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Microstructure and mechanical properties of Ti2AlC-reinforced TiAl composites

  • Taotao Ai , Fang Liu , Qi Yu , Xiaoming Feng , Yingtang Zhang and Wenhu Li


Ti2AlC/TiAl composites were successfully in-situ synthesized by reaction hot pressing using Ti, Al, TiC and CNTs as starting materials. The results indicate that the as-sintered composites mainly consist of Ti2AlC and TiAl phases. The mechanical properties of the 23 wt.% Ti2AlC/TiAl composite exhibit the highest values, with a flexural strength and fracture toughness of 652.5 ± 76.8 MPa and 6.6 ± 0.5 MPa m1/2, respectively. The complex structure coupled with dispersed Ti2AlC micro-particulates is responsible for the enhancement in the strength. Toughening of the composite is mainly attributed to crack deflection, crack bridging, crack branching and pull-out of the Ti2AlC particles, as well as transgranular cracking.

* Taotao Ai, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Shaanxi University of Technology, Hanzhong 723000, P.R. China. Tel.: +86 916 2291082, Fax: +86 916 2291082, E-mail:


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Received: 2014-04-14
Accepted: 2014-05-20
Published Online: 2014-11-17
Published in Print: 2014-11-10

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