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Influence of Si3N4 on Ti-6Al-4V via spark plasma sintering: Microstructure, corrosion and thermal stability

Kgoete, F. and Popoola, A. P. I. and Fayomi, O. S. I and Adebiyi, D.I (2018) Influence of Si3N4 on Ti-6Al-4V via spark plasma sintering: Microstructure, corrosion and thermal stability. Journal of Alloys and Compounds. pp. 322-328.

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The objective of this research was to study the influence Si3N4 on Ti-6Al-4V via spark plasma sintering process. The experiments were performed at a temperature of 1000 �C with a holding time of 6 min under a pressure of 50Mpa.Ti-6Al-4V powder was admixed with different weight proportions of Si3N4 powder. Sintered composite samples were produced from the mixture and the influence of Si3N4 on the microstructure; mechanical and thermal properties of the composites were investigated. Scanning electron microscope (SEM-EDS) was used to study the bulk morphology of the sintered composites. The phases present in the fabricated sintered composites were observed by energy dispersive X-ray diffraction spectrometer (XRD). Microhardness was investigated by the means of high impact diamond Durascan micros hardness tester. Electrochemical behavior of the sintered samples was measured by potentiodynamic polarization method. The thermal performances of the sintered composites were explored by a Thermal gravimetric analyser (TGA). The experimental results revealed that the microstructure, corrosion resistance and thermal stability properties of the material were improved by the addition of Si3N4. The effect of Si3N4 on the performance characteristics of Ti6AI4V alloy was seen to be compactable and useful in aerospace application.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Spark plasma sintering Advanced composites Silicon nitride (Si3N4)Oxide layer
Subjects: T Technology > T Technology (General)
T Technology > TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery
Divisions: Faculty of Engineering, Science and Mathematics > School of Engineering Sciences
Depositing User: Mrs Hannah Akinwumi
Date Deposited: 27 Nov 2018 13:02
Last Modified: 27 Nov 2018 13:02

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