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Optimization of heat treatment cycles for automotive parts produced by rheocasting process

This work aims at studying the possibility of optimising the heat treatment cycles of parts produced using the New Rheocasting process in order to reduce the total cost of the operation, attaining good mechanical properties for high performance parts. The mechanical properties and the microstructure features of the considered A 356 alloy and the relative produced parts have been analysed and studied on samples machined both from the as cast and from the heat treated compomnents.

Characterization of LSGM films obtained by electrophoretic deposition (EPD)

The application of the electrophoretic deposition (EPD) technique to the preparation of high quality electrolyte films for intermediate temperature solid oxide fuel cells (IT-SOFCs) was investigated. Films of La0.83Sr0.17Ga0.83Mg0.17O2.83 (LSGM) were deposited on Pt and La0.8Sr0.2MnO3 (LSM) substrates from suspensions in acetone/ethanol (3:1 by volume) mixture solvent and sintered at 1300 °C. Pt supported LSGM films, 10-20 μm thick, exhibited good adhesion to the Pt substrate, well-distributed microporosity and some surface roughness.

Materials Development for CO-detection with improved selectivity through catalytic activation

In this paper we report the most significant results of a wide project which aimed to build up a sensor for the CO-detection with improved selectivity through catalytic activation.

Conventional sintering route for the production of alumina-based nanocomposites: a microstructural characterization

Two α-Al2O3/YAG composite powders have been prepared by reverse-strike precipitation, starting from chlorides aqueous solutions, the former containing 50 vol% of the two phases (labelled as AY50) and the latter made of 90 vol% of alumina and 10 vol% of YAG (AY90). The as-prepared powders were characterised by DTA/TG simultaneous analysis as well as by XRD analysis performed after calcination at different temperatures.

Comparison among different sintering routes for preparing alumina-YAG nanocomposites

Al2O3-YAG (50vol.%) nanocomposite powders were prepared by wet-chemical synthesis and characterized by DTA-TG, XRD and TEM analyses. Amorphous powders were pre-heated at different temperatures (namely 600◦C, 800◦C, 900◦C and 1215◦C) and the influence of this thermal treatment on sintering behavior, final microstructure and density was investigated. The best performing sample was that pre-calcined at 900◦C, which yields dense bodies with a micronic/slightly sub-micronic microstructure after sintering at 1600◦C.