In-situ Processing of TiB2 Nanoparticle-Reinforced Copper Matrix Composites
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In order to produce the composite powder analyzed in this paper, two prealloys were melted and afterwards gas atomized. The obtained TiB2-reinforced copper powder was consolidated by hot isostatic pressing (HIP). Since it is known that a decrease in the size of the reinforcing phase can cause an increase in hardness of composites, the main aim of the experimental work was to obtain as small particles of the dispersed phase as possible by using standard powder metallurgy techniques. Microstructure and microhardness of the as-cast prealloys, as-atomized powder and HIP-ed compacts were examined. The results of these examinations revealed that TiB2 particles about 10 nm in size were in-situ formed and homogenously dispersed in the copper matrix. As a consequence of the TiB2 formation, the microhardness of Cu-TiB2 composite was significantly improved.
Keywords:Cu-TiB2 composite / Powder metallurgy / Hot isostatic pressing / TEM / XRD
Source:Science of Sintering, 2009, 41, 2, 143-150
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