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Investigation of skin-core joints in aluminium foam sandwich panels by EDS and XPS

TitleInvestigation of skin-core joints in aluminium foam sandwich panels by EDS and XPS
Publication TypeArticolo su Rivista peer-reviewed
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsLapi, G., Montanari R., Tata M.E., Barbieri Giuseppe, Balijepalli S.K., and Kaciulis S.
JournalSurface and Interface Analysis
KeywordsAl foams, Alloying elements, Aluminium foam sandwich panels, Aluminium foam sandwiches, Aluminum, Bonding process, Energy dispersions, Energy dispersive spectroscopy, Mechanical parts, Process condition, Scale-up process, Scanning electron microscopy, X ray photoelectron spectroscopy

Al foams are used to produce aluminium foam sandwiches (AFS) panels or other mechanical parts of complex shape, which are of great interest for many industrial applications. AFS panels with a core made of AlSi10 foam and the skins of AISI 316 steel have been prepared by in situ bonding process. To optimise the process conditions, a first set of experiments has been carried out to realise samples of reduced lab scale (20 × 20 mm2), then the AFS panels of pre-industrial size (100 × 100 mm2) have been produced. The steel-foam joints were investigated by scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersion spectroscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The performed examinations showed that the interface formed during the foaming was characterised by a good inter-diffusion of alloying elements, testifying the excellent quality of metallurgical joints. Furthermore, the pre-industrial panels exhibited the same characteristics of lab samples; therefore, it can be concluded that the scale-up process has been implemented successfully. Copyright © 2015 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. Copyright © 2015 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.


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