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The densification and bonding of aluminum powder subjected to ultrasonic vibration under uniaxial pressure were characterized and their mechanisms were investigated by transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Full densification was achieved in just 1 second at a nominal consolidation temperature of 573 K and in 4 seconds at 473 K. The particle shape-change required for densification occurs by rapid plastic deformation, associated with dynamic recovery and continuous dynamic recrystallization, and repetitive formation and transfer of supercooled liquid into the particle interstices where the liquid solidifies into layers of amorphous and nanocrystalline aluminum. The liquid transfer also provides oxide-free surfaces required for metallurgical bonding at the particle junctions. The occurrence of rapid plastic deformation and formation of supercooled liquid is explained by the effects of excess vacancies generated in the deforming powder particles.
The present work was aimed at understanding the mechanisms of the densification and bonding in the UPC of aluminum powder in relation to the material behavior in high strain-rate SPD with a particular focus on the roles of crystal defects in the shape change of powder particles that must occur for densification and bonding to result.
To quantitatively determine the densification of UPC Al specimens, OM micrographs taken on nine specimens consolidated at the nominal consolidation temperatures of 373 K, 473 K and 573 K for vibration times of 1, 2 and 4 seconds were transformed to binary micrographs by using the image analysis software ImageJ (Figure 4). The white regions in the binary images are aluminum powder particles which underwent the shape change for densification. The black regions include both the convex holes and the interstices filled with the interparticle material, neither of which are distinguished from the truly unfilled convex holes in the binary images.
The above observations indicate that the compact densification in the UPC of aluminum powder occurs by three processes: (A) the ultrasonic vibration-assisted repacking of powder particles, (B) the narrowing of particle interstices by the plastic deformation of particles, and (C) the production and non-plastic-flow transfer of an interparticle material that fills the narrowing interstices.
The interparticle materials of the specimens in Figure 7 all possess a layered structure. The layered structure indicates that the interparticle material was created by repetitive transfer of a fluid material into the particle interstices where it solidified successively to create the layered material. Moreover, the layered interparticle material in Figure 7(c) is continuous and folded. This folding must have occurred as the powder particles underwent plastic deformation, narrowing the interstice and causing the layered interparticle material to bend more sharply. Thus, the plastic deformation of powder particles continued concurrently with the filling of particle interstices with layered interparticle material.
The interparticle material of the specimen consolidated at 573 K for 6 seconds, Figure 13, also exhibits a layered structure indicative of repeated liquid transfer, but with distinctly discernible nano-scale crystals in the layers toward the mother particle, whereas the outer layers (toward upper left), produced prior to the inner crystalline layers, are more featureless. SAED identifies aluminum crystals with some amorphous material in the transition region (Figure 13(b)). The observations that the crystals are coarser and that the layers are thicker toward the interface with the mother particle imply that the temperature of the transferred liquid increased over the 6 seconds of ultrasonic consolidation, favoring crystalline solidification of the liquid layers.
(a) TEM micrographs of the crystalline interparticle material in a UPC Al specimen consolidated at 473 K for 6 seconds. (b) SAED suggests that the layered interparticle material consists primarily of aluminum crystals and some amorphous material. (c) and (d) Amorphous material stretched between interparticle material and powder particle when ultrasonic pumping ceased. (d) Moiré fringes showing tips of columnar aluminum crystals in the last crystalline layer
Figure 16 shows the layered interparticle material of the specimen consolidated at 573 K for 6 seconds, which is also shown in Figure 13, together with its transverse EDS line-scan profiles of aluminum and oxygen. The oxygen profile shows high values of atomic fractions in the range from 0.3 to 0.5 toward the outer featureless (amorphous) layers and lower values, 0.1 to 0.2, toward the inner nanocrystalline layers, with distinct spikes reaching 0.3 to 0.5 at positions that correspond to the layer boundaries and the interface with the mother particle where an amorphous layer like the ones in Figures 14 and 15 exists.
As Fecht pointed out, a crystal, when destabilized by defects, such as excess vacancies, may transform directly to a supercooled liquid or an amorphous phase below the melting point. However, the latter transition, i.e., solid-state amorphization, does not apply to the formation of amorphous aluminum layers observed in the UPC as it requires a liquid flow. Calculation for aluminum shows that such melting point depression becomes significant at vacancy concentrations above about 1 pct.[33,34,37] The metastable liquid, if formed in a powder compact during UPC, would be highly supercooled at birth, not only because the melting occurs below the melting point but also because the solid to liquid transformation would cause local cooling due to latent enthalpy absorption. Thus, the liquid could already be supercooled to a temperature not far from the glass transition temperature and as such could readily undergo amorphous solidification. Alternatively, if the supercooling is not large enough, the liquid would undergo crystalline solidification.
Amorphous regions were found also in the interior of powder particles. Figure 18 shows such an intraparticle amorphous region in a specimen consolidated at 473 K for 2 seconds. The intraparticle amorphous region is characterized by an absence of layered structure, as it is created at the spot in the particle where melting occurred without liquid transfer from elsewhere. The occurrence of intraparticle melting might provide additional indirect evidence of the production of supercooled liquid directly from the severely deformed solid as frictional heating in particle interior would not be as intense as that at the rubbing particle junctions.
The densification in UPC aluminum powder compacts occurs by the vibration-assisted particle repacking and subsequent particle shape-change that involves both rapid plastic deformation of powder particles and concurrent liquid formation at particle junctions and transfer to particle interstices. Plastic deformation is the dominant contributor to compact densification, while the liquid transfer is required to fill the remaining interstices.
When operating the setup, the gas is continuously circulated between the explosion chamber EC and the filter F by fan V. The aerosol (powder + Ar) enters the filter F, where the powder settles, and the gas purified from the powder goes back to EC.
The relative value of the energy input into the wires (wire overheating) was determined as E/Es ratio, where E = E(t) is determined by the expression (1) and, Es is the aluminum sublimation enthalpy, being 33 J/mm3 .
Micron-sized aluminum powder grade ASD-4 (aluminum spherical dispersed powder) obtained by gas jet spraying of molten aluminum was supplied by the manufacturer (OOO SUAL-PM, Shelekhov, Russia). Particle size was less than 15 microns, with average particle size being about 7 microns (Figure 2).
To prepare feedstocks, an MC2162 binder was used with 60 vol.% load of aluminum powders. The powdery binder was preliminarily mechanically mixed with aluminum powder, after which the mixture was passed through the ScientificLab LTEE26 extruder (Labtech Engineering Company Ltd, Samutprakarn, Thailand) 6 times at a temperature of 155 °C.
According to our latest study, the global Aluminum Powder market size was valued at USD 1329.5 million in 2022 and is forecast to a readjusted size of USD 1543.4 million by 2029 with a CAGR of 2.2Percent during review period. The influence of COVID-19 and the Russia-Ukraine War were considered while estimating market sizes.Global key players of aluminum powder include Kymera International, Toyal Group, U.S. Metal Powders, etc. The top three players hold a share about 36Percent. China is the largest producer, has a share about 40Percent, followed by Europe and Japan, with share 27Percent and 6Percent, respectively. The largest market is China, with a share about 35Percent, followed by Europe and North America, with share 27Percent and 13Percent, separately.Aluminium Powder market, Aluminium powder is powdered aluminium. This was originally produced by mechanical means using a stamp mill to create flakes. Subsequently, a process of spraying molten aluminium to create a powder of droplets was developed by E. J. Hall in the 1920s. The resulting powder might then be processed further in a ball mill to flatten it into flakes for use as a coating or pigment. Aluminium powder is non-toxic and is not harmful unless injected directly in a major blood vessel such as the aorta Aluminium powder, if breathed in, is not particularly harmful and will only cause minor irritation. The melting point of aluminum powder is 660 Â°C.This report is a detailed and comprehensive analysis for global Aluminum Powder market. Both quantitative and qualitative analyses are presented by manufacturers, by region and country, by Type and by Application. As the market is constantly changing, this report explores the competition, supply and demand trends, as well as key factors that contribute to its changing demands across many markets. Company profiles and product examples of selected competitors, along with market share estimates of some of the selected leaders for the year 2023, are provided. 781b155fdc