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Sample records for v-cr-ti alloys microstructural

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Tensile properties of V-Cr-Ti alloys after exposure in hydrogen-containing environments

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    Natesan, K.; Soppett, W.K. [Argonne National Lab., IL (United States)

    1998-03-01

    A systematic study has been initiated to evaluate the performance of several V-Cr-Ti alloys after exposure to environments containing hydrogen at various partial pressures. The goal is to correlate the chemistry of the exposure environment with the hydrogen uptake in the samples and its influence on the microstructure and tensile properties of the alloys. At present, four heats of alloys (BL-63, BL-71, and T87, plus 44 from General Atomics) are being evaluated. Other variables of interest are the effect of initial grain size on hydrogen uptake and tensile properties, and the synergistic effects of oxygen and hydrogen on the tensile behavior of the alloys. Experiments conducted thus far on specimens of various V-Cr-Ti alloys exposed to pH{sub 2} levels of 0.01 and 3 {times} 10{sup {minus}6} torr showed negligible effect of H{sub 2} on either maximum engineering stress of uniform/total elongation. Further, preliminary tests on specimens annealed at different temperatures showed that grain size variation by a factor of {approx}2 had a negligible effect on tensile properties.

  4. Tensile properties of V-Cr-Ti alloys after exposure in hydrogen-containing environments

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    Natesan, K.; Soppet, W.K. [Argonne National Lab., IL (United States)

    1998-09-01

    A systematic study has been initiated at Argonne National Laboratory to evaluate the performance of several V-Cr-Ti alloys after exposure to environments containing hydrogen at various partial pressures. The goal is to correlate the chemistry of the exposure environment with hydrogen uptake in the samples and its influence on the microstructure and tensile properties of the alloys. At present, the principal effort has focused on the V-4Cr-4Ti alloy of heat identified as BL-71; however other alloys (V-5Cr-5Ti alloy of heats BL-63, and T87, plus V-4Cr-4Ti alloy from General Atomics [GA]) are also being evaluated. Other variables of interest are the effect of initial grain size on the tensile behavior of the alloys. Experiments conducted on specimens of various V-Cr-Ti alloys exposed to pH{sub 2} levels of 0.01 and 3 {times} 10{sup {minus}6} torr showed negligible effect of H{sub 2} on either maximum engineering stress or uniform and total elongation. However, uniform and total elongation decreased substantially when the alloys were exposed to 1.0 torr H{sub 2} pressure. Preliminary data from sequential exposures of the materials to low-pO{sub 2} and several low-pH{sub 2} environments did not reveal an adverse effect on the maximum engineering stress or on uniform and total elongation. Further, tests in H{sub 2} environments on specimens annealed at different temperatures showed that grain-size variation by a factor of {approx}2 had little or no effect on tensile properties.

  5. Oxidation behavior of V-Cr-Ti alloys in low-partial-pressure oxygen environments

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    Natesan, K.; Uz, M. [Argonne National Lab., IL (United States)

    1998-09-01

    A test program is in progress at Argonne National Laboratory to evaluate the effect of pO{sub 2} in the exposure environment on oxygen uptake, scaling kinetics, and scale microstructure in V-Cr-Ti alloys. The data indicate that the oxidation process follows parabolic kinetics in all of the environments used in the present study. From the weight change data, parabolic rate constants were evaluated as a function of temperature and exposure environment. The temperature dependence of the parabolic rate constants was described by an Arrhenius relationship. Activation energy for the oxidation process was fairly constant in the oxygen pressure range of 1 {times} 10{sup {minus}6} to 1 {times} 10{sup {minus}1} torr for both the alloys. The activation energy for oxidation in air was significantly lower than in low-pO{sub 2} environments, and for oxidation in pure O{sub 2} at 760 torr was much lower than in low-pO{sub 2} environments. X-ray diffraction analysis of the specimens showed that VO{sub 2} was the dominant phase in low-pO{sub 2} environments, while V{sub 2}O{sub 5} was dominant in air and in pure oxygen at 76f0 torr.

  6. Physical properites of O- and N-containing V-Cr-Ti alloys

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    Park, J.H.; Kupperman, D.; Park, E.T.; Dragel, G. [Argonne National Laboratory, Chicago, IL (United States)

    1996-04-01

    Incorporation of O in the surface of V-Ti-Cr alloys has been investigated in controlled environments at 550-750{degrees}C, and test were performed to determine the physical properties of V-Cr-Ti-O solid solutions. The amount of O in the alloys has been determined by weight change measurements. Microhardness was used to determine O depth profiles of the alloys. X-ray diffraction indicated a phase transformation from body-centered cubic (bcc) to tetragonal in the lattice that was highly stressed because of O incorporation. Back-scattered-electron images and electron-energy-dispersive spectra revealed Cr depletion near alloy grain boundaries. Elastic modulus and Vickers hardness increased in O-enriched V-Cr-Ti alloys. Hardening of the alloys results from O atoms on face-centered interstitial sites in the bcc sublattice and the formation of homogeneous oxide or nitride phases via internal oxidation or nitridation. The O,N-enriched surface region exhibited the extraordinarily high Vickers hardness of {approx}18 GPa (1800 kg/mm{sup 2}), a value that is typical of oxides nitrides, or carbides, or that is obtainable by ion-beam irradiation of metals.

  7. Impurity effects on gas tungsten arc welds in V?Cr?Ti alloys

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    Grossbeck, M. L.; King, J. F.; Hoelzer, D. T.

    2000-12-01

    Plates 6.4 mm thick of V-Cr-Ti alloys, mostly V-4Cr-4Ti, were welded in a glove box argon atmosphere. A hot titanium getter led to excessive hydrogen concentrations. A cold zirconium-aluminum getter was used to reduce both oxygen and hydrogen. It was observed that a major source of hydrogen was dissociation of water vapor by the electric arc of the welding torch. Careful monitoring of atmospheric impurities and successive pumping and backfilling cycles permitted welds of higher quality than previously achieved. Welds were evaluated primarily by the Charpy impact test. A ductile-to-brittle transition temperature (DBTT) of -28°C was achieved in V-4Cr-4Ti. Previous GTA welds in the same material seldom had a DBTT below room temperature. Electron beam welding can achieve a DBTT of below -90°C in the V-4Cr-4Ti alloy, indicating a lower limit to the DBTT by impurity control.

  8. Tensile properties of V-Cr-Ti alloys after exposure in oxygen-containing environments

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    Natesan, K.; Soppet, W.K. [Argonne National Lab., IL (United States)

    1998-03-01

    A systematic study was conducted to evaluate the oxidation kinetics of V-4Cr-4Ti (44 alloy) and V-5Cr-5Ti alloys (55 alloy) and to establish the role of oxygen ingress on the tensile behavior of the alloys at room temperature and at 500 C. The oxidation rate of the 44 alloy is slightly higher than that of the 55 alloy. The oxidation process followed parabolic kinetics. Maximum engineering stress for 55 alloy increased with an increase in oxidation time at 500 C. The maximum stress values for 55 alloy were higher at room temperature than ta 500 C for the same oxidation treatment. Maximum engineering stresses for 44 alloy were substantially lower than those for 55 alloy in the same oxidation {approx}500 h exposure in air at 500 C; the same values were 4.8 and 6.1%, respectively, at 500 C after {approx}2060 h oxidation in air at 500 C. Maximum engineering stress for 44 alloy at room temperature was 421.6--440.6 MPa after {approx}250 h exposure at 500 C in environments with a pO{sub 2} range of 1 {times} 10{sup {minus}6} to 760 torr. The corresponding uniform and total elongation values were 11--14.4% and 14.5--21.7%, respectively. Measurements of crack depths in various specimens showed that depth is independent of pO{sub 2} in the preexposure environment and was of 70--95 {micro}m after 250--275 h exposure at 500 C.

  9. Grain boundary migration induced segregation in V-Cr-Ti alloys

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    Gelles, D.S. [Pacific Northwest National Lab., Richland, WA (United States); Ohnuki, S.; Takahashi, H. [Univ. of Hokkaido (Japan)

    1996-10-01

    Analytical electron microscopy results are reported for a series of vanadium alloys irradiated in the HFIR JP23 experiment at 500{degrees}C. Alloys were V-5Cr-5Ti and pure vanadium which are expected to have transmuted to V-15Cr-5Ti and V-10Cr following irradiation. Analytical microscopy confirmed the expected transmutation occurred and showed redistribution of Cr and Ti resulting from grain boundary migration in V-5Cr-5Ti, but in pure V, segregation was reduced and no clear trends as a function of position near a boundary were identified.

  10. Effect of time and temperature on grain size of V and V-Cr-Ti alloys

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    Natesan, K.; Rink, D.L. [Argonne National Lab., IL (United States)

    1996-10-01

    Grain growth studies were conducted to evaluate the effect of time and temperature on the grain size of pure V, V-4 wt.%Cr-4 wt.%Ti, and V-5 wt.%Cr-5 wt.%Ti alloys. The temperatures used in the study were 500, 650, 800, and 1000{degrees}C, and exposure times ranged between 100 and {approx}5000 h. All three materials exhibited negligible grain growth at 500, 650, and 800{degrees}C, even after {approx}5000 h. At 1000{degrees}C, pure V showed substantial grain growth after only 100 h, and V-4Cr-4Ti showed growth after 2000 h, while V-5Cr-5Ti showed no grain growth after exposure for up to 2000 h.

  11. Procurement of V-Cr-Ti alloys to study minor variations on V-4Cr-4Ti

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    Grossbeck, M.L. [Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (United States)

    1998-03-01

    The alloys V-6Cr-3Ti, V-4Cr-4Ti-Si, V-6Cr-6Ti, and V-3Cr-3Ti, were prepared by Teledyne Wah Chang Albany Corp. in 1994. Plate and sheet ranging from 0.76 mm to 6.25 mm with residual material being left in 12--20 mm thick bar were fabricated. Although the heats were prepared on a pilot plant scale using different equipment, an effort was made to keep the processing as close to Wah Chang Heat 832665, the reference fusion heat of V-4Cr-4Ti, as possible.

  12. Revised ANL-reported tensile data for unirradiated and irradiated (FFTF, HFIR) V-Ti and V-Cr-Ti alloys

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    Billone, M.C. [Argonne National Lab., IL (United States)

    1998-03-01

    The tensile data for all unirradiated and irradiated vanadium alloys samples tested at Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) have been critically reviewed and, when necessary, revised. The review and revision are based on reanalyzing the original load-displacement strip chart recordings by a methodology consistent with current ASTM standards. For unirradiated alloys (162 samples), the revised values differ from the previous values as follows: {minus}11{+-}19 MPa ({minus}4{+-}6%) for yield strength (YS), {minus}3{+-}15 MPa ({minus}1{+-}3%) for ultimate tensile strength (UTS), {minus}5{+-}2% strain for uniform elongation (UE), and {minus}4{+-}2% strain for total elongation (TE). Of these changes, the decrease in {minus}1{+-}6 MPa (0{+-}1%) for UTS, {minus}5{+-}2% for UE, and {minus}4{+-}2% for TE. Of these changes, the decrease in UE values for alloys irradiated and tested at 400--435 C is the most significant. This decrease results from the proper subtraction of nongauge-length deformation from measured crosshead deformation. In previous analysis of the tensile curves, the nongauge-length deformation was not correctly determined and subtracted from the crosshead displacement. The previously reported and revised tensile values for unirradiated alloys (20--700 C) are tabulated in Appendix A. The revised tensile values for the FFTF-irradiated (400--600 C) and HFIR-irradiated (400 C) alloys are tabulated in Appendix B, along with the neutron damage and helium levels. Appendix C compares the revised values to the previously reported values for irradiated alloys. Appendix D contains previous and revised values for the tensile properties of unirradiated V-5Cr-5Ti (BL-63) alloy exposed to oxygen.

  13. Reactions of hydrogen with V-Cr-Ti alloys

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    DiStefano, J.R.; DeVan, J.H.; Chitwood, L.D. [Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (United States); Roehrig, D.H. [Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe (Germany). Projekleitung Kernfusion

    1998-09-01

    In the absence of increases in oxygen concentration, additions of up to 400 ppm hydrogen to V-4 Cr-4 Ti did not result in significant embrittlement as determined by room temperature tensile tests. However, when hydrogen approached 700 ppm after exposure at 325 C, rapid embrittlement occurred. In this latter case, hydride formation is the presumed embrittlement cause. When oxygen was added during or prior to hydrogen exposure, synergistic effects led to significant embrittlement by 100 ppm hydrogen.

  14. Hard-yet-tough high-vanadium high-speed steel composite coating in-situ alloyed on ductile iron by atmospheric plasma arc

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    Cao, Huatang; Dong, Xuanpu; Pei, Yutao T.

    2018-01-01

    A graded high-vanadium alloy composite coating was synthesized from premixed powders (V, Cr, Ti, Mo, Nb) on ductile iron (DI) substrate via atmospheric plasma arc surface alloying process. The resulted cross-section microstructure is divided into three distinct zones: upper alloyed zone (AZ) rich

  15. Surface alloying of high-vanadium high-speed steel on ductile iron using plasma transferred arc technique: Microstructure and wear properties

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    Cao, H.T.; Dong, X.P.; Pan, Z.; Wu, X.W.; Huang, Q.W.; Pei, Y.T.

    2016-01-01

    A high-vanadium high speed steel (HVHSS) alloying layer was synthesized from pre-placed powders (V-Cr-Ti-Mo) on ductile iron (DI) substrate using plasma transferred arc (PTA) technique. The PTA-alloyed layer, characterized by microhardness, optical microscopy, XRD, EDS enabled SEM, TEM and

  16. Microstructural studies on Alloy 693

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    Halder, R.; Dutta, R.S. [Materials Science Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai 400 085 (India); Sengupta, P., E-mail: praneshsengupta@gmail.com [Materials Science Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai 400 085 (India); Samajdar, I. [Dept. of Metall. Engg. and Mater. Sci., Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Mumbai 400 072 (India); Dey, G.K. [Materials Science Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai 400 085 (India)

    2014-10-15

    Superalloy 693, is a newly identified ‘high-temperature corrosion resistant alloy’. Present study focuses on microstructure and mechanical properties of the alloy prepared by double ‘vacuum melting’ route. In general, the alloy contains ordered Ni{sub 3}Al precipitates distributed within austenitic matrix. M{sub 6}C primary carbide, M{sub 23}C{sub 6} type secondary carbide and NbC particles are also found to be present. Heat treatment of the alloy at 1373 K for 30 min followed by water quenching (WQ) brings about a microstructure that is free from secondary carbides and Ni{sub 3}Al type precipitates but contains primary carbides. Tensile property of Alloy 693 materials was measured with as received and solution annealed (1323 K, 60 min, WQ) and (1373 K, 30 min, WQ) conditions. Yield strength, ultimate tensile strength (UTS) and hardness of the alloy are found to drop with annealing. It is noted that in annealed condition, considerable cold working of the alloy can be performed.

  17. Microstructure Development during Solidification of Aluminium Alloys

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    Ruvalcaba Jimenez, D.G.

    2009-01-01

    This Thesis demonstrates studies on microstructure development during the solidification of aluminium alloys. New insights of structure development are presented here. Experimental techniques such as quenching and in-situ High-brilliance X-ray microscopy were utilized to study the microstructure

  18. 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.

  19. Microstructure of Cast Ni-Cr-Al-C Alloy

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    Cios G.; Bała P.; Stępień M.; Górecki K.

    2015-01-01

    Nickel based alloys, especially nickel based superalloys have gained the advantage over other alloys in the field of high temperature applications, and thus become irreplaceable at high temperature creep and aggressive corrosion environments, such as jet engines and steam turbines. However, the wear resistance of these alloys is insufficient at high temperatures. This work describes a microstructure of a new cast alloy. The microstructure consists of γ matrix strengthened by γ’ fine precipita...

  20. Microstructural characterization of the γ-TiAl alloy samples ...

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    Home; Journals; Bulletin of Materials Science; Volume 25; Issue 7. Microstructural characterization of the -TiAl alloy samples fabricated by direct laser fabrication rapid prototype technique. D Srivastava. Alloys and Steels Volume 25 ... Keywords. Titanium aluminide; microstructure; direct laser fabrication; rapid prototyping.

  1. 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

  2. Microstructure of Cast Ni-Cr-Al-C Alloy

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    Cios G.

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available Nickel based alloys, especially nickel based superalloys have gained the advantage over other alloys in the field of high temperature applications, and thus become irreplaceable at high temperature creep and aggressive corrosion environments, such as jet engines and steam turbines. However, the wear resistance of these alloys is insufficient at high temperatures. This work describes a microstructure of a new cast alloy. The microstructure consists of γ matrix strengthened by γ’ fine precipitates (dendrites improving the high temperature strength and of Chromium Cr7C3 primary carbides (in interdendritic eutectics which are designed to improve wear resistance as well as the high temperature strength.

  3. Characterization of the microstructure in Mg based alloy

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    Kutbee, Arwa T

    2013-06-01

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

  4. Microstructural development during solidification of stainless steel alloys

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    Elmer, J. W.; Allen, S. M.; Eagar, T. W.

    1989-10-01

    The microstructures that develop during the solidification of stainless steel alloys are related to the solidification conditions and the specific alloy composition. The solidification conditions are determined by the processing method, i.e., casting, welding, or rapid solidification, and by parametric variations within each of these techniques. One variable that has been used to characterize the effects of different processing conditions is the cooling rate. This factor and the chemical composition of the alloy both influence (1) the primary mode of solidification, (2) solute redistribution and second-phase formation during solidification, and (3) the nucleation and growth behavior of the ferrite-to-austenite phase transformation during cooling. Consequently, the residual ferrite content and the microstructural morphology depend on the cooling rate and are governed by the solidification process. This paper investigates the influence of cooling rate on the microstructure of stainless steel alloys and describes the conditions that lead to the many microstructural morphologies that develop during solidification. Experiments were performed on a series of seven high-purity Fe-Ni-Cr alloys that spanned the line of twofold saturation along the 59 wt pct Fe isopleth of the ternary alloy system. High-speed electron-beam surface-glazing was used to melt and resolidify these alloys at scan speeds up to 5 m/s. The resulting cooling rates were shown to vary from 7°C/s to 7.5×106°C/s, and the resolidified melts were analyzed by optical metallographic methods. Five primary modes of solidification and 12 microstructural morphologies were characterized in the resolidified alloys, and these features appear to be a complete “set” of the possible microstructures for 300-series stainless steel alloys. The results of this study were used to create electron-beam scan speed vs composition diagrams, which can be used to predict the primary mode of solidification and the

  5. Microstructural and technological optimisation of magnesium alloys

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    Facchinelli, Nicola

    2013-01-01

    Magnesium is one of the most abundance element in nature, and it's characterised by a lower density than aluminium. These characteristics confer great potential to magnesium alloys, which are so used for specialised applications, like for military purposes and in the aerospace industry. While some magnesium alloys, including the AM60B alloy, are historically associated to high pressure die casting, for such applications the magnesium alloy components are usually produced by the gravity castin...

  6. 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.)

  7. Microstructure Control of High-alloyed White Cast Iron

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    Kawalec M.

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents the results of studies of high-alloyed white cast iron modified with lanthanum, titanium, and aluminium-strontium. The samples were taken from four melts of high-vanadium cast iron with constant carbon and vanadium content and near-eutectic microstructure into which the tested inoculants were introduced in an amount of 1 wt% respective of the charge weight. The study included a metallographic examinations, mechanical testing, as well as hardness and impact resistance measurements taken on the obtained alloys. Studies have shown that different additives affect both the microstructure and mechanical properties of high-vanadium cast iron.

  8. EXAFS investigation on microstructure of La-based alloy deuteride

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    Chen Bo Fei; Xie Chao Mei; Chen Xi Ping; Liu Li Juan; Xie Ya Ning; Hu Tian Dou; Zhang Jing

    2002-01-01

    Extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) spectra were measured to investigate the microstructure of La-based alloy deuteride. The radial structural functions of LaNi sub 4 sub . sub 2 sub 5 Al sub 0 sub . sub 7 sub 5 D sub x samples were obtained and the comparisons among different samples were performed. The results show that removal of deuterium is fast in La-Ni-Al hydrogen storage alloys under non-airtight condition

  9. Inventory of alloy composition, microstructures and mechanical ...

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    The mechanical test results show that crankshaft possesses high strength, toughness and hardness and it is case hardened alloy steel while camshaft displays excellent resistance to wear, high brittleness and it is alloy cast Iron. Results also reveal that connecting rod possesses high strength and toughness and it is ...

  10. Magnetic field-induced solvothermal synthesis of one-dimensional assemblies of Ni-Co alloy microstructures

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    Hu, Ming Jun; Lin, Bin; Yu, Shu Hong

    2008-01-01

    One-dimensional magnetic Ni-Co alloy microwires with different microstructures and differently shaped building blocks including spherical particles, multilayer stacked alloy plates, and alloy flowers...

  11. Microstructures and oxidation behavior of some Molybdenum based alloys

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

    2011-01-01

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

  12. 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

  13. Alloy Microstructure Dictates Corrosion Modes in THA Modular Junctions.

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    Pourzal, Robin; Hall, Deborah J; Ehrich, Jonas; McCarthy, Stephanie M; Mathew, Mathew T; Jacobs, Joshua J; Urban, Robert M

    2017-12-01

    Adverse local tissue reactions (ALTRs) triggered by corrosion products from modular taper junctions are a known cause of premature THA failure. CoCrMo devices are of particular concern because cobalt ions and chromium-orthophosphates were shown to be linked to ALTRs, even in metal-on-polyethylene THAs. The most common categories of CoCrMo alloy are cast and wrought alloy, which exhibit fundamental microstructural differences in terms of grain size and hard phases. The impact of implant alloy microstructure on the occurring modes of corrosion and subsequent metal ion release is not well understood. The purpose of this study was to determine whether (1) the microstructure of cast CoCrMo alloy varies broadly between manufacturers and can dictate specific corrosion modes; and whether (2) the microstructure of wrought CoCrMo alloy is more consistent between manufacturers and has low implications on the alloy's corrosion behavior. The alloy microstructure of four femoral-stem and three femoral-head designs from four manufacturers was metallographically and electrochemically characterized. Three stem designs were made from cast alloy; all three head designs and one stem design were made from wrought alloy. Alloy samples were sectioned from retrieved components and then polished and etched to visualize grain structure and hard phases such as carbides (eg, M 23 C 6 ) or intermetallic phases (eg, σ phase). Potentiodynamic polarization (PDP) tests were conducted to determine the corrosion potential (E corr ), corrosion current density (I corr ), and pitting potential (E pit ) for each alloy. Four devices were tested within each group, and each measurement was repeated three times to ensure repeatable results. Differences in PDP metrics between manufacturers and between alloys with different hard phase contents were compared using one-way analysis of variance and independent-sample t-tests. Microstructural features such as twin boundaries and slip bands as well as corrosion

  14. Microstructure and martensitic transformation of Ni-Ti-Pr alloys

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    Zhao, Chunwang [Inner Mongolia University of Technology, College of Science, Hohhot (China); Shanghai Maritime University, College of Arts and Sciences, Shanghai (China); Zhao, Shilei; Jin, Yongjun; Hou, Qingyu [Inner Mongolia University of Technology, College of Science, Hohhot (China); Guo, Shaoqiang [Beihang University, Key Laboratory of Micro-nano Measurement, Manipulation and Physics (Ministry of Education), Department of Physics, Beijing (China)

    2017-09-15

    The effect of Pr addition on the microstructure and martensitic transformation behavior of Ni{sub 50}Ti{sub 50-x}Pr{sub x} (x = 0, 0.1, 0.3, 0.5, 0.7, 0.9) alloys were investigated experimentally. Results show that the microstructures of Ni-Ti-Pr alloys consist of the NiTi matrix and the NiPr precipitate with the Ti solute. The martensitic transformation start temperature decreases gradually with the increase in Pr fraction. The stress around NiPr precipitates is responsible for the decrease in martensitic transformation temperature with the increase in Pr fraction in Ni-Ti-Pr alloys. (orig.)

  15. Laser assisted high entropy alloy coating on aluminum: Microstructural evolution

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    Katakam, Shravana; Joshi, Sameehan S.; Mridha, Sanghita; Mukherjee, Sundeep; Dahotre, Narendra B., E-mail: Narendra.Dahotre@unt.edu [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of North Texas, 1150 Union Circle, 305310 Denton, Texas 76203-5017 (United States)

    2014-09-14

    High entropy alloy (Al-Fe-Co-Cr-Ni) coatings were synthesized using laser surface engineering on aluminum substrate. Electron diffraction analysis confirmed the formation of solid solution of body centered cubic high entropy alloy phase along with phases with long range periodic structures within the coating. Evolution of such type of microstructure was a result of kinetics associated with laser process, which generates higher temperatures and rapid cooling resulting in retention of high entropy alloy phase followed by reheating and/or annealing in subsequent passes of the laser track giving rise to partial decomposition. The partial decomposition resulted in formation of precipitates having layered morphology with a mixture of high entropy alloy rich phases, compounds, and long range ordered phases.

  16. Microstructure of MCMgAl12Zn1 magnesium alloy

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    Dobrzański L. A.

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available In this paper is presented the structure of the cast magnesium alloys as cast state and after heat treatment cooled with different cooling rate, depending on the cooling medium (furnace, water, air. For investigations samples in shape of 250x150x25 mm plates were used. The structure have been study in the light microscope, scanning electron microscope equipped with an electron back scattering facility. The effects of the addition of Al on the microstructure were also studied. In the analysed alloys a structure of α solid solution and fragile phase β(Mg17Al12 occurred mainly on grain borders as well as eutectic and phase with Mn, Fe and Si. Investigation are carried out for the reason of chemical composition influence and precipitation processes influence to the structure and mechanical properties of the magnesium cast alloys with different chemical composition in as cast alloys and after heat treatment.

  17. Microstructure and Mechanical Behavior of High-Entropy Alloys

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    Licavoli, Joseph J.; Gao, Michael C.; Sears, John S.; Jablonski, Paul D.; Hawk, Jeffrey A.

    2015-10-01

    High-entropy alloys (HEAs) have generated interest in recent years due to their unique positioning within the alloy world. By incorporating a number of elements in high proportion, usually of equal atomic percent, they have high configurational entropy, and thus, they hold the promise of interesting and useful properties such as enhanced strength and alloy stability. The present study investigates the mechanical behavior, fracture characteristics, and microstructure of two single-phase FCC HEAs CoCrFeNi and CoCrFeNiMn with some detailed attention given to melting, homogenization, and thermo-mechanical processing. Ingots approaching 8 kg in mass were made by vacuum induction melting to avoid the extrinsic factors inherent to small-scale laboratory button samples. A computationally based homogenization heat treatment was given to both alloys in order to eliminate any solidification segregation. The alloys were then fabricated in the usual way (forging, followed by hot rolling) with typical thermo-mechanical processing parameters employed. Transmission electron microscopy was subsequently used to assess the single-phase nature of the alloys prior to mechanical testing. Tensile specimens (ASTM E8) were prepared with tensile mechanical properties obtained from room temperature through 800 °C. Material from the gage section of selected tensile specimens was extracted to document room and elevated temperature deformation within the HEAs. Fracture surfaces were also examined to note fracture failure modes. The tensile behavior and selected tensile properties were compared with results in the literature for similar alloys.

  18. 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.

  19. Microstructural evolution and creep of Fe-Al-Ta alloys

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    Prokopcakova, Petra; Svec, Martin [Technical University of Liberec (Czech Republic). Dept. of Material Science; Palm, Martin [Max-Planck-Institut fuer Eisenforschung GmbH, Duesseldorf (Germany). Structure and Nano-/Micromechanics of Materials

    2016-05-15

    The microstructural evolution in Fe-Al-Ta alloys containing 23 - 31 at.% Al and 1.5 - 2.2 at.% Ta has been studied in the temperature range 650 - 750 C by annealing for 1, 10, 100 and 1 000 h. The experiments confirm that in this temperature range the precipitation of the stable hexagonal C14 Laves phase is preceded by formation of coherent, metastable L2{sub 1} Heusler phase precipitates within the Fe-Al matrix. However, precipitates of C14 are observed after much shorter annealing times than previously assumed. Creep strength increases substantially with increasing Al content of the alloys because the solid solubility for Ta in the Fe-Al matrix increases with increasing Al content and solid-solution hardening contributes substantially to the observed high creep strength. It may therefore be that the microstructural changes during creep have no noticeable effect on creep strength.

  20. Microstructures in rapidly solidified Ni-Mo alloys

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    Jayaraman, N.; Tewari, S. N.; Hemker, K. J.; Glasgow, T. K.

    1986-01-01

    Ni-Mo alloys of compositions ranging from pure Ni to Ni-40 at. percent Mo were rapidly solidified by Chill Block Melt Spinning in vacuum and were examined by optical metallography, X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy. Rapid solidification resulted in an extension of molybdenum solubility in nickel from 28 to 37.5 at. percent. A number of different phases and microstructures were seen at different depths (solidification conditions) from the quenched surface of the melt spun ribbons.

  1. Microstructure and Impurity Effects on Tungsten Heavy Alloys

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  2. Deformation behavior and microstructure evolution of wrought magnesium alloys

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    Wang, Shouren; Song, Linghui; Kang, Sukbong; Cho, Jaehyung; Wang, Yingzi

    2013-05-01

    There are many researches on the deformation behavior of wrought magnesium alloys, such as AZ31, AZ80, AZ91, and ZK60 magnesium alloys at different temperatures and strain rates, but few of them focuses on the deformation behavior of AZ41M and ZK60M alloys, especially under the twin-roll casting (TRC) state. Meanwhile, the existing researches only focus on the grain refinement law of the magnesium alloys under deformation conditions, the deformation mechanism has not been revealed yet. The hot compression behavior of AZ41M and ZK60M magnesium alloys under the temperature and strain rate ranges of 250-400 °C and 0.001-1 s-1 are studied by thermal simulation methods using Gleeble 1500 machine and virtual simulation using finite element analysis software. Simulation results show that sine hyperbolic law is the most suitable flow stress model for wider deformation conditions. The most reasonable selected deformation conditions of ZK60M alloy is 350 °C/0.1 s-1 for TRC and 350 °C/1 s-1 for conventional casting (CC), while AZ41M alloy is 300 °C/0.01 s-1 for TRC and 350 °C/0.1 s-1 for CC. Deformation behavior and dynamic recrystallization (DRX) mechanism of them are analyzed at the same deformation conditions. The microstructures of AZ41M and ZK60M alloys are observed at different deformed conditions by optical microscopy (OM) and electron back scatter diffraction (EBSD) and it reveals the flow behavior and deformation mechanism of them. Working harden and work soften contribute to the activation of basal, non-basal slip systems which promote DRX. The proposed research reveals the deformation behavior and mechanism of the AZ41M and ZK 60M magnesium alloys and concludes their optimized deformation parameters and processes and provides a theory basis for their manufacturing and application.

  3. Microstructure of Hot-Deformed Cu-3Ti Alloy

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    Szkliniarz A.

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available In the paper, results of investigations regarding temperature and strain rate effects on hot-deformed Cu-3Ti alloy microstructure are presented. Evaluation of the alloy microstructure was performed with the use of a Gleeble HDS-V40 thermal-mechanical simulator on samples subjected to uniaxial hot compression within 700 to 900ºC and at the strain rate of 0.1, 1.0 or 10.0 s-1 until 70% (1.2 strain. It was found that within the analyzed temperature and strain rate ranges, the alloy deformation led to partial or complete recrystallization of its structure and to multiple refinement of the initial grains. The recrystallization level and the average diameter of recrystallized grains increase with growing temperature and strain rate. It was shown that entirely recrystallized, fine-grained alloy structure could be obtained following deformation at the strain rate of min 10.0 s-1 and the temperature of 800°C or higher.

  4. The effect of remelting various combinations of new and used cobalt-chromium alloy on the mechanical properties and microstructure of the alloy

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    Sharad Gupta

    2012-01-01

    Conclusion: Repeated remelting of base metal alloy for dental casting without addition of new alloy can affect the mechanical properties of the alloy. Microstructure analysis shows deterioration upon remelting. However, the addition of 25% and 50% (by weight of new alloy to the remelted alloy can bring about improvement both in mechanical properties and in microstructure.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. Microstructural characterization of Mg–Al–Sr alloys

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    M. Aljarrah et al

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available The microstructural details of fourteen Mg–Al–Sr alloys were investigated in the as-cast form by a combination of scanning electron microscopy/energy dispersive spectrometer (SEM/EDS analysis and quantitative electron probe microanalysis (EPMA. The heat transfer method coupled with the DSC measurement has been utilized to determine the solidification curves of the alloys. The morphology and the chemical composition of the phases were characterized. The microstructure of the alloys is primarily dominated by (Mg and (Al4Sr. In the present investigation, ternary solid solubility of three binary compounds extended into the ternary system has been reported and denoted as: (Al4Sr, (Mg17Sr2 and (Mg38Sr9. The (Al4Sr phase is a substitutional solid solution represented by MgxAl4−xSr and has a plate-like structure. The maximum solubility of Al in Mg17Sr2 was found to be 21.3 at%. It was also observed that Mg38Sr9 dissolved 12.5 at% Al.

  8. 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.

  9. Coercivity and microstructure of Mn-Ni-N sintered alloys

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    Sugimoto, S.; Hattori, T.; Tezuka, N. [Department of Materials Science, Graduate School of Engineering, Tohoku University, Aoba-yama 6-6-02, Sendai 980-8579 (Japan); Isogai, K.; Matsumoto, H.; Yoshida, S. [NEC TOKIN Corporation, Sendai, Miyagi 982-8510 (Japan)

    2007-12-15

    This paper describes the relationship between magnetic properties and microstructure in Mn-Ni-N sintered alloys. The Mn-Ni-N alloy heat-treated at 1200 C for 3 h and then jacket-quenched in a nitrogen atmosphere, exhibits a high coercivity of 352 kAm{sup -1}. The EDX analysis reveals that the sample jacket-quenched and then annealed in nitrogen, consists of two phases with different Ni content forming a lamellar structure. From TEM observations, the jacket-quenched sample contains many stacking faults and twins with nano-meter size. Therefore, it is considered that they play a role as pinning sites of domain wall motion and high coercivity observed with the quenched sample is caused by the domain wall pinning mechanism. (copyright 2008 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  10. Accelerated Irradiations for High Dose Microstructures in Fast Reactor Alloys

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    Jiao, Zhijie [Univ. of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI (United States)

    2017-03-31

    The objective of this project is to determine the extent to which high dose rate, self-ion irradiation can be used as an accelerated irradiation tool to understand microstructure evolution at high doses and temperatures relevant to advanced fast reactors. We will accomplish the goal by evaluating phase stability and swelling of F-M alloys relevant to SFR systems at very high dose by combining experiment and modeling in an effort to obtain a quantitative description of the processes at high and low damage rates.

  11. The microstructure and precipitation kinetics of a cast aluminium alloy

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    Ovono, D. Ovono [Laboratoire Roberval, University of Technology of Compiegne, 60205 Compiegne (France)]. E-mail: delavand.ovono-ovono@utc.fr; Guillot, I. [Centre d' Etudes de Chimie Metallurgie, UPR2801 CNRS, 94407 Vitry-sur-Seine (France); Massinon, D. [Fonderie Montupet, 60181 Nogent-sur-Oise (France)

    2006-08-15

    The microstructure of a cast Al-Si-Cu alloy was studied quantitatively in detail by a combination of differential scanning calorimetry, scanning electron microscopy, scanning tunnelling microscopy and transmission electron microscopy. The kinetics of coarsening can be described by the classical ripening theory. The plot of the rate constant of coarsening and the temperature follows an Arrhenius behaviour with an activation energy of about 140.4 kJ/mol{sup -1}, which is approximately the activation energy for diffusion of Cu and/or Si in Al, indicating diffusion-controlled precipitate growth.

  12. Microstructure and Thermomechanical Properties of Magnesium Alloys Castings

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    P. Lichý

    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.

  13. Microstructural issues in a friction-stir-welded aluminum alloy

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    Flores, O.V.; Kennedy, C.; Murr, L.E.; Brown, D.; Pappu, S.; Nowak, B.M.; McClure, J.C. [Univ. of Texas, El Paso, TX (United States)

    1998-02-03

    Recent observations of microstructures associated with friction-stir welding (FSW) in a number of aluminum alloys have consistently demonstrated the actual weld zone to consist of a (dynamically) recrystallized grain structure resulting from the extreme, solid-state, plastic deformation characterizing the process. Because of solubilities associated with the various precipitates in 7075 and 6061 aluminum alloys, and the fact that the precipitates were either homogeneously distributed throughout both the original (unwelded) work-piece plates and the well zones (or formed varying densities of Widmanstaetten patterns within the original and recrystallized grains), it has been difficult to follow the stirring of stable, second-phase particles from the base metal (work-piece) into the weld zone. In the present investigation, a compositionally modified 1100 aluminum alloy (nominally 99.2% Al, 0.5% Fe, 0.15% Cu, 0.12% Si, 0.05 Mn, 0.04 Ti, balance in weight percent of Be and Mg), forming a stable microdendritic (second-phase), equiaxed, cell structure was friction-stir welded. These thermally stable, geometrically specific, precipitates in the base metal were compared with their disposition within the friction-stir-weld zone. In addition, as-cast plates of this alloy were cold-rolled 50% and friction-stir-welded in order to compare these two schedules (as-cast and 50% cold-rolled) in terms of residual hardness variations and related microstructural issues as well as the effect of prior deformation on the friction-stir welding process.

  14. Study of microstructure in vanadium–palladium alloys by X-ray ...

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    Home; Journals; Bulletin of Materials Science; Volume 30; Issue 5. Study of microstructure in vanadium–palladium alloys by X-ray diffraction technique ... Present study considers microstructural characterization of vanadium-based palladium (V–Pd) alloys, which are widely used in marine environment due to their high ...

  15. 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 ...

  16. MICROSTRUCTURAL AND MECHANICAL STUDY OF ALUMINIUM ALLOYS SUBMITTED TO DISTINCT SOAKING TIMES DURING SOLUTION HEAT TREATMENT

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    Valmir Martins Monteiro

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available This work studies the microstructural characteristics and mechanical properties for different aluminium alloys (1100, 3104 and 8011 hot rolled sheets that were subjected to a solution heat treatment with distinct soaking times, in order to promote microstructural and mechanical changes on these alloys with solute fractions slightly above the maximum solubility limit. Scanning Electronic Microscopy (SEM / Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy X-Ray (EDS, X-Ray Diffraction (XRD and Hardness Tests were employed to observe the microstructural / compositional and mechanical evaluation. For the 1100 and 8011 alloys the more suitable soaking time occur between 1 and 2 hours, and for the 3104 alloy occurs between 2 and 3 hours.

  17. Two-Zone Microstructures in Al-18Si Alloy Powders

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    Spinelli, J. E.; Bogno, A.-A.; Henein, H.

    2018-02-01

    Hypereutectic Al-18 wt pct Si alloy is widely used in automotive industry as a wear-resistant alloy for engine components. However, in the last few years, this traditional composition is being considered for processing by different rapid solidification methods. Positive points include its low thermal expansion and uniform distribution of surface oxides. Nevertheless, the microstructural aspects of Al-Si powders of 18 wt pct Si are still need to be addressed, such as, the eutectic Si morphology, size, and distribution generated by different process conditions during rapid solidification. Based on a detailed quantitative analysis of the microstructures of rapid solidified Al-18 wt pct Si in this work, solidification conditions that yield specific Si morphologies, Si spacing, and thermal cooling conditions are outlined. The focus is determining the solidification conditions that will yield a specified shape of eutectic Si. It is shown that Si morphology is dependent on a combination of growth velocity (based on modified JH model) and temperature gradient. Furthermore, the highest hardness is achieved with globular morphologies of Si. The processing conditions required to achieve these properties are outlined.

  18. 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 ...

  19. Effect of cerium addition on microstructures of carbon-alloyed iron ...

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    All the alloys exhibited a typical two-phase microstructure consisting of Fe3AlC carbides in an iron aluminide matrix. In the alloy without Ce addition, large bulky carbides were equally distributed throughout the matrix with many smaller precipitates interspersed in between. In the alloy with Ce addition, the carbide grain sizes ...

  20. Evolution of microstructure in zirconium alloys during irradiation

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    Griffiths, M; Winegar, J E

    1997-01-01

    X-ray diffraction (XRD) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) have been used to characterize microstructural and microchemical changes produced by neutron irradiation in zirconium and zirconium alloys. Zircaloy-2, Zircaloy-4, and Zr-2.5Nb alloys with differing metallurgical states have been analyzed after irradiation for neutron fluences up to 25 x 10 sup 2 sup 5 n.m sup - sup 2 (E > I MeV) for a range of temperatures between 330 and 580 K. Irradiation modifies the dislocation structure through nucleation and growth of dislocation loops and, for cold-worked materials in particular, climb of existing network dislocations. In general, the a-type dislocation structure tends to saturate at low fluences (10 x l0 sup 2 sup 5 n.m sup - sup 2 - in some cases). The phase structure is also modified by irradiation. The common alloying/impurity elements, Fe, Cr, and Ni, are relatively insoluble in the alpha-phase but are dispersed into the alpha-phase during irradiation irrespective of the state of the phase initial...

  1. Microstructures of ancient and modern cast silver–copper alloys

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    Northover, S.M., E-mail: s.m.northover@open.ac.uk [Materials Engineering, The Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes MK7 6AA (United Kingdom); Northover, J.P., E-mail: peter.northover@materials.ox.ac.uk [Department of Materials, University of Oxford, Parks Rd, Oxford OX1 3PH,UK (United Kingdom)

    2014-04-01

    The microstructures of modern cast Sterling silver and of cast silver objects about 2500 years old have been compared using optical microscopy (OM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM), energy dispersive X-ray microanalysis (EDX) and electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD). Microstructures of both ancient and modern alloys were typified by silver-rich dendrites with a few pools of eutectic and occasional cuprite particles with an oxidised rim on the outer surface. EBSD showed the dendrites to have a complex internal structure, often involving extensive twinning. There was copious intragranular precipitation within the dendrites, in the form of very fine copper-rich rods which TEM, X-ray diffraction (XRD), SEM and STEM suggest to be of a metastable face-centred-cubic (FCC) phase with a cube–cube orientation relationship to the silver-rich matrix but a higher silver content than the copper-rich β in the eutectic. Samples from ancient objects displayed a wider range of microstructures including a fine scale interpenetration of the adjoining grains not seen in the modern material. Although this study found no unambiguous evidence that this resulted from microstructural change produced over archaeological time, the copper supersaturation remaining after intragranular precipitation suggests that such changes, previously proposed for wrought and annealed material, may indeed occur in ancient silver castings. - Highlights: • Similar twinned structures and oxidised surfaces seen in ancient and modern cast silver • General precipitation of fine Cu-rich rods apparently formed by discontinuous precipitation is characteristic of as-cast silver. • The fine rods are cube-cube related to the matrix in contrast with the eutectic. • The silver-rich phase remains supersaturated with copper. • Possibly age-related grain boundary features seen in ancient cast silver.

  2. Quantitative procedure for evaluation of microstructure of cast Mg-Al-Ca-Sr magnesium alloy

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    T. Rzychoń

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available In this paper the microstructural characterization of ingot MRI-230D magnesium alloy and quantitative procedure for evaluation of microstructure are presented. The optical and scanning electron microscopy were used to study the morphology of microstructural compounds in this alloy. The X-ray diffraction was used to determination of phase composition. The as-cast microstructure of MRI-230D magnesium alloy containing aluminum, calcium and strontium consists of the dendritic α-Mg and such intermetallic compounds as: Al2Ca, Al4Sr and AlxMny. In the purpose quantitative description of microstructure semi-automatic procedures using Met-Ilo image analysis were developed. Prepared semi-automatic procedures allow a fast determination of phase content in MRI-230D alloy using light microscopy and will be useful in the quality control of MRI-230D ingots.

  3. 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)

  4. The effects of alloying elements on microstructures and mechanical properties of tungsten inert gas welded AZ80 magnesium alloys joint

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    Li, Hui; Zhang, Jiansheng; Ding, Rongrong

    2017-11-01

    The effects of alloying elements on the macrostructures, microstructures and tensile strength of AZ80 Mg alloy weldments were studied in the present study. The results indicate that with the decrease of Al element content of filler wire, the welding defects of seam are gradually eliminated and the β-Mg17Al12 phases at α-Mg boundaries are refined and become discontinuous, which are beneficial to the improvement of tensile strength. With AZ31 Mg alloy filler wire, the maximum tensile strength of AZ80 weldment is 220 MPa and fracture occurs at the welding seam of joint. It is experimentally proved that robust AZ80 Mg alloy joints can be obtained by tungsten inert gas (TIG) welding process with AZ31 Mg alloy filler wire. However, further study is required to improve the microstructures and reduce welding defects of joint in order to further improve the joining strength of AZ80 Mg alloy joint.

  5. Microstructural Effects on Creep-Fatigue Life of Alloy 709

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    McMurtrey, Michael [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States); Carroll, Laura [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States); Wright, Jill [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States)

    2017-08-01

    Creep-fatigue tests were performed on plates of Alloy 709 from various heats and processing conditions, but often with inhomogeneous microstructures. After testing, metallographic analysis was performed and the specimens were generally found to either have a uniform grain size or a bimodal grain size distribution with either isolated or groups (bands) of large grains. Creep-fatigue life was characterized with respect to the length of the grain boundary perpendicular to the stress axis, and it was found that large grains (>400 μm) tended to be detrimental to creep-fatigue life, with the exception of elongated (parallel to the stress axis) grains and some specimens that underwent additional annealing.

  6. 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.

  7. Extreme creep resistance in a microstructurally stable nanocrystalline alloy

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    Darling, K. A.; Rajagopalan, M.; Komarasamy, M.; Bhatia, M. A.; Hornbuckle, B. C.; Mishra, R. S.; Solanki, K. N.

    2016-09-01

    microstructurally stable structural alloys with high strength and creep resistance for various high-temperature applications, including in the aerospace, naval, civilian infrastructure and energy sectors.

  8. Extreme creep resistance in a microstructurally stable nanocrystalline alloy.

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    Darling, K A; Rajagopalan, M; Komarasamy, M; Bhatia, M A; Hornbuckle, B C; Mishra, R S; Solanki, K N

    2016-09-15

    microstructurally stable structural alloys with high strength and creep resistance for various high-temperature applications, including in the aerospace, naval, civilian infrastructure and energy sectors.

  9. Microstructural characterization of as-cast hf-b alloys

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    João Carlos Jânio Gigolotti

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available An accurate knowledge of several metal-boron phase diagrams is important to evaluation of higher order systems such as metal-silicon-boron ternaries. The refinement and reassessment of phase diagram data is a continuous work, thus the reevaluation of metal-boron systems provides the possibility to confirm previous data from an investigation using higher purity materials and better analytical techniques. This work presents results of rigorous microstructural characterization of as-cast hafnium-boron alloys which are significant to assess the liquid composition associated to most of the invariant reactions of this system. Alloys were prepared by arc melting high purity hafnium (minimum 99.8% and boron (minimum 99.5% slices under argon atmosphere in water-cooled copper crucible with non consumable tungsten electrode and titanium getter. The phases were identified by scanning electron microscopy, using back-scattered electron image mode and X-ray diffraction. In general, a good agreement was found between our data and those from the currently accepted Hafnium-Boron phase diagram. The phases identified are αHfSS and B-RhomSS, the intermediate compounds HfB and HfB2 and the liquide L. The reactions are the eutectic L ⇔ αHfSS + HfB and L ⇔ HfB2 + B-Rhom, the peritectic L + HfB2 ⇔ HfB and the congruent formation of HfB2.

  10. Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of an Ultrasonic Spot Welded Aluminum Alloy: The Effect of Welding Energy

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    He Peng; Daolun Chen; Xianquan Jiang

    2017-01-01

    The aim of this study is to evaluate the microstructures, tensile lap shear strength, and fatigue resistance of 6022-T43 aluminum alloy joints welded via a solid-state welding technique-ultrasonic spot welding (USW...

  11. Morphology and microstructure of rapidly solidified tin-lead alloy powders

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    Xiang Qingchun

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available Sn60Pb40 alloy powders were fabricated using the planar flow casting (PFC atomization process. By using OM, SEM and EPMA, the characteristics of the morphologies and microstructures of the powders have been investigated. It is observed that the environment of ambient gas in the atomization box has great effects on the morphology of the alloy powders. The microstructures of Sn60Pb40 alloy powders produced by the PFC atomization process are completely composed of eutectic, which is made up of both oversaturated α solid solution and β solid solution. The microstructures of small size powders are extraordinarily undeveloped dendritic eutectic, in which the large majority of the α phase appears nearly spherical, evidently since the cooling rate is higher and the under-cooling is larger. As for the large size powders, since the cooling rate and undercooling are relatively low, lamellar α phase apparently increases in the eutectic microstructures of these powders, and there is even typical lamellar eutectic structure clearly observed in some micro-areas. After remelting tests by DTA, the microstructures of small size powders are transformed, which become composed of large crumby α phase and eutectic (α+β, while those of large size powders change into classical tin-lead structures of primary α phase plus lamellar eutectic (α+β. By studying the microstructures of tin-lead alloy powders, a model has been proposed to predict the microstructure formation of Sn60Pb40 alloy powders.

  12. Correlation of microstructure and fatigue crack growth resistance in Ti-6Al-4V alloy

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    Masete, Stephen

    2016-10-01

    Full Text Available The effect of the microstructure on fatigue crack growth resistance of the Ti-6Al-4V alloy was investigated. Various microstructures were produced by solution treatment above the beta transus temperature followed by cooling at different rates...

  13. Microstructure of high-pressure die-casting AM50 magnesium alloy

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    Dabrowski, R.; K.N. Braszczynska -Malik; Braszczynski, J.

    2009-01-01

    Microstructure analyses of high-pressure die-casting AM50 magnesium alloy are presented. Investigated pressure casting wasproduced on a cold chamber die-casting machine with locking force at 1100 tones in “FINNVEDEN Metal Structures”. Light microscopyand X-ray phase analysis techniques were used to characterize the obtained material. In microstructure, an

  14. Microstructure of high-pressure die-casting AM50 magnesium alloy

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    R. Dabrowski

    2009-04-01

    Full Text Available Microstructure analyses of high-pressure die-casting AM50 magnesium alloy are presented. Investigated pressure casting wasproduced on a cold chamber die-casting machine with locking force at 1100 tones in “FINNVEDEN Metal Structures”. Light microscopyand X-ray phase analysis techniques were used to characterize the obtained material. In microstructure, an

  15. Studying microstructure and phase composition of a new complex calcium containing alloy

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    I. Bartenev

    2016-10-01

    Full Text Available In the given article there are presented the results of studying the microstructure and phase structure of a complex alloy of alumosilicon with calcium. It is established that in the studied CAMS alloy active elements are present at a type of difficult intermetallid that positively influences quality of both ordinary, and qualitative brands of steel.

  16. RETRACTED ARTICLE: Microstructural evolution of AA7449 aerospace alloy refined by intensive shearing

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    Haghayeghi, R.; Nastac, L.

    2012-10-01

    Many aerospace alloys are sensitive to their composition thus cannot be chemically grain refined. In addition, only 1% grain refiners can act as nuclei for refining the structure. In this paper, physical refinement by intensive shearing above liquidus as an alternative technique will be investigated for AA7449 aerospace alloy. The results can open a new gateway for aerospace industry for refining their microstructure.

  17. Microstructural design of hardfacing Ni-Cr-B-Si-C alloys

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    Hemmati, I.; Huizenga, R. M.; Ocelik, V.; De Hosson, J. Th M.

    This work reports the procedure for selection of alloying elements to refine the microstructure of hardfacing Ni-Cr-B-Si-C alloys by providing in situ formed nucleation agents. It is concluded that the refining element should be able to spontaneously produce precipitates at high temperatures with

  18. Microstructural evolution of fine-grained ZA27 alloy during partial remelting

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    Chen Tijun

    2010-11-01

    Full Text Available The microstructural evolution process of fined-grained ZA27 alloy during partial remelting has been investigated. The relationship between the as-cast and semi-solid microstructures has been discussed in particular. The results indicate that a semi-solid microstructure with small and spheroidal primary particles can be obtained when the ZA27 alloy is partially remelted. The microstructural evolution can be divided into four stages, the initial coarsening of the dendrites due to coalescence of dendrite arms, structural separation resulted from the melting of residual interdendritic eutectic, spheroidization due to the partial melting of solid particles and final coarsening attributed to the coalescence and Ostwald ripening. An equiaxed dendrite in the as-cast microstructure may evolve into one spheroidal particle in the semi-solid microsturucture after being partially remelted. The more equiaxed the dendrites in an as-cast microstructure are, the more spheroidal the solid particles in the semi-solid microstructure will be. Finer primary particles could be obtained if the alloy with finer as-cast microstructure was partially remelted. However, due to the coalescence effect, their sizes cannot be reduced further if the refined as-cast microstructure reached a certain extent.

  19. Microstructural Characterization of Alloy 617 Crept into the Tertiary Regime

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    Lillo, Thomas Martin [Idaho National Laboratory; Wright, Richard Neil [Idaho National Laboratory

    2015-07-01

    The microstructure of Alloy 617 was characterized following creep tests interrupted at total creep strains ranging from 2-20%. A range of creep temperatures (750-1000oC) and initial creep stresses (10-145 MPa) produced creep test durations ranging from 1 to 5800 hours. Image analysis of optical photomicrographs on longitudinal sections of the gage length was used to document the fraction of creep porosity as a function of creep parameters. Creep porosity was negligible below tertiary creep strains of 10% and increased with tertiary creep strain, thereafter. For a given temperature and total creep strain, creep porosity increased with decreasing creep stress. Creep porosity increased linearly with duration of the creep experiment. TEM performed on the gage sections did not reveal significant creep cavity formation on grain boundaries at the sub-micron level. It was concluded that the onset of tertiary creep did not result from creep cavitation and more likely arose due to the formation of low energy dislocation substructures with increasing tertiary strain.

  20. Prediction of Microstructure Evolution in Hot Backward Extrusion of Ti-6Al-4V Alloy

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    Jong-Taek Yeom

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Microstructure evolution of Ti-6Al-4V alloy during hot backward extrusion process was simulated with the combined approaches of finite element method (FEM and microstructure prediction model. From experimental analysis, it can be found that the change of microstructure during hot forming process of titanium alloy has a close relation to α/β phase transformation and grain growth behaviour. A microstructure prediction model was established by considering the change of volume fractions and grain size of both phases varying with process variables and then implemented into the user-defined subroutine of FEM analysis. In order to demonstrate the reliability of the model, the volume fraction and grain size of primary α phase during the hot backward extrusion process of Ti-6Al-4V alloy were simulated. The simulation results were compared with the experimental ones.

  1. Modification of texture and microstructure of magnesium alloy extrusions by particle-stimulated recrystallization

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    Al-Samman, T., E-mail: alsamman@imm.rwth-aachen.de [Institut fuer Metallkunde und Metallphysik, RWTH Aachen, 52056 Aachen (Germany)

    2013-01-10

    Conventional magnesium alloy Mg-1Zn-0.4Zr and a modified version of the same alloy containing Nd-based rare earth mischmetal and Y were extruded at 400 Degree-Sign C to study dynamic recrystallization and its role in the microstructure and texture development. Second phase particles in the modified alloy seemed to generate new orientations other than the deformed orientation. Although this occurred within small volume fraction of the material, the respective recrystallizing grains grew up to considerable sizes consuming larger volumes of the extruded microstructure and dominating the bulk texture. The consequent mechanical behavior tested in plane strain compression at room temperature demonstrated improved strain hardening behavior and enhanced ambient formability relative to the conventional alloy due to well-scattered texture and prolonged activity of basal slip within a large volume of the deformed microstructure.

  2. 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.

  3. 9%Cr heat resistant steels: Alloy design, microstructure evolution and creep response at 650 deg. C

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    Rojas, D. [Universidad de Concepcion, Departamento de Ingenieria de Materiales, Edmundo Larenas 270, Concepcion (Chile); Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin fuer Materialien und Energie GmbH, Hahn-Meitner-Platz 1, 14109 Berlin (Germany); Garcia, J., E-mail: jose.garcia@helmholtz-berlin.de [Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin fuer Materialien und Energie GmbH, Hahn-Meitner-Platz 1, 14109 Berlin (Germany); Prat, O. [Universidad de Concepcion, Departamento de Ingenieria de Materiales, Edmundo Larenas 270, Concepcion (Chile); Max-Planck-Institut fuer Eisenforschung GmbH, Max-Planck-Str. 1, 40237 Duesseldorf (Germany); Sauthoff, G. [Max-Planck-Institut fuer Eisenforschung GmbH, Max-Planck-Str. 1, 40237 Duesseldorf (Germany); Kaysser-Pyzalla, A.R. [Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin fuer Materialien und Energie GmbH, Hahn-Meitner-Platz 1, 14109 Berlin (Germany)

    2011-06-15

    Highlights: {yields} 9Cr alloys with varying Ti and C contents were designed, produced and crept at 650 deg. C. {yields} Sub-grain and precipitate distribution and evolution investigated by STEM-HAADF. {yields} Correlations between microstructure evolution and mechanical properties were studied. {yields} Coarsening of sub-grain size was larger for Ti-containing 9Cr alloys. {yields} 9Cr alloy with low C and no Ti showed the highest creep strength of all studied alloys. - Abstract: In this work 9%Cr alloys were designed supported by computational thermodynamic methods. Two sets of alloys were produced: 9%Cr alloys with 0.1%C and 0.05%C and 9%Cr alloys containing {approx}0.03% Ti with 0.1%C and 0.05%C (always wt%). Microstructure investigations showed good agreement with the predicted phases of the thermodynamic modeling. The volume fraction of precipitated M{sub 23}C{sub 6} carbides is directly related to the carbon content of the alloys. For Ti-containing alloys the precipitation of nano-sized Ti-rich MX carbonitrides was observed. The microstructure evolution (sub-grain and particle size) during creep at 650 deg. C/100 MPa was investigated by STEM-HAADF. The sub-grain size evolution and the coarsening of precipitates (MX carbonitrides, M{sub 23}C{sub 6} and Laves phase) were more pronounced for Ti-containing alloys. 9Cr alloys without Ti and with low carbon content presented the highest creep strength of all investigated alloys.

  4. Corrosion Resistance and Microstructure of Recasting Cobalt Alloys Used in Dental Prosthetics

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    Loch J.

    2017-06-01

    Full Text Available The work presents the results of the studies of Co-Cr-Mo casting alloys used in the production of frame casts of removable dentures, crowns and bridges in dental prosthetics. The studies were performed on four Co-Cr-Mo alloys of different contents of Mo, W and other additives. Electrochemical tests were performed, which aimed at examining the corrosion resistance of the alloys and observing the alloy structure after chronoamperometric tests with the potential in the area of the occurrence of the passive layer breakpoint. The alloy microstructure images after chronoamperometric tests show the presence of non-uniformly distributed general corrosion. Moreover, a project of cobalt alloy casting was elaborated using a ceramic mold casting. Additionally, analysis of the obtained microstructure was performed. The microstructure of the examined alloys was of the dendrite type. This microstructure was chemically inhomogeneous and consisted of an austenitic matrix formed by a solid cobalt solution and chromium in the core dendritic structure.

  5. Review on Microstructure Analysis of Metals and Alloys Using Image Analysis Techniques

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    Rekha, Suganthini; Bupesh Raja, V. K.

    2017-05-01

    The metals and alloys find vast application in engineering and domestic sectors. The mechanical properties of the metals and alloys are influenced by their microstructure. Hence the microstructural investigation is very critical. Traditionally the microstructure is studied using optical microscope with suitable metallurgical preparation. The past few decades the computers are applied in the capture and analysis of the optical micrographs. The advent of computer softwares like digital image processing and computer vision technologies are a boon to the analysis of the microstructure. In this paper the literature study of the various developments in the microstructural analysis, is done. The conventional optical microscope is complemented by the use of Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) and other high end equipments.

  6. Microstructure, mechanical behavior and biocompatibility of powder metallurgy Nb-Ti-Ta alloys as biomedical material.

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    Liu, Jue; Chang, Lin; Liu, Hairong; Li, Yongsheng; Yang, Hailin; Ruan, Jianming

    2017-02-01

    Microstructures, mechanical properties, apatite-forming ability and in vitro experiments were studied for Nb-25Ti-xTa (x=10, 15, 20, 25, 35at.%) alloys fabricated by powder metallurgy. It is confirmed that the alloys could achieve a relative density over 80%. Meanwhile, the increase in Ta content enhances the tensile strength, elastic modulus and hardness of the as-sintered alloys. When increasing the sintering temperatures, the microstructure became more homogeneous for β phase, resulting in a decrease in the modulus and strength. Moreover, the alloys showed a good biocompatibility due to the absence of cytotoxic elements, and were suitable for apatite formation and cell adhesion. In conclusion, Nb-25Ti-xTa alloys are potentially useful in biomedical applications with their mechanical and biological properties being evaluated in this work. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  7. 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.

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

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    Shariq, A.

    2006-07-01

    A novel algorithm, ''Next Neighbourhood Evaluation (NNE)'', is enunciated during the course of this work, to elucidate the next neighbourhood atomic vicinity from the data, analysed using tomographic atom probe (TAP) that allows specifying atom positions and chemical identities of the next neighbouring atoms for multicomponent amorphous materials in real space. The NNE of the Pd{sub 55}Cu{sub 23}P{sub 22} bulk amorphous alloy reveals that the Pd atoms have the highest probability to be the next neighbours to each other. Moreover, P-P correlation corroborates earlier investigations with scattering techniques that P is not a direct next neighbour to another P atom. Analogous investigations on the Fe{sub 40}Ni{sub 40}B{sub 20} metallic glass ribbons, in the as quenched state and for a state heat treated at 350 C for 1 hour insinuate a pronounced elemental inhomogeneity for the annealed state, though, it also depicts glimpse of a slight inhomogeneity for B distribution even for the as quenched sample. Moreover, a comprehensive microstructural investigation has been carried out on the Zr{sub 53}Co{sub 23.5}Al{sub 23.5} glassy system. TEM and TAP investigations evince that the as cast bulk samples constitutes a composite structure of an amorphous phase and crystalline phase(s). The crystallization is essentially triggered at the mould walls due to heterogeneous nucleation. The three dimensional atomic reconstruction maps of the volume analysed by TAP reveal a complex stereological interconnected network of two phases. The phase that is rich in Zr and Al concentration is depleted in Co concentration while the phase that is rich in Co concentration is depleted both in Zr and Al. Zr{sub 53}Co{sub 23.5}Al{sub 23.5} glassy splat samples exhibit a single exothermic crystallization peak contrary to the as cast bulk sample with a different T{sub g} temperature. A single homogeneous amorphous phase revealed by TEM investigations depicts that the faster cooling

  9. 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.

  10. Numerical simulation of microstructure of the GeSi alloy

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    Rasin, I.

    2006-09-08

    The goal of this work is to investigate pattern formation processes on the solid-liquid interface during the crystal growth of GeSi. GeSi crystals with cellular structure have great potential for applications in -ray and neutron optics. The interface patterns induce small quasi-periodic distortions of the microstructure called mosaicity. Existence and properties of this mosaicity are important for the application of the crystals. The properties depend on many factors; this dependence, is currently not known even not qualitatively. A better understanding of the physics near the crystal surface is therefore required, in order to optimise the growth process. There are three main physical processes in this system: phase-transition, diffusion and melt flow. Every process is described by its own set of equations. Finite difference methods and lattice kinetic methods are taken for solving these governing equations. We have developed a modification of the kinetic methods for the advectiondiffusion and extended this method for simulations of non-linear reaction diffusion equations. The phase-field method was chosen as a tool for describing the phase-transition. There are numerous works applied for different metallic alloys. An attempt to apply the method directly to simulation GeSi crystal growth showed that this method is unstable. This instability has not been observed in previous works due to the much smaller scale of simulations. We introduced a modified phase-field scheme, which enables to simulate pattern formation with the scale observed in experiment. A flow in the melt was taken in to account in the numerical model. The developed numerical model allows us to investigate pattern formation in GeSi crystals. Modelling shows that the flow near the crystal surface has impact on the patterns. The obtained patterns reproduce qualitatively and in some cases quantitatively the experimental results. (orig.)

  11. Comparative Studies of Microstructure and Fatigue Life of Selected Lead-free Alloys

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    Pietrzak K.

    2017-09-01

    Full Text Available Lead-free alloys containing various amounts of zinc (4.5%, 9%, 13% and constant copper addition (1% were discussed. The results of microstructure examinations carried out by light microscopy (qualitative and quantitative and by SEM were presented. In the light microscopy, a combinatorial method was used for the quantitative evaluation of microstructure. In general, this method is based on the phase quanta theory according to which every microstructure can be treated as an arrangement of phases/structural components in the matrix material. Based on this method, selected geometrical parameters of the alloy microstructure were determined. SEM examinations were based on chemical analyses carried out in microregions by EDS technique. The aim of the analyses was to identify the intermetallic phases/compounds occurring in the examined alloys. In fatigue testing, a modified low cycle fatigue test method (MLCF was used. Its undeniable advantage is the fact that each time, using one sample only, several mechanical parameters can be estimated. As a result of structure examinations, the effect of alloying elements on the formation of intermetallic phases and compounds identified in the examined lead-free alloys was determined. In turn, the results of mechanical tests showed the effect of intermetallic phases identified in the examined alloys on their fatigue life. Some concepts and advantages of the use of the combinatorial and MLCF methods in materials research were also presented.

  12. Microstructural characterisation of friction stir welding joints of mild steel to Ni-based alloy 625

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    Rodriguez, J. [Brazilian Nanotechnology National Laboratory (LNNano), P.O. Box 6192, Campinas, SP (Brazil); University of Campinas (UNICAMP), Campinas, SP (Brazil); Ramirez, A.J., E-mail: ramirezlondono.1@osu.edu [Brazilian Nanotechnology National Laboratory (LNNano), P.O. Box 6192, Campinas, SP (Brazil); University of Campinas (UNICAMP), Campinas, SP (Brazil); Department of Materials Science and Engineering, The Ohio State University — OSU, Columbus, OH 43221 (United States)

    2015-12-15

    In this study, 6-mm-thick mild steel and Ni-based alloy 625 plates were friction stir welded using a tool rotational speed of 300 rpm and a travel speed of 100 mm·min{sup −1}. A microstructural characterisation of the dissimilar butt joint was performed using optical microscopy, scanning and transmission electron microscopy, and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (XEDS). Six different weld zones were found. In the steel, the heat-affected zone (HAZ) was divided into three zones and was composed of ferrite, pearlite colonies with different morphologies, degenerated regions of pearlite and allotriomorphic and Widmanstätten ferrite. The stir zone (SZ) of the steel showed a coarse microstructure consisting of allotriomorphic and Widmanstätten ferrite, degenerate pearlite and MA constituents. In the Ni-based alloy 625, the thermo-mechanically affected zone (TMAZ) showed deformed grains and redistribution of precipitates. In the SZ, the high deformation and temperature produced a recrystallised microstructure, as well as fracture and redistribution of MC precipitates. The M{sub 23}C{sub 6} precipitates, present in the base material, were also redistributed in the stir zone of the Ni-based alloy. TMAZ in the steel and HAZ in the Ni-based alloy could not be identified. The main restorative mechanisms were discontinuous dynamic recrystallisation in the steel, and discontinuous and continuous dynamic recrystallisation in the Ni-based alloy. The interface region between the steel and the Ni-based alloy showed a fcc microstructure with NbC carbides and an average length of 2.0 μm. - Highlights: • Comprehensive microstructural characterisation of dissimilar joints of mild steel to Ni-based alloy • Friction stir welding of joints of mild steel to Ni-based alloy 625 produces sound welds. • The interface region showed deformed and recrystallised fcc grains with NbC carbides and a length of 2.0 μm.

  13. Microstructure and Aging of Powder-Metallurgy Al Alloys

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    Blackburn, L. B.

    1987-01-01

    Report describes experimental study of thermal responses and aging behaviors of three new aluminum alloys. Alloys produced from rapidly solidified powders and contain 3.20 to 5.15 percent copper, 0.24 to 1.73 percent magnesium, 0.08 to 0.92 percent iron, and smaller amounts of manganese, nickel, titanium, silicon, and zinc. Peak hardness achieved at lower aging temperatures than with standard ingot-metallurgy alloys. Alloys of interest for automobile, aircraft, and aerospace applications.

  14. 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.

  15. Research and development on vanadium alloys for fusion applications

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    Zinkle, S.J.; Rowcliffe, A.F. [Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (United States); Matsui, H.; Abe, K. [Tohoku Univ. (Japan); Smith, D.L. [Argonne National Lab., IL (United States); Osch, E. van [NERF, Petten (Netherlands); Kazakov, V.A. [RIAR, Dimitrovgrad (Russian Federation)

    1998-03-01

    The current status of research and development on unirradiated and irradiated V-Cr-Ti alloys intended for fusion reactor structural applications is reviewed, with particular emphasis on the flow and fracture behavior of neutron-irradiated vanadium alloys. Recent progress on fabrication, joining, oxidation behavior, and the development of insulator coatings is also summarized. Fabrication of large (>500 kg) heats of V-4Cr-4Ti with properties similar to previous small laboratory heats has now been demonstrated. Impressive advances in the joining of thick sections of vanadium alloys using GTA and electron beam welds have been achieved in the past two years, although further improvements are still needed.

  16. 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.

  17. Cellular/Dendritic Transition and Microstructure Evolution during Transient Directional Solidification of Pb-Sb Alloys

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    Rosa, Daniel M.; Spinelli, José E.; Ferreira, Ivaldo L.; Garcia, Amauri

    2008-09-01

    Recent studies of lead-antimony alloys, used for the production of positive electrodes of lead-acid batteries, have assessed the influences of both the microstructural morphology and of solute redistribution on the surface corrosion resistance in sulfuric acid solution, and have shown that cellular structures and dendritic structures have different responses on the corrosion rate of such alloys. The present article focuses on the search of adequate solidification conditions (alloy composition, cooling rate, and solidification velocity), which determine the occurrence of a microstructural transition from the cellular to the dendritic regime during the transient unidirectional solidification of hypoeutectic Pb-Sb alloys and on the microstructural evolution after such transition. The experimental data refers to the solidification of four hypoeutectic Pb-Sb alloys (2.2, 2.5, 3, and 6.6 wt pct Sb) and of the eutectic composition. The experimental results include transient metal/mold heat-transfer coefficients, liquidus isotherm velocity, cooling rate, and cellular and dendritic spacings. It was found that the cooling rate dependence on cellular and primary dendritic spacings is characterized by an experimental law of the form λ 1 = A{\\cdot}ifmmodeexpandafterdotelseexpandafter\\.fi{T}^{{{kern 1pt} {-0.55}}}, which seems to be independent of composition where A = 60 represents the alloys undergoing a cellular growth and A = 115 can describe the dendritic growth. The sudden change on such multiplier has occurred for the Pb 2.2 wt pct Sb alloy, i.e., for the cellular/dendritic transition.

  18. On oscillatory microstructure during cellular growth of directionally solidified Sn-36at.%Ni peritectic alloy

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    Peng, Peng; Li, Xinzhong; Li, Jiangong; Su, Yanqing; Guo, Jingjie

    2016-04-01

    An oscillatory microstructure has been observed during deep-cellular growth of directionally solidified Sn-36at.%Ni hyperperitectic alloy containing intermetallic compounds with narrow solubility range. This oscillatory microstructure with a dimension of tens of micrometers has been observed for the first time. The morphology of this wave-like oscillatory structure is similar to secondary dendrite arms, and can be observed only in some local positions of the sample. Through analysis such as successive sectioning of the sample, it can be concluded that this oscillatory microstructure is caused by oscillatory convection of the mushy zone during solidification. And the influence of convection on this oscillatory microstructure was characterized through comparison between experimental and calculations results on the wavelength. Besides, the change in morphology of this oscillatory microstructure has been proved to be caused by peritectic transformation during solidification. Furthermore, the melt concentration increases continuously during solidification of intermetallic compounds with narrow solubility range, which helps formation of this oscillatory microstructure.

  19. In situ TEM investigation of microstructural behavior of superplastic Al–Mg–Sc alloy

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    Dám, Karel, E-mail: damk@vscht.cz [Department of Metals and Corrosion Engineering, Institute of Chemical Technology, Prague, Technická 5, 166 28 Prague 6 (Czech Republic); Institute of Physics of the ASCR, Na Slovance 2, 182 21 Prague 8 (Czech Republic); Lejček, Pavel, E-mail: lejcekp@fzu.cz [Institute of Physics of the ASCR, Na Slovance 2, 182 21 Prague 8 (Czech Republic); Michalcová, Alena [Department of Metals and Corrosion Engineering, Institute of Chemical Technology, Prague, Technická 5, 166 28 Prague 6 (Czech Republic)

    2013-02-15

    Dynamic changes in microstructure of the superplastic ultrafine-grained Al–3Mg–0.2Sc (wt.%) alloy refined by equal-channel angular pressing (ECAP). were observed by in situ transmission electron microscopy at temperatures up to 300 °C (annealing and tensile deformation) in order to simulate the initial stages of superplastic testing. It was found that the microstructure changes significantly during the preheating before the superplastic deformation, which was accompanied by decreased microhardness. During the deformation at 300 °C, high dislocation activity as well as motion of low-angle grain boundaries was observed while high-angle grain boundaries did not move due to the presence of scandium in the alloy. - Highlights: ► We performed in situ TEM annealing and straining on superplastic Al–Mg–Sc alloy. ► We simulated the conditions of early stages of superplastic testing. ► Significant changes in microstructure occur during preheating before deformation.

  20. Evolution of microstructure and hardness of AE42 alloy after heat treatments

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    Huang, Y.D.; Dieringa, H.; Hort, N.

    2008-01-01

    the microstructure of squeeze cast AE42 magnesium alloy and evaluates its hardness before and after heat treatments. The change in hardness is discussed based on the microstructural observations. Some suggestions are given concerning future design of alloy compositions in order to improve high temperature creep...... properties even further. It is shown that the microstructure of the squeeze-cast AE42 alloy is stable at high temperature 450 degrees C. The subsequent solution and ageing treatments have a limited effect on the hardness. The weak age-hardening is attributed to the precipitation of small amount Of Mg17Al12......-phase with the use of about 0.7 wt.% aluminum. The heat treatment to achieve a maximum increase in the hardness is: solution treatment at 450 degrees C for 5-10 h followed by an ageing treatment at 190-220 degrees C for about 5 It. (C) 2007 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved....

  1. Nanoscale microstructure effects on hydrogen behavior in rapidly solidified aluminum alloys

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    Tashlykova-Bushkevich, Iya I. [Belarusian State University of Informatics and Radioelectronics, Minsk (Belarus)

    2015-12-31

    The present work summarizes recent progress in the investigation of nanoscale microstructure effects on hydrogen behavior in rapidly solidified aluminum alloys foils produced at exceptionally high cooling rates. We focus here on the potential of modification of hydrogen desorption kinetics in respect to weak and strong trapping sites that could serve as hydrogen sinks in Al materials. It is shown that it is important to elucidate the surface microstructure of the Al alloy foils at the submicrometer scale because rapidly solidified microstructural features affect hydrogen trapping at nanostructured defects. We discuss the profound influence of solute atoms on hydrogen−lattice defect interactions in the alloys. with emphasis on role of vacancies in hydrogen evolution; both rapidly solidified pure Al and conventionally processed aluminum samples are considered.

  2. Microstructure and corrosion characteristics of laser-alloyed magnesium alloy AZ91D with Al–Si powder

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    Ming Qian, Da Li and Chang Jin

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Blown-powder laser surface alloying was performed on the magnesium alloy AZ91D with Al–Si alloy powder to improve corrosion resistance. Characterization by scanning electron microscopy (SEM, energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS and x-ray diffraction (XRD analysis revealed that intermetallic compounds (IMCs of Mg2Si, Al12Mg17 and Al3Mg2 were formed in the matrix of α-Mg and Al solid solutions in Al–Si alloyed layers. The anodic polarization test in 3.5% NaCl aqueous solution showed that preferential corrosion occurred in the α-Mg matrix of the AZ91D base metal. The Al–Si alloyed layers exhibited a lower corrosion rate and a higher polarization resistance than AZ91D. The compactly dispersed dendritic Mg2Si phase, and the dendritic and angular phases of Al12Mg17 and Al3Mg2 in the alloyed microstructure were observed to be corrosion-resistant, constituting a barrier that retards corrosion. Corrosion initiated at the interface between IMCs and the solid solution matrix, and at substructures of the matrix, subsequently pervaded into the surrounding microstructure.

  3. Superplastic Grade Titanium Alloy: Comparative Evaluation of Mechanical Properties, Microstructure, and Fracture Behavior

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    K. V. Sudhakar

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available In this investigation, static fracture, microstructure, and the mechanical behavior of SP-700 alloy (a superplastic grade were evaluated and compared with two other titanium alloys. The comparisons were made in terms of suitably designed heat treatment cycles. The heat treatment cycles included annealing and a combination of solutionizing and aging treatments for all three alloys. Tensile properties were determined using MTS Landmark Servohydraulic Test System. Tensile tested samples’ fracture surfaces were investigated with LEO-VP SEM instrument. Ti-15-3-3-3 alloy exhibited relatively a higher combination of strength and ductility in comparison to the other two alloys. All three types of titanium alloys demonstrated a very good level of tensile strength and ductility suitable for applications in military and biomedical fields.

  4. Microstructures and Electrochemical Behavior of Ti-Mo Alloys for Biomaterials

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    Back-Sub Sung

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The Ti alloy with 7 wt% Mo revealed a microstructure that contained only the orthorhombic α′′ phase of a fine acicular martensitic structure. The corrosion resistance of the Ti-Mo alloys increased as the Mo content increased. Based on the results obtained from the polarization curve and electrochemical impedance, the Ti-Mo alloys were shown to be corrosion resistant because of the passive films formed on their surfaces. No ion release was detected in SBF (simulated body fluid solution, while Ti ions were released in 0.1% lactic acid ranging from 0.05 to 0.12 μg/mL for the Ti-Mo alloys. In vitro tests showed that MC3T3-E1 cell proliferation on Ti-7 wt% Mo alloy was rather active compared to other Ti-Mo alloys and commercial-grade pure Ti.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. Effect of microstructure and cutting speed on machining behavior of Ti6Al4V alloy

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    Telrandhe, Sagar V.; Mishra, Sushil; Saxena, Ashish K. [Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Mumbai (India)

    2017-05-15

    Machining of aerospace and biomedical grade titanium alloys has always been a challenge because of their low conductivity and elastic modulus. Different machining methods and parameters have been adopted for high precision machining of titanium alloys. Machining of titanium alloys can be improved by microstructure optimization. The present study focuses on the effect of microstructure on ma- chinability of Ti6Al4V alloys at different cutting speeds. Samples were subjected to different annealing conditions resulting in different grain sizes and local micro-strains (misorientation). Cutting forces were significantly reduced after annealing; consequently, sub-surface residual stresses were reduced. Deformation twinning was also observed on samples annealed at a higher temperature due to larger grain size. Initial strain free grains and deformation twinning during machining reduces the cutting force at higher cutting speed.

  8. 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.

  9. Influence of cooling rate on microstructure formation during rapid solidification of binary TiAl alloys

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    Kenel, C., E-mail: Christoph.Kenel@empa.ch; Leinenbach, C.

    2015-07-15

    Highlights: • Rapid solidification studies with varying cooling rates were realized for Ti–Al. • Experiments were combined with finite element simulations of heat transfer. • The resulting microstructure of Ti–Al alloys is strongly dependent on the Al content. • The microstructure and phase transformation behavior can be predicted. • The method allows alloy development for processes involving rapid solidification. - Abstract: Titanium aluminides as structural intermetallics are possible candidates for a potential weight reduction and increased performance of high temperature components. A method for the characterization of the microstructure formation in rapidly solidified alloys was developed and applied for binary Ti–(44–48)Al (at.%). The results show a strong dependency of the microstructure on the Al content at cooling rates between 6 ⋅ 10{sup 2} and 1.5 ⋅ 10{sup 4} K s{sup −1}. The formation of α → α{sub 2} ordering, lamellar α{sub 2} + γ colonies and interdendritic TiAl γ-phase were observed, depending on the Al amount. Based on thermodynamic calculations the observed microstructure can be explained using the CALPHAD approach taking into account the non-equilibrium conditions. The presented method provides a useful tool for alloy development for processing techniques involving rapid solidification with varying cooling rates.

  10. TA [B] Predicting Microstructure-Creep Resistance Correlation in High Temperature Alloys over Multiple Time Scales

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    Tomar, Vikas [Purdue Univ., West Lafayette, IN (United States)

    2017-03-06

    DoE-NETL partnered with Purdue University to predict the creep and associated microstructure evolution of tungsten-based refractory alloys. Researchers use grain boundary (GB) diagrams, a new concept, to establish time-dependent creep resistance and associated microstructure evolution of grain boundaries/intergranular films GB/IGF controlled creep as a function of load, environment, and temperature. The goal was to conduct a systematic study that includes the development of a theoretical framework, multiscale modeling, and experimental validation using W-based body-centered-cubic alloys, doped/alloyed with one or two of the following elements: nickel, palladium, cobalt, iron, and copper—typical refractory alloys. Prior work has already established and validated a basic theory for W-based binary and ternary alloys; the study conducted under this project extended this proven work. Based on interface diagrams phase field models were developed to predict long term microstructural evolution. In order to validate the models nanoindentation creep data was used to elucidate the role played by the interface properties in predicting long term creep strength and microstructure evolution.

  11. Effect of manganese on the microstructure, mechanical properties and corrosion behavior of titanium alloys

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    Kim, Ji-Woo; Hwang, Moon-Jin; Han, Mi-Kyung [Department of Dental Materials and MRC for Biomineralization Disorders, School of Dentistry, Chonnam National University, Gwangju 500-757 (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Yong-Geun [Department of Ophthalmic Optics, Dongkang College, Gwangju 500-714 (Korea, Republic of); Song, Ho-Jun [Department of Dental Materials and MRC for Biomineralization Disorders, School of Dentistry, Chonnam National University, Gwangju 500-757 (Korea, Republic of); Park, Yeong-Joon, E-mail: yjpark@jnu.ac.kr [Department of Dental Materials and MRC for Biomineralization Disorders, School of Dentistry, Chonnam National University, Gwangju 500-757 (Korea, Republic of)

    2016-09-01

    The phase/microstructure, mechanical properties and corrosion behavior of a series of binary Ti−Mn alloys with 5, 10, 15 and 20 wt% Mn were investigated in order to understand the effects of Mn content on mechanical properties, oxidation behavior, and electrochemical corrosion properties of Ti−Mn alloys. The phase/microstructure of Ti-xMn alloys was analyzed using X-ray diffractometry, scanning electron microscopy, and transmission electron microscopy. All examined properties of the Ti−Mn alloys were sensitive to the Mn content. The tested Ti-xMn alloys had α-Ti, β-Ti, and α-TiMn phases. Ti−Mn alloy containing 5 wt% Mn composed of α-Ti, β-Ti, α-TiMn, and isothermal ω phases. The proportion of α-Ti phase decreased and precipitation of β-Ti phase increased with increasing wt% of Mn. Cast Ti−Mn exhibited higher hardness and better oxidation protection than commercially pure Ti (cp-Ti). The tested Ti-xMn alloys showed better corrosion resistance than the cp-Ti. Ti−Mn alloy containing 5 wt% Mn had the highest hardness and lowest modulus, and is a good candidate for dental implant alloy. - Highlights: • Mechanical properties of Ti−Mn alloys were sensitive to the content of Mn. • As Mn content increased, α-Ti phase decreased and β-Ti phase increased. • Ti−Mn exhibited higher hardness and better oxidation protection ability. • Ti−Mn displayed superior corrosion resistance than commercially pure Ti. • Ti−Mn alloy with 5 wt% Mn is a good candidate for dental casting alloy.

  12. 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.

  13. Microstructure Development and Characteristics of Semisolid Aluminum Alloys

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    Merton Flemings; srinath Viswanathan

    2001-05-15

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

  14. 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.

  15. Influence of cooling rate on microstructure of Ti-Nb alloy for orthopedic implants

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    Afonso, C.R.M. [State University of Campinas (Unicamp), Department of Materials Engineering (Dema/FEM), CP 6122, CEP 13083-970, Campinas-SP (Brazil); Aleixo, G.T. [State University of Campinas (Unicamp), Department of Materials Engineering (Dema/FEM), CP 6122, CEP 13083-970, Campinas-SP (Brazil); Ramirez, A.J. [LME - Electron Microscopy Lab, LNLS - Brazilian Laboratory of Synchrotron Light, CP 6192, CEP 13084-971, Campinas-SP (Brazil); Caram, R. [State University of Campinas (Unicamp), Department of Materials Engineering (Dema/FEM), CP 6122, CEP 13083-970, Campinas-SP (Brazil)]. E-mail: rcaram@fem.unicamp.br

    2007-05-16

    Beta titanium alloys form one of the most versatile group of materials with respect to processing, microstructure and mechanical properties, mainly in applications as biomaterials. Development of new Ti-based alloys for implant application involves more biocompatible metallic alloying elements, such as Nb, Ta, Zr and Mo. Heat treatment of Ti alloys plays an important role in determining microstructure. The aim of this work is the analysis of microstructure and phases formed during water quenching of {beta} Ti-20Nb alloy through different cooling rates. Ti-20Nb alloy was swaged at 780-860 deg. C and then machined as a cylinder. Cylindrical sample was treated within the {beta} field and then water quenched from the bottom imposing different cooling rates through the sample. Samples from different regions (cooling rates) were characterized by using X-ray diffractometry (XRD), scanning (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and Vickers microhardness. XRD results showed the increase of {beta}/{alpha} phases peak intensity ratio increase with decreasing of cooling rate. As the distance from the bottom (water source) of Ti-20Nb sample decreases, the imposed cooling rate increases, the volume of {alpha} martensite acicular phase increases and the size decreases with diminishing of {alpha} phase quantity. The lowest elastic modulus E = 74 GPa was found for water quenched sample under a cooling rate of 160 K/s.

  16. 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.

  17. High-Resolution Characterization of UMo Alloy Microstructure

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    Devaraj, Arun [Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States); Kovarik, Libor [Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States); Joshi, Vineet V. [Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States); Jana, Saumyadeep [Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States); Manandhar, Sandeep [Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States); Arey, Bruce W. [Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States); Lavender, Curt A. [Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States)

    2016-11-30

    This report highlights the capabilities and procedure for high-resolution characterization of UMo fuels in PNNL. Uranium-molybdenum (UMo) fuel processing steps, from casting to forming final fuel, directly affect the microstructure of the fuel, which in turn dictates the in-reactor performance of the fuel under irradiation. In order to understand the influence of processing on UMo microstructure, microstructure characterization techniques are necessary. Higher-resolution characterization techniques like transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and atom probe tomography (APT) are needed to interrogate the details of the microstructure. The findings from TEM and APT are also directly beneficial for developing predictive multiscale modeling tools that can predict the microstructure as a function of process parameters. This report provides background on focused-ion-beam–based TEM and APT sample preparation, TEM and APT analysis procedures, and the unique information achievable through such advanced characterization capabilities for UMo fuels, from a fuel fabrication capability viewpoint.

  18. Development of microstructure in high-alloy steel K390 using semi-solid forming

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    Opatova, K.; Aisman, D.; Rubesova, K.; Ibrahim, K.; Jenicek, S.

    2016-03-01

    Semi-solid processing of light alloys, namely aluminium and magnesium alloys, is a widely known and well-established process. By contrast, processing of powder steels which have high levels of alloying elements is a rather new subject of research. Thixoforming of high-alloy steels entails a number of technical difficulties. If these are overcome, the method can offer a variety of benefits. First of all, the final product shape and the desired mechanical properties can be obtained using a single forming operation. Semi-solid forming can produce unusual powder steel microstructures unattainable by any other route. Generally, the microstructures, which are normally found in thixoformed steels, consist of large fractions of globular or polygonal particles of metastable austenite embedded in a carbide network. An example is the X210Cr12 steel which is often used for semi-solid processing experiments. A disadvantage of the normal microstructure configuration is the brittleness of the carbide network, in which cracks initiate and propagate, causing low energy fractures. However, there is a newly-developed mini-thixoforming route which produces microstructures with an inverted configuration. Here, the material chosen for this purpose was K390 steel, in which the content of alloying elements is up to 24%. Its microstructure which was obtained by mini- thixoforming did not contain polyhedral austenite grains but hard carbides embedded in a ductile austenitic matrix. This provided the material with improved toughness. The spaces between the austenite grains were filled with a eutectic in which chromium, molybdenum and cobalt were distributed uniformly. After the processing parameters were optimized, complexshaped demonstration products were manufactured by this route. These products showed an extraordinary compressive strength and high wear resistance, thanks to the hardness of their microstructure constituents, predominantly the carbides.

  19. Characterization of microstructural, mechanical and thermophysical properties of Th-52U alloy

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    Das, Santanu, E-mail: reachoutsantanu@gmail.com [Integrated Fuel Fabrication Facility, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai (India); Kaity, S. [Radiometallurgy Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai (India); Kumar, R. [Uranium Extraction Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai (India); Banerjee, J. [Radiometallurgy Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai (India); Roy, S.B. [Chemical Engineering Group, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai (India); Chaudhari, G.P.; Daniel, B.S.S. [Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, Roorkee (India)

    2016-11-15

    Th-52 wt.% U alloy has a microstructure featuring interspersed networks of uranium rich and thorium rich phases. Room temperature hardness of the alloy is more than twice that of unalloyed thorium. The alloy age hardens (550 °C) only slightly (peak hardness/hardness of solution heated and quenched = 1.05). Room temperature thermal conductivity (25.6 W m{sup −1} {sup °}C{sup −1}) is close to that of uranium and most of the binary and ternary metallic alloy fuel materials. Average linear coefficient of thermal expansion (CTE) of Th-52 wt.% U alloy [11.2 × 10{sup −06} °C{sup −1} (27–290 °C) and 16.75 × 10{sup −06} °C{sup −1} (27–600 °C)] are comparable with that of many metallic alloy fuel candidates. Th-52 wt.% U alloy with non-age hardenable microstructure, appreciable thermal conductivity, moderate thermal expansion may find metallic fuel applications in nuclear reactors. - Highlights: • Th-52U alloy consists of continuous, interspersed network of Th-rich and U-rich phases. • This monotectic alloy composition shows negligible age hardening but fast kinetics. • Average linear CTE (27–600 {sup °}C) (16.7 × 10{sup −6} °C{sup -1}) of Th-52U alloy is comparable with that of other metallic fuels. • λ{sub RT} (25.6 W m{sup −1} °C{sup −1}) is comparable with that of most of the binary and ternary alloy fuels.

  20. Microstructural and microchemical evolution in vanadium alloys by heavy ion irradiation

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    Sekimura, Naoto; Kakiuchi, Hironori; Shirao, Yasuyuki; Iwai, Takeo [Tokyo Univ. (Japan)

    1996-10-01

    Microstructural and microchemical evolution in vanadium alloys were investigated using heavy ion irradiation. No cavities were observed in V-5Cr-5Ti alloys irradiated to 30 dpa at 520 and 600degC. Energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy analyses showed that Ti peaks around grain boundaries. Segregation of Cr atoms was not clearly detected. Co-implanted helium was also found to enhance dislocation evolution in V-5Cr-5Ti. High density of matrix cavities were observed in V-5Fe alloys irradiated with dual ions, whereas cavities were formed only around grain boundaries in single ion irradiated V-5Fe. (author)

  1. INFLUENCE OF MECHANICAL ALLOYING AND LEAD CONTENT ON MICROSTRUCTURE, HARDNESS AND TRIBOLOGICAL BEHAVIOR OF 6061 ALUMINIUM ALLOYS

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    M. Paidpilli

    2017-03-01

    Full Text Available In the present work, one batch of prealloyed 6061Al powder was processed by mixing and another one was ball milled with varying amount of lead content (0-15 vol. %. These powders were compacted at 300MPa and sintered at 590˚C under N2. The instrumented hardness and the young’s modulus of as-sintered 6061Al-Pb alloys were examined as a function of lead content and processing route. The wear test under dry sliding condition has been performed at varying loads (10-40 N using pin-on-disc tribometer. The microstructure and worn surfaces have been investigated using SEM to evaluate the change in topographical features due to mechanical alloying and lead content. The mechanically alloyed materials showed improved wear characteristics as compared to as-mixed counterpart alloys. Delamination of 6061Al-Pb alloys decreases up to an optimum lead composition in both as-mixed and ball-milled 6061Al-Pb alloys. The results indicated minimum wear rate for as-mixed and ball-milled 6061Al alloy at 5 and 10 vol. % Pb, respectively.

  2. The role of processing route on the microstructure of 14YWT nanostructured ferritic alloy

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    Mazumder, B., E-mail: mazumderb@ornl.gov [Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN 37831 (United States); Parish, C.M.; Bei, H. [Materials Science and Technology Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN 37831 (United States); Miller, M.K. [Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN 37831 (United States)

    2015-10-15

    Nanostructured ferritic alloys have outstanding high temperature creep properties and enhanced tolerance to radiation damage over conventional ferritic alloys. To achieve these properties, NFAs are fabricated by mechanical alloying of metallic and yttria powders. Atom probe tomography has demonstrated that milling times of at least 40 h are required to produce a uniform distribution of solutes in the flakes. After milling and hot extrusion, the microstructure consists of α-Fe, high number densities of Ti–Y–O-vacancy-enriched nanoclusters, and coarse Y{sub 2}Ti{sub 2}O{sub 7} and Ti(O,C,N) precipitates on the grain boundaries. In contrast, the as-cast condition consists of α-Fe with 50–100 μm irregularly-shaped Y{sub 2}Ti{sub 2}O{sub 7} pyrochlore precipitates with smaller embedded precipitates with the Y{sub 3}Al{sub 5}O{sub 12} (yttrium–aluminum garnet) crystal structure indicating that this traditional processing route is not a viable approach to achieve the desired microstructure. The nano-hardnesses were also substantially different, i.e., 4 and 8 GPa for the as-cast and as-extruded conditions, respectively. These variances can be explained by the microstructural differences and the effects of the high vacancy content introduced by mechanical alloying, and the strong binding energy of vacancies with O, Ti, and Y atoms that retard diffusion. - Highlights: • Mechanical alloying produces nanostructured ferritic alloy with excellent properties. • Short milling time wastes solutes in low number densities of coarse precipitates. • Milling for 40 h yields UFG alloy with optimum distribution of ultrafine precipitates. • Longer milling times increase cost and increases impurities from attritor mill. • Casting produces undesirable course grain microstructure of α-Fe, YAG and pyrochlore.

  3. Microstructure, mechanical and corrosion properties and biocompatibility of Mg-Zn-Mn alloys for biomedical application

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    Zhang Erlin, E-mail: erlin.zhang@imr.ac.cn [Institute of Metal Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shenyang, 110016 (China); Yin Dongsong [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin, 150001 (China); Xu Liping; Yang Lei; Yang Ke [Institute of Metal Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shenyang, 110016 (China)

    2009-04-30

    Mn and Zn were selected to develop a Mg-Zn-Mn magnesium alloy for biomedical application due to the good biocompatibility of Zn and Mn elements. Microstructure, mechanical properties, corrosion properties and biocompatibility of the Mg-Zn-Mn alloys have been investigated by use of optical microscope, scanning electron microscope, tensile testing, and blood hemolysis and cell toxicity. Microstructure observation has shown that the addition of Zn and the extrusion significantly refined the grain size of both the as-cast and the extruded magnesium alloys, which mainly contributes to the high tensile strength and good elongation. Polarization test has shown Zn could accelerate the formation of a passivation film, which provides good protection to the magnesium alloy against simulate body fluid. Cell culture and hemolysis tests have shown that the magnesium alloy did not have cell toxicity, showing good cytocompatibility, but the alloy caused hemolysis to blood system. It was suggested that surface modification have to be adopted to improve the blood compatibility of the magnesium alloy for the application in blood environment.

  4. Microstructure and Corrosion Characterization of Squeeze Cast AM50 Magnesium Alloys

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    Sachdeva, Deepika; Tiwari, Shashank; Sundarraj, Suresh; Luo, Alan A.

    2010-12-01

    Squeeze casting of magnesium alloys potentially can be used in lightweight chassis components such as control arms and knuckles. This study documents the microstructural analysis and corrosion behavior of AM50 alloys squeeze cast at different pressures between 40 and 120 MPa and compares them with high-pressure die cast (HPDC) AM50 alloy castings and an AM50 squeeze cast prototype control arm. Although the corrosion rates of the squeeze cast samples are slightly higher than those observed for the HPDC AM50 alloy, the former does produce virtually porosity-free castings that are required for structural applications like control arms and wheels. This outcome is extremely encouraging as it provides an opportunity for additional alloy and process development by squeeze casting that has remained relatively unexplored for magnesium alloys compared with aluminum. Among the microstructural parameters analyzed, it seems that the β-phase interfacial area, indicating a greater degree of β network, leads to a lower corrosion rate. Weight loss was the better method for determining corrosion behavior in these alloys that contain a large fraction of second phase, which can cause perturbations to an overall uniform surface corrosion behavior.

  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. Microstructure of an Si-Cr-Co alloy for magnetron sputtering targets

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    Kolesnikova, I. G.; Maiorov, L. A.; Kuzmich, Yu. V.

    2013-11-01

    The influence of the cooling rate on the microstructure of an Si-54% Cr-6% Co cast alloy for magnetron sputtering targets is discussed. The alloy contains highly brittle phases CrSi, CrSi2 and Cr3Co5Si2. It is experimentally established that the required quality of a cast target of the considered composition cannot be achieved at high cooling rates of the alloy. Slow cooling can be achieved using a heated casting mold by adjusting the alloy cooling rate. It has been demonstrated that the alloy has the most uniform structure and the lowest porosity at cooling rates in the range 0.5-5°C/s.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. Microstructure of laser-clad SiC-(Ni alloy) composite coating

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    Pei, Y.T.; Ouyang, J.H.; Lei, T.C.; Zhou, Y.

    1995-01-01

    The laser cladding technique was used to produce Ni alloy coatings with different SiC particle (SiCp) contents on steel 1045. The complete dissolution of SiCp took place during laser melting and led to a microstructural evolution of the coatings associated with the SiCp content. M7X3 or M23X6-type

  10. Steel alloys with lower bainite microstructures for use in railroad cars and track

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    2002-01-01

    In-line hardening of railroad rails to produce a very fine pearlite microstructure has become a commercial reality. A question that this report seeks to answer is whether or not it is possible to find an alloy composition that will permit the develop...

  11. 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.

  12. Effect of cerium addition on microstructures of carbon-alloyed iron ...

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    The main benefit of carbon-alloyed iron aluminide is its cheap cost (by using steel scrap) and its robust process- ing by the electroslag remelting (ESR) process (Baligidad et al 1994). The addition of carbon even in small amounts, however, drastically modifies the microstructure because carbon results in the precipitation of ...

  13. Microstructure of Magnesium alloy AZ91-HP cast in permanent and non-permanent moulds

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    Tiedje, Niels; Sørensen, Rasmus Kirkegaard; Albachari, Sami

    2003-01-01

    Casting of different geometries were made with AZ91-HP in different moulding media, so that a range of cooling conditions were obtained. Cooling curves were measured and compared to the microstructures found in the castings. It was shown that segregation in the alloy is highly dependent on cooling...

  14. SOFTWARE FOR IMAGE PROCESSING OF IRON-CARBONACEOUS ALLOY MICROSTRUCTURES

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    A. N. Chichko

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available The paper proposes a mathematical apparatus for image processing of a cast-iron microstructure of a pearlite class that has casually distributed graphite inclusions in the structure the software has been developed and it allows to determine statistical functions concerning distribution of graphite inclusion characteristics according to areas, perimeters and distances between inclusions. The paper shows that computer processing of gray pig-iron microstructure image makes it possible to classify microstructures on the basis of statistical distribution of a graphite phase which are considered as indiscernible while applying conventional metallographic methods and it has practical significance for investigation of the interrelations – «workability – cast iron microstructure».

  15. Generation and Characterization of Anisotropic Microstructures in Rare Earth-Iron-Boron Alloys

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    Oster, Nathaniel [Iowa State Univ., Ames, IA (United States)

    2012-01-01

    The goal of this work is to investigate methods in which anisotropy could be induced in fine-grained alloys. We have identified two general processing routes to creating a fine, textured microstructure: form an amorphous precursor and devitrify in a manner that induces texture or form the fine, textured microstructure upon cooling directly from the liquid state. Since it is possible to form significant amounts of amorphous material in RE-Fe-B alloys, texture could be induced through biasing the orientationof the crystallites upon crystallization of the amorphous material. One method of creating this bias is to form glassy material and apply uniaxial pressure during crystallization. Experiments on this are presented. All of the work presented here utilizes melt-spinning, either to create precursor material, or to achieve a desired final microstructure. To obtain greater control of the system to process these materials, a study was done on the effects of heating the wheel and modifying the wheel’s surface finish on glass formation and phase selection. The second general approach—creating the desired microstructure directly from the liquid—can be done through directional rapid solidification. In particular, alloys melt-spun at low tangential wheel speeds often display directional columnar growth through a portion of the ribbon. By refining and stabilizing the columnar growth, a highly textured fine microstructure is achieved. The effects of adding a segregating element (Ag) on the columnar growth are characterized and presented.

  16. Microstructure and Oxidation Behavior of Cr/Mo Modified TiAl Alloy Containing High Nb

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    Jiang, Zhu-Hang; Zhao, Cheng-Zhi; Li, Wen-di; Zhang, He-Xin

    2017-06-01

    In this paper, the microstructure and oxidation behaviour of Ti-45Al-8Nb-0.2Si-0.5W-0.8B, Ti-45Al-8Nb-2Cr-0.2Si-0.5W-0.8B, Ti-45Al-8Nb-2Mo-0.2Si-0.5W-0.8B, Ti-45Al-8Nb-2Cr-2Mo-0.2Si-0.5W-0.8B were studied.The alloys were designed and fabricated via vacuum arc melting in the protection of argon shield. The oxidation experiments were carried out at 1073K for 200h in laboratory air. Microstructure evolution, elemental analysis as well as the composition distribution of the oxide scale were performed using scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) technique, respectively. The results showed that the microstructure could be refined by adding of Cr and Mo to a smaller grain size.The heat treatment has a good impact on composition homogenization as well as the generation of γ-TiAl phase. The oxidation test shows that Cr and Mo modified alloy cannot improve the oxidation resistance of the alloy. The 0Cr2Mo alloy shows the poorest oxidation resistance in the three, while the Cr modified alloy can apparently slows down the oxidation rate after 50h, which owing to the formation of a compact oxidation scale.

  17. Microstructure dependent fatigue crack growth in Al–Mg–Sc alloy

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    Li, Mengjia [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Central South University, Changsha 410083 (China); Pan, Qinglin, E-mail: csupql@163.com [The Key Laboratory of Nonferrous Materials Science and Engineering of Ministry of Education, Central South University, Changsha 410083 (China); Shi, Yunjia; Wang, Ying [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Central South University, Changsha 410083 (China)

    2014-08-12

    The fatigue crack growth behavior of Al–Mg–Sc alloy was investigated by tensile testing and fatigue testing. Different annealing treatments were applied to the alloy. Microstructure characterization of the alloy was carried out by means of transmission electron microscopy (TEM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and optical microscopy (OM). The size of Al{sub 3}(Sc{sub 1−x}Zr{sub x}) particle was calculated by software. The fatigue crack growth (FCG) rate (da/dN) was discussed with stress intensity factor range (ΔK) in Paris's region. The Paris exponent m and constants C were used to calculate the fatigue life. The fatigue process and crack closure effects were discussed with the yield strength and tensile strength of Al–Mg–Sc alloy. Results show that the microstructure, tensile strength and fatigue crack growth rate were greatly dependent on the annealing temperature, and the high resistance of Al–Mg–Sc alloy was mainly due to the combination microstructures of sub-grains, dislocations and these Al{sub 3}(Sc{sub 1−x}Zr{sub x}) precipitates.

  18. Texture and microstructure development during hot deformation of ME20 magnesium alloy: Experiments and simulations

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    Li, X. [Institut fuer Metallkunde und Metallphysik, RWTH-Aachen University, 52056 Aachen (Germany); Al-Samman, T., E-mail: alsamman@imm.rwth-aachen.de [Institut fuer Metallkunde und Metallphysik, RWTH-Aachen University, 52056 Aachen (Germany); Mu, S.; Gottstein, G. [Institut fuer Metallkunde und Metallphysik, RWTH-Aachen University, 52056 Aachen (Germany)

    2011-10-15

    Highlights: {yields} Second phase precipitates in ME20 hindered activation of tensile twinning at 300 deg. C. {yields} New off-basal sheet texture during c-axis compression at low Z conditions. {yields} Ce amplifies the role of pyramidal -slip over prismatic slip at 0.3T{sub m}. {yields} Prismatic slip becomes equally important to deformation at 0.6T{sub m}. {yields} Accurate texture predictions using a cluster-type Taylor model with grain interaction. - Abstract: The influence of deformation conditions and starting texture on the microstructure and texture evolution during hot deformation of a commercial rare earth (RE)-containing magnesium alloy sheet ME20 was investigated and compared with a conventional Mg sheet alloy AZ31. For all the investigated conditions, the two alloys revealed obvious distinctions in the flow behavior and the development of texture and microstructure, which was primarily attributed to the different chemistry of the two alloys. The presence of precipitates in the fine microstructure of the ME20 sheet considerably increased the recrystallization temperature and suppressed tensile twinning. This gave rise to an uncommon Mg texture development during deformation. Texture simulation using an advanced cluster-type Taylor approach with consideration of grain interaction was employed to correlate the unique texture development in the ME20 alloy with the activation scenarios of different deformation modes.

  19. Microstructural characterization of fly ash particulate reinforced AA6063 aluminium alloy for aerospace applications

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    Razzaq, A. M.; Majid, D. L. Abang Abdul; Ishak, M. R.; Uday, M. B.

    2017-12-01

    Aluminium-fly ash (FA) particulate reinforced composites (AA6063-FA) have been used in automotive and aerospace industries because of their low density and good mechanical properties. Three different weight fraction of FA: 2%, 4% and 6% are added to AA6063 alloy using compocasting method. The effect of FA particulates on microstructure, density and compression strength of AA6063- FA composites are investigated. Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscope (FESEM) micrographs reveal that the FA particulates are uniformly distributed in AA6063 alloy. The results also show that density, compression strength and microstructure of the AA6063-FA composites are significantly influenced by the FA amount. The increase in the weight fraction of FA will improve the microstructure and enhance the compression strength. The density of AA6063-FA composites decreases as the incorporation of FA increases.

  20. Microstructural evolution of Ti-6Al-7Nb alloy during high pressure torsion

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    Tiago Santos Pinheiro

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available Ti-6Al-7Nb alloys are being evaluated for biomedical applications, in substitution of the more conventional Ti-6Al-7V. Both types of alloys present a microstructure containing the α and the β phases, which result in good compromise for mechanical applications. In the present work Ti-6Al-7Nb alloys were processed by High Pressure Torsion (HPT, varying the number of revolutions and thus the total imposed strain. X-Ray Diffraction (XRD results revealed the formation of different crystallographic textures in samples subjected to HPT. Microhardness distribution, across the diameters of the disks, is rather homogeneous for all samples, with higher values for those subjected to 03 and 05 turns. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM micrographs have showed that an ultra-fine grained microstructure was obtained in all the samples.

  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. Microstructures and electrochemical properties of Si-Ni-xTi alloys for anode materials.

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    Song, Jong Jin; Kwon, Hye Jin; Ahn, Deuk Kyu; Chu, Yeon Yi; Cho, Jong Soo; Moon, Jeong Tak; Park, Won-Wook; Sohn, Keun Yong

    2013-05-01

    The phase change due to varying content of titanium in Si-Ni-xTi alloys and its effect on the electrochemical behavior has been investigated. Specimens were prepared by melt-spinning to reduce the microstructure scale. Results showed that silicon particles of 50-100 nm diameter and dendrites of somewhat larger scale were formed in the Si-Ni-Ti alloys ribbons. The microstructure of Si70Ni15Ti15 alloy ribbons was composed of silicon particles finely dispersed in Si7Ni4Ti4 phase. The cycle performance was improved by the formation of TiSi2 or NiSi2 phase at the presence of Si7Ni4Ti4 phase, either of which combined with Si7Ni4Ti4 phase effectively accommodated the volume change of silicon particles during cycling. The reduced scale of silicon particles contributed to the enhanced cycle efficiency as well.

  3. 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.

  4. Effects of thermal aging on microstructures of low alloy steel-Ni base alloy dissimilar metal weld interfaces

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    Choi, Kyoung Joon; Kim, Jong Jin; Lee, Bong Ho; Bahn, Chi Bum; Kim, Ji Hyun

    2013-10-01

    In this study, the advanced instrumental analysis has been performed to investigate the effect of long-term thermal aging on the microstructural evolution in the fusion boundary region between weld metal and low alloy steel in dissimilar metal welds. A representative dissimilar weld mock-up made of Alloy 690-Alloy 152-A533 Gr. B was fabricated and aged at 450 °C for 2750 h. The micro- and nano-scale characterization were conducted mainly near in a weld root region by using optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and three dimensional atom probe tomography. It was observed that the weld root was generally divided into several regions including dilution zone in the Ni-base alloy weld metal, fusion boundary, and heat-affected zone in the low alloy steel. A steep gradient was shown in the chemical composition profile across the interface between A533 Gr. B and Alloy 152. The precipitation of carbides was also observed along and near the fusion boundary of as-welded and aged dissimilar metal joints. It was also found that the precipitation of Cr carbides was enhanced by the thermal aging near the fusion boundary.

  5. Effects of thermal aging on microstructures of low alloy steel–Ni base alloy dissimilar metal weld interfaces

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    Choi, Kyoung Joon; Kim, Jong Jin [Interdisciplinary School of Green Energy, Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST), 100 Banyeon-ri, Eonyang-eup, Ulju-gun, Ulsan 689-798 (Korea, Republic of); Lee, Bong Ho [National Center for Nanomaterials Technology (NCNT), Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH), 77 Cheongam-ro, Nam-gu, Pohang, Gyeongbuk 790-784 (Korea, Republic of); Bahn, Chi Bum [Argonne National Laboratory, 9700 S. Cass Ave, Lemont, IL 60439 (United States); Kim, Ji Hyun, E-mail: kimjh@unist.ac.kr [Interdisciplinary School of Green Energy, Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST), 100 Banyeon-ri, Eonyang-eup, Ulju-gun, Ulsan 689-798 (Korea, Republic of)

    2013-10-15

    In this study, the advanced instrumental analysis has been performed to investigate the effect of long-term thermal aging on the microstructural evolution in the fusion boundary region between weld metal and low alloy steel in dissimilar metal welds. A representative dissimilar weld mock-up made of Alloy 690-Alloy 152-A533 Gr. B was fabricated and aged at 450 °C for 2750 h. The micro- and nano-scale characterization were conducted mainly near in a weld root region by using optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and three dimensional atom probe tomography. It was observed that the weld root was generally divided into several regions including dilution zone in the Ni-base alloy weld metal, fusion boundary, and heat-affected zone in the low alloy steel. A steep gradient was shown in the chemical composition profile across the interface between A533 Gr. B and Alloy 152. The precipitation of carbides was also observed along and near the fusion boundary of as-welded and aged dissimilar metal joints. It was also found that the precipitation of Cr carbides was enhanced by the thermal aging near the fusion boundary.

  6. Microstructural evolution and corrosion behavior of directionally solidified FeCoNiCrAl high entropy alloy

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    Cui Hongbao; Wang Ying; Wang Jinyong

    2011-01-01

    The FeCoNiCrAl alloys have many potential applications in the fields of structural materials, but few attempts were made to characterize the directional solidification of high entropy alloys. In the present research, the microstructure and corrosion behavior of FeCoNiCrAl high entropy alloy have been investigated under directional solidification. The results show that with increasing solidification rate, the interface morphology of the alloy evolves from planar to cellular and dendritic. The ...

  7. Microstructure evolution and mechanical properties of Ti−22Al−25Nb alloy joints brazed with Ti−Ni−Nb alloy

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    Wang, Y.; Cai, X.Q.; Yang, Z.W., E-mail: tjuyangzhenwen@163.com; Qiu, Q.W.; Wang, D.P.; Liu, Y.C.

    2016-10-01

    Ti{sub 45}Ni{sub 45}Nb{sub 10} (at.%) brazing alloy, fabricated by arc melting, was successfully used to braze Ti−22Al−25Nb (at.%) alloy. The microstructures of Ti{sub 45}Ni{sub 45}Nb{sub 10} brazing alloy and Ti−22Al−25Nb alloy brazed joints were analyzed using scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS), electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD), and micro-area X-ray diffraction (XRD). The effects of the brazing parameters on the interfacial microstructure and mechanical properties of the Ti−22Al−25Nb alloy brazed joints were investigated. The results showed that the joint was primarily comprised of two characteristic zones: diffusion zone I and central zone II, and the reaction phases formed in the brazed joint were the B2, O, τ{sub 3}, and Ti{sub 2}Ni phase. The crystal orientation of B2 phase in diffusion zone I was consistent with that in the Ti−22Al−25Nb substrate. The O phase was precipitated from the B2 phase. As the brazing temperature or holding time increased, τ{sub 3} was gradually replaced by the B2 phase, and the Ti{sub 2}Ni phase decreased and ultimately disappeared. The maximum shear strength achieved at room temperature was 318 MPa when the joint was brazed at 1180 °C for 20 min, whereas it was 278 MPa at 650 °C. Crack primarily propagated in the τ{sub 3} compound, which was extremely hard and brittle, and partially traversed the B2 and O phases. - Highlights: • Ti{sub 45}Ni{sub 45}Nb{sub 10} alloy was successfully developed to braze Ti−22Al−25Nb alloy. • Ti−22Al−25Nb alloy was transformed from B2 phase into the O + B2 duplex phase after brazing. • Crystal orientation of B2 in joint was dependent on metal substrate. • Correlation between joint microstructure and mechanical properties was revealed. • Ti−22Al−25Nb brazed joint had excellent ambient and high temperature strength.

  8. Microstructure and Corrosion Behavior of Ni-Alloy/CrN Nanolayered Coatings

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    Hao-Hsiang Huang

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available The Ni-alloy/CrN nanolayered coatings, Ni-Al/CrN and Ni-P/CrN, were deposited on (100 silicon wafer and AISI 420 stainless steel substrates by dual-gun sputtering technique. The influences of the layer microstructure on corrosion behavior of the nanolayered thin films were investigated. The bilayer thickness was controlled approximately 10 nm with a total coating thickness of 1m. The single-layer Ni-alloy and CrN coatings deposited at 350∘C were also evaluated for comparison. Through phase identification, phases of Ni-P and Ni-Al compounds were observed in the single Ni-alloy layers. On the other hand, the nanolayered Ni-P/CrN and Ni-Al/CrN coatings showed an amorphous/nanocrystalline microstructure. The precipitation of Ni-Al and Ni-P intermetallic compounds was suppressed by the nanolayered configuration of Ni-alloy/CrN coatings. Through Tafel analysis, the corr and corr values ranged from –0.64 to –0.33 V and 1.42×10−5 to 1.14×10−6 A/cm2, respectively, were deduced for various coating assemblies. The corrosion mechanisms and related behaviors of the coatings were compared. The coatings with a nanolayered Ni-alloy/CrN configuration exhibited a superior corrosion resistance to single-layer alloy or nitride coatings.

  9. Microstructure and Thermal Stability of A357 Alloy With and Without the Addition of Zr

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    Tzeng, Yu-Chih; Chengn, Vun-Shing; Nieh, Jo-Kuang; Bor, Hui-Yun; Lee, Sheng-Long

    2017-11-01

    The principal purpose of this research was to evaluate the effects of Zr on the microstructure and thermal stability of an A357 alloy that has been subjected to an aging treatment (T6) and thermal exposure (250 °C). The results show that the addition of Zr had a significant influence on the refinement of the grain size, which enhanced the hardness and tensile strength of the A357 alloy under the T6 condition. During thermal exposure at 250 °C, the rodlike metastable β'-Mg2Si precipitates transformed into coarse equilibrium phase β-Mg2Si precipitates, resulting in a significant drop in the hardness and tensile strength of the T6 heat-treated A357 alloy. However, after thermal exposure, coherent, finely dispersed Al3Zr precipitates were found to be formed in the T6 heat-treated A357 alloy. The addition of 0.1% Zr played a critical role in improving the high-temperature strength. Consequently, the A357 alloy with the addition of Zr demonstrated better mechanical properties at room temperature and high temperature than the alloy without Zr, in terms of both microstructure and thermal stability.

  10. Microstructural control of Ti-Al-Mo-Nb alloy system with respect to variation of B

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    Kim, Minseok; Choi, Kwangsoo; Zhu, Jun; Zhang, Fan; Song, Youngbuem; Kim, Youngwon; Yi, Seonghoon; Park, Joon Sik

    2017-07-01

    In the current study, phase stability of Ti-Al-Mo-Nb alloys was investigated, and the effect of B addition was examined for cast alloys. The fabricated cast alloys were mainly composed of α2 / γ lamellar with a β phase, when they were heat treated at 1100 °C followed by air cooling, the alloy was composed of α2 / γ lamellar with γ+β necklace phase at the colony boundary for the Ti-45Al-3Mo-2Nb-1B alloy, and the colony size was refined to 20 μm. In order to identify the effect of the microstructures on mechanical strength, compressive tests were performed on the fabricated alloys of Ti-45Al-3Mo-2Nb and Ti-45Al-3Mo-2Nb-1B at room temperature and at 800 °C. The microstructural variations and phase stability were discussed in terms of pseudo-binary phase diagram calculated by Pandat software™.

  11. 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.

  12. Effect of mechanical alloying and consolidation process on microstructure and hardness of nanostructured Fe-Cr-Al ODS alloys

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    Chen, C.-L., E-mail: chunliang@isu.edu.tw [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, I-Shou University, Kaohsiung 840, Taiwan (China); Dong, Y.-M. [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, I-Shou University, Kaohsiung 840, Taiwan (China)

    2011-11-15

    Highlights: {yields} The particle size progressively decreases with increase in milling time. {yields} The use of stearic acid can was found to achieve fine uniform spherical powders. {yields} High BPR has a significant influence on the rate of decrease of crystallite size. {yields} High-temperature sintering leads to relative density increase and grain growth. {yields} Canning-HIP technique has a significant improvement in mechanical properties. - Abstract: Nanostructured ferritic oxide dispersion strengthened (ODS) alloys are promising materials for both high temperature creep properties and irradiation resistance. These alloys were produced by mechanical alloying (MA) which is a complex process and a number of process variables need to be controlled to achieve the desired properties. In this study, the effect of mechanical alloying and consolidation processes on the microstructure and properties of nanostructured ferritic ODS alloy were investigated. The powder mixtures were milled in Spex mill for different milling times (1 h, 3 h, 8 h, and 15 h). The effect of process control agents (PCAs) and ball to power ratio (BPR) were studied. Two-stage sintering and canning-HIP processes were introduced as new consolidation methods to produce ODS alloys with improved mechanical properties. The results showed that crystallite size during milling decrease with milling time and higher BRP has a significant influence on the rate of decrease of the crystallite size. The use of stearic acid as PCA led to fine, uniform and spherical particles during the ball milling. Additionally, the samples sintered at the elevated temperatures over long periods resulted in a reduction in porosity; however, the microstructure became coarser, accompanied by a decrease in the hardness. The canning-HIP technique can effectively minimize the content of oxygen and carbon impurities to achieve high relative density and high hardness.

  13. Microstructures of glassy alloys: presence of hills, valleys, and veins

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    Aboki T.A.M.

    2011-05-01

    Full Text Available Amorphous ribbon surfaces, wheel and free sides are peculiar, but no microstructural description is not yet proposed. Here, we introduce a new description of the two surfaces by analogy with biological organs like a leaf as a network of hills, valleys, and veins. The venation can help understand the transport properties like heat dissipation during ribbon processing and mechanical properties like resilience or tensile strength of the amorphous ribbon. The new microstructure presentation can be useful to describe the crystallization of glassy materials

  14. Microstructural stability of wrought, laser and electron beam glazed NARloy-Z alloy at elevated temperatures

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    Singh, J.; Jerman, G.; Bhat, B.; Poorman, R.

    1993-11-01

    Microstructure of wrought, laser, and electron-beam glazed NARloy-Z(Cu-3 wt.% Ag-0.5 wt.% Zr) was investigated for thermal stability at elevated temperatures (539 to 760 C (1,100 to 1,400 F)) up to 94 h. Optical and scanning electron microscopy and electron probe microanalysis were employed for studying microstructural evolution and kinetics of precipitation. Grain boundary precipitation and precipitate free zones (PFZ`s) were observed in the wrought alloy after exposing to temperatures above 605 C (1,120 F). The fine-grained microstructure observed in the laser and electron-beam glazed NARloy-Z was much more stable at elevated temperatures. Microstructural changes correlated well with hardness measurements.

  15. Effect of the Strain Kind on the Texture and Microstructure of Low-Alloyed Steel

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    N. M. Shkatulyak

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Crystallographic texture and microstructure of low-alloyed steel after twist extrusion (TE and subsequent cold rolling along and across the TE axis were studied. The double axial cylindrical texture with axes 110 and 100 parallel to the TE axis and the vortex-like microstructure are formed in the steel during the TE. The subsequent rolling of extruded steel along the TE axis promotes the forming of typical steel rolling texture as well as the microstructure with elongated grains in rolling direction. Typical steel rolling texture as well as the equiaxed microstructure is formed in extruded steel after rolling in the direction transverse to the TE axis. The mechanisms of formation of the texture are discussed.

  16. EFFECT OF Sn AND Pb ADDITIONS ON MICROSTRUCTURE OF Mg-6Al-1Zn AS-CAST MAGNESIUM ALLOYS

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    Hou, Haibo; Zhu, Tianping; Wang, Yuxin; Gao, Wei

    2013-07-01

    Much attention has been paid to Mg alloys given that Mg alloys are the most promising lightweight metallic material. They have found applications in automobile and other fields where weight saving is of great significance. Mg-Al-Zn alloy system (AZ series), including AZ91 and AZ61 Mg alloys, is widely used in industry. We have studied the enhancement of mechanical properties by adding alloying elements Sn and Pb. This paper reports our study on the microstructure and element distribution of the alloys with small amounts of tin (Sn) and lead (Pb) additions.

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

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

    2012-07-01

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

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  1. Evaluation of microstructure of A356 aluminum alloy casting ...

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    Grain refinement was obtained through mold vibration. Metallurgical properties were examined through optical microstructure, tensile fracture scanning electron microscope (SEM) and SEM image of test specimens prepared under different conditions of solidification. Results indicate that mold vibration effectively modified ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. Evaluation of Aluminum Alloy 2050-T84 Microstructure and Mechanical Properties at Ambient and Cryogenic Temperatures

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    Hafley, Robert A.; Domack, Marcia S.; Hales, Stephen J.; Shenoy, Ravi N.

    2011-01-01

    Aluminum alloy 2050 is being considered for the fabrication of cryogenic propellant tanks to reduce the mass of future heavy-lift launch vehicles. The alloy is available in section thicknesses greater than that of the incumbent aluminum alloy, 2195, which will enable designs with greater structural efficiency. While ambient temperature design allowable properties are available for alloy 2050, cryogenic properties are not available. To determine its suitability for use in cryogenic propellant tanks, tensile, compression and fracture tests were conducted on 4 inch thick 2050-T84 plate at ambient temperature and at -320degF. Various metallurgical analyses were also performed in order to provide an understanding of the compositional homogeneity and microstructure of 2050.

  7. NbTiSiMo-X Alloys-Composition, Microstructure Refinement and Properties (Preprint)

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    2009-03-01

    eutectic areas of homogenized samples of selected alloys using the EPMA technique. The average composition of the eutectic area was compared with...probe microanalysis ( EPMA ) technique by scanning a typical fine-microstructure area of 200µm x 100µm of teach of alloys samples (E69, DE1 and LE1...E) of E69, DE1 and LE1 Measured by EPMA Alloy-E Nb Ti Si Cr Al Hf Zr Mo E69 50.0 12.5 16.0 5.0 3.0 3.0 3.0 7.5 E69-E 49.2 12.8 16.6 4.4 2.9 3.3

  8. Formation of microstructure and properties of Cu-3Ti alloy in thermal and thermomechanical processes

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    Szkliniarz A.

    2017-03-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents the possibilities of forming the microstructure as well as mechanical properties and electrical conductivity of Cu-3Ti alloy (wt.% in thermal and thermomechanical processes that are a combination of homogenising treatment, hot and cold working, solution treatment and ageing. Phase composition of the alloy following various stages of processing it into the specified semi-finished product was being determined too. It was demonstrated that the application of cold plastic deformation between solution treatment and ageing could significantly enhance the effect of hardening of the Cu-3Ti alloy without deteriorating its electrical conductivity. It was found that for the investigated alloy the selection of appropriate conditions for homogenising treatment, hot and cold deformation as well as solution treatment and ageing enables to obtain the properties comparable to those of beryllium bronzes.

  9. 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.

  10. Microstructure and mechanical behavior of the Mg–Mn–Ce magnesium alloy sheets

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    Qingshan Yang

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available The microstructural evolution and mechanical behavior of Mg–Mn–Ce magnesium alloy were investigated in the present study. Mg alloy was prepared with metal model casting method and subsequently hot extruded at 703 K with the reduction ratio of 101:1. The grains were dynamically recrystallized after the extrusion process. Moreover, the (0002 pole figure of Mg–Mn–Ce alloy developed a splitting of pronounced basal texture. The mechanical properties were different due to different angles between c-axis and loading direction (0°, 45° and 90° in the tensile tests. This significantly induces an asymmetry in the yield behavior. The Mg–Mn–Ce alloy exhibits a classical dimple structure as a result of slip accumulation and ductile tear.

  11. Investigation of Microstructure in Solid State Welded Al-Cu-Li alloy

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    No Kookil

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Al-Li alloys have been extensively used in aerospace vehicle structure since the presence of lithium increases the modulus and reduce the density of the alloy. Especially the third generation Al-Cu-Li alloy shows enhanced fracture toughness at cryogenic temperatures so that the alloy has been used on the fuel tank of space launchers, like Super Lightweight External Tank of the Space Shuttle. Since the commercial size of the plate cannot accommodate the large tank size of the launcher, joining several pieces is required. However, lithium is highly reactive and its compounds can decompose with heat from conventional fusion welding and form different types of gases which result in formation of defects. In this study, the microstructure change is investigated after solid state welding process to join the Al-Cu-Li sheets with optical and transmission electron microscopic analysis of precipitates.

  12. 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.

  13. Microstructural Effects on the Corrosion Behavior of Alloys and Ceramics

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    Allen, Todd; Tan, Lizhen

    2008-01-01

    .... Novel grain boundary engineering and commercial shot-peening were employed to adjust the grain boundary character distribution of the metals and refine the surface grain size of alloy 800H, respectively. The effect of residual strains generated from the CVD processing was studied for SiC.

  14. Microstructural characterization of the γ-TiAl alloy samples ...

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    in the γ-TiAl alloys. Figure 4A shows a typical low magnification TEM micrograph of a DLF sample, which clearly revealed the presence of lamellar morphology of two phases. The micro- structure appeared to consist of three distinct types of grains which are fully lamellar, featureless and partially lamellar marked as A, B and ...

  15. Investigation of microstructure in hot-pressed Nb–23Ti–15Al alloy

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    Shi, Zhiwu; Wei, Hua; Zhang, Hongyu; Wu, Duoli; Jin, Tao; Sun, Xiaofeng; Zheng, Qi, E-mail: qzheng@imr.ac.cn

    2015-07-05

    Highlights: • The Ti(O, C), a new strengthening phase, is found in Nb–Ti–Al alloys. • Ti(O, C) has a face-centered cubic structure and a lattice parameter of 4.27 Å. • Two different morphologies of Ti(O, C) are observed. • β and δ phases exhibit as large irregular blocks and equiaxed particles. • Ordering of β phase is observed in hot-pressed Nb–Ti–Al alloy. - Abstract: Microstructure of hot-pressed Nb–23Ti–15Al alloy has been systematically investigated, with emphasis on the characterization of Ti(O, C) phase. The microstructure and composition of Nb–23Ti–15Al alloy were characterized using scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and electron probe microanalysis (EPMA). The results indicate the presence of β, δ and Ti(O, C) phases in the alloy. The β phase exhibits as large irregular blocks, while the δ phase presents as small equiaxed particles linked together around β blocks. Ordering of β phase is shown by related selected area electronic diffraction (SAED) patterns and dark-field micrograph. The Ti(O, C), a solid-solution of TiO or TiC, is characterized for the first time in Nb–Ti–Al alloy. The Ti(O, C) has a face-centered cubic (FCC) structure and a moderate lattice parameter between that of TiO and TiC. Two different morphologies of Ti(O, C) are observed in the alloy: large cobblestone-like aggregated particles and small dispersive particles. The formation of Ti(O, C) phase can potentially increase high-temperature strength of Nb–Ti–Al alloy.

  16. 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.

  17. Effect of Heat Treatment on the Microstructure of Mg-4Al-Nd Alloys

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    Sibani Mishra

    2017-05-01

    Full Text Available In the present work, Mg-4Al-xNd (x = 0, 1, 4 wt.% alloys were prepared by a stir casting method, and the effect of the addition of Neodymium (Nd as-cast and of heat-treated microstructures was studied. The addition of 1 wt.% Nd preferentially formed the Al2Nd phase and completely suppressed the formation of the intermetallic Mg17Al12 (γ phase, which was initially present in the base alloy (Mg-4Al alloys. On increasing the Nd percentage from 1 to 4 wt.% in the base alloy, two intermetallic phases, Al2Nd and Al11Nd3, were observed in the microstructure, as higher levels of Nd led to a peritectic reaction between Al and the Al2Nd phase, and part of the Al2Nd transformed into the Al11Nd3 phase. The hardness of the as-cast alloy increased with the Nd content. Thus, the hardness increased from 57.1 ± 4.1 Hv of Mg-4Al to 66.5 ± 2.6 Hv of Mg-4Al-4Nd. It was also found that solutionizing and isothermal aging of alloys containing Nd at 180 °C for 96 h led to the size reduction of Al- and Nd-containing intermetallics without altering their morphologies. Further, it was found that Nd does not have any effect on the aging kinetics of the alloys because all of the alloys with and without Nd attained peak hardness at 24 h of aging time.

  18. Investigation of the as-solidified microstructure of an Al–Mg–Si–Cu alloy

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    Li, Kai; Song, Min [State Key Laboratory of Powder Metallurgy, Central South University, Changsha 410083 (China); Du, Yong, E-mail: yongducalphad@gmail.com [State Key Laboratory of Powder Metallurgy, Central South University, Changsha 410083 (China); Tang, Ying [State Key Laboratory of Powder Metallurgy, Central South University, Changsha 410083 (China); Dong, Hongbiao [Department of Engineering, University of Leicester, Leicester LE1 7RH (United Kingdom); Ni, Song [State Key Laboratory of Powder Metallurgy, Central South University, Changsha 410083 (China)

    2014-07-25

    Highlights: • AlMgSiCu-Q particles preferentially grow along the solidification direction. • A new orientation relationship between Q particles and α-Al matrix was found. • The solidified microstructure was simulated based on Scheil–Gulliver model. • The effect of solidification on solution and aging processes were analyzed. - Abstract: The as-solidified microstructure of an Al–Mg–Si–Cu alloy was characterized by scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy. Quaternary Q particles were found to elongate preferentially along the solidification direction of the cylindrical cast ingot, whilst a small number of Si leaf-like particles aggregate mainly along the grain boundaries. The volume fractions of the Q and Si particles are quantitatively measured from electron microscopy images and thermodynamically simulated based on the Scheil–Gulliver solidification model. The results from experimental measurement agree well with those from simulation. The Q particles, which have dendrite-like internal structure and are uniformly distributed within the α-Al grains with a different orientation from that found in the aged alloys, are fast-dissolving and aid the formation of uniform aged microstructures. The aggregation of the Si particles along the grain boundaries in the as-solidified microstructure results in Si-rich boundaries even after a solution treatment, and causes the re-emergence of Si particles in the over-aged microstructure. This phenomenon helps to reduce the width of the precipitate-free zones.

  19. Effect of process parameters on microstructural variables of a commercial TC6 titanium alloy disc

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    Li, M.Q.; Xiong, A.M.

    2005-02-15

    The interaction between the deformation behaviour and the microstructure evolution is the main characteristic in the forging process of titanium alloy and this interaction is researched using finite element (FE) simulation. Coupled simulation of deformation behaviour with microstructure evolution has been carried out by means of a new constitutive equation presented by Li et al. (Mater. Sci. Technol., 2004, 20, 1256-1260). The effect of deformation temperature, hammer velocity,height reduction and shear factor on the microstructure variables, including grain size and volume fraction, has been studied in the forging process of the TC6 titanium alloy disc with deformation temperatures of 880-940{sup o}C, hammer velocities of 1.2-12 000 mm min-1 and shear factor (m) of the friction of 0.1-0.4. The simulated results show that deformation temperature, hammer velocity and height reduction have a significant effect on the microstructure evolution and this effect is more significant on the microstructure evolution in hot forging than that in isothermal forging. The simulated results are in good agreement with the experimental results. (author)

  20. 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...

  1. Microstructural evolution at the overlap zones of 12Cr martensitic stainless steel laser alloyed with TiC

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    Adebiyi, DI

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available Multiple track laser alloying is characterised by additional heat treatment and differences in the amount of powder deposited at the overlap regions. These result in different microstructural and phase evolution at these regions, which...

  2. Relationship between microstructure, cytotoxicity and corrosion properties of a Cu-Al-Ni shape memory alloy.

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    Colić, Miodrag; Rudolf, Rebeka; Stamenković, Dragoslav; Anzel, Ivan; Vucević, Dragana; Jenko, Monika; Lazić, Vojkan; Lojen, Gorazd

    2010-01-01

    Cu-Al-Ni shape memory alloys (SMAs) have been investigated as materials for medical devices, but their biomedical application is still limited. The aim of this work was to compare the microstructure, corrosion and cytotoxicity in vitro of a Cu-Al-Ni SMA. Rapidly solidified (RS) thin ribbons, manufactured via melt spinning, were used for the tests. The control alloy was a permanent mould casting of the same composition, but without shape memory effect. The results show that RS ribbons are significantly more resistant to corrosion compared with the control alloy, as judged by the lesser release of Cu and Ni into the conditioning medium. These results correlate with the finding that RS ribbons were not cytotoxic to L929 mouse fibroblasts and rat thymocytes. In addition, the RS ribbon conditioning medium inhibited cellular proliferation and IL-2 production by activated rat splenocytes to a much lesser extent. The inhibitory effects were almost completely abolished by conditioning the RS ribbons in culture medium for 4 weeks. Microstructural analysis showed that RS ribbons are martensitic, with boron particles as a minor phase. In contrast, the control Cu-Al-Ni alloy had a complex multiphase microstructure. Examination of the alloy surfaces after conditioning by energy dispersive X-ray and Auger electron spectroscopy showed the formation of Cu and Al oxide layers and confirmed that the metals in RS ribbons are less susceptible to oxidation and corrosion compared with the control alloy. In conclusion, these results suggest that rapid solidification significantly improves the corrosion stability and biocompatibility in vitro of Cu-Al-Ni SMA ribbons.

  3. Microstructure of rapidly solidified Nb-based pre-alloyed powders for additive manufacturing

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    Guo, Yueling; Jia, Lina, E-mail: jialina@buaa.edu.cn; Kong, Bin; Zhang, Shengnan; Zhang, Fengxiang; Zhang, Hu

    2017-07-01

    Highlights: • Sphere shaped Nb-37Ti-13Cr-2Al-1Si pre-alloyed powders were prepared by PREP. • An oxide layer with a thickness of 9.39 nm was generated on the powder surface. • The main phases of the pre-alloyed powders were Nbss and Cr{sub 2}Nb. • SDAS increased and microhardness decreased with the increase of powder size. • Microstructure of powders evolved into large grains from dendrite structures after HT. - Abstract: For powder-based additive manufacturing, sphere-shaped Nb-37Ti-13Cr-2Al-1Si pre-alloyed powders were prepared by plasma rotating electrode processing (PREP). The microstructure, surface oxidation and microhardness of the pre-alloyed powders were systematically investigated. Results showed that the main phases were Nb solid solution (Nbss) and Cr{sub 2}Nb. The Cr{sub 2}Nb phases were further determined using transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Fine dendrite structures were observed in the as-fabricated pre-alloyed powders, which transformed to large grains after heat treatment (HT) at 1450 °C for 3 h. With the increase of powder size, the secondary dendrite arm spacing (SDAS) increased and the microhardness (HV) decreased. A clean powder surface free of oxide particles was obtained by PREP and an oxide layer with 9.39 nm in thickness was generated on the powder surface. Compared with Cr- and Nb-oxides, more Ti-oxides were formed on outmost powder surface with a higher content of Ti (up to 47.86 at.%). The differences upon the microstructure and microhardness of the pre-alloyed powders with different sizes were discussed.

  4. Microstructural evolution during friction stir welding of AlSi1MgMn alloy

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    M. Janjić

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper provides the research of the infl uence of geometric and kinematic parameters on the microstructure and mechanical properties of welded joint of aluminum alloy AlSi1MgMn (6082-T6 obtained through the Friction Stir Welding (FSW process. The experiment parameters were welding speed, rotation speed, angle of pin slope, pin diameter and shoulder diameter. On the obtained welded workpieces the dynamic testing on the impact toughness, and determination of microstructural zones were carried out.

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

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

    2015-01-01

    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...

  6. Microstructure of laser-clad SiC-(Ni alloy) composite coating

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    Pei, Y.T.; Ouyang, J.H.; Lei, T.C.; Zhou, Y.

    1995-01-01

    The laser cladding technique was used to produce Ni alloy coatings with different SiC particle (SiCp) contents on steel 1045. The complete dissolution of SiCp took place during laser melting and led to a microstructural evolution of the coatings associated with the SiCp content. M7X3 or M23X6-type carboborides and Ni-base solid solution are found as the main microstructural constituents of the clad layers, and the volume fraction of the carboborides increases with increasing SiCp content. Whe...

  7. Microstructural Aspects in FSW and TIG Welding of Cast ZE41A Magnesium Alloy

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    Carlone, Pierpaolo; Astarita, Antonello; Rubino, Felice; Pasquino, Nicola

    2016-04-01

    In this paper, magnesium ZE41A alloy plates were butt joined through friction stir welding (FSW) and Tungsten Inert Gas welding processes. Process-induced microstructures were investigated by optical and SEM observations, EDX microanalysis and microhardness measurements. The effect of a post-welded T5 heat treatment on FSW joints was also assessed. Sound joints were produced by means of both techniques. Different elemental distributions and grain sizes were found, whereas microhardness profiles reflect microstructural changes. Post-welding heat treatment did not induce significant alterations in elemental distribution. The FSW-treated joint showed a more homogeneous hardness profile than the as-welded FSW joint.

  8. Microstructure characterization of alloy 625 deposited on nickel foam using air plasma spraying

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    Azarmi, F.; Saaedi, J.; Coyle, T.W.; Mostaghimi, J. [Center for Advanced Coating Technologies, University of Toronto (Canada)

    2008-05-15

    Ni-based superalloy 625 has been deposited on nickel foam by air plasma spraying (APS) using an optimized set of spraying parameters under two different substrate conditions. For condition (i) the substrate was not cooled during spraying and for condition (ii) the substrate constantly cooled using air jets during spraying. Microstructural characteristics of the as-sprayed coating microstructure were examined by a combination of optical and scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS), image analysis, and X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis, and compared to those of the alloy 625 powder used for spraying. (Abstract Copyright [2008], Wiley Periodicals, Inc.)

  9. Fabrication, microstructural characterization and wear characteristics of A380 alloy-alumina composites

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    Nurani, Sheikh Jaber

    2016-03-10

    To obtain better mechanical and tribological properties than aluminium alloys aluminium is reinforced with alumina particles making aluminium metal matrix composites. In this work scrap piston A380 alloy was used as the matrix alloy. Alumina particles were added by 5%, 10% and 15% into matrix alloy respectively to form desired composites by stir casting technique. Pin on disc wear testing machine with counter surface as steel disc of hardness HRC 32 and surface roughness of 0.62 μm was used to conduct the wear test. In result composites showed superior wear resistance property over A380 alloy. The effect of load, sliding speed and sliding distance on wear behaviour were also examined in this study. Wear mechanism was identified from the worn surface. Both optical and scanning electron microscope (SEM) of the composites was performed to determine the microstructures. Optical micrograph shows grain size decreases with addition of alumina particles. EDS analysis was performed to confirm the presence of α-Al matrix, primary Si particles and intermetallic. As a general method, phase compositions were analyzed by using a scanning electron microscope (SEM) equipped with an energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS). Optical microstructures were consistent with the SEM micrographs. © 2015 IEEE.

  10. 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.

  11. Microstructure and mechanical properties of ZrBe alloys processed by hot rolling

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    Feng, Z.H.; Xia, C.Q. [State Key Laboratory of Metastable Materials Science and Technology, Yanshan University, Qinhuangdao 066004 (China); Jing, R. [College of Material Science and Engineering, Shanxi University of Technology, Hanzhong 723001 (China); Jiang, X.J. [College of Material Science and Engineering, Shijiazhuang Tiedao University, Shijiazhuang 050043 (China); Zhou, Y.K.; Zhong, H.; Zhang, X.Y.; Ma, M.Z. [State Key Laboratory of Metastable Materials Science and Technology, Yanshan University, Qinhuangdao 066004 (China); Liu, R.P., E-mail: riping@ysu.edu.cn [State Key Laboratory of Metastable Materials Science and Technology, Yanshan University, Qinhuangdao 066004 (China)

    2016-06-14

    In the present study, the effects of Be content on the microstructure and mechanical properties of hot rolled ZrBe binary alloys were investigated. Microstructures, i.e. the phases present in the alloys, were characterized using X-ray diffraction (XRD), optical microscopy (OM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). At the same processing temperature, the volume fraction of α' martensite and Be{sub 2}Zr compound gradually increases but the volume fraction of α phase decreases with increasing Be content. This can be attributed to the low solubility of Be in Zr alloys and the decrease of α to β phase transition temperature. Simultaneously, the average Be{sub 2}Zr particles size shows an increasing trend with adding Be content. With increasing Be content, the tensile strength increases but ductility decreases. The alloy with 1.0 wt% Be possessed highest ultimate tensile strength (892 MPa) with an elongation of 7.06%. The strengthening and toughening mechanisms of hot-rolled ZrBe alloys were also discussed.

  12. A Review: Effect of Friction Stir Welding on Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of Magnesium Alloys

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    Yajie Li

    2017-11-01

    Full Text Available Friction stir welding (FSW is well recognized as a very practical technology for joining magnesium alloys. Although, a large amount of progress have been made on the FSW of magnesium alloys, it should be emphasized that many challenges still remain in joining magnesium using FSW. In this article, we briefly review the background of friction stir welding of magnesium alloys, and then focus on the effects of the friction stir welding on the macrostructure, microstructure evolution, texture distribution, and the mechanical properties of the welding joints. The macro-defects in welds and their relationship to the welding parameters such as welding speed, rotation speed, and axial force were also discussed. The review concluded with some suggested methods improvement and future challenges related to FSW of magnesium alloys. The purpose of the present review paper is to fully understand the relationships between the microstructure and the properties, and then establish a global, state-of-the-art FSW of magnesium alloys.

  13. Characterization of microstructure and properties of AlCuMg alloys

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    Zlatičanin Biljana V.

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available The effect of magnesium content, in the interval range from 1 mass.% to 5 mass.%, on the microstructure and properties of aluminium - copper magnesium alloys was examined. The as-cast structure was modified by the addition of the AlTi5B1 to give alloys containing 0 to 0.25 mass. % titanium. Using X-ray powder diffraction we established that the tetragonal intermetallic compound Al2Cu and orthorhombic intermetallic compound Al2CuMg are formed across the whole range of magnesium additions. The effect of the magnesium and titanium content on the microstructure was monitored quantitatively. Using automatic image analysis we were able to measure the linear intercept grain size, the secondary dendrite arm spacing (DAS, the size of eutectic cells (Le, as well as the size distribution and volume fractions of the α-solid solution and the eutectic. In alloys containing high magnesium the average values of the DAS and grain size were found to decrease. Also, in alloys containing high magnesium the average values of the eutectic cell length and volume fractions of the eutectic were found to increase. The changes in chemical composition of the alloy cause changes in the structure that are reflected in the Brinell hardness and the compression strength. Compression strength and hardness increase with the content of magnesium and titanium.

  14. 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

  15. Crystallisation and microstructure of low-silicon silumins with alloy additions

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    S. Pietrowski

    2011-07-01

    Full Text Available The paper presents the results of the analysis of crystallisation and microstructure of non-alloy silumins that contain: 2,0÷6,0% of Si and alloy additions, approximately: 4,0% Ni, 4,0% of Cu and 0,5% of Mg, the knowledge of which is still very little. It has been proven that in non-alloy silumins, the increase of silicone concentration causes extending of crystallisation time of the eutectic mixture α+and refinement of α phase dendrites. It also causes the increase of the temperature of crystallisation of the eutectic mixture α+ . Alloy additions: Ni, Cu and Mg decrease by approximately 30 C the liquidus and solidus temperatures of silumins and extend the time of their crystallisation by around 100 sec. in comparison with non-alloy silumins. It is caused by crystallisation of additional phases Al3NiCu, Mg2Si and Al2Cu. Nickel, copper and magnesium refine the microstructure of castings.

  16. 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.

  17. Microstructural Analysis of Ti-Based Shape Memory Alloys Following the Electrochemical Corrosion in Artificial Saliva

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    Baciu, C.; Baciu, E. R.; Cimpoeșu, R.; Levente, C. G.; Bosinceanu, D. G.; Baciu, M.; Bejinariu, C.

    2017-06-01

    The investigations carried out aimed to highlight the structural modifications occurred in the Ti-based shape memory alloys subject to electrocorrosion in Afnor artificial saliva. The behavior to corrosion was highlighted by fast electrochemical tests, mainly by dynamic potentiometry. From the microstructural analysis we noticed that the specimens of the two Ti-based shape memory alloys show traces of “pitting” corrosion on their surface of diverse sizes, a fact that will raise issues in terms of cytotoxicity due to the corrosion products released.

  18. Deformation Induced Martensitic Transformation and Its Initial Microstructure Dependence in a High Alloyed Duplex Stainless Steel

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    Xie, Lin; Huang, Tian Lin; Wang, Yu Hui

    2017-01-01

    Deformation induced martensitic transformation (DIMT) usually occurs in metastable austenitic stainless steels. Recent studies have shown that DIMT may occur in the austenite phase of low alloyed duplex stainless steels. The present study demonstrates that DIMT can also take place in a high alloyed...... Fe–23Cr–8.5Ni duplex stainless steel, which exhibits an unexpectedly rapid transformation from γ-austenite into α′-martensite. However, an inhibited martensitic transformation has been observed by varying the initial microstructure from a coarse alternating austenite and ferrite band structure...

  19. Effects of Y, Nd and Sb on microstructure of Mg-6Al alloy

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    Li, Ke-jie

    2017-09-01

    Effects of Y, Nd and Sb on the microstructure of Mg-6Al magnesium alloy were investigated by optical microscope, SEM, EDS, XRD and TEM. The results showed that, with the increase of Sb content from 0.5% to 2.0wt%, the formation of Sb3Y5 (at 1.0% Sb) or YSb (at 2.0% Sb) phase is observed. Sb3Y5 nano-phase and dispersed Al2Y, SbY phases are found in the alloy when the content of Sb reaches 2.0%.

  20. Atomistic microstructures in short-range ordered alloys

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    Hata, S

    2002-01-01

    Short-range order (SRO) in Ni-Mo alloys and their relatives has been controversial for decades, since it causes clearly diffraction intensity maxima at positions which do not coincide with the superlattice reflections in the long-range order (LRO) state. This paper gives an overview of recent studies on the structure of SRO and the transition from SRO to LRO in Ni-Mo alloys, including our results obtained in atomic level by combination of kinetic Monte Carlo simulation and semi-quantitative high-resolution transmission electron microscopy. It is rationalized in our results that the SRO state is set up by local ordering of A sub 4 B, A sub 3 B and A sub 2 B types in sub-unit cell scale. The dispersed mixture of the sub-unit cell clusters gives diffraction intensity maxima at the particular positions. An LRO state is formed by selected growth of the A sub 4 B, A sub 3 B and A sub 2 B type clusters into LRO domains depending on alloy-composition.

  1. Formation and characteristics of banded microstructures in a consolidated Al-Fe based alloy obtained from rs powders

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    Grosdidier, T. [Lab. d' Etude des Textures et Application aux Materiaux, Univ. de Metz (France); LERMPS, Univ. de Technologie de Belfort-Montbelliard (France); Keramidas, P. [School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, Univ. of Surrey, Guilford (United Kingdom); Cawston House, Federal Mogul Technology, Cawston, Rugby (United Kingdom); Tsakiropoulos, P. [School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, Univ. of Surrey, Guilford (United Kingdom)

    2001-07-01

    The microstructures of as-extruded and heat treated Al-8Fe-4Ni alloys reinforced by 30 vol% of the intermetallic Al{sub 9}FeNi-{tau} phase were studied. Banded structures, consisting of alternate coarse and fine microstructures, were observed when fine powder particles, exhibiting a wide range of solidification microstructures and different levels of hardness, were used for the extrusions. These microstructures exhibited low levels of elongation in tensile tests. In the extrusions of powder particles with similar solidification microstructures a more homogeneous deformation lead to the elimination of banded structures during extrusion and higher values of elongation at failure were achieved in tensile tests. (orig.)

  2. Effect of Microstructure on the Hot Deformation Behavior of TiAl-Based Alloys Prepared by Powder Metallurgy Method

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    Wang, DongJun; Zhang, Rui; Yuan, Hao; Qiang, JianMing

    2017-10-01

    To investigate microstructural influence on deformation behavior, TiAl-based alloys were prepared by spark plasma sintering and heat treatment was conducted to optimize the microstructures of as-sintered samples. The near-γ microstructure of the sintered alloy transformed into a duplex microstructure after heat treatment. Furthermore, isothermal compression tests were carried out at different temperatures in the range 1100-1200°C with a strain rate of 0.01 s-1. The resistances to deformation of the heat-treated samples were smaller than those of the as-sintered samples under the same deformation conditions. In particular, the heat-treated sample had fewer and smaller α2 phases than did the sintered alloy, and it exhibited a well-deformed appearance and homogeneous microstructure after deformation at a temperature 100°C lower than the sintered alloy. The results revealed that TiAl-based alloys with an optimal microstructure fabricated by powder metallurgy had good formability and a homogeneous deformed microstructure, which was preferable for hot-working and further secondary processing.

  3. Microstructure and property of directionally solidified Ni-Si hypereutectic alloy

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    Cui, Chunjuan; Tian, Lulu; Zhang, Jun; Yu, Shengnan; Liu, Lin; Fu, Hengzhi

    2016-03-01

    This paper investigates the influence of the solidification rate on the microstructure, solid/liquid interface, and micro-hardness of the directionally solidified Ni-Si hypereutectic alloy. Microstructure of the Ni-Si hypereutectic alloy is refined with the increase of the solidification rate. The Ni-Si hypereutectic composite is mainly composed of α-Ni matrix, Ni-Ni3Si eutectic phase, and metastable Ni31Si12 phase. The solid/liquid interface always keeps planar interface no matter how high the solidification rate is increased. This is proved by the calculation in terms of M-S interface stability criterion. Moreover, the Ni-Si hypereutectic composites present higher micro-hardness as compared with that of the pure Ni3Si compound. This is caused by the formation of the metastable Ni31Si12 phase and NiSi phase during the directional solidification process.

  4. Researches and studies regarding brazed aluminium alloys microstructure used in aeronautic industry

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    A. Dimitrescu

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available Brazing is applied to the merge of the pieces which are most required, tensile strength of the solder can reach high values. By brazing there can be assembled pieces of most metals and ferrous and nonferrous alloys, with high melting temperature. This paper presents an analysis of the microstructure of materials from a brazed merge of aluminum alloy L103 which is often used to produce pieces of aeronautical industry. Brazing material was performed using several technologies, and after examination of the microstructure of materials from the merge area it was established as optimal technology the technology which consist of pickling in Aloclene 100 solution with the deposition of filler material on both sides of the base material and the use of spectral acetylene and neutral flame.

  5. 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....

  6. Microstructure evolution of directionally solidifi ed Sn-16%Sb hyperperitectic alloy

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    Li Shuangming

    2008-11-01

    Full Text Available The directionally solidifi ed microstructure of Sn-16%Sb hyperperitectic alloy has been investigated at various solidifi cation rates using a high-thermal gradient directional solidifi cation apparatus. The results indicate that the solidifi cation microstructure consists of hard primary intermetallic SnSb phase embedded in a matrix of soft peritectic β-Sn phase. The primary SnSb phase exhibits faceted growth with tetragonal or trigonal shapes. At the same time, the primary SnSb phase is refi ned with an increase in the solidifi cation rate and dispersed more uniformly in the matrix of β-Sn phase. The volume fraction of the SnSb phase fi rstly decreases and then increases when the solidifi cation rate increases in directional solidifi cation of Sn-16%Sb hyperperitectic alloy.

  7. Microstructure Evolution of Mg-Gd-Y-Zn-Zr Magnesium Alloy During Partial Remelting

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    Jianquan TAO

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available The article deals with the research on the microstructure evolution of Mg-Gd-Y-Zn-Zr magnesium alloy through partial remelting process. It aims at finding out what effects the microstructure of semi-solid Mg-Gd-Y-Zn-Zr alloy will result in under different remelting temperatures and holding times. Based on the results, if to raise the remelting temperature and to prolong the holding time, the size of solid grain will tend to expand and its spheroidization degree also begins to show improvement. In addition, the grain shows tendency of coarsening when the holding time increases. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5755/j01.ms.20.4.6483

  8. Microstructure Properties of Rapidly Solidified Al-Zn-Mg-Cu Alloys

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    Emad M. Ahmed

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available The Rietveld X-ray diffraction analysis was applied to analyze the weight fraction of precipitation phases and microstructure characterizations of rapidly solidified Al-8Zn-4Mg-xCu, x = 1, 4, 8, and 10 alloys (in wt.%, prepared by melt spun technique. A good agreement between observed and calculated diffraction pattern was obtained and the conventional Rietveld factors (Rp, Rwp, and GOF converged to satisfactory values. Solid solubilities of Zn, Mg, and Cu in α-Al were extended to high values. Besides, metastable Al0.71Zn0.29, intermetallic Al2CuMg, Al2Cu, and CuMgZn phases have been observed for x = 4, 8, and 10 Cu alloys. The crystal structure and microstructure characterizations exhibit strong Cu content dependence.

  9. 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

  10. 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%.

  11. 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

  12. Experimental and simulation study on the microstructure of TA15 titanium alloy laser beam welded joints

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    Zhan, Xiaohong; Peng, Qingyu; Wei, Yanhong; Ou, Wenmin

    2017-09-01

    Laser beam welding technique offers obvious advantages over other fusion welding processes in terms of joining titanium alloy. The microstructure of welded seam and heat affected zone resulted from diverse welding speeds and laser powers were investigated after simulating welding heat treatment. The analysis of the thermal transport properties successfully explained the morphology. Optimal process parameters were obtained. The simulation results were consistent with the corresponding experimental observations.

  13. The Effect of Cooling Rate on the Microstructure of High Pressure Die Casting Alloys

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    McAdams, Ian R.

    The current research project explored the effect that heat extraction has on the micro-constituents of the A380 and Silafont 36 high pressure die casting (HPDC) alloys. Phase evolution and distribution, SDAS measurements, and the alpha and beta iron-bearing phases were all examined as a function of heat extraction. Literature was found to be limited on the quantification of the micro-constituents of these two alloys as a function of cooling rate. Different cooling rate apparatuses were used to manipulate the alloys via heat extraction. Magma simulations of the mold were run and Pandat thermodynamic calculations determined the solidus and liquidus of the alloys based on composition. Statistical testing was done on the SDAS measurements. The A380 alpha and beta phase were measured along with the SDAS to create quantitative correlation. Beginning with the A380 microstructure, the FCC-Al, beta/alpha phase, and the Al-Cu phases appeared in the slow and fast cooled sample confirmed by visual and EDS analysis. Cooling rate has the ability to refine microstructure and distribute phases more effectively at higher heat extraction rates but heat extraction rates cannot eliminate the type of phases formed and their specific morphology within the A380 alloy seen at lower cooling rates. The reason is due to the similar phases in fast and slow cooled samples. Higher heat extraction rates can however form unpredicted phase with chemical compositions not usually seen. The reason is due to unique phases with Cu/Zn/Mg found in the A380. The beta phase composition contains Al-Si-Fe and the alpha phase composition contained Al-Si-Fe-Mn. Manganese was also seen to substitute for the Fe to create the Mn-alpha phase with the A380 alloy. The Al-Cu phase appears to have used the iron-bearing phases as nucleation spot thus confirming its phase order to be after that of the FCC, Al-Si eutectic, and iron bearing phases. All confirmed by EDS and visual analysis. The Al-FCC, Alpha-Mn, Al

  14. Microstructure of Archaeological 17th Century Cast Copper Alloys

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    Konieczny J.

    2017-06-01

    Full Text Available In Poland, researchers have a very strong interest in archaeometallurgy, which, as presented in classical works, focuses on dating artefacts from the prehistoric and early medieval periods in the form of cast iron and copper castings. This study, extending the current knowledge, presents the results of a microstructure investigation into the findings from the Modern era dating back to the late Middle Ages. The investigated material was an object in the form of a heavy solid copper block weighing several kilograms that was excavated by a team of Polish archaeologists working under the direction of Ms Iwona Młodkowska-Przepiórowska during works on the marketplace in the city of Czestochowa during the summer of 2009. Pre-dating of the material indicates the period of the seventeenth century AD. The solid copper block was delivered in the form of a part shaped like a bell, named later in this work as a “kettlebell”. To determine the microstructure, the structural components, chemical composition, and homogeneity, as well as additives and impurities, investigations were carried out using light microscopy, scanning electron microscopy including analysis of the chemical composition performed in micro-areas, and qualitative X-ray phase analysis in order to investigate the phase composition. Interpretation of the analytical results of the material’s microstructure will also help modify and/or develop new methodological assumptions to investigate further archaeometallurgical exhibits, throwing new light on and expanding the area of knowledge of the use and processing of seventeenth-century metallic materials.

  15. On oscillatory microstructure during cellular growth of directionally solidified Sn–36at.%Ni peritectic alloy

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    Peng, Peng; Li, Xinzhong; Li, Jiangong; Su, Yanqing; Guo, Jingjie

    2016-01-01

    An oscillatory microstructure has been observed during deep-cellular growth of directionally solidified Sn–36at.%Ni hyperperitectic alloy containing intermetallic compounds with narrow solubility range. This oscillatory microstructure with a dimension of tens of micrometers has been observed for the first time. The morphology of this wave-like oscillatory structure is similar to secondary dendrite arms, and can be observed only in some local positions of the sample. Through analysis such as successive sectioning of the sample, it can be concluded that this oscillatory microstructure is caused by oscillatory convection of the mushy zone during solidification. And the influence of convection on this oscillatory microstructure was characterized through comparison between experimental and calculations results on the wavelength. Besides, the change in morphology of this oscillatory microstructure has been proved to be caused by peritectic transformation during solidification. Furthermore, the melt concentration increases continuously during solidification of intermetallic compounds with narrow solubility range, which helps formation of this oscillatory microstructure. PMID:27066761

  16. Microstructural Evolution of Inverse Bainite in a Hypereutectoid Low-Alloy Steel

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    Kannan, Rangasayee; Wang, Yiyu; Li, Leijun

    2017-12-01

    Microstructural evolution of inverse bainite during isothermal bainite transformation of a hypereutectoid low-alloy steel at 773 K (500 °C) was investigated through a series of interrupted isothermal experiments using a quench dilatometer. Microstructural characterization revealed that the inverse bainitic transformation starts by the nucleation of cementite (Fe3C) from parent austenite as a midrib in the bainitic microstructure. The inverse bainite becomes "degenerated" to typical upper bainite at prolonged transformation times. Crystallographic orientation relationships between the individual phases of inverse bainite microstructure were found to obey { _{γ } || _{θ } } { _{α } || _{θ } } { _{γ } || _{α } } 111_{γ } || { \\overline{2} 21} _{θ } } { 110} _{α } || { \\overline{2} 21} _{θ } } { 111} _{γ } || { 110 } _{α } {111} _{γ } || {211} _{θ } {110} _{α } || {211} _{θ } Furthermore, the crystallographic orientation deviations between the individual phases of inverse bainite microstructure suggest that the secondary carbide nucleation occurs from the inverse bainitic ferrite. Thermodynamic driving force calculations provide an explanation for the observed nucleation sequence in inverse bainite. The degeneracy of inverse bainite microstructure to upper bainite at prolonged transformation times is likely due to the effects of cementite midrib dissolution at the early stage and secondary carbide coarsening at the later stage.

  17. Microstructural Evolution of Inverse Bainite in a Hypereutectoid Low-Alloy Steel

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    Kannan, Rangasayee; Wang, Yiyu; Li, Leijun

    2017-10-01

    Microstructural evolution of inverse bainite during isothermal bainite transformation of a hypereutectoid low-alloy steel at 773 K (500 °C) was investigated through a series of interrupted isothermal experiments using a quench dilatometer. Microstructural characterization revealed that the inverse bainitic transformation starts by the nucleation of cementite (Fe3C) from parent austenite as a midrib in the bainitic microstructure. The inverse bainite becomes "degenerated" to typical upper bainite at prolonged transformation times. Crystallographic orientation relationships between the individual phases of inverse bainite microstructure were found to obey { _{γ} || _{θ } } { _{α} || _{θ } } { _{γ } || _{α } } {111}_{γ } || { \\overline{2} 21} _{θ } } {{110} _{α } || { \\overline{2} 21} _{θ } } { {111} _{γ } || {110} _{α } } {111} _{γ } || {211} _{θ } } { {110} _{α } || {211} _{θ } } Furthermore, the crystallographic orientation deviations between the individual phases of inverse bainite microstructure suggest that the secondary carbide nucleation occurs from the inverse bainitic ferrite. Thermodynamic driving force calculations provide an explanation for the observed nucleation sequence in inverse bainite. The degeneracy of inverse bainite microstructure to upper bainite at prolonged transformation times is likely due to the effects of cementite midrib dissolution at the early stage and secondary carbide coarsening at the later stage.

  18. 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.

  19. Effect of microstructure refinement on low cycle fatigue behavior of Alloy 718

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    Mukhtarov Shamil

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Microstructure refinement down to d ∼ 0.1–1 μm is known to enhance processing properties of hard-to-deform materials and particularly can be used for facilitating superplastic forming or roll-forming. However refined microstructure can compromise service properties, particularly fatigue properties. In the present work, the fatigue behavior of the fine-grained Alloy 718 has been investigated. A number of fine-grained conditions with a grain size ∼0.1–1 μm were produced using multiple forging with a graduate decrease of the forging temperature. Part of the forged fine-grained conditions was also subjected to conventional solution annealing and ageing. In this case a small grain size was controlled by precipitates of the δ phase located on grain boundaries. Low cycle fatigue tests of the fine-grained conditions were carried out at room and elevated temperatures. The obtained properties are compared with those of the Alloy 718 in the coarse-grained conditions. The effect of the grain size on the fatigue strength of the fine-grained Alloy 718 is discussed in terms of the microstructure evolution and fracture mode.

  20. Review on ultrafined/nanostructured magnesium alloys produced through severe plastic deformation: microstructures

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    Mahmood Fatemi

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available A review on the microstructural evolution in magnesium alloys during severe plastic deformation waspresented. The challenges deserved to achieve ultrafine/ nanostructured magnesium were discussed.The characteristics of the processed materials are influenced by three main factors, including idifficult processing at low temperatures, ii high temperature processing and the occurrence ofdynamic recrystallization and grain growth processes, and iii a combined effect of grain refinementand crystallographic texture changes. Reviewing the published results indicate that there are twopotential difficulties with severe deformation of magnesium alloys. First, it is very hard to achievehomogeneous ultrafined microstructure with initial coarse grains. The second is the dependency ofmicrostructure development on the initial grain size and on the imposed strain level. It was clarifiedthat different grain refining mechanisms may be contributed along the course of multi-pass severedeformation. It was clarified that discontinuous recrystallization takes places during the first stages ofdeformation, whereas continuous refinement of the recrystallized grain may be realized at consecutivepasses. Shear band formation as well as twinning were demonstrated to play a significant role in grainrefinement of magnesium alloy. Also, the higher the processing temperature employed the morehomogeneous microstructure may be achieved with higher share of low angle grain boundaries.

  1. The influence of cooling rate on the microstructure of stainless steel alloys

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    Elmer, J.W.

    1988-09-01

    The emergence of high energy density welding, laser surface modification and rapid solidification as commonly used metallurgical processing techniques has greatly increased the range of cooling rates that can be accessed during the solidification of metals and alloys. The microstructures which develop during these rapid cooling conditions may be significantly different from those which develop during low cooling rate conditions as the result of access to new metastable phases with the additional kinetic limitations that accompany rapid solidification. This investigation explores the influence of cooling rate on a series of seven ternary alloys which span the line of two-fold saturation in the Fe-Ni-Cr system. High speed electron beam surface melting was used to resolidify these alloys at scan speeds up to 5 m/s. The resulting cooling rates were estimated from dendrite arm spacing measurements and were confirmed by heat flow modeling to vary from 7 /times/ 10/sup 0/ /degree/C/s to 8 /times/ 10/sup 6/ /degree/C/s. The microstructures that developed from each solidification condition were examined using optical metallography, electron microprobe analysis, scanning electron microscopy and a vibrating sample magnetometer. These results were used to create diagrams to predict the primary mode of solidification, the ferrite content and the complex microstructural morphologies which develop as a function of interface velocity and composition. 158 refs., 90 figs., 45 tabs.

  2. 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.

  3. Microstructural Characterization of Co-Cr-Mo-W Alloy as Casting for Odontological Application

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    Priscila S. N. Mendes

    2017-03-01

    Full Text Available Interest in the analysis and material characterization is rising due to the necessity of the adequate material selection based on system performance in study. The analysis and knowledge of the microstructure and the mechanical properties of any material are of utmost importance since it aims primarily to estimate the performance during the material life span, minimizing the possibility of degradation and undesirable flaws during product utilization. Co-Cr-Mo-W alloys have been well accepted in odontology as prosthesis material, due to its high mechanical resistance, good corrosion resistance and exceptional biocompatibility properties. This study aims to characterize the microstructure of a cobalt based alloy (Co-Cr-Mo-W obtained through vacuum casting process. Optical microscopy, electronic sweeping microscopy and X-ray were employed and Vickers hardness test with loads of 100 gf, 500 gf and 1000 gf during 10 s. Microstructure casting is characterized by a Co-fcc dendritic matrix with a secondary phase, as well as M23C6 precipitate carbides in the interdendritics zones and grain boundaries. The precipitation of carbides represents the main device of strengthening in the cast state for these types of alloys and is also responsible for its lower mechanical properties. The material attained hardness between 25 and 35 HRC, meeting the ASTM F75 standards.

  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. High temperature deformation behavior and microstructural evolutions of a high Zr containing WE magnesium alloy

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    Asqardoust, Sh.; Zarei-Hanzaki, A. [School of Metallurgical & Materials Engineering, University of Tehran, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Fatemi, S.M., E-mail: mfatemi@ut.ac.ir [Shahid Rajaee Teacher Training University, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Moradjoy-Hamedani, M. [School of Metallurgical & Materials Engineering, University of Tehran, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2016-06-05

    Magnesium alloys containing RE elements (WE grade) are considered as potential materials for high temperature structural applications. To this end, it is crucial to study the flow behavior and the microstructural evolution of these alloys at high temperatures. In present work, the hot compression testing was employed to investigate the deformation behavior of a rolled WE54 magnesium alloy at elevated temperatures. The experimental material failed to deform to target strain of 0.6 at 250 and 300 °C, while the straining was successfully performed at 350 °C. A flow softening was observed at 350 °C, which was related to the depletion of RE strengthener elements, particularly Y atoms, from the solid solution and dynamic precipitation of β phases. It was suggested that the Zener pinning effect of the latter precipitates might retard the occurrence of dynamic recrystallization. As the temperature increased to 450 and 500 °C, the RE elements dissolved in the matrix and thus dynamic recrystallization could considerably progress in the microstructure. The comparative study of specimens cut along transverse ad normal direction (TD and ND specimens) implied that the presence of RE elements might effectively reduce the yield anisotropy in WE54 rolled alloy. Microstructural observations indicated a higher fraction of dynamically-recrystallized grains for the ND specimens. This was discussed relying on the different shares of deformation mechanism during compressing the TD and ND specimens. - Highlights: • Deformation behavior of a high Zr WE alloy was addressed at low strain rate. • Dynamic precipitation was realized at 350 °C. • The occurrence of DRX was retarded due to Zener pinning effect. • A higher DRX fraction was obtained in ND specimens comparing with TD ones.

  6. Effect of microstructure on the nanotube growth by anodic oxidation on Ti-10Nb alloy

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    Luz, A. R.; Lepienski, C. M.; Henke, S. L.; Grandini, C. R.; Kuromoto, N. K.

    2017-07-01

    Several papers have reported the grown self-organized nanotube arrays on pure Ti and its alloys to improve the surface of these materials for biomedical applications. The growth of nanotubes can be influenced by microstructure of material; however, few papers concerning this topic have been published. The aim of this work was to investigate the morphology, the cross-section view and the oxides in nanotube arrays in relationship to the microstructure of the Ti-10Nb alloy. The growth of nanotubes on the Ti-10Nb alloy obtained by anodic oxidation (AO). The Ti-10Nb alloy is composed by alfa and beta phases that were investigated by metallographic analysis, patterns of x-ray diffraction and EDS analysis. SEM images and EDS analysis revealed the morphology was composed by self-organized nanotube arrays on the alpha phase and walls with transversal holes on beta phase. X-ray patterns show crystalline oxides formation. Raman spectrum confirms the presence of anatase and Nb2O5 oxides. A significant contribution of the Nb2O5 was observed by bi-dimensional (x, y) Raman mapping, which also showed that the all oxide film was homogeneous oxide distributed on Ti-10Nb alloy. The nanostructured films have higher thickness in the beta than in the alpha phase, and have a small different in structure and oxide composition; as observed by SEM and Raman mapping. The results indicate that the microstructure of the Ti-10Nb affects the nanotubes morphology and the cross-section view, but the oxide formation was similar for all regions analyzed.

  7. Orientation-dependent microstructure and shear flow behavior of extruded Mg–Li–Zn alloys

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    Karami, M.; Mahmudi, R., E-mail: mahmudi@ut.ac.ir

    2015-06-11

    The microstructural and textural evolutions together with the orientation dependencies of mechanical properties of the extruded Mg–6Li–1Zn (LZ61), Mg–8Li–1Zn (LZ81) and Mg–12Li–1Zn (LZ121) alloys were investigated. The shear punch testing (SPT) method was employed to evaluate the room- and high-temperature (200–300 °C) mechanical anisotropy of the extruded materials. Microstructural analysis revealed that, despite a great discontinuous dynamic recrystallization (DDRX) occurred in the extrusion direction (ED) and normal direction (ND), the microstructural anisotropy was observed in all extruded materials, the effect which was more pronounced in the LZ81 alloy by developing banded structure in the ND condition. Textural studies in both hcp LZ61 and LZ81-α phase showed a fiber-type texture with the basal planes being parallel to the ED after extrusion. For the LZ81 alloy, however, the interfering presence of β phase affects the LZ81-α-phase texture by reducing the intensity of the maximum orientations of the basal and prismatic planes. Similar weakened bimodal type texture was formed in the bcc-structured LZ81-β phase, where some <110> poles were located parallel to the ED along with developing some other poles of a fiber-type character. It was also found that the abnormal grain growth might have been encouraged by the strong texture developed in the extruded LZ121 alloy. The SPT results indicated that the texture-dependent hcp LZ61 alloy showed higher shear strength in the ND condition than the ED condition, caused by the texture strengthening effect. As the Li content and deformation temperature increase, the texture dependence of strength properties, and thus, the mechanical anisotropy, decrease so that the LZ121-ND sample showed lower shear strength than the ED specimen due to the greater grain sizes achieved in the ND condition.

  8. Microstructural evolution at the overlap zones of 12Cr martensitic stainless steel laser alloyed with TiC

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    Adebiyi, DI

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available & Laser Technology Volume 61, September 2014, Pages 15–23 Microstructural evolution at the overlap zones of 12Cr martensitic stainless steel laser alloyed with TiC D.I. Adebiyi, A.P.I. Popoola, S.L. Pityana Multiple track laser alloying...

  9. Effect of surface modification, microstructure, and trapping on hydrogen diffusion coefficients in high strength alloys

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    Jebaraj Johnley Muthuraj, Josiah

    Cathodic protection is widely used for corrosion prevention. However, this process generates hydrogen at the protected metal surface, and diffusion of hydrogen through the metal may cause hydrogen embrittlement or hydrogen induced stress corrosion cracking. Thus the choice of a metal for use as fasteners depends upon its hydrogen uptake, permeation, diffusivity and trapping. The diffusivity of hydrogen through four high strength alloys (AISI 4340, alloy 718, alloy 686, and alloy 59) was analyzed by an electrochemical method developed by Devanathan and Stachurski. The effect of plasma nitriding and microstructure on hydrogen permeation through AISI 4340 was studied on six different specimens: as-received (AR) AISI 4340, nitrided samples with and without compound layer, samples quenched and tempered (Q&T) at 320° and 520°C, and nitrided samples Q&T 520°C. Studies on various nitrided specimens demonstrate that both the gamma'-Fe 4N rich compound surface layer and the deeper N diffusion layer that forms during plasma nitriding reduce the effective hydrogen diffusion coefficient, although the gamma'-Fe4N rich compound layer has a larger effect. Multiple permeation transients yield evidence for the presence of only reversible trap sites in as-received, Q&T 320 and 520 AISI 4340 specimens, and the presence of both reversible and irreversible trap sites in nitrided specimens. Moreover, the changes in microstructure during the quenching and tempering process result in a significant decrease in the diffusion coefficient of hydrogen compared to as-received specimens. In addition, density functional theory-based molecular dynamics simulations yield hydrogen diffusion coefficients through gamma'- Fe4N one order of magnitude lower than through α-Fe, which supports the experimental measurements of hydrogen permeation. The effect of microstructure and trapping was also studied in cold rolled, solutionized, and precipitation hardened Inconel 718 foils. The effective hydrogen

  10. Sn-Ag-Cu solders and solder joints: Alloy development, microstructure, and properties

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    Anderson, I. E.; Cook, B. A.; Harringa, J. L.; Terpstra, R. L.

    2002-06-01

    Slow cooling of Sn-Ag-Cu and Sn-Ag-Cu-X (X = Fe, Co) solder-joint specimens made by hand soldering simulated reflow in surface-mount assembly to achieve similar as-solidified joint microstructures for realistic shearstrength testing, using Sn-3.5Ag (wt.%) as a baseline. Minor substitutions of either cobalt or iron for copper in Sn-3.7Ag-0.9Cu refined the joint matrix microstructure, modified the Cu6Sn5 intermetallic phase at the copper substrate/solder interface, and increased the shear strength. At elevated (150°C) temperature, no significant difference in shear strength was found in all of the alloys studied. Ambient temperature shear strength was reduced by largescale tin dendrites in the joint microstructure, especially by the coarse dendrites in solute poor Sn-Ag-Cu.

  11. Modeling Microstructural Evolution During Dynamic Recrystallization of Alloy D9 Using Artificial Neural Network

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    Mandal, Sumantra; Sivaprasad, P. V.; Dube, R. K.

    2007-12-01

    An artificial neural network (ANN) model was developed to predict the microstructural evolution of a 15Cr-15Ni-2.2Mo-Ti modified austenitic stainless steel (Alloy D9) during dynamic recrystallization (DRX). The input parameters were strain, strain rate, and temperature whereas microstructural features namely, %DRX and average grain size were the output parameters. The ANN was trained with the database obtained from various industrial scale metal-forming operations like forge hammer, hydraulic press, and rolling carried out in the temperature range 1173-1473 K to various strain levels. The performance of the model was evaluated using a wide variety of statistical indices and the predictability of the model was found to be good. The combined influence of temperature and strain on microstructural features has been simulated employing the developed model. The results were found to be consistent with the relevant fundamental metallurgical phenomena.

  12. Precipitate and Microstructural Stability in Alloys Subjected to Sustained Irradiation

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    Bellon, P.

    The sustained irradiation of a material by energetic particles leads to the continuous production of damage in the form of point defects, point-defect clusters, and forced atomic relocations, as reviewed in Chap. 1. These elementary processes lead to an acceleration of thermally activated diffusion owing to point-defect supersaturation, as well as a forced mixing of chemical species due to atomic replacements. In materials with precipitates or ordered phases, this forced mixing alone would lead to dissolution and chemical disordering, respectively. At high enough temperatures, however, these dynamical processes compete with thermally activated diffusion, which tends to restore an equilibrium state. The outcome of this competition depends of course on the relative intensity, or rates, of these processes, but also on their characteristic length scales. We review in some detail the evolution of pre-existing precipitates under irradiation to illustrate the complex material's response to these dynamical processes, including the potential self-organization of the microstructure. Similar effects are anticipated in materials undergoing order-disorder transformations. In addition, the kinetic coupling between point defects and chemical fluxes can lead to radiation-induced segregation and precipitation. Finally, we discuss the contribution of point-defect evolution to microstructural changes, which can produce dimensional changes and alter mechanical properties.

  13. Microstructural Inhomogeneity in Constrained Groove Pressed Cu-Zn Alloy Sheet

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    Yadav, Prabhat Chand; Sinhal, Arush; Sahu, Sandeep; Roy, Abir; Shekhar, Shashank

    2016-07-01

    Severe plastic deformation (SPD) is routinely employed to modify microstructure to obtain improved mechanical properties, particularly strength. Constrained groove pressing (CGP) is one of the SPD techniques that has gained prominence recently. However, the efficacy of the method in terms of homogeneity of microstructure and properties has not been well explored. In this work, we examine the microstructure and mechanical properties of CGP processed Cu -Zn alloy sheet and also explore homogeneity in their characteristics. We found that CGP is very effective in improving the mechanical properties of the alloy. Although the reduction in grain size with the number of passes in CGP is not as huge (~38 µm in annealed sample to ~10.2 µm in 1 pass sample) as is expected from a SPD technique, but there is a drastic improvement in ultimate tensile strength (~230 to ~380 MPa) which shows the effectiveness of this process. However, when mechanical properties were examined at smaller length scale using micro-indentation technique, it was found that hardness values of CGP processed samples were non-uniform along transverse direction with a distinct sinusoidal variation. Uniaxial tensile test data also showed strong anisotropy along principal directions. The cause of this anisotropy and non-uniformity in mechanical properties was found to lie in microstructural inhomogeneity which was found to exist at the length scale of the grooves of the die.

  14. The solidification microstructure of Al-Cu-Si alloys metal matrix composites

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    Garbellini, O.; Palacio, H. [IFIMAT-CID, Tandil (Argentina); Biloni, H. [LEMIT-CIC, La Plata (Argentina)

    1998-12-31

    The relationship between solidification microstructure and fluidity in MMC was studied. The composites were fabricated by infiltration of liquid metal into a alumina SAFFIL fibers preform under a gas pressure, using alloys of the AlCuSi system as matrices. The fluidity was measured in terms of classic foundry practice (i.e., the distance of flow liquid metal into the preform, while solidifying). The characterization of solidification microstructure in the cast composite was analyzed and correlated with the results of fluidity. The attention was particularly focused on such effects as the presence or absence of selective nucleation, the refinement of certain solidifying phases in the presence of fibers and their influence on microstructure formation and segregation of certain elements present in the liquid at the fiber matrix interface. By comparing reinforced and non reinforced zones, it was shown that the presence of fibers resulted in a refinement of the dendritic arm spacing of the {alpha}Al phase, with nucleation of Si on the fibers and without nucleation of primary Al dendrites. The results were discussed and compared with the microstructures and fluidity test of the unreinforced Al-Cu-Si alloys.

  15. Influence of Material Microstructures in Micromilling of Ti6Al4V Alloy

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    Attanasio, Aldo; Gelfi, Marcello; Pola, Annalisa; Ceretti, Elisabetta; Giardini, Claudio

    2013-01-01

    In the most recent decades the introduction of unconventional machining processes allowed the development of micromachining techniques. In this work, the influence of material microstructures on the micromilling process was investigated. Ti6Al4V alloy was selected as workpiece material since it is a very common material for micro applications and because its duplex microstructure can be easily changed by proper thermal treatments. Four different microstructures (namely bimodal, fully equiaxed, fully lamellar and mill annealed) were obtained through recrystallization annealing treatments carried out at different times and temperatures. The mechanical properties of the samples were assessed by microhardness measurements. Nano-indentations were also performed on single grains to understand how the different hardness of phases and structures present in the Ti6Al4V alloy can affect the micromilling process. Microchannels using two flute flat end mills with a diameter equal to 200 µm were realized on the treated samples. Two different feed-per-tooth values were used during the tests. Cutting force, channel shape and burr dimension were investigated. Morphological and energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS) analyses were performed on tools by means of a scanning electron microscope (SEM): in this way the phenomena mainly influencing the tool status were also identified. Lower cutting forces and reduced tool wear were observed when working fully lamellar microstructures compared to the other ones. PMID:28788331

  16. Influence of Material Microstructures in Micromilling of Ti6Al4V Alloy

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    Claudio Giardini

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available In the most recent decades the introduction of unconventional machining processes allowed the development of micromachining techniques. In this work, the influence of material microstructures on the micromilling process was investigated. Ti6Al4V alloy was selected as workpiece material since it is a very common material for micro applications and because its duplex microstructure can be easily changed by proper thermal treatments. Four different microstructures (namely bimodal, fully equiaxed, fully lamellar and mill annealed were obtained through recrystallization annealing treatments carried out at different times and temperatures. The mechanical properties of the samples were assessed by microhardness measurements. Nano-indentations were also performed on single grains to understand how the different hardness of phases and structures present in the Ti6Al4V alloy can affect the micromilling process. Microchannels using two flute flat end mills with a diameter equal to 200 µm were realized on the treated samples. Two different feed-per-tooth values were used during the tests. Cutting force, channel shape and burr dimension were investigated. Morphological and energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS analyses were performed on tools by means of a scanning electron microscope (SEM: in this way the phenomena mainly influencing the tool status were also identified. Lower cutting forces and reduced tool wear were observed when working fully lamellar microstructures compared to the other ones.

  17. Effect of Dynamic Composite Refinement and Modification on Microstructure of A356 Aluminum Alloy

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    WANG Zheng-jun

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available To make up for the inadequacy of Sr modification,Al-5Ti-1B-1RE master alloy refiner was prepared,then were used together with Al-10Sr master alloy for dynamic composite refinement and modification of A356 alloy.The A356 alloy microstructure of modification was studied and compared with the theoretical calculating results.The results show that the melt is fiercely stirred and vibrated by the JJ-1 laboratory electric stirrer;the refining effect of α-Al phase is excellent;the coarse and needle-like eutectic Si phase transforms into tiny,widely dispersed spherical particles and well-distributed at the grain boundaries.And mechanical property of the A356 alloy increases obviously.The grain size control study results are consistent with Johnson-Mehl equation theory.At the same time,the contents of gases of the A356 alloy are significantly reduced,which can not be achieved by Sr alone.Quantitative calculating results of degassing mechanism are consistent with the approximate calculating equations of thermodynamics and Stokes Law.

  18. Microstructure and creep behavior of magnesium-aluminum alloys containing alkaline and rare earth additions

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    Saddock, Nicholas David

    In the past few decades governmental regulation and consumer demands have lead the automotive companies towards vehicle lightweighting. Powertrain components offer significant potential for vehicle weight reductions. Recently, magnesium alloys have shown promise for use in powertrain applications where creep has been a limiting factor. These systems are Mg-Al based, with alkaline earth or rare earth additions. The solidification, microstructure, and creep behavior of a series of Mg-4 Al- 4 X:(Ca, Ce, La, and Sr) alloys and a commercially developed AXJ530 (Mg--5 Al--3 Ca--0.15 Sr) alloy (by wt%) have been investigated. The order of decreasing freezing range of the five alloys was: AX44, AXJ530, AJ44, ALa44 and ACe44. All alloys exhibited a solid solution primary alpha-Mg phase surrounded by an interdendritic region of Mg and intermetallic(s). The primary phase was composed of grains approximately an order of magnitude larger than the cellular structure. All alloys were permanent mold cast directly to creep specimens and AXJ530 specimens were provided in die-cast form. The tensile creep behavior was investigated at 175 °C for stresses ranging from 40 to 100 MPa. The order of decreasing creep resistance was: die-cast AXJ530 and permanent mold cast AXJ530, AX44, AJ44, ALa44 and ACe44. Grain size, solute concentration, and matrix precipitates were the most significant microstructural features that influenced the creep resistance. Decreases in grain size or increases in solute concentration, both Al and the ternary addition, lowered the minimum creep rate. In the Mg-Al-Ca alloys, finely distributed Al2Ca precipitates in the matrix also improved the creep resistance by a factor of ten over the same alloy with coarse precipitates. The morphology of the eutectic region was distinct between alloys but did not contribute to difference in creep behavior. Creep strain distribution for the Mg-Al-Ca alloys developed heterogeneously on the scale of the alpha-Mg grains. As

  19. Adiabatic Shear Localization and Microstructure in Ultrafine Grained Aluminum Alloy at Cryogenic Temperature

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    Ma, Rui; Wang, Bingfeng; Zhang, Xiaoyong; Zhou, Bingqing

    2018-01-01

    Adiabatic shear localization plays an important role in the deformation and failure of ultrafine grained 6061 aluminum alloy processed by friction stir processing. To understand the effects of temperature and strain on adiabatic shear localization in the ultrafine grained 6061 aluminum alloy, it has been investigated dynamic mechanical behavior of ultrafine grained 6061 aluminum alloy under the controlled shock loading experiments. Deformation characteristics and microstructures in the shear band were performed by optical microscopy and transmission electron microscopy. The shear band in the ultrafine grained aluminum alloy is a long and straight band distinguished from the matrix. The width of the shear band decreases with increasing nominal strain. The results show that the grains in the boundary of the shear band are highly elongated along the shear direction and form the elongated cell structures (0.2 μ in width), and the core of the shear band consists of a number of recrystallized equiaxed grains 0.2-0.3 μ in diameters and the second phases distribute in both the boundary and the inner of the equiaxed new grains. The calculated temperature in the shear band is about 692 K. Rotational dynamic recrystallization mechanism is responsible for the formation of the microstructure in the shear band.

  20. Effect of a weak transverse magnetic field on the microstructure in directionally solidified peritectic alloys

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    Li, Xi; Lu, Zhenyuan; Fautrelle, Yves; Gagnoud, Annie; Moreau, Rene; Ren, Zhongming

    2016-11-01

    Effect of a weak transverse magnetic field on the microstructures in directionally solidified Fe-Ni and Pb-Bi peritectic alloys has been investigated experimentally. The results indicate that the magnetic field can induce the formation of banded and island-like structures and refine the primary phase in peritectic alloys. The above results are enhanced with increasing magnetic field. Furthermore, electron probe micro analyzer (EPMA) analysis reveals that the magnetic field increases the Ni solute content on one side and enhances the solid solubility in the primary phase in the Fe-Ni alloy. The thermoelectric (TE) power difference at the liquid/solid interface of the Pb-Bi peritectic alloy is measured in situ, and the results show that a TE power difference exists at the liquid/solid interface. 3 D numerical simulations for the TE magnetic convection in the liquid are performed, and the results show that a unidirectional TE magnetic convection forms in the liquid near the liquid/solid interface during directional solidification under a transverse magnetic field and that the amplitude of the TE magnetic convection at different scales is different. The TE magnetic convections on the macroscopic interface and the cell/dendrite scales are responsible for the modification of microstructures during directional solidification under a magnetic field.

  1. The use of new PHACOMP in understanding the solidification microstructure of nickel base alloy weld metal

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    Cieslak, M. J.; Knorovsky, G. A.; Headley, T. J.; Romig, A. D.

    1986-12-01

    The weld metal microstructures of five commercial nickel base alloys (HASTELLOYS* C-4, C-22, and C-276, and INCONELS* 625 and 718) have been examined by electron probe microanalysis and analytical electron microscopy. It has been found that solidification terminates in many of these alloys with the formation of a constituent containing a topologically-close-packed (TCP) intermetallic phase (i.e., σ, P, Laves). Electron microprobe examination of gas-tungsten-arc welds revealed a solidification segregation pattern of Ni depletion and solute enrichment in interdendritic volumes. New PHACOMP calculations performed on these segregation profiles revealed a pattern of increasing M d (metal- d levels) in traversing from a dendrite core to an adjacent interdendritic volume. In alloys forming a terminal solidification TCP constituent, the calculated M d values in interdendritic regions were greater than the critical M d values for formation of σ as stated by Morinaga et al. Implications of the correlation between TCP phase formation and M d in the prediction of weld metal solidification microstructure, prediction of potential hot-cracking behavior, and applications in future alloy design endeavors are discussed.

  2. 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.

  3. Effect of Cold Drawing and Heat Treatment on the Microstructure of Invar36 Alloy Wire

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    Han, Seung Youb; Jang, Seon Ah; Eun, Hee-Chul; Choi, Jung-Hoon; Lee, Ki Rak; Park, Hwan Seo; Ahn, Do-Hee [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Soo Young; Kim, Jea Youl [RandD Center, KOS Ltd., Yangsan (Korea, Republic of); Shin, Sang Yong [University of Ulsan, Ulsan (Korea, Republic of)

    2016-10-15

    In this study, the effect of cold drawing and heat treatment on the microstructure of Invar36 alloy wire was investigated. Invar36 alloy wire is used as a transmission line core material, and is required to have high strength. The diameter of the Invar36 alloy wire specimens were reduced from 16 mm to 4.3 mm after three cold drawing and two heat treatment processes, thereby increasing tensile strength. Specimens were taken after each of the cold drawing and heat treatment processes, and their microstructure and tensile properties were analyzed. The Invar36 alloy wire had a γ-(Fe, Ni) phase matrix before the cold drawing and heat treatment processes. After the cold drawing processes, {220} and {200} textures were mainly achieved. After the heat treatment processes, a {200} recrystallization γ-(Fe, Ni) phase was formed with fine carbides. The recrystallization γ-(Fe, Ni) phase grains had low dislocation density, so they probably accommodated a large amount of deformation during the cold drawing processes.

  4. Microstructure and tensile properties of thixo-diecast AZ91D magnesium alloy

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    Ai Xiulan

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available The thixo-diecasting (TDC process is the combination of semi-solid billet preparation technology and die casting technology. The TDC process not only keeps the characteristics of thixo-forming but also has high efficiency and low cost. In the present work, the microstructures and mechanical properties of an AZ91D magnesium alloy prepared by the thixo-diecasting (TDC process were characterized in as-cast condition. The TDC alloy produced exhibits a unique microstructure containing α-Mg solid solution and β-Mg17Al12 intermetallic compound, and there are some small droplets and a small gray globule with eutectic structure in the primary α-Mg grains. The ultimate tensile strength and elongation of the TDC alloy also increase in comparison with other processes, such as thixocasting. Fracture surface observation shows that a crack mainly originates from the brittle fracture of the eutectic phases. The deformation of ductile α-Mg phase provides the TDC alloy with the main strain.

  5. Modeling of microstructure evolution of magnesium alloy during the high pressure die casting process

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    Wu, Mengwu; Xiong, Shoumei

    2012-07-01

    Two important microstructure characteristics of high pressure die cast magnesium alloy are the externally solidified crystals (ESCs) and the fully divorced eutectic which form at the filling stage of the shot sleeve and at the last stage of solidification in the die cavity, respectively. Both of them have a significant influence on the mechanical properties and performance of magnesium alloy die castings. In the present paper, a numerical model based on the cellular automaton (CA) method was developed to simulate the microstructure evolution of magnesium alloy during cold-chamber high pressure die casting (HPDC) process. Modeling of dendritic growth of magnesium alloy with six-fold symmetry was achieved by defining a special neighbourhood configuration and calculating of the growth kinetics from complete solution of the transport equations. Special attention was paid to establish a nucleation model considering both of the nucleation of externally solidified crystals in the shot sleeve and the massive nucleation in the die cavity. Meanwhile, simulation of the formation of fully divorced eutectic was also taken into account in the present CA model. Validation was performed and the capability of the present model was addressed by comparing the simulated results with those obtained by experiments.

  6. The consequences of helium production on microstructural development in isotopically tailored ferritic alloys

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    Gelles, D.S. [Pacific Northwest Lab., Richland, WA (United States)

    1996-10-01

    A series of alloys have been made adding various isotopes of nickel in order to vary the production of helium during irradiation by a two step nuclear reaction in a mixed spectrum reactor. The alloys use a base composition of Fe-12Cr with an addition of 1.5% nickel, either in the form of {sup 60}Ni which produces no helium, {sup 59}Ni which produces helium at a rate of about 10 appm He/dpa, or natural nickel ({sup Nat}Ni) which provides an intermediate level of helium due to delayed development of {sup 59}Ni. Specimens were irradiated in the HFIR at Oak Ridge, TN to {approx}7 dpa at 300 and 400{degrees}C. Microstructural examinations indicated that nickel additions promote precipitation in all alloys, but the effect appears to be much stronger at 400{degrees}C than at 300{degrees}C. There is sufficient dose by 7 dpa (and with 2 appm He) to initiate void swelling in ferritic/martensitic alloys. Little difference was found between response from {sup 59}Ni and {sup Nat}Ni. Also, helium bubble development for high helium generation conditions appeared to be very different at 300 and 400{degrees}C. At 300{degrees}C, it appeared that high densities of bubbles formed whereas at 400{degrees}C, bubbles could not be identified, possibly because of the complexity of the microstructure, but more likely because helium accumulated at precipitate interfaces.

  7. Microstructure of rapidly solidified Nb-based pre-alloyed powders for additive manufacturing

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    Guo, Yueling; Jia, Lina; Kong, Bin; Zhang, Shengnan; Zhang, Fengxiang; Zhang, Hu

    2017-07-01

    For powder-based additive manufacturing, sphere-shaped Nb-37Ti-13Cr-2Al-1Si pre-alloyed powders were prepared by plasma rotating electrode processing (PREP). The microstructure, surface oxidation and microhardness of the pre-alloyed powders were systematically investigated. Results showed that the main phases were Nb solid solution (Nbss) and Cr2Nb. The Cr2Nb phases were further determined using transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Fine dendrite structures were observed in the as-fabricated pre-alloyed powders, which transformed to large grains after heat treatment (HT) at 1450 °C for 3 h. With the increase of powder size, the secondary dendrite arm spacing (SDAS) increased and the microhardness (HV) decreased. A clean powder surface free of oxide particles was obtained by PREP and an oxide layer with 9.39 nm in thickness was generated on the powder surface. Compared with Cr- and Nb-oxides, more Ti-oxides were formed on outmost powder surface with a higher content of Ti (up to 47.86 at.%). The differences upon the microstructure and microhardness of the pre-alloyed powders with different sizes were discussed.

  8. Effect Of Milling Time On Microstructure Of AA6061 Composites Fabricated Via Mechanical Alloying

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    Tomiczek B.

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this work is to determine the effect of manufacturing conditions, especially milling time, on the microstructure and crystallite size of a newly developed nanostructural composite material with the aluminium alloy matrix reinforced with halloysite nanotubes. Halloysite, being a clayey mineral of volcanic origin, is characterized by high porosity and large specific surface area. Thus it can be used as an alternative reinforcement in metal matrix composite materials. In order to obtain this goal, composite powders with fine microstructures were fabricated using high-energy mechanical alloying, cold compacting and hot extrusion techniques. The obtained composite powders of aluminium alloy reinforced with 5, 10 and 15 wt% of halloysite nanotubes were characterized with SEM, TEM and XRD analysis. It has been proven that the use of mechanical alloying leads to a high degree of deformation, which, coupled with a decreased grain size below 100 nm and the dispersion of the refined reinforcing particles–reinforces the material very well.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. Microstructure and corrosion behavior of laser processed NiTi alloy.

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    Marattukalam, Jithin J; Singh, Amit Kumar; Datta, Susmit; Das, Mitun; Balla, Vamsi Krishna; Bontha, Srikanth; Kalpathy, Sreeram K

    2015-12-01

    Laser Engineered Net Shaping (LENS™), a commercially available additive manufacturing technology, has been used to fabricate dense equiatomic NiTi alloy components. The primary aim of this work is to study the effect of laser power and scan speed on microstructure, phase constituents, hardness and corrosion behavior of laser processed NiTi alloy. The results showed retention of large amount of high-temperature austenite phase at room temperature due to high cooling rates associated with laser processing. The high amount of austenite in these samples increased the hardness. The grain size and corrosion resistance were found to increase with laser power. The surface energy of NiTi alloy, calculated using contact angles, decreased from 61 mN/m to 56 mN/m with increase in laser energy density from 20 J/mm(2) to 80 J/mm(2). The decrease in surface energy shifted the corrosion potentials to nobler direction and decreased the corrosion current. Under present experimental conditions the laser power found to have strong influence on microstructure, phase constituents and corrosion resistance of NiTi alloy. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  12. The Effect of Aluminum Content on the Microstructure and Cavitation Wear of Feal Intermetallic Alloys

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    Jasionowski Robert

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available Intermetallic-based alloys (so called intermetallics of the Fe-Al binary system are modern construction materials, which in recent decades have found application in many branches of the power, chemical and automotive industries. High resistance of FeAl based alloys to cavitational erosion results first of all from their high hardness in the as-cast state, large compressive stresses in the material, as well as homogeneous structure. In the present paper, the effect of aluminum content on the microstructure, texture and strain implemented upon cavitation wear of FeAl intermetallic alloys, have been analyzed by field emission gun scanning electron microscopy (FEG SEM and electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD analysis. Obtained results of structural characterization indicates that with increasing aluminium content effects of orientation randomization (weakening of //ND casting texture, grain refinement and rising of mechanical strenght (and so cavitational resistance take place.

  13. Improvement of Microstructural and Mechanical Properties of Ti-6Al-4V Alloy by Plasma Carburization

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    Park, Y.G.; Wey, M.Y. [Chungbuk National University, Cheongju (Korea); Kim, T.S. [Votex Semiconductor, Taejon (Korea); Jhee, T.G. [Hongik University, Chochiwon (Korea)

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    In order to improve the low wear resistance of Ti-6Al-4V alloy, plasma carburization treatment was newly carried out without consumption of its good specific strength and fatigue life over the temperature. Effect of the plasma carburization was analyzed and compared with the non-treated alloy by microstructural observation, structure characterization and mechanical property test. The plasma treated alloy formed a carburized layer of about 150{mu}m in depth from the surface, where a fine and hard particles of TiC and V{sub 4}C{sub 3} were homogeneously dispersed through the layer. It was also found that an increase of the wear resistance, fatigue life and hardness, due to the hard and fine dispersoids. (author). 11 refs., 9 figs., 2 tabs.

  14. Correlated process of phase separation and microstructure evolution of ternary Co-Cu-Pb alloy

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    Yan, N.; Wang, W. L.; Luo, S. B.; Hu, L.; Wei, B.

    2013-11-01

    The phase separation and rapid solidification of liquid ternary Co45Cu42Pb13 immiscible alloy have been investigated under both bulk undercooling and containerless processing conditions. The undercooled bulk alloy is solidified as a vertical two-layer structure, whereas the containerlessly solidified alloy droplet is characterized by core-shell structures. The dendritic growth velocity of primary α(Co) phase shows a power-law relation to undercooling and achieves a maximum of 1.52 m/s at the undercooling of 112 K. The Pb content is always enriched in Cu-rich zone and depleted in Co-rich zone. Numerical analyses indicate that the Stokes motion, solutal Marangoni convection, thermal Marangoni convection, and interfacial energy play the main roles in the correlated process of macrosegregation evolution and microstructure formation.

  15. 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.

  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. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. Surface microstructures and antimicrobial properties of copper plasma alloyed stainless steel

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    Zhang, Xiangyu; Huang, Xiaobo; Jiang, Li; Ma, Yong; Fan, Ailan; Tang, Bin

    2011-12-01

    Bacterial adhesion to stainless steel surfaces is one of the major reason causing the cross-contamination and infection in many practical applications. An approach to solve this problem is to enhance the antibacterial properties on the surface of stainless steel. In this paper, novel antibacterial stainless steel surfaces with different copper content have been prepared by a plasma surface alloying technique at various gas pressures. The microstructure of the alloyed surfaces was investigated using glow discharge optical emission spectroscopy (GDOES) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The viability of bacteria attached to the antibacterial surfaces was tested using the spread plate method. The antibacterial mechanism of the alloyed surfaces was studied by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The results indicate that gas pressure has a great influence on the surface elements concentration and the depth of the alloyed layer. The maximum copper concentration in the alloyed surface obtained at the gas pressure of 60 Pa is about 7.1 wt.%. This alloyed surface exhibited very strong antibacterial ability, and an effective reduction of 98% of Escherichia coli (E. coli) within 1 h was achieved by contact with the alloyed surface. The maximum thickness of the copper alloyed layer obtained at 45 Pa is about 6.5 μm. Although the rate of reduction for E. coli of this alloyed surface was slower than that of the alloyed surface with the copper content about 7.1 wt.% over the first 3 h, few were able to survive more than 12 h and the reduction reached over 99.9%. The XPS analysis results indicated that the copper ions were released when the copper alloyed stainless steel in contact with bacterial solution, which is an important factor for killing bacteria. Based on an overall consideration of bacterial killing rate and durability, the alloyed surface with the copper content of 2.5 wt.% and the thickness of about 6.5 μm obtained at the gas pressure of 45 Pa is expected

  1. Thermophysical and mechanical properties of V-(4-5)%Cr-(4-5)%Ti alloys

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    Zinkle, S.J. [Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (United States)

    1998-03-01

    Solid solution V-Cr-Ti alloys exhibit a good combination of high thermal conductivity, adequate tensile strength, and low thermal expansion. The key thermophysical and mechanical properties for V-(4-5)%Cr-(4-5)%Ti alloys are summarized in this report. Some of these data are available in the ITER Materials Properties Handbook (IMPH), whereas other data have been collected from recent studies. The IMPH is updated regularly, and should be used as the reference point for design calculations whenever possible.

  2. Microstructure Stability During Creep of Friction Stir Welded AA2024-T3 Alloy

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    Regev, Michael; Rashkovsky, Tal; Cabibbo, Marcello; Spigarelli, Stefano

    2018-01-01

    The poor weldability of the AA2024 aluminum alloy limits its use in industrial applications. Because friction stir welding (FSW) is a non-fusion welding process, it seems to be a promising solution for welding this alloy. In the current study, FSW was applied to butt weld AA2024-T3 aluminum alloy plates. Creep tests were conducted at 250 and at 315 °C on both the parent material and the friction stir welded specimens. The microstructures of the welded and non-welded AA2024-T3 specimens before and after the creep tests were studied and compared. A comprehensive transmission electron microscopy study together with a high-resolution scanning electron microscopy study and energy-dispersive x-ray spectroscopy analysis was conducted to investigate the microstructure stability. The parent material seems to contain two kinds of Cu-rich precipitates—coarse precipitates of a few microns each and uniformly dispersed fine nanosized precipitates. Unlike the parent material, the crept specimens were found to contain the two kinds of precipitates mentioned above together with platelet-like precipitates. In addition, extensive decoration of the grain boundaries with precipitates was clearly observed in the crept specimens. Controlled aging experiments for up to 280 h at the relevant temperatures were conducted on both the parent material and the welded specimens in order to isolate the contribution of exposure to high temperatures to the microstructure changes. TEM study showed the development of dislocation networks into a cellular dislocation structure in the case of the parent metal. Changes in the dislocation structure as a function of the creep strain and the FSW process were recorded. A detailed creep data analysis was conducted, taking into account the instability of the microstructure.

  3. 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.

  4. Investigation on microstructural evolution and hardening mechanism in dilute Zr–Nb binary alloys

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    Yang, H.L., E-mail: yanghuilong@tokai.t.u-tokyo.ac.jp [Department of Nuclear Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo, 2-22 Shirakata Shirane, Tokai, Ibaraki 319-1188 (Japan); Matsukawa, Y. [Institute for Materials Research, Tohoku University, 2-1-1 Katahira, Sendai 980-8577 (Japan); Kano, S. [Department of Nuclear Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo, 2-22 Shirakata Shirane, Tokai, Ibaraki 319-1188 (Japan); Duan, Z.G. [Graduate School of Engineering, Tohoku University, 2-1-1 Katahira, Sendai 980-8577 (Japan); Murakami, K. [Department of Nuclear Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo, 2-22 Shirakata Shirane, Tokai, Ibaraki 319-1188 (Japan); Abe, H. [Department of Nuclear Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo, 2-22 Shirakata Shirane, Tokai, Ibaraki 319-1188 (Japan); Institute for Materials Research, Tohoku University, 2-1-1 Katahira, Sendai 980-8577 (Japan)

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    In this study, the microstructural changes induced by doping of Nb in Zr were investigated by the combined utilization of electron backscatter diffraction and electron transmission microscopy techniques, followed by the correlated hardening mechanism being elucidated based on the obtained microstructural parameters. Microstructural characterization results revealed that microstructural changes caused by doping of Nb in Zr were mainly embodied via two aspects: reducing the matrix α-Zr grain size and increasing the amount of β-Nb particles. β-phase stabilizing effect, dragging effect and pinning effect introduced and enhanced by Nb addition, worked together to significantly reduce the grain size in Zr–Nb alloys. β-Nb particles were firstly observed in Zr0.5Nb specimen with the fairly low number density of ∼2.0 × 10{sup 18}/m{sup 3}, then this value explosively increased to ∼3.3 × 10{sup 20}/m{sup 3} for Zr2Nb specimen. In addition, hardness was increased with an increase in the Nb content. The hardening contributions from solid solution hardening, grain boundary hardening and precipitation hardening were quantitatively estimated as per the obtained microstructural parameters. Results inferred that solid solution hardening contributed the majority when the Nb atoms were solid dissolved (≤0.5 wt%), whereas the precipitation hardening surpassed any other factors when the β-Nb particles were steadily precipitated (≥1 wt%).

  5. Microstructure, Mechanical Properties, and Electrochemical Behavior of Ti-Nb-Fe Alloys Applied as Biomaterials

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    Lopes, Éder Sócrates Najar; Salvador, Camilo Augusto Fernandes; Andrade, Denis Renato; Cremasco, Alessandra; Campo, Kaio Niitsu; Caram, Rubens

    2016-06-01

    New β metastable Ti alloys based on Ti-30Nb alloy with the addition of 1, 3, or 5 wt pct Fe have been developed using the bond order and the metal d-orbital energy level ( overline{{Bo}} {-} overline{{Md}} ) design theory. The samples were prepared by arc melting, hot working, and solution heat treatment above the β transus followed by water quenching (WQ) or furnace cooling (FC). The effect of the cooling rate on the microstructure of Ti-30Nb-3Fe wt pct was investigated in detail using a modified Jominy end quench test. The results show that Fe acts as a strong β-stabilizing alloying element. The addition of Fe also leads to a reduction in the ω and α phases volumetric fractions, although the ω phase was still detected in the WQ Ti-30Nb-5Fe samples, as shown by TEM, and α phase clusters were detected by SEM in the FC Ti-30Nb-3Fe samples. Among the WQ samples, the addition of 5 wt pct Fe improves the ultimate tensile strength (from 601 to 689 MPa), reduces the final elongation (from 28 to 16 pct), and impairs the electrochemical corrosion resistance, as evaluated by potentiodynamic polarization tests in Ringer's solution. The microstructural variation arising from the addition of Fe did not change the elastic modulus (approximately 80 GPa for all experimental WQ samples). This study shows that small Fe additions can tailor the microstructure of Ti-Nb alloys, modifying α and ω phase precipitation and improving mechanical strength.

  6. Microstructure and corrosion study of porous Mg–Zn–Ca alloy in simulated body fluid

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    Annur, Dhyah; Erryani, Aprilia; Lestari, Franciska P.; Nyoman Putrayasa, I.; Gede, P. A.; Kartika, Ika

    2017-03-01

    Magnesium alloys had been considered as promising biomedical devices due to their biocompatibility and biodegradability. In this present work, microstructure and corrosion properties of Mg–Zn–Ca–CaCO3 porous magnesium alloy were examined. Porous metals were fabricated through powder metallurgy process with CaCO3 addition as a foaming agent. CaCO3 content was varied (1, 5, and 10%wt) followed by sintering process in 650 °C in Argon atmosphere for 10 and 15 h. The microstructure of the resulted alloys was analyzed by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) equipped with energy dispersive spectrometry data (EDS). Further, to examine corrosion properties, electrochemical test were conducted using G750 Gamry Instrument in accordance with ASTM standard G5-94 in simulated body fluid (Hank’s solution). As it was predicted, increasing content of foaming agent was in line with the increasing of pore formation. The electrochemical testing indicated corrosion rate would increase along with the increasing of foaming agent. The porous Mg–Zn–Ca alloy which has more porosity and connecting area will corrode much faster because it can transport the solution containing chloride ion which accelerated the chemical reaction. Highest corrosion resistance was given by Mg–Zn–Ca–1CaCO3-10 h sintering with potential corrosion of  ‑1.59 VSCE and corrosion rate of 1.01 mmpy. From the microstructure after electrochemical testing, it was revealed that volcano shaped structure and crack would occur after exposure to Hank’s solution

  7. Correlation Between Microstructure and Corrosion Resistance of Magnesium Alloys Prepared by High Strain Rate Rolling

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    Chen, Jihua; Chen, Guanqing; Yan, Hongge; Su, Bin; Gong, Xiaole; Zhou, Bo

    2017-10-01

    Microstructure and corrosion resistance in Hank's solution of four magnesium alloys (pure Mg, ZK60, Mg-4Zn and Mg-4Zn-0.3Ca) prepared by high strain rate rolling (HSRR) and conventional rolling (CR) are comparatively investigated. The HSRR alloy exhibits better bio-corrosion resistance than the CR alloy. The HSRR ZK60 alloy has finer grains, higher dynamic recrystallization (DRX) extent, lower twin fraction, coarser residual second-phase particles, finer and denser nanometer β 1 precipitates, lower residual compressive stress and stronger basal texture than the CR alloy. The average corrosion rate of the HSRR ZK60 sheet after 90-day immersion in Hank's solution is 0.17 mg cm-2 d-1, about 19% lower than that of the CR sheet. Its corrosion current density is 30.9 μA/cm2, about 45% lower than that of the CR sheet. Bio-corrosion resistance enhancement by HSRR can be mainly ascribe to the reduced grain size, the relatively adequate DRX, non-twinning, the coarser residual second-phase particles, the finer and denser nanometer precipitates and the slightly stronger (0001) texture.

  8. Microstructures and Grain Refinement of Additive-Manufactured Ti- xW Alloys

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    Mendoza, Michael Y.; Samimi, Peyman; Brice, David A.; Martin, Brian W.; Rolchigo, Matt R.; LeSar, Richard; Collins, Peter C.

    2017-07-01

    It is necessary to better understand the composition-processing-microstructure relationships that exist for materials produced by additive manufacturing. To this end, Laser Engineered Net Shaping (LENS™), a type of additive manufacturing, was used to produce a compositionally graded titanium binary model alloy system (Ti- xW specimen (0 ≤ x ≤ 30 wt pct), so that relationships could be made between composition, processing, and the prior beta grain size. Importantly, the thermophysical properties of the Ti- xW, specifically its supercooling parameter ( P) and growth restriction factor ( Q), are such that grain refinement is expected and was observed. The systematic, combinatorial study of this binary system provides an opportunity to assess the mechanisms by which grain refinement occurs in Ti-based alloys in general, and for additive manufacturing in particular. The operating mechanisms that govern the relationship between composition and grain size are interpreted using a model originally developed for aluminum and magnesium alloys and subsequently applied for titanium alloys. The prior beta grain factor observed and the interpretations of their correlations indicate that tungsten is a good grain refiner and such models are valid to explain the grain-refinement process. By extension, other binary elements or higher order alloy systems with similar thermophysical properties should exhibit similar grain refinement.

  9. 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.

  10. Fe–Al–Mn–C lightweight structural alloys: a review on the microstructures and mechanical properties

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    Hansoo Kim, Dong-Woo Suh and Nack J Kim

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Adding a large amount of light elements such as aluminum to steels is not a new concept recalling that several Fe–Al–Mn–C alloys were patented in 1950s for replacement of nickel or chromium in corrosion resistance steels. However, the so-called lightweight steels or low-density steels were revisited recently, which is driven by demands from the industry where steel has served as a major structural material. Strengthening without loss of ductility has been a triumph in steel research, but lowering the density of steel by mixing with light elements will be another prospect that may support the competitiveness against emerging alternatives such as magnesium alloys. In this paper, we review recent studies on lightweight steels, emphasizing the concept of alloy design for microstructures and mechanical properties. The influence of alloying elements on the phase constituents, mechanical properties and the change of density is critically reviewed. Deformation mechanisms of various lightweight steels are discussed as well. This paper provides a reason why the success of lightweight steels is strongly dependent on scientific achievements even though alloy development is closely related to industrial applications. Finally, we summarize some of the main directions for future investigations necessary for vitalizing this field of interest.

  11. Evaluation of Thermodynamic Stable Phase and Microstructure of SA508 Gr.4N Model Alloys for Reactor Pressure Vessel Steel with Variation of Alloying Elements

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    Kim, Mim Chul; Lee, B. S

    2009-12-15

    In order to increase the strength and the fracture toughness of RPV(reactor pressure vessel) steels, an effective way is the change of material specification from Mn-Mo-Ni low alloy steel(SA508 Gr.3) into Ni-Mo-Cr low alloy steel(SA508 Gr.4N). In this study, we evaluate the effects of alloying elements on microstructural characteristics in Ni-Mo-Cr low alloy steel. The changes in stable phase of SA508 Gr.4N low alloy steel with alloying elements were evaluated using a thermodynamic calculation by ThermoCalc software, and then compared with its microstructural observation results. From the calculation of Ni-Mo-Cr low alloy steels, ferrite formation temperature were decreased with increasing Ni and Mn contents due to austenite stabilization effect. Consequently, in the microscopic observation, the microstructure became finer with increasing Ni and Mn contents. However, they does not affects the carbide phase such as M{sub 23}C{sub 6} and M{sub 7}C{sub 3}. When the content of Cr is decreased, carbide phases became unstable and carbide coarsening is observed. With increase of Mo content, M{sub 2}C phase become stable instead of M{sub 7}C{sub 3} and it also observed in the TEM.

  12. Constitutive equation and microstructure evaluation of an extruded aluminum alloy

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    Saravanan L

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available The flow-stress behavior of an extruded aluminum alloy has been studied by conducting a set of warm and hot compression tests. The compression tests were carried out in the temperature range of 373 K–773 K and strain rates of 0.001, 0.01 and 0.1 s−1, up to a strain of 0.5. Based on the results obtained from these tests, a mathematical model was obtained to predict flow stress for a given strain. The effect of temperature and strain rate on deformation behavior was ascertained by determining the Zener–Hollomon parameter. The influence of strain has been incorporated by employing an Arrhenius-type constitutive equation, considering the related material constants as functions of strain. The comparison of results indicated good agreement between the predicted and measured flow-stress values in the relevant temperature range. The correlation coefficient and average absolute relative error of the model were found to be 0.9965 and 4.26% respectively confirming good accuracy.

  13. 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.

  14. Effect of Cooling Rate on Microstructures and Mechanical Properties in SA508 Gr4N High Strength Low Alloy Steel

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    Kim, Minchul; Park, Sanggyu; Choi, Kwonjae; Lee, Bongsang [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

    2013-05-15

    The microstructure of Ni-Cr-Mo low alloy steel is a mixture of tempered martensite and tempered lower bainite and that of Mn-Mo-Ni low alloy steel is predominantly tempered upper bainite. Higher strength and toughness steels are very attractive as an eligible RPV steel, so several researchers have studied to use the Ni-Cr-Mo low alloy steel for the NPP application. Because of the thickness of reactor vessel, there are large differences in austenitizing cooling rates between the surface and the center locations of thickness in RPV. Because the cooling rates after austenitization determine the microstructure, it would affect the mechanical properties in Ni-Cr-Mo low alloy steel, and it may lead to inhomogeneous characteristics when the commercial scale of RPV is fabricated. In order to apply the Ni-Cr-Mo low alloy steel to RPV, it is necessary to evaluate the changes of microstructure and mechanical properties with varying phase fractions in Ni-Cr-Mo low alloy steel. In this study, the effects of martensite and bainite fractions on mechanical properties in Ni-Cr-Mo low alloy steel were examined by controlling the cooling rate after austenitization. First of all, continuous cooling transformation(CCT) diagram was established from the dilatometric analyses. Then, the phase fractions at each cooling rate were quantitatively evaluated. Finally, the mechanical properties were correlated with the phase fraction, especially fraction of martensite in Ni-Cr-Mo low alloy steel.

  15. 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.

  16. Effect of Adding Elements on Microstructure of Mg-3Si Alloy

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    CUI Bin

    2017-03-01

    Full Text Available The microstructure of alloy Mg-3Si(mass fraction/%, same as below after successive additions with different elements of Zn, Nd, Gd and Y was observed and the microstructure evolution was investigated by scanning electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction. The results show the primary Mg2Si particles co-exist with eutectic Mg2Si particles in binary alloy Mg-Si. With minor addition of Zn element, only primary Mg2Si can be found in ternary Mg-3Si-3Zn system while eutectic Mg2Si particles disappear. In quaternary alloy Mg-2.0Nd-3.0Zn-3.0Si, the addition of Nd element can effectively refine the primary Mg2Si particles and form some Mg41Nd5 particles. After continuous adding of Gd and Y elements into quaternary system, Gd5Si3 and YSi particles increase significantly in the alloy Mg-8.0Gd-4.0Y-2.0Nd-3.0Zn-3.0Si, while volume fraction of primary Mg2Si decrease significantly. Thermo-Calc calculation predicts that the Gibbs free energy for primary particles Gd5Si3, YSi is lower, and therefore Gd, Y atom and Si are more likely to form compounds. In Mg-8Gd-4Y-2Nd-3Zn-3Si alloy, room temperature Gibbs free energy for primary particles Mg2Si, Gd5Si3, YSi is -9.56×104, -8.72×104, -2.83×104J/mol, respectively, and the mass fraction of these particles is 8.07%, 5.27%, 1.40% respectively.

  17. Squeeze casting of aluminum alloy A380: Microstructure and tensile behavior

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    Li Fang

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available A380 alloy with a relatively thick cross-section of 25 mm was squeeze cast using a hydraulic press with an applied pressure of 90 MPa. Microstructure and tensile properties of the squeeze cast A380 were characterized and evaluated in comparison with the die cast counterpart. Results show that the squeeze cast A380 possesses a porosity level much lower than the die cast alloy, which is disclosed by both optical microscopy and the density measurement technique. The results of tensile testing indicate the improved tensile properties, specifically ultimate tensile strength (UTS: 215.9 MPa and elongation (Ef: 5.4%, for the squeeze cast samples over those of the conventional high-pressure die cast part (UTS: 173.7 MPa, Ef: 1.0%. The analysis of tensile behavior shows that the squeeze cast A380 exhibits a high tensile toughness (8.5 MJ·m-3 and resilience (179.3 kJ·m-3 compared with the die cast alloy (toughness: 1.4 MJ·m-3, resilience: 140.6 kJ·m-3, despite that, during the onset of plastic deformation, the strain-hardening rate of the die cast specimen is higher than that of the squeeze cast specimens. The microstructure analyzed by the scanning electron microscopy (SEM shows that both the squeeze and die cast specimens contain the primary α-Al, Al2Cu, Al5FeSi phase and the eutectic Si phase. But, the Al2Cu phase present in the squeeze cast alloy is relatively large in size and quantity. The SEM fractography evidently reveals the ductile fracture features of the squeeze cast A380 alloy.

  18. Microstructure evolution of 7085 aluminum alloy with different initial deformation energy storage in fast and slow heating process

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    Xu, Xiaojing; Jia, Weijie; Tan, Cheng; Du, Donghui; Huang, Peng; Zhang, Chong

    2017-10-01

    The effect of initial deformation stored energy, target temperatures and heating rates on the microstructure and texture as well as the hardness and conductivity of 7085 aluminum alloy were investigated through hardness test, conductivity test, x-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis and electron backscatter diffraction scans (EBSD) measurement. The results revealed that with increasing the target temperature, the dislocation of the alloy was consumed, and the consumption of hot-pressed 7085 alloy was much faster than that of extruded alloy. Moreover, for the extruded alloy with low stored energy, the slow heating at rate of 3.6 °C h-1 could effectively suppress the recrystallization, while for hot-pressed 7085 alloy with high stored energy, the rapid heating at rate of 180 °C h-1 could not suppress the recrystallization. The different heat treatment also had great effect on the hardness and conductivity of 7085 alloy.

  19. Sintering Behavior and Microstructure Formation of Titanium Aluminide Alloys Processed by Metal Injection Molding

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    Soyama, Juliano; Oehring, Michael; Ebel, Thomas; Kainer, Karl Ulrich; Pyczak, Florian

    2017-04-01

    The sintering behavior of metal injection molded titanium aluminide alloys, their microstructure formation and resulting mechanical properties were investigated. As reference material, the alloy Ti-45Al-5Nb-0.2B-0.2C at.% (TNB-V5) was selected. Additionally, two other variations with Mo and Mo + Si additions were prepared: Ti-45Al-3Nb-1Mo-0.2B-0.2C at.% and Ti-45Al-3Nb-1Mo-1Si-0.2B-0.2C at.%. The results indicate that the optimum sintering temperature was slightly above the solidus line. With proper sintering parameters, very low porosities (<0.5%) and fine microstructures with a colony size <85 µm could be achieved. Considering the sintering temperatures applied, the phase transformations upon cooling could be described as L + β → β → α + β → α → α + γ → α2 + γ, which was in agreement with the microstructures observed. The effects of Mo and Si were opposite regarding the sintering behavior. Mo addition led to an increase in the optimum sintering temperature, whereas Si caused a significant decrease.

  20. Microstructure refinement and hardening of Ag–20 wt.%Cu alloy by rapid solidification

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    Lussana, Danilo, E-mail: danilo.lussana@unito.it [Dipartimento di Chimica and NIS, Università di Torino, Torino (Italy); Castellero, Alberto [Dipartimento di Chimica and NIS, Università di Torino, Torino (Italy); Vedani, Maurizio [Dipartimento di Meccanica, Politecnico di Milano, Milano (Italy); Ripamonti, Dario; Angella, Giuliano [Istituto IENI-CNR, Unità territoriale di Milano, Milano (Italy); Baricco, Marcello [Dipartimento di Chimica and NIS, Università di Torino, Torino (Italy)

    2014-12-05

    Highlights: • Ag80–Cu20 alloy were rapidly solidified by planar flow casting technique. • A significant refinement of the eutectic microstructure has been obtained. • A refinement of the primary silver-rich phase has been achieved with high cooling rate. • The hardness increases up to the 150% of the value of an annealed sample. - Abstract: Ag–20 wt.%Cu (wt%) hypoeutectic alloy has been rapidly solidified by means of planar flow casting technique. Two fcc solid solutions have been identified by X-ray diffraction. Microstructures have been observed by electron microscopy. A refinement of the eutectic microstructure, as well as of the Ag-rich primary phase, has been observed for high quenching rates, leading to a hardness value up to 235 Vickers. The lattice parameter and phase fraction of the Ag-rich solid solution increase as a function of quenching rates (i.e. wheel speed). The solidification processes occurring during rapid quenching have been described on the basis of thermodynamic and kinetic arguments.

  1. Microstructural evaluation of stainless alloys irradiated in the BOR-60 reactor

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    Yang, Y.; Allen, T.R. [Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wisconsin (United States); Chen, Y.; Chopra, O.K. [Argonne National Lab., Argonne, Illinois (United States)

    2007-07-01

    The microstructures of austenitic stainless steels, cast steels, and nickel-base alloys irradiated at PWR-relevant dose and temperature have been characterized using transmission electron microscopy. The samples had varied chemical composition, heat treatment, and cold working with associated initial variations in microstructure. They were irradiated at 325{sup o}C to approximately 25 dpa with a dose rate of {approx} 9.4E-7 dpa/s. No voids and no precipitates with sufficient concentration or size for diffraction characterization were observed in the austenitic stainless steels and cast steels, while some voids were found in the nickel-base alloys. The irradiated microstructures were dominated by a high density of dislocation loops. The sizes and densities of the dislocation loops were measured by means of relrod dark field images. The results varied for different heats and were consistent with other published data. The lack of swelling in the irradiated austenitic stainless steels was attributed to the low irradiation temperature and relatively high dose rate. (author)

  2. Recrystallization and microstructural evolution during hot extrusion of Mg97Y2Zn1 alloy

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    Chen, Bin; Li, Xiaoling; Lu, Chen; Lin, Dongliang

    2014-05-01

    This study revealed that the extrusion temperature has a great influence on microstructure and mechanical properties of the Mg97Y2Zn1 alloy. The average grain sizes increased from 3 μm to 8 μm with increasing extrusion temperatures from 623K to 773 K. Both dynamic recrystallization (DRX) and static recrystallization (SRX), which occur during and after deformation, respectively, were observed. The alloy, which extruded at a relatively high temperature, exhibited lower strength because the strain strengthening was balanced by the softening that originated from DRX. Three types of morphologies, namely, big recrystallized grains, fine recrystallized grains, and non-recrystallized grains, were observed in the extruded microstructures obtained at 623 K. The dislocation density was quite high in the fully recrystallized grain. The extruded microstructures obtained at 773 K were composed of large grains with more uniform size. Their degree of recrystallization was higher and the dislocation density also declined. All dislocation in the grain were distinguished as dislocations. Submicron scale precipitates were distributed along the newly formed recrystallized grain boundaries and had a remarkable pinning effect on the recrystallized grain growth after extrusion at 773 K. The precipitates can be divided into two main types: mixed type and single type.

  3. Microstructure evolution and lubricant wear performance of laser alloyed layers on automobile engine chains

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    Sun, G. F.; Zhou, R.; Zhang, Y. K.; Yuan, G. D.; Wang, K.; Ren, X. D.; Wen, D. P.

    2014-10-01

    Wear resistant layers on nodular cast iron chains with C-B-W-Cr powders were fabricated by laser surface alloying (LSA). Microstructure, phases and lattice parameters, were investigated by means of optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy and X-ray diffractometry. Micro-, nano-hardness and elastic modulus were measured with a Vickers microhardness tester and a nano-indendation tester. Lubricant sliding wear performance was performed on a ball-on-disk apparatus in ambient air using the straight line reciprocating wear form. Results indicate that microstructure of the alloyed layers changes from hyper-eutectic to hypo-eutectic, varing with laser specific energy. Nano-grain size and micro-hardness decrease while martensite lattice parameters increase with laser specific energy. Existence of graphite in the substrate increases the carbon content in the retained austenite to 1.59 wt%. Nano-hardness and elastic modulus of the alloyed layers are close. Friction and wear properties of the layers are improved by LSA compared with the substrate. Wear mechanism of them is illustrated.

  4. Effect of microstructure on corrosion behavior of Ag-30Cu-27Sn alloy in vitro media

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    Salehisaki, Mehdi, E-mail: mehdisasaki@ut.ac.ir [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Tehran, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Aryana, Maryam, E-mail: maryam.aryana@yahoo.com [AGSP Engineering Company, Biomaterial Research Unit, R.N: 12786 Kerman (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2014-04-01

    Highlights: • High cooling rates decrease the number of Ag intermetallic particles in Cu-rich phase. • Increasing cooling rate improves corrosion behavior of Ag-30Cu-27Sn dental alloy. • Cathode/anode ratio in Cu-rich phases determines the corrosion behavior of alloy. - Abstract: In the present work, three simple heat treatment cycles were used to study the effects of microstructure on electrochemical corrosion behavior of Ag-30Cu-27Sn dental alloy. The electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) measurements and potentiodynamic polarization tests were carried out to investigate the corrosion behavior of as-cast and heat treated samples in synthetic saliva solution. The presence of intermetallic compounds were studied by X-ray diffraction method (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) with energy dispersive X-ray detector (EDAX). The microstructural observations and electrochemical corrosion results revealed that, increasing the cooling rate improves the corrosion behavior of under investigation samples. Improvement of the corrosion behavior is attributed to reducing the area of fine distributed Ag{sub 3}Sn islands in the Cu-rich matrix which decrease the cathode/anode ratio of microgalvanic cells.

  5. Microstructural Investigation and Phase Relationships of Fe-Al-Hf Alloys

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    Yildirim, Mehmet; Akdeniz, M. Vedat; Mekhrabov, Amdulla O.

    2014-07-01

    The effect of Hf addition on microstructures, phase relationships, microhardness, and magnetic properties of Fe50Al50- n Hf n alloys for n = 1, 3, 5, 7, and 9 at. pct has been investigated. At all investigated compositions, the ternary intermetallic HfFe6Al6 τ 1 phase forms due to the limited solid solubility of Hf in FeAl phase and tends to develop a eutectic phase mixture with the Fe-Al-based phase. The Hf concentration of the eutectic composition is found to be 7 at. pct from the microstructural examinations and the eutectic phase transition temperature is determined as 1521 K (1248 °C) independent of Hf amount by differential scanning calorimetry measurements. Furthermore, the enthalpies and activation energies (based on Kissinger and Ozawa methods) of eutectic phase transitions are reported. The minimum activation energy is calculated for the fully eutectic composition. Moreover, variation of the microhardness of Fe-Al-based alloys as a function of the Hf content is investigated, and its dependence on the thermal history of the alloys is explained.

  6. Study on Composition, Microstructure and Wear Behavior of Fe-B-C Wear-Resistant Surfacing Alloys

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    Zhuang, Minghui; Li, Muqin; Wang, Jun; Ma, Zhen; Yuan, Shidan

    2017-11-01

    Fe-B-C alloy layers with various microstructures were welded on Q235 steel plates using welding powders/H08Mn2Si and welding wires composite surfacing technology. The relationship existing between the chemical composition, microstructure and wear resistance of the surfacing alloy layers was investigated by scanning electron microscopy, x-ray diffraction, electron backscatter diffraction and wear tests. The results demonstrated that the volume fractions and morphologies of the microstructures in the surfacing alloy layers could be controlled by adjusting the boron and carbon contents in the welding powders, which could further regulate the wear resistance of the surfacing alloy layers. The typical microstructures of the Fe-B-C surfacing alloy layers included dendritic Fe, rod-like Fe2B, fishbone-like Fe2B and daisy-like Fe3(C, B). The wear resistance of the alloy layers with various morphologies differed. The wear resistance order of the different microstructures was: rod-like Fe2B > fishbone-like Fe2B > daisy-like Fe3(C, B) > dendritic Fe. A large number of rod-like Fe2B with high microhardness could be obtained at the boron content of 5.70 5.90 wt.% and the carbon content of 0.50 0.60wt.%. The highest wear resistance of the Fe-B-C alloy layers reached the value of 24.1 g-1, which demonstrates the main microscopic cutting wear mechanism of the Fe-B-C alloy layers.

  7. Effect of cold rolling on microstructure and mechanical property of extruded Mg–4Sm alloy during aging

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    Li, Rongguang, E-mail: lirongguang1980@126.com [School of Mechanical Engineering, Shenyang University of Chemical Technology, Shenyang 110142 (China); Xin, Renlong; Chapuis, Adrien; Liu, Qing [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Chongqing University, Chongqing 400045 (China); Fu, Guangyan; Zong, Lin; Yu, Yongmei; Guo, Beitao; Guo, Shuguo [School of Mechanical Engineering, Shenyang University of Chemical Technology, Shenyang 110142 (China)

    2016-02-15

    Microstructure and mechanical properties of the Mg–4Sm (wt.%) alloy, prepared via combined processes of extrusion, cold rolling and aging, have been investigated. The hot extruded alloy exhibits a weak rare earth magnesium alloy texture with < 11 − 21 >//ED, while the cold-rolled alloy shows a stronger basal texture with < 0001 >//ND. Many tensile twins and double twins are observed in grains after rolling. The cold-rolled alloy shows a weak age-hardening response compared with the extruded alloy, which is the result of more precipitation in the twin boundary during aging. The rolled alloy exhibits almost no precipitate free zone during aging compared with the extruded alloy. The higher proof stress of the rolled alloy in peak-aged condition is attributed to the presence of twin boundaries, stronger basal texture, higher dislocation density, and the suppression of precipitate free zone compared with the extruded alloy. - Highlights: • No precipitate free zone appears in cold-rolled alloy after aging. • Segregation and precipitates are observed in twin boundaries and grain boundaries. • Cold-rolled alloy shows a weak age-hardening response.

  8. Microstructure and mechanical behavior of annealed MP35N alloy wire

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    Prasad, M.J.N.V. [School of Engineering, Brown University, Providence, RI 02912 (United States); Department of Metallurgical Engineering and Materials Science, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Powai, Mumbai 400076 (India); Reiterer, M.W. [Medtronic, PLC, USA, Science and Technology, Minneapolis, MN 55432 (United States); Kumar, K.S., E-mail: Sharvan_Kumar@brown.edu [School of Engineering, Brown University, Providence, RI 02912 (United States)

    2015-06-11

    In a previous paper, the microstructure, monotonic, and cyclic response of as-drawn ~100 μm diameter MP35N low-Ti alloy wire were presented and discussed. In this sequel paper, the effects of annealing the same cold-drawn wire on microstructure and mechanical properties are examined. Specifically, segments of the wire were annealed for 1 h at 973 K, 1023 K, 1073 K, 1123 K and 1173 K in a vacuum furnace. The resulting microstructure was characterized by SEM, EBSD and TEM and compared to the as-drawn microstructure. In-situ heating in the TEM of MP35N ribbon in a similarly cold worked condition enabled corroboration of microstructure evolution during annealing. Annealed wires were tested monotonically and cyclically in uniaxial tension at room temperature, the latter using a stress ratio (R) of 0.3. In addition, the annealed wires were tested cyclically at R=−1 using the rotating beam bending fatigue test. Post-deformation structures and fracture surfaces were characterized using TEM and SEM respectively. Annealing the cold drawn wire results in recrystallization and grain growth; the extent is dependent on the annealing temperature. Deformation twin boundaries in the as-drawn structure illustrate faceted bulging and eventually complete elimination, the microstructure evolving into fine equiaxed grains containing coarser annealing twins with no significant change in texture. Yield strength decreases rapidly with recrystallization to almost half the value of the as-drawn condition, but is accompanied by an increase in modulus (by ~25%) and tensile elongation reaching ~30%. Cyclic response by the way of S–N curves is not enhanced by annealing on an absolute stress scale (due to the loss in yield strength) although the annealed wires are cyclically superior when the stress data are normalized by yield stress.

  9. 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

  10. Microstructure and anisotropic mechanical behavior of friction stir welded AA2024 alloy sheets

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    Zhang, Zhihan [State Key Laboratory of Solidification Processing, Shaanxi Key Laboratory of Friction Welding Technologies, Northwestern Polytechnical University, Xi' an 710072, Shaanxi (China); Li, Wenya, E-mail: liwy@nwpu.edu.cn [State Key Laboratory of Solidification Processing, Shaanxi Key Laboratory of Friction Welding Technologies, Northwestern Polytechnical University, Xi' an 710072, Shaanxi (China); Li, Jinglong [State Key Laboratory of Solidification Processing, Shaanxi Key Laboratory of Friction Welding Technologies, Northwestern Polytechnical University, Xi' an 710072, Shaanxi (China); Chao, Y.J. [Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC 29208 (United States); Vairis, A. [Mechanical Engineering Department, TEI of Crete, Heraklion, Crete 71004 (Greece)

    2015-09-15

    The anisotropic mechanical properties of friction stir welded (FSW) AA2024-T3 alloy joints were investigated based on the uniaxial tensile tests. The joint microstructure was examined by using electron back-scattered diffraction and transmission electron microscope. Results show that the evident anisotropic failure and yielding are present in the FSW joints. With the increase of loading angle from 0° to 90° the ultimate tensile strength and elongation of the specimens consistently decrease, or at first decrease and then increase, depending on the FSW process parameters. The specimen cut from the weld direction, i.e. a loading angle of 0°, exhibits the highest strength and elongation. - Highlights: • Microstructure and anisotropy of friction stir welded joints were studied. • The evident anisotropic failure and yielding are present in joints. • The lowest yield stress and UTS are at 45° and 60° loadings, respectively. • Rotation speed heavily impact on the anisotropy of joints.

  11. Effect of variable heat treatment modes on microstructures of Fe-Cr-B cast iron alloy

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    Guo Changqing

    2008-02-01

    Full Text Available The effect of heat treatment mode on the microstructure of Fe-Cr-B cast iron alloys was investigated in this paper by comparing the difference of precipitation patterns of secondary particles after thermal cycling treatment (TCT with those after normal heat treatment (NHT. No obvious differences were found in precipitation patterns of secondary particles between TCT and NHT when experimental temperature was below Ar1. However, when temperature was over Ar1, there were significant differences, with secondary particles prominently segregated at the grain boundaries under TCT, while the particles evenly distributed in the matrix under NHT. The reason for the microstructure differences could be associated with the development of non-equilibrium segregation of boron during TCT.

  12. 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.

  13. Effect of a Deep Cryogenic Treatment on Wear and Microstructure of a 6101 Aluminum Alloy

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    Volker Franco Steier

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this work is to evaluate the effect of a deep cryogenic treatment (DCT on the wear behavior and on the microstructure of an aluminum alloy. In order to compare the level of improvement on the wear resistance provided by the DCT with a more traditional technique, a test matrix which included DCT, CrN coated specimens, and combinations of both modification methods was conducted. The wear behavior was investigated using microabrasive wear tests. The cryogenic treated specimens proved to have similar low wear rates as the specimens coated with CrN. The most distinct improvement was reached with a combination of both techniques. In the case of the DCT, the performed microstructural analysis identified the generation of additional GP-zones as the reason for the improved wear resistance.

  14. Microstructure and Texture Evolution in a Magnesium Alloy During Extrusion at Various Extrusion Speeds

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    Ma, Q.; Horstemeyer, S. J.; Li, B.; McClelland, Z.; Wang, P. T.; Horstemeyer, M. F.

    An AM30 magnesium alloy was extruded by using a lab-scale flat die at 450 °C and various ram speeds: 5 mm/min, 10 mm/min, 20 mm/min, 30 mm/min, and 50 mm/min, respectively. Microstructure and texture in the representative locations inside the die and the extrudate of the AM30 at different ram speeds were examined by electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD). Significant dynamic recrystallization (DRX) occurred inside the die, whereas static recrystallization (SRX) took over in the extrudate outside the die. Profuse { 10\\bar 12} DRX and SRX led to different microstructure evolution at different extrusion speeds. Possible mechanisms that govern the DRX and the SRX were analyzed.

  15. Effect of trace Ce and B additions on the microstructure of Nb-3Si-22Ti alloys

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    Meiling Wu

    2017-06-01

    Full Text Available The effects of trace Ce and B additions on the microstructure Nb-22Ti-3Si alloys were studied. The microstructure of the alloys was observed by scanning electron microscope (SEM, and their phase compositions were analyzed with X-ray diffraction (XRD and Electro-Probe micro-analyzer (EPMA. The distributions of the elements were detected by Spectrum analyzer. The interface of the phases in the alloys was investigated by transmission electron microscopy (TEM. The results indicated that two phases of Nbss and Nb3Si presented in Nb-22Ti-3Si, Nb-22Ti-3Si-0.2Ce and Nb-22Ti-3Si-0.2B alloys. The segregation of Ti at the interface between Nbss and Nb3Si was promoted and the volume fraction of silicides in the alloy increased with the trace B and Ce addition to the Nb-22Ti-3Si alloy respectively. And there was no single and definite orientation relationship between Nb3Si and Nbss in Nb-22Ti-3Si, Nb-22Ti-3Si-0.2Ce and Nb-22Ti-3Si-0.2B alloys. Compared with the Nb-22Ti-3Si alloy, the Nbss superlattice structure was found in Nb-22Ti-3Si-0.2Ce and Nb-22Ti-3Si-0.2B alloys.

  16. Microstructure evolution in a 2618 aluminium alloy during creep-fatigue tests

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    Novy, Frantisek; Hadzima, Branislav [Zilina Univ. (Slovakia). Dept. of Materials Engineering; Janecek, Milos; Kral, Robert [Charles Univ., Prague (Czech Republic). Dept. of Physics of Materials

    2012-06-15

    Microstructure changes in the 2 618 aluminium alloy during creep-fatigue tests were studied. These tests simulate the conditions of the application of this alloy in devices for the exhaustion of hot gasses generated during fire in closed or difficultly accessible areas. Creep-fatigue tests result in high dislocation density in subgrains and narrow subgrain boundaries, in contrast to creep tests reported in our previous work where large subgrains were observed with relatively wide subgrain boundaries and relatively low dislocation density in grains. Extensive precipitation occurred with denuded (precipitate-free) zones along grain boundaries. The coherent S-phase (Al{sub 2}CuMg) transformed into partially coherent needle-shaped S' precipitates. Superior stress amplitude caused reduced lifetime and wider denuded zones. A model of the formation of denuded zones along (sub)-grain boundaries was proposed. (orig.)

  17. Effect of Sr Additive Amount and Holding Time on Microstructure of A390 Aluminum Alloy

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    Zhang, J. H.; Xing, S. M.; Han, Q. Y.; Guo, Q.; Wang, R. F.

    2017-11-01

    The microstructure of A390 alloy under different Sr additive amounts and holding times was studied by means of direct reading spectrum analysis, energy spectrum analysis, optical microscope and electron microscope. The results show that Sr has a good modification to eutectic Si, while it has a negative effect on primary silicon. The Sr addition will increase the size of primary silicon. When the addition amount of Al-10Sr alloy is 0.6%, the modification of eutectic silicon is the optimum. The Sr has a short incubation period and a fine modification at 10min, but it is more serious burning rate in small furnace smelting, and the modification effect disappears basically after 100min.

  18. ZK60 alloy processed by ECAP: Microstructural, physical and mechanical characterization

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    Dumitru, F.-D., E-mail: dianadumitru1986@yahoo.com [Materials Science and Engineering Faculty, Politehnica University of Bucharest, Splaiul Independentei 313, 060042 Bucharest (Romania); Higuera-Cobos, O.F., E-mail: osfahico@gmail.com [Departamento de Ciencia de los Materiales e Ingeniería Metalúrgica, ETSEIB – Universidad Politécnica de Cataluña, Av. Diagonal 647, 08028 Barcelona (Spain); Facultad de Ingeniería Mecánica, Universidad Tecnológica de Pereira, Vereda La Julita, Pereira (Colombia); Cabrera, J.M., E-mail: jose.maria.cabrera@upc.es [Departamento de Ciencia de los Materiales e Ingeniería Metalúrgica, ETSEIB – Universidad Politécnica de Cataluña, Av. Diagonal 647, 08028 Barcelona (Spain); Fundació CTM Centre Tecnológic, Plaça de la Ciència 2, 08243 Manresa (Spain)

    2014-01-31

    Lately, magnesium alloys have been extensively investigated through severe plastic deformation (SPD) methods in order to extend their application to structural components. In the present work, as-extruded ZK60 magnesium alloy samples were subjected to 4 passes of equal-channel angular pressing (ECAP) at a processing temperature of 250 °C, following route Bc. The microstructural evolution of the deformed grains was analyzed using electron back-scattered diffraction (EBSD). The Orientation Imaging Microscopy (OIM) maps, together with the grain boundary misorientation distribution showed a reduction in the grain size accompanied by a large proportion of high angle grain boundaries. Calorimetric analysis showed a slight increase in the recrystallization temperature of the ECAPed magnesium samples. Mechanical tests showed an improvement in the elongation-to-failure after 4 ECAP passes, which were about 2 times higher than in the as-extruded sample. Also a brittle to ductile transition was observed.

  19. Microstructure of AlSi17Cu5 alloy after overheating over liquidus temperature

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    J. Piątkowski

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The paper presents microstructure tests of alloy AlSi17Cu5. In order to disintegrate the primary grain of silicon the so-called time-temperature transformation TTT was applied which was based on overheating the liquid alloy way over the temperature Tliq., soaking in it for 30 minutes and casting it to a casting mould. It was found that such process causes the achievement of fine-crystalline structure and primary silicon crystals take up the form of pentahedra or frustums of pyramids. With the use of X-ray microanalysis and X-ray diffraction analysis the presence of intermetallic phases Al2Cu, Al4Cu9 which are the ingredients of eutectics α - AlCu - β and phase Al9Fe2Si which is a part of eutectic α - AlFeSi - β was confirmed.

  20. Thermal analysis and microstructure of master alloys used for modification of silumins

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    J. Piątkowski

    2009-07-01

    Full Text Available The study presents the technological backgrounds of the process of melting and casting Al-Co, Al-Ni, and Al-Ti master alloys, used as refiners of the microstructure of cast silumins. Basing on the analysis of phase equilibrium diagrams for an Al-Me (Co, Ni, Ti system at a temperature of 900oC, the characteristic intermetallic phases of AlxMey were investigated. Due to their similarity with Al and Si in respect of both structure and lattice arrangement, these phases may act as heterogeneous nuclei and promote solution hardening during, e.g., heat treatment. Using the method of thermal analysis ATD, the temperature was plotted in function of time, and then the characteristic values of the solidification parameters of master alloys were read out from the respective curves.

  1. 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.

  2. Microstructural evolution of Ti-10Nb and Ti-15Nb alloys produced by the blended elemental technique

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    Martins, G.V.; Souza, J.V.C.; Machado, J.P.B., E-mail: givmartins@yahoo.com.br, E-mail: vitor@las.inpe.br, E-mail: joaopaulo@las.inpe.br [Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas Espaciais (INPE), Sao Jose dos Campos, SP (Brazil); Silva, C.R.M. [Universidade de Brasilia (UnB), Brasilia, DF (Brazil); Henriques, V.A.R., E-mail: vinicius@iae.cta.br [Instituto de Aeronautica e Espaco (DCTA/IAE/AMR), Sao Jose dos Campos, SP (Brazil). Centro Tecnico Aeroespacial; Borges Junior, L.A., E-mail: borges.jr@itelefonica.com.br [Centro Universitario de Volta Redonda (UNIFOA), Volta Redonda, RJ (Brazil)

    2009-07-01

    Alfa/beta titanium alloys have been intensely used for aerospace and biomedical applications. Production of powder metallurgy titanium alloys components may lead to a reduction in the cost of parts, compared to those produced by conventional cast and wrought (ingot metallurgy) processes, because additional working operations (machining, turning, milling, etc.) and material waste can be avoided. In this work, samples of Ti- 10, 15Nb (weight%) alloys were obtained by the blended elemental technique using hydride-de hydride (HDH) powders as raw material, followed by uniaxial and cold isostatic pressing with subsequent densification by sintering carried out in the range 900-1500 deg C. These alloys were characterized by X-ray diffractometry for phase composition, scanning electron microscopy for microstructure, Vickers indentation for hardness, Archimedes method for specific mass and resonance ultrasound device for elastic modulus. For the samples sintered at 1500 deg C it was identified α and β phases. It was observed the influence of the sintering temperatures on the final microstructure. With increasing sintering temperature, microstructure homogenization of the alloy takes place and at 1500 deg C this process is complete. The same behavior is observed for densification. Comparing to the Ti6Al4V alloy properties, these alloys hardness (sintered at 1500 deg C) are near and elastic modulus are 18% less. (author)

  3. Microstructural analysis and oxidation behavior of laser-processed Fe-Cr-AI-Y alloy coatings

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    Nagarathnam, K.; Komvopoulos, K.

    1996-02-01

    Dense crack-free coatings of Fe-Cr-Al-Y quaternary alloy were produced on stainless steel 316L substrates using a continuous wave Nd-YAG solid-state laser coupled with a fiber optic beam delivery system. Experiments were performed at a laser power between 0.6 and 2.4 kW, process speed in the range 0.053 to 0.423 cm/s, powder feed rate fixed at 0.083 g/s, and focused multimode laser beam with a diameter of 0.5 cm. Various microanalysis techniques demonstrated that the coatings were metallurgically bonded to the substrate and possessed thicknesses between 0.35 and 4.64 mm, refined columnar microstructures with grain sizes of 15 to 150 µxm, increased concentration of key alloying elements, and appreciably high microhardness up to 409 kg/mm2. The laser-processed microstruc-tures comprised a body-centered cubic (bcc) ferrite (α phase) crystal structure with a relatively large lattice parameter compared to α-Fe due to the enhanced dissolution of varying amounts of Cr, Al, Ni, and Y, depending on the dilution from the substrate material. Oxidation tests conducted in air at temperatures of 1100 ° to 1200 ° for 95 hours revealed the formation of an approximately 5-µm-thick dense α-Al2O3 oxide scale of a rhombohedral (hexagonal) crystal structure. The α-Al2O3 scale exhibited remarkable high-temperature resistance and strong adherence to the coating surface. Extensive oxidation of the uncoated stainless steel substrate produced a porous and heavily spalled alloy oxide scale about 60-µm thick consisting of FeCr2O4 and NiCr2O4 with cubic and tetragonal crystal structures, respectively. The retention of the bcc α phase and the insignificant grain growth after oxidation are indicative of the thermal stability of the laser-processed coating microstructures. The obtained results demonstrate that Fe-Cr-Al-Y alloy coatings exhibiting fine-grained hard mi-crostructures, high-temperature oxidation resistance, and strong adherence to stainless steel can be developed by means

  4. Microstructure evolution and thermal stability of rapidly solidified Al-Ni-Co-RE alloy

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    B. Karpe

    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available In the frame of this work, Al-5Ni-1Co-3RE (RE-Rare Earth (Mischmetal rapidly solidified ribbons were manufactured and analyzed. The morphology of the as-cast structure, as well as the microstructural features were analyzed by transmission electron microscopy (TEM and scanning electron microscopy (SEM. Thermal stability has been investigated by combination of four point scanning electrical resistivity measurement (ER, differential scanning calorimetry (DSC and microhardness measurement. From the results we can conclude, that Al-5Ni-1Co-3RE rapidly solidified alloys have good thermal stability due to very slow coarsening kinetics of precipitated particles.

  5. 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.

  6. Microstructure and microhardness evolution of melt-spun Al-Si-Cu alloy

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    Ahmed, Emad M.; Ebrahim, M. R.

    2014-04-01

    Al-11 wt.% Si-11 wt.% Cu (11.29 at.% Si-5.1 at.% Cu) melt was rapidly solidified into ribbons and characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS) and microhardness technique. The Rietveld X-ray diffraction analysis was applied successfully to analyze the microstructure and phase precipitations. The high cooling rate obtained in rapid solidification has a significant influence on the microstructure and microhardness of this alloy. On the basis of the Al peaks shift measured in the XRD scans, a solid solubility extension value of 3.95 at.% Si and 3.54 at.% Cu in α-Al were determined. No XRD peaks of the Si phase have been detected. XRD peaks of the intermetallic Al2Cu phase have been observed clearly with estimated content of 12.6 wt.%. During prolonged annealing process at 350°C/25 h, XRD peaks of the Si phase clearly appeared with estimated content of 8.6 wt.% and, moreover, the Al2Cu phase content increased to 16 wt.%. The estimated crystallite size and micro-strain % of α-Al are 30 nm and 0.056, respectively. The melt-spun wheel side ribbon represents ultra-fine microstructure with particles size less than 1μm and exhibits enhancement of hardness to 241 HV. Hardness has further increased to 291 HV during heat treatment (150°C/12 h). Rapid solidification exhibited a great influence on microstructure and microhardness of the Al-Si-Cu alloy.

  7. A study of the weldability and weld related microstructure of cabot alloy 214

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    Cieslak, M. J.; Stephens, J. J.; Carr, M. J.

    1988-03-01

    The weldability and weld metal microstructure of Cabot Alloy 214 have been investigated with a variety of experimental and analytical techniques. These include Varestraint hot crack testing, hot ductility testing, pulsed Nd:YAG laser welding, scanning and analytical electron microscopy, electron microprobe analysis, and X-ray diffraction. A heat of Alloy 214 containing intentionally alloyed B (0.003 wt pct) and Zr (0.07 wt pct) was much more sensitive to both fusion zone hot cracking as quantified by the Varestraint test and to simulated heat-affected-zone (HAZ) cracking as quantified by hot ductility testing than a heat of Alloy 214 containing no intentionally added B (0.0002 wt pct) or Zr (0.02 wt pct). Scanning electron microscopy of the high B and Zr alloy showed the presence of dendritically-shaped, Zr-rich constituents in interdendritic regions in the gas-tungsten-arc (GTA) welds. Electron microprobe analysis of these welds revealed a segregation pattern of Cr, Al, Mn, and Zr enrichment in interdendritic regions and Ni and Fe enrichment in dendrite core regions. Analytical electron microscopy revealed the presence of ZrX (X = B, C, N, O), M23C6, and γ' in the fusion zone of GTA weld specimens, γ' was also found in the as-received base metal and in the GTA weld HAZ. X-ray diffraction analysis of extractions from the high B and Zr GTA weld metal also indicated the presence of a ZrX-type constituent. The results of this study are in qualitative agreement with earlier work performed on alloys such as NIMONIC 90 and INCONEL 718∗ relative to the detrimental effect of B and Zr additions on fusion zone and HAZ hot cracking susceptibility.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. Effect of solution treatment on microstructure and hardness of rheo-forming AZ91-Y alloy

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    Zhi-wei Wang

    2016-11-01

    Full Text Available The microstructure and hardness of rheo-forming AZ91-Y alloy before and after solution treatment (ST have been investigated by means of optical microscope (OM, scanning electron microscope (SEM equipped with energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS, X-ray diffraction (XRD and Vickers. The experimental results showed that the β-Mg17Al12 phase of alloy was nearly dissolved after ST for 5 min. With the increasing of ST duration to 28 h, both the primary and secondarily solidified α-Mg grains faded away. At the same time, the alloy exhibited a much smoother surface due to the diffusion of solute atoms (Al. During ST, the thermal stable phase of Al2Y produced by ultrasonic vibration retained its size and morphology. As the ST duration was increased, the alloy hardness decreased sharply at first, and then gradually reached a minimum level. The alloy’s appropriate ST duration at 410 °C was approximately 28 h.

  11. Evolution of rapidly solidified NiAlCu(B) alloy microstructure.

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    Czeppe, Tomasz; Ochin, Patrick

    2006-10-01

    This study concerned phase transformations observed after rapid solidification and annealing at 500, 700 and 800 degrees C in 56.3 Ni-39.9 Al-3.8 Cu-0.06 B (E1) and 59.8 Ni-36.0 Al-4.3 Cu-0.06 B (E2) alloys (composition in at.%). Injection casting led to a homogeneous structure of very small, one-phase grains (2-4 microm in size). In both alloys, the phase observed at room temperature was martensite of L1(0) structure. The process of the formation of the Ni(5)Al(3) phase by atomic reordering proceeded at 285-394 degrees C in the case of E1 alloy and 450-550 degrees C in the case of E2 alloy. Further decomposition into NiAl (beta) and Ni(3)Al (gamma') phases, the microstructure and crystallography of the phases depended on the path of transformations, proceeding in the investigated case through the transformation of martensite crystallographic variants. This preserved precise crystallographic orientation between the subsequent phases, very stable plate-like morphology and very small beta + gamma' grains after annealing at 800 degrees C.

  12. Preparation, microstructure and degradation performance of biomedical magnesium alloy fine wires

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    Jing Bai

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available With the development of new biodegradable Mg alloy implant devices, the potential applications of biomedical Mg alloy fine wires are realized and explored gradually. In this study, we prepared three kinds of Mg alloy fine wires containing 4 wt% RE(Gd/Y/Nd and 0.4 wt% Zn with the diameter less than 0.4 μm through casting, hot extruding and multi-pass cold drawing combined with intermediated annealing process. Their microstructures, mechanical and degradation properties were investigated. In comparison with the corresponding as-extruded alloy, the final fine wire has significantly refined grain with an average size of 3–4 μm, and meanwhile shows higher yield strength but lower ductility at room temperature. The degradation tests results and surface morphologies observations indicate that Mg–4Gd–0.4Zn and Mg–4Nd–0.4Zn fine wires have similar good corrosion resistance and the uniform corrosion behavior in SBF solution. By contrast, Mg–4Y–0.4Zn fine wire shows a poor corrosion resistance and the pitting corrosion behavior.

  13. Microstructure and mechanical properties of AZ91D alloy prepared by a semi-solid diecasting process

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    Du, X.H.; Wu, B.L. [Shenyang Inst. of Aeronautical Engineering, Shenyang (China). Dept. of Materials Engineering; Zhang, E.L. [Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shenyang (China). Inst. of Metal Research

    2007-03-15

    Semi-solid processing has been combined with die-casting for the magnesium alloy AZ91D. The microstructure of the semi-solid diecast AZ91D has been examined by optical microscopy and scanning electron microscopy. No pores were visible under optical microscopy, indicating a very low porosity. Mechanical properties of the semi-solid diecast AZ91D alloy have also been tested. High ultimate tensile strength and elongation have been achieved due to the low porosity and the fine microstructure. The fracture surfaces have been investigated by scanning electron microscopy in order to reveal the fracture mechanism. A typical inter-granular fracture surface was observed, indicating that the alloy fails in a brittle manner. The vertical-section microstructure of the fractured sample has indicated that the crack mainly propagates along the grain boundaries through the brittle fracture of the eutectic phase or the interface decohesion of the primary Mg phase and the eutectic phases. (orig.)

  14. The effect of sheet processing on the microstructure, tensile, and creep behavior of INCONEL alloy 718

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    Boehlert, C. J.; Dickmann, D. S.; Eisinger, Ny. N. C.

    2006-01-01

    The grain size, grain boundary character distribution (GBCD), creep, and tensile behavior of INCONEL alloy 718 (IN 718) were characterized to identify processing-microstructure-property relationships. The alloy was sequentially cold rolled (CR) to 0, 10, 20, 30, 40, 60, and 80 pct followed by annealing at temperatures between 954 °C and 1050 °C and the traditional aging schedule used for this alloy. In addition, this alloy can be superplastically formed (IN 718SPF) to a significantly finer grain size and the corresponding microstructure and mechanical behavior were evaluated. The creep behavior was evaluated in the applied stress (σ a ) range of 300 to 758 MPa and the temperature range of 638 °C to 670 °C. Constant-load tensile creep experiments were used to measure the values of the steady-state creep rate and the consecutive load reduction method was used to determine the values of backstress (σ0). The values for the effective stress exponent and activation energy suggested that the transition between the rate-controlling creep mechanisms was dependent on effective stresses (σ e =σ a σ0) and the transition occurred at σ e ≅ 135 MPa. The 10 to 40 pct CR samples exhibited the greatest 650 °C strength, while IN 718SPF exhibited the greatest room-temperature (RT) tensile strength (>1550 MPa) and ductility (ɛ f >16 pct). After the 954 °C annealing treatment, the 20 pct CR and 30 pct CR microstructures exhibited the most attractive combination of elevated-temperature tensile and creep strength, while the most severely cold-rolled materials exhibited the poorest elevated-temperature properties. After the 1050 °C annealing treatment, the IN 718SPF material exhibited the greatest backstress and best creep resistance. Electron backscattered diffraction was performed to identify the GBCD as a function of CR and annealing. The data indicated that annealing above 1010 °C increased the grain size and resulted in a greater fraction of twin boundaries, which in

  15. The effect of processing techniques on microstructural and tribological properties of copper-based alloys

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    Vencl, Aleksandar, E-mail: avencl@mas.bg.ac.rs [Tribology Laboratory, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, University of Belgrade, Kraljice Marije 16, 11120 Belgrade 35 (Serbia); Rajkovic, Viseslava, E-mail: visnja@vin.bg.ac.rs [Department of Materials Science, Institute of Nuclear Sciences “Vinca”, University of Belgrade, Mike Petrovića Alasa 12-14, 11001 Belgrade (Serbia); Zivic, Fatima, E-mail: zivic@kg.ac.rs [Tribology Center, Faculty of Engineering, University of Kragujevac, Sestre Janjić 6, 34000 Kragujevac (Serbia); Mitrović, Slobodan, E-mail: boban@kg.ac.rs [Tribology Center, Faculty of Engineering, University of Kragujevac, Sestre Janjić 6, 34000 Kragujevac (Serbia); Cvijović-Alagić, Ivana, E-mail: ivanac@vin.bg.ac.rs [Department of Materials Science, Institute of Nuclear Sciences “Vinca”, University of Belgrade, Mike Petrovića Alasa 12-14, 11001 Belgrade (Serbia); Jovanovic, Milan T., E-mail: miljov@vin.bg.ac.rs [Department of Materials Science, Institute of Nuclear Sciences “Vinca”, University of Belgrade, Mike Petrovića Alasa 12-14, 11001 Belgrade (Serbia)

    2013-09-01

    Three copper-based alloys, i.e. two composites reinforced with Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} particles and fabricated through PM route and Cu–Cr–Zr alloy processed by the vacuum melting and casting technique were the object of this investigation. Light microscope, scanning electron microscope (SEM) equipped with electron X-ray spectrometer (EDS) and transmission electron microscope (TEM) were used for microstructural characterization. The ball-on-disc nanotribometer served for wear and friction tests applying low sliding speeds (6, 8 and 10 mm/s) at constant load (1 N). The objective of the paper was to investigate the effect of different processing techniques on microstructure, thermal stability and the tribological characteristics of composites and copper ingot alloy. Nano-sized Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} particles (less than 100 nm in size) are present not only in the copper matrix of Cu–2.5 wt.% Al composite, obtained by internal oxidation, but they are also formed at the grain boundaries preventing the grain growth and providing very small grain size. During the high temperature annealing (in the range 300–950{sup o}C) composites behaved much better than the ingot alloy. The highest thermal stability showed Cu–2.5 wt.% Al composite. The pinning effect of nano-sized Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} particles prevents the grain growth slowing down recrystallization of this composite up to 900{sup o}C. Micro-sized Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} particles in Cu–5 wt.% Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} composite, processed by mechanical annealing, are not effective in preventing dislocation motion and the grain growth, whereas microstructure of Cu–0.4 wt.% Cr–0.08 wt.% Zr ingot alloy was completely recrystallized around 550{sup o}C. Cu–2.5 wt.% Al composite showed the best wear resistance, approximately 2.5 times higher than that of Cu–5 wt.% Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} composite. High hardness and nano-sized Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} particles size combined with the fine-grain structure are the main parameters leading to the

  16. Development and evaluation of a magnesium–zinc–strontium alloy for biomedical applications — Alloy processing, microstructure, mechanical properties, and biodegradation

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    Guan, Ren-guo [School of Materials and Metallurgy, Northeastern University, Shenyang 110004 (China); Cipriano, Aaron F. [Department of Bioengineering, University of California at Riverside, Riverside, CA 92521 (United States); Zhao, Zhan-yong [School of Materials and Metallurgy, Northeastern University, Shenyang 110004 (China); Lock, Jaclyn [Department of Bioengineering, University of California at Riverside, Riverside, CA 92521 (United States); Tie, Di [School of Materials and Metallurgy, Northeastern University, Shenyang 110004 (China); Zhao, Tong [Department of Internal Medicine, Hospital of Liaoning University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Shenyang 110032 (China); Cui, Tong [School of Materials and Metallurgy, Northeastern University, Shenyang 110004 (China); Liu, Huinan, E-mail: huinan.liu@ucr.edu [Department of Bioengineering, University of California at Riverside, Riverside, CA 92521 (United States); Materials Science and Engineering Program, University of California at Riverside, Riverside, CA 92521 (United States)

    2013-10-15

    A new biodegradable magnesium–zinc–strontium (Mg–Zn–Sr) alloy was developed and studied for medical implant applications. This first study investigated the alloy processing (casting, rolling, and heat treatment), microstructures, mechanical properties, and degradation properties in simulated body fluid (SBF). Aging treatment of the ZSr41 alloy at 175 °C for 8 h improved the mechanical properties when compared to those of the as-cast alloy. Specifically, the aged ZSr41 alloy had an ultimate tensile strength of 270 MPa, Vickers hardness of 71.5 HV, and elongation at failure of 12.8%. The mechanical properties of the ZSr41 alloy were superior as compared with those of pure magnesium and met the requirements for load-bearing medical implants. Furthermore, the immersion of the ZSr41 alloy in SBF showed a degradation mode that progressed cyclically, alternating between pitting and localized corrosion. The steady-state average degradation rate of the aged ZSr41 alloy in SBF was 0.96 g/(m{sup 2}·hr), while the pH of SBF immersion solution increased. The corrosion current density of the ZSr41 alloy in SBF solution was 0.41 mA/mm{sup 2}, which was much lower than 1.67 mA/mm{sup 2} for pure Mg under the same conditions. In summary, compared to pure Mg, the mechanical properties of the new ZSr41 alloy improved while the degradation rate decreased due to the addition of Zn and Sr alloying elements and specific processing conditions. The superior mechanical properties and corrosion resistance of the new ZSr41 alloy make it a promising alloy for next-generation implant applications. - Highlights: • Developed a new biodegradable magnesium–zinc–strontium (Mg–Zn–Sr) alloy for medical implant applications • Reported Mg–Zn–Sr alloy processing and microstructure characterization • Improved mechanical properties of Mg alloy after aging treatment • Improved degradation properties of Mg alloy in simulated body fluid.

  17. EFFECT OF Nb ELEMENT CONTENT IN U-Zr ALLOY ON HARDNESS, MICROSTRUCTURE AND PHASE FORMATION

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    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available EFFECT OF Nb ELEMENT CONTENT IN U-Zr-Nb ALLOY ON HARDNESS, MICROSTRUCTURE AND PHASE FORMATION. Experiments to determine the effect of Nb element in the U-Zr alloys on hardness, microstructure and phase formation has been done. The addition of Nb element would effect the hardness, microstructure and phase which formed. The U-Zr-Nb alloy was made with the variation of Nb 2%, 5% and 8% by melting in an electric arc melting furnace that equipped with water cooling and the argon atmosphere. The U-Zr-Nb alloy to be cut divided to some testing, such as hardness test, microstructure, and phase analysis. Hardness testing was done by Vickers hardness testing equipment, microstructure by an optical microscope, and diffraction pattern by XRD and phase analysis was done by GSAS. Hardness testing results showed that the addition of 2% to 5% Nb element in U-Zr alloys will increased in hardness, but the addition of Nb element over 5% the hardness was decreased. Observations the microstructure showed that the addition of 2% to 5%Nb element, grains were formed from fine into coarse. Phase analysis for diffraction pattern showed that the phase changed from αU and γU (Zr,Nbat 2% Nb to be αU, γU (Zr,Nb and δ1 (UZr2 phase at 5% and 8% Nb. Phase changes was followed by changes in its compositions. The composition of αU at 2% Nb was 40% increased to 81% at 5% Nb and decreased to 3.9% at 8% Nb. The composition of γU decreased from 59,86% to 14,91% with increased Nb from 2% to 5% and further increased to 52,74% at 8% Nb.   PENGARUH KADAR UNSUR Nb PADA PADUAN U-Zr-Nb TERHADAP SIFAT MEKANIK, MIKROSTRUKTUR DAN PEMBENTUKAN FASA. Percobaan untuk mengtahui pengaruh kadar Nb pada paduan U-Zr-Nb terhadap sifat mekanik, mikrostruktur dan pembentukan fasa telah dilakukan. Penambahan unsur Nb diduga akan mempengaruhi sifat mekanik, mikrosruktur, ketahanan korosi dan fasa yang terbentuk. Penambahan unsur Nb ke dalam paduan U-Zr dimaksudkan untuk memperluas daerah fasa gamma

  18. Load partition and microstructural evolution during in situ hot deformation of Ti–6Al–6V–2Sn alloys

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    Canelo-Yubero, David, E-mail: david.caneloyubero@tugraz.at [Graz University of Technology, Institute of Materials Science and Welding, Kopernikusgasse 24/I, 8010 Graz (Austria); Vienna University of Technology, Institute of Materials Science and Technology, Karlsplatz 13/308, A-1040 Vienna (Austria); Requena, Guillermo [German Aerospace Centre, Institute of Materials Research, Linder Höhe, 51147 Cologne (Germany); Sket, Federico [IMDEA Materials Institute, C/Erik Kandel 2, Getafe, 28906 Madrid (Spain); Poletti, Cecilia; Warchomicka, Fernando [Graz University of Technology, Institute of Materials Science and Welding, Kopernikusgasse 24/I, 8010 Graz (Austria); Daniels, John [School of Materials Science and Engineering, UNSW Australia, Sidney 2052 (Australia); Schell, Norbert [Structural Research on New Materials, Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht Outstation at DESY, Hamburg (Germany); Stark, Andreas [Institute of Materials Research, Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht, Max-Planck-Str. 1, 21502 Geesthacht (Germany)

    2016-03-07

    Two Ti–6Al–6V–2Sn alloys, with globular and lamellar microstructures, are deformed at 750 °C during tensile and compression tests. The lamellar microstructure shows softening and higher peak stress values than the globular microstructure as a consequence of the Hall–Petch effect. In-situ high energy synchrotron diffraction experiments allow characterization of the load partition between α- and β-phases, plastic deformation mechanisms and texture evolution. The α-phase deforms mainly by rotation while the β-phase deforms by misorientation formation, acting merely as load transfer agent. The Taylor factor evolution of the α-phase and the annihilation of dislocations are analyzed qualitatively and quantitatively. The Taylor factor is connected to both the softening observed in the alloy with the lamellar microstructure and the texture development.

  19. 9-12% Cr heat resistant steels. Alloy design, TEM characterisation of microstructure evolution and creep response at 650 C

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    Rojas Jara, David

    2011-03-21

    This work was carried out aiming to design and characterise 9-12% Cr steels with tailormade microstructures for applications in fossil fuel fired power plants. The investigations concentrated in the design and characterisation of heat resistant steels for applications in high oxidising atmospheres (12% Cr) and 9% Cr alloys for components such as rotors (P91). ThermoCalc calculations showed to be a reliable tool for alloy development. The modeling also provided valuable information for the adjustment of the processing parameters (austenisation and tempering temperatures). Two 12% Cr heat resistant steels with a fine dispersion of nano precipitates were designed and produced supported by thermodynamic modeling (ThermoCalc). A detailed characterisation of the microstructure evolution at different creep times (100 MPa / 650 C / 8000 h) was carried out by scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM). The results of the microstructure analysis were correlated with the mechanical properties in order to investigate the influence of different precipitates (especially M{sub 23}C{sub 6} carbides) on the creep strength of the alloys. Precipitation of Laves phase and Z-phase was observed after several hundred hours creep time. Very few Z-phase of the type Cr(V,Ta)N nucleating from existing (V,Ta)(C,N) was observed. Both alloys show growth and coarsening of Laves phase, meanwhile the MX carbonitrides present a very slow growth and coarsening rate. Alloys containing Laves phase, MX and M{sub 23}C{sub 6} precipitates show best creep properties. The influence of hot-deformation and tempering temperature on the microstructure evolution on one of the designed 12% Cr alloys was studied during short-term creep at 80-250 MPa and 650 C. Quantitative determination of dislocation density and sub-grain size in the initial microstructure and after creep was investigated by STEM combined with the high-angle annular dark-field detector (HAADF). A correlation between microstructure

  20. Mechanical properties, fracture surface characterization, and microstructural analysis of six noble dental casting alloys.

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    Ucar, Yurdanur; Brantley, William A; Johnston, William M; Dasgupta, Tridib

    2011-06-01

    Because noble dental casting alloys for metal ceramic restorations have a wide range of mechanical properties, knowledge of these properties is needed for rational alloy selection in different clinical situations where cast metal restorations are indicated. The purpose of this study was to compare the mechanical properties and examine both the fracture and polished surfaces of 6 noble casting alloys that span many currently marketed systems. Five alloys were designed for metal ceramic restorations, and a sixth Type GPT has Type IV alloy for fixed prosthodontics (Maxigold KF) was included for comparison. Specimens (n=6) meeting dimensional requirements for ISO Standards 9693 and 8891 were loaded to failure in tension using a universal testing machine at a crosshead speed of 2 mm/min. Values of 0.1% and 0.2% yield strength, ultimate tensile strength, elastic modulus, and percentage elongation were obtained. Statistical comparisons of the alloy mechanical properties were made using 1-way ANOVA and the REGW multiple-range test (α=.05). Following fracture surface characterization using scanning electron microscopy (SEM), specimens were embedded in epoxy resin, polished, and again, examined with the SEM. When the multiple comparisons were considered, there were generally no significant differences in the elastic modulus, 0.1% and 0.2% offset yield strength, and ultimate tensile strength for the d.SIGN 91 (Au-Pd), d.SIGN 59 (Pd-Ag), Capricorn 15 (Pd-Ag-Au) and Maxigold KF (Au-Ag-Pd) alloys, except that the ultimate tensile strength was significantly lower (PGold XH (Au-Pt). The d.SIGN 59 (14.6%) and Capricorn 15 (13.8%) alloys had the highest values of mean percentage elongation, which were not significantly different. Aquarius XH (6.0%) and Maxigold KF (4.2%) had the lower mean values of percentage elongation, which were also not significantly different. The polished and etched surfaces for all alloys revealed equiaxed, fine-grain microstructures, and all fracture

  1. Effects of Nd/Gd value on the microstructures and mechanical properties of Mg–Gd–Y–Nd–Zr alloys

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    Xuan Liu

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available Four Mg–Gd–Y–Nd–Zr alloys were prepared by mold casting to investigate the effects of Nd/Gd ratios on microstructures and mechanical properties. The as-cast alloys mainly consist of α-Mg and β-Mg5(GdYNd. Volume fractions of the second phase increase and grains were slightly refined with the rising Nd/Gd ratio, when the alloying addition is equal. Meanwhile, fibers of second phase also increase in the extruded alloys when the Nd/Gd value increases. However, the Nd/Gd ratio could hardly influence the mechanical properties of the extruded alloys. The aging hardening response of the extruded alloy differs due to different Nd/Gd ratios. The potential mechanisms have also been discussed in detail.

  2. Analysis of the solidification and microstructure of two aluminium alloys reinforced with TiB{sub 2} particles

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    Egizabal, Pedro; Garcia de Cortazar, Maider [Fundacion Inasmet E-20009 Donostia-San Sebastian (Spain); Torregaray, Amaia [University of Basque Country UPV/EHU E-48012, Bilbo-Bilbao (Spain); Veillere, Amelie; Silvain, Jean-Francois [CNRS, Universite de Bordeaux, ICMCB 87 Avenue du Docteur Albert Schweitzer, 33608 Pessac (France); Douin, Joel [CEMES-CNRS 29 Rue Jeanne Marvig, BP 94347, 31055 Toulouse Cedex 4 (France)

    2011-09-15

    Two aluminium alloys with 6 wt% TiB{sub 2} particles are studied for applications where increased wear resistance and mechanical strength at high temperature are required. The incorporation of hard ceramic particles has a strong influence on the microstructure and properties of the alloys. TiB{sub 2} particles play an important role in the nucleation of the different phases of the alloys during solidification, and in the reduction of grain size and porosity. The solidification patterns of Al-Si{sub 7}Mg{sub 0.3} + TiB{sub 2} (6 wt%) and Al-Cu{sub 5}MgTi+TiB{sub 2} (6 wt%) materials are compared to their corresponding non-reinforced alloys, and the microstructures are analyzed. (Copyright copyright 2011 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  3. 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.

  4. Effect of isothermal heat treatment on semi-solid microstructure of AZ91D magnesium alloy containing rare earth Gd

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    Yong Hu

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The AZ91D magnesium alloy containing rare earth Gd was prepared in this study, and the effect of semi-solid isothermal heat treatment on the microstructure of the alloy was investigated to obtain an optimum semi-solid structure. Results show that Gd can refine the microstructure of AZ91D magnesium alloy, and the optimum semi-solid AZ91D microstructure can be achieved by adding 1.5wt.% Gd. After treated at 585 °C for 30 min, the well distributed rose-shaped and near-spherical semi-solid microstructures of AZ91D+1.5wt.%Gd alloy can be obtained. The liquid phase of the semi-solid alloy consists of three components, namely, the molten pool, the “entrapped liquid” pool and the liner liquid film which separates two neighbor particles. The solid phase is composed of two phases, the primary α-Mg particles and the α-Mg phase formed in the second stage of solidification. With the increase of holding time, melting which causes the decrease of the primary α-Mg particle size is the dominant mechanism in the initial stage while coalescence and Ostwald ripening tend to be the principles later.

  5. Microstructure, a limiting parameter for determining the engineering range of compositions for light alloys: The Al-Cu-Si system

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    Plaza, D.; Pero-Sanz, J.A. [Univ. Politecnica, Madrid (Spain); Asensio, J.; Verdeja, J.I. [Univ. de Oviedo (Spain)

    1998-03-01

    Twelve as-cast alloys of the Al-Cu-Si ternary system were investigated. In all the cases, the microstructural phases observed were: {alpha} solid solution of Cu and Si in Al, CuAl{sub 2} ({theta} phase), and silicon crystals. The morphology and distribution of the {theta} and Si brittle constituents limit the percentages of Cu and Si added in the composition ranges of these commercial alloys.

  6. Influence of alloyed Sc and Zr, and heat treatment on microstructures and stress corrosion cracking of Al–Zn–Mg–Cu alloys

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    Shi, Yunjia [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Central South University, Hunan, Changsha 410083 (China); Pan, Qinglin, E-mail: csupql@163.com [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Central South University, Hunan, Changsha 410083 (China); Key Laboratory of Nonferrous Materials Science and Engineering of Ministry of Education, Hunan, Changsha 410083 (China); Li, Mengjia; Huang, Xing; Li, Bo [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Central South University, Hunan, Changsha 410083 (China)

    2015-01-05

    Stress corrosion cracking (SCC) behavior of Al–Zn–Mg–Cu alloys with different Sc, Zr contents and heat treatments was studied using slow strain rate test. Grain boundary microstructures were identified by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and statistical analysis. It was found that the SCC resistance of alloys is improved by increasing Sc, Zr contents and aging degree. Grain boundary precipitates (GBPs) area fraction was found to be an important parameter to evaluate the SCC susceptibility. The results reveal that for Al–Zn–Mg–Cu–0.25Sc–0.10Zr (wt%) alloy with different aging degrees, hydrogen induced cracking dominates the SCC when the area fraction of GBPs is relatively low. For peak-aged Al–Zn–Mg–Cu alloy and Al–Zn–Mg–Cu–0.10Sc–0.10Zr (wt%) alloy, anodic dissolution dominates the SCC when the area fraction of GBPs is sufficiently high.

  7. Study the microstructure of three and four component phases in Al-Ni-Fe-La alloys

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    Kolobylina, Natalia

    2016-12-21

    Aluminium alloys play a key role in modern engineering since they are the most used non-ferrous material. They have been widely used in automotive, aerospace, and construction engineering due to their good corrosion resistance, superior mechanical properties along with good machinability, weldability, and relatively low cost. The progress in practical application has been determined by intensive research and development works on the Al alloys. A new class of Al–REM–TM aluminum alloys (REM indicates rare earth metal and TM is transition metal) was revealed in the end of the last century. These alloys differ from conventional ones by their extraordinary ability to form metal glasses and nanoscale composites in a wide range of compositions. Having low density, these alloys possess unique mechanical characteristics and corrosion resistance. Two as received alloys, namely Al85Ni9Fe2La4 and Al85Ni7Fe4La4 were obtained in the form of ingots from melts of corresponding compositions upon cooling in air were studied by scanning/transmission electron microscopy (STEM), energy dispersive X-ray (EDX) microanalysis and X-ray diffraction (XRD). The microstructural analyses were performed in a aberration corrected TITAN 80-300 TEM/STEM (FEI, USA) attached with EDX spectrometer with ultrathin window (EDAX, USA). The specimens for transmission electron microscopy (TEM) were prepared by an electrochemical or ion etching. It was found that the received alloys exhibits along with fcc Al and Al4La (Al11La3) particles, these alloys contain a ternary phase Al3Ni1 Fe isostructural to the Al3Ni phase and a quaternary phase Al8Fe2 NiLa isostructural to the Al8Fe2Eu phase and monoclinic phase Al9(Fe,Ni)2 isostructural to the Al9Co2. The study by HRSTEM together with a new atomic resolution energy dispersive X-ray microanalysis method demonstrated that Fe and Ni atoms substituted one another in the Al8Fe2–NiLa quaternary compound. Besides, several types of defects were determined: first

  8. Influence of forming velocity on the uniformity of microstructure of semisolid die forging 7075 alloy

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    Jianbo TAN

    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available Liquid phase segregation frequently occurs in the process of semi solid die forging, which makes the parts appear "weak point" or "weak region", and usually, the "weak point" or "weak area" is the reason of crack and service condition failure. In order to analyze the influence factors of the liquid phase segregation of the semi solid die forging, DEFORM-3D is used for the numerical simulation of semi-solid die forging forming process of 7075 aluminum alloy, to study the influence rule of forming velocity on the forming process of cup part. Based on the simulation results, the rheological die forging forming of 7075 aluminum alloythe part is conducted to research the influence of forming velocity on the uniformity of microstructure by means of press machine and cup mould. The simulation and experimental results show that as the filling velocity is faster, the forming process is more unstable; under the condition of head temperature of 400 ℃, the forming pressure of 50 MPa, and the alloy temperature 628 ℃, as the forming velocity increases, the liquid phase segregation degree of cup part increases, and the microstructure is far from uniformity. The segregation degree is up to 18.2% as the forming velocity is 5 mm/s.

  9. Study of Microstructure of the Al-Fe Alloys After Hot Rolling Deformation

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    Jabłońska, Magdalena Barbara; Rodak, Kinga; Bednarczyk, Iwona

    The aim of the paper is a microstructure analysis of alloys from the Al-Fe system after hot rolling tests, conducted by using a scanning transmission electron microscopy STEM and scanning electron microscope equipped with EBSD detector. Hot rolling was carried out at Technical University of Ostrava, Faculty of Metallurgy and Material Engineering, Institute of Modelling and Control of Forming Processes. The samples were heated to a temperature of 1200°C. The EBSD and STEM techniques have been applied in order to determine the influence of chemical composition and deformation parameters on structural changes. The microstructure analysis has included parameters such us: grain/sub-grain size, area fraction of grains/subgrains, misorientation angles, grains/subgrains shape aspect ratio and dislocations structure. The research structure techniques in scanning-transmission electron microscopy revealed numerous FeAl28 alloy phase separations of secondary nucleating sites favoured energetically, which are the boundary of grains/subgrains and dislocations. These changes in the structure of the test results have been confirmed by EBSD, which revealed the presence of grains/subgrains misorientation angle boundaries above 15°.

  10. Surface Layers of Zr-18%Nb Alloy Modified by Ultrasonic Impact Treatment: Microstructure, Hardness and Corrosion

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    Khripta, N. I.; Karasevska, O. P.; Mordyuk, B. N.

    2017-10-01

    Near-surface layers in Zr-18%Nb alloy were modified using ultrasonic impact treatment (UIT). The effects of the UIT processing time on a microstructural formation, omega/alpha precipitations, microhardness and corrosion are analyzed. XRD analysis, TEM and SEM observations and EDX characterization allow establishing the links between the microstructure, microhardness and corrosion behavior of the surface layers formed. At the strain extent up to e ≈ 0.3, structural formation occurs under influence of deformation induced heating, which facilitates omega precipitation in beta phase and mechanically induced oxygen transport and oxide formation. XRD analysis reveals moderate compressive residual stresses (- 160 MPa) and pronounced {110} texture after the UIT process. Generation of dislocations and hindering of their movement by nanoscale omega precipitates manifest themselves as the broadening of diffraction peaks occurred mainly owing to the lattice microstrains, and they provide marked strain hardening. The enhanced anticorrosion properties of Zr-18%Nb alloy in saline solution were concluded to be a result of the formation of a protective oxide film, {110} texture and compressive stresses.

  11. 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.

  12. 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...

  13. Microstructure Stability of Inconel 740H Alloy After Long Term Exposure at 750℃

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    DANG Ying-ying

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available Unstressed exposure tests of Inconel 740H alloy tube were carried out at 750℃ for 500-3000h. The microstructure evolution and microhardness were studied by means of thermodynamic simulation, OM, FEG-SEM and microhardness testing. The results show that the tube is qualified if both chemical composition and tensile properties of the as-received alloy meet the corresponding requirements of ASME. After long term exposure, the main precipitates are γ' and M23C6, and no η and σ phase. With the prolonging of exposure time, the coarsening of γ' becomes faster and the law of relationship between the radius of γ' and time accords with LSW Ostwald ripening law; meanwhile, the change in size of M23C6 is not so obvious. During the whole process, microhardness increases firstly and then decreases, but the fluctuation is slight. The changes of microstructure and hardness indicate that, after long time exposure, the domestic Inconel 740H has good stability and can be used for further carrying out the investigation on the mechanical property of creep-rupture.

  14. Microstructure change in the interface of co2 laser welded zirconium alloys

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    Boutarek, N.; Azzougui, B.; Saidi, D.; Neggache, M.

    2009-11-01

    Welding is a joining procedure that offers some benefits over mechanical fasteners such as weight reduction and absence of notches induced by machining operations. CO2 laser beam welding with a continuous wave is a high energy density and low heat input process. The result of this is a small heat-affected zone (HAZ), which cools very rapidly with very little distortion, and a high depth-to-width ratio for the Welding is a necessary process during fabricating fuel rods and fuel assemblies with Zircaloy-4 cladding, and electron beam welding is one of the commonly- used method. In this work, the joining of zirconium alloys was attempted by laser beam welding. A 2 kW CO2 laser is used and the joints are obtained from similar materials, which are plates of Zircaloy-4 (2 mm thick). A series of zirconium alloys were welded and investigated in a tow-fold approach: (1) process optimisation: the laser processing parameters are optimized to obtain welds with minimum defects, and (2) material characterisation: weld microstructures were evaluated. The microstructure and the phases present in the resolidified zone of the laser -welded specimens were analyzed by optical and scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, and also by the realization of micro hardness diagrams. A particular attention was made to study the correlation between surface structure and mechanical behaviour.

  15. Surface Layers of Zr-18%Nb Alloy Modified by Ultrasonic Impact Treatment: Microstructure, Hardness and Corrosion

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    Khripta, N. I.; Karasevska, O. P.; Mordyuk, B. N.

    2017-11-01

    Near-surface layers in Zr-18%Nb alloy were modified using ultrasonic impact treatment (UIT). The effects of the UIT processing time on a microstructural formation, omega/alpha precipitations, microhardness and corrosion are analyzed. XRD analysis, TEM and SEM observations and EDX characterization allow establishing the links between the microstructure, microhardness and corrosion behavior of the surface layers formed. At the strain extent up to e ≈ 0.3, structural formation occurs under influence of deformation induced heating, which facilitates omega precipitation in beta phase and mechanically induced oxygen transport and oxide formation. XRD analysis reveals moderate compressive residual stresses (- 160 MPa) and pronounced {110} texture after the UIT process. Generation of dislocations and hindering of their movement by nanoscale omega precipitates manifest themselves as the broadening of diffraction peaks occurred mainly owing to the lattice microstrains, and they provide marked strain hardening. The enhanced anticorrosion properties of Zr-18%Nb alloy in saline solution were concluded to be a result of the formation of a protective oxide film, {110} texture and compressive stresses.

  16. 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.

  17. Microstructure and mechanical properties of ceramic coatings on Ti and Ti-based alloy

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    Surowska, B.; Bienias, J.; Walczak, M.; Sangwal, K.; Stoch, A

    2004-11-15

    Results of a study of silica and silica-titania sol-gel coatings for the creation of intermediate interfaces between commercially pure Ti or titanium alloy Ti6Al4VELI and dental porcelain are presented. Coatings of SiO{sub 2} on Ti6Al4V alloy and SiO{sub 2}-TiO{sub 2} on Ti were deposited using sol-gel method. Surface microstructures and wear behaviour of the coatings were studied by using scanning electron microscopy with electron diffraction spectroscopy and pin-on-disc method. It is found that (1) Ti6Al4V/SiO{sub 2} and Ti/SiO{sub 2}-TiO{sub 2} coatings obtained by the sol-gel method are compact, chemically homogeneous and relatively rough, and (2) the smaller wear of SiO{sub 2} coatings than that of SiO{sub 2}-TiO{sub 2} coatings is associated with differences in their microstructure and roughness.

  18. Microstructural characterisation of high-entropy alloy AlCoCrFeNi fabricated by laser engineered net shaping

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    Kunce, I., E-mail: ikunce@wat.edu.pl [Department of Advanced Materials and Technology, Military University of Technology, 2 Kaliskiego Str., 01-908 Warsaw (Poland); Polanski, M.; Karczewski, K. [Department of Advanced Materials and Technology, Military University of Technology, 2 Kaliskiego Str., 01-908 Warsaw (Poland); Plocinski, T.; Kurzydlowski, K.J. [Faculty of Materials Science and Engineering, Warsaw University of Technology, 141 Wołoska Str., 02-507 Warsaw (Poland)

    2015-11-05

    Laser engineered net shaping (LENS) was used to produce thin-walled samples of the high-entropy alloy AlCoCrFeNi from a prealloyed powder. To determine the effect of the cooling rate during solidification on the microstructure of the alloy, different laser scanning rates were used. A microstructural study of the surfaces of the sample walls was performed using X-ray diffraction analysis and optical and scanning/transmission electron microscopy. The crystal structure of the alloy was determined to be a body-centred cubic (bcc)-derivative B2-ordered type. The microstructure of the alloy produced by LENS was dendritic. Further, it was found that with an increase in the laser scanning rate from 2.5 to 40 mm s{sup −1}, the average grain size decreased from 108.3 ± 32.4 μm to 30.6 ± 9.2 μm. The maximum cooling rate achieved during the laser cladding of the alloy was 44 × 10{sup 3} K s{sup −1}. The electron microscopy study of the alloy showed the presence of precipitates. The morphology of the disordered bcc (Fe, Cr)-rich precipitates in the ordered B2 (Al, Ni)-rich matrix changed in the dendritic and interdendritic regions from fine and spherical (with a diameter of less 100 nm) to spinodal (with the thickness being less than 100 nm). The LENS- produced AlCoCrFeNi alloy exhibited an average microhardness of approximately 543 HV0.5; this was approximately 13% higher than the hardness in the as-cast state and can be attributed to the grain refinemet in the LENS- produced alloy. Moreover, it was found that increasing the cooling rate during laser cladding increasess the microhardness of the alloy. - Highlights: • Laser-engineered net shaping is used to produce samples of AlCoCrFeNi alloy. • The alloy has a body-centred cubic (bcc)-derivative B2-ordered crystal structure. • Electron microscopy images of the alloy show the presence of precipitates. • The microhardness of the laser-clad alloy is higher than that of the as-cast alloy. • The cooling rate

  19. Microstructural characterization of a new mechanically alloyed Ni-base ODS superalloy powder

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    Seyyed Aghamiri, S.M. [Department of Materials Engineering, Tarbiat Modares University, Tehran 14115-143 (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Shahverdi, H.R., E-mail: Shahverdi@modares.ac.ir [Department of Materials Engineering, Tarbiat Modares University, Tehran 14115-143 (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Ukai, S.; Oono, N.; Taya, K.; Miura, S.; Hayashi, S. [Material Science and Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Hokkaido University, Sapporo 060-8626 (Japan); Okuda, T. [Kobelco Research Institute Ltd., Kobe 651-2271 (Japan)

    2015-02-15

    The microstructure of a new Ni-base oxide dispersion strengthened superalloy powder was studied for high temperature gas turbine applications after the mechanical alloying process. In this study, an atomized powder with a composition similar to the CMSX-10 superalloy was mechanically alloyed with yttria and Hf powders. The mechanically alloyed powder included only the supersaturated solid solution γ phase without γ′ and yttria provided by severe plastic deformation, while after the 3-step aging, the γ′ phase was precipitated due to the partitioning of Al and Ta to the γ′ and Co, Cr, Re, W, and Mo to the γ phase. Mechanical alloying modified the morphology of γ′ to the new coherent γ–γ′ nanoscale lamellar structure to minimize the elastic strain energy of the precipitation, which yielded a low lattice misfit of 0.16% at high temperature. The γ′ lamellae aligned preferentially along the elastically soft [100] direction. Also, the precipitated oxide particles were refined in the γ phase by adding Hf from large incoherent YAlO{sub 3} to fine semi-coherent Y{sub 2}Hf{sub 2}O{sub 7} oxide particles with the average size of 7 nm and low interparticle spacing of 76 nm. - Highlights: • A new Ni-base ODS superalloy powder was produced by mechanical alloying. • The nanoscale γ–γ′ lamellar structure was precipitated after the aging treatment. • Fine semi-coherent Y{sub 2}Hf{sub 2}O{sub 7} oxide particles were precipitated by addition of Hf.

  20. DEALLOYING, MICROSTRUCTURE AND THE CORROSION/PROTECTION OF CAST MAGNESIUM ALLOYS

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    Sieradzki, Karl; Aiello, Ashlee; McCue, Ian

    2017-12-15

    The purpose of this project was to develop a greater understanding of micro-galvanic corrosion effects in cast magnesium alloys using both experimental and computational methods. Experimental accomplishments have been made in the following areas of interest: characterization, aqueous free-corrosion, atmospheric corrosion, ionic liquid dissolution, rate kinetics of oxide dissolution, and coating investigation. Commercial alloys (AZ91D, AM60, and AZ31B), binary-phase alloys (αMg-2at.%Al, αMg-5at.%Al, and Mg-8at.%Al), and component phases (Mg, Al, β-Mg, β-1%Zn, MnAl3) were obtained and characterized using energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS), X-ray diffraction (XRD), and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Full immersion in aqueous chloride was used to characterize the corrosion behavior of alloys. Rotating disc electrodes (RDEs) were used to observe accelerated long-term corrosion behavior. Al surface redistribution for freely corroded samples was analyzed using SEM, EDS, and lithium underpotential deposition (Li UPD). Atmospheric corrosion was observed using contact angle evolution, overnight pH monitoring, and surface pH evolution studies. Ionic liquid corrosion characterization was performed using linear sweep voltammetry and potentiostatic dissolution in 150° choline chloride-urea (cc-urea). Two surface coatings were investigated: (1) Li-carbonate and (2) cc-urea. Li-carbonate coatings were characterized using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), SEM, and aqueous free corrosion potential monitoring. Hydrophobic cc-urea coatings were characterized using contact angle measurements and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. Oxide dissolution rate kinetics were studied using inductively coupled plasma mass spectroscopy (ICP-MS). Computational accomplishments have been made through the development of Kinetic Monte Carlo (KMC) simulations which model time- and composition-dependent effects on the microstructure due to spatial redistribution of alloying

  1. 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.

  2. Microstructure characterization of LAE442 magnesium alloy processed by extrusion and ECAP

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    Minárik, Peter; Král, Robert; Pešička, Josef [Charles University, Department of Physics of Materials, Prague (Czech Republic); Daniš, Stanislav [Charles University, Department Condensed Matter Physics, Prague (Czech Republic); Janeček, Miloš, E-mail: janecek@met.mff.cuni.cz [Charles University, Department of Physics of Materials, Prague (Czech Republic)

    2016-02-15

    The magnesium alloy LAE442 was processed by extrusion and equal channel angular pressing (ECAP) to achieve ultrafine grained microstructure. Detailed characterization of the microstructure was performed by scanning electron microscope, electron back scattered diffraction (EBSD) and transmission electron microscope. The initial, as-cast, microstructure consisted of large grains of ~ 1 mm. The grain refinement due to the processing by severe plastic deformation led to a decrease of the average grain size to ~ 1.7 μm after the final step of ECAP. A detailed characterization of secondary phases showed the precipitation of Al{sub 11}RE{sub 3}, Al{sub 2}Ca and Al{sub 10}RE{sub 2}Mn{sub 7} intermetallic phases. X-ray diffraction measurements proved that Li is dissolved within the magnesium matrix in the as-cast condition. Newly formed Al{sub 3}Li phase was observed after ECAP. The texture formation due to the extrusion and ECAP was different from that in the other magnesium alloys due to the activation of non-basal slip systems as a result of the decrease of the c/a ratio. - Highlights: • Combined extrusion and equal channel angular pressing results in significant grain refinement by factor 1000 approximately. • Al{sub 11}RE{sub 3}, Al{sub 2}Ca and Al{sub 10}RE{sub 2}Mn{sub 7} secondary phases are present in the as-cast material while Li was dissolved in the Mg matrix. • Extrusion and ECAP have no effect on the composition of the secondary phases but they influence strongly their distribution. • Texture evolution is affected by decrease of c/a ratio due to the presence of Li and resulting activation of non-basal slip.

  3. Effect of scandium addition on the microstructure, mechanical and wear properties of the spray formed hypereutectic aluminum–silicon alloys

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    Raghukiran, Nadimpalli; Kumar, Ravi, E-mail: nvrk@iitm.ac.in

    2015-08-12

    Hypereutectic Al–x%Si–0.8Sc alloys (x=13, 16, 19 and 22 wt%) were produced by spray forming. The microstructures of all the alloys exhibited very fine silicon phase with average size of about 5–10 µm irrespective of the silicon content of the alloy. Transmission electron microscopy revealed the presence of a nano-scale scandium rich phase, identified as AlSi{sub 2}Sc{sub 2} (V-phase) uniformly distributed in the alloy. The presence of V-phase resulted in higher matrix hardness (1.34 GPa) in contrast to 1.04 GPa observed in the case of binary Al–Si alloys by nanoindentation. Isothermal heat treatment at 375 °C revealed insignificant coarsening of silicon phase in both binary and ternary alloys. The Al–x%Si–0.8Sc alloys exhibited higher flow stress and tensile strength in contrast to their binary alloy counterparts which was attributed to the bi-modal size distribution of the strengthening phases in the form of nano-scale V-phase and sub-micron to 10 µm size silicon particles. The pin-on-disk wear tests exhibited appreciable improvement in the wear performance of the relatively low-silicon content ternary alloys over their binary counterparts while the high-silicon content binary and ternary alloys exhibited no much difference in the wear performance.

  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. TEM Characterization of High Burn-up Microstructure of U-7Mo Alloy

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    Jian Gan; Brandon Miller; Dennis Keiser; Adam Robinson; James Madden; Pavel Medvedev; Daniel Wachs

    2014-04-01

    As an essential part of global nuclear non-proliferation effort, the RERTR program is developing low enriched U-Mo fuels (< 20% U-235) for use in research and test reactors that currently employ highly enriched uranium fuels. One type of fuel being developed is a dispersion fuel plate comprised of U-7Mo particles dispersed in Al alloy matrix. Recent TEM characterizations of the ATR irradiated U-7Mo dispersion fuel plates include the samples with a local fission densities of 4.5, 5.2, 5.6 and 6.3 E+21 fissions/cm3 and irradiation temperatures of 101-136?C. The development of the irradiated microstructure of the U-7Mo fuel particles consists of fission gas bubble superlattice, large gas bubbles, solid fission product precipitates and their association to the large gas bubbles, grain subdivision to tens or hundreds of nanometer size, collapse of bubble superlattice, and amorphisation. This presentation will describe the observed microstructures specifically focusing on the U-7Mo fuel particles. The impact of the observed microstructure on the fuel performance and the comparison of the relevant features with that of the high burn-up UO2 fuels will be discussed.

  6. Microstructure Design for Reliability of Turbocharger Blade of Cast TiAl Based Alloy

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    ZHU Chun-lei

    2017-06-01

    Full Text Available Based on the application background of turbocharger wheel, the mechanical properties reflecting the damage resistance of turbocharger wheel blade, including RT ductility and fracture toughness together with residual RT ductility after thermal exposure were analyzed in details for a cast TiAl alloy with the directional lamellar microstructure, and the feasibility of cast process for obtaining this microstructure in the blade was also discussed, upon which a new idea of microstructure design was proposed for the reliability of turbocharger wheel. The results indicate that the directional lamellar structure exhibits excellent RT ductility and fracture toughness, and also can retain relatively higher RT ductility after thermal exposure at high temperature, and these good performances rely on the orientation uniformity of the directional lamellar structure. More importantly, by controlling the cooling condition during solidification and atomic ratio of Ti and Al, this directional lamellar structure with the lamellar boundary nearly parallel to the blade surface can be obtained in the blade of turbocharger wheel. This special structure is good to improve the damage resistance of the blade and the reliability of turbocharger.

  7. Processing and microstructure of Nb-1%Zr-0.1%C alloy sheet

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    Uz, M. [Lafayette College, Easton, PA (United States); Titran, R.H. [Lewis Research Center, Cleveland, OH (United States)

    1994-09-01

    A systematic study was carried out to evaluate the effects of processing on the microstructure of a Nb-1wt.%Zr-0.1wt.%C alloy sheet. The samples were fabricated by cold rolling different sheet bars that were single-, double- or triple-extruded at 1900 K. Heat treatment consisted of one- or two-step annealing of different samples at temperatures ranging from 1350 K to 1850 K. The assessment of the effects of processing on microstructure involved characterization of the precipitates including the type, crystal structure, chemistry and distribution within the material as well as an examination of the grain structure. A combination of various analytical and metallographic techniques were used on both the sheet samples and the residue extracted from them. The results show that the relatively coarse orthorhombic Nb{sub 2}C carbides in the as-rolled samples transformed to rather fine cubic monocarbides of Nb and Zr with varying Zr/Nb ratios upon subsequent heat treatment. The relative amount of the cubic carbides and the Zr/Nb ratio increased with increasing number of extrusions prior to cold rolling. Furthermore, the size and the aspect ratio of the grains appear to be strong functions of the processing history of the material. These and other results obtained will be presented with the emphasis on a possible relationship between processing and microstructure.

  8. Processing and microstructure of Nb-1% Zr-0. 1% C alloy sheet

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    Uz, M. (Lafayette College, Easton, Pennsylvania 18042 (United States)); Titran, R.H. (NASA Lewis Research Center, Cleveland, Ohio 44135 (United States))

    1993-01-10

    A systematic study was carried out to evaluate the effects of processing on the microstructure of a Nb-1 wt. % Zr-0.1 wt. % C alloy sheet. The samples were fabricated by cold rolling different sheet bars that were single-, double- or triple-extruded at 1900 K. Heat treatment consisted of one- or two-step annealing of different samples at temperatures ranging from 1350 K to 1850 K. The assessment of the effects of processing on microstructure involved characterization of the precipitates including the type, crystal structure, chemistry and distribution within the material as well as an examination of the grain structure. A combination of various analytical and metallographic techniques were used on both the sheet samples and the residue extracted from them. The results show that the relatively coarse orthorhombic Nb[sub 2]C carbides in the as-rolled samples transformed to rather fine cubic monocarbides of Nb and Zr with varying Zr/Nb ratios upon subsequent heat treatment. The relative amount of the cubic carbides and the Zr/Nb ratio increased with increasing number of extrusions prior to cold rolling. Furthermore, the size and the aspect ratio of the grains appear to be strong functions of the processing history of the material. These and other results obtained will be presented with the emphasis on a possible relationship between processing and microstructure.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. Effects of processing parameters on microstructure of semi-solid magnesium alloy

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    Shusen WU

    2004-08-01

    Full Text Available In this paper, the effects of pouring temperature of magnesium melt, preheating temperature of the barrel of the screw mixer, and shear rate on the solidified microstructures of semi-solid slurry were investigated by a mechanical stirring semi-solid process. The appropriate processing parameters of slurry preparation were obtained, and the mold filling ability of semi-solid slurry for thin-walled casting was examined. Results indicate that the solid volume fraction of non-dendritic mi-crostructure increases with a decrease in pouring temperature of magnesium melt and the barrel preheating temperature of the screw mixer. Also the grain size of primary a-phase is reduced. Furthermore, the solid volume fraction of semi-solid non-dendritic structure decreases with an increase of shear rate. The fine and round granular microstructure with 30一50 Nm insize of semi-solid AZ91D magnesium alloy was presented. Finally, a 1.0 mm thin-walled casting with a clear contour and good soundness was successfully made by semi-solid rheo-diecasting.

  12. Effect of RE elements on the microstructural evolution of as cast and SIMA processed Mg-4Al alloy

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    Nayyeri, Mohammad Javad, E-mail: m_javad21@yahoo.com [Department of Materials Engineering, Science and Research Branch, Islamic Azad University (IAU), Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Khomamizadeh, Farzad [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Sharif University of Technology, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2011-02-03

    Research highlights: > In this article, we examined the effect of Rare Earth elements on the microstructural development of as cast and semisolid Mg-4Al alloy produced by SIMA process. > Our investigations contained metallographic observation, scanning electron microscope and quantitative metallographic methods. > Results showed that alloy's dendrites turn into larger fully dendritic shape with sharp and narrow arms from equiaxed rosette type as the amount of RE elements increased from 0 through 4 percent. > Also we studied the effect of RE elements on the quality and quantityof intragranular liquid droplets as well as kinetic of microstructural changes. > Moreover, the effect of REs on the other parameters such as fraction of liquid, shape factor and particle size was studied.In this article, we examined the effect of Rare Earth elements on the microstructural development of as cast and semisolid Mg-4Al alloy produced by SIMA process. Our investigations contained metallographic observation, scanning electron microscope and quantitative metallographic methods. Results showed that alloy's dendrites turn into larger fully dendritic shape with sharp and narrow arms from equiaxed rosette type as the amount of RE elements increased from 0 through 4 percent. Also we studied the effect of RE elements on the quality and quantityof intragranular liquid droplets as well as kinetic of microstructural changes. Moreover, the effect of REs on the other parameters such as fraction of liquid, shape factor and particle size was studied. - Abstract: In the present article, the effect of Rare Earth elements on the microstructural development of as cast and semisolid Mg-4Al alloy produced by SIMA process is studied. Investigation conducted by metallographic observation, scanning electron microscope and quantitative metallographic methods. Results showed that alloy's dendrites turn into larger fully dendritic shape with sharp and narrow arms from equiaxed rosette type as

  13. Microstructure, corrosion behavior and cytotoxicity of biodegradable Mg–Sn implant alloys prepared by sub-rapid solidification

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    Zhao, Chaoyong [College of Materials Science and Engineering, Chongqing University, Chongqing 400044 (China); Pan, Fusheng, E-mail: fspan@cqu.edu.cn [College of Materials Science and Engineering, Chongqing University, Chongqing 400044 (China); National Engineering Research Center for Magnesium Alloys, Chongqing University, Chongqing 400044 (China); Chongqing Academy of Science and Technology, Chongqing 401123 (China); Zhao, Shuang; Pan, Hucheng; Song, Kai [College of Materials Science and Engineering, Chongqing University, Chongqing 400044 (China); Tang, Aitao [College of Materials Science and Engineering, Chongqing University, Chongqing 400044 (China); National Engineering Research Center for Magnesium Alloys, Chongqing University, Chongqing 400044 (China)

    2015-09-01

    In this study, biodegradable Mg–Sn alloys were fabricated by sub-rapid solidification, and their microstructure, corrosion behavior and cytotoxicity were investigated by using optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy equipped with an energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, immersion test, potentiodynamic polarization test and cytotoxicity test. The results showed that the microstructure of Mg–1Sn alloy was almost equiaxed grain, while the Mg–Sn alloys with higher Sn content (Sn ≥ 3 wt.%) displayed α-Mg dendrites, and the secondary dendrite arm spacing of the primary α-Mg decreased significantly with increasing Sn content. The Mg–Sn alloys consisted of primary α-Mg matrix, Sn-rich segregation and Mg{sub 2}Sn phase, and the amount of Mg{sub 2}Sn phases increased with increasing Sn content. Potentiodynamic polarization and immersion tests revealed that the corrosion rates of Mg–Sn alloys increased with increasing Sn content. Cytotoxicity test showed that Mg–1Sn and Mg–3Sn alloys were harmless to MG63 cells. These results of the present study indicated that Mg–1Sn and Mg–3Sn alloys were promising to be used as biodegradable implants. - Highlights: • Biodegradable Mg–Sn implant alloys were prepared by sub-rapid solidification. • Secondary dendrite arm spacing of alloys decreased with increasing Sn content. • Corrosion rates of alloys increased significantly with increasing Sn content. • Mg–1Sn and Mg–3Sn alloys were harmless to MG63 cells.

  14. 3D Microstructural Architectures for Metal and Alloy Components Fabricated by 3D Printing/Additive Manufacturing Technologies

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    Martinez, E.; Murr, L. E.; Amato, K. N.; Hernandez, J.; Shindo, P. W.; Gaytan, S. M.; Ramirez, D. A.; Medina, F.; Wicker, R. B.

    The layer-by-layer building of monolithic, 3D metal components from selectively melted powder layers using laser or electron beams is a novel form of 3D printing or additive manufacturing. Microstructures created in these 3D products can involve novel, directional solidification structures which can include crystallographically oriented grains containing columnar arrays of precipitates characteristic of a microstructural architecture. These microstructural architectures are advantageously rendered in 3D image constructions involving light optical microscopy and scanning and transmission electron microscopy observations. Microstructural evolution can also be effectively examined through 3D image sequences which, along with x-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis in the x-y and x-z planes, can effectively characterize related crystallographic/texture variances. This paper compares 3D microstructural architectures in Co-base and Ni-base superalloys, columnar martensitic grain structures in 17-4 PH alloy, and columnar copper oxides and dislocation arrays in copper.

  15. On the effect of β phase on the microstructure and mechanical properties of friction stir welded commercial brass alloys.

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    Heidarzadeh, Akbar; Saeid, Tohid

    2015-12-01

    Conventional fusion welding of brass (Cu-Zn) alloys has some difficulties such as evaporation of Zn, toxic behavior of Zn vapor, solidification cracking, distortion, and oxidation [1], [2], [3]. Fortunately, friction stir welding (FSW) has been proved to be a good candidate for joining the brass alloys, which can overcome the fusion welding short comes [4], [5], [6], [7]. The data presented here relates to FSW of the single and double phase brass alloys. The data is the microstructure and mechanical properties of the base metals and joints.

  16. Microstructure and wear resistance of NiCrBSi laser clad layer on titanium alloy substrate

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    Sun, R.L.; Yang, D.Z.; Guo, L.X.; Dong, S.L. [Harbin Inst. of Technol. (China). Sch. of Mater. Sci. and Eng.

    2000-10-23

    Laser cladding of NiCrBSi powders on Ti-6Al-4V alloy substrate was performed, and microstructure, microhardness and wear resistance of the clad layers were evaluated. Results show that the laser clad layer is divided into three regions: the clad, the dilution and the heat-affected zones. In the clad zone, fine particles of TiB{sub 2}, TiC and M{sub 23}(CB){sub 6} are distributed in the matrix of the primary {gamma}-Ni and the multi-phase eutectics consisting of {gamma}-Ni, Ni{sub 3}B and silicides. Microhardness of the clad zone is very high, being approximately HV 1000. The dilution zone is a mixture of melted Ni-base and Ti-base alloys, and possesses a characteristic of directional crystallization. The heat-affected zone has an acicular martensitic structure, and the microhardness is HV 360-380. Compared to titanium alloy, the wear resistance of clad layer is improved. The mechanism of wearing of clad layer is a mixed type of slight peeling-off and abrasion. (orig.)

  17. Microstructural study and numerical simulation of phase decomposition of heat treated Co–Cu alloys

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    A.M. Mebed

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available The influence of heat treatment on the phase decomposition and the grain size of Co–10 at% Cu alloy were studied. Few samples were aged in a furnace for either 3 or 5 h and then quenched in iced water. The materials and phase compositions were investigated using energy dispersive spectrometry and X-ray diffraction techniques. X-ray diffraction analysis showed that the samples contained Co, Cu, CuO, CoCu2O3, CoCuO2 phases in different proportions depending on the heat treatment regimes. The formation of dendrite Co phase rendered the spinodal decomposition while the oxidations prevent the initiation of the spinodal decomposition even for a deep long aging inside the miscibility gap. Since the Bragg reflections from different phases of Co–Cu alloy significantly overlap, the crystal structural parameters were refined with FULLPROF program. The shifts in the refined lattice constants (a, b and c, the space group and the grain size were found to be phase- and heat treatment-dependant. Two-dimensional computer simulations were conducted to study the phase decomposition of Co–Cu binary alloy systems. The excess free energy as well as the strain energy, without a priori knowledge of the shape or the position of the new phase, was precisely evaluated. The results indicate that the morphology and the shape of the microstructure agree with SEM observation.

  18. Microstructure evolution of the 1469 Al–Cu–Li–Sc alloy during homogenization

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    Jia, Min, E-mail: jm_lushan@163.com; Zheng, Ziqiao, E-mail: csu1469@163.com; Gong, Zhu, E-mail: start123gz@163.com

    2014-11-25

    Highlights: • The formation of the W phase (AlCuSc) was found in the 1469 Al-Cu–Li–Sc alloy. • The W phase formed during the homogenization process. • We model the formation process of the W phase. • The formation of the W phase consumes lots of Cu and Sc atoms. - Abstract: The present work aims to clarify the formation of the W phase (AlCuSc) and its formation time in the high Cu content alloy with Sc addition. The microstructure evolution during the two-step homogenization annealing process was investigated in the 1469 Al–Cu–Li–Sc alloy. No evidences of the Al{sub 3}Sc phase and the W phase were found in the solidification structure. The arrays of the W phases were found to form after homogenization. The AlCu phases with traces of Sc that formed during solidification suppose to be the precursor of the W phases, and then transform into the W phases by consuming the Sc atoms that fixed in the supersaturate solid solution. The formation of the W phase inhibits the precipitation of the Al{sub 3}Sc phase. A corresponding model of the W phase formation mechanism is proposed.

  19. Microstructures and properties of rapidly solidified Cu90Zr10-xAlx alloys

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    Bing-wen Zhou

    2016-07-01

    Full Text Available u90Zr10-xAlx (x=1, 3, 5, 7, 9; at.% alloy rods were synthesized based on rapid solidification method. The structure, distribution of elements, mechanical properties and electrical conductivity of the Cu-based alloy samples were studied using X-ray diffraction (XRD, scanning electron microscope (SEM, electro-probe micro-analyzer (EPMA, uniaxial compression test and four-probe technique. The as-cast Cu90Zr10-xAlx (x=1, 3, 5; at.% alloy rods with a diameter of 2 mm exhibit good mechanical properties and electrical conductivity, i.e., high compressive yield strength of 812-1513 MPa, Young’s modulus of 52-85 GPa, Vickers hardness of 250-420 and electrical conductivity of 11.1%-12.6% IACS (International Annealed Copper Standard. The composite microstructure composed of high density fibrous duplex structure (Cu5Zr and α-Cu phases is thought to be the origin of the high strength.

  20. Microstructural characteristics and aging response of Zn-containing Al-Mg-Si-Cu alloy

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    Cai, Yuan-hua; Wang, Cong; Zhang, Ji-shan

    2013-07-01

    Al-Mg-Si-Cu alloys with and without Zn addition were fabricated by conventional ingot metallurgy method. The microstructures and properties were investigated using optical microscopy (OM), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), tensile test, hardness test, and electrical conductivity measurement. It is found that the as-cast Al-Mg-Si-Cu-Zn alloy is composed of coarse dendritic grains, long needle-like β/δ-AlFeSi white intermetallics, and Chinese script-like α-AlFeSi compounds. During high temperature homogenization treatment, only harmful needle-like β-AlFeSi phase undergoes fragmentation and spheroidizing at its tips, and the destructive needle-like δ-phase does not show any morphological and size changes. Phase transitions from β-AlFeSi to α-AlFeSi and from δ-AlFeSi to β-AlFeSi are also not found. Zn addition improves the aging hardening response during the former aging stage and postpones the peak-aged hardness to a long aging time. In T4 condition, Zn addition does not obviously increase the yield strength and decrease the elongation, but it markedly improves paint-bake hardening response during paint-bake cycle. The addition of 0.5wt% Zn can lead to an increment of 99 MPa in yield strength compared with the value of 69 MPa for the alloy without Zn after paint-bake cycle.

  1. Microstructural developments and mechanical properties of friction stir welding of AZ91D magnesium alloy plates

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    Nagabhushan Kumar Kadigithala

    2017-06-01

    Full Text Available Friction stir welding (FSW is an efficient technique which can be used particularly for magnesium and aluminum alloys that are difficult to fusion weld. In this work AZ91D Mg alloy plates 3mm thick were friction stir welded at different process variables such as rotational speed and welding speed. The range of rotational speeds varied from 1025 to 1525 rpm, and the welding speed varied from 25 to 75 mm/min. Good quality welds were obtained under 1025 rpm of rotational speed with the welding speeds range from 25 to 75 mm/min. The microstructure of the AZ91D alloy consists of primary α-phase, eutectic α-phase and eutectic β (Mg17Al12 phase in the received condition (gravity die cast. The original dendrite grain structure completely disappeared and was transformed to fine equiaxed grains in stir zone (SZ. It was observed that there was a slight increase in hardness in SZ, because of fine recrystallized grain structure. The transverse tensile test results of weld specimens indicated constant strength irrespective of traveling speed. Fractrographic analysis of the friction stir welded specimens showed the brittle failure.

  2. The effect of remelting various combinations of new and used cobalt-chromium alloy on the mechanical properties and microstructure of the alloy.

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    Gupta, Sharad; Mehta, Aruna S

    2012-01-01

    Remelting previously cast base metal alloy can adversely affect the mechanical properties of the alloy and necessitates addition of new alloy. To study the effect of remelting different combinations of new and used cobalt-chromium (Co-Cr) alloy on its mechanical properties and microstructure. Using induction casting, 24 tensile test specimens were prepared for eight different combinations of new and used Co-Cr alloy. The test specimens were assessed for yield strength and percentage elongation. Microhardness was evaluated using Vickers's hardness tester. The tensile testing was carried out on a 50 kN servo-hydraulic universal testing machine. Microstructure analysis was done using an optical photomicroscope on the fractured samples after acid etching. The mean values (±standard deviation) and coefficient of variation were calculated. Student's 't' test was used for statistical analysis. Statistical significance was assumed at P=.05. The mean yield strength of eight different combination groups were as follows: group A: 849 MPa, group B ₁ : 834 MPa, group B ₂ : 915 MPa, group B ₃ : 897 MPa, group C ₁ : 874 MPa, group C ₂ : 859 MPa, group D ₁ : 845 MPa, and group D ₂ : 834 MPa. The mean percentage elongation for the different groups were as follows: group A: 7%, group B ₁ : 7%, group B ₂ : 8%, group B ₃ : 7%, group C ₁ : 8%, group C ₂ : 7%, group D ₁ : 7%, and group D 2 : 8%. The mean hardness values were as follows: group A: 373 VHN, group B ₁ : 373 VHN, group B ₂ : 346 VHN, group B ₃ : 346 VHN, group C ₁ : 364 VHN, group C ₂ : 343 VHN, group D ₁ : 376 VHN, and group D ₂ : 373 VHN. Repeated remelting of base metal alloy for dental casting without addition of new alloy can affect the mechanical properties of the alloy. Microstructure analysis shows deterioration upon remelting. However, the addition of 25% and 50% (by weight) of new alloy to the remelted alloy can bring about improvement both in mechanical properties and in

  3. 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.

  4. Microstructure and high temperature stability of age hardenable AA2219 aluminium alloy modified by Sc, Mg and Zr additions

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    Naga Raju, P. [Metallurgical and Materials Engineering Department, IIT-Madras, Chennai 600036 (India)], E-mail: puvvala_nagaraju@yahoo.com; Srinivasa Rao, K. [Metallurgical Engineering Department, Andhra University, Visakapatnam 530003 (India); Reddy, G.M. [Defence Metallurgical Research Laboratory, Hyderabad 500258 (India); Kamaraj, M.; Prasad Rao, K. [Metallurgical and Materials Engineering Department, IIT-Madras, Chennai 600036 (India)

    2007-08-25

    The present work pertains to the improvement of high temperature stability of age hardenable AA2219 aluminium-copper (6.3%) alloy. Addition of scandium, magnesium and zirconium to the base metal AA2219 was adopted to improve this high temperature stability. These additions were systematically varied by preparing alloys of different composition using gas tungsten arc melting. Long time ageing studies and impression creep technique were used to study the high temperature stability of the alloys. These modified compositions of the alloy resulted in fine equiaxed grains, refined eutectics, large number of high temperature stable and finer precipitates. Among all the compositions, 0.8% Sc + 0.45% Mg + 0.2% Zr addition was found to be significant in improving the high temperature stability of AA2219 alloy. This may be attributed to the possible microstructural changes, solute enrichment of the matrix and pinning of the grain boundaries by the finer precipitates.

  5. Thermodynamic calculation and observation of microstructural change in Ni-Mo-Cr high strength low alloy RPV steels with alloying elements

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    Park, Sang Gyu; Wee, Dang Moon [Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Min Chul; Lee, Bong Sang [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

    2008-12-15

    An effective way of increasing the strength and fracture toughness of reactor pressure vessel steels is to change the material specification from that of Mn-Mo-Ni low alloy steel (SA508 Gr.3) to Ni-Mo-Cr low alloy steel(SA508 Cr.4N). In this study, we evaluate the effects of alloying elements on the microstructural characteristics of Ni-Mo-Cr low alloy steel. The changes in the stable phase of the SA508 Gr.4N low alloy steel with alloying elements were evaluated by means of a thermodynamic calculation conducted with the software ThermoCalc. The changes were then compared with the observed microstructural results. The calculation of Ni-Mo-Cr low alloy steels confirms that the ferrite formation temperature decreases as the Ni content increases because of the austenite stabilization effect. Consequently, in the microscopic observation, the lath martensitic structure becomes finer as the Ni content increases. However, Ni does not affect the carbide phases such as M{sub 23}C{sub 6} and M{sub 7}C{sub 3}. When the Cr content decreases, the carbide phases become unstable and carbide coarsening can be observed. With an increase in the Mo content, the M{sub 2}C phase becomes stable instead of the M{sub 7}C{sub 3} phase. This behavior is also observed in TEM. From the calculation results and the observation results of the microstructure, the thermodynamic calculation can be used to predict the precipitation behavior.

  6. Microstructures and mechanical properties of Co-29Cr-6Mo alloy fabricated by selective laser melting process for dental applications.

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    Takaichi, Atsushi; Suyalatu; Nakamoto, Takayuki; Joko, Natsuka; Nomura, Naoyuki; Tsutsumi, Yusuke; Migita, Satoshi; Doi, Hisashi; Kurosu, Shingo; Chiba, Akihiko; Wakabayashi, Noriyuki; Igarashi, Yoshimasa; Hanawa, Takao

    2013-05-01

    The selective laser melting (SLM) process was applied to a Co-29Cr-6Mo alloy, and its microstructure, mechanical properties, and metal elution were investigated to determine whether the fabrication process is suitable for dental applications. The microstructure was evaluated using scanning electron microscopy with energy-dispersed X-ray spectroscopy (SEM-EDS), X-ray diffractometry (XRD), and electron back-scattered diffraction pattern analysis. The mechanical properties were evaluated using a tensile test. Dense builds were obtained when the input energy of the laser scan was higher than 400 J mm⁻³, whereas porous builds were formed when the input energy was lower than 150 J mm⁻³. The microstructure obtained was unique with fine cellular dendrites in the elongated grains parallel to the building direction. The γ phase was dominant in the build and its preferential orientation was confirmed along the building direction, which was clearly observed for the builds fabricated at lower input energy. Although the mechanical anisotropy was confirmed in the SLM builds due to the unique microstructure, the yield strength, UTS, and elongation were higher than those of the as-cast alloy and satisfied the type 5 criteria in ISO22764. Metal elution from the SLM build was smaller than that of the as-cast alloy, and thus, the SLM process for the Co-29Cr-6Mo alloy is a promising candidate for fabricating dental devices. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  7. Effect of ageing treatment on the microstructure and hardness of the Ti6Al4V Alloy

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    Masete, S

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available The effects of ageing temperature, time and cooling medium on the microstructure and hardness of a solution treated Ti6Al4V alloy were investigated. The furnace cooling after ageing for 0.5 hours gave a homogenous structure with higher hardness...

  8. Tempering of martensitic steel for fasteners : Effects of micro-alloying on microstructure and mechanical property evolution

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    Öhlund, C.E.I.C.

    2015-01-01

    The research presented in this thesis aims to deepen our understanding of the effect of micro-alloying on the microstructure and mechanical property evolution during tempering of martensitic steel for fasteners. The ongoing trend of engine down-sizing has led to the need for stronger and more

  9. Effect of Annealing on the Microstructure of Rapidly Solidified Foils of Alloy Bi50Sn35In15

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    Shepelevich, V. G.; Shcherbachenko, L. P.

    2016-07-01

    The effect of annealing on the microstructure of foils of alloy Bi50Sn35In15 is studied. It is shown that prolongation of the annealing time is accompanied by coarsening of the structure, which reduces the specific surface of the interfaces virtually without changing the volume fractions of the phases.

  10. Microstructure and Phase Formation in a Rapidly Solidified Laser-Deposited Ni-Cr-B-Si-C Hardfacing Alloy

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    Hemmati, Ismail; Ocelik, Vaclav; Csach, Kornel; de Hosson, Jeff Th M.

    In this study, microstructural evolutions and phase selection phenomena during laser deposition of a hardfacing Ni-Cr-B-Si-C alloy at different processing conditions are experimentally investigated. The results show that even minor variations in the thermal conditions during solidification can

  11. 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.

  12. Effects of the Microstructure on Segregation behavior of Ni-Cr-Mo High Strength Low Alloy RPV Steel

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    Park, Sang Gyu; Wee, Dang Moon [Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Min Chul; Lee, Bong Sang [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

    2010-10-15

    SA508 Gr.4N Ni-Cr-Mo low alloy steel has an improved fracture toughness and strength, compared to commercial Mn-Mo-Ni low alloy RPV steel SA508 Gr.3. Higher strength and fracture toughness of low alloy steels could be achieved by adding Ni and Cr. So there are several researches on SA508 Gr.4N low alloy steel for a RPV application. The operation temperature and time of a reactor pressure vessel is more than 300 .deg. C and over 40 years. Therefore, in order to apply the SA508 Gr.4N low alloy steel for a reactor pressure vessel, it requires a resistance of thermal embrittlement in the high temperature range including temper embrittlement resistance. S. Raoul reported that the susceptibility to temper embrittlement was increasing a function of the cooling rate in SA533 steel, which suggests the martensitic microstructures resulting from increased cooling rates are more susceptible to temper embrittlement. However, this result has not been proved yet. So the comparison of temper embrittlement behavior was made between martensitic microstructure and bainitic microstructure with a viewpoint of boundary features in SA508 Gr.4N, which have mixture of tempered bainite/martensite. In this study, we have compared temper embrittlement behaviors of SA508 Gr.4N low alloy steel with changing volume fraction of martensite. The mechanical properties of these low alloy steels) were evaluated after a long-term heat treatment(450 .deg. C, 2000hr. Then, the images of the segregated boundaries were observed and segregation behavior was analyzed by AES. In order to compare the misorientation distributions of model alloys, grain boundary structures were measured with EBSD

  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. Obtention of uranium-molybdenum alloy ingots microstructure and phase characterization

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    Pedrosa, Tercio A.; Braga, Daniel M.; Paula, Joao Bosco de; Brina, Jose Giovanni M.; Ferraz, Wilmar B., E-mail: tap@cdtn.b, E-mail: bragadm@cdtn.b, E-mail: jbp@cdtn.b, E-mail: jgmb@cdtn.b, E-mail: ferrazw@cdtn.b [Centro de Desenvolvimento da Tecnologia Nuclear (CDTN/CNEN-MG), Belo Horizonte, MG (Brazil)

    2011-07-01

    The replacement of high enriched uranium (U-{sup 235} > 85 wt%) by low enriched uranium (U-{sup 235} < 20 wt%) nuclear fuels in research and test reactors is being implemented as an initiative of the Reduced Enrichment for Research and Test Reactors (RERTR) program, conceived in the USA since mid-70s, in order to avoid nuclear weapons proliferation. Such replacement implies in the use of compounds or alloys with higher uranium densities. Several uranium alloys that fill this requirement has been investigated since then. Among these alloys, U-Mo presents great application potential due to its physical properties and good behavior during irradiation, which makes it an important option as a nuclear fuel material for the Brazilian Multipurpose Reactor - RMB. The development of the plate-type nuclear fuel based on U-Mo alloys is being performed at the Nuclear Technology Development Centre (CDTN) and also at the Institute of Energetic and Nuclear Research - IPEN. U-{sup 10}Mo ingots were melted in an induction furnace with protective argon atmosphere. The microstructure of the ingots were characterized through optical and scanning electronic microscopy in the as cast and heat treated conditions. Energy Dispersive Spectrometry and X-Ray Diffraction were used as characterization techniques for elemental analysis and phases determination. It was confirmed the presence of metastable gamma-phase in the as cast condition, surrounded by hypereutectoid alpha-phase (uranium-rich phase), as well as a pearlite-like constituent, composed by alternated lamellas of U{sub 2}Mo compound and alpha-phase, in the heat treated condition. (author)

  15. Effect of Remelting of the Ni-22Cr-9Mo Alloy on its Microstructural and Electrochemical Properties

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    Augustyn-Nadzieja J.

    2017-03-01

    Full Text Available The Ni-Cr-Mo alloys are used as the alternative for the cobalt alloys in the manufacture of metal prosthetic elements, i.e. crowns, bridges and frame prostheses. The article attempts at a materials science characterization of the nickel-based alloy of the commercial name Argeloy N.P Be-Free by Argen. Within the study, examinations were made on the commercial alloy as well as the alloy which was remelted and cast by the los mould (lost wax method. Observations of the microstructure were performed with the use of optical and electron scanning microscopy. Also, X-ray structural tests were conducted as well as corrosion resistance tests in an artificial saliva solution (pH = 6,7. It was demonstrated that the examined Ni-22Cr-9Mo alloy characterized in a dendritic structure typical of the cast materials. The X-ray qualitative phase analysis revealed the phase γ'(Ni in both examined materials, as well as the presence of Cr23C6 type carbides and Nb2C, Ta2C (commercial alloy and NbC, Ta4C0,04 (cast alloy phases. The effect of the alloy’s remelting and the morphology of the passive layer on the corrosion resistance of the Ni-Cr-Mo alloy was examined.

  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. Generation and characterization of anisotropic microstructures in rare earth-iron-boron alloys

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    Oster, Nathaniel

    The automotive industry is currently being directed toward electrification of their fleets. In order to provide these hybrid or electric vehicles, lightweight high torque electric motors are needed. Permanent magnet (PM) brushless motors have been identified as the preferred motors for these applications. In order to effectively provide these motors, cost-effective high strength PMs are needed. The use of polymer bonded PMs is one method to reduce processing costs, but performance is decreased unless anisotropic PMs can be formed. New processing methods to form anisotropic mixed rare earth (MRE)-iron-boron PM particulate were studied in this work. Two primary processing routes were identified and investigated: controlled devitrification through application of uniaxial pressure and rapid directional solidification utilizing a segregating additive. In addition, further control of the melt-spinning process was achieved through control of wheel surface temperature and finish. Controlled devitrification was found to produce an anisotropic, nanocrystalline microstructure, as observed through TEM and XRD studies. A high defect density within the structure, unprecedented in RE2Fe14B microstructures, was observed. It is surmised that the defects cause soft magnetic behavior. Stabilization of a columnar, textured microstructure was achieved through the utilization of moderate wheel speeds during melt-spinning, in combination with minor additions of Ag to the alloy. The texture was seen to be altered from that typically seen in RE2Fe14B alloys melt-spun at low-to-moderate wheel speeds. It was observed that this occurs through a modification in the solidification pathway, catalyzed by the addition of Ag. In addition to the altered texture, the presence of fine precipitates within the matrix and varying interdendritic phases was observed. Alteration of wheel surface temperature and surface finish was seen to have significant effects on the ability to form amorphous material in

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. Effect of electrochemical corrosion on the subsurface microstructure evolution of a CoCrMo alloy in albumin containing environment

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    Wang, Zhongwei; Yan, Yu, E-mail: yanyu@ustb.edu.cn; Su, Yanjing; Qiao, Lijie

    2017-06-01

    Highlights: • Accelerated electrochemical corrosion results in severer plastic deformation with finer grains. • Lower applied potential can increase protein adsorption on sample surfaces. • The tribo-film decreases the shear stresses and relief subsurface deformation. • Tribocorrosion induced passive film can suppress the annihilation of stacking faults. - Abstract: The subsurface microstructures of metallic implants play a key role in bio-tribocorrosion. Due to wear or change of local environment, the implant surface can have inhomogeneous electrochemical corrosion properties. In this work, the effect of electrochemical corrosion conditions on the subsurface microstructure evolution of CoCrMo alloys for artificial joints was investigated. Transmission electron microscope (TEM) was employed to observe the subsurface microstructures of worn areas at different applied potentials in a simulated physiological solution. The results showed that applied potentials could affect the severity of the subsurface deformation not only by changing the surface passivation but also affecting the adsorption of protein on the alloy surface.

  1. Microstructure of Semi-Solid 6063 Alloy Fabricated by Radial Forging Combined with Unidirectional Compression Recrystallization and Partial Melting Process

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    Wang Yongfei

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available Radial forging combined with unidirectional compression (RFCUM is introduced in recrystallization and partial melting (RAP to fabricate semi-solid 6063 aluminum alloy, which can be defined as a process of RFCUM-RAP. In this study, the microstructures of semi-solid 6063 alloy prepared by semi-solid isothermal treatment (SSIT and RFCUM-RAP processes are investigated. The results show that, the solid grains of semi-solid alloy prepared by SSIT are large and irregular. However, solid grains of semi-solid billet prepared by RFCUC-RAP are fine and spherical. Additionally, during RFCUC-RAP process, with the increase of isothermal holding time, the shape of solid grain is more and more spherical, but the size of solid grain is gradually increased. To obtain ideal semi-solid microstructure, the optimal isothermal holding temperature and time are 630 °C and 5~10 min, respectively.

  2. 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.

  3. Microstructure and mechanical properties of Mg-Zn-Y alloy containing LPSO phase and I-phase

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    Ye, Zhijian; Teng, Xinying; Lou, Gui; Zhou, Guorong; Leng, Jinfeng

    2017-08-01

    Microstructure and mechanical properties of Mg-Zn-Y alloy including LPSO phase and I-phase was investigated. Transmission electron microscopy, x-ray diffraction analysis and differential scanning calorimeter analysis reveal that the LPSO (long period stacking ordered structure) phase and I-phase can co-exist within the α-Mg matrix. Wherein, the quasicrystal phases exist in the (I-phase  +  α-Mg) eutectic structures. In the Mg-Zn-Y alloy, it is also found that 14 H type LPSO phases consist of LPSO phase and I-phase. With the addition of quasicrystal master alloy content, the microstructures are refined, and the mechanical properties are enhanced.

  4. Effect of Fe Content on the Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of Ti-Al-Mo-V-Cr-Fe Alloys

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    Bae K.C.

    2017-06-01

    Full Text Available To investigate the effect of Fe content on the correlation between the microstructure and mechanical properties in near-b titanium alloys, the Ti-5Al-5Mo-5V-1Cr-xFe alloy system has been characterized in this study. As the Fe content increased, the number of nucleation sites and the volume fraction of the α phase decreased. We observed a significant difference in the shape and size of the α phase in the matrix before and after Fe addition. In addition, these morphological deformations were accompanied by a change in the shape of the α phase, which became increasingly discontinuous, and changed into globular-type α phase in the matrix. These phenomena affected the microstructure and mechanical properties of Ti alloys. Specimen #2 exhibited a high ultimate tensile strength (1071 MPa, which decreased with further addition of Fe.

  5. 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.

  6. Microstructure Characterization and Hardness Evaluation of Alloy 52 Welded Stainless Steel 316 Subjected to Ultrasonic Nanocyrtal Surface Modification Technique

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    Kim, H. D.; Amanov, A.; Pyun, Y. S. [Sun Moon Univ., Asan (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Y. S.; Choi, Y. S. [Andong National Univ., Andong (Korea, Republic of)

    2015-10-15

    In this study, an ultrasonic nanocrystal surface modification (UNSM) technique was applied to dissimilar weld point between STS316L and Alloy 52. This UNSM technique is a patented technology, which can be described as a type of ultrasonic cold-forging technology. It has been demonstrated that the UNSM technique is a simple method to produce a nanocrystalline surface layer at the top surface of metallic materials. Microstructure and hardness of STS316L and Alloy 52 are investigated before and after UNSM treatment. It is expected according to the previous study that the UNSM technique is able to release the residual stress which delays PWSCC. In this study, microstructural characterization and hardness evaluation of STS316L and welded Alloy 52 subjected to UNSM technique were investigated.

  7. Microstructure/Oxidation/Microhardness Correlations in Gamma-Based and Tau-Based Al-Ti-Cr Alloys

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    Brady, Michael P.; Smialek, J. L.; Humphrey, D. L.

    1994-01-01

    The relationships between alloy microstructure and air oxidation kinetics and alloy microstructure and microhardness in the Al-Ti-Cr system for exposures at 800 C and 1000 C were investigated. The relevant phases were identified as tau (Ll2), gamma (LIO), r-Al2Ti, TiCrAl (laves), and Cr2AI. Protective alumina formation was associated with tau, Al-rich TiCrAl, and gamma/TiCrAl mixtures. Brittleness was associated with the TiCrAl phase and tau decomposition to A12Ti + Cr2AI. It was concluded that two-phase gamma + TiCrAl alloys offer the greatest potential for oxidation resistance and room temperature ductility in the Al-Ti-Cr system.

  8. Microstructural analysis of Co-Cr dental alloy at the metal-porcelain interface: a pilot study.

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    Li, K C; Ting, S; Prior, D J; Waddell, J N; Swain, M V

    2014-12-01

    The purpose of the study was to observe whether conventional porcelain firings had an effect on the underlying microstructure of cobalt-chromium alloys used in porcelain-fused-to-metal systems. One as cast (non-veneered) and two porcelain veneered Co-Cr specimens layered with and without tungsten(W)-metal conditioner were manufactured and analysed. Electron backscatter diffraction was used to determine the crystal structures and grain size across the porcelain-fused-to-metal interface. No difference was found in the microstructure of the alloy in both with and without W-metal conditioner. For the porcelain fired specimens, disparately sized granular structures were observed adjacent to the metal-porcelain interfaces compared to the bulk of the metal. Ellipsoid shaped grains at the alloy surface ranged between 1-11 μm in diameter and averaged 2.70 μm (SD: 2.17 μm) for the specimen layered with W-metal conditioner and 2.86 μm (SD: 1.85 μm) for the specimen layered without W-metal conditioner. Grains located in the bulk were > 200 μm with dendritic-like features. The depth of the fine grain structure adjacent to the surface had an average depth of 15 μm. The crystal structure of the surface layer was found to be predominantly hexagonal close-packed whereas the underlying bulk was a mixture of both face-centered cubic and hexagonal close-packed phases. For the as cast specimen, similar large grains of over 200 μm was observed but exhibited no dendritic like features. In addition, no fine grains were observed at the surface region of the as cast alloy. Conventional porcelain firings altered the interfacial and bulk microstructure of the alloy while the presence of the W-metal conditioner had no influence on the underlying alloy microstructure.

  9. 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

  10. Effect of Welding Parameters on Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of Cast Fe-40Al Alloy

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    Osman Torun

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available Friction welding of cast Fe-40Al alloy was carried out at 1000 rmp for various friction times, friction pressures, and forging pressures. The microstructures of the interface of welded samples were analyzed by optical and scanning electron microscopy (SEM. Micrographs demonstrated that excellent welding formed continuously along the interface, except for samples welded for 3 s. Chemical compositions of the interface of the friction welded samples and of the fractured surface of all the specimens were determined using energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS. After the welding process, shear tests were applied to the welded samples to determine the shear strength of joints. Test results indicated that the maximum shear strength was 469.5 MPa.

  11. Microstructural Analysis of Al/Al2O3/Gr Powder Composites Produced by Mechanical Alloying

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    Gheorghe Iacob

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available Powder samples of Al/Al2O3/Gr hybrid composites with different weight percents were obtained by mechanical alloying in a high energy ball mill. The aim of this study is to investigate the effect of alumina and graphite particles content on the microstructure of Al/Al2O3/Gr hybrid composites. Results obtained using Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM as well as Energy-Dispersive X-ray Spectroscopy (EDS show that the addition of alumina particles as the reinforcement has a drastic effect on the size and morphology of the composite powders. Also, the addition of graphite particles as one of the reinforcing components is presumed to improve tribological properties by forming a graphite-rich lubricant film between the sliding surfaces.

  12. Determination of Microstructural Parameters of Nanocrystalline Hydroxyapatite Prepared by Mechanical Alloying Method

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    Joughehdoust, Sedigheh; Manafi, Sahebali

    2011-12-01

    Hydroxyapatite [HA, Ca10(PO4)6(OH)2] is chemically similar to the mineral component of bones and hard tissues. HA can support bone ingrowth and osseointegration when used in orthopaedic, dental and maxillofacial applications. In this research, HA nanostructure was synthesized by mechanical alloying method. Phase development, particle size and morphology of HA were investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD) pattern, zetasizer instrument, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), respectively. XRD pattern has been used to determination of the microstructural parameters (crystallite size, lattice parameters and crystallinity percent) by Williamson-Hall equation, Nelson-Riley method and calculating the areas under the peaks, respectively. The crystallite size and particle size of HA powders were in nanometric scales. SEM images showed that some parts of HA particles have agglomerates. The ratio of lattice parameters of synthetic hydroxyapatite (c/a = 0.73) was determined in this study is the same as natural hydroxyapatite structure.

  13. Microstructure and magnetic properties of Mn-X-N (X: Ni, Zr, and B) sintered alloys

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    Isogai, K. [NEC TOKIN Corporation, Sendai, Miyagi 982-8510 (Japan)]. E-mail: isogai@nec-tokin.com; Matsumoto, H. [NEC TOKIN Corporation, Sendai, Miyagi 982-8510 (Japan); Sugimoto, S. [Department of Materials Science, Graduate School of Engineering, Tohoku University, Aoba-yama 6-6-02, Sendai, Miyagi 980-8579 (Japan)

    2007-03-15

    Microstructure and magnetic properties of Mn-X-N (X: Ni, Zr, and B) alloy system were investigated in this study. The samples showed low remanence; however, relatively high coercivities of 0.5-4.4 kOe (40-350 kA/m) were obtained in the Mn-Ni-N system. Scanning electron microscopy-energy dispersive X-ray spectrometry (SEM-EDX) and transmission electron microscopy-energy dispersive X-ray spectrometry (TEM-EDX) analyses revealed that the Mn-Ni-N sample with high coercivity consists of a lamellar structure with the spacing of 0.5-2 {mu}m. It is also found that the lamellar structure is composed of two phases with composition of 97.4 at% Mn-2.6 at% Ni and 86.7 at% Mn-13.3 at% Ni.

  14. Effect of heat treatment on the microstructure and the mechanical behavior of TZM alloy

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    Morito, Fumio

    1994-09-01

    The effect of heat treatment on the microstructure and the tensile behavior of the TZM alloys welded by an electron beam process was studied. Strength of the as-welded samples, exhibited a considerable increase. Deformation was concentrated in the weld metal and the heat affected zone due to strain localization. Postweld annealing induced a remarkable elongation by recrystallization of the base metal. Elongation of the as-welded TZM with annealing before welding was significant. ehavior described by an effective strain rate demonstrated that deformation at a very low strain rate induced a ductility of the welds. Carburization was also effective to enhance the intergranular cohesion by additional segregation and precipitation. As a result, it was found that dispersion and composition of segragates and precipitates along grain boundaries contributed to the intergranular cohesion, indicating that intergranular embrittlement can be suppressed by controlling chemical bonding at grain boundaries.

  15. Intergrannular strain evolution in a zircaloy-4 alloy with Widmanstatten microstructure

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    Clausen, Bjorn [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Vogel, Sven C [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Garlea, Eena [UNIV OF TENNESSEE; Choo, Hahn [UNIV OF TENNESSEE; Pang, Judy W L [ORNL; Kenik, Edward A [ORNL

    2009-01-01

    A Zircaloy-4 alloy with Widmanstatten-Basketweave microstructure and random texture has been used to study the deformation systems responsible for the polycrystalline plasticity at the grain level. The evolution of internal strain and bulk texture is investigated using neutron diffraction and an elasto-plastic self-consistent (EPSC) modeling scheme. The macroscopic stress-strain behavior and intergranular (hkil-specific) strain development, parallel and perpendicular to the loading direction, were measured in-situ during uniaxial tensile loading. Then, the EPSC model was employed to simulate the experimental results. This modeling scheme accounts for the thermal anisotropy; elastic-plastic properties of the constituent grains; and activation, reorientation, and stress relaxation associated with twinning. The agreement between the experiment and the model will be discussed as well as the critical resolved shear stresses (CRSS) and the hardening coefficients obtained from the model.

  16. High frequency fatigue test of IN 718 alloymicrostructure and fractography evaluation

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    J. Belan

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available INCONEL alloy 718 is a high-strength, corrosion-resistant nickel chromium material used at -253 °C to 705 °C for production of heat resistant parts of aero jet engine mostly. The fatigue test provided on this kind materials were done via low frequency loading up to this time. Nowadays, needs of results at higher volume of loading cycles leads to high frequency loading with aim to shorten testing time. Fatigue test of experimental material was carried out at frequency 20 kHz with stress ration R = - 1 (push – pull at room temperature. It was found that this superalloy can still fracture after exceeding 108 cycles. Besides fatigue test were microstructural characterisation and scanning electron microscopy (SEM fractography evaluation done.

  17. 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)

  18. Microstructural Characterization of a Prototype Titanium Alloy Structure Processed via Direct Laser Deposition (DLD)

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    Clark, Daniel; Whittaker, Mark T.; Bache, Martin R.

    2012-04-01

    Processing trials have produced a three-dimensional, thin-walled structure of representative aerospace component geometry, fabricated directly by laser melting of Ti 6Al4V powder. This additive-built form has been subjected to metallographic characterization. The fabrication technique is evaluated as an economic, commercial process that can add features such as bosses or flanges as a hybrid-manufacturing route for existing forms of gas turbine components. The samples were extracted from six locations with different wall thickness, varying forms, and intersecting ligament geometries. A fine-scale Widmanstätten colony microstructure was consistent throughout the structure within grains elongated parallel to the axis of epitaxy. Evidence of limited grain boundary α was detected; however, this was never continuous around individual grains. A moderate Burgers texture was measured employing electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD), which is consistent with the melt/cast titanium alloy forms cooling through the β transus.

  19. Microstructural characterization of Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} ODS-Fe-Cr model alloys

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    Castro, V. de [Department of Materials, University of Oxford, Oxford OX1 3PH (United Kingdom)], E-mail: vanessa.decastro@materials.ox.ac.uk; Leguey, T.; Munoz, A.; Monge, M.A.; Pareja, R. [Departamento de Fisica, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, 28911 Leganes (Spain); Marquis, E.A.; Lozano-Perez, S.; Jenkins, M.L. [Department of Materials, University of Oxford, Oxford OX1 3PH (United Kingdom)

    2009-04-30

    Two Fe-12 wt% Cr alloys, one containing 0.4 wt% Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} and the other Y{sub 2}O{sub 3}-free, have been produced by mechanical alloying followed by hot isostatic pressing. These oxide dispersion strengthened and reference alloys were characterized both in the as-HIPed state and after tempering by transmission electron microscopy and atom-probe tomography. The as-HIPed alloys exhibited the characteristic microstructure of lath martensite and contained a high density of dislocations. Small voids with sizes <10 nm were also observed. Both alloys also contained M{sub 3}C and M{sub 23}C{sub 6} carbides (M = Cr, Fe) probably as a result of C ingress during milling. After tempering at 1023 K for 4 h the microstructures had partially recovered. In the recovered regions, martensite laths were replaced by equiaxed grains in which M{sub 23}C{sub 6} carbides decorated the grain boundaries. In the ODS alloy nanoparticles containing Y were commonly observed within grains, although they were also present at grain boundaries and adjacent to large carbides.

  20. Microstructure and mechanical behavior of ODS and non-ODS Fe–14Cr model alloys produced by spark plasma sintering

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    Auger, M.A.; Castro, V. de [Departamento de Física, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, 28911 Leganés (Spain); Leguey, T., E-mail: leguey@fis.uc3m.es [Departamento de Física, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, 28911 Leganés (Spain); Muñoz, A.; Pareja, R. [Departamento de Física, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, 28911 Leganés (Spain)

    2013-05-15

    In this work the spark plasma sintering (SPS) technique has been explored as an alternative consolidation route for producing ultra-fine grained Fe–14Cr model alloys containing a dispersion of oxide nanoparticles. Elemental powders of Fe and Cr, and nanosized Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} powder have been mechanically alloyed in a planetary ball mill and rapidly sintered in a spark plasma furnace. Two alloys, with nominal compositions Fe–14%Cr and Fe–14%Cr–0.3%Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} (wt.%), have been fabricated and their microstructure and mechanical properties investigated. The results have been compared with those obtained for other powder metallurgy processed alloys of the same composition but consolidated by hot isostatic pressing. The SPS technique under the present conditions has produced Fe–14Cr materials that apparently exhibit different microstructures yielding inferior mechanical properties than the counterpart material consolidated by hot isostatic pressing. Although the presence of a dispersion of Y-rich particles is evident, the oxide dispersion strengthened (ODS) Fe–14Cr alloy consolidated by SPS exhibits poor tensile properties. The extensive decoration of the powder particle surfaces with Cr-rich precipitates and the residual porosity appear to be responsible for the impaired properties of this ODS alloy consolidated by SPS.

  1. 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.

  2. Effect of impurities on microstructure and structural propertiesof the as-cast and treated Al-Zn alloys

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    Douniazed Lamrous

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available The microstructure of two Al-Zn alloys (with 10 and 30 wt.%Zn content produced by melting in the high frequency induction furnace were investigated by means of scanning electron microscopy (SEM, energy dispersive X-ray (EDX spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction (XRD analysis and the microhardness tests. The results indicate that the presence of iron impurity causes the formation of eutectic (Al,Zn3Fe in both alloys. The presence of the silicon impurity results in the formation of the phase separation in the Al-10%Zn as-cast alloy. The columnar to equiaxed transition was produced only in the Al-30%Zn as-cast alloy. The Vickers microhardness is higher in the equiaxed zone than in the columnar to equiaxed transition (CET zone. The presence of iron causes intermetallic phase formation (Al, Fe, Si3,6Zn in the Al-30%Zn as-cast alloy enabling an increase in the lattice parameter. After a homogenization treatment, the microstructure of Al-Zn treated alloys consists only of α dendrites and stable eutectic phase.

  3. 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.

  4. Simultaneous effect of mechanical alloying and arc-melting processes in the microstructure and hardness of an AlCoFeMoNiTi high-entropy alloy

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    Baldenebro-Lopez, F.J. [Centro de Investigación en Materiales Avanzados (CIMAV), Laboratorio Nacional de Nanotecnología, Miguel de Cervantes 120, 31109 Chihuahua, Chih. (Mexico); Facultad de Ingeniería Mochis, Universidad Autónoma de Sinaloa, Prol. Ángel Flores y Fuente de Poseidón, S.N., 81223 Los Mochis, Sinaloa (Mexico); Herrera-Ramírez, J.M. [Centro de Investigación en Materiales Avanzados (CIMAV), Laboratorio Nacional de Nanotecnología, Miguel de Cervantes 120, 31109 Chihuahua, Chih. (Mexico); Arredondo-Rea, S.P. [Facultad de Ingeniería Mochis, Universidad Autónoma de Sinaloa, Prol. Ángel Flores y Fuente de Poseidón, S.N., 81223 Los Mochis, Sinaloa (Mexico); Gómez-Esparza, C.D. [Centro de Investigación en Materiales Avanzados (CIMAV), Laboratorio Nacional de Nanotecnología, Miguel de Cervantes 120, 31109 Chihuahua, Chih. (Mexico); Martínez-Sánchez, R., E-mail: roberto.martinez@cimav.edu.mx [Centro de Investigación en Materiales Avanzados (CIMAV), Laboratorio Nacional de Nanotecnología, Miguel de Cervantes 120, 31109 Chihuahua, Chih. (Mexico)

    2015-09-15

    Highlights: • Multi-component systems of AlCoFeMoNiTi were produced by mechanical alloying. • Consolidated samples were fabricated by two different processing routes, sintering and arc melting. • Effect of routes of consolidation on microstructural evolution and microhardness is reported. • High hardness values are found in consolidated samples. • Alloying elements, grain size, and precipitates have a high effect on microhardness. - Abstract: A nanostructured AlCoFeMoNiTi high entropy alloy was synthesized through the mechanical alloying process. Bulk samples were obtained by two different routes to compare the microstructural evolution and hardness behavior: sintering and arc melting. Through electron microscopy analyses the formation of Mo-rich and Ti-rich phases were identified in the melted sample, while Ti-rich nano-precipitates were observed in the sintered sample. A higher microhardness value was achieved on the sintered sample than for the melted sample. The disadvantage of porosity in the sintered sample in comparison to the melted one was overcome by the hardening effect produced by the mechanical alloying.

  5. Corrosion resistance and microstructure of alloy 625 weld overlay on ASTM A516 grade 70

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    Moradi, Mohammad J. [Amirkabir Univ. of Technology, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of). Petroleum Engineering Dept.; Ketabchi, Mostafa [Amirkabir Univ. of Technology, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of). Mining and Metallurgical Engineering Dept.

    2016-02-01

    Nickel-based alloys are a crucial class of materials because of their excellent corrosion resistance. In the present study, single layer and two layers alloy 625 weld overlays were deposited by GTAW process on A516 grade 70 carbon steel. The dilution in terms of Fe, Ni, Mo and Nb content was calculated in 30 points of weld overlay. Microstructure observations showed that alloy 625 had austenitic structure with two types of Laves and NbC secondary phases. The uniform and pitting corrosion resistance of alloy 625 weld overlay as casted and as forged were evaluated in accordance with ASTM G48-2011 standard at different temperatures to determine the weight loss and critical pitting temperature. For achieving a better comparison, samples from alloy 625 as casted and as forged were tested under the same conditions. The results point out that single layer alloy 625 weld overlay is not suitable for chloride containing environments, two layers alloy 625 weld overlay and alloy 625 as casted have acceptable corrosion resistance and almost the same critical pitting temperature. Alloy 625 as forged has the best corrosion resistance and the highest critical pitting temperature among all test specimens. Also, the corrosion behavior was evaluated in accordance with ASTM G28 standard. The corrosion rate of single layer weld overlay was unacceptable. The average corrosion rate of two layers weld overlay and in casted condition were 35.82 and 33.01 mpy, respectively. [German] Nickellegierungen sind aufgrund ihres exzellenten Korrosionswiderstandes eine bedeutende Werkstoffklasse. In der diesem Beitrag zugrunde liegenden Studie wurden mittels WIG-Schweissens ein- und zweilagige Schweissplattierungen auf den Kohlenstoffstahl A516 (Grade 70) aufgebracht. Die Vermischung in Form des Fe-, Ni-, Mo- und Nb-Gehaltes wurde an 30 Punkten der Schweissplattierungen berechnet. Die mikrostrukturellen Untersuchungen ergaben, dass die Legierung 625 eine austenitische Struktur mit zwei Arten von

  6. Processing, Microstructure and Creep Behavior of Mo-Si-B-Based Intermetallic Alloys for Very High Temperature Structural Applications

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    Vijay Vasudevan

    2008-03-31

    This research project is concerned with developing a fundamental understanding of the effects of processing and microstructure on the creep behavior of refractory intermetallic alloys based on the Mo-Si-B system. In the first part of this project, the compression creep behavior of a Mo-8.9Si-7.71B (in at.%) alloy, at 1100 and 1200 C was studied, whereas in the second part of the project, the constant strain rate compression behavior at 1200, 1300 and 1400 C of a nominally Mo-20Si-10B (in at.%) alloy, processed such as to yield five different {alpha}-Mo volume fractions ranging from 5 to 46%, was studied. In order to determine the deformation and damage mechanisms and rationalize the creep/high temperature deformation data and parameters, the microstructure of both undeformed and deformed samples was characterized in detail using x-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) with back scattered electron imaging (BSE) and energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy (EDS), electron back scattered diffraction (EBSD)/orientation electron microscopy in the SEM and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The microstructure of both alloys was three-phase, being composed of {alpha}-Mo, Mo{sub 3}Si and T2-Mo{sub 5}SiB{sub 2} phases. The values of stress exponents and activation energies, and their dependence on microstructure were determined. The data suggested the operation of both dislocation as well as diffusional mechanisms, depending on alloy, test temperature, stress level and microstructure. Microstructural observations of post-crept/deformed samples indicated the presence of many voids in the {alpha}-Mo grains and few cracks in the intermetallic particles and along their interfaces with the {alpha}-Mo matrix. TEM observations revealed the presence of recrystallized {alpha}-Mo grains and sub-grain boundaries composed of dislocation arrays within the grains (in Mo-8.9Si-7.71B) or fine sub-grains with a high density of b = 1/2<111> dislocations (in Mo-20Si-10B), which

  7. 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.

  8. Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of Wide-gap Brazed Joints of K465 Alloy Using Cobalt-base Brazing Alloy

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    PAN Hui

    2017-06-01

    Full Text Available Vacuum brazing of K465 superalloy was carried out by using Co45NiCrWB cobalt-base filler metal at 1220 ℃ for different holding time, and the joint clearance was 0.5 mm pre-filled with FGH95 nickel-base superalloy powder. The effect of the structural constitution of brazed different holding time of temperature on the brazed joint microstructure and properties. The results show that the brazing seam is composed of alloy powder particles and borides among them. It is two-phase structure of γ and γ' with a few small blocks of borides in the powder particles, and there exists phases rich in Cr, W and Nb elements. The powder particles are growing along the holding time during the brazing process, while their combination is expanded. It is good for stress rapture properties of joints that borides was fine in brazing seam with more superalloy powder and proper holding time. And the joints brazed for 30-60 min show higher stress rapture properties.

  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. Microstructural evolution and corrosion behavior of directionally solidified FeCoNiCrAl high entropy alloy

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    Cui Hongbao

    2011-08-01

    Full Text Available The FeCoNiCrAl alloys have many potential applications in the fields of structural materials, but few attempts were made to characterize the directional solidification of high entropy alloys. In the present research, the microstructure and corrosion behavior of FeCoNiCrAl high entropy alloy have been investigated under directional solidification. The results show that with increasing solidification rate, the interface morphology of the alloy evolves from planar to cellular and dendritic. The electrochemical experiment results demonstrate that the corrosion products of both non-directionally and directionally solidified FeCoNiCrAl alloys appear as rectangular blocks in phases which Cr and Fe are enriched, while Al and Ni are depleted, suggesting that Al and Ni are dissolved into the NaCl solution. Comparison of the potentiodynamic polarization behaviors between the two differently solidified FeCoNiCrAl high entropy alloys in a 3.5%NaCl solution shows that the corrosion resistance of directionally solidified FeCoNiCrAl alloy is superior to that of the non-directionally solidified FeCoNiCrAl alloy.

  11. The effect of cutting process on surface microstructure and hardness of pure and Al 6061 aluminium alloy

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    Adnan Akkurt

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available In this study pure aluminium and Al 6061 aluminium alloy material had been cut with saw, milling, submerged plasma, plasma, laser, wire electric discharge machining, oxyfuel and Abrasive water jet. Microstructures and hardness variations of cut surfaces which obtained with different processes have been investigated. Results of the study show that the hardness and surface quality of the cut surface is affected from the kind of cutting process. Microstructure of cut surfaces is affected from the kind of cutting process. Microstructural changes during cutting of the materials are observed with all of the cutting process other than Abrasive water jet. Abrasive water jet method can be effectively used in industrial applications where no microstructural changes and hardness reduction is essential.

  12. Microstructure and mechanical properties of Pb-4%Sb alloy processed by equal channel angular pressing

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    Roberto Braga Figueiredo

    2006-03-01

    Full Text Available Equal Channel Angular Pressing (ECAP is the most prominent SPD (Severe Plastic Deformation method for the production of ultrafine and nanostructured metals, and has been extensively employed and analyzed. This technique was applied to a Pb-4%Sb alloy at room temperature, in order to study its effect on a low melting point and multiphase metallic material. The material was subjected to effective strains higher than 9, after 8 passes of processing, where dynamic and static recrystallization are expected during and after each pass. This eliminates any grain refinement and allows the analysis only of the microstructural effects associated with second phase redistribution and eventual precipitate dissolution. ECAP followed route C, which eliminates structural alignment after each even ECAP pass, facilitating the study of the microstructural evolution. It is shown that three ECAP passes are necessary to completely break the lamellar structure of the as cast strucure and that antimony dissolves into the lead rich matrix. Dynamic recrystallization and structural changes reduce the material strength and change the flow curve format.

  13. Microstructure and Texture Evolutions of Biomedical Ti-13Nb-13Zr Alloy Processed by Hydrostatic Extrusion

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    Ozaltin, K.; Panigrahi, A.; Chrominski, W.; Bulutsuz, A. G.; Kulczyk, M.; Zehetbauer, M. J.; Lewandowska, M.

    2017-11-01

    A biomedical β-type Ti-13Nb-13Zr (TNZ) (wt pct) ternary alloy was subjected to severe plastic deformation by means of hydrostatic extrusion (HE) at room temperature without intermediate annealing. Its effect on microstructure, mechanical properties, phase transformations, and texture was investigated by light and electron microscopy, mechanical tests (Vickers microhardness and tensile tests), and XRD analysis. Microstructural investigations by light microscope and transmission electron microscope showed that, after HE, significant grain refinement took place, also reaching high dislocation densities. Increases in strength up to 50 pct occurred, although the elongation to fracture left after HE was almost 9 pct. Furthermore, Young's modulus of HE-processed samples showed slightly lower values than the initial state due to texture. Such mechanical properties combined with lower Young's modulus are favorable for medical applications. Phase transformation analyses demonstrated that both initial and extruded samples consist of α' and β phases but that the phase fraction of α' was slightly higher after two stages of HE.

  14. Microstructural Characteristics and Tribological Behavior of HVOF-Sprayed Novel Fe-Based Alloy Coatings

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    Andrea Milanti

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Thermally-sprayed Fe-based coatings have shown their potential for use in wear applications due to their good tribological properties. In addition, these kinds of coatings have other advantages, e.g., cost efficiency and positive environmental aspects. In this study, the microstructural details and tribological performances of Fe-based coatings (Fe-Cr-Ni-B-C and Fe-Cr-Ni-B-Mo-C manufactured by High Velocity Oxygen Fuel (HVOF thermal spray process are evaluated. Traditional Ni-based (Ni-Cr-Fe-Si-B-C and hard-metal (WC-CoCr coatings were chosen as references. Microstructural investigation (field-emission scanning electron microscope FESEM and X-Ray diffractometry XRD reveals a high density and low oxide content for HVOF Fe-based coatings. Particle melting and rapid solidification resulted in a metastable austenitic phase with precipitates of mixed carbides and borides of chromium and iron which lead to remarkably high nanohardness. Tribological performances were evaluated by means of the ball on-disk dry sliding wear test, the rubber-wheel dry particle abrasion test, and the cavitation erosion wear test. A higher wear resistance validates Fe-based coatings as a future alternative to the more expensive and less environmentally friendly Ni-based alloys.

  15. 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.

  16. Microstructure evolution of the oxide dispersion strengthened CLAM steel during mechanical alloying process

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    Song, Liangliang [Key Laboratory of Neutronics and Radiation Safety, Institute of Nuclear Energy Safety Technology, Chinese Academy of Science, Hefei, Anhui, 230031 (China); University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, Anhui, 230031 (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 Science, Hefei, Anhui, 230031 (China); Mao, Xiaodong [Key Laboratory of Neutronics and Radiation Safety, Institute of Nuclear Energy Safety Technology, Chinese Academy of Science, Hefei, Anhui, 230031 (China)

    2016-11-15

    Highlights: • A nano-sized oxides dispersed ODS-CLAM steel was obtained by MA and HIP. • A minimum saturated grain size of down to 30 nm was achieved by varying the milling time from 0 to 100 h. • Solution of W in the MA powder could be significantly improved by increasing MA rotation speed. - Abstracts: Oxide dispersion strengthened Ferritic/Martensitic steel is considered as one of the most potential structural material for future fusion reactor, owing to its high mechanical properties and good irradiation resistance. The oxide dispersion strengthened China Low Activation Martensitic (ODS-CLAM) steel was fabricated by mechanical alloying (MA) and hot isostatic pressing (HIP). The microstructural evolutions during the process of ball milling and subsequent consolidation were investigated by SEM, XRD and TEM. The results showed that increasing the milling time during the first 36 h milling could effectively decrease the grain size to a value of around 30 nm, over which grain sized remained nearly constant. Increasing the rotation speed promoted the solution of tungsten (W) element obviously and decreased the grain size to a certain degree. Observation on the consolidated and further heat-treated ODS-CLAM steel samples indicated that a martensite microstructure with a high density of nano-particles was achieved.

  17. Effect of friction stir welding on microstructure and corrosion behavior of LF6 aluminum alloy

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    Ghauri, Faizan Ali; Farooq, A.; Ahmad, A.; Deen, K. M.

    2017-03-01

    The LF6 aluminum alloy plates were joined by friction stir welding method. The tool rotational (1180 rpm) and transverse speed (0.56 mm s-1) were kept constant during welding of 4 mm thick plates. The microstructural features, hardness and tensile properties of the welded samples were determined to evaluate the structural integrity in comparison with the base metal. The electrochemical behavior of base metal (BM), thermo-mechanically affected zone (TMAZ) and weld nugget zone (WNZ) was also investigated by potentiodynamic polarization and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy in 3.5% NaCl solution. The microstructural study revealed significant grain refinement and agglomeration of β (Mg2Al3) intermetallic precipitates in the WNZ. The relatively higher hardness and a decrease in the ductility (3%) also assured the formation of precipitates β precipitates in the WNZ welded samples. The fracture surface of welded sample also revealed the existence of β precipitates within the elongated dimples which may be considered as the crack initiation sites. The relatively lower corrosion rate (23.68 mpy) and higher charge transfer resistance (403 Ω cm2) of BM compared to WNZ could be associated with the galvanic dissolution of Al-matrix through competitive charge transfer and relaxation (adsorption/desorption of intermediate species) processes specifically at the vicinity of the β precipitates.

  18. Evolution of rheocast microstructure of AZ31 alloy in semisolid state

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    Xing Bo

    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available Semisolid rheoforming (SSR is a promising technology for the production of Mg wrought alloy in foundry settings. In order to realize SSR, it is necessary to characterize the grain structure evolution during slurry preparation. In this paper, slurry of AZ31 alloy was produced by a novel rheocast process known as self-inoculation method (SIM. Interrupted quenching technology was applied to investigate the primary α-Mg evolution during continuous cooling and isothermal holding. Results indicate that the initial microstructure of slurry produced by SIM is a mixture of irregular grains, which becomes ideally globular when the slurry slowly cools to 620 ℃ and isothermally held for at least 30 s. The local solute diffusion leads to dendritic fragmentation and forms separated particles. During prolonged holding, the particle surface gradually becomes smooth because of protuberance melting and groove advancement. Coarsening of α-Mg grains in isothermal holding was analyzed using Lifshitz-Slyozov-Wagner theory. Results suggest that coalescence is most likely the dominant coarsening mechanism in the early stage while Ostwald ripening tends to be the principal one later. The EDS results indicate that a longer holding time leads to Al solute element segregation at the grain boundaries, but Zn distribution within liquid matrix has no obvious change.

  19. 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.

  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. Microstructure-sensitive modelling of dislocation creep in polycrystalline FCC alloys: Orowan theory revisited

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    Galindo-Nava, E.I., E-mail: eg375@cam.ac.uk; Rae, C.M.F.

    2016-01-10

    A new approach for modelling dislocation creep during primary and secondary creep in FCC metals is proposed. The Orowan equation and dislocation behaviour at the grain scale are revisited to include the effects of different microstructures such as the grain size and solute atoms. Dislocation activity is proposed to follow a jog-diffusion law. It is shown that the activation energy for cross-slip E{sub cs} controls dislocation mobility and the strain increments during secondary creep. This is confirmed by successfully comparing E{sub cs} with the experimentally determined activation energy during secondary creep in 5 FCC metals. It is shown that the inverse relationship between the grain size and dislocation creep is attributed to the higher number of strain increments at the grain level dominating their magnitude as the grain size decreases. An alternative approach describing solid solution strengthening effects in nickel alloys is presented, where the dislocation mobility is reduced by dislocation pinning around solute atoms. An analysis on the solid solution strengthening effects of typical elements employed in Ni-base superalloys is also discussed. The model results are validated against measurements of Cu, Ni, Ti and 4 Ni-base alloys for wide deformation conditions and different grain sizes.

  2. Microstructure and Properties of Magnesium Alloy Mg-1Zn-1Ca (ZX11)

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    Katsarou, L.; Suresh, K.; Rao, K. P.; Hort, N.; Blawert, C.; Mendis, C. L.; Dieringa, H.

    In recent years, some magnesium alloy systems have received attention to serve as potential materials for orthopedic implants due to their biocompatibility and biodegradability. Besides acceptable mechanical strength and corrosion rate, also non-toxicity is an important criterion in the development of these degradable magnesium alloys. Zinc and calcium are essential micro-nutrients in the body, therefore are not expected to be harmful, and positively influence strength by grain refinement and age hardening. To identify biomedical as well as other applications, the as-cast Mg-1Zn-1Ca (ZX11) material was tested for standard corrosion resistance as well as compression and creep strength, also at elevated temperatures. Microstructural investigations complete the determination of relevant characteristics for the use of ZX11. Grain size reduction is observed along the radius of the cylinder and SEM-EDX analysis reveals Mg2Ca and Mg6Ca2Zn3 phases have formed on the grain boundaries. Dislocation climbing seems to be the rate controlling deformation mechanism for creep. Compression strength increases with temperature gradually increased up to 100 °C, plateaus between 100 and 175 °C and decreases after that. Acceptable corrosion properties have been observed.

  3. Microstructural effects on the formation and degradation of zinc phosphate coatings on 2024-Al alloy

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    Akhtar, A. S.; Wong, P. C.; Wong, K. C.; Mitchell, K. A. R.

    2008-05-01

    The formation of zinc phosphate (ZPO) coatings on 2024-T3 aluminum alloy was studied using scanning electron microscopy (SEM), scanning Auger microscopy (SAM) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), with an emphasis on microstructural effects involving second-phase particles and the alloy matrix. Surface polishing results in an Al-Cu-Mg particle surface that contains metallic Cu as well as an overlayer of aluminum and magnesium oxide, while larger amounts of aluminum oxide are present on the Al-Cu-Fe-Mn particle and matrix. When dipped in an acidic ZPO coating solution, the oxide covering the Al-Cu-Mg particle is etched most easily, and metallic Cu near the surface makes that region most cathodic, allowing more coating deposition compared with the other regions. The oxides on the Al-Cu-Fe-Mn and matrix regions are similar, thereby confirming that the observed differences in ZPO coating characteristics at these two regions arise from their underlying electrochemical characteristics. Immersion of a coated 2024-Al sample in corrosive NaCl solution for extended periods indicates that the ZPO provides better protection to the second-phase particles than to the matrix.

  4. The self accommodating martensitic microstructure of Ni-Ti shape memory alloys

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    Madangopal, K. [Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Bombay (India). Metallurgy Div.

    1997-12-01

    The martensitic microstructures of Ni-Ti shape memory alloys were examined by transmission electron microscopy and found to be self accommodating conglomerates of large primary (or first formed) plates and smaller secondary martensite plate clusters. While the morphology of the primary plate groups is that of a hollow triangular arrangement of three plates, that of the secondary martensite plate groups is a solid triangular arrangement of three plates. The present investigation, which focuses on the crystallography, self accommodation and autocatalytic mechanism related to the formation of the secondary martensite plate groups, has revealed these to be plate groups which are coupled by compressive strain along the <111>{sub c} axes. The observed plate group is the most self accommodating of all possible autocatalytically nucleated plate groups. Additionally, in conformity with the crystallographic restrictions for autocatalysis determined in this work, all intervariant interfaces in the secondary martensite plate group are twin planes derived from mirror planes of the cubic parent phase. The proposed autocatalytic mechanism can be applied in general to determine the preferred self accommodating martensite plate clusters in any alloy system.

  5. Microstructural characterization of Cu82.3Al8.3Mn9.4 shape memory alloy after rolling

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    Mirko Gojić

    2017-09-01

    Full Text Available In this paper, the microstructure of Cu82.3Al8.3Mn9.4 (in wt. % shape memory alloy after hot and cold rolling was investigated. The Cu82.3Al8.3Mn9.4 alloy was produced by a vertical continuous casting method in the form a cylinder rod of 8 mm in diameter. After the casting, hot and cold rolling was performed. By hot rolling a strip with a thickness of 1.75 mm was obtained, while by cold rolling a strip with a thickness of 1.02 mm was produced. After the rolling process, heat treatment was performed. Heat treatment was carried out by solution annealing at 900 °C held for 30 minutes and water quenched immediately after heating. The microstructure characterization of the investigated alloy was carried out by optical microscopy (OM, scanning electron microscopy (SEM equipped with a device for energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS. Phase transformation temperatures and fusion enthalpies were determined by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC method. The homogenous martensite microstructure was confirmed by OM and SEM micrographs after casting. During rolling the two-phase microstructure occurred. Results of DSC analysis showed martensite start (Ms, martensite finish (Mf, austenite start (As and austenite finish (Af temperatures.

  6. Accelerated growth of oxide film on aluminium alloys under steam: Part I: Effects of alloy chemistry and steam vapour pressure on microstructure

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    Din, Rameez Ud; Gudla, Visweswara C.; Jellesen, Morten S.

    2015-01-01

    Aluminium alloys were treated with steam of varying vapour pressures which resulted in the growth of aluminium oxyhydroxide layers of an average thickness of ~450–825 nm. The microstructure and composition of the generated layers were characterised by GD-OES, FEG-SEM, GI-XRD and TEM. The thicknes...... of alkaline etching pre-treatment influenced the thickness and growth of theoxide. Moreover the steam treatment resulted in the partial oxidation of second phase intermetallic particles present in the aluminium alloy microstructure....... of the oxide layeras well as the compactness increased with steam vapour pressure. The increase in vapour pressure also resulted in a better coverage over the intermetallic particles. Oxide layer showed a layered structure with more compact layer at the Al interface and a nano-scale needle like structure...

  7. 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.

  8. Microstructure and composition of rare earth-transition metal-aluminium-magnesium alloys

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    Lia Maria Carlotti Zarpelon

    2008-03-01

    Full Text Available The determination of the microstructure and chemical composition of La0.7-xPr xMg0.3Al 0.3Mn0.4Co0.5 Ni3.8 (0 < x < 0.7 metal hydride alloys has been carried out using scanning electron microscopy (SEM, energy dispersive X ray analysis (EDX and X ray diffraction analysis (XRD. The substitution of La with Pr changed the grain structure from equiaxial to columnar. The relative atomic ratio of rare earth to (Al, Mn, Co, Ni in the matrix phase was 1:5 (LaNi5-type structure. Magnesium was detected only in two other phases present. A grey phase revealed 11 at.% Mg and the concentration ratios of other elements indicated the composition to be close to PrMgNi4. A dark phase was very heterogeneous in composition, attributed to the as-cast state of these alloys. The phases identified by XRD analysis in the La0.7Mg0.3Al0.3Mn0.4Co 0.5Ni3.8 alloy were: La(Ni,Co5, LaAl(Ni,Co4, La2(Ni,Co7 and AlMn(Ni,Co2. Praseodymium favors the formation of a phase with a PuNi3-type structure. Cobalt substituted Ni in the structures and yielded phases of the type: Pr(Ni,Co5 and Pr(Ni,Co3.

  9. Microstructure and Properties of W-Cu Composite/Fe-Based Powder Alloy Vacuum Brazed Joint with Different Filler Metals

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    Xia, C. Z.; Yang, J.; Xu, X. P.; Zou, J. S.

    2017-05-01

    W-Cu composite and Fe-based powder alloy were brazed with filler metals of Ag-Cu and Cu-Mn-Co alloys in a vacuum furnace. Both of filler metals can join W-Cu composite with Fe-based powder alloy directly in the experiment process. Microstructure, distribution of elements and fracture morphology were observed and analyzed using scanning electron microscope (SEM) and energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS) methods, and phase composition of bonding area was analyzed by X-ray diffraction (XRD). The obtained results indicated that the smooth faying surface and dense microstructure of brazed joint were formed and the primary microstructure of brazing seam were, respectively, Ag(Cu) solid solution and Cu(Mn) solid solution, which ensured forming the stable connection of brazed joint. The bending strength of Ag-based and Cu-based brazed joint can, respectively, reach to 317 and 704 MPa, where fracture showed a typical ductile fracture characteristic. The fracture of Cu-based brazed joint located at brazing seam area, and the fracture of Ag-based brazed joint occurred in Fe-based powder alloy side.

  10. Influence of pre-alloying process on microstructure and components of 22MnB5 hot stamping steel coating

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    Qiang ZHANG

    2017-06-01

    Full Text Available Using coating on the hot forming steel can effectively avoid the surface defects such as surface oxidation and decarburization in the thermoforming process, and make the workpiece have a certain degree of corrosion resistance after molding. This paper studies the effect of the variation of microstructure and heat treatment process in the heating process of 22MnB5 hot forming steel with Zn plating layer on coating microstructure and properties. The microstructure and morphology of 22MnB5 with zinc based coatings by different pre-alloying and austenitizing technology are analyzed by SEM, EDS, and glow spectrum analyzer. The results show that under the same pre-alloying time, with the temperature improved, the coating's phases change from ζ phase, δ phase, Γ1 phase and Γ phase to mainly Γ phase; under the same temperature, as the pre-alloying process time goes by, the contents of Fe gradually increases but Zn decreases, finally the Fe content could reach 88%, and Zn reaches 8% in the coating; the coating is almost all α-Fe (Zn with only a small amount of Γ phase on the surface, and the thickness of the coating is about 12 μm; high quality coatings could be obtained under the pre-alloying process of heating at 550 ℃ for 30 min and austenitizing at 920 ℃ for 4 min. The result provides important reference for developing new hot forming steel coating.

  11. Microstructural evolution of die-cast and homogenized AZ91 Mg-alloys during dry sliding condition

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    Nagaraj M. Chelliah

    2017-03-01

    Full Text Available Microstructural evolution of die-cast and homogenized AZ91 Mg-alloys was investigated during dry sliding wear condition. Tribological tests were performed using a pin-on-disc (EN8 steel configuration with a normal load of 50 N at a constant sliding speed of 2.5 ms−1 under ambient environment. Delamination was recognized as a predominant wear mechanism in both of these materials. The die-cast AZ91 Mg-alloy exhibits lower coefficient of friction and higher wear rate. This can be ascribed to increase in the intensity of load bearing capacity of hard β-Mg17Al12 phase, and crack formation/de-cohesion at the interface between primary α-Mg and discontinuous β-Mg17Al12 phases. On the contrary, the homogenized AZ91 Mg-alloy experiences higher coefficient of friction and lower wear rate. The friction-induced microstructural evolution (supersaturated α-Mg to eutectic (α + β-Mg17Al12 tending to minimize the wear rate by providing barrier to material removal in the near surface region of homogenized AZ91 Mg-alloy. Therefore, experimental observation revealed that an inverse relationship exists between wear rate and coefficient of friction for the investigated materials. The analysis of worn surfaces and subsurfaces by electron microscopy provided evidence to delamination wear and microstructural evolution.

  12. Scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy study of hot-deformed gamma-TiAl-based alloy microstructure.

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    Chrapoński, J; Rodak, K

    2006-09-01

    The aim of this work was to assess the changes in the microstructure of hot-deformed specimens made of alloys containing 46-50 at.% Al, 2 at.% Cr and 2 at.% Nb (and alloying additions such as carbon and boron) with the aid of scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy techniques. After homogenization and heat treatment performed in order to make diverse lamellae thickness, the specimens were compressed at 1000 degrees C. Transmission electron microscopy examinations of specimens after the compression test revealed the presence of heavily deformed areas with a high density of dislocation. Deformation twins were also observed. Dynamically recrystallized grains were revealed. For alloys no. 2 and no. 3, the recovery and recrystallization processes were more extensive than for alloy no. 1.

  13. Effect of T6 heat treatment on the microstructural and mechanical properties of Al–Si–Cu–Mg alloys

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    Patel, Dhruv, E-mail: dhruv7654@gmail.com; Davda, Chintan; Keshvani, M. J. [B.H. Gardi College of Engineering and Technology, Rajkot – 361 162 (India); Solanki, P. S. [Department of Physics, Saurashtra University, Rajkot – 360 005 (India)

    2016-05-06

    In this communication, it is aimed to optimize the conditions for T6 heat treatment of permanent die cast Al–Si–Cu–Mg alloys. Various solutionizing temperatures, aging treatments and soaking times were used to improve / modify the mechanical properties of presently studied alloys. Formation mechanism of the particles was understood by carrying out optical microscopy and energy dispersive X–ray (EDX) spectroscopy measurements. Spherical particles of alloys were studied for their microstructural properties using scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Microhardness test was performed to investigate their mechanical properties. Dependence of cluster formation and microhardness of the alloys on the adequate solutionizing temperature, aging treatment and soaking time has been discussed in detail.

  14. Effects of substituting ytterbium for scandium on the microstructure and age-hardening behaviour of Al–Sc alloy

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    Tuan, N.Q., E-mail: quoctuan1884@gmail.com [CT2M – Centre for Mechanical and Materials Technologies, University of Minho, Azurém, 4800-058 Guimarães (Portugal); Pinto, A.M.P.; Puga, H. [CT2M – Centre for Mechanical and Materials Technologies, University of Minho, Azurém, 4800-058 Guimarães (Portugal); Rocha, L.A. [CT2M – Centre for Mechanical and Materials Technologies, University of Minho, Azurém, 4800-058 Guimarães (Portugal); Universidade Estadual Paulista (Unesp), Faculdade de Ciências de Bauru, SP 17033-360 (Brazil); Barbosa, J. [CT2M – Centre for Mechanical and Materials Technologies, University of Minho, Azurém, 4800-058 Guimarães (Portugal)

    2014-04-01

    In order to reduce the cost of Al–Sc alloys and maintain their mechanical properties, the microstructure and mechanical properties of Al–0.24 wt% Sc–0.07 wt% Yb in comparison with Al–0.28 wt% Sc alloys were studied. The aging behaviour, precipitate morphologies, precipitate coarsening and precipitation hardening of both alloys were investigated. The average diameter and the size distribution of nanoscale Al{sub 3}Sc and Al{sub 3}(Sc,Yb) precipitates at various aging conditions were measured. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and high-resolution TEM were used to deeply understand the precipitate evolution. A maximum hardness around 73 (HV{sub 30}) was obtained with a precipitate diameter from 4.3 to 5.6 nm for both alloys.

  15. MICROSTRUCTURAL AND TEXTURE STUDY IN Fe43.5Mn34Al15Ni7.5 SHAPE MEMORY ALLOY

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    Juan M. Vallejos

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available Fe alloy 43.5Mn34Al15Ni7.5 recently discovered, has pseudoplastic behavior in a wide temperature range. This characteristic is attractive for automobile, space, cryogenic and seismic applications. Currently there is no comprehensive analysis of the phases generated by heat treatments in the alloy and the influence of textures in shape memory properties. generated in the alloy with heat treatment and the influence of the textures on the properties of shape memory. The material studied was hot rolled at a temperature of 1000 ° C and then heat treated at different temperatures in order to analyse the phases present, microstructure and crystal orientations. The studies show that the martensitic phase (γ is achieved with quenching in water at temperatures over 1200ºC. Furthermore, heat treatments above 1000ºC generate grain sizes in α phase close to a millimeter. This grains growth would improve pseudoelastic properties of the alloy.

  16. Gas tungsten arc welding of vanadium alloys with impurity control

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    Grossbeck, M. L.; King, J. F.; Nagasaka, T.; David, S. A.

    2002-12-01

    Gas tungsten arc welding in vanadium alloys is controlled by interstitial impurities. Techniques have been developed to weld V-4Cr-4Ti in a high-purity argon atmosphere resulting in a DBTT of -20 °C. The atmosphere was controlled by a Zr-Al getter which is activated at high temperature to obtain a clean surface then cooled and allowed to absorb hydrogen and oxygen impurities. Through the use of low-oxygen base metal and high-purity weld filler wire, a DBTT of -145 °C was obtained. Experiments using electron beam welding have shown that grain size also has an important effect on weld ductility. Introduction of nitrogen and yttrium has been used to study their effect on grain size. Using a combination of atmosphere control, alloy purity control, and grain size control, it is anticipated that V-Cr-Ti alloys will be weldable in field conditions.

  17. Effect of niobium on microstructure and mechanical properties of high carbon Fe-10.5 wt.% Al alloys

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    Baligidad, R.G

    2004-03-15

    The effect of niobium on the microstructure and mechanical properties of high carbon Fe-10.5 wt.% Al alloys has been investigated. The alloys were prepared by a combination of air induction melting with flux cover (AIMFC) and electroslag remelting (ESR). The ESR ingots were hot-forged and hot-rolled at 1373 K. The hot-rolled alloys were characterized. The ternary Fe-10.5 wt.% Al-(0.7 and 0.9 wt.%) C alloys exhibited two-phase microstructure of large volume fraction of Fe{sub 3}AlC{sub 0.5} precipitates in Fe-Al ({alpha}) matrix. Addition of niobium to Fe-10.5 wt.% Al-(0.7 and 0.9 wt.%) C alloys resulted in the precipitation of small volume fraction of niobium carbide precipitates in Fe-Al ({alpha}) matrix in addition to large volume fraction of Fe{sub 3}AlC{sub 0.5} precipitates. The addition of up to 2 wt.% Nb to high carbon Fe-10.5 wt.% Al alloys has no effect on the yield strength at both room temperature and 873 K as well as creep properties at 140 MPa and 873 K, but it has reduced the room temperature tensile elongation at higher (2 wt.%) concentration. In the present work, it has also been observed that alloys containing high (0.9 wt.%) carbon, exhibited higher yield strength at room temperature as compared to alloys containing low (0.7 wt.%) carbon. The increase in strength with small increase in carbon may be attributed to the significant increase in volume fraction of Fe{sub 3}AlC {sub 0.5} precipitates.

  18. Microstructure and Texture Evolution during Single- and Multiple-Pass Friction Stir Processing of Heat-Treatable Aluminum Alloy 2024

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    Nadammal, Naresh; Kailas, Satish V.; Szpunar, Jerzy; Suwas, Satyam

    2017-09-01

    Microstructure and crystallographic texture evolution during single- and multiple-pass friction stir processing (FSP) of an age-hardenable aluminum alloy 2024 (Al-Cu-Mg) was investigated. Multiple-pass experiments were carried out using two different processing strategies, multi-pass FSP, and multi-track FSP. Effect of a post-FSP heat treatment above and below the solutionizing temperature of the alloy was also studied. FSP experiments were carried out using an optimal set of parameters. Characterization tools used in the study include scanning electron microscopy (SEM), electron back-scattered diffraction (EBSD), electron probe micro-analyser (EPMA), and X-ray diffraction (XRD). Microstructural features indicate the occurrence of particle stimulated nucleation (PSN) assisted dynamic recrystallization (DRX) as the dominant microstructural evolution mechanism in the nugget zone. Geometrical coalescence occurred, leading to the formation of some larger grains in the nugget zone. Heterogenous micro-texture distribution was observed in the nugget zone with the bulk textures consisting of FCC shear texture components dominated by A 1*/ A 2* and C. Microstructure and texture in the nugget zone remained stable after both routes of multiple-pass processing, demonstrating the possibility of FSP to produce bulk volume of fine-grained materials. Post-FSP heat treatment indicated the stability of microstructure and texture up to 723 K (450 °C) owing to relatively lower strain energies retained after FSP.

  19. Comparative Analysis of Properties and Microstructure of the Plastically Deformed Alloy Inconel®718, Manufactured by Plastic Working and Direct Metal Laser Sintering

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    K. Żaba; S. Puchlerska; M. Kwiatkowski; M. Nowosielski; M. Głodzik; T. Tokarski; P. Seibt

    2016-01-01

    .... The paper presents a comparative analysis of the microstructure and mechanical properties of the alloy Inconel 718 manufactured by plastic working and Direct Metal Laser Sintering technology, in the initial state, after deformation and after heat treatment.

  20. The Influence of Casting Conditions on the Microstructure of As-Cast U-10Mo Alloys: Characterization of the Casting Process Baseline

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    Nyberg, Eric A.; Joshi, Vineet V.; Lavender, Curt A.; Paxton, Dean M.; Burkes, Douglas

    2013-12-13

    Sections of eight plate castings of uranium alloyed with 10 wt% molybdenum (U-10Mo) were sent from Y-12 to the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) for microstructural characterization. This report summarizes the results from this study.

  1. Influence of Al-Si alloy microstructure on the corrosion resistance of coatings formed by the microarc oxidation method

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    Dudareva Natalia.Y.

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available The impact of the high-silicon aluminum alloy initial microstructure on the quality of the coating formed by microarc oxidation (MAO has been studied. The MAO treatment is applied to AK12D samples in the initial coarse-grained state and after high pressure torsion. The following coating properties are studied: thickness, microhardness, porosity and corrosion resistance. It is established that the MAO layers properties depend on the base microstructure much. High pressure torsion applied to AK12D samples before MAO results in increase of the coating thickness by ∼ 2 times. The microhardness of coatings reduces and their corrosion resistance degrades by ∼ 10 times.

  2. Texture analysis of the development of microstructure in Cu-30 at.% Ni alloy droplets solidified at selected undercoolings

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    Gaertner, F.; Norman, A.F.; Greer, A.L. [Univ. of Cambridge (United Kingdom). Dept. of Materials Science and Metallurgy; Zambon, A.; Ramous, E. [Univ. di Padova (Italy). Dipt. di Innovazione Meccanica e Gestionale; Eckler, K.; Herlach, D.M. [DLR, Koeln (Germany). Inst. fuer Raumsimulation

    1997-01-01

    For Cu-Ni alloy droplets processed by containerless solidification under levitation, the crystallographic texture is strongly correlated with the microstructure seen in optical metallography and with the undercooling at which solidification started. Systematic analysis of the texture is useful in understanding the development of the microstructure, in particular whether it is dendritic or grain-refined. The variation, with undercooling, of orientation spread in dendritic samples enables texture measurements to be used to estimate the maximum undercooling of a droplet when temperature measurement is not possible. The contribution of dendrite break-up to the observed grain refinement is analyzed, both for low and high undercoolings.

  3. Microstructure strengthening mechanisms in an Al–Mg–Si–Sc–Zr equal channel angular pressed aluminium alloy

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    Cabibbo, Marcello, E-mail: m.cabibbo@univpm.it [Dipartimento di Ingegneria Meccanica e Scienze Matematiche (DIISM), Università Politecnica delle Marche, 60131 Ancona (Italy)

    2013-09-15

    Microstructure dislocation strengthening mechanisms in severely deformed aluminium strongly depend on the different boundary evolutions. Thereafter, models of proof stress determination should take into account the different nature of the boundaries that form during severe plastic deformation. In the last few decades, Hall–Petch modified relationship and other proof stress modelling were extensively discussed. This paper deals with further insights into the Hansen's and other authors approach to the modelling of aluminium poof stress after equal channel angular pressing. The present model is based on a detailed transmission electron microscopy microstructure characterization of the different strengthening contributions in an age-hardened Al–Mg–Si–Sc–Zr alloy.

  4. Analysis of thermal cycles and microstructure of heat affected zone for a low alloy carbon steel pipe under multipass weld

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    Kim, Tae Woan; Ha, Joon Wook; Kim, Dong Jin; Kim, Jeong Tae [Doosan Heavy Industries and Construction Co., Ltd., Changwon (Korea, Republic of)

    2002-03-01

    The purpose of this study is to analyze thermal cycles and to investigate microstructures of heat affected zones for a low alloy carbon steel pipe under a multipass weld. The commercial finite element code SYSWELD is used to compute thermal cycles during multipass weld. The numerical results such as thermal cycles and size of heat affected zone are compared with those of the experiment and the two results show a good agreement. In addition, the microstructure and hardness and investigated from the weldment in detail. The weakest location is founded at intercritical region near the base metal.

  5. Microstructure analysis and comparison of tungsten alloy rod and [001] oriented columnar-grained tungsten rod ballistic penetrators

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    Pappu, S.; Kennedy, C.; Murr, L.E. [Texas Univ., El Paso, TX (United States). Dept. of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering; Magness, L.S. [US Army Research Lab., Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD (United States); Kapoor, D. [US Army Armament, Research, Development, and Engineering Center (ARDEC), Picatinny Arsenal, NJ (United States)

    1999-04-01

    Tungsten heavy alloy (WHA) penetrator rods (93% W particles in a matrix of 4.9% Ni and 2.1% Fe) were compared with [001] columnar-grained W penetrator rods in the as-fabricated condition, and after penetration into thick targets at impact velocities of 1 and 1.5 km s{sup -1}, respectively. Light metallography and transmission electron microscopy revealed the initial W microstructures to be similar arrangements of predominantly a left angle 111 right angle /2 screw dislocations. The in-target (deformed) microstructures were characterized by recovered and elongated sub-grains having misorientations ranging from 1 to 5 . (orig.) 22 refs.

  6. Effect of pre-homogenizing treatment on microstructure and mechanical properties of hot-rolled AZ91 magnesium alloys

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    Liuwei Zheng

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available To improve the homogeneity and rolling formability of as-cast AZ91 magnesium, the effects of pre-homogenizing treatment on microstructure evolution, deformation mechanism, mechanical properties and tensile fracture morphology of hot-rolled AZ91 magnesium alloy were studied. The results showed that the amount of coarse β-Mg17Al12 phase decreases dramatically, being distributed along the grain boundaries as small strips after homogenizing. Twining plays a dominant role in the deformation mechanism of AZ91 alloys in the experimental condition, while dynamic recrystallization (DRX considerably occurred in homogenized-rolled alloys, contributed to microstructure uniformity and β-Mg17Al12 phase precipitated refinement. The tensile strength of homogenized-rolled AZ91 alloys increases dramatically with elongation declining slightly in contrast to homogenized alloys. The fracture surface of homogenized-rolled specimen exhibits more ductile fracture with the manifestation of a large amount of dimples distributing higher density in matrix, while the micro cracks are prone to initiate around the Mg/Mg17Al12 phase interface and grain boundaries owing to the fragile interface bonding of two phases.

  7. Microstructure and properties of an Al-Ti-Cu-Si brazing alloy for SiC-metal joining

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    Dai, Chun-duo; Ma, Rui-na; Wang, Wei; Cao, Xiao-ming; Yu, Yan

    2017-05-01

    An Al-Ti-Cu-Si solid-liquid dual-phase alloy that exhibits good wettability and appropriate interfacial reaction with SiC at 500-600°C was designed for SiC-metal joining. The microstructure, phases, differential thermal curves, and high-temperature wetting behavior of the alloy were analyzed using scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction analysis, differential scanning calorimetry, and the sessile drop method. The experimental results show that the 76.5Al-8.5Ti-5Cu-10Si alloy is mainly composed of Al-Al2Cu and Al-Si hypoeutectic low-melting-point microstructures (493-586°C) and the high-melting-point intermetallic compound AlTiSi (840°C). The contact angle, determined by high-temperature wetting experiments, is approximately 54°. Furthermore, the wetting interface is smooth and contains no obvious defects. Metallurgical bonding at the interface is attributable to the reaction between Al and Si in the alloy and ceramic, respectively. The formation of the brittle Al4C3 phase at the interface is suppressed by the addition of 10wt% Si to the alloy.

  8. The effect of different rare earth elements content on microstructure, mechanical and wear behavior of Mg-Al-Zn alloy

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    Meshinchi Asl, Kaveh, E-mail: kaveh_mesh@yahoo.co.uk [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Clemson University, Clemson, SC 29634 (United States); Masoudi, Afshin; Khomamizadeh, Farzad [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Sharif University of Technology, P.O. Box 11365-9466, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2010-03-25

    The effect of Rare earths addition to AZ91 magnesium alloy and its influence on the microstructure and mechanical properties was investigated in this study. Addition of cerium rich misch metal to AZ91 alloy resulted in formation of needle shape particles, which had a very high thermal stability, providing superior mechanical properties compared to AZ91 magnesium alloy. As a result, the grain boundaries were less susceptible for grain boundary sliding at high temperatures. The steady state creep rates were specified and for the AZ91 alloy and the results indicate a mixed mode of creep behavior, with some grain boundary effects contributing to the overall behavior. However for the RE added samples, sliding of grain boundaries was greatly suppressed and the dislocation climb controlled creep was the dominant deformation mechanism. Dry sliding wear tests were also performed to investigate the effect of Rare Earth additives on wear response of AZ91 magnesium alloy. Weight loss values were determined and wear mechanisms of the alloys with different amount of REs were investigated. Abrasion, delamination and gross plastic deformation were identified as prevailing wear mechanisms. Abrasive wear that activated at lower loads and sliding speeds increased wear rates for less ductile specimens of Rare Earth enriched. However AZ91 alloy containing Rare Earth contents show superior resistance to gross plastic deformation which operated at more severe wear conditions. This is due to existence of Al{sub 11}RE{sub 3} phase that posses attractive mechanical properties at elevated temperatures.

  9. Effect of the milling atmosphere on the microstructure and mechanical properties of a ODS Fe-14Cr model alloy

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    Auger, M.A., E-mail: maria.auger@materials.ox.ac.uk [Department of Materials, University of Oxford, OX1 3PH Oxford (United Kingdom); Castro, V. de; Leguey, T. [Departamento de Física, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, 28911 Leganés (Spain); Lozano-Perez, S.; Bagot, P.A.J.; Moody, M.P. [Department of Materials, University of Oxford, OX1 3PH Oxford (United Kingdom); Roberts, S.G. [Department of Materials, University of Oxford, OX1 3PH Oxford (United Kingdom); Culham Centre for Fusion Energy, Abingdon, Oxon OX14 3EA (United Kingdom)

    2016-08-01

    A systematic study has been undertaken to assess how the milling atmosphere, in the processing of an ODS steel with nominal composition Fe-14Cr-0.3Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} (wt%), will affect the microstructure and mechanical properties of the resultant alloys. Batches of the steel were manufactured by a powder metallurgy route incorporating mechanical alloying, hot isostatic pressing, forging and heat treatment. Hydrogen or helium atmospheres were used in the mechanical alloying, with all other processing parameters remaining identical. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and Atom Probe Tomography (APT) show that both milling atmospheres promote a homogeneous dispersion of Y-rich nanoparticles in the final alloys, being smaller when milling in H. Previously reported mechanical characterisation of these alloys shows better mechanical response at high temperature for the alloy milled in a H. This can be justified by the presence of smaller Y-rich nanoparticles together with the absence of bubbles, observed in the alloy milled in He.

  10. Correlative change of corrosion behavior with the microstructure of AZ91 Mg alloy modified with Y additions

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    Jia, Ruiling, E-mail: jrl014014@163.com [College of Materials Science and Engineering, Inner Mongolia University of Technology, Hohhot, Inner Mongolia 010051 (China); Zhang, Ming; Zhang, Lina [College of Materials Science and Engineering, Inner Mongolia University of Technology, Hohhot, Inner Mongolia 010051 (China); Zhang, Wei [Laboratory for Corrosion and Protection, Institute of Metal Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 62 Wencui Road, Shenyang 110016 (China); Guo, Feng [College of Materials Science and Engineering, Inner Mongolia University of Technology, Hohhot, Inner Mongolia 010051 (China)

    2015-06-15

    Highlights: • The effect of Y addition into the AZ91 Mg alloys was investigated. • Initial stage of corrosion was studied by in-situ 3D digital microscopy observation. • The potential difference was investigated by Kelvin probe force microscopy. • The effect of Y addition on the corrosion mechanisms of AZ91 alloy was studied. - Abstract: Microstructure characterization of the AZ91 magnesium alloys with or without rare earth element yttrium (Y) has been revealed by SEM, EDS and EPMA. Some Y-rich phases can be found in the magnesium alloys with Y additions. The fraction of β-Mg{sub 17}Al{sub 12} phase obvious decreases and turns into granular distribution with the increase of Y addition instead of original wet distribution along grain boundaries. The results of the potentiodynamic polarization tests show that the corrosion resistance of AZ91 alloy is improved with appropriate Y additions. But an in-situ observation of 3D digital microscopy for the initial stage of corrosion of the magnesium alloy with 0.9%Y addition shows that Y-rich phases act as cathodic effect and the α phases in the vicinity of them acting as anode are corroded. So the additions of Y have a beneficial effect that can depress the overall corrosion of AZ91 alloy, whereas its harmful effect is related to Y-rich phases because they present the highest Volta potential difference from the adjacent matrix and they can drive galvanic corrosion.

  11. Microstructure Characteristics and Properties of HVOF Sprayed Ni-Based Alloy Nano-h-BN Self-Lubricating Composite Coatings

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    Xiaofeng Zhang; Long Zhang; Zhenyi Huang

    2015-01-01

    A Ni-based alloy/nano-h-BN self-lubricating composite coating was produced on medium carbon steel by high velocity oxygen fuel (HVOF) spraying technique. The powder feedstocks for HVOF spraying were prepared by ball milling and agglomerated the nano-h-BN with Ni-based alloy powders. The microstructure and mechanical properties of coatings have been investigated. With the increasing of h-BN contents, some delaminations appeared gradually in the coatings and a continuous network with h-BN phase...

  12. Effect of Aging Time and Temperature on Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of Ti-39Nb-6Zr Alloy

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    Kwon, Hyun Jun; Lim, Ka Ram; Lee, Yong Tae; Kim, Seung Eon [Korea Institute of Materials Science, Changwon (Korea, Republic of); Lee, Dong Geun [Sunchon National University, Sunchon (Korea, Republic of); Lee, Jun Hee [Dong-A University, Busan (Korea, Republic of)

    2016-12-15

    The aim of this study is to optimize the microstructure and mechanical properties of Ti-39Nb-6Zr (TNZ40) for bio-implant applications. TNZ40 was designed to have a low elastic modulus (⁓40GPa) and good biocompatibility. However, the alloy shows relatively low strength compared to other titanium alloys for bio-implant. In the present study, we tried to obtain the proper combination of elastic modulus and strength by tailoring the direct aging conditions after severe plastic deformation. The mechanical properties are closely linked to characteristics including the distribution and volume fraction of precipitates.

  13. 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.

  14. Microstructure and corrosion properties of CrMnFeCoNi high entropy alloy coating

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    Ye, Qingfeng [Shanghai Key laboratory of Materials Laser Processing and Modification, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai 200240 (China); Collaborative Innovation Center for Advanced Ship and Deep-Sea Exploration, Shanghai, 200240 (China); Feng, Kai, E-mail: fengkai@sjtu.edu.cn [Shanghai Key laboratory of Materials Laser Processing and Modification, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai 200240 (China); Collaborative Innovation Center for Advanced Ship and Deep-Sea Exploration, Shanghai, 200240 (China); Li, Zhuguo, E-mail: lizg@sjtu.edu.cn [Shanghai Key laboratory of Materials Laser Processing and Modification, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai 200240 (China); Collaborative Innovation Center for Advanced Ship and Deep-Sea Exploration, Shanghai, 200240 (China); Lu, Fenggui [Shanghai Key laboratory of Materials Laser Processing and Modification, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai 200240 (China); Collaborative Innovation Center for Advanced Ship and Deep-Sea Exploration, Shanghai, 200240 (China); Li, Ruifeng [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Jiangsu University of Science and Technology, Zhenjiang, Jiangsu, 212003 (China); Huang, Jian; Wu, Yixiong [Shanghai Key laboratory of Materials Laser Processing and Modification, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai 200240 (China); Collaborative Innovation Center for Advanced Ship and Deep-Sea Exploration, Shanghai, 200240 (China)

    2017-02-28

    Highlights: • Equimolar CrMnFeCoNi high entropy alloy coating are prepared by laser cladding. • The cladding layer forms a simple FCC phase solid solution with identical dendritic structure. • The cladding layer exhibits a noble corrosion resistance in both 3.5 wt.% NaCl and 0.5 M sulfuric acid. • Element segregation makes Cr-depleted interdendrites the starting point of corrosion reaction. - Abstract: Equimolar CrMnFeCoNi high entropy alloy (HEA) is one of the most notable single phase multi-component alloys up-to-date with promising mechanical properties at cryogenic temperatures. However, the study on the corrosion behavior of CrMnFeCoNi HEA coating has still been lacking. In this paper, HEA coating with a nominal composition of CrMnFeCoNi is fabricated by laser surface alloying and studied in detail. Microstructure and chemical composition are determined by X-ray diffraction (XRD), optical microscope (OM), scanning electron microscope (SEM) and energy dispersive spectrometer (EDS). Potentiodynamic polarization and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) are used to investigate the corrosion behavior. The coating forms a simple FCC phase with an identical dendritic structure composed of Fe/Co/Ni-rich dendrites and Mn/Ni-rich interdendrites. Both in 3.5 wt.% NaCl solution and 0.5 M sulfuric acid the coating exhibits nobler corrosion resistance than A36 steel substrate and even lower i{sub corr} than 304 stainless steel (304SS). EIS plots coupled with fitted parameters reveal that a spontaneous protective film is formed and developed during immersion in 0.5 M sulfuric acid. The fitted R{sub t} value reaches its maximum at 24 h during a 48 h’ immersion test, indicating the passive film starts to break down after that. EDS analysis conducted on a corroded surface immersed in 0.5 M H{sub 2}SO{sub 4} reveals that corrosion starts from Cr-depleted interdendrites.

  15. Heat treatment induced phase transition and microstructural evolution in electron beam surface melted Nb-Si based alloys

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    Guo, Yueling; Jia, Lina; Kong, Bin; Peng, Hui; Zhang, Hu

    2017-11-01

    The hardness, phase and microstructural development of Nb-18Si-24Ti-2Cr-2Al (at.%) alloys processed by electron beam surface melting (EBSM) and subsequent heat treatments were investigated. The EBSM experiments were performed using an electron beam based 3D printing system. Results showed that Nbss and Nb3Si phases were obtained via EBSM with a significantly refined microstructure. The eutectoid reaction of Nb3Si → Nbss + αNb5Si3 was triggered by heat treatments (HT) at 1200 °C or 1450 °C for 5 h. The growth and the coarsening of αNb5Si3 grains were promoted with a higher HT temperature. The hardness of the EBSM alloy was remarkably reduced by HT.

  16. Microstructure and mechanical properties of new composite structured Ti–V–Al–Cu–Ni alloys for spring applications

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    Okulov, I.V., E-mail: i.okulov@ifw-dresden.de [IFW Dresden, Helmholtzstr. 20, D-01069 Dresden (Germany); Technische Universität Dresden, Institut für Werkstoffwissenschaft, D-01062 Dresden (Germany); Kühn, U. [IFW Dresden, Helmholtzstr. 20, D-01069 Dresden (Germany); Marr, T. [IFW Dresden, Helmholtzstr. 20, D-01069 Dresden (Germany); Technische Universität Dresden, Institut für Werkstoffwissenschaft, D-01062 Dresden (Germany); Freudenberger, J. [IFW Dresden, Helmholtzstr. 20, D-01069 Dresden (Germany); Technische Universität Bergakademie Freiberg, Institut für Werkstoffwissenchaft, Gustav-Zeuner-Str. 5, D-09599 Freiberg (Germany); Soldatov, I.V. [IFW Dresden, Helmholtzstr. 20, D-01069 Dresden (Germany); Institute of Natural Sciences, Ural Federal University, 620000 Ekaterinburg (Russian Federation); Schultz, L. [IFW Dresden, Helmholtzstr. 20, D-01069 Dresden (Germany); Technische Universität Dresden, Institut für Werkstoffwissenschaft, D-01062 Dresden (Germany); Oertel, C.-G.; Skrotzki, W. [Technische Universität Dresden, Institut für Strukturphysik, D-01062 Dresden (Germany); Eckert, J. [IFW Dresden, Helmholtzstr. 20, D-01069 Dresden (Germany); Technische Universität Dresden, Institut für Werkstoffwissenschaft, D-01062 Dresden (Germany)

    2014-05-01

    New as-cast Ti–V–Cu–Ni–Al alloys with advantageous modulus of resilience and bioperformance were developed. Their microstructure is composed of a dendritic β-Ti phase and in-situ precipitated interdendritic compounds. The tough and ductile β-Ti phase exhibits a relatively low Young's modulus. Ultrafine intermetallics effectively strengthen the alloys. The effect of microstructure on tensile plasticity was studied on strained (in-situ) and fractured (ex-situ) samples in the scanning electron microscope. It was found that the ductility depends on the volume fraction/distribution of the intermetallic phases as well as local segregation. Already in the as-cast state Ti{sub 68.8}V{sub 13.6}Cu{sub 6}Ni{sub 5.1}Al{sub 6.5} exhibits a tensile strength of about 1250 MPa and a ductility of about 4.5%.

  17. The Effect of a Multiphase Microstructure on the Inverse Magnetocaloric Effect in Ni–Mn–Cr–Sn Metamagnetic Heusler Alloys

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    Paweł Czaja

    2017-07-01

    Full Text Available Two Ni–Mn–Sn alloys substituted with 0.5 and 1 at.% Cr have been studied. The first alloy shows an average composition of Ni49.6Mn37.3Cr0.7Sn12.4 (e/a = 8.107, whereas the second has a multiphase microstructure with the matrix phase of an average Ni52.4Mn32.7Cr1Sn14 composition (e/a = 8.146. Both alloys undergo a reversible martensitic phase transformation. The Ni49.6Mn37.3Cr0.7Sn12.4 alloy transforms to the martensite phase at 239 K and, under the magnetic field change of μ0·ΔH = 1.5 T, gives the magnetic entropy change equal to 7.6 J/kg·K. This amounts to a refrigerant capacity in the order of 48.6 J/kg, reducible by 29.8% due to hysteresis loss. On the other hand, the alloy with a multiphase microstructure undergoes the martensitic phase transformation at 223 K with the magnetic entropy change of 1.7 J/kg·K (1 T. Although the latter spreads over a broader temperature window in the multiphase alloy, it gives much smaller refrigerant capacity of 16.2 J/kg when compared to Ni49.6Mn37.3Cr0.7Sn12.4. The average hysteresis loss for a field change of 1.5 T in the multiphase alloy is 2.7 J/kg, reducing the effective refrigerant capacity by 16.7%. These results illustrate that the key to gaining a large effective refrigerant capacity is the synergy between the magnitude of the magnetic entropy change and its broad temperature dependence.

  18. Effect of erbium modification on the microstructure, mechanical and corrosion characteristics of binary Mg–Al alloys

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    Seetharaman, Sankaranarayanan, E-mail: seetharaman.s@nus.edu.sg [Department of Mechanical Engineering, National University of Singapore, 9 Engineering Drive 1, 117576 (Singapore); Blawert, Carsten [Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht, Magnesium Innovation Centre, Max-Planck-Straße 1, D-21502, Geesthacht (Germany); Ng, Baoshu Milton [Department of Mechanical Engineering, National University of Singapore, 9 Engineering Drive 1, 117576 (Singapore); Wong, Wai Leong Eugene [School of Mechanical and Systems Engineering, New Castle University International Singapore, 180 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 8, 569830 (Singapore); Goh, Chwee Sim [ITE Technology Development Centre, ITE College Central, 2 Ang Mo Kio Drive, 567720 (Singapore); Hort, Norbert [Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht, Magnesium Innovation Centre, Max-Planck-Straße 1, D-21502, Geesthacht (Germany); Gupta, Manoj, E-mail: mpegm@nus.edu.sg [Department of Mechanical Engineering, National University of Singapore, 9 Engineering Drive 1, 117576 (Singapore)

    2015-11-05

    In this study, new erbium modified Mg–Al alloys were developed by integrating trace erbium (in the form of Al{sub 94.67}Er{sub 5.33} master alloy) into pure Mg using disintegrated melt deposition technique. The developed Er- modified Mg–Al alloys were investigated for their microstructural, mechanical and corrosion characteristics in comparison with their unmodified counterparts. Microstructural investigation revealed (i) improved purity, (ii) (marginal) grain refinement, (iii) more uniform second phase distribution and (iv) Al{sub 3}Er phase formation due to Er modification. Mechanical property measurements revealed an overall enhancement under indentation, tension and compression loads. A remarkable improvement in tensile ductility (without adverse effects on strength) by +19%, +29%, and +58% was obtained in Mg–3Al–0.1Er, Mg–6Al–0.3Er and Mg–9Al–0.5Er when compared to Mg–3Al, Mg–6Al and Mg–9Al respectively. While the Mg–6Al–0.3Er alloy exhibited best ductility, the Mg–9Al–0.5Er has the best strength under both tension and compression loads. Corrosion characteristics evaluated by hydrogen evolution, salt spray and electrochemical impedance experiments revealed improved corrosion resistance of Er modified Mg–Al alloys by the enhanced purity levels and the formation of Al–Er phases. - Highlights: • New erbium modified Mg–Al alloys successfully synthesized using DMD method. • Erbium modification promoted Al{sub 3}Er formation and improved the purity. • Remarkable improvement in tensile ductility obtained after erbium modification. • The developed erbium modified Mg–Al alloys exhibit improved corrosion resistance.

  19. 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.

  20. Microstructural Characterization of Clad Interface in Welds of Ni-Cr-Mo High Strength Low Alloy Steel

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    Kim, Hong-Eun; Kim, Min-Chul; Lee, Ho-Jin; Kim, Keong-Ho [KAERI, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of); Lee, Ki-Hyoung [KAIST, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of); Lee, Chang-Hee [Hanyang Univ., Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    2011-08-15

    SA508 Gr.4N Ni-Cr-Mo low alloy steel, in which Ni and Cr contents are higher than in commercial SA508 Gr.3 Mn-Mo-Ni low alloy steels, may be a candidate reactor pressure vessel (RPV) material with higher strength and toughness from its tempered martensitic microstructure. The inner surface of the RPV is weld-cladded with stainless steels to prevent corrosion. The goal of this study is to evaluate the microstructural properties of the clad interface between Ni-Cr-Mo low alloy steel and stainless weldment, and the effects of post weld heat treatment (PWHT) on the properties. The properties of the clad interface were compared with those of commercial Mn-Mo-Ni low alloy steel. Multi-layer welding of model alloys with ER308L and ER309L stainless steel by the SAW method was performed, and then PWHT was conducted at 610°C for 30 h. The microstructural changes of the clad interface were analyzed using OM, SEM and TEM, and micro-Vickers hardness tests were performed. Before PWHT, the heat affected zone (HAZ) showed higher hardness than base and weld metals due to formation of martensite after welding in both steels. In addition, the hardness of the HAZ in Ni-Cr-Mo low alloy steel was higher than that in Mn-Mo-Ni low alloy steel due to a comparatively high martensite fraction. The hardness of the HAZ decreased after PWHT in both steels, but the dark region was formed near the fusion line in which the hardness was locally high. In the case of Mn-Mo-Ni low alloy steel, formation of fine Cr-carbides in the weld region near the fusion line by diffusion of C from the base metal resulted in locally high hardness in the dark region. However, the precipitates of the region in the Ni-Cr-Mo low alloy steel were similar to that in the base metal, and the hardness in the region was not greatly different from that in the base metal.

  1. 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...

  2. A microstructure-based model for describing strain softening during compression of Al-30%wt Zn alloy

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    M Borodachenkova

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available A microstructural-based model, describing the plastic behavior of Al-30wt% Zn alloy, is proposed and the effect of solid solution decomposition, Orowan looping, twinning and grain refinement is analyzed. It is assumed that the plastic deformation process is dominated by strain-induced solute diffusion and dislocation motion. To capture the essential physics, a law describing the evolution of the mean free path of dislocations with plastic strain is proposed which reproduces the experimentally observed strain softening.

  3. 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.

  4. Microstructural Differences in the SCCG, ICCG HAZs of SA 508 Gr. 3 and 4N Low Alloy Steels

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    Lee, Ki Hyoung; Wee, Dang Moon [KAIST, Advanced High Temperature Materials LAb., Daejeon (Korea, Republic of); Lee, Yoon Sun; Kim, Min Chul; Lee, Bong Sang [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

    2008-05-15

    Microstructural changes, such as a grain coarsening, carbide precipitation and martensite formation, in the heat-affected zones (HAZ) of low alloy steels as in a nuclear pressure vessel generally occur and induce a deterioration of the toughness and an increase of the sensitivity to brittle fracture. Metallographic analyses of low alloy steel welds reveal considerably different regions in HAZ microstructures. In 2-pass welds, they could be categorized as seven characteristic regions that are determined by the peak temperature in the HAZ during weld thermal cycle: a coarse-grained region, a fine-grained region, an intercritical region, and subcritical region. The coarse-grained region can be categorized into four regions that are determined by the reheating temperature as follows : an unaltered coarse-grained zone (UCGHAZ), a supercritically reheated coarse-grained zone (SCRCGHAZ), an intercritically reheated coarse-grained zone (ICCGHAZ), and an subcritically reheated coarse-grained zone (SCCGHAZ). The purpose of this study is to investigate the differences of the microstructure and mechanical properties in the sub-HAZ of SA508 Gr.3 and 4N low alloy steels. From these results, the cause of a toughness degradation in the ICCG, SCCG HAZs of SA508 Gr. 3 and 4N is discussed.

  5. Effects of Tungsten Addition on the Microstructure and Corrosion Resistance of Fe-3.5B Alloy in Liquid Zinc

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    Xin Liu

    2017-04-01

    Full Text Available The effects of tungsten addition on the microstructure and corrosion resistance of Fe-3.5B alloys in a liquid zinc bath at 520 °C were investigated by means of scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction and electron probe micro-analysis. The microstructure evolution in different alloys is analyzed and discussed using an extrapolated Fe-B-W ternary phase diagram. Experimental results show that there are three kinds of borides, the reticular (Fe, W2B, the rod-like (Fe, W3B and flower-like FeWB. The addition of tungsten can refine the microstructure and improve the stability of the reticular borides. Besides, it is beneficial to the formation of the metastable (Fe, W3B phase. The resultant Fe-3.5B-11W (wt % alloy possesses excellent corrosion resistance to liquid zinc. When tungsten content exceeds 11 wt %, the formed flower-like FeWB phase destroys the integrity of the reticular borides and results in the deterioration of the corrosion resistance. Also, the corrosion failure resulting from the spalling of borides due to the initiation of micro-cracks in the grain boundary of borides is discussed in this paper.

  6. Al-Co Alloys Prepared by Vacuum Arc Melting: Correlating Microstructure Evolution and Aqueous Corrosion Behavior with Co Content

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    Angeliki Lekatou

    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available Hypereutectic Al-Co alloys of various Co contents (7–20 weight % (wt.% Co were prepared by vacuum arc melting, aiming at investigating the influence of the cobalt content on the microstructure and corrosion behavior. Quite uniform and directional microstructures were attained. The obtained microstructures depended on the Co content, ranging from fully eutectic growth (7 wt.% and 10 wt.% Co to coarse primary Al9Co2 predominance (20 wt.% Co. Co dissolution in Al far exceeded the negligible equilibrium solubility of Co in Al; however, it was hardly uniform. By increasing the cobalt content, the fraction and coarseness of Al9Co2, the content of Co dissolved in the Al matrix, and the hardness and porosity of the alloy increased. All alloys exhibited similar corrosion behavior in 3.5 wt.% NaCl with high resistance to localized corrosion. Al-7 wt.% Co showed slightly superior corrosion resistance than the other compositions in terms of relatively low corrosion rate, relatively low passivation current density and scarcity of stress corrosion cracking indications. All Al-Co compositions demonstrated substantially higher resistance to localized corrosion than commercially pure Al produced by casting, cold rolling and arc melting. A corrosion mechanism was formulated. Surface films were identified.

  7. Effect of surface nanocrystallization on the microstructural and corrosion characteristics of AZ91D magnesium alloy

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    Laleh, M., E-mail: laleh.m.1992@gmail.com [Department of Materials Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Tarbiat Modares University, P.O. Box 14115-143, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Kargar, Farzad, E-mail: farzad.kargar@gmail.com [Department of Materials Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Tarbiat Modares University, P.O. Box 14115-143, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2011-09-15

    Highlights: > Nanostructured surface layers were produced on AZ91D magnesium alloy by using SMAT. > Thickness of the deformed layer increased with increasing of the balls size. > Top surface microhardness for all of the SMATed samples increased significantly. > SMAT increased the surface roughness; increase in balls diameter increased the roughness. > SMAT using 2 mm balls increased the corrosion resistance significantly. - Abstract: Surface distinct deformed layers with thicknesses up to 150 {mu}m, with grain size in the top most surface is in the nanometer scale, were produced on AZ91D magnesium alloy using surface mechanical attrition treatment (SMAT). Effects of different ball size on the properties of the SMATed samples were investigated. The microstructural, grain size, hardness and roughness features of the treated surfaces were characterized using optical microscopy (OM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), micro-indenter and digital roughness meter, respectively. Corrosion behavior of the samples was evaluated using potentiodynamic polarization and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) techniques. It is found that the ball diameter does not have a significant effect on the top surface grain size, but the thickness of the deformed layer increases with increase of ball size, from 50 {mu}m for 2 mm balls to 150 {mu}m for 5 mm balls. For all of the SMATed samples, the top surface microhardness value increased significantly and did not show any obvious change for samples treated with different balls. Corrosion studies show that the corrosion resistance of the sample treated with 2 mm balls is higher than that of those treated with 3 mm and 5 mm balls. This can be mainly attributed to the surface roughness and defects density of the samples, which are higher for the SMATed samples with 3 mm and 5 mm balls compared with that of sample SMATed with 2 mm balls.

  8. A Comparative Study on Permanent Mold Cast and Powder Thixoforming 6061 Aluminum Alloy and Sicp/6061Al Composite: Microstructures and Mechanical Properties.

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    Zhang, Xuezheng; Chen, Tijun; Qin, He; Wang, Chong

    2016-05-24

    Microstructural and mechanical characterization of 10 vol% SiC particles (SiCp) reinforced 6061 Al-based composite fabricated by powder thixoforming (PTF) was investigated in comparison with the PTF and permanent mold cast (PMC) 6061 monolithic alloys. The results reveal that the microstructure of the PMC alloy consists of coarse and equiaxed α dendrites and interdendritic net-like eutectic phases. However, the microstructure of the PTF composite, similar to that of the PTF alloy, consists of near-spheroidal primary particles and intergranular secondarily solidified structures except SiCp, which are distributed in the secondarily solidified structures. The eutectics amount in the PTF materials is distinctly lower than that in the PMC alloy, and the microstructures of the former materials are quite compact while that of the latter alloy is porous. Therefore, the PTF alloy shows better tensile properties than the PMC alloy. Owing to the existence of the SiC reinforcing particles, the PTF composite attains an ultimate tensile strength and yield strength of 230 MPa and 128 MPa, representing an enhancement of 27.8% and 29.3% than those (180 MPa and 99 MPa) of the PTF alloy. A modified model based on three strengthening mechanisms was proposed to calculate the yield strength of the PTF composite. The obtained theoretical results were quite consistent with the experimental data.

  9. A Comparative Study on Permanent Mold Cast and Powder Thixoforming 6061 Aluminum Alloy and Sicp/6061Al Composite: Microstructures and Mechanical Properties

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    Xuezheng Zhang

    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available Microstructural and mechanical characterization of 10 vol% SiC particles (SiCp reinforced 6061 Al-based composite fabricated by powder thixoforming (PTF was investigated in comparison with the PTF and permanent mold cast (PMC 6061 monolithic alloys. The results reveal that the microstructure of the PMC alloy consists of coarse and equiaxed α dendrites and interdendritic net-like eutectic phases. However, the microstructure of the PTF composite, similar to that of the PTF alloy, consists of near-spheroidal primary particles and intergranular secondarily solidified structures except SiCp, which are distributed in the secondarily solidified structures. The eutectics amount in the PTF materials is distinctly lower than that in the PMC alloy, and the microstructures of the former materials are quite compact while that of the latter alloy is porous. Therefore, the PTF alloy shows better tensile properties than the PMC alloy. Owing to the existence of the SiC reinforcing particles, the PTF composite attains an ultimate tensile strength and yield strength of 230 MPa and 128 MPa, representing an enhancement of 27.8% and 29.3% than those (180 MPa and 99 MPa of the PTF alloy. A modified model based on three strengthening mechanisms was proposed to calculate the yield strength of the PTF composite. The obtained theoretical results were quite consistent with the experimental data.

  10. Effect of electromagnetic vibration on the microstructure of direct chill cast Al-Zn-Mg-Cu alloy

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    Zuo, Y.; Fu, X.; Zhu, Q.; Li, L.; Wang, P.; Cui, J.

    2016-03-01

    An electromagnetic vibration was achieved by the combined application of an alternating magnetic field and a stationary magnetic field during direct chill (DC) casting process. The ingots with 200 mm in diameter were prepared under the influence of electromagnetic vibration. The effect of electromagnetic vibration on the microstructure of an Al-Zn-Mg-Cu alloy was studied. The results showed that electromagnetic vibration has a significant effect on the solidification behaviour, under the influence of electromagnetic vibration during DC casting process, the microstructure is significantly refined and the uniformity of microstructure is evidently improved. This paper introduces the DC casting technology with the application of electromagnetic vibration, presents these results and gives corresponding discussions.

  11. An examination of microstructural evolution in a Cu–Ni–Si alloy processed by HPT and ECAP

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    Khereddine, Abdel Yazid; Larbi, Fayçal Hadj [Faculté de Physique, USTHB, BP 32, El-Alia, Dar El Beida, Algiers (Algeria); CDTA, Haouch Oukil BP 17 Baba-Hassan, Algiers (Algeria); Kawasaki, Megumi, E-mail: megumi@hanyang.ac.kr [Division of Materials Science and Engineering, Hanyang University, 17 Haengdang-dong, Seongdong-gu, Seoul 133–791 (Korea, Republic of); Baudin, Thierry [Université de Paris-Sud, ICMMO, UMR CNRS 8182, Laboratoire de physico-chimie de l’état solide, Bâtiment 410, 91405 Orsay Cedex (France); Bradai, Djamel [Faculté de Physique, USTHB, BP 32, El-Alia, Dar El Beida, Algiers (Algeria); Langdon, Terence G. [Departments of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA 90089-1453 (United States); Materials Research Group, Faculty of Engineering and the Environment, University of Southampton, Southampton SO17 1BJ (United Kingdom)

    2013-08-01

    Experiments were conducted to evaluate the evolution of hardness and microstructure in a commercial Cu–2.5Ni–0.6Si alloy (in wt%) after processing using High-Pressure Torsion (HPT) at room temperature with an imposed pressure of 6.0 GPa and Equal-Channel Angular Pressing (ECAP) at 423 K using a channel angle of 135°. Hardness measurements, X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) were used for microstructural evaluation and the results show a general consistency between these various techniques. The changes in the crystallite size and the dislocation structure as a function of the number of HPT revolutions and ECAP passes are discussed and compared with the results of the TEM observations. The detailed microstructural observations show a gradual evolution with increasing numbers of revolutions and passes with a saturation after 3 turns of HPT but with no saturation attained in ECAP even after 12 passes because of the lower imposed strain.

  12. Electron beam welding of Fe-Mn-Al-Ni shape memory alloy: Microstructure evolution and shape memory response

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    Krooß, P.; Günther, J.; Halbauer, L.; Vollmer, M.; Buchwalder, A.; Zenker, R.; Biermann, H.; Niendorf, T.

    The present study reports on the impact of abnormal grain growth (AGG) on the microstructural evolution following electron beam (EB) welding of Fe-Mn-Al-Ni shape memory alloy (SMA). Polycrystalline sheet-like material was EB-welded and a cyclic heat treatment, studied in previous work, was conducted for inducing AGG and a bamboo-like microstructure, respectively. Optical and electron microscopy were carried out to characterize the prevailing microstructure upon cyclic heat treatment. For characterization of the functional properties following AGG, a load increase test was conducted. The current results clearly show that good shape memory response can be obtained in Fe-Mn-Al-Ni SMA upon EB welding and subsequent post-heat treatment. These results further substantiate the potential use of conventional processing routes for Fe-Mn-Al-Ni SMA.

  13. Analysis Of Deformation And Microstructural Evolution In The Hot Forging Of The Ti-6Al-4V Alloy

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    Kukuryk M.

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available The paper presents the analysis of the three-dimensional strain state for the cogging process of the Ti-6Al-4V alloy using the finite element method, assuming the rigid-plastic model of the deformed body. It reports the results of simulation studies on the metal flow pattern and thermal phenomena occurring in the hot cogging process conducted on three tool types. The computation results enable the determination of the distribution of effective strain, effective stress, mean stress and temperature within the volume of the blank. This solution has been complemented by adding the model of microstructure evolution during the cogging process. The numerical analysis was made using the DEFORM-3D consisting of a mechanical, a thermal and a microstructural parts. The comparison of the theoretical study and experimental test results indicates a potential for the developed model to be employed for predicting deformations and microstructure parameters.

  14. Microstructure variation and local plastic response of chrome molybdenum alloy steel after quasi rolling contact fatigue testing

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    Xie, Lechun, E-mail: lechunxie@yahoo.com [State Key Laboratory of Metal Matrix Composites, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, No. 800 Dongchuan Road, Shanghai 200240 (China); Zhou, Qinghua [School of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Sichuan University, Chengdu 610065 (China); Wen, Yan [School of Physics and Optoelectronic Engineering, Nanjing University of Information Science and Technology, Nanjing, Jiangsu 210044 (China); Wang, Liqiang; Lu, Weijie [State Key Laboratory of Metal Matrix Composites, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, No. 800 Dongchuan Road, Shanghai 200240 (China)

    2016-04-06

    This work presented the microstructure variation and local plastic response of chrome molybdenum alloy steel under quasi rolling contact fatigue (quasi-RCF) testing. The quasi-RCF testing means using the similar method of actual RCF to introduce obviously local plastic deformation and microstructure variation on surface layers of materials. After quasi-RCF testing, the microstructure were observed using optical microscope and scanning electron microscope (SEM) from both the top surface and cross section. Based on microstructure analysis, the deformation volume of materials after quasi-RCF testing were calculated. The local plastic response was demonstrated by the unique local strain-stress curve and strain hardening exponent obtained via experimental measurements and simulation prediction. One hand, the increase in the hardness of plastic zones due to quasi-RCF testing was measured by a Vickers indenter. The other hand, based on the virgin hardness and elastic modulus, some possible local stress-strain curves were obtained. Then according to the possible local stress-strain curves, finite element analysis was introduced to predict the increased hardness. Comparing the increased hardness obtained by experiments and prediction, the unique local strain-stress curve and strain hardening exponent of chrome molybdenum alloy steel were determined. All results were discussed in detail.

  15. Microstructure and mechanical properties of ultrafine grained complex copper alloy fabricated by accumulative roll-bonding process.

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    Lee, Seong-Hee; Lim, Cha-Yong

    2014-10-01

    Accumulative roll-bonding (ARB) process using dissimilar copper alloys was performed up to six cycles (-an equivalent strain of 4.8) at ambient temperature without lubricant for fabrication of a new complex copper alloy. The dissimilar copper alloy sheets of oxygen free copper (OFC) and dioxide low-phosphorous copper (DLPC) with thickness of 1 mm were degreased and wire-brushed for the ARB process. The sheets were then stacked together and rolled by 50% reduction so that the thickness became 1 mm again. The sheet was then cut to the two pieces of same length and the same procedure was repeated up to six cycles. A new sound complex copper alloy sheet in which OFC and DLPC are combined each other was successfully fabricated by the ARB process. The tensile strength of the copper alloy increased with increasing the number of ARB cycles, reached 492 MPa after six cycles, which is about three times of the initial material. The average grain size was 12.6 μm after the 1st cycle, but it became 1.5 μm after six cycles. Microstructures and mechanical properties of the complex copper alloy fabricated by the ARB were investigated in detail.

  16. The Microstructure And Mechanical Properties Of The AlSi17Cu5 Alloy After Heat Treatment

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    Piątkowski J.

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available In the paper results of the microstructure and mechanical properties (HB, Rm and R0,2 of AlSi17Cu5 alloy, subjected by solution heat treatment (500ºC/6h/woda and aging (200ºC/16h/piec are presented. In next step the alloy was modified and heated significantly above the Tliq temperature (separately and together. It was found that the increase in the strength properties of the tested alloy after heat treatment compared to alloys without solution heat treatment and aging was due to precipitation hardening. The applied aging treatment of ingots (preceded by solution heat treatment, causes not only increase in concentration in α(Al solid solution, but also a favorable change of the primary Si crystals morphology. During stereological measurements significant size reduction and change in the morphology of hypereutectic silicon crystals ware found. This effects can be further enhanced by overheating the alloy to a temperature of 920ºC and rapid cooling before casting of the alloy.

  17. Effect of CaO on Hot Workability and Microstructure of Mg-9.5Zn-2Y Alloy

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    Kwak, Tae-yang; Kim, Daeguen; Yang, Jaehack; Yoon, Young-ok; Kim, Shae K.; Lim, Hyunkyu; Kim, Woo Jin

    Mg-Zn-Y system alloys have been a great interest because Mg-Zn-Y alloys with I-phase exhibited high ductility at room and elevated temperatures. According to our preliminary experiments, the addition of CaO improved strength, but the process window became narrow. Therefore, the aim of current work was to find optimum extrusion conditions for CaO added Mg-Zn-Y alloys by processing maps. The 0.3 wt.% of CaO added Mg-9.5Zn-2Y (Mg95.6Zn3.8Y0.6) alloy was prepared by casting into steel mold and homogenizing. Hot compression test were performed in the Gleeble machine at temperature range of 250-400 °C with various strain rates. The alloys were extruded with a reduction ratio of 20:1. To analyze the microstructure and texture, optical micrograph, scanning electron microscope and electron backscattered diffraction were used. Moreover, we investigated the effects of metallic Ca addition in this alloy to compare with the addition of CaO.

  18. Resistance-Spot-Welded AZ31 Magnesium Alloys: Part I. Dependence of Fusion Zone Microstructures on Second-Phase Particles

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    Xiao, L.; Liu, L.; Zhou, Y.; Esmaeili, S.

    2010-03-01

    A comparison of microstructural features in resistance spot welds of two AZ31 magnesium (Mg) alloys, AZ31-SA (from supplier A) and AZ31-SB (from supplier B), with the same sheet thickness and welding conditions, was performed via optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). These alloys have similar chemical composition but different sizes of second-phase particles due to manufacturing process differences. Both columnar and equiaxed dendritic structures were observed in the weld fusion zones of these AZ31 SA and SB alloys. However, columnar dendritic grains were well developed and the width of the columnar dendritic zone (CDZ) was much larger in the SB alloy. In contrast, columnar grains were restricted within narrow strip regions, and equiaxed grains were promoted in the SA alloy. Microstructural examination showed that the as-received Mg alloys contained two sizes of Al8Mn5 second-phase particles. Submicron Al8Mn5 particles of 0.09 to 0.4 μm in length occured in both SA and SB alloys; however, larger Al8Mn5 particles of 4 to 10 μm in length were observed only in the SA alloy. The welding process did not have a great effect on the populations of Al8Mn5 particles in these AZ31 welds. The earlier columnar-equiaxed transition (CET) is believed to be related to the pre-existence of the coarse Al8Mn5 intermetallic phases in the SA alloy as an inoculant of α-Mg heterogeneous nucleation. This was revealed by the presence of Al8Mn5 particles at the origin of some equiaxed dendrites. Finally, the columnar grains of the SB alloy, which did not contain coarse second-phase particles, were efficiently restrained and equiaxed grains were found to be promoted by adding 10 μm-long Mn particles into the fusion zone during resistance spot welding (RSW).

  19. Microstructural Evolution of a Nanostructured Complex Copper Alloy Processed by Accumulative Roll-Bonding of Oxygen Free Copper and DLP.

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    Lee, Seong-Hee; Lee, Seong Ro; Ahn, In-Sook; Lim, Cha-Yong

    2016-02-01

    The accumulative roll-bonding (ARB) process using different copper alloys of oxygen free copper (OFC) and dioxide low-phosphorous copper (DLPC) was performed up to six cycles at ambient temperature without lubrication. A complex copper alloy sheet'in which OFC and DLPC alloys are stacked alternately each other was successfully fabricated by the ARB process. The microstructural evolution and texture development of the complex copper alloy with proceeding of the ARB were investigated by electron back scatter diffraction (EBSD) measurement. The specimen after 1 cycle showed significantly inhomogeneous microstructure in thickness direction, however, the inhomogeneity decreased gradually with increasing the number of ARB cycles. In addition, the grains became finer with the proceeding of the ARB. Resultantly, after 6 cycles, the specimen exhibited an ultrafine grained structure in which the grains above 65% were surrounded by the high angle grain boundaries above 15 degrees. On the other hand, there was no difference in texture development between OFC and DLPC in almost all specimens. In addition, the texture development did not depend on positions in thickness direction; the rolling texture such as {112} and {011} components developed strongly at all regions.

  20. Microstructures and shape memory characteristics of dual-phase Co-Ni-Ga high-temperature shape memory alloys

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    Li Yan, E-mail: liyan@buaa.edu.cn [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Beihang University, Beijing 100091 (China)] [Beijing Key Laboratory for Advanced Functional Materials and Thin Film Technology, Beihang University, Beijing 100091 (China); Xin Yan [School of Energy and Power Engineering, North China Electric Power University, Beijing 102206 (China); Chai Liang [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Beihang University, Beijing 100091 (China)] [Beijing Key Laboratory for Advanced Functional Materials and Thin Film Technology, Beihang University, Beijing 100091 (China); Ma Yunqing [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Xiamen University, Xiamen 361005 (China); Xu Huibin [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Beihang University, Beijing 100091 (China)] [Beijing Key Laboratory for Advanced Functional Materials and Thin Film Technology, Beihang University, Beijing 100091 (China)

    2010-06-15

    The influence of microstructure on mechanical properties and shape memory characteristics of Co-Ni-Ga high-temperature shape memory alloys were investigated in this study. X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy were employed to detect the microstructures. We found that these alloys were composed of dual phases, a non-modulated tetragonal L1{sub 0} martensite and a face-centered cubic (fcc) {gamma} phase. The martensite was twinned and well self-accommodated. The {gamma} phase was a Co-based solid solution with 30% lower hardness than martensite. Although the fracture mode was intergranular, the strength and plasticity of the alloys increased markedly with the increasing volume fraction of the {gamma} phase. The presence of the {gamma} phase in grain boundaries rather than in the martensite is favorable to shape memory recovery. This was revealed by the maximum shape recovery strain over 5.0% that was obtained in the Co{sub 46}Ni{sub 25}Ga{sub 29} alloy, with the {gamma} phase formed mainly in grain boundaries.

  1. Microstructure, phase composition and corrosion resistance of Ni2O3 coatings produced using laser alloying method

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    Bartkowska, Aneta; Przestacki, Damian; Chwalczuk, Tadeusz

    2016-12-01

    The paper presents the studies' results of microstructure, microhardness, cohesion, phase composition and the corrosion resistance analysis of C45 steel after laser alloying with nickel oxide (Ni2O3). The aim of the laser alloying was to obtain the surface layer with new properties through covering C45 steel by precoat containing modifying compound, and then remelting this precoat using laser beam. As a result of this process the surface layer consisting of remelted zone and heat affected zone was obtained. In the remelted zone an increased amount of modifying elements was observed. It was also found that the surface layer formed during the laser alloying with Ni2O3 was characterized by good corrosion resistance. This property has changed depending on the thickness of the applied precoat. It was observed that the thickness increase of nickel oxides precoat improves corrosion resistance of produced coatings.

  2. Microstructure, phase composition and corrosion resistance of Ni2O3 coatings produced using laser alloying method

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    Bartkowska Aneta

    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available The paper presents the studies' results of microstructure, microhardness, cohesion, phase composition and the corrosion resistance analysis of C45 steel after laser alloying with nickel oxide (Ni2O3. The aim of the laser alloying was to obtain the surface layer with new properties through covering C45 steel by precoat containing modifying compound, and then remelting this precoat using laser beam. As a result of this process the surface layer consisting of remelted zone and heat affected zone was obtained. In the remelted zone an increased amount of modifying elements was observed. It was also found that the surface layer formed during the laser alloying with Ni2O3 was characterized by good corrosion resistance. This property has changed depending on the thickness of the applied precoat. It was observed that the thickness increase of nickel oxides precoat improves corrosion resistance of produced coatings.

  3. Microstructural stability of heat-resistant high-pressure die-cast Mg-4Al-4Ce alloy

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    Wang, Wei; Zhang, Jinghuai; Li, Guoqiang; Feng, Yan; Su, Minliang; Wu, Ruizhi; Zhang, Zhongwu [Harbin Engineering Univ. (China). Key Laboratory of Superlight Material and Surface Technology; Jiao, Yufeng [Jiamusi Univ. (China). College of Materials Science and Engineering

    2017-05-15

    The thermal stability of Al-RE (rare earth) intermetallic phases with individual RE for heat-resistant high-pressure die-casting Mg-Al-RE alloys is investigated. The results of this study show that the main strengthening phase of Mg-4Al-4Ce alloy is Al{sub 11}Ce{sub 3}, whose content is about 5 wt.% according to quantitative X-ray diffraction phase analysis. The Al{sub 11}Ce{sub 3} phase appears to have high thermal stability at 200 C and 300 C, while phase morphology change with no phase structure transition could occur for Al{sub 11}Ce{sub 3} when the temperature reaches 400 C. Furthermore, besides the kinds of rare earths and temperature, stress is also an influencing factor in the microstructural stability of Mg-4Al-4Ce alloy.

  4. 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.

  5. Investigation on Long-term Creep Rupture Properties and Microstructure Stability of Fe-Ni based Alloy Ni-23Cr-7W at 700°C

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    Tokairin, Tsuyoshi; Dahl, Kristian Vinter; Danielsen, Hilmar Kjartansson

    2013-01-01

    Long-term creep rupture properties and microstructural stability of Fe–Ni based alloy Ni–23Cr–7W (HR6W, ASME Code Case 2684) were experimentally investigated. Crept specimens at 700 °C for durations up to 37,667 h were chosen, the microstructure evolution during creep was characterized. Besides...... for the main strengthening precipitate, Laves phase. The alloy was proven to have good microstructural stability without observable coarsening of strengthening precipitates during long-term creep up to around 37,667 h. It was also verified that the growth kinetics of Laves phase can be well described...

  6. Microstructural evolution of Cu-1at% Ti alloy aged in a hydrogen atmosphere and its relation with the electrical conductivity

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    Semboshi, Satoshi

    2009-04-01

    Copper alloys with titanium additions between 1 and 6 at% Ti emerge currently as attractive conductive materials for electrical and electronic commercial products, since they exhibit superior mechanical and electrical properties. However, their electrical conductivity is reduced owing to the residual amount of Ti solutes in the Cu solid solution (Cu(ss)) phase. Since Cu shows only poor reactivity with hydrogen (H), while Ti exhibits high affinity t