TOLLEY Alfredo Juan
Transmission Electron Microscopy Analysis of Grain Boundary Precipitate-Free-Zones (PFZs) in AlCuSiGe Alloy.
A. TOLLEY; D. MITLIN; V. RADMILOVIC; U. DAHMEN
MATERIALS SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING A-STRUCTURAL MATERIALS PROPERTIES MICROSTRUCTURE AND PROCESSING
Año: 2005 vol. 412 p. 204 - 204
We have characterized the elevated temperature (190 ◦C) precipitation sequence near the grain boundaries of an AlCuSiGe alloy, comparing these results to the binary AlCu and the ternary AlSiGe. In the quaternary alloy, there is a graded microstructure that evolves with increasingdistance from the boundaries, which is generally a superposition of the precipitate-free-zones (PFZs) in the binary AlCu and in the ternary AlSiGe. After aging for 3 h, this graded area consists of an approximately 140 nm wide region that is entirely precipitate free, followed by a400 nm wide region that is denuded of SiGe and theta´ precipitates. Rather than containing the (SiGe)theta´ pairs observed in the bulk, this 400 nm wide region contains only homogeneously nucleated theta" . Only in the overaged condition (144 h) are the near grain boundary theta" replaced by a coarse distribution of large plate-like theta´ . In the alloys, the solute depleted zones are much narrower than the total length of the PFZ. For example, in both AlCu and AlCuSiGe, the Cu depleted zone is only 30 nm wide. This underscores the need for vacancies during precipitation of not only theta´ and SiGe, but of theta " as well.