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  1. Production of americium isotopes in France

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    The program of productions of americium 241 and 243 isotopes is based respectively on the retreatment of aged plutonium alloys or plutonium dioxide and on the treatment of plutonium targets irradiated either in CELESTIN reactors for Pu-Al alloys or OSIRIS reactor for plutonium 242 dioxide. All the operations, including americium final purifications, are carried out in hot cells equipped with remote manipulators. The chemical processes are based on the use of extraction chromatography with hydrophobic SiO2 impregnated with extracting agents. Plutonium targets and aged plutonium alloys are dissolved in nitric acid using conventional techniques while plutonium dioxide dissolutions are performed routine at 300 grams scale with electrogenerated silver II in 4M HNO3 at room temperature. The separation between plutonium and americium is performed by extraction of Pu(IV) either on TBP/SiO2 or TOAHNO3/SiO2 column. Americium recovery from waste streams rid of plutonium is realized by chromatographic extraction of Am(III) using mainly TBP and episodically DHDECMP as extractant. The final purification of both americium isotopes uses the selective extraction of Am(VI) on HDDiBMP/SiO2 column at 60 grams scale. Using the overall process a total amount of 1000 grams of americium 241 and 100 grams of americium 243 has been produced nowadays and the AmO2 final product indicates a purity better than 98.5%

  2. Preparation of americium amalgam

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    The authors describe a method for the electrochemical preparation of an americium amalgam from americium dioxide and americium 241 and 243 for use in determining the physicochemical properties of the alloy. Moessbauer spectra were made using neptunium dioxide, in the neptunium 237 form, as an absorber. Results show that electrolysis produces a homogeneous amalgam that gives an unoxidized product on vacuum distillation at 200 degrees C

  3. A TRUEX-based separation of americium from the lanthanides

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    Bruce J. Mincher; Nicholas C. Schmitt; Mary E. Case

    2011-03-01

    Abstract: The inextractability of the actinide AnO2+ ions in the TRUEX process suggests the possibility of a separation of americium from the lanthanides using oxidation to Am(V). The only current method for the direct oxidation of americium to Am(V) in strongly acidic media is with sodium bismuthate. We prepared Am(V) over a wide range of nitric acid concentrations and investigated its solvent extraction behavior for comparison to europium. While a separation is achievable in principal, the presence of macro amounts of cerium competes for the sparingly soluble oxidant and the oxidant itself competes for CMPO complexation. These factors conspire to reduce the Eu/Am separation factor from ~40 using tracer solutions to ~5 for extractions from first cycle raffinate simulant solution. To separate pentavalent americium directly from the lanthanides using the TRUEX process, an alternative oxidizing agent will be necessary.

  4. Americium recovery from reduction residues

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    Conner, W.V.; Proctor, S.G.

    1973-12-25

    A process for separation and recovery of americium values from container or bomb'' reduction residues comprising dissolving the residues in a suitable acid, adjusting the hydrogen ion concentration to a desired level by adding a base, precipitating the americium as americium oxalate by adding oxalic acid, digesting the solution, separating the precipitate, and thereafter calcining the americium oxalate precipitate to form americium oxide. (Official Gazette)

  5. Chemistry of americium

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    Schulz, W.W.

    1976-01-01

    Essential features of the descriptive chemistry of americium are reviewed. Chapter titles are: discovery, atomic and nuclear properties, collateral reading, production and uses, chemistry in aqueous solution, metal, alloys, and compounds, and, recovery, separation, purification. Author and subject indexes are included. (JCB)

  6. Transmutation of americium and curium incorporated in zirconia-based host materials

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    Presented are studies involving the incorporation of americium and curium in zirconia-based materials. First explored was the pseudo ternary system AmO2-ZrO2-Y2O3. It was determined that selected Y-CSZ materials can incorporate significant quantities of americium oxide and remain cubic single-phase. The cell parameters of these fluorite-type products were established to be linear with the AmO2 content. The Cm2O3-ZrO2 system was also investigated. It was found that at 25 mol% of CmO1.5, the Cm(III) stabilized zirconia in its cubic form (a = 5.21 ±0.01 Angstrom). At higher and lower concentrations, diphasic materials were encountered. At 50 mol% of CmO1.5, a pyrochlore oxide - Cm2Zr2O7 - is formed (a = 10.63 ±0.02 Angstrom). (author)

  7. Americium product solidification and disposal

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    The americium product from the TRUEX processing plant needs to be converted into a form suitable for ultimate disposal. An evaluation of the disposal based on safety, number of process steps, demonstrated operability of the processes, production of low-level alpha waste streams, and simplicity of maintenance with low radiation exposures to personnel during maintenance, has been made. The best process is to load the americium on a cation exchange resin followed by calcination or oxidation of the resin after loading

  8. Americium-based oxides: Dense pellet fabrication from co-converted oxalates

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    Horlait, Denis; Lebreton, Florent [CEA, DEN, DTEC/SDTC/LEMA, 30207 Bagnols-sur-Cèze (France); Gauthé, Aurélie [CEA, DEN, DRCP/SERA/LCAR, 30207 Bagnols-sur-Cèze (France); Caisso, Marie [CEA, DEN, DTEC/SDTC/LEMA, 30207 Bagnols-sur-Cèze (France); Arab-Chapelet, Bénédicte; Picart, Sébastien [CEA, DEN, DRCP/SERA/LCAR, 30207 Bagnols-sur-Cèze (France); Delahaye, Thibaud, E-mail: thibaud.delahaye@cea.fr [CEA, DEN, DTEC/SDTC/LEMA, 30207 Bagnols-sur-Cèze (France)

    2014-01-15

    Mixed oxides are used as nuclear fuels and are notably envisaged for future fuel cycles including plutonium and minor actinide recycling. In this context, processes are being developed for the fabrication of uranium–americium mixed-oxide compounds for transmutation. The purpose of these processes is not only the compliance with fuel specifications in terms of density and homogeneity, but also the simplification of the process for its industrialization as well as lowering dust generation. In this paper, the use of a U{sub 0.85}Am{sub 0.15}O{sub 2±δ} powder synthesized by oxalate co-conversion as a precursor for dense fuel fabrications is assessed. This study notably focuses on sintering, which yielded pellets up to 96% of the theoretical density, taking advantage of the high reactivity and homogeneity of the powder. As-obtained pellets were further characterized to be compared to those obtained via processes based on the UMACS (Uranium Minor Actinide Conventional Sintering) process. This comparison highlights several advantages of co-converted powder as a precursor for simplified processes that generate little dust.

  9. Experimental Insight into the Radiation Resistance of Zirconia-Based Americium Ceramics

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    Our works shows that the americium pyrochlore 241Am2Zr2O7 undergoes a phase transition to a defect-fluorite structure along with an unusual volume contraction when subjected to internal radiation from α-emitting actinides. Disorder relaxation proceeds through the simultaneous formation of cation anti sites and oxygen Frenkel pairs. X-ray absorption spectroscopy at the Am-LII and the Zr-K edges reveals that Am-O polyhedra show an increasing disorder with increasing exposure. In contrast, the Zr-O polyhedral units remain highly ordered, while rotating along edges and corners, thereby reducing the structural strain imposed by the growing disorder around americium. We believe it is this particular property of the compound that provides the remarkable resistance to radiation (≥9.4 * 1018) α-decay events g-1 or 0.80 dpa). (authors)

  10. Terbium base alloy

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    Composition of terbium-5-7 % gadolinium alloy with high magnetostriction sensitivity (180x10-8 Oe) is suggested. The alloy is designed for usage under cryogenic temperature within 500-1500 Oe fields. Magnetostriction sensitivity of the suggested alloy is by 2-2.5 times higher, than that of well-known before one. 1 tab

  11. Gamma-sources on the basis of metallic americium-241

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    A batch of gamma-radiation sources has been manufactured from metallic americium-241 of isotopic purity, its activity varying from 0.08 to 0.93 GBq. The cores of the sources are high-purity americium metal condensate on a tantalum or stainless steel substrate prepared by thermal decomposition of 241Pu-241Am alloy in a high vacuum. 7 refs., 1 tab

  12. Uranium-Based Cermet Alloys

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    The paper describes certain features of dispersion-hardened uranium-based cermets. As possible hardening materials, consideration was given to UO2, UC, Al2O3, MgO and UBe13. Data were obtained on the behaviour of uranium alloys containing the above-mentioned admixtures during creep tests, short-term strength tests and cyclic thermal treatment. The corrosion resistance o f UBe13-based uranium alloys was also studied. )author)

  13. Preparation of americium amalgam

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    Using the method of NGR-spectroscopy with the aid of 241Am isotope chemical state of transuranium elements in the volume and on the surface of amalgams is studied. Amalgam preparation was realized in a simplified electrolytic cell. It is shown that in the process of amalgam preparation the first order of reaction as to actinide is observed; americium is distributed gradually over the volume and it is partially sorbed by the surface of glass capillary. NGR spectrum of dry residue after mercury distillation at 200 deg C points to the presence of americium-mercury intermetal compounds

  14. Spectrochemical analysis of curium and americium samples

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    Spectrochemical procedures have been developed to determine impurities in americium and curium samples. The simultaneous separation of many impurity elements from the base material (americium and curium) is carried out with extraction and extraction-chromatographic methods using di-2-ethylhexylphosphoric acid. It is shown that part of the elements are separated with extraction or sorption of americium and curium; the other part with the Talspeak process. Two fractions in the extraction chromatography and three fractions in the extraction separation of americium and curium, containing impurities, are analyzed separately by a.c. or d.c. arc spectrography. To increase the sensitivity of the spectrographic analysis and accelerate the burn-up of impurities from the crater of the carbon electrode bismuth fluoride and sodium chloride were used as chemically active substances. The extraction of impurities from weighed quantities of americium and curium samples of 5 to 10 mg permits the lower limit of determined impurity concentrations to be extended to 1 x 10-4 to 5 x 10-3% m/m. (author)

  15. Dissertation on the computer-based exploitation of a coincidence multi parametric recording. Application to the study of the disintegration scheme of Americium 241

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    After having presented the meaning of disintegration scheme (alpha and gamma emissions, internal conversion, mean lifetime), the author highlights the benefits of the use of multi-parametric chain for the recording of correlated parameters, and of the use of a computer for the analysis of bi-parametric information based on contour lines. Using the example of Americium 241, the author shows how these information are obtained (alpha and gamma spectrometry, time measurement), how they are chosen, coded, analysed and stored, and then processed by contour lines

  16. Efficient Separation of Europium Over Americium Using Cucurbit-[5]-uril Supramolecule: A Relativistic DFT Based Investigation.

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    Sadhu, Biswajit; Sundararajan, Mahesh; Bandyopadhyay, Tusar

    2016-01-19

    Achieving an efficient separation of chemically similar Am(3+)/Eu(3+) pair in high level liquid waste treatment is crucial for managing the long-term nuclear waste disposal issues. The use of sophisticated supramolecules in a rigid framework could be the next step toward solving the long-standing problem. Here, we have investigated the possibility of separating Am(3+)/Eu(3+) pair with cucurbit-[5]-uril (CB[5]), a macrocycle from the cucurbit-[n]-uril family, using relativistic density functional theory (DFT) based calculations. We have explored the structures, binding, and energetics of metal-CB[5] complexation processes with and without the presence of counterions. Our study reveals an excellent selectivity of Eu(3+) over Am(3+) with CB[5] (ion exchange free energy, ΔΔGAm/Eu > 10 kcal mol(-1)). Both metals bind with the carbonyl portals via μ(5) coordination arrangement with the further involvement of three external water molecules. The presence of counterions, particularly nitrate, inside the hydrophobic cavity of CB[5], induces a cooperative cation-anion binding, resulting in enhancement of metal binding at the host. The overall binding process is found to be entropy driven resembling the recent experimental observations (Rawat et al. Dalton Trans. 2015, 44, 4246-4258). The optimized structural parameters for Eu(3+)-CB[5] complexes are found to be in excellent agreement with the available experimental information. To rationalize the computed selectivity trend, electronic structures are further scrutinized using energy decomposition analysis (EDA), quantum theory of atom in molecules (QTAIM), Mülliken population analysis (MPA), Nalewajski-Mrojek (NM) bond order, and molecular orbital analyses. Strong electrostatic ion-dipole interaction along with efficient charge transfer between CB[5] and Eu(3+) outweighs the better degree of covalency between CB[5] and Am(3+) leading to superior selectivity of Eu(3+) over Am(3+). PMID:26741954

  17. Americium-241 - ED 4308

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    This sheet presents the characteristics of Americium-241, its origin, and its radio-physical and biological properties. It briefly describes its use in nuclear medicine. It indicates its dosimetric parameters for external exposure, cutaneous contamination, and internal exposure due to acute contamination or to chronic contamination. It indicates and comments the various exposure control techniques: ambient dose rate measurement, surface contamination measurement, atmosphere contamination. It addresses the means of protection: premise design, protection against external exposure and against internal exposure. It describes how areas are delimited and controlled within the premises: regulatory areas, controls to be performed. It addresses the personnel classification, training and medical survey. It addresses the issue of wastes and effluents. It briefly recalls the administrative procedures related to the authorization and declaration of possession and use of sealed and unsealed sources. It indicates regulatory aspects related to the road transport of Americium-241, describes what is to be done in case of incident or accident (for the different types of contamination or exposure)

  18. Plutonium and Americium Geochemistry at Hanford: A Site Wide Review

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    Cantrell, Kirk J.; Felmy, Andrew R.

    2012-08-23

    This report was produced to provide a systematic review of the state-of-knowledge of plutonium and americium geochemistry at the Hanford Site. The report integrates existing knowledge of the subsurface migration behavior of plutonium and americium at the Hanford Site with available information in the scientific literature regarding the geochemistry of plutonium and americium in systems that are environmentally relevant to the Hanford Site. As a part of the report, key research needs are identified and prioritized, with the ultimate goal of developing a science-based capability to quantitatively assess risk at sites contaminated with plutonium and americium at the Hanford Site and the impact of remediation technologies and closure strategies.

  19. Nickel-base alloys combat corrosion

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    Agarwal, D.C. [VDM Technologies Corp., Houston, TX (United States); Herda, W. [Krupp-VDM GmbH, Werdohl (Germany)

    1995-06-01

    The modern chemical process industry must increase production efficiency to remain competitive. Manufacturers typically meet this challenge by utilizing higher temperatures and pressures, and more-corrosive catalysts. At the same time, the industry has to solve the technical and commercial problems resulting from rigid environmental regulations. To overcome these obstacles, new alloys having higher levels of corrosion resistance have been developed. These materials are based on increased understanding of the physical metallurgy of nickel-base alloys, especially the role of alloying elements. Results of many studies have led to innovations in nickel-chromium-molybdenum alloys containing both high and low amounts of nickel. Higher molybdenum and chromium contents, together with nitrogen additions, have opened up an entirely new class of alloys having unique properties. In addition, a new chromium-base, fully wrought super stainless steel shows excellent promise in solving many corrosion problems. These newer alloys have the ability to combat uniform corrosion, localized corrosion, and stress-corrosion cracking in the harsh halogenic environment of the chemical process industry. This article briefly lists some of the major highlights and corrosion data on recent nickel-chromium-molybdenum and nickel-molybdenum alloys, and the development of a chromium-base, wrought super-austenitic alloy known as Nicrofer 3033 (Alloy 33). Some comparisons with existing alloys are presented, along with a few commercial applications.

  20. Bulk amorphous Mg-based alloys

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    Pryds, Nini

    The present paper describes the preparation and properties of bulk amorphous quarternary Mg-based alloys and the influence of additional elements on the ability of the alloy to form bulk amorphous. The main goal is to find a Mg-based alloy system which shows both high strength to weight ratio and a...... low glass transition temperature. The alloys were prepared by using a relatively simple technique, i.e. rapid cooling of the melt in a copper wedge mould. The essential structural changes that are achieved by going from the amorphous to the crystalline state through the supercooled liquid state are...... discussed in this paper. On the basis of these measurements phase diagrams of the different systems were constructed. Finally, it is demonstrated that when pressing the bulk amorphous alloy onto a metallic dies at temperatures within the supercooled liquid region, the alloy faithfully replicates the surface...

  1. The Biokinetic Model of Americium

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    2011-01-01

    To improve in vivo measurements for detecting internal exposure from transuranium radio nuclides, such as neptunium, plutonium, americium, the bioknetic model was studied. According to ICRP report (1993, 1995, 1997) and other research, the

  2. Surface Bond Strength in Nickel Based Alloys

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    Ramesh, Ganesh; Padmanabhan, T. V.; Ariga, Padma; Joshi, Shalini; Bhuminathan, S.; Vijayaraghavan, Vasantha

    2012-01-01

    Bonding of ceramic to the alloy is essential for the longevity of porcelain fused to metal restorations. Imported alloys used now a days in processing them are not economical. So this study was conducted to evaluate and compare the bond strength of ceramic material to nickel based cost effective Nonferrous Materials Technology Development Center (NFTDC), Hyderabad and Heraenium S, Heraeus Kulzer alloy. An Instron testing machine, which has three-point loading system for the application of loa...

  3. Shape memory alloy based motor

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    S V Sharma; M M Nayak; N S Dinesh

    2008-10-01

    Design and characterization of a new shape memory alloy wire based Poly Phase Motor has been reported in this paper. The motor can be used either in stepping mode or in servo mode of operation. Each phase of the motor consists of an SMA wire with a spring in series. The principle of operation of the poly phase motor is presented. The motor resembles a stepper motor in its functioning though the actuation principles are different and hence has been characterized similar to a stepper motor. The motor can be actuated in either direction with different phase sequencing methods, which are presented in this work. The motor is modelled and simulated and the results of simulations and experiments are presented. The experimental model of the motor is of dimension 150 mm square, 20 mm thick and uses SMA wire of 0·4 mm diameter and 125 mm of length in each phase.

  4. Iron-based amorphous alloys and methods of synthesizing iron-based amorphous alloys

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    Saw, Cheng Kiong; Bauer, William A.; Choi, Jor-Shan; Day, Dan; Farmer, Joseph C.

    2016-05-03

    A method according to one embodiment includes combining an amorphous iron-based alloy and at least one metal selected from a group consisting of molybdenum, chromium, tungsten, boron, gadolinium, nickel phosphorous, yttrium, and alloys thereof to form a mixture, wherein the at least one metal is present in the mixture from about 5 atomic percent (at %) to about 55 at %; and ball milling the mixture at least until an amorphous alloy of the iron-based alloy and the at least one metal is formed. Several amorphous iron-based metal alloys are also presented, including corrosion-resistant amorphous iron-based metal alloys and radiation-shielding amorphous iron-based metal alloys.

  5. Iron - based bulk amorphous alloys

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    R. Babilas

    2010-07-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: The paper presents a structure characterization, thermal and soft magnetic properties analysis of Fe-based bulk amorphous materials in as-cast state and after crystallization process. In addition, the paper gives some brief review about achieving, formation and structure of bulk metallic glasses as a special group of amorphous materials.Design/methodology/approach: The studies were performed on Fe72B20Si4Nb4 metallic glass in form of ribbons and rods. The amorphous structure of tested samples was examined by X-ray diffraction (XRD, transmission electron microscopy (TEM and scanning electron microscopy (SEM methods. The thermal properties of the glassy samples were measured using differential thermal analysis (DTA and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC. The magnetic properties contained initial and maximum magnetic permeability, coercive force and magnetic after-effects measurements were determined by the Maxwell-Wien bridge and VSM methods.Findings: The X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy investigations revealed that the studied as-cast bulk metallic glasses in form of ribbons and rods were amorphous. Two stage crystallization process was observed for studied bulk amorphous alloy. The differences of crystallization temperature between ribbons and rods with chosen thickness are probably caused by different amorphous structures as a result of the different cooling rates in casting process. The SEM images showed that studied fractures could be classified as mixed fractures with indicated two zones contained “river” and “smooth” areas. The changing of chosen soft magnetic properties (μr, Bs, Hc obtained for samples with different thickness is a result of the non-homogenous amorphous structure of tested metallic glasses. The annealing process in temperature range from 373 to 773 K causes structural relaxation of tested amorphous materials, which leads to changes in their physical properties. The qualitative

  6. F-Alloy: An Alloy Based Model Transformation Language

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    Gammaitoni, Loïc; Kelsen, Pierre

    2015-01-01

    Model transformations are one of the core artifacts of a model-driven engineering approach. The relational logic language Alloy has been used in the past to verify properties of model transformations. In this paper we introduce the concept of functional Alloy modules. In essence a functional Alloy module can be viewed as an Alloy module representing a model transformation. We describe a sublanguage of Alloy called F-Alloy that allows the specification of functional Alloy modules. Module...

  7. Science and Technology for Americium Transmutation

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    Americium could be seen as the most troublesome element that is present in nuclear fuel. This thesis offers different points of view on the possibility of americium transmutation. The first point of view elaborates simulations of americium-bearing facilities, namely nuclear data, a popular computational code and modeling techniques. The second point of view is focused on practical usage of the simulations to examine upper limit of americium in a specific reactor

  8. Passivation of alloys on titanium base

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    Results of passivation studies on Ti-base alloys show that the inhibition of anodic processes on these alloys is determined not by the total thickness of passive film, but by its barrier layer. The protective properties of the barrier layer increase if the passive film is formed at anodic potentials more positive than +1.4V. They were determined not by chemical stability of barrier layer, but by an inhibition which is produced by this layer for ionic current along the anodic direction. The protective properties are related to character defectiveness and semiconductor properties of the barrier layer. Additions of Al, V, Mo, Zr, and Nb to titanium increase the anodic current in the passive state. Additions of Cr and Mn decrease this current, and Sn does not influence it. The direct electrochemical transition of titanium ions into solution (as TiO2+) is a main anodic process of titanium dissolution and its low alloyed alloys in the passive state. Double phase titanium alloys (after tempering) have a lower corrosion resistance than those in the homogeneous single phase state (after hardening). The less passive phase of double phase alloys dissolves perferentially. The less passive phases are: in the active state, α-phase; in transpassive state for Ti--Mo alloys, β-phase, containing in a high Mo percentage; and for Ti--Cr alloys, γ-phase, having more chromium. (U.S.)

  9. LASER CLADDING ON ALUMINIUM BASE ALLOYS

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    Pilloz, M.; Pelletier, J; Vannes, A.; Bignonnet, A.

    1991-01-01

    laser cladding is often performed on iron or titanium base alloys. In the present work, this method is employed on aluminum alloys ; nickel or silicon are added by powder injection. Addition of silicon leads to sound surface layers, but with moderated properties, while the presence of nickel induces the formation of hard intermetallic compounds and then to an attractive hardening phenomena ; however a recovery treatment has to be carried out, in order to eliminate porosity in the near surface...

  10. Americium incineration by recycling in target rods using coated particles

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    This paper proposes a type of target rod based on the use of coated particles, for an efficient incineration of americium in nuclear reactors. The analysis takes advantage of the experience gained in the past from long duration irradiation without damage of coated particles with plutonium oxide kernels. A conservative theoretical evaluation of the gas pressure inside the coated particles at the end of irradiation allows comparing the well known conditions of the plutonium oxide particles which were successfully irradiated to high burn-up, with a preliminary design of americium oxide particles. (authors)

  11. Oxygen diffusion in vanadium-based alloys

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    The experimental study of transport and equilibrium properties of oxygen in vanadium-based alloys was made by EMF measurements on solid electrolytic cells over the temperature range of 873 to 14230K. The oxygen diffusion in vanadium was not significantly modified by small additions of Ti, Cr, Ni, Nb and Ta. The increase in the activation energy for oxygen diffusion in the V-based alloys containing Cr, Ni, Nb and Ta probably reflects the effect of these substitutional solutes on the activity coefficient of oxygen. The oxygen activity was increased by the addition of 1 at % of Cr, Ni and Nb, and decreased by the addition of Ti and Ta. However, the effects in the alloys containing Nb and Ta are very small

  12. Irradiation creep of vanadium-base alloys

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    Tsai, H.; Billone, M.C.; Strain, R.V.; Smith, D.L. [Argonne National Lab., IL (United States); Matsui, H. [Tohoku Univ. (Japan)

    1998-03-01

    A study of irradiation creep in vanadium-base alloys is underway with experiments in the Advanced Test Reactor (ATR) and the High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR) in the United States. Test specimens are thin-wall sealed tubes with internal pressure loading. The results from the initial ATR irradiation at low temperature (200--300 C) to a neutron damage level of 4.7 dpa show creep rates ranging from {approx}0 to 1.2 {times} 10{sup {minus}5}/dpa/MPa for a 500-kg heat of V-4Cr-4Ti alloy. These rates were generally lower than reported from a previous experiment in BR-10. Because both the attained neutron damage levels and the creep strains were low in the present study, however, these creep rates should be regarded as only preliminary. Substantially more testing is required before a data base on irradiation creep of vanadium alloys can be developed and used with confidence.

  13. 21 CFR 872.3710 - Base metal alloy.

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    2010-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 8 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Base metal alloy. 872.3710 Section 872.3710 Food... DEVICES DENTAL DEVICES Prosthetic Devices § 872.3710 Base metal alloy. (a) Identification. A base metal alloy is a device composed primarily of base metals, such as nickel, chromium, or cobalt, that...

  14. Transmutation of Americium in Fast Neutron Facilities

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    Zhang, Youpeng

    2011-01-01

    In this thesis, the feasibility to use a medium sized sodium cooled fast reactor fully loaded with MOX fuel for efficient transmutation of americium is investigated by simulating the safety performance of a BN600-type fast reactor loaded with different fractions of americium in the fuel, using the safety parameters obtained with the SERPENT Monte Carlo code. The focus is on americium mainly due to its long-term contribution to the radiotoxicity of spent nuclear fuel and its deterioration on c...

  15. Creep of nickel-base alloys in high temperature water

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    Fish, J.S.; Attanasio, S.A.; Krasodomski, H.T.; Wilkening, W.W.; Was, G.S.; Cookson, J.; Yi, Y.

    1999-08-01

    Creep tests were performed to compare the creep behavior of commercial nickel-base alloys as a function of stress, temperature, and the environment. The results support earlier work that showed that low carbon alloys are more susceptible to creep and intergranular cracking than are high carbon alloys. Results also show a smaller influence of a water environment on the creep rate of commercial, creep-resistant alloys compared to high purity alloys.

  16. Vanadium-base alloys for fusion reactor applications

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    Vanadium-base alloys offer potentially significant advantages over other candidate alloys as a structural material for fusion reactor first wall/blanket applications. Although the data base is more limited than that for the other leading candidate structural materials, viz., austenitic and ferritic steels, vanadium-base alloys exhibit several properties that make them particularly attractive for the fusion reactor environment. This paper presents a review of the structural material requirements, a summary of the materials data base for selected vanadium-base alloys, and a comparison of projected performance characteristics compared to other candidate alloys. Also, critical research and development (R and D) needs are defined

  17. Progress in ODS Alloys: A Synopsis of a 2010 Workshop on Fe- Based ODS Alloys

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    Kad, Bimal [University of California, San Diego; Dryepondt, Sebastien N [ORNL; Jones, Andy R. [University of Liverpool; Vito, Cedro III [National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL); Tatlock, Gordon J [ORNL; Pint, Bruce A [ORNL; Tortorelli, Peter F [ORNL; Rawls, Patricia A. [National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL)

    2012-01-01

    In Fall 2010, a workshop on the role and future of Fe-based Oxide Dispersion Strengthened (ODS) alloys gathered together ODS alloy suppliers, potential industrial end-users, and technical experts in relevant areas. Presentations and discussions focused on the current state of development of these alloys, their availability from commercial suppliers, past major evaluations of ODS alloy components in fossil and nuclear energy applications, and the technical and economic issues attendant to commercial use of ODS alloys. Significant progress has been achieved in joining ODS alloys, with creep resistant joints successfully made by inertia welding, friction stir welding and plasma-assisted pulse diffusion bonding, and in improving models for the prediction of lifetime components. New powder and alloy fabrication methods to lower cost or improve endproduct properties were also described. The final open discussion centered on challenges and pathways for further development and large-scale use of ODS alloys.

  18. Synthesis and characterization of uranium-americium mixed oxides

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    Americium isotopes represent a significant part of high-level and long-lived nuclear waste in spent fuels. Among the envisaged reprocessing scenarios, their transmutation in fast neutron reactors using uranium-americium mixed-oxide pellets (U1-xAmxO2±δ) is a promising option which would help decrease the ecological footprint of ultimate waste repository sites. In this context, this thesis is dedicated to the study of such compounds over a wide range of americium contents (7.5 at.% ≤ Am/(U+Am) ≤ 70 at.%), with an emphasis on their fabrication from single-oxide precursors and the assessment of their structural and thermodynamic stabilities, also taking self-irradiation effects into account. Results highlight the main influence of americium reduction to Am(+III), not only on the mechanisms of solid-state formation of the U1-xAmxO2±δ solid solution, but also on the stabilization of oxidized uranium cations and the formation of defects in the oxygen sublattice such as vacancies and cub-octahedral clusters. In addition, the data acquired concerning the stability of U1-xAmxO2±δ compounds (existence of a miscibility gap, vaporization behavior) were compared to calculations based on new thermodynamic modelling of the U-Am-O ternary system. Finally, α-self-irradiation-induced structural effects on U1-xAmxO2±δ compounds were analyzed using XRD, XAS and TEM, allowing the influence of americium content on the structural swelling to be studied as well as the description of the evolution of radiation-induced structural defects. (author)

  19. Reduction Rates for Higher Americium Oxidation States in Nitric Acid

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    Grimes, Travis Shane [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States); Mincher, Bruce Jay [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States); Schmitt, Nicholas C [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States)

    2015-09-30

    The stability of hexavalent americium was measured using multiple americium concentrations and nitric acid concentrations after contact with the strong oxidant sodium bismuthate. Contrary to our hypotheses Am(VI) was not reduced faster at higher americium concentrations, and the reduction was only zero-order at short time scales. Attempts to model the reduction kinetics using zero order kinetic models showed Am(VI) reduction in nitric acid is more complex than the autoreduction processes reported by others in perchloric acid. The classical zero-order reduction of Am(VI) was found here only for short times on the order of a few hours. We did show that the rate of Am(V) production was less than the rate of Am(VI) reduction, indicating that some Am(VI) undergoes two electron-reduction to Am(IV). We also monitored the Am(VI) reduction in contact with the organic diluent dodecane. A direct comparison of these results with those in the absence of the organic diluent showed the reduction rates for Am(VI) were not statistically different for both systems. Additional americium oxidations conducted in the presence of Ce(IV)/Ce(III) ions showed that Am(VI) is reduced without the typical growth of Am(V) observed in the systems sans Ce ion. This was an interesting result which suggests a potential new reduction/oxidation pathway for Am in the presence of Ce; however, these results were very preliminary, and will require additional experiments to understand the mechanism by which this occurs. Overall, these studies have shown that hexavalent americium is fundamentally stable enough in nitric acid to run a separations process. However, the complicated nature of the reduction pathways based on the system components is far from being rigorously understood.

  20. Discontinuous precipitation in copper base alloys

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    K T Kashyap

    2009-08-01

    Discontinuous precipitation (DP) is associated with grain boundary migration in the wake of which alternate plates of the precipitate and the depleted matrix form. Some copper base alloys show DP while others do not. In this paper the misfit strain parameter, , has been calculated and predicted that if 100 > ± 0.1, DP is observed. This criterion points to diffusional coherency strain theory to be the operative mechanism for DP.

  1. Effects of alloying side B on Ti-based AB2 hydrogen storage alloys

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    王家淳; 于荣海; 刘庆

    2004-01-01

    Ti-based AB2-type hydrogen storage alloys are a group of promising materials, which will probably replace the prevalent rare earth-based AB5-type alloys and be adopted as the main cathode materials of nickelmetal hydride (Ni-MH) batteries in the near future. Alloying in side B is a major way to improve the performance of Ti-based AB2-type alloys. Based on recent studies, the effects of alloying elements in side B upon the performance of Ti-based AB2 -type hydrogen storage alloys are systematically reviewed here. These performances are divided into two categories, namely PCI characteristics, including hydrogen storage capacity (HSC), plateau pressure (PP), pressure hysteresis (PH) and pressure plateau sloping (PPS) , and electrochemical properties, including discharge capacity (DC), activation property (AP), cycling stability (CS) and high-rate dischargeability (HRD). Furthermore, the existing problems in these investigations and some suggestions for future research are proposed.

  2. Higher Americium Oxidation State Research Roadmap

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    Mincher, Bruce J. [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States); Law, Jack D. [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States); Goff, George S. [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States); Moyer, Bruce A. [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Burns, Jon D. [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Lumetta, Gregg J. [Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States); Sinkov, Sergey I. [Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States); Shehee, Thomas C. [Savannah River Site (SRS), Aiken, SC (United States). Savannah River National Lab. (SRNL); Hobbs, David T. [Savannah River Site (SRS), Aiken, SC (United States). Savannah River National Lab. (SRNL)

    2015-12-18

    The partitioning of hexavalent Am from dissolved nuclear fuel requires the ability to efficiently oxidize Am(III) to Am(VI) and to maintain that oxidation state for a length of time sufficient to perform the separation. Several oxidants have been, or are being developed. Chemical oxidants include Ag-catalyzed ozone, Ag-catalyzed peroxydisulfate, Cu(III) periodate, and sodium bismuthate. Hexavalent americium has also now successfully been prepared by electrolysis, using functionalized electrodes. So-called auto-reduction rates of Am(VI) are sufficiently slow to allow for separations. However, for separations based on solvent extraction or ion exchange using organic resins, the high valence state must be maintained under the reducing conditions of the organic phase contact, and a holding oxidant is probably necessary. Until now, only Cu(III) periodate and sodium bismuthate oxidation have been successfully combined with solvent extraction separations. Bismuthate oxidation provided the higher DAm, since it acts as its own holding oxidant, and a successful hot test using centrifugal contactors was performed. For the other oxidants, Ag-catalyzed peroxydisulfate will not oxidize americium in nitric acid concentrations above 0.3 M, and it is not being further investigated. Peroxydisulfate in the absence of Ag catalysis is being used to prepare Am(V) in ion exchange work, discussed below. Preliminary work with Ag-catalyzed ozone has been unsuccessful for extractions of Am(VI) from 6.5 M HNO3, and only one attempt at extraction, also from 6.5 M HNO3, using the electrolytic oxidation has been attempted. However, this high acid concentration was based on the highest Am extraction efficiency using the bismuthate oxidant; which is only sparingly soluble, and thus the oxidation yield is based on bismuthate solubility. Lower acid concentrations may be sufficient with alternative oxidants and work with Ag-ozone, Cu(III) and electrolysis is on-going. Two non

  3. Characterization of copper base alloys obtained by mechanical alloying

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    The micro and nano structure of mechanical alloys of Cu-Al, Cu-V and Cu-Ti obtained by reactive milling, using an Attritor mill, was analyzed by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and transmission electron microscope (TEM). In order to study the evolution of the alloys during the manufacturing process and during the period of service, the DSC and XRD were done before the mechanical milling, after 30 hours of milling and after hot extrusion of the alloyed powders. Using the Williamson-Hall and Klug-Alexander methods the size of the crystallites and the density of the dislocations in the prepared alloys were evaluated. In all the milled powder cases, the grain and crystallite size was found to be nanometric, the dispersoids were also nanometric and there was texture in the copper planes (220), in the cases of the milled Cu- Ti and Cu-V powders (au)

  4. Ti-V-Mn based alloys for hydrogen compression system

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    Dehouche, Z. [Institut de Recherche sur l' hydrogene, Universite du Quebec a Trois-Rivieres, C.P. 500, Trois-Rivieres, Que., G9A 5H7 (Canada)]. E-mail: zahir_dehouche@uqtr.ca; Savard, M. [Institut de Recherche sur l' hydrogene, Universite du Quebec a Trois-Rivieres, C.P. 500, Trois-Rivieres, Que., G9A 5H7 (Canada); Laurencelle, F. [Institut de Recherche sur l' hydrogene, Universite du Quebec a Trois-Rivieres, C.P. 500, Trois-Rivieres, Que., G9A 5H7 (Canada); Goyette, J. [Institut de Recherche sur l' hydrogene, Universite du Quebec a Trois-Rivieres, C.P. 500, Trois-Rivieres, Que., G9A 5H7 (Canada)

    2005-09-01

    Ti-V-Mn based hydrides are one family of alloys with improved hydrogenation properties and they have a great potential to replace the AB{sub 5} alloys as the sorption materials in hydrogen compression systems, although there still are many problems associated with their use, including unstable reversible hydrogen capacity and unfavorable thermodynamic properties. To gain a better understanding on the effect of the substitution elements and to optimize the alloy composition for high storage capacity, the influence of the alloy stoichiometry was investigated. Ti-Zr-V-Mn alloys were prepared by arc melting technique and were annealed in vacuum at temperature above 900 deg. C to obtain great sorption properties. Hydrogen absorption and desorption kinetics and PCT characteristics of these alloys at ambient temperature were measured and compared. These hydrogen storage features were also discussed in relation to the effect of alloy element compositions. Ti-Zr-V-Mn alloy cycling behavior was also examined.

  5. Ti-V-Mn based alloys for hydrogen compression system

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    Ti-V-Mn based hydrides are one family of alloys with improved hydrogenation properties and they have a great potential to replace the AB5 alloys as the sorption materials in hydrogen compression systems, although there still are many problems associated with their use, including unstable reversible hydrogen capacity and unfavorable thermodynamic properties. To gain a better understanding on the effect of the substitution elements and to optimize the alloy composition for high storage capacity, the influence of the alloy stoichiometry was investigated. Ti-Zr-V-Mn alloys were prepared by arc melting technique and were annealed in vacuum at temperature above 900 deg. C to obtain great sorption properties. Hydrogen absorption and desorption kinetics and PCT characteristics of these alloys at ambient temperature were measured and compared. These hydrogen storage features were also discussed in relation to the effect of alloy element compositions. Ti-Zr-V-Mn alloy cycling behavior was also examined

  6. Microstructures of nickel-base alloy dissimilar metal welds

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    Mouginot, Roman; Hänninen, Hannu

    2013-01-01

    Dissimilar metal welds (DMWs) between low-alloy steels (LAS), stainless steels (SS) and nickel-base alloys are very important in the design of conventional and nuclear power plants (NPPs). They help to reach better performances for high temperature environment but they can promote premature failure of components. Failure is often related to cracking in the heat affected zone of base materials. In this study, a literature review was conducted concerning the behavior of Inconel Ni-base alloy...

  7. Indentation toughness of Mo5Si3-based alloys

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    2002-01-01

    The indentation toughness of Mo5Si3 -based phases was studied with regard to different alloying elements, amount of alloying addition as well as the presence of secondary phases. Cr, Ti, Nb, Ni and Co were added as alloying elements. The results show that the indentation fracture toughness of Mo5Si3 increases with the alloying additions, from 2.4 Mpa *m1/2 for mon olithic to just over 3 Mpa*m1/2 for highly alloyed Mo5Si3. Small volume fractions of brittle secondary phases may have a positive impact on the inde ntation toughness; while larger fractions seems to lower the toughness.

  8. Study of americium sorption by humic acids

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    The results of investigation of influence of the cation content and acidity of soil solution on americium sorption by the humic acids have been shown. The most influence on the interphase distribution coefficient in the system 'humic acid - model soil solution' is caused by the presence of the iron (III), calcium ions and acidity of the solution. The increase of the sodium ions concentration in the solution makes an insignificant impact on the americium sorption. (Authors)

  9. Gut uptake factors for plutonium, americium and curium

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    Data on estimates of the absorption of plutonium, americium and curium from the human gut based on measurements of uptake in other mammalian species are reviewed. It is proposed that for all adult members of the public ingesting low concentrations of plutonium in food and water, 0.05% would be an appropriate value of absorption except when the conditions of exposure are known and a lower value can be justified. For dietary intakes of americium and curium, the available data do not warrant a change from the ICRP value of 0.05%. For newborn children ingesting americium, curium and soluble forms of plutonium, a value of 1% absorption is proposed for the first 3 months of life during which the infant is maintained on a milk diet. It is proposed that a value of 0.5% should be used for the first year of life to take account of the gradual maturation of the gut. In considering the ingestion of insoluble oxides of plutonium by infants, it is proposed that absorption is taken as 0.1% for the first 3 months and 0.05% for the first year. (author)

  10. Stress corrosion crack tip microstructure in nickel-based alloys

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    Stress corrosion cracking behavior of several nickel-base alloys in high temperature caustic environments has been evaluated. The crack tip and fracture surfaces were examined using Auger/ESCA and Analytical Electron Microscopy (AEM) to determine the near crack tip microstructure and microchemistry. Results showed formation of chromium-rich oxides at or near the crack tip and nickel-rich de-alloying layers away from the crack tip. The stress corrosion resistance of different nickel-base alloys in caustic may be explained by the preferential oxidation and dissolution of different alloying elements at the crack tip. Alloy 600 (UNS N06600) shows good general corrosion and intergranular attack resistance in caustic because of its high nickel content. Thermally treated Alloy 690 (UNS N06690) and Alloy 600 provide good stress corrosion cracking resistance because of high chromium contents along grain boundaries. Alloy 625 (UNS N06625) does not show as good stress corrosion cracking resistance as Alloy 690 or Alloy 600 because of its high molybdenum content

  11. Thermal sprayed iron base alloys coatings

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    Particularities of thermal spraying of iron-based alloys coatings are associated with sufficiently great values of parameter of melting difficulty (for Fe D = 2.08 I-10/sup 10/ kJ.kg/sup -1/.m/sup -3/), and relatively low values of coefficients-of heat accumulation (for Fe b=C.raw.Lambda /sub 0.5/=108 W.m/sup -2/.K.sec/sup-0.5/). These materials are less inclined to form quality coating under the influence of the thermal activation and therefore it is reasonable to use in addition the mechanical activation of substrate surface. The powder of iron-base alloy FeSi/sub 7/AI/sub 3.5/C/sub 2/ was obtained by melt-atomization with water hardening of droplets. The main phase components of powder are alpha and gamma -solid solution on base of Fe (austenite), cementite (Fe/sub 3/C), metastable rhombic lattice x-phase, and possibly metastable carbide Fe/sub 2/C. When the powder particles shape is oval which axis dimensions about 80 and 300 micro meter, the main phase components of detonation sprayed coatings in case of oxy-acetylene gas mixture are alpha and gamma -phases, in case of oxy-propane-butane mixture the coating phase component the same as initial powder. When the powder particles size is 63-100 micro meter, the coatings phase components are alpha and gamma - solid solutions, Fe/sub 3/C, x-phase, Fe/sub 2/C, Fe/sub 3/0/sub 4/ and FeO. The main phase components of FeSi/sub 7/B/sub 12,6/ powder are alpha-solid solution, borides Fe/sub 2/B and FeB, X- phase. The sprayed coatings have the same phase composition. These types of Fe-base alloys powders have relatively low cost, easy available and can used for deposition of wear resistant coatings. (author)

  12. ATOM PROBE STUDY OF TITANIUM BASE ALLOYS : PRELIMINARY RESULTS

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    Menand, A.; Chambreland, S.; Martin, C

    1986-01-01

    Two different titanium base alloys, Ti46 Al54 and Ti88.8 Cu2.3, Al8.9, have been studied by atom probe microanalysis. A precipitate of Ti2 Al was analysed in the binary alloys. Micro-analysis of Ti Cu Al alloy revealed the presence of Copper enriched zones. The study has also exhibited a penetration of Hydrogen in the samples, probably due to preparation technique. The results demonstrate the feasibility of studies on titanium base alloys by mean of atom probe.

  13. Hot rolling of intermetallics FeAl phase based alloys

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    G. Niewielski; D. Kuc; Schindler, I.; I. Bednarczyk

    2008-01-01

    Purpose: The one of major problem restricting universal employment of intermetallic phase base alloy istheir low plasticity which leads to hampering their development as construction materials. The following workconcentrates on possibilities to form through rolling process the alloys with various aluminium content.Design/methodology/approach: After casting and annealing, alloy specimens were subjected to axialsymmetriccompression at temperatures ranging from 900 to 1200°C at 10 s-1 strain rat...

  14. HIGH CYCLE FATIGUE PROPERTIES OF NICKEL-BASE ALLOY 718

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    K.Kobayashi; K.Yamaguchi; M.Hayakawa; M.Kimura

    2004-01-01

    The fatigue properties of nickel-base Alloy 718 with fine- and grain-coarse grains were investigated. In the fine-grain alloy, the fatigue strength normalized by the tensile strengtn was 0.51 at 107 cycles. In contrast, the fatigue strength of the coarse-grain alloy was 0.32 at the same cycles, although the fatigue strengths in the range from 103to 105 cycles are the same for both alloys. The fracture appearances fatigued at around 106 cycles showed internal fractures originating from the flat facets of austenite grains for both alloys. The difference in fatigue strength at 107 cycles between the fine- and coarse-grain alloys could be explained in terms of the sizes of the facets from which the fractures originated.

  15. Excessively High Vapor Pressure of Al-based Amorphous Alloys

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    Jae Im Jeong

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available Aluminum-based amorphous alloys exhibited an abnormally high vapor pressure at their approximate glass transition temperatures. The vapor pressure was confirmed by the formation of Al nanocrystallites from condensation, which was attributed to weight loss of the amorphous alloys. The amount of weight loss varied with the amorphous alloy compositions and was inversely proportional to their glass-forming ability. The vapor pressure of the amorphous alloys around 573 K was close to the vapor pressure of crystalline Al near its melting temperature, 873 K. Our results strongly suggest the possibility of fabricating nanocrystallites or thin films by evaporation at low temperatures.

  16. LASER CLADDING WITH COBALT-BASED HARDFACING ALLOYS

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    Frenk, A.; WagniÈre, J.-D.

    1991-01-01

    Preliminary results aimed at designing Co-based hardfacing alloys specifically for the laser cladding process are reported. Three alloys, ranging from hypo- to hypereutectic were deposited using scanning velocities between 1.7 and 170 mm/s. The microstructures and the dry sliding wear resistances of the clads were investigated. First trends relating composition to dry sliding wear resistance were deduced.

  17. Aqueous Chloride Operations Overview: Plutonium and Americium Purification/Recovery

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    Kimball, David Bryan [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States); Skidmore, Bradley Evan [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)

    2016-06-22

    Acqueous Chloride mission is to recover plutonium and americium from pyrochemical residues (undesirable form for utilization and storage) and generate plutonium oxide and americium oxide. Plutonium oxide is recycled into Pu metal production flowsheet. It is suitable for storage. Americium oxide is a valuable product, sold through the DOE-OS isotope sales program.

  18. Pyrochemical technology of plutonium and americium preparation and purification

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    Pyrochemical tecnology of metallic plutonium and americium preparation and purification is considered. Investigations into plutonium dioxide reduction up to metal; plutonium electrolytic refining in molten salts; plutonium extraction from the molten salts and preparation of americium dioxide and metallic americium from its tetrafluoride are described

  19. Formation of americium and europium humate complexes

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    Binding constants of americium and europium with a humic acid were determined to study if complex formation of trivalent actinide-humates affects dissolved species of the actinides in hydrosphere. The purified humic acid was characterized by means of UV-vis, IR, and pH titration, indicating high carboxylate capacity and low aromaticity. Binding constants of americium and europium humates were determined at pH 4.6 and 6.0 by solvent extraction using 241Am or 152Eu as a tracer. The binding constants for americium-humate obtained preliminarily suggest that complexes with humic acid are not negligible in speciation of trivalent actinides in hydrosphere. The obtained binding constants were nearly identical with those determined previously by the same procedures, but with humic acids of different origin and compositions. (author)

  20. Corrosion resistance improvement of titanium base alloys

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    Mihai V. Popa

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available The corrosion resistance of the new Ti-6Al-4V-1Zr alloy in comparison with ternary Ti-6Al-4V alloy in Ringer-Brown solution and artificial Carter-Brugirard saliva of different pH values was studied. In Ringer-Brown solution, the new alloy presented an improvement of all electrochemical parameters due to the alloying with Zr; also, impedance spectra revealed better protective properties of its passive layer. In Carter-Brugirard artificial saliva, an increase of the passive film thickness was proved. Fluoride ions had a slight negative influence on the corrosion and ion release rates, without to affect the very good stability of the new Ti-6Al-4V-1Zr alloy.

  1. Fabrication and characterization of niobium based Fe-Cr alloys via mechanical alloying

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    Niobium (Nb) based alloys and composites are currently used in various high temperature applications such as rocket engine nozzles, superconducting magnets, and automotive structural components. Niobium has also been traditionally employed as a micro-alloying element to fabricate high strength, low alloy steels and nickel based superalloys (example: Inconel 718) on account of its ability to form nano dispersions/precipitates which effectively impede high temperature grain growth. Traditionally, niobium alloys such as C-103 (Nb-10Hf-1Ti) and FS-85 (Nb-10W-28Ta-1Zr) having excellent high temperature properties have been fabricated using arc melting and e-beam melting methods. However these alloys have not been widely used on account of their high fabrication costs. On the other hand, nanostructured steels such as oxide dispersion strengthened (ODS) alloys (example: 12Y1, 12YWT, FeCrAl, HT-9, Hestalloy etc) are being proposed for high temperature structural applications for new generation nuclear reactors. In this context we present some of the work related to fabrication and characterization of some known ODS steel compositions with Nb as a micro-alloying element that is currently underway at the High Temperature Materials Laboratory at Virginia Commonwealth University in context of high temperature nuclear applications. (author)

  2. Processing TiAl-Based Alloy by Elemental Powder Metallurgy

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    2000-01-01

    TiAl-based alloys with various compositions (including Ti-48Al, Ti-47Al-2Cr-2Nb, Ti-47Al-2Cr-2Nb-0.2B and Ti-47Al-3Cr, in mole fraction) had been prepared by elemental powder metallurgy (EPM). The results have shown that the density of the prepared Ti-48Al alloy increases with increasing hot pressing temperature up to 1300℃. The Ti-48Al alloy microstructure mainly consisted of island-like Ti3Al phase and TiAl matrix at hot pressing temperature below 1300℃, however, coarse α2/γlamellar colonies and γ grains appeared at 1400℃. It has also indicated that the additions of elemental Cr and B can refine the alloy microstructure. The main microstructural inhomogeneity in EPM TiAl-based alloys was the island-like α2 phase or the aggregate of α2/γ lamellar colony, and such island-like structure will be inherited during subsequent heat treatment in (α+γ) field. Only after heat treatment in α field would this structure be eliminated. The mechanical properties of EPM TiAl-based alloys with various compositions were tested, and the effect of alloy elements on the mechanical properties was closely related to that of alloy elements on the alloy microstructures. Based on the above results, TiAl-based alloy exhaust valves were fabricated by elemental powder metallurgy and diffusion joining. The automobile engine test had demonstrated that the performance of the manufactured valves was very promising for engine service.

  3. Preparation of americium source for smoke detector

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    This report describes the method developed for the preparation of 241Am source for smoke detector. Americium was electrodeposited from iso-propyl alcohol medium on silver backing. Thin layer of gold (few hundred micro gram thick) was plated on the americium source to make it safe for handling. The thickness of plated gold was such that the alpha radiations from the 241Am source could escape out of the gold layer and cause ionisation in the surrounding air. The performance of the prepared sources were checked in a smoke detector and was found to be satisfactory and comparable to the imported sources. (author). 1 refs., 2 figs., 1 tab

  4. Stress corrosion cracking of nickel-base alloy weldments

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    Stress corrosion cracking (SCC) of weldments occurs in media such as chloride, hydrofluoric acid, polythionic acid, caustic soda and molten metals. Nickel-base alloys on account of their low SCC are preferred for weldments in the above media. However, the choice of a particular nickel-base alloy depends upon the condition in which they are used. Studies on this aspect are reviewed. In reprocessing plants, Ni-Cr-Mo alloy No6625 and No6455 are found suitable. The Ni-Cr alloy No6600 failed in BWR type reactor due intergranular SCC. The alloy No6690 which has a higher chromium content is immune to intergranular SCC. Reduction of free carbon in the matrix of the weld metal makes it resistant to intergranular SCC. (M.G.B.)

  5. Corrosion and wear protective composition modulated alloy coatings based on ternary Ni-P-X alloys

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    Leisner, P.; Benzon, M. E.; Christoffersen, Lasse; Panagopoulos, C. N.; Papachristos, V. D.; Katsikis, S.

    Scattered reporting in the litterature describes a number of ternary Ni-P-X alloyes (where X can be Co, Cr, Cu, Mo, Pd, Re or W) with promising corrosin and wear protective performance. Based on a systematic study of Ni-P-X alloys it is the intention to produce coatings with improved corrosion and...... wear performance compared with conventional coatings like electroless nickel, hard chromioum and anodised aluminium....

  6. Recovery of americium-241 from raffinates of plutonium purification columns

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    Recovery and purification of americium from ion exchange raffinates generated during purification of aged plutonium is described. The method consists of the following stages: (i) co-precipitation of americium with kilogramme quantities of rare earth oxalates, (ii) destruction of oxalate and removal of residual plutonium from nitric acid medium using anion exchange process, (iii) preliminary separation of americium making use of its preferential uptake on an anion exchange column from thiocyanate medium and (iv) extraction of americium and remaining rare earths into di-(2-ethyl hexyl) phosphoric acid followed by preferential back washing of americium by lactic acid medium containing DTPA. (author)

  7. Cr{sub 2}Nb-based alloy development

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    Liu, C.T.; Tortorelli, P.F.; Horton, J.A. [Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (United States)] [and others

    1996-08-01

    Alloys of Cr-Cr{sub 2}Nb with exceptionally high strength at 1200{degrees}C have been developed. However, these compositions suffer from limited ductility and toughness at room temperature. Despite improvements from processing modifications, as-fabricated defects still limit room temperature mechanical behavior. In contrast, an alloy system with only a small mismatch of the coefficients of thermal expansion of the two phases, Cr-Cr{sub 2}Zr, showed good fabricability. However, these alloys are weaker than Cr-Cr{sub 2}Nb compositions at high temperatures and have poor oxidation resistance. Silicide coatings can provide high-temperature oxidation and sulfidation protection of these alloys. Improvements in room temperature mechanical properties of Laves-phase-strengthened alloys will rely on further development based on increasing the ductility of the matrix phase by impurity control and compositional modifications.

  8. 1976 Hanford americium exposure incident: psychological aspects

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    Accidents involving exposure to radiation or radioactive materials may involve an unusual degree of emotional trauma. Methods that may be employed in dealing with such trauma are discussed in relation to a specific accident in which a radiation worker was injured and seriously contaminated with americium-241

  9. Americium separations from high salt solutions

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    Americium (III) exhibits an unexpectedly high affinity for anion-exchange material from the high-salt evaporator bottoms solutions--an effect which has not been duplicated using simple salt solutions. Similar behavior is observed for its lanthanide homologue, Nd(III), in complex evaporator bottoms surrogate solutions. There appears to be no single controlling factor--acid concentration, total nitrate concentration or solution ionic strength--which accounts for the approximately 2-fold increase in retention of the trivalent ions from complex solutions relative to simple solutions. Calculation of species activities (i.e., water, proton and nitrate) in such concentrated mixed salt solutions is difficult and of questionable accuracy, but it is likely that the answer to forcing formation of anionic nitrate complexes of americium lies in the relative activities of water and nitrate. From a practical viewpoint, the modest americium removal needs (ca. 50--75%) from nitric acid evaporator bottoms allow sufficient latitude for the use of non-optimized conditions such as running existing columns filled with older, well-used Reillex HPQ. Newer materials, such as HPQ-100 and the experimental bifunctional resins, which exhibit higher distribution coefficients, would allow for either increased Am removal or the use of smaller columns. It is also of interest that one of the experimental neutral-donor solid-support extractants, DHDECMP, exhibits a similarly high level of americium (total alpha) removal from EV bottoms and is much less sensitive to total acid content than commercially-available material

  10. On the mechanical properties of TiNb based alloys

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    Guo, Y. [SIMAP-CNRS, Institut Polytechnique de Grenoble, BP 75, St. Martin d’Hères 38402 (France); Georgarakis, K. [WPI Advanced Institute for Materials Research, Tohoku University, Sendai (Japan); SIMAP-CNRS, Institut Polytechnique de Grenoble, BP 75, St. Martin d’Hères 38402 (France); Yokoyama, Y. [WPI Advanced Institute for Materials Research, Tohoku University, Sendai (Japan); Yavari, A.R., E-mail: euronano@minatec.inpg.fr [SIMAP-CNRS, Institut Polytechnique de Grenoble, BP 75, St. Martin d’Hères 38402 (France)

    2013-09-15

    Highlights: •Systematic study of compressive behaviors of TiNb based alloys in different states. •Comparison between X-ray diffraction results in reflection and transmission mode. •High melting temperature TiNb based alloys were fabricated by copper mold casting. •Textures of studied alloys are analyzed through synchrotron radiation data. -- Abstract: A series of TiNb(Sn) alloys were synthesized by copper mold suction casting and subjected to different heat treatments (furnace cooling or water quenching). The microstructure, thermal and mechanical properties of the as-cast and heat treated samples were investigated. For the Ti–8.34 at.% Nb alloy, the as-cast and water quenched samples possess martensitic α′′ phase at room temperature and compression tests of these samples show occurrence of shape memory effect. For β phase Ti–25.57 at.% Nb alloys, stress-induced martensitic transformation was found during compression in the as-cast and water quenched samples. For the ternary Ti–25.05 at.%Nb–2.04 at.%Sn alloy, conventional linear elastic behavior was observed. It is shown that the addition of Sn increases the stability of the β phase. The Young’s moduli of these alloys were also measured by ultrasonic measurements. Water-quenched Ti–25.57 at.%Nb alloy was found to exhibit the lowest Young’s modulus value. Sn addition has small impact on the Young’s moduli of the TiNb alloys.

  11. Development of Mg-based Hydrogen Storage Alloy

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    2001-01-01

    Mg-based hydrogen storage alloys are considered as a promising candidate for hydrogen system because of its lightweight, high storage capacity, low price and rich mineral resources. In detail,we reviewed the preparation and properties of Mg-Ni-based hydrogen storage alloys. All kinds of attempts have been done to improve the hydriding and dehydriding behaviors. It is found that the partial substitution of foreign elements can decrease the hydrogen absorption temperature,especially the substitution of a more electronegative element, such as Al and Mn. Mechanical alloying (MA) and mechanical grinding (MG) are the most effective methods to improve the hydriding/dehydriding kinetics and electrochemical capacity, and decrease the desorption temperature, but the corrosion resistance is so poor that the 80% of maximum capacity is lost within ten cycles. Microencapsulation is a useful measurement for improving the corrosion resistance and electrocatalytic activity. In order to improve the properties of the alloys for practical application, the alloys should have a large number of defects, which give activated sites, subsequently,MA, MG and electroless plating should be used to improve the hydriding/dehydriding kinetics and protect the surface of alloys, respectively. The new composite Mg-based alloys give a new way for the hydrogen storage material to practical application. Furthermore we put forward several problems which will be discussed in future.

  12. Nonlinear Hamiltonian modelling of magnetic shape memory alloy based actuators.

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    Gauthier, Jean-Yves; Hubert, Arnaud; Abadie, Joël; Chaillet, Nicolas; Lexcellent, Christian

    2008-01-01

    This paper proposes an application of the Lagrangian formalism and its Hamiltonian extension to design, model and control a mechatronic system using Magnetic Shape Memory Alloys. In this aim, an original dynamical modelling of a Magnetic Shape Memory Alloy based actuator is presented. Energy-based techniques are used to obtain a coherent modelling of the magnetical, mechanical and thermodynamic phenomena. The Lagrangian formalism, well suited in such a case, is introduced and used to take int...

  13. Decontaminaion of metals containing plutonium and americium

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    Melt-slagging (melt-refining) techniques were evaluated as a decontamination and consolidation step for metals contaminated with oxides of plutonium and americium. Experiments were performed in which mild steel, stainless steel, and nickel contaminated with oxides of plutonium and americium were melted in the presence of silicate slags of various compositions. The metal products were low in contamination, with the plutonium and americium strongly fractionated to the slags. Partition coefficients (plutonium in slag/plutonium in steel) of 7 x 106 were measured with boro-silicate slag and of 3 x 106 with calcium, magnesium silicate slag. Decontamination of metals containing as much as 14,000 ppM plutonium appears to be as efficient as for metals with plutonium levels of 400 ppM. Staged extraction, that is, a remelting of processed metal with clean slag, results in further decontamination of the metal. The second extraction is effective with either resistance-furnace melting or electric-arc melting. Slag adhering to the metal ingots and in defects within the ingots is in the important contributors to plutonium retained in processed metals. If these sources of plutonium are controlled, the melt-refining process can be used on a large scale to convert highly contaminated metals to homogeneous and compact forms with very low concentrations of plutonium and americium. A conceptual design of a melt-refining process to decontaminate plutonium- and americium-contaminated metals is described. The process includes single-stage refining of contaminated metals to produce a metal product which would have less than 10 nCi/g of TRU-element contamination. Two plant sizes were considered. The smaller conceptual plant processes 77 kg of metal per 8-h period and may be portable.The larger one processes 140 kg of metal per 8-h period, is stationary, and may be near te maximum size that is practical for a metal decontamination process

  14. Microstructures and oxidation behavior of some Molybdenum based alloys

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    Ray, Pratik Kumar [Iowa State Univ., Ames, IA (United States)

    2011-01-01

    The advent of Ni based superalloys revolutionized the high temperature alloy industry. These materials are capable of operating in extremely harsh environments, comprising of temperatures around 1050 C, under oxidative conditions. Demands for increased fuel efficiency, however, has highlighted the need for materials that can be used under oxidative conditions at temperatures in excess of 1200 C. The Ni based superalloys are restricted to lower temperatures due to the presence of a number of low melting phases that melt in the 1250 - 1450 C, resulting in softening of the alloys above 1000 C. Therefore, recent research directions have been skewed towards exploring and developing newer alloy systems. This thesis comprises a part of such an effort. Techniques for rapid thermodynamic assessments were developed and applied to two different systems - Mo-Si alloys with transition metal substitutions (and this forms the first part of the thesis) and Ni-Al alloys with added components for providing high temperature strength and ductility. A hierarchical approach towards alloy design indicated the Mo-Ni-Al system as a prospective candidate for high temperature applications. Investigations on microstructures and oxidation behavior, under both isothermal and cyclic conditions, of these alloys constitute the second part of this thesis. It was seen that refractory metal systems show a marked microstructure dependence of oxidation.

  15. A Computationally Based Approach to Homogenizing Advanced Alloys

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    Jablonski, P D; Cowen, C J

    2011-02-27

    We have developed a computationally based approach to optimizing the homogenization heat treatment of complex alloys. The Scheil module within the Thermo-Calc software is used to predict the as-cast segregation present within alloys, and DICTRA (Diffusion Controlled TRAnsformations) is used to model the homogenization kinetics as a function of time, temperature and microstructural scale. We will discuss this approach as it is applied to both Ni based superalloys as well as the more complex (computationally) case of alloys that solidify with more than one matrix phase as a result of segregation. Such is the case typically observed in martensitic steels. With these alloys it is doubly important to homogenize them correctly, especially at the laboratory scale, since they are austenitic at high temperature and thus constituent elements will diffuse slowly. The computationally designed heat treatment and the subsequent verification real castings are presented.

  16. The shape memory effect in systems Cu-based alloys

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    330a The aim of this work was to analyse the mechanisms of hindered internal passivation of silver based alloys which was obtained by the modification of basic chemical composition. A generalisation of the phenomenon, experimental verification and the estimated range of micro-element concentration is also introduced. The ability for inoculation of a particular alloy is determined by the differences between the formation energies of oxides, as well as their crystallographic similarity. Therefo...

  17. Incorporation of Refractory Metals into Niobium Base Alloys

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    Antoni-Zdziobek, A.; Driole, J.; Durand, F; Durand, Franck

    1995-01-01

    Niobium-based alloys with additions such as Al, Ti and Mo were prepared in an inductive cold crucible. A process route was established to provide homogeneous ingots. Key ideas concerning the application of inductive cold crucible to preparation of refractory alloys are brought out. A model is proposed to explain and quantify the experimental observations, which couples the diffusive and convective heat transfers and the heat of mixing involved.

  18. Stabilized nanocrystalline iron-based alloys: Guiding efforts in alloy selection

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    Highlights: → A regular solution model for solute segregation is capable of estimating the effect of solutes on the stability of nanocrystalline Fe. → Stability increases for solutes having larger heats of segregation. → Zr and Ta had an effect on stabilizing the nanocrystalline microstructure of Fe, while Cr and Ni did not. - Abstract: Using a modified regular solution model for grain boundary solute segregation, the relative thermal stability of a number of Fe-based nanocrystalline binary alloys was predicted with considerable accuracy. It was found that nanocrystalline iron was strongly stabilized by zirconium, moderately stabilized by tantalum, and not significantly stabilized by nickel or chromium. These findings are fully in line with the aforementioned predictions. This success with iron based alloys highlights the utility of this practical approach to selecting stabilizing solutes for nanocrystalline alloys.

  19. Effect of Annealing on Rare Earth Based Hydrogen Storage Alloys

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    Li Jinhua

    2004-01-01

    Rare earth-based hydrogen storage alloy used as negative electrode materials for nickel-metal hydride (Ni-MH) batteries are used commercially.The effect of annealing treatment with different annealing temperature and time on the MLNi3.68 Co0.78 Mn0.35 Al0.27 and MMNi3.55 Co0.75 Mn0.40 Al0.30 alloys were investigated.The crystal microstructure,pressure-composition-isotherms (p-C-T) and electrochemical properties of alloys were examined by X-ray diffraction (XRD), automatic PCI monitoring system and electrical performance testing instruments.The optimum annealing treatment conditions of two kinds of alloys were determined.

  20. Development of analytical methods for the separation of plutonium, americium, curium and neptunium from environmental samples

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    Salminen, Susanna

    2009-01-01

    In this work, separation methods have been developed for the analysis of anthropogenic transuranium elements plutonium, americium, curium and neptunium from environmental samples contaminated by global nuclear weapons testing and the Chernobyl accident. The analytical methods utilized in this study are based on extraction chromatography. Highly varying atmospheric plutonium isotope concentrations and activity ratios were found at both Kurchatov (Kazakhstan), near the former Semipalatinsk...

  1. Status of Americium-241 recovery at Rocky Flats Plant

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    This paper is presented in two parts: Part I, Molten Salt Extraction of Americium from Molten Plutonium Metal, and Part II, Aqueous Recovery of Americium from Extraction Salts. The Rocky Flats recovery process used for waste salts includes (1) dilute hydrochloric acid dissolution of residues; (2) cation exchange to convert from the chloride to the nitrate system and to remove gross amounts of monovalent impurities; (3) anion exchange separation of plutonium; (4) oxalate precipitation of americium; and (5) calcination of the oxalate at 6000C to yield americium oxide. The aqueous process portion describes attempts to improve the recovery of americium. The first part deals with modifications to the cation exchange step; the second describes development of a solvent extractions process that will recovery americium from residues containing aluminium as well as other common impurities. Results of laboratory work are described. 3 figures, 6 tables. (DP)

  2. Plutonium and americium in soil organic matter

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    A gley soil from west Cumbria, with specific activities in its surface horizon of 5-10 kBq kg-1239,240Pu and comparable 241Am levels, has been used as a source of actinide-enriched organic fractions. Humic and fulvic acids were isolated by conventional alkali extraction and investigated by gel filtration, treatment with organic solvents and differential flocculation procedures. All these techniques are capable of resolving the organics into two or more fractions, with specific activities up to 80 kBq kg-239,240Pu. There is evidence for differentiation of plutonium and americium, with americium being concentrated, to some extent, in the lower molecular weight fractions from gel filtration. (author)

  3. Analytical performance of radiochemical method for americium determination in urine

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    This paper presents an analytical method developed and adapted for separation and analysis of Plutonium (Pu) isotopes and Americium (Am) in urine samples. The proposed method will attend the demand of internal exposure monitoring program for workers involved mainly with dismantling rods and radioactive smoke detectors. In this experimental procedure four steps are involved as preparation of samples, sequential radiochemical separation, preparation of the source for electroplating and quantification by alpha spectrometry. In the first stage of radiochemical separation, plutonium is conventionally isolated employing the anion exchange technique. Americium isolation is achieved sequentially by chromatographic extraction (Tru.spec column) from the load and rinse solutions coming from the anion exchange column. The 243Am tracer is added into the sample as chemical yield monitors and to correct the results improving the precision and accuracy. The mean recovery obtained is 60%, and the detection limit for 24h urine sample is 1.0 mBq L-1 in accordance with the literature. Based in the preliminary results, the method is appropriate to be used in monitoring programme of workers with a potential risk of internal contamination. (author)

  4. Development of separation techniques of americium from reprocessing solution

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    Americium(Am) and neptunium(Np) finally transfer to the waste stream in the current PUREX reprocessing process. As an option, some methods have been developed to recover Am and Np from the waste stream to decrease long-term toxicity of the high level waste. The most stable valence state of Am is III, but TBP (tri-n-butyl phosphate) which is an extractant used in the PUREX reprocessing does not extract Am(III). Therefore, some special extractants have been developed to recover Am(III). However, they also extract rare-earth elements(REs), which necessitates the separation process for Am from REs. We have been developing a separation process which consists of valence control of Am to the VI state and its extraction with TBP. This process allows Am recovery from reprocessing solution and Am separation from REs simultaneously. Americium(III) is oxidized to Am(VI) by electrochemical oxidation and chemical oxidation using peroxodisulfate ammonium and silver nitrate. The latter was adopted here because the chemical oxidation reaction proceeds faster than the electrochemical method. Reaction mechanisms of oxidation and extraction were investigated. Based on the mechanisms, we found that extraction efficiency could be improved and waste generation could be minimized. (author)

  5. Characterization of the microstructure in Mg based alloy

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    Kutbee, Arwa T

    2013-06-01

    The cast products Mg–Sn based alloys are promising candidates for automobile industries, since they provide a cheap yet thermally stable alternative to existing alloys. One drawback of the Mg–Sn based alloys is their insufficient hardness. The hardenability can be improved by engineering the microstructure through additions of Zn to the base alloy and selective aging conditions. Therefore, detailed knowledge about the microstructural characteristics and the role of Zn to promote precipitation hardening is essential for age hardenable Mg-based alloys. In this work, microstructural investigation of the Mg–1.4Sn–1.3Zn–0.1Mn (at.%) precipitation system was performed using TEM. The chemical composition of the precipitates was analyzed using EDS. APT was employed to obtain precise chemical information on the distribution of Zn in the microstructure. It was found from microstructural studies that different precipitates with varying sizes and phases were present; lath-shaped precipitates of the Mg2Sn phase have an incoherent interface with the matrix, unlike the lath-shaped MgZn2 precipitates. Furthermore, nano-sized precipitates dispersed in the microstructure with short-lath morphology can either be enriched with Sn or Zn. On the other hand, APT analysis revealed the strong repulsion between Sn and Zn atoms in a portion of the analysis volume. However, larger reconstruction volume required to identify the role of Zn is still limited to the optimization of specimen preparation.

  6. Creep properties of Zr-based alloys with Zr-xNb-xSn-Fe-Cr-Mn alloying system

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    To investigate the effect of Nb and Sn on the mechanical properties of Zr-based alloys with Zr-xNb-xSn-Fe-Cr-Mn alloying system, the Zr-based alloys were manufactured as two kinds of sheet specimens and tested for tensile properties and creep behaviors. PK2 alloy, which have more Sn content than Nb, showed higher tensile strength and creep resistance than PK1 alloy. With rising the applied stress and test temperature, PK1 and PK2 alloys increased the steady state creep rate and activation energy for the creep of the alloys. This behavior would be due to the effect of solid-solution hardening of Sn and the dislocation in worked structure. The stress exponent of the alloys also increased in response to rise the applied stress at the constant temperature. In the stress range of 50 to 180 MPa at 350 .deg. C and 400 .deg. C, the alloys showed creep deformation behavior due to diffusion and viscous dislocation glide mechanism below 4 of the stress exponent (n). Based on the higher stress exponent than 7. It is thought that the alloys were strained by dislocation climb mechanism at the applied stress over 100 MPa at 450 .deg. C

  7. Solubility of Plutonium (IV) Oxalate During Americium/Curium Pretreatment

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    Rudisill, T.S.

    1999-08-11

    Approximately 15,000 L of solution containing isotopes of americium and curium (Am/Cm) will undergo stabilization by vitrification at the Savannah River Site (SRS). Prior to vitrification, an in-tank pretreatment will be used to remove metal impurities from the solution using an oxalate precipitation process. Material balance calculations for this process, based on solubility data in pure nitric acid, predict approximately 80 percent of the plutonium in the solution will be lost to waste. Due to the uncertainty associated with the plutonium losses during processing, solubility experiments were performed to measure the recovery of plutonium during pretreatment and a subsequent precipitation process to prepare a slurry feed for a batch melter. A good estimate of the plutonium content of the glass is required for planning the shipment of the vitrified Am/Cm product to Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).The plutonium solubility in the oxalate precipitation supernate during pretreatment was 10 mg/mL at 35 degrees C. In two subsequent washes with a 0.25M oxalic acid/0.5M nitric acid solution, the solubility dropped to less than 5 mg/mL. During the precipitation and washing steps, lanthanide fission products in the solution were mostly insoluble. Uranium, and alkali, alkaline earth, and transition metal impurities were soluble as expected. An elemental material balance for plutonium showed that greater than 94 percent of the plutonium was recovered in the dissolved precipitate. The recovery of the lanthanide elements was generally 94 percent or higher except for the more soluble lanthanum. The recovery of soluble metal impurities from the precipitate slurry ranged from 15 to 22 percent. Theoretically, 16 percent of the soluble oxalates should have been present in the dissolved slurry based on the dilution effects and volumes of supernate and wash solutions removed. A trace level material balance showed greater than 97 percent recovery of americium-241 (from the beta dec

  8. Solubility of Plutonium (IV) Oxalate During Americium/Curium Pretreatment

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    Approximately 15,000 L of solution containing isotopes of americium and curium (Am/Cm) will undergo stabilization by vitrification at the Savannah River Site (SRS). Prior to vitrification, an in-tank pretreatment will be used to remove metal impurities from the solution using an oxalate precipitation process. Material balance calculations for this process, based on solubility data in pure nitric acid, predict approximately 80 percent of the plutonium in the solution will be lost to waste. Due to the uncertainty associated with the plutonium losses during processing, solubility experiments were performed to measure the recovery of plutonium during pretreatment and a subsequent precipitation process to prepare a slurry feed for a batch melter. A good estimate of the plutonium content of the glass is required for planning the shipment of the vitrified Am/Cm product to Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).The plutonium solubility in the oxalate precipitation supernate during pretreatment was 10 mg/mL at 35 degrees C. In two subsequent washes with a 0.25M oxalic acid/0.5M nitric acid solution, the solubility dropped to less than 5 mg/mL. During the precipitation and washing steps, lanthanide fission products in the solution were mostly insoluble. Uranium, and alkali, alkaline earth, and transition metal impurities were soluble as expected. An elemental material balance for plutonium showed that greater than 94 percent of the plutonium was recovered in the dissolved precipitate. The recovery of the lanthanide elements was generally 94 percent or higher except for the more soluble lanthanum. The recovery of soluble metal impurities from the precipitate slurry ranged from 15 to 22 percent. Theoretically, 16 percent of the soluble oxalates should have been present in the dissolved slurry based on the dilution effects and volumes of supernate and wash solutions removed. A trace level material balance showed greater than 97 percent recovery of americium-241 (from the beta dec

  9. Durable pd-based alloy and hydrogen generation membrane thereof

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    Benn, Raymond C.; Opalka, Susanne M.; Vanderspurt, Thomas Henry

    2010-02-02

    A durable Pd-based alloy is used for a H.sub.2-selective membrane in a hydrogen generator, as in the fuel processor of a fuel cell plant. The Pd-based alloy includes Cu as a binary element, and further includes "X", where "X" comprises at least one metal from group "M" that is BCC and acts to stabilize the .beta. BCC phase for stability during operating temperatures. The metal from group "M" is selected from the group consisting of Fe, Cr, Nb, Ta, V, Mo, and W, with Nb and Ta being most preferred. "X" may further comprise at least one metal from a group "N" that is non-BCC, preferably FCC, that enhances other properties of the membrane, such as ductility. The metal from group "N" is selected from the group consisting of Ag, Au, Re, Ru, Rh, Y, Ce, Ni, Ir, Pt, Co, La and In. The at. % of Pd in the binary Pd--Cu alloy ranges from about 35 at. % to about 55 at. %, and the at. % of "X" in the higher order alloy, based on said binary alloy, is in the range of about 1 at. % to about 15 at. %. The metals are selected according to a novel process.

  10. Cyclic and Linear Polarization of Yttrium-Containing Iron-Based Amorphous Alloys

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    Day, S D; Lian, T; Farmer, J C; Rebak, R B

    2007-08-10

    Iron-based amorphous alloys are produced by rapid solidification from the melt. These alloys may possess unique mechanical and corrosion resistant properties. The chemical composition of the alloy may influence the cooling rate that is necessary for the alloys to be completely vitreous. At the same time, the corrosion resistance of the amorphous alloys may also depend on their chemical composition. This paper examines the anodic behavior of iron-based amorphous alloys containing three different concentrations (1, 3 and 5 atomic %) of yttrium (Y) in several electrolyte solutions. Results from polarization resistance potentiodynamic polarization show that when the alloy contains 5% atomic Y, the corrosion resistance decreases.

  11. Variations of color with alloying elements in Pd-free Au-Pt-based high noble dental alloys

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    The effects of alloying addition of a small amount of base metals (In, Sn, Fe, Zn) on color variations in Pd-free Au-Pt-based high noble dental alloys were investigated in terms of rectilinear and polar color coordinates. The ternary Au-Pt-X (X = In, Sn, Fe, Zn) and quaternary Au-Pt-In-Y (Y = Sn, Fe, Zn) alloys were prepared from high purity component metals. The amount of alloying base metals, X and Y, were restricted up to 2 at.%. The alloying addition of a small amount of Fe, In, Sn, to a binary Au-10 at.% Pt alloy (referred to as AP10) effectively increased chroma, C *. On the other hand, the addition of Zn to the parent alloy AP10 did not change color coordinates greatly. The increase in chroma in the present Au-Pt-based high noble alloys was attributed to the increase in the slope of spectral reflectance curve at its absorption edge near 515 nm. It was found that the addition of a small amount of Fe to the parent alloy AP10 markedly increased lightness, L *, and the addition of Sn gave a very light tint of red to the parent alloy. Although red-green chromaticity index a * contributed to chroma to some extent, contribution of yellow-blue chromaticity index b * was much greater in determining chroma in this Pd-free Au-Pt-based multi-component alloys. The present results are expected to be valuable in case color is to be taken into account in designing Pd-free Au-Pt-based high noble dental alloys

  12. Cobalt-based ferromagnetic shape memory alloys

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    Kopeček, Jaromír; Jarošová, Markéta; Drahokoupil, Jan; Majtás, Dušan; Kratochvílová, Irena; Heczko, Oleg

    Beijing : Chinese Association for Crystal Growth, 2010 - (Jiang, M.; Chen, C.). GM2 ISBN N. [International Conference on Crystal Growth /16./ (ICCG-16). 08.08.2010-13. 08.2010, Beijing] R&D Projects: GA ČR(CZ) GA101/09/0702; GA ČR GAP107/10/0824 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z10100520 Keywords : shape memory alloys * crystal growth * SBSD method * metallography Subject RIV: BM - Solid Matter Physics ; Magnetism http://210.72.154.189/Prelim_Abstract_Display.php?EID=1757

  13. Cr{sub 2}Nb-based alloy development

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    Liu, C.T.; Tortorelli, P.F.; Horton, J.A.; Easton, D.S.; Heatherly, L.

    1996-06-01

    The objective of this work is to develop a new generation of structural materials based on intermetallic alloys for use at high temperatures in advanced fossil energy conversion systems. Target applications of such ultrahigh strength alloys include hot components (for example, air heat exchangers) in advanced energy conversion systems and heat engines. However, these materials may also find use as wear-resistant parts in coal handling systems (for example, nozzles), drill bits for oil/gas wells, and valve guides in diesel engines. One potential class of such alloys is that based on Cr-Cr{sub 2}Nb alloys. The intermetallic phase, Cr{sub 2}Nb, with a complex cubic structure (C-15) has been selected for initial development because of its high melting point (1770{degrees}C), relatively low material density (7.7 g/cm{sup 2}), and excellent high-temperature strength (at 1000 to 1250{degrees}C). This intermetallic phase, like many other Laves phases, has a wide range of compositional homogeneity suggesting the possibility of improving its mechanical and metallurgical properties by alloying additions.

  14. Determination of specific activity of americium and plutonium in selected environmental samples

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    The aim of this work was development of method for determination of americium and plutonium in environmental samples. Developed method was evaluated on soil samples and after they was applied on selected samples of fishes (smoked mackerel, herring and fillet from Alaska hake). The method for separation of americium is based on liquid separation with Aliquate-336, precipitation with oxalic acid and using of chromatographic material TRU-SpecTM.The intervals of radiochemical yields were from 13.0% to 80.9% for plutonium-236 and from 10.5% to 100% for americium-241. Determined specific activities of plutonium-239,240 were from (2.3 ± 1.4) mBq/kg to (82 ± 29) mBq/kg, the specific activities of plutonium-238 were from (14.2 ± 3.7) mBq/kg to (708 ± 86) mBq/kg. The specific activities of americium-241 were from (1.4 ± 0.9) mBq/kg to (3360 ± 210) mBq/kg. The fishes from Baltic Sea as well as from North Sea show highest specific activities then fresh-water fishes from Slovakia. Therefore the monitoring of alpha radionuclides in foods imported from territories with nuclear testing is recommended

  15. Strain heterogeneity and the production of coarse grains in mechanically alloyed iron-based PM2000 alloy

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    Capdevila, Carlos; Miller, U; Jelenak, H; Bhadeshia, H. K. D. H.

    2001-01-01

    Mechanically alloyed iron-based ODS alloys have the potential for application in heat exchangers for biomass processing, with gas operating temperatures and pressures of approximately 1100°C and 15–30 bar. The yttria dispersion in such alloys improves the high-temperature creep and stress rupture life. The elevated temperature strength is enhanced by the development of a coarse-grained microstructure during recrystallisation. Factors controlling the evolution of this desirable micros...

  16. Hot rolling of intermetallics FeAl phase based alloys

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    2008-02-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: The one of major problem restricting universal employment of intermetallic phase base alloy istheir low plasticity which leads to hampering their development as construction materials. The following workconcentrates on possibilities to form through rolling process the alloys with various aluminium content.Design/methodology/approach: After casting and annealing, alloy specimens were subjected to axialsymmetriccompression at temperatures ranging from 900 to 1200°C at 10 s-1 strain rates. In order to analyse theprocesses which take place during deformation, the specimens after deformation were intensely cooled with water.Structural examination was carried out using light microscopy. The process was conducted on the K -350 quartorolling mill used for hot rolling of flat products. The process was conducted in some stages in at temperaturesranging from 1200-900°C:Findings: The research carried out enabled the understanding of the phenomena taking place during hot rolling ofthe investigated alloy. An alloy with 38%at. aluminium concentration can be plastically formed at a temperature of upto 900°C, which has been also confirmed in plastometric studies conducted in the form of hot compression tests.Research limitations/implications:Practical implications: The obtained sheets can be used as constructional elements working in complex stressfields, at a high temperature and corrosive environmentsOriginality/value: The tests have shown that it is possible to form the investigated alloys through rolling processingonly where shields are applied. Rolling of the alloys without shields led to the occurrence of a grid of cracks.

  17. Incentives for transmutation of americium in thermal reactors

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    This report describes possible benefits when americium is irradiated in a thermal reactor. If all plutonium is partitioned from spent fuel, americium is the main contributor to the radiotoxicity of spent fuel upto several thousands of years of storage. It is shown that americium can be transmuted to other nuclides upon irradiation in a thermal reactor, leading to a 50% reduction of the radiotoxicity of neptunium, which can be an important contributor to the dose due to leakage of nuclides after one million years of storage. The radiotoxicity of americium can be reduced considerably after irradiation for 3 to 6 years in a thermal reactor with thermal neutron flux of 1014 cm-2s-1. The strongly α and neutron emitting transmutation products can most probably not be recycled again, so a transmutation process is suggested in which americium is irradiated for 3 to 6 years and then put to final storage. It is shown that the radiotoxicity of the transmuation products after a storage time of about one hundred years can be considerably reduced compared to the radiotoxicity of the initial americium. The same holds for the α activity and heat emission of the transmutation products. Because plutonium in spent fuel contributes for about 80% to the radiotoxicity upto 105 years of storage, recycling and transmutation of plutonium has first priority. Transmutation of americium is only meaningful when the radiotoxicity of plutonium is reduced far below the radiotoxicity of americium. (orig.)

  18. Americium transfer studies using hollow fiber/extractant membranes

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    Americium can be removed from low acid/high nitrate feeds using hollow fiber membrane modules. Americium can be concentrated in the stripping solution. (Maximum observed concentration was a factor of 3.1). Accurel hollow fibers are less prone to leakage problems

  19. Positron lifetime study in dilute electron irradiated lead based alloys

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    Moya, G. [Lab. de Physique des Materiaux, 13 Marseille (France); Li, X.H. [D.R.F.M., S.P.2.M., M.P., C.E.N.G., 38 Grenoble (France); Menai, A. [Lab. de Physique des Materiaux, 13 Marseille (France); Kherraz, M. [Lab. de Physique des Materiaux, 13 Marseille (France); Amenzou, H. [Lab. de Physique des Materiaux, 13 Marseille (France); Bernardini, J. [Lab. de Metallurgie, 13 Marseille (France); Moser, P. [D.R.F.M., S.P.2.M., M.P., C.E.N.G., 38 Grenoble (France)

    1995-06-01

    The recovery of defects in two dilute solute-lead based alloys (Pb-Au, Pb-Cd) has been followed by positron lifetime measurements after a 3 MeV electron irradiation at 20 K. Two distinct isochronal annealing stages, the first centred at about 150 K and the other around 275 K, are to be observed as exactly the same in both the pure Pb and dilute alloys but the vacancy clustering over the second stage seen in lead and Pb-Au is completely suppressed in the Pb-Cd alloy. The results are discussed in terms of a high interaction between the cadmium atoms and vacancies in agreement with a probable presence of atomic excitons. (orig.)

  20. Enhanced Corrosion Resistance of Iron-Based Amorphous Alloys

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    Rebak, R B; Day, S D; Lian, T; Aprigliano, L F; Hailey, P D; Farmer, J C

    2007-02-18

    Iron-based amorphous alloys possess enhanced hardness and are highly resistant to corrosion, which make them desirable for wear applications in corrosive environments. It was of interest to examine the behavior of amorphous alloys during anodic polarization in concentrated salt solutions and in the salt-fog testing. Results from the testing of one amorphous material (SAM2X5) both in ribbon form and as an applied coating are reported here. Cyclic polarization tests were performed on SAM2X5 ribbon as well as on other nuclear engineering materials. SAM2X5 showed the highest resistance to localized corrosion in 5 M CaCl{sub 2} solution at 105 C. Salt fog tests of 316L SS and Alloy 22 coupons coated with amorphous SAM2X5 powder showed resistance to rusting. Partial devitrification may be responsible for isolated pinpoint rust spots in some coatings.

  1. Positron lifetime study in dilute electron irradiated lead based alloys

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    The recovery of defects in two dilute solute-lead based alloys (Pb-Au, Pb-Cd) has been followed by positron lifetime measurements after a 3 MeV electron irradiation at 20 K. Two distinct isochronal annealing stages, the first centred at about 150 K and the other around 275 K, are to be observed as exactly the same in both the pure Pb and dilute alloys but the vacancy clustering over the second stage seen in lead and Pb-Au is completely suppressed in the Pb-Cd alloy. The results are discussed in terms of a high interaction between the cadmium atoms and vacancies in agreement with a probable presence of atomic excitons. (orig.)

  2. Improved Mg-based alloys for hydrogen storage

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    Sapru, K.; Ming, L.; Stetson, N.T.; Evans, J. [Energy Conversion Devices, Inc., Troy, MI (United States)

    1998-08-01

    The overall objective of this on-going work is to develop low temperature alloys capable of reversibly storing at least 3 wt.% hydrogen, allowing greater than for 2 wt.% at the system level which is required by most applications. Surface modification of Mg can be used to improve its H-sorption kinetics. The authors show here that the same Mg-transition metal-based multi-component alloy when prepared by melt-spinning results in a more homogeneous materials with a higher plateau pressure as compared to preparing the material by mechanical grinding. They have also shown that mechanically alloyed Mg{sub 50}Al{sub 45}Zn{sub 5} results in a sample having a higher plateau pressure.

  3. Positron lifetime study in dilute electron irradiated lead based alloys

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    The recovery of defects in two dilute solute-lead based alloys (Pb-Au, Pb-Cd) has been followed by positron lifetime measurements after a 3 MeV electron irradiation at 20 K. Two distinct isochronal annealing stages, the first centered at about 150 K and the other around 275 K, are to be observed as exactly the same in both the pure Pb and dilute alloys but the vacancy clustering over the second stage seen in lead and Pb-Au is completely suppressed in the Pb-Cd alloy. The results are discussed in terms of a high interaction between the cadmium atoms and vacancies in agreement with a probable presence of atomic excitons. (authors). 3 figs., 9 refs

  4. Effect of B addition to hypereutectic Ti-based alloys

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    Louzguina-Luzgina, Larissa V. [Institute for Materials Research, Tohoku University, Katahira 2-1-1, Aoba-Ku, Sendai 980-8577 (Japan); Louzguine-Luzgin, Dmitri V. [WPI Advanced Institute for Materials Research, Tohoku University, Katahira 2-1-1, Aoba-Ku, Sendai 980-8577 (Japan)], E-mail: dml@imr.tohoku.ac.jp; Inoue, Akihisa [WPI Advanced Institute for Materials Research, Tohoku University, Katahira 2-1-1, Aoba-Ku, Sendai 980-8577 (Japan)

    2009-04-17

    The structure and mechanical properties of Ti-Fe-B and Ti-Fe-Co-B alloys produced in the shape of the arc-melted ingots of about 25 mm diameter and 10 mm height are studied. The hypereutectic alloys showed excellent compressive mechanical properties. The structures of the high-strength and ductile hypereutectic alloys studied by X-ray diffractometry and scanning electron microscopy were found to consist of the primary cubic cP2 intermetallic compound (TiFe-phase or a solid solution on its base) and a dispersed eutectic consisting of this cP2 intermetallic compound + BCC cI2 {beta}-Ti supersaturated solid solution phase. The addition of B increased mechanical strength. Si causes embrittlement owing to the formation of alternative intermetallic compounds. The structure and deformation behaviour were studied.

  5. Structure and magnetic properties of Fe-based amorphous alloys

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    K. Błoch

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: This paper presents studies relating to the structure, magnetic properties and thermal stability of the following bulk amorphous alloys: Fe61Co10Ti3-xY6+xB20 (where x = 0 or 1 Design/methodology/approach: The investigated samples were prepared in the form of rods by using the suction-casting method. The material structures were investigated using X-ray diffractometry and Mössbauer spectroscopy. The thermal stability was determined on the basis of Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC plots The magnetic properties were studied using a completely automated set up for measuring susceptibility and its disaccommodation. Findings: It was found that both alloys were amorphous in the as-cast state. The DSC curve obtained for Fe61Co10Ti2Y7B20 alloy exhibited one exothermic peak, while for the Fe61Co10Ti3Y6B20 sample, two peaks were distinguishable, corresponding to the crystallization of the sample. The bifurcation of the maximum on the DSC curve for the Fe61Co10Ti3Y6B20 sample may also testify to the presence of the primary crystallizing phase (FeCo23B6 [1,2]. Data obtained from the analysis of the magnetic susceptibility disaccommodation curves clearly show that in the Fe61Co10Ti3Y6B20 alloy there is less free volumes than in the second of the investigated alloys, this results in a lesser range of relaxation time. Moreover, Fe61Co10Ti3Y6B20 alloy exhibits the better time and thermal stability of magnetic properties In both of the studied alloys, at low frequencies, the total losses were comparable with those observed in classical silicon-iron alloys. Practical implications: A Ferrometer was used for the determination of core losses. Originality/value: The paper presents some researches of the Fe-based bulk amorphous alloys obtained by the suction-casting method.

  6. Electronic structure of compressed americium metal

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    Kolorenč, Jindřich; Shick, Alexander; Caciuffo, R.

    Cambridge: Cambridge University Press,, 2012 - (Anderson, D.; Boot, C.; Burns, P.), s. 177-182. (Materials Research Society Symposium Proceedings. 1444). ISBN 978-1-60511-421-7. ISSN 0272-9172. [2012 MRS Spring Meeting. Sacramento (CA), 09.04.2012-13.04.2012] R&D Projects: GA ČR(CZ) GAP204/10/0330; GA AV ČR IAA100100912 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z10100520 Keywords : americium * X-ray spectroscopy * LDA+DMFT Subject RIV: BM - Solid Matter Physics ; Magnetism http://journals.cambridge.org/article_S1946427412009463

  7. Purely inorganic coatings based on nanoparticles for magnesium alloys

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    Feil, Florian [DECHEMA e.V., Karl-Winnacker-Institut, Frankfurt am Main (Germany)], E-mail: feil@dechema.de; Fuerbeth, Wolfram; Schuetze, Michael [DECHEMA e.V., Karl-Winnacker-Institut, Frankfurt am Main (Germany)

    2009-03-30

    The chemical nanotechnology is offering a chance to apply stable inorganic coatings onto magnesium alloys. The cast alloy AZ91 as well as the wrought alloy AZ31 could be dip-coated with aqueous dispersions based on commercially available silica particles and various additives. The high surface activity of the nanoparticles and appropriate additives, e.g. boron, aluminium or alkali salts, help to densify these coatings under moderate conditions even suitable for those thermally precarious magnesium alloys. Another coating technique is based on the electrophoretic deposition of nanoparticles already containing all sintering aids. These particles could be synthesised by a base-catalysed sol-gel process. Polydiethoxysiloxane can act as an adhesion promoter for these coatings. Additionally concentration gradients of different oxides within these particles can adjust the coating properties, too. Usually single coatings are very thin (200-500 nm). However, multiple coating applications as well as a process involving special particle mixtures lead to coatings with a thickness of up to several micrometers. Even after thermal treatment at 200 or 400 deg. C these coatings stay crack-free. The composition and texture of these coatings were studied using IR, atomic force microscopy (AFM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and other techniques. Electrochemical impedance measurements show an improvement of the corrosion performance by these coatings. The coating resistance is improving with the coating thickness.

  8. Admittance Loci Based Design of a Plasmonic Structure Using Ag-Au Bimetallic Alloy Film

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    Kaushik Brahmachari; Mina Ray

    2013-01-01

    A theoretical study based on the use of admittance loci method in the design of surface plasmon resonance (SPR) based structure using Ag-Au bimetallic alloy film of different alloy fractions and nanoparticle sizes has been reported along with some interesting performance related simulated results at 633 nm wavelength. The sensitivity and other performance parameter issues of the structure based on the choice of correct alloy fraction and nanoparticle size of Ag-Au bimetallic alloy film have a...

  9. Monte Carlo modeling of spallation targets containing uranium and americium

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    Neutron production and transport in spallation targets made of uranium and americium are studied with a Geant4-based code MCADS (Monte Carlo model for Accelerator Driven Systems). A good agreement of MCADS results with experimental data on neutron- and proton-induced reactions on 241Am and 243Am nuclei allows to use this model for simulations with extended Am targets. It was demonstrated that MCADS model can be used for calculating the values of critical mass for 233,235U, 237Np, 239Pu and 241Am. Several geometry options and material compositions (U, U + Am, Am, Am2O3) are considered for spallation targets to be used in Accelerator Driven Systems. All considered options operate as deep subcritical targets having neutron multiplication factor of k∼0.5. It is found that more than 4 kg of Am can be burned in one spallation target during the first year of operation

  10. Melt Protection of Mg-Al Based Alloys

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    María J. Balart

    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available This paper reports the current status of Mg melt protection in view to identify near-future challenges, but also opportunities, for Mg melt protection of Mg-Al based alloys. The goal is to design and manufacture sustainable Mg alloys for resource efficiency, recycling and minimising waste. Among alternative cover gas technologies for Mg melt protection other than SF6: commercially available technologies containing―HFC-134a, fluorinated ketone and dilute SO2―and developed technologies containing solid CO2, BF3 and SO2F2, can potentially produce toxic and/or corrosive by-products. On the other hand, additions of alkaline earth metal oxides to Mg and its alloys have developed a strong comparative advantage in the field of Mg melt protection. The near-future challenges and opportunities for Mg-Al based alloys include optimising and using CO2 gas as feedstock for both melt protection and grain refinement and TiO2 additions for melt protection.

  11. Results from investigations with an instrumented impact machine on a molybdenum base alloy, nickel base alloys, and Incoloy 800

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    Experiments were performed on the molybdenum base alloy TZM, the nickel base alloys Nimocast 713 LC, Inconel 625, Nimonic 86, Hastelloy S, and the iron base alloy Incoloy 800 with an instrumented impact machine. The results are discussed in terms of absorbed impact energies and dynamic fracture toughness. In all cases the agreement between the energy determined by the dial reading and the energy determined by the integration of the load vs. load point displacement diagram was excellent. A procedure for the determination of the dynamic fracture toughness for load vs. load point displacement diagrams exhibiting high oscillations using an averaged curve is proposed. Using this procedure a pronounced influence of the experiments with tup and chisel (5.0 m/s and 0.1 m/s respectively) on the dynamic fracture toughness is not detectable. Using half the drop height, i.e. halving the total energy, lowers the dynamic fracture toughness values for these types of alloys. Low absorbed impact energies are often combined with high fracture toughness values. In these cases there is no or only a small reserve in deformation and/or stable crack growth. (Auth.)

  12. Investigation of the Precipitation Behavior in Aluminum Based Alloys

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    Khushaim, Muna S.

    2015-11-30

    The transportation industries are constantly striving to achieve minimum weight to cut fuel consumption and improve overall performance. Different innovative design strategies have been placed and directed toward weight saving combined with good mechanical behavior. Among different materials, aluminum-based alloys play a key role in modern engineering and are widely used in construction components because of their light weight and superior mechanical properties. Introduction of different nano-structure features can improve the service and the physical properties of such alloys. For intelligent microstructure design in the complex Al-based alloy, it is important to gain a deep physical understanding of the correlation between the microstructure and macroscopic properties, and thus atom probe tomography with its exceptional capabilities of spatially resolution and quantitative chemical analyses is presented as a sophisticated analytical tool to elucidate the underlying process of precipitation phenomena in aluminum alloys. A complete study examining the influence of common industrial heat treatment on the precipitation kinetics and phase transformations of complex aluminum alloy is performed. The qualitative evaluation results of the precipitation kinetics and phase transformation as functions of the heat treatment conditions are translated to engineer a complex aluminum alloy. The study demonstrates the ability to construct a robust microstructure with an excellent hardness behavior by applying a low-energy-consumption, cost-effective method. The proposed strategy to engineer complex aluminum alloys is based on both mechanical strategy and intelligent microstructural design. An intelligent microstructural design requires an investigation of the different strengthen phases, such as T1 (Al2CuLi), θ′(Al2Cu), β′(Al3Zr) and δ′(Al3Li). Therefore, the early stage of phase decomposition is examined in different binary Al-Li and Al-Cu alloys together with different

  13. Electrochemical oxidation of americium in nitric medium: study of reaction mechanisms; Oxydation de l'americium par voie electrochimique: etude des mecanismes

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    Picart, S.; Chartier, D.; Donnet, L.; Adnet, J.M. [CEA Valrho, (DCC/DRRV/SPHA), 30 - Marcoule (France)

    2000-07-01

    One alternative selected by the CEA for partitioning minor actinides from aqueous solutions containing fission products is the selective extraction of oxidized americium. This is the SESAME process (Selective Extraction and Separation of Americium by Means of Electrolysis) aimed to convert americium to oxidation state (VI) and then extract it with a specific extractant of high valences. This paper presents the study of the electrochemical oxidation of americium in nitric medium which represents an important stage of the process. The reaction can be divided into two main steps: oxidation of americium (III) to americium (IV), and then of americium (IV) to americium (VI). For the first oxidation step, a ligand L is needed to stabilize the intermediate species americium (IV) which disproportionates in its free form into americium (III) and (V). Phospho-tungstate or silico-tungstate are appropriate ligands because they are stable in concentrated nitric acid and show a great affinity for metallic cations at oxidation state (IV) (Table 1 lists the stability constants of americium (IV) complexes). The presence of the lacunary poly-anion lowers the potential of the americium (IV) / americium (Ill) redox pair (see Figure 5 for the diagram of the apparent formal potential of americium versus ligand concentration). This makes it thermodynamically possible to oxidize americium (III) into americium (IV) at the anode of an electrolyzer in nitric acid. For the second oxidation step, a strong oxidant redox mediator, like silver (II), is needed to convert complexed americium at oxidation state (IV) to oxidation state (V). The AmVL complex is then hydrolyzed to yield americyle (V) aqua ion. A spectroscopic Raman study with {sup 18}O labeled species showed that the oxygen atoms of the americyle moiety came from water. This indicates that water hydrolyzes the americium (V) complex to produce americyle (V) aqua ion, AmO{sub 2}{sup +}. This cation reacts with silver (Il) to give

  14. CuZn Alloy- Based Electrocatalyst for CO2 Reduction

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    Alazmi, Amira

    2014-06-01

    ABSTRACT CuZn Alloy- Based Electrocatalyst for CO2 Reduction Amira Alazmi Carbon dioxide (CO2) is one of the major greenhouse gases and its emission is a significant threat to global economy and sustainability. Efficient CO2 conversion leads to utilization of CO2 as a carbon feedstock, but activating the most stable carbon-based molecule, CO2, is a challenging task. Electrochemical conversion of CO2 is considered to be the beneficial approach to generate carbon-containing fuels directly from CO2, especially when the electronic energy is derived from renewable energies, such as solar, wind, geo-thermal and tidal. To achieve this goal, the development of an efficient electrocatalyst for CO2 reduction is essential. In this thesis, studies on CuZn alloys with heat treatments at different temperatures have been evaluated as electrocatalysts for CO2 reduction. It was found that the catalytic activity of these electrodes was strongly dependent on the thermal oxidation temperature before their use for electrochemical measurements. The polycrystalline CuZn electrode without thermal treatment shows the Faradaic efficiency for CO formation of only 30% at applied potential ~−1.0 V vs. RHE with current density of ~−2.55 mA cm−2. In contrast, the reduction of oxide-based CuZn alloy electrode exhibits 65% Faradaic efficiency for CO at lower applied potential about −1.0 V vs. RHE with current density of −2.55 mA cm−2. Furthermore, stable activity was achieved over several hours of the reduction reaction at the modified electrodes. Based on electrokinetic studies, this improvement could be attributed to further stabilization of the CO2•− on the oxide-based Cu-Zn alloy surface.

  15. Effect of Impurities and Cerium on Stress Concentration Sensitivity of Al-Li Based Alloys

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    孟亮; 田丽

    2002-01-01

    A notch sensitivity factor was derived in order to evaluate the stress concentration sensitivity of Al-Li based alloys. The factor values for the Al-Li alloy sheets containing various contents of impurities and cerium addition were evaluated by determining the mechanical properties. It is found that the impurities Fe, Si, Na and K significantly enhance the stress concentration sensitivity of the alloys 2090 and 8090, whereas cerium addition reduces the stress concentration sensitivity to a certain degree for the high strength alloys. However, an excess amount of cerium addition in the high ductility alloy 1420 can significantly increase the stress concentration sensitivity. As compared with conventional aluminum alloys, the Al-Li based alloys generally show high stress concentration sensitivity. Therefore, a special attention must be paid to this problem in the practical application of Al-Li based alloys.

  16. Modelling of americium stripping in the EXAm process

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    The EXAm process aims at recovering americium alone contained in the PUREX raffinate. The americium stripping model has been revised to take into account a change of stripping aqueous phase and up-to-date experimental results conducted within DRCP to improve knowledge about complexes. This work represents a first approximation at modelling americium stripping. The modelling work has led to synthesize the knowledge on chemical phenomenology and adopt assumptions that best reflect experimental results. The modelling has been implemented in PAREX code in order to simulate this step to prepare and understand tests to be carried out in mixer settlers. (authors)

  17. Smart materials based on shape memory alloys: examples from Europe

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    Shape memory alloys (SMAs) have become increasingly attractive as embedded actuators in polymers yielding adaptive composite structures. In particular, SMA-elements have been used to actively or passively control shape, elastic modules, internal stress level and damping capacity of such smart composites. In the passive approach, copper-base SMA-plates can be used as temperature-sensitive damping elements, an interesting solution to improve the vibrational behaviour of alpine skis for example. Active materials are obtained by the integration of pre-strained Ni-Ti-base thin wires in polymer matrix composites enabling control of the vibrational behaviour through the recovery-stress tuning technique. In this paper, some results of national research programmes in Belgium and Switzerland, mainly concerning the damping capacity, are shown and a new European project entitled ''adaptive composites with embedded shape memory alloy wires'' is presented in which partners from Belgium, Germany, Greece, Great Britain and Switzerland are collaborating. (orig.)

  18. Cr{sub 2}Nb-based alloy development

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    Liu, C.T.; Tortorelli, P.F.; Horton, J.A. [Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (United States)] [and others

    1995-06-01

    The objective of this task is to develop a new generation of structural materials based on intermetallic alloys for use as critical hot components in advanced fossil energy conversion systems. The intermetallic phase, Cr{sub 2}Nb, with a complex cubic structure (C-15) has been selected for this development because of its high melting point (1770{degrees}C), relatively low material density (7.7 g/cm{sup 2}), excellent high-temperature strength (at 1000 to 1250{degrees}C), and potential resistance to oxidation and corrosion. This intermetallic phase, like many other Laves phases, has a wide range of compositional homogeneity suggesting the possibility of improving its mechanical and metallurgical properties by alloying additions. The major engineering concern with Cr{sub 2}Nb and other A{sub 2}B Laves phases is their poor fracture toughness and fracture resistance at ambient temperatures. The single-phase Cr{sub 2}Nb is very hard ({approximately}800 DPH) and brittle at room temperature. Because of this brittleness, the development effort has concentrated on two-phase structures containing the hard intermetallic phase Cr{sub 2}Nb and the softer Cr-rich solid solution phase. Potential applications of Cr-Cr{sub 2}Nb alloys include hot components (for example, air heat exchangers and turbine blades) in advanced energy conversion systems and heat engines, wear-resistant parts in coal handling systems (e.g., nozzles), drill bits for oil/gas wells, and valve guides in diesel engines. Current studies are focuses on enhancement of fracture resistance in tension at ambient temperatures and oxidation resistance above 1000{degrees}C. This report summarizes recent progress on controlling microstructure and improving the mechanical and metallurgical properties and the high-temperature corrosion behavior of Cr-Cr{sub 2}Nb alloys through alloying conditions, material processing, and heat treatment.

  19. Toughness enhancement in TiAlN-based quarternary alloys

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    Sangiovanni, D.G., E-mail: davsan@ifm.liu.se; Chirita, V., E-mail: vio@ifm.liu.se; Hultman, L., E-mail: larhu@ifm.liu.se

    2012-03-30

    Improved toughness in hard and superhard thin films is a primary requirement for present day ceramic hard coatings, known to be prone to brittle failure during in-use conditions. We use density functional theory calculations to investigate a number of (TiAl){sub 1-x}M{sub x}N thin films in the B1 structure, with 0.06 {<=} x {<=} 0.75, obtained by alloying TiAlN with M = V, Nb, Ta, Mo and W. Results show significant ductility enhancements, hence increased toughness, in these compounds. Importantly, these thin films are also predicted to be superhard, with similar or increased hardness values, compared to Ti{sub 0.5}Al{sub 0.5} N. For (TiAl){sub 1-x}W{sub x}N the results are experimentally confirmed. The ductility increase originates in the enhanced occupancy of d-t{sub 2g} metallic states, induced by the valence electrons of substitutional elements (V, Nb, Ta, Mo, W). This effect is more pronounced with increasing valence electron concentration, and, upon shearing, leads to the formation of a layered electronic structure in the compound material, consisting of alternating layers of high and low charge density in the metallic sublattice, which in turn, allows a selective response to normal and shear stresses. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer DFT calculated mechanical properties of TiAlN-based quarternary alloys. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer (TiAl){sub 1-x}M{sub x}N alloys with M = V, Nb, Ta, Mo and W for 0.06 {<=} x {<=} 0.75. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Ductility enhancement induced by increased valence electron concentration (VEC). Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Alloys predicted to be superhard, with higher hardness than TiAlN. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The hardness/ductility combination implies enhanced toughness in all alloys.

  20. Toughness enhancement in TiAlN-based quarternary alloys

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    Improved toughness in hard and superhard thin films is a primary requirement for present day ceramic hard coatings, known to be prone to brittle failure during in-use conditions. We use density functional theory calculations to investigate a number of (TiAl)1−xMxN thin films in the B1 structure, with 0.06 ≤ x ≤ 0.75, obtained by alloying TiAlN with M = V, Nb, Ta, Mo and W. Results show significant ductility enhancements, hence increased toughness, in these compounds. Importantly, these thin films are also predicted to be superhard, with similar or increased hardness values, compared to Ti0.5Al0.5 N. For (TiAl)1−xWxN the results are experimentally confirmed. The ductility increase originates in the enhanced occupancy of d-t2g metallic states, induced by the valence electrons of substitutional elements (V, Nb, Ta, Mo, W). This effect is more pronounced with increasing valence electron concentration, and, upon shearing, leads to the formation of a layered electronic structure in the compound material, consisting of alternating layers of high and low charge density in the metallic sublattice, which in turn, allows a selective response to normal and shear stresses. - Highlights: ► DFT calculated mechanical properties of TiAlN-based quarternary alloys. ► (TiAl)1−xMxN alloys with M = V, Nb, Ta, Mo and W for 0.06 ≤ x ≤ 0.75. ► Ductility enhancement induced by increased valence electron concentration (VEC). ► Alloys predicted to be superhard, with higher hardness than TiAlN. ► The hardness/ductility combination implies enhanced toughness in all alloys.

  1. Self healing of damage in Fe-based alloys

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    Zhang, S.

    2015-01-01

    Steel components can exhibit premature and low-ductility creep fracture, when exposed to high temperatures for long times. The failure arises from the formation, growth and coalescence of ultra-fine cracks and cavities. Self healing of damage is a promising new approach to enhance the lifetime of the steel components, in particular for applications at high temperatures. This thesis aims to realize the self-healing of damage in Fe-based alloys and unravel the mechanism responsible for efficien...

  2. Combined thermodynamic study of nickel-base alloys. Progress report

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    Achievements during this period are the following: (1) initiation of a high-temperature study of the Ni-Ta system using the galvanic cell technique, (2) emf study of high-temperature thermodynamics in the Ni-Mo system, (3) measured heat capacity data on ordered and disordered Ni4Mo, (4) heat capacities of Ni and disordered Ni3Fe, and (5) computer correlation of thermodynamic and phase diagram data in binary Ni-base alloys

  3. High Temperature Internal Oxidation Behavior of Iron Based Alloys

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    A study of growth kinetics and microstructure of internal oxides in the iron-base alloys was carried out by an optical microscope and a scanning electron microscope, so that the growth mechanisms of the oxide precipitates in the internal oxidation zone could be understood in detail. Iron-based alloys, Fe-1%Al, Fe-1%Al-1%Hf, Fe-1%Cr, Fe-1%Cr-1%Hf and Fe-2%Hf, were oxidized in a sealed quartz tube containing Fe/FeO powder mixtures which maintained the oxygen partial pressure at the FeO decomposition pressure at 800 .deg. C for the various time periods to 121 hours. Results show that the growth rate of the oxide precipitates in the internal oxidation zone is controlled by the diffusion of oxygen. The variation of the solute element and the addition of Hf in the iron-base alloys led to a change in the depth of internal oxidation zone and in the oxide morphology. The internal precipitate adopted the form of continuous needles or feathers for the Fe-Al system, whereas that in the Fe-Cr and Fe-2%Hf systems adapted the form of discontinuous crystallites, that is, spheres or polyhedral crystallites. The mechanism of this morphological evolution was explained in detail

  4. Tribological properties of laser cladding TiB2 particles reinforced Ni-base alloy composite coatings on aluminum alloy

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    Long He; Ye-Fa Tan; Xiao-Long Wang; Qi-Feng Jing; Xiang Hong

    2015-01-01

    To improve the wear resistance of aluminum alloy frictional parts,TiB2 particles reinforced Ni-base alloy composite coatings were prepared on aluminum alloy 7005 by laser cladding.The microstructure and tribological properties of the composite coatings were investigated.The results show that the composite coating contains the phases of NiAl,Ni3Al,Al3Ni2,TiB2,TiB,TiC,CrB,and Cr23C6.Its microhardness is HV0.5 855.8,which is 15.4 % higher than that of the Ni-base alloy coating and is 6.7 times as high as that of the aluminum alloy.The friction coefficients of the composite coatings are reduced by 6.8 %-21.6 % and 13.2 %-32.4 % compared with those of the Ni-base alloy coatings and the aluminum alloys,while the wear losses are 27.4 %-43.2 % less than those of the Ni-base alloy coatings and are only 16.5 %-32.7 % of those of the aluminum alloys at different loads.At the light loads ranging from 3 to 6 N,the calculated maximum contact stress is smaller than the elastic limit contact stress.The wear mechanism of the composite coatings is micro-cutting wear,but changes into multi-plastic deformation wear at 9 N due to the higher calculated maximum contact stress than the elastic limit contact stress.As the loads increase to 12 N,the calculated flash temperature rises to 332.1 ℃.The composite coating experiences multi-plastic deformation wear,micro-brittle fracture wear,and oxidative wear.

  5. Preparation and research on poisoning resistant Zr-Co based hydrogen storage alloys

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    LI Hualing; WANG Shumao; JIANG Lijun; ZHANG Lidong; LIU Xiaopeng; LI Zhinian

    2008-01-01

    At present,all hydrogen storage alloys are poisoned by hydrogen mixed with CO,CO2,etc,which decreases the hydrogen storage property sharply.Zr-Co based hydrogen storage alloys with good poisoning resistance were prepared by alloying,fluorinating,and electroless plating.The experiment results show that the poisoning resistance of the Zr-Co based alloy was improved remarkably after the treatments.The poisoning resistance mechanism of the Zr-Co based hydrogen storage alloys was analyzed.

  6. Mixed chelation therapy for removal of plutonium and americium

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    Iron-binding compounds, 2,3-dihydroxybenzoic acid (DHBA), 2-hydroxybenzoic acid (HBA), and 2-(acetyloxy)benzoic acid (ABA), were tested for their ability to remove americium and plutonium from rats following intraperitioneal injection of the radionuclides as citrates (pH 5). Treatments, 2 mmol/kg, were given on days 3, 6, 10, 12 and 14 following the actinide injection. DHBA and HBA caused about a 20% decrease in liver retention of americium compared to the control value, and DHB caused a similar effect for plutonium. The above agents, co-administered with 0.5 mmol polyaminopolycarboxylic acid (PAPCA)-type chelons, did not change tissue retention of americium and plutonium from that due to the PAPCAs alone. Administration of americium and plutonium to the same rats is useful for studying removal agents since the two actinides behave independently in their biological disposition and response to removal

  7. Americium/Curium Disposition Life Cycle Planning Study

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    At the request of the Department of Energy Savannah River Office (DOE- SR), Westinghouse Savannah River Company (WSRC) evaluated concepts to complete disposition of Americium and Curium (Am/Cm) bearing materials currently located at the Savannah River Site (SRS)

  8. Corrosion of iron-base alloys by lithium

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    A review of corrosion mechanisms operating in lithium-iron-base alloy systems is presented along with data obtained with thermal-convection loops of niobium-stabilized 2 1/4 percent Cr-1 percent Mo steel and types 304L and 321 stainless steels. A corrosion rate of 2.3 μm/year (0.09 mil/year) was obtained on the 2 1/4 percent Cr-1 percent Mo steel at 6000C. Considerably more mass transport of alloying constituents and a maximum corrosion rate of about 14 μm/year (0.55 mil/year) was obtained with the austenitic stainless steels. Results of metallography, x-ray fluorescence analysis, scanning electron microscopy, and weight-change data are presented and discussed

  9. Pyrochemical investigations into recovering plutonium from americium extraction salt residues

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    Progress into developing a pyrochemical technique for separating and recovering plutonium from spent americium extraction waste salts has concentrated on selective chemical reduction with lanthanum metal and calcium metal and on the solvent extraction of americium with calcium metal. Both techniques are effective for recovering plutonium from the waste salt, although neither appears suitable as a separation technique for recycling a plutonium stream back to mainline purification processes. 17 refs., 13 figs., 2 tabs

  10. 1976 Hanford americium-exposure incident: external decontamination procedures

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    An accident resulted in the deposition on an injured workman's skin surfaces, in acid-burned areas and in lacerations, of something in excess of 6 mCi americium-241. The external decontamination procedures used, the change in americium content of the skin during the course of treatment, and some of the unusual problems encountered from the extrusion of foreign material and flaking of skin and scar tissue are described

  11. Characterization of cold-sprayed nanostructured Fe-based alloy

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    The ball-milled Fe-Si alloy was used as feedstock for deposition of nanocrystalline Fe-Si by cold spraying process. The microstructure of the as-sprayed nanostructured Fe-Si was characterized by using optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy. The grain sizes of the feedstock and as-sprayed deposit were estimated based on X-ray diffraction analysis. The microhardness and coercivity of the deposited Fe-Si alloy were characterized. The results showed that the as-sprayed deposit presented a dense microstructure. The mean grain size of the as-deposited Fe-Si was several tens nanometers and comparable to that of the corresponding milled feedstock. The temperature of driving gas presented little effect on the microstructure of cold-sprayed nanostructured Fe-Si deposit. The mechanical alloying induced oxygen contents up to 8 wt% in the feedstocks and subsequent deposits. The microhardness of the deposit reached about 400 Hv. The deposit achieved a high coercivity up to 190 kA/m indicating the potential possibility for applications to recording materials.

  12. Investigation of solidification dynamics of Zr-based alloys

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    Kobold, Raphael; Herlach, Dieter [Institut fuer Materialphysik im Weltraum, Deutsches Zentrum fuer Luft- und Raumfahrt, 51170 Koeln (Germany); Ruhr-Universitaet Bochum, 44780 Bochum (Germany)

    2013-07-01

    In contrast to experiments with most undercooled binary alloys the velocity of dendritic growth of a Cu50Zr50 alloy does not increase monotonically with undercooling but passes through a maximum and then decreases. To study this behaviour we investigate Zr-based alloys such as CuZr, NiZr and NiZrAl with Zirconium concentrations ranging from 36 to 64 at.% including eutectic and intermetallic phases. We use electrostatic levitation technique to melt and undercool samples with a diameter of 2-3 mm under ultra-high-vacuum conditions. Containerless processing is an effective tool for undercooling metallic melts far below their equilibrium melting temperatures since heterogeneous nucleation on container walls is completely avoided. During crystallisation of the undercooled melt the heat of crystallisation is released. The rapid increase of the temperature at the solid-liquid interface makes the solidification front visible. The velocities of the solidification front are recorded by using a high-speed camera with a maximum rate of 50.000 frames per second and are analyzed with a software for optical ray tracing. Furthermore, we try to model the growth velocity vs. the undercooling temperature and perform sample EBSD analysis with a scanning electron microscope.

  13. Metallic ion release from biocompatible cobalt-based alloy

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    Dimić Ivana D.

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Metallic biomaterials, which are mainly used for the damaged hard tissue replacements, are materials with high strength, excellent toughness and good wear resistance. The disadvantages of metals as implant materials are their susceptibility to corrosion, the elastic modulus mismatch between metals and human hard tissues, relatively high density and metallic ion release which can cause serious health problems. The aim of this study was to examine metallic ion release from Co-Cr-Mo alloy in artificial saliva. In that purpose, alloy samples were immersed into artificial saliva with different pH values (4.0, 5.5 and 7.5. After a certain immersion period (1, 3 and 6 weeks the concentrations of released ions were determined using Inductively Coupled Plasma - Mass Spectrophotometer (ICP-MS. The research findings were used in order to define the dependence between the concentration of released metallic ions, artificial saliva pH values and immersion time. The determined released metallic ions concentrations were compared with literature data in order to describe and better understand the phenomenon of metallic ion release from the biocompatible cobalt-based alloy. [Projekat Ministarstva nauke Republike Srbije, br. III 46010 i br. ON 174004

  14. Pack cementation diffusion coatings for iron-base alloys

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    Rapp, R.A. [Ohio State Univ., Columbus, OH (United States). Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering

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    With the aid of computer-assisted calculations of the equilibrium vapor pressures in halide-activated cementation packs, processing conditions have been identified and experimentally verified for the codeposition of two or more alloying elements in a diffusion coating on a variety of steels. The Cr-Si ferrite layers have proven to be very resistant to high temperature cyclic oxidation and to pitting in aqueous solutions. The process has been patented, and is being transferred for industrial application, e.g. for water walls of utility boilers, etc. In the proposed extension of this project, the use of mixed pure metal powders in the pack will be extended to achieve similar ferrite Fe-Cr-Al coatings with excellent oxidation resistance, with the eventual transfer of the technology to industry. In other recent studies, Ni-base alloy rods were aluminized by the halide-activated pack cementation process to bring their average composition to that for the ORNL-developed Ni{sub 3}Al, for use as a welding rod. A similar effort to develop a welding rod for the ORNL Fe{sub 3}Al alloy did not yield reproducible coating compositions or growth kinetics. The continued effort to produce Duriron-type (Fe-18Si-5Cr) coatings on steels was not successful. Literature for the intrinsic diffusion coefficients suggests that this task cannot be achieved.

  15. The thermal transient effect on some nickel-based alloys

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    This paper studies two nickel-based alloys after thermal transient tests. Two alloys were tested, namely Inconel 617 (UNS N06617) and Haynes 230 (UNS N06230). These materials are study for to be used in the construction of the steam generators of the future NPP reactors which must operate in severe conditions (high temperature, thermo-mechanical stress, aggressive media). The experiment consisted in thermal transient tests using a few scenarios: fast heating rates (50OC/minute) up to 1,000OC, maintaining this temperature level (0-60 minutes) and slowly/fast cooling. The metallographic analysis consisted in microstructure, micro-hardness determinations and traction tests. The average grain size was determined by linear interception method. The micro hardness was calculated by the relationship from the device technical book. On the traction diagrams the following mechanic characteristics were obtained: breaking resistance (Rm), elongation at rupture (A) and elastic modulus (E). The tested alloys were compared with the received materials. (authors)

  16. Crystallization kinetics of Fe based amorphous alloy

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    Shanker Rao, T.; Lilly Shanker Rao, T.

    2015-02-01

    Differential Scanning Calorimetry(DSC) experimental data under non-isothermal conditions for Fe based Metglas 2605SA1 (wt% Fe=85-95, Si=5-10, B=1-5) metallic glass ribbons are reported and discussed. The DSC Scans performed at different heating rates showed two step crystallization processes and are interpreted in terms of different models like Kissinger, Ozawa, Boswell, Augis & Bennett and Gao & Wang. From the heating rate dependence of the onset temperature (To) and the crystallization peak temperature (Tp), the kinetic triplet, activation energy of crystallization (E), Avrami exponent (n) and the frequency factor (A) are determined. The determined E for peak I is 354.5 ± 2.5 kJ/mol and for the peak II is 348.2 ± 2.2 kJ/mol, respectively. The frequency factor for peak I is 1.1 × 1023sec-1 and for peak II is 6.1 × 1020sec-1.

  17. Alloy 690 in PWR type reactors; Aleaciones base niquel en condiciones de primario de los reactores tipo PWR

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    Gomez Briceno, D.; Serrano, M.

    2005-07-01

    Alloy 690, used as replacement of Alloy 600 for vessel head penetration (VHP) nozzles in PWR, coexists in the primary loop with other components of Alloy 600. Alloy 690 shows an excellent resistance to primary water stress corrosion cracking, while Alloy 600 is very susceptible to this degradation mechanisms. This article analyse comparatively the PWSCC behaviour of both Ni-based alloys and associated weld metals 52/152 and 82/182. (Author)

  18. Performance of a base isolator with shape memory alloy bars

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    Fabio Casciati; Lucia Faravelli; Karim Hamdaoui

    2007-01-01

    A new and innovative base isolation device is introduced in this paper based on extensive research carried out by the authors and their co-workers.A prototype of the device was built and experimentally tested on the shaking table.The new base isolation device consists of two disks,one vertical cylinder with an upper enlargement sustained by three horizontal cantilevers,and at least three inclined shape memory alloy(SMA) bars.The role of the SMA bars is to limit the relative motion between the base and the superstructure,to dissipate energy by their super-elastic constitutive law and to guarantee the re-centring of the device.To verify the expected performance,a prototype was built and tested under sinusoidal waves of displacement of increasing frequency with different amplitudes.It is shown that the main feature of the proposed base isolation device is that for cyclic loading,the super-elastic behavior of the alloy results in wide load-displacement loops,where a large amount of energy is dissipated.

  19. The surface spin polarization of Co-based Heusler alloys

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    Fetzer, Roman; Wuestenberg, Jan-Peter; Neuschwander, Sabine; Aeschlimann, Martin; Cinchetti, Mirko [University of Kaiserslautern (Germany). Department of Physics and Research Center OPTIMAS; Jourdan, Martin; Herbort, Christian; Vilanova Vidal, Enrique; Jakob, Gerhard [University of Mainz (Germany). Institute of Physics

    2010-07-01

    Co-based Heusler alloys belong mainly to the family of half-metallic ferromagnets (HMFs). The predicted full spin polarization at the Fermi level due to the minority spin band gap makes this class of materials highly interesting for application in the field of spintronics. Thus, the characterization of the surface of Co-based Heusler compounds is extremely relevant for understanding and improving the performance of Heusler-based spintronics devices, like tunnel-magnetoresistance (TMR) junctions. Using Auger electron spectroscopy (AES) and low energy spin polarized electron photoemission, we systematically studied the correlation between chemical composition and spin polarisation of the surface. For various Co-based Heusler alloys, e.g. Co{sub 2}CrAl, Co{sub 2}MnAl and Co{sub 2}FeGa{sub 0.5}Ge{sub 0.5}, we found different degrees of spin-polarization at the very surface region. Reasons for the distinct deviation from the predicted 100% spin polarization and the dependence on the specific surface preparation procedure are discussed.

  20. Chromium Activity Measurements in Nickel Based Alloys for Very High Temperature Reactors: Inconel 617, Haynes 230, and Model Alloys

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    The alloys Haynes 230 and Inconel 617 are potential candidates for the intermediate heat exchangers (IHXs) of (very) high temperature reactors ((V)-HTRs). The behavior under corrosion of these alloys by the (V)-HTR coolant (impure helium) is an important selection criterion because it defines the service life of these components. At high temperature, the Haynes 230 is likely to develop a chromium oxide on the surface. This layer protects from the exchanges with the surrounding medium and thus confers certain passivity on metal. At very high temperature, the initial microstructure made up of austenitic grains and coarse intra- and intergranular M6C carbide grains rich in W will evolve. The M6C carbides remain and some M23C6 richer in Cr appear. Then, carbon can reduce the protective oxide layer. The alloy loses its protective coating and can corrode quickly. Experimental investigations were performed on these nickel based alloys under an impure helium flow (Rouillard, F., 2007, 'Mecanismes de formation et de destruction de la couche d'oxyde sur un alliage chrominoformeur en milieu HTR, Ph.D. thesis, Ecole des Mines de Saint-Etienne, France). To predict the surface reactivity of chromium under impure helium, it is necessary to determine its chemical activity in a temperature range close to the operating conditions of the heat exchangers (T approximate to 1273 K). For that, high temperature mass spectrometry measurements coupled to multiple effusion Knudsen cells are carried out on several samples: Haynes 230, Inconel 617, and model alloys 1178, 1181, and 1201. This coupling makes it possible for the thermodynamic equilibrium to be obtained between the vapor phase and the condensed phase of the sample. The measurement of the chromium ionic intensity (I) of the molecular beam resulting from a cell containing an alloy provides the values of partial pressure according to the temperature. This value is compared with that of the pure substance (Cr) at the same temperature

  1. Ferromagnetic resonance in Ni-Mn based ferromagnetic Heusler alloys

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    Ferromagnetic Ni-Mn based Heusler alloys undergo martensitic transformations leading to properties such as magnetic shape memory, magnetic field induced strain and magneto-caloric effects. The occurrence of such effects are closely related to the nature of magnetic interactions around the transition. These interactions can be closely examined by the ferromagnetic resonance (FMR) technique. Here, we report on the results of FMR studies performed at various temperatures in the martensite and austenite states of powder samples and discuss the mixed nature of the magnetic interactions in the martensitic state.

  2. Design of Zr-based AB2 type hydrogen storage alloys

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    文明芬; 王秋萍; 王兴海; 翟玉春; 陈廉

    2003-01-01

    The influences of the ratio of the radius of atom A(rA)to radius of atom B(rB),electronegativity and electron number were discussed on the Laves phase formation and the characteristics of Zr-based AB2 type hydrogen storage alloy.An enthalpy model of Zr-based AB2 alloy was obtained from known data and twelve Zr-based alloys were designed to test the model.The results show that the predicted values are in good agreement with the experimental values.The model can be used for predicting enthalpy values of Zr-based hydrogen storage alloys and settles a foundation for experiments.

  3. Electrochemical oxidation of americium in nitric medium: study of reaction mechanisms

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    One alternative selected by the CEA for partitioning minor actinides from aqueous solutions containing fission products is the selective extraction of oxidized americium. This is the SESAME process (Selective Extraction and Separation of Americium by Means of Electrolysis) aimed to convert americium to oxidation state (VI) and then extract it with a specific extractant of high valences. This paper presents the study of the electrochemical oxidation of americium in nitric medium which represents an important stage of the process. The reaction can be divided into two main steps: oxidation of americium (III) to americium (IV), and then of americium (IV) to americium (VI). For the first oxidation step, a ligand L is needed to stabilize the intermediate species americium (IV) which disproportionates in its free form into americium (III) and (V). Phospho-tungstate or silico-tungstate are appropriate ligands because they are stable in concentrated nitric acid and show a great affinity for metallic cations at oxidation state (IV) (Table 1 lists the stability constants of americium (IV) complexes). The presence of the lacunary poly-anion lowers the potential of the americium (IV) / americium (Ill) redox pair (see Figure 5 for the diagram of the apparent formal potential of americium versus ligand concentration). This makes it thermodynamically possible to oxidize americium (III) into americium (IV) at the anode of an electrolyzer in nitric acid. For the second oxidation step, a strong oxidant redox mediator, like silver (II), is needed to convert complexed americium at oxidation state (IV) to oxidation state (V). The AmVL complex is then hydrolyzed to yield americyle (V) aqua ion. A spectroscopic Raman study with 18O labeled species showed that the oxygen atoms of the americyle moiety came from water. This indicates that water hydrolyzes the americium (V) complex to produce americyle (V) aqua ion, AmO2+. This cation reacts with silver (Il) to give americyle (VI) ion. Figure

  4. Defect Interaction in Iron and Iron-based Alloys

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    Xu, Haixuan; Stocks, G. Malcolm; Stoller, Roger

    2014-03-01

    Magnetism has a profound influence on the defect properties in iron and iron-based alloys. For instance, it has been shown from first principles calculations that the helium interstitial occupies the tetrahedral site instead of octahedral site in contrast to all previous work that neglected the magnetic effects. In this study, we explore the effects of magnetism on the defect interaction, primarily interstitial-type defects, in bcc iron and Fe-Cr systems. The magnetic moment change during the interaction of two 1/2 interstitial loops in bcc iron was calculated using the ab initio locally self-consistent multiple-scattering (LSMS) method and a significant fluctuation was observed. Adding Cr significantly modifies the magnetic structure of the defects and defect interactions. In addition, the effects of magnetism on the defect energetics are evaluated. This study provides useful insights on whether magnetism can be used as a effective means to manipulate the defect evolution in iron-based structural alloys. This material is based upon work supported as part of the Center for Defect Physics, an Energy Frontier Research Center funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, Office of Basic Energy Sciences.

  5. Complexation of americium with humic acid

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    As a part of the interlaboratory comparison exercise for the complexation of humic acid and colloid generation (COCO-Club activities) in the CEC project MIRAGE-II, the complexation of americium with humic acid has been studied in our laboratory. Two humic acids were used for the study: Aldrich-HA(H+) which is a reference humic acid of the COCO-Club and Bradford-HA(H+) from Lake Bradford, Florida. A wide concentration range of humic acid and different ratios of Am to humic acid have been investigated between pH 5 and 6 with the ionic strength of 0.1 M and 1.0 M. The complexation has been studied by UV-spectroscopy, Laser-induced Photoacoustic Spectroscopy (LPAS) and ultrafiltration. LPAS is used for the submicromolar concentration range where the sensitivity of UV spectroscopy is not accessible. Ultrafiltration is used for low Am to humic acid ratios where both spectroscopic methods are not applicable. Varying the humic acid concentration over three orders of magnitude, only a 1:1 type of binding is observed. No significant variation of the stability constant is found in the investigated range of pH and ionic strength. However, the precipitation tendency and the loading capacity of humic acid are found to depend sensitively on pH and ionic strength. The complexation study provides a deep insight into the influence of humic acid on the migration behaviour of fission products and actinides in the geosphere. (orig.)

  6. Analysis of BWR lattices to recycle americium

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    This study was carried out to assess the ability to eliminate meaningful quantities of americium in a primarily thermal neutron flux by 'spiking' modern BWR fuel with this minor actinide (MA). The studies carried out so far include the simulation of modern 10 x 10 BWR lattices employing the Westinghouse lattice physics code PHOENIX-4 alongside validation studies using MCNP5 models of the same lattices that were spatially depleted via the MONTEBURNS code coupling to ORIGEN. When considering the total inventory of minor actinides in Am-spiked pins, excluding isotopes of uranium and plutonium, the results indicate that a reduction of approximately 50% or more in the total mass inventory of these minor actinides is viable within the selected pins. Therefore, these preliminary results have encouraged the extension of this work to the development of improved lattice designs to help optimize the transmutation rates as well as absolute MA inventory reductions. The ultimate goal being to design batches of these advanced BWR bundles alongside multi-cycle core reload strategies. (authors)

  7. Properties of rhenium-based master alloys prepared by powder metallurgy techniques

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    2010-10-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: The aim of this work was to investigate an effect of phase composition, microstructure and selected properties of the rhenium-based alloys on the conditions of their preparation by mechanical alloying followed by pressure sintering.Design/methodology/approach: The structure and mechanical and physical properties of the Re-14.0% Ni, Re-13.7% Co and Re-9.1% Fe alloys prepared from pure metal powders by mechanical alloying in a planetary mill for 10 hours followed by sintering conducted for 1 hour at the temperature of 1150°C under the pressure of 600 MPa were investigated.Findings: The mechanical alloying results in partial dissolving of alloy components into each other, whereas their structure remains unchanged, and in a decrease in average density of powders and average diameter of their particles. As a result of sintering the alloy additives almost fully pass into rhenium-based solid solution. Density and hardness of the sinter compacts and homogeneity of alloying elements distribution were higher at longer times of mechanical alloying.Research limitations/implications: The obtained results provide complementary information on the possibility of obtaining high-melting alloys by mechanical alloying and on the rate of structural transformations taking place as a result of this process.Practical implications: The obtained materials can be used as master alloys for the production of contact materials and superalloys, providing higher homogeneity of the chemical composition and microstructure of the final products.Originality/value: A new method for preparation of rhenium-based alloys by means of mechanical alloying and powder metallurgy techniques has been successfully tested.

  8. Investigation on corrosion and wear behaviors of nanoparticles reinforced Ni-based composite alloying layer

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    In order to investigate the role of amorphous SiO2 particles in corrosion and wear resistance of Ni-based metal matrix composite alloying layer, the amorphous nano-SiO2 particles reinforced Ni-based composite alloying layer has been prepared by double glow plasma alloying on AISI 316L stainless steel surface, where Ni/amorphous nano-SiO2 was firstly predeposited by brush plating. The composition and microstructure of the nano-SiO2 particles reinforced Ni-based composite alloying layer were analyzed by using SEM, TEM and XRD. The results indicated that the composite alloying layer consisted of γ-phase and amorphous nano-SiO2 particles, and under alloying temperature (1000 deg. C) condition, the nano-SiO2 particles were uniformly distributed in the alloying layer and still kept the amorphous structure. The corrosion resistance of composite alloying layer was investigated by an electrochemical method in 3.5%NaCl solution. Compared with single alloying layer, the amorphous nano-SiO2 particles slightly decreased the corrosion resistance of the Ni-Cr-Mo-Cu alloying layer. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) revealed that the passive films formed on the composite alloying consisted of Cr2O3, MoO3, SiO2 and metallic Ni and Mo. The dry wear test results showed that the composite alloying layer had excellent friction-reduced property, and the wear weight loss of composite alloying layer was less than 60% of that of Ni-Cr-Mo-Cu alloying layer

  9. Replacement of Co-base alloy for radiation exposure reduction in the primary system of PWR

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    Of numerous Co-free alloys developed to replace Co-base stellite used in valve hardfacing material, two iron-base alloys of Armacor M and Tristelle 5183 and one nickel-base alloy of Nucalloy 488 were selected as candidate Co-free alloys, and Stellite 6 was also selected as a standard hardfacing material. These four alloys were welded on 316SS substrate using TIG welding method. The first corrosion test loop of KAERI simulating the water chemistry and operation condition of the primary system of PWR was designed and fabricated. Corrosion behaviors of the above four kinds of alloys were evaluated using this test loop under the condition of 300 deg C, 1500 psi. Microstructures of weldment of these alloys were observed to identify both matrix and secondary phase in each weldment. Hardnesses of weld deposit layer including HAZ and substrate were measured using micro-Vickers hardness tester. The status on the technology of Co-base alloy replacement in valve components was reviewed with respect to the classification of valves to be replaced, the development of Co-free alloys, the application of Co-free alloys and its experiences in foreign NPPs, and the Co reduction program in domestic NPPs and industries. 18 tabs., 20 figs., 22 refs. (Author)

  10. Palladium-based dental alloys are associated with oral disease and palladium-induced immune responses

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    J. Muris; R.J. Scheper; C.J. Kleverlaan; T. Rustemeyer; I.M.W. van Hoogstraten; M.E. von Blomberg; A.J. Feilzer

    2014-01-01

    Background Palladium (Pd) and gold (Au) based dental alloys have been associated with oral disease. Objectives This study was designed to explore possible associations between the presence of Au-based and Pd-based dental alloys, and oral lesions, systemic complaints, and specific in vivo and in vitr

  11. Effect of ternary alloying elements on microstructure and mechanical property of Nb-Si based refractory intermetallic alloy

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    Microstructure and mechanical property at room temperature and at 1773 K of Nb-Si based refractory intermetallic alloys were investigated in terms of compression and fracture toughness test. Mo and V were chosen as ternary alloying elements because of their high melting points, atomic sizes smaller than Nb. Both ternary alloying elements were found to have a significant role in modifying the microstructure from dispersed structure to eutectic-like structure in Nb solid solution/Nb5Si3 intermetallic composites. The 0.2% offset yield strength at room temperature increased with increasing content of ternary elements in Nb solid solution and volume fraction of Nb5Si3. At 1773 K, Mo addition has a positive role in increasing the yield strength. On the other hand, V addition has a role in decreasing the yield strength. The fracture toughness of ternary alloys was superior to binary alloys. Details will be discussed in correlation with ternary alloying, volume fraction of constituent phase, and the microstructure. (orig.)

  12. High Energy Storage Mg-based amorphous alloys for nickel-metal hydride battery

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    Full text: Mg-based hydrogen storage alloys possess very high hydrogen absorption capacity (For example, Mg2NiH4 contains 3.6 wt.% of hydrogen). Magnesium is also abundant in nature, light in weight and low in cost. As a result, magnesium alloys have become the subject of increasing research world-wide. For a long period, it was thought that Mg-based alloy-hydrogen systems needed to be operated at high temperature (over 250 deg C) and under high hydrogen pressure. However, in recent years, some research work was successfully done to improve the hydrogen absorption kinetics of Mg2Ni by mechanical grinding and alloying. Some nano and amorphous structured Mg2Ni alloys could absorb hydrogen even at room temperature. Our research results show that it is possible to use Mg2Ni-type alloys as promising materials for increasing the negative electrode capacity of Ni-MH batteries because the theoretical discharge capacity of Mg2Ni alloy is approximately 1000 mAh/g, much higher than that of the main commercial LaNi5 alloy (which has a capacity of only about 370 mAh/g). Mg-based alloy electrodes were manufactured by a powder metallurgical technique or a induction melting method followed by ball milling with Ni and/or other metal powders. The discharge capacities of the Mg-based alloy electrodes were significantly improved by ball milling. An amorphous structure is a key factor in order to achieve high discharge capacities. The figure below shows the ball milled amorphous Mg-based alloy electrodes have very high discharge capacities by comparison with crystalline Mg2Ni alloys or commercial AB5 alloy

  13. TiAu based shape memory alloys for high temperature applications

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    TiAu (equiatomic) exhibits phase transformation from B2 (ordered bcc) to thermo-elastic orthorhombic B19 martensite at about 875K and thus TiAu is categorized as high temperature shape memory alloy. In this study, recent research and developments related to TiAu based high temperature shape memory alloys will be discussed in the Introduction part. Then some results of our research group related to strengthening of TiAu based high temperature shape memory alloys will be presented. Potential of TiAu based shape memory alloys for high temperature shape memory materials applications will also be discussed. (author)

  14. TiAu based shape memory alloys for high temperature applications

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    TiAu (equiatomic) exhibits phase transformaion from B2 (ordered bcc) to thermo-elastic orthorhombic B19 martensite at about 875K and thus TiAu is categorized as high temperature shape memory alloy. In this study, recent research and developments related to TiAu based high temperature shape memory alloys will be discussed in the Introduction part. Then some results of our research group related to strengthening of TiAu based high temperature shape memory alloys will be presented. Potential of TiAu based shape memory alloys for high temperature shape memory materials applications will also be discussed

  15. Electronic-Structure-Based Design of Ordered Alloys

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    Bligaard, Thomas; Andersson, M.P.; Jacobsen, Karsten Wedel; Skriver, Hans Lomholt; Christensen, Claus H.; Nørskov, Jens Kehlet

    2006-01-01

    We describe some recent advances in the methodology of using electronic structure calculations for materials design. The methods have been developed for the design of ordered metallic alloys and metal alloy catalysts, but the considerations we present are relevant for the atomic-scale computational...... discovery of a promising catalytic metal alloy surface with high reactivity and low cost....

  16. Smart materials based on shape memory alloys: examples from Europe

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    Gotthardt, R.; Scherrer, P. [Ecole Polytechnique Federale, Lausanne (Switzerland). Dept. de Physique; Stalmans, R. [Dept. of Metallurgy and Materials Engineering, Katholieke Univ. Leuven, Heverlee (Belgium)

    2000-07-01

    Shape memory alloys (SMAs) have become increasingly attractive as embedded actuators in polymers yielding adaptive composite structures. In particular, SMA-elements have been used to actively or passively control shape, elastic modules, internal stress level and damping capacity of such smart composites. In the passive approach, copper-base SMA-plates can be used as temperature-sensitive damping elements, an interesting solution to improve the vibrational behaviour of alpine skis for example. Active materials are obtained by the integration of pre-strained Ni-Ti-base thin wires in polymer matrix composites enabling control of the vibrational behaviour through the recovery-stress tuning technique. In this paper, some results of national research programmes in Belgium and Switzerland, mainly concerning the damping capacity, are shown and a new European project entitled ''adaptive composites with embedded shape memory alloy wires'' is presented in which partners from Belgium, Germany, Greece, Great Britain and Switzerland are collaborating. (orig.)

  17. Applicability of insoluble tannin to treatment of waste containing americium

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    The applicability of insoluble tannin adsorbent to the treatment of aqueous waste contaminated with americium has been investigated. Insoluble tannin is considered highly applicable because it consists of only carbon, hydrogen and oxygen and so its volume can be easily reduced by incineration. This report describes measurements of the americium distribution coefficient in low concentration nitric acid. The americium distribution coefficients were found to decrease with increasing concentration of nitric acid and sodium nitrate, and with increasing temperature. At 25 C in 2.0 x 10-3 M HNO3, the distribution coefficient was found to be 2000 ml g-1. The adsorption capacity was determined by column experiments using europium as a simulant of americium, and found to be 7 x 10-3 mmol g-1-dried tannin in 0.01 M HNO3 at 25 C, which corresponds to approximately 1.7 mg-241Am/g-adsorbent(dried). The prospect of applying the adsorbent to the treatment of aqueous waste contaminated with americium appears promising. (orig.)

  18. MODELING OF NI-CR-MO BASED ALLOYS: PART II - KINETICS

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    Turchi, P A; Kaufman, L; Liu, Z

    2006-07-07

    The CALPHAD approach is applied to kinetic studies of phase transformations and aging of prototypes of Ni-Cr-Mo-based alloys selected for waste disposal canisters in the Yucca Mountain Project (YMP). Based on a previous study on alloy stability for several candidate alloys, the thermodynamic driving forces together with a newly developed mobility database have been used to analyze diffusion-controlled transformations in these Ni-based alloys. Results on precipitation of the Ni{sub 2}Cr-ordered phase in Ni-Cr and Ni-Cr-Mo alloys, and of the complex P- and {delta}-phases in a surrogate of Alloy 22 are presented, and the output from the modeling are compared with experimental data on aging.

  19. Effect of Alloy 625 Buffer Layer on Hardfacing of Modified 9Cr-1Mo Steel Using Nickel Base Hardfacing Alloy

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    Chakraborty, Gopa; Das, C. R.; Albert, S. K.; Bhaduri, A. K.; Murugesan, S.; Dasgupta, Arup

    2016-04-01

    Dashpot piston, made up of modified 9Cr-1Mo steel, is a part of diverse safety rod used for safe shutdown of a nuclear reactor. This component was hardfaced using nickel base AWS ER NiCr-B alloy and extensive cracking was experienced during direct deposition of this alloy on dashpot piston. Cracking reduced considerably and the component was successfully hardfaced by application of Inconel 625 as buffer layer prior to hardface deposition. Hence, a separate study was undertaken to investigate the role of buffer layer in reducing the cracking and on the microstructure of the hardfaced deposit. Results indicate that in the direct deposition of hardfacing alloy on modified 9Cr-1Mo steel, both heat-affected zone (HAZ) formed and the deposit layer are hard making the thickness of the hard layer formed equal to combined thickness of both HAZ and deposit. This hard layer is unable to absorb thermal stresses resulting in the cracking of the deposit. By providing a buffer layer of Alloy 625 followed by a post-weld heat treatment, HAZ formed in the modified 9Cr-1Mo steel is effectively tempered, and HAZ formed during the subsequent deposition of the hardfacing alloy over the Alloy 625 buffer layer is almost completely confined to Alloy 625, which does not harden. This reduces the cracking susceptibility of the deposit. Further, unlike in the case of direct deposition on modified 9Cr-1Mo steel, dilution of the deposit by Ni-base buffer layer does not alter the hardness of the deposit and desired hardness on the deposit surface could be achieved even with lower thickness of the deposit. This gives an option for reducing the recommended thickness of the deposit, which can also reduce the risk of cracking.

  20. About the reaction between uranium-americium mixed oxides and sodium

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    The recycling and fission of the highly toxic minor actinides neptunium and americium is only possible in a liquid metal cooled fast breeder reactor, for nuclear physical reasons. The present work is part of a research program dealing with the fuel-coolant interaction. Fuel pellets with equal parts of americium and uranium and varying oxygen-metal ratio were investigated. A behaviour comparable to that of uranium-plutonium mixed oxides was suggested as a first approach. The reaction of sodium with (U0.5Am0.5)O2-x results in a complete desintegration of the sintered pellet whereas (U, Pu)O2-x pellets show a small increase in volume. A first explanation of the strong reaction of uranium-americium mixed oxides compared to (U, Pu)O2-x or (U, Np)O2-x could be provided by the less negative oxygen potential of the former. Ternary and polynary oxides which are possible products of the fuel-coolant reaction were prepared and characterised by X-ray diffraction. Their oxygen potentials were measured using a solid state e.m.f. cell. Neither Na2AmO3 nor Na3AmO4 can coexist with sodium metal. The measured ΔGO2 values of the Am(IV) and Am (V)-compounds are much higher than those of the sodium uranates(VI) or sodium neptunates(VI). Only Na2O seems to be likely as product of the fuel-coolant interactions. It could be determined in reacted samples by X-ray diffraction. The relatively high oxygen potentials of (U0.5Am0.5)O2-x that are responsible for the reaction could be explained by a binding model which is based on an americium valency state of + 3 and U5+. The existence of both valency states could be proved by XPS measurements. Due to the similar behaviour of neptunium and uranium the problems that are expected for the recycling of Np are much smaller than for americium

  1. Hydrogenation properties of nanostructured Ti2Ni-based alloys and nanocomposites

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    Balcerzak, M.; Jakubowicz, J.; Kachlicki, T.; Jurczyk, M.

    2015-04-01

    Mechanical alloying and annealing at 1023 K for 0.5 h under an argon atmosphere were used to prepare Ti2Ni-based nanocrystalline alloys and their nanocomposites. Ti2Ni alloy was chemically modified by Pd and multi-walled carbon nanotubes. An objective of the present study is to provide data on hydrogenation properties of Ti2Ni-based alloys and compounds containing Pd and/or multi-walled carbon nanotubes. Alloys and composites were characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy equipped with an electron energy dispersive spectrometer, transmission electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy to evaluate phase composition, crystal structure, grain size, particle morphology and distribution of catalyst element. Hydrogenation/dehydrogenation properties and hydriding kinetics of materials were measured using a Sievert's apparatus. Hydrogenation properties of nanostructured Ti2Ni-based alloy and Ti2Ni-based nanocomposites were compared with those of the binary Ti2Ni compound. In present work we shown how mechanical alloying method and chemical modification by Pd and MWCNTs affected hydrogen storage properties of Ti2Ni alloy. The highest hydrogen capacity obtained for nanostructured Ti2Ni + Pd alloy equaled 2.1 wt.%. Up to our knowledge it is the highest hydrogen storage capacity obtained so far for Ti2Ni-based materials.

  2. Effect of americium-241 on luminous bacteria. Role of peroxides

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    Alexandrova, M., E-mail: maka-alexandrova@rambler.r [Siberian Federal University, Svobodny 79, 660041 Krasnoyarsk (Russian Federation); Rozhko, T. [Siberian Federal University, Svobodny 79, 660041 Krasnoyarsk (Russian Federation); Vydryakova, G. [Institute of Biophysics SB RAS, Akademgorodok 50, 660036 Krasnoyarsk (Russian Federation); Kudryasheva, N. [Siberian Federal University, Svobodny 79, 660041 Krasnoyarsk (Russian Federation); Institute of Biophysics SB RAS, Akademgorodok 50, 660036 Krasnoyarsk (Russian Federation)

    2011-04-15

    The effect of americium-241 ({sup 241}Am), an alpha-emitting radionuclide of high specific activity, on luminous bacteria Photobacterium phosphoreum was studied. Traces of {sup 241}Am in nutrient media (0.16-6.67 kBq/L) suppressed the growth of bacteria, but enhanced luminescence intensity and quantum yield at room temperature. Lower temperature (4 {sup o}C) increased the time of bacterial luminescence and revealed a stage of bioluminescence inhibition after 150 h of bioluminescence registration start. The role of conditions of exposure the bacterial cells to the {sup 241}Am is discussed. The effect of {sup 241}Am on luminous bacteria was attributed to peroxide compounds generated in water solutions as secondary products of radioactive decay. Increase of peroxide concentration in {sup 241}Am solutions was demonstrated; and the similarity of {sup 241}Am and hydrogen peroxide effects on bacterial luminescence was revealed. The study provides a scientific basis for elaboration of bioluminescence-based assay to monitor radiotoxicity of alpha-emitting radionuclides in aquatic solutions. - Highlights: {yields} Am-241 in water solutions (A = 0.16-6.7 kBq/L) suppresses bacterial growth.{yields} Am-241 (A = 0.16-6.7 kBq/L) stimulate bacterial luminescence. {yields} Peroxides, secondary radiolysis products, cause increase of bacterial luminescence.

  3. Evaluation of different finish line designs in base metal alloys

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    Aghandeh R

    1999-06-01

    Full Text Available This investigation was performed according to the widespread application of base metal alloys"nand few articles published about the marginal integrity of restorations fabricated by these metals."nThree standard dies of a maxillary first premolar were prepared with a flat shoulder finish line in buccal"naspect and chamfer in palatal. One of them left with no change. On the buccal aspect of the second and"nthird dies 135?and 1607 bevel were added respectively"nUsing dual wax technique, nine wax patterns were formed on each die and casting procedure of selected"nnon precious alloy was performed by centrifugal method. Marginal gaps of each copping seated on dies"nwere measured by scanning electron microscope (SEM with X500 magnification. Measurements were"ndone on three areas of marked dies on buccal aspect. Measurement son palatal aspect was done on"nmarked midpalatal point as control."nResults and statistical analysis showed no significant difference among marginal gaps in lingual aspect."nBut on the buccal aspect there were statistically significant differences among the groups (P<0.001. Flat"nshoulder had the best marginal integrity (mean 4 micron. Shoulder with 160' bevel had the most marginal"ngap (mean 26.5 micron and shoulder with 1357 bevel was between two other groups (mean 15.7 micron.

  4. 'Age-hardened alloy' based on bulk polycrystalline oxide ceramic

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    Gurnani, Luv; Singh, Mahesh Kumar; Bhargava, Parag; Mukhopadhyay, Amartya

    2015-05-01

    We report here for the first time the development of 'age-hardened/toughened' ceramic alloy based on MgO in the bulk polycrystalline form. This route allows for the facile development of a 'near-ideal' microstructure characterized by the presence of nanosized and uniformly dispersed second-phase particles (MgFe2O4) within the matrix grains, as well as along the matrix grain boundaries, in a controlled manner. Furthermore, the intragranular second-phase particles are rendered coherent with the matrix (MgO). Development of such microstructural features for two-phase bulk polycrystalline ceramics is extremely challenging following the powder metallurgical route usually adopted for the development of bulk ceramic nanocomposites. Furthermore, unlike for the case of ceramic nanocomposites, the route adopted here does not necessitate the usage of nano-powder, pressure/electric field-assisted sintering techniques and inert/reducing atmosphere. The as-developed bulk polycrystalline MgO-MgFe2O4 alloys possess considerably improved hardness (by ~52%) and indentation toughness (by ~35%), as compared to phase pure MgO.

  5. A Shape Memory Alloy Based Cryogenic Thermal Conduction Switch

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    Notardonato, W. U.; Krishnan, V. B.; Singh, J. D.; Woodruff, T. R.; Vaidyanathan, R.

    2005-01-01

    Shape memory alloys (SMAs) can produce large strains when deformed (e.g., up to 8%). Heating results in a phase transformation and associated recovery of all the accumulated strain. This strain recovery can occur against large forces, resulting in their use as actuators. Thus an SMA element can integrate both sensory and actuation functions, by inherently sensing a change in temperature and actuating by undergoing a shape change as a result of a temperature-induced phase transformation. Two aspects of our work on cryogenic SMAs are addressed here. First - a shape memory alloy based cryogenic thermal conduction switch for operation between dewars of liquid methane and liquid oxygen in a common bulkhead arrangement is discussed. Such a switch integrates the sensor element and the actuator element and can be used to create a variable thermal sink to other cryogenic tanks for liquefaction, densification, and zero boil-off systems for advanced spaceport applications. Second - fabrication via arc-melting and subsequent materials testing of SMAs with cryogenic transformation temperatures for use in the aforementioned switch is discussed.

  6. Hydrogen determinations in a zirconium based alloy with a DSC

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    In the present work a method to measure hydrogen concentrations in zirconium-based alloys was developed measuring simultaneously both, the temperature of terminal solid solubility, TTSSd, and the hydride dissolution heat, Qδ->α, using a differential scanning calorimeter (DSC). The hydrogen concentration measured with that technique, [H]Q, and the values obtained with a standard hydrogen gas meter, [H]HGM, shows a linear relation: [H]Q=(1.00+/-0.03)[H]HGM|+(9.2+/-8.0) with a correlation factor of 0.99 in the entire solubility interval in the αZr phase, from 15 to 650wt.ppm-H. The mean enthalpy value determined with two different criteria for TTSSd and Qδ->α measurements is ΔHδ->α(Q)=39.3+/-1.5kJ/mol H. The present method is specially appropriate for alloys where a partition of the overall hydrogen concentration in two phases exists. It is applicable to all hydride forming metals which ideally follows the van't Hoff law

  7. Rational design of Nb-based alloys for hydrogen separation: A first principles study

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    Byungki Ryu; Hyeon Cheol Park; Eunseog Cho; Kwanghee Kim; Jaeho Lee; Meilin Liu

    2013-01-01

    We have investigated the effect of alloying metal elements on hydrogen solubility and mechanical integrity of Nb-based alloys, Nb15M1 (where M = Ca–Zn, Ge), using first principles-based calculations. In general, the chemical interaction between the interstitial H and metal is weakened as the alloying element is changed from an early to a late transition metal, leading to lower H solubility and higher resistance to H embrittlement. This effect becomes more pronounced when a smaller alloying el...

  8. Salvage of plutonium-and americium-contaminated metals

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    Melt-slagging techniques were evaluated as a decontamination and consolidation step for metals contaminated with oxides of plutonium and americium. Experiments were performed in which mild steel, stainless steel, and nickel metals contaminated with oxides of plutonium and americium were melted in the presence of silicate slags of various compositions. The metal products were low in contamination, with the plutonium and americium strongly fractionated to the slags. Partition coefficients (plutonium in slag/plutonium in steel) of 7*10/sup 6/ with borosilicate slag and 3*10/sup 6/ for calcium, magnesium silicate slag were measured. Decontamination of metals containing as much as 14,000 p.p.m. plutonium appears to be as efficient as that of metals with plutonium levels of 400 p.p.m. Staged extraction, that is, a remelting of processed metal with clean slag, results in further decontamination of the metal. 10 refs

  9. Relationship between phase composition and corrosion resistanceof Ni-Ti-Nb based shape memory alloys

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    The stability and microstructure of Ni-Ti-Nb based shape memory alloys were investigated after alloyed with elements Zr, Cr and V. In artificial seawater (3.5%NaCl) and physiological solution (5%NaCl+0.1%H2O2), the results show that the alloying elements influence the corrosion behavior of Ni-Ti-Nb alloys. Generally, Zr improves the corrosion resistance of Ni-Ti-Nb alloy, Cr reduces its corrosion resistance and V does not change the property. In order to investigate the reason of the difference,the relation of the phase components and corrosion resistance of Ni-Ti-Nb based shape memory alloys were studied by element analysis and SEM.

  10. Wear and isothermal oxidation kinetics of nitrided TiAl based alloys

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    赵斌; 吴建生; 孙坚

    2002-01-01

    Gas nitridation of TiAl based alloys in an ammonia atmosphere was c arried out. The evaluation of the surface wear resistance was performed to compare with those of the non-nitrided alloys. It is concluded that high temperature nitridation raised wear resistance of TiAl based alloys markedly. The tribol ogical behaviors of the nitrided alloys were also discussed. The oxidation kinetics of the nitrided TiAl based alloys were investigated at 800~1000 ℃ in hot air. It is concluded that nitridation is detrimental to the oxidation resistance of TiAl based alloys under the present conditions. The nitrided alloys exhibit increased oxidizing rate with the prolongation of nitridation time at 800 ℃. However, alloys nitrided at 940 ℃ for 50 hdisplay a sign of better oxidat ion resistance than the other nitrided alloys at more severe oxidizing conditions. The parabolic rate law is considered as the basis of the data processing and interpretation of the mass gainvs time data. As a comparison with it, attempts were made to fit the data with the power law. The oxidation kinetic parameter kn, kp and n were measured and the trends were discussed.

  11. CO2 laser beam welding of AM60 magnesium-based alloy

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    BELHADJ, Asma; MASSE, Jean-Eric; Barrallier, Laurent; BOUHAFS, Mahmoud; BESSROUR, Jamel

    2010-01-01

    Magnesium alloys have a 33% lower density than aluminum alloys, whereas they exhibit the same mechanical characteristics. Their application increases in many economic sectors, in particular, in aeronautic and automotive industries. Nevertheless, their assembly with welding techniques still remains to be developed. In this paper, we present a CO2 laser welding investigation of AM60 magnesium-based alloy. Welding parameters range is determinate for the joining of 3 mm thickness sheets. The effe...

  12. Uptake of americium-241 by algae and bacteria

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    The uptake of americium by three algae, scenedesmus obliquus, selenastrum capricomutum and chlorella pyrenosdosa and a bacterium aeromonas hydrophila was studied. Live and fixed cells of each algal species and live bacterial cells were used. it is shown that algae and bacteria concentrate americium 241 to a high degree which makes them important links in the biomagnification phenomenon which may ultimately lead to a human hazard and be potentially important in recycling Am 241 in the water column and mobilization from sediments. Chemical fixation of algal cells caused increased uptake which indicated that uptake is by passive diffusion and probably due to chemical alteration of surface binding sites. (U.K.)

  13. Maintenance of Ni-based alloy at PWR plant

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    Kansai Electric owns 11 PWR plants. At our PWR plants, we are taking various preventive maintenance measures on Ni-based alloy according to the prediction of possible trouble while past trouble occurred at overseas plants due to Primary Water Stress Corrosion Cracking (PWSCC) being considered. In addition, we are making an effort to put new maintenance techniques into practical use by conducting demonstration tests to confirm their applicability to actual plants. We have replaced reactor vessel heads at 7 plants with new ones. At the other 4 plants, we took, measures to reduce the temperature of reactor vessel head top to delay the timing of PWSCC occurrence. We are carrying out the constant load tests to predict the timing of PWSCC occurrence at these 4 plants. It is planned to conduct non-destructive inspections at an appropriate timing based on the result of the prediction. Based on the prediction of the timing of PWSCC occurrence at bottom-mounted instrumentation (BMI), we have developed water jet peening (WJP) technique to reduce residual stress and applied the technique to our plants successively. Meanwhile, a technique to cut and eliminate cracking has been developed. In addition, capping technique, which covers overall the concerned nozzle on the outer surface of the reactor vessel, has been also established. For alloy 132/82 weld metal for the connection, we are conducting ultrasonic inspection at our plants successively. In order to prepare against PWSCC occurrence, we have also established a technique to replace the entire section of concerned short piping with new one. (author)

  14. Mechanisms of improving the cyclic stability of V-Ti-based hydrogen storage electrode alloys

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    Research highlights: → The corrosion resistance of V-based phase is much lower than that of C14 Laves phase of V-Ti-based alloys. → The addition of Cr which mostly distributes in V-based phase can effectively increase the anti-corrosion ability of V-Ti-based alloys. → The addition of Cr which mostly distributes in V-based phase can effectively increase the anti-corrosion ability of V-Ti-based alloys. - Abstract: In this work, the mechanisms of improving the cyclic stability of V-Ti-based hydrogen storage electrode alloys were investigated systemically. Several key factors for example corrosion resistance, pulverization resistance and oxidation resistance were evaluated individually. The V-based solid solution phase has much lower anti-corrosion ability than C14 Laves phase in KOH solution, and the addition of Cr in V-Ti-based alloys can suppress the dissolution of the main hydrogen absorption elements of the V-based phase in the alkaline solution. During the charge/discharge cycling, the alloy particles crack or break into several pieces, which accelerates their corrosion/oxidation and increases the contact resistance of the alloy electrodes. Proper decreasing the Vickers hardness and enhancing the fracture toughness can increase the pulverization resistance of the alloy particles. The oxidation layer thickness on the alloy particle surface obviously increases during charge/discharge cycling. This deteriorates their electro-catalyst activation to the electrochemical reaction, and leads to a quick degradation. Therefore, enhancing the oxide resistance can obviously improve the cyclic stability of V-Ti-based hydrogen storage electrode alloys.

  15. Thermodynamics of extraction of plutonium(IV) and americium(III) in polyethylene glycol (PEG) and (NH4)2SO4 based aqueous biphasic system (ABS) using 18-crown-6

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    Extraction of plutonium(IV) and americium(III) using PEG-2000/(NH4)2SO4 (40% w/w of each) aqueous biphasic system (ABS) with 18-crown-6 (18-C-6) was studied at four different temperatures in the range of 288 to 318 K. The species extracted are identified to be [Pu.2(18-C-6)](SO4)2 and [Am.2(18-C-6)](SO4)1.5 for Pu(IV) and Am(III), respectively, by the slope ratio method. The thermodynamic parameters evaluated at 298 K by the temperature coefficient approach show that the reaction is favoured by decrease of enthalpy and counteracted by decrease in entropy in the case of Pu(IV) as well as Am(III). The large decrease in the enthalpy observed indicates that there is direct bonding of crown ether to the central metal atom i.e. the formation of inner sphere complex for both Pu(IV) and Am(III) and is similar to that reported previously for Pu(VI). The order of equilibrium constant K and ΔG value is Pu(IV) > Pu(VI) > Am(III) and this is in accordance with the axial charge experienced by the incoming ligand. (orig.)

  16. Mechanical and microstructural characterization of the nickel base alloy (Alloy 600) after heat treatment

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    The characterization of microstructural and mechanical properties of cold rolled and heat treated alloys 600 made in Brazil were investigated. The recovery and recrystallization behavior as well as solubilization and aging have been studied using optical, scanning electron and transmission electron microscopy. Microhardness and tensile testing have been carried out. The recovery process of the cold rolled alloy 600 occurred until 600 deg C and the recrystallization stage was situated between 600 and 850 deg C. The primary recrystallization temperature was obtained at 850 deg C after 1 hour (isochronal heat treatments). The aged alloy 600 shows carbide precipitation on grains bu with ductility maintenance. (author)

  17. On the role of alloying elements in the formation of serrated grain boundaries in Ni-based alloys

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    Ni-based model alloys were used to study the effect of alloying elements, namely Cr, Mo, C and Zr on the occurrence of grain boundary serration. The model alloys were free of aluminum to exclude precipitation of second-phase γ'. Similarly, the carbon content was very low, when present, to prevent precipitation of carbides. A special heat treatment involving slow cooling was used to promote grain boundary serration. No significant sign of serration was observed for Ni-10Cr-10Mo, Ni-20Cr-10Mo and Ni-10Cr-10Mo-0.05C model alloys. However, substantial serration was observed for Ni-10Cr-10Mo-0.5Zr and Ni-20Cr-0.5Zr model alloys. Serrated grain boundaries were observed in the absence of either γ' or carbides. Zirconium-rich precipitates were recognized at serrated grain boundaries though their involvement in the occurrence of serration was doubtful. A mechanism of grain boundary serration formation is proposed.

  18. On the role of alloying elements in the formation of serrated grain boundaries in Ni-based alloys

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    Terner, Mathieu; Hong, Hyun-Uk; Lee, Je-Hyun [Changwon National Univ. (Korea, Republic of). Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering; Choi, Baig-Gyu [Korea Institute of Materials Science, Changwon (Korea, Republic of). High Temperature Materials Group

    2016-03-15

    Ni-based model alloys were used to study the effect of alloying elements, namely Cr, Mo, C and Zr on the occurrence of grain boundary serration. The model alloys were free of aluminum to exclude precipitation of second-phase γ'. Similarly, the carbon content was very low, when present, to prevent precipitation of carbides. A special heat treatment involving slow cooling was used to promote grain boundary serration. No significant sign of serration was observed for Ni-10Cr-10Mo, Ni-20Cr-10Mo and Ni-10Cr-10Mo-0.05C model alloys. However, substantial serration was observed for Ni-10Cr-10Mo-0.5Zr and Ni-20Cr-0.5Zr model alloys. Serrated grain boundaries were observed in the absence of either γ' or carbides. Zirconium-rich precipitates were recognized at serrated grain boundaries though their involvement in the occurrence of serration was doubtful. A mechanism of grain boundary serration formation is proposed.

  19. Effects of neutron irradiation on deformation behavior of nickel-base fastener alloys

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    This paper presents the effects of neutron irradiation on the fracture behavior and deformation microstructure of high-strength nickel-base alloy fastener materials, Alloy X-750 and Alloy 625. Alloy X-750 in the HTH condition, and Alloy 625 in the direct aged condition were irradiated to a fluence of 2.4x1020 n/cm2 at 264 C in the Advanced Test Reactor. Deformation structures at low strains were examined. It was previously shown that Alloy X-750 undergoes hardening, a significant degradation in ductility and an increase in intergranular fracture. In contrast, Alloy 625 had shown softening with a concomitant increase in ductility and transgranular failure after irradiation. The deformation microstructures of the two alloys were also different. Alloy X-750 deformed by a planar slip mechanism with fine microcracks forming at the intersections of slip bands with grain boundaries. Alloy 625 showed much more homogeneous deformation with fine, closely spaced slip bands and an absence of microcracks. The mechanism(s) of irradiation assisted stress corrosion cracking (IASCC) are discussed

  20. Effects of neutron irradiation on deformation behavior of nickel-base fastener alloys

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    Bajaj, R.; Mills, W.J.; Kammenzind, B.F.; Burke, M.G.

    1999-07-01

    This paper presents the effects of neutron irradiation on the fracture behavior and deformation microstructure of high-strength nickel-base alloy fastener materials, Alloy X-750 and Alloy 625. Alloy X-750 in the HTH condition, and Alloy 625 in the direct aged condition were irradiated to a fluence of 2.4x10{sup 20} n/cm{sup 2} at 264 C in the Advanced Test Reactor. Deformation structures at low strains were examined. It was previously shown that Alloy X-750 undergoes hardening, a significant degradation in ductility and an increase in intergranular fracture. In contrast, Alloy 625 had shown softening with a concomitant increase in ductility and transgranular failure after irradiation. The deformation microstructures of the two alloys were also different. Alloy X-750 deformed by a planar slip mechanism with fine microcracks forming at the intersections of slip bands with grain boundaries. Alloy 625 showed much more homogeneous deformation with fine, closely spaced slip bands and an absence of microcracks. The mechanism(s) of irradiation assisted stress corrosion cracking (IASCC) are discussed.

  1. Phases stability of shape memory alloys Cu based under irradiation

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    The effects of irradiation on the relative phase stability of phases related by a martensitic transformation in copper based shape memory alloys were studied in this work.Different kind of particles and energies were employed in the irradiation experiments.The first kind of irradiation was performed with 2,6 MeV electrons, the second one with 170 keV and 300 keV Cu ions and the third one with swift heavy ions (Kr, Xe, Au) with energies between 200 and 600 MeV.Stabilization of the 18 R martensite in Cu-Zn-Al-Ni induced by electron irradiation was studied.The results were compared to those of the stabilization induced by quenching and ageing in the same alloy, and the ones obtained by irradiation in 18 R-Cu-Zn-Al alloys.The effects of Cu irradiation over b phase were analyzed with several electron microscopy techniques including: scanning electron microscopy (S E M), high resolution electron microscopy (H R E M), micro diffraction and X-ray energy dispersive spectroscopy (E D S). Structural changes in Cu-Zn-Al b phase into a closed packed structure were induced by Cu ion implantation.The closed packed structures depend on the irradiation fluence.Based on these results, the interface between these structures (closed packed and b) and the stability of disordered phases were analyzed. It was also compared the evolution of long range order in the Cu-Zn-Al and in the Cu-Zn-Al-Ni b phase as a function of fluence.The evolution of the g phase was also compared. Both results were discussed in terms of the mobility of irradiation induced point defects.Finally, the effects induced by swift heavy ions in b phase and 18 R martensite were studied. The results of the irradiation in b phase were qualitatively similar to those produced by irradiation with lower energies. On the contrary, nano metric defects were found in the irradiated 18 R martensite.These defects were characterized by H R E M.The characteristic contrast of the defects was associated to a local change in the

  2. Elevated temperature fretting fatigue of nickel based alloys

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    Gean, Matthew C.

    This document details the high temperature fretting fatigue of high temperature nickel based alloys common to turbine disk and blade applications. The research consists of three area of focus: Experiments are conducted to determine quantitatively the fretting fatigue lives of advanced nickel based alloys; Analytical tools are developed and used to investigate the fretting fatigue response of the material; Fractographic analysis of the experimental results is used to improve the analytical models employed in the analysis of the experiments. Sixty three fretting fatigue experiments were conducted at 649 °C using a polycrystalline Nickel specimen in contact with directionally solidified and single crystal Nickel pads. Various influences on the fretting fatigue life are investigated. Shot peened Rene' 95 had better fretting fatigue life compared to shot peened Rene' 88. Shot peening produced a 2x increase in life for Rene' 95, but only a marginal improvement in the fretting fatigue life for Rene' 88. Minor cycles in variable amplitude loading produces significant damage to the specimen. Addition of occasional overpeaks in load produces improvements in fretting fatigue life. Contact tractions and stresses are obtained through a variety of available tools. The contact tractions can be efficiently obtained for limited geometries, while FEM can provide the contact tractions for a broader class of problems, but with the cost of increased CPU requirements. Similarly, the subsurface contact stresses can be obtained using the contact tractions as a boundary condition with either a semi-analytical FFT method or FEM. It is found that to calculate contact stresses the FFT was only marginally faster than FEM. The experimental results are combined with the analysis to produce tools that are used to design against fretting fatigue. Fractographic analysis of the fracture surface indicates the nature of the fretting fatigue crack behavior. Interrupted tests were performed to analyze

  3. Laser welding of AZ61 magnesium-based alloys

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    Wang Hongying; Li Zhijun; Zhang Yihui

    2006-01-01

    Laser welding of AZ61 magnesium alloys was carried out asing a CO2 laser weldingexperimental system.The welding properties of AZ61 sheets with different thickness were investigated.The effect of processing parameters including laser power, welding speed and protection gas flow was researched.The results show that laser power and welding speed have large effect on the weld width and joint dimensions.Protection gas flow has relatively slight effect on the weld width.The property test of three typical joints indicates that microhardness and tensile strength in weld zone are higher than that of AZ61 base metal.Joints with good appearance and excellent mechanical properties can be produced using CO2 laser welding method.The microstructure with small grains in weld zone is believed to be responsible for the excellent mechanical properties of AZ61 joints.

  4. Study of superficial films and of electrochemical behaviour of some nickel base alloys and titanium base alloys in solution representation of granitic, argillaceous and salted ground waters

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    The corrosion behaviour of the stainless steels 304, 316 Ti, 25Cr-20Ni-Mo-Ti, nickel base alloys Hastelloy C4, Inconel 625, Incoloy 800, Ti and Ti-0.2% Pd alloy has been studied in the aerated or deaerated solutions at 200C and 900C whose compositions are representative of interstitial ground waters: granitic or clay waters or salt brine. The electrochemical techniques used are voltametry, polarization resistance and complexe impedance measurements. Electrochemical data show the respective influence of the parameters such as temperature, solution composition and dissolved oxygen, addition of soluble species chloride, fluoride, sulfide and carbonates, on which depend the corrosion current density, the passivation and the pitting potential. The inhibition efficiency of carbonate and bicarbonate activities against pitting corrosion is determined. In clay water at 900C, Ti and Ti-Pd show very high passivation aptitude and a broad passive potential range. Alloying Pd increases cathodic overpotential and also transpassive potential. It makes the alloy less sensitive to the temperature effect. Optical Glow Discharge Spectra show three parts in the composition depth profiles of surface films on alloys. XPS and SIMS spectrometry analyses are also carried out. Electron microscopy observation shows that passive films formed on Ti and Ti-Pd alloy have amorphous structure. Analysis of the alloy constituents dissolved in solutions, by radioactivation in neutrons, gives the order of magnitude of the Ni base alloy corrosion rates in various media. It also points out the preferential dissolution of alloying iron and in certain cases of chromium

  5. Evaluation of Nb-base alloys for the divertor structure in fusion reactors

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    Purdy, I.M. [Argonne National Laboratory, Upton, IL (United States)

    1996-04-01

    Niobium-base alloys are candidate materials for the divertor structure in fusion reactors. For this application, an alloy should resist aqueous corrosion, hydrogen embrittlement, and radiation damage and should have high thermal conductivity and low thermal expansion. Results of corrosion and embrittlement screening tests of several binary and ternary Nb alloys in high-temperature water indicated the Mb-1Zr, Nb-5MO-1Zr, and Nb-5V-1Z4 (wt %) showed sufficient promise for further investigation. These alloys, together with pure Nb and Zircaloy-4 have been exposed to high purity water containing a low concentration of dissolved oxygen (<12 ppb) at 170, 230, and 300{degrees}C for up to {approx}3200 h. Weight-change data, microstructural observations, and qualitative mechanical-property evaluation reveal that Nb-5V-1Zr is the most promising alloy at higher temperatures. Below {approx}200{degrees}C, the alloys exhibit similiar corrosion behavior.

  6. Shape Memory Alloy-Based Periodic Cellular Structures Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — This SBIR Phase I effort will develop and demonstrate an innovative shape memory alloy (SMA) periodic cellular structural technology. Periodic cellular structures...

  7. Hydrogen embrittlement considerations in niobium-base alloys for application in the ITER divertor

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    The ITER divertor will be subjected to hydrogen from aqueous corrosion by the coolant and by transfer from the plasma. Global hydrogen concentrations are one factor in assessing hydrogen embrittlement but local concentrations affected by source fluxes and thermotransport in thermal gradients are more important considerations. Global hydrogen concentrations in some corrosion-tested alloys will be presented and interpreted. The degradation of mechanical properties of Nb-base alloys due to hydrogen is a complex function of temperature, hydrogen concentration, stresses and alloy composition. The known tendencies for embrittlement and hydride formation in Nb alloys are reviewed. (orig.)

  8. Development and Making of New Jewellery Palladium Based Alloys at JSC "Krastsvetmet"

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    YEFIMOV V. N.; MAMONOV S. N.; SHULGIN D. R.; YELTSIN S. I.

    2012-01-01

    Complex of research and development work aimed at implementation of jewellery palladium based alloys technology has been carried out at JSC Krastsvetmet.A range of palladium alloys jewellery fabrication has been organized.Compositions of a number of jewellery palladium alloys grade 850,900,950 and 990 have been proposed,their production and application in jewellery manufacture has been organized.To produce palladium alloys induction melting in inert atmosphere and melt pouring into a copper mould has been used.The ingots heat treatment conditions,as well as semi-finished jewelry plastic deformation parameters have been determined.

  9. Cu-based shape memory alloys with enhanced thermal stability and mechanical properties

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    Cu-based shape memory alloys were developed in the 1960s. They show excellent thermoelastic martensitic transformation. However the problems in mechanical properties and thermal instability have inhibited them from becoming promising engineering alloys. A new Cu-Zn-Al-Mn-Zr Cu-based shape memory alloy has been developed. With the addition of Mn and Zr, the martensitic transformation behaviour and the grain size ca be better controlled. The new alloys demonstrates good mechanical properties with ultimate tensile strenght and ductility, being 460 MPa and 9%, respectively. Experimental results revealed that the alloy has better thermal stability, i.e. martensite stabilisation is less serious. In ordinary Cu-Zn-Al alloys, martensite stabilisation usually occurs at room temperature. The new alloy shows better thermal stability even at elevated temperature (∝150 C, >Af=80 C). A limited small amount of martensite stabilisation was observed upon ageing of the direct quenched samples as well as the step quenched samples. This implies that the thermal stability of the new alloy is less dependent on the quenching procedure. Furthermore, such minor martensite stabilisation can be removed by subsequent suitable parent phase ageing. The new alloy is ideal for engineering applications because of its better thermal stability and better mechanical properties. (orig.)

  10. An experimental study of the magnetic ordering in Pd-based Fe and Mn alloys

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    This thesis presents the results of an investigation on the magnetic ordering phenomena in some Pd based alloys with small concentrations of magnetic impurities. It has been the object to explore the ordering mechanisms in these alloys which lead to various types of magnetism at low temperature. The experimental techniques used are described. (Auth.)

  11. 1976 Hanford americium exposure incident: overview and perspective

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    Salient features of the 1976 Hanford americium exposure incident are discussed. Comparisons are made with previous human and animal exposure data, and conclusions drawn relative to the injured workman, to health physics practices, and to the adequacy of current exposure limits

  12. Americium retention by the smectite hectorite

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    Document available in extended abstract form only. Clay minerals may play an important role in a high level nuclear waste disposal site. Smectites may be major components of backfill material used to enhance the retention properties of engineered barriers. Furthermore, they have also been detected in the alteration layer of nuclear waste glass corroded in laboratory experiments. For example, the smectite hectorite (Na0.33[Mg2.67Li0.33Si4O10(OH)2]) was identified as phase forming upon waste matrix dissolution and subsequent reprecipitation. Smectites are known to be highly reactive with respect to cations in aqueous systems. Several distinct molecular scale binding mechanisms may operate, but the most effective retention may occur by incorporation in the bulk structure, especially if a (meta)stable solid solution forms. Investigations showed the possibility to incorporate Lu(III) in a clay-like octahedral site in hectorite by coprecipitation. Furthermore, luminescence studies on hectorite synthesized in the presence of Cm(III) or Eu(III) were consistent with an incorporation in the bulk structure. However, structural data such as coordination numbers and bond lengths are still missing for the actinides. In the present study, Am(III) was coprecipitated with and adsorbed on hectorite to decipher the actual retention mechanism(s). Hectorite was synthesized in the presence of Am(III) (sample AmCopHec) from an Am-containing brucite precursor phase. Briefly, brucite was freshly precipitated in the presence of Am(III) (Am:Mg molar ratio of 1:1175) and washed. The resulting sol was aged in a tightly closed vessel in the presence of LiF and silica sol for several days at 90 C. Separately, an Am-containing brucite phase (sample AmCopBru) was prepared under identical conditions as described above, and the americium aqua ions were adsorbed on hectorite (m/V = 2 g/L, [Am(III)]tot = 105 μmol/L, 0.5 mol/L NaClO4, pH = 6.4(1), sample AmSorbHec) and used as reference samples. X

  13. Americium and curium heterogeneous transmutation in moderated S/ A in the framework of CNE scenarios studies

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    This paper presents the transmutation of Americium and Curium in a heterogeneous mode in the framework of the 1991 French Law concerning waste management. Two scenarios with moderated targets are presented: a 100% frit reactor (EFR) scenario multi-recycling Pu+Np with targets of Am+Cm placed in core and a mixed PWR (UOX fuel) and fast reactor (50% of EFR) multi-recycling Pu+Np and containing targets in core and in the blanket region. The design of the target is based on classical fast fuel S/A technology (pins, spacer wires,...) and should reach the goal of 90% fission rate. (authors)

  14. Properties and Application of Iron-based Shape Memory Alloy

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    Li Jian-chen; Jiang Qing; Dai Jun

    2005-01-01

    The properties of FeMnSiCrNi shape memory alloy were investigated. The results show that the best shape memory effect of Fel4Mn6Si9Cr5Ni alloy is 85%. The transformation amount of the ε→γ transformation is not complete after heating the alloy to 1000 K, As and Af points drop with increased transformation enthalpy ( △Hγ→ε) by thermal cycling and increased prestrain. The alloy shows also good creep and stress relaxation resistance. In addition, the alloy having a tensile force of 20 kN and a sealing pressure of 6 MPa can satisfy requirements for possible industrial application on pipe joints.

  15. Mechanical Properties of Ni-base ODS Alloy Influenced by Process Variables

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    According to a recent investigation, no proven industrial technology could be directly used for such applications. For example, extensive work on Alloy 617 which is the candidate material for the intermediate heat exchanger (IHX) in very high temperature reactors (VHTR) shows that Alloy 617 exhibit quite good creep properties, the maximum service temperature of Alloy 617 is much less than that required for the VHTR-IHX applications. In this regard, oxide dispersion strengthened (ODS) materials have received a great attention owing to their excellent mechanical properties at higher temperatures, e.g., creep resistance. As part of an alloy development program for nickel base ODS alloy, we have produced an ODS Alloy 617 via mechanical alloying and hot extrusion, and characterized its microstructural evolution during the process and evaluated mechanical properties at elevated temperatures. The current work reports the effects of process variables and yttria contents on the microstructure and mechanical properties of ODS Alloy 617. From the experimental work on the influences of yttria content, and process variables such as hot-extrusion ratio and hydrogen reduction on the mechanical properties of ODS Alloy 617, it is concluded that reduction of yttria contents from 0.6 wt.% to 0.45 wt.% and increasing hot extrusion ratio from 6.25:1 to 9:1 improve the ductility at elevated temperatures without the sacrifice of strength

  16. Effects of Cr and Nb contents on the susceptibility of Alloy 600 type Ni-base alloys to stress-corrosion cracking in a simulated BWR environment

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    In order to discuss the effects of chromium and niobium contents on the susceptibility of Alloy 600 type nickel-base alloys to stress-corrosion cracking in the BWR primary coolant environment, a series of creviced bent-beam (CBB) tests were conducted in a high-temperature, high-purity water environment. Chromium, niobium, and titanium as alloying elements improved the resistivity to stress-corrosion cracking, whereas carbon enhanced the susceptibility to it. Alloy-chemistry-based correlations have been defined to predict the relative resistances of alloys to stress-corrosion cracking. A strong correlation was found, for several heats of alloys, between grain-boundary chromium depletion and the susceptibility to stress-corrosion cracking

  17. Strengthening mechanisms of indirect-extruded Mg–Sn based alloys at room temperature

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    Wei Li Cheng

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available The strength of a material is dependent on how dislocations in its crystal lattice can be easily propagated. These dislocations create stress fields within the material depending on their intrinsic character. Generally, the following strengthening mechanisms are relevant in wrought magnesium materials tested at room temperature: fine-grain strengthening, precipitate strengthening and solid solution strengthening as well as texture strengthening. The indirect-extruded Mg–8Sn (T8 and Mg–8Sn–1Al–1Zn (TAZ811 alloys present superior tensile properties compared to the commercial AZ31 alloy extruded in the same condition. The contributions to the strengthen of Mg–Sn based alloys made by four strengthening mechanisms were calculated quantitatively based on the microstructure characteristics, physical characteristics, thermomechanical analysis and interactions of alloying elements using AZ31 alloy as benchmark.

  18. Microstructure and tensile properties of magnesium alloy modified by Si/Ca based refiner

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    DUAN Zhi-chao; SUN Yang-shan; WEI Yu; DU Wen-wen; XUE Feng; ZHU Tian-bai

    2005-01-01

    Microstructure and mechanical properties of pure magnesium and AZ31 alloy with Ca/Si based refiner addition were investigated. The results indicate that addition of Ca/Si based refiners to pure magnesium and AZ31 alloy results in remarkable microstructure refinement. With proper amount of refiner addition, the grain size in as cast ingots can be one order of magnitude lower than that without refiner addition. Small amount of refiner addition to AZ31 alloy increases both ultimate strength and yield strength significantly, while the ductility of the alloy with refiner addition is similar to that without refiner addition. Addition of refiner improves the deformability of AZ31 alloy and extruded or hot rolled specimens (rods or sheets) with refiner addition exhibit higher surface quality and mechanical properties than those without refiner addition.

  19. Scale formation on Ni-based alloys in simulated solid oxide fuel cell interconnect environments

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    Ziomek-Moroz, Margaret; Cramer, Stephen D.; Holcomb, Gordon R.; Covino, Bernard S., Jr.; Bullard, Sophie J.; Singh, P. (PNNL); Windisch, C.F. (PNNL); Johnson, C.D. (NETL); Schaeffer, C. (National Energy Research Laboratory, Morgantown, WV)

    2004-11-01

    Recent publications suggest that the environment on the fuel side of the bi-polar stainless steel SOFC interconnects changes the oxidation behavior and morphology of the scale formed on the air side. The U.S. Department of Energy Albany Research Center (ARC), has examined the role of such exposure conditions on advanced nickel base alloys. Alloy formulations developed at ARC and commercial alloys were studied using X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Raman spectroscopy. The electrical property of oxide scales formed on selected alloys was determined in terms of areaspecific resistance (ASR). The corrosion behavior of ARC nickel-based alloys exposed to a dual environment of air/ H2 were compared to those of Crofer 22APU and Haynes 230.

  20. Perpendicular Magnetic Anisotropy in Co-Based Full Heusler Alloy Thin Films

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    Wu, Y.; Xu, X. G.; Miao, J.; Jiang, Y.

    2015-12-01

    Half-metallic Co-based full Heusler alloys have been qualified as promising functional materials in spintronic devices due to their high spin polarization. The lack of perpendicular magnetic anisotropy (PMA) is one of the biggest obstacles restricting their application in next generation ultrahigh density storage such as magnetic random access memory (MARM). How to induce the PMA in Co-based full Heusler alloy thin films has attracted much research interest of scientists. This paper presents an overview of recent progress in this research area. We hope that this paper would provide some guidance and ideas to develop highly spin-polarized Co-based Heusler alloy thin films with PMA.

  1. Detection of residual Al-base core in Ni alloy with Gd-tagging neutron radiography

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    Detection of residual aluminum-base core in nickel alloy is important for manufacturing blades of an aero-engine. Because of the strong penetrability, neutrons are more effective than X-rays to detect residual material in the nickel alloy blade. In this paper, both theoretical calculation and experiments on an accelerator-based neutron source at Peking University are used to verify the feasibility of Gd-tagging neutron radiography in detecting residual aluminum-base core in the nickel alloy. The results show that the technique can achieve a sensitivity of 0.2 mg for the residual core detection. (authors)

  2. Melting, Processing, and Properties of Disordered Fe-Al and Fe-Al-C Based Alloys

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    Satya Prasad, V. V.; Khaple, Shivkumar; Baligidad, R. G.

    2014-09-01

    This article presents a part of the research work conducted in our laboratory to develop lightweight steels based on Fe-Al alloys containing 7 wt.% and 9 wt.% aluminum for construction of advanced lightweight ground transportation systems, such as automotive vehicles and heavy-haul truck, and for civil engineering construction, such as bridges, tunnels, and buildings. The melting and casting of sound, porosity-free ingots of Fe-Al-based alloys was accomplished by a newly developed cost-effective technique. The technique consists of using a special flux cover and proprietary charging schedule during air induction melting. These alloys were also produced using a vacuum induction melting (VIM) process for comparison purposes. The effect of aluminum (7 wt.% and 9 wt.%) on melting, processing, and properties of disordered solid solution Fe-Al alloys has been studied in detail. Fe-7 wt.% Al alloy could be produced using air induction melting with a flux cover with the properties comparable to the alloy produced through the VIM route. This material could be further processed through hot and cold working to produce sheets and thin foils. The cold-rolled and annealed sheet exhibited excellent room-temperature ductility. The role of carbon in Fe-7 wt.% Al alloys has also been examined. The results indicate that Fe-Al and Fe-Al-C alloys containing about 7 wt.% Al are potential lightweight steels.

  3. Imprecise knowledge based design and development of titanium alloys for prosthetic applications.

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    Datta, S; Mahfouf, M; Zhang, Q; Chattopadhyay, P P; Sultana, N

    2016-01-01

    Imprecise knowledge on the composition-processing-microstructure-property correlation of titanium alloys combined with experimental data are used for developing rule based models for predicting the strength and elastic modulus of titanium alloys. The developed models are used for designing alloys suitable for orthopedic and dental applications. Reduced Space Searching Algorithm is employed for the multi-objective optimization to find composition, processing and microstructure of titanium alloys suitable for orthopedic applications. The conflicting requirements attributes of the alloys for this particular purpose are high strength with low elastic modulus, along with adequate biocompatibility and low costs. The 'Pareto' solutions developed through multi-objective optimization show that the preferred compositions for the fulfilling the above objectives lead to β or near β-alloys. The concept of decision making employed on the solutions leads to some compositions, which should provide better combination of the required attributes. The experimental development of some of the alloys has been carried out as guided by the model-based design methodology presented in this research. Primary characterizations of the alloys show encouraging results in terms of the mechanical properties. PMID:26398780

  4. Electronic-Structure-Based Design of Ordered Alloys

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    Bligaard, Thomas; Andersson, M.P.; Jacobsen, Karsten Wedel; Skriver, Hans Lomholt; Christensen, Claus H.; Nørskov, Jens Kehlet

    2006-01-01

    We describe some recent advances in the methodology of using electronic structure calculations for materials design. The methods have been developed for the design of ordered metallic alloys and metal alloy catalysts, but the considerations we present are relevant for the atomic-scale computational...... discovery of a promising catalytic metal alloy surface with high reactivity and low cost....... design of other materials as well. A central problem is how to treat the huge number of compounds that can be envisioned by varying the concentrations and the number of the elements involved. We discuss various strategies for approaching this problem and show how one strategy has led to the computational...

  5. Formation and Corrosion Resistance of Amorphous Ti Base Alloys

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    Naka, M.; Okada, T.; T. Matsui

    1996-01-01

    Corrosion resistant amorphous Ti-B and Ti-Si alloys were prepared on various substrates by RF sputtering. The alloying of B content of 8 at% or more stabilizes the amorphous structure. The corrosion properties of Ti alloys were evaluated by measuring the polarization curves in 1N HCl. Although the addition of B to crystalline bulky Ti shifts the corrosion potentials of Ti to the less nobles of -0.5 V(SCE) or less, that of B to amorphous sputtered Ti moves the corrosion potentials to the noble...

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

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    Ivanov, Yurii, E-mail: yufi55@mail.ru [Institute of High-Current Electronics of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, 634055, Russia, Tomsk, 2/3 Akademicheskiy Ave (Russian Federation); National Research Tomsk State University, 634050, Russia, Tomsk, 36 Lenina Str (Russian Federation); National Research Tomsk Polytechnic University, Tomsk, 634050, Russia, Tomsk, 30 Lenina Str (Russian Federation); Rygina, Mariya, E-mail: l-7755me@mail.ru [National Research Tomsk Polytechnic University, Tomsk, 634050, Russia, Tomsk, 30 Lenina Str (Russian Federation); Petrikova, Elizaveta, E-mail: elizmarkova@yahoo.com; Krysina, Olga, E-mail: krysina-82@mail.ru; Teresov, Anton, E-mail: tad514@sibmail.com [Institute of High-Current Electronics of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, 634055, Russia, Tomsk, 2/3 Akademicheskiy Ave (Russian Federation); National Research Tomsk State University, 634050, Russia, Tomsk, 36 Lenina Str (Russian Federation); Ivanova, Olga, E-mail: ivaov@mail.ru; Ikonnikova, Irina, E-mail: irina-ikonnikova@yandex.ru [Tomsk State University of Architecture and Building, Tomsk, 634002, Russia, Tomsk, 2 Solyanaya Sq (Russian Federation)

    2016-01-15

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

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

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    The paper reports on the study where we analyzed the surface structure and strength properties of coated Al alloys modified by electron-ion plasma treatment. The Al alloys were deposited with a thin (≈0.5 μm) TiCu film coating (TiCu-Al system) and with a hard TiCuN coating (TiCuN–AlSi system) on a TRIO vacuum setup in the plasma of low-pressure arc discharges. The temperature fields and phase transformations in the film–substrate system were estimated by numerical simulation in a wide range of electron energy densities (5–30 J/cm2) and pulse durations (50–200 μs). The calculations allowed us to determine the threshold energy density and pulse duration at which the surface structure of the irradiated Al-based systems is transformed in a single-phase state (solid or liquid) and in a two-phase state (solid plus liquid). The elemental composition, defect structure, phase state, and lattice state in the modified surface layers were examined by optical, scanning, and transmission electron microscopy, and by X-ray diffraction analysis. The mechanical characteristics of the modified layers were studied by measuring the hardness and Young’s modulus. The tribological properties of the modified layers were analyzed by measuring the wear resistance and friction coefficient. It is shown that melting and subsequent high-rate crystallization of the TiCu–Al system makes possible a multiphase Al-based surface structure with the following characteristics: crystallite size ranging within micrometer, microhardness of more than 3 times that in the specimen bulk, and wear resistance ≈1.8 times higher compared to the initial material. Electron beam irradiation of the TiCuN–AlSi system allows fusion of the coating into the substrate, thus increasing the wear resistance of the material ≈2.2 times at a surface hardness of ∼14 GPa

  8. Factors affecting the optical properties of Pd-free Au-Pt-based dental alloys.

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    Shiraishi, Takanobu; Takuma, Yasuko; Miura, Eri; Tanaka, Yasuhiro; Hisatsune, Kunihiro

    2003-12-01

    The optical properties of experimental Au-Pt-based alloys containing a small amount of In, Sn, and Zn were investigated by spectrophotometric colorimetry to extract factors affecting color of Au-Pt-based high-karat dental alloys. It was found that the optical properties of Au-Pt-based alloys are strongly affected by the number of valence electrons per atom in an alloy, namely, the electron:atom ratio, e/a. That is, by increasing the e/a-value, activities of reflection in the long-wavelength range and absorption in the short-wavelength range in the visible spectrum apparently increased. As a result, the maximum slope of the spectral reflectance curve at the absorption edge, which is located near 515 nm (approximately 2.4 eV), apparently increased with e/a-value. Due to this effect, the b*-coordinate (yellow-blue) in the CIELAB color space considerably increased and the a*-coordinate (red-green) slightly increased with e/a-value. The addition of a third element with a higher number of valence electrons to the binary Au-Pt alloy is, therefore, effective in giving a gold tinge to the parent Au-Pt alloy. This information may be useful in controlling the color of Au-Pt-based dental alloys. PMID:15348493

  9. Shape Memory Alloy-Based Periodic Cellular Structures Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — This SBIR Phase II effort will continue to develop and demonstrate an innovative shape memory alloy (SMA) periodic cellular structural technology. Periodic cellular...

  10. Damping and microstructures in aged Cu-Mn based alloys

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    1988-01-01

    Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited An aged high damping alloy 53Cu 45Mn-2Al was studied both microstructurally by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and microstructurally with two different damping measurement methods. In-situ heating and cooling observations were made with TEM in order to define the recently discovered flickering phenomenon associated with it's tweed microstructure. TEM studies were also made of an aged 53.6Cu-46.4Mn binary alloy. Damping measureme...

  11. Effects of copper-based alloy on the synthesis of single-crystal diamond

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    Chen Li Xue; Ma Hong An; Jia Xiao Peng; Wakatsuki, M; Zou Guang Tian

    2002-01-01

    The catalytic effects of copper-based alloys in diamond growth have been investigated. A single crystal of diamond has been obtained by the temperature gradient method (TGM), using Cu-Mn-Co and Cu-Co alloys as catalysts. It was found that the melted Cu-Mn-Co and Cu-Co alloys show low viscosity. The eutectic temperatures of these two alloys with graphite were between 1130 and 1150 deg. C, and the temperature of the transition to diamond was over 1300 deg. C at 5.5 GPa. High-quality diamond could not be obtained in Cu-Co alloy by the TGM. Our results suggest that adding Cu to a catalyst cannot decrease the reaction temperature for diamond growth.

  12. Modification of mechanical properties and microstructure of Ni-Cr-base alloy by continuous electron irradiation

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    Using the methods of transmission and scanning electron microscopy and X-ray structure analysis investigation of 40CrNiAl alloy structure-phase state after different conditions of thermomechanical treatment (TMT) and electron irradiation is carried out. Correlation of microstructure parameters of irradiated alloy with its mechanical properties is ascertained as well as morphology of structural and phase transformations in alloy at continuous electron irradiation. Simultaneous increasing of strength characteristics and plasticity of 40CrNiAl alloy after certain conditions of TMT and electron irradiation is find out, the reasons of the phenomenon is analyzed. The scientifically-based schemes of 40CrNiAl alloy TMT are developed and choice of electron irradiation conditions for optimization of its mechanical properties is substantiated

  13. Oxidation induced phase transformations and lifetime limits of chromia forming nickel base alloy 625

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    Chyrkin, Anton

    2011-01-01

    For its high creep resistance the commercial nickel-base alloy 625 relies on solid solution strengthening in combination with precipitation hardening by formation of delta-Ni3Nb and (Ni,Mo,Si)6C precipitates during high-temperature service. In oxidizing environments the alloy forms a slow growing, continuous chromia layer on the material surface which protects the alloy against rapid oxidation attack. The growth of the chromia base oxide scale results during exposure at 900–1000°C in oxidatio...

  14. Study on DC welding parameters of Al-alloy shaping based on arc-welding robot

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    2008-01-01

    The Al-alloy arc-welding shaping system based on arc-welding robot is established, and the Al-alloy shaping manufacture is realized with the DC (direct current) gas metal arc welding (GMAW). The research indicates that the metal transfer type of DC GMAW, heat input and the initial temperature of the workpiece greatly affect the Al-alloy shaping based on arc welding robot. On the penetration, the weld width and the reinforcement, the influence of welding parameters is analyzed by generalized regression neural network (GRNN) fitting.

  15. Neutron scattering measurements a useful alloy development tool for the new generation high temperature alloys based Co-Re system

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    Mukherji, D.; Wehr, J.; Strunz, Pavel; Gilles, R.; Hofmann, M.; Hoelzel, M.; Roesler, J.

    München : Technische Universität München, 2012 - (Carsughi, F.; Lommatzsch, I.; Neuhaus, J.). s. 34-34 [4th User Meeting at the FRM II. 23.03.2012-23.03.2012, Garching bei München] Institutional support: RVO:61389005 Keywords : Co-Re based alloys * neutron scattering * high temeperature Subject RIV: BM - Solid Matter Physics ; Magnetism http://cdn.frm2.tum.de/fileadmin/stuff/ information /UserOffice/UM2012_Booklet_lr.pdf

  16. Alloys based on Group 5 metals for hydrogen purification membranes

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    Highlights: • The Ta77Nb23 alloy showed hydrogen permeability high enough to be used in diffusion purification technology. • The Ta77Nb23 alloy has mechanical properties suitable for practical application. • The hydrogen permeability data were acquired for the alloys with no special coatings. - Abstract: Production of high-purity hydrogen is required to move to power systems with little environmental impact. The considerable part of hydrogen is suggested to be obtained by methane conversion and its separation from other hydrocarbon gases which are not involved in the energy production process (associated gas, waste gas of petrochemical industry, etc.). The aim of this study was to compare properties of low cost alloys for membranes for hydrogen purification and separation. To investigate the membranes of V53Ti26Ni21 and Ta77Nb23 (wt.%) alloys, the specific hydrogen permeability and micro hardness tests, metallography and X-ray diffraction were applied. It was concluded the Ta77Nb23 (wt.%) alloy has hydrogen permeability parameters and mechanical characteristics that make it suitable for the production of thin membranes

  17. Alloys based on Group 5 metals for hydrogen purification membranes

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    Kozhakhmetov, S. [Institute of High Technologies, 050012 Almaty (Kazakhstan); Sidorov, N. [Institute of Metallurgy UB RAS, 620016 Ekaterinburg (Russian Federation); Piven, V. [Saint Petersburg State University, 198504 Saint Petersburg (Russian Federation); Sipatov, I. [Institute of Metallurgy UB RAS, 620016 Ekaterinburg (Russian Federation); Gabis, I. [Saint Petersburg State University, 198504 Saint Petersburg (Russian Federation); Arinov, B. [Institute of High Technologies, 050012 Almaty (Kazakhstan)

    2015-10-05

    Highlights: • The Ta{sub 77}Nb{sub 23} alloy showed hydrogen permeability high enough to be used in diffusion purification technology. • The Ta{sub 77}Nb{sub 23} alloy has mechanical properties suitable for practical application. • The hydrogen permeability data were acquired for the alloys with no special coatings. - Abstract: Production of high-purity hydrogen is required to move to power systems with little environmental impact. The considerable part of hydrogen is suggested to be obtained by methane conversion and its separation from other hydrocarbon gases which are not involved in the energy production process (associated gas, waste gas of petrochemical industry, etc.). The aim of this study was to compare properties of low cost alloys for membranes for hydrogen purification and separation. To investigate the membranes of V{sub 53}Ti{sub 26}Ni{sub 21} and Ta{sub 77}Nb{sub 23} (wt.%) alloys, the specific hydrogen permeability and micro hardness tests, metallography and X-ray diffraction were applied. It was concluded the Ta{sub 77}Nb{sub 23} (wt.%) alloy has hydrogen permeability parameters and mechanical characteristics that make it suitable for the production of thin membranes.

  18. Transport phenomena in nanowires based on bismuth alloys

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    Full text: In this work, we study the conductivity and thermopower of quantum wires (QW) based on bismuth alloys. Calculations are carried out for nanowires with degenerate and nondegenerate gas of carriers at various crystalline orientations taking into account the real band structure of Bi. We find the energy eigenvalues of holes and taking into account the nonparabolicity of the band, the energy eigenvalues for electrons. The conductivity and thermopower determined with the use of the Kubo formulae in the case when the basic mechanism of carrier scattering is assumed to be elastic acoustic-phonon scattering and on a roughness surface of QW. Dependences of kinetic coefficients on temperature, nanowire diameter and crystalline orientation are investigated. The conductivity and thermopower of a QW contains the contributions of electrons and holes. Taking into account values of carrier effective masses and other band parameters of Bi, it is possible to conclude that the contribution of holes to the conductivity of nondegenerate carriers of QWs is more less than that of electrons, which is attributed to smaller effective mass of electrons. For a semiconducting Bi QW the conductivity depends exponentially on a temperature and wire diameter. The thermopower of a semiconducting and of a semimetallic Bi QW at low temperatures can be positive and change sign in more higher temperatures. The theoretical results are close to experiment for Bi wires with diameter of 50-100 nm. (author)

  19. Deployable aerospace PV array based on amorphous silicon alloys

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    Hanak, Joseph J.; Walter, Lee; Dobias, David; Flaisher, Harvey

    1989-01-01

    The development of the first commercial, ultralight, flexible, deployable, PV array for aerospace applications is discussed. It is based on thin-film, amorphous silicon alloy, multijunction, solar cells deposited on a thin metal or polymer by a proprietary, roll-to-roll process. The array generates over 200 W at AM0 and is made of 20 giant cells, each 54 cm x 29 cm (1566 sq cm in area). Each cell is protected with bypass diodes. Fully encapsulated array blanket and the deployment mechanism weigh about 800 and 500 g, respectively. These data yield power per area ratio of over 60 W/sq m specific power of over 250 W/kg (4 kg/kW) for the blanket and 154 W/kg (6.5 kg/kW) for the power system. When stowed, the array is rolled up to a diameter of 7 cm and a length of 1.11 m. It is deployed quickly to its full area of 2.92 m x 1.11 m, for instant power. Potential applications include power for lightweight space vehicles, high altitude balloons, remotely piloted and tethered vehicles. These developments signal the dawning of a new age of lightweight, deployable, low-cost space arrays in the range from tens to tens of thousands of watts for near-term applications and the feasibility of multi-100 kW to MW arrays for future needs.

  20. Shape-Memory-Alloy-Based Deicing System Developed

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    Ice buildup on aircraft leading edge surfaces has historically been a problem. Most conventional deicing systems rely either on surface heating to melt the accreted ice or pneumatic surface inflation to mechanically debond the ice. Deicers that rely solely on surface heating require large amounts of power. Pneumatic deicers usually cannot remove thin layers of ice and lack durability. Thus, there is a need for an advanced, low-power ice protection system. As part of the NASA Small Business and Innovation Research (SBIR) program, Innovative Dynamics, Inc., developed an aircraft deicing system that utilizes the properties of Shape Memory Alloys (SMA). The SMA-based system has achieved promising improvements in energy efficiency and durability over more conventional deicers. When they are thermally activated, SMA materials change shape; this is analogous to a conventional thermal expansion. The thermal input is currently applied via conventional technology, but there are plans to implement a passive thermal input that is supplied from the energy transfer due to the formation of the ice itself. The actively powered deicer was tested in the NASA Lewis Icing Research Tunnel on a powered rotating rig in early 1995. The system showed promise, deicing both rime and glaze ice shapes as thin as 1/8 in. The first prototype SMA deicer reduced power usage by 45 percent over existing electrothermal systems. This prototype system was targeted for rotorcraft system development. However, there are current plans underway to develop a fixed-wing version of the deicer.

  1. Shape Memory Alloy (SMA)-Based Launch Lock

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    Badescu, Mircea; Bao, Xiaoqi; Bar-Cohen, Yoseph

    2014-01-01

    Most NASA missions require the use of a launch lock for securing moving components during the launch or securing the payload before release. A launch lock is a device used to prevent unwanted motion and secure the controlled components. The current launch locks are based on pyrotechnic, electro mechanically or NiTi driven pin pullers and they are mostly one time use mechanisms that are usually bulky and involve a relatively high mass. Generally, the use of piezoelectric actuation provides high precession nanometer accuracy but it relies on friction to generate displacement. During launch, the generated vibrations can release the normal force between the actuator components allowing shaft's free motion which could result in damage to the actuated structures or instruments. This problem is common to other linear actuators that consist of a ball screw mechanism. The authors are exploring the development of a novel launch lock mechanism that is activated by a shape memory alloy (SMA) material ring, a rigid element and an SMA ring holding flexure. The proposed design and analytical model will be described and discussed in this paper.

  2. Welding and mechanical properties of cast FAPY (Fe-16 at. % Al-based) alloy slabs

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    Sikka, V.K.; Goodwin, G.M.; Alexander, D.J.; Howell, C.R.

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    The low-aluminum-content iron-aluminum program deals with the development of a Fe-Al alloy with aluminum content such as a produce the minimum environmental effect at room temperature. The FAPY is an Fe-16 at. % Al-based alloy developed at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory as the highest aluminum-containing alloy with essentially no environmental effect. The chemical composition for FAPY in weight percent is: aluminum = 8.46, chromium = 5.50, zirconium = 0.20, carbon = 0.03, molybdenum = 2.00, yttrium = 0.10, and iron = 83.71. The cast ingots of the alloy can be hot worked by extrusion, forging, and rolling processes. The hot- worked cast structure can be cold worked with intermediate anneals at 800{degrees}C. Typical room-temperature ductility of the fine-grained wrought structure is 20 to 25% for this alloy. In contrast to the wrought structure, the cast ductility at room temperature is approximately 1% with a transition temperature of approximately 100 to 150{degrees}C, above which ductility values exceed 20%. The alloy has been melted and processed into bar, sheet, and foil. The alloy has also been cast into slabs, step-blocks of varying thicknesses, and shapes. The purpose of this section is to describe the welding response of cast slabs of three different thicknesses of FAPY alloy. Tensile, creep, and Charpy-impact data of the welded plates are also presented.

  3. The Importance of Rare-Earth Additions in Zr-Based AB2 Metal Hydride Alloys

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    Kwo-Hsiung Young

    2016-07-01

    Full Text Available Effects of substitutions of rare earth (RE elements (Y, La, Ce, and Nd to the Zr-based AB2 multi-phase metal hydride (MH alloys on the structure, gaseous phase hydrogen storage (H-storage, and electrochemical properties were studied and compared. Solubilities of the RE atoms in the main Laves phases (C14 and C15 are very low, and therefore the main contributions of the RE additives are through the formation of the RENi phase and change in TiNi phase abundance. Both the RENi and TiNi phases are found to facilitate the bulk diffusion of hydrogen but impede the surface reaction. The former is very effective in improving the activation behaviors. −40 °C performances of the Ce-doped alloys are slightly better than the Nd-doped alloys but not as good as those of the La-doped alloys, which gained the improvement through a different mechanism. While the improvement in ultra-low-temperature performance of the Ce-containing alloys can be associated with a larger amount of metallic Ni-clusters embedded in the surface oxide, the improvement in the La-containing alloys originates from the clean alloy/oxide interface as shown in an earlier transmission electron microscopy study. Overall, the substitution of 1 at% Ce to partially replace Zr gives the best electrochemical performances (capacity, rate, and activation and is recommended for all the AB2 MH alloys for electrochemical applications.

  4. Atomic-scale properties of Ni-based FCC ternary, and quaternary alloys

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    The aim of this study is to characterize some atomic-scale properties of Ni-based FCC multicomponent alloys. For this purpose, we use Monte Carlo method combined with density functional theory calculations to study short-range order (SRO), atomic displacements, electronic density of states, and magnetic moments in equimolar ternary NiCrCo, and quaternary NiCrCoFe alloys. According to our study, the salient features for the ternary alloy are a negative SRO parameter between Ni–Cr and a positive between Cr–Cr pairs as well as a weakly magnetic state. For the quaternary alloy we predict negative SRO parameter for Ni–Cr and Ni–Fe pairs and positive for Cr–Cr and Fe–Fe pairs. Atomic displacements for both ternary and quaternary alloys are negligible. In contrast to the ternary, the quaternary alloy shows a complex magnetic structure. The electronic structure of the ternary and quaternary alloys shows differences near the Fermi energy between a random solid solution and the predicted structure with SRO. Despite that, the calculated EXAFS spectra does not show enough contrast to discriminate between random and ordered structures. The predicted SRO has an impact on point-defect energetics, electron–phonon coupling and thermodynamic functions and thus, SRO should not be neglected when studying properties of these two alloys

  5. Advanced oxidation-resistant iron-based alloys for LWR fuel cladding

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    Terrani, K. A.; Zinkle, S. J.; Snead, L. L.

    2014-05-01

    Application of advanced oxidation-resistant iron alloys as light water reactor fuel cladding is proposed. The motivations are based on specific limitations associated with zirconium alloys, currently used as fuel cladding, under design-basis and beyond-design-basis accident scenarios. Using a simplified methodology, gains in safety margins under severe accidents upon transition to advanced oxidation-resistant iron alloys as fuel cladding are showcased. Oxidation behavior, mechanical properties, and irradiation effects of advanced iron alloys are briefly reviewed and compared to zirconium alloys as well as historic austenitic stainless steel cladding materials. Neutronic characteristics of iron-alloy-clad fuel bundles are determined and fed into a simple economic model to estimate the impact on nuclear electricity production cost. Prior experience with steel cladding is combined with the current understanding of the mechanical properties and irradiation behavior of advanced iron alloys to identify a combination of cladding thickness reduction and fuel enrichment increase (∼0.5%) as an efficient route to offset any penalties in cycle length, due to higher neutron absorption in the iron alloy cladding, with modest impact on the economics.

  6. Thermodynamic Prediction of Compositional Phases Confirmed by Transmission Electron Microscopy on Tantalum-Based Alloy Weldments

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    Tantalum alloys have been used by the U.S. Department of Energy as structural alloys for radioisotope based thermal to electrical power systems since the 1960s. Tantalum alloys are attractive for high temperature structural applications due to their high melting point, excellent formability, good thermal conductivity, good ductility (even at low temperatures), corrosion resistance, and weldability. Tantalum alloys have demonstrated sufficient high-temperature toughness to survive prolonged exposure to the radioisotope power-system working environment. Typically, the fabrication of power systems requires the welding of various components including the structural members made of tantalum alloys. Issues such as thermodynamics, lattice structure, weld pool dynamics, material purity and contamination, and welding atmosphere purity all potentially confound the understanding of the differences between the weldment properties of the different tantalum-based alloys. The objective of this paper is to outline the thermodynamically favorable material phases in tantalum alloys, with and without small amounts of hafnium, during and following solidification, based on the results derived from the FactSage(c) Integrated Thermodynamic Databank. In addition, Transition Electron Microscopy (TEM) data will show for the first time, the changes occurring in the HfC before and after welding, and the data will elucidate the role HfC plays in pinning grain boundaries

  7. Aluminium Alloy-Based Metal Matrix Composites: A Potential Material for Wear Resistant Applications

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    Aluminium alloy-based metal matrix composites (AMMCs) have been by now established themselves as a suitable wear resistant material especially for sliding wear applications. However, in actual practice engineering components usually encounter combination of wear types. An attempt has been made in the present paper to highlight the effect of dispersing SiC in 2014 base alloy adopting the liquid metallurgy route on different wear modes like sliding, abrasion, erosion, and combinations of wear m...

  8. Development of a methodology for the determination of americium and thorium by ICP-AES and their inter-element effect

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    Due to the scarcity of good quality uranium resources, the growth of nuclear technology in India is dependent on the utilization of the vast thorium resources. Therefore, Advance Heavy Water Reactor is going to acquire significant role in the scenario of Indian nuclear technology, where (Th, Pu)O2 will be utilized as fuel in the outermost ring of the reactor core. This will lead to a complex matrix containing thorium as well as americium, which is formed due to β-decay of plutonium. The amount of americium is dependent on the burn up and the storage time of the Pu based fuels. In the present case, attempt was made to develop a method for the determination of americium as well as thorium by ICP-AES. Two emission lines of americium were identified and calibration curves were established for determination of americium. Though the detection limit of 283.236 nm line (5 ng mL-1) of americium was found to be better than that of 408.930 nm (11 ng mL-1), the former line is significantly interfered by large amount of thorium. Three analytical lines (i.e. 283.242, 283.730 and 401.913 nm) of thorium were identified and calibration curves were established along with their detection limits. It was observed that 283.242 and 401.913 nm line are having similar detection limits (18 and 13 ng mL-1, respectively) which are better than that of 283.730 nm (60 ng mL-1). This can be attributed to the high background of 283.273 nm channel of thorium. The spectral interference study revealed that even small amount of americium has significant contribution on 283.242 nm channel of thorium while the other two channels remain practically unaffected. Considering both these facts, spectral interference and analytical performance (detection limits and sensitivity), it was concluded that 401.913 nm line is the best analytical line out of the three lines for determination of thorium in presence of americium. (author)

  9. Single-crystal tungsten-based alloys with molybdenum and rhenium

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    Single crystals of ternary W-based alloys with 2 % Re and less than 7 % Mo have been grown for the first time at the Baikov Institute of Metallurgy and Materials Science RAS. Plasma arc melting allowed us to effectively purify the single crystals from a number of impurities. According to mass spectrometric analysis for 70 elements, the total content of impurities does not exceed 0. 063%. It was found that, as the Mo content increases, the size of first-kind subgrains decreases and their mutual misorientation increases. In the W-based alloy with 2.3 % Re and 6.7% Mo, no first-kind subgrains are observed,whereas second-kind subgrains are elongated along the growth direction. In this case, their total misorientation is well below that in the other low-alloy single crystals.Single-crystal of binary tungsten-based alloys with rhenium were prepared by electron-beam zone melting (1% Re, mass fraction) and plasma arc melting (2%Re, 10%Re, 25%Re (mass fraction)). It was found that the low-alloyed (1%-2 % Rh (mass fraction)) W-based alloys are characterized by a rather perfect single-crystal structure and misorientations of first- and second-kind subgrains of 20-50' and 10-40', respectively. Sections with the coarse-grained structure are observed in ingots of the alloy with 10%and 25% (mass fraction) Rh; in the alloy with 25% Rh, such structure is observed immediately from the seed.A device for measuring the liquidus and solidus temperatures of refractory metallic alloys has been designed. The liquidus temperatures of ternary single crystals (W-Mo-Re) have been measured.The studied single crystals, owing to their purity and high stability of the structure and properties,are widely used in electronics, electrical engineering, and analytical devices for various purposes.

  10. Americium and europium extraction from carbonate solutions by 1-phenyl-3-methyl-4-benzoylpyrazolone -5

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    Trivalent TPEs and REEs are extractable from carbonate solutions by 1-pheny-3-methyl-4-benzoylpyrazolone-5 (PMBP). The effect of concentration of KHCO3 and K2CO3, extractant, metal, and other factors on the extent of extraction of the elements has been clarified. The kinetics of extraction of the elements from carbonate solutions has been studied. It has been shown that in the KHCO3 concentration range 0.2-2.0 M americium and europium are extracted by PMBP solutions in different diluents with distribution coefficients lying within n x 102-n x 103. From K2CO3 solutions the elements are extracted better by PMBP solutions in methyl isobutyl ketone (MIBK). It has been shown that metal concentration in the range 1x10-5. 5x10-3 g-ion x liter-1 does not affect extraction (log E = 3). Extracts based on PMBP with a metal content higher than 5x10-3g-ion x liter-1 were obtained by absolute concentrating method and were used for the study of 13C NMR spectra. The composition of thecompounds extracted by PMBP from carbonate solutions was determined by 13C NMR spectroscopy and extraction. The conditions of europium and americium reextraction from extracts based on PMBP by complexones, their mixtures with alkalis and other substances were studied. The scopes for using the system PMBP-carbonate solutions to separate and concentrate TPEs and REEs has been examined

  11. Survey of BGFA Criteria for the Cu-Based Bulk Amorphous Alloys

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    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available To verify the effect of composition on the bulk glass forming ability (BGFA of Cu-based alloys, properties have been collected from the literature (~100 papers, more than 200 alloys. Surveying the BGFA criteria published so far, it has been found that the atomic mismatch condition of Egami-Waseda is fulfilled for all the Cu-based BGFAs, the value being above 0,3. The Zhang Bangwei criterion could be applied for the binary Cu-based alloys. The Miracle and Senkov criteria do not necessarily apply for Cu based bulk amorphous alloys. The critical thickness versus =/(+ plot of Lu and Liu extrapolates to =0.36, somewhat higher than the 0.33 value found in other BGFA alloys. The Park and Kim parameter correlates rather poorly with the critical thickness for Cu based alloys. The Cheney and Vecchino parameter is a good indicator to find the best glass former if it is possible to calculate the exact liquids projection. In 2009 Xiu-lin and Pan defined a new parameter which correlates a bit better with the critical thickness. Based on this survey it is still very difficult to find one parameter in order to characterize the real GFA without an unrealized mechanism of crystallization.

  12. Effect of alloying on elastic properties of ZrN based transition metal nitride alloys

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    2014-09-01

    We report the effect of composition and metal sublattice substitutional element on the structural, elastic and electronic properties of ternary transition metal nitrides Zr1-xMxN with M=Al, Ti, Hf, V, Nb, W and Mo. The analysis of the elastic constants, bulk modulus, shear modulus, Young\\'s modulus, and Poisson\\'s ratio provides insights regarding the mechanical behavior of Zr1-xMxN. We predict that ternary alloys are more ductile compared to their parent binary compounds. The revealed trend in the mechanical behavior might help for experimentalists on the ability of tuning the mechanical properties during the alloying process by varying the concentration of the transition metal. © 2014 Elsevier B.V.

  13. Preconcentration of low levels of americium and plutonium from waste waters by synthetic water-soluble metal-binding polymers with ultrafiltration

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    A preconcentration approach to assist in the measurement of low levels of americium and plutonium in waste waters has been developed based on the concept of using water-soluble metal-binding polymers in combination with ultrafiltration. The method has been optimized to give over 90% recovery and accountability from actual waste water. (author)

  14. Shape memory alloy wire-based smart natural rubber bearing

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    In this study, two types of smart elastomeric bearings are presented using shape memory alloy (SMA) wires. Due to the unique characteristics of SMAs, such as the superelastic effect and the recentering capability, the residual deformation in SMA-based natural rubber bearings (SMA-NRBs) is significantly reduced whereas the energy dissipation capacity is increased. Two different configurations of SMA wires incorporated in elastomeric bearings are considered. The effect of several parameters, including the shear strain amplitude, the type of SMA, the aspect ratio of the base isolator, the thickness of SMA wire, and the amount of pre-strain in the wires on the performance of SMA-NRBs is investigated. Rubber bearings are composed of natural rubber layers bonded to steel shims as reinforcement. Results show that ferrous SMA wire, FeNiCuAlTaB, with 13.5% superelastic strain and a very low austenite finish temperature (−62 °C), is the best candidate to be used in SMA-NRBs subjected to high shear strain amplitudes. In terms of the lateral flexibility and wire strain level, the smart rubber bearing with a cross configuration of SMA wires is more efficient. Moreover, the cross configuration can be implemented in high-aspect-ratio elastomeric bearings since the strain induced in the wire does not exceed the superelastic range. When cross SMA wires with 2% pre-strain are used in a smart NRB, the dissipated energy is increased by 74% and the residual deformation is decreased by 15%. (paper)

  15. The metallographic investigation of brazed joints in nickel base alloys using various techniques for the production of contrast

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    Brazing with high melting point nickel base brazing alloys permits distortion-free, high strength joints to be produced in high temperature, high alloy steel and nickel alloys which cannot easily be welded. This method is used for gas turbine parts subject to high thermal stresses and in nuclear engineering. (orig.)

  16. Rational design of Nb-based alloys for hydrogen separation: A first principles study

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    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available We have investigated the effect of alloying metal elements on hydrogen solubility and mechanical integrity of Nb-based alloys, Nb15M1 (where M = Ca–Zn, Ge, using first principles-based calculations. In general, the chemical interaction between the interstitial H and metal is weakened as the alloying element is changed from an early to a late transition metal, leading to lower H solubility and higher resistance to H embrittlement. This effect becomes more pronounced when a smaller alloying element is used due to stronger elastic interaction between interstitial H and metal atoms. These finding may provide scientific basis for rational design of Nb-based hydrogen separation membranes with tailored H solubility to effectively suppress H embrittlement while maintaining excellent hydrogen permeation rate.

  17. Liquid-liquid extraction separation and determination of plutonium and americium

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    A procedure is described for the determination of plutonium and americium after their initial separation on barium sulfate. The barium sulfate is dissolved in perchloric acid and the antinides and lanthanides are extracted into bis(2-ethylhexyl)phosphoric acid (HDEHP). Americium along with other tervalent actinides and lanthanides is stripped from HDEHP with nitric acid. The lanthanides are removed on a column of HDEHP supported on Teflon powder, and the americium and other tervalent actinides are electrodeposited for their determination by α spectrometry. The plutonium is stripped with nitric acid after reduction to the tervalent state with 2,5-di-tert-butylhydroquinone and electrodeposited for α spectrometry. Decontamination factors for plutonium and americium from each other and from other α emitters are 104 to 105. Two hours are required for the liquid-liquid extraction separations of plutonium and americium from eight samples. Recoveries of americium and plutonium through the HDEHP separatons are 99% and 95%, respectively

  18. Calculational study on irradiation of americium fuel samples in the Petten High Flux Reactor

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    A calculational study on the irradiation of americium samples in the Petten High Flux Reactor (HFR) has been performed. This has been done in the framework of the international EFTTRA cooperation. For several reasons the americium in the samples is supposed to be diluted with a neutron inert matrix, but the main reason is to limit the power density in the sample. The low americium nuclide density in the sample (10 weight % americium oxide) leads to a low radial dependence of the burnup. Three different calculational methods have been used to calculate the burnup in the americium sample: Two-dimensional calculations with WIMS-6, one-dimensional calculations with WIMS-6, and one-dimensional calculations with SCALE. The results of the different methods agree fairly well. It is concluded that the radiotoxicity of the americium sample can be reduced upon irradiation in our scenario. This is especially the case for the radiotoxicity between 100 and 1000 years after storage. (orig.)

  19. Neptunium and americium control for international non-proliferation regime

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    It was decided in the IAEA Board of Governors Meeting held in Sept. 1999 that Neptunium and Americium could be diverted for manufacturing nuclear weapon or explosives, so that appropriate measures should be taken for the prevention of proliferation of these materials. It is expected to take relatively long time for settling down the aligned system dealing with the above materials because the present regulatory statement was prepared on the basis of voluntary offers from the States concerned. The necessity of preventive measures is being convinced among Member States, but it would not be easy to take voluntary participation in detail because of their respective interests. It is expected that this paper could contribute to the effective response as to the international commitments as well as for protecting the domestic nuclear industry and R and D area through analysis on the IAEA's approach on Neptunium and Americium

  20. Thermophysical properties of americium-containing barium plutonate

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    Polycrystalline specimens of americium-containing barium plutonate have been prepared by mixing the appropriate amounts of (Pu0.91Am0.09)O2 and BaCO3 powders followed by reacting and sintering at 1600 K under the flowing gas atmosphere of dry-air. The sintered specimens had a single phase of orthorhombic perovskite structure and were crack-free. Elastic moduli were determined from longitudinal and shear sound velocities. Debye temperature was also determined from sound velocities and lattice parameter measurements. Thermal conductivity was calculated from measured density at room temperature, literature values of heat capacity and thermal diffusivity measured by laser flash method in vacuum. Thermal conductivity of americium-containing barium plutonate was roughly independent of temperature and registered almost the same magnitude as that of BaPuO3 and BaUO3. (author)

  1. Dry sliding wear characteristics of rheocast Mg–Sn based alloys

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    Highlights: • Studied wear behavior of rheocast Mg–Sn based alloys under ambient temperature. • The volumetric wear was found to be increased with increasing applied load. • Different wear micro-mechanism was observed under electron micro-scope. • Plastic deformation and work hardening took place for all the alloys mainly at the higher loads. - Abstract: Present paper focuses on the dry sliding wear behavior of rheocast Mg–Sn based alloys under ambient temperature. The alloys were studied through pin-on-disc wear experiments under four different loading conditions, namely, 9.8, 19.6, 29.4 and 39.2 N. Present investigations highlight the influence of load on the cumulative wear loss, volumetric wear loss, dry sliding wear rate and co-efficient of friction of the different alloys under study. The volumetric wear was found to be increased with increasing applied load. Different wear micro-mechanisms were observed under electron micro-scope. The wear occurs mainly by ploughing mechanism and by delamination also. During wear, extensive plastic deformation and work hardening took place for all the alloys mainly at the higher loads. Micro-structural analysis has been performed for all the alloys at different loading conditions

  2. Hot Workability of CuZr-Based Shape Memory Alloys for Potential High-Temperature Applications

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    Biffi, Carlo Alberto; Tuissi, Ausonio

    2014-07-01

    The research on high-temperature shape memory alloys has been growing because of the interest of several potential industrial fields, such as automotive, aerospace, mechanical, and control systems. One suitable candidate is given by the CuZr system, because of its relative low price in comparison with others, like the NiTi-based one. In this context, the goal of this work is the study of hot workability of some CuZr-based shape memory alloys. In particular, this study addresses on the effect of hot rolling process on the metallurgical and calorimetric properties of the CuZr system. The addition of some alloying elements (Cr, Co, Ni, and Ti) is taken into account and their effect is also put in comparison with each other. The alloys were produced by means of an arc melting furnace in inert atmosphere under the shape of cigars. Due to the high reactivity of these alloys at high temperature, the cigars were sealed in a stainless steel can before the processing and two different procedures of hot rolling were tested. The characterization of the rolled alloys is performed using discrete scanning calorimetry in terms of evolution of the martensitic transformation and scanning electron microscopy for the microstructural investigations. Additionally, preliminary tests of laser interaction has been also proposed on the alloy more interesting for potential applications, characterized by high transformation temperatures and its good thermal stability.

  3. Investigation of the isothermal precipitation behaviour of nickel-base alloys using electrochemical phase extraction

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    Electrochemical phase extraction methods have been developed empirically for the selective separation of the precipitates in metallic materials. A detailed description of the process has been undertaken to allow optimization for various nickel-base alloys. For this part of the investigation, 16 model alloys were prepared as test electrodes and the electrolyte composition was varied over a wide range. The results enabled a series of effects to be explained on the basis of electrochemical data. The large number of test parameters limited the scope of the preliminary experiments and the range of model alloys used. In the nickel-base alloys, titanium carbo-nitride and primary M6C precipitates were identified. During isothermal ageing, M23C6 (except in Alloy KSN), Ni3Al (in INCONEL 617), Laves phases (in Hastelloy X and INCONEL 617), M12C (in HASTELLOY X and INCONEL 617) and α-tungsten (in the tungsten-containing alloys) were precipitated. The precipitation behaviour changed in the alloys investigated from intracrystalline to intercrystalline with increasing ageing temperature. The intracrystalline secondary precipitations affect the microhardness, structure and the solid-solution lattice. (orig.)

  4. Biocompatibility of new Ti-Nb-Ta base alloys.

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    Hussein, Abdelrahman H; Gepreel, Mohamed A-H; Gouda, Mohamed K; Hefnawy, Ahmad M; Kandil, Sherif H

    2016-04-01

    β-type titanium alloys are promising materials in the field of medical implants. The effect of β-phase stability on the mechanical properties, corrosion resistance and cytotoxicity of a newly designed β-type (Ti77Nb17Ta6) biocompatible alloys are studied. The β-phase stability was controlled by the addition of small quantities of Fe and O. X-ray diffraction and microstructural analysis showed that the addition of O and Fe stabilized the β-phase in the treated solution condition. The strength and hardness have increased with the increase in β-phase stability while ductility and Young's modulus have decreased. The potentio-dynamic polarization tests showed that the corrosion resistance of the new alloys is better than Ti-6Al-4V alloy by at least ten times. Neutral red uptake assay cytotoxicity test showed cell viability of at least 95%. The new alloys are promising candidates for biomedical applications due to their high mechanical properties, corrosion resistance, and reduced cytotoxicity. PMID:26838885

  5. 1976 Hanford americium-exposure incident: decontamination and treatment facility

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    An injured worker, contaminated with over 6 mCi of americium-241, required special treatment and housing for 4 months. This paper is a description of the design and management of the facility in which most of the treatment and housing occurred. The problems associated with contamination control, waste handling, supplies, and radiological concerns during the two-stage transfer of the patient from a controlled situation to his normal living environment are discussed in detail

  6. Recycling heterogeneous americium targets in a boiling water reactor

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    One of the limiting contributors to the heat load constraint for a long term spent fuel repository is the decay of americium-241. A possible option to reduce the heat load produced by Am-241 is to eliminate it via transmutation in a light water reactor thermal neutron environment, in particular, by taking advantage of the large thermal fission cross section of Am-242 and Am-242m. In this study we employ lattice loading optimization techniques to define the loadings and arrangements of fuel pins with blended americium and uranium oxide in boiling water reactor bundles, specifically, by defining the incineration of pre-loaded americium as an objective function to maximize americium transmutation. Subsequently, the viability of these optimized lattices is tested by assembling them into bundles with Am-spiked fuel pins and by loading these bundles into realistic three-dimensional BWR core-wide simulations that model multiple reload cycles and observe standard operational constraints. These simulations are possible via our collaboration with the Westinghouse Electric Co. which facilitates the use of industrial-caliber design tools such as the PHOENIX-4/POLCA-7 sequence and the Core Master 2 GUI work environment for fuel management. The resulting analysis confirms the ability to axially uniformly eliminating roughly 90% of the pre-loaded inventory of recycled Am-241 in BWR bundles with heterogeneous target pins. This high level of incineration was achieved within three to four 18-month operational cycles, which is equivalent to a typical in-core residence time of a BWR bundle.

  7. Ingestion Pathway Transfer Factors for Plutonium and Americium

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    Blanchard, A.

    1999-07-28

    Overall transfer factors for major ingestion pathways are derived for plutonium and americium. These transfer factors relate the radionuclide concentration in a given foodstuff to deposition on the soil. Equations describing basic relationships consistent with Regulatory Guide 1.109 are followed. Updated values and coefficients from IAEA Technical Reports Series No. 364 are used when a available. Preference is given to using factors specific to the Savannah River Site.

  8. Interstitial-phase precipitation in iron-base alloys: a comparative study

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    Recent developments have elucidated the atomistic mechanisms of precipitation of interstitial elements in simple alloy systems. However, in the more technologically important iron base alloys, interstitial phase precipitation is generally not well understood. The present experimental study was therefore designed to test the applicability of these concepts to more complex ferrous alloys. Hence, a comparative study was made of interstitial phase precipitation in ferritic Fe-Si-C and in austenitic phosphorus-containing Fe-Cr-Ni steels. These systems were subjected to a variety of quench-age thermal treatments, and the microstructural development was subsequently characterized by transmission electron microscopy

  9. Application of feal intermetallic phase matrix based alloys in the turbine components of a turbocharger

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    J. Cebulski

    2015-01-01

    This paper presents a possible application of the state-of-the-art alloys based on the FeAl intermetallic phases as materials for the manufacture of heat-proof turbine components in an automobile turbocharger. The research was aimed at determining the resistance to corrosion of Fe40Al5CrTiB alloy in a gaseous environment containing 9 % O2 + 0,2 % HCl + 0,08 % SO2 + N2. First the kinetics of corrosion processes for the considered alloy were determined at the temperatures of 900 °C, 1 000 °C an...

  10. Mechanical Responses of Superlight β-Based Mg-Li-Al-Zn Wrought Alloys under Resonance

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    Song, Jenn-Ming; Lin, Yi-Hua; Su, Chien-Wei; Wang, Jian-Yih

    2009-05-01

    To extend the application of lightweight Mg alloys in the automotive industry, this study suggests a β-based Mg-Li alloy (LAZ1110) with superior vibration fracture resistance by means of material design. In the cold-rolled state, a strengthened β matrix by the additions of Al and Zn, as well as intergranular platelike α precipitates, which are able to stunt the crack growth, contributes to a comparable vibration life with commercial Mg-Al-Zn alloys under a similar strain condition.

  11. Thermo-physical properties and phase transformation behavior of thorium-based alloys and oxides

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    In this presentation, the results of classical molecular dynamics (CMD) simulations of lattice thermal expansion (LTE), elastic constants and thermal conductivity of Urania-Thoria, Thoria-Ceria/Plutonia MOX fuels will be presented along with some experimental results using high temperature X-ray diffraction techniques. At the same time, it is very useful to understand the possible phase transformations in Th bases metallic alloys with a view to identify the metastable phases. This aspect is important from phase stability point of view. All these metallic alloys shows phase separation tendencies and complex compound formation. This presentation also discusses the nature of phase transformations in these alloys involving stable and metastable phases

  12. Investigations of carbon diffusion and carbide formation in nickel-based alloys

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    The present thesis describes the carburization behaviour of nickel based alloys in heavily carburizing environments. The mechanisms of carbon diffusion and carbide precipitation in NiCr alloys with and without ternary additions of iron, cobalt or molybdenum have been investigated. Using the results of carburization experiments, a mathematical model which describes carbon diffusion and carbide formation, was developed. The simulation of the carburization process was carried out by an iterative calculation of the local thermodynamic equilibrium in the alloy. An accurate description of the carbon profiles as a function of time became possible by using a finite-difference calculation. (orig.)

  13. Solute partitioning and site preference in γ/γ′ cobalt-base alloys

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    This paper reports three-dimensional atom probe tomography results from a γ/γ′ based Co–Al–W alloy and two quaternary variants of this alloy highlighting the following salient features: (i) sub-nanometer-scale solute partitioning across the γ/γ′ interface as well as solute pile-up at this interface; (ii) the site preference of quaternary elements in γ′ precipitates, Co3(Al, W); and (iii) formation of multiple generations of γ′ precipitates in one of the alloys.

  14. Atom probe analysis of Sn in Zr-based alloys

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    We have extensively used atom-probe field ion microscopy (APFIM) for microanalyses of a heat-treated Zircaloy-4 and Zr-Sn alloys containing 0.6 or 1.39 wt% Sn and clarified as to whether Sn is fully dissolved or not in the α-Zr matrix. It is found that Sn dissolves in the matrix of both Zircaloy-4 and Zr-0.6 wt% Sn alloy upon annealing at 723 K. For Zr-1.39 wt% Sn alloy, after annealing for more than 200 h, the symptom of phase separation has been found. The distribution of Sn in the matrix is changed from the α-quenched state, and local regions enriched with Sn are formed in the matrix. (orig.)

  15. Local atomic ordering in nickel based Ir and Rh alloys

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    Experimental measurements of the diffuse X-ray scattering are performed on alloys of Ni with Rh and Ir. The atomic short range order (SRO) parameters αsub(i) are calculated from the measured intensity. The existence of SRO is established in the two systems. The values of α1 are observed to have anomalously large negative values for all the samples. The experimental data so obtained is interpreted theoretically by calculating the interaction energies on the basis of electronic theory of ordering. Theoretically calculated values of interaction energies are found to be in agreement with the experimentally determined type of order in these alloys. (author)

  16. Martensitic transformation in Co-based ferromagnetic shape memory alloy

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    Kopeček, Jaromír; Yokaichiya, F.; Laufek, F.; Jarošová, Markéta; Jurek, Karel; Drahokoupil, Jan; Sedláková-Ignácová, Silvia; Molnár, Peter; Heczko, Oleg

    2012-01-01

    Roč. 122, č. 3 (2012), s. 475-477. ISSN 0587-4246. [International Symposium on Physics of Materials, ISPMA /12./. Praha, 04.09.2011-08.09.2011] R&D Projects: GA ČR(CZ) GA101/09/0702; GA ČR GAP107/10/0824; GA AV ČR IAA100100920 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z10100520; CEZ:AV0Z10100521 Keywords : microstructure * shape memory alloy s * neutron diffraction * cobalt alloy s Subject RIV: JG - Metallurgy Impact factor: 0.531, year: 2012

  17. Mechanical strenght and niobium and niobium-base alloys substructures

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    Niobium and some of its alloys have been used in several fields of technological applications such as the aerospace, chemical and nuclear industries. This is due to its excelent mechanical stringth at high temperatures and reasonable ductility at low temperatures. In this work, we review the main features of the relationship mechanical strength - substructure in niobium and its alloys, taking into account the presence of impurities, the influence of initial thermal and thermo - mechanical treatments as well as the irradiation by energetic particles. (Author)

  18. Undercooling and demixing of copper-based alloys

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    Kolbe, M.; Brillo, J.; Egry, I.; Herlach, D.M.; Ratke, L.; Chatain, D.; Tinet, N.; Antion, C.; Battezzati, L.; Curiotto, S.; Johnson, E.; Pryds, Nini

    Since the beginning of materials science research under microgravity conditions immiscible alloys have been an interesting subject. New possibilities to investigate such systems are offered by containerless processing techniques. Of particular interest is the ternary system Cu-Fe-Co, and its...... limiting binaries, Cu-Co and Cu-Fe. They all show a metastable miscibility gap in the regime of the undercooled melt. Within the ESA-MAP project “CoolCop”, different aspects of this alloy have been investigated; results obtained so far are reported here....

  19. Corrosion properties of high silicon iron-based alloys in nitric acid

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    2007-01-01

    The effect of copper and rare-earth elements on corrosion behavior of ~iigh silicon iron-based alloys in nitric acid was studied by means of static and loading current corrosion experiments. The anodic polarization curve was also made to discuss the corrosion mechanism. The examination on alloy microstructure and SEM corrosion pattern showed that when silicon content reached 14.5%, the Fe3Si phase appeared and the primary structure of the iron-base alloy was ferrite. When adding 4.57% copper in the iron alloy, its corrosion resistance in static diluted sulfuric acid was improved while its corrosion resistance and electrochemical corrosion properties in the nitric acid were decreased. In contrast, the addition of rare earth elements could improve the corrosion properties in all above conditions including in static diluted sulfuric acid and in nitric acid.

  20. Iron-based alloy and nitridation treatment for PEM fuel cell bipolar plates

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    Brady, Michael P. [Oak Ridge, TN; Yang, Bing [Oak Ridge, TN; Maziasz, Philip J. [Oak Ridge, TN

    2010-11-09

    A corrosion resistant electrically conductive component that can be used as a bipolar plate in a PEM fuel cell application is composed of an alloy substrate which has 10-30 wt. % Cr, 0.5 to 7 wt. % V, and base metal being Fe, and a continuous surface layer of chromium nitride and vanadium nitride essentially free of base metal. A oxide layer of chromium vanadium oxide can be disposed between the alloy substrate and the continuous surface nitride layer. A method to prepare the corrosion resistant electrically conductive component involves a two-step nitridization sequence by exposing the alloy to a oxygen containing gas at an elevated temperature, and subsequently exposing the alloy to an oxygen free nitrogen containing gas at an elevated temperature to yield a component where a continuous chromium nitride layer free of iron has formed at the surface.

  1. Atomic site location by channelling enhanced microanalysis (ALCHEMI) in γ'-strengthened Ni- and Pt-base alloys

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    The additions of alloying elements to Ni- and Pt-base alloys influence the microstructure and thereby the creep properties, whereas the mechanism is uncertain. Therefore atomic site location by channelling enhanced microanalysis (ALCHEMI) was used to determine the site partitioning of ternary and quaternary alloying elements in the L12-ordered γ'-phase. Two ternary Ni-Al alloys with Cr and Ti additions were investigated. The measured site partitioning showed that Cr and Ti atoms prefer the Al-sublattice sites. For a ternary Pt-Al-Cr alloy, it was found that Cr atoms occupy Al sites. The influence of Ni as a fourth alloying element in a Pt-Al-Cr-Ni alloy on the site partitioning was also investigated. The detected results give evidence that in the quaternary alloy Cr and Ni atoms prefer the Pt sublattice. First principles calculations were used to support the experimental data

  2. Burner Rig Hot Corrosion of Five Ni-Base Alloys Including Mar-M247

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    Nesbitt, James A.; Helmink, R.; Harris, K.; Erickson, G.

    2000-01-01

    The hot corrosion resistance of four new Ni-base superalloys was compared to that of Mar-M247 by testing in a Mach 0.3 burner rig at 900 C for 300 1-hr cycles. While the Al content was held the same as in the Mar-M247, the Cr and Co levels in the four new alloys were decreased while other strengthening elements (Re, Ta) were increased. Surprisingly, despite their lower Cr and Co contents, the hot corrosion behavior of all four new alloys was superior to that of the Mar-M247 alloy. The Mar-M247 alloy began to lose weight almost immediately whereas the other four alloys appeared to undergo an incubation period of 50-150 1-hr cycles. Examination of the cross-sectional microstructures showed regions of rampant corrosion attack (propagation stage) in all five alloys after 300 1-hr cycles . This rampant corrosion morphology was similar for each of the alloys with Ni and Cr sulfides located in an inner subscale region. The morphology of the attack suggests a classic "Type I", or high temperature, hot corrosion attack.

  3. Atmospheric Corrosion of Different Fe-based Alloys in Nanocrystalline State

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    Sitek, J.; Sedlačková, K.; Seberíni, M.

    2005-07-01

    Nanocrystalline Fe-based alloys are interesting for their soft magnetic properties. Because these alloys are potentially applicable in outdoor-working components, their corrosion behaviour requires careful analysis. This work presents the results of the atmospheric corrosion tests in industrial and rural environments performed for up to 6 months. We compared the corrosion behaviour of two different compositions of NANOPERM-type alloys: Fe87.5Zr6.5B6 and Fe76Mo8Cu1B15 with classical FINEMET alloys of the nominal composition of Fe73.5Cu1Nb3Si13.5B9 type. The techniques of Mössbauer spectroscopy, conversion electron Mössbauer spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy have been employed to compare their corrosion rate, characterize corrosion products and inspect the structural changes of the nanocrystalline structure. It was found that the Si-containing FINEMET alloys are the most corrosion-resistant whereas worse corrosion properties were observed for molybdenum-containing Fe76Mo8Cu1B15 alloy. The corrosion product formed on the surface of NANOPERM-type alloys showed a needlelike morphology and a poor crystalline order and has been identified as lepidocrocite, γ-FeOOH.

  4. Microstructural observations of the crystallization of amorphous Fe-Si-B based magnetic alloys

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    The effect of Cu and Nb alloying additions on the crystallization of Fe-Si-B based alloys were studied. DSC, XRD, TEM, EELS and VSM techniques were used to study the thermal properties, phase formation during primary crystallization, morphological transitions and magnetic properties. The additions of individual Cu or Nb alloying additions changed the crystallization temperature as well as the activation energy for primary crystallization. The phases formed during primary crystallization for the Fe77.5Si13.5B9, Fe76.5Si13.5B9Cu1 and Fe74.5Si13.5B9Nb3Cu1 alloys are the same, however the morphologies are significantly different. Alloying additions of 3 at.% Nb induced a change in the crystallization mechanism and the type of phases formed. The combined additions of Cu and Nb resulted in the formation of nanocrystals. B atoms were found to be rejected around dendrites formed during primary crystallization of the Fe77.5Si13.5B9 alloy. The highest saturation magnetization and the lowest coercivity is obtained in the Fe77.5Si13.5B9 and Fe74.5Si13.5B9Nb3Cu1 alloy respectively after annealing at 550 deg. C for 1 h

  5. The Degradation Interface of Magnesium Based Alloys in Direct Contact with Human Primary Osteoblast Cells

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    Ahmad Agha, Nezha; Willumeit-Römer, Regine; Laipple, Daniel; Luthringer, Bérengère; Feyerabend, Frank

    2016-01-01

    Magnesium alloys have been identified as a new generation material of orthopaedic implants. In vitro setups mimicking physiological conditions are promising for material / degradation analysis prior to in vivo studies however the direct influence of cell on the degradation mechanism has never been investigated. For the first time, the direct, active, influence of human primary osteoblasts on magnesium-based materials (pure magnesium, Mg-2Ag and Mg-10Gd alloys) is studied for up to 14 days. Se...

  6. Formation Mechanism of Curved Martensite Structures in Cu-based Shape Memory Alloys

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    2000-01-01

    The curved martensite structures have been observed in CuZnAl-based shape memory alloys by both transmission electron microscope and optical microscope. It was found that the curved martensite structures observed in as-solution treated, as-aged and as-trained alloys usually occurred around dislocation tangles or precipitate, at the plate boundary or grain boundary, and when the growing plates collided with each other or alternate mutually.

  7. RESIDUAL STRESS IN NICKEL BASE SUPER ALLOY UDIMET 720 FOR DIFFERENT SURFACE CONDITIONS

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    B.R.SRIDHAR,; S.RAMACHANDRA,; U.CHANDRASEKAR

    2011-01-01

    Nickel base super alloy Udimet 720 finds applications in gas turbine engine components like discs, shafts and blades. These components rotate at high speeds in a gas turbine engine and consequently experience both high cycle fatigue (HCF) and low cycle fatigue (LCF) due to dynamic loads and temperatures. Since residual stress affects both HCF and LCF properties, study of residual stress for varying surface conditions for this alloy assumes significance. Specimens extracted from a forging were...

  8. Plasma sprayed ceramic thermal barrier coating for NiAl-based intermetallic alloys

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    Miller, Robert A. (Inventor); Doychak, Joseph (Inventor)

    1994-01-01

    A thermal barrier coating system consists of two layers of a zirconia-yttria ceramic. The first layer is applied by low pressure plasma spraying. The second layer is applied by conventional atmospheric pressure plasma spraying. This facilitates the attachment of a durable thermally insulating ceramic coating directly to the surface of a highly oxidation resistant NiAl-based intermetallic alloy after the alloy has been preoxidized to promote the formation of a desirable Al2O3 scale.

  9. Formation of silicide based oxidation resistant coating over Mo-30 wt. % W alloy

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    Silicide based oxidation resistant coatings were developed over Mo-30 W alloy using halide activated pack cementation process. Coated samples were characterized by SEM, optical microscopy, EDX and hardness measurements. Isothermal oxidation tests of coated alloy performed at 1000 deg C for 25h revealed a smaller weight gain at the initial stage of oxidation followed by no weight change indicating the protective nature of the coating. (author)

  10. Impact of dilution on the microstructure and properties of Ni-based 625 alloy coatings

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    Tiago Jose Antoszczyszyn; Rodrigo Metz Gabriel Paes; Ana Sofia Clímaco Monteiro de Oliveira; Adriano Scheid

    2014-01-01

    Nickel-based alloy IN 625 is used to protect components of aircrafts, power generation and oil refinery due to an association of toughness and high corrosion resistance. These properties are associated with the chemical composition and microstructure of coatings which depend on the processing parameters and the composition of the component being protected. This paper assessed impact of dilution on the microstructure and properties of the Ni alloy IN 625 deposited by Plasma Transferred Arc (PT...

  11. A first principles examination of phase stability in FCC-based Ni-V substitutional alloys

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    In this paper the phase stability of fcc- based Ni-V substitutional alloys is investigated using linear muffin-tin orbitals total energy (LMTO) calculations. The method of Connolly and Williams (CWM) is used to extract many body interactions from the ground state energies of selected ordered configurations. These interactions are used in conjunction with the cluster variations method (CVM) to calculate the alloy phase diagram. The dependence of the interactions on the choice of configurations used to calculate them is examined

  12. Welding of cobalt-based amorphous alloys with Nd: YAG laser

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    The paper describes the results concerning the investigation of the welding of cobalt-based amorphous alloys with Nd:YAG laser. Five alloys with different chemical structure and dimensions in shape of amorphous metal foils were welded. The quality of the welded joints were tested by using a microstructure analysis with an optical microscope and SEM, when the metal graphic structure, the chemical structure and the microhardness of the welded joints were tested as well. (Author)

  13. Control of equiaxed grains in a complicated Cu-Ni based alloy prepared by centrifugal casting

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    Luo Zongqiang; Zhang Weiwen; Xin Baoliang

    2011-01-01

    A complicated Cu-Ni based alloy was developed to fabricate wear-resisting bush for high temperature application. The concern focuses on the control of equiaxed grains in the developed alloy ingot prepared by centrifugal casting. The results show that the equiaxed grains are determined by the pouring temperature of the melt, the cooling rate and the rotation speed of the mold. With the decrease in pouring temperature, the fraction of the equiaxed grains in the transverse section of the ingot i...

  14. Undercooling and demixing of copper-based alloys

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    Kolbe, M.; Brillo, J.; Egry, I.; Herlach, D.M.; Ratke, L.; Chatain, D.; Tinet, N.; Antion, C.; Battezzati, L.; Curiotto, S.; Johnson, E.; Pryds, Nini

    Since the beginning of materials science research under microgravity conditions immiscible alloys have been an interesting subject. New possibilities to investigate such systems are offered by containerless processing techniques. Of particular interest is the ternary system Cu-Fe-Co, and its limi...

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

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    Kaufman, L; Perepezko, J; Hildal, K

    2007-02-08

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

  16. Thermodynamic calculations in the development of high-temperature Co–Re-based alloys

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    Gorr, Bronislava, E-mail: gorr@ifwt.mb.uni-siegen.de [University of Siegen, Institut für Werkstofftechnik, Siegen (Germany); Christ, Hans-Jürgen [University of Siegen, Institut für Werkstofftechnik, Siegen (Germany); Mukherji, Debashis; Rösler, Joachim [TU Braunschweig, Institut für Werkstoffe, Braunschweig (Germany)

    2014-01-05

    Highlights: • Phase diagram as a starting point for alloy development. • Design of pre-oxidation treatments by means of thermodynamic assessment. • Contribution of thermodynamic calculations to the general understanding of materials chemistry. -- Abstract: The experimental Co–Re-based alloys are being developed for high-temperature applications for service temperatures beyond 1100 °C. One of the main tasks of this research is to find the optimal chemical composition. Thermodynamic calculations are very helpful for composition selection and optimization. In this study, thermodynamic calculations were used to identify potential alloying elements and to determine suitable concentration ranges to improve properties, such as strength and oxidation resistance that are essential for high-temperature structural materials. The calculated ternary phase diagram of the Co–Re–Cr system was used to design the reference model alloy. Corrosion products formed under different atmospheric conditions were reliably predicted for a number of model Co–Re-based alloys. Pre-oxidation treatment, a common method used to improve the oxidation resistance of alloys in aggressive atmosphere, was successfully designed based on thermodynamic considerations.

  17. Improvement of Zr-base alloy for nuclear reactor core materials application by Mo addition

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    The role of Mo in Zr-based alloys was studied in terms of the microstructure, texture and corrosion resistance. The base compositions of the experimental alloys were Zr-1Nb and Zr-1Nb-1Sn-0.1Fe to which Mo was added in varying amount up to 0.5%. Buttons of 300 g in weight have been produced by plasma arc remelting (PAR) and processed in sequence by hot forging, hot rolling, beta annealing, cold rolling and recrystallization annealing. It was confirmed that Mo addition resulted in grain refinement: beta grains as well as recrystallized alpha grains. This, in turn reduced the formation frequency and the size of twins and relaxed of the surface normal preferred orientation, fn. In the corrosion test in water containing 220 ppm LiOH (360 deg C, 17.9 MPa), the alloys with up to 0.2% Mo showed a good corrosion resistance whereas that with 0.5% Mo showed a degraded resistance. Apparently, the corrosion resistance was related to the density and morphology of the second phase particles. Alloys containing fine and uniformly distributed β-Nb particles showed good corrosion resistance whereas those containing excessive number or undesirable distribution of particles particularly in uncrystallized region showed degraded corrosion resistance. Overall, the present study suggests that alloying of up to 0.2% Mo should be favorably considered for improving the mechanical properties without impairing the corrosion resistance of Zr-based alloys for nuclear core applications. (author)

  18. Nickel-base alloy forgings for advanced high temperature power plants

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    Donth, B.; Diwo, A.; Blaes, N.; Bokelmann, D. [Saarschmiede GmbH Freiformschmiede, Voelklingen (Germany)

    2008-07-01

    The strong efforts to reduce the CO{sub 2} emissions lead to the demand for improved thermal efficiency of coal fired power plants. An increased thermal efficiency can be realised by higher steam temperatures and pressures in the boiler and the turbine. The European development aims for steam temperatures of 700 C which requires the development and use of new materials and also associated process technology for large components. Temperatures of 700 C and above are too high for the application of ferritic steels and therefore only Nickel-Base Alloys can fulfill the required material properties. In particular the Nickel-Base Alloy A617 is the most candidate alloy on which was focused the investigation and development in several German and European programs during the last 10 years. The goal is to verify and improve the attainable material properties and ultrasonic detectability of large Alloy 617 forgings for turbine rotors and boiler parts. For many years Saarschmiede has been manufacturing nickel and cobalt alloys and is participating the research programs by developing the manufacturing routes for large turbine rotor forgings up to a maximum diameter of 1000 mm as well as for forged tubes and valve parts for the boiler side. The experiences in manufacturing and testing of very large forgings made from nickel base alloys for 700 C steam power plants are reported. (orig.)

  19. Sheet texture modification in magnesium-based alloys by selective rare earth alloying

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    Research highlights: → Different RE elements gave distinct microstructures and imparted different properties. → Gd demonstrated the highest potential to modify the sheet texture of rolled Mg. → Gd yielded excellent mechanical properties despite a coarse-grained microstructure. → RE alloying seems to promote the hard deformation mechanisms in Mg. → Indications of PSN were found in the annealed microstructures of rolled sheets. - Abstract: The current study examines the influence of select rare earth elements; Gd, Nd, Ce, La and mischmetal (MM) on the sheet texture modification during warm rolling and annealing of a ZEK100 magnesium alloy, and the resulting formability and anisotropy during subsequent tensile testing at room temperature. It was found that all the investigated RE elements led to weak sheet textures and hence promoted enhanced ductility and reduced anisotropy over conventional Mg sheet. Gd was of a particular interest because it gave rise to a desired Mg sheet texture despite its coarsest grain size resulting in promising mechanical properties. It is suggested that solute related effects on the grain boundary migration and the relative strengths of different deformation mechanisms are responsible for altering the common concepts of recrystallization and grain growth during annealing, and the activation scenarios of slip and twinning during deformation.

  20. Bond strength of resin cements to noble and base metal alloys with different surface treatments.

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    Farkhondeh Raeisosadat

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available The bond strength of resin cements to metal alloys depends on the type of the metal, conditioning methods and the adhesive resins used. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the bond strength of resin cements to base and noble metal alloys after sand blasting or application of silano-pen.Cylinders of light cured Z 250 composite were cemented to "Degubond 4" (Au Pd and "Verabond" (Ni Cr alloys by either RelyX Unicem or Panavia F2, after sandblasting or treating the alloys with Silano-Pen. The shear bond strengths were evaluated. Data were analyzed by three-way ANOVA and t tests at a significance level of P<0.05.When the alloys were treated by Silano-Pen, RelyX Unicem showed a higher bond strength for Degubond 4 (P=0.021 and Verabond (P< 0.001. No significant difference was observed in the bond strength of Panavia F2 to the alloys after either of surface treatments, Degubond 4 (P=0.291 and Verabond (P=0.899. Panavia F2 showed a higher bond strength to sandblasted Verabond compared to RelyX Unicem (P=0.003. The bond strength of RelyX Unicem was significantly higher to Silano-Pen treated Verabond (P=0.011. The bond strength of the cements to sandblasted Degubond 4 showed no significant difference (P=0.59. RelyX Unicem had a higher bond strength to Silano-Pen treated Degubond 4 (P=0.035.The bond strength of resin cements to Verabond alloy was significantly higher than Degubond 4. RelyX Unicem had a higher bond strength to Silano-Pen treated alloys. Surface treatments of the alloys did not affect the bond strength of Panavia F2.

  1. Properties of thermally stable PM Al-Cr based alloy

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    Vojtech, D. [Department of Metals and Corrosion Engineering, Institute of Chemical Technology, Prague, Technicka 5, 166 28 Prague 6 (Czech Republic)], E-mail: Dalibor.Vojtech@vscht.cz; Verner, J. [Department of Metals and Corrosion Engineering, Institute of Chemical Technology, Prague, Technicka 5, 166 28 Prague 6 (Czech Republic); Serak, J. [Department of Metals and Corrosion Engineering, Institute of Chemical Technology, Prague, Technicka 5, 166 28 Prague 6 (Czech Republic); Simancik, F. [Institute of Materials and Machine Mechanics, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Racianska 75, 831 02 Bratislava 3 (Slovakia); Balog, M. [Institute of Materials and Machine Mechanics, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Racianska 75, 831 02 Bratislava 3 (Slovakia); Nagy, J. [Institute of Materials and Machine Mechanics, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Racianska 75, 831 02 Bratislava 3 (Slovakia)

    2007-06-15

    The presented paper describes properties of Al-6.0 wt.%Cr-2.3 wt.%Fe-0.4 wt.%Ti-0.7 wt.%Si alloy produced by powder metallurgy (PM). The powder alloy was prepared by the pressure nitrogen melt atomization. The granulometric powder fraction of less than 45 {mu}m was then hot-extruded at 450 deg. C to produce a rod of 6 mm in diameter. Microstructure of the as-extruded material was composed of recrystallized {alpha}(Al) grains (the average grain size of 640 nm) and Al{sub 13}Cr{sub 2} spheroids (the average particle diameter of 130 nm and interparticle spacing of 290 nm). Metastable phases were not observed due to their decomposition on the hot extrusion. Hardness of the as-extruded material was 108 HV1, ultimate tensile strength, 327 MPa, yield strength, 258 MPa and elongation, 14%. Mechanical properties resulted mainly from Hall-Petch strengthening. The room-temperature mechanical properties were also measured after a long-term annealing at 400 deg. C. The investigated PM material was compared with the commercial Al-11.8 wt.%Si-0.9 wt.%Ni-1.2 wt.%Cu-1.2 wt.%Mg casting alloy generally applied at elevated temperatures. The PM alloy showed much higher thermal stability, since its room temperature hardness and tensile properties did not degradate significantly even after annealing at 400 deg. C/200 h. In contrast, the hardness and strength of the casting alloy reduced rapidly already after a 30 min annealing. The excellent thermal stability of the investigated PM material was a consequence of very slow diffusivities and low equilibrium solubilities of chromium and iron in solid aluminium.

  2. Properties of thermally stable PM Al-Cr based alloy

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    The presented paper describes properties of Al-6.0 wt.%Cr-2.3 wt.%Fe-0.4 wt.%Ti-0.7 wt.%Si alloy produced by powder metallurgy (PM). The powder alloy was prepared by the pressure nitrogen melt atomization. The granulometric powder fraction of less than 45 μm was then hot-extruded at 450 deg. C to produce a rod of 6 mm in diameter. Microstructure of the as-extruded material was composed of recrystallized α(Al) grains (the average grain size of 640 nm) and Al13Cr2 spheroids (the average particle diameter of 130 nm and interparticle spacing of 290 nm). Metastable phases were not observed due to their decomposition on the hot extrusion. Hardness of the as-extruded material was 108 HV1, ultimate tensile strength, 327 MPa, yield strength, 258 MPa and elongation, 14%. Mechanical properties resulted mainly from Hall-Petch strengthening. The room-temperature mechanical properties were also measured after a long-term annealing at 400 deg. C. The investigated PM material was compared with the commercial Al-11.8 wt.%Si-0.9 wt.%Ni-1.2 wt.%Cu-1.2 wt.%Mg casting alloy generally applied at elevated temperatures. The PM alloy showed much higher thermal stability, since its room temperature hardness and tensile properties did not degradate significantly even after annealing at 400 deg. C/200 h. In contrast, the hardness and strength of the casting alloy reduced rapidly already after a 30 min annealing. The excellent thermal stability of the investigated PM material was a consequence of very slow diffusivities and low equilibrium solubilities of chromium and iron in solid aluminium

  3. Basic research for alloy design of Nb-base alloys as ultra high temperature structural materials; Chokoon kozoyo niobuki gokin no gokin sekkei no tame no kisoteki kenkyu

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    Miura, E. [Tohoku University, Sendai (Japan); Yoshimi, K.; Hanada, S. [Tohoku Univ., Sendai (Japan). Research Inst. for Iron, Steel and Other Metals

    1997-02-01

    This paper describes an influence of additional elements on the high temperature deformation behavior of Nb-base solid solution alloys. Highly concentrated solid solution single crystals of Nb-Ta and Nb-Mo alloys were prepared. Compression test and strain rate sudden change test were conducted in the vacuum at temperatures ranging from 77 to 1773 K, to determine the strain rate sensitivity index. Yield stress of the Nb-Ta alloy was similar to that of Nb alloy at temperatures over 0.3{times}T{sub M}, where T{sub M} is fusing point of Nb. While, the yield stress increased with increasing the impurity oxygen concentration at temperatures below 0.3{times}T{sub M}. The yield stress became much higher than that of Nb alloy. The strain rate sensitivity index showed positive values in the whole temperature range. On the other hand, the yield stress of Nb-Mo alloy was higher than that of Nb alloy in the whole temperature range, and increased with increasing the Mo concentration. The strain rate sensitivity index showed negative values at the temperature range from 0.3{times}T{sub M} to 0.4{times}T{sub M}. It was found that serration occurred often for Nb-40Mo alloys. 1 ref., 4 figs., 1 tab.

  4. Fracture mechanics data and modeling of environmental cracking of nickel-base alloys in high temperature water

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    This paper reports on environmental cracking of ductile nickel-base alloys which has occurred both in pressurized water reactors and boiling water reactor components such as pressure-vessel safe ends, weld butters, and filler metals for joining nickel-base alloys or dissimilar metals, and attachment welding pads on pressure vessels. Accurate assessment of the interrelated effects of material, environment, and mechanics on environmental cracking behavior of ductile nickel-base alloys in 288C water

  5. Improvement on Hot Workability of γ-TiAl Base Alloy

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    2001-01-01

    γ-TiAl base alloys have potential usage in aerospace engine fortheir high specific strength. In order to improve their poor hot workability, a new approach of hot deformation processing was investigated. The starting microstructure of Ti-46.5Al-2.5V-1.0Cr (atom percent, %) alloy is fully lamellar (FL) microstructure. The near gamma (NG) microstructure can be obtained through Nickel microalloying and heat treatment at 1 150 ℃. The isothermal compression tests were conducted on both materials using MTS machine at temperatures of 950 ℃, 1 000 ℃, and 1 050 ℃, and the strain rates of 0.01, 0.1 and 1 s-1. Compared with the γ-TiAl alloy with FL microstructure, the Ni-bearing alloy with NG microstructure has better hot workability, such as enlarged hot workable region, decreased flow stresses, more uniform and finer deformed microstructure.

  6. Effect of Sr on forming properties of Al-Mg-Si based alloy sheets

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    LU Guang-xi; CHEN Hai-jun; GUAN Shao-kang

    2006-01-01

    The effects of Sr element on the forming properties of the Al-Mg-Si based alloy sheets were studied by tensile test,metallograph, DSC, XRD, SEM and TEM. The results show that the tensile strength of aluminum alloy sheet added 0.033%(mass fraction)Sr increases comparing with that of free Sr. Simultaneously, the forming properties of sheets evidently increase, the elongation hardenability (n) and plastic strain ratio (r) and Erichsen number increase 27.8%, 11.1%, 10.8% and 12%, respectively,and the forming limit diagram increases evidently, too. The analysis shows that Sr is surface active element, which can refine grains of alloys, promote precipitation, reduce activation energy ofβ" phase, and lead the formation of α-(Al8Fe2Si) phase instead of β-(Al5FeSi) phase. As a result, the forming properties of the alloy sheet increase.

  7. Microstructure evolution model based on deformation mechanism of titanium alloy in hot forming

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    LI Xiao-li; LI Miao-quan

    2005-01-01

    The microstructure evolution in hot forming will affect the mechanical properties of the formed product.However, the microstructure is sensitive to the process variables in deformation process of metals and alloys. A microstructure evolution model of a titanium alloy in hot forming, which included dislocation density rate and primary α phase grain size, was presented according to the deformation mechanism and driving forces, in which the effect of the dislocation density rate on the grain growth was studied firstly. Applying the model to the high temperature deformation process of a TC6 alloy with deformation temperature of 1 133 - 1 223 K, strain rate of 0.01 -50 s-1 and height reduction of 30%, 40% and 50%, the material constants in the present model were calculated by the genetic algorithm(GA) based objective optimization techniques. The calculated results of a TC6 alloy are in good agreement with the experimental ones.

  8. Effect of High Temperature Aging on the Corrosion Resistance of Iron Based Amorphous Alloys

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    Day, S D; Haslam, J J; Farmer, J C; Rebak, R B

    2007-08-10

    Iron-based amorphous alloys can be more resistant to corrosion than polycrystalline materials of similar compositions. However, when the amorphous alloys are exposed to high temperatures they may recrystallize (or devitrify) thus losing their resistance to corrosion. Four different types of amorphous alloys melt spun ribbon specimens were exposed to several temperatures for short periods of time. The resulting corrosion resistance was evaluated in seawater at 90 C and compared with the as-prepared ribbons. Results show that the amorphous alloys can be exposed to 600 C for 1-hr. without losing the corrosion resistance; however, when the ribbons were exposed at 800 C for 1-hr. their localized corrosion resistance decreased significantly.

  9. Thermal analysis of selected tin-based lead-free solder alloys

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    Palcut, Marián; Sopoušek, J.; Trnková, L.; Hodúlová, E.; Szewczyková, B.; Ožvold, M.; Turňa, M.; Janovec, J.

    2009-01-01

    The Sn-Ag-Cu alloys have favourable solderability and wetting properties and are, therefore, being considered as potential lead-free solder materials. In the present study, tin-based Sn-Ag-Cu and Sn-Ag-Cu-Bi alloys were studied in detail by a differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and...... thermodynamic calculations using the CALPHAD approach. The amount of the alloying elements in the materials was chosen to be close to the respective eutectic composition and the nominal compositions were the following: Sn-3.7Ag-0.7Cu, Sn-1.0Ag-0.5Cu-1Bi (in wt.%). Thermal effects during melting and solidifying...... simulated using the Thermo-Calc software package. This approach enabled us to obtain the enthalpy of cooling for each alloy and to compare its temperature derivative with the experimental DSC curves....

  10. Cobalt-based orthopaedic alloys: Relationship between forming route, microstructure and tribological performance

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    The average longevity of hip replacement devices is approximately 10–15 years, which generally depends on many factors. But for younger generation patients this would mean that revisions may be required at some stage in order to maintain functional activity. Therefore, research is required to increase the longevity to around 25–30 years; a target that was initially set by John Charnley. The main issues related to metal-on-metal (MoM) hip replacement devices are the high wear rates when malpositioned and the release of metallic ions into the blood stream and surrounding tissues. Work is required to reduce the wear rates and limit the amount of metallic ions being leached out of the current MoM materials, to be able to produce an ideal hip replacement material. The most commonly used MoM material is the cobalt-based alloys, more specifically ASTM F75, due to their excellent wear and corrosion resistance. They are either fabricated using the cast or wrought method, however powder processing of these alloys has been shown to improve the properties. One powder processing technique used is spark plasma sintering, which utilises electric current Joule heating to produce high heating rates to sinter powders to form an alloy. Two conventionally manufactured alloys (ASTM F75 and ASTM F1537) and a spark plasma sintered (SPS) alloy were evaluated for their microstructure, hardness, tribological performance and the release of metallic content. The SPS alloy with oxides and not carbides in its microstructure had the higher hardness, which resulted in the lowest wear and friction coefficient, with lower amounts of chromium and molybdenum detected from the wear debris compared to the ASTM F75 and ASTM F1537. In addition the wear debris size and size distribution of the SPS alloy generated were considerably small, indicating a material that exhibits excellent performance and more favourable compared to the current conventional cobalt based alloys used in orthopaedics

  11. Cobalt-based orthopaedic alloys: Relationship between forming route, microstructure and tribological performance

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    Patel, Bhairav [Department of Mechanical Engineering, University College London, Torrington Place, London WC1E 7JE (United Kingdom); Favaro, Gregory [CSM Instruments SA, Rue de la Gare 4, Galileo Center, CH-2034 Peseux (Switzerland); Inam, Fawad [Advanced Composite Training and Development Centre and School of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering, Glyndwr University, Mold Road, Wrexham LL11 2AW (United Kingdom); School of Engineering and Materials Science and Nanoforce Technology Ltd, Queen Mary University of London, London E1 4NS (United Kingdom); Reece, Michael J. [School of Engineering and Materials Science and Nanoforce Technology Ltd, Queen Mary University of London, London E1 4NS (United Kingdom); Angadji, Arash [Orthopaedic Research UK, Furlong House, 10a Chandos Street, London W1G 9DQ (United Kingdom); Bonfield, William [Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy, University of Cambridge, Pembroke Street, Cambridge CB2 3QZ (United Kingdom); Huang, Jie [Department of Mechanical Engineering, University College London, Torrington Place, London WC1E 7JE (United Kingdom); Edirisinghe, Mohan, E-mail: m.edirisinghe@ucl.ac.uk [Department of Mechanical Engineering, University College London, Torrington Place, London WC1E 7JE (United Kingdom)

    2012-07-01

    The average longevity of hip replacement devices is approximately 10-15 years, which generally depends on many factors. But for younger generation patients this would mean that revisions may be required at some stage in order to maintain functional activity. Therefore, research is required to increase the longevity to around 25-30 years; a target that was initially set by John Charnley. The main issues related to metal-on-metal (MoM) hip replacement devices are the high wear rates when malpositioned and the release of metallic ions into the blood stream and surrounding tissues. Work is required to reduce the wear rates and limit the amount of metallic ions being leached out of the current MoM materials, to be able to produce an ideal hip replacement material. The most commonly used MoM material is the cobalt-based alloys, more specifically ASTM F75, due to their excellent wear and corrosion resistance. They are either fabricated using the cast or wrought method, however powder processing of these alloys has been shown to improve the properties. One powder processing technique used is spark plasma sintering, which utilises electric current Joule heating to produce high heating rates to sinter powders to form an alloy. Two conventionally manufactured alloys (ASTM F75 and ASTM F1537) and a spark plasma sintered (SPS) alloy were evaluated for their microstructure, hardness, tribological performance and the release of metallic content. The SPS alloy with oxides and not carbides in its microstructure had the higher hardness, which resulted in the lowest wear and friction coefficient, with lower amounts of chromium and molybdenum detected from the wear debris compared to the ASTM F75 and ASTM F1537. In addition the wear debris size and size distribution of the SPS alloy generated were considerably small, indicating a material that exhibits excellent performance and more favourable compared to the current conventional cobalt based alloys used in orthopaedics. - Highlights

  12. Potentiality of the “Gum Metal” titanium-based alloy for biomedical applications

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    In this study, the “Gum Metal” titanium-based alloy (Ti–23Nb–0.7Ta–2Zr–1.2O) was synthesized by melting and then characterized in order to evaluate its potential for biomedical applications. Thus, the mechanical properties, the corrosion resistance in simulated body fluid and the in vitro cell response were investigated. It was shown that this alloy presents a very high strength, a low Young's modulus and a high recoverable strain by comparison with the titanium alloys currently used in medicine. On the other hand, all electrochemical and corrosion parameters exhibited more favorable values showing a nobler behavior and negligible toxicity in comparison with the commercially pure Ti taken as reference. Furthermore, the biocompatibility tests showed that this alloy induced an excellent response of MC3T3-E1 pre-osteoblasts in terms of attachment, spreading, viability, proliferation and differentiation. Consequently, the “Gum Metal” titanium-based alloy processes useful characteristics for the manufacturing of highly biocompatible medical devices. - Highlights: • The Gum Metal alloy composition was synthesized by melting in this study. • Appropriate mechanical properties for biomedical applications were obtained. • High corrosion resistance in simulated body fluids was observed. • Excellent in-vitro cell response was evidenced

  13. Potentiality of the “Gum Metal” titanium-based alloy for biomedical applications

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    Gordin, D.M. [Institut des Sciences Chimiques de Rennes (UMR CNRS 6226), INSA Rennes, 20 Avenue des Buttes de Coësmes, F-35043 Rennes Cedex (France); Ion, R. [University of Bucharest, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, 91-95 Spl. Independentei, 050095 Bucharest (Romania); Vasilescu, C.; Drob, S.I. [Institute of Physical Chemistry “Ilie Murgulescu” of Romanian Academy, Spl. Independentei 202, 060021 Bucharest (Romania); Cimpean, A. [University of Bucharest, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, 91-95 Spl. Independentei, 050095 Bucharest (Romania); Gloriant, T., E-mail: Thierry.Gloriant@insa-rennes.fr [Institut des Sciences Chimiques de Rennes (UMR CNRS 6226), INSA Rennes, 20 Avenue des Buttes de Coësmes, F-35043 Rennes Cedex (France)

    2014-11-01

    In this study, the “Gum Metal” titanium-based alloy (Ti–23Nb–0.7Ta–2Zr–1.2O) was synthesized by melting and then characterized in order to evaluate its potential for biomedical applications. Thus, the mechanical properties, the corrosion resistance in simulated body fluid and the in vitro cell response were investigated. It was shown that this alloy presents a very high strength, a low Young's modulus and a high recoverable strain by comparison with the titanium alloys currently used in medicine. On the other hand, all electrochemical and corrosion parameters exhibited more favorable values showing a nobler behavior and negligible toxicity in comparison with the commercially pure Ti taken as reference. Furthermore, the biocompatibility tests showed that this alloy induced an excellent response of MC3T3-E1 pre-osteoblasts in terms of attachment, spreading, viability, proliferation and differentiation. Consequently, the “Gum Metal” titanium-based alloy processes useful characteristics for the manufacturing of highly biocompatible medical devices. - Highlights: • The Gum Metal alloy composition was synthesized by melting in this study. • Appropriate mechanical properties for biomedical applications were obtained. • High corrosion resistance in simulated body fluids was observed. • Excellent in-vitro cell response was evidenced.

  14. Straining electrode behavior and corrosion resistance of nickel base alloys in high temperature acidic solution

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    Repassivation behavior and IGA resistance of nickel base alloys containing 0∼30 wt% chromium was investigated in high temperature acid sulfate solution. (1) The repassivation rate was increased with increasing chromium content. And so the amounts of charge caused by the metal dissolution were decreased with increasing chromium content. (2) Mill-annealed Alloy 600 suffered IGA at low pH environment below about 3.5 at the fixed potentials above the corrosion potential in 10%Na2SO4+H2SO4 solution at 598K. On the other hand, thermally-treated Alloy 690 was hard to occur IGA at low pH environments which mill-annealed Alloy 600 occurred IGA. (3) It was considered that the reason, why nickel base alloys containing high chromium content such as Alloy 690 (60%Ni-30%Cr-10%Fe) had high IGA/SCC resistance in high temperature acidic solution containing sulfate ion, is due to both the promotion of the repassivation and the suppression of the film dissolution by the formation of the dense chromium oxide film

  15. Control of equiaxed grains in a complicated Cu-Ni based alloy prepared by centrifugal casting

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    Luo Zongqiang

    2011-02-01

    Full Text Available A complicated Cu-Ni based alloy was developed to fabricate wear-resisting bush for high temperature application. The concern focuses on the control of equiaxed grains in the developed alloy ingot prepared by centrifugal casting. The results show that the equiaxed grains are determined by the pouring temperature of the melt, the cooling rate and the rotation speed of the mold. With the decrease in pouring temperature, the fraction of the equiaxed grains in the transverse section of the ingot increases and the average length of columnar grain decreases. When the pouring temperature is confined below 1,250℃, complete equiaxed grains can be obtained. Based on the optimal centrifugal casting processing, the tensile strength of the developed alloy ingot with complete equiaxed grains reaches to 810 MPa and 435 MPa at room temperature and 500℃, respectively, which is 14% and 110% higher than that of common commercial QAl10-4-4 alloy. The wear rate of the developed alloy is 7.0 × 10-8 and 3.8 × 10-7 mm3•N-1•mm-1 at room temperature and 500℃, respectively, which is 5 times and 39 times lower than that of QAl10-4-4 alloy.

  16. Pack cementation diffusion coatings for Fe-base and refractory alloys. Final report

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    Rapp, R.A. [Ohio State Univ., Columbus, OH (United States). Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering

    1998-03-10

    With the aid of computer-assisted calculations of the equilibrium vapor pressures in halide-activated cementation packs, processing conditions have been identified and experimentally verified for the codeposition of two or more alloying elements in a diffusion coating on a variety of steels and refractory metal alloys. A new comprehensive theory to treat the multi-component thermodynamic equilibria in the gas phase for several coexisting solid phases was developed and used. Many different processes to deposit various types of coatings on several types of steels were developed: Cr-Si codeposition for low- or medium-carbon steels, Cr-Al codeposition on low-carbon steels to yield either a Kanthal-type composition (Fe-25Cr-4Al in wt.%) or else a (Fe, Cr){sub 3}Al surface composition. An Fe{sub 3}Al substrate was aluminized to achieve an FeAl surface composition, and boron was also added to ductilize the coating. The developmental Cr-lean ORNL alloys with exceptional creep resistance were Cr-Al coated to achieve excellent oxidation resistance. Alloy wires of Ni-base were aluminized to provide an average composition of Ni{sub 3}Al for use as welding rods. Several different refractory metal alloys based on Cr-Cr{sub 2}Nb have been silicided, also with germanium additions, to provide excellent oxidation resistance. A couple of developmental Cr-Zr alloys were similarly coated and tested.

  17. Description of the capacity degradation mechanism in LaNi{sub 5}-based alloy electrodes

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    Spodaryk, Mariana, E-mail: poshtamary@ukr.net [Institute for Problems of Materials Science, NAS of Ukraine, 3, Krzhyzhanovsky Str., 03680 Kyiv-142 (Ukraine); Shcherbakova, Larisa; Sameljuk, Anatoly [Institute for Problems of Materials Science, NAS of Ukraine, 3, Krzhyzhanovsky Str., 03680 Kyiv-142 (Ukraine); Wichser, Adrian; Zakaznova-Herzog, Valentina; Holzer, Marco; Braem, Beat [EMPA Materials Science and Technology, Überlandstrasse 129, 8600 Dübendorf (Switzerland); Khyzhun, Oleg [Institute for Problems of Materials Science, NAS of Ukraine, 3, Krzhyzhanovsky Str., 03680 Kyiv-142 (Ukraine); Mauron, Philippe; Remhof, Arndt [EMPA Materials Science and Technology, Überlandstrasse 129, 8600 Dübendorf (Switzerland); Solonin, Yurii [Institute for Problems of Materials Science, NAS of Ukraine, 3, Krzhyzhanovsky Str., 03680 Kyiv-142 (Ukraine); Züttel, Andreas [EMPA Materials Science and Technology, Überlandstrasse 129, 8600 Dübendorf (Switzerland); Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Institut des sciences et ingénierie chimiques, CH-1015 Lausanne (Switzerland)

    2015-02-05

    Highlights: • Morphology of gas atomised powders depends on the alloy composition. • Co substituted alloy electrodes exhibit slow activation and slow degradation. • The corrosion mechanism depends on the alloy composition and solubility of metals. - Abstract: The mechanism of the capacity degradation of LaNi{sub 5}-based alloy electrodes was investigated with a special focus on the influence of the alloy and surface composition, as well as the unique structure obtained by gas atomisation. The electrochemical properties, especially the cycle life curve (i.e. the capacity as a function of the cycle number of LaNi{sub 4.5}Al{sub 0.5}, LaNi{sub 2.5}Co{sub 2.4}Al{sub 0.1}, (La + Mm)Ni{sub 3.5}Co{sub 0.7}Al{sub 0.35}Mn{sub 0.4}Zr{sub 0.05}, and MmNi{sub 4.3}Al{sub 0.2}Mn{sub 0.5} alloy electrodes), was analysed and modelled. The capacity degradation upon cycling is determined by the chemical state of the alloy elements and the solubility of their oxides. The cycle life curves for the alloy electrodes without Co exhibited a rapid activation (3–4 cycles to reach maximum capacity), as well as rapid degradation (130–180 cycles for 50% maximum discharge capacity). LaNi{sub 2.5}Co{sub 2.4}Al{sub 0.1} and (La + Mm)Ni{sub 3.5}Co{sub 0.7}Al{sub 0.35}Mn{sub 0.4}Zr{sub 0.05} alloy electrodes activated after 7–10 cycles and showed very stable discharge behaviour (more than 400 cycles). The Co-containing alloy electrodes primarily lose the cycle stability because of mechanical decrepitation, whereas the alloys without Co suffer from selective dissolution of the unstable elements in the potential window, which was shown by our model of alloy degradation and confirmed by means of SEM, WDX, and ICP-OES data.

  18. Atomic scale properties of magnetic Mn-based alloys probed by Emission Mössbauer spectroscopy

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    Mn-based alloys are characterized by a wealth of properties, which are of interest both from fundamental physics point of view and particularly attractive for different applications in modern technology: from magnetic storage to sensing and spin-based electronics. The possibility to tune their magnetic properties through post-growth thermal processes and/or stoichiometry engineering is highly important in order to target different applications (i.e. Mn$_{x}$Ga) or to increase their Curie temperature above room temperature (i.e. off-stoichiometric MnSi). In this project, the Mössbauer effect will be applied at $^{57}$Fe sites following implantation of radioactive $^{57}$Mn, to probe the micro-structure and magnetism of Mn-based alloys at the most atomic-scale. The proposed experimental plan is devoted to establish a direct correlation between the local structure and bulk magnetism (and other physical properties) of Mn-based alloys.

  19. Thermodynamic Tuning of Mg-Based Hydrogen Storage Alloys: A Review

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    2013-10-01

    Full Text Available Mg-based hydrides are one of the most promising hydrogen storage materials because of their relatively high storage capacity, abundance, and low cost. However, slow kinetics and stable thermodynamics hinder their practical application. In contrast to the substantial progress in the enhancement of the hydrogenation/dehydrogenation kinetics, thermodynamic tuning is still a great challenge for Mg-based alloys. At present, the main strategies to alter the thermodynamics of Mg/MgH2 are alloying, nanostructuring, and changing the reaction pathway. Using these approaches, thermodynamic tuning has been achieved to some extent, but it is still far from that required for practical application. In this article, we summarize the advantages and disadvantages of these strategies. Based on the current progress, finding reversible systems with high hydrogen capacity and effectively tailored reaction enthalpy offers a promising route for tuning the thermodynamics of Mg-based hydrogen storage alloys.

  20. The surface tension of liquid aluminium-based alloys

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    In a systematic study, the surface tensions of the binary alloys Al-Fe and Al-Ni were investigated over a wide temperature and concentration range using electromagnetic levitation and the oscillating drop technique. Surface tensions were derived from the oscillation frequencies applying the formalism of Cummings and Blackburn. Temperature was measured by single-color pyrometry. Of particular interest in these alloys are melts corresponding to compositions of intermetallic phases, because potential ordering phenomena may influence all thermophysical properties. In both systems, an increase of the surface tension is observed at such concentrations. On the basis of partial excess Gibbs enthalpies, surface tensions can be calculated via the Butler equation and compared with experimental results. The agreement with our experimental data depends crucially on the quality of the thermodynamic potentials used. In addition, phenomenological models are also discussed, which describe the general trend correctly

  1. Dilatometer study of rapidly solidified aluminium-silicon based alloys

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    Varga, B [University TRANSILVANIA, B-dul Eroilor nr. 29, 500036, Brasov (Romania); Fazakas, E; Hargitai, H [Inst. for Materials Science and Technology, Bay Z. Foundation, Fehervari ut, 130., H-1116 Budapest (Hungary); Varga, L K, E-mail: varga@szfki.h

    2009-01-01

    Aluminum-Silicon alloys are sought in a large number of automotive and aerospace applications due to their low coefficient of thermal expansion and high wear resistance. The present study focused on structural transformations as a function of the temperature of rapidly solidified hypereutectic Al{sub 100-x}Si{sub x} (x = 12, 22 and 40) alloys. Different structures out of equilibrium have been obtained after casting in sand, graphite and copper moulds and by melt spinning. The retained Si content in supersaturated alpha Al and the precipitation of Si is discussed in the light of the dilatometer studies [1, 2, 3] complemented by metallographic microscopy, XRD and DSC [4] measurements. A Kissinger analysis was used to determine the activation energy for the precipitation of supersaturated Si content.

  2. Fracture of niobium-base silicide coated alloy

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    Mechanical properties and character of fracture of Nb-W-Mo-Zr-C alloy composition with complex by composition and structure silicide coating under different states of stage-by-stage coating are studied. Structural features, character of fracture from ductile to quasibrittle transcrystalline one and, respectively, the composition plasticity level are defined by interrelation of fracture processes in coating, matrix plastic flow and possibility and way of stress relaxation on their boundary

  3. Self-irradiation study of plutonium alloys

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    The plutonium is unstable and produces α or β decays depending on the isotope. These decays generate americium, uranium, helium and different kinds of structural defects. The effects of self-irradiation damage are observed at macroscopic scale, the mechanism occurs from atomic scale. In order to improve our understanding of the self-irradiation effects in PuGa alloys, a technique sensitive to the vacancies and vacancies clusters has been developed: the Positron Annihilation Spectroscopy (PAS). The swelling has been characterized by XRD at a microscopic scale and by dilatometry at a macroscopic scale. Swelling starts just after melting and reaches a saturation between 6 and 36 months depending on the degree of gallium homogeneity in the alloy. Swelling at saturation increases with the gallium content, but the absolute change in the cell parameters is constant during time. PAS showed that vacancies clusters develop immediately. Their concentration increase with time. A part of these clusters is stabilized by helium atoms and leads to the creation of bubbles, which contribution to swelling is negligible. The vacancies and vacancies clusters which are not stabilized by helium contribute to the swelling increase by mechanisms known for other materials. These mechanisms are based on a 'dislocation bias'. The presence of these dislocations can furthermore explain the low mean life time value of positrons at the saturation point. (author)

  4. Degradation mode survey of titanium-base alloys

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    Of the materials reviewed, commercially pure titanium, Ti Gr 2, is the most susceptible to crevice corrosion. Ti Gr 7, 12, and 16 are likely to be resistant to crevice corrosion under the current expected Yucca Mountain repository conditions. Although Grade 7 has the greatest resistance to crevice corrosion it is also the most expensive. Although the possibility of sustained loads cracking exists, it has not yet been observed in a Ti alloys. For hydride precipitation to occur 100 degrees C, the hydrogen concentration would need to be relatively high, much higher than the maximum amount of hydrogen allowed during the manufacture of (α Ti alloys (0.0 15 wt%). A large amount of (SCC) stress corrosion cracking data accumulated at SNL and BNL for the WIPP program and by the Canadian Waste Management Program on titanium grades 2 and 12 indicates that there is no SCC at naturally occurring potentials in various brines. Hydride-induced cracking of titanium is a possibility and therefore, further investigation of this phenomenon under credible repository conditions is warranted. One disadvantage of titanium and its alloys is that their strengths decrease rather rapidly with temperature. This is due to the strong temperature dependence of interstitial solute strengthening mechanisms. Ti Gr 12 and 16 are recommended for further consideration as candidate materials for high level nuclear waste containers

  5. Development of rapidly solidified Al-Y-Ni-based alloys

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    The present study is concerned with the effect of alloying additions (e.g. Co, Nb, Pd, La and Y) to the glass forming ability (GFA) of Al-Y-Ni alloys. Rapidly solidified ribbons of the following systems have been prepared by melt-spinning process: Al88Ni x/2Pd x/2Y12-x (x = 2, 5, 10), Al88Ni1Co1Y10-xLa x (x = 0, 5, 10), Al88Ni1Nb1Y10, and Al86Ni4-xCo xY10 (x = 1, 2, 3). Characterisation of the melt spun alloys was carried out through a combination of X-ray diffractometry, differential scanning calorimetry, and transmission electron microscopy. GFA in Al88Ni1TM1Y10 (where TM = Co, Nb, Pd) increases in the following order: Nb 88-Ni-Pd-Y systems the optimum quantity of yttrium is 10 at.%. A complete substitution of Y with La, or aluminium with 2 at.% of (Co,Ni) decreases the glass forming ability in Al88Ni1Co1Y10 but increases thermal stability of the residual amorphous phase. Partial replacement of Y with La significantly improves the thermal stability of the amorphous phase in Al-Ni-Co-Y

  6. Oxygen Behavior in Bulk Amorphous Zr-base Alloy

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    Bulk Zr55Al10Ni5Cu30 metallic glass plates with a dimension of 85 mm×35mm×4 mm and a complicated plate werefabricated by injecting casting method using spongy zirconium and industrial purity aluminum, nickel and copper asraw materials. It was shown that the holding time of liquid metals at elevated temperatures had a great influence onthe oxygen content of the plates due to the contamination resulting from the atmosphere. Increasing holding timeresulted in the increase of oxygen content in the injected alloy. The glass transition temperatures of the bulk metallicglass plates are higher than that reported in the literature and crystallization temperature is lower for the one withhigher oxygen content at the same heating rate. The extension of the undercooled liquid region △Tx reaching about87 K is 3 K higher than that previously reported and 26 K higher than that with oxygen content of 0.076 wt pct forthe one with oxygen content as high as 0.065 wt pct. Therefore the oxygen content of the alloy has a significantinfluence on the glass forming ability and thermal stability of bulk metal glass. It is suggested that direct correlationbetween high glass forming ability and large △Tx is only valid for a well-defined Iow oxygen concentration or has tobe reconsidered by incorporating oxygen as an additional alloying element.

  7. Airborne plutonium-239 and americium-241 concentrations measured from the 125-meter Hanford Meteorological Tower

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    Airborne plutonium-239 and americium-241 concentrations and fluxes were measured at six heights from 1.9 to 122 m on the Hanford meteorological tower. The data show that plutonium-239 was transported on nonrespirable and small particles at all heights. Airborne americium-241 concentrations on small particles were maximum at the 91 m height

  8. Ageing dependence and martensite stabilization in copper based shape memory alloys

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    Shape memory alloys exhibit a peculiar property called shape memory effect based on a first order solid state phase transformation, martensitic transformation which occurs in thermal manner on cooling the materials. Martensitic transformation is evaluated by the structural changes in microscopic scale. Copper-based ternary alloys exhibit shape memory effect in metastable beta phase region. These alloys have bcc-based ordered structures at high temperature, and transform martensiticaly to the long-period layered structures on cooling. The material atoms move cooperatively on (110)-type close packed planes of parent phase by means of a shear-like mechanism, and structural and fundamental properties of these alloys are altered by aging in the martensitic state. Therefore, the ageing gives rise to the structural changes in both long and short-range order in material. X-ray powder diffraction studies carried out in a long time interval on copper based shape memory alloys reveal that peak locations and intensities chance with ageing duration in martensitic condition, and these changes lead to the martensite stabilization in the redistribution or disordering manner, and stabilization proceeds by a diffusion-controlled process. (author)

  9. Ageing dependence and martensite stabilization in copper based shape memory alloys

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    Shape memory alloys exhibit a peculiar property called shape memory effect based on a first order solid state phase transformation, martensitic transformation which occurs in thermal manner on cooling the materials. Martensitic transformation is evaluated by the structural changes in microscopic scale. Copper-based ternary alloys exhibit shape memory effect in metastable beta phase region. These alloys have bcc-based ordered structures at high temperature, and transform martensiticaly to the long-period layered structures on cooling. The material atoms move cooperatively on {110}-type close packed planes of parent phase by means of a shear-like mechanism, and structural and fundamental properties of these alloys are altered by aging in the martensitic state. Therefore, the ageing gives rise to the structural changes in both long and short-range order in material. X-ray powder diffraction studies carried out in a long time interval on copper based shape memory alloys reveal that peak locations and intensities chance with ageing duration in martensitic condition, and these changes lead to the martensite stabilization in the redistribution or disordering manner, and stabilization proceeds by a diffusion-controlled process

  10. Formation and crystallization kinetics of Nd-Fe-B-based bulk amorphous alloy

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    Wu, Qiong; Ge, Hongliang; Zhang, Pengyue; Li, Dongyun; Wang, Zisheng [China Jiliang University, Magnetism Key Laboratory of Zhejiang Province, Hangzhou (China)

    2014-06-15

    In order to improve the glass-forming ability (GFA) of Nd-Fe-B ternary alloys to obtain fully amorphous bulk Nd-Fe-B-based alloy, the effects of Mo and Y doping on GFA of the alloys were investigated. It was found that the substitution of Mo for Fe and Y for Nd enhanced the GFA of the Nd-Y-Fe-Mo-B alloys. It was also revealed that the GFA of the samples was optimized by 4 at.% Mo doping and increased with theYcontent. The fully amorphous structures were all formed in the Nd{sub 6-x}Y{sub x}Fe{sub 68}Mo{sub 4}B{sub 22} (x =1-5) alloy rods with 1.5 mm-diameter. After subsequent crystallization, the devitrified Nd{sub 3}Y{sub 3}Fe{sub 68}Mo{sub 4}B{sub 22} alloy rod exhibited a uniform distribution of grains with a coercivity of 364.1 kA/m. The crystallization behavior of Nd{sub 3}Y{sub 3}Fe{sub 68}Mo{sub 4}B{sub 22} BMG was investigated in isothermal situation. The Avrami exponent n determined by JAM plot is lower than 2.5, implying that the crystallization is mainly governed by a growth of particles with decreasing nucleation rate. (orig.)

  11. Structure and mechanical properties of Ti-5Cr based alloy with Mo addition

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    The effects of molybdenum (Mo) on the structure and mechanical properties of a Ti-5Cr-based alloy were studied with an emphasis on improving its strength/modulus ratio. Commercially pure titanium (c.p. Ti) was used as a control. As-cast Ti-5Cr and a series of Ti-5Cr-xMo (x = 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 and 11 wt.%) alloys were prepared by using a commercial arc-melting vacuum-pressure casting system, and investigated with X-ray diffraction (XRD) for phase analysis. Three-point bending tests were performed to evaluate the mechanical properties of all specimens and their fractured surfaces were observed by using scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The experimental results indicated that Ti-5Cr-7Mo, Ti-5Cr-9Mo and Ti-5Cr-11Mo alloys exhibited ductile properties, and the β-phase Ti-5Cr-9Mo alloy exhibited the lowest bending modulus. However, the Ti-5Cr-3Mo and Ti-5Cr-5Mo alloys had much higher bending moduli due to the formation of the ω phase during quenching. It is noteworthy that the Ti-5Cr-9Mo alloy exhibited the highest bending strength/modulus ratios at 26.0, which is significantly higher than those of c.p. Ti (8.5) and Ti-5Cr (13.3). Furthermore, the elastically recoverable angle of the Ti-5Cr-9Mo alloy (30o) was greater than that of c.p. Ti (2.7o). The reasonably high strength (or high strength/modulus ratio) β-phase Ti-5Cr-9Mo alloy exhibited a low modulus, ductile property, and excellent elastic recovery capability, which qualifies it as a novel implant materials.

  12. Imitators of plutonium and americium in a mixed uranium- plutonium nitride fuel

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    Nikitin, S. N.; Shornikov, D. P.; Tarasov, B. A.; Baranov, V. G.; Burlakova, M. A.

    2016-04-01

    Uranium nitride and mix uranium nitride (U-Pu)N is most popular nuclear fuel for Russian Fast Breeder Reactor. The works in hot cells associated with the radiation exposure of personnel and methodological difficulties. To know the main physical-chemical properties of uranium-plutonium nitride it necessary research to hot cells. In this paper, based on an assessment of physicochemical and thermodynamic properties of selected simulators Pu and Am. Analogues of Pu is are Ce and Y, and analogues Am - Dy. The technique of obtaining a model nitride fuel based on lanthanides nitrides and UN. Hydrogenation-dehydrogenation- nitration method of derived powders nitrides uranium, cerium, yttrium and dysprosium, held their mixing, pressing and sintering, the samples obtained model nitride fuel with plutonium and americium imitation. According to the results of structural studies have shown that all the samples are solid solution nitrides rare earth (REE) elements in UN.

  13. An Experimental Study on Rate-sensitive Tensile Deformation Behaviour of Fe-based Shape Memory Alloy

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    Iwamoto Takeshi; Fujita Kazuki

    2015-01-01

    Recently, it is attempted to apply high manganese steel including Fe-based shape memory alloy to vibration dampers. Especially, the alloy indicates a special characteristic as a well-known shape memory effect. By coupling between this effect and its plastic deformation, it can be considered that its deformation behaviour at higher deformation rate becomes quite complicated and still unclear. In this study, tensile tests of Fe-based shape memory alloy at different rate of deformation are condu...

  14. The mode of stress corrosion cracking in Ni-base alloys in high temperature water containing lead

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    The mode of stress corrosion cracking (SCC) in Ni-base alloys in high temperature aqueous solutions containing lead was studied using C-rings and slow strain rate testing (SSRT). The lead concentration, pH and the heat treatment condition of the materials were varied. TEM work was carried out to observe the dislocation behavior in thermally treated (TT) and mill annealed (MA) materials. As a result of the C-ring test in 1M NaOH+5000 ppm lead solution, intergranular stress corrosion cracking (IGSCC) was found in Alloy 600MA, whereas transgranular stress corrosion cracking (TGSCC) was found in Alloy 600TT and Alloy 690TT. In most solutions used, the SCC resistance increased in the sequence Alloy 600MA, Alloy 600TT and Alloy 690TT. The number of cracks that was observed in alloy 690TT was less than in Alloy 600TT. However, the maximum crack length in Alloy 690TT was much longer than in Alloy 600TT. As a result of the SSRT, at a nominal strain rate of 1 x 10-7/s, it was found that 100 ppm lead accelerated the SCC in Alloy 600MA (0.01%C) in pH 10 at 340 C. IGSCC was found in a 100 ppm lead condition, and some TGSCC was detected on the fracture surface of Alloy 600MA cracked in the 10000 ppm lead solution. The mode of cracking for Alloy 600 and Alloy 690 changed from IGSCC to TGSCC with increasing grain boundary carbide content in the material and lead concentration in the solution. IGSCC seemed to be retarded by stress relaxation around the grain boundaries, and TGSCC in the TT materials seemed to be a result of the crack blunting at grain boundary carbides and the enhanced Ni dissolution with an increase of the lead concentration. (orig.)

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

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

  16. Corrosion and mechanical property at high temperature of nickel based alloy for VHTR

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    Using a very high temperature reactor (VHTR), it is conceptually and practically possible to generate highly efficient electricity and produce massive hydrogen among generation IV nuclear power plants. The structural material for an intermediate heat exchanger (IHX) is exposed to high temperature of up to 950 .deg. C. In this harsh environment, nickel-based alloys such as Alloy 617 and Haynes 230 are considered as promising candidate materials for IHX material owing to their excellent creep resistances at high temperature. However, high-temperature degradation cannot be avoided even for nickel-based alloy. Helium which inevitably includes impurities such as H2, CH4, H2O and CO is used as a coolant in a VHTR. Material degradation is aggravated by corrosion under an impure helium environment, which is one of the main obstacles to overcome for the application and successful long-term operation of a VHTR. A review of the thermodynamics indicates which reactions are available on the surface of the materials among oxidation, carburization and decarburization, but it does not give US the kinetic preference. This kinetic preference can induce localized corrosion, kinetic irreversibility and long-term material instability leading to material degradation. In addition to a long-term corrosion test under a VHTR coolant environment, the development of new alloys superior to commercial nickel-based alloy also give way to the successful establishment of a VHTR. Commercial nickel-based wrought alloy is strengthened by a solid solution and precipitation hardening mechanism in a wide temperature range of 500 to 900 .deg. C. The γ' significantly contributes to the strengthening by locking dislocation motion by an antiphase boundary at an intermediate temperature range of 700 to 800 .deg. C, but is no longer stable above this temperature range. However, the material for an IHX needs to fulfill the mechanical property requirements in a narrow and very high temperature range of 850 to

  17. Interface structure and formation mechanism of diffusion-bonded joints of TiAl-based alloy to titanium alloy

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    Vacuum diffusion bonding of a TiAl-based alloy (TAD) to a titanium alloy (TC2) was carried out at 1 273 K for 15~120 min under a pressure of 25 MPa. The kinds of the reaction products and the interface structures of the joints were investigated by SEM, EPMA and XRD. Based on this, a formation mechanism of the interface structure was elucidated. Experimental and analytical results show that two reaction layers have formed during the diffusion bonding of TAD to TC2. One is Al-rich α(Ti)layer adjacent to TC2,and the other is (Ti3Al+TiAl)layer adjacent to TAD,thus the interface structure of the TAD/TC2 joints is TAD/(Ti3Al+TiAl)/α(Ti)/TC2.This interface structure forms according to a three-stage mechanism,namely(a)the occurrence of a single-phase α(Ti)layer;(b)the occurrence of a duplex-phase(Ti3Al+TiAl)layer;and(c)the growth of the α(Ti)and (Ti3Al+TiAl)layers.

  18. Design and development of powder processed Fe-P based alloys

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    Highlights: → The forming technique does not require any binder. Thus the system remains uncontaminated. → The use of ceramic protective coating eliminates the need of hydrogen protective atmosphere during heating. → Combined application of glassy ceramic coating and use of graphite as a reducing agent has lead to economy in P/M processing. → The technology developed in the present investigation showed very low coercivity and total loss values. -- Abstract: The present investigation deals with designing Fe, Fe-P binary and Fe-P-Si ternary alloys produced by an in-house developed powder metallurgical technique based on 'Hot Powder Preform Forging'. Proper soaking of preforms at high temperature (1050 oC) eliminates iron-phosphide eutectic and brings entire phosphorus into solution in iron. Attempting hot forging thereafter completely eliminates hot as well as cold shortness and thereby helps to form these preforms (alloys) into very thin sheets of 0.5 mm. The use of costly hydrogen atmosphere during sintering has been eliminated by the addition of carbon as a reducing agent to form CO gas within the compact by reacting with oxygen of iron powder particles. The glassy ceramic coating applied over the compact serves as a protective coating to avoid atmospheric oxygen attack over the compact held at high temperature. These alloys so formed were subjected to density examination at various stages. Microstructural study has been carried out to estimate the grain size, volume percentage of porosity in the alloys, and uniform distribution of phosphorus and silicon in an iron matrix. X-ray diffraction studies of these alloys revealed the presence of only ferrite as product phase. Addition of alloying elements such as P and Si has improved the resistivity and magnetic properties of iron. Fe-0.07C-0.2O-0.3P-0.5Si alloy showed a resistivity as high as 31.7 μΩ cm. Coercivity values of the alloys ranged from 0.51 to 1.98 Oe. The total magnetic loss of Fe-0.07C-0.2O-0.3P

  19. Room temperature synthesis of Ni-based alloy nanoparticles by radiolysis.

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    Nenoff, Tina Maria; Berry, Donald T.; Lu, Ping; Leung, Kevin; Provencio, Paula Polyak; Stumpf, Roland Rudolph; Huang, Jian Yu; Zhang, Zhenyuan

    2009-09-01

    Room temperature radiolysis, density functional theory, and various nanoscale characterization methods were used to synthesize and fully describe Ni-based alloy nanoparticles (NPs) that were synthesized at room temperature. These complementary methods provide a strong basis in understanding and describing metastable phase regimes of alloy NPs whose reaction formation is determined by kinetic rather than thermodynamic reaction processes. Four series of NPs, (Ag-Ni, Pd-Ni, Co-Ni, and W-Ni) were analyzed and characterized by a variety of methods, including UV-vis, TEM/HRTEM, HAADF-STEM and EFTEM mapping. In the first focus of research, AgNi and PdNi were studied. Different ratios of Ag{sub x}- Ni{sub 1-x} alloy NPs and Pd{sub 0.5}- Ni{sub 0.5} alloy NP were prepared using a high dose rate from gamma irradiation. Images from high-angle annular dark-field (HAADF) show that the Ag-Ni NPs are not core-shell structure but are homogeneous alloys in composition. Energy filtered transmission electron microscopy (EFTEM) maps show the homogeneity of the metals in each alloy NP. Of particular interest are the normally immiscible Ag-Ni NPs. All evidence confirmed that homogeneous Ag-Ni and Pd-Ni alloy NPs presented here were successfully synthesized by high dose rate radiolytic methodology. A mechanism is provided to explain the homogeneous formation of the alloy NPs. Furthermore, studies of Pd-Ni NPs by in situ TEM (with heated stage) shows the ability to sinter these NPs at temperatures below 800 C. In the second set of work, CoNi and WNi superalloy NPs were attempted at 50/50 concentration ratios using high dose rates from gamma irradiation. Preliminary results on synthesis and characterization have been completed and are presented. As with the earlier alloy NPs, no evidence of core-shell NP formation occurs. Microscopy results seem to indicate alloying occurred with the CoNi alloys. However, there appears to be incomplete reduction of the Na{sub 2}WO{sub 4} to form the W

  20. The size-effect on the formation enthalpy of nanosized binary ti based alloy

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    The effects of grain size and composition on the formation enthalpy of nano binary Ti-based alloy are investigated by taking the surface effect into account within the modified Miedema model. It is demonstrated that the formation enthalpy of binary Ti based alloy with nano grains is size-dependent and exhibits evident size-effects. The formation enthalpy increases with the size decrease, and its value turns from negative to positive at a critical size, which will weaken the thermal stability of the nano grains. Furthermore, the composition segregation taking place in the nano grains of the Ti based alloy is obvious when the grain size is less than 10 nm and the tendency of segregation is dependent on the surface formation enthalpy of nanoparticle. (authors)

  1. An X-ray Fourier line shape analysis in cold-worked hexagonal titanium base alloys

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    X-ray diffraction is an established technique for the analysis of microstructural parameters such as domain sizes, microstrains within the domains, and deformation fault densities in the deformed state of metals and alloys. These microstructural parameters influence the flow of dislocation in the lattice under deformation and thus regulate the strength and hardenability of the materials. The evaluation of such microdefects is this necessary for understanding the mechanical behavior of materials. In the present study, considering the wide applicability of titanium-base alloys in aviation industry, two alloy systems, i.e., titanium-base aluminum and titanium-base zirconium, have been selected. A number of X-ray diffraction profiles belonging to both fault-affected (H - K = 3N ± 1) and fault-unaffected (H - K = 3N) reflections have been recorded by a SIEMENS Kristolloflex-4 diffractometer using Cu Kα radiation, and the profiles have been analyzed to evaluate the microstructural parameters

  2. Effect of 241-americium on bone marrow stroma

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    The regulation of haemopoiesis occurs via complex interactions between the stroma and the haemopoietic cells. An attempt to further clarifying the mechanisms and the exact role of the stroma in the regulation was made in a study. Results revealed that the murine bone marrow stromal cells are highly radiosensitive after injection with 241-americium and can thus be considered as a target population after internal contamination. In addition, observations are made which may be important for risk estimation for the developing animal and during pregnancy. Contamination in utero and by lactation shows persistent damage up to 1 year after contamination at an average annual dose of 5 cGy. (author)

  3. Recovery of americium-241 from aged plutonium metal

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    After separation and purification, both actinides were precipitated as oxalates and calcined. A large-scale process was developed using dissolution, separation, purification, precipitation, and calcination. Efforts were made to control corrosion, to avoid product contamination, to keep the volume of process and waste solutions manageable, and to denitrate solutions with formic acid. The Multipurpose Processing Facility (MPPF), designed for recovery of transplutonium isotopes, was used for the first time for the precipitation and calcination of americium. Also, for the first time,, large-scale formic acid denitration was performed in a canyon vessel at SRP

  4. Vanadium alloys: development strategy

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    A strategy for the development of vanadium alloys for use in radiation environments is outlined. An attractive reference alloy (V-15Cr-5Ti) has been identified. The critical issues in developing vanadium base alloys are summarized

  5. Rare earth-Mg-Ni-based hydrogen storage alloys as negative electrode materials for Ni/MH batteries

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    Research highlights: → State-of-the-art of new R-Mg-Ni-based hydrogen storage electrode alloys is reviewed. → Electrode performances of the R-Mg-Ni-based alloys depend strongly on the stoichiometric ratio, alloy components and microstructure. → Optimized alloy compositions contain mainly metallic elements of La, Mg, Ni, Co, Mn and Al. → Pulverization of particles and oxidation/corrosion of active components are responsible for the fast capacity degradation. → Low-Co or Co-free R-Mg-Ni-based electrode alloys should be developed. - Abstract: This review is devoted to new rare earth-Mg-Ni-based (R-Mg-Ni-based) hydrogen storage alloys that have been developed over the last decade as the most promising next generation negative electrode materials for high energy and high power Ni/MH batteries. Preparation techniques, structural characteristics, gas-solid reactions and electrochemical performances of this system alloy are systematically summarized and discussed. The improvement in electrochemical properties and their degradation mechanisms are covered in detail. Optimized alloy compositions with high discharge capacities, good electrochemical kinetics and reasonable cycle lives are described as well. For their practical applications in Ni/MH batteries, however, it is essential to develop an industrial-scale homogeneous preparation technique, and a low-cost R-Mg-Ni-based electrode alloy (low-Co or Co-free) with high discharge capacity, long cycle life and good kinetics.

  6. Comparative evaluation of the effect of simulated porcelain firing cycle on the mechanical properties and microstructure of base metal ceramic alloys.

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    Singla A; Shetty P; Joseph M; Kotian R

    1999-01-01

    A comparison of mechanical properties and microstructure of four metal ceramic alloys in as-cast and heat-treated conditions resulted in significant differences. The alloys that were tested included two nickel-based and two cobalt-based metal ceramic alloys. Mechanical properties tested included strength, percent elongation and hardness. Ten tensile bars were cast for each alloy. Five of the ten bars for each alloy were randomly selected for heat treatment with the simulated porcelain firing ...

  7. Effects of can parameters on canned-forging process of TiAl base alloy(Ⅰ)--Microstructural analyses

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    刘咏; 韦伟峰; 黄伯云; 何双珍; 周科朝; 贺跃辉

    2002-01-01

    By using thermal simulation technique, the conventional canned-forging process of TiAl based alloy was studied. The effect of can parameters on the microstruct ures of TiAl alloy was analyzed in this process. The results show that, the defo rmation microstructure of TiAl based alloy without canning is inhomogeneous. In lateral area, crack and shearing lines can be found; while in central area, fine -grained shearing zone can be found. The effect of can is to reduce the seconda ry tensile stress. However, only when the deformation of the steel can is coinci dental with that of TiAl alloy ingot, can this effect be effective. Moreover, a thick can would enhance the microstructural homogeneity in TiAl based alloy. With the H/D ratio of the ingot increasing, the deformation of TiAl alloy would be more unsteady, therefore, a thicker can should be needed.

  8. Influence of Cumulative Plastic Deformation on Microstructure of the Fe-Al Intermetallic Phase Base Alloy

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    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available This article is part of the research on the microstructural phenomena that take place during hot deformation of intermetallic phase-based alloy. The research aims at design an effective thermo - mechanical processing technology for the investigated intermetallic alloy. The iron aluminides FeAl have been among the most widely studied intermetallics because their low cost, low density, good wear resistance, easy of fabrication and resistance to oxidation and corrosion. There advantages create wide prospects for their industrial applications for components of machines working at a high temperature and in corrosive environment. The problem restricting their application is their low plasticity and their brittle cracking susceptibility, hampers their development as construction materials. Consequently, the research of intermetallic-phase-based alloys focuses on improvement their plasticity by hot working proceses. The study addresses the influence of deformation parameters on the structure of an Fe-38% at. Al alloy with Zr, B Mo and C microadditions, using multi – axis deformation simulator. The influence of deformation parameters on microstructure and substructure was determined. It was revealed that application of cumulative plastic deformation method causes intensive reduction of grain size in FeAl phase base alloy.

  9. Effects of AI Addition on the Thermoelectric Properties of Zn-Sb Based Alloys

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    CUI Jiaolin; LIU Xianglian; YANG Wei; CHEN Dongyong; MAO Liding; QIAN Xin

    2009-01-01

    The β-Zn4Sb3, emerged as a compelling p-type thermoelectric material, is widely used in heat-electricity conversion in the 400-650 K range. In order to probe the effects of slight doping on the crystal structure and physical properties, we prepared the samples of Al-added Zn-Sb based alloys by spark plasma sintering and evaluated their microstructures and thermoelectric properties. After a limited Al addition into the Zn-Sb based alloys we observed many phases in the alloys, which include a major phase β-Zn4Sb3,intermetallic phases ZnSb and AISb. The major β-Zn4Sb3 phase plays a fundamental role in controlling the thermoelectric performance, the precipitated phases ZnSb and AISb are of great importance to tailor the transport properties, such as the gradual enhancement of lattice thermal conductivity, in spite of an increased phonon scattering in additional grain boundaries. The highest thermoelectric figure of merit of 0.55 is obtained for the alloy with a limited AI addition at 653 K, which is 0.08 higher than that of un-doped β-Zn4Sb3 at the corresponding temperature. Physical property experiments indicate that there is a potentiality for the improvement of thermoelectric properties if a proper elemental doping is carried out into the Zn-Sb based alloys, which was confirmed by AI addition in the present work.

  10. Shear bond strength of a ceromer to noble and base metal alloys

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    Dorriz H.

    2006-08-01

    Full Text Available Background and Aim: The improvement of the physical and chemical properties of resins as well as great advances achieved in the field of chemical bonding of resin to metal has changed the trend of restorative treatments. Today the second generation of laboratory resins have an important role in the restoration of teeth. The clinical bond strength should be reliable in order to gain successful results. In this study the shear bond strength (SBS between targis (a ceromer and two alloys (noble and base metal was studied and the effect of thermocycling on the bond investigated. Materials and Methods: In this experimental study, alloys samples were prepared according to the manufacturer. After sandblasting of bonding surfaces with 50µ AI2o3 Targis was bonded to the alloy using Targis I link. All of the samples were placed in 37°C water for a period of 24 hours. Then half of the samples were subjected to 1000 cycles of thermocycling at temperatures of 5°C and 55°C. Planear shear test was used to test the bond strength in the Instron machine with the speed rate of 0.5mm/min. Data were analyzed by SPSS software. Two-way analysis of variance was used to compare the bond strength among the groups. T test was used to compare the alloys. The influence of thermocycling and alloy type on bond strength was studied using Mann Whitney test. P<0.05 was considered as the limit of significance. Result: The studied alloys did not differ significantly, when the samples were not thermocycled (P=0.136 but after thermocycling a significant difference was observed in SBS of resin to different alloys (P=000.1. Thermal stress and alloy type had significant interaction, with regard to shear bond strength (P=0.003. There was a significant difference in SBS before and after thermocycling in noble alloys (P=0.009, but this was not true in base metals (P=0.29. Maximum SBS (19.09 Mpa belonged to Degubond 4, before thermocycling. Minimum SBS (8.21 Mpa was seen in Degubond 4

  11. Preferential decorporation of americium by pulmonary administration of DTPA dry powder after inhalation of aged PuO2 containing americium in rats

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    After inhalation of plutonium oxides containing various percentages of americium in rats, we identified an acellular transient pulmonary compartment, the epithelial lining fluid (ELF), in which a fraction of actinide oxides dissolve prior to absorption and subsequent extrapulmonary deposit. Chelation therapy is usually considered to be poorly efficient after inhalation of actinide oxides. However, in the present study, prompt pulmonary administration of diethylenetriaminepentaacetic acid (DTPA) as a dry powder led to a decrease in actinide content in ELF together with a limitation of bone and liver deposits. Because americium is more soluble than plutonium, higher amounts of americium were found in ELF, extrapulmonary tissues and urine. Our results also demonstrated that the higher efficacy of DTPA on americium compared to plutonium in ELF induced a preferential inhibition of extrapulmonary deposit and a greater urinary excretion of americium compared to plutonium. All together, our data justify the use of an early and local DTPA treatment after inhalation of plutonium oxide aerosols in which americium can be in high proportion such as in aged compounds. (authors)

  12. High Temperature Oxidation and Electrochemical Investigations on Ni-base Alloys

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    Obigodi-Ndjeng, Marthe Georgia

    2011-01-01

    This study examined high-temperature oxidation behavior of different Ni-base alloys. In addition, electrochemical characterization of the alloy’s corrosion behavior was carried out, including comparison of the properties of native passive films grown at room temperature and high temperature oxide scales. PWA 1483 (single-crystalline Ni-base superalloy) and model alloys Ni-Cr-X (where X is either Co or Al) were oxidized at 800 and 900 °C in air for different time periods. The superalloy showed...

  13. AFM research on the mechanism of Fe-based alloy stress annealed inducing magnetic anisotropy

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    2008-01-01

    The cross-section of the Fe-based alloy (Fe73.5Cu1Nb3Si13.5B9) ribbon annealed at 540℃ under various tensile stress was investigated with atomic force microscope (AFM). The stress effect mechanism in Fe-based alloy ribbon tensile stress an-nealed inducing transverse magnetic anisotropy field was studied using the X-ray diffraction spectra and longitudinal drive giant magneto-impedance effect curves, and the model of direction dominant in encapsulated grain agglomeration was es-tablished. The relationship between the direction dominant in encapsulated grain agglomeration and magnetic anisotropy field was disclosed.

  14. A corrosion resistant cerium oxide based coating on aluminum alloy 2024 prepared by brush plating

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    Cerium oxide based coatings were prepared on AA2024 Al alloy by brush plating. The characteristic of this technology is that hydrogen peroxide, which usually causes the plating solution to be unstable, is not necessary in the plating electrolyte. The coating showed laminated structures and good adhesive strength with the substrate. X-ray diffraction and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy analysis showed that the coatings were composed of Ce(III) and Ce(IV) oxides. The brush plated coatings on Al alloys improved corrosion resistance. The influence of plating parameters on structure and corrosion resistance of the cerium oxide based coating was studied.

  15. A corrosion resistant cerium oxide based coating on aluminum alloy 2024 prepared by brush plating

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    Tang Junlei; Han Zhongzhi [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Beijing University of Chemical Technology, Beijing 100029 (China); Zuo Yu, E-mail: zuoy@mail.buct.edu.cn [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Beijing University of Chemical Technology, Beijing 100029 (China); Tang Yuming [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Beijing University of Chemical Technology, Beijing 100029 (China)

    2011-01-15

    Cerium oxide based coatings were prepared on AA2024 Al alloy by brush plating. The characteristic of this technology is that hydrogen peroxide, which usually causes the plating solution to be unstable, is not necessary in the plating electrolyte. The coating showed laminated structures and good adhesive strength with the substrate. X-ray diffraction and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy analysis showed that the coatings were composed of Ce(III) and Ce(IV) oxides. The brush plated coatings on Al alloys improved corrosion resistance. The influence of plating parameters on structure and corrosion resistance of the cerium oxide based coating was studied.

  16. Formation and Oxidation Resistance of Silicide Coatings for Mo and Mo-Based Alloys

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    2001-01-01

    The forming process of silicide coatings on pure Mo and Mo-base alloys, obtained by the gasphase deposition method, has been studied by examining the microstructure of coatings and the relationship between coating thickness and process parameters. It was shown that the growth of coatings was diffusion-controlled, the diffusion of silicon to be coated into Mo or Mo-base alloys was mainly responsible for the formation of silicide. The relationship between initial silicide thickness and oxidation resistance was also investigated, and the equation of service life of the coatings at high temperature in air is presented.

  17. Thermodynamic properties of lanthanum in gallium-indium eutectic based alloys

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    Shchetinskiy, A. V.; Dedyukhin, A. S.; Volkovich, V. A.; Yamshchikov, L. F.; Maisheva, A. I.; Osipenko, A. G.; Kormilitsyn, M. V.

    2013-01-01

    Activity and activity coefficients of lanthanum were determined for the first time in gallium-indium eutectic based alloys in a wide temperature range employing electromotive force method. Activity of β-La and super cooled liquid lanthanum in Ga-In eutectic based alloys between 573 and 1073 K linearly depends on the reciprocal temperature: lgaβ-La(Ga-In)=5.660-15, 352T±0.093 lgaLa(Ga-In)=6.074-15,839T±0.093 Activity coefficients of β-La and super cooled liquid lanthanum in this system at 617-...

  18. Novel Zn-based alloys for biodegradable stent applications: Design, development and in vitro degradation.

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    Mostaed, E; Sikora-Jasinska, M; Mostaed, A; Loffredo, S; Demir, A G; Previtali, B; Mantovani, D; Beanland, R; Vedani, M

    2016-07-01

    The search for a degradable metal simultaneously showing mechanical properties equal or higher to that of stainless steel and uniform degradation is still an open challenge. Several magnesium-based alloys have been studied, but their degradation rate has proved to be too fast and rarely homogeneous. Fe-based alloys show appropriate mechanical properties but very low degradation rate. In the present work, four novel Zn-Mg and two Zn-Al binary alloys were investigated as potential biodegradable materials for stent applications. The alloys were developed by casting process and homogenized at 350°C for 48h followed by hot extrusion at 250°C. Tube extrusion was performed at 300°C to produce tubes with outer/inner diameter of 4/1.5mm as precursors for biodegradable stents. Corrosion tests were performed using Hanks׳ modified solution. Extruded alloys exhibited slightly superior corrosion resistance and slower degradation rate than those of their cast counterparts, but all had corrosion rates roughly half that of a standard purity Mg control. Hot extrusion of Zn-Mg alloys shifted the corrosion regime from localized pitting to more uniform erosion, mainly due to the refinement of second phase particles. Zn-0.5Mg is the most promising material for stent applications with a good combination of strength, ductility, strain hardening exponent and an appropriate rate of loss of mechanical integrity during degradation. An EBSD analysis in the vicinity of the laser cut Zn-0.5Mg tube found no grain coarsening or texture modification confirming that, after laser cutting, the grain size and texture orientation of the final stent remains unchanged. This work shows the potential for Zn alloys to be considered for stent applications. PMID:27062241

  19. Preparation and characterization of aluminum based alloy - mica composites

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    In this work, six pallets each of 2.0 cm dia and 0.5 cm thickness were prepared by powder metallurgy; half of them also contained 1% mica-powder to form a composite. Inclusion of mica resulted in a decreased density and an increased porosity of the sample. Brinell hardness was found to be 21% less for the composite than for the pure alloy. Micro-graphs of different areas of the sample show uniform distribution of mica particles and avoids around them. (author)

  20. Inert matrices, uranium-free plutonium fuels and americium targets. Synthesis of CAPRA, SPIN and EFTTRA studies

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    A first selection of inert-matrix materials, actinide support alone (Pu and Am based), and compound materials, U free plutonium burning fuels and heterogeneous americium targets are discussed. Basic properties, fabrication, and reprocessing studies, European in-pile and out-of-pile tests, performed recently in the framework of CAPRA, SPIN and EFTTRA programs, are reviewed here. Taking into account these studies and on the bases of the different requirements to be met in each of the fuels and targets, a number of materials have been selected as 'promising candidates'. Trends for further research on these materials are established. (author)

  1. Glass forming ability of iron based amorphous alloys depending on Mo, Cr and Co content

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    The Fe41Co7Cr15Mo14C15B6Y2 multicomponent Fe-based alloy is known to be one of the best glass formers in iron-based systems and shows a critical casting thickness of 16 mm. The elements constituting the alloy have different influences on the glass forming ability. Therefore, the content of Mo, Cr and Co was systematically changed in the master alloy Fe77-x(Co,Cr,Mo)xC15B6Y2 to investigate how these three elements support the glassy microstructure. It was found that a certain content of Mo, Cr, and Co leads to a microstructure of amorphous matrix and α-Fe precipitates without any carbides.

  2. Crack growth rates for Ni--base alloys with the application to an operating BWR

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    To perform adequate safety assessments of primary components in operating BWRs Crack Growth Rates (CGR) for Stress Corrosion Cracking in Normal Water Chemistry (NWC) as well as Hydrogen Water Chemistry (HWC) are needed. The data behind NUREG 0313 rev 2 was based on laboratory testing of sensitized stainless steels in oxygenated water. This so called NUREG-line overestimates CGRs for operating BWRs with respect to todays specification for water chemistry. In order to suggest new CGRs for Ni-base-alloys in the span from NWC to HWV we performed a literature review. Alloy 600 and welding alloys 182 and 82 were included in the search. The environments were NWC, 'partial' HWC and HWC

  3. Tensile properties of a nickel-base alloy subjected to surface severe plastic deformation

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    A surface severe plastic deformation (S2PD) method has been applied to bulk specimens of HASTELLOY C-2000 alloy, a nickel-base alloy. The mechanical properties of the processed C-2000 alloy were determined via tensile tests and Vickers hardness measurements, whereas the microstructure was characterized using scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and X-ray diffractometry. The improved tensile strength was related to the nanostructure at the surface region, the residual compressive stresses, and the work-hardened surface layer, all of which resulted from the S2PD process. To understand the contributions of these three factors, finite element modeling was performed. It was found that the improved tensile strength could be interpreted based on the contributions of nano-grains, residual stresses, and work hardening

  4. Cobalt base alloy surfacing. Influence of welding process on residual stress level

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    Influence of welding conditions on alloy characteristics for wear resistant valves, cocks and fittings of nuclear power plants is studied. Three welding methods: oxyacetylene torch (OAT), plasma arc welding (PAW) and gas tungsten arc welding (TIG) are tested for welding hard cobalt base alloy (stellite 6) on two substrates (304 L and A 37). Parameters investigated are preheating temperature for PAW and TIG, dilution for PAW and flame type for OAT. Microstructure is dendritic with a solid solution Co Cr W and an interdentritic eutectic (the hard part). Hardness is more or less dilution dependent and slightly temperature dependent for preheating. Residual stress is measured by X-ray diffraction but application of this method is sometimes difficult because of grain size or cobalt base alloy texture

  5. Design of lead-free candidate alloys for high-temperature soldering based on the Au–Sn system

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    Chidambaram, Vivek; Hattel, Jesper Henri; Hald, John

    2010-01-01

    Au–Sn based candidate alloys have been proposed as a substitute for high-lead content solders that are currently being used for high-temperature soldering. The changes in microstructure and microhardness associated with the alloying of Ag and Cu to the Au rich side as well to the Sn rich side of...... the Au–Sn binary system were explored in this work. Furthermore, the effects of thermal aging on the microstructure and microhardness of these promising Au–Sn based ternary alloys were investigated. For this purpose, the candidate alloys were aged at a lower temperature, 150°C for up to 1week and...

  6. Electron-phonon coupling in Ni-based binary alloys with application to displacement cascade modeling.

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    Samolyuk, G D; Béland, L K; Stocks, G M; Stoller, R E

    2016-05-01

    Energy transfer between lattice atoms and electrons is an important channel of energy dissipation during displacement cascade evolution in irradiated materials. On the assumption of small atomic displacements, the intensity of this transfer is controlled by the strength of electron-phonon (el-ph) coupling. The el-ph coupling in concentrated Ni-based alloys was calculated using electronic structure results obtained within the coherent potential approximation. It was found that Ni0.5Fe0.5, Ni0.5Co0.5 and Ni0.5Pd0.5 are ordered ferromagnetically, whereas Ni0.5Cr0.5 is nonmagnetic. Since the magnetism in these alloys has a Stoner-type origin, the magnetic ordering is accompanied by a decrease of electronic density of states at the Fermi level, which in turn reduces the el-ph coupling. Thus, the el-ph coupling values for all alloys are approximately 50% smaller in the magnetic state than for the same alloy in a nonmagnetic state. As the temperature increases, the calculated coupling initially increases. After passing the Curie temperature, the coupling decreases. The rate of decrease is controlled by the shape of the density of states above the Fermi level. Introducing a two-temperature model based on these parameters in 10 keV molecular dynamics cascade simulation increases defect production by 10-20% in the alloys under consideration. PMID:27033732

  7. Fabrication methods and applications of microstructured gallium based liquid metal alloys

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    Khondoker, M. A. H.; Sameoto, D.

    2016-09-01

    This review contains a comparative study of reported fabrication techniques of gallium based liquid metal alloys embedded in elastomers such as polydimethylsiloxane or other rubbers as well as the primary challenges associated with their use. The eutectic gallium–indium binary alloy (EGaIn) and gallium–indium–tin ternary alloy (galinstan) are the most common non-toxic liquid metals in use today. Due to their deformability, non-toxicity and superior electrical conductivity, these alloys have become very popular among researchers for flexible and reconfigurable electronics applications. All the available manufacturing techniques have been grouped into four major classes. Among them, casting by needle injection is the most widely used technique as it is capable of producing features as small as 150 nm width by high-pressure infiltration. One particular fabrication challenge with gallium based liquid metals is that an oxide skin is rapidly formed on the entire exposed surface. This oxide skin increases wettability on many surfaces, which is excellent for keeping patterned metal in position, but is a drawback in applications like reconfigurable circuits, where the position of liquid metal needs to be altered and controlled accurately. The major challenges involved in many applications of liquid metal alloys have also been discussed thoroughly in this article.

  8. Effect of boron addition on hydrogen embrittlement sensitivity in Fe-Ni based alloys

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    In Fe-Ni based alloys, hydrogen embrittlement sensitivity is thought to correlate well with microstructure. The effect of boron addition on microstructure of Fe-Ni austenitic alloys has been investigated. It is found that 0.002 wt.% boron addition can significantly retard the formation of η phase, and only a few continuous carbides precipitate at the grain boundaries. As the boron content increases to 0.006 wt.%, carbides at grain boundaries become discontinuous, and are finer in size than that in the alloy with 0.002 wt.% boron. Significant decrease of the percent loss of reduction of area (RA) are seen in the alloys with boron contents lower than 0.006 wt.%. However, when further increasing the boron concentration to 0.01 wt.%, an increase in the percent loss of RA is found, due to the re-appearance of η phase and boride precipitation. Appropriate addition of boron can be an effective way of lowering hydrogen embrittlement sensitivity in Fe-Ni based alloys.

  9. Electron–phonon coupling in Ni-based binary alloys with application to displacement cascade modeling

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    Energy transfer between lattice atoms and electrons is an important channel of energy dissipation during displacement cascade evolution in irradiated materials. On the assumption of small atomic displacements, the intensity of this transfer is controlled by the strength of electron–phonon (el–ph) coupling. The el–ph coupling in concentrated Ni-based alloys was calculated using electronic structure results obtained within the coherent potential approximation. It was found that Ni0.5Fe0.5, Ni0.5Co0.5 and Ni0.5Pd0.5 are ordered ferromagnetically, whereas Ni0.5Cr0.5 is nonmagnetic. Since the magnetism in these alloys has a Stoner-type origin, the magnetic ordering is accompanied by a decrease of electronic density of states at the Fermi level, which in turn reduces the el–ph coupling. Thus, the el–ph coupling values for all alloys are approximately 50% smaller in the magnetic state than for the same alloy in a nonmagnetic state. As the temperature increases, the calculated coupling initially increases. After passing the Curie temperature, the coupling decreases. The rate of decrease is controlled by the shape of the density of states above the Fermi level. Introducing a two-temperature model based on these parameters in 10 keV molecular dynamics cascade simulation increases defect production by 10–20% in the alloys under consideration. (paper)

  10. Neutronics Evaluation of Lithium-Based Ternary Alloys in IFE Blankets

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    Jolodosky, A. [Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States); Fratoni, M. [Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States)

    2014-11-20

    Pre-conceptual fusion blanket designs require research and development to reflect important proposed changes in the design of essential systems, and the new challenges they impose on related fuel cycle systems. One attractive feature of using liquid lithium as the breeder and coolant is that it has very high tritium solubility and results in very low levels of tritium permeation throughout the facility infrastructure. However, lithium metal vigorously reacts with air and water and presents plant safety concerns. If the chemical reactivity of lithium could be overcome, the result would have a profound impact on fusion energy and associated safety basis. The overriding goal of this project is to develop a lithium-based alloy that maintains beneficial properties of lithium (e.g. high tritium breeding and solubility) while reducing overall flammability concerns. To minimize the number of alloy combinations that must be explored, only those alloys that meet certain nuclear performance metrics will be considered for subsequent thermodynamic study. The specific scope of this study is to evaluate the neutronics performance of lithium-based alloys in the blanket of an inertial confinement fusion (ICF) engine. The results of this study will inform the development of lithium alloys that would guarantee acceptable neutronics performance while mitigating the chemical reactivity issues of pure lithium.

  11. Cerium-Based, Intermetallic-Strengthened Aluminum Casting Alloy: High-Volume Co-product Development

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    Sims, Zachary C.; Weiss, D.; McCall, S. K.; McGuire, M. A.; Ott, R. T.; Geer, Tom; Rios, Orlando; Turchi, P. A. E.

    2016-07-01

    Several rare earth elements are considered by-products to rare earth mining efforts. By using one of these by-product elements in a high-volume application such as aluminum casting alloys, the supply of more valuable rare earths can be globally stabilized. Stabilizing the global rare earth market will decrease the long-term criticality of other rare earth elements. The low demand for Ce, the most abundant rare earth, contributes to the instability of rare earth extraction. In this article, we discuss a series of intermetallic-strengthened Al alloys that exhibit the potential for new high-volume use of Ce. The castability, structure, and mechanical properties of binary, ternary, and quaternary Al-Ce based alloys are discussed. We have determined Al-Ce based alloys to be highly castable across a broad range of compositions. Nanoscale intermetallics dominate the microstructure and are the theorized source of the high ductility. In addition, room-temperature physical properties appear to be competitive with existing aluminum alloys with extended high-temperature stability of the nanostructured intermetallic.

  12. Electron–phonon coupling in Ni-based binary alloys with application to displacement cascade modeling

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    Samolyuk, G. D.; Béland, L. K.; Stocks, G. M.; Stoller, R. E.

    2016-05-01

    Energy transfer between lattice atoms and electrons is an important channel of energy dissipation during displacement cascade evolution in irradiated materials. On the assumption of small atomic displacements, the intensity of this transfer is controlled by the strength of electron–phonon (el–ph) coupling. The el–ph coupling in concentrated Ni-based alloys was calculated using electronic structure results obtained within the coherent potential approximation. It was found that Ni0.5Fe0.5, Ni0.5Co0.5 and Ni0.5Pd0.5 are ordered ferromagnetically, whereas Ni0.5Cr0.5 is nonmagnetic. Since the magnetism in these alloys has a Stoner-type origin, the magnetic ordering is accompanied by a decrease of electronic density of states at the Fermi level, which in turn reduces the el–ph coupling. Thus, the el–ph coupling values for all alloys are approximately 50% smaller in the magnetic state than for the same alloy in a nonmagnetic state. As the temperature increases, the calculated coupling initially increases. After passing the Curie temperature, the coupling decreases. The rate of decrease is controlled by the shape of the density of states above the Fermi level. Introducing a two-temperature model based on these parameters in 10 keV molecular dynamics cascade simulation increases defect production by 10–20% in the alloys under consideration.

  13. Evaluation of Ni-Cr-base alloys for SOFC interconnect applications

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    Yang, Zhenguo; Xia, Guan-Guang; Stevenson, Jeffry W.

    To further understand the suitability of Ni-Cr-base alloys for solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) interconnect applications, three commercial Ni-Cr-base alloys, Haynes 230, Hastelloy S and Haynes 242 were selected and evaluated for oxidation behavior under different exposure conditions, scale conductivity and thermal expansion. Haynes 230 and Hastelloy S, which have a relatively high Cr content, formed a thin scale mainly comprised of Cr 2O 3 and (Mn,Cr,Ni) 3O 4 spinels under SOFC operating conditions, demonstrating excellent oxidation resistance and a high scale electrical conductivity. In contrast, a thick double-layer scale with a NiO outer layer above a chromia-rich substrate was grown on Haynes 242 in moist air or at the air side of dual exposure samples, indicating limited oxidation resistance for the interconnect application. With a face-centered-cubic (FCC) substrate, all three alloys possess a coefficient of thermal expansion (CTE) that is higher than that of candidate ferritic stainless steels, e.g. Crofer22 APU. Among the three alloys, Haynes 242, which is heavily alloyed with W and Mo and contains a low Cr content, demonstrated the lowest average CTE at 13.1 × 10 -6 K -1 from room temperature to 800 °C, but it was also observed that the CTE behavior of Haynes 242 was very non-linear.

  14. Gilbert damping and anisotropic magnetoresistance in iron-based alloys

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    Berger, L.

    2016-07-01

    We use the two-current model of Campbell and Fert to understand the compositional dependence of the Gilbert damping parameter in certain iron alloys. In that model, spin-up and spin-down carriers have different resistivities ρ↑ and ρ↓. We emphasize the part of the Gilbert parameter, called Gsf, generated by spin-flip interband processes. Both Gsf and the anisotropic magnetoresistance Δρ are proportional to the square of the spin-orbit parameter, and also proportional to ρ↑. In bcc alloys of iron with V, Cr, Mo, etc. solutes on the left of iron in the periodic table, ρ↑ is increased by a scattering resonance (Gomes and Campbell, 1966, 1968). Then ρ↑, Δρ, and Gsf all exhibit a peak at the same moderate concentration of the solute. We find the best fit between this theory and existing experimental data of Gilbert damping for Fe-V epitaxial films at room temperature (Cheng, 2006; Scheck et al., 2007). At room temperature, the predicted Gsf peak is masked by a background arising from non-flip intraband processes. At elevated temperatures, the peak is expected to become more prominent, and less hidden in the background.

  15. Creep rupture testing of alloy 617 and A508/533 base metals and weldments.

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    Natesan, K.; Li, M.; Soppet, W.K.; Rink, D.L. (Nuclear Engineering Division)

    2012-01-17

    The NGNP, which is an advanced HTGR concept with emphasis on both electricity and hydrogen production, involves helium as the coolant and a closed-cycle gas turbine for power generation with a core outlet/gas turbine inlet temperature of 750-1000 C. Alloy 617 is a prime candidate for VHTR structural components such as reactor internals, piping, and heat exchangers in view of its resistance to oxidation and elevated temperature strength. However, lack of adequate data on the performance of the alloy in welded condition prompted to initiate a creep test program at Argonne National Laboratory. In addition, Testing has been initiated to evaluate the creep rupture properties of the pressure vessel steel A508/533 in air and in helium environments. The program, which began in December 2009, was certified for quality assurance NQA-1 requirements during January and February 2010. Specimens were designed and fabricated during March and the tests were initiated in April 2010. During the past year, several creep tests were conducted in air on Alloy 617 base metal and weldment specimens at temperatures of 750, 850, and 950 C. Idaho National Laboratory, using gas tungsten arc welding method with Alloy 617 weld wire, fabricated the weldment specimens. Eight tests were conducted on Alloy 617 base metal specimens and nine were on Alloy 617 weldments. The creep rupture times for the base alloy and weldment tests were up to {approx}3900 and {approx}4500 h, respectively. The results showed that the creep rupture lives of weld specimens are much longer than those for the base alloy, when tested under identical test conditions. The test results also showed that the creep strain at fracture is in the range of 7-18% for weldment samples and were much lower than those for the base alloy, under similar test conditions. In general, the weldment specimens showed more of a flat or constant creep rate region than the base metal specimens. The base alloy and the weldment exhibited tertiary creep

  16. Nickel based alloys compatibility with fuel salts for molten salt reactor with thorium and uranium support

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    R and D on molten salt reactors (MSR) in Europe are concentrated now on fast/intermediate spectrum concepts which were recognised as long-term alternative to solid fuelled fast reactors due to their attractive features: strong negative feedback coefficients, easy in-service inspection, and simplified fuel cycle. For high-temperature MSR corrosion of the metallic container alloy in primary circuit is the primary concern. Key problem receiving current attention include surface fissures in Ni-based alloys probably arising from fission product tellurium attack. This paper summarises results of corrosion tests conducted recently to study effect of oxidation state in selected fuel salts on tellurium attack and to develop means of controlling tellurium cracking in the special Ni - based alloys recently developed for large power units: molten salt actinide recycler and transmuter (MOSART) and molten salt fast reactor (MSFR). Tellurium corrosion of Ni-based alloys was tested in the temperature range from 730 deg. C up to 800 deg. C in stressed and unloaded conditions with fuel LiF-BeF2-UF4 and LiF-BeF2-ThF4-UF4 salt mixtures at different [U(IV)]/[U(III)] ratios from 0.7 up to 500. Following Russian and French Ni-based alloys (in mass%): HN80M-VI (Mo-12, Cr-7.6, Nb-1.5), HN80MTY (Mo-13, Cr-6.8, Al-1.1, Ti-0.9), HN80MTW (Mo-9.4, Cr-7.0, Ti-1.7, W-5.5) and EM-721 (W-25.2, Cr-5.7, Ti-0.17) were used for the study in the corrosion facility. The HN80MTY alloy has shown the best resistance against Te cracking and after test mechanical properties. (authors)

  17. Placental transfer of americium and plutonium in mice

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    Actinide element release to the environment and subsequent transfer through food chains to pregnant women may present a radiation hazard to fetuses in utero. To measure americium incorporation, four groups of pregnant mice were intravenously dosed with four concentrations of 243Am citrate in late pregnancy. Concentrations of 243Am in fetuses, placentas, and maternal femur, liver, carcass and pelt were determined 48 hr after injection. Doses were chosen so that the number of atoms of 243Am in each injected dose was equal to the number of atoms of 239Pu used in an earlier study of transplacental movement. Results indicate that, atom for atom, americium is incorporated into fetal tissue in lesser amounts (10-25 times) than is plutonium when intravenously administered to pregnant mice in equal atom amounts. Tissue analyses indicated that, at low dose levels, the average fraction of the dose incorporated into the fetuses decreased as the dose to the pregnant mouse was increased. A similar pattern was noted for placentas and maternal femurs. Data indicate that one must make extrapolations from low dose data only to make reasonable and realistic estimates of the transplacental movement and fetal incorporation of environmental levels of actinide elements in man and other species. (author)

  18. Quaternary alloys based on II-VI semiconductors

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    Tomashyk, Vasyl

    2014-01-01

    Systems Based on ZnSSystems Based on ZnSeSystems Based on ZnTeSystems Based on CdSSystems Based on CdSeSystems Based on CdTeSystems Based on HgSSystems Based on HgSeSystems Based on HgTeIndexReferences appear at the end of each chapter.

  19. Ternary alloys based on II-VI semiconductor compounds

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    Tomashyk, Vasyl; Shcherbak, Larysa

    2013-01-01

    Phase Equilibria in the Systems Based on ZnSSystems Based on ZnSeSystems Based on ZnTeSystems Based on CdSSystem Based on CdSeSystem Based on CdTeSystems Based on HgSSystems Based on HgSeSystems Based on HgTeIndexReferences appear at the end of each chapter.

  20. The influence of thermomechanical treatment on structure of FeAl intermetallic phase-based alloys

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    I. Bednarczyk

    2008-08-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: The major problem restricting universal employment of intermetallic phase base alloy is their low plasticity which leads to hampering their development as construction materials. The following work concentrates on the analysis of microstructure and plasticity of ordered FeAl (B2 alloy during cold and hot deformation and rolling process.Design/methodology/approach: After casting and annealing, alloy specimens were subjected to axial-symmetric compression in the Gleeble 3800 simulator at temperatures ranging from 800, 900 and 1000°C at 0.1s-1 strain rate. In order to analyse the processes which take place during deformation, the specimens after deformation were intensely cooled with water. The process was conducted on the K -350 quarto rolling mill used for hot rolling of flat products. The process was conducted in some stages at temperature ranging from 1200-1000°C: Structural examination was carried out using light microscopy. The examination of the substructure was carried out by transmission electron microscopy (TEM.Findings: The research carried out enabled the understanding of the phenomena taking place during hot rolling of the investigated alloy. which has been also confirmed in plastometric studies conducted in the form of hot compression tests. The microstructure analyses applying optic and electron microscopy have revealed the structure reconstruction processes occurring in FeAl alloys during cold and hot deformation.Practical implications: The research carried out enabled the understanding of the phenomena taking place during deformation and annealing of the investigated alloy. The obtained sheets can be used as constructional elements working in complex stress fields, at a high temperature and corrosive environments. The results will constitute the basis for modelling the structural changes.Originality/value: The obtained results are vital for designing an effective thermo - mechanical processing technology for the

  1. Americium Transmutation Feasibility When Used as Burnable Absorbers - 12392

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    The use of plutonium in Mixed Oxide (MOX) fuel in traditional Pressurized Water Reactor (PWR) assemblies leads to greater americium production which is not addressed in MOX recycling. The transuranic nuclides (TRU) contribute the most to the radiotoxicity of nuclear waste and a reduction of the TRU stockpile would greatly reduce the overall radiotoxicity of what must be managed. Am-241 is a TRU of particular concern because it is the dominant contributor of total radiotoxicity for the first 1000 years in a repository. This research explored the feasibility of transmuting Am-241 by using varying amounts in MOX rods being used in place of burnable absorbers and evaluated with respect to the impact on incineration and transmutation of transuranics in MOX fuel as well as the impact on safety. This research concludes that the addition of americium to a non-uniform fuel assembly is a viable method of transmuting Am-241, holding down excess reactivity in the core while serving as a burnable poison, as well as reducing the radiotoxicity of high level waste that must be managed. The use of Am/MOX hybrid fuel assemblies to transmute americium was researched using multiple computer codes. Am-241 was shown in this study to be able to hold down excess reactivity at the beginning of cycle and shape the power distribution in the core with assemblies of varying americium content loaded in a pattern similar to the traditional use of assemblies with varying amounts of burnable absorbers. The feasibility, safety, and utility of using americium to create an Am/MOX hybrid non-uniform core were also evaluated. The core remained critical to a burnup of 22,000 MWD/MTM. The power coefficient of reactivity as well as the temperature and power defects were sufficiently negative to provide a prompt feedback mechanism in case of a transient and prevent a power excursion, thus ensuring inherent safety and protection of the core. As shown here as well as many other studies, this non

  2. Magnetic properties of two new uranium-based alloys: UAuCu4 and UPdCu4

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    Two new uranium-based alloys UAuCu4 and UPdCu4 have been prepared and their magnetic properties studied. The NMR of the isotope 63Cu in these alloys suggests that they are well ordered ternary materials. There is a strong correlation between the occupancy of the (4c) sites in the structure and the relative size of the two non-uranium atoms in these alloys. (author)

  3. Migration study of americium in porous medium

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    Migration experiments of 241Am3+ had been performed by a column system, to investigate migration behavior of 241Am through a column packed porous sedimentary materials: a coastal sandy soil and a reddish soil. Most 241Am loaded into the column packed the reddish soil sorbed on the influent edge of the column. In the case of the sandy soil, however, considerable amount of 241Am was passed through the column. This shows that there is colloidal 241Am species which may move without effective interaction with the sandy soil. Such a migration behavior of colloidal 241Am in the sandy soil column could be evaluated by a sorption model based on filtration theory. Sorption mechanisms of 241Am on the sedimentary materials were examined by a chemical extraction method, for 241Am sorbed on the sandy soil and the reddish soil at any sections in the column. The 241Am sorbed on the reddish soil was mainly controlled by a reversible ion exchange reaction. On the other hand, the 241Am sorbed on the sandy soil ws controlled by irreversible reactions, such as the selective chemical sorptions onto Fe and Mn oxyhydroxide/oxide. The experimental results support that the migration of 241Am in the reddish soil layer can be estimated by using the Kd, whereas that in the sandy soil can not be explained by the Kd concept. (author)

  4. Transportability Class of Americium in K Basin Sludge under Ambient and Hydrothermal Processing Conditions

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    Delegard, Calvin H.; Schmitt, Bruce E.; Schmidt, Andrew J.

    2006-08-01

    This report establishes the technical bases for using a ''slow uptake'' instead of a ''moderate uptake'' transportability class for americium-241 (241Am) for the K Basin Sludge Treatment Project (STP) dose consequence analysis. Slow uptake classes are used for most uranium and plutonium oxides. A moderate uptake class has been used in prior STP analyses for 241Am based on the properties of separated 241Am and its associated oxide. However, when 241Am exists as an ingrown progeny (and as a small mass fraction) within plutonium mixtures, it is appropriate to assign transportability factors of the predominant plutonium mixtures (typically slow) to the Am241. It is argued that the transportability factor for 241Am in sludge likewise should be slow because it exists as a small mass fraction as the ingrown progeny within the uranium oxide in sludge. In this report, the transportability class assignment for 241Am is underpinned with radiochemical characterization data on K Basin sludge and with studies conducted with other irradiated fuel exposed to elevated temperatures and conditions similar to the STP. Key findings and conclusions from evaluation of the characterization data and published literature are summarized here. Plutonium and 241Am make up very small fractions of the uranium within the K Basin sludge matrix. Plutonium is present at about 1 atom per 500 atoms of uranium and 241Am at about 1 atom per 19000 of uranium. Plutonium and americium are found to remain with uranium in the solid phase in all of the {approx}60 samples taken and analyzed from various sources of K Basin sludge. The uranium-specific concentrations of plutonium and americium also remain approximately constant over a uranium concentration range (in the dry sludge solids) from 0.2 to 94 wt%, a factor of {approx}460. This invariability demonstrates that 241Am does not partition from the uranium or plutonium fraction for any characterized sludge matrix. Most

  5. Hydrogen-plasticity interactions in nickel and nickel base alloys

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    We evaluate the different contributions of the hydrogen-dislocation interactions to the plasticity of fcc materials in order to feed predictive models of stress corrosion cracking. Static strain ageing experiments are used to quantify the hardening contribution of solute drag by dislocations to the flow stress. We demonstrate the role of hydrogen transport by dislocations on the fracture mechanism. We model the influence of the screening of the elastic field of dislocations by hydrogen on elementary plasticity mechanisms and we conclude that the decrease of the cross slip ability arises from the combined action of elastic and core effects. The testing of single crystals shows that the major effect is on the cross slip mechanism. Tensile tests on polycrystals enlighten the diversity of macroscopic responses observed in alloys. (author)

  6. Superconducting state parameters of indium-based binary alloys

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    A M Vora; Minal H Patel; P N Gajjar; A R Jani

    2002-05-01

    Our well-recognized pseudopotential is used to investigate the superconducting state parameters viz; electron–phonon coupling strength , Coulomb pseudopotentialµ *, transition temperature c, isotope effective exponent and interaction strength 0 for the In1-Zn and In1-Sn binary alloys. We have incorporated six different types of local field correction functions, proposed by Hartree, Taylor, Vashistha–Singwi, Ichimaru–Utsumi, Farid et al and Sarkar et al to show the effect of exchange and correlation on the aforesaid properties. Very strong influence of the various exchange and correlation functions is concluded from the present study. The comparison with other such theoretical values is encouraging, which confirms the applicability of our model potential in explaining the superconducting state parameters of binary mixture.

  7. Characterization of hydrogen barrier coatings for titanium-base alloys

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    The purpose of this study was to investigate the barrier efficiency of a thick thermal spray deposit on the α-titanium alloy, Ti-5Al-2.4Sn against hydrogen penetration. Therefore, a duplex coating has been applied by plasma spraying using a Sulzer Metco F4 gun. The selected duplex coating system consisted of a 0.1-0.2 mm thick tantalum bond layer and a chromium oxide top layer doped with 3 wt% titanium oxide. The achieved thickness of the top layer was about 0.6 mm. The coated specimens have been characterized with regard to bond strength, hardness and microstructure. Hydrogen charging experiments were performed in a Sievert's apparatus

  8. Experimental and Theoretical Investigation of Three Alloy 690 Mockup Components: Base Metal and Welding Induced Changes

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    Rickard R. Shen

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available The stress corrosion cracking (SCC resistance of cold deformed thermally treated (TT Alloy 690 has been questioned in recent years. As a step towards understanding its relevancy for weld deformed Alloy 690 in operating plants, Alloy 690 base metal and heat affected zone (HAZ microstructures of three mockup components have been studied. All mockups were manufactured using commercial heats and welding procedures in order to attain results relevant to the materials in the field. Thermodynamic calculations were performed to add confidence in phase identification as well as understanding of the evolution of the microstructure with temperature. Ti(C,N banding was found in all materials. Bands with few large Ti(C,N precipitates had negligible effect on the microstructure, whereas bands consisting of numerous small precipitates were associated with locally finer grains and coarser M23C6 grain boundary carbides. The Ti(C,N remained unaffected in the HAZ while the M23C6 carbides were fully dissolved close to the fusion line. Cold deformed solution annealed Alloy 690 is believed to be a better representation of this region than cold deformed TT Alloy 690.

  9. Strengthening of Mg based alloy through grain refinement for orthopaedic application.

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    Nayak, Soumyaranjan; Bhushan, Bharat; Jayaganthan, R; Gopinath, P; Agarwal, R D; Lahiri, Debrupa

    2016-06-01

    Magnesium is presently attracting a lot of interest as a replacement to clinically used orthopaedic implant materials, due to its ability to solve the stress shielding problems, biodegradability and osteocompatibility. However, the strength of Mg is still lower than the requirement and it becomes worse after it starts degrading fast, while being exposed in living body environment. This research explores the effectiveness of 'grain refinement through deformation', as a tool to modify the strength (while keeping elastic modulus unaffected) of Mg based alloys in orthopaedic application. Hot rolled Mg-3wt% Zn alloy (MZ3) has been investigated for its potential in orthopaedic implant. Microstructure, mechanical properties, bio-corrosion properties and biocompatibility of the rolled samples are probed into. Grain size gets refined significantly with increasing amount of deformation. The alloy experiences a marked improvement in hardness, yield strength, ultimate tensile strength, strain and toughness with finer grain size. An increment in accelerated corrosion rate is noted with decreasing grain size, which is correlated to the increased grain boundary area and mechano-chemical dissolution. However, immersion test in simulated body fluid (SBF) reveals reduction in corrosion rate after third day of immersion. This was possible owing to precipitation of protective hydroxyapatite (HA) layer, formed out of the interaction of SBF and the alloy. More nucleation sites at the grain boundary for fine grained samples help in forming more HA and thus reduce the corrosion rate. Human osteosarcoma cells show less viability and adhesion on grain refined alloy. PMID:26745721

  10. Hydrogen absorption/desorption properties in the TiCrV based alloys

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    A. Martínez

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available Three different Ti-based alloys with bcc structure and Laves phase were studied. The TiCr1.1V0.9, TiCr1.1V0.45Nb0.45 and TiCr1.1V0.9 + 4%Zr7Ni10 alloys were melted in arc furnace under argon atmosphere. The hydrogen absorption capacity was measured by using aparatus type Sievert's. Crystal structures, and the lattice parameters were determined by using X-ray diffraction, XRD. Microestructural analysis was performed by scanning electron microscope, SEM and electron dispersive X-ray, EDS. The hydrogen storage capacity attained a value of 3.6 wt. (% for TiCr1.1V0.9 alloy in a time of 9 minutes, 3.3 wt. (% for TiCr1.1V0.45Nb0.45 alloy in a time of 7 minutes and 3.6 wt. (% TiCr1.1V0.9 + 4%Zr7Ni10 with an increase of the hydrogen absorption kinetics attained in 2 minutes. This indicates that the addition of Nb and 4%Zr7Ni10 to the TiCrV alloy acts as catalysts to accelerate the hydrogen absorption kinetics.

  11. Removal of americium from effluent generated during the purification of plutonium by anion exchange

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    Noronha, Donald M.; Pius, Illipparambil C.; Chaudhury, Satyajeet [Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai (India). Fuel Chemistry Div.

    2015-07-01

    Studies have been carried out on removal of americium from the effluent generated during anion exchange purification of plutonium. Americium 241, generated by the beta decay of Plutonium-241, is the major source of a activity in this highly acidic effluent and its removal would render the waste easily disposable. A simple and effective co-precipitation method, using thorium oxalate has been investigated for the treatment of this alpha active aqueous waste. Experiments have been carried out to identify optimum conditions to obtain high percentage co-precipitation with minimum amount of co-precipitant. Efforts were carried out to correlate the optimum conditions of co-precipitation of americium obtained in these experiments with solubility of thorium oxalate and americium oxalate calculated from solubility products of these compounds, stability constants of thorium and americium oxalate complexes taken from literature. The saturation capacity of thorium oxalate for Am(III) was also calculated by analyzing the K{sub d} value data using Langmuir adsorption equation. The strong tendency of americium to get co-precipitated and the high capacity exhibited by thorium oxalate for the uptake of americium indicate feasibility of using this method for the treatment of anion exchange effluent.

  12. Removal of americium from effluent generated during the purification of plutonium by anion exchange

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    Studies have been carried out on removal of americium from the effluent generated during anion exchange purification of plutonium. Americium 241, generated by the beta decay of Plutonium-241, is the major source of a activity in this highly acidic effluent and its removal would render the waste easily disposable. A simple and effective co-precipitation method, using thorium oxalate has been investigated for the treatment of this alpha active aqueous waste. Experiments have been carried out to identify optimum conditions to obtain high percentage co-precipitation with minimum amount of co-precipitant. Efforts were carried out to correlate the optimum conditions of co-precipitation of americium obtained in these experiments with solubility of thorium oxalate and americium oxalate calculated from solubility products of these compounds, stability constants of thorium and americium oxalate complexes taken from literature. The saturation capacity of thorium oxalate for Am(III) was also calculated by analyzing the Kd value data using Langmuir adsorption equation. The strong tendency of americium to get co-precipitated and the high capacity exhibited by thorium oxalate for the uptake of americium indicate feasibility of using this method for the treatment of anion exchange effluent.

  13. Interaction and diffusion transport of americium in soils

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    The final disposal of High Level Radioactive Wastes (HLRW) is based on its long-term storage in underground facilities located in geological stable sites with a multi-barrier system, the so called Deep Geological Repositories (DGR), that will keep HLRW confined for >10.000 years. After this period of time, leachates rich in long-live radioisotopes might escape from DGR and start to transport towards the biosphere. There is still a lack of information concerning the interaction and transport in soils of some radionuclides present in HLRW, especially for radionuclides that present a high sorption, such as americium (Am). Having reliable information about the mobility of radionuclides in soils is crucial in order to develop risk assessment models and to take proper decisions in case of soil contamination. The aim of the present work was, by means of laboratory scale experiments, to study the interaction and, for first time, to evaluate the diffusion transport of 241Am in soils. The 241Am interaction in soils was assessed by applying sorption batch assays to 20 soil samples with contrasted edaphic properties which allowed us to quantify the solid-liquid distribution coefficient (Kd) and desorption percentage. Kd (Am) values ranged from 103 to 105 L kg-1 and desorption percentages were always less than 2% which denoted a high capacity of the soil to incorporate the Am and a low reversibility of the sorption process. The influence of soil properties in 241Am interaction was studied by means of multiple linear and multivariate regressions. Although a single correlation between Kd (Am) values and a soil property was not found, the main properties affecting 241Am interaction in soils were soil pH, carbonate and organic matter contents in the soil. Finally, additional batch assays at different controlled pH were done to study Am sorption as a function of the contact solution pH. A variation of the Am sorption capacity was observed in all soils due to the dissolution of soil

  14. Interaction and diffusion transport of americium in soils

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    Ramirez-Guinart, Oriol; Rigol, Anna; Vidal, Miquel [Analytical Chemistry department, Faculty of Chemistry, University of Barcelona, Marti i Franques 1-11, 08028, Barcelona (Spain)

    2014-07-01

    The final disposal of High Level Radioactive Wastes (HLRW) is based on its long-term storage in underground facilities located in geological stable sites with a multi-barrier system, the so called Deep Geological Repositories (DGR), that will keep HLRW confined for >10.000 years. After this period of time, leachates rich in long-live radioisotopes might escape from DGR and start to transport towards the biosphere. There is still a lack of information concerning the interaction and transport in soils of some radionuclides present in HLRW, especially for radionuclides that present a high sorption, such as americium (Am). Having reliable information about the mobility of radionuclides in soils is crucial in order to develop risk assessment models and to take proper decisions in case of soil contamination. The aim of the present work was, by means of laboratory scale experiments, to study the interaction and, for first time, to evaluate the diffusion transport of {sup 241}Am in soils. The {sup 241}Am interaction in soils was assessed by applying sorption batch assays to 20 soil samples with contrasted edaphic properties which allowed us to quantify the solid-liquid distribution coefficient (K{sub d}) and desorption percentage. K{sub d} (Am) values ranged from 10{sup 3} to 10{sup 5} L kg{sup -1} and desorption percentages were always less than 2% which denoted a high capacity of the soil to incorporate the Am and a low reversibility of the sorption process. The influence of soil properties in {sup 241}Am interaction was studied by means of multiple linear and multivariate regressions. Although a single correlation between K{sub d} (Am) values and a soil property was not found, the main properties affecting {sup 241}Am interaction in soils were soil pH, carbonate and organic matter contents in the soil. Finally, additional batch assays at different controlled pH were done to study Am sorption as a function of the contact solution pH. A variation of the Am sorption

  15. New high strength technologically ecological and expedient economically advantageous alloys on Fe-C base

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    The paper presents framework a part of by now obtained results of the authors studies in the period 1967(68) - 2002 about possibilities for obtaining new high-strength and wear resistant cast alloys on, Fe-C base (complex alloyed steels and cast irons of different systems with different structure, reflected in over 125 articles, 15 inventions (patents) and other scientific studies. The paper includes summarized results and discussion. Key words: new austenite steels and cast irons, mechanical characteristics, wear resistance. (Original)

  16. An X-ray diffraction study of defect parameters in a Ti-base alloy

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    G Karmaker; P Mukherjee; A K Meikap; S K Chattopadhyay; S K Chatterjee

    2001-12-01

    Detailed studies based on the well established method of Fourier line shape analysis have been made on the X-ray diffraction profile of hexagonal titanium alloy of nominal composition Ti–6.58% Al–3.16% Mo–1.81% Zr–0.08% Fe–0.012% N–0.0078% C. While deformation fault probability, , has been found to be quite high compared to that of pure titanium, the deformation growth fault parameter, , shows a negative value ruling out the presence of growth fault in this alloy in the deformed state.

  17. Low cycle fatigue life of two nickel-base casting alloys in a hydrogen environment

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    Results of low cycle fatigue tests on alloy Mar-M-246 and Inconel 713 are presented. Based on the limited data, it was concluded that the Mar-M-246 material had a cyclic life in hydrogen that averaged three times higher than the alloy 713LC material for similar strain ranges. The hydrogen environment reduced life for both materials. The life reduction was more than an order of magnitude for the 713LC material. Porosity content of the cast specimens was as expected and was an important factor governing low cycle fatigue life

  18. Chemical durability and degradation mechanisms of HT9 based alloy waste forms with variable Zr content

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    Olson, L. N. [Savannah River Site (SRS), Aiken, SC (United States). Savannah River National Lab. (SRNL)

    2015-10-30

    In Corrosion studies were undertaken on alloy waste forms that can result from advanced electrometallurgical processing techniques to better classify their durability and degradation mechanisms. The waste forms were based on the RAW3-(URe) composition, consisting primarily of HT9 steel and other elemental additions to simulate nuclear fuel reprocessing byproducts. The solution conditions of the corrosion studies were taken from an electrochemical testing protocol, and meant to simulate conditions in a repository. The alloys durability was examined in alkaline and acidic brines.

  19. Effect of TBC on oxidation behaviour of γ-TiAl based alloy

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    G. Moskal

    2007-01-01

    Purpose: The purpose of the research was identification of the influence of TBC coating system on oxidation resistance of TiAl based alloy during oxidation at temperature of 900°C and 950°C for 500h and 200h respectively.Design/methodology/approach: The APS technique was used to modify and improvement of oxidation resistance of TiAl intermetallic alloy. As a bond coat the NiCrAlY overlay coating was applied. The bond-coat provided a good bonding strength between matrix and ceramic top coat. T...

  20. Effect of cold work on initiation stage crack growth rate of nickel based alloys

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    To investigate the effect of cold work on initiation stage crack growth rates of nickel based alloy, initiation stage crack growth rates were measured for simulated PWR primary water conditions using flat type specimens which were prepared from three different heats of alloy 600 and then 20 and 40% cold worked. Almost all data showed the stress had an increasing linear dependency on crack growth rate ; however there was some scattering of data and some materials showed a different tendency. Since yield strength was increased by cold work, for the same stress, the initiation stage crack growth rates were restrained or were not changed significantly by cold work. (author)

  1. Integrated Design and Rapid Development of Refractory Metal Based Alloys for Fossil Energy Applications

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    Dogan, O.N.; King, P.E.; Gao, M.C.

    2008-07-01

    One common barrier in the development of new technologies for future energy generating systems is insufficiency of existing materials at high temperatures (>1150oC) and aggressive atmospheres (e.g., steam, oxygen, CO2). To overcome this barrier, integrated design methodology will be applied to the development of refractory metal based alloys. The integrated design utilizes the multi-scale computational methods to design materials for requirements of processing and performance. This report summarizes the integrated design approach to the alloy development and project accomplishments in FY 2008.

  2. Electronic aspects of the martensitic transition in Ni-Mn based Heusler alloys

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    The martensitic transformation temperature Ms depends linearly on the valence electron concentration for Ni-Mn-X Heusler systems where X is a group III-group V element. However, the slopes of the linearity are different for alloys with different X species and increases either as X changes from Al to In (isoelectronic) or from In to Sb (increase in number of p electrons). We discuss the features in the Ms vs e/a diagram and the relative stability of the various crystallographic phases of Ni-Mn based Heusler alloys

  3. Structural and mechanical characteristics of some lead-free Cu-Sn based solder alloys

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    Mitovski Aleksandra M.; Balanović Ljubiša T.; Živković Dragana T.; Marjanović Šaša R.; Marjanović Bata R.; Novaković Slađana O.

    2008-01-01

    The results of structural and mechanical characteristics of lead-free Cu-Sn based solder alloys, produced in Company "11. mart" AD Srebrenica (Republic of Srpska), are presented in this paper. The results of investigation of samples - alloys CuSnl4, CuSnlFelAlO.5, CuSnlOFelAllMnO.5 and CuA110Fe3Mn produced by different processing methods, include the data obtained by optical microscopy and measurements of hardness, micro hardness and electroconductivity, in order to characterize mentioned all...

  4. 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.

  5. Electrochemical machining of hard tungsten carbide base alloys in neutral solutions using anodal pulses imposition

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    Davydov, A.D.; Klepikov, R.P.; Moroz, I.I.

    1981-01-01

    The experiments carried out show that activating pulses of higher amplitude imposition on constant comparatively low voltage extends the possibility of anodic dissolution process control. It proves to be possible to select pulse and constant voltage parameters, allowing to decrease the passivation effect and conduct the process of electrochemical machining of hard tungsten carbide base alloys in neutral water solutions.

  6. Electrochemical machining of hard tungsten carbide base alloys in neutral solutions using anodal pulses imposition

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    The experiments carried out show that activating pulses of higher amplitude imposition on constant comparatively low voltage extends the possibility of anodic dissolution process control. It proves to be possible to select pulse and constant voltage parameters, allowing to decrease the passivation effect and conduct the process of electrochemical machining of hard tungsten carbide base alloys in neutral water solutions

  7. Property enhancement of orthorhombic Ti2AlNb-based intermetallic alloys

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    This paper provides an overview of our research efforts aimed at improving the room and high temperature mechanical properties of an orthorhombic Ti2AlNb-based Ti-22Al-27Nb intermetallic alloy by the microstructural and compositional modifications, and the dispersion of fine TiB particulates. Challenges in each of the activities is highlighted and discussed. (orig.)

  8. Heterogeneous Nb-Based Nuclei for the Grain Refinement of Al-Si Alloys

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    Bolzoni, L.; Hari Babu, N.

    2016-05-01

    Nb-based intermetallics are, generally, low-density high-temperature materials used for structural applications or cryogenic superconductors. In this work, we report the development of an Al(96)-Nb(2)-B(2) master alloy where in situ-formed micrometric Nb-based intermetallics (i.e. NbB2 and Al3Nb) are used for a completely different purpose: to promote the refinement of Al-Si alloys by taking advantage of enhanced heterogeneous nucleation. Nb-based intermetallics have the right characteristics, like low density, stability at high temperature and good lattice match, to be used as heterogeneous nucleation substrates. It was found that the addition of these Nb-based intermetallics permits the significant refinement of the microstructural features of the Al-Si alloy studied. The enhanced heterogeneous nucleation makes the grain size of the material far less dependent on the cooling rate, which is one of the critical parameters influencing the variation of the properties of the alloy.

  9. A distributed optical fiber sensor for hydrogen detection based on Pd, and Mg alloys

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    Perrotton, C.; Slaman, M.; Javahiraly, N.; Schreuders, H.; Dam, B.; Meyrueis, P.

    2010-01-01

    An optical fiber containing structured hydrogen sensing points, consisting of Palladium and/or Magnesium alloys is proposed and characterized. The sensitive layer is deposited on the outside of a multimode fiber, after removing the optical cladding. The sensor is based on a measurement technique whi

  10. Corrosion properties of plasma deposited nickel and nickel-based alloys

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    Voleník, Karel; Pražák, M.; Kalabisová, E.; Kreislová, K.; Had, J.; Neufuss, Karel

    2003-01-01

    Roč. 48, č. 3 (2003), s. 215-226. ISSN 0001-7043 R&D Projects: GA ČR GA106/99/0298 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z2043910 Keywords : plasma deposits, nickel , nickel -based alloys Subject RIV: JK - Corrosion ; Surface Treatment of Materials

  11. Magnetic damping constant in Co-based full heusler alloy epitaxial films

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    Co-based full-Heusler alloys, such as Co2MnSi and Co2MnGe, are expected to be used as half-metallic ferromagnetic material, which has complete spin polarization. They are the most promising materials for realizing half-metallicity at room temperature due to their high Curie temperature. The optimization of the magnetic damping constant of ferromagnetic materials is extremely important for achieving high-speed magnetization switching and reducing critical current density for spin torque transfer switching. We have systematically investigated the magnetic damping constant in Co-based full Heusler alloy epitaxial films. We found that the Gilbert damping constant seems to be roughly proportional to the total density of states at the Fermi level (EF) by first principle calculation. A very small magnetic damping constant of 0.003 in the Co2Fe0.4Mn0.6Si epitaxial film was demonstrated. The small magnetic damping constant in Co2FexMn1−xSi films with x < 0.6 can be attributed to the half-metallicity of Heusler alloys. Co-based full Heusler alloys with both half-metallicity and small magnetic damping will be very useful for future applications based on spintronic devices. (paper)

  12. Hard recharging. Metallurgical characteristics and use properties of hard recharging deposited by based cobalt alloys melting

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    Hard recharging with cobalt base alloys are used in different parts of nuclear power plants. This paper presents mechanical properties, wear, thermal shock and corrosion resistances of hard coatings according to RCC-M S8000 rules, and explains relations between code recommendations and uses characteristics. (A.B.). 9 figs., 4 tabs

  13. Corrosion behaviour, microstructure and phase transitions of Zn-based alloys

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    A K Yildiz; M Kaplan

    2004-08-01

    This paper is aimed at investigating the corrosion behaviour, microstructure and phase transitions of Zn-based alloys with different compositions. The corrosion tests are carried out both in acidic medium using 1 N HCl solution and in temperature dependence of thermogravimetric analysis (TGA). In the two different media, in particular, the corrosion behaviour of Zn-based alloys with respect to Al and Si contents is examined, and microstructure in acidic and TGA and phase transformations in TGA are also studied. Corrosion mechanism in TGA is also examined in terms of oxidation parameters and activation energies. The study reveals that corrosion behaviour of Zn-based alloys in acidic medium shows sometimes an increase and sometimes a decrease with time due to Al content which assists in delaying the corrosion by forming a oxide layer on the surface of Zn-based alloys. This property does not appear in temperature dependence of TGA. Further, Si content appears to remain in main matrix without being affected by acidic solution. On the other hand, it is observed that in microstructure, AlO(Al2O3), ZnO oxides and Zn–Cu phase precipitations are formed in main matrix, grain boundaries and partially inside the grains.

  14. The analysis of Al-based alloys by calorimetry: quantitative analysis of reactions and reaction kinetics

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    2004-01-01

    Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and isothermal calorimetry have been applied extensively to the analysis of light metals, especially Al based alloys. Isothermal calorimetry and differential scanning calorimetry are used for analysis of solid state reactions, such as precipitation, homogenisation, devitrivication and recrystallisation; and solid–liquid reactions, such as incipient melting and solidification, are studied by differential scanning calorimetry. In producing repeatable calo...

  15. ZnO-based semiconductors studied by Raman spectroscopy. Semimagnetic alloying, doping, and nanostructures

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    Schumm, Marcel

    2009-07-01

    ZnO-based semiconductors were studied by Raman spectroscopy and complementary methods (e.g. XRD, EPS) with focus on semimagnetic alloying with transition metal ions, doping (especially p-type doping with nitrogen as acceptor), and nanostructures (especially wet-chemically synthesized nanoparticles). (orig.)

  16. Application of feal intermetallic phase matrix based alloys in the turbine components of a turbocharger

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    J. Cebulski

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents a possible application of the state-of-the-art alloys based on the FeAl intermetallic phases as materials for the manufacture of heat-proof turbine components in an automobile turbocharger. The research was aimed at determining the resistance to corrosion of Fe40Al5CrTiB alloy in a gaseous environment containing 9 % O2 + 0,2 % HCl + 0,08 % SO2 + N2. First the kinetics of corrosion processes for the considered alloy were determined at the temperatures of 900 °C, 1 000 °C and 1 100 °C, which was followed by validation under operating conditions. To do so, the tests were carried out over a distance of 20 000 km. The last stage involved examination of the surfaces after the test drive. The obtained results are the basis for further research in this field.

  17. The Degradation Interface of Magnesium Based Alloys in Direct Contact with Human Primary Osteoblast Cells.

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    Full Text Available Magnesium alloys have been identified as a new generation material of orthopaedic implants. In vitro setups mimicking physiological conditions are promising for material / degradation analysis prior to in vivo studies however the direct influence of cell on the degradation mechanism has never been investigated. For the first time, the direct, active, influence of human primary osteoblasts on magnesium-based materials (pure magnesium, Mg-2Ag and Mg-10Gd alloys is studied for up to 14 days. Several parameters such as composition of the degradation interface (directly beneath the cells are analysed with a scanning electron microscope equipped with energy dispersive X-ray and focused ion beam. Furthermore, influence of the materials on cell metabolism is examined via different parameters like active mineralisation process. The results are highlighting the influences of the selected alloying element on the initial cells metabolic activity.

  18. EFFECT OF TESTING ENVIRONMENT ON FRACTURING BEHAVIOR OF Fe3Si BASED ALLOY

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    J.H. Peng; G.L. Chen

    2003-01-01

    The mechanical behavior of Fe3Si based alloy with B2 structure was studied by tensionand fracture toughness test in various testing media. The fracture strength σb ofFe3Si alloy decreased in the following order: oxygen, air and hydrogen respectively.The fracture toughness in different testing environment showed that KiC in oxygenis 11.5±0.3MPa. m1/2, and is 8.6±0.4MPa. m1/2 in distilled water. The reductionof fracture toughness is contributed to the environmental reaction of Si with water.Addition of Al element in Fe3Si is not beneficial to improve the intrinsic ductility ofFe-14Si-3Al alloy. The scattering phenomenon of fracture strength was found, andexplained by fracture mechanics. It was found by means of SEM that the fracture modechanged from transgranular in oxygen to intergranular in hydrogen gas and distilledwater.

  19. Thermodynamics of several lewis-acid-base stabilized transition metal alloys

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    Gibson, John K.; Brewer, Leo; Gingerich, Karl A.

    1984-11-01

    High-temperature (1425 to 2750 K) thermodynamic activities of one or both components of twenty-five binary alloys of a group IVB-VIB element (Ti, Zr, Hf, Nb, Ta, or W) with a platinum group element (Ru, Os, Ir, Pd, Pt, or Au) have been determined by equilibrating the alloy with the appropriate carbide and graphite, equilibrating with the nitride and nitrogen gas, or measuring the partial vapor pressure(s) thermogravimetrically or mass spectrometrically. The extraordinary stability of this class of transition metal alloy is attributed to a generalized Lewis-acid-base interaction involving valence d electrons, and the results of these investigations are interpreted within the context of this effect. Among the conclusions made are that a non-spherically-symmetrical crystal field significantly reduces the bonding effectiveness of certain valence d orbitals; the effect of the extent of derealization of these orbitals is also considered.

  20. Brazeability of a 3003 Aluminum alloy with Al-Si-Cu-based filler metals

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    Tsao, L. C.; Weng, W. P.; Cheng, M. D.; Tsao, C. W.; Chuang, T. H.

    2002-08-01

    Al-Si-Cu-based filler metals have been used successfully for brazing 6061 aluminum alloy as reported in the authors’ previous studies. For application in heat exchangers during manufacturing, the brazeability of 3003 aluminum alloy with these filler metals is herein further evaluated. Experimental results show that even at such a low temperature as 550 °C, the 3003 alloys can be brazed with the Al-Si-Cu fillers and display bonding strengths that are higher than 77 MPa as well. An optimized 3003 joint is attained in the brazements with the innovative Al-7Si-20Cu-2Sn-1Mg filler metal at 575 °C for 30 min, which reveals a bonding strength capping the 3003 Al matrix.

  1. Oxidation behavior of multiphase Mo5SiB2 (T2)-based alloys at high temperatures

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    2007-01-01

    Two Mo5SiB2 (T2)-based alloys with nominal compositions of Mo-12.5Si-25B and Mo-14Si-28B (molar fraction, %)were prepared in an arc-melting furnace, and their oxidation kinetics from 1 000 to 1 300 ℃ were studied. The microstructures of the alloys were characterized by X-ray diffractometry(XRD) and scanning electron microscopy(SEM) with energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS). The oxide scales of both alloys oxidized at 1 200 ℃ for 10 min, 2 h and 100 h were investigated by surface XRD and cross-sectional SEM-EDS. The results show that the matrix of both alloys consists of T2. The dispersions of Mo-12.5Si-25B alloy are Mo and Mo3Si, and the dispersions of Mo-14Si-28B alloy are Mo5Si3 (T1) and MoB. The cyclic oxidation kinetics data exhibit initial rapid mass loss followed by slow mass loss. The mass loss of Mo-12.5Si-25B alloy is much faster than that of Mo-14Si-28B alloy at 1 200 and 1 300 ℃. For 10 min exposure, both alloys form irregular and porous thin scale. For 2 h exposure, Mo-12.5Si-25B alloy forms irregular thin scale and the scale contains large cracks, and Mo-14Si-28B alloy forms sound and continuous scale. For 100 h exposure, Mo-12.5Si-25B and Mo-14Si-28B alloys form sound and continuous scale about 50-75 μm and 40-45 μm in thickness, respectively. The better oxidation resistance of Mo-14Si-28B alloy is due to a sound and continuous B-SiO2 layer formation in the early stage of oxidation.

  2. Ambient-temperature high damping capacity in TiPd-based martensitic alloys

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    Xue, Dezhen [Multi-disciplinary Materials Research Center, Frontier Institute of Science and Technology, State Key Laboratory for Mechanical Behavior of Materials, Xi' an Jiaotong University, Xi' an 710049 (China); Theoretical Division, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM 87545 (United States); Zhou, Yumei, E-mail: zhouyumei@mail.xjtu.edu.cn [Multi-disciplinary Materials Research Center, Frontier Institute of Science and Technology, State Key Laboratory for Mechanical Behavior of Materials, Xi' an Jiaotong University, Xi' an 710049 (China); Ding, Xiangdong [Multi-disciplinary Materials Research Center, Frontier Institute of Science and Technology, State Key Laboratory for Mechanical Behavior of Materials, Xi' an Jiaotong University, Xi' an 710049 (China); Otsuka, Kazuhiro [Ferroic Physics Group, National Institute for Materials Science, Tsukuba 305-0047, Ibaraki (Japan); Lookman, Turab [Theoretical Division, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM 87545 (United States); Sun, Jun [Multi-disciplinary Materials Research Center, Frontier Institute of Science and Technology, State Key Laboratory for Mechanical Behavior of Materials, Xi' an Jiaotong University, Xi' an 710049 (China); Ren, Xiaobing [Multi-disciplinary Materials Research Center, Frontier Institute of Science and Technology, State Key Laboratory for Mechanical Behavior of Materials, Xi' an Jiaotong University, Xi' an 710049 (China); Ferroic Physics Group, National Institute for Materials Science, Tsukuba 305-0047, Ibaraki (Japan)

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    Shape memory alloys (SMAs) have attracted considerable attention for their high damping capacities. Here we investigate the damping behavior of Ti{sub 50}(Pd{sub 50−x}D{sub x}) SMAs (D=Fe, Co, Mn, V) by dynamic mechanical analysis. We find that these alloys show remarkably similar damping behavior. There exists a sharp damping peak associated with the B2–B19 martensitic transformation and a high damping plateau (Q{sup −1}~0.02–0.05) over a wide ambient-temperature range (220–420 K) due to the hysteretic twin boundary motion. After doping hydrogen into the above alloys, a new relaxation-type damping peak appears in the martensite phase over 270–360 K. Such a peak is considered to originate from the interaction of hydrogen atoms with twin boundaries and the corresponding damping capacity (Q{sup −1}~0.05–0.09) is enhanced by roughly twice that of the damping plateau for each alloy. Moreover, the relaxation peaks are at higher temperatures for the TiPd-based alloys (270–370 K) than for the TiNi-based alloys (190–260 K). We discuss the influence of hydrogen diffusion, mobility of twin boundaries and hydrogen–twin boundary interaction on the temperature range of the relaxation peak. Our results suggest that a martensite, with appropriate values for twinning shear and hydrogen doping level, provides a route towards developing high damping SMAs for applications in desired temperature ranges.

  3. Fuel behavior in severe accidents and Mo-alloy based cladding designs to improve accident tolerance

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    The severe accidents at TMI-2 and Fukushima-Daiichi led to core meltdown and hydrogen explosions. The main source of energy causing core melting is the decay heat from β-, β+, and γ decays of short-lived isotopes following a power scram. The exothermic reaction of Zr-alloy cladding can further increase the cladding temperature leading to rapid cladding corrosion and hydrogen production. The most effective mitigation to minimize core damage in a severe accident is to extend the duration of heat removal capacity via battery-supported passive cooling for as long as practically possible. Replacing the Zr-alloy cladding with a higher heat resistant cladding with lower enthalpy release rate may also provide additional coping time for accident management. Such a heat resistant cladding may also overcome the current licensing concerns about Zr-alloy hydriding and post quench ductility issues in a design base loss of coolant accident (LOCA). Zr-alloy cladding, while has been optimized for normal operation in high pressure water and steam of light water reactors, will rapidly lose its corrosion resistance and tensile and creep strength in high pressure steam. Evaluation of alternate cladding materials and designs have been performed to search for a new fuel cladding design which will substantially improve the safety margins at elevated temperatures during a severe accident, while maintaining the excellent fuel performance attributes of the current Zr-alloy cladding. The screening criteria for the evaluation include neutronic properties, material availability, adaptability and operability in current LWRs, resistance to melting. The new designs also need to be fabricable, maintain sufficient strength and resist to attack by high pressure steam. Engineering metals, alloys and ceramics which can meet some or most of these requirements are limited. Following review of the properties of potential candidates, it is concluded that molybdenum alloys may potentially achieve the

  4. Unusual glass-forming ability of new Zr-Cu-based bulk glassy alloys containing an immiscible element pair

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    We herein report the unusual glass-forming ability (GFA) of a new series of quinary Zr48Cu36-xNixAg8Al8 (048Cu36Ag8Al8 alloy. By cooper mold casting, an as-cast glassy rod with a diameter of 30 mm can be easily obtained for the representative alloy Zr48Cu32Ni4Ag8Al8. The possible reasons for the excellent GFA of the new quinary alloys with an immiscible element pair are discussed based on the atomic size distribution, chemical compatibility among the components and atomic structure of glassy alloys. (author)

  5. Selective leaching studies of deep-sea sediments loaded with americium, neptunium and plutonium

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    A series of selective leaching experiments were undertaken to investigate the solid phase speciation and distribution of americium, neptunium and plutonium which had been experimentally loaded onto different marine sediment types. The chemical leaches employed showed rather poor selectivity but certain trends were evident. Adsorption was not by ion exchange. Americium showed a preferential affinity for carbonate and plutonium for organic matter. Neptunium appeared to have no preferential affinities. Americium was sorbed by acetic acid residues (CaCO3 removed) and by unleached carbonate-rich sediments with equal efficiency. This indicates that it is able to diversify its solid phase affinity/distribution depending upon which solid phases are available. (author)

  6. Phonon dispersion in alkali metals and their equiatomic sodium-based binary alloys

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    Aditya M. VORA

    2008-01-01

    In the present article, the theoretical calcula-tions of the phonon dispersion curves (PDCs) of five alkali metals viz. Li, Na, K, Rb, Cs and their four equia-tomic sodium-based binary alloys viz. Na0.5Li0.5,Na0.5K0.5, Na0.5Rb0.5 and Na0.5Cs0.5 to second order in a local model potential is discussed in terms of the real-space sum of the Born yon Karman central force con-stants. Instead of the concentration average of the force constants of pure alkali metals, the pseudo-alloy-atom (PAA) is adopted to directly compute the force constants of the four equiatomic sodium based binary alloys and was successfully applied. The exchange and correlation functions due to the Hartree (H) and Ichimaru-Utsumi (IU) are used to investigate the influence of the screening effects. The phonon frequencies of alkali metals and their four equiatomic sodium-based binary alloys in the longit-udinal branch are more sensitive to the exchange and cor-relation effects in comparison with the transverse branches. The PDCs of pure alkali metals are found in qualitative agreement with the available experimental data. The frequencies in the longitudinal branch are sup-pressed rather due to IU-screening function than those due to static H-screening function.

  7. Ni-Cr based dental alloys; Ni release, corrosion and biological evaluation

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    Reclaru, L., E-mail: lucien.reclaru@pxgroup.com [PX Holding S.A., Dep R and D Corrosion and Biocompatibility Group, Bd. des Eplatures 42, CH-2304 La Chaux-de-Fonds (Switzerland); Unger, R.E.; Kirkpatrick, C.J. [Institute for Pathology, REPAIR Lab, University Medical Center, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Langenbeckstr.1, D-55101 Mainz (Germany); Susz, C.; Eschler, P.-Y.; Zuercher, M.-H. [PX Holding S.A., Dep R and D Corrosion and Biocompatibility Group, Bd. des Eplatures 42, CH-2304 La Chaux-de-Fonds (Switzerland); Antoniac, I. [Materials Science and Engineering Faculty, Politehnica of Bucharest, 060042 Bucharest (Romania); Luethy, H. [Institute of Dental Materials Science and Technology, University of Basel, Hebelstrasse 3, CH-4056 Basel (Switzerland)

    2012-08-01

    In the last years the dental alloy market has undergone dramatic changes for reasons of economy and biocompatibility. Nickel based alloys have become widely used substitute for the much more expensive precious metal alloys. In Europe the prevalence of nickel allergy is 10-15% for female adults and 1-3% for male adults. Despite the restrictions imposed by the EU for the protection of the general population in contact dermatitis, the use of Ni-Cr dental alloys is on the increase. Some questions have to be faced regarding the safety risk of nickel contained in dental alloys. We have collected based on many EU markets, 8 Ni-Cr dental alloys. Microstructure characterization, corrosion resistance (generalized, crevice and pitting) in saliva and the quantities of cations released in particular nickel and CrVI have been evaluated. We have applied non parametric classification tests (Kendall rank correlation) for all chemical results. Also cytotoxicity tests and an evaluation specific to TNF-alpha have been conducted. According to the obtained results, it was found that their behavior to corrosion was weak but that nickel release was high. The quantities of nickel released are higher than the limits imposed in the EU concerning contact with the skin or piercing. Surprisingly the biological tests did not show any cytotoxic effect on Hela and L929 cells or any change in TNF-alpha expression in monocytic cells. The alloys did not show any proinflammatory response in endothelial cells as demonstrated by the absence of ICAM-1 induction. We note therefore that there is really no direct relationship between the in vitro biological evaluation tests and the physico-chemical characterization of these dental alloys. Clinical and epidemiological studies are required to clarify these aspects. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Nickel released was higher than the limits imposed in EU in contact with the skin. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer No direct relationship between the

  8. Ni–Cr based dental alloys; Ni release, corrosion and biological evaluation

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    In the last years the dental alloy market has undergone dramatic changes for reasons of economy and biocompatibility. Nickel based alloys have become widely used substitute for the much more expensive precious metal alloys. In Europe the prevalence of nickel allergy is 10–15% for female adults and 1–3% for male adults. Despite the restrictions imposed by the EU for the protection of the general population in contact dermatitis, the use of Ni–Cr dental alloys is on the increase. Some questions have to be faced regarding the safety risk of nickel contained in dental alloys. We have collected based on many EU markets, 8 Ni–Cr dental alloys. Microstructure characterization, corrosion resistance (generalized, crevice and pitting) in saliva and the quantities of cations released in particular nickel and CrVI have been evaluated. We have applied non parametric classification tests (Kendall rank correlation) for all chemical results. Also cytotoxicity tests and an evaluation specific to TNF-alpha have been conducted. According to the obtained results, it was found that their behavior to corrosion was weak but that nickel release was high. The quantities of nickel released are higher than the limits imposed in the EU concerning contact with the skin or piercing. Surprisingly the biological tests did not show any cytotoxic effect on Hela and L929 cells or any change in TNF-alpha expression in monocytic cells. The alloys did not show any proinflammatory response in endothelial cells as demonstrated by the absence of ICAM-1 induction. We note therefore that there is really no direct relationship between the in vitro biological evaluation tests and the physico-chemical characterization of these dental alloys. Clinical and epidemiological studies are required to clarify these aspects. - Highlights: ► Nickel released was higher than the limits imposed in EU in contact with the skin. ► No direct relationship between the biological evaluation and chemical degradation.

  9. On the nature of the variation of martensitic transformation hysteresis and SME characteristics in Fe-Ni-base alloys

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    The purpose of this paper is to summarize the various investigations, both by the authors and other works, concerning with the martensitic transformation and SME in Fe-Ni-base alloys. The thermal hysteresis dependence on the alloying elements and thermal treatments are surveyed. The contribution and effect on SME characteristics of widely used alloying elements such as Ti, Nb, Ni, Al, Co, Ta and peculiarities of thermal treatment are discussed. It is noted the main goal of these treatments is to reduce the symmetry of transformation by the ordering or precipitation of a fine coherent phase. The physical principles of transformation hysteresis manipulation in Fe-base alloys is discussed and it concluded that the thermal cycling behavior of Fe-base alloys is very complex and is not clearly understood at present. On the other hand, it is pointed out that thermal cycling is an effective method for control and improvement of SME in these alloys. It is concluded that Fe-base alloys are highly evolved shape memory materials-having a wide working range, good workability and are relatively cheap. In addition, the properties are easily controlled by suitably alloying, aging and thermal cycling. (orig.)

  10. Frenkel defects in Ni and Ni-base alloys

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    The defect structure produced by low temperature (4K) electron irradiation in single crystals of Ni, Ni62Cu38 and Ni3 Fe was investigated by measurements of the diffuse scattering of X-rays (Huang Diffuse Scattering), the change of the lattice parameter and the change of the electrical resistivity: The volume relaxation and the structure of the self interstitial atom (SIA) is very similar for the alloys and the pure fcc metals. The interstitial clustering processes during stage I and II proceed progressively more slowly in Cu, Ni, NiCu and Ni3Fe respectively. In Ni3Fe even the di-interstitial seems immobile up to stage III. The formation of large vacancy agglomerates during stage III annealing is only observed with the pure metals Ni and Cu. Interstitial mobility during annealing in stage II contributes to the decomposition of NiCu but not to the ordering of Ni3Fe. There is an increase of order for highly ordered Ni3Fe (S = 0.7) during annealing in stage III and, within the errors, no change for samples with S = 0. (author)

  11. Hydrogen distribution in amorphous silicon and silicon based alloys

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    The results of hydrogen evolution experiments on amorphous silicon alloys prepared by high frequency PECVD of gas mixtures containing SiH4, NH3, PH2, B2H6 are compared. Using a very low heating rate of 5 degree/min it is possible to resolve fine structure on the exodiffusion spectra. Three evolution processes are observed: (a) low temperature effusion due to included gas (b) mid temperature effusion due to 'clustered' hydrogen bonds (c) high temperature effusion due to 'isolated' hydrogen bonds In addition it is possible to oberve very fine structure 'puffing' due to the release of molecular hydrogen at mid to high temperature. Silicon and silicon nitride films have been annealed at low temperatures before the exodiffusion experiments and changes in the evolution spectra are observed, dependent on the annealing process. A scanning electron microscope study of the effect of high temperature heat treatment has also been undertaken. These results are correlated with infra-red absorption measurements and the influence of doping concentration and substrate character discussed. Under certain preparation conditions the films blister on heating and finally burst forming circular craters, and these effects are shown to be dependent on substrate material and intrinsic stress of the as-grown films

  12. The surface layer degradation of γ-TiAl phase based alloy

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    J. Małecka

    2013-05-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: The aim of the present research is to describe the chemical composition and microstructure of the surface layer of Ti-46Al-7Nb-0.7Cr-0,1Si-0.2Ni alloy after the test of isothermal oxidation in 9%O2+0.2%HCl+0.08%SO2+N2 during 250 h. Design/methodology/approach: The objectives were achieved using several techniques including conventional metallography, SEM, BSE, EDX. The oxides scales and their effects were investigated at temperatures 750ºC.Findings: This investigation confirms that the better protection of the substrate was determined using AlCrN coating.Research limitations/implications: The basic limitations concern alloys in a higher temperature and establish the oxidation kinetics of the analysed alloy as a function of time and temperature.Practical implications: One of practical outcomes is to select the coatings which guarantee the reduction of oxidation behavior. It is recommended to use alloys with AlCrN coating.Originality/value: Original value of the paper is assessing of the oxidation resistance of Ti-46Al-7Nb-0.7Cr-0.1Si–0.2Ni-based intermetallic alloy at the conditions combining high temperature and sulphur and chlorine compounds-containing atmosphere. The novelty of this research deals with the mechanism of oxidation at such boundary conditions. This knowledge can support the design of parts made of the intermetallic alloy. The problem considered is currently important for aeroplane and automotive industry, especially for gas turbine manufacturers.

  13. Research on CMT welding of nickel-based alloy with stainless steel

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    2007-01-01

    Cold Metal Transfer (CMT) welding technique is a new welding technique introduced by Fronius company. CMT welding of nickel-based alloy with stainless steel was carried out using CuSi3 filler wire in this paper. Effects of welding parameters, including welding current, welding speed, etc, on weld surface appearance were tested. Microstructure and mechanical properties of CMT weld were studied. The results show that the thickness of interface reaction layer of the nickel-based alloy is 14.3μm, which is only 4.33% of base material. The weld is made up of two phases,α-copper and iron-based solid solution. Rupture occurs initially at the welded seam near the edge of stainless steel in shear test. The maximum shear strength of the CuSi3 welded joint is 184.9MPa.

  14. Solubility of americium collected on an aerosol filter

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    Kinetics of dissolution of undefined americium aerosol in simulated serum ultrafiltrate was studied. 241Am was present in aerosol collected at a workplace, where an intake of 241Am had occurred formerly. Dissolution experiments in four parts of an aerosol filter were carried out either in ambient air or under CO2 and pH was kept within physiological range. Two?phase kinetics was found in both cases with dissolution half?times for rapid and slow phases ranging from 0.16 to 0.23 d and from 150 to 500 d, respectively. Regardless data dispersion, found half?times justify use of class M model in intake assessment. (author)

  15. The 1976 Hanford Americium Accident: Then and Now

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    Carbaugh, Eugene H.

    2013-10-02

    The 1976 chemical explosion of an 241Am ion exchange column at a Hanford Site waste management facility resulted in the extreme contamination of a worker with 241Am, nitric acid and debris. The worker underwent medical treatment for acid burns, as well as wound debridement, extensive personal skin decontamination and long-term DTPA chelation therapy for decorporation of americium-241. Because of the contamination levels and prolonged decontamination efforts, care was provided for the first three months at the unique Emergency Decontamination Facility with gradual transition to the patient’s home occurring over another two months. The medical treatment, management, and dosimetry of the patient have been well documented in numerous reports and journal articles. The lessons learned with regard to patient treatment and effectiveness of therapy still form the underlying philosophy of treatment for contaminated injuries. Changes in infrastructure and facilities as well as societal expectations make for interesting speculation as to how responses might differ today.

  16. Separation of americium from curium by oxidation and ion exchange.

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    Burns, Jonathan D; Shehee, Thomas C; Clearfield, Abraham; Hobbs, David T

    2012-08-21

    Nuclear energy has the potential to be a clean alternative to fossil fuels, but in order for it to play a major role in the US, many questions about the back end of the fuel cycle must be addressed. One of these questions is the difficult separation of americium from curium. Here, we report the oxidation of Am in two systems, perchloric acid and nitric acid and the affect of changing the acid has on the oxidation. K(d) values were observed and a direct separation factor was calculated and was seen to be as high as 20 for four metal(IV) pillared phosphate phosphonate inorganic organic hybrid ion exchange materials. These ion exchangers are characterized by very low selectivity for cations with low charge but extremely high uptake of ions of high charge. PMID:22827724

  17. Pretreatment of americium/curium solutions for vitrification

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    Vitrification will be used to stabilize an americium/curium (Am/Cm) solution presently stored in F-Canyon for eventual transport to the heavy isotope programs at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Prior to vitrification, an in-tank oxalate precipitation and a series of oxalic/nitric acid washes will be used to separate these elements and lanthanide fission products from the bulk of the uranium and metal impurities present in the solution. Pretreatment development experiments were performed to understand the behavior of the lanthanides and the metal impurities during the oxalate precipitation and properties of the precipitate slurry. The results of these experiments will be used to refine the target glass composition allowing optimization of the primary processing parameters and design of the solution transfer equipment

  18. The electronic mechanism of the γ/γ' interface strength of Ir-based alloys

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    The electronic structures of the γ/γ' interface for two-phase Ir-based alloys (Ir/Ir3Ta and Ir/Ir3Ti) have been investigated by performing first-principles quantum mechanics DMol3 (a type of density functional theory for molecules) calculations. The Mayer bond order (MBO) is used to represent the shear and cohesion strengths of the interface by a local sum of the horizontal and vertical MBOs. By comparison with those for single-crystal Ir, the results show that both the cohesive and shear strengths of the γ/γ' interface for the Ir/Ir3Ta alloy increase. The cohesive strength of the interface for the Ir/Ir3Ti alloy increases, whereas the shear strength of the interface for Ir/Ir3Ti decreases. The electron charge density, the Hirshfeld charge, and orbital charge transfers are also calculated and analysed. An electronic mechanism for the γ/γ' interface strength of Ir-based alloys is then suggested

  19. Fundamental aspects of corrosion on zirconium base alloys in water reactor environments

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    The purpose of this meeting was to discuss the state of knowledge of zirconium alloy corrosion mechanisms. Forty-five participants from 16 countries attended the meeting, and 25 papers were presented and discussed. One additional paper was provided only in written form. The papers were presented in seven sub-sessions under the following headings: Electrochemistry, Coolant Chemistry Effects, Irradiation Effects, Characteristics of Zirconium Oxide, Effects of Alloying on Corrosion, Corrosion Modeling and Effect of Zirconium Base Metal Properties on Corrosion. There is still a need for a laboratory corrosion test that reliably predicts in-pile corrosion in BWR's and PWR's. This holds particularly if out-of-pile tests are used for developing new Zr base alloy compositions. The role of the precipitates and of the solute elements in the matrix has still to be clarified. As it appears, a combination of both influences is necessary to explain the mechanistic aspect of the corrosion of Zircaloy. It is clear that mechanistic understanding of zirconium alloy corrosion is still some way off, although a significant amount of progress has been made toward experimental determination of the micro-scale phenomena. The papers presented a status report of our knowledge of these corrosion mechanisms, but they also served to illustrate the fact that much of the work done to date has been phenomenological rather than mechanistic. The summaries of individual sessions detail the specific conclusions and recommendations made at the meeting. Refs, figs and tabs

  20. Solid particle erosion of steels and nickel based alloys candidates for USC steam turbine blading

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    Cernuschi, Federico; Guardamagna, Cristina; Lorenzoni, Lorenzo [ERSE SpA, Milan (Italy); Robba, Davide [CESI, Milan (Italy)

    2010-07-01

    The main objective of COST536 Action is to develop highly efficient steam power plant with low emissions, from innovative alloy development to validation of component integrity. In this perspective, to improve the operating efficiency, materials capable of withstanding higher operating temperatures are required. For the manufacturing of components for steam power plants with higher efficiency steels and nickel-based alloys with improved oxidation resistance and creep strength at temperature as high as 650 C - 700 C have to be developed. Candidate alloys for manufacturing high pressure steam turbine diaphragms, buckets, radial seals and control valves should exhibit, among other properties, a good resistance at the erosion phenomena induced by hard solid particles. Ferric oxide (magnetite) scales cause SPE by exfoliating from boiler tubes and steam pipes (mainly super-heaters and re-heaters) and being transported within the steam flow to the turbine. In order to comparatively study the erosion behaviour of different materials in relatively short times, an accelerated experimental simulation of the erosion phenomena must be carried out. Among different techniques to induce erosion on material targets, the use of an air jet tester is well recognised to be one of the most valid and reliable. In this work the results of SPE comparative tests performed at high temperatures (550 C, 600 C and 650 C) at different impaction angles on some steels and nickel based alloys samples are reported. (orig.)

  1. A study of electron beam welding of Mo based TZM alloy

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    Mo based TZM alloy is one of the most promising refractory alloy having several unique high temperature properties suitable for structural applications in the new generation advanced nuclear reactors. However, this alloy easily picks up interstitial impurities such as N2, H2 and C from air during welding due to its reactive nature. High melting point of TZM alloy also restricts use of conventional welding technique for welding. Hence, Electron beam welding (EBW) technique with its deep penetration power to produce narrow heat affected zones under high vacuum was employed to overcome the above welding constraints by conducting a systematic study using both processes of bead on plate and butt joint configuration. Uniform and defect free weld joints were produced. Weld joints were subjected to optical characterization, chemical homogeneity analysis and microhardness profile study across the width of welds. Improved grain structure with equiaxed grains was obtained in the weld zone as compared to fibrous base structure. Original chemical composition was retained in the weld zone. The detailed results are described in this report. (author)

  2. Optical modeling of nickel-base alloys oxidized in pressurized water reactor

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    Clair, A. [Laboratoire Interdisciplinaire Carnot de Bourgogne, UMR 6303 CNRS, Universite de Bourgogne, 9 avenue Alain Savary, BP 47870, 21078 Dijon cedex (France); Foucault, M.; Calonne, O. [Areva ANP, Centre Technique Departement Corrosion-Chimie, 30 Bd de l' industrie, BP 181, 71205 Le Creusot (France); Finot, E., E-mail: Eric.Finot@u-bourgogne.fr [Laboratoire Interdisciplinaire Carnot de Bourgogne, UMR 6303 CNRS, Universite de Bourgogne, 9 avenue Alain Savary, BP 47870, 21078 Dijon cedex (France)

    2012-10-01

    The knowledge of the aging process involved in the primary water of pressurized water reactor entails investigating a mixed growth mechanism in the corrosion of nickel-base alloys. A mixed growth induces an anionic inner oxide and a cationic diffusion parallel to a dissolution-precipitation process forms the outer zone. The in situ monitoring of the oxidation kinetics requires the modeling of the oxide layer stratification with the full knowledge of the optical constants related to each component. Here, we report the dielectric constants of the alloys 600 and 690 measured by spectroscopic ellipsometry and fitted to a Drude-Lorentz model. A robust optical stratification model was determined using focused ion beam cross-section of thin foils examined by transmission electron microscopy. Dielectric constants of the inner oxide layer depleted in chromium were assimilated to those of the nickel thin film. The optical constants of both the spinels and extern layer were determined. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Spectroscopic ellipsometry of Ni-base alloy oxidation in pressurized water reactor Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Measurements of the dielectric constants of the alloys Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Optical simulation of the mixed oxidation process using a three stack model Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Scattered crystallites cationic outer layer; linear Ni-gradient bottom layer Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Determination of the refractive index of the spinel and the Cr{sub 2}O{sub 3} layers.

  3. Modeling of self-controlling hyperthermia based on nickel alloy ferrofluids: Proposition of new nanoparticles

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    Delavari, H. Hamid, E-mail: Hamid.delavari@gmail.com [Institute for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Sharif University of Technology, Azadi Avenue, 145888-9694 Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Department of Physics and Astronomy, Uppsala University, Box 516, SE-75120 Uppsala (Sweden); Madaah Hosseini, Hamid R. [Institute for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Sharif University of Technology, Azadi Avenue, 145888-9694 Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Sharif University of Technology, Azadi Avenue, 145888-9694 Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Wolff, Max, E-mail: Max.wolff@physics.uu.se [Department of Physics and Astronomy, Uppsala University, Box 516, SE-75120 Uppsala (Sweden)

    2013-06-15

    In order to provide sufficient heat without overheating healthy tissue in magnetic fluid hyperthermia (MFH), a careful design of the magnetic properties of nanoparticles is essential. We perform a systematic calculation of magnetic properties of Ni-alloy nanoparticles. Stoner–Wohlfarth model based theories (SWMBTs) are considered and the linear response theory (LRT) is used to extract the hysteresis loop of nickel alloy nanoparticles in alternating magnetic fields. It is demonstrated that in the safe range of magnetic field intensity and frequency the LRT cannot be used for the calculation of the area in the hysteresis for magnetic fields relevant for hyperthermia. The best composition and particle size for self-controlling hyperthermia with nickel alloys is determined based on SWMBTs. It is concluded that Ni–V and Ni–Zn are good candidates for self-controlling hyperthermia. - Highlights: ► Systematic calculation of magnetic properties of Ni-alloy NPs with composition has been performed. ► Optimum composition and particle size for self-controlling hyperthermia (SCH) have been determined. ► Ni–V and Ni–Zn nanoparticles are more appropriate candidates for SCH.

  4. Biocorrosion behavior and cell viability of adhesive polymer coated magnesium based alloys for medical implants

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    Abdal-hay, Abdalla; Dewidar, Montasser; Lim, Jae Kyoo

    2012-11-01

    The present study was ultimately aimed to design novel adhesive biodegradable polymer, poly(vinyl acetate) (PVAc), coatings onto Mg based alloys by the dip-coating technique in order to control the degradation rate and enhance the biocompatibility of magnesium alloys. The influence of various solvents on PVAc surface topography and their protection of Mg alloys were dramatically studied in vitro. Electrochemical polarization, degradation, and PVAc film cytocompatibility were also tested. Our results showed that the solvent had a significant effect on coating quality. PVAc/dichloromethane solution showed a porous structure and solution concentration could control the porous size. The coatings prepared using tetrahydrofuran and dimethylformamide solvents are exceptional in their ability to generate porous morphology even at low polymer concentration. In general, the corrosion performance appears to be different on different PVAc-solvent system. Immersion tests illustrated that the porous morphology on PVAc stabilized corrosion rates. A uniform corrosion attack in artificial simulation body fluid was also exhibited. The cytocompatibility of osteoblast cells (MC3T3) revealed high adherence, proliferation, and survival on the porous structure of PVAc coated Mg alloy, which was not observed for the uncoated samples. This novel PVAc coating is a promising candidate for biodegradable implant materials, which might widen the use of Mg based implants.

  5. The creep Kinetics of sand cat zinc-based alloys no. 2, ACuZinc5, and ACuzinc10

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    Compressive creep tests have been carried out on three sand cast zinc-rich alloys No. 2 (Zn-4% Al-2.8% Cu 0.03% Mg), ACuZinc5 (Zn-3% Al-5.2% Cu-0.04% Mg) and ACuZinc10 (Zn-3.5% Al-9.3% Cu-0.03% Mg) in the stress range 20 to 100 MPa, and at temperatures from 70 to 160 deg. centigrade. The tests were performed on a standard weight lever arm compressive creep machine. Alloy No. 2 is a conventional zinc alloy, whereas ACuZinc5 and ACuZinc10 belong to a family of new, GM-patented, high performance ternary zin-copper-aluminium alloys which are suitable for manufacturing net shape die castings. Along with creep, other properties of ACuZinc alloys are claimed to be better than conventional zinc alloys No. 3 and No. 5 and ZA alloys, i.e. ZA.8, ZA.12 and ZA.27. A parametric relationship was obeyed, of the form:In t=C-n(In sigma)+Q/RTm where C is a constant, sigma the applied stress, t time of test, n the stress exponent, Q the activation energy, R the gas constant, and T is the absolute temperature. The primary creep contraction was generally found to increase with increasing copper content, but in a non-linear fashion. The secondary creep rates of alloy No. 2 were slightly lower than those of ACuZinc5 and ACuZinc10. Based on the above equation, continuous design stresses were calculated under different testing conditions which showed that both ACuZinc alloys were inferior in creep strength to alloy No.2 due to its lower secondary creep rates. The results and microstructure of alloys also showed that in all three alloys, the creep-controlling mechanism is the dislocation climb over second-phase (Epsilon) particles. (author)

  6. Development of an Electromagnetic Wave Shielding Textile by Electroless Ni-Based Alloy Plating

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    Sonehara, Makoto; Noguchi, Shin; Kurashina, Tadashi; Sato, Toshiro; YAMASAWA, Kiyohito; Miura, Yoshimasa

    2009-01-01

    A polyester nonwoven textile with Ni-based alloy coating was fabricated, and the effect of electromagnetic wave shielding was evaluated. The Ni-based was coated by electroless plating on the textile. The electromagnetic wave shielding effect of the textile with Ni-B coating was about 99.98% over the induction range of 6-13 GHz. Because the textile has thin, light, flexible, and breathable characteristics, it will be versatile for the various electromagnetic wave shielding applications.

  7. Plutonium and americium in sediments of Lithuanian lakes

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    The assessment of contribution of the global and the Chernobyl NPP (Nuclear Power Plant) accident plutonium and americium to plutonium pollution in sediments of Lithuanian lakes is presented. Theoretical evaluation of activity ratios of 238Pu/239+240Pu and 241Pu/239+240Pu in the reactor of unit 4 of the Chernobyl NPP before the accident was performed by means of the ORIGEN-ARP code from the SCALE 4.4A program package. Non-uniform distribution of radionuclides in depositions on the Lithuanian territory after nuclear weapon tests and the Chernobyl NPP accident is experimentally observed by measuring the lake sediment pollution with actinides. The activity concentration of sediments polluted with plutonium ranges from 2.0 ± 0.5 Bq/kg d.w. (dry weight) in Lake Asavelis to 14 ± 2 Bq/kg d.w. in Lake Juodis. The ratio of activity concentrations of plutonium isotopes 238Pu/239+240Pu measured by α-spectrometry in the 10-cm-thick upper layer of bottom sediment varies from 0.03 in Lake Juodis to 0.3 in Lake Zuvintas. The analysis of the ratio values shows that the deposition of the Chernobyl origin plutonium is prevailing in southern and south-western regions of Lithuania. Plutonium of nuclear weapon tests origin in sediments of lakes is observed on the whole territory of Lithuania, and it is especially distinct in central Lithuania. The americium activity due to 241Pu decay after the Chernobyl NPP accident and global depositions in bottom sediments of Lithuanian lakes has been evaluated to be from 0.9 to 5.7 Bq/kg. (author)

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

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

    2016-01-01

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

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

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

    2016-08-01

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

  10. Thermodynamic prediction of thixoformability in alloys based on the Al-Si-Cu and Al-Si-Cu-Mg systems

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    Liu, D. [Department of Engineering, University of Leicester, University Road, Leicester LE1 7RH (United Kingdom); Atkinson, H.V. [Department of Engineering, University of Leicester, University Road, Leicester LE1 7RH (United Kingdom); Jones, H. [Department of Engineering Materials, University of Sheffield, Sir Robert Hadfield Building, Mappin Street, Sheffield S1 3JD (United Kingdom)

    2005-08-15

    Most commercial semi-solid processing (of which thixoforming is one type) utilises the conventional casting alloys A356 and A357. There is, however, a demand to widen the range of alloys, including those with higher performance which tend to show poor characteristics for thixoforming. Thermodynamic calculation packages, such as MTDATA, provide a tool for predicting thixoformability. Here, the effects of compositional variations, in particular the effect of added copper on the thixoformability of alloy A356 and the effect of added silicon on the thixoformability of alloy 2014, have been investigated using MTDATA thermodynamic and phase equilibrium software combined with the MTAL database. Criteria for thixoformability are identified and a range of alloy compositions based on Al-Si-Cu and Al-Si-Cu-Mg evaluated in relation to these criteria. Compositions which satisfy these criteria include: 308 (Al-5.5Si-4.5Cu); 319 (Al-6Si-3.5Cu); 238 (Al-10Cu-4Si-0.3Mg); 355 (Al-5Si-1.3Cu-0.5Mg); 2014 based alloys Al-4.4Cu-0.5Mg-(4-6)Si; and a range of alloys (7.5 Si + Cu 9 and 1.5 Si/Cu 2.33) and alloys (9 < Si + Cu 10 and Si/Cu = 1.5) based on the Al-Si-Cu-Mg system.

  11. The kinetics of phase transformations of undercooled austenite of the Mn-Ni iron based model alloy

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    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: Present work corresponds to the research on the kinetics of phase transformations of undercooled austenite of Mn-Ni iron based model alloy. The kinetics of phase transformations of undercooled austenite of investigated alloy was presented on CCT diagram (continuous cooling transformation. Also the methodology of a dilatometric samples preparation and the method of the critical points determination were described.Design/methodology/approach: The austenitising temperature was defined in a standard way i.e. 30-50°C higher than Ac3 temperature for model alloy. A technique of full annealing was proposed for the model alloy. The CCT diagrams were made on the basis of dilatograms recorded for samples cooled at various rates. The microstructure of each dilatometric sample was photographed after its cooling to the room temperature and the hardness of the samples was measured.Findings: The test material was a Mn-Ni hypoeutectoid iron based alloy. The microstructure of test Mn-Ni alloy on CCT diagram changes depending on the cooling rate. At the cooling rates of 10°C/s and 5°C/s there is ferrite in Widmannstätten structure present in the structure of tested alloy.Research limitations/implications: The new Mn-Ni iron based model alloy and a new CCT diagram.Practical implications: The paper contains a description of one from a group of iron based model alloys with 0.35-0.40% carbon content. According to PN-EN 10027 standard this steel should have a symbol 38MnNi6-4.Originality/value: The new Mn-Ni iron based model alloy.

  12. Kinetic parameters of transformation of americium and plutonium physicochemical forms in podsol soils

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    Kinetic parameters of transformation of americium and plutonium physicochemical forms have been estimated and the prognosis of fixing and remobilization of these nuclides in podsol soils have been made on that basis in the work. (authors)

  13. Calibration procedures for in vivo sodium iodide spectrometry of plutonium and americium in the human lung

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    This paper describes the calibration techniques and associated error analysis for the in vivo measurement by NaI spectrometry of heavy elements in the lung, specifically plutonium and americium. A very brief description of the instrumentation system is included

  14. Relativistic density functional theory modeling of plutonium and americium higher oxide molecules

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    Zaitsevskii, Andréi; Mosyagin, Nikolai S.; Titov, Anatoly V.; Kiselev, Yuri M.

    2013-07-01

    The results of electronic structure modeling of plutonium and americium higher oxide molecules (actinide oxidation states VI through VIII) by two-component relativistic density functional theory are presented. Ground-state equilibrium molecular structures, main features of charge distributions, and energetics of AnO3, AnO4, An2On (An=Pu, Am), and PuAmOn, n = 6-8, are determined. In all cases, molecular geometries of americium and mixed plutonium-americium oxides are similar to those of the corresponding plutonium compounds, though chemical bonding in americium oxides is markedly weaker. Relatively high stability of the mixed heptoxide PuAmO7 is noticed; the Pu(VIII) and especially Am(VIII) oxides are expected to be unstable.

  15. The resistance to embrittlement by a hydrogen environment of selected high strength iron-manganese base alloys

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    Benson, R. B., Jr.; Kim, D. K.; Atteridge, D.; Gerberich, W. W.

    1974-01-01

    Fe-16Mn and Fe-25Mn base alloys, which had been cold worked to yield strength levels of 201 and 178 KSI, were resistant to degradation of mechanical properties in a one atmosphere hydrogen environment at ambient temperature under the loading conditions employed in this investigation. Transmission electron microscopy established that bands of epsilon phase martensite and fcc mechanical twins were formed throughout the fcc matrix when these alloys were cold worked. In the cold worked alloys a high density of crystal defects were observed associated with both types of strain induced structures, which should contribute significantly to the strengthening of these alloys. High strength iron base alloys can be produced which appear to have some resistance to degradation of mechanical properties in a hydrogen environment under certain conditions.

  16. Chromium activity measurements in nickel based alloys for very high temperature reactors: Inconel 617, haynes 230 and model alloys - HTR2008-58147

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    The alloys Haynes 230 and Inconel 617 are potential candidates for the intermediate heat exchangers (IHX) of (V)-HTR reactors. The behaviour under corrosion of these alloys by the (V)-HTR coolant (impure helium) is an important selection criterion because it defines the service life of these components. At high temperature, the Haynes 230 is likely to develop a chromium oxide on the surface. This layer protects from the exchanges with the surrounding medium and thus confers certain passivity on metal. At very high temperature, the initial microstructure made up of austenitic grains and coarse intra and intergranular M6C carbide grains rich in W will evolve. The M6C carbides remain and some M23C6 richer in Cr appear. Then, carbon can reduce the protective oxide layer Then, the alloy loses its protective coating and can corrode quickly. Experimental investigations were performed on these nickel based alloys under an impure helium flow [1]. To predict the surface reactivity of chromium under impure helium, it is necessary to determine its chemical activity in a temperature range close to the operating conditions of the heat exchangers (T∼1273 K). For that, high temperature mass spectrometry measurements coupled to multiple effusion Knudsen cells are carried out on several samples: Haynes 230, Inconel 617 and model alloys 1178, 1181, 1201. This coupling makes it possible thermodynamic equilibrium to be obtained between the vapour phase and the condensed phase of the sample. The measurement of the chromium ionic intensity (/) of the molecular beam resulting from a cell containing an alloy provides the values of partial pressure according to the temperature. This value is compared to that of the pure substance (Cr) at the same temperature. These calculations provide thermodynamic data characteristic of the chromium behaviour in these alloys. These activity results call into question those previously measured by Hilpert [2], largely used in the literature. (authors)

  17. Qualification of new filler metal made of high chromium content nickel base alloy

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    A study has been carried out by EDF and FRAMATOME in the context of the French Association for design and manufacturing rules of nuclear power boiler's equipment, to research then qualify filler metals dedicated to the welding of the new nickel base including 30 % chromium alloy components of PWR. The aim is to assess their weldability and their stress corrosion behaviour in the conditions prevailing in the primary cooling system of PWR and to compare with products generally used. Moreover, numerous qualification tests have been carried out to verify that such metals meet the criteria accepted in the RCC-M code. Results allowed to qualify some filler metals made of nickel base alloy of qualify equivalent to the one of NC30Fe including 30 % chromium base metals. These metals are at present time used in manufacturing. (authors). 5 figs

  18. Sorption of americium(III) and europium(III) from nitric acid solutions by a novel diglycolamide-grafted silica-based resins. Pt. 2. Sorption isotherms, column and radiolytic stability studies

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    Two novel diglycolamide-grafted silica-based resins (DGSRs) were used for the sorption of trivalent actinides and lanthanides from 3 M nitric acid solutions. The sorption of Am(III) onto the resin containing one diglycolamide (DGA) moiety (DGSR-I) was less efficient than the resin containing two DGA moieties (DGSR-II) with Lagergren first order rate constants of (1.20 ± 0.03) x 10-3s-1 and (2.01 ± 0.05) x 10-3s-1, respectively. The maximum sorption of Eu(III) (used as a representative of the trivalent lanthanide/actinide ions in radioactive wastes) was 10.4 ± 1.1 mg g-1 and 13.9 ± 1.3 mg g-1 by the DGSR-I and DGSR-II, respectively. The sorption of Eu(III) on the grafted silica resins followed the Langmuir monolayer sorption phenomenon with sorption energies of 16.5 ± 2.05 and 17.8 ± 1.6 kJ mol-1 for DGSR-I and DGSR-II, respectively. Column experiments revealed that the breakthrough capacity of Eu(III) on the DGSR-II column was higher than that on the DGSR-I column. Efficient elution could be achieved with a 0.01 M EDTA solution. The radiolytic stability of the resins was ascertained by exposing the resins to a gamma ray dose up to 1030 kGy resulting in a decrease of the Kd values with about 50%; at doses d values remained unaffected.

  19. Sorption of americium(III) and europium(III) from nitric acid solutions by a novel diglycolamide-grafted silica-based resins. Pt. 2. Sorption isotherms, column and radiolytic stability studies

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    Ansari, Seraj A.; Mohapatra, Prasanta K. [Bahabha Atomic Research Centre, Trombay, Mumbai (India). Radiochemistry Div.; Iqbal, Mudassir; Huskens, Jurriaan; Verboom, Willem [Twente Univ. (Netherlands). Lab. of Molecular Nanofabrication

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    Two novel diglycolamide-grafted silica-based resins (DGSRs) were used for the sorption of trivalent actinides and lanthanides from 3 M nitric acid solutions. The sorption of Am(III) onto the resin containing one diglycolamide (DGA) moiety (DGSR-I) was less efficient than the resin containing two DGA moieties (DGSR-II) with Lagergren first order rate constants of (1.20 ± 0.03) x 10{sup -3}s{sup -1} and (2.01 ± 0.05) x 10{sup -3}s{sup -1}, respectively. The maximum sorption of Eu(III) (used as a representative of the trivalent lanthanide/actinide ions in radioactive wastes) was 10.4 ± 1.1 mg g{sup -1} and 13.9 ± 1.3 mg g{sup -1} by the DGSR-I and DGSR-II, respectively. The sorption of Eu(III) on the grafted silica resins followed the Langmuir monolayer sorption phenomenon with sorption energies of 16.5 ± 2.05 and 17.8 ± 1.6 kJ mol{sup -1} for DGSR-I and DGSR-II, respectively. Column experiments revealed that the breakthrough capacity of Eu(III) on the DGSR-II column was higher than that on the DGSR-I column. Efficient elution could be achieved with a 0.01 M EDTA solution. The radiolytic stability of the resins was ascertained by exposing the resins to a gamma ray dose up to 1030 kGy resulting in a decrease of the K{sub d} values with about 50%; at doses <500 kGy the K{sub d} values remained unaffected.

  20. Microstructural characterization of a new mechanically alloyed Ni-base ODS superalloy powder

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    Seyyed Aghamiri, S.M. [Department of Materials Engineering, Tarbiat Modares University, Tehran 14115-143 (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Shahverdi, H.R., E-mail: Shahverdi@modares.ac.ir [Department of Materials Engineering, Tarbiat Modares University, Tehran 14115-143 (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Ukai, S.; Oono, N.; Taya, K.; Miura, S.; Hayashi, S. [Material Science and Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Hokkaido University, Sapporo 060-8626 (Japan); Okuda, T. [Kobelco Research Institute Ltd., Kobe 651-2271 (Japan)

    2015-02-15

    The microstructure of a new Ni-base oxide dispersion strengthened superalloy powder was studied for high temperature gas turbine applications after the mechanical alloying process. In this study, an atomized powder with a composition similar to the CMSX-10 superalloy was mechanically alloyed with yttria and Hf powders. The mechanically alloyed powder included only the supersaturated solid solution γ phase without γ′ and yttria provided by severe plastic deformation, while after the 3-step aging, the γ′ phase was precipitated due to the partitioning of Al and Ta to the γ′ and Co, Cr, Re, W, and Mo to the γ phase. Mechanical alloying modified the morphology of γ′ to the new coherent γ–γ′ nanoscale lamellar structure to minimize the elastic strain energy of the precipitation, which yielded a low lattice misfit of 0.16% at high temperature. The γ′ lamellae aligned preferentially along the elastically soft [100] direction. Also, the precipitated oxide particles were refined in the γ phase by adding Hf from large incoherent YAlO{sub 3} to fine semi-coherent Y{sub 2}Hf{sub 2}O{sub 7} oxide particles with the average size of 7 nm and low interparticle spacing of 76 nm. - Highlights: • A new Ni-base ODS superalloy powder was produced by mechanical alloying. • The nanoscale γ–γ′ lamellar structure was precipitated after the aging treatment. • Fine semi-coherent Y{sub 2}Hf{sub 2}O{sub 7} oxide particles were precipitated by addition of Hf.

  1. Sn-Sb-Se based binary and ternary alloys for phase change memory applications

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    Chung, Kyung-Min

    2008-10-28

    In this work, the effect of replacing Ge by Sn and Te by Se was studied for a systematic understanding and prediction of new potential candidates for phase change random access memories applications. The temperature dependence of the electrical/structural properties and crystallization kinetics of the Sn-Se based binary and Sn-Sb-Se based ternary alloys were determined and compared with those of the GeTe and Ge-Sb-Te system. The temperature dependence of electrical and structural properties were investigated by van der Pauw measurements, X-ray diffraction, X-ray reflectometry. By varying the heating rate, the Kissinger analysis has been used to determine the combined activation barrier for crystallization. To screen the kinetics of crystallization, a static laser tester was employed. In case of binary alloys of the type Sn{sub x}Se{sub 1-x}, the most interesting candidate is SnSe{sub 2} since it crystallizes into a single crystalline phase and has high electrical contrast and reasonably high activation energy for crystallization. In addition, the SnSe{sub 2}-Sb{sub 2}Se{sub 3} pseudobinary alloy system also might be sufficient for data retention due to their higher transition temperature and activation energy for crystallization in comparison to GeTe-Sb{sub 2}Te{sub 3} system. Furthermore, SnSe{sub 2}-Sb{sub 2}Se{sub 3} pseudobinary alloys have a higher crystalline resistivity. The desired rapid crystallization speed can be obtained for Sn{sub 1}Sb{sub 2}Se{sub 5} and Sn{sub 2}Sb{sub 2}Se{sub 7} alloys. (orig.)

  2. Tantalum-based multilayer coating on cobalt alloys in total hip and knee replacement

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    Cobalt–chromium–molybdenum (CoCrMo) alloys are widely used in total hip and knee joint replacement, due to high mechanical properties and resistance to wear and corrosion. They are able to form efficient artificial joints by means of coupling metal-on-polymer or metal-on-metal contacts. However, a high concentration of stress and direct friction between surfaces leads to the formation of polyethylene wear debris and the release of toxic metal ions into the human body, limiting, as a consequence, the lifetime of implants. The aim of this research is a surface modification of CoCrMo alloys in order to improve their biocompatibility and to decrease the release of metal ions and polyethylene debris. Thermal treatment in molten salts was the process employed for the deposition of tantalum-enriched coating. Tantalum and its compounds are considered biocompatible materials with low ion release and high corrosion resistance. Three different CoCrMo alloys were processed as substrates. An adherent coating of about 1 μm of thickness, with a multilayer structure consisting of two tantalum carbides and metallic tantalum was deposited. The substrates and modified layers were characterized by means of structural, chemical and morphological analysis. Moreover nanoindentation, scratch and tribological tests were carried out in order to evaluate the mechanical behavior of the substrates and coating. The hardness of the coated samples increases more than double than the untreated alloys meanwhile the presence of the coating reduced the wear volume and rate of about one order of magnitude. - Highlights: ► Thermal treatment in molten salts deposits a Ta-based coating on Co-based alloys. ► Coating is composed by one or two tantalum carbides and/or metallic tantalum. ► The coating structure depends on thermal temperature and substrates carbon content. ► Coating is able to enhance biocompatibility, wear resistance and hardness.

  3. Novel bioactive Co-based alloy/FA nanocomposite for dental applications

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    Mohammadhossein Fathi

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Dental cobalt base alloys are biocompatible dental materials and have been widely used in dentistry. However, metals are bioinert and may not present bioactivity in human body. Bioactivity is the especial ability to interact with human body and make a bonding to soft and hard tissues. The aim of the present research was fabrication and bioactivity evaluation of novel cobalt alloy/Fluorapatite nanocomposite (CoA/FaNC with different amounts of Fluorapatite (FA nanopowder. Materials and Methods: Co-Cr-Mo alloy (ASTM F75 powder was prepared and mixed in a planetary ball mill with different amounts of FA nanopowders (10, 15, 20% wt. Prepared composite powders were cold pressed and sintered at 1100°C for 4 h. X-ray diffraction (XRD, scanning electron microscopy and transition electron microscopy techniques were used for phase analysis, crystallite size determination of FA and also for phase analysis and evaluation of particle distribution of composites. Bioactivity behavior of prepared nanocomposites was evaluated in simulated body fluid (SBF for 1 up to 28 days. Results: Results showed that nucleus of apatite were formed on the surface of the prepared CoA/FaNC during 1 up to 28 days immersion in the SBF solution. On the other hand, CoA/FaNC unlike Co-base alloy possessed bone-like apatite-formation ability. Conclusion: It was concluded that bioinert Co-Cr-Mo alloy could be successfully converted into bioactive nanocomposite by adding 10, 15, 20 wt% of FA nano particles.

  4. Stress corrosion cracking of nickel base alloys in PWR primary water

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    Stress corrosion cracking (SCC) of nickel base alloys and associated weld metals in primary water is one of the major concerns for pressurized water reactors (PWR). Since the 90's, highly cold-worked stainless steels (non-sensitized) were also found to be susceptible to SCC in PWR primary water ([1], [2], [3]). In the context of the life extension of pressurized water reactors, laboratory studies are performed in order to evaluate the SCC behaviour of components made of nickel base alloys and of stainless steels. Some examples of these laboratory studies performed at CEA will be given in the talk. This presentation deals with both initiation and propagation of stress corrosion cracks. The aims of these studies is, on one hand, to obtain more data regarding initiation time or crack growth rate and, one the other hand, to improve our knowledge of the SCC mechanisms. The aim of these approaches is to model SCC and to predict components life duration. Crack growth rate (CGR) tests on Alloy 82 with and without post weld heat treatment are performed in PWR primary water (Figure 1). The heat treatment seems to be highly beneficial by decreasing the CGR. This result could be explained by the effect of thermal treatment on the grain boundary nano-scopic precipitation in Alloy 82 [4]. The susceptibility to SCC of cold worked austenitic stainless steels is also studied. It is shown that for a given cold-working procedure, SCC susceptibility increases with increasing cold-work ([2], [5]). Despite the fact that the SCC behaviour of Alloy 600 has been widely studied for many years, recent laboratory experiments and analysis ([6], [7], [8]) showed that oxygen diffusion is not a rate-limiting step in the SCC mechanism and that chromium diffusion in the bulk close the crack tip could be a key parameter. (authors)

  5. Tantalum-based multilayer coating on cobalt alloys in total hip and knee replacement

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    Balagna, C., E-mail: cristina.balagna@polito.it [Institute of Materials Engineering and Physics, Applied Science and Technology Department, Politecnico di Torino, Corso Duca degli Abruzzi 24,10129 Torino (Italy); Faga, M.G. [Istituto di Scienza e Tecnologia dei Materiali Ceramici, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Strada delle Cacce 73, 10135 Torino (Italy); Spriano, S. [Institute of Materials Engineering and Physics, Applied Science and Technology Department, Politecnico di Torino, Corso Duca degli Abruzzi 24,10129 Torino (Italy)

    2012-05-01

    Cobalt-chromium-molybdenum (CoCrMo) alloys are widely used in total hip and knee joint replacement, due to high mechanical properties and resistance to wear and corrosion. They are able to form efficient artificial joints by means of coupling metal-on-polymer or metal-on-metal contacts. However, a high concentration of stress and direct friction between surfaces leads to the formation of polyethylene wear debris and the release of toxic metal ions into the human body, limiting, as a consequence, the lifetime of implants. The aim of this research is a surface modification of CoCrMo alloys in order to improve their biocompatibility and to decrease the release of metal ions and polyethylene debris. Thermal treatment in molten salts was the process employed for the deposition of tantalum-enriched coating. Tantalum and its compounds are considered biocompatible materials with low ion release and high corrosion resistance. Three different CoCrMo alloys were processed as substrates. An adherent coating of about 1 {mu}m of thickness, with a multilayer structure consisting of two tantalum carbides and metallic tantalum was deposited. The substrates and modified layers were characterized by means of structural, chemical and morphological analysis. Moreover nanoindentation, scratch and tribological tests were carried out in order to evaluate the mechanical behavior of the substrates and coating. The hardness of the coated samples increases more than double than the untreated alloys meanwhile the presence of the coating reduced the wear volume and rate of about one order of magnitude. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Thermal treatment in molten salts deposits a Ta-based coating on Co-based alloys. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Coating is composed by one or two tantalum carbides and/or metallic tantalum. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The coating structure depends on thermal temperature and substrates carbon content. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Coating is able to

  6. X-ray residual stress measurement on weld metal of nickel based alloy

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    Residual stress on the weld metal of nickel based alloy was evaluated through x-ray diffraction and metallurgical study of the microstructure. Weld metal specimens were prepared from Alloy182 (JIS DNiCrFe-3) and Alloy132 (JIS DNiCrFe-1J) deposited on a steel plate. X-ray diffraction results show a strong [100] preferred orientation nearly normal to the surface of the weld metal. Crystallographic consideration predicts that dominant 311 diffractions appear around 25.2 and 72.5 degrees of ψ angle. For each diffraction, the peak shift was measured at the ψ angle showing the maximum diffraction intensity, using the side-inclination method (ψ-goniometer method) with a Mn x-ray tube and a PSPC (position sensitive proportional counter). The residual stress was determined by the peak shifts according to the two tilt method. The x-ray stress constant, K, on Alloy182 was determined experimentally. The depth profile of the residual stress was measured on the ground specimens with and without laser peening. Tensile residual stress due to the grinding work is observed in the surface layer of the unpeened specimen; however it changes to compressive after laser peening. The overall behavior of the depth profile of laser peened material agrees well with that of Alloy600 base metal measured in the previous studies, where the compressive residual stress with several hundred MPa at the surface gradually decreases and reaches to around 0 MPa at the depth of about 1 mm. (author)

  7. Biocorrosion behavior and cell viability of adhesive polymer coated magnesium based alloys for medical implants

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    Highlights: ► The corrosion behavior of magnesium for orthopedic applications is extremely poor. ► The solvent (DCM, THF and DMF) had a strong effect on the coatings performance. ► Mg bar alloy coated with PVAc/DCM layers provided an excellent bonding strength. ► Treated samples indicated significant damping for the degradation rate. ► Cytocompatibility on MC3T3 cells of the PVAc/DCM samples revealed a good behavior. - Abstract: The present study was ultimately aimed to design novel adhesive biodegradable polymer, poly(vinyl acetate) (PVAc), coatings onto Mg based alloys by the dip-coating technique in order to control the degradation rate and enhance the biocompatibility of magnesium alloys. The influence of various solvents on PVAc surface topography and their protection of Mg alloys were dramatically studied in vitro. Electrochemical polarization, degradation, and PVAc film cytocompatibility were also tested. Our results showed that the solvent had a significant effect on coating quality. PVAc/dichloromethane solution showed a porous structure and solution concentration could control the porous size. The coatings prepared using tetrahydrofuran and dimethylformamide solvents are exceptional in their ability to generate porous morphology even at low polymer concentration. In general, the corrosion performance appears to be different on different PVAc–solvent system. Immersion tests illustrated that the porous morphology on PVAc stabilized corrosion rates. A uniform corrosion attack in artificial simulation body fluid was also exhibited. The cytocompatibility of osteoblast cells (MC3T3) revealed high adherence, proliferation, and survival on the porous structure of PVAc coated Mg alloy, which was not observed for the uncoated samples. This novel PVAc coating is a promising candidate for biodegradable implant materials, which might widen the use of Mg based implants.

  8. Biocorrosion behavior and cell viability of adhesive polymer coated magnesium based alloys for medical implants

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    Abdal-hay, Abdalla [Departmentt of Bionano System Engineering, College of Engineering, Chonbuk National University, Jeonju 561-756 (Korea, Republic of); Department of Mechanical Design Engineering, Advanced wind power system research institute, Chonbuk National University, Jeonju 561-756 (Korea, Republic of); Dewidar, Montasser [Department of Materials and Mechanical Design, Faculty of Energy Engineering, South Valley University, Aswan (Egypt); Lim, Jae Kyoo, E-mail: jklim@jbnu.ac.kr [Department of Mechanical Design Engineering, Advanced wind power system research institute, Chonbuk National University, Jeonju 561-756 (Korea, Republic of)

    2012-11-15

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The corrosion behavior of magnesium for orthopedic applications is extremely poor. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The solvent (DCM, THF and DMF) had a strong effect on the coatings performance. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Mg bar alloy coated with PVAc/DCM layers provided an excellent bonding strength. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Treated samples indicated significant damping for the degradation rate. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Cytocompatibility on MC3T3 cells of the PVAc/DCM samples revealed a good behavior. - Abstract: The present study was ultimately aimed to design novel adhesive biodegradable polymer, poly(vinyl acetate) (PVAc), coatings onto Mg based alloys by the dip-coating technique in order to control the degradation rate and enhance the biocompatibility of magnesium alloys. The influence of various solvents on PVAc surface topography and their protection of Mg alloys were dramatically studied in vitro. Electrochemical polarization, degradation, and PVAc film cytocompatibility were also tested. Our results showed that the solvent had a significant effect on coating quality. PVAc/dichloromethane solution showed a porous structure and solution concentration could control the porous size. The coatings prepared using tetrahydrofuran and dimethylformamide solvents are exceptional in their ability to generate porous morphology even at low polymer concentration. In general, the corrosion performance appears to be different on different PVAc-solvent system. Immersion tests illustrated that the porous morphology on PVAc stabilized corrosion rates. A uniform corrosion attack in artificial simulation body fluid was also exhibited. The cytocompatibility of osteoblast cells (MC3T3) revealed high adherence, proliferation, and survival on the porous structure of PVAc coated Mg alloy, which was not observed for the uncoated samples. This novel PVAc coating is a promising candidate for biodegradable implant materials, which might

  9. Thermodynamic Considerations of Contamination by Alloying Elements of Remelted End-of-Life Nickel- and Cobalt-Based Superalloys

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    Lu, Xin; Matsubae, Kazuyo; Nakajima, Kenichi; Nakamura, Shinichiro; Nagasaka, Tetsuya

    2016-06-01

    Cobalt and nickel are high-value commodity metals and are mostly used in the form of highly alloyed materials. The alloying elements used may cause contamination problems during recycling. To ensure maximum resource efficiency, an understanding of the removability of these alloying elements and the controllability of some of the primary alloying elements is essential with respect to the recycling of end-of-life (EoL) nickel- and cobalt-based superalloys by remelting. In this study, the distribution behaviors of approximately 30 elements that are usually present in EoL nickel- and cobalt-based superalloys in the solvent metal (nickel, cobalt, or nickel-cobalt alloy), oxide slag, and gas phases during the remelting were quantitatively evaluated using a thermodynamic approach. The results showed that most of the alloying elements can be removed either in the slag phase or into the gas phase. However, the removal of copper, tin, arsenic, and antimony by remelting is difficult, and they remain as tramp elements during the recycling. On the other hand, the distribution tendencies of iron, molybdenum, and tungsten can be controlled by changing the remelting conditions. To increase the resource efficiency of recycling, preventing contamination by the tramp elements and identifying the alloying compositions of EoL superalloys are significantly essential, which will require the development of efficient prior alloy-sorting systems and advanced separation technologies.

  10. Chemical extraction of refractory inclusions from iron- and nickel-base alloys

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    Most iron- and nickel-base alloys contain certain refractory inclusions, which affect the physical properties of the alloy. Carbides are the predominant inclusion, but oxides, nitrides, sulfides, borides, and phosphides may also be present. A chemical extraction has been developed which effectively separates these inclusions from the matrix without the application of an external potential. The refractory inclusions are quantitatively extracted by chemical dissolution of the matrix at 250C with a solution 0.9 M in copper(II) potassium chloride and hydrochloric acid. The reagent also contains 0.1 M tartaric acid to avoid contamination of the insoluble inclusion with matrix hydrolysis products. The chemical extractant is identified as the Berzelius reagent. The solvent is a general reagent for the isolation of most refractory phases: carbides, nitrides, phosphides, sulfides, oxides, and certain intermetallic compounds. The reagent dissolves alloys which are predominantly aluminum, cobalt, copper, iron, nickel, or zinc. The separation requires up to 24 hours to dissolve the alloys' matrix

  11. Growth Stresses in Thermally Grown Oxides on Nickel-Based Single-Crystal Alloys

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    Rettberg, Luke H.; Laux, Britta; He, Ming Y.; Hovis, David; Heuer, Arthur H.; Pollock, Tresa M.

    2016-03-01

    Growth stresses that develop in α-Al2O3 scale that form during isothermal oxidation of three Ni-based single crystal alloys have been studied to elucidate their role in coating and substrate degradation at elevated temperatures. Piezospectroscopy measurements at room temperature indicate large room temperature compressive stresses in the oxides formed at 1255 K or 1366 K (982 °C or 1093 °C) on the alloys, ranging from a high of 4.8 GPa for René N4 at 1366 K (1093 °C) to a low of 3.8 GPa for René N5 at 1255 K (982 °C). Finite element modeling of each of these systems to account for differences in coefficients of thermal expansion of the oxide and substrate indicates growth strains in the range from 0.21 to 0.44 pct at the oxidation temperature, which is an order of magnitude higher than the growth strains measured in the oxides on intermetallic coatings that are typically applied to these superalloys. The magnitudes of the growth strains do not scale with the parabolic oxidation rate constants measured for the alloys. Significant spatial inhomogeneities in the growth stresses were observed, due to (i) the presence of dendritic segregation and (ii) large carbides in the material that locally disrupts the structure of the oxide scale. The implications of these observations for failure during cyclic oxidation, fatigue cycling, and alloy design are considered.

  12. Airfoil-based piezoelectric energy harvesting by exploiting the pseudoelastic hysteresis of shape memory alloy springs

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    de Sousa, Vagner Candido; De Marqui Junior, Carlos

    2015-12-01

    The modeling and analysis of an electromechanically coupled typical aeroelastic section with shape memory alloy springs for wind energy harvesting is addressed in this paper. An airfoil with two-degrees-of-freedom, namely pitch and plunge, is considered and piezoelectric coupling is added to the plunge degree-of-freedom. A load resistance is assumed in the electrical domain of the problem in order to estimate the electrical power output. Shape memory alloy coil springs are modeled in the pitch degree-of-freedom of the typical section. A nickel-titanium alloy that exhibits pseudoelasticity at room temperature is assumed. The constitutive model for the shape memory alloy is based on classical phenomenological models. The unsteady aerodynamic loads are obtained by Jones’ approximation to Wagner’s indicial function. The resulting nonlinear electroaeroelastic model is cast into a state-space representation and solved with a Runge-Kutta method. The effects of preload values of the shape memory springs and resistive power generation on the aeroelastic behavior of the wind energy harvester are investigated at the flutter boundary and in a post-flutter regime. The nonlinear kinetics of the austenite-to-martensite phase transformation changes the typical linear flutter behavior to stable limit-cycle oscillations over a range of airflow speeds. Such nonlinear aeroelastic behavior introduced by the hysteretic behavior of the SMA springs provides an important source of persistent electrical power.

  13. Stress corrosion cracking of Ni-base and Ti alloys under controlled potential

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    Susceptibility to stress corrosion cracking (SCC) of alloy C-22 and Ti Gr-12, two candidate alloys for the inner-container of the multi-barrier nuclear waste package, was evaluated by using the slow-strain-rate (SSR) test technique in a deaerated acidic brine (pH ∼ 2.70) at 90 C. The strain rate used was 3.3 x 10-6 sec-1. Prior to being tested in the acidic brine, specimens of each alloy were pulled inside the test chamber in the dry condition at room temperature (RT). Then specimens were exposed to the test solution while being strained under different controlled electrochemical potentials. The magnitude of the controlled potential was selected based on the corrosion potential measured in the test solution prior to straining of the specimen. Results indicate that, for Ti Gr-12, the times to failure were significantly shorter compared to those for alloy C-22. Furthermore, Ti Gr-12 showed reduced ductility in terms of percent reduction in area and true fracture stress, as the controlled potential became more cathodic. Results also indicate that the time-to-failure and percent elongation reached the minimum values when Ti Gr-12 was tested under impressed potential of -1162 mV. Finally, metallographic examination was performed to evaluate the primary fracture, and the secondary cracking, if any, along the gage section of the broken tensile specimen

  14. Stress corrosion cracking mechanisms of Fe-based alloys in hydrogenated hot water

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    It is generally accepted that carbon steel resists Stress Corrosion Cracking (SCC) in hot water provided the oxygen content is low enough; however, isolated cracking events have occurred, apparently in fully reducing conditions, and these may or may not be true SCC. There are also occasional reports of SCC of austenitic stainless steel in reducing conditions where cold work may play a critical role. SCC though originally seen in sensitized material at oxidizing potentials persists to low potentials and in cold-worked but unsensitized material. We suspect from the literature that alloying with Ni introduces a susceptibility to SCC in reducing hot water as well as in caustic solution. Our hypothesis is that Ni causes SCC, and Cr retards it; so stainless steel has just enough Cr to protect against SCC under most conditions. We are examining this using model Fe-based materials and environments designed to separate the effects of different parameters. Early results suggest that Fe-Ni alloys and austenitic SS both undergo de-alloying and SCC in reducing caustic solutions. It is hypothesised that if these alloys are indeed susceptible to dealloying (and hence to SCC) in this environment then we can reasonably project that their behaviour in reducing, hot pure water may be similar. This is pertinent to understanding recent failures in high temperature, high pressure aqueous systems. As a first step we have investigated the surface reactions that occur in caustic solutions and in hot water. (author)

  15. Creep Rupture Properties for Base and Weld Metals of Alloy 617

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    The allowable deformation in the welds is also restricted to half the deformation permitted for the base metal, since the ductility of the welds at elevated temperatures is generally low. For a design use, the data of the tensile and creep properties for Alloy 617 WM should be sufficiently provided, and in particular, to develop a design code of Alloy 617 WM. However, the data for the WM are very rare and limited until now, although the data for the BM are available in the ASME draft code case, which was suspended at the end of the 1980s owing to a lack of support and interes. In this report, the creep data for Alloy 617 WM, which was fabricated by a gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW) procedure, were obtained by a series of creep tests at 800 .deg. C, and the creep properties of the WM were compared with those of the BM. The high-temperature creep properties for Alloy 617 WM, fabricated by a gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW) procedure, were investigated by a series of creep tests with different stress levels at 800 .deg. C, and the creep test data for the WM were compared with those of the BM. From the results, it was found that the WM had a slightly longer creep rupture life and lower creep rate than the BM, and a particularly lower rupture elongation. The lower creep rate in the WM was due to the lower rupture elongation than the BM

  16. De Haas-van Alphen effect study of electronic structures of niobium-based molybdenum alloys

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    The electronic structures of dilute niobium-based molybdenum alloys have been studied by using the de Haas-van Alphen effect. The rate of increase of the Dingle temperature (ΔTsub(D)* on alloying is found to be fairly small compared with that of noble-metal alloys and to be anisotropic over the Fermi surfaces, that is, 3 K (at% Mo)-1 for ν oscillations arising from the ellipsoids, and 7 K (at% Mo)-1 for α and eta oscillations arising from the jungle gym. The change in frequency of the ν3456 oscillation is about 2/3 that predicted by the rigid band model. Applying the partial-wave analysis to these experimental facts, the following results are obtained. (i) T/e d wave phase shift dominates over s, p and f wave phase shifts in this alloy system and the anisotropy in ΔTsub(D)* results from the anisotropy in the amount of d component of the wavefunction over the Fermi surfaces. (ii) The non-rigid band-like behaviour of the ν3456 oscillation arises from the same origin as ΔTsub(D)*. (iii) The significantly small ΔTsub(D)* found in the present experiment is related to a small electron group velocity on the Fermi surfaces in niobium. (author)

  17. Effects in Mg-Zn-based alloys strengthened by quasicrystalline phase

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    Vlček, M.; Čížek, J.; Lukáč, F.; Melikhova, O.; Hruška, P.; Procházka, I.; Vlach, M.; Stulíková, I.; Smola, B.; Jäger, A.

    2016-01-01

    Magnesium Mg-based alloys are promising lightweight structural materials for automotive, aerospace and biomedical applications. Recently Mg-Zn-Y system attracted a great attention due to a stable icosahedral phase (I-phase) with quasicrystalline structure which is formed in these alloys. Positron lifetime spectroscopy and in situ synchrotron X-ray diffraction were used to study thermal stability of I-phase and precipitation effects in Mg-Zn-Y and Mg- Zn-Al alloys. All alloys containing quasicrystalline I-phase exhibit misfit defects characterized by positron lifetime of ∼ 300 ps. These defects are associated with the interfaces between I- phase particles and Mg matrix. The quasicrystalline I-phase particles were found to be stable up to temperatures as high as ∼ 370°C. The W-phase is more stable and melts at ∼ 420°C. Concentration of defects associated with I-phase decreases after annealing at temperatures above ∼ 300°C.

  18. A refined energy-based model for friction stir processing of AlZn-Mg alloy

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    Full Text Available Friction stir processing (FSP is a promising solid state surface modification technique. Also, considered as an innovative technique that the FSPwas employed to modify the surface layer of aluminium alloy. The FSP passes of only two passes were applied on aluminium alloy samples. A rotating tool with a pin and shoulder is inserted into a single piece of material and results in significant microstructural changes in the processed zone, due to intense plastic deformation. It has been proved to be an effective way to refine the microstructure of aluminium alloys, and thereby improve the mechanical properties. In procedural phenomenon there are different parameters adjustment have been worked out to refine microstructure and several properties characterised to TEM, SEM, FESEM and mechanical properties. In this study, a refined energy based model that estimates the energy generated due to friction and plastic deformation is presented with the help ofexperimental and theoretical results available in many literatures. The model is applied to 7xxx series of aluminium alloys.

  19. High Temperature Heat Capacity of Alloy D9 Using Drop Calorimetry Based Enthalpy Increment Measurements

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    Banerjee, Aritra; Raju, S.; Divakar, R.; Mohandas, E.

    2007-02-01

    Alloy D9 is a void-swelling resistant nuclear grade austenitic stainless steel (SS) based on AISI type 316-SS in which titanium constitutes an added predetermined alloying composition. In the present study, the high-temperature enthalpy values of alloy D9 with three different titanium-to-carbon mass percent ratios, namely Ti/C = 4, 6, and 8, have been measured using inverse drop calorimetry in the temperature range from 295 to 1323 K. It is found that within the level of experimental uncertainty, the enthalpy values are independent of the Ti-C mass ratio. The temperature dependence of the isobaric specific heat C P is obtained by a linear regression of the measured enthalpy data. The measured C P data for alloy D9 may be represented by the following best-fit expression: C_P(J \\cdot kg^{-1}\\cdot K^{-1})= 431 + 17.7 × 10^{-2}T + 8.72 × 10^{-5}/T^2. It is found that the measured enthalpy and specific heat values exhibit good agreement with reported data on 316 and other related austenitic stainless steels.

  20. Corrosion and Sliding Properties of the Nickel-Based Alloys for the Valve Seats Application

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    This paper describes the experiments of the corrosion and the sliding tests of the nickel-based alloys for the gate valve seating materials used at high pressure and temperature. The general corrosion rates and IGC susceptibility are tested in pressurized water at 533 K and 575 k and in Strauss test solution. The sliding tests have been done in pressurized water at 293 k, 473 K and 573 k. The alloys containing above 10% chromium may have the anti-corrosion properties that could be applied to the valve seats for the power plants. The good sliding performance and the good pressure tightness are obtained when the disc specimens that have hardness 500 to 600 Hv combined with the seat specimens that have hardness 250 to 410 Hv containing about 40 percent of iron. The large size gate valves sliding tests have certified the test results. The anti-wear properties of the seat alloy and the anti-IGC susceptibility of the disc alloy could be improved by the addition of silicon and niobium, respectively

  1. High temperature oxidation and electrochemical investigations on nickel-base alloys

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    This study examined high-temperature oxidation behavior of different Ni-base alloys. In addition, electrochemical characterization of the alloy's corrosion behavior was carried out, including comparison of the properties of native passive films grown at room temperature and high temperature oxide scales. PWA 1483 (single-crystalline Ni-base superalloy) and model alloys Ni-Cr-X (where X is either Co or Al) were oxidized at 800 and 900 C in air for different time periods. The superalloy showed the best oxidation behavior at both temperatures, which might be due to the fact that the oxidation growth function is subparabolic for the model alloys and parabolic for the superalloy at 800 C. At higher temperatures, changes in the kinetics are induced, as the oxides grow faster, thus only PWA 1483 growth follows the parabolic law. Different scales in a typical sandwich form were detected, with the inner layer comprised of mostly Cr2O3, the middle layer was mixture of different oxides and spinels, depending on the alloying elements, and the oxide at the interface oxygen/oxide was found to be NiO. The influence of sample preparation could also be shown, as rougher surfaces change the oxidation kinetics from parabolic and subparabolic for polished samples to linear. The influence of moisture on the oxidation behavior of the 2nd generation single crystal Ni-base superalloys (PWA 1484, PWA 1487, CMSX 4, Rene N5 and Rene N5+) was studied at 1000 C after 100 h oxidation period. It was found that the moisture increased the oxidation rate and mostly the transient oxides growth rate. The water vapor content in air also influenced the behavior of these alloys, as they showed a higher mass gain in air + 30% water vapor than in air + 10% water vapor. The alloys PWA 1484 and CMSX 4 showed respectively the worst and best behavior in all the studied atmospheres. The addition of reactive elements, such as Yttrium, Hafnium and Lanthanum is likely to enhance the oxidation behavior of PWA 1487

  2. Urinary levels of nickel and chromium associated with dental restoration by nickel-chromium based alloys

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    Bo Chen; Gang Xia; Xin-Ming Cao; Jue Wang; Bi-Yao Xu; Pu Huang; Yue Chen; Qing-Wu Jiang

    2013-01-01

    This paper aims to investigate if the dental restoration of nickel-chromium based alloy (Ni-Cr) leads to the enhanced excretions of Ni and Cr in urine. Seven hundred and ninety-five patients in a dental hospital had single or multiple Ni-Cr alloy restoration recently and 198 controls were recruited to collect information on dental restoration by questionnaire and clinical examination. Urinary concentrations of Ni and Cr from each subject were measure by graphite furnace atomic absorption spectrometry. Compared to the control group, the urinary level of Ni was significantly higher in the patient group of 〈 1 month of the restoration duration, among which higher Ni excretions were found in those with either a higher number of teeth replaced by dental alloys or a higher index of metal crown not covered with the porcelain. Urinary levels of Cr were significantly higher in the three patient groups of 〈1, 1 to 〈3 and 3 to 〈6 months, especially in those with a higher metal crown exposure index. Linear curve estimations showed better relationships between urinary Ni and Cr in patients within 6-month groups. Our data suggested significant increased excretions of urinary Ni and Cr after dental restoration. Potential short- and long-term effects of Ni-Cr alloy restoration need to be investigated.

  3. Various transformation modes observed in two-phase γ + α2 TiAl-based alloys

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    This paper deals with various transformation modes taking place in two-phase γ+α2 TiAl-based alloys. These transformation modes are: (1) decomposition of the α phase leading to the precipitation of the γ lamellae (α→α+γ), (2) ordering reaction of the α phase (α→α2), (3) massive transformation (α→γ), (4) formation of monolithic γ grains and (5) discontinuous coarsening. By analyzing their kinetics, three types of competitions were identified between these transformation modes: (1) vs. (2), (2) vs. (3) and (4) vs. (5). The occurrence of (2) or (3) and (4) or (5) in binary alloys is strongly dependent on the alloy composition. Therefore, by examining these two competitions in transformation modes, it is possible to evaluate the influence of small additions of ternary and quaternary elements on the response to heat treatments without a precise knowledge of the phase diagrammes of complex alloy systems. Another important finding of the present study is related to the formation of the γ phase from the α phase; this can occur through either lamellar precipitation (α → α2 → α2+γ, or α → α+γ → α2+γ) or massive reaction (α → γ). The mechanisms involved during these two transformations are investigated and some of the key issues are discussed in the present paper. (orig.)

  4. Corrosion of ferritic-martensitic steels and nickel-based alloys in supercritical water

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    Ren, Xiaowei

    The corrosion behavior of ferritic/martensitic (F/M) steels and Ni-based alloys in supercritical water (SCW) has been studied due to their potential applications in future nuclear reactor systems, fossil fuel power plants and waste treatment processes. 9˜12% chromium ferritic/martensitic steels exhibit good radiation resistance and stress corrosion cracking resistance. Ni-based alloys with an austenitic face-centered cubic (FCC) structure are designed to retain good mechanical strength and corrosion/oxidation resistance at elevated temperatures. Corrosion tests were carried out at three temperatures, 360°C, 500°C and 600°C, with two dissolved oxygen contents, 25 ppb and 2 ppm for up to 3000 hours. Alloys modified by grain refinement and reactive element addition were also investigated to determine their ability to improve the corrosion resistance in SCW. A duplex oxide structure was observed in the F/M steels after exposure to 25 ppb oxygen SCW, including an outer oxide layer with columnar magnetite grains and an inner oxide layer constituted of a mixture of spinel and ferrite phases in an equiaxed grain structure. An additional outermost hematite layer formed in the SCW-exposed samples when the oxygen content was increased to 2 ppm. Weight gain in the F/M steels increased with exposure temperatures and times, and followed parabolic growth kinetics in most of the samples. In Ni-based alloys after exposure to SCW, general corrosion and pitting corrosion were observed, and intergranular corrosion was found when exposed at 600°C due to formation of a local healing layer. The general oxide structure on the Ni-based alloys was characterized as NiO/Spinel/(CrxFe 1-x)2O3/(Fe,Ni). No change in oxidation mechanism was observed in crossing the critical point despite the large change in water properties. Corrosion resistance of the F/M steels was significantly improved by plasma-based yttrium surface treatment because of restrained outward diffusion of iron by the

  5. Distribution of uranium, americium and plutonium in the biomass of freshwater macrophytes

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    Zotina, T.A.; Kalacheva, G.S.; Bolsunovsky, A.YA. [Institute of Biophysics SB RAS, Akademgorodok, Krasnoyarsk (Russian Federation)

    2010-07-01

    Accumulation of uranium ({sup 238}U), americium ({sup 241}Am) and plutonium ({sup 242}Pu) and their distribution in cell compartments and biochemical components of the biomass of aquatic plants Elodea canadensis, Ceratophyllum demersum, Myrioplyllum spicatum and aquatic moss Fontinalis antipyretica have been investigated in laboratory batch experiments. Isotopes of uranium, americium and plutonium taken up from the water by Elodea canadensis apical shoots were mainly absorbed by cell walls, plasmalemma and organelles. A small portion of isotopes (about 6-13 %) could be dissolved in cytoplasm. The major portion (76-92 %) of americium was bound to cell wall cellulose-like polysaccharides of Elodea canadensis, Myriophyllum spicatum, Ceratophyllum demersum and Fontinalis antipyretica, 8-23 % of americium activity was registered in the fraction of proteins and carbohydrates, and just a small portion (< 1%) in lipid fraction. The distribution of plutonium in the biomass fraction of Elodea was similar to that of americium. Hence, americium and plutonium had the highest affinity to cellulose-like polysaccharides in Elodea biomass. Distribution of uranium in the biomass of Elodea differed essentially from that of transuranium elements: a considerable portion of uranium was recorded in the fraction of protein and carbohydrates (51 %). From our data we can assume that uranium has higher affinity to carbohydrates than proteins. (authors)

  6. Separation of curium and americium microquantities by chromatographic method with introduction of separating ions. 2. Effect of cadmium ion quantity and method of it introduction in the system on efficiency of curium and americium separation

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    Effect of fractionating cadmium ion and a method of it introduction in the system on efficiency of separation of curium and americium with the use of NTA solutions as an eluent is investigated. It is established that in contrast to mutual sorption of curium, americium and cadmium their selective sorption contributes more complete separation of curium and americium. It is shown that growth of quantity of introduced cadmium increased efficiency of separation. Elution rate not products effect on separation process

  7. Influence of the pulsed plasma treatment on the corrosion resistance of the low-alloy steel plated by Ni-based alloy

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    Dzhumaev, P.; Yakushin, V.; Kalin, B.; Polsky, V.; Yurlova, M.

    2016-04-01

    This paper presents investigation results of the influence of high temperature pulsed plasma flows (HTPPF) treatment on the corrosion resistance of low-alloy steel 0.2C-Cr-Mn- Ni-Mo cladded by the rapidly quenched nickel-based alloy. A technique that allows obtaining a defect-free clad layer with a good adhesion to the substrate was developed. It is shown that the preliminary treatment of steel samples by nitrogen plasma flows significantly increases their corrosion resistance in the conditions of intergranular corrosion test in a water solution of sulfuric acid. A change of the corrosion mechanism of the clad layer from intergranular to uniform corrosion was observed as a result of sub-microcrystalline structure formation and homogeneous distribution of alloying elements in the plasma treated surface layer thus leading to the significant increase of the corrosion resistance.

  8. Translating VDM to Alloy

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    Lausdahl, Kenneth

    2013-01-01

    specifications. However, to take advantage of the automated analysis of Alloy, the model-oriented VDM specifications must be translated into a constraint-based Alloy specifications. We describe how a sub- set of VDM can be translated into Alloy and how assertions can be expressed in VDM and checked by the Alloy...

  9. Metallurgical characterizations of Fe–Cr–Ni–Zr base alloys developed for geological disposal of radioactive hulls

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    Highlights: ► Immobilization of Zr-rich radioactive metallic wastes via alloy melting route. ► First detail report on metallurgical characterizations of Fe–Cr–Ni–Zr alloys. ► Identification of suitable base alloy composition. - Abstract: Alloy melting route is currently being considered for radioactive hulls immobilization. Towards this, wide range of alloys, belonging to Zirconium–Iron binary and Zirconium–Stainless steel pseudo-binary systems have been prepared through vacuum arc melting route. Detail microstructural characterization and quantitative phase analyses of these alloys along with interaction study between Zirconium and Stainless steel coupons at elevated temperatures identify Zr(Fe,Cr)2, Zr(Fe,Cr), Zr2(Fe,Cr), Zr3(Fe,Ni), Zr3(Fe,Cr), Zr3(Fe,Cr,Ni), β-Zr and α-Zr as the most commonly occurring phases within the system for Zirconium rich bulk compositions. Nano-indentation studies found Zr(Fe,Cr)2 and Zr(Fe,Cr) as extremely hard, Zr3(Fe,Ni) as moderately ductile and β-Zr, Zr2(Fe,Cr) as most ductile ones among the phases present. Steam oxidation studies of the alloys, based on weight gain/loss procedure and microstructural characterization of the mixed oxide layers, suggest that each of the alloys responded to the corrosive environment differently. Fe2O3, NiFe2O4, NiO, monoclinic ZrO2 and tetragonal ZrO2 are found to be most common constituents of the oxide layers developed on the alloys. Integrating the microstructural, mechanical and corrosion properties, ZrFeCrNi3 (Zr: 84.00, Fe: 11.20, Cr: 3.20, Ni: 1.60, in wt.%) is identified as the acceptable base alloy for disposal of radioactive hulls.

  10. Microstructural evolutions and mechanical behaviour of the nickel based alloys 617 and 230 at high temperature

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    High Temperature Reactors (HTR), is one of the innovative nuclear reactor designed to be inherently safer than previous generation and to produce minimal waste. The most critical metallic component in that type of reactor is the Intermediate Heat exchanger (IHX). The constraints imposed by the conception and the severe operational conditions (high temperature of 850 C to 950 C, lifetime of 20,000 h) have guided the IHX material selection toward two solid solution nickel base alloys, the Inconel 617 and the Haynes 230. Inconel 617 is the primary candidate alloy thanks to its good high temperature mechanical and corrosion properties and the large data base developed in previous programs. However, its high cobalt content has to be considered as an issue (nuclear activation). The more recent alloy Haynes 230, in which most of the cobalt has been replaced by tungsten, present characteristics similar to the 617 alloy. The objective of this thesis is to study the high temperature mechanical behaviour of both alloys in relation with their microstructural evolutions. The as received microstructural observations have revealed primary carbides (M6C). Most of this precipitates are evenly distributed in the materials. Few M23C6 secondary carbides are observed in both alloys in the as received state. Thermal ageing treatments at 850 C lead to an important M23C6 precipitation on slip lines and at grain boundaries. The size of this carbides increases and their number decreases with increasing ageing duration. The intragranular precipitation of secondary carbides at 950 C is more limited and the intergranular evolution more important than at 850 C. The microstructural observations and the hardness evolution of both alloys show that the main microstructural evolutions occur before 1,000 h at both studied temperatures. The mechanical properties of the Inconel 617 and the Haynes 230 have been studied using tensile, creep, fatigue and relaxation-fatigue tests. Particularly, the

  11. AB INITIO Modeling of Thermomechanical Properties of Mo-Based Alloys for Fossil Energy Conversion

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    Ching, Wai-Yim

    2013-12-31

    In this final scientific/technical report covering the period of 3.5 years started on July 1, 2011, we report the accomplishments on the study of thermo-mechanical properties of Mo-based intermetallic compounds under NETL support. These include computational method development, physical properties investigation of Mo-based compounds and alloys. The main focus is on the mechanical and thermo mechanical properties at high temperature since these are the most crucial properties for their potential applications. In particular, recent development of applying ab initio molecular dynamic (AIMD) simulations to the T1 (Mo{sub 5}Si{sub 3}) and T2 (Mo{sub 5}SiB{sub 2}) phases are highlighted for alloy design in further improving their properties.

  12. A set of microstructure-based constitutive equations in hot forming of a titanium alloy

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    Xiaoli Li; Miaoquan Li

    2006-01-01

    A physical model of microstructure evolution including dislocation density rate and grain growth rate was established based on the deformation mechanism for the hot forming of a class of two-phase titanium alloys. Further, a set of mechanism-based constitutive equations were proposed, in which the microstructure variables such as grain size and dislocation density were taken as internal state variables for characterizing the current material state. In the set of constitutive equations, the contributions of different mechanisms and individual phase to the deformation behavior were analyzed. The present equations have been applied to describe a correlation of the flow stress with the microstructure evolution of the TC6 alloy in hot forming.

  13. Grain refinement effects of Al based alloys with low titanium content produced by electrolysis

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    刘志勇; 王明星; 翁永刚; 宋天福; 谢敬佩; 霍裕平

    2002-01-01

    A series of Al based alloys with low titanium contents (mass fraction) from 0.178% to 0.526% were directly produced in ordinary industrial electrolyzer. The electrolyzing results show that producing Al based alloys with titanium contents of less than 0.30% without great loss of electrolysis efficiency is possible. The quantitative analysis shows that this method has a great refining effect on transiting the coarse columnar grains in pure Al to equiaxed grains. The grain sizes decrease with the increase of titanium content and tend to a low limit at about 130μm. During the solidification, the non-equilibrium distribution of titanium leads to a great growth-restricting effect and a constitutional under-cooling zone in front of the growing liquid /solid interface.

  14. Correlation between liquid structure and glass forming ability in glassy Ag-based binary alloys

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    2010-01-01

    The atomic structures of liquid Ag-based binary alloys have been investigated in the solidification process by means of X-ray diffraction. The results of liquid structure show that there is a break point in the mean nearest neighbor distance r1 and the coordination number Nmin for glass-forming liquid, while the correlation radius rc and the coordination number Nmin display a monotone variational trend above the break point. It means glass-forming liquids have a steady changing in structure above liquidus and more inhomogeneous state at liquidus. We conclude that there is a strong correlation between liquid structure and glass forming ability in Ag-based binary alloys.

  15. Hardness analysis and morphological characterization of copper-zinc alloys produced in pyrophosphate-based electrolytes

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    Lilian Ferreira de Senna

    2005-09-01

    Full Text Available In this work, copper-zinc alloy coatings on mild steel substrates were obtained in nontoxic pyrophosphate-based electrolytes, at room temperature and under continuous current. The effects of bath composition and current density on the hardness of the coatings, as well as on their morphologies, were evaluated. The results showed that the electrolyte composition, and the use of stress relieving additives strongly influence the hardness of the coatings, while the current density directly affect their morphology. Hence, for a current density of 116 A/m², copper-zinc alloy deposits with no pores or cracks were produced in a pyrophosphate-based electrolyte, especially when allyl alcohol was added to the solution.

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

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

    1995-01-01

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

  17. TENSILE STRENGTH AND CREEP RESISTANCE OF Mg-9Al-1ZnBASED ALLOYS WITH CALCIUM ADDITION

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    Y.S. Sun; W.M. Zhang; X.G. Min

    2001-01-01

    Small amount of calcium addition to the Mg-9Al-0. 8Zn-0.2Mn(AZ91) alloy resulted in the obvious influence on mechanical properties. The yield strength of the alloys increased with the increase of Ca addition and maximum strength was obtained from the alloy containing 0.15% of Ca. The creep resistance at the temperatures between 150-200°C was also significantly increased with Ca addition. The creep rate (at 200°C,50MPa) of the alloy with 0. 15% of Ca addition was one order of magnitude lower than that of the base alloy (AZ91). Microstructural observations revealed that the addition of calcium refined the microstructure and enhanced the thermal stability of the β precipitates, which accounted for the improvement of creep resistance at high temperatures.``

  18. Oxidation behavior of FeCr and FeCrY alloys coated with an aluminium based paint

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    Marina Fuser Pillis; Olandir Vercino Correa; Edval Gonçalves de Araújo; Lalgudi Venkataraman Ramanathan

    2008-01-01

    A variety of metallic components rely on properties that are specific to the alloy and its surface. Coatings have been extensively used to protect metallic surfaces from the aggressive effects of the environment to which it is exposed. In this investigation, the high temperature oxidation behavior of a FeCr and a FeCrY alloy coated with an aluminium based paint has been studied. The objective was to form the more resistant alumina surface layer on an aluminium free alloy. Aluminium based pain...

  19. The French safety authority's view on stress corrosion cracking of nickel-based alloy components

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    The sensitivity of some nickel-based alloys to stress corrosion cracking (SCC) has been known for several years: experiments conducted in 1959 at CEA (French atomic research centre) showed that SCC can appear in alloy 600 under primary water chemical conditions. In nuclear power plants (NPPs), stress corrosion induced cracks have been detected since 1971 in steam generator (SG) tubes. In France, they were first detected in 1980. This made it clear that SCC of alloy 600 was also possible out of laboratories and led to an important inservice inspection and maintenance programme, including the replacement of some SGs, and to many research studies. Though, till the late 1980's, SCC had only been detected on SG tubes. In France, the detection of SCC on pressurizer nozzles in 1989 and on reactor pressure vessel heads in 1991 demonstrated that all alloy 600 components could be concerned. Following the request of the French safety authority and under its control, the French utility EDF started a comprehensive review of all components of the main primary system (MPS) made with alloy 600. For each, the risk of SCC was evaluated and taken into account in the definition of in-service inspection programmes.This article aims at presenting the situation about fifteen years later. The paper has the following contents: The French regulatory approach; Review of alloy 600 components in French NPPs; The situation in 2005; Future issues. One concludes that the alloy 600 issues have been teaching many things to the French safety authority for fifteen years. First, material degradations exist and even good design and good manufacturing are not guarantees that nothing will happen during operation. The only way to detect those degradations is to have an adequate in-service inspection programme. This programme can rely on scientific analyses. But it must also include sample checks otherwise unknown phenomena have little chance to be detected before they lead to an incident. The hydraulic

  20. Multi-scale Modelling of bcc-Fe Based Alloys for Nuclear Applications

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    , advanced techniques to fit interatomic potentials consistent with thermodynamics are proposed and the results of their application to the mentioned alloys are presented. Next, the development of advanced methods, based on the use of artificial intelligence, to improve both the physical reliability and the computational efficiency of kinetic Monte Carlo codes for the study of point-defect clustering and phase changes beyond the scale of MD, is reported. These recent progresses bear the promise of being able, in the near future, of producing reliable tools for the description of the microstructure evolution of realistic model alloys under irradiation. (author)

  1. Stability and evolution of phases in Co-Re-base alloys during high-temperature exposure

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    Strunz, Pavel; Gilles, R.; Mukherji, D.; Hofmann, A.; Hoelzel, M.; Roesler, J.

    München: Technische Universität München, 2012 - (Carsughi, F.; Lommatzsch, I.; Neuhaus, J.) [4th User Meeting at the FRM II. 23.03.2012-23.03.2012, Garching bei München] Institutional support: RVO:61389005 Keywords : Co-Re based alloys * high temperature exposure * neutron diffraction Subject RIV: BM - Solid Matter Physics ; Magnetism http://cdn.frm2.tum.de/fileadmin/stuff/information/UserOffice/UM2012_Booklet_lr.pdf

  2. Low stacking fault energy steels in the context of manganese-rich iron-based alloys

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    The role of stacking fault energy on defining the work-hardening behavior of manganese-rich iron-based alloys was highlighted by the tensile deformation of four high-manganese steels designed using thermodynamic mechanism maps. The flow behavior and work-hardening rate diagrams, together with the activity of different deformation mechanisms (deformation-induced martensitic transformations and deformation twinning), were evaluated in conjunction with the microstructural investigations using electron backscattering diffraction.

  3. Preparation and study of properties of SmS base alloys

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    By reducing sesquisulphides of Sm and Yb with a metallic rare-earth element (Yb, Sm, Eu), monosulphides of these elements and solid solutions on their basis have been obtained. By varying the content in SmS of the other rare-earth element (Yb or Eu), it is possible to effectively control the electrophysical properties (electric conductivity, heat conductivity) of alloys based on it by changing the energetic position of f-states, their energy density and their population with electrons

  4. Point defects behavior in beta Cu-based shape memory alloys

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    A summary of positron annihilation spectroscopy data relating to the point defect behavior after quenching and to thermal equilibrium in β-phase Cu-based shape memory alloys Cu-Zn-Al and Cu-Al-Be is presented. Particular attention is given to the initial concentration of quenched-in vacancies as a function of the quenching temperature, migration of the retained point defects with aging temperature and time, and the vacancy formation and migration energies. (orig.)

  5. Fe0-based alloys for Environmental Remediation: Thinking outside the Box

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    NOUBACTEP, C.; Schöner, A.

    2008-01-01

    A review of the approach used by environmental remediation researchers to evaluate the reactivity of Fe-0-based alloys reveals the lack of consideration of the results available from other branches of science. This paper discusses the limitations of the current approach. The discussion provided here suggests that the current assumption that redox-sensitive species serve as corrosive agents for Fen maybe incorrect because water as the solvent is also corrosive. A new approach is proposed in wh...

  6. Effects of Rare Earths on Properties of Ti-Zr-Cu-Ni Base Brazing Filler Alloys

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    Ma Tianjun; Kang Hui; Wu Yongqin; Qu Ping

    2004-01-01

    The effects of the addition of rare earths on the properties of Ti-Zr-Cu-Ni base brazing filler alloys and the mechanical microstructure and properties were studied for the brazed-joints in the vacuum brazing of TC4 by comparing synthetical properties of two kinds of filler metals.The results indicate that the filler metals added with rare earths have lower melting point, better wettability and higher mechanical properties in the brazing joints.

  7. Tribological properties of Al 7075 alloy based composites strengthened with Al2O3 fibres

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    K. Naplocha; J.W. Kaczmar

    2011-01-01

    Wear resistance of 7075 aluminium alloy based composite materials reinforced with Al2O3 Saffil fibres was investigated. The measurementsof wear were performed applying the pin-on-disc method at dry friction conditions with the gray iron counterpart. The effects ofpressure of composite samples on the counterpart made of gray iron and the orientation of fibers in relation to the friction surface on wear rate were determined. The materials were produced by squeeze casting method where 80-90% por...

  8. Simulation and experiments of ultrasonic propagation in nickel-based alloy weldments

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    2008-01-01

    In order to obtain good understanding of complicated beam propagation behaviors in nickel-based alloy weldments, ray tracing simulation is established to predict the ultrasonic beam path in a special welded structure of dissimilar steels. Also experimental examinations are carried out to measure the ultrasonic beam paths in the weldment. Then comparisons of the modeling predictions with experimental results are presented to reveal the complicated beam propagation behaviors.

  9. Corrosion behavior of iron and nickel base alloys under solid oxide fuel cell exposure conditions

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    Ziomek-Moroz, M.; Holcomb, G.R.; Covino, B.S., Jr.; Bullard, S.J.

    2006-03-01

    Topography and phase composition of the scales formed on commercial ferritic stainless steels and experimental low CTE nickel-based alloys were studied in atmospheres simulating solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) environments. The materials were studied under dual environment conditions with air on one side of the sample and carbon monoxide on the other side at 750°C. Surface characterization techniques, such as scanning electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction analysis were used in this study.

  10. Glass-Forming Ability of an Iron-Based Alloy Enhanced by Co Addition and Evaluated by a New Criterion

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    CHEN Qing-Jun; SHEN Jun; FAN Hong-Bo; SUN Jian-Fei; HUANG Yong-Jiang; MCCARTNEY D. G.

    2005-01-01

    @@ A new Fe-based alloy that can be cast into a fully amorphous rod with a diameter of at least 16mm by the conventional copper-mould casting technique is obtained by partially replacing Fe with Co in a previously reported Fe-based bulk metallic glass. The preliminary thermodynamic analysis indicates that the Co-containing alloy has a significantly lower Gibbs free energy difference between the undercooled melt and the corresponding crystalline solid, compared to the Co-free alloy, reflecting the dramatic role of the Co addition in stabilizing the supercooled melt and facilitating glass formation in iron-based alloys. Here, a new criterion, derived from the classical nucleation and growth theory, is introduced to evaluate the glass-forming ability of Fe-based bulk metallic glasses.

  11. Correlation between superheated liquid fragility and potential energy landscape in Gd-and Pr-based glass-forming alloys

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    2008-01-01

    The kinetic viscosities of superheated liquids on the Gd-based bulk glass-forming alloys are measured by an oscillating viscometer in a high vacuum atmosphere. According to the viscosity data,the parameters of superheated liquid fragility,M,are calculated. Based on the values of M in Gd-and Pr-based (cited from the lit-erature) glass-forming alloys,we find that there is a linear correlation between M and the absolute value of mixing enthalpy,|ΔHmix|,in an alloy system with the same base element,and the larger M,the smaller |ΔHmix|. The alloy with larger M exhibits the larger height of energy barriers separating the minima on the potential energy landscape.

  12. Solid-state Diffusion Bonding of Candidate Fe-base and Ni-base Alloys for the Application of S-CO2 Cycle Heat Exchanger

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    To achieve efficient heat transfer, compact type heat exchangers, such as printed circuit or plate fin type heat exchanger, are considered for intermediate heat exchangers (IHXs). Solid-state diffusion bonding (DB) is one of key issues for joining the thin metal sheets with flow passages that are either machined or photo-chemically etched. In this study, diffusion bonding was performed for the candidate Fe-base and Ni-base alloys. Tensile properties of the as-bonded were compared with the as-received and characteristics of the aged in high temperature S-CO2 environment were discussed. Studies on diffusion bonding of candidate alloys for the application of super-critical CO2 cycle were carried out. Strength ratios were close to 1 for Fe-base alloys (F91, SS 316H, and SS 347H), while those of Ni-base alloys (Alloy 600, Alloy 690) and Fe-Ni-Cr alloy (Incoloy 800HT) were somewhat decreased to about 0.8 due to the planar grain boundary and precipitates formed along the bond-line. After exposure in high temperature S-CO2 environment for 1000 h, mechanical properties were not changed substantially and the location of the failure was still in the gauge section away from the bond-line for most alloys. Thus, bond-line which plays a role as grain boundary is thought to have superior corrosion and carburization resistance comparable to that of parent matrix

  13. Spin-transfer magnetization switching in ordered alloy-based nanopillar devices

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    This paper reviews spin-transfer magnetization switching in ordered alloy-based nanopillar devices. L10-ordered FePt was used for one of the earliest demonstrations of spin-transfer switching in perpendicularly magnetized systems. The behaviour of magnetization switching deviates from the predictions based on a macro-spin model, suggesting incoherent magnetization switching in the system with a large perpendicular magnetic anisotropy. The effect of a 900 spin injector on spin-transfer switching was also examined using L10-ordered FePt. Full-Heusler alloys are in another fascinating material class for spin-transfer switching because of their high-spin polarization of conduction electrons and possible small magnetization damping. A B2-ordered Co2FeAl0.5Si0.5-based device showed a low intrinsic critical current density of 9.3 x 106 A cm-2 for spin-transfer switching as well as a relatively large current-perpendicular-to-plane giant-magnetoresistance (CPP-GMR) up to ∼9%. The specific physical properties of ordered alloys may be useful for fundamental studies and applications in spin-transfer switching.

  14. Development of wear-resistant coatings for cobalt-base alloys

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    Cockeram, B.V.

    1999-03-01

    The costs and hazards resulting from nuclear plant radiation exposure with activated cobalt wear debris could potentially be reduced by covering the cobalt-base materials with a wear resistant coating. However, the hardnesses of many cobalt-base wear alloys are significantly lower than conventional PVD hard coatings, and mechanical support of the hard coating is a concern. Four approaches have been taken to minimize the hardness differences between the substrate and PVD hard coating: (1) use a thin Cr-nitride hard coating with layers that are graded with respect to hardness, (2) use a thicker, multilayered coating (Cr-nitride or Zr-nitride) with graded layers, (3) use nitriding to harden the alloy subsurface followed by application of a multilayered coating of Cr-nitride, and (4) use of nitriding alone. Since little work has been done on application of PVD hard coatings to cobalt-base alloys, some details on process development and characterization of the coatings is presented. Scratch testing was used to evaluate the adhesion of the different coatings. A bench-top rolling contact test was used to evaluate the wear resistance of the coatings. The test results are discussed, and the more desirable coating approaches are identified.

  15. Development of wear-resistant coatings for cobalt-base alloys

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    The costs and hazards resulting from nuclear plant radiation exposure with activated cobalt wear debris could potentially be reduced by covering the cobalt-base materials with a wear resistant coating. However, the hardnesses of many cobalt-base wear alloys are significantly lower than conventional PVD hard coatings, and mechanical support of the hard coating is a concern. Four approaches have been taken to minimize the hardness differences between the substrate and PVD hard coating: (1) use a thin Cr-nitride hard coating with layers that are graded with respect to hardness, (2) use a thicker, multilayered coating (Cr-nitride or Zr-nitride) with graded layers, (3) use nitriding to harden the alloy subsurface followed by application of a multilayered coating of Cr-nitride, and (4) use of nitriding alone. Since little work has been done on application of PVD hard coatings to cobalt-base alloys, some details on process development and characterization of the coatings is presented. Scratch testing was used to evaluate the adhesion of the different coatings. A bench-top rolling contact test was used to evaluate the wear resistance of the coatings. The test results are discussed, and the more desirable coating approaches are identified

  16. Superplastic solid state welding steel and copper alloy based on laser quenching of steel surface

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    ZHANG Ke-ke; HAN Cai-xia; QUAN Shu-li; CHENG Guang-hui; YANG Jie; YANG Yun-lin

    2005-01-01

    Based on the feasibility of isothermal superplastic solid state welding of steel and copper alloy, the welded surface of steel surface was ultra-fined through laser quenching, and then the welding process tests between different base metals of 40Cr and QCr0.5 were made under the condition of non vacuum and non shield gas. The experimental results show that, with the sample surface of steel after laser quenching and that of copper alloy carefully cleaned, and under the pre-pressed stress of 56.6 -84.9 MPa, at the welding temperature of 750 -800 ℃ and at initial strain rate of (2.5 - 7.5) × 10-4 s-1 , the solid state welding can be finished in 120 - 180 s so that the strength of the joint is up to that of QCr0.5 base metal and the expansion rate of the joint does not exceed 6%. The plastic deformation of the joint was further analysed. The superplastic deformation of the copper alloy occurs in welding process and the deformation of steel are little.

  17. A protective (Mo,W)(Si,Ge)2 coating on Nb-base alloys

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    This paper reports on a multicomponent diffusion coating that has been developed to protect Nb-base alloys from high-temperature environmental attack. A solid solution of molybdenum and tungsten disilicide constituted the primary coating layer which supported a slow-growing protective silica scale in service. Germanium additions were made during the coating process to improved the cyclic oxidation resistance by increasing the thermal expansion coefficient of the silica scale formed, and, to avoid pesting by decreasing the viscosity of the protective vitreous film. The development of the halide-activated pack cementation coating process to produce the coating on Nb-base alloys is described. The results of cyclic oxidation for coupons coated under different conditions in air at 1370 degrees C are presented. Many coupons have successfully passed 200 one-hour cyclic oxidation tests at 1370 degrees C with weight gain values in the range of 1.2-1.6 mg/cm2. This multicomponent silicide coating offers significant promise to protect Nb-base alloys in oxidizing environments and thermal cycling at high temperatures

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

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    Wasson, Andrew Jay

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

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

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

    2015-12-01

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

  20. Americium(3) solvent extraction by oxides of dialkyl(diaryl)[dialkylcarbamoylmethyl]phosphines (CMPO) from perchloric acid solutions

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    Extraction of americium(3) from perchloric acid solutions by CMPO was investigated. It is shown that americium(3) is much more effectively extracted from perchloric acid solutions, than from nitric acid ones, and increase in americium distribution coefficient depends considerably on reagent nature. As a consequence, anomalous aryl effect increases significantly in perchloric acid solutions. The value of anomalous aryl effect depends directly on stoichiometry of extracted complexes in nitric acid and perchloric acid media. Conditions for extractional concentration of americium up to the 100-fold one with small reagent consumption were suggested