Metallurgical Transactions A

, Volume 19, Issue 9, pp 2215-2224

First online:

Correlation of mechanical properties with nondestructive evaluation of babbitt metal/bronze composite interface

  • Y. IjiriAffiliated withPrinceton University
  • , P. K. LiawAffiliated withWestinghouse R&D Center
  • , B. J. TaszarekAffiliated withWestinghouse R&D Center
  • , S. FrohlichAffiliated withWestinghouse R&D Center
  • , M. N. GungorAffiliated withWestinghouse R&D Center

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Interfaces of the babbitt metal-bronze composite were examined ultrasonically and were fractured using the Chalmers test method. It was found that the ultrasonic results correlated with the bond strength, the ductility, and the degree of bonding at the tested interface. Specifically, high ultrasonic reflection percentages were associated with low bond strength, low ductility, and low percentages of bonded regions. The fracture mechanism in the bonded area of the babbitt-bronze interface is related to the presence of the intermetallic compound, Cu6Sn5, at the interface. It is suggested that the non-destructive ultrasonic technique can detect the bond integrity of babbitted metals.