Facile synthesis of Nb-Al alloy powders via sodiothermic reduction in molten salts

Chao Du, Na Wang, Jungang Hou, Shuqiang Jiao, Hongmin Zhu

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Nb-Al intermetallic powders were synthesized via sodiothermic reduction process in NaCl-CaCl2 molten salts using Nb2O5 and Al2O3 as raw materials. The as-prepared samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy. The homogeneity of Nb2O5/Al2O3 composites was investigated by mechanical ball-milling process using Nb 2O5 and Al2O3 with heavy aggregation at the different times. It was found that the homogeneous Nb2O 5/Al2O3 composites were obtained after ball-milling for 10 h. Using these homogeneous Nb2O 5/Al2O3 composites with a molar ratio of 4:1, 1:3 and 1:1 as precursors, Nb-Al intermetallic powders of Nb3Al, NbAl3 and the mixture of Nb2Al and NbAl3 were produced in NaCl-CaCl2 molten salts at 700 °C. In comparison, the Nb2Al/NbAl3 composites were also fabricated using single-phase Na2NbAlO5 synthesized using Nb 2O5 and NaAlO2 as raw materials in molten NaCl-KCl, which is ascribed to the homogenous distribution of Nb and Al in the multi-phase oxides.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)405-411
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Alloys and Compounds
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Apr 5


  • Intermetallic powders
  • Molten salts
  • Sodiothermic co-reduction


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