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  1. Ultrasonic nondestructive evaluation, microstructure, and mechanical property interrelations

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    Vary, A.

    1984-01-01

    Ultrasonic techniques for mechanical property characterizations are reviewed and conceptual models are advanced for explaining and interpreting the empirically based results. At present, the technology is generally empirically based and is emerging from the research laboratory. Advancement of the technology will require establishment of theoretical foundations for the experimentally observed interrelations among ultrasonic measurements, mechanical properties, and microstructure. Conceptual models are applied to ultrasonic assessment of fracture toughness to illustrate an approach for predicting correlations found among ultrasonic measurements, microstructure, and mechanical properties.

  2. Linking properties to microstructure through multiresolution mechanics

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    McVeigh, Cahal James

    The macroscale mechanical and physical properties of materials are inherently linked to the underlying microstructure. Traditional continuum mechanics theories have focused on approximating the heterogeneous microstructure as a continuum, which is conducive to a partial differential equation mathematical description. Although this makes large scale simulation of material much more efficient than modeling the detailed microstructure, the relationship between microstructure and macroscale properties becomes unclear. In order to perform computational materials design, material models must clearly relate the key underlying microstructural parameters (cause) to macroscale properties (effect). In this thesis, microstructure evolution and instability events are related to macroscale mechanical properties through a new multiresolution continuum analysis approach. The multiresolution nature of this theory allows prediction of the evolving magnitude and scale of deformation as a direct function of the changing microstructure. This is achieved via a two-pronged approach: (a) Constitutive models which track evolving microstructure are developed and calibrated to direct numerical simulations (DNS) of the microstructure. (b) The conventional homogenized continuum equations of motion are extended via a virtual power approach to include extra coupled microscale stresses and stress couples which are active at each characteristic length scale within the microstructure. The multiresolution approach is applied to model the fracture toughness of a cemented carbide, failure of a steel alloy under quasi-static loading conditions and the initiation and velocity of adiabatic shear bands under high speed dynamic loading. In each case the multiresolution analysis predicts the important scale effects which control the macroscale material response. The strain fields predicted in the multiresolution continuum analyses compare well to those observed in direct numerical simulations of the

  3. Study of the chain microstructure effects on the resulting thermal properties of poly(L-lactide)/poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) biomedical materials.

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    Lizundia, E; Meaurio, E; Laza, J M; Vilas, J L; León Isidro, L M

    2015-05-01

    The development of thermally-sensitive poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (PNIPAAm) and biocompatible/biodegradable poly(L-lactide) (PLLA) blends offers us an efficient strategy in order to obtain materials with improved functional properties to be used in the emerging field of biomedicine. In this sense, thermal properties of PLLA and PNIPAAm have been investigated by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA). Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and wide angle X-ray diffraction (WAXD) were conducted to shed more light on the obtained results. For a better understanding of PLLA/PNIPAAm system, both low and high molecular weight PLLA and PNIPAAm have been synthesized by ring opening polymerization and aqueous redox polymerization respectively. Obtained results are interpreted from the viewpoint of chain microstructure of each homopolymer and the ratio between two constituent materials. DSC, SEM and WAXD results show a phase separation over the entire composition range irrespectively of the molecular weight of both homopolymers. Additionally, it was found a nucleating agent behavior of low molecular weight PNIPAAm, while high molecular weight PNIPAAm hinders the crystallization of PLLA. FTIR results suggest that the strong autoassociation present in PNIPAAm plays a key role impairing the miscibility of the whole system. Thermogravimetric analysis reveals that thermodegradation process of PLLA could be continuously delayed with the addition of PNIPAAm due to the increased thermal stability of N-isopropylacrylamide in regard to L-lactide sequences. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  4. Unique microstructure and excellent mechanical properties of ADI

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    Jincheng Liu

    2006-11-01

    Full Text Available Amongst the cast iron family, ADI has a unique microstructure and an excellent, optimised combination of mechanical properties. The main microstructure of ADI is ausferrite, which is a mixture ofextremely fine acicular ferrite and stable, high carbon austenite. There are two types of austenite in ADI:(1 the coarser and more equiaxed blocks of austenite between non-parallel acicular structures, which exist mainly in the last solidified area, and (2 the thin films of ustenite between the individual ferriteplatelets in the acicular structure. It is this unique microstructure, which gives ADI its excellent static and dynamic properties, and good low temperature impact toughness. The effect of microstructure on the mechanical properties is explained in more detail by examining the microstructure at the atomic scale. Considering the nanometer grain sizes, the unique microstructure, the excellent mechanical properties,good castability, (which enables near net shape components to be produced economically and in large volumes, and the fact that it can be 100% recycled, it is not overemphasized to call ADI a high-tech,nanometer and “green” material. ADI still has the potential to be further improved and its production and the number of applications for ADI will continue to grow, driven by the resultant cost savings over alternative materials.

  5. Study of the chain microstructure effects on the resulting thermal properties of poly(L-lactide)/poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) biomedical materials

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    Lizundia, E., E-mail: erlantz.liizundia@ehu.es [Macromolecular Chemistry Research Group (LABQUIMAC), Dept. of Physical Chemistry, Faculty of Science and Technology, University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU) (Spain); Meaurio, E., E-mail: emiliano.meaurio@ehu.es [Department of Mining-Metallurgy and Materials Science and BERC POLYMAT, School of Engineering, University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU) (Spain); Laza, J.M., E-mail: josemanuel.laza@ehu.es [Macromolecular Chemistry Research Group (LABQUIMAC), Dept. of Physical Chemistry, Faculty of Science and Technology, University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU) (Spain); Vilas, J.L., E-mail: joseluis.vilas@bcmaterials.net [Basque Center for Materials, Applications and Nanostructures (BCMaterials), Parque Tecnológico de Bizkaia, Ed. 500, Derio 48160 (Spain); León Isidro, L.M., E-mail: luismanuel.leon@ehu.es [Macromolecular Chemistry Research Group (LABQUIMAC), Dept. of Physical Chemistry, Faculty of Science and Technology, University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU) (Spain); Basque Center for Materials, Applications and Nanostructures (BCMaterials), Parque Tecnológico de Bizkaia, Ed. 500, Derio 48160 (Spain)

    2015-05-01

    The development of thermally-sensitive poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (PNIPAAm) and biocompatible/biodegradable poly(L-lactide) (PLLA) blends offers us an efficient strategy in order to obtain materials with improved functional properties to be used in the emerging field of biomedicine. In this sense, thermal properties of PLLA and PNIPAAm have been investigated by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA). Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and wide angle X-ray diffraction (WAXD) were conducted to shed more light on the obtained results. For a better understanding of PLLA/PNIPAAm system, both low and high molecular weight PLLA and PNIPAAm have been synthesized by ring opening polymerization and aqueous redox polymerization respectively. Obtained results are interpreted from the viewpoint of chain microstructure of each homopolymer and the ratio between two constituent materials. DSC, SEM and WAXD results show a phase separation over the entire composition range irrespectively of the molecular weight of both homopolymers. Additionally, it was found a nucleating agent behavior of low molecular weight PNIPAAm, while high molecular weight PNIPAAm hinders the crystallization of PLLA. FTIR results suggest that the strong autoassociation present in PNIPAAm plays a key role impairing the miscibility of the whole system. Thermogravimetric analysis reveals that thermodegradation process of PLLA could be continuously delayed with the addition of PNIPAAm due to the increased thermal stability of N-isopropylacrylamide in regard to L-lactide sequences. - Highlights: • Poly(L-lactide)/poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) biomedical materials are synthesized. • Results are interpreted in terms of the building block nature of each constituent. • Phase separation behavior over the entire composition range is achieved. • Strong autoassociation present in PNIPAAm impairs the miscibility of the whole blend

  6. Microstructural Evolution Based on Fundamental Interfacial Properties

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    A. D. Rollett; D. J. Srolovitz; A. Karma

    2003-07-11

    This first CMSN project has been operating since the summer of 1999. The main achievement of the project was to bring together a community of materials scientists, physicists and mathematicians who share a common interest in the properties of interfaces and the impact of those properties on microstructural evolution. Six full workshops were held at Carnegie Mellon (CMU), Northwestern (NWU), Santa Fe, Northeastern University (NEU), National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST), Ames Laboratory, and at the University of California in San Diego (UCSD) respectively. Substantial scientific results were obtained through the sustained contact between the members of the project. A recent issue of Interface Science (volume 10, issue 2/3, July 2002) was dedicated to the output of the project. The results include: the development of methods for extracting anisotropic boundary energy and mobility from molecular dynamics simulations of solid/liquid interfaces in nickel; the extraction of anisotropic energies and mobilities in aluminum from similar MD simulations; the application of parallel computation to the calculation of interfacial properties; the development of a method to extract interfacial properties from the fluctuations in interface position through consideration of interfacial stiffness; the use of anisotropic interface properties in studies of abnormal grain growth; the discovery of abnormal grain growth from random distributions of orientation in subgrain networks; the direct comparison at the scale of individual grains between experimentally observed grain growth and simulations, which confirmed the importance of including anisotropic interfacial properties in the simulations; the classification of a rich variety of dendritic morphologies based on slight variations in the anisotropy of the solid-liquid interface; development of phase field methods that permit both solidification and grain growth to be simulated within the same framework.

  7. Microstructure property relationships of urethane magnetorheological elastomers

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    Boczkowska, Anna; Awietjan, Stefan F.; Wroblewski, Rafal

    2007-10-01

    Studies on the structure of urethane magnetorheological elastomers (MREs), with respect to their magnetic and mechanical properties, are reported. MREs were obtained from a mixture of polyurethane gel and carbonyl-iron particles cured in a magnetic field of 100 and 300 mT. Samples with different numbers of particles (1.5, 11.5 and 33 vol%) were produced. The microstructure and magnetic properties of the obtained MREs were studied. Also, the displacement of the samples in an external magnetic field was examined using a specially designed experimental set-up. The influences of the number of ferromagnetic particles and their arrangement in relation to the external magnetic field were investigated. It was found that the microstructure of the MREs depends on the number of ferrous particles and the fabrication conditions. The orientation of the iron particles into aligned chains is possible for a lower volume content of the ferromagnetic fillers. The high carbonyl-iron volume content in the matrix leads to the formation of more complex microstructures, similar to three-dimensional lattices. The magnetic measurements also confirmed the existence of the microstructure anisotropy for the MREs with 1.5 and 11.5 vol% of iron particles. The structural and magnetic anisotropy has not been found in the MREs with 33 vol% of Fe. To evaluate the effect of the external magnetic field on the magnetorheological properties, the displacement under magnetic field, the compressive strength, and the rheological properties were measured. The experiments showed that both the particle content and the field strength used during curing have a significant effect on the microstructure of the MREs and, in consequence, on their properties.

  8. Multi-scale Microstructure Characterization for Improved Understanding of Microstructure-Property Relationship in Additive Manufacturing

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    Song, Hye Yun

    Additive manufacturing (AM) is the process for making 3-D objects by adding materials layer by layer. It can result in a marked reduction of the time and cost associated with designing and producing highly complex parts. Over the past decade, significant progress has been made in machine hardware and control software for process development to achieve dimensional accuracy and mitigate defects. On the other hand, the knowledge on microstructure-property relationship in the additively manufactured builds is still being established. In additive manufacturing, the interactions between the heat source and the material lead to a series of physical phenomena including localized heating, melting, solidification and micro-segregation, and cooling. Far-from-equilibrium microstructure can form as the material experiences a large number of repeated, rapid heating and cooling cycles (i.e. temperature gyrations) during depositions. The mechanical properties of additively manufactured parts are significantly influenced by their final microstructure. The overarching goal of the present research is to improve the fundamental understanding of microstructure-property relationship for AM parts. Specially, it is investigated the high-temperature creep strength of InconelRTM 718 (abbreviated as IN718 thereafter) fabricated by laser-powder bed fusion (L-PBF) AM. The specific objectives include (1) effect of support on the local microstructure, (2) microstructure evolution during post-built heat treatment, and (3) creep strength. Detailed microstructure characterization is performed using a multitude of tools including micro-hardness mapping, scanning electron microscope (SEM) along with electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD), and transmission electron microscope (TEM) for selected area diffraction (SAD) analysis and energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS). The characterized microstructure is correlated to the mechanical properties. Highlights of the research findings are discussed in

  9. Artificial Microstructures to Investigate Microstructure-Property Relationships in Metallic Glasses

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    Sarac, Baran

    , size, spacing, volume fraction of the second phase, and strength and toughness of the interface. Previous studies suggest these contributions, however, do not provide quantitative experimental evidence. Within this thesis, we paid tribute to the complexity of the toughening mechanism by revealing the correlation between plastic zone size (Rp) and second phase spacing (s ), and the results guided us how to design elasticity through the second phase morphology (AB pore stacking) in MG heterostructures. The second phase elasticity and shear modulus were also found to be contributing to the overall elasticity. We identified the pores' ratio of diameter to spacing (d/s) as one of the major factors controlling the mechanical properties of MG hetero structures, which is most efficient when d/s ≈ 1. Effectiveness of MG heterostructures also depends on the size of the sample, w, in comparison to s. Our experimental findings illuminate the complexity in MG composites, which can be resolved with our artificial microstructure approach. Another subject where we use artificial microstructures is to identify the effect of length scales on structural properties of MG heterostructures. MG structures can be fabricated over 7 orders of magnitude length scale (nm to cm), where the effect of the feature size determines whether the deformation will be homogenous throughout the sample, it will be localized into shear bands, or it will not show any shear bands (no plasticity) during bending and tension. We investigated the deformation modes of Zr-based MGs in hexagonal cellular structures controlled by the relative density, and revealed three distinctive deformation regions: collective buckling, local failure, and global failure which originate from size effects in metallic glasses. The relative density of ˜25.0% was determined as the ideal relative density for energy absorption, strength and plasticity in MG cellular structures. Besides two specific examples studied in detail here, the

  10. Microstructure characteristics and mechanical properties of rheocasting 7075 aluminum alloy

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    Yang Bin

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available The microstructure characteristics and mechanical properties of 7075 aluminum alloy produced by a new rheoforming technique, under as-cast and optimized heat treatment conditions, were investigated. The present rheoforming combined the innovatively developed rheocasting process, named as ICSPC (inverted cone-shaped pouring channel process, and the existing HPDC (high pressure die casting process. The experimental results show that the ICSPC can be used to prepare high quality semi-solid slurry for the subsequent die casting. Compared with conventional HPDC process, the ICSPC process can improve the microstructures and mechanical properties of the cast tensile samples. An optimized heat treatment results in significant improvement in ultimate tensile strength. However, the ductility of the samples, both under as-cast and optimized heat treatment conditions, are relatively poor.

  11. Inhomogeneity in microstructure and mechanical properties during twist extrusion

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    Noor, Sh. Vakili [School of Metallurgy and Materials Engineering, Iran University of Science and Technology, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Eivani, A.R., E-mail: aeivani@iust.ac.ir [School of Metallurgy and Materials Engineering, Iran University of Science and Technology, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Jafarian, H.R. [School of Metallurgy and Materials Engineering, Iran University of Science and Technology, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Mirzaei, M. [Material Engineering Group, Islamic Azad University, Kermanshah (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2016-01-15

    In the present paper, the effect of twist extrusion (TE) on the variations of hardness and tensile properties in commercial pure copper is investigated. It is found that hardness, yield and ultimate tensile strength of the alloy increased by increasing distance from the center of the sample after one pass TE. Similar consequences are observed when the second pass of deformation is considered. This is attributed to inhomogeneity of deformation and the higher strain imposed on the material at the peripheral regions. It should be noted that the inhomogeneity is increased at the second pass when route A of deformation is utilized and reduces by utilization of route D. This has as a well-established effect on the development of microstructure throughout the cross section of the samples. In fact, it is found that the microstructure at the peripheral regions is more significantly deformed leading to higher dislocation density and extensive subgrain formation. In addition, it is found that at the second pass using route A, inhomogeneity of deformation and microstructure increases. However, less inhomogeneity is observed when route D is utilized which is in line with the hardness and tensile test results. In the end, it is concluded that depending on the aim of the SPD process, if more homogeneous deformation and microstructure is required, route D is recommended and route A should be utilized in case if maximum inhomogeneity is desirable.

  12. Microstructures and properties of aluminum die casting alloys

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    M. M. Makhlouf; D. Apelian; L. Wang

    1998-10-01

    This document provides descriptions of the microstructure of different aluminum die casting alloys and to relate the various microstructures to the alloy chemistry. It relates the microstructures of the alloys to their main engineering properties such as ultimate tensile strength, yield strength, elongation, fatigue life, impact resistance, wear resistance, hardness, thermal conductivity and electrical conductivity. Finally, it serves as a reference source for aluminum die casting alloys.

  13. Correlation of the microstructure with viscosity and textural properties during milk fermentation by kombucha inoculum

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    Vukić Vladimir R.

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this study was to examine the changes in the microstructure, textural properties and viscosity of the gel formed during milk fermentation with kombucha inoculum and to establish a relationship between the microstructure and these properties. The values of the analyzed characteristics were measured during the gelation at 42°C at the following pHs: 5.4, 5.1, 4.8 and 4.6. The microstructure analysis revealed disappearance of coarse cluster structure and appearance of finer casein micelles network during fermentation. The obtained results showed significant differences in them viscosity and textural properties during fermentation, which is in accordance with their microstructure. The correlation of the examined properties and microstructure of the gel was established. [Projekat Ministarstva nauke Republike Srbije, br. 46009

  14. Microstructural features of Mg-8%Sn alloy and its correlation with mechanical properties

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    Palash Poddar; Ashok Kamaraj; A.P. Murugesan; Sumanta Bagui; K.L. Sahoo

    2017-01-01

    .... Mechanical properties evaluation and corresponding microstructural characterizations were performed to correlate their strength and ductility properties with their microstructural features (i.e...

  15. Transport properties of porous media from the microstructure

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    Torquato, S. [Princeton Univ., NJ (United States)

    1995-12-31

    The determination of the effective transport properties of a random porous medium remains a challenging area of research because the properties depend on the microstructure in a highly complex fashion. This paper reviews recent theoretical and experimental progress that we have made on various aspects of this problem. A unified approach is taken to characterize the microstructure and the seemingly disparate properties of the medium.

  16. Microstructure and nanomechanical properties of Fe{sup +} implanted silicon

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    Nunes, B. [Centro de Química Estrutural, Dep. de Bioengenharia, Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade de Lisboa, Av. Rovisco Pais, 1049-001 Lisboa (Portugal); Magalhães, S. [Associação Euratom/IST, Instituto de Plasmas e Fusão Nuclear, Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade de Lisboa, Av. Rovisco Pais, 1049-001 Lisboa (Portugal); Departamento de Física e i3N, Universidade de Aveiro, Aveiro (Portugal); Franco, N.; Alves, E. [Associação Euratom/IST, Instituto de Plasmas e Fusão Nuclear, Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade de Lisboa, Av. Rovisco Pais, 1049-001 Lisboa (Portugal); Colaço, R., E-mail: rogerio.colaco@ist.utl.pt [Centro de Química Estrutural, Dep. de Bioengenharia, Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade de Lisboa, Av. Rovisco Pais, 1049-001 Lisboa (Portugal)

    2013-11-01

    Silicon wafers were implanted with iron ions at different fluences (from 5 × 10{sup 15} up to 2 × 10{sup 17} cm{sup −2}), followed by annealing treatments at temperatures from 550 °C to 1000 °C, aiming at evaluating the nanomechanical response of the samples and its relation with the microstructural features and characteristics of the modified layer. After implantation, a homogeneous amorphous layer with a thickness between 200 nm and 270 nm is formed, without damaging the surface smoothness neither introducing surface defects. After annealing, recrystallization and formation of nanometric precipitates of iron silicides is observed, with the corresponding changes in the hardness and stiffness of the modified layer. These results indicate that ion implantation of silicon followed by annealing at proper temperatures, can be an alternative route to be deeper explored in what concerns the precise control of the microstructure and, thus, the improvement of nanomechanical properties of silicon.

  17. Investigations on the microstructure and mechanical properties of ...

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    This paper addresses the weldability, microstructure and mechanical properties of the multi-pass welding of super-duplex stainless steel (SDSS). Pulsed current gas tungsten arc welding (PCGTAW) was carried out employing ER2553 and ERNiCrMo-4 fillers. Microstructure examination showed the presence of austenite in ...

  18. An investigation of the microstructures and properties of metal inert ...

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    ), have been used to weld aluminum alloy 5083. The microstructure of the welds, including the nugget zone and heat affected zone, has been compared in these two methods using optical microscopy. The mechanical properties of the weld ...

  19. Investigation of sensing properties of microstructured polymer optical fibres

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    Witt, J.; Steffen, M.; Schukar, M.; Krebber, K.

    2010-04-01

    We investigated sensing properties of single mode poly methyl methacrylate (PMMA) microstructured polymer optical fibres (MPOF) with mechanically imprinted long period gratings (LPG). After preparation of the MPOF end-faces the samples were elongated with silica fibres. These samples were used to measure the influence of strain to the LPG wavelength which showed the viscoelastic nature of PMMA. We also measured the influence of temperature and humidity. The results show that MPOF LPGs are well suited for strain sensing. One MPOF LPG was stitched to a textile. Using this textile we measured a simulated respiratory motion.

  20. Microstructure, mechanical properties, bio-corrosion properties and antibacterial properties of Ti–Ag sintered alloys

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    Chen, Mian [Key Lab. for Anisotropy and Texture of Materials, Education Ministry of China, Northeastern University, Shenyang 110819 (China); Zhang, Erlin, E-mail: zhangel@atm.neu.edu.cn [Key Lab. for Anisotropy and Texture of Materials, Education Ministry of China, Northeastern University, Shenyang 110819 (China); Zhang, Lan [State Key Laboratory for Mechanical Behavior of Materials, Xi' an Jiaotong University, Xi' an 710049 (China)

    2016-05-01

    In this research, Ag element was selected as an antibacterial agent to develop an antibacterial Ti–Ag alloy by a powder metallurgy. The microstructure, phase constitution, mechanical properties, corrosion resistance and antibacterial properties of the Ti–Ag sintered alloys have been systematically studied by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscope (SEM), compressive test, electrochemical measurements and antibacterial test. The effects of the Ag powder size and the Ag content on the antibacterial property and mechanical property as well as the anticorrosion property have been investigated. The microstructure results have shown that Ti–Ag phase, residual pure Ag and Ti were the mainly phases in Ti–Ag(S75) sintered alloy while Ti{sub 2}Ag was synthesized in Ti–Ag(S10) sintered alloy. The mechanical test indicated that Ti–Ag sintered alloy showed a much higher hardness and the compressive yield strength than cp-Ti but the mechanical properties were slightly reduced with the increase of Ag content. Electrochemical results showed that Ag powder size had a significant effect on the corrosion resistance of Ti–Ag sintered alloy. Ag content increased the corrosion resistance in a dose dependent way under a homogeneous microstructure. Antibacterial tests have demonstrated that antibacterial Ti–Ag alloy was successfully prepared. It was also shown that the Ag powder particle size and the Ag content influenced the antibacterial activity seriously. The reduction in the Ag powder size was benefit to the improvement in the antibacterial property and the Ag content has to be at least 3 wt.% in order to obtain a strong and stable antibacterial activity against Staphylococcus aureus bacteria. The bacterial mechanism was thought to be related to the Ti{sub 2}Ag and its distribution. - Highlights: • Ti–Ag alloy with up to 99% antibacterial rate was developed by powder metallurgy. • The effects of the Ag powder size and the Ag content on the

  1. Microstructure and mechanical property performance of commercial grade API pipeline steels in high pressure gaseous hydrogen

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    Stalheim, Douglas G. [DGS Metallurgical Solutions, Inc., Vancouver, WA, (United States); Boggess, Todd [Secat Inc., Lexington, KY, (United States); San Marchi, Chris; Somerday, Brian [Sandia National Laboratory, Livermore, CA, (United States); Jansto, Steve [Reference Metals Company, Bridgeville, PA, (United States); Muralidharan, Govindarajan [Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN, (United States)

    2010-07-01

    The transportation of hydrogen by pipeline steels raises questions of the degradation of the mechanical properties of the steel. This study investigated the microstructure and mechanical property performance of pipeline steels in high pressure gaseous hydrogen. The performance of four commercially available pipeline steels have been tested in the presence of pressurized hydrogen gas at different pressures in the range of 5.5 MPa and 20.7 MPa. Microstructural characterizations, tensile testing, fracture testing and fatigue testing have been performed for each alloy. The results showed that the four pipeline steels perform differently in gaseous hydrogen. Yield strength does not seem to have a relevant effect on performance, which highlights the importance of the microstructure in determining the resistance of pipeline steels. Of the four microstructures, the polygonal ferrite/10% coarse acicular ferrite microstructure gave the best performance.

  2. Microstructural characteristics and mechanical properties of ...

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    Abstract. Nanocrystalline TiN thin films were deposited on glass substrate by d.c. magnetron sputtering. The microstructural characteristics of the thin films were characterized by XRD, FE-SEM and AFM. XRD analysis of the thin films, with increasing thickness, showed the (200) preferred orientation up to 1⋅26 μm thickness ...

  3. Microstructural and Mechanical Properties of Alkali Activated Colombian Raw Materials

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    Maria Criado

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available Microstructural and mechanical properties of alkali activated binders based on blends of Colombian granulated blast furnace slag (GBFS and fly ash (FA were investigated. The synthesis of alkali activated binders was conducted at 85 °C for 24 h with different slag/fly ash ratios (100:0, 80:20, 60:40, 40:60, 20:80, and 0:100. Mineralogical and microstructural characterization was carried out by means of X-ray diffraction (XRD, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR, Scanning electron microscopy with energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (SEM/EDX and Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR. Mechanical properties were evaluated through the compressive strength, modulus of elasticity and Poisson’s ratio. The results show that two different reaction products were detected in the slag/fly ash mixtures, a calcium silicate hydrate with Al in its structure (C-A-S-H gel and a sodium aluminosilicate hydrate (N-A-S-H gel with higher number of polymerized species and low content in Ca. It was found that with the increase of the amount of added slag, the amount of C-A-S-H gel increased and the amount of N-A-S-H gel decreased. The matrix was more dense and compact with almost absence of pores. The predominance of slag affected positively the compressive strength, Young’s modulus and Poisson’s ratio, with 80% slag and 20% fly ash concrete being the best mechanical performance blend.

  4. PROPERTIES AND MICROSTRUCTURE OF CEMENT PASTE INCLUDING RECYCLED CONCRETE POWDER

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    Jaroslav Topič

    2017-02-01

    Full Text Available The disposal and further recycling of concrete is being investigated worldwide, because the issue of complete recycling has not yet been fully resolved. A fundamental difficulty faced by researchers is the reuse of the recycled concrete fines which are very small (< 1 mm. Currently, full recycling of such waste fine fractions is highly energy intensive and resulting in production of CO2. Because of this, the only recycling methods that can be considered as sustainable and environmentally friendly are those which involve recycled concrete powder (RCP in its raw form. This article investigates the performance of RCP with the grain size < 0.25 mm as a potential binder replacement, and also as a microfiller in cement-based composites. Here, the RCP properties are assessed, including how mechanical properties and the microstructure are influenced by increasing the amount of the RCP in a cement paste (≤ 25 wt%.

  5. Mechanical Properties of Materials with Nanometer Scale Microstructures

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    William D. Nix

    2004-10-31

    We have been engaged in research on the mechanical properties of materials with nanometer-scale microstructural dimensions. Our attention has been focused on studying the mechanical properties of thin films and interfaces and very small volumes of material. Because the dimensions of thin film samples are small (typically 1 mm in thickness, or less), specialized mechanical testing techniques based on nanoindentation, microbeam bending and dynamic vibration of micromachined structures have been developed and used. Here we report briefly on some of the results we have obtained over the past three years. We also give a summary of all of the dissertations, talks and publications completed on this grant during the past 15 years.

  6. Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of a Laser Treated Al Alloy

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    Noordhuis, J.; Hosson, J.Th.M. De

    An Al-Cu-Mg alloy, Al 2024-T3, was exposed to laser treatments at various scan velocities. In this paper the microstructural features and mechanical properties are reported. As far as the mechanical property is concerned a striking observation is a minimum in the hardness value at a laser scan

  7. Microstructure and mechanical properties of laser treated aluminium alloys

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    deHosson, JTM; vanOtterloo, LDM; Noordhuis, J; Mazumder, J; Conde, O; Villar, R; Steen, W

    1996-01-01

    Al-Cu alloys and an Al-Cu-Mg alloy, Al 2024-T3, were exposed to laser treatments at various scan velocities. In this paper the microstructural features and mechanical properties are reported. As far as the mechanical property of the Al-Cu-Mg alloy is concerned a striking observation is a minimum in

  8. Biomechanical properties and microstructure of human ventricular myocardium.

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    Sommer, Gerhard; Schriefl, Andreas J; Andrä, Michaela; Sacherer, Michael; Viertler, Christian; Wolinski, Heimo; Holzapfel, Gerhard A

    2015-09-01

    In the multidisciplinary field of heart research it is of utmost importance to identify accurate myocardium material properties for the description of phenomena such as mechano-electric feedback or heart wall thickening. A rationally-based material model is required to understand the highly nonlinear mechanics of complex structures such as the passive myocardium under different loading conditions. Unfortunately, to date there are no experimental data of human heart tissues available to estimate material parameters and to develop adequate material models. This study aimed to determine biaxial extension and triaxial shear properties and the underlying microstructure of the passive human ventricular myocardium. Using new state-of-the-art equipment, planar biaxial extension tests were performed to determine the biaxial extension properties of the passive ventricular human myocardium. Shear properties of the myocardium were examined by triaxial simple shear tests performed on small cubic specimens excised from an adjacent region of the biaxial extension specimens. The three-dimensional microstructure was investigated through second-harmonic generation (SHG) microscopy on optically cleared tissues, which emphasized the 3D orientation and dispersion of the myofibers and adjacent collagen fabrics. The results suggest that the passive human LV myocardium under quasi-static and dynamic multiaxial loadings is a nonlinear, anisotropic (orthotropic), viscoelastic and history-dependent soft biological material undergoing large deformations. Material properties of the tissue components along local microstructural axes drive the nonlinear and orthotropic features of the myocardium. SHG microscopy investigation revealed detailed information about the myocardial microstructure due to its high resolution. It enabled the identification of structural parameters such as the fiber and the sheet orientations and corresponding dispersions. With this complete set of material data, a

  9. Microstructure and mechanical properties of synthetic nodular cast iron

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    A. Vaško

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available The contribution deals with comparing of microstructure, mechanical properties and micromechanisms of failure of synthetic nodular cast irons with graded amount of steel scrap in a charge. Chemical composition of individual meltages was regulated alternatively by ferrosilicon (FeSi and carburizer or metallurgical silicon carbide (SiC. The paper shows that SiC additive positively influences the microstructure, mechanical properties and micromechanisms of failure of nodular cast iron, especially in the meltages with higher ratio of steel scrap in the charge. Moreover, production of synthetic nodular cast irons with SiC additive is economically advantageous.

  10. Microstructure and mechanical properties of low nickel maraging steel

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    Sha, W., E-mail: w.sha@qub.ac.uk [School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering, Queen' s University Belfast, Belfast BT7 1NN (United Kingdom); Ye, A. [School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering, Queen' s University Belfast, Belfast BT7 1NN (United Kingdom); Malinov, S. [School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Queen' s University Belfast, Belfast BT7 1NN (United Kingdom); Wilson, E.A. [Faculty of Arts, Computing, Engineering and Sciences, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield S1 1WB (United Kingdom)

    2012-02-28

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Thermodynamic calculations show that Laves phase, Fe{sub 2}(Nb,Mo), is formed at 750 Degree-Sign C. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Toughness after austenitization with lower temperature is significantly increased. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Intercritical annealing did not improve hardness or toughness after aging. - Abstract: Austenitization with lower temperature and intercritical annealing were introduced in the treatment of a maraging steel with a composition of Fe-12.94Ni-1.61Al-1.01Mo-0.23Nb (wt.%). Scanning electron microscopy was employed to study the microstructure after austenitization at 950 Degree-Sign C and intercritical annealing, followed by aging at 485 and 600 Degree-Sign C. X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis was applied to evaluate the formation of retained or reverted austenite. Thermodynamic calculation was employed to calculate equilibrium phase mole fractions. Hardness and Charpy impact toughness of the steel were measured. Intercritical annealing treatments did not result in significant increase of hardness either before or after aging. The Charpy impact toughness of the alloy in aged condition was enhanced after austenitization at 950 Degree-Sign C. No austenite was observed in XRD. However, suspected reverted austenite was found after austenitization at 950 Degree-Sign C followed by aging at 600 Degree-Sign C for 4 h. Relationships among heat treatment, microstructure and mechanical properties are discussed.

  11. Microstructure and properties of Mg-Al binary alloys

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    ZHENG Wei-chao

    2006-11-01

    Full Text Available The effects of different amounts of added Al, ranging from 1 % to 9 %, on the microstructure and properties of Mg-Al binary alloys were investigated. The results showed that when the amount of added Al is less than 5%, the grain size of the Mg-Al binary alloys decreases dramatically from 3 097 μm to 151 μm with increasing addition of Al. Further addition of Al up to 9% makes the grain size decrease slowly to 111 μm. The α-Mg dendrite arms are also refined. Increasing the amount of added Al decreases the hot cracking susceptibility of the Mg-Al binary alloys remarkably, and enhances the micro-hardness of the α-Mg matrix.

  12. Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of Graphene Oxide/Copper Composites

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    HONG Qi-hu

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available Graphene oxide/copper (GO/Cu composites were successfully synthesized through the ball milling and vacuum hot press sintering process. The morphologies of the mixture powders, and the microstructure and mechanical properties of GO/Cu composites were investigated by OM, SEM, XRD, hardness tester and electronic universal testing machine, respectively. The results show that the GO/Cu composites are compact. Graphene oxide with flake morphology is uniformly dispersed and well consolidated with copper matrix. When the mass fraction of graphene oxide is 0.5%, the microhardness and compress strength at RT reach up to 63HV and 276MPa, increased by 8.6% and 28%, respectively. The strengthening mechanism is load transfer effect, dislocation strengthening and fine crystal reinforcing.

  13. An investigation of the microstructures and properties of metal inert ...

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    Abstract. Two different types of welds, Metal Inert Gas (MIG) and Friction Stir. Welding (FSW), have been used to weld aluminum alloy 5083. The microstructure of the welds, including the nugget zone and heat affected zone, has been compared in these two methods using optical microscopy. The mechanical properties of ...

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    Home; Journals; Bulletin of Materials Science; Volume 38; Issue 3. Mechanical, microstructure and electrical properties of ternary ZnO–V2O5–Mn3O4 varistor with sintering temperature. S El-Rabai A H Khafagy M T Dawoud M T Attia. Volume 38 Issue 3 June 2015 pp 773-781 ...

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    Wrought magnesium alloys; microstructure; mechanical property; extrusion. 1. Introduction. Magnesium alloys are one of the most important structural materials having high specific strength and used widely in automotive, communication, electronic and aerial industries. (Polmear 1994). Wrought magnesium alloys exhibit ...

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    Microstructures and phase compositions of as-cast and extruded ZK60–Dy ( = 0–5) alloys were analysed by optical microscope, scanning electron microscope, X-ray diffraction and differential scanning calorimetry. Meanwhile, the tensile mechanical property was tested.With increasing Dy content, Mg–Zn–Dy new phase ...

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    Home; Journals; Bulletin of Materials Science; Volume 37; Issue 3. Microstructural and optical properties of transparent conductive ZnO : Al : Mo films deposited by template-assisted sol–gel method. H-Y He J-F Huang Z He J Lu Q Shen. Volume 37 Issue 3 May 2014 pp 519-525 ...

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    extrusion (TBE) as a novel combined severe plastic deformation (SPD) was applied on AZ91 alloy to produce ultrafine grained (UFG) thin-walled tubes. The effects of combined SPD process were investigated on the microstructure refinement and mechanical properties. Also, hydro bulge test was carried out to reveal the ...

  19. Microstructure characterization and magnetic properties of nano structured materials

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    Sun, X.C

    2000-07-01

    The present thesis deals with the unique microstructural properties and their novel magnetic properties of core-shell Ni-Ce nano composite particles, carbon encapsulated Fe, Co, and Ni nanoparticles and the nano crystallization behavior of typical ferromagnetic Fe{sub 78}Si{sub 9}B{sub 13} ribbons. These properties have intensively been investigated by high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HREM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (Sem), X-ray energy dispersive spectroscopy [eds.]; selected area electron diffraction pattern (SAED), Ft-IR, differential scanning calorimeter (DSC). In addition, magnetic moments measurements at different temperatures and applied fields have been performed by transmission Moessbauer spectroscopy, superconducting quantum interference device magnetometer (SQUID), and vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM). The present studies may provide the insights for the better understanding of the correlation between the unique microstructure and novel magnetic properties for several magnetic nano structured materials. (Author)

  20. Microstructure and Thermomechanical Properties of Magnesium Alloys Castings

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    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available Magnesium alloys thanks to their high specific strength have an extensive potential of the use in a number of industrial applications. The most important of them is the automobile industry in particular. Here it is possible to use this group of materials for great numbers of parts from elements in the car interior (steering wheels, seats, etc., through exterior parts (wheels particularly of sporting models, up to driving (engine blocks and gearbox mechanisms themselves. But the use of these alloys in the engine structure has its limitations as these parts are highly thermally stressed. But the commonly used magnesium alloys show rather fast decrease of strength properties with growing temperature of stressing them. This work is aimed at studying this properties both of alloys commonly used (of the Mg-Al-Zn, Mn type, and of that ones used in industrial manufacture in a limited extent (Mg-Al-Sr. These thermomechanical properties are further on complemented with the microstructure analysis with the aim of checking the metallurgical interventions (an effect of inoculation. From the studied materials the test castings were made from which the test bars for the tensile test were subsequently prepared. This test took place within the temperature range of 20°C – 300°C. Achieved results are summarized in the concluding part of the contribution.

  1. EFFECTS OF MO ADDITION ON THE MICROSTRUCTURE AND MECHANICAL PROPERTIES OF CAST MICROALLOYED STEEL

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    H. Torkamani

    2017-09-01

    Full Text Available In industry, the cost of production is an important factor and it is preferred to use conventional and low cost procedures for producing the parts. Heat treatment cycles and alloying additions are the key factors affecting the microstructure and mechanical properties of the cast steels. In this study an attempt was made to evaluate the influence of minor Mo addition on the microstructure and mechanical properties of conventionally heat treated cast micro-alloyed steels. The results of Jominy and dilatometry tests and also microstructural examinations revealed that Mo could effectively increase the hardenability of the investigated steel and change the microstructure features of the air-cooled samples. Acicular microstructure was the consequence of increasing the hardenability in Mo-added steel. Besides, it was found that Mo could greatly affect the isothermal bainitic transformation and higher fraction of martensite after cooling (from isothermal temperature was due to the Mo addition. The results of impact test indicated that the microstructure obtained in air-cooled Mo-added steel led to better impact toughness (28J in comparison with the base steel (23J. Moreover, Mo-added steel possessed higher hardness (291HV, yield (524MPa and tensile (1108MPa strengths compared to the base one.

  2. Microstructure and Properties of High-Temperature Superconductors

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    Parinov, I A

    2012-01-01

    The main features of high-temperature superconductors (HTSC) that define their properties are intrinsic brittleness of oxide cuprates, the layered anisotropic structure and the supershort coherence length. Taking into account these features, this treatise presents research into HTSC microstructure and properties, and also explores the possibilities of optimization of the preparation techniques and superconducting compositions. The "composition-technique-experiment-theory-model," employed here, assumes considerable HTSC defectiveness and structure heterogeneity and helps to draw a comprehensive picture of modern representations of the microstructure, strength and the related structure-sensitive properties of the materials considered. Special attention is devoted to the Bi-Sr-Ca-Cu-O and Y-Ba-Cu-O families, which currently offer the most promising applications. Including a great number of illustrations and references, this monograph addresses students, post-graduate students and specialists, taking part in the ...

  3. Characterization, Microstructure, and Dielectric properties of cubic pyrochlore structural ceramics

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    Li, Yangyang

    2013-05-01

    The (BMN) bulk materials were sintered at 1050°C, 1100°C, 1150°C, 1200°C by the conventional ceramic process, and their microstructure and dielectric properties were investigated by Scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), Raman spectroscopy, Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) (including the X-ray energy dispersive spectrometry EDS and high resolution transmission electron microscopy HRTEM) and dielectric impedance analyzer. We systematically investigated the structure, dielectric properties and voltage tunable property of the ceramics prepared at different sintering temperatures. The XRD patterns demonstrated that the synthesized BMN solid solutions had cubic phase pyrochlore-type structure when sintered at 1050°C or higher, and the lattice parameter (a) of the unit cell in BMN solid solution was calculated to be about 10.56Å. The vibrational peaks observed in the Raman spectra of BMN solid solutions also confirmed the cubic phase pyrochlore-type structure of the synthesized BMN. According to the Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) images, the grain size increased with increasing sintering temperature. Additionally, it was shown that the densities of the BMN ceramic tablets vary with sintering temperature. The calculated theoretical density for the BMN ceramic tablets sintered at different temperatures is about 6.7521 . The density of the respective measured tablets is usually amounting more than 91% and 5 approaching a maximum value of 96.5% for sintering temperature of 1150°C. The microstructure was investigated by using Scanning Transmission Electron Microscope (STEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD). Combined with the results obtained from the STEM and XRD, the impact of sintering temperature on the macroscopic and microscopic structure was discussed. The relative dielectric constant ( ) and dielectric loss ( ) of the BMN solid solutions were measured to be 161-200 and (at room temperature and 100Hz-1MHz), respectively. The BMN solid

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    of solutions to obtaining a sustainable and healthy environment and also save energy and natural resources. ... materials and increase its sustainability as an agricultural waste, being an annually cultivated crop ..... the properties of mortar and concrete: A Review'',. Journal of American Science, Vol. 6, No. 3, 2010, pp.

  5. Evolution of microstructure, strain and physical properties in oxide nanocomposite films.

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    Chen, Aiping; Weigand, Marcus; Bi, Zhenxing; Zhang, Wenrui; Lü, Xuejie; Dowden, Paul; MacManus-Driscoll, Judith L; Wang, Haiyan; Jia, Quanxi

    2014-06-24

    We, using LSMO:ZnO nanocomposite films as a model system, have studied the effect of film thickness on the physical properties of nanocomposites. It shows that strain, microstructure, as well as magnetoresistance strongly rely on film thickness. The magnetotransport properties have been fitted by a modified parallel connection channel model, which is in agreement with the microstructure evolution as a function of film thickness in nanocomposite films on sapphire substrates. The strain analysis indicates that the variation of physical properties in nanocomposite films on LAO is dominated by strain effect. These results confirm the critical role of film thickness on microstructures, strain states, and functionalities. It further shows that one can use film thickness as a key parameter to design nanocomposites with optimum functionalities.

  6. Three-Dimensional Microstructural Properties of Nanofibrillated Cellulose Films

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    Arttu Miettinen

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available Nanofibrillated cellulose (NFC films have potential as oxygen barriers for, e.g., food packaging applications, but their use is limited by their hygroscopic characteristics. The three-dimensional microstructure of NFC films made of Pinus radiata (Radiata Pine kraft pulp fibres has been assessed in this study, considering the structural development as a function of relative humidity (RH. The surface roughness, micro-porosity, thickness and their correlations were analyzed using X-ray microtomography (X–μCT and computerized image analysis. The results are compared to those from scanning electron microscopy and laser profilometry. Based on a series of films having varying amounts of 2,2,6,6-tetramethylpiperidinyl-1-oxyl (TEMPO-mediated oxidated nanofibrils, it was demonstrated that X–μCT is suitable for assessing the surface and bulk 3D microstructure of the cellulose films. Additionally, one of the series was assessed at varying humidity levels, using the non-destructive capabilities of X–μCT and a newly developed humidity chamber for in-situ characterization. The oxygen transmission rate (OTR of the films (20 g=m2 was below 3:7mLm-2 day-1 at humidity levels below 60% RH. However, the OTR increased considerably to 12:4mLm-2 day-1 when the humidity level increased to 80% RH. The increase in OTR was attributed to a change of the film porosity, which was reflected as an increase in local thickness. Hence, the characterization techniques applied in this study shed more light on the structures of NFC films and how they are affected by varying humidity levels. It was demonstrated that in increasing relative humidity the films swelled and the oxygen barrier properties decreased.

  7. Effect of Titanium on the Mechanical Properties and Microstructure of Gray Cast Iron for Automotive Applications

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    Gelfi, M.; Gorini, D.; Pola, A.; La Vecchia, G. M.

    2016-09-01

    Lamellar gray cast iron, with a mainly pearlitic microstructure, is widely used in the automotive industry, mostly in the manufacturing of brake disks. This work analyzes in depth the effects of small variations of titanium content on the microstructure and mechanical properties of cast iron brake disks. For this purpose, eight different heats of EN-GJL-250 cast iron were selected, with a similar chemical composition but with different titanium contents, varying from 0.013 to 0.031%. The drops in mechanical strength and hardness values measured on the high-Ti samples were correlated to microstructural variations quantitatively observed by means of optical and scanning electron microscope. It was found that titanium combines to form titanium nitrides, suppressing the beneficial microstructural effects of nitrogen at solidification. Residual nitrogen, if present in sufficient quantity, promotes the nucleation of primary austenite from the liquid and the formation of a fine microstructure, with small eutectic cells and lower graphite content. Such a microstructure provides brake disks with better mechanical properties. The interpretation of results was further supported by thermal analysis and thermodynamic calculations.

  8. Microstructure and mechanical properties of proton irradiated zirconium carbide

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    Yang Yong [Department of Engineering Physics, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI 53706 (United States)], E-mail: yyang@cae.wisc.edu; Dickerson, Clayton A.; Swoboda, Hannah [Material Science Program, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI 53706 (United States); Miller, Brandon; Allen, Todd R. [Department of Engineering Physics, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI 53706 (United States)

    2008-09-01

    Zirconium carbide is a candidate ceramic being considered for metal-carbide-base composite-type fuels, as well as for an alternative coating material for TRISO particle fuels. Ensuring adequate mechanical properties and dimensional stability in response to radiation is a key part in developing a practical ZrC-base fuel. The existing available radiation response data for ZrC is limited and insufficient. In the present study, ZrC was irradiated with a 2.6 MeV proton beam at 800 deg. C to doses of 0.7 and 1.5 dpa. Following radiation, the radiation induced damage microstructure is comprised of a high density of nanometer-sized Frank loops, but no irradiation induced amorphization, voids, or precipitates were observed. A slight lattice expansion was found in the irradiated ZrC, in good agreement with the reported results from neutron irradiation. The changes in microhardness and fracture toughness properties induced in the irradiated samples were measured using indentation techniques. The hardness and the fracture toughness both increase with increasing radiation dose.

  9. Microstructure and Properties of Polypropylene/Carbon Nanotube Nanocomposites

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    Dimitrios Bikiaris

    2010-04-01

    Full Text Available In the last few years, great attention has been paid to the preparation of polypropylene (PP nanocomposites using carbon nanotubes (CNTs due to the tremendous enhancement of the mechanical, thermal, electrical, optical and structural properties of the pristine material. This is due to the unique combination of structural, mechanical, electrical, and thermal transport properties of CNTs. However, it is well-known that the properties of polymer-based nanocomposites strongly depend on the dispersion of nanofillers and almost all the discussed properties of PP/CNTs nanocomposites are strongly related to their microstructure. PP/CNTs nanocomposites were, mainly, prepared by melt mixing and in situ polymerization. Young’s modulus, tensile strength and storage modulus of the PP/CNTs nanocomposites can be increased with increasing CNTs content due to the reinforcement effect of CNTs inside the polymer matrix. However, above a certain CNTs content the mechanical properties are reduced due to the CNTs agglomeration. The microstructure of nanocomposites has been studied mainly by SEM and TEM techniques. Furthermore, it was found that CNTs can act as nucleating agents promoting the crystallization rates of PP and the addition of CNTs enhances all other physical properties of PP. The aim of this paper is to provide a comprehensive review of the existing literature related to PP/CNTs nanocomposite preparation methods and properties studies.

  10. Dielectric Characteristics of Microstructural Changes and Property Evolution in Engineered Materials

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    Clifford, Jallisa Janet

    quantitatively using BbDS. These materials are typically used in solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC). Results show significant effect of microstructural design on material properties at multiple temperatures (up to 800 °C). In the later part of the thesis, we will focus on microstructural changes of fiber reinforced composite materials due to impact and static loading. The changes in dielectric response can then be linked to the bulk mechanical properties of the material and various damage modes. Observing trends in dielectric response enables us to further determine local mechanisms and distribution of properties throughout the damaged specimens. A 3D X-ray microscope and a digital microscope have been used to visualize these changes in material microstructure and validate experimental observations. The increase in damage observed in the material microstructure can then also be linked to the changes in dielectric response. Results show that BbDS is an extremely useful tool for identifying microstructural changes within a heterogeneous material and particularly useful in relating remaining properties. Dielectric material variables can be used directly in property degradation laws and help develop a framework for future predictive modeling methodologies.

  11. Microstructure and Electrical Properties of AZO/Graphene Nanosheets Fabricated by Spark Plasma Sintering

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    Yang, Shuang; Chen, Fei; Shen, Qiang; Enrique J. Lavernia; Zhang, Lianmeng

    2016-01-01

    In this study we report on the sintering behavior, microstructure and electrical properties of Al-doped ZnO ceramics containing 0?0.2 wt. % graphene sheets (AZO-GNSs) and processed using spark plasma sintering (SPS). Our results show that the addition of

  12. Interfacial Microstructure and Properties of Steel/Aluminum Powder Additive

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    YUAN Jiang

    2017-09-01

    Full Text Available Based on first-principles density functional theory, the Fe/Al interface model of steel/aluminum laser welding was constructed by layer technique. The Fe/Al interface was studied by metal atom X (X=Sn, Sr, Zr, Ce, La.The results show that Sn, Sr and Ce preferentially displace the Al atoms at the Fe/Al interface, while La and Zr preferentially displace the Fe atoms at the Fe/Al interface. Alloying promotes the transfer of Fe/Al interfacial electrons between different orbits, enhances the ionic bond properties of Fe-Al, improves the Fe/Al interface binding capacity, improves the brittle fracture of Fe/Al interface, and the alloying effect of Sn most notable. On the basis of this, the laser lap welding test of Sn and Zr powder was carried out on 1.4mm thick DC51D+ZF galvanized steel and 1.2mm thick 6016 aluminum alloy specimen. The results show that the addition of powder can promote the flowability of the molten bath and change the composition and microstructure of the joint interface. The tensile strength of the steel/aluminum joint is 327.41MPa and the elongation is 22.93% with the addition of Sn powder, which is obviously improved compared with the addition of Zr powder and without the addition of powder.

  13. Microstructure and Corrosion Resistance Property of a Zn-AI-Mg Alloy with Different Solidification Processes

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    Jiang Guang-rui

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available Zn-Al-Mg alloy coating attracted much attention due to its high corrosion resistance properties, especially high anti-corrosion performance at the cut edge. As the Zn-Al-Mg alloy coating was usually produced by hot-dip galvanizing method, solidification process was considered to influence its microstructure and corrosion properties. In this work, a Zn-Al-Mg cast alloy was melted and cooled to room temperature with different solidification processes, including water quench, air cooling and furnace cooling. Microstructure of the alloy with different solidification processes was characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM. Result shows that the microstructure of the Zn-Al-Mg alloy are strongly influenced by solidification process. With increasing solidification rate, more Al is remained in the primary crystal. Electrochemical analysis indicates that with lowering solidification rate, the corrosion current density of the Zn-Al-Mg alloy decreases, which means higher corrosion resistance.

  14. Relationships between phase transformations, microstructure and properties in Ti and Pb-free alloys

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    Servant, Colette [Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (C.N.R.S.), Laboratoire de Physico-Chimie de l' Etat Solide, ICMMO, Universite de Paris-Sud, 91405 Orsay (France)

    2010-10-15

    The mechanical or use properties of alloys are determined by their chemical composition and microstructure history. The microstructure changes during phase transformations occurring during solidification, thermomechanical processing and subsequent heat treatments. The best mechanical properties for the chosen application need optimized parameters of the microstructure. Tailored microstructures: can a dream come true. (Copyright copyright 2010 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  15. Microstructure, elastic and electromagnetic properties of epoxy-graphite composites

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    Bellucci, S.; Micciulla, F.; Levin, V. M.; Petronyuk, Yu. S.; Chernozatonskii, L. A.; Kuzhir, P. P.; Paddubskaya, A. G.; Macutkevic, J.; Pletnev, M. A.; Fierro, V.; Celzard, A.

    2015-06-01

    A set of epoxy resin-based composites filled with 0.25 - 2.0 wt.% of commercially available exfoliated graphite (EG) and thick graphene (TG), prepared by suspending EG particles in cyclohexane, and submitting the suspension to a series of grinding and ultrasonic dispersion steps, was produced. The microstructure of such epoxy-graphite composites has been studied by the impulse acoustic microscopy technique. According to acoustic microscopy data, exfoliated graphite microparticles have been well dispersed in the epoxy matrix. TG nanoflakes demonstrated persistent tendency to clustering and formation of agglomerates. The addition of graphite particles in small amount (0.25 - 2.0 wt.%) did not influence the bulk elastic properties of epoxy-graphite composite materials. Being extremely lightweight, 0.003 g cm-3, EG had a lower percolation threshold than TG, at the level of 1-1.5 wt.% against 2.1-3.2 wt.%, respectively. As a result, epoxy composites filled with 1.0-2.0 wt.% EG provided high electromagnetic (EM) interference shielding both at microwave and THz frequencies. In contrast, no significant influence of TG loading was observed at low weight fraction (up to 2 wt.%) on the EM performance of epoxy composites.

  16. Microstructure and mechanical properties of horns derived from three domestic bovines.

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    Zhang, Quan-bin; Li, Chun; Pan, Yan-ting; Shan, Guang-hua; Cao, Ping; He, Jia; Lin, Zhong-shi; Ao, Ning-jian; Huang, Yao-xiong

    2013-12-01

    The microstructure and mechanical properties of horns derived from three domestic bovines (buffalo, cattle and sheep) were examined. The effects of water content, sampling position and orientation of three bovid horns on mechanical properties were systematically investigated by uniaxial tension and micron indentation tests. Meanwhile, the material composition and metal element contents were determined by Raman spectroscopy and elemental analysis respectively, and the microstructures of the horns were measured by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Results show that the mechanical properties of horns have negative correlation with water contents and depend on sampling position and orientation. The spatial variations of the mechanical properties in horns are attributed to the different keratinization degrees in the proximal, middle and distal parts. And the mechanical properties of horns in the longitudinal direction are better than those in transverse. Among the three kinds of horns, the mechanical properties of buffalo horn are the best, followed by cattle horn, and those in sheep horn are the worst. This is due to the differences in material composition, metal element, and the microstructures of the horns. But the mechanical properties of buffalo horns are not dependent on the source of the buffalo. Therefore, regular engineered buffalo keratinous materials with standard mechanical properties can be obtained from different buffalo horns by using proper preparation methods. © 2013.

  17. Synthesis, microstructure, and physical properties of metallic barcode nanowires

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    Park, Bum Chul; Kim, Young Keun

    2017-05-01

    With rapid progress in nanotechnology, nanostructured materials have come closer to our life. Single-component nanowires are actively investigated because of their novel properties, attributed to their nanoscale dimensions and adjustable aspect ratio, but their technical limitations cannot be resolved easily. Heterostructured nanomaterials gained attention as alternatives because they can improve the existing single-component structure or add new functions to it. Among them, barcode nanowires (BNWs), comprising at least two different functional segments, can perform multiple functions for use in biomedical sensors, information encoding and security, and catalysts. BNW applications require reliable response to the external field. Hence, researchers have been attempting to improve the reliability of synthesis and regulate the properties precisely. This article highlights the recent progress and prospects for the synthesis, properties, and applications of metallic BNWs with focus on the dependence of the magnetic, optical, and mechanical properties on material, composition, shape, and microstructure.

  18. Microstructure and properties of pitch-based carbon composites

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    Blanco; Santamaria; Bermejo; Bonhomme; Menendez

    1999-11-01

    Pitches prepared in the laboratory by thermal treatment and air-blowing of a commercial coal-tar pitch were used as matrix precursors of carbon composites using granular petroleum coke, foundry coke, amorphous graphite and anthracite. Pitches were characterized by standard procedures (elemental analysis, softening point, solubility tests and carbon yield) and light microscopy (mesophase content). Pitch pyrolysis behaviour was monitored by thermogravimetric analysis and from the optical texture of cokes. Pitch wettability to the different carbons, at different temperatures, was also studied. Experimental conditions selected for the preparation of composites were based on pitch composition and properties. The main microstructural features of composites were determined by light microscopy and scanning electron microscopy. Composite properties were described in terms of their density, porosity and compressive strength, and related to composite microstructure and the characteristics of the precursors. Thermal treatment and air-blowing of pitch improved carbon composite structure and properties. The lowest porosities and best mechanical properties were observed in those composites obtained with the thermally treated pitches combined with foundry coke and anthracite.

  19. Effect of microalloying elements on microstructure and properties of quenched and tempered constructional steel

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    Ma, Qingshen; Huang, Leqing; Di, Guobiao; Wang, Yanfeng; Yang, Yongda; Ma, Changwen

    2017-09-01

    The effects of microalloying elements Nb, V and Ti on microstructure and properties of quenched and tempered steel were studied. Results showed that the addition of microalloying elements led to the formation of bainite and increased strength, while the austenization and ferrite transformation temperature was barely affected, i.e. 10°C. Microalloying elements shortened the incubation time for bainite transformation by refinement of austenite grain, and decreased the hardenability by forming carbides and therefore reducing the carbon content of super-cooled austenite. Either of them promoted the bainite transformation. The better tempering stability was ascribed to the as hot-rolled bainite microstructure and secondary carbide precipitation during tempering.

  20. Effect of cenospheres addition on microstructure and properties of AZ91D alloy

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    Zhi-qiu Huang; Si-rong Yu; Ming Hu

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    The cenospheres/AZ91D composites were fabricated by melt stir method. The phases, microstructure and tensile fracture morphology of the composites were analyzed using XRD, Olympus metallurgical microscopy and SEM methods. The thermal expansion coefficient (CTE) and tensile properties were measured. The results showed that the cenospheres distribute uniformly in the Mg alloy matrix and refine the matrix microstructure. Mg2Si and MgO were found in addition to α-Mg and β-Mg17Al12 phases using XR...

  1. Effect of Yttrium on the Microstructure and Properties of Pt-Ir Electrical Contact Materials

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    Wang, Saibei; Sun, Yong; Wang, Song; Peng, Mingjun; Liu, Manmen; Duan, Yonghua; Chen, Yongtai; Yang, Youcai; Chen, Song; Li, Aikun; Xie, Ming

    2017-10-01

    The Pt-10Ir and Pt-10Ir-1Y were prepared by high frequency induction melting, then the samples were obtained by powder metallurgy, hot extrusion and drawing. The influence of Y addition on microstructure and electrical contact properties of Pt-10Ir alloy has been investigated by using optical microscopy, SEM, electronic balance and the contact material test system. The results show that the addition of Y leads to the micro-structural refinement and directional change of material transfer, but has almost no influence on erosion morphology.

  2. Effect of Rare Earth Elements Burning Loss on Microstructure and Properties in TbDyFe

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    DENG Zhong-hua

    2016-08-01

    Full Text Available In order to simulate low vacuum experimental environment,Tb0.27Dy0.73Fe1.91 alloy round bars were prepared through melting with Tb, Dy and Fe elements, directional solidification and heat treatment in low vacuum environment. The magnetostriction of the alloy rods was tested. The microstructures and the causes of defects in the alloy were investigated. The results indicate that under the low vacuum experimental environment, there are plenty of twin dendritic lamellar microstructures and ordinary twin microstructures are generated in alloy, among which the mechanical properties and "jump" effect of twin dendritic lamellar structures are good, while the ordinary twins are bad to the magnetostrictive property in the alloy. REFe2 and REFe3 coupling phase is the main phase in the matrix, the burning loss of rare earth elements lead variations in chemical composition, resulting coupling growth with REFe3 phase and REFe2 phase. The thermal stress and the burning loss of rare earth elements segregate at grain boundaries resulting in the presence of micro-cracks and micro-holes. These microstructures and defects generate bad impact on mechanical properties and magnetostriction of TbDyFe alloy rods.

  3. Improvement of Microstructure and Wear Property of Al-Bi Alloys by Nd Addition

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    Man, Tiannan; Zhang, Lin; Xiang, Zhaolong; Wang, Wenbin; Huang, Minghao; Wang, Engang

    2017-10-01

    The fabrication of immiscible alloys with a homogeneous microstructure remains a challenge owing to the liquid-liquid phase separation. The microstructure and mechanical properties of Al-Bi immiscible alloys with the addition of rare-earth Nd are investigated in this work. Scanning electron microscopy analyses show the formation of intermetallic compound NdBi2 during solidification. The rod-like NdBi2 compounds act as heterogeneous nucleation sites for the Bi-rich droplets, which impedes the segregation of the Bi phase and refines the microstructure of the Al-Bi alloys. The results of a wear test show that the addition of Nd in Al-Bi immiscible alloys results in improved wear resistance, which is useful for the development of high-performance self-lubrication materials.

  4. Correlation of microstructure and thermo-mechanical properties of a novel hydrogen transport membrane

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    Zhang, Yongjun

    A key part of the FutureGen concept is to support the production of hydrogen to fuel a "hydrogen economy," with the use of clean burning hydrogen in power-producing fuel cells, as well as for use as a transportation fuel. One of the key technical barriers to FutureGen deployment is reliable and efficient hydrogen separation technology. Most Hydrogen Transport Membrane (HTM) research currently focuses on separation technology and hydrogen flux characterization. No significant work has been performed on thermo-mechanical properties of HTMs. The objective of the thesis is to understand the structure-property correlation of HTM and to characterize (1) thermo mechanical properties under different reducing environments and thermal cycles (thermal shock), and (2) evaluate the stability of the novel HTM material. A novel HTM cermet bulk sample was characterized for its physical and mechanical properties at both room temperature and at elevated temperature up to 1000°C. Micro-structural properties and residual stresses were evaluated in order to understand the changing mechanism of the microstructure and its effects on the mechanical properties of materials. A correlation of the microstructural and thermo mechanical properties of the HTM system was established for both HTM and the substrate material. Mechanical properties of both selected structural ceramics and the novel HTM cermet bulk sample are affected mainly by porosity and microstructural features, such as grain size and pore size-distribution. The Young's Modulus (E-value) is positively correlated to the flexural strength for materials with similar crystallographic structure. However, for different crystallographic materials, physical properties are independent of mechanical properties. Microstructural properties, particularly, grain size and crystallographic structure, and thermodynamic properties are the main factors affecting the mechanical properties at both room and high temperatures. The HTM cermet behaves

  5. Microstructure and properties of cast iron after laser surface hardening

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    Stanislav

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available Laser surface hardening of cast iron is not trivial due to the material’s heterogeneity and coarse-grained microstructure, particularly in massive castings. Despite that, hardening of heavy moulds for automotive industry is in high demand. The present paper summarises the findings collected over several years of study of materials structure and surface properties. Phase transformations in the vicinity of graphite are described using examples from production of body parts in automotive industry. The description relates to formation of martensite and carbide-based phases, which leads to hardness values above 65 HRC and to excellent abrasion resistance.

  6. Microstructure and mechanical properties of neutron irradiated beryllium

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    Ishitsuka, E.; Kawamura, H. [Japan Atomic Energy Research Inst., Oarai, Ibaraki (Japan). Oarai Research Establishment; Terai, T.; Tanaka, S.

    1998-01-01

    Microstructure and mechanical properties of the neutron irradiated beryllium with total fast neutron fluences of 1.3 - 4.3 x 10{sup 21} n/cm{sup 2} (E>1 MeV) at 327 - 616degC were studied. Swelling increased by high irradiation temperature, high fluence, and by the small grain size and high impurity. Obvious decreasing of the fracture stress was observed in the bending test and in small grain specimens which had many helium bubbles on the grain boundary. Decreasing of the fracture stress for small grain specimens was presumably caused by crack propagation on the grain boundaries which weekend by helium bubbles. (author)

  7. Microstructural modulations enhance the mechanical properties in Al-Cu-(Si, Ga) ultrafine composites

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    Park, Jin Man [Center for Non-Crystalline Materials, Yonsei University 120-749 Seoul (Korea, Republic of); IFW Dresden, Institute for Complex Materials D-01171 Dresden (Germany); Pauly, Simon; Mattern, Norbert [IFW Dresden, Institute for Complex Materials D-01171 Dresden (Germany); Kim, Do Hyang [Center for Non-Crystalline Materials, Yonsei University 120-749 Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Ki Buem [Department of Advanced Materials Engineering Sejong University, 143-747 Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Eckert, Juergen [IFW Dresden, Institute for Complex Materials D-01171 Dresden (Germany); Institute of Materials Science, TU Dresden D-01062 Dresden (Germany)

    2010-11-15

    Adding small amounts of Si or Ga (3 at.%) to the eutectic Al{sub 83}Cu{sub 17} alloy yields an ultrafine bimodal eutectic composite microstructure upon solidification. The as-solidified alloys exhibit a distinct microstructural length-scale hierarchy leading to a high fracture strength of around 1 GPa combined with a large compressive plastic strain of up to 30% at room temperature. The present results suggest that the mechanical properties of the ultrafine bimodal eutectic composites are strongly related to their microstructural characteristics, namely phase evolution, length-scales, and distribution of the constituent phases. (Copyright copyright 2010 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  8. Minor ampullate silks from Nephila and Argiope spiders: tensile properties and microstructural characterization.

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    Guinea, G V; Elices, M; Plaza, G R; Perea, G B; Daza, R; Riekel, C; Agulló-Rueda, F; Hayashi, C; Zhao, Y; Pérez-Rigueiro, J

    2012-07-09

    The mechanical behavior and microstructure of minor ampullate gland silk (miS) of two orb-web spinning species, Argiope trifasciata and Nephila inaurata, were extensively characterized, enabling detailed comparison with other silks. The similarities and differences exhibited by miS when compared with the intensively studied major ampullate gland silk (MAS) and silkworm (Bombyx mori) silk offer a genuine opportunity for testing some of the hypotheses proposed to correlate microstructure and tensile properties in silk. In this work, we show that miSs of different species show similar properties, even when fibers spun by spiders that diverged over 100 million years are compared. The tensile properties of miS are comparable to those of MAS when tested in air, significantly in terms of work to fracture, but differ considerably when tested in water. In particular, miS does not show a supercontraction effect and an associated ground state. In this regard, the behavior of miS in water is similar to that of B. mori silk, and it is shown that the initial elastic modulus of both fibers can be explained using a common model. Intriguingly, the microstructural parameters measured in miS are comparable to those of MAS and considerably different from those found in B. mori. This fact suggests that some critical microstructural information is still missing in our description of silks, and our results suggest that the hydrophilicity of the lateral groups or the large scale organization of the sequences might be routes worth exploring.

  9. Mechanical properties and microstructures of glass-ionomer cements.

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    Xie, D; Brantley, W A; Culbertson, B M; Wang, G

    2000-03-01

    The objective of this study was to determine the flexural strength (FS), compressive strength (CS), diametral tensile strength (DTS), Knoop hardness (KHN) and wear resistance of ten commercial glass-ionomer cements (GICs). The fracture surfaces of these cements were examined using scanning electron microscopic (SEM) techniques to ascertain relationships between the mechanical properties and microstructures of these cements. Specimens were fabricated according to the instructions from each manufacturer. The FS, CS, DTS, KHN and wear rate were measured after conditioning the specimens for 7 d in distilled water at 37 degrees C. One-way analysis of variance with the post hoc Tukey-Kramer multiple range test was used to determine which specimen groups were significantly different for each test. The fracture surface of one representative specimen of each GIC from the FS tests was examined using a scanning electron microscope. The resin-modified GICs (RM GICs) exhibited much higher FS and DTS, not generally higher CS, often lower Knoop hardness and generally lower wear resistance, compared to the conventional GICs (C GICs). Vitremer (3M) had the highest values of FS and DTS; Fuji II LC (GC International) and Ketac-Molar (ESPE) had the highest CS; Ketac-Fil (ESPE) had the highest KHN. Ketac-Bond (ESPE) had the lowest FS; alpha-Silver (DMG-Hamburg) had the lowest CS. Four GICs (alpha-Fil (DMG-Hamburg), alpha-Silver, Ketac-Bond and Fuji II) had the lowest values of DTS, which were not significantly different from each other; alpha-Silver and Ketac-Silver had the lowest values of KHN. The highest wear resistance was exhibited by alpha-Silver and Ketac-Fil; F2LC had the lowest wear resistance. The C GICs exhibited brittle behavior, whereas the RM GICs underwent substantial plastic deformation in compression. The more integrated the microstructure, the higher were the FS and DTS. Higher CS was correlated with smaller glass particles, and higher KHN was found where there was a

  10. Microstructure and mechanical properties of hard zone in friction stir welded X80 pipeline steel relative to different heat input

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    Aydin, Hakan, E-mail: hakanay@uludag.edu.tr [Engineering and Architecture Faculty, Mechanical Engineering Department, Uludag University, 16059 Gorukle-Bursa (Turkey); Nelson, Tracy W. [Mechanical Engineering Department, Brigham Young University, 435 CTB, Provo, UT 84602 (United States)

    2013-12-01

    The study was conducted to investigate the microstructure and mechanical properties of the hard zone in friction stir welded X80 pipeline steel at different heat inputs. Microstructural analysis of the welds was carried out using optical microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and microhardness. Heat input during friction stir welding process had a significant influence on the microstructure and mechanical properties in the hard zone along the advancing side of the weld nugget. Based on the results, the linear relationships between heat input and post-weld microstructures and mechanical properties in the hard zone of friction stir welded X80 steels were established. It can be concluded that with decrease in heat input the bainitic structure in the hard zone becomes finer and so hard zone strength increases.

  11. Solidification, microstructure, and mechanical properties of the as-cast ZRE1 magnesium alloy with different praseodymium contents

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    Sheggaf, Z. M.; Ahmad, R.; Asmael, M. B. A.; Elaswad, A. M. M.

    2017-11-01

    The influence of praseodymium (Pr) content on the solidification characteristics, microstructure, and mechanical properties of ZRE1 magnesium (Mg) cast alloy was investigated. The obtained solidification parameters showed that Pr strongly affected the solidification time, leading to refinement of the microstructure of the alloys. When the freezing time was reduced to approximately 52 s, the grain size decreased by 12%. Mg12Zn (Ce,Pr) was formed as a new phase upon the addition of Pr and was detected via X-ray diffraction analysis. The addition of Pr led to a substantial improvement in mechanical properties, which was attributed to the formation of intermetallic compounds; the ultimate tensile strength and yield strength increased by approximately 10% and 13%, respectively. Pr addition also refined the microstructure, and the hardness was recovered. The results herein demonstrate that the mechanical properties of Mg alloys are strongly influenced by their microstructure characteristics, including the grain size, volume fraction, and distribution of intermetallic phases.

  12. Influence of solution annealing on microstructure and mechanical properties of Maraging 300 steel

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    Lima Filho, Venceslau Xavier; Barros, Isabel Ferreira; Abreu, Hamilton Ferreira Gomes de, E-mail: venceslau@ifce.edu.br [Universidade Federal do Ceara (UFC), Fortaleza, CE (Brazil). Departamento de Engenharia Metalurgica e Materiais. Laboratorio de Caracterizacao de Materiais, Metalurgia Fisica e Grupo de Pesquisa de Transformacao de Fase

    2017-01-15

    Maraging 300 belongs to a family of metallic materials with extremely high mechanical strength and good toughness. Some works have been published about aging temperatures that improve ultimate strength resistance with acceptable toughness levels in this steel family, where the prior austenite grain size obtained by different solution annealing temperature influence in the final mechanical properties. Solution annealing temperatures ranging from 860 °C to 1150 deg C and were kept constant until the aging temperature. These treatments were used in order to investigate their influence on the microstructure and mechanical properties of maraging steel 300, especially with regard to toughness. The characterization of the microstructure was performed by optical microscopy, scanning electron microscope (SEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD). Mechanical properties were evaluated by Rockwell C hardness and Charpy impact tests. The results showed that there is a temperature range where one can get some improvement in toughness without a large loss of mechanical strength. (author)

  13. The role of mixing temperature on microstructure and rheological properties of butter blends

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    Buldo, Patrizia; Wiking, Lars

    2012-01-01

    The present study demonstrated that the rheological properties of butter blends can be modified by the applied mixing temperature. Blends were prepared by mixing 10 or 25% of rapeseed oil (RO) with butter, at three different temperatures (13, 18 and 23 °C). Afterwards the blends were stored at 5 °C...... until analyzed. Microstructure, rheological properties, melting behavior and solid fat content (SFC) of the blends were examined. The viscoelastic properties of the blends were measured by rheological oscillation analysis. Mixing at 23 °C always resulted in the softest products, hence the lowest...... the effect on the rheological behavior. The microstructure analysis showed that a high content of RO and high processing temperatures produce a less dense crystal network and a change in protein/water distribution. Furthermore, this study shows that the addition of RO to butter and the high mixing...

  14. Microstructures and mechanical properties of dissimilar Nd:YAG laser weldments of AISI4340 and AISI316L steels

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    Sufizadeh, A. R.; Akbari Mousavi, S. A. A.

    2017-05-01

    This paper presents studies on the microstructure and mechanical properties of AISI 316L stainless steel and AISI 4340 low-alloy steel joints formed by the Nd:YAG laser welding process. The weld microstructures and heat affected zones (HAZs) were investigated. Austenitic microstructures were observed in all of the samples. The sizes of the HAZs changed when the heat input was varied, and the 316L sides exhibited a larger HAZ. The cooling rates were calculated by measuring the solidification dendrite arm spacing. It is shown that high cooling rates lead to an austenitic microstructure. Tensile tests were carried out, and the results revealed the tensile properties of both the base metals and the weldments. The hardness test results agreed well with the tensile test results.

  15. Fibrous random materials: From microstructure to macroscopic properties

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    Yazdchi, K.; Luding, S.

    2013-06-01

    Fibrous porous materials are involved in a wide range of applications including composite materials, fuel cells, heat exchangers and (biological)filters. Fluid flow through these materials plays an important role in many engineering applications and processes, such as textiles and paper manufacturing or transport of (under)ground water and pollutants. While most porous materials have complex geometry, some can be seen as two-dimensional particulate/fibrous systems, in which we introduce several microscopic quantities, based on Voronoi and Delaunay tessellations, to characterize their microstructure. In particular, by analyzing the topological properties of Voronoi polygons, we observe a smooth transition from disorder to order, for increasing packing fraction. Using fully resolved finite element (FE) simulations of Newtonian, incompressible fluid flow perpendicular to the fibres, the macroscopic permeability is calculated in creeping flow regimes. The effect of fibre arrangement and local crystalline regions on the macroscopic permeability is discussed and the macroscopic property is linked to the microscopic structural quantities.

  16. Microstructure and Properties of Composite Coatings Obtained on Aluminium Alloys

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    Bara M.

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents methods of modifying the anode surface layers of Al2O3 by introducing carbon to their microstructure. Composite coatings were prepared using two different methods. In the first, coatings were formed by means of oxidation under constant current conditions. Anodic oxidation of aluminium was conducted in a multicomponent electrolyte with the addition of organic acids and graphite. The second method was based on the formation of oxide coatings in an electrolyte without the addition of graphite or heat treatment of the layers of succinic acid. The obtained coatings were tested using SEM, TEM, and GDOES (glow discharge optical emission spectrometry and their tribological and stereometric properties were measured. The study demonstrated the beneficial effects of the methods when used to improve the tribological properties of sliding couples.

  17. Correlation between surface microstructure and optical properties of porous silicon

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    Saeideh Rhramezani Sani

    2007-12-01

    Full Text Available   We have studied the effect of increasing porosity and its microstructure surface variation on the optical and dielectric properties of porous silicon. It seems that porosity, as the surface roughness within the range of a few microns, shows quantum effect in the absorption and reflection process of porous silicon. Optical constants of porous silicon at normal incidence of light with wavelength in the range of 250-3000 nm have been calculated by Kramers-Kroning method. Our experimental analysis shows that electronic structure and dielectric properties of porous silicon are totally different from silicon. Also, it shows that porous silicon has optical response in the visible region. This difference was also verified by effective media approximation (EMA.

  18. Microstructural Characterization and Mechanical Properties of Electron Beam Welded Joint of High Strength Steel Grade S690QL

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    Błacha S.

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available In the paper the results of metallographic examination and mechanical properties of electron beam welded joint of quenched and tempered steel grade S690QL are presented. Metallographic examination revealed that the concentrated electron beam significantly affect the changes of microstructure in the steel. Parent material as a delivered condition (quenched and tempered had a bainitic-martensitic microstructure at hardness about 290 HV0.5. After welding, the microstructure of heat affected zone is composed mainly of martensite (in the vicinity of the fusion line of hardness 420 HV0.5. It should be noted, however, that the microstructure of steel in the heat affected zone varies with the distance from the fusion line. The observed microstructural changes were in accordance with the CCT-S transformation diagram for the examined steel.

  19. Microstructure, creep properties, and rejuvenation of service-exposed alloy 713C turbine blades

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    Maccagno, T. M.; Koul, A. K.; Immarigeon, J.-P.; Cutler, L.; Allem, R.; L'Espérance, G.

    1990-12-01

    A study was carried out on the microstructure and creep properties of aero engine first-stage turbine blades made from Alloy 713C nickel-base superalloy. Results are reported for new blades, blades in two service-exposed conditions, and service-exposed blades subjected to one of three rejuvenation treatments: a recoating heat treatment, a hot isostatic pressing (HIP) + recoating heat treatment, and a HIP + controlled cooling + recoating heat treatment. The blade microstructure undergoes significant change during service, and this leads to a loss in creep properties exhibited by specimens machined from the blade airfoils. Good correlations were observed between the rupture time and the amount of blade airfoil untwist and between the minimum creep rate and the amount of untwist. The recoating heat treatment and the HIP + controlled cooling + recoating treatment were moderately successful in restoring the microstructure and creep properties of the service-exposed blades. In comparison, the HIP + recoating treatment was very successful in rejuvenating creep properties but only for blades having a chemical composition with a lower propensity to form σ phase. For the blades with an unfavorable composition, σ phase was found to form preferentially near the grain boundaries during creep testing, and this had a detrimental effect on the creep properties. Nonetheless, the degree of rejuvenation for these blades was always at least as good as that obtained through the recoating heat treatment alone.

  20. Short range ordering and microstructure property relationship in amorphous alloys

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    Shariq, A.

    2006-07-01

    rate during splat quenching is sufficient for the vitrification of this alloy system. Zr{sub 53}Co{sub 23.5}Al{sub 23.5} bulk samples and splat samples, both exhibit very soft ferromagnetic properties. The heat treatment of as cast bulk sample results in an increase in net magnetization. The crystallization kinetics during the heat treatment, effects both the remanent magnetization, M{sub r} and coercivity, H{sub c} accordingly. Intriguingly, a salient increase in soft ferromagnetic properties is recorded for the heat treated splat samples. (orig.)

  1. Microstructure and mechanical properties of hyperuniform heterogeneous materials

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    Xu, Yaopengxiao; Chen, Shaohua; Chen, Pei-En; Xu, Wenxiang; Jiao, Yang

    2017-10-01

    that although the hyperuniform materials are softer than their nonhyperuniform counterparts, the former generally possess a significantly higher brittle fracture strength than the latter. This superior mechanical behavior is attributed to the lower degree of stress concentration in the material resulting from the hyperuniform microstructure, which is crucial to crack initiation and propagation.

  2. Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of a Novel Rapidly Solidified, High-Temperature Al-Alloy

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    Overman, Nicole R.; Mathaudhu, Suveen; Choi, Jung-Pyung; Roosendaal, Timothy J.; Pitman, Stan G.

    2016-02-12

    Rapid solidification (RS) processing, as a production method, offers a variety of unique properties based on far-from-equilibrium microstructures obtained through rapid cooling rates. In this study, we seek to investigate the microstructures and properties of a novel Al-alloy specifically designed for high temperature mechanical stability. Synthesis of, AlFe11.4Si1.8V1.6Mn0.9 (wt. %), was performed by two approaches: rotating cup atomization (“shot”) and melt spinning (“flake”). These methods were chosen because of their ability to produce alloys with tailored microstructures due to their inherent differences in cooling rate. The as-solidified precursor materials were microstructurally characterized with electron microscopy. The results show that the higher cooling rate flake material exhibited the formation of nanocrystalline regions as well additional phase morphologies not seen in the shot material. Secondary dendritic branching in the flake material was on the order of 0.1-0.25µm whereas branching in the shot material was 0.5-1.0µm. Consolidated and extruded material from both precursor materials was mechanically evaluated at both ambient and high (300°C) temperature. The consolidated RS flake material is shown to exhibit higher strengths than the shot material. The ultimate tensile strength of the melt spun flake was reported as 544.2MPa at room temperature and 298.0MPa at 300°C. These results forecast the ability to design alloys and processing approaches with unique non-equilibrium microstructures with robust mechanical properties at elevated temperatures.

  3. Investigation of the relationships between mechanical properties and microstructure in a Fe-9%Cr ODS steel

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    Hary Benjamin

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Ferritic-martensitic Oxide Dispersion Strengthened (ODS steels are potential materials for fuel pin cladding in Sodium Fast Reactor (SFR and their optimisation is essential for future industrial applications. In this paper, a feasibility study concerning the generation of tensile specimens using a quenching dilatometer is presented. The ODS steel investigated contains 9%Cr and exhibits a phase transformation between ferrite and austenite around 870 °C. The purpose was to generate different microstructures and to evaluate their tensile properties. Specimens were machined from a cladding tube and underwent controlled heat treatments inside the dilatometer. The microstructures were observed using Electron Backscatter Diffraction (EBSD and tensile tests were performed at room temperature and at 650 °C. Results show that a tempered martensitic structure is the optimum state for tensile loading at room temperature. At 650 °C, the strengthening mechanisms that are involved differ and the microstructures exhibit more similar yield strengths. It also appeared that decarburisation during heat treatment in the dilatometer induces a decrease in the mechanical properties and heterogeneities in the dual-phase microstructure. This has been addressed by proposing a treatment with a much shorter time in the austenitic domain. Thereafter, the relaxation of macroscopic residual stresses inside the tube during the heat treatment was evaluated. They appear to decrease linearly with increasing temperature and the phase transformation has a limited effect on the relaxation.

  4. Effect of milling time on microstructure and mechanical properties of Cu–Ni–graphite composites

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    Wang, Yiran; Gao, Yimin; Li, Yefei; Zhang, Chao; Huang, Xiaoyu; Zhai, Wenyan

    2017-09-01

    Cu–Ni–graphite composites are intended for application in switch slide baseplate materials. The microstructure of the composites depends strongly on the ball milling time, and a suitable time can significantly improve the properties of the Cu–Ni–graphite composites. In this study, a two-step milling method was employed. The morphology evolution and microstructural features of the powder was characterized at different milling times. Afterwards, the Cu–Ni–graphite composites were prepared in the process of cold pressing, sintering, re-pressing and re-sintering as a function of the different milling times. Finally, both the microstructure and mechanical properties of the Cu–Ni–graphite composites are discussed. The results show that no new phase was generated during the milling process. The morphology evolution of the mixture of Cu/Ni powder changed from spherical-like to cubic-like, plate-like and flake-like with an increasing milling time. The microstructure of the composites consisted of α-phase and graphite. The boundary area and quantity of pores changed as the milling time increased. The relative density, hardness and flexural strength reached maximum values at 15 h of milling time.

  5. Processing-Microstructure-Crystallographic Texture-Surface Property Relationships in Friction Stir Processing of Titanium

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    Bahl, Sumit; Nithilaksh, P. L.; Suwas, Satyam; Kailas, Satish V.; Chatterjee, Kaushik

    2017-09-01

    Friction stir processing (FSP) is a solid-state technique for microstructural modification of metallic materials. The aim of this work is to establish processing-microstructure-texture-surface properties relationship in commercially pure titanium (cp-Ti) processed by FSP under different processing conditions. The effect of processing conditions on the microstructural changes and the evolution of crystallographic texture is systematically studied. The changes in the chemical composition of the passive surface layer are characterized by x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The corrosion behavior of cp-Ti after FSP is evaluated in simulated body fluid and is related to the microstructure, texture and composition of passive layer. Substantial grain refinement was observed after FSP. Shear type deformation texture evolved during FSP with dynamic restoration processes weakening the overall shear texture. The corrosion resistance improved after processing at lower rotational speed due to the presence of basal planes at the surface and the incorporation of TiN in the passive layer. The results of this study suggest that surface properties of cp-Ti like passive layer and corrosion resistance are altered by FSP and can be controlled using appropriate processing parameters.

  6. Influence of Sc on microstructure and mechanical properties of Al-Si-Mg-Cu-Zr alloy

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    Li, Yukun; Du, Xiaodong; Zhang, Ya; Zhang, Zhen; Fu, Junwei; Zhou, Shi'ang; Wu, Yucheng

    2018-02-01

    In the present study, the effects of Mg, Cu, Sc and Zr combined additions on the microstructure and mechanical properties of hypoeutectic Al-Si cast alloy were systematically investigated. Characterization techniques such as optical microscopy (OM), scanning electron microscope (SEM), energy dispersive spectrometer (EDS), electron back-scatter diffraction (EBSD), atomic force microscopy (AFM), transmission electron microscope (TEM), Brinell hardness tester and universal testing machine were employed to analyze the microstructure and mechanical properties. The results showed that Sc served as modifier on the microstructure of Al-3Si-0.45Mg-0.45Cu-0.2Zr alloys, including modification of eutectic Si and grains. Extraordinarily, grain refinement was found to be related to the primary particles, which exhibited a close orientation to matrix. After T6 heat treatment, the grain structures were composed of nano-scaled secondary Al3(Sc, Zr) precipitates and spherical eutectic Si. Combined with T6 heat treatment, the highest hardness, yield strength, ultimate tensile strength and elongation were achieved in 0.56 wt.% Sc-modified alloy. Interestingly, the strength and ductility had a similar tendency. This paper demonstrated that combined additions of Mg, Cu, Sc and Zr could significantly improve the microstructure and performance of the hypoeutectic Al-Si cast alloy.

  7. Effect of deposition current on microstructure and properties of CoCrWC alloy PTA coatings

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    R. M. G. Paes

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available Cobalt-Based alloys are largely applied to the surface of components as welded coatings. Carbides reinforced CoCrWC system is used to extend the service life under harsh environments involving wear and corrosion in different media. This work aims to evaluate the effect of deposition current on the microstructure and properties of PTA coatings. So, CoCrWC alloy (Stellite #6 was processed on AISI316L stainless steel plates with the following main arc current: 100, 120, 150, 180 and 200A. So, different interaction with the substrate must be expected and its effect on coatings features was evaluated. The geometry of single track coatings, dilution, formed phases and phase volume fraction was assessed by laser Confocal, scanning electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction analysis. Vickers hardness and wear tests were carried out to correlate microstructure to properties of coatings. Coatings showed microstructure composed by hypoeutectic dendrites of Cobalt solid solution and interdendrictic carbides. Dilution increased with deposition current from 11,8 e 56,5% which reduced the carbides fraction and increased the Cobalt solid solution areas, resulting in hardness decrease from 500 to 310HV0,5. Higher deposition current induced mass loss rate increase on pin-on-disc sliding wear tests, arising 44,38% increment on wear coefficient, as a consequence of the lower carbides fraction and solid solution alloying and refinement degree of the microstructure.

  8. Experimental investigation of laser peening on TiAl alloy microstructure and properties

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    Qiao Hongchao

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available In order to study the effect of laser peening on microstructures and properties of TiAl alloy, TiAl alloy samples were treated by Nd:YAG laser system with the wavelength of 1064 nm, pulse-width of 18 ns, and pulse-energy of 0–10 J. Surface micro-hardness, roughness, and microstructural characteristics were tested with micro-hardness tester, roughness tester and scanning electron microscope. Residual stress and pole figures were tested with X-ray diffraction and its high-temperature stability was analyzed. The experimental results show that surface micro-hardness increases by up to 30%, roughness increases to 0.37 μm, compressive residual stress increases to 337 MPa, and local texture and typical lamellar microstructure are generated. Residual stress, micro-hardness, and (002 pole figures tests are conducted, compressive residual stress value drops from 337 MPa to 260 MPa, hardness value drops from 377 HV0.2 to 343 HV0.2, and the (002 poles shift back to the center slightly. Laser peening improves microstructure and properties of TiAl alloy significantly.

  9. Microstructural, textural, and sensory properties of whole-wheat noodle modified by enzymes and emulsifiers.

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    Niu, Meng; Hou, Gary G; Kindelspire, Julie; Krishnan, Padmanaban; Zhao, Siming

    2017-05-15

    With the utilization of enzymes including endoxylanase, glucose oxidase (GOX) and transglutaminase (TG), and emulsifiers comprising sodium stearoyl lactate (SSL) and soy lecithin, the microstructural, textural, and sensory properties of whole-wheat noodle (WWN) were modified. The development time and stability of whole-wheat dough (WWD) were enhanced by TG due to the formation of a more compact gluten network, and by SSL resulting from the enhanced gluten strength. Microstructure graphs by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) verified that TG and SSL promoted the connectivity of gluten network and the coverage of starch granules in WWN. TG increased the hardness and elasticity of cooked WWN, while two emulsifiers increased the noodle cohesiveness. Additionally, TG and SSL improved the sensory properties of noodle such as bite, springiness, and mouth-feel. The results suggest that TG and SSL are effective ingredients in enhancing the gluten strength of WWD and improving the qualities of WWN. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  10. The correlation between dendritic microstructure and mechanical properties of directionally solidified hypoeutectic Al-Ni alloys

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    Canté, Manuel V.; Spinelli, José E.; Cheung, Noé; Garcia, Amauri

    2010-02-01

    Al-Ni hypoeutectic alloys were directionally solidified under upward transient heat flow conditions. The aim of the present study is to set up correlations between the as-cast microstructure and the resulting mechanical properties of these alloys. The dependence of primary and secondary dendrite arm spacing on the alloy solute content and on solidification thermal parameters is also analyzed. The results include transient metal/mold heat transfer coefficient, tip growth rate, cooling rate, dendrite arm spacing, ultimate tensile strength, yield tensile strength and elongation. Expressions relating dendrite spacing to solidification thermal parameters and mechanical properties to the scale of the dendritic microstructure have been determined. It was found that the ultimate tensile strength and the yield tensile strength increase with increasing alloy solute content and with decreasing primary and secondary dendrite arm spacing. In contrast, the elongation was found to be independent of both alloy composition and dendritic arrangement.

  11. Study of Microstructure and Mechanical Properties Effects on Workpiece Quality in Sheet Metal Extrusion Process.

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    Suriyapha, Chatkaew; Bubphachot, Bopit; Rittidech, Sampan

    2015-01-01

    Sheet metal extrusion is a metal forming process in which the movement of a punch penetrates a sheet metal surface and it flows through a die orifice; the extruded parts can be deflected to have an extrusion cavity and protrusion on the opposite side. Therefore, this process results in a narrow region of highly localized plastic deformation due to the formation and microstructure effect on the work piece. This research investigated the characteristics of the material-flow behavior during the formation and its effect on the microstructure of the extruded sheet metal using the finite element method (FEM). The actual parts and FEM simulation model were developed using a blank material made from AISI-1045 steel with a thickness of 5 mm; the material's behavior was determined subject to the punch penetration depths of 20%, 40%, 60%, and 80% of the sheet thickness. The results indicated the formation and microstructure effects on the sheet metal extrusion parts and defects. Namely, when increasing penetration, narrowing the die orifice the material flows through, the material was formed by extruding, and defects were visibility, and the microstructure of the material's grains' size was flat and very fine. Extrusion defects were not found in the control material flow. The region of highly localized plastic deformation affected the material gain and mechanical properties. The FEM simulation results agreed with the experimental results. Moreover, FEM could be investigated as a tool to decrease the cost and time in trial and error procedures.

  12. ZnO Micro- and Nanostructures Obtained by Thermal Oxidation: Microstructure, Morphogenesis, Optical, and Photoluminescence Properties

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    Alejandro Escobedo-Morales; Rubén J. Aranda-García; Ernesto Chigo-Anota; Armando Pérez-Centeno; Antonio Méndez-Blas; Carlos G. Arana-Toro

    2016-01-01

    ZnO micro- and nanostructures were obtained through thermal oxidation of Zn powders at high temperature under air atmosphere. A detailed study of the microstructure, morphology, optical, and photoluminescence properties of the generated products at different stages of thermal oxidation is presented. It was found that the exposure time has a strong influence on the resulting morphology. The morphogenesis of the different ZnO structures is discussed, and experimental parameters for fabricating ...

  13. Effects Of Nickel On The Microstructure And The Mechanical Properties Of Sn-0.7Cu Lead-Free Solders

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    Gyenes A.

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available This paper investigates the effects of small amount nickel addition (0, 200, 400, 800, 1800 ppm on the microstructure and the mechanical properties of Sn-0.7Cu lead-free solder alloys. It is known that even ppm level Ni additions have significant effects on the microstructure of Sn-Cu solder alloys. Ni suppresses the growth of β-Sn dendrites in favour of eutectic formation. As the nickel content increases, the microstructure undergoes a morphological evolution from hypoeutectic through fully eutectic to hypereutectic. Along with these transformations, the mechanical properties of the alloy also significantly change. Based on the experimental results presented in this paper, the Sn-0.7Cu solder achieves maximum strength at the addition level of 800 ppm Ni, when the microstructure becomes fully eutectic.

  14. Nanocrystalline forsterite for biomedical applications: synthesis, microstructure and mechanical properties.

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    Ramesh, S; Yaghoubi, A; Lee, K Y Sara; Chin, K M Christopher; Purbolaksono, J; Hamdi, M; Hassan, M A

    2013-09-01

    Forsterite (Mg2SiO4) because of its exceptionally high fracture toughness which is close to that of cortical bones has been nominated as a possible successor to calcium phosphate bioceramics. Recent in vitro studies also suggest that forsterite possesses good bioactivity and promotes osteoblast proliferation as well as adhesion. However studies on preparation and sinterability of nanocrystalline forsterite remain scarce. In this work, we use a solid-state reaction with magnesium oxide (MgO) and talc (Mg3Si4(OH)2) as the starting precursors to synthesize forsterite. A systematic investigation was carried out to elucidate the effect of preparatory procedures including heat treatment, mixing methods and sintering temperature on development of microstructures as well as the mechanical properties of the sintered forsterite body. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  15. Microstructural and mechanical properties of camel longissimus dorsi muscle during roasting, braising and microwave heating.

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    Yarmand, M S; Nikmaram, P; Djomeh, Z Emam; Homayouni, A

    2013-10-01

    This study was conducted to investigate the effects of various heating methods, including roasting, braising and microwave heating, on mechanical properties and microstructure of longissimus dorsi (LD) muscle of the camel. Shear value and compression force increased during microwave heating more than roasting and braising. Results obtained from scanning electron microscopy (SEM) showed more damage from roasting than in either braising or microwave heating. Granulation and fragmentation were clear in muscle fibers after roasting. The perimysium membrane of connective tissue was damaged during braising, while roasting left the perimysium membrane largely intact. The mechanical properties and microstructure of muscle can be affected by changes in water content during cooking. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  16. Microstructural characterization and adsorption properties of alkali-activated materials based on metakaolin

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    Trivunac Katarina

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available The microstructural characterization and adsorption properties of metakaolin (MK and alkali-activated metakaolin, known as geopolymer materials (GP were investigated. The structure and properties of the metakaolin and obtained geopolymer were studied by X-ray diffraction (XRD, scanning electron microscopy (SEM and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR spectroscopy. Furthermore, based on the analysis of adsorption efficiency, microstructure and mineral structure, the difference between geopolymer and metakaolin on the performance of immobilizing heavy metals have been discussed. The kinetics of adsorption can be represented by pseudo-second order equation. The results of lead ions adsorption experiments were best fitted by Freundlich adsorption isotherm for both investigated adsorbents. The highest removal efficiencies of alkali-activated material based on metakaolin was found 97.5% at pH 4 and metakaolin removal efficiencies was found 92% at pH 5.5.[Projekat Ministarstva nauke Republike Srbije, br. III 45012 i br. 172007

  17. Correlation Between Microstructure and Mechanical Properties Before and After Reversion of Metastable Austenitic Stainless Steels

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    Fargas, Gemma; Zapata, Ana; Roa, Joan Josep; Sapezanskaia, Ina; Mateo, Antonio

    2015-12-01

    Reversion treatments are a way to improve the mechanical response of metastable austenitic stainless steels by means of grain refinement. To effectively apply those treatments, the steel must be previously deformed to induce a significant amount of martensitic transformation. In this work, the effect of reversion treatments was studied on a commercial AISI 301LN grade subjected to an industrial cold rolling process, with thickness reductions not higher than 40 pct. Microstructural changes and evolution of both monotonic and cyclic mechanical properties were investigated after cold rolling and upon reversion treatments. Results revealed that the finer austenitic microstructure obtained after reversion leads to an interesting combination of properties, with strong increments in hardness and yield strength, and also fatigue limit improvement, as compared to the initial annealed condition.

  18. Effect of solution treatment on microstructure and properties of duplex stainless steel

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    Wang, X. Y.; Luo, J. M.; Huang, L. Q.; Wang, H. B.; Ma, C. W.

    2017-09-01

    The influence of solution treatment on microstructure and properties of 2205 duplex stainless steel (DSS) was studied. The microstructure, precipitates and corrosion resisting property were observed and analyzed by means of optical microscopy (OM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and electrochemical methods. The results showed that a large number of brittle σ-phase precipitates, which deteriorate the plasticity and corrosion resistance of the material, were easy to produce in the duplex stainless steel under the low temperature. The precipitation of σ-phase can be decreased and the plasticity and corrosion resistance can be improved by increasing solution temperature. In addition, the ferrite content increases with the increase of solution temperature, while less affected by cooling rate.

  19. Microstructure and mechanical properties of recycled aggregate concrete in seawater environment.

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    Yue, Pengjun; Tan, Zhuoying; Guo, Zhiying

    2013-01-01

    This study aims to conduct research about the microstructure and basic properties of recycled aggregate concrete under seawater corrosion. Concrete specimens were fabricated and tested with different replacement percentages of 0%, 30%, and 60% after immersing in seawater for 4, 8, 12, and 16 months, respectively. The basic properties of recycled aggregate concrete (RAC) including the compressive strength, the elastic modulus, and chloride penetration depth were explicitly investigated. And the microstructure of recycled concrete aggregate (RCA) was revealed to find the seawater corrosion by using scanning electron microscope (SEM). The results showed that higher amount of the RCA means more porosity and less strength, which could lower both the compressive strength and resistance to chloride penetration. This research could be a guide in theoretical and numerical analysis for the design of RAC structures.

  20. Microstructure and mechanical properties of Mg-6Al magnesium alloy with yttrium and neodymium

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    Chen Jun

    2009-05-01

    Full Text Available The effects of rare earth (RE elements Y and Nd on the microstructure and mechanical properties of Mg-6Al magnesium alloy were investigated. The results show that a proper level of RE elements can obviously refi ne the microstructure of Mg-6Al magnesium alloys, reduce the quantity of β-Mg17Al12 phase and form Al2Y and Al2Nd phases. The combined addition of Y and Nd dramatically enhances the tensile strength of the alloys in the temperature range of 20-175℃. When the content of RE elements is up to 1.8%, the values of tensile strength at room temperature and at 150℃ simultaneously reach their maximum of 253 MPa and 196 MPa, respectively. The main mechanisms of enhancement in the mechanical properties of Mg-6Al alloy with Y and Nd are the grain refi ning strengthening and the dispersion strengthening.

  1. Deformation bands in porous sandstones their microstructure and petrophysical properties

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    Torabi, Anita

    2007-12-15

    Deformation bands are commonly thin tabular zones of crushed or reorganized grains that form in highly porous rocks and sediments. Unlike a fault, typically the slip is negligible in deformation bands. In this dissertation the microstructure and petrophysical properties of deformation bands have been investigated through microscopy and numerical analysis of experimental and natural examples. The experimental work consists of a series of ring-shear experiments performed on porous sand at 5 and 20 MPa normal stresses and followed by microscopic examination of thin sections from the sheared samples. The results of the ring-shear experiments and comparison of them to natural deformation bands reveals that burial depth (level of normal stress in the experiments) and the amount of shear displacement during deformation are the two significant factors influencing the mode in which grains break and the type of shear zone that forms. Two end-member types of experimental shear zones were identified: (a) Shear zones with diffuse boundaries, which formed at low levels of normal stress and/or shear displacement; and (b) Shear zones with sharp boundaries, which formed at higher levels of normal stress and/or shear displacement. Our interpretation is that with increasing burial depth (approximately more than one kilometer, simulated in the experiments by higher levels of normal stress), the predominant mode of grain fracturing changes from flaking to splitting; which facilitates the formation of sharp-boundary shear zones. This change to grain splitting increases the power law dimension of the grain size distribution (D is about 1.5 in sharp boundary shear zones). Based on our observations, initial grain size has no influence in the deformation behavior of the sand at 5 MPa normal stresses. A new type of cataclastic deformation band is described through outcrop and microscopic studies; here termed a 'slipped deformation band'. Whereas previously reported cataclastic

  2. Microstructural parameter-based modeling for transport properties of collagen matrices.

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    Park, Seungman; Whittington, Catherine; Voytik-Harbin, Sherry L; Han, Bumsoo

    2015-06-01

    Recent advances in modulating collagen building blocks enable the design and control of the microstructure and functional properties of collagen matrices for tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. However, this is typically achieved by iterative experimentations and that process can be substantially shortened by computational predictions. Computational efforts to correlate the microstructure of fibrous and/or nonfibrous scaffolds to their functionality such as mechanical or transport properties have been reported, but the predictability is still significantly limited due to the intrinsic complexity of fibrous/nonfibrous networks. In this study, a new computational method is developed to predict two transport properties, permeability and diffusivity, based on a microstructural parameter, the specific number of interfibril branching points (or branching points). This method consists of the reconstruction of a three-dimensional (3D) fibrous matrix structure based on branching points and the computation of fluid velocity and solute displacement to predict permeability and diffusivity. The computational results are compared with experimental measurements of collagen gels. The computed permeability was slightly lower than the measured experimental values, but diffusivity agreed well. The results are further discussed by comparing them with empirical correlations in the literature for the implication for predictive engineering of collagen matrices for tissue engineering applications.

  3. Effect of Heat Treatment on the Mechanical Properties and Microstructure of a API 5CT J55 Pipeline Steel

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    Soria-Aguilar Ma. de Jesús

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available The effects of two different post-weld heat treatment cycles on the microstructure and mechanical properties of welded API 5CT J55 steels were investigated in the present work. Experiments were carried out based on a Taguchi experimental design. Ortogonal arrays (L9 of Taguchi and statistical analysis of variance (ANOVA were employed to determine the impact of the heat treatment parameters on the microstructure and mechanical properties of experimental steel. From the results of ANOVA, there were obtained the empirical equations for optimizing the heat treating conditions that lead to the best mechanical properties.

  4. Microstructures and fatigue properties of electron beam welds with beam oscillation for heavy section TC4-DT alloy

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    Fu Pengfei

    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available With the development of the manufacturing technology, electron beam welding (EBW is capable of producing titanium alloy large parts in aero fields. To increase the applications and improve the properties, EBW with beam oscillation was investigated on TC4-DT alloy with 50 mm thickness. We detected the welding samples by X-ray NDT, observed the microstructures of the welds, and tested the fatigue properties of the joints. The results showed that EBW with beam oscillation improved the weld morphology as well as welding quality, and the microstructure homogeneity of the welds and HAZ along the weld penetration were also improved. The fatigue properties of the joints with beam oscillation were more excellent than those of conventional EBW, even equal to those of the base metal under high stresses. The influences of the processing and the microstructure on the properties with beam oscillation were discussed.

  5. The influence of synthesis routes and curing time on the mechanical and microstructure properties of class C fly ash geopolymers

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    Afifah, Kharisma Noor; Amalia, Nursyamsih; Syamsidar, D.; Haris, Abdul; Subaer

    2017-09-01

    The main objective of this study is to investigate the influence of synthesis routes and curing time on the mechanical and microstructure properties of geopolymers made from class C fly ash. Geopolymers were produced by means of alkali activation method varying the synthesis routes as well as curing time from 2, 4 and 6 hours. The resulting samples were stored 28 days before conducting any measurement. The mechanical properties of geopolymers were examined through compressive and flexural strength measurements. The microstructure properties of the starting and resulting materials were studied by means of x-ray diffraction (XRD) and Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) coupled with Energy Dispersive Spectrometer (EDS). The results showed that both synthesis routes and curing time affecting the attainable of compressive and flexural strength as well as the microstructure of geopolymers. It was also found that the availability of water and curing time are essential in the production of sodium aluminum silicate which act as the main binder of geopolymers.

  6. Microstructure and mechanical properties of a novel rapidly solidified, high-temperature Al-alloy

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    Overman, N.R., E-mail: Nicole.Overman@pnnl.gov [Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, P.O. Box 999, Richland, WA 99352 (United States); Mathaudhu, S.N. [Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, P.O. Box 999, Richland, WA 99352 (United States); University of California, Riverside, 3401 Watkins Dr., Riverside, CA 92521 (United States); Choi, J.P.; Roosendaal, T.J.; Pitman, S. [Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, P.O. Box 999, Richland, WA 99352 (United States)

    2016-02-15

    Rapid solidification (RS) processing, as a production method, offers a variety of unique properties based on far-from-equilibrium microstructures obtained through rapid cooling rates. In this study, we seek to investigate the microstructures and properties of a novel Al-alloy specifically designed for high temperature mechanical stability. Synthesis of, AlFe{sub 11.4}Si{sub 1.8}V{sub 1.6}Mn{sub 0.9} (wt.%), was performed by two approaches: rotating cup atomization (“shot”) and melt spinning (“flake”). These methods were chosen because of their ability to produce alloys with tailored microstructures due to their inherent differences in cooling rate. The as-solidified precursor materials were microstructurally characterized with electron microscopy. The results show that the higher cooling rate flake material exhibited the formation of nanocrystalline regions as well additional phase morphologies not seen in the shot material. Secondary dendritic branching in the flake material was on the order of 0.1–0.25 μm whereas branching in the shot material was 0.5–1.0 μm. Consolidated and extruded material from both precursor materials was mechanically evaluated at both ambient and high (300 °C) temperature. The consolidated RS flake material is shown to exhibit higher strengths than the shot material. The ultimate tensile strength of the melt spun flake was reported as 544.2 MPa at room temperature and 298.0 MPa at 300 °C. These results forecast the ability to design alloys and processing approaches with unique non-equilibrium microstructures with robust mechanical properties at elevated temperatures. - Highlights: • A novel alloy, AlFe{sub 11.4}Si{sub 1.8}V{sub 1.6}Mn{sub 0.9} was fabricated by rapid solidification. • Room temperature yield strength exceeded 500 MPa. • Elevated temperature (300 °C) yield strength exceeded 275 MPa. • Forging, after extrusion of the alloy resulted in microstructural coarsening. • Decreased strength and ductility was

  7. Relationship between silver concentration with microstructural and mechanical properties of rolled AlZn alloy

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    Valdez, S., E-mail: svaldez@fis.unam.mx [Instituto de Ciencias Fisicas-Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Av. Universidad S/N, Col. Chamilpa, 062210 Cuernavaca, Morelos (Mexico); Perez, R.; Rodriguez-Diaz, R.A. [Instituto de Ciencias Fisicas-Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Av. Universidad S/N, Col. Chamilpa, 062210 Cuernavaca, Morelos (Mexico); Angeles-Chavez, C. [Instituto Mexicano del Petroleo, Eje central Lazaro Cardenas 152, Mexico D.F. 07730 (Mexico); Casolco, S.R. [Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, Campus Puebla, Via Atlixcayotl 2301. Puebla, Pue. 2800 (Mexico)

    2010-05-25

    The relationship of Ag addition on microstructural and mechanical properties of rolled AlZn alloy was investigated. AlZn alloys were prepared by metal mould casting method and the Ag addition was done by Vortex technique. Microstructural characterization of AlZnAg specimens was analyzed by means of X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy. Results show that the phases of the as-cast state alloy are solid solution zinc-rich hexagonal close-packed (hcp) crystal structure, named {eta}-phase and {alpha}-Al solid solution with Zn dissolved into the matrix. The silver concentration in AlZn alloy influences the volume of AgZn{sub 3} precipitates. The mechanical properties, especially the flow stress and elongation of the alloy were improved by the Ag addition. The Vortex method was used in order to diminish the process cost, generating an alloy with homogenous microstructure, less casting porosity and better mechanical properties.

  8. Microstructural and mechanical properties analysis of extruded Sn–0.7Cu solder alloy

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    Abdoul-Aziz Bogno

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The properties and performance of lead-free solder alloys such as fluidity and wettability are defined by the alloy composition and solidification microstructure. Rapid solidification of metallic alloys is known to result in refined microstructures with reduced microsegregation and improved mechanical properties of the final products as compared to normal castings. The rapidly solidified Sn-based solders by melt spinning were shown to be suitable for soldering with low temperature and short soldering duration. In the present study, rapidly solidified Sn–0.7 wt.%Cu droplets generated by impulse atomization (IA were achieved as well as directional solidification under transient conditions at lower cooling rate. This paper reports on a comparative study of the rapidly solidified and the directionally solidified samples. Different but complementary characterization techniques were used to fully analyze the solidification microstructures of the samples obtained under the two cooling regimes. These include X-ray diffractometry (XRD and scanning electron microscopy (SEM. In order to compare the tensile strength and elongation to fracture of the directionally solidified ingot and strip castings with the atomized droplet, compaction and extrusion of the latter were carried out. It was shown that more balanced and superior tensile mechanical properties are available for the hot extruded samples from compacted as-atomized Sn–0.7 wt.%Cu droplets. Further, elongation-to-fracture was 2–3× higher than that obtained for the directionally solidified samples.

  9. Effect of Temperature on the Properties and Microstructures of Carbon Refractories for Blast Furnace

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    Chen, Xilai; Li, Yawei; Li, Yuanbing; Jin, Shengli; Zhao, Lei; Ge, Shan

    2009-07-01

    The effects of temperature on phase composition, microstructure, and properties of silicon-containing blast furnace (BF) carbon refractories after firing in coke breeze packing at 1000 °C to 1600 °C were studied with the aid of X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy-dispersive X-ray, mercury porosimetry, and a laser thermal conductivity meter. The results showed that silicon played a dominant role in the evolution of phase, microstructure, and properties. The amount of SiC whiskers increased with temperature. The phase in the outer part of the specimen was cristobalite balls, and its content decreased and β-SiC whisker increased in the inner part of the specimen. The phase and microstructure development with firing temperature influenced the properties. The bulk density, strength, and <1- μm micropore volume of open pores were highest, whereas the apparent and total porosity, mean pore size, and thermal conductivity were lowest for specimens fired at 1400 °C. Moreover, the thermal conductivity was affected by pore structure and phases formed after firing.

  10. Powder injection molding of Stellite 6 powder: Sintering, microstructural and mechanical properties

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    Gülsoy, H. Özkan [Marmara University, Technology Faculty, Metall. and Mater. Eng., 34722 Istanbul (Turkey); Özgün, Özgür, E-mail: oozgun@bingol.edu.tr [Bingol University, Faculty of Engineering and Architecture, Mechanical Eng. Dep., 12000 Bingol (Turkey); Bilketay, Sezer [Marmara University, Technology Faculty, Metall. and Mater. Eng., 34722 Istanbul (Turkey)

    2016-01-10

    The purpose of this study was to produce Co-based Stellite 6 superalloy components by using the method of Powder Injection Molding (PIM) and to characterize the microstructural and mechanical properties of the produced components. The experimental studies were started through the formation of feedstock by mixing Stellite 6 powder with a multicomponent binder system. Prepared feedstock was formed by utilizing powder injection molding technique. Then the molded samples were subjected to the solvent and thermal debinding processes. Different sintering cycles were applied to the raw components for the purpose of determining the optimum sintering conditions. The densities of the sintered components were determined in accordance with the Archimedes' principle. The microstructural characterization was performed through scanning electron microscope (SEM) analysis, energy dispersive spectrometry (EDS) analyses, and X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis. Hardness measurement and tensile test were conducted in order to determine the mechanical properties. The results illustrated that the injection molded Stellite 6 components were composed of fine and equiaxed grains, plenty of carbide precipitates exhibiting homogenous distribution throughout the microstructure formed at the grain boundaries and thus the mechanical properties were considerably high.

  11. Effects of Bi Addition on the Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of Nanocrystalline Ag Coatings

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    Yuxin Wang

    2017-08-01

    Full Text Available In this study we investigated the effects of Bi addition on the microstructure and mechanical properties of an electrodeposited nanocrystalline Ag coating. Microstructural features were investigated with transmission electron microscopy (TEM. The results indicate that the addition of Bi introduced nanometer-scale Ag-Bi solid solution particles and more internal defects to the initial Ag microstructures. The anisotropic elastic-plastic properties of the Ag nanocrystalline coating with and without Bi addition were examined with nanoindentation experiments in conjunction with the recently-developed inverse method. The results indicate that the as-deposited nanocrystalline Ag coating contained high mechanical anisotropy. With the addition of 1 atomic percent (at% Bi, the anisotropy within Ag-Bi coating was very small, and yield strength of the nanocrystalline Ag-Bi alloy in both longitudinal and transverse directions were improved by over 100% compared to that of Ag. On the other hand, the strain-hardening exponent of Ag-Bi was reduced to 0.055 from the original 0.16 of the Ag coating. Furthermore, the addition of Bi only slightly increased the electrical resistivity of the Ag-Bi coating in comparison to Ag. Results of our study indicate that Bi addition is a promising method for improving the mechanical and physical performances of Ag coating for electrical contacts.

  12. Synthesis, microstructure, and electrical properties of the delafossite compound CuGaO{sub 2}

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    Gall, R. Bruce [Materials Science and Engineering Department, Iowa State University, Ames, IA 50011 (United States); Ashmore, Nathan [Materials Science and Engineering Department, Iowa State University, Ames, IA 50011 (United States); Marquardt, Meagen A. [Materials Science and Engineering Department, Iowa State University, Ames, IA 50011 (United States); Tan, Xiaoli [Materials Science and Engineering Department, Iowa State University, Ames, IA 50011 (United States); Cann, David P. [Materials Science and Engineering Department, Iowa State University, Ames, IA 50011 (United States)]. E-mail: baTio3@iastate.edu

    2005-04-05

    The electrical properties and microstructural characteristics of solid-state synthesized CuGaO{sub 2} ceramics were investigated. Undoped CuGaO{sub 2} ceramics exhibited p-type conductivity with a Seebeck coefficient of 780 {mu}V/K and a room temperature conductivity of 0.0033 S/cm. Examination of the microstructure of CuGaO{sub 2} ceramics revealed the existence of thin laminar twins oriented along the {l_brace}0 0 0 1{r_brace} basal plane with thickness varying from several to several tens of nanometers. Doping with Ni{sup 2+} and Mg{sup 2+} did not result in a significant increase in conductivity and doping with Sn{sup 4+} resulted in a remarkable decrease in conductivity. With evidence from diffraction data on Sn-doped ceramics, it is proposed that the Sn{sup 4+} was ionically compensated with Cu vacancies.

  13. Microstructure and mechanical properties of Mg-Zn-Ag alloys

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    Park, S.C.; Lim, J.D. [Materials Research Team, R and D Div., Hyundai Motor Co. and Kia Motors Corp., Kyunggi-do (Korea); Eliezer, D. [Dept. of Materials Engineering, Ben-Gurion Univ. of the Negev, Beer-Sheva (Israel); Shin, K.S. [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Seoul National Univ. (Korea); CAAM, POSTECH, Pohang (Korea)

    2003-07-01

    The majority of Mg components currently in use in the automotive and electronic industries are produced by conventional casting processes. However, there is a strong need to develop new high strength wrought alloys for wide-spread application of Mg alloys in near future. In the present study, new Mg-Zn-Ag alloys were developed and characterized. In order to evaluate the effects of Ag addition on the mechanical properties of the extruded Mg-Zn alloys, the age hardening response and mechanical properties were examined with different amounts of alloying element. The microstructures of the specimens were examined with optical microscopy and transmission electron microscopy. The grain sizes of the alloys in as-extruded condition were markedly reduced with the addition of Ag. The hardness was found to increase more rapidly in the alloys with double aging treatment compared to those with single aging treatment. The peak hardness was also found to be higher in the alloys with double aging treatment. In all heat treatment conditions, the hardness of the Mg-Zn-Ag alloys were found to be higher than those of the Mg-Zn alloys. The addition of Ag to the Mg-Zn alloys increased the tensile strength with a small decrease in tensile elongation in the peak double aging condition. (orig.)

  14. Cold-rolled multiphase boron steels: microstructure and mechanical properties

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    Fábio Dian Murari

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available The influence of the boron concentration on phase transformation characteristics, microstructure and mechanical properties of multiphase steels was investigated using computational thermodynamics (Thermo-Calc®, dilatometry, quantitative metallography and tensile tests. Pilot scale 50 kg steel ingots were prepared in an induction furnace operating under an argon gas atmosphere with boron contents between 0 and 47 ppm. The ingots were cut into 35 mm thick blocks, which were reheated to 1250 °C for 1 h and hot rolled for seven passes to attain a thickness of 7.0 mm. The hot-rolled sheets were machined and then cold rolled to a final thickness of 1.2 mm. Continuous annealing cycles were performed in a Bähr dilatomer and in a Gleeble machine. Continuous annealing laboratory simulations showed that boron did not significantly influence the amount of austenite formed during heating and soaking steps. However, boron influenced austenite transformation during the cooling step, which reduced the amount of ferrite and increased the amount of bainite. Regarding the mechanical properties, adding boron increased strength and decreased ductility of the product. The steels with boron concentrations up to 27 ppm exhibited the greatest effect. The amount of austenite, which was calculated using Thermo-Calc®, was slightly overestimated compared with that obtained by dilatometry and metallography, particularly for soaking temperatures lower than 800 °C.

  15. Impact of the release rate of magnesium ions in multiple emulsions (water-in-oil-in-water) containing BSA on the resulting physical properties and microstructure of soy protein gel.

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    Zhu, Qiaomei; Zhao, Ling; Zhang, Hui; Saito, Masayoshi; Yin, Lijun

    2017-04-01

    The objective of present study was to prepare multiple water-in-oil-in-water (W/O/W) emulsions that exhibit different release rates of magnesium ions; and assess their utility as coagulants in improving tofu quality. W/O/W emulsions containing bovine serum albumin (BSA) and magnesium chloride (MgCl 2 ) were developed for controlled release applications. An increasing BSA concentration led to an increase in viscosity and droplet size of W/O/W double emulsions, as well as a decreased release rate of encapsulated Mg 2+ from emulsions. The gelation process of soy protein was simulated by conducting dynamic viscoelastic measurements. The rate constant (k) and saturated storage modulus (G' sat ) values of soy protein gel decreased as BSA concentration increased, suggesting that BSA could slow the release of magnesium ions from double emulsions. Confocal laser scanning microscopy (CLSM) results showed that increased concentration of BSA created a more homogeneous microstructure of soy protein gels with smaller pores within the gel network structure. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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

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    Tiago Jose Antoszczyszyn

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available 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 (PTA on two substrates: carbon steel API 5L and stainless steel AISI 316L. Differences due to the interaction with the substrate were maximized analyzing single layer coatings, processed with three deposition current: 120, 150 and 180 A. Correlation with a cast Nickel-based alloy sample contributed to assess the impact of dilution on coatings. Dilution was determined by the area ratio and Vickers hardness measured on the transverse section of coatings. Scanning electron and Laser confocal microscopy and X-ray diffraction analysis were carried out to characterize the microstructure. Results indicated the increasing dilution with the deposition current was deeply influenced by the substrate. Dilution ranging from 5 to 29% was measured on coatings processed on the API 5L steel and from 22 to 51% on the low thermal conductivity AISI 316L steel substrate. Differences on the microstructure and properties of coatings can be associated with the interaction with each substrate. Higher fraction of carbides account for the higher coating hardness when processing on API 5L whereas the low thermal conductivity of AISI 316L and the higher Fe content in solid solution contributed to the lower hardness of coatings.

  17. Mechanical properties and microstructure analysis of fly ash geopolymeric recycled concrete

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    Shi, X.S. [College of Architecture and Environment, Sichuan University, Chengdu (China); Collins, F.G.; Zhao, X.L. [Department of Civil Engineering, Monash University, Clayton (Australia); Wang, Q.Y., E-mail: wangqy@scu.edu.cn [College of Architecture and Environment, Sichuan University, Chengdu (China)

    2012-10-30

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Sodium silicate solution and sodium hydroxide solution were used to activate fly ash, which substitute cement totally in the concrete. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Utilizing two kinds of waste materials (fly ash and recycled aggregates) at the same time. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The mechanical properties and microstructures were studied and compared with different recycled aggregates replacement ratios. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Such concrete has greater compressive strength and better microstructure than ordinary concrete and also geopolymer concrete. - Abstract: Six mixtures with different recycled aggregate (RA) replacement ratios of 0%, 50% and 100% were designed to manufacture recycled aggregate concrete (RAC) and alkali-activated fly ash geopolymeric recycled concrete (GRC). The physical and mechanical properties were investigated indicating different performances from each other. Optical microscopy under transmitted light and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) coupled with energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX) were carried out in this study in order to identify the mechanism underlying the effects of the geopolymer and RA on concrete properties. The features of aggregates, paste and interfacial transition zone (ITZ) were compared and discussed. Experimental results indicate that using alkali-activated fly ash geopolymer as replacement of ordinary Portland cement (OPC) effectively improved the compressive strength. With increasing of RA contents in both RAC and GRC, the compressive strength decreased gradually. The microstructure analysis shows that, on one hand, the presence of RA weakens the strength of the aggregates and the structure of ITZs; on the other hand, due to the alkali-activated fly ash in geopolymer concrete, the contents of Portlandite (Ca(OH){sub 2}) and voids were reduced, as well as improved the matrix homogeneity. The microstructure of GRC was changed by different reaction products, such

  18. Influence of the heat treatment on the microstructure and properties of austenitic cast steel

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    P. Bała

    2010-07-01

    Full Text Available Exploitation investigations of a centrifugally cast pipe of austenitic cast steel indicated a significant influence of its microstructure on functional properties. Determination of the possibility of forming the microstructure and properties of the investigated cast steel by heat treatments was the aim of the presented paper. According to the Standard ASTM A 297, material from which the pipe was made is determined as HF type cast steel. The solution heat treatment from a temperature of 1080 °C was performed and followed by the microstructure observations and hardness measurements. It was found, that the solution heat treatment from this temperature will notsignificantly improve the material strength properties. However, it will visibly influence its fracture toughness. An influence of agingperformed after the solution heat treatment on microstructure and hardness was also investigated. Cast steel was aged for 1 hour at 600°C (solution heat treatment from 1080 °C. On the basis of the obtained results it was found, that the solution heat treatment temperature should be the maximum permissible by the Standard i.e. 1150 °C. Heating the supersaturated material (from 1150 °C even toa temperature of 600 °C should not cause the carbide precipitation in a form of the continuous network in grain boundaries, which woulddecrease fracture toughness of the investigated cast steel. Due to fracture toughness a service exposure of this material should not exceed 600 °C. The permissible service exposure up to 900 °C, given for this material in the Standard, is correct only on account of heat and high temperature creep resistance but not fracture toughness.

  19. Numerical Prediction of Microstructure and Mechanical Properties During the Hot Stamping Process

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    Kan, Dongbin; Liu, Lizhong; Hu, Ping; Ma, Ning; Shen, Guozhe; Han, Xiaoqiang; Ying, Liang

    2011-08-01

    Numerical simulation and prediction of microstructures and mechanical properties of products is very important in product development of hot stamping parts. With this method we can easily design changes of hot stamping products' properties prior to the manufacturing stage and this offers noticeable time and cost savings. In the present work, the hot stamping process of a U-channel with 22MnB5 boron steels is simulated by using a coupled thermo-mechanical FEM program. Then with the temperature evolution results obtained from the simulation, a model is applied to predict the microstructure evolution during the hot stamping process and mechanical properties of this U-channel. The model consists of a phase transformation model and a mechanical properties prediction model. The phase transformation model which is proposed by Li et al is used to predict the austenite decomposition into ferrite, pearlite, and bainite during the cooling process. The diffusionless austenite-martensite transformation is modeled using the Koistinen and Marburger relation. The mechanical properties prediction model is applied to predict the products' hardness distribution. The numerical simulation is evaluated by comparing simulation results with the U-channel hot stamping experiment. The numerically obtained temperature history is basically in agreement with corresponding experimental observation. The evaluation indicates the feasibility of this set of methods to be used to guide the optimization of hot stamping process parameters and the design of hot stamping tools.

  20. Microstructures and Properties of Medium Manganese Sheet Steels - Strategies and Opportunities

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    Rana, Radhakanta [CSM/ASPPRC; De Moor, Emmanuel [CSM/ASPPRC; Speer, John G [CSM/ASPPRC; Matlock, David K [CSM/ASPPRC

    2015-10-06

    Medium manganese steels, with 3 to 10 wt pct Mn, have been shown to be capable of being thermally-processed to produce sheet products with a variety of strength-ductility combinations and thus are receiving considerable attention as candidates for 3rd generation advanced high strength steels (3GAHSS). The steels typically contain refined microstructures with characteristic microstructural dimensions of 1 to 2 µm and consist of significant amounts of retained austenite in a fine grained ferritic matrix. Strategies for development of medium manganese steels are reviewed and results of recent property predictions based on composite modeling are presented. The importance of controlling austenite stability is illustrated with data on medium Mn (7 and 10 wt pct.), low carbon (0.1 and 0.15 wt pct) steels. Important forming variables (strain, strain rate, and temperature) are discussed, along with a consideration of yield point elongation, present in many medium Mn steels.

  1. Effect of Extrusion Speed on the Microstructure and Tensile Properties of AZ31 Alloy

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    Yang Shengnan

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available The influences of extrusion speed on the microstructure and tensile properties of AZ31 alloy were investigated. The results suggested that the yield and tensile strength of AZ31 alloy decrease but elongation increases with the reduction of extruded speed. High speed extrusion produces fine grains with texture of c-axis perpendicular with extruded direction. The tension deformation is dominated by slip and the formed texture is obstructive for the basal slip, and also the inhomogeneous structure formed at high speed extrusion is harmful to the ductility. Samples extruded at low speed have comparatively homogeneous and coarse microstructure. Twinning provided more tension deformation and the lattice rotation induced by twinning is favorable for the activities of new slip systems, which induced the better ductility of AZ31 alloy.

  2. Effect of cenospheres addition on microstructure and properties of AZ91D alloy

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    Zhi-qiu Huang

    2015-11-01

    Full Text Available The cenospheres/AZ91D composites were fabricated by melt stir method. The phases, microstructure and tensile fracture morphology of the composites were analyzed using XRD, Olympus metallurgical microscopy and SEM methods. The thermal expansion coefficient (CTE and tensile properties were measured. The results showed that the cenospheres distribute uniformly in the Mg alloy matrix and refine the matrix microstructure. Mg2Si and MgO were found in addition to α-Mg and β-Mg17Al12 phases using XRD. The CTE of the composites reduced after the cenospheres are added. The yield strength of the composites increases significantly with an increase in the mass fraction and a decrease in the size of the cenospheres. The tensile strength of the composites achieves maximum when the mass fraction of cenospheres is 9wt.% and the size of cenospheres is 80 μm. The fracture mechanism of the composites is cleavage fracture.

  3. Effect of Microstructure on Mechanical Properties of BA1055 Bronze Castings

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    Łabanowski J.

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available The article presents research results performed on aluminum bronze CuAl10Fe5Ni5 (BA1055 castings used for marine propellers. Metallographic studies were made on light microscope and a scanning electron microscope to assess quantitatively and qualitatively the alloy microstructure. It has been shown that the shape, size and distribution of the iron-rich к−phase precipitates in bronze microstructure significantly affect its mechanical properties. With an increase in the number of small к−phase precipitates increases the tensile strength of castings, while the presence of large globular precipitates improves ductility. Fragmentation and shape of κ−phase precipitates depends on many factors, particularly on the chemical composition of the alloy, Fe/Ni ratio, cooling rate and casting technology.

  4. Microstructure, Precipitation, and Mechanical Properties of V-N-Alloyed Steel After Different Cooling Processes

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    Zhang, Jing; Wang, Fu-Ming; Yang, Zhan-Bing; Li, Chang-Rong

    2016-12-01

    Three cooling processes (direct air cooling, water cooling to 1023 K and 873 K (750 °C and 600 °C) followed by air cooling) after hot rolling are designed to develop V-N-alloyed 600 MPa grade high-strength steel for architectural construction. Microstructural characteristics, precipitation behavior, and mechanical properties were investigated. Experimental results indicate that all microstructures are composed of polygonal ferrite and pearlite. Compared to the microstructure obtained from traditional direct air cooling, the grain size of ferrite is refined from 6.5 to 4.6 μm and the interlamellar spacing of pearlite decreases from 136 to 45 nm, respectively, by the application of accelerated cooling and lower finish cooling temperature. The number fraction of high misorientation angle boundaries increases from 44 to 51 pct. Moreover, the sheet spacing of interphase precipitates decreases from (23 to 26 nm) to (14 to 17 nm) and the size of V(C,N) particles reduces from (5 to 8 nm) to (2 to 5 nm). Furthermore, the optimal mechanical properties are obtained in the steel water cooled to 873 K (600 °C), of which the yield strength, tensile strength, total elongation, uniform elongation, and impact energy at room temperature are 753 MPa, 922 MPa, 22 pct, 11 pct, and 36 J, respectively. Besides, the high yield strength is primarily attributed to the refined grains and precipitation hardening from interphase and random precipitation of nano-scale V(C,N) particles.

  5. Effect of Ultra-Fast Cooling on Microstructure and Properties of High Strength Steel for Shipbuilding

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    Zhou, Cheng; Ye, Qibin; Yan, Ling

    The effect of ultra-fast cooling(UFC) and conventional accelerated cooling(AcC) on the mechanical properties and microstructure of controlled rolled AH32 grade steel plates on industrial scale were compared using tensile test, Charpy impact test, welding thermal simulation, and microscopic analysis. The results show that the properties of the plate produced by UFC are improved considerably comparing to that by AcC. The yield strength is increased with 54 MPa without deterioration in the ductility and the impact energy is improved to more than 260 J at -60 °C with much lower ductile-to-brittle transition temperature(DBTT). The ferrite grain size is refined to ASTM No. 11.5 in the UFC steel with uniform microstructure throughout the thickness direction, while that of the AcC steel is ASTM No. 9.5. The analysis of nucleation kinetics of α-ferrite indicates that the microstructure is refined due to the increased nucleation rate of α-ferrite by much lower γ→α transition temperature through the UFC process. The Hall-Petch effect is quantified for the improvement of the strength and toughness of the UFC steel attributed to the grain refinement.

  6. Microstructural design in quenched and partitioned (Q&P) steels to improve their fracture properties

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    Diego-Calderón, I. de, E-mail: irene.dediegocalderon@arcelormittal.com [IMDEA Materials Institute, Calle Eric Kandel 2, Getafe, 28906 Madrid (Spain); ArcelorMittal Global Research and Development, Voie Romaine-BP30320, 57283 Maizières-lès-Metz Cedex (France); Sabirov, I.; Molina-Aldareguia, J.M. [IMDEA Materials Institute, Calle Eric Kandel 2, Getafe, 28906 Madrid (Spain); Föjer, C. [ArcelorMittal Global R& D Gent, Pres. J. F. Kennedylaan 3, B-9060 Zelzate (Belgium); ArcelorMittal Gent, Pres. J. F. Kennedylaan 51, B-9042 Gent (Belgium); Thiessen, R. [ThyssenKrupp Steel Europe AG, Kaiser-Wilhelm-Straße 100, 47166 Duisburg (Germany); Petrov, R.H. [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Gent University, Technologiepark 903, B-9052 Zwijnaarde, Gent (Belgium); Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Delft University of Technology, 2628 CD Delft (Netherlands)

    2016-03-07

    Quenching and partitioning (Q&P) is receiving increased attention as a novel heat treatment to produce advanced high strength steels (AHSSs) containing martensite/retained austenite mixtures, with desirable combination of strength, ductility and toughness. Despite the significant body of research on microstructure and mechanical properties of Q&P steels, there is still a significant lack of knowledge on the effect of complex microstructure on their mechanical performance. This work addresses the effect of microstructural architecture in multiphase Q&P steels on their fracture behavior at macro- and micro-scales. It is demonstrated that the RA volume fraction does not affect significantly the local fracture initiation toughness, whereas it can greatly improve the total crack growth resistance in Q&P steels. In addition, matrix conditions can play an important role in the fracture behavior of Q&P steels. Based on the analysis of the experimental results, a general recipe to tailor fracture properties of Q&P steels is proposed.

  7. Tensile Properties and Microstructures of a 2024-T351 Aluminum Alloy Subjected to Cryogenic Treatment

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    Jianzhong Zhou

    2016-11-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of the cryogenic treatment (CT using liquid nitrogen on tensile properties and microstructures of the 2024-T351 aluminum alloy. Tensile tests were carried out, and tensile fractures were observed using a scanning electron microscope (SEM. The microstructure evolution of 2024-T351 subjected to CT was also studied using both an optic microscope (OM and a SEM. The components of the second phase were tested with an energy dispersive spectrometer (EDS. The results showed that both the ultimate strength and the yield strength of the 2024-T351 aluminum alloy could be improved through CT without the sacrifice of elongation. In addition, tensile fractures showed that the plasticity of 2024-T351 aluminum might also be improved, as the dimples in the fracture of the CTed specimens were markedly more uniform compared with the untreated specimen. The phenomenon of grains refinement (GR was found through microstructure observation. It was also found that the second phases were distributed more uniformly after CT. A conceivable mechanism concerning the shrinking effect and crystal grain movement was raised to explain the experimental phenomena. The effects of CT on residual stress in the 2024-T351 aluminum alloy are discussed herein. Measurements showed that tensile residual stress in 2024-T351 was removed, and slight compressive residual stress was generated after CT. This may also contribute to the improvement of the tensile properties of the alloy.

  8. Effect of Rare Earth Erbium on Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of A356 Aluminum Alloy

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    LI Xiao-yan

    2018-01-01

    Full Text Available For conventional A356 aluminum alloy, the addition of rare earth elements is an effective way to modify its microstructures and improve its mechanical properties. The effect of rare earth Er on microstructures and properties of as-cast A356 aluminum alloy was studied by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC, X-ray diffraction (XRD and scanning electron microscopy (SEM. The results indicate that rare earth element Er is a good modifier for A356 aluminum alloy, which is able to improve obviously the microstructure of as-cast alloy. The addition of Er refines the primary α-Al phase, decreases the secondary dendrite arm spacing and the dendrite arm diameter, and modifies the eutectic Si in as-cast structure simultaneously. When the amount of Er reaches 0.4% (mass fraction, the same below, the refinement effect is the most significant, secondary dendrite arm spacing decreases from 53.6μm to 17.5μm and the morphology of eutectic Si transforms from thick lath-shaped to short rod-like or round granular. Compared with A356 alloy, the tensile strength and elongation of A356 aluminum alloy with the addition of 0.4%Er increase by 15.1% and 29.8% respectively.

  9. Control of microstructure and mechanical properties of laser solid formed Inconel 718 superalloy by electromagnetic stirring

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    Liu, Fencheng; Cheng, Hongmao; Yu, Xiaobin; Yang, Guang; Huang, Chunping; Lin, Xin; Chen, Jing

    2018-02-01

    The coarse columnar grains and special interface in laser solid formed (LSFed) Inconel 718 superalloy workpieces seriously affect their mechanical properties. To improve the microstructure and mechanical properties of LSFed Inconel 718 superalloy, electromagnetic stirring (EMS) was introduced to alter the solidification process of the molten pool during LSF. The results show that EMS could not completely eliminate the epitaxially growing columnar grains, however, the strong convection of liquid metals can effectively influence the solid-liquid interface growing mode. The segregation of alloying elements on the front of solid-liquid interface is inhibited and the degree of constitutional supercooling decreases correspondingly. Comparing the microstructures of samples formed under different process parameters, the size and amount of the γ+Laves eutectic phases formed in interdendritic area decrease along with the increasing magnetic field intensity, resulting in more uniformly distributed alloying elements. The residual stress distribution is proved to be more uniform, which is beneficial to the grain refinement after recrystallilzaiton. Mechanical properties testing results show an improvement of 100 MPa in tensile strength and 22% in elongation was obtained after EMS was used. The high cycle fatigue properties at room temperature was also improved from 4.09 × 104 cycles to 8.21 × 104 cycles for the as-deposited samples, and from 5.45 × 104 cycles to 12.73 × 104 cycles for the heat treated samples respectively.

  10. Effect of Sb-Modification on the Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of Secondary Alloy 319

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    Medlen D.

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available 319 alloy has been selected for the study in the present work due to its wide use in many applications. 319 alloy is used in automotive and aerospace industry for the complicated castings which must comply high strength requirements. In practice, the most common elements with the modifying effect are strontium, sodium and antimony. The addition of these elements leads to a change in the shape of eutectic silicon, resulting in an increase of the mechanical characteristics and the microstructure. An experimental program has been undertaken to explore the effect of antimony on chosen mechanical properties and the microstructure of investigated alloy. An analysis of the results of these experimental works is made in order to determine an optimum Sb (Al-10% Sb addition to produce material exhibiting desirable properties. Experimental works have showed that the addition of the Al-10% Sb results in similar or even higher mechanical properties than the conventional 319 alloy. Based on the carried out experiments the best combination of mechanical properties has been achieved by the addition of 2 000 ppm Al-10% Sb.

  11. Rheological and microstructural properties of the chia seed polysaccharide.

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    Timilsena, Yakindra Prasad; Adhikari, Raju; Kasapis, Stefan; Adhikari, Benu

    2015-11-01

    Chia seed polysaccharide (CSP) was extracted from chia (Salvia hispanica) seeds, and its rheological and microstructural properties in aqueous solutions were studied. CSP solution exhibited Newtonian and shear thinning flow patterns depending on shear rate when the concentration was ≤0.06% (w/v). CSP solutions at concentrations >0.06% (w/v) exhibited strong shear thinning behaviour within the shear rate tested (0.001-300s(-1)). The transition from dilute to semi-dilute regime occurred at a critical concentration (C*) of 0.03gdL(-1). The intrinsic viscosity was high (∼16dLg(-1)) and concentration dependence of zero shear viscosity in the semi-dilute regime followed η0∝C(2.7) relationship. The storage modulus (G') was higher than the loss modulus (G″) at all experimental frequencies and their frequency dependence was negligible at all tested concentrations. Apparent shear viscosity was smaller than dynamic complex viscosity at equivalent values of deformation and G' varied with the square of concentration indicating a gel-like behaviour in CSP solutions within 0.02-3.0% (w/v) concentrations. Controlled acid hydrolysis of purified CSP yielded various low molecular fractions with fairly uniform polydispersity giving a Mark-Houwink-Sakurada relationship of intrinsic viscosity equaling to 1.52×10(-4) (molecular weight)(0.803) (dLg(-1)). Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  12. Microstructure and properties of LZSA glass-ceramic foams

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    Sousa, E. de [Graduate Program on Materials Science and Engineering-PGMAT, Federal University of Santa Catarina-UFSC, P.O. Box 476, 88040-900 Florianopolis, SC (Brazil); Rambo, C.R. [Graduate Program on Materials Science and Engineering-PGMAT, Federal University of Santa Catarina-UFSC, P.O. Box 476, 88040-900 Florianopolis, SC (Brazil); Department of Chemical Engineering-EQA, Federal University of Santa Catarina-UFSC, P.O. Box 476, 88040-900 Florianopolis, SC (Brazil)], E-mail: Rambo@enq.ufsc.br; Hotza, D. [Graduate Program on Materials Science and Engineering-PGMAT, Federal University of Santa Catarina-UFSC, P.O. Box 476, 88040-900 Florianopolis, SC (Brazil); Department of Chemical Engineering-EQA, Federal University of Santa Catarina-UFSC, P.O. Box 476, 88040-900 Florianopolis, SC (Brazil); Oliveira, A.P. Novaes de [Graduate Program on Materials Science and Engineering-PGMAT, Federal University of Santa Catarina-UFSC, P.O. Box 476, 88040-900 Florianopolis, SC (Brazil); Department of Mechanical Engineering-EMC, Federal University of Santa Catarina-UFSC, P.O. Box 476, 88040-900 Florianopolis, SC (Brazil); Fey, T.; Greil, P. [Department of Materials Science, Glass and Ceramics, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Martensstrasse 5, D-91058 Erlangen (Germany)

    2008-03-15

    Commercial polyurethane foams with a monomodal pore size distribution were used to produce LZSA glass-ceramic foams by the polymeric sponge method. A suspension containing LZSA glass powder, bentonite and sodium silicate was prepared in isopropanol to impregnate the polymeric foams by dip coating. The sintering conditions were varied in the range of 700-850 deg. C for 30-180 min. The cellular microstructure of glass-ceramic foams was characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and micro-computer X-ray tomography ({mu}CT). Optimum physical, mechanical and fluidynamic properties of the LZSA glass-ceramic foams were obtained at 750 deg. C for 60 min. Main crystalline phases detected were {beta}-spodumene and zirconium silicate. The compressive strength of the foams (0.1-10 MPa) is strongly dependent on their overall porosity and their behaviour could be explained using the Gibson-Ashby model. The Darcyan permeability of LZSA foams was found to be in the range of 0.1-4 x 10{sup -9} m{sup 2}, which is in the order of magnitude of cellular supports for aerosol filters, and, therefore, suitable for several other technological applications.

  13. Effect of Long-Term Service on Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of Martensitic 9% Cr Steel

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    Golański, Grzegorz; Zielińska-Lipiec, Anna; Zieliński, Adam; Sroka, Marek

    2017-03-01

    The paper presents the results of research on the X10CrMoVNbN9-1 (T91) steel after long-term service. The material for testing was taken from a pipe section of a boiler superheater coil serviced for around 105,000 h at the temperature of 540 °C, at the pressure of 12.5 MPa. A quantitative analysis including the measurement of mean diameter of subgrains and precipitates as well as the density of dislocations of the examined steel was performed by means of TEM. The microscopic tests of T91 steel were complemented with the results of tests on mechanical properties which included also the short creep tests. After service, the investigated steel was characterized by a retained lath microstructure of tempered martensite with fine subgrain and quite large density of dislocations as well as numerous precipitates. In the microstructure, apart from the particles of M23C6 and MX (VX, NbC, V-wings), the precipitates of Laves phase and single particles of Z phase were revealed. It has been shown that the extent of degradation of the T91 steel microstructure was minor, which resulted from its low temperature of service. Performed tests of mechanical properties showed that these properties fulfilled the minimum requirements for this steel in the as-received condition. A favorable influence of fine precipitates of Laves phase on mechanical properties was observed. Moreover, an insignificant influence of single precipitates of Z phase on the creep resistance of the examined steel was stated.

  14. Welding of nickel free high nitrogen stainless steel: Microstructure and mechanical properties

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    Raffi Mohammed

    2017-04-01

    Full Text Available High nitrogen stainless steel (HNS is a nickel free austenitic stainless steel that is used as a structural component in defence applications for manufacturing battle tanks as a replacement of the existing armour grade steel owing to its low cost, excellent mechanical properties and better corrosion resistance. Conventional fusion welding causes problems like nitrogen desorption, solidification cracking in weld zone, liquation cracking in heat affected zone, nitrogen induced porosity and poor mechanical properties. The above problems can be overcome by proper selection and procedure of joining process. In the present work, an attempt has been made to correlate the microstructural changes with mechanical properties of fusion and solid state welds of high nitrogen steel. Shielded metal arc welding (SMAW, gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW, electron beam welding (EBW and friction stir welding (FSW processes were used in the present work. Optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy and electron backscatter diffraction were used to characterize microstructural changes. Hardness, tensile and bend tests were performed to evaluate the mechanical properties of welds. The results of the present investigation established that fully austenitic dendritic structure was found in welds of SMAW. Reverted austenite pools in the martensite matrix in weld zone and unmixed zones near the fusion boundary were observed in GTA welds. Discontinuous ferrite network in austenite matrix was observed in electron beam welds. Fine recrystallized austenite grain structure was observed in the nugget zone of friction stir welds. Improved mechanical properties are obtained in friction stir welds when compared to fusion welds. This is attributed to the refined microstructure consisting of equiaxed and homogenous austenite grains.

  15. Rheological properties, molecular distribution, and microstructure of Fortunella margarita (Lour.) swingle polysaccharides.

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    Zeng, Hongliang; Zhang, Yi; Jian, Yeye; Tian, Yuting; Miao, Song; Zheng, Baodong

    2015-04-01

    Fortunella margarita polysaccharides (FMPS) are one of the main bioactive components of F. margarita. The activity is related to their rheological properties and structure. The objective of this study was to investigate the relationship between rheological properties, molecular distribution, and microstructure of crude FMPS (C-FMPS) and purified FMPS (P-FMPS). The results showed that both of solutions were shear-thinning pseudoplastic fluids with flow properties in line with the Power Law model. The pseudoplasticity of P-FMPS was stronger compared to C-FMPS. Additionally, the molecular weight and polydispersity of P-FMPS were greater, whereas the molecular radius was less compared to C-FMPS. The surface of C-FMPS was rough and dense whereas P-FMPS displayed a smooth network structure by environment scanning electron microscopy. According to confocal laser scanning microscopy, C-FMPS dispersed in the medium without connected network, whereas the network of P-FMPS was unevenly distributed in the medium and the shape was compact and smooth. The molecular distribution and microstructure of P-FMPS were attributed to the purification process while rearrangement and aggregation of polysaccharide molecules took place, which resulted in the significant difference of rheological properties between C-FMPS and P-FMPS. © 2015 Institute of Food Technologists®

  16. Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of 21-6-9 Stainless Steel Electron Beam Welds

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    Elmer, John W.; Ellsworth, G. Fred; Florando, Jeffrey N.; Golosker, Ilya V.; Mulay, Rupalee P.

    2017-04-01

    Welds can either be stronger or weaker than the base metals that they join depending on the microstructures that form in the fusion and heat-affected zones of the weld. In this paper, weld strengthening in the fusion zone of annealed 21-6-9 stainless steel is investigated using cross-weld tensile samples, hardness testing, and microstructural characterization. Due to the stronger nature of the weld, the cross-weld tensile tests failed in the base metal and were not able to generate true fusion zone mechanical properties. Nanoindentation with a spherical indenter was instead used to predict the tensile behavior for the weld metal. Extrapolation of the nanoindentation results to higher strains was performed using the Steinberg-Guinan and Johnson-Cook strength models, and the results can be used for weld strength modeling purposes. The results illustrate how microstructural refinement and residual ferrite formation in the weld fusion zone can be an effective strengthener for 21-6-9 stainless steel.

  17. A Voronoi-diagram analysis of the microstructures in bulk-molding compounds and its correlation with the mechanical properties

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    B. Bertoncelj

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available Voronoi analysis is implemented to assess the influence of fiber content on the microstructure and mechanical properties of bulk-molding compounds containing different weight fractions of E-glass fibers (EGF (5–20 wt%. The fiber distribution in the polymer matrix is analyzed by scanning electron microscopy followed by the Voronoi tessellations, radial distribution function and statistical calculations. The experimental results are compared to modelled microstructures. The derived microstructural descriptors allow us to correlate the fiber weight content and the degree of fiber distribution homogeneity with the mechanical properties of EGF-reinforced composites. The distribution of fibers in composites with 10 and 15 wt% of fibers could be considered as the most homogeneous. This is in a good agreement with the results of the flexural strength and dynamic mechanical analyses, which confirmed that the latter samples exhibit the highest level of reinforcement.

  18. Microstructure and tensile properties of Ti-6Al-4V alloys manufactured by selective laser melting with optimized processing parameters

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    Wang, L.; Ma, C.; Huang, J.; Ding, H. Y.; Chu, M. Q.

    2017-11-01

    Selective laser melting (SLM) is a precise additive manufacturing process that the metallic powders without binder are melted layer by layer to complex components using a high bright fiber laser. In the paper, Ti-6Al-4V alloy was fabricated by SLM and its microstructure and mechanical properties were investigated in order to evaluate the SLM process. The results show that the microstructure exists anisotropy between the horizontal and vertical section due to the occurrence of epitaxial growth, and the former microstructure seems equal-axis and the latter is column. Moreover, there is little difference in tensile test between the horizontal and vertical sections. Furthermore, the tensile properties of fabricated Ti-6Al-4V alloy by SLM are higher than the forged standard ones. However, the fatigue results show that there are some scatters, which need further investigation to define the fatigue initiation.

  19. Microstructure, Properties and Atomic Level Strain in Severely Deformed Rare Metal Niobium

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    Lembit KOMMEL

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available The mechanical and physical properties relationship from atomic level strain/stress causes dislocation density and electrical conductivity relationship, as well as crystallites deformation and hkl-parameter change in the severely deformed pure refractory rare metal Nb at ambient temperature and during short processing times. The above mentioned issues are discussed in this study. For ultrafine-grained and nanocrystalline microstructure forming in metal the equal-channel angular pressing and hard cyclic viscoplastic deformation were used. The flat deformation and heat treatment at different parameters were conducted as follows. The focused ion beam method was used for micrometric measures samples manufacturied under nanocrystalline microstructure study by transmission electron microscope. The microstructure features of metal were studied under different orientations by X-ray diffraction scattering method, and according to the atomic level strains, dislocation density, hkl-parameters and crystallite sizes were calculated by different computation methods. According to results the evolutions of atomic level strains/stresses, induced by processing features have great influence on the microstructure and advanced properties forming in pure Nb. Due to cumulative strain increase the tensile stress and hardness were increased significantly. In this case the dislocation density of Nb varies from 5.0E+10 cm–2 to 2.0E+11 cm–2. The samples from Nb at maximal atomic level strain in the (110 and (211 directions have the maximal values of hkl-parameters, highest tensile strength and hardness but minimal electrical conductivity. The crystallite size was minimal and relative atomic level strain maximal in (211 orientation of crystal. Next, flat deformation and heat treatment increase the atomic level parameters of severely deformed metal.DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5755/j01.ms.18.4.3091

  20. Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of TIG Weld Joint of ZM5 Magnesium Alloy

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    QIN Ren-yao

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available The ZM5 magnesium alloy plates were welded by TIG welding method. The microstructural characteristics and mechanical properties of ZM5 magnesium alloy joint were studied by optical microscopy, microhardness and tensile testers. The results show that the TIG weld joint of ZM5 magnesium alloy is composed of heat affected zone, partially melted zone and weld metal. The heat affected zone is consisted of primary α-Mg phase and eutectic phase that is composed of eutectic α-Mg and eutectic β-Mg17Al12 phase and mainly precipitated at grain boundaries. In the partially melted zone, the eutectic phase is not only increasingly precipitated at grain boundaries, but also dispersed in grains, and the growth of the β-Mg17Al12 phase is obviously observed. The microstructure in the weld is the typical dendritic morphology. The dendrites are considered as primary α-Mg phase, and the interdendritic regions are α+β eutectic phase. The difference in the microstructure of the heat affected zone, partially melted zone and weld results in their various microhardness values, and leads to the smaller tensile strength and ductility in the ZM5 alloy weld joint than parent metal.

  1. The Mechanical Properties and Microstructure Characters of Hybrid Composite Geopolymers-Pineapple Fiber Leaves (PFL)

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    Amalia, N.; Hidayatullah, S.; Nurfadilla; Subaer

    2017-03-01

    The objective of this research is to study the influence of organic fibers on the mechanical properties and microstructure characters of hybrid composite geopolymers-pineapple fibers (PFL). Geopolymers were synthesized by using alkali activated of class C-fly ash added manually with short pineapple fiber leaves (PFL) and then cured at 60°C for 1 hour. The resulting composites were stored in open air for 28 days prior to mechanical and microstructure characterizations. The samples were subjected to compressive and flexural strength measurements, heat resistance as well as acid attack (1M H2SO4 solution). The microstructure of the composites were examined by using Scanning Electron Microscopy-Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy (SEM-EDS). The measurement showed that the addition of pineapple fibers was able to improve the compressive and flexural strength of geopolymers. The resulting hybrid composites were able to resist fire to a maximum temperature of 1500°C. SEM examination showed the presence of good bond between geopolymer matrix and pineapple fibers. It was also found that there were no chemical constituents of geopolymers leached out during acid liquid treatment. It is concluded that hybrid composite geopolymers-pineapple fibers are potential composites for wide range applications.

  2. Influence of heat treatment on microstructure and tensile properties of a cast Al-Cu-Si-Mn alloy

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    Liu Zhixue

    2013-11-01

    Full Text Available Solution and aging treatments are important approaches to improve mechanical properties and microstructure of aluminum-base alloys. In this research, a new type high strength Al-Cu-Si-Mn cast alloy was prepared. The effect of different solution and aging treatment temperatures on microstructure and mechanical properties of the Al-Cu-Si-Mn cast alloy were studied by means of microstructure observation and mechanical properties testing. Results showed that after solution treated at different temperatures for 12 h and aged at 175 ℃ for 12 h, with the increase of the solution temperature, both the tensile strength and the elongation of the alloy firstly increase and then decrease, and reach their peak values at 530 ℃. When the solution temperature is below 530 ℃, the microstructure of the alloy consists of α phase, undissolved θ phase and T phase; while when it exceeds 530 ℃, the microstructure only consists of α phase and T phase. After solution treated at 530 ℃ for 12 h and aged at different temperatures for 12 h, both the tensile strength and the elongation of the alloy firstly increase and then decrease with the increasing of temperature, and reach their peak values at 175 ℃. Therefore, the optimal heat treatment process for the alloy in this study is 12 h solution at 530 ℃ and 12 h aging at 175 ℃, and the corresponding tensile strength is 417 MPa, elongation is 4.0%.

  3. Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of Inconel 625 Alloy on Low Carbon Steel by Heat Treatment after Overlay Welding

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    Kim, Seungpil; Jang, Jaeho; Kim, Jungsoo; Kim, Byung Jun; Sohn, Keun Yong; Nam, Dae-Geun [Korea Institute of Industrial Technology, Busan (Korea, Republic of)

    2016-08-15

    Overlay welding technique is one of methods used to improve metal mechanical properties such as strength, toughness and corrosion resistance. Generally, Inconel 625 alloy is used for overlay welding layer on low carbon steels for economic consideration. However, the method produces some problems in the microstructure of the cast structure and some defects, caused by the elevated temperatures of the overlay process. To resolve these problems, heat treatments are required. In this study, Inconel 625 alloy was welded on a low carbon steel by the overlay welding process to investigate the resulting microstructure and mechanical properties. A double heat treatment was performed to improve the mechanical properties of the welding and substrate layers. It was found that Inconel 625 alloy had an austenite microstructure after the first heat treatment, but the low carbon steel had a ferrite-pearlite microstructure after the second heat treatment. After the double heat treatment, the sample showed the optimum hardness because of grain refinement and homogenization of the microstructure.

  4. Natural Variability during Snowfall: Observations of Snowflake Microstructure and Calculations of Corresponding Snowfall Scattering Properties

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    Gergely, M.; Garrett, T. J.

    2015-12-01

    Significant progress has been achieved in approximating snowflakes and ice-cloud particles by increasingly more realistic and detailed shape models and in calculating associated scattering properties crucial to snowfall remote sensing. The applied approximations of the snowflake microstructure applied for the scattering calculations, however, are still based on few available field measurement data, often integrated over many individual snow storms, and only include several microstructural properties that cannot fully capture the natural variability during snowfall, e.g. different degrees of riming or aggregate snowflakes formed from more than one distinct ice crystal habit. In this study, (i) the natural variability of key microstructural properties during snowfall is quantified for individual snow storms based on high-resolution multi-view snowflake imaging data collected with the Multi-Angle Snowflake Camera (MASC) at Alta ski area (Alta, UT), and (ii) the corresponding variability in snowflake scattering properties is calculated. In addition to snowflake size, orientation and aspect ratio, 'particle complexity' (specifying snowflake perimeter and brightness variations in the MASC snowflake images) is included in the presented approach, yielding a quantitative and objective measure of characteristic snowflake microstructure, including crystal habit and degree of riming, important for realistically modelling snowfall scattering properties. The aim is to present an analysis of the impact of the observed natural microstructural variability on the derived snowflake scattering properties and ultimately on the snowfall radar reflectivity integrated over the obtained variability of snowflake microstructure and scattering properties.

  5. Microstructure and properties of laser clad coatings studied by orientation imaging microscopy

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    Ocelik, V.; Furar, I.; De Hosson, J. Th. M.

    2010-01-01

    In this work orientation imaging microscopy (OIM), based on electron backscatter diffraction in scanning electron microscopy, was employed to examine in detail the relationship between laser cladding processing parameters and he properties and the microstructure of single and overlapping laser

  6. How Are Property Investment Returns Determined? : Estimating the Micro-Structure of Asset Prices, Property Income, and Discount Rates

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    Shimizu, Chihiro

    2014-01-01

    How exactly should one estimate property investment returns? Investors in property aim to maximize capital gains from price increases and income generated by the property. How are the returns on investment in property determined based on its characteristics, and what kind of market characteristics does it have? Focusing on the Tokyo commercial property market and residential property market, the purpose of this paper was to break down and measure the micro-structure of property investment ret...

  7. Crystal and microstructure analysis of Pozzolanic properties of ...

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    BLA) and locust beans pod ash (LPBA) as pozzolans with reference to crystal and microstructure of its hydrated paste. Ordinary Portland cement was partially replaced with BLA and LPBA at different percentages, concrete pastes were made ...

  8. Influence of inductive heating on microstructure and material properties in roll forming processes

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    Guk, Anna; Kunke, Andreas; Kräusel, Verena; Landgrebe, Dirk

    2017-10-01

    The increasing demand for sheet metal parts and profiles with enhanced mechanical properties by using high and ultra-high-strength (UHS) steels for the automotive industry must be covered by increasing flexibility of tools and machines. This can be achieved by applying innovative technologies such as roll forming with integrated inductive heating. This process is similar to indirect press hardening and can be used for the production of hardened profiles and profiles with graded properties in longitudinal and traverse direction. The advantage is that the production of hardened components takes place in a continuous process and the integration of heating and quenching units in the profiling system increases flexibility, accompanied by shortening of the entire process chain and minimizing the springback risk. The features of the mentioned process consists of the combination of inhomogeneous strain distribution over the stripe width by roll forming and inhomogeneity of microstructure by accelerated inductive heating to austenitizing temperature. Therefore, these two features have a direct influence on the mechanical properties of the material during forming and hardening. The aim of this work is the investigation of the influence of heating rates on microstructure evolution and mechanical properties to determine the process window. The results showed that heating rate should be set at 110 K/s for economic integration of inductive heating into the roll forming process.

  9. Phase transformation in thiamine hydrochloride tablets: Influence on tablet microstructure, physical properties, and performance.

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    Chakravarty, Paroma; Suryanarayanan, Raj; Govindarajan, Ramprakash

    2012-04-01

    The objective of this article was to monitor phase transformation in thiamine hydrochloride, from a nonstoichiometric hydrate (NSH) to a hemihydrate (HH), in stored tablets, prepared both by direct compression and wet granulation, and to relate the storage-induced phase transformation with changes in tablet microstructure, physical properties, and performance. Raman spectroscopy revealed complete NSH → HH transformation in tablets, within 30 h of storage at 40°C/75% relative humidity. When the tablets were prepared by wet granulation of NSH alone, there was a marked increase in both tablet volume and hardness on storage. However, when microcrystalline cellulose (MCC) was included in granulation, the resulting stored tablets also exhibited a pronounced increase in disintegration time. In contrast, tablets prepared by dry processing via compression of a NSH-MCC physical mixture did not exhibit any changes in properties, despite the in situ solid form conversion. Scanning electron microscopy revealed growth of needle-like HH crystals in all stored tablets and mercury porosimetry revealed considerable changes in the pore size distribution during storage. Longer storage led to crystal growth (Ostwald ripening), causing further gradual but less dramatic changes in properties. The phase transformation and the complex interparticulate associations in the tablet influenced the changes in tablet microstructure, compact physical properties, and product behavior. Copyright © 2011 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  10. Impact of Interlayer Dwell Time on Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of Nickel and Titanium Alloys

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    Foster, B. K.; Beese, A. M.; Keist, J. S.; McHale, E. T.; Palmer, T. A.

    2017-09-01

    Path planning in additive manufacturing (AM) processes has an impact on the thermal histories experienced at discrete locations in simple and complex AM structures. One component of path planning in directed energy deposition is the time required for the laser or heat source to return to a given location to add another layer of material. As structures become larger and more complex, the length of this interlayer dwell time can significantly impact the resulting thermal histories. The impact of varying dwell times between 0 and 40 seconds on the microstructural and mechanical properties of Inconel® 625 and Ti-6Al-4V builds has been characterized. Even though these materials display different microstructures and solid-state phase transformations, the addition of an interlayer dwell generally led to a finer microstructure in both materials that impacted the resulting mechanical properties. With the addition of interlayer dwell times up to 40 seconds in the Inconel® 625 builds, finer secondary dendrite arm spacing values, produced by changes in the thermal history, correspond to increased yield and tensile strengths. These mechanical properties did not appear to change significantly, however, for dwell times greater than 20 seconds in the Inconel® 625 builds, indicating that longer dwell times have a minimal impact. The addition of interlayer dwell times in Ti-6Al-4V builds resulted in a slight decrease in the measured alpha lath widths and a much more noticeable decrease in the width of prior beta grains. In addition, the yield and tensile values continued to increase, nearly reaching the values observed in the rolled plate substrate material with dwell times up to 40 seconds.

  11. Effect of Tool Eccentricity on Microstructure and Properties of FSW Joints Made of Al 7075 T6 Alloy

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    Rafał Burek

    2017-12-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this paper was to present preliminary results of researches conducted in PZL Mielec within the FAST_FSW project (INNOLOT program on influence of tool eccentricity on microstructure and mechanical properties of 1.6 mm and 0.8 mm thick Al 7075 T6 sheets joints. Samples were performed using CNC milling machine. Range of tool eccentricity was 0-0.3 mm, rotational speed and feed rate were variable. The influence of applied welding parameters on microstructure and mechanical properties of joints was assessed on the basis of metallographic inspections and tensile tests. Microstructural observations have shown that the change of FSW tool eccentricity affects the weld geometry: the mixing zone depth, the weld width, or the shape of the contact line.

  12. Effect of austenitizing temperature on the microstructure and mechanical properties of Nb–Ti microalloyed steel

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    Fu Guiqin; Jin Duo; Zhu Miaoyong

    2015-01-01

    The effect of austenitizing temperature on the microstructure and mechanical properties of Nb–Ti microalloyed steel was investigated. Steels were subjected to different austenitizing treatments (temperatures ranging from 850 °C to 1250 °C for 5-120 min) and rolled after being austenitized at different temperatures (i.e. 1020 °C, 1070 °C and 1150 °C). The results showed that austenite grain coarsening temperature was around 1000 °C. The mean grain size of the rolled steels initially ...

  13. Influence of TiO2 content on microstructures and optoelectronic properties of titanium-doped ZnO nanofilms

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    Chen, Zhenying; Chen, Xiaowei; Li, Fei; Xu, Shoulei; Huang, Wenhua; Deng, Wen

    2017-07-01

    Thin films of TiO2-doped ZnO (TZO) with TiO2 contents from 0.5 to 3.0 wt.% were deposited on glass substrates by RF magnetron sputtering. The microstructures and optoelectronic properties of the TZO films were characterized by XRD, Hall effect analyzer, UV-VIS spectrophotometry and physical property measurement (PPMS-9). Results indicate that the microstructure and optoelectronic properties of TZO films are strongly affected by the TiO2 content. The best optoelectronic properties were obtained with the film having 2.0 wt.% TiO2. This film had superior crystal properties, high average optical transmittance (89.0%), and the lowest resistivity (9.58 × 10-4 Ω ṡ cm). Furthermore, the resistivity of this film changed with temperature between 10 and 350 K, they experienced an initial decrease followed by an increase as the temperature increased.

  14. Effect of SMAT on microstructural and mechanical properties of AA2024

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    Tadge, Prashant, E-mail: prashant-tadge@rediffmail.com; Sasikumar, C., E-mail: csasimv@gmail.com [Department of Materials Science & Metallurgical Engineering, Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology, Bhopal-462003 (India)

    2016-05-06

    In recent days surface mechanical attrition treatment (SMAT) had attracted the attention of researchers as it produces a nano-crystalline surface with improved mechanical properties. In the present study Al-4%Cu alloy used in automobile and aerospace application is subjected to surface mechanical attrition treatment using steel shots. The microstructural changes introduced on the surface of the Al alloy was investigated using Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM). The secondary phases formed during the SMAT process is been investigated using EDX and XRD analysis. The effects of SMAT on the mechanical properties were analyzed using a tensile testing. The SMA treatment had resulted in severe plastic deformation of the surface, thereby yielded a nanocrystalline surface with a grain size of 30 to 50 nm. Further, it is also found that the SMAT produced ultra nanocrystalline particles of Cu{sub 2}Al dispersed uniformly into α-Al matrix. These microstructural changes had resulted in considerable change in the mechanical properties of these alloys. The tensile strength of these alloys had increased from ∼212 MPa to 303 MPa while the fracture toughness increased up to 28% in 10 minutes of SMAT.

  15. Mechanical properties and microstructural analysis of Al–Si–Mg/carbonized maize stalk waste particulate composites

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    J.E. Oghenevweta

    2016-07-01

    Full Text Available The mechanical properties and morphological analysis of Al–Si–Mg/carbonized maize stalk particulate composites was investigated. The compositions of the composite include a matrix of Al–Si–Mg and the carbonized maize stalk particulates as reinforcement ranging from 2% to 10% at an interval of 2%. Properties such as mechanical behaviour of the composites were examined and these include tensile strength, tensile modulus, hardness value, impact energy, percentage elongation and percentage reduction in area. Besides, the microstructures of the developed Al–Si–Mg/carbonized maize stalk particulate composites were investigated. The results of the microstructures of the composite show a uniform dispersion of the reinforcement along the grain boundaries of the alloy. The tensile strength and hardness values increase to 85.60 N/mm2 and 24HRB at 8 and 10 wt% of carbonized maize stalk respectively, but there is a slight decrease in the impact energy values, values of percentage elongation and percentage reduction in area as the reinforcement increases. From these results of investigation, we concluded that the carbonized reinforcing maize particulates can be used to enhance the properties of Al–Si–Mg alloy for engineering applications.

  16. Effect of La doping on crystalline orientation, microstructure and dielectric properties of PZT thin films

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    Xu, Wencai; Li, Qi; Wang, Xing [Dalian Univ. of Technology, Dalian (China). School of Mechanical Engineering; Yin, Zhifu [Jilin Univ., Changchun (China). Faculty of the School of Mechanical Science and Engineering; Zou, Helin [Dalian Univ. of Technology, Dalian (China). Key Lab. for Micro/Nano Systems and Technology

    2017-11-01

    Lanthanum (La)-modified lead zirconate titanate (PLZT) thin films with doping concentration from 0 to 5 at.-% have been fabricated by sol-gel methods to investigate the effects of La doping on crystalline orientation, microstructure and dielectric properties of the modified films. The characterization of PLZT thin films were performed by X-ray diffractometry (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and precision impedance analysis. XRD analysis showed that PLZT films with La doping concentration below 4 at.-% exhibited (100) preferred orientation. SEM results indicated that PLZT films presented dense and columnar microstructures when La doping concentration was less than 3 at.-%, while the others showed columnar microstructures only at the bottom of the cross section. The maximum dielectric constant (1502.59 at 100 Hz) was obtained in a 2 at.-% La-doped film, which increased by 53.9 % compared with undoped film. Without introducing a seed layer, (100) oriented PLZT thin films were prepared by using conventional heat treatment process and adjusting La doping concentration.

  17. Microstructure and Properties of Low Cost TC4 Titanium Alloy Plate

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    Feng Qiuyuan

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available The changing law of microstructure and mechanical properties of low cost TC4 titanium alloy during deformation and annealing was investigated. The results show that the coarse cast dendritic structure of slab is broken to form rod-like or equiaxial α+β transformed microstructure by rolling deformation. After annealing, the microstructure of plate becomes uniform, moreover, the flake secondary α separates out and the amount of primary α phase decreases with the increase of annealing temperature and gradually tends to equiaxization. The tensile strength and ductility of plate show an increased tendency with deforming. When annealing temperature increases, the tensile strength firstly increases, and then reaches the maximum value at 820 °C, after that, it gradually decreases. The yield strength and reduction of area show decreasing trend as a whole, but the elongation has a little change. The plate has preferable matching of strength and ductile after annealing treatment at 750~820 °C for 1h in air.

  18. Microstructure and Properties of AlSi10Mg Powder for Selective Laser Melting

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    TANG Pengjun

    2018-02-01

    Full Text Available The AlSi10Mg powder was prepared by supersonic gas atomization. After classified, the powder was fabricated into block by selective laser melting (SLM. The microstructure, phase, and evolutions of powder and block were investigated by optical microscope, scanning electron microscope and X-Ray Diffraction. The tensile properties of SLM block were tested by tensile experiments at room temperature. The results show that the size distribution of AlSi10Mg powder after classified can meet the requirements of SLM technology. The powder always is spherical and spherical-like. Meanwhile, the microstructure of powders is fine and uniform, which contain α(Al matrix and (α+Si eutectic. In addition, the melt pool boundaries of SLM block are legible. The microstructure is also uniform and densified, the relative density approaches to 99.5%. On the other hand, only α(Al and few Silicon phase are detected in this condition, due to the most alloying elements are dissolved in α(Al matrix. At room temperature, the ultimate tensile strength of SLM block reaches up to 442 MPa.

  19. Evolution of Globular Microstructure and Rheological Properties of Stellite™ 21 Alloy after Heating to Semisolid State

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    Sołek, Krzysztof Piotr; Rogal, Łukasz; Kapranos, Platon

    2017-01-01

    Metal alloys can be successfully thixoformed in the partially liquid state if they display non-dendritic near-globular microstructures. The article presents the development of feedstock with such non-dendritic microstructure produced through the solid-state route of strain-induced melt-activated (SIMA) method, for a Stellite ™ 21 alloy. Stellite ™ alloys are a range of cobalt-chromium alloys designed for wear and corrosion resistance, currently shaped by casting, powder metallurgy or forging processes, but semisolid-state processing offers the possibility of a near-net-shaping method for these alloys. In this work, sprayformed followed by extrusion samples were heated to the temperature range at which the liquid and solid phases coexist in the material and spheroidal shape solid particles in a liquid matrix were obtained as required for semisolid processing. Microstructural investigations were carried out using scanning electron microscopy (SEM) in combination with energy-dispersive spectroscopy (EDS), with a further objective of analyzing the rheological properties of Stellite ™ 21 alloy in the semisolid state, providing results to be used for identification of a processing window of temperature and viscosity ranges for thixoforming this alloy.

  20. Microstructure and Creep Property of a GH4169 Nickel-based Superalloy

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    LIU Chen

    2017-06-01

    Full Text Available By means of direct aging (DA heat treatment, creep properties measurement and microstructure observation, the microstructure and creep behaviors of the GH4169 superalloy were investigated. Results show that the microstructure of the alloy consists of γ, γ', γ" and δ phases, and the coherent interfaces exist between the phases. The creep life of the alloy at 660℃/700 MPa is predicted to be 123h, and 39h at 680℃/700MPa. Under the testing temperature and stress range, the creep activation energy of the alloy is calculated to be 588.0 kJ/mol. The deformation mechanisms of the alloy during creep are dislocation slipping and twin deformation. The granular carbides precipitated along the grain boundaries may restrain the slipping of the boundary, which is thought to be the main reason of the good creep resistance. As the creep goes on, the slipping dislocations activated within the grains are hindered and blocked by the boundaries to cause the stress concentration, which may promote the initiation and propagation of the crack occurring along the boundaries perpendicular to the stress axis, when the value of stress concentration is higher than the bonding strength of the boundaries, up to the occurrence of creep fracture. This is thought to be the fracture mechanism of alloy during creep.

  1. Fatigue properties of X80 pipeline steels with ferrite/bainite dual-phase microstructure

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    Zhao, Zuo-peng [Key Lab of Metastable Materials Science & Technology and College of Materials Science & Engineering, Yanshan University, Qinhuangdao 066004 (China); Qiao, Gui-ying [Key Lab of Metastable Materials Science & Technology and College of Materials Science & Engineering, Yanshan University, Qinhuangdao 066004 (China); Key Lab of Applied Chemistry of Hebei Province and School of Environment and Chemical Engineering, Yanshan University, Qinhuangdao 066004 (China); Tang, Lei [Key Lab of Applied Chemistry of Hebei Province and School of Environment and Chemical Engineering, Yanshan University, Qinhuangdao 066004 (China); Zhu, Hong-wei; Liao, Bo [Key Lab of Metastable Materials Science & Technology and College of Materials Science & Engineering, Yanshan University, Qinhuangdao 066004 (China); Xiao, Fu-ren, E-mail: frxiao@ysu.edu.cn [Key Lab of Metastable Materials Science & Technology and College of Materials Science & Engineering, Yanshan University, Qinhuangdao 066004 (China)

    2016-03-07

    Fatigue properties are important parameters for the safety design and security evaluation of gas transmission pipelines. In this work, the fatigue life at different stresses of full-thickness X80 pipeline steel plates with a ferrite/bainite dual-phase microstructure was investigated using a MTS servo-hydraulic universal testing machine; the fatigue crack propagation rate was examined with CT specimens by using an INSTRON 8874 testing machine. Results indicate that fatigue life increases as maximum stress decreases; as the maximum stress decreases to the maximum operating stress (440 MPa), the fatigue life is approximately 4.2×10{sup 5} cycles. The fatigue crack of the full-thickness fatigue life specimens is generated at the surface of rolled steel plates and then the crack propagates and grows inward until a fracture is formed. During fatigue crack growth, a transitional turning point appears in the curve of da/dN with ΔK in the Paris region. The transitional turning point that divides the Paris region to two stages is approximately ΔK≅30 MPa m{sup 1/2}. The change in the growth rate (da/dN) is related to the variation of the crack path and in the fracture mode because of the possible microstructural sensitivity of fatigue crack propagation behavior. This study also discussed the effect of duple phase ferrite/bainite microstructure on fatigue crack initiation and propagation.

  2. Mechanical Properties and Microstructure of Dissimilar Material Welded Joints

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    Ziewiec A.

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available The paper presents results of the mechanical testing and the microstructure analysis of dissimilar welded joint of the R350HT steel and the high-manganese (Hadfield cast steel using Cr-Ni cast steel spacer. The simulation tests of the welded joint surface deformation were carried out. The macroscopic and microscopic investigation were made using light microscopy (LM and scanning electron microscopy (SEM. Content of the magnetic phase was measured using magnetoscope. The quantitative metallographic investigation was used for assessment of ferrite and martensite contents and X-ray diffraction phase analysis was carried out. The results showed that during cooling of the spacer after welding, the transformation of metastable austenite into martensite proceeded. In addition to work hardening, the phase transformation of austenite into martensite occurs during the process of the superficial deformation of the spacer while simulated exploitation. This leads to a substantial increase of hardness, and at the same time, causes the increase of wear resistance of the welded joints of crossovers.

  3. Crystallization, microstructure and mechanical properties of silumins with micro-additions of Cr, Mo, W and V

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    S. Pietrowski

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available In this paper results of the crystallization, microstructure and mechanical properties studies of hypo-, hyper- and eutectic silumins with addition of: Cr, Mo, W and V in amount of about 0,05% are presented. The influence of Sb, Sr and P together with Ti + B on the silumins crystallization process has been given. Results of: the microstructure, Rm, Rp0,2, A5 and HB testing of silumins after precipitation hardening and heat treatment in temperature of 560°C/3min and water chilling are presented.

  4. Scandium doped Strontium Titanate Ceramics: Structure, Microstructure, and Dielectric Properties

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    Tkach, Alexander

    2008-08-01

    Full Text Available Sc-doped strontium titanate (ST ceramics were synthesised by solid state reaction, according to the composition Sr1-1.5xScxTiO3 with x = 0-0.01. Structural properties and microstructure development was examined by XRD and SEM. The dielectric properties were evaluated as a function of the temperature and frequency in the radio frequency range. Lattice parameter, density and grain size, were found to decrease slightly with increasing Sc content. The dielectric permittivity and losses decrease also. Sc-doping has only a weak effect on the quantum paraelectric behaviour of ST and no dielectric anomaly was observed, what is probably related to the limited solubility of Sc on the Sr site of the perovskite lattice of ST.

    Se sintetizaron materiales cerámicos de titanato de estroncio dopado con escandio mediante reacción en estado sólido De acuerdo a la composición Sr1-1.5xScxTiO3 con x= 0-0.1. Las propiedades estructurales y el desarrollo microestructural se estudiaron mediante XRD y SEM. La propiedades dieléctricas se estudiaron como función de la temperatura y de la frecuencia en el rango de la frecuencias de radio. Se observó que los parámetros de red, la densidad y el tamaño del grano disminuyen ligeramente con el contenido en Sc. La permitividad dieléctrica y las perdidas también disminuyen. El dopado con Sc tiene un efecto muy ligero sobre el comportamiento paraeléctrico cuántico del titanato de estroncio y no se observó anomalías dioeléctricas , lo que está probablemente relacionado con la baja solubilidad del Sc en posiciones del Sr en la estructura tipo perovskita del titanato de estroncio.

  5. Microstructure and tensile properties of tungsten at elevated temperatures

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    Shen, Tielong; Dai, Yong; Lee, Yongjoong

    2016-01-01

    In order to support the development of the 5 MW spallation target for the European Spallation Source, the effect of fabrication process on microstructure, ductile-to-brittle transition temperature (DBTT), tensile and fracture behaviour of powder-metallurgy pure tungsten materials has been investigated. A hot-rolled (HR) tungsten piece of 12 mm thickness and a hot-forged (HF) piece of about 80 mm thickness were used to simulate the thin and thick blocks in the target. The two tungsten pieces were characterized with metallography analysis, hardness measurement and tensile testing. The HR piece exhibits an anisotropic grain structure with an average size of about 330 × 140 × 40 μm in rolling, long transverse and short transverse (thickness) directions. The HF piece possesses a bimodal grain structure with about 310 × 170 × 70 μm grain size in deformed part and about 25 μm sized grains remained from sintering process. Hardness (HV0.2) of the HR piece is slightly greater than that of the HF one. The ductility of the HR tungsten specimens is greater than that of the HF tungsten. For the HF tungsten piece, specimens with small grains in gauge section manifest lower ductility but higher strength. The DBTT evaluated from the tensile results is 250-300 °C for the HR tungsten and about 350 °C for the HF tungsten.

  6. Quantitative characterization of processing-microstructure-properties relationships in pressure die-cast magnesium alloys

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    Lee, Soon Gi

    The central goal of this research is to quantitatively characterize the relationships between processing, microstructure, and mechanical properties of important high-pressure die-cast (HPDC) Mg-alloys. For this purpose, a new digital image processing technique for automatic detection and segmentation of gas and shrinkage pores in the cast microstructure is developed and it is applied to quantitatively characterize the effects of HPDC process parameters on the size distribution and spatial arrangement of porosity. To get better insights into detailed geometry and distribution of porosity and other microstructural features, an efficient and unbiased montage based serial sectioning technique is applied for reconstruction of three-dimensional microstructures. The quantitative microstructural data have been correlated to the HPDC process parameters and the mechanical properties. The analysis has led to hypothesis of formation of new type of shrinkage porosity called, "gas induced shrinkage porosity" that has been substantiated via simple heat transfer simulations. The presence of inverse surface macrosegregation has been also shown for the first time in the HPDC Mg-alloys. An image analysis based technique has been proposed for simulations of realistic virtual microstructures that have realistic complex pore morphologies. These virtual microstructures can be implemented in the object oriented finite elements framework to model the variability in the fracture sensitive mechanical properties of the HPDC alloys.

  7. Effect of quench rate on microstructure and tensile properties of ALSL 4320 and 4340 steels

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    Tomita, Yoshiyuki; Okabayashi, Kunio

    1987-01-01

    A study has been made of the effect of quench rate on the microstructure and tensile properties of two commercial AISI 4320 and 4340 steels having fully martensitic structures. The steels were quenched from various temperatures from 1323 to 1473 K, at two different quench rates using iced brine (fast quench treatments) and oil held at 373 K (slow quench treatments). Tensile properties of these steels, after double-tempering at 473 K with intermediate quenching and refrigeration, were determined at ambient temperature (293 K) using an Instron test machine. The microstructural changes accompanying these quench rates were examined by means of optical and thin-foil transmission electron microscopic techniques. In the 4320 steel with a relatively high Ms temperature, the slow quench treatments compared to the fast quench treatments increased both the 0.2 pct proof stress and the ultimate tensile strength at similar total elongation levels, regardless of the prior austenite grain size, while the strength data of the slowly quenched steels exhibited a large scatter as the prior austenite grain size increased. However, in the 4340 steel with a relatively low Ms temperature tensile properties were less sensitive to quench rate, while the slow quench treatments compared to the fast quench treatments increased slightly only the 0.2 pct proof stress. From microstructural results, it is suggested that the beneficial effect on the strength of the slowly-quenched steels is caused by a dispersion-hardening effect due to carbon segregation or fine carbide precipitation in the martensite during the quench (i.e., autotempering).

  8. Heated blends of clay and phosphate sludge: Microstructure and physical properties

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    M. Loutou

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available Blends of a naturally occurring clay (0–30 wt.% and phosphate sludge were heated at different temperatures and times and their microstructures were investigated using impedance spectroscopy, dilatometry, X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscope. The weights of the effects of the change of temperature, soaking time and clay addition on some physical ceramic properties (shrinkage, water absorption and compressive strength were assessed. For the latter purpose, the response surface methodology was used. The results showed that the sintering process was effective between 750 and 1000 °C and occurred by melt flow. It was accompanied with low activation energy for ionic conduction (0.20–0.35 eV. Due to the quantitative formation of gehlenite (the unique neoformed phase, the ionic conduction regressed and the melt formation was limited. Also, it was shown that the effects of the experimental factors on physical properties of the blends were well described with the adopted polynomial models, and the weights of the effects of the factors followed the order: temperature > clay content > soaking time. The effects of the interactions between the factors on the properties studied were evaluated and discussed in relation to the microstructure change.

  9. Microstructural evolution and mechanical properties of Inconel 718 after thermal exposure

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    2015-05-14

    Inconel 718 was subjected to various heat treatments, i.e., solution heat treatment, standard ageing treatment and standard ageing plus 700 °C thermal exposure. The mechanical properties of the alloys were determined using tensile tests and Charpy pendulum impact tests at 650 °C and room temperature, respectively. The highest yield strength of 988 MPa was attained in the standard aged specimen, whereas a maximum impact toughness of 217 J cm{sup −2} was attained in the solution-treated specimen. After thermal exposure, the mechanical properties of the specimens degrade. Both the yield strength and impact toughness decreased monotonically with increasing thermal exposure time. Subjected to a 10000-h long-term thermal exposure, the yield strength dramatically decreased to 475 MPa (almost 50% of the maximum strength), and the impact toughness reduced to only 18 J cm{sup −2}. The microstructures of the specimens were characterized using scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Coarsening of γ′ and γ″ and the transformation of γ″ to δ-Ni{sub 3}Nb was observed after thermal exposure. However, a complete transformation from metastable γ″ to δ-Ni{sub 3}Nb was never accomplished, even after the 10000-h long-term thermal exposure. Based on the obtained experimental results, the effects of the microstructural evolution on the mechanical properties are discussed.

  10. Effect of Indium Content on the Microstructure, Mechanical Properties and Corrosion Behavior of Titanium Alloys

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    Mi-Kyung Han

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available Ti-xIn (x = 0, 5, 10, 15 and 20 wt% alloys were prepared to investigate the effect of indium on the microstructure, mechanical properties, and corrosion behavior of titanium with the aim of understanding the relationship between phase/microstructure and various properties of Ti-xIn alloys. The Ti-xIn alloys exhibited a lamellar α-Ti structure at an indium content of up to 20 wt%. High-resolution TEM images of the Ti-xIn alloys revealed that all the systems contained a fine, acicular martensitic phase, which showed compositional fluctuations at the nanoscopic level. The mechanical properties and corrosion behavior of Ti-xIn alloys were sensitive to the indium content. The Vickers hardness increased as the In content increased because of solid solution strengthening. The Ti-xIn alloys exhibited superior oxidation resistance compared to commercially pure Ti (cp-Ti. Electrochemical results showed that the Ti-xIn alloys exhibited a similar corrosion resistance to cp-Ti. Among the alloys tested, Ti-10In showed a potential for use as a dental material.

  11. Mechanical properties related to the microstructure of seven different fiber reinforced composite posts.

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    Alonso de la Peña, Víctor; Darriba, Iria L; Caserío Valea, Martín; Guitián Rivera, Francisco

    2016-12-01

    The aim of this in vitro study was to evaluate the mechanical properties (bending strength and hardness) of seven different fiber reinforced composite posts, in relation to their microstructural characteristics. Two hundred eighty posts were divided into seven groups of 40, one group for each type of post analyzed. Within each group, 15 posts were subjected to three-point bending strength test, 15 to a microhardess meter for the Knoop hardness, and 10 to Scanning Electron Microscope in order to determine the diameter of the fibers and the percentage of fibers embedded in the matrix. To compare the flexural strength in relation to the type of fiber, matrix, and the hardness of the posts, a Kruskal-Wallis H test was used. The Jonckheere-Terpstra test was used to determine if the volume percent of fibers in the post influenced the bending strength. The flexural strength and the hardness depended on the type of fibers that formed the post. The lower flexural strength of a post could be due to deficient bonding between the fiber and the resin matrix. According to the results, other factors, besides the microstructural characteristics, may also influence the mechanical properties of the post. The feature that has more influence on the mechanical properties of the posts is the type of fiber.

  12. Electrospun PHBV/PEO co-solution blends: microstructure, thermal and mechanical properties.

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    Bianco, Alessandra; Calderone, Manuela; Cacciotti, Ilaria

    2013-04-01

    Blending allows to tailor and modulate the properties of selected polymers. Blends of poly (3-hydroxybutyrate-co-3-hydroxyvalerate) (PHBV) and polyethylene oxide (PEO) were fabricated by electrospinning in different weight ratios i.e. 100:0, 80:20, 70:30, 50:50, 0:100. In order to evaluate the influence of PEO addition on the final properties of PHBV, a complete microstructural, thermal and mechanical characterization of PHBV/PEO blends has been performed. The two neat polymeric membranes were also considered for the sake of comparison. The following characterization techniques were employed: scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction analysis (XRD), Fourier transform infrared attenuated total reflectance (FTIR-ATR) spectroscopy, simultaneous thermogravimetric and differential analyses (TG-DTA), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), and uniaxial tensile tests. All electrospun mats consisted of randomly oriented and uniform fibers. It has been observed that the microstructure of PHBV/PEO was remarkably affected by blend composition. The average fiber size ranged between 0.5 μm and 2.6 μm. It resulted that the electrospun polymeric blends consisted of separate crystalline domains associated to an amorphous interdisperse phase. PHBV/PEO blends presented intermediate mechanical properties, in terms of tensile modulus and ultimate tensile stress, with respect to the two neat components. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  13. Microstructure evolution and tribological properties of acrylonitrile-butadiene rubber surface modified by atmospheric plasma treatment

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    Shen, Ming-xue; Zhang, Zhao-xiang; Peng, Xu-dong; Lin, Xiu-zhou

    2017-09-01

    For the purpose of prolonging the service life for rubber sealing elements, the frictional behavior of acrylonitrile-butadiene rubber (NBR) surface by dielectric barrier discharge plasma treatments was investigated in this paper. Surface microstructure and chemical composition were measured by atomic force microscopy, field-emission scanning electron microscopy, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, respectively. Water contact angles of the modified rubber surface were also measured to evaluate the correlation between surface wettability and tribological properties. The results show that plasma treatments can improve the properties of the NBR against friction and wear effectively, the surface microstructure and roughness of plasma-modified NBR surface had an important influence on the surface tribological behavior, and the wear depth first decreased and then increased along with the change of plasma treatment time. It was found that the wettability of the modified surface was gradually improved, which was mainly due to the change of the chemical composition after the treatment. This study suggests that the plasma treatment could effectively improve the tribological properties of the NBR surface, and also provides information for developing wear-resistant NBR for industrial applications.

  14. Microstructure characteristics and effect of aging process on the mechanical properties of squeeze-cast AZ91 alloy

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    Han, G.M. [Key Laboratory for Advanced Materials Processing Technology (Ministry of Education), School of Materials Science and Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084 (China); Han, Z.Q., E-mail: zqhan@tsinghua.edu.cn [Key Laboratory for Advanced Materials Processing Technology (Ministry of Education), School of Materials Science and Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084 (China); Luo, A.A. [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 43210 (United States); Department of Integrated Systems Engineering, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 43210 (United States); Liu, B.C. [Key Laboratory for Advanced Materials Processing Technology (Ministry of Education), School of Materials Science and Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084 (China); State Key Laboratory of Automotive Safety and Energy, Department of Automotive Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084 (China)

    2015-08-25

    Highlights: • Characterization of three-dimensional morphologies of precipitates using AFM. • Quantitative microstructure of aged squeeze-cast AZ91 alloy. • The non-uniform continuous precipitation during aging of squeeze-cast AZ91 alloy. • The relationship between microstructure and property of aged squeeze-cast AZ91 alloy. - Abstract: Quantitative microstructure information is critical to modeling and prediction of mechanical properties of structural components. In this study, the microstructure characteristics of aged squeeze-cast AZ91 alloy were investigated using scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and atomic force microscopy (AFM) analyses. Particularly, a study of the three-dimensional morphology of continuous precipitation during heat treatment was carried out using a combination of TEM and AFM. The results showed that a typical precipitate consisted of three kinds of faces, namely, broad, side, and end faces. The precipitate also presented a lath-shaped morphology with lozenge ends. Combined SEM and TEM analyses revealed quantitative information on the sizes and area number densities of precipitates after aging at different temperatures with different times. In general, the length and width of precipitates increased more rapidly than thickness during aging. The area number density initially increased and then slowly decreased because of coarsening. Furthermore, a special microstructure characteristic of the non-uniform continuous precipitation during aging was investigated using electron probe microanalysis (EPMA). The relationship between hardness response and yield strength was established.

  15. Effect of Different Current Values on Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of Microalloyed Steels Joined by the Submerged Arc Welding Method

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    Hasan Karabulut

    2016-11-01

    Full Text Available In this study, microalloyed steels were joined by using the submerged arc welding method at different welding currents of 350 A, 400 A and 450 A. The effects of selected welding parameters on the microstructure and mechanical properties of welded materials were investigated. Tensile tests and microhardness measurements were performed. Microstructural changes have been identified in the welding zone. The results showed an increase in hardness and tensile strength depending on the current intensity. The heat affected zone was observed much wider with the increase in welding current.

  16. Microstructure and mechanical properties of Zn-Mg alloys as implant materials manufactured by powder metallurgy method

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    Guleryuz, L. F.; Ipek, R.; Arıtman, I.; Karaoglu, S.

    2017-02-01

    Currently some biomaterials, especially Zn and Mg alloys and related manufacturing methods are among important research topics due to their suitable biocompatibility, mechanical and corrosion properties. Zn Mg alloy has been processed by Mechanical Alloying method. Hot sintering was conducted at 410°C under argon atmosphere. Resulting microstructures densities and hardness test behaviors of the Zn-based alloys were studied.Visual inspection using SEM (Scanning Electron Microscope) analyses indicates that the microstructure of the composite is also greatly effected by these parameters. In addition, EDS (Energy Dispersive X-Ray Spectroscopy analyses were performed for reliable determination of the chemical composition.

  17. The Effect of Cooling Rate on Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of Zr-Based Bulk Metallic Glasses

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    Weihong Fu

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available The aim of the present study is to shed some insights on the effect of cooling rate on the microstructure and mechanical properties for glass-forming alloys. A crystalline gradient was observed in the microstructure of 12 mm diameter Zr51Al9.96Ni14.34Cu24.9 (Zr51 alloy sample from the edge to center due to uneven cooling rates. Microhardness results indicate that the lower the cooling rate, the higher the hardness for the studied alloy.

  18. Relationship of vibro-mechanical properties and microstructure of wood and varnish interface in string instruments

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    Sedighi Gilani, Marjan; Pflaum, Johanna; Hartmann, Stefan; Kaufmann, Rolf; Baumgartner, Michael; Schwarze, Francis Willis Mathew Robert

    2016-04-01

    Wood varnish coatings not only are aesthetically important, but also preserve the musical instrument from wear and fluctuations in the ambient humidity. Depending on the thickness, extent of penetration into the wood and the physical and mechanical properties after hardening, varnishes may change the mechanical and also vibro-acoustical properties of the coated wood. Contrary to studies on the chemistry of the varnish and primer used for old and contemporary musical instruments, the physical and mechanical properties of the varnished wood in relation to the geometry of their interface have been poorly studied. We implemented non-destructive test methods, i.e., vibration tests and X-ray tomography, to characterize the hardening-dependent change in the vibrational properties of master grade tone wood specimens after coating with four different varnishes. Two were manufactured in the laboratory, and two were supplied from master violin makers. For a controlled accelerated hardening of the varnish, a UV exposure method was used. It was demonstrated that varnishes increase wood damping, along and perpendicular to the grain directions. Varnishes reduce the sound radiation along the grain, but increase it in the perpendicular direction. Changes in the vibrational properties were discussed together with results of 3D images of wood and varnish microstructure, obtained from a customized tabletop X-ray microtomographic setup. For comparison, the microstructure of the interface of the varnished wood in the laboratory and of specimens from two old violins was analyzed with the same X-ray tomography setup. Laboratory varnishes with various compositions penetrated differently into the wood structure. One varnish of a master grade old violin had a higher density and was also thicker and penetrated weaker into the wood, which is more likely related to a more sophisticated primer and varnish application. The study demonstrates the importance of the vibro-mechanical properties of

  19. A Review on Nanomaterial Dispersion, Microstructure, and Mechanical Properties of Carbon Nanotube and Nanofiber Reinforced Cementitious Composites

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    Shama Parveen

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Excellent mechanical, thermal, and electrical properties of carbon nanotubes (CNTs and nanofibers (CNFs have motivated the development of advanced nanocomposites with outstanding and multifunctional properties. After achieving a considerable success in utilizing these unique materials in various polymeric matrices, recently tremendous interest is also being noticed on developing CNT and CNF reinforced cement-based composites. However, the problems related to nanomaterial dispersion also exist in case of cementitious composites, impairing successful transfer of nanomaterials' properties into the composites. Performance of cementitious composites also depends on their microstructure which is again strongly influenced by the presence of nanomaterials. In this context, the present paper reports a critical review of recent literature on the various strategies for dispersing CNTs and CNFs within cementitious matrices and the microstructure and mechanical properties of resulting nanocomposites.

  20. Effect of Microstructure on Mechanical Properties and Corrosion Resistance of 2205 Duplex Stainless Steel

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    Łabanowski Jerzy

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents results of the research on impact of microstructure of austenitic-ferritic steel of duplex type on its mechanical properties and susceptibility to stress corrosion cracking. As showed, improper processing technologies more and more often used in shipbuilding industry for plates and other half-finished products made of duplex steel may cause significant lowering their properties, which frequently makes their replacing necessary. Results of the tests on stress corrosion under tension with low strain rate (SSRT conducted in an inert and corrosion (boiling magnesium chloride environment, are presented. It was proved that even minor structural transformations taking place in 500°C ageing temperature lower corrosion resistance of the steel. Structural transformations occurring in 700°C temperature to a smaller extent influence susceptibility to stress corrosion of the steel, however they cause drastic drop in its plasticity.

  1. Does the casting mode influence microstructure, fracture and properties of different metal ceramic alloys?

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    Bauer, José Roberto de Oliveira; Grande, Rosa Helena Miranda; Rodrigues-Filho, Leonardo Eloy; Pinto, Marcelo Mendes; Loguercio, Alessandro Dourado

    2012-01-01

    The aim of the present study was to evaluate the tensile strength, elongation, microhardness, microstructure and fracture pattern of various metal ceramic alloys cast under different casting conditions. Two Ni-Cr alloys, Co-Cr and Pd-Ag were used. The casting conditions were as follows: electromagnetic induction under argon atmosphere, vacuum, using blowtorch without atmosphere control. For each condition, 16 specimens, each measuring 25 mm long and 2.5 mm in diameter, were obtained. Ultimate tensile strength (UTS) and elongation (EL) tests were performed using a Kratos machine. Vickers Microhardness (VM), fracture mode and microstructure were analyzed by SEM. UTS, EL and VM data were statistically analyzed using ANOVA. For UTS, alloy composition had a direct influence on casting condition of alloys (Wiron 99 and Remanium CD), with higher values shown when cast with Flame/Air (p casting condition" influenced the EL and VM results, generally presenting opposite results, i.e., alloy with high elongation value had lower hardness (Wiron 99), and casting condition with the lowest EL values had the highest VM values (blowtorch). Both factors had significant influence on the properties evaluated, and prosthetic laboratories should select the appropriate casting method for each alloy composition to obtain the desired property.

  2. Microstructures and tensile properties of submerged friction stir processed AZ91 magnesium alloy

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    Fang Chai

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available 6 mm thick AZ91 casting alloy plates were subjected to normal friction stir processing (NFSP, in air and submerged friction stir processing (SFSP, under water, and microstructures and tensile properties of the experimental materials were investigated. After FSP, the coarse microstructures in the as-cast condition are replaced by fine and equiaxed grains and the network-like eutectic β-Mg17Al12 phases disappear and are changed into particles pinned at the grain boundaries. SFSP results in further grain refinement in comparison with NFSP, and the average grain sizes of the NFSP and SFSP alloys are 8.4 ± 1.3 and 2.8 ± 0.8 µm, respectively. XRD results reveal that the intensity of β-Mg17Al12 diffraction peaks in the SFSP specimen decreases compared with NFSP. Due to significant grain refinement, the tensile strength and elongation of the SFSP AZ91 alloy are increased from 262 MPa and 18.9% for the NFSP material to 282 MPa and 25.4%, and the tensile strength (282 MPa is nearly three times that of the BM (105 MPa. SFSP is an effective approach to refine the grain size and enhance the tensile properties of AZ91 casting alloy.

  3. Mechanical Properties and Microstructures of Ni20Cr Micro-wires with Abnormal Plastic Deformation

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    Zhou, Xiuwen; Liu, Xudong; Qi, Yidong; Wu, Weidong

    2017-05-01

    Ni80Cr20 (Ni20Cr, wt%) micro-wires were fabricated by the cold-drawing method with single die. Abnormal engineering strains were approximately 17.3-46.6 % for each pass. The relationship between mechanical properties and microstructures of Ni20Cr micro-wires were investigated under different engineering strains and annealing conditions. Experiment results indicate that the as-drawn NiCr micro-wires present obviously brittle fractures. The ultimate tensile strength (UTS) significantly increases from 781 to 1,147 MPa and the elongation decreases from 17.2 % to 1 % with engineering strains increasing. The deformed microstructures of Ni20Cr micro-wire were analyzed in detail including two-phase (solid solution/amorphous phase), edge dislocations and twins. With the annealing temperature increasing, specimens had experienced three stages and their mechanical properties were improved. After annealing at 890 °C (with 6.5 g stress) for 7.3 s in N2, the Ni20Cr micro-wires benefited for the second drawing pass. The results are very importance in fabricating Ni20Cr micro-wire with the diameter from 25 to 10 μm.

  4. Mechanical, microstructure and electrical properties of ternary ZnO ...

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    V2O5–Mn3O4 (ZVM)-based varis- tors were investigated at different sintering temperatures of 825–950◦C. The microstructure of the samples consists mainly of ZnO grains with Zn3(VO4)2, ZnV2O4 and VO2 as minor secondary phases.

  5. Effect of whey storage on physicochemical properties, microstructure ...

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    Sweet whey and acid whey were evaluated based on titratable acidity, pH, fat, cryoscopy, and density, while ricotta was based on yield, fat, protein, ash, acidity, pH, moisture, total solids, color, texture, and microstructure. This was done with analysis of variance in a completely randomized design using Tukey test at 5% ...

  6. Microstructure and mechanical properties of laminated Al–Cu–Mg ...

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    In the present research, laminated Al–Cu–Mg composite was processed by the accumulative roll bonding (ARB) method. Initially, aluminium, copper and magnesium strips were alternatively stacked together. Then these stacked strips were rolled at 150 ∘ C up to five ARB cycles. The microstructure of composites was ...

  7. Microstructures and properties of low-alloy fire resistant steel

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    Fire resistant steel; thermomechanical processing; microstructure; strength; thermal conductivity. 1. Introduction. Steel structures using mild steel in fire sensitive areas are protected from fire by providing fire resistant coating or insulation. This adds to the constructional cost. The problem with unprotected carbon–manganese ...

  8. Electrochemically Deposited Nickel Membranes; Process-Microstructure-Property Relationships

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    Jensen, Jens Dahl; Pantleon, Karen; Somers, Marcel A.J.

    2003-01-01

    -type foils during thin film tensile testing, due to microstructural defects caused by sodium saccharin during deposition. Tensile strengths in the order of 700-1000 MPa were observed - highest for the more ductile 0-type foils. A hardness in the order of 6 GPa (590 HV) was found by nanoindentation. Keywords...

  9. Effects of ion irradiation on microstructure and properties of zirconium alloys—A review

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    Chunguang Yan

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available Zirconium alloys are widely used in nuclear reactors as structural materials. During the operation, they are exposed to fast neutrons. Ion irradiation is used to simulate the damage introduced by neutron irradiation. In this article, we briefly review the neutron irradiation damage of zirconium alloys, then summarize the effect of ion irradiation on microstructural evolution, mechanical and corrosion properties, and their relationships. The microstructure components consist of dislocation loops, second phase precipitates, and gas bubbles. The microstructure parameters are also included such as domain size and microstrain determined by X-ray diffraction and the S-parameter determined by positron annihilation. Understanding the relationships of microstructure and properties is necessary for developing new advanced materials with higher irradiation tolerance.

  10. Engineering of Metal Microstructures; Process-Microstructure-Property Relationships for Electrodeposits

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    Jensen, Jens Dahl

    2002-01-01

    -Fe compositionally modulated alloys (CMA) possible. Ni membranes were deposited from a Watts type electrolyte with or without the sulphur-containing additive sodium-saccharin. This additive caused a strong levelling as well as a grain refining effect on Ni-deposits. However, additional microstructural defects were....... Electrochemical deposition of buried contacts for high efficiency silicon photovoltaic cells led to the development of a patented process for superconformal Cu-filling of high aspect ratio vias, while further studies on electrochemical Cu-deposition from acidic electrolytes led to the formulation of a 3......-dimensional zone-structure diagram for electrodeposited Cu....

  11. Effect of weld spacing on microstructure and mechanical properties of CLAM electron beam welding joints

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    Zhai, Yutao; Huang, Bo, E-mail: aufa0007@163.com; Zhang, Junyu; Zhang, Baoren; Liu, Shaojun; Huang, Qunying

    2016-11-15

    Highlights: • The welded joints of CLAM steel with different weld spacings have been fabricated with electron beam welding, and a simplified model of CLAM sheet was proposed. • The microstructure and mechanical properties such as microhardness, impact and tensile were investigated at different welding spacing for both conditions of as-welded and post weld heat treatment (PWHT). • The effect of the welding thermal cycle was significantly when the weld spacings were smaller than 4 mm. • When the weld spacing was small enough, the original microstructures would be fragmented with the high heat input. - Abstract: China low activation martensitic (CLAM) steel has been chosen as the primary structural material in the designs of dual function lithium-lead (DFLL) blanket for fusion reactors, China helium cooled ceramic breeder (HCCB) test blanket module (TBM) for ITER and China fusion engineering test reactor (CFETR) blanket. The cooling components of the blankets are designed with high density cooling channels (HDCCs) to remove the high nuclear thermal effectively. Hence, the welding spacing among the channels are small. In this paper, the welded joints of CLAM steel with different weld spacings have been fabricated with electron beam welding (EBW). The weld spacing was designed to be 2 mm, 3 mm, 4 mm, 6 mm and 8 mm. The microstructure and mechanical properties such as microhardness, impact and tensile were investigated at different welding spacing for both conditions of as-welded and post weld heat treatment (PWHT). The PWHT is tempering at 740 °C for 120 min. The results showed that the grain size in the heat affected zone (HAZ) increased with the increasing weld spacing, and the joint with small weld spacing had a better performance after PWHT. This work would give useful guidance to improve the preparation of the cooling components of blanket.

  12. Modification of microstructure and micromagnetic properties in Gd-Fe thin films by rapid thermal processing

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    Talapatraa, A.; Chelvane, J. Arout; Satpati, B.; Kumar, S.; Mohanty, J.

    2017-01-01

    Impact of rapid thermal processing (RTP) on microstructure and magnetic properties of Gd-Fe thin films have been investigated with a special emphasis to magnetic microstructure. 100 nm thick amorphous Gd-Fe film shows elongated stripe domains with characteristic feature size of 122 nm, which signifies the development of perpendicular magnetic anisotropy (PMA) in this system. RTP at 550^oC for different time intervals viz. 5, 10, 15, 20 minutes induces the crystallization of Fe over the amorph...

  13. Effects of Zr-substitution on microstructure and properties of YCaVIG ferrites

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    Huang Yinyin, E-mail: hyy300@163.com [College of Materials Science and Engineering, Nanjing University of Technology, Nanjing 210009 (China); Yang Jian [College of Materials Science and Engineering, Nanjing University of Technology, Nanjing 210009 (China); Qiu Tai, E-mail: qiutai@njut.edu.cn [College of Materials Science and Engineering, Nanjing University of Technology, Nanjing 210009 (China); Wang Jiaqian [College of Materials Science and Engineering, Nanjing University of Technology, Nanjing 210009 (China); Jin Yulong [Nanjing Research Institute of Electronics Technology, Nanjing 210039 (China)

    2012-03-15

    Y{sub 2.6-x}Ca{sub 0.4+x}Zr{sub x}V{sub 0.2}Fe{sub 4.8-x}O{sub 12} (Zr{sub x}:YCaVIG) ferrite materials have been prepared by an oxide process. The phase formation and microstructure were analyzed by X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy, respectively. The effects of Zr{sup 4+} substitution on phase compositions, sintering properties, microstructures and electromagnetic properties were investigated. The results indicate that all the sintered specimens with different Zr{sup 4+} contents show a single garnet structure. The addition of ZrO{sub 2} can gradually increase the lattice constant, and lower the sintering temperature and the theoretical density. With the increase of Zr{sup 4+} content, the dielectric loss (tan {delta}{sub {epsilon}}) and coercivity (H{sub c}) decrease and then slightly increase, which is due to the variation of the microstructure. But the saturation magnetization (4{pi}M{sub s}) shows the opposite variation compared to the former two properties. However, the dielectric constant ({epsilon}{sub r}) remains stable and remanence (B{sub r}) monotonically declines. Finally, the specimen of Y{sub 2.3}Ca{sub 0.7}Zr{sub 0.3}V{sub 0.2}Fe{sub 4.5}O{sub 12} sintered at 1350 Degree-Sign possesses the optimum electromagnetic properties: {epsilon}{sub r}=14.8, tan {delta}{sub {epsilon}}=1.35 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup -3}, 4{pi}M{sub s}=1638 Gs, B{sub r}=596 Gs, H{sub c}=0.75 Oe and {Delta}H (ferromagnetic resonance linewidth)=66 Oe. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer We prepared Zr{sub x}:YCaVIG ferrites by a traditional oxide process. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The addition of ZrO{sub 2} can lower the sintering temperature. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The electromagnetic properties can be improved with proper Zr{sup 4+} content. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The Zr{sub x}:YCaVIG ferrite with x=0.3 shows the optimum electromagnetic properties.

  14. Electrical, optical and microstructural properties of transparent conducting GZO thin films deposited by magnetron sputtering

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    You, Z.Z., E-mail: zzyyyzz@163.com [College of Electronic Information Engineering, South-Central University for Nationalities (SCUN), Wuhan 430074 (China); Hua, G.J. [Center of Computing and Experimenting, South-Central University for Nationalities (SCUN), Wuhan 430074 (China)

    2012-07-25

    Graphical abstract: Gallium-doped zinc oxide (GZO) thin films were grown by magnetron sputtering. The electrical, optical and microstructural properties of the thin films were systematically studied. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Thin films of transparent conducting gallium-doped zinc oxide were grown by magnetron sputtering technique at various substrate temperatures. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The microstructural properties of the films were investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD). Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The chemical state and elemental composition of the films were analyzed by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The optical properties of the films were studied by optical characterization methods. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The optoelectrical properties of the films were quantified by means of the figure of merit. - Abstract: Thin films of transparent conducting gallium-doped zinc oxide (GZO) were deposited by magnetron sputtering technique onto glass substrates. The films were characterized by various methods to understand their microstructural, optical and electrical characteristics. The effects of substrate temperature on the physical properties of the films were investigated. The results show that the GZO films are polycrystalline in nature having a hexagonal wurtzite type crystal structure with a preferred grain orientation in the (0 0 2) direction. The substrate temperature significantly affects the crystal structure and optoelectrical properties of the films. The GZO film grown at the substrate temperature of 670 K has the largest crystal grain, the lowest resistivity and the highest figure of merit. Meanwhile, the optical constants, dielectric function and dissipation factor of the films were determined using the methods of Manifacier and Swanepoel. The dispersion behavior of the refractive index was studied in terms of the single-oscillator Wemple-DiDomenico (W-D) model, and the oscillator parameters

  15. Inhomogeneity of Microstructure and Properties of 7085-T651 Aluminum Alloy Extra-thick Plate

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    LI Chengbo

    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available Inhomogeneity of microstructure and properties of 7085-T651 aluminum alloy extra-thick plate were investigated by tensile properties, exfoliation corrosion, optical microscopy(OM, composition analysis, scanning electron microscopy(SEM,differential scanning calorimetry (DSC and transmission electron microscopy (TEM. The results show that the microstructure, tensile property and exfoliation corrosion in different layers of 7085-T651 aluminum alloy of 110 mm thick are inhomogeneous. For the 1/4 thickness layer, the tensile strength is the minimum, 540 MPa, and the resistance to exfoliation corrosion of this layer is the worst, with exfoliation corrosion classification of EB. For the core layer, the tensile strength is the maximum, 580 MPa. The resistance to exfoliation corrosion of the surface layer is the best, with exfoliation corrosion classification of EA. For the 1/4 thickness layer, it has the largest recrystallized fraction up to about 47.7% and the grain size is about 105 μm; there are equilibrium phase particles precipitated on grain boundaries or within grains; the size of aging precipitates is small; and thus both mechanical properties and resistance to exfoliation corrosion are the worst. For the core layer, it has the smallest recrystallized fraction of about 14.8% and there are a large amount of sub-grains; the fraction of residual phase Al7Cu2Fe almost reaches up to about 1.43%; the size of the equilibrium phase on grain boundaries, the size of aging precipitates and the width of PFZ are large, and therefore good mechanical properties and bad resistance to exfoliation corrosion are obtained.

  16. Microstructure and properties of Ti–Nb–V–Mo-alloyed high ...

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    The correlations of microstructure, hardness and fracture toughness of high chromium cast iron with the addition of alloys (titanium, vanadium, niobium and molybdenum) were investigated. The results indicated that the as-cast microstructure changed from hypereutectic, eutectic to hypoeutectic with the increase of alloy ...

  17. Effect of Lanthanum on Microstructures and Properties of ASTM A216 Steel

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    Aiqin Wang

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available In order to satisfy the rudder horn casting standards of the International Association of Classification Societies, the properties of ASTM A216 steel should be improved. Therefore, in this article the rudder horn casting and accompanying specimens were cast moulded by arc furnace smelting, external refining, and modification treatment of the molten steel by lanthanum. The samples were first underwent normalizing treatment at 900 °C for 10 hours, then air cooled, followed by tempering treatment at 600 °C for 7 hours and samples were air cooled again. The mechanical properties and microstructures of the samples were measured. The crystallography relationships between lanthanum compounds formed in the molten steel and primary δ-Fe were analysed. The nucleation effect of lanthanum compounds as a heterogeneous nucleation core of primary δ-Fe were calculated and discussed based on two-dimensional mismatch theory. The results indicated that the strip MnS inclusions in ASTM A216 steel became granular rare earth compound inclusions due to La. The refined microstructures were obtained by a synergistic effect of the enhanced condensate depression and the nucleation rate of melt and La compounds as the heterogeneous nucleation caused by La.

  18. Rapid Tempering of Martensitic Stainless Steel AISI420: Microstructure, Mechanical and Corrosion Properties

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    Abbasi-Khazaei, Bijan; Mollaahmadi, Akbar

    2017-04-01

    In this research, the effect of rapid tempering on the microstructure, mechanical properties and corrosion resistance of AISI 420 martensitic stainless steel has been investigated. At first, all test specimens were austenitized at 1050 °C for 1 h and tempered at 200 °C for 1 h. Then, the samples were rapidly reheated by a salt bath furnace in a temperature range from 300 to 1050 °C for 2 min and cooled in air. The tensile tests, impact, hardness and electrochemical corrosion were carried out on the reheated samples. Scanning electron microscopy was used to study the microstructure and fracture surface. To investigate carbides, transmission electron microscopy and also scanning electron microscopy were used. X-ray diffraction was used for determination of the retained austenite. The results showed that the minimum properties such as the tensile strength, impact energy, hardness and corrosion resistance were obtained at reheating temperature of 700 °C. Semi-continuous carbides in the grain boundaries were seen in this temperature. Secondary hardening phenomenon was occurred at reheating temperature of 500 °C.

  19. Friction Stir-Welded Titanium Alloy Ti-6Al-4V: Microstructure, Mechanical and Fracture Properties

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    Sanders, D. G.; Edwards, P.; Cantrell, A. M.; Gangwar, K.; Ramulu, M.

    2015-05-01

    Friction stir welding (FSW) has been refined to create butt welds from two sheets of Ti-6Al-4V alloy to have an ultra-fine grain size. Weld specimen testing was completed for three different FSW process conditions: As welded, stress relieved, stress relieved and machined, and for the un-welded base material. The investigation includes macrostructure, microstructure, microhardness, tensile property testing, notched bar impact testing, and fracture toughness evaluations. All experiments were conducted in accordance with industry standard testing specifications. The microstructure in the weld nugget was found to consist of refined and distorted grains of alpha in a matrix of transformed beta containing acicular alpha. The enhanced fracture toughness of the welds is a result of increased hardness, which is attributed to an increase in alpha phase, increase in transformed beta in acicular alpha, and grain refinement during the weld process. The noted general trend in mechanical properties from as welded, to stress relieved, to stress relieved and machined conditions exhibited a decrease in ultimate tensile strength, and yield strength with a small increase in ductility and a significant increase in fracture toughness.

  20. Electrodeposition of Ni-W Alloy and Characterization of Microstructure and Properties of the Deposits

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    Mizushima, Io

    2007-01-01

    The subject of this thesis is an electrodeposition of Ni-W alloy and characterization of microstructure and properties of the deposits. In Chapter 3 background such as theoretical comments and literature reviews which provided suggestions for the way to tackle this subject, is described. The expe......The subject of this thesis is an electrodeposition of Ni-W alloy and characterization of microstructure and properties of the deposits. In Chapter 3 background such as theoretical comments and literature reviews which provided suggestions for the way to tackle this subject, is described......-section observation with focused ion beam microscopy, compositional analysis with glow discharge optical emission spectroscopy and line broadening analysis of X-ray diffraction etc are given in Chapter 3. In Chapter 4 the effect of the complexing agents citrate, glycine and triethanolamine (TEA......) on the electrodeposition of Ni-W layers from electrolytes based on NiSO4 and Na2WO4, is investigated. High W content and current efficiency could be realized by using electrolytes containing all of the three complexing agents. The results show that small amounts of glycine in a citrate-triethanolamine based electrolyte...

  1. Effects of CuZnAl Particles on Properties and Microstructure of Sn-58Bi Solder

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    Fan Yang

    2017-05-01

    Full Text Available With the purpose of improving the properties of the Sn-58Bi lead-free solder, micro-CuZnAl particles ranging from 0 to 0.4 wt % were added into the low temperature eutectic Sn-58Bi lead-free solder. After the experimental testing of micro-CuZnAl particles on the properties and microstructure of the Sn-58Bi solders, it was found that the wettability of the Sn-58Bi solders was obviously improved with addition of CuZnAl particles. When the addition of CuZnAl particles was 0.2 wt %, the wettability of the Sn-58Bi solder performed best. At the same time, excessive addition of CuZnAl particles led to poor wettability. However, the results showed that CuZnAl particles changed the melting point of the Sn-58Bi solder slightly. The microstructure of the Sn-58Bi solder was refined by adding CuZnAl particles. When the content of CuZnAl addition was between 0.1 and 0.2 wt %, the refinement was great. In addition, the interfacial IMC layer between new composite solder and Cu substrate was thinner than that between the Sn-58Bi solder and Cu substrate.

  2. Characterization of the Microstructures and the Cryogenic Mechanical Properties of Electron Beam Welded Inconel 718

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    Kwon, Soon Il; Bae, Sang Hyun; Do, Jeong Hyeon; Jo, Chang Yong; Hong, Hyun Uk

    2016-02-01

    The microstructures and the cryogenic mechanical properties of electron beam (EB) welds between cast and forged Inconel 718 superalloys with a thickness of 10 mm were investigated in comparison with gas tungsten arc (GTA) welds. EB welding with a heat input lower than 250 J/mm caused the formation of liquation microfissuring in the cast-side heat-affected-zone (HAZ) of the EB welds. HAZ liquation microfissuring appeared to be associated with the constitutional liquation of primary NbC carbides at the grain boundaries. Compared with the GTA welding process, the EB welding produced welds with superior microstructure, exhibiting fine dendritic structure associated with the reduction in size and fraction of the Laves phase due to the rapid cooling rate. This result was responsible for the superior mechanical properties of the EB welds at 77 K (-196 °C). Laves particles in both welds were found to provide the preferential site for the crack initiation and propagation, leading to a significant decrease in the Charpy impact toughness at 77 K (-196 °C). Crack initiation and propagation induced by Charpy impact testing were discussed in terms of the dendrite arm spacing, the Laves size and the dislocation structure ahead of the crack arisen from the fractured Laves phase in the two welds.

  3. Thermo-mechanical and micro-structural properties of xylanase containing whole wheat bread

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    G. Ghoshal

    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available Xylanase is a hemicellulase that can hydrolyses the complex polysaccharides. Hemicelluloses are main components of cell walls of cereal grains. Moreover, hemicelluloses are considered as potential sources of mono- and oligosaccharides. In this study, influence of xylanase on the physicochemical properties and sensory qualities of the whole wheat bread during storage was investigated. Studies of whole wheat bread on microstructure, texture, thermotics, Scanning Electron Microscopic (SEM, X-Ray Diffraction (XRD were conducted at ambient temperature of 25 and 4 °C respectively. During storage at different temperatures, bread containing xylanase exhibited less firmness but larger volume with whiter crumb color and longer shelf life as compared to control bread. Results of firmness, enthalpy, Fourier Transformation Infra Red (FTIR and X-Ray Diffraction (XRD studies suggested a lower staling rate of bread containing xylanase as compared to control one. Bread containing xylanase showed a smoother surface and more uniform pore size than the control. Significant differences in microstructure of control and bread containing xylanase were observed which might be attributed due to the change in water starch gluten interaction. These differences were also found to be interrelated to the textural properties of bread. Better sensory features were achieved in bread containing xylanase.

  4. Microstructural changes in ground 3Y-TZP and their effect on mechanical properties

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    Munoz-Tabares, J.A., E-mail: j.a.munoz.tabares@gmail.com [Departament de Ciencia dels Materials i Enginyeria Metallurgica, Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, Avda. Diagonal 647 (ETSEIB), 08028 Barcelona (Spain); Jimenez-Pique, E. [Departament de Ciencia dels Materials i Enginyeria Metallurgica, Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, Avda. Diagonal 647 (ETSEIB), 08028 Barcelona (Spain); Centre de Recerca en Nanoenginyeria (CRnE), C. Pascual i Vila 15, 08028 Barcelona (Spain); Reyes-Gasga, J. [Instituto de Fisica, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Circuito de la Investigacion Cientifica s/n, Cd Universitaria, 04510 Mexico DF (Mexico); Anglada, M. [Departament de Ciencia dels Materials i Enginyeria Metallurgica, Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, Avda. Diagonal 647 (ETSEIB), 08028 Barcelona (Spain); Centre de Recerca en Nanoenginyeria (CRnE), C. Pascual i Vila 15, 08028 Barcelona (Spain)

    2011-10-15

    In the present work we studied the changes in the microstructure and mechanical properties that are produced by grinding of tetragonal polycrystalline zirconia doped with 3 mol.% yttria (3Y-TZP). It is shown that the X-ray diffraction spectrum of ground 3Y-TZP presents asymmetric broadening of the (1 1 1) tetragonal peak, reversal of the intensity of the (0 0 2) and (2 0 0) tetragonal peaks, and tetragonal to monoclinic (t-m) phase transformation. The in-depth monoclinic phase distribution obtained by micro-Raman spectroscopy has been related with the compression residual stresses profile generated during grinding. These compressive residual stresses are also responsible for the observed increase in mechanical properties (strength and apparent fracture toughness). The subsurface microstructure of ground specimens has been analyzed by transmission electron microscopy and three different regions were found from the interior to the surface: (1) a t-m phase transformation zone in the deeper region, (2) a plastically deformed zone, with dynamically recovered dislocation cells, and (3) a surface recrystallized zone with grains of {approx}20 nm in diameter, resulting from in situ recrystallization. In addition, microcracking is concentrated on the sides of the grinding grooves, corresponding to the zone of maximum tensile stress during contact with an abrasive particle.

  5. Brazed joint properties and microstructure of SCS-6/{beta}21S titanium matrix composites

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    Hoffman, E.K.; Bird, R.K.; Dicus, D.L. [National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Hampton, VA (United States). Langley Research Center

    1995-11-01

    The properties and microstructure of brazed joints of SCS-6 SiC fiber reinforced {beta}21S (Ti-15Mo-2.7Nb-3Al-0.2Si, wt-%) titanium matrix composite (TMC) were investigated. Brazed joint specimens were fabricated from TMC using two different forms of commercially available Ti-15Cu-15Ni braze filler metal. The brazed joint specimens were tested in air at room temperature and 1,500 F (815 C) using overlap tensile shear (OLTS) tests. Metallurgical and fractographic analyses were used to characterize the microstructure, brazing filler metal/TMC interactions, and joint failure modes. The fractographic results indicated that TMC delamination is a dominant failure mode for this type of joint. At room temperature, the TMC brazed joint specimens failed by TMC delamination and TMC tensile failure, with the brazed joint remaining intact. Therefore, the performance of the brazed joint specimens at room temperature is limited by the interlaminar strength of the TMC and not by the braze strength. At 1,500 F, the TMC brazed joint specimens exhibited a combination of delamination and braze shear failure. Thus, the high-temperature performance of the brazed joint specimens may be limited by both the TMC interlaminar properties and the strength of the braze.

  6. Mechanical properties and microstructure analysis of fly ash geopolymeric recycled concrete.

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    Shi, X S; Collins, F G; Zhao, X L; Wang, Q Y

    2012-10-30

    Six mixtures with different recycled aggregate (RA) replacement ratios of 0%, 50% and 100% were designed to manufacture recycled aggregate concrete (RAC) and alkali-activated fly ash geopolymeric recycled concrete (GRC). The physical and mechanical properties were investigated indicating different performances from each other. Optical microscopy under transmitted light and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) coupled with energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX) were carried out in this study in order to identify the mechanism underlying the effects of the geopolymer and RA on concrete properties. The features of aggregates, paste and interfacial transition zone (ITZ) were compared and discussed. Experimental results indicate that using alkali-activated fly ash geopolymer as replacement of ordinary Portland cement (OPC) effectively improved the compressive strength. With increasing of RA contents in both RAC and GRC, the compressive strength decreased gradually. The microstructure analysis shows that, on one hand, the presence of RA weakens the strength of the aggregates and the structure of ITZs; on the other hand, due to the alkali-activated fly ash in geopolymer concrete, the contents of Portlandite (Ca(OH)(2)) and voids were reduced, as well as improved the matrix homogeneity. The microstructure of GRC was changed by different reaction products, such as aluminosilicate gel. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  7. Microstructure and Tribological Properties of Mo–40Ni–13Si Multiphase Intermetallic Alloy

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    Song, Chunyan; Wang, Shuhuan; Gui, Yongliang; Cheng, Zihao; Ni, Guolong

    2016-01-01

    Intermetallic compounds are increasingly being expected to be utilized in tribological environments, but to date their implementation is hindered by insufficient ductility at low and medium temperatures. This paper presents a novel multiphase intermetallic alloy with the chemical composition of Mo–40Ni–13Si (at %). Microstructure characterization reveals that a certain amount of ductile Mo phases formed during the solidification process of a ternary Mo–Ni–Si molten alloy, which is beneficial to the improvement of ductility of intermetallic alloys. Tribological properties of the designed alloy—including wear resistance, friction coefficient, and metallic tribological compatibility—were evaluated under dry sliding wear test conditions at room temperature. Results suggest that the multiphase alloy possesses an excellent tribological property, which is attributed to unique microstructural features and thereby a good combination in hardness and ductility. The corresponding wear mechanism is explained by observing the worn surface, subsurface, and wear debris of the alloy, which was found to be soft abrasive wear. PMID:28774106

  8. Effect of Macrosegregation on the Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of a Pressure-Vessel Steel

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    Yan, Guanghua; Han, Lizhan; Li, Chuanwei; Luo, Xiaomeng; Gu, Jianfeng

    2017-07-01

    Macrosegregation refers to the chemical segregation, which occurs quite commonly in the large forgings such as nuclear reactor pressure vessel. This work assesses the effect of macrosegregation and homogenization treatment on the mechanical properties of a pressure-vessel steel (SA508 Gr.3). It was found that the primary reason for the inhomogeneity of the microstructure was the segregation of Mn, Mo, and Ni. Martensite, and coarse upper bainite with M-A (martensite-austenite) islands have been obtained, respectively, in the positive and negative segregation zone during a simulated quenching process. During tempering, the carbon-rich M-A islands decomposed into a mixture of ferrite and numerous carbides which deteriorated the toughness of the material. The segregation has been substantially minimized by a homogenizing treatment. The results indicate that the material homogenized has a higher impact toughness than the material with segregation, due to the reduction in M-A island in the negative segregation zone. It can be concluded that the microstructure and mechanical properties have been improved remarkably by means of homogenization treatment.

  9. Mn-Rich Nanostructures in Ge1-xMnx: Fabrication, Microstructure, and Magnetic Properties

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    Ying Jiang

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Magnetic semiconductors have attracted extensive attention due to their novel physical properties as well as the potential applications in future spintronics devices. Over the past decade, tremendous efforts have been made in the diluted magnetic semiconductors (DMS system, with many controversies disentangled but many puzzles unsolved as well. Here in this paper, we summarize recent experimental results in the growth, microstructure and magnetic properties of Ge-based DMSs (mainly Ge1-xMnx, which have been comprehensively researched owing to their compatibility with Si microelectronics. Growth conditions of high-quality, defect-free, and magnetic Ge1-xMnx bulks, thin films, ordered arrays, quantum dots, and nanowires are discussed in detail.

  10. Microstructure and mechanical property of neutron irradiated TiNi shape memory alloy

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    Matsukawa, Y.; Suda, T.; Ohnuki, S. [Hokkaido Univ., Sapporo (Japan). Faculty of Engineering; Namba, C.

    1998-01-01

    Microstructure and mechanical property of neutron irradiated TiNi shape memory alloy have been investigated. The doses were on the order of 10{sup 20} to 10{sup 23} n/m{sup 2}. All of the irradiation was performed below 423 K. Amorphization was confirmed after the irradiation of 1.2x10{sup 23} n/m{sup 2}. The recovery behavior of the applied strain was drastically changed after the irradiation. The breaking point of the stress-strain curve, {sigma}{sub M}, increased with increasing dose. These results indicate that amorphous phase dominates the suppression of the martensitic transformation, and causes the change in mechanical property. (author)

  11. CuCrW(Al2O3) nanocomposite: mechanical alloying, microstructure, and tribological properties

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    Baghani, Mohammad; Aliofkhazraei, Mahmood

    2017-11-01

    The effect of alumina nanoparticle addition on the microstructure and tribological properties of a CuCrW alloy was investigated in this work. Mechanical alloying was carried out in a satellite ball mill. The tribological properties of the samples were evaluated using pin-on-disk wear tests with different pins (alumina, tungsten carbide, and steel pins). The results indicated that the tungsten carbide pin had a lower coefficient of friction than the alumina and steel pins because of its high hardness and low surface roughness. In addition, when the sliding rate was decreased, the weight-loss rate increased. The existence of alumina nanoparticles in the nanocomposite led to a lower weight-loss rate and to a change in the wear mechanism from adhesive to abrasive.

  12. Application of High-Density Electropulsing to Improve the Performance of Metallic Materials: Mechanisms, Microstructure and Properties.

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    Sheng, Yinying; Hua, Youlu; Wang, Xiaojian; Zhao, Xueyang; Chen, Lianxi; Zhou, Hanyu; Wang, James; Berndt, Christopher C; Li, Wei

    2018-01-24

    The technology of high-density electropulsing has been applied to increase the performance of metallic materials since the 1990s and has shown significant advantages over traditional heat treatment in many aspects. However, the microstructure changes in electropulsing treatment (EPT) metals and alloys have not been fully explored, and the effects vary significantly on different material. When high-density electrical pulses are applied to metals and alloys, the input of electric energy and thermal energy generally leads to structural rearrangements, such as dynamic recrystallization, dislocation movements and grain refinement. The enhanced mechanical properties of the metals and alloys after high-density electropulsing treatment are reflected by the significant improvement of elongation. As a result, this technology holds great promise in improving the deformation limit and repairing cracks and defects in the plastic processing of metals. This review summarizes the effect of high-density electropulsing treatment on microstructural properties and, thus, the enhancement in mechanical strength, hardness and corrosion performance of metallic materials. It is noteworthy that the change of some properties can be related to the structure state before EPT (quenched, annealed, deformed or others). The mechanisms for the microstructural evolution, grain refinement and formation of oriented microstructures of different metals and alloys are presented. Future research trends of high-density electrical pulse technology for specific metals and alloys are highlighted.

  13. Application of High-Density Electropulsing to Improve the Performance of Metallic Materials: Mechanisms, Microstructure and Properties

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    Yinying Sheng

    2018-01-01

    Full Text Available The technology of high-density electropulsing has been applied to increase the performance of metallic materials since the 1990s and has shown significant advantages over traditional heat treatment in many aspects. However, the microstructure changes in electropulsing treatment (EPT metals and alloys have not been fully explored, and the effects vary significantly on different material. When high-density electrical pulses are applied to metals and alloys, the input of electric energy and thermal energy generally leads to structural rearrangements, such as dynamic recrystallization, dislocation movements and grain refinement. The enhanced mechanical properties of the metals and alloys after high-density electropulsing treatment are reflected by the significant improvement of elongation. As a result, this technology holds great promise in improving the deformation limit and repairing cracks and defects in the plastic processing of metals. This review summarizes the effect of high-density electropulsing treatment on microstructural properties and, thus, the enhancement in mechanical strength, hardness and corrosion performance of metallic materials. It is noteworthy that the change of some properties can be related to the structure state before EPT (quenched, annealed, deformed or others. The mechanisms for the microstructural evolution, grain refinement and formation of oriented microstructures of different metals and alloys are presented. Future research trends of high-density electrical pulse technology for specific metals and alloys are highlighted.

  14. Mechanical properties and microstructure of laser treated Al-Cu-Mg alloys

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    Hosson, J.Th.M. De; Noordhuis, J.

    1993-01-01

    The mechanical properties and microstructural features of Al-Cu-Mg alloys were investigated, as exposed to laser treatments at various scan velocities. As far as the mechanical property is concerned a striking observation is a minimum in the hardness value at a laser scan velocity of 1/2 cm/s.

  15. Microstructure, mechanical and wear properties of laser surface melted Ti6Al4V alloy.

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    Balla, Vamsi Krishna; Soderlind, Julie; Bose, Susmita; Bandyopadhyay, Amit

    2014-04-01

    Laser surface melting (LSM) of Ti6Al4V alloy was carried out with an aim to improve properties such as microstructure and wear for implant applications. The alloy substrate was melted at 250W and 400W at a scan velocity of 5mm/s, with input energy of 42J/mm(2) and 68J/mm(2), respectively. The results showed that equiaxed α+β microstructure of the substrate changes to mixture of acicular α in β matrix after LSM due to high cooling rates in the range of 2.25×10(-3)K/s and 1.41×10(-3)K/s during LSM. Increasing the energy input increased the thickness of remelted region from 779 to 802µm and 1173 to 1199µm. Similarly, as a result of slow cooling rates under present experimental conditions, the grain size of the alloy increased from 4.8μm to 154-199μm. However, the hardness of the Ti6Al4V alloy increased due to LSM melting and resulted in lowest in vitro wear rate of 3.38×10(-4)mm(3)/Nm compared to untreated substrate with a wear rate of 6.82×10(-4)mm(3)/Nm. © 2013 Published by Elsevier Ltd.

  16. Effect of Discontinuous Ultrasonic Treatment on Mechanical Properties and Microstructure of Cast Al413-SiCnp Nanocomposites

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    M.R. Dehnavi

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available Effects of discontinuous ultrasonic treatment on the microstructure, nanoparticle distribution, and mechanical properties of cast Al413-SiCnp nanocomposites were studied. The results showed that discontinuous ultrasonic treatment was more effective in improving the mechanical properties of the cast nanocomposites than the equally timed continuous treatment. The yield and ultimate tensile strengths of Al413-2%SiCnp nanocomposites discontinuously treated for two 20 minute periods increased by about 126% and 100% compared to those of the monolithic sample, respectively. These improvements were about 107% and 94% for the nanocomposites continuously treated for a single 40 minute period. The improvement in the mechanical properties was associated with severe refinement of the microstructure, removal of the remaining gas layers on the particles surfaces, more effective fragmentation of the remaining agglomerates as well as improved wettability and distribution of the reinforcing particles during the first stage of solidification.

  17. The Effects of Finish Rolling Temperature and Niobium Microalloying on the Microstructure and Properties of a Direct Quenched High-Strength Steel

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    Kaijalainen A.

    2017-06-01

    Full Text Available This paper comprehends the effects of finish rolling temperature (FRT and Nb-microalloying on the microstructural evolution and resultant properties of a low carbon direct quenched steel in the yield strength category of ≥900 MPa. Results indicate that a decrease in FRT close to Ar3 temperature significantly influenced the microstructure following phase transformation, especially at the subsurface (~50-400 μm of the rolled strip. On decreasing the FRT, the subsurface microstructure revealed a fine mixture of ferrite and bainite obviously as a result of strain-induced transformation, whereas the structure at the centreline remained essentially martensitic. Further, Nb-microalloying promoted the formation of ferrite and bainite even at higher FRTs, thus influencing the mechanical properties. The microstructures of the hot-rolled strips were further corroborated with the aid of CCT diagrams.

  18. Silicon and aluminum doping effects on the microstructure and properties of polymeric amorphous carbon films

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    Liu, Xiaoqiang, E-mail: lxq_suse@sina.com [Material Corrosion and Protection Key Laboratory of Sichuan province, Sichuan University of Science and Engineering, Zigong 643000 (China); Hao, Junying, E-mail: jyhao@licp.cas.cn [State Key Laboratory of Solid Lubrication, Lanzhou Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Lanzhou 730000 (China); Xie, Yuntao [Material Corrosion and Protection Key Laboratory of Sichuan province, Sichuan University of Science and Engineering, Zigong 643000 (China)

    2016-08-30

    Highlights: • Evolution of nanostructure and properties of the polymeric amorphous carbon films were firstly studied. • Si doping enhanced polymerization of the hydrocarbon chains and Al doping resulted in increase in the ordered carbon clusters of polymeric amorphous carbon films. • Soft polymeric amorphous carbon films exhibited an unconventional frictional behaviors with a superior wear resistance. • The mechanical and vacuum tribological properties of the polymeric amorphous carbon films were significantly improved by Si and Al co-doping. - Abstract: Polymeric amorphous carbon films were prepared by radio frequency (R.F. 13.56 MHz) magnetron sputtering deposition. The microstructure evolution of the deposited polymeric films induced by silicon (Si) and aluminum(Al) doping were scrutinized through infrared spectroscopy, multi-wavelength Raman spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM). The comparative results show that Si doping can enhance polymerization and Al doping results in an increase in the ordered carbon clusters. Si and Al co-doping into polymeric films leads to the formation of an unusual dual nanostructure consisting of cross-linked polymer-like hydrocarbon chains and fullerene-like carbon clusters. The super-high elasticity and super-low friction coefficients (<0.002) under a high vacuum were obtained through Si and Al co-doping into the films. Unconventionally, the co-doped polymeric films exhibited a superior wear resistance even though they were very soft. The relationship between the microstructure and properties of the polymeric amorphous carbon films with different elements doping are also discussed in detail.

  19. Tuning Surface Microstructure and Gradient Property of Polymer by Photopolymerizable Polysiloxane-modified Nanogels.

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    Chen, Cong; Liu, JianCheng; Sun, Fang; Stansbury, Jeffrey W

    2014-01-01

    This paper reports a series of photopolymerizable polysiloxane-modified nanogels for regulating surface microstructure and gradient property of polymers, which were synthesized by solution polymerization under different feed ratios of a methacrylate-modified polysiloxane, urethane dimethacrylate (UDMA) and isobornyl methacrylate (IBMA) in the presence of a thiol chain transfer agent. The nanogel structure and composition were characterized by proton nuclear magnetic resonance ((1)H-NMR), Fourier transform-infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), transmission electron microscope (TEM), gel permeation chromatography (GPC) and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). The dispersion of these nanogels in triethylene glycol dimethacrylate (TEGDMA) can reduce the onset and magnitude of shrinkage stress during polymerization without compromise to mechanical properties of the resulting polymers. Most importantly, as demonstrated by elemental analysis and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), the nanogels exhibit good self-floating ability in the monomer/polymer matrix and the increase of polysiloxane content in the nanogel can enhance the self-floating capability due to the lower surface tension and energy associated with the polysiloxane component. As a result, the polysiloxane-modified nanogels can spontaneously form a concentration gradient that can be locked in upon photopolymerization leading to a well-controlled heterogeneous polymer that presents a gradient change in thermal stability. With the increase of polysiloxane content, the thermal stability of the polymer was improved significantly. Furthermore, the enrichment of the nanogel on the surface resulting from the good self-floating ability can reduce the dispersion surface energy of gradient polymer film and generate a more hydrophobic surface with altered surface microstructure. These photopolymerizable polysiloxane-modified nanogels are demonstrated to have potential broad application in the preparation of gradient

  20. Irradiation resistance, microstructure and mechanical properties of nanostructured (TiZrHfVNbTa)N coatings

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    Pogrebnjak, Alexander D. [Sumy State University, Sumy (Ukraine); Institute of Transport, Combustion Engines and Ecology, Lublin University of Technology, 20-618 Lublin (Poland); Yakushchenko, Ivan V.; Bondar, Oleksandr V. [Sumy State University, Sumy (Ukraine); Beresnev, Vyacheslav M. [Karazin National University, Kharkiv (Ukraine); Oyoshi, Keiji [National Institute for Material Science (NIMS), Tsukuba (Japan); Ivasishin, Orest M. [V. Kurdyumov Institute for Metal Physics, NAS of Ukraine, Kiev (Ukraine); Amekura, Hiroshi; Takeda, Yoshihiko [National Institute for Material Science (NIMS), Tsukuba (Japan); Opielak, Marek, E-mail: m.opielak@pollub.pl [Institute of Transport, Combustion Engines and Ecology, Lublin University of Technology, 20-618 Lublin (Poland); Kozak, Czeslaw [Department of Electrical Devices and High Voltage Technology, Lublin University of Technology, 20-618 Lublin (Poland)

    2016-09-15

    Nitrides of high-entropy alloys (TiHfZrNbVTa)N were fabricated using cathodic-vacuum-arc-vapor-deposition method. Morphology and topology of the surface of the coatings, roughness, elemental and phase composition, microstructure and mechanical properties were investigated. Dependence of deposition parameters on surface morphology and elemental composition was demonstrated. Influence of the heavy negative charged Au{sup −} ions implantation on phase structure, microstructure and hardness of nitride (TiHfZrNbVTa)N coatings was investigated. - Highlights: • (TiHfZrNbVTa)N fabricated using cathodic-vacuum-arc-vapor-deposition method. • Roughness, elemental and phase composition, microstructure and mechanical properties. • Influence of the heavy negative charged Au- ions implantation on mechanical properties.

  1. Effect of initial microstructures on the properties of Ferrite-Martensite Dual-Phase pipeline steels with Strain-Based design

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    Yueyue Hu

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available This study aims to investigate the effect of initial microstructures on the properties of ferrite-martensite dual-phase pipeline steels with strain-based design. For this purpose, the as-received acicular ferrite steels were first austenitized at 920 ºC for 15 minutes followed by air cooling and water quenching to produce ferrite-pearlite and ferrite-martensite microstructure, respectively. Subsequently, the steels with ferrite-pearlite, ferrite-martensite and as-received acicular ferrite microstructure were intercritically annealed at 820 ºC for 10 minutes followed by water quenching to produce three different ferrite-martensite dual-phase microstructures. Tensile tests, Vickers hardness and Charpy impact tests were carried out to investigate the mechanical properties. Scanning electron microscope was used to analyze the microstructures and tensile fractographs. The results showed that all the tensile specimens of these three different ferrite-martensite dual-phase steels fractured in ductile mode, however, their microstructures and mechanical properties varied significantly. By contrast, the ferrite-martensite dual-phase steel derived from acicular ferrite initial microstructure had optimal combination of the strength, toughness and deformability, which provided a good candidate for the pipeline steels with strain-based design used in severe geological environments.

  2. Morphology, microstructure, and mechanical properties of laser-welded joints in GH909 alloy

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    Wang, Chunming; Cai, Yuanzheng; Hu, Chongjing; Zhang, Xiong; Yan, Fei; Hu, Xiyuan [Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan (China)

    2017-05-15

    The experimental laser welding of GH909 alloy was conducted in this study. The morphology, microstructure, and mechanical properties of laser-welded joints were analyzed by scanning electron microscopy, energy diffraction spectroscopy, and other techniques. Results revealed that the microstructure of the welded joints mainly consisted of tiny cellular structures, dendritic structures, and equiaxed crystals. Pores appeared in the interdendritic regions because of the insufficient local feeding of molten metal during solidification. Nb segregation in the heat-affected zone caused liquation cracking, whereas C segregation further induced the formation of carbide precipitates along the grain boundaries during the welding thermal cycle. The instability of the keyhole significantly promoted the escape of the metal vapor/plasma from the hole; as a result, porosity defects formed in the weld. The average tensile strength of the test joints was 756 MPa, which is 93.1 % of that of the base metal. The average microhardness of the weld zone (250 HV) was higher than that of the GH909 alloy substrate (208 HV), peaking at 267 HV. Microcracks appeared along the grain boundaries, proving that the grain boundaries were the weakest areas in the joint.

  3. A Cost-Effective Approach to Optimizing Microstructure and Magnetic Properties in Ce17Fe78B6 Alloys

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    Xiaohua Tan

    2017-07-01

    Full Text Available Optimizing fabrication parameters for rapid solidification of Re-Fe-B (Re = Rare earth alloys can lead to nanocrystalline products with hard magnetic properties without any heat-treatment. In this work, we enhanced the magnetic properties of Ce17Fe78B6 ribbons by engineering both the microstructure and volume fraction of the Ce2Fe14B phase through optimization of the chamber pressure and the wheel speed necessary for quenching the liquid. We explored the relationship between these two parameters (chamber pressure and wheel speed, and proposed an approach to identifying the experimental conditions most likely to yield homogenous microstructure and reproducible magnetic properties. Optimized experimental conditions resulted in a microstructure with homogeneously dispersed Ce2Fe14B and CeFe2 nanocrystals. The best magnetic properties were obtained at a chamber pressure of 0.05 MPa and a wheel speed of 15 m·s−1. Without the conventional heat-treatment that is usually required, key magnetic properties were maximized by optimization processing parameters in rapid solidification of magnetic materials in a cost-effective manner.

  4. The microstructure and properties of as-cast Sn-Zn-Bi solder alloys

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    Mladenović Srba A.

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Research on the lead-free solders has attracted wide attention, mostly as the result of the implementation of the Directive on the Restriction of the Use of Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment. The Sn-Zn solder alloys have been considered to be one of the most attractive lead-free solders due to its ability to easily replace Sn-Pb eutectic alloy without increasing the soldering temperature. Furthermore, the mechanical properties are comparable or even superior to those of Sn-Pb solder. However, other problems still persist. The solution to overcoming these drawbacks is to add a small amount of alloying elements (Bi, Ag, Cr, Cu, and Sb to the Sn-Zn alloys. Microstructure, tensile strength, and hardness of the selected Sn-Zn-Bi ternary alloys have been investigated in this study. The SEM-EDS was used for the identification of co-existing phases in the samples. The specimens’ microstructures are composed of three phases: Sn-rich solid solution as the matrix, Bi-phase and Zn-rich phase. The Bi precipitates are formed around the Sn-dendrit grains as well as around the Zn-rich phase. The amount of Bi segregation increases with the increase of Bi content. The Sn-Zn-Bi alloys exhibit the high tensile strength and hardness, but the values of these mechanical properties decrease with the increase of Bi content, as well as the reduction of Zn content. The results presented in this paper may offer further knowledge of the effects various parameters have on the properties of lead-free Sn-Zn-Bi solders.

  5. Microstructure and magnetic properties of mechanically alloyed FeSiBAlNi (Nb) high entropy alloys

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    Wang, Jian; Zheng, Zhou; Xu, Jing; Wang, Yan

    2014-04-01

    In this paper, the effects of milling duration and composition on the microstructure and magnetic properties of equi-atomic FeSiBAlNi and FeSiBAlNiNb high entropy alloys during mechanical alloying have been investigated using X-ray diffraction, differential scanning calorimetry, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy and alternating gradient magnetometry. The amorphous high entropy alloys have been successfully fabricated using the mechanical alloying method. The results show that the Nb addition prolongs the milling time for the formation of the fully FeSiBAlNi amorphous phase and decreases the glass forming ability. However, FeSiBAlNiNb amorphous high entropy alloy has the higher thermal stability and heat resisting properties. Moreover, the as-milled FeSiBAlNi(Nb) powders are soft-magnetic materials indicated by their low coercivity. The saturation magnetization of the as-milled FeSiBAlNi(Nb) powders decreases with prolonging of the milling time and shows the lowest value when the amorphous high entropy alloys are formed. It suggests that the as-milled products with solid solution phases show the better soft-magnetic properties than those with fully amorphous phases. The Nb addition does not improve the soft-magnetic properties of the FeSiBAlNi high entropy alloys. Rather, both amorphous high entropy alloys have similar soft-magnetic properties after a long milling time.

  6. Effect of yttrium addition on the microstructure and mechanical properties of ODS RAF steels

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    Auger, M.A., E-mail: maria.auger@materials.ox.ac.uk [Departamento de Física, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Av Universidad 30, 28911 Leganés (Spain); Department of Materials, University of Oxford, Parks Road, OX1 3PH Oxford (United Kingdom); Castro, V. de; Leguey, T.; Tarcísio-Costa, J.; Monge, M.A.; Muñoz, A.; Pareja, R. [Departamento de Física, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Av Universidad 30, 28911 Leganés (Spain)

    2014-12-15

    An oxide dispersion strengthened (ODS) alloy with nominal composition Fe–14Cr–2W–0.3Ti–0.24Y (wt.%) was produced by mechanical alloying using elemental powders, and subsequent hot isostatic pressing. The microstructure of the material and characteristics of the oxide particle dispersion were investigated by electron microscopy. The effect of heat treatments on the microhardness and tensile properties at room temperature was also studied. The results show that a fine dispersion of Y–O-rich nanoparticles is achieved, together with larger (Cr, Ti)-rich precipitates. The absence of Ti is apparent in the majority of these nanoparticles, in contrast with reported results for ODS Ti-modified steels processed with Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} addition.

  7. Microstructures and mechanical properties of friction stir welded dissimilar steel-copper joints

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    Jafari, M.; Abbasi, M.; Poursina, D.; Gheysarian, A. [University of Kashan, Kashan (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Bagheri, B. [Amirkabir University of Technology, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2017-03-15

    Welding dissimilar metals by fusion welding is challenging. It results in welding defects. Friction stir welding (FSW) as a solid-state joining method can overcome these problems. In this study, 304L stainless steel was joined to copper by FSW. The optimal values of the welding parameters traverse speed, rotational speed, and tilt angle were obtained through Response surface methodology (RSM). Under optimal welding conditions, the effects of welding pass number on the microstructures and mechanical properties of the welded joints were investigated. Results indicated that appropriate values of FSW parameters could be obtained by RSM and grain size refinement during FSW mainly affected the hardness in the weld regions. Furthermore, the heat from the FSW tool increased the grain size in the Heat-affected zones (HAZs), especially on the copper side. Therefore, the strength and ductility decreased as the welding pass number increased because of grain size enhancement in the HAZs as the welding pass number increased.

  8. A Novel Porous Diamond - Titanium Biomaterial: Structure, Microstructure, Physico-Mechanical Properties and Biocompatibility

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    ZULMIRA A.S. GUIMARÃES

    2017-12-01

    Full Text Available ABSTRACT With the aim of introducing permanent prostheses with main properties equivalent to cortical human bone, Ti-diamond composites were processed through powder metallurgy. Grade 1 titanium and mixtures of Ti powder with 2%, 5% and 10 wt% diamond were compacted at 100MPa, and then sintered at 1250°C/2hr/10-6mbar. Sintered samples were studied in the point of view of their microstructures, structures, yield strength and elastic modulus. The results showed that the best addition of diamonds was 2 wt%, which led to a uniform porosity, yield strength of 370MPa and elastic modulus of 13.9 GPa. Samples of Ti and Ti-2% diamond were subjected to in vitro cytotoxicity test, using cultures of VERO cells, and it resulted in a biocompatible and nontoxic composite material.

  9. ZnO Micro- and Nanostructures Obtained by Thermal Oxidation: Microstructure, Morphogenesis, Optical, and Photoluminescence Properties

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    Alejandro Escobedo-Morales

    2016-10-01

    Full Text Available ZnO micro- and nanostructures were obtained through thermal oxidation of Zn powders at high temperature under air atmosphere. A detailed study of the microstructure, morphology, optical, and photoluminescence properties of the generated products at different stages of thermal oxidation is presented. It was found that the exposure time has a strong influence on the resulting morphology. The morphogenesis of the different ZnO structures is discussed, and experimental parameters for fabricating ZnO tetrapods, hollow, core-shell, elongated, or rounded structures by thermal oxidation method are proposed on the basis on the obtained results. Notoriously, the crystal lattice of the ZnO structures has negligible residual strain, although, the density of point defects increases when the thermal treatment is extended; as consequence, their visible luminescence upon UV excitation enhances.

  10. Effect of Boron on Microstructure and Microhardness Properties of Mo-Si-B Based Coatings Produced Via TIG Process

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    Islak S.

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available In this study, Mo-Si-B based coatings were produced using tungsten inert gas (TIG process on the medium carbon steel because the physical, chemical, and mechanical properties of these alloys are particularly favourable for high-temperature structural applications. It is aimed to investigate of microstructure and microhardness properties of Mo-Si-B based coatings. Optical microscopy (OM, X-ray diffraction (XRD and scanning electron microscopy (SEM were used to characterize the microstructures of Mo-Si-B based coatings. The XRD results showed that microstructure of Mo–Si–B coating consists of α-Mo, α-Fe, Mo2B, Mo3Si and Mo5SiB2 phases. It was reported that the grains in the microstructure were finer with increasing amounts of boron which caused to occur phase precipitations in the grain boundary. Besides, the average microhardness of coatings changed between 735 HV0.3 and 1140 HV0.3 depending on boron content.

  11. Effect of Nb on the Microstructure, Mechanical Properties, Corrosion Behavior, and Cytotoxicity of Ti-Nb Alloys

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    Mi-Kyung Han

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available In this paper, the effects of Nb addition (5–20 wt % on the microstructure, mechanical properties, corrosion behavior, and cytotoxicity of Ti-Nb alloys were investigated with the aim of understanding the relationship between phase/microstructure and various properties of Ti-xNb alloys. Phase/microstructure was analyzed using X-ray diffraction (XRD, SEM, and TEM. The results indicated that the Ti-xNb alloys (x = 10, 15, and 20 wt % were mainly composed of α + β phases with precipitation of the isothermal ω phase. The volume percentage of the ω phase increased with increasing Nb content. We also investigated the effects of the alloying element Nb on the mechanical properties (including Vickers hardness and elastic modulus, oxidation protection ability, and corrosion behavior of Ti-xNb binary alloys. The mechanical properties and corrosion behavior of Ti-xNb alloys were found to be sensitive to Nb content. These experimental results indicated that the addition of Nb contributed to the hardening of cp-Ti and to the improvement of its oxidation resistance. Electrochemical experiments showed that the Ti-xNb alloys exhibited superior corrosion resistance to that of cp-Ti. The cytotoxicities of the Ti-xNb alloys were similar to that of pure titanium.

  12. Microstructure-property relationship in microalloyed high-strength steel welds

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    Zhang, Lei

    2017-04-01

    High-strength steels are favoured materials in the industry for production of safe and sustainable structures. The main technology used for joining the components of such steel is fusion welding. Steel alloy design concepts combined with advanced processing technologies have been extensively investigated during the development of High-Strength Low-Alloy (HSLA) steels. However, very few studies have addressed the issue of how various alloy designs, even with limited microalloy addition, can influence the properties of high-strength steel welds. In high-strength steel welding practices, the challenges regarding microstructure evolution and the resulting mechanical properties variation, are of great interest. The main focus is the debate regarding the role of microalloy elements on phase transformation and weld performance. Limited Heat Affected Zone (HAZ) softening and limited austenite grain coarsening are significant design essentials, but the primary goal is to ensure excellent toughness and tensile properties in the steel weld. To achieve this purpose, microalloy elements such as Ti, Nb, or V were intentionally added to modern high-strength steels. The focus of this work was to understand the mechanical properties of HSLA steels resulting from differences in alloy design after joining by modern welding processes. To begin, three microalloyed S690QL steels (Nb, Ti, and Ti+V addition) were investigated. Optical microscopy confirmed that similar mixtures of tempered bainite and martensite predominated the parent microstructure in the three steels, different types of coarse microalloy precipitates were also visible. These precipitates were analysed by using a thermodynamic-based software and then identified by Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM). Results of mechanical testing revealed that all three steels performed above the standard toughness and tensile strength values, but with varied yielding phenomena. During the welding operation, each of the three steels

  13. The Effect of Chilling and Ce Addition on the Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of Al-23Si Alloy

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    Vijeesh, V.; Narayan Prabhu, K.

    2017-01-01

    The present work involves the study of the effect of varying concentration of Ce addition on microstructure and mechanical properties of Al-23%Si alloys. Melt-treated alloys were solidified in copper, brass, stainless steel molds to assess the effect of cooling rate. The effect on microstructure was assessed by measuring the fineness of primary silicon and eutectic silicon particle characteristics. The Ce melt treatment transformed the coarse and irregular primary silicon into refined polyhedral silicon crystals, and the effect was more significant at higher cooling rates. Although the melt treatment had refined the eutectic silicon at lower cooling rates, it did not show any considerable effect on the eutectic silicon at higher cooling rates. The mechanical properties of the alloy increased significantly with increase in cooling rates and cerium concentration. Analysis of the results and literature reveals that the refined primary silicon was formed as a result of an invariant reaction between Ce compounds and primary silicon at higher temperatures.

  14. Investigation of microstructural and mechanical properties of cell walls of closed-cell aluminium alloy foams

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    Islam, M.A.; Kader, M.A.; Hazell, P.J.; Brown, A.D. [School of Engineering and Information Technology, UNSW Canberra, ACT 2610 (Australia); Saadatfar, M. [Department of Applied Mathematics, Australian National University, Canberra ACT 0200 (Australia); Quadir, M.Z [Electron Microscope Unit, Mark Wainwright Analytical Centre (MWAC), The University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW 2052 (Australia); Microscopy and Microanalysis Facility (MMF), John de Laeter Centre (JdLC), Curtin University, WA 6102 (Australia); Escobedo, J.P., E-mail: J.Escobedo-Diaz@adfa.edu.au [School of Engineering and Information Technology, UNSW Canberra, ACT 2610 (Australia)

    2016-06-01

    This study investigates the influence of microstructure on the strength properties of individual cell walls of closed-cell stabilized aluminium foams (SAFs). Optical microscopy (OM), micro-computed X-ray tomography (µ-CT), electron backscattering diffraction (EBSD), and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS) analyses were conducted to examine the microstructural properties of SAF cell walls. Novel micro-tensile tests were performed to investigate the strength properties of individual cell walls. Microstructural analysis of the SAF cell walls revealed that the material consists of eutectic Al-Si and dendritic a-Al with an inhomogeneous distribution of intermetallic particles and micro-pores (void defects). These microstructural features affected the micro-mechanism fracture behaviour and tensile strength of the specimens. Laser-based extensometer and digital image correlation (DIC) analyses were employed to observe the strain fields of individual tensile specimens. The tensile failure mode of these materials has been evaluated using microstructural analysis of post-mortem specimens, revealing a brittle cleavage fracture of the cell wall materials. The micro-porosities and intermetallic particles reduced the strength under tensile loading, limiting the elongation to fracture on average to ~3.2% and an average ultimate tensile strength to ~192 MPa. Finally, interactions between crack propagation and obstructing intermetallic compounds during the tensile deformation have been elucidated.

  15. Effect of Microstructure on the High Temperature Fatigue Properties of Two Ni-based Superalloys

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    Muralidharan, Govindarajan [ORNL; Battiste, Rick [ORNL; Kenik, Edward A [ORNL; Bentley, James [ORNL; Bunting, Bruce G [ORNL

    2010-01-01

    There is significant need for Ni-based superalloys in the next generation automotive engine components such as exhaust valves. High temperature, high cycle fatigue life is one of the important properties required for such applications. The focus of this work is to evaluate the effect of microstructure on the high cycle fatigue properties of two Ni-based alloys, alloy 751, an alloy used in these applications at lower temperatures, and Waspaloy. High cycle fatigue lives of the alloys at 870oC were evaluated using in-situ high temperature fully reversed fatigue tests at 870oC and a nominal frequency of 30 Hz. Scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy were used to characterize the microstructure of the alloys. Computational modeling was used to calculate the equilibrium microstructure and microstructural coarsening at 870oC. Correlation of fatigue properties with microstructure of the alloys shows that for the experimental conditions used in the study, the fatigue life of Waspaloy, which has greater high temperature strength and larger volume fraction, is better than that of alloy 751.

  16. Microstructural properties of multi-nano-layered YSZ thin films

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    Amezaga-Madrid, P.; Antunez-Flores, W.; Gonzalez-Hernandez, J.; Saenz-Hernandez, J.; Campos-Venegas, K.; Solis-Canto, O.; Ornelas-Gutierrez, C.; Vega-Becerra, O.; Martinez-Sanchez, R. [Centro de Investigacion en Materiales Avanzados S.C., Miguel de Cervantes 120, Chihuahua, Chih, CP. 31109 (Mexico); Miki-Yoshida, M., E-mail: mario.miki@cimav.edu.m [Centro de Investigacion en Materiales Avanzados S.C., Miguel de Cervantes 120, Chihuahua, Chih, CP. 31109 (Mexico)

    2010-04-16

    We report the fabrication of submicron, multi-nano-layered, yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) thin films by aerosol assisted CVD. The film consisted of a periodic stack of several layers, a few nanometers thick, of the same composition but different density; formation of voids during synthesis originate the low-density layer. Grazing incidence X-ray diffraction (GIXRD), X-ray reflectometry, high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) and high angle annular dark field (HAADF) images were employed to analyze the microstructure of the films. GIXRD pattern showed characteristic peaks of cubic zirconia. Peak broadening in the pattern comes from a microstructure composed of nanocrystals, but principally due to the multilayered structure, that cause satellite peaks around the Bragg reflections. Lattice fringes measurement in HRTEM and HAADF images was consistent with the interplanar distance of the YSZ cubic phase. Additionally, lattice parameter obtained from selected area electron diffraction and GIXRD patterns was around 0.513 nm, in agreement to values reported in the literature for YSZ.

  17. Friction stir processing (FSP: refining microstructures and improving properties

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    McNelley, T. R.

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available FSP is reviewed as an allied technology of friction stir welding (FSW and additional considerations such as processing pattern and step over distance are introduced. The application of FSP to continuously cast AA5083 material in the as-cast condition is described and the extent of grain refinement and homogenization of microstructure is documented. The FSP-induced superplastic response of this material is compared to the response of conventionally processed AA5083 and the improved ductility of the FSP material is related to grain refinement and microstructure homogenization.

    Se revisa el procesado por fricción batida (FSP como un aliado tecnológico de la soldadura por fricción batida (FSW y se introducen consideraciones adicionales tales como el patrón de procesado y el paso en función de la distancia. Se describe la aplicación de FSP al material AA5083 por colada continua en la condición de colada y se documenta el grado de afino de grano y homogeneización de la microestructura. La respuesta de superplasticidad inducida por FSP se compara con la respuesta de la aleación AA5083 procesada convencionalmente y la mejora de ductilidad del material FSP se relaciona con el afino de grano y la homogeneización de la microestructura.

  18. Quality, Microstructure, and Technological Properties of Sheep Meat Marinated in Three Different Ways

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    Dessislava Borislavova Vlahova-Vangelova

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available The objective of this study was to explore the effect of 24 and 48 h alkaline (2% pentasodium tripolyphosphate, acid (2% sodium lactate, and water-oil marinating (water : sun flavor oil = 1 : 1 and 2% salt as well as brine soaking (2% salt on microstructure, changes in protein, and lipid fractions and technological properties of sheep (m. Longissimus dorsi. Strong myofibrillar fragmentation after 48 h alkaline marinating was observed. Significant swelling and increasing of spaces between myofibrils were found after 24 h brine soaking. Marinating in water-oil emulsions did not show a significant impact on the muscle microstructure. Alkaline and acid marinating as well as salt soaking promote the myofibrillar protein solubility and increased the free amino nitrogen content. After 24 h acid and 48 h alkaline marinating SDS-PAGE electrophoresis showed increasing of 25–30 kDa protein bands. The results obtained for the lipid and protein oxidation confirm prooxidant action of the sodium lactate (2% and antioxidant effect of polyphosphates (2% in marinated sheep.

  19. Microstructure and Tribological Property of MWCNTs/Al Composites by Rotational Friction Extrusion Process

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    FAN Hao

    2016-10-01

    Full Text Available The aluminum matrix composites reinforced with the multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs were fabricated by rotational friction extrusion (RFE process and the microstructure, hardness and tribological property of the composites were investigated. The results show that the bulk composites with certain dimension can be fabricated by the RFE process. The microstructure of the composites appears as fine equiaxed grain after dynamic recrystallization and the quality is good. The MWCNTs are uniformly distributed in the composites. The hardness of the composites increases firstly and then decreases with the increase of MWCNTs. When the volume fraction of MWCNTs is about 4%, its hardness is about 20% higher than that of the original Al matrix material by RFE process. The lubrication and wear resistance of the composites are changed with the addition of MWCNTs. With the increase of the MWCNTs, the wear rate of the composites is decreased at first, and when the volume fraction of MWCNTs is more than 3%, the wear rate varies little. The wear mechanism is changed, which is from adhesion wear and mild abrasive wear to the delamination wear and abrasive wear with the increase of the MWCNTs.

  20. Microstructure and mechanical properties of GTAW welded joints of AA6105 aluminum alloy

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    Minerva Dorta-Almenara

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW is one of the most used methods to weld aluminum. This work investigates the influence of welding parameters on the microstructure and mechanical properties of GTAW welded AA6105 aluminum alloy joints. AA6105 alloy plates with different percent values of cold work were joined by GTAW, using various combinations of welding current and speed. The fusion zone, in which the effects of cold work have disappeared, and the heat affected zone of the welded samples were examined under optical and scanning electron microscopes, additionally, mechanical tests and measures of Vickers microhardness were performed. Results showed dendritic morphology with solute micro- and macrosegregation in the fusion zone, which is favored by the constitutional supercooling when heat input increases. When heat input increased and welding speed increased or remained constant, greater segregation was obtained, whereas welding speed decrease produced a coarser microstructure. In the heat affected zone recrystallization, dissolution, and coarsening of precipitates occurred, which led to variations in hardness and strength.

  1. Thermo-mechanically controlled processed ultrahigh strength steel: Microstructure, texture and mechanical properties

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    Mandal, S.; Tewary, N.K. [Department of Metallurgy & Materials Engineering, Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology, Shibpur, Howrah 711103 (India); Ghosh, S.K., E-mail: skghosh@metal.iiests.ac.in [Department of Metallurgy & Materials Engineering, Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology, Shibpur, Howrah 711103 (India); Chakrabarti, D. [Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, Kharagpur 721302 (India); Chatterjee, S. [Department of Metallurgy & Materials Engineering, Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology, Shibpur, Howrah 711103 (India)

    2016-04-29

    A low-carbon microalloyed steel containing high Ni and Cu content has been developed and subjected to thermo-mechanical processing by varying the finish rolling temperature (FRT∼850–750 °C) and cooling rates (air cooling and water quenching). Microstructures of air cooled samples consist of granular bainite and lath or plate-like bainite, whereas, water quenched samples exhibit a mixture of lower bainite and lath martensite. A refinement in microstructure has been noticed with the decrease in FRT and increase in cooling rate. Transmission electron microscopy demonstrates the presence of coarse (Ti, Nb)C precipitates (~90–160 nm) and fine Cu precipitates (<20 nm). Macro-texture and micro-texture results reveal the dominance of Goss and rotated Goss texture components, which strengthened with the decrease in FRT and increase in cooling rate. The proposed steel composition and TMCP schedule have offered YS ∼ 1000 MPa, UTS ∼ 1400 MPa, total elongation greater than 10% maintaining a low YS: UTS ratio (0.68–0.80). Such a satisfactory combination of tensile properties achieved in as-cooled or as-quenched conditions (without the need of any tempering treatment) makes the steel suitable for automotive application.

  2. Effect of Molybdenum on the Microstructures and Properties of Stainless Steel Coatings by Laser Cladding

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    Kaiming Wang

    2017-10-01

    Full Text Available Stainless steel powders with different molybdenum (Mo contents were deposited on the substrate surface of 45 steel using a 6 kW fiber laser. The microstructure, phase, microhardness, wear properties, and corrosion resistance of coatings with different Mo contents were studied by scanning electron microscopy (SEM, electron probe microanalyzer (EPMA, X-ray diffraction (XRD, microhardness tester, wear tester, and electrochemical techniques. The results show that good metallurgical bonding was achieved between the stainless steel coating and the substrate. The amount of M7(C, B3 type borocarbide decreases and that of M2B and M23(C, B6 type borocarbides increases with the increase of Mo content in the coatings. The amount of martensite decreases, while the amount of ferrite gradually increases with the increase of Mo content. When the Mo content is 4.0 wt. %, Mo2C phase appears in the coating. The microstructure of the coating containing Mo is finer than that of the Mo-free coating. The microhardness decreases and the wear resistance of the coating gradually improves with the increase of Mo content. The wear resistance of the 6.0 wt. % Mo coating is about 3.7 times that of the Mo-free coating. With the increase of Mo content, the corrosion resistance of the coating firstly increases and then decreases. When the Mo content is 2.0 wt. %, the coating has the best corrosion resistance.

  3. Study on microstructure and properties of Mg-alloy surface alloying layer fabricated by EPC

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    Chen Dongfeng

    2010-02-01

    Full Text Available AZ91D surface alloying was investigated through evaporative pattern casting (EPC technology. Aluminum powder (0.074 to 0.104 mm was used as the alloying element in the experiment. An alloying coating with excellent properties was fabricated, which mainly consisted of adhesive, co-solvent, suspending agent and other ingredients according to desired proportion. Mg-alloy melt was poured under certain temperature and the degree of negative pressure. The microstructure of the surface layer was examined by means of scanning electron microscopy. It has been found that a large volume fraction of network new phases were formed on the Mg-alloy surface, the thickness of the alloying surface layer increased with the alloying coating increasing from 0.3 mm to 0.5 mm, and the microstructure became compact. Energy dispersive X-ray (EDX analysis was used to determine the chemical composition of the new phases. It showed that the new phases mainly consist of β-Mg17Al12, in addition to a small quantity of inter-metallic compounds and oxides. A micro-hardness test and a corrosion experiment to simulate the effect of sea water were performed. The result indicated that the highest micro-hardness of the surface reaches three times that of the matrix. The corrosion rate of alloying samples declines to about a fifth of that of the as-cast AZ91D specimen.

  4. Electrochemical properties of proton exchange membranes: the role of composition and microstructure

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    Holdcroft, S.; Beattie, P.D.; Basura, V.I.; Schmeisser, J.; Chuy, C.; Orfino, F.; Ding, J. [Simon Fraser Univ., Burnaby, BC (Canada). Dept. of Chemistry

    2001-06-01

    To measure electrochemical and proton conduction properties of a large variety of different polyelectrolyte membranes that possess a wide array of equivalent weights and water contents, a number of analytical techniques were employed and the results presented in this paper. At the electrocatalyst/polymer electrolyte interface, kinetic and mass transport parameters play an important role in fuel cell operation, the authors used microelectrodes to study the effects of temperature and pressure on the electrochemical reduction of oxygen at platinum/solid polymer electrolyte interfaces in solid polymer electrolytes under controlled humidity. Under conditions of controlled humidity and temperature, proton conductivity was measured transverse and normal to the membrane surface using an alternate current (a.c.) impedance spectroscopy. A wide array of membranes were investigated, including those based on sulfonated polystyrene-block-hydrogenated butadiene, polystyrenesulfonic acid grafted onto ethylenetetrafluoroethylene, sulfonated trifluorostyrene-copolymers, and a novel series of membranes where the internal biphasic morphology is controlled to yield materials with low water and high conductivity and prepared in house. Transmission electron microscopy and small angle X-ray scattering was used for the analysis of the microstructure of selected membranes. Modelling the scattered intensities was used to quantify aspects of the microstructure.

  5. Microstructure and magnetic properties of FeMoBCu alloys: Influence of B content

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    Conde, C.F. [Departamento de Fisica de la Materia Condensada, ICMSE-CSIC, Universidad de Sevilla, P.O. Box 1065, 41080 Sevilla (Spain)], E-mail: conde@us.es; Blazquez, J.S.; Franco, V.; Conde, A. [Departamento de Fisica de la Materia Condensada, ICMSE-CSIC, Universidad de Sevilla, P.O. Box 1065, 41080 Sevilla (Spain); Svec, P.; Janickovic, D. [Institute of Physics, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Dubravska cesta 9, 845 11 Bratislava (Slovakia)

    2007-10-15

    Fe{sub 91-x}Mo{sub 8}Cu{sub 1}B{sub x} (x = 12, 15, 17, 20) amorphous and nanocrystalline alloys were studied to examine the influence of B content on their microstructure and magnetic behaviour. Changes in the magnetic properties provoked by microstructural evolution upon thermal treatments of as-cast samples were also analyzed. Nanocrystallization kinetics can be described by an isokinetic approach except for the 20 at.% B content alloy. The Curie temperature of the amorphous as-cast samples increases with the alloy's B content. Moessbauer results suggest the presence of Mo atoms in the nanocrystals. Crystalline volume fraction and mean grain size of the nanocrystals at the end of the nanocrystallization process are higher for the lowest B content alloy. The 20 at.% B content alloy develops a boride phase just after the early stages of the nanocrystallization process, which provokes a magnetic hardening in this alloy. The softest magnetic behaviour of the studied compositions corresponds to nanocrystallized 17 at.% B content alloy.

  6. Properties and Microstructural Characteristic of Kaolin Geopolymer Ceramics with Addition of Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene

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    Ahmad, Romisuhani; Bakri Abdullah, Mohd Mustafa Al; Hussin, Kamarudin; Sandu, Andrei Victor; Binhussain, Mohammed; Ain Jaya, Nur

    2016-06-01

    In this paper, the mechanical properties and microstructure of kaolin geopolymer ceramics with addition of Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene were studied. Inorganic polymers based on alumina and silica polysialate units were synthesized at room temperature from kaolin and sodium silicate in a highly alkaline medium, followed by curing and drying at 80 °C. Alkaline activator was formed by mixing the 12 M NaOH solution with sodium silicate at a ratio of 0.24. Addition of Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene to the kaolin geopolymer are fabricated with Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene content of 2, 4, 6 and 8 (wt. %) by using powder metallurgy method. The samples were heated at 1200 °C and the strength and morphological were tested. It was found that the flexural strength for the kaolin geopolymer ceramics with addition of UHMWPE were improved and generally increased with the increasing of UHMWPE loading. The result revealed that the optimum flexural strength was obtained at UHMWPE loading of 4 wt. % (92.1 MPa) and the flexural strength started to decrease. Microstructural analysis showed the samples appeared to have more number of pores and connected of pores increased with the increasing of UHMWPE content.

  7. Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of Hybrid Welded Joints with Laser and CO2-Shielded Arc

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    Wahba, M.; Mizutani, M.; Katayama, S.

    2016-07-01

    With the objective of reducing the operating costs, argon-rich shielding gas was replaced by 100% CO2 gas in hybrid laser-arc welding of shipbuilding steel. The welding parameters were optimized to obtain buried-arc transfer in order to mitigate spatter formation. Sound butt joints could be successfully produced for plates of 14 and 17 mm thickness in one welding pass. Subsequently, the welded joints were subjected to different tests to evaluate the influence of CO2 shielding gas on the mechanical properties of the welded joints. All tensile-tested specimens failed in the base material, indicating the higher strength of the welded joints. The impact toughness of the welded joints, measured at -20 °C, reached approximately 76% of that of the base material, which was well above the limit set by the relevant standard. The microstructure of the fusion zone consisted of grain boundary ferrite and acicular ferrite uniformly over the plate thickness except for the joint root where the microstructure was chiefly ferrite with an aligned second phase. This resulted in higher hardness in the root region compared with the top and middle parts of the fusion zone.

  8. Effects of Niobium Microalloying on Microstructure and Properties of Hot-Dip Galvanized Sheet

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    Mohrbacher, Hardy [NiobelCon bvba, Brussels (Belgium)

    2010-04-15

    Niobium microalloying is effective in hot-rolled and cold-rolled steels by providing a fine-grained microstructure resulting in increased strength. To optimize the strengthening effect, alloy design and hot-rolling conditions have to be adapted. As a key issue the dissolution and precipitation characteristics of Nb are discussed in particular with regard to the run-out table conditions. It is then considered how the hot-rolled microstructure and the solute state of Nb interact with the hot-dip galvanizing cycle. The adjusted conditions allow controlling the morphology and distribution of phases in the cold-rolled annealed material. Additional precipitation hardening can be achieved as well. The derived options can be readily applied to produce conventional HSLA and IF high strength steels as well as to modem multiphase steels. It will be explained how important application properties such as strength, elongation, bendability, weldability and delayed cracking resistance can be influenced in a controlled and favorable way. Examples of practical relevance and experience are given.

  9. Selective laser melting of carbon/AlSi10Mg composites: Microstructure, mechanical and electronical properties

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    Zhao, Xiao; Song, Bo, E-mail: bosong@hust.edu.cn; Fan, Wenrui; Zhang, Yuanjie; Shi, Yusheng

    2016-04-25

    Carbon nanotubes/AlSi10Mg composites has drawn lots of attention in structural engineering and functional device applications due to its extraordinary high elastic modulus and mechanical strength as well as excellent electrical and thermal conductivities. In this study, the CNTs/AlSi10Mg composites was firstly prepared and then processed by selective laser melting. The powder preparation, SLM process, and microstructure evolution, properties were clarified. The results showed that CNTs were decomposed due to the direct interaction with the laser beam. The SLMed composites displayed a similar microstructure to that of SLMed AlSi10Mg. The common brittleness phase Al{sub 4}C{sub 3} didn't form, and the carbon dispersion strengthening was observed. The electrical resistivity of the composites was reduced significantly and the hardness was improved. - Highlights: • Carbon nanotubes/AlSi10Mg powder were prepared by slurry ball milling process. • Carbon nanotubes/AlSi10Mg composites were firstly prepared by SLM. • The electrical resistivity of the composites was significantly reduced and hardness was improved.

  10. Microstructure and Electrical Properties of AZO/Graphene Nanosheets Fabricated by Spark Plasma Sintering.

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    Yang, Shuang; Chen, Fei; Shen, Qiang; Lavernia, Enrique J; Zhang, Lianmeng

    2016-07-29

    In this study we report on the sintering behavior, microstructure and electrical properties of Al-doped ZnO ceramics containing 0-0.2 wt. % graphene sheets (AZO-GNSs) and processed using spark plasma sintering (SPS). Our results show that the addition of <0.25 wt. % GNSs enhances both the relative density and the electrical resistivity of AZO ceramics. In terms of the microstructure, the GNSs are distributed at grain boundaries. In addition, the GNSs are also present between ZnO and secondary phases (e.g., ZnAl₂O₄) and likely contribute to the measured enhancement of Hall mobility (up to 105.1 cm²·V(-1)·s(-1)) in these AZO ceramics. The minimum resistivity of the AZO-GNS composite ceramics is 3.1 × 10(-4) Ω·cm which compares favorably to the value of AZO ceramics which typically have a resistivity of 1.7 × 10(-3) Ω·cm.

  11. Microstructure and mechanical properties of carbon/carbon composites doped with LaCl{sub 3}

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    Li Kezhi, E-mail: likezhi@nwpu.edu.cn [State Key Laboratory of Solidification Processing, Carbon/Carbon Composites Research Center, Northwestern Polytechnical University, Xi' an 710072 (China); Deng Hailiang; Li Hejun; Li Xin; Zhao Xueni; Luo Huijuan [State Key Laboratory of Solidification Processing, Carbon/Carbon Composites Research Center, Northwestern Polytechnical University, Xi' an 710072 (China)

    2011-11-25

    Highlights: {yields} Addition of LaCl{sub 3} decreased the densification duration of C/C composites. {yields} LaCl{sub 3} affected obviously the microstructure of intrabundle matrix. {yields} LaCl{sub 3} enhanced the toughness and strength of C/C composites. - Abstract: Carbon fiber felts with different LaCl{sub 3} contents were densified to produce carbon/carbon composites by film boiling chemical vapor infiltration from xylene pyrolysis at 1223 to 1323 K. Microstructure and mechanical properties of the composites were studied by polarized light microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, and three-point flexural test. Results showed that, the interbundle matrix of these composites was dominated by rough laminar (RL) pyrocarbon; whereas the intrabundle matrix may vary depended on the LaCl{sub 3} content. RL, smooth laminar (SL), and isotropic pyrocarbon were formed mainly when the LaCl{sub 3} content was 0, 5-10, and 15 wt%, respectively. The composites produced from the preforms with 5 and 10 wt% LaCl{sub 3} exhibited a pseudo-plastic fracture behavior combined with high flexural strength and toughness, which was attributed to the presence of lanthanum compound particles, the proper bonding of fiber-matrix interface, and the formation of SL pyrocarbon.

  12. Microstructural changes of AISI 316L due to structural sensitization and its influence on the fatigue properties

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    Sylvia Dundeková; František Nový; Stanislava Fintová

    2014-01-01

    Mechanical and fatigue properties of material are dependent on its microstructure. The microstructure of AISI 316L stainless steel commonly used for the production of medical tools, equipment and implants can be easily influenced by its heat treatment. Microstructural changes and fatigue properties of AISI 316L stainless steel due to the heat treatment consisted of annealing at the temperature of 815°C with the dwell time of 500 hours were analyzed in the present paper. Precipitation of inter...

  13. Correlation between properties and microstructure of laser sintered porous β-tricalcium phosphate bone scaffolds

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    Shuai, Cijun; Feng, Pei; Zhang, Liyang; Gao, Chengde; Hu, Huanlong; Peng, Shuping; Min, Anjie

    2013-10-01

    A porous β-tricalcium phosphate (β-TCP) bioceramic scaffold was successfully prepared with our homemade selective laser sintering system. Microstructure observation by a scanning electron microscope showed that the grains grew from 0.21 to 1.32 μm with the decrease of laser scanning speed from 250 to 50 mm min-1. The mechanical properties increased mainly due to the improved apparent density when the laser scanning speed decreased to 150 mm min-1. When the scanning speed was further decreased, the grain size became larger and the mechanical properties severely decreased. The highest Vickers hardness and fracture toughness of the scaffold were 3.59 GPa and 1.16 MPa m1/2, respectively, when laser power was 11 W, spot size was 1 mm in diameter, layer thickness was 0.1-0.2 mm and laser scanning speed was 150 mm min-1. The biocompatibility of these scaffolds was assessed in vitro with MG63 osteoblast-like cells and human bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells. The results showed that all the prepared scaffolds are suitable for cell attachment and differentiation. Moreover, the smaller the grain size, the better the cell biocompatibility. The porous scaffold with a grain size of 0.71 μm was immersed in a simulated body fluid for different days to assess the bioactivity. The surface of the scaffold was covered by a bone-like apatite layer, which indicated that the β-TCP scaffold possesses good bioactivity. These discoveries demonstrated the evolution rule between grain microstructure and the properties that give a useful reference for the fabrication of β-TCP bone scaffolds.

  14. Correlation between properties and microstructure of laser sintered porous β-tricalcium phosphate bone scaffolds

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    Cijun Shuai, Pei Feng, Liyang Zhang, Chengde Gao, Huanlong Hu, Shuping Peng and Anjie Min

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available A porous β-tricalcium phosphate (β-TCP bioceramic scaffold was successfully prepared with our homemade selective laser sintering system. Microstructure observation by a scanning electron microscope showed that the grains grew from 0.21 to 1.32 μm with the decrease of laser scanning speed from 250 to 50 mm min−1. The mechanical properties increased mainly due to the improved apparent density when the laser scanning speed decreased to 150 mm min−1. When the scanning speed was further decreased, the grain size became larger and the mechanical properties severely decreased. The highest Vickers hardness and fracture toughness of the scaffold were 3.59 GPa and 1.16 MPa m1/2, respectively, when laser power was 11 W, spot size was 1 mm in diameter, layer thickness was 0.1–0.2 mm and laser scanning speed was 150 mm min−1. The biocompatibility of these scaffolds was assessed in vitro with MG63 osteoblast-like cells and human bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells. The results showed that all the prepared scaffolds are suitable for cell attachment and differentiation. Moreover, the smaller the grain size, the better the cell biocompatibility. The porous scaffold with a grain size of 0.71 μm was immersed in a simulated body fluid for different days to assess the bioactivity. The surface of the scaffold was covered by a bone-like apatite layer, which indicated that the β-TCP scaffold possesses good bioactivity. These discoveries demonstrated the evolution rule between grain microstructure and the properties that give a useful reference for the fabrication of β-TCP bone scaffolds.

  15. Electrospun PHBV/PEO co-solution blends: Microstructure, thermal and mechanical properties

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    Bianco, Alessandra; Calderone, Manuela; Cacciotti, Ilaria, E-mail: ilaria.cacciotti@uniroma2.it

    2013-04-01

    Blending allows to tailor and modulate the properties of selected polymers. Blends of poly (3-hydroxybutyrate-co-3-hydroxyvalerate) (PHBV) and polyethylene oxide (PEO) were fabricated by electrospinning in different weight ratios i.e. 100:0, 80:20, 70:30, 50:50, 0:100. In order to evaluate the influence of PEO addition on the final properties of PHBV, a complete microstructural, thermal and mechanical characterization of PHBV/PEO blends has been performed. The two neat polymeric membranes were also considered for the sake of comparison. The following characterization techniques were employed: scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction analysis (XRD), Fourier transform infrared attenuated total reflectance (FTIR-ATR) spectroscopy, simultaneous thermogravimetric and differential analyses (TG-DTA), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), and uniaxial tensile tests. All electrospun mats consisted of randomly oriented and uniform fibers. It has been observed that the microstructure of PHBV/PEO was remarkably affected by blend composition. The average fiber size ranged between 0.5 μm and 2.6 μm. It resulted that the electrospun polymeric blends consisted of separate crystalline domains associated to an amorphous interdisperse phase. PHBV/PEO blends presented intermediate mechanical properties, in terms of tensile modulus and ultimate tensile stress, with respect to the two neat components. Highlights: ► Fibrous PHBV/PEO blends (70/30, 80/20, 50/50, in % wt/wt) by electrospinning ► Rougher surface topography of PHBV/PEO blends with respect to the neat PHBV and PEO ► Immiscibility of the two polymeric components by XRD, ATR, TG-DTA, and DSC analyses ► Reduced tensile modulus and comparable elongation at break of PHBV by the PEO blending ► Polymeric fiber rearrangement in the load direction after the tensile tests.

  16. Numerical prediction of microstructure and mechanical properties for the S-rail with tailored properties

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    Lu, Shouzhao; Liu, Lizhong; Hu, Ping; Shen, Guozhe; Gao, Junzhe; Huo, Xiaobo

    2013-05-01

    Hot stamped parts are applied widely to reduce the weight and meet safety requirements for new vehicles. It has been noticed, however, that hot stamped parts of fully martensitic transformation lead to a low elongation of about 5%. Hot stamped parts may be enhanced by locally tailoring their mechanical properties to improve their energy absorption. And partially heated dies offer a method for decreasing the cooling rate of blank located in hot region to obtain the hot stamped parts with tailored properties. In this paper, an S-Rail die was separated into three sections. The middle part of the die was heated and other parts maintained room temperature during the hot stamping process. The blank of 22MnB5 boron steel was stamped by this S-Rail die. A numerical model was established to simulate the stamping process. The microstructure and mechanical properties of blank located in the hot region and cold region were investigated. At the hot region temperature of 500°, the variation of Vickers hardness through the S-Rail bottom and side wall was investigated. The austenite decomposition curves in hot region and cold region were also given to reveal the difference of phase transformations.

  17. Microstructure and mechanical properties of hot isostatically pressed Ti–6Al–4V alloy

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    Kim, Youngmoo, E-mail: ymkim78@add.re.kr [Defense Materials and Evaluation Technology Directorate, Agency for Defense Development, Bugyuseong-daero 488 beongil, Yuseong-gu, Daejeon 305-152 (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Eun-Pyo; Song, Young-Beom; Lee, Sung Ho [Defense Materials and Evaluation Technology Directorate, Agency for Defense Development, Bugyuseong-daero 488 beongil, Yuseong-gu, Daejeon 305-152 (Korea, Republic of); Kwon, Young-Sam [Cetatech, GTIC 490, Seonjingongwon-gil, Yonghyeon-myeon, Sacheon 664-953 (Korea, Republic of)

    2014-08-01

    Highlights: • The Ti–6Al–4V components were fabricated by hot isostatic pressing from the prealloyed powders. • The microstructure of HIP parts was characterized with varying the HIP temperature and powders. • The effect of microstructures on mechanical properties of HIP Ti–6Al–4V alloys were investigated. - Abstract: We report the microstructural analysis and mechanical characterization of Ti–6Al–4V alloy parts fabricated using hot isostatic pressing (HIP). Prealloyed powders were manufactured via gas atomization (G/A), plasma atomization (P/A), and the hydride/dehydride (HDH) processes, and were characterized and pressed at temperatures in the range 880–980 °C. The microstructure of the specimens was found to be strongly dependent on the beta-transus temperatures. The G/A and P/A powders were pressed at temperatures above and below the transus temperature to enable comparison of the alpha–beta and beta microstructures. An alpha–beta mixed phase in the specimens that underwent HIP from HDH powders was observed, regardless of the pressing temperature because the temperature was always below the beta-transus temperature. The billets formed from the atomized powders exhibited higher tensile strength and ductility than the billets produced from the HDH powder. The specimens consolidated from the HDH powder showed brittle behavior because of the increased oxygen content and microstructural inhomogeneities.

  18. The effect of microstructural variation on the mechanical and acoustic properties of silicon carbide

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    Slusark, Douglas Michael

    Silicon carbide ceramic materials have many beneficial properties which have led to their adoption in various industrial uses, including its application as an armor material. This is due to the high hardness and stiffness of these materials, as well as a low relative density. The homogeneity of the final properties depends upon the processing history of the material. Factors which affect this include the need for high temperatures and sintering additives to achieve densification, as well as the presence of additive agglomerates and pressing artifacts within the green compact. This dissertation seeks to determine the effect which microstructural variability has on the acoustic and mechanical properties of sintered silicon carbide materials. Sample sets examined included commercially produced, pressurelessly sintered tiles, as well as additional, targeted tiles which were specifically produced for evaluation in this study. Production of these targeted samples was carried out such that particular aspects of the microstructure were emphasized. These included tiles which were fired with an excess of boron sintering aid as well as tiles which had been pressed to a reduced green body density and then fired. The sample evaluation procedure which was developed incorporated non destructive evaluation methods, mechanical testing, and both fractographic and image analysis of fractured and polished sections. Non destructive evaluation of the tiles was carried out by Archimedes density and ultrasound scanning at 20 MHz to determine the acoustic attenuation coefficient. Selected samples were chosen for machining into ASTM B-type bend bars on which 4-pt flexure testing was performed. Strength limiting features were designated for each sample set. The correlation between acoustic attenuation coefficient and quasi-static strength was examined both qualitatively and quantitatively. This was done by comparing the primary fracture location of flexure bars to features within the

  19. Microstructure and Dielectric Properties of LPCVD/CVI-SiBCN Ceramics Annealed at Different Temperatures

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    Jianping Li

    2017-06-01

    Full Text Available SiBCN ceramics were introduced into porous Si3N4 ceramics via a low-pressure chemical vapor deposition and infiltration (LPCVD/CVI technique, and then the composite ceramics were heat-treated from 1400 °C to 1700 °C in a N2 atmosphere. The effects of annealing temperatures on microstructure, phase evolution, dielectric properties of SiBCN ceramics were investigated. The results revealed that α-Si3N4 and free carbon were separated below 1700 °C, and then SiC grains formed in the SiBCN ceramic matrix after annealing at 1700 °C through a phase-reaction between free carbon and α-Si3N4. The average dielectric loss of composites increased from 0 to 0.03 due to the formation of dispersive SiC grains and the increase of grain boundaries.

  20. Effect of cryo-rolling and annealing on microstructure and properties of commercially pure aluminium

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    Rangaraju, Nikhil [Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai 600 036 (India); Raghuram, T. [Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai 600 036 (India); Krishna, B. Vamsi [Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai 600 036 (India)]. E-mail: vamsi23@yahoo.com; Rao, K. Prasad [Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai 600 036 (India); Venugopal, P. [Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai 600 036 (India)

    2005-05-25

    Influence of cryo-rolling reduction and annealing of commercially pure (CP) Al is evaluated in four aspects: microstructure, mechanical properties, electrical conductivity and general corrosion. It is shown that by selecting optimal cryo-rolling reduction and subsequent annealing condition result in ultrafine grains in CP Al with good combination of high strength and ductility. Electrical conductivity of the cryo-rolled samples decreased due to increased number of the electron scattering centers (lattice defects and grain boundary area). However, optimization of cryo-rolling and annealing treatment could restore the conductivity coupled with high strength in CP Al. Corrosion behaviour of cryo-rolled CP Al improved after annealing treatment. High dissolution rate and low thermal stability of the ultrafine grain structure could override the anticipated advantage of uniform corrosion in ultrafine grain CP Al.

  1. Microstructure and superconducting properties of Bi-2223/Ag tapes fabricated in high magnetic fields

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    Lu, X Y [Faculty of Engineering and Resource Science, Akita University, Akita 010-8502 (Japan); Nagata, A [Faculty of Engineering and Resource Science, Akita University, Akita 010-8502 (Japan); Sugawara, K [Faculty of Engineering and Resource Science, Akita University, Akita 010-8502 (Japan); Watanabe, K [Institute for Materials Research, Tohoku University, Sendai 980-8577 (Japan); Nojima, T [Center for Low Temperature Science, Tohoku University, Sendai 980-8577 (Japan)

    2006-11-15

    The microstructure and superconducting properties of Bi-2223/Ag tapes fabricated in high magnetic fields were investigated. The results show that the partial-melting temperature has influence on the formation of Bi-2223 phase and the J{sub c}. The optimum partial-melting temperature is 855{sup 0}C. The magnetic field during sintering at 830{sup 0}C has no influence on the formation of Bi-2223 phase and the J{sub c}. However, the magnetic field during partial-melting process has obvious influence on the formation of Bi-2223 phase and the J{sub c}. The tape partially melted with 10 T magnetic field shows stronger c-axis alignment of Bi-2223 phase and higher J{sub c}value than that partially melted without magnetic field.

  2. Studies on the weldability, microstructure and mechanical properties of activated flux TIG weldments of Inconel 718

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    Ramkumar, K. Devendranath, E-mail: ramdevendranath@gmail.com; Kumar, B. Monoj; Krishnan, M. Gokul; Dev, Sidarth; Bhalodi, Aman Jayesh; Arivazhagan, N.; Narayanan, S.

    2015-07-15

    This research article addresses the joining of 5 mm thick plates of Inconel 718 by activated flux tungsten inert gas (A-TIG) welding process using SiO{sub 2} and TiO{sub 2} fluxes. Microstructure studies inferred the presence of Nb rich eutectics and/or laves phase in the fusion zone of the A-TIG weldments. Tensile studies corroborated that the ultimate tensile strength of TiO{sub 2} flux assisted weldments (885 MPa) was better compared to SiO{sub 2} flux assisted weldments (815 MPa) and the failure was observed in the parent metal for both the cases. Impact test results portrayed that both the weldments were inferior in toughness as compared to the parent metal, which was due to the presence of oxide inclusions. Also, the study investigated the structure–property relationships of the A-TIG weldments of Inconel 718.

  3. Development and properties study of microstructure silver-doped silica nanocomposites by chemical process

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    Duhan, Surender, E-mail: surender6561@yahoo.co.in; Tomer, Vijay K.; Sharma, A.K.; Dehiya, Brijnandan S.

    2014-01-15

    Highlights: • In this work, we successfully synthesis the silver nanoparticles by a chemical method. • The reaction temperature is controlled. • The particles we synthesis, show us an excellent. • It is so important in applications. -- Abstract: A silver-doped silica nanocomposite has been prepared from a sol–gel solution. The physical and optical properties of the prepared material were investigated by several characterization techniques such as X-ray diffraction (XRD), surface area by BET method, UV–Vis Diffuse Reflectance Spectroscopy (DRS) techniques and Photoluminescence (PL). Different silver contents (corresponding to 0.05, 0.5, 5.0, 10 wt% Ag) and reaction temperatures were investigated. XRD results revealed structural evolution in all samples, and the photoluminescence spectrums were studied with respect to the different microstructures and chemical compositions.

  4. Microstructure And Thermoelectric Properties Of Tags-90 Compounds Fabricated By Mechanical Milling Process

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    Kim H.-S

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available TAGS-90 compound powder was directly prepared from the elements by high-energy ball milling (HEBM and subsequently consolidated by a spark plasma sintering (SPS. Effect of milling time on the microstructure and thermoelectric properties of the samples were investigated. The particle size of fabricated powders were decreased with increasing milling time, finally fine particles with ~1μm size was obtained at 90 min. The SPS samples exhibited higher relative densities (>99% with fine grain size. X-ray diffraction analysis (XRD and energy dispersion analysis (EDS results revealed that all the samples were single phase of GeTe with exact composition. The electrical conductivity of samples were decreased with milling time, whereas Seebeck coefficient increased over the temperature range of RT~450°C. The highest power factor was 1.12×10−3W/mK2 obtained for the sample with 90 min milling at 450°C.

  5. Magnesia-zircon brick: Evolution of microstructure, properties and performance with increasing sintering temperature

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    Gao J.

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Depending on phase components and densification, Magnesia-Zircon brick varies in appearance from white to veined and then brown with increasing sintering temperature. Properties including bulk density, apparent porosity and hot modulus of rupture as well as performance embodied with creep resistance and refractoriness continue to improve with sustaining enhancement of sintering temperature. Exceptionally, cold crushing strength first increases then decreases with rising sintering temperature and a peak exists at 1550oC. Microstructural evolution suffers zircon decomposition companying by silica escape, forsterite formation, matrix solidification and zirconia coagulation, until a zirconia/forsterite composites belt tightly coating on magnesia aggregates. Excessive coagulation of zirconia caused by oversintering probably results in microcracks formation and defects enlargement thereby degrades cold crushing strength.

  6. Effect of Holding Pressure on Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of A356 Aluminum Alloy

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    Wu, Xiaoyan; Zhang, Huarui; Ma, Zhen; Jia, Lina; Zhang, Hu

    2018-01-01

    In this study, the effect of holding pressure on microstructure and mechanical properties of low-pressure die cast A356 aluminum alloy was investigated. The results showed that the application of high holding pressure (300 kPa) generated castings with denser structure and superior mechanical properties. By increasing the holding pressure up to 300 kPa, the size of secondary dendrite arm spacing greatly reduced by 22.7% at the cooling rate of 1°C/s and decreased by 12.8% at 10°C/s. The Feret's diameter and aspect ratio of eutectic silicon particles decreased by 8.4 and 5.1% at the cooling rate of 1°C/s and decreased by 9.3 and 6.4% at 10°C/s, respectively. Meanwhile, the density of A356 aluminum alloy increased to 2.678 g/cm3 and the area fraction of porosity decreased to 0.035%. Thus, tensile properties of A356 aluminum alloy obtained at high holding pressure were enhanced, especially the ductility. All these could be associated with the better filling capability and faster cooling rate caused by high holding pressure. In the analytical range of experimental conditions, the correlation of mechanical properties with process parameters was established by statistical models to predict the ultimate tensile strength and elongation of low-pressure die cast A356 aluminum alloy.

  7. Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of Mg-8Li-(0, 1, 2)Ca-(0, 2)Gd Alloys

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    Miao, Wei; Che, Chunbo; Fu, Kunning; Wu, Ruizhi; Hou, Legan; Zhang, Jinghuai; Zhang, Milin

    2017-09-01

    A series of new Mg-8Li-xCa-yGd (x = 0, 1, 2; y = 0, 2; wt.%) alloys were prepared, and the microstructure and mechanical properties were investigated. The mechanical properties were characterized by tensile, compression and bending tests at room temperature. The results show that Mg-8Li-1Ca alloy is composed of alpha(Mg), beta(Li) and CaMg2 phases. In addition to the same phases in Mg-8Li-1Ca, there also exists CaLi2 phase in Mg-8Li-2Ca. In addition to the same phases in Mg-8Li-2Ca, GdMg5 phase is also formed in Mg-8Li-1Ca-2Gd alloy due to the addition of Gd. Both Ca and Gd have refining effect in the alloys, and the refining effect of Ca is better than that of Gd. The additions of Ca and Gd can improve the tensile strength and yield strength, but decrease the elongation and the bending strength. Comparing the mechanical properties of the investigated alloys, Mg-8Li-1Ca-2Gd possesses the best mechanical properties.

  8. Microstructure, texture and mechanical properties of a Mg- Gd-Nd alloy under different thermo-mechanical treatments

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    Hou, X. L.; Zhai, Y. X.; Zhang, C. L.; Zhang, P.; Guan, Q. F.

    2017-02-01

    In current work, the influences of hot extrusion and rolling treatments on the microstructure and texture developments, as well as mechanical properties of Mg-1.5Gd- 1.5Nd (wt.%) alloy were investigated. It was shown that the alloy underwent completely dynamic recrystallization during thermal-mechanical processing, resulting in fine equiaxial grain structure. Especially for the hot rolling treatment that heavy deformation led to even smaller grain size of the alloy. Unlike the strong basal textures obtained in conventional Mg alloy sheets, the extruded and rolled alloy sheets both revealed modified basal texture with tilt of basal poles towards extrusion/rolling direction. Through orientation distribution function (ODF) analysis, the textures were deeply analyzed and two types of rare earth textures were obtained in the extruded and rolled alloy sheets. The variations in microstructure and texture played an important role in the mechanical properties, and also planar anisotropies of the alloy sheets.

  9. Investigation of texture, microstructure, and mechanical properties of a magnesium-lanthanum alloy after thermo-mechanical processing

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    Elfiad, Djazia; Bourezg, Yousf Islem; Bradai, Djamel [USTHB, Algiers (Algeria). Faculty of Physics; Azzeddine, Hiba [USTHB, Algiers (Algeria). Faculty of Physics; M' sila Univ. (Algeria). Dept. of Physics

    2016-04-15

    The texture, microstructure, and mechanical properties of Mg-1.33La (wt.%) alloy after hot rolling and cold plane strain compression were investigated by using X-ray diffraction, optical microscopy, and micro-hardness measurements. This thermo-mechanical processing resulted in a relative weakening of the texture that was mainly a basal type. The microstructures after hot rolling and cold plane strain compression revealed the presence of a second phase (Mg{sub 17}La{sub 2}), mostly at grain boundaries. Twins were profuse, and their morphologies were quite different after hot rolling and cold plane strain compression. The Mg-1.33La (wt.%) alloy exhibited good room temperature formability and an increase in strength. The alloy's hardness increased with increasing deformation strain. Such properties were explained by the effect of both the Mg{sub 17}La{sub 2} phase precipitation and the sample's texture.

  10. Regulation Mechanism of Novel Thermomechanical Treatment on Microstructure and Properties in Al-Zn-Mg-Cu Alloy

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    Chen, Zhiguo; Ren, Jieke; Zhang, Jishuai; Chen, Jiqiang; Fang, Liang

    2016-02-01

    Scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, tensile test, exfoliation corrosion test, and slow strain rate tensile test were applied to investigate the properties and microstructure of Al-Zn-Mg-Cu alloy processed by final thermomechanical treatment, retrogression reaging, and novel thermomechanical treatment (a combination of retrogression reaging with cold or warm rolling). The results indicate that in comparison with conventional heat treatment, the novel thermomechanical treatment reduces the stress corrosion susceptibility. A good combination of mechanical properties, stress corrosion resistance, and exfoliation corrosion resistance can be obtained by combining retrogression reaging with warm rolling. The mechanism of the novel thermomechanical treatment is the synergistic effect of composite microstructure such as grain morphology, dislocation substructures, as well as the morphology and distribution of primary phases and precipitations.

  11. Effects of Er on the microstructure and mechanical properties of an as-extruded Al-Mg alloy

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    Wu, Z.G. [State Key Laboratory of Powder Metallurgy, Central South University, Changsha 410083 (China); Song Min [State Key Laboratory of Powder Metallurgy, Central South University, Changsha 410083 (China)], E-mail: Min.Song.Th05@Alum.Dartmouth.org; He, Y.H. [State Key Laboratory of Powder Metallurgy, Central South University, Changsha 410083 (China)

    2009-03-25

    The effects of rare-earth element Er on the microstructure and mechanical properties of an as-extruded Al-Mg alloy have been studied. It has been shown that without solution treatment after thermomechanical process, the addition of Er obviously decreases the yield strength, tensile strength and elongation of the as-extruded Al-Mg alloy. Microstructural analysis indicates that coarse constituents with Er and Mg have been formed in the alloys containing Er, and thus reduce the solubility of Mg in the matrix. The reducement of solubility of Mg decreases the interaction between Mg solute atoms and dislocations, and thus degrades the yield strength of the alloy. During deformation, the constituents with Er and Mg fracture first and act as the microcrack sources due to the stress concentration. The results indicate that solution treatment after thermomechanical process is a fundamental procedure to improve the mechanical properties of the Al-Mg alloys by the addition of Er element.

  12. Bulk Nanolaminated Nickel: Preparation, Microstructure, Mechanical Property, and Thermal Stability

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    Liu, Fan; Yuan, Hao; Goel, Sunkulp; Liu, Ying; Wang, Jing Tao

    2018-02-01

    A bulk nanolaminated (NL) structure with distinctive fractions of low- and high-angle grain boundaries ( f LAGBs and f HAGBs) is produced in pure nickel, through a two-step process of primary grain refinement by equal-channel angular pressing (ECAP), followed by a secondary geometrical refinement via liquid nitrogen rolling (LNR). The lamellar boundary spacings of 2N and 4N nickel are refined to 40 and 70 nm, respectively, and the yield strength of the NL structure in 2N nickel reaches 1.5 GPa. The impacts of the deformation path, material purity, grain boundary (GB) misorientation, and energy on the microstructure, refinement ability, mechanical strength, and thermal stability are investigated to understand the inherent governing mechanisms. GB migration is the main restoration mechanism limiting the refinement of an NL structure in 4N nickel, while in 2N nickel, shear banding occurs and mediates one-fifth of the total true normal rolling strain at the mesoscale, restricting further refinement. Three typical structures [ultrafine grained (UFG), NL with low f LAGBs, and NL with high f LAGBs] obtained through three different combinations of ECAP and LNR were studied by isochronal annealing for 1 hour at temperatures ranging from 433 K to 973 K (160 °C to 700 °C). Higher thermal stability in the NL structure with high f LAGBs is shown by a 50 K (50 °C) delay in the initiation temperature of recrystallization. Based on calculations and analyses of the stored energies of deformed structures from strain distribution, as characterized by kernel average misorientation (KAM), and from GB misorientations, higher thermal stability is attributed to high f LAGBs in this type of NL structure. This is confirmed by a slower change in the microstructure, as revealed by characterizing its annealing kinetics using KAM maps.

  13. Bulk Nanolaminated Nickel: Preparation, Microstructure, Mechanical Property, and Thermal Stability

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    Liu, Fan; Yuan, Hao; Goel, Sunkulp; Liu, Ying; Wang, Jing Tao

    2017-11-01

    A bulk nanolaminated (NL) structure with distinctive fractions of low- and high-angle grain boundaries (f LAGBs and f HAGBs) is produced in pure nickel, through a two-step process of primary grain refinement by equal-channel angular pressing (ECAP), followed by a secondary geometrical refinement via liquid nitrogen rolling (LNR). The lamellar boundary spacings of 2N and 4N nickel are refined to 40 and 70 nm, respectively, and the yield strength of the NL structure in 2N nickel reaches 1.5 GPa. The impacts of the deformation path, material purity, grain boundary (GB) misorientation, and energy on the microstructure, refinement ability, mechanical strength, and thermal stability are investigated to understand the inherent governing mechanisms. GB migration is the main restoration mechanism limiting the refinement of an NL structure in 4N nickel, while in 2N nickel, shear banding occurs and mediates one-fifth of the total true normal rolling strain at the mesoscale, restricting further refinement. Three typical structures [ultrafine grained (UFG), NL with low f LAGBs, and NL with high f LAGBs] obtained through three different combinations of ECAP and LNR were studied by isochronal annealing for 1 hour at temperatures ranging from 433 K to 973 K (160 °C to 700 °C). Higher thermal stability in the NL structure with high f LAGBs is shown by a 50 K (50 °C) delay in the initiation temperature of recrystallization. Based on calculations and analyses of the stored energies of deformed structures from strain distribution, as characterized by kernel average misorientation (KAM), and from GB misorientations, higher thermal stability is attributed to high f LAGBs in this type of NL structure. This is confirmed by a slower change in the microstructure, as revealed by characterizing its annealing kinetics using KAM maps.

  14. Microstructure and Fatigue Properties of Laser Welded DP590 Dual-Phase Steel Joints

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    Xie, Chaojie; Yang, Shanglei; Liu, Haobo; Zhang, Qi; Cao, Yaming; Wang, Yuan

    2017-08-01

    In this paper, cold-rolled DP590 dual-phase steel sheets with 1.5 mm thickness were butt-welded by a fiber laser, and the evolution and effect on microhardness, tensile property and fatigue property of the welded joint microstructure were studied. The results showed that the base metal is composed of ferrite and martensite, with the martensite dispersed in the ferrite matrix in an island manner. The microstructure of the weld zone was lath-shaped martensite that can be refined further by increasing the welding speed, while the heat-affected zone was composed of ferrite and tempered martensite. The microhardness increased with increasing welding speed, and the hardness reached its highest value—393.8 HV—when the welding speed was 5 m/min. Static tensile fracture of the welded joints always occurred in the base metal, and the elongation at break was more than 16%. The conditional fatigue limits of the base metal and the weld joints were 354.2 and 233.6 MPa, respectively, under tension-tension fatigue tests with a stress rate of 0.1. After observation of the fatigue fracture morphology, it was evident that the fatigue crack of the base metal had sprouted into the surface pits and that its expansion would be accelerated under the action of a secondary crack. The fatigue source of the welded joint was generated in the weld zone and expanded along the martensite, forming a large number of fatigue striations. Transient breaking, which occurred in the heat-affected zone of the joint as a result of the formation of a large number of dimples, reflected the obvious characteristics of ductile fracture.

  15. Investigation of the Mechanical Properties and Microstructure of Nickel Superalloys Processed in Shear Forming / Identyfikacja Właściwości Mechanicznych Oraz Mikrostruktury Superstopów Niklu Przetwarzanych W Procesie Kształtowania Obrotowego

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    Żaba K.

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available The paper presents the research results of the mechanical properties and microstructure of the material in initial state and parts made from nickel superalloy Inconel®718 in the rotary forming process with laser heating. In the first step was carried out basic research of chemical composition, mechanical properties, hardness and microstructure of sheet in initial state. Then from the metal sheet, in industrial conditions, was made axisymmetric parts in the flow and shear forming with laser heating. Parts were subjected to detailed studies focused on the analysis of changes in the mechanical properties and microstructure in the relation to the material in initial state. The analysis was based on the tests results of strength and plastic properties, hardness, microstructural observations and X-ray microanalysis in the areas where defects appear and beyond. The results are presented in the form of tables, charts, and photographs of the microstructure.

  16. Influence of Homogenization on the Mechanical Properties and Microstructure of the U-10Mo Alloy

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    Nyberg, Eric A. [Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States); Joshi, Vineet V. [Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States); Lavender, Curt A. [Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States); Paxton, Dean M. [Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States); Burkes, Douglas [Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States)

    2014-04-01

    In Phase 1 of this study, the mechanical properties of as-cast, depleted uranium alloyed with 10 weight percent molybdenum alloy (U-10Mo) samples were evaluated by high-temperature compression testing. Compression testing was conducted at three strain rates over a temperature range of 400 to 800°C. The results indicated that with increasing test temperature, the material flow stress decreases and the material becomes more sensitive to strain rate. In addition, above the eutectoid transformation temperature (~ 550°C), the drop in material flow stress is prominent and shows a strain-softening behavior, especially at lower strain rates. In the second part of this research, we studied the effect that homogenization heat treatment had on the high temperature mechanical properties and microstructure of the cast U-10Mo alloy. Various homogenization times and temperatures were studied ranging between 800 and 1000°C for 4 to 48 hours. Based on the microstructural response in this homogenization study, a heat treatment cycle of 800°C for 24 hours and another at 1000°C for 16 hours were selected as the times at temperature to achieve a fully homogenized sample. Samples from these conditions were then compression tested at a variety of temperatures ranging from 500 to 800°C. The microstructure of these samples were compared to the as-cast samples and to a baseline sample homogenized at 1000°C for 16 hours. The results indicate that below the eutectoid temperature (~ 550°C) all three samples showed strain hardening and followed similar trends. Above the eutectoid temperature, the yield strength of the material decreased linearly. For the as-cast sample and the sample homogenized at 800°C for 24 hours, the n-values were negative, whereas for the samples homogenized at 1000°C for 16 hours the material exhibited a perfectly plastic behavior. The as-cast sample, heat treated at 800°C for 24 hours, showed significant lamellar structure transformation that seems to have

  17. Effect of storage time and temperature on the rheological and microstructural properties of gluten

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    Nicolas, Y.; Smit, R.J.M.; van Aalst, H.; Esselink, F.J.; Weegels, P.L.; Agterof, W.G.M.

    2003-01-01

    To investigate the effects of frozen storage on the rheological and microstructural properties of gluten, two model systems were investigated: System A, gluten and water; System B, gluten, water, and NaCl. The storage time was varied from 1 to 16 weeks and the storage temperature was varied from -5

  18. Multiscale Modeling for Linking Growth, Microstructure, and Properties of Inorganic Microporous Films

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    Vlachos, Dion G.

    2002-01-01

    The focus of this presentation is on multiscale modeling in order to link processing, microstructure, and properties of materials. Overview of problems we study includes: Growth mechanisms in chemical and physical vapor epitaxy; thin films of zeolites for separation and sensing; thin Pd films for hydrogen separation and pattern formation by self-regulation routes.

  19. Structural, microstructural and optical properties of Cu2ZnSnS4 thin ...

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    Home; Journals; Bulletin of Materials Science; Volume 40; Issue 5. Structural, microstructural and optical properties of Cu 2 ZnSnS 4 thin films prepared by thermal evaporation: effect of substrate temperature and annealing. U CHALAPATHI S UTHANNA V SUNDARA RAJA. Volume 40 Issue 5 September 2017 pp 887-895 ...

  20. The impact of freeze-drying on microstructure and rehydration properties of carrot

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    Voda, A.; Homan, N.; Witek, M.; Duijster, A.; Dalen, van G.; Sman, van der R.G.M.; Nijsse, J.; Vliet, van L.J.; As, van H.; Duynhoven, van J.P.M.

    2012-01-01

    The impact of freeze-drying, blanching and freezing rate pre-treatments on the microstructure and on the rehydration properties of winter carrots were studied by µCT, SEM, MRI and NMR techniques. The freezing rate determines the size of ice crystals being formed that leave pores upon drying. Their

  1. Predicting the transport properties of sedimentary rocks from microstructure

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    Schlueter, Erika M. [Univ. of California, Berkeley, CA (United States)

    1995-01-01

    Understanding transport properties of sedimentary rocks, including permeability, relative permeability, and electrical conductivity, is of great importance for petroleum engineering, waste isolation, environmental restoration, and other applications. These transport properties axe controlled to a great extent by the pore structure. How pore geometry, topology, and the physics and chemistry of mineral-fluid and fluid-fluid interactions affect the flow of fluids through consolidated/partially consolidated porous media are investigated analytically and experimentally. Hydraulic and electrical conductivity of sedimentary rocks are predicted from the microscopic geometry of the pore space. Cross-sectional areas and perimeters of individual pores are estimated from two-dimensional scanning electron microscope (SEM) photomicrographs of rock sections. Results, using Berea, Boise, Massilon, and Saint-Gilles sandstones show close agreement between the predicted and measured permeabilities. Good to fair agreement is found in the case of electrical conductivity. In particular, good agreement is found for a poorly cemented rock such as Saint-Gilles sandstone, whereas the agreement is not very good for well-cemented rocks. The possible reasons for this are investigated. The surface conductance contribution of clay minerals to the overall electrical conductivity is assessed. The effect of partial hydrocarbon saturation on overall rock conductivity, and on the Archie saturation exponent, is discussed. The region of validity of the well-known Kozeny-Carman permeability formulae for consolidated porous media and their relationship to the microscopic spatial variations of channel dimensions are established. It is found that the permeabilities predicted by the Kozeny-Carman equations are valid within a factor of three of the observed values methods.

  2. Effect of tempering temperature on the microstructure and mechanical properties of a reactor pressure vessel steel

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    Li, C.W.; Han, L.Z.; Luo, X.M.; Liu, Q.D.; Gu, J.F., E-mail: gujf@sjtu.edu.cn

    2016-08-15

    The microstructure and mechanical properties of reactor pressure vessel (RPV) steel were investigated after tempering at different temperatures ranging from 580 to 700 °C for 5 h. With increasing tempering temperature, the impact toughness, which is qualified by Charpy V-notch total absorbed energy, initially increases from 142 to 252 J, and then decreases to 47 J, with a maximum value at 650 °C, while the ultimate tensile strength varies in exactly the opposite direction. Comparing the microstructure and fracture surfaces of different specimens, the variations in toughness and strength with the tempering temperature were generally attributed to the softening of the bainitic ferrite, the agminated Fe{sub 3}C carbides that resulted from decomposition of martensite/austenite (M/A) constituents, the precipitation of Mo{sub 2}C carbides, and the newly formed M/A constituents at the grain boundaries. Finally, the correlation between the impact toughness and the volume fraction of the M/A constituents was established, and the fracture mechanisms for the different tempering conditions are explained. - Highlights: • The dependence of the deterioration of impact toughness on tempering temperature has been analysed. • The instrumented Charpy V-notch impact test has been employed to study the fracture mechanism. • The influence of M/A constituents on different fracture mechanisms based on the hinge model has been demonstrated. • A correlation between the mechanical properties and the amount of M/A constituents has been established.

  3. Effects of Sm addition on microstructure and mechanical properties of a Mg-10Y alloy

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    Li Quanan

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available To further increase the mechanical properties, 0.5wt.% Sm was introduced to a Mg-10Y alloy in this study. The effects of Sm addition on the microstructures and mechanical properties of the Mg-10Y alloy, especially the aged Mg-10Y alloy, were investigated. The microstructure observation and tensile tests were performed by using an optical microscopy, a scanning electron microscopy and a universal material testing machine, respectively. The phase analysis was performed using X-ray diffractometer. The results show that the 0.5wt.% Sm addition can not only promote the formation of fine and dispersed Mg24Y5 phases, but also improve their morphology and distribution; it also increases the thermal stability of Mg24Y5 phases. Sm addition is seen to increase the ultimate tensile strength of Mg-10Y alloy at elevated temperatures (200, 250, 300 and 350 ℃, while decrease the elongation. But the elongation is still up to 7.5% even at 350 ℃. In the range of 250 ℃ to 300℃, the ultimate tensile strength of the alloy reaches its maximum (with a range average of 235 MPa and is not sensitive to the temperature change, which is very useful to the application of heat-resistant magnesium alloys. Even at 350 ℃, the ultimate tensile strength of Mg-10Y-0.5Sm is still up to 155 MPa. Considering both of the ultimate tensile strength and elongation, the maximum application temperature of the Mg-10Y-0.5Sm alloy can be up to 300 ℃. The strengthening mechanisms of Mg-10Y-0.5Sm alloy are mainly attributed to dispersion strengthening of Mg24Y5 phase particles with a certain solubility of Sm and grain refinement strengthening of α-Mg matrix.

  4. Effect of tantalum content on microstructure and tensile properties of CLAM steel

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    Zhai, Xiangwei [Key Laboratory of Neutronics and Radiation Safety, Institute of Nuclear Energy Safety Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Hefei, Anhui 230031 (China); University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, Anhui 230027 (China); Liu, Shaojun, E-mail: shaojun.liu@fds.org.cn [Key Laboratory of Neutronics and Radiation Safety, Institute of Nuclear Energy Safety Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Hefei, Anhui 230031 (China); Zhao, Yanyun [Key Laboratory of Neutronics and Radiation Safety, Institute of Nuclear Energy Safety Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Hefei, Anhui 230031 (China)

    2016-03-15

    Highlights: • With the increase of Ta content, the grain size decreased firstly, and then leveled off when Ta content was higher than 0.15 wt%. • The content of Ta-riched MX particles increased with Ta content increasing, and the Cr-riched M{sub 23}C{sub 6} carbides reversed. • CLAM steel with Ta content of 0.027 wt% had the highest strength, but the difference in strength of the four ingots was little. - Abstract: Four ingots of China Low Activation Martensitic (CLAM) steel with different Tantalum (Ta) contents of 0.027 wt%, 0.078 wt%, 0.15 wt% and 0.18 wt%, respectively, were produced by vacuum induction furnace. Microstructure observation and tensile tests were performed to make clear the effect of Ta content on the microstructure and properties of CLAM steel. Experimental results showed that the content of Ta-riched MX particles increased with Ta content increasing from 0.027 wt% to 0.18 wt%, and the Cr-riched M{sub 23}C{sub 6} carbides reversed. Meanwhile, the grain size became finer with the increase of Ta content. However, the effect of Ta content on grain size refinement weakened when Ta content was higher than 0.15 wt% in this study. Both the grain size and precipitates could affect the tensile properties of the four ingots. The precipitation strengthening of Cr-riched M{sub 23}C{sub 6} carbides was considered to be the main possible reason that CLAM steel with Ta content of 0.027 wt% had the highest strength. In general, there was little difference in strength of the four ingots with the change of Ta content.

  5. Microstructure and mechanical properties of nonmagnetic Fe-25Mn-xCu-C steels by super solidus liquid phase sintering

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    Jia, Shanquan; Xiao, Zhiyu; Wang, Jun; Yang, Shuo; Guan, Hangjian; Zhu, Quanli

    2016-11-01

    In this work, nonmagnetic steels Fe-25Mn-xCu-C were prepared by high manganese pre-alloyed steel powders through powder metallurgy (PM) technique. Four types of steels specimen were created to investigate the microstructure evolving with sintering process, mechanical properties and magnetic properties. The microstructures, fracture surfaces, phase constitutions and mechanical properties of Fe-25Mn-xCu-C were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), x-ray diffraction (XRD), and tensile strength test. The results showed that super solidus liquid-phase sintering (SLPS) phenomenon was conclusively verified, for the first time, in the Fe-Mn pre-alloyed powders: Liquids generated by SLPS process from pre-alloyed powders could improve the binding condition between the particles and enhance the densification. X-ray diffraction (XRD) experiment and physical property measurement system (PPMS) measurement verified the nonmagnetic properties of steels with single austenite phase. It is confirmed that mechanical properties are intensively influenced by the characteristic and quantity of liquids between the matrix particles. The fracture mechanism of the steel is dominated by intergranular decohesion mode. The preliminary study found this kind of new non-magnetic steel exhibits relatively high density. With the efficiency in fabricating and the non-magnetic property, this work foresees good prospects for application in the steel components manufacturing industry.

  6. Microstructure and properties of the Ni-Al-B alloys after directional solidification

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    Pohludka, Martin; Malcharcziková, Jitka; Kursa, Miroslav

    2012-01-01

    Microstructure and Properties of the Ni-Al-B Alloys after Directional Solidification Ni-24Al, Ni-24Al-0.1B and Ni-24Al-0.24B alloys (at. %) were prepared by vacuum induction melting and by directional solidification at the rate of 50 mm/h and at the 1550 degrees C. After directional solidification, alloy microstructure consists of elongated grains of the gamma' phase. Alloy matrix also contains small amount of the gamma phase. There are no boron phases in these alloys. Process of directional ...

  7. System and methods to determine and monitor changes in microstructural properties

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    Turner, Joseph A

    2014-11-18

    A system and methods with which changes in microstructure properties such as grain size, grain elongation, texture, and porosity of materials can be determined and monitored over time to assess conditions such as stress and defects. An example system includes a number of ultrasonic transducers configured to transmit ultrasonic waves towards a target region on a specimen, a voltage source configured to excite the first and second ultrasonic transducers, and a processor configured to determine one or more properties of the specimen.

  8. Manupulation of microstructure, phase evolution and mechanical properties by devitrification of andesite for use as proppant

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    Koseski, Ryan P.

    Small, roughly spherical ceramic particles, approximately 1mm in size are used for a number of applications including casting sands, catalysts, and cement fillers. The oil and natural gas industry utilizes such materials in tonnage quantities yearly as extraction aids. Particles intended for this application are referred to as proppants. Proppants are composed of materials that differ by density, strength and cost, and are selected on a site by site basis. Recently, competing usage and depletion of reserves of one of the most popular category of proppant materials, sintered aluminosilicates (e.g. kaolinite, bauxite) have driven the need for alternative raw materials for proppant manufacturing. Andesite, a by-product of mining operations in the south-west United States was identified as an abundant, readily available, and low cost alternative proppant material that can be fused and net-shaped into a glass which when crystallized results in microstructures which may offer substantial toughening and fracture characteristics which may serve to their advantage for use as proppants that do not decrease the permeability ("blind") the particle bed. This study addressed the devitrification behavior and its role on the mechanical properties of andesite-based glass-ceramic spheres for use as proppants. Timetemperature- transformation studies were performed to evaluate the devitrification behavior of andesite glass. Crystalline phase evolution and microstructural development were evaluated using quantitative x-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, differential thermal analysis, and spectrophotometry. The andesite glass devitrification commenced with the precipitation of iron oxides (magnetite) which served as seeds for the epitaxial growth of dendritic pyroxenes. Mechanical properties, such as diametral compressive strength, fracture toughness, hardness, and fracture morphology were correlated with crystalline phase evolution. Selected heat treatments resulting in the

  9. Microstructure and mechanical properties of NiCoCrAlYTa alloy processed by press and sintering route

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    Pereira, J.C., E-mail: jpereira@uc.edu.ve [Instituto de Tecnología de Materiales, Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, Camino de vera s/n, Valencia, España (Spain); Centro de Investigaciones en Mecánica, Facultad de Ingeniería, Universidad de Carabobo (Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of); Zambrano, J.C. [Centro de Investigaciones en Mecánica, Facultad de Ingeniería, Universidad de Carabobo (Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of); Afonso, C.R.M. [Departamento de Engenharia de Materiais, Universidade Federal de São Carlos (UFSCar), São Carlos, SP (Brazil); Amigó, V. [Instituto de Tecnología de Materiales, Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, Camino de vera s/n, Valencia, España (Spain)

    2015-03-15

    Nickel-based superalloys such as NiCoCrAlY are widely used in high-temperature applications, such as gas turbine components in the energy and aerospace industries, due to their strength, high elastic modulus, and high-temperature oxidation resistance. However, the processing of these alloys is complex and costly, and the alloys are currently used as a bond coat in thermal barrier coatings. In this work, the effect of cold press and sintering processing parameters on the microstructure and mechanical properties of NiCoCrAlY alloy were studied using the powder metallurgy route as a new way to obtain NiCoCrAlYTa samples from a gas atomized prealloyed powder feedstock. High mechanical strength and adequate densification up to 98% were achieved. The most suitable compaction pressure and sintering temperature were determined for NiCoCrAlYTa alloy through microstructure characterization. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), and energy dispersive spectroscopy microanalysis (EDS) were performed to confirm the expected γ-Ni matrix and β-NiAl phase distribution. Additionally, the results demonstrated the unexpected presence of carbides and Ni–Y-rich zones in the microstructure due to the powder metallurgy processing parameters used. Thus, microhardness, nanoindentation and uniaxial compression tests were conducted to correlate the microstructure of the alloy samples with their mechanical properties under the different studied conditions. The results show that the compaction pressure did not significantly affect the mechanical properties of the alloy samples. In this work, the compaction pressures of 400, 700 and 1000 MPa were used. The sintering temperature of 1200 °C for NiCoCrAlYTa alloy was preferred; above this temperature, the improvement in mechanical properties is not significant due to grain coarsening, whereas a lower temperature produces a decrease in mechanical properties due to high porosity and

  10. Microstructure Evolution and Mechanical Properties Improvement in Liquid-Phase-Sintered Hydroxyapatite by Laser Sintering

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    Songlin Duan

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available CaO-Al2O3-SiO2 (CAS as a liquid phase was introduced into hydroxyapatite (HAp to prepare bone scaffolds. The effects of the CAS content (1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 wt% on microstructure and mechanical properties of HAp ceramics were investigated. The optimal compression strength, fracture toughness and Vickers hardness reached 22.22 MPa, 1.68 MPa·m1/2 and 4.47 GPa when 3 wt% CAS was added, which were increased by 105%, 63% and 11% compared with those of HAp ceramics without CAS, respectively. The improvement of the mechanical properties was attributed to the improved densification, which was caused by the solid particle to rearrange during liquid phase sintering. Moreover, simulated body fluid (SBF study indicated the HAp ceramics could maintain the mechanical properties and form a bone-like apatite layer when they were immersed in SBF. Cell culture was used to evaluate biocompatibility of the HAp ceramics. The results demonstrated MG-63 cells adhered and spread well.

  11. Microstructural characterization and influence of manufacturing parameters on technological properties of vitreous ceramic materials

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    Njoya, D. [Laboratoire de Physico-chimie des Materiaux Mineraux, Departement de Chimie Inorganique, Faculte des Sciences, Universite de Yaounde I, B.P. 812, Yaounde (Cameroon); Laboratoire de Physico-chimie des Materiaux et Environnement, Departement de Chimie, Faculte des Sciences Semlalia, Universite Cadi Ayyad, B.P. 2390, Marrakech (Morocco); Hajjaji, M., E-mail: Hajjaji@ucam.ac.ma [Laboratoire de Physico-chimie des Materiaux et Environnement, Departement de Chimie, Faculte des Sciences Semlalia, Universite Cadi Ayyad, B.P. 2390, Marrakech (Morocco); Bacaoui, A. [Laboratoire de Chimie Organique Appliquee, Departement de Chimie, Faculte des Sciences Semlalia, Universite Cadi Ayyad, B.P. 2390, Marrakech (Morocco); Njopwouo, D. [Laboratoire de Physico-chimie des Materiaux Mineraux, Departement de Chimie Inorganique, Faculte des Sciences, Universite de Yaounde I, B.P. 812, Yaounde (Cameroon)

    2010-03-15

    Microstructure of vitreous ceramic samples manufactured from kaolinitic-clay and feldspars raw materials from Cameroon was investigated in the range 1150-1250 deg. C by X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy and by measuring some technological properties. Moreover, the simultaneous influence of feldspars content, heating temperature and soaking time on water absorption and firing shrinkage was evaluated by adopting the response surface methodology (Doehlert matrix), using the New Efficient Methodology for Research using Optimal Design (NEMROD) software. The results show that a spinel phase, mullite, glassy phase and some amount of hematite were formed. However, the spinel phase and potassic feldspar, as compared to the sodic one, disappeared at moderate firing temperature and soaking time. Apparently, mullite developed from spinel phase, which is formed from the demixion of metakaolin. On the other hand, it is found that the effects of fluxing content and firing temperature on the measured properties were almost similar and more influent than soaking time. Antagonistic and synergetic interactions existed between the considered parameters, and their importance differed for the considered properties. By using this mathematical tool, suitable operating conditions for manufacturing vitreous bodies were determined.

  12. Cu-Zn-Al2O3 nanocomposites: study of microstructure, corrosion, and wear properties

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    Baghani, Mohammad; Aliofkhazraei, Mahmood; Askari, Mehdi

    2017-04-01

    Alumina nanoparticles were added to a Cu-Zn alloy to investigate their effect on the microstructural, tribological, and corrosion properties of the prepared alloys. Alloying was performed using a mixture of copper and zinc powders with 0vol% and 5vol% of α-Al nanopowder in a satellite ball mill. The results showed that the Cu-Zn solid solution formed after 18 h of mechanical alloying. The mechanically alloyed powder was compacted followed by sintering of the obtained green compacts at 750°C for 30 min. Alumina nanoparticles were uniformly distributed in the matrix of the Cu-Zn alloy. The tribological properties were evaluated by pin-on-disk wear tests, which revealed that, upon the addition of alumina nanoparticles, the coefficient of friction and the wear rate were reduced to 20% and 40%, respectively. The corrosion properties of the samples exposed to a 3.5wt% NaCl solution were studied using the immersion and potentiodynamic polarization methods, which revealed that the addition of alumina nanoparticles reduced the corrosion current of the nanocomposite by 90%.

  13. Microstructural Developments and Tensile Properties of Lean Fe-Mn-Al-C Lightweight Steels

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    Sohn, S. S.; Lee, S.; Lee, B.-J.; Kwak, J.-H.

    2014-09-01

    Concepts of Fe-Al-Mn-C-based lightweight steels are fairly simple, but primary metallurgical issues are complicated. In this study, recent studies on lean-composition lightweight steels were reviewed, summarized, and emphasized by their microstructural development and mechanical properties. The lightweight steels containing a low-density element of Al were designed by thermodynamic calculation and were manufactured by conventional industrial processes. Their microstructures consisted of various secondary phases as κ-carbide, martensite, and austenite in the ferrite matrix according to manufacturing and annealing procedures. The solidification microstructure containing segregations of C, Mn, and Al produced a banded structure during the hot rolling. The (ferrite + austenite) duplex microstructure was formed after the annealing, and the austenite was retained at room temperature. It was because the thermal stability of austenite nucleated from fine κ-carbide was quite high due to fine grain size of austenite. Because these lightweight steels have outstanding properties of strength and ductility as well as reduced density, they give a promise for automotive applications requiring excellent properties.

  14. An investigation of deformed microstructure and mechanical properties of Zircaloy-4 processed through multiaxial forging

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    Fuloria, Devasri; Nageswararao, P. [Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering & Centre of Nanotechnology, IIT Roorkee, Roorkee 247667 (India); Jayaganthan, R., E-mail: rjayafmt@iitr.ernet.in [Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering & Centre of Nanotechnology, IIT Roorkee, Roorkee 247667 (India); Department of Engineering Design, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai 600036 (India); Jha, S. [Nuclear Fuel Complex Limited, Hyderabad 501301 (India); Srivastava, D. [Materials Science Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai 40085 (India)

    2016-04-15

    In the present work, the mechanical behavior of Zircaloy-4 subjected to various deformation strains by multiaxial forging (MAF) at cryogenic temperature (CT) was investigated. The alloy was strained up to different number of cycles, viz., 6 cycles, 9 cycles, and 12 cycles at cumulative strains of 2.96, 4.44, and 5.91, respectively. The mechanical properties of the alloy were investigated by performing the universal tensile test and the Vickers hardness test. Both the test showed improvement in the ultimate tensile strength and hardness value by 51% and 26%, respectively, at the highest cumulative strain of 5.91. The electron backscattered diffraction (EBSD) measurement and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) were used for analyzing the deformed microstructure. The microstructures of the alloy underwent deformation at various cumulative strains/cycles showed grain refinement with the evolution of shear and twin bands that were highest for the alloy deformed at the highest number of cycles. The effective grain refinement was due to twins formation and their intersection, which led to the improvement in mechanical properties of the MAFed alloy, as observed in the present work. - Highlights: • Zircaloy-4 was subjected to MAF at cryogenic temperature. • Microstructural evolution was studied through EBSD and TEM. • Deformed microstructure was marked with various types of twinning and shear banding. • Twins formations are responsible for effective grain refinement and enhanced mechanical properties.

  15. Mechanical property of PEG hydrogel and the 3D red blood cell microstructures fabricated by two-photon polymerization

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    Gou, Xiaorong; Zheng, Meiling; Zhao, Yuanyuan; Dong, Xianzi; Jin, Feng; Xing, Jinfeng; Duan, Xuanming

    2017-09-01

    Two-photon polymerization (TPP) microfabrication is an advanced technology to fabricate precise three-dimensional (3D) hydrogel micro/nanostructure. 3D hydrogel microstructures fabricated by TPP with sophisticated details and appropriate stiffness are able to effectively simulate the microenvironment used in tissue engineering and drug delivery. The mechanical property of the microstructures, for instance, the Young's modulus is crucial to achieve the microstructures with high fidelity. In this study, the mechanical property of the poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) 3D microstructures fabricated with various laser powers, writing speeds and layer distances in the air was investigated by characterizing the Young's modulus. Meanwhile, the Young's modulus of the microstructure with different layer distances in water was determined as 3.50-6.52 MPa. Furthermore, 3D PEG microstructures simulating red blood cell morphology of different postures and sizes were successfully fabricated.

  16. Effects of rolling temperature on microstructure, texture, formability and magnetic properties in strip casting Fe-6.5 wt% Si non-oriented electrical steel

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    Liu, Hai-Tao; Li, Hao-Ze; Li, Hua-Long; Gao, Fei; Liu, Guo-Huai; Luo, Zhong-Han; Zhang, Feng-Quan; Chen, Sheng-Lin; Cao, Guang-Ming; Liu, Zhen-Yu; Wang, Guo-Dong

    2015-10-01

    Fe-6.5 wt% Si non-oriented electrical steel sheets with a thickness of 0.50 mm were produced by using a new processing route: strip casting followed by hot rolling, intermediate temperature (150-850 °C) rolling and final annealing. The present study focused on exploring the effects of rolling temperature varying from 150 to 850 °C on the microstructure and texture evolution, the formability and final magnetic properties. The microstructure and texture evolution at the various processing steps were investigated in detail by using OM, XRD, EBSD and TEM. It was found that the formability during rolling, the microstructure and texture before and after annealing and final magnetic properties highly depended on rolling temperature. The formability during rolling was gradually improved with increasing rolling temperature due to the slipping of dislocation. In particular, the rolling temperature dominated the formation of in-grain shear bands in the rolled microstructure, which played an important role in the development of final recrystallization microstructure and texture. In the case of lower temperature (150-450 °C) rolling, an inhomogeneous microstructure with a large amount of in-grain shear bands was formed in the rolled sheets, which finally resulted in a fine and inhomogeneous annealing microstructure dominated by mild λ-fiber texture composed of cube and {001} components and α*-fiber texture concentrated on {115} component. By contrast, in the case of higher temperature (650-850 °C) rolling, a relatively homogeneous microstructure without in-grain shear bands was formed instead in the rolled sheets, which finally led to a coarse and relatively homogeneous annealing microstructure characterized by strong α-fiber and γ-fiber texture. Accordingly, on the whole, both the magnetic induction (B8 and B50) and iron loss (P15/50 and P10/400) decreased with raising rolling temperature.

  17. The morphology, microstructure, and luminescent properties of CdS/CdTe films

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    Al-Jassim, M.M.; Dhere, R.G.; Jones, K.M.; Hasoon, F.S.; Sheldon, P. [National Renewable Energy Lab., Golden, CO (United States)

    1998-09-01

    This paper is concerned with the characterization of CdS/CdTe polycrystalline thin films for solar cells. The morphology, microstructure, and luminescent properties are studied by a powerful array of characterization techniques. The presence of pinholes in 100-nm thick CdS is observed. The microstructure of CdS and CdTe films is shown to be heavily faulted polycrystalline. The effect of deposition temperature on the grain size and the microstructure is investigated. The interdiffusion of sulfur and tellurium at the CdS/CdTe interface is studied for the first time by a nanoprobe technique. Considerable amount of sulfur is detected in CdTe in the vicinity of the interface of samples deposited at 625 C. The recombination behavior of grain boundaries and intragrain defects is investigated in as-deposited and heat-treated samples.

  18. Almen intensity effect on microstructure and mechanical properties of low carbon steel subjected to severe shot peening

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    Unal, Okan, E-mail: ounal@bartin.edu.tr [Department of Mechanical Engineering, Bartin University, 74100, Bartin (Turkey); Varol, Remzi, E-mail: remzivarol@sdu.edu.tr [Department of Mechanical Engineering, Suleyman Demirel University, 32260 Isparta (Turkey)

    2014-01-30

    This paper discusses alteration of microstructure and mechanical properties of low carbon steel after severe shot peening process. An ultra fine grained surface layer was formed on AISI 1017 mild steel by means of severe shot peening process. Surface characteristics were affirmed using optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM). Nano hardness measurements were taken along the depth from shot peened surface using nanoindentation methods. The results showed that severe (unconventional) air blast shot peening process is an effective way to obtain ultra fine grained surface layer and to obtain superior mechanical properties.

  19. Improvement in Mechanical Properties of SA508 Gr.1a Piping Material by Modifying Microstructure

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    Kim, Jin Weon; Choi, Myung Rak [Chosun Univ., Gwangju (Korea, Republic of); Oh, Young Jin; Park, Heung Bae; Kim, Kyung Su [KEPCO E-C, Yongin (Korea, Republic of)

    2014-10-15

    It is attempted to apply LBB concept to the design of secondary piping systems, such as main-steam line and feed-water line. But, for obtaining sufficient margin in LBB analysis for these piping systems, it is necessary to reduce the applied loads by improving structural design and to employ piping material with higher toughness and strength than existing piping materials such as SA106 Gr.C and SA106 Gr.B carbon steels. SA508 Gr.1a ferritic steel has been used for the reactor coolant system (RCS) piping in KSNP (Korea Nuclear Power Plant) and is known to have good toughness and strength as well as weld ability. Such characteristics provide a sufficient margin in the LBB analysis for RCS piping. Based on SA508 Gr.1a piping material, thus, this study attempts to obtain a further improved piping material by modifying microstructure of SA508 Gr.1a without change of chemical composition. In order to obtain a modified microstructure, thus, this study simply heat-treated again SA508 Gr.1a piping material at the same heat-treatment condition that had been employed in the fabrication of SA508 Gr.1a piping material. The microstructure is composed of the homogeneous mixture of fine-grained ferrite and bainite. This is different from that of as-received SA508 Gr.1a. This difference is associated with different size of object to be heat-treated. This shows that SA508 Gr.1a piping material has a microstructure with fine-grained ferrite and bainite mixture, which provides good toughness and strength, if it is properly heat-treated. Tensile and J-R tests were conducted using specimens machined form modified SA508 Gr.1a piping material given by heat-treated, and the results were compared with those tested from as-received SA508 Gr..1a piping material. At 316 .deg. C, however, both strength and elongation of modified SA508 Gr.1a are higher than those of as-received SA508 Gra.1a. The results of J-R tests showed that J-R curve of modified SA508 Gr.1a is almost the same as that of as

  20. MICROSTRUCTURE AND MECHANICAL PROPERTY PERFORMANCE OF COMMERCIAL GRADE API PIPELINE STEELS IN HIGH PRESSURE GASEOUS HYDROGEN

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    Stalheim, Mr. Douglas [DGS Metallurgical Solutions Inc; Boggess, Todd [Secat; San Marchi, Chris [Sandia National Laboratories (SNL); Jansto, Steven [Reference Metals Company; Somerday, Dr. B [Sandia National Laboratories (SNL); Muralidharan, Govindarajan [ORNL; Sofronis, Prof. Petros [University of Illinois

    2010-01-01

    The continued growth of the world s developing countries has placed an ever increasing demand on traditional fossil fuel energy sources. This development has lead to increasing research and development of alternative energy sources. Hydrogen gas is one of the potential alternative energy sources under development. Currently the most economical method of transporting large quantities of hydrogen gas is through steel pipelines. It is well known that hydrogen embrittlement has the potential to degrade steel s mechanical properties when hydrogen migrates into the steel matrix. Consequently, the current pipeline infrastructure used in hydrogen transport is typically operated in a conservative fashion. This operational practice is not conducive to economical movement of significant volumes of hydrogen gas as an alternative to fossil fuels. The degradation of the mechanical properties of steels in hydrogen service is known to depend on the microstructure of the steel. Understanding the levels of mechanical property degradation of a given microstructure when exposed to hydrogen gas under pressure can be used to evaluate the suitability of the existing pipeline infrastructure for hydrogen service and guide alloy and microstructure design for new hydrogen pipeline infrastructure. To this end, the 2 Copyright 2010 by ASME microstructures of relevant steels and their mechanical properties in relevant gaseous hydrogen environments must be fully characterized to establish suitability for transporting hydrogen. A project to evaluate four commercially available pipeline steels alloy/microstructure performance in the presences of gaseous hydrogen has been funded by the US Department of Energy along with the private sector. The microstructures of four pipeline steels were characterized and then tensile testing was conducted in gaseous hydrogen and helium at pressures of 800, 1600 and 3000 psi. Based on measurements of reduction of area, two of the four steels that performed the best

  1. Cr3C2-NiCr HVOF-Sprayed Coatings: Microstructure and Properties Versus Powder Characteristics and Process Parameters

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    Prudenziati, Maria; Gazzadi, Gian Carlo; Medici, Marcello; Dalbagni, Gregorio; Caliari, Marco

    2010-03-01

    Two 75%Cr3C2-25%NiCr feedstock powders with the same size distribution but different production process were characterized and found quite different in terms of morphology and phase composition. The powders were sprayed in a HVOF Diamond Jet (Sulzer Metco DJ-2600) torch with five different values of the oxygen-to-hydrogen ratio in order to assess the influence of this parameter on the microstructure and properties of the coatings. The results show that the closed and dense microstructure of one powder (Woka 7302) results in coatings with lower amount of decarburization, less oxide formation and higher toughness compared to coatings from the other powder (Praxair 1375). It was found that the O2/H2 ratio impacts mainly on the Young’s modulus, which almost doubled by changing the ratio from 0.40 to 0.50, and on toughness, but does not notably affect the Vickers hardness.

  2. The evolution of microstructures, corrosion resistance and mechanical properties of AZ80 joints using ultrasonic vibration assisted welding process

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    Li, Hui; Zhang, Jiansheng

    2017-12-01

    The evolution of microstructures, corrosion resistance and mechanical properties of AZ80 joints using an ultrasonic vibration assisted welding process is investigated. The results show that, with ultrasonic vibration treatment, a reliable AZ80 joint without defects is obtained. The coarsening α-Mg grains are refined to about 83.5  ±  3.3 µm and the continuous β-Mg17Al12 phases are broken to granular morphology, owing to the acoustic streaming effect and the cavitation effect evoked by ultrasonic vibration. Both immersion and electrochemical test results indicate that the corrosion resistance of the AZ80 joint welded with ultrasonic vibration is improved, attributed to microstructure evolution. With ultrasonic power of 900 W, the maximum tensile strength of an AZ80 specimen is 261  ±  7.5 MPa and fracture occurs near the heat affected zone of the joint.

  3. The Compositional Dependence of the Microstructure and Properties of CMSX-4 Superalloys

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    Yu, Hao; Xu, Wei; Van Der Zwaag, Sybrand

    2018-01-01

    The degradation of creep resistance in Ni-based single-crystal superalloys is essentially ascribed to their microstructural evolution. Yet there is a lack of work that manages to predict (even qualitatively) the effect of alloying element concentrations on the rate of microstructural degradation. In this research, a computational model is presented to connect the rafting kinetics of Ni superalloys to their chemical composition by combining thermodynamics calculation and a modified microstructural model. To simulate the evolution of key microstructural parameters during creep, the isotropic coarsening rate and γ/ γ' misfit stress are defined as composition-related parameters, and the effect of service temperature, time, and applied stress are taken into consideration. Two commercial superalloys, for which the kinetics of the rafting process are selected as the reference alloys, and the corresponding microstructural parameters are simulated and compared with experimental observations reported in the literature. The results confirm that our physical model not requiring any fitting parameters manages to predict (semiquantitatively) the microstructural parameters for different service conditions, as well as the effects of alloying element concentrations. The model can contribute to the computational design of new Ni-based superalloys.

  4. Effects of AlN Nanoparticles on the Microstructure, Solderability, and Mechanical Properties of Sn-Ag-Cu Solder

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    Jung, Do-Hyun; Sharma, Ashutosh; Lim, Dong-Uk; Yun, Jong-Hyun; Jung, Jae-Pil

    2017-09-01

    The addition of nanosized AlN particles to Sn-3.0 wt pctAg-0.5 wt pctCu (SAC305) lead-free solder alloy has been investigated. The various weight fractions of AlN (0, 0.03, 0.12, 0.21, 0.60 wt pct) have been dispersed in SAC305 solder matrix by a mechanical mixing and melting route. The influences of AlN nanosized particles on the microstructure, mechanical properties, and solderability ( e.g., spreadability and wettability) have been carried out. The structural and morphological features of the nanocomposite solder were characterized by scanning electron microscope (SEM), energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS), and transmission electron microscope (TEM). The experimental results show that the best combination of solderability and mechanical properties is obtained at 0.21 wt pct AlN in the solder matrix. The reinforced composite solder with 0.21 wt pct AlN nanoparticles shows ≈25 pct improvement in ultimate tensile strength (UTS), and ≈4 pct increase in the spreadability. In addition, the results of microstructural analyses of composite solders indicate that the nanocomposite solder, especially reinforced with 0.21 wt pct of AlN nanoparticles, exhibits better microstructure and improved elongation percentage, compared with the monolithic SAC305 solder.

  5. Microstructure and mechanical properties of cast Mg-15Al-xNd alloy by permanent mold

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    Zhou Kangkang

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available To improve the comprehensive mechanical properties of Mg-15Al magnesium alloy, different amounts (from 0 to 4.0wt.% of Nd were added to the alloy and six Mg-15Al-xNd alloys were prepared by metal mould casting. The effect of Nd content on microstructure of the alloys was investigated by means of OM, SEM, EDS, TEM, and XRD. The tensile properties were tested at room temperature (RT and high temperature (473 K. The results indicate that the primary α-Mg dendrite is significantly refined with the addition of Nd. The best refinement is reached at 1.0wt.% Nd content and the average dendrite arm spacing decreases from 80-100 μm (without Nd addition to ~20 μm. A further increase in Nd content leads to the coarsening of the primary α-Mg dendrite. The addition of Nd improves the tensile properties of Mg-15Al both at RT and 473 K. The Mg-15Al alloy containing 1.0wt.% Nd exhibits the best tensile properties. Compared with the alloy without Nd, the yield and ultimate tensile strength of the Mg-15Al-1.0Nd alloy at RT increase from 132.3 to 148.6 MPa and 152.3 to 189.6 MPa, increase by 12.3% and 24.5%, respectively; and the elongation at RT increases from 0.05 % to 1.24%. The yield and tensile strength of the alloy at 473 K increase from 97.9 to 115.3 MPa and 121.6 to 140.1 MPa, increase by 15.2% and 20%, respectively. Further increment of Nd content to 1.5wt.% degrades the tensile properties, which is ascribed to grain coarsening and growth of the Al-Nd phase.

  6. SOLUTION TREATMENT EFFECT ON MICROSTRUCTURE AND MECHANICAL PROPERTIES OF AUTOMOTIVE CAST ALLOY

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    Eva Tillová

    2012-02-01

    Full Text Available The contribution describes influence of the heat treatment (solution treatment at temperature 545°C and 565°C with different holding time 2, 4, 8, 16 and 32 hours; than water quenching at 40°C and natural aging at room temperature during 24 hours on mechanical properties (tensile strength and Brinell hardness and microstructure of the secondary AlSi12Cu1Fe automotive cast alloy. Mechanical properties were measured in line with EN ISO. A combination of different analytical techniques (light microscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM were therefore been used for study of microstructure. Solution treatment led to changes in microstructure includes the spheroidization and coarsening of eutectic silicon. The dissolution of precipitates and the precipitation of finer hardening phase further increase the hardness and tensile strength of the alloy. Optimal solution treatment (545°C/4 hours most improves mechanical properties and there mechanical properties are comparable with mechanical properties of primary AlSi12Cu1Fe alloy. Solution treatment at 565 °C caused testing samples distortion, local melting process and is not applicable for this secondary alloy with 12.5 % Si.

  7. Microstructure and property evolutions of titanium/nano-hydroxyapatite composites in-situ prepared by selective laser melting.

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    Han, Changjun; Wang, Qian; Song, Bo; Li, Wei; Wei, Qingsong; Wen, Shifeng; Liu, Jie; Shi, Yusheng

    2017-07-01

    Titanium (Ti)-hydroxyapatite (HA) composites have the potential for orthopedic applications due to their favorable mechanical properties, excellent biocompatibility and bioactivity. In this work, the pure Ti and nano-scale HA (Ti-nHA) composites were in-situ prepared by selective laser melting (SLM) for the first time. The phase, microstructure, surface characteristic and mechanical properties of the SLM-processed Ti-nHA composites were studied by X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscope, atomic force microscope and tensile tests, respectively. Results show that SLM is a suitable method for fabricating the Ti-nHA composites with refined microstructure, low modulus and high strength. A novel microstructure evolution can be illustrated as: Relatively long lath-shaped grains of pure Ti evolved into short acicular-shaped and quasi-continuous circle-shaped grains with the varying contents of nHA. The elastic modulus of the Ti-nHA composites is 3.7% higher than that of pure Ti due to the effect of grain refinement. With the addition of 2% nHA, the ultimate tensile strength significantly reduces to 289MPa but still meets the application requirement of bone implants. The Ti-nHA composites exhibit a remarkable improvement of microhardness from 336.2 to 600.8 HV and nanohardness from 5.6 to 8.3GPa, compared to those of pure Ti. Moreover, the microstructure and property evolution mechanisms of the composites with the addition of HA were discussed and analyzed. It provides some new knowledge to the design and fabrication of biomedical material composites for bone implant applications. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  8. Microstructure and mechanical properties control of γ-TiAl(Nb, Cr, Zr) intermetallic alloy by induction float zone processing

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    Kartavykh, A.V., E-mail: karta@korolev-net.ru [National University of Science and Technology “MISIS”, Leninsky pr. 4, 119049 Moscow (Russian Federation); Technological Institute for Superhard and Novel Carbon Materials (TISNCM), 7a Centralnaya str., 142190 Troitsk, Moscow (Russian Federation); Asnis, E.A.; Piskun, N.V.; Statkevich, I.I. [The E.O. Paton Electric Welding Institute, 11 Bozhenko str., 03680 Kyiv (Ukraine); Gorshenkov, M.V. [National University of Science and Technology “MISIS”, Leninsky pr. 4, 119049 Moscow (Russian Federation)

    2015-09-15

    Highlights: • Induction float zoning of as-synthesized Ti–44Al–5Nb–3Cr–1.5Zr (at.%) alloy. • Special ordered phase microstructure engineering by FZ conditions. • Refining effect by FZ with respect to dissolved oxygen. • Comparative compression testing. • Drastic enhancement of mechanical properties. - Abstract: Advanced Ti–44Al–5Nb–3Cr–1.5Zr (at.%) structural alloy was previously synthesized by the electron beam semi-continuous casting technique. The rod-shaped blanks of raw alloy with irregular coarse microstructure have been directionally upward re-solidified by the vertical induction float zone (FZ) technique in argon flow. FZ processing led to specific duplex microstructure creation consisting of (γ + α{sub 2}) lamellar colonies and γ grains with minor intergranular fraction of B2 phase. The grain size, interlamellar spacing and ordered axial alignment of lamellae along the applied thermal gradient were controlled by FZ conditions. Structure, phase and elemental composition were analyzed with XRD, SEM, EBSD and hot gas extraction techniques. Mechanical properties were comparatively examined by uniaxial compression testing at ambient temperature. It was shown that (1) fine submicron interlamellar spacing; (2) ordered lamellae alignment; (3) relative volumetric ratio of (γ + α{sub 2})/γ/B2 structural-phase constituents and (4) dissolved oxygen content are the key parameters for controlling the compressive properties of FZ-alloy. Both yield strength, and ultimate compressive strength enhance drastically as a result of the FZ processing, being in correlation with the duplex microstructure development and refining of the material from oxygen.

  9. Effect of Aggregate Mineralogy and Concrete Microstructure on Thermal Expansion and Strength Properties of Concrete

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    Jinwoo An

    2017-12-01

    Full Text Available Aggregate type and mineralogy are critical factors that influence the engineering properties of concrete. Temperature variations result in internal volume changes could potentially cause a network of micro-cracks leading to a reduction in the concrete’s compressive strength. The study specifically studied the effect of the type and mineralogy of fine and coarse aggregates in the normal strength concrete properties. As performance measures, the coefficient of thermal expansion (CTE and compressive strength were tested with concrete specimens containing different types of fine aggregates (manufactured and natural sands and coarse aggregates (dolomite and granite. Petrographic examinations were then performed to determine the mineralogical characteristics of the aggregate and to examine the aggregate and concrete microstructure. The test results indicate the concrete CTE increases with the silicon (Si volume content in the aggregate. For the concrete specimens with higher CTE, the micro-crack density in the interfacial transition zone (ITZ tended to be higher. The width of ITZ in one of the concrete specimens with a high CTE displayed the widest core ITZ (approx. 11 µm while the concrete specimens with a low CTE showed the narrowest core ITZ (approx. 3.5 µm. This was attributed to early-age thermal cracking. Specimens with higher CTE are more susceptible to thermal stress.

  10. Effect of molybdenum addition on microstructure and mechanical properties of plain carbon steel weld

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    Jyoti Menghani

    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available The present investigation has two main objectives; first is optimization of welding process parameters of submerged arc welding (SAW using Taguchi philosophy and second is to improve the mechanical properties such as strength and microhardness of weld joint by alloying with varying amounts of molybdenum. For optimization of welding process, parameters Taguchi philosophy have been applied on a mild steel plate (AISI C- 1020 of 10 mm thickness with 60o groove angle with arc voltage and welding speed as variables and bead width as output variables. A mathematical relationship between bead width, arc voltage and welding speed has also been found using multiple regression analysis for the present base metal plate geometry. After optimizing welding parameters, molybdenum has been added individually to the welding area in varying percentages. The properties of alloyed and unalloyed weld metal bead are compared. The mechanical characterization of weld has been done in terms of microhardness, tensile strength, whereas microstructural characterization has been performed using optical microscopy, XRD and EDS. The presence of molybdenum resulted in bainite structure in weld bead having a refined grain structure, enhancement in tensile strength and microhardness. The XRD results showed the formation of molybdenum carbides justifying the increase in microhardness value.

  11. Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of Two Kinds of Dual-matrix C/C Composites

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    LIU Hao

    2017-08-01

    Full Text Available The microstructure and mechanical properties of two kinds of dual-matrix C/C composites were studied by polarized light microscopy (PLM, scanning electron microscopy (SEM and mechanical properties tests techniques respectively. PLM results indicate that the matrix carbon exhibits the smooth laminar structure of the pyrocarbon, the isotropic, mosaics and flow domains of the pitch carbon. The TEM results show the normal pitch carbon is the grape structure; the mesophase pitch carbon is the lamellar banded structure. Materials with multi-interface structure can improve the flexural strength and fracture toughness, the load-displacement curve shows the load drop is decreased for step type, the composites show a pseudo-plastic fracture characteristics. The flexural strengths of the material A and material B are 206.68MPa and 243.66MPa, the fracture toughness are 8.06MPa·m1/2 and 9.66MPa·m1/2, respectively. The flexural strength and fracture toughness of material B are both superior than that of material A.

  12. Dependence of Capillary Properties of Contemporary Clinker Bricks on Their Microstructure

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    Wesołowska, Maria; Kaczmarek, Anna

    2017-10-01

    Contemporary clinker bricks are applied for outer layers of walls built from other materials and walls which should have high durability and aesthetic qualities. The intended effect depends not only on the mortar applied but also on clinker properties. Traditional macroscopic tests do not allow to predict clinker behaviour in contact with mortars and external environment. The basic information for this issue is open porosity of material. It defines the material ability to absorb liquids: rain water (through the face wall surface) and grout from mortar (through base surface). The main capillary flow goes on in pores with diameters from 300 to 3000nm. It is possible to define pore distribution and their size using the Mercury Intrusion Porosimetry method. The aim of these research is evaluation of clinker brick capillary properties (initial water absorption and capillary rate) and analysis of differences in microstructure of the face and base wall of a product. Detailed results allowed to show pore distribution in function of their diameters and definition of pore amount responsible for capillary flow. Based on relation between volume function differential and pore diameter, a differential distribution curve was obtained which helped to determine the dominant diameters. The results obtained let us state that face wall of bricks was characterized with the lowest material density and open porosity. In this layer (most burnt) part of pores could be closed by locally appearing liquid phase during brick burning. Thus density is lower comparing to other part of the product.

  13. Early age fracture properties of microstructurally-designed mortars

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    Di Bella, Carmelo; Michel, Alexander; Stang, Henrik

    2017-01-01

    This paper compares the fracture properties as well as crack initiation and propagation of real and equivalent mortars. The development of the elastic modulus, tensile strength, and fracture energy at different hydration stages were determined by inverse analysis of load-displacement curves...... obtained by the compact tension test (CTT). Further, the impact of the moisture content on the aforementioned material properties was also tested on oven-dried equivalent mortars. Digital image correlation (DIC) was used to follow the crack initiation and propagation.The elastic modulus, tensile strength...

  14. Synthesis, microstructural characterization and optical properties of CuO nanorods and nanowires obtained by aerosol assisted CVD

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    Lugo-Ruelas, M. [Centro de Investigación en Materiales Avanzados S.C., Laboratorio Nacional de Nanotecnología, Miguel de Cervantes No. 120, Chihuahua, Chih. C.P. 31109 (Mexico); Universidad Autónoma de Chihuahua, Facultad de Ingeniería, Circuito No. 1, Nuevo Campus Universitario, Apdo. Postal 1552, Chihuahua, Chih. C.P. 31240 (Mexico); Amézaga-Madrid, P. [Centro de Investigación en Materiales Avanzados S.C., Laboratorio Nacional de Nanotecnología, Miguel de Cervantes No. 120, Chihuahua, Chih. C.P. 31109 (Mexico); Esquivel-Pereyra, O. [Centro de Investigación en Materiales Avanzados S.C., Laboratorio Nacional de Nanotecnología, Miguel de Cervantes No. 120, Chihuahua, Chih. C.P. 31109 (Mexico); Universidad Autónoma de Chihuahua, Facultad de Ingeniería, Circuito No. 1, Nuevo Campus Universitario, Apdo. Postal 1552, Chihuahua, Chih. C.P. 31240 (Mexico); Antúnez-Flores, W.; Pizá-Ruiz, P.; Ornelas-Gutiérrez, C. [Centro de Investigación en Materiales Avanzados S.C., Laboratorio Nacional de Nanotecnología, Miguel de Cervantes No. 120, Chihuahua, Chih. C.P. 31109 (Mexico); Miki-Yoshida, M., E-mail: mario.miki@cimav.edu.mx [Centro de Investigación en Materiales Avanzados S.C., Laboratorio Nacional de Nanotecnología, Miguel de Cervantes No. 120, Chihuahua, Chih. C.P. 31109 (Mexico)

    2015-09-15

    Highlights: • Nanorods and nanowires of CuO were successfully synthesized by AACVD technique. • The carrier gas velocity was a determinant factor for the growth of nanorods or nanowires. • The increase of deposition time generates the reduction in the evenness and distribution density. • The crystalline phase of nanorods and nanowires was monoclinic tenorite. - Abstract: Copper oxide is a particularly interesting material because it presents photovoltaic, electrochemical and catalytic properties. Its unique properties are very important in the area of nanotechnology and may be an advantage because these nanomaterials can be applied in the design and manufacture of nanosensors, photocatalysis area, nanolasers switches and transistors. Nowadays one-dimensional nanostructures as nanorods, nanowires, etc., have generated a great importance and have received considerable attention and study due to their unique physical and chemical properties. In this work we report the synthesis, microstructural characterization and optical properties of CuO nanorods and nanowires grown by aerosol assisted chemical vapor deposition onto a CuO, ZnO and TiO{sub 2} thin film covered and bare borosilicate glass substrate. Concentration of the precursor solution and carrier gas flux were previously optimized and fixed at 0.1 mol dm{sup −3} and 5 L min{sup −1}, respectively. Other deposition parameters such as substrate temperature, as well the carrier gas velocity and deposition time were varied from 623 to 973 K, 0.88 to 1.77 m s{sup −1} and 11 to 16 min, respectively. Their influence on the morphology, microstructure and optical properties of the nanorods and nanowires were analyzed. The crystalline structure of the materials was characterized by grazing incidence X-ray diffraction; results indicate the presence of the tenorite phase. Surface morphology and microstructure were studied by field emission scanning electron microscopy, and high resolution transmission electron

  15. Optimization of microstructure and properties of high strength spring steel

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    Choi, S.

    2011-01-01

    This thesis describes a research project on the development of a new grade of low cost spring steel with exceptional mechanical properties on the basis of a complete understanding and quantification of the metallurgical processes taking place during the various stages of the heat treatment. The new

  16. Assessment of some mechanical properties and microstructure of ...

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    AlMMC and compares the properties of the composites and those of the aluminium 6063 (AA6063) alloy. Periwinkle shells were milled to particle sizes of 75μm and 150μm and used to produce PPS-AlMMC at 1,5,10 and 15wt% filler loadings ...

  17. Effect of bias voltage on microstructure and mechanical properties of ...

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    Mechanical properties were deduced from nano-indentation measurements. The residual stress in all the coatings was compressive and increased with increasing bias voltage in a manner similar to that reported in literature for Ti–Al–N coatings deposited with CAE. The bias voltage was also found to significantly influence ...

  18. Quantitative study on the statistical properties of fibre architecture of genuine and numerical composite microstructures

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    Hansen, Jens Zangenberg; Brøndsted, Povl

    2013-01-01

    A quantitative study is carried out regarding the statistical properties of the fibre architecture found in composite laminates and that generated numerically using Statistical Representative Volume Elements (SRVE’s). The aim is to determine the reliability and consistency of SRVE’s for represent......A quantitative study is carried out regarding the statistical properties of the fibre architecture found in composite laminates and that generated numerically using Statistical Representative Volume Elements (SRVE’s). The aim is to determine the reliability and consistency of SRVE......’s for representation of the composite microstructure as well as investigate the effect of a varying fibre radii distribution on the fibre architecture. Based on digital image analysis, the fibre architecture of unidirectional glass fibre composites with varying fibre content is recognised. The fibre architecture found...... is compared to a numerical microstructure generator using Monte Carlo simulations. It is shown that the numerical microstructure generator produces fibre arrangements that are statistically similar to the observed, which indicates a reliable and consistent SRVE. The microstructural effects of a parametric...

  19. Impact of the Breakdown Behavior on Chinese Traditional Stewed Pork with Brown Sauce: Physical Properties Using Microstructural Analysis

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    Dengyong Liu

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available The potential physics differences of Chinese traditional stewed pork during mastication were investigated. Ten subjects chewed and expectorated the fat and lean layers of stewed pork with brown sauce at different stages of mastication. The produced boluses were analyzed for their physical properties. The results suggested the subjects’ saliva secretion and moisture content of the boluses during mastication increased significantly depending on subjects and food types studied (P<0.05 and led to increase of bolus apparent particle size because of saliva uptake. Bolus first peak force tended to decrease significantly, whereas bolus flowability increased significantly during mastication (P<0.05. Further, microstructure of boluses revealed series processing was conducted by comminution, aggregation, hydration, and dilution. The boluses ready-to-swallow possessed a higher flowability and a homogenetic matrix. Therefore, the changes in physics and microstructure of bolus contributed to dynamic texture perception of traditional Chinese stewed pork with brown sauce.

  20. The effect of stress relieving treatment on mechanical properties and microstructure of different welding areas of A517 steel

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    Sharifi, Hassan; Raisi, Solyman; Tayebi, Morteza

    2017-12-01

    Quench and temper steels are classified as low alloy steels. In these types of steel, post-weld heat treatment is used to obtain high toughness, elevated strength and better corrosion resistance in addition to decline residual stress and hydrogen cracking for high pressure vessel applications. In this study, welding mechanical properties were characterized by hardness measurements, tensile and impact tests. Additionally, optical microscopy and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) was carried out in order to characterize the microstructure and the fracture analysis of A517 steel before and after the post-weld heat treatment. Residual stress examinations were employed to confirm the data reliability. Results showed no changes in the weld zone microstructures. The residual stress measurements revealed the highest and the lowest residual stresses in non-treated samples and heat treated samples in 560 °C, respectively. On the other side, hardness and ultimate tensile strength of the specimens was decreased after heat treatment.

  1. TIG AISI-316 welds using an inert gas welding chamber and different filler metals: Changes in mechanical properties and microstructure

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    Pascual, M.; Salas, F.; Carcel, F.J.; Perales, M.; Sanchez, A.

    2010-07-01

    This report analyses the influence of the use of an inert gas welding chamber with a totally inert atmosphere on the microstructure and mechanical properties of austenitic AISI 316L stainless steel TIG welds, using AISI ER316L, AISI 308L and Inconel 625 as filler metals. When compared with the typical TIG process, the use of the inert gas chamber induced changes in the microstructure, mainly an increase in the presence of vermicular ferrite and ferrite stringers, what resulted in higher yield strengths and lower values of hardness. Its effect on other characteristics of the joins, such as tensile strength, depended on the filler metal. The best combination of mechanical characteristics was obtained when welding in the inert gas chamber using Inconel 625 as filler metal. (Author). 12 refs.

  2. Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of Aligned Natural Fibre Composites

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    Rask, Morten

    Recently, there has been a great interest in developing and maturing natural fibre composites for structural applications. Natural fibres derived from plants such as flax and hemp have the potential to compete with traditional glass fibres as reinforcements in polymer matrices, due to good specific...... properties (stiffness-to-density ratio). The perspective of using natural fibres is to have a sustainable, biodegradable, CO2-neutral alternative to glass fibres. However, so far, it has not been possible to take full advantage of the natural fibre properties when using them for composite applications...... expected based on tests of single fibres. 3) Compared to continuous glass fibres, natural fibres are relatively short, which makes it difficult to achieve an optimized fibre architecture. 4) Natural fibres are hydrophilic, meaning that they do not bond well with standard polymer matrix systems, most...

  3. Microstructure, dielectric and piezoelectric properties of lead-free ...

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    An obvious secondary phase was observed in samples with high Bi0.5K0.5TiO3 content. It is found from dielectric constant curves that low-temperature hump disappeared with increasing y and it appeared again with increasing x. The piezoelectric properties significantly increase with increasing Bi0.5K0.5TiO3 and BiMnO3 ...

  4. Microstructure and tensile properties of various varieties of rice husk.

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    Chen, Ziyong; Xu, Yangzi; Shivkumar, Satya

    2017-07-19

    Rice husk is a complex hierarchical assembly of hollow fibers consisting of cellulose, hemicellulose and lignin. In addition, it can also contain pectin and significant amounts of silica. Rice husk can be used in diverse applications and generally in the form of rice husk powder. This study aimed to investigate the structural features and mechanical properties of various varieties of whole rice husks. Rice husk consists of three sections: epidermis, sub-hypodermis and hypodermis. The thickness of these layers, the diameters of the hollow fibers and the wall thickness vary with the variety of rice husk. The elastic modulus is typically between 0.3 and 2.6 GPa, and the ultimate tensile strength varies from 19 to 135 MPa depending on the variety of rice husk. Rice husk has a unique hierarchical structure in which the fibers exhibit a staggered perpendicular arrangement and the entire fiber sections are covered by an external shell. The tensile properties vary with the variety of rice husk. The wide range in these tensile properties may be attributed to the size and orientation of the fibers. © 2017 Society of Chemical Industry. © 2017 Society of Chemical Industry.

  5. Effect of mold temperature on the microstructure and corrosion properties of a 14-karat gold alloy.

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    Koiso, Kazuo; Saito, Takahiro; Kawashima, Isao

    2012-01-01

    The objective of this research was to investigate the effect of mold temperature on grain interior and grain boundary reactions in a14-karat gold alloy. The alloy (Au-15%Ag-3%Pd-24 mass%Cu) was cast into an investment with different mold temperatures (22, 250,400, and 700°C) and then analyzed using SEM, X-ray diffraction, and potentiodynamic polarization tests. Lower mold temperatures(22 and 250°C) retarded a grain boundary reaction evidently present when using higher mold temperatures (400 and 700°C). Phase separation, which was manifested as a dual phase grain boundary nodular formation, was observed at a higher degree at 400°C mold temperature than at 700°C. The corrosion potentials of alloys cast at lower mold temperatures were more noble than those cast at higher mold temperatures, suggesting improved corrosion properties. Results of this study showed that the microstructure, crystalline phases present, and corrosion properties of 14-karat gold alloy were keenly influenced by the mold temperature, which controls and influences the cooling rate.

  6. Effect of Al on Microstructure and Properties of Hot-Rolled 2205 Dual Stainless Steel

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    Qian Meng

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available The microstructure, mechanical properties, oxidation, and corrosion resistance of 2205 stainless steels without and with Al in a range of 0.5 to 2.5 wt.% were investigated in this paper. The results showed that the matrix phase transformed from austenite to ferrite. The volume fraction of the ferrite in the steels decreased at first and then increased and was the lowest in the steel with 0.5 wt.% Al. Most of the Al was dissolved in the ferrite and austenite phases in the steels. The ultimate tensile strength and elongation rate of the steels increased at first and then decreased with the increasing Al content, with the highest values in the steel with 0.5 wt.% Al. The yield strength of the steels slightly increased from 544 to 607 MPa due to the addition of Al. The oxidation rates of the steels with Al were much lower than that of the steel without Al, and the rate of the steel with 1.5 wt.% Al was the lowest, approximately 10 times lower than that of the steel without Al. The corrosion rates of the steels with 0.5 and 1.0 wt.% Al were slightly higher than that of the alloy without Al. In general, the steel with 1 wt.% Al had optimal properties.

  7. Microstructures and thermoelectric properties of GeSbTe based layered compounds

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    Yan, F.; Zhu, T.J.; Zhao, X.B. [Zhejiang University, State Key Laboratory of Silicon Materials, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Hangzhou (China); Dong, S.R. [Zhejiang University, Department of Information and Electronics Engineering, Hangzhou (China)

    2007-08-15

    Microstructures and thermoelectric properties of Ge{sub 1}Sb{sub 2}Te{sub 4} and Ge{sub 2}Sb{sub 2}Te{sub 5} chalcogenide semiconductors have been investigated to explore the possibility of their thermoelectric applications. The phase transformation from the face-centered cubic to hexagonal structure was observed in Ge{sub 2}Sb{sub 2}Te{sub 5} compounds prepared by the melt spinning technique. The Seebeck coefficient and electrical resistivity of the alloys were increased due to the enhanced scattering of charge carriers at grain boundaries. The maximum power factors of the rapidly solidified Ge{sub 1}Sb{sub 2}Te{sub 4} and Ge{sub 2}Sb{sub 2}Te{sub 5} attained 0.975 x 10{sup -3} Wm{sup -1}K{sup -2} at 750 K and 0.767 x 10{sup -3} Wm{sup -1}K{sup -2} at 643 K respectively, higher than those of water quenched counterparts, implying that thermoelectric properties of GeSbTe based layered compounds can be improved by grain refinement. The present results show this class of chalcogenide semiconductors is promising for thermoelectric applications. (orig.)

  8. Effects of neutron irradiation on microstructure and mechanical properties of carbon/carbon composites

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    Hamada, K.; Sato, S.; Kohyama, A.

    1994-09-01

    As an important part of the national R&D program to high performance and low cost {C}/{C} composite materials, a new manufacturing method of {C}/{C} composite with densified matrix without conventional densification process has been successfully developed. In this study, neutron irradiation effects on mechanical properties of the innovative {C}/{C} composites were examined. Materials used were one- and two-directionally reinforced composites with mesophase-pitch based carbon fibers as reinforcement and the mixture of green coke and phenolic resin as matrix precursor. Neutron irradiation was performed to 1.3 × 10 21 and 1.5 × 10 22 n/m 2 ( E > 1 MeV) at about 350 K. Mechanical properties were measured by bend tests. Flexural and shear strength were increased with increasing neutron fluence. On the contrary, fracture strain showed quite a little dependence on neutron fluence. Flexural modulus at near 0 strain was increased with increasing fluence. Stress stiffening at near 0 strain was suppressed with irradiation, while modulus drop was observed at high strain region and decreased with increasing neutron fluence. These results were interpreted in terms of microstructural change.

  9. Research on the Microstructure and Property of an Anion Rubber Modified Asphalt

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    Wei Hong

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available The anion rubber modified asphalt (ARMA mixture was first successfully developed with a unique process. In the development process, rubber and asphalt were mixed in the same proportion. Furthermore, the microstructure and modification mechanism of the material were characterized by SEM, FT-IR, TG, and XRD tests. The mechanical property of the mixture was also tested in accordance with the relevant standards. In the end, the material’s capacity of releasing anion was measured by DLY-6A232 atmospheric ion gauge. The results indicated that the addition of anion additive into the rubber modified asphalt (RMA was a mere physical mixture, and the anion additives and rubber particles uniformly dispersed in the ARMA. The addition of anion additive could improve the thermal stability of the RMA. Compared with the traditional asphalt pavement material, the ARMA material shows excellent mechanical properties as well as the ability of releasing anion. Moreover, the material has enormous economic and social benefits by taking full advantage of a large amount of waste tires, thus improving the road surrounding environment.

  10. Enhancement in the microstructure and photoluminescence properties of YVO4:Eu3+ by Al doping.

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    Shin, Pyeong Ji; Balakrishnaiah, R; Yi, Soung Soo; Jang, Kiwan; Lee, Ho Sueb; Shin, Dong-Soo; Jeong, Jung Hyun

    2013-08-01

    Al contents have been doped as a sensitizer to improve the luminescent brightness, and the conventional solid state reaction method has been used to synthesize the phosphors. Al doping effects on the microstructures of YVO4:Eu3+ phosphors were measured by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM). The luminescent characteristics were characterized by photoluminescence excitation (PLE) and emission (PL) measurements. Incorporation of Al3+ ions into the YVO4:Eu phosphors has greatly enhanced the crystallinity, particle size and hence the luminescence properties and the optimum concentration in Al dopants are found to be 0.05 mol. The photoluminescence intensity of 0.05 mol Al(3+)-doped YVO4:Eu3+ phosphors was improved by a factor of 1.41, in comparison with undoped Y0.95Eu0.05VO4 phosphor. The improvement in photoluminescence properties with Al doping may result from the improved crystallinity and from the enlarged grain sizes inducing lower scattering loss.

  11. Synthesis, microstructure and properties of BiFeO{sub 3}-based multiferroic materials: A review

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    Bernardo, M. S.

    2014-02-01

    BiFeO{sub 3}-based materials are currently one of the most studied multiferroics due to their possible applications at room temperature. However, among the large number of published papers there is much controversy. For example, possibility of synthesizing a pure BiFeO{sub 3} phase is still source of discussion in literature. Not even the nature of the binary Bi{sub 2}O{sub 3}-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} diagram has been clarified yet. The difficulty in controlling the formation of parasite phases reaches the consolidation step. Accordingly, the sintering conditions must be carefully determined both to get dense materials and to avoid bismuth ferrite decomposition. However, the precise conditions to attain dense bismuth ferrite materials are frequently contradictory among different works. As a consequence, the reported properties habitually result opposed and highly irreproducible hampering the preparation of BiFeO{sub 3} materials suitable for practical applications. In this context, the purpose of the present review is to summarize the main researches regarding BiFeO{sub 3} synthesis, microstructure and properties in order to provide an easier understanding of these materials. (Author)

  12. Effects of tempering and PWHT on microstructures and mechanical properties of SA508 Gr.4N steel

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    Lee, Ki Hyoung; Jhung, Myung Jo [Korea Institute of Nuclear Safety, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Min Chul; Lee, Bong Sang [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

    2014-06-15

    Presented in this study are the variations of microstructures and mechanical properties with tempering and Post-Weld Heat Treatment (PWHT) conditions for SA508 Gr.4N steel used as Reactor Pressure Vessel (RPV) material. The blocks of model alloy were austenitized at the conventional temperature of 880 degrees Celsius then tempered and post-weld heat treated at four different conditions. The hardness and yield strength decrease with increased tempering and PWHT temperatures, but impact toughness is significantly improved, especially in the specimens tempered at 630 degrees Celsius. The sample tempered at 630 degrees Celsius with PWHT at 610 degrees Celsius shows optimum mechanical properties in hardness, strength, and toughness, excluding only the transition property in the low temperature region. The microstructural observation and quantitative analysis of carbide size distribution show that the variations of mechanical properties are caused by the under-tempering and carbide coarsening which occurred during the heat treatment process. The introduction of PWHT results in the deterioration of the ductile-brittle transition property by an increase of coarse carbides controlling cleavage initiation, especially in the tempered state at 630 degrees Celsius.

  13. EFFECTS OF TEMPERING AND PWHT ON MICROSTRUCTURES AND MECHANICAL PROPERTIES OF SA508 GR.4N STEEL

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    KI-HYOUNG LEE

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available Presented in this study are the variations of microstructures and mechanical properties with tempering and Post-Weld Heat Treatment (PWHT conditions for SA508 Gr.4N steel used as Reactor Pressure Vessel (RPV material. The blocks of model alloy were austenitized at the conventional temperature of 880 °C, then tempered and post-weld heat treated at four different conditions. The hardness and yield strength decrease with increased tempering and PWHT temperatures, but impact toughness is significantly improved, especially in the specimens tempered at 630 °C. The sample tempered at 630 °C with PWHT at 610 °C shows optimum mechanical properties in hardness, strength, and toughness, excluding only the transition property in the low temperature region. The microstructural observation and quantitative analysis of carbide size distribution show that the variations of mechanical properties are caused by the under-tempering and carbide coarsening which occurred during the heat treatment process. The introduction of PWHT results in the deterioration of the ductile-brittle transition property by an increase of coarse carbides controlling cleavage initiation, especially in the tempered state at 630 °C.

  14. Microstructure and Properties of TIG/FSW Welded Joints of a New Al-Zn-Mg-Sc-Zr Alloy

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    Lei, Xuefeng; Deng, Ying; Peng, Yongyi; Yin, Zhimin; Xu, Guofu

    2013-09-01

    A new Al-Zn-Mg-Sc-Zr alloy with low Sc content was welded by tungsten inert gas (TIG) and friction stir welding (FSW) techniques. The microstructure and properties of those two welded joints were investigated by property tests and microstructural observations. The results show that the new Al-Zn-Mg-Sc-Zr alloy has desirable welding property. The ultimate tensile strength and welding coefficient of the TIG joint reach 405 MPa and 76.7%, respectively, and in FSW joint those property values reach 490 MPa and 92.6%, respectively. The studied base metal has a deformed fibrous subgrains structure, many nano-scaled Al3(Sc,Zr) particles, and very fine aging precipitates. In the TIG joint, the fusion zone consists of coarsened dendritic grains and the heat-affected zone (HAZ) has fibrous micro-scaled subgrains. The FSW welded joint is characterized by a weld nugget zone, thermo-mechanically affected zone (TMAZ), and HAZ. Due to plastic deformation around the rotating pin and anti-recrystallized effectiveness of Al3(Sc,Zr) particles, the weld nugget zone has a very fine subgrain structure. The TMAZ experiences some dissolution of aging precipitates. Coarsening of aging precipitates was observed in the HAZ. The better mechanical properties of the FSW joint are derived from a fine subgrain structure and homogeneous chemical compositions.

  15. Microstructure, mechanical property and metal release of As-SLM CoCrW alloy under different solution treatment conditions.

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    Lu, Yanjin; Wu, Songquan; Gan, Yiliang; Zhang, Shuyuan; Guo, Sai; Lin, Junjie; Lin, Jinxin

    2015-03-01

    In the study, the microstructure, mechanical property and metal release behavior of selective laser melted CoCrW alloys under different solution treatment conditions were systemically investigated to assess their potential use in orthopedic implants. The effects of the solution treatment on the microstructure, mechanical properties and metal release were systematically studied by OM, SEM, XRD, tensile test, and ICP-AES, respectively. The XRD indicated that during the solution treatment the alloy underwent the transformation of γ-fcc to ε-hcp phase; the ε-hcp phase nearly dominated in the alloy when treated at 1200°C following the water quenching; the results from OM, SEM showed that the microstructural change was occurred under different solution treatments; solution at 1150°C with furnace cooling contributed to the formation of larger precipitates at the grain boundary regions, while the size and number of the precipitates was decreased as heated above 1100°C with the water quenching; moreover, the diamond-like structure was invisible at higher solution temperature over 1150°C following water quenching; compared with the furnace cooling, the alloy quenched by water showed excellent mechanical properties and low amount of metal release; as the alloy heated at 1200°C, the mechanical properties of the alloy reached their optimum combination at UTS=1113.6MPa, 0.2%YS=639.5MPa, and E%=20.1%, whilst showed the lower total quantity of metal release. It is suggested that a proper solution treatment is an efficient strategy for improving the mechanical properties and corrosion resistance of As-SLM CoCrW alloy that show acceptable tensile ductility. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  16. Influence of vacuum sintering on microstructure and magnetic properties of magnetostrictive cobalt ferrite

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    Nlebedim, I.C.; Ranvah, N; Williams, P.I.; Melikhov, Y; Anayi, F; Snyder, J.E.; Moses, A.J. [Wolfson Centre for Magnetics, School of Engineering, Cardiff University, Cardiff CF24 3AA (United Kingdom); Jiles, D.C. [Wolfson Centre for Magnetics, School of Engineering, Cardiff University, Cardiff CF24 3AA (United Kingdom)], E-mail: jilesd@cf.ac.uk

    2009-09-15

    Differences in the microstructure and magnetic properties of highly magnetostrictive cobalt ferrite resulting from the effects of different vacuum sintering temperatures and times have been investigated. A vacuum environment was chosen to allow direct comparison of results with air-sintered samples which are more often reported in the literature. It was found that vacuum sintering resulted in the development of a solid solution second phase with composition Co{sub 1-x}Fe{sub x}O{sub 4} (x{approx}0.33). There was a decrease in magnetostriction as a result of the formation of the second phase. Furthermore, differences in sintering temperatures were found to have a greater effect on the magnetostriction than differences in sintering times. It was found that the first order cubic anisotropy coefficient initially increased with both sintering temperature and time, before peaking and decreasing to its lowest measured value. The lowest anisotropy was therefore achieved with samples sintered at higher temperatures and longer times.

  17. Creep properties and microstructure of the new wrought austenitic steel

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    Vlasak, T.; Hakl, J.; Novak, P. [SVUM a.s., Prague (Czech Republic); Vyrostkova, A. [Slovak Academy of Sciences, Kosice (Slovakia). Inst. of Materials Research

    2010-07-01

    The contribution is oriented on the new wrought austenitic steel BGA4 (Cr23Ni15Mn6Cu3W1.5NbVMo) developed by the British Corus Company. Our main aim is to present creep properties studied in SVUM a.s. Prague during COST 536 programme. The dependencies of the creep strength, strength for specific creep strain and minimum creep strain rate were evaluated on the basis of long term creep tests carried out at temperature interval (625; 725) C. Important part of a paper is metallographic analysis. (orig.)

  18. Microstructure and dielectric properties of biocarbon nanofiber composites

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    2013-01-01

    A kind of web-like carbon with interconnected nanoribbons was fabricated using bacterial cellulose pyrolyzed at various temperatures, and the microwave dielectric properties were investigated. Bacterial cellulose was converted into carbonized bacterial cellulose (CBC) with a novel three-dimensional web built of entangled and interconnected cellulose ribbons when the carbonization temperature was below 1,200°C; the web-like structure was destroyed at a temperature of 1,400°C. Composites of CBC impregnated with paraffin wax exhibited high complex permittivity over a frequency range of 2 to 18 GHz, depending on the carbonization temperature. Both real and imaginary parts were the highest for CBC pyrolyzed at 1,200°C. The complex permittivity also strongly depended on CBC loadings. For 7.5 wt.% loading, the real and imaginary permittivities were about 12 and 4.3, respectively, and the minimum reflection loss was -39 dB at 10.9 GHz. For 30 wt.% loading, the real and imaginary permittivities were about 45 and 80, respectively, and the shielding efficiency was more than 24 dB in the measured frequency range and could be up to 39 dB at 18 GHz. The electromagnetic properties were assumed to correlate with both the dielectric relaxation and the novel web-like structure. PMID:23800353

  19. Microstructure and mechanical properties of a microalloyed steel after thermal treatments

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    André Barros Cota

    2003-06-01

    Full Text Available The properties of a microalloyed steel, with Nb and V in its composition, were studied, after different intercritical thermal treatments and at different austenitizing and tempering temperatures. The mechanical properties of the specimens were measured in a Vickers hardness tester, and their microstructures were analyzed by optical microscopy, with the aid of a digital image processor. After austenitizing at 1100 °C and tempering at 625 °C, the samples showed significantly higher tempering resistance, reflected by their retention of high hardness, which may be associated with a secondary hardening precipitation of Nb carbon nitrides. In the sample with dual-phase microstructure, the martensite volume fraction varied from 18.2 to 26.3% and the ferrite grain size remained unchanged, upon the variation of the time length of the intercritical treatments. Tempered samples showed Vickers hardness (HVN varying from 327 to 399, and dual-phase samples showed HVN from 362 to 429.

  20. Characterization of Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of Resistance Spot Welded DP600 Steel

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    Ali Ramazani

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available Resistance spot welding (RSW as a predominant welding technique used for joining steels in automotive applications needs to be studied carefully in order to improve the mechanical properties of the spot welds. The objectives of the present work are to characterize the resistance spot weldment of DP600 sheet steels. The mechanical properties of the welded joints were evaluated using tensile-shear and cross-tensile tests. The time-temperature evolution during the welding cycle was measured. The microstructures observed in different sites of the welds were correlated to thermal history recorded by thermocouples in the corresponding areas. It was found that cracks initiated in the periphery region of weld nuggets with a martensitic microstructure and a pull-out failure mode was observed. It was also concluded that tempering during RSW was the main reason for hardness decrease in HAZ.

  1. Porous ceramics mimicking nature—preparation and properties of microstructures with unidirectionally oriented pores

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    Kiyoshi Okada, Toshihiro Isobe, Ken-ichi Katsumata, Yoshikazu Kameshima, Akira Nakajima and Kenneth J D MacKenzie

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Porous ceramics with unidirectionally oriented pores have been prepared by various methods such as anodic oxidation, templating using wood, unidirectional solidification, extrusion, etc. The templating method directly replicates the porous microstructure of wood to prepare porous ceramics, whereas the extrusion method mimics the microstructures of tracheids and xylems in trees. These two methods are therefore the main focus of this review as they provide good examples of the preparation of functional porous ceramics with properties replicating nature. The well-oriented cylindrical through-hole pores prepared by the extrusion method using fibers as the pore formers provide excellent permeability together with high mechanical strength. Examples of applications of these porous ceramics are given, including their excellent capillary lift of over 1 m height which could be used to counteract urban heat island phenomena, and other interesting properties arising from anisotropic unidirectional porous structures.

  2. Microstructure and mechanical properties of ARB processed Mg-3%Gd alloy

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    Wu, J.Q.; Huang, S.; Wang, Y.H.

    2015-01-01

    by accumulative roll-bonding (ARB) at 400℃ to 4 cycles followed by annealing at various temperatures. The microstructures after annealing were characterized by the electron backscatter diffraction technique and the mechanical properties were measured by a tensile test. It was found that the alloy has a good...... combination of strength and ductility after 2 cycle ARB processing followed by annealing at 290℃ for 1h. The strength is 2.3 times higher than that of the fully annealed coarse grained alloy, and the elongation is comparable with that of fully annealed coarse grained counterpart. The good mechanical...... properties were related to the fine-sized heterogeneous microstructures and weakened texture....

  3. Enhancing Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of AZ31-MWCNT Nanocomposites through Mechanical Alloying

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    J. Jayakumar

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Multiwall carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs reinforced Mg alloy AZ31 nanocomposites were fabricated by mechanical alloying and powder metallurgy technique. The reinforcement material MWCNTs were blended in three weight fractions (0.33%, 0.66%, and 1% with the matrix material AZ31 (Al-3%, zinc-1% rest Mg and blended through mechanical alloying using a high energy planetary ball mill. Specimens of monolithic AZ31 and AZ31-MWCNT composites were fabricated through powder metallurgy technique. The microstructure, density, hardness, porosity, ductility, and tensile properties of monolithic AZ31 and AZ31-MWCNT nano composites were characterized and compared. The characterization reveals significant reduction in CNT (carbon nanoTube agglomeration and enhancement in microstructure and mechanical properties due to mechanical alloying through ball milling.

  4. Laser-welded V-Cr-Ti alloys: Microstructure and mechanical properties

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    Natesan, K.; Smith, D.L.; Xu, Z.; Leong, K.H. [Argonne National Lab., IL (United States)

    1998-09-01

    A systematic study has been in progress at Argonne National Laboratory to examine the use of YaG or CO{sub 2} lasers to weld sheet materials of V-Cr-Ti alloys and to characterize the microstructural and mechanical properties of the laser-welded materials. In addition, several postwelding heat treatments are being applied to the welded samples to evaluate their benefits, if any, to the structure and properties of the weldments. Hardness measurements are made across the welded regions of different samples to evaluate differences in the characteristics of various weldments. Several weldments were used to fabricate specimens for four-point bend tests. Several additional weldments were made with a YaG laser; here, the emphasis was on determining the optimal weld parameters to achieve deep penetration in the welds. A preliminary assessment was then made of the weldments on the basis of microstructure, hardness profiles, and defects.

  5. Refinement of the microstructure and enhancement of the magnetic properties in alpha-Fe/(Nd,DY)(2)Fe14B annealing nanocomposite using the two-step technique

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    Chen, Wei; Zhao, X.; Hu, J.J.

    2006-01-01

    The Nd8-xDyxFe87.5B4.5 (x = 0- 1.0) nanocomposites have been prepared by melt spinning and subsequent two-step heat treatment technique. The crystallization behaviors, microstructures and magnetic properties of the samples have been investigated. The experimental results show that the crystalliza......The Nd8-xDyxFe87.5B4.5 (x = 0- 1.0) nanocomposites have been prepared by melt spinning and subsequent two-step heat treatment technique. The crystallization behaviors, microstructures and magnetic properties of the samples have been investigated. The experimental results show...... that the crystallization temperature of alpha-Fe soft phase has no obvious change through Dy addition while the crystallization temperature of 2:14:1 hard phase increases remarkably with increasing Dy content. By adopting a two-step heat treatment technique, a finer and more uniform microstructure can be developed...

  6. Effect of hot stamping parameters on the mechanical properties and microstructure of cold-rolled 22MnB5 steel strips

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    Zhou, Jing; Wang, Bao-yu; Huang, Ming-dong; Cui, Dong

    2014-06-01

    Thermomechanical experiments were carried out to reproduce the hot stamping process and to investigate the effects of process parameters on the microstructure and mechanical properties of stamped parts. The process parameters, such as austenitizing temperature, soaking time, initial deformation temperature and cooling rate, are studied. The resulting microstructures of specimens were observed and analyzed. To evaluate the mechanical properties of specimens, tensile and hardness tests were also performed at room temperature. The optimum parameters to achieve the highest tensile strength and the desired microstructure were acquired by comparing and analyzing the results. It is indicated that hot deformation changes the transformation characteristics of 22MnB5 steel. Austenite deformation promotes the austenite-to-ferrite transformation and elevates the critical cooling rate to induce a fully martensitic transformation.

  7. Shaping the Microstructure of Cast Iron Automobile Cylinder Liners Aimed at Providing High Service Properties

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    Orłowicz A.W.

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available The paper presents an analysis of factors affecting the wear of cylinder liners. The effect of the graphite precipitation morphology on the cylinder liner wear mechanism is presented. Materials used to cast cylinder liners mounted in a number of engines have been examined for their conformity with requirements set out in applicable Polish industrial standard. A casting for a prototype cylinder liner has been made with a microstructure guaranteeing good service properties of the part.

  8. Friction Stir Welding of HT9 Ferritic-Martensitic Steel: An Assessment of Microstructure and Properties

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    2013-06-01

    May 2007. [36] P. J. Konkol and M. F. Mruczek, ―Comparison of Friction Stir Weldments and Submerged Arc Weldments in HSLA-65 Steel,‖ Welding ... WELDING OF HT9 FERRITIC- MARTENSITIC STEEL: AN ASSESSMENT OF MICROSTRUCTURE AND PROPERTIES by Lara L. Ray June 2013 Thesis Advisor: Luke N...2013 3. REPORT TYPE AND DATES COVERED Master‘s Thesis 4. TITLE AND SUBTITLE FRICTION STIR WELDING OF HT9 FERRITIC-MARTENSITIC STEEL: AN

  9. Microstructure and microwave dielectric properties of (Zn1–x Mgx) 2 ...

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    (ZnMg)2SiO4 powders was prepared by the sol–gel process, and the microstructure and dielectric properties of (Zn1–Mg)2SiO4 microwave materials were investigated systematically. TG-DSC and XRD analyzes for gels indicate that the (ZnMg)2SiO4 with pure willemite phase could be obtained at low temperature of ...

  10. Microstructural Properties of the Interfacial Transition Zone and Strength Development of Concrete Incorporating Recycled Concrete Aggregate

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    S. Boudali; A. M. Soliman; B. Abdulsalam; K. Ayed; D. E. Kerdal; S. Poncet

    2017-01-01

    This study investigates the potential of using crushed concrete as aggregates to produce green and sustainable concrete. Crushed concrete was sieved to powder fine recycled aggregate (PFRA) less than 80 µm and coarse recycled aggregates (CRA). Physical, mechanical, and microstructural properties for PFRA and CRA were evaluated. The effect of the additional rates of PFRA and CRA on strength development of recycled aggregate concrete (RAC) was investigated. Additionally, the characteristics of ...

  11. Microstructure and mechanical properties of carbon nanotube reinforced cementitious composites developed using a novel dispersion technique

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    Parveen, Shama; Rana, Sohel; Fangueiro, Raúl; Paiva, M. C.

    2015-01-01

    The present paper reports the first attempt of developing carbon nanotube (CNT) reinforced cement composites through a short dispersion route using Pluronic F-127 as a novel dispersing agent. Optimum concentrations of Pluronic for various types of CNT were determined, and the influences of Pluronic and CNT on the microstructure and mechanical properties of cementitious composites were thoroughly investigated. Pluronic with optimized defoamer concentration significantly improved th...

  12. Influence of Raw Material Composition on Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of Nodular Cast Iron

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    Alan Vaško; Juraj Belan; Lenka Hurtalová; Eva Tillová

    2016-01-01

    The aim of this study is to evaluate the influence of raw material composition on the microstructure, mechanical and fatigue properties and micromechanisms of failure of nodular cast iron. In order to evaluate the influence of charge composition, the structural analysis, mechanical and fatigue tests and microfractographic analysis were carried out on specimens of ten melts with different charge compositions. The basic charge of individual melts was formed by different ratio of pig iron and st...

  13. Thermo-mechanical and micro-structural properties of xylanase containing whole wheat bread

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    Ghoshal, G.; Shivhare, U. S.; Banerjee, U. C.

    2016-01-01

    Xylanase is a hemicellulase that can hydrolyses the complex polysaccharides. Hemicelluloses are main components of cell walls of cereal grains. Moreover, hemicelluloses are considered as potential sources of mono- and oligosaccharides. In this study, influence of xylanase on the physicochemical properties and sensory qualities of the whole wheat bread during storage was investigated. Studies of whole wheat bread on microstructure, texture, thermotics, Scanning Electron Microscopic (SEM), X-Ra...

  14. Comparing the microstructure and mechanical properties of Bombyx mori and Antheraea pernyi cocoon composites.

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    Guan, Juan; Zhu, Wenshu; Liu, Binghe; Yang, Kang; Vollrath, Fritz; Xu, Jun

    2017-01-01

    Silkworm cocoon material is a natural composite consisting of silk fibres and sericin glues. Both domestic and wild silkworms produce cocoons but with different functionality - one selected by man for textile manufacture whereas the other selected by Nature to provide damage-tolerant housing. To understand the structure--property relationship of cocoons, we evaluated and compared the microstructure and mechanical properties of two representative cocoon walls. It appears that a "brittle and weak" composite is produced by domestic Bombyx mori (B. mori) while a "tough and strong" composite is made by wild Antheraea pernyi (A. pernyi). The superior mechanical performance of A. pernyi cocoons can be attributed to both the material properties and the fibre network microstructures. Failure mechanisms and different failure modes for cocoon fibre composites were also proposed. A finite element model revealed qualitatively the effect of fibre properties and inter-fibre bonding strength on the mechanical properties of the fibre network. It emerged that both good mechanical properties of fibres and robust inter-fibre bonding were required for tough and strong fibre composites. The new insights could inspire new designs of synthetic fibre composites with enhanced mechanical properties. Natural cocoons are an important group of natural fibre composites with versatile functionalities. Previous studies have focused on the diversity of cocoon species and different morphological and mechanical features. It was suggested that the cocoon network structure determined the final mechanical properties of the cocoon composite. Nevertheless, the full structure-propertyfunction relationships for the cocoon composite are not understood. By studying two distinct cocoon species with specific functionalities, we prove that the mechanical properties of two cocoons are determined by both network properties and fibre properties. A robust fibre network is the prerequisite, within which the good

  15. CuCrZr alloy microstructure and mechanical properties after hot isostatic pressing bonding cycles

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    Frayssines, P.-E.; Gentzbittel, J.-M.; Guilloud, A.; Bucci, P.; Soreau, T.; Francois, N.; Primaux, F.; Heikkinen, S.; Zacchia, F.; Eaton, R.; Barabash, V.; Mitteau, R.

    2014-04-01

    ITER first wall (FW) panels are a layered structure made of the three following materials: 316L(N) austenitic stainless steel, CuCrZr alloy and beryllium. Two hot isostatic pressing (HIP) cycles are included in the reference fabrication route to bond these materials together for the normal heat flux design supplied by the European Union (EU). This reference fabrication route ensures sufficiently good mechanical properties for the materials and joints, which fulfil the ITER mechanical specifications, but often results in a coarse grain size for the CuCrZr alloy, which is not favourable, especially, for the thermal creep properties of the FW panels. To limit the abnormal grain growth of CuCrZr and make the ITER FW fabrication route more reliable, a study began in 2010 in the EU in the frame of an ITER task agreement. Two material fabrication approaches have been investigated. The first one was dedicated to the fabrication of solid CuCrZr alloy in close collaboration with an industrial copper alloys manufacturer. The second approach investigated was the manufacturing of CuCrZr alloy using the powder metallurgy (PM) route and HIP consolidation. This paper presents the main mechanical and microstructural results associated with the two CuCrZr approaches mentioned above. The mechanical properties of solid CuCrZr, PM CuCrZr and joints (solid CuCrZr/solid CuCrZr and solid CuCrZr/316L(N) and PM CuCrZr/316L(N)) are also presented.

  16. Mechanical properties and microstructure of long term thermal aged WWER 440 RPV steel

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    Kolluri, M.; Kryukov, A.; Magielsen, A. J.; Hähner, P.; Petrosyan, V.; Sevikyan, G.; Szaraz, Z.

    2017-04-01

    The integrity assessment of the Reactor Pressure Vessel (RPV) is essential for the safe and Long Term Operation (LTO) of a Nuclear Power Plant (NPP). Hardening and embrittlement of RPV caused by neutron irradiation and thermal ageing are main reasons for mechanical properties degradation during the operation of an NPP. The thermal ageing-induced degradation of RPV steels becomes more significant with extended operational lives of NPPs. Consequently, the evaluation of thermal ageing effects is important for the structural integrity assessments required for the lifetime extension of NPPs. As a part of NRG's research programme on Structural Materials for safe-LTO of Light Water Reactor (LWR) RPVs, WWER-440 surveillance specimens, which have been thermal aged for 27 years (∼200,000 h) at 290 °C in a surveillance channel of Armenian-NPP, are investigated. Results from the mechanical and microstructural examination of these thermal aged specimens are presented in this article. The results indicate the absence of significant long term thermal ageing effect of 15Cr2MoV-A steel. No age hardening was detected in aged tensile specimens compared with the as-received condition. There is no difference between the impact properties of as-received and thermal aged weld metals. The upper shelf energy of the aged steel remains the same as for the as-received material at a rather high level of about 120 J. The T41 value did not change and was found to be about 10 °C. The microstructure of thermal aged weld, consisting carbides, carbonitrides and manganese-silicon inclusions, did not change significantly compared to as-received state. Grain-boundary segregation of phosphorus in long term aged weld is not significant either which has been confirmed by the absence of intergranular fracture increase in the weld. Negligible hardening and embrittlement observed after such long term thermal ageing is attributed to the optimum chemical composition of 15Cr2MoV-A for high thermal stability.

  17. On The Physico-Mechanics, Thermal and Microstructure Properties of Hybrid Composite Epoxy-Geopolymer for Geothermal Pipe Application

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    Firawati Ira

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available The objective of this study is to determine the effect of epoxy resin on the physico-mechanics, thermal and microstructure properties of geopolymers hybrid composites for geothermal pipe application. Hybrid composite epoxy-geopolymers pipes were produced through alkali activation method of class-C fly ash and epoxy resin. The mass of epoxy-resin was varied relative to the mass of fly ash namely 0% (SPG01, 5% (SPG02, 10% (SPG03, 15% (SPG04, and 20% (SPG05. The resulting materials were stored in open air for 28 days before conducting any measurements. The densities of the product composites were measured before and after the samples immersed in boiling water for 3 hours. The mechanical strength of the resulting geothermal pipes was measured by using splitting tensile measurement. The thermal properties of the pipes were measured by means of thermal conductivity measurement, differential scanning calorimetry (DSC and fire resistance measurements. The chemical resistance was measured by immersing the samples into 1M H2SO4 solution for 4 days. The microstructure properties of the resulting materials were examined by using x-ray diffraction (XRD and Scanning Electron Microscopy-Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy (SEM-EDS. The results of this study showed that hybrid composite epoxy-geopolymers SPG02 and SPG03 are suitable to be applied as geothermal pipes.

  18. Optical and Exciton Dynamical Properties of a Screw-Dislocation-Driven ZnO:Sn Microstructure.

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    Dai, Jun; Lu, Junfeng; Wang, Fang; Guo, Jiyuan; Gu, Ning; Xu, Chunxiang

    2015-06-17

    Screw dislocation plays a critical role in crystal growth and significantly affects the carrier dynamics process of luminescent semiconductor materials. In this paper, we report a novel screw-dislocation-induced ZnO:Sn hillock microstructure. The detailed growth process and possible formation mechanism of screw dislocation are demonstrated. The temperature-dependent photoluminescence reveals the free exciton recombination emission mechanism of the ZnO:Sn hillock microstructure. By comparing time-resolved photoluminescence spectra with those of two other samples without screw dislocations, it is found that the screw dislocation in the ZnO:Sn microstructures effectively decreases the carrier lifetime. In addition, UV Fabry-Perot lasing action is observed from the ZnO:Sn hillock microstructure, and the numerical simulation of the standing wave pattern and light intensity distribution further confirm the Fabry-Perot lasing mechanism. Therefore, ZnO:Sn can be utilized as a UV laser gain medium, and its optical properties can be modulated by screw dislocation.

  19. Microstructure and Property Modifications of Cold Rolled IF Steel by Local Laser Annealing

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    Hallberg, Håkan; Adamski, Frédéric; Baïz, Sarah; Castelnau, Olivier

    2017-10-01

    Laser annealing experiments are performed on cold rolled IF steel whereby highly localized microstructure and property modification are achieved. The microstructure is seen to develop by strongly heterogeneous recrystallization to provide steep gradients, across the submillimeter scale, of grain size and crystallographic texture. Hardness mapping by microindentation is used to reveal the corresponding gradients in macroscopic properties. A 2D level set model of the microstructure development is established as a tool to further optimize the method and to investigate, for example, the development of grain size variations due to the strong and transient thermal gradient. Particular focus is given to the evolution of the beneficial γ-fiber texture during laser annealing. The simulations indicate that the influence of selective growth based on anisotropic grain boundary properties only has a minor effect on texture evolution compared to heterogeneous stored energy, temperature variations, and nucleation conditions. It is also shown that although the α-fiber has an initial frequency advantage, the higher probability of γ-nucleation, in combination with a higher stored energy driving force in this fiber, promotes a stronger presence of the γ-fiber as also observed in experiments.

  20. Differences in the microstructural properties of the anteromedial and posterolateral bundles of the anterior cruciate ligament.

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    Skelley, Nathan W; Castile, Ryan M; York, Timothy E; Gruev, Viktor; Lake, Spencer P; Brophy, Robert H

    2015-04-01

    Tissue properties of the anteromedial (AM) and posterolateral (PL) bundles of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) have not been previously characterized with real-time dynamic testing. The current study used a novel polarized light technique to measure the material and microstructural properties of the ACL. The AM and PL bundles of the ACL have similar material and microstructural properties. Controlled laboratory study. The AM and PL bundles were isolated from 16 human cadaveric ACLs (11 male, 5 female; average age, 41 years [range, 24-53 years]). Three samples from each bundle were loaded in uniaxial tension, and a custom-built polarized light imaging camera was used to quantify collagen fiber alignment in real time. A bilinear curve fit was applied to the stress-strain data of a quasistatic ramp-to-failure to quantify the moduli in the toe and linear regions. Fiber alignment was quantified at zero strain, the transition point of the bilinear fit, and in the linear portion of the stress-strain curve by computing the degree of linear polarization (DoLP) and angle of polarization (AoP), which are measures of the strength and direction of collagen alignment, respectively. Data were compared using t tests. The AM bundle exhibited significantly larger toe-region (AM 7.2 MPa vs. PL 4.2 MPa; P ligament microstructure can be used to assess graft options for ACL reconstruction and optimize surgical reconstruction techniques. © 2015 The Author(s).

  1. Review of Relationship Between Particle Deformation, Coating Microstructure, and Properties in High-Pressure Cold Spray

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    Rokni, M. R.; Nutt, S. R.; Widener, C. A.; Champagne, V. K.; Hrabe, R. H.

    2017-08-01

    In the cold spray (CS) process, deposits are produced by depositing powder particles at high velocity onto a substrate. Powders deposited by CS do not undergo melting before or upon impacting the substrate. This feature makes CS suitable for deposition of a wide variety of materials, most commonly metallic alloys, but also ceramics and composites. During processing, the particles undergo severe plastic deformation and create a more mechanical and less metallurgical bond with the underlying material. The deformation behavior of an individual particle depends on multiple material and process parameters that are classified into three major groups—powder characteristics, geometric parameters, and processing parameters, each with their own subcategories. Changing any of these parameters leads to evolution of a different microstructure and consequently changes the mechanical properties in the deposit. While cold spray technology has matured during the last decade, the process is inherently complex, and thus, the effects of deposition parameters on particle deformation, deposit microstructure, and mechanical properties remain unclear. The purpose of this paper is to review the parameters that have been investigated up to now with an emphasis on the existent relationships between particle deformation behavior, microstructure, and mechanical properties of various cold spray deposits.

  2. Integrated Predictive Tools for Customizing Microstructure and Material Properties of Additively Manufactured Aerospace Components

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    Radhakrishnan, Balasubramaniam [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Fattebert, Jean-Luc [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Gorti, Sarma B. [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Haxhimali, Timor [Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States); El-Wardany, Tahany [United Technologies Research Center (UTRC), East Hartford, CT (United States); Acharya, Ranadip [United Technologies Research Center (UTRC), East Hartford, CT (United States); Staroselsky, Alexander [United Technologies Research Center (UTRC), East Hartford, CT (United States)

    2017-12-01

    Additive Manufacturing (AM) refers to a process by which digital three-dimensional (3-D) design data is converted to build up a component by depositing material layer-by-layer. United Technologies Corporation (UTC) is currently involved in fabrication and certification of several AM aerospace structural components made from aerospace materials. This is accomplished by using optimized process parameters determined through numerous design-of-experiments (DOE)-based studies. Certification of these components is broadly recognized as a significant challenge, with long lead times, very expensive new product development cycles and very high energy consumption. Because of these challenges, United Technologies Research Center (UTRC), together with UTC business units have been developing and validating an advanced physics-based process model. The specific goal is to develop a physics-based framework of an AM process and reliably predict fatigue properties of built-up structures as based on detailed solidification microstructures. Microstructures are predicted using process control parameters including energy source power, scan velocity, deposition pattern, and powder properties. The multi-scale multi-physics model requires solution and coupling of governing physics that will allow prediction of the thermal field and enable solution at the microstructural scale. The state-of-the-art approach to solve these problems requires a huge computational framework and this kind of resource is only available within academia and national laboratories. The project utilized the parallel phase-fields codes at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), along with the high-performance computing (HPC) capabilities existing at the two labs to demonstrate the simulation of multiple dendrite growth in threedimensions (3-D). The LLNL code AMPE was used to implement the UTRC phase field model that was previously developed for a model binary alloy, and

  3. Microstructure Characterization and Wear-Resistant Properties Evaluation of an Intermetallic Composite in Ni-Mo-Si System.

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    Huang, Boyuan; Song, Chunyan; Liu, Yang; Gui, Yongliang

    2017-02-04

    Intermetallic compounds have been studied for their potential application as structural wear materials or coatings on engineering steels. In the present work, a newly designed intermetallic composite in a Ni-Mo-Si system was fabricated by arc-melting process with commercially pure metal powders as starting materials. The chemical composition of this intermetallic composite is 45Ni-40Mo-15Si (at %), selected according to the ternary alloy diagram. The microstructure was characterized using optical microscopy (OM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), and energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS), and the wear-resistant properties at room temperature were evaluated under different wear test conditions. Microstructure characterization showed that the composite has a dense and uniform microstructure. XRD results showed that the intermetallic composite is constituted by a binary intermetallic compound NiMo and a ternary Mo₂Ni₃Si metal silicide phase. Wear test results indicated that the intermetallic composite has an excellent wear-resistance at room-temperature, which is attributed to the high hardness and strong atomic bonding of constituent phases NiMo and Mo₂Ni₃Si.

  4. Microstructure and Thermomechanical Properties of Polyimide-Silica Nanocomposites

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    A. A. M. Ali

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available Novel polyimide-silica nanocomposites with interphase chemical bonding have been prepared using the sol-gel process. The morphology, thermal and mechanical properties were studied as a function of silica content and compared with the similar composites having no interphase interaction. The polyimide precursors, polyamic acids (PAAs with or without pendant hydroxyl groups were prepared from the reaction of pyromellitic dianhydride with a mixture of oxydianiline and 1,3 phenylenediamine or 2,4-diminophenol in dimethylacetamide. The PAA with pendant hydroxyl groups was reacted with isocyanatopropyltriethoxysilane to produce alkoxy groups on the chain. The reinforcement of PAA matrices with or without alkoxy groups on the chain was carried out by mixing appropriate amount of tetraethoxysilane (TEOS and carrying out its hydrolysis and condensation in a sol-gel process. Thin hybrid films were imidized by successive heating up to 300C∘. The presence of alkoxy groups on the polymer chain and their cocondensation with TEOS developed the silica network which was interconnected chemically with the polyimide matrix. SEM studies show a drastic decrease in the silica particle size in the chemically bonded system. Higher thermal stability and mechanical strength, improved transparency, and low values of thermal coefficient of expansion were observed in case of chemically bonded composites.

  5. Structural, microstructural and hyperfine properties of nanocrystalline iron particles

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    Guittoum, A., E-mail: guittoum@yahoo.f [Centre de Recherche Nucleaire d' Alger, 2 Bd Frantz Fanon, BP 399 Alger-Gare, Alger (Algeria); Layadi, A. [Departement de Physique, Faculte des Sciences, Universite Ferhat Abbas, Setif 19000 (Algeria); Tafat, H. [Faculte de Mecanique et Genie des Procedes, USTHB de Bab Ezzouar (Algeria); Souami, N. [Centre de Recherche Nucleaire d' Alger, 2 Bd Frantz Fanon, BP 399 Alger-Gare, Alger (Algeria)

    2010-03-15

    Nanocrystalline Fe particles were successfully prepared by the mechanical milling process using a high-energy planetary ball mill. The physical properties of the samples were investigated as a function of the milling time, t (in the 0-54 h range) by means of X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive X-ray (EDX) and Moessbauer spectroscopy. After 54 h of milling, the lattice parameter increases from 0.28620 (3) nm for the starting Fe powder to 0.28667 (3) nm, the grain size decreases from 110 to 13 nm, while the strain increases from 0.09% to 0.7%. The powder particle morphology was observed by SEM at different stages of milling. For t less than 24 h, the Moessbauer spectra are characterized by one sextet corresponding to the crystalline bcc Fe phase, while for t greater than 24 h, the iron particles exhibit a two-component Moessbauer spectrum due to the presence of two phases: the crystallites bcc Fe phase and the grain-boundary region. The appearance and the increase in intensity of the second sextet with t may indicate that the interfacial region effect increases with milling time due to the grain size reduction and a probable disordered state of the grain boundaries.

  6. Microstructural Evolution and Mechanical Property Development of Selective Laser Melted Copper Alloys

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    Ventura, Anthony Patrick

    Selective Laser Melting (SLM) is an additive manufacturing technology that utilizes a high-power laser to melt metal powder and form a part layer-by-layer. Over the last 25 years, the technology has progressed from prototyping polymer parts to full scale production of metal component. SLM offers several advantages over traditional manufacturing techniques; however, the current alloy systems that are researched and utilized for SLM do not address applications requiring high electrical and thermal conductivity. This work presents a characterization of the microstructural evolution and mechanical property development of two copper alloys fabricated via SLM and post-process heat treated to address this gap in knowledge. Tensile testing, conductivity measurement, and detailed microstructural characterization was carried out on samples in the as-printed and heat treated conditions. A single phase solid solution strengthened binary alloy, Cu-4.3Sn, was the first alloy studied. Components were selectively laser melted from pre-alloyed Cu-4.3Sn powder and heat treated at 873 K (600 °C) and 1173 K (900 °C) for 1 hour. As-printed samples were around 97 percent dense with a yield strength of 274 MPa, an electrical conductivity of 24.1 %IACS, and an elongation of 5.6%. Heat treatment resulted in lower yield strength with significant increases in ductility due to recrystallization and a decrease in dislocation density. Tensile sample geometry and surface finish also showed a significant effect on measured yield strength but a negligible change in measured ductility. Microstructural characterization indicated that grains primarily grow epitaxially with a sub-micron cellular solidification sub-structure. Nanometer scale tin dioxide particles identified via XRD were found throughout the structure in the tin-rich intercellular regions. The second alloy studied was a high-performance precipitation hardening Cu-Ni-Si alloy, C70250. Pre-alloyed powder was selectively laser melted to

  7. Microstructures and Mechanical Properties of Co-Cr Dental Alloys Fabricated by Three CAD/CAM-Based Processing Techniques

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    Kim, Hae; Jang, Seong-Ho; Kim, Young; Son, Jun; Min, Bong; Kim, Kyo-Han; Kwon, Tae-Yub

    2016-01-01

    The microstructures and mechanical properties of cobalt-chromium (Co-Cr) alloys produced by three CAD/CAM-based processing techniques were investigated in comparison with those produced by the traditional casting technique...

  8. Effect of austempering parameters on microstructure and mechanical properties of horizontal continuous casting ductile iron dense bars

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    Chun-jie Xu; Pan Dai; Zheng-yang Zhang

    2015-01-01

    .... austenitizing temperature and time, and austempering temperature and time) on microstructure and mechanical properties of LZQT500-7 ductile iron dense bars with 172 mm in diameter which were produced by horizontal continuous casting (HCC...

  9. Microstructure and mechanical properties of AZ91 tubes fabricated by Multi-pass Parallel Tubular Channel Angular Pressing

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    Hooman Abdolvand

    2017-06-01

    Full Text Available Parallel Tubular Channel Angular Pressing (PTCAP process is a novel recently developed severe plastic deformation (SPD method for producing ultrafine grained (UFG and nanograined (NG tubular specimens with excellent mechanical and physical properties. This process has several advantageous compared to its TCAP counterparts. In this paper, a fine grained AZ91 tube was fabricated via multi pass parallel tubular channel angular pressing (PTCAP process. Tubes were processed up to three passes PTCAP at 300 °C. Evolution of microstructure, mechanical properties and fracture behavior of the processed tubes after different passes were evaluated. Hardness, strength, and elongation were increased for processed tubes. Mean grain size was notably reduced to 3.8 μm for the tube which processed three passes from a 150 μm for the unprocessed tube. The maximum strength was found for second passes PTCAP processed tube which increased considerably about 108 %. The strength of the first pass processed tube increased about 62.5%. Increasing in elongation at room temperature was occurred, too. Mechanical properties of the third pass processed tube were deteriorated relatively because of appearing microcracks on the surface. Also, the hardness improved and it was increased about 77%. The result showed that the achieved mechanical properties consistent with microstructure.

  10. Microstructure and mechanical properties of zirconium doped NiAl/Cr(Mo) hypoeutectic alloy prepared by injection casting

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    Sheng, L. Y.; Du, B. N.; Guo, J. T.

    2017-01-01

    NiAl based materials has been considered as most potential candidate of turbine blade, due to its excellent high-temperature properties. However the bad room-temperature properties handicap its application. In the present paper, the zirconium doped NiAl/Cr(Mo) hypoeutectic alloy is fabricated by conventional casting and injection casting technology to improve its room-temperature properties. The microstructure and compressive properties at different temperatures of the conventionally-cast and injection-cast were investigated. The results exhibit that the conventionally-cast alloy comprises coarse primary NiAl phase and eutectic cell, which is dotted with irregular Ni2AlZr Heusler phase. Compared with the conventionally-cast alloy, the injection-cast alloy possesses refined the primary NiAl, eutectic cell and eutectic lamella. In addition, the Ni2AlZr Heusler phase become smaller and distribute uniformly. Moreover, the injection casting decrease the area fraction of primary NiAl phase at the cell interior or cell boundaries. The compressive ductility and yield strength of the injection-cast alloy at room temperature increase by about 100% and 35% over those of conventionally-cast alloy, which should be ascribed to the microstructure optimization.

  11. Effects of Static Magnetic Fields on the Physical, Mechanical, and Microstructural Properties of Cement Pastes

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    Juan J. Soto-Bernal

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents the results of an experimental study carried out to comprehend the physical, mechanical, and microstructural behavior of cement pastes subjected to static magnetic fields while hydrating and setting. The experimental methodology consisted in exposing fresh cement pastes to static magnetic fields at three different magnetic induction strengths: 19.07, 22.22, and 25.37 Gauss. The microstructural characterization makes evident that there are differences in relation to amount and morphology of CSH gel; the amount of CSH is larger and its morphology becomes denser and less porous with higher magnetostatic induction strengths; it also shows the evidence of changes in the mineralogical composition of the hydrated cement pastes. The temperature increasing has no negative effects over the cement paste compressive strength since the magnetostatic field affects the process of hydration through a molecular restructuring process, which makes cement pastes improve microstructurally, with a reduced porosity and a higher mechanical strength.

  12. Effects of electric current pulses on mechanical properties and microstructures of as-quenched medium carbon steel

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    Pan, Long, E-mail: panlong0229@126.com; He, Wen, E-mail: hewens@zju.edu.cn; Gu, Bangping, E-mail: gubangping_032006@126.com

    2016-04-26

    The effects of electric current pulse (ECP) on the mechanical properties and the microstructures of as-quenched medium carbon steel specimens were investigated. After ECP treatment, hardness, tensile property, residual stresses, microstructures and dislocation density were evaluated. The experimental results showed that the lath-shaped martensite structure remained identical, and the width and grain orientation did not change compared to the original specimens, and residual stresses and dislocation density decreased. The tensile strength increased greatly with a little decrease of hardness after ECP treatment. The mechanisms of the effects of ECP on these properties were analyzed in depth. The decrease of dislocation density induced the decrease of residual stresses, and the decreases of residual stresses and dislocation density resulted in the increase of tensile strength. The Joule heat due to ECP primarily affects the dislocation dynamics, and the electron drag force has a minimal effect. During ECP treatment, the increase of temperature due to the Joule heat and the large quenching residual stresses will promote the activation rate of dislocations. After being activated, the dislocations glide or climb and annihilate, which results in the decreases of dislocation density and residual stresses. In this case, the tensile strength increased.

  13. Microstructures, mechanical properties and corrosion resistance of the Zr−xTi (Ag) alloys for dental implant application

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    Cui, W.F., E-mail: cuiwf@atm.neu.edu.cn; Liu, N.; Qin, G.W.

    2016-06-15

    The Zr−xTi (Ag) alloys were designed for the application of dental implants. The microstructures of Zr−20Ti and Zr−40Ti alloy were observed using optical microscope and transmission electronic microscope. The hardness and compressive tests were performed to evaluate the mechanical properties of the Zr−xTi alloys. The electrochemical behavior of the Zr−xTi alloys with and without 6% Ag was investigated in the acidified artificial saliva containing 0.1% NaF (pH = 4). For comparison, the electrochemical behavior of cp Ti was examined in the same condition. The results show that the quenched Zr−20Ti and Zr−40Ti alloy exhibit acicular martensite microstructures containing twin substructure. They display good mechanical properties with the hardness of ∼330HV, the yield strength of ∼1000 MPa and the strain to fracture of ∼25% at room temperature. Adding 6% Ag to Zr−20Ti alloy enhances the passivity breakdown potential and the self-corrosion potential, but hardly affects the corrosion current density and the impedance modulus. 6% Ag in Zr−40Ti alloy distinctly increases pitting corrosion resistance, which is attributed the formation of thick, dense and stable passive film under the joint action of titanium and silver. In comparison with cp Ti, Zr−40Ti−6Ag alloy possesses the same good corrosion resistance in the rigorous oral environment as well as the superior mechanical properties. - Highlights: • The quenched Zr20Ti and Zr40Ti obtain acicular martensite microstructure. • Zr20Ti and Zr40Ti possess high hardness, strength and strain to fracture. • Increasing Ti content decreases corrosion current density. • Adding Ag enhances passivation breakdown potentials of Zr20Ti and Zr40Ti. • Zr40Ti6Ag has optimum mechanical properties and pitting corrosion resistance.

  14. Microstructure and physical properties of steel-ladle purging plug refractory materials

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    Long, Bin; Xu, Gui-ying; Andreas, Buhr

    2017-02-01

    Three different castables were prepared as steel-ladle purging-plug refractory materials: corundum-based low-cement castable (C-LCC), corundum-spinel-based low-cement castable (C-S-LCC), and no-cement corundum-spinel castable (C-S-NCC) (hydratable alumina ρ-Al2O3 bonded). The properties of these castables were characterized with regard to water demand/flow ability, cold crushing strength (CCS), cold modulus of rupture (CMoR), permanent linear change (PLC), apparent porosity, and hot modulus of rupture (HMoR). The results show the CCS/CMoR and HMoR of C-LCC and C-S-LCC are greater than those of the castable C-S-NCC. According to the microstructure analysis, the sintering effect and the bonding type of the matrix material differ among the three castables. The calcium hexaluminate (CA6) phase in the matrix of C-LCC enhances the cold and hot mechanical strengths. In the case of C-S-LCC, the CA6 and 2CaO·2MgO·14Al2O3 (C2M2A14) ternary phases generated from the matrix can greatly increase the cold and hot mechanical strengths. In the case of the no-cement castable, sintering becomes difficult, resulting in a lower mechanical strength.

  15. Mechanical properties and microstructural evaluation of AA1100 to AZ31 dissimilar friction stir welds

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    Azizieh, M., E-mail: azizieh@gmail.com [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Ahvaz Branch, Islamic Azad University, Ahvaz (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Sadeghi Alavijeh, A. [School of Mechatronic Systems Engineering, Simon Fraser University, 250-13450 102 Avenue, Surrey, BC V3T 0A3 (Canada); Abbasi, M. [High Temperature Energy Materials, Korea Institute of Science and Technology, Seoul, 136-791 (Korea, Republic of); Balak, Z. [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Ahvaz Branch, Islamic Azad University, Ahvaz (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Kim, H.S. [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Pohang University of Science and Technology, Pohang, 790-784 (Korea, Republic of)

    2016-02-15

    In this paper, microstructure and mechanical properties of dissimilar friction stir welds of AA1100 and AZ31 were investigated to understand the effects of rotational and travel speed as well as pin position. The tensile results of welded samples revealed that the sound welds were formed when the stirring pin deviated from the centreline to the AZ31 side. The X-ray diffraction shows that Al{sub 3}Mg{sub 2} and Al{sub 12}Mg{sub 17} intermetallics formation occurs in the stir zone during the welding process. High hardness of these intermetallic phases increased the hardness of the stir zone to 110 Hv. The best tensile results were obtained in the sample processed in the range of 28–32 (rev/mm) rotational to travel speed ratio. - Highlights: • For Al to Mg friction stir welding, tool offset must be to Mg side. • There is an optimum rotational speed for obtain the highest strength. • Intermetallics form in any welding condition. • The volume fraction of intermetallic is directly related to FSW peak temperature.

  16. The Effect of Nd Content Variation on Crystal Structure and Microstructure to Improve Magnetic Properties Performance

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    Rusnaeni, Nenen; Sarjono, Priyo; Taufik; Hanifah; Muljadi

    2017-07-01

    Nd2Fe14B magnet powder has been fabricated by mixing Fe, B, and Nd powder based on their stoichiometric proportion at 650°C for 2 hours. Heat treatment series were applied at 720°C for one hour and continued with annealing at 100°C for 4 hours on different Nd stoichiometric variations; 26.6 %wt, 32.6 %wt, and 40.6 %wt. The results obtained from the X-ray Diffraction (XRD) phase analysis of Nd-rich Nd-Fe-B alloy suggested that the alloy has monophasic composition with hard magnetic Nd2Fe14B phase as a composition. The mean of the crystal grain size was determined using XRD analysis, while the microstructure and composition of the alloys were analyzed using the Scanning Electron Microscope - Energy Dispersive X-ray (SEM-EDX). The magnetic properties characterization were determined using the Vibrating Sample Magnetometer (VSM), which indicates that the sample with 40.6 %wt Nd was able to achieve the highest remanence of 446.50 G and BHmax of 17.83 kGOe. Despite the high remanence result, the coercivity and BHmax value of the third sample was still lower than the commercial’s but has adequate potential value.

  17. Microstructures and Mechanical Properties of Austempering SUS440 Steel Thin Plates

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    Cheng-Yi Chen

    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available SUS440 is a high-carbon stainless steel, and its martensite matrix has high heat resistance, high corrosion resistance, and high pressure resistance. It has been widely used in mechanical parts and critical materials. However, the SUS440 martempered matrix has reliability problems in thin plate applications and thus research uses different austempering heat treatments (tempering temperature: 200 °C–400 °C to obtain a matrix containing bainite, retained austenite, martensite, and the M7C3 phase to investigate the relationships between the resulting microstructure and tensile mechanical properties. Experimental data showed that the austempering conditions of the specimen affected the volume fraction of phases and distribution of carbides. After austenitizing heat treatment (1080 °C for 30 min, the austempering of the SUS440 thin plates was carried out at a salt-bath temperature 300 °C for 120 min and water quenching was then used to obtain the bainite matrix with fine carbides, with the resulting material having a higher tensile fracture strength and average hardness (HRA 76 makes it suitable for use as a high-strength thin plate for industrial applications.

  18. [Microstructure and spectral property of Er3+ doped transparent oxyfluoride glass ceramics with high fluorine contents].

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    Lin, Le-Jing; Ren, Guo-Zhong; Chen, Min-Peng; Liu, Yang

    2009-12-01

    The microstructure and spectral properties of Er3+ doped transparent oxyfluoride glass ceramics with high fluorine content were reported. Two samples with the same initial contents (50SiO2-45PbF2-5PbO-1ErF3) were prepared under the different preparation parameters. The final fluorine contents were detected by a fluoride ion selective electrode. The results shows that the final fluorine contents increase by covering crucibles with corundum lid during melt. The samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy (TEM), absorption spectra and upconversion luminescence spectra. The results show that PbF2 crystals were precipitated in the sample with high fluorine content before heat treatment. And the PbF2 crystals precipitated inside the glass matrix are spherical with diameters of approximately 10-15 nm in size from the high resolution TEM micrograph. The absorption spectra, J-O parameters and the upconversion spectra show that the Er3+ ions were located in crystalline and vitreous mixed states. It is different from the sample with low fluorine content which is completely amorphous. After heat treatment, Er3+ ions that remain in the glassy phase entered into fluoride nanocrystals in the sample with high fluorine content. The fluorine environment decreases non-radiative transfer which eases the upconversion processes. Hence, the upconversion luminescence intensity of Er3+ ions in the high fluorine content sample after heat treatment is much stronger than that in the precursor sample.

  19. Effects of returns on composition, microstructure and mechanical properties of GH4169 superalloy

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    Yong-liang Pu

    2017-07-01

    Full Text Available To recycle the returned alloy effectively, effects of returns proportion on alloy composition, microstructure and compression properties of superalloy GH4169 were studied by means of scanning electron microscopy (SEM, energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS and thermal-mechanical simulator. The results show that returns addition has no significant effect on the main alloy elements content and the principle precipitates, but increases the volume fraction of Al2O3 inclusions, resulting in the increase of oxygen level of GH4169 alloy. Returns addition does not change the elastic and plastic deformation process at room temperature or at 1,150 °C, but high returns proportion GH4169 alloy shows improved compression strength and yield strength. The alloy with 100% returns shows a maximum compression strength 1,153.45 MPa at room temperature, while the alloy with 80% returns has a maximum value 69.3 MPa at 1,150 °C. Returns addition increases fluctuation range and reduces the stability of yield strength and compression strength of GH4169 alloy at room temperature. It is noted that the volume fraction and the size of Al2O3, and the fraction of Laves phase reach their maximum values in the GH4169 alloy with 60% returns, which exhibits maximum yield strength of 516.65 MPa at room temperature and 62.17 MPa at 1,150 °C.

  20. Microstructure and electrical properties of Sb2Te phase-change material

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    Liu, Guangyu; Wu, Liangcai; Li, Tao; Rao, Feng; Song, Sannian; Liu, Bo; Song, Zhitang

    2016-10-01

    Phase Change Memory (PCM) has great potential for commercial applications of next generation non-volatile memory (NVM) due to its high operation speed, high endurance and low power consumption. Sb2Te (ST) is a common phase-change material and has fast crystallization speed, while thermal stability is relatively poor and its crystallization temperature is about 142°C. According to the Arrhenius law, the extrapolated failure temperature is about 55°C for ten years. When heated above the crystallization temperature while below the melting point, its structure can be transformed from amorphous phase to hexagonal phase. Due to the growth-dominated crystallization mechanism, the grain size of ST film is large and the diameter of about 300 nm is too large compared with Ge2Sb2Te5 (GST), which may deteriorate the device performance. High resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) and selected area electron diffraction (SAED) were employed to study the microstructures and the results indicate that the crystal plane is {110}. In addition, device cells were manufactured and their current-voltage (I-V) and resistance-voltage characteristics were tested, and the results reveal that the threshold voltage (Vth) of ST film is 0.87 V. By researching the basic properties of ST, we can understand its disadvantages and manage to improve its performance by doping or other proper methods. Finally, the improved ST can be a candidate for optical discs and PCM.

  1. Au microstructure and the functional properties of Ni/Au finishes on ceramic IC packages

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    Winters, E.D.; Baxter, W.K. [Coors Electronic Package Co., Chattanooga, TN (United States); Braski, D.N.; Watkins, T.R. [Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (United States)

    1995-12-31

    Ni/Au plated finishes used on thick-film metallized multilayer ceramic packages for integrated circuits must meet functional requirements such as bondability, sealability, and solderability. Their ability to do so is dependent, among other things, on the ability of the Au deposit to inhibit the grain boundary diffusion and subsequent surface oxidation of Ni. In this study, the relation between functional performance, Ni diffusionr ate, and Au microstructure was examined. Extent of Ni diffusion during heating was determined by Auger electron spectroscopy for several electrolytic and electroless Ni/Au finishing processes. Results were correlated with differences in Au microstructures determined by SEM, atomic force microscopy, and XRD.

  2. Controlling microstructure and mechanical properties of the new microelectronic interconnect alloys

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    Mutuku, Francis M.

    An in-depth understanding of the physics of solidification could lead to the optimization of the properties of micro-electronic interconnects. Sn is the base material in the billions of interconnects in devices such as smart phones. These interconnects are formed by melting and solidifying a solder alloy (e.g. SnAgCu) in situ. But Sn has a low symmetry structure, Sn nucleation from the solder melt is complex and the morphology of the Sn and Sn alloys precipitates that form during solidification can vary tremendously (along with resultant mechanical properties). The effect of processing parameters on the solidification behavior, microstructure, and properties must be carefully addressed. Strong evidence adduced in this study shows that under many conditions, when cooling near eutectic SnAgCu from the melt, Ag3Sn nucleates before beta-Sn. The difficulty in the nucleation of beta-Sn provides a window of time between the nucleation of Ag3Sn precipitates and of beta-Sn solidification within which the Ag3Sn precipitate morphology can be manipulated. Thus distinct variations in precipitate number density, and inter-particle spacing were observed for different thermal histories, e.g. for different cooling rates. The average number density of Ag3Sn particles and the area of the pseudo-eutectic phase were observed to increase with increase in the Ag concentration, and with increase in the cooling rate. The shear strength and shear fatigue life increased with increase in the area fraction of the pseudo-eutectic phase. Upon aging of SnAgCu solder joints at an elevated temperature, the Ag3Sn particles coarsened, and became less effective in impeding dislocation motion. Consequently, the shear strength and shear fatigue performance degraded. On the other hand, alloys with constituents that formed solid solutions in Sn, such as small concentrations of Bi or Sb registered less degradation in both shear strength and shear fatigue life upon aging.

  3. Investigation on microstructural, mechanical and electrochemical properties of aluminum composites reinforced with graphene nanoplatelets

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    Muhammad Rashad

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available In present study, the microstructure, mechanical and electrochemical properties of aluminum–graphene nanoplatelets (GNPs composites were investigated before and after extrusion. The contents of graphene nanoplatelets (GNPs were varied from 0.25 to 1.0 wt.% in aluminum matrix. The composites were fabricated thorough powder metallurgy method, and the experimental results revealed that Al-0.25%GNPs composite showed better mechanical properties compared with pure Al, Al-0.50%GNPs and Al-0.1.0%GNPs composites. Before extrusion, the Al-0.25%GNPs composite showed ~13.5% improvement in ultimate tensile strength (UTS and ~50% enhancement in failure strain over monolithic matrix. On the other hand, Al-0.50%GNPs and Al-0.1.0%GNPs composites showed the tensile strength lower than monolithic matrix. No significant change was observed in 0.2% yield strength (YS of the composites. However, the extruded materials showed different trends. The 0.2%YS of composites increased with increase in GNPs filler weight fractions. Surprisingly, UTS of composites with 0.25 and 0.50% GNPs was lower than monolithic matrix. The failure strain of the baseline matrix was enhanced by ~46% with 0.25% graphene nanoplatelets. The superior mechanical properties (in terms of failure strain of the Al-0.25%GNPs composite maybe attributed to 2-D structure, high surface area and curled nature of graphene. In addition, the corrosion resistance of pure Al and its composites reinforced with 0.5 and 1.0 wt% GNPs was also investigated. It was found that the corrosion rate increased considerably by the presence of GNPs.

  4. Microstructure and mechanical properties of a phase-separating Mg-based bulk metallic glass

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    Wang, L.; Qiu, K.Q., E-mail: kqqiu@163.com; Ren, Y.L.; Li, R.D.

    2014-11-05

    Highlights: • A phase-separated (Mg{sub 0.585}Cu{sub 0.305}Y{sub 0.11}){sub 97}(Zr{sub 0.35}Ti{sub 0.3}Be{sub 0.275}Cu{sub 0.075}){sub 3} was found in this paper. • A fully amorphous structure containing two different glassy phases caused by phase separation was observed. • The improvement of the mechanical properties of the BMG is attributed to the shear-band multiplication and interaction caused by the harder Zr-rich amorphous spherical particle. - Abstract: Samples of the (Mg{sub 0.585}Cu{sub 0.305}Y{sub 0.11}){sub 97}(Zr{sub 0.35}Ti{sub 0.3}Be{sub 0.275}Cu{sub 0.075}){sub 3} bulk metallic glass (BMG) with 3 mm in diameter were successfully fabricated by copper mould casting method. The amorphous nature, thermal stability, microstructure and mechanical properties of the alloy were investigated by using X-ray diffraction (XRD), differential scanning calorimeter (DSC), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and electronic testing machine. The results show that the alloy presents a fully amorphous structure containing two glassy phases caused by phase separation. The Zr-rich amorphous spherical phase is distributed in the Mg-rich glassy matrix of the as-cast sample. Under uniaxial compressive loading, the compressive fracture strength, elastic strain and plastic strain of the BMG with a diameter of 3 mm are 1026 MPa, 2.2% and 0.3%, respectively. The ridge form vein-like patterns and multiple shear bands are observed in the fracture surface, indicating the improvement of the mechanical properties of the alloy. The formation of phase separation and the corresponding fracture mechanism were discussed.

  5. Temporal sodium release related to gel microstructural properties-implications for sodium reduction.

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    Kuo, Wan-Yuan; Lee, Youngsoo

    2014-11-01

    The microstructure of food can be engineered to enhance sodium release during mastication, which may be used as a strategy to reduce sodium content in foods. This study aimed to relate sodium release to microstructural properties of solid lipoproteic colloid (SLC) foods. The SLC gels with 1.5% (w/w) NaCl were prepared by homogenization of whey protein isolate and anhydrous milk fat, followed by heat-induced gelation. The gels varied in protein content (8% or 16%), fat content (0%, 11%, 22%, or 33%), and homogenization pressures (14 or 55 MPa). The maximum rate of sodium release during the initial gel compression increased with increasing gel porosity and pore size. This was due to more releasable serum in the gels with larger pore volume and larger pores. The maximum concentration of sodium at the end of sodium release increased with reduced size of the fat particles in the gels. The smaller fat particles were dispersed more uniformly and interrupted the protein network more, and facilitated the gel breakdown. The above findings suggested that, during the breakdown of the SLC gels, the major mechanisms of sodium release are via serum release followed by sodium diffusion, which are governed by the gel porosity and the particle size of fat, respectively. This study demonstrated the dependence of temporal sodium release properties on the microstructural properties of an SLC food system. The findings from this study could lay the foundation for further investigation of the dependence of saltiness perception on SLC microstructure, which can provide insight for sodium reduction in SLC products. © 2014 Institute of Food Technologists®

  6. Effects of aging treatment and heat input on the microstructures and mechanical properties of TIG-welded 6061-T6 alloy joints

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    Peng, Dong; Shen, Jun; Tang, Qin; Wu, Cui-ping; Zhou, Yan-bing

    2013-03-01

    Aging treatment and various heat input conditions were adopted to investigate the microstructural evolution and mechanical properties of TIG welded 6061-T6 alloy joints by microstructural observations, microhardness tests, and tensile tests. With an increase in heat input, the width of the heat-affected zone (HAZ) increases and grains in the fusion zone (FZ) coarsen. Moreover, the hardness of the HAZ decreases, whereas that of the FZ decreases initially and then increases with an increase in heat input. Low heat input results in the low ultimate tensile strength of the welded joints due to the presence of partial penetrations and pores in the welded joints. After a simple artificial aging treatment at 175°C for 8 h, the microstructure of the welded joints changes slightly. The mechanical properties of the welded joints enhance significantly after the aging process as few precipitates distribute in the welded seam.

  7. Laser-welded V-Cr-Ti alloys: Microstructural and mechanical properties

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    Natesan, K.; Smith, D.L.; Sanders, P.G.; Leong, K.H. [Argonne National Lab., IL (United States)

    1998-03-01

    A systematic study has been initiated to examine the use of lasers to weld sheet materials of V-Cr-Ti alloys and to characterize the microstructural and mechanical properties of the laser-welded materials. In addition, several post-welding heat treatments are being applied to the welded samples to evaluate their benefits, if any, to the structure and properties of the weldments. Hardness measurements are made across the welded regions of different samples to evaluate differences in the characteristics of various weldments.

  8. Investigation of CNTD Mechanism and its Effect on Microstructural Properties.

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    1980-10-01

    AD-AO" M2 SAN FERNANDO LABS PACOIMA CALIF F/6 13/A INVESTIGATION OF CNTD MECHANISM AND ITS EFFECT ON MICROSTRUCTI*-ETC(U) OCT 80 D 6 SAT N000 978-C...16- FAbLE 2 Summary of results on SIAN, made With nitrogen as carrier gas Gas Total P* Velocity SlC ,, Deposition K TRS Run Pressure Substrate ACPP H

  9. Effect of Mg-Zn-Nd spherical quasi-crystals on microstructure and mechanical properties of ZK60 alloy

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    Zhang Jinshan

    2011-08-01

    Full Text Available To improve the strength, toughness, heat-resistance and deformability of magnesium alloy, the microstructure and mechanical properties of ZK60 alloy strengthened by Mg-Zn-Nd spherical quasi-crystal phase (I-phase particles were investigated. Mg40Zn55Nd5 (I-phase particles in addition to α-Mg, MgZn phase and MgZn2 phases can be obtained in ZK60-based composites under normal casting condition by the addition of quasi-crystal containing Mg-Zn-Nd master alloy. The experimental results show that the introduction of Mg-Zn-Nd spherical quasi-crystal phase into ZK60 alloy makes a great contribution to the refinement of the matrix microstructures and the improvement of mechanical properties. While adding Mg-Zn-Nd spherical quasi-crystal master alloy of 4.0wt.%, the ultimate tensile strength and yield strength of ZK60-based composite at ambient temperature reach their peak values of 256.7 MPa and 150.4 MPa, which were about 17.8% and 24.1% higher respectively than those of the ZK60 alloy. The improved mechanical properties are mainly attributed to the pinning effect of the quasi-crystal particles (I-phase at the grain boundaries. This research results provide a new way for strengthening and toughening of magnesium alloys as well as a new application of Mg-based spherical quasi-crystals.

  10. Microstructure and superconducting properties of Bi-2223/Ag tapes fabricated in the two-step sintering process

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    Lu, X.Y. [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Resource Science, Akita University, Akita 010-8502 (Japan)], E-mail: xiaoyelu@ipc.akita-u.ac.jp; Nagata, A.; Sugawara, K. [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Resource Science, Akita University, Akita 010-8502 (Japan)

    2008-09-15

    The microstructure and superconducting properties of Bi-2223/Ag tapes fabricated in the two-step sintering process were investigated. The tapes were then subjected to two heat treatments with an intermediate rolling. All the tapes were sintered at 835 deg. C for 24 h at initial sintering stage. A two-step sintering procedure was then used in the final sintering stage. In the first step, the tapes are sintered at 840-865 deg. C for 1 h. In the second step, they were sintered at 835 deg. C for 120 h. The results show that the first step sintering temperature has significant influence on the microstructure and the critical current density J{sub c}. The observed microstructures are consistent well with the different J{sub c} performances of the tapes first-step-sintered at different temperatures. The tape first-step-sintered at 850 deg. C, which has small secondary phases, stronger c-axis grain alignment, higher proportion of Bi-2223 phase, and no cracks, exhibits the highest J{sub c} value.

  11. Study on the microstructure, mechanical property and residual stress of SLM Inconel-718 alloy manufactured by differing island scanning strategy

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    Lu, Yanjin; Wu, Songquan; Gan, Yiliang; Huang, Tingting; Yang, Chuanguang; Junjie, Lin; Lin, Jinxin

    2015-12-01

    Inconel-718 has received an extensive using in mold industry. The selective laser melting (SLM) is providing an ideal means for manufacturing mold insert with complex geometrical features and internal architecture. During the manufacturing of high quality mold inserts with conformal cooling channel, the parameters play a vital role in the SLM process. In the study, the Inconel-718 alloys were manufactured by SLM with 2×2 mm2, 3×3 mm2, 5×5 mm2, and 7×7 mm2 island scanning strategies. The microstructure, mechanical property, and residual stress were investigated by optical microscope, tensile test and Vickers micro-indentation, respectively. It can be found that the relative density increased with enlarging the island size; the results on the microstructure indicated that the cracks and more pores were detected in the 22-specimen; whilst the microstructures of all specimens were composed of fine dendritic grains, cellular, and columnar structures; the tensile testing suggested that the ultimate tensile strength and yield strength of all samples was similar; while the outcome of the residual stress showed that the value of residual stress was ranked in the following sequence: 22-specimen<55-specimen<77-specimen<33-specimen. Although the 22-specimen had lower residual stress compared with the other groups, the occurrence of cracks limited its processing application in SLM. Through integrated into account, the 55-scanning strategy is a promising candidate for manufacturing of mold inserts.

  12. Effect of Annealing Temperature on Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of Hot-Dip Galvanizing DP600 Steel

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    Hai-yan, Sun; Zhi-li, Liu; Yang, Xu; Jian-qiang, Shi; Lian-xuan, Wang

    Hot-dip galvanizing dual phase steel DP600 steel grade with low Si was produced by steel plant and experiments by simulating galvanizing thermal history. The microstructure was observed and analyzed by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The effect of different annealing temperatures on the microstructure and mechanical properties of dual-phase steel was also discussed. The experimental results show that the dual-phase steel possesses excellent strength and elongation that match EN10346 600MPa standards. The microstructure is ferrite and martensite. TEM micrograph shows that white ferrite with black martensite islands inlay with a diameter of around 1um and the content of 14 18%. The volume will expand and phase changing take the form of shear transformation when ferrite converted to martensite. So there are high density dislocations in ferrite crystalline grain near martensite. The martensite content growing will be obvious along with annealing temperature going up. But the tendency will be weak when temperature high.

  13. Microstructure And Properties Of WC-Co HVAF Coatings Obtained From Standard, Superfine And Modified By Sub-Micrometric Carbide Powders

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    Myalska H.

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available In this paper, microstructure and some properties of various coatings based on WC-Co obtained by the High Velocity Air Fuel technique are discussed. Initially, two WC-Co 83-17 powders of standard and superfine size were examined as a feedstock for a coatings deposition on a steel substrate. A standard Amperit 526.074 powder and an Inframat superfine powder were applied. Then three different sub-micrometric powders, WC, Cr3C2 and TiC were applied to modify the microstructure of WC-Co (Amperit 526.074. The aim of the investigations was to compare the microstructure and basic properties of coatings deposited from different components. The influence of sub-micrometric additions on mechanical properties of basic coatings was analyzed. Microstructure characterization of powders by using SEM and characterization of their technological properties as well, are presented. For all manufactured coatings obtained by a High Velocity Air Fuel method, the microhardness, porosity, adhesion to a substrate, and fracture toughness were determined. An improvement in WC-Co coating properties, as a result of sub-micrometric carbides addition, was revealed.

  14. Microstructure, texture and magnetic properties of Ni-Cu-W substrates for coated conductors

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    Wulff, Anders Christian; Mishin, Oleg; Andersen, Niels Hessel

    2013-01-01

    The microstructure, texture, hardness and magnetization have been investigated in a series of strongly cube-textured (Ni95W 5)100-xCux samples with x=0, 5, 10 and 15 at% Cu. It is found that the addition of 5 at% Cu to the Ni-5 at% W alloy results in a substantial decrease of the Curie temperatur...

  15. Effect of Heat Treatment on Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of A380 Aluminum Alloy Deposited by Cold Spray

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    Qiu, Xiang; Wang, Ji-qiang; Tariq, Naeem ul Haq; Gyansah, Lawrence; Zhang, Jing-xuan; Xiong, Tian-ying

    2017-09-01

    The microstructure and mechanical properties of cold-sprayed bulk A380 alloy were investigated after heat treatment at various conditions, using optical and electron microscopy and tensile and hardness tests, respectively. The results revealed that heat treatment increased the strength and ductility of the cold-sprayed A380 alloy deposits compared with as-sprayed state. Heat treatment showed two different effects on the mechanical properties of the deposits. On the one hand, it resulted in effective diffusion at interparticle boundaries that altered the particle bonding mechanism from pure mechanical interlocking to metallurgical bonding. Thus, the strength and ductility of the material were greatly enhanced. On the other hand, interparticle diffusion during high-temperature heat treatment resulted in growth of the Si phase and pores, which ultimately reduced the strength and elongation of the alloy. This observation was consistent with the hardness results, which showed a decreasing trend with increase of the heat treatment temperature.

  16. Microstructure, Tensile Properties and Work Hardening Behavior of GTA-Welded Dual-Phase Steels

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    Ashrafi, H.; Shamanian, M.; Emadi, R.; Saeidi, N.

    2017-03-01

    In the present study, microstructure, tensile properties and work hardening behavior of a DP700 steel after gas tungsten arc welding were investigated. Formation of bainite in the fusion zone resulted in a hardness increase compared to that for the base metal (BM), whereas tempering of the pre-existing martensite in the subcritical heat-affected zone (HAZ) led to softening. The GTA-welded joint exhibited a continuous yielding behavior and a yield strength close to that for the BM, while its ultimate tensile strength and total elongation were lower than those for the BM owing to the formation of soft zone in the HAZ. A joint efficiency of about 81% was obtained for the GTA-welded joint, and it failed in the softened HAZ. Analysis of work hardening based on the Kocks-Mecking approach showed one stage of hardening behavior corresponding to the stage III for both the DP700 BM and welded sample. It was also revealed that the DP700 BM has larger values of work hardening exponent and magnitude of work hardening compared with the welded sample. Analysis of fractured surfaces showed that the dominant fracture mode for both the DP700 BM and welded joint was ductile.

  17. Microstructure and mechanical properties of a new type of austempered boron alloyed high silicon cast steel

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    Chen Xiang

    2013-05-01

    Full Text Available In the present paper, a new type of austempered boron alloyed high silicon cast steel has been developed, and its microstructures and mechanical properties at different temperatures were investigated. The experimental results indicate that the boron alloyed high silicon cast steel comprises a dendritic matrix and interdendritic eutectic borides in as-cast condition. The dendritic matrix is made up of pearlite, ferrite, and the interdendritic eutectic boride is with a chemical formula of M2B (M represents Fe, Cr, Mn or Mo which is much like that of carbide in high chromium white cast iron. Pure ausferrite structure that consists of bainitic ferrite and retained austenite can be obtained in the matrix by austempering treatment to the cast steel. No carbides precipitate in the ausferrite structure and the morphology of borides remains almost unchanged after austempering treatments. Secondary boride particles precipitate during the course of austenitizing. The hardness and tensile strength of the austempered cast steel decrease with the increase of the austempering temperature, from 250 篊 to 400 篊. The impact toughness is 4-11 J昪m-2 at room temperature and the impact fracture fractogragh indicates that the fracture is caused by the brittle fracture of the borides.

  18. Effect of tempering temperature on microstructure and mechanical properties of high boron white cast iron

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    Liu Zhongli

    2012-11-01

    Full Text Available The effect of different tempering temperatures on the microstructure and mechanical properties of air-quenched high boron white cast iron was studied. The results indicate that the high boron white cast iron comprises dendritic matrix and inter-dendritic M2B boride; and the matrix comprises martensite and pearlite. After quenching in the air, the matrix is changed into lath martensite; but only 1-μm-size second phase exists in the matrix. After tempering, another second phase of several tens of nanometers is found in the matrix, and the size and quantity increase with an increase in tempering temperature. The two kinds of second precipitation phase with different sizes in the matrix have the same chemical formula, but their forming stages are different. The precipitation phase with larger size forms during the austenitizing process, while the precipitation phase with smaller size forms during the tempering process. When tempered at different temperatures after quenching, the hardness decreases with an increase in the tempering temperature, but it increases a little at 450 ℃ due to the precipitation strengthening effect of the second phase, and it decreases greatly due to the martensite decomposition above 450 ℃. The impact toughness increases a little when tempered below 300 ℃, but it then decreases continuously owing to the increase in size and quantity of the secondary precipitate above 300 ℃. Considered comprehensively, the optimum tempering temperature is suggested at 300 ℃ to obtain a good combination of hardness and toughness.

  19. Microstructure and mechanical properties of laser welded DP600 steel joints

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    Farabi, N. [Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Ryerson University, 350 Victoria Street, Toronto, Ontario M5B 2K3 (Canada); Chen, D.L., E-mail: dchen@ryerson.ca [Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Ryerson University, 350 Victoria Street, Toronto, Ontario M5B 2K3 (Canada); Li, J.; Zhou, Y. [Department of Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering, University of Waterloo, 200 University Avenue West, Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3G1 (Canada); Dong, S.J. [School of Mechanical Engineering, Hubei University of Technology, Wuhan, Hubei (China)

    2010-02-15

    To reduce fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, dual phase (DP) steels have been considered for automotive applications due to their higher tensile strength, better initial work hardening along with larger elongation compared to conventional grade of steels. In such applications welding and joining have to be involved, which would lead to a localized alteration of materials and create potential safety and reliability issues under cyclic loading. The aim of this investigation was to evaluate microstructural change after laser welding and its effect on the tensile and fatigue properties in DP600 steel. The welding resulted in a significant increase of hardness in the fusion zone, but also the formation of a soft zone in the outer heat-affected zone (HAZ). While the ductility decreased after welding, the yield strength increased and the ultimate tensile strength remained almost unchanged. Fatigue life at higher stress amplitudes was almost the same between the base metal and welded joints despite slightly lower fatigue limit after welding. Tensile fracture and fatigue failure at higher stress amplitudes occurred at the outer HAZ. Fatigue crack initiation was observed to occur from the specimen surface and crack propagation was characterized by the characteristic mechanism of striation formation. Dimples and deformation bands were observed in the fast propagation area.

  20. Multi-Track Friction Stir Lap Welding of 2024 Aluminum Alloy: Processing, Microstructure and Mechanical Properties

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    Shengke Zou

    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available Friction stir lap welding (FSLW raises the possibility of fabricating high-performance aluminum components at low cost and high efficiency. In this study, we mainly applied FSLW to fabricate multi-track 2024 aluminum alloy without using tool tilt angle, which is important for obtaining defect-free joint but significantly increases equipment cost. Firstly, systematic single-track FSLW experiments were conducted to attain appropriate processing parameters, and we found that defect-free single-track could also be obtained by the application of two-pass processing at a rotation speed of 1000 rpm and a traverse speed of 300 mm/min. Then, multi-track FSLW experiments were conducted and full density multi-track samples were fabricated at an overlapping rate of 20%. Finally, the microstructure and mechanical properties of the full density multi-track samples were investigated. The results indicated that ultrafine equiaxed grains with the grain diameter about 9.4 μm could be obtained in FSLW samples due to the dynamic recrystallization during FSLW, which leads to a yield strength of 117.2 MPa (17.55% higher than the rolled 2024-O alloy substrate and an elongation rate of 31.05% (113.84% higher than the substrate.

  1. Effect of the magnetic fields on microstructure and critical current properties of the Bi-2223 tapes

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    Lu, X.Y., E-mail: xiaoyelu@ipc.akita-u.ac.j [Faculty of Engineering and Resource Science, Akita University, Akita 010-8502 (Japan); Nagata, A.; Sugawara, K. [Faculty of Engineering and Resource Science, Akita University, Akita 010-8502 (Japan); Watanabe, K. [Institute for Materials Research, Tohoku University, Sendai 980-8577 (Japan); Nojima, T. [Center for Low Temperature Science, Tohoku University, Sendai 980-8577 (Japan); Chen, H. [School of Material, Changchun University of Technology, Changchun 130012 (China)

    2009-10-15

    The microstructure and superconducting properties of Bi-based superconducting tapes fabricated in high magnetic fields were investigated. The flat tapes 0.6 mm in thickness and 3 mm in width set on the an isolite holder were sintered at 835-850 deg. C for 120 h in 0 or 10 T magnetic field in air. The results show that the tape sintered with 10 T magnetic field shows stronger c-axis alignment of the Bi-2223 phase and higher J{sub c} value than that sintered without magnetic field. The tape sintered at 835 deg. C in a 10 T magnetic field shows a high proportion of Bi-2223 phase, however, a low c-axis alignment of the Bi-2223 phase. The tape sintered above 845 deg. C in a 10 T magnetic field shows a strong c-axis alignment of the Bi-2223 phase, however, a low proportion of Bi-2223 phase. The tape sintered at 840 deg. C in a 10 T magnetic field shows a strong c-axis alignment of the Bi-2223 phase, a high proportion of Bi-2223 phase, and the highest J{sub c} value.

  2. Mg Doping Effect on the Microstructural and Optical Properties of ZnO Nanocrystalline Films

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    San-Lin Young

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Transparent Zn1-xMgxO (x=0.01, 0.03, and 0.05 nanocrystalline films were prepared by sol-gel method followed by thermal annealing treatment of 700°C. Mg doping effect on the microstructural and optical properties of the Zn1-xMgxO films is investigated. From SEM images of all films, mean sizes of uniform spherical grains increase progressively. Pure wurtzite structure is obtained from the results of XRD. Grain sizes increase from 34.7 nm for x=0.01 and 37.9 nm for x=0.03 to 42.1 nm for x=0.05 deduced from the XRD patterns. The photoluminescence spectra of the films show a strong ultraviolet emission and a weak visible light emission peak. The enhancement of ultraviolet emission and reduction of visible emission are observed due to the increase of Mg doping concentration and the corresponding decrease of oxygen vacancy defects. Besides, the characteristics of the dark/photo currents with n-Zn1-xMgxO/n-Si heterojunction are studied for photodetector application.

  3. Sintering behavior, microstructure and mechanical properties of vacuum sintered SiC/spinel nanocomposite

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    Li, Guoqiang, E-mail: lguoqi1@lsu.edu [Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA 70803 (United States); Department of Mechanical Engineering, Southern University, Baton Rouge, LA 70813 (United States); Tavangarian, Fariborz [Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA 70803 (United States)

    2014-12-05

    Highlights: • Bulk SiC/spinel nanocomposite was synthesized from talc, aluminum and graphite powders. • Sintering behavior and mechanical properties of SiC/spinel nanocomposite was studied. • The obtained bulk SiC/spinel nanocomposite had a mean crystallite size of about 34 nm. - Abstract: A mixture of SiC and spinel (MgAl{sub 2}O{sub 4}) nanopowder was prepared through the ball milling of talc, aluminum and graphite powder. The powder was uniaxially pressed into the form of pellets and the prepared specimens were annealed at various temperatures for different holding times. The prepared samples were investigated through X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), nanoindentation test, cold crushing strength (CCS) test and Archimedes principle test. The obtained results showed that the hardness, CCS and bulk density did not follow the same trend at different temperatures due to the interaction among various parameters. The detailed investigation of microstructure, phase changes and experimental conditions revealed the mechanisms behind these behaviors. The best sample obtained after annealing at 1200 °C for 1 h in vacuum had the mean hardness of 1.6 GPa and the mean CCS of 118 MPa.

  4. Laser sintering of nano 13-93 glass scaffolds: Microstructure, mechanical properties and bioactivity

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    Cao Y.

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available As the only bioactive material that can bond with both hard tissues and soft tissues, bioactive glass has become much important in the field of tissue engineering. 13-93 bioactive glass scaffolds were fabricated via selective laser sintering (SLS. It was focused on the effects of laser sintering on microstructure and mechanical properties of the scaffolds. The experimental results showed that the sintered layer gradually became dense with the laser power increasing and then some defects occurred, such as macroscopic caves. The optimum compressive strength and fracture toughness were 21.43±0.87 MPa and 1.14±0.09 MPa.m1/2, respectively. In vitro bioactivity showed that there was the bone-like apatite layer on the surface of the scaffolds after soaking in simulated body fluid (SBF, which was further evaluated by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR. Moreover, cell culture study showed MG-63 cells adhered and spread well on the scaffolds, and proliferated with increasing time in cell culture. These indicated excellent bioactivity and biocompatibility of nano 13-93 glass scaffolds.

  5. Composition, microstructure, hardness, and wear properties of high-speed steel rolls

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    Park, J.W.; Lee, H.C. [Kangwon Industries, Ltd., Pohang (Korea, Republic of). Roll Mfg. Div.; Lee, S. [Pohang Univ. of Science and Technology (Korea, Republic of). Center for Advanced Aerospace Materials

    1999-02-01

    The effects of alloying elements on the microstructural factors, hardness, and wear properties of four high-speed steel (HSS) rolls fabricated by centrifugal casting were investigated. A hot-rolling simulation test was carried out using a high-temperature wear tester capable of controlling speed, load, and temperature. The test results revealed that the HSS roll containing a larger amount of vanadium showed the best wear resistance because it contained a number of hard MC-type carbides. However, it showed a very rough roll surface because of cracking along cell boundaries, the preferential removal of the matrix, and the sticking of the rolled material onto the roll surface during the wear process, thereby leading to an increase in the friction coefficient and rolling force. In order to improve wear resistance with consideration to surface roughness, it is suggested that a reduction in the vanadium content, an increase in solid-solution hardening by adding alloying elements, an increase in secondary hardening by precipitation of fine carbides in the matrix, and formation of refined prior austenite grains by preaustenitization treatment be employed to strengthen the matrix, which can hold hard carbides in it.

  6. Effects of filter materials on microstructure and mechanical properties of AZ91

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    Wu Guohua

    2010-11-01

    Full Text Available The present investigation studied the effects of different kinds of ceramic foam filters (CFF incorporating gas bubbling on the microstructure and mechanical properties of virgin AZ91 alloys, and the reactions between filters and Mg melt during filtration. The results show that the purification process of CFF incorporating gas bubbling process can obviously improve the Rm and A of AZ91 alloy, especially the A. Amongst the selected four kinds of CFF, the MgO filter is the most suitable for filtrating Mg melt, and the filtration effective sequence of four kinds of filtrating materials is as follows: MgO>Al2O3>ZrO2>SiC. With MgO filter incorporating gas bubbling treatment under Ar flow rate of 2 L/min and temperature of 730 °C, the ultimate tensile strength Rm and elongation A can be improved greatly from 175.3 MPa and 2.74% to 195.4 MPa and 4.54%, respectively. No inclusions are found on the fracture surface of the sample filtrated by MgO ceramic foam filter, and the fracture mode is quasi-cleavage crack.

  7. Microstructure and Mechanical Property of 12Cr Oxide Dispersion Strengthened Steel

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    Xu, Haijian; Lu, Zheng; Jia, Chunyan; Gao, Hao; Liu, Chunming

    2016-03-01

    Nanostructured oxide dispersion strengthened (ODS) steels with nominal compositions (wt%): Fe-12Cr-2W-0.3Ti-0.3Y2O3 were produced by mechanical alloying and hot isostatic pressing. The microstructure was characterized by means of electron microscopy (EBSD, TEM and HRTEM) and the hardness and the tensile properties at different temperatures were measured. The results showed that the ultimate tensile strength of the fabricated 12Cr-ODS steel reached nearly 1,100 MPa at room temperature and maintained around 340 MPa at 700°C. Nano-oxide particles with size ranging from several nm to 30 nm and the number density was 3.6 × 1020/m3 were observed by TEM. Following heat treatment, including normalizing at 1,100°C for 1 h and tempering at 750°C for 2 h, the average grain size was a little decreased. The number of nano-oxide particles increased and the number density was 8.9 × 1020/m3. Specimens showed much higher ductility and there was a slight increase of ultimate tensile strength and Vickers hardness at the same time.

  8. Effect of austenitizing temperature on the microstructure and mechanical properties of Nb–Ti microalloyed steel

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    Fu Guiqin

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available The effect of austenitizing temperature on the microstructure and mechanical properties of Nb–Ti microalloyed steel was investigated. Steels were subjected to different austenitizing treatments (temperatures ranging from 850 °C to 1250 °C for 5-120 min and rolled after being austenitized at different temperatures (i.e. 1020 °C, 1070 °C and 1150 °C. The results showed that austenite grain coarsening temperature was around 1000 °C. The mean grain size of the rolled steels initially increased and then decreased, but the ferrite content decreased with increasing austenitizing temperature. The precipitates in the prior austenite and rolled steel were both complex Nb–Ti carbonitrides. As the austenitizing temperature increased from 1020 °C to 1150 °C, most precipitates were dissolved and re-precipitated as dispersive particles with mean size decreasing from 30 nm to 10 nm. Meanwhile, the 80 nm to 100 nm rectangular Ti-rich carbonitrides were not dissolved and varied during the subsequent cooling process.The Yield strength and ultimate tensile strength increased but the elongation and reduction in area (in percent decreased with the elevated austenitizing temperature.

  9. Microstructure and properties of TP2 copper tube with La microalloying by horizontal continuous casting

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    Jin-hu Wu

    2018-01-01

    Full Text Available The TP2 copper tube was prepared with La microalloying by horizontal continuous casting (HCC. The absorptivity of La and its effects on microstructure, tensile and corrosion properties of HCC TP2 copper tube were studied by means of the inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectrometer (ICP-OES, optical microscope (OM, scanning electron microscope (SEM and potentiodynamic polarization measurements. The results show that the absorptivity of La in the HCC TP2 copper tube is about 15% under antivacuum conditions due to the good chemical activities of La. The impurity elements in copper tube such as O, S, Pb and Si can be significantly reduced, and the average columnar dendrite spacing of the copper tube can also be reduced from 2.21 mm to 0.93 mm by adding La. The ultimate tensile strength and the elongation with and without La addition are almost unchanged. However, the annual corrosion rate of the HCC TP2 copper tube is reduced from 10.18 mm•a-1 to 9.37 mm•a-1 by the purification effect of trace La.

  10. Effect of Vanadium and Molybdenum on the Crystallization, Microstructure and Properties of Hypoeutectic Silumin

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    Szymczak T.

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available The paper presents the results of hypoeutectic silumin 226 grade and silumin produced on its basis through the addition of V and Mo. Vanadium and molybdenum were added as the preliminary alloy AlV10 and AlMo8 in an amount providing the concentration of 0.1; 0.2; 0.3 and 0.4% V and Mo. TDA curves of tested silumins were presented; regardless of the chemical composition there were similar thermal effects. Pressure castings microstructure research revealed the presence in silumins with the addition of V and Mo phases do not occur in silumin without these additives. These phases have a morphology similar to the walled, and their size increases with increasing concentration of V and Mo. The size of the precipitates of these phases silumin containing 0.1% V and Mo does not exceed 10 microns, while 0.4% of the content of these elements increases to about 80 microns. Tests of basic mechanical properties of silumins were carried out. It has been shown that the highest values of tensile strength Rm = 295 MPa and elongation A = 4.2% have silumin containing approximately 0.1% V and Mo. Increasing concentrations of these elements causes a gradual lowering of the Rm and A values.

  11. Magnetic properties and microstructural homogeneity in NdFeAl bulk metallic glasses

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    Ortega-Zempoalteca, R.; Valenzuela, R.; Betancourt, I. [Depto de Materiales Metalicos y Ceramicos, Instituto de Investigaciones en Materiales, UNAM, Avenida Universidad (Mexico)

    2011-11-15

    Bulk metallic glasses of nominal composition Nd{sub 60}Fe{sub 30}Al{sub 10} were prepared by copper mold casting in the form of rods of 3 mm in diameter and 50 mm in length. Preparation conditions were varied to assess the effects of the injection distance and the injection pressure of the melt. In order to determine their microstructure, disk-shaped samples were obtained from different cut zones along the axis rod. A non-homogeneous phase distribution was observed, which resulted from the heat transfer regime during the cooling of the melt in the copper mold. As expected, the nature, distribution and volumetric fraction of the various phases produced play an important role on the resulting magnetic properties. Among the main observed phases are Fe-rich rod-like crystals, Nd-rich dendritic crystals and a ''like-amorphous'' matrix. The hard magnetic properties of these materials can be associated with this matrix. In these cooling regimes, the coercive field increases as the cooling rate of the amorphous matrix increases. Hysteresis loops showed a high degree of coupling between phases with different magnetic order. Both the coercive field and the magnetization showed a significant variation along the rod axis; a maximum appeared as a function of the axis length. In order to gather more information about the coupling between the observed phases, {delta}M (or Henkel) plots were obtained, showing an exchange character for interactions (copyright 2011 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  12. Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of Heat-treated T92 Martensitic Heat Resistant Steel

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    Rajesh Kannan, P.; Muthupandi, V.; Arivazhagan, B.; Devakumaran, K.

    2017-09-01

    T92 samples were solutionized at 1,050 °C, 1,100 °C and 1,150 °C for 20 min and then tempered at 730 °C, 745 °C and 760 °C for 60 min. Optical microscopy studies were carried out to understand the microstructural evolution due to heat treatment. These heat-treated samples comprised of lath martensite microstructure in all the cases. Prior austenite grain size of the heat-treated samples increased with solutionizing temperature. Tensile properties were evaluated using micro-tensile samples. Hardness values of the heat-treated samples were estimated using Vickers hardness tester. Interestingly, for all the given tempering condition, the hardness values showed an increasing trend with solutionizing temperature while their tensile strength values tend to decrease. Fractograph analysis depicted that increasing the solutionizing temperature led to grain boundary decohesion.

  13. Microstructural and thermal properties of piston aluminum alloy reinforced by nano-particles

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    Azadi, Mohammad; Safarloo, Sama; Loghman, Fatemeh; Rasouli, Roham

    2018-01-01

    Aluminum alloys have been widely utilized in engine pistons of automotive industries. Under such loading conditions, thermal stresses were applied to the piston material, due to the combustion process. Knowing the thermal behavior and microstructural properties of the material has an important rule for designers. Besides, the used material should withstand these thermal expansions and one way to increase this thermal strength is to add nano-particles for reinforcing the material. In the present article, the thermal behavior of piston aluminum alloys has been analyzed. This objective has been performed by thermal dilatometric measuring to find the thermal expansion coefficient. Then, the effect of adding nano-particles for reinforcing the aluminum alloy has been also investigated. In addition, the distribution of nano-particles in the aluminum matrix was also studied by the field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM). Besides, the microstructure of the piston aluminum alloy, with and without SiO2 nano-particles, was investigated.

  14. An investigation of microstructure and mechanical properties during ECAE of commercially pure aluminum

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    Tolaminejad, B., E-mail: tolaminejad@kashanu.ac.ir; Hoseini-Athar, M.M.

    2016-07-18

    In the present paper commercially pure Al billets were processed by equal channel angular extrusion (ECAE) up to 8 passes via route B{sub C} at room temperature. Electron back scattered diffraction (EBSD) were used to evaluate the microstructure of the aluminum. Moreover, the mechanical properties of the processed billets were investigated by tensile and hardness tests. The microstructural and microhardness analyses at various locations of the billet thickness, from the top to bottom surfaces, revealed a significant improvement in homogeneity by increasing the number of passes. It was also found that the yield strength and average microhardness of aluminum is increased significantly up to four passes and then it is decreased when more passes are applied.

  15. Microstructural and electrical properties of cordierite-based ceramics obtained after two-step sintering technique

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    Obradović Nina

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Cordierite-based ceramic materials are attracting much interest for their various applications in industry, for manufacturing multilayer circuit boards, catalytic converters, filters, thermal insulation, kiln furniture, components of portable electronic devices, etc. In order to reduce production costs and modify cordierite-based materials, mechanical activation can be used. In this study, microstructural and electrical properties of mechanically activated MgO-Al2O3-SiO2 system have been analyzed. The mixtures of MgO-Al2O3-SiO2 powders were mechanically activated in a planetary ball mill for the time periods from 0 to 160 min. Morphological investigations have been performed on the obtained powders. The effects of activation and two-step sintering process on microstructure were investigated by scanning electron microscopy (SEM. Electrical measurements showed variations of the dielectric constant (εr and loss tangent (tan δ as a function of time of mechanical treatment.

  16. Development of Ferrite-Coated Soft Magnetic Composites: Correlation of Microstructure to Magnetic Properties

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    Sunday, Katie Jo

    Soft magnetic composites (SMCs) comprised of ferrite-coated ferrous powder permit isotropic magnetic flux capabilities, lower core losses, and complex designs through the use of traditional powder metallurgy techniques. Current coating materials and methods are vastly limited by the nonmagnetic properties of organic and some inorganic coatings and their inability to withstand high heat treatments for proper stress relief of core powder after compaction. Ferrite-based coatings are ferrimagnetic, highly resistive, and boast high melting temperatures, thus providing adequate electrical barriers between metallic particles. These insulating layers are necessary for reducing eddy current losses by increasing resistivity in order to improve the overall magnetic efficiency and subsequent frequency range. The goals of this work are to correlate ferrite-coated Fe powder composites microstructure for the coating and core powder to magnetic properties such as permeability, coercivity, and core loss. We first explore the relevant concepts of SMC materials from their composition to processing steps to pertinent properties. This thesis employs a suite of characterization techniques for powder and composite properties. We use X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, and transmission electron microscopy to provide a complete understanding of the effect of processing conditions on ferrite-coated Fe-based SMCs. Magnetic, mechanical, and electrical properties are then analyzed to correlate microstructural features and determine their effect on such properties. In the second part of this thesis, we present a proof of concept study on Al2O3- and Al2O3- Fe3O4-coated Fe powder composites, illustrating magnetization is highly dependent on ferromagnetic volume. We then expand on previous work to compare an ideal, crystalline state using Fe3O 4-Fe thin film heterostructures to a highly strained state using bulk powder studies. Fe3O4-coated Fe composites are produced via mechanical

  17. Microstructure and Properties of Laser Additive Manufacturing TC Bearing

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    YANG Jiao-xi

    2016-07-01

    Full Text Available In order to solve the problem of uneven wear of TC bearing that conventional method brought and improve its service life,wear-resistant coating was fabricated on the surface of steel parts matrix with the method of laser additive manufacture. The Cr3C2/Fe based alloy was deposited by laser cladding technique on the inner-sleeve cylindrical and outer-sleeve bore of TC bearing with two different process parameters. The high-performance coating was obtained respectively, of cracks free,no pores and with good metallurgical quality. The morphology of the laser cladding coating was observed by scanning electronic microscope (SEM,the composition was analyzed by EDS,the phase transformation was characterized by XRD. The wear resistance,corrosion resistance and hardness of the laser cladding layer were tested by friction and wear tester,salt spray test chamber and digital micro-hardness tester respectively. The results show that the average micro-hardness of composite coating is HV700. The wear resistance of the composite coating is about 3 times as much as the Ni-based alloy. The corrosion resistance is close to 316L stainless steel.

  18. Microstructure and surface properties of lignocellulosic-based activated carbons

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    González-García, P.; Centeno, T. A.; Urones-Garrote, E.; Ávila-Brande, D.; Otero-Díaz, L. C.

    2013-01-01

    Low cost activated carbons have been produced via chemical activation, by using KOH at 700 °C, from the bamboo species Guadua Angustifolia and Bambusa Vulgaris Striata and the residues from shells of the fruits of Castanea Sativa and Juglans Regia as carbon precursors. The scanning electron microscopy micrographs show the conservation of the precursor shape in the case of the Guadua Angustifolia and Bambusa Vulgaris Striata activated carbons. Transmission electron microscopy analyses reveal that these materials consist of carbon platelet-like particles with variable length and thickness, formed by highly disordered graphene-like layers with sp2 content ≈ 95% and average mass density of 1.65 g/cm3 (25% below standard graphite). Textural parameters indicate a high porosity development with surface areas ranging from 850 to 1100 m2/g and average pore width centered in the supermicropores range (1.3-1.8 nm). The electrochemical performance of the activated carbons shows specific capacitance values at low current density (1 mA/cm2) as high as 161 F/g in the Juglans Regia activated carbon, as a result of its textural parameters and the presence of pseudocapacitance derived from surface oxygenated acidic groups (mainly quinones and ethers) identified in this activated carbon.

  19. Effects of the Nanostructured Fe-V-Nb Modificators on the Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of Si-Mn Steel

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    Tiebao Wang

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available The nanostructured Fe-V-Nb master alloy was prepared in vacuum rapid quenching furnace and then was added in the steel melts as modificators before casting. Next, the effects of the nanostructured Fe-V-Nb modificators on the microstructure and mechanical properties of the steel were studied. The results show that the grain size of the steel has been effectively refined, which is mainly because the dispersed nanoscale particles can produce more nucleation sites during the solidification of the liquid steel. Tensile properties and fracture morphology reveal that the yield strength and toughness of the steel modified by nanostructured Fe-V-Nb modificators are better than that of the microalloyed steel. TEM analysis shows that vanadium and niobium in the modificators exist in the form of (V, Nb C which effectively increases the nucleation rate and leads to better mechanical properties of the steel.

  20. The Influence of the Dispersion Method on the Microstructure and Properties of MWCNTs/AA6061 Composites

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    Dobrzański L. A.

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this work was to study the effect of different methods of multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs dispersion, and their influence on the microstructure and properties of aluminium alloy matrix composites produced using the powder metallurgy techniques, such as powder milling/mixing and hot extrusion. The main problem in the manufacturing of nanocomposites is the homogeneous distribution of MWCNTs in the metal matrix. To achieve their proper distribution a high-energy and low-energy mechanical milling, using a planetary ball mill, and mixing, using a turbulent mixer, were applied. Studies have shown that composite materials prepared using milling and extrusion have a much better dispersion of the reinforcing phase, which leads to better mechanical properties of the obtained rods. The low-energy mechanical mixing and mixing using the turbulent mixer neither change the powder morphology nor lead to adequate dispersion of the carbon nanotubes, which directly affects the resulting properties.

  1. Microstructures and mechanical properties of bonding layers between low carbon steel and alloy 625 processed by gas tungsten arc welding

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    Lou, Shuai; Lee, Seul Bi; Nam, Dae-Geun; Choi, Yoon Suk

    2017-11-01

    A filler metal wire, Alloy 625, was cladded on a plate of a low carbon streel, SS400, by gas tungsten arc welding, and the morphology of the weld bead and resulting dilution ratio were investigated under different welding parameter values (the input current, weld speed and wire feed speed). The wire feed speed was found to be most influential in controlling the dilution ratio of the weld bead, and seemed to limit the influence of other welding parameters. Two extreme welding conditions (with the minimum and maximum dilution ratios) were identified, and the corresponding microstructures, hardness and tensile properties near the bond line were compared between the two cases. The weld bead with the minimum dilution ratio showed superior hardness and tensile properties, while the formation lath martensite (due to relatively fast cooling) affected mechanical properties in the heat affected zone of the base metal with the maximum dilution ratio.

  2. Mechanical properties of materials with nanometer scale dimensions and microstructures

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    Nix, William D. [Stanford Univ., CA (United States)

    2015-08-05

    The three-year grant for which this final report is required extends from 2011 to 2015, including a one-year, no-cost extension. But this is just the latest in a long series of grants from the Division of Materials Sciences of DOE and its predecessor offices and agencies. These include contracts or grants from: the Metallurgy Branch of the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission (from the late 1960s to the mid-1970s), the Materials Science Program of the U.S. Energy Research and Development Administration (from the mid- to late- 1970s), and the Division of Materials Science of the Office of Basic Energy Sciences of the U.S. Department of Energy (from the early 1980s to the present time). Taken all together, these offices have provided nearly continuous support for our research for nearly 50 years. As we have said on many occasions, this research support has been the best we have ever had, by far. As we look back on the nearly five decades of support from the Division of Materials Sciences and the predecessor offices, we find that the continuity of support that we have enjoyed has allowed us to be most productive and terms of papers published, doctoral students graduated and influence on the field of materials science. This report will, of course, cover the three-year period of the present grant, in summary form, but will also make reference to the output that resulted from support of previous grants from the Division of Materials Sciences and its predecessor offices.

  3. Microstructure and surface properties of lignocellulosic-based activated carbons

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    Gonzalez-Garcia, P., E-mail: pegonzal@quim.ucm.es [Departamento de Quimica Inorganica, Facultad de Ciencias Quimicas, Universidad Complutense, E-28040, Madrid (Spain); Centeno, T.A. [Instituto Nacional del Carbon-CSIC, Apartado 73, E-33080 Oviedo (Spain); Urones-Garrote, E. [Centro Nacional de Microscopia Electronica, Universidad Complutense, E-28040, Madrid (Spain); Avila-Brande, D.; Otero-Diaz, L.C. [Departamento de Quimica Inorganica, Facultad de Ciencias Quimicas, Universidad Complutense, E-28040, Madrid (Spain)

    2013-01-15

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Activated carbons were produced by KOH activation at 700 Degree-Sign C. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The observed nanostructure consists of highly disordered graphene-like layers with sp{sup 2} bond content Almost-Equal-To 95%. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Textural parameters show high surface area ( Almost-Equal-To 1000 m{sup 2}/g) and pore width of 1.3-1.8 nm. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Specific capacitance reaches values as high as 161 F/g. - Abstract: Low cost activated carbons have been produced via chemical activation, by using KOH at 700 Degree-Sign C, from the bamboo species Guadua Angustifolia and Bambusa Vulgaris Striata and the residues from shells of the fruits of Castanea Sativa and Juglans Regia as carbon precursors. The scanning electron microscopy micrographs show the conservation of the precursor shape in the case of the Guadua Angustifolia and Bambusa Vulgaris Striata activated carbons. Transmission electron microscopy analyses reveal that these materials consist of carbon platelet-like particles with variable length and thickness, formed by highly disordered graphene-like layers with sp{sup 2} content Almost-Equal-To 95% and average mass density of 1.65 g/cm{sup 3} (25% below standard graphite). Textural parameters indicate a high porosity development with surface areas ranging from 850 to 1100 m{sup 2}/g and average pore width centered in the supermicropores range (1.3-1.8 nm). The electrochemical performance of the activated carbons shows specific capacitance values at low current density (1 mA/cm{sup 2}) as high as 161 F/g in the Juglans Regia activated carbon, as a result of its textural parameters and the presence of pseudocapacitance derived from surface oxygenated acidic groups (mainly quinones and ethers) identified in this activated carbon.

  4. Electrical properties and microstructural characterization of Ni/Ta contacts to n-type 6H-SiC

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    Zhou, Tian-Yu; Liu, Xue-Chao; Huang, Wei; Zhuo, Shi-Yi; Zheng, Yan-Qing; Shi, Er-Wei

    2015-12-01

    A Ni/Ta bilayer is deposited on n-type 6H-SiC and then annealed at different temperatures to form an ohmic contact. The electrical properties are characterized by I-V curve measurement and the specific contact resistance is extracted by the transmission line method. The phase formation and microstructure of the Ni/Ta bilayer are studied after thermal annealing. The crystalline and microstructure properties are analyzed by using glance incident x-ray diffraction (GIXRD), Raman spectroscopy, and transmission electron microscopy. It is found that the transformation from the Schottky to the Ohmic occurs at 1050 °C and the GIXRD results show a distinct phase change from Ta2C to TaC at this temperature. A specific contact resistance of 6.5× 10-5 Ω·cm2 is obtained for sample Ni(80 nm)/Ta(20 nm)/6H-SiC after being annealed at 1050 °C. The formation of the TaC phase is regarded as the main reason for the excellent Ohmic properties of the Ni/Ta contacts to 6H-SiC. Raman and TEM data reveal that the graphite carbon is drastically consumed by the Ta element, which can improve the contact thermal stability. A schematic diagram is proposed to illustrate the microstructural changes of Ni/Ta/6H-SiC when annealed at different temperatures. Project supported by the Innovation Program of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (Grant No. KJCX2-EW-W10), the Shanghai Rising-star Program, China (Grant No. 13QA1403800), the Industry-Academic Joint Technological Innovations Fund Project of Jiangsu Province, China (Grant No. BY2011119), and the National High-tech Research and Development Program of China (Grant Nos. 2013AA031603 and 2014AA032602).

  5. Effects of La2O3 Content and Rolling on Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of ODS Molybdenum Alloys

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    Ma, Jingling; Li, Wuhui; Wang, Guangxin; Li, Yaqiong; Guo, Hongbo; Zhao, Zeliang; Li, Wei

    2017-10-01

    In order to study the effects of La2O3 content and rolling on microstructure and mechanical properties of Mo-La2O3 alloys, Mo-0.5% (1%) La2O3 alloys were prepared by liquid-solid doping technique, subsequently rolled either by a single-direction rolling or a cross-rolling. As a result, three different materials were prepared for this study. After being annealed at 1800 °C, the single-directionally rolled Mo-1% La2O3 alloy shows the best mechanical properties in terms of strength, hardness, and sagging deformation among the three materials. This is attributed to the observation that the alloy is only recovered with a microstructure of subgrains and dislocations. The single-directionally rolled Mo-0.5% La2O3 exhibits the worst mechanical property among the three materials. In this material, coarse grains, but no subgrains and dislocations, can be observed after annealing, indicating that it is fully recrystallized. For the cross-rolled Mo-1% La2O3 alloy, grains of dispersed sizes, but no dislocations, are visible after annealing, implying that this alloy is partially recrystallized. Accordingly, the mechanical property of this material is in between the other two materials. Thus, the mechanical properties of the three materials can be well understood based on OM, SEM, and TEM results. Overall, the single-directionally rolled Mo-1% La2O3 alloy possesses good mechanical properties and is more suitable for high-temperature applications.

  6. Analysis of microstructure and mechanical properties of different hot stamped B-bearing steels

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    Naderi, M.; Ketabchi, M.; Abbasi, M. [Department of Mining and Metallurgy, Amirkabir University of Technology, Tehran (Iran); Bleck, W. [Department of Ferrous Metallurgy, RWTH Aachen University, Aachen (Germany)

    2010-03-15

    Hot stamping is a technique to produce ultra high strength automobile components. The common material used in hot stamping process is coated and/or uncoated 22MnB5 boron alloyed steel. Ferritic-pearlitic microstructure in as-delivered sheets is transformed to fully lath martensitic after hot stamping. In the present research, hot stamping under water or nitrogen cooling media was investigated using different boron alloyed steel grades. Microstructural analyses, linear and surface hardness profiling as well as tensile tests of hot stamped samples were performed. Various microstructures of fully bainitic and/or fully martensitic were produced. The resulting microstructures provided yield strengths of 650-1370 MPa and tensile strengths of 850-2000 MPa. There is an optimum carbon equivalent content for which the highest formability index value, UTS x A{sub 25}, is achieved. Using a nitrogen cooled punch resulted in higher yield strength without significant changes in ultimate tensile strength. It is concluded that a wide range of B-bearing steels having an extended carbon equivalent range with an acceptable formability index value can be used by increasing the cooling rate in the die assembly. (Abstract Copyright [2010], Wiley Periodicals, Inc.)

  7. The effects of water and microstructure on the mechanical properties of bighorn sheep (Ovis canadensis) horn keratin.

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    Trim, Michael W; Horstemeyer, M F; Rhee, Hongjoo; El Kadiri, Haitham; Williams, Lakiesha N; Liao, Jun; Walters, Keisha B; McKittrick, Joanna; Park, Seong-Jin

    2011-03-01

    The function of the bighorn sheep horn prompted quantification of the various parametric effects important to the microstructure and mechanical property relationships of this horn. These parameters included analysis of the stress-state dependence with the horn keratin tested under tension and compression, the anisotropy of the material structure and mechanical behavior, the spatial location along the horn, and the wet-dry horn behavior. The mechanical properties of interest were the elastic moduli, yield strength, ultimate strength, failure strain and hardness. The results showed that water has a more significant effect on the mechanical behavior of ram horn more than the anisotropy, location along the horn and the type of loading state. All of these parametric effects showed that the horn microstructure and mechanical properties were similar to those of long-fiber composites. In the ambient dry condition (10 wt.% water), the longitudinal elastic modulus, yield strength and failure strain were measured to be 4.0 G Pa, 62 MPa and 4%, respectively, and the transverse elastic modulus, yield strength and failure strain were 2.9 GPa, 37 MPa and 2%, respectively. In the wet condition (35 wt.% water), horn behaves more like an isotropic material; the elastic modulus, yield strength and failure strain were determined to be 0.6G Pa, 10 MPa and 60%, respectively. Copyright © 2010 Acta Materialia Inc. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  8. Influence of Zn Interlayer on Interfacial Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of TIG Lap-Welded Mg/Al Joints

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    Gao, Qiong; Wang, Kehong

    2016-03-01

    This study explored 6061 Al alloy and AZ31B Mg alloy joined by TIG lap welding with Zn foils of varying thicknesses, with the additional Zn element being imported into the fusion zone to alloy the weld seam. The microstructures and chemical composition in the fusion zone near the Mg substrate were examined by SEM and EDS, and tensile shear strength tests were conducted to investigate the mechanical properties of the Al/Mg joints, as well as the fracture surfaces, and phase compositions. The results revealed that the introduction of an appropriate amount of Zn transition layer improves the microstructure of Mg/Al joints and effectively reduces the formation of Mg-Al intermetallic compounds (IMCs). The most common IMCs in the fusion zone near the Mg substrate were Mg-Zn and Mg-Al-Zn IMCs. The type and distribution of IMCs generated in the weld zone differed according to Zn additions; Zn interlayer thickness of 0.4 mm improved the sample's mechanical properties considerably compared to thicknesses of less than 0.4 mm; however, any further increase in Zn interlayer thickness of above 0.4 mm caused mechanical properties to deteriorate.

  9. Dissimilar Friction Stir Welds in Al5186-Al2024: The Effect of Process Parameters on Microstructures and Mechanical Properties

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    Mousavi, S. A. A. Akbari; ShamAbadi, S. H.

    2011-01-01

    The effect of tool traverse and rotation speeds on the microstructures and mechanical properties are quantified for welds between non-age-hardening Al5083 and age hardening Al2024 and compared to single alloy joints made from each of the two constituents. In this paper, we report the results of microstructural, mechanical property investigations of Al5186-Al2024 friction stir welds produced using various rotations and traveling speeds of the tool to investigate the effects of the welding parameters on the joint strength. Metallographic studies by optical microscopy, electron probe microscopy, and the utilization of the X-ray diffraction technique have been conducted. It was found that the weld properties were dominated by the thermal input rather than the mechanical deformation by the tool. In particular the larger stresses under the weld tool on the AA5186 side compared to the AA2024 side are related to a transient reduction in yield stress due to dissolution of the hardening precipitates during welding prior to natural aging after welding.

  10. Microstructural and optoelectrical properties of transparent conducting ZnO:Al thin films for organic solar cells

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    You, Zhong Zhi [Plasma Research Institute, College of Electronic Information Engineering, South-Central University for Nationalities, Wuhan 430074 (China); Hua, Gu Jin [Center of Computing and Experimenting, South-Central University for Nationalities, Wuhan 430074 (China); Yong, Yang Chun; Jin, Hou [College of Electronic Information Engineering, South-Central University for Nationalities, Wuhan 430074 (China)

    2012-10-15

    The Al-doped zinc oxide (ZnO:Al) thin films were grown on glass substrates by the magnetron sputtering technique. The films were characterized with X-ray diffractometer, four-point probe and optical transmission spectroscopy, respectively. The dependence of microstructural, electrical and optical properties on deposition temperature was investigated. The results show that all the films have hexagonal wurtzite structure with highly c-axis orientation. And the microstructural and optoelectrical properties of the films are observed to be subjected to the deposition temperature. The ZnO:Al film prepared at the deposition temperature of 650 K possesses the best optoelectrical properties, with the lowest electrical resistivity (6.1 x 10{sup -4}{Omega}.cm), the highest average visible transmittance (85.3%) and the maximum figure of merit (0.41 {Omega}{sup -1}). The optical energy gap of the films was estimated from Tauc's law and observed to be an increasing tendency with the increment of the deposition temperature. Furthermore, the refractive index of the films was determined by the optical characterization methods and the dispersion behavior was studied by the single electronic oscillator model. (Copyright copyright 2012 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  11. How Are Property Investment Returns Determined? — Estimating the Micro-Structure of Asset Prices, Property Income, and Discount Rates —

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    清水, 千弘; Chihiro, Shimizu

    2014-01-01

    How exactly should one estimate property investment returns? Investors in property aim to maximize capital gains from price increases and income generated by the property. How are the returns on investment in property determined based on its characteristics, and what kind of market characteristics does it have? Focusing on the Tokyo commer-cial property market and residential property market, the purpose of this paper was to break down and measure the micro-structure of property investment re...

  12. Effect of Welding Thermal Cycles on Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of Simulated Heat Affected Zone for a Weldox 1300 Ultra-High Strength Alloy Steel

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    Węglowski M. St.

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available In the present study, the investigation of weldability of ultra-high strength steel has been presented. The thermal simulated samples were used to investigate the effect of welding cooling time t8/5 on microstructure and mechanical properties of heat affected zone (HAZ for a Weldox 1300 ultra-high strength steel. In the frame of these investigation the microstructure was studied by light and transmission electron microscopies. Mechanical properties of parent material were analysed by tensile, impact and hardness tests. In details the influence of cooling time in the range of 2,5 ÷ 300 sec. on hardness, impact toughness and microstructure of simulated HAZ was studied by using welding thermal simulation test. The microstructure of ultra-high strength steel is mainly composed of tempered martensite. The results show that the impact toughness and hardness decrease with increase of t8/5 under condition of a single thermal cycle in simulated HAZ. The increase of cooling time to 300 s causes that the microstructure consists of ferrite and bainite mixture. Lower hardness, for t8/5 ≥ 60 s indicated that low risk of cold cracking in HAZ for longer cooling time, exists.

  13. Microstructure and property of a functionally graded aluminum silicon alloy fabricated by semi-solid backward extrusion process

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    Zhang, Kai [School of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Science and Technology Beijing, Beijing 100083 (China); Yu, Hao, E-mail: yhzhmr@126.com [School of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Science and Technology Beijing, Beijing 100083 (China); Liu, Jun-you [School of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Science and Technology Beijing, Beijing 100083 (China); Li, Yan-xia [Department of Materials, North China Institute of Aerospace Engineering, Langfang 065000 (China); Liu, Jian; Zhang, Jia-liang [School of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Science and Technology Beijing, Beijing 100083 (China)

    2015-01-29

    In this paper, the microstructure and mechanical property of a graded aluminum silicon alloy were investigated and a new preparation method for the graded material was proposed. The cup-shaped sample was fabricated by the backward extrusion process during the semi-solid state of A390 cast alloy. Characteristics and distribution of the primary particles were assessed by the optical microscopy (OM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive spectrum (EDS) and image analyzer software. The results showed that the content of primary Si gradually decreased from the bottom region to the upper region. The hardness and wear rate of the samples were measured to evaluate the variation in the mechanical properties corresponding to the variation in microstructure. The hardness values and wear resistance along the axis of the cup-shaped sample gradually increased from the upper region to the bottom region and from the inner region to the outer layer, respectively. The maximum average hardness value is 138.7 HB. The observations of fracture surface were analyzed by scanning electron microscopy to understand the fracture mechanism. The results also indicated that the ultimate tensile strength (UTS) of the graded material after T6 treatment are 275 MPa, increases 32.3% compared to the original backward extrusion alloy. Optical microscopy and electron probe micro-analyzer were used to study the distribution of elements and the microstructure of different intermetallic phases formed. Electron microprobe analysis (EMPA) results showed that the content of the prominent elements (Cu, Fe, Mg) in the upper region was higher than for the bottom part of the cup-shaped specimens.

  14. Mutual associations among microstructural, physical and mechanical properties of human cancellous bone

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    Ding, Ming; Odgaard, A; Danielsen, CC

    2002-01-01

    were tested to determine the mechanical properties and the physical/compositional properties were evaluated. The type of structure together with anisotropy correlated well with Young's modulus of human tibial cancellous bone. The plate-like structure reflected high mechanical stress and the rod......-like structure low mechanical stress. There was a strong correlation between the type of trabecular structure and the bone-volume fraction. The most effective microstructural properties for predicting the mechanical properties of cancellous bone seem to differ with age.......Previous studies have shown that low-density, rod-like trabecular structures develop in regions of low stress, whereas high-density, plate-like trabecular structures are found in regions of high stress. This phenomenon suggests that there may be a close relationship between the type of trabecular...

  15. Microstructure, corrosion and tribological and antibacterial properties of Ti-Cu coated stainless steel.

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    Jin, Xiaomin; Gao, Lizhen; Liu, Erqiang; Yu, Feifei; Shu, Xuefeng; Wang, Hefeng

    2015-10-01

    A Ti-Cu coated layer on 316L stainless steel (SS) was obtained by using the Closed Field Unbalanced Magnetron Sputtering (CFUBMS) system to improve antibacterial activity, corrosion and tribological properties. The microstructure and phase constituents of Ti-Cu coated layer were characterized by using X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and glow discharge optical emission spectrometry (GDOES). The corrosion and tribological properties of a stainless steel substrate, SS316L, when coated with Ti-Cu were investigated in a simulated body fluid (SBF) environment. The viability of bacteria attached to the antibacterial surface was tested using the spread plate method. The results indicate that the Ti-Cu coated SS316L could achieve a higher corrosion polarization resistance and a more stable corrosion potential in an SBF environment than the uncoated SS316L substrate. The desirable corrosion protection performance of Ti-Cu may be attributable to the formation of a Ti-O passive layer on the coating surface, protecting the coating from further corrosion. The Ti-Cu coated SS316L also exhibited excellent wear resistance and chemical stability during the sliding tests against Si3N4 balls in SBF environment. Moreover, the Ti-Cu coatings exhibited excellent antibacterial abilities, where an effective reduction of 99.9% of Escherichia coli (E.coli) within 12h was achieved by contact with the modified surface, which was attributed to the release of copper ions when the Ti-Cu coatings are in contact with bacterial solution. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  16. Enhancing Electrophoretic Display Lifetime: Thiol-Polybutadiene Evaporation Barrier Property Response to Network Microstructure

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    Cook, Caitlyn Christian [California State Polytechnic State Univ., San Luis Obispo, CA (United States)

    2017-02-27

    An evaporation barrier is required to enhance the lifetime of electrophoretic deposition (EPD) displays. As EPD functions on the basis of reversible deposition and resuspension of colloids suspended in a solvent, evaporation of the solvent ultimately leads to device failure. Incorporation of a thiol-polybutadiene elastomer into EPD displays enabled display lifetime surpassing six months in counting and catalyzed rigid display transition into a flexible package. Final flexible display transition to mass production compels an electronic-ink approach to encapsulate display suspension within an elastomer shell. Final thiol-polybutadiene photosensitive resin network microstructure was idealized to be dense, homogeneous, and expose an elastic response to deformation. Research at hand details an approach to understanding microstructural change within display elastomers. Polybutadiene-based resin properties are modified via polymer chain structure, with and without added aromatic urethane methacrylate difunctionality, and in measuring network response to variation in thiol and initiator concentration. Dynamic mechanical analysis results signify that cross-linked segments within a difunctionalized polybutadiene network were on average eight times more elastically active than that of linked segments within a non-functionalized polybutadiene network. Difunctionalized polybutadiene samples also showed a 2.5 times greater maximum elastic modulus than non-functionalized samples. Hybrid polymer composed of both polybutadiene chains encompassed TE-2000 stiffness and B-1000 elasticity for use in encapsulating display suspension. Later experiments measured kinetic and rheological response due to alteration in dithiol cross-linker chain length via real time Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and real-time dynamic rheology. Distinct differences were discovered between dithiol resin systems, as maximum thiol conversion achieved in short and long chain length dithiols was 86% and

  17. Influence of Cryogenic Temperatures on the Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of Magnesium Alloys: A Review

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    Hajo Dieringa

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available Magnesium alloys have been used in the automotive industry and 3C (computer, communication, and consumer electronics for many years. Their room temperature properties combined with their low density offer a wide range of applications, especially when processed by High Pressure Die Casting (HPDC. The use of magnesium alloys at higher temperatures is well-studied; special creep resistant alloys containing the rare earth elements silver or yttrium are needed. However, when it comes to very low temperatures, only a few studies have been performed to determine the property-microstructure relationship. The possible fields of application at low temperatures are aerospace and satellite parts and tanks for liquefied gases. This review shall not only examine mechanical properties at low temperatures, but also the permanent effects of cyclic or long-lasting cryogenic treatment on the microstructure and mechanical properties. It was found that cryogenic treatment is able to influence the precipitate concentration and grain orientation in some magnesium alloys. Reduction in the number of brittle phases is improving ductility in some cases. It is well-known that high speed tool steels, in particular, can be influenced by cryogenic treatment. Whether this is possible with magnesium alloys and what the mechanisms are shall be reviewed.

  18. Microstructure and mechanical properties of SiO2-BN ceramic and Invar alloy joints brazed with Ag–Cu–Ti+TiH2+BN composite filler

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    Y. Wang; Z.W. Yang; L.X. Zhang; D.P. Wang; J.C. Feng

    2016-01-01

    Ag–Cu–Ti + TiH2+BN composite filler was prepared to braze SiO2-BN ceramic and Invar alloy. The interfacial microstructure, mechanical properties, and residual stress distribution of the brazed joints were investigated. The results show that a wave-like Fe2Ti–Ni3Ti structure appears in the Invar substrate and a thin TiN–TiB2 reaction layer forms adjacent to the SiO2-BN ceramic. The added BN particles react with Ti to form TiN–TiB fine-particles, which is beneficial to refine the microstructure...

  19. Microstructures and Mechanical Properties of Cu and Cu-Zn Alloys

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    Ma, Xiaolong

    Strength and ductility are two crucial mechanical properties of structural materials, which, unfortunately, are often mutually exclusive based on the conventional design of microstructures and their deformation physics. This is also true in most nanostructured (NS) metals and alloys although they exhibit record-high strength. However, the disappointingly inadequate ductility becomes the major roadblock to their practical utilities due to the threat of catastrophic failure in load-bearing applications. Therefore, simultaneous improvement of strength and ductility or a well-defined trade-off between these two properties, i.e. increasing either of them without significant loss of the other, in NS materials has garnered extensive efforts from the research community. A few strategies have been explored to handle this long-standing challenge with promise. In this dissertation work, two of those strategies, deformation twins and laminate/gradient structures are specified with particular interests in NS Cu and Cu-Zn alloys. The author believes the observation and the revealed underlying mechanism are fundamental and therefore shed lights on their universal application to other metallic material systems. Deformation twins have been frequently observed in ultra-fined grained (UFG) and NS face-centered cubic (FCC) metals and alloys, which is closely related to the better strengthening and strain hardening in mechanical performance. Previous findings even show that there exist an optimum grain size range within nano scale, where the deformation twins are of most frequency, i.e. most stable in pure FCC metals. However, such grain-size dependent twinning phenomenon is still unclear in FCC alloys. We report, for the first time in systematic experiments, the observed optimum grain sizes for deformation twins in NS Cu-Zn alloys slightly increase with increasing Zn content. Our results indicate that alloying changes the relationship between the stacking-fault and twin-fault energy

  20. Effect of lead-free solder joint's size and configuration on mechanical properties, microstructure, and aging kinetics

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    Tashtoush, Tariq H.

    The properties of Lead-Free solder joints continue to change over a very long time while in service. The assessment of long-term service life of electronics packages invariably misses the effect of solder joint size and configuration, and may thus end up to be seriously misleading. One of the goals of the present research is to develop a fundamental understanding of the effects of solder joint size on the mechanical properties of microstructure and aging kinetics. This understanding will help in the assessment of the reliability of Lead-Free solder joints. For this purpose, two different room temperature properties, namely, shear strength and micro-hardness, are studied and the microstructure is also evaluated to find the correlation between them. These properties are measured before and after aging for different lengths of time at different temperatures. Five common Lead-Free alloys are selected for the present study, which are SAC105, SAC205, SAC305, SnCu and SnAg. The study also addresses effects of solder joint size by focusing on 20 mil (508μm) and 30 mil (760μm) diameter solder spheres reflowed onto solder mask defined OSP coated Cu pads with a typical manufacturing Lead-Free reflow profile. Isothermal aging is conducted for up to 500 hours at temperatures of 70, 100, and 125°C. As expected, the resulting room temperature properties decrease with aging time, and at a faster rate for higher aging temperatures. The acceleration factors that are extracted for the evolution of each property are different for the selected alloy and joint sizes.

  1. The microstructure and magnetic properties of Nd8.5Tb1.5Fe83Zr1B6 ribbons obtained at various cooling rates

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    Dośpiał Marcin

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available The paper presents results of microstructure and magnetic properties studies of Nd8.5Tb1.5Fe83Zr1B6 ribbons obtained by melt-spinning technique. The samples were produced using the rapid cooling of liquid alloy on the copper wheel, by applying three different linear velocities 20, 30, and 35 m/s. The microstructure of obtained ribbons was examined using X-ray diffractometry and Mössbauer spectroscopy. Magnetic measurements were performed using LakeShore vibrating sample magnetometer. The microstructure measurements were used for quantitative and qualitative analysis of phase composition. Basing on results of structure studies combined with magnetic measurements, the influence of phase composition on hysteresis loop behavior was described.

  2. Rock Mechanical Properties from Logs Petrophysics : Concepts and Results

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    Gaillot, Philippe; Crawford, Brian; Alramahi, Bashar; Karner, Steve

    2010-05-01

    The objective of the "geomechanics from logs" (GML) research project is to develop model-driven predictive software for determining rock mechanical properties (specifically rock strength, compressibility and fracability) from other, more easily measured, rock properties (e.g. lithology, porosity, clay volume, velocity) routinely derived from nuclear, resistivity and acoustic logging tools. To this end, geomechanics from logs seeks to increase fundamental understanding of the primary geologic controls on rock mechanical properties and to translate this new insight into novel predictive tools. In detail, GML predictors rely on (i) the generation of relational rock mechanical properties databases incorporating QC'd core-based laboratory measurements (both in-house and high-precision published data); (ii) the use of established rock physics models (e.g. friable sand, contact cement models) to investigate theoretical relationships between geologic processes, reservoir environment, rock microstructure and elastic, bulk and transport petrophysical attributes/properties; (iii) the subdivision of database rocks into generic lithotypes (e.g. sand, shaly sand, sandy shale, shale) with common petrophysical attributes/properties; (iv) the use of multivariate statistics to generate lithotype-dependent empirical predictive relationships between mechanical properties and log-derived petrophysical attributes/properties; (v) the estimation of uncertainties associated with predictive function parameters; (vi) the application and validation of mechanical properties predictive tools to well-documented case studies (e.g. sand strength for perforation stability, rock compressibility for reservoir simulation) to test overall performance and quantify uncertainty in predictions. This paper presents the results of various rock strength, rock compressibility and rock fracability case studies conducted in wells of different stratigraphic age and depositional environment. Overall, GML (i

  3. Surface morphology, microstructure and properties of as-cast AZ31 magnesium alloy irradiated by high intensity pulsed ion beams

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    Ma, Xuesong; Zhang, Gang; Wang, Guotian; Zhu, Guoliang; Zhou, Wei; Wang, Jun; Sun, Baode

    2014-08-01

    High intensity pulsed ion beam (HIPIB) irradiation was performed as surface modification to improve the properties of as-cast AZ31 magnesium (Mg) alloys. The surface morphology and microstructure of the irradiated Mg alloys were characterized and their microhardness, wear resistance and corrosion resistance before and after HIPIB irradiation were measured. The results show that the formation of crater on the surface was attributed to the particles impacted from the irradiated cathode material. HIPIB irradiation resulted in more vacancy defects on the surface of the material. Moreover, new dislocations were generated by the reaction between vacancies, and the dislocation configuration was also changed. These variations caused by the HIPIB are beneficial for improving the material properties. After 10 shots of irradiation, the average microhardness increased by 27.1% but the wear rate decreased by 38.5%. The corrosion rate was reduced by 24.8% according to the salt spray corrosion experiment.

  4. Effect of Forging on Microstructure, Texture, and Uniaxial Properties of Cast AZ31B Alloy

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    Toscano, D.; Shaha, S. K.; Behravesh, B.; Jahed, H.; Williams, B.

    2017-07-01

    The effect of open-die hot forging on cast AZ31B magnesium alloy was investigated in terms of the evolution of microstructure, texture, and mechanical properties. A refined microstructure with strong basal texture was developed in forged material. A significant increase in tensile yield and ultimate strengths by 143 and 23%, respectively, was determined as well. When tested in compression at room temperature, the forged alloy displayed significant in-plane asymmetry and unchanged yield strength compared to the cast alloy owing to the activation of 10\\bar{1}2} cast and forged conditions. However, the ultimate compressive strength for the forged material increased by 22 percent compared to the as-cast material. Microstructure and texture analysis of the fracture samples confirmed that the deformation of the forged samples was dominated by slip during tension and twin in compression. In comparison, both slip and twin were observed in the cast samples for similar testing conditions. The increase in strength of forging was attributed to the refinement of grains and the formation of strong basal texture, which activated the non-basal slip on the prismatic and pyramidal slip systems instead of extension twin.

  5. Effect of loading orientations on the microstructure and property of Al−Cu single crystal during stress aging

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    Chen, Jiqiang [School of Material Science and Engineering, Central South University, Changsha 410083 (China); Chen, Zhiguo, E-mail: zgchen@mail.csu.edu.cn [School of Material Science and Engineering, Central South University, Changsha 410083 (China); Hunan University of Humanities, Science and Technology, Loudi 417000 (China); Deng, Yunlai [School of Material Science and Engineering, Central South University, Changsha 410083 (China); State Key Laboratory of High Performance and Complex Manufacturing, Central South University, Changsha 410083 (China); Guo, Xiaobin; Ren, Jieke [School of Material Science and Engineering, Central South University, Changsha 410083 (China)

    2016-07-15

    The precipitation behavior and property of Al−Cu alloy during stress aging under various loading orientations were investigated using single crystals. The resulting microstructures and the strength property were examined by transmission electron microscope (TEM) and compression test, respectively, and the effect of the distribution of θ′-plates on strength property were discussed. The results show that the precipitation distribution of θ′ was significantly affected by the loading orientation during stress aging of Al−Cu single crystals. Loading along close to 〈011〉{sub Al} directions provided more uniform precipitation distribution of θ′ as compared to loading along close to 〈001〉{sub Al} directions, and therefore provided higher strengthening stress of the θ′-plates for the stress aging sample. The results suggested that regulating the distribution of θ′ and therefore improving strength property are possible via controlling the loading orientation during stress aging. - Highlights: • We studied the effect of loading directions on stress aging of Al−Cu single crystal. • Precipitation distribution of θ′ was noticeably affected by the loading direction. • Loading along close to 〈011〉{sub Al} directions reduced the stress-orienting effect. • The strength property is closely related to the precipitation distribution of θ′. • It is possible to regulate the distribution of θ′ and improve strength property.

  6. Experiment and simulation of the fabrication process of lithium-ion battery cathodes for determining microstructure and mechanical properties

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    Forouzan, Mehdi M.; Chao, Chien-Wei; Bustamante, Danilo; Mazzeo, Brian A.; Wheeler, Dean R.

    2016-04-01

    The fabrication process of Li-ion battery electrodes plays a prominent role in the microstructure and corresponding cell performance. Here, a mesoscale particle dynamics simulation is developed to relate the manufacturing process of a cathode containing Toda NCM-523 active material to physical and structural properties of the dried film. Particle interactions are simulated with shifted-force Lennard-Jones and granular Hertzian functions. LAMMPS, a freely available particle simulator, is used to generate particle trajectories and resulting predicted properties. To make simulations of the full film thickness feasible, the carbon binder domain (CBD) is approximated with μm-scale particles, each representing about 1000 carbon black particles and associated binder. Metrics for model parameterization and validation are measured experimentally and include the following: slurry viscosity, elasticity of the dried film, shrinkage ratio during drying, volume fraction of phases, slurry and dried film densities, and microstructure cross sections. Simulation results are in substantial agreement with experiment, showing that the simulations reasonably reproduce the relevant physics of particle arrangement during fabrication.

  7. Thermal ageing on the microstructure and mechanical properties of Al–Cu–Mg alloy/bagasse ash particulate composites

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    V.S. Aigbodion

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available Thermal ageing on the microstructure and mechanical properties of Al–Cu–Mg alloy/bagasse ash(BAp particulate composites was investigated. The composites were produced by a double stir-casting method by varying bagasse ash from 2 to 10 wt.%. After casting the samples were solution heat-treated at a temperature of 500 °C in an electrically heated furnace, soaked for 3 h at this temperature and then rapidly quenched in water and thermal aged at temperatures of 100, 200 and 300 °C. The ageing characteristics of these grades of composites were evaluated using scanning electron microscopy (SEM, hardness and tensile test samples obtained from solution heat-treated composites samples subjected to the temperature conditions mentioned above. The results show that the uniform distribution of the bagasse ash particles in the microstructure of both the as-cast and age-hardened Al–Cu–Mg/BAp composites is the major factor responsible for the improvement in mechanical properties. The presence of the bagasse ash particles in the matrix alloy results in a much smaller grain size in the cast composites compared to the matrix alloy. The addition of bagasse ash particles to Al–Cu–Mg (A2009 does not alter the thermal ageing sequence, but it alters certain aspects of the precipitation reaction. Although thermal ageing is accelerated in the composites the presence of bagasse ash particles in A2009 reduces the peak temperatures.

  8. Influence of Micron-Ti and Nano-Cu Additions on the Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of Pure Magnesium

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    Abdelmagid S. Hamouda

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available In this study, metallic elements that have limited/negligible solubility in pure magnesium (Mg were incorporated in Mg using the disintegrated melt deposition technique. The metallic elements added include: (i micron sized titanium (Ti particulates with negligible solubility; (ii nano sized copper (Cu particulates with limited solubility; and (iii the combination of micro-Ti and nano-Cu. The combined metallic addition (Ti + Cu was carried out with and without preprocessing by ball-milling. The microstructure and mechanical properties of the developed Mg-materials were investigated. Microstructure observation revealed grain refinement due to the individual and combined presence of hard metallic particulates. The mechanical properties evaluation revealed a significant improvement in microhardness, tensile and compressive strengths. Individual additions of Ti and Cu resulted in Mg-Ti composite and Mg-Cu alloy respectively, and their mechanical properties were influenced by the inherent properties of the particulates and the resulting second phases, if any. In the case of combined addition, the significant improvement in properties were observed in Mg-(Ti + CuBM composite containing ball milled (Ti + Cu particulates, when compared to direct addition of Ti and Cu particulates. The change in particle morphology, formation of Ti3Cu intermetallic and good interfacial bonding with the matrix achieved due to preprocessing, contributed to its superior strength and ductility, in case of Mg-(Ti + CuBM composite. The best combination of hardness, tensile and compressive behavior was exhibited by Mg-(Ti + CuBM composite formulation.

  9. Nano-scale Mechanical Properties and Microstructure of Irradiated X-750 Ni-Based Superalloy

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    Changizian, P.; Brooks, A.; Yao, Z.; Daymond, M. R.

    2018-02-01

    This study investigates the effect of irradiation on the mechanical properties of a Ni-based superalloy, X-750. 40 MeV Ni+ ions were used to irradiate the X-750 up to 1 dpa with and without 5000 appm helium pre-implantation at room temperature and 400 °C. Nano-indentation hardness tests were carried out at room temperature in the depth range of 200 to 1400 nm before and after irradiation. Cross-sectional TEM observations were performed on the irradiated materials to correlate the mechanical results with the microstructural evolution. The results show that helium pre-implantation enhances the irradiation-induced hardening due to generating a high density of small cavities and promoting the formation of larger Frank loops. In addition, nano-scale mechanical tests reveal that changing the subsequent Ni ion irradiation temperature from room temperature to 400 °C, leads to changing of the mechanical response from a softening behavior to an irradiation-induced hardening. The γ' precipitates became disordered after irradiation at room temperature, whereas the γ'-phase remained ordered during irradiation at 400 °C. The softening effect of the γ' instability outweighed the hardening impact of irradiation-induced defects such as cavities and Frank loops, leading to a hardness reduction for the room-temperature-irradiated material. Three different obstacle-hardening models were employed to assess the individual impact of each type of defect on the material's overall strength enhancement. Furthermore, the superposition principle was used for each model to estimate the overall irradiation-induced strengthening, which is compared to the results from the nano-hardness measurements.

  10. Nano-scale Mechanical Properties and Microstructure of Irradiated X-750 Ni-Based Superalloy

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    Changizian, P.; Brooks, A.; Yao, Z.; Daymond, M. R.

    2017-12-01

    This study investigates the effect of irradiation on the mechanical properties of a Ni-based superalloy, X-750. 40 MeV Ni+ ions were used to irradiate the X-750 up to 1 dpa with and without 5000 appm helium pre-implantation at room temperature and 400 °C. Nano-indentation hardness tests were carried out at room temperature in the depth range of 200 to 1400 nm before and after irradiation. Cross-sectional TEM observations were performed on the irradiated materials to correlate the mechanical results with the microstructural evolution. The results show that helium pre-implantation enhances the irradiation-induced hardening due to generating a high density of small cavities and promoting the formation of larger Frank loops. In addition, nano-scale mechanical tests reveal that changing the subsequent Ni ion irradiation temperature from room temperature to 400 °C, leads to changing of the mechanical response from a softening behavior to an irradiation-induced hardening. The γ' precipitates became disordered after irradiation at room temperature, whereas the γ'-phase remained ordered during irradiation at 400 °C. The softening effect of the γ' instability outweighed the hardening impact of irradiation-induced defects such as cavities and Frank loops, leading to a hardness reduction for the room-temperature-irradiated material. Three different obstacle-hardening models were employed to assess the individual impact of each type of defect on the material's overall strength enhancement. Furthermore, the superposition principle was used for each model to estimate the overall irradiation-induced strengthening, which is compared to the results from the nano-hardness measurements.

  11. Concrete spalling sensitivity versus microstructure: Preliminary results on the effect of polypropylene fibers

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    Rossino Chiara

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available The phisyco-mechanical processes triggering concrete explosive spalling are related to the heat-induced micro- and meso-structural changes. To have new information on concrete properties at the microstructural level, as well as on how concrete spalling sensitivity is affected by polypropylene and steel fibers, and by aggregate type, ordinary and high-performance concretes are investigated in this research project, after being heated to different temperatures. The focus is on the relationship among porosity, vapor permeability, pore pressure and microcracking inside the cementitious matrix. Polypropylene fibers are shown to increase the total porosity, to favor microcracking and to reduce significantly pore pressure, to the advantage of concrete resistance to explosive spalling, whose risk is markedly reduced – or even zeroed.

  12. Microstructures and Mechanical Properties of Co-Cr Dental Alloys Fabricated by Three CAD/CAM-Based Processing Techniques

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    Hae Ri Kim

    2016-07-01

    Full Text Available The microstructures and mechanical properties of cobalt-chromium (Co-Cr alloys produced by three CAD/CAM-based processing techniques were investigated in comparison with those produced by the traditional casting technique. Four groups of disc- (microstructures or dumbbell- (mechanical properties specimens made of Co-Cr alloys were prepared using casting (CS, milling (ML, selective laser melting (SLM, and milling/post-sintering (ML/PS. For each technique, the corresponding commercial alloy material was used. The microstructures of the specimens were evaluated via X-ray diffractometry, optical and scanning electron microscopy with energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, and electron backscattered diffraction pattern analysis. The mechanical properties were evaluated using a tensile test according to ISO 22674 (n = 6. The microstructure of the alloys was strongly influenced by the manufacturing processes. Overall, the SLM group showed superior mechanical properties, the ML/PS group being nearly comparable. The mechanical properties of the ML group were inferior to those of the CS group. The microstructures and mechanical properties of Co-Cr alloys were greatly dependent on the manufacturing technique as well as the chemical composition. The SLM and ML/PS techniques may be considered promising alternatives to the Co-Cr alloy casting process.

  13. Impact of densification on microstructure and transport properties of CaFe5O7

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    Delacotte, C.; Hébert, S.; Hardy, V.; Bréard, Y.; Maki, R.; Mori, T.; Pelloquin, D.

    2016-04-01

    Monophasic CaFe5O7 ceramic has been synthesized by solid state route. Its microstructural features have been studied by diffraction techniques and electron microscopy images before and after Spark Plasma Sintering (SPS) annealings. This work is completed by measurements of electrical and thermal properties. Especially, attention is focused around the structural and electronic transition at 360 K for which specific heat measurements have revealed a sharp peak. Densification by SPS techniques led to a significant improvement of electrical conductivity above 360 K.

  14. Microstructure, mechanical properties and cytocompatibility of stable beta Ti-Mo-Ta sintered alloys.

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    Delvat, E; Gordin, D M; Gloriant, T; Duval, J L; Nagel, M D

    2008-10-01

    We have synthesized titanium-based alloys containing molybdenum and tantalum elements by powder metallurgy. The microstructure, the residual porosity and the mechanical properties of the sintered Ti-Mo and Ti-Ta-Mo alloys were investigated by using optical and electronic microscopy, X-ray diffraction, microhardness and compression tests. The cytocompatibility of the different alloys was evaluated by the assessment of bone cell density, migration and adhesion after 14 days incubation. All the alloys present a high ductility and an excellent cytocompatibility, which make these materials useful for medical implants.

  15. Microstructural properties of BaTiO{sub 3} ceramics and thin films

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    Fundora C, A.; Portelles, J.J.; Siqueiros, J.M. [Posgrado en Fisica de Materiales, Centro de Investigacion Cientifica y de Educacion Superior de Ensenada. Apartado Postal 2861, 22800 Ensenada, Baja California (Mexico)

    2000-07-01

    A microstructural study of BaTiO{sub 3} ceramics obtained by the conventional ceramic method is presented. Targets were produced to grow BaTiO{sub 3} thin films by pulsed laser deposition on Pt/Ti/Si (100) substrates. X-ray diffraction, Auger Electron Spectroscopy, X-ray Photon Spectroscopy and Scanning Electron Microscopy were used to study the properties of the BaTiO{sub 3} ceramic samples and thin films, as deposited and after an annealing process. (Author)

  16. The dependency of mechanical properties on the microstructure anisotropy index of some alloyed steels

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    Maisuradze, M. V.; Ryzhkov, M. A.

    2017-12-01

    The microstructure banding of the 4340, 42CrMo4 and 20NC11 alloyed steels is estimated using the approach of the ASTM E 1268 standard. The values of the anisotropy index and microhardness are obtained on the longitudinal specimens at various distances from the center of round steel bars with various diameters. Impact strength values in the transversal and longitudinal directions of the bars are obtained. The correlation of the anisotropy index values and the mechanical properties (microhardness and impact strength) of the steels under consideration is derived.

  17. Microstructure and physical properties of nano-biocomposite films based on cassava starch and laponite.

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    Valencia, Germán Ayala; Luciano, Carla Giovana; Lourenço, Rodrigo Vinicius; do Amaral Sobral, Paulo José

    2018-02-01

    The aim of this research was to study the effects of laponite concentrations on some properties of nano-biocomposite films based on cassava starch, focusing mainly the relation between the properties of the surface microstructure and roughness, water contact angle and gloss. Nano-biocomposite films were produced by casting. We analyzed gloss, color, opacity, water contact angle, crystallinity by X-ray diffraction, and microstructure by scanning electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy. Texture parameters (energy, entropy and fractal dimension) were extracted from micrographs. We observed a great impact of laponite in the morphology of nano-biocomposite films. Texture parameters correlated with surface heterogeneity and roughness. Finally, surface roughness affected the surface hydrophilicity of nano-biocomposite films. Laponite platelets were exfoliated and/or intercalated with amylose and amylopectin chains. This research reports new information on the effects of laponite concentrations on the morphological, optical and wetting properties of nano-biocomposite films aiming future industrial applications. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  18. Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of Friction Welding Joints with Dissimilar Titanium Alloys

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    Yingping Ji

    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available Titanium alloys, which are important in aerospace application, offer different properties via changing alloys. As design complexity and service demands increase, dissimilar welding of the titanium alloys becomes a particular interest. Linear friction welding (LFW is a relatively novel bond technique and has been successfully applied for joining titanium alloys. In this paper, dissimilar joints with Ti-6Al-4V and Ti-5Al-2Sn-2Zr-4Mo-4Cr alloys were produced by LFW process. Microstructure was studied via optical microscopy and scanning electron microscopy (SEM, while the chemical composition across the welded samples was identified by energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy. Mechanical tests were performed on welded samples to study the joint mechanical properties and fracture characteristics. SEM was carried out on the fracture surface to reveal their fracture modes. A significant microstructural change with fine re-crystallization grains in the weld zone (WZ and small recrystallized grains in the thermo-mechanically affected zone on the Ti-6Al-4V side was discovered in the dissimilar joint. A characteristic asymmetrical microhardness profile with a maximum in the WZ was observed. Tensile properties of the dissimilar joint were comparable to the base metals, but the impact toughness exhibited a lower value.

  19. Effects of Yb on the mechanical properties and microstructures of an Al-Mg alloy

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    Song Min [State Key Laboratory of Powder Metallurgy, Central South University, Changsha 410083 (China)], E-mail: Min.Song.Th05@Alum.Dartmouth.ORG; Wu Zhenggang; He Yuehui [State Key Laboratory of Powder Metallurgy, Central South University, Changsha 410083 (China)

    2008-12-15

    This paper reported a first study of the effects of Yb on the microstructures and mechanical properties of an extruded Al-Mg alloy. It has been shown that the addition of 0.3 wt.% Yb decreases the mechanical properties of the alloy since Mg- and Yb-containing constituents decrease the concentration of Mg solute atoms in Al matrix, and thus the solution strengthening effect. However, the addition of 1 wt.% Yb substantially improves the mechanical behavior of the alloy because the concentration of Yb solute atoms in Al matrix is high enough to generate solution strengthening effect. The improvement in the mechanical properties is due to the large work-hardening and high dislocation density caused by the interaction between dislocations and Yb and Mg solute atoms. The Yb and Mg atoms inhibit the dynamic recovery and recrystallization of the alloy, thus provide a uniformly distributed dislocation structure with high density.

  20. Microstructure and Pinning Properties of Hexagonal Disc Shaped Single Crystalline MgB2

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    Patel, J. R.

    2003-04-30

    We synthesized hexagonal-disc-shaped MgB{sub 2} single crystals under high-pressure conditions and analyzed the microstructure and pinning properties. The lattice constants and the Laue pattern of the crystals from X-ray micro-diffraction showed the crystal symmetry of MgB{sub 2}. A thorough crystallographic mapping within a single crystal showed that the edge and c-axis of hexagonal-disc shape exactly matched the (10-10) and the (0001) directions of the MgB{sub 2} phase. Thus, these well-shaped single crystals may be the best candidates for studying the direction dependences of the physical properties. The magnetization curve and the magnetic hysteresis for these single crystals showed the existence of a wide reversible region and weak pinning properties, which supported our single crystals being very clean.

  1. Influence of Sc on Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of High Zn-Containing Mg Alloy

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    Lidong Wang

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Microstructures and mechanical properties of Mg-11Zn and Mg-11Zn-1Sc (wt% alloys were investigated. The main secondary phase of Mg-11Zn and Mg-11Zn-1Sc alloys is MgZn2 phase. Rare earth Sc element is an effective grain refiner and the grain size of Mg-11Zn-1Sc alloy is greatly refined. The mechanical properties of the Mg-11Zn alloy were greatly improved with incorporation of 1 wt% Sc, especially for the elevated temperature strength. Such mechanical property enhancement is ascribed to the refinement and pinning mechanism of high heat-resistant Sc and Sc-containing intermetallic particles in Mg alloy.

  2. Microstructure and mechanical properties of selective laser melted Ti6Al4V alloy

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    Losertová, M.; Kubeš, V.

    2017-11-01

    The present work was focused on the properties of porous Ti6Al4V specimens processed by selective laser melting (SLM) and tested in tension and compression before and after heat treatment. The SLM samples were annealed at 955 °C, water quenched and aged at 600 °C with following air cooling. The values of the mechanical tests showed that the samples exhibited high mechanical properties. The anisotropy of tensile and compressive strength was observed, which was related to the occurrence of voids. The plastic properties of specimens were improved by means of the heat treatment that led to the transformation of martensitic to lamellar structure composed of α + β phases. The microstructure of SLM samples were evaluated before and after the heat treatment. The brittle nature of failures of non-heat treated samples can be explained by synergy of martensite presence, microcracks and residual stresses produced by SLM.

  3. Final Report on Developing Microstructure-Property Correlation in Reactor Materials using in situ High-Energy X-rays

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    Li, Meimei [Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States); Almer, Jonathan D. [Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States); Yang, Yong [Univ. of Florida, Gainesville, FL (United States); Tan, Lizhen [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)

    2016-01-01

    This report provides a summary of research activities on understanding microstructureproperty correlation in reactor materials using in situ high-energy X-rays. The report is a Level 2 deliverable in FY16 (M2CA-13-IL-AN_-0403-0111), under the Work Package CA-13-IL-AN_- 0403-01, “Microstructure-Property Correlation in Reactor Materials using in situ High Energy Xrays”, as part of the DOE-NE NEET Program. The objective of this project is to demonstrate the application of in situ high energy X-ray measurements of nuclear reactor materials under thermal-mechanical loading, to understand their microstructure-property relationships. The gained knowledge is expected to enable accurate predictions of mechanical performance of these materials subjected to extreme environments, and to further facilitate development of advanced reactor materials. The report provides detailed description of the in situ X-ray Radiated Materials (iRadMat) apparatus designed to interface with a servo-hydraulic load frame at beamline 1-ID at the Advanced Photon Source. This new capability allows in situ studies of radioactive specimens subject to thermal-mechanical loading using a suite of high-energy X-ray scattering and imaging techniques. We conducted several case studies using the iRadMat to obtain a better understanding of deformation and fracture mechanisms of irradiated materials. In situ X-ray measurements on neutron-irradiated pure metal and model alloy and several representative reactor materials, e.g. pure Fe, Fe-9Cr model alloy, 316 SS, HT-UPS, and duplex cast austenitic stainless steels (CASS) CF-8 were performed under tensile loading at temperatures of 20-400°C in vacuum. A combination of wide-angle X-ray scattering (WAXS), small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS), and imaging techniques were utilized to interrogate microstructure at different length scales in real time while the specimen was subject to thermal-mechanical loading. In addition, in situ X-ray studies were

  4. Physical properties and microstructure study of 316L SS fabricated by metal injection moulding process

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    Dandang, Nur Aidah Nabihah; Harun, Wan Sharuzi Wan; Khalil, Nur Zalikha; Ismail, Muhammad Hussain; Ibrahim, Rosdi

    2017-12-01

    Metal injection moulding (MIM) has been practised to process alloy powders to become components with significant physical and mechanical properties. Dissimilar than other methods, MIM focuses on the production of high volume, a small, and complex shape of products. The performance of the compacts depends on the suitable sintering parameters that governs their strengths in the final phase which determines the excellent properties of the sintered compacts. Three different sintering temperatures were utilised; 1100, 1200, and 1300 °C with two different soaking times; 1 and 3 hours at 10 °C/min heating rate to study their effect on the physical properties and microstructure analysis of 316L SS alloy compacts. The shrinkage measurement, surface roughness, and density measurement had been conducted for physical properties study. Different sintering temperatures give an effect to the physical properties of the sintered compacts. The shrinkage measurement at 1300 °C and 3-hour sintering condition demonstrated the highest percentage reading which was 10.1 % compared to the lowest percentage reading of 6.4 % at 1100 °C and 1-hour sintering conditions. Whereas, the minimum percentage of density measurement can be found at sintering conditions of 1100 °C and 1-hour which is 83.9 % and the highest percentage is at 1300 °C and 3-hour sintering condition which is about 89.51 %. Therefore, it has been determined that there could be a significant relationship between sintering temperature and physical properties in which it can be found from the porosity of the compact based on the microstructure studies.

  5. Effects of metal binder on the microstructure and mechanical properties of Ti(C,N)-based cermets

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    Xu, Qingzhong; Ai, Xing, E-mail: aixingsdu@163.com; Zhao, Jun; Gong, Feng; Pang, Jiming; Wang, Yintao

    2015-09-25

    Highlights: • Ni–Co binder improves the solid solution reaction and the wetting of hard phases. • Cermets with 25 wt.% binder have evenly distributed grains with moderate rims. • Co/(Ni + Co) ratios influence the grain sizes and microstructure features of cermets. • The cermets with pure Co as binder exhibit optimal mechanical properties. - Abstract: To optimize the mechanical properties of Ti(C,N)-based cermets used as tool materials, the cermets with different Ni–Co binder contents and Co/(Ni + Co) weight ratios were prepared. The effects of metal binder content and Co/(Ni + Co) ratio on the microstructure and mechanical properties of Ti(C,N)-based cermets were investigated by scanning electron microscope (SEM) with energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS), X-ray diffraction (XRD), and measuring the transverse rupture strength (TRS), Vickers hardness (HV) and fracture toughness (K{sub IC}). The experimental results reveal that increasing Ni–Co binder content can increase the thickness of rim phases by improving the solid solution reaction and the wetting of hard phases. The cermets with 25 wt.% binder addition present good comprehensive mechanical properties, which is attributed to the moderate rim phases and uniformly distributed Ti(C,N) grains. The Co/(Ni + Co) weight ratios in binder have a great influence on the grain sizes and microstructure features of Ti(C,N)-based cermets, in virtue of the synergic effects between the wettability of Co and the solubilizing capacity of Ni on hard phases. The cermets with pure Co as binder exhibit optimal mechanical properties with a TRS of 1767 ± 81 MPa, a hardness of 12.26 ± 0.10 GPa and a K{sub IC} of 8.40 ± 0.47 MPa m{sup 1/2}, which meet the requirements for tool materials. And the cermets with a Co/(Ni + Co) ratio of 0.2 have the second best mechanical properties with a TRS of 1848 ± 201 MPa, a hardness of 11.12 ± 0.40 GPa and a K{sub IC} of 9.43 ± 0.54 MPa m{sup 1/2}, in which the lower hardness can

  6. INFLUENCE OF THE HOMOGENIZATION TEMPERATURE ON THE MICROSTRUCTURE AND PROPERTIES OF AlSi10CuNiMgMn ALLOY

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    Jaromir Cais

    2017-03-01

    Full Text Available The article examines the impact of changes in homogenization temperature in the hardening process on the microstructure of aluminum alloys. Samples where the research was conducted were cast from AlSi10CuNiMn alloy produced by gravity casting technology in metal mold. Subsequently, the castings were subjected to a heat treatment. In an experiment with changing temperature and staying time in the process of homogenization. The microstructure of the alloy was investigated by methods of light and electron microscopy. Examination of the microstructure has focused on changing the morphology of separated particles of eutectic silicon and intermetallic phases. Analysis of intermetallic phases was supplemented by an analysis of the chemical composition - EDS analysis. Effect of heat treatment on the properties investigated alloy was further complemented by Vickers microhardness. Investigated alloy is the result of longtime research conducted at Faculty of Production Technology and Management.

  7. A comparative study of microstructure and mechanical properties between friction stir welded single and double phase brass alloys

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    Heidarzadeh, A.; Saeid, T., E-mail: saeid@sut.ac.ir

    2016-01-01

    This study was done in order to compare the microstructure and mechanical properties of friction stir welded single and double phase brass alloys. The microstructure of the joints were examined using optical microscope, scanning electron microscope (SEM), scanning transmission electron microscope (STEM), and X-ray diffraction. Furthermore, tensile test and fractography were applied to evaluate the mechanical properties of the joints. The results showed that the grain size of the stir zone in the double phase joint was smaller than that of the single phase alloy. In comparison with base metals, both of the joints contained high density of dislocations with a qualitatively similar texture. However, the dislocation density of the double phase joint was somewhat lower than that of the single phase one. Moreover, the joints had higher tensile strength, lower elongation and less ductile fracture compared to their base metals due to their finer grain size and higher dislocation density. The double phase joint had higher strength and lower elongation than single phase joint due to the effect of the second phase.

  8. Effect of Friction Stir Welding Parameters on the Mechanical and Microstructure Properties of the Al-Cu Butt Joint

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    Sare Celik

    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available Friction Stir Welding (FSW is a solid-state welding process used for welding similar and dissimilar materials. FSW is especially suitable to join sheet Al alloys, and this technique allows different material couples to be welded continuously. In this study, 1050 Al alloys and commercially pure Cu were produced at three different tool rotation speeds (630, 1330, 2440 rpm and three different tool traverse speeds (20, 30, 50 mm/min with four different tool position (0, 1, 1.5, 2 mm by friction stir welding. The influence of the welding parameters on the microstructure and mechanical properties of the joints was investigated. Tensile and bending tests and microhardness measurements were used to determine the mechanical properties. The microstructures of the weld zone were investigated by optical microscope and scanning electron microscope (SEM and were analyzed in an energy dispersed spectrometer (EDS. Intermetallic phases were detected based on the X-ray diffraction (XRD analysis results that evaluated the formation of phases in the weld zone. When the welding performance of the friction stir welded butt joints was evaluated, the maximum value obtained was 89.55% with a 1330 rpm tool rotational speed, 20 mm/min traverse speed and a 1 mm tool position configuration. The higher tensile strength is attributed to the dispersion strengthening of the fine Cu particles distributed over the Al material in the stir zone region.

  9. Fabrication of AZ31/MWCNTs Surface Metal Matrix Composites by Friction Stir Processing: Investigation of Microstructure and Mechanical Properties

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    Arab, Seyed Mohammad; Zebarjad, Seyed Mojtaba; Jahromi, Seyed Ahmad Jenabali

    2017-11-01

    The surface metal matrix composites of AZ31 Mg alloy reinforced with multiwall carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) have been fabricated through the friction stir processing by a conventional and two stepped tools. The microstructure and mechanical properties of fabricated composites were studied by optical and electron microscopy, microhardness and tensile tests, respectively. The processing has developed a fine-grain structure along with good distribution of reinforcements. The hardness and tensile strength of fabricated MWCNT/AZ31 composites are generally higher than as-received and FSPed samples. The accumulative effect of grain refinement and reinforcing nanotubes is assumed to be the reason for increasing the ductility after friction stir processing. The hardness is nearly doubled for FSPed samples and some more for nanocomposites compared with the as-received sample. The elongation of nanocomposites is about two times greater than that of the as-rolled sample. The speed ratio, pass number and CNT amount are three important factors influencing the resulting microstructure and mechanical properties. The stepped tools also give a more uniform distribution of reinforcement and higher grain refinement.

  10. Comparison of Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of AZ91D Alloy Formed by Rheomolding and High-Pressure Die Casting

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    Qi, M. F.; Kang, Y. L.; Yan, Y.; Zhu, G. M.; Liao, W. N.

    2015-10-01

    The microstructure and mechanical properties of AZ91D alloy thin-wall parts produced by the rheomolding (RM) process were investigated and compared with the same alloy formed by conventional high-pressure die casting (HPDC). The results indicate that the RM process is able to get such AZ91D parts in which α 1 -Mg with average size of 27.36 μm are spherical and uniformly distributed in the matrix, and the matrix is a mixture of numerous fine α 2 -Mg and intermetallic β-Mg17Al12. High mechanical properties including ultimate tensile strength (UTS) of 270 MPa, yield strength (YS) of 169 MPa, elongation of 7.1%, and Vickers hardness of 102 are obtained in parts formed by RM due to the fine and uniform microstructure and less porosities. Compared with HPDC, the UTS, YS, elongation, and hardness of RM AZ91D are increased by 14.4, 9.7, 86.8, and 21.4%, respectively. The solidified grains in RM AZ91D alloy show a smaller aluminum gradient than that in HPDC. This indicates that the solidification of the RM AZ91D is closer to equilibrium.

  11. Effect of magnesium salt concentration in water-in-oil emulsions on the physical properties and microstructure of tofu.

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    Zhu, Qiaomei; Wu, Feifei; Saito, Masayoshi; Tatsumi, Eizo; Yin, Lijun

    2016-06-15

    The aim of this research was to prepare water-in-oil (W/O) emulsions encapsulating different concentrations of magnesium chloride (MgCl2) and to investigate the effect of W/O emulsions on the physical properties and microstructure of tofu. The results showed that the stability of W/O emulsions improved as the concentrations of polyglycerol polyricinoleate (PGPR) and MgCl2 increased. Dynamic viscoelastic measurements indicated that gelation time decreased with increasing MgCl2 concentration in W/O emulsions, suggesting a more rapid reaction between magnesium ions and protein molecules. As the concentration of MgCl2 in W/O emulsions increased, the yield and water content of tofu decreased, while the protein and crude fat contents and hardness values increased. At a concentration of 2.0M MgCl2 in W/O emulsion, the WHC and microstructure of the tofu samples were optimal. The variations in the physical properties of tofu were attributed to the concentration of magnesium ions and the coagulation rate. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  12. Effect of Chopped Basalt Fibers on the Mechanical Properties and Microstructure of High Performance Fiber Reinforced Concrete

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    Tehmina Ayub

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents the mechanical properties and the microstructure of the high performance fiber reinforced concrete (HPFRC containing up to 3% volume fraction of chopped Basalt fibers. Three types of the concrete were prepared, out of which, the first type was prepared by utilizing 100% cement content. The other two types of the concrete were prepared by replacing 10% cement content with silica fume and the locally produced metakaolin. Using each concrete type, four mixes were prepared in which Basalt fibers were added in the range of 0–3%; that is, total twelve mixes of the HPFRC concrete were prepared. From each of the twelve concrete mixes, total twelve specimens were cast to determine the mechanical properties of the HPFRC including compressive strength (cube and cylinder, splitting tensile strength, and the flexural strength. In this way, a total of 108 specimens were cast and tested in this study. Test results showed that the addition of the Basalt fibers significantly increased the tensile splitting strength and the flexural strength of the HPFRC, while there was slight improvement in the compressive strength with the addition of Basalt fibers. The microstructure of HPFRC was examined to determine the interfacial transition zone (ITZ between the aggregates and the paste by using field emission scanning electron microscope (FESEM, which showed the improvement of the ITZ due to the addition of the Basalt fibers.

  13. A Round Robin study for Selective Laser Sintering of polyamide 12: Microstructural origin of the mechanical properties

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    Stichel, Thomas; Frick, Thomas; Laumer, Tobias; Tenner, Felix; Hausotte, Tino; Merklein, Marion; Schmidt, Michael

    2017-03-01

    The mechanical and microstructural investigation of polymer parts (polyamide 12) fabricated by Selective Laser Sintering as part of a Round Robin initiative is presented. The paper focuses on the microstructural analysis of the Round Robin samples and their evaluation regarding their effect on mechanical properties with respect to each other. Therefore optical microscopy on microtomed samples, X-ray computed tomography and Differential Scanning Calorimetry is used to determine the morphology of residual particle cores and of internal pores. The mechanical tensile testing revealed a high variability of the ductility of the samples among the used machines and a distinctive anisotropic mechanical response. Especially the quite brittle characteristic along the building direction has shown to be still a crucial challenge for the process. However, one machine delivered samples with outstanding ductility with total elongation values of about 21% along the building direction and of about 32% planar to the layer. This result was back traced to a distinctive pore and residual particle morphology which is characterized by low pore concentration, the absence of coplanar pore or residual particle arrangements and the highest degree of particle melting measured. Furthermore, the analysis depicts that both features, pores and residual particles, contribute to the mechanical properties significantly and that they are not necessarily linked since they can vary independently in a certain range depending on the machine configuration.

  14. Influence of Processing Speed on Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of ZK60 Magnesium Alloy Prepared by Friction Stir Processing

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    LIN Jun

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available ZK60 casting magnesium alloy was subjected to friction stir processing (FSP. Defect-free joints could be obtained under a range of processing speeds (50-200 mm/min at a constant rotation rate of 800 r/min, and microstructures and mechanical properties of the experimental materials were investigated. The results show that the coarse grains in base material are changed into fine equiaxed grains in stir zone after FSP. With the increas of processing speed, the mean grain size decreases firstly and then increases. The microhardness and tensile strength of stir zone increase compared with the base material, and the elongation increases significantly due to its fine and uniform microstructure of the specimen. The optimum properties are obtained in the specimen prepared at the processing speed of 100 mm/min, the average grain size of the specimen is 6.9 μm, and the microhardness, tensile strength and elongation are 70.1HV, 276 MPa and 31.6% respectively.

  15. Toward an Understanding of the Microstructure and Interfacial Properties of PIMs/ZIF-8 Mixed Matrix Membranes.

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    Benzaqui, Marvin; Semino, Rocio; Menguy, Nicolas; Carn, Florent; Kundu, Tanay; Guigner, Jean-Michel; McKeown, Neil B; Msayib, Kadhum J; Carta, Mariolino; Malpass-Evans, Richard; Le Guillouzer, Clément; Clet, Guillaume; Ramsahye, Naseem A; Serre, Christian; Maurin, Guillaume; Steunou, Nathalie

    2016-10-12

    A study integrating advanced experimental and modeling tools was undertaken to characterize the microstructural and interfacial properties of mixed matrix membranes (MMMs) composed of the zeolitic imidazolate framework ZIF-8 nanoparticles (NPs) and two polymers of intrinsic microporosity (PIM-1 and PIM-EA-TB). Analysis probed both the initial ZIF-8/PIM-1 colloidal suspensions and the final hybrid membranes. By combination of dynamic light scattering (DLS) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) analytical and imaging techniques with small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS), the colloidal suspensions were shown to consist mainly of two distinct kinds of particles, namely, polymer aggregates of about 200 nm in diameter and densely packed ZIF-8-NP aggregates of a few 100 nm in diameter with a 3 nm thick polymer top-layer. Such aggregates are likely to impart the granular texture of ZIF-8/PIMs MMMs as shown by SEM-XEDS analysis. At the molecular scale, modeling studies showed that the surface coverage of ZIF-8 NPs by both polymers appears not to be optimal with the presence of microvoids at the interfaces that indicates only a moderate compatibility between the polymer and ZIF-8. This study shows that the microstructure of MMMs results from a complex interplay between the ZIF-8/PIM compatibility, solvent, surface chemistry of the ZIF-8 NPs, and the physicochemical properties of the polymers such as molecular structure and rigidity.

  16. A review: applications of the phase field method in predicting microstructure and property evolution of irradiated nuclear materials

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    Li, Yulan; Hu, Shenyang; Sun, Xin; Stan, Marius

    2017-04-01

    Complex microstructure changes occur in nuclear fuel and structural materials due to the extreme environments of intense irradiation and high temperature. This paper evaluates the role of the phase field method in predicting the microstructure evolution of irradiated nuclear materials and the impact on their mechanical, thermal, and magnetic properties. The paper starts with an overview of the important physical mechanisms of defect evolution and the significant gaps in simulating microstructure evolution in irradiated nuclear materials. Then, the phase field method is introduced as a powerful and predictive tool and its applications to microstructure and property evolution in irradiated nuclear materials are reviewed. The review shows that (1) Phase field models can correctly describe important phenomena such as spatial-dependent generation, migration, and recombination of defects, radiation-induced dissolution, the Soret effect, strong interfacial energy anisotropy, and elastic interaction; (2) The phase field method can qualitatively and quantitatively simulate two-dimensional and three-dimensional microstructure evolution, including radiation-induced segregation, second phase nucleation, void migration, void and gas bubble superlattice formation, interstitial loop evolution, hydrate formation, and grain growth, and (3) The Phase field method correctly predicts the relationships between microstructures and properties. The final section is dedicated to a discussion of the strengths and limitations of the phase field method, as applied to irradiation effects in nuclear materials.

  17. Effect of Rotation Rate on Microstructure and Properties of Friction Stir Welded Joints of Al/Cu Clad Plates

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    QIAO Ke

    2017-10-01

    Full Text Available Al/Cu clad plates were joined by friction stir welding (FSW, and the effect of rotation rate on microstructure and mechanical properties of joints was investigated. The results show that the laminar structure of aluminum and copper is generated in the weld. With increase the of rotation rate, the grain sizes of aluminum and copper are increased respectively. The average microhardness of the Al/Cu plates exceeds that of the as-received metal of 33.0 HV, and ultimate tensile strength is 127.21 MPa in the nugget zone when rotation rate is 1180 r/min. The microhardness of copper in the nugget zone is 99.7 HV, reached 82.05% of the microhardness of received metal, and void defect is main reason responsible for the decrease of mechanical properties of joints.

  18. Influence of heat treatment during manufacturing of Al-Al sub 4 C sub 3 materials on microstructure and properties

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    Jangg, G.; Schroeder, K. (Technische Univ., Vienna (Austria)); Slesar, M.; Besterci, M.; Durisin, J. (Slovenska Akademia Vied, Kosice (Czechoslovakia). Ustav Experimentalnej Metalurgie)

    1989-10-01

    During manufacturing of dispersion-strengthened Al by reaction-milling of Al with C, heat treatment of the milled granulates decisively influences microstructure and properties of the extruded products. Heat treatment is essential for formation of the desired dispersoids from carbon milled into Al, but also leads to recovery and subgrain coarsening, which both decrease strength. Different carbon types react with Al differently fast, which in turn differently inhibits recovery and subgrain coarsening. Mictrostructural parameters determined by TEM are well correlated to the actually measured mechanical properties. The correlation between tensile strength and elongation, termed 'quality factor', is not affected either by dispersoid content or by granulate heat treatment intensity. Quality factors <1 indicate improper manufacturing, resulting e.g. in the presence of non-reacted carbon particles, dispersoid agglomerates or coarse inclusions. (orig.).

  19. Influence of Partitioning Process on the Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of High Deformability Oil-Gas Pipeline

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    Jing Ma

    2014-11-01

    Full Text Available Multiphase structure of bainite and M/A constituent can be obtained for X80 oil-gas pipeline through a novel heat online partitioning (HOP technology. The effects of partitioning temperature on the microstructure and mechanical properties of the experimental steels were researched by means of mechanical properties test, microscopic analysis, and X-ray diffraction. The results show that with the increase of the partitioning temperature, the strength of the experimental steel decreases and the ductility increases because of the increase of bainite lath width, the decrease of dislocation density, the increase of retained austenite content, and carbides coarsening. The decrease of the volume content and stability of retained austenite is the key factor, which leads to the increase of strength and the decrease of plasticity in a high range of partitioning temperature.

  20. Influence of the microstructural changes and induced residual stresses on tensile properties of wrought magnesium alloy friction stir welds

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    Commin, Loreleie, E-mail: lorelei.commin@kit.edu [LMPF, Arts et Metiers ParisTech, rue St Dominique, 51000 Chalons en Champagne (France); Dumont, Myriam [Aix-Marseille Universite, CNRS, IM2NP (UMR 6242), Faculte St-Jerome, Case 261, Av. Escadrille Normandie-Niemen, 13 397 Marseille Cedex 20 (France); Rotinat, Rene; Pierron, Fabrice [LMPF, Arts et Metiers ParisTech, rue St Dominique, 51000 Chalons en Champagne (France); Masse, Jean-Eric; Barrallier, Laurent [MecaSurf, Arts et Metiers ParisTech, 2 cours des Arts et Metiers, 13100 Aix en Provence (France)

    2012-08-15

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Study of AZ31 FSW mechanical behaviour. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Early yielding occurs in the TMAZ, the nugget and base metal zones undergo almost no plastic strains. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Texture gradient in the TMAZ localises the deformations in this area. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Residual stresses have a major influence in FSW mechanical behaviour. - Abstract: Friction stir welding induces a microstructural evolution and residual stresses that will influence the resulting mechanical properties. Friction stir welds produced from magnesium alloy hot rolled plates were studied. Electron back scattered diffraction was used to determine the texture evolution, residual stresses were analysed using X ray diffraction and tensile tests coupled with speckle interferometry were performed. The residual stresses induced during friction stir welding present a major influence on the final mechanical properties.

  1. Effect of higher heating rate during continuous annealing on microstructure and mechanical properties of cold-rolled 590 MPa dual-phase steel

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    Deng Yonggang

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available In this presentation, the effect of higher heating rate in continuous annealing on microstructure and mechanical properties of a cold-rolled 590 MPa ferrite-martensite dual-phase steel were investigated by using microstructural observation and mechanical property measurement. The results show that compared with the conventional continuous annealed steels heated at a rate of 5 ∘C/s (CA, the average ferrite grain sizes heated at a higher rate (300 ∘C/s, HRA was obviously refined from 15.6 μm to 5.3 μm. The morphology of martensite is observed to shift from network along ferrite grain boundaries to uniformly dispersed in the final DP590 microstructure. Twinned substructure of martensite can be found when heated at a higher heating rate in continuous annealing. EBSD orientation maps show that the fraction of low angle grain boundary is increased in HRA sample compared to CA sample. The HRA sample has excellent mechanical properties when compared to the CA sample. The variations of strength, elongation, strain hardening behavior and fracture mechanism of the this DP590 steel with different heating routine were further discussed in relation to microstructural features.

  2. Application of microstructurally-designed mortars for studying early-age properties

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    Di Bella, C.; Wyrzykowski, M.; Griffa, M.

    2015-01-01

    A recently-developed technique for stopping hydration without altering the microstructure by invasive methods is studied. This technique is based on the replacement at the mixing stage of cement/binder grains that would otherwise remain unhydrated in real systems at defined hydration stages with ...... formed. These results suggest that the method can constitute a useful tool for studying the behavior of cementitious materials at early ages, in particular transport phenomena and shrinkage....

  3. Microstructure and mechanical properties of rapidly solidified FeAlCr intermetallic compound

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    R. A. Rodríguez‐Díaz

    2009-08-01

    Full Text Available In this work results regarding microstructural characterization of a melt‐spun intermetallic compound Fe40Al5Cr (% at.produced by rapid solidification employing the melt spinning technique at three different tangential wheel speeds (12, 16 and20 ms‐1 are presented. Melt spun ribbons were characterized by optical and scanning electron microscopy (SEM in order toobserve morphology, grain size, ribbon thickness and also fracture surfaces after tensile tests. EDS coupled to SEM wasemployed to perform punctual and scan line chemical analyses on samples, x‐ray diffraction (XRD was utilized to identify crystalstructure and phases. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM was employed to confirm crystal structure and also tocharacterize nanopores formed in the specimens by vacancy clustering. With regard to mechanical properties, micro hardnessVickers measurements as well as tensile tests at room temperature were applied to the rapidly solidified ribbons.The grain size of rapidly solidified Fe40Al5Cr ribbons suffered a drastic reduction as compared with alloys of the samecomposition produced by conventional melting and casting methods, and in melt‐spun ribbons it decreases as the wheel speedincreases. Punctual and line‐scanning chemical analyses revealed that Cr enters in solid solution in FeAl matrix. Hardnessmeasurements revealed a softening in rapidly solidified FeAlCr ribbons as compared with FeAl alloys and tensile test exhibited a(transgranular + intergranular mode of fracture, reaching up to 3 % of elongation in FeAlCr alloys. The presence of porous(meso and nano were also characterized.

  4. Microstructure, mechanical properties and oxidation behaviors of magnetron sputtered NbN{sub x} coatings

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    Qi, Zhengbing, E-mail: zbqi@xmut.edu.cn [College of Materials Science and Engineering, Xiamen University of Technology, Xiamen (China); Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Xiamen University, Xiamen (China); Wu, Zhengtao; Zhang, Dongfang [Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Xiamen University, Xiamen (China); Zuo, Juan [College of Mater