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||MS&T23: Materials Science & Technology
||Advanced Materials for Harsh Environments
||Castable Eutectic Ni-Ce Superalloys Strengthened by a γ/γʹ Microstructure
||S. Bushra Haider, Elizabeth Heon, Eric A. Lass
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||Eric A. Lass
Ni-based superalloys are the premier material for high-temperature applications but are often difficult to manufacture via solidification-based processing. Eutectic alloys typically possess good castability due to narrow solidification ranges. The Ni-Ce system possesses a eutectic reaction but has never been examined as a potential high-temperature material. This work investigates the microstructure and mechanical properties of near-eutectic alloys Ni-17Ce and Ni-17Ce-5Al (wt. %). Both alloys show outstanding high-temperature microstructure and mechanical property stability at 900 °C. The formation of Ni3Al (γʹ) precipitates is observed in the primary FCC-Ni phase of the ternary Ni-Ce-Al alloy. The precipitation hardened ternary alloy exhibits superior hardness to Inconel 718 at elevated temperatures, retaining its strength to 750 °C, or about 50 °C higher than Inconel 718. The novel hierarchical microstructure consisting of thermally stable eutectic regions combined with γʹ-strengthened primary FCC-Ni and eutectic phases show great promise as a castable material solution for high-temperature applications.