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In-situ investigation of incipient melting in a 319 type Al alloy using laser scanning confocal microscopy
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Materials Science and Engineering.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0533-6729
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2018 (English)In: Materials Characterization, ISSN 1044-5803, E-ISSN 1873-4189, Vol. 141, p. 328-337Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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The modified 319 Al alloy system has been used extensively in precision sand casting of automotive powertrain applications such as engine blocks and cylinder heads, with significant improvement in vehicle fuel efficiency. However, a concern in elevated temperature processing of Al alloys, such as heat treatment and hot working processes, is incipient melting of secondary phases, which is deleterious to mechanical properties. In this study, the laser scanning confocal microscopy (LSCM) technique was used in the analysis of in-situ changes in microstructure as a result of incipient melting. Microstructural analysis was carried out prior to and following elevated temperature exposure in the LSCM using optical microscopy, SEM and EDX. The results suggest that incipient melting of the Al-Al2Cu-Al5Mg8Cu2Si6 ternary eutectic clusters was initiated by the formation of a liquid film which propagated rapidly from the eutectic clusters, coating the Al dendrites in regions adjacent to the eutectic clusters. Following film formation, the ternary eutectic clusters melted completely. Incipient melting also resulted in a localized change in composition in the interdendritic channels as supported by a change in cluster morphology from eutectic to a combination of coarse blocky Al-Cu-Ni and Si particles, and ultra-fine eutectic.

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Elsevier, 2018. Vol. 141, p. 328-337
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-231688DOI: 10.1016/j.matchar.2018.05.012ISI: 000435428100034Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85046783696OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-231688DiVA, id: diva2:1241776
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Available from: 2018-08-24 Created: 2018-08-24 Last updated: 2018-08-24Bibliographically approved

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