Phase stability and transformations of the icosahedral phase (I-phase) in a 41.5Zr41.5Ti17Ni alloy were investigated using melt-spun ribbons and arc-melted bulk samples. A perfect I-phase can be formed directly from liquid through the melt-spinning technique. The I-phase formed in the ribbon is thermodynamically stable and transforms to W-phase, a 1/1 rational approximant above 565 °C. Formation of the perfect I-phase during annealing treatment of the arc-melted sample is very sluggish. Various types of approximants exist as intermediate states for the transformation of crystalline phases to a perfect I-phase.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Materials Science(all)
- Condensed Matter Physics
- Mechanics of Materials
- Mechanical Engineering