Title£º Microstructure and properties of TP2 copper tube with La microalloying by horizontal continuous casting
Author£º Jin-hu Wu 1,2, *Shi-hong Zhang 1, Yan Chen 1, Hai-hong Li 3, Hong-wu Song 1, Ming Cheng 1, and Jin-song Liu 1
Address£º 1. Institute of Metal Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shenyang 110016, China 2. University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049, China 3. School of Environment and Materials Engineering, Yantai University, Yantai 264005, China
Key words£º rare earth; microstructure; mechanical properties; corrosion resistance; HCC TP2 copper tube
CLC Nmuber£º TP146.1+1
Document Code£º A
Article ID£º 1672-6421(2018)01-031-06

The TP2 copper tube was prepared with La microalloying by horizontal continuous casting (HCC). The absorptivity of La and its effects on microstructure, tensile and corrosion properties of HCC TP2 copper tube were studied by means of the inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectrometer (ICP-OES), optical microscope (OM), scanning electron microscope (SEM) and potentiodynamic polarization measurements. The results show that the absorptivity of La in the HCC TP2 copper tube is about 15% under antivacuum conditions due to the good chemical activities of La. The impurity elements in copper tube such as O, S, Pb and Si can be significantly reduced, and the average columnar dendrite spacing of the copper tube can also be reduced from 2.21 mm to 0.93 mm by adding La. The ultimate tensile strength and the elongation with and without La addition are almost unchanged. However, the annual corrosion rate of the HCC TP2 copper tube is reduced from 10.18 mm•a-1 to 9.37 mm•a-1 by the purification effect of trace La.