About the relationship of the processing conditions, mechanical properties, and microstructure of a co-precipitated Fe/Cu prealloyed powder.
Issue Date: 
Mar-2023
Publisher: 
Elsevier
ISSN: 
2405-8440
Editorial note: 
This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license
Citation: 
Luno-Bilbao, C., Vielma, N., Veiga, A., Ausejo, S., Peña, G., & Iturriza, I. (2023). About the relationship of the processing conditions, mechanical properties, and microstructure of a co-precipitated Fe/Cu prealloyed powder. Heliyon, 9(3).
Abstract
The sinterability of a commercial Fe-Cu pre-alloyed powder, designed to be used as a metallic bond in diamond impregnated tools, has been greatly analyzed by combining dilatometry, computational thermodynamic calculations, and microstructural analysis. The effect of sintering temperature and alloying elements such as graphite and iron phosphide have been taken into consideration in order to demonstrate the capability of tailoring final properties through different strategies, and dilatometry and microstructural analysis have been used to understand the densification process of the alloys. Solid phase sintering was the mechanism taking place during thermal cycle. In fact, a liquid phase appears but because of the high densification level at that time mechanisms associated with LPS do not contribute to densification. Discussion about me-chanical properties has been related to key microstructural phenomena, i.e., grain growth, phase transformation, precipitation, and solid solution. Obtained hardness ranged from 83 HRB to 106 HRB with yield stresses between 450 MPa and 700 MPa and elongations above 3%, while final tensile properties similar to those obtained by cobalt-based powders processed by hot pressing were also obtained.

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