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Synthesis and Microstructure of Laser Surface Alloyed Al–Sn–Si Layer on Commercial Aluminum Substrate

Pramanick, Abhijit and Chatterjee, Subhradeep and Bhattacharya, Victoria and Chattopadhyay, Kamanio (2005) Synthesis and Microstructure of Laser Surface Alloyed Al–Sn–Si Layer on Commercial Aluminum Substrate. In: Journal of Materials Research, 20 (6). 1580-1589 .

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A new type of bearing alloy containing ultrafine sized tin and silicon dispersions in aluminum was designed using laser surface alloying and laser remelting techniques. The microstructures of these non-equilibrium processed alloys were studied in detail using scanning and transmission electron microscopy. The microstructures revealed three distinct morphologies of tin particles namely elongated particles co-existing with silicon, globular particles, and very fine particles. Our detailed analyses using cellular growth theories showed that the formation of these globular tin particles was due to the pinching off of the tin rich liquid in the inter-cellular space by the growth of aluminum secondary dendrite arms. Evidence of fine recrystallized aluminum grains at the top layer due to constrained solidification was shown. Thermal analyses suggested that melting of the spherical shaped tin particles was controlled by the binary aluminum-tin eutectic reaction, whereas non-spherical tin particles melted via the tin-silicon eutectic reaction.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to Cambridge University Press.
Keywords: Cellular;Laser;Microstructure
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Materials Engineering (formerly Metallurgy)
Depositing User: Ms V Mangala
Date Deposited: 11 Aug 2011 13:10
Last Modified: 11 Aug 2011 13:10
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/39862

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