Final Report for Department of Energy Grant No. DE-FG02-02ER45997, "Alloy Design of Nanoscale Precipitation Strengthened Alloys: Design of a Heat Treatable Aluminum Alloy Useful to 400C"

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A creep resistant high temperature Al base alloy made by conventional processing procedures is the subject of this research. The Ni-based superalloys have volume fractions of cubic L1{sub 2} phase precipitates near 50%. This is not attainable with Al base alloys and the approach pursued in this research was to add L1{sub 2} structured precipitates to the Al-Ni eutectic alloy, 2.7 at. % Ni-97.3 at. % Al. The eutectic reaction gives platelets of Al{sub 3}Ni (DO{sub 11} structure) in an almost pure Al matrix. The Al{sub 3}Ni platelets give reinforcement strengthening while the L1{sub 2} precipitates strengthen the Al alloy ... continued below

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Fine, Morris E.; Ghosh, Gautam; Isheim, Dieter; Vaynman, Semyon; Knipling, Keith & Liu, Jefferson Z. May 6, 2006.

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A creep resistant high temperature Al base alloy made by conventional processing procedures is the subject of this research. The Ni-based superalloys have volume fractions of cubic L1{sub 2} phase precipitates near 50%. This is not attainable with Al base alloys and the approach pursued in this research was to add L1{sub 2} structured precipitates to the Al-Ni eutectic alloy, 2.7 at. % Ni-97.3 at. % Al. The eutectic reaction gives platelets of Al{sub 3}Ni (DO{sub 11} structure) in an almost pure Al matrix. The Al{sub 3}Ni platelets give reinforcement strengthening while the L1{sub 2} precipitates strengthen the Al alloy matrix. Based on prior research and the extensive research reported here modified cubic L1{sub 2} Al{sub 3}Zr is a candidate. While cubic Al{sub 3}Zr is metastable, the stable phase is tetragonal, only cubic precipitates were observed after 1600 hrs at 425 C and they hardly coarsened at all with time at this temperature. Also addition of Ti retards the cubic to tetragonal transformation; however, a thermodynamically stable precipitate is desired. A very thorough ab initio computational investigation was done on the stability of L1{sub 2} phases of composition, (Al,X){sub 3}(Zr,Ti) and the possible occurrence of tie lines between a stable L1{sub 2} phase and the Al alloy terminal solid solution. Precipitation of cubic (Al{sub (1-x)}Zn{sub x}){sub 3}Zr in Al was predicted by these computations and subsequently observed by experiment (TEM). To test the combined reinforcement-precipitation concept to obtain a creep resistant Al alloy, Zr and Ti were added to the Al-Ni eutectic alloy. Cubic L1{sub 2} precipitates did form. The first and only Al-Ni-Zr-Ti alloy tested for creep gave a steady state creep rate at 375 C of 8 x 10{sup -9} under 20MPa stress. The goal is to optimize this alloy and add Zn to achieve a thermodynamically stable precipitate.

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  • Report No.: DOE/ER/45997-5
  • Grant Number: FG02-02ER45997
  • DOI: 10.2172/882496 | External Link
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 882496
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc891929

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Fine, Morris E.; Ghosh, Gautam; Isheim, Dieter; Vaynman, Semyon; Knipling, Keith & Liu, Jefferson Z. Final Report for Department of Energy Grant No. DE-FG02-02ER45997, "Alloy Design of Nanoscale Precipitation Strengthened Alloys: Design of a Heat Treatable Aluminum Alloy Useful to 400C", report, May 6, 2006; United States. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc891929/: accessed October 19, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.