Mechanical Properties and Nanocrystallization Behavior of Al-Ni-La Alloys

Sahu, Rina and Chatterjee, S and Sahoo, K L (2010) Mechanical Properties and Nanocrystallization Behavior of Al-Ni-La Alloys. Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A: Physical Metallurgy and Materials Science, 41 (4). pp. 861-869.

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Rapidly solidified Al89Ni6La5 ribbons were obtained by induction melting and ejecting the melt onto a rotating Cu wheel in an Ar atmosphere. The ribbons were investigated by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), X-ray diffractometry (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), microindentation, and nanoindentation techniques. The XRD and TEM studies revealed that the ribbon was fully amorphous; however, DSC did not show any glass transition. The alloy undergoes two stages of crystallization. The growth of fcc-Al is responsible for the first stage, and precipitation of Al3Ni and Al11La3 is responsible for the second stage of crystallization. Microhardness of ribbons in the as-melt-spun, partially, and fully devitrified conditions was examined and subsequently correlated with evolved microstructure. Significant improvement in hardness was observed, with the progress of primary nanocrystallization, due to the effective barrier to shear band by a hard La-rich shell around the fcc-Al nanocrystals and enrichment of the remaining amorphous matrix by the solute elements. The pile up of materials in the form of semicircular shear bands was observed around all the indentations. During nanoindentation, it was observed that hardness and modulus values were initially increased and then decreased. The reasons for such observation were also discussed. This article is based on a presentation given in the symposium entitled “Mechanical Behavior of Nanostructured Materials,” which occurred during the TMS Spring Meeting in San Francisco, CA, February 15–19, 2009, under the auspices of TMS, the TMS Electronic, Magnetic, and Photonic Materials Division, the TMS Materials Processing and Manufacturing Division, the TMS Structural Materials Division, the TMS Nanomechanical Materials Behavior Committee, the TMS Chemistry and Physics of Materials Committee, and the TMS/ASM Mechanical Behavior of Materials Committee.

Item Type:Article
Official URL/DOI:DOI: 10.1007/s11661-009-0160-3
Uncontrolled Keywords:Mechanical Properties; Nanocrystallization Behavior; X-ray diffractometry (XRD); transmission electron microscopy (TEM)
Divisions:Metal Extraction and Forming
ID Code:1713
Deposited By:Dr. A K Sahu
Deposited On:26 Sep 2010 14:32
Last Modified:08 Feb 2012 17:18
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