Elevated-temperature deformation properties of a HfC modified Ti-48Al-2Mn-2Nb matrix particulate composite
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Rapid solidification techniques in combination with HIPing have been used to produce Ti-48Al-2Mn-2Nb and a Ti-48Al-2Mn-2Nb+15 wt% HfC composite. While the composite does contain several second phases within the γ + α2 matrix, none was identified to be HfC. The elevated-temperature properties were determined by constant velocity compression and constant load tensile testing in air between 1000 and 1173 K. Such testing indicated that the elevated temperature strengths of the HfC-modified aluminide was superior to those of the unreinforced matrix with the best 1100 K temperature slow strain rate properties for both materials being achieved after high-temperature annealing prior to testing. Examination of the microstructures after deformation in combination with the measured stress exponents and activation energies suggest that creep resistance of the HfC-modified form is due to solid-solution strengthening from carbon and hafnium rather than the presence of second phases.
KeywordsHafnium Particulate Composite Rapid Solidification Creep Resistance Stress Exponent
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