingly a critical need as these alloys continue to become more mature for nuclear reactor applications. This study focuses on the mechanical properties of model FeCrAl alloys and of a commercial FeCrAl alloy neutron-irradiated to up to 13.8 displacements per atom (dpa) at irradiation temperatures between 320 and 382 °C. Tensile tests were completed at room temperature and at 320 °C, and a subset of fractured tensile specimens was examined by scanning electron microscopy. Results showed typical radiation hardening and embrittlement indicative of high chromium ferritic alloys with strong chromium composition dependencies at lower doses. At and above 7.0 dpa, the mechanical properties saturated for both the commercial and model FeCrAl alloys, although brittle cleavage fracture was observed at the highest dose in the model FeCrAl alloy with the highest chromium content (18 wt %). The results suggest the composition and microstructure of FeCrAl alloys plays a critical role in the mechanical response of FeCrAl alloys irradiated near temperatures relevant to light water reactors.

  11. Microstructural control of FeCrAl alloys using Mo and Nb additions

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    Sun, Zhiqian; Bei, Hongbin; Yamamoto, Yukinori

    2017-08-14

    The effects of Mo and Nb additions on the microstructure and mechanical properties of two FeCrAl alloys were studied in this paper. Fine and uniform recrystallized grain structures (~ 20–30 μm) were achieved in both alloys through suitable annealing after warm-rolling. The formation of Fe2Nb-type Laves phase precipitates in the Nb-containing FeCrAl alloy effectively stabilized the deformed and recrystallized microstructures. The Mo-containing FeCrAl alloy exhibited strong γ texture fiber after annealing at 650–900 °C, whereas the annealed Nb-containing FeCrAl alloy had much weaker texture. Finally, both strength and ductility decreased as the grain size increased in both alloys.

  12. Development of powder metallurgy Al alloys for high temperature aircraft structural applications, phase 2

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    Chellman, D. J.

    1982-01-01

    In this continuing study, the development of mechanically alloyed heat resistant aluminum alloys for aircraft were studied to develop higher strength targets and higher service temperatures. The use of higher alloy additions to MA Al-Fe-Co alloys, employment of prealloyed starting materials, and higher extrusion temperatures were investigated. While the MA Al-Fe-Co alloys exhibited good retention of strength and ductility properties at elevated temperatures and excellent stability of properties after 1000 hour exposure at elevated temperatures, a sensitivity of this system to low extrusion strain rates adversely affected the level of strength achieved. MA alloys in the Al-Li family showed excellent notched toughness and property stability after long time exposures at elevated temperatures. A loss of Li during processing and the higher extrusion temperature 482 K (900 F) resulted in low mechanical strengths. Subsequent hot and cold working of the MA Al-Li had only a mild influence on properties.

  13. Effect of scandium on the microstructure and ageing behaviour of cast Al-6Mg alloy

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    Kaiser, M.S.; Datta, S.; Roychowdhury, A. Banerjee, M.K.

    2008-11-15

    Microstructural modification and grain refinement due to addition of scandium in Al-6Mg alloy has been studied. Transmission electron microscopy is used to understand the microstructure and precipitation behaviour in Al-6Mg alloy doped with scandium. It is seen from the microstructure that the dendrites of the cast Al-6Mg alloy have been refined significantly due to addition of scandium. Increasing amount of scandium leads to a greater dendrite refinement. The age hardening effect in scandium added Al-6Mg alloys has been studied by subjecting the alloys containing varying amount of scandium ranging from 0.2 wt.% to 0.6 wt.% to isochronal and isothermal ageing at various temperatures for different times. It is observed that significant hardening takes place in the aged alloys due to the precipitation of scandium aluminides.

  14. Shear fracture of a rapidly-solidified Al scrap alloy in tension

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    Li, D.M.; Bakker, A. . Dept. of Materials Science)

    1994-02-01

    Rapid solidification processing (RSP) has been among important alternatives for improving the performance of Al scrap alloys. While fracture by pure shearing process has long been recognized as a typical failure mode of single crystals, its occurrence in some polycrystalline metals has also been documented in literature. The observations were mostly concentrated on the conventionally processed Al alloys. Partial shear fracture has been found in some cases to relate to delamination/splitting processes as in Al-Li alloys and identified as a toughening mechanism for these alloys. As for Al alloys fabricated using RSP, the shear fracture has not been systematically studied. It is the aim of the present study to investigate the mechanisms of shear fracture in an aluminum scrap alloy with the melt spinning solidification.

  15. Micropyretic synthesis studies of Ni-, Al-, Ti-, and Nb-containing alloys

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    Dey, G. K.; Sekhar, J. A.

    1999-04-01

    A series of new micropyretically synthesized complex intermetallics and intermetallic composites containing Ni, Al, Ti, and Nb have been studied. At the extremities of this series were the two alloys with the B2 structure, namely, the NiAl and Nb45Al15Ti40 intermetallic compounds, the former being brittle and the latter ductile. The alloys in the series were made by adding Ti and Nb to NiAl and processing them by micropyretic methods. In addition to the matrix B2 phase, the synthesized alloys were found to contain other phases. Some of the alloys in the series were noted to possess high fracture toughness and oxidation resistance. A detailed microstructural characterization of the synthesized alloys was carried out. The mechanism of synthesis in the alloys has been established by microstructural examination of the partially reacted specimens by arresting the combustion process during the synthesis process.

  16. First Principles Study of Adsorption of Hydrogen on Typical Alloying Elements and Inclusions in Molten 2219 Al Alloy

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    Liu, Yu; Huang, Yuanchun; Jia, Guangze

    2017-01-01

    To better understand the effect of the components of molten 2219 Al alloy on the hydrogen content dissolved in it, the H adsorption on various positions of alloying element clusters of Cu, Mn and Al, as well as the inclusion of Al2O3, MgO and Al4C3, were investigated by means of first principles calculation, and the thermodynamic stability of H adsorbed on each possible site was also studied on the basis of formation energy. Results show that the interaction between Al, MgO, Al4C3 and H atoms is mainly repulsive and energetically unfavorable; a favorable interaction between Cu, Mn, Al2O3 and H atoms was determined, with H being more likely to be adsorbed on the top of the third atomic layer of Cu(111), the second atomic layer of Mn(111), and the O atom in the third atomic layer of Al2O3, compared with other sites. It was found that alloying elements Cu and Mn and including Al2O3 may increase the hydrogen adsorption in the molten 2219 Al alloy with Al2O3 being the most sensitive component in this regard. PMID:28773185

  17. Constitutive Behavior and Modeling of Al-Cu Alloy Systems

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    2013-05-01

    annealing to refine the grain structure. All alloys were melted from high purity components by induction heating, and casted into a steel mold. Alloys...summary of the tested alloys with their individual strengthening mechanisms and their processing procedure...containing Mg element were melted in an argon atmosphere to minimize oxidation . Precipitation hardenable alloys additionally aged at a low

  18. Thermal Exposure Effects on Properties of Al-Li Alloy Plate Products

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    Shah, Sandeep; Wells, Douglas; Wagner, John; Babel, Henry

    2003-01-01

    The objective of this viewgraph representation is to evaluate the effects of thermal exposure on the mechanical properties of both production mature and developmental Al-Li alloys. The researchers find for these alloys, the data clearly shows that there is no deficit in mechanical properties at lower exposure temperatures in some cases, and a signficant deficit in mechanical properties at higher exposure temperatures in all cases. Topics considered include: Al-Li alloys composition, key characteristics of Al-Li alloys and thermal exposure matrix.

  19. The shape memory capability and life of Cu-Al-Be-X alloys

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    Dong, Y.Y.; Dar, K.Z. ); Wang, T.M. ); Zin, S.J. )

    1994-09-01

    The shape memory capacity and the shape memory life of three alloys of the Cu-11.6Al-0.4Be-X type have been investigated using the strain angle restoration method and compared with the alloy Cu-25Zn-4Al. The alloys were subjected to various normalizing and normalizing plus aging treatments, and all were found to possess excellent shape memory properties. The alloy Cu-11.6Al-0.4Be-0.2Cr demonstrated the best shape memory capacity and life.

  20. Thermal Exposure Effects on Properties of Al-Li Alloy Plate Products

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    Shah, Sandeep; Wells, Douglas; Wagner, John; Babel, Henry

    2003-01-01

    The objective of this viewgraph representation is to evaluate the effects of thermal exposure on the mechanical properties of both production mature and developmental Al-Li alloys. The researchers find for these alloys, the data clearly shows that there is no deficit in mechanical properties at lower exposure temperatures in some cases, and a signficant deficit in mechanical properties at higher exposure temperatures in all cases. Topics considered include: Al-Li alloys composition, key characteristics of Al-Li alloys and thermal exposure matrix.

  1. A sulfur segregation study of PWA 1480, NiCrAl, and NiAl alloys

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    Jayne, D. T.; Smialek, J. L.

    1993-01-01

    Some nickel based superalloys show reduced oxidation resistance from the lack of an adherent oxide layer during high temperature cyclic oxidation. The segregation of sulfur to the oxide-metal interface is believed to effect oxide adhesion, since low sulfur alloys exhibit enhanced adhesion. X ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS) was combined with an in situ sample heater to measure sulfur segregation in NiCrAl, PWA 1480, and NiAl alloys. The polished samples with a 1.5 to 2.5 nm (native) oxide were heated from 650 to 1100 C with hold times up to 6 hr. The sulfur concentration was plotted as a function of temperature versus time at temperature. One NiCrAl sulfur study was performed on the same casting used by Browning to establish a base line between previous Auger Electron Spectroscopy (AES) results and the XPS results of this study. Sulfur surface segregation was similar for PWA 1480 and NiCrAl and reached a maximum of 30 at% at 800 to 850 C. Above 900 C the sulfur surface concentration decreased to about 3 at% at 1100 C. These results are contrasted to the minimal segregation observed for low sulfur hydrogen annealed materials which exhibit improved scale adhesion.

  2. Novel Heating-Induced Reversion during Crystallization of Al-based Glassy Alloys.

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    Han, F F; Inoue, A; Han, Y; Kong, F L; Zhu, S L; Shalaan, E; Al-Marzouki, F; Greer, A L

    2017-04-13

    Thermal stability and crystallization of three multicomponent glassy alloys, Al86Y7Ni5Co1Fe0.5Pd0.5, Al85Y8Ni5Co1Fe0.5Pd0.5 and Al84Y9Ni4Co1.5Fe0.5Pd1, were examined to assess the ability to form the mixture of amorphous (am) and fcc-aluminum (α-Al) phases. On heating, the glass transition into the supercooled liquid is shown by the 85Al and 84Al glasses. The crystallization sequences are [am] → [am + α-Al] → [α-Al + compounds] for the 86Al and 85Al alloys, and [am] → [am + α-Al + cubic AlxMy (M = Y, Ni, Co, Fe, Pd)] → [am + α-Al] → [α-Al + Al3Y + Al9(Co, Ni)2 + unknown phase] for the 84Al alloy. The glass transition appears even for the 85Al alloy where the primary phase is α-Al. The heating-induced reversion from [am + α-Al + multicomponent AlxMy] to [am + α-Al] for the 84Al alloy is abnormal, not previously observed in crystallization of glassy alloys, and seems to originate from instability of the metastable AlxMy compound, in which significant inhomogeneous strain is caused by the mixture of solute elements. This novel reversion phenomenon is encouraging for obtaining the [am + α-Al] mixture over a wide range of high temperature effective for the formation of Al-based high-strength nanostructured bulk alloys by warm working.

  3. Novel Heating-Induced Reversion during Crystallization of Al-based Glassy Alloys

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    Han, F. F.; Inoue, A.; Han, Y.; Kong, F. L.; Zhu, S. L.; Shalaan, E.; Al-Marzouki, F.; Greer, A. L.

    2017-04-01

    Thermal stability and crystallization of three multicomponent glassy alloys, Al86Y7Ni5Co1Fe0.5Pd0.5, Al85Y8Ni5Co1Fe0.5Pd0.5 and Al84Y9Ni4Co1.5Fe0.5Pd1, were examined to assess the ability to form the mixture of amorphous (am) and fcc-aluminum (α-Al) phases. On heating, the glass transition into the supercooled liquid is shown by the 85Al and 84Al glasses. The crystallization sequences are [am] → [am + α-Al] → [α-Al + compounds] for the 86Al and 85Al alloys, and [am] → [am + α-Al + cubic AlxMy (M = Y, Ni, Co, Fe, Pd)] → [am + α-Al] → [α-Al + Al3Y + Al9(Co, Ni)2 + unknown phase] for the 84Al alloy. The glass transition appears even for the 85Al alloy where the primary phase is α-Al. The heating-induced reversion from [am + α-Al + multicomponent AlxMy] to [am + α-Al] for the 84Al alloy is abnormal, not previously observed in crystallization of glassy alloys, and seems to originate from instability of the metastable AlxMy compound, in which significant inhomogeneous strain is caused by the mixture of solute elements. This novel reversion phenomenon is encouraging for obtaining the [am + α-Al] mixture over a wide range of high temperature effective for the formation of Al-based high-strength nanostructured bulk alloys by warm working.

  4. Novel Heating-Induced Reversion during Crystallization of Al-based Glassy Alloys

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    Han, F. F.; Inoue, A.; Han, Y.; Kong, F. L.; Zhu, S. L.; Shalaan, E.; Al-Marzouki, F.; Greer, A. L.

    2017-01-01

    Thermal stability and crystallization of three multicomponent glassy alloys, Al86Y7Ni5Co1Fe0.5Pd0.5, Al85Y8Ni5Co1Fe0.5Pd0.5 and Al84Y9Ni4Co1.5Fe0.5Pd1, were examined to assess the ability to form the mixture of amorphous (am) and fcc-aluminum (α-Al) phases. On heating, the glass transition into the supercooled liquid is shown by the 85Al and 84Al glasses. The crystallization sequences are [am] → [am + α-Al] → [α-Al + compounds] for the 86Al and 85Al alloys, and [am] → [am + α-Al + cubic AlxMy (M = Y, Ni, Co, Fe, Pd)] → [am + α-Al] → [α-Al + Al3Y + Al9(Co, Ni)2 + unknown phase] for the 84Al alloy. The glass transition appears even for the 85Al alloy where the primary phase is α-Al. The heating-induced reversion from [am + α-Al + multicomponent AlxMy] to [am + α-Al] for the 84Al alloy is abnormal, not previously observed in crystallization of glassy alloys, and seems to originate from instability of the metastable AlxMy compound, in which significant inhomogeneous strain is caused by the mixture of solute elements. This novel reversion phenomenon is encouraging for obtaining the [am + α-Al] mixture over a wide range of high temperature effective for the formation of Al-based high-strength nanostructured bulk alloys by warm working. PMID:28406157

  5. Dissolution of particles in binary alloys: part II. experimental investigation on an Al-Si alloy

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    Tundal, Ulf H.; Ryum, Nils

    1992-02-01

    A detailed experimental study of the dissolution kinetics of Si particles in an Al-Si alloy has been carried out in order to test the validity of the two models presented in the accompanying article.[1] In these models, the dissolution kinetics are dependent on the particle size distribution of the alloy. An alloy with composition Co = 0.77 at. pct Si was heat-treated in order to obtain rather coarse spherical particles (1 to 10 μn). The size distribution of the particles was found to be close to the log-normal distribution. At high temperatures, when the solvus concentration was well above Co, the experimental values were very close to the values of the model which predicted the highest dissolution rates. At lower temperatures, when the solvus concentration was closer to C o, the experimental values lay in between the values predicted by the two models. The results clearly demonstrate that a size distribution of particles must be included in the model if an accurate prediction of the dissolution kinetics is to be achieved.

  6. Investigation of Ti-6Al-4V alloy acoustic softening.

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    Fartashvand, V; Abdullah, A; Sadough Vanini, S A

    2017-09-01

    High power ultrasonic vibration is widely used for improving manufacturing processes such as machining and metal forming. High frequency mechanical vibration affects material properties and friction forces in contacting surfaces. Flow stress reduction under superimposed ultrasonic vibration is called as acoustic softening. The amount of this parameter should be determined for ultrasonic assisted metal forming processes. For determination of this parameter for workhorse Ti-6Al-4V alloy, experimental setup was designed and fabricated. Then tensile test under longitudinal ultrasonic vibration was performed for different ultrasonic powers. Results show that ultrasonic vibration has considerable effect on plastic behavior of the alloy and decreases flow stress. Also, increasing ultrasonic power leads to higher acoustic softening. Yield stress reduction up to 9.52%, ultimate stress reduction up to 4.55% and elongation up to 13% were obtained at 340W ultrasonic power. After applying ultrasonic vibrations and its termination, hardness of specimens were measured in which increase up to 9% was observed. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  7. Study on the thermal storage properties of Al-Si-Cu-Mg alloy

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    XIE, Yi; WAN, Ke-yang; XIE, Guo-sheng; HU, Jia-rui; YIN, Fu-cheng; GONG, Jing

    2017-04-01

    Based on thermodynamic calculation technology, the thermodynamic data of six alloys (inc. Al-Si and Al-Si-Cu-Mg systems) was calculated. The microstructure, phase transformation temperature and latent heat of the Al-4%Cu-12%Mg-7%Si alloy and Al-13%Si alloy were also verified by X-ray diffraction(XRD), scanning electron microscopy/Energy-dispersive system (SEM/EDS) and Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). The results show that The enthalpy change value of Al-Si-Cu-Mg alloy is larger than that of Al-Si alloy from 800 °C to 400 °C, while its phase transformation temperature is lower. In particular, the enthalpy value of Al-4%Cu-12%Mg-7%Si alloy is 85% higher than that of Al-13%Si near eutectic alloy, and its initial temperature of phase transformation is about 74 °C lower. The former has relatively low phase transformation temperature and over-dimensioned latent heat of phase transformation, displaying the excellent thermal storage property. Therefore, the alloy is a good potential solar energy thermal storage material. The results in the paper also indicated that thermodynamic calculation is of value in seeking new potential solar energy thermal storage materials for solar thermal power generation system.

  8. Influence of homogenization and artificial aging heat treatments on corrosion behavior of Mg-Al alloys

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    Beldjoudi, T.; Fiaud, C.; Robbiola, L. . Lab. d'Etudes de la Corrosion)

    1993-09-01

    The influence of heat treatment on corrosion behavior of magnesium-aluminum (Mg-9Al) alloys was investigated by studying the electrochemical properties of Mg-9Al in the solution-treated (T4) and artificially aged (T6) conditions. The alloys' properties were compared to those of pure Mg, the intermetallic Mg[sub 17]Al[sub 12] phase, and different Mg-Al-based alloys (Mg-3Al, AZ91). The Mg-9Al alloy exhibited better corrosion resistance in the T6 condition than in the T4 condition because of the intermetallic Mg[sub 17]Al[sub 12] precipitates present n the T6 alloy. The mechanism responsible for this behavior was attributed to a more protective porous film on the T6 matrix alloy than on the T4 alloy. Addition of zinc did not modify these results. Localized corrosion testing showed the Mg-Al alloys were attacked preferentially in relation to magnesium silicide (Mg[sub 2]Si) precipitates which were characterized clearly using metallurgical examinations.

  9. Effects of gadolinium addition on the microstructure and mechanical properties of Mg-9Al alloy

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    Singh, Lavish Kumar; Bhadauria, Alok; Srinivasan, Amirthalingam; Pillai, Uma Thanu Subramonia; Pai, Bellambettu Chandrasekhara

    2017-08-01

    This research aims to study the significance of Gd addition (0wt%-2wt%) on the microstructure and mechanical properties of Mg-9Al alloy. The effect of Gd addition on the microstructure was investigated via X-ray diffraction (XRD), optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The Mg-9Al alloy contained two phases, α-Mg and β-Mg17Al12. Alloying with Gd led to the emergence of a new rectangular-shaped phase, Al2Gd. The grain size also decreased marginally upon Gd addition. The ultimate tensile strength and microhardness of Mg-9Al alloy increased by 23% and 19%, respectively, upon 1.5wt% Gd addition. We observed that, although Mg-9Al-2.0Gd alloy exhibited the smallest grain size (181 μm) and the highest dislocation density (5.1 × 1010 m-2) among the investigated compositions, the Mg-9Al-1.5Gd alloy displayed the best mechanical properties. This anomalous behavior was observed because the Al2Gd phase was uniformly distributed and present in abundance in Mg-9Al-1.5Gd alloy, whereas it was coarsened and asymmetrically conglomerated in Mg-9Al-2.0Gd.

  10. Facile synthesis of dendritic Cu by electroless reaction of Cu-Al alloys in multiphase solution

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    Wang, Ying; Liang, Shuhua; Yang, Qing; Wang, Xianhui

    2016-11-01

    Two-dimensional nano- or micro-scale fractal dendritic coppers (FDCs) were synthesized by electroless immersing of Cu-Al alloys in hydrochloric acid solution containing copper chloride without any assistance of template or surfactant. The FDC size increases with the increase of Al content in Cu-Al alloys immersed in CuCl2 + HCl solution. Compared to Cu40Al60 and Cu45Al55 alloys, the FDC shows hierarchical distribution and homogeneous structures using Cu17Al83 alloy as the starting alloy. The growth direction of the FDC is <110>, and all angles between the trunks and branches are 60°. Nanoscale Cu2O was found at the edge of FDC. Interestingly, nanoporous copper (NPC) can also be obtained through Cu17Al83 alloy. Studies showed that the formation of FDC depended on two key factors: the potential difference between CuAl2 intermetallic and α-Al phase of dual-phase Cu-Al alloys; a replacement reaction that usually occurs in multiphase solution. The electrochemical experiment further proved that the multi-branch dendritic structure is very beneficial to the proton transfer in the process of catalyzing methanol.

  11. Study on improved tribological properties by alloying copper to CP-Ti and Ti-6Al-4V alloy.

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    Wang, Song; Ma, Zheng; Liao, Zhenhua; Song, Jian; Yang, Ke; Liu, Weiqiang

    2015-12-01

    Copper alloying to titanium and its alloys is believed to show an antibacterial performance. However, the tribological properties of Cu alloyed titanium alloys were seldom studied. Ti-5Cu and Ti-6Al-4V-5Cu alloys were fabricated in the present study in order to further study the friction and wear properties of titanium alloys with Cu additive. The microstructure, composition and hardness were characterized using X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscope (TEM) and hardness tester. The tribological behaviors were tested with ZrO2 counterface in 25% bovine serum using a ball-on-disc tribo-tester. The results revealed that precipitations of Ti2Cu intermetallic compounds appeared in both Ti-5Cu and Ti-6Al-4V-5Cu alloys. The tribological results showed an improvement in friction and wear resistance for both Ti-5Cu and Ti-6Al-4V-5Cu alloys due to the precipitation of Ti2Cu. The results also indicated that both CP-Ti and Ti-5Cu behaved better wear resistance than Ti-6Al-4V and Ti-6Al-4V-5Cu due to different wear mechanisms when articulated with hard zirconia. Both CP-Ti and Ti-5Cu revealed dominant adhesive wear with secondary abrasive wear mechanism while both Ti-6Al-4V and Ti-6Al-4V-5Cu showed severe abrasive wear and cracks with secondary adhesive wear mechanism due to different surface hardness integrated by their microstructures and material types.

  12. Precipitation Hardening and Statistical Modeling of the Aging Parameters and Alloy Compositions in Al-Cu-Mg-Ag Alloys

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    Al-Obaisi, A. M.; El-Danaf, E. A.; Ragab, A. E.; Soliman, M. S.

    2016-06-01

    The addition of Ag to Al-Cu-Mg systems has been proposed to replace the existing high-strength 2xxx and 7xxx Al alloys. The aged Al-Cu-Mg-Ag alloys exhibited promising properties, due to special type of precipitates named Ω, which cooperate with other precipitates to enhance the mechanical properties significantly. In the present investigation, the effect of changing percentages of alloying elements, aging time, and aging temperature on the hardness values was studied based on a factorial design. According to this design of experiments (DOE)—23 factorial design, eight alloys were cast and hot rolled, where (Cu, Mg, and Ag) were added to aluminum with two different levels for each alloying element. These alloys were aged at different temperatures (160, 190, and 220 °C) over a wide range of time intervals from 10 min. to 64 h. The resulting hardness data were used as an input for Minitab software to model and relate the process variables with hardness through a regression analysis. Modifying the alloying elements' weight percentages to the high level enhanced the hardness of the alloy with about 40% as compared to the alloy containing the low level of all alloying elements. Through analysis of variance (ANOVA), it was figured out that altering the fraction of Cu had the greatest effect on the hardness values with a contribution of about 49%. Also, second-level interaction terms had about 21% of impact on the hardness values. Aging time, quadratic terms, and third-level interaction terms had almost the same level of influence on hardness values (about 10% contribution). Furthermore, the results have shown that small addition of Mg and Ag was enough to improve the mechanical properties of the alloy significantly. The statistical model formulated interpreted about 80% of the variation in hardness values.

  13. Texture in CuZnAl shape memory alloys

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    Park, No-Jin

    1996-06-01

    The pseudoelastic elongation and the Young's modulus were estimated using lexture and orientation dependent properties in the 95.5% hot-rolled Cu-14.0 wt% Zn-8.0 wt% Al, in the 96.7% extruded Cu -17.7 wt% Zn-7.0 wt% Al-0.5 wt%Ti and in the 95% cold drawn Cu-27.1 wt% Zn-4.6 wt% Al shape-memory-alloys. The textures were measured in martensitic phases, and the austenitic textures were calculated using texture transformation, which gave rise to the maximum possible shape change for a particular application. The maximum value of the pseudoelastic elongation (6.55%) was found at the normal direction in the sheet and a minimum value of 2.23% at 35° from the normal direction to the rolling direction. In the rod and wire the maximum value 4.80% and 5.28% were found at 45 and 90° from the axis direction. The anisotropic constant 1.5, 1.2 and 1.3 of the Young's modulus were found in the sheet, rod and wire, respectively. These values enabled us to estimate the optimum texture for a technological application.

  14. Solidification of hypermonotectic Al-In alloys under microgravity conditions

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    Potard, C.

    1982-01-01

    Four samples of the Al-In system having monotectic and hypermonotectic compositions that were solidified under microgravity during the NASA-SPAR IX flight of January 20, 1981, are considered. The experimental thermal and physicochemical conditions that were actually achieved are analyzed. Radiographic and metallographic observations of the samples reveal a nonregular dispersed primary phase inside the monotectic matrix. These observations are discussed in relation to capillarity and solidification aspects. A key finding is the preservation of a certain degree of dispersion of the indium primary phase. This result differs fundamentally from the results obtained under microgravity conditions on the same system and compositions (Gelles and Markworth, 1980; Alborn and Loehberg, 1979). The results are seen as clearly establishing that the space environment can be used to obtain dispersed structures from hypermonotectic alloys.

  15. Diffusive Interaction Between Ni-Cr-Al Alloys

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    Tkacz-Śmiech, Katarzyna; Danielewski, Marek; Bożek, Bogusław; Berent, Katarzyna; Zientara, Dariusz; Zajusz, Marek

    2017-03-01

    In high-temperature coatings, welded parts, and a range of other applications, components in the contact zone interdiffuse at elevated temperatures and may react to change the phase composition. The diffusion zone can be complex and can consist of sequential layers of intermediate phases, solid solutions, and in the case of multicomponent systems also of multiphase layers. In this work, the interdiffusion in Ni-Cr-Al alloys is studied experimentally and modeled numerically. The diffusion multiples were prepared by hot isostatic pressing and post-annealing at 1473 K (1200 °C). The concentration profiles were measured with wide-line EDS technique which allowed obtaining high-accuracy diffusion paths. The experimental profiles and diffusion paths were compared with numerical results simulated with application of very recent model of interdiffusion in muticomponent-multiphase systems. The calculated and experimental data show good agreement.

  16. Diffusive Interaction Between Ni-Cr-Al Alloys

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    Tkacz-Śmiech, Katarzyna; Danielewski, Marek; Bożek, Bogusław; Berent, Katarzyna; Zientara, Dariusz; Zajusz, Marek

    2017-05-01

    In high-temperature coatings, welded parts, and a range of other applications, components in the contact zone interdiffuse at elevated temperatures and may react to change the phase composition. The diffusion zone can be complex and can consist of sequential layers of intermediate phases, solid solutions, and in the case of multicomponent systems also of multiphase layers. In this work, the interdiffusion in Ni-Cr-Al alloys is studied experimentally and modeled numerically. The diffusion multiples were prepared by hot isostatic pressing and post-annealing at 1473 K (1200 °C). The concentration profiles were measured with wide-line EDS technique which allowed obtaining high-accuracy diffusion paths. The experimental profiles and diffusion paths were compared with numerical results simulated with application of very recent model of interdiffusion in muticomponent-multiphase systems. The calculated and experimental data show good agreement.

  17. Fracture toughness of an Al-Li-Cu-In alloy

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    Wagner, John A.; Gangloff, Richard P.

    1992-01-01

    The crack initiation and growth fracture toughness of select AL-Li-Cu alloy variants are characterized and elucidated. Conventionally processed plates form large DC cast ingots are investigated to eliminate the variation in microstructure associated with laboratory scale and SPF-processed material. Fracture resistance is characterized using the J-integral method to establish crack initiation and growth behavior at 25 and -185 C. It is shown that state-of-the-art 2090-T81 has superior toughness compared to 2090 + In-T6 at both test temperatures, with the low toughness of 2090 + In-T6 associated with intersubgranular fracture attributed to a high density of subboundary precipitates.

  18. Thermally induced resoftening in deformed Al-Zn alloy

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    Abd El-Salam, F.; Nada, R. H.; Abd El-Khalek, A. M.

    2000-10-01

    The hardening properties and the operating fracture mechanisms in Al-40 wt% Zn have been studied through stress-strain relations obtained in the temperature range from 503 to 623 K. The linear work-hardening coefficient χ, the fracture time tf, the yield stress σy, and the fracture stress σf of alloy samples slowly cooled or quenched from 643 K to room temperature decreased with increasing deformation temperature and exhibited two minima at both 533 and 593 K. Two corresponding maxima exist at the same temperatures for fracture strain εf and fracture strain rate ε˙f. The energies activating the operating fracture mechanisms in the low-, the intermediate- and the high-temperature ranges were found to be 29.4, 64.9 and 71.76 kJ/mol, respectively, indicating a temperature-dependent phase transformation.

  19. Fracture toughness of an Al-Li-Cu-In alloy

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    Wagner, John A.; Gangloff, Richard P.

    1992-01-01

    The crack initiation and growth fracture toughness of select AL-Li-Cu alloy variants are characterized and elucidated. Conventionally processed plates form large DC cast ingots are investigated to eliminate the variation in microstructure associated with laboratory scale and SPF-processed material. Fracture resistance is characterized using the J-integral method to establish crack initiation and growth behavior at 25 and -185 C. It is shown that state-of-the-art 2090-T81 has superior toughness compared to 2090 + In-T6 at both test temperatures, with the low toughness of 2090 + In-T6 associated with intersubgranular fracture attributed to a high density of subboundary precipitates.

  20. Wetting of polycrystalline SiC by molten Al and Al-Si alloys

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    Cong, Xiao-Shuang; Shen, Ping; Wang, Yi; Jiang, Qichuan

    2014-10-01

    The wetting of α-SiC by molten Al and Al-Si alloys was investigated using a dispensed sessile drop method in a high vacuum. In the Al-SiC system, representative wetting stages were identified. The liquid spreading was initially controlled by the deoxidation of the SiC surface and then by the formation of Al4C3 at the interface. The intrinsic contact angle for molten Al on the polycrystalline α-SiC surface was suggested to be lower than 90̊ provided that the oxide films covering the Al and SiC surfaces were removed, i.e., the system is partial wetting in nature. An increase in the Si concentration in liquid Al weakened the interfacial reaction but improved the final wettability. The role of the Si addition on the wetting was presumably attributed to its segregation at the interface and the formation of strong chemical bonds with the SiC surface.

  1. Diffusional transport during the cyclic oxidation of. gamma. +. beta. , Ni-Cr-Al(Y, Zr) alloys

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    Nesbitt, J.A.; Heckel, R.W. )

    1988-02-01

    The cyclic oxidation behavior of several cast {gamma} + {beta}, Ni-Cr-Al(Y, Zr) alloys and one LPPS {gamma} + {beta}, Ni-Co-Cr-Al(Y) alloy was examined ({gamma}, fcc; {beta}, NiAl structure). Cyclic oxidation was performed by cycling between 1200{degree}C and approximately 70{degree}C. Oxide morphologies and microstructural changes during cyclic oxidation were noted. Recession of the high-Al {beta} phase was nonparabolic with time. Kirkendall porosity resulting from diffusional transport within the alloy was observed in the near-surface {gamma}-phase layer of one alloy. Concentration profiles for Ni, Cr, and Al were measured in the {gamma}-phase layer after various cyclic oxidation exposures. It was observed that cyclic oxidation results in a decreasing Al concentration at the oxide-metal interface due to a high demand for Al (a high rate of Al consumption) associated with oxide scale cracking and spalling. In addition, diffusion paths plotted on the ternary phase diagram shifted to higher Ni concentrations with increasing cyclic oxidation exposures. The alloy with the highest rate of Al consumption, and highest Al content, underwent breakway oxidation after 500 1-hr cycles at 1200{degree}C. Breakaway oxidation occurred when the Al concentration at the oxide-metal interface approached zero. The relationship between the Al transport in the alloy and breakaway oxidation is discussed.

  2. Effect of delayed aging on mechanical properties of an Al-Cu-Mg alloy

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    Ravindranathan, S.P.; Kashyap, K.T.; Kumar, S.R.; Ramachandra, C.; Chatterji, B.

    2000-02-01

    The effect of delayed aging on mechanical properties is characteristically found in Al-Mg-Si alloys. Delayed aging refers to the time elapsed between solutionizing and artificial aging. Delayed aging leads to inferior properties. This effect was investigated in an Al-Cu-Mg alloy (AU2GN) of nominal composition Al-2Cu-1.5Mg-1Fe-1Ni as a function of delay. This alloy also showed a drop in mechanical properties with delay. The results are explained on the basis of Pashley's kinetic model to qualitatively explain the evolution of a coarse precipitate structure with delay. It is found that all the results of delayed aging in the Al-Cu-Mg alloys are similar to those found in Al-Mg-Si alloys.

  3. Evaluation of corrosion behavior of Al-Mg-Li alloys in seawater

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    Ahmad, Z.; Abdul Aleem, B. J.

    1996-04-01

    Weldalite 050, a high-strength Al-Mg-Li alloy, was evaluated for its corrosion resistance in deaerated and air saturated Arabian Gulf water to determine its suitability for marine applications. Weight loss and electrochemical studies showed that the alloy had minimum corrosion rates of 1.82 and 4.82 mpy (mils per year), respectively, in deaerated and air saturated Arabian Gulf water with very high total dissolved solids (TDS) content. Weldalite 050 exhibited good resistance to corrosion at velocities up to 3.9 m/s. The formation of Al2MgLi, Al-Li, Al12Mg17, and Al-Li precipitates has a pronounced effect on its corrosion resistance. The corrosion resistance of Weldalite 050 compares favorably with that of alloys 5052 and 5054, wrought alloys 6061 and 6013, and silicon carbide (SiC) reinforced alloys 6061 and 6013.

  4. Elastocaloric effect in CuAlZn and CuAlMn shape memory alloys under compression.

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    Qian, Suxin; Geng, Yunlong; Wang, Yi; Pillsbury, Thomas E; Hada, Yoshiharu; Yamaguchi, Yuki; Fujimoto, Kenjiro; Hwang, Yunho; Radermacher, Reinhard; Cui, Jun; Yuki, Yoji; Toyotake, Koutaro; Takeuchi, Ichiro

    2016-08-13

    This paper reports the elastocaloric effect of two Cu-based shape memory alloys: Cu68Al16Zn16 (CuAlZn) and Cu73Al15Mn12 (CuAlMn), under compression at ambient temperature. The compression tests were conducted at two different rates to approach isothermal and adiabatic conditions. Upon unloading at a strain rate of 0.1 s(-1) (adiabatic condition) from 4% strain, the highest adiabatic temperature changes (ΔTad) of 4.0 K for CuAlZn and 3.9 K for CuAlMn were obtained. The maximum stress and hysteresis at each strain were compared. The stress at the maximum recoverable strain of 4.0% for CuAlMn was 120 MPa, which is 70% smaller than that of CuAlZn. A smaller hysteresis for the CuAlMn alloy was also obtained, about 70% less compared with the CuAlZn alloy. The latent heat, determined by differential scanning calorimetry, was 4.3 J g(-1) for the CuAlZn alloy and 5.0 J g(-1) for the CuAlMn alloy. Potential coefficients of performance (COPmat) for these two alloys were calculated based on their physical properties of measured latent heat and hysteresis, and a COPmat of approximately 13.3 for CuAlMn was obtained.This article is part of the themed issue 'Taking the temperature of phase transitions in cool materials'. © 2016 The Author(s).

  5. Fatigue crack propagation behaviour of unidirectionally solidified gamma/gamma-prime-delta eutectic alloys. [Ni-Nb-Al alloys

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    Bretz, P. E.; Hertzberg, R. W.

    1979-01-01

    Fatigue crack propagation studies were carried out on unidirectionally solidified gamma/gamma-prime-delta (Ni-Nb-Al) alloys over an aluminum content range of 1.5-2.5% by weight. The variation of Al content of as-grown alloys did not significantly affect the crack growth behavior of these eutectic composites. The results indicate that the addition of Al to the eutectic dramatically improved the FCP behavior. The gamma/gamma-prime-delta alloy exhibited crack growth rates for a given stress intensity range that are an order of magnitude lower than those for the gamma-delta alloy. It is suggested that this difference in FCP behavior can be explained on the basis of stacking fault energy considerations. Extensive delaminations at the crack tip were also revealed, which contributed to the superior fatigue response. Delamination was predominantly intergranular in nature.

  6. Cryogenic mechanical properties of low density superplastic Al-Mg-Sc alloys

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    Verzasconi, S.L.; Morris, J.W. Jr. )

    1989-06-01

    Spacecraft cryogenic fuel tankage made from superplastic materials is a possible new application for low density aluminum alloys such as Al-Mg-Sc. Examples from this alloy system were examined for cryogenic strength and toughness. Alloys studied were received in the superplastically formable condition, in sheet form. Alloy 2219-T87 sheet was also tested for comparison, since 2219-T8X is currently used in cryogenic tankage. Five compositions of Al-Mg-Sc alloys were tested at 77 and 4 K. Alloys showed the expected increase in strength with decreasing temperature, accompanied by a general slight decrease in elongation and the Kahn tear-yield ratio toughness indicator; however, the strength-tear toughness relationship of this alloy class was as good as or better than that of 2219-T87. Correlations found between the properties, microstructure, and fracture surfaces are discussed. 8 refs., 1 fig., 3 tabs.

  7. In situ investigation of spinodal decomposition in hypermonotectic Al Bi and Al Bi Zn alloys

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    Schaffer, P. L.; Mathiesen, R. H.; Arnberg, L.; Di Sabatino, M.; Snigirev, A.

    2008-05-01

    Spinodal decomposition of hypermonotectic Al-6 wt.%Bi, Al-8 wt.%Bi and Al-6 wt.%Bi-8 wt.%Zn alloys has been investigated using synchrotron radiography. In the case of the 6 and 8 wt.%Bi binary alloys undercoolings of 70 and 110 K, respectively, were required to initiate the L→L1+L2 reaction, which appeared to occur very close to the monotectic reaction temperature. The nucleated L2 droplets were set in collective size-dependent motion by forces coupled to external fields (gravity and imposed temperature gradient) as well as forces arising due to internal fluctuations of the system. With experimental conditions similar to those realized during strip casting of the same materials, it was found that the size-dependant droplet velocity field combined with Stokes drag at the L1-L2 interfaces as well as attractive and repulsive diffusion-coupling between adjacent L2 droplets, yield complex meso- to microscale hydrodynamics. The hydrodynamics are the dominating mechanisms for L2 droplet coagulation, and are accordingly decisive for the final size distribution and geometrical dispersion of the soft Bi-rich component in the cast material. A different decomposition mode was observed in the Al-6 wt.%Bi-8 wt.%Zn ternary alloy, with the L2 droplets undergoing an immiscible-miscible-immiscible transition. In contrast to what was found for the binaries, L2 domains formed at relatively small undercoolings, and very little droplet motion was observed, as all L2 domains nucleated and remained on the crucible walls until they encroached on the monotectic front. At small distances from the monotectic front a Zn-rich solute boundary layer preceding the α-Al, caused the L2 domains to dissolve as Bi-Zn-Al regains complete miscibility upon reaching a critical Zn-concentration. In the shallow mush region behind the monotectic reaction, a high Zn solid solubility and a relatively fast diffusion of Zn in α-Al combine to cause a rapid diminishing Zn concentration in the mush liquid

  8. Mechanical properties of neutron-irradiated model and commercial FeCrAl alloys

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    Field, Kevin G.; Briggs, Samuel A.; Sridharan, Kumar; ...

    2017-03-28

    The development and understanding of the mechanical properties of neutron-irradiated FeCrAl alloys is increasingly a critical need as these alloys continue to become more mature for nuclear reactor applications. This study focuses on the mechanical properties of model FeCrAl alloys and of a commercial FeCrAl alloy neutron-irradiated to up to 13.8 displacements per atom (dpa) at irradiation temperatures between 320 and 382 °C. Tensile tests were completed at room temperature and at 320 °C, and a subset of fractured tensile specimens was examined by scanning electron microscopy. Results showed typical radiation hardening and embrittlement indicative of high chromium ferritic alloysmore » with strong chromium composition dependencies at lower doses. At and above 7.0 dpa, the mechanical properties saturated for both the commercial and model FeCrAl alloys, although brittle cleavage fracture was observed at the highest dose in the model FeCrAl alloy with the highest chromium content (18 wt %). Finally, the results suggest the composition and microstructure of FeCrAl alloys plays a critical role in the mechanical response of FeCrAl alloys irradiated near temperatures relevant to light water reactors.« less

  9. Utilizing various test methods to study the stress corrosion behavior of Al-Li-Cu alloys

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    Pizzo, P. P.; Galvin, R. P.; Nelson, H. G.

    1984-01-01

    Recently, much attention has been given to aluminum-lithium alloys because of rather substantial specific-strength and specific-stiffness advantages offered over commercial 2000and 7000-series aluminum alloys. An obstacle to Al-Li alloy development has been inherent limited ductility. In order to obtain a more refined microstructure, powder metallurgy (P/M) has been employed in alloy development programs. As stress corrosion (SC) of high-strength aluminum alloys has been a major problem in the aircraft industry, the possibility of an employment of Al-Li alloys has been considered, taking into account a use of Al-Li-Cu alloys. Attention is given to a research program concerned with the evaluation of the relative SC resistance of two P/M processed Al-Li-Cu alloys. The behavior of the alloys, with and without an addition of magnesium, was studied with the aid of three test methods. The susceptibility to SC was found to depend on the microstructure of the alloys.

  10. Utilizing various test methods to study the stress corrosion behavior of Al-Li-Cu alloys

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    Pizzo, P. P.; Galvin, R. P.; Nelson, H. G.

    1984-01-01

    Recently, much attention has been given to aluminum-lithium alloys because of rather substantial specific-strength and specific-stiffness advantages offered over commercial 2000and 7000-series aluminum alloys. An obstacle to Al-Li alloy development has been inherent limited ductility. In order to obtain a more refined microstructure, powder metallurgy (P/M) has been employed in alloy development programs. As stress corrosion (SC) of high-strength aluminum alloys has been a major problem in the aircraft industry, the possibility of an employment of Al-Li alloys has been considered, taking into account a use of Al-Li-Cu alloys. Attention is given to a research program concerned with the evaluation of the relative SC resistance of two P/M processed Al-Li-Cu alloys. The behavior of the alloys, with and without an addition of magnesium, was studied with the aid of three test methods. The susceptibility to SC was found to depend on the microstructure of the alloys.

  11. The fracture resistance of 1420 and 1421 Al-Mg-Li alloys

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    Birt, M.J.; Hafley, R.A.; Wagner, J.A.; Lisagor, W.B. )

    1993-04-15

    Aluminum-magnesium-lithium alloy 1420 was developed in the form USSR as a lightweight, weldable, corrosion resistant alloy for aerospace applications. The alloy is primarily strengthened upon aging by the homogeneous precipitation of metastable [delta][prime] (Al[sub 3]Li). The equilibrium T-phase (Al[sub 2]MgLi) also precipitated during aging on grain boundaries and dislocations but does not contribute to strength and can have deleterious effects on fracture toughness. The addition of scandium, which refines the ingot grain structure, led to the evolution of alloy 1421 which exhibits higher strength and superior weldability compared to the earlier 1420 alloy. Zirconium is added to both alloys and forms a coherent precipitate, [beta][prime] (Al[sub 3]Zr), which acts as a recrystallization inhibitor. The fracture resistance of alloys 1420 and 1421 in the T6 temper has been examined by R-curve determination and the observed behavior has been compared with Al alloy, 2219-T87. The center-cracked (M(T)) sheet panels tested in this study were of sufficient width to produce stable crack growth to a [Delta]a of [approximately] 25 mm and the R-curves that were generated allowed for a comparison to be made of the stable crack growth resistance between the alloys in accordance with ASTM E561-86. The data presented are part of an extensive collaborative test program involving both private industry and government laboratories to evaluate the 1420 and 1421 alloys.

  12. Microstructure and mechanical properties of wrought near-{gamma} TiAl alloys

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    Martin, P.L.; Jain, S.K.; Stucke, M.A.

    1995-12-31

    Five near-{gamma} alloys have been characterized as to their response to both isothermal forging and hot extrusion followed by isothermal forging. Comparable microstructures are attained after each of these operations when the alloys are recrystallized at similar temperatures relative to their {alpha}-transus temperatures. Tensile and creep properties can be compared between the alloys once equivalent microstructures are obtained. Multiple step hot working does not necessarily guarantee chemical homogeneity or improved tensile properties. Lower strength alloys, such as Ti-47Al-2Cr-2Nb, show superior ductility with lower tensile and creep strength. High strength alloys like Ti-46Al-2Cr-4Ta and Ti-46Al-5Nb-1W have lower ductilities. The volume fraction of {beta} phase strongly affects both tensile and creep properties in Ta modified alloys.

  13. Influence of Al content on non-equilibrium solidification behavior of Ni-Al-Ta model single crystal alloys

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    Ai, Cheng; Zhou, Jian; Zhang, Heng; Zhao, Xinbao; Pei, Yanling; Li, Shusuo; Gong, Shengkai

    2016-01-01

    The non-equilibrium solidification behaviors of five Ni-Al-Ta ternary model single crystal alloys with different Al contents were investigated by experimental analysis and theoretical calculation (by JMatPro) in this study. These model alloys respectively represented the γ' phase with various volume fractions (100%, 75%, 50%, 25% and 0%) at 900 °C. It was found that with decreasing Al content, liquidus temperature of experimental alloys first decreased and then increased. Meanwhile, the solidification range showed a continued downward trend. In addition, with decreasing Al content, the primary phases of non-equilibrium solidified model alloys gradually transformed from γ' phase to γ phase, and the area fraction of which first decreased and then increased. Moreover, the interdendritic/intercellular precipitation of model alloys changed from β phase (for 100% γ') to (γ+γ')Eutectic (for 75% γ'), (γ+γ')Eutectic+γ' (for 50% γ' and 25% γ') and none interdendritic precipitation (for 0% γ'), and the last stage non-equilibrium solidification sequence of model alloys was determined by the nominal Al content and different microsegregation behaviors of Al element.

  14. Validated thermodynamic prediction of AlP and eutectic (Si) solidification sequence in Al-Si cast alloys

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    Liang, S. M.; Schmid-Fetzer, R.

    2016-03-01

    The eutectic microstructure in hypoeutectic Al-Si cast alloys is strongly influenced by AlP particles which are potent nuclei for the eutectic (Si) phase. The solidification sequence of AlP and (Si) phases is, thus, crucial for the nucleation of eutectic silicon with marked impact on its morphology. This study presents this interdependence between Si- and P-compositions, relevant for Al-Si cast alloys, on the solidification sequence of AlP and (Si). These data are predicted from a series of thermodynamic calculations. The predictions are based on a self-consistent thermodynamic description of the Al-Si-P ternary alloy system developed recently. They are validated by independent experimental studies on microstructure and undercooling in hypoeutectic Al-Si alloys. A constrained Scheil solidification simulation technique is applied to predict the undercooling under clean heterogeneous nucleation conditions, validated by dedicated experimental observations on entrained droplets. These specific undercooling values may be very large and their quantitative dependence on Si and P content of the Al alloy is presented.

  15. Thermodynamic analysis of compatibility of several reinforcement materials with FeAl alloys

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    Misra, Ajay K.

    1988-01-01

    Chemical compatibility of several reinforcement materials with FeAl alloys within the concentration range 40 to 50 at pct Al have been analyzed from thermodynamic considerations at 1173 and 1273 K. The reinforcement materials considered in this study include carbides, borides, oxides, nitrides, and silicides. Although several chemically compatible reinforcement materials are identified, the coefficients of thermal expansion for none of these materials match closely with that of FeAl alloys and this might pose serious problems in the design of composite systems based on FeAl alloys.

  16. Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of the Ti-45Al-5Fe Intermetallic Alloy

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    Nazarova, T. I.; Imayev, V. M.; Imayev, R. M.

    2015-10-01

    Microstructure including changes in the phase composition and mechanical compression properties of the Ti-45Al-5Fe (at.%) intermetallic alloy manufactured by casting and subjected to homogenization annealing are investigated as functions of the temperature. The initial alloy has a homogeneous predominantly lamellar structure with relatively small size of colonies of three intermetallic phases: γ(TiAl), τ2(Al2FeTi), and α2(Ti3Al) in the approximate volume ratio 75:20:5. Compression tests have revealed the enhanced strength at room temperature and the improved hot workability at 800°C compared to those of TNM alloys of last generation.

  17. Influence of alloying elements on the oxidation behavior of NbAl3

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    Hebsur, M. G.; Stephens, J. R.; Smialek, J. L.; Barrett, C. A.; Fox, D. S.

    1988-01-01

    NbAL3 is one candidate material for advanced aeropropulsion systems because of its high melting point, low density, and good oxidation resistance. Although NbAl3 has the lowest oxidation rate among the binary Nb-Al alloys, it does not form exclusive layers of protective Al2O3 scales. Recently Perkin et al., have shown the feasibility of forming alumina scales on Nb-Al alloys at greatly reduced Al contents. However, the objective was to maintain the high Al content, and hence low density, while achieving the capability of growing protective alumina scales. Alloy development followed approaches similar to those used successfully for superalloys and oxidation resistant MCrAlY coatings. Among the three elements examined (Ti, Si, and Cr) as ternary additions to Nb-Al3, Cr was the most effective in favoring the selective oxidation of Al. Nb-41Al-8Cr formed exclusive layers of alumina and had a k sub p value of 0.22 mg squared/cm (sup 4)/hr at 1200 C. The addition of 1 wt percent Y to this alloy was also beneficial, resulting in nearly an order of magnitude decrease in K sub p at 1200 C. Further improvements were achieved by adding about 1 wt percent Si to the quaternary alloy. The k sub p value of 0.012 mg squared/cm (sup 4)/hr for Nb-40Al-8Cr-1Y-1Si at 1200 C was identical to the best NiAl + Zr alloys. These NbAl3 alloys also exhibited excellent cyclic oxidation resistance for 100 hr at 1200 C, being nearly equivalent to NiAl + Zr.

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

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

    2014-10-01

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

  19. Phase Composition and Hardening of Castable Al - Ca - Ni - Sc Alloys Containing 0.3% Sc

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    Belov, N. A.; Naumova, E. A.; Bazlova, T. A.; Doroshenko, V. V.

    2017-05-01

    The phase composition of aluminum alloys of the Al - Ca - Ni - Sc system containing 0.3 wt.% Sc is studied. It is shown that the aluminum solid solution may be in equilibrium not only with binary phases (Al4Ca, Al3Sc and Al3Ni) but also with a ternary Al9NiCa compound. The temperature of attainment of maximum hardening due to precipitation of nanoparticles of phase Al3Sc is determined for all the alloys studied. Principal possibility of creation of castable alloys based on an (Al) + Al4Ca + Al9NiCa eutectic, the hardening heat treatment of which does not require quenching, is substantiated.

  20. Enhancement of Impact Toughness by Delamination Fracture in a Low-Alloy High-Strength Steel with Al Alloying

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    Sun, Junjie; Jiang, Tao; Liu, Hongji; Guo, Shengwu; Liu, Yongning

    2016-12-01

    The effect of delamination toughening of martensitic steel was investigated both at room and low temperatures [253 K and 233 K (-20 °C and -40 °C)]. Two low-alloy martensitic steels with and without Al alloying were both prepared. Layered structure with white band and black matrix was observed in Al alloyed steel, while a homogeneous microstructure was displayed in the steel without Al. Both steels achieved high strength (tensile strength over 1600 MPa) and good ductility (elongation over 11 pct), but they displayed stark contrasts on impact fracture mode and Charpy impact energy. Delamination fracture occurred in Al alloyed steel and the impact energies were significantly increased both at room temperature (from 75 to 138 J, i.e., nearly improved up to 2 times) and low temperatures [from 47.9 to 71.3 J at 233 K (-40 °C)] compared with the one without Al. Alloying with Al promotes the segregation of Cr, Mn, Si and C elements to form a network structure, which is martensite with higher carbon content and higher hardness than that of the matrix. And this network structure evolved into a band structure during the hot rolling process. The difference of yield stress between the band structure and the matrix gives rise to a delamination fracture during the impact test, which increases the toughness greatly.

  1. Assessment of Al-Li Alloys for Cryotanks

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    Babel, Henry W.; Bozich, William; Farahmand, Bob; DeJesus, Ron; Sankaran, K. K.; Schwab, Dave; Tarkanian, Mike; Funk, Joan G. (Technical Monitor)

    2002-01-01

    This viewgraph presentation provides information on steps undertaken to determine the suitability of Aluminum and Lithium alloys in cryogenic tank construction. Major characteristics are offered for several different candidate alloys including reliability, weldability, flammability, and required thicknesses.

  2. Compressive creep behavior of alloys based on B2 FeAl

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    Mantravadi, N.; Vedula, K.; Gaydosh, D.; Titran, R. H.

    1987-01-01

    Alloys based on FeAl are attractive alternative materials for environmental resistance at intermediate temperatures. Addition of small amounts of Nb, Hf, Ta, Mo, Zr, and B were shown to improve the compressive creep of this alloy at 1100 K. Boron, in particular, was found to have a synergistic effect along with Zr in providing properties substantially better than the binary alloy. This improvement seems to be related to the higher activation energy found for this alloy, suggesting a modification in the diffusion behavior due to the alloying additions.

  3. Compressive creep behavior of alloys based on B2 FeAl

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    Mantravadi, N.; Vedula, K.; Gaydosh, D.; Titran, R. H.

    1986-01-01

    Alloys based on FeAl are attractive alternate materials for environmental resistance at intermediate temperatures. Addition of small amounts of Nb, Hf, Ta, Mo, Zr, and B were shown to improve the compressive creep of this alloy at 1100 K. Boron, in particular, was found to have a synergistic effect along with Zr in providing properties substantially better than the binary alloy. This improvement seems to be related to the higher activation energy found for this alloy, suggesting a modification in the diffusion behavior due to the alloying additions.

  4. Hydrogen isotope trapping in Al-Cu binary alloys

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    Chao, Paul; Karnesky, Richard A.

    2016-01-01

    In this study, the trapping mechanisms for hydrogen isotopes in Al–X Cu (0.0 at. % < X < 3.5 at. %) alloys were investigated using thermal desorption spectroscopy (TDS), electrical conductivity, and differential scanning calorimetry. Constant heating rate TDS was used to determine microstructural trap energies and occupancies. In addition to the trapping states in pure Al reported in the literature (interstitial lattice sites, dislocations, and vacancies), a trap site due to Al–Cu intermetallic precipitates is observed. The binding energy of this precipitate trap is (18 ± 3) kJ•mol–1 (0.19 ± 0.03 eV). Typical occupancy of this trap is high;more » for Al–2.6 at. % Cu (a Cu composition comparable to that in AA2219) charged at 200 °C with 130 MPa D2 for 68 days, there is ca. there is 3.15×10–7 mol D bound to the precipitate trap per mol of Al, accounting for a third of the D in the charged sample.« less

  5. Hydrogen isotope trapping in Al-Cu binary alloys

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    Chao, Paul; Karnesky, Richard A.

    2016-01-01

    In this study, the trapping mechanisms for hydrogen isotopes in Al–X Cu (0.0 at. % < X < 3.5 at. %) alloys were investigated using thermal desorption spectroscopy (TDS), electrical conductivity, and differential scanning calorimetry. Constant heating rate TDS was used to determine microstructural trap energies and occupancies. In addition to the trapping states in pure Al reported in the literature (interstitial lattice sites, dislocations, and vacancies), a trap site due to Al–Cu intermetallic precipitates is observed. The binding energy of this precipitate trap is (18 ± 3) kJ•mol–1 (0.19 ± 0.03 eV). Typical occupancy of this trap is high; for Al–2.6 at. % Cu (a Cu composition comparable to that in AA2219) charged at 200 °C with 130 MPa D2 for 68 days, there is ca. there is 3.15×10–7 mol D bound to the precipitate trap per mol of Al, accounting for a third of the D in the charged sample.

  6. Elastic stiffness constants of Al-Si and Al-Ge alloys by solid-solutioning under high pressure

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    Soma, Toshinobu; Takashima, Seiji; Kagaya, Hiroko-Matsuo

    1992-02-01

    The elastic stiffness constants of the Al-Si and Al-Ge alloy systems formed by solid solutioning under high pressure are studied using our previous formalism for the static crystal energy term taking account of the lattice dynamical contributions. The obtained results for the temperature-dependence of the elastic constants for pure solvent Al are consistent with the observed data. Then, the atomic fraction-dependence of the elastic constants for these alloy systems is calculated, and a decrease of the elastic stiffness constants C11, C12 and C44 with increasing concentration of Si or Ge is found for both Al-Si and Al-Ge solid solutions. Numerical results of the concentration x-derivative 1/ C ij·d C ij/d x of the elastic constants C ij for the Al 1- xSi x and Al 1- xGe x alloy system are obtained theoretically and found to be nearly constant under pressure and high temperatures. The deviation from the elastic constants of pure Al is larger for the Al-Ge alloy than for the Al-Si system.

  7. Osteoblast Cell Response on the Ti6Al4V Alloy Heat-Treated

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    Chávez-Díaz, Mercedes Paulina; Escudero-Rincón, María Lorenza; Arce-Estrada, Elsa Miriam; Cabrera-Sierra, Román

    2017-01-01

    In an effort to examine the effect of the microstructural changes of the Ti6Al4V alloy, two heat treatments were carried out below (Ti6Al4V800) and above (Ti6Al4V1050) its β-phase transformation temperature. After each treatment, globular and lamellar microstructures were obtained. Saos-2 pre-osteoblast human osteosarcoma cells were seeded onto Ti6Al4V alloy disks and immersed in cell culture for 7 days. Electrochemical assays in situ were performed using OCP and EIS measurements. Impedance data show a passive behavior for the three Ti6Al4V alloys; additionally, enhanced impedance values were recorded for Ti6Al4V800 and Ti6Al4V1050 alloys. This passive behavior in culture medium is mostly due to the formation of TiO2 during their sterilization. Biocompatibility and cell adhesion were characterized using the SEM technique; Ti6Al4V as received and Ti6Al4V800 alloys exhibited polygonal and elongated morphology, whereas Ti6Al4V1050 alloy displayed a spherical morphology. Ti and O elements were identified by EDX analysis due to the TiO2 and signals of C, N and O, related to the formation of organic compounds from extracellular matrix. These results suggest that cell adhesion is more likely to occur on TiO2 formed in discrete α-phase regions (hcp) depending on its microstructure (grains). PMID:28772804

  8. Osteoblast Cell Response on the Ti6Al4V Alloy Heat-Treated.

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    Chávez-Díaz, Mercedes Paulina; Escudero-Rincón, María Lorenza; Arce-Estrada, Elsa Miriam; Cabrera-Sierra, Román

    2017-04-23

    In an effort to examine the effect of the microstructural changes of the Ti6Al4V alloy, two heat treatments were carried out below (Ti6Al4V800) and above (Ti6Al4V1050) its β-phase transformation temperature. After each treatment, globular and lamellar microstructures were obtained. Saos-2 pre-osteoblast human osteosarcoma cells were seeded onto Ti6Al4V alloy disks and immersed in cell culture for 7 days. Electrochemical assays in situ were performed using OCP and EIS measurements. Impedance data show a passive behavior for the three Ti6Al4V alloys; additionally, enhanced impedance values were recorded for Ti6Al4V800 and Ti6Al4V1050 alloys. This passive behavior in culture medium is mostly due to the formation of TiO₂ during their sterilization. Biocompatibility and cell adhesion were characterized using the SEM technique; Ti6Al4V as received and Ti6Al4V800 alloys exhibited polygonal and elongated morphology, whereas Ti6Al4V1050 alloy displayed a spherical morphology. Ti and O elements were identified by EDX analysis due to the TiO₂ and signals of C, N and O, related to the formation of organic compounds from extracellular matrix. These results suggest that cell adhesion is more likely to occur on TiO₂ formed in discrete α-phase regions (hcp) depending on its microstructure (grains).

  9. Microstructure and Aging of Powder-Metallurgy Al Alloys

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    Blackburn, L. B.

    1987-01-01

    Report describes experimental study of thermal responses and aging behaviors of three new aluminum alloys. Alloys produced from rapidly solidified powders and contain 3.20 to 5.15 percent copper, 0.24 to 1.73 percent magnesium, 0.08 to 0.92 percent iron, and smaller amounts of manganese, nickel, titanium, silicon, and zinc. Peak hardness achieved at lower aging temperatures than with standard ingot-metallurgy alloys. Alloys of interest for automobile, aircraft, and aerospace applications.

  10. Alloying effects on mechanical and metallurgical properties of NiAl

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    Liu, C.T.; Horton, J.A.; Lee, E.H.; George, E.P.

    1993-06-01

    Alloying effects were investigated in near-stoichiometric NiAl for improving its mechanical and metallurgical properties. Ternary additions of 19 elements at levels up to 10 at. % were added to NiAl; among them, molybdenum is found to be most effective in improving the room-temperature ductility and high-temperature strength. Alloying with 1.0 {plus_minus} 0.6% molybdenum almost doubles the room-temperature tensile ductility of NiAl and triples its yield strength at 1000C. The creep properties of molybdenum-modified NiAl alloys can be dramatically improved by alloying with up to 1% of niobium or tantalum. Because of the low solubilities of molybdenum and niobium in NiAl, the beneficial effects mainly come from precipitation hardening. Fine and coarse precipitates are revealed by both transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and electron microprobe analyses. Molybdenum-containing alloys possess excellent oxidation resistance and can be fabricated into rod stock by hot extrusion at 900 to 1050C. This study of alloying effects provides a critical input for the alloy design of ductile and strong NiAl aluminide alloys for high-temperature structural applications.

  11. Mechanical properties of Al-Cu alloy-SiC composites

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    Anggara, B. S.; Handoko, E.; Soegijono, B.

    2014-09-25

    The synthesis of aluminum (Al) alloys, Al-Cu, from mixture 96.2 % Al and 3.8 % Cu has been prepared by melting process at a temperature of 1200°C. The adding 12.5 wt% up to 20 wt% of SiC on Al-Cu alloys samples has been investigated. The structure analyses were examined by X-Ray Diffractometer (XRD) and scanning electron microscope (SEM). Moreover, the morphology of Al-Cu alloys has been seen as structure in micrometer range. The hardness was measured by hardness Vickers method. According to the results, it can be assumed that the 15 wt% of SiC content is prefer content to get better quality of back to back hardness Vickers of Al-Cu alloys.

  12. A systematic ALCHEMI study of Fe-doped NiAl alloys

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    Anderson, I.M.; Bentley, J.; Duncan, A.J.

    1995-06-01

    ALCHEMI site-occupation studies of alloying additions to ordered aluminide intermetallic alloys have been performed with varying degrees of success, depending on the ionization delocalization correction. This study examines the variation in the site-occupancy of Fe in B2-ordered NiAl vs solute concentration and alloy stoichiometry. The fraction of Fe on the `Ni` site is plotted vs Fe concentration. The good separation among the data from alloys of the three stoichiometries shows that the site occupancy of iron depends on the relative concentrations of the Ni and Al host elements; however a preference for the `Ni` site is clearly indicated.

  13. The effect of yttrium and thorium on the oxidation behavior of Ni-Cr-Al alloys

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    Kumar, A.; Douglass, D. L.; Nasrallah, M.

    1974-01-01

    The investigation reported included a determination of the optimum composition of a Ni-Cr-Al ternary alloy with respect to oxidation resistance and minimum film-spalling tendencies. Yttrium and thorium in small amounts were added to the ternary alloy and an investigation of the oxidation mechanism and the oxide scale adherence was conducted. It was found that the oxidation mechanism of Ni-Cr-Al ternary alloys depends upon the composition of the alloy as well as the time, oxygen pressure, and temperature of oxidation.

  14. The effect of yttrium and thorium on the oxidation behavior of Ni-Cr-Al alloys

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    Kumar, A.; Douglass, D. L.; Nasrallah, M.

    1974-01-01

    The investigation reported included a determination of the optimum composition of a Ni-Cr-Al ternary alloy with respect to oxidation resistance and minimum film-spalling tendencies. Yttrium and thorium in small amounts were added to the ternary alloy and an investigation of the oxidation mechanism and the oxide scale adherence was conducted. It was found that the oxidation mechanism of Ni-Cr-Al ternary alloys depends upon the composition of the alloy as well as the time, oxygen pressure, and temperature of oxidation.

  15. Effects of Thermal Exposure on Properties of Al-Li Alloys

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    Shah, Sandeep; Wells, Doug; Stanton, William; Lawless, Kirby; Russell, Carolyn; Wagner, John; Domack, Marcia; Babel, Henry; Farahmand, Bahram; Schwab, David; Jones, Clyde S. (Technical Monitor)

    2002-01-01

    This paper presents viewgraphs on the effects of thermal exposure on the mechanical properties of both developmental and production mature Al-Li alloys. The topics include: 1) Aluminum-Lithium Alloys Composition and Features; 2) Key Characteristics of Al-Li Alloys; 3) Research Approach; 4) Available and Tested Material; and 5) Thermal Exposure Matrix. The alloy temperatures, gage thickness and product forms show that there is no deficit in mechanical properties at lower exposure temperatures in some cases, and a significant deficit in mechanical properties at higher exposure temperatures in all cases.

  16. Ultrafine-grained structure formation in Ti-6Al-4V alloy via warm swaging

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    Klimova, M.; Boeva, M.; Zherebtsov, S.; Salishchev, G.

    2014-08-01

    The influence of warm swaging on the structure and properties of Ti-6Al-4V alloy was studied. Warm swaging of the alloy in the interval 680-500°C with the total strain of ɛ=2.66 was found to be resulted in the formation of a homogeneous globular microstructure with a grain size of 0.4 μm in both longitudinal and transversal sections. Room temperature tensile strength and tensile elongation of the swaged alloy was 1315MPa and 10.5%, respectively. Ultrafine-grained Ti-6Al-4V alloy produced by swaging exhibited good workability at 600-700 °C.

  17. Precipitation of α' in neutron irradiated commercial FeCrAl alloys

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    Field, Kevin G.; Littrell, Kenneth C.; Briggs, Samuel A.

    2017-08-17

    In this paper, Alkrothal 720 and Kanthal APMT™, two commercial FeCrAl alloys, were neutron irradiated up to damage doses of 7.0 displacements per atom (dpa) in the temperature range of 320 to 382 °C to characterize the α' precipitation in these alloys using small-angle neutron scattering. Both alloys exhibited α' precipitation. Kanthal APMT™ exhibited higher number densities and volume fraction, a result attributed to its higher Cr content compared with Alkrothal 720. Finally, trends observed as a function of damage dose (dpa) are consistent with literature trends for both FeCr and FeCrAl alloys

  18. Effects of Thermal Exposure on Properties of Al-Li Alloys

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    Shah, Sandeep; Wells, Doug; Stanton, William; Lawless, Kirby; Russell, Carolyn; Wagner, John; Domack, Marcia; Babel, Henry; Farahmand, Bahram; Schwab, David; hide

    2002-01-01

    This paper presents viewgraphs on the effects of thermal exposure on the mechanical properties of both developmental and production mature Al-Li alloys. The topics include: 1) Aluminum-Lithium Alloys Composition and Features; 2) Key Characteristics of Al-Li Alloys; 3) Research Approach; 4) Available and Tested Material; and 5) Thermal Exposure Matrix. The alloy temperatures, gage thickness and product forms show that there is no deficit in mechanical properties at lower exposure temperatures in some cases, and a significant deficit in mechanical properties at higher exposure temperatures in all cases.

  19. Geometric and Chemical Composition Effects on Healing Kinetics of Voids in Mg-bearing Al Alloys

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    Song, Miao; Du, Kui; Wang, Chunyang; Wen, Shengping; Huang, Hui; Nie, Zuoren; Ye, Hengqiang

    2016-05-01

    The healing kinetics of nanometer-scale voids in Al-Mg-Er and Al-Mg-Zn-Er alloy systems were investigated with a combination of in situ transmission electron microscopy and electron tomography at different temperatures. Mg was observed completely healing the voids, which were then rejuvenated to the alloy composition with further aging, in the Al-Mg-Er alloy. On the contrary, Mg51Zn20 intermetallic compound was formed in voids in the Al-Mg-Zn-Er alloy, which leads to complete filling of the voids but not rejuvenation for the material. For voids with different geometrical aspects, different evolution processes were observed, which are related to the competition between bulk and surface diffusion of the alloys. For voids with a large size difference in their two ends, a viscous flow of surface atoms can be directly observed with in situ electron microscopy, when the size of one end becomes less than tens of nanometers.

  20. Influence of alloying elements on the oxidation behavior of NbAl3

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    Hebsur, M. G.; Stephens, J. R.; Smialek, J. L.; Barrett, C. A.; Fox, D. S.

    1989-01-01

    NbAl3 is one candidate material for advanced aeropropulsion systems because of its high melting point, low density, and good oxidation resistance. Although NbAl3 has the lowest oxidation rate among the binary Nb-Al alloys, it does not form exclusive layers of protective Al203 scales. Recently Perkin et al., have shown the feasibility of forming alumina scales on Nb-Al alloys at greatly reduced Al contents. However, the objective was to maintain the high Al content, and hence low density, while achieving the capability of growing protective alumina scales. Alloy development followed approaches similar to those used successfully for superalloys and oxidation resistant MCrAly coatings. Among the three elements examined (Ti, Si, and Cr) as ternary additions to Nb-Al3, Cr was the most effective in favoring the selective oxidation of Al. Nb-41Al-8Cr formed exclusive layers of alumina and had a k sub p value of 0.22 mg squared/cm (sup 4)/hr at 1200 C. The addition of 1 wt percent Y to this alloy was also beneficial, resulting in nearly an order of magnitude decrease in K sub p at 1200 C. Further improvements were achieved by adding about 1 wt percent Si to the quaternary alloy. The k sub p value of 0.012 mg squared/cm (sup 4)/hr for Nb-40Al-8Cr-1Y-1Si at 1200 C was identical to the best NiAl + Zr alloys. These NbAl3 alloys also exhibited excellent cyclic oxidation resistance for 100 hr at 1200 C, being nearly equivalent to NiAl + Zr.

  1. Corrosion Protection of Al Alloys for Aircraft by Coatings With Advanced Properties and Enhanced Performance

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    2007-12-20

    Sim6es, D. E. Tallman, G. P. Bierwagen, "Electrochemical Behaviour of a Mg-Rich Primer in the Protection of Al Alloys ," Corrosion Science 48 (2006...December 20, 200 Final Report July 1, 2004-June 30, 2007 4. TITLE AND SUBTITLE Sa. CONTRACT NUMBER Corrosion Protection of Al Alloys for Aircraft by...Prof. Dennis E. Tallman: A) New Scanning Probe Studies of Novel Cr-free Active Coatings B) Examination of the Influence of Surface Preparation of Al

  2. The influence of microstructure on blistering and bubble formation by He ion irradiation in Al alloys

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    Soria, S. R.; Tolley, A.; Sánchez, E. A.

    2015-12-01

    The influence of microstructure and composition on the effects of ion irradiation in Al alloys was studied combining Atomic Force Microscopy, Scanning Electron Microscopy and Transmission Electron Microscopy. For this purpose, irradiation experiments with 20 keV He+ ions at room temperature were carried out in Al, an Al-4Cu (wt%) supersaturated solid solution, and an Al-5.6Cu-0.5Si-0.5Ge (wt.%) alloy with a very high density of precipitates, and the results were compared. In Al and Al-4Cu, He bubbles were found with an average size in between 1 nm and 2 nm that was independent of fluence. The critical fluence for bubble formation was higher in Al-4Cu than in Al. He bubbles were also observed below the critical fluence after post irradiation annealing in Al-4Cu. The incoherent interfaces between the equilibrium θ phase and the Al matrix were found to be favorable sites for the formation of He bubbles. Instead, no bubbles were observed in the precipitate rich Al-5.6Cu-0.5Si-0.5Ge alloy. In all alloys, blistering was observed, leading to surface erosion by exfoliation. The blistering effects were more severe in the Al-5.6Cu-0.5Si-0.5Ge alloy, and they were enhanced by increasing the fluence rate.

  3. Mechanical properties of cast Ti-6Al-4V-XCu alloys.

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    Aoki, T; Okafor, I C I; Watanabe, I; Hattori, M; Oda, Y; Okabe, T

    2004-11-01

    The mechanical properties of Ti-6Al-4V-XCu (1, 4 and 10 wt% Cu) alloys were examined. The castings for each alloy were made in a centrifugal titanium casting machine. Two shapes of specimens were used: a dumbbell (20 mm gauge length x 2.8 mm diameter) for mechanical property studies, and a flat slab (2 mm x 10 mm x 10 mm) for metallography, microhardness determination and X-ray diffractometry. Tensile strength, yield strength, modulus of elasticity, elongation and microhardness were evaluated. After tensile testing, the fracture surfaces were observed using scanning electron microscopy. The tensile strengths of the quaternary alloys decreased from 1016 MPa for the 1% Cu alloy to 387 MPa for the 10% Cu alloy. Elongation decreased with an increase in the copper content. The 1% Cu alloy exhibited elongation similar to Ti-6Al-4V without copper (3.0%). The results also indicated that the copper additions increased the bulk hardness of the quaternary alloy. In particular, the 10% Cu alloy had the highest hardness and underwent the most brittle fracture. The mechanical properties of cast Ti-6Al-4V alloy with 1 and 4% Cu were well within the values for existing dental casting non-precious alloys.

  4. Enhanced Homogenization of Vanadium in Spark Plasma Sintering of Ti-10V-2Fe-3Al Alloy from Titanium and V-Fe-Al Master Alloy Powder Blends

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    Yang, Y. F.; Imai, H.; Kondoh, K.; Qian, M.

    2017-02-01

    Strong and ductile powder metallurgy (PM) Ti-10V-2Fe-3Al alloy has been fabricated by spark plasma sintering (SPS) of titanium and V-Fe-Al master alloy powder blends at 1100°C for 30 min under 30 MPa. The homogenization of vanadium, which dictates the realization of a uniform microstructure of the Ti-10V-2Fe-3Al alloy, was markedly accelerated by SPS. The mechanism is attributed to the intensive Joule heating effect produced by the direct current passing through the electric conducting powder blends, rather than through spark plasma discharge, because homogenization occurred mainly after near full identification had been achieved. The chemical and microstructural homogeneity ensured the achievement of excellent tensile properties of PM Ti-10V-2Fe-3Al in the as-sintered state, with tensile strength >1250 MPa and elongation >10%.

  5. Advanced ODS FeCrAl alloys for accident-tolerant fuel cladding

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    Dryepondt, Sebastien N; Unocic, Kinga A; Hoelzer, David T; Pint, Bruce A

    2014-09-01

    ODS FeCrAl alloys are being developed with optimum composition and properties for accident tolerant fuel cladding. Two oxide dispersion strengthened (ODS) Fe-15Cr-5Al+Y2O3 alloys were fabricated by ball milling and extrusion of gas atomized metallic powder mixed with Y2O3 powder. To assess the impact of Mo on the alloy mechanical properties, one alloy contained 1%Mo. The hardness and tensile properties of the two alloys were close and higher than the values reported for fine grain PM2000 alloy. This is likely due to the combination of a very fine grain structure and the presence of nano oxide precipitates. The nano oxide dispersion was however not sufficient to prevent grain boundary sliding at 800 C and the creep properties of the alloys were similar or only slightly superior to fine grain PM2000 alloy. Both alloys formed a protective alumina scale at 1200 C in air and steam and the mass gain curves were similar to curves generated with 12Cr-5Al+Y2O3 (+Hf or Zr) ODS alloys fabricated for a different project. To estimate the maximum temperature limit of use for the two alloys in steam, ramp tests at a rate of 5 C/min were carried out in steam. Like other ODS alloys, the two alloys showed a significant increase of the mas gains at T~ 1380 C compared with ~1480 C for wrought alloys of similar composition. The beneficial effect of Yttrium for wrought FeCrAl does not seem effective for most ODS FeCrAl alloys. Characterization of the hardness of annealed specimens revealed that the microstructure of the two alloys was not stable above 1000 C. Concurrent radiation results suggested that Cr levels <15wt% are desirable and the creep and oxidation results from the 12Cr ODS alloys indicate that a lower Cr, high strength ODS alloy with a higher maximum use temperature could be achieved.

  6. Comparative Study by MS and XRD of Fe50Al50 Alloys Produced by Mechanical Alloying, Using Different Ball Mills

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    Rojas Martínez, Y.; Pérez Alcázar, G. A.; Bustos Rodríguez, H.; Oyola Lozano, D.

    2005-02-01

    In this work we report a comparative study of the magnetic and structural properties of Fe50Al50 alloys produced by mechanical alloying using two different planetary ball mills with the same ball mass to powder mass relation. The Fe50Al50 sample milled during 48 h using the Fritsch planetary ball mill pulverisette 5 and balls of 20 mm, presents only a bcc alloy phase with a majority of paramagnetic sites, whereas that sample milled during the same time using the Fritsch planetary ball mill pulverisette 7 with balls of 15 mm, presents a bcc alloy phase with paramagnetic site (doublet) and a majority of ferromagnetic sites which include pure Fe. However for 72 h of milling this sample presents a bcc paramagnetic phase, very similar to that prepared with the first system during 48 h. These results show that the conditions used in the first ball mill equipment make more efficient the milling process.

  7. Trends in the development of gamma TiAl alloys

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    Kim, Y.W.

    1995-12-31

    Deficiencies in both fine-grained gamma and coarse-grained lamellar microstructures typically produced in wrought-processed/cast alloys are described. Efforts to improve such deficiencies are reviewed along with some experimental results. Empirical improvements have been made in cast alloys, which have led gamma alloys to a viable materials technology and to the development of various application areas (identified or to be implemented) for gas turbine engines as well as automotive engines. Efforts to understand fundamental and applied aspects leading to the improvements are assessed for wrought alloys. Optimization of microstructures through process control, innovative heat treatments, alloy chemistry modification and their combinations have progressed in the endeavor. Similar efforts have just begun for cast alloys where work on fundamental understanding has been lagging. Future directions are suggested for further improvements and predicted for the development of higher temperature/performance alloys.

  8. Revealing heterogeneous nucleation of primary Si and eutectic Si by AlP in hypereutectic Al-Si alloys

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    Li, Jiehua; Hage, Fredrik S.; Liu, Xiangfa; Ramasse, Quentin; Schumacher, Peter

    2016-01-01

    The heterogeneous nucleation of primary Si and eutectic Si can be attributed to the presence of AlP. Although P, in the form of AlP particles, is usually observed in the centre of primary Si, there is still a lack of detailed investigations on the distribution of P within primary Si and eutectic Si in hypereutectic Al-Si alloys at the atomic scale. Here, we report an atomic-scale experimental investigation on the distribution of P in hypereutectic Al-Si alloys. P, in the form of AlP particles, was observed in the centre of primary Si. However, no significant amount of P was detected within primary Si, eutectic Si and the Al matrix. Instead, P was observed at the interface between the Al matrix and eutectic Si, strongly indicating that P, in the form of AlP particles (or AlP ‘patch’ dependent on the P concentration), may have nucleated on the surface of the Al matrix and thereby enhanced the heterogeneous nucleation of eutectic Si. The present investigation reveals some novel insights into heterogeneous nucleation of primary Si and eutectic Si by AlP in hypereutectic Al-Si alloys and can be used to further develop heterogeneous nucleation mechanisms based on adsorption. PMID:27120994

  9. Revealing heterogeneous nucleation of primary Si and eutectic Si by AlP in hypereutectic Al-Si alloys.

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    Li, Jiehua; Hage, Fredrik S; Liu, Xiangfa; Ramasse, Quentin; Schumacher, Peter

    2016-04-28

    The heterogeneous nucleation of primary Si and eutectic Si can be attributed to the presence of AlP. Although P, in the form of AlP particles, is usually observed in the centre of primary Si, there is still a lack of detailed investigations on the distribution of P within primary Si and eutectic Si in hypereutectic Al-Si alloys at the atomic scale. Here, we report an atomic-scale experimental investigation on the distribution of P in hypereutectic Al-Si alloys. P, in the form of AlP particles, was observed in the centre of primary Si. However, no significant amount of P was detected within primary Si, eutectic Si and the Al matrix. Instead, P was observed at the interface between the Al matrix and eutectic Si, strongly indicating that P, in the form of AlP particles (or AlP 'patch' dependent on the P concentration), may have nucleated on the surface of the Al matrix and thereby enhanced the heterogeneous nucleation of eutectic Si. The present investigation reveals some novel insights into heterogeneous nucleation of primary Si and eutectic Si by AlP in hypereutectic Al-Si alloys and can be used to further develop heterogeneous nucleation mechanisms based on adsorption.

  10. Revealing heterogeneous nucleation of primary Si and eutectic Si by AlP in hypereutectic Al-Si alloys

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    Li, Jiehua; Hage, Fredrik S.; Liu, Xiangfa; Ramasse, Quentin; Schumacher, Peter

    2016-04-01

    The heterogeneous nucleation of primary Si and eutectic Si can be attributed to the presence of AlP. Although P, in the form of AlP particles, is usually observed in the centre of primary Si, there is still a lack of detailed investigations on the distribution of P within primary Si and eutectic Si in hypereutectic Al-Si alloys at the atomic scale. Here, we report an atomic-scale experimental investigation on the distribution of P in hypereutectic Al-Si alloys. P, in the form of AlP particles, was observed in the centre of primary Si. However, no significant amount of P was detected within primary Si, eutectic Si and the Al matrix. Instead, P was observed at the interface between the Al matrix and eutectic Si, strongly indicating that P, in the form of AlP particles (or AlP ‘patch’ dependent on the P concentration), may have nucleated on the surface of the Al matrix and thereby enhanced the heterogeneous nucleation of eutectic Si. The present investigation reveals some novel insights into heterogeneous nucleation of primary Si and eutectic Si by AlP in hypereutectic Al-Si alloys and can be used to further develop heterogeneous nucleation mechanisms based on adsorption.

  11. Superplastic formability of Al-Cu-Li alloy Weldalite (TM) 049

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    Ma, Bao-Tong; Pickens, Joseph R.

    1991-01-01

    Extensive research during the past decade shows that several aluminum lithium alloys can be processed to attain a microstructure that enables superplasticity. The high tensile stress of Al-Cu-Li alloy Weldalite (TM) 049 in the T4 and T6 tempers offers tremendous potential for attaining exceptional post-SPF (superplastic formability) properties. The used SPF material is Weldalite, which was shown to induce SPF behavior in other Al-Cu-Li alloys. The superplastic behavior and resulting post-SPF mechanical properties of this alloy, which was designed to be the next major structural alloy for space applications, were evaluated. The results indicate that Weldalite alloy does indeed exhibit excellent superplasticity over a wide range of temperatures and strain rates and excellent post-SPF tensile strength at various potential service temperatures.

  12. Progress in the Modeling of NiAl-Based Alloys Using the BFS Method

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    Bozzolo, Guillermo; Noebe, Ronald D.; Ferrante, John; Garg, Anita

    1997-01-01

    The BFS method has been applied to the study of NiAl-based materials to assess the effect of alloying additions on structure. Ternary, quaternary and even pent-alloys based on Ni-rich NiAl with additions of Ti, Cr and Cu were studied. Two approaches were used, Monte Carlo simulations to determine ground state structures and analytical calculations of high symmetry configurations which give physical insight into preferred bonding. Site occupancy energetics for ternary and the more complicated case of quaternary additions were determined, and solubility limits and precipitate formation with corresponding information concerning structure and lattice parameter were also 'observed' computationally. The method was also applied to determine the composition of alloy surfaces and interfaces. Overall, the results demonstrate that the BFS method for alloys is a powerful tool for alloy design and with its simplicity and obvious advantages can be used to complement any experimental alloy design program.

  13. Low Cost Al-Si Casting Alloy As In-Situ Composite for High Temperature Applications

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    Lee, Jonathan A.

    2000-01-01

    A new aluminum-silicon (Al-Si) alloy has been successfully developed at NASA- Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) that has significant improvement in tensile and fatigue strength at elevated temperatures (500 F-700 F). The alloy offers a number of benefits such as light weight, high hardness, low thermal expansion and high surface wear resistance. In hypereutectic form, this alloy is considered as an in-situ Al-Si composite with tensile strength of about 90% higher than the auto industry 390 alloy at 600 F. This composite is very economically produced by using either conventional permanent steel molds or die casting. The projected material cost is less than $0.90 per pound, and automotive components such as pistons can be cast for high production rate using conventional casting techniques with a low and fully accounted cost. Key Words: Metal matrix composites, In-situ composite, aluminum-silicon alloy, hypereutectic alloy, permanent mold casting, die casting.

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

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

    2010-06-15

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

  15. An overview of the welding of Ni{sub 3}Al and Fe{sub 3}Al alloys

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    Santella, M.L.

    1996-12-31

    Weldability (degree to which defect formation is resisted when an alloy is welded) is an issue in fabrication of Ni{sub 3}Al and Fe{sub 3}Al. Work to define and improve welding of Ni{sub 3}Al and Fe{sub 3}Al alloys is reviewed and progress illustrated by examples of current activities. The cast Ni{sub 3}Al alloys currently under development, IC221M and IC396M, have low resistance to solidification cracking and hence difficult to weld. Modifications to the composition of both base alloys and weld deposits,however, increase their resistance to cracking. Crack-free, full-penetration welds were made in centrifugally cast tubes of IC221M. Tensile and stress- rupture properties of the weldments compare favorably with base metal properties. Weldability issues have limited the use of Fe{sub 3}Al alloys to weld overlay applications. Filler metal compositions suitable for weld overlay cladding were developed, and the preheat and postweld heat treatment needed to avoid cracking, were determined experimentally.

  16. Evaluation of the microstructure of Al-Cu-Li-Ag-Mg Weldalite (tm) alloys, part 4

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    Pickens, Joseph R.; Kumar, K. S.; Brown, S. A.; Gayle, Frank W.

    1991-01-01

    Weldalite (trademark) 049 is an Al-Cu-Li-Ag-Mg alloy designed to have ultrahigh strength and to serve in aerospace applications. The alloy displays significantly higher strength than competitive alloys in both naturally aged and artificially aged tempers. The strengthening phases in such tempers have been identified to, in part, explain the mechanical properties attained. In general, the alloy is strengthened by delta prime Al3Li and Guinier-Preston (GP) zones in the naturally aged tempers. In artificially aged tempers in slightly underaged conditions, strengthening is provided by several phases including GP zones, theta prime Al2Cu, S prime Al2CuMg, T(sub 1) Al2CuLi, and possibly a new phase. In the peak strength artificially aged tempers, T(sub 1) is the predominant strengthening phase.

  17. Radiation damage estimation in the Al-alloy cladding of the MNSR reactor

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    Soukieh, M.; Ghazi, N.

    2014-06-01

    The radiation damage rates in the Al-303-1-alloy cladding of the Syrian Miniature Neutron Source Reactor reactor has been numerically estimated with the The MCNP-4C and NJOY93 codes and the ENDF/B-VI library. The calculations showed that the Al-cladding alloy had received a maximum radiation damage rate equal to 7.01×10-9 (dpa/s). The total damage and helium production rates in the Al-cladding alloy were 0.13 (dpa) and 1.01×10-2 (appm, He), respectively. The contribution of the fast neutrons in the radiation damage was most effective.

  18. Selection of sample dipping time in liquid nitrogen prior to cryorolling for Al 1100 alloy

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    Zakaria, Siti Aminah; Hussain, Zuhailawati; Seman, Anasyida Abu

    2017-07-01

    This paper aims to study the suitable dipping time in liquid nitrogen prior to cryorolling for Al 1100 alloy at various pre-treatment. The samples were annealed at 250 ˚C for 2 hours and solution treated at 540 ˚C for 1 hour before cryorolling. The pre-treatment Al 1100 sheet alloy was rolled up to 50 % reduction after dipped at various dipping times in liquid nitrogen. The samples were evaluated through hardness and tensile tests performed at room temperature. The suitable dipping times of annealed and non-annealed Al 1100 sheet alloy were 30 minutes as the hardness, tensile and yield strength were the highest.

  19. Thermodynamic analysis of chemical compatibility of several compounds with Fe-Cr-Al alloys

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    Misra, Ajay K.

    1993-01-01

    Chemical compatibility between Fe-19.8Cr-4.8Al (weight percent), which is the base composition for the commercial superalloy MA956, and several carbides, borides, nitrides, oxides, and silicides was analyzed from thermodynamic considerations. The effect of addition of minor alloying elements, such as Ti, Y, and Y2O3, to the Fe-Cr-Al alloy on chemical compatibility between the alloy and various compounds was also analyzed. Several chemically compatible compounds that can be potential reinforcement materials and/or interface coating materials for Fe-Cr-Al based composites were identified.

  20. Phase transition of Al-Yb alloy films upon ion irradiation and thermal annealing

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    Ding, J. R.; Che, D. Z.; Zhang, H. B.; Tao, K.; Liu, B. X.

    1992-02-01

    Al80Yb20 multilayered alloy films were amorphized by ion beam mixing at room temperature. A new metastable phase of hexagonal structure was formed when the irradiation dose was greater than that required to amorphize the alloy films. The metastable phase turned amorphous when the film was annealed at 500 °C for 10 min. It was also found that Al-Yb multilayers could be amorphized by solid state reaction. Al1-xYbx multilayered alloy films, with 17

  1. Heat Treatment of Closed-Cell A356 + 4 wt.%Cu + 2 wt.%Ca Foam and Its Effect on the Foam Mechanical Behavior

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    Mirbagheri, S. M. H.; Vali, H.; Soltani, H.

    2017-01-01

    In this investigation, aluminum-silicon alloy foam is developed by adding certain amounts of copper and calcium elements in A356 alloy. Addition of 4 wt.%Cu + 2 wt.%Ca to the melt changed bubbles morphology from ellipsoid to spherical by decreasing Reynolds number and increasing Bond number. Compression behavior and energy absorption of the foams are assessed before and after aging. Solid solution treatment and aging lead to the best mechanical properties with 170% enhancement in yield strength and 185% improvement in energy absorption capacity as compared to non-heat-treated foams. The metallographic observations showed that bubbles geometry and structure in the A356 + 4wt.% Cu + 2 wt.%Ca foam are more homogeneous than the A356 foam.

  2. Recovery of Industrial and Recycled Al-Cu Alloys Subjected to Severe Plastic Deformation

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    Rekik, M. A.; Kassis, K.; Masmoudi, J.; Zghal, S.; Champion, Y.; Njah, N.

    2009-11-01

    Equal channel angular pressing (ECAP) is a well-known method to obtain high hardness levels through a strong refinement of grains. To obtain fine grains, a subsequent heating is performed after deformation. The main difficulty is to retain a sufficiently small grain size. Alloy purity is an important parameter in recristallization kinetics. In the present work, an industrial and a recycled Al-4%Cu alloys were subjected to ECAP. The evolution of the microstructure of the deformed and annealed alloys was investigated. The alloys exhibit different hardness values for a given equivalent deformation. In industrial alloy, no recovery was observed at low temperatures. On the other hand, enhanced precipitation in this alloy leads to an increase in hardness balancing then softening due to recovery. A substantial decrease in hardness is observed around 250 ∘C and seems to depend on alloy purity.

  3. New Fe-Co-Ni-Cu-Al-Ti Alloy for Single-Crystal Permanent Magnets

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    Belyaev, I. V.; Bazhenov, V. E.; Moiseev, A. V.; Kireev, A. V.

    2016-03-01

    A new alloy intended for single-crystal permanent magnets has been suggested. The new alloy has been designed based on the well-known Fe-Co-Ni-Cu-Al-Ti system and contains to 1 wt % Hf. The alloy demonstrates an enhanced potential ability for single-crystal forming in the course of unidirectional solidification of ingot. Single-crystal permanent magnets manufactured from this alloy are characterized by a high level of magnetic properties. When designing the new alloy, computer simulation of the phase composition and calculations of solidification parameters of complex metallic systems have been performed using the Thermo-Calc software and calculation and experimental procedures based on quantitative metallographic analysis of quenched structures. After the corresponding heat treatment, the content of high-magnetic phase in the alloy is 10% higher than that in available analogous alloys.

  4. Effect of Cu Addition to Zn-12Al Alloy on Thermal Properties and Wettability on Cu and Al Substrates

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    Gancarz, Tomasz; Pstruś, Janusz; Mosińska, Sylwia; Pawlak, Sylwia

    2016-01-01

    The thermal properties, electrical resistivity, thermal linear expansion and tensile strength of a new high-temperature lead-free solder based on a eutectic Zn-Al alloy with 0.5, 1.0, or 1.5 at. pct Cu added were studied. Wettability studies on Cu substrate were performed with flux at 773 K (500 °C) for 60, 180, 240, 900, 1800, and 3600 seconds, and for 480 seconds at 733 K, 753 K, 773 K, 793 K, and 823 K (460 °C, 480 °C, 500 °C, 520 °C, and 550 °C, respectively). The experiment was designed to demonstrate the effect of the addition of Cu on the kinetics of the formation and growth of the CuZn, Cu5Zn8, CuZn4, and Al4Cu9 phases, which were identified by X-ray diffraction analysis. Wetting tests were also performed on the Al substrate, for 15 and 30 seconds at 773 K and 793 K (500 °C and 520 °C, respectively). Very low contact angles on Al pads were obtained. The electrical resistivity of Zn-Al-Cu alloys was slightly higher than that of the ZnAl eutectic alloy. The present results are discussed with respect to the available literature on Zn-Al and Zn-Al-Cu alloys.

  5. The in vitro biocompatibility and macrophage phagocytosis of Mg17Al12 phase in Mg-Al-Zn alloys.

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    Liu, Chen; He, Peng; Wan, Peng; Li, Mei; Wang, Kehong; Tan, Lili; Zhang, Yu; Yang, Ke

    2015-07-01

    Mg alloys are gaining interest for applications as biodegradable medical implant, including Mg-Al-Zn series alloys with good combination of mechanical properties and reasonable corrosion resistance. However, whether the existence of second phase particles in the alloys exerts influence on the biocompatibility is still not clear. A deeper understanding of how the particles regulate specific biological responses is becoming a crucial requirement for their subsequent biomedical application. In this work, the in vitro biocompatibility of Mg17Al12 as a common second phase in biodegradable Mg-Al-Zn alloys was investigated via hemolysis, cytotoxicity, cell proliferation, and cell adhesion tests. Moreover, osteogenic differentiation was evaluated by the extracellular matrix mineralization assay. The Mg17Al12 particles were also prepared to simulate the real situation of second phase in the in vivo environment in order to estimate the cellular response in macrophages to the Mg17Al12 particles. The experimental results indicated that no hemolysis was found and an excellent cytocompatibility was also proved for the Mg17Al12 second phase when co-cultured with L929 cells, MC3T3-E1 cells and BMSCs. Macrophage phagocytosis co-culture test revealed that Mg17Al12 particles exerted no harmful effect on RAW264.7 macrophages and could be phagocytized by the RAW264.7 cells. Furthermore, the possible inflammatory reaction and metabolic way for Mg17Al12 phase were also discussed in detail.

  6. Further Precipitation Reactions Associated with Beta’ (Al3Zr) Particles in Al-Li-Cu-Mg-Zr Alloys

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1988-12-01

    Gregson 8’ precipitation in Al-Li-Mg-Cu-Zr alloys. H.M. Flower J. Mater. Sci. Lett., 3, 829 (1984) 5 P.L. Makin On the ageing of an aluminium-lithium...Technol., 2, 349 (1986) 8 H.M. Flower The effect of composition and heat treatment upon the et al microstructure/property relationships in Al-Li-Cu-Mg...1119 REFERENCES concluded) No. Author Title, etc 10 P.J. Gregon Microstructural control of toughness in aluminium- H.M. Flower lithium alloys. Acta

  7. Structure of Al-Fe alloys prepared by different methods after severe plastic deformation under pressure

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    Dobromyslov, A. V.; Taluts, N. I.

    2017-06-01

    Al-Fe alloys prepared by casting, rapid quenching from the melt, and mechanical alloying from elemental powders have been studied using X-ray diffraction analysis, optical metallography, transmission electron microscopy, and microhardness measurements in the initial state and after severe plastic deformation by high-pressure torsion using Bridgman anvils. The relationship between the phase composition, microstructure, and the microhardness of the investigated alloys has been established.

  8. Study of Al-Si Alloy Oxygen Saturation on Its Microstructure and Mechanical Properties

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    Finkelstein, Arkady; Schaefer, Arseny; Chikova, Olga

    2017-01-01

    One of the main goals of modern materials research is obtaining different microstructures and studying their influence on the mechanical properties of metals; aluminum alloys are particularly of interest due to their advanced performance. Traditionally, their required properties are obtained by alloying process, modification, or physical influence during solidification. The present work describes a saturation of the overheated AlSi7Fe1 casting alloy by oxides using oxygen blowing approach in overheated alloy. Changes in metals’ microstructural and mechanical properties are also described in the work. An Al10SiFe intermetallic complex compound was obtained as a preferable component to Al2O3 precipitation on it, and its morphology was investigated by scanning electron microscopy. The mechanical properties of the alloy after the oxygen blowing treatment are discussed in this work. PMID:28773143

  9. Selected fretting-wear-resistant coatings for Ti-6 pct Al-4 pct V alloy

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    Bill, R. C.

    1985-01-01

    The ability of several wear-resistant coatings to reduce fretting in the Ti-6Al-4V alloy is investigated. The experimental apparatus and procedures for evaluating fretting in uncoated Ti-6Al-4V alloy and in the alloy with plasma-sprayed coatings, polymer-bonded coating, and surface treatments are described. The wear volume and wear rate for the alloys are measured and compared. It is concluded that Al2O3 with 13 percent TiO2, preoxidation and nitride surface treatments, and MoS2 sputtering result in wear-resistant surfaces; however, the polyimide coating is the most wear resistant coating in both dry and moist air, and it causes the least wear to the uncoated alloy surface.

  10. Al-Li alloys and ultrahigh-strength steels for U. S. Navy aircraft

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    Lee, E.W.; Neu, C.E.; Kozol, J. )

    1990-05-01

    An evaluation is made of the development status and prospective performance advantages and cost reductions obtainable through the application of state-of-the-art Al-Li alloys to naval aircraft airframes and ultrahigh strength Ni-Co alloy steels to their landing gears. Structural weight fractions are expected to be reduced by 8-10 percent through substitution of high-stiffness Al-Li for conventional Al alloys. Ni-Co alloy steels enhance landing gear damage tolerance and resistance to environmental degradation, without associated weight penalty, when supplanting conventional low-alloy steels. Both materials are judged ready for immediate application to existing and next-generation U.S. Navy aircraft. 8 refs.

  11. Selected fretting-wear-resistant coatings for Ti-6 pct Al-4 pct V alloy

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    Bill, R. C.

    1985-01-01

    The ability of several wear-resistant coatings to reduce fretting in the Ti-6Al-4V alloy is investigated. The experimental apparatus and procedures for evaluating fretting in uncoated Ti-6Al-4V alloy and in the alloy with plasma-sprayed coatings, polymer-bonded coating, and surface treatments are described. The wear volume and wear rate for the alloys are measured and compared. It is concluded that Al2O3 with 13 percent TiO2, preoxidation and nitride surface treatments, and MoS2 sputtering result in wear-resistant surfaces; however, the polyimide coating is the most wear resistant coating in both dry and moist air, and it causes the least wear to the uncoated alloy surface.

  12. Solidification Reaction Sequence of Co-Rich Nb-Al-Co Alloys

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    Feitosa, L. M.; D'Souza, N.; West, G. D.; Dong, H. B.

    2017-08-01

    The freezing reaction sequence of Co-rich Nb-Al-Co ternary alloys with emphasis on the formation of Laves and Heusler phases has been examined. For Co-rich alloys, the solidification reaction sequence is observed as primary freezing of α-Co and CoAl phases, subsequent [Co + C36] and [CoAl + C36] eutectics, and the final ternary eutectic reaction [L → α-Co + C36 + CoAl]. The compositions of solidified α-Co and C36 phases agree with the corresponding vertices of the tie-triangle at the solidus temperatures. When the Nb concentration is over 20 at. pct in Co-rich alloys, the quasi-peritectic reaction [L + Co2AlNb → C36 + CoAl] does not occur as equilibrium prediction. The formation of C36 and CoAl phases occurs through solid precipitation and must be distinguished from a solidification reaction.

  13. Mechanisms of cavitation erosion of TiAl-based titanium aluminide intermetallic alloys

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    Howard, R.L.; Ball, A.

    1996-08-01

    The modes and controlling mechanisms of cavitation erosion of plasma arc-melted TiAl-based titanium aluminide intermetallic alloys, Ti-52Al (at.%) and Ti-48Al-2Mn-2Nb (at.%) were studied and compared to those of the Ti{sub 3}Al-based alloy, Ti-25Al-10Nb-3V-1Mo (at.%) and other comparative materials. The accumulation of cavitation damage during the initial stages of cavitation erosion was monitored and the work hardening produced in steady state erosion conditions was measured on 5{degree} taper sections. The cavitation erosion resistance of the titanium cavitation erosion resistance of the TiAl-based titanium aluminide alloys compared to Ti-25Al-10Nb-3V-1Mo (at.%) is ascribed to their ability to twin and their greater work hardening ability during cavitation erosion.

  14. Prediction of novel alloy phases of Al with Sc or Ta

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    Bilić, Ante; Gale, Julian D.; Gibson, Mark A.; Wilson, Nick; McGregor, Kathie

    2015-01-01

    Using the evolutionary optimization algorithm, as implemented in the USPEX crystal predictor program, and first principles total energy calculations, the compositional phase diagrams for Al-Sc and Al-Ta alloy systems at zero temperature and pressure have been calculated. In addition to the known binary intermetallic phases, new potentially stable alloys, AlSc3 and AlTa7, have been identified in the Al-poor region of the phase diagram. The dynamic and thermal stability of their lattices has been confirmed from the calculated vibrational normal mode spectra in the harmonic approximation. PMID:25950915

  15. 2nd Gen FeCrAl ODS Alloy Development For Accident-Tolerant Fuel Cladding

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    Dryepondt, Sebastien N.; Massey, Caleb P.; Edmondson, Philip D.

    2016-08-01

    Extensive research at ORNL aims at developing advanced low-Cr high strength FeCrAl alloys for accident tolerant fuel cladding. One task focuses on the fabrication of new low Cr oxide dispersion strengthened (ODS) FeCrAl alloys. The first Fe-12Cr-5Al+Y2O3 (+ ZrO2 or TiO2) ODS alloys exhibited excellent tensile strength up to 800 C and good oxidation resistance in steam up to 1400 C, but very limited plastic deformation at temperature ranging from room to 800 C. To improve alloy ductility, several fabrication parameters were considered. New Fe-10-12Cr-6Al gas-atomized powders containing 0.15 to 0.5wt% Zr were procured and ball milled for 10h, 20h or 40h with Y2O3. The resulting powder was then extruded at temperature ranging from 900 to 1050 C. Decreasing the ball milling time or increasing the extrusion temperature changed the alloy grain size leading to lower strength but enhanced ductility. Small variations of the Cr, Zr, O and N content did not seem to significantly impact the alloy tensile properties, and, overall, the 2nd gen ODS FeCrAl alloys showed significantly better ductility than the 1st gen alloys. Tube fabrication needed for fuel cladding will require cold or warm working associated with softening heat treatments, work was therefore initiated to assess the effect of these fabrications steps on the alloy microstructure and properties. This report has been submitted as fulfillment of milestone M3FT 16OR020202091 titled, Report on 2nd Gen FeCrAl ODS Alloy Development for the Department of Energy Office of Nuclear Energy, Advanced Fuel Campaign of the Fuel Cycle R&D program.

  16. Plastic Behavior of Al-Li-X Alloys

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1991-07-01

    to add trace alloy additions. 3 The role that the trace addition plays on the precipitation in age-hardenable aluminum alloys was examined. I I I I I...8217 must depend on the presence of the second-phase particles. This problem is less well understood. Age hardenable aluminum alloys in particular may...undergo relatively brittle intergranular fracture at strains from 2 to 10 times smaller than the strain to fracture for pure aluminum . This phenomenon can

  17. Magnetron deposited TiN coatings for protection of Al-Cu-Ag-Mg-Mn alloy

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    Stepanova, Tatiana V.; Kaziev, Andrey V.; Atamanov, Mikhail V.; Tumarkin, Alexander V.; Dolzhikova, Svetlana A.; Izmailova, Nelly Ph; Kharkov, Maxim M.; Berdnikova, Maria M.; Mozgrin, Dmitry V.; Pisarev, Alexander A.

    2016-09-01

    TiN coatings were deposited on a new Al super-alloy by magnetron sputtering in argon/nitrogen environment. The deposited layer structure, microhardness, adhesion, corrosion resistance, and fatigue life were investigated and tests demonstrated improved performance of the alloy.

  18. Effect of Rolling on High-Cycle Fatigue and Fracture of an Al - Mg - Sc Alloy

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    Zhemchuzhnikova, D. A.; Petrov, A. P.; Eremeev, N. V.; Eremeev, V. V.; Kaibyshev, R. O.

    2016-07-01

    The tensile strength and fatigue properties of alloy 1575 of the Al - Mg - Sc system are studied after hot deformation (at 360°C) and subsequent cold rolling with different reduction ratios. The effect of the deformed structure on the properties and mechanisms of fracture of the alloy under cyclic tests is determined.

  19. A Study of Phase Composition and Structure of Alloys of the Al - Mg - Si - Fe System

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    Mailybaeva, A. D.; Zolotorevskii, V. S.; Smagulov, D. U.; Islamkulov, K. M.

    2017-03-01

    The Thermo-Calc software is used to compute the phase transformations occurring during cooling of alloys. Polythermal and isothermal sections of the phase diagram of the Al - Mg - Si - Fe system are plotted. The phase composition and the structure of aluminum alloys in cast condition and after a heat treatment are studied experimentally.

  20. X-ray imaging and controlled solidification of Al-Cu alloys toward microstructures by design

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    Clarke, Amy J.; Tourret, Damien; Imhoff, Seth D.; Gibbs, Paul J.; Fezzaa, Kamel; Cooley, Jason C.; Lee, Wah -Keat; Deriy, Alex; Patterson, Brian M.; Papin, Pallas A.; Clarke, Kester D.; Field, Robert D.; Smith, James L.

    2015-01-30

    X-ray imaging, which permits the microscopic visualization of metal alloy solidification dynamics, can be coupled with controlled solidification to create microstructures by design. In this study, this x-ray image shows a process-derived composite microstructure being made from a eutectic Al-17.1 at.%Cu alloy by successive solidification and remelting steps.

  1. Magnetic and microstructural properties of nanocrystalline Fe-25 at% Al and Fe-25 at% Al +0.2 at%B alloys prepared by mechanical alloying process

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    Ibn Gharsallah, H.; Makhlouf, T.; Escoda, L.; Suñol, J. J.; Khitouni, M.

    2016-04-01

    In the present work, structural and magnetic properties of nanocrystalline Fe-25at%Al and Fe-25at%Al+0.02at%B alloys produced by mechanical alloying were studied. Their microstructural properties were investigated by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy and vibrating sample magnetometer. A BCC-nanostructured Fe(Al,B) solid solution with an average crystallite size of about 18nm has been produced by milling for 4h. Whereas in Fe-25at%Al the alloying process has been accomplished after 16h of milling. It is found that B speeds up the formation of a bcc phase with finer microstructure (around 5nm) after 40h of milling. When increasing the milling time, the crystallite size decreases for all powders. An increase in microstrain was observed with increasing the milling time and also with addition of boron. Coercivity and the saturation magnetization of alloyed powders were measured at room temperature by a vibration sample magnetization. The magnetic measurements show a contrasting saturation magnetization and coercivity ( Hc) in both alloys. These variations are explained by crystallite size and strain variations in the samples during milling.

  2. Tensile behavior of rapidly solidified Al-Li-Zr and Al-Li-Cu-Mg-Zr alloys at 293 and 77 K

    SciTech Connect

    Kim, S.S.; Shin, K.S.; Kim, N.J.

    1999-08-01

    It has been found that the tensile ductility of some Al-Li alloys increases significantly with decreasing temperature. Although this inverse temperature dependence has often been observed in some non-Li-containing Al alloys, such as Al 2219, the magnitude of improvement in tensile ductility is generally much higher in Li-containing Al alloys. Several hypothetical mechanisms have been proposed to explain the increase in tensile ductility at cryogenic temperatures for Al-Li alloys. At present, the studies on the cryogenic mechanical properties o Li-containing Al alloys are largely limited to ingot-melted alloys, and the data are not readily available for powder metallurgy (PM) processed Al-Li alloys. The refined microstructure of PM processed Al-Li alloys would minimize the extrinsic delamination effects on the tensile properties and, as a result, these may serve as better materials for studying the mechanism(s) for the improved cryogenic tensile properties in Al-Li alloys. The objective of the present study, therefore, was to examine the tensile properties of rapidly solidified (RS)/PM processed Al-Li alloys and to identify the mechanism of the increase in tensile ductility at cryogenic temperatures.

  3. Oxidation of TiAl3 and L12 Coatings on Ti-45Al-5Nb Alloy at 1173K

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    Nishimoto, Takumi; Kitajima, Yuri; Hayashi, Shigenari; Narita, Toshio

    Oxidation behavior of TiAl3 and L12 coated Ti-45at%Al-5at%Nb alloys at 1173K in air was investigated using mass gain measurement, field emission scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, electron-probe microanalysis, glow discharge optical electron spectroscopy, and glancing angle X-ray diffraction analysis. The TiAl3 formed meta-stable alumina θ-Al2O3, while the oxide scale on the L12 consisted of a duplex structure with an outer rutile TiO2 and an inner α-Al2O3. During the very initial stages of oxidation both Ti and Al in the L12 coating could be oxidized, and then the faster diffusing Ti goes out to form an outer, continuous Ti-rich oxide which covers the slow growing Al2O3. In case of the TiAl3 an outer, continuous TiO2 layer was not observed because of the smaller amount of Ti in the TiAl3. It could be concluded that the outer, Ti-rich oxide enhanced a phase transformation of Al2O3 from θ to α. To elucidate the Ti effect, Ti-vapor treated TiAl3 and Ni-50at%Al were oxidized at 1173K in air, and showed formation of an α-Al2O3, in contrast to θ-Al2O3 on their bare alloys.

  4. HRTEM image contrast and atomistic microstructures of long-period ordered Al-rich TiAl alloys.

    PubMed

    Hata, Satoshi; Higuchi, Kiyoshi; Mitate, Toshitsugu; Itakura, Masaru; Tomokiyo, Yoshitsugu; Kuwano, Noriyuki; Nakano, Takayoshi; Nagasawa, Yosuke; Umakoshi, Yukichi

    2004-01-01

    Long-period superstructures formed in off-stoichiometric L 1(0)-TiAl alloys were investigated by high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM). The HRTEM analysis combined with multislice simulation and image processing was carried out to clarify atomistic microstructures of Al5Ti3 and h-Al2Ti ordered states and a short-range ordered (SRO) state in Ti-62.5 at.% Al alloys. Aluminium atoms in the (002) Ti layers form square-, lean rhombus- and fat rhombus-type ordered clusters in the SRO state. The ordered clusters are in contact with each other and form microdomains of various long-period superstructures. The ordered clusters are tiled periodically in a long range to form Al5Ti3 or h-Al2Ti domains and characteristic antiphase boundary structures.

  5. Functionally graded Co-Cr-Mo coating on Ti-6Al-4V alloy structures.

    PubMed

    Vamsi Krishna, B; Xue, Weichang; Bose, Susmita; Bandyopadhyay, Amit

    2008-05-01

    Functionally graded, hard and wear-resistant Co-Cr-Mo alloy was coated on Ti-6Al-4V alloy with a metallurgically sound interface using Laser Engineering Net Shaping (LENS). The addition of the Co-Cr-Mo alloy onto the surface of Ti-6Al-4V alloy significantly increased the surface hardness without any intermetallic phases in the transition region. A 100% Co-Cr-Mo transition from Ti-6Al-4V was difficult to produce due to cracking. However, using optimized LENS processing parameters, crack-free coatings containing up to 86% Co-Cr-Mo were deposited on Ti-6Al-4V alloy with excellent reproducibility. Human osteoblast cells were cultured to test in vitro biocompatibility of the coatings. Based on in vitro biocompatibility, increasing the Co-Cr-Mo concentration in the coating reduced the live cell numbers after 14 days of culture on the coating compared with base Ti-6Al-4V alloy. However, coated samples always showed better bone cell proliferation than 100% Co-Cr-Mo alloy. Producing near net shape components with graded compositions using LENS could potentially be a viable route for manufacturing unitized structures for metal-on-metal prosthetic devices to minimize the wear-induced osteolysis and aseptic loosening that are significant problems in current implant design.

  6. Recovery of Li from alloys of Al- Li and Li- Al using engineered scavenger compounds

    DOEpatents

    Riley, W. D.; Jong, B. W.; Collins, W. K.; Gerdemann, S. J.

    1994-01-01

    A method of producing lithium of high purity from lithium aluminum alloys using an engineered scavenger compound, comprising: I) preparing an engineered scavenger compound by: a) mixing and heating compounds of TiO2 and Li2CO3 at a temperature sufficient to dry the compounds and convert Li.sub.2 CO.sub.3 to Li.sub.2 O; and b) mixing and heating the compounds at a temperature sufficient to produce a scavenger Li.sub.2 O.3TiO.sub.2 compound; II) loading the scavenger into one of two electrode baskets in a three electrode cell reactor and placing an Al-Li alloy in a second electrode basket of the three electrode cell reactor; III) heating the cell to a temperature sufficient to enable a mixture of KCl-LiCl contained in a crucible in the cell to reach its melting point and become a molten bath; IV) immersing the baskets in the bath until an electrical connection is made between the baskets to charge the scavenger compound with Li until there is an initial current and voltage followed by a fall off ending current and voltage; and V) making a connection between the basket electrode containing engineered scavenger compound and a steel rod electrode disposed between the basket electrodes and applying a current to cause Li to leave the scavenger compound and become electrodeposited on the steel rod electrode.

  7. Mechanism of the Bauschinger effect in Al-Ge-Si alloys

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    Gan, Wei; Bong, Hyuk Jong; Lim, Hojun; ...

    2016-12-07

    Here, wrought Al-Ge-Si alloys were designed and produced to ensure dislocation bypass strengthening ("hard pin" precipitates) without significant precipitate cutting/shearing ("soft pin" precipitates). They were processed from the melt, solution heat treated and aged.

  8. Formation and Corrosion Resistance of Mg-Al Hydrotalcite Film on Mg-Gd-Zn Alloy

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    Ba, Z. X.; Dong, Q. S.; Kong, S. X.; Zhang, X. B.; Xue, Y. J.; Chen, Y. J.

    2017-06-01

    An environment-friendly technique for depositing a Mg-Al hydrotalcite (HT) (Mg6Al2(OH)16-CO3ṡ4H2O) conversion film was developed to protect the Mg-Gd-Zn alloy from corrosion. The morphology and chemical compositions of the film were analyzed by scanning electronic microscope (SEM) equipped with energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Raman spectroscopy (RS), respectively. The electrochemical test and hydrogen evolution test were employed to evaluate the biocorrosion behavior of Mg-Gd-Zn alloy coated with the Mg-Al HT film in the simulated body fluid (SBF). It was found that the formation of Mg-Al HT film was a transition from amorphous precursor to a crystalline HT structure. The HT film can effectively improve the corrosion resistance of magnesium alloy. It indicates that the process provides a promising approach to modify Mg-Gd-Zn alloy.

  9. Study of superplastic deformation in an FeAl based alloy with large grains

    SciTech Connect

    Li, D.; Shan, A.; Liu, Y.; Lin, D.

    1995-08-15

    In this paper some results of studies on a superplastically deformed FeAl based alloy are reported. The tensile behavior of the FeAl based alloy Fe-36.5Al-2Ti (in atomic percent) under different strain rates at high temperatures was examined by optical microscopy. The results revealed that the FeAl based alloy with the grain size of 350 {micro}m exhibited a large elongation of more than 140% at 900 C and 1,000 C under a strain rate range of 1.39{times}10{sup {minus}4}/s{approximately}2.78{times}10{sup {minus}2}/s. The maximum elongation is 208% at 1,000 C under a strain rate of 1.39{times}10{sup {minus}2}/s. The reason for the large elongation is ascribed to the dynamic recovery and recrystallization in this alloy during deformation at high temperatures.

  10. Effects of niobium on thermal stability and corrosion behavior of glassy Cu Zr Al Nb alloys

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    Tam, M. K.; Pang, S. J.; Shek, C. H.

    2006-04-01

    The corrosion behavior of Cu95-xZrxAl5 (x=40, 42.5 and 45 at.%) in 1 N HCl, 3 mass% NaCl and 1 N H2SO4 solutions was studied. As Zr content increases, the corrosion resistance is slightly enhanced. In order to improve the corrosion resistance of the Cu Zr Al glassy alloy, Nb was selected to substitute Cu. Although the supercooled liquid region ΔTx of the Cu Zr Al glassy alloys decreases with increasing Nb content, the alloys still retain high glass-forming ability and bulk glassy samples with 1.5 mm diameter can be obtained when up to 5 at.% Nb was added. It is found that the addition of Nb results in improvement of the corrosion resistance of the glassy Cu Zr Al alloys.

  11. Influence of Be and Al on the magnetostrictive behavior of FeGa alloys

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    Mungsantisuk, Pinai; Corson, Robert P.; Guruswamy, Sivaraman

    2005-12-01

    The rare-earth-free body-centered-cubic FeGa-based alloys have an attractive combination of large low-field magnetostriction at room temperature, good mechanical properties, low hysteresis, and relatively low cost for use in sensor and actuator devices. This paper examines the influence of partially substituting Ga in FeGa alloys with Be and Al on their magnetostrictive behavior. Magnetic and magnetostrictive properties of the various ternary FeGaAl and FeGaBe alloys prepared by directional growth process are presented. It is shown that substitution of Ga with Al and Be can be made in FeGa alloys in certain composition ranges without a significant reduction in magnetostriction. Minimal reductions in magnetostriction when Ga is partially substituted by smaller Be or larger Al atoms in certain composition ranges indicate that local electronic environments are more important and that the effects of Ga and Be are additive.

  12. Influence of Be and Al on the magnetostrictive behavior of FeGa alloys

    SciTech Connect

    Mungsantisuk, Pinai; Corson, Robert P.; Guruswamy, Sivaraman

    2005-12-15

    The rare-earth-free body-centered-cubic FeGa-based alloys have an attractive combination of large low-field magnetostriction at room temperature, good mechanical properties, low hysteresis, and relatively low cost for use in sensor and actuator devices. This paper examines the influence of partially substituting Ga in FeGa alloys with Be and Al on their magnetostrictive behavior. Magnetic and magnetostrictive properties of the various ternary FeGaAl and FeGaBe alloys prepared by directional growth process are presented. It is shown that substitution of Ga with Al and Be can be made in FeGa alloys in certain composition ranges without a significant reduction in magnetostriction. Minimal reductions in magnetostriction when Ga is partially substituted by smaller Be or larger Al atoms in certain composition ranges indicate that local electronic environments are more important and that the effects of Ga and Be are additive.

  13. Development of interatomic potentials appropriate for simulation of devitrification of Al90Sm10 alloy

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    Mendelev, M. I.; Zhang, F.; Ye, Z.; ...

    2015-04-23

    In this study, a semi-empirical potential for the Al90Sm10 alloy is presented. The potential provides satisfactory reproduction of pure Al properties, the formation energies of a set of Al–Sm crystal phases with Sm content about 10%, and the structure of the liquid Al90Sm10 alloy. During molecular dynamics simulation in which the liquid alloy is cooled at a rate of 1010 K/s, the developed potential produces a glass structure with lower ab initio energy than that produced by ab initio molecular dynamics (AIMD) itself using a typical AIMD cooling rate of 8 ∙1013 K/s. Based on these facts the developed potentialmore » should be suitable for simulations of phase transformations in the Al90Sm10 alloy.« less

  14. Advanced TEM characterization of oxide nanoparticles in ODS Fe–12Cr–5Al alloys

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    Unocic, Kinga A; Hoelzer, David T; Pint, Bruce A

    2016-01-01

    For oxide nanoparticles present in three oxide-dispersion-strengthened (ODS) Fe–12Cr–5Al alloys containing additions of (1) Y2O3 (125Y), (2) Y2O3 + ZrO2 (125YZ), and (3) Y2O3 + HfO2 (125YH), were investigated using transmission and scanning transmission electron microscopy. Furthermore, in all three alloys nano-sized (<3.5 nm) oxide particles distributed uniformly throughout the microstructure were characterized using advanced electron microscopy techniques. In the 125Y alloy, mainly Al2O3 and yttrium–aluminum garnet (YAG) phases (Y3Al5O12) were present, while in the 125YZ alloy, additional Zr(C,N) precipitates were identified. The 125YH alloy had the most complex precipitation sequence whereby in addition to the YAG and Al2O3 phases,more » Hf(C,N), Y2Hf2O7, and HfO2 precipitates were also found. The presence of HfO2 was mainly due to the incomplete incorporation of HfO2 powder during mechanical alloying of the 125YH alloy. The alloy having the highest total number density of the oxides, the smallest grain size, and the highest Vickers hardness was the 125YZ alloy indicating, that Y2O3 + ZrO2 additions had the strongest effect on grain size and tensile properties. Finally, high-temperature mechanical testing will be addressed in the near future, while irradiation studies are underway to investigate the irradiation resistance of these new ODS FeCrAl alloys.« less

  15. Durability Assessment of Various Gamma TiAl Alloys

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    Lerch, Brad; Draper, Sue; Pereira, Mike; Zhuang, Wyman

    2003-01-01

    Seven cast and one wrought gamma-alloys were ballistically impacted and tested under high cycle fatigue. The fatigue strength of each alloy was characterized as a function of initial flaw size and modeled using a threshold-based fracture mechanics approach.

  16. Phase transformations in rapidly quenched Al-Cr-Zr alloys during heat treatment

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    Zvereva, N. L.; Kazakova, E. F.; Dmitrieva, N. E.

    2017-02-01

    Results from studying the effect zirconium has on solid-phase processes in aluminum-chromium alloys are presented. Rapidly quenched alloys are prepared via melt spinning. The quenching rate is 106 K/s. By means of physicochemical analysis, it is shown that doping Al-Cr alloys with zirconium improves the thermal stability of supersaturated solid solutions and stabilizes their microcrystalline structure; this hinders the coagulation of intermetallic phases and thus improves the hardness of the alloys. It is found that supersaturated solid solutions of Cr and Zr in aluminum undergo stepwise decomposition; the temperature and time parameters of each step are shown in TTT diagrams.

  17. Plasma sprayed ceramic thermal barrier coating for NiAl-based intermetallic alloys

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    Miller, Robert A. (Inventor); Doychak, Joseph (Inventor)

    1994-01-01

    A thermal barrier coating system consists of two layers of a zirconia-yttria ceramic. The first layer is applied by low pressure plasma spraying. The second layer is applied by conventional atmospheric pressure plasma spraying. This facilitates the attachment of a durable thermally insulating ceramic coating directly to the surface of a highly oxidation resistant NiAl-based intermetallic alloy after the alloy has been preoxidized to promote the formation of a desirable Al2O3 scale.

  18. A Full View of the Segregation Evolution in Al-Bi Immiscible Alloy

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    Lu, Wenquan; Zhang, Shuguang; Zhang, Wei; Hu, Qiaodan; Yu, Jianding; Fu, Yanan; Li, Jianguo

    2017-06-01

    Using synchrotron radiography, in this study, we caught a full view of the segregation evolution of Al-10 wt pct Bi immiscible alloy during solidification. We provide the direct experimental evidence of surface segregation prior to liquid decomposition. And the Bi enrichment at the bottom part should come from melt flow rather than Soret effect. The Marangoni effect and Stokes effect dominate in separate stages in solidifying Al-Bi alloy. Further, the size distribution of Bi droplets obeys Gaussian distribution.

  19. Mechanical Properties and High Temperature Oxidation Behavior of Ti-Al Coating Reinforced by Nitrides on Ti-6Al-4V Alloy

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    Dai, Jingjie; Yu, Huijun; Zhu, Jiyun; Weng, Fei; Chen, Chuanzhong

    2016-05-01

    Ti-Al alloyed coating reinforced by nitrides was fabricated by laser surface alloying technique to improve mechanical properties and high temperature oxidation resistance of Ti-6Al-4V titanium alloy. Microstructures, mechanical properties and high temperature oxidation behavior of the alloyed coating were analyzed. The results show that the alloyed coating consisted of Ti3Al, TiAl2, TiN and Ti2AlN phases. Nitrides with different morphologies were dispersed in the alloyed coating. The maximum microhardness of the alloyed coating was 906HV. The friction coefficients of the alloyed coating at room temperature and high temperature were both one-fourth of the substrate. Mass gain of the alloyed coating oxidized at 800∘C for 1000h in static air was 5.16×10-3mg/mm2, which was 1/35th of the substrate. No obvious spallation was observed for the alloyed coating after oxidation. The alloyed coating exhibited excellent mechanical properties and long-term high temperature oxidation resistance, which improved surface properties of Ti-6Al-4V titanium alloy significantly.

  20. Nonequilibrium synthesis of NbAl3 and Nb-Al-V alloys by laser cladding. II - Oxidation behavior

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    Haasch, R. T.; Tewari, S. K.; Sircar, S.; Loxton, C. M.; Mazumder, J.

    1992-01-01

    Isothermal oxidation behaviors of NbAl3 alloy synthesized by laser cladding were investigated at temperatures between 800 and 1400 C, and the effect of vanadium microalloying on the oxidation of the laser-clad alloy was examined. The oxidation kinetics of the two alloys were monitored using thermal gravimetric weight gain data, and the bulk and surface chemistries were analyzed using XRD and XPS, respectively. It was found that NbAl3 did not form an exclusive layer of protective Al2O3. The oxidation products at 800 C were found to be a mixture of Nb2O5 and Al2O3. At 1200 C, a mixture of NbAlO4, Nb2O5, and Al2O3 formed; and at 1400 C, a mixture of NbAlO4, Al2O3, NbO2, NbO(2.432), and Nb2O5 formed. The addition of V led to a dramatic increase of the oxidation rate, which may be related to the formation of (Nb, V)2O5 and VO2, which grows in preference to protective Al2O3.

  1. Effect of Al and Cr Content on Air and Steam Oxidation of FeCrAl Alloys and Commercial APMT Alloy

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    Unocic, Kinga A.; Yamamoto, Yukinori; Pint, Bruce A.

    2017-03-09

    To develop the next generation of accident-tolerant fuel cladding for light-water nuclear reactors, wrought FeCrAlY alloys with varying amounts of Cr and Al and commercial Kanthal APMT alloy were evaluated for short-term (4 h) oxidation resistance in steam and air at 1200–1475 °C. Model alloys with lower Cr contents and higher Al contents were evaluated in this paper as lower Cr contents are desirable for radiation damage resistance during operation. As expected, a synergistic effect was found between the Cr and Al contents to enable protective Al2O3 formation under these conditions. Characterization of the alumina scales formed in steam foundmore » that the scale morphology was affected by the alloy Y content and detailed scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM) detected Y segregation along scale grain boundaries at 1200 °C. However, after 4 h at 1475 °C, Y and Hf were not segregated to the oxide grain boundaries formed on APMT and the scale had a single layer structure. Finally, compared to oxidation in air, STEM characterization of the outer scale showed differences in the Fe and Cr distributions in steam.« less

  2. Processing and characterization of Al{sub 2}Ti/Al{sub 3}Ti two-phase alloys

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    Lukitsch, M.J.; Benci, J.E.

    1999-07-01

    Several buttons of each of three binary Ti-Al alloys containing nominally 70, 71 and 72 at.% Al were prepared from elemental Ti and Al by plasma arc-melting. One button of each composition was then either solution heat-treated, subjected to a two-step heat treatment, or hot forged. Each composition and material condition was then characterized using SEM/EDS and microhardness testing. The results show that while all three compositions have a predominantly two-phase, coarse microstructure in the as-cast condition, it is possible to produce an essentially single phase materials through an appropriate solution heat treatment for the two lower Al content alloys. A fine two-phase microstructure can be achieved through an additional, lower temperature heat treatment step. The microhardness results show that the solution heat treatment reduced the hardness for all three compositions compared to the as-cast condition while hot forging as-cast samples increased hardness. The 70% Al alloy has the highest hardness for all four material conditions studied while the 71% Al alloy has the lowest hardness in three of the four material conditions.

  3. Development of ODS FeCrAl alloys for accident-tolerant fuel cladding

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    Dryepondt, Sebastien N.; Hoelzer, David T.; Pint, Bruce A.; Unocic, Kinga A.

    2015-09-18

    FeCrAl alloys are prime candidates for accident-tolerant fuel cladding due to their excellent oxidation resistance up to 1400 C and good mechanical properties at intermediate temperature. Former commercial oxide dispersion strengthened (ODS) FeCrAl alloys such as PM2000 exhibit significantly better tensile strength than wrought FeCrAl alloys, which would alloy for the fabrication of a very thin (~250 m) ODS FeCrAl cladding and limit the neutronic penalty from the replacement of Zr-based alloys by Fe-based alloys. Several Fe-12-Cr-5Al ODS alloys where therefore fabricated by ball milling FeCrAl powders with Y2O3 and additional oxides such as TiO2 or ZrO2. The new Fe-12Cr-5Al ODS alloys showed excellent tensile strength up to 800 C but limited ductility. Good oxidation resistance in steam at 1200 and 1400 C was observed except for one ODS FeCrAl alloy containing Ti. Rolling trials were conducted at 300, 600 C and 800 C to simulate the fabrication of thin tube cladding and a plate thickness of ~0.6mm was reached before the formation of multiple edge cracks. Hardness measurements at different stages of the rolling process, before and after annealing for 1h at 1000 C, showed that a thinner plate thickness could likely be achieved by using a multi-step approach combining warm rolling and high temperature annealing. Finally, new Fe-10-12Cr-5.5-6Al-Z gas atomized powders have been purchased to fabricate the second generation of low-Cr ODS FeCrAl alloys. The main goals are to assess the effect of O, C, N and Zr contents on the ODS FeCrAl microstructure and mechanical properties, and to optimize the fabrication process to improve the ductility of the 2nd gen ODS FeCrAl while maintaining good mechanical strength and oxidation resistance.

  4. Tribological Properties of the Fe-Al-Cr Alloyed Layer by Double Glow Plasma Surface Metallurgy

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    Luo, Xixi; Yao, Zhengjun; Zhang, Pingze; Zhou, Keyin; Wang, Zhangzhong

    2016-09-01

    A Fe-Al-Cr alloyed layer was deposited onto the surface of Q235 low-carbon steel via double glow plasma surface metallurgy (DGPSM) to improve the steel's wear resistance. After the DGPSM treatment, the Fe-Al-Cr alloyed layer grown on the Q235 low-carbon steel was homogeneous and compact and had a thickness of 25 µm. The layer was found to be metallurgically adhered to the substrate. The frictional coefficient and specific wear rate of the sample with a Fe-Al-Cr alloyed layer (treated sample) were both lower than those of the bare substrate (untreated sample) at the measured temperatures (25, 250 and 450 °C). The results indicated that the substrate and the alloyed layer suffered oxidative wear and abrasive wear, respectively, and that the treated samples exhibited much better tribological properties than did the substrate. The formation of Fe2AlCr, Fe3Al(Cr), FeAl(Cr), Fe(Cr) sosoloid and Cr23C6 phases in the alloyed layer dramatically enhanced the wear resistance of the treated sample. In addition, the alloyed layer's oxidation film exhibited a self-healing capacity with lubrication action that also contributed to the improvement of the wear resistance at high temperature. In particular, at 450 °C, the specific wear rate of treated sample was 2.524 × 10-4 mm3/N m, which was only 45.2% of the untreated sample.

  5. Dilute-As AlNAs Alloy for Deep-Ultraviolet Emitter

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    Tan, Chee-Keong; Borovac, Damir; Sun, Wei; Tansu, Nelson

    2016-01-01

    The band structures of dilute-As AlNAs alloys with As composition ranging from 0% up to 12.5% are studied by using First-Principle Density Functional Theory (DFT) calculation. The energy band gap shows remarkable reduction from 6.19 eV to 3.87 eV with small amount of As content in the AlNAs alloy, which covers the deep ultraviolet (UV) spectral regime. A giant bowing parameter of 30.5 eV ± 0.5 eV for AlNAs alloy is obtained. In addition, our analysis shows that the crossover between crystal field split-off (CH) band and heavy hole (HH) bands occurs in the dilute-As AlNAs alloy with As-content of ~1.5%. This result implies the possibility of dominant transverse electric (TE)-polarized emission by using AlNAs alloy with dilute amount of As-content. Our findings indicate the potential of dilute-As AlNAs alloy as the new active region material for TE-polarized III-Nitride-based deep UV light emitters. PMID:26905060

  6. Age hardening characteristics and mechanical behavior of Al-Cu-Li-Zr-In alloys

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    Wagner, John A.

    1989-01-01

    An investigation was conducted to determine the age-hardening response and cryogenic mechanical properties of superplastic Al-Cu-Li-Zr-In alloys. Two alloys with compositions Al-2.65Cu-2.17Li-O.13Zr (baseline) and Al-2.60Cu-2.34Li-0.16Zr-0.17In were scaled-up from 30 lb permanent mold ingots to 350 lb DC (direct chill) ingots and thermomechanically processed to 3.2 mm thick sheet. The microstructure of material which contained the indium addition was partially recrystallized compared to the baseline suggesting that indium may influence recrystallization behavior. The indium-modified alloy exhibited superior hardness and strength compared to the baseline alloy when solution-heat-treated at 555 C and aged at 160 C or 190 C. For each alloy, strength increased and toughness was unchanged or decreased when tested at - 185 C compared to ambient temperature. By using optimized heat treatments, the indium-modified alloy exhibited strength levels approaching those of the baseline alloy without deformation prior to aging. The increase in strength of these alloys in the T6 condition make them particularly attractive for superplastic forming applications where post-SPF parts cannot be cold deformed to increase strength.

  7. Extrusion of AlSi/SiCp composite alloys in the semi-solid state

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    Laplante, S.; Ajersch, F.; Legros, N.

    1995-10-01

    Semi-solid A356 alloys with 15 vol % SiC particles (10--15{micro}m) were extruded through cylindrical dies of variable dimension in order to evaluate the resistance to extrusion of these composites. The samples were first prepared by isothermal mixing in the semi-solid state for controlled periods of time and shear rates in order to obtain 20, 30 and 40 vol% primary fraction of the alloy ({alpha}-aluminum) generating a consistent globular-agglomerated structure. The quenched samples were introduced into the die chamber of a computer controlled extrusion press where the temperature was again raised to the semi-solid state and then extruded at a constant rate. Extrusions were carried out to evaluate the effect of extrusion rate, die length and diameter and variable solid fraction. All examples exhibited a sharp rise in extrusion force, and then reaching a plateau for the duration of the extrusion. Die entrance resistance was found to be the predominant force measured. Analysis of sections of the extruded material showed that the primary phase particles are deformed axially along the extrusion direction resulting in a non-isotropic structure with increased tensile strength and ductility.

  8. Effects of microstructure on the erosion of Al-Si alloys ny solid particles

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    Shin, Y. W.; Sargent, G. A.; Conrad, H.

    1987-03-01

    The effects of microstructure on the erosion of Al-Si alloys by 40 μm Al2O3 particles were investigated. The impact angle dependence of the erosion rate of Al and the Al-Si alloys exhibited the ductile signature, whereas that for pure Si showed the brittle signature. The eroded surface of pure Al was characterized by craters, lips, overlaps and folds, and platelets; that for pure Si exhibited complex radial and lateral cracking at the impact site. At shallow impact angles these features were elongated in the direction of the tangential component of the velocity in both materials. The measured erosion rates of the Al-Si alloys were found to be in accord with an inverse rule of mixtures based on pure Al and pure Si; better agreement was, however, obtained if pure Al and the eutectic were taken as the two constituents for the hypoeutectic alloys, and pure Si and the eutectic for the hypereutectic alloys. The microstructure size had two effects: (a) scaling with respect to the impact damage zone size and (b) an influence on the physical and mechanical properties which govern material removal. The present results are considered in terms of current models for the erosion of ductile and brittle materials.

  9. Study of Al-Si Alloy Oxygen Saturation on Its Microstructure and Mechanical Properties.

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    Finkelstein, Arkady; Schaefer, Arseny; Chikova, Оlga; Borodianskiy, Konstantin

    2017-07-11

    One of the main goals of modern materials research is obtaining different microstructures and studying their influence on the mechanical properties of metals; aluminum alloys are particularly of interest due to their advanced performance. Traditionally, their required properties are obtained by alloying process, modification, or physical influence during solidification. The present work describes a saturation of the overheated AlSi₇Fe₁ casting alloy by oxides using oxygen blowing approach in overheated alloy. Changes in metals' microstructural and mechanical properties are also described in the work. An Al10SiFe intermetallic complex compound was obtained as a preferable component to Al₂O₃ precipitation on it, and its morphology was investigated by scanning electron microscopy. The mechanical properties of the alloy after the oxygen blowing treatment are discussed in this work.

  10. Cryogenic mechanical properties of low density superplastically formable Al-Li alloys

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    Verzasconi, S. L.; Morris, J. W., Jr.

    1989-01-01

    The aerospace industry is considering the use of low density, superplastically formable (SPF) materials, such as Al-Li alloys in cryogenic tankage. SPF modifications of alloys 8090, 2090, and 2090+In were tested for strength and Kahn tear toughness. The results were compared to those of similar tests of 2219-T87, an alloy currently used in cryogenic tankage, and 2090-T81, a recently studied Al-Li alloy with exceptional cryogenic properties (1-9). With decreasing temperature, all materials showed an increase in strength, while most materials showed an increase in elongation and decrease in Kahn toughness. The indium addition to 2090 increased alloy strength, but did not improve the strength-toughness combination. The fracture mode was predominantly intergranular along small, recrystallized grains, with some transgranular fracture, some ductile rupture, and some delamination on large, unrecrystallized grains.

  11. Emerging Development in Al-Alloy Recycling for Nontraditional Aluminum Metal Matrix Composites Processing

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    Rabeeh, Bakr Mohamed

    Growing demands for new emerging materials are aimed at introducing nontraditional processes. However, Direct metal oxidation, DIMOX, as applied to Al-alloys recycling has prompted production processes to be more cost efficient. Aluminum alloy scrap is heated to different temperatures, 950°C, 1000°C, and 1050°C for various holding times (15 to 90 minutes) and then poured into metallic molds. The formation of hybrid composite is introduced by alloying elements additions (α -Fe, and Si). Ceramic alumina phase with intermetallic fibers or whiskers are established in an aluminum matrix. Functionally gradient materials, FGM, are also produced after prolonged holding time (90 min. at 1050°C). Scanning electron microscopy with energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy EDX is utilized for microstructural characterization. 3-point tests are applied on another group of samples. The application of DIMOX on recycled Al-alloy with the addition of alloying elements has a dominant effect on composite microstructure.

  12. Cryogenic mechanical properties of low density superplastically formable Al-Li alloys

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    Verzasconi, S. L.; Morris, J. W., Jr.

    1989-01-01

    The aerospace industry is considering the use of low density, superplastically formable (SPF) materials, such as Al-Li alloys in cryogenic tankage. SPF modifications of alloys 8090, 2090, and 2090+In were tested for strength and Kahn tear toughness. The results were compared to those of similar tests of 2219-T87, an alloy currently used in cryogenic tankage, and 2090-T81, a recently studied Al-Li alloy with exceptional cryogenic properties (1-9). With decreasing temperature, all materials showed an increase in strength, while most materials showed an increase in elongation and decrease in Kahn toughness. The indium addition to 2090 increased alloy strength, but did not improve the strength-toughness combination. The fracture mode was predominantly intergranular along small, recrystallized grains, with some transgranular fracture, some ductile rupture, and some delamination on large, unrecrystallized grains.

  13. Cryogenic mechanical properties of low density superplastically formable Al-Li alloys

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    Verzasconi, S.L.; Morris, J.W. Jr.

    1989-03-01

    The aerospace industry is considering the use of low density, superplastically formable (SPF) materials, such as Al-Li alloys in cryogenic tankage. SPF modifications of alloys 8090, 2090, and 2090 + In were tested for strength and Kahn tear toughness. The results were compared to those of similar tests of 2219-T87, an alloy currently used in cryogenic tankage, and 2090-T81, a recently studied Al-Li alloy with exceptional cryogenic properties. With decreasing temperature, all materials showed an increase in strength, while most materials showed an increase in elongation and decrease in Kahn toughness. The indium addition to 2090 increased alloy strength, but did not improve the strength-toughness combination. The fracture mode was predominantly intergranular along small, recrystallized grains, with some transgranular fracture, some ductile rupture, and some delamination on large, unrecrystallized grains. 17 refs., 3 figs., 3 tabs.

  14. Interdiffusion and Reaction between Zr and Al Alloys from 425 degrees to 625 degrees C

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    J. Dickson; L. Zhou; A. Ewh; M. Fu; D. D. Keiser, Jr.; Y. H. Sohn; A. Paz y Puente

    2014-06-01

    Zirconium has recently garnered attention for use as a diffusion barrier between U–Mo nuclear fuels and Al cladding alloys. Interdiffusion and reactions between Zr and Al, Al-2 wt.% Si, Al-5 wt.% Si or AA6061 were investigated using solid-to-solid diffusion couples annealed in the temperature range of 425 degrees to 625 degrees C. In the binary Al and Zr system, the Al3Zr and Al2Zr phases were identified, and the activation energy for the growth of the Al3Zr phase was determined to be 347 kJ/mol. Negligible diffusional interactions were observed for diffusion couples between Zr vs. Al-2 wt.% Si, Al-5 wt.% Si and AA6061 annealed at or below 475 degrees C. In diffusion couples with the binary Al–Si alloys at 560 degrees C, a significant variation in the development of the phase constituents was observed including the thick t1 (Al5SiZr2) with Si content up to 12 at.%, and thin layers of (Si,Al)2Zr, (Al,Si)3Zr, Al3SiZr2 and Al2Zr phases. The use of AA6061 as a terminal alloy resulted in the development of both T1 (Al5SiZr2) and (Al,Si)3Zr phases with a very thin layer of (Al,Si)2Zr. At 560 degrees C, with increasing Si content in the Al–Si alloy, an increase in the overall rate of diffusional interaction was observed; however, the diffusional interaction of Zr in contact with multicomponent AA6061 with 0.4–0.8 wt.% Si was most rapid.

  15. Influence of sp-d hybridization on the electronic structure of Al-Mn alloys

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    Shukla, A. K.; Biswas, C.; Dhaka, R. S.; Das, S. C.; Krüger, P.; Barman, S. R.

    2008-05-01

    The influence of sp-d hybridization on the electronic structure of different Al-Mn alloys has been studied by photoelectron spectroscopy. Experimental evidence of a pseudogap in a crystalline binary Hume-Rothery alloy is provided. The pseudogap varies systematically with Mn concentration. The sp-d hybridization alone, even in the absence of Hume-Rothery mechanism, can produce the pseudogap. Existence of the pseudogap, suppression of the Mn2p satellite, and decrease in the Doniach-Šunjić asymmetry parameter are the consequences of the sp-d hybridization. An in situ method of preparing these alloys by annealing a Mn adlayer on Al(111) is presented.

  16. A surface analytical examination of Stringer particles in Al-Li-Cu alloys

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    Larson, L. A.; Avalos-Borja, M.; Pizzo, P. P.

    1983-01-01

    A surface analytical examination of powder metallurgy processed Al-Li-Cu alloys was conducted. The oxide stringer particles often found in these alloys was characterized. Particle characterization is important to more fully understand their impact on the stress corrosion and fracture properties of the alloy. The techniques used were SIMS (Secondary Ion Mass Spectroscopy) and SAM (Scanning Auger Microscopy). The results indicate that the oxide stringer particles contain both Al and Li with relatively high Li content and the Li compounds may be associated with the stringer particles, thereby locally depleting the adjacent matrix of Li solute.

  17. Phase separation in equiatomic AlCoCrFeNi high-entropy alloy.

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    Manzoni, A; Daoud, H; Völkl, R; Glatzel, U; Wanderka, N

    2013-09-01

    The microstructure of the as-cast AlCoCrFeNi high entropy alloy has been investigated by transmission electron microscopy and atom probe tomography. The alloy shows a very pronounced microstructure with clearly distinguishable dendrites and interdendrites. In both regions a separation into an Al-Ni rich matrix and Cr-Fe-rich precipitates can be observed. Moreover, fluctuations of single elements within the Cr-Fe rich phase have been singled out by three dimensional atom probe measurements. The results of investigations are discussed in terms of spinodal decomposition of the alloying elements inside the Cr-Fe-rich precipitates.

  18. Effect of thermomechanical processing on mechanical properties of Fe-16 at. % Al alloy

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    Sikka, V.K.

    1994-12-31

    An iron-aluminum alloy containing 16 at. % Al, which is essentially free from environmental effect on its ductility, has been developed. This alloy has over 20% elongation at room temperature. This paper presents in detail the effect of vacuum versus air melting on the properties of Fe-16 at. % Al alloy. The comparative results have shown air-induction melting to produce lower room-temperature ductility for the identical processing steps. Additional processing steps required to improve the ductility of air-melted material are also identified.

  19. Effect of friction stir processing on tribological properties of Al-Si alloys

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    Aktarer, S. M.; Sekban, D. M.; Yanar, H.; Purçek, G.

    2017-02-01

    As-cast Al-12Si alloy was processed by single-pass friction stir processing (FSP), and its effect on mainly friction and wear properties of processed alloy was studied in detail. The needle-shaped eutectic silicon particles were fragmented by intense plastic deformation and dynamic recrystallization during FSP. The fragmented and homogenously distributed Si particles throughout the improve the mechanical properties and wear behavior of Al-12Si alloy. The wear mechanisms for this improvement were examined and the possible reasons were discussed.

  20. Effect of Thermomagnetic Treatment on Structure and Properties of Cu-Al-Mn Alloy

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    Titenko, A. N.; Demchenko, L. D.; Perekos, A. O.; Gerasimov, O. Yu

    2017-04-01

    The paper studies the influence of magnetic field on magnetic and mechanical properties of Cu-Mn-Al alloy under annealing. The comparative analysis of the magnetic field orientation impact on solid solution decomposition processes in a fixed annealing procedure is held using the methods of low-field magnetic susceptibility, specific magnetization, and microhardness test. The paper highlights changes in the magnetic and mechanical properties of Cu-Al-Mn alloy as the result of change in a critical size of forming precipitated ferromagnetic phase and determines correlation in the behavior of magnetic and mechanical properties of the alloy, depending on a critical nucleus size of forming precipitated ferromagnetic phase.

  1. Influence of sp-d hybridization on the electronic structure of Al-Mn alloys

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    Shukla, A. K.; Biswas, C.; Dhaka, R. S.; Das, S. C.; Barman, S. R.; Krueger, P.

    2008-05-15

    The influence of sp-d hybridization on the electronic structure of different Al-Mn alloys has been studied by photoelectron spectroscopy. Experimental evidence of a pseudogap in a crystalline binary Hume-Rothery alloy is provided. The pseudogap varies systematically with Mn concentration. The sp-d hybridization alone, even in the absence of Hume-Rothery mechanism, can produce the pseudogap. Existence of the pseudogap, suppression of the Mn 2p satellite, and decrease in the Doniach-Sunjic asymmetry parameter are the consequences of the sp-d hybridization. An in situ method of preparing these alloys by annealing a Mn adlayer on Al(111) is presented.

  2. Effect of Annealing on the Electrical Resistivity and Strengthening of Low-Alloy Alloys of the Al - Zr - Si System

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    Alabin, A. N.; Belov, N. A.; Korotkova, N. O.; Samoshinal, M. E.

    2017-01-01

    The effect of annealing at up to 550°C on the electrical resistivity ρ and HB hardness of low-alloy alloys of the Al - Zr - Si system containing up to 0.3% Zr and 0.3% Si is studied. The Thermo-Calc software is used to analyze the phase composition of the system. The computed and experimental data are used to determine the lower and upper limits for heating of cast preforms from Al - Zr alloys (shaped castings and ingots). It is shown that heating below 400°C and above 450°C is not expedient, because it increases the duration of the annealing in the former case and lowers the hardening effect due to coarsening of the Zr-containing particles in the latter case.

  3. Effect of composition on antiphase boundary energy in Ni3Al based alloys: Ab initio calculations

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    Gorbatov, O. I.; Lomaev, I. L.; Gornostyrev, Yu. N.; Ruban, A. V.; Furrer, D.; Venkatesh, V.; Novikov, D. L.; Burlatsky, S. F.

    2016-06-01

    The effect of composition on the antiphase boundary (APB) energy of Ni-based L 12-ordered alloys is investigated by ab initio calculations employing the coherent potential approximation. The calculated APB energies for the {111} and {001} planes reproduce experimental values of the APB energy. The APB energies for the nonstoichiometric γ' phase increase with Al concentration and are in line with the experiment. The magnitude of the alloying effect on the APB energy correlates with the variation of the ordering energy of the alloy according to the alloying element's position in the 3 d row. The elements from the left side of the 3 d row increase the APB energy of the Ni-based L 12-ordered alloys, while the elements from the right side slightly affect it except Ni. The way to predict the effect of an addition on the {111} APB energy in a multicomponent alloy is discussed.

  4. Solid-liquid phase equilibria of Fe-Cr-Al alloys and spinels

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    McMurray, J. W.; Hu, R.; Ushakov, S. V.; Shin, D.; Pint, B. A.; Terrani, K. A.; Navrotsky, A.

    2017-08-01

    Ferritic FeCrAl alloys are candidate accident tolerant cladding materials. There is a paucity of data concerning the melting behavior for FeCrAl and its oxides. Analysis tools have therefore had to utilize assumptions for simulations using FeCrAl cladding. The focus of this study is to examine in some detail the solid-liquid phase equilibria of FeCrAl alloys and spinels with the aim of improving the accuracy of severe accident scenario computational studies.

  5. Application of InAlAs/GaAs superlattice alloys to GaAs solar cells

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    Drummond, T.J.; Gee, J. ); Terry, F.L.; Weng, R. . Dept. of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science)

    1990-01-01

    AlGaAs/GaAs solar cells are typically characterized as having relatively high interface recombination velocities at the heteroface. This work examines some of the factors influencing the design of solar cell window layers and considers the effect of substituting InAlAs/GaAs superlattice alloys and InAlAs bulk alloys in place of AlGaAs. Potential advantages are reduced surface recombination at the heterojunction, reduced thermionic emission into the window layer, thinner window layers and reduced absorption in the window layer. 9 refs., 5 figs.

  6. Thermodynamic analysis of compatibility of several reinforcement materials with beta phase NiAl alloys

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    Misra, Ajay K.

    1988-01-01

    Chemical compatibility of several reinforcement materials with beta phase NiAl alloys within the concentration range 40 to 50 at. percent Al have been analyzed from thermodynamic considerations at 1373 and 1573 K. The reinforcement materials considered in this study include carbides, borides, oxides, nitrides, beryllides, and silicides. Thermodynamic data for NiAl alloys have been reviewed and activity of Ni and Al in the beta phase have been derived at 1373 and 1573 K. Criteria for chemical compatibility between the reinforcement material and the matrix have been defined and several chemically compatible reinforcement materials have been defined.

  7. Effect of Al substitution for Ga on the mechanical properties of directional solidified Fe-Ga alloys

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    Liu, Yangyang; Li, Jiheng; Gao, Xuexu

    2017-02-01

    Alloys of Fe82Ga18-xAlx (x=0, 4.5, 6, 9, 12, 13.5) were prepared by directional solidification technique and exhibited a <001> preferred orientation along the axis of alloy rods. The saturation magnetostriction value of the Fe82Ga13.5Al4.5 alloy was 247 ppm under no pre-stress. The tensile properties of alloys of Fe82Ga18-xAlx at room temperature were investigated. The results showed that tensile ductility of binary Fe-Ga alloy was significantly improved with Al addition. The fracture elongation of the Fe82Ga18 alloy was only 1.3%, while that of the Fe82Ga9Al9 alloy increased up to 16.5%. Addition of Al increased the strength of grain boundary and cleavage, resulting in the enhancement of tensile ductility of the Fe-Ga-Al alloys. Analysis of deformation microstructure showed that a great number of deformation twins formed in the Fe-Ga-Al alloys, which were thought to be the source of serrated yielding in the stress-strain curves. The effect of Al content in the Fe-Ga-Al alloys on tensile ductility was also studied by the analysis of deformation twins. It indicated that the joint effect of slip and twinning was beneficial to obtain the best ductility in the Fe82Ga9Al9 alloy.

  8. Characteristics of Friction Welding Between Solid Bar of 6061 Al Alloy and Pipe of Al-Si12CuNi Al Cast Alloy

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    Kimura, M.; Sakaguchi, H.; Kusaka, M.; Kaizu, K.; Takahashi, T.

    2015-11-01

    This paper describes the characteristics of friction welding between a solid bar of 6061 Al alloy and a pipe of Al-Si12CuNi (AC8A) Al cast alloy. When the joint was made by a continuous drive friction welding machine (conventional method), the AC8A portion of the joint showed heavy deformation and the AA6061 showed minimal deformation. In particular, the joint could not be successfully made with following conditions, because AC8A pipe side crushed due to insufficient friction heat or high pressure: a short friction time such as 0.3 s, high friction pressure such as 100 MPa, or high forge pressure such as 150 MPa. The heavy deformation of AC8A side was caused by increasing friction torque during braking. To prevent braking deformation until rotation stops, a joint was made by a continuous drive friction welding machine that has an electromagnetic clutch. When the clutch was released, the relative speed between both specimens simultaneously decreased to zero. When the joint was made with friction pressure of 25 MPa, friction time of 0.3 s, and forge pressure of 125 MPa, the joining could be successfully achieved and that had approximately 16% efficiency. In addition, when the joint was made with friction pressure of 25 MPa, friction time of 0.7 s, and forge pressure of 125 MPa, it had approximately 54% efficiency. However, all joints showed the fracture between the traveled weld interface and the AC8A side, because the weld interface traveled in the longitudinal direction of AC8A side from the first contacted position of both weld faying surfaces. Hence, it was clarified that the friction welding between a solid bar of AA6061 and a cast pipe of AC8A was not desirable since the traveling phenomena of the weld interface were caused by the combination of the shapes of the friction welding specimens.

  9. Corrosion behavior of cast Ti-6Al-4V alloyed with Cu.

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    Koike, Marie; Cai, Zhuo; Oda, Yutaka; Hattori, Masayuki; Fujii, Hiroyuki; Okabe, Toru

    2005-05-01

    It has recently been found that alloying with copper improved the inherently poor grindability and wear resistance of titanium. This study characterized the corrosion behavior of cast Ti-6Al-4V alloyed with copper. Alloys (0.9 or 3.5 mass % Cu) were cast with the use of a magnesia-based investment in a centrifugal casting machine. Three specimen surfaces were tested: ground, sandblasted, and as cast. Commercially pure titanium and Ti-6Al-4V served as controls. Open-circuit potential measurement, linear polarization, and potentiodynamic cathodic polarization were performed in aerated (air + 10% CO(2)) modified Tani-Zucchi synthetic saliva at 37 degrees C. Potentiodynamic anodic polarization was conducted in the same medium deaerated by N(2) + 10% CO(2). Polarization resistance (R(p)), Tafel slopes, and corrosion current density (I(corr)) were determined. A passive region occurred for the alloy specimens with ground and sandblasted surfaces, as for CP Ti. However, no passivation was observed on the as-cast alloys or on CP Ti. There were significant differences among all metals tested for R(p) and I(corr) and significantly higher R(p) and lower I(corr) values for CP Ti compared to Ti-6Al-4V or the alloys with Cu. Alloying up to 3.5 mass % Cu to Ti-6Al-4V did not change the corrosion behavior. Specimens with ground or sandblasted surfaces were superior to specimens with as-cast surfaces.

  10. Microstructure and properties of the eutectic 12Si-Al alloy subjected to barothermal treatment

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    Dedyaeva, E. V.; Nikiforov, P. N.; Padalko, A. G.; Talanova, G. V.; Shvorneva, L. I.

    2016-09-01

    A binary 12Si-Al alloy is subjected to barothermal treatment (hot isostatic pressing) at a temperature of 560°C and a pressure of 100 MPa for 3 h. This treatment is shown to result in a high degree of homogenization in the chemically and structurally heterogeneous initial alloy. As follows from the morphology of silicon microparticles, barothermal treatment of the 12Si-Al alloy leads to thermodynamically promoted silicon dissolution in the aluminum matrix up to 10 at % with the formation of a metastable supersaturated solid solution, which decomposes upon cooling. The process of removal of porosity, which results in the formation of a high-density homogeneous material, is analyzed. After a cycle of barothermal treatment, a bimodal size distribution of the silicon phase constituent forms in the 12Si-Al alloy at an average microparticle size of 2.7 μm and an average nanoparticle size of 36 nm. The linear thermal expansion coefficient of the alloy decreases after barothermal treatment, and the microhardness of the eutectic alloy is determined after this treatment. Barothermal treatment of the 12Si-Al alloy is shown to be an effective tool for the removal of microporosity, achieving a high degree of homogenization, and forming a near-optimum bimodal size distribution of the silicon structural constituent, which is comparable with or even exceeds the results of conventional heat treatment of the material at atmospheric or lower pressure.

  11. Hydrogenation activity of the Raney-type catalysts prepared from Ni-Al-Ti alloys manufactured by pyrometallurgical and mechanochemical alloying

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    Gostikin, V.P.; Nishchenkova, L.G.; Kozlova, L.V.; Golubkova, G.V.

    1995-01-01

    The hydrogenation activity of nickel-titanium catalysts prepared from Ni-Al-Ti alloys, produced by mechanical alloying, is higher than that of catalysts produced by the pyrometallurgical method. It is shown that the catalyst activity passes through a maximum at a certain content of titanium in an alloy.

  12. Diffusional transport and predicting oxidative failure during cyclic oxidation of beta-NiAl alloys

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    Nesbitt, J. A.; Vinarcik, E. J.; Barrett, C. A.; Doychak, J.

    1992-01-01

    Nickel aluminides (NiAl) containing 40-50 at. percent Al and up to 0.1 at. percent Zr have been studied following cyclic oxidation at 1200, 1300, 1350 and 1400 C. The selective oxidation of aluminum resulted in the formation of protective Al2O3 scales on each alloy composition at each temperature. However, repeated cycling eventually resulted in the gradual formation of less protective NiAl2O4. The appearance of the NiAl2O4, signaling the end of the protective scale-forming capability of the alloy, was related to the presence of gamma-prime-(Ni3Al) which formed as a result of the loss of aluminum from the sample. A simple methodology is presented to predict the protective life of beta-NiAl alloys. This method predicts the oxidative lifetime due to aluminum depletion when the aluminum concentration decreases to a critical concentration. The time interval preceding NiAl2O4 formation (i.e., the lifetime based on protective Al2O3 formation) and predicted lifetimes are compared and discussed. Use of the method to predict the maximum use temperature for NiAl-Zr alloys is also discussed.

  13. Application of in situ thermography for evaluating the high-cycle and very high-cycle fatigue behaviour of cast aluminium alloy AlSi7Mg (T6).

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    Krewerth, D; Weidner, A; Biermann, H

    2013-12-01

    The present paper illustrates the application of infrared thermal measurements for the investigation of crack initiation point and crack propagation in the high-cycle and the very high-cycle fatigue range of cast AlSi7Mg alloy (A356). The influence of casting defects, their location, size and amount was studied both by fractography and thermography. Besides internal and surface fatigue crack initiation as a further crack initiation type multiple fatigue crack initiation was observed via in situ thermography which can be well correlated with the results from fractography obtained by SEM investigations. In addition, crack propagation was studied by the development of the temperature measured via thermography. Moreover, the frequency influence on high-cycle fatigue behaviour was investigated. The presented results demonstrate well that the combination of fractography and thermography can give a significant contribution to the knowledge of crack initiation and propagation in the VHCF regime. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  14. HIGH TEMPERATURE BRAZING ALLOY FOR JOINT Fe-Cr-Al MATERIALS AND AUSTENITIC AND FERRITIC STAINLESS STEELS

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    Cost, R.C.

    1958-07-15

    A new high temperature brazing alloy is described that is particularly suitable for brazing iron-chromiumaluminum alloys. It consists of approximately 20% Cr, 6% Al, 10% Si, and from 1.5 to 5% phosphorus, the balance being iron.

  15. Formation and Stability of Equiatomic and Nonequiatomic Nanocrystalline CuNiCoZnAlTi High-Entropy Alloys by Mechanical Alloying

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    Varalakshmi, S.; Kamaraj, M.; Murty, B. S.

    2010-10-01

    Nanocrystalline equiatomic high-entropy alloys (HEAs) have been synthesized by mechanical alloying in the Cu-Ni-Co-Zn-Al-Ti system from the binary CuNi alloy to the hexanary CuNiCoZnAlTi alloy. An attempt also has been made to find the influence of nonequiatomic compositions on the HEA formation by varying the Cu content up to 50 at. pct (Cu x NiCoZnAlTi; x = 0, 8.33, 33.33, 49.98 at. pct). The phase formation and stability of mechanically alloyed powder at an elevated temperature (1073 K [800 °C] for 1 hour) were studied. The nanocrystalline equiatomic Cu-Ni-Co-Zn-Al-Ti alloys have a face-centered cubic (fcc) structure up to quinary compositions and have a body-centered cubic (bcc) structure in a hexanary alloy. In nonequiatomic alloys, bcc is the dominating phase in the alloys containing 0 and 8.33 at. pct of Cu, and the fcc phase was observed in alloys with 33.33 and 49.98 at. pct of Cu. The Vicker’s bulk hardness and compressive strength of the equiatomic nanocrystalline hexanary CuNiCoZnAlTi HEA after hot isostatic pressing is 8.79 GPa, and the compressive strength is 2.76 GPa. The hardness of these HEAs is higher than most commercial hard facing alloys ( e.g., Stellite, which is 4.94 GPa).

  16. Evaluation of Pb-17Li compatibility of ODS Fe-12Cr-5Al alloys

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    Unocic, Kinga A.; Hoelzer, David T.

    2016-10-01

    The Dual Coolant Lead Lithium (DCLL: eutectic Pb-17Li and He) blanket concept requires improved Pb-17Li compatibility with ferritic steels in order to demonstrate acceptable performance in fusion reactors. As an initial step, static Pb-17at.%Li (Pb-17Li) capsule experiments were conducted on new oxide dispersion strengthened (ODS) FeCrAl alloys ((1) Y2O3 (125Y), (2) Y2O3 + ZrO2 (125YZ), (3) Y2O3 + HfO2 (125YH), and (4) Y2O3 + TiO2 (125YT)) produced at ORNL via mechanical alloying (MA). Tests were conducted in static Pb-17Li for 1000 h at 700 °C. Alloys showed promising compatibility with Pb-17Li with small mass change after testing for 125YZ, 125YH and 125YT, while the 125Y alloy experienced the highest mass loss associated with some oxide spallation and subsequent alloy dissolution. X-ray diffraction methods identified the surface reaction product as LiAlO2 on all four alloys. A small decrease (∼1 at.%) in Al content beneath the oxide scale was observed in all four ODS alloys, which extended 60 μm beneath the oxide/metal interface. This indicates improvements in alloy dissolution by decreasing the amount of Al loss from the alloy. Scales formed on 125YZ, 125YH and 125YT were examined via scanning transmission electron microscopy (S/TEM) and revealed incorporation of Zr-, Hf-, and Ti-rich precipitates within the LiAlO2 product, respectively. This indicates an inward scale growth mechanism. Future work in flowing Pb-17Li is needed to further evaluate the effectiveness of this strategy in a test blanket module.

  17. Evaluation of Pb-17Li compatibility of ODS Fe-12Cr-5Al alloys

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    Unocic, Kinga A.; Hoelzer, David T.

    2016-07-09

    The Dual Coolant Lead Lithium (DCLL: eutectic Pb–17Li and He) blanket concept requires improved Pb–17Li compatibility with ferritic steels in order to demonstrate acceptable performance in fusion reactors. As an initial step, static Pb-17at.%Li (Pb-17Li) capsule experiments were conducted on new oxide dispersion strengthened (ODS) FeCrAl alloys ((1) Y2O3 (125Y), (2) Y2O3+ZrO2 (125YZ), (3) Y2O3+HfO2 (125YH), and (4) Y2O3+TiO2 (125YT)) produced at ORNL via mechanical alloying (MA). Tests were conducted in static Pb–17Li for 1000 h at 700°C. Alloys showed promising compatibility with Pb–17Li with small mass change after testing for 125YZ, 125YH and 125YT, while the 125Y alloy experiencedmore » the highest mass loss associated with some oxide spallation and subsequent alloy dissolution. X-ray diffraction methods identified the surface reaction product as LiAlO2 on all four alloys. A small decrease (~1 at.%) in Al content beneath the oxide scale was observed in all 4 ODS alloys, which extended through 60 μm beneath the oxide/metal interface. This indicates improvements in alloy dissolution by decreasing the amount of Al loss from the alloy. Scales formed on 125YZ, 125YH and 125YT were examined via scanning transmission electron microscopy (S/TEM) and revealed incorporation of Zr-, Hf-, and Ti-rich precipitates within the LiAlO2 product, respectively. This indicates an inward scale growth mechanism. Future work in flowing Pb–17Li is needed to further evaluate the effectiveness of this strategy in a test blanket module.« less

  18. Evaluation of Pb-17Li compatibility of ODS Fe-12Cr-5Al alloys

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    Unocic, Kinga A.; Hoelzer, David T.

    2016-07-09

    The Dual Coolant Lead Lithium (DCLL: eutectic Pb–17Li and He) blanket concept requires improved Pb–17Li compatibility with ferritic steels in order to demonstrate acceptable performance in fusion reactors. As an initial step, static Pb-17at.%Li (Pb-17Li) capsule experiments were conducted on new oxide dispersion strengthened (ODS) FeCrAl alloys ((1) Y2O3 (125Y), (2) Y2O3+ZrO2 (125YZ), (3) Y2O3+HfO2 (125YH), and (4) Y2O3+TiO2 (125YT)) produced at ORNL via mechanical alloying (MA). Tests were conducted in static Pb–17Li for 1000 h at 700°C. Alloys showed promising compatibility with Pb–17Li with small mass change after testing for 125YZ, 125YH and 125YT, while the 125Y alloy experienced the highest mass loss associated with some oxide spallation and subsequent alloy dissolution. X-ray diffraction methods identified the surface reaction product as LiAlO2 on all four alloys. A small decrease (~1 at.%) in Al content beneath the oxide scale was observed in all 4 ODS alloys, which extended through 60 μm beneath the oxide/metal interface. This indicates improvements in alloy dissolution by decreasing the amount of Al loss from the alloy. Scales formed on 125YZ, 125YH and 125YT were examined via scanning transmission electron microscopy (S/TEM) and revealed incorporation of Zr-, Hf-, and Ti-rich precipitates within the LiAlO2 product, respectively. This indicates an inward scale growth mechanism. Future work in flowing Pb–17Li is needed to further evaluate the effectiveness of this strategy in a test blanket module.

  19. Evaluation of Pb-17Li compatibility of ODS Fe-12Cr-5Al alloys

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    Unocic, Kinga A.; Hoelzer, David T.

    2016-07-09

    The Dual Coolant Lead Lithium (DCLL: eutectic Pb–17Li and He) blanket concept requires improved Pb–17Li compatibility with ferritic steels in order to demonstrate acceptable performance in fusion reactors. As an initial step, static Pb-17at.%Li (Pb-17Li) capsule experiments were conducted on new oxide dispersion strengthened (ODS) FeCrAl alloys ((1) Y2O3 (125Y), (2) Y2O3+ZrO2 (125YZ), (3) Y2O3+HfO2 (125YH), and (4) Y2O3+TiO2 (125YT)) produced at ORNL via mechanical alloying (MA). Tests were conducted in static Pb–17Li for 1000 h at 700°C. Alloys showed promising compatibility with Pb–17Li with small mass change after testing for 125YZ, 125YH and 125YT, while the 125Y alloy experienced the highest mass loss associated with some oxide spallation and subsequent alloy dissolution. X-ray diffraction methods identified the surface reaction product as LiAlO2 on all four alloys. A small decrease (~1 at.%) in Al content beneath the oxide scale was observed in all 4 ODS alloys, which extended through 60 μm beneath the oxide/metal interface. This indicates improvements in alloy dissolution by decreasing the amount of Al loss from the alloy. Scales formed on 125YZ, 125YH and 125YT were examined via scanning transmission electron microscopy (S/TEM) and revealed incorporation of Zr-, Hf-, and Ti-rich precipitates within the LiAlO2 product, respectively. This indicates an inward scale growth mechanism. Future work in flowing Pb–17Li is needed to further evaluate the effectiveness of this strategy in a test blanket module.

  20. Length scale of the dendritic microstructure affecting tensile properties of Al-(Ag)-(Cu) alloys

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    Duarte, Roberto N.; Faria, Jonas D.; Brito, Crystopher; Veríssimo, Nathalia C.; Cheung, Noé; Garcia, Amauri

    2016-12-01

    The dependence of tensile properties on the length scale of the dendritic morphology of Al-Cu, Al-Ag and Al-Ag-Cu alloys is experimentally investigated. These alloys were directionally solidified (DS) under a wide range of cooling rates (Ṫ), permitting extensive microstructural scales to be examined. Experimental growth laws are proposed relating the primary dendritic arm spacing, λ1 to Ṫ and tensile properties to λ1. It is shown that the most significant effect of the scale of λ1 on the tensile properties is that of the ternary alloy, which is attributed to the more homogeneous distribution of the eutectic mixture for smaller λ1 and by the combined reinforcement roles of the intermetallics present in the ternary eutectic: Al2Cu and nonequilibrium Ag3Al.

  1. Blanch Resistant and Thermal Barrier NiAl Coating Systems for Advanced Copper Alloys

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    Raj, Sai V. (Inventor)

    2005-01-01

    A method of forming an environmental resistant thermal barrier coating on a copper alloy is disclosed. The steps include cleansing a surface of a copper alloy, depositing a bond coat on the cleansed surface of the copper alloy, depositing a NiAl top coat on the bond coat and consolidating the bond coat and the NiAl top coat to form the thermal barrier coating. The bond coat may be a nickel layer or a layer composed of at least one of copper and chromium-copper alloy and either the bond coat or the NiAl top coat or both may be deposited using a low pressure or vacuum plasma spray.

  2. Superplasticity and hot rolling of two-phase intermetallic alloy based on TiAl

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    Imayev, R.; Shagiev, M.; Salishchev, G.; Imayev, V.; Valitov, V.

    1996-03-15

    The recent investigations of superplasticity (SP) in intermetallic alloys indicate that these materials exhibit lower indices of SP (the relative elongation to rupture) at high enough homologous temperatures and low strain rates compared to conventional alloys. This behavior inhibits application of SP effects in intermetallics. The results of two-phase titanium alloys indicate that the combination of a high stable microstructure with a submicron grain size is necessary to realize the effect of SP at relatively high strain rates. The aim of the present work is to examine the SP behavior of a Ti-46at.%Al intermetallic alloy (TiAl + Ti{sub 3}Al) with micro- and submicron grain sizes and to apply obtained results in hot rolling.

  3. The phenomenon of superplasticity in FeAl-Ti alloy with large grains

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    Li, D.; Shan, A.; Liu, Y.; Lin, D.

    1995-08-01

    The phenomenon of superplasticity in an ordered FeAl based alloy is reported in this paper for the first time. The behavior of superplastic deformation for the FeAl based alloy (Fe-36.5at.%2at.%Ti) with large grains of above 300 {mu}m has been examined at 1,000 C in a strain rate range from 1.39 {times} 10{sup {minus}4}/s to 2.78 {times} 10{sup {minus}2}/s. The maximum elongation of 208% for the FeAl based alloy with large grains has been obtained and the index of strain rate sensitivity, the m value, has a range of values from 0.25 to 0.42. The reason for the large elongation is ascribed to the dynamic recovery and recrystallization during deformation in this large grained alloy at high temperatures.

  4. Study of the δ-Al/Ag superconducting alloy for TES applications

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    Gastaldo, L.; Gallinaro, G.; Gatti, F.; Pergolesi, D.; Gomes, M. Ribeiro; Repetto, P.; Dussoni, S.; Valle, R.; Manfrinetti, P.; Chincarini, A.

    2006-04-01

    Despite the general discard in using Al/Ag alloys as transition edge sensors (TES), primarily due to the persistent instability of these devices, further investigations were conducted on the metallic diffusion processes based on the phase diagram of these systems for periods of more than 9 months. The results demonstrated the formation of a stable superconducting inter-metallic alloy at the sample interface showing an HCP lattice corresponding to the δ-Al/Ag phase alloy. Furthermore, the transition temperature of the alloy depends on the material stoichoimetry and can vary from about 80 mK to more than 100 mK. In this paper, we suggest the R&D continuation of Al/Ag inter-metallic δ-phase as homogeneous stable films for TES applications.

  5. Identification of strengthening phases in Al-Cu-Li alloy Weldalite (tm) 049

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    1991-01-01

    Microstructure property relationships were determined for a family of ultrahigh strength weldable Al-Cu-Li based alloys referred to as Weldalite (tm) alloys. The highest strength variant of this family, Weldalite 049, has a high Cu/Li wt pct. ratio with a nominal composition of Al-6.3Cu-1.3Li-0.4Ag-0.4Mg-0.14Zr. Increasing the alloy's lithium content above 1.3 wt pct. resulted in a decrease in both yield and ultimate tensile strength. Strength was shown to be strongly dependent on lithium content, with a maximum in strength occurring in the range of about 1.1 to 1.4 wt pct. lithium. The strengthening phases present in Weldalite 049 (1.3Li) and an Al-6.3Cu-1.9Li-0.4Mg-0.14Zr alloy were identified using transmission electron microscopy (TEM).

  6. The softening effect of heat-treated strengthened Al-Zn-Mg alloy in welding process

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    Zhang, Xiaohong; Chen, Jingqing; Zhang, Kang; Chen, Hui

    2017-07-01

    Weld joint softening occurs during the welding process of heat-treatable aluminum alloys and strongly influences the mechanical properties. In this work, the softening of heat-treated Al-Zn-Mg alloy was studied in the multipass welding process. By Gleeble-3500 thermal-mechanical simulator, the heat treatment and tensile test with welding thermal cycles were carried out to simulate the microstructure evolution and mechanical softening during multipass welding. After that, the softening mechanism of the HAZ was analyzed by microstructure analysis. The results indicate that the heat-treated Al-Zn-Mg alloy exhibited obvious softening after several thermal cycles with peak temperature higher than 200∘C, and this phenomenon is worse with increasing peak temperature. Based on the microstructure analysis, it was found that the reinforcement phase changes according to the applied thermal cycles, which strongly affects the strength of Al-Zn-Mg alloys.

  7. Porous Ti6Al4V alloys with enhanced normalized fatigue strength for biomedical applications.

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    Li, Fuping; Li, Jinshan; Kou, Hongchao; Zhou, Lian

    2016-03-01

    In this paper, porous Ti6Al4V alloys for biomedical applications were fabricated by diffusion bonding of alloy meshes. The compression-compression fatigue behavior was studied. It results that porous Ti6Al4V alloys show enhanced normalized fatigue strength which is in the range of 0.5-0.55 at 10(6)cycles. The porosity has some effect on the absolute S-N curves but minor effect on the normalized S-N curves. The relationship between strain per cycle and number of cycles shows three distinct stages and the value of strain per cycle is constant in stage II. The reasons for the higher normalized fatigue strength of porous Ti6Al4V alloys are discussed based on the fatigue crack initiation and propagation.

  8. Blanch Resistant and Thermal Barrier NiAl Coating Systems for Advanced Copper Alloys

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    Raj, Sai V. (Inventor)

    2005-01-01

    A method of forming an environmental resistant thermal barrier coating on a copper alloy is disclosed. The steps include cleansing a surface of a copper alloy, depositing a bond coat on the cleansed surface of the copper alloy, depositing a NiAl top coat on the bond coat and consolidating the bond coat and the NiAl top coat to form the thermal barrier coating. The bond coat may be a nickel layer or a layer composed of at least one of copper and chromium-copper alloy and either the bond coat or the NiAl top coat or both may be deposited using a low pressure or vacuum plasma spray.

  9. Studies on 3 and 9 wt. % of B4C particulates reinforced Al7025 alloy composites

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    Nagaral, Madeva; Auradi, V.; Kori, S. A.; Reddappa, H. N.; Jayachandran, Shivaprasad, Veena

    2017-07-01

    In the present investigation sysnthesis, microstructure study and tensile behavior of 3 and 9 weight percentage of B4C particulate reinforced Al7025 alloy composites has been reported. Al7025 matrix composite containing boron carbide were fabricated by conventional liquid stir casting method. The composites containing 3 and 9 wt. % of B4C particulates were fabricated for the study. The microstructure of the composites were examined by scanning electron microscopy. Further, tensile behavior of as cast Al7025 alloy, Al7025-3 wt. % B4C and 9 wt. % B4C composites were studied. Tensile properties like ultimate tensile strength, yield strength and percentage elongation were evaluated as per ASTM standards. Microstructural observation revealed the uniform distribution of particles in the Al7025 alloy matrix. From the analysis, it was found that the ultimate tensile strength and yield strength of composites were increased due to increasing amount of boron carbide particle in the Al7025 alloy matrix. Percentage elongation of the composite decreases with increasing order of B4C particulates in soft Al alloy.

  10. Surface modification of Al alloys and Al-based metal-matrix composites by chemical passivation

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    Mansfeld, F.; Lin, S.; Kim, S.; Shih, H.

    1989-01-01

    Chemical passivation by immersion of Aluminum 6061 and Aluminum 6061/Silicon Carbide and Al 6061/graphite metal matrix composites in a Cerous Chloride solution produces very corrosion resistant surfaces. Al 6061 which had been immersed in 1000 ppm Cerous Chloride for one week did not suffer from pitting corrosion during immersion in aerated 0.5 N Sodium Chloride for 90 days. A comparison with the corrosion resistance of Aluminum alloys treated with chromate conversion coatings shows that chemical passivation provides a valuable alternative to this process. The passivation process in CeCl3 and the corrosion process in NaCl have been monitored continuously with electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) which has been shown to be a very sensitive technique for the evaluation of these reactions. Pitting can be detected by the occurrence of a new time constant at low frequencies and a decrease of the impedance in the capacitive region. A model which describes the impedance for a surface which undergoes pitting and a fitting procedure for the analysis of the experimental EIS-data are presented.

  11. Improve sensitization and corrosion resistance of an Al-Mg alloy by optimization of grain boundaries

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    Yan, Jianfeng; Heckman, Nathan M.; Velasco, Leonardo; Hodge, Andrea M.

    2016-05-01

    The sensitization and subsequent intergranular corrosion of Al-5.3 wt.% Mg alloy has been shown to be an important factor in stress corrosion cracking of Al-Mg alloys. Understanding sensitization requires the review of grain boundary character on the precipitation process which can assist in developing and designing alloys with improved corrosion resistance. This study shows that the degree of precipitation in Al-Mg alloy is dependent on grain boundary misorientation angle, adjacent grain boundary planes and grain boundary types. The results show that the misorientation angle is the most important factor influencing precipitation in grain boundaries of the Al-Mg alloy. Low angle grain boundaries (≤15°) have better immunity to precipitation and grain boundary acid attack. High angle grain boundaries (>15°) are vulnerable to grain boundary acid attack. Grain boundaries with adjacent plane orientations near to {100} have potential for immunity to precipitation and grain boundary acid attack. This work shows that low Σ (Σ ≤ 29) coincident site lattice (CSL) grain boundaries have thinner β precipitates. Modified nitric acid mass loss test and polarization test demonstrated that the global corrosion resistance of sputtered Al-Mg alloy is enhanced. This may be attributed to the increased fractions of low Σ (Σ ≤ 29) CSL grain boundaries after sputtering.

  12. Improve sensitization and corrosion resistance of an Al-Mg alloy by optimization of grain boundaries.

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    Yan, Jianfeng; Heckman, Nathan M; Velasco, Leonardo; Hodge, Andrea M

    2016-05-27

    The sensitization and subsequent intergranular corrosion of Al-5.3 wt.% Mg alloy has been shown to be an important factor in stress corrosion cracking of Al-Mg alloys. Understanding sensitization requires the review of grain boundary character on the precipitation process which can assist in developing and designing alloys with improved corrosion resistance. This study shows that the degree of precipitation in Al-Mg alloy is dependent on grain boundary misorientation angle, adjacent grain boundary planes and grain boundary types. The results show that the misorientation angle is the most important factor influencing precipitation in grain boundaries of the Al-Mg alloy. Low angle grain boundaries (≤15°) have better immunity to precipitation and grain boundary acid attack. High angle grain boundaries (>15°) are vulnerable to grain boundary acid attack. Grain boundaries with adjacent plane orientations near to {100} have potential for immunity to precipitation and grain boundary acid attack. This work shows that low Σ (Σ ≤ 29) coincident site lattice (CSL) grain boundaries have thinner β precipitates. Modified nitric acid mass loss test and polarization test demonstrated that the global corrosion resistance of sputtered Al-Mg alloy is enhanced. This may be attributed to the increased fractions of low Σ (Σ ≤ 29) CSL grain boundaries after sputtering.

  13. Improve sensitization and corrosion resistance of an Al-Mg alloy by optimization of grain boundaries

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    Yan, Jianfeng; Heckman, Nathan M.; Velasco, Leonardo; Hodge, Andrea M.

    2016-01-01

    The sensitization and subsequent intergranular corrosion of Al-5.3 wt.% Mg alloy has been shown to be an important factor in stress corrosion cracking of Al-Mg alloys. Understanding sensitization requires the review of grain boundary character on the precipitation process which can assist in developing and designing alloys with improved corrosion resistance. This study shows that the degree of precipitation in Al-Mg alloy is dependent on grain boundary misorientation angle, adjacent grain boundary planes and grain boundary types. The results show that the misorientation angle is the most important factor influencing precipitation in grain boundaries of the Al-Mg alloy. Low angle grain boundaries (≤15°) have better immunity to precipitation and grain boundary acid attack. High angle grain boundaries (>15°) are vulnerable to grain boundary acid attack. Grain boundaries with adjacent plane orientations near to {100} have potential for immunity to precipitation and grain boundary acid attack. This work shows that low Σ (Σ ≤ 29) coincident site lattice (CSL) grain boundaries have thinner β precipitates. Modified nitric acid mass loss test and polarization test demonstrated that the global corrosion resistance of sputtered Al-Mg alloy is enhanced. This may be attributed to the increased fractions of low Σ (Σ ≤ 29) CSL grain boundaries after sputtering. PMID:27230299

  14. Hydrogen induced surface cracking in an 8090 Al-Li alloy during high cycle fatigue

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    Laffin, C.; Raghunath, C.R.; Lopez, H.F. . Materials Dept.)

    1993-10-01

    In recent years, there has been an increasing interest in understanding the effects of aggressive or moist environments on the properties of Al-Li alloys. However, most of the existing work has been focused on their stress corrosion cracking resistance. Consequently, only a few reports are available on the environmental fatigue strength of these alloys. Upon exposure to aggressive environments, the fatigue crack propagation resistance can be detrimentally affected. R. Piascik and R. Gangloff found enhanced cyclic crack growth rates in an Al-Li-Cu alloy when a critical water vapor pressure was exceeded. Thermodynamically, at atmospheric pressures, strong interactions between hydrogen and lithium are expected to give rise to stable lithium hydrides. Evidence for the development of hydride phases in Al-Li alloys exposed to hydrogen environments has been reported by various workers. Thus, it is likely that HE via hydride formation can be the relevant mechanisms in Al-Li alloys that have been in contact with hydrogen. Since lithium hydrides are stable up to temperatures of 773 K, previous hydrogen exposure can lead to an irreversible mode of embrittlement. Thus, it was the objective of the present work to investigate the effects of hydrogen during aging on the ensuing high cycle fatigue (HCF) performance of an 8090 Al-Li alloy.

  15. Microstructural changes to AlCu6Ni1 alloy after prolonged annealing at elevated temperature.

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    Wierzbińska, M; Sieniawski, J

    2010-03-01

    This work presents results of microstructure examination of AlCu(6)Ni(1) aluminium alloy. The commercial AlCu(4)Ni(2)Mg(2) (M-309) alloy is widely used for elements of aircraft and automotive engines. Modification its chemical composition was aimed at improving the stability of mechanical properties of the alloy subjected to long-term exposure to high temperature. The alloy after standard T6 heat treatment (solution heat treated at 818 K/10 h/water quenched followed by ageing at 498 K/8 h/air cooled) was annealed for 150 h at elevated temperature of 573 K corresponding to the maximum value at which structural elements of jet piston engines made of aluminium alloys operate. It was found that applied heat treatment caused an increasing in the particles of hardening phase (theta'-Al(2)Cu) size. The significant growth of the length of theta'-Al(2)Cu precipitations was observed in particularly. Nevertheless, it did not strongly result in change of its shape - the 'crystallites' and 'rods' were still characteristic of hardening phase morphology. The phenomena of the growth of theta'-Al(2)Cu precipitates caused decreasing the mechanical properties of the alloy, what is the subject of further investigations by the authors.

  16. Study of the feasibility of producing Al-Ni intermetallic compounds by mechanical alloying

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    Mohammed, Kahtan S.; Naeem, Haider T.; Iskak, Siti Nadira

    2016-08-01

    Mechanical alloying (MA) was employed to synthesize Al-Zn-Mg-Cu alloys of high weight percentage of the nickel component from the elemental powders of constituents via high-energy ball milling. The mixed powders underwent 15 h of milling time at 350 rpm speed and 10: 1 balls/powder weight ratio. The samples were cold-compacted and sintered thereafter. The sintered compacts underwent homogenization treatments at various temperatures conditions and were aged at 120°C for 24 h (T6). The milled powders and heat-treated Al alloy products were characterized via X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS). The crystallite sizes and microstrains of the alloyed powder were estimated via measuring the broadening of XRD peaks using the Williamson-Hall equation. The results have revealed that optimum MA time of 15 h has led to the formation of Al-based solid solutions of Zn, Mg, Cu, and Ni. The outcomes showed that the Vickers hardness of the sintered Al-Zn-Mg-Cu compacts of Ni alloys was enhanced following aging at T6 tempering treatments. Higher compression strength of Al-alloys with the addition of 15% nickel was obtained next to the aging treatment.

  17. Nd:YAG laser welding aluminum alloys

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    Jimenez, E. Jr.

    1992-02-01

    Autogenous Nd:YAG laser welding wrought 4047, 1100, 3003, 2219, 5052, 5086, 5456, and 6061 and cast A356 aluminum alloys to cast A356 aluminum alloy in restrained annular weld joints was investigated. The welds were 12.7 mm (0.375 in.) and 9.5 mm (0.375 in.) diameter with approximately 0.30 mm (0.012 in.) penetration. This investigation determined 4047 aluminum alloy to be the optimum alloy for autogenous Nd:YAG laser welding to cast A356 aluminum alloy. This report describes the investigation and its results.

  18. Microstructural evolution during reheating of A356 machining chips at semisolid state

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    Wang, Fang; Zhang, Wen-qiang; Xiao, Wen-long; Yamagata, Hiroshi; Ma, Chao-li

    2017-08-01

    The microstructural evolution of A356 machining chips in the semisolid state was studied at different temperatures and holding times. The results showed that the elongated α-Al grains first recrystallized in the semisolid state and then became globular with a high shape factor (SF). Both the temperature and the holding time clearly affected the grain size and SF. When the heating temperature or holding time was increased, the grain size and SF gradually increased and finally became stable. Moreover, the Vickers hardness of primary α-Al grains gradually decreased with increasing heating temperature. The optimal slurry for semisolid processing, with a good combination of grain size and SF, was obtained when the chips were held at 600°C for 15 min. The semisolid slurry of A356 chips exhibited a lower coarsening rate of α-Al grains than those produced by most of the conventional semisolid processes. The coarsening coefficient was determined to be 436 μm3·s-1 on the basis of the linear Lifshitz-Slyozov-Wagner (LSW) relationship.

  19. Formation of ordered CoAl alloy clusters by the plasma-gas condensation technique

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    Konno, Toyohiko J.; Yamamuro, Saeki; Sumiyama, Kenji

    2001-09-01

    CoxAl1-x alloy clusters were synthesized from a mixture of Co and Al metal vapors generated by the sputtering of pure metal targets. We observed that the produced alloy clusters were uniform in size, ranging from approximately 20 nm for Al-rich clusters to 10 nm for Co-rich clusters. For a wide average composition range (x≈0.4-0.7), the alloy clusters have the ordered B2 (CsCl-type) structure. In the Co-rich cluster aggregates (x=0.76), the clusters are composed of face-centered-cubic (fcc) Co and minor CoAl(B2) clusters. In the Al-rich aggregates (x=0.23), the clusters are mainly composed of the fcc-Al phase, although clusters occasionally possess a "core-shell structure" with the CoAl(B2) phase surrounded by an Al-rich amorphous phase. These observations are in general agreement with our prediction based on the equilibrium phase diagram. We also noticed that the average composition depends not only on the relative amount of Co and Al vapors, but also on their absolute amount, and even on the Ar gas flow rate, which promotes mixing and cooling the two vapors. These findings show that the formation of alloy clusters in vapor phase is strongly influenced by the kinetics of cluster formation, and is a competing process between the approach to equilibrium and the quenching of the whole system.

  20. Bulk Al-Al3Zr composite prepared by mechanical alloying and hot extrusion for high-temperature applications

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    Pourkhorshid, E.; Enayati, M. H.; Sabooni, S.; Karimzadeh, F.; Paydar, M. H.

    2017-08-01

    Bulk Al/Al3Zr composite was prepared by a combination of mechanical alloying (MA) and hot extrusion processes. Elemental Al and Zr powders were milled for up to 10 h and heat treated at 600°C for 1 h to form stable Al3Zr. The prepared Al3Zr powder was then mixed with the pure Al powder to produce an Al-Al3Zr composite. The composite powder was finally consolidated by hot extrusion at 550°C. The mechanical properties of consolidated samples were evaluated by hardness and tension tests at room and elevated temperatures. The results show that annealing of the 10-h-milled powder at 600°C for 1 h led to the formation of a stable Al3Zr phase. Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) results confirmed that the formation of Al3Zr began with the nucleation of a metastable phase, which subsequently transformed to the stable tetragonal Al3Zr structure. The tension yield strength of the Al-10wt%Al3Zr composite was determined to be 103 MPa, which is approximately twice that for pure Al (53 MPa). The yield stress of the Al/Al3Zr composite at 300°C is just 10% lower than that at room temperature, which demonstrates the strong potential for the prepared composite to be used in high-temperature structural applications.

  1. Processing and Properties of Mechanical Alloyed Al93Fe3Cr2Ti2 Alloys

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    2004-10-01

    Nanomaterials, Aluminum Alloys ABSTRACT Nanostructured A193Fe3Ti2Cr2 alloys were prepared via mechanical alloying (MA) starting from elemental powders...2Cr2 . The aluminum powder had a purity of 99.5 wt% with a mean particle size of 70 ^rn, while the corresponding values for iron, chromium and...increases. 2) All aluminum reflections exhibit broadening even after only 2-hours of milling, indicating the grain size reduction and possibly the

  2. Welding and mechanical properties of cast FAPY (Fe-16 at. % Al-based) alloy slabs

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    Sikka, V.K.; Goodwin, G.M.; Alexander, D.J.; Howell, C.R.

    1995-08-01

    The low-aluminum-content iron-aluminum program deals with the development of a Fe-Al alloy with aluminum content such as a produce the minimum environmental effect at room temperature. The FAPY is an Fe-16 at. % Al-based alloy developed at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory as the highest aluminum-containing alloy with essentially no environmental effect. The chemical composition for FAPY in weight percent is: aluminum = 8.46, chromium = 5.50, zirconium = 0.20, carbon = 0.03, molybdenum = 2.00, yttrium = 0.10, and iron = 83.71. The cast ingots of the alloy can be hot worked by extrusion, forging, and rolling processes. The hot- worked cast structure can be cold worked with intermediate anneals at 800{degrees}C. Typical room-temperature ductility of the fine-grained wrought structure is 20 to 25% for this alloy. In contrast to the wrought structure, the cast ductility at room temperature is approximately 1% with a transition temperature of approximately 100 to 150{degrees}C, above which ductility values exceed 20%. The alloy has been melted and processed into bar, sheet, and foil. The alloy has also been cast into slabs, step-blocks of varying thicknesses, and shapes. The purpose of this section is to describe the welding response of cast slabs of three different thicknesses of FAPY alloy. Tensile, creep, and Charpy-impact data of the welded plates are also presented.

  3. Microstructure evolution and tensile mechanical properties of thixoformed high performance Al-Zn-Mg-Cu alloy

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    Chen, Gang; Chen, Qiang; Wang, Bo; Du, Zhi-ming

    2015-09-01

    Al-Zn-Mg-Cu alloys are the strongest aluminum alloys which have been widely used for aerospace applications. They are usually machined from the wrought state usually with a high waste percentage. To reduce waste, it is important to thixoform these alloys in near net shape. In this work, the thixoformability of a commercial high performance Al-Zn-Mg-Cu alloy 7075 was studied. A novel multistep reheating regime was developed in recrystallization and partial melting (RAP) route to obtain spheroidal semi-solid microstructures. The as-extruded 7075 alloy was fully recrystallized for a short holding time using the multistep reheating regime. Semi-solid microstructures with fine and spherical solid grains with a grain size of 40-50 μm embedded in liquid matrix were obtained. The advantage of the multistep reheating regimes over those conventional routes was also discussed. Some wheel-shaped components were thixoformed from the as-received 7075 alloy. The ultimate tensile strength, yield strength and elongation to fracture of the thixoformed component based on multistep reheating regime, are 510 MPa, 446 MPa and 17.5% respectively. These values are superior to those of the products manufactured with the conventional RAP route. As the results indicated, thixoforming could be conducted based on commercial extruded Al-Zn-Mg-Cu alloys, which has important practical significance.

  4. Development of a TiAl Alloy by Spark Plasma Sintering

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    Couret, Alain; Voisin, Thomas; Thomas, Marc; Monchoux, Jean-Philippe

    2017-09-01

    Spark plasma sintering (SPS) is a consolidated powder metallurgy process for which the powder sintering is achieved through an applied electric current. The present article aims to describe the method we employed to develop a TiAl-based alloy adjusted for this SPS process. Owing to its enhanced mechanical properties, this alloy was found to fully match the industrial specifications for the aeronautic and automotive industries, which require a high strength at high temperature and a reasonably good ductility at room temperature. A step-by-step method was followed for this alloy development. Starting from a basic study on the as-SPSed GE alloy (Ti-48Al-2Cr-2Nb) in which the influence of the microstructure was studied, the microstructure-alloy composition relationships were then investigated to increase the mechanical properties. As a result of this study, we concluded that tungsten had to be the major alloying element to improve the resistance at high temperature and a careful addition of boron would serve the properties at room temperature. Thus, we developed the IRIS alloy (Ti-48Al-2W-0.08B). Its microstructure and mechanical properties are described here.

  5. 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.

  6. Recovery of Li from alloys of Al-Li and Li-Al using engineered scavenger compounds

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    Riley, W.D.; Jong, B.W.; Collins, W.K.; Gerdemann, S.J.

    1992-01-01

    The invention relates to a process for obtaining Li metal selectively recovered from Li-Al or Al-Li alloy scrap by: (1) removing Li from aluminum-lithium alloys at temperatures between about 400 C-750 C in a molten salt bath of KC1-LiCl using lithium titanate (Li2O.3TiO2) as an engineered scavenger compound (ESC); and (2) electrodepositing of Li from the loaded ESC to a stainless steel electrode. By use of the second step, the ESC is prepared for reuse. A molten salt bath is required in the invention because of the inability of molten aluminum alloys to wet the ESC.

  7. Certain aspects of the melting, casting and welding of Ni{sub 3}Al alloys

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    Santella, M.L.; Sikka, V.K.

    1994-06-01

    Two alloys under development for castings are IC221M, (nominal composition Ni-8Al-7.7Cr-1.4Mo-1.7Zr wt %), and IC396M (nominal composition Ni-8Al-7.7Cr-3Mo-0.85Zr wt %). These alloys can be melted and cast using the techniques normally used for Ni-based materials. Oxidation of the liquid alloys can be controlled by vacuum processing or inert gas cover during processing. The liquid alloys can react with silica and zircon sands during casting, but this can be controlled through the use of appropriate mold washes like carbon-based materials. Welding studies showed that these alloys are susceptible to solidification cracking in weld fusion zones; the cracks are generally associated with occurrence of Ni-Ni{sub 5}Zr eutectic in interdendritic regions of the weld. Amount of eutectic in the weld microstructures increases with Zr concentration in weld filler metal. Weld filler metal Zr concentrations of 3 wt % and higher prevented solidification cracking of weld deposits on the base casting alloys; This is consistent with accepted phenomonological theory of this process. A weld filler metal with a composition of Ni-8Al-7.7Cr-1.5Mo-3.0Zr wt % was prepared and used to gas tungsten arc weld together 15-mm-thick plates of the IC221M alloy. This weldment was free of cracks. Weldment tensile specimens were machined from the plate and tested at 21, 800, and 900 C. Weldment yield strength at elevated temperatures was higher than room temperature and nearly comparable with that of the base IC221M alloy. Evaluation of the cast Ni{sub 3}Al alloys for furnace furniture, turbocharger rotors, and manufacturing tooling is also briefly discussed.

  8. Development Program for Natural Aging Aluminum Casting Alloys

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    Dr. Geoffrey K. Sigworth

    2004-05-14

    A number of 7xx aluminum casting alloys are based on the ternary Al-Zn-Mg system. These alloys age naturally to high strength at room temperature. A high temperature solution and aging treatment is not required. Consequently, these alloys have the potential to deliver properties nearly equivalent to conventional A356-T6 (Al-Si-Mg) castings, with a significant cost saving. An energy savings is also possible. In spite of these advantages, the 7xx casting alloys are seldom used, primarily because of their reputation for poor castibility. This paper describes the results obtained in a DOE-funded research study of these alloys, which is part of the DOE-OIT ''Cast Metals Industries of the Future'' Program. Suggestions for possible commercial use are also given.

  9. Strain and strain-rate hardening characteristics of a superplastic Al-Li-Cu-Zr alloy

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    Ash, B.A.; Hamilton, C.H.

    1988-02-01

    A number of alloys based on the composition of Al-Li-Zr have been shown to be superplastic under at least one of two different microstructural conditions: 1. fully recrystallized to a fine, stable grain size, and 2. warm- or cold-worked and unrecrystallized prior to superplastic deformation. For the latter case, static recrystallization was impaired by the presence of fine Al/sub 3/Zr particles, and dynamic recrystallization was observed to occur during superplastic deformation in which the heavily worked microstructure evolved into a fine grained fully recrystallized microstructure. This process is observed in other Al alloys as well, such as the Al-Cu-Zr alloys (Supral alloys), Al-Zn-Mg-Zr alloys, Al-Mn-Zr alloys, and Al-Mg-Mn alloys where the dynamic recrystallization has been suggested to be a continuous reaction in which recrystallization occurs by a gradual and homogeneous process during deformation rather than by the more common nucleation and growth process. Experimental observations of continuous recrystallization show development of a subgrain structure which coarsens continuously while deformation proceeds, with a concurrent increase in the misorientation angle between adjacent subgrains which ultimately approaches that of a high-angle boundary, characteristic of a fully- recrystallized microstructure. During the first 50 to 300% deformation, the microstructure evolves from the heavily worked to a fully recrystallized microstructure after which the fully recrystallized microstructure apparently exhibits the typical micro-grain superplastic characteristics. Superplasticity under continuous dynamic recrystallization is of interest both from scientific and technological standpoints since the rates at which superplastic deformation can be obtained are often higher than those for the fully recrystallized microstructures.

  10. Effect of different alloyed layers on the high temperature oxidation behavior of newly developed Ti 2AlNb-based alloys

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    Wu, Hongyan; Zhang, Pingze; Zhao, Haofeng; Wang, Ling; Xie, Aigen

    2011-01-01

    The application of titanium aluminide orthorhombic alloys (O-phase alloys) as potential materials in aircraft and jet engines was limited by their poor oxidation resistance at high temperature. The Ti 2AlNb-based alloys were chromised (Cr), chromium-tungstened (Cr-W) and nickel-chromised (Ni-Cr) by the double glow plasma surface alloying process to improve their high temperature oxidation resistance. The discontinuous oxidative behavior of Cr, Cr-W and Ni-Cr alloyed layers on Ti 2AlNb-based alloy at 1093 K was explored in this study. After exposing at 1093 K, the TiO 2 layer was formed on the bare alloy and accompanied by the occurrence of crack, which promoted oxidation rate. The oxidation behavior of Ti 2AlNb-based alloys was improved by surface alloying due to the formation of protective Al 2O 3 scale or continuous and dense NiCr 2O 4 film. The Ni-Cr alloyed layer presented the best high-temperature oxidation resistance among three alloyed layers.

  11. Development of weldable, corrosion-resistant iron-aluminide (FeAl) alloys

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    Maziasz, P.J.; Goodwin, G.M.; Wang, X.L.; Alexander, D.J.

    1997-04-01

    A boron-microalloyed FeAl alloy (Fe-36Al-0.2Mo-0.05Zr-0.13C, at.%, with 100-400 appm B) with improved weldability and mechanical properties was developed in FY 1994. A new scale-up and industry technology development phase for this work began in FY 1995, pursuing two parallel paths. One path was developing monolithic FeAl component and application technology, and the other was developing coating/cladding technology for alloy steels, stainless steels and other Fe-Cr-Ni alloys. In FY 1995, it was found that cast FeAl alloys had good strength at 700-750{degrees}C, and some (2.5%) ductility in air at room-temperature. Hot-extruded FeAl with refined grain size was found to have ductility and to also have good impact-toughness at room-temperature. Further, it was discovered that powder-metallurgy (P/M) FeAl, consolidated by direct hot-extrusion at 950-1000{degrees}C to have an ultra fine-grained microstructure, had the highest ductility, strength and impact-toughness ever seen in such intermetallic alloys.

  12. Deformation Behavior and Dynamic Recrystallization of Micro-Alloyed Mg-Al-Ca Alloys During High Temperature Deformation

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    Su, Jing; Kabir, Abu Syed Humaun; Jung, In-Ho; Yue, Steve

    Two micro-alloyed magnesium alloys, Mg-0.3Al-0.2Ca (AX0302) and Mg-0.1Al-0.5Ca (AX0105), were designed based on the thermodynamics calculation in terms of precipitation temperature. Hot compression tests were conducted at temperatures of 300°C, 350°C and 400°C with strain rates of 0.1s-1, 0.01s-1 and 0.001s-1. Dynamic precipitation of Al2Ca could be found below 400°C in AX0302, while Mg2Ca dynamically formed in AX0105 during deformation at all three temperatures. At high temperature and low strain rate (400°C at 0.01s-1 and 0.001s-1 and 350°C at 0.001s-1), DRX mainly developed at the grain boundaries and formed necklace type microstructure in both alloys. However, at lower temperature and higher strain rate, DRX grains formed at both grain boundaries and twinning boundaries. The combination effect of twinning and dynamic precipitation on dynamic recrystallization was studied by comparing with two alloys.

  13. Microstructure and erosive wear behaviors of Ti6Al4V alloy treated by plasma Ni alloying

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    Wang, Z. X.; Wu, H. R.; Shan, X. L.; Lin, N. M.; He, Z. Y.; Liu, X. P.

    2016-12-01

    The Ni modified layers were prepared on the surface of Ti6Al4V substrate by the plasma surface alloying technique. The surface and cross-section morphology, element concentration and phase composition were investigated by thermal field emission scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and glow discharge optical emission spectroscopy (GDOES), X-ray diffraction (XRD), respectively. The cross-section nano-scale hardness of the Ni modified layer was measured by nanoindenter. The results showed that the Ni modified layers exhibited triple-layer structure and continuous gradient distribution of the concentration. From the surface to the matrix, they were 2 μm Ni deposition layer, 8 μm Ni-rich alloying layer including the phases of Ni3Ti, NiTi, Ti2Ni, AlNi3 and 24 μm Ni-poor alloying layer forming the solid solution of nickel. With increasing of the thickness of the Ni modified layer, the microhardness increased first, reached the climax, then gradient decreased. The erosion tests were performed on the surfaces of the untreated and treated Ti6Al4V samples using MSE (Micro-slurry-jet Erosion) method. The experiment results showed that the wear rate of every layer showed different values, and the Ni-rich alloying layer was the lowest. The strengthening mechanism of the Ni modified layer showed micro-cutting wearing.

  14. Nanoparticle-Induced Superior Hot Tearing Resistance of A206 Alloy

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    Choi, Hongseok; Cho, Woo-hyun; Konishi, Hiromi; Kou, Sindo; Li, Xiaochun

    2013-04-01

    Al- Cu alloys (such as A206) offer high strength and high fracture toughness at both room and elevated temperatures. However, their widespread applications are limited because of their high susceptibility to hot tearing. This article presents a nanotechnology approach to enhance hot-tearing resistance for A206. Specifically, γ-Al2O3 nanoparticles were used, and their effects on the hot-tearing resistance of the as-cast Al-4.5Cu alloy (A206) were investigated. While it is well known that grain refinement can improve the hot-tearing resistance of cast Al alloys, the current study demonstrated that nanoparticles can be much more effective in the case of A206. The hot-tearing susceptibilities (HTSs) of A206 alloy and its Al2O3 nanocomposite were evaluated by constrained rod casting (CRC) with a steel mold. Monolithic A206 and M206 (the Ti-free version of A206) alloys with the B contents of 20, 40, and 300 ppm from an Al-5Ti-1B master alloy addition were also cast under the same conditions for comparison. The results showed that with an addition of 1 wt pct γ-Al2O3 nanoparticles, the extent of hot tearing in A206 alloys was markedly reduced to nearly that of A356, an Al-Si alloy highly resistant to hot tearing. As compared with grain-refined A206 or M206, the hot-tearing resistance of the nanocomposites was significantly better, even though the grain size was not reduced as much. Microstructural analysis suggested that γ-Al2O3 nanoparticles modified the solidification microstructure of the eutectic of θ-Al2Cu and α-Al, as well as refined primary grains, resulting in the enhancement of the hot-tearing resistance of A206 to a level similar to that of A356 alloy.

  15. Synthesis of Al2Ca Dispersoids by Powder Metallurgy Using a Mg–Al Alloy and CaO Particles

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    Fujita, Junji; Umeda, Junko; Kondoh, Katsuyoshi

    2017-01-01

    The elemental mixture of Mg-6 wt %Al-1 wt %Zn-0.3 wt %Mn (AZ61B) alloy powder and CaO particles was consolidated by an equal-channel angular bulk mechanical alloying (ECABMA) process to form a composite precursor. Subsequently, the precursor was subjected to a heat treatment to synthesize fine Al2Ca particles via a solid-state reaction between the Mg–Al matrix and CaO additives. Scanning electron microscopy-energy-dispersive spectroscopy (SEM-EDS) and electron probe micro-analysis on the precursor indicated that 4.7-at % Al atoms formed a supersaturated solid solution in the α-Mg matrix. Transmission electron microscopy-EDS and X-ray diffraction analyses on the AZ61B composite precursor with 10-vol % CaO particles obtained by heat treatment confirmed that CaO additives were thermally decomposed in the Mg–Al alloy, and the solid-soluted Ca atoms diffused along the α-Mg grain boundaries. Al atoms also diffused to the grain boundaries because of attraction to the Ca atoms resulting from a strong reactivity between Al and Ca. As a result, needle-like (Mg,Al)2Ca intermetallics were formed as intermediate precipitates in the initial reaction stage during the heat treatment. Finally, the precipitates were transformed into spherical Al2Ca particles by the substitution of Al atoms for Mg atoms in (Mg,Al)2Ca after a long heat treatment. PMID:28773074

  16. Electrochemical corrosion behavior and elasticity properties of Ti-6Al-xFe alloys for biomedical applications.

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    Lu, Jinwen; Zhao, Yongqing; Niu, Hongzhi; Zhang, Yusheng; Du, Yuzhou; Zhang, Wei; Huo, Wangtu

    2016-05-01

    The present study is to investigate the microstructural characteristics, electrochemical corrosion behavior and elasticity properties of Ti-6Al-xFe alloys with Fe addition for biomedical application, and Ti-6Al-4V alloy with two-phase (α+β) microstructure is also studied as a comparison. Microstructural characterization reveals that the phase and crystal structure are sensitive to the Fe content. Ti-6Al alloy displays feather-like hexagonal α phase, and Ti-6Al-1Fe exhibits coarse lath structure of hexagonal α phase and a small amount of β phase. Ti-6Al-2Fe and Ti-6Al-4Fe alloys are dominated by elongated, equiaxed α phase and retained β phase, but the size of α phase particle in Ti-6Al-4Fe alloy is much smaller than that in Ti-6Al-2Fe alloy. The corrosion resistance of these alloys is determined in SBF solution at 37 °C. It is found that the alloys spontaneously form a passive oxide film on their surface after immersion for 500 s, and then they are stable for polarizations up to 0 VSCE. In comparison with Ti-6Al and Ti-6Al-4V alloys, Ti-6Al-xFe alloys exhibit better corrosion resistance with lower anodic current densities, larger polarization resistances and higher open-circuit potentials. The passive layers show stable characteristics, and the wide frequency ranges displaying capacitive characteristics occur for high iron contents. Elasticity experiments are performed to evaluate the elasticity property at room temperature. Ti-6Al-4Fe alloy has the lowest Young's modulus (112 GPa) and exhibits the highest strength/modulus ratios as large as 8.6, which is similar to that of c.p. Ti (8.5). These characteristics of Ti-6Al-xFe alloys form the basis of a great potential to be used as biomedical implantation materials.

  17. Single-Crystal NiAl-X Alloys Tested for Hot Corrosion

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    Nesbitt, James A.

    1999-01-01

    Single-crystal nickel aluminide (NiAl) has been investigated extensively throughout the last several years as a potential structural material in aero-gas turbine engines. The attractive features of NiAl in comparison to Ni-base superalloys include a higher melting point, lower density, higher thermal conductivity, and excellent oxidation resistance. However, NiAl suffers from a lack of ductility and fracture toughness at low temperatures and a low creep strength at high temperatures. Alloying additions of hafnium (Hf), gallium (Ga), titanium (Ti), and chromium (Cr) have each shown some benefit to the mechanical properties over that of the binary alloy. However, the collective effect of these alloying additions on the environmental resistance of NiAl-X was unclear. Hence, the present study was undertaken to examine the hot corrosion behavior of these alloys. A companion study examined the cyclic oxidation resistance of these alloys. Several single-crystal NiAl-X alloys (where X is Hf, Ti, Cr, or Ga) underwent hot corrosion testing in a Mach 0.3 burner rig at the NASA Lewis Research Center. Samples were tested for up to 300 1-hr cycles at a temperature of 900 C. It was found that increasing the Ti content from 1 to 5 at.% degraded the hot corrosion behavior. This decline in the behavior was reflected in high weight gains and large corrosion mound formation during testing (see the figures). However, the addition of 1 to 2 at.% Cr to alloys containing 4 to 5 at.% Ti appeared to greatly reduce the susceptibility of these alloys to hot corrosion attack and negated the deleterious effect of the increased Ti addition.

  18. Hydrogen effects on the mechanical properties of Al-Li 2090 alloy in an acid environment

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    Velez, E.; Sundaram, P.A.

    1998-01-06

    Although aluminum-lithium alloys are attractive materials for aeronautic and aerospace applications because of their lower density and higher elastic modulus compared to conventional aluminum alloys, their bane is their poor ductility and susceptibility to environment induced cracking (EIC). EIC of Al-Li alloys has been fairly well researched and the role of hydrogen in causing this phenomenon has been proposed. Of the various mechanisms proposed to explain the phenomenon of hydrogen embrittlement (HE) in Al-Li alloys, the formation of brittle hydrides, LiH and LiAlH{sub 4} has been indicated as the cause of embrittlement. This mechanism has been accepted widely, both for precharged specimens and in stress-corrosion cracking. Literature is not consistent with regard to the phenomenon of HE in Al-Li alloys, believed to be due to the widely varying experimental conditions used by each group of investigators. There is also no general agreement on the effect of aging temper on HE in these alloys. Some investigators note that the HE resistance is poor for the overaged (OA) condition while others claim the underaged (UA) temper as having poor resistance to HE. Some others have also reported that the peak aged (PA) temper is most resistant to HE. Most studies of HE for the Al-Li alloy system has been carried out in a NaOH environment. The main objective of this study is to obtain an understanding of the effect of hydrogen on the mechanical properties of a 2090 commercial alloy using electrolytic charging conditions in an acid environment for different tempers.

  19. Three orthogonal ultrasounds fabricate uniform ternary Al-Sn-Cu immiscible alloy

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    Zhai, W.; Wang, B. J.; Liu, H. M.; Hu, L.; Wei, B.

    2016-11-01

    The production of Al based monotectic alloys with uniform microstructure is usually difficult due to the large density difference between the two immiscible liquid phases, which limits the application of such alloys. Here, we apply three orthogonal ultrasounds during the liquid phase separation process of ternary Al71.9Sn20.4Cu7.7 immiscible alloy. A uniform microstructure consisting of fine secondary (Sn) phase dispersed on Al-rich matrix is fabricated in the whole alloy sample with a large size of 30 × 30 × 100 mm. The numerical calculation results indicate that the coupled effect of three ultrasounds promotes the sound pressure level and consequently enlarges the cavitation zone within the alloy melt. The strong shockwaves produced by cavitation prevent the (Sn) droplets from coalescence, and keep them suspended in the parent Al-rich liquid phase. This accounts for the formation of homogeneous composite structures. Thus the introduction of three orthogonal ultrasounds is an effective way to suppress the macrosegregation caused by liquid phase separation and produce bulk immiscible alloys with uniform structures.

  20. Radiation tolerance of neutron-irradiated model Fe-Cr-Al alloys

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    Field, Kevin G.; Hu, Xunxiang; Littrell, Kenneth C.; Yamamoto, Yukinori; Snead, Lance Lewis

    2015-07-14

    The Fe Cr Al alloy system has the potential to form an important class of enhanced accident-tolerant cladding materials in the nuclear power industry owing to the alloy system's higher oxidation resistance in high-temperature steam environments compared with traditional zirconium-based alloys. However, radiation tolerance of Fe Cr Al alloys has not been fully established. In this study, a series of Fe Cr Al alloys with 10 18 wt % Cr and 2.9 4.9 wt % Al were neutron irradiated at 382 C to 1.8 dpa to investigate the irradiation-induced microstructural and mechanical property evolution as a function of alloy composition. Dislocation loops with Burgers vector of a/2 111 and a 100 were detected and quantified. Results indicate precipitation of Cr-rich is primarily dependent on the bulk chromium composition. Mechanical testing of sub-size-irradiated tensile specimens indicates the hardening response seen after irradiation is dependent on the bulk chromium composition. Furthermore, a structure property relationship was developed; it indicated that the change in yield strength after irradiation is caused by the formation of these radiation-induced defects and is dominated by the large number density of Cr-rich α' precipitates at sufficiently high chromium contents after irradiation.

  1. Three orthogonal ultrasounds fabricate uniform ternary Al-Sn-Cu immiscible alloy.

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    Zhai, W; Wang, B J; Liu, H M; Hu, L; Wei, B

    2016-11-14

    The production of Al based monotectic alloys with uniform microstructure is usually difficult due to the large density difference between the two immiscible liquid phases, which limits the application of such alloys. Here, we apply three orthogonal ultrasounds during the liquid phase separation process of ternary Al71.9Sn20.4Cu7.7 immiscible alloy. A uniform microstructure consisting of fine secondary (Sn) phase dispersed on Al-rich matrix is fabricated in the whole alloy sample with a large size of 30 × 30 × 100 mm. The numerical calculation results indicate that the coupled effect of three ultrasounds promotes the sound pressure level and consequently enlarges the cavitation zone within the alloy melt. The strong shockwaves produced by cavitation prevent the (Sn) droplets from coalescence, and keep them suspended in the parent Al-rich liquid phase. This accounts for the formation of homogeneous composite structures. Thus the introduction of three orthogonal ultrasounds is an effective way to suppress the macrosegregation caused by liquid phase separation and produce bulk immiscible alloys with uniform structures.

  2. Suppression of alloy fluctuations in GaAs-AlGaAs core-shell nanowires

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    Loitsch, Bernhard; Winnerl, Julia; Parzinger, Eric; Matich, Sonja; Wurstbauer, Ursula; Riedl, Hubert; Abstreiter, Gerhard; Finley, Jonathan J.; Koblmüller, Gregor; Jeon, Nari; Lauhon, Lincoln J.; Döblinger, Markus

    2016-08-29

    Probing localized alloy fluctuations and controlling them by growth kinetics have been relatively limited so far in nanoscale structures such as semiconductor nanowires (NWs). Here, we demonstrate the tuning of alloy fluctuations in molecular beam epitaxially grown GaAs-AlGaAs core-shell NWs by modifications of shell growth temperature, as investigated by correlated micro-photoluminescence, scanning transmission electron microscopy, and atom probe tomography. By reducing the shell growth temperature from T > 600 °C to below 400 °C, we find a strong reduction in alloy fluctuation mediated sharp-line luminescence, concurrent with a decrease in the non-randomness of the alloy distribution in the AlGaAs shell. This trend is further characterized by a change in the alloy compositional structure from unintentional quasi-superlattices of Ga- and Al-rich AlGaAs layers at high T to a nearly homogeneous random alloy distribution at low T.

  3. Database on Performance of Neutron Irradiated FeCrAl Alloys

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    Field, Kevin G.; Briggs, Samuel A.; Littrell, Ken; Parish, Chad M.; Yamamoto, Yukinori

    2016-08-01

    The present report summarizes and discusses the database on radiation tolerance for Generation I, Generation II, and commercial FeCrAl alloys. This database has been built upon mechanical testing and microstructural characterization on selected alloys irradiated within the High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) up to doses of 13.8 dpa at temperatures ranging from 200°C to 550°C. The structure and performance of these irradiated alloys were characterized using advanced microstructural characterization techniques and mechanical testing. The primary objective of developing this database is to enhance the rapid development of a mechanistic understanding on the radiation tolerance of FeCrAl alloys, thereby enabling informed decisions on the optimization of composition and microstructure of FeCrAl alloys for application as an accident tolerant fuel (ATF) cladding. This report is structured to provide a brief summary of critical results related to the database on radiation tolerance of FeCrAl alloys.

  4. Microstructural control of Ti-Al-Mo-Nb alloy system with respect to variation of B

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    Kim, Minseok; Choi, Kwangsoo; Zhu, Jun; Zhang, Fan; Song, Youngbuem; Kim, Youngwon; Yi, Seonghoon; Park, Joon Sik

    2017-07-01

    In the current study, phase stability of Ti-Al-Mo-Nb alloys was investigated, and the effect of B addition was examined for cast alloys. The fabricated cast alloys were mainly composed of α2 / γ lamellar with a β phase, when they were heat treated at 1100 °C followed by air cooling, the alloy was composed of α2 / γ lamellar with γ+β necklace phase at the colony boundary for the Ti-45Al-3Mo-2Nb-1B alloy, and the colony size was refined to 20 μm. In order to identify the effect of the microstructures on mechanical strength, compressive tests were performed on the fabricated alloys of Ti-45Al-3Mo-2Nb and Ti-45Al-3Mo-2Nb-1B at room temperature and at 800 °C. The microstructural variations and phase stability were discussed in terms of pseudo-binary phase diagram calculated by Pandat software™.

  5. Radiation tolerance of neutron-irradiated model Fe-Cr-Al alloys

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    Field, Kevin G.; Hu, Xunxiang; Littrell, Kenneth C.; ...

    2015-07-14

    The Fe Cr Al alloy system has the potential to form an important class of enhanced accident-tolerant cladding materials in the nuclear power industry owing to the alloy system's higher oxidation resistance in high-temperature steam environments compared with traditional zirconium-based alloys. However, radiation tolerance of Fe Cr Al alloys has not been fully established. In this study, a series of Fe Cr Al alloys with 10 18 wt % Cr and 2.9 4.9 wt % Al were neutron irradiated at 382 C to 1.8 dpa to investigate the irradiation-induced microstructural and mechanical property evolution as a function of alloy composition.more » Dislocation loops with Burgers vector of a/2 111 and a 100 were detected and quantified. Results indicate precipitation of Cr-rich is primarily dependent on the bulk chromium composition. Mechanical testing of sub-size-irradiated tensile specimens indicates the hardening response seen after irradiation is dependent on the bulk chromium composition. Furthermore, a structure property relationship was developed; it indicated that the change in yield strength after irradiation is caused by the formation of these radiation-induced defects and is dominated by the large number density of Cr-rich α' precipitates at sufficiently high chromium contents after irradiation.« less

  6. Radiation tolerance of neutron-irradiated model Fe-Cr-Al alloys

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    Field, Kevin G.; Hu, Xunxiang; Littrell, Kenneth C.; Yamamoto, Yukinori; Snead, Lance L.

    2015-10-01

    The Fe-Cr-Al alloy system has the potential to form an important class of enhanced accident-tolerant cladding materials in the nuclear power industry owing to the alloy system's higher oxidation resistance in high-temperature steam environments compared with traditional zirconium-based alloys. However, radiation tolerance of Fe-Cr-Al alloys has not been fully established. In this study, a series of Fe-Cr-Al alloys with 10-18 wt % Cr and 2.9-4.9 wt % Al were neutron irradiated at 382 °C to 1.8 dpa to investigate the irradiation-induced microstructural and mechanical property evolution as a function of alloy composition. Dislocation loops with Burgers vector of a/2〈111〉 and a〈100〉 were detected and quantified. Results indicate precipitation of Cr-rich α‧ is primarily dependent on the bulk chromium composition. Mechanical testing of sub-size-irradiated tensile specimens indicates the hardening response seen after irradiation is dependent on the bulk chromium composition. A structure-property relationship was developed; it indicated that the change in yield strength after irradiation is caused by the formation of these radiation-induced defects and is dominated by the large number density of Cr-rich α‧ precipitates at sufficiently high chromium contents after irradiation.

  7. Three orthogonal ultrasounds fabricate uniform ternary Al-Sn-Cu immiscible alloy

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    Zhai, W.; Wang, B. J.; Liu, H. M.; Hu, L.; Wei, B.

    2016-01-01

    The production of Al based monotectic alloys with uniform microstructure is usually difficult due to the large density difference between the two immiscible liquid phases, which limits the application of such alloys. Here, we apply three orthogonal ultrasounds during the liquid phase separation process of ternary Al71.9Sn20.4Cu7.7 immiscible alloy. A uniform microstructure consisting of fine secondary (Sn) phase dispersed on Al-rich matrix is fabricated in the whole alloy sample with a large size of 30 × 30 × 100 mm. The numerical calculation results indicate that the coupled effect of three ultrasounds promotes the sound pressure level and consequently enlarges the cavitation zone within the alloy melt. The strong shockwaves produced by cavitation prevent the (Sn) droplets from coalescence, and keep them suspended in the parent Al-rich liquid phase. This accounts for the formation of homogeneous composite structures. Thus the introduction of three orthogonal ultrasounds is an effective way to suppress the macrosegregation caused by liquid phase separation and produce bulk immiscible alloys with uniform structures. PMID:27841283

  8. Synthesis of Bulk Nanostructured Al Alloys with Ultra-high Strength for Army Applications

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    2010-07-19

    study the phase transformation reactions that occur in Al85Ni10La5 alloy during mechanical milling, fully and partially amorphous AlNiLa ribbons ...were blended with micron sized, as-received powders (70% cryomilled + 30% as-received, wt/wt) using a V-shape blender for 10 hrs in an argon

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

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

    2015-10-01

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

  10. Ion beam mixing to produce disordered AlSi superconducting alloys

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    Xiao-Xing, Xi; Qi-Ze, Ran; Jia-Rui, Liu; Wei-Yan, Guan

    1987-03-01

    Multilayered Al/Si films were bombarded with Ar ions at LHe temperature and superconducting transition temperature T c was measured in situ. The highest T c thus obtained was 7.53 K. The systematic studies on samples with different compositions suggest that ion induced disorder might be the main reason for T c enhancement in these AlSi alloys.

  11. Aging Behavior of High-Strength Al Alloy 2618 Produced by Selective Laser Melting

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    Casati, Riccardo; Lemke, Jannis Nicolas; Alarcon, Adrianni Zanatta; Vedani, Maurizio

    2017-02-01

    High Si-bearing Al alloys are commonly used in additive manufacturing, but they have moderate mechanical properties. New high-strength compositions are necessary to spread the use of additively manufactured Al parts for heavy-duty structural applications. This work focuses on the microstructure, mechanical behavior, and aging response of an Al alloy 2618 processed by selective laser melting. Calorimetric analysis, electron microscopy, and compression tests were performed in order to correlate the mechanical properties with the peculiar microstructure induced by laser melting and thermal treatments

  12. Development of powder metallurgy 2XXX series Al alloys for high temperature aircraft structural applications

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    Chellman, D. J.

    1984-01-01

    The objective of the present investigation was to improve the strength and fracture toughness combination of P/M 2124 Al alloys in accordance with NASA program goals for damage tolerance and fatigue resistance. Two (2) P/M compositions based on Al-3.70 Cu-1.85 Mg-0.20 Mn with 0.12 and 0.60 wt. pct. Zr were selected for investigation. The rapid solidification rates produced by atomization were observed to prohibit the precipitation of coarse, primary Al3Zr in both alloys. A major portion of the Zr precipitated as finely distributed, coherent Al3Zr phases during vacuum preheating and solution heat treatment. The proper balance between Cu and Mg contents eliminated undissolved, soluble constituents such as Al2CuMg and Al2Cu during atomization. The resultant extruded microstructures produced a unique combination of strength and fracture toughness. An increase in the volume fraction of coherent Al3Zr, unlike incoherent Al20Cu2Mn3 dispersoids, strengthened the P/M Al base alloy either directly by dislocation-precipitate interactions, indirectly by a retardation of recrystallization, or a combination of both mechanisms. Furthermore, coherent Al3Zr does not appear to degrade toughness to the extent that incoherent Al20Cu2Mn3 does. Consequently, the addition of 0.60 wt. pct. Zr to the base alloy, incorporated with a 774K (935 F) solution heat treatment temperature, produces an alloy which exceeds all tensile property and fracture toughness goals for damage tolerant and fatigue resistant applications in the naturally aged condition.

  13. Research of Mechanical Property Gradient Distribution of Al-Cu Alloy in Centrifugal Casting

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    Sun, Zhi; Sui, Yanwei; Liu, Aihui; Li, Bangsheng; Guo, Jingjie

    Al-Cu alloy castings are obtained using centrifugal casting. The regularity of mechanical property gradient distribution of Al-Cu alloy castings with the same centrifugal radius at different positions is investigated. The result shows that the tensile strength, yield strength, elongation and microscope hardness exhibit the following gradient distribution characteristic — high on both sides and low on the center. The trend of mechanical property gradient distribution of Al-Cu alloy increases with the increase in the rotation speed. Moreover, the mechanical properties of casting centerline two sides have asymmetry. The reason is that the grain size of casting centerline two sides and Al2Cu phase and Cu content change correspondingly.

  14. Designing Gamma TiAl Alloys (K5 Based) for Use at 840 C and Above

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    Kim, Young-Won; Kim, Sang-Lan

    2002-01-01

    The objective of this program was to investigate how carbon additions and Al content variation affects RT tensile properties and creep performance in gamma TiAl alloys. On the basis of the results from the work four alloys were selected within the composition range of Ti-(44.7-47.0) Al-(1.0-1.7)Cr-3.0Nb-0.2W-0.2B-(0.23-0.43)C-(0, 0.2)Si. Through extensive annealing/aging experiments, detailed observations of microstructure evolution, property measurements and analyses, comprehensive understanding was made in the carbide formation process. It was found that creep properties depend on the distribution of carbide particles, which is controlled not only by the aging process but also the amount ratio fo Al and carbon. From the results and analysis, new creep-resistant alloy compositions are suggested for further development.

  15. Magnetocaloric effects in Er1−xTbxAl2 alloys

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    Khan, Mahmud; Gschneidner, Jr., K.A.; Pecharsky, V.K.

    2010-04-21

    The magnetocaloric properties of the (Er{sub 1-x}Tb{sub x})Al{sub 2} alloys have been evaluated by magnetization and heat capacity measurements. It is shown that by partial substitution of Er by Tb the ferromagnetic ordering temperature of (Er{sub 1-x}Tb{sub x})Al{sub 2} can be tuned over a wide range of temperatures, that is from 13 K (ErAl{sub 2}) to 110 K (TbAl{sub 2}). Over the entire temperature range the alloy system exhibits large magnetocaloric effect. For a field change of 5 T, the observed magnetic entropy changes peaks from -18 J/kg K (x = 0.20) to -12 J/kg K (x = 0.90). The adiabatic temperature changes measured for selected alloys in the series show a maximum value of 6 K when the magnetic field is changed from 0 to 5 T.

  16. Mapping of Diffusion and Nanohardness Properties of Fcc Co-Al-V Alloys Using Ternary Diffusion Couples

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    Wang, Chuanyun; Xu, Guanglong; Cui, Yuwen

    2017-07-01

    Ternary diffusion behavior in Co-Al-V ternary alloys was investigated at 1373 K and 1473 K (1100 °C and 1200 °C) by the solid-state diffusion-couple technique. The extraction and interpolation of diffusion data allows the diffusion properties of Fcc Co-Al-V alloys to be mapped in the composition arrays of Al and V. A full picture of the diffusion properties was then constructed by interpolating all accessible interdiffusivities and impurity diffusivities of Co-Al binary and Co-Al-V ternary with a Redlich-Kister polynomial, in a graphic manner depicting a rapid increase of Al diffusion with increasing Al and a weak decrease with the V addition alone. Further incorporation of a nanoindentation technique enables the nanohardness property of the Co-Al-V fcc alloys to be screened in the Al and V arrays. The hardenability in the Co-Al-V alloy system has been evidenced; specifically, the alloy arrays containing higher contents of V, being solution-and-quenching processed, exhibit more effective strengthening than those with the addition of Al. The discovery of Co-Al-V alloys with comparable nanohardness but differing alloy compositions could facilitate the strengthening design of next generation Co-based alloys.

  17. Mapping of Diffusion and Nanohardness Properties of Fcc Co-Al-V Alloys Using Ternary Diffusion Couples

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    Wang, Chuanyun; Xu, Guanglong; Cui, Yuwen

    2017-09-01

    Ternary diffusion behavior in Co-Al-V ternary alloys was investigated at 1373 K and 1473 K (1100 °C and 1200 °C) by the solid-state diffusion-couple technique. The extraction and interpolation of diffusion data allows the diffusion properties of Fcc Co-Al-V alloys to be mapped in the composition arrays of Al and V. A full picture of the diffusion properties was then constructed by interpolating all accessible interdiffusivities and impurity diffusivities of Co-Al binary and Co-Al-V ternary with a Redlich-Kister polynomial, in a graphic manner depicting a rapid increase of Al diffusion with increasing Al and a weak decrease with the V addition alone. Further incorporation of a nanoindentation technique enables the nanohardness property of the Co-Al-V fcc alloys to be screened in the Al and V arrays. The hardenability in the Co-Al-V alloy system has been evidenced; specifically, the alloy arrays containing higher contents of V, being solution-and-quenching processed, exhibit more effective strengthening than those with the addition of Al. The discovery of Co-Al-V alloys with comparable nanohardness but differing alloy compositions could facilitate the strengthening design of next generation Co-based alloys.

  18. Evolution of Fe Bearing Intermetallics During DC Casting and Homogenization of an Al-Mg-Si Al Alloy

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    Kumar, S.; Grant, P. S.; O'Reilly, K. A. Q.

    2016-06-01

    The evolution of iron (Fe) bearing intermetallics (Fe-IMCs) during direct chill casting and homogenization of a grain-refined 6063 aluminum-magnesium-silicon (Al-Mg-Si) alloy has been studied. The as-cast and homogenized microstructure contained Fe-IMCs at the grain boundaries and within Al grains. The primary α-Al grain size, α-Al dendritic arm spacing, IMC particle size, and IMC three-dimensional (3D) inter-connectivity increased from the edge to the center of the as-cast billet; both α c-AlFeSi and β-AlFeSi Fe-IMCs were identified, and overall α c-AlFeSi was predominant. For the first time in industrial billets, the different Fe-rich IMCs have been characterized into types based on their 3D chemistry and morphology. Additionally, the role of β-AlFeSi in nucleating Mg2Si particles has been identified. After homogenization, α c-AlFeSi predominated across the entire billet cross section, with marked changes in the 3D morphology and strong reductions in inter-connectivity, both supporting a recovery in alloy ductility.

  19. The microstructure and mechanical properties of Al-containing 9Cr ODS ferritic alloy

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    Zhang, Guangming; Zhou, Zhangjian; Mo, Kun; Wang, Pinghuai; Li, Shaofu; Wang, Man; Liu, Xiang; Gong, Mengqiang; Almer, Jonathan; Stubbins, James F.

    2015-11-05

    In this study, a 9Cr oxide-dispersion strengthened (ODS) alloy with additional corrosion resistant element Al was fabricated by mechanical alloying (MA) and hot pressing (HP) to explore the impact of Al on the microstructure and mechanical property of a 9Cr ODS alloy. It is found that the Al completely dissolved into the FeeCr matrix after milling for 30 h. The minor phases in the Al-containing 9Cr ODS ferritic alloy were investigated by a high-energy X-ray, and were identified to be orthorhombic-YAlO3 (YAP), bcc-Y3Al5O12 (YAG), monoclinic-Al2Y4O9 (YAM), and hexagonal-YAlO3 (YAH). These phases were further confirmed by selected area diffraction pattern (SADP), energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS), and high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM). In addition, their volume fractions were also calculated from the integrated intensities. According to the analysis of the particles and their formation sequences, the larger particles (greater than 100 nm) are identified as mainly YAG and Al2O3 particles, while the particles with small size (less than 30 nm) are likely primarily YAM, YAH, and YAP particles. The yielding strength (YS) and ultimate tensile strength (UTS) at RT are 563 MPa and 744 MPa, respectively, while the YS and UTS at 700 C are 245 MPa and 276 MPa, respectively. Although the addition Al in ODS alloys decreases the strength at RT, the values at high temperature are similar to those obtained for 9Cr ODS alloys strengthened by fine YeTieO particles.

  20. Influence of Ultrasound Treatment on Cavitation Erosion Resistance of AlSi7 Alloy

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    Pola, Annalisa; Montesano, Lorenzo; Tocci, Marialaura; La Vecchia, Giovina Marina

    2017-01-01

    Ultrasound treatment of liquid aluminum alloys is known to improve mechanical properties of castings. Aluminum foundry alloys are frequently used for production of parts that undergo severe cavitation erosion phenomena during service. In this paper, the effect of the ultrasound treatment on cavitation erosion resistance of AlSi7 alloy was assessed and compared to that of conventionally cast samples. Cavitation erosion tests were performed according to ASTM G32 standard on as-cast and heat treated castings. The response of the alloy in each condition was investigated by measuring the mass loss as a function of cavitation time and by analyzing the damaged surfaces by means of optical and scanning electron microscope. It was pointed out that the ultrasound treatment increases the cavitation erosion resistance of the alloy, as a consequence of the higher chemical and microstructural homogeneity, the finer grains and primary particles and the refined structure of the eutectic induced by the treatment itself. PMID:28772617