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Metallurgy Engineering Interview Questions and Answers

Metallurgy Engineering Interview Questions and Answers

Question - 11 : - How We Describe Strain Aging Based On Dislocation Theory?

Answer - 11 : -

The carbon/nitrogen atoms are important in yielding process because they interact with the dislocations and immobilize them. This locking of the dislocations is brought about because the strain energy due to the distortion of a solute atom can be relieved if it fits into a structural region where the local lattice parameter approximates to that of the natural lattice parameter of the solute.

Such a condition will be brought about by the segregation of solute atoms to the dislocations, with large substitution atoms taking up lattice positions in the expanded region, and small ones in the compressed region; small interstitial atoms will tend to segregate to interstitial sites below the halfplane.

Thus, where both dislocations and solute atoms are present in the lattice, interactions of the stress field can occur, resulting in a lowering of the strain energy of the system. This provides a driving force tending to attract solute atoms to dislocations and if the necessary time for diffusion is allowed, a solute atom 'atmosphere' will form around each dislocation.

Question - 12 : - How Does And Why The Recrystallization Temperature Of The Metals Affects On Alloying?

Answer - 12 : -

The formation of new equiaxed grains in the heating process, instead of the oriented fibrous structure of the deformed metal is called re crystallizations. The temperature required for the beginning of the re crystallizations is characteristic of each metal but depends on number of factors and firstly up on the degree of deformation. The higher the degree of deformation, the lower the re crystallizations temperature will be.

In the process of the re crystallization of such metals as iron, copper, and aluminum, the new crystals sometimes grow in an oriented arrangement and the so called re crystallization texture is obtained.

The effect of foreign atoms in solid solution on the rate of re crystallization is almost apparent at very concentrations. The change in the re crystallization temperature caused by the presence of foreign atoms depends markedly up on the nature of the solute atoms.

Question - 13 : - What Is Proeutectoid Ferrite And Cementite?

Answer - 13 : -

If you are not familiar with the FeC binary phase diagram, please try to download it before reading the answer below, because without such prior knowledge, it might be difficult to figure out my answer. Using keywords "FeC", "phase", and "diagram" in search engines like Google, you can easily find this diagram.

As you probably know, in the ironcarbon binary phase diagram, which in addition to some other purposes is used to predict phase transformations in steels and cast irons, there, is a eutectoid reaction wherein austenite phase decomposes to a mixture of ferrite and cementite upon cooling. If there is no alloying element other than carbon, and if cooling rate is slow enough (so that there is sufficient time for diffusion transformations to take place), this reaction occurs at the temperature of ~723C and at a composition of ~0.8wt%C; a FeC alloy with exactly 0.8wt%C is called a eutectoid steel.

Question - 14 : - What Is The Metallurgy Use? What Is The Casting And Forging?

Answer - 14 : -

Actually, you asked a question, which requires a very longwinded answer. In summary, actually, you asked a question, which requires a very longwinded answer. In summary, metallurgy i.e., science of metals, is used to get metals with higher quality and higher inservice performance.

Casting is a forming method based on melting metals and pouring them into molds with desired shapes, so that after solidification desired properties are achieved.

Forging is a solid state forming method, which means it involves no melting. Forging stock is heated up to the appropriate temperature (it is usually so hot that appears red or white) and then application of pressure leads to plastic deformation of stock. Therefore, stock takes on the negative shape of die. Heating facilitates forming, i.e. makes possible forming at a smaller load.

Forging products usually are of higher quality and have a higher manufacturing cost compared to castings. Some parts cannot be used in the cast form because of the defects inherent to casting (most grades of steels) while some other metals are so brittle that they cannot be forged (e.g. cast irons). Indeed, there are some metals, which can be produced by either of the methods. The standard applicable to the part determines which form must be used.

Question - 15 : - Which Is The Only Liquid In Which Gold Is Dissolved?

Answer - 15 : -

Since gold is very a noble metal, it does not dissolve in conventional solvents used to leach. Gold cannot be easily converted to Au2+ cations, so in practice, it becomes dissolved in the form of complex cations Au((CN)2), using the alkaline cyanide solutions like sodium cyanide, indeed in the presence of oxygen as oxidant(usually air agitation is used).

Question - 16 : - How Much Gold Concentration Should Be In The Organic Phase (dbc) Before Reduction By Oxalic Acid Solution? Is It Effective On Purity Of Gold In Reduction Step? What Is The Ratio Of Dbc To Oxalic Acid Solution In This Step?

Answer - 16 : -

It really does not matter the concentration of gold in the DBC, it will respond well to very small concentrations or it will generally load up at about 25 grams of gold in a liter of DBC. This does not present a problem, as the DBC is completely reuseable, although I generally figure on a 3% to 4% loss per cycle in handling, etc. Therefore, if your original acid had 50 grams of gold in it, you would do two extractions into DBC using a liter of the extracting solvent. You should continue to extract from the pregnant gold solution until you are sure no gold is left in it. If the pH of the acid solution is not too high a simple stannous chloride test will tell you if there is still gold in it, and that is sensitive to the ppb level.

Question - 17 : - How Is Solution Annealing Carried Out? What Type Of Furnace Is Required? Does One Need To Be Heat In A Salt Bath?

Answer - 17 : -

Solution annealing is carried out by heating up the alloy to a temperature in which typically only one phase is stable. This temperature depends on the alloy to be solution heattreated; for precipitation hardenable AlCu base alloys, solutionannealing temperature is ~550C in which only alpha phase persists and for some precipitation hardenable steel grades like precipitation hardening martensitic stainless steel 174PH, this is something like 1050C where only gamma (austenite) phase exists.

Solution annealing is the second stage of a twostage process; the second stage is precipitation hardening which is performed by heating the alloy to a temperature far below the solution annealing temperature, in which very small precipitates begin to form. This leads to enhancement of mechanical properties of the alloys and desired properties mainly high strength are reached only at the end of the precipitation hardening stage, whereas after solution annealing, material is rather soft.

The precipitation hardening temperature for AlCu base alloys is something around 180C, while that of 174PH stainless steel is around 500C. Such materials are mainly used in aerospace applications where materials having high strength/weight ratios are required.

Question - 18 : - Will Aluminum Alloy Like 380 Or 356 Settle? Meaning While In "liquid Form" Above Melting Point Will The Heavier Elements Like Copper, Fe, Silicon, Zinc Etc. Settle To The Bottom Of The Liquid/molten Aluminum After A Period.

Answer - 18 : -

Yes settling, due to gravity, of heavier elements takes place in the molten state in the absence of any convection. As you know, severity of settling depends on the density difference among alloying elements. For instance, in the case of A356 alloy, the main elements Al and Si have rather similar densities and settling of Al is too sluggish. Nevertheless settling of heavy elements like Cu may lead to their accumulation in the bottom of container after a rather short time, provided there is NO convection. In practice, settling in the molten state is not too likely and will not be problematic.

In contrast, during soaking in the semisolid state, settling would be considerable since presence of a network of primary dendrites interferes with convection in the liquid phase. My own experiments have evidenced considerable settling of Zn in the case of ZA27 alloy (Zn28.5wt% Al2.5wt% Cu) after a soaking time of 55 minutes in the semisolid state (452C). Normally for this alloy primary dendrites are Albase (refer to AlZn binary phase diagram) but due to Zn settling, primary phase in the bottom of container had changed to a Znbase phase which will only form when zinc content is more than 98wt% or so. Primary dendrites at the upper part of container were Albase.

Question - 19 : - How Can You Find Out What Kind Of Stainless Steel Was Used In Making A Stainless Object?

Answer - 19 : -

Usually, one can simply guess the general type of stainless steel i.e. tell if it is ferritic (or martensitic) or austenitic though there are some other types of stainless steels like precipitation hardening and duplex types which have some specific applications. To find the category to which you are stainless belongs, you only need a magnet. If the magnet attracts your steel, then it is a ferritic (martensitic) type otherwise austenitic.

Austenitic steels have high nickel or manganese contents, which are both austenite stabilizer elements. However, you need to perform further examinations to tell the exact grade of your steel. These examinations might be micro structural, compositional etc. Usually purchasers of stainless use a quantometer to find chemical composition of stainless steels; then they compare the compositions with the standards and find their type. Please note that only limited grades of stainless steels like 410, 420, 201, 304, and 316 are frequently used and usually one only needs to tell these from each other.

Question - 20 : - What Is The Grain Size Of Lead As An Element And As An Alloy Such As Lead Tin Alloy?

Answer - 20 : -

Grain size in alloys and pure elements is a function of their solidification rate. The higher the solidification rate, the smaller the grains are. Determination of grain size in pure elements is rather difficult since it is difficult to locate the grain boundaries; there is no segregation and composition distinction in the case of micro structural features in pure elements. However, in the case of alloys such as PbSn alloys, composition difference between the primary dendrites and the eutectic matrix allows for grain size measurement. As most of PbSn alloys exhibit a dendritic structure surrounded in a eutectic matrix, the dendrite arm spacing is used instead of grain size. For some alloy systems, there are relationships to correlate grain size to solidification rate.

In the case of pure Pb and PbSn alloy as well as most other alloys, primary dendrite arm spacing (at normal solidification rates like those applicable through sand and even die casting) is of order some microns and can be decreased to some nanometers by Rapid Solidification processes like melt spinning. The solidification rate in the case of such processes can reach 1,000,000,000 [0C/s]. These processes have the capability of producing "Amorphous" structures in the case of some special alloys where grain size becomes meaningless. For more information on lead alloys, you are advised to refer to the 2nd volume of ASM handbooks, which is on nonferrous alloys and contains a section devoted to lead alloys.

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