On the grain refining efficacy of Ti-free hypoeutectic AlSi via AlTiB, AlB and AlNbB chemical inoculation- Dataset
In this study the grain refining efficacy of AlTiB, AlB and AlNbB master alloys on a Ti-free AlSi alloy is investigated. In particular, the performance of commercial Al5Ti1B and Al5B master alloys is compared to that of a lab-made Al2Nb2B and two Al2NbxB (x=1 and 2 wt.%) made in an industrial pilot scale facility. Although chemical inoculation does not change the morphology of the grains, which is always equiaxed dendritic, it is found that the grain size progressively decreases with the master alloy addition rate and the achievable final grain size is strongly dependent on the chemistry of the master alloy used. The experimental results demonstrate that AlNbB > AlB > AlTiB in terms of grain refining efficacy. The dataset consists of original grain size data measured from polarised optical images of cast samples.