Journal of Materials Science

, Volume 37, Issue 16, pp 3509–3514 | Cite as

Wettability of TiC by commercial aluminum alloys

  • C. A. Leon
  • V. H. Lopez
  • E. Bedolla
  • R. A. L. Drew


The effect of alloying elements on the wettability of TiC by commercial aluminum alloys (1010, 2024, 6061 and 7075) was investigated at 900°C using a sessile drop technique. Wetting increased in the order 6061 < 7075 < 2024 < 1010 for both, static argon or vacuum atmospheres. Alloys 1010 and 2024 wet TiC under both atmospheres, leading to contact angles in the order of 60° and less, while 7075 only wets under vacuum, with the poorest wettability being exhibited by 6061. Evaporation of Zn and Mg under vacuum conditions contributed to the rupture of the oxide film covering the aluminum drop and thereby improving wetting and spreading. Continuous and isolate Al4C3 was detected in all the cases. CuAl2 precipitation at the interface slightly decreased Al4C3 formation and increased the adhesion of 2024 to TiC.


Polymer Precipitation Atmosphere Evaporation Argon 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • C. A. Leon
    • 1
  • V. H. Lopez
    • 1
  • E. Bedolla
    • 1
  • R. A. L. Drew
    • 2
  1. 1.Instituto de Investigaciones MetalúrgicasUniversidad Michoacana de San Nicolás de HidalgoMorelia, Mich.México
  2. 2.Department of Mining and Metallurgical EngineeringMcGill UniversityMontrealCanada

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