Silicon-aluminium alloy

Silicon-aluminium alloy

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Credit: G. MULLER, STRUERS GMBH/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Light micrograph of a polished section of a silicon/aluminium alloy. The addition of silicon as an alloying element improves aluminium's strength and ease of casting. Cast alloys shrink upon cooling; shrinkage is controlled by selection of the optimum alloy mix. Here, a "Chinese script" dendritic structure has formed, surrounded by pure aluminium. Outside this region is a fine mottled mixture consisting of 11% silicon and 89% aluminium. Nomarski differential interference contrast illumination, magnification: x450 at 35mm size. Reference: MICROCOSMOS Page 147, Figure 7.42.

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Keywords: aluminium/silicon alloy, chemical, chemistry, compound, compounds, silicon/aluminium alloy

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