Effect of tempering on thermal analysis of Al-Ti-Si alloy and its composites

  • Rana Afif Anaee
Keywords: DSC, Al-Ti-Si alloy, Composite, SiC, MgO, Al3Ti phase, Al5Ti7Si12.


The investigation of the effect of tempering on thermal analysis of
Al-Ti-Si alloy and its composites with MgO and SiC particles was
performed. Thermal analysis was performed before and after
tempering by DSC scan. Optical microscopy was used to identify the
phases and precipitations that may be formed in base alloy and
composites. X-ray diffraction test indicated that the Al3Ti is the main
phase in Al-Ti-Si alloy in addition to form Al5Ti7Si12 phase. Some
chemical reactions can be occurred between reinforcements and
matrix such as MgO.Al2O3 in Al-Ti/MgO, and Al4C3 and Al(OH)3 in
Al-Ti/SiC composite. X-ray florescence technique is used to
investigate the chemical composition of the fabricated specimens.
Heat treatment (Tempering) changes the microstructure of base alloy
and its composites which was assessed by DSC scan. Generally,
three main peaks appeared in DSC represented by GP zone, S phase
(precipitations) and dissolution of phases or precipitations. After
tempering, composite with SiC particles showed better results than
base alloy and composite with MgO. Since the optical microscopy
revealed reforming the stable phase Al3Ti with evaporation some
gases from composite. DSC analysis showed the stability of
composite with SiC was up to 270oC.