Ni-Mo-Cr foams processed by casting replication of sodium aluminate preforms

Yuttanant Boonyongmaneerat*, David C. Dunand

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The use of sodium aluminate (NaAlO2) for casting Ni-based alloy foam using the replication method, was analyzed. The creation of Ni-based superalloy foams by casting replication requires a space-holder materials with high melting point and chemical inertness with the melt. Sodium aluminate exhibits a melting point (1650°C) that suits the replication process. It showed moderate melting point, which prevent melting at the infiltration temperature and allow sintering of a preform with relatively coarse powders. It was also found to be lightly sintered to one other without reaction with the alumina crucible. The casting method was used to create a foam from the nickel-base alloy. Sodium aluminate was infiltrated at low pressure, where its phase was removed by dissolution in a 10% HCI solution, producing nickel-base foam with relative density of 46%.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)379-383
Number of pages5
JournalAdvanced Engineering Materials
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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