Processing of [(Fe0.5Co0.5)0.75B0.2Si0.05]96Nb4 Bulk Metallic Glass Alloy by Cu Mould Casting and Spark Plasma Sintering
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The present investigation deals with the processing of [(Fe0.5Co0.5)0.75B0.2Si0.05]96Nb4 bulk metallic glass (BMG) using different techniques. The maximum plate thickness for the amorphous phase formation has been found to be 1.25 mm using a conventional BMG casting technique (forced infiltration casting). For enhancing the dimension, an alternate processing route was employed to produce the BMG in the form of compacts. In this case, the dimensions are not restricted by the glass forming ability of the alloy. The process involved the preparation of amorphous ribbons using a melt spinner followed by high energy ball milling to crush the ribbons into very fine particles. The powder was then compacted in the form of pellets using spark plasma sintering technique. Density achieved was almost near to theoretical density (99%). The density was found to increase with a decrease in the particle size of glassy powder, which could be achieved by increasing the duration of high energy ball milling. The maximum densification occurred when the holding temperature was within undercooled liquid regime (∆Tx). Further increase of temperature beyond crystallization temperature (Tx) resulted in decreasing the compact density.
Keywords[(Fe0.5Co0.5)0.75B0.2Si0.05]96Nb4 bulk metallic glass Cu mould casting Spark plasma sintering process Densification of BMG powder
The authors thank Dr. G Malakondaiah, DS, former director, DMRL, Dr. A.A. Gokhale, DS, former Director, DMRL and Dr. S.V. Kamat, Scientist ‘H’, Director, DMRL for the kind support for carrying out the research work and allowing to publish the manuscript. The authors are grateful to Dr. T.K. Nandy, project director (DIR-2) for fruitful discussion. The kind help of Dr. Amit Bhattacharjee, Scientist ‘G’, DMRL for preparing the alloy using vacuum arc melting furnace, Dr. Partha Ghosal, Scientist ‘F’ for SEM studies and Dr A.K Singh, Scientist ‘G’, for XRD measurement are gratefully acknowledged.
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