Homogenization of compacted blends of Ni and Mo powders

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The homogenization behavior of compacted blends of Ni and Mo powders was studied primarily as a function of temperature, mean compact composition, and Mo powder particle size. All compact compositions were in the Ni-rich terminal solid-solution range; temperatures were between 950 and 1200°C (in the region of the phase diagram where only the MoNi intermediate phase forms); average Mo particle sizes ranged from 8.4 μm to 48 μm. Homogenization was characterized in terms of the rate of decrease of the amounts of the Mo-rich terminal solid-solution phase and the MoNi intermediate phase. The experimental results were compared to predictions based upon the three-phase, concentric-sphere homogenization model. In general, agreement between experimental data and model predictions was fairly good for high-temperature treatments and for compact compositions which were not close to the solubility limit of Mo in Ni. Departures from the model are discussed in terms of surface diffusion contributions to homogenization and non-uniform mixing effects. © 1975 American Society for Metals, The Melallurgical Society of AIME.

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Metallurgical Transactions A