Metallurgical and Materials Transactions B

, Volume 49, Issue 3, pp 1014–1021 | Cite as

Gas Release Behavior of Cu-TiH2 Composite Powder and Its Application as a Blowing Agent to Fabricate Aluminum Foams with Low Porosity and Small Pore Size

  • Ying Cheng
  • Yanxiang Li
  • Xiang Chen
  • Zhiyong Liu
  • Xu Zhou
  • Ningzhen Wang


Compared to traditional pore structure with high porosity (≥ 80 pct) and large pore size (≥ 3 mm), aluminum foams with low porosity (60 to 70 pct) and small pore size (≤ 2 mm) possess higher compressive property and formability. In order to achieve the goal of reducing pore size, Cu-TiH2 composite powder prepared by ball milling preoxidized TiH2 with Cu powder was used as a blowing agent. Its gas release behavior was characterized by thermogravimetric analysis and differential scanning calorimetry. The results show that the ball milling treatment can advance the gas release process and slow the gas release rate at the same time. All these changes are favorable to the reduction of porosity and pore size. Such Cu-TiH2 composite powder provides an alternative way to fabricate aluminum foams with low porosity and small pore size.



This work was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation (Grant No. 51371104).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ying Cheng
    • 1
  • Yanxiang Li
    • 1
    • 2
  • Xiang Chen
    • 1
    • 2
  • Zhiyong Liu
    • 1
  • Xu Zhou
    • 1
  • Ningzhen Wang
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Materials Science and EngineeringTsinghua UniversityBeijingP. R. China
  2. 2.Key Laboratory for Advanced Materials Processing TechnologyMOEBeijingP. R. China

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