Formation of novel microstructures in conventionally cast Al-Fe-V-Si alloys

Sahoo, K L and Das, Swapan K and Murty, B S (2003) Formation of novel microstructures in conventionally cast Al-Fe-V-Si alloys. Materials Science and Engineering A-Structural Materials Properties Microstructure and Processing , 355 (1-2). pp. 193-200.

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The present paper reports the formation of novel morphologies of intermetallic compounds during the solidification of different Al-Fe-V-Si alloys using cooling rates ranging from I to 20 K s(-1). The influence of cooling rate, composition of the alloy and the addition of Mg and Ni-20%Mg alloy on the morphology of the intermetallic phases, particularly that of Al13Fe4 phase, is reported. Al13Fe4 forms with a ten-armed star shaped morphology with small amount of Si (<1 wt.%) at a cooling rate of approximate to14 K s(-1). A lower cooling rate and higher Si content result in degeneration of the ten-armed stars into other morphologies. The higher the Si content, the higher the cooling rate required to form the ten-armed star-shaped Al13Fe4 phase. Ten-fold growth morphology of the precipitates is formed due to twinning along (2 0 1) or (10 0) planes. The morphology, size and distribution of those precipitates can be considerably modified by Mg treatment. Treatment of an Al-8.3Fe-0.8V-0.9Si alloy melt with 1.5 wt.% of Mg or I wt.% of a Ni-20Mg alloy alters the ten-armed growth morphology to rectangular, hexagonal or other compact forms. (C) 2003 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.

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Uncontrolled Keywords:Al-Fe-V-Si alloy; conventional casting; solidification; intermetallic phase; microstructure
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Deposited By:Sahu A K
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