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  1. Novel borothermal process for the synthesis of nanocrystalline oxides and borides of niobium.

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    Jha, Menaka; Ramanujachary, Kandalam V; Lofland, Samuel E; Gupta, Govind; Ganguli, Ashok K

    2011-08-21

    A new process has been developed for the synthesis of nanocrystalline niobium oxide and niobium diboride using an amorphous niobium precursor obtained via the solvothermal route. On varying the ratio of niobium precursor to boron and the reaction conditions, pure phases of nanostructured niobium oxides (Nb(2)O(5), NbO(2)), niobium diboride (NbB(2)) and core-shell nanostructures of NbB(2)@Nb(2)O(5) could be obtained at normal pressure and low temperature of 1300 °C compared to a temperature of 1650 °C normally used. The above borothermal process involves the in situ generation of B(2)O(2) to yield either oxide or diboride. The niobium oxides and borides have been characterized in detail by XRD, HRTEM and EDX studies. The core-shell structure has been investigated by XPS depth profiling, EFTEM and EELS (especially to characterize the presence of boron and the shell thickness). The niobium diboride nanorods (with high aspect ratio) show a superconducting transition with the T(c) of 6.4 K. In the core-shell of NbB(2)@Nb(2)O(5), the superconductivity of NbB(2) is masked by the niobium oxide shell and hence no superconductivity was observed. The above methodology has the benefits of realizing both oxides and borides of niobium in nanocrystalline form, in high purity and at much lower temperatures.

  2. Niobium boride layers deposition on the surface AISI D2 steel by a duplex treatment

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    Kon, O.; Pazarlioglu, S.

    2015-03-30

    In this paper, we investigated the possibility of deposition of niobium boride layers on the surface of AISI D2 steel by a duplex treatment. At the first step of duplex treatment, boronizing was performed on AISI D2 steel samples at 1000{sup o}C for 2h and then pre-boronized samples niobized at 850°C, 900°C and 950°C using thermo-reactive deposition method for 1–4 h. The presence of the niobium boride layers such as NbB, NbB{sub 2} and Nb{sub 3}B{sub 4} and also iron boride phases such as FeB, Fe{sub 2}B were examined by X-ray diffraction analysis. Scanning electron microscope (SEM) and micro-hardness measurements were realized. Experimental studies showed that the depth of the coating layers increased with increasing temperature and times and also ranged from 0.42 µm to 2.43 µm, depending on treatment time and temperature. The hardness of the niobium boride layer was 2620±180 HV{sub 0.005}.

  3. Precipitation of Niobium Boride Phases at the Base Metal/Weld Metal Interface in Dissimilar Weld Joints

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    Výrostková, Anna; Kepič, Ján; Homolová, Viera; Falat, Ladislav

    2015-07-01

    In this work, the analysis of failure mechanism in the heat affected zone is described in dissimilar weld joints between advanced martensitic steel T92 and Ni-base weld metal. The joints were treated with two different post-weld heat treatments and tested. For the creep, tensile, and Charpy impact tests, the samples with interfacially located notch were used. Moreover long term aging at 625 °C was applied before the tensile and notch toughness tests. Decohesion fractures ran along carbides at the T92 BM/WM interfaces in case of the modified PWHT, whereas type IV cracking was the prevailing failure mechanism after the classical PWHT in the creep test. In the notch tensile and Charpy impact tests, with the notch at T92 base metal/weld metal interface, fractures ran along the interface with a hard phase on the fracture surface along with the ductile dimple and brittle quasi-cleavage fracture. The phase identified as niobium boride (either NbB and/or Nb3B2) was produced during welding at the end of the solidification process. It was found in the welds regardless of the post-weld heat treatment and long-term aging.

  4. Gradient boride layers formed by diffusion carburizing and laser boriding

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    Kulka, M.; Makuch, N.; Dziarski, P.; Mikołajczak, D.; Przestacki, D.

    2015-04-01

    Laser boriding, instead of diffusion boriding, was proposed to formation of gradient borocarburized layers. The microstructure and properties of these layers were compared to those-obtained after typical diffusion borocarburizing. First method of treatment consists in diffusion carburizing and laser boriding only. In microstructure three zones are present: laser borided zone, hardened carburized zone and carburized layer without heat treatment. However, the violent decrease in the microhardness was observed below the laser borided zone. Additionally, these layers were characterized by a changeable value of mass wear intensity factor thus by a changeable abrasive wear resistance. Although at the beginning of friction the very low values of mass wear intensity factor Imw were obtained, these values increased during the next stages of friction. It can be caused by the fluctuations in the microhardness of the hardened carburized zone (HAZ). The use of through hardening after carburizing and laser boriding eliminated these fluctuations. Two zones characterized the microstructure of this layer: laser borided zone and hardened carburized zone. Mass wear intensity factor obtained a constant value for this layer and was comparable to that-obtained in case of diffusion borocarburizing and through hardening. Therefore, the diffusion boriding could be replaced by the laser boriding, when the high abrasive wear resistance is required. However, the possibilities of application of laser boriding instead of diffusion process were limited. In case of elements, which needed high fatigue strength, the substitution of diffusion boriding by laser boriding was not advisable. The surface cracks formed during laser re-melting were the reason for relatively quickly first fatigue crack. The preheating of the laser treated surface before laser beam action would prevent the surface cracks and cause the improved fatigue strength. Although the cohesion of laser borided carburized layer was

  5. Electronic, structural and magnetic studies of niobium borides of group 8 transition metals, Nb{sub 2}MB{sub 2} (M=Fe, Ru, Os) from first principles calculations

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    Touzani, Rachid St.; Fokwa, Boniface P.T.

    2014-03-15

    The Nb{sub 2}FeB{sub 2} phase (U{sub 3}Si{sub 2}-type, space group P4/mbm, no. 127) is known for almost 50 years, but until now its magnetic properties have not been investigated. While the synthesis of Nb{sub 2}OsB{sub 2} (space group P4/mnc, no. 128, a twofold superstructure of U{sub 3}Si{sub 2}-type) with distorted Nb-layers and Os{sub 2}-dumbbells was recently achieved, “Nb{sub 2}RuB{sub 2}” is still not synthesized and its crystal structure is yet to be revealed. Our first principles density functional theory (DFT) calculations have confirmed not only the experimental structures of Nb{sub 2}FeB{sub 2} and Nb{sub 2}OsB{sub 2}, but also predict “Nb{sub 2}RuB{sub 2}” to crystalize with the Nb{sub 2}OsB{sub 2} structure type. According to chemical bonding analysis, the homoatomic B–B interactions are optimized and very strong, but relatively strong heteroatomic M–B, B–Nb and M–Nb bonds (M=Fe, Ru, Os) are also found. These interactions, which together build a three-dimensional network, are mainly responsible for the structural stability of these ternary borides. The density-of-states at the Fermi level predicts metallic behavior, as expected, from metal-rich borides. Analysis of possible magnetic structures concluded preferred antiferromagnetic ordering for Nb{sub 2}FeB{sub 2}, originating from ferromagnetic interactions within iron chains and antiferromagnetic exchange interactions between them. -- Graphical abstract: Nb{sub 2}FeB{sub 2} (U{sub 3}Si{sub 2} structure type, space group P4/mbm, no. 127) is predicted to order antiferromagnetically, due to the presence of iron chains which show ferromagnetic interactions in the chains and antiferromagnetic interactions between them. “Nb{sub 2}RuB{sub 2}” is predicted to crystallize with the recently discovered Nb{sub 2}OsB{sub 2} twofold superstructure (space group P4/mnc, no. 128) of U{sub 3}Si{sub 2} structure type. The building of ruthenium dumbbells instead of chains along [001] is found to be

  6. Method for ultra-fast boriding

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    Erdemir, Ali; Sista, Vivekanand; Kahvecioglu, Ozgenur; Eryilmaz, Osman Levent

    2017-01-31

    An article of manufacture and method of forming a borided material. An electrochemical cell is used to process a substrate to deposit a plurality of borided layers on the substrate. The plurality of layers are co-deposited such that a refractory metal boride layer is disposed on a substrate and a rare earth metal boride conforming layer is disposed on the refractory metal boride layer.

  7. Characterization of novel borides in Ti-Nb-Zr-Ta + 2B metal-matrix composites

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    Nag, Soumya; Samuel, Sonia; Puthucode, Anantha; Banerjee, Rajarshi

    2009-02-15

    Metal-matrix composites consisting of a complex quaternary Ti-35Nb-7Zr-5Ta alloy reinforced by borides have been successfully deposited from a powder feedstock consisting of a blend of elemental titanium, niobium, zirconium, tantalum, and, titanium diboride (TiB{sub 2}) powders, using the laser engineered net-shaping (LENS{sup TM}) process. The microstructures of the as-deposited composites have been characterized using scanning electron microscopy, orientation microscopy, and, transmission electron microscopy. Both primary and eutectic boride precipitates, exhibiting the orthorhombic B27 structure, are observed in these as-deposited composites. The complex primary borides exhibit an unusual compositional variation within the same precipitate, which has been investigated in detail using site-specific characterization with a transmission electron microscope. The ability to form near-net shape components using the Laser Engineered Net Shaping process makes these laser-deposited composites promising candidates for wear-resistant applications in biomedical implants.

  8. Rediscovering the Crystal Chemistry of Borides.

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    Akopov, Georgiy; Yeung, Michael T; Kaner, Richard B

    2017-03-21

    For decades, borides have been primarily studied as crystallographic oddities. With such a wide variety of structures (a quick survey of the Inorganic Crystal Structure Database counts 1253 entries for binary boron compounds!), it is surprising that the applications of borides have been quite limited despite a great deal of fundamental research. If anything, the rich crystal chemistry found in borides could well provide the right tool for almost any application. The interplay between metals and the boron results in even more varied material's properties, many of which can be tuned via chemistry. Thus, the aim of this review is to reintroduce to the scientific community the developments in boride crystal chemistry over the past 60 years. We tie structures to material properties, and furthermore, elaborate on convenient synthetic routes toward preparing borides.

  9. Influence of laser alloying with boron and niobium on microstructure and properties of Nimonic 80A-alloy

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    Makuch, N.; Piasecki, A.; Dziarski, P.; Kulka, M.

    2015-12-01

    Ni-base superalloys were widely used in aeronautics, chemical and petrochemical industries due to their high corrosion resistance, high creep and rupture strength at high temperature. However, these alloys were not considered for applications in which conditions of appreciable mechanical wear were predominant. The diffusion boriding provided suitable protection against wear. Unfortunately, this process required long duration and high temperature. In this study, instead of the diffusion process, the laser alloying with boron and niobium was used in order to produce the hard and wear resistant layer on Nimonic 80A-alloy. The laser-alloying was carried out as a two-step process. First, the external cylindrical surface of specimens was pre-placed with a paste containing boron and niobium. Then, the pre-placed coating and the thin surface layer of the substrate were re-melted by a laser beam. The high laser beam power (P=1.56 kW) and high averaging irradiance (E=49.66 kW/cm2) provided the thick laser re-melted zone. The laser-borided layers were significantly thicker (470 μm) in comparison with the layers obtained as a consequence of the diffusion boriding. Simultaneously, the high overlapping of multiple laser tracks (86%) caused that the laser-alloyed layer was uniform in respect of the thickness. The produced layer consisted of nickel borides (Ni3B, Ni2B, Ni4B3, NiB), chromium borides (CrB, Cr2B), niobium borides (NbB2, NbB) and Ni-phase. The presence of hard borides caused the increase in microhardness up to 1000 HV in the re-melted zone. However, the measured values were lower than those-characteristic of niobium borides, chromium borides and nickel borides. The presence of the soft Ni-phase in re-melted zone was the reason for such a situation. After laser alloying, the significant increase in abrasive wear resistance was also observed. The mass wear intensity factor, as well as the relative mass loss of the laser-alloyed specimens, was over 10 times smaller in

  10. Field free, directly heated lanthanum boride cathode

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    Leung, Ka-Ngo; Moussa, D.; Wilde, S.B.

    1987-02-02

    A directly heated cylindrical lanthanum boride cathode assembly is disclosed which minimizes generation of magnetic field which would interfere with electron emission from the cathode. The cathode assembly comprises a lanthanum boride cylinder in electrical contact at one end with a central support shaft which functions as one electrode to carry current to the lanthanum boride cylinder and in electrical contact, at its opposite end with a second electrode which is coaxially position around the central support shaft so that magnetic fields generated by heater current flowing in one direction through the central support shaft are cancelled by an opposite magnetic field generated by current flowing through the lanthanum boride cylinder and the coaxial electrode in a direction opposite to the current flow in the central shaft.

  11. Field free, directly heated lanthanum boride cathode

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    Leung, Ka-Ngo; Moussa, David; Wilde, Stephen B.

    1991-01-01

    A directly heated cylindrical lanthanum boride cathode assembly is disclosed which minimizes generation of magnetic fields which would interfere with electron emission from the cathode. The cathode assembly comprises a lanthanum boride cylinder in electrical contact at one end with a central support shaft which functions as one electrode to carry current to the lanthanum boride cylinder and in electrical contact, at its opposite end with a second electrode which is coaxially position around the central support shaft so that magnetic fields generated by heater current flowing in one direction through the central support shaft are cancelled by an opposite magnetic field generated by current flowing through the lanthanum boride cylinder and the coaxial electrode in a direction opposite to the current flow in the central shaft.

  12. Characterization of AISI 4140 borided steels

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    Campos-Silva, I.; Ortiz-Domínguez, M.; López-Perrusquia, N.; Meneses-Amador, A.; Escobar-Galindo, R.; Martínez-Trinidad, J.

    2010-02-01

    The present study characterizes the surface of AISI 4140 steels exposed to the paste-boriding process. The formation of Fe 2B hard coatings was obtained in the temperature range 1123-1273 K with different exposure times, using a 4 mm thick layer of boron carbide paste over the material surface. First, the growth kinetics of boride layers at the surface of AISI 4140 steels was evaluated. Second, the presence and distribution of alloying elements on the Fe 2B phase was measured using the Glow Discharge Optical Emission Spectrometry (GDOES) technique. Further, thermal residual stresses produced on the borided phase were evaluated by X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis. The fracture toughness of the iron boride layer of the AISI 4140 borided steels was estimated using a Vickers microindentation induced-fracture testing at a constant distance of 25 μm from the surface. The force criterion of fracture toughness was determined from the extent of brittle cracks, both parallel and perpendicular to the surface, originating at the tips of an indenter impression. The fracture toughness values obtained by the Palmqvist crack model are expressed in the form KC( π/2) > KC > KC(0) for the different applied loads and experimental parameters of the boriding process.

  13. A kinetic model for the borided layers by the paste-boriding process

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    Keddam, M.

    2004-09-01

    This work is dedicated to the study of the growth kinetics of the borided layers obtained by the paste-boriding process. A diffusion model based on Fick's laws and coupled with a thermodynamic description of the Fe-B binary system was suggested to simulate the growth kinetics of the borided layers consisting only of Fe 2B phase and containing 8.83 wt.% B onto the iron substrate within the temperature range of 1223-1323 K. The validation of the diffusion model was achieved by comparing the simulation results with the experimental data taken from the literature and a good agreement was observed. Furthermore, the model was able to predict the boron-depth-concentration profile for Fe 2B phase as well as the thickness of the borided layers depending on the boriding parameters.

  14. Ultra-fast boriding of metal surfaces for improved properties

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    Timur, Servet; Kartal, Guldem; Eryilmaz, Osman L.; Erdemir, Ali

    2015-02-10

    A method of ultra-fast boriding of a metal surface. The method includes the step of providing a metal component, providing a molten electrolyte having boron components therein, providing an electrochemical boriding system including an induction furnace, operating the induction furnace to establish a high temperature for the molten electrolyte, and boriding the metal surface to achieve a boride layer on the metal surface.

  15. Process for recovering niobium from uranium-niobium alloys

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    Wallace, Steven A.; Creech, Edward T.; Northcutt, Walter G.

    1983-01-01

    Niobium is recovered from scrap uranium-niobium alloy by melting the scrap with tin, solidifying the billet thus formed, heating the billet to combine niobium with tin therein, placing the billet in hydrochloric acid to dissolve the uranium and leave an insoluble residue of niobium stannide, then separating the niobium stannide from the acid.

  16. Kinetics of electrochemical boriding of low carbon steel

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    Kartal, G.; Eryilmaz, O. L.; Krumdick, G.; Erdemir, A.; Timur, S.

    2011-05-01

    In this study, the growth kinetics of the boride layers forming on low carbon steel substrates was investigated during electrochemical boriding which was performed at a constant current density of 200 mA/cm 2 in a borax based electrolyte at temperatures ranging from 1123 K to 1273 K for periods of 5-120 min. After boriding, the presence of both FeB and Fe 2B phases were confirmed by the X-ray diffraction method. Cross-sectional microscopy revealed a very dense and thick morphology for both boride phases. Micro hardness testing of the borided steel samples showed a significant increase in the hardness of the borided surfaces (i.e., up to (1700 ± 200) HV), while the hardness of un-borided steel samples was approximately (200 ± 20) HV. Systematic studies over a wide range of boriding time and temperature confirmed that the rate of the boride layer formation is strongly dependent on boriding duration and has a parabolic character. The activation energy of boride layer growth for electrochemical boriding was determined as (172.75 ± 8.6) kJ/mol.

  17. Passivated niobium cavities

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    Myneni, Ganapati Rao [Yorktown, VA; Hjorvarsson, Bjorgvin [Lagga Arby, SE; Ciovati, Gianluigi [Newport News, VA

    2006-12-19

    A niobium cavity exhibiting high quality factors at high gradients is provided by treating a niobium cavity through a process comprising: 1) removing surface oxides by plasma etching or a similar process; 2) removing hydrogen or other gases absorbed in the bulk niobium by high temperature treatment of the cavity under ultra high vacuum to achieve hydrogen outgassing; and 3) assuring the long term chemical stability of the niobium cavity by applying a passivating layer of a superconducting material having a superconducting transition temperature higher than niobium thereby reducing losses from electron (cooper pair) scattering in the near surface region of the interior of the niobium cavity. According to a preferred embodiment, the passivating layer comprises niobium nitride (NbN) applied by reactive sputtering.

  18. Magnesium Aluminum Borides as Explosive Materials

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    2011-12-20

    Analog to MgB2,” Phys. Rev. B, 73[18] 180501-4 (2006). 29. Handbook of Chemistry and Physics, 63rd Edition ( CRC Press, Boca Raton, 1982). 30. R. Naslain...Engineering Properties of Borides,” Engineered Materials Handbook , Ceramics and Glasses, Vol. 4 (ASM, Metals Park, PA. 1991). 2. G. V. Samsonov and...I. M. Vinitskii, Handbook of Refractory Compounds (Plenum Press, 1980). 3. T. Lundstrom, “Transition Metal Borides,” pp. 351-376 in Boron and

  19. Beta cell device using icosahedral boride compounds

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    Aselage, Terrence L.; Emin, David

    2002-01-01

    A beta cell for converting beta-particle energies into electrical energy having a semiconductor junction that incorporates an icosahedral boride compound selected from B.sub.12 As.sub.2, B.sub.12 P.sub.2, elemental boron having an .alpha.-rhombohedral structure, elemental boron having a .beta.-rhombohedral structure, and boron carbides of the chemical formula B.sub.12-x C.sub.3-x, where 0.15boride compound self-heals, resisting degradation from radiation damage.

  20. The fracture toughness of borides formed on boronized cold work tool steels

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    Sen, Ugur; Sen, Saduman

    2003-06-15

    In this study, the fracture toughness of boride layers of two borided cold work tool steels have been investigated. Boriding was carried out in a salt bath consisting of borax, boric acid, ferro-silicon and aluminum. Boriding was performed at 850 and 950 deg. C for 2 to 7 h. The presence of boride phases were determined by X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis. Hardness and fracture toughness of borides were measured via Vickers indenter. Increasing of boriding time and temperature leads to reduction of fracture toughness of borides. Metallographic examination showed that boride layer formed on cold work tool steels was compact and smooth.

  1. Simulation of the growth kinetics of boride layers formed on Fe during gas boriding in H2-BCl3 atmosphere

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    Kulka, M.; Makuch, N.; Pertek, A.; Małdziński, L.

    2013-03-01

    The modeling of the boriding kinetics is considered as a necessary tool to select the suitable process parameters for obtaining boride layer of an adequate thickness. Therefore, the simulation of the growth kinetics of boride layers has gained much attention for last years. The majority of the published works described the kinetics of the pack-boriding or paste-boriding. In this study, the model of growth kinetics of two-phase boride layer (FeB+Fe2B) on pure Fe was proposed for gas boriding. Displacements of the two interfaces (FeB/Fe2B and Fe2B/substrate) resulted from a difference of the arrival flux of interstitial boron atoms to one phase and the departure flux of the boron atoms from this phase to the second phase. The mass balance equations were formulated. The measurements of thickness of both zones (FeB and Fe2B), for different temperature of boriding, were used for calculations. Based on the experimental data, the parabolic growth constants AFeB and B versus the temperature of boriding were determined. The linear relationships were accepted. As a consequence, the activation energies (QFeB and Q) were calculated. The calculated values were comparable to other data derived from gas boriding. The presented model can predict the thicknesses of the FeB and Fe2B zones (XFeB and Y, respectively) formed on pure Fe during gas boriding. Additionally, the diffusion annealing after boriding was analyzed. This process was carried out in order to obtain a single-phase boride layer (Fe2B). The relationship between the reduction in FeB zone (dXFeB) and the growth in Fe2B phase (dY) was determined. The time tXFeB=0, needed for the total elimination of FeB phase in the boride layer was calculated and compared to the experimental data.

  2. Investigation of the fracture mechanics of boride composites

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    Kaufman, L.; Clougherty, E. V.; Nesor, H.

    1971-01-01

    Fracture energies of WC-6Co, Boride 5 (ZrB2+SiC), Boride 8(ZrB2+SiC+C) and Boride 8-M2(ZrB2+SiC+C) were measured by slow bend and impact tests of notched charpy bars. Cobalt bonded tungsten carbide exhibited impact energies of 0.76 ft-lb or 73.9 in-lb/square inch. Boride 5 and the Boride 8 exhibit impact energies one third and one quarter of that observed for WC-6Co comparing favorably with measurements for SiC and Si3N4. Slow bend-notched bar-fracture energies for WC-6Co were near 2.6 in-lb/square inch or 1/20 the impact energies. Slow bend energies for Boride 8-M2, Boride 8 and Boride 5 were 58%, 42% and 25% of the value observed for WC-6Co. Fractograph showed differences for WC-6Co where slow bend testing resulted in smooth transgranular cleavage while samples broken by impact exhibited intergranular failures. By contrast the boride fractures showed no distinction based on testing method. Fabrication studies were conducted to effect alteration of the boride composites by alloying and introduction of graphite cloth.

  3. Process for recovering niobium from uranium-niobium alloys

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    Wallace, S.A.; Creech, E.T.; Northcutt, W.G.

    1982-09-27

    Niobium is recovered from scrap uranium-niobium alloy by melting the scrap with tin, solidifying the billet thus formed, heating the billet to combine niobium with tin therein, placing the billet in hydrochloric acid to dissolve the uranium and form a precipitate of niobium stannide, then separating the precipitate from the acid.

  4. Electronic and mechanical properties, phase stability, and formation energies of point defects of niobium boronitride Nb2BN

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    Suetin, D. V.; Shein, I. R.

    2017-08-01

    The electronic structure, Fermi surface, Sommerfeld and Pauli paramagnetic susceptibility coefficients, cohesive energies, phase and point defect formation energies, elastic constants, bulk, shear, and Young moduli, Poisson ratios, and Vickers microhardness of niobium boronitride Nb2BN are determined by the ab initio FLAPW-GGA full-potential method. The obtained values are discussed in comparison with similar data for Mo2BC and other related binary carbides, nitrides, and borides of transition metals, and with available experimental data.

  5. Melting And Purification Of Niobium

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    Moura, Hernane R. Salles; de Moura, Lourenço

    2007-08-01

    The aspects involved in the purification of niobium in Electron Beam Furnaces will be outlined and correlated with practical experience accumulated over 17 years of continuously producing high purity niobium metal and niobium-zirconium ingots at CBMM, meeting the needs for a wide range of uses. This paper also reports some comments regarding raw material requirements, the experience on cold hearth operation melting niobium and the production of large grains niobium ingots by CBMM with some comments of their main characteristics.

  6. Melting And Purification Of Niobium

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    Salles Moura, Hernane R.; Moura, Lourenco de

    2007-08-09

    The aspects involved in the purification of niobium in Electron Beam Furnaces will be outlined and correlated with practical experience accumulated over 17 years of continuously producing high purity niobium metal and niobium-zirconium ingots at CBMM, meeting the needs for a wide range of uses. This paper also reports some comments regarding raw material requirements, the experience on cold hearth operation melting niobium and the production of large grains niobium ingots by CBMM with some comments of their main characteristics.

  7. Analysis of niobium alloys.

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    Ferraro, T A

    1968-09-01

    An ion-exchange method was applied to the analysis of synthetic mixtures representing various niobium-base alloys. The alloying elements which were separated and determined include vanadium, zirconium, hafnium, titanium, molybdenum, tungsten and tantalum. Mixtures containing zirconium or hafnium, tungsten, tantalum and niobium were separated by means of a single short column. Coupled columns were employed for the resolution of mixtures containing vanadium, zirconium or titanium, molybdenum, tungsten and niobium. The separation procedures and the methods employed for the determination of the alloying elements in their separate fractions are described.

  8. Mechanism of boriding from pastes in a glow discharge

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    Isakov, S.A.; Al'tshuler, S.A.

    1987-09-01

    The authors investigate the boridation of steel 45 from the standpoint of the glow-discharge dissociation of a borax paste and the plasma arc spraying of the resulting boron into the steel. The effects of process parameters on the impregnation of boron into the steel and its phase behavior in the boridation process are discussed.

  9. Introduction to Ingot Niobium

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    Ganapati Rao Mynen, Andrew Hutton

    2011-03-01

    Superconducting radiofrequency (SRF) technology using niobium accelerating cavities was first applied at large scale in the recirculating electron linear accelerator CEBAF—the Continuous Electron Beam Accelerator Facility in Newport News, Virginia, USA, at what is now called Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility, or Jefferson Lab. Building on the high quality factors and peak magnetic fields found in low residual resistivity ratio (low-RRR) solid niobium in the 1970s, Jefferson Lab has reintroduced ingot niobium technology. High tantalum content in ingot niobium is not expected to negatively impact cavity performance, but will reduce the cost of accelerator structures considerably. Optimized low-cost CW linear accelerators built with ingot niobium will show the way for future R&D and industrial applications. This paper portrays the Jefferson Lab SRF context, reviews the early history of ingot niobium technology from over a third of a century ago, explains the technical advantages of that technology's recent reintroduction, and presents the outlook for further development.

  10. Introduction to Ingot Niobium

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    Myneni, Ganapati Rao; Hutton, Andrew

    2011-03-31

    Superconducting radiofrequency (SRF) technology using niobium accelerating cavities was first applied at large scale in the recirculating electron linear accelerator CEBAF--the Continuous Electron Beam Accelerator Facility in Newport News, Virginia, USA, at what is now called Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility, or Jefferson Lab. Building on the high quality factors and peak magnetic fields found in low residual resistivity ratio (low-RRR) solid niobium in the 1970s, Jefferson Lab has reintroduced ingot niobium technology. High tantalum content in ingot niobium is not expected to negatively impact cavity performance, but will reduce the cost of accelerator structures considerably. Optimized low-cost CW linear accelerators built with ingot niobium will show the way for future R and D and industrial applications. This paper portrays the Jefferson Lab SRF context, reviews the early history of ingot niobium technology from over a third of a century ago, explains the technical advantages of that technology's recent reintroduction, and presents the outlook for further development.

  11. Carbide and boride laser modification of steels

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    Major, Boguslaw; Ebner, Reinhold

    1997-10-01

    Microstructure modification by laser remelting or laser alloying was studied on carbon Ck45 and high speed steels. Laser remelting of Ck45 by overlapping laser tracks led to a great refinement of martensitic structure, especially in the heat affected zone of subsequent laser track. High speed steel (HSS) M2 after laser remelting showed, beside the tetragonal martensite, the diffraction lines of cubic carbides of the M6C and M12C types. Laser alloying of M2 HSS using vanadium carbide (VC) additions caused increasing of eutectic in the interdendritic space, which was accompanied with reduction of the M6C and rising of the MC. M2 HSS laser alloyed with molybdenum carbide (Mo2C) showed formation of the M6C for the hipereutectic compositions while at the highest concentrations of molybdenum, primary dendrites of the M2C and stabilized ferrite were stated. High additions of borides: CrB or VB2; developed formation of the primary borides of blocky type containing a high amount of W, Cr or W, V, respectively. Laser alloying of Ck45 by means of: CrB, VB2 and B4C showed: in the case of CrB an eutectic (alpha) '/M3(C,B)/M2B as well as primary precipitates of the M2B phase for hipereutectic compositions; by adding VB2, the M3B2 and M2B phases were identified experimentally for hipereutectic concentrations; for alloying using B4C, the cellular dendritic structure together with primary borides of the (tau) -M23(C,B)6 phase were stated for hipereutectic compositions. The phase diagrams of M2 HSS + (VC or Mo2C) as well as Ck45 + B4C systems were calculated to predict changes of the constitutions due to laser alloying. Comparison of the solidification structures established experimentally with the calculated phase diagrams revealed a good correlation for the carbides, especially.

  12. One hundred angstrom niobium wire

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    Cline, H. E.; Rose, R. M.; Wulff, J.

    1968-01-01

    Composite of fine niobium wires in copper is used to study the size and proximity effects of a superconductor in a normal matrix. The niobium rod was drawn to a 100 angstrom diameter wire on a copper tubing.

  13. Microstructure and properties of laser-borided 41Cr4 steel

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    Kulka, M.; Makuch, N.; Pertek, A.

    2013-02-01

    Laser-boriding, instead of diffusion-boriding, was applied to formation of boride layers on 41Cr4 steel. The microstructure and properties of these layers were compared to those obtained after typical diffusion-boriding. Three zones characterized the microstructure of laser-borided layer: laser-borided zone, hardened medium-carbon zone (heat affected zone) and medium-carbon substrate without heat treatment. The through-hardened laser-borided steel was also analyzed. In this case two zones characterized the microstructure: laser-borided zone and hardened medium-carbon substrate. The microstructure of laser-borided zone consisted of eutectic mixture of borides and martensite. This phase composition (especially martensite presence) was the reason for microhardness decrease at the surface in comparison with diffusion-borided steel. However, the use of laser-boriding causes the decrease in microhardness gradient between the surface and the substrate in comparison with typical diffusion-boriding process. The value of mass wear intensity factor of the hardened laser-borided layer was comparable to that obtained in case of diffusion-boriding and through-hardening. The use of laser-borided layers instead of typical diffusion-borided layers may be advantageous under conditions of high abrasive wear of mating parts. For the experimental condition used, the laser-boriding process presented worst results concerning the fatigue strength. The cracks formed on the surface during laser re-melting were the reason for relatively quick first fatigue crack. In case of elements, which require high fatigue strength, the use of modified laser processing parameters would be necessary. The better results should be obtained by increasing of tracks overlapping. Although the cohesion of laser-borided layer was sufficient, the diffusion-borided layer showed a better cohesion.

  14. Proton in SRF Niobium

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    Wallace, John Paul

    2011-03-31

    Hydrogen is a difficult impurity to physically deal with in superconducting radio frequency (SRF) niobium, therefore, its properties in the metals should be well understood to allow the metal's superconducting properties to be optimized for minimum loss in the construction of resonant accelerator cavities. It is known that hydrogen is a paramagnetic impurity in niobium from NMR studies. This paramagnetism and its effect on superconducting properties are important to understand. To that end analytical induction measurements aimed at isolating the magnetic properties of hydrogen in SRF niobium are introduced along with optical reflection spectroscopy which is also sensitive to the presence of hydrogen. From the variety, magnitude and rapid kinetics found in the optical and magnetic properties of niobium contaminated with hydrogen forced a search for an atomic model. This yielded quantum mechanical description that correctly generates the activation energy for diffusion of the proton and its isotopes not only in niobium but the remaining metals for which data is available. This interpretation provides a frame work for understanding the individual and collective behavior of protons in metals.

  15. Proton in SRF Niobium

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    Wallace, John Paul

    2011-03-01

    Hydrogen is a difficult impurity to physically deal with in superconducting radio frequency (SRF) niobium, therefore, its properties in the metals should be well understood to allow the metal's superconducting properties to be optimized for minimum loss in the construction of resonant accelerator cavities. It is known that hydrogen is a paramagnetic impurity in niobium from NMR studies. This paramagnetism and its effect on superconducting properties are important to understand. To that end analytical induction measurements aimed at isolating the magnetic properties of hydrogen in SRF niobium are introduced along with optical reflection spectroscopy which is also sensitive to the presence of hydrogen. From the variety, magnitude and rapid kinetics found in the optical and magnetic properties of niobium contaminated with hydrogen forced a search for an atomic model. This yielded quantum mechanical description that correctly generates the activation energy for diffusion of the proton and its isotopes not only in niobium but the remaining metals for which data is available. This interpretation provides a frame work for understanding the individual and collective behavior of protons in metals.

  16. Thermodynamic analysis of chemical compatibility of ceramic reinforcement materials with niobium aluminides

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    Misra, Ajay K.

    1990-01-01

    Chemical compatibility of several reinforcement materials with three niobium aluminides, Nb3Al, Nb2Al, and NbAl3, were examined from thermodynamic considerations. The reinforcement materials considered in this study include carbides, borides, nitrides, oxides, silicides, and Engel-Brewer compounds. Thermodynamics of the Nb-Al system were reviewed and activities of Nb and Al were derived at desired calculation temperatures. Criteria for chemical compatibility between the reinforcement material and Nb-Al compounds have been defined and several chemically compatible reinforcement materials have been identified.

  17. Thermodynamic analysis of chemical compatibility of several reinforcement materials with niobium aluminides

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    Misra, Ajay K.

    1989-01-01

    Chemical compatibility of several reinforcement materials with three niobium aluminides, Nb3Al, Nb2Al, and NbAl3, were examined from thermodynamic considerations. The reinforcement materials considered in this study include carbides, borides, nitrides, oxides, silicides, and Engel-Brewer compounds. Thermodynamics of the Nb-Al system were reviewed and activities of Nb and Al were derived at desired calculation temperatures. Criteria for chemical compatibility between the reinforcement material and Nb-Al compounds have been defined and several chemically compatible reinforcement materials have been identified.

  18. Thermodynamic analysis of chemical compatibility of ceramic reinforcement materials with niobium aluminides

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    Misra, Ajay K.

    1990-01-01

    Chemical compatibility of several reinforcement materials with three niobium aluminides, Nb3Al, Nb2Al, and NbAl3, were examined from thermodynamic considerations. The reinforcement materials considered in this study include carbides, borides, nitrides, oxides, silicides, and Engel-Brewer compounds. Thermodynamics of the Nb-Al system were reviewed and activities of Nb and Al were derived at desired calculation temperatures. Criteria for chemical compatibility between the reinforcement material and Nb-Al compounds have been defined and several chemically compatible reinforcement materials have been identified.

  19. Boriding of high carbon high chromium cold work tool steel

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    Muhammad, W.

    2014-06-01

    High-carbon high-chromium cold work tool steels are widely used for blanking and cold forming of punches and dies. It is always advantageous to obtain an increased wear resistant surface to improve life and performance of these steels. In this connection boriding of a high-carbon high-chromium cold work die steel, D3, was conducted in a mixture of 30% B4C, 70% borax at 950 °C for two, four and six hours. Case depth of the borided layer obtained was between 40 to 80 μm. After boriding, the surface hardness achieved was between 1430 to 1544 HV depending upon the process time. X-ray diffraction studies confirmed the formation of a duplex compound layer consisting of FeB and Fe2B. It is generally considered that FeB is undesirable because of its inherent brittleness. Post boriding treatment (homogenization) transformed the compound layer into single-phase layer of Fe2B, while surface hardness decreased to 1345-1430 HV. Pin-on-disc wer test showed that wear resistance of the borided samples was superior as compared to non-borided material and increased with boriding time.

  20. Boron diffusion in silicon from metal boride sources

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    Ryan, J.G.

    1988-01-01

    Thin films of titanium and lanthanum borides were investigated as potential boron diffusion sources. TiB{sub x} and LaB{sub 6} films exhibited room-temperature film stresses and resistivity values similar to refractory-metal silicides, and acted as boron diffusion sources, producing diffusions with high surface concentrations. The source of boron from TiB{sub x} films appears to be the excess boron present in the metal boride or at the metal boride-silicon substrate interface. Boron surface concentration increases with increasing mole fraction of boron in the metal boride source. Boron surface concentration peaks at 1000{degree}C for furnace-annealed TiB{sub 2.2}, but rises until a plateau is reached at 1050{degree}C for rapid-annealed samples of the same composition. The concentration of electrically active boron was consistently lower than the chemical concentration in these studies. The stability of the boride films on silicon substrates was found to be dependent on boride source composition. LaB{sub 6} and TiB films reacted with the silicon substrate. Although the TiB{sub 2.1}, TiB{sub 2.2}, and TiB{sub 2.9} films did not decompose or allow Si to diffuse into them, a silicon boride surface layer was formed in the silicon substrate caused by boron out-diffusing from these sources during furnace annealing.

  1. Synthesis and properties of nanoscale titanium boride

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    Efimova, K. A.; Galevskiy, G. V.; Rudneva, V. V.

    2015-09-01

    This work reports the scientific and technological grounds for plasma synthesis of titanium diboride, including thermodynamic and kinetic conditions of boride formation when titanium and titanium dioxide are interacting with products resulting from boron gasification in the nitrogen - hydrogen plasma flow, and two variations of its behavior using the powder mixtures: titanium - boron and titanium dioxide - boron. To study these technology variations, the mathematical models were derived, describing the relation between element contents in the synthesized products of titanium and free boron and basic parameters. The probable mechanism proposed for forming titanium diboride according to a "vapour - melt - crystal" pattern was examined, covering condensation of titanium vapour in the form of aerosol, boriding of nanoscale melt droplets by boron hydrides and crystallization of titanium - boron melt. The comprehensive physical - chemical certification of titanium diboride was carried out, including the study of its crystal structure, phase and chemical composition, dispersion, morphology and particle oxidation. Technological application prospects for use of titanium diboride nanoscale powder as constituent element in the wettable coating for carbon cathodes having excellent physical and mechanical performance and protective properties.

  2. Method of making an icosahedral boride structure

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    Hersee, Stephen D.; Wang, Ronghua; Zubia, David; Aselage, Terrance L.; Emin, David

    2005-01-11

    A method for fabricating thin films of an icosahedral boride on a silicon carbide (SiC) substrate is provided. Preferably the icosahedral boride layer is comprised of either boron phosphide (B.sub.12 P.sub.2) or boron arsenide (B.sub.12 As.sub.2). The provided method achieves improved film crystallinity and lowered impurity concentrations. In one aspect, an epitaxially grown layer of B.sub.12 P.sub.2 with a base layer or substrate of SiC is provided. In another aspect, an epitaxially grown layer of B.sub.12 As.sub.2 with a base layer or substrate of SiC is provided. In yet another aspect, thin films of B.sub.12 P.sub.2 or B.sub.12 As.sub.2 are formed on SiC using CVD or other vapor deposition means. If CVD techniques are employed, preferably the deposition temperature is above 1050.degree. C., more preferably in the range of 1100.degree. C. to 1400.degree. C., and still more preferably approximately 1150.degree. C.

  3. Plasma metallurgical production of nanocrystalline borides and carbides

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    Galevsky, G. V.; Rudneva, V. V.; Cherepanov, A. N.; Galevsky, S. G.; Efimova, K. A.

    2016-09-01

    he experience in production and study of properties of nanocrystalline borides and chromium carbides, titanium, silicon was summarized. The design and features of the vertical three-jet once-through reactor with power 150 kW, used in the plasma metallurgical production, was described. The technological, thermotechnical and resource characteristics of the reactor were identified. The parameters of borides and carbides synthesis, their main characteristics in the nanodispersed state and equipment-technological scheme of production were provided. Evaluation of engineering-and-economical performance of the laboratory and industrial levels of borides and carbides production and the state corresponding to the segment of the world market was carried out.

  4. METHOD OF PRODUCING NIOBIUM METAL

    DOEpatents

    Wilhelm, H.A.; Stevens, E.R.

    1960-05-24

    A process is given for preparing ductile niobium metal by the reduction of niobium pentoxide with carbon. The invention resides in the addition, to the reaction mass, of from 0.05 to 0.4 atom of titanium (in the form of metallic titanium, titanium carbide, and/or titanium oxide) per one mole of niobium pentoxide. The mixture is heated under subatmospheric pressure to above 1300 deg C but below the melting point of niobium, and the carbon- and oxygen-free niobium sponge obtained is cooled under reduced pressure.

  5. Pack-boriding of Fe-Mn binary alloys: Characterization and kinetics of the boride layers

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    Bektes, M.; Calik, A.; Ucar, N.; Keddam, M.

    2010-02-15

    In this work, the boronizing of Fe-Mn binary alloys at 0.42, 0.76 and 0.94 wt.% Mn was carried out in a solid medium using the powder pack method. In this method, commercial Ekabor-II boron source and activator (ferro-silicon) were thoroughly mixed to form the boriding medium. The samples were boronized in an electrical resistance furnace for exposure times of 2, 4, 6 and 8 h at 1173 K under atmospheric pressure and a series of boronized samples in the temperature range 1073-1373 K for 3 h. After the furnace process, boronized samples were removed from the furnace and cooled in air. Afterwards, the boride layers generated by the pack-boronizing process were characterized by optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, XRD analysis, Vickers microhardness and tensile testing. The generated boride layers, showing a saw-tooth morphology, had a surface microhardness in the range 1400-1270 HV0.1. It was shown that the values of yield stresses and ultimate tensile stresses were increased as the Mn content increases in the boronized Fe-Mn binary alloys. In contrast, the values of elongations determined from the stress-strain curves were decreased. Furthermore, it was found that the calculated mean value of the activation energy of boron diffusion was close to 119 J/mol.

  6. Certain physical properties of cobalt and nickel borides

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    Kostetskiy, I. I.; Lvov, S. N.

    1981-01-01

    The temperature dependence of the electrical resistivity, the thermal conductivity, and the thermal emf of cobalt and nickel borides were studied. In the case of the nickel borides the magnetic susceptibility and the Hall coefficient were determined at room temperature. The results are discussed with allowance for the current carrier concentration, the effect of various mechanisms of current-carrier scattering and the location of the Fermi level in relation to the 3d band.

  7. Microstructure, Growth Kinetics and Some Mechanical Properties of Boride Layers Produced on Pure Titanium by Molten-Salt Boriding

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    Ma, L. S.; Duan, Y. H.; Li, P.

    2017-08-01

    To modify the surface properties of pure titanium, boride layers had been fabricated by the boron molten-salt diffusion on pure titanium surfaces in the temperature range of 900-1100 °C for 5- to 30-h treatments. The results demonstrated that the boride layers were mainly composed of TiB whiskers and TiB2 layers without the rutile titanium oxide TiO2. Two diffusion models were introduced to model the growth kinetics of boride layers. The parabolic growth constants and the boron diffusion coefficients were obtained. The boron activation energies for TiB2 and TiB were 225.617 and 165.266 kJ mol-1, respectively. The surface microhardness of the borided titanium decreased with the increase in distance from the surface. The results of wear tests indicated that the wear properties had been improved significantly compared to the pure titanium under dry sliding conditions.

  8. Method of surface preparation of niobium

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    Srinivasan-Rao, Triveni; Schill, John F.

    2003-01-01

    The present invention is for a method of preparing a surface of niobium. The preparation method includes polishing, cleaning, baking and irradiating the niobium surface whereby the resulting niobium surface has a high quantum efficiency.

  9. Vapor deposition of hardened niobium

    DOEpatents

    Blocher, Jr., John M.; Veigel, Neil D.; Landrigan, Richard B.

    1983-04-19

    A method of coating ceramic nuclear fuel particles containing a major amount of an actinide ceramic in which the particles are placed in a fluidized bed maintained at ca. 800.degree. to ca. 900.degree. C., and niobium pentachloride vapor and carbon tetrachloride vapor are led into the bed, whereby niobium metal is deposited on the particles and carbon is deposited interstitially within the niobium. Coating apparatus used in the method is also disclosed.

  10. Microstructure and properties of laser-borided Inconel 600-alloy

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    Kulka, M.; Dziarski, P.; Makuch, N.; Piasecki, A.; Miklaszewski, A.

    2013-11-01

    Nickel-based superalloys are used extensively for a variety of industrial applications involving high temperatures and aggressive environments. However, under conditions of appreciable mechanical wear (adhesive or abrasive), these materials have to be distinguished by suitable wear protection. The diffusion boronizing is the thermo-chemical treatment, which improves the tribological properties of nickel and its alloys. Nevertheless, the long duration of this process is necessary in order to obtain the layers of the thickness up to about 100 μm. Instead of the diffusion process, in this study the laser boriding is used for producing boride layer on Inconel 600-alloy. During the laser alloying, the external cylindrical surface of base material is coated by paste, including amorphous boron. Then the surface is re-melted by a laser beam. The high overlapping of multiple laser tracks (86%) causes the formation of uniform laser-alloyed layer in respect of the thickness. Laser re-melted zone, heat-affected zone and the substrate characterize the microstructure. In the re-melted zone, the three areas are observed: compact borides zone consisting of nickel, chromium and iron borides (close to the surface), zone of increased percentage of Ni-Cr-Fe-matrix (appearing in the greater distance from the surface) and zone of dominant Ni-Cr-Fe-matrix percentage (at the end of the layer). The hardness obtained is comparable to that-obtained in case of diffusion boriding. Simultaneously, the laser-borided layers are significantly thicker (about 346 or 467 μm depending on the laser power used). The significant increase in their abrasive wear resistance is observed. The wear intensity factors, as well as the relative mass loss of the laser-borided samples, are ten times smaller in comparison with untreated Inconel 600-alloy.

  11. Mechanochemically Driven Syntheses of Boride Nanomaterials

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    Blair, Richard G.

    Solid state metathesis reactions have proven to be a viable route to the production of unfunctionalized nanomaterials. However, current implementations of this approach are limited to self-propagating reactions. We have been investigating mechanically driven metathesis reactions. The use of high-energy ball mills allows control of crystallite sizes without the use of a capping group. Reinforcement materials with crystallite sizes on the order of 5-30 nm can be produced in such a manner. Borides are of particular interest due to their strength, high melting point, and electrical conductivity. The ultimate goal of this work is to prepare oxide and capping group-free nanoparticles suitable for incorporation in thermoelectric, polymer, and ceramic composites. Ultimately this work will facilitate the production of improved thermoelectric materials that will provide robust, deployable, power generation modules to supplement or replace fuel cell, Stirling, and battery-derived power sources. It will also result in scalable, bulk syntheses of tough, refractory, conductive nanomaterials for polymer composites with improved electrical properties, ceramic composites with enhanced fracture toughness, and composites with enhanced neutron reflectance and/or absorbance.

  12. Novel magnesium borides and their superconductivity.

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    Davari Esfahani, M Mahdi; Zhu, Qiang; Dong, Huafeng; Oganov, Artem R; Wang, Shengnan; Rakitin, Maksim S; Zhou, Xiang-Feng

    2017-06-07

    With the motivation of searching for new superconductors in the Mg-B system, we performed ab initio evolutionary searches for all the stable compounds in this binary system in the pressure range of 0-200 GPa. We found previously unknown, yet thermodynamically stable, compositions MgB3 and Mg3B10. Experimentally known MgB2 is stable in the entire pressure range 0-200 GPa, while MgB7 and MgB12 are stable at pressures below 90 GPa and 35 GPa, respectively. We predict a reentrant behavior for MgB4, which becomes unstable against decomposition into MgB2 and MgB7 at 4 GPa and then becomes stable above 61 GPa. We find ubiquity of phases with boron sandwich structures analogous to the AlB2-type structure. However, with the exception of MgB2, all other magnesium borides have low electron-phonon coupling constants λ of 0.32-0.39 and are predicted to have Tc below 3 K.

  13. Large grain cavities from pure niobium ingot

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    Myneni, Ganapati Rao [Yorktown, VA; Kneisel, Peter [Williamsburg, VA; Cameiro, Tadeu [McMurray, PA

    2012-03-06

    Niobium cavities are fabricated by the drawing and ironing of as cast niobium ingot slices rather than from cold rolled niobium sheet. This method results in the production of niobium cavities having a minimum of grain boundaries at a significantly reduced cost as compared to the production of such structures from cold rolled sheet.

  14. Laser borided composite layer produced on austenitic 316L steel

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    Mikołajczak, Daria; Kulka, Michał; Makuch, Natalia

    2016-12-01

    Abstract Austenitic 316L steel is well-known for its good resistance to corrosion and oxidation. Therefore, this material is often used wherever corrosive media or high temperatures are to be expected. The main drawback of this material is very low hardness and low resistance to mechanical wear. In this study, the laser boriding was used in order to improve the wear behavior of this material. As a consequence, a composite surface layer was produced. The microstructure of laser-borided steel was characterized by only two zones: re-melted zone and base material. In the re-melted zone, a composite microstructure, consisting of hard ceramic phases (borides) and a soft austenitic matrix, was observed. A significant increase in hardness and wear resistance of such a layer was obtained.

  15. NIOBIUM-TANTALUM SEPARATION

    DOEpatents

    Wilhelm, H.A.; Foos, R.A.

    1959-01-27

    The usual method for the separation of tantalum and niobium consists of a selective solvent extraction from an aqueous hydrofluoric acid solution of the metals. A difficulty encountered in this process is the fact that the corrosion problems associated with hydrofluoric acid are serious. It has been found that the corrosion caused by the hydrofluoric acid may be substantially reduced by adding to the acidic solution an amine, such as phenyl diethanolamine or aniline, and adjusting pH value to between 4 and 6.

  16. Molecular Modeling of High-Temperature Oxidation of Refractory Borides

    DTIC Science & Technology

    2008-02-01

    04-Feb 08 Final Technical 4. TITLE AND SUBTITLE 5a. CONTRACT NUMBER MOLECULAR MODELING OF HIGH-TEMPERATURE OXIDATION OF REFRACTORY BORIDES 5b. GRANT...Prescribed by ANSI Std. Z39.18 MOLECULAR MODELING OF HIGH-TEMPERATURE OXIDATION OF REFRACTORY BORIDES FA9550-05-1-0026 Final Report (11/15/2004-02/14...deficient centers, instead of molecular 02 as in the Deal-Grove model . These network defects will lead to sub-linear dependence of the oxidation rate with

  17. Fracture of niobium hydride

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    Gahr, S.; Makenas, B.J.; Birnbaum, H.K.

    1980-09-01

    Consideration is given to causes for the extreme brittleness observed for most hydrides. Surface energies for cleavage of the ..beta.. NbH/sub 0.82/ f.c. orthorhombic hydride along the (100)/sub c/ and (110)/sub c/ are obtained using fracture mechanics methods. The values are shown to be about equal to those of b.c.c. niobium. The relative surface energies of niobium and NbH are consistent with measurements of phonon frequencies and elastic constants. None of the data indicates any decrease of atomic bonding due to the incorporation of hydrogen in the metal lattice. Dislocation mobility is considered on the basis of T.E.M. observations and the crystal structure. It is shown that half of the (110)/sub c/<111>/sub c/ slip systems cause hydrogen disordering and therefore experience a high lattice frictional stress. Domain boundaries also are shown to be dislocation barriers. Hydride brittleness is considered to result from the decrease in dislocation mobility and in the slip systems available to cause plastic blunting at elastic discontinuities.

  18. Development and application of high strength ternary boride base cermets

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    Takagi, Ken-ichi . E-mail: u4381@toyokohan.co.jp

    2006-09-15

    Reaction boronizing sintering is a novel strategy to form a ternary boride coexisting with a metal matrix in a cermet during liquid phase sintering. This new sintering technique has successfully developed world first ternary boride base cermets with excellent mechanical properties such as Mo{sub 2}FeB{sub 2}, Mo{sub 2}NiB{sub 2} and WCoB base ones. In these cermets Mo{sub 2}FeB{sub 2} and Mo{sub 2}NiB{sub 2} base ones consist of a tetragonal M {sub 3}B{sub 2} (M: metal)-type complex boride as a hard phase and a transition metal base matrix. The cermets have already been applied to wear resistant applications such as injection molding machine parts, can making tools, and hot copper extruding dies, etc. This paper focuses on the characteristics, effects of the additional elements on the mechanical properties and structure, and practical applications of the ternary boride base cermets. - Graphical abstract: TRS and hardness of Ni-5B-51Mo-17.5Cr and Ni-5B-51Mo-12.5Cr-5V-xMn mass% cermets as functions of Mn content (Fig. 17)

  19. Subminiature eddy current transducers for studying boride coatings

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    Dmitriev, S. F.; Ishkov, A. V.; Malikov, V. N.; Sagalakov, A. M.

    2016-07-01

    Strengthening of parts and units of machines, increased reliability and longer service life is an important task of modern mechanical engineering. The main objects of study in the work were selected steel 65G and 50HGA, wear-resistant boride coatings ternary system Fe-B-Fe n B which were investigated by scanning electron microscopy and eddy-current nondestructive methods.

  20. Niobium Production at Tokyo Denkai

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    Umezawa, Hiroaki

    2011-03-31

    In recent years, single-crystal/large-grain niobium has received much attention. It has the following advantages: rolling-annealing is unnecessary, and superconducting cavities made from large-grain niobium discs may not require electropolishing. However, to obtain a large-grain disc, an ingot must be sliced using a saw and finished smooth by using a lathe. Slicing a disc takes several hours and produces niobium shavings. KEK, Tokyo Denkai, and TKX Corporation have developed a new niobium ingot slicing technique, and Tokyo Denkai has installed the slicing machine. This study describes the new ingot slicing technology, which ensures state-of-the-art productivity for the superconducting radio frequency (SRF) cavity material industry.

  1. Electrochemical Corrosion Behavior of Borided CoCrMo Alloy Immersed in Hanks' Solution

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    Rosas-Becerra, G.; Mejía-Caballero, I.; Martínez-Trinidad, J.; Palomar-Pardavé, M.; Romero-Romo, M.; Pérez-Pasten-Borja, R.; Campos-Silva, I.

    2017-02-01

    New results about the corrosion resistance of borided CoCrMo alloy exposed to the Hanks' solution during different days were estimated by means of the electrochemical impedance spectroscopy technique. The CoB-Co2B coating was developed on the surface of the borided alloy using the powder-pack boriding process at 1223 K during 6 h of exposure. The corrosion resistance of the borided cobalt alloy was evaluated by the fitting of suitable equivalent electrical circuits using Nyquist and Bode plots to obtain the electrochemical parameters; the results were compared with the CoCrMo (non-borided) alloy. The samples (borided and non-borided) were characterized by the scanning electron microscopy and by the energy-dispersive x-ray spectrometry techniques to determine the elemental chemical composition developed on the surface of the materials. In addition, the reaction products formed on the surface of the borided CoCrMo alloy exposed to the Hanks' solution after the tenth day of immersion were analyzed by the x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) technique. The results showed that the corrosion resistance of the borided cobalt alloy was affected (or reduced) by the presence of B2S3 and CrPO4 clusters formed on the material's surface. Finally, the electrochemical reactions developed during the immersion of the borided cobalt alloy on the tenth day of exposure were proposed according to the XPS results.

  2. METHOD FOR COATING GRAPHITE WITH NIOBIUM CARBIDE

    DOEpatents

    Kane, J.S.; Carpenter, J.H.; Krikorian, O.H.

    1962-01-16

    A method is given for coating graphite with a hard, tenacious layer of niobium carbide up to 30 mils or more thick. The method makes use of the discovery that niobium metal, if degassed and heated rapidly below the carburization temperature in contact with graphite, spreads, wets, and penetrates the graphite without carburization. The method includes the obvious steps of physically contacting niobium powders or other physical forms of niobium with graphite, degassing the assembly below the niobium melting point, e.g., 1400 deg C, heating to about 2200 to 2400 deg C within about 15 minutes while outgassing at a high volume throughput, and thereafter carburizing the niobium. (AEC)

  3. Niobium and tantalum: indispensable twins

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    Schulz, Klaus; Papp, John

    2014-01-01

    Niobium and tantalum are transition metals almost always paired together in nature. These “twins” are difficult to separate because of their shared physical and chemical properties. In 1801, English chemist Charles Hatchett uncovered an unknown element in a mineral sample of columbite; John Winthrop found the sample in a Massachusetts mine and sent it to the British Museum in London in 1734. The name columbium, which Hatchet named the new element, came from the poetic name for North America—Columbia—and was used interchangeably for niobium until 1949, when the name niobium became official. Swedish scientist Anders Ekberg discovered tantalum in 1802, but it was confused with niobium, because of their twinned properties, until 1864, when it was recognized as a separate element. Niobium is a lustrous, gray, ductile metal with a high melting point, relatively low density, and superconductor properties. Tantalum is a dark blue-gray, dense, ductile, very hard, and easily fabricated metal. It is highly conductive to heat and electricity and renowned for its resistance to acidic corrosion. These special properties determine their primary uses and make niobium and tantalum indispensable.

  4. Niobium - Proceedings of the international symposium

    SciTech Connect

    Stuart, H.

    1984-01-01

    This book presents the papers given at a symposium on niobium. Topics considered at the symposium included niobium mining, ore processing, uses, fabrication, microstructure, mechanical properties, physical properties, corrosion, physical radiation effects, and marketing.

  5. Super-hard coating creation by laser boriding technique

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Monisha, K.; Kumar, S. Arun; Gunaseelan, M.; Senthilselvan, J.

    2017-05-01

    Laser surface boriding was carried out using boropak and TiB+amorphous boron coated Cp-Ti alloy with high power diode laser (HPDL). The effect of boron agents and laser processing parameters on the microstructure, crystallographic phase formations and hardness are investigated by optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, XRD and hardness testing. Super-hard coating with hardness in the range of 1000 to 3000 HV0.2 was created by laser alloying the boropak and TiB+amorphous boron coated Cp-Ti. It is due to the formation of TiB2, TiB and Ti3B4 composite layers. Laser boriding has resulted in 2500 µm thick coating.

  6. An unusual variation of stability and hardness in molybdenum borides

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Liang, Yongcheng; Yuan, Xun; Fu, Zhao; Li, Yuan; Zhong, Zheng

    2012-10-01

    Molybdenum borides are currently raising great expectations for superhard materials, but their crystal structures and mechanical behaviors are still under discussion. Here, we report an unexpected reduction of stability and hardness from porous hP16-MoB3 and hR18-MoB2 to dense hP20-MoB4 and hR21-Mo2B5, respectively. Furthermore, we demonstrate that this anomalous variation has its electronic origin. These findings not only manifest that the long-recognized hP20-MoB4 (hP3-MoB2) and hR21-Mo2B5 should be hP16-MoB3 and hR18-MoB2, respectively, but also challenge the general design principle for ultrahard materials only pursuing the dense transition-metal borides with high boron content.

  7. Prediction of new crystal structure phases in metal borides

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    Kolmogorov, Aleksey

    2006-03-01

    Identification of novel crystal structures is an important step for predicting new stable compounds in alloys, since most theoretical search algorithms are restricted to a given prototype library or a lattice type. Performing ab initio data mining [1] of intermetallic compounds we have discovered that even in such a well-studied class of systems as metal borides there are previously unknown phases comparable in energy to the existing ones [2]. We demonstrate that even though the new structures are relatively simple, their identification is not straightforward. We systematically investigate the stability and electronic properties of the new metal boride phases. Our calculations show that some phases exhibit electronic features similar to those in the famous MgB2 and could be good superconductors. The new phases are likely to have random stacking faults, so they might not be detected with standard x-ray methods. Our results could thus be used as an important guide in the search for new superconducting metal borides. [1] S. Curtarolo et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 91, 135503 (2003). [2] A.N. Kolmogorov et al., submitted (2005).

  8. An Evaluation of a Borided Layer Formed on Ti-6Al-4V Alloy by Means of SMAT and Low-Temperature Boriding

    PubMed Central

    Yao, Quantong; Sun, Jian; Fu, Yuzhu; Tong, Weiping; Zhang, Hui

    2016-01-01

    In this paper, a nanocrystalline surface layer without impurities was fabricated on Ti-6Al-4V alloy by means of surface mechanical attrition treatment (SMAT). The grain size in the nanocrystalline layer is about 10 nm and grain morphology displays a random crystallographic orientation distribution. Subsequently, the low-temperature boriding behaviors (at 600 °C) of the SMAT sample, including the phase composition, microstructure, micro-hardness, and brittleness, were investigated in comparison with those of coarse-grained sample borided at 1100 °C. The results showed that the boriding kinetics could be significantly enhanced by SMAT, resulting in the formation of a nano-structured boride layers on Ti-6Al-4V alloy at lower temperature. Compared to the coarse-grained boriding sample, the SMAT boriding sample exhibits a similar hardness value, but improved surface toughness. The satisfactory surface toughness may be attributed to the boriding treatment that was carried out at lower temperature. PMID:28774115

  9. Characterization and diffusion model for the titanium boride layers formed on the Ti6Al4V alloy by plasma paste boriding

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    Keddam, Mourad; Taktak, Sukru

    2017-03-01

    The present study is focused on the estimation of activation energy of boron in the plasma paste borided Ti6Al4V alloy, which is extensively used in technological applications, using an analytical diffusion model. Titanium boride layers were successfully produced by plasma paste boriding method on the Ti6Al4V alloy in the temperature range of 973-1073 K for a treatment time ranging from 3 to 7 h. The presence of both TiB2 top-layer and TiB whiskers sub-layer was confirmed by the XRD analysis and SEM observations. The surface hardness of the borided alloy was evaluated using Micro-Knoop indenter. The formation rates of the TiB2 and TiB layers were found to have a parabolic character at all applied process temperatures. A diffusion model was suggested to estimate the boron diffusivities in TiB2 and TiB layers under certain assumptions, by considering the effect of boride incubation times. Basing on own experimental data on boriding kinetics, the activation energies of boron in TiB2 and TiB phases were estimated as 136.24 ± 0.5 and 63.76 ± 0.5 kJ mol-1, respectively. Finally, the obtained values of boron activation energies for Ti6Al4V alloy were compared with the data available in the literature.

  10. Superconductive niobium films coating carbon nanotube fibers

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Salvato, M.; Lucci, M.; Ottaviani, I.; Cirillo, M.; Behabtu, N.; Young, C. C.; Pasquali, M.; Vecchione, A.; Fittipaldi, R.; Corato, V.

    2014-11-01

    Superconducting niobium (Nb) has been successfully obtained by sputter deposition on carbon nanotube fibers. The transport properties of the niobium coating the fibers are compared to those of niobium thin films deposited on oxidized Si substrates during the same deposition run. For niobium films with thicknesses above 300 nm, the niobium coating the fibers and the thin films show similar normal state and superconducting properties with critical current density, measured at T = 4.2 K, of the order of 105 A cm-2. Thinner niobium layers coating the fibers also show the onset of the superconducting transition in the resistivity versus temperature dependence, but zero resistance is not observed down to T = 1 K. We evidence by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and current-voltage measurements that the granular structure of the samples is the main reason for the lack of true global superconductivity for thicknesses below 300 nm.

  11. Dissipative hydride precipitates in superconducting niobium cavities

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    Romanenko, A.; Cooley, L.D.; Ciovati, G.; Wu, G.; /Argonne

    2011-10-01

    We report the first direct observation of the microstructural features exhibiting RF losses at high surface magnetic fields of above 100 mT in field emission free superconducting niobium cavities. The lossy areas were identified by advanced thermometry. Surface investigations using different techniques were carried out on cutout samples from lossy areas and showed the presence of dendritic niobium hydrides. This finding has possible implications to the mechanisms of RF losses in superconducting niobium at all field levels.

  12. Cerimetric determination of niobium in the presence of tantalum

    SciTech Connect

    Vinarova, L.I.; Antonovich, V.P.; Malyutina, T.M.; Stoyanova, I.V.

    1986-03-01

    The authors create a titrimetric method of determining niobium in the presence of tantalum. The proposed method permits the determination of niobium in various objects: niobium(V) oxide, technical niobium hydroxide, and columbite concentrate, at various ratios of niobium and tantalum. The data obtained are cited in tables and it can be seen that at the selected ratios of niobium and tantalum in the sample, niobium is virtually entirely determined. Tantalum(IV), vanadium(V), molybdenum(VI), and tungsten(VI) interfere with the determination of niobium.

  13. Process for alloying uranium and niobium

    DOEpatents

    Holcombe, Cressie E.; Northcutt, Jr., Walter G.; Masters, David R.; Chapman, Lloyd R.

    1991-01-01

    Alloys such as U-6Nb are prepared by forming a stacked sandwich array of uraniun sheets and niobium powder disposed in layers between the sheets, heating the array in a vacuum induction melting furnace to a temperature such as to melt the uranium, holding the resulting mixture at a temperature above the melting point of uranium until the niobium dissolves in the uranium, and casting the uranium-niobium solution. Compositional uniformity in the alloy product is enabled by use of the sandwich structure of uranium sheets and niobium powder.

  14. Chemical Vapor Synthesis of Niobium Aluminides

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1992-01-01

    free Nb-NbAlx films deposited on tantalum by the AlCl reduction process (sample JB200-114) .... .............. . 44 4-12. High niobium content...Nb Aly deposit on tantalum with a high niobium content surface and lower niobium content deposit/substrate interface (sample JB200-120...with a tantalum substrate at 960°C (sample JB200-124, 50OX) and (b) no reactivity with a niobium substrate at 950"C sample JB200-138, 200X

  15. Niobium content of soils from West Africa

    USGS Publications Warehouse

    Grimaldi, F.S.; Berger, I.A.

    1961-01-01

    Analysis of twenty lateritic soil samples from West Africa has shown them to contain an average 24 p.p.m. of niobium; four similar samples taken from within a few miles from a niobium deposit contain from 79 to 87 p.p.m. niobium. It has been shown that as the aluminum content of the soils increases, the following depletion sequence is obtained: Si > Nb > Al = Fe The data indicate that, in general, high enrichments of niobium are not to be expected in lateritic soils. ?? 1961.

  16. Niobium in Microalloyed Rail Steels

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Ray, A.; Bhadeshia, H. K. D. H.

    Rails generally do not have a homogeneous austenite grain structure across their sections because the degree of plastic strain achieved during hot-rolling depends on location. Here we explore a philosophy in which niobium microalloying may be introduced in order to thermomechanically process the material so that pancaked and refined austenite grains may eventually be achieved in the critical regions of the rail. The essential principle in alloy design involves the avoidance of coarse niobium carbide precipitates in the regions of the steel that contain chemical segregation caused by non-equilibrium solidification. Both pearlitic and cementite-free bainitic rails have been studied. The work is of generic value to the design of high-carbon microalloyed steels.

  17. Characterisation of titanium-titanium boride composites processed by powder metallurgy techniques

    SciTech Connect

    Selva Kumar, M.; Chandrasekar, P.; Chandramohan, P.; Mohanraj, M.

    2012-11-15

    In this work, a detailed characterisation of titanium-titanium boride composites processed by three powder metallurgy techniques, namely, hot isostatic pressing, spark plasma sintering and vacuum sintering, was conducted. Two composites with different volume percents of titanium boride reinforcement were used for the investigation. One was titanium with 20% titanium boride, and the other was titanium with 40% titanium boride (by volume). Characterisation was performed using X-ray diffraction, electron probe micro analysis - energy dispersive spectroscopy and wavelength dispersive spectroscopy, image analysis and scanning electron microscopy. The characterisation results confirm the completion of the titanium boride reaction. The results reveal the presence of titanium boride reinforcement in different morphologies such as needle-shaped whiskers, short agglomerated whiskers and fine plates. The paper also discusses how mechanical properties such as microhardness, elastic modulus and Poisson's ratio are influenced by the processing techniques as well as the volume fraction of the titanium boride reinforcement. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Ti-TiB composites were processed by HIP, SPS and vacuum sintering. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The completion of Ti-TiB{sub 2} reaction was confirmed by XRD, SEM and EPMA studies. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Hardness and elastic properties of Ti-TiB composites were discussed. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Processing techniques were compared with respect to their microstructure.

  18. Microstructural characterization and some mechanical properties of gas-borided Inconel 600-alloy

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Makuch, N.; Kulka, M.

    2014-09-01

    The excellent resistance of Ni-based alloys to corrosion and oxidation is well-known. Boriding can be applied to these alloys in order to obtain suitable wear protection. In this paper, two-stage gas boronizing in N2-H2-BCl3 atmosphere is proposed for the producing the boride layer on Inconel®600-alloy. This process consists in two stages alternately repeated: saturation by boron and diffusion annealing. Such a gas boriding is applied in order to accelerate the saturation by boron and its diffusion. It turns out to be more effective because of eliminating the excess of boron, diffusing into the substrate, during the second stage. Microstructure and some mechanical properties of the produced layer are presented. Microstructural characterization is studied with using an optical microscope, scanning electron microscope, energy-dispersive x-ray microanalysis and x-ray diffraction. The diffusion zone consists of the mixture of nickel and chromium borides, occurring in the compact boride zone and in the area located beneath, at grain boundaries. The improved hardness and wear resistance characterize the layer. The formed boride layer is significantly thicker than those-obtained by the pack-boronizing or paste process at comparable temperature and time. Simultaneously, the measured depth of layer is slightly smaller than that-reported for electrolytic boriding.

  19. Reactive Boride Brazing on Low-Alloy Automotive Grade Steel

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Palanisamy, B.; Upadhyaya, A.

    2011-11-01

    Brazing is a widely used process to improve the performance of steels used in automotive applications. The substrate material is often exposed to harsh conditions in these applications and may affect the service life of the component. Reactive boride brazing aims to improve the mechanical properties of the substrate material by forming a ceramic-metal composite coating in a single-step process in situ. In this study, sintered Ancor 4300 low-alloy steel is used as the substrate with chromium-rich braze and chromium-lean braze materials. The mechanical properties of the brazed samples were studied in detail using microindentation hardness measurements and the transverse rupture test. The results indicate that the brazed superlayer has a 10 times higher hardness. There was a significant improvement in the transverse rupture strength of the steel brazed with the chromium-rich boride as compared to the pure substrate material. In an effort to reduce processing time, green compacts of the substrate were also directly brazed and yielded favorable results.

  20. Metal borohydride formation from aluminium boride and metal hydrides.

    PubMed

    Møller, Kasper T; Fogh, Alexander S; Paskevicius, Mark; Skibsted, Jørgen; Jensen, Torben R

    2016-10-05

    Metal borides are often decomposition products from metal borohydrides and thus play a role in the reverse reaction where hydrogen is absorbed. In this work, aluminium boride, AlB2, has been investigated as a boron source for the formation of borohydrides under hydrogen pressures of p(H2) = 100 or 600 bar at elevated temperatures (350 or 400 °C). The systems AlB2-MHx (M = Li, Na, Mg, Ca) have been investigated, producing LiBH4, NaBH4 and Ca(BH4)2, whereas the formation of Mg(BH4)2 was not observed at T = 400 °C and p(H2) = 600 bar. The formation of the metal borohydrides is confirmed by powder X-ray diffraction and infrared spectroscopy and the fraction of boron in AlB2 and M(BH4)x is determined quantitatively by (11)B MAS NMR. Hydrogenation for 12 h at T = 350-400 °C and p(H2) = 600 bar leads to the formation of substantial amounts of LiBH4 (38.6 mol%), NaBH4 (83.0 mol%) and Ca(BH4)2 (43.6 mol%).

  1. Electron momentum distribution and electronic response of ceramic borides

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Heda, N. L.; Meena, B. S.; Mund, H. S.; Sahariya, Jagrati; Kumar, Kishor; Ahuja, B. L.

    2017-03-01

    Isotropic Compton profiles of transition metal based ceramics TaB and VB have been measured using 137Cs (661.65 keV) γ-ray Compton spectrometer. The experimental momentum densities are compared with those deduced using linear combination of atomic orbitals (LCAO) with Hartree-Fock (HF), density functional theory (DFT) with Wu-Cohen generalized gradient approximation (WCGGA) and also the hybridization of HF and DFT (namely B3PW and PBE0) schemes. It is found that LCAO-DFT-WCGGA scheme based profiles give an overall better agreement with the experimental data, for both the borides. In addition, we have computed the Mulliken's population (MP) charge transfer data, energy bands, density of states and Fermi surface topology of both the borides using full potential-linearized augmented plane wave (FP-LAPW) and LCAO methods with DFT-WCGGA scheme. Cross-overs of Fermi level by the energy bands corresponding to B-2p and valence d-states of transition metals lead to metallic character in both the compounds. Equal-valence-electron-density profiles and MP analysis suggest more ionic character of VB than that of TaB.

  2. First Principles Search for New Superconducting Layered Borides

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Curtarolo, Stefano

    2007-11-01

    The identification of novel crystal structures is a fundamental step for predicting new stable compounds in alloys. While performing ab initio data mining of intermetallic compounds [1], we discover a new family of layered metal borides [2], of which MgB2 is one particular element (the new phases are called Metal Sandwich (MS)). Thermodynamic stability and electronic properties of these MS phases are investigated in details, leading to the prediction of a hypothetical novel superconductor MS-LiB [2,3]. Calculations show that the MS phases in the Li-B system exhibit electronic features similar to those of MgB2 [2,3] and CaC6 [4]. Although the predicted critical temperature of LiB is lower than that of MgB2 (references [4] and [5] for MS2-LiB and MS1-LiB, respectively), the peculiarities of MS-LiB in terms of electronic structure, layer arrangements and doping capabilities allow a lot of freedom in the search for higher Tc systems [5,6]. We acknowledge the Teragrid-Partnership for computational resources. Research supported by ONR and NSF. [1] Phys. Rev. Lett. 91, 135503 (2003). [2] Phys. Rev. B 73, 180501(R) (2006). [3] Phys. Rev. B 74, 224507 (2006). [4] Phys. Rev. B 75, 064510 (2007). [5] Phys. Rev. B 75, 144506 (2007). [6] A. N. Kolmogorov, M. Calandra, and S. Curtarolo, Engineering superconductors with ab initio methods: ternary metal borides, (2007).

  3. Discovery of elusive structures of multifunctional transition-metal borides

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Liang, Yongcheng; Wu, Zhaobing; Yuan, Xun; Zhang, Wenqing; Zhang, Peihong

    2015-12-01

    A definitive determination of crystal structures is an important prerequisite for designing and exploiting new functional materials. Even though tungsten and molybdenum borides (TMBx) are the prototype for transition-metal light-element compounds with multiple functionalities, their elusive crystal structures have puzzled scientists for decades. Here, we discover that the long-assumed TMB2 phases with the simple hP3 structure (hP3-TMB2) are in fact a family of complex TMB3 polytypes with a nanoscale ordering along the axial direction. Compared with the energetically unfavorable and dynamically unstable hP3-TMB2 phase, the energetically more favorable and dynamically stable TMB3 polytypes explain the experimental structural parameters, mechanical properties, and X-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns better. We demonstrate that such a structural and compositional modification from the hP3-TMB2 phases to the TMB3 polytypes originates from the relief of the strong antibonding interaction between d electrons by removing one third of metal atoms systematically. These results resolve the longstanding structural mystery of this class of metal borides and uncover a hidden family of polytypic structures. Moreover, these polytypic structures provide an additional hardening mechanism by forming nanoscale interlocks that may strongly hinder the interlayer sliding movements, which promises to open a new avenue towards designing novel superhard nanocomposite materials by exploiting the coexistence of various polytypes.

  4. SRF MATERIALS OTHER THAN NIOBIUM

    SciTech Connect

    Valente, Anne-Marie

    2008-02-12

    For the past three decades, bulk niobium has been the material of choice for SRF cavity applications. Alternative materials, mainly Nb compounds and A15 compounds have been investigated with moderate effort in the past. In the recent years, RF cavity performance has approached the theoretical limit for bulk niobium. For further improvement of RF cavity performance for future accelerator projects, research interest is renewed towards alternative materials to niobium. A few laboratories around the world are now investigating superconductors with higher transition temperature Tc for application to SRF cavities. This paper gives an overview of the results obtained and challenges encountered for Nb compounds and A15 compounds, as well as for MgB2, for SRF cavity applications. An interesting alternative has been recently proposed by Alex Gurevich with the Superconductor-Insulator-Superconductor multilayer approach. This could potentially lead to further improvement in RF cavity performance using the benefit of the higher critical field Hc of higher-Tc superconductors without being limited with their lower Hc1.

  5. Purification of Niobium by Electron Beam Melting

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Sankar, M.; Mirji, K. V.; Prasad, V. V. Satya; Baligidad, R. G.; Gokhale, A. A.

    2016-06-01

    Pure niobium metal, produced by alumino-thermic reduction of niobium oxide, contains various impurities which need to be reduced to acceptable levels to obtain aerospace grade purity. In the present work, an attempt has been made to refine niobium metals by electron beam drip melting technique to achieve purity confirming to the ASTM standard. Input power to the electron gun and melt rate were varied to observe their combined effect on extend of refining and loss of niobium. Electron beam (EB) melting is shown to reduce alkali metals, trace elements and interstitial impurities well below the specified limits. The reduction in the impurities during EB melting is attributed to evaporation and degassing due to the combined effect of high vacuum and high melt surface temperature. The % removal of interstitial impurities is essentially a function of melt rate and input power. As the melt rate decreases or input power increases, the impurity levels in the solidified niobium ingot decrease. The EB refining process is also accompanied by considerable amount of niobium loss, which is attributed to evaporation of pure niobium and niobium sub-oxide. Like other impurities, Nb loss increases with decreasing melt rate or increase in input power.

  6. High-niobium titanium aluminide alloys

    SciTech Connect

    Huang, S.C.

    1992-02-18

    This patent describes an aged niobium modified titanium aluminum alloy, the alloy consisting essentially of titanium, aluminum, and niobium in the following atomic ratio: Ti{sub 48-37}Al{sub 46-49}Nb{sub 6-14}, the alloy having been prepared by ingot metallurgy.

  7. Microstructure and properties of laser-borided composite layers formed on commercially pure titanium

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Kulka, M.; Makuch, N.; Dziarski, P.; Piasecki, A.; Miklaszewski, A.

    2014-03-01

    Laser-boriding was proposed in order to produce composite boride layers on commercially pure titanium. Three zones were observed in the microstructure: laser-borided re-melted zone (TiB, TiB2 and Tiα'-phase), heat affected zone (Tiα'-phase) and the substrate without heat treatment (Tiα-phase). The stick-like titanium borides occurred in the re-melted zone. In some areas, the tubular nature of titanium borides was visible. Among the sticks of titanium borides the needles of Tiα'-phase appeared. The high overlapping of multiple laser tracks (86%) caused the formation of uniform laser-alloyed layer in respect of the thickness. The microcracks and pores were not detected in the laser-borided composite layer. The high hardness of the re-melted zone (1250-1650 HV) was obtained. The hardness gradually decreased up to 250-300 HV in heat affected zone and up to about 200 HV in the substrate. In case of higher laser beam power used (1.95 kW), the re-melted zone was thicker and more homogeneous in respect of the microstructure and hardness. The craters obtained at the surface after the Rockwell C indentation test evidently revealed ideal cohesion of the laser-borided layer (HF1 standard). The significant increase in wear resistance of laser-borided composite layers was observed in comparison with commercially pure titanium. The lower mass wear intensity factors were obtained for laser-alloyed layers. The measurements of relative mass loss were also used in order to evaluate wear behavior of the investigated materials. The tests of laser-borided layers showed the catastrophic wear of the counter-specimens. The separated particles of counter-sample caused the accelerated wear of the laser-alloyed specimen. The longer duration of the tests, carried out without the change in a counter-specimen, caused the adhesion of counter-sample particles on the laser-borided specimen. The increased contact surface was the reason for the higher temperature and created the favourable

  8. Method of nitriding niobium to form a superconducting surface

    DOEpatents

    Kelley, Michael J.; Klopf, John Michael; Singaravelu, Senthilaraja

    2014-08-19

    A method of forming a delta niobium nitride .delta.-NbN layer on the surface of a niobium object including cleaning the surface of the niobium object; providing a treatment chamber; placing the niobium object in the treatment chamber; evacuating the chamber; passing pure nitrogen into the treatment chamber; focusing a laser spot on the niobium object; delivering laser fluences at the laser spot until the surface of the niobium object reaches above its boiling temperature; and rastering the laser spot over the surface of the niobium object.

  9. Nanosized Borides and Carbides for Electroplating. Metal-Matrix Coatings: Specifications, Performance Evaluation

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Galevskiy, G. V.; Rudneva, V. V.; Galevskiy, S. G.; Il'yashchenko, D. P.; Kartsev, D. S.

    2016-04-01

    This paper summarizes experience of application of nano-sized carbides and borides of titanium and chromium, silicon carbide as components of electro-depositable coating compositions based on nickel, zinc, and chromium. Basic physical and mechanical properties of the coatings are determined. Technological and economic evaluation is completed; practicability of high-cost nano-diamonds substitution for nano-sized borides and carbides is justified.

  10. An alternative method of gas boriding applied to the formation of borocarburized layer

    SciTech Connect

    Kulka, M. Makuch, N.; Pertek, A.; Piasecki, A.

    2012-10-15

    The borocarburized layers were produced by tandem diffusion processes: carburizing followed by boriding. An alternative method of gas boriding was proposed. Two-stage gas boronizing in N{sub 2}-H{sub 2}-BCl{sub 3} atmosphere was applied to the formation of iron borides on a carburized substrate. This process consisted in two stages, which were alternately repeated: saturation by boron and diffusion annealing. The microstructure and microhardness of produced layer were compared to those-obtained in case of continuous gas boriding in H{sub 2}-BCl{sub 3} atmosphere, earlier used. The first objective of two-stage boronizing, consisting in acceleration of boron diffusion, has been efficiently implemented. Despite the lower temperature and shorter duration of boronizing, about 1.5 times larger iron borides' zone has been formed on carburized steel. Second objective, the absolute elimination of brittle FeB phase, has failed. However, the amount of FeB phase has been considerably limited. Longer diffusion annealing should provide the boride layer with single-phase microstructure, without FeB phase. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Alternative method of gas boriding in H{sub 2}-N{sub 2}-BCl{sub 3} atmosphere was proposed. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The process consisted in two stages: saturation by boron and diffusion annealing. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer These stages of short duration were alternately repeated. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The acceleration of boron diffusion was efficiently implemented. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The amount of FeB phase in the boride zone was limited.

  11. Deposition and characterization of aluminum magnesium boride thin film coatings

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Tian, Yun

    Boron-rich borides are a special group of materials possessing complex structures typically comprised of B12 icosahedra. All of the boron-rich borides sharing this common structural unit exhibit a variety of exceptional physical and electrical properties. In this work, a new ternary boride compound AlMgB14, which has been extensively studied in bulk form due to its novel mechanical properties, was fabricated into thin film coatings by pulsed laser deposition (PLD) technology. The effect of processing conditions (laser operating modes, vacuum level, substrate temperature, and postannealing, etc.) on the composition, microstructure evolution, chemical bonding, and surface morphology of AlMgB14 thin film coatings has been investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM) and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectrometry; the mechanical, electrical, and optical properties of AlMgB14 thin films have been characterized by nanoindentation, four-point probe, van der Pauw Hall measurement, activation energy measurement, and UV-VIS-NIR spectrophotometer. Experimental results show that AlMgB14 films deposited in the temperature range of 300 K - 873 K are amorphous. Depositions under a low vacuum level (5 x 10-5 Torr) can introduce a significant amount of C and O impurities into AlMgB14 films and lead to a complex oxide glass structure. Orthorhombic AlMgB14 phase cannot be obtained by subsequent high temperature annealing. By contrast, the orthorhombic AlMgB 14 crystal structure can be attained via high temperature-annealing of AlMgB14 films deposited under a high vacuum level (< 3 x 10-6 Torr), accompanied by strong texture formation. Low vacuum level-as deposited AlMgB14 films have low hardness (10 GPa), but high vacuum level-as deposited AlMgB14 films exhibit an extremely high hardness (45 GPa - 51 GPa), and the higher deposition temperature results in still higher hardness

  12. Boron-Based Hydrogen Storage: Ternary Borides and Beyond

    SciTech Connect

    Vajo, John J.

    2016-04-28

    DOE continues to seek reversible solid-state hydrogen materials with hydrogen densities of ≥11 wt% and ≥80 g/L that can deliver hydrogen and be recharged at moderate temperatures (≤100 °C) and pressures (≤100 bar) enabling incorporation into hydrogen storage systems suitable for transportation applications. Boron-based hydrogen storage materials have the potential to meet the density requirements given boron’s low atomic weight, high chemical valance, and versatile chemistry. However, the rates of hydrogen exchange in boron-based compounds are thus far much too slow for practical applications. Although contributing to the high hydrogen densities, the high valance of boron also leads to slow rates of hydrogen exchange due to extensive boron-boron atom rearrangements during hydrogen cycling. This rearrangement often leads to multiple solid phases occurring over hydrogen release and recharge cycles. These phases must nucleate and react with each other across solid-solid phase boundaries leading to energy barriers that slow the rates of hydrogen exchange. This project sought to overcome the slow rates of hydrogen exchange in boron-based hydrogen storage materials by minimizing the number of solid phases and the boron atom rearrangement over a hydrogen release and recharge cycle. Two novel approaches were explored: 1) developing matched pairs of ternary borides and mixed-metal borohydrides that could exchange hydrogen with only one hydrogenated phase (the mixed-metal borohydride) and only one dehydrogenated phase (the ternary boride); and 2) developing boranes that could release hydrogen by being lithiated using lithium hydride with no boron-boron atom rearrangement.

  13. Two-level systems and negative thermal expansion of lutetium borides

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Novikov, V. V.; Mitroshenkov, N. V.; Kornev, B. I.; Matovnikov, A. V.

    2017-05-01

    The heat capacity Cv(T) and unit cell volume V(T) temperature dependencies of lutetium borides LuB2 and LuB4 in the region of 2-300 K were analysed in the Debye-Einstein approximation. The characteristic temperatures of the Debye and Einstein components of boride heat capacity and thermal expansion were found. The anomalous contribution to the borides' thermal characteristics was revealed. This contribution was attributed to the influence of two-level systems (TLS), formed in the subsystem of lutetium ions due to asymmetry in the way they are surrounded by the boron atoms in the boride crystal structure. The TLS influence is revealed on heat capacity temperature dependencies by the Schottky-type maxima at Tmax LuB2 =13.8 K, Tmax LuB4 =22.7 K, as well as by the negative contribution to the borides' thermal expansion. The borides' Grüneisen parameters corresponding to the heat capacity and thermal expansion TLS anomalies are negative, and amount to several 10 s of units.

  14. Plasma boriding of a cobalt-chromium alloy as an interlayer for nanostructured diamond growth

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    Johnston, Jamin M.; Jubinsky, Matthew; Catledge, Shane A.

    2015-02-01

    Chemical vapor deposited (CVD) diamond coatings can potentially improve the wear resistance of cobalt-chromium medical implant surfaces, but the high cobalt content in these alloys acts as a catalyst to form graphitic carbon. Boriding by high temperature liquid baths and powder packing has been shown to improve CVD diamond compatibility with cobalt alloys. We use the microwave plasma-enhanced (PE) CVD process to deposit interlayers composed primarily of the borides of cobalt and chromium. The use of diborane (B2H6) in the plasma feedgas allows for the formation of a robust boride interlayer for suppressing graphitic carbon during subsequent CVD of nano-structured diamond (NSD). This metal-boride interlayer is shown to be an effective diffusion barrier against elemental cobalt for improving nucleation and adhesion of NSD coatings on a CoCrMo alloy. Migration of elemental cobalt to the surface of the interlayer is significantly reduced and undetectable on the surface of the subsequently-grown NSD coating. The effects of PECVD boriding are compared for a range of substrate temperatures and deposition times and are evaluated using glancing-angle X-ray diffraction (XRD), cross-sectional scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS), and micro-Raman spectroscopy. Boriding of CoCrMo results in adhered nanostructured diamond coatings with low surface roughness.

  15. Method for etching thin films of niobium and niobium-containing compounds for preparing superconductive circuits

    DOEpatents

    Kampwirth, Robert T.; Schuller, Ivan K.; Falco, Charles M.

    1981-01-01

    An improved method of preparing thin film superconducting electrical circuits of niobium or niobium compounds in which a thin film of the niobium or niobium compound is applied to a nonconductive substrate, and covered with a layer of photosensitive material. The sensitive material is in turn covered with a circuit pattern exposed and developed to form a mask of the circuit in photoresistive material on the surface of the film. The unmasked excess niobium film is removed by contacting the substrate with an aqueous etching solution of nitric acid, sulfuric acid and hydrogen fluoride, which will rapidly etch the niobium compound without undercutting the photoresist. A modification of the etching solution will permit thin films to be lifted from the substrate without further etching.

  16. Buffered Electrochemical Polishing of Niobium

    SciTech Connect

    Gianluigi Ciovati; Tian, Hui; Corcoran, Sean

    2011-03-01

    The standard preparation of superconducting radio-frequency (SRF) cavities made of pure niobium include the removal of a 'damaged' surface layer, by buffered chemical polishing (BCP) or electropolishing (EP), after the cavities are formed. The performance of the cavities is characterized by a sharp degradation of the quality factor when the surface magnetic field exceeds about 90 mT, a phenomenon referred to as 'Q-drop.' In cavities made of polycrystalline fine grain (ASTM 5) niobium, the Q-drop can be significantly reduced by a low-temperature (? 120 °C) 'in-situ' baking of the cavity if the chemical treatment was EP rather than BCP. As part of the effort to understand this phenomenon, we investigated the effect of introducing a polarization potential during buffered chemical polishing, creating a process which is between the standard BCP and EP. While preliminary results on the application of this process to Nb cavities have been previously reported, in this contribution we focus on the characterization of this novel electrochemical process by measuring polarization curves, etching rates, surface finish, electrochemical impedance and the effects of temperature and electrolyte composition. In particular, it is shown that the anodic potential of Nb during BCP reduces the etching rate and improves the surface finish.

  17. Morphology and structure of borides in as-cast titanium and gamma-titanium aluminide-based alloys

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Kitkamthorn, Usanee

    In this study, the morphology and structure of the borides in boron-modified Ti- and gamma-TiAl-based alloys have been investigated using SEM, TEM, and HRTEM. A variety of different boride morphologies was observed including plates, needles, and ribbons. For the plate and needle borides, the major boride phase is B27 TiB. The needle borides have their major axis parallel to [010], and are bounded by (100) and {101} type-facets. The plate borides develop the same types of facets as the needles and have habit planes parallel to the (100). There are high densities of intrinsic stacking faults on (100) in these borides and these correspond to thin embedded layers of the Bf structure. The plate borides do not exhibit well-defined ORs with respect to the surrounding phases, suggesting that they develop in the liquid melt and were then trapped by the growing solid. Needle borides are observed mostly at boundaries between lamellar colonies: these needles tend to occur in groups lying nearly parallel to one another and, in some cases, to adopt well-defined ORs with respect to the surrounding phases. Cored borides with metallic phases such as beta, alpha, o and alpha 2+gamma in the center are frequently observed, especially in the Ti-based alloy. These core phases usually adopt well-defined ORs with respect to the surrounding boride which enable low-energy coherent interfaces to form between the phases. The ribbon borides are comprised of thin boride flakes interspersed with thin metallic layers. The major boride phase in these flakes is Bf TiB. The habit plane of the flakes is (010) and there are high densities of faults on this plane corresponding to intergrowths of the Ti3B 4 and TiB2 phases, together with thin layers or occluded pockets of metallic B2 phase. Occasional faults are observed on {110} corresponding to embedded slabs of B27 TiB. There is a well-defined OR between the boride flakes and the B2 phase within the ribbons, but not with the surrounding matrix. The

  18. Degreasing and cleaning superconducting RF Niobium cavities

    SciTech Connect

    Rauchmiller, Michael; Kellett, Ron; /Fermilab

    2011-09-01

    The purpose and scope of this report is to detail the steps necessary for degreasing and cleaning of superconducting RF Niobium cavities in the A0 clean room. It lists the required equipment and the cleaning procedure.

  19. Performance of Single Crystal Niobium Cavities

    SciTech Connect

    Kneisel, Peter; Ciovati, Gianluigi; Singer, Waldemar; Singer, Xenia; Reschke, Detlef; Brinkmann, A.

    2008-07-01

    We have fabricated and tested a total of six single cell niobium cavities, made from single crystal, high purity niobium. Two of the three cavities of the TESLA shape (1300 MHz) were made from Heraeus niobium by extending a smaller single crystal by rolling and annealing steps; the third cavity was made by spinning from CBMM material. The three other cavities of the scaled "Low Loss" (LL) shape (two) and "High Gradient" (HG) shape (one) resonated at 2.3 GHz and were fabricated from "as received" single crystals, both from Heraeus and CBMM niobium. After appropriate surface treatments by buffered chemical polishing and electropolishing most cavities performed quite nicely and peak surface magnetic fields of ~ 160 mT or above corresponding to accelerating gradients between 38 MV/m and 45 MV/m were reached. This paper reports about the performance of these cavities.

  20. Mineral resource of the month: niobium (columbium)

    USGS Publications Warehouse

    Papp, John F.

    2007-01-01

    It’s not just diamonds associated with conflict in Africa. Coltan, short for columbite-tantalite (a blend of niobium — also called columbium — and tantalum minerals), is linked with the recent conflicts in the Congo that involved several African countries. The metallic ore, which is processed to separate out niobium and the very valuable tantalum (see Geotimes, August 2004), is believed to be smuggled out and sold to help finance the armed conflicts.

  1. Mineral Resource of the Month: Niobium

    USGS Publications Warehouse

    Papp, John F.

    2014-01-01

    Niobium, also called columbium, is a transition metal with a very high melting point. It is in greatest demand in industrialized countries, like the United States, because of its defense-related uses in the aerospace, energy and transportation industries. Niobium is used mostly to make high-strength, low-alloy (HSLA) steel and stainless steel. HSLA steels are used in large-diameter pipes for oil and natural gas pipelines and automobile wheels.

  2. The Growth Behavior of Titanium Boride Layers in α and β Phase Fields of Titanium

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Lv, Xiaojun; Hu, Lingyun; Shuang, Yajing; Liu, Jianhua; Lai, Yanqing; Jiang, Liangxing; Li, Jie

    2016-07-01

    In this study, the commercially pure titanium was successfully electrochemical borided in a borax-based electrolyte. The process was carried out at a constant cathodic current density of 300 mA cm-2 and at temperatures of 1123 K and 1223 K (850 °C and 950 °C) for 0.5, 1, 2, 3, and 5 hours. The growth behavior of titanium boride layers in the α phase field of titanium was compared with that in the β phase field. After boriding, the presence of both the TiB2 top layer and TiB whisker sub-layer was confirmed by the X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscope. The relationship between the thickness of boride layers and boriding time was found to have a parabolic character in both α and β phase fields of titanium. The TiB whiskers showed ultra-fast growth rate in the β phase field. Its growth rate constant was found to be as high as 3.2002 × 10-13 m2 s-1. Besides, the chemical resistance of the TiB2 layer on the surface of titanium substrate was characterized by immersion tests in molten aluminum.

  3. Kinetics of borided 31CrMoV9 and 34CrAlNi7 steels

    SciTech Connect

    Efe, Goezde Celebi; Ipek, Mediha; Ozbek, Ibrahim; Bindal, Cuma

    2008-01-15

    In this study, kinetics of borides formed on the surface of 31CrMoV9 and 34CrAlNi7 steels borided in solid medium consisting of Ekabor II at 850-900-950 deg. C for 2, 4, 6 and 8 h were investigated. Scanning electron microscopy and optical microscopy examinations showed that borides formed on the surface of borided steels have columnar morphology. The borides formed in the coating layer confirmed by X-ray diffraction analysis are FeB, Fe{sub 2}B, CrB, and Cr{sub 2}B. The hardnesses of boride layers are much higher than that of matrix. It was found that depending on process temperature and time the fracture toughness of boride layers ranged from 3.93 to 4.48 MPa m{sup 1/2} for 31CrMoV9 and from 3.87 to 4.40 MPa m{sup 1/2} for 34CrAlNi7 steel. Activation energy, growth rate and growth acceleration of boride layer calculated according to these kinetic studies revealed that lower activation energy results in the fast growth rate and high growth acceleration.

  4. The effect of boriding on wear resistance of cold work tool steel

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Anzawa, Y.; Koyama, S.; Shohji, I.

    2017-05-01

    Recently, boriding has attracted extensive attention as surface stiffening processing of plain steel. In this research, the influence of processing time on the formation layer of cold work tool steel (KD11MAX) by Al added fused salt bath was examined. In addition, in order to improve the abrasion resistance of KD11MAX, the effect of the treatment of boronization on the formation layer has been investigated. Boriding were performed in molten borax which contained about 10 mass% Al at processing time of 1.8 ~ 7.2 ks (processing temperature of 1303 K). As a result of the examination, the hardness of the boriding layer becomes about 1900 HV when the processing time of 3.6 ks. Also the abrasion resistance has improved remarkably. Furthermore, it was revealed that the formation layer was boronized iron from the Vickers hardness and analysis of the X-ray diffraction measurement.

  5. Nano-Disperse Borides and Carbides: Plasma Technology Production, Specific Properties, Economic Evaluation

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Galevskii, G. V.; Rudneva, V. V.; Galevskii, S. G.; Tomas, K. I.; Zubkov, M. S.

    2016-04-01

    The experience of production and study on properties of nano-disperse chromium and titanium borides and carbides, and silicon carbide has been generalized. The structure and special service aspects of utilized plasma-metallurgical complex equipped with a three-jet direct-flow reactor with a capacity of 150 kW have been outlined. Processing, heat engineering and service life characteristics of the reactor are specified. The synthesis parameters of borides and carbides, as well as their basic characteristics in nano-disperse condition and their production flow diagram are outlined. Engineering and economic performance of synthesizing borides in laboratory and industrial conditions is assessed, and the respective segment of the international market as well. The work is performed at State Siberian Industrial University as a project part of the State Order of Ministry of Science and Education of the Russian Federation No. 11.1531/2014/K.

  6. Kinetics and Tribological Characterization of Pack-Borided AISI 1025 Steel

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Gómez-Vargas, O. A.; Keddam, M.; Ortiz-Domínguez, M.

    2017-03-01

    In this present study, the AISI 1025 steel was pack-borided in the temperature range of 1,123-1,273 K for different treatment times ranging from 2 to 8 h. A diffusion model was suggested to estimate the boron diffusion coefficients in the Fe2B layers. As a result, the boron activation energy for the AISI 1025 steel was estimated as 174.36 kJ/mol. This value of energy was compared with the literature data. To extend the validity of the present model, other additional boriding conditions were considered. The boride layers formed on the AISI 1025 steel were characterized by the following experimental techniques: scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction analysis and the Daimler-Benz Rockwell-C indentation technique. Finally, the scratch and pin-on-disc tests for wear resistance were achieved using an LG Motion Ltd and a CSM tribometer, respectively, under dry sliding conditions.

  7. Modeling of the electron-beam boriding in the system Fe-B-C-O2

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Dasheev, D. E.; Smirnyagina, N. N.

    2017-05-01

    This paper reviews the conditions of iron borides formation and simulation of surface layers saturation depending on the stoichiometry of original components. Temperature fields have been investigated as well, which form certain phases in accordance with the pressure in the chamber and the power of the electron beam. A thermodynamic study of phase equilibria in Fe-B-C-O systems has been performed. This was done in order to optimize conditions for forming functional layers on the surface of iron-carbon alloys as a result of electron beam boriding in vacuum. Furthermore, strength characteristics of iron boride layers have been determined. Then these layers obtained by different methods and using various source components have been thoroughly compared with each other during the analysis.

  8. Oxidation and volatilization of a niobium alloy

    SciTech Connect

    Smolik, G.R.; McCarthy, K.A.

    1992-07-01

    This report presents the findings from a preliminary investigation into oxidation and volatilization characteristics of a niobium alloy. Niobium is a candidate alloy for use in plasma facing components (PFCS) in experimental fusion reactors like the Intemational Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER). An experimental alloy was tailored to simulate small changes in chemistry which could result from transmutations from irradiation. The alloy was exposed in air and steam between 800[degree]C and 1200[degree]C. Volatilized products and hydrogen were collected and measured. Post-test examinations were also performed on the samples to determine the amount of material loss during the exposures. The obtained measurements of volatilization flux (g/m[sup 2]-s), hydrogen generation rates (liters/m[sup 2]-s), and recession rates (mm/s) are data which can be used for safety analyses and material performance to predict consequences which may result from an accident involving the ingress of air or steam into the plasma chamber of fusion reactor. In our volatility tests, only molybdenum and niobium were found at release levels above the detection limit. Although molybdenum is present at only 0.12 wt%, the quantities of this element volatilized in air are nearly comparable to the quantities of niobium released. The niobium release in steam is only three to four times higher than that of molybdenum in steam. The hydrogen production of the niobium alloy is compared with other PFC materials that we have tested, specifically, beryllium, graphite, and a tunesten alloy. At high temperatures, the hydrogen production rate of the niobium alloy is among the lowest of these materials, significantly lower than beryllium. To understand what this means in an accident situation, modeling is necessary to predict temperatures, and therefore total hydrogen production. The INEL is currently doing this modeling.

  9. Boride-based nano-laminates with MAX-phase-like behaviour

    SciTech Connect

    Telle, Rainer . E-mail: telle@ghi.rwth-aachen.de; Momozawa, Ai; Music, Denis; Schneider, Jochen M.

    2006-09-15

    MAX-phases being usually composed of transition metals, group A elements and carbon/nitrogen are considered interesting materials for many applications because of their tremendous bulk modulus, 'reversible' plasticity, and machinability. This is mainly due to their unique kind of bonding comprising covalent, ionic as well as metallic bonds providing 'easy' planes of rupture and deformability due to the layered crystal structures. In transition metal boride systems, similar types of bonding are available. In particular the W{sub 2}B{sub 5}-structure type and its stacking variations allow the synthesis of strongly layered crystal structures exhibiting unique delamination phenomena. The paper presents ab initio calculations showing the similarities of bonding between the ternary carbides and the corresponding ternary or quaternary borides. Formation of boride-based nano-laminates from auxiliary liquid phases, from the melt as well as during sintering and precipitation from supersaturated solid solutions will be discussed by means of SEM and TEM studies. The role of impurities weakening the interlayer bonding will be addressed in particular. The pronounced cleavage parallel to the basal plane gives rise for crack deflection and pull-out mechanisms if the laminates are dispersed in brittle matrices such as boron carbide, silicon carbide or other transition metal borides. - Graphical abstract: Some transition metal borides crystallise in a layered structure of alternating stacks of metal and boron atoms giving rise for strongly anisotropic properties. Their preferred cleavage parallel and the deformability perpendicular to the basal plan are similar to the peculiar mechanical behaviour recently described for MAX-phases. Ab initio calculations of the crystal structure prove the weak bonds between the layers for a variety of borides which can be used to reinforce ceramic materials on a nano-scale level.

  10. Surface hardening of steel by boriding in a cold rf plasma

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Finberg, I.; Avni, R.; Grill, A.; Spalvins, T.; Buckley, D. H.

    1985-01-01

    Scanning electron spectroscopy, X-ray diffractometry, Auger electron spectroscopy, and microhardness measurements, are used to study the surfaces of 4340-steel samples that have been borided in a cold RF plasma which had been initiated in a gas mixture of 2.7 percent diborane in Ar. As a result of the dislocation of the diborane in the plasma, boron is deposited on the surface of the steel substrate and two crystalline phases, tetragonal Fe2B and orthorhombic FeB, are formed. The formation of boride phases then increases the surface microhardness from 2650 MPa to a maximum value of 7740 MPa.

  11. Surface hardening of steel by boriding in a cold rf plasma

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Finberg, I.; Avni, R.; Grill, A.; Spalvins, T.; Buckley, D. H.

    1985-01-01

    Scanning electron spectroscopy, X-ray diffractometry, Auger electron spectroscopy, and microhardness measurements, are used to study the surfaces of 4340-steel samples that have been borided in a cold RF plasma which had been initiated in a gas mixture of 2.7 percent diborane in Ar. As a result of the dislocation of the diborane in the plasma, boron is deposited on the surface of the steel substrate and two crystalline phases, tetragonal Fe2B and orthorhombic FeB, are formed. The formation of boride phases then increases the surface microhardness from 2650 MPa to a maximum value of 7740 MPa.

  12. 40 CFR 721.10602 - Lead niobium titanium zirconium oxide.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-07-01

    ... 40 Protection of Environment 32 2013-07-01 2013-07-01 false Lead niobium titanium zirconium oxide... Specific Chemical Substances § 721.10602 Lead niobium titanium zirconium oxide. (a) Chemical substance and significant new uses subject to reporting. (1) The chemical substance identified as lead niobium titanium...

  13. 40 CFR 721.10602 - Lead niobium titanium zirconium oxide.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-07-01

    ... 40 Protection of Environment 31 2014-07-01 2014-07-01 false Lead niobium titanium zirconium oxide... Specific Chemical Substances § 721.10602 Lead niobium titanium zirconium oxide. (a) Chemical substance and significant new uses subject to reporting. (1) The chemical substance identified as lead niobium titanium...

  14. Niobium based coatings for dental implants

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Ramírez, G.; Rodil, S. E.; Arzate, H.; Muhl, S.; Olaya, J. J.

    2011-01-01

    Niobium based thin films were deposited on stainless steel (SS) substrates to evaluate them as possible biocompatible surfaces that might improve the biocompatibility and extend the life time of stainless steel dental implants. Niobium nitride and niobium oxide thin films were deposited by reactive unbalanced magnetron sputtering under standard deposition conditions without substrate bias or heating. The biocompatibility of the surfaces was evaluated by testing the cellular adhesion and viability/proliferation of human cementoblasts during different culture times, up to 7 days. The response of the films was compared to the bare substrate and pieces of Ti6Al4V; the most commonly used implant material for orthopedics and osteo-synthesis applications. The physicochemical properties of the films were evaluated by different means; X-ray diffraction, Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy and contact angle measurements. The results suggested that the niobium oxide films were amorphous and of stoichiometric Nb2O5 (a-Nb2O5), while the niobium nitride films were crystalline in the FCC phase (c-NbN) and were also stoichiometric with an Nb to N ratio of one. The biological evaluation showed that the biocompatibility of the SS could be improved by any of the two films, but neither was better than the Ti6Al4V alloy. On the other hand, comparing the two films, the c-NbN seemed to be a better surface than the oxide in terms of the adhesion and proliferation of human cemetoblasts.

  15. Thermophysical properties of liquid niobium

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Hixson, R. S.; Winkler, M. A.

    Thermophysical properties of most liquid metals are difficult to measure because of the very high temperatures and pressures required, but they are important for several reasons. These include understanding the fundamental physics of liquid metals and experimental modeling and design of exploding wires, foils and fuses. The melting points of all but a few metals are at high temperatures, with many exceeding 2000 K. The critical points of most metals exceed temperatures and pressures that may be easily achieved in static high-pressure systems. Because of the limitations on temperatures that may be reached in static high-pressure experiments, various dynamic techniques have been developed to study liquid metals. We use a resistive pule heating method in which a cylindrical wire-shaped sample is made to expand along a isobaric path. During an experiment the sample is heated, made to melt, and enthalpy, temperature, and specific volume are measured. After the liquid end state is reached, a single sound speed measurement per experiment is made. From these fundamental properties, other properties such as thermal expansion coefficient bulk modulii, and compressibilities may be calculated. Here we report measurements that we have recently made on liquid niobium.

  16. Recovery of niobium from irradiated targets

    DOEpatents

    Phillips, Dennis R.; Jamriska, Sr., David J.; Hamilton, Virginia T.

    1994-01-01

    A process for selective separation of niobium from proton irradiated molybdenum targets is provided and includes dissolving the molybdenum target in a hydrogen peroxide solution to form a first ion-containing solution, contacting the first ion-containing solution with a cationic resin whereby ions selected form the group consisting of molybdenum, biobium, technetium, selenium, vanadium, arsenic, germanium, zirconium and rubidium remain in a second ion-containing solution while ions selected from the group consisting of rubidium, zinc, beryllium, cobalt, iron, manganese, chromium, strontium, yttrium and zirconium are selectively adsorbed by the cationic resin; adjusting the pH of the second ion-containing solution to within a range of from about 5.0 to about 6.0; contacting the pH adjusting second ion-containing solution with a dextran-based material for a time to selectively separate niobium from the solution and recovering the niobium from the dextran-based material.

  17. Surface hardening of St41 low carbon steel by using the hot-pressing powder-pack boriding method

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Sutrisno, Soegijono, Bambang

    2014-03-01

    This research describes a powder-pack boriding process by using hot-pressing technic for St41 low carbon steel which will improve the hardness on the substrate by forming boride layer solid solution. Those method can reduce the operational cost of the research if it is compared by the conventional method with the asmospheric condition both vacuum system and gas inert condition. The concept of boriding by hot-pressing technic was verified in a laboratory scale. Welldefined and reusedable technic was achieved by using the stainless steel 304 as the container and sealed with a 5 ton pressure. This container was filled boronizing powder consisting of 5%B4C, 90%SiC, and 5%KBF4 to close the St41 low carbon steel specimen inside the container. The St41 boriding specimen was treated at the temperature of 900°C for 8 hours. The boride layer on the substrate was found as FeB and Fe2B phase with the hardness about 1800 HV. This value was more than ten times if compared with the untreated specimen that only had the hardness of 123 HV. Depend on heat treatment temperature, heat treatment time, and powder-pack boriding pressure, the depth of boride layer range from 127 to 165 μm, leading to a diffusion controlled process.

  18. Metal-boride phase formation on tungsten carbide (WC-Co) during microwave plasma chemical vapor deposition

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Johnston, Jamin M.; Catledge, Shane A.

    2016-02-01

    Strengthening of cemented tungsten carbide by boriding is used to improve the wear resistance and lifetime of carbide tools; however, many conventional boriding techniques render the bulk carbide too brittle for extreme conditions, such as hard rock drilling. This research explored the variation in metal-boride phase formation during the microwave plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition process at surface temperatures from 700 to 1100 °C. We showed several well-adhered metal-boride surface layers consisting of WCoB, CoB and/or W2CoB2 with average hardness from 23 to 27 GPa and average elastic modulus of 600-730 GPa. The metal-boride interlayer was shown to be an effective diffusion barrier against elemental cobalt; migration of elemental cobalt to the surface of the interlayer was significantly reduced. A combination of glancing angle X-ray diffraction, electron dispersive spectroscopy, nanoindentation and scratch testing was used to evaluate the surface composition and material properties. An evaluation of the material properties shows that plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposited borides formed at substrate temperatures of 800 °C, 850 °C, 900 °C and 1000 °C strengthen the material by increasing the hardness and elastic modulus of cemented tungsten carbide. Additionally, these boride surface layers may offer potential for adhesion of ultra-hard carbon coatings.

  19. Production of High Purity Niobium Ingots at CBMM

    SciTech Connect

    Moura, Lourenco de; Faria Sousa, Clovis Antonio de; Burgos Cruz, Edmundo

    2011-03-31

    CBMM is a fully integrated company, from the mine to the end line of the production chain, supplying different niobium products to the world market: ferroniobium, nickelniobium, niobium pentoxide and high purity metallic niobium. This high purity metallic niobium has long been known to exhibit superconductivity below 9.25 Kelvin. This characteristic has the potential to bring technological benefits for many different areas such as medicine, computing and environment. This paper presents the raw material requirements as well as CBMM experience on producing high purity niobium ingots. The results prove that CBMM material can be the best solution for special applications such as low cost superconductive radiofrequency cavities.

  20. Production of High Purity Niobium Ingots at CBMM

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    de Moura, Lourenço; de Faria Sousa, Clovis Antonio; Cruz, Edmundo Burgos

    2011-03-01

    CBMM is a fully integrated company, from the mine to the end line of the production chain, supplying different niobium products to the world market: ferroniobium, nickelniobium, niobium pentoxide and high purity metallic niobium. This high purity metallic niobium has long been known to exhibit superconductivity below 9.25 Kelvin. This characteristic has the potential to bring technological benefits for many different areas such as medicine, computing and environment. This paper presents the raw material requirements as well as CBMM experience on producing high purity niobium ingots. The results prove that CBMM material can be the best solution for special applications such as low cost superconductive radiofrequency cavities.

  1. Design for a superconducting niobium RFQ structure

    SciTech Connect

    Shepard, K.W.; Kennedy, W.L.; Sagalovsky, L.

    1992-01-01

    This paper reports a design for a niobium superconducting RFQ operating at 192 Mhz. The structure is of the rod and post type, novel in that each of four rods is supported by two posts oriented radially with respect to the beam axis. Although the geometry has four-fold rotation symmetry, the dipole-quadrupole mode splitting is large, giving good mechanical tolerances. The simplicity of the geometry enables designing for good mechanical stability while minimizing tooling cost for fabrication with niobium. Results of MAFIA numerical modeling, measurements on a copper model, and plans for a beam test are discussed.

  2. Design for a superconducting niobium RFQ structure

    SciTech Connect

    Shepard, K.W.; Kennedy, W.L.; Sagalovsky, L.

    1992-09-01

    This paper reports a design for a niobium superconducting RFQ operating at 192 Mhz. The structure is of the rod and post type, novel in that each of four rods is supported by two posts oriented radially with respect to the beam axis. Although the geometry has four-fold rotation symmetry, the dipole-quadrupole mode splitting is large, giving good mechanical tolerances. The simplicity of the geometry enables designing for good mechanical stability while minimizing tooling cost for fabrication with niobium. Results of MAFIA numerical modeling, measurements on a copper model, and plans for a beam test are discussed.

  3. Superabrasive boride and a method of preparing the same by mechanical alloying and hot pressing

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    Cook, Bruce A.; Harringa, Joel L.; Russell, Alan M.

    2002-08-13

    A ceramic material which is an orthorhombic boride of the general formula: AlMgB.sub.14 :X, with X being a doping agent. The ceramic is a superabrasive, and in most instances provides a hardness of 40 GPa or greater.

  4. Structures and stability of novel transition-metal (M =Co ,Rh ,Co and Ir ) borides

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    Wang, Yachun; Wu, Lailei; Lin, Yangzheng; Hu, Qingyang; Li, Zhiping; Liu, Hanyu; Zhang, Yunkun; Gou, Huiyang; Yao, Yansun; Zhang, Jingwu; Gao, Faming; Mao, Ho-kwang

    2015-11-01

    Recent progress of high-pressure technology enables the synthesis of novel metal borides with diverse compositions and interesting properties. A precise characterization of these borides, however, is sometimes hindered by multiphase intergrowth and grain-size limitation in the synthesis process. Here, we theoretically explored new transition-metal borides (M =Co , Rh, and Ir) using a global structure searching method and discovered a series of stable compounds in this family. The predicted phases display a rich variety of stoichiometries and distinct boron networks resulting from the electron-deficient environments. Significantly, we identified a new Ir B1.25 structure as the long-sought structure of the first synthesized Ir-B compound. The simulated x-ray diffraction pattern of the proposed Ir B1.25 structure matches well with the experiment, and the convex hull calculation establishes its thermodynamic stability. Results of the present paper should advance the understanding of transition-metal borides and stimulate experimental explorations of these new and promising materials.

  5. Ultra-Fast Boriding in High-Temperature Materials Processing Industries

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    2008-12-01

    This factsheet describes a research project whose main objective is to further develop, optimize, scale-up, and commercialize an ultra-fast boriding (also referred to as “boronizing”) process that can provide much higher energy efficiency, productivity, and near-zero emissions in many of the high-temperature materials processing industries.

  6. Crystallization of niobium germanosilicate glasses

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    Santos, Rodrigo; Wondraczek, Lothar

    2010-01-15

    Niobium germanosilicate glasses are potential candidates for the fabrication of transparent glass ceramics with interesting non-linear optical properties. A series of glasses in the (Ge,Si)O{sub 2}-Nb{sub 2}O{sub 5}-K{sub 2}O system were prepared by melting and casting and their characteristic temperatures were determined by differential thermal analysis. Progressive replacement of GeO{sub 2} by SiO{sub 2} improved the thermal stability of the glasses. Depending on the composition and the crystallization heat-treatment, different nanocrystalline phases-KNbSi{sub 2}O{sub 7}, K{sub 3}Nb{sub 3}Si{sub 2}O{sub 13} and K{sub 3.8}Nb{sub 5}Ge{sub 3}O{sub 20.4} could be obtained. The identification and characterization of these phases were performed by X-ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopy. The 40 GeO{sub 2}-10 SiO{sub 2}-25 Nb{sub 2}O{sub 5}-25 K{sub 2}O (mol%) composition presented the higher ability for volume crystallization and its nucleation temperature was determined by the Marotta's method. An activation energy for crystal growth of {approx}529 kJ/mol and a nucleation rate of 9.7x10{sup 18} m{sup -3} s{sup -1} was obtained, for this composition. Transparent glass ceramics with a crystalline volume fraction of {approx}57% were obtained after a 2 h heat-treatment at the nucleation temperature, with crystallite sizes of {approx}20 nm as determined by transmission electron microscopy. - Abstract: TEM image and XRD pattern of the glass ceramic produced (circles indicate nanocrystals).

  7. Heat-resistant coatings for niobium and niobium-base alloys (review)

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    Dzyadykevich, Y.V.

    1986-06-01

    The author shows that it is possible to formulate the directions in developments whose purpose is to increase the heat resistance of niobium and niobium-base alloys. These include the creation of a barrier layer for retarding undesirable diffusion processes at the coating-base interface, the formation on niobium alloy parts of alloy silicide layers, the obtaining on parts operating at temperatures above 1300 C of a coating of molybdenum disilicide, the application to previously siliconized niobium alloys of a barrier layer of heterophase coatings, the matrix of which is a low-melting component and the filler refractory compounds, and the addition to the oxidizing gaseous medium of various additions increasing the service life of the protective coating.

  8. Niobium nitride-niobium Josephson tunnel junctions with sputtered amorphous silicon barriers

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    Jillie, D.W.; Kroger, H.; Smith, L.N.; Cukauskas, E.J.; Nisenoff, M.

    1982-04-15

    Niobium nitride-niobium Josephson tunnel junctions with sputtered amorphous silicon barriers (NbN-..cap alpha..Si-Nb) have been prepared using processing that is fully compatible with integrated circuit fabrication. These junctions are of suitable quality and uniformity for digital circuit and S-I-S detector applications. The junction quality depends critically upon the properties of the NbN surface, and seems to correlate well with the UV/visible reflectivity of this surface.

  9. Additive-assisted synthesis of boride, carbide, and nitride micro/nanocrystals

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    Chen, Bo; Yang, Lishan; Heng, Hua; Chen, Jingzhong; Zhang, Linfei; Xu, Liqiang; Qian, Yitai; Yang, Jian

    2012-10-15

    General and simple methods for the syntheses of borides, carbides and nitrides are highly desirable, since those materials have unique physical properties and promising applications. Here, a series of boride (TiB{sub 2}, ZrB{sub 2}, NbB{sub 2}, CeB{sub 6}, PrB{sub 6}, SmB{sub 6}, EuB{sub 6}, LaB{sub 6}), carbide (SiC, TiC, NbC, WC) and nitride (TiN, BN, AlN, MgSiN{sub 2}, VN) micro/nanocrystals were prepared from related oxides and amorphous boron/active carbon/NaN{sub 3} with the assistance of metallic Na and elemental S. In-situ temperature monitoring showed that the reaction temperature could increase quickly to {approx}850 Degree-Sign C, once the autoclave was heated to 100 Degree-Sign C. Such a rapid temperature increase was attributed to the intense exothermic reaction between Na and S, which assisted the formation of borides, carbides and nitrides. The as-obtained products were characterized by XRD, SEM, TEM, and HRTEM techniques. Results in this report will greatly benefit the future extension of this approach to other compounds. - Graphical abstract: An additive-assisted approach is successfully developed for the syntheses of borides, carbides and nitrides micro/nanocrystals with the assistance of the exothermic reaction between Na and S. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer An additive-assisted synthesis strategy is developed for a number of borides, carbides and nitrides. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The reaction mechanism is demonstrated by the case of SiC nanowires. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The formation of SiC nanowires is initiated by the exothermic reaction of Na and S.

  10. Potential and limitations of microanalysis SEM techniques to characterize borides in brazed Ni-based superalloys

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    Ruiz-Vargas, J.; Siredey-Schwaller, N.; Noyrez, P.; Mathieu, S.; Bocher, P.; and others

    2014-08-15

    Brazed Ni-based superalloys containing complex phases of different Boron contents remain difficult to characterize at the micrometer scale. Indeed Boron is a light element difficult to measure precisely. The state-of-the-art microanalysis systems have been tested on a single crystal MC2 based metal brazed with BNi-2 alloy to identify boride precipitates. Effort has been made to evaluate the accuracy in Boron quantitation. Energy-dispersive and wavelength-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy attached to a Scanning Electron Microscope have first been used to determine the elemental composition of Boron-free phases, and then applied to various types of borides. Results have been compared to the ones obtained using a dedicated electron probe microanalysis, considered here as the reference technique. The most accurate method to quantify Boron using EDS is definitely by composition difference. A precision of 5 at.% could be achieved with optimized data acquisition and post-processing schemes. Attempts that aimed at directly quantifying Boron with various standards using EDS or coupled EDS/WDS gave less accurate results. Ultimately, Electron Backscatter Diffraction combined with localized EDS analysis has proved invaluable in conclusively identifying micrometer sized boride precipitates; thus further improving the characterization of brazed Ni-based superalloys. - Highlights: • We attempt to accurately identify Boron-rich phases in Ni-based superalloys. • EDS, WDS, EBSD systems are tested for accurate identification of these borides. • Results are compared with those obtained by electron probe microanalysis. • Boron was measured with EDS by composition difference with a precision of 5 at. %. • Additional EBSD in phase identification mode conclusively identifies the borides.

  11. Developing of superconducting niobium cavities for accelerators

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    Pobol, I. L.; Yurevich, S. V.

    2015-11-01

    The results of a study of structure and mechanical properties of welding joints, superconducting characteristics of the material after joining of welded components of superconducting radio frequency cavities are presented. The paper also describes the results of testing of the RF 1.3 GHz single-cell niobium cavity manufactured in the PTI NAS Belarus.

  12. Silicon-based coatings on niobium metal

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    Stupik, P.D.; Jervis, T.R.; Nastasi, M.; Donovan, M.M.; Barron, A.R. . Dept. of Chemistry; Los Alamos National Lab., NM; Harvard Univ., Cambridge, MA . Dept. of Chemistry)

    1989-01-01

    Silicon coatings on niobium substrates were subjected to thermal, ion beam and laser mixing, and the effectiveness of the different methods for the synthesis of graded interfaces was compared. The resulting metal/silicon interfaces were characterized by x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), auger electron spectroscopy (AES) and the Rutherford backscattering (RBS). 6 refs., 4 figs.

  13. A spiraled niobium tin superconductive ribbon

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    Coles, W. D.

    1973-01-01

    Copper film is vapor-deposited on clean ribbon and sprayed with photosensitive etch-resistant material. Photographic film masks are placed on ribbon and exposed to ultraviolet light. Etchant removes copper and exposure to oxidizing atmosphere forms niobium oxide. Photosensitive material is removed and ribbon is immersed in molten temperatures.

  14. Niobium hyperfine structure in crystal calcium tungstate

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    Tseng, D. L.; Kikuchi, C.

    1972-01-01

    A study of the niobium hyperfine structure in single crystal calcium tungstate was made by the combination of the technique of electron paramagnetic resonance and electron nuclear double resonance (EPR/ENDOR). The microwave frequency was about 9.4 GHz and the radio frequency from 20MHz to 70 MHz. The rare earth ions Nd(3+), U(3+), or Tm(3+) were added as the charge compensator for Nb(5+). To create niobium paramagnetic centers, the sample was irradiated at 77 deg K with a 10 thousand curie Co-60 gamma source for 1 to 2 hours at a dose rate of 200 K rads per hour and then transferred quickly into the cavity. In a general direction of magnetic field, the spectra showed 4 sets of 10 main lines corresponding to 4 nonequivalent sites of niobium with I = 9/2. These 4 sets of lines coalesced into 2 sets of 10 in the ab-plane and into a single set of 10 along the c-axis. This symmetry suggested that the tungsten ions are substituted by the niobium ions in the crystal.

  15. Dispersion-strengthened copper-niobium composites

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    Troxell, J.

    1995-06-01

    GlidCop dispersion-strengthened copper is a family of engineered alloys which combine high strength, high thermal and electrical conductivities, and outstanding resistance to softening following exposure to elevated temperatures. A proprietary process based on GlidCop dispersion-strengthened copper technology improves mechanical properties through the addition of niobium. Two grades have been developed: Al-60 + NB1000 and Al-15 + NB1000. Each composite contains 10% niobium by weight, in the form of uniformly dispersed particles. The technology produces a uniform distribution of niobium in the internally oxidized, dispersion-strengthened copper powder. This powder can be consolidated in the same manner as conventional GlidCop Powder to produce a variety of mill shapes. The addition of 10% niobium to the Al-60 matrix increases strength and hardness with only minimal reduction in electrical conductivity. The room-temperature properties of Al-60 + NB1000 following exposure to 980 C (1,800 F), are compared with the properties of some commonly used RWMA welding materials which have also been exposed to elevated temperatures. While Al-60 + NB1000 has outstanding as-extruded mechanical properties, the cold workability of this material is limited. A cold-workable composite using the lower aluminum oxide Al-15 + NB1000 indicate that the properties of the as-extruded bar are improved by cold work, specifically drawing.

  16. RF Sputtering of Gold Contacts On Niobium

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    Barr, D. W.

    1983-01-01

    Reliable gold contacts are deposited on niobium by combination of RF sputtering and photolithography. Process results in structures having gold only where desired for electrical contact. Contacts are stable under repeated cycling from room temperature to 4.2 K and show room-temperature contact resistance as much as 40 percent below indium contacts made by thermalcompression bonding.

  17. Evaluation of the tool life and fracture toughness of cutting tools boronized by the paste boriding process

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    Campos, I.; Farah, M.; López, N.; Bermúdez, G.; Rodríguez, G.; VillaVelázquez, C.

    2008-03-01

    The present study evaluates the tool life and the fracture toughness of AISI M2 steel cutting tools boronized by the paste boriding process. The treatment was done in selective form on the tool tips of the steels. The temperatures were set at 1173 and 1273 K with 4 h of exposure time and modifying the boron carbide paste thicknesses in 3 and 4 mm. Microindentation fracture toughness method was used on the borided tool at the temperature of 1273 K and a 4 mm paste thickness, with a 100 g load at different distances from the surface. Also, the borided cutting tools were worn by the turning process that implied the machining of AISI 1018 steel increasing the nominal cutting speed, of 55 m/min, in 10 and 25% and maintaining the feed and the depth cut constants. The tool life was evaluated by the Taylor's equation that shows the dependence of the experimental parameters of the boriding process.

  18. A kinetic model for estimating the boron activation energies in the FeB and Fe2B layers during the gas-boriding of Armco iron: Effect of boride incubation times

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    Keddam, M.; Kulka, M.; Makuch, N.; Pertek, A.; Małdziński, L.

    2014-04-01

    The present work deals with a simulation of the growth kinetics of boride layers grown on Armco iron substrate. The formed boride layers (FeB + Fe2B) are obtained by the gas-boriding in the temperature range of 1073-1273 K during a time duration ranging from 80 to 240 min. The used approach solves the mass balance equations at the two growing fronts: (FeB/Fe2B) and (Fe2B/Fe) under certain assumptions. To consider the effect of the incubation times for the borides formation, the temperature-dependent function Φ(T) was incorporated in the model. The following input data: (the boriding temperature, the treatment time, the upper and lower values of boron concentrations in FeB and Fe2B and the experimental parabolic growth constants) are needed to determine the boron activation energies in the FeB and Fe2B layers. The obtained values of boron activation energies were then compared with the values available in the literature. Finally, a good agreement was obtained between the simulated values of boride layers thicknesses and the experimental ones in the temperature range of 1073-1273 K.

  19. Improving the Adhesion Resistance of the Boride Coatings to AISI 316L Steel Substrate by Diffusion Annealing

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    Campos-Silva, I.; Bernabé-Molina, S.; Bravo-Bárcenas, D.; Martínez-Trinidad, J.; Rodríguez-Castro, G.; Meneses-Amador, A.

    2016-09-01

    In this study, new results about the practical adhesion resistance of boride coating/substrate system formed at the surface of AISI 316 L steel and improved by means of a diffusion annealing process are presented. First, the boriding of AISI 316 L steel was performed by the powder-pack method at 1173 K with different exposure times (4-8 h). The diffusion annealing process was conducted on the borided steels at 1273 K with 2 h of exposure using a diluent atmosphere of boron powder mixture. The mechanical behavior of the boride coating/substrate system developed by both treatments was established using Vickers and Berkovich tests along the depth of the boride coatings, respectively. Finally, for the entire set of experimental conditions, the scratch tests were performed with a continuously increasing normal force, in which the practical adhesion resistance of the boride coating/substrate system was represented by the critical load. The failure mechanisms developed over the surface of the scratch tracks were analyzed; the FeB-Fe2B/substrate system exhibited an adhesive mode, while the Fe2B/substrate system obtained by the diffusion annealing process showed predominantly a cohesive failure mode.

  20. Selection of peptides binding to metallic borides by screening M13 phage display libraries

    PubMed Central

    2014-01-01

    Background Metal borides are a class of inorganic solids that is much less known and investigated than for example metal oxides or intermetallics. At the same time it is a highly versatile and interesting class of compounds in terms of physical and chemical properties, like semiconductivity, ferromagnetism, or catalytic activity. This makes these substances attractive for the generation of new materials. Very little is known about the interaction between organic materials and borides. To generate nanostructured and composite materials which consist of metal borides and organic modifiers it is necessary to develop new synthetic strategies. Phage peptide display libraries are commonly used to select peptides that bind specifically to metals, metal oxides, and semiconductors. Further, these binding peptides can serve as templates to control the nucleation and growth of inorganic nanoparticles. Additionally, the combination of two different binding motifs into a single bifunctional phage could be useful for the generation of new composite materials. Results In this study, we have identified a unique set of sequences that bind to amorphous and crystalline nickel boride (Ni3B) nanoparticles, from a random peptide library using the phage display technique. Using this technique, strong binders were identified that are selective for nickel boride. Sequence analysis of the peptides revealed that the sequences exhibit similar, yet subtle different patterns of amino acid usage. Although a predominant binding motif was not observed, certain charged amino acids emerged as essential in specific binding to both substrates. The 7-mer peptide sequence LGFREKE, isolated on amorphous Ni3B emerged as the best binder for both substrates. Fluorescence microscopy and atomic force microscopy confirmed the specific binding affinity of LGFREKE expressing phage to amorphous and crystalline Ni3B nanoparticles. Conclusions This study is, to our knowledge, the first to identify peptides that

  1. Mechanical properties of three types of high RRR niobium

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    Myneni, Ganapati; Rao Myneni, Ganapati; Kneisel, Peter

    2004-12-01

    Several future particle accelerator projects such as the International Linear Collider (ILC), the Rare Isotope Accelerator (RIA), Energy Recovery Linacs (ERL) and Free Electron Lasers (FEL) make use of Superconducting Radio Frequency (SRF) technology. The accelerating devices (cavities) are manufactured from bulk high purity (RRR) niobium and are being operated at cryogenic temperatures. Jefferson Lab has partnered with Reference Metals Company to optimize not only the properties of the RRR z niobium for high performance accelerating structures but also to reduce the manufacturing costs for the material and the devices.tIn this paper we present the mechanical properties of three types of high RRR niobium: a) standard high RRR niobium presently used in the production of the cavities b) niobium with 150, 500 and 1200 wt. ppm tantalum content and c) high RRR single crystal niobium sliced directly from ingots.We will also briefly compare the performance of cavities made from these di

  2. PROCESS OF COATING GRAPHITE WITH NIOBIUM-TITANIUM CARBIDE

    DOEpatents

    Halden, F.A.; Smiley, W.D.; Hruz, F.M.

    1961-07-01

    A process of coating graphite with niobium - titanium carbide is described. It is found that the addition of more than ten percent by weight of titanium to niobium results in much greater wetting of the graphite by the niobium and a much more adherent coating. The preferred embodiment comprises contacting the graphite with a powdered alloy or mixture, degassing simultaneously the powder and the graphite, and then heating them to a high temperature to cause melting, wetting, spreading, and carburization of the niobium-titanium powder.

  3. Ingot Niobium RF Cavity Design and Development at BARC

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    Mittal, K. C.; Mondal, J.; Ghatak, S.; Dhavale, A. S.; Ghodke, S. R.; Vohra, R. S.; Jawale, S. B.; Dutta, D.; Pujari, P. K.; Saha, T. K.; Bapat, A. V.

    2011-03-31

    This article presents the different activity of Ingot niobium in BARC. BARC is developing a technology for the accelerator driven subcritical system (ADSS) that will be mainly utilized for the transmutation of nuclear waste and enrichment of U{sup 233}. Design and development of superconducting medium velocity cavity has been taken up as a part of the ADSS project. The design and fabrication of f = 1050 MHz, {beta} = 0.49 with Ingot niobium will be presented. Positron annihilation studies are conducted on small samples of ingot niobium to understand the defect depth profile of the niobium surface. The results are presented here.

  4. A Crossover from High Stiffness to High Hardness: The Case of Osmium and Its Borides

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    Bian, Yongming; Liu, Xiaomei; Li, Anhu; Liang, Yongcheng

    2016-09-01

    Transition-metal light-element compounds are currently raising great expectations for hard and superhard materials. Using the widely attracting osmium (Os) and its borides (OsB, Os2B3 and OsB2) as prototypes, we demonstrate by first-principles calculations that heavy transition metals, which possess high stiffness but low hardness, can be converted into highly hard materials by incorporating of light elements to form compounds. Such a crossover is a manifestation that the underlying sources of high stiffness and high hardness are fundamentally different. The stiffness is related to elastic deformation that is closely associated with valence electron density, whereas the hardness depends strongly on plastic deformation that is determined by bonding nature. Therefore, the incorporation of light atoms into transition metal should be a valid pathway of designing hard and superhard materials. This strategy is in principle also applicable to other transition-metal borides, carbides, and nitrides.

  5. Adsorption of micelle-forming surfactants from aqueous solutions on disperse titanium boride

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    Grodskii, A.S.; Komleva, E.A.; Frolov, Yu.G.

    1988-08-10

    Adsorption studies showed that nonionogenic and cationic surfactants are adsorbed on the surface of disperse titanium boride. Anionic surfactants are virtually not adsorbed due to the negative charge of the particles. It was found that in the region of low concentrations of surfactants in the solution, adsorption of Sintanols takes place in lyophobic regions and the surface of the particles becomes hydrophilic. The Sintamid molecules are adsorbed on the entire interface, including both hydrophobic and hydrophilic sections, with subsequent formation of bimolecular layers by adsorption on hydrophobic sections. Catamine-AB is adsorbed on hydrophilic sections of the surface also with the formation of bimolecular layers. Developed polymolecular layers up to 10-15 nm thick are formed on titanium boride particles from micellar solutions of nonionigenic and cationic surfactants.

  6. Boriding 5khNM hot-working dies in coatings

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    Luk'yanov, V.P.; Mitrokhovich, N.N.; Polovnikov, V.M.

    1983-03-01

    The life of the forging die determines the effectiveness of close died forging methods. Boron impregnation expands the life of the die. Tests were run on boriding pastes where boron carbide is the supplier of active boron and cryolite the binder and activator. High cryolite results in the highest boron impregnation activity but must be kept in ratio to the boron. The establishment of the chemical mechanism of the paste discovers 3-5 sodium flouride along with cryolite and boron, from which an optimum composition at 860 C for 4h. is determined. The optimum thickness of the layer should be 3-5mm, less not being thick enough, more causing runoff and oxidation. Steel impregnated with boron paste was then tested for erosion, with good results. Boriding in the coating of forging dies, now in use at the Lepse South Kama Plant, is recommended.

  7. Friction and wear of radiofrequency-sputtered borides, silicides, and carbides

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    Brainard, W. A.; Wheeler, D. R.

    1978-01-01

    The friction and wear properties of several refractory compound coatings were examined. These compounds were applied to 440 C bearing steel surfaces by radiofrequency (RF) sputtering. The refractory compounds were the titanium and molybdenum borides, the titanium and molybdenum silicides, and the titanium, molybdenum, and boron carbides. Friction testing was done with a pin-on-disk wear apparatus at loads from 0.1 to 5.0 newtons. Generally, the best wear properties were obtained when the coatings were bias sputtered onto 440 C disks that had been preoxidized. Adherence was improved because of the better bonding of the coatings to the iron oxide formed during preoxidation. As a class the carbides provided wear protection to the highest loads. Titanium boride coatings provided low friction and good wear properties to moderate loads.

  8. Nitrogen doping study in ingot niobium cavities

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    Dhakal, Pashupati; Ciovati, Gianluigi; Kneisel, Peter; Myneni, Ganapati Rao; Makita, Junki

    2015-09-01

    Thermal diffusion of nitrogen in niobium superconducting radio frequency cavities at temperature ~800 °C has resulted in the increase in quality factor with a low-field Q-rise extending to Bp > 90 mT. However, the maximum accelerating gradient of these doped cavities often deteriorates below the values achieved by standard treatments prior to doping. Here, we present the results of the measurements on ingot niobium cavities doped with nitrogen at 800 °C. The rf measurements were carried out after the successive electropolishing to remove small amount of material from the inner surface layer. The result showed higher breakdown field with lower quality factor as material removal increases.

  9. Microstructures in rapidly solidified niobium aluminides

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    Hebsur, Mohan G.; Locci, Ivan E.

    1988-01-01

    The microstructures of niobium aluminides produced by chill block melt spinning were compared to those of niobium aluminides produced by conventional casting. The rapidly solidified alloys were rapidly solidified by melt spinning in an argon atmosphere, and the melt-spun ribbons were examined by optical, X-ray, and TEM techniques. Microstructures were found to range from single-phase for Nb-75 at. pct Al (NbAl3) to two phase for Nb-46 at. pct Al (NbAl3 + Nb2Al). It was found that the melt spinning of Nb-aluminides produced finer grained microstructures than those produced in induction-melted ingots or in powders produced by the rotating electrode process. Ternary additions such as Cr, Ti, and Si tended to form intermetallic phases along the grain boundaries.

  10. Synthesis and Characterization of an Alumina Forming Nanolaminated Boride: MoAlB

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    Kota, Sankalp; Zapata-Solvas, Eugenio; Ly, Alexander; Lu, Jun; Elkassabany, Omar; Huon, Amanda; Lee, William E.; Hultman, Lars; May, Steve J.; Barsoum, Michel W.

    2016-01-01

    The ‘MAlB’ phases are nanolaminated, ternary transition metal borides that consist of a transition metal boride sublattice interleaved by monolayers or bilayers of pure aluminum. However, their synthesis and properties remain largely unexplored. Herein, we synthesized dense, predominantly single-phase samples of one such compound, MoAlB, using a reactive hot pressing method. High-resolution scanning transmission electron microscopy confirmed the presence of two Al layers in between a Mo-B sublattice. Unique among the transition metal borides, MoAlB forms a dense, mostly amorphous, alumina scale when heated in air. Like other alumina formers, the oxidation kinetics follow a cubic time-dependence. At room temperature, its resistivity is low (0.36–0.49 μΩm) and – like a metal – drops linearly with decreasing temperatures. It is also a good thermal conductor (35 Wm−1K−1 at 26 °C). In the 25–1300 °C temperature range, its thermal expansion coefficient is 9.5 × 10−6 K−1. Preliminary results suggest the compound is stable to at least 1400 °C in inert atmospheres. Moderately low Vickers hardness values of 10.6 ± 0.3 GPa, compared to other transition metal borides, and ultimate compressive strengths up to 1940 ± 103 MPa were measured at room temperature. These results are encouraging and warrant further study of this compound for potential use at high temperatures. PMID:27220751

  11. Heat capacity and thermal expansion of icosahedral lutetium boride LuB66

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    Novikov, V V; Avdashchenko, D V; Matovnikov, A V; Mitroshenkov, N V; Bud’ko, S L

    2014-01-07

    The experimental values of heat capacity and thermal expansion for lutetium boride LuB66 in the temperature range of 2-300 K were analysed in the Debye-Einstein approximation. It was found that the vibration of the boron sub-lattice can be considered within the Debye model with high characteristic temperatures; low-frequency vibration of weakly connected metal atoms is described by the Einstein model.

  12. Bragg projection ptychography on niobium phase domain

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    Burdet, Nicolas; Shi, Xiaowen; Huang, Xiaojing; Clark, Jesse N.; Harder, Ross; Robinson, Ian K.

    2016-08-10

    Here, we demonstrate that the highly sensitive phase-contrast properties of Bragg coherent diffraction measurements combined with the translational diversity of ptychography can provide a Bragg “dark field” imaging method capable of revealing the finger print of domain structure in metallic thin films. Experimental diffraction data was taken from a epitaxially grown niobium metallic thin film on sapphire; and analyzed with the help of a careful combination of implemented refinement mechanisms.

  13. Microwave mixing with niobium variable thickness bridges

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    Wang, L.-K.; Callegari, A.; Deaver, B. S., Jr.

    1977-01-01

    Niobium thin-film bridges 300-A thick, 1-micron wide, and 0.5-micron long joining two bulk films 5000-A thick and having normal resistance of the order of 1 ohm have been fabricated and used for microwave mixing at 10 GHz. They exhibit Josephson, bolometric, and multiple-flux-flow mixing and have useful response at 100-200 GHz. The data show in a direct way limitations imposed by flux flow and heating.

  14. ROUGHNESS ANALYSIS OF VARIOUSLY POLISHED NIOBIUM SURFACES

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    Ribeill, G.; Reece, C.

    2008-01-01

    Niobium superconducting radio frequency (SRF) cavities have gained widespread use in accelerator systems. It has been shown that surface roughness is a determining factor in the cavities’ effi ciency and maximum accelerating potential achievable through this technology. Irregularities in the surface can lead to spot heating, undesirable local electrical fi eld enhancement and electron multipacting. Surface quality is typically ensured through the use of acid etching in a Buffered Chemical Polish (BCP) bath and electropolishing (EP). In this study, the effects of these techniques on surface morphology have been investigated in depth. The surface of niobium samples polished using different combinations of these techniques has been characterized through atomic force microscopy (AFM) and stylus profi lometry across a range of length scales. The surface morphology was analyzed using spectral techniques to determine roughness and characteristic dimensions. Experimentation has shown that this method is a valuable tool that provides quantitative information about surface roughness at different length scales. It has demonstrated that light BCP pretreatment and lower electrolyte temperature favors a smoother electropolish. These results will allow for the design of a superior polishing process for niobium SRF cavities and therefore increased accelerator operating effi ciency and power.

  15. Influence of Re Concentration on the Mechanical Properties of Tungsten Borides from First-Principles Calculations

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    Pan, Yong; Lin, Yuanhua

    2017-10-01

    Tungsten borides are promising high-temperature materials. However, the structure and hardening mechanisms of tungsten boride are still great challenges. To solve the problems, we apply the first-principles method to study the structure of WB3 and explore the influence of alloying element Re on the mechanical properties of WB3. The calculated Vickers hardness of WB3 is 39.1 GPa. We further find that a low concentration of Re can improve the hardness of WB3, which is in good agreement with the experimental result. However, the hardness and elastic properties of WB3 decrease gradually with increasing Re concentration. The calculated results show that the structure and hardness of WB3 are attributed to the B-B hexagonal prism. A high concentration of Re weakens the charge interaction between the B-B atoms, and reduces the mechanical properties of WB3. Therefore, we can adjust the alloy concentration to improve the Vickers hardness of transition metal borides.

  16. Synthesis and characterization of noble metal borides: RuB{sub x}(x > 1)

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    Li, Zhifang; Zheng, Dafang; Ding, Zhanhui; Li, Yongfeng; Yao, Bin; Li, Yongsheng; Zhao, Xudong; Yu, Guichuan; Tang, Yang; Zheng, Weitao; Liu, Xiaoyang

    2016-02-15

    Highlights: • Hexagonal RuB{sub 1.1} were synthesized using ruthenium and boron powders as raw materials during ball milling process. • Orthorhombic RuB{sub 2} were synthesized under high pressure (5 GPa) and high temperature (1000 °C) conditions. • Hexagonal Ru{sub 2}B{sub 3} have been synthesized under 5 GPa and 1200 °C. - Abstract: Noble metal borides RuB{sub 1.1}, RuB{sub 2} and Ru{sub 2}B{sub 3} have been synthesized by mechanical alloying and high pressure sintering methods using ruthenium (Ru) and boron (B) powders as raw materials. The crystal structures of borides were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The results shown that only RuB{sub 1.1} with hexagonal crystal structure was synthesized during the ball milling process, the orthorhombic RuB{sub 2} was synthesized under high pressure (5 GPa) and high temperature (1000 °C) conditions, while the hexagonal Ru{sub 2}B{sub 3} can be synthesized under 5 GPa and 1200 °C. The mechanism of synthesis for the ruthenium borides (RuB{sub x}) are discussed in details.

  17. Structure of superhard tungsten tetraboride: a missing link between MB2 and MB12 higher borides.

    PubMed

    Lech, Andrew T; Turner, Christopher L; Mohammadi, Reza; Tolbert, Sarah H; Kaner, Richard B

    2015-03-17

    Superhard metals are of interest as possible replacements with enhanced properties over the metal carbides commonly used in cutting, drilling, and wear-resistant tooling. Of the superhard metals, the highest boride of tungsten--often referred to as WB4 and sometimes as W(1-x)B3--is one of the most promising candidates. The structure of this boride, however, has never been fully resolved, despite the fact that it was discovered in 1961--a fact that severely limits our understanding of its structure-property relationships and has generated increasing controversy in the literature. Here, we present a new crystallographic model of this compound based on refinement against time-of-flight neutron diffraction data. Contrary to previous X-ray-only structural refinements, there is strong evidence for the presence of interstitial arrangements of boron atoms and polyhedral bonding. The formation of these polyhedral--slightly distorted boron cuboctahedra--appears to be dependent upon the defective nature of the tungsten-deficient metal sublattice. This previously unidentified structure type has an intermediary relationship between MB2 and MB12 type boride polymorphs. Manipulation of the fractionally occupied metal and boron sites may provide insight for the rational design of new superhard metals.

  18. Influence of Re Concentration on the Mechanical Properties of Tungsten Borides from First-Principles Calculations

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    Pan, Yong; Lin, Yuanhua

    2017-08-01

    Tungsten borides are promising high-temperature materials. However, the structure and hardening mechanisms of tungsten boride are still great challenges. To solve the problems, we apply the first-principles method to study the structure of WB3 and explore the influence of alloying element Re on the mechanical properties of WB3. The calculated Vickers hardness of WB3 is 39.1 GPa. We further find that a low concentration of Re can improve the hardness of WB3, which is in good agreement with the experimental result. However, the hardness and elastic properties of WB3 decrease gradually with increasing Re concentration. The calculated results show that the structure and hardness of WB3 are attributed to the B-B hexagonal prism. A high concentration of Re weakens the charge interaction between the B-B atoms, and reduces the mechanical properties of WB3. Therefore, we can adjust the alloy concentration to improve the Vickers hardness of transition metal borides.

  19. Structure of superhard tungsten tetraboride: A missing link between MB2 and MB12 higher borides

    PubMed Central

    Lech, Andrew T.; Turner, Christopher L.; Mohammadi, Reza; Tolbert, Sarah H.; Kaner, Richard B.

    2015-01-01

    Superhard metals are of interest as possible replacements with enhanced properties over the metal carbides commonly used in cutting, drilling, and wear-resistant tooling. Of the superhard metals, the highest boride of tungsten—often referred to as WB4 and sometimes as W1–xB3—is one of the most promising candidates. The structure of this boride, however, has never been fully resolved, despite the fact that it was discovered in 1961—a fact that severely limits our understanding of its structure–property relationships and has generated increasing controversy in the literature. Here, we present a new crystallographic model of this compound based on refinement against time-of-flight neutron diffraction data. Contrary to previous X-ray–only structural refinements, there is strong evidence for the presence of interstitial arrangements of boron atoms and polyhedral bonding. The formation of these polyhedra—slightly distorted boron cuboctahedra—appears to be dependent upon the defective nature of the tungsten-deficient metal sublattice. This previously unidentified structure type has an intermediary relationship between MB2 and MB12 type boride polymorphs. Manipulation of the fractionally occupied metal and boron sites may provide insight for the rational design of new superhard metals. PMID:25733870

  20. Low temperature route for the synthesis of rare earth transition metal borides and their hydrides

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    Kramp, S.; Febri, M.; Joubert, J.C.

    1997-10-01

    Synthesis of rare earth-based alloys by the ORD technique consists in the reduction of rare earth oxides in a melt of calcium under argon, and simultaneous diffusion-reaction of the just formed rare earth metal with the other elements. This method has been applied with success to numerous ternary borides containing transition metals such as the magnetic alloys Y{sub 2}Co{sub 14}B, LnCo{sub 4}B, and YCo{sub 3}B{sub 2}. By using a small excess of Ca, boride particles grow in a viscous slurry media containing unreacted (melted) Ca and nanosize CaO particles. Single phase boride alloys can be obtained at 1000{degrees}C as loose micrometer-size particles of very high crystal quality as confirmed by the sharp diffraction peaks on the corresponding X-ray diagrams. Particles can be easily recovered by gentle wishing in diluted weak acid solution, and dried under vacuum at room temperature. This rather low temperature technique is particularly adapted to the synthesis of incongruent melting phases, as well as for the alloys containing volatile rare earth elements (Sm, Yb, Tb,...).

  1. A Low Temperature Route for the Synthesis of Rare Earth Transition Metal Borides and Their Hydrides

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    Kramp, S.; Febri, M.; Joubert, J. C.

    1997-10-01

    Synthesis of rare earth-based alloys by the ORD technique consists in the reduction of rare earth oxides in a melt of calcium under argon, and simultaneous diffusion-reaction of the just formed rare earth metal with the other elements. This method has been applied with success to numerous ternary borides containing transition metals such as the magnetic alloys Y2Co14B, LnCo4B, and YCo3B2. By using a small excess of Ca, boride particles grow in a viscous slurry media containing unreacted (melted) Ca and nanosize CaO particles. Single phase boride alloys can be obtained at 1000°C as loose micrometer-size particles of very high crystal quality as confirmed by the sharp diffraction peaks on the corresponding X-ray diagrams. Particles can be easily recovered by gentle washing in diluted weak acid solution, and dried under vacuum at room temperature. This rather low temperature technique is particularly adapted to the synthesis of incongruent melting phases, as well as for the alloys containing volatile rare earth elements (Sm, Yb, Tb,…).

  2. Distinct surface hydration behaviors of boron-rich boride thin film coatings

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    Lu, Xinhong; Liu, Wei; Ouyang, Jun; Tian, Yun

    2014-08-01

    In this work, the surface boron chemical states and surface hydration behaviors of the as-deposited and annealed boron-rich boride thin film coatings, including AlMgB14, TiB2 and AlMgB14-TiB2, were systematically studied by use of X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and Raman spectroscopy. The XPS results indicate that boron at annealed AlMgB14 film surface can be oxidized; surprisingly, such oxidation does not lead to the formation of boric acid in ambient air. Instead, boric acid can be produced at the surface of annealed TiB2 film and AlMgB14-TiB2 film. It is shown, via the water contact angle measurements, that these boride films exhibit distinct surface wettability characteristics, which are believed to result in the observed surface hydration processes. Furthermore, we found anatase TiO2 formation plays a major role in the surface wetting behaviors for these boride films.

  3. The Effects of Borides on the Mechanical Properties of TLPB Repaired Inconel 738 Superalloy

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    Wei, J.; Ye, Y.; Sun, Z.; Zou, G.; Bai, H.; Wu, A.; Liu, L.

    2017-10-01

    The transient liquid phase diffusion bonding (TLPB) method was used to repair an artificial crack in Inconel 738, which was notched by a femtosecond laser. Mixed ratios of BNi-1a:DF-4B were investigated at the bonding temperature of 1373 K (1100 °C) for 2 to 36 hours. The effect of borides on the mechanical properties of TLPB repaired joints was studied through analysis of the microstructure, fracture path, and morphology observations. The borides formation, morphology, distribution, and joints strength were studied in detail. The results showed that the diffusion of B can either increase or decrease the joint strength, depending on its distribution and morphology. The amount of large blocky Ni-B compounds in the precipitate zone were reduced with increasing holding time, which resulted in an increase in joint strength. Nevertheless, further increasing the holding time led to a decrease in joint strength because of the formation of continuous acicular borides in the diffusion-affected zone. The fracture modes of TLPB joints were also discussed on the basis of the microstructure and fractography.

  4. Creep behavior of tungsten/niobium and tungsten/niobium-1 percent zirconium composites

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    Petrasek, D. W.; Titran, R. H.

    1988-01-01

    A study was conducted to determine the feasibility of using tungsten fiber reinforced niobium or niobium-1 percent zirconium matrix composites to meet the anticipated increased temperature and creep resistance requirements imposed by advanced space power systems. The results obtained on the short time tensile properties indicated that W/Nb composites showed significant improvements in high temperature strength and offer significant mass reductions for high temperature space power systems. The prime material requirement for space power systems applications is long time creep resistance. A study was conducted to determine the effect of high temperature exposure on the properties of these composites, with emphasis upon their creep behavior at elevated temperatures.

  5. Creep behavior of tungsten/niobium and tungsten/niobium-1 percent zirconium composites

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Petrasek, D. W.; Titran, R. H.

    1988-01-01

    A study was conducted to determine the feasibility of using tungsten fiber reinforced niobium or niobium-1 percent zirconium matrix composites to meet the anticipated increased temperature and creep resistance requirements imposed by advanced space power systems. The results obtained on the short time tensile properties indicated that W/Nb composites showed significant improvements in high temperature strength and offer significant mass reductions for high temperature space power systems. The prime material requirement for space power systems applications is long time creep resistance. A study was conducted to determine the effect of high temperature exposure on the properties of these composites, with emphasis upon their creep behavior at elevated temperatures.

  6. Corrosion behavior of titanium boride composite coating fabricated on commercially pure titanium in Ringer's solution for bioimplant applications.

    PubMed

    Sivakumar, Bose; Singh, Raghuvir; Pathak, Lokesh Chandra

    2015-03-01

    The boriding of commercially pure titanium was performed at 850°C, 910°C, and 1050°C for varied soaking periods (1, 3 and 5h) to enhance the surface properties desirable for bioimplant applications. The coating developed was characterized for the evolution of phases, microstructure and morphology, microhardness, and consequent corrosion behavior in the Ringer's solution. Formation of the TiB2 layer at the outermost surface followed by the TiB whiskers across the borided CpTi is unveiled. Total thickness of the composite layer on the substrates borided at 850, 910, and 1050°C for 5h was found to be 19.1, 26.4, and 18.2μm respectively which includes <3μm thick TiB2 layer. The presence of TiB2 phase was attributed to the high hardness ~2968Hv15gf of the composite coating. The anodic polarization studies in the simulated body fluid unveiled a reduction in the pitting corrosion resistance after boriding the CpTi specimens. However, this value is >0.55VSCE (electrochemical potential in in-vivo physiological environment) and hence remains within the safe region. Both the untreated and borided CpTi specimens show two passive zones associated with different passivation current densities. Among the CpTi borided at various times and temperatures, a 3h treated shows better corrosion resistance. The corrosion of borided CpTi occurred through the dissolution of TiB2. Copyright © 2014. Published by Elsevier B.V.

  7. Method of making direct seal between niobium and ceramics

    SciTech Connect

    Rhodes, W. H.; Gutta, J. J.; Pitt, C. S.

    1985-10-08

    A high pressure arc lamp has a ceramic arc tube envelope. A niobium feedthrough positions electrodes within the tube. A ceramic insert at each end of the tube forms a direct high temperature hermetic seal with the niobium feedthrough and the ceramic tube without the use of frits or brazing.

  8. Liquid-film assisted formation of alumina/niobium interfaces

    SciTech Connect

    Sugar, Joshua D.; McKeown, Joseph T.; Marks, Robert A.; Glaeser, Andreas M.

    2002-06-16

    Alumina has been joined at 1400 degrees C using niobium-based interlayers. Two different joining approaches were compared: solid-state diffusion bonding using a niobium foil as an interlayer, and liquid-film assisted bonding using a multilayer copper/niobium/copper interlayer. In both cases, a 127-(mu)m thick niobium foil was used; =1.4-(mu)m or =3-(mu)m thick copper films flanked the niobium. Room-temperature four-point bend tests showed that the introduction of a copper film had a significant beneficial effect on the average strength and the strength distribution. Experiments using sapphire substrates indicated that during bonding the initially continuous copper film evolved into isolated copper-rich droplets/particles at the sapphire/interlayer interface, and extensive regions of direct bonding between sapphire and niobium. Film breakup appeared to initiate at either niobium grain boundary ridges, or at asperities or irregularities on the niobium surface that caused localized contact with the sapphire.

  9. INVESTIGATION OF DIFFUSION OF SILICON AND TITANIUM IN NIOBIUM,

    DTIC Science & Technology

    A study was made of the structure and phase makeup of thermo-diffusion saturation of niobium by silicon and titanium. It was shown that in the...of niobium saturated by silicon and titanium. The structure and phase makeup of the oxidized film was determined. It was shown than the surface of

  10. Extraction spectrophotometric determination of niobium in rocks with sulfochlorophenol S

    USGS Publications Warehouse

    Childress, A.E.; Greenland, L.P.

    1980-01-01

    After acid decomposition and potassium pyrosulfate fusion, niobium (1-26 ppm) is separated from interfering elements by extraction into methyl isobutyl ketone from 6 M H2SO4-2 M HF and back-extracted into water. The niobium-sulfochloro-phenol S complex is extracted into amyl alcohol. ?? 1980.

  11. Reaction studied of steam with niobium and tantalum

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Kilpatrick, M.; Lott, S. K.

    1968-01-01

    Study reveals the kinetics of niobium and tantalum with steam at elevated temperatures to determine the suitability of high melting metals for fabrication of equipment for temperature steam environments. Niobium obeyed linear kinetics from 1050 degrees to 1500 degrees C but tantalum followed a paralinear rate law.

  12. Mechanistic considerations of the pyrolytic formation of metal boride thin films by chemical vapor deposition from borane precursors

    SciTech Connect

    Tan, Y.; Kher, S.S.; Spencer, J.T.

    1995-12-31

    The formation of metal boride thin films by CVD is an area of potentially significant technological consequence. Interest in these materials is primarily due to their breadth of unique physical properties and to their wide structural diversity. Recently, we have explored the use of a number of boron-containing CVC precursors to prepare a wide variety of both pure metal and metal boride thin film materials. The highly efficient formation of polycrystalline transition metal and lanthanide metal boride thin films from borane precursors has now been well demonstrated through this CVD chemistry. The fundamentally important chemical processes and reactions in the CVD of boranes in forming metal boride films has, however, remained mostly a mystery. In order to rationally design new precursors and tailor the deposited solid state materials, an understanding of these fundamental processes is critical. In our recent work, which will be reported here, we have begun detailed mechanistic studies into the CVD of metal borides. These reactions have been found to occur both in the gas phase and on the surface of the reactor. A variety of studies have provided valuable insights into these complexes chemical reactions including labeling, thermal, product distribution, surface analysis, kinetic and other investigations.

  13. Niobium oxide compositions and methods for using same

    DOEpatents

    Goodenough, John B; Han, Jian-Tao

    2014-02-11

    The disclosure relates a niobium oxide useful in anodes of secondary lithium ion batteries. Such niobium oxide has formula Li.sub.xM.sub.1-yNb.sub.yNb.sub.2O.sub.7, wherein 0.ltoreq.x.ltoreq.3, 0.ltoreq.y.ltoreq.1, and M represents Ti or Zr. The niobium oxide may be in the form of particles, which may be carbon coated. The disclosure also relates to an electrode composition containing at least one or more niobium oxides of formula Li.sub.xM.sub.1-yNb.sub.yNb.sub.2O.sub.7. The disclosure further relates to electrodes, such as anodes, and batteries containing at least one or more niobium oxides of formula Li.sub.xM.sub.1-yNb.sub.yNb.sub.2O.sub.7. Furthermore, the disclosure relates to methods of forming the above.

  14. Superconducting structure with layers of niobium nitride and aluminum nitride

    DOEpatents

    Murduck, J.M.; Lepetre, Y.J.; Schuller, I.K.; Ketterson, J.B.

    1989-07-04

    A superconducting structure is formed by depositing alternate layers of aluminum nitride and niobium nitride on a substrate. Deposition methods include dc magnetron reactive sputtering, rf magnetron reactive sputtering, thin-film diffusion, chemical vapor deposition, and ion-beam deposition. Structures have been built with layers of niobium nitride and aluminum nitride having thicknesses in a range of 20 to 350 Angstroms. Best results have been achieved with films of niobium nitride deposited to a thickness of approximately 70 Angstroms and aluminum nitride deposited to a thickness of approximately 20 Angstroms. Such films of niobium nitride separated by a single layer of aluminum nitride are useful in forming Josephson junctions. Structures of 30 or more alternating layers of niobium nitride and aluminum nitride are useful when deposited on fixed substrates or flexible strips to form bulk superconductors for carrying electric current. They are also adaptable as voltage-controlled microwave energy sources. 8 figs.

  15. Superconducting structure with layers of niobium nitride and aluminum nitride

    DOEpatents

    Murduck, James M.; Lepetre, Yves J.; Schuller, Ivan K.; Ketterson, John B.

    1989-01-01

    A superconducting structure is formed by depositing alternate layers of aluminum nitride and niobium nitride on a substrate. Deposition methods include dc magnetron reactive sputtering, rf magnetron reactive sputtering, thin-film diffusion, chemical vapor deposition, and ion-beam deposition. Structures have been built with layers of niobium nitride and aluminum nitride having thicknesses in a range of 20 to 350 Angstroms. Best results have been achieved with films of niobium nitride deposited to a thickness of approximately 70 Angstroms and aluminum nitride deposited to a thickness of approximately 20 Angstroms. Such films of niobium nitride separated by a single layer of aluminum nitride are useful in forming Josephson junctions. Structures of 30 or more alternating layers of niobium nitride and aluminum nitride are useful when deposited on fixed substrates or flexible strips to form bulk superconductors for carrying electric current. They are also adaptable as voltage-controlled microwave energy sources.

  16. Niobium matrix composites for high temperature turbine blades, phase 2

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    Heng, Sangvavann; Laferla, Raffaele; Tuffias, Robert H.

    1991-01-01

    This program demonstrated the feasibility of fabricating fiber-reinforced MMC (niobium matrix) turbine blades to net shape by chemical vapor infiltration (CVI). A controllable, repeatable niobium infiltration process was developed, and the kinetics of both deposition and infiltration were studied. Several continuous refractory fibers (Nicalon, Nextel 440, FP-Al2O3, HPZ, and tungsten mesh) were investigated as potential reinforcements for strengthening niobium. Thermodynamic and experimental evaluation indicated FP-Al2O3 and tungsten to be the most chemically compatible with niobium, while Nicalon, FP-Al2O3, and tungsten were found to be best with regard to reinforcing capability. Finally, a protective coating for iridium was found to provide substantial oxidation protection to the niobium blade matrix.

  17. Calcium - niobium - gallium and calcium - lithium - niobium - gallium garnet crystals as active media for diode-pumped lasers

    SciTech Connect

    Voronko, Yu K; Es'kov, N A; Podstavkin, A S; Ryabochkina, P A; Sobol, A A; Ushakov, S N

    2001-06-30

    The energy and spectral parameters of calcium - niobium - gallium and calcium - lithium - niobium - gallium garnet crystals pumped by a 2 - W laser diode are studied. The stable parameters of laser radiation are demonstrated upon small variations in the temperature of the pump laser diode. (lasers, active media)

  18. Effect of High Configuration Entropy and Rare Earth Addition on Boride Precipitation and Mechanical Properties of Multi-principal-Element Alloys

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    Zhang, H.; Zhong, X. C.; He, Y. Z.; Li, W. H.; Wu, W. F.; Chen, G.; Guo, S.

    2017-08-01

    A series of multi-principal-element (MPE) alloys have been prepared by adding Ni, Mn, Al, Cu and Y into the reference CoCrFe-B alloy. The microstructure and mechanical properties of these MPE alloys have been investigated thoroughly. It is found that the addition of the elements can inhibit boride precipitation in the designed alloys and the solid solution strengthening effect induced by interstitial boron atoms is more significant than that by boride precipitation. The MPE alloys with the fcc phase as the main solid solution phase have a higher boron solubility and hence less boride precipitation, than those with the bcc phase as the main solid solution phase. The addition of yttrium can improve the boron solubility, decrease boride precipitation, control the boride morphology and, importantly, simultaneously improve the compressive strength and ductility of boron-containing MPE alloys.

  19. Germanium-overcoated niobium Dayem bridges

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Holdeman, L. B.; Peters, P. N.

    1976-01-01

    Overcoating constriction microbridges with semiconducting germanium provides additional thermal conductivity at liquid-helium temperatures to reduce the effects of self-heating in these Josephson junctions. Microwave-induced steps were observed in the I-V characteristics of an overcoated Dayem bridge fabricated in a 15-nm-thick niobium film; at least 20 steps could be counted at 4.2 K. No steps were observed in the I-V characteristics of the bridge prior to overcoating. In addition, the germanium overcoat can protect against electrical disturbances at room temperature.

  20. Observations of flux motion in niobium films

    SciTech Connect

    Xiao, Y.M.; Keiser, G.M. . W.W. Hansen Labs. of Physics)

    1991-03-01

    In this paper magnetic field trapped in a superconducting sphere is examined at temperatures from 4.6 K to 5.5 K The sphere is the rotor of a precision gyroscope, and is made of fused quartz and coated with a sputtered niobium film. The rotor diameter is 3.8 centimeters. The film thickness is 2.5 micrometers. The tests are carried out at ambient magnetic field of about 1 milligauss. Unexpected instability of the trapped field is observed. The experimental results and possible explanations are presented.

  1. Evaluated nuclear-data file for niobium

    SciTech Connect

    Smith, A.B.; Smith, D.L.; Howerton, R.J.

    1985-03-01

    A comprehensive evaluated nuclear-data file for elemental niobium is provided in the ENDF/B format. This file, extending over the energy range 10/sup -11/-20 MeV, is suitable for comprehensive neutronic calculations, particulary those dealing with fusion-energy systems. It also provides dosimetry information. Attention is given to the internal consistancy of the file, energy balance, and the quantitative specification of uncertainties. Comparisons are made with experimental data and previous evaluated files. The results of integral tests are described and remaining outstanding problem areas are cited. 107 refs.

  2. Germanium-overcoated niobium Dayem bridges

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Holdeman, L. B.; Peters, P. N.

    1976-01-01

    Overcoating constriction microbridges with semiconducting germanium provides additional thermal conductivity at liquid-helium temperatures to reduce the effects of self-heating in these Josephson junctions. Microwave-induced steps were observed in the I-V characteristics of an overcoated Dayem bridge fabricated in a 15-nm-thick niobium film; at least 20 steps could be counted at 4.2 K. No steps were observed in the I-V characteristics of the bridge prior to overcoating. In addition, the germanium overcoat can protect against electrical disturbances at room temperature.

  3. Photoelectronic Properties of Ternary Niobium Oxides.

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1980-09-01

    SrTiO3 are both perovskites and have nearly the same optical band gaps. Yet the flat-band potential of SrTiO3 is 0.6 volts more negative than for the...in the rutile TiO2 is significantly lower than in these perovskite ti- tanates. Thus, the behavior in both the titanium and niobium systems is...section. Band-Gap Analysis Under moderate irradiation, the reaction rate in a photoelec- trolysis cell is limited by the arrival rate of holes at the

  4. Laser polishing of niobium for SRF applications

    SciTech Connect

    Zhao, Liang; Klopf, J. Michael; Reece, Charles E.; Kelley, Michael

    2013-09-01

    Smooth interior surfaces are desired for niobium SRF cavities, now obtained by buffered chemical polish (BCP) and/or electropolish (EP). Laser polishing is a potential alternative, having advantages of speed, freedom from chemistry and in-process inspection. Here we show that laser polishing can produce smooth topography with Power Spectral Density (PSD) measurements similar to that obtained by EP. We studied the influence of the laser power density and laser beam raster rate on the surface topography. These two factors need to be combined carefully to smooth the surface without damaging it. Computational modeling was used to simulate the surface temperature and explain the mechanism of laser polishing.

  5. Infiltration processing of boron carbide-, boron-, and boride-reactive metal cermets

    DOEpatents

    Halverson, Danny C.; Landingham, Richard L.

    1988-01-01

    A chemical pretreatment method is used to produce boron carbide-, boron-, and boride-reactive metal composites by an infiltration process. The boron carbide or other starting constituents, in powder form, are immersed in various alcohols, or other chemical agents, to change the surface chemistry of the starting constituents. The chemically treated starting constituents are consolidated into a porous ceramic precursor which is then infiltrated by molten aluminum or other metal by heating to wetting conditions. Chemical treatment of the starting constituents allows infiltration to full density. The infiltrated precursor is further heat treated to produce a tailorable microstructure. The process at low cost produces composites with improved characteristics, including increased toughness, strength.

  6. Processing of Niobium-Lined M240 Machine Gun Barrels

    DTIC Science & Technology

    2014-11-01

    produce at least a 0.001 inch (0.025 mm) expansion of the steel cylinder to allow the mandrel to fit inside the liner . The other dimensions were...barrel blank and niobium liner is shown in Fig. 2. 4 Fig. 2 Gun tube and niobium- liner hardware 3. Experimental Approach 3.1 Load Cylinder ...The load cylinder outer diameter was taken to be 0.308 inch (7.82 mm), giving enough clearance between it and the niobium liner to ensure easy

  7. SEPARATION OF URANIUM FROM ZIRCONIUM AND NIOBIUM BY SOLVENT EXTRACTION

    DOEpatents

    Voiland, E.E.

    1958-05-01

    A process for separation of the uranium from zirconium and/or niobium values contained in 3 to 7M aqueous nitric acid solutions is described. This is accomplished by adding phosphoric acid anions to the nitric acid solution containing the uranium, zirconium, and/or niobium in an amount sufficient to make the solution 0.05 to 0.2M in phosphate ion and contacting the solution with an organic water-immiscible solvent such as MEK, whereby the uranyl values are taken up by the extract phase while the zirconium and niobium preferentially remain in the aqueous raffinate.

  8. Protective Coatings for Niobium Alloys and Their Properties

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1992-02-06

    AD-A254 252 ’AST-IDR)T-o9 -11111111 INl 11111ll) 1111111 FOREIGN TECHNOLOGY DIVISION PROTECTIVE COATINGS IOR NIOBIUM ALLOYS AND THEIR PROPERTIES by...liilii~~l~! FASTC-ID (RS) T-0919-91 HUMAN TRANSLATION FASTC-ID(RS)T-0919-91 6 February 1992 PROTECTIVE COATINGS FOR NIOBIUM ALLOYS AND THEIR PROPERTIES ... PROPERTIES * Ye. L. Geraseva, A. N. Sokolov, A. S Stroyev, N. F. Lashko, M. N. Kozlova, and I. I. Titarenko Niobium alloys cannot be used for operation at high

  9. The effect of niobium on the hardenability of microalloyed austenite

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    Fossaert, C.; Rees, G.; Maurickx, T.; Bhadeshia, H. K. D. H.

    1995-01-01

    The powerful effect that varying the extent of niobium-carbide dissolution has on the “hardenability” of microalloyed austenite is demonstrated using dilatometric measurement of the critical cooling rate required to from microstructures containing >95 Pct martensite. The results can be rationalized on the hypothesis that the hardenability of austenite is enhanced by niobium in solid solution, possibly by its segregation to austenite grain boundaries, but is decreased by precipitation of niobium-carbide particles. This effect appears analogous to that of boron in steels and is found to be independent of variations in the austenite grain size.

  10. Niobium alloy heat pipes for use in oxidizing environments

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    Craig Wojcik, C. )

    1991-01-01

    Niobium alloys have been used for many years in rocket propulsion systems and afterburner sections of gas turbine engines. In these applications, adequate oxidation resistance is provided by protective silicide coatings. By utilizing these coatings and niobium powder metallurgy to produce porous wicks, it has been demonstrated that niobium alloy heat pipes can comfortably operate in flame temperatures exceeding 3000 K. Results of lithium corrosion tests on C-103 (Nb-10%Hf-1%Ti) up to 1477 K will be presented along with thermal performance data for specific heat pipe designs.

  11. Research & Development on Superconducting Niobium Materials via Magnetic Measurements

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    S. B. Roy, V. C. Sahni, and G. R. Myneni

    2011-03-01

    We present a study of superconducting properties of both large grain (1 mm average grain size) and small grain (50 micron average grain size) Niobium materials containing varying amounts of Tantalum impurities that have been used in the fabrication of high accelerating gradient superconducting radio frequency cavities. We found that a buffered chemical polishing of these Niobium samples causes a distinct reduction in the superconducting parameters like TC, wt- ppm to 1300 wt-ppm. Implications of these results on the performance of niobium superconducting radio frequency cavities are discussed, especially the anomalous high field RF losses that have been reported in the literature.

  12. Creep behavior of tungsten/niobium and tungsten/niobium-1 percent zirconium composites

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    Petrasek, Donald W.; Titran, Robert H.

    1988-01-01

    The creep behavior and microstructural stability of tungsten fiber reinforced niobium and niobium 1 percent zirconium was determined at 1400 and 1500 K in order to assess the potential of this material for use in advanced space power systems. The creep behavior of the composite materials could be described by a power law creep equation. A linear relationship was found to exist between the minimum creep rate of the composite and the inverse of the composite creep rupture life. The composite materials had an order of magnitude increase in stress to achieve 1 percent creep strain and in rupture strength at test temperatures of 1400 and 1500 K compared to unreinforced material. The composite materials were also stronger than the unreinforced materials by an order of magnitude when density was taken into consideration. Results obtained on the creep behavior and microstructural stability of the composites show significant potential improvement in high temperature properties and mass reduction for space power system components.

  13. The production of niobium powder and electric properties of niobium capacitors

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    Yoon, Jae Sik; Cho, Sung Wook; Kim, Yang Soo; Kim, Byung Il

    2009-06-01

    In order to evaluate the electrical and frequency properties of niobium powder manufactured by the metallothermic reduction method for use as a capacitor, the present study measured capacitor performance evaluation factors such as leakage current, permittivity loss (tanδ) and capacitance, etc. The niobium powder used in this experiment was processed using the external continuous supply method and had large coarse globular particles of 0.5 μm to 1.0 μm, but the granularity distribution was very irregular. Capacitance decreased significantly from 150 μF in electrolyte (wet cap) to 130 μF after carbon (C)/silver (Ag) solution coating, and to around 115 μF after aging, falling within the capacity tolerance of tantalum capacitors. Converted to CV/g, capacitance was around 81,000 CV/g. Permittivity loss (tanδ) decreased significantly from 13.0 % after C/Ag coating to 7.5 % after aging, satisfying the general standard level of 10 % or less. Leakage current was 2.5 μA after C/Ag coating and 3.0 μA after aging, both less than the standard level of 6.3 μA. On the whole, the niobium capacitor showed somewhat more unstable characteristics than commercial tantalum capacitors but is nonetheless considered applicable as a future substitute for tantalum capacitors.

  14. Synthesis of piezoelectric and bioactive NaNbO3 from metallic niobium and niobium oxide.

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    Prado da Silva, Marcelo Henrique; da Rocha, Daniel Navarro; de Andrade Gobbo, Luciano; Dos Santos Azevedo, Luciana Maria; Louro, Luís Henrique Leme; Machado Costa, Andréa; Brant de Campos, José

    2016-07-01

    NaNbO3 was synthesized by two different routes, one using metallic niobium powder, and another using niobium oxide (Nb2 O5 ) powder. In both routes an aqueous sodium hydroxide solution was used to hydrothermally treating the powders. In the first approach, the solution concentrations were 3M, 1M, and 0.5M. The second route used solution concentrations of 10M and 12.5M. After the hydrothermal treatments, the powders were heat treated in order to synthesize NaNbO3 . The products were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) with energy dispersive spectrometry (EDS), and X-ray diffraction (XRD) with Rietveld refinement. The phases were identified by means of X-ray diffraction (XRD) with Rietveld refinement. It was observed that the molar concentrations of the solutions had opposing effects for each route. An antiferroelectric phase was found in both routes. In the niobium metallic route, a ferroelectric phase was also synthesized. This study proves that piezoelectric NaNbO3 can be obtained after alkali treatment of both Nb and Nb2 O5. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Biomed Mater Res Part B: Appl Biomater, 104B: 979-985, 2016. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  15. Amorphous nickel boride membrane on a platinum-nickel alloy surface for enhanced oxygen reduction reaction

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    He, Daping; Zhang, Libo; He, Dongsheng; Zhou, Gang; Lin, Yue; Deng, Zhaoxiang; Hong, Xun; Wu, Yuen; Chen, Chen; Li, Yadong

    2016-08-01

    The low activity of the oxygen reduction reaction in polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells is a major barrier for electrocatalysis, and hence needs to be optimized. Tuning the surface electronic structure of platinum-based bimetallic alloys, a promising oxygen reduction reaction catalyst, plays a key role in controlling its interaction with reactants, and thus affects the efficiency. Here we report that a dealloying process can be utilized to experimentally fabricate the interface between dealloyed platinum-nickel alloy and amorphous nickel boride membrane. The coating membrane works as an electron acceptor to tune the surface electronic structure of the platinum-nickel catalyst, and this composite catalyst composed of crystalline platinum-nickel covered by amorphous nickel boride achieves a 27-times enhancement in mass activity relative to commercial platinum/carbon at 0.9 V for the oxygen reduction reaction performance. Moreover, this interactional effect between a crystalline surface and amorphous membrane can be readily generalized to facilitate the 3-times higher catalytic activity of commercial platinum/carbon.

  16. Phase stability and elastic properties of chromium borides with various stoichiometries.

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    Wang, Bing; Wang, De Yu; Cheng, Zhenxiang; Wang, Xiaolin; Wang, Yuan Xu

    2013-04-15

    Phase stability is important to the application of materials. By first-principles calculations, we establish the phase stability of chromium borides with various stoichiometries. Moreover, the phases of CrB3 and CrB4 have been predicted by using a newly developed particle swarm optimization (PSO) algorithm. Formation enthalpy-pressure diagrams reveal that the MoB-type structure is more energetically favorable than the TiI-type structure for CrB. For CrB2, the WB2-type structure is preferred at zero pressure. The predicted new phase of CrB3 belongs to the hexagonal P-6m2 space group and it transforms into an orthorhombic phase as the pressure exceeds 93 GPa. The predicted CrB4 (space group: Pnnm) phase is more energetically favorable than the previously proposed Immm structure. The mechanical and thermodynamic stabilities of predicted CrB3 and CrB4 are verified by the calculated elastic constants and formation enthalpies. The full phonon dispersion calculations confirm the dynamic stability of WB2 -type CrB2 and predicted CrB3. The large shear moduli, large Young's moduli, low Poisson ratios, and low bulk and shear modulus ratios of CrB4-PSC and CrB4-PSD indicate that they are potential hard materials. Analyses of Debye temperature, electronic localization function, and electronic structure provide further understanding of the chemical and physical properties of these borides.

  17. Amorphous nickel boride membrane on a platinum–nickel alloy surface for enhanced oxygen reduction reaction

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    He, Daping; Zhang, Libo; He, Dongsheng; Zhou, Gang; Lin, Yue; Deng, Zhaoxiang; Hong, Xun; Wu, Yuen; Chen, Chen; Li, Yadong

    2016-01-01

    The low activity of the oxygen reduction reaction in polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells is a major barrier for electrocatalysis, and hence needs to be optimized. Tuning the surface electronic structure of platinum-based bimetallic alloys, a promising oxygen reduction reaction catalyst, plays a key role in controlling its interaction with reactants, and thus affects the efficiency. Here we report that a dealloying process can be utilized to experimentally fabricate the interface between dealloyed platinum–nickel alloy and amorphous nickel boride membrane. The coating membrane works as an electron acceptor to tune the surface electronic structure of the platinum–nickel catalyst, and this composite catalyst composed of crystalline platinum–nickel covered by amorphous nickel boride achieves a 27-times enhancement in mass activity relative to commercial platinum/carbon at 0.9 V for the oxygen reduction reaction performance. Moreover, this interactional effect between a crystalline surface and amorphous membrane can be readily generalized to facilitate the 3-times higher catalytic activity of commercial platinum/carbon. PMID:27503412

  18. Phase Evolution in Boride-Based Cermets and Reaction Bonding onto Plain Low Carbon Steel Substrate

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    Palanisamy, B.; Upadhyaya, A.

    2012-04-01

    Reaction sinter bonding is a process that aims to bond two materials for improvement in properties through reactive sintering technique. The process has been effectively used to sinter hard materials like borides in situ which not only possess excellent oxidation resistance, good corrosion resistance but also resistant to abrasive wear. Sinter bonding is a unique surface modification process achieved through powder metallurgy and is competent with other techniques like boronizing sintering and sinter-brazing since it eliminates the additional operations of heat treatment and assembly and removes the inherent setbacks with these processes. This study focuses on identifying the phase evolution mechanism using characterization tools like x-ray diffractometry and energy dispersive spectroscopy and study of sinter bonding of the boron containing precursors (Mo-Cr-Fe-Ni-FeB-MoB) onto plain carbon steel. A microstructure containing Fe-based matrix dispersed with complex borides develops with temperature in the tape cast sheets. A fivefold increase in hardness between plain carbon steel in wrought condition and sinter bonded steel was observed. The multilayer consisted of a reaction zone adjacent to the interface and was investigated with the composition profile and hardness measurements. A model of sinter bonding between the cermet and the steel has also been proposed.

  19. Formation and Characterization of Hydrogen Boride Sheets Derived from MgB2 by Cation Exchange.

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    Nishino, Hiroaki; Fujita, Takeshi; Cuong, Nguyen Thanh; Tominaka, Satoshi; Miyauchi, Masahiro; Iimura, Soshi; Hirata, Akihiko; Umezawa, Naoto; Okada, Susumu; Nishibori, Eiji; Fujino, Asahi; Fujimori, Tomohiro; Ito, Shin-Ichi; Nakamura, Junji; Hosono, Hideo; Kondo, Takahiro

    2017-10-04

    Two-dimensional (2D) materials are promising for applications in a wide range of fields because of their unique properties. Hydrogen boride sheets, a new 2D material recently predicted from theory, exhibit intriguing electronic and mechanical properties as well as hydrogen storage capacity. Here, we report the experimental realization of 2D hydrogen boride sheets with an empirical formula of H1B1, produced by exfoliation and complete ion-exchange between protons and magnesium cations in magnesium diboride (MgB2) with an average yield of 42.3% at room temperature. The sheets feature an sp(2)-bonded boron planar structure without any long-range order. A hexagonal boron network with bridge hydrogens is suggested as the possible local structure, where the absence of long-range order was ascribed to the presence of three different anisotropic domains originating from the 2-fold symmetry of the hydrogen positions against the 6-fold symmetry of the boron networks, based on X-ray diffraction, X-ray atomic pair distribution functions, electron diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, photo absorption, core-level binding energy data, infrared absorption, electron energy loss spectroscopy, and density functional theory calculations. The established cation-exchange method for metal diboride opens new avenues for the mass production of several types of boron-based 2D materials by countercation selection and functionalization.

  20. Effects of Impurities on Alumina-Niobium InterfacialMicrostructures

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    McKeown, Joseph T.; Sugar, Joshua D.; Gronsky, Ronald; Glaeser,Andreas M.

    2005-06-20

    Optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, and transmission electron microscopy were employed to examine the interfacial microstructural effects of impurities in alumina substrates used to fabricate alumina-niobium interfaces via liquid-film-assisted joining. Three types of alumina were used: undoped high-purity single-crystal sapphire; a high-purity, high-strength polycrystalline alumina; and a lower-purity, lower-strength polycrystalline alumina. Interfaces formed between niobium and both the sapphire and high-purity polycrystalline alumina were free of detectable levels of impurities. In the lower-purity alumina, niobium silicides were observed at the alumina-niobium interface and on alumina grain boundaries near the interface. These silicides formed in small-grained regions of the alumina and were found to grow from the interface into the alumina along grain boundaries. Smaller silicide precipitates found on grain boundaries are believed to form upon cooling from the bonding temperature.

  1. Electroplating and stripping copper on molybdenum and niobium

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    Power, J. L.

    1978-01-01

    Molybdenum and niobium are often electroplated and subsequently stripped of copper. Since general standard plating techniques produce poor quality coatings, general procedures have been optimized and specified to give good results.

  2. Electroplating and stripping copper on molybdenum and niobium

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    Power, J. L.

    1978-01-01

    Molybdenum and niobium are often electroplated and subsequently stripped of copper. Since general standard plating techniques produce poor quality coatings, general procedures have been optimized and specified to give good results.

  3. Studies of Niobium Thin Film Produced by Energetic Vacuum Deposition

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    Genfa Wu; Anne-Marie Valente; H. Phillips; Haipeng Wang; Andy Wu; T. J. Renk; P Provencio

    2004-05-01

    An energetic vacuum deposition system has been used to study deposition energy effects on the properties of niobium thin films on copper and sapphire substrates. The absence of working gas avoids the gaseous inclusions commonly seen with sputtering deposition. A biased substrate holder controls the deposition energy. Transition temperature and residual resistivity ratio of the niobium thin films at several deposition energies are obtained together with surface morphology and crystal orientation measurements by AFM inspection, XRD and TEM analysis. The results show that niobium thin films on sapphire substrate exhibit the best cryogenic properties at deposition energy around 123 eV. The TEM analysis revealed that epitaxial growth of film was evident when deposition energy reaches 163 eV for sapphire substrate. Similarly, niobium thin film on copper substrate shows that film grows more oriented with higher deposition energy and grain size reaches the scale of the film thickness at the deposition energy around 153 eV.

  4. High temperature heat treatment of 3GHz niobium cavities

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    Diete, W. ); Rusnak, B.; Bennett, B.L.; Clark, W.L.; Maggs, R.G.; Shapiro, A.H.; Wright, P.V. )

    1992-01-01

    We applied high temperature heat treatment to 3GHz cavities to determine the preparation of niobium cavities using the titanium solid-state gettering process. Some preliminary results showed peak surface electric fields of up to 65MV/m at a Q-factor of 2{times}lO{sup 10}. We evaluated improvement in the purity of the niobium by measuring the residual resistance ratio (RRR) at 10K. The purest niobium we prepared reached a RRR of 670. To study the potential application to large-scale accelerator structures at lower frequencies, we are testing the possibility of heat treating the cavity half-cells before welding them. Therefore, we investigated the influence of electron beam welding on the RRR of high-purity niobium.

  5. Characterization of electron beam melted uranium - 6% niobium ingots

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    McKoon, R.H.

    1997-10-31

    A study was undertaken at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory to characterize uranium, 6{percent} niobium ingots produced via electron beam melting,hearth refining and continuous casting and to compare this material with conventional VIM/skull melt /VAR material. Samples of both the ingot and feed material were analyzed for niobium, trace metallic elements, carbon, oxygen and nitrogen. Ingot samples were also inspected metallographically and via microprobe analysis.

  6. Welding Niobium Bearing HSLA Steels 'Myths and Magic'

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    Kirkwood, Phil

    Niobium is not currently added to ferritic steels with the specific objective of improving weldability and is more likely to be present to harness its combined beneficial effects on strength and toughness. Nevertheless, as carbon levels in many classes of HSLA steel, are progressively reduced, there is an increasing awareness that, amongst the microalloying elements, niobium is uniquely placed to deliver the mechanical property combinations that modern specifications demand and simultaneously deliver a `bonus' by way of enhanced weldability.

  7. International strategic minerals inventory summary report; niobium (columbium) and tantalum

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    Crockett, R.N.; Sutphin, D.M.

    1993-01-01

    Major world resources of niobium and tantalum are described in this summary report of information in the International Strategic Minerals Inventory (ISMI). ISMI is a cooperative data-collection effort of earth-science and mineral-resource agencies in Australia, Canada, the Federal Republic of Germany, the Republic of South Africa, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America. Part I of this report presents an overview of the resources and potential supply of niobium and tantalum based on inventory information; Part II contains tables of both geologic and mineral-resource information and includes production data collected by ISMI participants. Niobium is used principally as an alloying element in special steels and superalloys, and tantalum is used mainly in electronics. Minerals in the columbite-tantalite series are principal ore minerals of niobium and tantalum. Pyrochlore is a principal source of niobium. These minerals are found in carbonatite, certain rocks in alkaline igneous complexes, pegmatite, and placer deposits. ISMI estimates show that there are over 7 million metric tons of niobium and almost 0.5 million metric tons of tantalum in known deposits, outside of China and the former Soviet Union, for which reliable estimates have been made. Brazilian deposits, followed by Canadian deposits, contain by far the largest source of niobium. Tantalum production is spread widely among several countries, and Brazil and Canada are the most significant of these producers. Brazil's position is further strengthened by potential byproduct columbite from tin mining. Present economically exploitable resources of niobium appear to be sufficient for the near future, but Brazil will continue to be the predominant world supplier of ferrocolumbium. Tantalum, a byproduct of tin production, has been captive to the fluctuations of that market, but resources in pegmatite in Canada and Australia make it likely that future increases in the present modest demand will be met.

  8. Parameter Optimization for Laser Polishing of Niobium for SRF Applications

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    Zhao, Liang; Klopf, John Michael; Reece, Charles E.; Kelley, Michael J.

    2013-06-01

    Surface smoothness is critical to the performance of SRF cavities. As laser technology has been widely applied to metal machining and surface treatment, we are encouraged to use it on niobium as an alternative to the traditional wet polishing process where aggressive chemicals are involved. In this study, we describe progress toward smoothing by optimizing laser parameters on BCP treated niobium surfaces. Results shows that microsmoothing of the surface without ablation is achievable.

  9. Bragg projection ptychography on niobium phase domains

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    Burdet, Nicolas; Shi, Xiaowen; Clark, Jesse N.; Huang, Xiaojing; Harder, Ross; Robinson, Ian

    2017-07-01

    Bragg projection ptychography (BPP) is a coherent x-ray diffraction imaging technique which combines the strengths of scanning microscopy with the phase contrast of x-ray ptychography. Here we apply it for high resolution imaging of the phase-shifted crystalline domains associated with epitaxial growth. The advantages of BPP are that the spatial extent of the sample is arbitrary, it is nondestructive, and it gives potentially diffraction limited spatial resolution. Here we demonstrate the application of BPP for revealing the domain structure caused by epitaxial misfit in a nanostructured metallic thin film. Experimental coherent diffraction data were collected from a niobium thin film, epitaxially grown on a sapphire substrate as the beam was scanned across the sample. The data were analyzed by BPP using a carefully selected combination of refinement procedures. The resulting image shows a close packed array of epitaxial domains, shifted with respect to each other due to misfit between the film and its substrate.

  10. Fatigue of niobium at elevated temperatures

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    Stoloff, N.S.; Xiao, P.; Choudhury, R.

    1983-06-01

    High cycle and low cycle fatigue behavior of unalloyed niobium has been studied between room temperature and 800/sup 0/C. High cycle lives decrease monotonically in vacuum with temperature to 800/sup 0/C. However, low cycle fatigue lives in argon increase with temperature between 450 and 650/sup 0/C. Frequency effects on LCF are shown to be small in this range. Hold times imposed at peak loads also increases fatigue lives as well as the number of cycles to crack initiation in this temperature range. Fractographic examination revealed a transition from striated to dimpled fracture surfaces with increasing temperature for HCF specimens. LCF specimens, on the other hand, display large striations at 450 and 550 and extensive slip at 650/sup 0/C. Impurities in argon used for LCF tests appear to be responsible for extensive surface cracking. The results are compared to those in the literature for other bcc refractory metals and alloys. 18 figures.

  11. Niobium microbolometers for far-infrared detection

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    MacDonald, M.E.; Grossman, E.N.

    1995-04-01

    Microbolometers have been fabricated using a thin niobium film as the detector element. These detectors operate at room temperature, are impedance matched to planar antennas, and are suitable for broadband use at far-infrared wavelengths. The authors have achieved responsivities of up to 21 V/W at a bias of 6.4 mA, and electrical noise equivalent powers (NEP) of as low as 1.1{times}10{sup {minus}10} W/{radical}{ovr Hz} at 1 kHz at a bias of 3.6 mA. At this bias, the detectors are 1/f-noise limited below 1 kHz and are Johnson noise limited above 10 kHz. The 1/f noise in nV/{radical}{ovr Hz} increases approximately linearly with bias. This level of 1/f noise is approximately a factor of 7 below the best reported for bismuth microbolometers.

  12. Tuning of superconducting niobium nitride terahertz metamaterials.

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    Wu, Jingbo; Jin, Biaobing; Xue, Yuhua; Zhang, Caihong; Dai, Hao; Zhang, Labao; Cao, Chunhai; Kang, Lin; Xu, Weiwei; Chen, Jian; Wu, Peiheng

    2011-06-20

    Superconducting planar terahertz (THz) metamaterials (MMs), with unit cells of different sizes, are fabricated on 200 nm-thick niobium nitride (NbN) films deposited on MgO substrates. They are characterized using THz time domain spectroscopy over a temperature range from 8.1 K to 300 K, crossing the critical temperature of NbN films. As the gap frequency (f(g) = 2Δ0/h, where Δ0 is the energy gap at 0 K and h is the Plank constant) of NbN is 1.18 THz, the experimentally observed THz spectra span a frequency range from below f(g) to above it. We have found that, as the resonance frequency approaches f(g), the relative tuning range of MMs is quite wide (30%). We attribute this observation to the large change of kinetic inductance of superconducting film.

  13. Enhanced characterization of niobium surface topography

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    Xu, Chen; Tian, Hui; Reece, Charles E.; Kelley, Michael J.

    2011-12-01

    Surface topography characterization is a continuing issue for the superconducting radio frequency (SRF) particle accelerator community. Efforts are under way to both improve surface topography and its characterization and analysis using various techniques. In measurement of topography, power spectral density (PSD) is a promising method to quantify typical surface parameters and develop scale-specific interpretations. PSD can also be used to indicate how the process modifies topography at different scales. However, generating an accurate and meaningful topographic PSD of an SRF surface requires careful analysis and optimization. In this report, niobium surfaces with different process histories are sampled with atomic force microscopy and stylus profilometry and analyzed to trace topography evolution at different scales. An optimized PSD analysis protocol to serve SRF needs is presented.

  14. A diffusion model for describing the bilayer growth (FeB/Fe 2B) during the iron powder-pack boriding

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    Keddam, M.; Chentouf, S. M.

    2005-10-01

    In this paper, a diffusion model is proposed for studying the bilayer growth kinetics (FeB/Fe 2B) on pure iron substrate during the powder-pack boriding in the temperature range of 1023-1273 K. This model based on Fick's laws was solved, under certain assumptions, considering a parabolic growth of iron borides. For this purpose, a computer simulation program was created for predicting the boride layer thickness as a function of process parameters (temperature, time and surface boron content). A fairly good agreement was observed between the simulation calculations and experimental data derived from the literature.

  15. Simulation of the growth kinetics of the (FeB/Fe 2B) bilayer obtained on a borided stainless steel

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    Keddam, M.

    2011-01-01

    The present work is an attempt to simulate the growth kinetics of the (FeB/Fe 2B) bilayer grown on a substrate made of AISI 316 stainless steel by the application of the powder-pack boriding process, and using four different temperatures (1123, 1173, 1223 and 1273 K) and five exposure times (2, 4, 6, 8 and 10 h). The adopted diffusion model solves the mass balance equation at each growth front: (FeB/Fe 2B or FeB/substrate) under certain assumptions and without considering the diffusion zone. To consider the effect of the incubation times for the borides formation, the temperature-dependent function ϕ( T) was incorporated in the model. To validate this model, a computer code written in Matlab (version 6.5), was developed with the purpose of simulating the kinetics of the boride layers. This computer code uses the following parameters as input data: (the boriding temperature, the treatment time, the upper and lower limits of boron concentration in each iron boride, the diffusion coefficients of boron in the FeB and Fe 2B phases as well as the ϕ( T) parameter). The outputs of the computer code are the parabolic growth constant at each growth front and the thicknesses of the FeB and Fe 2B layers. A good agreement was obtained between the experimental parabolic growth constants taken from a reference work [I. Campos-Silva et al., Formation and kinetics of FeB/Fe 2B layers and diffusion zone at the surface of AISI 316 borided steels, Surf. Coat Technol., 205 (2010) 403-412] and the simulated values of the parabolic growth constants ( kFeB and k1). The present model was also able to predict the thicknesses of the FeB and Fe 2B layers at a temperature of 1243 K during 3 and 5 h. In addition, the mass gain at the material surface was also estimated as a function of the time and the upper boron content in each iron boride phase. It was shown that the simulated values of the generated mass gain are very sensitive to the increase of both temperature and the upper boron

  16. Determination of niobium in the parts per million range in rocks

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    Grimaldi, F.S.

    1960-01-01

    A modified niobium thiocyanate spectrophotometric procedure relatively insensitive to titanium interference is presented. Elements such as tungsten, molybdenum, vanadium, and rhenium, which seriously interfere in the spectrophotometric determination of niobium, are separated by simple sodium hydroxide fusion and leach; iron and magnesium are used as carriers for the niobium. Tolerance limits are given for 28 elements in the spectrophotometric method. Specific application is made to the determination of niobium in the parts per million range in rocks. The granite G-1 contains 0.0022% niobium and the diabase W-1 0.00096% niobium.

  17. Niobium (columbium) and tantalum resources of Brazil

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    White, Max Gregg

    1975-01-01

    Most of the niobium resources of Brazil occur as pyrochlore in carbonatites within syenitic intrusives of Late Cretaceous to early Tertiary age in western Minas Gerais and southeastern Goils. Minor amounts of it are produced together with tantalum from columbite-tantalite concentrates from pegmatites and placers adjacent to them, in the Sao Joao del Rei district in south-central Minas Gerais. All the niobium and tantalum produced in Brazil is exported. The only pyrochlore mined is from the Barreiro carbonatite deposit near Araxa in Minas Gerais where concentrates and ferroniobium are produced. Exploration work for pyrochlore and other mineral resources are being undertaken on other carbonatites, particularly at Catalao I in southeast Goias and at Tapira and Serra Negra in western Minas Gerais. Annual production and export from the Barreiro deposit are about 8,000 metric tons of pyrochlore concentrate containing about 60 percent Nb205 and about 2,700 metric tons of ferroniobium with 63 percent Nb2O5. The annual production capacity of the Barreiro plant is 18,000 tons of concentrate and 4,000 tons of ferroniobium. Ore reserves of the Barreiro deposit in all categories are 380 million tons with percent Nb2O5. Annual production of tantalite-columbite from the Sao Joao del Rei district, most of which is exported to the United States, is about 290 tons, of which about 79 percent is tantalite and about percent is columbite. Reserves of tantalite-columbite in the Sao Joao del Rei district are about 43,000 tons of proved and 73,000 tons of probable ore.

  18. Field determination of microgram quantities of niobium in rocks

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    Ward, F.N.; Marranzino, A.P.

    1955-01-01

    A rapid, simple, and moderately accurate method was needed for the determination of traces of niobium in rocks. The method developed is based on the reaction of niobium(V) with thiocyanate ion in a 4M hydrochloric acid and 0.5M tartaric acid medium, after which the complex is extracted with ethyl ether. The proposed procedure is applicable to rocks containing from 50 to 2000 p.p.m. of niobium, and, with modifications, can be used on rocks containing larger amounts. Five determinations on two rocks containing 100 p.p.m. or less of niobium agree within 5 p.p.m. of the mean, and the confidence limits at the 95% level are, respectively, ??6 and ??4 p.p.m. The addition of acetone to the ether extract of the niobium thiocyanate inhibits the polymerization of the thiocyanate ion and stabilizes the solution for at least 20 hours. The proposed procedure permits the determination of 20 ?? of niobium in the presence of 1000 ?? of iron, titanium, or uranium; 500 ?? of vanadium; or 100 ?? of tungsten or molybdenum or both.

  19. Surface processing for bulk niobium superconducting radio frequency cavities

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    Kelly, M. P.; Reid, T.

    2017-04-01

    The majority of niobium cavities for superconducting particle accelerators continue to be fabricated from thin-walled (2-4 mm) polycrystalline niobium sheet and, as a final step, require material removal from the radio frequency (RF) surface in order to achieve performance needed for use as practical accelerator devices. More recently bulk niobium in the form of, single- or large-grain slices cut from an ingot has become a viable alternative for some cavity types. In both cases the so-called damaged layer must be chemically etched or electrochemically polished away. The methods for doing this date back at least four decades, however, vigorous empirical studies on real cavities and more fundamental studies on niobium samples at laboratories worldwide have led to seemingly modest improvements that, when taken together, constitute a substantial advance in the reproducibility for surface processing techniques and overall cavity performance. This article reviews the development of niobium cavity surface processing, and summarizes results of recent studies. We place some emphasis on practical details for real cavity processing systems which are difficult to find in the literature but are, nonetheless, crucial for achieving the good and reproducible cavity performance. New approaches for bulk niobium surface treatment which aim to reduce cost or increase performance, including alternate chemical recipes, barrel polishing and ‘nitrogen doping’ of the RF surface, continue to be pursued and are closely linked to the requirements for surface processing.

  20. Deoxidation Equilibrium of Niobium in the Iron-Nickel Melts

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    Dashevskii, Viktor; Aleksandrov, Aleksandr; Kanevskii, Akim; Leont'ev, Leopold

    2015-02-01

    The oxygen solubility in iron-nickel alloys with niobium was experimentally studied in Fe-40 pct Ni melt at 1823 K (1550 °C). It was shown that the presence of niobium decreases the oxygen solubility in this melt. The equilibrium constant of interaction of niobium with oxygen dissolved in the Fe-40 pct Ni (), the Gibbs energy of this reaction (), and the interaction coefficients characterizing these solutions (; ; ) were determined. In the wide concentration range, the equilibrium constants and Gibbs energy of interaction of niobium and oxygen dissolved in the Fe-Ni melts and the interaction coefficients for these solutions were calculated for 1823 K (1550 °C). For this temperature, the oxygen solubility in the niobium-containing Fe-Ni melts was also determined. With an increase in the nickel concentration in the alloy the niobium affinity to oxygen rises appreciably. This appears to be associated with a decrease in the bond strength between metal and oxygen in the melt as the nickel concentration increases ().

  1. Surface processing for bulk niobium superconducting radio frequency cavities

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    Kelly, M. P.; Reid, T.

    2017-02-21

    The majority of niobium cavities for superconducting particle accelerators continue to be fabricated from thin-walled (2-4mm) polycrystalline niobium sheet and, as a final step, require material removal from the radio frequency (RF) surface in order to achieve performance needed for use as practical accelerator devices. More recently bulk niobium in the form of, single-or large-grain slices cut from an ingot has become a viable alternative for some cavity types. In both cases the so-called damaged layer must be chemically etched or electrochemically polished away. The methods for doing this date back at least four decades, however, vigorous empirical studies onmore » real cavities and more fundamental studies on niobium samples at laboratories worldwide have led to seemingly modest improvements that, when taken together, constitute a substantial advance in the reproducibility for surface processing techniques and overall cavity performance. This article reviews the development of niobium cavity surface processing, and summarizes results of recent studies. We place some emphasis on practical details for real cavity processing systems which are difficult to find in the literature but are, nonetheless, crucial for achieving the good and reproducible cavity performance. New approaches for bulk niobium surface treatment which aim to reduce cost or increase performance, including alternate chemical recipes, barrel polishing and 'nitrogen doping' of the RF surface, continue to be pursued and are closely linked to the requirements for surface processing.« less

  2. Recent developments in high purity niobium metal production at CBMM

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    Abdo, Gustavo Giovanni Ribeiro Sousa, Clovis Antonio de Faria Guimarães, Rogério Contato Ribas, Rogério Marques Vieira, Alaércio Salvador Martins Menezes, Andréia Duarte Fridman, Daniel Pallos Cruz, Edmundo Burgos

    2015-12-04

    CBMM is a global supplier of high quality niobium products including pure niobium, the focus of this paper. CBMM’s position has been consolidated over three decades of producing high purity niobium metal ingots. The company supplies, among other products, commercial and reactor grade niobium ingots. One of the main uses of CBMM’s ingots is for the manufacture of particle accelerators (superconducting radio frequency – SRF – cavities), where the purity and homogeneity of niobium metal is essentially important for good performance. CBMM constantly strives to improve process controls and product quality, and is currently implementing innovations in production, research and development to further improve ingot quality. The main aim is to reduce the content of interstitial elements, such as nitrogen (N), oxygen (O), carbon (C), and hydrogen (H), starting with the raw materials through the final step of ingot production. CBMM held the first trial to produce the world’s largest-diameter niobium ingot (as cast 535 mm). The results of this initial trial presented very low levels of interstitial impurities (N, O, C, H), allowing the achievement of residual resistivity ratio (RRR) values very close to 300 in a six-melt process in an electron beam furnace. These values were reached with 850 ppm of tantalum. SRF cavities will be produced with this material in order to study the effect of low impurities and high RRR on the Q factor and accelerating gradient.

  3. Recent developments in high purity niobium metal production at CBMM

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    Abdo, Gustavo Giovanni Ribeiro; Sousa, Clovis Antonio de Faria; Guimarães, Rogério Contato; Ribas, Rogério Marques; Vieira, Alaércio Salvador Martins; Menezes, Andréia Duarte; Fridman, Daniel Pallos; Cruz, Edmundo Burgos

    2015-12-01

    CBMM is a global supplier of high quality niobium products including pure niobium, the focus of this paper. CBMM's position has been consolidated over three decades of producing high purity niobium metal ingots. The company supplies, among other products, commercial and reactor grade niobium ingots. One of the main uses of CBMM's ingots is for the manufacture of particle accelerators (superconducting radio frequency - SRF - cavities), where the purity and homogeneity of niobium metal is essentially important for good performance. CBMM constantly strives to improve process controls and product quality, and is currently implementing innovations in production, research and development to further improve ingot quality. The main aim is to reduce the content of interstitial elements, such as nitrogen (N), oxygen (O), carbon (C), and hydrogen (H), starting with the raw materials through the final step of ingot production. CBMM held the first trial to produce the world's largest-diameter niobium ingot (as cast 535 mm). The results of this initial trial presented very low levels of interstitial impurities (N, O, C, H), allowing the achievement of residual resistivity ratio (RRR) values very close to 300 in a six-melt process in an electron beam furnace. These values were reached with 850 ppm of tantalum. SRF cavities will be produced with this material in order to study the effect of low impurities and high RRR on the Q factor and accelerating gradient.

  4. The separation of niobium from tantalum by extraction with tributyl phosphate and determination of niobium as the thiocyanate complex.

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    De, A K; Sen, A K

    1966-06-01

    A method is proposed for the rapid extraction and separation of microgram amounts of niobium(V). The niobium is extracted quantitatively by 100 % TBP from 7.7-9.4 M (initial) hydrochloric acid and determined spectrophotometrically as the thiocyanate in TBP-acetophenone solution. Beer's Law is obeyed at 430 mmu over the range 0.8-9.0 mug ml . The system is stable for 72 hr. Caesium, calcium, strontium, barium, aluminium, titanium(IV), zirconium(IV), cerium(TV), fluoride, thiocyanate and oxalate do not interfere (1 mg). Niobium(V) can be determined in a niobium(V)-tantalum(V) mixture. The method is accurate and reproducible to within +/-2%.

  5. Thermal transport properties of niobium and some niobium base alloys from 80 to 1600/sup 0/K

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    Moore, J.P.; Graves, R.S.; Williams, R.K.

    1980-01-01

    The electrical resistivities and absolute Seebeck coefficients of 99.8 at. % niobium with a RRR of 36, Nb-4.8 at. % W, Nb-5 at. % Mo, Nb-10 at. % Mo, and Nb-2.4 at. % Mo-2.4 at. % Zr were measured from 80 to 1600/sup 0/K, and the thermal conductivities of the niobium and Nb-5 at. % W were measured from 80 to 1300/sup 0/K. A technique is described for measuring the electrical resistivity and Seebeck coefficient of a specimen during radial heat flow measurements of the thermal conductivity. The transport property results, which had uncertainties of +-0.4%for electrical resistivity and +-1.4% for thermal conductivity, showed the influence of tungsten and molybdenum solutes on the transport properties of niobium and were used to obtain the electronic Lorenz function of pure niobium, which was found to approach the Sommerfeld value at high temperatures.

  6. Corrosion resistance of the substrates for the cryogenic gyroscope and electrodeposition of the superconductive niobium coatings

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    Dubrovskiy, A. R.; Okunev, M. A.; Makarova, O. V.; Kuznetsov, S. A.

    2017-05-01

    The interaction of different materials with the niobium containing melt was investigated. As substrate materials the ceramics, beryllium and carbopyroceram were chosen. Several spherical ceramic and beryllium samples were coated with protective molybdenum and niobium films by magnetron sputtering and PVD, respectively. After the experiment (exposition time 10 min) the exfoliation of molybdenum film from ceramic samples was observed due to interaction of the substrate with the melt. The niobium protective coatings reacted with the melt with niobium oxide formation. The beryllium samples regardless of the shape and the presence of the protective films were dissolved in the niobium containing melt due to more negative electrode potential comparing with niobium one. The carbopyroceram samples were exposed in the melt during 3 and 12 h. It was found that the carbopyroceram not corrodes in the niobium containing melt. The optimal regimes for electrodeposition of smooth uniform niobium coatings with the thickness up to 50 μm on carbopyroceram spheres were found.

  7. Physical and Mechanical Properties of Niobium for SRF Science and Technology

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    Ganapati Rao Myneni

    2006-10-31

    Optimized mechanical and physical properties of high purity niobium are crucial for obtaining high performance SRF particle beam accelerator structures consistently. This paper summarizes these important material properties for both high purity polycrystalline and single crystal niobium.

  8. Identification of delamination failure of boride layer on common Cr-based steels

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    Taktak, Sukru; Tasgetiren, Suleyman

    2006-10-01

    Adhesion is an important aspect in the reliability of coated components. With low-adhesion of interfaces, different crack paths may develop depending on the local stress field at the interface and the fracture toughness of the coating, substrate, and interface. In the current study, an attempt has been made to identify the delamination failure of coated Cr-based steels by boronizing. For this reason, two commonly used steels (AISI H13, AISI 304) are considered. The steels contain 5.3 and 18.3 wt.% Cr, respectively. Boriding treatment is carried out in a slurry salt bath consisting of borax, boric acid, and ferrosilicon at a temperature range of 800 950 °C for 3, 5, and 7 h. The general properties of the boron coating are obtained by mechanical and metallographic characterization tests. For identification of coating layer failure, some fracture toughness tests and the Daimler-Benz Rockwell-C adhesion test are used.

  9. Titanium boride equation of state determined by in-situ X-ray diffraction.

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    Ono, Shigeaki; Kikegawa, Takumi

    2016-12-01

    The equation of state (EOS) of titanium boride, TiB2, was investigated by in situ X-ray diffraction in a diamond anvil cell and multianvil high-pressure apparatus. The pressure-volume-temperature (P-V-T) data were collected at up to 111 GPa and room temperature for the diamond-anvil cell experiments and at up to 15 GPa and 1300 K for the multianvil experiments. No phase transition was observed through the entire range of experimental conditions. The pressure-volume data at room temperature were fitted using a Vinet EOS to obtain the isothermal bulk modulus, BT0 = 256.7 GPa, and its pressure derivative, B' T0 = 3.83. When fitting a thermal EOS using the P-V-T data for the multianvil experiments, we find that [Formula: see text] = 0.095 (GPa/K) and α 0 = 2.49 × 10(-5) K(-1).

  10. Accelerated kinetics and mechanism of growth of boride layers on titanium under isothermal and cyclic diffusion

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    Sarma, Biplab

    2011-12-01

    The tendency of titanium (Ti) and its alloys to wear, gall and seize during high contact stresses between sliding surfaces severely limits their applications in bearings, gears etc. One way to mitigate these problems is to modify their surfaces by applying hard and wear resistant surface coatings. Boriding, which involves solid state diffusion of boron (B) into Ti, thereby forming hard surface layers consisting of TiB2 and TiB compounds has been shown to produce extremely high wear resistant surfaces in Ti and its alloys. The growth kinetics of these layers are, however, limited by the low diffusivities of B in the high melting TiB2 and TiB compounds. On the basis of the fact that HCP metals such as Ti show enhanced (anomalous) self-diffusion near the phase transition temperature, the first hypothesis of this work has been that the diffusivity enhancement should cause rapid ingress of B atoms, thereby accelerating the growth of the hard boride layers. Isothermal boriding experiments were performed close to phase transition temperature (890, 910, and 915°C) for time periods ranging from 3 to 24 hours. It was found that indeed a much deeper growth of TiB into the Ti substrate (˜75 mum) occurred at temperatures very close to the transition temperature (910°C), compared to that obtained at 1050°C. A diffusion model based on error-function solutions of Fick's second law was developed to quantitatively illustrate the combined effects of the normal B diffusion in the TiB phase and the anomalous B diffusion in Ti phase in accelerating TiB layer growth. Furthermore, isothermal boriding experiments close to transition temperature (900°C) for a period of 71 hours resulted in coating thickness well above 100 mum, while at 1050°C, the layer growth saturated after about 24 hours of treatment time. In the second part of this work, a novel approach named "cyclic-phase-changediffusion, (CPCD)," to create deeper TiB2 and TiB coating layers on CP-Ti by cyclic thermal processing

  11. New YMo{sub 3}B{sub 7} boride and its structure

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    Mikhalenko, S.I.; Kuz`ma, Yu.B.; Babizhetskii, V.S.

    1995-05-01

    The crystal structure of YMo{sub 3}B{sub 7} boride is determined (a CAD-4 diffractometer, MoK{sub {alpha}} radiation, R = 0.019 for 668 reflections). The crystals are orthorhombic: a = 11.012(1) {Angstrom}, b = 3.1013(3) {Angstrom}, c = 12.864(1) {Angstrom}; Z = 4; {rho}{sub calc} = 6.839(2) g/cm{sup 3}; and sp. gr. Pnma. The structure belongs to a new type: metal atoms form trigonal prisms, within which boron atoms occur. Four columns of alternating empty orthorhombic [EMo{sub 4}Y] pyramids and [EMo{sub 2}Y{sub 2}] tetrahedra run in the b direction. The boron atoms form ribbons of six-membered rings. The ribbons are tilted to the ab plane. 8 refs., 3 figs.

  12. The microstructure and superplastic behavior of clean mechanically alloyed titanium - titanium boride alloys

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    Brown, A.P.; Brydson, R.; Hammond, C.; Wisbey, A.; Godfrey, T.M.T.

    2000-07-01

    The superplastic forming (SPF) of titanium alloys is an established technology. A reduction in grain size from that of the typical sheet materials would lead to enhanced SPF properties and hence a reduction in production cycle times. This study describes the microstructural development and superplastic behavior of fine-grained Ti-6%Al-4%V alloys. Ball-milling Ti-6%Al-4%V powder produces a nanocrystalline material; however on consolidation by hot isostatic pressing rapid grain growth occurs. Addition of boron powder during milling leads to boride precipitates in the matrix of the consolidated alloy. The precipitates are dispersed inhomogeneously, resulting in localized grain refinement. Superplastic testing revealed cavitation formation but in comparison to conventional sheet material, large elongations were achieved at relatively high strain rates.

  13. Superconductivity in the Metal Rich Li-Pd-B Ternary Boride

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    Togano, K.; Badica, P.; Nakamori, Y.; Orimo, S.; Takeya, H.; Hirata, K.

    2004-12-01

    Superconductivity at about 8K was observed in the metal-rich Li-Pd-B ternary system. Structural, microstructural, electrical, and magnetic investigations for various compositions proved that the Li2Pd3B compound, which has an antiperovskite cubic structure composed of distorted Pd6B octahedrons, is responsible for the superconductivity. This is the first observation of superconductivity in metal-rich ternary borides containing alkaline metal and Pd as a late transition metal. The compound prepared by arc melting has a high density and is relatively stable in the air. The upper critical fields Hc2(0) estimated by linear extrapolation and the Werthamer-Helfand-Hohenberg theory are 6.2 and 4.8T, respectively.

  14. PREFACE: The 16th International Symposium on Boron, Borides and Related Materials (ISBB 2008)

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    Tanaka, Takaho

    2009-07-01

    This volume of Journal of Physics: Conference Series contains invited and contributed peer-reviewed papers that were presented at the 16th International Symposium on Boron, Borides and Related Materials (ISBB 2008), which was held on 7-12 September 2008, at Kunibiki Messe, Matsue, Japan. This triennial symposium has a half-century long history starting from the 1st meeting in 1959 at Asbury Park, New Jersey. We were very pleased to organize ISBB 2008, which gathered chemists, physicists, materials scientists as well as diamond and high-pressure researchers. This meeting had a strong background in the boron-related Japanese research history, which includes the discovery of superconductivity in MgB2 and development of Nd-Fe-B hard magnets and of YB66 soft X-ray monochromator. The scope of ISBB 2008 spans both basic and applied interdisciplinary research that is centered on boron, borides and related materials, and the collection of articles defines the state of the art in research on these materials. The topics are centered on: 1. Preparation of new materials (single crystals, thin films, nanostructures, ceramics, etc) under normal or extreme conditions. 2. Crystal structure and chemical bonding (new crystal structures, nonstoichiometry, defects, clusters, quantum-chemical calculations). 3. Physical and chemical properties (band structure, phonon spectra, superconductivity; optical, electrical, magnetic, emissive, mechanical properties; phase diagrams, thermodynamics, catalytic activity, etc) in a wide range of temperatures and pressures. 4. Applications and prospects (thermoelectric converters, composites, ceramics, coatings, etc) There were a few discoveries of new materials, such as nanomaterials, and developments in applications. Many contributions were related to 4f heavy Fermion systems of rare-earth borides. Exotic mechanisms of magnetism and Kondo effects have been discussed, which may indicate another direction of development of boride. Two special sessions

  15. Irradiation testing of a niobium-molybdenum developmental thermocouple

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    Knight, R.C.; Greenslade, D.L.

    1991-10-01

    A need exists for a radiation-resistant thermocouple capable of monitoring temperatures in excess of the limits of the chromel/alumel system. Tungsten/rhenium and platinum/rhodium thermocouples have sufficient temperature capability but have proven to be unstable because of irradiation-induced decalibration. The niobium/molybdenum system is believed to hold great potential for nuclear applications at temperatures up to 2000 K. However, the fragility of pure niobium and fabrication problems with niobium/molybdenum alloys have limited development of this system. Utilizing the Fast Flux Test Facility, a developmental thermocouple with a thermoelement pair consisting of a pure molybdenum and a niobium-1%zirconium alloy wire was irradiated fro 7200 hours at a temperature of 1070 K. The thermocouple performed flawlessly for the duration of the experiment and exhibited stability comparable to a companion chromel/alumel unit. A second thermocouple, operating at 1375 K, is currently being employed to monitor a fusion materials experiment in the Fast Flux Test Facility. This experiment, also scheduled for 7200 hours, will serve to further evaluate the potential of the niobium-1%zirconium/molybdenum thermoelement system. 7 refs., 7 figs.

  16. Interlayer utilization (including metal borides) for subsequent deposition of NSD films via microwave plasma CVD on 316 and 440C stainless steels

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    Ballinger, Jared

    Diamond thin films have promising applications in numerous fields due to the extreme properties of diamonds in conjunction with the surface enhancement of thin films. Biomedical applications are numerous including temporary implants and various dental and surgical instruments. The unique combination of properties offered by nanostructured diamond films that make it such an attractive surface coating include extreme hardness, low obtainable surface roughness, excellent thermal conductivity, and chemical inertness. Regrettably, numerous problems exist when attempting to coat stainless steel with diamond generating a readily delaminated film: outward diffusion of iron to the surface, inward diffusion of carbon limiting necessary surface carbon precursor, and the mismatch between the coefficients of thermal expansion yielding substantial residual stress. While some exotic methods have been attempted to overcome these hindrances, the most common approach is the use of an intermediate layer between the stainless steel substrate and the diamond thin film. In this research, both 316 stainless steel disks and 440C stainless steel ball bearings were tested with interlayers including discrete coatings and graded, diffusion-based surface enhancements. Titanium nitride and thermochemical diffusion boride interlayers were both examined for their effectiveness at allowing for the growth of continuous and adherent diamond films. Titanium nitride interlayers were deposited by cathodic arc vacuum deposition on 440C bearings. Lower temperature diamond processing resulted in improved surface coverage after cooling, but ultimately, both continuity and adhesion of the nanostructured diamond films were unacceptable. The ability to grow quality diamond films on TiN interlayers is in agreement with previous work on iron and low alloy steel substrates, and the similarly seen inadequate adhesion strength is partially a consequence of the lacking establishment of an interfacial carbide phase

  17. Diffusion bonding of copper to niobium

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    Wagner, Adrian R.

    Processes used to join metal to ceramic at low temperatures have proven to be inefficient because multiple brazing cycles with different brazing temperatures and braze filler metals are required. Even though this is reproducible and robust, it is not ideal due to the manufacturing time and cost associated with multiple brazing cycles. A more efficient and cost effective process is to utilize the diffusion bonding technique to join different metallic layers prior to joining the entire ceramic assembly in one brazing cycle. In this study, the diffusion bonding of copper to niobium was examined. To the author's knowledge, the diffusion bonding of Cu to Nb has not been researched, and the diffusion of Cu into Nb or Nb into Cu has not been observed. A series of diffusion bonding experiments were conducted to determine the optimal bonding time, temperature, and pressure for the Cu-Nb system. The diffusion bonded samples were evaluated using mechanical testing and microscopy. Results from characterization indicate that diffusion of Nb into Cu occurs, and a robust bond with no interfacial voids is formed using different combinations of bonding parameters. The diffusion of Nb into Cu and with failure occurring outside the diffusion bonded region during all mechanical testing indicate that Cu can be bonded to Nb via the diffusion bonding technique.

  18. Loading rate and test temperature effects on fracture of In Situ niobium silicide-niobium composites

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    Rigney, Joseph D.; Lewandowski, John J.

    1996-10-01

    Arc cast, extruded, and heat-treated in situ composites of niobium suicide (Nb5Si3) intermetallic with niobium phases (primary—Nbp and secondary—Nbs) exhibited high fracture resistance in comparison to monolithic Nb5Si3. In toughness tests conducted at 298 K and slow applied loading rates, the fracture process proceeded by the microcracking of the Nb5Si3 and plastic deformation of the Nbp and Nbs phases, producing resistance-curve behavior and toughnesses of 28 MPa√m with damage zone lengths less than 500 μm. The effects of changes in the Nbp yield strength and fracture behavior on the measured toughnesses were investigated by varying the loading rates during fracture tests at both 77 and 298 K. Quantitative fractography was utilized to completely characterize each fracture surface created at 298 K in order to determine the type of fracture mode ( i.e., dimpled, cleavage) exhibited by the Nbp. Specimens tested at either higher loading rates or lower test temperatures consistently exhibited a greater amount of cleavage fracture in the Nbp, while the Nbs, always remained ductile. However, the fracture toughness values determined from experiments spanning six orders of magnitude in loading rate at 298 and 77 K exhibited little variation, even under conditions when the majority of Nbp phases failed by cleavage at 77 K. The changes in fracture mode with increasing loading rate and/or decreasing test temperature and their effects on fracture toughness are rationalized by comparison to existing theoretical models.

  19. Niobium-Hydrogen and Niobium-Carbon Monoxide Surface Chemistry Studies

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    Cabrera, A. L.; Espinosa-Gangas, J.; Schuller, Ivan K.

    2001-03-01

    We are interested in studying the interaction of niobium surfaces with gaseous hydrogen and carbon monoxide. The adsorption of hydrogen can be used to titrate the presence of pinholes on oxide barriers formed on the Nb surface. The importance of these studies relay on the development of tunneling devices made of magnetic sandwich layers. Niobium foils with a tickness of 127 microns were mounted on the manipulator of a high vacuum system. The samples were cleaned by Ar ion sputtering or heating in vacuum at 1000 K and then exposed to hydrogen or carbon monoxide at a pressure of 1*10-6 Torr for about 1000 s. Thermal desorption spectra (TDS) were obtained by flashing the Nb foils from room temperature up to 1000 K. The adsorption of hydrogen and carbon monoxide on Nb is very similar to the adsorption of these gases on Ni and Co surfaces: Two adsorption sites for dissociated hydrogen; two sites for CO, molecular and dissociated CO. From these curves adsorption energies can be obtained. The samples were characterized by XRD and found that the Nb foil had a preferential orientation on the (200) direction. The heat cycling from room temperature to 1000 K and back decreased the preferential orientation. References: [1] A. L. Cabrera, J. Vac. Sci. Technol. 8 (1990)3229 and J. Vac. Sci. Technol 11 (1993) 205. [2] J. Martin, M. Velez, J. Nogues, A. Hoffmann, Y Jaccard and Ivan K. Schuller, J. Mag. Mat. 177-181(1998) 915.

  20. Synthesis and characterization of monometallic niobium carbides and bimetallic niobium carbides using hafnium, titanium, and tantalum

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    Watts, Cassandra Jean

    As fossil fuels are rapidly depleting there is an enormous push for the development of new forms of energy based on renewable resources. Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) fuel cells are one possible solution, but are constrained by the necessity of the platinum catalyst to initiate the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR). Transition metal carbides, like tungsten and molybdenum carbide, have shown catalytic properties that resemble platinum. This project seeks to synthesize through a low temperature solid state method with a LiCl:KCl:KF salt flux monometallic niobium carbides (NbC, Nb4C3, and Nb2C) and the bimetallic niobium carbides HfNbC, TiNbC, and TaNbC. The synthesized materials are characterized using XRD, SEM, and EDS. The results showed that a pure single phase of NbC and Nb4C 3, and a semi alloyed phase of TiNbC2 are obtainable. The remaining systems yielded phase separated carbide systems and are dominated by irreproducibility or oxidization.

  1. Pt-B System Revisited: Pt2B, a New Structure Type of Binary Borides. Ternary WAl12-Type Derivative Borides.

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    Sologub, Oksana; Salamakha, Leonid; Rogl, Peter; Stöger, Berthold; Bauer, Ernst; Bernardi, Johannes; Giester, Gerald; Waas, Monika; Svagera, Robert

    2015-11-16

    On the basis of a detailed study applying X-ray single-crystal and powder diffraction, differential scanning calorimetry, and scanning electron microscopy analysis, it was possible to resolve existing uncertainties in the Pt-rich section (≥65 atom % Pt) of the binary Pt-B phase diagram above 600 °C. The formation of a unique structure has been observed for Pt2B [X-ray single-crystal data: space group C2/m, a = 1.62717(11) nm, b = 0.32788(2) nm, c = 0.44200(3) nm, β = 104.401(4)°, RF2 = 0.030]. Within the homogeneity range of "Pt3B", X-ray powder diffraction phase analysis prompted two structural modifications as a function of temperature. The crystal structure of "hT-Pt3B" complies with the hitherto reported structure of anti-MoS2 [space group P63/mmc, a = 0.279377(2) nm, c = 1.04895(1) nm, RF = 0.075, RI = 0.090]. The structure of the new "[Formula: see text]T-Pt3B" is still unknown. The formation of previously reported Pt∼4B has not been confirmed from binary samples. Exploration of the Pt-rich section of the Pt-Cu-B system at 600 °C revealed a new ternary compound, Pt12CuB6-y [X-ray single-crystal data: space group Im3̅, a = 0.75790(2) nm, y = 3, RF2 = 0.0129], which exhibits the filled WAl12-type structure accommodating boron in the interstitial trigonal-prismatic site 12e. The isotypic platinum-aluminum-boride was synthesized and studied. The solubility of copper in binary platinum borides has been found to attain ∼7 atom % Cu for Pt2B but to be insignificant for "[Formula: see text]T-Pt3B". The architecture of the new Pt2B structure combines puckered layers of boron-filled and empty [Pt6] octahedra (anti-CaCl2-type fragment) alternating along the x axis with a double layer of boron-semifilled [Pt6] trigonal prisms interbedded with a layer of empty tetrahedra and tetragonal pyramids (B-deficient α-T[Formula: see text]I fragment). Assuming boron vacancies ordering (space group R3), the Pt12CuB6-y structure exhibits serpentine-like columns of edge

  2. Precipitation of hydrides in high purity niobium after different treatments

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    Barkov, F.; Romanenko, A.; Trenikhina, Y.; Grassellino, A.

    2013-01-01

    Precipitation of lossy non-superconducting niobium hydrides represents a known problem for high purity niobium in superconducting applications. Using cryogenic optical and laser confocal scanning microscopy we have directly observed surface precipitation and evolution of niobium hydrides in samples after different treatments used for superconducting RF cavities for particle acceleration. Precipitation is shown to occur throughout the sample volume, and the growth of hydrides is well described by the fast diffusion-controlled process in which almost all hydrogen is precipitated at $T=140$~K within $\\sim30$~min. 120$^{\\circ}$C baking and mechanical deformation are found to affect hydride precipitation through their influence on the number of nucleation and trapping centers.

  3. Oxidation resistance of composite silicide coatings on niobium

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    Gloshko, P.I.; Kurtsev, N.F.; Lisichenko, V.I.; Nadtoka, V.N.; Petrenko, M.I.; Zmii, V.I.

    1986-07-01

    This paper reports the oxidation of NbSi/sub 2/-MoSi/sub 2/ composite silicide coatings produced by diffusive siliconizing of molybdenum films on a niobium surface. Molybdenum-coated niobium was siliconized and an x-ray microspectral analysis of the composite silicide coating showed the phase composition to be an ca 80-um-thick outer molybdenum disilicide film with a characteristic coarsely crystalline columnar structure, and inner ca 20-um film of niobium disilicide consisting of the tiny columnar crystals, and a substrate/coating interface comprising a thin, 2-3 um film of lower silicide, i.e., Nb/sub 5/Si/sub 3/. The average grain sizes, unit cell parameters, and x-ray determined densities of the Mo films obtained by various methods are shown.

  4. SRF niobium characterization using SIMS and FIB-TEM

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    Stevie, F. A.

    2015-12-01

    Our understanding of superconducting radio frequency (SRF) accelerator cavities has been improved by elemental analysis at high depth resolution and by high magnification microscopy. This paper summarizes the technique development and the results obtained on poly-crystalline, large grain, and single crystal SRF niobium. Focused ion beam made possible sample preparation using transmission electron microscopy and the images obtained showed a very uniform oxide layer for all samples analyzed. Secondary ion mass spectrometry indicated the presence of a high concentration of hydrogen and the hydrogen content exhibited a relationship with improvement in performance. Depth profiles of carbon, nitrogen, and oxygen did not show major differences with heat treatment. Niobium oxide less than 10 nm thick was shown to be an effective hydrogen barrier. Niobium with titanium contamination showed unexpected performance improvement.

  5. Superconducting DC and RF Properties of Ingot Niobium

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    Pashupati Dhakal, Gianluigi Ciovati, Peter Kneisel, Ganapati Rao Myneni

    2011-07-01

    The thermal conductivity, DC magnetization and penetration depth of large-grain niobium hollow cylindrical rods fabricated from ingots, manufactured by CBMM subjected to chemical and heat treatment were measured. The results confirm the influence of chemical and heat-treatment processes on the superconducting properties, with no significant dependence on the impurity concentrations in the original ingots. Furthermore, RF properties, such as the surface resistance and quench field of the niobium rods were measured using a TE{sub 011} cavity. The hollow niobium rod is the center conductor of this cavity, converting it to a coaxial cavity. The quench field is limited by the critical heat flux through the rods' cooling channel.

  6. SRF niobium characterization using SIMS and FIB-TEM

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    Stevie, F. A.

    2015-12-04

    Our understanding of superconducting radio frequency (SRF) accelerator cavities has been improved by elemental analysis at high depth resolution and by high magnification microscopy. This paper summarizes the technique development and the results obtained on poly-crystalline, large grain, and single crystal SRF niobium. Focused ion beam made possible sample preparation using transmission electron microscopy and the images obtained showed a very uniform oxide layer for all samples analyzed. Secondary ion mass spectrometry indicated the presence of a high concentration of hydrogen and the hydrogen content exhibited a relationship with improvement in performance. Depth profiles of carbon, nitrogen, and oxygen did not show major differences with heat treatment. Niobium oxide less than 10 nm thick was shown to be an effective hydrogen barrier. Niobium with titanium contamination showed unexpected performance improvement.

  7. Corrosion Resistance of Nanopowders of Borides and Carbides of IV-VIB Group Metals in the Nickeling Electrolytes

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    Shakhnin, Dmytro; Malyshev, Viktor; Kuschevskaya, Nina; Gab, Angelina

    2017-07-01

    The corrosion resistance of nanopowders of borides and carbides of metals of IV-VIB groups, as well as of silicon carbide, was studied in the standard nickeling electrolytes. As objects of study, nanopowders with the content of the main phase 91.8-97.6% and with the average particle size 32-78 nm were used. Their corrosion resistance was evaluated depending on the acidity of the electrolyte, temperature, and duration of the interaction. It was found that, by the corrosion resistance in the electrolytes solutions, nanopowders of borides and carbides within each group of compounds are similar and characterized by unlimited period of induction in alkaline media. An exception is the nanopowder of silicon carbide which is resistant to the solution of any acidity.

  8. Synthesis and characterization of nitrogen-phosphorus-based fire retardants modified by boride/propanetriol flyeidyl ether complex

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    Kang, Haijiao; Ma, Linrong; Zhang, Shifeng; Li, Jianzhang

    2015-07-01

    A Boride/propanetriol glyeidyl ether (B/PTGE) complex was employed to intensify the fire resistance capabilities of nitrogen-phosphorus (NP) fire retardants by reacting with phosphoric acid and urea to yield nitrogen-phosphorus-boron-PTGE fire retardants. The effects of NPB-PTGE fire retardants on wooden properties were characterized by limit oxygen index (LOI), cone calorimetry, X-ray Diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The results depict that the fire resistance of the B/PTGE complex modified by NP-based fire retardants was improved significantly. The PTGE was at 10% boride at 2%, and the treated wood has the LOI of 52%, which is 11.46% higher compared with woods treated with NP fire retardant.

  9. Structural and mechanical properties of transition metal borides Nb2MB2 (M=Tc, Ru, and Os) under pressure

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    Li, Xiaofeng; Yan, Haiyan; Wei, Qun

    2016-10-01

    First-principle total energy calculations are employed to provide a fundamental understanding of the structural, mechanical, and electronic properties of transition metal borides Nb2MB2 (M=Tc, Ru, and Os) within the tetragonal superstructure P4/mnc structure. The mechanically and dynamically stabilities of three borides have been demonstrated by the elastic constants and phonons calculations under pressure. Among these three compounds, Nb2TcB2 exhibits the biggest bulk and Young's modulus, smallest Poission's ratio, and highest harness. Density of states of them revealed that the strong B-B, Nb-B and M-B covalent bonds are major driving forces for their high bulk and shear moduli as well as small Poisson's ratio.

  10. Pre-irradiation spatial distribution and stability of boride particles in rapidly solidified boron-doped stainless steels

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    Kanani, N.; Arnberg, L.; Harling, O.K.

    1981-01-01

    The time temperature behavior of boride particles has been studied in rapidly solidified ultra low carbon and nitrogen modified 316 stainless steel with 0.088% boron and 0.45% zirconium. The results show that the as-splat-cooled specimens exhibit precipitates at the grain boundaries and triple junctions. For temperatures up to about 750/sup 0/C no significant microstructural changes occur for short heat treatment times. In the temperature range of 750 to 950/sup 0/C, however, particles typically 100 to 500 A in diameter containing Zr and B are formed within the grains. Higher temperatures enhance the formation of such particles and give rise to particle networks. The results show that a fine and uniform distribution of the boride particles almost exclusively within the grains can be achieved if proper annealing conditions are chosen. This type of distribution is an important requirement for the homogeneous production of helium during neutron irradiation in fast reactors.

  11. America's Overview of Superconducting Science and Technology of Ingot Niobium

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    Gianluigi Ciovati, Peter Kneisel, Ganapati Myneni

    2011-03-01

    This contribution will present an overview of the results from R&D programs in the USA over the past four years towards the development of ingot Niobium as a viable alternative material to fabricate SRF cavities for particle accelerators. Activities at several laboratories and universities include fabrication, surface treatment and RF testing of single- and multi-cell cavities and studies of the thermal, mechanical and superconducting properties of samples from ingots of different purity. Possible advantages of ingot niobium over standard fine-grain (ASTM 6) are discussed and a streamlined treatment procedure to fully exploit those advantages is proposed.

  12. Niobium-Matrix-Composite High-Temperature Turbine Blades

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    Kaplan, Richard B.; Tuffias, Robert H.; La Ferla, Raffaele; Heng, Sangvavann; Harding, John T.

    1995-01-01

    High-temperture composite-material turbine blades comprising mainly niobium matrices reinforced with refractory-material fibers being developed. Of refractory fibrous materials investigated, FP-AL(2)0(3), tungsten, and polymer-based SiC fibers most promising. Blade of this type hollow and formed in nearly net shape by wrapping mesh of reinforcing refractory fibers around molybdenum mandrel, then using thermal-gradient chemical-vapor infiltration (CVI) to fill interstices with niobium. CVI process controllable and repeatable, and kinetics of both deposition and infiltration well understood.

  13. PROCESS OF PRODUCING A NIOBIUM-TIN COMPOUND

    DOEpatents

    Zegler, S.T.; Darby, J.B. Jr.

    1963-04-01

    This patent deals with a process of preparing pure Nb/sub 3/Sn. The process comprises heating powders of niobium and excess tin to 900 to 1000 deg C, whereby niobium reacts with the molten tin under the formation of Nb/sub 3/Sn; cooling and powdering the product and immersing the powder in concentrated hydrochloric acid for removal of excessive tin; separating the Nb/sub 3/Sn, rinsing and drying it and sintering it in an inert atmosphere at 900 to 1300 deg C. (AEC)

  14. Niobium-Matrix-Composite High-Temperature Turbine Blades

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    Kaplan, Richard B.; Tuffias, Robert H.; La Ferla, Raffaele; Heng, Sangvavann; Harding, John T.

    1995-01-01

    High-temperture composite-material turbine blades comprising mainly niobium matrices reinforced with refractory-material fibers being developed. Of refractory fibrous materials investigated, FP-AL(2)0(3), tungsten, and polymer-based SiC fibers most promising. Blade of this type hollow and formed in nearly net shape by wrapping mesh of reinforcing refractory fibers around molybdenum mandrel, then using thermal-gradient chemical-vapor infiltration (CVI) to fill interstices with niobium. CVI process controllable and repeatable, and kinetics of both deposition and infiltration well understood.

  15. Study of AC/RF properties of SRF ingot niobium

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    Dhakal, Pashupati; Tsindlekht, Menachem I; Genkin, Valery M; Ciovati, Gianluigi; Myneni, Ganapati Rao

    2013-09-01

    In an attempt to correlate the performance of superconducting radiofrequency cavities made of niobium with the superconducting properties, we present the results of the magnetization and ac susceptibility of the niobium used in the superconducting radiofrequency cavity fabrication. The samples were subjected to buffer chemical polishing (BCP) surface and high temperature heat treatments, typically applied to the cavities fabrications. The analysis of the results show the different surface and bulk ac conductivity for the samples subjected to BCP and heat treatment. Furthermore, the RF surface impedance is measured on the sample using a TE011 microwave cavity for a comparison to the low frequency measurements.

  16. Variation of Mechanical Properties of High RRR And Reactor Grade Niobium With Heat Treatments

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    Ganapati Myneni; H. Umezawa

    2003-06-01

    Superconducting rf cavities used as accelerating structures in particle accelerators are made from high purity niobium with residual resistance ratios greater than 250. Reactor grade niobium is also used to make wave-guide and/or end group components for these accelerating structures. The major impurities in this type of niobium are interstitially dissolved gases such as hydrogen, nitrogen, and oxygen in addition to carbon. After fabricating the niobium accelerating structures, they are subjected to heat treatments for several hours in vacuum at temperatures of up to 900 C for degassing hydrogen or up to 1400 C for improving the thermal conductivity of niobium considerably. These heat treatments are affecting the mechanical properties of niobium drastically. In this paper the variation of the mechanical properties of high purity and reactor grade niobium with heat treatments in a vacuum of {approx} 10{sup -6} Torr and temperatures from 600 C to 1250 C for periods of 10 to 6 hours are presented.

  17. Electron paramagnetic resonance and quantum-mechanical analysis of binuclear niobium clusters in lithium-niobium phosphate glasses

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    Rakhimov, R. R.; Turney, V. J.; Jones, D. E.; Dobryakov, S. N.; Borisov, Yu. A.; Prokof'ev, A. I.; Aleksandrov, A. I.

    2003-04-01

    Electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectra of Nb4+ ions in Li2O-Nb2O5-P2O5 glasses with different composition of oxide components have been investigated. The EPR spectrum shape analysis of Nb4+ (electron configuration 4d1, electron spin S=1/2) reveals the formation of triplet niobium binuclear complex (total electron spin S=1) in glasses. The amount of Nb4+ ions in glasses reversibly changes with temperature and is explained via the mechanism of electron hopping between niobium ions in clusters. The dependence of the amount of Nb4+ ions upon Li2O content has a maximal character, which implies that small amounts of Li+ ions stabilize the Nb4+ pairs, but cause their disproportionation at higher concentrations of Li+ ions in the glass. Quantum mechanical analysis of electronic and spin states of binuclear niobium clusters has been performed on model binuclear complexes, (HO)3Nb-O-Nb(OH)3, [(HO)3Nb-O-Nb(OH)3]Li+, and [(HO)3Nb-O-Nb(OH)3](Li+)2 that exhibit the reversible disproportionation reaction Nb4+-O-Nb4+⇔Nb3+-O-Nb5+. Triplet states of these complexes (total electron spin S=1) have lower energies than singlet states (S=0), and Li+ ions stabilize the binuclear niobium complex. We have found that electron spin densities on niobium ions change depending upon the shift of the bridging oxygen atom. Application of this theoretical modeling to the analysis of the experimental EPR spectrum in Li2O-Nb2O5-P2O5 glass concludes noncentrosymmetric structure of binuclear niobium complex with ˜0.1 Å offset of the bridging oxygen atom towards one Nb atom.

  18. Measurements of Modulus of Elasticity and Thermal Contraction of Epoxy Impregnated Niobium-Tin and Niobium-Titanium Composites

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    Chow, K.P.; Millos, G.A.

    1998-09-01

    In the high field magnet program at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, accelerator magnet prototypes are designed with epoxy impregnated niobium-tin and niobium-titanium superconductor. Accurate mechanical property values are essential for magnet mechanical design and prediction of conductor performance. Two key mean property values are measured on coil samples: modulus of elasticity (Young's modulus) and mean thermal contraction. Measurements are made in compression and are conducted in three orthogonal directions. Modulus of elasticity measurements are currently conducted at room temperature and the mean thermal contraction is measured from room temperature to liquid nitrogen temperature. Room temperature values are compared with values estimated using the individual coil components.

  19. Superconductivity of various borides and the role of carbon in their high performance

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    Awana, V. P. S.; Vajpayee, Arpita; Mudgel, Monika; Kishan, H.

    2009-03-01

    The superconductivity of MgB2, Mg1-xAlxB2 and NbB2+x is compared. The stretched c-lattice parameter (c = 3.52 Å) of MgB2 in comparison to NbB2.8 (c = 3.32 Å) and AlB2 (c = 3.25 Å) decides empirically the population of their π and σ bands and, as a result, their Tc values at 39 and 11 K, respectively, for the first two and no superconductivity for the latter. Besides stretching of the c-lattice parameter not only the density of the carriers but also their signs change in these isostructural di-borides. The thermoelectric power of these compounds clearly demonstrates their changing π and σ band contributions and the ensuing appearance/disappearance of superconductivity. An increased c parameter increases the boron plane constructed hole type σ band population and decreases the contribution from the Mg or Al plane electron type π band. This turns the hole type (mainly σ band conduction) MgB2 superconductor (39 K) into the electron type (mainly π band conduction) non-superconducting AlB2. The importance of hole type σ band conduction dominating the superconductivity of the various borides is further established by the high performance of intrinsically pinned MgB2-xCx. Our results on MgB2 added with nano-diamond, nano-SiC and various organics such as glucose, PVA and adipic acid, when compared with MgB2-xCx, clearly demonstrate that the main role is played by C substitution at the B site in the host MgB2 and the ensuing σ plane disorder and vortex pinning. The best strategy could be to add (<10 nm) nanoparticles to MgB1.8C0.2 to ensure both extrinsic pinning by the former and intrinsic pinning by the latter.

  20. Superconducting niobium thin film slow-wave structures

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    Bautista, J. J.; Petty, S. M.; Allen, L. H.; Beasley, M. R.; Hammond, R. H.

    1983-01-01

    A superconducting comb structure as a slow-wave element in a traveling-wave maser will significantly improve maser noise temperature and gain by reducing the insertion loss. The results of the insertion loss measurements of superconducting niobium slow-wave structures subjected to maser operating conditions at X-Band frequencies are presented.

  1. Mechanical properties of niobium radio-frequency cavities

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    Ciovati, Gianluigi; Dhakal, Pashupati; Matalevich, Joseph R.; ...

    2015-07-02

    Radio-frequency cavities made of bulk niobium are one of the components used in modern particle accelerators. The mechanical stability is an important aspect of cavity design, which typically relies on finite-element analysis simulations using material properties from tensile tests on sample. This contribution presents the results of strain and resonant frequency measurements as a function of a uniform pressure up to 722 kPa, applied to single-cell niobium cavities with different crystallographic structure, purity and treatments. In addition, burst tests of high-purity multi-cell cavities with different crystallographic structure have been conducted up to the tensile strength of the material. Finite-element analysismore » of the single-cell cavity geometry is in good agreement with the observed behavior in the elastic regime assuming a Young's modulus value of 88.5 GPa and a Poisson's ratio of 0.4, regardless of crystallographic structure, purity or treatment. However, the measured yield strength and tensile strength depend on crystallographic structure, material purity and treatment. In particular, the results from this study show that the mechanical properties of niobium cavities with large crystals are comparable to those of cavities made of fine-grain niobium.« less

  2. Influence of pressure on the Fermi surface of niobium

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    Anderson, J.R.; Papaconstantopoulos, D.A.; Schirber, J.E.

    1981-12-15

    The effects of pressure on selected de Haas--van Alphen frequencies in niobium have been measured. The frequency shifts, including a relatively large negative shift for the jungle-gym arms, can be explained by a model which uses a Slater-Koster interpolation of augmented-plane-wave X..cap alpha.. bands which had been calculated for two lattice spacings.

  3. Influence of pressure on the Fermi surface of niobium

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    Anderson, J. R.; Papaconstantopoulos, D. A.; Schirber, J. E.

    1981-12-01

    The effects of pressure on selected de Haas - van Alphen frequencies in niobium have been measured. The frequency shifts, including a relatively large negative shift for the jungle-gym arms, can be explained by a model which uses a Slater-Koster interpolation of augmented-plane-wave Xα bands which had been calculated for two lattice spacings.

  4. Redox Equilibrium of Niobium in Calcium Silicate Base Melts

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    Mirzayousef-Jadid, A.-M.; Schwerdtfeger, Klaus

    2010-10-01

    The oxidation state of niobium has been determined at 1873 K (1600 °C) in CaO-SiO2-NbO x melts with CaO/SiO2 ratios (mass pct) of 0.66, 0.93 and 1.10, and 5.72 to 11.44 pct Nb2O5 (initial). The slag samples were equilibrated with gas phases of controlled oxygen pressure, then quenched to room temperature and analyzed chemically. The niobium is mainly pentavalent with small amounts in the tetravalent state. It was found that the Nb5+/Nb4+ ratio increases with oxygen pressure at a constant CaO/SiO2 ratio and constant content of total niobium, closely according to the ideal law of mass action, which is proportional to {text{p}}_{{{text{O}}2 }}^{1/4} . The ratio also increases with total niobium content, and it seems to have a maximum at a basicity of about 0.93. The color of the solidified slag samples is described and is explained with the help of transmission spectra.

  5. High-Q superconducting niobium cavities for gravitational wave detectors

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    de Paula, L. A. N.; Furtado, S. R.; Aguiar, O. D.; Oliveira, N. F., Jr.; Castro, P. J.; Barroso, J. J.

    2014-10-01

    The main purpose of this work is to optimize the electric Q-factor of superconducting niobium klystron cavities to be used in parametric transducers of the Mario Schenberg gravitational wave detector. Many cavities were manufactured from niobium with relatively high tantalum impurities (1420 ppm) and they were cryogenically tested to determine their resonance frequencies, unloaded electrical quality factors (Q0) and electromagnetic couplings. These cavities were closed with a flat niobium plate with tantalum impurities below 1000 ppm and an unloaded electrical quality factors of the order of 105 have been obtained. AC conductivity of the order of 1012 S/m has been found for niobium cavities when matching experimental results with computational simulations. These values for the Q-factor would allow the detector to reach the quantum limit of sensitivity of ~ 10-22 Hz-1/2 in the near future, making it possible to search for gravitational waves around 3.2 kHz. The experimental tests were performed at the laboratories of the National Institute for Space Research (INPE) and at the Institute for Advanced Studies (IEAv - CTA).

  6. Fatigue crack growth behavior in niobium-hydrogen alloys

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    Lin, Mark Ching-Cheng; Salama, K.

    1997-10-01

    Near-threshold fatigue crack growth behavior has been investigated in niobium-hydrogen alloys. Compact tension specimens (CTS) with three hydrogen conditions are used: hydrogen-free, hydrogen in solid solution, and hydride alloy. The specimens are fatigued at a temperature of 296 K and load ratios of 0.05, 0.4, and 0.75. The results at load ratios of 0.05 and 0.4 show that the threshold stress intensity range (Δ K th ) decreases as hydrogen is added to niobium. It reaches a minimum at the critical hydrogen concentration ( C cr ), where maximum embrittlement occurs. The critical hydrogen concentration is approximately equal to the solubility limit of hydrogen in niobium. As the hydrogen concentration exceeds C cr , Δ K th increases slowly as more hydrogen is added to the specimen. At load ratio 0.75, Δ K th decreases continuously as the hydrogen concentration is increased. The results provide evidence that two mechanisms are responsible for fatigue crack growth behavior in niobium-hydrogen alloys. First, embrittlement is retarded by hydride transformation-induced and plasticity-induced crack closures. Second, embrittlement is enhanced by the presence of hydrogen and hydride.

  7. Extreme diffusion limited electropolishing of niobium radiofrequency cavities

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    Crawford, Anthony C.

    2017-03-01

    A deeply modulated, regular, continuous, oscillating current waveform is reliably and repeatably achieved during electropolishing of niobium single-cell elliptical radiofrequency cavities. Details of the technique and cavity test results are reported here. The method is applicable for cavity frequencies in the range 500 MHz to 3.9 GHz and can be extended to multicell structures.

  8. Mechanical properties of niobium radio-frequency cavities

    SciTech Connect

    Ciovati, Gianluigi; Dhakal, Pashupati; Matalevich, Joseph R.; Myneni, Ganapati Rao; Schmidt, A.; Iversen, J.; Matheisen, A.; Singer, W.

    2015-07-02

    Radio-frequency cavities made of bulk niobium are one of the components used in modern particle accelerators. The mechanical stability is an important aspect of cavity design, which typically relies on finite-element analysis simulations using material properties from tensile tests on sample. This contribution presents the results of strain and resonant frequency measurements as a function of a uniform pressure up to 722 kPa, applied to single-cell niobium cavities with different crystallographic structure, purity and treatments. In addition, burst tests of high-purity multi-cell cavities with different crystallographic structure have been conducted up to the tensile strength of the material. Finite-element analysis of the single-cell cavity geometry is in good agreement with the observed behavior in the elastic regime assuming a Young's modulus value of 88.5 GPa and a Poisson's ratio of 0.4, regardless of crystallographic structure, purity or treatment. However, the measured yield strength and tensile strength depend on crystallographic structure, material purity and treatment. In particular, the results from this study show that the mechanical properties of niobium cavities with large crystals are comparable to those of cavities made of fine-grain niobium.

  9. Stress dependent oxidation of sputtered niobium and effects on superconductivity

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    David Henry, M.; Wolfley, Steve; Monson, Todd; Clark, Blythe G.; Shaner, Eric; Jarecki, Robert

    2014-02-01

    We report on the suppression of room temperature oxidation of DC sputtered niobium films and the effects upon the superconductive transition temperature, Tc. Niobium was sputter-deposited on silicon dioxide coated 150 mm wafers and permitted to oxidize at room temperature and pressure for up to two years. Resistivity and stress measurements indicate that tensile films greater than 400 MPa resist bulk oxidation with measurements using transmission electron microscope, electron dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, x-ray photoelectric spectroscopy, and secondary ion mass spectrometry confirming this result. Although a surface oxide, Nb2O5, consumed the top 6-10 nm, we measure less than 1 at. % oxygen and nitrogen in the bulk of the films after the oxidation period. Tc measurements using a SQUID magnetometer indicate that the tensile films maintained a Tc approaching the dirty superconductive limit of 8.4 K after two years of oxidation while maintaining room temperature sheet resistance. This work demonstrates that control over niobium film stress during deposition can prevent bulk oxidation by limiting the vertical grain boundaries ability to oxidize, prolonging the superconductive properties of sputtered niobium when exposed to atmosphere.

  10. Extreme diffusion limited electropolishing of niobium radiofrequency cavities

    DOE PAGES

    Crawford, Anthony C.

    2017-01-04

    In this study, a deeply modulated, regular, continuous, oscillating current waveform is reliably and repeatably achieved during electropolishing of niobium single-cell elliptical radiofrequency cavities. Details of the technique and cavity test results are reported here. The method is applicable for cavity frequencies in the range 500 MHz to 3.9 GHz and can be extended to multicell structures.

  11. High-Temperature Creep Behavior Of Fiber-Reinforced Niobium

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    Petrasek, Donald W.; Titran, Robert H.

    1990-01-01

    Study conducted to determine feasibility of using composite materials in advanced space power systems, described in 22-page report. Tungsten fibers reduce creep and mass in advanced power systems. Reinforcing niobium alloys with tungsten fibers increases their resistances to creep by factors of as much as 10.

  12. Stress dependent oxidation of sputtered niobium and effects on superconductivity

    SciTech Connect

    David Henry, M. Wolfley, Steve; Monson, Todd; Clark, Blythe G.; Shaner, Eric; Jarecki, Robert

    2014-02-28

    We report on the suppression of room temperature oxidation of DC sputtered niobium films and the effects upon the superconductive transition temperature, T{sub c}. Niobium was sputter-deposited on silicon dioxide coated 150 mm wafers and permitted to oxidize at room temperature and pressure for up to two years. Resistivity and stress measurements indicate that tensile films greater than 400 MPa resist bulk oxidation with measurements using transmission electron microscope, electron dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, x-ray photoelectric spectroscopy, and secondary ion mass spectrometry confirming this result. Although a surface oxide, Nb{sub 2}O{sub 5}, consumed the top 6–10 nm, we measure less than 1 at. % oxygen and nitrogen in the bulk of the films after the oxidation period. T{sub c} measurements using a SQUID magnetometer indicate that the tensile films maintained a T{sub c} approaching the dirty superconductive limit of 8.4 K after two years of oxidation while maintaining room temperature sheet resistance. This work demonstrates that control over niobium film stress during deposition can prevent bulk oxidation by limiting the vertical grain boundaries ability to oxidize, prolonging the superconductive properties of sputtered niobium when exposed to atmosphere.

  13. Process of forming niobium and boron containing titanium aluminide

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    Huang, S.C.

    1992-01-21

    This patent describes a method of forming a composition of titanium, aluminum, niobium, and boron of higher ductility comprising casting the following approximate composition: Ti{sub 34-50.5}Al{sub 43-48}Nb{sub 6-16}B{sub 0.5-2.0} and thermomechanically working the cast composition.

  14. The compression behavior of niobium alloyed {gamma}-titanium aluminides

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    Paul, J.D.H.; Appel, F.; Wagner, R.

    1998-02-13

    The underlying mechanisms behind the reported high strength of titanium aluminide alloys containing a large addition of niobium has been investigated by determining the flow stresses and activation parameters of plastic deformation. It has been found that alloys such as Ti-45Al-10Nb (at.%) and Ti-45Al-5Nb have 1.25% flow stress values in compression of > 800 MPa at room temperature and > 500 MPa at 1,173 K. When compared with values from a more conventional alloy, Ti-47Al-2Cr-0.2Si, they represent a considerable increase in strength. However, the activation volumes after 1.25% deformation are very similar to those of conventional alloys, particularly up to 973 K. This suggests that athermal dislocation mechanisms are responsible for the increased flow stress of the niobium containing alloys. By comparing the properties of the niobium containing alloys with different binary alloys it has been shown that the high strength is solely a result of the reduced aluminum content and that niobium plays no role in strengthening or work hardening.

  15. A model for studying the kinetics of the formation of Fe 2B boride layers at the surface of a gray cast iron

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Keddam, M.; Chegroune, R.

    2010-06-01

    The present work estimates, using a kinetic model, the growth kinetics of Fe 2B boride layers generated at the surface of a gray cast iron via the powder-pack boriding considering three different temperatures (1173, 1223 and 1273 K) and four treatment times (2, 4, 6 and 8 h). By the use of the mass balance equation at the (Fe 2B/substrate) interface under certain assumptions and considering the effect of the boride incubation time, it was possible to estimate the corresponding parabolic growth constant in terms of two parameters αCupFeB and β( T) depending on the boron content in the Fe 2B phase and on the process temperature, respectively. The mass gain at the material surface and the instantaneous velocity of the (Fe 2B/substrate) interface were also estimated. A fairly good agreement was observed between the experimental parabolic growth constants taken from a reference work (Campos-Silva et al., Characterization of boride layers formed at the surface of gray cast irons, Kovove Mater. 47 (2009) 1-7.) and the simulated values of the parabolic growth constants. Furthermore, the boride layer thicknesses were predicted and experimentally verified for three process temperatures and four treatment times.

  16. Oxidation Behavior of Binary Niobium Alloys

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    Barrett, Charles A.; Corey, James L.

    1960-01-01

    This investigation concludes a study to determine the effects of up to 25 atomic percent of 55 alloying additions on the oxidation characteristics of niobium. The alloys were evaluated by oxidizing in an air atmosphere for 4 hours at 1000 C and 2 hours at 1200 C. Titanium and chromium improved oxidation resistance at both evaluation conditions. Vanadium and aluminum improved oxidation resistance at 1000 C, even though the V scale tended to liquefy and the Al specimens became brittle and the scale powdery. Copper, cobalt, iron, and iridium improved oxidation resistance at 1200 C. Other investigations report tungsten and molybdenum are protective up to about 1000 C, and tantalum at 1100 C. The most important factor influencing the rate of oxidation was the ion size of the alloy additions. Ions slightly smaller than the Nb(5+) ion are soluble in the oxide lattice and tend to lower the compressive stresses in the bulk scale that lead to cracking. The solubility of the alloying addition also depends on the valence to some extent. All of the elements mentioned that improve the oxidation resistance of Nb fit this size criterion with the possible exception of Al, whose extremely small size in large concentrations would probably lead to the formation of a powdery scale. Maintenance of a crack-free bulk scale for as long as possible may contribute to the formation of a dark subscale that ultimately is rate- controlling in the oxidation process. The platinum-group metals, especially Ir, appear to protect by entrapment of the finely dispersed alloying element by the incoming Nb2O5 metal-oxide interface. This inert metallic Ir when alloyed in a sufficient amount with Yb appears to give a ductile phase dispersed in the brittle oxide. This scale would then flow more easily to relieve the large compressive stresses to delay cracking. Complex oxide formation (which both Ti and Zr tend to initiate) and valence effects, which probably change the vacancy concentration in the scale

  17. Phase stability and mechanical properties of tungsten borides from first principles calculations.

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    Zhao, Erjun; Meng, Jian; Ma, Yanming; Wu, Zhijian

    2010-10-28

    The phase stability and mechanical properties of tungsten borides W(2)B, WB, WB(2), W(2)B(5) and WB(4) were extensively studied by first-principles calculations within density functional theory. The thermodynamic and mechanical stabilities were examined. Our calculations on the enthalpy-pressure relationship and convex hulls have demonstrated that at zero pressure, the experimentally observed W(2)B-W(2)B (W(2)B-W(2)B represents W(2)B in W(2)B structure type, the same hereinafter) and WB-WB, and assumed WB(2)-ReB(2) phases are stable against decomposition into other components. The estimated hardness of WB(2)-ReB(2) is 39.4 GPa, suggesting that it is a potentially hard compound. At 60 GPa, the most stable phases are WB-WB and WB(2)-WB(2). WB-WB, WB(2)-AlB(2) and WB(4) are the ground state phases at 100 GPa. The phase transition mechanism for WB(2) was discussed. The synthesis of WB(2)-AlB(2) could be conducted at high pressures.

  18. Preliminary investigation of zirconium boride ceramals for gas-turbine blade applications

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    Hoffman, Charles A

    1953-01-01

    Zirconium boride ZrB2 ceramals were investigated for possible gas-turbine-blade application. Included in the study were thermal shock evaluations of disks, preliminary turbine-blade operation, and observations of oxidation resistance. Thermal shock disks of the following three compositions were studied: (a) 97.5 percent ZrB2 plus 2.5 percent B by weight; (b) 92.5 percent ZrB2 plus 7.5 percent B by weight; and (c) 100 percent ZrB2. Thermal shock disks were quenched from temperatures of 1800 degrees, 2000 degrees, 2200 degrees, and 2400 degrees F. The life of turbine blades containing 93 percent ZrB2 plus 7 percent B by weight was determined in gas-turbine tests. The blades were run at approximately 1600 degrees F and 15,000 to 26,000 rpm. The thermal shock resistance of the 97.5 percent ZrB2 plus 2.5 percent boron ceramals compares favorably with that of TiC plus Co and TiC plus Ni ceramals. Oxidation of the disks during the thermal shock evaluation was slight for the comparatively short time (8.3 hr) up through 2000 degrees F. Oxidation of a specimen was severe, however, after 100 hours at 2000 degrees F. The turbine blade performance evaluation of the 93 percent ZrB2 plus 7 percent B composition was preliminary in scope ; no conclusions can be drawn.

  19. The structural stabilities, mechanical properties and hardness of chromium tetraboride: Compared with low-B borides

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    Zhong, Ming-Min; Huang, Cheng; Tian, Chun-Ling

    2016-10-01

    Using the first-principles calculations, we provide a systemic understanding of the structural features and phase stability, mechanical and electronic properties, as well as the roles of boron (B) atom arrangement in the hardness for chromium borides. The structural and relative energy searches together with formation enthalpy confirm the most stable Cr2B with an orthorhombic Fddd symmetry, CrB with an orthorhombic Cmcm symmetry, CrB2 with a hexagonal P63/mmc symmetry and chromium tetraboride (CrB4) with an orthorhombic Pnnm symmetry. The shear modulus, Young’s modulus and C44 increase with the boron content, while the Poisson’s ratio and B/G ratio have an opposite tendency. Moreover, due to higher B content, strong three-dimensional (3D) covalent B networks and lower metallic contribution, CrB4 with Pnnm symmetry has the largest hardness value (46.8 GPa), exceeding the superhard limit, indicating its superhard nature.

  20. High borides: determining the features and details of lattice dynamics from neutron spectroscopy

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    Alekseev, P. A.

    2015-04-01

    We review wide-ranging research that combines inelastic neutron scattering spectroscopy with phenomenological and ab initio calculations to study the lattice dynamics and specifics of the electron-phonon interaction in three-dimensional boron cluster network systems M B_6 and M B12 ( M= {La}, {Sm}, and {Yb}, {Lu}, {Zr}). A close similarity is found between the atomic vibration spectra of these systems, which is fundamentally due to a strong hierarchy of interatomic interaction in these systems and which manifests itself both in the shape of the low-energy phonon dispersion and in the position of the high-energy edge of the spectrum. Manifestations of strong electron-phonon interactions in the lattice vibration spectra of borides are studied in detail and their relation to the nature and features of the valence-unstable state of rare-earth ions is examined. Resonance nonadiabaticity and magnetovibration interaction effects in spin- and valence-fluctuating systems are given special attention.

  1. Joining of zirconium boride based refractory ceramics to Ti6Al4V

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    Muolo, Maria Luigia; Ferrera, Elena; Morbelli, Luisa; Zanotti, Claudio; Passerone, Alberto

    2003-09-01

    The exploitation of the peculiar characteristics of ceramic refractory materials in extreme conditions (as for Thermal Protection Systems - TPS) often depends to a great extent on the ability to join different ceramics one to the other and to special metallic alloys. Joints may be achieved in a number of ways, but principally are made by either solid phase or liquid phase transformations (brazing). Brazed joints are difficult to realise in the presence of ceramic materials, due to the fact that they are not wet, in general, by liquid metals. This paper presents experimental results on the wettability characteristics of zirconium boride based materials (with Si3N4, Ni etc.) by an AgZr alloy, the microstructures and thermal tests of brazed joints with the special alloy Ti6Al4V. The wetting data will be examined in terms of interfacial characteristics and in terms of the kinetics of spreading. Thermal tests and models will be devoted to evaluate and measure the thermal insulation capacity of the ceramic layers in order to determine the optimal thickness as a function of the foreseen outer surface temperature.

  2. Preparation of iron boride-silica core-shell nanoparticles with soft ferromagnetic properties.

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    Saiyasombat, C; Petchsang, N; Tang, I M; Hodak, J H

    2008-02-27

    A one-pot aqueous chemical synthesis for silica-passivated ferromagnetic nanoparticles is presented. The average size of these particles is 84 ± 20 nm. The x-ray and electron diffraction experiments revealed that the nanoparticles are mainly composed of polycrystalline iron boride. The broad x-ray diffraction peak leads to an average crystallite size of 1.8 nm, which is much smaller than the overall size of the particles, and is consistent with the polycrystalline nature of the samples. Mössbauer spectroscopy and magnetization experiments were used to establish the room temperature magnetic properties as well as the chemical nature of the particles. Fe(2)B dominates the composition of the nanoparticles, having a hyperfine field broadly distributed in the 10-33 T range. Alpha iron, the second ferromagnetic material identified in the particles, amounts to 4.6% of the composition. Finally, a paramagnetic phase accounting for approximately 14.6% of the material of the particles was also detected. These nanoparticles contain a core with soft ferromagnetic properties surrounded by a passivating silica layer, and are suitable for magnetically targeted drug delivery and electromagnetic induction heating applications.

  3. Study on the formation of rhenium borides by density functional calculations

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    Agundez, R. R.; Soto, G.; Moreno, M. G.; Reyes-Serrato, A.

    2009-03-01

    The searching of hard and superhard materials is a hot topic in material science. Two known factors are fundamental to get high hardness: (1) high valence-electron density; and (2) high number of electron in covalent bonds. The 5d-transition metals comply with requirement (1); so, the task is to fulfill condition (2) without expanding its native structure. Supposedly this is possible by developing interstitial alloys with elements of moderate electronegativity, like boron and/or carbon. This idea materializes in the very hard ReB2, which scratches the surface of diamond. This work is a study in the formation of rhenium borides by density functional calculations. Here, we want to reveal the changes that would occur in the hexagonal close packed lattice of Re as B is inserted into its interstitial sites. We cover compositions in ReBx from x = 0 to x = 3 in x steps of 0.125. B is positioned in octahedral and tetrahedral interstices of Re, and for each arrangements we have calculated cell volume, cohesive energy, bulk modulus, valence electron concentration, and energy density. Supported by FONDOS CONACYT I0013, SNI-ESTUDIANTES 2008-01, SOLICITUD: 103909

  4. First-principles calculations of niobium hydride formation in superconducting radio-frequency cavities

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    Ford, Denise C.; Cooley, Lance D.; Seidman, David N.

    2013-09-01

    Niobium hydride is suspected to be a major contributor to degradation of the quality factor of niobium superconducting radio-frequency (SRF) cavities. In this study, we connect the fundamental properties of hydrogen in niobium to SRF cavity performance and processing. We modeled several of the niobium hydride phases relevant to SRF cavities and present their thermodynamic, electronic, and geometric properties determined from calculations based on density-functional theory. We find that the absorption of hydrogen from the gas phase into niobium is exothermic and hydrogen becomes somewhat anionic. The absorption of hydrogen by niobium lattice vacancies is strongly preferred over absorption into interstitial sites. A single vacancy can accommodate six hydrogen atoms in the symmetrically equivalent lowest-energy sites and additional hydrogen in the nearby interstitial sites affected by the strain field: this indicates that a vacancy can serve as a nucleation center for hydride phase formation. Small hydride precipitates may then occur near lattice vacancies upon cooling. Vacancy clusters and extended defects should also be enriched in hydrogen, potentially resulting in extended hydride phase regions upon cooling. We also assess the phase changes in the niobium-hydrogen system based on charge transfer between niobium and hydrogen, the strain field associated with interstitial hydrogen, and the geometry of the hydride phases. The results of this study stress the importance of not only the hydrogen content in niobium, but also the recovery state of niobium for the performance of SRF cavities.

  5. Computer simulation of monolayer growth kinetics of Fe 2B phase during the paste-boriding process: Influence of the paste thickness

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    Keddam, M.

    2006-11-01

    This paper deals with the effect of boron paste thickness on the study of the monolayer growth kinetics of Fe2B phase forming on AISI 1045 steel by the paste-boriding process. A mathematical diffusion model based on the Fick's phenomenological equations was applied in order to estimate the growth rate constant at (Fe2B/γ-Fe) interface, the layer thickness of iron boride as well as the associated mass gain depending on the boriding parameters such as time, temperature and surface boron concentration related to the boron paste thickness. The simulation results are found to be in a fairly good agreement with the experimental data derived from the literature.

  6. Method for etching thin films of niboium and niobium-containing compounds for preparing superconductive circuits

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    Kampwirth, R.T.; Schuller, I.K.; Falco, C.M.

    1979-11-23

    An improved method of preparing thin film superconducting electrical circuits of niobium or niobium compounds is provided in which a thin film of the niobium or niobium compound is applied to a nonconductive substrate and covered with a layer of photosensitive material. The sensitive material is in turn covered with a circuit pattern exposed and developed to form a mask of the circuit in photoresistive material on the surface of the film. The unmasked excess niobium film is removed by contacting the substrate with an aqueous etching solution of nitric acid, sulfuric acid, and hydrogen fluoride, which will rapidly etch the niobium compound without undercutting the photoresist. A modification of the etching solution will permit thin films to be lifted from the substrate without further etching.

  7. Corrosion behavior of niobium coated 304 stainless steel in acid solution

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    Pan, T. J.; Chen, Y.; Zhang, B.; Hu, J.; Li, C.

    2016-04-01

    The niobium coating is fabricated on the surface of AISI Type 304 stainless steel (304SS) by using a high energy micro arc alloying technique in order to improvecorrosion resistance of the steel against acidic environments. The electrochemical corrosion resistance of the niobium coating in 0.7 M sulfuric acid solutions is evaluated by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, potentiodynamic polarization and the open circuit potential versus time. Electrochemical measurements indicate that the niobium coating increases the free corrosion potential of the substrate by 110 mV and a reduction in the corrosion rate by two orders of magnitude compared to the substrate alone. The niobium coating maintains large impedance and effectively offers good protection for the substrate during the long-term exposure tests, which is mainly ascribed to the niobium coating acting inhibiting permeation of corrosive species. Finally, the corresponding electrochemical impedance models are proposed to elucidate the corrosion resistance behavior of the niobium coating in acid solutions.

  8. Research of niobium thin films with a predetermined thickness produced by RF magnetron sputtering

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    Polonyankin, D. A.; Blesman, A. I.; Postnikov, D. V.; Logacheva, A. I.; Logachev, I. A.; Teplouhov, A. A.; Fedorov, A. A.

    2017-01-01

    Niobium and niobium thin films are widely used in various fields of modern science and technology: in the electronics industry, in a nuclear medical imaging technique, in the information technology, in superconducting cavities technology etc. The grain size of thin niobium films depends on its thickness and the film’s stoichiometry can be varied as a function of thickness. Thus the problem of thickness control has a great practical importance in all fields of niobium films application. The focus of this study was to perform an experimental calibration of STC–2000A deposition controller for niobium target on ADVAVAC VSM–200 setup and to conduct a grain size, roughness and stoichiometry research by scanning electron microscopy, X–ray diffraction and laser interference microscopy of niobium films produced by RF magnetron sputtering with the thickness range from 200 nm to 400 nm and 50 nm step.

  9. Synthesis of Binary Transition Metal Nitrides, Carbides and Borides from the Elements in the Laser-Heated Diamond Anvil Cell and Their Structure-Property Relations

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    Friedrich, Alexandra; Winkler, Björn; Juarez-Arellano, Erick A.; Bayarjargal, Lkhamsuren

    2011-01-01

    Transition metal nitrides, carbides and borides have a high potential for industrial applications as they not only have a high melting point but are generally harder and less compressible than the pure metals. Here we summarize recent advances in the synthesis of binary transition metal nitrides, carbides and borides focusing on the reaction of the elements at extreme conditions generated within the laser-heated diamond anvil cell. The current knowledge of their structures and high-pressure properties like high-(p,T) stability, compressibility and hardness is described as obtained from experiments. PMID:28824101

  10. Effect of the boride-nitride hardening on the structure and properties of chromium steel deposited with a flux-cored wire

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    Eremin, E. N.; Losev, A. S.; Borodikhin, S. A.; Ivlev, K. Ye.

    2017-08-01

    Reliability and durability of pipeline valves are largely determined by the resistance of weld sealing surfaces of its shut-off valve, which in its turn depends on the weld metal properties. To improve the durability of valves a new composition of a high chromium flux-cored wire with a boride compounds complex (BN, TiB2, ZrB2) producing weld composite metal is developed. It is stated that the formation of the martensitic matrix with a reduced structural fragments average size due to appearance of dispersed boride-nitride phases in this metal has resulted in high coating hardness and wear resistance.

  11. Determination of niobium in rocks by an isotope dilution spectrophotometric method

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    Greenland, L.P.; Campbell, E.Y.

    1970-01-01

    Rocks and minerals are fused with sodium peroxide in the presence of carrierfree 95Nb. The fusion cake is leached with water and the precipitate dissolved in hydrofluoric-sulfuric acid mixture. Niobium is extracted into methyl isobutyl ketone and further purified by ion exchange. The amount of niobium is determined spectrophotometrically with 4-(2-pyridylazo)-resorcinol, and the chemical yield of the separations determined by counting 95Nb. This procedure is faster and less sensitive to interferences than previously proposed methods for determining niobium in rocks.The high purity of the separated niobium makes the method applicable to nearly all matrices. ?? 1970.

  12. Properties of Alloys of Zirconium and Niobium Carbides in Their Homogeneity Domain,

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    ZIRCONIUM COMPOUNDS, ELECTRICAL PROPERTIES), (*NIOBIUM COMPOUNDS, ELECTRICAL PROPERTIES), (*REFRACTORY MATERIALS, CARBIDES), ELECTRICAL RESISTANCE, HALL EFFECT, MAGNETIC PROPERTIES, THERMAL PROPERTIES, SEEBECK EFFECT , USSR

  13. Hydrogen Uptake by High Purity Niobium Studied by Nuclear Analytical Methods

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    Rick Paul; H. Heather Chen-Mayer; Ganapati Rao Myneni; William Lanford; Richard E. Ricker

    2003-06-01

    Niobium RF superconducting cavities form the basic component of particle accelerators. The presence of trace amounts of hydrogen in niobium is believed to have a detrimental effect on the mechanical and superconducting properties. We have used prompt gamma-ray activation analysis (PGAA) and neutron incoherent scattering to measure bulk hydrogen content in niobium, and the nuclear reaction method to study hydrogen as a function of depth. The methods were used to study native hydrogen concentrations in the niobium, and to study the effects of vacuum heating and acid treatment on the hydrogen concentration.

  14. Thermotransport of hydrogen and deuterium in vanadium, niobium and tantalum alloys

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    Smith, M.F.

    1981-10-01

    Heats of transport have been determined for thermotransport of hydrogen and deuterium in pure vanadium, niobium and tantalum; in vanadium alloyed with either niobium, titanium or chromium; and in niobium-tantalum alloys. In all cases, thermotransport was toward colder regions and was significantly greater for deuterium than for hydrogen. A mass spectrometric technique was used to simultaneously measure heats of transport for hydrogen and deuterium in a single specimen containing both isotopes. This technique greatly increased the precision with which isotope effects in the heat of transport could be measured. The predominant effect of alloying was to dramatically increase thermotransport; however, thermotransport decreased as niobium was added to tantalum.

  15. Cytotoxic, hematologic and histologic effects of niobium pentoxide in Swiss mice.

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    Dsouki, Nuha Ahmad; de Lima, Maurício Pereira; Corazzini, Roseli; Gáscon, Thaís Moura; Azzalis, Ligia Ajaime; Junqueira, Virgínia Berlanga Campos; Feder, David; Fonseca, Fernando Luiz Affonso

    2014-05-01

    The use of metal devices in medical application is increasing but it remains incompletely understood the physiological effects of component degradation. Niobium (Nb) alloys have already been investigated in the 1980's and recent studies demonstrated the potential of Nb as an implant material. The purpose of this study was to determine cytotoxic, hematologic and histologic effects of niobium in Swiss mice. Animals were treated with a single dose of 3 % niobium oxide (Nb2O5) diluted in PBS, i.p. Cytotoxic assay, hematologic and histologic evaluation were done 3, 7 and 12 days after niobium treatment. Data have shown increased number of cells after niobium treatment, but there was no difference in cell viability. Furthermore, it was not observed hematological modification 3, 7 or 12 days after niobium treatment. Despite the fact that animals treated with niobium for 3 and 7 days showed mild degeneration in hepatocytes, mice kept alive for 12 days showed liver cells regeneration. Our results suggested that niobium cytotoxicity was not progressive because 12 days after treatment there was an evident liver regeneration. Data obtained indicated that niobium may be promising alternatives to biomedical applications.

  16. Scaffolding, ladders, chains, and rare ferrimagnetism in intermetallic borides: synthesis, crystal chemistry and magnetism.

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    Goerens, Christian; Brgoch, Jakoah; Miller, Gordon J; Fokwa, Boniface P T

    2011-07-04

    Single-phase polycrystalline samples and single crystals of the complex boride phases Ti(8)Fe(3)Ru(18)B(8) and Ti(7)Fe(4)Ru(18)B(8) have been synthesized by arc melting the elements. The phases were characterized by powder and single-crystal X-ray diffraction as well as energy-dispersive X-ray analysis. They are new substitutional variants of the Zn(11)Rh(18)B(8) structure type, space group P4/mbm (no. 127). The particularity of their crystal structure lies in the simultaneous presence of dumbbells which form ladders of magnetically active iron atoms along the [001] direction and two additional mixed iron/titanium chains occupying Wyckoff sites 4h and 2b. The ladder substructure is ca. 3.0 Å from the two chains at the 4h, which creates the sequence chain-ladder-chain, establishing a new structural and magnetic motif, the scaffold. The other chain (at 2b) is separated by at least 6.5 Å from this scaffold. According to magnetization measurements, Ti(8)Fe(3)Ru(18)B(8) and Ti(7)Fe(4)Ru(18)B(8) order ferrimagnetically below 210 and 220 K, respectively, with the latter having much higher magnetic moments than the former. However, the magnetic moment observed for Ti(8)Fe(3)Ru(18)B(8) is unexpectedly smaller than the recently reported Ti(9)Fe(2)Ru(18)B(8) ferromagnet. The variation of the magnetic moments observed in these new phases can be adequately understood by assuming a ferrimagnetic ordering involving the three different iron sites. Furthermore, the recorded hysteresis loops indicate a semihard magnetic behavior for the two phases. The highest H(c) value (28.6 kA/m), measured for Ti(7)Fe(4)Ru(18)B(8), lies just at the border of those of hard magnetic materials.

  17. Measurement of Microwave Parameters of a Superconducting Niobium Cavity

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    Azaryan, N. S.; Baturitskii, M. A.; Budagov, Yu. A.; Demin, D. L.; Dem‧yanov, S. E.; Karpovich, V. A.; Kniga, V. V.; Krivosheev, R. M.; Lyubetskii, N. V.; Maksimov, S. I.; Pobol‧, I. L.; Rodionova, V. N.; Shirkov, G. D.; Shumeiko, N. M.; Yurevich, S. V.

    2017-01-01

    This paper describes a method for direct measurement of the amplitude-frequency characteristics and the Q factor of empty superconducting niobium radio frequency Tesla-type cavities. An automated measuring complex that permits recording the superconductivity effect and measuring high Q values has been developed. Measurements have been made of the Q factors of the investigated objects (the first domestic 1.3-GHz niobium cavities) at a level no lower than 0.1·109 (with a maximum value of 1.2·1010) and a level of relative losses lower than 130 dB (with a minimum factor of 139.7 dB) at liquid nitrogen temperature.

  18. Parallel Critical Field in Thin Niobium Films: Comparison to Theory

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    Broussard, P. R.

    2017-10-01

    For the first time, a comparison to the predicted behavior for parallel critical field is carried out for the model of Kogan and the model of Hara and Nagai. In this study, thin niobium films in the moderately dirty regime were considered. Experimental values of the -C2 term are seen to be lower than those from the model of Hara and Nagai. A possible reason for this could be not including the non-spherical Fermi surface of niobium into the model. There is clearly disagreement with the model of Kogan as the films get cleaner and thinner, and two films which should be below his critical thickness still show positive values of -C2, in disagreement with his theory.

  19. Development of high purity niobium used in SRF accelerating cavity

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    Chen, Lin; Xie, Wei-Ping; Li, Ming-Yang; He, Ji-Lin; Fan, Hui-Ru; Zhang, Bao-Cheng; He, Fei-Si; Zhao, Kui; Chen, Jia-Er; Liu, Ke-Xin

    2008-12-01

    Niobium is widely used in SRF (Superconducting Radio Frequency) cavities due to its excellent superconductivity and workability. With the continuous development of technology, higher demands of material are raised. One of the key issues is that RRR (Residual Resistance Ratio) of the Nb material should be more than 300, which requires that the Nb ingot have even higher RRR. This article introduces the development and the experimental results of high purity niobium in OTIC in Ningxia (Ningxia Orient Tantalum Industry Co. Ltd.), and the test results of the single cell TESLA (Tera Electron volt energy Superconducting Linear Accelerator) shaped cavity manufactured by Peking University using Nb material from OTIC. Supported by National Basic Research Program of China (2002CB713600)

  20. Producing titanium-niobium alloy by high energy beam

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    Sharkeev, Yu. P.; Golkovski, M. G.; Glukhov, I. A. Eroshenko, A. Yu. Fortuna, S. V.

    2016-01-15

    The research is involved in producing a Ti-Nb alloy surface layer on titanium substrate by high energy beam method, as well as in examining their structures and mechanical properties. Applying electron-beam cladding it was possible to produce a Ti-Nb alloy surface layer of several millimeters, where the niobium concentration was up to 40% at. and the structure itself could be related to martensite quenching structure. At the same time, a significant microhardness increase of 3200-3400 MPa was observed, which, in its turn, is connected with the formation of martensite structure. Cladding material of Ti-Nb composition could be the source in producing alloys of homogeneous microhardness and desired concentration of alloying niobium element.

  1. Creep behavior of tungsten fiber reinforced niobium metal matrix composites

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    Grobstein, Toni L.

    1992-01-01

    Tungsten fiber reinforced niobium metal matrix composites were evaluated for use in space nuclear power conversion systems. The composite panels were fabricated using the arc-spray monotape technique at the NASA Lewis Research Center. The creep behavior of W/Nb composite material was determined at 1400 and 1500 K in vacuum over a wide range of applied loads. The time to reach 1 percent strain, the time to rupture, and the minimum creep rate were measured. The W/Nb composites exceeded the properties of monolithic niobium alloys significantly even when compared creep strength also was evaluated. Kirkendall void formation was observed at the fiber/matrix interface; the void distribution differed depending the fiber orientation relative to the stress axis. A relationship was found between the fiber orientation and the creep strength.

  2. Creep behavior of tungsten fiber reinforced niobium metal matrix composites

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    Grobstein, T. L.

    1989-01-01

    Tungsten fiber reinforced niobium metal matrix composites were evaluated for use in space nuclear power conversion systems. The composite panels were fabricated using the arc-spray monotape technique at the NASA Lewis Research Center. The creep behavior of W/Nb composite material was determined at 1400 and 1500 K in vacuum over a wide range of applied loads. The time to reach 1 percent strain, the time to rupture, and the minimum creep rate were measured. The W/Nb composites exceeded the properties of monolithic niobium alloys significantly even when compared on a strength to density basis. The effect of fiber orientation on the creep strength also was evaluated. Kirkendall void formation was observed at the fiber/matrix interface; the void distribution differed depending on the fiber orientation relative to the stress axis. A relationship was found between the fiber orientation and the creep strength.

  3. Parallel Critical Field in Thin Niobium Films: Comparison to Theory

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    Broussard, P. R.

    2017-07-01

    For the first time, a comparison to the predicted behavior for parallel critical field is carried out for the model of Kogan and the model of Hara and Nagai. In this study, thin niobium films in the moderately dirty regime were considered. Experimental values of the -C2 term are seen to be lower than those from the model of Hara and Nagai. A possible reason for this could be not including the non-spherical Fermi surface of niobium into the model. There is clearly disagreement with the model of Kogan as the films get cleaner and thinner, and two films which should be below his critical thickness still show positive values of -C2 , in disagreement with his theory.

  4. Heat-resistant diffusion coating for niobium alloy

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    Zemskov, G.V.; Kogan, R.L.; Luk'yanov, V.M.

    1992-06-03

    The question of protecting niobium and its alloy from high-temperature corrosion is a current one at the present time. Diffusion coatings are receiving ever more widespread application for this purpose. Silicide diffusion coatings possess high durability. Much attention is being given abroad to a coating of chromium, titanium and silicon obtained by the method of vacuum treatment in an alloy of titanium with chromium, with subsequent siliconization. However, the indicated works do not present the results of the study for the purpose of selecting the optimal technological process ensuring a diffusion layer of maximal durability. The authors studied the possibility of using a simpler technological process as compared with that described for obtaining a tri-component coating containing titanium, chromium and silicon and protecting the niobium against oxidation at a temperature of 1100-1200 deg C.

  5. Temperature dependence of penetration depth in thin film niobium

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    More, N.; Muhlfelder, B.; Lockhart, J.

    1989-01-01

    A novel technique is presented which should allow precise determination of the temperature dependence of the inductance, and hence of the penetration depth, of superconducting niobium thin-film structures. Four niobium thin-film stripline inductors are arranged in a bridge configuration, and inductance differences are measured using a potentiometric technique with a SQUID (superconducting quantum interference device) as the null detector. Numerical simulations of the stripline inductances are presented which allow the performance of the measurement technique to be evaluated. The prediction of the two-fluid model for the penetration-depth temperature dependence is given for reduced temperatures of 0.3 to 0.9. The experimental apparatus and its resolution and accuracy are discussed.

  6. Quantitative microscopy characterization of hydrous niobium phosphate into bleached cellulose.

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    Cruz, T G; Pereira, P H F; Silva, M L C P; Cioffi, M O H; Voorwald, H J C

    2010-07-01

    In this research the spatial distribution characterization of niobium phosphate into bleached cellulose was carried out combining processing and images analysis obtained by SEM and statistical methodologies. The objective is to investigate the deposit composition and phosphate morphology by using complementary analytical techniques. Based on the proposed methodology, parameters of niobium phosphate agglomerates (size and shape) and fiber morphology were evaluated depending on gray-levels (average luminance and fiber type): fiber characteristics (morphology) were measured. For the test method proposed, a specific region of cellulose/NbOPO(4) x nH(2)O composite was analyzed. This method involves area fraction measuring with a conditional probabilistic analysis. The analyzed fields were divided in different ways, called 'Scanning' and as a result, in quantitative terms, the phosphate deposition was described as spatial distribution homogeneous or inhomogeneous. The quantitative microscopy as a non-destructive testing provides relevant information when it is combined with statistic analysis.

  7. Hydroforming SRF Three-cell Cavity from Seamless Niobium Tube

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    Yamanaka, Masashi; Dohmae, Takeshi; Hocker, Andy; Inoue, Hitoshi; Park, Gunn-Tae; Tajima, Tsuyoshi; Umemori, Kensei

    2016-06-01

    We are developing the manufacturing method for superconducting radio frequency (SRF) cavities by using a hydroforming instead of using conventional electron beam welding. We expect higher reliability and reduced cost with hydroforming. For successful hydroforming, high-purity seamless niobium tubes with good formability as well as advancing the hydroforming technique are necessary. Using a seamless niobium tube from ATI Wah Chang, we were able to successfully hydroform a 1.3 GHz three-cell TESLA-like cavity and obtained an Eacc of 32 MV/m. A barrel polishing process was omitted after the hydroforming. The vertical test was carried out with very rough inside surface. We got amazing and interesting result.

  8. Decomposition of Niobium Ore by Sodium Hydroxide Fusion Method

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    Yang, Xiu-Li; Wang, Xiao-Hui; Wei, Chang; Zheng, Shi-Li; Sun, Qing

    2013-02-01

    The decomposition kinetics of niobium ore in the NaOH system was studied experimentally. The results show that the reaction products are sodium metaniobate and sodium niobate formed by the reaction of pyrochlore with sodium hydroxide under roasting. The effects of temperature, particle size, and mass ratio of alkali-to-ore were studied. The conversion rate of niobium exceeded 99 pct after 20 minutes at 923 K (650 °C) with a mass ratio of alkali-to-ore 1.2:1 and with initial particle size 75 to 106 μm. The kinetic study indicates that the shrinking core model is applicable and the process is controlled by a chemical reaction. The activation energy was calculated to be 78.82 kJ mol-1.

  9. A Single Crystal Niobium RF Cavity of the TESLA Shape

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    Singer, W.; Singer, X.; Kneisel, P.

    2007-08-09

    A fabrication method for single crystal niobium cavities of the TESLA shape was proposed on the basis of metallographic investigations and electron beam welding tests on niobium single crystals. These tests showed that a cavity can be produced without grain boundaries even in the welding area. An appropriate annealing allows the outgassing of hydrogen and stress relaxation of the material without destruction of the single crystal. A prototype single crystal single cell cavity was build. An accelerating gradient of 37.5 MV/m was reached after approximately 110 {mu}m of Buffered Chemical Polishing (BCP) and in situ baking at 120 deg. C for 6 hrs with a quality factor exceeding 2x1010 at 1.8 K. The developed fabrication method can be extended to fabrication of multi cell cavities.

  10. A Single Crystal Niobium RF Cavity of the TESLA Shape

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    W. Singer; X. Singer; P. Kneisel

    2007-09-01

    A fabrication method for single crystal niobium cavities of the TESLA shape was proposed on the basis of metallographic investigations and electron beam welding tests on niobium single crystals. These tests showed that a cavity can be produced without grain boundaries even in the welding area. An appropriate annealing allows the outgassing of hydrogen and stress relaxation of the material without destruction of the single crystal. A prototype single crystal single cell cavity was built. An accelerating gradient of 37.5 MV/m was reached after approximately 110 mu-m of Buffered Chanical Polishing (BCP) and in situ baking at 120°C for 6 hrs with a quality factor exceeding 2x1010 at 1.8 K. The developed fabrication method can be extended to fabrication of multi cell cavities.

  11. Mechanical Properties of High Purity Niobium - Novel Measurements

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    Ganapati Myneni

    2003-09-01

    One of the procedures to improve the performance of superconducting niobium cavities is a heat treatment for several hours in an ultrahigh vacuum at temperatures between 800C and 1400C for hydrogen degassing or post-purification, respectively. However, it was recently observed with Spallation Neutron Source Project (SNS) prototype cavities, that a heat treatment at 800 C for even 1 hour degraded the mechanical properties of RRR niobium, in particular the yield strength. This lower strength resulted in cavity deformations during handling thus affecting both their resonant frequency and field profile. In addition to lowering the yield strength, it was observed in some lots of material that the Young's modulus was also apparently reduced by a factor of 2 as a result of the hydrogen outgassing at 800 C. Surprisingly, material received at other national laboratories exhibited similar anomalous behavior even without any heat treatments in vacuum. Based on these observations a multi-institutional collaborative basic research activity on high RRR niobium (determination of Nb yield strength as a function of grain size, work hardening, chemical composition, and heat treatment temperature) has been initiated by JLAB to gain a better understanding of the material properties affecting the mechanical behavior In this contribution, a brief review of the measurements at JLAB, at the Materials Science and Engineering Department of the University of Virginia, at the Analytical Chemistry and Metallurgy Divisions of the National Institute of Standard and Technology, Gaithersburg and in the Department of Physics, SUNY, Albany are presented. The measurements include yield strength, hardness, ultrasonic velocity, crystallographic structure, microstructure, determination of interstitial contents using internal friction; particular emphasis is placed on determining the hydrogen concentration in the niobium via Cold Neutron Prompt Gamma-Ray Activation Analysis and Neutron Incoherent

  12. Development of a Niobium Bellow for Beamline Connections

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    Larry Turlington; John Brawley; Robert Manus; Stephen Manning; Samuel Morgan; Gary Slack; Peter Kneisel

    2003-09-01

    Superconducting cavities in an accelerator assembly are usually connected at the beampipes by stainless steel bellows. They operate at an intermediate temperature, compensating for alignment tolerances on the cavity beamlines and for thermal contraction during cooldown to cryogenic temperatures. This transition from one cavity to the next in a cavity string is typically of the order of 3/2 wavelength along with approximately half a wavelength taken up by the bellows. If one could incorporate a niobium bellows in the beam pipe, this distance could be reduced by half a wave length. In the case of a big accelerator such as TESLA the overall cavity length for the accelerator could be reduced by roughly 10% or 2000 m. In terms of cost savings this would amount to several million dollars. Based on this estimate we have begun to develop a niobium bellows to be used on a 2.75 inch diameter beamline. It is made from 0.3 mm thick niobium sheet, rolled into a tube and secured by a longitudinal full penetration electron beam weld; the weld is made with a high speed a narrow, focused beam reducing the heat affected zone, thus limiting the grain growth, which could affect the formability. Subsequently, two convolutions have been pressed into this tube in a 2-stage process, using an external die and a polyurethane internal expander. Niobium cuffs and flanges were electron beam welded to the formed bellows, which facilitated leak testing and allowed some measurements of compression/expansion and bending. In this contribution the fabrication process and the subsequent mechanical and vacuum tests with the bellows will be described.

  13. Structural behaviour of niobium oxynitride under high pressure

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    Sharma, Bharat Bhooshan Poswal, H. K. Pandey, K. K. Sharma, Surinder M.; Yakhmi, J. V.; Ohashi, Y.; Kikkawa, S.

    2014-04-24

    High pressure investigation of niobium oxynitrides (NbN{sub 0.98}O{sub 0.02}) employing synchrotron based angle dispersive x-ray diffraction experiments was carried out in very fine pressure steps using membrane driven diamond anvil cell. Ambient cubic phase was found to be stable up to ∼18 GPa. At further high pressure cubic phase showed rhombohedral distortion.

  14. Semimicrodetermination of combined tantalum and niobium with selenous acid

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    Grimaldi, F.S.; Schnepfe, M.

    1959-01-01

    Tantalum and niobium are separated and determined gravimetrically by precipitation with selenous acid from highly acidic solutions in the absence of complexing agents. Hydrogen peroxide is used in the preparation of the solution and later catalytically destroyed during digestion of the precipitate. From 0.2 to 30 mg., separately or in mixtures, of niobium or tantalum pentoxide can be separated from mixtures containing 100 mg. each of the oxides of scandium, yttrium, cerium, vanadium, molybdenum, iron, aluminum, tin, lead, and bismuth with a single precipitation; and from 30 mg. of titanium dioxide, and 50 mg. each of the oxides of antimony and thorium, when present separately, with three precipitations. At least 50 mg. of uranium(VI) oxide can be separated with a single precipitation when present alone; otherwise, three precipitations may be needed. Zirconium does not interfere when the tantalum and niobium contents of the sample are small, but in general, zirconium as well as tungsten interfere. The method is applied to the determination of the earth acids in tantaloniobate ores.

  15. Effect of low temperature baking on niobium cavities

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    Peter Kneisel; Ganapati Myneni; William Lanford; Gianluigi Ciovati

    2003-09-01

    A low temperature (100 C-150 C) ''in situ'' baking under ultra-high vacuum has been successfully applied as final preparation of niobium RF cavities by several laboratories over the last few years. The benefits reported consist mainly of an improvement of the cavity quality factor and a recovery from the so-called ''Q-drop'' without field emission at high field. A series of experiments with a CEBAF single cell cavity have been carried out at Jefferson Lab to carefully investigate the effect of baking at progressively higher temperatures for a fixed time on all the relevant material parameters. Measurements of the cavity quality factor in the temperature range 1.37K-280K and resonant frequency shift between 6K-9.3K provide information about the surface resistance, energy gap, penetration depth and mean free path. The experimental data have been analyzed with the complete BCS theory of superconductivity using a modified version of the computer code originally written by J. Halbritter [1] . Small niobium samples inserted in the cavity during its surface preparation were analyzed with respect to their hydrogen content with a Nuclear Reaction Analysis (NRA). The single cell cavity has been tested at three different temperatures before and after baking to gain some insight on thermal conductivity and Kapitza resistance and the data are compared with different models. This paper describes the results from these experiments and comments on the existing models to explain the effect of baking on the performance of niobium RF cavities.

  16. Catalytically active single-atom niobium in graphitic layers

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    Zhang, Xuefeng; Guo, Junjie; Guan, Pengfei; Liu, Chunjing; Huang, Hao; Xue, Fanghong; Dong, Xinglong; Pennycook, Stephen J.; Chisholm, Matthew F.

    2013-05-01

    Carbides of groups IV through VI (Ti, V and Cr groups) have long been proposed as substitutes for noble metal-based electrocatalysts in polymer electrolyte fuel cells. However, their catalytic activity has been extremely limited because of the low density and stability of catalytically active sites. Here we report the excellent performance of a niobium-carbon structure for catalysing the cathodic oxygen reduction reaction. A large number of single niobium atoms and ultra small clusters trapped in graphitic layers are directly identified using state-of-the-art aberration-corrected scanning transmission electron microscopy. This structure not only enhances the overall conductivity for accelerating the exchange of ions and electrons, but it suppresses the chemical/thermal coarsening of the active particles. Experimental results coupled with theory calculations reveal that the single niobium atoms incorporated within the graphitic layers produce a redistribution of d-band electrons and become surprisingly active for O2 adsorption and dissociation, and also exhibit high stability.

  17. Pressure dependence of prototype structures of metastable niobium oxides

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    Obara, Kozo

    1993-03-01

    Faculty of Engineering, Kagoshima University, Korimoto, 1-21-40, Kagoshima 890, Japan Pressure dependences of prototypes of nonstoichiometric metastable niobium oxides formed by a magnetron sputtering system were investigated. The morphology of derived crystals depended strongly on the argon pressure. At argon pressure PAr< 0.2 Torr, thin microcrystals with five types of superlattice structures were derived. Observed lattice constants were transformed into one another by simple lattice deformations within 1% error. All types of superlattice structures were related to the cubic lattice a0 = 3.22 Å. At PAr > 0.3 Torr, metastable niobium oxide super-fine particles with a cubic lattice constant a = 3.44 Å were obtained. Unique relationships between lattice constants were found on the oxidized niobium super-fine particles, NbO and NbO2 formed above 0.3 Torr within 0.5% error. In this case, the lattice structure with a = 3.44 ,Å (BCC) is related to all structures. These lattices a0 = 3.22 ,Å and a = 3.44 Å seem to be the prototypes at PAr ≤ 0.2 Torr and PAr ≥ 0.3 Tort, respectively. These structural changes due to pressure difference depend on the density and the enthalpy of vacancies in as-grown crystals. The density of vacancies is related to the condensation rate of the crystals.

  18. Deposition of aluminide and silicide based protective coatings on niobium

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    Majumdar, S.; Arya, A.; Sharma, I. G.; Suri, A. K.; Banerjee, S.

    2010-11-01

    We compare aluminide and alumino-silicide composite coatings on niobium using halide activated pack cementation (HAPC) technique for improving its oxidation resistance. The coated samples are characterized by SEM, EDS, EPMA and hardness measurements. We observe formation of NbAl3 in aluminide coating of Nb, though the alumino-silicide coating leads to formation primarily of NbSi2 in the inner layer and a ternary compound of Nb-Si-Al in the outer layer, as reported earlier (Majumdar et al. [11]). Formation of niobium silicide is preferred over niobium aluminide during alumino-silicide coating experiments, indicating Si is more strongly bonded to Nb than Al, although equivalent quantities of aluminium and silicon powders were used in the pack chemistry. We also employ first-principles density functional pseudopotential-based calculations to calculate the relative stability of these intermediate phases and the adhesion strength of the Al/Nb and Si/Nb interfaces. NbSi2 exhibits much stronger covalent character as compared to NbAl3. The ideal work of adhesion for the relaxed Al/Nb and Si/Nb interfaces are calculated to be 3226 mJ/m2 and 3545 mJ/m2, respectively, indicating stronger Nb-Si bonding across the interface.

  19. PERFORMANCES OF HIGH PURITY NIOBIUM CAVITIES WITH DIFFERENT GRAIN SIZES

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    Gianluigi Ciovati; Peter Kneisel; Ganapati Myneni; Swapan Chattopadhyay

    2006-08-21

    Grain boundaries have for some time been suspected of influencing the performance of RF cavities made from high purity niobium by limiting the temperature dependent BCS surface resistance to a residual resistance because of impurity segregation and by causing field limitations due to flux penetration. We have carried out a comparative study of the RF behavior of 2.2 GHz TM{sub 010} cavities of identical shape, fabricated from single crystal niobium, niobium of grain sizes of the order of several cm{sup 2} and standard poly-crystalline material. All the cavities were treated with buffered chemical polishing (BCP), post-purified at 1250 ?C and ?in-situ? baked at 120 C. This contribution reports about the results of the measurements of the temperature dependence of the surface resistance Rs(T) and the Q0 vs. Eacc behavior at 2 K. From the analysis of the Rs(T) data at low RF fields material parameters such as gap value, mean free path and residual resistance could be extracted. The dependence of the Q-value on RF field was analyzed with respect to the medium field Q-slope, Q-drop at high fields and the quench fields. The best performance resulted in a breakdown field of {approx}165 mT, corresponding to an accelerating gradient of E{sub acc} {approx} 38 MV/m.

  20. PERFORMANCES OF HIGH PURITY NIOBIUM CAVITIES WITH DIFFERENT GRAIN SIZES

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    Gianluigi Ciovati; Peter Kneisel; Ganapati Myneni; Ganapati Rao Myneni; Ganapati Rao Myneni; Swapan Chattopadhyay

    2006-08-04

    Grain boundaries have for some time been suspected of influencing the performance of RF cavities made from high purity niobium by limiting the temperature dependent BCS surface resistance to a residual resistance because of impurity segregation and by causing field limitations due to flux penetration. We have carried out a comparative study of the RF behavior of 2.2 GHz TM010 cavities of identical shape, fabricated from single crystal niobium, niobium of grain sizes of the order of several cm2 and standard poly-crystalline material. All the cavities were treated with buffered chemical polishing (BCP), post-purified at 1250 C and ''in-situ'' baked at 120 C. This contribution reports about the results of the measurements of the temperature dependence of the surface resistance Rs(T) and the Q0 vs. Eacc behavior at 2 K. From the analysis of the Rs(T) data at low RF fields material parameters such as gap value, mean free path and residual resistance could be extracted. The dependence of the Q-value on RF field was analyzed with respect to the medium field Q-slope, ''Q-drop'' at high fields and the ''quench'' fields. The best performance resulted in a breakdown field of {approx} 165 mT, corresponding to an accelerating gradient of Eacc {approx} 38 MV/m.

  1. NanoSQUIDs based on niobium nitride films

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    Russo, R.; Esposito, E.; Crescitelli, A.; Di Gennaro, E.; Granata, C.; Vettoliere, A.; Cristiano, R.; Lisitskiy, M.

    2017-02-01

    We present an experimental investigation of nanoSQUIDs based on niobium nitride films. Niobium nitride has a relatively high critical temperature and a large upper critical magnetic field, making it a good material for superconducting electronics working in high magnetic field. We have fabricated nanoSQUIDs using electron beam lithography lift-off technique and deposition of niobium nitride films by magnetron sputtering at room temperature. The characterization of nanoSQUIDs was performed at 4.2 K and it consists mainly of current-voltage (IV) characteristics and critical current as a function of external magnetic field (magnetic pattern). The fabricated nanoSQUIDs show a hysteretic IV characteristic and they present a multi-values magnetic pattern. We show that by reducing the critical current by ion etching it is possible to obtain nanoSQUIDs with a single value magnetic pattern suitable for magnetic particle measurements. Magnetic noise analysis has been performed and a white noise of 0.3 μΦ0 Hz-1/2 has been estimated.

  2. The atomic structure of niobium and tantalum containing borophosphate glasses.

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    Wetherall, K M; Doughty, P; Mountjoy, G; Bettinelli, M; Speghini, A; Casula, M F; Cesare-Marincola, F; Locci, E; Newport, R J

    2009-09-16

    A complete structural study has been carried out on sodium borophosphate glass containing increasing amounts of either niobium or tantalum. A combination of high energy x-ray diffraction, neutron diffraction, extended x-ray absorption fine structure, nuclear magnetic resonance, and infrared and Raman spectroscopy has been used to discern the local atomic structure of each component and the changes with M content, where M is either niobium or tantalum. The glasses are found to consist of tetrahedral borate and phosphate with octahedral MO(6). As expected, B and P play the roles of tetrahedral network formers. At low M content there are isolated MO(6) units with [Formula: see text] and [Formula: see text] linkages that contribute to the glass network. As the M content increases, the number of [Formula: see text] links increases, and at the highest M content each MO(6) unit is connected to several others. The octahedra become significantly distorted as the niobium content increases, an effect that is not seen for tantalum.

  3. Process for the generation of .alpha., .beta.-unsaturated carboxylic acids and esters using niobium catalyst

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    Gogate, Makarand Ratnakav; Spivey, James Jerome; Zoeller, Joseph Robert

    1999-01-01

    A process using a niobium catalyst includes the step of reacting an ester or carboxylic acid with oxygen and an alcohol in the presence a niobium catalyst to respectively produce an .alpha.,.beta.-unsaturated ester or carboxylic acid. Methanol may be used as the alcohol, and the ester or carboxylic acid may be passed over the niobium catalyst in a vapor stream containing oxygen and methanol. Alternatively, the process using a niobium catalyst may involve the step of reacting an ester and oxygen in the presence the niobium catalyst to produce an .alpha.,.beta.-unsaturated carboxylic acid. In this case the ester may be a methyl ester. In either case, niobium oxide may be used as the niobium catalyst with the niobium oxide being present on a support. The support may be an oxide selected from the group consisting of silicon oxide, aluminum oxide, titanium oxide and mixtures thereof. The catalyst may be formed by reacting niobium fluoride with the oxide serving as the support. The niobium catalyst may contain elemental niobium within the range of 1 wt % to 70 wt %, and more preferably within the range of 10 wt % to 30 wt %. The process may be operated at a temperature from 150 to 450.degree. C. and preferably from 250 to 350.degree. C. The process may be operated at a pressure from 0.1 to 15 atm. absolute and preferably from 0.5-5 atm. absolute. The flow rate of reactants may be from 10 to 10,000 L/kg.sub.(cat) /h, and preferably from 100 to 1,000 L/kg.sub.(cat) /h.

  4. Development of Ultrathin Niobium Nitride and Niobium Titanium Nitride Films for THz Hot-Electron Bolometers

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    Bedorf, Sven Holger

    2005-12-01

    The GREAT (German Receiver for Astronomy at Terahertz Frequencies) aboard of SOFIA (Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy) requires superconducting hot-electron bolometer (HEB) as heterodyne mixers for 1.9 THz and 2.7 THz. Within this research work, ultrathin (< 5 nm) niobium titanium nitride (NbTiN) and niobium nitride (NbN) films have been developed and successfully implemented in the mixers for GREAT. The main focus of this work is the development of ultrathin NbN and NbTiN films. A reproducible and reliable deposition process for ultrathin NbN and NbTiN films for the use in phonon-cooled HEB devices was established. The ultrathin films were deposited on silicon (Si) substrates and on 2 μm Si3N4 membranes by DC reactive magnetron sputtering. A method for the precise control of the nitrogen partial pressure by monitoring the target voltage has been introduced to deposit high quality, ultrathin NbN (3-4 nm, Tc=8.5 K) and NbTiN (4-5 nm, Tc=8 K) films. Substrate heating of at least 600C during the deposition is essential for the fabrication of ultrathin NbN and NbTiN films on Si substrates and Si3N4 membranes. The fabrication process required for HEB devices to be used in a quasi-optical mixer was developed. The ultrathin film was patterned by electron beam lithography (EBL), resulting in bolometer devices that measure areas of about 0.4 μm × 4 μm. The nature of the contact determines the interface transparency between the bolometer and the contact structure. Different cleaning processes have been performed and the influence on the contact resistance have been instigated. A better interface transparency gives less RF losses and could improve the HEB sensitivity and local oscillator (LO) requirement. A better control of the interface transparency also leads to a better reproducibility in values of the normal state resistance of the HEB devices. Heterodyne measurements were performed at 0.8 THz and 1.6 THz. For the NbTiN HEB devices, the double sideband

  5. Nano-Borides and Silicide Dispersed Composite Coating on AISI 304 Stainless Steel by Laser-Assisted HVOF Spray Deposition

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    Sharma, Prashant; Majumdar, Jyotsna Dutta

    2014-10-01

    The study concerned a detailed microstructural investigation of nano-borides (Cr2B and Ni3B) and nano-silicide (Ni2Si) dispersed γ-nickel composite coating on AISI 304 stainless steel by HVOF spray deposition of the NiCrBSi precursor powder and subsequent laser surface melting. A continuous wave diode laser with an applied power of 3 kW and scan speed of 20 mm/s in argon shroud was employed. The characterization of the surface in terms of microstructure, microtexture, phases, and composition were carried out and compared with the as-coated (high-velocity oxy-fuel sprayed) surface. Laser surface melting led to homogenization and refinement of microstructures with the formation of few nano-silicides of nickel along with nano-borides of nickel and chromium (Ni3B, Cr2B, and Cr2B3). A detailed microtexture analysis showed the presence of no specific texture in the as-sprayed and laser-melted surface of Cr2B and Ni3B phases. The average microhardness was improved to 750-900 VHN as compared to 250 VHN of the as-received substrate. Laser surface melting improved the microhardness further to as high as 1400 VHN due to refinement of microstructure and the presence of silicides.

  6. The Wyckoff positional order and polyhedral intergrowth in the M3B2- and M5B3-type boride precipitated in the Ni-based superalloys

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    Hu, X. B.; Zhu, Y. L.; Sheng, N. C.; Ma, X. L.

    2014-01-01

    Ni-based single superalloys play a crucial role in the hottest parts of jet engines. However, due to the complex geometry and macro-segregation during the solidification process, the cast defect such as stray grains is inevitable. Therefore, the transient liquid phase (TLP) bonding which can join several small single crystalline castings together is gradually believed to be an effective method for improving the yields of production of the complex components. The melting point depressant element B is always added into the interlayer filler material. Consequently, borides including the M3B2 and M5B3 phase usually precipitate during the TLP bonding process. So a comprehensive knowledge of the fine structural characteristics of the borides is very critical for an accurate evaluation of the TLP bonding process. In this work, by means of the aberration-corrected transmission electron microscopy, we show, at an atomic scale, the Wyckoff positional order phenomenon of the metal atoms in the unit cell of M3B2- and M5B3-type boride. Meanwhile, the defect along the (001) plane of the above two types of boride are determined to be the polyhedral intergrowth with complex configurations. PMID:25482386

  7. The Wyckoff positional order and polyhedral intergrowth in the M3B2- and M5B3-type boride precipitated in the Ni-based superalloys

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    Hu, X. B.; Zhu, Y. L.; Sheng, N. C.; Ma, X. L.

    2014-12-01

    Ni-based single superalloys play a crucial role in the hottest parts of jet engines. However, due to the complex geometry and macro-segregation during the solidification process, the cast defect such as stray grains is inevitable. Therefore, the transient liquid phase (TLP) bonding which can join several small single crystalline castings together is gradually believed to be an effective method for improving the yields of production of the complex components. The melting point depressant element B is always added into the interlayer filler material. Consequently, borides including the M3B2 and M5B3 phase usually precipitate during the TLP bonding process. So a comprehensive knowledge of the fine structural characteristics of the borides is very critical for an accurate evaluation of the TLP bonding process. In this work, by means of the aberration-corrected transmission electron microscopy, we show, at an atomic scale, the Wyckoff positional order phenomenon of the metal atoms in the unit cell of M3B2- and M5B3-type boride. Meanwhile, the defect along the (001) plane of the above two types of boride are determined to be the polyhedral intergrowth with complex configurations.

  8. Surface decoration through electrostatic interaction leading to enhanced reactivity: Low temperature synthesis of nanostructured chromium borides (CrB and CrB{sub 2})

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    Menaka,; Kumar, Bharat; Kumar, Sandeep; Ganguli, A.K.

    2013-04-15

    The present study describes a novel low temperature route at ambient pressure for the synthesis of nanocrystalline chromium borides (CrB and CrB{sub 2}) without using any flux or additives. The favorable and intimate mixing of nanoparticles of chromium acetate (Cr source) and boron forms an active chromium–boron precursor which decomposes at much lower temperature (400 °C) to form CrB (which is ∼1000 °C less than the known ambient pressure synthesis). The chromium acetate nanoparticles (∼5 nm) decorate the larger boron particles (150–200 nm) due to electrostatic interactions resulting from opposing surface charges of boron (zeta potential:+48.101 mV) and chromium acetate (zeta potential:−4.021 mV) in ethanolic medium and is evident in the TEM micrographs. The above method leads to the formation of pure CrB film like structure at 400 °C and nanospheres (40–60 nm) at 600 °C. Also, chromium diboride (CrB{sub 2}) nanoparticles (25 nm) could be obtained at 1000 °C. - Graphical abstract: Variation of surface charge of reactants, precursor and the products, chromium borides (CrB and CrB{sub 2}). Highlights: ► Novel borothermal reduction process for synthesis of chromium boride. ► Significant lowering of reaction temperature to obtain nanocrystalline chromium boride. ► Enhanced reactivity due to appropriate surface interactions.

  9. Large Grain Niobium Cavity R&D in Asia and the Future

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    Saito, K; Furuta, F; Saeki, T; Inoue, H; Shim, J; Ahn, J; Kim, E S; Xu, Q; Zong, Z; Gao, J; Kneisel, P; Myneni, G R

    2007-09-01

    The status of the large grain niobium cavity R&D in Asia and the future scope are presented. Recently KEK has received CBMM and NingXia large grain niobium sheets through collaborations. KEK has fabricated 1.3 GHz single cell cavities using these materials and measured the cavity performance. Those results are presented in this paper.

  10. Large Grain Niobium Cavity R and D In Asia and the Future

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    Saito, K.; Furuta, F.; Saeki, T.; Inoue, H.; Shim, J.; Ahn, J.; Kim, E. S.; Xu, Q.; Zong, Z.; Gao, J.; Kneisel, P.; Myneni, G. R.

    2007-08-09

    The status of the large grain niobium cavity R and D in Asia and the future scope are presented. Recently KEK has received CBMM and NingXia large grain niobium sheets through collaborations. KEK has fabricated 1.3 GHz single cell cavities using these materials and measured the cavity performance. Those results are presented in this paper.

  11. Large Grain Niobium Cavity R&D In Asia and the Future

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    Saito, K.; Furuta, F.; Saeki, T.; Inoue, H.; Shim, J.; Ahn, J.; Kim, E. S.; Xu, Q.; Zong, Z.; Gao, J.; Kneisel, P.; Myneni, G. R.

    2007-08-01

    The status of the large grain niobium cavity R&D in Asia and the future scope are presented. Recently KEK has received CBMM and NingXia large grain niobium sheets through collaborations. KEK has fabricated 1.3 GHz single cell cavities using these materials and measured the cavity performance. Those results are presented in this paper.

  12. Structural and Physical Properties Diversity of New CaCu5-Type Related Europium Platinum Borides

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    2013-01-01

    Three novel europium platinum borides have been synthesized by arc melting of constituent elements and subsequent annealing. They were characterized by X-ray powder and single-crystal diffraction: EuPt4B, CeCo4B type, P6/mmm, a = 0.56167(2) nm, c = 0.74399(3) nm; Eu3Pt7B2, Ca3Al7Cu2 type as an ordered variant of PuNi3, R3̅m, a = 0.55477(2) nm, c = 2.2896(1) nm; and Eu5Pt18B6–x, a new unique structure type, Fmmm, a = 0.55813(3) nm, b = 0.95476(5) nm, c = 3.51578(2) nm. These compounds belong to the CaCu5 family of structures, revealing a stacking sequence of CaCu5-type slabs with different structural units: CaCu5 and CeCo3B2 type in EuPt4B; CeCo3B2 and Laves MgCu2 type in Eu3Pt7B2; and CaCu5-, CeCo3B2-, and site-exchange ThCr2Si2-type slabs in Eu5Pt18B6–x. The striking motif in the Eu5Pt18B6–x structure is the boron-centered Pt tetrahedron [BPt4], which build chains running along the a axis and plays a decisive role in the structure arrangement by linking the terminal fragments of repeating blocks of fused Eu polyhedra. Physical properties of two compounds, EuPt4B and Eu3Pt7B2, were studied. Both compounds were found to order magnetically at 36 and 57 K, respectively. For EuPt4B a mixed-valence state of the Eu atom was confirmed via magnetic and specific heat measurements. Moreover, the Sommerfeld value of the specific heat of Eu3Pt7B2 was found to be extraordinarily large, on the order of 0.2 J/mol K2. PMID:23540751

  13. High-temperature thermochemistry of transition metal borides, silicides and related compounds. Final report

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    Klemppa, Ole J.

    2000-10-01

    Earlier this year in collaboration with Dr. Susan V. Meschel we prepared a major review paper which gives a comprehensive summary of what our laboratory has accomplished with support from DOE. This paper is No.43 in the List of Publications provided. It was presented to TMS at its National Meeting in Nashville, TN last March. A copy of the manuscript of this paper was recently mailed to DOE. It has been submitted for publication in Journal of Alloys and Compounds. This review paper summarizes our observed trends in the enthalpies of formation of TR-X and RE-X compounds (where X is a IIIB or IVB element) in their dependence of the atomic number of the transition metal (TR) and the lanthanide metal (RE). In this paper our measured enthalpies of formation for each alloy family are compared for the 3d, 4d and 5d transition metal elements. We also compare our experimental results with predicted values based on Miedema's semi-empirical model. Data are presented for the carbides, silicides, germanides and stannides in Group IVB, and for the borides and aluminides in Group IIIB. During the past year (1999-2000) we have extended our work to compounds of the 3d, 4d and 5d elements with gallium (see papers No.40, No.41, and No.45 in the List of Publications). Fig. 1 (taken from No.45) presents a systematic picture of our experimental values for the most exothermic gallide compounds formed with the transition elements. This figure is characteristic of the other systematic pictures which we have found for the two other IIIB elements which we have studied and for the four IVB elements. These figures are all presented in Ref. No.43. This paper also illustrates how the enthalpy of formation of compounds of the IIIB and IVB elements with the lanthanide elements (with the exception of Pm, Eu and Yb) depend on the atomic number of RE. Finally our results for the RE-X compounds are compared with the predictions of Gschneidner (K.A. Gschneidner, Jr., J. Less Common Metals 17, 1

  14. PROGRESS ON LARGE GRAIN AND SINGLE GRAIN NIOBIUM: INGOTS AND SHEET AND REVIEW OF PROGRESS ON LARGE GRAIN AND SINGLE GRAIN NIOBIUM CAVITIES

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    Peter Kneisel

    2008-02-12

    Large grain and single crystal niobium has been proposed several years ago as an alternative material to poly-crystalline niobium for superconducting cavities, exhibiting potential advantages such as ¿stream-lined¿ procedures, reduced costs and better reproducibility in performance. Several major laboratories have investigated the use of large grain and single crystal material in the past years and the niobium producing industry has responded in providing ingot material with enlarged grain sizes. Besides a large number of single cell and multi-cell cavities from large grain niobium, several single crystal cavities have been fabricated and tested with good performances. This contribution will review the progress since the SRF workshop in 2005 in material processing and handling and in cavity performances.

  15. Influence of Niobium on the Beginning of the Plastic Flow of Material during Cold Deformation

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    2013-01-01

    Investigations were conducted on low-carbon steel and the steel with same chemical composition with addition of microalloying element niobium. While tensile testing was carried out, the thermographic measurement was tacking place simultaneously. A specific behavior of niobium microalloyed steel was noticed. Test results have shown that, in the elastic deformation region, thermoelastic effect occurs, which is more pronounced in niobium microalloyed steel. Start of plastic flow in steel which is not microalloyed with niobium begins later in comparison to the microalloyed steel, and it is conducted so that, at the point of maximum stress, deformation zone is formed within which stresses grow. In steel microalloyed with niobium after proportionality limit, comes the occurrence of the localized increase in temperature and the occurrence of Lüders band, which propagate along the sample forming a deformation zone. PMID:24453896

  16. Flame-made niobium doped zinc oxide nanoparticles in bulk heterojunction solar cells

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    Kruefu, Viruntachar; Peterson, Eric; Khantha, Chanitpa; Siriwong, Chawarat; Phanichphant, Sukon; Carroll, David L.

    2010-08-01

    We report fabrication and measurement of bulk heterojunction solar cells utilizing a poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT), phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM) composite loaded with different concentrations of niobium doped zinc oxide (Nb/ZnO) nanoparticles produced by flame spray pyrolysis. Nanoparticles with different niobium concentrations were compared, along with devices without Nb/ZnO nanoparticles and with undoped ZnO nanoparticles. It was found that niobium doping leads to a slight increase in open circuit voltage and an increase in short circuit current that scales with niobium concentration. Additional comparison was made between the nanoparticles with 3% niobium by weight to unloaded devices. These also showed a similar open circuit voltage increase and an increase in current that scales with Nb/ZnO nanoparticle concentration to 30% by volume and drops off at 33% Nb/ZnO by volume. Possible mechanisms for these improvements are discussed.

  17. Qualification of niobium materials for superconducting radio frequency cavity applications: View of a condensed matter physicist

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    Roy, S. B.; Myneni, G. R.

    2015-12-04

    We address the issue of qualifications of the niobium materials to be used for superconducting radio frequency (SCRF) cavity fabrications, from the point of view of a condensed matter physicist/materials scientist. We focus on the particular materials properties of niobium required for the functioning a SCRF cavity, and how to optimize the same properties for the best SCRF cavity performance in a reproducible manner. In this way the niobium materials will not necessarily be characterized by their purity alone, but in terms of those materials properties, which will define the limit of the SCRF cavity performance and also other related material properties, which will help to sustain this best SCRF cavity performance. Furthermore we point out the need of standardization of the post fabrication processing of the niobium-SCRF cavities, which does not impair the optimized superconducting and thermal properties of the starting niobium-materials required for the reproducible performance of the SCRF cavities according to the design values.

  18. Current Status And Future Plan For RRR Grade Niobium Production In Tokyo Denkai

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    Umezawa, Hiroaki

    2007-08-09

    Tokyo Denkai is a high-purity tantalum and niobium supplier in Japan. It started niobium production in 1968. Niobium items, such as sheets, rods, and tubes, are provided as superconducting cavity material for the world's accelerator projects. Tokyo Denkai has five EB (Electron Beam) Melting Furnaces and in the future, will install two more. One existing EB furnace, which has a melting power of 400 KW, is currently used only for niobium production. Because the furnace is not sufficient to melt a 270-mm diameter ingot, which is required for the L-Band Single Crystal half-cell, starting from July 2007 we will melt large-diameter ingots with a 1200-KW EB furnace. This paper provides information on our niobium production capacity and future investment plan to meet the large demands of the International Linear Collider (ILC) project.

  19. Influence of niobium on the beginning of the plastic flow of material during cold deformation.

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    Rešković, Stoja; Jandrlić, Ivan

    2013-01-01

    Investigations were conducted on low-carbon steel and the steel with same chemical composition with addition of microalloying element niobium. While tensile testing was carried out, the thermographic measurement was tacking place simultaneously. A specific behavior of niobium microalloyed steel was noticed. Test results have shown that, in the elastic deformation region, thermoelastic effect occurs, which is more pronounced in niobium microalloyed steel. Start of plastic flow in steel which is not microalloyed with niobium begins later in comparison to the microalloyed steel, and it is conducted so that, at the point of maximum stress, deformation zone is formed within which stresses grow. In steel microalloyed with niobium after proportionality limit, comes the occurrence of the localized increase in temperature and the occurrence of Lüders band, which propagate along the sample forming a deformation zone.

  20. Ferroelectric properties of niobium-doped strontium bismuth tantalate films

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    Golosov, D. A.; Zavadski, S. M.; Kolos, V. V.; Turtsevich, A. S.

    2016-01-01

    The characteristics of ferroelectric thin films of strontium bismuth tantalate (SBT) and niobium-doped strontium bismuth tantalate (SBTN) deposited by radio-frequency (RF) magnetron sputtering on Pt/TiO2/SiO2/Si substrates were investigated. For the formation of the structure of the ferroelectric material, the deposited films were subjected to a subsequent annealing at temperatures of 970-1070 K in an O2 atmosphere. The results of the X-ray diffraction analysis demonstrated that, in contrast to SBT films, in which the Aurivillius phase is formed only at annealing temperatures of 1050-1070 K, the formation of this phase in SBTN films is observed already at a temperature of 970 K. The dependences of the dielectric permittivity, remanent polarization, and coercive force of the SBT and SBTN films on the subsequent annealing conditions were determined. It was found that, upon doping of the SBT films with niobium, the remanent polarization increases by a factor of approximately three, the Curie temperature increases by 50 K, and the dielectric permittivity also increases. It was revealed that, in contrast to the SBT films, the polarization of the SBTN films is observed already at an annealing temperature of approximately 970 K. It was shown that the replacement of SBT films by SBTN films in the manufacture of high-density nonvolatile ferroelectric randomaccess memory (FeRAM) capacitor modules makes it possible to decrease the synthesis temperature from 1070 to 990-1000 K, which improves the compatibility with the planar technology of semiconductor devices. However, it turned out that an increase in the coercive field makes niobium-doped SBT films less attractive for the use in FeRAM.

  1. Upper critical field of niobium nitride thin films

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    Vasyutin, M. A.; Kuz'michev, N. D.; Shilkin, D. A.

    2016-02-01

    The temperature dependences of the superconducting transition of niobium nitride (NbN) thin films have been investigated via the first harmonic of the voltage in dc magnetic fields of up to 8 T. The temperature dependence of the second critical field of NbN has been determined. The parameter responsible for the effect of spin paramagnetism in this material and the temperature dependence of the upper critical field that describes well the experimental data have been found in terms of the Werthamer-Helfand-Hohenberg (WHH) theory. The key parameters of the superconductor have been estimated from the transport and optical measurements.

  2. Monolithic Gyroidal Mesoporous Mixed Titanium–Niobium Nitrides

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    2015-01-01

    Mesoporous transition metal nitrides are interesting materials for energy conversion and storage applications due to their conductivity and durability. We present ordered mixed titanium–niobium (8:2, 1:1) nitrides with gyroidal network structures synthesized from triblock terpolymer structure-directed mixed oxides. The materials retain both macroscopic integrity and mesoscale ordering despite heat treatment up to 600 °C, without a rigid carbon framework as a support. Furthermore, the gyroidal lattice parameters were varied by changing polymer molar mass. This synthesis strategy may prove useful in generating a variety of monolithic ordered mesoporous mixed oxides and nitrides for electrode and catalyst materials. PMID:25122534

  3. Monolithic gyroidal mesoporous mixed titanium-niobium nitrides.

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    Robbins, Spencer W; Sai, Hiroaki; DiSalvo, Francis J; Gruner, Sol M; Wiesner, Ulrich

    2014-08-26

    Mesoporous transition metal nitrides are interesting materials for energy conversion and storage applications due to their conductivity and durability. We present ordered mixed titanium-niobium (8:2, 1:1) nitrides with gyroidal network structures synthesized from triblock terpolymer structure-directed mixed oxides. The materials retain both macroscopic integrity and mesoscale ordering despite heat treatment up to 600 °C, without a rigid carbon framework as a support. Furthermore, the gyroidal lattice parameters were varied by changing polymer molar mass. This synthesis strategy may prove useful in generating a variety of monolithic ordered mesoporous mixed oxides and nitrides for electrode and catalyst materials.

  4. Electrochemical behavior of niobium triselenide cathode in lithium secondary cells

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    Ratnakumar, B. V.; Di Stefano, S.; Bankston, C. P.

    1988-01-01

    Niobium triselenide cathodes in Li ambient-temperature rechargeable batteries for space applications undergo a topotactic reaction, with three equivalents of Li at high positive potential furnishing high energy density. It also yields good electronic conductivity, a long life cycle, and high diffusivity for Li. An attempt is presently made to characterize the intercalation mechanism between Li and NbSe3 by means of an ac impedance study conducted at various charge stages in the process of SbSe3 reduction. An effort is also made to predict the charge state of NbSe3 nondestructively, on the basis of the impedance parameters.

  5. Variations in the Shear Strength of Shock Loaded Niobium

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    Workman, A.; Millett, J. C. F.; Stirk, S. M.; Bourne, N. K.; Whiteman, G.; Park, N. T.

    2009-12-01

    The shock response of the body centred cubic (bcc) metal, niobium, and in particular its shear strength has been measured using manganin stress gauges. Whilst the shear strength increases with shock amplitude, as would be expected, its shear strength behind the shock front has been observed to be near constant. This is in contrast with other bcc metals such as tantalum or tungsten where a significant reduction has been observed. It has been suggested that the low Peierls stress in this metal (compared to Ta or W) enables the material to generate more new dislocations which reduces the decrease in shear strength.

  6. Microplasticity and fatigue in a damage tolerant niobium aluminide intermetallic

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    Soboyejo, W.O.; DiPasquale, J.; Srivatsan, T.S.; Konitzer, D.

    1997-12-31

    In this paper, the micromechanisms of microplasticity and fatigue are elucidated for a damage tolerant niobium aluminide intermetallic deformed to failure under both monotonic and cyclic loading. Localized microplasticity is shown to occur by the formation of slip bands at stresses as low as 9% of the bulk yield stress. Formation and presence of slip bands is also observed upon application of the first cycle of fatigue load. The deformation and cracking phenomena are discussed in light of classical fatigue crack initiation and propagation models. The implications of microplasticity are elucidated for both fatigue crack initiation and crack growth.

  7. Columbium (niobium) recycling in the United States in 1998

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    Cunningham, Larry D.

    2001-01-01

    This report describes the flow of columbium in the United States in 1998 with emphasis on the extent to which columbium (niobium) was recycled/reused. Columbium was mostly recycled from products of columbium-bearing steels and superalloys; little was recovered from products specifically for their columbium content. In 1998, about 1,800 metric tons of columbium was recycled/reused, with about 55% derived from old scrap. The columbium recycling rate was calculated to be 22%, and columbium scrap recycling efficiency, 50%.

  8. Thermodynamic modelling of phase equilibrium in system Ti-B-Si-C, synthesis and phases composition of borides and carbides layers on titanic alloyVT-1 at electron beam treatment in vacuum

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    Smirnyagina, N. N.; Khaltanova, V. M.; Lapina, A. E.; Dasheev, D. E.

    2017-01-01

    Composite layers on the basis of carbides and borides the titan and silicon on titanic alloy VT-1 are generated at diffused saturation in vacuum. Formation in a composite of MAX phase Ti3SiC2 is shown. Thermodynamic research of phase equilibrium in systems Ti-Si-C and Ti-B-C in the conditions of high vacuum is executed. The thermodynamics, formation mechanisms of superfirm layers borides and carbides of the titan and silicon are investigated.

  9. Computational-Experimental Processing of Boride/Carbide Composites by Reactive Infusion of Hf Alloy Melts into B4C

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    2015-09-16

    infiltration, reactions between the alloy melt and B4C will form an HfB2-HfC/Hf-Y-Ti composite, which will eventually develop an HfO2-Y2O3- TiO2 scale, as...of the pyrochlore phase (or Y2Ti2O7) within an HfO2-Y2O3- TiO2 scale may form as layers of Y2Ti2O7, HfTiO4, cubic-HfO2, or tetragonal-HfO2 as the...processing, a better understanding of the infusion of Figure 1 -- Oxide Scale developed from the ZrO2- Y2O3- TiO2 System to protect a boride/carbide

  10. Prediction of different crystal structure phases in metal borides: A lithium monoboride analog to MgB2

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    Kolmogorov, Aleksey N.; Curtarolo, Stefano

    2006-05-01

    Modern compound prediction methods can efficiently screen large numbers of crystal structure phases and direct the experimental search for new materials. One of the most challenging problems in alloy theory is the identification of stable phases with a never seen prototype; such predictions do not always follow rational strategies. While performing ab initio data mining of intermetallic compounds we made an unexpected discovery: even in such a well-studied class of systems as metal borides there are previously unknown layered phases comparable in energy to the existing ones. With ab initio calculations we show that the new metal-sandwich (MS) lithium monoboride phases are marginally stable under ambient conditions but become favored over the known stoichiometric compounds under moderate pressures. The MS lithium monoboride exhibits electronic features similar to those in magnesium diboride and is expected to be a good superconductor.

  11. The effect of thermocycling liquid boronizing on the thickness of the boride layer and the transition zone

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    Oezsoy, A.; Yaman, Y.M. )

    1993-07-15

    Boronizing is a thermo-diffusion surface treatment, which is defined as enrichment of the surface of a workpiece with boron by means of thermo-chemical treatment. The processes are based on chemical or electrochemical reactions between the boron source and the respective base metal. Boron sources or boronizing compounds are solid, liquid or gas. Boride coatings, or the formation of boride compounds near the surface have been achieved by: (a) chemical methods; using gas boronizing agents, by immersion in molten salts, electrolysis and by pack cementation with powders; (b) physical methods; such as boron ion implantation, physical vacuum deposition, sputtering and ion plating. The methods of thermocycling treatment are used for intensification of the diffusion processes and forming more uniform microstructures and grain refinement. Krishtal and Kenis reported that the diffusion processes are accelerated with increasing grain boundary length, vacancy concentration, dislocation density inside the grains, and stress gradients in the thermocycling treatment. In practice, the type of structure favoring the intensification of diffusion processes is obtained using thermocycling treatment (TCT), either as a preliminary treatment before thermo-chemical treatment (TChT) or as a combined process before and during the thermochemical treatment. The steel is usually heated to 30-50 C above Ac[sub 1] and cooled to 50-100 C below Ar[sub 1]. Such treatment achieves an increase in the diffusion layer thickness, grain refinement and formation of a polygonal structure in the bulk of the metal. The combined use of TCT and TChT was studied during carburization of steel with a solid carburizer. It was demonstrated that, at the same duration of isothermal treatment (15 h), 5 cycles of 880-750 C, TCT produce grain size No. 5-6 in the bulk and grain size No. 9-10 in the diffusion layer, while the thickness of that layer increases 1.5 times. Improved fatigue resistance was also recorded.

  12. Development of a niobium clad PEM fuel cell bipolar plate material

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    Weil, K. Scott; Xia, Guanguang; Yang, Zhenguo; Kim, Jin Yong

    2007-11-01

    Reported in this paper are results obtained on a niobium clad material that is being developed for use in polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cell (PEMFC) stacks. A series of materials evaluation tests were initially conducted on niobium coupons to determine if this material was suitable as an external cladding layer exposed to a prototypic PEMFC environment. Results from corrosion testing conducted in 80ºC, 1M H2SO4 (with 2ppm HF) indicated no measurable weight loss in the niobium specimens out to 1100hrs of exposure. Interfacial contact resistance measurements demonstrated that niobium in both the as-received and post exposure conditions exhibits excellent surface conductivity under a minimal hold down force, while results from polarization testing conducted under both prototypic anodic and cathodic PEMFC operating conditions suggested that the behavior of niobium is similar to that observed in noble metals such as platinum. Subsequent contact resistance and polarization testing of niobium clad stainless steel coupons exhibited results similar to those found in monolithic niobium testing.

  13. An evolutionary yield function based on Barlat 2000 yield function for the superconducting niobium sheet

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    Darbandi, Payam; Pourboghrat, Farhang

    2011-08-22

    Superconducting radio frequency (SRF) niobium cavities are widely used in high-energy physics to accelerate particle beams in particle accelerators. The performance of SRF cavities is affected by the microstructure and purity of the niobium sheet, surface quality, geometry, etc. Following optimum strain paths in the forming of these cavities can significantly control these parameters. To select these strain paths, however, information about the mechanical behavior, microstructure, and formability of the niobium sheet is required. In this study the Barlat 2000 yield function has been used as a yield function for high purity niobium. Results from this study showed that, due to intrinsic behavior, it is necessary to evolve the anisotropic coefficients of Barlat's yield function in order to properly model the plastic behavior of the niobium sheet. The accuracy of the newly developed evolutionary yield function was verified by applying it to the modeling of the hydrostatic bulging of the niobium sheet. Also, in a separate attempt crystal plasticity finite element method was use to model the behavior of the polycrystalline niobium sheet with a particular initial texture.

  14. Alkali oxide-tantalum, niobium and antimony oxide ionic conductors

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    Roth, R. S.; Brower, W. S.; Parker, H. S.; Minor, D. B.; Waring, J. L.

    1975-01-01

    The phase equilibrium relations of four systems were investigated in detail. These consisted of sodium and potassium antimonates with antimony oxide and tantalum and niobium oxide with rubidium oxide as far as the ratio 4Rb2O:llB2O5 (B=Nb, Ta). The ternary system NaSbO3-Sb2O4-NaF was investigated extensively to determine the actual composition of the body centered cubic sodium antimonate. Various other binary and ternary oxide systems involving alkali oxides were examined in lesser detail. The phases synthesized were screened by ion exchange methods to determine mobility of the mobility of the alkali ion within the niobium, tantalum or antimony oxide (fluoride) structural framework. Five structure types warranted further investigation; these structure types are (1) hexagonal tungsten bronze (HTB), (2) pyrochlore, (3) the hybrid HTB-pyrochlore hexagonal ordered phases, (4) body centered cubic antimonates and (5) 2K2O:3Nb2O5. Although all of these phases exhibit good ion exchange properties only the pyrochlore was prepared with Na(+) ions as an equilibrium phase and as a low porosity ceramic. Sb(+3) in the channel interferes with ionic conductivity in this case, although relatively good ionic conductivity was found for the metastable Na(+) ion exchanged analogs of RbTa2O5F and KTaWO6 pyrochlore phases.

  15. Silicidation of Niobium Deposited on Silicon by Physical Vapor Deposition

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    Coumba Ndoye, Kandabara Tapily, Marius Orlowski, Helmut Baumgart, Diefeng Gu

    2011-07-01

    Niobium was deposited by physical vapor deposition (PVD) using e-beam evaporation on bare (100) silicon substrates and SiO2 surfaces. The formation of niobium silicide was investigated by annealing PVD Nb films in the temperatures range 400–1000°C. At all elevated annealing temperatures the resistivity of Nb silicide is substantially higher than that of Nb. The Nb silicidation as a function of temperature has been investigated and different NbXSiy compounds have been characterized. It has been observed that the annealing of the Nb film on Si is accompanied by a strong volume expansion of about 2.5 of the resulting reacted film. The films' structural properties were studied using X-Ray diffraction (XRD), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS), and atomic force microscopy (AFM), which was not previously presented in the context of the extant NbSi literature. The X-Ray diffraction characterization of the Nb on Si sample annealed at 1000°C, showed the presence of hexagonal Nb5Si3 phases, with a dominant peak at the (200) plane, and NbSi2 phases. Fractal dimension calculations indicate a distinct transition from Stranski-Krastanov to Volmer-Weber film growth for NbSi formation at the annealing temperature of 600°C and above.

  16. Eddy current scanning of niobium for SRF cavities at Fermilab

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    Boffo, C.; Bauer, P.; Foley, M.; Antoine, C.; Cooper, C.; Brinkmann, A.; /DESY

    2006-08-01

    In the framework of SRF cavity development, Fermilab is creating the infrastructure needed for the characterization of the material used in the cavity fabrication. An important step in the characterization of ''as received'' niobium sheets is eddy current scanning. Eddy current scanning is a non-destructive technique first adopted and further developed by DESY with the purpose of checking the cavity material for subsurface defects and inclusions. Fermilab has received and further upgraded a commercial eddy current scanner previously used for the SNS project. This scanner is now used daily to scan the niobium sheets for the Fermilab third harmonic, the ILC, and the Proton Driver cavities. After optical inspection, more than 400 squares and disks have been scanned and when necessary checked at the optical and electron microscopes, anodized, or measured with profilometers looking for surface imperfections that might limit the performance of the cavities. This paper gives a status report on the scanning results obtained so far, including a discussion of the classification of signals being detected.

  17. Plasma Treatment of Single-Cell Niobium SRF Cavities

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    J. Upadhyay, M. Nikolić, S. Popović, L. Vušković, H.L. Phillips, A-M. Valente-Feliciano

    2011-03-01

    Superconducting radio frequency cavities of bulk Niobium are integral components of particle accelerators based on superconducting technology. Wet chemical processing is the commonly used procedure for impurities and surface defects removal and surface roughness improvement , both required to improve the RF performance of the cavity. We are studying plasma etching as an alternate technique to process these cavities. The uniformity of the plasma sheath at the inner wall of the cavity is one prerequisite for its uniform etching. We are developing electro-optic diagnostic techniques to assess the plasma uniformity. Multiple electro-optical probes are placed at different locations of the single cell cavity to diagnose the electrical and optical properties of the plasma. The electrical parameters are required to understand the kinetic nature of the plasma and the optical emission spectroscopy provides the spatial distribution of radicals in the plasma. The spatial variation of the plasma parameters inside the cavity and their effect on the etching of niobium samples placed at different locations in the cavity will be presented.

  18. Joining of alumina via copper/niobium/copper interlayers

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    Marks, Robert A.; Chapman, Daniel R.; Danielson, David T.; Glaeser, Andreas M.

    2000-03-15

    Alumina has been joined at 1150 degrees C and 1400 degrees C using multilayer copper/niobium/copper interlayers. Four-point bend strengths are sensitive to processing temperature, bonding pressure, and furnace environment (ambient oxygen partial pressure). Under optimum conditions, joints with reproducibly high room temperature strengths (approximately equal 240 plus/minus 20 MPa) can be produced; most failures occur within the ceramic. Joints made with sapphire show that during bonding an initially continuous copper film undergoes a morphological instability, resulting in the formation of isolated copper-rich droplets/particles at the sapphire/interlayer interface, and extensive regions of direct bonding between sapphire and niobium. For optimized alumina bonds, bend tests at 800 degrees C-1100 degrees C indicate significant strength is retained; even at the highest test temperature, ceramic failure is observed. Post-bonding anneals at 1000 degrees C in vacuum or in gettered argon were used to assess joint stability and to probe the effect of ambient oxygen partial pressure on joint characteristics. Annealing in vacuum for up to 200 h causes no significant decrease in room temperature bend strength or change in fracture path. With increasing anneal time in a lower oxygen partial pressure environment, the fracture strength decreases only slightly, but the fracture path shifts from the ceramic to the interface.

  19. Niobium superconducting rf cavity fabrication by electrohydraulic forming

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    Cantergiani, E.; Atieh, S.; Léaux, F.; Perez Fontenla, A. T.; Prunet, S.; Dufay-Chanat, L.; Koettig, T.; Bertinelli, F.; Capatina, O.; Favre, G.; Gerigk, F.; Jeanson, A. C.; Fuzeau, J.; Avrillaud, G.; Alleman, D.; Bonafe, J.; Marty, P.

    2016-11-01

    Superconducting rf (SRF) cavities are traditionally fabricated from superconducting material sheets or made of copper coated with superconducting material, followed by trim machining and electron-beam welding. An alternative technique to traditional shaping methods, such as deep-drawing and spinning, is electrohydraulic forming (EHF). In EHF, half-cells are obtained through ultrahigh-speed deformation of blank sheets, using shockwaves induced in water by a pulsed electrical discharge. With respect to traditional methods, such a highly dynamic process can yield interesting results in terms of effectiveness, repeatability, final shape precision, higher formability, and reduced springback. In this paper, the first results of EHF on high purity niobium are presented and discussed. The simulations performed in order to master the multiphysics phenomena of EHF and to adjust its process parameters are presented. The microstructures of niobium half-cells produced by EHF and by spinning have been compared in terms of damage created in the material during the forming operation. The damage was assessed through hardness measurements, residual resistivity ratio (RRR) measurements, and electron backscattered diffraction analyses. It was found that EHF does not worsen the damage of the material during forming and instead, some areas of the half-cell have shown lower damage compared to spinning. Moreover, EHF is particularly advantageous to reduce the forming time, preserve roughness, and to meet the final required shape accuracy.

  20. Optical investigation of niobium properties: Electrical- and physical constants

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    Singh, Nageshwar; Deo, M. N.; Roy, S. B.

    2017-08-01

    In this paper, we report optical (reflectance) measurements and investigations of optical properties of electropolished (EP), buffered chemical polished (BCP), and as-received (AR) from vendor niobium (Nb) samples typically used for fabrication of superconducting radio frequency (SCRF) cavities. Optical conductivity (σ(0), approximated near zero frequency) of EP (σ(0) ∼ 9 × 103 Ω-1 cm-1) sample is one order of magnitude higher than that of BCP (σ(0) ∼ 7 × 102 Ω-1 cm-1) and AR (σ(0) ∼ 3 × 102 Ω-1 cm-1) niobium samples. Furthermore, physical constants of electropolished Nb-SCRF materials such as concentration of conduction electrons (∼ 1.8 × 1022 electrons/cm3), average velocity (∼ 5.9 × 107 cm/s) of the electrons on the Fermi surface, and mean free path (∼ 0.53 nm) were also found to be considerably higher than that of the BCP and the AR samples. The depth of electric field penetration (in low frequency region) in the electropolished Nb sample (∼ 80 nm) is appreciably lesser than the BCP (∼ 450 nm) and the AR (∼ 400 nm) samples.

  1. Preliminary Experience with ''In-Site'' Baking of Niobium Cavities

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    P. Kneisel

    2000-01-01

    In a series of experiments several single cell and multi-cell niobium cavities made from reactor grade and high RRR niobium (frequencies were 700 MHz, 1300 MHz and 1497 MHz) have been baked--after initial testing--in-situ around 145 C for up to 90 hours prior to being recooled. Surprisingly, all cavities showed significant improvements in Q-values between 4.2 and 1.6K. The BCS surface resistance was lowered by nearly a factor of two. This cannot be explained by solely a reduction of dielectric losses caused by adsorbates at the surface or by a decrease of the mean free path due to possibly diffusion of oxygen into the surface layer. In several experiments also the high field behavior of the cavity improved after the in-situ baking procedure. The observed effect opens the possibility for the CEBAF upgrade cavities, which in turn will permit to run the cavities at higher gradients if field emission loading can be prevented. Utilizing this effect can possibly translate into sizeable cost savings since fewer modules are needed for the upgrade program.

  2. Ultrasonic Velocity and Texture of High RRR Niobium

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    S. R. Agnew; F. Zeng; G.R. Myneni

    2003-06-01

    Conventional assessments of the mechanical properties of rolled high RRR niobium plate material via tensile testing have revealed an unusually low apparent Young's moduli and yield strength in some annealed samples. These observations motivated a series of measurements of ultrasonic velocity, a dynamic assessment of the elastic moduli. In fact, the dynamic modulus is within the range of normal for all samples tested. However, there is a trend of increasing shear velocities for shear waves propagating through the sheet thickness and polarized in the sheet transverse direction. Careful analyses of the crystallographic texture using SEM-based electron backscattered diffraction (EBSD) have revealed a subtle, but systematic change in the texture, which can explain the trend. It is further important to note that the change in texture is not observable from surface measurements using x-ray diffraction, but requires sectioning of the samples. Thus, measurements of ultrasonic velocity represent a non-destructive evaluation tool which is extremely sensitive to subtle changes in the texture of high RRR niobium. Finally, there are material lot variations, which are currently attributed to the effects of impurities, such as Ta and H.

  3. Materials for Accelerator Technologies Beyond the Niobium Family

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    Cooley, Lance; Larbalestier, David; Ghosh, Arup; Tollestrup, Alvin; /Fermilab

    2009-01-01

    Three niobium-based materials make up the entire present portfolio of superconducting technology for accelerators: Nb-Ti and Nb{sub 3}Sn magnet wires and pure niobium for RF cavities. Because these materials are at a high level of maturity, limits imposed by the boundaries of their superconductivity constrain the energy reach of accelerators to several TeV. We sketch here a plan for targeted development of emerging higher field and higher temperature superconductors that could enable accelerators at significantly higher energies. Niobium-based superconductors are the crucial enablers of present accelerators. The Nb-Ti LHC dipole and quadrupole wires, with transition temperature T{sub c} of 9 K and upper critical field H{sub c2} of 15 T, represent the highest form of superconductor strand art: massive, quarter-ton conductor billets are drawn from 300 mm diameter to {approx}1 mm as a single, multi-kilometer-long piece, while retaining uniformity of the several thousand Nb-Ti filaments to within 5% at the scale of a few micrometers. Strands are twisted into fully transposed cables with virtually no loss, preserving a carefully tuned nanostructure that generates the high flux-pinning forces and high current densities to enable high magnetic fields. Nb{sub 3}Sn, with twice the T{sub c} and H{sub c2}, is now approaching this level of conductor art, where over the last 5 years the LHC Accelerator Research Program (LARP) and the Next European Dipole (NED) program have demonstrated that Nb{sub 3}Sn can be made into 4 meter long quadrupoles with 12 T fields and 250 T/m gradients. Linear accelerators at TJNAF, ORNL (SNS), and under construction for the European XFEL exploit niobium superconducting radio-frequency (SRF) technology, with gradients at {approx}20 MV/m. Tremendous research and development is underway to realize high-power goals for Project X at FNAL and for a possible ILC at 35 MV/m gradients. Despite these impressive achievements, the very maturity of these

  4. Redistribution of components in the niobium-silicon system under high-temperature proton irradiation

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    Afonin, N. N.; Logacheva, V. A. Khoviv, A. M.

    2011-12-15

    The redistribution of components in the niobium-silicon system during magnetron-assisted sputtering of niobium, vacuum annealing, and high-temperature proton irradiation is studied. It is established that, during magnetron-assisted sputtering followed by vacuum annealing, silicon penetrates through the metal film to the outer boundary of the film. Under high-temperature proton irradiation, the suppression of the diffusion of niobium into silicon is observed. This effect is attributed to the high concentration of radiation vacancies in the region of the Nb/Si interphase boundary.

  5. Influence of electropolishing and anodic oxidation on morphology, chemical composition and corrosion resistance of niobium.

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    Sowa, Maciej; Greń, Katarzyna; Kukharenko, Andrey I; Korotin, Danila M; Michalska, Joanna; Szyk-Warszyńska, Lilianna; Mosiałek, Michał; Zak, Jerzy; Pamuła, Elżbieta; Kurmaev, Ernst Z; Cholakh, Seif O; Simka, Wojciech

    2014-09-01

    The work presents results of the studies performed on electropolishing of pure niobium in a bath that contained: sulphuric acid, hydrofluoric acid, ethylene glycol and acetanilide. After the electropolishing, the specimens were subjected to anodic passivation in a 1moldm(-3) phosphoric acid solution at various voltages. The surface morphology, thickness, roughness and chemical composition of the resulting oxide layers were analysed. Thusly prepared niobium samples were additionally investigated in terms of their corrosion resistance in Ringer's solution. The electropolished niobium surface was determined to be smooth and lustrous. The anodisation led to the growth of barrier-like oxide layers, which were enriched in phosphorus species.

  6. The Surface Resistance of Superconducting A15 Niobium-Tin Films at 8.6 GHZ

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    Allen, Laura Henrietta

    A calorimetric technique for measuring the temperature dependence of the surface resistance of high-T(,c) superconducting thin films at 8.6 GHz has been developed. The technique has been applied to study electron-beam, co-deposited films of the A15 phase of Niobium-Tin with the goal of optimizing the microwave losses of the material. In addition, films of sputtered Niobium-Tin, a Niobium-Zirconium alloy, and Niobium-Nitride were also studied. For the evaporated Niobium-Tin films, carefully controlled deposition temperatures of greater than 900 C are necessary to obtain the lowest losses. A sharp transition is observed for stoichiometric material (25 percent Tin), but for the understoichiometric compositions the transitions are wider, yielding excessive losses in the material. Films prepared by magnetron sputtering behave similarly. A procedure, phase-locking, for preparing the stoichiometric composition which does not require exact control of the deposition rates has been developed and successfully demonstrated with the evaporated films. The experimental data are compared with two theoretical predictions: one for the superconducting state based on the BCS theory and a normal-state calculation in the classical skin-depth limit. When the residual losses (10 micro-ohms) are subtracted from the data, the behavior predicted for the superconducting state is observed. The normal-state losses, however, are anomalously large for the Niobium -Tin films. Possible explanations of this result are discussed. Reduced gaps are also obtained for the samples from their low temperature surface resistance. Values obtained for the Niobium-Tin films are lower than those from other measurements and may be due to poor material near the substrate interface. Even at the present level of material development, the prognosis for the application of Niobium-Tin films to microwave devices appears favorable. When compared with Niobium, the most common material choice, Niobium -Tin films as

  7. High-Performance Supercapacitors from Niobium Nanowire Yarns.

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    Mirvakili, Seyed M; Mirvakili, Mehr Negar; Englezos, Peter; Madden, John D W; Hunter, Ian W

    2015-07-01

    The large-ion-accessible surface area of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) and graphene sheets formed as yarns, forests, and films enables miniature high-performance supercapacitors with power densities exceeding those of electrolytics while achieving energy densities equaling those of batteries. Capacitance and energy density can be enhanced by depositing highly pseudocapacitive materials such as conductive polymers on them. Yarns formed from carbon nanotubes are proposed for use in wearable supercapacitors. In this work, we show that high power, energy density, and capacitance in yarn form are not unique to carbon materials, and we introduce niobium nanowires as an alternative. These yarns show higher capacitance and energy per volume and are stronger and 100 times more conductive than similarly spun carbon multiwalled nanotube (MWNT) and graphene yarns. The long niobium nanowires, formed by repeated extrusion and drawing, achieve device volumetric peak power and energy densities of 55 MW·m(-3) (55 W·cm(-3)) and 25 MJ·m(-3) (7 mWh·cm(-3)), 2 and 5 times higher than that for state-of-the-art CNT yarns, respectively. The capacitance per volume of Nb nanowire yarn is lower than the 158 MF·m(-3) (158 F·cm(-3)) reported for carbon-based materials such as reduced graphene oxide (RGO) and CNT wet-spun yarns, but the peak power and energy densities are 200 and 2 times higher, respectively. Achieving high power in long yarns is made possible by the high conductivity of the metal, and achievement of high energy density is possible thanks to the high internal surface area. No additional metal backing is needed, unlike for CNT yarns and supercapacitors in general, saving substantial space. As the yarn is infiltrated with pseudocapacitive materials such as poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) (PEDOT), the energy density is further increased to 10 MJ·m(-3) (2.8 mWh·cm(-3)). Similar to CNT yarns, niobium nanowire yarns are highly flexible and show potential for weaving into textiles

  8. Reclamation of niobium compounds from ionic liquid electrochemical polishing of superconducting radio frequency cavities

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    Wixtrom, Alex I.; Buhler, Jessica E.; Reece, Charles E.; Abdel-Fattah, Tarek M.

    2013-06-01

    Recent research has shown that choline chloride (vitamin B4)-based solutions can be used as a greener alternative to acid-based electrochemical polishing solutions. This study demonstrated a successful method for electrochemical deposition of niobium compounds onto the surface of copper substrates using a novel choline chloride-based ionic liquid. Niobium ions present in the ionic liquid solution were dissolved into the solution prior to deposition via electrochemical polishing of solid niobium. A black coating was clearly visible on the surface of the Cu following deposition. This coating was analyzed using scanning electron microscopy (SEM), electron dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX), atomic force microscopy (AFM), and X-ray fluorescence spectroscopy (XRF). This ionic liquid-based electrochemical deposition method effectively recycles previously dissolved niobium from electrochemical polishing of superconducting radio frequency (SRF) cavities.

  9. Iron-niobium-aluminum alloy having high-temperature corrosion resistance

    DOEpatents

    Hsu, Huey S.

    1988-04-14

    An alloy for use in high temperature sulfur and oxygen containing environments, having aluminum for oxygen resistance, niobium for sulfur resistance and the balance iron, is discussed. 4 figs., 2 tabs.

  10. Fast simultaneous determination of niobium and tantalum by Kalman Filter analysis with flow injection chemiluminescence method.

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    Wang, Hongxia; Li, Junfeng; Chen, Zhengxia; Liu, Mingyang; Wang, Hongyan

    2005-09-01

    A fast and highly efficient Kalman Filter analysis-flow injection chemiluminescence (FI-CL) method was developed to simultaneously determine trace amounts of niobium and tantalum in geological samples. The method, without the boring process of separation and dear instruments, is suitable for field scene analysis. The mixed chemiluminescence kinetic curve was analyzed by a Kalman Filter (KF) in this method to realize the simultaneous determination of niobium and tantalum. Possible interference elements in the determination were investigated. Under the selected conditions, the detection limits (3sigma, n = 11) of niobium(V) and tantalum(V) were 2.1 x 10(-3) microg g(-1) and 4.0 x 10(-3) microg g(-1), respectively, and the relative standard deviations were 4.9% and 3.3% (n = 9). The method was applied to the determination of niobium and tantalum in geological samples with satisfactory results.

  11. Physical and mechanical properties of single and large crystal high-RRR niobium

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    Ganapati Myneni

    2005-07-10

    High RRR bulk niobium SRF cavities are the building blocks of the latest and future particle accelerators, free electron lasers (FEL's) and energy recovery linacs (ERL's.). These cavities are fabricated from high purity (RRR) poly crystalline niobium sheets via deep drawing, e-beam welding and surface treatment to obtain high accelerating gradients and quality factors. However, the starting bulk RRR niobium properties are not yet optimized with respect to both cost reduction and achievement of ultimate performance. A major limitation in achieving the highest performance can possibly be attributed to imperfections at or near the grain boundaries. Recently, at Jefferson Lab single/large grain RRR niobium cavities are developed using customized RRR ingots with optimized amounts of impurities such as Tantalum and minimizing the interstitial contents (O, C, N and H).

  12. Review of R&D at DESY on ingot niobium for accelerators

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    Navitski, Aliaksandr; Sekutowicz, Jacek; Singer, Waldemar; Singer, Xenia

    2015-12-01

    An R&D program at DESY exploring the potential of the production of 1.3 GHz TESLA shape cavities from large grain or ingot niobium material has been carried out as a feasibility study for using ingot niobium material for the European X-ray Free-Electron Laser project. The most important issues like feasibility of the fabrication of niobium discs from ingots, material properties, cavity fabrication, treatment, and finally the cryogenic radiofrequency (RF) performance of the cavity in the accelerator modules are presented and discussed. At least 25% higher intrinsic quality factor comparing to conventional fine-grain niobium and high accelerating gradient of up to 45 MV/m have been demonstrated during the cryogenic RF tests both in the vertical cryostats and in a completely assembled accelerating cryo-module.

  13. Review of R&D at DESY on ingot niobium for accelerators

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    Navitski, Aliaksandr Sekutowicz, Jacek Singer, Waldemar Singer, Xenia

    2015-12-04

    An R&D program at DESY exploring the potential of the production of 1.3 GHz TESLA shape cavities from large grain or ingot niobium material has been carried out as a feasibility study for using ingot niobium material for the European X-ray Free-Electron Laser project. The most important issues like feasibility of the fabrication of niobium discs from ingots, material properties, cavity fabrication, treatment, and finally the cryogenic radiofrequency (RF) performance of the cavity in the accelerator modules are presented and discussed. At least 25% higher intrinsic quality factor comparing to conventional fine-grain niobium and high accelerating gradient of up to 45 MV/m have been demonstrated during the cryogenic RF tests both in the vertical cryostats and in a completely assembled accelerating cryo-module.

  14. High performance superconducting radio frequency ingot niobium technology for continuous wave applications

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    Dhakal, Pashupati Ciovati, Gianluigi Myneni, Ganapati R.

    2015-12-04

    Future continuous wave (CW) accelerators require the superconducting radio frequency cavities with high quality factor and medium accelerating gradients (≤20 MV/m). Ingot niobium cavities with medium purity fulfill the specifications of both accelerating gradient and high quality factor with simple processing techniques and potential reduction in cost. This contribution reviews the current superconducting radiofrequency research and development and outlines the potential benefits of using ingot niobium technology for CW applications.

  15. Quench-age method for the fabrication of niobium-aluminum superconductors

    DOEpatents

    Pickus, Milton R.; Ciardella, Robert L.

    1978-01-01

    A flexible Nb.sub.3 Al superconducting wire is fabricated from a niobium-aluminum composite wire by heating to form a solid solution which is retained at room temperature as a metastable solid solution by quenching. The metastable solid solution is then transformed to the stable superconducting A-15 phase by low temperature aging. The transformation induced by aging can be controlled to yield either a multifilamentary or a solid A-15 core surrounded by ductile niobium.

  16. Hardness behavior of binary and ternary niobium alloys at 77 and 300 K

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    Stephens, J. R.; Witzke, W. R.

    1974-01-01

    The effects of alloy additions of zirconium, hafnium, molybdenum, tungsten, rhenium, ruthenium, osmium, rhodium, and iridium on the hardness of niobium was determined. Both binary and ternary alloys were investigated by means of hardness tests at 77 K and 300 K. Results showed that atomic size misfit plays a dominant role in controlling hardness of binary niobium alloys. Alloy softening, which occurred at dilute solute additions, is most likely due to an extrinsic mechanism involving interaction between solute elements and interstitial impurities.

  17. Investigation of niobium surface structure and composition for improvement of superconducting radio-frequency cavities

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    Trenikhina, Yulia

    Nano-scale investigation of intrinsic properties of niobium near-surface is a key to control performance of niobium superconducting radio-frequency cavities. Mechanisms responsible for the performance limitations and their empirical remedies needs to be justified in order to reproducibly control fabrication of SRF cavities with desired characteristics. The high field Q-slope and mechanism behind its cure (120°C mild bake) were investigated by comparison of the samples cut out of the cavities with high and low dissipation regions. Material evolution during mild field Q-slope nitrogen treatment was characterized using the coupon samples as well as samples cut out of nitrogen treated cavity. Evaluation of niobium near-surface state after some typical and novel cavity treatments was accomplished. Various TEM techniques, SEM, XPS, AES, XRD were used for the structural and chemical characterization of niobium near-surface. Combination of thermometry and structural temperature-dependent comparison of the cavity cutouts with different dissipation characteristics revealed precipitation of niobium hydrides to be the reason for medium and high field Q-slopes. Step-by-step effect of the nitrogen treatment processing on niobium surface was studied by analytical and structural characterization of the cavity cutout and niobium samples, which were subject to the treatment. Low concentration nitrogen doping is proposed to explain the benefit of nitrogen treatment. Chemical characterization of niobium samples before and after various surface processing (Electropolishing (EP), 800°C bake, hydrofluoric acid (HF) rinsing) showed the differences that can help to reveal the microscopic effects behind these treatments as well as possible sources of surface contamination.

  18. Synthesis, characterization, and catalytic application of ordered mesoporous carbon–niobium oxide composites

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    Gao, Juan-Li; Gao, Shuang; Liu, Chun-Ling; Liu, Zhao-Tie; Dong, Wen-Sheng

    2014-11-15

    Graphical abstract: The ordered mesoporous carbon–niobium oxide composites have been synthesized by a multi-component co-assembly method associated with a carbonization process. - Highlights: • Ordered mesoporous carbon–niobium oxide composites were synthesized. • The content of Nb{sub 2}O{sub 5} in the composites could be tuned from 38 to 75%. • Niobium species were highly dispersed in amorphous carbon framework walls. • The composites exhibited good catalytic performance in the dehydration of fructose. - Abstract: Ordered mesoporous carbon–niobium oxide composites have been synthesized by a multi-component co-assembly method associated with a carbonization process using phenolic resol as carbon source, niobium chloride as precursor and amphiphilic triblock copolymer Pluronic F127 as template. The resulting materials were characterized using a combination of techniques including differential scanning calorimetry–thermogravimetric analysis, N{sub 2} physical adsorption, X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The results show that with increasing the content of Nb{sub 2}O{sub 5} from 38 to 75% the specific surface area decreases from 306.4 to 124.5 m{sup 2} g{sup −1}, while the ordered mesoporous structure is remained. Niobium species is well dispersed in the amorphous carbon framework. The mesoporous carbon–niobium oxide composites exhibit high catalytic activity in the dehydration of fructose to 5-hydroxymethylfurfural. A 100% conversion of fructose and a 76.5% selectivity of 5-hydroxymethylfurfural were obtained over the carbon–niobium oxide composite containing 75% Nb{sub 2}O{sub 5} under the investigated reaction conditions.

  19. Environmental Effects in Niobium Base Alloys and Other Selected Intermetallic Compounds

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1988-12-15

    Niobium aluminides and silicides as well as other intermetallic corn unds have potential for use in advanced gas turbines where increased operating...diffusion aluminide coatings on Ni-base alloys(10), Fe- silicides (l 1), and Ni- ’ silicides (12) indicate similar behavior to that in Figure 8. Typical... Niobium W MAR- 2 7 1983 Base Alloys and Other Selected Intermetallic Compounds &Simukx Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency . DARPA Order No. 6155

  20. SIMS analysis of high-performance accelerator niobium

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    Maheshwari, P.; Stevie, F. A.; Myneni, Ganapati Rao; Rigsbee, J, M.; Dhakal, Pashupati; Ciovati, Gianluigi; Griffis, D. P.

    2014-11-01

    Niobium is used to fabricate superconducting radio frequency accelerator modules because of its high critical temperature, high critical magnetic field, and easy formability. Recent experiments have shown a very significant improvement in performance (over 100%) after a high-temperature bake at 1400 degrees C for 3h. SIMS analysis of this material showed the oxygen profile was significantly deeper than the native oxide with a shape that is indicative of diffusion. Positive secondary ion mass spectra showed the presence of Ti with a depth profile similar to that of O. It is suspected that Ti is associated with the performance improvement. The source of Ti contamination in the anneal furnace has been identified, and a new furnace was constructed without Ti. Initial results from the new furnace do not show the yield improvement. Further analyses should determine the relationship of Ti to cavity performance.

  1. Niobium Application, Metallurgy and Global Trends in Pressure Vessel Steels

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    Jansto, Steven G.

    Niobium-containing high strength steel materials have been developed for a variety of pressure vessel applications. Through the application of these Nb-bearing steels in demanding applications, the designer and end user experience improved toughness at low temperature, excellent fatigue resistance and fracture toughness and excellent weldability. These enhancements provide structural engineers the opportunity to further improve the pressure vessel design and performance. The Nb-microalloy alloy designs also result in reduced operational production cost at the steel operation, thereby embracing the value-added attribute Nb provides to both the producer and the end user throughout the supply chain. For example, through the adoption of these Nb-containing structural materials, several design-manufacturing companies are considering improved designs which offer improved manufacturability, lower overall cost and better life cycle performance.

  2. Method of manufacturing a niobium-aluminum-germanium superconductive material

    DOEpatents

    Wang, John L.; Pickus, Milton R.; Douglas, Kent E.

    1980-01-01

    A method for manufacturing flexible Nb.sub.3 (Al,Ge) multifilamentary superconductive material in which a sintered porous niobium compact is infiltrated with an aluminum-germanium alloy and thereafter deformed and heat treated in a series of steps at different successively higher temperatures preferably below 1000.degree. C. to produce filaments composed of Nb.sub.3 (Al,G3) within the compact. By avoiding temperatures in excess of 1000.degree. C. during the heat treatment, cladding material such as copper can be applied to facilitate a deformation step preceding the heat treatment and can remain in place through the heat treatment to also serve as a temperature stabilizer for supeconductive material produced. Further, these lower heat treatment temperatures favor formation of filaments with reduced grain size and, hence with more grain boundaries which in turn increase the current-carrying capacity of the superconductive material.

  3. Secondary Electron Emission from Plasma Processed Accelerating Cavity Grade Niobium

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    Basovic, Milos

    2016-05-01

    by different techniques. Specifically, this work provides the results of SEY from the plasma cleaned cavity grade niobium (Nb) samples. Pure niobium is currently the material of choice for the fabrication of Superconducting Radio Frequency (SRF) cavities. The effect of plasma processing with two different gases will be examined in two groups of samples. The first group of samples is made from cavity grade niobium. The second group of samples is made from the same material, but include a welded joint made by electron beam welding, since in niobium SRF cavities the peak electric and magnetic field are seen in close proximity to the welded joints. Both groups of samples will be exposed to nitrogen (N2) and a mixture of argon with oxygen (Ar/O2) plasma. It is the goal of this research to determine the SEY on these two groups of samples before and after plasma processing as a function of the energy of primary electrons. The SEY as a function of the angle of incidence of the primary electrons is tested on the samples treated with Ar/O2 plasma.

  4. Synthesis and superconducting properties of niobium nitride nanowires and nanoribbons.

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    Patel, U.; Avci, S.; Xiao, Z. L.; Hua, J.; Yu, S. H.; Ito, Y.; Divan, R.; Ocola, L. E.; Zheng, C.; Claus, H.; Hiller, J.; Welp, U.; Miller, D. J.; Kwok, W. K.; Northern Illinois Univ.

    2007-10-15

    Superconducting niobium nitride wires and ribbons with transverse dimensions down to tens of nanometers were synthesized by annealing NbSe{sub 3} nanostructure precursors in flowing ammonia gas at temperatures up to 1000 C. Their critical temperatures increase with increasing annealing temperatures and reach 9-11.2 K when sintered at 950 C or above. X-ray diffraction analyses identified Nb{sub 4}N{sub 5} and Nb{sub 5}N{sub 6} phases, dominating at annealing temperatures below and above 950 C, respectively. Transport measurements show magnetoresistance oscillations at temperatures near the superconducting transition due to vortex-row confinement effects and voltage jumps in current-voltage characteristics at low temperatures attributed to hot-spot behavior.

  5. Magnetoresistance anisotropy of a one-dimensional superconducting niobium strip.

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    Hua, J; Xiao, Z L; Imre, A; Yu, S H; Patel, U; Ocola, L E; Divan, R; Koshelev, A; Pearson, J; Welp, U; Kwok, W K

    2008-08-15

    We investigated confinement effects on the resistive anisotropy of a superconducting niobium strip with a rectangular cross section. When its transverse dimensions are comparable to the superconducting coherence length, the angle dependent magnetoresistances at a fixed temperature can be scaled as R(theta,H) = R(H/Hctheta) where Hctheta =Hc0(cos2theta + gamma(-2)sin2theta)(-1/2) is the angular dependent critical field, gamma is the width to thickness ratio, and Hc0 is the critical field in the thickness direction at theta=0 degrees . The results can be understood in terms of the anisotropic diamagnetic energy for a given field in a one-dimensional superconductor.

  6. Magnetoresistance anisotropy of a one-dimensional superconducting niobium strip.

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    Hua, J.; Xiao, Z. L.; Imre, A.; Yu, S. H.; Patel, U.; Ocola, L. E.; Divan, R.; Koshelev, A.; Pearson, J.; Welp, U.; Kwok, W. K.; Northern Illinois Univ.

    2008-01-01

    We investigated confinement effects on the resistive anisotropy of a superconducting niobium strip with a rectangular cross section. When its transverse dimensions are comparable to the superconducting coherence length, the angle dependent magnetoresistances at a fixed temperature can be scaled as R({theta},H) = R(H/H{sub c{theta}}) where H{sub c{theta}} = H{sub c0}(cos{sup 2} {theta} + {gamma}{sup -2} sin{sup 2}{theta}){sup -1/2} is the angular dependent critical field, {gamma} is the width to thickness ratio, and H{sub c0} is the critical field in the thickness direction at {theta} = 0{sup o}. The results can be understood in terms of the anisotropic diamagnetic energy for a given field in a one-dimensional superconductor.

  7. Thermodynamic Evaluation of Hydrogen Absorption by Niobium During SRF Fabrication

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    Ricker, R. E.; Myneni, G. R.

    2011-03-31

    The properties and performance of the ultra high purity Nb used to fabricate superconducting radio frequency (SRF) particle accelerator cavities have been found to vary with processing conditions. One hypothesis for these variations is that hydrogen, absorbed during processing, is responsible for this behavior. The key assumption behind this hypothesis is that niobium can absorb hydrogen from one or more of the processing environments. This paper reviews work examining the validity of this assumption. It was determined that Nb will spontaneously react with water producing adsorbed atomic hydrogen that is readily absorbed into the metal. The passivating oxide film normally prevents this reaction, but this film is frequently removed during processing and it is attacked by the fluoride ion used in the polishing solutions for SRF cavities. However, during electropolishing that cathodic reduction of hydrogen is transferred to the auxiliary electrode and this should suppress hydrogen absorption.

  8. Thermodynamic Evaluation of Hydrogen Absorption by Niobium During SRF Fabrication

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    R.E. Ricker, G.R. Myneni

    2011-03-01

    The properties and performance of the ultra high purity Nb used to fabricate superconducting radio frequency (SRF) particle accelerator cavities have been found to vary with processing conditions. One hypothesis for these variations is that hydrogen, absorbed during processing, is responsible for this behavior. The key assumption behind this hypothesis is that niobium can absorb hydrogen from one or more of the processing environments. This paper reviews work examining the validity of this assumption. It was determined that Nb will spontaneously react with water producing adsorbed atomic hydrogen that is readily absorbed into the metal. The passivating oxide film normally prevents this reaction, but this film is frequently removed during processing and it is attacked by the fluoride ion used in the polishing solutions for SRF cavities. However, during electropolishing that cathodic reduction of hydrogen is transferred to the auxiliary electrode and this should suppress hydrogen absorption.

  9. Temperature Mapping of Nitrogen-doped Niobium Superconducting Radiofrequency Cavities

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    Makita, Junki; Ciovati, Gianluigi; Dhakal, Pashupati

    2015-09-01

    It was recently shown that diffusing nitrogen on the inner surface of superconducting radiofrequency (SRF) cavities at high temperature can improve the quality factor of the niobium cavity. However, a reduction of the quench field is also typically found. To better understand the location of rf losses and quench, we used a thermometry system to map the temperature of the outer surface of ingot Nb cavities after nitrogen doping and electropolishing. Surface temperature of the cavities was recorded while increasing the rf power and also during the quenching. The results of thermal mapping showed no precursor heating on the cavities and quenching to be ignited near the equator where the surface magnetic field is maximum. Hot-spots at the equator area during multipacting were also detected by thermal mapping.

  10. Recent Niobium Developments for High Strength Steel Energy Applications

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    Jansto, Steven G.

    Niobium-containing high strength steel materials have been developed for oil and gas pipelines, offshore platforms, nuclear plants, boilers and alternative energy applications. Recent research and the commercialization of alternative energy applications such as windtower structural supports and power transmission gear components provide enhanced performance. Through the application of these Nb-bearing steels in demanding energy-related applications, the designer and end user experience improved toughness at low temperature, excellent fatigue resistance and fracture toughness and excellent weldability. These enhancements provide structural engineers the opportunity to further improve the structural design and performance. For example, through the adoption of these Nb-containing structural materials, several design-manufacturing companies are initiating new windtower designs operating at higher energy efficiency, lower cost, and improved overall material design performance.

  11. Precipitation sequence in niobium-alloyed ferritic stainless steel

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    Fujita, Nobuhiro; Bhadeshia, H. K. D. H.; Kikuchi, Masao

    2004-03-01

    Niobium is an important alloying element in the design of heat-resistant ferritic stainless steels for automotive exhaust systems. When in solid solution, it improves both the high temperature strength and the resistance to thermal fatigue. However, it also forms several kinds of precipitates during service. These reactions have been modelled, taking into account the multicomponent nature of the diffusion process and allowing for capillarity effects. It has been possible to estimate not only the volume fractions but also the particle sizes for Fe2Nb (Laves phase) and Fe3Nb3C (M6C) carbide in a 19Cr-0.8Nb steel, with good agreement against experimental data.

  12. Fabricating niobium test loops for the SP-100 space reactor

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    Bryhan, Anthony J.; Chan, Ricky C.

    1993-01-01

    This article describes the successful fabrication, operation, and evaluation of a series of niobium-alloy (Nb-1 Zr and PWC-11) thermal convection loops designed to contain and circulate molten lithium at 1,350 K. These loops were used to establish the fabrication variables of significance for a nuclear power supply for space. Approximately 200 weldments were evaluated for their tendency to be attacked by lithium as a function of varying atmospheric contamination. No attack occurred for any weldment free of contamination, with or without heat treatment, and no welds accidentally deviated from purity. The threshold oxygen content for weldment attack was determined to be 170-200 ppm. Attack varied directly with weldment oxygen and nitrogen contents.

  13. Properties and potential of high-temperature niobium beryllides

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    Bruemmer, S.M.; Brimhall, J.L.; Henager, C.H. Jr.; Hirth, J.P.

    1992-12-01

    Recent research on the low- and high-temperature properties of two beryllium-niobium intermetallic compounds, Be{sub l2}Nb and Be{sub l7}Nb{sub 2}, is reviewed and discussed. Strength (bend and compression), hardness and fracture toughness has been mapped as a function of test temperature up to 1200C. Results for hot-isostatically-pressed Be{sub 12}Nb and Be{sub l7}Nb{sub 2} are highlighted illustrating the potential for reasonable strength at both low and high temperatures. Limitations for structural use of the beryllides are identified and discussed including low-temperature toughness, intermediate-temperature embrittlement, high-temperature creep strength and composite compatability.

  14. Quantum Phase Slips in 6 mm Long Niobium Nanowire.

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    Zhao, Weiwei; Liu, Xin; Chan, M H W

    2016-02-10

    Transport measurements were made to study the superconducting transition of four 6 mm long niobium nanowires with different cross-sectional dimensions. A low-temperature residual resistance tail measured with an excitation current of 5 nA is found in the thinnest wire down to 50 mK or 7.7% of Tc of Nb. The functional form of the residual resistance is consistent with quantum phase slip (QPS) processes. Resistance measured at high bias excitation current switches among many discrete values that are well below the normal state resistance. These discrete resistance values as a function of temperature fall into several parallel curves all showing QPS-like decay in the low temperature limit similar to that found at low current. The coexistence of QPS-like resistance tails and resistance jumps found in the same wire unifies results from previous experiments where these two distinct sets of evidence for QPS are exclusive of each other.

  15. Springback in Deep Drawn High Purity Niobium for Superconductor Cavities

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    Ganapati Rao Myneni; Peter Kneisel

    2005-09-01

    Superconducting radio frequency (SRF) cavities made from deep drawn high-purity niobium have become a popular approach for the design of particle accelerators. A number of current accelerators use this technology and it is a leading candidate for future designs. The development of this technology has required significant advances in many scientific fields including metallurgy, high vacuum physics, surface science, and forming. Recently proposed modifications to the current process for fabrication of these cavities has resulted in increased concern about the distribution of deformation, residual stress patterns, and springback. This presentation will report on the findings of a recently initiated program to study plastic flow and springback in the fabrication of these cavities and the influence of metallurgical variables including grain size and impurity content.

  16. Unanticipated results in the uranium niobium alloy system

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    Cooley, J. C.; Hults, W. L.; Dauelsberg, L. B.; Thoma, D. J.; Peterson, E. J.; Teter, D. F.; Smith, J. L.; Kelly, A. M.; Lashley, J. C.

    2002-01-01

    The uranium niobium binary alloy system exhibits a rich collection of phenomena for study. The composition range from 0 wt.% Nb to 10 wt.% Nb exhibits multiple crystallographic phases with interesting properties such as superconductivity, charge density waves and shape memory effects. We have measured the resistivity and heat capacity as a function of temperature from 2 to 325K in the above composition range in an effort to map out the phase boundaries of interest. Surprisingly the temperature dependence of the resistivity transitions from metallic (decreasing with decreasing temperature) to nonmetallic (increasing with decreasing temperature). It is not clear if the nonmetallic resistivity is caused by strongly correlated electronic effects or is the result of some other effect such as disorder driven scattering.

  17. Spontaneous Symmetry-Breaking Vortex Lattice Transitions in Pure Niobium

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    Laver, M.; Forgan, E.M.; Brown, S.P.; Bowell, C.; Ramos, S.; Lycett, R.J.; Charalambous, D.; Fort, D.; Christen, D.K.; Kohlbrecher, J.; Dewhurst, C.D.; Cubitt, R.

    2006-04-28

    We report an extensive investigation of magnetic vortex lattice (VL) structures in single crystals of pure niobium with the magnetic field applied parallel to a fourfold symmetry axis, so as to induce frustration between the cubic crystal symmetry and hexagonal VL coordination expected in an isotropic situation. We observe new VL structures and phase transitions; all the VL phases observed (including those with an exactly square unit cell) spontaneously break some crystal symmetry. One phase even has the lowest possible symmetry of a two-dimensional Bravais lattice. This is quite unlike the situation in high-T{sub c} or borocarbide superconductors, where VL structures orient along particular directions of high crystal symmetry. The causes of this behavior are discussed.

  18. High-gradient, pulsed operation of superconducting niobium cavities

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    Campisi, I.E.; Farkas, Z.D.

    1984-02-01

    Tests performed on several Niobium TM/sub 010/ cavities at frequencies of about 2856 MHz using a high-power, pulsed method indicate that, at the end of the charging pulse, peak surface magnetic fields of up to approx. 1300 Oe, corresponding to a peak surface electric field of approx. 68 MV/m, can be reached at 4.2/sup 0/K without appreciable average losses. Further studies of the properties of superconductors under pulsed operation might shed light on fundamental properties of rf superconductivity, as well as lead to the possibility of applying the pulse method to the operation of high-gradient linear colliders. 7 references, 30 figures, 2 tables.

  19. Low-loss terahertz metamaterial from superconducting niobium nitride films.

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    Zhang, C H; Wu, J B; Jin, B B; Ji, Z M; Kang, L; Xu, W W; Chen, J; Tonouchi, M; Wu, P H

    2012-01-02

    This paper reports a type of low Ohmic loss terahertz (THz) metamaterials made from low-temperature superconducting niobium nitride (NbN) films. Its resonance properties are studied by THz time domain spectroscopy. Our experiments show that its unloaded quality factor reaches as high as 178 at 8 K with the resonance frequency at around 0.58 THz, which is about 24 times that of gold metamaterial at the same temperature. The unloaded quality factor keeps at a high level, above 90, even when the resonance frequency increases to 1.02 THz, which is close to the gap frequency of NbN film. All these experimental observations fit well into the framework of Bardeen-Copper-Schrieffer theory and equivalent circuit model. These new metamaterials offer an efficient way to the design and implementation of high performance THz electronic devices.

  20. Characterization on RF magnetron sputtered niobium pentoxide thin films

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    Usha, N.; Sivakumar, R.; Sanjeeviraja, C.

    2014-10-15

    Niobium pentoxide (Nb{sub 2}O{sub 5}) thin films with amorphous nature were deposited on microscopic glass substrates at 100°C by rf magnetron sputtering technique. The effect of rf power on the structural, morphological, optical, and vibrational properties of Nb{sub 2}O{sub 5} films have been investigated. Optical study shows the maximum average transmittance of about 87% and the optical energy band gap (indirect allowed) changes between 3.70 eV and 3.47 eV. AFM result indicates the smooth surface nature of the samples. Photoluminescence measurement showed the better optical quality of the deposited films. Raman spectra show the LO-TO splitting of Nb-O stretching of Nb{sub 2}O{sub 5} films.

  1. Diffusion and segregation of niobium in fcc-nickel.

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    Connétable, Damien; Ter-Ovanessian, Benoît; Andrieu, Éric

    2012-03-07

    Niobium is one of the major alloying elements, among the refractory elements, contributing to the strengthening of superalloys. Consequently, data about its behavior and its migration mechanism in fcc-Ni are essential knowledge to understand and control the strengthening in such alloys. We present in this work Nb interactions, solubility and diffusion in Ni performed by using the GGA approximation of the density functional theory. The substituted site is found to be the most favorable configuration in comparison to the tetrahedral and octahedral sites. The effect of temperature on solubility is discussed taking into account the thermal expansion of the lattice parameter and the vibrational contribution. Its diffusion mechanism is also discussed and compared to the literature. We finally discuss the segregation of Nb atoms on a Σ(5)-(012) symmetric tilt grain boundary.

  2. Multiphoton fragmentation spectra of zirconium and niobium cluster cations

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    Aydin, M.; Lombardi, John R.

    2004-06-01

    The dissociation energies of the mass-selected zirconium dimer cation (90Zr2+) and niobium cation clusters, Nb2+ and Nb4+, were investigated using laser vaporization techniques coupled with time-of-flight (TOF) mass spectroscopy for production of jet-cooled cationic cluster beams. The selected cationic species were then fragmented by irradiation with an Nd:YAG-pumped (532 nm), tunable-pulsed PDL dye laser in the 15,500-18,500 cm-1 region. Dissociation energies were directly measured from a significant sharp rise in the spectral background as D0(90Zr2+)=4.18+/-0.01, D0(Nb2+)=5.94+/-0.01, and D0(Nb+3-Nb)=5.994+/-0.004 eV. We also estimate the first ionization energy of 90Zr2+ to be 5.82+/-0.01 eV using the thermochemical cycle.

  3. Niobium flex cable for low temperature high density interconnects

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    van Weers, H. J.; Kunkel, G.; Lindeman, M. A.; Leeman, M.

    2013-05-01

    This work describes the fabrication and characterization of a Niobium on polyimide flex cable suitable for sub-Kelvin temperatures. The processing used can be extended to high density interconnects and allows for direct integration with printed circuit boards. Several key parameters such as RRR, Tc, current carrying capability at 4 K and thermal conductivity in the range from 0.15 to 10 K have been measured. The average Tc was found to be 8.9 K, with a minimum of 8.3 K. Several samples allowed for more than 50 mA current at 4 K while remaining in the superconducting state. The thermal conductivity for this flex design is dominated by the polyimide, in our case Pyralin PI-2611, and is in good agreement with published thermal conductivity data for a polyimide called Upilex R. Registered trademark of Ube Industries, Japan.

  4. Secondary electron emission from plasma processed accelerating cavity grade niobium

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    Basovic, Milos

    by different techniques. Specifically, this work provides the results of SEY from the plasma cleaned cavity grade niobium (Nb) samples. Pure niobium is currently the material of choice for the fabrication of Superconducting Radio Frequency (SRF) cavities. The effect of plasma processing with two different gases will be examined in two groups of samples. The first group of samples is made from cavity grade niobium. The second group of samples is made from the same material, but include a welded joint made by electron beam welding, since in niobium SRF cavities the peak electric and magnetic field are seen in close proximity to the welded joints. Both groups of samples will be exposed to nitrogen (N2) and a mixture of argon with oxygen (Ar/O2) plasma. It is the goal of this research to determine the SEY on these two groups of samples before and after plasma processing as a function of the energy of primary electrons. The SEY as a function of the angle of incidence of the primary electrons is tested on the samples treated with Ar/O2 plasma.

  5. Oxidation rates of niobium and tantalum alloys at low pressures

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    DiStefano, J.R.; Hendricks, J.W. )

    1994-06-01

    Niobium and tantalum alloys have excellent properties for use in high-temperature, space-power applications, but must be protected from oxidation that would result from exposure to air in ground-evaluation tests. The oxygen-uptake/oxidation rates of three alloys, Nb-1Zr, PWC-11, and ASTAR-811C were measured at oxygen partial pressure of 10[sup [minus]6] and 10[sup [minus]7] torr at temperatures up to 1350 K. No visible oxide film was observed, and the oxidation rate was found to be linearly proportional to pressure and exponentially proportional to temperature. A thin molybdenum coating on Nb-1Zr was a barrier to low-pressure oxidation at 773 K. 13 refs., 6 figs., 7 tabs.

  6. Room-temperature dislocation climb in copper-niobium interfaces

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    Wang, Jian; Hoagland, Richard G; Hirth, John P; Misra, Amit

    2008-01-01

    Using atomistic simulations, we show that dislocations climb efficiently in metallic copper-niobium interfaces through absorption and emission of vacancies in the dislocation core, as well as an associated counter diffusion of Cu atoms in the interfacial plane. The high efficiency of dislocation climb in the interface is ascribed to the high vacancy concentration of 0.05 in the interfacial plane, the low formation energy of 0.12 e V with respect to removal or insertion of Cu atoms, as well as the low kinetic barrier of 0.10 eV for vacancy migration in the interfacial Cu plane. Dislocation climb in the interface facilitates reactions of interfacial dislocations, and enables interfaces to be in the equilibrium state with respect to concentrations ofpoint defects.

  7. Electronic properties of rhenium and niobium doped tungsten disulfide monolayers

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    Cruz-Silva, Eduardo; McCreary, Amber; Lin, Zhong; Perea-Lopez, Nestor; Elias, Ana; Terrones, Humberto; Terrones, Mauricio

    2014-03-01

    Layered transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs), have attracted great attention due to their electronic and optical properties. In particular, MoSand WSshow an indirect to direct electronic band gap transition when reduced to a monolayer, and display photoluminescence as a consequence. While there are proposed applications for MoSand WSas electronic and optoelectronic devices, control of their electronic properties needs to be reached before these applications can be scaled. In this sense, chemical doping has been recently shown to allow the modification of the electronic properties of MoSmonolayers by substitution of either transition metals or the chalcogen. Here we present a study of the electronic, magnetic, and chemical properties of doped WSmonolayers by performing ab initiocalculations. Substitution of tungsten atoms with either niobium or rhenium results in the formation of new states in the vicinity of the Fermi energy that allow to tailor the electronic band gaps, which results in different electronic and optical properties.

  8. Niobium Oxide-Metal Based Seals for High Temperature Applications

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    Ivar Reimanis

    2006-08-14

    The present final report describes technical progress made in regards to evaluating niobium oxide/alumina as a high temperature seal material. Fabrication and characterization of specimens comprising niobium oxide and alumina composites of various compositions was performed. The goal was to identify regions where a glass formed. There were no experimental conditions where a glassy phase was unequivocally identified. However, the results led to the formation of an interesting class of fibrous composites which may have applications where high compliance and high toughness are needed. It is clear that vapor phase sintering is an active mass transport mechanism in Nb{sub 2}O{sub 5}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} composites (Figure 1), and it may be possible to design porous materials by utilizing vapor phase sintering. The compositions evaluated in the present work are 52, 60, 73, 82 and 95 mol. % Nb{sub 2}O{sub 5} with the remainder Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}. These were chosen so that some eutectic composition was present during cooling, in an attempt to encourage glass formation. However, the presence of large, elongated crystals, both in the slow cool and the quench experiments indicates that the driving force for crystallization is very high. Several joints were formed between high purity alumina with two compositions (60 and 82 mol. %) forming the joint. These were created by grinding and polishing alumina surfaces and stacking them end-to-end with the powdered Nb{sub 2}O{sub 5}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} material in between. Joining was accomplished in air at temperatures between 1400 C and 1450 C. The joints failed during subsequent machining for strength bars, indicating low strength. It may be possible to use the compositions evaluated here as a joint material, but it seems unlikely that a glassy phase could be produced while joining.

  9. High-performance DC SQUIDs with submicrometer niobium Josephson junctions

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    de Waal, V.J.; Klapwijk, T.M.; van den Hamer, P.

    1983-11-01

    We report on the fabrication and performance of low-noise, all-niobium, thin-film planar dc SQUIDs with submicrometer Josephson junctions. The junctions are evaporated obliquely through a metal shadow evaporation mask, which is made using optical lithography with 0.5 ..mu..m tolerance. The Josephson junction barrier is formed by evaporating a thin silicon film and with a subsequent oxidation in a glow discharge. The junction parameters can be reproduced within a factor of two. Typical critical currents of the SQUIDs are about 3 ..mu..A and the resistances are about 100 ..cap omega... With SQUIDs having an inductance of 1 nH the voltage modulation is a least 60 ..mu..V. An intrinsic energy resolution of 4 x 10/sup -32/ J/Hz has been reached. The SQUIDs are coupled to wire-wound input coils or with thin-film input coils. The thin-film input coil consists of a niobium spiral of 20 turns on a separate substrate. In both cases the coil is glued onto a 2-nH SQUID with a coupling efficiency of at least 0.5. Referred to the thin-film input coil, the best coupled energy resolution achieved is 1.2 x 10/sup -30/ J/Hz measured in a flux-locked loop at frequencies above 10 Hz. As far as we know, this is the best figure achieved with an all-refractory-metal thin-film SQUID. The fabrication technique used is suited for making circuits with SQUID and pickup coil on the same substrate. We describe a compact, planar, first-order gradiometer integrated with a SQUID on a single substrate. The gradient noise of this device is 3 x 10/sup -12/ Tm/sup -1/. The gradiometer has a size of 12 mm x 17 mm, is simple to fabricate, an is suitable for biomedical applications.

  10. Electrical properties of niobium doped barium bismuth-titanate ceramics

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    Bobić, J.D.; Vijatović Petrović, M.M.; Banys, J.; Stojanović, B.D.

    2012-08-15

    Highlights: ► Pure and doped BaBi{sub 4}Ti{sub 4}O{sub 15} were prepared via the solid-state reaction method. ► The grain size was suppressed in Nb-doped samples. ► The diffuseness of the dielectric peak increased with dopant concentration. ► Niobium affected on relaxor behavior of barium bismuth titanate ceramics. ► The conductivity change was noticed in doped samples. -- Abstract: BaBi{sub 4}Ti{sub 4–5/4x}Nb{sub x}O{sub 15} (BBNTx, x = 0, 0.05, 0.15, 0.30) ceramics have been prepared by solid state method. XRD data indicate the formation of single-phase-layered perovskites for all compositions. SEM micrographs suggest that the grain size decreases with Nb doping. The effect of niobium doping on the dielectric and relaxor behavior of BaBi{sub 4}Ti{sub 4}O{sub 15} ceramics was investigated in a wide range of temperatures (20–777 °C) and frequencies (1.21 kHz to 1 MHz). Nb doping influences T{sub c} decrease as well as the decrease of dielectric permittivity at Curie temperature. At room temperature, undoped BaBi{sub 4}Ti{sub 4}O{sub 15} exhibits dielectric constant of ∼204 at 100 kHz, that slightly increases with Nb doping. The conductivity of BBNT5 ceramics is found to be lower than that of other investigated compositions. The value of activation energy of σ{sub DC} was found to be 0.89 eV, 1.01 eV, 0.93 eV and 0.71 eV for BBT, BBNT5, BBNT15 and BBNT30, respectively.

  11. Carbonitride precipitation in niobium/vanadium microalloyed steels

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    Speer, J. G.; Michael, J. R.; Hansen, S. S.

    1987-02-01

    A detailed study of carbonitride precipitation in niobium/vanadium microalloyed steels is presented. A thermodynamic model is developed to predict the austenite/carbonitride equilibrium in the Fe-Nb-V-C-N system, using published solubility data and the Hillert/Staffansson model for stoichiometric phases. The model can be used to estimate equilibrium austenite and carbonitride compositions, and the amounts of each phase, as a function of steel composition and temperature. The model also provides a method to estimate the carbonitride solution temperatures for different steel compositions. Actual carbonitride precipitation behavior in austenite is then examined in two experimental 0.03Nb steels containing 0.05V and 0.20V, respectively. Samples were solution treated, rolled at 954 °C (20 pct or 50 pct), held isothermally for times up to 10,000 seconds at 843 °C, 954 °C, or 1066 °C, and brine quenched. The process of carbonitride precipitation in deformed austenite is followed by analytical electron microscopy (AEM) of carbon extraction replicas. Precipitates are. observed at prior-austenite grain boundaries, and also within the grains (presumably at substructure introduced by the rolling deformation). Analysis of the grain-boundary and matrix precipitate compositions by AEM indicates that the grain-boundary precipitates are consistently richer in vanadium than the matrix precipitates, although compositional trends with holding time and temperature are similar for the two types of precipitates. The compositions of both the grain-boundary and matrix precipitates are not significantly influenced by the rolling reduction or the holding time at temperature. As predicted by the thermodynamic model, the precipitates become more vanadium-rich as the vanadium level in the steel is increased and as the temperature is reduced. The agreement between the measured and predicted precipitate compositions is quite good for the grain-boundary precipitates, although the matrix

  12. [Niobium filtration in dental radiology. Effects on image quality and on dosage].

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    Bianchi, S D; Giovannetti, P; Albrito, F

    1997-06-01

    The necessity of reducing the radiation dose to the patient in diagnostic radiology according to the ALARA guideline established by the ICRP has stimulated the research on additional filtration systems capable of removing the low-energy photons increasing the dose and worsening image quality. Very few literature studies deal with the effects of niobium filtration on image quality in dental radiography with the use of modulation transfer function (MTF) and square wave response function (SWRF). Only one study has considered those effects measuring dose absorption in an anthropomorphic phantom. 1) to study the effects of a 30 microns additional niobium filter on image quality using the SWRF; 2) to compare the doses absorbed in vivo during a complete radiographic survey of the mouth, both with and without niobium filtration. Qualitative studies led us to conclude that niobium filtration does not significantly worsen radiographic image quality. The following doses were measured in the exposures with niobium filtration: 1678 microGy to 6000 microGy (intraoral doses) and 75 microGy to 3643 microGy (skin doses). The comparison with the doses measured during the exposures made with conventional filtration indicates that dose reduction is not significantly advantageous relative to risk reduction. In conclusion, additional niobium filtration is not advisable in dental radiology, also because of the filter cost and of the increased wear of the unit.

  13. A niobium oxide-tantalum oxide selector-memristor self-aligned nanostack

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    Diaz Leon, Juan J.; Norris, Kate J.; Yang, J. Joshua; Sevic, John F.; Kobayashi, Nobuhiko P.

    2017-03-01

    The integration of nonlinear current-voltage selectors and bi-stable memristors is a paramount step for reliable operation of crossbar arrays. In this paper, the self-aligned assembly of a single nanometer-scale device that contains both a selector and a memristor is presented. The two components (i.e., selector and memristor) are vertically assembled via a self-aligned fabrication process combined with electroforming. In designing the device, niobium oxide and tantalum oxide are chosen as materials for selector and memristor, respectively. The formation of niobium oxide is visualized by exploiting the self-limiting reaction between niobium and tantalum oxide; crystalline niobium (di)oxide forms at the interface between metallic niobium and tantalum oxide via electrothermal heating, resulting in a niobium oxide selector self-aligned to a tantalum oxide memristor. A steady-state finite element analysis is used to assess the electrothermal heating expected to occur in the device. Current-voltage measurements and structural/chemical analyses conducted for the virgin device, the electroforming process, and the functional selector-memristor device are presented. The demonstration of a self-aligned, monolithically integrated selector-memristor device would pave a practical pathway to various circuits based on memristors attainable at manufacturing scales.

  14. Review of ingot niobium as a material for superconducting radiofrequency accelerating cavities

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    Kneisel, P.; Ciovati, G.; Dhakal, P.; ...

    2014-12-01

    As a result of collaboration between Jefferson Lab and niobium manufacturer Companhia Brasileira de Metalurgia e Mineração (CBMM), ingot niobium was explored as a possible material for superconducting radiofrequency (SRF) cavity fabrication. The first single cell cavity from large-grain high purity niobium was fabricated and successfully tested at Jefferson Lab in 2004. This work triggered research activities in other SRF laboratories around the world. The large-grain (LG) niobium became not only an interesting alternative material for cavity builders, but also material scientists and surface scientists were eager to participate in the development of this technology. Many single cell cavities mademore » from material of different suppliers have been tested successfully and several multi-cell cavities have shown performances comparable to the best cavities made from standard fine-grain niobium. Several 9-cell cavities fabricated by Research Instruments and tested at DESY exceeded the best performing fine grain cavities with a record accelerating gradient of Eacc=45.6 MV/m. The quality factor of those cavities was also higher than that of fine-grain (FG) cavities processed with the same methods. Such performance levels push the state-of-the art of SRF technology and are of great interest for future accelerators. This contribution reviews the development of ingot niobium technology and highlights some of the differences compared to standard FG material and opportunities for further developments.« less

  15. Niobium oxide-polydimethylsiloxane hybrid composite coatings for tuning primary fibroblast functions.

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    Young, Matthew D; Tran, Nhiem; Tran, Phong A; Jarrell, John D; Hayda, Roman A; Born, Chistopher T

    2014-05-01

    This study evaluates the potential of niobium oxide-polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) composites for tuning cellular response of fibroblasts, a key cell type of soft tissue/implant interfaces. In this study, various hybrid coatings of niobium oxide and PDMS with different niobium oxide concentrations were synthesized and characterized using scanning electron microscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectrometry (XPS), and contact angle goniometry. The coatings were then applied to 96-well plates, on which primary fibroblasts were seeded. Fibroblast viability, proliferation, and morphology were assessed after 1, 2, and 3 days of incubation using WST-1 and calcein AM assays along with fluorescent microscopy. The results showed that the prepared coatings had distinct surface features with submicron spherical composites covered in a polymeric layer. The water contact angle measurement demonstrated that the hybrid surfaces were much more hydrophobic than the original pure niobium oxide and PDMS. The combination of surface roughness and chemistry resulted in a biphasic cellular response with maximum fibroblast density on substrate with 40 wt % of niobium oxide. The results of the current study indicate that by adjusting the concentration of niobium oxide in the coating, a desirable cell response can be achieved to improve tissue/implant interfaces.

  16. Preparation of cubic niobium pyrophosphate containing Nb(IV) and topatactic extraction of phosphorus atoms

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    Fukuoka, Hiroshi; Imoto, Hideo; Saito, Taro

    1995-10-01

    A reduced phase of niobium pyrophosphate containing Nb{sup 4+} has been prepared from the reaction of Nb{sup 6}Cl{sub 14}{center_dot}8H{sub 2}O and phosphoric acid. The X-ray powder diffraction and electron diffraction studies have shown that the compound belongs to the Pa3 space group and has the ZrP{sub 2}O{sub 7} structure with a cubic superstructure (a{prime} = 3a{sub 0}). Magnetic susceptibility was measured for two samples, and the mean oxidation numbers of niobium in them are deduced to by + 4.66 and +4.88. The cell constants of these samples are a = 8.0830(4) and 8.0705(2) {angstrom}, respectively. As the mean oxidation number of niobium increases, the color of the compound varies from brown to gray. When the compound is heated in oxygen, it changes into the known white niobium pyrophosphate, in which all niobium is in the +5 oxidation state. Rietveld refinements indicate that niobium pyrophosphates have defects in the phosphorus sites. The topotactic extraction of the phosphorus atoms in the reaction with oxygen was confirmed by the analysis of phosphorus oxide generated during the reaction.

  17. Review of ingot niobium as a material for superconducting radiofrequency accelerating cavities

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    Kneisel, P.; Ciovati, G.; Dhakal, P.; Saito, K.; Singer, W.; Singer, X.; Myneni, G. R.

    2015-02-01

    As a result of collaboration between Jefferson Lab and niobium manufacturer Companhia Brasileira de Metalurgia e Mineração (CBMM), ingot niobium was explored as a possible material for superconducting radiofrequency (SRF) cavity fabrication. The first single cell cavity from large-grain high purity niobium was fabricated and successfully tested at Jefferson Lab in 2004. This work triggered research activities in other SRF laboratories around the world. Large-grain (LG) niobium became not only an interesting alternative material for cavity builders, but also material scientists and surface scientists were eager to participate in the development of this technology. Many single cell cavities made from material of different suppliers have been tested successfully and several multi-cell cavities have shown performances comparable to the best cavities made from standard fine-grain niobium. Several 9-cell cavities fabricated by Research Instruments and tested at DESY exceeded the best performing fine grain cavities with a record accelerating gradient of Eacc=45.6 MV/m. The quality factor of those cavities was also higher than that of fine-grain (FG) cavities processed with the same methods. Such performance levels push the state-of-the art of SRF technology and are of great interest for future accelerators. This contribution reviews the development of ingot niobium technology and highlights some of the differences compared to standard FG material and opportunities for further developments.

  18. Review of ingot niobium as a material for superconducting radiofrequency accelerating cavities

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    Kneisel, P.; Ciovati, G.; Dhakal, P.; Saito, K.; Singer, W.; Singer, X.; Myneni, G. R.

    2014-12-01

    As a result of collaboration between Jefferson Lab and niobium manufacturer Companhia Brasileira de Metalurgia e Mineração (CBMM), ingot niobium was explored as a possible material for superconducting radiofrequency (SRF) cavity fabrication. The first single cell cavity from large-grain high purity niobium was fabricated and successfully tested at Jefferson Lab in 2004. This work triggered research activities in other SRF laboratories around the world. The large-grain (LG) niobium became not only an interesting alternative material for cavity builders, but also material scientists and surface scientists were eager to participate in the development of this technology. Many single cell cavities made from material of different suppliers have been tested successfully and several multi-cell cavities have shown performances comparable to the best cavities made from standard fine-grain niobium. Several 9-cell cavities fabricated by Research Instruments and tested at DESY exceeded the best performing fine grain cavities with a record accelerating gradient of Eacc=45.6 MV/m. The quality factor of those cavities was also higher than that of fine-grain (FG) cavities processed with the same methods. Such performance levels push the state-of-the art of SRF technology and are of great interest for future accelerators. This contribution reviews the development of ingot niobium technology and highlights some of the differences compared to standard FG material and opportunities for further developments.

  19. Processing development of 4 tantalum carbide-hafnium carbide and related carbides and borides for extreme environments

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    Gaballa, Osama Gaballa Bahig

    Carbides, nitrides, and borides ceramics are of interest for many applications because of their high melting temperatures and good mechanical properties. Wear-resistant coatings are among the most important applications for these materials. Materials with high wear resistance and high melting temperatures have the potential to produce coatings that resist degradation when subjected to high temperatures and high contact stresses. Among the carbides, Al4SiC4 is a low density (3.03 g/cm3), high melting temperature (>2000°C) compound, characterized by superior oxidation resistance, and high compressive strength. These desirable properties motivated this investigation to (1) obtain high-density Al4SiC4 at lower sintering temperatures by hot pressing, and (2) to enhance its mechanical properties by adding WC and TiC to the Al4SiC4. Also among the carbides, tantalum carbide and hafnium carbide have outstanding hardness; high melting points (3880°C and 3890°C respectively); good resistance to chemical attack, thermal shock, and oxidation; and excellent electronic conductivity. Tantalum hafnium carbide (Ta4HfC 5) is a 4-to-1 ratio of TaC to HfC with an extremely high melting point of 4215 K (3942°C), which is the highest melting point of all currently known compounds. Due to the properties of these carbides, they are considered candidates for extremely high-temperature applications such as rocket nozzles and scramjet components, where the operating temperatures can exceed 3000°C. Sintering bulk components comprised of these carbides is difficult, since sintering typically occurs above 50% of the melting point. Thus, Ta4 HfC5 is difficult to sinter in conventional furnaces or hot presses; furnaces designed for very high temperatures are expensive to purchase and operate. Our research attempted to sinter Ta4HfC5 in a hot press at relatively low temperature by reducing powder particle size and optimizing the powder-handling atmosphere, milling conditions, sintering

  20. Sulfinylcalix[4]arene-impregnated amberlite XAD-7 resin for the separation of niobium(V) from tantalum(V).

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    Matsumiya, Hiroaki; Yasuno, Shizu; Iki, Nobuhiko; Miyano, Sotaro

    2005-10-07

    Amberlite XAD-7 resin was impregnated with p-tert-butylsulfinylcalix[4]arene. Niobium(V) was collected on the impregnated resin in yields of more than 90% around pH 5.4, whereas tantalum(V) was negligibly collected. The collected niobium(V) was desorbed with 9 M sulfuric acid nearly quantitatively, hence the separation of niobium(V) from tantalum(V) was successfully achieved.

  1. Toughening mechanisms in ductile niobium-reinforced niobium aluminide (Nb/Nb3Al) in situ composites

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    Bencher, C. D.; Sakaida, A.; Rao, K. T. Venkateswara; Ritchie, R. O.

    1995-08-01

    An in situ study has been performed in the scanning electron microscope (SEM) on a niobium ductilephase-toughened niobium aluminide (Nb/Nb3Al) intermetallic composite to examine the crack-growth resistance-curve (R-curve) behavior over very small initial crack extensions, in particular over the first ~500 μm of quasi-static crack growth, from a fatigue precrack. The rationale behind this work was to evaluate the role of toughening mechanisms, specifically from crack bridging, in the immediate vicinity of the crack tip and to define the size and nature of bridging zones. Although conventional test methods, where crack advance is monitored typically over dimensions of millimeters using compliance or similar techniques, do not show rising R-curve behavior in this material, in situ microscopic observations reveal that bridging zones resulting from both uncracked Nb3Al ligaments and intact Nb particles do exist, but primarily within ~300 to 400 μm of the crack tip. Accordingly, rising R-curve behavior in the form of an increase in fracture resistance with crack growth is observed for crack extensions of this magnitude; there is very little increase in toughness for crack extensions beyond these dimensions. Ductile-phase toughening induced by the addition of Nb particles, which enhances the toughness of Nb3Al from ~1 to 6 MPa√m, can thus be attributed to crack-tip shielding from nonplanar matrix and coplanar particle bridging effects over dimensions of a few hundred microns in the crack wake.

  2. Electrochemical Deposition of Niobium onto the Surface of Copper Using a Novel Choline Chloride-Based Ionic Liquid

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    Wixtroma, Alex I.; Buhlera, Jessica E.; Reece, Charles E.; Abdel-Fattah, Tarek M.

    2013-06-01

    Recent research has shown that choline chloride-based solutions can be used to replace acid-based electrochemical polishing solutions. In this study niobium metal was successfully deposited on the surface of copper substrate via electrochemical deposition using a novel choline chloride-based ionic liquid. The niobium metal used for deposition on the Cu had been dissolved in the solution from electrochemical polishing of a solid niobium piece prior to the deposition. The visible coating on the surface of the Cu was analyzed using scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and electron dispersive x-ray spectroscopy (EDX). This deposition method effectively recycles previously dissolved niobium from electrochemical polishing.

  3. Phase stability and incompressibility of tungsten boride (WB) researched by in-situ high pressure x-ray diffraction

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    Fan, Cong; Liu, Chenji; Peng, Fang; Tan, Ning; Tang, Mingjun; Zhang, Qiang; Wang, Qiming; Li, Fengjiao; Wang, Jianghua; Chen, Ying; Liang, Hao; Guan, Shixue; Yang, Ke; Liu, Jing

    2017-09-01

    The binary tungsten boride, WB, has potential industrial applications as it not only has a high melting point but is generally harder and less compressible than the pure metals. Here, the physical and mechanical properties (phase stability, bulk modulus and compressibility) of WB were investigated by in situ high-pressure x-ray diffraction and theoretical calculations. Its crystal structure still remains stable even at the highest pressure of 63.7 GPa and room temperature for the diamond-anvil cell experiments. The pressure-volume (P-V) data were fitted using the Birch-Murnaghan EOS and the Vinet EOS to obtain the isothermal bulk modulus, K0 = 452 (4) GPa and 451(3) GPa and its pressure derivative, K0‧ = 4 (fixed) in the two sets of experiments with two different pressure transmitting mediums (PTMs), respectively. The excellent bulk modulus (K0) is attributed to the high valence electron density of W atom, the layered and chain-like crystal structure of WB and the strong chemical bonds formed by W and B atoms. Besides, anisotropic compression behavior of the unit-cell axes (a- and c-axes) of WB is manifested by experimental observations and theoretical calculations. This remarkably elastic property is closely related to the strongly directional bonding between W and B atoms.

  4. Transition metal carbides, nitrides and borides, and their oxygen containing analogs useful as water gas shift catalysts

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    Thompson, Levi T.; Patt, Jeremy; Moon, Dong Ju; Phillips, Cory

    2003-09-23

    Mono- and bimetallic transition metal carbides, nitrides and borides, and their oxygen containing analogs (e.g. oxycarbides) for use as water gas shift catalysts are described. In a preferred embodiment, the catalysts have the general formula of M1.sub.A M2.sub.B Z.sub.C O.sub.D, wherein M1 is selected from the group consisting of Mo, W, and combinations thereof; M2 is selected from the group consisting of Fe, Ni, Cu, Co, and combinations thereof; Z is selected from the group consisting of carbon, nitrogen, boron, and combinations thereof; A is an integer; B is 0 or an integer greater than 0; C is an integer; O is oxygen; and D is 0 or an integer greater than 0. The catalysts exhibit good reactivity, stability, and sulfur tolerance, as compared to conventional water shift gas catalysts. These catalysts hold promise for use in conjunction with proton exchange membrane fuel cell powered systems.

  5. Oxidation and volatilization of a niobium alloy. Fusion Safety Program/Activation Products Task

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    Smolik, G.R.; McCarthy, K.A.

    1992-07-01

    This report presents the findings from a preliminary investigation into oxidation and volatilization characteristics of a niobium alloy. Niobium is a candidate alloy for use in plasma facing components (PFCS) in experimental fusion reactors like the Intemational Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER). An experimental alloy was tailored to simulate small changes in chemistry which could result from transmutations from irradiation. The alloy was exposed in air and steam between 800{degree}C and 1200{degree}C. Volatilized products and hydrogen were collected and measured. Post-test examinations were also performed on the samples to determine the amount of material loss during the exposures. The obtained measurements of volatilization flux (g/m{sup 2}-s), hydrogen generation rates (liters/m{sup 2}-s), and recession rates (mm/s) are data which can be used for safety analyses and material performance to predict consequences which may result from an accident involving the ingress of air or steam into the plasma chamber of fusion reactor. In our volatility tests, only molybdenum and niobium were found at release levels above the detection limit. Although molybdenum is present at only 0.12 wt%, the quantities of this element volatilized in air are nearly comparable to the quantities of niobium released. The niobium release in steam is only three to four times higher than that of molybdenum in steam. The hydrogen production of the niobium alloy is compared with other PFC materials that we have tested, specifically, beryllium, graphite, and a tunesten alloy. At high temperatures, the hydrogen production rate of the niobium alloy is among the lowest of these materials, significantly lower than beryllium. To understand what this means in an accident situation, modeling is necessary to predict temperatures, and therefore total hydrogen production. The INEL is currently doing this modeling.

  6. Theoretical study of the ground-state structures and properties of niobium hydrides under pressure

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    Gao, Guoying; Hoffmann, Roald; Ashcroft, N. W.; Liu, Hanyu; Bergara, Aitor; Ma, Yanming

    2013-11-01

    As part of a search for enhanced superconductivity, we explore theoretically the ground-state structures and properties of some hydrides of niobium over a range of pressures and particularly those with significant hydrogen content. A primary motivation originates with the observation that under normal conditions niobium is the element with the highest superconducting transition temperature (Tc), and moreover some of its compounds are metals again with very high Tc's. Accordingly, combinations of niobium with hydrogen, with its high dynamic energy scale, are also of considerable interest. This is reinforced further by the suggestion that close to its insulator-metal transition, hydrogen may be induced to enter the metallic state somewhat prematurely by the addition of a relatively small concentration of a suitable transition metal. Here, the methods used correctly reproduce some ground-state structures of niobium hydrides at even higher concentrations of niobium. Interestingly, the particular stoichiometries represented by NbH4 and NbH6 are stabilized at fairly low pressures when proton zero-point energies are included. While no paired H2 units are found in any of the hydrides we have studied up to 400 GPa, we do find complex and interesting networks of hydrogens around the niobiums in high-pressure NbH6. The Nb-Nb separations in NbHn are consistently larger than those found in Nb metal at the respective pressures. The structures found in the ground states of the high hydrides, many of them metallic, suggest that the coordination number of hydrogens around each niobium atom grows approximately as 4n in NbHn (n = 1-4), and is as high as 20 in NbH6. NbH4 is found to be a plausible candidate to become a superconductor at high pressure, with an estimated Tc ˜ 38 K at 300 GPa.

  7. Laser Spectroscopy and Density Functional Study on Niobium Dimer Cation

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    Aydin, Metin; Lombardi, John R.

    2009-06-01

    Resonant multiphoton fragmentation spectra of niobium dimer cation (Nb2+) have been obtained by utilizing laser vaporization of a Nb metal target. Ions are mass-selected with a time-of-flight mass spectrometer followed by a mass gate, then fragmented with a pulsed dye laser, and the resulting fragment ions are detected with a second time-of-flight reflectron mass spectrometer and multichannel plate. Photon resonances are detected by monitoring ion current as a function of fragmentation laser wavelength. A rich, but complex spectrum of the cation is obtained. The bands display a characteristic multiplet structure that may be interpreted as due to transitions from the ground state X^{4}{Σ}^{-}({Ω}g) to several excited states, X^{4}{Π}({Ω}u) and X^{4}{Σ}(^{-}{Ω}u). The ground state X^{4}{Σ}^{-}({Ω}g) is derived from the electron configuration ({π}{_u})^{4} (1{σ}{_g})^{2}(2{σ}{_g})^{1} ({δ}{_g})^{2}. The two spin-orbit components are split by 145 cm^{-1} due to a strong second-order isoconfigurational spin-orbit interaction with the low-lying ^{2}{Σ}^{+}({Ω}g) state. The vibrational frequencies of the ground sate and the excited state of Nb2+ are identified as well as molecular spin-orbit constants (A{_S}{_O}) in the excited state. The electronic structure of niobium dimer cation was investigated using density functional theory. For the electronic ground state, the predicted spectroscopic properties were in good agreement with experiment. Calculations on excited states reveal congested manifolds of quartet and doublet electronic states in the range 0-30,000 cm^{-1}, reflecting the multitude of possible electronic promotions among the 4d- and 5s-based molecular orbitals. Comparisons are drawn between Nb^{+}{_2} and the prevalent isoelectronic molecules V^{+}{_2}/NbV^{+}/Nb{_2}/V{_2}/NbV. M. Aydin and John R. Lombardi J. Phys. Chem. A. xx XXXX 2009.

  8. Evaluation of Niobium as Candidate Electrode Material for DC High Voltage Photoelectron Guns

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    BastaniNejad, M.; Mohamed, Abdullah; Elmustafa, A. A.; Adderley, P.; Clark, J.; Covert, S.; Hansknecht, J.; Hernandez-Garcia, C.; Poelker, M.; Mammei, R.; Surles-Law, K.; Williams, P.

    2012-01-01

    The field emission characteristics of niobium electrodes were compared to those of stainless steel electrodes using a DC high voltage field emission test apparatus. A total of eight electrodes were evaluated: two 304 stainless steel electrodes polished to mirror-like finish with diamond grit and six niobium electrodes (two single-crystal, two large-grain, and two fine-grain) that were chemically polished using a buffered-chemical acid solution. Upon the first application of high voltage, the best large-grain and single-crystal niobium electrodes performed better than the best stainless steel electrodes, exhibiting less field emission at comparable voltage and field strength. In all cases, field emission from electrodes (stainless steel and/or niobium) could be significantly reduced and sometimes completely eliminated, by introducing krypton gas into the vacuum chamber while the electrode was biased at high voltage. Of all the electrodes tested, a large-grain niobium electrode performed the best, exhibiting no measurable field emission (< 10 pA) at 225 kV with 20 mm cathode/anode gap, corresponding to a field strength of 18:7 MV/m.

  9. Structural and electrical properties of ultrathin niobium nitride films grown by atomic layer deposition

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    Linzen, S.; Ziegler, M.; Astafiev, O. V.; Schmelz, M.; Hübner, U.; Diegel, M.; Il’ichev, E.; Meyer, H.-G.

    2017-03-01

    We studied and optimised the properties of ultrathin superconducting niobium nitride films fabricated with a plasma-enhanced atomic layer deposition (PEALD) process. By adjusting process parameters, the chemical embedding of undesired oxygen into the films was minimised and a film structure consisting of mainly polycrystalline niobium nitride with a small fraction of amorphous niobium oxide and niobium oxo-nitrides were formed. For this composition a critical temperature of 13.8 K and critical current densities of 7 × 106 A cm–2 at 4.2 K were measured on 40 nm thick films. A fundamental correlation between these superconducting properties and the crystal lattice size of the cubic δ-niobium-nitride grains were found. Moreover, the film thickness variation between 40 and 2 nm exhibits a pronounced change of the electrical conductivity at room temperature and reveals a superconductor–insulator-transition in the vicinity of 3 nm film thickness at low temperatures. The thicker films with resistances up to 5 kΩ per square in the normal state turn to the superconducting one at low temperatures. The perfect thickness control and film homogeneity of the PEALD growth make such films extremely promising candidates for developing novel devices on the coherent quantum phase slip effect.

  10. TEM and SIMS Analysis of (100), (110), and (111) Single Crystal Niobium

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    A. D. Batchelor; D. N. Leonard; P. E. Russell; F. A. Stevie; D. P. Griffis; G. R. Myneni

    2006-10-30

    Single crystal niobium specimens of (100), (110) and (111) crystal orientations have been analyzed using TEM and SIMS. The TEM specimens were prepared using Focused Ion Beam (FIB) and show niobium oxide thicknesses ranging from 4.9 to 8.3 nm for the three specimens after buffer chemical polishing. The oxide layers appear uniform and no significant sub-oxide region was noted. SIMS analysis was made for all three orientations on hydrogen, carbon, and oxygen before and after heat treatments at 90, 600, and 1250ºC. Hydrogen is at a high level between the oxide layer and niobium, but at a relatively low level in the oxide. No high oxygen concentration region was noted in the niobium below the oxide. C contamination on the surface is detected mainly at the surface. Analysis after heat treatments showed some decrease in hydrogen after the 600ºC heat treatment, and significant oxidation of the niobium after the 1250ºC heat treatment.

  11. First-Principles Study of Carbon and Vacancy Structures in Niobium

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    Ford, Denise C.; Zapol, Peter; Cooley, Lance D.

    2015-04-03

    The interstitial chemical impurities hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen, and carbon are important for niobium metal production, and particularly for the optimization of niobium SRF technology. These atoms are present in refined sheets and can be absorbed into niobium during processing treatments, resulting in changes to the residual resistance and the performance of SRF cavities. A first-principles approach is taken to study the properties of carbon in niobium, and the results are compared and contrasted with the properties of the other interstitial impurities. The results indicate that C will likely form precipitates or atmospheres around defects rather than strongly bound complexes with other impurities. Based on the analysis of carbon and hydrogen near niobium lattice vacancies and small vacancy chains and clusters, the formation of extended carbon chains and hydrocarbons is not likely to occur. Association of carbon with hydrogen atoms can, however, occur through the strain fields created by interstitial binding of the impurity atoms. In conclusion, calculated electronic densities of states indicate that interstitial C may have a similar effect as interstitial O on the superconducting transition temperature of Nb.

  12. Evaluation of niobium as candidate electrode material for DC high voltage photoelectron guns

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    BastaniNejad, M.; Mohamed, Md. Abdullah; Elmustafa, A. A.; ...

    2012-08-17

    In this study, the field emission characteristics of niobium electrodes were compared to those of stainless steel electrodes using a DC high voltage field emission test apparatus. A total of eight electrodes were evaluated: two 304 stainless steel electrodes polished to mirror-like finish with diamond grit and six niobium electrodes (two single-crystal, two large-grain and two fine-grain) that were chemically polished using a buffered-chemical acid solution. Upon the first application of high voltage, the best large-grain and single-crystal niobium electrodes performed better than the best stainless steel electrodes, exhibiting less field emission at comparable voltage and gradient. In all cases,more » field emission from electrodes (stainless steel and/or niobium) could be significantly reduced and sometimes completely eliminated, by introducing krypton gas into the vacuum chamber while the electrode was biased at high voltage. Of all the electrodes tested, a large-grain niobium electrode performed the best, exhibiting no measurable field emission (< 10 pA) at 225 kV with 20 mm cathode/anode gap, corresponding to a gradient of 18.7 MV/m.« less

  13. Single Crystal and Large Grain Niobium Research at Michigan State University

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    Compton, Chris; Aizaz, Ahmad; Baars, Derek; Bieler, Tom; Bierwagen, John; Bricker, Steve; Grimm, Terry; Hartung, Walter; Jiang, Hairong; Johnson, Matt; Popielarski, John; Saxton, Laura; Antoine, Claire; Wagner, Bob; Kneisel, Peter

    2007-09-01

    As Superconducting Radio Frequency (SRF) technology is used in more accelerator designs, research has focused on increasing the efficiency of these accelerators by pushing gradients and investigating cast reduction options. Today, most SRF structures are fabricated from high purity niobium. Over years of research, a material specification has been derived that defines a uniaxial, fine gain structure for SRF cavity fabrication. Most recently a push has been made to investigate the merits of using single or large grain niobium as a possible alternative to fine grain niobium. Michigan State University (MSU), in collaboration with Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (FNAL) and Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (JLAB), is researching large grain niobium via cavity fabrication processes end testing, as well as exploring materials science issues associated with recrystallization and heat transfer. Single-cell 1.3 GHz (Beta=0.081) cavities made from both fine end large grain niobium were compared both in terms of fabrication procedures and performance. Two 7-cell cavities are currently being fabricated.

  14. First-Principles Study of Carbon and Vacancy Structures in Niobium

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    Ford, Denise C.; Zapol, Peter; Cooley, Lance D.

    2015-04-03

    The interstitial chemical impurities hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen, and carbon are important for niobium metal production, and particularly for the optimization of niobium SRF technology. These atoms are present in refined sheets and can be absorbed into niobium during processing treatments, resulting in changes to the residual resistance and the performance of SRF cavities. A first-principles approach is taken to study the properties of carbon in niobium, and the results are compared and contrasted with the properties of the other interstitial impurities. The results indicate that C will likely form precipitates or atmospheres around defects rather than strongly bound complexes withmore » other impurities. Based on the analysis of carbon and hydrogen near niobium lattice vacancies and small vacancy chains and clusters, the formation of extended carbon chains and hydrocarbons is not likely to occur. Association of carbon with hydrogen atoms can, however, occur through the strain fields created by interstitial binding of the impurity atoms. In conclusion, calculated electronic densities of states indicate that interstitial C may have a similar effect as interstitial O on the superconducting transition temperature of Nb.« less

  15. Recent progress in large grain/single crystal high RRR niobium

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    Ganapati Rao Myneni; Peter Kneisel; Tadeu Carneiro; S.R. Agnew; F. Stevie

    2005-11-07

    High RRR bulk niobium Superconducting Radio Frequency (SRF) cavity technology is chosen for the International Linear Collider (ILC). The SRF community was convinced until now that fine grain polycrystalline RRR niobium sheets obtained via forging and cross rolling are essential for forming the SRF Cavities. However, it was recently discovered under a joint Reference Metals Company, Inc., - JLAB CRADA that large grain/single crystal RRR niobium sliced directly from ingots is highly ductile reaching 100 percent elongation. This discovery led to the successful fabrication of several SRF single and/or multi cell structures, formed with sliced RRR discs from the ingots, operating at 2.3, 1.5 and 1.3 GHz. This new exciting development is expected to offer high performance accelerator structures not only at reduced costs but also with simpler fabrication and processing conditions. As a result there is a renewed interest in the evaluation and understanding of the large grain and single crystal niobium with respect to their mechanical & physical properties as well as the oxidation behavior and the influence of impurities such as hydrogen and Ta. In this paper the results of many collaborative studies on large grain and single crystal high RRR niobium between JLAB, Universities and Industry are presented.

  16. First-Principles Study of Carbon and Vacancy Structures in Niobium

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    Ford, Denise C.; Zapol, Peter; Cooley, Lance D.

    2015-07-02

    The interstitial chemical impurities hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen, and carbon are important for niobium metal production and particularly for the optimization of niobium SRF technology. These atoms are present in refined sheets and can be absorbed into niobium during processing treatments, resulting in changes to the residual resistance and the performance of SRF cavities. A first-principles approach is taken to study the properties of carbon in niobium, and the results are compared and contrasted with the properties of the other interstitial impurities. The results indicate that C will likely form precipitates or atmospheres around defects rather than strongly bound complexes with other impurities. On the basis of the analysis of carbon and hydrogen near niobium lattice vacancies and small vacancy chains and clusters, the formation of extended carbon chains and hydrocarbons is not likely to occur. Association of carbon with hydrogen atoms can, however, occur through the strain fields created by interstitial binding of the impurity atoms. Calculated electronic densities of states indicate that interstitial C may have a similar effect as interstitial O on the superconducting transition temperature of Nb.

  17. Method of low tantalum amounts determination in niobium and its compounds by ICP-OES technique.

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    Smolik, Marek; Turkowska, Magdalena

    2013-10-15

    A method of determination of low amounts of tantalum in niobium and niobium compounds without its prior separation by means of inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectrometry (ICP-OES) has been worked out. The method involves dissolution of the analyzed samples of niobium as well as its various compounds (oxides, fluorides, chlorides, niobates(V)) in fluoride environments, precipitation of sparingly soluble niobic(tantalic) acid (Nb2O5(Ta2O5) · xH2O), converting them into soluble complex compounds by means of oxalic acid with addition of hydrogen peroxide and finally analyzing directly obtained solutions by ICP-OES. This method permits determination of Ta in niobium at the level of 10(-3)% with relatively good precision (≤ 8% RSD) and accuracy (recovery factor: 0.9-1.1). Relative differences in the results obtained by two independent methods (ICP-OES and ICP-MS) do not exceed 14%, and other elements present in niobium compounds (Ti, W, Zr, Hf, V, Mo, Fe, Cr) at the level of 10(-2)% do not affect determination. © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  18. Effect of niobium on the structure and photoactivity of anatase (TiO2) nanoparticles.

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    Hirano, Masanori; Matsushima, Kazumasa

    2006-03-01

    Anatase-type TiO2 nanoparticles doped with 0-30 mol% niobium were directly formed from precursor solutions of TiOSO4 and NbCl5 under mild hydrothermal conditions at 120-180 degrees C for 5 h using the hydrolysis of urea. When the niobium content increased from 0 to 30 mol%, the crystallite size of anatase increased from 8.5 to 19 nm. The band gap of anatase was slightly decreased by making solid solutions with niobium. Their photocatalytic activity and adsorptivity were evaluated separately by the measurement of the concentration of methylene blue (MB) remained in the solution after maintained in the dark or under UV-light irradiation. To form anatase-type solid solutions by doping 5-15 mol% niobium into TiO2 was effective for improvement of the photoactivity of TiO2. The photocatalytic activity (the photooxidation rate) and the adsorption amount of MB for the sample containing 15 mol% niobium became more than approximately nine times and six times as much as those of the hydrothermal anatase-type pure TiO2, respectively.

  19. TEM and SIMS Analysis of (100), (110), and (111) Single Crystal Niobium

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    Batchelor, A. D.; Stevie, F. A.; Leonard, D. N.; Russell, P. E.; Griffis, D. P.; Myneni, G. R.

    2007-08-09

    Single crystal niobium specimens of (100), (110) and (111) crystal orientations have been analyzed using TEM and SIMS. The TEM specimens were prepared using Focused Ion Beam (FIB) and show niobium oxide thicknesses ranging from 4.9 to 8.3 nm for the three specimens after buffer chemical polishing. The oxide layers appear uniform and no significant sub-oxide region was noted. SIMS analysis was made for all three orientations on hydrogen, carbon, and oxygen before and after heat treatments at 90, 600, and 1250 deg. C. Hydrogen is at a high level between the oxide layer and niobium, but at a relatively low level in the oxide. No high oxygen concentration region was noted in the niobium below the oxide. C contamination on the surface is detected mainly at the surface. Analysis after heat treatments showed some decrease in hydrogen after the 600 deg. C heat treatment, and significant oxidation of the niobium after the 1250 deg. C heat treatment.

  20. Uniform Plasma Etching of Complex Shaped Three Dimensional Niobium Structures for Particle Accelerators

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    Upadhyay, Janardan; Im, Do; Peshl, Jeremy; Popovic, Svetozar; Vuskovic, Lepsha; Phillips, Larry; Valente-Felliciano, Anne-Marie

    2014-10-01

    Complex shaped three dimensional niobium structures are used in particle accelerators as super conducting radio frequency (SRF) cavities. The inner surfaces of these structures have to be chemically etched for better performance, as SRF performance parameters are very sensitive to their properties. Plasma etching of inner surface of three dimensional niobium structures has not been reported even though plasma etching of niobium has been reported earlier for Josephson junction and other applications. We are proposing an RF capacitively coupled coaxial (ccp) plasma etching method for nano machining of niobium structures for SRF applications. We are using gas mixture of Argon and Chlorine. We report the effects of the pressure, RF power, gas concentration, shape and size of the inner electrode, temperature of the structure, DC bias voltage and residence time on the etch rate of the niobium. We also show the method to reduce the asymmetry effect in coaxial ccp by changing the shape of the inner electrode in cylindrical structure, as well as a method to overcome the severe loading effect in etching of 3D structures for uniform mass removal purpose. Supported by DOE under Grant No. DE-SC0007879. J.U. acknowledges support by JSA/DOE via DE-AC05-06OR23177.

  1. Superconducting RF materials other than bulk niobium: a review

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    Valente-Feliciano, Anne-Marie

    2016-09-26

    For the last five decades, bulk niobium (Nb) has been the material of choice for Superconducting RF (SRF) cavity applications. Thin film alternatives such as Nb and other higher-Tc materials, mainly Nb compounds and A15 compounds, have been investigated with moderate effort in the past. In recent years, RF cavity performance has approached the theoretical limit for bulk Nb. For further improvement of RF cavity performance for future accelerator projects, research interest is renewed towards alternatives to bulk Nb. Institutions around the world are now investing renewed efforts in the investigation of Nb thin films and superconductors with higher transition temperature Tc for application to SRF cavities. Our paper gives an overview of the results obtained so far and challenges encountered for Nb films as well as other materials, such as Nb compounds, A15 compounds, MgB2, and oxypnictides, for SRF cavity applications. An interesting alternative using a Superconductor-Insulator- Superconductor multilayer approach has been recently proposed to delay the vortex penetration in Nb surfaces. This could potentially lead to further improvement in RF cavities performance using the benefit of the higher critical field Hc of higher-Tc superconductors without being limited with their lower Hc1.

  2. Optimization of chemical etching process in niobium cavities

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    Tajima, T.; Trabia, M.; Culbreth, W.; Subramanian, S.

    2004-01-01

    Superconducting niobium cavities are important components of linear accelerators. Buffered chemical polishing (BCP) on the inner surface of the cavity is a standard procedure to improve its performance. The quality of BCP, however, has not been optimized well in terms of the uniformity of surface smoothness. A finite element computational fluid dynamics (CFD) model was developed to simulate the chemical etching process inside the cavity. The analysis confirmed the observation of other researchers that the iris section of the cavity received more etching than the equator regions due to higher flow rate. The baffle, which directs flow towards the walls of the cavity, was redesigned using optimization techniques. The redesigned baffle significantly improves the performance of the etching process. To verify these results an experimental setup for flow visualization was created. The setup consists of a high speed, high resolution CCD camera. The camera is positioned by a computer-controlled traversing mechanism. A dye injecting arrangement is used for tracking the fluid path. Experimental results are in general agreement with CFD and optimization results.

  3. Characterization of precipitates in a niobium-zirconium-carbon alloy

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    Grobstein, T. L.; Titran, R. H.

    1986-01-01

    A niobium alloy with 1 percent zirconium and 0.063 percent carbon by weight was investigated in the as-rolled and annealed conditions, and after high-temperature (1350 and 1400 K) exposure with and without an applied stress. In the as-rolled and annealed conditions, large metastable carbides were observed in addition to a regular distribution of small particles. During the high-temperature exposure, the majority of the large carbides were dissolved and a more stable carbide phase formed. This finely dispersed phase had a composition determined to be approximately 70 percent ZrC and approximately 30 percent NbC and showed some evidence of an orientation relationship with the matrix. The precipitates appeared to coarsen slightly after approximately 5000 hr exposure in the presence of an applied stress resulted in a decrease in the size and in the interparticle spacing of the stable precipitates. However, the composition of the precipitate phase and its ability to pin dislocations were not affected by the temperature or stress conditions.

  4. Superconducting RF materials other than bulk niobium: a review

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    Valente-Feliciano, Anne-Marie

    2016-11-01

    For the past five decades, bulk niobium (Nb) has been the material of choice for superconducting RF (SRF) cavity applications. Alternatives such as Nb thin films and other higher-T c materials, mainly Nb compounds and A15 compounds, have been investigated with moderate effort in the past. In recent years, RF cavity performance has approached the theoretical limit for bulk Nb. For further improvement of RF cavity performance for future accelerator projects, research interest is renewed towards alternatives to bulk Nb. Institutions around the world are now investing renewed efforts in the investigation of Nb thin films and superconductors with higher transition temperature T c for application to SRF cavities. This paper gives an overview of the results obtained so far and challenges encountered for Nb films as well as other materials, such as Nb compounds, A15 compounds, MgB2, and oxypnictides, for SRF cavity applications. An interesting alternative using a superconductor-insulator-superconductor multilayer approach has been recently proposed to delay the vortex penetration in Nb surfaces. This could potentially lead to further improvement in RF cavities performance using the benefit of the higher critical field H c of higher-T c superconductors without being limited with their lower H c1.

  5. Superconducting RF materials other than bulk niobium: a review

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    Valente-Feliciano, Anne-Marie

    2016-09-26

    For the last five decades, bulk niobium (Nb) has been the material of choice for Superconducting RF (SRF) cavity applications. Thin film alternatives such as Nb and other higher-Tc materials, mainly Nb compounds and A15 compounds, have been investigated with moderate effort in the past. In recent years, RF cavity performance has approached the theoretical limit for bulk Nb. For further improvement of RF cavity performance for future accelerator projects, research interest is renewed towards alternatives to bulk Nb. Institutions around the world are now investing renewed efforts in the investigation of Nb thin films and superconductors with higher transitionmore » temperature Tc for application to SRF cavities. Our paper gives an overview of the results obtained so far and challenges encountered for Nb films as well as other materials, such as Nb compounds, A15 compounds, MgB2, and oxypnictides, for SRF cavity applications. An interesting alternative using a Superconductor-Insulator- Superconductor multilayer approach has been recently proposed to delay the vortex penetration in Nb surfaces. This could potentially lead to further improvement in RF cavities performance using the benefit of the higher critical field Hc of higher-Tc superconductors without being limited with their lower Hc1.« less

  6. Doped niobium superconducting nanowire single-photon detectors

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    Jia, Tao; Kang, Lin; Zhang, Labao; Zhao, Qingyuan; Gu, Min; Qiu, Jian; Chen, Jian; Jin, Biaobing

    2014-09-01

    We designed and fabricated a special doped niobium (Nb*) superconducting nanowire single-photon detector (SNSPD) on MgO substrate. The superconductivity of this ultra-thin Nb* film was further improved by depositing an ultra-thin aluminum nitride protective layer on top. Compared with traditional Nb films, Nb* films present higher T C and J C. We investigated the dependence of the characteristics of devices, such as cut-off wavelength, response bandwidth, and temperature, on their geometrical dimensions. Results indicate that reduction in both the width and thickness of Nb* nanowires extended the cut-off wavelength and improved the sensitivity. The Nb* SNSPD (50 nm width and 4.5 nm thickness) exhibited single-photon sensitivities at 1,310, 1,550, and 2,010 nm. We also demonstrated an enhancement in the detection efficiency by a factor of 10 in its count rate by lowering the working temperature from 2.26 K to 315 mK.

  7. Fastest Electropolishing Technique on Niobium for Particle Accelerators

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    A.T. Wu, S. Jin, R.A. Rimmer, X.Y. Lu, K. Zhao

    2011-09-01

    Field emission on the inner surfaces of niobium (Nb) superconducting radio frequency (SRF) cavities is still one of the major obstacles for reaching high accelerating gradients for SRF community. Our previous experimental results [1] seemed to imply that the threshold of field emission was related to the thickness of Nb surface oxide layers. In this contribution, a more detailed study on the influences of the surface oxide layers on the field emission on Nb surfaces will be reported. By anodization technique, the thickness of the surface pentoxide layer was artificially fabricated from 3nm up to 460nm. A home-made scanning field emission microscope (SFEM) was employed to perform the scans on the surfaces. Emitters were characterized using a scanning electron microscope together with an energy dispersive x-ray analyzer. The experimental results could be understood by a simple model calculation based on classic electromagnetic theory as shown in Ref.1. Possibly implications for Nb SRF cavity applications from this study will be discussed.

  8. The activation energy for creep of columbium /niobium/.

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    Klein, M. J.; Gulden, M. E.

    1973-01-01

    The activation energy for creep of nominally pure columbium (niobium) was determined in the temperature range from 0.4 to 0.75 T sub M by measuring strain rate changes induced by temperature shifts at constant stress. A peak in the activation energy vs temperature curve was found with a maximum value of 160 kcal/mole. A pretest heat treatment of 3000 F for 30 min resulted in even higher values of activation energy (greater than 600 kcal/mole) in this temperature range. The activation energy for the heat-treated columbium (Nb) could not be determined near 0.5 T sub M because of unusual creep curves involving negligible steady-state creep rates and failure at less than 5% creep strain. It is suggested that the anomalous activation energy values and the unusual creep behavior in this temperature range are caused by dynamic strain aging involving substitutional atom impurities and that this type of strain aging may be in part responsible for the scatter in previously reported values of activation energy for creep of columbium (Nb) near 0.5 T sub M.

  9. Transient high-field behavior of niobium superconducting cavities

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    Campisi, I.E.; Farkas, Z.D.; Deruyter, H.; Hogg, H.A.

    1983-03-01

    Tests have been performed on the breakdown behavior of a TM/sub 010/ mode, S-band niobium cavity at low temperatures. Unloaded Q's of 9 x 10/sup 7/ at 4.2 K and of 7 x 10/sup 9/ at 1.35 K were measured during several tests performed using pulses long enough for the cavity to reach steady state. The breakdown field at 1.35 K was increased from 15 to 20 MV/m by processing the cavity at room temperature using 1 MW, 2.5 ..mu..s pulses. The response of the cavity at 4.2 K to 1 MW, 2.5..mu..s pulses was also tested in several cool-downs. In these tests the cavity was heavily overcoupled to lower its time constant to a value of 0.80 times the RF pulse length of 2.5 ..mu..s. This condition maximizes the energy transfer from the klystron source to the cavity. Measurements made during these experiments clearly indicated that fields of about 50 MV/m were being reached in the cavity without breakdown.

  10. Superconducting RF materials other than bulk niobium: a review

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    Valente-Feliciano, Anne-Marie

    2016-09-26

    For the last five decades, bulk niobium (Nb) has been the material of choice for Superconducting RF (SRF) cavity applications. Thin film alternatives such as Nb and other higher-Tc materials, mainly Nb compounds and A15 compounds, have been investigated with moderate effort in the past. In recent years, RF cavity performance has approached the theoretical limit for bulk Nb. For further improvement of RF cavity performance for future accelerator projects, research interest is renewed towards alternatives to bulk Nb. Institutions around the world are now investing renewed efforts in the investigation of Nb thin films and superconductors with higher transition temperature Tc for application to SRF cavities. Our paper gives an overview of the results obtained so far and challenges encountered for Nb films as well as other materials, such as Nb compounds, A15 compounds, MgB2, and oxypnictides, for SRF cavity applications. An interesting alternative using a Superconductor-Insulator- Superconductor multilayer approach has been recently proposed to delay the vortex penetration in Nb surfaces. This could potentially lead to further improvement in RF cavities performance using the benefit of the higher critical field Hc of higher-Tc superconductors without being limited with their lower Hc1.

  11. Pulsed laser deposition of niobium nitride thin films

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    Farha, Ashraf Hassan; Ufuktepe, Yüksel; Myneni, Ganapati; Elsayed-Ali, Hani E.

    2015-12-01

    Niobium nitride (NbNx) films were grown on Nb and Si(100) substrates using pulsed laser deposition. NbNx films were deposited on Nb substrates using PLD with a Q-switched Nd:YAG laser (λ = 1064 nm, ˜40 ns pulse width, and 10 Hz repetition rate) at different laser fluences, nitrogen background pressures and deposition substrate temperatures. When all the fabrication parameters are fixed, except for the laser fluence, the surface roughness, nitrogen content, and grain size increase with increasing laser fluence. Increasing nitrogen background pressure leads to a change in the phase structure of the NbNx films from mixed β-Nb2N and cubic δ-NbN phases to single hexagonal β-Nb2N. The substrate temperature affects the preferred orientation of the crystal structure. The structural and electronic, properties of NbNx deposited on Si(100) were also investigated. The NbNx films exhibited a cubic δ-NbN with a strong (111) orientation. A correlation between surface morphology, electronic, and superconducting properties was found. The observations establish guidelines for adjusting the deposition parameters to achieve the desired NbNx film morphology and phase.

  12. Optical properties and Zeeman spectroscopy of niobium in silicon carbide

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    Gällström, Andreas; Magnusson, Björn; Leone, Stefano; Kordina, Olof; Son, Nguyen T.; Ivády, Viktor; Gali, Adam; Abrikosov, Igor A.; Janzén, Erik; Ivanov, Ivan G.

    2015-08-01

    The optical signature of niobium in the low-temperature photoluminescence spectra of three common polytypes of SiC (4H, 6H, and 15R) is observed and confirms the previously suggested concept that Nb occupies preferably the Si-C divacancy with both Si and C at hexagonal sites. Using this concept we propose a model considering a Nb-bound exciton, the recombination of which is responsible for the observed luminescence. The exciton energy is estimated using first-principles calculation and the result is in very good agreement with the experimentally observed photon energy in 4H SiC at low temperature. The appearance of six Nb-related lines in the spectra of the hexagonal 4H and 6H polytypes at higher temperatures is tentatively explained on the grounds of the proposed model and the concept that the Nb center can exist in both C1 h and C3 v symmetries. The Zeeman splitting of the photoluminescence lines is also recorded in two different experimental geometries and the results are compared with theory based on phenomenological Hamiltonians. Our results show that Nb occupying the divacancy at the hexagonal site in the studied SiC polytypes behaves like a deep acceptor.

  13. Pulsed laser deposition of niobium nitride thin films

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    Farha, Ashraf Hassan Elsayed-Ali, Hani E.; Ufuktepe, Yüksel; Myneni, Ganapati

    2015-12-04

    Niobium nitride (NbN{sub x}) films were grown on Nb and Si(100) substrates using pulsed laser deposition. NbN{sub x} films were deposited on Nb substrates using PLD with a Q-switched Nd:YAG laser (λ = 1064 nm, ∼40 ns pulse width, and 10 Hz repetition rate) at different laser fluences, nitrogen background pressures and deposition substrate temperatures. When all the fabrication parameters are fixed, except for the laser fluence, the surface roughness, nitrogen content, and grain size increase with increasing laser fluence. Increasing nitrogen background pressure leads to a change in the phase structure of the NbN{sub x} films from mixed β-Nb{sub 2}N and cubic δ-NbN phases to single hexagonal β-Nb{sub 2}N. The substrate temperature affects the preferred orientation of the crystal structure. The structural and electronic, properties of NbN{sub x} deposited on Si(100) were also investigated. The NbN{sub x} films exhibited a cubic δ-NbN with a strong (111) orientation. A correlation between surface morphology, electronic, and superconducting properties was found. The observations establish guidelines for adjusting the deposition parameters to achieve the desired NbN{sub x} film morphology and phase.

  14. Ab initio studies of niobium defects in uranium

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    Xiang, S; Huang, H; Hsiung, L

    2007-06-01

    Uranium (U), with the addition of small amount of niobium (Nb), is stainless. The Nb is fully miscible with the high temperature phase of U and tends to segregate upon cooling below 647 C. The starting point of segregation is the configuration of Nb substitutional or interstitial defects. Using density-functional-theory based ab initio calculations, the authors find that the formation energy of a single vacancy is 1.08 eV, that of Nb substitution is 0.59 eV, that of Nb interstitial at octahedral site is 1.58 eV, and that of Nb interstitial at tetrahedral site is 2.35 eV; all with reference to a reservoir of {gamma} phase U and pure Nb. The formation energy of Nb defects correlates with the local perturbation of electron distribution; higher formation energy to larger perturbation. Based on this study, Nb atoms thermodynamically prefer to occupy substitutional sites in {gamma} phase U, and they prefer to be in individual substitutional defects than clusters.

  15. Optoelectronic properties of valence-state-controlled amorphous niobium oxide

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    Onozato, Takaki; Katase, Takayoshi; Yamamoto, Akira; Katayama, Shota; Matsushima, Koichi; Itagaki, Naho; Yoshida, Hisao; Ohta, Hiromichi

    2016-06-01

    In order to understand the optoelectronic properties of amorphous niobium oxide (a-NbO x ), we have investigated the valence states, local structures, electrical resistivity, and optical absorption of a-NbO x thin films with various oxygen contents. It was found that the valence states of Nb ion in a-NbO x films can be controlled from 5+  to 4+  by reducing oxygen pressure during film deposition at room temperature, together with changing the oxide-ion arrangement around Nb ion from Nb2O5-like to NbO2-like local structure. As a result, a four orders of magnitude reduction in the electrical resistivity of a-NbO x films was observed with decreasing oxygen content, due to the carrier generation caused by the appearance and increase of an oxygen-vacancy-related subgap state working as an electron donor. The tunable optoelectronic properties of a-NbO x films by valence-state-control with oxygen-vacancy formation will be useful for potential flexible optoelectronic device applications.

  16. Niobium resonator development for high-brightness ion beam acceleration

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    Delayen, J.R.; Bohn, C.L.; Roche, C.T.

    1990-01-01

    Two niobium resonant cavities for high-brightness ion beam acceleration have been constructed and tested. The first was based on a coaxial quarter-wave geometry and was optimized for phase velocity {beta}{sub o} = 0.15. This cavity, which resonates at 400 MHz in the fundamental mode, operated at an average (wall-to-wall) accelerating gradient of 12.9 MV/m under continuous-wave (cw) fields. At this gradient, a cavity Q of 1.4 {times} 10{sup 8} was measured. The second was based on a coaxial half-wave geometry and was optimized for {beta}{sub o} = 0.12. This cavity, which resonates at 355 MHz in the fundamental mode, operated at an average accelerating gradient of 18.0 MV/m under cw fields. This is the highest average accelerating gradient achieved to date in low-velocity structures designed for cw operation. At this gradient, a cavity Q of 1.2 {times} 10{sup 8} was measured.

  17. Hydrogen cycling of niobium and vanadium catalyzed nanostructured magnesium.

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    Schimmel, H Gijs; Huot, Jacques; Chapon, Laurent C; Tichelaar, Frans D; Mulder, Fokko M

    2005-10-19

    The reaction of hydrogen gas with magnesium metal, which is important for hydrogen storage purposes, is enhanced significantly by the addition of catalysts such as Nb and V and by using nanostructured powders. In situ neutron diffraction on MgNb(0.05) and MgV(0.05) powders give a detailed insight on the magnesium and catalyst phases that exist during the various stages of hydrogen cycling. During the early stage of hydriding (and deuteriding), a MgH(1< x < 2) phase is observed, which does not occur in bulk MgH(2) and, thus, appears characteristic for the small particles. The abundant H vacancies will cause this phase to have a much larger hydrogen diffusion coefficient, partly explaining the enhanced kinetics of nanostructured magnesium. It is shown that under relevant experimental conditions, the niobium catalyst is present as NbH(1). Second, a hitherto unknown Mg-Nb perovskite phase could be identified that has to result from mechanical alloying of Nb and the MgO layer of the particles. Vanadium is not visible in the diffraction patterns, but electron micrographs show that the V particle size becomes very small, 2-20 nm. Nanostructuring and catalyzing the Mg enhance the adsorption speed that much that now temperature variations effectively limit the absorption speed and not, as for bulk, the slow kinetics through bulk MgH(2) layers.

  18. The activation energy for creep of columbium /niobium/.

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    Klein, M. J.; Gulden, M. E.

    1973-01-01

    The activation energy for creep of nominally pure columbium (niobium) was determined in the temperature range from 0.4 to 0.75 T sub M by measuring strain rate changes induced by temperature shifts at constant stress. A peak in the activation energy vs temperature curve was found with a maximum value of 160 kcal/mole. A pretest heat treatment of 3000 F for 30 min resulted in even higher values of activation energy (greater than 600 kcal/mole) in this temperature range. The activation energy for the heat-treated columbium (Nb) could not be determined near 0.5 T sub M because of unusual creep curves involving negligible steady-state creep rates and failure at less than 5% creep strain. It is suggested that the anomalous activation energy values and the unusual creep behavior in this temperature range are caused by dynamic strain aging involving substitutional atom impurities and that this type of strain aging may be in part responsible for the scatter in previously reported values of activation energy for creep of columbium (Nb) near 0.5 T sub M.

  19. High upper critical field in disordered niobium nitride superconductor

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    Baskaran, R. Thanikai Arasu, A. V.; Amaladass, E. P.; Janawadkar, M. P.

    2014-10-28

    Superconducting Niobium Nitride thin films have been deposited on glass, aluminum nitride buffered glass, and oxidized silicon substrates by reactive DC magnetron sputtering at ambient substrate temperatures. The crystal structure of these thin films has been determined to be cubic fcc B1 structure by Glancing Incidence X-Ray Diffraction analysis. The superconducting transition temperatures of the thin films were measured to be greater than 11.6 K with a maximum of 13.4 K. The negative temperature coefficient of resistance observed in these thin films indicates the presence of disorder. Magneto-resistance measurements have been carried out on these thin films patterned into standard four probe geometry upto a maximum magnetic field of 12 T for two films and upto 15 T for the other two films. The dependence of transition temperature on the applied field is analyzed to estimate the upper critical field. The upper critical field for most of the films was estimated to exceed 35 T, while one of the most disordered films had an estimated upper critical field greater than 70 T.

  20. Hydrometallurgical Separation of Niobium and Tantalum: A Fundamental Approach

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    Nete, Motlalepula; Purcell, Walter; Nel, Johann T.

    2016-02-01

    A mixture of pure Ta2O5 and Nb2O5 was dissolved using two different fluxes, namely NH4F·HF and Na2HPO4/NaH2PO4·H2O. Selective precipitation and ion exchange were used as separation techniques. Selective precipitation using p-phenylediamine in a fluoride matrix resulted in the isolation of 73(3)% tantalum accompanied by 23(5)% niobium. A separation factor of 11(4) was obtained. A single solvent extraction step using methyl-isobutyl ketone at a 4 M H2SO4 yielded excellent Ta and Nb separation in the fluoride solution with 80% of the Ta and only 2% Nb recovered in the organic layer. A two-step extraction recovered 100% Ta at 0.5-4 M H2SO4 with a separation factor of ~2000. A study of the extraction mechanism indicated that the stability of the protonated compounds such as H2TaF7/H2NbOF5 is in the extraction and separation determining steps in this process. A K' (double de-protonated constant) of approximately 0.2 was calculated for H2TaF7. Only 91.7% Nb and 73.4% Ta were recovered from anion separation using strong Amberlite resin and 96.1% Nb and 52.3% using the weak Dowex Marathon resin from fluoride dissolution.

  1. Evidence for enhanced phase fluctuations in nanostructured niobium thin films

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    Chen, Ting-Hui; Kung, Hsiang-Hsi; Wang, Chang-Ran; Hsieh, Chia-Tso; Lee, Wei-Li

    2017-07-01

    In a superconducting nanostructure, phase fluctuations are prominent and give rise to finite resistance below superconducting transition temperature Tc. By using a monolayer polymer/nanosphere hybrid we developed previously, we fabricated a large array of interconnected niobium (Nb) honeycomb lattices with the thinnest interconnected linewidth d ranging from 36 nm to 89 nm. The honeycomb cells form a highly ordered triangular lattice with more than 108 unit cells extending over few mm2 area, which enables the detailed transport study at nanometer scales. We found Tc gradually drops with decreasing d due to the phase-slip effect, while the critical field at lower temperature tends to follow that of a continuous Nb thin film. One likely scenario is to consider a model system of numerous superconducting islands interconnected by short phase-slip junctions, where the phase coherence is dictated by the phase slippage in the nanoconstriction. This was strongly supported by the excellent fitting to the thermally activated phase-slip model and also the unusual phenomena of transition width narrowing in high fields.

  2. Investigation of solution-processed bismuth-niobium-oxide films

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    Inoue, Satoshi; Ariga, Tomoki; Matsumoto, Shin; Onoue, Masatoshi; Miyasako, Takaaki; Tokumitsu, Eisuke; Shimoda, Tatsuya; Chinone, Norimichi; Cho, Yasuo

    2014-10-21

    The characteristics of bismuth-niobium-oxide (BNO) films prepared using a solution process were investigated. The BNO film annealed at 550°C involving three phases: an amorphous phase, Bi₃NbO₇ fluorite microcrystals, and Nb-rich cubic pyrochlore microcrystals. The cubic pyrochlore structure, which was the main phase in this film, has not previously been reported in BNO films. The relative dielectric constant of the BNO film was approximately 140, which is much higher than that of a corresponding film prepared using a conventional vacuum sputtering process. Notably, the cubic pyrochlore microcrystals disappeared with increasing annealing temperature and were replaced with triclinic β-BiNbO₄ crystals at 590°C. The relative dielectric constant also decreased with increasing annealing temperature. Therefore, the high relative dielectric constant of the BNO film annealed at 550°C is thought to result from the BNO cubic pyrochlore structure. In addition, the BNO films annealed at 500°C contained approximately 6.5 atm.% carbon, which was lost at approximately 550°C. This result suggests that the carbon in the BNO film played an important role in the formation of the cubic pyrochlore structure.

  3. Tunneling study of SRF cavity-grade niobium.

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    Proslier, T.; Zasadzinski, J.; Cooley, L.; Pellin, M.; Norem, J.; Elam, J.; Antonine, C. Z.; Rimmer, R.; Kneisel, P.; Illinois Inst. of Tech.; FNL; Thomas Jefferson Lab.; CEA-Saclay

    2009-06-01

    Niobium, with its very high H{sub C1}, has been used in superconducting radio frequency (SRF) cavities for accelerator systems for 40 years with continual improvement. The quality factor of cavities (Q) is governed by the surface impedance R{sub BCS}, which depends on the quasiparticle gap, delta, and the superfluid density. Both of these parameters are seriously affected by surface imperfections (metallic phases, dissolved oxygen, magnetic impurities). Loss mechanism and surface treatments of Nb cavities found to improve the Q factor are still unsolved mysteries. We present here an overview of the capabilities of the point contact tunneling spectroscopy and Atomic layer deposition methods and how they can help understanding the High field Q-drop and the mild baking effect. Tunneling spectroscopy was performed on Nb pieces from the same processed material used to fabricate SRF cavities. Air exposed, electropolished Nb exhibited a surface superconducting gap Delta = 1.55 meV, characteristic of clean, bulk Nb, however the tunneling density of states (DOS) was broadened significantly. Nb pieces treated with the same mild baking used to improve the Q-slope in SRF cavities revealed a much sharper DOS. Good fits to the DOS are obtained using Shiba theory suggesting that magnetic scattering of quasiparticles is the origin of the degraded surface superconductivity and the Q-slope problem of Nb SRF cavities.

  4. Superconducting Niobium-Titanium: Enabler for Affordable MRI and the Search for the Higgs Boson

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    Berlincourt, T. G.

    2016-01-01

    In 1961, Bell Telephone Laboratories researchers startled the world of physics by reporting that, at temperatures near absolute zero, a superconducting niobium-tin compound could support enormous electric current densities without resistance in the presence of very high magnetic fields. Suddenly, it became possible to fabricate supermagnets that generate high magnetic fields with unprecedented efficiency and economy. Scientists raced to find additional such materials and also to account theoretically for their behavior. Disregarded early on as unpromising, niobium-titanium alloys eventually emerged from among thousands of superconductors to become the most widely used, finding application in many thousands of MRI medical imaging systems and in huge particle accelerator magnets. In 1962, at Atomics International, experiments that revealed the supermagnet promise of niobium-titanium alloys also made essential contributions to the confirmation of the initially overlooked superconductivity theories of Soviet scientists Ginzburg, Landau, Abrikosov, and Gor'kov as the appropriate framework for understanding the physics of high magnetic field superconductivity.

  5. Density and particle size of cubic niobium carbide NbC y nanocrystalline powders

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    Kurlov, A. S.; Gusev, A. I.

    2017-01-01

    The density of coarse-crystalline and nanocrystalline powders of niobium carbide NbC y (0.77 ≤ y ≤ 0.96) (with a different average particle sizes of 3-5 μm and 60-30 nm, respectively) was measured by helium pycnometry. The nanopowders were obtained via the high-energy ball milling of initial coarse-crystalline niobium carbide powders. The particle size of niobium carbide powders was estimated by X-ray diffraction and the Brunauer-Emmet-Taylor (BET) method. The nanopowder density measured by helium pycnometry was shown to be underestimated in comparison with the true density due to the adsorption of helium by the highly developed surface of carbide nanopowders.

  6. Structure of strengthening particles of niobium carbide in Fe-Cr-Ni cast refractory alloys

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    Kondrat'ev, S. Yu.; Svyatisheva, E. V.; Anastasiadi, G. P.; Petrov, S. N.

    2017-07-01

    Methods of optical and electron microscopies were used to study the structure of particles of niobium carbide in a cast refractory Fe-Cr-Ni-C alloy modified by Nb and Ti. Particles of niobium carbide in the structure of the cast alloy are predominantly multiphase polycrystalline clusters that are inhomogeneous in the chemical composition and crystal structure. The misorientation angle between individual crystals that compose the carbide particles is 30°-60°. The polycrystalline character of carbides is probably associated with significant thermal stresses that arise at the interphase boundaries in the structure of the alloy upon the primary cooling of the ingot. To explain the polymorphism of the cluster of niobium carbide, a further analysis of the structural and geometrical crystallography is required.

  7. State of the Art Power-in Tube Niobium-Tin Superconductors

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    Godeke, A.; Ouden, A. Den; Nijhuis, A.; ten Kate, H.H.J.

    2008-06-01

    Powder-in-Tube (PIT) processed Niobium-Tin wires are commercially manufactured for nearly three decades and have demonstrated a combination of very high current density (presently up to 2500 A mm{sup -2} non-Cu at 12 T and 4.2 K) with fine (35 {micro}m), well separated filaments. We review the developments that have led to the present state of the art PIT Niobium-Tin wires, discuss the wire manufacturing and A15 formation processes, and describe typical superconducting performance in relation to magnetic field and strain. We further highlight successful applications of PIT wires and conclude with an outlook on possibilities for further improvements in the performance of PIT Niobium-Tin wires.

  8. Accurate X-ray diffraction studies of KTiOPO4 single crystals doped with niobium

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    Novikova, N. E.; Sorokina, N. I.; Alekseeva, O. A.; Verin, I. A.; Kharitonova, E. P.; Orlova, E. I.; Voronkova, V. I.

    2017-01-01

    Single crystals of potassium titanyl phosphate doped with 4% of niobium (KTP:4%Nb) and 6% of niobium (KTP:6%Nb) are studied by accurate X-ray diffraction at room temperature. The niobium atoms are localized near the Ti1 and Ti2 atomic positions, and their positions are for the first time refined independent of the titanium atomic positions. Maps of difference electron density in the vicinity of K1 and K2 atomic positions are analyzed. It is found that in the structure of crystal KTP:4%Nb, additional positions of K atoms are located farther from the main positions and from each other than in KTP and KTP:6%Nb crystals. The nonuniform distribution of electron density found in the channels of the KTP:4%Nb structure is responsible for 20% increase in the signal of second harmonic generation.

  9. Surface Characterization of Impurities in Superconducting Niobium for Radio Frequency (RF) Cavities used in Particle Accelerators

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    Maheshwari, Prateek

    Niobium (Nb) is the material of choice for Superconducting Radio Frequency (SRF) Cavities used in particle accelerators owing to its high critical temperature (Tc = 9.2 K) and critical magnetic field (≈ 200mT). However, niobium tends to harbor interstitial impurities such as H, C, O and N, which are detrimental to cavity performance. Since the magnetic field penetration depth (lambda) of niobium is 40nm, it is important to characterize these impurities using surface characterization techniques. Also, it is known that certain heat treatments improve cavity efficiency via interstitial impurity removal from the surface of niobium. Thus, a systematic study on the effect of these heat treatments on the surface impurity levels is needed. In this work, surface analysis of both heat treated and non heat treated (120°C-1400°C) large grain (single crystal) bulk niobium samples was performed using secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS) and Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM). Impurity levels were compared on the surface using SIMS after various types of heat treatments expected to improve cavity performance, and the effect of these heat treatments on the surface impurities were examined. SIMS characterization of ion implanted standards of C, N, O, D showed that quantification of C, N and O impurities in Nb is achievable and indicated that H is very mobile in Nb. It was hence determined that quantification of H in Nb is not possible using SIMS due to its high diffusivity in Nb. However, a comparative study of the high temperature heat treated (600°C-1400°C) and non heat treated (control) samples revealed that hydrogen levels decreased by upto a factor of 100. This is attributed to the dissociation of the niobium surface oxide layer, which acts as a passivating film on the surface, and subsequent desorption of hydrogen. Reformation of this oxide layer on cool down disallows any re-absorption of hydrogen, indicating that the oxide acts as a surface barrier for

  10. Microstructure development and high-temperature oxidation of silicide coatings for refractory niobium alloys

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    Novak, Mark David

    Niobium alloys are candidate thermostructural materials in hypersonic flight applications because of excellent mechanical properties at elevated temperature; however, their susceptibility to oxidation requires the use of coatings. Multiphase silicide coatings containing iron, chromium, niobium, and silicon have historically been successful in protecting niobium in oxidizing environments, although little scientific understanding of this coating system is provided in publically available literature. Research efforts in process development, microstructural characterization, oxidation testing, and thermodynamic modeling have led to clarification of the coating microstructure, microstructural evolution, and the performance of the coating in oxidizing environments. These research efforts have led to strategies for improving coating performance, including surface planarization and modifying the coating with a dispersion of submicron alumina particles.

  11. Effect of hydrocarbons on the morphology of synthesized niobium carbide nanoparticles.

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    Grove, David E; Gupta, Ujjwal; Castleman, A W

    2010-11-02

    Niobium carbide nanoparticles were synthesized by flowing methane, ethylene, or acetylene gas through a plasma generated from an arc discharge between two niobium electrodes. Varying methane, ethylene, and acetylene concentrations were employed in the studies to investigate their effects on niobium carbide nanoparticle morphology. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS), and selected area diffraction pattern (SADP) were used to investigate the synthesized NbC nanoparticles, whereupon it was found that these nanoparticles adopt cubic morphology with methane gas, a mixture of cubes and cuboctahedron morphology with ethylene gas, and solely a cuboctahedron morphology with acetylene gas. The change in particle morphology might be attributed to either the ethylene and acetylene free radicals or the increase in carbon concentration effecting the relative growth rates of the {111} and {100} facets on a NbC seed crystal.

  12. CRADA 2009S001: Investigation of the Supercondcuting RF Properties of Large Grain Ingot Niobium

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    Grimm, Terry; Hollister, Jerry L.; Kolka, Ahren; Myneni, Ganapati Rao

    2012-12-18

    This CRADA intended to explore the properties of large grain ingot niobium by fabricating four single cell TESLA shaped accelerating cavities. Once the cavities were fabricated, SRF performance would be measured. Niowave received four discs of large grain ingot niobium from JLAB in February 2009. Niowave cut samples from each disc and tested the RRR. After the RRR was measured with disappointing results, the project lost interest. A no cost extension was signed in July 2009 to allow progress until June 2010, but ultimately no further work was accomplished by either party. No firm conclusions were drawn, as further investigations were not made. Large grain ingot niobium has shown real potential for high accelerating gradient superconducting cavities. However, this particular CRADA did not gather enough data to reach any conclusions in this regard.

  13. Effect of silver on phase separation and crystallization of niobium oxide containing glasses

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    Smogor, H.; Cardinal, T.; Jubera, V.; Fargin, E.; Videau, J.J.; Gomez, S.; Grodsky, R.; Denton, T.; Couzi, M.; Dussauze, M.

    2009-06-15

    Effect of silver introduction in sodium phosphate and sodium borophosphate glasses containing large amount of niobium oxide have been investigated using differential scanning calorimetry and XRD. Same sodium niobate phase in the Nb{sub 2}O{sub 5}-NaNbO{sub 3} based solid solution have been observed following two heat treatments designed for nucleation and growth of the crystalline phase. Silver introduction in the glass composition is clearly responsible for increasing the crystallization rate. Its effect after nucleation and crystallization treatments has been shown. Phase metastable separation is occurring during heat treatment with formation of a phosphate rich and niobium rich phase. Crystallization effect on optical transparency of glasses and on Raman scattering response have been investigated. - Graphical abstract: HRSEM micrograph of acid etched surface of silver doped sodium and niobium phosphate glass after nucleation heat treatment before (a) and after second heat treatment (b), (c) leading to phase separation and crystallization.

  14. Alloy design to control the size and morphology of niobium carbides in tool steels

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    Pereira, M.M.; Andrade, M.S. , Belo Horizonte, MG ); Guimaraes, J.R.C. )

    1989-09-01

    Controlling the size and the morphology of niobium carbides is crucial to develop a carbide volume fraction capable of significantly influencing the cutting/wear properties of tool steels and cast irons. The phase diagram suggests that by increasing the delta phase field, ferrite may be forced to precipitate preferentially to NbC. Hence, alloying with a strong ferritizer such as aluminum and/or silicon may result in more convenient microstructure when Nb %{gt}3. To check that possibility, as-cast microstructures were analyzed by optical and scanning electron microscopy. By combining additions of niobium and aluminum, it seems possible to control the size and the morphology of niobium carbides without necessarily resorting to more complex processes such as atomization and the like.

  15. Synthesis of niobium pentoxide nanoparticles in single-flow supercritical water

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    Fuchigami, Teruaki; Kakimoto, Ken-ichi

    2016-10-01

    The development of a new synthesis method is still required for very fine oxide nanoparticles. In this study, a single-flow supercritical fluid system has been developed for the synthesis of highly crystalline nanosized oxide particles. Niobium oxide particles were synthesized by single-flow supercritical water treatment, batch-type supercritical water treatment and subcritical water treatment. Niobium pentoxide nanoparticles synthesized by single-flow supercritical water treatment at 673 K, 24.5 MPa, and 15 ml min-1 flow rate had a pseudohexagonal structure. The morphology of the nanoparticle was a rod, and it has a smaller particle size and larger crystallite size than those of the oxide particles synthesized by the other methods, because the particle growth and the decomposition of surfactant were rapidly suppressed in the single-flow supercritical water treatment. The nanosized niobium pentoxide is useful as a catalyst in harsh environments and as a precursor powder of lead-free piezoelectric materials.

  16. Anomalous effect of vanadium boride seeding on thermoelectric properties of YB{sub 22}C{sub 2}N

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    Prytuliak, A.; Maruyama, S.; Mori, T.

    2013-05-15

    Highlights: ► We doped YB{sub 22}C{sub 2}N; the long awaited n-type counterpart to p-type boron carbide. ► VB{sub 2} seeding of YB{sub 22}C{sub 2}N showed striking results. ► Thermal treatment effects led to VB{sub 2} being intrinsically doped. ► Large increase of both Seebeck coefficient and electrical conductivity was obtained. - Abstract: Vanadium boride seeded YB{sub 22}C{sub 2}N were synthesized and the thermoelectric properties investigated. YB{sub 22}C{sub 2}N is representative of the series of rare earth borocarbonitrides which is the potential long awaited n-type counterpart to p-type boron carbide. VB{sub 2} seeded samples of YB{sub 22}C{sub 2}N were prepared using VB{sub 2} directly as an initial additive and V{sub 2}O{sub 3} which also results in formation of vanadium diboride in the final product. The resistivity and Seebeck coefficient of samples were measured in the temperature range of 323 K to 1073 K. A dramatic effect of thermal treatment on the Seebeck coefficient of VB{sub 2} seeded samples was observed, and it is indicated that there is possible partial intrinsic doping of vanadium into YB{sub 22}C{sub 2}N. VB{sub 2} is revealed to be a promising additive to improve the thermoelectric properties of YB{sub 22}C{sub 2}N. An enhancement of more than 220% of the maximum absolute value of the Seebeck coefficient was obtained while the resistivity was also reduced considerably.

  17. The RF performance of cavity made from defective niobium material determined by Eddy Current Scanning

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    Wu, G.; Cooley, L.; Sergatskov, D.; Ozelis, J.; Brinkmann, A.; Singer, W.; Singer, X.; Pekeler, M.

    2010-10-01

    Eddy current scanning (ECS) has been used to screen niobium sheets to avoid defective material being used in costly cavity fabrication. The evaluation criterion of this quality control tool is not well understood. Past surface studies showed some features were shallow enough to be removed by chemical etching. The remaining features were identified to be small number of deeper inclusions, but mostly unidentifiable features (by chemical analysis). A real cavity made of defective niobium material has been tested. The cavity achieved high performance with comparable results to the cavities made from defect free cavities. Temperature mapping could help to define the control standard clearly.

  18. Hardness behavior of binary and ternary niobium alloys at 77 and 300 K

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    Stephens, J. R.; Witzke, W. R.

    1975-01-01

    An investigation was conducted to determine the effects of alloy additions of zirconium, hafnium, molybdenum, tungsten, rhenium, ruthenium, osmium, rhodium, and iridium on the hardness of niobium. Both binary and ternary alloys were investigated by means of hardness tests at 77 and 300 K. Results showed that atomic size misfit plays a dominant role in controlling the hardness of binary niobium alloys. Alloy softening, which occurred at dilute solute additions, is most likely due to an extrinsic mechanism involving interaction between solute elements and interstitial impurities.

  19. Heterogeneous nucleation and dendritic growth within undercooled liquid niobium under electrostatic levitation condition

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    Yang, S. J.; Hu, L.; Wang, L.; Wei, B.

    2017-09-01

    The physical mechanisms of crystal nucleation and dendritic growth within undercooled niobium were systematically studied by electrostatic levitation and molecular dynamics methods. The maximum undercooling was achieved as 454 K (0.16Tm), while the hypercooling limit was determined as 706 K (0.26Tm). The undercooling probability displayed Poisson distribution and indicated the occurrence of heterogeneous nucleation. The calculated critical nucleus size reduced rapidly with undercooling and the solid-liquid interface energy was deduced to be 0.367 J m-2. In addition, the dendritic growth velocity of pure niobium exhibited a power relation versus undercooling, and reached 41 m s-1 at the maximum undercooling.

  20. Hardness behavior of binary and ternary niobium alloys at 77 and 300 K

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    Stephens, J. R.; Witzke, W. R.

    1975-01-01

    An investigation was conducted to determine the effects of alloy additions of zirconium, hafnium, molybdenum, tungsten, rhenium, ruthenium, osmium, rhodium, and iridium on the hardness of niobium. Both binary and ternary alloys were investigated by means of hardness tests at 77 and 300 K. Results showed that atomic size misfit plays a dominant role in controlling the hardness of binary niobium alloys. Alloy softening, which occurred at dilute solute additions, is most likely due to an extrinsic mechanism involving interaction between solute elements and interstitial impurities.

  1. Corrosion behavior of niobium and Nb-25 wt% Ta alloy in sulfuric acid solutions

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    Robin, A.; Nunes, C.A. ); de Almeida, M.E. )

    1991-06-01

    In this paper the corrosion behavior of niobium and Nb-25 wt% Ta alloy in H{sub 2} SO{sub 4} solutions has been studied. Using mass-loss techniques, the influences of H{sub 2}SO{sub 4} concentration, temperature, and exposure time have been examined. The Nb-Ta alloy is more corrosion resistant than pure niobium. The obtained corrosion data allowed the construction of iso-corrosion curves of both materials in sulfuric acid below and above the boiling point.

  2. Niobium-aluminum base alloys having improved, high temperature oxidation resistance

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    Hebsur, Mohan G. (Inventor); Stephens, Joseph R. (Inventor)

    1991-01-01

    A niobium-aluminum base alloy having improved oxidation resistance at high temperatures and consisting essentially of 48%-52% niobium, 36%-42% aluminum, 4%-10% chromium, 0%-2%, more preferably 1%-2%, silicon and/or tungsten with tungsten being preferred, and 0.1%-2.0% of a rare earth selected from the group consisting of yttrium, ytterbium and erbium. Parabolic oxidation rates, k.sub.p, at 1200.degree. C. range from about 0.006 to 0.032 (mg/cm.sup.2).sup.2 /hr. The new alloys also exhibit excellent cyclic oxidation resistance.

  3. Two-phase chromium-niobium alloys exhibiting improved mechanical properties at high temperatures

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    Liu, Chain T.; Takeyama, Masao

    1994-01-01

    The specification discloses chromium-niobium alloys which exhibit improved mechanical properties at high temperatures in the range of 1250.degree. C. and improved room temperature ductility. The alloys contain a Cr.sub.2 Nb-rich intermetallic phase and a Cr-rich phase with an overall niobium concentration in the range of from about 5 to about 18 at. %. The high temperature strength is substantially greater than that of state of the art nickel-based superalloys for enhanced high temperature service. Further improvements in the properties of the compositions are obtained by alloying with rhenium and aluminum; and additional rare-earth and other elements.

  4. Two-phase chromium-niobium alloys exhibiting improved mechanical properties at high temperatures

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    Liu, C.T.; Takeyama, Masao.

    1994-02-01

    The specification discloses chromium-niobium alloys which exhibit improved mechanical properties at high temperatures in the range of 1250 C and improved room temperature ductility. The alloys contain a Cr[sub 2]Nb-rich intermetallic phase and a Cr-rich phase with an overall niobium concentration in the range of from about 5 to about 18 at. %. The high temperature strength is substantially greater than that of state of the art nickel-based superalloys for enhanced high temperature service. Further improvements in the properties of the compositions are obtained by alloying with rhenium and aluminum; and additional rare-earth and other elements. 14 figures.

  5. Synthesis of complex oxide phases by using of low hydrated niobium and tantalum hydroxides

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    Drobot, D.; Nikishina, E.; Lebedeva, E.; Novoselov, A. Yoshikawa, A.

    2008-05-06

    Promising method of complex oxide phases synthesis by using low hydrated hydroxides of niobium and tantalum (Nb,Ta)O{sub x}(OH){sub 5-x}.mH{sub 2}O precursors of high reactivity and sorption ability was developed. Precursors, intermediate products of synthesis and target materials were studied by thermogravimetric analysis, infrared spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction. Sorption process of magnesium and lead cations by niobium low hydrated hydroxide from acetic solution allows obtaining PbMg{sub 1/3}Nb{sub 2/3}O{sub 3} complex perovskite without any secondary phase.

  6. Dependence of the microwave surface resistance of superconducting niobium on the magnitude of the rf field

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    Romanenko, A.; Grassellino, A.

    2013-06-24

    Utilizing difference in temperature dependencies we decoupled Bardeen-Cooper-Schrieffer (BCS) and residual components of the microwave surface resistance of superconducting niobium at all rf fields up to B{sub rf}{approx}115 mT. We reveal that the residual resistance decreases with field at B{sub rf} Less-Than-Or-Equivalent-To 40 mT and strongly increases in chemically treated niobium at B{sub rf}>80 mT. We find that BCS surface resistance is weakly dependent on field in the clean limit, whereas a strong and peculiar field dependence emerges after 120 Degree-Sign C vacuum baking.

  7. Nanoporous niobium oxide for label-free detection of DNA hybridization events.

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    Choi, Jinsub; Lim, Jae Hoon; Rho, Sangchul; Jahng, Deokjin; Lee, Jaeyoung; Kim, Kyung Ja

    2008-01-15

    We found that DNA probes can be immobilized on anodically prepared porous niobium oxide without a chemical modification of both the DNA probes and the substrate. By using the porous niobium oxide with a positive surface charge, DNA hybridization events are detected on the basis of the blue-shift of a maximum absorption peak in UV-vis-NIR spectroscopy. The blue-shift is ascribed to the change of surface charge upon single- or double-stranded DNA. The method does not require a label and shows high sensitivity with the detection limit of the concentration of 1nM.

  8. Niobium carbide and tin precipitation in continuously cast microalloyed steels

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    Stock, Julian

    With high yield strength, toughness and good weldability, microalloyed steels are widely used in the automotive, pipeline and transportation industries. Microalloying elements such as niobium (Nb), titanium (Ti) and vanadium (V) in concentrations of less than 0.1 wt. pct. are typical. For optimal benefits in the final product, it is usually desired for Ti to form fine precipitates during and after solidification and for Nb to be in solution prior to hot-rolling. Vanadium precipitates at lower temperatures and is less involved in the solidification/casting process. In one aspect of the investigation, the effects of cooling rate on the titanium nitride (TiN) precipitation size distribution were investigated in a Ti-added low-carbon steel. Prior research reported an inverse relationship between the average TiN precipitation size and the post-solidification cooling rate and the present work was undertaken to examine this behavior over a wider range of cooling rates. Using the GleebleRTM 3500's casting simulation capabilities along with controlled cooling rates, the TiN precipitation behavior in thick-slab, thin-slab and thin-strip material was simulated using a commercially produced 0.04C, 1.23Mn steel with near-stoichiometric Ti and N levels. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) investigation of carbon extraction replicas was carried out to characterize the influence of cooling rates on precipitate size distributions. Decreasing particle sizes with increasing cooling rates were found. Average particle sizes as low as 6.7 nm were present in thin-strip simulations and might be of interest, as fine particles could contribute to strengthening of rapidly cooled steels. In a second aspect of the investigation, niobium carbide (NbC) precipitation during the compact strip production (CSP) process was investigated in two Nb-added low-carbon steels. Instead of industrial sampling, the GleebleRTM was used for casting simulations using two CMn(Nb) steels with high and low- Nb

  9. The thermal stability of amorphous nickel-niobium alloys

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    Farrens, S.N.

    1989-01-01

    Amorphous metallic alloys have been found to have features that make them exciting candidate materials for the electron device industry. Some of these features include resistance to electromigration and interdiffusion with other component materials. These features are primarily the result of the absence of grain boundaries in the amorphous alloy. However, if these materials are to be used in devices exposed to elevated temperatures it is important to understand the thermal stability of the amorphous alloy. The thermal stability of amorphous nickel niobium alloys was investigated in this work. The assessment of thermal performance was based on crystallization temperature, diffusion properties, and interface stability of the amorphous alloys with metallic overlayers and silicon substrates. Thermal treatments spanned the temperature range from 400{degree}C to 850{degree}C for times of 5 minutes to 96 hours. The primary experimental methods included x-ray diffraction, Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy, and electron microscopy. The alloys studied had compositions of 60, 65, 70 and 75 atomic percent nickel and are listed in order of their thermal stability. The 60 at% alloys have the highest one hour crystallization temperatures of 700{degree}C. All alloys are very stable until crystallization occurs. This is evidenced by the sluggish diffusion rates (10{sup {minus}19} cm{sup 2}/sec) measured at the overlayer/glass interface. Similarly, substrate interactions are not observed until crystallization has began. Once the grain boundaries develop with the initiation of crystallization interdiffusion of Ni and Si proceeds and eventual silicide formation is observed. Combining the results of the silicide reaction kinetics and the x-ray diffraction data allowed the estimation of the time-temperature-transformation curve.

  10. Formation, structures, and reactivities of niobium oxide cluster ions

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    Deng, H.T.; Kerns, K.P.; Castleman, A.W. Jr.

    1996-08-01

    Niobium oxide cluster ions are produced by a laser-induced plasma source. The cluster distribution, collision-induced dissociation (CID), and cluster reactivities are studied using a triple-quadrupole mass spectrometer. CID experiments on the cluster ions Nb{sub 3}O{sub 7-9}{sup +}, Nb{sub 4}O{sub 9-11}{sup +}, and Nb{sub 5}O{sub 12}{sup +} reveal that their building blocks are Nb{sub 2}O{sub 5}, NbO{sub 2}{sup +}, NbO{sub 3}, Nb{sub 3}O{sub 7}{sup +}, O, and O{sub 2}, whereby the cluster stoichiometry is assigned to have the general form (NbO{sub 3}){sub m}(NbO{sub 2}){sub n}(O){sub 0-4}{sup +}. The trends in the ionization potentials of these species are estimated in terms of the CID fragments produced. Nb{sub 3}O{sub 8-9}{sup +} and Nb{sub 4}O{sub 11}{sup +} cluster ions evidently form via the adsorption of one oxygen atom or molecule onto the cluster surface. Nb{sub 3}O{sub 7}{sup +}, Nb{sub 4}O{sub 9}{sup +}, and Nb{sub 5}O{sub 12}{sup +} have strong reactivities to abstract an oxygen atom from oxygen-containing molecules and adsorb small hydrocarbons at near thermal energies. In particular, the reactivity of the oxygen atom or molecule in the oxide clusters Nb{sub 3}O{sub 8-9}{sup +} and Nb{sub 4}O{sub 11}{sup +} is consistent with our suggestions that it has a radical oxygen character. 37 refs., 8 figs., 1 tab.

  11. Spectral investigations of Sm3+-doped niobium phosphate glasses

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    Srihari, T.; Jayasankar, C. K.

    2017-04-01

    Phosphate glasses modified with niobium and doped with different concentrations of Sm3+ ions (P2O5+K2O + Al2O3+Nb2O5+Sm2O3) were prepared by conventional melt quenching technique. Structural and optical characterizations have been carried out through X-ray diffraction (XRD), absorption, excitation, emission and decay measurements. With the help of well known Judd-Ofelt theory (JO), various radiative properties such as radiative transition probabilities (AR), branching ratios (βR) and radiative lifetime (τR) for certain luminescent levels of Sm3+ ions have been determined. The emission spectra consists of four emission bands in the visible region that corresponds to the 4G5/2 → 6HJ (J = 5/2, 7/2, 9/2 and 11/2) transitions of Sm3+ ions. The stimulated emission cross-section found to be higher for 4G5/2 → 6H7/2 (11.52 × 10-22 cm2) and 4G5/2 → 6H9/2 (13.75 × 10-22 cm2) transitions. Experimental lifetimes (τexp), quantum efficiencies (η), energy transfer parameter (Q) and donor-acceptor interaction parameter (CDA) for all these glasses were evaluated under the frame work of Inokuti-Hirayama model. From the analyzed spectroscopic properties, such as quantum efficiency (98%) and CIE chromaticity coordinates, it is suggested that the 1.0 mol % of Sm3+ ions doped glasses are most suitable for the development of gain media for visible orange-red lasers.

  12. Photodissociation of vanadium, niobium, and tantalum oxide cluster cations.

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    Molek, K S; Jaeger, T D; Duncan, M A

    2005-10-08

    Transition-metal oxide clusters of the form M(n)O(m) (+)(M=V,Nb,Ta) are produced by laser vaporization in a pulsed nozzle cluster source and detected with time-of-flight mass spectrometry. Consistent with earlier work, cluster oxides for each value of n produce only a limited number of stoichiometries, where m>n. The cluster cations are mass selected and photodissociated using the second (532 nm) or third (355 nm) harmonic of a Nd:YAG (yttrium aluminum garnet) laser. All of these clusters require multiphoton conditions for dissociation, consistent with their expected strong bonding. Dissociation occurs by either elimination of oxygen or by fission, repeatedly producing clusters having the same specific stoichiometries. In oxygen elimination, vanadium species tend to lose units of O(2), whereas niobium and tantalum lose O atoms. For each metal increment n, oxygen elimination proceeds until a terminal stoichiometry is reached. Clusters having this stoichiometry do not eliminate more oxygen, but rather undergo fission, producing smaller M(n)O(m) (+) species. The smaller clusters produced as fission products represent the corresponding terminal stoichiometries for those smaller n values. The terminal stoichiometries identified are the same for V, Nb, and Ta oxide cluster cations. This behavior suggests that these clusters have stable bonding networks at their core, but additional excess oxygen at their periphery. These combined results determine that M(2)O(4) (+), M(3)O(7) (+), M(4)O(9) (+), M(5)O(12) (+), M(6)O(14) (+), and M(7)O(17) (+) have the greatest stability for V, Nb, and Ta oxide clusters.

  13. An Effective Route to Dinuclear Niobium and Tantalum Imido Complexes.

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    Gómez, Manuel; Hernández-Prieto, Cristina; Martín, Avelino; Mena, Miguel; Santamaría, Cristina

    2017-10-02

    Thermal treatment of the trichloro complexes [MCl3(NR)py2] (R = tBu, Xyl; M = Nb, Ta) (Xyl = 2,6-Me2C6H3) under vacuum affords the dinuclear imido species [MCl2(μ-Cl)(NR)py]2 (R = tBu, Xyl; M = Nb 1, 3; Ta 2, 4) with loss of pyridine. Complexes 1-4 can be easily transformed to the mononuclear starting materials [MCl3(NR)py2] (R = tBu, Xyl; M = Nb, Ta) upon reaction with pyridine. While reactions of compounds 1 and 2 with a series of alkylating reagents render the mononuclear peralkylated imido complexes [MR3(NtBu)] (R = Me, CH2Ph, CH2CMe3, CH2CMePh, CH2SiMe3), the analogous treatment with allylmagnesium chloride results in the formation of the dinuclear niobium(IV) derivative [(NtBu)(η(3)-C3H5)M(μ-C3H5)(μ-Cl)2M(NtBu)py2] (5). Additionally, the treatment of the starting materials 1 and 2 with the organosilicon reductant 1,4-bis(trimethylsilyl)-1,4-diaza-2,5-cyclohexadiene yields the pyridyl-bridged dinuclear derivatives [M2Cl2(μ-Cl)2(NtBu)2py2]2(μ-NC4H4N)2 (M = Nb 6, Ta 7). Controlled hydrolysis reaction of 1 and 2 affords the oxo chlorido-bridged products [MCl(μ-Cl)(NtBu)py]2(μ-O) (M = Nb 8, Ta 9) in a quantitative way, while the treatment of these latter with one more equivalent of pyridine led to complexes [MCl2(NtBu)py2]2(μ-O) (M = Nb 10, Ta 11). Structural study of these dinuclear imido derivatives has been also performed by X-ray crystallography.

  14. Niobium Complexes As Lewis Acid and Radical Catalysts

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    Wayne Tikkanen

    2005-10-01

    The reaction of lithium pentaphenylcyclopentadiende (Li C{sub 5}Ph{sub 5}) with niobium pentachloride in dichloromethane or toluene produces insoluble red-orange solids whose C/H/Cl analyses are not consistent with C{sub 5}Ph{sub 5}NbCl{sub 4}. Addition of an acetonitrile solution of LiC{sub 5}Ph{sub 5} with NbCl{sub 5} gives C{sub 5}Ph{sub 5}NbCl{sub 4} observed as a transient product by NMR spectroscopy, which then abstracts H from the acetonitrile solvent to give HC{sub 5}Ph{sub 5} and presumably NbCl{sub 4}CH{sub 2}CN. Reversal of the order of addition gives the {center_dot}C{sub 5}Ph{sub 5} radical as characterized by MS and EPR spectroscopy. Attempts to prepare the trimethylsilyl derivative Me{sub 3}SiC{sub 5}Ph{sub 5} (a less reducing cyclopentadienyl group) were unsuccessful. Reaction was observed only in tetrahydrofuran, producing only Me{sub 3}SiO(CH{sub 2}){sub 4}C{sub 5}Ph{sub 4}(m-C{sub 6}H{sub 4}(CH3)) characterized by {sup 1}H, {sup 13}C NMR and mass spectroscopy. The trimethylsilyltetraphenylcyclopentadienyl derivative, Me{sub 3}Si(H)C{sub 5}Ph{sub 4}, was characterized by {sup 1}H, {sup 13}C NMR and mass spectroscopy. This compound reacts with NbCl{sub 5} to give HCl and ClSiMe{sub 3} and a mixture of HC{sub 5}Ph{sub 4}NbCl{sub 4} and Me{sub 3}SiC{sub 5}Ph{sub 4}NbCl{sub 4}.

  15. Single crystal niobium tubes for particle colliders accelerator cavities

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    Murphy, James E

    2013-02-28

    The objective of this research project is to produce single crystal niobium (Nb) tubes for use as particle accelerator cavities for the Fermi laboratory’s International Linear Collider project. Single crystal Nb tubes may have superior performance compared to a polycrystalline tubes because the absence of grain boundaries may permit the use of higher accelerating voltages. In addition, Nb tubes that are subjected to the high temperature, high vacuum crystallization process are very pure and well annealed. Any impurity with a significantly higher vapor pressure than Nb should be decreased by the relatively long exposure at high temperature to the high vacuum environment. After application of the single crystal process, the surfaces of the Nb tubes are bright and shiny, and the tube resembles an electro polished Nb tube. For these reasons, there is interest in single crystal Nb tubes and in a process that will produce single crystal tubes. To convert a polycrystalline niobium tube into a single crystal, the tube is heated to within a few hundred °C of the melting temperature of niobium, which is 2477 °C. RF heating is used to rapidly heat the tube in a narrow zone and after reaching the operating temperature, the hot zone is slowly passed along the length of the tube. For crystallization tests with Nb tubes, the traverse rate was in the range of 1-10 cm per hour. All the crystallization tests in this study were performed in a water-cooled, stainless steel chamber under a vacuum of 5 x10-6 torr or better. In earliest tests of the single crystal growth process, the Nb tubes had an OD of 1.9 cm and a wall thickness of 0.15 mm. With these relatively small Nb tubes, the single crystal process was always successful in producing single crystal tubes. In these early tests, the operating temperature was normally maintained at 2200 °C, and the traverse rate was 5 cm per hour. In the next test series, the Nb tube size was increased to 3.8 cm OD and the wall thickness was

  16. Crystal structures and compressibility of novel iron borides Fe2B7 and FexB50 synthesized at high pressure and high temperature

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    Bykova, E.; Gou, H.; Bykov, M.; Hanfland, M.; Dubrovinsky, L.; Dubrovinskaia, N.

    2015-10-01

    We present here a detailed description of the crystal structures of novel iron borides, Fe2B7 and FexB50 with various iron content (x=1.01(1), 1.04(1), 1.32(1)), synthesized at high pressures and high temperatures. As revealed by high-pressure single-crystal X-ray diffraction, the structure of Fe2B7 possesses short incompressible B-B bonds, which make it as stiff as diamond in one crystallographic direction. The volume compressibility of Fe2B7 (the bulk modulus K0= 259(1.8) GPa, K0‧= 4 (fixed)) is even lower than that of FeB4 and comparable with that of MnB4, known for high bulk moduli among 3d metal borides. FexB50 adopts the structure of the tetragonal δ-B, in which Fe atoms occupy an interstitial position. FexB50 does not show considerable anisotropy in the elastic behavior.

  17. Niobium-based sputtered thin films for corrosion protection of proton-irradiated liquid water targets for [18F] production

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    Skliarova, H.; Azzolini, O.; Cherenkova-Dousset, O.; Johnson, R. R.; Palmieri, V.

    2014-01-01

    Chemically inert coatings on Havar® entrance foils of the targets for [18F] production via proton irradiation of enriched water at pressurized conditions are needed to decrease the amount of ionic contaminants released from Havar®. In order to find the most effective protective coatings, the Nb-based coating microstructure and barrier properties have been correlated with deposition parameters such as substrate temperature, applied bias, deposition rate and sputtering gas pressure. Aluminated quartz used as a substrate allowed us to verify the protection efficiency of the desirable coatings as diffusion barriers. Two modelling corrosion tests based on the extreme susceptibility of aluminum to liquid gallium and acid corrosion were applied. Pure niobium coatings have been found to be less effective barriers than niobium-titanium coatings. But niobium oxide films, according to the corrosion tests performed, showed superior barrier properties. Therefore multi-layered niobium-niobium oxide films have been suggested, since they combine the high thermal conductivity of niobium with the good barrier properties of niobium oxide.

  18. Niobium Solar Mobile Project — High Strength Niobium Microalloyed Steel as a Solution to Improve Electric Super Scooter and Motorcycle Performance

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    Richards, Terry; Kauppi, Erik; Flanagan, Lauren; Ribeio, Eduardo A. A. G.; Nogueira, Marcos A. Stuart; McCourtney, Ian

    This paper presents the advantages of replacing mild steel with high strength niobium microalloyed steel in the structure of Electric Super Scooters, Electric Cargo Motorcycles and Solar Charging Stations. The Mini-Fleet-in-a-Box concept was developed by Current Motor to guarantee mobility, efficiency and solar generated electricity. With the adoption of niobium microalloyed high strength steel for more than 90% of the Super Scooter and Motorcycle structures, it was possible to redesign the frame, resulting in a 31% weight reduction and a very modern and functional body. Together with a new powertrain, these changes were responsible for increasing Motorcycle autonomy by more than 15%, depending on average speed. The new frame design reduced the number of high strain points in the frame, increasing the safety of the project. The Solar Charging Station was built using the container concept and designed with high strength niobium microalloyed steel, which resulted in a weight reduction of 25%. CBMM's facility in Araxá, Brazil was selected in the second half of 2013 as the demonstration site to test the efficiency of the Super Scooter and Solar Charging Station. Each Super Scooter has run more than 2,000 km maintenance-free with an autonomy of more than 100 km per charge.

  19. Melting, casting, and alpha-phase extrusion of the uranium-2. 4 weight percent niobium alloy

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    Anderson, R C; Beck, D E; Kollie, T G; Zorinsky, E J; Jones, J M

    1981-10-01

    The experimental details of the melting, casting, homogenization, and alpha-phase extrusion process used to fabricate the uranium-2.4 wt % niobium alloy into 46-mm-diameter rods is described. Extrusion defects that were detected by an ultrasonic technique were eliminated by proper choice of extrusion parameters; namely, reduction ratio, ram speed, die angle, and billet preheat temperature.

  20. Physical Properties of Niobium and Specifications for Fabrication of Superconducting Cavities

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    Antoine, C.; Foley, M.; Dhanaraj, N.; /Fermilab

    2011-07-01

    It is important to distinguish among the properties of niobium, the ones that are related to the cavity's SRF performances, the formability of the material, and the mechanical behavior of the formed cavity. In general, the properties that dictate each of the above mentioned characteristics have a detrimental effect on one another and in order to preserve the superconducting properties without subduing the mechanical behavior, a balance has to be established. Depending on the applications, some parameters become less important and an understanding of the physical origin of the requirements might help in this optimization. SRF applications require high purity niobium (high RRR), but pure niobium is very soft from fabrication viewpoint. Moreover conventional fabrication techniques tend to override the effects of any metallurgical process meant to strengthen it. As those treatments dramatically affect the forming of the material they should be avoided. These unfavorable mechanical properties have to be accounted for in the design of the cavities rather than in the material specification. The aim of this paper is to review the significance of the important mechanical properties used to characterize niobium and to present the optimal range of values. Most of the following information deals with the specification of sheets for cell forming unless otherwise noted.