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|Type:||Artigo de periódico|
|Title:||Directional solidification, microstructure and properties of the Al3Nb-Nb2Al eutectic|
|Abstract:||The Al-Nb system exhibits a eutectic transformation at 1595.2 degrees C, which results in Al3Nb (D0(22)) and Nb2Al (D8(b)) phases. This paper is concerned with the processing of this eutectic by directional solidification. Alloys were prepared by arc melting and directionally solidified in Bridgman-type equipment. The resulting samples were utilized to evaluate the solidification microstructure and morphology regarding the growth conditions. Eutectic microstructures obtained were regular with lamellar morphology. Variations of the growth rate showed that an increase in this parameter causes a decrease in the lamellar spacing. With further increase in the growth rate, eutectic cells were observed as a result of constitutional undercooling. Oxidation tests of eutectic microstructures showed that this alloy suffers severe microstructure instability, with growth kinetics of the oxide scale of linear type. This indicates that the Al in the Nb-Al eutectic alloy is insufficient to form protective oxide films, such as, alpha-Al2O3. Finally, the heat treatment in argon atmosphere showed that the eutectic alloy presents a high degree of microstructure stability at 1200 degrees C. (C) 2004 Elsevier B. V. All rights reserved.|
|Editor:||Elsevier Science Bv|
|Appears in Collections:||Unicamp - Artigos e Outros Documentos|
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