- Volume 4 Issue 1
Refining of powder particles and their dissolution into the Al matrix during mechanical alloying(MA) were investigated by using X-ray diffraction(XRD) transmission electron microscopy (TEM) functions of alloy composition, milling time and ball to powder ratio(BPR). It is found that Ti particles less than 20nm are observed in a dark field image of mechanically alloyed Al-10wt%Ti whose XHD pattern exhibits no Ti peak. The observed change of lattice constant of AI indicates that about 1 wt%Ti can he solved in Al after MA for a long time, independent of alloy composition, milling time and BPR, suggesting that most of Ti particles arc retained in the Al matrix. It is concluded that the disappearance of XRD peaks in mechanically alloyed Al-10wt%Ti is not simply attributable to the dissolution of Ti into Al, but associated mainly with extreme refining and/or heavy straining of Ti Particles.