Journal of Materials Science

, Volume 24, Issue 5, pp 1748–1752 | Cite as

Strength and conductivity ofin situ Cu-Fe alloys

  • J. D. Verhoeven
  • S. C. Chueh
  • E. D. Gibson


Alloys of Cu-Fe with iron contents from 10 to 30 wt % have been prepared by casting plus mechanical reduction. A series of heat treatments was done at various stages of the mechanical reduction to promote precipitation of the iron from the copper matrix with the hope of optimizing electrical conductivity at a given strength level. A curve of optimum tensile strength against electrical conductivity was determined. It was found to lie significantly below the available data for Cu-Nb alloys and it is suggested that further improvements may be possible in Cu-Fe alloys by improved thermal mechanism processing.


Iron Polymer Copper Precipitation Heat Treatment 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. D. Verhoeven
    • 1
  • S. C. Chueh
    • 1
  • E. D. Gibson
    • 1
  1. 1.Materials Science and Engineering Department and Ames LaboratoryIowa State UniversityAmesUSA

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