Quasicrystal-forming ability of the icosahedral phase in Al-Cu-Fe-Be alloys

G. S. Song, E. Fleury, S. M. Lee, W. T. Kim, D. H. Kim

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The effect of Be (beryllium) addition and the influence of cooling rate on the solidification path of the icosahedral (i) phase in conventional casting Al62-xBexCu25.5Fe12.5 (x=0,1,3,5,7 at.%) alloys were investigated by means of X-ray diffraction, differential thermal analysis, SEM and EDX analyses. The addition of Be has been found to modify the i-phase formation mechanism from peritectic reaction to primary solidification. The volume fraction of the i-phase has been observed to increase from 45% for x=0 to 90% for x=7. These results suggested that the substitution of Al by Be is favorable for the increase of the quasicrystal-forming ability (QFA) of the i-phase. Two parameters have been proposed for defining and assessing the QFA for i-phase formed by peritectic reaction. These parameters can be expressed by the reduced quasicrystal transition temperature Trq=Tp/Tl and the reduced undercooling ΔTr=ΔTlp/Tl, respectively, (Tl: Liquidus temperature, Tp: Peritectic peak temperature, and ΔTlp=Tl - Tp: Freezing range of primary phase).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)42-49
Number of pages8
JournalMaterials Science and Engineering A
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 2003 Apr 15

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The authors would like to thank Dr Suk Hwan Kim for stimulating discussions and the financial support by the Creative Research Initiatives of the Korean Ministry of Science and Technology is grateful acknowledged.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering

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