The properties and application of scandium-reinforced aluminum
Scandium-reinforced aluminum alloys represent a new generation of high-performance alloys that display numerousadvantages over high-strength aluminum alloys. Scandium-reinforced alloys are much stronger than other high-strength alloys, exhibit significant grain refinement, strengthen welds, and eliminate hot cracking in welds. These alloys also exhibit a good resistance to corrosion as shown by recent studies. A review of their mechanical, microstructural, and corrosion characteristics shows that scandium-reinforced alloys can be usefully employed in aerospace, sports, transportation, and process industries. The information on scandium-reinforced alloys is scanty; very little has been published on the mechanical, microstructural, and corrosion behavior of these alloys. The following fills this gap.