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Re-Melting Nb–Si-Based Ultrahigh-Temperature Alloys in Ceramic Mold Shells

State Key Laboratory of Solidification Processing, Northwestern Polytechnical University, Xi’an 710072, China
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Metals 2019, 9(7), 721; https://doi.org/10.3390/met9070721
Received: 1 June 2019 / Revised: 18 June 2019 / Accepted: 24 June 2019 / Published: 26 June 2019
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Abstract

In furnaces with different heating elements, Nb–Si based ultrahigh-temperature alloy rods were re-melted in pure yttria mold shells and zirconia face-coat mold shells at 1850 °C for 30 min. The results evidenced that in the furnace with a tungsten heating element, the microstructure of the re-melted alloy became coarser, and the composition varied depending on the type of mold shell. Although the interface reaction layer between the re-melted alloy and the zirconia face-coat mold shell was much thicker, the deformability of the mold shell and the sand burning phenomenon of the alloy inside it were improved and ameliorated, respectively. However, after being re-melted in the furnace with a graphite heating element, the misrun phenomenon occurred in both specimens. Both re-melted alloys inside the mold shells were divided by a gap into an internal and an external part, with totally different microstructures and compositions. No reaction layer emerged at the interface between the re-melted alloy and the mold shells. Instead, infiltration zones arose in the mold shells adjacent to the interface. View Full-Text
Keywords: Nb–Si based ultrahigh-temperature alloy; investment casting; yttria; zirconia; melting Nb–Si based ultrahigh-temperature alloy; investment casting; yttria; zirconia; melting
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Wang, Y.; Guo, X. Re-Melting Nb–Si-Based Ultrahigh-Temperature Alloys in Ceramic Mold Shells. Metals 2019, 9, 721.

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