Legislative and environmental demands are increasing the pressure on transport
industries to introduce vehicles with lower weight, greater eﬃciency and reduced
emissions while remaining competitive. For these reason the aerospace, defence and
automotive industries worldwide are unanimous in the call for the development of
new alloys with a step-change in performance.
In the present thesis the results of the thorough microstructural and mechanical
properties investigation of a 19 kg spraycast billet of the normally nanoquasicrystalline
containing composition Al93Fe3Cr2Ti2 produced at Oxford University along with three
binary Al intermetallics: Al3Ti, Al13Cr2 an Al13Fe4 produced by suction casting in
the form of 5 mm rods at Sheffield University are presented and discussed.
A Doctoral Thesis. Submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the award of Doctor of Philosophy of Loughborough University.