TITLE

Influence of Phosphorus on the Nucleation of Eutectic Silicon in Al-Si Alloys

AUTHOR(S)
Ludwig, Thomas Hartmut; Schaffer, Paul Louis; Arnberg, Lars
PUB. DATE
December 2013
SOURCE
Metallurgical & Materials Transactions. Part A;Dec2013, Vol. 44 Issue 12, p5796
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The role of phosphorus (P) in the heterogeneous nucleation of eutectic silicon (Si) and the evolution of eutectic grains in hypoeutectic aluminum-silicon alloys were investigated. Systematic additions of P in the range of 0.5 to 20 ppm to Al-7 wt pct Si alloys of different purities have shown that the morphology of the eutectic Si changes from a fine plate- to a coarse flake-like structure. The growth of eutectic grains was investigated by interrupting the eutectic reaction by quenching experiments. Moreover, the macroscopic growth mode of the eutectic grains was characterized by electron backscatter diffraction. An increase in P concentration from 2 to 3 ppm resulted in a transition of the macroscopic growth mode of the Al-Si eutectic in high purity alloys from growth with a planar front with a strong dependence of the thermal gradient, to nucleation in the vicinity of the primary Al dendrites and subsequent growth of distinct eutectic grains. It is suggested that AlP particles are the key impurities acting as potential nucleation sites for eutectic Si. This is further substantiated as with increasing P concentration nucleation and growth of the Al-Si occurred at higher temperatures close the equilibrium Al-Si eutectic solidification temperature at 850 K (577 °C). In addition, the recalescence undercooling Δ TR,eu was reduced from 4.5 K (0.5 ppm P) to 1.5 K (20 ppm P) in high purity alloys. This was accompanied by a drastic increase of the nucleation rate of the eutectic grains.
ACCESSION #
91988904

 

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