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Pressureless Infiltration of Al–Mg Based Alloys into $Al_2O_3$ Preforms: Mechanisms and Phenomenology

Rao, Srinivasa B and Jayaram, V (2001) Pressureless Infiltration of Al–Mg Based Alloys into $Al_2O_3$ Preforms: Mechanisms and Phenomenology. In: Acta Materialia, 49 (13). pp. 2373-2385.

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Al–Mg based alloys have been infiltrated into $Al_2O_3$ preforms by pressureless infiltration in nitrogen atmosphere at and above 800°C. The study revealed the twin role of Mg in initiation and in continuation of infiltration. Mg reduces the alumina layer on the Al-alloy surface thereby bringing about the contact between the melt and the preform, which marks the initiation of infiltration. It has been determined that the premature termination of infiltration is related to localised depletion at the infiltration front of Mg, which getters the residual oxygen in the nitrogen thereby making the front free of passivating alumina or spinel. Evaporation of Mg from the front and reaction of Mg with the reinforcement are the principal causes for depletion. Two methods have been devised to avoid/delay termination thereby making it possible to fabricate useful section thicknesses with minimal Mg in the alloy.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: Acta Materialia
Publisher: Elsevier
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to Elsevier.
Keywords: Infiltration;Aluminium alloys
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Materials Engineering (formerly Metallurgy)
Date Deposited: 14 Jun 2006
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2010 04:29
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/7609

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