Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry

, Volume 100, Issue 1, pp 361–366 | Cite as

DSC analysis of Al6061 aluminum alloy powder by rapid solidification

Effect of additives
  • Antonyraj Arockiasamy
  • Randall M. German
  • Paul Wang
  • Mark F. Horstemeyer
  • Pavan Suri
  • S. J. Park


Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) is a powerful technique that measures the heat evolution from a sample under a controlled condition and studies the phase transformation, precipitation, and dissolution activities. In this work, we investigated the influence of admixed silicon and silicon carbide and the effect of different atmospheres on the heat flow properties and microstructure of atomized Al6061 powder using DSC and scanning electron microscopy. The DSC analysis revealed the addition of silicon considerably decreased the temperature of first endothermic peaks. With an increase in silicon content the enthalpy for the first endothermic peak increased, whereas the second endothermic peak decreased. An endothermic peak, indicating the formation of AlN, was observed for powders without the silicon addition, but was noticeably absent in the case of alloys with Si addition. The SiC addition has no influence on changing the enthalpy of the systems we investigated. The reason for this behavior is analyzed and presented in this article.


Al6061 powder Alloying elements Composites Differential scanning calorimeter 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Antonyraj Arockiasamy
    • 1
  • Randall M. German
    • 2
  • Paul Wang
    • 1
  • Mark F. Horstemeyer
    • 1
  • Pavan Suri
    • 3
  • S. J. Park
    • 1
  1. 1.Center for Advanced Vehicular SystemsMississippi State UniversityStarkvilleUSA
  2. 2.College of EngineeringSan Diego State UniversitySan DiegoUSA
  3. 3.HeraeusChandlerUSA

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