Casting Fe-Al-based intermetallics microalloyed with Li and Ag
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The effect on the mechanical properties at room temperature of Li and Ag additions to the Fe–Al (40 at.%)-based alloy produced by conventional casting were evaluated in this work. Alloying elements were added into a previously molted Fe–(40 at.%) aluminum-based alloy, stirred, and then cast into sand molds to directly produce tensile specimens. To determine the mechanical properties, tensile tests and hardness measurements were performed. The additions of both Ag and Li showed an increase in ductility and tensile strength of the intermetallic alloys. In addition, hardness was substantially increased with the Li addition. Lithium additions promoted a solid solution hardening, whereas 3 at.% of Ag additions promoted ductility due to a microstructural modification and to the formation of a soft Ag 3 Al phase. Characterization by both optical and electronic microscopy, energy dispersive spectroscopy microanalysis, and x-ray diffraction supported the mechanical characterization.
CitationVillagomez-Galindo, M., Carbajal-De la Torre, G., Romo-Castañeda, J., Bedolla-Jacuinde, A., Gonzalez-Rojas, Hernan A., Espinosa-Medina, M. Casting Fe-Al-based intermetallics microalloyed with Li and Ag. "Journal of materials research", 29 Agost 2016, vol. 31, núm. 16, p. 2473-2481.