The exothermic formation of intermetallic compounds from the constituent powders through reactive sintering at relatively low temperatures is a promising new process being explored for the preparation of nickel aluminides. The process is useful for synthesis of other intermetallics as well.
We describe here the preparation of Ti2CuAl5 using the technique of reactive sintering. This intermetallic compound has a L12 structure which is also the structure of the very interesting Ni3Al intermetallic. Characterization of the Ti2CuAl5 phase is done by x-ray diffraction, microhardness, and microstructure.