2005 Volume 46 Issue 4 Pages 820-826
The surface of an L10-type TiAl base alloy has been modified by coating it with an L12-phase (AlMn)3Ti(V) using a pack-cementation method in a temperature range of 1273–1473 K and with a treatment time of 18–72 ks. The structural morphology and composition distribution in the coat and substrate were analyzed by EPMA and XRD to examine the factors that control the thickness of the coat. Two-phase equilibrium was confirmed between the L10-phase substrate and the L12-phase coat at each temperature tested. Aluminum particulates, 1–2 μm in diameter, were observed inside the coat and were confirmed to be related to the experimental condition and to the increase in coat thickness. The coat is 35 μm thick at temperature range of 1373–1473 K, while at the temperature range of 1273–1323 K the thickness is 11–12 μm. The temperature dependence of coating layer is different from that was reported previously. The results are then discussed from facts basically revealed in this experiment and/or based on information about the phase equilibrium between L10 and L12.