Improvements in stabilisation and cellular structure of Al based foams with novel carbonate foaming agent

A. Byakova, A. Sirko, K. Mykhalenkov, Yu Milman, S. Gnyloskurenko, T. Nakamura

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In the present paper the applicability of CaCO3 foaming agent for making Al-based foams by Alporas route as well as by powder compact technique is studied. Its effect on the foaming behaviour of the melt or powder precursor, stabilisation of liquid foam with solid particles, layers or network of thin oxide films as well as on the cell size and cell wall microstructure of final solid foam is clarified and discussed in comparison with conventional TiH2 foaming agent. It is underlined that application of the novel foaming agent is more favourable in view of the processing conditions because of remarkable improvement in foam stabilisation by melt oxidation. In addition, advantages in application of CaCO3 as foaming agent for clearing the cell wall material from undesirable contaminations induced typically by conventional titanium hydride TiH2 is justified.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)239-246
Number of pages8
JournalHigh Temperature Materials and Processes
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • Al based foam
  • Calcium carbonate
  • Cell wall microstructure
  • Foam processing route
  • Foam stabilisation
  • Foaming agent

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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