An Experimental Study of Sintered (Ni-Cr-xAl2O3) Composites
This paper deals with the (Ni-Cr- xAl2O3) metallic composites (MCCs). Restraining of of thermal expansion at adequate mechanical and corrosion properties is the main objective of this work. Composites are fabricated with four weight percentages of (x = 1, 2, 5 and 10% Al2O3). Compacting and sintering has accomplished at (636 MPa) and 1250oC for 7 hrs. All sintered compacts were examined for phases and microstructure featuring. Results have indicated, the incorporation of Al2O3 with the matrix is due to the efficient sintering conditions, that diminishing the grain growth and increasing the softening temperature from 850°C to become 1350°C. Volume expansion appeared in the base sintered composites (NiCr-xAl2O3) due to pores evolution according to SEM observation. As, the Al2O3 has increased, the microhardness and corrosion resistance have improved. DSC results show a clear one exothermic and one endothermic reaction were occurred during the heating cycle. Corrosion behavior of fabricated composites was estimated by polarization curves using Potentiostat at scan rate 3 mV.sec-1. Potential-time measurements showed the formation of protective layer on surface composites compared with Ni-Cr base composite through an obtaining of the nobler open circuit potentials for composites. Corrosion parameters were estimated by the Tafel extrapolation method, these parameters indicated that the corrosion potential shifted toward a positive direction in addition to get lower corrosion current density especially for Ni-Cr/5%Alumina composite.
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