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  • Vegetable Oil Quenchants: A Review   Order a copy of this article
    by Rosa L. Simencio Otero, Lemmy Meekisho, Lauralice C.F. Canale, George E. Totten 
    Abstract: For thousands of years, vegetable oils have been used as cooling media to heat treat metals. However, the motivation for employing quenchants formulated with biodegradable, non-toxic and renewable base stocks has seen significant increase due to the environmental appeal to replace petroleum based quenchants. This paper presents an overview of the main aspects and characteristics of vegetable oils that directly influence their commercial application such as structure, classification, biodegradability and toxicity, quenching properties, oxidation and inhibition, and wetting. Further, some applications of vegetable oils as quenchants will be discussed here.
    Keywords: Quenching; Heat Treating; Heat Transfer; Vegetable Oil; Triglycerides; Hardening.

  • Surface Morphology Analysis of AISI-D3 Tool Steel Using Rotary Tool Electric Discharge Machining Process.   Order a copy of this article
    by Anand Prakash Dwivedi, Sounak Kumar Choudhury 
    Abstract: Electric Discharge Machining is one of the most prominent machining processes, which is used across the world for machining and creating intricate shapes in very hard-to-cut electrically conducting materials. This comprehensive study aims to investigate the surface modification and characterization of thin AISI-D3 tool steel sheets and provides a thorough information about the material characteristics, which are quite vital from the design and reliability point of view. The analysis shows that the average improvement in the final surface finish of the machined surface is close to 12%. In addition, the energy dispersive spectroscopy images confirm the presence of 2.1% copper and 25.22% of carbon on the workpiece surface, showing the tool material transfer at the workpiece surface. Moreover, the scanning electron microscope images confirm the presence of a thinner recast layer, fewer micro-cracks and very less embedding of tool material on the workpiece surface as compared to the stationary tool process.
    Keywords: Electric Discharge Machining (EDM); Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy (EDS); Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM); Micro-cracks; Recast layer.

  • Determination of temperature-dependent Youngs modulus of Bulk Metallic Glass   Order a copy of this article
    by Suresh Kaluvan, Haifeng Zhang, Sanghita Mridha, Sundeep Mukherjee 
    Abstract: Bulk metallic glasses are fully amorphous multi-component alloys with homogeneous and isotropic structure down to the atomic scale. Some attractive attributes of bulk metallic glasses include high strength and hardness as well as excellent corrosion and wear resistance. However, there are few reports and limited understanding of their mechanical properties at elevated temperatures. We have used two methods in this paper to determine the Youngs modulus of a bulk metallic glass, Zr41.2Ti13.8Cu12.5Ni10Be22.5 at elevated temperatures: sonic resonance method and nanoindentation. In the sonic resonance method, the measurement system was designed using a laser displacement sensor to detect the sonic vibration produced by a speaker on the specimen in high-temperature furnace. The OMICRON Bode-100 Vector Network Analyzer was used to sweep the frequency and its output was connected to the speaker which vibrated the material in its flexural mode. A Polytec OFV-505 laser vibrometer sensor was used to capture the vibration of the material at various frequencies. The flexural mode frequency shift due to the temperature variation was used to determine the Youngs modulus. The temperature range of measurement was from 50
    Keywords: Metallic glass; Young’s Modulus; Nondestructive test; Sonic resonance; Elevated Temperature; Flexural mode vibration.

  • Study of Crystal-Amorphous Phase Transition and Morphologies of Metal Nanoparticle Fe under Annealing   Order a copy of this article
    by Kien Pham Huu 
    Abstract: The present work investigates the crystal-amorphous phase transition and morphologies of metal nanoparticles Fe (NPs) using means of molecular dynamics (MD) simulation. Tracing the number of crystal atoms and the analysis of radial distribution functions, we found that the amorphous Fe NP is transformed into bcc crystal one when it was annealed for long times at 900K. At the early stage of the annealing, small nuclei form in different places of NP and dissolve for short times. After long times some nuclei form and gather nearby which creates the stable clusters in the core of NP and to spread into the surface of NP. Based on the mean potential energy per atom analysis and MD data visualization technique, the effect of B atoms that prevent the growth of crystallization as well as the different morphologies of Fe and FeB NPs have been investigated in detail.
    Keywords: phase transition; annealing; morphologies; crystallization; amorphous.

  • Analysis of Influence of Ultra-hydrophilicity of Oxidation Titanium Surface on Blood Compatibility Based on Density Functional Theory   Order a copy of this article
    by Qiongjian Huang 
    Abstract: Based on the density functional theory, it adopts the first-principles method to calculate the ultra-hydrophilicity of oxidation titanium surface under different oxygen vacancy concentrations. The calculation results show that under the practically feasible oxygen vacancy concentration range, with the increase of the oxygen vacancy concentration, the ultra-hydrophilicity of oxidation titanium surface is increased, and the semiconductor type of the oxidation titanium is transformed from p type to n type. When the oxidation titanium surface is in contact with blood, the n-type semiconductor and the features of the electron state occupying the bottom of conduction band of the oxidation titanium surface can suppress the transfer of charge from the fibrinogen in the blood to the oxidation titanium surface so to suppress the aggregation and activation of blood platelet, thus improve the ultra-hydrophilicity of oxidation titanium surface on blood compatibility.
    Keywords: Oxidation Titanium;Oxygen Vacancy; Electronic Structure; Blood Compatibility.

  • Structural, optical and electrical properties of CuBiS2 thin films deposited by spray pyrolysis at different deposition times   Order a copy of this article
    by Abdelfatah Mansour, Islam Elradaf 
    Abstract: Reproducible and good quality copper bismuth sulfide (CuBiS2) thin layer were situated on preheated glassy slide substrates made implementing the spraying pyrolysis approach at distinctive times of spraying 15, 30, 45, and 60 min with a fixed substrate temperature 400 oC. The effect of spray time on the structural, morphology, optical and electrical benefits of the CuBiS2 thin films produced by spray pyrolysis methodology were studied. The structure was studied by XRD methodology. The surface texture of the produced films was considered by SEM. The optical benefits of the CuBiS2 films were inquired working with the spectrophotometric method in which the optical transmittance and reflectance beyond a wavelength range 200-2500 nm were measured. The d.c. conductivity was studied at different temperatures for all the prepared CuBiS2 thin films.
    Keywords: Copper bismuth sulfide; Spray pyrolysis; Optical; Band gap; Electrical.

  • Modelling and Simulation of a Bending Process for S34MnV Steel   Order a copy of this article
    by Zhiqiang Hu, Kaikun Wang, Yan Yang 
    Abstract: To investigate the hot deformation behavior of S34MnV steel, hot compression tests in different deformation conditions were done. According to the experimental data, a constitutive equation was established and a mathematical model for dynamic recrystallization was established to predict the volume fraction of dynamic recrystallization. To reveal the plastic deformation, the bending process for a large S34MnV marine crank was simulated by Deform-3D. The stress and strain field of the bending process was obtained and analyzed based on the simulation. Finally, to study the effect of the bending process on the crank, a bending process of a crank produced with a hydropress in the factory was studied. The microstructure and mechanical properties in three different positions of the bending crank were analyzed. It was concluded that the bending process would reduce the uniformity of the microstructure and mechanical properties, owing to the nonuniformity of the deformation.
    Keywords: Hot Deformation Behavior; Modelling and Simulation ; Bending Process.

  • Micro-structural and Interfacial Transition Zone investigation on Oil Palm Shell lightweight concrete.   Order a copy of this article
    by Muthumani Krishnamurthy, Swamy Nadh Vandanapu 
    Abstract: Oil palm shell aggregates (OPS) can be used as a replacement of coarse aggregate in concrete to produce lightweight concrete. OPS is found to absorb more water compared to normal aggregate. Hence, surface treatment is carried out on OPS and the effect of water cement ratio on strength of concrete is investigated. This paper presents X-ray diffraction analysis carried out for treated and non-treated OPS aggregate to find the mineralogical characteristics. Microstructural analysis and interfacial transition zone is investigated for treated and non-treated OPS using digital image processing or digital microscope. The results of investigation is compared with conventional concrete.
    Keywords: surface treatment; lightweight concrete; treated OPS. non-treated OPS; interfacial transition zone; conventional aggregate.

  • Effect of deposition temperature on structural, optical and electrical properties of chemically deposited thermochromic Cu2HgI4 thin films   Order a copy of this article
    by Abdelfatah Mansour, Islam El Radaf 
    Abstract: Copper mercury tetraiodide thin films were grown by the chemical bath deposition technique at different deposition temperatures varying from 300 to 345 K. The structural properties of the prepared Cu2HgI4 thin films show that the Cu2HgI4 films have a polycrystalline nature. The compositional analysis confirmed the nearly stoichiometric structure of the deposited Cu2HgI4 thin films. Homogeneous and regular surface morphology, including of circular-shaped grains with a size range from 31 to 46 nm, was revealed. Thermal stability and phase transition were studied by means of thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) and differential thermal analysis (DSC), respectively. The effects of deposition temperature on the optical properties and D.C. electrical conductivity of the Cu2HgI4 films have been studied. The films were found to have an indirect optical energy gap of values increases with increasing substrate temperature. The electrical conductivity increases with increasing temperature according to grain boundary trapping model.
    Keywords: Cu2HgI4; DSC; TGA; Optical; Electrical conductivity.

  • Strength and Microstructural Characteristics Evaluation of a Fibre Reinforced Fine Grained Soil Using Taguchi Technique   Order a copy of this article
    by Amit Kumar, Dharmender Kumar Soni 
    Abstract: The viability of Taguchi technique to optimise the unconfined compressive strength (UCS) of polypropylene fibre (PPF) reinforced cohesive soil has been investigated in this paper. Dominating factors for UCS optimisation have also been reported. Egg shell powder (ESP) and sodium chloride (NaCl) was used to treat the soil and 7, 14 and 21 days cured specimens were tested. The samples were prepared by design of experiments (DOE) produced by Taguchi technique those arranged in orthogonal arrays (OA). Experimental results were analysed by performing analysis of variance (ANOVA). Finally, optimised conditions were experimentally verified. Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) and Energy Dispersive X-ray Spectroscopy (EDS) results were also studied to explore the microstructural changes and elemental analysis of subjected soil. Results obtained from this study might be used for pavement design and ground improvement for foundation works.
    Keywords: unconfined compressive strength; egg shell powder; sodium chloride; polypropylene; optimisation; Taguchi; microstructural analysis.

  • Analysis on the effect of pressure and mass fraction of chromium to mechanical properties and electrical conductivity of copper-chromium composite in hot compaction process   Order a copy of this article
    by Dicki Nizar Zulfika, Widyastuti Widyastuti, Lukman Noerochim, Nanda Hendra Pratama, Subardi Marjali, Irwin Maulana, Radyum Ikono, Nurul Taufiqu Rochman 
    Abstract: Cu-Cr composite is used in the electronic industry as a material which is directly connected to the electricity, as a component of a circuit breaker, cable contact, circuit board, etc. In this study, hot compaction method was employed to manufacture Cu-Cr composite which has excellent hardness and electrical conductivity. Composite manufacturing was based on powder metallurgy technique while mixing used mechanical milling method in regards to its better homogeneity. Hot compaction process set at the temperature of 300°C was applied to the powder material to increase the plasticity so the compaction can be done easier. Some variation was made on the composition of Cu : Cr ratio (90 : 10, 80 : 20, 70 : 30, and 60 : 40), and the compaction pressure (500, 700, and 1000 MPa). Sintering was conducted at 85°C with holding time of 1 h. Based on the results, the optimum sintering density of 96.81% of its theoretical density was obtained at Cu : Cr ratio as of 80 : 20. Maximum hardness at 60%Cu : 40%Cr and P = 1000 MPa was 129 VHN. And, electrical conductivity was reached its optimum value of 82.6% IACS when the Cu:Cr ratio was 90:10 at P = 1000 MPa.
    Keywords: Cu-Cr; hot compaction; composite; powder metallurgy.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJMMP.2019.10021504
  • Microstructure assessment of bi-modal microcellular polymeric composites developed using multi-stage depressurisation technique in solid-state foaming technology   Order a copy of this article
    by Abhishek Gandhi, Rajesh Panda, Smita Mohanty, S.K. Nayak 
    Abstract: In this study, bimodal microcellular acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) foams have been manufactured through solid-state batch foaming process using two staged gas depressurisation technique. After blowing agent saturation, the thermodynamic instability induction on polymer/gas system due to instantaneous pressure drop was performed at two distinct depressurisation stages. Each stage corresponded to nucleation of discrete cell morphology in the polymer matrix. This paper puts forward a study to understand the fundamental mechanism behind bi-modal cell nucleation phenomenon. Further, Influence of holding time, holding pressure, foaming temperature and foaming time on the foam morphological attributes were studied. By altering the process parameters, the morphological attributes in the final product could be controlled efficiently.
    Keywords: microcellular; microstructure; morphology; bimodal; foam; cells; composite.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJMMP.2019.10021508
  • Characterisation of self-healing efficiency of calcium nitrate microcapsules for concrete applications   Order a copy of this article
    by Ala G. Abu Taqa, Mohammed Al-Ansari, Ahmed Senouci, Marwa M. Hassan, Ahmed Shaat, Mohamed O. Mohsen 
    Abstract: This study presents characterisation of concrete samples containing 0.75% by cement weight of modified calcium nitrate self-healing microcapsules. The phased array ultrasonic testing method was used to investigate the healing efficiency of calcium nitrate microcapsules in concrete. The method is a novel non-destructive testing technique that is commonly used for detecting the defects in welding. Concrete beams were prepared from the control mix (without microcapsules) and mixes containing 0.75% by weight of cement of calcium nitrate microcapsules. After 28 days of moist curing, the phased array ultrasonic images of all beams were captured before loading, after applying 60% of the ultimate flexural load, and after 3 and 7 days of accelerated healing. Moreover, scanning electron microscopy images taken from fractured surfaces of the beams that were loaded up to failure before healing were compared to those of the beams that were healed for 7 days and loaded up to failure.
    Keywords: calcium nitrate microcapsules; self-healing concrete; calcium nitrate microcapsules; phased array ultrasonic testing; scanning electron microscopy.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJMMP.2019.10021509
  • Effect of duty cycle on microstructure, composition and ablation resistance of tungsten-cobalt coatings prepared by electrodeposition   Order a copy of this article
    by Lu Haipeng, Qin Junqi, Di Changchun 
    Abstract: In order to explore the ablation resistance of the tungsten-cobalt coating, tungsten-cobalt coatings with different tungsten contents were prepared on the surfaces of PCrNi3MoVA steels by electrodeposition under different duty cycles. The results show that the tungsten content in the coating increases first and then decreases with the increase of the duty cycle. When the duty cycle is 30%, the tungsten content is the highest (43.37wt%). The grain size increases with the increase of the duty cycle. The sample prepared at the duty cycle of 30% has the best ablation resistance, and its relative mass ablation rate and relative line ablation rate are 0.08% and 0.89%, respectively. The effect of duty cycle on ablation resistance of the tungsten-cobalt coating is mainly achieved by affecting the tungsten content and the grain size in the coating. Higher tungsten content and denser crystal, the ablation resistance of tungsten-cobalt coating is better.
    Keywords: pulse electrodeposition; tungsten-cobalt coating; duty cycle; tungsten content; ablative properties.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJMMP.2019.10021492
  • Structural, optical and galvanomagnetical properties of low cost synthesised nanostructure Cu2S films   Order a copy of this article
    by A.M. Mansour, E.M. El-Menyawy, G.M. Mahmoud 
    Abstract: The cu2s powder was prepared by low-cost hydrothermal method and was deposited as thin films by thermal evaporation. The structural properties are explored by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM). The XRD shows a monoclinic polycrystalline nature of hydrothermally prepared powder, while the deposited film shows a hump corresponding to Cu2Snanocrystallites. HRTEM micrograph shows nanoparticles with sizes ranging from 30 to 45 nm. Based on the thermogravimetric results, the thermal kinetic parameters are calculated by application of Broido method. The optical energy band gap of the evaporated films is determined as 2.3 eV. The electrical conductivity, charge carriers concentration, carriers mobility and the magnetoresistance (MR) of the films are investigated as a function of temperature.
    Keywords: copper sulphides; hydrothermal; thermogravimetric; optical; galvanomagnetic; conductivity; carriers concentration; mobility; magnetoresistance.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJMMP.2019.10021511
  • Synthesis and characterisation of Sb-doped ZrO2 and TiO2 nanoparticles   Order a copy of this article
    by Asha R. Pai, Bipin Nair 
    Abstract: The present study aims at the synthesis and structural characterisation of Sb-doped titania and zirconia nanoparticles using a modified precipitation synthesis method. The produced nanoparticles were characterised using various techniques such as UV-Visible spectroscopy, Scanning electron microscopy, Transmission electron microscopy and Dynamic light scattering. The crystallite sizes were obtained to be <20 nm for Sb-doped ZrO2 and <10 nm for Sb-Doped TiO2 which was very evident from the Transmission electron microscope images. The hydrodynamic sizes in the range of 100 nm using Dynamic light scattering method were also evaluated for the assessment for biological application. The optical band gap was found out to be 3.21 eV for Sb-Doped TiO2 and 3.87 eV for Sb-doped ZrO2.
    Keywords: zirconia; titania; X-ray diffraction; doping; precipitation synthesis; transmission electron microscopy; scanning electron microscopy; dynamic light scattering.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJMMP.2019.10021512