Journal of Phase Equilibria

, 23:68 | Cite as

Pressureless forming of NiAl and Ni3Al powders: A preliminary investigation

  • Rosa Di Maggio
  • Alberto Molinari
  • Stefano Gialanella
Basic And Applied Research


Extremely limited ductility makes several of the processing and manufacturing steps of intermetallic-based materials very critical. The handling of intermetallic cast ingots and the machining of intermetallic components have often proved to be operations with a particularly high failure rate. On the other hand, the processing problems of intermetallic alloys resemble those that are commonly faced with ceramic materials. Therefore, processing routes similar to those used for brittle ceramics have been considered for the manufacturing of intermetallics. In this respect, powder metallurgical methods are certainly very attractive and can potentially help to overcome some of the mentioned drawbacks. In this study, the results of a novel approach to the pressureless forming and sintering of Ni-aluminide powders are presented. This research is an extension of a similar investigation on ceramic (ZrO2 and Al2O3) and metallic (AISI316 inox steel) powders. In all cases, the powders are mixed with a hybrid inorganic-organic binder. The binder-powder mixture can be given the final shape before full polymerization of the binder, which occurs in several minutes at room temperature. Subsequently, debinding and sintering heat treatments are carried out under controlled atmospheres, the composition of which is deliberately changed during the treatments in order to enhance the different processes that are expected to occur. The thermal treatment conditions have been selected and optimized on the basis of thermoanalytical results. The microstructural characterization of the intermediate and final products have been carried out by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and energy dispersive microanalysis (EDM).


NiAl Green Compact Metal Injection Molding Powder Injection Molding Metal Powder Industry Federation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rosa Di Maggio
    • 1
  • Alberto Molinari
    • 1
  • Stefano Gialanella
    • 1
  1. 1.Dipartimento di Ingegneria dei MaterialiUniversità di TrentoTrentoItaly

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