2003 Volume 44 Issue 9 Pages 1861-1865
To study dry sliding wear behavior and its relation to microstructure, Ti–50Al alloys and Ti–47Al–3W alloy and its composite with varying reinforcement of Ti2AlC were prepared by reactive arc-melting. Dispersion of fine B2 particles is obtained by the addition of tungsten to TiAl alloy, which improves both the hardness and wear resistance of the matrix. By adding carbon to Ti–47Al–3W alloy, composite can be produced having a random distribution of reacted rod-like Ti2AlC particles and smaller Ti2AlC precipitates with fine B2 particles in the matrix. The Ti–47Al–3W/3.5 vol%Ti2AlC intermetallic composite features excellent wear resistance compared to 10 and 18 vol% composites, and fine dispersion of the Ti2AlC and B2 particles in the matrix has improved the wear resistance properties.