MARIANA CIURDAS, DANIELA ALINA NECSULESCU, CRISTIAN MIRCEA PANTILIMON, VASILE ION, MAGDALENA GALATANU, GEORGE RUIU, RUXANDRA ELENA DUMITRESCU PRODUCTION AND STRUCTURAL CHARACTERIZATION OF SOME MAGNESIUM MATRIX COMPOSITES REINFORCED WITH AMORPHOUS/NANOCRYSTALLINE NITI PARTICULATES Two mixtures of elemental nickel and titanium powders in atomic proportions of 50% Ni + 50% Ti and 32% Ni + 68% Ti, respectively, were ground for 40 hours in a high energy planetary mill. In the case of the first mixture, the mechanical alloying was totally produced, while for the second, the alloying was partial. In both mixtures, qualitative X-ray diffraction phase analysis revealed the presence of metastable phases, such as Ni HC and NiTi- R-phase. Also, the equiatomic mixture is characterized by a partially amorphous structure. 10% of each type of mixture submitted to milling was used as reinforcing element in the form of particulates for two magnesium matrix composites. They were obtained by sintering in the plasma at 590°C. In the case of the reinforced with the second mixture composite, the production of new phases other than the matrix and those present in the mixture of nickel and titanium powders after milling were recorded. The electron microscopy images of the two composites have resistant, free of micropores or microcracks matrix / particulates interfaces. The Mg-10% (32 at% Ni + 68 at% Ti) composite is characterized by Vickers hardness higher than that of the composite reinforced with the equiatomic mixture.