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2020 | OriginalPaper | Chapter

Effects of Si on the Electrical Conductivity, Microhardness, Microstructure and Hot Tearing of Al–0.8Fe–0.5Mg–0.4Ni Alloys

Authors: Stephanie Kotiadis, Adam Zimmer, Abdallah Elsayed, Eli Vandersluis, C. Ravindran

Published in: Light Metals 2020

Publisher: Springer International Publishing

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Abstract

Electrified automotive powertrains require new Al alloys with high castability and high electrical conductivity. This research presents the effects of Si on the electrical conductivity, microhardness, microstructure and hot tearing of Al–0.8 wt% Fe–0.5 wt% Mg–0.4 wt% Ni–x wt% Si alloys. The Al–Fe–Mg–Ni–Si alloys were prepared by mixing pure Al, Fe, and Ni, as well as Al–50 wt% Mg and Al-50 wt% Si master alloys at 720 °C. Silicon contents of 0.15 and 0.30 wt% were examined. The alloys were characterized using microhardness testing, optical and electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, electrical conductivity measurements and hot tearing susceptibility testing. The microstructure of the Al–Fe–Mg–Ni–Si alloys contained fibrous as well as elongated or rounded Al3Ni and Al9FeNi intermetallics, with Mg and Si contained in the Al solid solution. Increasing Si content from 0.15 to 0.30 wt% in the Al–Fe–Mg–Ni–Si alloys resulted in more rounded intermetallics but nearly constant microhardness (~46 HV) and electrical conductivity (~50 %IACS). The hot tearing susceptibility of the Al–Fe–Mg–Ni–Si alloys was more severe than a modified A380 alloy but did not result in a complete separation of the casting.
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Title
Effects of Si on the Electrical Conductivity, Microhardness, Microstructure and Hot Tearing of Al–0.8Fe–0.5Mg–0.4Ni Alloys
Authors
Stephanie Kotiadis
Adam Zimmer
Abdallah Elsayed
Eli Vandersluis
C. Ravindran
Copyright Year
2020
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-36408-3_29

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