Date of Award

Spring 1990

Document Type

Thesis - Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Mechanical Engineering

First Advisor

Fournelle, Raymond A.

Second Advisor

Blumenthal, Robert N.

Third Advisor

Hirthe, Walter


Both Nitinol and Ti-6Al-4V alloys have been widely used for many years because of their excellent mechanical properties and very good corrosion resistance, but little work has been done on their bonding characteristics. Thus, the purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of diffusion bonding heat treatment on the development of the bond zone and its mechanical properties for these two materials. To do this the development of the bond zone morphology was followed by light and scanning microscopy, while the diffusional processes occurring and the phases developed were analyzed with the help of energy dispersive microanalysis. The mechanical behavior of the morphological constituents of the bond zone were evaluated by microhardness testing.



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