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Isothermal grain coarsening of spray formed alloys in the semi-solid state

Manson-Whitton, E.D., Stone, I.C., Jones, J.R., Grant, P.S. and Cantor, B. (2002) Isothermal grain coarsening of spray formed alloys in the semi-solid state. Acta Materialia, 50 (1). pp. 2517-2535. ISSN 1359-6454

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Abstract

Grain coarsening of alloys in the semi-solid state is important in controlling grain sizes in spray forming and in other processes in which an alloy is formed or cast in the semi-solid state. Until now, this coarsening has been analysed in terms of classic LSW theory or in terms of the migration of grain boundary liquid films. These analyses suggest that the coarsening rate should increase with increasing solid fraction, fS, but this suggestion conflicts with previous experimental results which show that coarsening rate decreases with increasing fS for fS>0.7. This paper shows, for the first time, that coarsening rate does increase with fS for fS less than approximately 0.75 in agreement with the liquid film migration model, and then decreases again with further increasing fS for fS greater than approximately 0.75. A modified model of liquid film migration is proposed which takes into account the reducing area of the liquid film as fS increases for high fS. The formation of intragranular liquid droplets, and the pinning of grain boundary liquid films by dispersoids during coarsening are also discussed.

Item Type: Article
Academic Units: The University of York > Physics (York)
Depositing User: York RAE Import
Date Deposited: 13 Aug 2009 15:56
Last Modified: 13 Aug 2009 15:56
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S1359-6454(02)00080-0
Status: Published
Publisher: Elsevier
Identification Number: 10.1016/S1359-6454(02)00080-0
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/5516

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