Advanced Powder Technology, Vol.30, No.4, 691-699, 2019
Comparative study on sintering behavior of Al86Ni6Y4.5Co2La1.5 mechanically alloyed amorphous powder and melt-spun ribbon
In this research work, the sintering characteristics of Al86Ni6Y4.5Co2La1.5 mechanically alloyed amorphous powders and milled melt spun ribbon have been compared. Mechanically alloyed amorphous powders were synthesized via 200 h high energy ball milling. Melt spun ribbons were synthesized by single roller melt spinning technique and grounded to powder form by ball milling. Mechanically induced partial crystallization occurred in the ribbons during milling. Significantly higher amount of contaminations such as carbon, oxygen and iron were observed in the mechanically alloyed amorphous powders compared to the milled ribbons. Both powders were consolidated via spark plasma sintering. Superior particle bonding was found in the sample consolidated from milled ribbons, ascribed to the lower amount of contamination that could not effectively restrict the viscous flow and diffusion of atoms. Various complex crystalline phases evolved in the sample consolidated from milled ribbon particles due to the presence of crystalline phases in the powders which acted as nucleation sites, whereas the amorphous phase was mostly retained in its counterpart. Vickers microhardness of the consolidated alloys from milled ribbon and mechanically alloyed amorphous powders were 3.60 +/- 0.13 GPa and 2.53 +/- 0.09 GPa, respectively. The higher hardness in the former case was attributed to the superior particle bonding and distribution of hard intermetallic phases in the amorphous matrix. (C) 2018 The Society of Powder Technology Japan. Published by Elsevier B.V. and The Society of Powder Technology Japan. All rights reserved.