Fracture toughness and high temperature strength of unidirectionally solidified Nb-Si binary and Nb-Ti-Si ternary alloys

Nobuaki Sekido, Yoshisato Kimura, Seiji Miura, Fu Gao Wei, Yoshinao Mishima

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Abstract

The (Nb)/Nb3Si eutectic alloys in the Nb-Si binary and Nb-Ti-Si ternary systems were unidirectionally solidified in an optical floating zone melting furnace. The effect of solidification rates on microstructures of the alloys is investigated. The coupled growth of (Nb) and Nb3Si is observed in the binary alloy solidified at 10 mm/h. The ternary alloys exhibit the development of discontinuous (Nb) particles within the Nb3Si matrix. The unidirectionally solidified alloys show improved fracture toughness and enhanced high temperature compressive strength as compared with the arc-melted counterparts. The role of an aligned eutectic microstructure in toughening is discussed from the existing models based on the crack bridging and the crack deflection.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)223-229
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Alloys and Compounds
Volume425
Issue number1-2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2006 Nov 30
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Intermetallics
  • Scanning electron microscopy
  • Strain
  • Unidirectional solidification

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Materials Chemistry

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