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Reaction Layer Analysis of In Situ Reinforced Titanium Composites: Influence of the Starting Material Composition on the Mechanical Properties

Escuela Politécnica Superior, Universidad de Sevilla, Calle Virgen de África, 7, 41011 Sevilla, Spain
RHP Technology GmbH, 2444 Seibersdorf, Austria
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Metals 2020, 10(2), 265;
Received: 30 January 2020 / Revised: 14 February 2020 / Accepted: 15 February 2020 / Published: 18 February 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Titanium Alloys and Titanium-Based Matrix Composites)


This study aims at the analysis of the reaction layer between titanium matrices and reinforcements: B4C particles and/or intermetallic TixAly. Likewise, the importance of these reactions was observed; this was particularly noteworthy as regard coherence with the obtained results and the parameters tested. Accordingly, five starting material compositions were studied under identical processing parameters via inductive hot pressing at 1100 °C for 5 min in vacuum conditions. The results revealed how the intermetallics limited the formation of secondary phases (TiC and TiB) created from the B and C source. In this respect, the percentages of TiB and TiC slightly varied when the intermetallic was included in the matrix as prealloyed particles. On the contrary, if the intermetallics appeared in situ by the addition of Ti-Al powder in the starting blend, their content was lesser. The mechanical properties values and the tribology behaviour might deviate, depending on the percentage of the secondary phases formed and its distribution in the matrix.
Keywords: in situ composites; inductive hot pressing; tribology; titanium composites; reaction layer; intermetallics in situ composites; inductive hot pressing; tribology; titanium composites; reaction layer; intermetallics

1. Introduction

The interest of materials with high specific properties and good tribological behaviour raises the needs in terms of improving the properties of materials like titanium and its alloys. In the fields of aerospace, military industry and biomedicine, the use of these materials is very popular [1,2,3,4]; however, nowadays, there are limitations regarding their mechanical and poor tribological properties. Therefore, titanium matrix composites (TMCs) are valuated as materials that combine low density with mechanical properties [5,6,7,8]. Presently, there is a great variety of reinforcements employed in these composites. The most popular ones showed in diverse research works tend to increase the hardness, Young’s modulus and the tribological behaviour without incrementing the density. As examples, it may include TiB2, TiB, TiC, B, B4C, carbon nanotubes, graphite and nanodiamonds [9,10,11,12]. Among these materials, B4C ceramic particles have been presented in investigations as an optimal form to obtain B and C sources to origin in situ TiB and TiC [13,14,15,16]. In this regard, these secondary phases play a key role in the strengthening of the titanium matrices [17]. The main advantage of these in situ phases resides in the existence of a good interfacial bonding of the reinforcement-matrix. Moreover, the ceramic reinforcements formed during in -situ processing are finer, more thermodynamically stable and uniform in size distribution in the metal matrix [18,19]. Therefore, the study of the reaction layer between the matrix and the particles is important in order to achieve a better understanding of the cause that could promote or not these reactions and their products. While there is considerable literature on the grounds of strengthening and the reaction mechanisms [20,21], there are only a few studies where the reaction layer is analysed. It is also investigated how the presence of TixAly as intermetallic in the titanium matrices could affect the final appearance of these secondary phases (TiB and TiC) [22,23,24]; however, the reaction layer in the presence of intermetallic, as well as its decomposition, has been little studied [25,26]. Hence, here lies the importance for understanding and determining the evolution of the reaction layer with B4C particles and intermetallics TixAly and how these layers and the final properties of the consolidated composites could be affected by the combination of the starting materials. Therefore, this research aims not only to study the reaction layer but also to investigate and characterise TMCs from five different blends. These blends were designed and processed considering interesting combinations of starting powders, in order to observe the regarding properties and the above-mentioned reaction layer phenomenon. Through the selection of the diverse intermetallic starting powders, variations in the behaviour of the TMCs may be expected.
In several investigations concerning the manufacture of titanium composites via powder metallurgy (PM) [27,28], inductive hot pressing (iHP) is considered as a suitable fabrication option due to its flexibility and short cycles. For that reason, and thanks to the experience of the authors on TMCs manufacturing, the fabrication route of the specimens was through iHP. In preliminary studies [29,30], an inflexion temperature, at which secondary phases were formed in situ, was observed. The analysis of the reaction layer has been carried out in specimens produced at this inflexion temperature (1100 °C) in vacuum conditions.
Hence, the five specimens were in detail characterised through scanning and scanning-transmission electron microscopies (SEM and (S)TEM) and by X-ray diffraction analysis (XRD). Furthermore, their tribological and physical properties were measured and evaluated. In this regard, the relation between the starting materials and the final properties was thoroughly investigated.

2. Materials and Methods

2.1. Materials

The starting blends were five different combinations of powders, using only one titanium matrix powder, as listed in Table 1.
The powders employed in this research were previously characterised through particle size distribution and morphological analysis, in order to verify their supplied information. The Mastersizer 2000 (Malvern Instruments, Malvern, UK) equipment was used to determinate the average particle size, and their morphology study was performed by SEM from FEI Teneo images (FEI, Eindhoven, Netherlands).
Titanium powder was produced by TLS GmbH (Bitterfeld, Germany); it showed a spherical morphology in agreement with the manufacturer’s information, being its mean diameter of 109 µm. The B4C particles were manufactured by ABCR GmbH & Co KG (Karlsruhe, Germany) with an average size diameter of 64 µm; the morphology of these ceramic particles was irregular and with slightly sharp edges.
Concerning the intermetallic powders, there were substantial differences between the two selected. The one named Ti-Al(1) was a prealloyed Ti3Al and TiAl3 intermetallic powder manufactured by TLS GmbH (Bitterfeld, Germany). This Ti-Al(1) showed a spherical morphology, and its mean diameter was around 75 µm. The other intermetallic powder used was named Ti-Al(2). It was made from a blend of elementary Al (NMD GmbH, Heemsen, Germany; 9 µm) and Ti fine powder with a mean diameter of 29 µm in molar ratio 1:1 by TLS GmbH (Bitterfield, Germany) [22,30].
In addition to the starting materials’ characterisations, XRD analysis was accomplished—Bruker D8 Advance A25 (Billerica, MA, USA) with Cu-Kα radiation. Figure 1 shows the patterns of the powders from which the five blends were prepared. Based on the resulted diffraction spectra, the composition of the powders agreed with the suppliers’ information in the case of Ti powder, B4C and Ti-Al(1) in Figure 1a–c, respectively. In the case of Ti-Al(2), the remarked peaks corresponded to the Ti and Al elements, matching the elementary blending of Ti and Al, whose molar ratio was 1:1 (Ti:Al), as it was above-mentioned.

2.2. Methods

After the blending preparation, similar as in previous authors’ works [30], the consolidation of the specimens via iHP was performed, employing a self-made inductive hot-pressing machine; equipment from RHP-Technology GmbH (Seibersdorf, Austria).
This machine provided the time of the operational cycles to be reduced thanks to its advantageous high heating rate. The time set was 5 min in vacuum conditions at 1100 °C and 80 MPa. The same procedure to fill the die was carried out for the consolidation of each specimen [30]. The graphite die for all the iHP cycles had a diameter of 20 mm. A detailed description of the manufacturing process was reported in previous authors’ work [22].
The consolidated composites were studied at length. After thorough metallographic preparation, their microstructures were examined by SEM at 15 kV. The (S)TEM characterisation was carried out using a FEI Talos F200S microscope (FEI, Eindhoven, Netherlands) operating at an accelerating voltage of 200 kV and equipped with a super-X energy-dispersive X-ray spectrometry (EDX) system, which includes two silicon drift detectors. The elemental mapping experiments were accomplished by combining high-angle annular dark-field imaging (HAADF) and EDX acquisition in (S)TEM mode. The mechanical grinding and ion milling procedures were performed for the (S)TEM studies following standard procedure for TEM lamella preparation. Moreover, an XRD analysis was conducted to identify the diverse crystalline phases in the TMCs. Ultrasonic method (Olympus 38 DL, Tokyo, Japan) was used to calculate Young’s modulus by measuring longitudinal and transverse propagation velocities of acoustic waves [31]. The densification of the specimens was measured according to the Archimedes’ method [32]. The relative density was computed as the ratio of the compacts’ density to their theoretical values of the given material, determined by the rule of mixtures. A test model, Struers-Duramin A300 (Ballerup, Germany), was used to ascertain the Vickers hardness (HV2). The hardness measurements took place on the polished cross-section of the specimens. The reported values were the average of eight indentations.
After the characterisation of the specimens, the tribological behaviour was studied. Before running the tests, the specimens were prepared (grinded and polished), cleaned with acetone in an ultrasonic bath and, after that, dried. The wear behaviour of the TMCs was conducted in a ball-on-disc tribometer (Microtest MT/30/NI, Madrid, Spain) using alumina balls with a diameter of 6 mm. At room temperature, the normal load of 3 N on the ball with a sliding speed of 125 mm/s was employed to measure the wear properties. It was tested at a sliding distance of 500 m on the specimens’ surface, with a circular path of 3 mm in radius. The results were analysed at similar conditions in order to compare and evaluate the influence of the starting materials. The morphology of the worn surfaces was characterised by optical microscopy with a Leica Zeiss DMV6 (Leica Microsystems, Heerbrugg, Switzerland).

3. Results and Discussion

3.1. Microstructural Study and XRD Analysis

The microstructural study revealed significant differences related to the starting powders employed. Figure 2 displayed a microstructure general overview of the specimens. The circular backscattered (CBS) SEM images in Figure 2a,b,d showed how the B4C particles were homogeneously distributed in the titanium matrices.
The different shades of grey close to these ceramic particles suggested the presence of in situ secondary phases. However, at this scale, that was not easily appreciated. Conversely, in the case of the specimen made from Ti only with Ti-Al(1) (Figure 2c), the dark grey areas corresponded to the intermetallic phases (Figure 2c). The intermetallics in the matrix were visible and recognised as spherical precipitates with degradation around. However, if there were Ti-Al powders employed in the starting mixing as Ti-Al(2), the location of the phases rich in Al was not appreciated (Figure 2e). Although, in the bibliography has been reported the formation of new phases due to the liquid metal dealloying reaction [33,34], in this specimen fabricated at this temperature, it seems that no intermetallics were in situ formed, having the aluminium in solid solution with the titanium matrix. These observations were verified by the XRD analysis.
The microstructural characterisation at higher magnification is presented in Figure 3, revealing several phases depending on the starting materials. Evaluating the area surrounding the B4C particles, there were significant variations in the volume and thickness of the in situ secondary phases formed in the reaction layer. In the TMC without intermetallic addition, more in situ secondary phases were formed (Figure 3a). The incorporation of TixAly in the starting powders of the TMCs not only modified the microstructure of the specimens but also affected the secondary phases formed, whereupon the final properties of the specimens could suffer variations. A detailed study of the TMCs’ microstructure evolution contributed to a better understanding of in situ formed phases, as well as the distribution of the TixAly in the titanium matrices. In Figure 3a,b,d, the reaction layer around the B4C could be observed, being mainly composed of B and TiB. These TiB phases could also appear further from the B4C particles when no intermetallic was used, as well as TiC (Figure 3a,b). It suggested that the employ of Ti-Al intermetallic in the initial blending involved a slight obstacle in the origin of in situ formed phases. The Al could act as a barrier, blocking the reactions between the Ti and the B and C sourced by the B4C particles. This phenomenon was more visible in the sample with Al as an elementary powder (TiAl(2), Figure 3d). The morphology of in situ phases will be discussed later.
As previously mentioned, when no B4C was added, how introducing TixAly in the matrix caused differences. This can be clearly seen in Figure 3c,e. There was a reaction layer surrounding the intermetallic phases when prealloyed intermetallic was introduced as a starting powder (TiAl(1)). This reaction layer was due to the decomposition of the intermetallic being Al-incorporated into the matrix.
In order to understand TMCs with B4C particles in detail, the reaction layer and secondary phases were analysed by TEM and (S)TEM (Figure 4, Figure 5 and Figure 6). In the reaction layer, the in situ formed precipitates could be recognised. The more the presence of Al in the matrix, the thicker the reaction layer was observed. The reason, as previously discussed, could be the difficulted diffusion of B and C elements into the matrix. Next to the B4C particles, the size of TiB and TiC in situ secondary phases created were smaller to grow as moving away from the ceramic particles. When Al was not present in the matrix, secondary phases were bigger in size (Figure 4a).
In Figure 4 and Figure 5, the observed phases consisted in TiB and TiC were recognised due to their well-known morphology, as whiskers in the case of TiB and as isolated grey areas for TiC from its dendritic formation [30]. In TMCs reinforced only by B4C, the morphologies of TiB and TiC phases could be more easily identified (Figure 4a), while for TMCs with B4C and intermetallic, these precipitates were not clearly observed (Figure 4b,c). Figure 5 shows the formation of precipitates far from the B4C particles. The lower the content of Al as a solid solution in the matrix, the higher the concentration of secondary phases in these areas was found. In this way, this was more significant with Ti-Al(2) (Figure 5c) than with Ti-Al(1) (Figure 5b), confirming SEM microscopy.
Concluding the microstructural characterisation, a compositional mapping of the main present elements in samples with B4C and intermetallic was performed (Figure 6). The aim was to study the composition of the smallest precipitates to check if there were other formed secondary phases, apart from the expected TiB and TiC. The results confirmed that there was no reaction between the B and C particles with Al.
The XRD patterns of the specimens are illustrated in Figure 7. The one of TMCs without intermetallic (Figure 7a) was intended to serve as a reference on the comparison in terms of precipitates formation regarding the specimens with Ti-Al(1) (Figure 7b) and Ti-Al(2) (Figure 7d). The peaks of B4C could clearly be identified in these three patterns. The variations in the peaks of the in situ formed TiB and TiC that were related to the intermetallic powder employed as the starting powder were meaningful in the results. It suggested that the reaction of the matrix and the ceramic particles was more decelerated if the starting powder was made from an elementary blending of Ti-Al. The peaks corresponding to the TiAl3 phase were not visible in the XRD patterns. These results were in agreement with the microstructures observed by SEM and (S)TEM.
When the starting blend was made without B4C, while the pattern of the specimen produced from intermetallic powder Ti-Al(1) revealed the peaks of the Ti3Al and TiAl phases (Figure 7c), the pattern of the specimens made from Ti-Al(2) powder showed mainly the displaced peaks of Ti and a small quantity of TiAl (Figure 7e). This could be due to the Al migrated into the titanium crystal lattice, avoiding the formation of TixAly phases. The presence of B4C and the secondary phases affected the Al diffusion; therefore, the peak of Ti3Al was slightly detected in specimens made from B4C and Ti-Al(2) (see Figure 7d).

3.2. Physical and Tribological Properties

The values of hardness in the matrix and Young’s modulus are plotted in Figure 8. These results agreed with the previously commented microstructural study and XRD analysis. As it was expected, the B4C addition led to the onset of TiB and TiC becoming in an increase of the hardness and Young’s modulus. Whereas there was more evidence of the TiB and TiC precipitates in the composites made from Ti-Al(1), the hardness and Young’s modulus of these specimens were similar to the composites made from elementary Ti-Al powder (Ti-Al(2)). The Al diffusion phenomenon into the titanium crystal lattice was helping to the matrix strengthening in specimens made from Ti-Al(2). Comparing samples without B4C, the same trend was observed in the hardness and Young’s modulus values (Figure 8). Therefore, this verified how, from different starting powders and diverse reactions phenomenon, the final properties could be, to some extent, similar; other authors have reported some positive or negative effects on the mechanical behaviour of the titanium alloys with other intermetallic additions [35,36].
As regards the tribological behaviour, the wear resistance and the coefficient of friction (COF) were measured and evaluated (Figure 9 and Figure 10). The wear loss (mg) after sliding for 66.3 min (500 m, 400 rpm) is shown in Figure 9. This loss results differed significantly in their value due to the combination of B4C and intermetallic content. The enhancement in fretting wear with only the addition of B4C was relevant. It is important to note that the minor weight loss resulted in the TMC reinforced only with B4C. The intermetallic incorporation in the starting powder involved that the weight loss increased by 50% and 53% in composites made from B4C with Ti-Al(2) and Ti-Al(1), respectively. These phenomena were related to the amount of in situ formed TiB and TiC; if there were an obstacle to origin these secondary phases, the tribological properties could decline. Therefore, when the Al diffused into the matrix blocking these secondary reactions, there was less formation of TiB and TiC, which was reflected in the final tribological behaviour of the composites. These results were in agreement with the ones obtained by microscopy and XRD analysis.
Figure 10 shows the wear and COF vs. time for all the specimens at the same wear conditions. In accordance with the commented above, the B4C particles contributed to a lower penetration than in other specimens, as it can be appreciated in Figure 10a. In these specimens, the B4C particles could participate in avoiding their pluck from the titanium matrix, maintaining the initial penetration corresponding to the applied load and speed. As expected, the absence of B4C promoted the depth of the wear track, being the composite made from Ti-Al(2) the most affected. The COF vs. time is shown in Figure 10b. The coefficient values in the steady-state region were similar in specimens reinforced with B4C. During the wear test, the particles and the hard precipitates in the titanium matrix could collide with the ball; therefore, COF was higher than in specimens without B4C particles. Based upon the foregoing, when the intermetallic remained in the matrix, as in Ti-Al(1), there were also collisions between the ball and these precipitates, reflected in the COF values measured as seen in Figure 10b.
Optical micrographs in Figure 11 show representative worn track areas of the samples after the tribological characterisation. The composites with B4C reinforcements seemed to be able to prevent the formation of severe worn surfaces, showing stronger behaviours. Moreover, in samples without ceramic reinforcements, Figure 11c,e, the material removal could be clearly appreciated with debris in the worn. The worn track surfaces were also significantly wider than in specimens with B4C particles, being more noticeable when the intermetallic was added as an elementary blend.

4. Conclusions

The following conclusions were drawn from this research:
The presence of intermetallic affected considerably the formation of the secondary phases TiC and TiB. If the aluminium was added as an elementary powder in the blend, it caused less formation of these secondary phases, in comparison to the effect of the prealloyed Ti-Al powder. The presence of Al in the matrix could block the C and B diffusion, leading to a weak reaction between these elements and the titanium.
The reaction layers between B4C and the matrix presented similar characteristics, regardless of the intermetallic powder in the blend. This reaction layer was narrower when only B4C was used. When adding intermetallics, more TiB and TiC were accumulated around the ceramic particles due to the commented screen effect of Al in the matrix. The opposite occurred with the precipitates size of the secondary phases TiB and TiC being bigger when no intermetallic was added.
In relation to the reaction layer of the prealloyed TixAly with titanium, a decomposition occurred allowing the Al to be introduced into the matrix.
Regarding the mechanical and tribological properties, composites with ceramic reinforcement showed excellent behaviour with high hardness values and good wear resistance. Without B4C, the presence of prealloyed intermetallic in the matrix helped to a better performance than with the elementary Ti-Al blend.

Author Contributions

Authors have collaborated to obtain high-quality research work. Conceptualisation, E.N. and I.M.-M.; methodology, I.M.-M., E.M.P.S. and C.A.; formal analysis, I.M.-M.; investigation, C.A.; resources, M.K. and E.N.; data curation, E.M.P.S.; writing—original draft preparation, I.M.-M., E.M.P.S. and C.A.; writing—review and editing, C.A. and A.M.B.; visualisation, E.M.P.S. and funding acquisition, I.M.-M., E.M.P.S. and C.A. All authors have read and agreed to the published version of the manuscript.


The authors want to thank the Universidad de Sevilla for the use of experimental facilitates at CITIUS, Microscopy and X-Ray Laboratory Services (VI PPIT-2018-I.5 Eva María Pérez Soriano, VI PPIT-2019-I.5 Cristina Arévalo Mora and VI PPIT-2019-I.5 Isabel Montealegre Meléndez).

Conflicts of Interest

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.


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Figure 1. XRD (X-ray diffraction) patterns of the starting powders: (a) Ti powder, (b) B4C particles, (c) Ti-Al(1) powder and (d) Ti-Al(2) powder.
Figure 1. XRD (X-ray diffraction) patterns of the starting powders: (a) Ti powder, (b) B4C particles, (c) Ti-Al(1) powder and (d) Ti-Al(2) powder.
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Figure 2. CBS-SEM (circular backscattered-scanning electron microscopies) images: (a) Ti + 30 vol. % B4C, (b) Ti + 30 vol. % B4C + 20 vol. % Ti-Al(1), (c) Ti + 20 vol. % Ti-Al(1), (d) Ti + 30 vol. % B4C + 20 vol. % Ti-Al(2) and (e) Ti + 20 vol. % Ti-Al(2).
Figure 2. CBS-SEM (circular backscattered-scanning electron microscopies) images: (a) Ti + 30 vol. % B4C, (b) Ti + 30 vol. % B4C + 20 vol. % Ti-Al(1), (c) Ti + 20 vol. % Ti-Al(1), (d) Ti + 30 vol. % B4C + 20 vol. % Ti-Al(2) and (e) Ti + 20 vol. % Ti-Al(2).
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Figure 3. Phases identification via CBS-SEM images: (a) Ti + 30 vol. % B4C, (b) Ti + 30 vol. % B4C + 20 vol. % Ti-Al(1), (c) Ti + 20 vol. % Ti-Al(1), (d) Ti + 30 vol. % B4C + 20 vol. % Ti-Al(2) and (e) Ti + 20 vol. % Ti-Al(2).
Figure 3. Phases identification via CBS-SEM images: (a) Ti + 30 vol. % B4C, (b) Ti + 30 vol. % B4C + 20 vol. % Ti-Al(1), (c) Ti + 20 vol. % Ti-Al(1), (d) Ti + 30 vol. % B4C + 20 vol. % Ti-Al(2) and (e) Ti + 20 vol. % Ti-Al(2).
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Figure 4. TEM (transmission electron microscopies) images: (a) Ti + 30 vol. % B4C, (b) Ti + 30 vol. % B4C + 20 vol. % Ti-Al(1) and (c) Ti + 30 vol. % B4C + 20 vol. % Ti-Al(2).
Figure 4. TEM (transmission electron microscopies) images: (a) Ti + 30 vol. % B4C, (b) Ti + 30 vol. % B4C + 20 vol. % Ti-Al(1) and (c) Ti + 30 vol. % B4C + 20 vol. % Ti-Al(2).
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Figure 5. (S)TEM images 80,000x: (a) Ti + 30 vol. % B4C, (b) Ti + 30 vol. % B4C + 20 vol. % Ti-Al(1) and (c) Ti + 30 vol. % B4C + 20 vol. % Ti-Al(2).
Figure 5. (S)TEM images 80,000x: (a) Ti + 30 vol. % B4C, (b) Ti + 30 vol. % B4C + 20 vol. % Ti-Al(1) and (c) Ti + 30 vol. % B4C + 20 vol. % Ti-Al(2).
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Figure 6. TEM images and compositional mappings: (a) Ti + 30 vol. % B4C + 20 vol. % Ti-Al(1) and (b) Ti + 30 vol. % B4C + 20 vol. % Ti-Al(2).
Figure 6. TEM images and compositional mappings: (a) Ti + 30 vol. % B4C + 20 vol. % Ti-Al(1) and (b) Ti + 30 vol. % B4C + 20 vol. % Ti-Al(2).
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Figure 7. XRD patterns of the specimens: (a) Ti + 30 vol. % B4C, (b) Ti + 30 vol. % B4C + 20 vol. % Ti-Al(1), (c) Ti + 20 vol. % Ti-Al(1), (d) Ti + 30 vol. % B4C + 20 vol. % Ti-Al(2) and (e) Ti + 20 vol. % Ti-Al(2).
Figure 7. XRD patterns of the specimens: (a) Ti + 30 vol. % B4C, (b) Ti + 30 vol. % B4C + 20 vol. % Ti-Al(1), (c) Ti + 20 vol. % Ti-Al(1), (d) Ti + 30 vol. % B4C + 20 vol. % Ti-Al(2) and (e) Ti + 20 vol. % Ti-Al(2).
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Figure 8. Hardness Vickers (HV2) and Young’s modulus of the specimens.
Figure 8. Hardness Vickers (HV2) and Young’s modulus of the specimens.
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Figure 9. Wear loss vs. specimens.
Figure 9. Wear loss vs. specimens.
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Figure 10. Tribology results: (a) wear vs. time and (b) coefficient of friction vs. time.
Figure 10. Tribology results: (a) wear vs. time and (b) coefficient of friction vs. time.
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Figure 11. Worn surface: (a) Ti + 30 vol. % B4C, (b) Ti + 30 vol. % B4C + 20 vol. % Ti-Al(1), (c) Ti + 20 vol. % Ti-Al(1), (d) Ti + 30 vol. % B4C + 20 vol. % Ti-Al(2) and (e) Ti + 20 vol. % Ti-Al(2).
Figure 11. Worn surface: (a) Ti + 30 vol. % B4C, (b) Ti + 30 vol. % B4C + 20 vol. % Ti-Al(1), (c) Ti + 20 vol. % Ti-Al(1), (d) Ti + 30 vol. % B4C + 20 vol. % Ti-Al(2) and (e) Ti + 20 vol. % Ti-Al(2).
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Table 1. Summary of the composition of the tested specimens.
Table 1. Summary of the composition of the tested specimens.
BlendMaterialsB4C [Volume %]Ti:Al [Volume %]
1Ti + B4C30-
2Ti + B4C + Ti-Al(1)3020
3Ti + Ti-Al(1)-20
4Ti + B4C + Ti-Al(2)3020
5Ti + Ti-Al(2)-20
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