Tin Addition to Improve the Oxidation Behaviour of NbSs/Nb5Si3 Based In Situ Composite

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This work focuses on the effect of tin additions (2, 5 and 8%) to the MASC alloy (Nb-25Ti-8Hf-2Cr-2Al-18Si) on the microstructure and the oxidation behaviour at 815°C in air. The alloys are mainly constituted of a niobium solid solution plus the () Nb5Si3 silicides. For the higher Sn additions (5 and 8%), a fourth phase is evidenced: it is enriched in Sn and has a crystal structure close to Nb3Sn. The oxidation resistance of these alloys is clearly improved by tin additions: the oxygen inward diffusion is hindered and consequently the fragmentation of the silicides is avoided. Cracks in silicides are no longer observed for the MASC containing 8%Sn. This effect is not attributed to a better efficiency of the oxide scales but rather to the reduction of the niobium solid solution fraction with tin additions.

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M. Heilmaier

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575-580

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10.4028/www.scientific.net/AMR.278.575

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S. Knittel et al., "Tin Addition to Improve the Oxidation Behaviour of NbSs/Nb5Si3 Based In Situ Composite", Advanced Materials Research, Vol. 278, pp. 575-580, 2011

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July 2011

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