Characterization of the FFC cambridge process for NiTi production using in situ X-ray synchrotron diffraction

B.K. Jackson, D. Dye, D. Inman, Rohit Bhagat, R.J. Talling, S.L. Raghunathan, M. Jackson, R.J. Dashwood

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Abstract

To date, the characterization of the reduction pathway for the Fray Farthing Chen (FFC) Cambridge process has been achieved through ex situ studies, leading to some ambiguities. This study employs a synchrotron X-ray diffraction technique to monitor in situ the FFC reduction of Formula to NiTi, yielding an unmatched level of detail on the electrochemical and chemical reactions involved. The reduction pathway consists of rapid initial reduction of Formula to form Formula and Ni, then the transformation of Ni to Formula , and finally the consumption of Formula and Formula to produce NiTi. The phases observed agree with thermodynamic predictions [ J. Electrochem. Soc. , 155 , E171 (2008) ] and allow the mapping of the reduction pathway on an electrochemical predominance diagram. Formula is a short-lived transient phase in the reduction pathway. Formula was found in significant quantities in ex situ studies [ J. Electrochem. Soc. , 155 , E171 (2008) ; Chin. Sci. Bull. , 51 , 2535 (2006) ]. The authors propose that Formula forms during furnace cooling to ambient temperature if extracted before a complete reduction. Neither Formula nor CaO was observed. The progression of the reduction front is clearly in line with existing observations and models [ Metall. Mater. Trans., B, Process Metall. Mater. Proc. Sci. , 35 , 223 (2004) ; J. Phys. Chem. B , 109 , 14043 (2005) ].
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)E57-E63
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of the Electrochemical Society
Volume157
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 17 Feb 2010

Keywords

  • electrochemistry
  • nickel alloys
  • reduction (chemical)
  • synchrotron radiation
  • titanium alloys
  • X-ray diffraction

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