Thermophysical properties of a Ti - 44% Al - 8% Nb - 1%B alloy in the solid and molten states

C Cagran, B Wilthan, G Pottlacher, B Roebuck, Michael Wickins, Richard Harding

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The families of titanium aluminide intermetallic alloys have attractive high temperature mechanical properties which make them potential candidate materials for a wide range of applications, particularly in the aeronautic and automobile sectors. The development of appropriate manufacturing techniques is an essential stage in the engineering exploitation of these materials, e.g., Induction Skull Melting is one of the techniques which needs to be optimised for the casting of titanium aluminides. Research is underway to develop a computer model of this process but data are required for the key thermophysical properties. Pulse-heating techniques have been used to measure properties for the Ti-14Al-8Nb-1B system. Rectangular samples have been prepared and are resistively heated as part of a fast capacitor discharge circuit. Time-resolved measurements with sub-mus resolution of currents through the specimen were made with a Pearson probe current monitor using the induction principle. Voltages across the specimen were determined with knife-edge contacts and voltage dividers, and radiance temperatures of the sample were measured with a pyrometer. These measurements allow the calculation of specific heat and dependencies between enthalpy, electrical resistivity and temperature of the alloy up into the liquid phase. Data for thermal diffusivity have been obtained by using the Wiedeman-Franz relation. The results are compared with those obtained using DSC and the four-probe method to measure the temperature dependence of the resistivity. (C) 2003 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1327-1334
Number of pages8
Issue number11-12
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2003


  • titanium aluminides, based on TiAl
  • thermal properties
  • molten alloys


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