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The Role of Boron in the Mechanical Milling of Titanium-6 %Aluminium-4% Vanadium Powders

  • A.P. Brown (a1), R. Brydson (a1), C. Hammond (a1), T.M.T. Godfrey (a2) and A. Wisbey (a2)...


The reduction in grain size of a metal can lead to significant improvement in mechanical properties. Mechanical alloying (MA) with a second phase is a possible route to producing fine-grained, particulate reinforced material. This study describes the microstructural development of Ti-6%Al-4%V milled with increasing concentrations of boron. Mechanical milling of Ti-6%Al-4%V powder produces a nanocrystalline material. MA of Ti-6%Al-4%V with boron results in the alloying of the two to form either a boride or an amorphous phase when the local concentration of boron is ∼ 50 at.%. During milling, the boron tends to remain near to its original particle form and in these boron-rich regions TiB is formed. Beyond these regions small amounts of boron (a few at.%) mix with the titanium matrix and reduce further the grain size of the titanium. An increase in the global concentration of boron increases the volume fraction of boride produced.



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