Interparticle Neck Connections in Innovative Insulated Iron Powder Compounds
R. Bidulskýa, J. Bidulská a, R. de Oro b, E. Hryha b, M. Maccarini c, I. Forno c and M. Actis Grande d
aTechnical University of Košice, Faculty of Metallurgy, Department of Metals Forming, Letná 9, 042 00 Košice, Slovakia
bChalmers University of Technology, Department of Materials and Manufacturing Technology, Rannvagen 2, 412 96 Göteborg, Sweden
cConsorzio Prometeo, Viale T. Michel 5, 15121 Alessandria, Italy
dPolitecnico di Torino, Department of Applied Science and Technology, Viale T. Michel 5, 15121 Alessandria, Italy
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Goal of the present paper is the analysis of the interparticle neck connections in a system made of insulated iron powder compounds with different additions of an Al-Mg-Si-Cu alloy (0.25, 0.5 and 0.75 wt%). The introduction of the aluminium alloy powder has been made in order to improve the mechanical properties, evaluated as the transverse rupture strength, without decreasing the magnetic properties (evaluated in terms of iron loss and coercivity force). The fracture analysis of investigated systems puts into evidence the breaking of interparticle neck connections. Heat treatment (at the temperature of 500°C) contributes to the early stages of interparticle neck developments. The chosen aluminium alloy presents a sort of pre-sintering behaviour at 500°C, with the possibility of mass-transport processes around the insulated iron powder compounds. The air heat treatment applied aims at providing an increase in the mechanical behaviour of the material, with a final good rigidity after the cooling process. Fracture surfaces and transverse rupture strength values show that, at 500 MPa, the strength and the area related to the inter-particle necks can be correlated to the occasional broken insulated point-to-point surfaces that hinder the development of inter-particles necks.

DOI: 10.12693/APhysPolA.128.647
PACS numbers: 75.50.-y, 81.20.Ev, 81.40.Np