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|The Effect of Addition of Ce and Sr on the Solidification Path of Al 8Si 2Cu Alloy
|Transactions of the Indian Institute of Metals, 2015, Vol.68, 6, pp.1119-1123
|Thermal analysis of Al Si alloys is very useful for the non-destructive evaluation of the melt quality. The present work aimed at the study of the effect of addition of Ce and Sr on cooling curve parameters, microstructure and mechanical properties of Al 8Si 2Cu alloy. The thermal analysis parameters of melt treated alloys were determined. The addition of Ce influenced both primary and eutectic phase nucleation temperatures, whereas, Sr affected only the eutectic nucleation temperature. The depression in the eutectic arrest temperature was higher with Sr addition when compared to Ce. Consequently, a high degree of modification was achieved with Sr. The addition of Ce yielded fine equiaxed ?-aluminium grains and Sr treatment resulted in columnar grains. The mechanical properties of the alloy significantly improved on simultaneous addition of Ce and Sr. The individual addition of Sr, Ce and combined addition of Ce + Sr to base alloy increased the tensile strength by about 40, 52 and 83 % respectively. 2015, The Indian Institute of Metals - IIM.
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