Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry

, Volume 138, Issue 5, pp 3525–3533 | Cite as

Effects of Co and Zr additions on the thermal behavior of the Cu81Al19 alloy

  • R. D. A. PintoEmail author
  • L. D. R. Ferreira
  • R. A. G. Silva


The thermal behavior of the annealed Cu81Al19 alloy with Co and Zr additions was investigated using differential thermal analysis, differential scanning calorimetry, electrical resistivity measurements, optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, Vickers microhardness, and X-ray diffractometry. The results showed that the Co addition slightly increased the critical temperatures of melting and solidification of the Cu81Al19 alloy, suppressed the eutectoid reaction and the β phase ordering, and introduced a new route for the α2 phase disordering. A mechanism to this phenomenon is suggested in the present work. On the other hand, the Zr addition did not significantly alter the critical temperatures of melting and solidification of the Cu81Al19 alloy, decreased the intensity of the eutectoid reaction, and increased the α2 phase disordering rate and the β phase decomposition. Besides that, it introduced a new thermal event at higher temperatures, related to the dissolution of precipitates with Al. Both Zr and Co additions increased the electrical resistivity and the microhardness of the Cu81Al19 alloy due to the precipitation of intermetallic compounds.


Cu–Al alloys Phase transformations Intermetallic compounds Order–disorder transitions Eutectoid transformation 



The authors thank CAPES (001), FAPESP (2012/050570-5), and CNPq for financial support.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.ICAQF – Instituto de Ciências Químicas, Ambientais e FarmacêuticasUNIFESP - Universidade Federal de São PauloDiademaBrazil
  2. 2.Escola PolitécnicaUSP – Universidade de São PauloSão PauloBrazil

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