Journal of Materials Science

, Volume 47, Issue 5, pp 2333–2338 | Cite as

Phase transitions and hard magnetic properties for rapidly solidified MnAl alloys doped with C, B, and rare earth elements

  • Z. W. Liu
  • C. Chen
  • Z. G. Zheng
  • B. H. Tan
  • R. V. Ramanujan


MnAl alloys are attractive candidates to potentially replace rare earth hard magnets because of their superior mechanical strength, reasonable magnetic properties, and low cost. In this study, the phase transitions and magnetic properties of melt spun Mn55Al45 based alloys doped with C, B, and rare earth (RE) elements were investigated. As-spun Mn–Al, Mn–Al–C, and Mn–Al–C–RE ribbons possessed a hexagonal ε crystal structure. Phase transformations between the ε and the L10 (τ) phase are of interest. The ε → τ transformation occurred at ~500 °C and the reversed τ → ε transformation was observed at ~800 °C. Moderate carbon addition promoted the formation of the desired hard magnetic L10 τ-phase and improved the hard magnetic properties. The Curie temperature T C of the τ phase is very sensitive to the C concentration. Dy or Pr doping in MnAlC alloy had no significant effect on T C. Pr addition can slightly improve the magnetic properties of MnAlC alloy, especially JS. Doping B could not enhance the magnetic properties of MnAl alloy since B is not able to stabilize either the ε phase or the L10 hard magnetic τ phase.


Magnetic Property Single Phase Structure Good Magnetic Property Differential Scanning Calorimetery Rare Earth Permanent Magnet 
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This study is partly supported by the Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 50874050 and 51174094) and the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities, SCUT (Grant No. 2009ZZ0025). ZWL also thank the School of Materials Science and Engineering at the Nanyang Technological University for a visiting professorship.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Z. W. Liu
    • 1
  • C. Chen
    • 1
  • Z. G. Zheng
    • 1
  • B. H. Tan
    • 2
  • R. V. Ramanujan
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Materials Science and EngineeringSouth China University of TechnologyGuangzhouChina
  2. 2.School of Materials Science and EngineeringNanyang Technological UniversitySingaporeSingapore

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