The alloying effects of tantalum on the microstructure of an α2+γ titanium aluminide

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-8
Journal / PublicationMaterials Science and Engineering A
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 15 Sep 1999
Externally publishedYes


Atom probe field ion microscopy has been used to investigate the alloying effects of tantalum in a hot extruded two-phase (α2+γ) Ti-47 at.% Al-2% Cr-1% Nb-0.80% Ta-0.20% W-0.15% B alloy in both stress-relieved (2 h at 900°C) and aged (2160 h at 800°C) conditions. Slightly over half of the tantalum additions were found to be in solution in the main matrix phases. The concentration of tantalum in the aged alloy was determined to be 0.43±0.14% Ta and 0.47±0.04% Ta in the α2 and γ phases, respectively, indicating that tantalum does not partition strongly to either phase. The presence of tantalum does not reduce the strong oxygen partitioning to the α2 phase, or modify the low boron concentrations measured in the α2 and γ phases. However, the addition of tantalum does appear to change the most prevalent boride phase from MB2 to MB and possibly to increase the rate at which near-equilibrium levels of Al and Ti are achieved in the α2 and γ phases. In addition, tantalum appears be responsible for the precipitation of a Ti(Cr, Al)2 phase which contains significant amounts of Ti, Al, Cr, Ta and W. © 1999 Elsevier Science S.A.

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  • Alloying effects, Atom probe field ion microscopy, Phase composition, Precipitates, Tantalum, Titanium aluminides based on TiAl, Titanium boride

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