Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A

, Volume 36, Issue 3, pp 657–666 | Cite as

Cold spray deposition of nanocrystalline aluminum alloys

  • Leonardo Ajdelsztajn
  • Julie M. Schoenung
  • Bertrand Jodoin
  • George E. Kim


Aluminum 5083 powder was mechanically milled under liquid nitrogen to achieve a nanocrystalline grain size in the range of 20 to 30 nm. The powder was subsequently sprayed using a nozzle designed with a validated numerical model for cold spray technology. The resulting coatings were evaluated using scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), micro- and nanoindentation. The TEM analysis shows that the nanocrystalline grain structure of the cryomilled feedstock powder was retained after the cold spray process. A significant increase in hardness from 104 to 261±8 (HV300g) was observed when comparing the nanocrystalline coating with cast, cold-worked, Al 5083. The ability to use cold spray to produce nanocrystalline large deposits was also demonstrated in this work.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Leonardo Ajdelsztajn
    • 1
  • Julie M. Schoenung
    • 1
  • Bertrand Jodoin
    • 2
  • George E. Kim
    • 3
  1. 1.the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials ScienceUniversity of CaliforniaDavis
  2. 2.the Department of Mechanical EngineeringUniversity of OttawaCanada
  3. 3.the Perpetual TechnologiesMontrealCanada

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