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  1. The formation of (Al8Fe2Si, Al13Fe4) phases from Al-Fe-Si system by TE mode

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    Boulouma, A.; Drici, A.; Benaldjia, A.; Guerioune, M.; Vrel, D.

    2015-03-01

    This work prepared Al8Fe2Si, Al13Fe4 mixed sample by ball milling and thermal explosion techniques applying Al, Fe and Si powders as precursors. Thermal combustion of powder mixes of composition 24, 37 Al+ 50, 36 Fe + 25, 27 Si in mass reveals production of several binary and ternary intermetallic phases such: A113Fe4 and Al8Fe2Si.. Synthesis conditions were optimized to fabricate these phases having many potential applications.

  2. Tetragonal magnetostriction and magnetoelastic coupling in Fe-Al, Fe-Ga, Fe-Ge, Fe-Si, Fe-Ga-Al, and Fe-Ga-Ge alloys

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    Restorff, J. B.; Wun-Fogle, M.; Hathaway, K. B.; Clark, A. E.; Lograsso, T. A.; Petculescu, G.

    2012-01-01

    This paper presents a comparative study on the tetragonal magnetostriction constant, λγ,2, [ = (3/2)λ100] and magnetoelastic coupling, b1, of binary Fe100-xZx (0 < x < 35, Z = Al, Ga, Ge, and Si) and ternary Fe-Ga-Al and Fe-Ga-Ge alloys. The quantities are corrected for magnetostrains due to sample geometry (the magnetostrictive form effect). Recently published elastic constant data along with magnetization measurements at both room temperature and 77 K make these corrections possible. The form effect correction lowers the magnetostriction by ˜10 ppm for high-modulus alloys and by as much as 30 ppm for low-modulus alloys. The elastic constants are also used to determine the values of the magnetoelastic coupling constant, b1. With the new magnetostriction data on the Fe-Al-Ga alloy, it is possible to show how the double peak magnetostriction feature of the binary Fe-Ga alloy flows into the single peak binary Fe-Al alloy. The corrected magnetostriction and magnetoelastic coupling data for the various alloys are also compared using the electron-per-atom ratio, e/a, as the common variable. The Hume-Rothery rules link the e/a ratio to the regions of phase stability, which appear to be intimately related to the magnetostriction versus the solute concentration curve in these alloys. Using e/a as the abscissa tends to align the peaks in the magnetostriction and magnetoelastic coupling for the Fe-Ga, Fe-Ge, Fe-Al, Fe-Ga-Al, and Fe-Ga-Ge alloys, but not for the Fe-Si alloys for which the larger atomic size difference may play a greater role in phase stabilization. Corrections for the form effect are also presented for the rhombohedral magnetostriction, λɛ,2, and the magnetoelastic coupling, b2, of Fe100-xGax (0 < x < 35) alloys.

  3. Molecular Structures of Al/Si and Fe/Si Coprecipitates and the Implication for Selenite Removal.

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    Chan, Ya-Ting; Kuan, Wen-Hui; Tzou, Yu-Min; Chen, Tsan-Yao; Liu, Yu-Ting; Wang, Ming-Kuang; Teah, Heng-Yi

    2016-01-01

    Aluminum and iron oxides have been often used in the coagulation processes during water purification due to their unique surface properties toward anions. In the presence of silica, the coprecipitation of Al/Si or Fe/Si might decrease the efficiency of wastewater purification and reuse. In this study, surface properties and molecular structures of Al/Si and Fe/Si coprecipitates were characterized using spectroscopic techniques. Also, the selenite removal efficiency of Al/Si and Fe/Si coprecipitates in relation to their surface and structural properties was investigated. While dissolved silicate increased with increasing pH from Fe/Si coprecipitates, less than 7% of silicate was discernible from Al/Si samples over the range from acidic to alkaline conditions. Our spectroscopic results showed that the associations between Al and Si were relatively stronger than that between Fe and Si in coprecipitates. In Al/Si coprecipitates, core-shell structures were developed with AlO6/AlO4 domains as the shells and Si frameworks polymerized from the SiO2 as the cores. However, Si framework remained relatively unchanged upon coprecipitation with Fe hydroxides in Fe/Si samples. The Si core with Al shell structure of Al/Si coprecipitates shielded the negative charges from SiO2 and thereby resulted in a higher adsorption capacity of selenite than Fe/Si coprecipitates. PMID:27095071

  4. Molecular Structures of Al/Si and Fe/Si Coprecipitates and the Implication for Selenite Removal

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    Chan, Ya-Ting; Kuan, Wen-Hui; Tzou, Yu-Min; Chen, Tsan-Yao; Liu, Yu-Ting; Wang, Ming-Kuang; Teah, Heng-Yi

    2016-04-01

    Aluminum and iron oxides have been often used in the coagulation processes during water purification due to their unique surface properties toward anions. In the presence of silica, the coprecipitation of Al/Si or Fe/Si might decrease the efficiency of wastewater purification and reuse. In this study, surface properties and molecular structures of Al/Si and Fe/Si coprecipitates were characterized using spectroscopic techniques. Also, the selenite removal efficiency of Al/Si and Fe/Si coprecipitates in relation to their surface and structural properties was investigated. While dissolved silicate increased with increasing pH from Fe/Si coprecipitates, less than 7% of silicate was discernible from Al/Si samples over the range from acidic to alkaline conditions. Our spectroscopic results showed that the associations between Al and Si were relatively stronger than that between Fe and Si in coprecipitates. In Al/Si coprecipitates, core-shell structures were developed with AlO6/AlO4 domains as the shells and Si frameworks polymerized from the SiO2 as the cores. However, Si framework remained relatively unchanged upon coprecipitation with Fe hydroxides in Fe/Si samples. The Si core with Al shell structure of Al/Si coprecipitates shielded the negative charges from SiO2 and thereby resulted in a higher adsorption capacity of selenite than Fe/Si coprecipitates.

  5. Molecular Structures of Al/Si and Fe/Si Coprecipitates and the Implication for Selenite Removal

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    Chan, Ya-Ting; Kuan, Wen-Hui; Tzou, Yu-Min; Chen, Tsan-Yao; Liu, Yu-Ting; Wang, Ming-Kuang; Teah, Heng-Yi

    2016-01-01

    Aluminum and iron oxides have been often used in the coagulation processes during water purification due to their unique surface properties toward anions. In the presence of silica, the coprecipitation of Al/Si or Fe/Si might decrease the efficiency of wastewater purification and reuse. In this study, surface properties and molecular structures of Al/Si and Fe/Si coprecipitates were characterized using spectroscopic techniques. Also, the selenite removal efficiency of Al/Si and Fe/Si coprecipitates in relation to their surface and structural properties was investigated. While dissolved silicate increased with increasing pH from Fe/Si coprecipitates, less than 7% of silicate was discernible from Al/Si samples over the range from acidic to alkaline conditions. Our spectroscopic results showed that the associations between Al and Si were relatively stronger than that between Fe and Si in coprecipitates. In Al/Si coprecipitates, core-shell structures were developed with AlO6/AlO4 domains as the shells and Si frameworks polymerized from the SiO2 as the cores. However, Si framework remained relatively unchanged upon coprecipitation with Fe hydroxides in Fe/Si samples. The Si core with Al shell structure of Al/Si coprecipitates shielded the negative charges from SiO2 and thereby resulted in a higher adsorption capacity of selenite than Fe/Si coprecipitates. PMID:27095071

  6. Structure of Fe3Si/Al/Fe3Si thin film stacks on GaAs(001)

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    Jenichen, B.; Jahn, U.; Nikulin, A.; Herfort, J.; Kirmse, H.

    2015-11-01

    Fe3Si/Al/Fe3Si/GaAs(001) structures were deposited by molecular-beam epitaxy and characterized by transmission and scanning electron microscopy, and x-ray diffraction. The first Fe3Si film on GaAs(001) grew epitaxially as a (001) oriented single crystal. The subsequent Al film grew almost {111} oriented in a fibrous texture although the underlying Fe3Si is exactly (001) oriented. The growth in this orientation is triggered by a thin transition region which is formed at the Fe3Si/Al interface. In the end, after the growth of the second Fe3Si layer on top of the Al, the final properties of the whole stack depended on the substrate temperature T s during deposition of the last film. The upper Fe3Si films are mainly {110} oriented although they are poly-crystalline. At lower T s, around room temperature, all the films retain their original structural properties.

  7. Thermodynamic Assessment of the Aluminum Corner of the Al-Fe-Mn-Si System

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    Lacaze, Jacques; Eleno, Luiz; Sundman, Bo

    2010-09-01

    A new assessment of the aluminum corner of the quaternary Al-Fe-Mn-Si system has been made that extends beyond the COST-507 database. This assessment makes use of a recent, improved description of the ternary Al-Fe-Si system. In the present work, modeling of the Al-rich corner of the quaternary Al-Fe-Mn-Si system has been carried out by introducing Fe solubility into the so-called alpha-AlMnSi and beta-AlMnSi phases of the Al-Mn-Si system. A critical review of the data available on the quaternary system is presented and used for the extension of the description of these ternary phases into the quaternary Al-Fe-Mn-Si.

  8. Structural and magnetic properties of (Al, Fe)-codoped SiC

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    Song, B.; Chen, X. L.; Han, J. C.; Jian, J. K.; Bao, H. Q.; Li, H.; Zhu, K. X.; Wang, W. Y.; Wang, G.; Zuo, H. B.; Zhang, X. H.; Meng, S. H.

    2010-10-01

    In this study, as a first attempt, we choose Al and transition metals (TMs), Fe, as codoping atoms to synthesize (Al, TM)-codoped SiC. X-ray diffraction and Raman analysis showed that a series of single-phase codoped 4H-SiC samples were obtained and no trace of any other impurity phases, such as Fe3Si and polytypes of other types of SiC, was found. Measurement of magnetic properties showed that codoping by Al and Fe elements changed the original glassy ferromagnetism (FM) features in Al-doped SiC and induced a robust room temperature FM order that gradually dominated (Al, Fe)-codoped 4H-SiC with increase in Fe content. The contribution of Al elements to the magnetic properties of (Al, Fe)-codoped 4H-SiC can be neglected and the magnetic origin should be ascribed to be induced by Fe doping. The only major role of Al is to stabilize the codoped crystal structure as 4H- single phase. As the first investigation on (Al, TM)-codoped SiC, this study opens a new pathway to obtain TM-doped SiC-based diluted magnetic semiconductors with a high Tc via the codoping strategy.

  9. Evolution of Fe Bearing Intermetallics During DC Casting and Homogenization of an Al-Mg-Si Al Alloy

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    Kumar, S.; Grant, P. S.; O'Reilly, K. A. Q.

    2016-04-01

    The evolution of iron (Fe) bearing intermetallics (Fe-IMCs) during direct chill casting and homogenization of a grain-refined 6063 aluminum-magnesium-silicon (Al-Mg-Si) alloy has been studied. The as-cast and homogenized microstructure contained Fe-IMCs at the grain boundaries and within Al grains. The primary α-Al grain size, α-Al dendritic arm spacing, IMC particle size, and IMC three-dimensional (3D) inter-connectivity increased from the edge to the center of the as-cast billet; both α c-AlFeSi and β-AlFeSi Fe-IMCs were identified, and overall α c-AlFeSi was predominant. For the first time in industrial billets, the different Fe-rich IMCs have been characterized into types based on their 3D chemistry and morphology. Additionally, the role of β-AlFeSi in nucleating Mg2Si particles has been identified. After homogenization, α c-AlFeSi predominated across the entire billet cross section, with marked changes in the 3D morphology and strong reductions in inter-connectivity, both supporting a recovery in alloy ductility.

  10. Synthesis, microstructure and magnetic properties of Fe3Si0.7Al0.3@SiO2 core-shell particles and Fe3Si/Al2O3 soft magnetic composite core

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    Wang, Jian; Fan, Xi'an; Wu, Zhaoyang; Li, Guangqiang

    2015-11-01

    Fe3Si0.7Al0.3@SiO2 core-shell particles and Fe3Si/Al2O3 soft magnetic composite core have been synthesized via a modified stöber method combined with following high temperature sintering process. Most of conductive Fe3Si0.7Al0.3 particles could be uniformly coated by insulating SiO2 using the modified stöber method. The Fe3Si0.7Al0.3@SiO2 core-shell particles exhibited good soft magnetic properties with low coercivity and high saturation magnetization. The reaction 4Al+3SiO2=2α-Al2O3+3Si took place during the sintering process. As a result the new Fe3Si/Al2O3 composite was formed. The Fe3Si/Al2O3 composite core displayed more excellent soft magnetic properties, better frequency stability at high frequencies, much higher electrical resistivity and lower core loss than the pure Fe3Si0.7Al0.3 core. The method of introducing insulating layers surrounding magnetic particles provides a promising route to develop new and high compact soft magnetic materials with good magnetic and electric properties.

  11. A Pyrolitic Lower Mantle with (Mg,Fe3+)(Si,Al3+)O3 Bridgmanite

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    Wang, X.; Tsuchiya, T.

    2014-12-01

    To better understand the Earth's lower mantle (LM), thermodynamic properties (TDPs) of LM minerals should be illustrated clearly. We have so far reported the TDPs of Fe (and Al)-bearing MgO, MgSiO3 bridgmanite (Br) and post bridgmanite [1-5] by using the internally consistent LSDA+U method and the lattice dynamics method. In this work, two spin states, the high (HS) and low spin (LS) state, and several possible distribution configurations are considered in the LM pressure range. For Fe incorporated in Br, only Fe3+ at the Si site undergoes a HS to LS transition. However, this is suppressed by Al incorporation, because Al3+ prefers the Si site and attracts HS Fe3+ at the adjacent Mg site forming Fe3+-Al3+ pair. Br with geophysically relevant 6.25 mol% Fe2+ or Fe3+-Al3+ pair is found vibrationally stable. Incorporation of these elements increases the Br volume a little but gives marginal effects on the TDPs. Simulated densities, adiabatic bulk moduli, and bulk sound velocities of possible LM mineral aggregations show that a composition close to pyrolite with (Mg,Fe3+)(Si,Al3+)O3 Br is accountable for the reference Earth model, while Fe2+-bearing Br instead gives unignorable disagreements in deeper part. Neither Si-richer nor Si-poorer composition improves the disagreements. This indicates that Fe in LM bridgmanite should predominantly be ferric acquiring the HS state, and pyrolitic composition with (Mg,Fe3+)(Si,Al3+)O3 Br is a reasonable LM model. References:[1] A. Metsue, and T. Tsuchiya, J. Geophys. Res. 116, B08207 (2011). [2] A. Metsue, and T. Tsuchiya, Geophys. J. Int. 190, 310 (2012). [3] H. Fukui, T. Tsuchiya, and A. Q. R. Baron, J. Geophys. Res. 117, B12202 (2012). [4] T. Tsuchiya, and X. Wang, J. Geophys. 118, 83 (2013). [5] X. Wang, and T. Tsuchiya, under reviewing.

  12. SDAS, Si and Cu Content, and the Size of Intermetallics in Al-Si-Cu-Mg-Fe Alloys

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    Sivarupan, Tharmalingam; Taylor, John Andrew; Cáceres, Carlos Horacio

    2015-05-01

    Plates of Al-(a)Si-(b)Cu-Mg-(c)Fe alloys with varying content of (mass pct) Si ( a = 3, 4.5, 7.5, 9, 10, or 11), Cu ( b = 0, 1, or 4), and Fe ( c = 0.2, 0.5 or 0.8) were cast in sand molds with a heavy chill at one end to ensure quasi-directional solidification over a wide range of Secondary Dendrite Arm Spacing (SDAS). Statistical analysis on the size of the β-Al5FeSi, α-Al8Fe2Si, or Al2Cu intermetallics on Backscattered Electron images showed that a high Si content reduced the size of the β platelets in alloys with up to 0.5 Fe content regardless of the SDAS, whereas at small SDAS the refining effect extended up to 0.8 Fe, and involved α-phase intermetallics which replaced the beta platelets at those concentrations. At low Si contents, a high Cu level appeared to have similar refining effects as increased Si, through the formation of α-phase particles in the post-eutectic stage which agglomerated with the Al2Cu intermetallics. A high content of Si appears to make the overall refining process less critical in terms of SDAS/cooling rate.

  13. Fabrication of a ZnO:Al/Amorphous-FeSi2 Heterojunction at Room Temperature

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    Xu, Jia-Xiong; Yao, Ruo-He; Liu, Yu-Rong

    2011-10-01

    A prototype ZnO:Al/amorphous-FeSi2 heterojunction was successfully prepared on a glass substrate by magnetron sputtering at room temperature. The structural and electrical properties of as-deposited FeSi2 thin films were investigated using x-ray diffraction, Raman scattering, resistivity, and carrier lifetime measurement. The FeSi2 thin film showed an amorphous phase with resistivity of 9.685 Ω·cm and carrier lifetime of 9.5 μs. The prototype ZnO:Al/amorphous-FeSi2 heterojunction exhibited a rectifying property of the diode from the dark current-voltage characteristic. This propert was evaluated using the shunt resistance and diode ideal factor. The experimental results suggest that the amorphous-FeSi2 thin film has promising applications in heterojunction devices with low thermal budget and low product cost.

  14. Electronic structure and magnetism on FeSiAl alloy: A DFT study

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    Cardoso Schwindt, V.; Sandoval, M.; Ardenghi, J. S.; Bechthold, P.; González, E. A.; Jasen, P. V.

    2015-09-01

    Density functional theory (DFT) calculation has been performed to study the electronic structure and chemical bonding in FeSiAl alloy. These calculations are useful to understand the magnetic properties of this alloy. Our results show that the mean magnetic moment of Fe atoms decreases due to the crystal structure and the effect of Si and Al. Depending on the environment, the magnetic moment of one Fe site (Fe1) increases to about 14.3% while of the other site (Fe2) decreases to about 25.9% (compared with pure bcc Fe). All metal-metal overlap interactions are bonding and slightly weaker than those found in the bcc Fe structure. The electronic structure (DOS) shows an important hybridization among Fe, Si and Al atoms, thus making asymmetric the PDOS with a very slight polarization of Al and Si atoms. Our study explains the importance of crystal structure in determining the magnetic properties of the alloys. FeSiAl is a good candidate for electromagnetic interference shielding combining low price and good mechanical and magnetic properties.

  15. Characterization of novel microstructures in Al-Fe-V-Si and Al-Fe-V-Si-Y alloys processed at intermediate cooling rates

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    Marshall, Ryan

    Samples of an Al-Fe-V-Si alloy with and without small Y additions were prepared by copper wedge-mold casting. Analysis of the microstructures developed at intermediate cooling rates revealed the formation of an atypical morphology of the cubic alpha-Al12(Fe/V)3Si phase (Im 3 space group with a = 1.26 nm) in the form of a microeutectic with alpha-Al that forms in relatively thick sections. This structure was determined to exhibit promising hardness and thermal stability when compared to the commercial rapidly solidified and processed Al-Fe-V-Si (RS8009) alloy. In addition, convergent beam electron diffraction (CBED) and selected area electron diffraction (SAD) were used to characterize a competing intermetallic phase, namely, a hexagonal phase identified as h-AlFeSi (P6/mmm space group with a = 2.45 nm c = 1.25 nm) with evidence of a structural relationship to the icosahedral quasicrystalline (QC) phase (it is a QC approximant) and a further relationship to the more desirable alpha-Al12(Fe/V) 3Si phase, which is also a QC approximant. The analysis confirmed the findings of earlier studies in this system, which suggested the same structural relationships using different methods. As will be shown, both phases form across a range of cooling rates and appear to have good thermal stabilities. Additions of Y to the alloy were also studied and found to cause the formation of primary YV2Al20 particles on the order of 1 microm in diameter distributed throughout the microstructure, which otherwise appeared essentially identical to that of the Y-free 8009 alloy. The implications of these results on the possible development of these structures will be discussed in some detail.

  16. Preparation of Al-Cu-Fe-(Sn,Si) quasicrystalline bulks by laser multilayer cladding

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    Feng, Li-ping; Fleury, Eric; Zhang, Guo-sheng

    2012-05-01

    (Al65Cu20Fe15)100- x Sn x ( x=0, 12, 20, 30) and Al57Si10Cu18Fe15 powders were cladded on a medium carbon steel (45# steel) substrate by laser multilayer cladding, respectively. The phases and properties of the produced quasicrystalline bulks were investigated. It was found that the main phases in the Al65Cu20Fe15 sample were crystalline λ-Al13Fe4 and icosahedral quasicrystal together with a small volume fraction of θ-Al2Cu phase. The volume fraction of icosahedral phase decreased as the Sn content in the (Al65Cu20Fe15)100- x Sn x samples increased owing to the formation of β-CuSn phase. The increase of Sn content improved the brittleness of the quasicrystal samples. The morphology of the solidification microstructure in the Al57Si10Cu18Fe15 sample changed from elongated shape to spherical shape due to the addition of Si. The nanohardness of the laser multilayer cladded quasicrystal samples was equal to that of the as-cast sample prepared by vacuum quenching. In terms of hardness, the laser cladded Al57Si10Cu18Fe15 quasicrystalline alloy has the highest value among all the investigated samples.

  17. Plasma Nitriding Behavior of Fe-C-M (M = Al, Cr, Mn, Si) Ternary Martensitic Steels

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    Tomio, Yusaku; Kitsuya, Shigeki; Oh-ishi, Keilchiro; Hono, Kazuhiro; Miyamoto, Goro; Furuhara, Tadashi

    2014-01-01

    Change in surface hardness and nitrides precipitated in Fe-0.6C binary and Fe-0.6 mass pct C-1 mass pct M (M = Al, Cr, Mn, Si) ternary martensitic alloys during plasma nitriding were investigated. Surface hardness was hardly increased in the Fe-0.6C binary alloy and slightly increased in Fe-0.6C-1Mn and Fe-0.6C-1Si alloys. On the other hand, it was largely increased in Fe-0.6C-1Al and Fe-0.6C-1Cr alloys. In all the Fe-0.6C-1M alloys except for the Si-added alloy, fine platelet alloy nitrides precipitated inside martensite laths. In the Fe-0.6C-1Si alloy, Si-enriched film was observed mainly at a grain boundary and an interface between cementite and matrix. Crystal structure of nitrides observed in the martensitic alloys was similar to those in Fe-M binary ferritic alloys reported previously. However, there was a difference in hardening behavior between ferrite and martensite due to a high density of dislocations acting as a nucleation site of the nitrides and partitioning of an alloying element between martensite and cementite changing the driving force of precipitation of the nitrides.

  18. Solidification Sequence and Evolution of Microstructure During Rheocasting of Four Al-Si-Mg-Fe Alloys with Low Si Content

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    Payandeh, Mostafa; Jarfors, Anders E. W.; Wessn, Magnus

    2015-12-01

    Four Al-Si-Mg-Fe alloys with Si contents varying from 1.6 to 4.5 wt pct were rheocast, using the RheoMetal process to prepare slurry and cast in a vertical high-pressure die casting machine. Particle size and Si concentration in the ?-Al particles in the slurry and in the as-rheocast component were investigated. A uniform distribution of Si in the globular ? 1-Al particles was achieved in the slurry. In the rheocast samples, measurement of the ? 1-Al particles showed that these particles did not increase significantly in size during pouring and secondary solidification. The two additional ?-Al particles types, ? 2-Al particles and ? 3-Al particles, were identified as being a result of two discrete nucleation events taking place after slurry production. The Si concentration in the ? 2-Al and ? 3-Al particles indicated that the larger ? 2-Al particles precipitated before the ? 3-Al particles. In addition, in the as-rheocast condition, the Si distribution inside the ? 1-Al particles showed three distinct zones; an unaffected zone, a transition zone, and in some cases the start of a dendritic/cellular zone. The phenomenon of dendritic growth of globular ? 1-Al particles during secondary solidification occurred concomitantly with the final eutectic reaction and increased with increasing amount of the Al-Si eutectic phase.

  19. Solidification Sequence and Evolution of Microstructure During Rheocasting of Four Al-Si-Mg-Fe Alloys with Low Si Content

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    Payandeh, Mostafa; Jarfors, Anders E. W.; Wessén, Magnus

    2016-03-01

    Four Al-Si-Mg-Fe alloys with Si contents varying from 1.6 to 4.5 wt pct were rheocast, using the RheoMetal™ process to prepare slurry and cast in a vertical high-pressure die casting machine. Particle size and Si concentration in the α-Al particles in the slurry and in the as-rheocast component were investigated. A uniform distribution of Si in the globular α 1-Al particles was achieved in the slurry. In the rheocast samples, measurement of the α 1-Al particles showed that these particles did not increase significantly in size during pouring and secondary solidification. The two additional α-Al particles types, α 2-Al particles and α 3-Al particles, were identified as being a result of two discrete nucleation events taking place after slurry production. The Si concentration in the α 2-Al and α 3-Al particles indicated that the larger α 2-Al particles precipitated before the α 3-Al particles. In addition, in the as-rheocast condition, the Si distribution inside the α 1-Al particles showed three distinct zones; an unaffected zone, a transition zone, and in some cases the start of a dendritic/cellular zone. The phenomenon of dendritic growth of globular α 1-Al particles during secondary solidification occurred concomitantly with the final eutectic reaction and increased with increasing amount of the Al-Si eutectic phase.

  20. Precipitation of β-Al5FeSi Phase Platelets in Al-Si Based Casting Alloys

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    Liu, L.; Mohamed, A. M. A.; Samuel, A. M.; Samuel, F. H.; Doty, H. W.; Valtierra, S.

    2009-10-01

    The aim of the present work has been to investigate the factors affecting the precipitation of the β-Al5FeSi iron intermetallic phase of directionally solidified A356- and 319-type alloys as a function of the iron content, a Sr addition of ~250 ppm, and superheating or cooling rates. The iron levels selected varied from 0.12 to 0.8 wt pct and cover the range of Fe levels in commercial casting alloys. The use of an end-chill mold provided different cooling rates along the height of the same casting, with dendritic arm spacing values that varied from ~15 to 85 μm, corresponding to levels of 5, 10, 30, 50, and 100 mm above the chill end. The microstructure and phase identification were monitored using optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), thermal analysis, and electron probe microanalysis (EPMA) techniques. An image analyzer was used in conjunction with the optical microscope for quantification purposes. The results showed that, for the range of cooling rates covered in the present study, the highest cooling rate (at a 5-mm distance from the chill) is the more significant parameter in controlling the size and distribution of the β-Al2FeSi intermetallic phase in the nonmodified 319 and 356 alloys. The addition of strontium leads to fragmentation of coeutectic or posteutectic β platelets. This effect diminishes with an increase in the iron concentration, and further strontium addition leads to the precipitation of Al2Si2Sr phase particles, instead.

  1. Electronic structure and soft magnetic properties of Se/FeSiAl (110) films

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    Schwindt, V. Cardoso; Ardenghi, J. S.; Bechthold, P.; Juan, A.; Batic, B. Setina; Jenko, M.; González, E. A.; Jasen, P. V.

    2015-11-01

    The Se adsorption at different coverages on DO3 FeSiAl(110) surface is studied using density functional theory (DFT). Se adsorption is favorable in almost all surface high-symmetry sites, except for the bridge site formed by Fe-Si atoms. The most stable is a hollow site formed by four Fe atoms with adsorption energy of -5.30 eV. When the coverages increase, the energies decrease in the case of hollow sites. The surface present a reconstruction after Se adsorption, being the most important at 1/2 ML. The local magnetic moment for Fe atoms increase for the type A (all nearst neighbours (nn) are Fe atoms) and decrease for the type B (nn are Fe, Si and Al atoms). The most affected metal orbitals are Fe 4s and 4p. In the case of the hollow site the surface Fe-Fe bond is weakened after Se adsorption. A Fe-Se bond is developed at all coverages in both sites being the most important on top (dFe-Se = 2.23 Å, OP: 0.774 at 1/4 ML). The first and second layer Fe-Fe bond increase at 1/4 ML and decrease at 1/2 and 1 ML. Small Se-Se bonding interaction appear at 1/2 ML and increase noticeable for 1 ML. For the top site, the Se-Se bond appears at all coverage. The Fe-Fe surface bonds also decrease its strength with respect to the clean surface at all coverage. The first and second layer Fe-Fe bond increase at all coverage.

  2. Improvement of magnetic and structural stabilities in high-quality Co{sub 2}FeSi{sub 1−x}Al{sub x}/Si heterointerfaces

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    Yamada, S.; Tanikawa, K.; Oki, S.; Kawano, M.; Miyao, M.; Hamaya, K.

    2014-08-18

    We study high-quality Co{sub 2}FeSi{sub 1−x}Al{sub x} Heusler compound/Si (0 ≤ x ≤ 1) heterointerfaces for silicon (Si)-based spintronic applications. In thermal treatment conditions, the magnetic and structural stabilities of the Co{sub 2}FeSi{sub 1−x}Al{sub x}/Si heterointerfaces are improved with increasing x in Co{sub 2}FeSi{sub 1−x}Al{sub x}. Compared with L2{sub 1}-ordered Co{sub 2}FeSi/Si, B2-ordered Co{sub 2}FeAl/Si can suppress the diffusion of Si atoms into the Heusler-compound structure. This experimental study will provide an important knowledge for applications in Si-based spin transistors with metallic source/drain contacts.

  3. Thermoelectric properties of Fe and Al double substituted MnSiγ (γ~1.73)

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    Barczak, S. A.; Downie, R. A.; Popuri, S. R.; Decourt, R.; Pollet, M.; Bos, J. W. G.

    2015-07-01

    Two series of Fe and Al double substituted MnSiγ chimney ladders with a nominal valence electron count, VEC=14 per transition metal were prepared (γ=1.75). Simultaneous replacement of Mn with Fe and Si with Al yielded the Mn1-xFexSi1.75-xAlx series while the second Mn1-xFexSi1.75-1.75xAl2x series follows the pseudo-binary between MnSi1.75 and FeAl2. Scanning electron microscopy and elemental mapping revealed that ~60% of the nominal Al content ends up in the product with the remainder lost to sublimation, and that up to 7% Al can be substituted in the main group sublattice. Profile analysis of X-ray powder diffraction data revealed gradual changes in the cell metrics, consistent with the simultaneous substitution of Fe and Al in a fixed ratio. All samples are p-type with VEC≈13.95 from the structural data and ~1×1021 holes cm-3 from variable temperature Seebeck measurements. The substituted samples have lower electrical resistivities (ρ300 K=2-5 mΩ cm) due to an improved microstructure. This leads to increased thermoelectric power factors (largest S2/ρ=1.95 mW m-1 K-2) compared to MnSiγ. The thermal conductivity for the Mn0.95Fe0.05Si1.66Al0.1 sample is 2.7 W m-1 K-1 between 300 and 800 K, and is comparable to literature data for the parent material.

  4. Theoretical study of the magnetism of the FeAlSi system around the D03 stoichiometric composition

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    Apiñaniz, E.; Legarra, E.; Plazaola, F.; Garitaonandia, J. J. S.

    2007-09-01

    In this work, tight binding linear muffin-tin orbital (TB-LMTO) electronic calculations are used in order to study the magnetism of FeAlSi alloys. The calculations have been performed in alloys around the stoichiometric composition of the D03 structure (Fe 75Al 25-xSi x). The theoretical results show a good agreement with Mössbauer data obtained by Si/Al substitution in Fe 75Al 25-xSi x alloys. However, the calculations predict a very different behaviour for Fe 11Al 5-xSi x composition. They indicate that the magnetism of these intermetallic alloys around the stoichiometric D03 structure (Fe 12Al 4-xSi x) is very dependent on their magnetic moment state (high or low) that depends on Fe content.

  5. The precipitation in annealing and its effect on permittivity of Fe-Si-Al powders

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    Li, Gang; Cui, Yin; Zhang, Nan; Wang, Xin; Xie, Jian Liang

    2016-01-01

    SEM images show that some precipitates distributed on the surface of as-annealed Fe-Si-Al powders. Subsequent experimental results indicate that both morphology and microstructure of as-annealed Fe-Si-Al powders change with increasing annealing temperature. Meanwhile, dielectric properties analysis suggesting that both real part ε‧ and imaginary part ε″ of the Fe-Si-Al powders decrease significantly after annealed at 450 °C or higher temperature. We assume that it's the precipitates with low electrical conductivity developed on the surface of powders that increase the surface resistivity of as-annealed powders and leading to a lower imagine part of permittivity. The drop of real part ε‧ ascribed to the weakened interfacial polarization which resulted from the decrease of structural defects such as grain boundaries and interfaces during annealing process.

  6. Influence of addition of Si in FeAl alloys: Theory

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    Apiñaniz, E.; Legarra, E.; Plazaola, F.; Garitaonandia, J. S.

    The magnetic behaviour of Fe-based magnetic systems has been studied theoretically and experimentally for many years [E.P. Wohlfath, K.H.J. Buschow, Handbook of Ferromagnetic Materials, vol. 4, North-Holland Elsevier Science Publishers, Amsterdam, New York, Oxford, Tokyo, 1988 (Chapter 1)]. Starting with Al dissolved in Fe, the first stable structure is the D03 cubic structure and it exists over the range 23-37 at% Al. In this range these alloys present interesting magnetic properties. The other stable compound existing over a wide range of composition is FeAl which is also cubic, with the B2 structure (CsCl), and it exists over the range 37-50 at% Al. On the other hand, the FeAlSi alloys show the D03 structure, but do not show the B2 structure. The effect of Si in these alloys is double; on the one hand, it contributes to the decrease of the lattice parameter which, as reported by Nogues et al. [Phys. Rev. B 74 (2006) 024407], has a major influence on the magnetism and, on the other hand, having one more p electron than the Al atom, it promotes the charge transfer from Si to Fe atoms, as reported by Legarra et al. [Hyperfine Interact. 169 (2006) 1217-1222]. In this work, we perform ab-initio electronic calculations by means of tight binding linear muffin-tin orbital (TBLMTO) and Vienna Ab-initio Simulation Package (VASP) in order to study the magnetic contribution of Si/Al substitution in the FeAl alloys.

  7. 3D characterization by tomography of beta Al9Fe2Si2 phase precipitation in a Al6.5Si1Fe alloy

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    Ferdian, D.; Salvo, L.; Lacaze, J.; Tenailleau, C.; Duployer, B.; Malard, B.

    2016-03-01

    The microstructure evolution of beta phase during solidification of a synthetic Al6.5Si1Fe (wt.%) alloy has been investigated by in-situ synchrotron micro-tomography and post-mortem tomography. In-situ solidification was observed at a constant cooling rate of 10°C min-1, from above the alloy's liquidus with the melt at 618°C down to 575°C which is just above the (Al)-Si-beta invariant eutectic reaction. Primary (Al) dendrites nucleated at 608°C, followed by the formation of beta-Al9Fe2Si2 phase starting at 593°C. After a rapid growth stage until 587°C as thin plates, beta phase continued to grow at a paced rate. Thickening of the plates was also evaluated and it was observed that the decrease in the lateral growth rate of the plates did not lead to an increase of their thickening rate. It was noted that the interconnectivity between beta precipitates increased as the solidification progressed. While nucleation of beta phase has previously been reported to occur on the alumina scale formed at the outer surface of the material, it is shown from post mortem tomography that bulk nucleation can occur as well.

  8. FeAl and Mo-Si-B Intermetallic Coatings Prepared by Thermal Spraying

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    Totemeier, T.C.; Wright, R.N.; Swank, W.D.

    2003-04-22

    FeAl and Mo-Si-B intermetallic coatings for elevated temperature environmental resistance were prepared using high-velocity oxy-fuel (HVOF) and air plasma spray (APS) techniques. For both coating types, the effect of coating parameters (spray particle velocity and temperature) on the microstructure and physical properties of the coatings was assessed. Fe-24Al (wt.%) coatings were prepared using HVOF thermal spraying at spray particle velocities varying from 540 m/s to 700 m/s. Mo-13.4Si-2.6B coatings were prepared using APS at particle velocities of 180 and 350 m/s. Residual stresses in the HVOF FeAl coatings were compressive, while stresses in the APS Mo-Si-B coatings were tensile. In both cases, residual stresses became more compressive with increasing spray particle velocity due to increased peening imparted by the spray particles. The hardness and elastic moduli of FeAl coatings also increased with increasing particle velocity, again due to an increased peening effect. For Mo-Si-B coatings, plasma spraying at 180 m/s resulted in significant oxidation of the spray particles and conversion of the T1 phase into amorphous silica and {alpha}-Mo. The T1 phase was retained after spraying at 350 m/s.

  9. The structure-property relationships of powder processed Fe-Al-Si alloys

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    Prichard, P.D.

    1998-02-23

    Iron-aluminum alloys have been extensively evaluated as semi-continuous product such as sheet and bar, but have not been evaluated by net shape P/M processing techniques such as metal injection molding. The alloy compositions of iron-aluminum alloys have been optimized for room temperature ductility, but have limited high temperature strength. Hot extruded powder alloys in the Fe-Al-Si system have developed impressive mechanical properties, but the effects of sintering on mechanical properties have not been explored. This investigation evaluated three powder processed Fe-Al-Si alloys: Fe-15Al, Fe-15Al-2.8Si, Fe-15Al-5Si (atomic %). The powder alloys were produced with a high pressure gas atomization (HPGA) process to obtain a high fraction of metal injection molding (MIM) quality powder (D{sub 84} < 32 {micro}m). The powders were consolidated either by P/M hot extrusion or by vacuum sintering. The extruded materials were near full density with grain sizes ranging from 30 to 50 {micro}m. The vacuum sintering conditions produced samples with density ranging from 87% to 99% of theoretical density, with an average grain size ranging from 26 {micro}m to 104 {micro}m. Mechanical property testing was conducted on both extruded and sintered material using a small punch test. Tensile tests were conducted on extruded bar for comparison with the punch test data. Punch tests were conducted from 25 to 550 C to determine the yield strength, and fracture energy for each alloy as a function of processing condition. The ductile to brittle transition temperature (DBTT) was observed to increase with an increasing silicon content. The Fe-15Al-2.8Si alloy was selected for more extensive testing due to the combination of high temperature strength and low temperature toughness due to the two phase {alpha} + DO{sub 3} structure. This investigation provided a framework for understanding the effects of silicon in powder processing and mechanical property behavior of Fe-Al-Si alloys.

  10. Laser processed TiC-Al13Fe4 composite layer formation on Al-Si alloy

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    Viswanathan, A.; Sastikumar, D.; Kumar, Harish; Nath, A. K.

    2012-09-01

    TiC reinforced with Al13Fe4 matrix composite layer is produced on Al-Si alloy using 5 kW CO2 laser. This attempt was made to identify the suitable coating compositions and laser processing parameters needed to form a TiC-Al13Fe4 composite layer. The study intended to form a composite layer which is having uniform TiC distribution, high hardness, high wear resistance and good adherence with substrate of Al-Si alloy. The results confirmed that the expected good quality composite layer has formed for the coating compositions of 75TiC-25Fe (wt%) and laser processing parameters of 2.5 kW laser power and 1.5 m min-1 scanning speed. TiC particles size varies from 10 to 20 μm are reinforced with in-situ formed Al13Fe4 matrix in the composite layer. The good quality composite layer is exhibited an average hardness of about 750 HV and hardness distributions show very minimum fluctuations. The effect of TiC reinforcement with Al13Fe4 matrix in the composite layer displayed very less wear rate (3.98×10-7 mg m-1) than the substrate (3.85×10-6 mg m-1).

  11. The influence of cooling rate and Fe/Cr content on the evolution of Fe-rich compounds in a secondary Al-Si-Cu diecasting alloy

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    Fabrizi, A.; Timelli, G.

    2016-03-01

    This study investigates the morphological evolution of primary α-Al(Fe,Mn,Cr)Si phase in a secondary Al-Si-Cu alloy with respect to the initial Fe and Cr contents as well as to the cooling rate. The solidification experiments have been designed in order to cover a wide range of cooling rates, and the Fe and Cr contents have been varied over two levels. Metallographic and image analysis techniques have been used to quantitatively examine the microstructural changes occurring at different experimental conditions. The morphological evolution of the α-Fe phase has been also analysed by observing deep etched samples. By changing the cooling rate, α-Al15(Fe,Mn,Cr)3Si2 dodecahedron crystals, as well as Chinese- script, branched structures and dendrites form, while primary coarse β-Al5(Fe,Mn)Si needles appear in the alloy with the highest Fe content at low cooling rates.

  12. Impact of CrSiTi and NiSi on the Thermodynamics, Microstructure, and Properties of AlCoCuFe-Based High-Entropy Alloys

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    Wang, Xiao-Rong; Wang, Zhao-Qin; Lin, Tie-Song; He, Peng; Sekulic, Dusan P.

    2016-03-01

    Aiming to solve the problem of spontaneous combustion on titanium via electrospark deposition (ESD), two AlCoCuFe-based high-entropy alloys (HEAs), AlCoCuFe-x (x = CrSiTi, NiSi), were produced by vacuum arc melting as electrodes in ESD process. The thermodynamic analysis of AlCoCuFe-based HEAs were carried out using the concept of mixing enthalpy matrix and a powerful thermodynamic calculation toolbox (HEA-Thermo-Calcu). The microstructure and mechanical properties of the two alloys were investigated. The AlCoCuFeCrSiTi alloy contains a body-centered cubic (BCC) phase and a face-centered cubic (FCC) phase. The AlCoCuFeNiSi alloy is composed of two BCC phases and an FCC phase. Addition of CrSiTi and NiSi to AlCoCuFe-based alloys makes the enthalpy of mixing to be sizably more negative than for the other AlCoCuFe-based HEAs. Notwithstanding the fact that the thermodynamic parameters do not agree with Yang's proposition, the two alloys form simple solid solutions. The electronegativity difference (Δχ) favors a formation of the solid solution when Δχ ≤ 14.2. The hardness of AlCoCuFe-x (x = CrSiTi, NiSi) alloys reaches 935 HV and 688 HV, respectively. The yield strength, fracture strength, and ultimate strain of AlCoCuFeNiSi are larger, i.e., 29, 30, and 45%, respectively, than those of the AlCoCuFeCrSiTi alloy.

  13. Impact of CrSiTi and NiSi on the Thermodynamics, Microstructure, and Properties of AlCoCuFe-Based High-Entropy Alloys

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    Wang, Xiao-Rong; Wang, Zhao-Qin; Lin, Tie-Song; He, Peng; Sekulic, Dusan P.

    2016-05-01

    Aiming to solve the problem of spontaneous combustion on titanium via electrospark deposition (ESD), two AlCoCuFe-based high-entropy alloys (HEAs), AlCoCuFe- x ( x = CrSiTi, NiSi), were produced by vacuum arc melting as electrodes in ESD process. The thermodynamic analysis of AlCoCuFe-based HEAs were carried out using the concept of mixing enthalpy matrix and a powerful thermodynamic calculation toolbox (HEA-Thermo-Calcu). The microstructure and mechanical properties of the two alloys were investigated. The AlCoCuFeCrSiTi alloy contains a body-centered cubic (BCC) phase and a face-centered cubic (FCC) phase. The AlCoCuFeNiSi alloy is composed of two BCC phases and an FCC phase. Addition of CrSiTi and NiSi to AlCoCuFe-based alloys makes the enthalpy of mixing to be sizably more negative than for the other AlCoCuFe-based HEAs. Notwithstanding the fact that the thermodynamic parameters do not agree with Yang's proposition, the two alloys form simple solid solutions. The electronegativity difference (Δ χ) favors a formation of the solid solution when Δχ ≤ 14.2. The hardness of AlCoCuFe- x ( x = CrSiTi, NiSi) alloys reaches 935 HV and 688 HV, respectively. The yield strength, fracture strength, and ultimate strain of AlCoCuFeNiSi are larger, i.e., 29, 30, and 45%, respectively, than those of the AlCoCuFeCrSiTi alloy.

  14. Effect of Al and Si substitutions on the magnetic properties of SmTbFe17

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    Ingersoll, J. C.; Markandeyulu, G.; Murty, V. S.; Rama Rao, K. V. S.

    2005-11-01

    The structural and magnetic properties of SmTbFe17-xAlx (x=0-8) and SmTbFe17-xSix (x=0-3.5) were investigated by x-ray-diffraction and magnetization studies. All the compounds stabilize in rhombohedral structure. The lattice parameters are found to increase with Al substitution whereas they are found to decrease with Si substitution. The rates of the decrease of saturation magnetization (Ms) value with the substitution of Al and Si are almost the same. The easy direction of magnetization (EMD) is in the ab plane up to an Al concentration of x=7 and has a tendency to shift towards the c axis at x=8. All the compounds with Si are seen to have the EMD in the ab plane. Electron-magnon scattering is seen to contribute to the electrical resistivity in both Al- and Si-substituted compounds; in the temperature range of 30-60 K and at higher temperatures, scattering due to phonons is observed.

  15. Orientation-dependent ion beam sputtering at normal incidence conditions in FeSiAl alloy

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    Batic, Barbara Setina; Jenko, Monika

    2010-07-15

    The authors have performed Ar+ broad ion beam sputtering of a polycrystalline Fe-Si-Al alloy at normal incidence at energies varying from 6 to 10 keV. Sputtering results in the formation of etch pits, which can be classified in three shapes: triangular, rectangular, and square. As each grain of individual orientation exhibits a certain type of pattern, the etch pits were correlated with the crystal orientations by electron backscattered diffraction technique.

  16. Experimental study on parasitic mode suppression using FeSiAl in relativistic klystron amplifier

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    Zhang, Zehai

    2015-03-15

    Experimental study of parasitic mode suppression using electromagnetic attenuate material FeSiAl in an S-band Relativistic Klystron Amplifier (RKA) is presented in this paper. The FeSiAl powder is coated and sintered onto the inner surface of a drift tube which locates between the input and the middle cavity of the RKA. Cold tests show that the attenuate rate of the tube against parasitic mode TE{sub 11} is about 50%. Experiments carried out on the Torch-01 accelerator present that the tube is effective in suppressing the parasitic mode. Two typical outputs are obtained. When the diode voltage is on a moderate level, the RKA operates well and the parasitic mode is totally suppressed. The pulse length of the High Power Microwave (HPM) almost equals the electron beam pulse length and the HPM average output power is about 300 MW, with a power efficiency of 10%. When the diode voltage is on a higher level, the output power and efficiency rise but the parasitic mode oscillation occurred and the pulse length is shortened. By contrast, the parasitic mode oscillation is too strong for the RKA to operate normally with un-sintered drift tube. The experimental study implies that FeSiAl is effective in suppressing the parasitic mode oscillation in a certain extent. However, total suppression needs a deeper attenuate rate and further investigation.

  17. Experimental study on parasitic mode suppression using FeSiAl in relativistic klystron amplifier

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    Zhang, Zehai

    2015-03-01

    Experimental study of parasitic mode suppression using electromagnetic attenuate material FeSiAl in an S-band Relativistic Klystron Amplifier (RKA) is presented in this paper. The FeSiAl powder is coated and sintered onto the inner surface of a drift tube which locates between the input and the middle cavity of the RKA. Cold tests show that the attenuate rate of the tube against parasitic mode TE11 is about 50%. Experiments carried out on the Torch-01 accelerator present that the tube is effective in suppressing the parasitic mode. Two typical outputs are obtained. When the diode voltage is on a moderate level, the RKA operates well and the parasitic mode is totally suppressed. The pulse length of the High Power Microwave (HPM) almost equals the electron beam pulse length and the HPM average output power is about 300 MW, with a power efficiency of 10%. When the diode voltage is on a higher level, the output power and efficiency rise but the parasitic mode oscillation occurred and the pulse length is shortened. By contrast, the parasitic mode oscillation is too strong for the RKA to operate normally with un-sintered drift tube. The experimental study implies that FeSiAl is effective in suppressing the parasitic mode oscillation in a certain extent. However, total suppression needs a deeper attenuate rate and further investigation.

  18. Experimental study on parasitic mode suppression using FeSiAl in Relativistic Klystron Amplifier.

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    Zhang, Zehai

    2015-03-01

    Experimental study of parasitic mode suppression using electromagnetic attenuate material FeSiAl in an S-band Relativistic Klystron Amplifier (RKA) is presented in this paper. The FeSiAl powder is coated and sintered onto the inner surface of a drift tube which locates between the input and the middle cavity of the RKA. Cold tests show that the attenuate rate of the tube against parasitic mode TE11 is about 50%. Experiments carried out on the Torch-01 accelerator present that the tube is effective in suppressing the parasitic mode. Two typical outputs are obtained. When the diode voltage is on a moderate level, the RKA operates well and the parasitic mode is totally suppressed. The pulse length of the High Power Microwave (HPM) almost equals the electron beam pulse length and the HPM average output power is about 300 MW, with a power efficiency of 10%. When the diode voltage is on a higher level, the output power and efficiency rise but the parasitic mode oscillation occurred and the pulse length is shortened. By contrast, the parasitic mode oscillation is too strong for the RKA to operate normally with un-sintered drift tube. The experimental study implies that FeSiAl is effective in suppressing the parasitic mode oscillation in a certain extent. However, total suppression needs a deeper attenuate rate and further investigation. PMID:25832258

  19. Assessment of Post-eutectic Reactions in Multicomponent Al-Si Foundry Alloys Containing Cu, Mg, and Fe

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    Javidani, Mousa; Larouche, Daniel; Grant Chen, X.

    2015-07-01

    Post-eutectic reactions occurring in Al-Si hypoeutectic alloys containing different proportions of Cu, Mg, and Fe were thoroughly investigated in the current study. As-cast microstructures were initially studied by optical and electron microscopy to investigate the microconstituents of each alloy. Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) was then used to examine the phase transformations occurring during the heating and cooling processes. Thermodynamic calculations were carried out to assess the phase formation under equilibrium and in nonequilibrium conditions. The Q-Al5Cu2Mg8Si6 phase was predicted to precipitate from the liquid phase, either at the same temperature or earlier than the θ-Al2Cu phase depending on the Cu content of the alloy. The AlCuFe-intermetallic, which was hardly observed in the as-cast microstructure, significantly increased after the solution heat treatment in the alloys containing high Cu and Fe contents following a solid-state transformation of the β-Al5FeSi phase. After the solution heat treatment, the AlCuFe-intermetallics were mostly identified with the stoichiometry of the Al7Cu2Fe phase. Thermodynamic calculations and microstructure analysis helped in determining the DSC peak corresponding to the melting temperature of the N-Al7Cu2Fe phase. The effect of Cu content on the formation temperature of π-Al8Mg3FeSi6 is also discussed.

  20. Thermodynamics of Nitrogen in Fe-Mn-Al-Si-C Alloy Melts

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    Paek, Min-Kyu; Chatterjee, Saikat; Pak, Jong-Jin; Jung, In-Ho

    2016-04-01

    Thermodynamic behavior of nitrogen in the entire range of the Fe-Mn-Al-Si-C liquid solution was modeled based on the critical evaluation and optimization of all available experimental data. The Gibbs energy of liquid solution was described using the Modified Quasichemical Model (MQM) in the pair approximation, instead of classical Wagner Interaction Parameter Formalism, to consider the strong interactions between species in liquid state. In particular, the dissolution behavior of N and formation of AlN in the entire ternary and higher order liquids were accurately predicted from the MQM only with binary model parameters of N.

  1. X-rays structural analysis and thermal stability studies of the ternary compound {alpha}-AlFeSi

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    Roger, J.; Bosselet, F.; Viala, J.C.

    2011-05-15

    From literature data presently available, the decomposition temperature and the nature of the decomposition reaction of the ternary compound {alpha}-AlFeSi (also designated as {alpha}{sub H} or {tau}{sub 5}) are not clearly identified. Moreover, some uncertainties remain concerning its crystal structure. The crystallographic structure and thermochemical behaviour of the ternary compound {alpha}-AlFeSi were meticulously studied. The crystal structure of {alpha}-AlFeSi was examined at room temperature from X-ray single crystal intensity data. It presents hexagonal symmetry, space group P6{sub 3}/mmc with unit cell parameters (293 K) a=12.345(2) A and c=26.210(3) A (V=3459 A{sup 3}). The average chemical formula obtained from refinement is Al{sub 7.1}Fe{sub 2}Si. From isothermal reaction-diffusion experiments and Differential Thermal Analysis, the title compound decomposes peritectically upon heating into {theta}-Fe{sub 4}Al{sub 13}(Si), {gamma}-Al{sub 3}FeSi and a ternary Al-rich liquid. Under atmospheric pressure, the temperature of this reversible transformation has been determined to be 772{+-}12 {sup o}C. -- Graphical abstract: Partial representation of the crystal structure of the {alpha}-Al{sub 7.1}Fe{sub 2}Si compound. Display Omitted Highlights: The main findings of our work are: {yields} a detailed X-rays crystal structure determination of the ternary compound {alpha}-AlFeSi. {yields} The precision of the silicon atoms positions in the crystal structure. {yields} A precised determination of the decomposition temperature of this compound.

  2. X-rays structural analysis and thermal stability studies of the ternary compound α-AlFeSi

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    Roger, J.; Bosselet, F.; Viala, J. C.

    2011-05-01

    From literature data presently available, the decomposition temperature and the nature of the decomposition reaction of the ternary compound α-AlFeSi (also designated as αH or τ5) are not clearly identified. Moreover, some uncertainties remain concerning its crystal structure. The crystallographic structure and thermochemical behaviour of the ternary compound α-AlFeSi were meticulously studied. The crystal structure of α-AlFeSi was examined at room temperature from X-ray single crystal intensity data. It presents hexagonal symmetry, space group P6 3/mmc with unit cell parameters (293 K) a=12.345(2) Å and c=26.210(3) Å ( V=3459 Å 3). The average chemical formula obtained from refinement is Al 7.1Fe 2Si. From isothermal reaction-diffusion experiments and Differential Thermal Analysis, the title compound decomposes peritectically upon heating into θ-Fe 4Al 13(Si), γ-Al 3FeSi and a ternary Al-rich liquid. Under atmospheric pressure, the temperature of this reversible transformation has been determined to be 772±12 °C.

  3. Effects of Melt Thermal-Rate Treatment on Fe-Containing Phases in Hypereutectic Al-Si Alloy

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    Wang, Qinglei; Geng, Haoran; Zhang, Shuo; Jiang, Huawei; Zuo, Min

    2013-11-01

    In this paper, effects of melt thermal-rate treatment (MTRT) on Fe-containing phases in hypereutectic Al-Si alloy were investigated. Results show that MTRT can refine microstructures and improve castability, mechanical properties, wear characteristics, and corrosion resistance of Fe-containing Al-Si alloy. When Al-15Si-2.7Fe alloy is treated with MTRT by 1203 K (930 C) melt: coarse primary Si and plate-like Fe-containing phase both can be refined to small blocky morphology, and the long needle-like Fe-containing phase disappears almost entirely; ultimate tensile strength and elongation are 195 MPa and 1.8 pct, and increase by 12.7 and 50 pct, respectively; and the wear loss and coefficient of friction decrease 7 to 17 and 24 to 30 pct, respectively, compared with that obtained with conventional casting technique. Corrosion resistance of the alloy treated with MTRT by 1203 K (930 C) melt is the best, that is it has the lowest i corr value and the highest E corr value. Besides, effects of MTRT on Al-15Si-xFe (x = 0.2, 0.7, 1.7, 3.7, 4.7) alloys were also studied, MTRT can only refine microstructure and improve mechanical properties of Al-15Si alloy with 0.7 to 3.7 pct Fe content greatly in the present work.

  4. Equation of State of Lower Mantle (Al,Fe)-MgSiO3 Perovskite

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    Prewitt, C. T.; Andrault, D.; Bolfan-Casanova, N.; Guignot, N.

    2001-12-01

    The compression behavior of various (Al,Fe)-MgSiO3 perovskites was investigated by powder X-ray diffraction up to 70 GPa on the ID30 beamline of ESRF (Grenoble). We used diamond anvil cell coupled with CO2 laser-heating, a most powerful technique to relax stresses and perform reliable equation of state up to typical lower mantle pressures. In contrast to Fe which essentially increases the room pressure unit cell volume [1], the effect of Al is to increase the bulk modulus of silicate perovskite. This result contrast with previous determinations performed at pressures below 10 GPa on samples synthesized in the multi-anvil press [2, 3]. Such a difference can be explained by a change in the substitution mechanism of Al in MgSiO3 with increasing pressure and temperature, in agreement with recent ab-initio calculations [4]. Our results confirm that the Earth's lower mantle (Mg+Fe)/Si ratio is greater than unity, because of the high stiffness of silicate perovskite. 1- H.K. Mao, R.J. Hemley, Y. Fei, J.F. Shu, L.C. Chen, A.P. Jephcoat, Y. Wu and W.A. Basset, Journal of Geophysical Research 96(B5), 8069-8079, 1991. 2- A. Kubo, T. Yagi, S. Ono and M. Akaogi, in: Proceeding of the Japan Academy 76, pp. 103-107, 2000. 3- J. Zhang and D.J. Weidner, Science 284, 782-784, 1999. 4- J.P. Brodholt, Nature 407, 620-622, 2000.

  5. Electrical and optical properties of thin β-FeSi 2 films on Al 2O 3 substrates

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    Herz, K.; Powalla, M.

    1995-10-01

    Polycrystalline β-FeSi 2 thin films of about 600 nm were prepared by simultaneous electron beam evaporation of Si and Fe ( 1.6 < Si/Fe < 2.4 ) onto Al 2O 3-ceramic and saphire substrates. The films were deposited at 100°C and subsequently annealed between 500 and 950°C. Films crystallized below 870°C predominantly consist of the semiconducting phase β-FeSi 2 with a p-type conductivity. At higher temperatures only the metallic monosilicide ɛ-FeSi could be detected probably due to a chemical reaction of Fe, Si and the substrate material. The influence of the crystallization temperature and of deviations from the stoichiometric composition Si/Fe = 2 on the grain size and some electrical and optical properties are studied. A Si/Fe ratio between 2.1 and 2.2 is correlated with maximum grain sizes and thermoelectric power values and minimum conductivities. A minimum optical subband absorption below the gap energy is also characteristic for this composition. The Hall voltage between room temperature and 10 K was too low to be resolved. Therefore Hall mobilities are estimated to be rather small (≤ 0.1-0.2 cm 2/Vs) and high defect densities and carrier concentrations are concluded. A photoconductive effect could not be demonstrated without any doubt. Due to these results the suitability of such films for photovoltaic applications seems to be questionable up to now.

  6. New type of Al-based decagonal quasicrystal in Al60Cr20Fe10Si10 alloy

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    He, Zhanbing; Ma, Haikun; Li, Hua; Li, Xingzhong; Ma, Xiuliang

    2016-01-01

    A new kind of decagonal quasicrystal (DQC) with a periodicity of 1.23 nm was observed in the as-cast quaternary Al60Cr20Fe10Si10 alloy. The intensity distribution of some spots in the selected-area electron diffraction pattern along the tenfold zone axis was found to be different from other Al-based DQCs. High-angle annular dark-field scanning transmission electron microscopy was adopted to reveal the structural features at an atomic level. Both the tenfold symmetry and symmetry-broken decagonal (D) clusters of 1.91 nm in diameter were found, but with structural characteristics different from the corresponding D clusters in the other Al-based DQCs. The neighboring D clusters are connected by sharing one edge rather than covering, suggesting the tiling model is better than the covering model for structural description. PMID:26928759

  7. New type of Al-based decagonal quasicrystal in Al60Cr20Fe10Si10 alloy

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    He, Zhanbing; Ma, Haikun; Li, Hua; Li, Xingzhong; Ma, Xiuliang

    2016-03-01

    A new kind of decagonal quasicrystal (DQC) with a periodicity of 1.23 nm was observed in the as-cast quaternary Al60Cr20Fe10Si10 alloy. The intensity distribution of some spots in the selected-area electron diffraction pattern along the tenfold zone axis was found to be different from other Al-based DQCs. High-angle annular dark-field scanning transmission electron microscopy was adopted to reveal the structural features at an atomic level. Both the tenfold symmetry and symmetry-broken decagonal (D) clusters of 1.91 nm in diameter were found, but with structural characteristics different from the corresponding D clusters in the other Al-based DQCs. The neighboring D clusters are connected by sharing one edge rather than covering, suggesting the tiling model is better than the covering model for structural description.

  8. New type of Al-based decagonal quasicrystal in Al60Cr20Fe10Si10 alloy.

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    He, Zhanbing; Ma, Haikun; Li, Hua; Li, Xingzhong; Ma, Xiuliang

    2016-01-01

    A new kind of decagonal quasicrystal (DQC) with a periodicity of 1.23?nm was observed in the as-cast quaternary Al60Cr20Fe10Si10 alloy. The intensity distribution of some spots in the selected-area electron diffraction pattern along the tenfold zone axis was found to be different from other Al-based DQCs. High-angle annular dark-field scanning transmission electron microscopy was adopted to reveal the structural features at an atomic level. Both the tenfold symmetry and symmetry-broken decagonal (D) clusters of 1.91?nm in diameter were found, but with structural characteristics different from the corresponding D clusters in the other Al-based DQCs. The neighboring D clusters are connected by sharing one edge rather than covering, suggesting the tiling model is better than the covering model for structural description. PMID:26928759

  9. Spin transitions in (Mg,Fe)(Si,Al)O3 perovskite and the electrical conductivity of the lower mantle

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    McCammon, C. A.; Potapkin, V.; Glazyrin, K.; Kantor, A.; Kupenko, I.; Prescher, C.; Sinmyo, R.; Pesce, G.; Smirnov, G. V.; Chumakov, A. I.; Rüffer, R.; Dubrovinsky, L. S.

    2012-12-01

    Iron has the ability to adopt different spin states in the dominant lower mantle phase, (Mg,Fe)(Si,Al)O3 perovskite, where the spin states of iron atoms can significantly influence mantle properties and dynamics. Most studies have observed a transition involving Fe2+ that starts above approximately 30 GPa, although there is disagreement as to whether it involves a high-spin (HS) to intermediate-spin (IS) transition or simply a structural modification of the local atomic environment. Previous studies have also suggested that Fe3+ (which constitutes at least half of the iron in lower mantle silicate perovskite) undergoes a HS to low-spin (LS) transition when Fe3+ occupies the octahedral site in the structure. Previous electrical conductivity measurements of (Mg,Fe)(Si,Al)O3 perovskite have shown that conductivity drops significantly above 50 GPa, which has been attributed to the HS-LS transition of Fe3+. In view of many existing controversies concerning the spin state of iron in the lower mantle and suggestions that spin transitions may cause seismic velocity anomalies, we made a new investigation of carefully characterised samples of (Mg,Fe)(Si,Al)O3 perovskite with a range of Fe3+/ΣFe values. We applied a new synchrotron-based method of Mössbauer spectroscopy (which enables individual spin and valence states to be identified) combined with electrical conductivity measurements on one of the samples, in order to construct a clear picture of iron spin transitions in (Mg,Fe)(Si,Al)O3 perovskite at lower mantle pressures and temperatures. We studied four different samples using a laser heated diamond anvil cell (DAC) with a Synchrotron Mössbauer Source (SMS) at the Nuclear Resonance beamline ID18 at the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility. Our data demonstrate unambiguously that Fe3+ remains in the HS state at conditions throughout the lower mantle, and show evidence for a HS-IS transition in Fe2+. High-pressure high-temperature electrical conductivity measurements of (Mg,Fe)(Si,Al)O3 perovskite with high Fe3+/ΣFe show a continuous increase in conductivity with pressure, strongly advocating that the conductivity drop in previous experiments with low Fe3+/ΣFe is due to a HS-IS transition of Fe2+. Our results provide improved constraints for forward modelling of electromagnetic data as well as for joint inversion of electromagnetic and seismic data, providing a new probe of heterogeneity in the lower mantle.

  10. The Viscous Behavior of FeOt-Al2O3-SiO2 Copper Smelting Slags

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    Park, Hyun-Shik; Park, Su Sang; Sohn, Il

    2011-08-01

    Understanding the viscous behavior of copper smelting slags is essential in increasing the process efficiency and obtaining the discrete separation between the matte and the slag. The viscosity of the FeOt-SiO2-Al2O3 copper smelting slags was measured in the current study using the rotating spindle method. The viscosity at a fixed Al2O3 concentration decreased with increasing Fe/SiO2 ratio because of the depolymerization of the molten slag by the network-modifying free oxygen ions (O2-) supplied by FeO. The Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) analyses of the slag samples with increasing Fe/SiO2 ratio revealed that the amount of large silicate sheets decreased, whereas the amount of simpler silicate structures increased. Al2O3 additions to the ternary FeOt-SiO2-Al2O3 slag system at a fixed Fe/SiO2 ratio showed a characteristic V-shaped pattern, where initial additions decreased the viscosity, reached a minimum, and increased subsequently with higher Al2O3 content. The effect of Al2O3 was considered to be related to the amphoteric behavior of Al2O3, where Al2O3 initially behaves as a basic oxide and changes to an acidic oxide with variation in slag composition. Furthermore, Al2O3 additions also resulted in the high temperature phase change between fayalite/hercynite and the modification of the liquidus temperature with Al2O3 additions affecting the viscosity of the copper smelting slag.

  11. Ab initio study of Fe{sub 2}MnZ (Al, Si, Ge) Heusler alloy using GGA approximation

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    Jain, Vivek Kumar Jain, Vishal Lakshmi, N. Venugopalan, K.

    2014-04-24

    Density functional theory based on FP-LAPW method used to investigate the electronic structure of Fe{sub 2}MnZ, shows that the total spin magnetic moment shows a trend consistent with the Slater–Pauling curve. The Fe and Mn magnetic moment depend on choice of Z element although the magnetic moment of Z element is negative and less than 0.1 μ{sub B}. Spin polarization calculations evidence 100% spin polarization for Fe{sub 2}MnSi. Fe{sub 2}MnAl and Fe{sub 2}MnGe show metallic behavior with 93%, 98% spin polarization.

  12. Epitaxially grown L1 0-FePt/(C, SiO 2, and Al 2O 3) granular films

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    Okamoto, Satoshi; Kitakami, Osamu

    2007-03-01

    Additive effects of C, SiO 2, and Al 2O 3 on L1 0-FePt epitaxial thin film were studied. Samples were fabricated by co-sputtering of FePt and (C, SiO 2, and Al 2O 3) on MgO (1 0 0) substrate at 973 K. These additives effectively reduce the particle size of FePt. C additive deteriorates the crystal orientation, while Al 2O 3 additive gradually degrades the L1 0 ordering. On the other hand, SiO 2 additive can reduce the particle size while keeping the high c-axis orientation and higher degree of L1 0 ordering.

  13. Effects of Al and Si addition on the structure and properties of CoFeNi equal atomic ratio alloy

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    Zuo, T. T.; Li, R. B.; Ren, X. J.; Zhang, Y.

    2014-12-01

    In this work, a series of AlxCoFeNi and CoFeNiSix high-entropy alloys (HEAs) of different Al and Si molar ratio (x=0, 0.25, 0.5, 0.75 and 1)were designed and, the effects of Al and Si addition on the structure and properties of the materials was investigated by a systematic study on the phase, microstructure, mechanical behavior, electrical and magnetic properties. It was found that the amounts of Al and Si additions strongly influence the phase structures of the alloys; high molar ratio of Al element can change the FCC structure to BCC structure, while more Si addition can lead to new compounds. Both Al and Si addition can increase the yield strength and hardness with the sacrifice of plasticity and, the effect of adding Si on the mechanical properties is more significant than that of adding Al. Characterization of the magnetic properties and hysteresis loops revealed that, all these alloys show typical ferromagnetic behavior. The saturation magnetization decreases from 151.3 emu/g (x=0) to 101.8 emu/g (x=1) when changing the Al content; and decreases from 151.3 emu/g (x=0) to 80.5 emu/g (x=0.75) with changing the Si content. Si addition can decrease the saturation magnetization more significantly than Al addition. The opposite trend can be found in the effects of the alloying element on the electrical resistivity with varying Al or Si content, adding Si can increase the electrical resistivity from 16.7 μΩ cm to 82.89 μΩ cm. It was also found that, the alloys also undergo very small magnetostriction, which is essential to ensure that the materials are not stressed when an external magnetic field is applied (or conversely, that external stresses do not disrupt the magnetic properties).

  14. Effects of metallurgical parameters on the decomposition of pi-AlFeMgSi phase in Al-Si-Mg alloys and its influence on the mechanical properties

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    Elsharkawi, Ehab A.

    2011-12-01

    The formation of the pi-AlFeMgSi iron intermetallic phase in Al-Si-Mg alloys is known for its detrimental effect on ductility and strength, in that it is controlled by the Fe and Mg content of the alloy, as well as by the cooling rate. The current study was carried out with a view to investigating all the metallurgical parameters affecting the formation of the pi-phase iron intermetallic and, in turn, the role of the pi-phase as it relates to the tensile and impact properties of Al-Si-Mg alloys. Microstructural assessment was carried out by means of quantitative metallography using electron probe microanalysis (EPMA) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The results indicate that increasing the Mg and Fe content increases the amount of the pi-AlMgFeSi phase formed. All the alloys containing low levels of iron regardless of the amount of Mg-content show low amounts of pi-phase iron intermetallic. The addition of trace amounts of Be has an observable effect in reducing the amount of the pi-phase formed in all the alloys studied. The pi-phase iron intermetallic particles appear to be segregated away from the modified Si in the Sr-modified alloys, particularly those solidified at a low cooling rate. The effects of different solution treatment times on the decomposition of the pi-phase were investigated in order to examine how this type of decomposition affected the chemistry of the matrix itself. After 8 hours of solution heat treatment and at Mg content of 0.4wt%, the pi-phase showed complete decomposition into fine beta-phase needles. The a-phase, however, showed only partial decomposition into beta-AlFeSi phase needles at Mg levels of over 0.4%wt. This type of decomposition was examined for the purposes of this study over extended periods of solution heat treatment time in Al-7Si-0.55Mg-0.1Fe alloy samples obtained at different cooling rates in order to evaluate the mechanism of pi to beta-phase decomposition. The results obtained show that the volume fraction of pi-AlFeMgSi phase decreases significantly at prolonged solution treatment times. The highest amount of the newly-formed beta-phase was observed in the solution treatment time range of 60 to 80 hours. An analysis of the chemical composition of the matrix using wavelength-dispersive spectroscopy (WDS) at different stages of solution heat treatment revealed that the pi to beta-phase decomposition during solution heat treatment results in a distinct increase in the Mg content of the matrix. Furthermore, no changes were observed in the calculated stoichiometries of the pi-phase or the beta-phase intermetallics during solution treatment in all the alloy samples studied. The study also investigated the decomposition of pi-AlFeMgSi into beta-phase needles during extended periods of solution heat treatment and its effects on the mechanical properties of Al-7Si-0.55Mg-0.1Fe alloys. The results obtained from the calculated quality index values show that the optimum solution treatment time for Sr-modified alloys is of the order of 12 hours. Using prolonged solution treatment time leads to the decomposition of a large amount of pi-phase into beta-phase needles, approximately 85%, thereby providing a slight improvement in the tensile properties at 80 hrs compared to standard heat treatment times; this improvement may be attributed to the increased amount of Mg in the matrix resulting from the decomposition of the pi-phase, and which is then available for precipitation as Mg2Si upon subsequent aging. An analysis of the results obtained from the Charpy impact test using unnotched samples shows that the greatest improvement in the initiation and propagation energies is obtained for the as-cast and heat-treated alloys when these alloys are solidified at a low cooling rate and modified with strontium. An increase in the solution treatment time improves the impact properties of the alloys compared to the as-cast condition. In accordance with this finding, the recommended solution treatment time at which the maximum initiation and propagation energy values can be obtained is 20 hours for all alloys studied. The results also show that the impact properties are more sensitive to the changes occurring in the microstructure which result from solution heat treatment and Sr modification, namely, the eutectic Si and pi-phase morphologies, rather than those related to the tensile properties i.e., to the Mg content in the matrix. (Abstract shortened by UMI.)

  15. Galvanomagnetic properties of Fe2YZ (Y = Ti, V, Cr, Mn, Fe, Ni; Z = Al, Si) heusler alloys

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    Kourov, N. I.; Marchenkov, V. V.; Belozerova, K. A.; Weber, H. W.

    2015-11-01

    The Hall effect and the magnetoresistance of Fe2YZ Heusler alloys, where Y = Ti, V, Cr, Mn, Fe, and Ni, are the 3 d transition metals and Z = Al and Si are the s, p elements of the third period of the periodic table, are studied at T = 4.2 K in magnetic fields H ≤ 100 kOe. It is shown that, in the high-field limit ( H > 10 kOe), the value and the sign of the normal ( R 0) and anomalous ( R s ) Hall coefficients change anomalously during transition from paramagnetic (Y = Ti, V) to ferromagnetic (Y = Cr, Mn, Fe, Ni) alloys. These coefficients have different signs for all alloys. Constant R s in the ferromagnetic alloys is positive, proportional to the residual resistivity ratio ( R s ∝ ρ 0 3.1 ), and inversely proportional to spontaneous magnetization. The magnetoresistance of the alloys is a few percent and has a negative sign. A positive addition to transverse magnetoresistance is only detected in high magnetic fields, H > 10 kOe.

  16. Galvanomagnetic properties of Fe{sub 2}YZ (Y = Ti, V, Cr, Mn, Fe, Ni; Z = Al, Si) heusler alloys

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    Kourov, N. I. Marchenkov, V. V.; Belozerova, K. A.; Weber, H. W.

    2015-11-15

    The Hall effect and the magnetoresistance of Fe{sub 2}YZ Heusler alloys, where Y = Ti, V, Cr, Mn, Fe, and Ni, are the 3d transition metals and Z = Al and Si are the s, p elements of the third period of the periodic table, are studied at T = 4.2 K in magnetic fields H ≤ 100 kOe. It is shown that, in the high-field limit (H > 10 kOe), the value and the sign of the normal (R{sub 0}) and anomalous (R{sub s}) Hall coefficients change anomalously during transition from paramagnetic (Y = Ti, V) to ferromagnetic (Y = Cr, Mn, Fe, Ni) alloys. These coefficients have different signs for all alloys. Constant R{sub s} in the ferromagnetic alloys is positive, proportional to the residual resistivity ratio (R{sub s} ∝ ρ{sub 0}{sup 3.1}), and inversely proportional to spontaneous magnetization. The magnetoresistance of the alloys is a few percent and has a negative sign. A positive addition to transverse magnetoresistance is only detected in high magnetic fields, H > 10 kOe.

  17. Enhancement in soft magnetic and ferromagnetic ordering behaviour through nanocrystallisation in Al substituted CoFeSiBNb alloys

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    Mohanta, Ojaswini; Basumallick, A.; Mitra, A.; Panda, A. K.

    2010-01-01

    The effect of substituting Al for Si in Co 36Fe 36Si 4-xAl xB 20Nb 4, ( X=0, 0.5, 1.0, 1.5, 2.0 at%) alloys prepared in the form of melt-spun ribbons have been investigated. All the alloys were amorphous in their as-cast state. The onset of crystallization as observed using differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) was found to rise at low Al content up to X=1 at% beyond which there was a decreasing trend. The alloys also exhibited glass transition at ' Tg'. Microstructural studies of optimally annealed samples indicated finer dispersions of nanoparticles in amorphous matrix which were identified as bcc-(FeCo)Si and bcc-(FeCo)SiAl nanophases by X-ray diffraction technique. Alloy with optimum content of Al around X=1 at% exhibited stability in coercivity at elevated temperatures. Though Al addition is known to lower magnetostriction, such consistency in coercivity may also be attributed towards lowering in the nanoparticle size compared to X=0 alloy. In the nanostructured state, the alloy containing optimum Al content ( X=1) exhibited further enhancement in ferromagnetic ordering or the Curie temperature by 100 K compared to alloy without Al. Such addition also attributed to better frequency response of coercivity and low core losses.

  18. Microstructure Evolution and Rheological Behavior of Cooling Slope Processed Al-Si-Cu-Fe Alloy Slurry

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    Das, Prosenjit; Samanta, Sudip K.; Bera, Supriya; Dutta, Pradip

    2016-02-01

    In the present work, microstructure evolution during semi-solid slurry generation of Al-Si-Cu-Fe alloy, using a cooling slope, was studied and the effect of microstructural morphology of the slurry on its rheological behavior was investigated. Microstructure evolution during melt flow along the slope was studied by extracting samples from various locations of the slope and performing rapid oil quenching experiments. Quantitative investigation was performed to evaluate primary phase shape and size for different process conditions of the semi-solid slurry, and subsequently rheological investigations were performed to correlate slurry morphology with its flow behavior. Three different types of rheological experiments were performed: isothermal test, shear jump test, and shear time test, in order to investigate rheological behavior of the semi-solid slurry. In addition, effect of melt treatment, by adding modifier (0.1 wt pct of Al-10Sr) and grain refiner (0.15 wt pct of Al-5Ti-1B), on the microstructure evolution during slurry generation, flow behavior of the slurry, and intermetallics formation was studied.

  19. Microstructure Evolution and Rheological Behavior of Cooling Slope Processed Al-Si-Cu-Fe Alloy Slurry

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    Das, Prosenjit; Samanta, Sudip K.; Bera, Supriya; Dutta, Pradip

    2016-05-01

    In the present work, microstructure evolution during semi-solid slurry generation of Al-Si-Cu-Fe alloy, using a cooling slope, was studied and the effect of microstructural morphology of the slurry on its rheological behavior was investigated. Microstructure evolution during melt flow along the slope was studied by extracting samples from various locations of the slope and performing rapid oil quenching experiments. Quantitative investigation was performed to evaluate primary phase shape and size for different process conditions of the semi-solid slurry, and subsequently rheological investigations were performed to correlate slurry morphology with its flow behavior. Three different types of rheological experiments were performed: isothermal test, shear jump test, and shear time test, in order to investigate rheological behavior of the semi-solid slurry. In addition, effect of melt treatment, by adding modifier (0.1 wt pct of Al-10Sr) and grain refiner (0.15 wt pct of Al-5Ti-1B), on the microstructure evolution during slurry generation, flow behavior of the slurry, and intermetallics formation was studied.

  20. Effect of Heat Treatment on Morphology of Fe-Rich Intermetallics in Hypereutectic Al-Si-Cu-Ni Alloy with 1.26 pct Fe

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    Sha, Meng; Wu, Shusen; Wan, Li; Lü, Shulin

    2013-12-01

    Cobalt is generally considered as the element that can neutralize the negative effects of iron in Al alloys, such as inducing fracture and failure for stress concentration. Nevertheless, Fe-rich intermetallics would be inclined to form coarse plate-like δ-Al4(Fe, Co, Ni)Si2 particles when the content of Fe was high, which could also cause inferior mechanical properties. The dissolution and transformation of δ-Al4(Fe, Co, Ni)Si2 phase in solution heat-treated samples of Al-20Si-1.85Cu-1.05Ni-1.26Fe-1.35Co alloy were studied using optical microscopy, image analysis, and scanning electron microscopy. The effects of solution heat treatment time ranging from 0 to 9 hours at 783.15 K (510 °C) on mechanical properties were also investigated. The coarse plate-like δ-Al4(Fe, Co, Ni)Si2 particles varied slowly through concurrent dissolution along widths and at the plate tips as solution treatment time increased, which could be explained from diffusion-induced grain boundary migration. Solution heat treatment also has an important influence on mechanical properties. The maximum ultimate tensile strength and yield strength after T6 treatment were 258 and 132 MPa, respectively, while the maximum hardness was 131 HB. Compared with those of the samples in the as-cast state, they increased by 53, 42, and 28 pct, respectively. Moreover, δ-Al4(Fe, Co, Ni)Si2 phase, which appears as a coarse plate-like particle in two dimensions, is actually a cuboid in three dimensions. The length of this cuboid is close to the width, while the height is much smaller.

  1. MgSiO3-FeSiO3-Al2O3 in the Earth's lower mantle: Perovskite and garnet at 1200 km depth

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    O'Neill, Bridget; Jeanloz, Raymond

    1994-01-01

    Natural pyroxene and garnet starting material are used to study the effects of joint Fe and Al substitution into MgSiO3 perovskite at approxmiately 50 GPa. Garnet is found to coexist with perovskite in samples containing both Fe and Al to pressures occurring deep into the lower mantel (approximately 1200 km depth). The volume of the perovskite unit cell is V(sub o(Angstrom(exp 3)) = 162.59 + 5.95x(sub FeSiO3) + 10.80x(sub Al2O3) with aluminum causing a significant increase in the distortion from the ideal cubic cell. On the basis of a proposed extension of the MgSiO3-Al2O3 high-pressure phase diagram toward FeSiO3, Fe is shown to partition preferentially into the garnet phase. The stability of garnet deep into the lower mantel may hinder the penetration of subducted slabs below the transition zone.

  2. Local Structure of Transition Elements (V, Cr, Mn, Fe and Zn) in Al2SiO5 Polymorphs

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    Furukawa, Yuki; Yoshiasa, Akira; Nishiyama, Tadao; Arima, Hiroshi; Okube, Maki; Murai, Kei-ichiro

    2007-02-02

    We measured XAFS spectra near the Ti, V, Cr, Mn, Fe, Co, Ni, Cu and Zn K-edges in Al2SiO5 polymorphs to reveal the local structure around these elements in the minerals. XANES spectra show that the valence of Fe and Cr is different depending on the crystal structure and formation environments. The spectra of kyanite, a high pressure mineral, shift to high energy side. The Fe-O bond length of kyanite determined by EXAFS data analyses is the shortest of all samples.

  3. Electromagnetic properties of Fe-Si-Al/BaTiO3/Nd2Fe14B particulate composites at microwave frequencies

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    Wang, Xian; Xu, Xiaojun; Gong, Wei; Feng, Zekun; Gong, Rongzhou

    2014-05-01

    Ferroelectric/ferromagnetic (soft and hard) three-phase microwave absorption composites, consisting of Fe-Si-Al/BaTiO3/Nd2Fe14B, are presented, which were fabricated by mechanical ball milling. The microstructure, magnetic, and microwave properties were measured, demonstrating significant improvement in magnetization and coercivity, compared to those single phase materials. In particular, either ferroelectric or hard magnetic phase presents a strong tunability of permeability and permittivity with frequency, which can tailor a frequency band of microwave absorption. The experiments indicate that an optimal reflection loss of the Fe-Si-Al/BaTiO3/Nd2Fe14B was tuned from 2 to 9.52 GHz, whereas the peak value was remarkably enhanced by 62.8%. Therefore, the three-phase microwave absorption composites may remain thin but have great potential to be used at high frequency range.

  4. High damping Al-Fe-Mo-Si/Zn-Al composites produced by rapidly solidified powder metallurgy process

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    Li, P.Y.; Dai, S.L.; Chai, S.C.; Li, Y.R.

    2000-05-10

    The metallic materials commonly used in aircraft and aerospace fields, such as aluminum and titanium alloys, steels, etc., show extremely low damping capacity (usually of the order of or less than 10{sup {minus}3}). Thus, some problems related to vibration may emerge and influence the reliability, safety and life of airplanes, satellites, etc. It has been reported that almost two thirds of errors for rockets and satellites are related to vibration and noise. One effective way to solve these vibration-related problems is to adopt high damping metallic materials. Conventional high damping alloys exhibit damping capacity above 10{sup {minus}2}, however, their densities are usually great than 5 x 10{sup 3} kg m{sup {minus}3}, or their strengths are less than 200 MPa (for alloys based on dislocation damping), making them impossible to be applied to aircraft and aerospace areas. Recently, some low-density high-damping metal/metal composites based on aluminum and high damping alloys have been developed in Beijing Institute of Aeronautical Materials (BIAM) by the rapidly solidified power metallurgy process. This paper aims to report the properties of the composites based on a high temperature Al-Fe-Mo-Si alloy and a high damping Zn-Al alloy, and compare them with that of 2618-T61 alloy produced by the ingot metallurgy process.

  5. Corrosion resistance of the NdFeB coated with AlN/SiC bilayer thin films by magnetron sputtering under different environments

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    Tao, Lei; Li, Heqin; Shen, Jiong; Qiao, Kai; Wang, Wei; Zhou, Chu; Zhang, Jing; Tang, Qiong

    2015-02-01

    The AlN/SiC bilayer and SiC monolayer thin films were deposited on sintered NdFeB by RF magnetron sputtering to improve the corrosion resistance. Their structures and morphologies were studied by XRD and AFM and SEM. The corrosion behaviors of AlN/SiC and SiC-coated NdFeB in 3.5 wt% NaCl, 20 wt% NaOH and 0.1 mol/L H2SO4 solutions were characterized with potentiodynamic polarization curves. The results show that AlN/SiC and SiC thin films can evidently improve the corrosion resistance of NdFeB, and the AlN/SiC films have the better resistance than the SiC film.

  6. High-field magnetization of heusler alloys Fe2 XY ( X = Ti, V, Cr, Mn, Fe, Co, Ni; Y = Al, Si)

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    Kourov, N. I.; Marchenkov, V. V.; Korolev, A. V.; Belozerova, K. A.; Weber, H. W.

    2015-10-01

    The magnetization curves of ferromagnetic Heusler alloys Fe2 XY (where X = Ti, V, Cr, Mn, Fe, Co, Ni are transition 3 d elements and Y = Al, Si are the s and p elements of the third period of the Periodic Table) have been measured at T = 4.2 K in the field range H ≤ 70 kOe. It has been shown that the high-field ( H ≥ 20 kOe) magnetization is described within the Stoner model.

  7. Elevated temperature deformation behavior of a dispersion-strengthened Al-Fe,V,Si alloy

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    Mitra, Shantanu

    1996-12-01

    The deformation behavior of a rapidly solidified, dispersion-strengthened Al alloy containing 11.7 pct Fe, 1.2 pct V, and 2.4 pct Si was studied at test temperatures up to 450 C using constantstress creep and constnt strain-rate tensile tests. Apparent stress exponents ( n) up to 24 and an activation energy of 360 kJ/mol were obtained with the standard Arrhenius type power-law creep equation, which also suggested a change in behavior at 300 C. Substructure-invariant and dislocation/dispersoid interaction models were found to be inadequate for explaining the behavior. When the data were replotted asdot \\varepsilon ^{1/n} vs ?, two regimes were found between 350 C and 450 C. A model with a pseudothreshold stress ( ? Th' ) for the higher stress regime resulted in n 3, indicating solute drag in this regime. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) showed departureside pinning of dislocations at higher stresses. In the lower stress regime, TEM showed dislocation subgrain structures. Here, the model resulted in a stress exponent of 4.5 indicating the dislocation climb mechanism. At temperatures below 300 C, a single regime was found along with lower activation energies and a stress dependence of 3. Dislocation pipe diffusion is proposed to explain the lower activation energy. The origin of ? Th' has been tied to dislocation generation at the grain boundaries.

  8. Spin accumulation in Si channels using CoFe/MgO/Si and CoFe/AlO{sub x}/Si tunnel contacts with high quality tunnel barriers prepared by radical-oxygen annealing

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    Akushichi, T. Shuto, Y.; Sugahara, S.; Takamura, Y.

    2015-05-07

    We investigate spin injection into Si channels using three-terminal spin-accumulation (3T-SA) devices with high-quality CoFe/MgO/n-Si and CoFe/AlO{sub x}/n-Si tunnel spin-injectors whose tunnel barriers are formed by radical oxidation of Mg and Al thin films deposited on Si(100) substrates and successive annealing under radical-oxygen exposure. When the MgO and AlO{sub x} barriers are not treated by the radical-oxygen annealing, the Hanle-effect signals obtained from the 3T-SA devices are closely fitted by a single Lorentz function representing a signal due to trap spins. On the other hand, when the tunnel barriers are annealed under radical-oxygen exposure, the Hanle-effect signals can be accurately fitted by the superposition of a Lorentz function and a non-Lorentz function representing a signal due to accumulated spins in the Si channel. These results suggest that the quality improvement of tunnel barriers treated by radical-oxygen annealing is highly effective for spin-injection into Si channels.

  9. Magnetic Moments and Hyperfine Parameters of Fe3-xCrxAl0.5Si0.5

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    Rećko, Katarzyna; Go, Anna; Satuła, Dariusz; Biernacka, Maria; Dobrzyński, Ludwik; Waliszewski, Janusz; Milczarek, Jacek J.; Szymański, Krzysztof

    2012-04-01

    Results of X-ray, neutron, magnetization and Mössbauer measurements on polycrystalline samples of Fe3-xCrx Al0.5Si0.5 (x=0, 0.125, 0.250, 0.375, and 0.5) alloys, crystallizing in DO3 type of structure, are presented. X-ray and neutron diffraction confirmed the phase homogeneity of all the samples. The unit cell volume has been proved to be independent of the chromium content. Neutron and Mössbauer measurements disclosed that Cr atoms occupy preferentially B-sites, while D-sites are almost entirely occupied by Al and Si. The total magnetisation as well as the individual magnetic moments μFe(A,C), μFe(B) and μCr(B,D) have been found to vary linearly with chromium concentration. Influence of local environments on the formation of magnetic moments in Fe3Al0.5Si0.5 when chromium is substituted for iron was examined using self-consistent spin-polarized tight-binding linear muffin-tin orbital method (TB-LMTO).

  10. Post-irradiation examination of AlFeNi cladded U 3Si 2 fuel plates irradiated under severe conditions

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    Leenaers, A.; Koonen, E.; Parthoens, Y.; Lemoine, P.; Van den Berghe, S.

    2008-04-01

    Three full size AlFeNi cladded U 3Si 2 fuel plates were irradiated in the BR2 reactor of the Belgian Nuclear Research Centre (SCK·CEN) under relatively severe, but well defined conditions. The irradiation was part of the qualification campaign for the fuel to be used in the future Jules Horowitz reactor in Cadarache, France. After the irradiation, the fuel plates were submitted to an extensive post-irradiation campaign in the hot cell laboratory of SCK·CEN. The PIE shows that the fuel plates withstood the irradiation successfully, as no detrimental defects have been found. At the cladding surface, a multilayered corrosion oxide film has formed. The U-Al-Si layer resulting from the interaction between the U 3Si 2 fuel and the Al matrix, has been quantified as U(Al,Si) 4.6. It is found that the composition of the fuel particles is not homogenous; zones of USi and U 3Si 2 are observed and measured. The fission gas-related bubbles generated in both phases show a different morphology. In the USi fuel, the bubbles are small and numerous while in U 3Si 2 the bubbles are larger but there are fewer.

  11. Deformation characteristics of the rapidly solidified Al-8. 5% Fe-1. 2% V-1. 7% Si alloy

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    Hariprasad, S.; Sastry, S.M.L.; Jerina, K.L. )

    1993-08-15

    Dispersion strengthened Al-8.5% Fe-1.2% V-1.7% Si (8009) alloy containing 40-80 nm diameter dispersoids and exhibiting attractive elevated temperature strengths can be successfully produced by rapid solidification techniques such as Planar Flow Casting (PFC) and Atomized Melt Deposition (AMD). The grain sizes of alloys produced by PFC and AMD are typically O.5 to 1.0 [mu]m. Fine grain sized aluminum alloys have been found to exhibit plastic instabilities such as yield drop, formation of Lueder's bands and positive deviation from Hall-Petch relationship. The stress-strain behavior at room and elevated temperature of the fine grained dispersion strengthened Al-8.5% Fe-1.2% V-1.7% Si alloy produced by PFC and the AMD processes was determined with the objective of delineating the effect of fine grain size on the deformation behavior.

  12. Magnetic Fe, Si, Al-Rich Impact Spherules from the P-T Boundary Layer at Graphite Peak, Antarctica

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    Petaev, M. I.; Jacobsen, S. B.; Basu, A. R.; Becker, L.

    2004-01-01

    The geological boundary between Triassic and Permian strata coincides with the greatest life extinction in the Earth's history. Although the cause of the extinction is still the subject of intense debates, recent discoveries in the P-T boundary layer of shocked quartz grains, fullerenes with the extraterrestrial noble gases, Fe metal nuggets, and chondritic meteorite fragments all point to a powerful collision of Earth with a celestial body in the late Permian. Here we report the discovery of magnetic Fe, Si, Al-rich impact spherules which accompany the chondritic meteorite fragments in some samples from the P-T boundary layer at Graphite Peak, Antarctica.

  13. Heat capacity and phase equilibria of almandine, Fe 3Al 2Si 3O 12

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    Anovitz, L. M.; Essene, E. J.; Metz, G. W.; Bohlen, S. R.; Westrum, E. F., Jr.; Hemingway, B. S.

    1993-09-01

    The heat capacity of a synthetic almandine, Fe 3Al 2Si 3O 12, was measured from 6 to 350 K using equilibrium, intermittent-heating quasi-adiabatic calorimetry and from 420 to 1000 K using differential scanning calorimetry. These measurements yield Cp298 = 342.80 ± 1.4 J/mol · K and S298o = 342.60 J/mol · K. Mössbauer characterizations show the almandine to contain less than 2 ± 1% of the total iron as Fe 3+. X-ray diffraction studies of this synthetic almandine yield a = 11.521 ± 0.001 Å and V298o = 115.11 +- 0.01 cm 3/mol, somewhat smaller than previously reported. The low-temperature Cp data indicate a lambda transition at 8.7 K related to an antiferromagnetic-paramagnetic transition with TN = 7.5 K. Modeling of the lattice contribution to the total entropy suggests the presence of entropy in excess of that attributable to the effects of lattice vibrations and the magnetic transition. This probably arises from a low-temperature electronic transition (Schottky contribution). Combination of the Cp data with existing thermodynamic and phase equilibrium data on almandine yields ΔGf,298 o = -4938.3 kJ/mol and ΔHf,298 o= - 5261.3 kJ/mol for almandine when calculated from the elements. The equilibrium almandine = hercynite + fayalite + quartz limits the upper T/P for almandine and is metastably located at ca. 570°C at P = 1 bar, with a dP/dT of +17 bars/°C. This agrees well with reversed experiments on almandine stability when they are corrected for magnetite and hercynite solid-solutions. In ‖ O2- T space, almandine oxidizes near QFM by the reactions almandine + O2 = magnetite + sillimanite + quartzandalmandine + 02 = hercynite + magnetite + quartz. With suitable correction for reduced activities of solid phases, these equilibria provide useful oxygen barometers for medium- to high-grade metamorphic rocks.

  14. Heat capacity and phase equilibria of almandine, Fe3Al2Si3O12

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    Anovitz, Lawrence M.; Essene, E.J.; Metz, G.W.; Bohlen, S.R.; Westrum, E.F., Jr.; Hemingway, B.S.

    1993-01-01

    The heat capacity of a synthetic almandine, Fe3Al2Si3O12, was measured from 6 to 350 K using equilibrium, intermittent-heating quasi-adiabatic calorimetry and from 420 to 1000 K using differential scanning calorimetry. These measurements yield Cp298 = 342.80 ?? 1.4 J/mol ?? K and S298o = 342.60 J/mol ?? K. Mo??ssbauer characterizations show the almandine to contain less than 2 ?? 1% of the total iron as Fe3+. X-ray diffraction studies of this synthetic almandine yield a = 11.521 ?? 0.001 A?? and V298o = 115.11 +- 0.01 cm3/mol, somewhat smaller than previously reported. The low-temperature Cp data indicate a lambda transition at 8.7 K related to an antiferromagnetic-paramagnetic transition with TN = 7.5 K. Modeling of the lattice contribution to the total entropy suggests the presence of entropy in excess of that attributable to the effects of lattice vibrations and the magnetic transition. This probably arises from a low-temperature electronic transition (Schottky contribution). Combination of the Cp data with existing thermodynamic and phase equilibrium data on almandine yields ??Gf,298o = -4938.3 kJ/mol and ??Hf,298o= -5261.3 kJ/mol for almandine when calculated from the elements. The equilibrium almandine = hercynite + fayalite + quartz limits the upper T P for almandine and is metastably located at ca. 570??C at P = 1 bar, with a dP dT of +17 bars/??C. This agrees well with reversed experiments on almandine stability when they are corrected for magnetite and hercynite solid-solutions. In {norm of matrix}O2-T space, almandine oxidizes near QFM by the reactions almandine + O2 = magnetite + sillimanite + quartz and almandine + 02 = hercynite + magnetite + quartz. With suitable correction for reduced activities of solid phases, these equilibria provide useful oxygen barometers for medium- to high-grade metamorphic rocks. ?? 1993.

  15. Oxidation Studies of SiAlON/MgAlON Ceramics with Fe2O3 and CaO Impurities, Part I: Kinetics

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    Li, Peng; Zhang, Mei; Teng, Lidong; Seetharaman, Seshadri

    2013-02-01

    T he oxidation behaviors of composites SiAlON/MgAlON phases (β-SiAlON, 15R-SiAlON and MgAlON) synthesized from the residue during the leaching treatment of salt cake and corresponding synthetic samples were investigated in air by thermogravimetric measurements. Combined kinetics, viz. linear law + arctan law + parabolic law, are used to describe the kinetics of oxidation in isothermal mode. The oxidation studies reveal the effects of impurities, namely, Fe2O3 and CaO, present in the salt cake residue. The addition of Fe2O3 results in a lower activation energy and more aggressive oxidation. The addition of CaO caused the shrinkage during the synthesis and liquid formation during the oxidation above 1673 K (1400 °C). The impurities of CaO and Fe2O3 in the leaching residue can result in an aggressive oxidation at low temperature and a protective oxidation at temperatures above the eutectic point.

  16. High-Temperature Oxidation Behavior of Al-Co-Cr-Ni-(Fe or Si) Multicomponent High-Entropy Alloys

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    Butler, T. M.; Alfano, J. P.; Martens, R. L.; Weaver, M. L.

    2015-01-01

    High-entropy alloys (HEAs) are a class of alloys that are being considered for a number of applications. In the present study, the microstructures and 1050°C oxidation behaviors of two HEAs, Al10Cr22.5Co22.5Ni22.5Fe22.5 (at.%) and Al20Cr25Co25Ni25Si5 have been investigated along with Al15Cr10Co35Ni35Si5, which is a high-temperature shape-memory alloy. Oxide formation occurred via selective oxidation in a manner that was consistent with the oxide formation model devised by Giggins and Pettit for model Ni-Cr-Al alloys. The lower Al content alloy formed an external Cr2O3 scale and an internal subscale consisting of Al2O3 and AlN precipitates. The higher Al content alloys exhibited smaller mass gains and formed external Al2O3 scales without any internal oxidation of the alloys.

  17. Prediction of the activity of FeO in multicomponent magma from known values in [SiO 2-KAlO 2-CaAl 2Si 2O 8]-FeO liquids

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    Doyle, Christopher D.

    1988-07-01

    Using both high- and low-iron starting materials, 129 liquids are equilibrated with metallic Fe under controlled oxygen fugacity at 1600 K to contour for aFeO the geologically relevant portion of the system [SiO 2-KAlO 2-CaAl 2Si 2O 8]-FeO (SKAnF). The data show changes of aFeO- XFeO relations caused by systematic variation of Matrix composition in pseudobinaries of the type Matrix-FeO. The results clearly demonstrate that decrement of XAnMatrix(= 1 - XKAlO2Matrix - XSiO2Matrix) and increment of X KAlO 2Matrix/X SiO 2Matrix both cause the activity coefficient ( γFeO) to increase. Importantly, the aFeO - XFeO curves are flattened in the same compositional range where liquid immiscibility occurs at lower temperatures. A simple empirical ideal mixing model is proposed by assuming that magma consists of a variously interconnected polymeric network that is unaffected by the substitutions of Na for K and Mn, Mg and Ca for Fe. Furthermore, the components of magma are assumed to be SiO 2, (Na, K)AlO 2, CaAl 2Si 2O 8, TiO 2 and the divalent cation oxides. The model is used to predict aFeO at 1600 K in multicomponent magma from the above data for SKAnF liquids. The excellent agreement between the calculated and measured values of the activity of FeO supports this model. The above assumptions are thus good approximations to physical reality. The predictions of the model for other properties of magma ( i.e. activities of other components, molar volumes, viscosities) are remarkably simple.

  18. Electromagnetic and microwave absorbing properties of the composites containing flaky FeSiAl powders mixed with MnO2 in 1-18 GHz

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    Xu, Haibing; Bie, Shaowei; Jiang, Jianjun; Yuan, Wei; Chen, Qian; Xu, Yongshun

    2016-03-01

    The flaky FeSiAl/ irregular shaped MnO2 composite with the different mass ratios were prepared by using a two-roll mixer and a vulcanizing machine. The morphologies of the composite absorbers were characterized by a scanning electron microscope. The microwave electromagnetic properties of the composites were measured using a vector network analyzer in the range of 1-18 GHz. The effect of the mass ratio of FeSiAl/MnO2 on the microwave loss properties of the composites was investigated. The results show that the reflection loss (RL) values exceeding -20 dB from 3.5 to 16.5 GHz can be obtained for the flaky FeSiAl/MnO2 mass ratio of 1:1 from 1.5 mm to 5 mm. In addition, the FeSiAl/MnO2 composite with the FeSiAl/MnO2 mass ratio of 7:3 has -10 dB bandwidth of 6.6 GHz (from 11.4-18 GHz) with a thickness of 1.5 mm. It is found that the flaky FeSiAl/MnO2 composites can be potential microwave absorption materials.

  19. Electrochemical and microstructural study of oxide films formed electrochemically at microcrystalline Al-Fe-V-Si alloys.

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    Thomas, S C; Birss, V I; Steele, D; Tessier, D

    1995-07-01

    A recent advance in metallurgical technology has been the application of rapid solidification techniques to Al alloy production. FVS0812 is the designation given to a microcrystalline Al-based alloy consisting of 8 wt% Fe, 1 wt% V and 2 wt% Si. It is a two-phase alloy, consisting of ca. 27 vol percent of approximately spherical Fe-V-Si-rich dispersoids in an essentially pure Al matrix. The high strength, low density properties of this advanced material, and other related alloys, have not yet been realized, however, due, in part, to the inability of the alloy to form a thick, adherent, abrasion-resistant outer surface oxide film, a feature readily achieved at conventional Al alloys by normal anodizing methods. The present research has involved an electro-chemical study of oxide film growth at the 812 alloy, with the specific goals being to seek an understanding of the origin of the oxide film growth problem and ultimately to propose alternative approaches to the formation of a thick, stable oxide film at this material. The techniques used in this research have included electrochemical methodologies such as cyclic voltammetry and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. Crucial information has been obtained through transmission electron microscopy (TEM) of ultramicrotomed specimens. Experiments were carried out initially in neutral borate solutions to characterize the compact barrier oxide film formed in this environment and expected to be present beneath the porous oxide film formed in the normal sulfuric acid anodizing medium.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS) PMID:7549001

  20. Formation of intermetallic phases in AlSi7Fe1 alloy processed under microgravity and forced fluid flow conditions and their influence on the permeability

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    Steinbach, S.; Ratke, L.; Zimmermann, G.; Budenkova, O.

    2016-03-01

    Ternary Al-6.5wt.%Si-0.93wt.%Fe alloy samples were directionally solidified on-board of the International Space Station ISS in the ESA payload Materials Science Laboratory (MSL) equipped with Low Gradient Furnace (LGF) under both purely diffusive and stimulated convective conditions induced by a rotating magnetic field. Using different analysis techniques the shape and distribution of the intermetallic phase β-Al5SiFe in the dendritic microstructure was investigated, to study the influence of solidification velocity and fluid flow on the size and spatial arrangement of intermetallics. Deep etching as well as 3-dimensional computer tomography measurements characterized the size and the shape of β-Al5SiFe platelets: Diffusive growth results in a rather homogeneous distribution of intermetallic phases, whereas forced flow promotes an increase in the amount and the size of β-Al5SiFe platelets in the centre region of the samples. The β-Al5SiFe intermetallics can form not only simple platelets, but also be curved, branched, crossed, interacting with dendrites and porosity located. This leads to formation of large and complex groups of Fe-rich intermetallics, which reduce the melt flow between dendrites leading to lower permeability of the mushy zone and might significantly decrease feeding ability in castings.

  1. Properties of a reaction-bonded β-SiAlON ceramic doped with an FeMo alloy for application to molten aluminum environments

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    Li, Yan-jun; Yu, Hai-liang; Jin, Hai-yun; Shi, Zhong-qi; Qiao, Guan-jun; Jin, Zhi-hao

    2015-05-01

    An FeMo-alloy-doped β-SiAlON (FeMo/β-SiAlON) composite was fabricated via a reaction-bonding method using raw materials of Si, Al2O3, AlN, FeMo, and Sm2O3. The effects of FeMo on the microstructure and mechanical properties of the composite were investigated. Some properties of the composite, including its bending strength at 700°C and after oxidization at 700°C for 24 h in air, thermal shock resistance and corrosion resistance to molten aluminum, were also evaluated. The results show that the density, toughness, bending strength, and thermal shock resistance of the composite are obviously improved with the addition of an FeMo alloy. In addition, other properties of the composite such as its high-temperature strength and oxidized strength are also improved by the addition of FeMo alloy, and its corrosion resistance to molten aluminum is maintained. These findings indicate that the developed FeMo/β-SiAlON composite exhibits strong potential for application to molten aluminum environments.

  2. Magnetocaloric effects in RTX intermetallic compounds (R = Gd-Tm, T = Fe-Cu and Pd, X = Al and Si)

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    Zhang, Hu; Shen, Bao-Gen

    2015-12-01

    The magnetocaloric effect (MCE) of RTSi and RT Al systems with R = Gd-Tm, T = Fe-Cu and Pd, which have been widely investigated in recent years, is reviewed. It is found that these RTX compounds exhibit various crystal structures and magnetic properties, which then result in different MCE. Large MCE has been observed not only in the typical ferromagnetic materials but also in the antiferromagnetic materials. The magnetic properties have been studied in detail to discuss the physical mechanism of large MCE in RTX compounds. Particularly, some RTX compounds such as ErFeSi, HoCuSi, HoCuAl exhibit large reversible MCE under low magnetic field change, which suggests that these compounds could be promising materials for magnetic refrigeration in a low temperature range. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 51371026, 11274357, and 51327806) and the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities (Grant Nos. FRF-TP-14-011A2 and FRF-TP-15-002A3).

  3. Soft magnetic properties and structures of nanocrystalline Fe-Al-Si-B-Cu-Nb alloy ribbons

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    Tate, B. J.; Parmar, B. S.; Todd, I.; Davies, H. A.; Gibbs, M. R. J.; Major, R. V.

    1998-06-01

    The effects of Al on the magnetic properties of nanocrystalline Fe73.5-XAlXSi13.5B9Cu1Nb3 alloy ribbons, where 0?X?10, are reported for the first time. The evolution of the structure and magnetic properties of the ribbons, which were initially cast into the amorphous state in an inert gas environment at subatmospheric pressure, were studied as a function of annealing temperature Tann. The minimum dc coercivity developed during annealing, Hcmin, was found to decrease significantly with increasing Al content from 0.5 A/m at X=0 to 0.3 A/m at X=2 and to remain at approximately this level over the range 2Al.

  4. Effect of on-site Coulomb interaction (U) on the electronic and magnetic properties of Fe2MnSi, Fe2MnAl and Co2MnGe

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    Sharma, Sonu; Pandey, Sudhir K.

    2016-04-01

    The electronic band structures, density of states' plots and magnetic moments of Fe2MnSi, Fe2MnAl, and Co2MnGe are studied by using the first principles calculation. The FM solutions using LSDA without U show the presence of half-metallic ferromagnetic (HFM) ground state in Fe2MnSi, whereas the ground state of Fe2MnAl is found to be metallic. In both compounds the maximum contribution to the total magnetic moment is from the Mn atom, while the Fe atom contributes very less. The electronic structures and magnetic moments of Fe-based compounds are affected significantly by U under around-the-mean-field (AMF) double counting scheme, whereas its effect is very less on Co2MnGe. The magnetic moment of Fe atom in Fe2MnSi (Fe2MnAl) increased by ∼70% (∼75%) and in Mn atom it decreases by ∼50% (∼70%) when the value of U is increased from 1 to 5 eV. Hund's like exchange interactions are increasing in Fe atom while decreasing in Mn atom with increase in U. The Fe and Mn moments are ferromagnetically coupled in Fe2MnSi for all values of U, whereas in Fe2MnAl they are coupled antiferromagnetically below U=2 eV and ferromagnetically above it. Above U=2 eV the metallic ground state of Fe2MnAl changes to semiconducting ground state and the ferromagnetic coupling between Fe and Mn atoms appears to be responsible for this. This shows that the validity of AFM double counting scheme is not robust for the entire range of U in the Fe2MnAl compound.

  5. Fe2⇄Mg2 and TiAl2⇄MgSi2 exchange reactions between clinopyroxenes and silicate melts

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    Sack, R. O.; Carmichael, I. S. E.

    1984-02-01

    The interdependence of the Fe(Mg)-1 (e.g., FeO-MgO in silicate melt; CaFeSi2O6-CaMgSi2O6 in pyroxene) and TiAl2(MgSi2)-1 exchange reactions between silicate melts and coexisting Ca-pyroxene has been examined. High-calcium clinopyroxenes were grown in 1 atmosphere melting and crystallization experiments on rock powders spanning the composition range tholeiite to melilitite (1,092Fe2+⇄Mg2+ exchange and (X_{{text{Ti}}^{{text{4 + }}} }^{M1} )^{{text{CPX}}} suggest that at given values of μ _{{text{Fe(Mg)}}_{ - {text{1}}} } extent of Fe(Mg)-1 substitution is strongly coupled with the TiAl2(MgSi2)-1 substitution in pyroxenes near the five-component space CaMg(Si2O6-CaFe(Si)2O6-CaTi(Al)2O6-CaFe‴(Al,Si)2O6-CaAl(Al,Si)2O6. The inferred stabilization of Ti in iron-rich relative to magnesium pyroxene is consistent with the operation of Fe2+⇄Ti4+ intervalence charge transfer interactions (e.g., Rossman 1980) and observations on zoning in natural titanaugites (e.g., Tracy and Robinson 1977). Although the rims of some pyroxenes grown in some melting experiments exhibit prominent zoning in TiAl2(MgSi2)-1, the average values of (X_{{text{Ti}}^{{text{4 + }}} }^{M1} /X_{{text{Mg}}^{{text{2 + }}} }^{M1} ) inferred from the compositions of these pyroxenes, together with those of the relatively homogeneous pyroxenes produced in crystallization experiments, exhibit a 1∶1 correlation with values of μ _{{text{TiAl}}_{text{2}} ({text{MgSi}}_{text{2}} )_{ - 1} } derived from the solution model of Ghiorso et al. (1983) with a standard error of 750 calories. The Ti contents of Ca-rich pyroxenes crystallizing from a wide range of natural silicate liquids can therefore be predicted.

  6. Micro- and nanocomposite Ti-Al-N/Ni-Cr-B-Si-Fe-based protective coatings: Structure and properties

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    Pogrebnyak, A. D.; Drobyshevskaya, A. A.; Beresnev, V. M.; Kylyshkanov, M. K.; Kirik, T. V.; Dub, S. N.; Komarov, F. F.; Shipilenko, A. P.; Tuleushev, Yu. Zh.

    2011-07-01

    A new type of nanocomposite Ti-Al-N/Ni-Cr-B-Si-Fe-based coatings 70-90 μm thick produced by combined magnetron sputtering and a plasma detonation technology is created and studied. Phases Ti3AlN + Ti3Al2N2 and the phases caused by the interaction of plasma with a thick Al3Ti + Ni3Ti coating are detected in the coatings. The TiAlN phase has a grain size of 18-24 nm, and other phases has a grain size of 35-90 nm. The elastic modulus of the Ti-Al-N coating is E = 342 ± 1 GPa and its average hardness is H = 20.8 ± 1.8 GPa. The corrosion rate of this coating is very low, 4.8 μg/year, which is about three orders of magnitude lower than that of stainless steel (substrate). Wear tests performed according to the cylinder-surface scheme demonstrate high wear resistance and high adhesion between the thick and thin coatings.

  7. Interplay Between Melt Flow and the 3D Distribution and Morphology of Fe-Rich Phases in AlSi Alloys

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    Mikolajczak, Piotr; Ratke, Lorenz

    2015-03-01

    The presence of Fe aids in establishing the mechanical and physical properties of AlSi alloys and is also one of the main impurities leading to formation of β-Al5FeSi intermetallics. This study aims to understand the effect of fluid flow on the dendritic microstructure with intermetallics in Al-5/7/9 wt pct Si-0.2/0.5/1.0 wt pct Fe alloys that are directionally solidified under defined thermal and fluid flow conditions. We made extensive use of 3D X-ray tomography to obtain a better insight into the morphology and formation of the intermetallics. Three-dimensional (3-D) distribution of intermetallics presented here shows that the growth of large β-Al5FeSi due to forced flow occurs in the eutectic specimen center and together with an increase in the number density of β precipitates. The 3D reconstructions have verified the β shaped to be curved, bent with twining, branched, and to have imprints, holes, and propeller-shaped platelets. The 3D views showed that hole-shaped β arose from the lateral growth around α-Al dendrites. These views also confirmed the phenomenon of shortening of β as an effect of flow in the dendritic region, where β could be fragmented or completely remelted, and ultimately resulting in microstructures with shorter β-Al5FeSi and increases in number density. The analysis revealed an interaction between melt flow, 3D distribution, and the morphology of β-Al5FeSi. The growth of a large and complex group of β intermetallics can reduce the melt flow between dendrites and strengthen pore nucleation and eutectic colonies nucleation, leading to lower permeability of the mushy zone and increased porosity in the castings.

  8. Effects of Al2O3 and CaO/SiO2 Ratio on Phase Equilbria in the ZnO-"FeO"-Al2O3-CaO-SiO2 System in Equilibrium with Metallic Iron

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    Zhao, Baojun; Hayes, Peter C.; Jak, Evgueni

    2011-02-01

    The phase equilibria and liquidus temperatures in the ZnO-"FeO"-Al2O3-CaO-SiO2 system in equilibrium with metallic iron have been determined experimentally in the temperature range 1383 K to 1573 K (1150 °C to 1300 °C). The experimental conditions were selected to characterize lead blast furnace and imperial smelting furnace slags. The results are presented in a form of pseudoternary sections ZnO-"FeO"-(Al2O3 + CaO + SiO2) with fixed CaO/SiO2 and (CaO + SiO2)/Al2O3 ratios. It was found that wustite and spinel are the major primary phases in the composition range investigated. Effects of Al2O3 concentration as well as the CaO/SiO2 ratio on the primary phase field, the liquidus temperature, and the partitioning of ZnO between liquid and solid phases have been discussed for zinc-containing slags.

  9. High-pressure, temperature elasticity of Fe- and Al-bearing MgSiO3: Implications for the Earth's lower mantle

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    Zhang, Shuai; Cottaar, Sanne; Liu, Tao; Stackhouse, Stephen; Militzer, Burkhard

    2016-01-01

    Fe and Al are two of the most important rock-forming elements other than Mg, Si, and O. Their presence in the lower mantle's most abundant minerals, MgSiO3 bridgmanite, MgSiO3 post-perovskite and MgO periclase, alters their elastic properties. However, knowledge on the thermoelasticity of Fe- and Al-bearing MgSiO3 bridgmanite, and post-perovskite is scarce. In this study, we perform ab initio molecular dynamics to calculate the elastic and seismic properties of pure, Fe3+- and Fe2+-, and Al3+-bearing MgSiO3 perovskite and post-perovskite, over a wide range of pressures, temperatures, and Fe/Al compositions. Our results show that a mineral assemblage resembling pyrolite fits a 1D seismological model well, down to, at least, a few hundred kilometers above the core-mantle boundary, i.e. the top of the D″ region. In D″, a similar composition is still an excellent fit to the average velocities and fairly approximate to the density. We also implement polycrystal plasticity with a geodynamic model to predict resulting seismic anisotropy, and find post-perovskite with predominant (001) slip across all compositions agrees best with seismic observations in the D″.

  10. Steam Oxidation of FeCrAl and SiC in the Severe Accident Test Station (SATS)

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    Pint, Bruce A.; Unocic, Kinga A.; Terrani, Kurt A.

    2015-08-01

    Numerous research projects are directed towards developing accident tolerant fuel (ATF) concepts that will enhance safety margins in light water reactors (LWR) during severe accident scenarios. In the U.S. program, the high temperature steam oxidation performance of ATF solutions has been evaluated in the Severe Accident Test Station (SATS) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) since 2012 [1-3] and this facility continues to support those efforts in the ATF community. Compared to the current UO2/Zr-based alloy fuel system, alternative cladding materials can offer slower oxidation kinetics and a smaller enthalpy of oxidation that can significantly reduce the rate of heat and hydrogen generation in the core during a coolant-limited severe accident [4-5]. Thus, steam oxidation behavior is a key aspect of the evaluation of ATF concepts. This report summarizes recent work to measure steam oxidation kinetics of FeCrAl and SiC specimens in the SATS.

  11. High adsorptive γ-AlOOH(boehmite)@SiO2/Fe3O4 porous magnetic microspheres for detection of toxic metal ions in drinking water.

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    Wei, Yan; Yang, Ran; Zhang, Yong-Xing; Wang, Lun; Liu, Jin-Huai; Huang, Xing-Jiu

    2011-10-21

    γ-AlOOH(boehmite)@SiO(2)/Fe(3)O(4) porous magnetic microspheres with high adsorption capacity toward heavy metal ions were found to be useful for the simultaneous and selective electrochemical detection of five metal ions, such as ultratrace zinc(II), cadmium(II), lead(II), copper(II), and mercury(II), in drinking water. PMID:21897953

  12. Analysis of interface states of FeO-Al2O3 spinel composite film/p-Si diode by conductance technique

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    Tataroğlu, Adem; Al-Ghamdi, Ahmed A.; El-Tantawy, Farid; Farooq, W. A.; Yakuphanoğlu, F.

    2016-03-01

    The interface states and series resistance properties of the Al/FeO-Al2O3/p-Si diode were investigated by the capacitance ( C) and conductance ( G) measurements. The measured capacitance and conductance values were corrected to eliminate the effect of series resistance to obtain the real capacitance and conductance values of the diode. The C and G characteristics indicate the presence of interface states at the interface of the diode. The interface states density, N ss, was determined using Hill-Coleman method, and it was found that the density of interface states is decreased with the frequency. The obtained results suggest that the series resistance and interface states affect significantly the electronic parameters of the Al/FeO-Al2O3/p-Si diode.

  13. Effects of temperature and pressure on phonons in FeSi1–xAlx

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    Delaire, O.; Al-Qasir, I. I.; Ma, J.; dos Santos, A. M.; Sales, B. C.; Mauger, L.; Stone, M. B.; Abernathy, D. L.; Xiao, Y.; Somayazulu, M.

    2013-05-31

    The effects of temperature and pressure on phonons in B20 compounds FeSi1–xAlx were measured using inelastic neutron scattering and nuclear-resonant inelastic x-ray scattering. The effect of hole doping through Al substitution is compared to results of alloying with Co (electron doping) in Fe₁₋xCoxSi. While the temperature dependence of phonons in FeSi is highly anomalous, doping with either type of carriers leads to a recovery of the normal quasiharmonic behavior. Density functional theory (DFT) computations of the electronic band structure and phonons were performed. The anomaly in the temperature dependence of the phonons in undoped FeSi was related to the narrow band gap, and its sensitivity to the effect of thermal disordering by phonons. On the other hand, the pressure dependence of phonons at room temperature in undoped FeSi follows the quasiharmonic behavior and is well reproduced by the DFT calculations.

  14. Chemical mixing at "Al on Fe" and "Fe on Al" interfaces

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    Süle, P.; Kaptás, D.; Bujdosó, L.; Horváth, Z. E.; Nakanishi, A.; Balogh, J.

    2015-10-01

    The chemical mixing at the "Al on Fe" and "Fe on Al" interfaces was studied by molecular dynamics simulations of the layer growth and by 57Fe Mössbauer spectroscopy. The concentration distribution along the layer growth direction was calculated for different crystallographic orientations, and atomically sharp "Al on Fe" interfaces were found when Al grows over (001) and (110) oriented Fe layers. The Al/Fe(111) interface is also narrow as compared to the intermixing found at the "Fe on Al" interfaces for any orientation. Conversion electron Mössbauer measurements of trilayers—Al/57Fe/Al and Al/57Fe/Ag grown simultaneously over Si(111) substrate by vacuum evaporation—support the results of the molecular dynamics calculations.

  15. Mössbauer studies on the shape effect of Fe84.94Si9.68Al5.38 particles on their microwave permeability

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    Han, Man-Gui; Deng, Long-Jiang

    2013-08-01

    Ball milling for long time (such as 10, 20, and 30 h) can transform Fe84.94Si9.68Al5.38 alloy powders with irregular shapes into flakes. X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Mössbauer measurements have proven that the unmilled particles and the flakes obtained by milling for 10 h have the same D03-type superlattice structure. The flakes obtained by milling for 20 h and 30 h have the same disorder α-Fe(Si, Al) structure. There are more than 6 absorption peaks in the transmission Mössbauer spectra (TMSs) for the particles with D03-type superlattice structure, which can be fitted with 5 sextets representing 5 different Fe-site environments. However, only 6 TMS absorption peaks have been found for particles with a disorder α-Fe(Si, Al) structure, which can be fitted with the distributions of Mössbauer parameters (Bhf, isomer shift). The TMS results show that the flaky particles have a stronger tendency to possess the planar magnetic anisotropy. As the result, the flakes have larger microwave permeability values than particles with irregular shapes. The conversion electron Mössbauer spectra (CEMSs) also show the significantly different Fe-sites environments between the alloy surface and the inside.

  16. Dependence of dynamic magnetization and magneto-transport properties of FeAlSi films with oblique sputtering studied via spin rectification effect

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    Soh, Wee Tee; Ong, C. K.; Zhong, Xiaoxi

    2014-09-15

    FeAlSi (Sendust) is known to possess excellent soft magnetic properties comparable to traditional soft magnetic alloys such as NiFe (Permalloy), while having a relatively higher resistance for lower eddy current losses. However, their dynamic magnetic and magneto-transport properties are not well-studied. Via the spin rectification effect, we electrically characterize a series of obliquely sputtered FeAlSi films at ferromagnetic resonance. The variations of the anisotropy fields and damping with oblique angle are extracted and discussed. In particular, two-magnon scattering is found to dominate the damping behavior at high oblique angles. An analysis of the results shows large anomalous Hall effect and anisotropic magneto-resistance across all samples, which decreases sharply with increasing oblique incidence.

  17. Optimization of exchange bias in Co{sub 2}FeAl{sub 0.5}Si{sub 0.5} Heusler alloy layers

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    Hirohata, Atsufumi; Izumida, Keisuke; Ishizawa, Satoshi; Nakayama, Tadachika; Sagar, James

    2014-05-07

    We have fabricated and investigated IrMn{sub 3}/Co{sub 2}FeAl{sub 0.5}Si{sub 0.5} stacks to meet the criteria for future spintronic device applications which requires low-temperature crystallisation (<250 °C) and a large exchange bias H{sub ex} (>500 Oe). Such a system would form the pinned layer in spin-valve or tunnel junction applications. We have demonstrated that annealing at 300 °C which can achieve crystalline ordering in the Co{sub 2}FeAl{sub 0.5}Si{sub 0.5} layer giving ∼80% of the predicted saturation magnetisation. We have also induced an exchange bias of ∼240 Oe at the interface. These values are close to the above criteria and confirm the potential of using antiferromagnet/Heusler-alloy stacks in current Si-based processes.

  18. Preheated shock experiments in the molten CaAl2Si2O8-CaFeSi2O6-CaMgSi2O6 ternary: A test for linear mixing of liquid volumes at high pressure and temperature

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    Thomas, Claire W.; Asimow, Paul D.

    2013-07-01

    We performed 17 new shock wave experiments on preheated (1673 K) hedenbergite liquid (CaFeSi2O6) and two model basalt liquids (an equimolar binary mix of CaAl2Si2O8 + CaFeSi2O6 and an equimolar ternary mix of CaAl2Si2O8 + CaFeSi2O6 +CaMgSi2O6) in order to determine their equations of state (EOS). Ambient pressure density measurements on these and other Fe-bearing silicate liquids indicate that FeO has a partial molar volume that is highly dependent on composition, which leads to large errors in estimates of the densities of Fe-bearing liquids at ambient pressure based on an ideal mixing of any fixed set of end-member liquids. We formulated a series of mixing tests using the EOS determined in this study to examine whether ideal mixing of volumes might nevertheless suffice to describe the ternary system CaAl2Si2O8-CaFeSi2O6-CaMgSi2O6 at high temperature and pressure. The ideal mixing null hypothesis is rejected; compositional variations in partial molar volume of FeO appear to extend to high pressure. Only densities of Fe-bearing liquid mixtures with oxide mole fraction of FeO less than 0.06 can be adequately approximated using an ideal solution.

  19. Heat capacity measurements for cryolite (Na3AlF6) and reactions in the system NaFeAlSiOF

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    Anovitz, Lawrence M.; Hemingway, B.S.; Westrum, E.F., Jr.; Metz, G.W.; Essene, E.J.

    1987-01-01

    The heat capacity of cryolite (Na3AlF6) has been measured from 7 to 1000 K by low-temperature adiabatic and high-temperature differential scanning calorimetry. Low-temperature data were obtained on material from the same hand specimen in the calorimetric laboratories of the University of Michigan and U.S. Geological Survey. The results obtained are in good agreement, and yield average values for the entropy of cryolite of: S0298 = 238.5 J/mol KS0T-S0298 = 145.114 ln T+ 193.009*10-3T- 10.366* 105 T2- 872.89 J/mol K (273-836.5 K)??STrans = 9.9J/mol KS0T-S0298 =198.414 ln T+73.203* 10-3T-63.814* 105 T2-1113.11 J/mol K (836.5-1153 K) with the transition temperature between ??- and ??-cryolite taken at 836.5 K. These data have been combined with data in the literature to calculate phase equilibria for the system NaFeAlSiOF. The resultant phase diagrams allow constraints to be placed on the fO2, fF2, aSiO2 and T conditions of formation for assemblages in alkalic rocks. A sample application suggests that log fO2 is approximately -19.2, log fF2 is -31.9 to -33.2, and aSiO2 is -1.06 at assumed P T conditions of 1000 K, 1 bar for the villiaumite-bearing Ilimaussaq intrusion in southwestern Greenland. ?? 1987.

  20. The influence of Si addition on the glass forming ability, magnetic and magnetocaloric properties of the Gd-Fe-Al glassy ribbons

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    Zhao, X. G.; Lai, J. H.; Hsieh, C. C.; Fang, Y. K.; Chang, W. C.; Zhang, Z. D.

    2011-04-01

    The effects of Si substitution for Al on the glass forming ability, Curie temperature TC, magnetocaloric effect, and refrigeration capacity (RC) of melt-spun Gd-based Gd65Fe20Al15-xSix (x = 0-7) glassy ribbons have been investigated. The small amounts of Si substitution for Al in the Gd65Fe20Al15-xSix glassy ribbons with high Tx/Tm (> 0.70) and small ΔTm (ΔTm = Tm-Tx) promote the formation of high thermal stability of these alloys. The Si addition leads to an increase of Curie temperature TC of glassy ribbons from 181 K for x = 0 to 227 K for x = 7. The maximal magnetic entropy changes -ΔSM and RC values for magnetic field change of 50 kOe are about 4.70-5.20 J/kg K and 710-760 J/kg, respectively. The large RC values are due to the broad temperature range of the half maximum of ΔSM peak (˜ 200 K), which is caused by the change of the amorphous disorder structure. The moderate ΔSM and large RC values jointly make the Gd65Fe20Al15-xSix glassy ribbons promising candidates for magnetic refrigeration materials working at temperature range of 100-300 K.

  1. Phase Transformation and Aging Behavior of Al0.5CoCrFeNiSi0.2 High-Entropy Alloy

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    Zhang, C.; Wu, G. F.; Dai, P. Q.

    2015-05-01

    An Al0.5CoCrFeNiSi0.2 high-entropy alloy was prepared by vacuum arc melting. The alloy was aged from 700 to 1100 °C. The effects of aging on the phase transformation and mechanical performances were explored. The as-cast alloy showed a dendritic (DR) microstructure. The DR region was an Fe,Cr-rich FCC phase, while the interdendritic (ID) region was a spinodal structure composed of Fe,Cr-rich BCC (A2) and Ni,Al-rich BCC (B2) phases. At aging temperatures between 700 and 900 °C, the Fe,Cr-rich BCC (A2) phase in the ID region transformed into σ and Fe,Cr-rich FCC phases. Meanwhile, some Ni,Al-rich FCC phase particles precipitated from the DR region. During aging at 1100 °C, the DR microstructure disappeared, and a microstructure composed of Fe,Cr-rich FCC and Ni,Al-rich BCC (B2) phases both possessing a lamellar shape was developed. The alloy exhibited evident hardening and lower tensile strain when the aging temperature was lower than 1000 °C, which was mainly attributed to the generation of the σ phase in the ID region. However, a contrasting behavior was observed when the aging temperature was higher than 1000 °C, which was attributed to the redissolution of the σ phase and the microstructure coarsening.

  2. Tululite, Ca14(Fe3+,Al)(Al,Zn,Fe3+,Si,P,Mn,Mg)15O36: a new Ca zincate-aluminate from combustion metamorphic marbles, central Jordan

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    Khoury, Hani N.; Sokol, Ella V.; Kokh, Svetlana N.; Seryotkin, Yurii V.; Nigmatulina, Elena N.; Goryainov, Sergei V.; Belogub, Elena V.; Clark, Ian D.

    2016-02-01

    Tululite (Ca14(Fe3+,Al)(Al,Zn,Fe3+,Si,P,Mn,Mg)15O36 (the hypothetical end-member formula Ca14{Fe3+O6}[SiO4][Zn5Al9]O26) (IMA2014-065) is a new natural Ca zincate-aluminate, identified in medium-temperature (800-850 °C) combustion metamorphic (CM) spurrite-fluorellestadite marbles from central Jordan. The type locality (Tulul Al Hammam area) is situated in the northern part of the Siwaqa complex, the largest area of the "Mottled Zone" Formation in the Dead Sea region. The marbles originated from bitumen-rich chalky marine sediments of the Maastrichtian-Paleogene Muwaqqar Chalk Marl Formation, which have low clay content (and, consequently, low Al) and high Zn, Cd, and U enrichments. The bulk CM rocks derived from the low-Al protolith have unusually high (Zn + Cd)/Al ratios ( 0.2) and, as a result, a mineralogy with negligibly small percentages of Ca aluminates having low Ca:Al molar ratios (minerals of mayenite supergroup, Ca:Al = 6:7) common to most of calcareous CM rocks in the Mottled Zone. Instead, the mineral assemblage of the Zn-rich marbles contains tululite, with high Ca:Al = 2.55 molar ratios and Zn substituting for a large portion of Al (Zn:Al = 1.1). Tululite occurs in thin clusters as irregular grains with indented outlines (20-100 μm in size), having typical open-work textures associated with rock-forming calcite, fluorellestadite, spurrite, and accessory Zn-rich periclase, lime-monteponite solid solutions, calcium uranates, and zincite. Marbles also bear brownmillerite, dorrite, fluormayenite, high-fluorine Ca aluminate, and lakargiite. Secondary phases are brucite, gel-like calcium silicate hydrates and calcium silicate aluminate hydrates, including Zn- and U-bearing and Cd-rich compounds, Si-bearing hydrated compounds after calcium uranates, and basic Cd chlorides. The empirical formula of the holotype tululite (a mean of 32 analyses) is (Ca13.29Cd0.75)Σ14.04(Al5.46Zn5.20Fe3+ 2.23Si0.95Mn3+ 1.01Mg0.78P0.41)Σ16.04O36. Tululite is cubic, space group F23; a = 14.9346(4) Å; V = 3331.07(15) Å3, Z = 4. The strongest lines of the X-ray powder-diffraction pattern [ d, Å - ( I obs )] are: 2.874(57), 2.640 (100), 2.524(42), 2.278(41), 1.760(54), 1.725(25), 1.524(33), 1.500(33). The crystal structure was solved from single-crystal X-ray diffraction data and refined to wR2 = 0.0672 on the basis of 913 unique reflections with I 0 > 2σ( I). Tululite belongs to a group of compounds with the general formula Ca14 MT 15O35+ x (0 ≤ x ≤ 1), and is a new structure type. The tetrahedral framework of tululite structure is formed by T7O13 secondary building units (SBU), which consist of four corner-linked tetrahedra sharing a common oxygen atom and three tetrahedra sharing two O atoms with the neighbor SBU. Ca2+ cations occupy three positions; two of them also contain a minor amount of Cd2+. The Ca sites surround an island (Fe3+,Al)O6 octahedron and a (Si,P)O4 tetrahedron in the centers of framework cages at the junction of eight SBUs. The (Fe3+,Al)O6 octahedron is coordinated by fourteen Ca positions into a 6-capped cube, whereas the (Si,P)O4 tetrahedron is coordinated by six Ca positions into a regular octahedron. The structural formula of tululite is Ca14{Fe3+O6}M1[(Si,P)O4]T1[(Al,Zn)7O13]2 T2-T4. The mineral is yellow with greenish tint, transparent with vitreous luster, non-fluorescent under ultraviolet light, and showing neither parting nor cleavage; Mohs hardness is 6.5. The density calculated on the basis of the empirical formula is 3.826 g/cm3. Its Raman spectrum shows strong bands at 522, 550 and 636 cm-1 and weak bands at 199, 260, 295, 456, and 754 cm-1.

  3. Tululite, Ca14(Fe3+,Al)(Al,Zn,Fe3+,Si,P,Mn,Mg)15O36: a new Ca zincate-aluminate from combustion metamorphic marbles, central Jordan

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    Khoury, Hani N.; Sokol, Ella V.; Kokh, Svetlana N.; Seryotkin, Yurii V.; Nigmatulina, Elena N.; Goryainov, Sergei V.; Belogub, Elena V.; Clark, Ian D.

    2015-11-01

    Tululite (Ca14(Fe3+,Al)(Al,Zn,Fe3+,Si,P,Mn,Mg)15O36 (the hypothetical end-member formula Ca14{Fe3+O6}[SiO4][Zn5Al9]O26) (IMA2014-065) is a new natural Ca zincate-aluminate, identified in medium-temperature (800-850 °C) combustion metamorphic (CM) spurrite-fluorellestadite marbles from central Jordan. The type locality (Tulul Al Hammam area) is situated in the northern part of the Siwaqa complex, the largest area of the "Mottled Zone" Formation in the Dead Sea region. The marbles originated from bitumen-rich chalky marine sediments of the Maastrichtian-Paleogene Muwaqqar Chalk Marl Formation, which have low clay content (and, consequently, low Al) and high Zn, Cd, and U enrichments. The bulk CM rocks derived from the low-Al protolith have unusually high (Zn + Cd)/Al ratios ( 0.2) and, as a result, a mineralogy with negligibly small percentages of Ca aluminates having low Ca:Al molar ratios (minerals of mayenite supergroup, Ca:Al = 6:7) common to most of calcareous CM rocks in the Mottled Zone. Instead, the mineral assemblage of the Zn-rich marbles contains tululite, with high Ca:Al = 2.55 molar ratios and Zn substituting for a large portion of Al (Zn:Al = 1.1). Tululite occurs in thin clusters as irregular grains with indented outlines (20-100 μm in size), having typical open-work textures associated with rock-forming calcite, fluorellestadite, spurrite, and accessory Zn-rich periclase, lime-monteponite solid solutions, calcium uranates, and zincite. Marbles also bear brownmillerite, dorrite, fluormayenite, high-fluorine Ca aluminate, and lakargiite. Secondary phases are brucite, gel-like calcium silicate hydrates and calcium silicate aluminate hydrates, including Zn- and U-bearing and Cd-rich compounds, Si-bearing hydrated compounds after calcium uranates, and basic Cd chlorides. The empirical formula of the holotype tululite (a mean of 32 analyses) is (Ca13.29Cd0.75)Σ14.04(Al5.46Zn5.20Fe3+ 2.23Si0.95Mn3+ 1.01Mg0.78P0.41)Σ16.04O36. Tululite is cubic, space group F23; a = 14.9346(4) Å; V = 3331.07(15) Å3, Z = 4. The strongest lines of the X-ray powder-diffraction pattern [d, Å - (I obs )] are: 2.874(57), 2.640 (100), 2.524(42), 2.278(41), 1.760(54), 1.725(25), 1.524(33), 1.500(33). The crystal structure was solved from single-crystal X-ray diffraction data and refined to wR2 = 0.0672 on the basis of 913 unique reflections with I 0 > 2σ(I). Tululite belongs to a group of compounds with the general formula Ca14 MT 15O35+x (0 ≤ x ≤ 1), and is a new structure type. The tetrahedral framework of tululite structure is formed by T7O13 secondary building units (SBU), which consist of four corner-linked tetrahedra sharing a common oxygen atom and three tetrahedra sharing two O atoms with the neighbor SBU. Ca2+ cations occupy three positions; two of them also contain a minor amount of Cd2+. The Ca sites surround an island (Fe3+,Al)O6 octahedron and a (Si,P)O4 tetrahedron in the centers of framework cages at the junction of eight SBUs. The (Fe3+,Al)O6 octahedron is coordinated by fourteen Ca positions into a 6-capped cube, whereas the (Si,P)O4 tetrahedron is coordinated by six Ca positions into a regular octahedron. The structural formula of tululite is Ca14{Fe3+O6}M1[(Si,P)O4]T1[(Al,Zn)7O13]2 T2-T4. The mineral is yellow with greenish tint, transparent with vitreous luster, non-fluorescent under ultraviolet light, and showing neither parting nor cleavage; Mohs hardness is 6.5. The density calculated on the basis of the empirical formula is 3.826 g/cm3. Its Raman spectrum shows strong bands at 522, 550 and 636 cm-1 and weak bands at 199, 260, 295, 456, and 754 cm-1.

  4. Tuning Fermi level of Cr2CoZ (Z=Al and Si) inverse Heusler alloys via Fe-doping for maximum spin polarization

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    Singh, Mukhtiyar; Saini, Hardev S.; Thakur, Jyoti; Reshak, Ali H.; Kashyap, Manish K.

    2014-12-01

    We report full potential treatment of electronic and magnetic properties of Cr2-xFexCoZ (Z=Al, Si) Heusler alloys where x=0.0, 0.25, 0.5, 0.75 and 1.0, based on density functional theory (DFT). Both parent alloys (Cr2CoAl and Cr2CoSi) are not half-metallic frromagnets. The gradual replacement of one Cr sublattice with Fe induces the half-metallicity in these systems, resulting maximum spin polarization. The half-metallicity starts to appear in Cr2-xFexCoAl and Cr2-xFexCoSi with x=0.50 and x=0.25, respectively, and the values of minority-spin gap and half-metallic gap or spin-flip gap increase with further increase of x. These gaps are found to be maximum for x=1.0 for both cases. An excellent agreement between the structural properties of CoFeCrAl with available experimental study is obtained. The Fermi level tuning by Fe-doping makes these alloys highly spin polarized and thus these can be used as promising candidates for spin valves and magnetic tunnelling junction applications.

  5. Phase Stability of Al-5Fe-V-Si Coatings Produced by Cold Gas Dynamic Spray Process Using Rapidly Solidified Feedstock Materials

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    Bérubé, G.; Yandouzi, M.; Zúñiga, A.; Ajdelsztajn, L.; Villafuerte, J.; Jodoin, B.

    2012-03-01

    In this study, aluminum alloy Al-5Fe-V-Si (in wt.%) feedstock powder, produced by rapid solidification (RS) using the gas atomization process, was selected to produce high-temperature resistant Al-alloy coatings using the cold gas dynamic spraying process (CGDS). The alloy composition was chosen for its mechanical properties at elevated temperature for potential applications in internal-combustion (IC) engines. The CGDS spray process was selected due to its relatively low operating temperature, thus preventing significant heating of the particles during spraying and as such allowing the original phases of the feedstock powder to be preserved within the coatings. The microstructure and phases stability was investigated by means of Scanning Electron Microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction and differential scanning calorimetery techniques. The coatings mechanical properties were evaluated through bond strength and microhardness testing. The study revealed the conservation of the complex microstructure of the rapid solidified powder during the spray process. Four distinct microstructures were observed as well as two different phases, namely a Al13(Fe,V)3Si silicide phase and a metastable (Al,Si) x (Fe,V) Micro-quasicrystalline Icosahedral (MI) phase. Aging of the coating samples was performed and confirmed that the phase transformation of the metastable phases and coarsening of the nanosized precipitates will occurs at around 400 °C. The metastable MI phase was determined to be thermally stable up to 390 °C, after which a phase transformation to silicide starts to occur.

  6. The effects of Ni, Mo, Ti and Si on the mechanical properties of Cr free Mn steel (Fe-25Mn-5Al-2C)

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    Schuon, S. R.

    1982-01-01

    The FeMnAlC alloys may hold potential as Cr-free replacements for high strategic material iron base superalloys, but little is known about their intermediate temperature (650 C to 870 C) mechanical properties. The effects of alloying elements on the mechanical properties of model FeMnAlC alloys were studied. Results showed that modified FeMnAlC alloys had promising short term, intermediate temperature properties but had relatively poor stress rupture lives at 172 MPa and 788 C. Room temperature and 788 C tensile strength of FeMnAlC alloys were better than common cast stainless steels. Changes in room temperature tensile and 788 C tensile strength and ductility, and 788 C stress rupture life were correlated with changes in Ni, Mo, Ti, and Si levels due to alloying effects on interstitial carbon levels and carbide morphology. Fe-25Mn-5Al-2C had a very poor stress rupture life at 172 MPa and 788 C. Addition of carbide-forming elements improved the stress rupture life.

  7. Modeling of viscosities of the partly crystallized slags in the Al2O3-CaO-``FeO''-SiO2 system

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    Kondratiev, Alex; Jak, Evgueni

    2001-12-01

    A viscosity model of the partly crystallized slag in the Al2O3-CaO-FeO-SiO2 system has been developed in conjunction with the thermodynamic computer package F*A*C*T. Proportions of solids crystallized out of the liquid phase and compositions of the remaining liquid phase predicted by F*A*C*T are used in the viscosity model. Various heterogeneous viscosity models have been tested using large experimental dataset in the Al2O3-CaO-FeO-SiO2 system in reducing conditions close to the equilibrium with metallic iron. The Roscoe equation with new empirical parameters was found to provide reasonable agreement with experimental data. Examples of model application to industrial nonferrous smelting slag systems are presented. This model can also be applied to coal ash slags.

  8. Impact of a long term fire retardant (Fire Trol 931) on the leaching of Na, Al, Fe, Mn, Cu and Si from a Mediterranean forest soil: a short-term, lab-scale study.

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    Koufopoulou, Sofia; Michalopoulos, Charalampos; Tzamtzis, Nikolaos; Pappa, Athina

    2014-06-01

    Long term fire retardant (LTR) application for forest fire prevention purposes as well as wildland fires can result in chemical leaching from forest soils. Large quantities of sodium (Na), aluminium (Al), iron (Fe), manganese (Mn), copper (Cu) and silicon (Si) in leachates, mainly due to ammonium (one of the major LTR components) soil deposition, could affect the groundwater quality. The leaching of Na, Al, Fe, Mn, Cu and Si due to nitrogen based LTR application (Fire Trol 931) was studied at laboratory scale. The concentrations of Na(+), Al(3+), Fe(3+)/Fe(2+), Mn(2+), Cu(2+) and Si(4+) were measured in the resulting leachates from pots with forest soil and pine trees alone and in combination with fire. The leaching of Na, Fe and Si from treated pots was significantly greater than that from control pots. The leaching of Al, Mn and Cu was extremely low. PMID:24687225

  9. Demonstration of half-metallicity in fermi-level-tuned Heusler alloy Co2FeAl0.5Si0.5 at room temperature.

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    Shan, R; Sukegawa, H; Wang, W H; Kodzuka, M; Furubayashi, T; Ohkubo, T; Mitani, S; Inomata, K; Hono, K

    2009-06-19

    Fermi level tuning has been successfully demonstrated in Co-based full-Heusler alloy Co(2)FeAl(0.5)Si(0.5) (CFAS). The half-metallic band gap of CFAS was proved by the behavior of differential conductance of CFAS/(MgAl(2))O(x)/CoFe magnetic tunneling junctions with an unexplored crystalline (MgAl(2))O(x) barrier. CFAS exhibits the highest effective spin polarization (P_{eff}) at 300 K and the weakest temperature dependence of P_{eff} among all known half metals. Further study shows that P_{eff} of CFAS decays with increasing temperature (T) following T;{3/2} law perfectly, which indicates that the depolarization of CFAS is determined by spin wave excitation only. PMID:19659034

  10. Multiscale modeling of the influence of Fe content in a Al-Si-Cu alloy on the size distribution of intermetallic phases and micropores

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    Wang Junsheng; Lee, Peter D.; Li Mei; Allison, John

    2010-03-15

    A multiscale model was developed to simulate the formation of Fe-rich intermetallics and pores in quaternary Al-Si-Cu-Fe alloys. At the microscale, the multicomponent diffusion equations were solved for multiphase (liquid-solid-gas) materials via a finite difference framework to predict microstructure formation. A fast and robust decentered plate algorithm was developed to simulate the strong anisotropy of the solid/liquid interfacial energy for the Fe-rich intermetallic phase. The growth of porosity was controlled by local pressure drop due to solidification and interactions with surrounding solid phases, in addition to hydrogen diffusion. The microscale model was implemented as a subroutine in a commercial finite element package, producing a coupled multiscale model. This allows the influence of varying casting conditions on the Fe-rich intermetallics, the pores, and their interactions to be predicted. Synchrotron x-ray tomography experiments were performed to validate the model by comparing the three-dimensional morphology and size distribution of Fe-rich intermetallics as a function of Fe content. Large platelike Fe-rich {beta} intermetallics were successfully simulated by the multiscale model and their influence on pore size distribution in shape castings was predicted as a function of casting conditions.

  11. Multiscale modeling of the influence of Fe content in a Al-Si-Cu alloy on the size distribution of intermetallic phases and micropores

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    Wang, Junsheng; Li, Mei; Allison, John; Lee, Peter D.

    2010-03-01

    A multiscale model was developed to simulate the formation of Fe-rich intermetallics and pores in quaternary Al-Si-Cu-Fe alloys. At the microscale, the multicomponent diffusion equations were solved for multiphase (liquid-solid-gas) materials via a finite difference framework to predict microstructure formation. A fast and robust decentered plate algorithm was developed to simulate the strong anisotropy of the solid/liquid interfacial energy for the Fe-rich intermetallic phase. The growth of porosity was controlled by local pressure drop due to solidification and interactions with surrounding solid phases, in addition to hydrogen diffusion. The microscale model was implemented as a subroutine in a commercial finite element package, producing a coupled multiscale model. This allows the influence of varying casting conditions on the Fe-rich intermetallics, the pores, and their interactions to be predicted. Synchrotron x-ray tomography experiments were performed to validate the model by comparing the three-dimensional morphology and size distribution of Fe-rich intermetallics as a function of Fe content. Large platelike Fe-rich β intermetallics were successfully simulated by the multiscale model and their influence on pore size distribution in shape castings was predicted as a function of casting conditions.

  12. Ferroindialite (Fe2+,Mg)2Al4Si5O18, a new beryl-group mineral from the Eifel volcanic region, Germany

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    Chukanov, N. V.; Aksenov, S. M.; Pekov, I. V.; Ternes, B.; Schüller, W.; Belakovskiy, D. I.; Van, K. V.; Blass, G.

    2014-12-01

    A new mineral, ferroindialite, a Fe2+-dominant analog of indialite, has been found in a pyrometamorphosed xenolith of pelitic rock hosted in alkaline basalts. Associated minerals are phlogopite, sanidine, sillimanite, pyroxenes of the enstatite-ferrosilite series, wagnerite, fluorapatite, tridymite, zircon and almandine. Ferroindialite forms brown-purple to gray with a violet-blue tint short prismatic or thick tabular hexagonal crystals up to 1.5 mm in size. The new mineral is brittle, with a Mohs' hardness of 7. Cleavage is not observed. D meas = 2.66(1), D calc = 2.667 g/cm3. IR spectrum shows neither H2O nor OH groups. Ferroindialite is anomalously biaxial (-), α = 1.539(2), β = 1.552(2), γ = 1.554(2), 2 V meas = 30(10)°. The mineral is weakly pleochroic, ranging from colorless on X to pale violet on Z. Dispersion is weak, r < v. The chemical composition (electron microprobe, mean of five point analyses, wt %) is as follows: 0.14 Na2O, 0.46 K2O, 4.95 MgO, 1.13 MnO, 12.66 FeO, 2.64 Fe2O3, 30.45 Al2O3, 47.22 SiO2, total is 99.65. The distribution of total iron content between Fe2+ and Fe3+ was carried out according to structural data. The empirical formula of ferroindialite is: (K0.06Na0.03)(Fe{1.12/2+}Mg0.78Mn0.10)Σ2.00(Al3.79Fe{0.21/3+})Σ4.00Si4.98O18. The simplified formula is: (Fe2+,Mg)2Al4Si5O18. The crystal structure has been refined on a single crystal, R = 0.049. Ferroindialite is hexagonal, space group P6/ mcc; a = 9.8759(3), c = 9.3102(3) Å, V = 786.40(3) Å3, Z = 2. The strongest lines in the X-ray powder diffraction pattern [ d, Å ( I, %) ( hkl)] are: 8.59 (100) (100), 4.094 (27) (102), 3.390 (35) (112), 3.147 (19) (202), 3.055 (31) (211), 2.657 (12) (212), 1.695 (9) (224). The type specimen of ferroindialite is deposited in the Fersman Mineralogical Museum, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, registration number 4400/1.

  13. Thermal-cycling-dependent magnetostructural transitions in a Ge-free system Mn0.5Fe0.5Ni(Si,Al)

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    Zhang, C. L.; Shi, H. F.; Nie, Y. G.; Ye, E. J.; Han, Z. D.; Wang, D. H.

    2014-12-01

    Magnetostructural transitions from low-temperature TiNiSi-type phases to high-temperature Ni2In-type phases had been observed in some MnCoGe-based and MnNiGe-based intermetallic systems. In this work, the TiNiSi-to-Ni2In-type magnetostructural transitions, which are associated with large changes in magnetization and large anisotropy lattice distortion, were obtained in a Ge-free system Mn0.5Fe0.5Ni(Si,Al) in the vicinity of room temperature. Thermal-cycling-dependent properties were observed in the as-prepared bulk polycrystalline samples. This phenomenon could be attributed to the presence of anisotropy internal stress and its release by spontaneously cracking across the thermally activated magnetostructural transitions.

  14. First-principles study of the Hume-Rothery electron concentration rule in Al-Cu-(Fe,Ru)-Si 1/1-cubic approximants

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    Asahi, Ryoji; Kontsevoi, O. Y.; Mizutani, U.; Takeuchi, T.; Freeman, A. J.

    2006-03-01

    To elucidate the Hume-Rothery electron concentration rule, we determined the self-consistent electronic structures of the Al108Ru24Cu6Si6 and Al108Fe24Cu6Si6 1/1-1/1-1/1 approximants containing 144 atoms in each Pm-3 cubic unit cell using the full-potential linearized augmented plane wave (FLAPW) method [1], now running on massively parallel computer platforms. A significant pseudogap was found around the Fermi level for both alloys in the calculated densities of states, which should contribute to stabilization of the system. The FLAPW wave functions provide a direct observation of the Brillouin zone resonance in the Fermi surface [2]: a Fourier analysis of the wave functions confirms the Hume-Rothery matching rule 2kF=K where the reciprocal lattice vectors K consist of 543, 550, and 710 planes highly degenerate at the N point. Consequently, an effective electron concentration per atom (e/a) was evaluated to be 0.8 for both Ru and Fe in these structures making a sharp contrast with the previously assumed empirical value of -2.7 proposed by Raynor [3]. [1] Wimmer et al., Phys. Rev. B 24, 864 (1981). [2] Asahi et al., Phys. Rev. B 72, 125102 (2005). [3] Raynor, Prog. Metal Phys. 1, 1 (1949).

  15. Production of Na-22 and Other Radionuclides by Neutrons in Al, SiO2, Si, Ti, Fe and Ni Targets: Implications for Cosmic Ray Studies

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    Sisterson, J. M.; Jones, D. T. L.; Binns, P. J.; Langen, K.; Schroeder, I.; Buthelezi, Z.; Latti, E.; Brooks, F. D.; Buffler, A.; Allie, M. S.; Herbert, M. S.; Nchodu, M. R.; Makupula, S.; Ullmann, J.; Reedy, R. C.

    2001-01-01

    Cross section measurements for neutron-induced reactions are summarized. Measured cross sections for 22 Na produced by neutrons in Al and Si are used to calculate the production rate for 22 Na in lunar rock 12002 by galactic cosmic ray particles. Additional information is contained in the original extended abstract.

  16. Melts in the Deep Earth: Calculating the Densities of CaO-FeO-MgO-Al2O3-SiO2 Liquids

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    Thomas, C.; Guo, X.; Agee, C. B.; Asimow, P. D.; Lange, R. A.

    2012-12-01

    We present new equation of state (EOS) measurements for hedenbergite (Hd, CaFeSi2O6) and forsterite (Fo, Mg2SiO4) liquids. These liquid EOS add to the basis set in the CaO-FeO-MgO-Al2O3-SiO2 (CMASF) oxide space at elevated temperatures and pressures; other liquids include: enstatite (En, MgSiO3), anorthite (An, CaAl2Si2O8), diopside (Di, CaMgSi2O6), and fayalite (Fa, Fe2SiO4). The Hd EOS measurement was a multi-technique collaboration using 1-atm double-bob Archimedean, ultrasonic, sink/float, and shock wave techniques. Un-weighted linear fitting of the shock data in shock velocity (US)-particle velocity (up) space defines a pre-heated (1400 °C) Hugoniot US = 2.628(0.024) + 1.54(0.01)up km/s. The slope corresponds to a K' of 5.16(0.04), consistent with piston-cylinder and multi-anvil sink/float experiments. The intercept is fixed at the ultrasonic sound speed (Co) since the unconstrained intercept is within the stated error. This behavior demonstrates consistency across methods and that the liquid is relaxed during shock compression. Shock compression of pre-heated (2000°C) single crystal Fo gives an un-weighted linear Hugoniot of US = 2.674(0.188) + 1.64(0.06)up km/s. The unconstrained Co falls below estimates based on extrapolation in both temperature and composition from two published partial molar sound speed models, 3.195m/s [1] and 3.126 m/s [2]. The shock-derived Co indicates that dC/dT is negative for Fo liquid, contrary to the positive [1] and zero [2] temperature dependences derived over relatively narrow temperature intervals. CMASF liquid isentropes were calculated using five end-members (En, Fo, Fa, An, Di). For modeling crystallization of a fictive magma ocean, we examined two liquids: peridotite [3] (P=.33En+.56Fo+.07Fa+.03An+.007Di) and simplified chondrite [4] (Ch=.62En+.24Fo+.08Fa+.04An+.02Di). Each end-member is defined by a 3rd or 4th order Birch-Murnaghan isentrope, Mie-Grüneisen thermal pressure and a constant heat capacity. The volumes are assumed to ideally mix allowing for interpolation between end-member compositions. Results show the chondrite critical isentrope intersecting its liquidus at the core-mantle boundary with a potential temperature (TP) of 2400 K, whereas the peridotite critical isentrope has a TP of 2800 K and first crystallizes at 85 GPa. An identical calculation fails to recover the Hd isentrope (Hd = Di+0.5Fa-0.5Fo). This failure is likely due to the very different partial molar volumes of FeO in Hd and Fa, which have average Fe2+ coordination states of ~4.5 and ~6, respectively [5]. Consequently the simple ideal model is likely to only support mixing among like-coordinated Fe2+ liquids. We hope to further investigate this hypothesis for linear-mixing by constraining the EOS of An-Hd (50:50), and An-Di-Hd (33:33:33) melts using pre-heated shock wave techniques. [1] Ghiorso & Kress (2004) AJS 304, 679-751.[2] Ai & Lange(2008) JGR 113,B04203.[3] Fiquet et al. (2010) Science 329, 1516-1518.[4]Andrault et al. (2011) EPSL 304, 251-259.[5]Lange et al. (2012) Goldschmidt meeting, abstract.

  17. Compression of Fe-Si-H alloys

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    Tagawa, S.; Ohta, K.; Hirose, K.

    2014-12-01

    The light elements in the Earth's core have not been fully identified yet, but hydrogen is now collecting more attention in part because recent planet formation theory suggests that large amount of water should have been brought to the Earth during its formation (giant-impact stage). Nevertheless, the effect of hydrogen on the property of iron alloys is little known so far. The earlier experimental study by Hirao et al. [2004 GRL] examined the compression behavior of dhcp FeHx (x ≈ 1) and found that it becomes much stiffer than pure iron above 50 GPa, where magnetization disappears. Here we examined the solubility of hydrogen into iron-rich Fe-Si alloys and the compression behavior of dhcp Fe-Si-H alloy at room temperature. Fe+6.5wt.%Si or Fe+9wt.%Si foil was loaded into a diamond-anvil cell (DAC), and then liquid hydrogen was introduced at temperatures below 20 K. X-ray diffraction measurements at SPring-8 revealed the formation of a dhcp phase with or without thermal annealing by laser above 8.4 GPa. The concentration of hydrogen in such dhcp lattice was calculated following the formula reported by Fukai [1992]; y = 0.5 and 0.2 for Fe-6.5wt.%Si-H or Fe-9wt.%Si-H alloys, respectively when y is defined as Fe(1-x)SixHy. Unlike Fe-H alloy, hydrogen didn't fully occupy the octahedral sites even under hydrogen-saturated conditions in the case of Fe-Si-H system. Anomaly was observed in obtained pressure-volume curve around 44 Å3 of unit-cell volume for both Fe-6.5wt.%Si-H and Fe-9wt.%Si-H alloys, which may be related to the spin transition in the dhcp phase. They became slightly stiffer at higher pressures, but their compressibility was still similar to that of pure iron.

  18. Constraints on silicates formation in the Si-Al-Fe system: Application to hard deposits in steam generators of PWR nuclear reactors

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    Berger, Gilles; Million-Picallion, Lisa; Lefevre, Grégory; Delaunay, Sophie

    2015-04-01

    Introduction: The hydrothermal crystallization of silicates phases in the Si-Al-Fe system may lead to industrial constraints that can be encountered in the nuclear industry in at least two contexts: the geological repository for nuclear wastes and the formation of hard sludges in the steam generator of the PWR nuclear plants. In the first situation, the chemical reactions between the Fe-canister and the surrounding clays have been extensively studied in laboratory [1-7] and pilot experiments [8]. These studies demonstrated that the high reactivity of metallic iron leads to the formation of Fe-silicates, berthierine like, in a wide range of temperature. By contrast, the formation of deposits in the steam generators of PWR plants, called hard sludges, is a newer and less studied issue which can affect the reactor performance. Experiments: We present here a preliminary set of experiments reproducing the formation of hard sludges under conditions representative of the steam generator of PWR power plant: 275°C, diluted solutions maintained at low potential by hydrazine addition and at alkaline pH by low concentrations of amines and ammoniac. Magnetite, a corrosion by-product of the secondary circuit, is the source of iron while aqueous Si and Al, the major impurities in this system, are supplied either as trace elements in the circulating solution or by addition of amorphous silica and alumina when considering confined zones. The fluid chemistry is monitored by sampling aliquots of the solution. Eh and pH are continuously measured by hydrothermal Cormet© electrodes implanted in a titanium hydrothermal reactor. The transformation, or not, of the solid fraction was examined post-mortem. These experiments evidenced the role of Al colloids as precursor of cements composed of kaolinite and boehmite, and the passivation of amorphous silica (becoming unreactive) likely by sorption of aqueous iron. But no Fe-bearing was formed by contrast to many published studies on the Fe-clay interactions in the nuclear waste storage, and by contrast with basic thermodynamic predictions. Conclusion: The Fe-clays and steam generators contexts imply relatively close aqueous environments: hydrothermal, reduced, diluted, neutral to slightly alkaline. The main difference is the status of iron: ferric/ferrous (magnetite) in the steam generators, metallic in the Fe-clay experiments. The concentration of aqueous iron when supplied by magnetite is low and does not allow its incorporation in secondary phases. By contrast, aqueous ferrous iron released by the corrosion of steel is not limited by the source, rather by the sink, and produces Fe-rich silicates. This example illustrates the discrepancy between complex mineral reactions and oversimplified predictions when sorption/passivation and nucleation/growth constraints are ignored. Reference: [1] Lanson et al. (2012) Amer. Min. 97, 864-871. [2] Lantenois et al. (2005) Clays & Clay Min. 53, 597-612. [3] Mosser-Ruck et al. (2010) Clays & Clay Min. 58, 280-291. [4] Perronnet et al. (2008) App. Clay Sci. 38, 187-202. [5] Osacky et al. (2010) App. Clay Sci. 50, 237-244. [6] Guillaume et al. (2003) Clay Min. 38, 281-302. [7] Rivard et al. (2013) Amer. Mineral. 98, 163-180. [8] Svensson and Hansen (2013) Clays & Clay Min. 61, 566-579.

  19. Fabrication of highly spin-polarized Co{sub 2}FeAl{sub 0.5}Si{sub 0.5} thin-films

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    Vahidi, M.; Zhang, S. K.; Yu, L.; Huang, M.; Newman, N.; Gifford, J. A.; Chen, T. Y.; Krishnamurthy, S.; Yu, Z. G.; Youngbull, C.

    2014-04-01

    Ferromagnetic Heusler Co{sub 2}FeAl{sub 0.5}Si{sub 0.5} epitaxial thin-films have been fabricated in the L2{sub 1} structure with saturation magnetizations over 1200 emu/cm{sup 3}. Andreev reflection measurements show that the spin polarization is as high as 80% in samples sputtered on unheated MgO (100) substrates and annealed at high temperatures. However, the spin polarization is considerably smaller in samples deposited on heated substrates.

  20. Direct band-gap measurement on epitaxial Co{sub 2}FeAl{sub 0.5}Si{sub 0.5} Heusler-alloy films

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    Alhuwaymel, Tariq F.; Carpenter, Robert; Yu, Chris Nga Tung; Kuerbanjiang, Balati; Lazarov, Vlado K.; Abdullah, Ranjdar M.; El-Gomati, Mohamed; Hirohata, Atsufumi

    2015-05-07

    In this study, a newly developed band-gap measurement technique has been used to characterise epitaxial Co{sub 2}FeAl{sub 0.5}Si{sub 0.5} (CFAS) films. The CFAS films were deposited on MgO(001) substrate by ultra high vacuum molecular beam epitaxy. The band-gap for the as deposited films was found to be ∼110 meV when measured at room temperature. This simple technique provides a macroscopic analysis of the half-metallic properties of a thin film. This allows for simple optimisation of growth and annealing conditions.

  1. Phase Equilibria Study of the ZnO-"FeO"-SiO2-Al2O3 System at Po2 10-8 atm

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    Liu, Hongquan; Cui, Zhixiang; Chen, Mao; Zhao, Baojun

    2016-04-01

    Phase equilibria studies on ZnO-"FeO"-SiO2-Al2O3 system have been carried out in the temperature range between 1523 K and 1573 K (1250 °C and 1300 °C) at Po2 10-8 atm. Experimental techniques applied in the present study include high temperature equilibration, quenching, and electron probe X-ray microanalysis (EPMA). The compositions of the phases present in the quenched samples were measured by EPMA and used to construct phase diagrams of the pseudo-ternary sections at fixed Al2O3 content. The experimental results show that, spinel, SiO2, and willemite are the major primary phase fields in the composition range investigated. With 2 wt pct Al2O3 content in the liquid phase, the liquidus temperature can be increased by 35 K in the spinel primary phase in comparison with Al2O3-free system. The partitioning of ZnO and Al2O3 between the spinel and liquid phases is also discussed in the paper.

  2. Effects of annealing temperature on structure and magnetic properties of CoAl0.2Fe1.8O4/SiO2 nanocomposites

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    Wang, L.; Li, J.; Liu, M.; Zhang, Y. M.; Lu, J. B.; Li, H. B.

    2012-12-01

    CoAl0.2Fe1.8O4/SiO2 nanocomposites were prepared by sol-gel method. The effects of annealing temperature on the structure and magnetic properties of the samples were studied by X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, vibrating sample magnetometer and Mössbauer spectroscopy. The results show that the CoAl0.2Fe1.8O4 in the samples exhibits a spinel structure after being annealed. As annealing temperature increases from 800 to 1200 °C, the average grain size of CoAl0.2Fe1.8O4 in the nanocomposites increases from 5 to 41 nm while the lattice constant decreases from 0.8397 to 0.8391 nm, the saturation magnetization increases from 21.96 to 41.53 emu/g. Coercivity reaches a maximum of 1082 Oe for the sample annealed at 1100 °C, and thereafter decreases with further increasing annealing temperature. Mössbauer spectra show that the isomer shift decreases, hyperfine field increases and the samples transfer from mixed state of superparamagnetic and magnetic order to the completely magnetic order with annealing temperature increasing from 800 to 1200 °C.

  3. Study of structural and magnetic properties of Fe73.5Si3.8C14Mn0.7B4Al4 alloy

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    Tapkir, P.; Satalkar, M.; Shah, M.; Ghodke, N.; Varga, L. K.; Araujo, J. P.; Kane, S. N.

    2014-09-01

    Present work, reports the influence of thermal annealing on magnetic and structural properties of Ci92B4Al4 (Fe73.5Si3.8C14Mn0.7= Ci - Cast iron) alloy using, magnetic measurements, differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and x-ray diffraction (XRD) to obtain information on structure, formed nano-crystalline phases and their influence on soft magnetic properties. Structural changes were achieved by annealing of the samples performed at 350, 370, 400, 425 and 450 °C for one hour. Studied specimen shows two-step crystallization, and the activation energy of crystallization, obtained using Kissinger's method, was 3.79 ± 0.6 eV (for main peak) and 3.02 ± 0.3 eV (for pre peak). Coercive field Hc of the studied samples varies between 22.06 - 838.67 A/m. Best coercivity (Hc) value of 22.06 A/m was obtained for the as cast sample. The measured saturation induction (B2000) values range between 0.89 and 1.31 Tesla. Best saturation induction (B2000) value of 1.31 Tesla was obtained for the as cast sample. XRD data shows that apart from α-Fe, phase (lattice parameter ~ 0.2859 nm) an additional Fe-Al phase is also formed, with Al ranging between 53 - 64 %, responsible for the reduction of magnetic induction as well as the increase of coercivity.

  4. Proton induced K X-ray production cross sections of the elements Al, Si, Ti, Fe, and Ni in the 0.7-2.0 MeV energy range

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    Bertol, Ana Paula Lamberti; Hinrichs, Ruth; Vasconcellos, Marcos A. Z.

    2015-12-01

    Proton induced K-shell ionization cross sections were obtained for the elements Al, Si, Ti, Fe, and Ni in the 0.7-2.0 MeV energy range. The accuracy of these fundamental parameters is essential for PIXE analysis and the data in the literature present a considerable spread, mainly for Al and Si. The values obtained for Ti, Fe and Ni are compatible with the current theories and the experimental results reported in the literature. However, Al and Si cross sections present important differences from theoretical and experimental data. We propose values for the fluorescent yields of Al and Si that are compatible with recent results and can be incorporated in the computations of K X-ray production cross sections.

  5. Fabrication and characterization of spin injector using a high-quality B2-ordered-Co{sub 2}FeSi{sub 0.5}Al{sub 0.5}/MgO/Si(100) tunnel contact

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    Kawame, Yu Akushichi, Taiju; Shuto, Yusuke; Sugahara, Satoshi; Takamura, Yota

    2015-05-07

    We successfully fabricate a (100)-orientated B2-type-Co{sub 2}FeSi{sub 0.5}Al{sub 0.5} (CFSA)/MgO/Si(100) tunnel contact that is promising for an efficient spin injector for Si channels. The MgO barrier is formed by radical oxidation of an Mg thin film deposited on a Si(100) surface at room temperature and successive radical oxygen annealing at 400 °C. The CFSA electrode is grown on the MgO barrier at 400 °C by ultrahigh-vacuum molecular beam deposition, and it exhibits a (100)-orientated columnar polycrystalline structure with a high degree (63%) of B2-order. The MgO barrier near the interface of the CFSA/MgO junction is crystallized with the (100) orientation, i.e., the spin filter effect due to the MgO barrier could be expected for this junction. A three-terminal Si-channel spin-accumulation device with a CFSA/MgO/Si(100) spin injector is fabricated, and the Hanle effect of accumulated spin polarized electrons injected from this contact to the Si channel is observed.

  6. The Perovskite to Post-Perovskite phase transition in Al-bearing (Mg,Fe)SiO3: A XANES in-situ analysis at the Fe K-edge

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    Andrault, D.; Munoz, M.; Bolfan-Casanova, N.; Guignot, N.; Perrillat, J.; Aquilanti, G.; Pascarelli, S.

    2008-12-01

    Phase transition from perovskite (Pv) to Post-Pv (PPv) phase in MgSiO3 has been studied by many groups since its discovery in 2004 (1,2) and the different studies find similar transition pressures. The effect of Al and Fe on the phase transition remains more controversial. The most recent studies suggest an increase of the transition pressure with increasing Fe-content (3,4), but other experimental work (5) as well as ab-initio calculations (6) show the opposite effect. The effect of Al was reported to increase slightly the pressure transition to the CaIrO3 form (4,7), but its influence on the Fe3+ content in the PPv phase has not been documented yet. By means of in situ study of the Fe K-edge fine structures (XANES), we investigated the phase relations between Pv and PPv phases for three different Al-(Mg,Fe)SiO3 compositions. For this, we synthesized various Pv and PPv mixtures using laser-heated diamond anvil cell (DAC) for pressures between 60 and 170 GPa. The sample's mineralogy, i.e. the Pv and PPv phase fractions, was determined using in-situ X-ray diffraction at the ID27 beamline of the ESRF (8,9). Then, we probed the Fe speciation, i.e. the Fe concentration in each phases, in-situ in the DAC using the µ-XANES mapping technique available at the ID24 beamline (10,11). Both pieces of information were combined to retrieve the Fe partitioning coefficient between the two high-pressure phases. Our results show that Fe partitions strongly into the PPv phase, which implies a very large binary loop of coexistence of the two phases. Thus, at the core-mantle boundary pressure (135 GPa), the Pv and PPv phase always coexist for all geophysically relevant Al-(Mg,Fe)SiO3 compositions, and the Fe-content in the PPv-phase is only a few percent. References: 1. M. Murakami, K. Hirose, K. Kawamura, N. Sata, Y. Ohishi, Science 304, 855 (2004). 2. A. R. Oganov, S. Ono, Nature 430, 445 (2004). 3. S. Tateno, K. Hirose, N. Sata, Y. Ohishi, Phys. Earth Planet. Inter. 160, 319 (2007). 4. D. Nishio-Hamane, T. Nagai, K. Fujino, Y. Seto, N. Takafuji, Geophys. Res. Lett. 32, L16306 (2005). 5. W. L. Mao et al., PNAS 101, 15867 (2004). 6. J. P. Brodholt, A. R. Oganov, personal communication. 7. S. Ono, A. R. Oganov, T. Koyama, H. Shimizu, Earth Planet. Sci. 246, 326 (2006). 8. N. Guignot, D. Andrault, G. Morard, M. Mezouar, Earth Planet. Sci. 256, 162 (2007). 9. E. Schultz et al., High Press. Res. 25, 71 (2005). 10. S. Pascarelli, O. Mathon, M. Muñoz, T. Mairs, J. Susini, J. Synch. Rad. 13, 351 (2006). 11. M. Muñoz et al., Geochemistry Geophysics Geosystems 7, Q11020 (2006).

  7. Biogeochemistry of Mariana Islands coastal sediments: terrestrial influence on /gd13, Ash, CaCO3, Al, Fe, Si and P

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    Matson, Ernest A.

    1989-01-01

    Stable C isotope ratios (δ13C-PDB), percentages of organic matter, and HCl insoluble ash and soluble carbonates, extractable Fe, Al, Si and P were used to determine the distribution and accumulation of terrestrial material in reef-flat moats and lagoons of two high islands (Guam and Saipan) in the western tropical Pacific. Carbonate sediments of a reef-flat moat infiltrated by seepage of aquifer waters (but without surface runoff) were depleted in both P (by 38%) and 13C (by 41%) and enriched in Si (by 100%) relative to offshore lagoon sediments. Iron and ash accumulated in depositional regimes regardless of the occurrence of runoff but was depleted from coarse-grained carbonates in turbulent regimes. Aluminum (>ca. 10 to 20 μmol g-1), Fe (>ca. 1 to 3 μmol g-1) and ash (>0.5%) indicated terrigenous influence which was corroborated by depletions in both 13C and P. Low-salinity geochemical segregation, natural biochemical accumulation, as well as long-shore currents and eddies help sequester these materials nearshore.

  8. Formation of the icosahedral quasicrystalline phase in a rapidly solidified Al{sub 52}Cu{sub 25.5}Fe{sub 12.5}Si{sub 1} alloy

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    Wang Yan; Zhang Zhonghua . E-mail: zh_zhang@sdu.edu.cn; Geng Haoran; Yang Zhongxi

    2006-04-15

    In the present work, the effect of wheel speed (quenching rate) on the formation of the quasicrystalline phase in a rapidly solidified Al{sub 52}Cu{sub 25.5}Fe{sub 12.5}Si{sub 1} alloy has been investigated using X-ray diffraction (XRD), differential thermal analysis (DTA), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The results show that rapid solidification has no effect on the phase constitution of the Al{sub 52}Cu{sub 25.5}Fe{sub 12.5}Si{sub 1} alloy. The addition of Si decreases the stability of the quasicrystalline phase in the conventionally cast Al{sub 52}Cu{sub 25.5}Fe{sub 12.5}Si{sub 1} alloy. The thermal stability of the quasicrystalline phase in the melt-spun alloy depends upon the quenching rate. Moderate-rate rapid solidification can improve the thermal stability of the quasicrystalline phase in the melt-spun alloy. Higher quenching rate instigates the transformation of the quasicrystalline phase into the cubic approximant phase and decreases the stability of the quasicrystalline phase. Furthermore, the transformation temperature decreases with increasing Si addition into the Al{sub (62-x)}Cu{sub 25.5}Fe{sub 12.5}Si{sub x}.

  9. Effect of Mg and Sr additions on the formation of intermetallics in Al-6 wt pct Si-3.5 wt pct Cu-(0.45) to (0.8) wt pct Fe 319-type alloys

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    Samuel, F.H.; Ouellet, P.; Samuel, A.M.; Doty, H.W.

    1998-12-01

    Al-Si alloys are materials that have been developed over the years to meet the increasing demands of the automotive industry for smaller, lighter-weight, high-performance components. An important alloy in this respect is the 319 alloy, wherein silicon and copper are the main alloying elements, and magnesium is often added in automotive versions of the alloy for strengthening purposes. the mechanical properties are also ameliorated by modifying the eutectic silicon structure (strontium being commonly employed) and by reducing the harmful effect of the {beta}-Al{sub 5}FeSi iron intermetallic present in the cast structure. Magnesium is also found to refine the silicon structure. The present study was undertaken to investigate the individual and combined roles of Mg and Sr on the morphologies of Si, Mg{sub 2}Si, and the iron and copper intermetallics likely to form during the solidification of 319-type alloys at very slow (close to equilibrium) cooling rates. The results show that magnesium leads to the precipitation of Al{sub 8}Mg{sub 3}FeSi{sub 6}, Mg{sub 2}Si, and Al{sub 5}Mg{sub 8}Cu{sub 2}Si{sub 6} intermetallics. With a strontium addition, dissolution of a large proportion of the needle-like {beta}-Al{sub 5}FeSi intermetallic in the aluminum matrix takes place; no transformation of this phase into any other intermetallics (including the Al{sub 15}(Fe,Mn){sub 3}Si{sub 2} phase) is observed. When both Mg and Sr are added, the diminution of the {beta}-Al{sub 5}FeSi phase is enhanced, through both its dissolution in the aluminum matrix as well as its transformation into Al{sub 8}Mg{sub 3}FeSi{sub 6}. The reactions and phases obtained have been analyzed using thermal analysis, optical microscopy, image analysis, and electron microprobe analysis (EMPA) coupled with energy-dispersive X-ray (EDX) analysis.

  10. Co{sub 2}FeAl Heusler thin films grown on Si and MgO substrates: Annealing temperature effect

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    Belmeguenai, M. Tuzcuoglu, H.; Zighem, F.; Chérif, S. M.; Moch, P.; Gabor, M. S. Petrisor, T.; Tiusan, C.

    2014-01-28

    10 nm and 50 nm Co{sub 2}FeAl (CFA) thin films have been deposited on MgO(001) and Si(001) substrates by magnetron sputtering and annealed at different temperatures. X-rays diffraction revealed polycrystalline or epitaxial growth (according to CFA(001)[110]//MgO(001)[100] epitaxial relation) for CFA films grown on a Si and on a MgO substrate, respectively. For these later, the chemical order varies from the A2 phase to the B2 phase when increasing the annealing temperature (T{sub a}), while only the A2 disorder type has been observed for CFA grown on Si. Microstrip ferromagnetic resonance (MS-FMR) measurements revealed that the in-plane anisotropy results from the superposition of a uniaxial and a fourfold symmetry term for CFA grown on MgO substrates. This fourfold anisotropy, which disappears completely for samples grown on Si, is in accord with the crystal structure of the samples. The fourfold anisotropy field decreases when increasing T{sub a}, while the uniaxial anisotropy field is nearly unaffected by T{sub a} within the investigated range. The MS-FMR data also allow for concluding that the gyromagnetic factor remains constant and that the exchange stiffness constant increases with T{sub a}. Finally, the FMR linewidth decreases when increasing T{sub a}, due to the enhancement of the chemical order. We derive a very low intrinsic damping parameter (1.1×10{sup −3} and 1.3×10{sup −3} for films of 50 nm thickness annealed at 615 °C grown on MgO and on Si, respectively)

  11. Phase Equilibria Studies of Cu-O-Si Systems in Equilibrium with Air and Metallic Copper and Cu-Me-O-Si Systems (Me = Ca, Mg, Al, and Fe) in Equilibrium with Metallic Copper

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    Hidayat, Taufiq; Henao, Hector M.; Hayes, Peter C.; Jak, Evgueni

    2012-12-01

    The pseudo-binary phase diagrams in the Cu-O-Si system in equilibrium with air and metallic copper have been constructed. Equilibration at high temperature in an appropriate containment material, followed by rapid quenching and measurement of phase compositions using an electron probe x-ray microanalysis (EPMA) technique, was carried out to obtain the phase equilibria data. The investigation has been extended to characterize the effects of CaO, MgO, Al2O3, and "Fe2O3" on the liquidus isotherms of tridymite in equilibrium with metallic copper at temperatures of 1473 K and 1573 K (1200 C and 1300 C).

  12. Modelling Equilibrium and Fractional Crystallization in the System MgO-FeO-CaO-Al2O3-SiO2

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    Herbert, F.

    1985-01-01

    A mathematical modelling technique for use in petrogenesis calculations in the system MgO-FeO-CaO-Al2O3-SiO2 is reported. Semiempirical phase boundary and elemental distribution information was combined with mass balance to compute approximate equilibrium crystallization paths for arbitrary system compositions. The calculation is applicable to a range of system compositions and fractionation calculations are possible. The goal of the calculation is the computation of the composition and quantity of each phase present as a function of the degree of solidification. The degree of solidification is parameterized by the heat released by the solidifying phases. The mathematical requirement for the solution of this problem is: (1) An equation constraining the composition of the magma for each solid phase in equilibrium with the liquidus phase, and (2) an equation for each solid phase and each component giving the distribution of that element between that phase and the magma.

  13. Effects of Annealing on the Microstructure and Properties of 6FeNiCoCrAlTiSi High-Entropy Alloy Coating Prepared by Laser Cladding

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    Zhang, Hui; Pan, Ye; He, Yizhu

    2011-09-01

    The content of each constituent element in the newly developed high-entropy alloys is always restricted in equimolar or near-equimolar ratios to avoid the formation of complex brittle phases during the solidification process. In this article, a high-entropy alloy coating of 6FeNiCoCrAlTiSi has been prepared by laser cladding and subsequently annealed at 500, 750, 1000, and 1150 °C for 5 h. Surprisingly, the coating has a simple BCC solid solution phase with high microhardness, good resistance to softening, and high electrical resistivity properties. After annealing <750 °C, the coating shows high thermal stability, the electrical resistivity decreases slightly and the microhardness almost remains unchanged. After annealing above 750 °C, the microhardness of the coating slowly decreases with the decomposition of the supersaturated BCC solid solution.

  14. Influence of Bridgman solidification on microstructures and magnetic behaviors of a non-equiatomic FeCoNiAlSi high-entropy alloy

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    Zuo, Tingting; Yang, Xiao; Liaw, Peter K.; Zhang, Yong

    2015-09-07

    The non-equiatomic FeCoNiAlSi alloy is prepared by the Bridgman solidification (BS) technique at different withdrawal velocities (V = 30, 100, and 200 μm/s). Various characterization techniques have been used to study the microstructure and crystal orientation. The morphological evolutions accompanying the crystal growth of the alloy prepared at different withdrawal velocities are nearly the same, from equiaxed grains to columnar crystals. The transition of coercivity is closely related to the local microstructure, while the saturation magnetization changes little at different sites. The coercivity can be significantly reduced from the equiaxed grain area to the columnar crystal area when the applied magnetic field direction is parallel to the crystal growth direction, no matter what is the withdrawal velocity. As a result, the alloy possesses magnetic anisotropy when the applied magnetic field is in different directions.

  15. Influence of Bridgman solidification on microstructures and magnetic behaviors of a non-equiatomic FeCoNiAlSi high-entropy alloy

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    Zuo, Tingting; Yang, Xiao; Liaw, Peter K.; Zhang, Yong

    2015-09-07

    The non-equiatomic FeCoNiAlSi alloy is prepared by the Bridgman solidification (BS) technique at different withdrawal velocities (V = 30, 100, and 200 μm/s). Various characterization techniques have been used to study the microstructure and crystal orientation. The morphological evolutions accompanying the crystal growth of the alloy prepared at different withdrawal velocities are nearly the same, from equiaxed grains to columnar crystals. The transition of coercivity is closely related to the local microstructure, while the saturation magnetization changes little at different sites. The coercivity can be significantly reduced from the equiaxed grain area to the columnar crystal area when the appliedmore » magnetic field direction is parallel to the crystal growth direction, no matter what is the withdrawal velocity. As a result, the alloy possesses magnetic anisotropy when the applied magnetic field is in different directions.« less

  16. Solution behavior of reduced N-H-O volatiles in FeO-Na2O-SiO2-Al2O3 melt equilibrated with molten Fe alloy at high pressure and temperature

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    Kadik, Arnold A.; Litvin, Yuri A.; Koltashev, Vasily V.; Kryukova, Elena B.; Plotnichenko, Victor G.; Tsekhonya, Tatiana I.; Kononkova, Nataliya N.

    2013-01-01

    Solubility and speciation of NOH volatiles in a model silicate melt (FeO-Na2O-Al2O3-SiO2) equilibrated with molten Fe alloy have been examined via nitrogen and hydrogen analyses and vibrational spectroscopy (Raman and FTIR). Experiments were performed in an anvil-with-hole apparatus conducted at 4 GPa, 1550 °C, and oxygen fugacity (fO2) from 2.1 to 3.3 log units below IW buffer. The technique of hydrogen fugacity (fH2) buffering via the dissociation of H2O employed here relies upon the diffusion of H2 through Pt to achieve equal chemical potentials of H2 in the Pt capsule and outer assemblage elements. The nitrogen source was Si3N4. The fO2 imposed on the charge was controlled by redox reactions between H2 buffered externally, Si3N4 and components of the Fe-bearing melt that was reduced with O2 liberation and metallic Fe formation. The initial Si3N4 was unstable under the experimental conditions and completely consumed according to the reaction of oxidation: Si3N4 (initial) + 3O2 → 3SiO2 (melt) + 2N2 (melt) with a subsequent participation of nitrogen in the reactions with H2, the components of silicate and metallic melts. The nitrogen and hydrogen solubility, calculated as N and H, ranges from 0.4 to 1.9 wt.% and from 0.2 to 0.3 wt.%, accordingly. The nitrogen content in iron globules at Δlog fO2(IW) = -3.3 was measured as 4.4 wt.%. Characterization by Raman and IR spectroscopy indicates that at fO2, where a metallic Fe phase is stable, the silicate melt would contain species with N-H bonds (NH3, NH4+, NH2-, NH2+) as well as N2, oxidized H species (OH- and H2O) and H2. Experimental studies have shown that the fO2 evolution during metal segregation would have strongly influenced the nature of nitrogen and hydrogen species in reduced magmas of the early Earth.

  17. Epitaxial films of Heusler compound Co{sub 2}FeAl{sub 0.5}Si{sub 0.5} with high crystalline quality grown by off-axis sputtering

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    Peters, B.; Hageman, Stephen J.; Yang, F. Y.; Alfonsov, A.; Blum, C. G. F.; Woodward, P. M.; Wurmehl, S.; Büchner, B.; Institute for Solid State Physics, Technische Universität Dresden, D-01062 Dresden

    2013-10-14

    Co{sub 2}FeAl{sub 0.5}Si{sub 0.5} films with a surface roughness of 0.12 nm have been grown epitaxially on lattice-matched MgAl{sub 2}O{sub 4} (001) substrates by off-axis sputtering. X-ray diffraction shows pronounced Laue oscillations, rocking curves as narrow as 0.0043°, and clear Co{sub 2}FeAl{sub 0.5}Si{sub 0.5} (111) peaks indicating L2{sub 1} ordering. Magnetic characterizations show a clear magnetocrystalline anisotropy comprising cubic and epitaxy-induced uniaxial terms. Nuclear magnetic resonance measurements reveal L2{sub 1} order of 81% in the Co{sub 2}FeAl{sub 0.5}Si{sub 0.5} films. Magnetotransport measurements show a distinct separation of anisotropic magnetoresistance and ordinary magnetoresistance. These results demonstrate the state-of-the-art crystalline quality and magnetic uniformity of the Co{sub 2}FeAl{sub 0.5}Si{sub 0.5} films.

  18. Crystal structure of the mineral (Na,Ca,K)2(Ca,Na)4(Mg,Fe)5(Mg,Fe,Ti)5[Si12Al4O44](F,O)4: a triclinic representative of the amphibole family

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    Rastsvetaeva, R. K.; Aksenov, S. M.

    2012-05-01

    A mineral belonging to the amphibole family found at the Rothenberg paleovolcano (Eifel, Germany) was studied by single-crystal X-ray diffraction. The triclinic pseudomonoclinic unit-cell parameters are a = 5.3113(1) Å, b = 18.0457(3) Å; c = 9.8684(2) Å, α = 90.016(2)°, β = 105.543(4)°, γ = 89.985(2)°. The structure was solved by direct methods in sp. gr. P1 and refined to the R factor of 2.7% based on 6432 reflections with | F| > 3σ( F) taking into account twinning. The mineral with the idealized formula (Na,Ca,K)2(Ca,Na)4(Mg,Fe)5(Mg,Fe,Ti)5[Si12Al4O44](F,O)4 has some symmetry and structural features that distinguish it from other minerals of this family.

  19. Phase Equilibria Studies in the System ZnO-``FeO''-Al2O3-CaO-SiO2 Relevant to Imperial Smelting Furnace Slags: Part I

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    Zhao, Baojun; Hayes, Peter C.; Jak, Evgueni

    2010-04-01

    The phase equilibria and liquidus temperatures in the system ZnO-“FeO”-Al2O3-CaO-SiO2 in equilibrium with metallic iron have been determined experimentally in the temperature range of 1423 K to 1553 K. The experimental conditions were focused on the composition range relevant to Imperial Smelting Furnace slags. The results are presented in the form of a pseudo-ternary section ZnO-“FeO”-(CaO + SiO2 + Al2O3) in which CaO/SiO2 = 0.93 and (CaO + SiO2)/Al2O3 = 7.0. It was found that wustite and spinel are the major primary phases and that zincite and melilite are also present in the composition range investigated. Wustite (Fe2+,Zn)O and spinel (Fe2+,Zn)O (A1,Fe3+)2O3 solid solutions are formed in this system, and the ZnO concentration in the spinel phase is found to be much greater than in the liquid phase.

  20. The Effects of Microstructure Heterogeneities and Casting Defects on the Mechanical Properties of High-Pressure Die-Cast AlSi9Cu3(Fe) Alloys

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    Timelli, Giulio; Fabrizi, Alberto

    2014-11-01

    Detailed investigations of the salient microstructural features and casting defects of the high-pressure die-cast (HPDC) AlSi9Cu3(Fe) alloy are reported. These characteristics are addressed to the mechanical properties and reliability of separate HPDC tensile bars. Metallographic and image analysis techniques have been used to quantitatively examine the microstructural changes throughout the tensile specimen. The results indicate that the die-cast microstructure consists of several microstructural heterogeneities such as positive eutectic segregation bands, externally solidified crystals (ESCs), cold flakes, primary Fe-rich intermetallics (sludge), and porosities. In addition, it results that sludge particles, gas porosity, as well as ESCs, and cold flakes are concentrated toward the casting center while low porosity and fine-grained structure is observed on the surface layer of the castings bars. The local variation of the hardness along the cross section as well as the change of tensile test results as a function of gage diameter of the tensile bars seem to be ascribed to the change of porosity content, eutectic fraction, and amount of sludge. Further, this behavior reflects upon the reliability of the die-cast alloy, as evidenced by the Weibull statistics.

  1. Heat capacity and phase equilibria of almandine, Fe[sub 3]Al[sub 2]Si[sub 3]O[sub 12

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    Anovitz, L.M. ); Essene, E.J.; Metz, G.W.; Westrum, E.F. Jr. ); Bohlen, S.R. ); Hemingway, B.S. )

    1993-09-01

    The heat capacity of a synthetic almandine, Fe[sub 3]Al[sub 2]Si[sub 3]O[sub 12], was measured from 6 to 350 K using equilibrium, intermittent-heating quasi-adiabatic calorimetry and from 420 to 1000 K using differential scanning calorimetry. These measurements yield Cp[sub 298] = 342.80 [+-] 1.4 J/mol[center dot]K and S[degrees][sub 298] = 342.60 J/mol[center dot]K. Moessbauer characterizations show the almandine to contain less than 2 [+-] 1% of the total iron as Fe[sup 3+]. X-ray diffraction studies of this synthetic almandine yield a = 11.521 [+-] 0.001 [angstrom] and V[degrees][sub 298] = 115.11 [+-] 0.01 cm[sup 3]/mol, somewhat smaller than previously reported. The low-temperature Cp data indicate a lambda transition at 8.7 K related to an antiferromagnetic-paramagnetic transition with T[sub N] = 7.5 K. Modeling of the lattice contribution to the total entropy suggests the presence of entropy in excess of that attributable to the effects of lattice vibrations and the magnetic transition. This probably arises from a low-temperature electronic transition (Schottky contribution).

  2. Kinetic Analysis of Recovery, Recrystallization, and Phase Precipitation in an Al-Fe-Si Alloy Using JMAEK and Sesták-Berggren Models

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    Luiggi Agreda, Ney José

    2015-02-01

    When studying the phase changes process in a rolled AA8011 alloy using DSC, we find that the peaks associated with phase precipitation under this microstructural condition are different from those obtained in homogenized microstructures. The differences observed are attributable, first, to the recovery process occurring at temperatures below 423 K (150 °C), which interacts with the precipitation of Si-rich precipitates or with Guinier-Preston zones both coexistent in that temperature range; and second, to the recrystallization above 473 K (200 °C), which coexists with precipitation of the α-AlFeSi phase. In this work, the precipitation and recovery-recrystallization kinetics are experimentally obtained and deconvoluted in peaks characteristic for each of the mechanisms involved; i.e., precipitation of GP zones, recovery, precipitation of α phase, and recrystallization. The deconvolution is achieved using functions of Gauss, Weibull, and Fraser-Suzuki; and the characterization of each reaction deconvoluted is realized through both Jhonson-Melh-Avrami-Erofeev-Kolmorokov kinetic models and Sesták-Berggren combined kinetic model. The kinetic study evinces that in addition to the expected reactions, other reactions, necessary for good experimental adjustment, appear. An isoconversional study is undertaken to numerically evaluate the kinetic triplet of every process.

  3. Sound Velocities of Fe-C and Fe-Si alloying liquids at high pressures

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    Jing, Z.; Han, J.; Yu, T.; Wang, Y.

    2014-12-01

    Geophysical and geochemical observations suggest light elements such as S, Si, C, O, H, etc., are likely present in the Earth's outer core and the molten cores of other terrestrial planets and moons including Mercury, Mars, Earth's Moon, and Ganymede. In order to constrain the abundances of light elements in planetary cores, it is crucial to determine the density and sound velocity of Fe-light element alloying liquids under core conditions. In this study, sound velocities of Fe-rich liquids were determined by combining the ultrasonic measurements with synchrotron X-ray radiography and diffraction techniques under high-pressure and temperature conditions from 1 to 6 GPa and 1573 to 1973 K. An Fe-C composition (Fe-5wt%C) and four Fe-Si compositions (Fe-10wt%Si, Fe-17wt%Si, Fe-25wt%Si, and FeSi) were studied. Compared to our previous results on the velocity of Fe and Fe-S liquids at high pressures (Jing et al., 2014, Earth Planet. Sci. Lett. 396, 78-87), the presence of both C and Si increases the velocity of liquid Fe, in contrast to the effect of S. The measured velocities of Fe-C and Fe-Si liquids increase with compression and decrease slightly with increasing temperature. Combined with 1-atm density data in the literature, the high-pressure velocity data provide tight constraints on the equations of state and thermodynamic properties such as the adiabatic temperature gradient for Fe-C and Fe-Si liquids. We will discuss these results with implications to planetary cores.

  4. Processing effects on the magnetic and mechanical properties of FeCoNiAl0.2Si0.2 high entropy alloy

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    Zuo, Ting-ting; Ren, Song-bo; Liaw, Peter K.; Zhang, Yong

    2013-06-01

    High entropy alloys with the composition of FeCoNiAl0.2Si0.2 were prepared by arc melting and induction melting, denoted by A1 and A2, respectively. The samples prepared by these two techniques have a face-centered cubic (FCC) phase structure and a typical dendrite morphology. The tensile yield strength and maximum strength of A2 samples are about 280 and 632 MPa, respectively. Moreover, the elongation can reach 41.7%. These two alloys prepared by the different methods possess the similar magnetic properties. The saturation magnetization and coercivity can reach 1.151 T and 1400 A/m for Al samples and 1.015 T and 1431 A/m for A2 samples, respectively. Phases in A2 samples do not change, which are heat treated at different temperatures, then quenched in water. Only the sample, which is heat treated at 600°C for 3 h and then furnace cooled, has a new phase precipitated. Besides, the coercivity decreases obviously at this temperature. Cold rolling and the subsequent heat treatment cannot improve the magnetic properties effectively. However, cold rolling plays an important role in improving the strength.

  5. Structure and magnetism in Co/X, Fe/Si, and Fe/(FeSi) multilayers

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    Franklin, Michael Ray

    Previous studies have shown that magnetic behavior in multilayers formed by repeating a bilayer unit comprised of a ferromagnetic layer and a non-magnetic spacer layer can be affected by small structural differences. For example, a macroscopic property such as giant magnetoresistance (GMR) is believed to depend significantly upon interfacial roughness. In this study, several complimentary structural probes were used to carefully characterize the structure of several sputtered multilayer systems-Co/Ag, Co/Cu, Co/Mo, Fe/Si, and Fe//[FeSi/]. X-ray diffraction (XRD) studies were used to examine the long-range structural order of the multilayers perpendicular to the plane of the layers. Transmission electron diffraction (TED) studies were used to probe the long-range order parallel to the layer plane. X-ray Absorption Fine Structure (XAFS) studies were used to determine the average local structural environment of the ferromagnetic atoms. For the Co/X systems, a simple correlation between crystal structure and saturation magnetization is discovered for the Co/Mo system. For the Fe/X systems, direct evidence of an Fe-silicide is found for the /[FeSi/] spacer layer but not for the Si spacer layer. Additionally, differences were observed in the magnetic behavior between the Fe in the nominally pure Fe layer and the Fe contained in the /[FeSi/] spacer layers.

  6. Perrierite-(La), (La,Ce,Ca)4(Fe2+,Mn)(Ti,Fe3+,Al)4(Si2O7)2O8, a new mineral species from the Eifel volcanic district, Germany

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    Chukanov, N. V.; Blass, G.; Pekov, I. V.; Belakovskiy, D. I.; Van, K. V.; Rastsvetaeva, R. K.; Aksenov, S. M.

    2012-12-01

    Non-metamict perrierite-(La) discovered in the Dellen pumice quarry, near Mendig, in the Eifel volcanic district, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany has been approved as a new mineral species (IMA no. 2010-089). The mineral was found in the late assemblage of sanidine, phlogopite, pyrophanite, zirconolite, members of the jacobsite-magnetite series, fluorcalciopyrochlore, and zircon. Perrierite-(La) occurs as isolated prismatic crystals up to 0.5 × 1 mm in size within cavities in sanidinite. The new mineral is black with brown streak; it is brittle, with the Mohs hardness of 6 and distinct cleavage parallel to (001). The calculated density is 4.791 g/cm3. The IR spectrum does not contain absorption bands that correspond to H2O and OH groups. Perrierite-(La) is biaxial (-), α = 1.94(1), β = 2.020(15), γ = 2.040(15), 2 V meas = 50(10)°, 2 V calc = 51°. The chemical composition (electron microprobe, average of seven point analyses, the Fe2+/Fe3+ ratio determined from the X-ray structural data, wt %) is as follows: 3.26 CaO, 22.92 La2O3, 19.64 Ce2O3, 0.83 Pr2O2, 2.09 Nd2O3, 0.25 MgO, 2.25 MnO, 3.16 FeO, 5.28 Fe2O3, 2.59 Al2O3, 16.13 TiO2, 0.75 Nb2O5, and 20.06 SiO2, total is 99.21. The empirical formula is (La1.70Ce1.45Nd0.15Pr0.06Ca0.70)Σ4.06(Fe{0.53/2+}Mn0.38Mg0.08)Σ0.99(Ti2.44Fe{0.80/3+}Al0.62Nb0.07)Σ3.93Si4.04O22. The simplified formula is (La,Ce,Ca)4(Fe2+,Mn)(Ti,Fe3+,Al)4(Si2O7)2O8. The crystal structure was determined by a single crystal. Perrierite-(La) is monoclinic, space group P21/ a, and the unit-cell dimensions are as follows: a =13.668(1), b = 5.6601(6), c = 11.743(1) Å, β = 113.64(1)°; V = 832.2(2) Å3, Z = 2. The strong reflections in the X-ray powder diffraction pattern are [ d, Å ( I, %) ( hkl)]: 5.19 (40) (110), 3.53 (40) (overline 3 11), 2.96 (100) (overline 3 13, 311), 2.80 (50) (020), 2.14 (50) (overline 4 22, overline 3 15, 313), 1.947 (50) (024, 223), 1.657 (40) (overline 4 07, overline 4 33, 331). The holotype specimen of perrierite-(La) is deposited at the Fersman Mineralogical Museum, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia, with the registration number 4059/1.

  7. Menzerite-(Y) a New Species {(Y REE)(Ca Fe2plus)2}[(Mg Fe2plus)(Fe3plus Al)](Si3)O12 from a Felsic Granulite Parry Sound Ontario and a New Garnet End-member (Y2Ca)Mg2(SiO4)3

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    E Grew; J Marsh; M Yates; B Lazic; T Armbruster; A Locock; S Bell; M Dyar; H Bernhardt; O Medenbach

    2011-12-31

    Menzerite-(Y), a new mineral species, forms reddish brown cores, n = 1.844 (20), up to 70 {micro}m across, rimmed successively by euhedral almandine containing up to 2.7 wt% Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} and by K-feldspar in a felsic granulite on Bonnet Island in the interior Parry Sound domain, Grenville Orogenic Province, Canada. It is named after Georg Menzer (1897-1989), the German crystallographer who solved the crystal structure of garnet. Single-crystal X-ray-diffraction results yielded space group Ia3d, a = 11.9947(6) {angstrom}. An electron-microprobe analysis of the grain richest in Y (16.93 wt% Y{sub 2}O{sub 3}) gave the following formula, normalized to eight cations and 12 oxygen atoms: {l_brace}Y{sub 0.83}Gd{sub 0.01}Dy{sub 0.05}Ho{sub 0.02}Er{sub 0.07}Tm{sub 0.01}Yb{sub 0.06}Lu{sub 0.02}Ca{sub 1.37}Fe{sub 0.49}{sup 2+}Mn{sub 0.07}{r_brace} [Mg{sub 0.55}Fe{sub 0.42}{sup 2+}Fe{sub 0.58}{sup 3+}Al{sub 0.35} V{sub 0.01}Sc{sub 0.01}Ti{sub 0.08}](Si{sub 2.82}Al{sub 0.18})O{sub 12}, or {l_brace}(Y,REE)(Ca,Fe{sup 2+}){sub 2}{r_brace}[(Mg,Fe{sup 2+})(Fe{sup 3+},Al)](Si{sub 3})O{sub 12}. Synchrotron micro-XANES data gave Fe{sup 3+}/{Sigma}Fe = 0.56(10) versus 0.39(2) calculated from stoichiometry. The scattering power refined at the octahedral Y site, 17.68 epfu, indicates that a relatively light element contributes to its occupancy. Magnesium, as determined by electron-microprobe analyses, would be a proper candidate. In addition, considering the complex occupancy of this site, the average Y-O bond length of 2.0244(16) {angstrom} is in accord with a partial occupancy by Mg. The dominance of divalent cations with Mg > Fe{sup 2+} and the absence of Si at the octahedral Y site (in square brackets) are the primary criteria for distinguishing menzerite-(Y) from other silicate garnet species; the menzerite-(Y) end-member is {l_brace}Y{sub 2}Ca{r_brace}[Mg{sub 2}](Si{sub 3})O{sub 12}. The contacts of menzerite-(Y) with almandine are generally sharp and, in places, cuspate. It is interpreted to have equilibrated with ferrosilite, augite, quartz, oligoclase, allanite-(Ce), magnetite, ilmenite and fluorapatite, in the absence of almandine, on the prograde path at 7-8.5 kbar and T {approx} 700-800 C, and subsequently dissolved incongruently in an anatectic melt to form almandine, most likely, at P {approx} 8.5-9.5 kbar and T {approx} 800-850 C.

  8. Tunnel Magnetoresistance and Spin-Transfer-Torque Switching in Polycrystalline Co2FeAl Full-Heusler-Alloy Magnetic Tunnel Junctions on Amorphous Si /SiO2 Substrates

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    Wen, Zhenchao; Sukegawa, Hiroaki; Kasai, Shinya; Inomata, Koichiro; Mitani, Seiji

    2014-08-01

    We study polycrystalline B2-type Co2FeAl (CFA) full-Heusler-alloy-based magnetic tunnel junctions (MTJs) fabricated on a Si /SiO2 amorphous substrate. Polycrystalline CFA films with a (001) orientation, a high B2 ordering, and a flat surface are achieved by using a MgO buffer layer. A tunnel magnetoresistance ratio up to 175% is obtained for a MTJ with a CFA /MgO/CoFe structure on a 7.5-nm-thick MgO buffer. Spin-transfer-torque-induced magnetization switching is achieved in the MTJs with a 2-nm-thick polycrystalline CFA film as a switching layer. By using a thermal activation model, the intrinsic critical current density (Jc0) is determined to be 8.2×106 A /cm2, which is lower than 2.9×107 A /cm2, the value for epitaxial CFA MTJs [Appl. Phys. Lett. 100, 182403 (2012), 10.1063/1.4710521]. We find that the Gilbert damping constant (α) evaluated by using ferromagnetic resonance measurements for the polycrystalline CFA film is approximately 0.015 and is almost independent of the CFA thickness (2-18 nm). The low Jc0 for the polycrystalline MTJ is mainly attributed to the low α of the CFA layer compared with the value in the epitaxial one (approximately 0.04).

  9. Phase Equilibria Studies in the System ZnO-``FeO''-Al2O3-CaO-SiO2 Relevant to Imperial Smelting Furnace Slags: Part II

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    Zhao, Baojun; Hayes, Peter C.; Jak, Evgueni

    2010-04-01

    The phase equilibria and the liquidus temperatures in the system ZnO-“FeO”-Al2O3-CaO-SiO2 have been determined experimentally in equilibrium with metallic iron. Specifically, the effects of Al2O3 concentrations in Imperial Smelting Furnace slags are identified, and the results are presented in the form of pseudo-ternary sections ZnO-“FeO”-(Al2O3 + CaO + SiO2) in which CaO/SiO2 = 0.93 and (CaO + SiO2)/Al2O3 = 5.0 and 3.5, respectively. It was found that, in the presence of Al2O3, the spinel phase is formed, the spinel primary phase field expands, and the wustite and melilite primary phase fields are reduced in size with an increasing Al2O3 concentration. The implications of the findings to industrial practice are discussed.

  10. Soft magnetic powder-core composites of Fe90Zr7B3 and Fe49Co21Al5Ga2P9.65C5.75B4.6Si3 alloys

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    Turgut, Zafer; Attenweiler, Thomas; Huang, Meiqing; Horwath, John C.; Fingers, Richard T.

    2006-04-01

    Amorphous and nanocrystalline alloys in ribbon form exhibit excellent soft magnetic properties, but their forms are limited to tape wound cores. Complex shapes require the implementation of a powder metallurgical approach resulting in reduced permeabilities. The present study investigates Fe-based Fe90Zr7B3 (C1) and Fe49Co21Al5Ga2P9.65C5.75B4.6Si3 (C2) melt-spun ribbons as precursors for compacted powder cores. Single-roller melt spinning of C1 produced partially crystallized structures while C2 resulted in amorphous ribbons. Annealing studies were carried out based on the crystallization temperatures of various phases extracted from M(T) measurements. In ribbon form and under optimum annealing conditions, C1 revealed a 1.88 T saturation flux density (Bs) and 44 A/m coercivity (Hc), while C2 exhibited a Bs of 0.78 T and Hc of 2.4 A/m.

  11. Discovery of Ahrensite γ-Fe2SiO4 and Tissintite (Ca,Na,[])AlSi2O6, Two New Shock-induced Minerals from the Tissint Martian Meteorite: a Nanomineralogy Investigation

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    Ma, C.; Tschauner, O. D.; Liu, Y.; Sinogeikin, S. V.; Zhuravlev, K. K.; Prakapenka, V.; Dera, P. K.; Taylor, L. A.

    2013-12-01

    The recent Martian meteorite fall, Tissint, is a fresh olivine-phyric shergottite, with strong shock features. During our nano-mineralogy investigation of the Tissint meteorite with a combined analytical scanning electron microscope and synchrotron diffraction approach, two new shock-induced minerals have been discovered; these provide new insights into understanding shock conditions and impact processes on Mars. Ahrensite (IMA 2013-028), the Fe-analogue (γ-Fe2SiO4) of ringwoodite, is a new high-pressure mineral identified in Tissint. Both ahrensite and ringwoodite occur in Tissint as fine-grained polycrystalline aggregates in the rims of olivines around some shock-melt pockets. The morphology and texture of these silicate-spinels suggest formation by a solid-state transformation from Fe-rich olivine. Associated with the ahrensite and ringwoodite, inside melt pockets, often resides a thin layer of vitrified silicate-perovskite and magnesio-wüstite or wüstite. Such transitions represent a unique pressure and temperature gradient. Tissintite (IMA 2013-027), (Ca,Na,[])AlSi2O6 with the C2/c clinopyroxene structure, is a new jadeite-like mineral in Tissint. It appears as fine-grained aggregates within plagioclase glass, inside many shock-melt pockets. Both ahrensite and tissintite are high-pressure minerals formed by shock during the impact event(s) on Mars that excavated and ejected the rock off Mars. We will discuss the path of structure analysis for both new-mineral cases. Such novel methodology be utilized for many cases of mineralogical phase identification or structure analysis; this demonstrates how nano-mineralogy can be addressed and how it may play a unique role in meteorite and Mars rock research, in general.

  12. Effects of Intercritical Annealing Temperature on Mechanical Properties of Fe-7.9Mn-0.14Si-0.05Al-0.07C Steel

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    Zhao, Xianming; Shen, Yongfeng; Qiu, Lina; Liu, Yandong; Sun, Xin; Zuo, Liang

    2014-12-09

    A medium Mn steel has been designed to achieve an excellent combination of strength and ductility based on the TRIP (Transformation Induced Plasticity) concept for automotive applications. Following six passes of hot rolling at 850 °C, the Fe-7.9Mn-0.14Si-0.05Al-0.07C (wt.%) steel was warm-rolled at 630 °C for seven passes and subsequently air cooled to room temperature. The sample was subsequently intercritically annealed at various temperatures for 30 min to promote the reverse transformation of martensite into austenite. The obtained results show that the highest volume fraction of austenite is 39% for the sample annealed at 600 °C. This specimen exhibits a yield stress of 910 MPa and a high ultimate tensile stress of 1600 MPa, with an elongation-to-failure of 0.29 at a strain rate of 1 × 10⁻³/s. The enhanced work-hardening ability of the investigated steel is closely related to martensitic transformation and the interaction of dislocations. Especially, the alternate arrangement of acicular ferrite (soft phase) and ultrafine austenite lamellae (50–200 nm, strong and ductile phase) is the key factor contributing to the excellent combination of strength and ductility. On the other hand, the as-warm-rolled sample also exhibits the excellent combination of strength and ductility, with elongation-to-failure much higher than those annealed at temperatures above 630 °C.

  13. Effects of breadfruit seed hull ash on the microstructures and properties of Al-Si-Fe alloy/breadfruit seed hull ash particulate composites

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    Atuanya, C. U.; Ibhadode, A. O. A.; Dagwa, I. M.

    2012-01-01

    The microstructures and properties of Al-Si-Fe alloy matrix composites reinforced with different weight fractions of breadfruit seed hull (husk) ash particles of size 500 nm were investigated. Six (6) different weight fractions of breadfruit seed hull ash particles were added to aluminium alloy matrix using a double stir-casting method. Microstructural analysis shows that with the increase of the reinforcement weight fraction, the matrix grain size decreases. The mechanical properties of the composites are improved over the matrix materials, except for the slightly decrease of the impact energy. Fracture surface examination indicates that there is a good interfacial bonding between the aluminium alloy matrix and the breadfruit seed hull ash particles and that fracture initiation does not occur at the particle-matrix interface. Hence, incorporation of breadfruit seed hull ash particles in aluminium matrix can lead to the production of low cost aluminium composites with improved hardness and strength. These composites can find applications in automotive components where light weight materials are required with good stiffness and strength.

  14. Effect of thermal exposure, forming, and welding on high-temperature, dispersion-strengthened aluminum alloy: Al-8Fe-1V-2Si

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    Kennedy, J. R.; Gilman, P. S.; Zedalis, M. S.; Skinner, D. J.; Peltier, J. M.

    1991-01-01

    The feasibility of applying conventional hot forming and welding methods to high temperature aluminum alloy, Al-8Fe-1V-2Si (FVS812), for structural applications and the effect of thermal exposure on mechanical properties were determined. FVS812 (AA8009) sheet exhibited good hot forming and resistance welding characteristics. It was brake formed to 90 deg bends (0.5T bend radius) at temperatures greater than or equal to 390 C (730 F), indicating the feasibility of fabricating basic shapes, such as angles and zees. Hot forming of simple contoured-flanged parts was demonstrated. Resistance spot welds with good static and fatigue strength at room and elevated temperatures were readily produced. Extended vacuum degassing during billet fabrication reduced porosity in fusion and resistance welds. However, electron beam welding was not possible because of extreme degassing during welding, and gas-tungsten-arc welds were not acceptable because of severely degraded mechanical properties. The FVS812 alloy exhibited excellent high temperature strength stability after thermal exposures up to 315 C (600 F) for 1000 h. Extended billet degassing appeared to generally improve tensile ductility, fatigue strength, and notch toughness. But the effects of billet degassing and thermal exposure on properties need to be further clarified. The manufacture of zee-stiffened, riveted, and resistance-spot-welded compression panels was demonstrated.

  15. The influence of SiC particulates on fatigue crack propagation in a rapidly solidified Al-Fe-V-Si alloy

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    Sutherland, T. J.; Hoffman, P. B.; Gibeling, J. C.

    1994-11-01

    The fatigue crack propagation properties of a rapidly solidified aluminum alloy are compared with those of a metal matrix composite (MMC) made of the same base alloy with the addition of 11.5 vol pct SiC particulate. The high-temperature base material, alloy 8009 produced by Allied-Signal, Inc. (Morristown, NJ), is solidified and processed using powder metallurgy techniques; these techniques yield a fine-grained, nonequilibrium microstructure. A direct comparison between the fatigue crack propagation properties of the reinforced and unreinforced materials is possible, because alloy 8009 requires no postprocessing heat treatment. As a consequence, this comparison reflects the influence of the SiC particulate and not differences in microstructure that could arise during processing and aging. The experimental data demonstrate that the SiC-reinforced material exhibits modestly superior fatigue crack propagation properties: slower crack growth rates for a given ΔK, at near-threshold crack growth rates. Even when the data are corrected for crack closure using an effective stress intensity factor, ΔKeff, the composite exhibits lower crack propagation rates than the unreinforced matrix alloy. Microscopic evidence shows a rougher fracture surface and a more tortuous crack path in the composite than in the base alloy. It is argued that the lower crack growth rates and higher intrinsic threshold stress intensity factor observed in the composite are associated with crack deflection around SiC particles.

  16. Stable isotope studies of metasomatic Ca-Fe-Al-Si skarns and associated metamorphic and igneous rocks, Osgood Mountains, Nevada

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    Taylor, B.E.; O'Neil, J.R.

    1977-01-01

    Garnet-pyroxene skarns were formed 90 m.y. B.P. in the Osgood Mountains at or near contacts of grandiorite with calcareous rocks of the Cambrian Preble Formation. The metasomatic replacement followed contact metamorphic recrystallization of the Preble. The sources, temperature, and variation in H2O/CO2 ratios of the metasomatic fluid are interpreted from 269 analyses of oxygen, carbon, hydrogen, and sulfur isotopes in whole rocks, minerals and inclusion fluids. Skarns formed in three mineralogical stages. Oxygen isotope data indicate that temperatures during the crystallization of garnet, pyroxene and wollastonite (Stage I) were least 550 ?? C, and that the metasomatic fluid had an {Mathematical expression} ??? 0.035 in the massive skarns, and ??? 0.12 in vein skarns up to 3 cm thick. Pore fluids in isotopic equilibrium with garnet in calc-silicate metamorphic rocks, on the other hand, had {Mathematical expression} ??? 0.15. The metasomatic fluids of Stage I were derived primarily from the crystallizing magma. The isotopic composition of magmatic water was ??18O =+9.0, ??D= -30 to -45. Oxygen isotope temperatures of greater than 620 ?? C were determined for the granodiorite. Isotopic and chemical equilibria between mineral surfaces and the metasomatic fluid were approached simultaneously in parts of the skarn several meters or more apart, while isotopic and chemical disequilibria (i.e. zoning) have been preserved between 20 to 40 ??m-thick zones in grandite garnet. More Fe-, or andradite-rich garnet crystallized in more H2O-rich C-O-H fluids ( {Mathematical expression} ??? 0.01) than present with grossularite-rich garnet ( {Mathematical expression}??? 0.035). Stage II was marked by the replacement of garnet and pyroxene by quartz, amphibole, plagioclase, epidote, magnetite, and calcite. Many of the replacement reactions took place over a relatively narrow range in temperature (480-550 ?? C), as indicated by 18O fractionations between quartz and amphibole. Meteoric water comprised 20 to 50% of the metasomatic fluid during Stage II. Calcite was formed along with pyrite, minor pyrrhotite, and chalcopyrite during Stage III, although the crystallization of pyrite and calcite had begun earlier, during Stages I and II, respectively. Carbon and sulfur isotope compositions of calcite and pyrite indicate a magmatic source for most of the C and S in the metasomatic fluids of Stage III. By the end of Stage III, meteoric water constituted as much as 100% of the metasomatic fluid. Minerals from grandiorite and skarn do not show large depletions in 18O because the oxygen isotope composition of the metasomatic fluid was buffered by the calcareous wall rocks and the grandiorite. Meteoric water in the vicinity of the Osgood Mountains during the Late Crectaceous (??18Ocale. ??? -14.0, ??D = - 107) was slightly enriched in 18O and D relative to present-day meteoric water (??18O = 15.9, ??D = - 117) ?? 1977 Springer-Verlag.

  17. Micromagnetic simulation of spin-transfer switching in a full-Heusler Co{sub 2}FeAl{sub 0.5}Si{sub 0.5} alloy spin-valve nanopillar

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    Huang, H. B.; Ma, X. Q.; Liu, Z. H.; Meng, F. Y.; Xiao, Z. H.; Wu, P. P.; Shi, S. Q.; Chen, L. Q.

    2011-08-01

    We investigated the spin-transfer switching in a full-Heusler Co{sub 2}FeAl{sub 0.5}Si{sub 0.5} alloy spin-valve nanopillar through micromagnetic simulation. A two-step switching hysteresis loop due to the fourfold in-plane magnetocrystalline anisotropy of Co{sub 2}FeAl{sub 0.5}Si{sub 0.5} layers was obtained. The simulation explains the experimental result of the resistance versus current hysteresis loop and yields good agreement with the measured critical current. Furthermore, the magnetization trajectory and magnetization distribution were shown and analyzed to elucidate the different characters of two-step switching.

  18. Rapidly solidified NiAl and FeAl

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    Gaydosh, D. J.; Crimp, M. A.

    1984-01-01

    Melt spinning was used to produce rapidly solidified ribbons of the B2 intermetallics NiAl and FeAl. Both Fe-40Al and Fe-45Al possessed some bend ductility in the as spun condition. The bend ductility of Fe-40Al, Fe-45Al, and equiatomic NiAl increased with subsequent heat treatment. Heat treatment at approximately 0.85 T (sub m) resulted in significant grain growth in equiatomic FeAl and in all the NiAl compositions. Low bend ductility in both FeAl and NiAl generally coincided with intergranular failure, while increased bend ductility was characterized by increasing amounts of transgranular cleavage fracture.

  19. AlN/Fe/AlN nanostructures for magnetooptic magnetometry

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    Lišková-Jakubisová, E. Višňovský, Š.; Široký, P.; Hrabovský, D.; Pištora, J.

    2014-05-07

    AlN/Fe/AlN/Cu nanostructures with ultrathin Fe grown by sputtering on Si substrates are evaluated as probes for magnetooptical (MO) mapping of weak currents. They are considered for a laser wavelength of λ = 410 nm (3.02 eV) and operate at oblique light incidence angles, φ{sup (0)}, to enable detection of both in-plane and out-of-plane magnetization. Their performance is evaluated in terms of MO reflected wave electric field amplitudes. The maximal MO amplitudes in AlN/Fe/AlN/Cu are achieved by a proper choice of layer thicknesses. The nanostructures were characterized by MO polar Kerr effect at φ{sup (0)} ≈ 5° and longitudinal Kerr effect spectra (φ{sup (0)} = 45°) at photon energies between 1 and 5 eV. The nominal profiles were refined using a model-based analysis of the spectra. Closed form analytical expressions are provided, which are useful in the search for maximal MO amplitudes.

  20. AlN/Fe/AlN nanostructures for magnetooptic magnetometry

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    Lišková-Jakubisová, E.; VišÅovský, Š.; Široký, P.; Hrabovský, D.; Pištora, J.; Harward, I.; Celinski, Z.

    2014-05-01

    AlN/Fe/AlN/Cu nanostructures with ultrathin Fe grown by sputtering on Si substrates are evaluated as probes for magnetooptical (MO) mapping of weak currents. They are considered for a laser wavelength of λ = 410 nm (3.02 eV) and operate at oblique light incidence angles, φ(0), to enable detection of both in-plane and out-of-plane magnetization. Their performance is evaluated in terms of MO reflected wave electric field amplitudes. The maximal MO amplitudes in AlN/Fe/AlN/Cu are achieved by a proper choice of layer thicknesses. The nanostructures were characterized by MO polar Kerr effect at φ(0) ≈ 5° and longitudinal Kerr effect spectra (φ(0) = 45°) at photon energies between 1 and 5 eV. The nominal profiles were refined using a model-based analysis of the spectra. Closed form analytical expressions are provided, which are useful in the search for maximal MO amplitudes.

  1. Fatigue crack growth rates and fracture toughness of rapidly solidified Al-8. 5 pct Fe-1. 2 pct V-1. 7 pct Si alloys

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    Hariprasad, S.; Sastry, S.M.L.; Jerina, K.L. . Mechanical Engineering Dept.); Lederich, R.J. )

    1994-05-01

    The room-temperature fatigue crack growth rates (FCGR) and fracture toughness were evaluated for different crack plane Orientations of an Al-8.5 pct Fe-1.2 pct V-1.7 pct Si alloy produced by planar flow casting (PFC) and atomized melt deposition (AMD) processes. For the alloy produced by the PFC process, properties were determined in six different orientations, including the short transverse directions S-T and S-L. Diffusion bonding and adhesive bonding methods were used to prepare specimens for determining FCGR and fracture toughness in the short transverse direction. Interparticle boundaries control fracture properties in the alloy produced by PFC. Fracture toughness of the PFC alloy varies from 13.4 MPa[radical][bar m] to 30.8 MPa[radical][bar m], depending on the orientation of the crack plane relative to the interparticle boundaries. Fatigue crack growth resistance and fracture toughness are greater in the L-T, L-S, and T-S directions than in the T-L, S-T, and S-L orientations. The alloy produced by AMD does not exhibit anisotropy in fracture toughness and fatigue crack growth resistance in the as-deposited condition or in the extruded condition. The fracture toughness varies from 17.2 MPa[radical][bar m] to 18.5 MPa[radical][bar m] for the as-deposited condition and from 19.8 MPa[radical][bar m] to 21.0 MPa[radical][bar m] for the extruded condition. Fracture properties are controlled by intrinsic factors in the alloy produced by AMD. Fatigue crack growth rates of the AMD alloy are comparable to those of the PFC alloy in the L-T orientation. The crack propagation modes were studied by optical metallographic examination of crack-microstructure interactions and scanning electron microscopy of the fracture surfaces.

  2. Effects of Intercritical Annealing Temperature on Mechanical Properties of Fe-7.9Mn-0.14Si-0.05Al-0.07C Steel

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    Zhao, Xianming; Shen, Yongfeng; Qiu, Lina; Liu, Yandong; Sun, Xin; Zuo, Liang

    2014-12-09

    A medium Mn steel has been designed to achieve an excellent combination of strength and ductility based on the TRIP (Transformation Induced Plasticity) concept for automotive applications. Following six passes of hot rolling at 850 °C, the Fe-7.9Mn-0.14Si-0.05Al-0.07C (wt.%) steel was warm-rolled at 630 °C for seven passes and subsequently air cooled to room temperature. The sample was subsequently intercritically annealed at various temperatures for 30 min to promote the reverse transformation of martensite into austenite. The obtained results show that the highest volume fraction of austenite is 39% for the sample annealed at 600 °C. This specimen exhibits amore » yield stress of 910 MPa and a high ultimate tensile stress of 1600 MPa, with an elongation-to-failure of 0.29 at a strain rate of 1 × 10⁻³/s. The enhanced work-hardening ability of the investigated steel is closely related to martensitic transformation and the interaction of dislocations. Especially, the alternate arrangement of acicular ferrite (soft phase) and ultrafine austenite lamellae (50–200 nm, strong and ductile phase) is the key factor contributing to the excellent combination of strength and ductility. On the other hand, the as-warm-rolled sample also exhibits the excellent combination of strength and ductility, with elongation-to-failure much higher than those annealed at temperatures above 630 °C.« less

  3. Optically Stimulated Luminescence Response to Ionizing Radiation of Red Bricks (SiO2, Al2O3, and Fe2O3) Used as Building Materials

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    Bogard, James S; Espinosa Garcia, Guillermo

    2007-01-01

    Quartz is the most common mineral in our environment. It is found in granite, hydrothermal veins and volcanic rocks, as well as in sedimentary deposits derived from such solid materials. These sediments are also made into building materials, such as bricks and pottery. Thus the potential use of a dose reconstruction technique based on quartz grains is enormous, whether as a dating tool in archaeology and quaternary geology, or in nuclear accident dosimetry. This work describes the Optically Stimulated Luminescence (OSL) response of red brick to ionizing radiation. The bricks, from the state of Puebla, Mexico, represent another class of materials that can be used in retrospective dosimetry following nuclear or radiological incidents. The chemical composition of fifteen bricks (three samples from five different brick factories) was determined, using energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS), be primarily SiO{sub 2}, Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} and Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} and is believed to be representative for this common building material. Individual aliquots from these bricks were powdered in agate mortars and thermally annealed. Replicate samples of the aliquots were then irradiated with beta particles from a sealed source of {sup 90}Sr/{sup 90}Y. The OSL response was measured with a Daybreak Model 2200 High-Capacity OSL Reader System. We present here for this material the characteristic OSL response to beta particles; the reproducibility of the OSL response; the linearity of the response in the dose range 0.47 Gy to 47 Gy; and the fading characteristics.

  4. Microstructural characteristics and aging response of Zn-containing Al-Mg-Si-Cu alloy

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    Cai, Yuan-hua; Wang, Cong; Zhang, Ji-shan

    2013-07-01

    Al-Mg-Si-Cu alloys with and without Zn addition were fabricated by conventional ingot metallurgy method. The microstructures and properties were investigated using optical microscopy (OM), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), tensile test, hardness test, and electrical conductivity measurement. It is found that the as-cast Al-Mg-Si-Cu-Zn alloy is composed of coarse dendritic grains, long needle-like β/δ-AlFeSi white intermetallics, and Chinese script-like α-AlFeSi compounds. During high temperature homogenization treatment, only harmful needle-like β-AlFeSi phase undergoes fragmentation and spheroidizing at its tips, and the destructive needle-like δ-phase does not show any morphological and size changes. Phase transitions from β-AlFeSi to α-AlFeSi and from δ-AlFeSi to β-AlFeSi are also not found. Zn addition improves the aging hardening response during the former aging stage and postpones the peak-aged hardness to a long aging time. In T4 condition, Zn addition does not obviously increase the yield strength and decrease the elongation, but it markedly improves paint-bake hardening response during paint-bake cycle. The addition of 0.5wt% Zn can lead to an increment of 99 MPa in yield strength compared with the value of 69 MPa for the alloy without Zn after paint-bake cycle.

  5. Magnetic properties of Fe/FeSi2/Fe3Si trilayered films prepared by facing targets sputtering deposition

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    Ishibashi, Kazuya; Nakashima, Kazutoshi; Sakai, Ken-Ichiro; Yoshitake, Tsuyoshi

    2015-09-01

    Whereas giant magnetoresistance and tunnel magnetoresistance films generally employ nonmagnetic metal and insulator spacers, respectively, we have studied Fe3Si/FeSi artificial lattices, in which FeSi2 is semiconducting and its employment as spacers is specific to our research. For the formation of parallel/antiparallel alignments of layer magnetizations, the employment of ferromagnetic layers with different coercive forces is required. There have been few studies on the fabrication of Fe-Si system spin valves comprising ferromagnetic layers with different coercive forces. In this work, Fe3Si and Fe were employed as ferromagnetic layer materials with different coercive forces. Fe/FeSi2/Fe3Si trilayered spin valve junctions by facing targets direct-current sputtering deposition combined with a mask method, and their electrical and magnetic properties were studied. An Fe3Si layer was epitaxially grown on Si(111) substrate as a bottom layer. After that, An Fe layer with a large coercive force was deposited as a top layer, posterior to a FeSi2 layer being deposited. From magnetization curves measured by a vibrating sample magnetometer, it was confirmed that the parallel and antiparallel magnetization alignments of ferromagnetic layers are clearly realized. This work was supported by JSPS KAKENHI Grant Number 15K21594.

  6. Evaluation of Methods of Soldering AlSi and AlSi-SiC Particle Composite Al Foams

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    Nowacki, Jerzy; Moraniec, Kacper

    2015-01-01

    The cellular structure and unique properties of aluminum foams are the reason of their numerous applications and interests in respect of their joining. The paper includes the characterization of the essence of properties and application of aluminum and aluminum composite foams, the limitations, and possibilities of their soldering. The aim of the research is the consideration of methods of soldering AlSi foams and AlSi-SiC composite foams, and the joint structure. EDS and XRD investigations of the AlSi-SiC composite foams' joints were done. The possibility of soldering AlSi9 foams and AlSi9-SiC composite foams using S-Bond 220 solder was confirmed, and higher tensile strength of the joint than the parent material was also ascertained

  7. High-temperature mass spectrometric study of the vaporization processes in the system CaO-MgO-Al2O3-Cr2O3-FeO-SiO2.

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    Wang, L J; Stolyarova, V L; Lopatin, S I; Seetharaman, S

    2009-07-01

    Knudsen effusion mass spectrometry was used to study vaporization processes and thermodynamic properties of twenty samples of chromium-containing slags in the CaO-MgO-Al2O3-Cr2O3-FeO-SiO2 system in the temperature range 1850-2750 K. Tungsten cells were used and Cr2O3 solid was used as a reference material. The system was calibrated using liquid gold. As FeO was the first emanating vapor species, monitoring of the chromium-containing species could be carried out only after the complete vaporization of FeO. This, however, was found to have very little impact on the concentration of the slags investigated. During the measurements, the ion current intensities of CrO+ and CrO2+ species in the mass spectra of the vapor over the CaO-MgO-Al2O3-Cr2O3-FeO-SiO2 samples were monitored and compared with those corresponding to solid Cr2O3. Data on the partial pressures of vapor species as well as the activities of Cr2O3 as a function of temperature were obtained. The results are expected to be valuable in the optimization of slag composition in high alloy steelmaking processes. PMID:19530146

  8. Three-Dimensional Microstructure Visualization of Porosity and Fe-Rich Inclusions in SiC Particle-Reinforced Al Alloy Matrix Composites by X-Ray Synchrotron Tomography

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    Silva, Flávio de Andrade; Williams, Jason J.; Müller, Bernd R.; Hentschel, Manfred P.; Portella, Pedro D.; Chawla, Nikhilesh

    2011-11-15

    Microstructural aspects of composites such as reinforcement particle size, shape, and distribution play important roles in deformation behavior. In addition, Fe-rich inclusions and porosity also influence the behavior of these composites, particularly under fatigue loading. Three-dimensional (3-D) visualization of porosity and Fe-rich inclusions in three dimensions is critical to a thorough understanding of fatigue resistance of metal matrix composites (MMCs), because cracks often initiate at these defects. In this article, we have used X-ray synchrotron tomography to visualize and quantify the morphology and size distribution of pores and Fe-rich inclusions in a SiC particle-reinforced 2080 Al alloy composite. The 3-D data sets were also used to predict and understand the influence of defects on the deformation behavior by 3-D finite element modeling.

  9. Synthesis and equation of state of post-perovskites in the (Mg,Fe)[subscript 3]Al[subscript 2]Si[subscript 3]O[subscript 12] system

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    Shieh, Sean R.; Dorfman, Susannah M.; Kubo, Atsushi; Prakapenka, Vitali B.; Duffy, Thomas S.

    2012-02-06

    The formation and properties of the post-perovskite (CaIrO{sub 3}-type) phase were studied in Fe-rich compositions along the pyrope-almandine ((Mg,Fe){sub 3}Al{sub 2}Si{sub 3}O{sub 12}) join. Natural and synthetic garnet starting materials with almandine fractions from 38 to 90 mol% were studied using synchrotron X-ray diffraction in the laser-heated diamond anvil cell. Single-phase post-perovskite could be successfully synthesized from garnet compositions at pressures above 148 GPa and temperatures higher than 1600 K. In some cases, evidence for a minor amount of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} post-perovskite was observed for Alm38 and Alm54 compositions in the perovskite + post-perovskite two-phase region. Pressure-volume data for the post-perovskite phases collected during decompression show that incorporation of Fe leads to a systematic increase of unit cell volume broadly similar to the variation observed in the (Mg,Fe)SiO{sub 3} system. The presence of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} increases the stability of perovskite relative to post-perovskite, requiring higher pressures (> 148 GPa) for synthesis of pure post-perovskites. Our data together with those of Tateno et al. (2005) also suggest that in the Al-rich system the presence of Fe has no strong effect on the pressure required to synthesize the pure post-perovskite phase, but the two-phase perovskite and post-perovskite region may be broad and its width dependent on Fe content. Our results suggest that any regions highly enriched in Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} may consist of either the perovskite phase or a mixture of perovskite and post-perovskite phases throughout the entire thickness of the D* region. The observed synthesis pressures (> 148 GPa) for a pure post-perovskite phase are beyond that at the Earth's core-mantle boundary ({approx} 135 GPa).

  10. Transport properties of β-FeSi2

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    Arushanov, Ernest; Lisunov, Konstantin G.

    2015-07-01

    The aim of this paper is to summarize considerable experimental efforts undertaken within the last decades in the investigations of transport properties of β-FeSi2. The β-FeSi2 compound is the most investigated among a family of semiconducting silicides. This material has received considerable attention as an attractive material for optoelectronic, photonics, photovoltaics and thermoelectric applications. Previous reviews of the transport properties of β-FeSi2 have been given by Lange and Ivanenko et al. about 15 years ago. The Hall effect, the conductivity, the mobility and the magnetoresistance data are presented. Main attention is paid to the discussion of the impurity (defect) band conductivity, the anomalous Hall effect, the scattering mechanisms of charge carriers, as well as to the hopping conduction and the magnetoresistance.

  11. Effects of Al2O3 and MgO on Softening, Melting, and Permeation Properties of CaO-FeO-SiO2 on a Coke Bed

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    Ueda, Shigeru; Kon, Tatsuya; Miki, Takahiro; Kim, Sun-Joong; Nogami, Hiroshi

    2016-04-01

    In ironmaking, maintaining gas permeability in blast furnace with low coke rate operation is essential to reduce carbon emissions. The high pressure loss in the cohesive zone decreases the gas permeability and affects the productivity of blast furnace. In order to increase the gas permeability in the cohesive zone, the thickness of the cohesive layer should be decreased. For this purpose, increasing softening temperature and decreasing dripping temperature of the iron ore are desired. In this study, softening, melting, and permeation of SiO2-FeO-CaO-Al2O3-MgO on a coke bed were investigated. The oxide sample in a tablet form was heated under CO/CO2 atmosphere, and the shape of the tablet was observed. The softening and melting temperatures of the SiO2-FeO-CaO system changed with the addition of Al2O3 and MgO. Oxide tablets with and without Al2O3 softened below and above the solidus temperature, respectively. The melting temperatures varied with the ratio of CO/CO2 in the gas. The permeation temperature was independent of the melting temperature, but dependent on the wettability.

  12. Microstructural and Fracture Behavior of Phosphorus-Containing Fe-30Mn-9Al-1Si-0.9C-0.5Mo Alloy Steel

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    Howell, Ryan A.; Van Aken, David C.

    2015-08-01

    Five different phosphorus (P)-containing heat-treated Fe-Mn-Al-C alloys were tested in accordance with ASTM E 23 Charpy V-notch Energy (CVNE) standards. Room temperature CVNE of solution treated and quenched specimens revealed ductile fracture for 0.001 and 0.006 wt pct (pct P-containing alloys). Brittle cleavage fracture dominated the 0.043 and 0.07 pct P-containing alloys. A hard brittle P eutectic phase was observed in the 0.07 pct P-containing alloy.

  13. Orientation relationship of eutectoid FeAl and FeAl2

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    Scherf, A.; Kauffmann, A.; Kauffmann-Weiss, S.; Scherer, T.; Li, X.; Stein, F.; Heilmaier, M.

    2016-01-01

    Fe–Al alloys in the aluminium range of 55–65 at.% exhibit a lamellar microstructure of B2-ordered FeAl and triclinic FeAl2, which is caused by a eutectoid decomposition of the high-temperature Fe5Al8 phase, the so-called ∊ phase. The orientation relationship of FeAl and FeAl2 has previously been studied by Bastin et al. [J. Cryst. Growth (1978 ▸), 43, 745] and Hirata et al. [Philos. Mag. Lett. (2008 ▸), 88, 491]. Since both results are based on different crystallographic data regarding FeAl2, the data are re-evaluated with respect to a recent re-determination of the FeAl2 phase provided by Chumak et al. [Acta Cryst. (2010 ▸), C66, i87]. It is found that both orientation relationships match subsequent to a rotation operation of 180° about a 〈112〉 crystallographic axis of FeAl or by applying the inversion symmetry of the FeAl2 crystal structure as suggested by the Chumak data set. Experimental evidence for the validity of the previously determined orientation relationships was found in as-cast fully lamellar material (random texture) as well as directionally solidified material (∼〈110〉FeAl || solidification direction) by means of orientation imaging microscopy and global texture measurements. In addition, a preferential interface between FeAl and FeAl2 was identified by means of trace analyses using cross sectioning with a focused ion beam. On the basis of these habit planes the orientation relationship between the two phases can be described by (01)FeAl || (114) and [111]FeAl || [10]. There is no evidence for twinning within FeAl lamellae or alternating orientations of FeAl lamellae. Based on the determined orientation and interface data, an atomistic model of the structure relationship of Fe5Al8, FeAl and FeAl2 in the vicinity of the eutectoid decomposition is derived. This model is analysed with respect to the strain which has to be accommodated at the interface of FeAl and FeAl2. PMID:27047304

  14. Revealing heterogeneous nucleation of primary Si and eutectic Si by AlP in hypereutectic Al-Si alloys

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    Li, Jiehua; Hage, Fredrik S.; Liu, Xiangfa; Ramasse, Quentin; Schumacher, Peter

    2016-01-01

    The heterogeneous nucleation of primary Si and eutectic Si can be attributed to the presence of AlP. Although P, in the form of AlP particles, is usually observed in the centre of primary Si, there is still a lack of detailed investigations on the distribution of P within primary Si and eutectic Si in hypereutectic Al-Si alloys at the atomic scale. Here, we report an atomic-scale experimental investigation on the distribution of P in hypereutectic Al-Si alloys. P, in the form of AlP particles, was observed in the centre of primary Si. However, no significant amount of P was detected within primary Si, eutectic Si and the Al matrix. Instead, P was observed at the interface between the Al matrix and eutectic Si, strongly indicating that P, in the form of AlP particles (or AlP ‘patch’ dependent on the P concentration), may have nucleated on the surface of the Al matrix and thereby enhanced the heterogeneous nucleation of eutectic Si. The present investigation reveals some novel insights into heterogeneous nucleation of primary Si and eutectic Si by AlP in hypereutectic Al-Si alloys and can be used to further develop heterogeneous nucleation mechanisms based on adsorption. PMID:27120994

  15. Magnetic Properties of Disordered Fe3Al

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    Nehra, J.; Kabra, K.; Jani, S.; Ranjith, P. M.; Lakshmi, N.; Venugopalan, K.

    2011-07-01

    The magnetic properties of Fe3Al powders prepared by filing the ingot in both as-filed and annealed form are studied. Results of Mössbauer, X-ray diffraction and DC magnetization studies show that the magnetic properties are modified due to formation of non-magnetic Fe3AlC0.5 phase due to C intercalated on filing. The hyperfine fields obtained are explained in terms of nearest and next nearest neighbor configurations of 57Fe.

  16. Investigation of Liquidus Temperatures and Phase Equilibria of Copper Smelting Slags in the FeO-Fe2O3-SiO2-CaO-MgO-Al2O3 System at PO2 10-8 atm

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    Henao, Hector M.; Nexhip, Colin; George-Kennedy, David P.; Hayes, P. C.; Jak, E.

    2010-08-01

    Copper concentrates and fluxes can contain variable levels of SiO2, CaO, and MgO in addition to main components Cu, Fe, and S. Metal recovery, slag tapping, and furnace wall integrity all are dependent on phase equilibria and other properties of the phases and are functions of slag composition and operational temperature. Optimal control of the slag chemistry in the copper smelting, therefore, is essential for high recovery and productivity; this, in turn, requires detailed knowledge of the slag phase equilibria. The present work provides new phase equilibrium experimental data in the FeO-Fe2O3-SiO2-CaO-MgO-Al2O3 system at oxygen partial pressure of 10-8 atm within the range of temperatures and compositions directly relevant to copper smelting. For the range of conditions relevant to the Kennecott Utah Copper (South Magna, UT) smelting furnace, it was confirmed experimentally that increasing concentrations of MgO or CaO resulted in significant decreases of the tridymite liquidus temperature and in changes in the position of the tridymite liquidus in the direction of higher silica concentration; in contrast, the spinel liquidus temperatures increase significantly with the increase of MgO or CaO. Olivine and clinopyroxene precipitates appeared at high MgO concentrations in the liquid slag. The liquidus temperature in the spinel primary phase field was expressed as a linear function of 1/(wt pctFe/wt pctSiO2), wt pctCaO, wt pctMgO, and wt pctAl2O3. The positions of each of the liquidus points (wt pctFe)/(wt pctSiO2) at a fixed temperatures in the tridymite primary phase field were expressed as linear functions of wt pctCaO, wt pctMgO, and wt pctAl2O3.

  17. Magnetoelasticity of Fe-Si single crystals

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    Xing, Q; Wu, D.; Lograsso, T. A.

    2010-04-20

    The tetragonal magnetostriction constant, (3/2){lambda}{sub 100}, of Fe-Si single crystals was measured and was found to be structure dependent. Similar to that of Fe-Ge single crystals, (3/2){lambda}{sub 100} is positive in the single phase A2 regime, becomes negative in the single phase D0{sub 3} regime, and changes from positive to negative between the two regimes. Short-range order in the A2 regime decreases the magnetostriction prior to the onset of long range order. In the single phase regions of both A2 and D0{sub 3}, thermal history does not show any obvious effect on the magnetostriction, contrary to that found for Fe-Ga alloys. However, in the regions of phase mixture involving A2, B2, and D0{sub 3} phases, quenching pushes the change in magnetostriction from positive to negative to higher Si contents.

  18. Development of SiAlON materials

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    Layden, G. K.

    1979-01-01

    Cold pressing and sintering techniques were used to produce ceramic test specimens in which the major phase was either Si3N4 or a solid solution having the beta Si3N4 structure. Additional components were incorporated to promote liquid phase sintering. Glass and/or crystalline phase were consequently retained in boundaries between Si3N4 grains which largely determined the physical properties of the bodies. Systems investigated most extensively included R-Si-Al-O-N (R = rare earth element) Zr-Si-Al-O-N, Y-Si-Be-O-N, and R1-R2-Si-O-N. Room temperature and 1370 C modulus of ruptured, 1370 C creep, and oxidation behavior are discussed in terms of phase relationships in a parent quinery, and relavent oxide systems.

  19. Formation and ferromagnetic properties of FeSi thin films

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    Shin, Yooleemi; Anh Tuan, Duong; Hwang, Younghun; Viet Cuong, Tran; Cho, Sunglae

    2013-05-07

    In this work, the growth and ferromagnetic properties of {epsilon}-FeSi thin film on Si(100) substrate prepared by molecular beam epitaxy are reported. The inter-diffusion of Fe layer on Si(100) substrate at 600 Degree-Sign C results in polycrystalline {epsilon}-FeSi layer. The determined activation energy was 0.044 eV. The modified magnetism from paramagnetic in bulk to ferromagnetic states in {epsilon}-FeSi thin films was observed. The saturated magnetization and coercive field of {epsilon}-FeSi film are 4.6 emu/cm{sup 3} and 29 Oe at 300 K, respectively.

  20. Structure alterations in microporous (Mg,Fe){sub 2}Al{sub 4}Si{sub 5}O{sub 18} crystals induced by energetic heavy-ion irradiation

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    Miletich, Ronald; Diego Gatta, G.; Redhammer, Guenther J.; Burchard, Michael; Meyer, Hans-Peter; Weikusat, Christian; Rotiroti, Nicola; Glasmacher, Ulrich A.; Trautmann, Christina; Neumann, Reinhard

    2010-10-15

    The microporous framework structure of (Mg{sub 1-x}Fe{sub x}){sub 2}Al{sub 4}Si{sub 5}O{sub 18} (=cordierite) has been subject to a comparative study on the effect of structural alterations originating from exposure to high-energy heavy ions. Oriented samples (with x=0.061, 0.122, and 0.170) were irradiated with swift {sup 124}Xe, {sup 197}Au and {sup 96}Ru ions with 11.1 MeV per nucleon energy and fluences of 1x10{sup 12} and 1x10{sup 13} ions/cm{sup 2}. Irradiated and non-irradiated samples were investigated by means of X-ray diffraction, Moessbauer spectroscopy and optical absorption spectroscopy. Structural investigations reveal an essentially unchanged Al,Si ordering, which appears to be unaffected by irradiation. The most remarkable macroscopic change is the ion-beam induced colouration, which could be assigned to electronic charge transfer transitions involving the Fe cations. Moessbauer spectra indicate an increased amount of {sup [4]}Fe{sup 3+} for the irradiated sample. The most noticeable structural alteration concerns irradiation-induced dehydration of extra-framework H{sub 2}O, which is accompanied by a reduction in the molar volume by {approx}0.2 vol%. - Graphical abstract: Cordierite single-crystal specimen showing the color change from pale blue (unirradiated) to a yellowish brown layer (irradiated) after exposure to relativistic {sup 124}Xe ions at a fluence of 1x10{sup 12} ions per cm{sup 2}.

  1. Investigation of various phases of Fe-Si structures formed in Si by low energy Fe ion implantation

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    Lakshantha, Wickramaarachchige J.; Dhoubhadel, Mangal S.; Reinert, Tilo; McDaniel, Floyd D.; Rout, Bibhudutta

    2015-12-01

    The compositional phases of ion beam synthesized Fe-Si structures at two high fluences (0.50 × 1017 atoms/cm2 and 2.16 × 1017 atoms/cm2) were analyzed using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and X-ray diffraction (XRD). The distribution of Fe implanted in Si was simulated using a dynamic simulation code (TRIDYN) incorporating target sputtering effects. The Fe depth profiles in the Si matrix were confirmed with Rutherford backscattering spectrometry (RBS) and XPS depth profiling using Ar-ion etching. Based on XPS binding energy shift and spectral asymmetry, the distribution of stable Fe-Si phases in the substrate was analyzed as a function of depth. Results indicate Fe implantation with a fluence of 0.50 × 1017 atoms/cm2 and subsequent thermal annealing produce mainly the β-FeSi2 phase in the whole thickness of the implanted region. But for the samples with a higher fluence Fe implantation, multiple phases are formed. Significant amount of Fe3Si phase are found at depth intervals of 14 nm and 28 nm from the surface. Initially, as-implanted samples show amorphous Fe3Si formation and further thermal annealing at 500 °C for 60 min formed crystalline Fe3Si structures at the same depth intervals. In addition, thermal annealing at 800 °C for 60 min restructures the Fe3Si clusters to form FeSi2 and FeSi phases.

  2. Interfacial Reaction Between CaO-SiO2-MgO-Al2O3 Flux and Fe- xMn- yAl ( x = 10 and 20 mass pct, y = 1, 3, and 6 mass pct) Steel at 1873 K (1600 °C)

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    Kim, Dong Jin; Park, Joo Hyun

    2012-08-01

    This study investigated the interfacial reaction kinetics and related phenomena between CaO-SiO2-MgO-Al2O3 flux and Fe- xMn- yAl ( x = 10 and 20 mass pct, y = 1, 3, and 6 mass pct) steel, which simulates transformation-induced plasticity (TRIP) and twinning-induced plasticity (TWIP) steels at 1873 K (1600 °C). It also examines the effect of changes in the composition of the steel and slag phases on the interfacial reaction rate and the reaction mechanisms. The content of Al and Si in the 1 mass pct Al-containing steel was found to change rapidly within the first 15 minutes of the reaction, but then it remained relatively constant. The content of Al and Si in the 3 to 6 mass pct Al-containing steels, in contrast, changed continuously throughout the entire reaction time. In addition, the content of Mn in the 1 mass pct Al-containing steels initially decreased with increasing time, but the content did not change in the 3 to 6 mass pct Al-containing steels. Furthermore, the mass transfer coefficient of Al, k Al, in the 1 mass pct Al-containing systems was significantly higher than that in other systems; i.e., the k Al can be arranged such that 1 mass pct Al systems >> 3 mass pct Al systems ≥ 6 mass pct Al systems. The compositions of the final slags were close to the saturation lines of the [Mg,Mn]Al2O4 and MgAl2O4 spinels when the slags reacted with 1 mass pct Al and 3 to 6 mass pct Al-containing steels, respectively. These results, which show the effect of Al content on the reaction phenomena, can be explained by the significant increase in the apparent viscosity of the slags that reacted with the 3 to 6 mass pct Al-containing steels. This reaction was likely caused by the precipitation of solid compounds such as MgAl2O4 spinel and CaAl4O7 grossite at locally alumina-enriched areas in the slag phase. This analysis is in good accordance with the combination of Higbie's surface renewal model and the Eyring equation.

  3. Investigating and engineering spin-orbit torques in heavy metal/Co2FeAl0.5Si0.5/MgO thin film structures

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    Loong, Li Ming; Deorani, Praveen; Qiu, Xuepeng; Yang, Hyunsoo

    2015-07-01

    Current-induced spin-orbit torques (SOTs) have the potential to revolutionize magnetization switching technology. Here, we investigate SOT in a heavy metal (HM)/Co2FeAl0.5Si0.5 (CFAS)/MgO thin film structure with perpendicular magnetic anisotropy (PMA), where the HM is either Pt or Ta. Our results suggest that both the spin Hall effect and the Rashba effect contribute significantly to the effective fields in the Pt underlayer samples. Moreover, after taking the PMA energies into account, current-induced SOT-based switching studies of both the Pt and Ta underlayer samples suggest that the two HM underlayers yield comparable switching efficiency in the HM/CFAS/MgO material system.

  4. Investigation of the temperature-dependence of ferromagnetic resonance and spin waves in Co{sub 2}FeAl{sub 0.5}Si{sub 0.5}

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    Loong, Li Ming; Kwon, Jae Hyun; Deorani, Praveen; Yang, Hyunsoo; Tung Yu, Chris Nga; Hirohata, Atsufumi

    2014-06-09

    Co{sub 2}FeAl{sub 0.5}Si{sub 0.5} (CFAS) is a Heusler compound that is of interest for spintronics applications, due to its high spin polarization and relatively low Gilbert damping constant. In this study, the behavior of ferromagnetic resonance as a function of temperature was investigated in CFAS, yielding a decreasing trend of damping constant as the temperature was increased from 13 to 300 K. Furthermore, we studied spin waves in CFAS using both frequency domain and time domain techniques, obtaining group velocities and attenuation lengths as high as 26 km/s and 23.3 μm, respectively, at room temperature.

  5. Micromagnetic simulation of critical current density of spin transfer torque switching in a full-Heusler Co2FeAl0.5Si0.5 alloy spin valve nanopillar

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    Huang, H. B.; Ma, X. Q.; Liu, Z. H.; Meng, F. Y.; Shi, S. Q.; Chen, L. Q.

    2013-03-01

    We investigated the critical current density of spin transfer torque switching in a full-Heusler Co2FeAl0.5Si0.5 alloy spin-valve nanopillar through micromagnetic simulations. The simulations explain the experimental results on the resistance versus external magnetic field and yield good agreement with the measured switching behavior. It is shown that different magnitudes of current densities and directions of external magnetic fields give rise to a shift of resistance hysteretic loop and a variable range of switching. We demonstrated that three critical current densities have different slopes with Gilbert damping constant α and spin polarization constant η, indicating that α and η have different contributions to the critical current densities. Furthermore, we found that the area of resistance-current hysteretic loop decreases as the nanopillar size decreases. The domain structures indicated that the magnetization reversals have different switching processes between small and large sizes of pillars.

  6. Fabrication and Analysis of the Wear Properties of Hot-Pressed Al-Si/SiCp + Al-Si-Cu-Mg Metal Matrix Composite

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    Bang, Jeongil; Oak, Jeong-Jung; Park, Yong Ho

    2016-01-01

    The aim of this study was to characterize microstructures and mechanical properties of aluminum metal matrix composites (MMC's) prepared by powder metallurgy method. Consolidation of mixed powder with gas atomized Al-Si/SiCp powder and Al-14Si-2.5Cu-0.5Mg powder by hot pressing was classified according to sintering temperature and sintering time. Sintering condition was optimized using tensile properties of sintered specimens. Ultimate tensile strength of the optimized sintered specimen was 228 MPa with an elongation of 5.3% in longitudinal direction. In addition, wear properties and behaviors of the sintered aluminum-based MMC's were analyzed in accordance with vertical load and linear speed. As the linear speed and vertical load of the wear increased, change of the wear behavior occurred in order of oxidation of Al-Si matrix, formation of C-rich layer, Fe-alloying to matrix, and melting of the specimen

  7. Release of Si from Silicon, a Ferrosilicon (FeSi) Alloy and a Synthetic Silicate Mineral in Simulated Biological Media

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    Herting, Gunilla; Jiang, Tao; Sjöstedt, Carin; Odnevall Wallinder, Inger

    2014-01-01

    Unique quantitative bioaccessibility data has been generated, and the influence of surface/material and test media characteristics on the elemental release process were assessed for silicon containing materials in specific synthetic body fluids at certain time periods at a fixed loading. The metal release test protocol, elaborated by the KTH team, has previously been used for classification, ranking, and screening of different alloys and metals. Time resolved elemental release of Si, Fe and Al from particles, sized less than 50 µm, of two grades of metallurgical silicon (high purity silicon, SiHG, low purity silicon, SiLG), an alloy (ferrosilicon, FeSi) and a mineral (aluminium silicate, AlSi) has been investigated in synthetic body fluids of varying pH, composition and complexation capacity, simple models of for example dermal contact and digestion scenarios. Individual methods for analysis of released Si (as silicic acid, Si(OH)4) in synthetic body fluids using GF-AAS were developed for each fluid including optimisation of solution pH and graphite furnace parameters. The release of Si from the two metallurgical silicon grades was strongly dependent on both pH and media composition with the highest release in pH neutral media. No similar effect was observed for the FeSi alloy or the aluminium silicate mineral. Surface adsorption of phosphate and lactic acid were believed to hinder the release of Si whereas the presence of citric acid enhanced the release as a result of surface complexation. An increased presence of Al and Fe in the material (low purity metalloid, alloy or mineral) resulted in a reduced release of Si in pH neutral media. The release of Si was enhanced for all materials with Al at their outermost surface in acetic media. PMID:25225879

  8. Release of Si from silicon, a ferrosilicon (FeSi) alloy and a synthetic silicate mineral in simulated biological media.

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    Herting, Gunilla; Jiang, Tao; Sjöstedt, Carin; Odnevall Wallinder, Inger

    2014-01-01

    Unique quantitative bioaccessibility data has been generated, and the influence of surface/material and test media characteristics on the elemental release process were assessed for silicon containing materials in specific synthetic body fluids at certain time periods at a fixed loading. The metal release test protocol, elaborated by the KTH team, has previously been used for classification, ranking, and screening of different alloys and metals. Time resolved elemental release of Si, Fe and Al from particles, sized less than 50 µm, of two grades of metallurgical silicon (high purity silicon, SiHG, low purity silicon, SiLG), an alloy (ferrosilicon, FeSi) and a mineral (aluminium silicate, AlSi) has been investigated in synthetic body fluids of varying pH, composition and complexation capacity, simple models of for example dermal contact and digestion scenarios. Individual methods for analysis of released Si (as silicic acid, Si(OH)4) in synthetic body fluids using GF-AAS were developed for each fluid including optimisation of solution pH and graphite furnace parameters. The release of Si from the two metallurgical silicon grades was strongly dependent on both pH and media composition with the highest release in pH neutral media. No similar effect was observed for the FeSi alloy or the aluminium silicate mineral. Surface adsorption of phosphate and lactic acid were believed to hinder the release of Si whereas the presence of citric acid enhanced the release as a result of surface complexation. An increased presence of Al and Fe in the material (low purity metalloid, alloy or mineral) resulted in a reduced release of Si in pH neutral media. The release of Si was enhanced for all materials with Al at their outermost surface in acetic media. PMID:25225879

  9. A thermodynamic model for di-trioctahedral chlorite from experimental and natural data in the system MgO-FeO-Al2O3-SiO2-H2O: applications to P- T sections and geothermometry

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    Lanari, Pierre; Wagner, Thomas; Vidal, Olivier

    2014-02-01

    We present a new thermodynamic activity-composition model for di-trioctahedral chlorite in the system FeO-MgO-Al2O3-SiO2-H2O that is based on the Holland-Powell internally consistent thermodynamic data set. The model is formulated in terms of four linearly independent end-members, which are amesite, clinochlore, daphnite and sudoite. These account for the most important crystal-chemical substitutions in chlorite, the Fe-Mg, Tschermak and di-trioctahedral substitution. The ideal part of end-member activities is modeled with a mixing-on-site formalism, and non-ideality is described by a macroscopic symmetric (regular) formalism. The symmetric interaction parameters were calibrated using a set of 271 published chlorite analyses for which robust independent temperature estimates are available. In addition, adjustment of the standard state thermodynamic properties of sudoite was required to accurately reproduce experimental brackets involving sudoite. This new model was tested by calculating representative P- T sections for metasediments at low temperatures (<400 °C), in particular sudoite and chlorite bearing metapelites from Crete. Comparison between the calculated mineral assemblages and field data shows that the new model is able to predict the coexistence of chlorite and sudoite at low metamorphic temperatures. The predicted lower limit of the chloritoid stability field is also in better agreement with petrological observations. For practical applications to metamorphic and hydrothermal environments, two new semi-empirical chlorite geothermometers named Chl(1) and Chl(2) were calibrated based on the chlorite + quartz + water equilibrium (2 clinochlore + 3 sudoite = 4 amesite + 4 H2O + 7 quartz). The Chl(1) thermometer requires knowledge of the (Fe3+/ΣFe) ratio in chlorite and predicts correct temperatures for a range of redox conditions. The Chl(2) geothermometer which assumes that all iron in chlorite is ferrous has been applied to partially recrystallized detrital chlorite from the Zone houillère in the French Western Alps.

  10. Structural disorder and magnetism in the spin-gapless semiconductor CoFeCrAl

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    Choudhary, Renu; Kharel, Parashu; Valloppilly, Shah R.; Jin, Yunlong; O'Connell, Andrew; Huh, Yung; Gilbert, Simeon; Kashyap, Arti; Sellmyer, D. J.; Skomski, Ralph

    2016-05-01

    Disordered CoFeCrAl and CoFeCrSi0.5Al0.5 alloys have been investigated experimentally and by first-principle calculations. The melt-spun and annealed samples all exhibit Heusler-type superlattice peaks, but the peak intensities indicate a substantial degree of B2-type chemical disorder. Si substitution reduces the degree of this disorder. Our theoretical analysis also considers several types of antisite disorder (Fe-Co, Fe-Cr, Co-Cr) in Y-ordered CoFeCrAl and partial substitution of Si for Al. The substitution transforms the spin-gapless semiconductor CoFeCrAl into a half-metallic ferrimagnet and increases the half-metallic band gap by 0.12 eV. Compared CoFeCrAl, the moment of CoFeCrSi0.5Al0.5 is predicted to increase from 2.01 μB to 2.50 μB per formula unit, in good agreement with experiment.

  11. Wetting of polycrystalline SiC by molten Al and Al-Si alloys

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    Cong, Xiao-Shuang; Shen, Ping; Wang, Yi; Jiang, Qichuan

    2014-10-01

    The wetting of α-SiC by molten Al and Al-Si alloys was investigated using a dispensed sessile drop method in a high vacuum. In the Al-SiC system, representative wetting stages were identified. The liquid spreading was initially controlled by the deoxidation of the SiC surface and then by the formation of Al4C3 at the interface. The intrinsic contact angle for molten Al on the polycrystalline α-SiC surface was suggested to be lower than 90̊ provided that the oxide films covering the Al and SiC surfaces were removed, i.e., the system is partial wetting in nature. An increase in the Si concentration in liquid Al weakened the interfacial reaction but improved the final wettability. The role of the Si addition on the wetting was presumably attributed to its segregation at the interface and the formation of strong chemical bonds with the SiC surface.

  12. The electrochemical behavior of the Al{sub 3}Fe intermetallic compound and localized corrosion of impure 1100 Al

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    Buchheit, R.G.; Maestas, L.M.; Sorensen, N.R.

    1993-11-01

    Pitting of 1100 Al(Al-1.0(Fe,Cu,Si)) due to Al{sub 3}Fe constituent particles has been studied by examining a variety of intrinsic, extrinsic, and environmental factors that contribute to localized corrosion. Consistent with results from other studies, Al{sub 3}Fe is noble with respect to its microstructural surroundings and pitting is localized to the particle periphery. Polarization curves indicate that cathodic electron transfer reactions are supported on Al{sub 3}Fe at high rates, however, a anodic electron transfer reactions are not. Interparticle spacing appears to play a strong role in determining where pitting will occur, while Al{sub 3}Fe particle area plays a lesser role. Solution pH, applied potential, and exposure time each have measurable effects on the electrochemical behavior of Al{sub 3}Fe and the {alpha}-Al matrix phase which can impact either the galvanic potential of the Al{sub 3}Fe/{alpha}-Al couple, or charge transfer processes on Al{sub 3}Fe particles.

  13. The mechanical properties of FeAl

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    Baker, I.; George, E.P.

    1996-12-31

    Only in the last few years has progress been made in obtaining reproducible mechanical properties data for FeAl. Two sets of observations are the foundation of this progress. The first is that the large vacancy concentrations that exist in FeAl at high temperature are easily retained at low temperature and that these strongly affect the low-temperature mechanical properties. The second is that RT ductility is adversely affected by water vapor. Purpose of this paper is not to present a comprehensive overview of the mechanical properties of FeAl but rather to highlight our understanding of key phenomena and to show how an understanding of the factors which control the yield strength and fracture behavior has followed the discovery of the above two effects. 87 refs, 9 figs.

  14. Thermal oxidation of SiAlON powders synthesized from coal gangue

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    Hou, Xin-Mei; Yue, Chang-Sheng; Zhang, Mei; Chou, Kuo-Chih

    2011-02-01

    The oxidation behavior of different SiAlON phases (β-SiAlON, X-phase SiAlON and 12H powders) synthesized from coal gangue in air atmosphere was investigated using isothermal thermogravimetry (TG) and field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM). The effect of ferric oxide impurities in coal gangue was studied. The results show that ferric oxide contributes to the growth of SiAlON crystalline during the synthesis process. In the oxidation experiment, the existence of ferric oxide decreases the oxidation resistance of SiAlON. The reason is that the impurity causes the formation of a liquid phase at a higher temperature. At 1423-1623 K, the oxidation of SiAlON powders is diffusion controlled and it can be described by Chou's model. A fair agreement is found between theoretical calculations and the experimental data.

  15. Melting, Processing, and Properties of Disordered Fe-Al and Fe-Al-C Based Alloys

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    Satya Prasad, V. V.; Khaple, Shivkumar; Baligidad, R. G.

    2014-09-01

    This article presents a part of the research work conducted in our laboratory to develop lightweight steels based on Fe-Al alloys containing 7 wt.% and 9 wt.% aluminum for construction of advanced lightweight ground transportation systems, such as automotive vehicles and heavy-haul truck, and for civil engineering construction, such as bridges, tunnels, and buildings. The melting and casting of sound, porosity-free ingots of Fe-Al-based alloys was accomplished by a newly developed cost-effective technique. The technique consists of using a special flux cover and proprietary charging schedule during air induction melting. These alloys were also produced using a vacuum induction melting (VIM) process for comparison purposes. The effect of aluminum (7 wt.% and 9 wt.%) on melting, processing, and properties of disordered solid solution Fe-Al alloys has been studied in detail. Fe-7 wt.% Al alloy could be produced using air induction melting with a flux cover with the properties comparable to the alloy produced through the VIM route. This material could be further processed through hot and cold working to produce sheets and thin foils. The cold-rolled and annealed sheet exhibited excellent room-temperature ductility. The role of carbon in Fe-7 wt.% Al alloys has also been examined. The results indicate that Fe-Al and Fe-Al-C alloys containing about 7 wt.% Al are potential lightweight steels.

  16. Ab-initio study of electronic structure and magnetic properties of half-metallic Fe{sub 2}Mn{sub 1−x}V{sub x}Si{sub 0.5}Al{sub 0.5} alloys

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    Go, Anna

    2014-11-15

    Ab-initio electronic structure calculations are carried out for quinternary Fe{sub 2}Mn{sub 1−x}V{sub x}Si{sub 0.5}Al{sub 0.5} alloys. When x=0 the alloy is half-metallic ferromagnet, with magnetic moment following the Slater–Pauling rule. Replacement of Mn by V, changes its electronic and magnetic structure. V-doped alloys exhibit half-metallic behavior for x≤0.25. However, even for higher V concentrations, electronic spin polarization is still very high, what makes the alloys interesting for spintronic applications. - Graphical abstract: Densities of states of Fe{sub 2}MnSi{sub 0.5}Al{sub 0.5} and magnetic moments of Fe{sub 2}Mn{sub 1−x}V{sub x}Si{sub 0.5}Al{sub 0.5}. - Highlights: • Fe{sub 2}MnSi{sub 0.5}Al{sub 0.5} is a half-metallic ferromagnet with a minority band gap of 0.49 eV. • Half-metallic band gap is very stable against the change of the lattice parameter. • Half-metallic band gap is obtained for Fe{sub 2}Mn{sub 1−x}V{sub x}Si{sub 0.5}Al{sub 0.5} for x≤0.25. • Electronic spin polarization is very high and equal to at least 95% for x≤0.625. • The main carrier of magnetism of the compound is manganese.

  17. The molar volume of cubic garnets in the system SiO2-Al2O3-TiO2-Fe2O3-Cr2O3-FeO-MnO-MgO-CaO-Na2O

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    Hamecher, E. A.; Antoshechkina, P. M.; Ghiorso, M. S.; Asimow, P. D.

    2012-12-01

    Garnet is a critical phase that controls major and trace element partitioning at pressures above ~3 GPa during partial melting of the Earth's upper mantle. A molar volume model is calibrated for cubic garnets (space group Ia3d) in the oxide system listed in the title. This model and a recent calibration of spinel molar volume (Hamecher et al., in press, CMP) will be used in calibration of thermodynamic activity-composition models of garnet and pyroxene solid solutions. The activity and molar volume models will be incorporated into the next generation MELTS (Ghiorso & Sack, 1995, CMP) model, xMELTS. A new garnet volume model calibrated with recent in situ high-P, T diffraction data is crucial for accurately modeling key mineralogical transitions in the mantle, e.g., the spinel-garnet transition and the mantle transition zone. Above 5 GPa a majorite component is an essential part of any thermodynamic model of mantle garnets, which to be useful must accurately predict garnet stability with respect to spinel, pyroxene, perovskites, and melt. Our model system contains nine independent end members: Ca3Al2Si3O12, Mg3Al2Si3O12, Fe2+3Al2Si3O12, Mg3Cr2Si3O12, Mg3Fe3+2Si3O12, Mn3Al2Si3O12, Na2(MgSi2)Si3O12, Mg3(TiMg)Si3O12, and cubic majorite component Mg3(MgSi)Si3O12. An inclusive set of end-member components is formed by linear combinations of these explicit end members. Approximately 950 published X-ray diffraction experiments performed on garnets at ambient and in situ high-P, T conditions are used to calibrate end-member equations of state and an excess volume model for this system. Optimal values of the bulk modulus and its pressure derivative are obtained by analyzing published compression and/or ultrasonic data for the end members for which such studies exist; for other end members, density functional theory results are used. For any cubic garnet in this chemical system, the model molar volume is obtained by adding excess volume terms to a linear combination of the nine independent end-member volumes. In the first step of our least squares fitting procedure we calculate volumes of the explicit end members as a function of P and T using the high-T Vinet equation of state. We allow standard state volumes and coefficients of thermal expansion to vary for those independent end members where pure compositional data exist, either for the phase itself or for an appropriate dependent end member. For each dependent end member for which there are data, we calculate the volume of reaction for formation of the phase from the independent end members, ΔV. We then fit the binary and mixed composition data, using the singular value analysis method of Lawson & Hanson (1974) to ensure that the calibrated combinations of excess parameters obey the nine ΔV constraints from the first step. A key plausibility check on the model results from comparing the predicted T-dependence of the bulk modulus to high-T ultrasonic results that were not used in the calibration. The calculated pressure of the spinel-garnet transition using the new volume models is compared to that obtained with the previous models. The implications our model has for the density of the lithospheric mantle are explored.

  18. Thermal mixing of Al-Fe multilayers

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    Meyer, M.; Mendoza Zélis, L.; Sánchez, F. H.; Traverse, A.

    1994-12-01

    Al-Fe multilayers have been mixed by thermal treatment and their evolution followed by conversion electron Mössbauer spectroscopy. The initial and final states have been characterized by Rutherford backscattering spectrometry. The results are compared with those previously obtained in the ion beam mixing of similar systems.

  19. Boron strengthening in FeAl

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    Baker, I.; Li, X.; Xiao, H.; Klein, O.; Nelson, C.; Carleton, R.L.; George, E.P.

    1998-11-01

    The effect of boron on the strength of B2-structured FeAl is considered as a function of composition, grain size and temperature. Boron does not affect the concentrations of antisite atoms or vacancies present, with the former increasing and the latter decreasing with increasing deviation from the stoichiometric composition. When vacancies are absent, the strength increase per at. % B per unit lattice strain, {Delta}{sigma}/({Delta}c x {epsilon}) increases with increasing aluminum concentration, but when vacancies are present (>45 at. % Al), {Delta}{sigma}/({Delta}c x {epsilon}) decreases again. Boron increases grain size strengthening in FeAl. B strengthening is roughly independent of temperature up to the yield strength peak but above the point, when diffusion-assisted deformation occurs, boron strengthening increases dramatically.

  20. Thermodynamic constraints on Fe and Si carbide stabilities in the Earth's mantle

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    Golubkova, A.; Schmidt, M. W.; Connolly, J. A.

    2013-12-01

    The ambient Earth mantle is metal saturated at ≥ 250 km, its redox state is buffered close to iron-wustite (IW). At such oxygen fugacity (fO2), oxidized forms of carbon are not stable; thus, the presence of oxidized carbon, as represented by CO2-rich fluid inclusions in diamonds and volatile-rich deep-seated magmas (e.g. kimberlites), indicates a local increase in fO2. Major forms of C within sublithospheric or deep mantle are diamond/graphite or carbides (mostly cementite, Fe3C and moissanite, SiC). Such carbides are reported from mantle-derived rocks and inclusions in diamonds. Furthermore, SiC and associated metallic Fe and Fe-silicides are found in podiform chromitites in ophiolites [Trumbull et al. 2009, Lithos]. Previous experiments on the redox stability of SiC have demonstrated that moissanite becomes stable at fO2 below IW to at least 9 GPa [Ulmer et al. 1998, Neues Jahrb Min]. Since Fe- and C-speciation is strongly fO2 dependent, we calculated ranges of redox conditions allowing for Fe and Si carbides within typical mantle assemblages. We thus added thermodynamic parameters and solution models for alloys (Fe-Si-C and Fe-Cr), stoichiometric compounds (Fe-silicides) and carbides to a thermodynamic database for silicates and oxides [Holland & Powell 2011, J. metamorphic Geol.]. Calculated T-fO2 diagrams indicate that cementite coexists with ol, opx, and gph/diam at ΔlogfO2[IW] ≈ -1 at 2 GPa and ≈ IW at 10 GPa. With decreasing fO2, Fe2+ in mantle silicates is progressively reduced while the XMg of silicates increases, the latter reaching unity at the conditions for SiC stability. Reduced Fe-bearing species occur in the sequence Fe3C → γ-FeSiC alloy → α-FeSiC alloy → ɛ-FeSi. For the dominant α-alloy, Si content increases with decreasing fO2 to XSi ~ 0.3 (molar), thereafter stoichiometric FeSi becomes stable. SiC appears at ΔlogfO2[IW] ≈ -7.5 at 2 GPa and 1300oC and -7.0 at 10 GPa and 1500oC. Chromite solid solution is reduced to σ-Fe-Cr alloy at lower fO2 than IW, but is, nonetheless, stable at conditions that are ~ 4 log units more oxidizing than SiC. Based on these phase relations, the variety of Fe-, Si- and C-bearing phases in mantle-derived inclusions can only be explained by extraordinary mantle heterogeneity in terms of redox conditions. Subducted organic sediments are a possible source for such ultra-reducing environments, a hypothesis that is consistent with the light C isotopic composition of moissanite [Trumbull et al., 2009]. The temperature of interaction between mantle minerals and recycled material must be low (<800-1000oC) to prevent the homogenization of ultra-reduced regions by diffusion. Moissanite is reported in podiform chromitites, but our analysis indicates that chromite and SiC do not stably coexist. Therefore, we attribute natural SiC + chromite assemblages to kinetic inhibition. The involvement of recycled components transported by fluids into the source region of deeply generated magmas has been proposed based on isotopic and trace-element chemistry. Evidently, the interaction between mantle peridotites and subducted material at different P-T-fO2 results in the formation of mantle regions with highly contrasting redox environments. The change of Fe and C redox states in such regions is one of important mechanisms initiating melting or freezing within the mantle [Rohrbach & Schmidt 2011, Nature].

  1. Thermodynamic modeling of non-ideal mineral-fluid equilibria in the system Si-Al-Fe-Mg-Ca-Na-K-H-O-Cl at elevated temperatures and pressures: Implications for hydrothermal mass transfer in granitic rocks

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    Dolej, David; Wagner, Thomas

    2008-01-01

    We present the results of thermodynamic modeling of fluid-rock interaction in the system Si-Al-Fe-Mg-Ca-Na-H-O-Cl using the GEM-Selektor Gibbs free energy minimization code. Combination of non-ideal mixing properties in solids with multicomponent aqueous fluids represents a substantial improvement and it provides increased accuracy over existing modeling strategies. Application to the 10-component system allows us to link fluid composition and speciation with whole-rock mineralogy, mass and volume changes. We have simulated granite-fluid interaction over a wide range of conditions (200-600 C, 100 MPa, 0-5 m Cl and fluid/rock ratios of 10-2-104) in order to explore composition of magmatic fluids of variable salinity, temperature effects on fluid composition and speciation and to simulate several paths of alteration zoning. At low fluid/rock ratios (f/r) the fluid composition is buffered by the silicate-oxide assemblage and remains close to invariant. This behavior extends to a f/r of 0.1 which exceeds the amount of exsolved magmatic fluids controlled by water solubility in silicate melts. With increasing peraluminosity of the parental granite, the Na-, K- and Fe-bearing fluids become more acidic and the oxidation state increases as a consequence of hydrogen and ferrous iron transfer to the fluid. With decreasing temperature, saline fluids become more Ca- and Na-rich, change from weakly acidic to alkaline, and become significantly more oxidizing. Large variations in Ca/Fe and Ca/Mg ratios in the fluid are a potential geothermometer. The mineral assemblage changes from cordierite-biotite granites through two-mica granites to chlorite-, epidote- and zeolite-bearing rocks. We have carried out three rock-titration simulations: (1) reaction with the 2 m NaCl fluid leads to albitization, chloritization and desilication, reproducing essential features observed in episyenites, (2) infiltration of a high-temperature fluid into the granite at 400 C leads to hydrolytic alteration commencing with alkali-feldspar breakdown and leading to potassic, phyllic and argillic assemblages; this is associated with reduction and iron metasomatism as observed in nature and (3) interaction with a multicomponent fluid at 600 C produces sodic-calcic metasomatism. Na, Ca and Fe are the most mobile elements whereas immobility of Al is limited by f/r ? 400. All simulations predict a volume decrease by 3.4-5.4%, i.e., porosity formation at f/r < 30. At higher fluid/rock ratios simulation (2) produces a substantial volume increase (59%) due to mineral precipitation, whereas simulation (3) predicts a volume decrease by 49% at the advanced albitization-desilication stage. Volume changes closely correlate with mass changes of SiO2 and are related to silica solubility in fluids. The combined effects of oxygen fugacity, fluid acidity and pH for breakdown of aqueous metal complexes and precipitation of ore minerals were evaluated by means of reduced activity products. Sharp increases in saturation indexes for oxidative breakdown occur at each alteration zone whereas reductive breakdown or involvement of other chloride complexes favor precipitation at high fluid/rock ratios only. Calculations of multicomponent aqueous-solid equilibria at high temperatures and pressures are able to accurately predict rock mineralogy and fluid chemistry and are applicable to diverse reactive flow processes in the Earth's crust.

  2. X-Ray Videomicroscopy Studies of Eutectic Al-Si Solidification in Al-Si-Cu

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    Mathiesen, R. H.; Arnberg, L.; Li, Y.; Meier, V.; Schaffer, P. L.; Snigireva, I.; Snigirev, A.; Dahle, A. K.

    2011-01-01

    Al-Si eutectic growth has been studied in-situ for the first time using X-ray video microscopy during directional solidification (DS) in unmodified and Sr-modified Al-Si-Cu alloys. In the unmodified alloys, Si is found to grow predominantly with needle-like tip morphologies, leading a highly irregular progressing eutectic interface with subsequent nucleation and growth of Al from the Si surfaces. In the Sr-modified alloys, the eutectic reaction is strongly suppressed, occurring with low nucleation frequency at undercoolings in the range 10 K to 18 K. In order to transport Cu rejected at the eutectic front back into the melt, the modified eutectic colonies attain meso-scale interface perturbations that eventually evolve into equiaxed composite-structure cells. The eutectic front also attains short-range microscale interface perturbations consistent with the characteristics of a fibrous Si growth. Evidence was found in support of Si nucleation occurring on potent particles suspended in the melt. Yet, both with Sr-modified and unmodified alloys, Si precipitation alone was not sufficient to facilitate the eutectic reaction, which apparently required additional undercooling for Al to form at the Si-particle interfaces.

  3. Roll Casting of Al-25%Si

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    Haga, Toshio; Harada, Hideto; Watari, Hisaki

    2011-05-04

    Strip casting of Al-25%Si strip was tried using an unequal diameter twin roll caster. The diameter of the lower roll (large roll) was 1000 mm and the diameter of the upper roll (small roll) was 250 mm. Roll material was mild steel. The sound strip could be cast at the speeds ranging from 8 m/min to 12 m/min. The strip did not stick to the roll without the parting material. The primary Si, which existed at centre area of the thickness direction, was larger than that which existed at other area. The size of the primary Si was smaller than 0.2 mm. Eutectic Si was smaller 5 {mu}m. The as-cast strip was ranging from 2 mm to 3 mm thick and its width was 100 mm. The as-cast strip could be hot rolled down to 1 mm. The hot rolled strip was cold rolled. The primary Si became smaller and the pore occurred around the primary Si after the rolling.

  4. Hillesheimite, (K,Ca,□)2(Mg,Fe,Ca,□)2[(Si,Al)13O23(OH)6](OH) · 8H2O, a new phyllosilicate mineral of the Günterblassite group

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    Chukanov, N. V.; Zubkova, N. V.; Pekov, I. V.; Belakovskiy, D. I.; Schüller, W.; Ternes, B.; Blass, G.; Pushcharovsky, D. Yu.

    2013-12-01

    A new mineral, hillesheimite, has been found in the Graulai basaltic quarry, near the town of Hillesheim, the Eifel Mountains, Rhineland-Palatinate (Rheinland-Pfalz), Germany. It occurs in the late assemblage comprising nepheline, augite, fluorapatite, magnetite, perovskite, priderite, götzenite, lamprophyllite-group minerals, and åkermanite. Colorless flattened crystals of hillesheimite reaching 0.2 × 1 × 1.5 mm in size and aggregates of the crystals occur in miarolitic cavities in alkali basalt. The mineral is brittle, with Mohs' hard-ness 4. Cleavage is perfect parallel to (010) and distinct on (100) and (001). D calc = 2.174 g/cm3, D meas = 2.16(1) g/cm3. IR spectrum is given. Hillesheimite is biaxial (-), α = 1.496(2), β = 1.498(2), γ = 1.499(2), 2 V meas = 80°. The chemical composition (electron microprobe, mean of 4 point analyses, H2O determined from structural data, wt %) is as follows: 0.24 Na2O, 4.15 K2O, 2.14 MgO, 2.90 CaO, 2.20 BaO, 2.41 FeO, 15.54 Al2O3, 52.94 SiO2, 19.14 H2O, total is 101.65. The empirical formula is: K0.96Na0.08Ba0.16Ca0.56Mg0.58Fe{0.37/2+}[Si9.62Al3.32O23(OH)6][(OH)0.82(H2O)0.18] · 8H2O. The crystal structure has been determined from X-ray single-crystal diffraction data, R = 0.1735. Hillesheimite is orthorhombic, space group Pmmn, the unit-cell dimensions are: a = 6.979(11), b = 37.1815(18), c = 6.5296(15) Å; V=1694(3) Å3, Z = 2. The crystal structure is based on the block [(Si,Al)13O25(OH)4] consisting of three single tetrahedral layers linked via common vertices and is topologically identical to the triple layers in günterblassite and umbrianite. The strong reflections [ d Å ( I %)] in the X-ray powder diffraction pattern are: 6.857(58), 6.545(100), 6.284(53), 4.787(96), 4.499(59), 3.065(86), 2.958(62), 2.767(62). The mineral was named after its type locality. Type specimens are deposited in the Fersman Mineralogical Museum, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, registration number 4174/1.

  5. Magnetic phase transitions in Y1-xTbxMn6Sn6, La1-xSmxMn2Si2, Lu2(Fe1-xMnx)17, and La(Fe0.88SixAl0.12-x)13 intermetallic compounds

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    Mushnikov, N. V.; Kuchin, A. G.; Gerasimov, E. G.; Terentev, P. B.; Gaviko, V. S.; Serikov, V. V.; Kleinerman, N. M.; Vershinin, A. V.

    2015-06-01

    Magnetic properties have been measured for the Y1-xTbxMn6Sn6, La1-xSmxMn2Si2, Lu2(Fe1-xMnx)17, and La(Fe0.88SixAl0.12-x)13 systems which show up transitions from antiferromagnetic to ferromagnetic state upon changing concentration of the constituents or application of magnetic field. We determined the concentrations and temperatures of the magnetic phase transitions and plotted magnetic phase diagrams. Near a critical concentration, the AF-F transition can be realized in low magnetic fields, which makes these compounds attractive for magnetothermal applications. Using the data of the magnetization measurement, we determined the isothermal magnetic entropy change in a wide temperature range. All the studied systems have a layered magnetic structure with the positive intralayer exchange interaction and the interlayer exchange integrals of different signs depending on the composition and temperature. For the compounds La(Fe0.88SixAl0.12-x)13 with the cubic crystal structure, the origin of formation of a layered magnetic structure is discussed based on the data of Mössbauer studies which revealed a difference in the local surrounding of resonant atoms in the compounds with different magnetic orders.

  6. Secondary Al-Si-Mg High-pressure Die Casting Alloys with Enhanced Ductility

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    Bösch, Dominik; Pogatscher, Stefan; Hummel, Marc; Fragner, Werner; Uggowitzer, Peter J.; Göken, Mathias; Höppel, Heinz Werner

    2015-03-01

    Al-Si-Mg-based secondary cast alloys are attractive candidates for thin-walled high-pressure die castings for applications in the transport industry. The present study investigates the effect of manganese additions at high cooling rates on microstructure, mechanical properties, and on the dominating fracture mechanisms of alloy AlSi10Mg with an elevated iron concentration. Systematic variations of the Mn content from 0.20 to 0.85 wt pct at a constant Fe content of 0.55 wt pct illustrate the key changes in type, phase fraction, and shape of the Fe-containing intermetallic phases, and the corresponding influence on the alloy's ductility. For high-pressure die casting (HPDC), an optimal range of the Mn content between 0.40 and 0.60 wt pct, equivalent to a Mn/Fe ratio of approximately 1, has been identified. At these Mn and Fe contents, the high cooling rates obtained in HPDC result in the formation of fine and homogeneously distributed α-Al15(Fe,Mn)3Si2 phase, and crack initiation is transferred from AlFeSi intermetallics to eutectic silicon. The study interprets the microstructure-property relationship in the light of thermodynamic calculations which reveal a significant increase in undercooling of the α-Al15(Fe,Mn)3Si2 phase with increased Mn content. It concludes that the interdependence of the well-defined Mn/Fe ratio and the high cooling rate in HPDC can generate superior ductility in secondary AlSi10Mg cast alloys.

  7. Microstructures and mechanical properties of dispersion-strengthened high-temperature Al-8.5Fe-1.2V-1.7Si alloys produced by atomized melt deposition process

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    Hariprasad, S.; Sastry, S. M. L.; Jerina, K. L.; Lederich, R. J.

    1993-04-01

    Dispersion-strengthened high-temperature Al-8.5 pct Fe-pct Si-pct V alloys were produced by atomized melt deposition (AMD) process. The effects of process parameters on the evolution of microstructures were determined using optical metallography and scanning and transmission electron microscopy. The extent of undercooling and the rate of droplet solidification were correlated with process parameters, such as melt superheat, metal/gas flow rates, and melt stream diameter. The size distribution and morphology of silicide dispersoids were used to estimate the degree of undercooling and the cooling rate as functions of process parameters. The tensile properties at 25 °C to 425 °C and fracture toughness at 25 °C of these alloys produced with wide variations in dispersoids size and grain size were determined. Under optimum conditions, the alloy has ultimate tensile strength of 281 MPa and 9.5 pct ductility in the as-deposited condition. Upon hot-isostatic pressing and extrusion, the ultimate tensile strength increased to 313 MPa and ductility increased to 18 pct.

  8. Characterization of Dendritic Microstructure, Intermetallic Phases, and Hardness of Directionally Solidified Al-Mg and Al-Mg-Si Alloys

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    Brito, Crystopher; Costa, Thiago A.; Vida, Talita A.; Bertelli, Felipe; Cheung, Noé; Spinelli, José Eduardo; Garcia, Amauri

    2015-08-01

    Despite the widespread application of Al-Mg-Si alloys, especially in the automotive industry, interrelations of solidification thermal parameters (cooling rate and growth rate), microstructure, and hardness are not properly established. For instance, the control of the scale of the microstructure on both Al-Mg and Al-Mg-Si alloys by adequate pre-programming of the solidification thermal parameters remains a task to be accomplished. In the present study, the directional solidification (DS) of these alloys under unsteady-state solidification conditions is investigated in an attempt to characterize the evolution of microstructural features, macrosegregation, and hardness as a function of local solidification thermal parameters along the DS castings length. Silicon addition to the Al-Mg alloy was found not to affect the sizes of primary and secondary dendrite arm spacings, but induced the onset of tertiary dendritic branches and affected also the size and distribution of intermetallic particles within the interdendritic regions. The Al-Mg-Si alloy is characterized by a more complex arrangement of phases, including binary ( α-Al + Mg2Si) and refined ternary ( α-Al + Mg2Si + AlFe(Si) eutectic mixtures. As a consequence, a higher Vickers hardness profile is shown to be associated with the ternary Al-Mg-Si alloy DS casting. For both alloys examined, hardness is shown to increase with the increase in the microstructural spacing according to Hall-Petch type equations.

  9. (Fe,Al)-bearing post-perovskite in the Earth's lower mantle

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    Mao, Zhu; Lin, Jung-Fu; Yang, Jing; Bian, Hui; Liu, Jin; Watson, Heather C.; Huang, Shu; Chen, Jiuhua; Prakapenka, Vitali B.; Xiao, Yuming; Chow, Paul

    2014-10-01

    The combined effects of Fe and Al on the electronic spin and valence states as well as the equation of state (EoS) of post-perovskite have been investigated using synchrotron X-ray diffraction and Mössbauer spectroscopy in high-pressure diamond anvil cells. Two post-perovskite samples (Mg0.6Fe0.15Al0.5Si0.75O3 and Mg0.66Fe0.13Al0.28Si0.86O3) were synthesized at approximately 165 GPa and 2200-2500 K, and were subsequently investigated for these properties at 114-170 GPa and 300 K. Analyses of the high-pressure Mössbauer spectra show that Fe2+ and Fe3+ occupy the large bipolar prismatic sites in both of our samples and remain in the high-spin state at ˜165-168 GPa and 300 K. Combining the Mössbauer results with the obtained pressure-volume relationship from X-ray diffraction, we have found that the unit cell volume of post-perovskite can be significantly affected by the spin and valence states of Fe and the Al substitution. Mg0.6Fe0.15Al0.5Si0.75O3-PPv with the predominantly high-spin Fe2+ (˜95%) and a greater amount of Al has a unit cell volume similar to that of Mg0.66Fe0.13Al0.28Si0.86O3-PPv in which ˜65% of Fe is in the high-spin Fe3+ state. Our results are used together with previous results regarding the EoS parameters in Fe-bearing perovskite and post-perovskite to model the density and bulk sound velocity variation between perovskite and post-perovskite in the D layer, in which the enrichment of Fe and Al can produce an increase in density but substantially reduce the bulk sound velocity across the phase transition. That is, the combined effect of Fe and Al leads to an anti-correlation between the enhanced density and the reduced bulk sound velocity at the pressure condition of the lowermost mantle. Our results indicate that (Fe,Al)-rich silicate post-perovskite existing in the D region would be shown as a relatively high-density and low-velocity region in deep-mantle seismic observations.

  10. The mechanical properties of FeAl

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    Baker, I.; George, E.P.

    1999-07-01

    In the last few years, considerable progress has been made in obtaining reproducible mechanical properties data for binary FeAl alloys. Two sets of observations are the foundation of this progress. The first is that the large equilibrium vacancy concentrations that exist in FeAl at high temperature are easily retained during cooling, and that these strongly affect the low-temperature mechanical properties. The second is that room-temperature ductility is adversely affected by water vapor. The purpose of this paper is to highlight their understanding of key phenomena and to show how an understanding of the factors which control the yield strength and fracture behavior has followed from the discovery of the above two effects. 94 refs., 8 figs.

  11. Forging of FeAl intermetallic compounds

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    Flores, O.; Juarez, J.; Campillo, B.; Martinez, L.; Schneibel, J.H.

    1994-09-01

    Much activity has been concentrated on the development of intermetallic compounds with the aim of improving tensile ductility, fracture toughness and high notch sensitivity in order to develop an attractive combination of properties for high and low temperature applications. This paper reports experience in processing and forging of FeAl intermetallic of B2 type. During the experiments two different temperatures were employed, and the specimens were forged after annealing in air, 10{sup {minus}2} torr vacuum and argon. From the results it was learned that annealing FeAl in argon atmosphere prior to forging resulted in better deformation behavior than for the other two environments. For the higher forging temperature used in the experiments (700C), the as-cast microstructure becomes partially recrystallized.

  12. Thermal transformations in mechanically alloyed Fe-Zn-Si materials

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    Uwakweh, O.; Jordan, A.; Maziasz, P.

    2000-11-01

    The ball milling of elemental powders corresponding to ? (Fe3Zn10)+0.12 wt pct Si; ?1 (Fe5Zn21) + 0.12 wt pct Si; ? (FeZn7)+0.12 wt pct Si; and ? (FeZn13)+0.12 wt pct Si composition ratios yields crystalline, mechanically alloyed phases. Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) measurements of these materials show that they evolve differently, with well-defined characteristic stages. The activation energies for processes corresponding to these stages, based on kinetic analyses, are determined and correlated to microstructural evolvements. The processes occurring during the first stage below 250 C, for all of the materials studied using X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis, are associated with release of strain, recovery, and limited atomic diffusion. The activation energies for recovery processes are 120 kJ/mole for the ?+0.12 wt pct Si, 131 kJ/mole for ?+0.12 wt pct Si, and 96 kJ/mole for ?+0.12 wt pct Si alloys. At higher temperatures, recrystallization and other structural transformations occur with activation energies of 130 and 278 kJ/mole for ?+0.12 wt % Si; of 161 kJ/mole for ?1+0.12 wt pct Si; of 167 and 244 kJ/mole for ?+0.12 wt pct Si; and of 641 kJ/mole for the ?+0.12 wt pct Si. In addition, a eutectic reaction at 420 C3 C, corresponding to the Zn-Si system, and a melting of Zn in Fe-Zn systems are observed for the ?+0.12 wt pct Si material. The relation of FeSi formation in the Sandelin process is discussed.

  13. The role of hydrogen in promoting Al sbnd Si interdiffusion in albite (NaAlSi 3O 8) at high pressures

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    Goldsmith, Julian R.

    1986-10-01

    The rate of Al/Si disorder in "dry" low albite is greatly enhanced at high pressures. This enhancement takes place in a P-T regime where the presence of water would induce melting; none was observed. The experimental work was carried out in piston-cylinder apparatus using NaCl pressure medium. Modification of the experimental conditions to avoid production of hydrogen by dissociation of moisture in the pressure medium, as well as to capture hydrogen with Fe 2O 3 and ZnO indicates that hydrogen is the active agent in promoting Al/Si diffusion at high pressures in NaAlSi 3O 8. A mechanism involving transient OH groups that stimulate coordinations greater than 4, simultaneously breaking Al sbnd O and Si sbnd O network bonds is proposed.

  14. The effect of Si in Al-alloy on electromigration performance in Al filled vias

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    Kageyama, Makiko; Hashimoto, Keiichi; Onoda, Hiroshi

    1998-01-01

    Electromigration performance of vias filled with Al-Si-Cu alloys on Ti glue layers was investigated in comparison with W-stud vias. In Al-Si-Cu filled vias, voids were formed at only a few locations in the test structure, while voids were formed at every via in W-stud via chains. It is supposed that Al moves through the Al-Si-Cu via during electromigration in spite of the existence of a glue layer at the via bottom. This phenomenon was observed only in the vias filled with Al-Si-Cu alloy. Al movement was prohibited in Al-Cu filled vias. In Al-Si-Cu filled vias, an Al-Ti-Si alloy was formed at the via bottom while Al3Ti was formed at Al-Cu filled vias. Al is speculated to move through this Al-Ti-Si alloy during electromigration.

  15. Separation and purification of Si from solidification of hypereutectic Al-Si melt under rotating magnetic field

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    Jie, J. C.; Zou, Q. C.; Wang, H. W.; Sun, J. L.; Lu, Y. P.; Wang, T. M.; Li, T. J.

    2014-08-01

    A low-cost and high-efficiency method to purify Si directly from cheap MG-Si at low temperature was proposed and demonstrated in this paper, which used power frequency rotating magnetic field (RMF) to separate the primary Si from a hypereutectic Al-Si alloy and was followed by the acid peeling. The separation mechanism was based on the flow characteristic of melt under RMF and the cooling condition of the liquid metal. A Si-rich layer with Si content of 65-59 wt% was formed in the periphery of alloy, while the inner microstructure of the alloy was mainly the Al-Si eutectic structure. The refined silicon was collected after aqua regia leaching, and had much fewer typical impurities (Fe, Ti, Ca, B, P) than those in MG-Si, and the metallic impurities besides Al had removal fraction higher than 98%, which is mainly ascribed to the segregation effect of Al-30Si alloy during solidification under RMF.

  16. Investigation of the morphology and electrical characteristics of FeSi 2 quantum dots on silicon

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    Dózsa, L.; Molnár, G.; Horváth, Zs. J.; Tóth, A. L.; Gyulai, J.; Raineri, V.; Giannazzo, F.

    2004-07-01

    β-FeSi 2 quantum dots (QD) were grown by evaporating 2, 4 and 7 nm Fe onto Si(1 0 0) wafers and in situ annealed at 600 °C for 10 min. QDs were grown also by reactive deposition epitaxy (RDE) evaporating 2 nm Fe onto a 600 °C Si substrate and annealed further for 5 min. MIS structures were prepared by evaporating SiO x over the QDs and Al dots on the oxide. The SEM investigations show the density of the QDs is about 10 10 cm -2 in the 2 and 4 nm Fe samples, and it increases to about 3×10 11 cm -2 in the 7 nm Fe sample. The nanoscope investigation shows well resolved QDs only in the 7 nm Fe samples, but their density and size do not allow individual characterization of the QDs by scanning capacitance microscopic measurements. In the RDE samples the QDs are small and irregular, indicating the need for thicker Fe layer. Capacitance-voltage ( C- V) measurements show point defects generated by silicidation which compensate the silicon doping (2×10 15 cm -3) in about 1 μm depth. C- V results show that in the RDE samples less point defect are generated, their concentration is lower than doping of the Si wafers. The electrical characteristics of MIS structures show that the room temperature deposited iron degrades the I- V characteristics, and induces leakage.

  17. Soft magnetic powder-core composites of Fe{sub 90}Zr{sub 7}B{sub 3} and Fe{sub 49}Co{sub 21}Al{sub 5}Ga{sub 2}P{sub 9.65}C{sub 5.75}B{sub 4.6}Si{sub 3} alloys

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    Turgut, Zafer; Attenweiler, Thomas; Huang, Meiqing; Horwath, John C.; Fingers, Richard T.

    2006-04-15

    Amorphous and nanocrystalline alloys in ribbon form exhibit excellent soft magnetic properties, but their forms are limited to tape wound cores. Complex shapes require the implementation of a powder metallurgical approach resulting in reduced permeabilities. The present study investigates Fe-based Fe{sub 90}Zr{sub 7}B{sub 3} (C1) and Fe{sub 49}Co{sub 21}Al{sub 5}Ga{sub 2}P{sub 9.65}C{sub 5.75}B{sub 4.6}Si{sub 3} (C2) melt-spun ribbons as precursors for compacted powder cores. Single-roller melt spinning of C1 produced partially crystallized structures while C2 resulted in amorphous ribbons. Annealing studies were carried out based on the crystallization temperatures of various phases extracted from M(T) measurements. In ribbon form and under optimum annealing conditions, C1 revealed a 1.88 T saturation flux density (B{sub s}) and 44 A/m coercivity (H{sub c}), while C2 exhibited a B{sub s} of 0.78 T and H{sub c} of 2.4 A/m.

  18. Fe-implanted 6H-SiC: Direct evidence of Fe3Si nanoparticles observed by atom probe tomography and 57Fe Mössbauer spectroscopy

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    Diallo, M. L.; Lechevallier, L.; Fnidiki, A.; Lardé, R.; Debelle, A.; Thomé, L.; Viret, M.; Marteau, M.; Eyidi, D.; Declémy, A.; Cuvilly, F.; Blum, I.

    2015-05-01

    In order to understand ferromagnetic ordering in SiC-based diluted magnetic semiconductors, Fe-implanted 6H-SiC subsequently annealed was studied by Atom Probe Tomography, 57Fe Mössbauer spectroscopy and SQUID magnetometry. Thanks to its 3D imaging capabilities at the atomic scale, Atom Probe Tomography appears as the most suitable technique to investigate the Fe distribution in the 6H-SiC host semiconductor and to evidence secondary phases. This study definitely evidences the formation of Fe3Si nano-sized clusters after annealing. These clusters are unambiguously responsible for the main part of the magnetic properties observed in the annealed samples.

  19. Atomic data from the iron project. 3: Rate coefficients for electron impact excitation of boron-like ions: Ne VI, Mg VIII, Al IX, Si X, S XII, Ar XIV, Ca XVI and Fe XXII

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    Zhang, Hong Lin; Graziani, Mark; Pradhan, Anil K.

    1994-01-01

    Collison strengths and maxwellian averaged rate coefficients have been calculated for the 105 transitions among all 15 fine structure levels of the 8 LS terms 2s(sup 2) 2 P(P-2(sup 0 sub 1/, 3/2)), 2s2p(sup 2)(P-4(sub 1/2,3/2,5/2), D-2(sub 3/2, 5/2), S-2(sub 1/2), P-2(sub 1/2, 3/2)), 2p(sup 3)(S-4(sup 0)(sub 3/2), D-2(sup 0 sub 3/2, 5/2), P-2(sup 0 sub 1/2, 3/2)) in highly- charged B-like Ne, Mg, Al, Si, S, Ar, Ca and Fe. Rate coefficients have been tabulated at a wide range of temperatures, depending on the ion charge and abundance in plasma sources. Earlier work for O IV has also been extended to include the high temperature range. A brief discussion of the calculations, sample results, and comparison with earlier works is also given. While much of the new data should be applicable to UV spectral diagnostics, the new rates for the important ground state fine structure transition P-2(sup 0 sub 1/2)-P-2(sup 0 sub 3/2) should result in significant revision of the IR cooling rates in plasmas where B-like ions are prominent constituents, since the new rate coefficients are generally higher by several factors compared with the older data.

  20. Development of SiAlON materials

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    Layden, G. K.

    1977-01-01

    Cold pressing and sintering techniques were used to produce ceramic bodies in which the major phase was beta prime Si3-Al-O-N4 solid solution. A variety of foreign oxides were used to promote liquid phase sintering, and this resulted in the incorporation of additional solid phases in the ceramic bodies which controlled elevated temperature properties. None of the bodies studied to date exhibited both adequate high temperature mechanical properties and oxidation resistance. Criteria are suggested to guide the formulation of bodies with improved high temperature properties.

  1. Compression of Fe-Si-H alloys to core pressures

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    Tagawa, Shoh; Ohta, Kenji; Hirose, Kei; Kato, Chie; Ohishi, Yasuo

    2016-04-01

    We examined the compression behavior of hexagonal-close-packed (hcp) (Fe0.88Si0.12)1H0.61 and (Fe0.88Si0.12)1H0.79 (in atomic ratio) alloys up to 138 GPa in a diamond anvil cell (DAC). While contradicting experimental results were previously reported on the compression curve of double-hcp (dhcp) FeHx (x ≈ 1), our data show that the compressibility of hcp Fe0.88Si0.12Hx alloys is very similar to those of hcp Fe and Fe0.88Si0.12, indicating that the incorporation of hydrogen into iron does not change its compression behavior remarkably. The present experiments suggest that the inner core may contain up to 0.47 wt % hydrogen (FeH0.26) if temperature is 5000 K. The calculated density profile of Fe0.88Si0.12H0.17 alloy containing 0.32 wt % hydrogen in addition to geochemically required 6.5 wt % silicon matches the seismological observations of the outer core, supporting that hydrogen is an important core light element.

  2. Günterblassite, (K,Ca)3 - x Fe[(Si,Al)13O25(OH,O)4] · 7H2O, a new mineral: the first phyllosilicate with triple tetrahedral layer

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    Chukanov, N. V.; Rastsvetaeva, R. K.; Aksenov, S. M.; Pekov, I. V.; Zubkova, N. V.; Britvin, S. N.; Belakovskiy, D. I.; Schüller, W.; Ternes, B.

    2012-12-01

    A new mineral, günterblassite, has been found in the basaltic quarry at Mount Rother Kopf near Gerolstein, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany as a constituent of the late assemblage of nepheline, leucite, augite, phlogopite, åkermanite, magnetite, perovskite, a lamprophyllite-group mineral, götzenite, chabazite-K, chabazite-Ca, phillipsite-K, and calcite. Günterblassite occurs as colorless lamellar crystals up to 0.2 × 1 × 1.5 mm in size and their clusters. The mineral is brittle, with perfect cleavage parallel to (001) and less perfect cleavage parallel to (100) and (010). The Mohs hardness is 4. The calculated and measured density is 2.17 and 2.18(1) g/cm3, respectively. The IR spectrum is given. The new mineral is optically biaxial and positive as follows: α = 1.488(2), β = 1.490(2), γ = 1.493(2), 2 V meas = 80(5)°. The chemical composition (electron microprobe, average of seven point analyses, H2O is determined by gas chromatography, wt %) is as follows: 0.40 Na2O, 5.18 K2O, 0.58 MgO, 3.58 CaO, 4.08 BaO, 3.06 FeO, 13.98 Al2O3, 52.94 SiO2, 15.2 H2O, and the total is 98.99. The empirical formula is Na0.15K1.24Ba0.30Ca0.72Mg0.16F{0.48/2+}[Si9.91Al3.09O25.25(OH)3.75] · 7.29H2O. The crystal structure has been determined from a single crystal, R = 0.049. Günterblassite is orthorhombic, space group Pnm21; the unit-cell dimensions are a = 6.528(1), b = 6.970(1), c = 37.216(5) Å, V = 1693.3(4) Å3, Z = 2. Günterblassite is a member of a new structural type; its structure is based on three-layer block [Si13O25(OH,O)4]. The strong reflections in the X-ray powder diffraction pattern [ d Å ( I, %) are as follows: 6.532 (100), 6.263 (67), 3.244 (49), 3.062 (91), 2.996 (66), 2.955 (63), and 2.763 (60). The mineral was named in honor of Günter Blass (born in 1943), a well-known amateur mineralogist and specialist in electron microprobe and X-ray diffraction. The type specimen of günterblassite is deposited in the collections of the Fersman Mineralogical Museum of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia, with the registration number 4107/1.

  3. Disorder-induced reversal of spin polarization in the Heusler alloy Co{sub 2}FeSi

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    Bruski, P.; Ramsteiner, M.; Brandt, O.; Friedland, K.-J.; Farshchi, R.; Herfort, J.; Riechert, H.; Erwin, S. C.

    2011-04-01

    We study the spin polarization in the conduction band of Co{sub 2}FeSi layers with a different degree of structural order. The injected spin polarization in Co{sub 2}FeSi/(Al,Ga)As spin light-emitting diodes as well as the planar Hall effect measured for the Co{sub 2}FeSi injectors exhibit a sign reversal between injectors crystallized in the ordered L2{sub 1} phase and the Fe-Si disordered B2 phase. These results are explained by a disorder-induced change in the spin polarization at the Fermi energy of Co{sub 2}FeSi. Support for the occurrence of such a striking change in the electronic band structure is obtained by first principles calculations.

  4. Realization of small intrinsic hysteresis with large magnetic entropy change in La{sub 0.8}Pr{sub 0.2}(Fe{sub 0.88}Si{sub 0.10}Al{sub 0.02}){sub 13} by controlling itinerant-electron characteristics

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    Fujita, A.; Matsunami, D.; Yako, H.

    2014-03-24

    Tuning of phase-transition characteristics in La(Fe{sub x}Si{sub 1−x}){sub 13} was conducted in view of the correlation between microscopic itinerant electron natures and macroscopic thermodynamic (magnetocaloric) quantities. To realize a small hysteresis loss Q{sub H} accompanied by a large magnetic entropy change ΔS{sub M} in La(Fe{sub x}Si{sub 1−x}){sub 13}, two types of modulation based on itinerant electron characteristics, namely, the Fermi-level shift and the magnetovolume effect were combined by complex partial substitution of Al and Pr. Ab-initio calculations predict the reduction of a transition hysteresis owing to the Fermi-level shift after partial substitution of Al. On the other hand, the chemical pressure arisen from partial substitution of Pr enhances ΔS{sub M} through magnetovolume effect. The selective enhancement of ΔS{sub M} apart from Q{sub H} by the magnetovolume effect is well explained by the phenomenological Landau model. Consequently, ΔS{sub M} of La{sub 0.8}Pr{sub 0.2}(Fe{sub 0.88}Si{sub 0.10}Al{sub 0.02}){sub 13} is −18 J/kg K under a magnetic field change of 0–1.2 T, while the maximum value of Q{sub H} becomes 1/6 of that for La(Fe{sub 0.88}Si{sub 0.12}){sub 13}.

  5. Magnetic ordering in Ho2Fe2Si2C

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    Susilo, R. A.; Cadogan, J. M.; Cobas, R.; Hutchison, W. D.; Avdeev, M.; Campbell, S. J.

    2015-05-01

    We have used neutron diffraction and 57Fe Mössbauer spectroscopy, complemented by magnetisation and specific heat measurements, to examine the magnetic ordering of Ho2Fe2Si2C. We have established that Ho2Fe2Si2C orders antiferromagnetically below TN = 16(1) K with a magnetic structure involving ordering of the Ho sublattice along the b-axis with a propagation vector k =[0 0 1/2 ] . 57Fe Mössbauer spectra collected below TN show no evidence of a magnetic splitting, demonstrating the absence of long range magnetic ordering of the Fe sublattice. A small line broadening is observed in the 57Fe spectra below TN, which is due to a transferred hyperfine field—estimated to be around 0.3 T at 10 K—from the Ho sublattice.

  6. Ion implantation and diffusion of Al in a {SiO 2}/{Si} system

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    La Ferla, A.; Galvagno, G.; Rinaudo, S.; Raineri, V.; Franco, G.; Camalleri, M.; Gasparotto, A.; Carnera, A.; Rimini, E.

    1996-08-01

    The diffusion and segregation of ion implanted Al in SiO 2 and Si layers were studied for several experimental conditions. Al ions were implanted into SiO 2, Si and through a SiO 2 layer into Si substrates at several energies (80, 300, 650 and 6000 keV) and doses (3.4 × 10 14-1 × 10 15 cm -2). The Al diffusion coefficient in SiO 2 was measured at 1200°C for times up to 5 days, and it results five orders of magnitude lower than in Si. The experiments show that the Al atoms implanted into Si do not out-diffuse during thermal treatments from the SiO 2 capping layer, but segregate at the {SiO 2}/{Si} interface. The high segregation coefficient gives rise to a trapping of Al into the oxide layer comparable to the out-diffusion of Al from uncapped Si substrates. The determined parameters for Al diffusion and segregation in the {SiO 2}/{Si} system were introduced in a simulation code to calculate the Al diffusion profiles which result in agreement with the experimental data.

  7. Overview of the development of FeAl intermetallic alloys

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    Maziasz, P.J.; Liu, C.T.; Goodwin, G.M.

    1995-09-01

    B2-phase FeAl ordered intermetallic alloys based on an Fe-36 at.% Al composition are being developed to optimize a combination of properties that includes high-temperature strength, room-temperature ductility, and weldability. Microalloying with boron and proper processing are very important for FeAl properties optimization. These alloys also have the good to outstanding resistance to oxidation, sulfidation, and corrosion in molten salts or chlorides at elevated temperatures, characteristic of FeAl with 30--40 at.% Al. Ingot- and powder-metallurgy (IM and PM, respectively) processing both produce good properties, including strength above 400 MPa up to about 750 C. Technology development to produce FeAl components for industry testing is in progress. In parallel, weld-overlay cladding and powder coating technologies are also being developed to take immediate advantage of the high-temperature corrosion/oxidation and erosion/wear resistance of FeAl.

  8. Tunneling magnetoresistance in Fe{sub 3}Si/MgO/Fe{sub 3}Si(001) magnetic tunnel junctions

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    Tao, L. L.; Liang, S. H.; Liu, D. P.; Wei, H. X.; Han, X. F.; Wang, Jian

    2014-04-28

    We present a theoretical study of the tunneling magnetoresistance (TMR) and spin-polarized transport in Fe{sub 3}Si/MgO/Fe{sub 3}Si(001) magnetic tunnel junction (MTJ). It is found that the spin-polarized conductance and bias-dependent TMR ratios are rather sensitive to the structure of Fe{sub 3}Si electrode. From the symmetry analysis of the band structures, we found that there is no spin-polarized Δ{sub 1} symmetry bands crossing the Fermi level for the cubic Fe{sub 3}Si. In contrast, the tetragonal Fe{sub 3}Si driven by in-plane strain reveals half-metal nature in terms of Δ{sub 1} state. The giant TMR ratios are predicted for both MTJs with cubic and tetragonal Fe{sub 3}Si electrodes under zero bias. However, the giant TMR ratio resulting from interface resonant transmission for the former decreases rapidly with the bias. For the latter, the giant TMR ratio can maintain up to larger bias due to coherent transmission through the majority-spin Δ{sub 1} channel.

  9. Crystal structure of the mineral (Na,Ca,K){sub 2}(Ca,Na){sub 4}(Mg,Fe){sub 5}(Mg,Fe,Ti){sub 5}[Si{sub 12}Al{sub 4}O{sub 44}](F,O){sub 4}: a triclinic representative of the amphibole family

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    Rastsvetaeva, R. K. Aksenov, S. M.

    2012-05-15

    A mineral belonging to the amphibole family found at the Rothenberg paleovolcano (Eifel, Germany) was studied by single-crystal X-ray diffraction. The triclinic pseudomonoclinic unit-cell parameters are a = 5.3113(1) Angstrom-Sign , b = 18.0457(3) Angstrom-Sign ; c = 9.8684(2) Angstrom-Sign , {alpha} = 90.016(2) Degree-Sign , {beta} = 105.543(4) Degree-Sign , {gamma} = 89.985(2) Degree-Sign . The structure was solved by direct methods in sp. gr. P1 and refined to the R factor of 2.7% based on 6432 reflections with |F| > 3{sigma}(F) taking into account twinning. The mineral with the idealized formula (Na,Ca,K){sub 2}(Ca,Na){sub 4}(Mg,Fe){sub 5}(Mg,Fe,Ti){sub 5}[Si{sub 12}Al{sub 4}O{sub 44}](F,O){sub 4} has some symmetry and structural features that distinguish it from other minerals of this family.

  10. Phase relations in the Fe-FeSi system at high pressures and temperatures

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    Fischer, Rebecca A.; Campbell, Andrew J.; Reaman, Daniel M.; Miller, Noah A.; Heinz, Dion L.; Dera, Przymyslaw; Prakapenka, Vitali B.

    2013-07-01

    The Earth's core is comprised mostly of iron and nickel, but it also contains several weight percent of one or more unknown light elements, which may include silicon. Therefore it is important to understand the high pressure, high temperature properties and behavior of alloys in the Fe-FeSi system, such as their phase diagrams. We determined melting temperatures and subsolidus phase relations of Fe-9 wt% Si and stoichiometric FeSi using synchrotron X-ray diffraction at high pressures and temperatures, up to ~200 GPa and ~145 GPa, respectively. Combining this data with that of previous studies, we generated phase diagrams in pressure-temperature, temperature-composition, and pressure-composition space. We find the B2 crystal structure in Fe-9Si where previous studies reported the less ordered bcc structure, and a shallower slope for the hcp+B2 to fcc+B2 boundary than previously reported. In stoichiometric FeSi, we report a wide B2+B20 two-phase field, with complete conversion to the B2 structure at ~42 GPa. The minimum temperature of an Fe-Si outer core is 4380 K, based on the eutectic melting point of Fe-9Si, and silicon is shown to be less efficient at depressing the melting point of iron at core conditions than oxygen or sulfur. At the highest pressures reached, only the hcp and B2 structures are seen in the Fe-FeSi system. We predict that alloys containing more than ~4-8 wt% silicon will convert to an hcp+B2 mixture and later to the hcp structure with increasing pressure, and that an iron-silicon alloy in the Earth's inner core would most likely be a mixture of hcp and B2 phases.

  11. Mechanism of Corrosion in Al-Si-Cu

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    Hayasaka, Nobuo; Koga, Yuri; Shimomura, Koji; Yoshida, Yukimasa; Okano, Haruo

    1991-07-01

    An Al-Cu local cell was formed between the Cu precipitation and adjacent Al in an Al-Si-Cu alloy when Cu was added in excess to the alloy. Once an Al-Cu local cell was formed, corrosion took place simply by dipping the alloy in deionized water without any contamination. Furthermore, it was found that corrosion was enhanced at the Al-Si-Cu lines in contact with the p+-n junction of Si. The reason for this is that holes are injected into Al-Si-Cu from p+-Si due to electromotive force produced by light irradiation and an external circuit connecting the alloy and n-Si formed by the adsorption of moisture on the surface. Furthermore, it was found that the irradiation of light with a wavelength between 320 to 380 nm was most effective in enhancing the corrosion reaction.

  12. Effect of Cooling Rate on Boron Removal and Solidification Behavior of Al-Si Alloy

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    Li, Yanlei; Chen, Jian; Ban, Boyuan; Zhang, Taotao; Dai, Songyuan

    2015-02-01

    The effect of cooling rate on boron removal and solidification behavior of Al-Si alloy with different silicon contents were studied during solar grade silicon purification. It is found that the boron removal rate is controlled by kinetic factor. A method is proposed to calculate apparent segregation coefficient of solidification process that spans over a temperature range. This apparent segregation coefficient is used to evaluate purification effect in alloy system with changing segregation coefficients. When average solidification temperature decreases, the apparent segregation coefficient of boron decreases. The average width and mass of primary silicon flakes decrease with increasing cooling rate. Impurity elements form intermetallic compound phases such as α-Al8SiFe2 and π-Al8Si6Mg3Fe in eutectic matrix.

  13. Sound velocities of Fe and Fe-Si alloy in the Earth’s core

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    Mao, Zhu; Lin, Jung-Fu; Liu, Jin; Alatas, Ahmet; Gao, Lili; Zhao, Jiyong; Mao, Ho-Kwang

    2012-01-01

    Compressional wave velocity-density (VP - ρ) relations of candidate Fe alloys at relevant pressure-temperature conditions of the Earth’s core are critically needed to evaluate the composition, seismic signatures, and geodynamics of the planet’s remotest region. Specifically, comparison between seismic VP - ρ profiles of the core and candidate Fe alloys provides first-order information on the amount and type of potential light elements—including H, C, O, Si, and/or S—needed to compensate the density deficit of the core. To address this issue, here we have surveyed and analyzed the literature results in conjunction with newly measured VP - ρ results of hexagonal closest-packed (hcp) Fe and hcp-Fe0.85Si0.15 alloy using in situ high-energy resolution inelastic X-ray scattering and X-ray diffraction. The nature of the Fe-Si alloy where Si is readily soluble in Fe represents an ideal solid-solution case to better understand the light-element alloying effects. Our results show that high temperature significantly decreases the VP of hcp-Fe at high pressures, and the Fe-Si alloy exhibits similar high-pressure VP - ρ behavior to hcp-Fe via a constant density offset. These VP - ρ data at a given temperature can be better described by an empirical power-law function with a concave behavior at higher densities than with a linear approximation. Our new datasets, together with literature results, allow us to build new VP - ρ models of Fe alloys in order to determine the chemical composition of the core. Our models show that the VP - ρ profile of Fe with 8 wt % Si at 6,000 K matches well with the Preliminary Reference Earth Model of the inner core. PMID:22689958

  14. Solidification and Microstructural Evolution of Hypereutectic Al-15Si-4Cu-Mg Alloys with High Magnesium Contents

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    Tebib, M.; Ajersch, F.; Samuel, A. M.; Chen, X.-G.

    2013-09-01

    The low coefficient of thermal expansion and good wear resistance of hypereutectic Al-Si-Mg alloys with high Mg contents, together with the increasing demand for lightweight materials in engine applications have generated an increasing interest in these materials in the automotive industry. In the interests of pursuing the development of new wear-resistant alloys, the current study was undertaken to investigate the effects of Mg additions ranging from 6 to 15 pct on the solidification behavior of hypereutectic Al-15Si-4Cu-Mg alloy using thermodynamic calculations, thermal analysis, and extensive microstructural examination. The Mg level strongly influenced the microstructural evolution of the primary Mg2Si phase as well as the solidification behavior. Thermodynamic predictions using ThermoCalc software reported the occurrence of six reactions, comprising the formation of primary Mg2Si; two pre-eutectic binary reactions, forming either Mg2Si + Si or Mg2Si + ?-Al phases; the main ternary eutectic reaction forming Mg2Si + Si + ?-Al; and two post-eutectic reactions resulting in the precipitation of the Q-Al5Mg8Cu2Si6 and ?-Al2Cu phases, respectively. Microstructures of the four alloys studied confirmed the presence of these phases, in addition to that of the ?-Al8Mg3FeSi6 (?-Fe) phase. The presence of the ?-Fe phase was also confirmed by thermal analysis. The morphology of the primary Mg2Si phase changed from an octahedral to a dendrite form at 12.52 pct Mg. Any further Mg addition only coarsened the dendrites. Image analysis measurements revealed a close correlation between the measured and calculated phase fractions of the primary Mg2Si and Si phases. ThermoCalc and Scheil calculations show good agreement with the experimental results obtained from microstructural and thermal analyses.

  15. Partitioning of Si in a Fe87Zr7Si4B2 nanocrystalline soft magnetic alloy

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    Zhang, Y.; Hono, K.; Inoue, A.; Sakurai, T.

    1996-09-01

    We have studied partitioning of Si in nanocrystalline Fe-Zr-Si-B soft magnetic alloy by atom probe field ion microscopy (APFIM). Unlike our expectation from our previous results in nanocrystalline Fe-Si-B-Nb-Cu alloy, we have found that Si atoms are rejected from ?-Fe primary crystals and partitioned into the residual amorphous phase. This result suggests that Si addition does not cause reduction in inherent magnetostriction of ?-Fe nanoparticles, but it brings the volume fraction of the ?-Fe particles to an optimum value so that the average magnetostriction becomes zero. This conclusion has been strengthened by comparing the changes in magnetostriction constants as a function of Si content in Fe-Zr-Si-B and Fe-Si-B-Nb-Cu alloys.

  16. Theoretical analysis of compatibility of several reinforcement materials with NiAl and FeAl matrices

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    Misra, A.K.

    1989-05-01

    Several potential reinforcement materials were assessed for their chemical, coefficient of thermal expansion (CTE), and mechanical compatibility with the intermetallic matrices based on NiAl and FeAl. Among the ceramic reinforcement materials, Al2O3, TiC, and TiB2, appear to be the optimum choices for NiAl and FeAl matrices. However, the problem of CTE mismatch with the matrix needs to be solved for these three reinforcement materials. Beryllium-rich intermetallic compounds can be considered as potential reinforcement materials provided suitable reaction barrier coatings can be developed for these. Based on preliminary thermodynamic calculations, Sc2O3 and TiC appear to be suitable as reaction barrier coatings for the beryllides. Several reaction barrier coatings are also suggested for the currently available SiC fibers.

  17. Theoretical analysis of compatibility of several reinforcement materials with NiAl and FeAl matrices

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    Misra, Ajay K.

    1989-01-01

    Several potential reinforcement materials were assessed for their chemical, coefficient of thermal expansion (CTE), and mechanical compatibility with the intermetallic matrices based on NiAl and FeAl. Among the ceramic reinforcement materials, Al2O3, TiC, and TiB2, appear to be the optimum choices for NiAl and FeAl matrices. However, the problem of CTE mismatch with the matrix needs to be solved for these three reinforcement materials. Beryllium-rich intermetallic compounds can be considered as potential reinforcement materials provided suitable reaction barrier coatings can be developed for these. Based on preliminary thermodynamic calculations, Sc2O3 and TiC appear to be suitable as reaction barrier coatings for the beryllides. Several reaction barrier coatings are also suggested for the currently available SiC fibers.

  18. Thermal annealing and magnetic anisotropy of NiFe thin films on n+-Si for spintronic device applications

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    Lu, Q. H.; Huang, R.; Wang, L. S.; Wu, Z. G.; Li, C.; Luo, Q.; Zuo, S. Y.; Li, J.; Peng, D. L.; Han, G. L.; Yan, P. X.

    2015-11-01

    To ensure that the magnetic metal electrodes can meet the requirements of the spin injection, NiFe films prepared both on HfO2 dielectric layer and n+-Si directly by sputtering deposition, and treated by conventional furnace annealing and/or high vacuum magnetic field annealing were investigated. It was found that thermal annealing at 250 C improved the crystalline quality and reduced surface roughness of the NiFe films, thus enhancing its saturation magnetization intensity. The 100 nm thick NiFe films had too large coercive force and saturation magnetization intensity in vertical direction to meet the requirements of Hanle curve detection. While, 30 nm thick NiFe films showed paramagnetic hysteresis loops in vertical direction, and the magnetization intensity of the sample after annealing at 250 C for 30 min was less than 2% to the parallel when the external magnetic field was given between 10 Oe. This was preferred to Hanle curve detection. The thin HfO2 dielectric layer between metal and Si partially suppressed the diffusion of Ni in NiFe into Si substrate and formation of NiSi, greatly enhancing the saturation magnetization intensity of the Al/NiFe/HfO2/Si sample by thermal annealing. Those results suggest that Al/NiFe/HfO2/Si structure, from the point view of magnetic electrodes, would be suitable for spin injection and detection applications.

  19. Microstructure and property characterization of sintered Si3N4, SiC, and SiAlON

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    Dutta, S.

    1982-01-01

    Commercially-produced, pressureless sintered Si3N4, SiC, and SiAlON were characterized with respect to density, phases present, bend strength, and oxidation resistance. The room-temperature bend strengths of sintered Si3N4, SiC, and SiAlON are comparable. However, the room-temperature strengths are much lower (approximately 40 to 50%) than the room-temperature strength of hot-pressed Si3N4 (NC-132). The strength loss in Si3N4 and SiAlON materials at high temperature was attributed to a viscous grain-boundary phase, retained during cooling from the sintering temperature. The oxidation resistance of sintered alpha-SiC was the best of any materials tested.

  20. The influence of ternary alloying elements on the Al-Si eutectic microstructure and the Si morphology

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    Darlapudi, A.; McDonald, S. D.; Terzi, S.; Prasad, A.; Felberbaum, M.; StJohn, D. H.

    2016-01-01

    The influence of the ternary alloying elements Cu, Mg and Fe on the Al-Si eutectic microstructure is investigated using a commercial purity Al-10 wt%Si alloy in unmodified and Sr-modified conditions. A change in the Al-Si eutectic microstructure was associated with a change in the nucleation density of the eutectic grains caused by the addition of ternary alloying elements. When the ternary alloying element addition resulted in an increase in the eutectic nucleation frequency, a fibrous to flake-like transition was observed within the eutectic grain. When the ternary alloying element addition decreased the eutectic nucleation frequency significantly, a change in the eutectic morphology from flake-like to a mixture of flake-like and fibrous morphologies was observed. The mechanism of Al-Si eutectic modification is discussed. The growth velocity of the eutectic grain - liquid interface and the constitutional driving force available for growth are proposed as important parameters that influence the degree of eutectic modification in Al-Si alloys.

  1. Melting in the system CaO-MgO-Al2O3-SiO2-FeO-Cr2O3 spanning the plagioclase-spinel lherzolite transition at 7 to 10 kbar: experiments versus thermodynamics

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    Keshav, S.; Tirone, M.; Gudfinnsson, G.; Presnall, D.

    2008-12-01

    Voluminous basaltic magmas erupt at mid-oceanic ridges (mid-ocean ridge basalts, MORB) as a consequence of mantle upwelling and melting beneath spreading plates. However, because the geochemistry of MORB is distinct from OIB (ocean-island basalts), both have great petrogenetic significance and carry important information about the chemical and physical properties/dynamics of the mantle. In the context of MORB, a critical yet unresolved question is how phase transitions within a polybaric melting zone affect melt productivity and thereby, possibly exert control on major and trace element composition of erupted magmas. Currently, the disagreements on these issues are fundamental, with great consequences that extend beyond petrology to global issues of potential temperatures, mantle melting, mantle heterogeneity, and mantle dynamics. Thermodynamics show that melt productivity depends critically on the transition reaction, and melting can in principle increase, decrease, or even stop at a transition. Phase equilibrium work from both systems CaO-MgO-Al2O3-SiO2-Na2O (CMASN) and CMAS-FeO (CMASF) have been used to argue that melt productivity may increase at the plagioclase-spinel (pl-sp) transition because the univariant solidus transition reaction has a positive dT/dP slope in these systems, moving to higher pressure relative to the CMAS system. However, melting models derived on the basis of MELTS and pMELTS show that the solidus has a negative slope on the pl-sp transition. If correct, this would cause suppression of melting as the mantle decompresses along a pertinent adiabat. Owing to these vast discrepancies between experiments and thermodynamics and to further clarify MORB genesis, in this work we present melting phase relations in the system CMASFCr at the plagioclase-spinel lherzolite transition from 7 to 10 kbar. Cr was chosen since recent work has shown that the addition of Cr to CMAS has an unusually large effect on Ca/Al of melt compositions at 1.1 GPa. With six phases in the system CMASFCr, melting phase relations at a given P and T are invariant, and the solidus spans a divariant surface in P-T space. At all pressures, the experiments contain ol+opx+cpx+pl+sp+melt, and completely define the transition from pl- to sp-bearing lherzolite on the solidus. The solidus at 7, 8, 9, and 10 kbar is located at 1270, 1280, 1290, and 1300 C, respectively, and is linear in P-T space. In CMASFCr, the pl-sp transition moves to lower pressures, but the solidus curve in this system overlies that of pl-lherzolite in the system CMASN. Recently developed thermodynamic database optimized for peridotite melting in the system CMASNF has been modified by removing the Na component and adding the chromite component in the spinel phase (from MELTS) and picrochromite in the melt phase (from pMELTS). While the thermodynamic model in the system CMASNF produces a solidus with a slightly negative slope in the pl+sp stability field, in the system CMASFCr the slope becomes positive, in accordance with the experimental data of this work. Both the experimental and modeling results suggest that the effect of Cr is to increase the stability of sp at lower pressure. In addition, it seems that Na in the albite component plays a major role in controlling the slope of the computed solidus for a peridotite assemblage in the pl+sp field.

  2. Long range order and vacancy properties in Al-rich Fe{sub 3}Al and Fe{sub 3}Al(Cr) alloys

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    Kim, S.M.; Morris, D.G.

    1998-05-01

    Neutron powder diffraction measurements have been carried out in situ from room temperature to about 100 C in Fe28Al (28 at.% Al), Fe32.5Al (32.5 at.% Al) and Fe28Al15Cr (28 at.% Al, 5 at.% Cr) alloys. X-ray diffraction and TEM studies provided supporting information. The data were analyzed to obtain information about the temperature dependence of the DO{sub 3} and B2 long range order parameters, the location of the Cr atoms and their effect on the ordering energies, and on the vacancy formation and migration properties in Fe28Al and Fe32.5Al alloys. The location of the ternary alloying addition in DO{sub 3} and B2 ordered Al-rich Fe{sub 3}Al is shown to be consistent with considerations of interatomic bond energies.

  3. Electronic and magnetic properties of Si substituted Fe3Ge

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    Shanavas, Kavungal Veedu; McGuire, Michael A.; Parker, David S.

    2015-09-23

    Using first principles calculations we studied the effect of Si substitution in the hexagonal Fe3Ge. We find the low temperature magnetic anisotropy in this system to be planar and originating mostly from the spin-orbit coupling in Fe-d states. Reduction of the unitcell volume reduces the in-plane magnetic anisotropy, eventually turning it positive which reorients the magnetic moments to the axial direction. We find that substituting Ge with the smaller Si ions also reduces the anisotropy, potentially enhancing the region of stability of the axial magnetization, which is beneficial for magnetic applications. Thus our experimental measurements on samples of Fe3Ge1–xSix confirmmore » these predictions and show that substitution of about 6% of the Ge with Si increases by approximately 35 K the temperature range over which anisotropy is uniaxial.« less

  4. Identification of tetrahedrally ordered Si-O-Al environments in molecular sieves by { 27Al}- 29Si REAPDOR NMR

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    Ganapathy, S.; Kumar, Rajiv; Montouillout, V.; Fernandez, C.; Amoureux, J. P.

    2004-05-01

    The silicon sites tetrahedrally connected to aluminum in framework positions of a molecular sieve may be identified by a selective reintroduction of the hetero-nuclear 27Al- 29Si dipolar interaction through Rotational Echo Adiabatic Passage DOuble Resonance (REAPDOR) NMR. In this rotor synchronized 29Si MAS experiment, an effective dipolar dephasing of the Si-O-Al, over Si-O-Si, environments is shown to aid in the identification of silicon sites in the immediate vicinity of aluminum. Application of the method in the structurally interesting and novel molecular sieve ETAS-10 provides valuable insights on the details of aluminum substitution in the zeolite lattice and further leads to the first direct NMR estimate of Al-Si distance ( rAl-Si=323±5 pm) in ETAS-10.

  5. Al-Fe-Ni (Aluminum-Iron-Nickel)

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    Raghavan, V.

    1994-08-01

    [88Ray] reviewed the experimental results on the phase equilibria of this system. The reviewed results were presented as: (1) liquidus and solidus projections for Al-poor Fe-Ni alloys and for compositions near the Al-corner; (2) a reaction sequence for the solidification reactions; (3) isothermal sections at 1250, 950, 850, and 750{degrees}C for Al-poor Fe-Ni compositions; and (4) an isothermal section at 600{degrees}C near the Al-corner.

  6. Electronic structures of nanocrystalline Fe90-xCuxSi10-yBy soft magnets

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    Park, Jihoon; Hong, Yang-Ki; Lee, Woncheol; Bae, Seok; Kim, Seong-Gon; Choi, Chul-Jin

    2016-05-01

    We have calculated electronic structures of nanocrystalline Fe90-xCuxSi10-yBy using first principles calculations based on density functional theory (DFT) to obtain saturation magnetic flux density (Bs). The Bs of crystalline (Fe3Si) and amorphous (Fe-B) phases in Fe90-xCuxSi10-yBy were separately calculated, and the total Bs of Fe90-xCuxSi10-yBy was derived by the summation of the Bs for the Fe3Si and Fe-B phases. The calculated Bs of Fe3Si is 1.35 T, and that of Fe-B varies from 2.08 to 2.22 T based on Fe to B ratios. Therefore, a total Bs higher than 1.80 T can be obtained with y ≥ 4 for both x = 1 and 2 in Fe90-xCuxSi10-yBy.

  7. Rapidly solidified powder metallurgy of Al-Ti-Fe-X alloys

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    Kawamura, Yoshihito; Inoue, Akihisa; Takagi, Makoto; Ohta, Hidenobu; Imura, Toru; Masumoto, Tsuyoshi

    1999-04-23

    Mechanical properties of powder metallurgy (P/M) aluminum alloys have been improved through a rapid solidification (RS) technique. High-strength RS P/M aluminum alloys were recently developed in Al-Ni-(Y or Ce)-(Co, Ti or Zr) systems containing from 89 to 91 at% Al. The alloy systems have a glass-forming ability, resulting in easy attainment of nanocrystalline structure. Recently, the authors have reported that Al{sub 93}Ti{sub 3.5}Fe{sub 3.5}RS P/M alloys exhibited tensile strength of 786 MPa, plastic elongation of 3.2%, high thermal stability up to 600 K, low density of 2.90 gcm{sup {minus}3}, high Young`s modulus of 91 GPa and low coefficient of thermal expansion of 20.2 {times} 10{sup {minus}6} K{sup {minus}1}. The Al-Ti-Fe P/M alloys are expected to be applied as elevated-temperature materials such as Al-Fe-Ce, Al-Fe-Mo, Al-Fe-V-Si and Al-Cr-Zr RS P/M alloys, because the Ti and Fe elements exhibit limited solid solubility and low diffusivity in aluminum. The transition metals of V, Cr, Mo and Zr have low diffusivity in aluminum. The addition of these elements to the Al-Ti-Fe alloys is expected to improve its thermal stability and elevated-temperature strength. The purpose of this paper is to report the synthesis of elevated-temperature Al-Ti-Fe-X (X = V, Cr, Mo and Zr) RS P/M alloys.

  8. Moessbauer study in thin films of FeSi2 and FeSe systems

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    Escue, W. J.; Aggarwal, K.; Mendiratta, R. G.

    1978-01-01

    Thin films of FeSi2 and FeSe were studied using Moessbauer spectroscopy information regarding dangling bond configuration and nature of crystal structure in thin films was derived. A significant influence of crystalline aluminum substrate on film structure was observed.

  9. Validated thermodynamic prediction of AlP and eutectic (Si) solidification sequence in Al-Si cast alloys

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    Liang, S. M.; Schmid-Fetzer, R.

    2016-03-01

    The eutectic microstructure in hypoeutectic Al-Si cast alloys is strongly influenced by AlP particles which are potent nuclei for the eutectic (Si) phase. The solidification sequence of AlP and (Si) phases is, thus, crucial for the nucleation of eutectic silicon with marked impact on its morphology. This study presents this interdependence between Si- and P-compositions, relevant for Al-Si cast alloys, on the solidification sequence of AlP and (Si). These data are predicted from a series of thermodynamic calculations. The predictions are based on a self-consistent thermodynamic description of the Al-Si-P ternary alloy system developed recently. They are validated by independent experimental studies on microstructure and undercooling in hypoeutectic Al-Si alloys. A constrained Scheil solidification simulation technique is applied to predict the undercooling under clean heterogeneous nucleation conditions, validated by dedicated experimental observations on entrained droplets. These specific undercooling values may be very large and their quantitative dependence on Si and P content of the Al alloy is presented.

  10. Eutectic nucleation in hypoeutectic Al-Si alloys

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    Nafisi, S. Ghomashchi, R.; Vali, H.

    2008-10-15

    The nucleation mechanism of eutectic grains in hypoeutectic Al-Si foundry alloys has been investigated by examining deep etched specimens in high-resolution field emission gun scanning electron microscope (FEG-SEM) and by using in-situ Focused Ion Beam (FIB) milling and microscopy. Both unmodified and Sr-modified alloys were studied to characterize the nucleation mechanism of eutectic silicon flakes and fibers. It is proposed that following nucleation of eutectic Al on the primary {alpha}-Al dendrites, fine Si particles form at the solidification front upon which the eutectic Si flakes and fibers could develop. The formation of small Si particles is attributed to Si enrichment of the remaining melt due to the formation of eutectic Al (aluminum spikes) at the eutectic temperature. A hypothesis is then proposed to explain the mechanism of eutectic grains formation with main emphasis on the eutectic Si phase.

  11. Effects of temperature and pressure on phonons in FeSi1–xAlx

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    Delaire, O.; Al-Qasir, I. I.; Ma, J.; dos Santos, A. M.; Sales, B. C.; Mauger, L.; Stone, M. B.; Abernathy, D. L.; Xiao, Y.; Somayazulu, M.

    2013-05-31

    The effects of temperature and pressure on phonons in B20 compounds FeSi1–xAlx were measured using inelastic neutron scattering and nuclear-resonant inelastic x-ray scattering. The effect of hole doping through Al substitution is compared to results of alloying with Co (electron doping) in Fe₁₋xCoxSi. While the temperature dependence of phonons in FeSi is highly anomalous, doping with either type of carriers leads to a recovery of the normal quasiharmonic behavior. Density functional theory (DFT) computations of the electronic band structure and phonons were performed. The anomaly in the temperature dependence of the phonons in undoped FeSi was related to the narrowmore » band gap, and its sensitivity to the effect of thermal disordering by phonons. On the other hand, the pressure dependence of phonons at room temperature in undoped FeSi follows the quasiharmonic behavior and is well reproduced by the DFT calculations.« less

  12. Anomalous metal-to-insulator transition in FeSi films deposited on SiO2/Si substrates

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    Witanachchi, S.; Abou Mourad, H.; Mukherjee, P.

    2006-04-01

    In-plane conductivity measurements of FeSi films deposited on boron-doped silicon substrates exhibited an anomalous metal-to-insulator transition near 250 K. In the temperature range of 250-215 K the resistance of the films increased by more than three orders of magnitude. For temperatures >250 K, metallic conductivity consistent with the conductivity of the doped silicon substrate was observed. This indicates an ohmic contact between the film and the silicon substrate across the native SiO2 layer. Below the transition temperature (<250 K), the temperature dependence of the resistance implies hopping conduction between localized states that is observed in disordered FeSi films. This metal-to-insulator transition observed in these films suggests switching of the current percolation path from substrate to the film due to a rapid increase in the interfacial resistance. The experimental results agree well with a three-layer model that incorporates an exponentially increasing interfacial resistance with decreasing temperature. The presence of a thin native oxide layer between the deposited film and the silicon substrate is essential for manifestation of the transition. Cross-sectional transmission electron microscopy analysis indicated diffusion of Fe through the oxide barrier and accumulation of Fe at the SiO2/Si interface. The band bending at the interface resulting from Fermi level pinning due to interface states and the formation of (Fe+/++B-)0/+ pairs at the SiO2/Si interface may be responsible for the observed transition.

  13. Microstructure of the Al-La-Ni-Fe system

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    Vasil’ev, A. L.; Ivanova, A. G.; Bakhteeva, N. D.; Kolobylina, N. N.; Orekhov, A. S.; Presnyakov, M. Yu.; Todorova, E. V.

    2015-01-15

    The microstructure of alloys based on the Al-La-Ni-Fe system, which are characterized by a unique ability to form metal glasses and nanoscale composites in a wide range of compositions, has been investigated. Al{sub 85}Ni{sub 7}Fe{sub 4}La{sub 4} and Al{sub 85}Ni{sub 9}Fe{sub 2}La{sub 4} alloys have been analyzed by electron microscopy (including high-resolution scanning transmission electron microscopy), energy-dispersive X-ray microanalysis, electron diffraction (ED), and X-ray diffraction (XRD). It is found that, along with fcc Al and Al{sub 4}La (Al{sub 11}La{sub 3}) particles, these alloys contain a ternary phase Al{sub 3}Ni{sub 1−x}Fe{sub x} (sp. gr. Pnma) isostructural to the Al{sub 3}Ni phase and a quaternary phase Al{sub 8}Fe{sub 2−x}Ni{sub x}La isostructural to the Al{sub 8}Fe{sub 2}Eu phase (sp. gr. Pbam). The unit-cell parameters of the Al{sub 3}Ni{sub 1−x}Fe{sub x} and Al{sub 8}Fe{sub 2−x}Ni{sub x}La compounds, determined by ED and refined by XRD, are a = 0.664(1) nm, b = 0.734(1) nm, and c = 0.490(1) nm for Al{sub 3}Ni{sub 1−x}Fe{sub x} and a = 1.258(3) nm, b = 1.448(3) nm, and c = 0.405(8) nm for Al{sub 8}Fe{sub 2−x}Ni{sub x}La. In both cases Ni and Fe atoms are statistically arranged, and no ordering is found. Al{sub 8}Fe{sub 2−x}Ni{sub x}La particles contain inclusions in the form of Al{sub 3}Fe δ layers.

  14. The investigation of the electrical properties of Fe3O4/n-Si heterojunctions in a wide temperature range.

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    Deniz, Ali Rıza; Çaldıran, Zakir; Metin, Önder; Meral, Kadem; Aydoğan, Şakir

    2016-07-01

    Monodisperse 8nm Fe3O4 nanoparticles (NPs) were synthesized by the thermal decomposition of iron(III) acetylacetonate in oleylamine and then were deposited onto n-type silicon wafer having the Al ohmic contact. Next, the morphology of the Fe3O4 NPs were characterized by using TEM and XRD. The optical properties of Fe3O4 NPs film was studied by UV-Vis spectroscopoy and its band gap was calculated to be 2.16eV. Au circle contacts with 7.85×10(-3)cm(2) area were provided on the Fe3O4 film via evaporation at 10(-5)Torr and the Au/Fe3O4 NPs/n-Si/Al heterojunction device were fabricated. The temperature-dependent junction parameters of Au/Fe3O4/n-Si/Al device including ideality factor, barrier height and series resistance were calculated by using the I-V characteristics in a wide temperature range of 40-300K. The results revealed that the ideality factor and series resistance increased by the decreasing temperature while the barrier height decreases. The Richardson constant of Au/Fe3O4/n-Si/Al device was calculated to be 2.17A/K(2)cm(2) from the I-V characteristics. The temperature dependence of Au/Fe3O4/n-Si/Al heterojunction device showed a double Gaussian distribution, which is caused by the inhomogeneities characteristics of Fe3O4/n-Si heterojunction. PMID:27078739

  15. Current-Voltage and Capacitance-Conductance-Voltage Characteristics of Al/SiO2/p-Si and Al/Methyl Green (MG)/p-Si Structures

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    Duman, Songül; Ozcelik, Fikriye Seyma; Gürbulak, Bekir; Gülnahar, Murat; Turut, Abdulmecit

    2015-01-01

    The organic methyl green (MG) has been investigated for the first time for its electronic applications. In order to see the effect of organic MG layer on electrical characteristics of Al/p-Si diode, Al/MG/p-Si structure has been fabricated by inexpensive and simple "drop coating" method. The current-voltage ( I- V) and capacitance-conductance-voltage ( C- G- V) characteristics of Al/SiO2/p-Si and Al/MG/p-Si structures have been investigated. The parameters such as ideality factor ( n), barrier height (), series and shunt resistance, and the density of interface states have been investigated using current-voltage measurements, in dark and under illumination conditions at room temperature. The n and values of 1.56 and 0.81 eV for Al/SiO2/p-Si and 1.36 and 0.80 eV for Al/MG/p-Si are calculated from the forward bias I- V characteristics. The value of the Al/SiO2/p-Si structure at room temperature is larger than that of conventional Al/p-Si diode. It is seen that the n value of 1.36 calculated for the Al/MG/p-Si structure is lower than most of the metal/organic compound/inorganic semiconductor devices.

  16. Temperature dependence of the Si, Al distribution in ultramarines

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    Gordillo, M. C.; Herrero, C. P.

    1992-12-01

    The Si, Al ordering pattern for blue ultramarine (aluminosilicate with a ratio Si/Al ≈ 1) is analyzed by a Monte Carlo method. The influence of the synthesis temperature and the large extraframework anions on the Si, Al distribution is studied. It is found that a combination of both factors (especially the first) can explain the reported violation of Loewenstein's rule in this compound. A long-range disordered Si, Al distribution was observed for temperatures above 800 K, which correspond to the pyrolytic synthesis of ultramarine. For lower temperatures, corresponding to the regime of hydrothermal synthesis, strict alternation of Si and Al was found, in agreement with experimental results for lazurite, the natural counterpart of ultramarine.

  17. Time-resolved photoluminescence properties of ion-beam-synthesized β-FeSi2 and Si-implanted Si

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    Terai, Yoshikazu; Maeda, Yoshihito

    2015-07-01

    Temporal decay characteristics of 1.54 µm photoluminescence (PL) were investigated in β-FeSi2 and Si-implanted Si samples grown by ion-beam-synthesis (IBS). In the samples, the band-edge PL of β-FeSi2 (A-band) and the dislocation-related PL (D1-band) of Si were both observed at ˜0.8 eV. Regarding the dependence of the PL decay curves on excitation power density (P), PL decay curves without extrinsic effects were obtained at a low P of P ≤ 4.3 mW/cm2. The PL decay times obtained at a low P showed clear differences between the A-band and the D1-line. The result showed that the band-edge PL of β-FeSi2 was distinguished from the dislocation-related PL of Si by the PL decay times. The intrinsic PL decay times of β-FeSi2 were determined to be τ1 = 70-100 ns and τ2 = 550-670 ns at 5 K.

  18. Effect of Si addition on AC and DC magnetic properties of (Fe-P)-Si alloy

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    Gautam, Ravi; Prabhu, D.; Chandrasekaran, V.; Gopalan, R.; Sundararajan, G.

    2016-05-01

    We report a new (Fe-P)-Si based alloy with relatively high induction (1.8-1.9 T), low coercivity (< 80 A/m), high resistivity (˜38 μΩ cm) and low core loss (217 W/kg @ 1 T/1 kHz) comparable to the commercially available M530-50 A5 Si-steel. The attractive magnetic and electrical properties are attributed to i) the two phase microstructure of fine nano precipitates of Fe3P dispersed in α-Fe matrix achieved by a two-step heat-treatment process and ii) Si addition enhancing the resistivity of the α-Fe matrix phase. As the alloy processing is by conventional wrought metallurgy method, it has the potential for large scale production.

  19. Chemical ordering and large tunnel magnetoresistance in Co2FeAl/MgAl2O4/Co2FeAl(001) junctions

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    Scheike, Thomas; Sukegawa, Hiroaki; Inomata, Koichiro; Ohkubo, Tadakatsu; Hono, Kazuhiro; Mitani, Seiji

    2016-05-01

    Epitaxial magnetic tunnel junctions (MTJs) with a Co2FeAl/CoFe (0.5 nm)/MgAl2O4/Co2FeAl(001) structure were fabricated by magnetron sputtering. High-temperature in situ annealing led to a high degree of B2-order in the Co2FeAl layers and cation order of the MgAl2O4 barrier. Large tunnel magnetoresistance (TMR) of up to 342% was obtained at room temperature (616% at 4 K), in contrast to the TMR ratio ( ≲ 160%) suppressed by the band-folding effect in Fe/cation-ordered MgAl2O4/Fe MTJs. The present study reveals that the high degree of B2-order and the resulting high spin polarization in the Co2FeAl electrodes enable us to bypass the band-folding problem in spinel barriers.

  20. Ab initio studies on the adsorption and implantation of Al and Fe to nitride materials

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    Riedl, H.; Zálešák, J.; Arndt, M.; Polcik, P.; Holec, D.; Mayrhofer, P. H.

    2015-09-01

    The formation of transfer material products on coated cutting and forming tools is a major failure mechanism leading to various sorts of wear. To describe the atomistic processes behind the formation of transfer materials, we use ab initio to study the adsorption energy as well as the implantation barrier of Al and Fe atoms for (001)-oriented surfaces of TiN, Ti0.50Al0.50N, Ti0.90Si0.10N, CrN, and Cr0.90Si0.10N. The interactions between additional atoms and nitride-surfaces are described for pure adhesion, considering no additional stresses, and for the implantation barrier. The latter, we simplified to the stress required to implant Al and Fe into sub-surface regions of the nitride material. The adsorption energies exhibit pronounced extrema at high-symmetry positions and are generally highest at nitrogen sites. Here, the binary nitrides are comparable to their ternary counterparts and the average adhesive energy is higher (more negative) on CrN than TiN based systems. Contrary, the implantation barrier for Al and Fe atoms is higher for the ternary systems Ti0.50Al0.50N, Ti0.90Si0.10N, and Cr0.90Si0.10N than for their binary counterparts TiN and CrN. Based on our results, we can conclude that TiN based systems outperform CrN based systems with respect to pure adhesion, while the Si-containing ternaries exhibit higher implantation barriers for Al and Fe atoms. The data obtained are important to understand the atomistic interaction of metal atoms with nitride-based materials, which is valid not just for machining operations but also for any combination such as interfaces between coatings and substrates or multilayer and phase arrangements themselves.

  1. Structure determination of Fe-Al-Ge alloys

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    Gargicevich, D.; Galván Josa, V. M.; Blanco, C.; Lambri, A.; Cuello, G. J.

    2015-11-01

    We studied the crystalline structure of Fe - 8at.%Al - 4at.%Ge alloy between 300 and 1300 K and its relation to the mechanical response by means of neutron diffraction and mechanical spectroscopy. At room temperature we observe a Fe3Al-type ordered structure with a deficiency of Al in the 8c sites. The Ge atoms are distributed in the 4a and Al atoms in 8c sites. At high temperature we observe an order-disorder transformation when the crystal structure becomes Fe-α type. This loss of order gives rise to the hysteresis behavior of damping between the heating and cooling runs.

  2. Three-dimensional rigid multiphase networks providing high-temperature strength to cast AlSi10Cu5Ni1-2 piston alloys.

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    Asghar, Z; Requena, G; Boller, E

    2011-09-01

    The three-dimensional (3-D) architecture of rigid multiphase networks present in AlSi10Cu5Ni1 and AlSi10Cu5Ni2 piston alloys in as-cast condition and after 4h spheroidization treatment is characterized by synchrotron tomography in terms of the volume fraction of rigid phases, interconnectivity, contiguity and morphology. The architecture of both alloys consists of ?-Al matrix and a rigid long-range 3-D network of Al(7)Cu(4)Ni, Al(4)Cu(2)Mg(8)Si(7), Al(2)Cu, Al(15)Si(2)(FeMn)(3) and AlSiFeNiCu aluminides and Si. The investigated architectural parameters of both alloys studied are correlated with room-temperature and high-temperature (300C) strengths as a function of solution treatment time. The AlSi10Cu5Ni1 and AlSi10Cu5Ni2 alloys behave like metal matrix composites with 16 and 20vol.% reinforcement, respectively. Both alloys have similar strengths in the as-cast condition, but the AlSi10Cu5Ni2 is able to retain ?15% higher high temperature strength than the AlSi10Cu5Ni1 alloy after more than 4h of spheroidization treatment. This is due to the preservation of the 3-D interconnectivity and the morphology of the rigid network, which is governed by the higher degree of contiguity between aluminides and Si. PMID:21977004

  3. Protected Fe valence in quasi-two-dimensional α-FeSi2.

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    Miiller, W; Tomczak, J M; Simonson, J W; Smith, G; Kotliar, G; Aronson, M C

    2015-05-01

    We report the first comprehensive study of the high temperature form (α-phase) of iron disilicide. Measurements of the magnetic susceptibility, magnetization, heat capacity and resistivity were performed on well characterized single crystals. With a nominal iron d(6) configuration and a quasi-two-dimensional crystal structure that strongly resembles that of LiFeAs, α-FeSi2 is a potential candidate for unconventional superconductivity. Akin to LiFeAs, α-FeSi2 does not develop any magnetic order and we confirm its metallic state down to the lowest temperatures (T = 1.8 K). However, our experiments reveal that paramagnetism and electronic correlation effects in α-FeSi2 are considerably weaker than in the pnictides. Band theory calculations yield small Sommerfeld coefficients of the electronic specific heat γ = Ce/T that are in excellent agreement with experiment. Additionally, realistic many-body calculations further corroborate that quasi-particle mass enhancements are only modest in α-FeSi2. Remarkably, we find that the natural tendency to vacancy formation in the iron sublattice has little influence on the iron valence and the density of states at the Fermi level. Moreover, Mn doping does not significantly change the electronic state of the Fe ion. This suggests that the iron valence is protected against hole doping and indeed the substitution of Co for Fe causes a rigid-band like response of the electronic properties. As a key difference from the pnictides, we identify the smaller inter-iron layer spacing, which causes the active orbitals near the Fermi level to be of a different symmetry in α-FeSi2. This change in orbital character might be responsible for the lack of superconductivity in this system, providing constraints on pairing theories in the iron based pnictides and chalcogenides. PMID:25837013

  4. Protected Fe valence in quasi-two-dimensional α-FeSi2

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    Miiller, W.; Tomczak, J. M.; Simonson, J. W.; Smith, G.; Kotliar, G.; Aronson, M. C.

    2015-05-01

    We report the first comprehensive study of the high temperature form (α-phase) of iron disilicide. Measurements of the magnetic susceptibility, magnetization, heat capacity and resistivity were performed on well characterized single crystals. With a nominal iron d6 configuration and a quasi-two-dimensional crystal structure that strongly resembles that of LiFeAs, α-FeSi2 is a potential candidate for unconventional superconductivity. Akin to LiFeAs, α-FeSi2 does not develop any magnetic order and we confirm its metallic state down to the lowest temperatures (T = 1.8 K). However, our experiments reveal that paramagnetism and electronic correlation effects in α-FeSi2 are considerably weaker than in the pnictides. Band theory calculations yield small Sommerfeld coefficients of the electronic specific heat γ = Ce/T that are in excellent agreement with experiment. Additionally, realistic many-body calculations further corroborate that quasi-particle mass enhancements are only modest in α-FeSi2. Remarkably, we find that the natural tendency to vacancy formation in the iron sublattice has little influence on the iron valence and the density of states at the Fermi level. Moreover, Mn doping does not significantly change the electronic state of the Fe ion. This suggests that the iron valence is protected against hole doping and indeed the substitution of Co for Fe causes a rigid-band like response of the electronic properties. As a key difference from the pnictides, we identify the smaller inter-iron layer spacing, which causes the active orbitals near the Fermi level to be of a different symmetry in α-FeSi2. This change in orbital character might be responsible for the lack of superconductivity in this system, providing constraints on pairing theories in the iron based pnictides and chalcogenides.

  5. Fe Isotopic Composition of Presolar SiC Mainstream Grains

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    Tripa, C. E.; Pellin, M. J.; Savina, M. R.; Davis, A. M.; Lewis, R. S.; Clayton, R. N.

    2002-01-01

    Iron isotopic distribution was measured in SiC mainstream grains from the Murchison meteorite by time-of-flight resonance ionization mass spectrometry. All grains exhibit 54Fe depletions of 50 to 200, lower than what are predicted by calculations of s-process nucleosynthesis in AGB stars. Additional information is contained in the original extended abstract.

  6. Synthesis of iron silicides starting with Fe/Si multilayers

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    Saul, C. Ketzer; Amaral, L.; Schreiner, W. H.

    1994-12-01

    The iron silicides are considered key materials for silicon integrated optoelectronic devices. This report describes the synthesis of the iron silicides starting with e-beam evaporated multilayered Fe/Si samples. Samples with two chemical wavelengths were studied upon annealing and ion beam mixing. The characterization included X-ray diffraction, CEMS and Rutherford backscattering.

  7. Magnetic moments induce strong phonon renormalization in FeSi.

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    Krannich, S; Sidis, Y; Lamago, D; Heid, R; Mignot, J-M; Löhneysen, H v; Ivanov, A; Steffens, P; Keller, T; Wang, L; Goering, E; Weber, F

    2015-01-01

    The interactions of electronic, spin and lattice degrees of freedom in solids result in complex phase diagrams, new emergent phenomena and technical applications. While electron-phonon coupling is well understood, and interactions between spin and electronic excitations are intensely investigated, only little is known about the dynamic interactions between spin and lattice excitations. Noncentrosymmetric FeSi is known to undergo with increasing temperature a crossover from insulating to metallic behaviour with concomitant magnetic fluctuations, and exhibits strongly temperature-dependent phonon energies. Here we show by detailed inelastic neutron-scattering measurements and ab initio calculations that the phonon renormalization in FeSi is linked to its unconventional magnetic properties. Electronic states mediating conventional electron-phonon coupling are only activated in the presence of strong magnetic fluctuations. Furthermore, phonons entailing strongly varying Fe-Fe distances are damped via dynamic coupling to the temperature-induced magnetic moments, highlighting FeSi as a material with direct spin-phonon coupling and multiple interaction paths. PMID:26611619

  8. Magnetic moments induce strong phonon renormalization in FeSi

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    Krannich, S.; Sidis, Y.; Lamago, D.; Heid, R.; Mignot, J.-M.; Löhneysen, H. V.; Ivanov, A.; Steffens, P.; Keller, T.; Wang, L.; Goering, E.; Weber, F.

    2015-11-01

    The interactions of electronic, spin and lattice degrees of freedom in solids result in complex phase diagrams, new emergent phenomena and technical applications. While electron-phonon coupling is well understood, and interactions between spin and electronic excitations are intensely investigated, only little is known about the dynamic interactions between spin and lattice excitations. Noncentrosymmetric FeSi is known to undergo with increasing temperature a crossover from insulating to metallic behaviour with concomitant magnetic fluctuations, and exhibits strongly temperature-dependent phonon energies. Here we show by detailed inelastic neutron-scattering measurements and ab initio calculations that the phonon renormalization in FeSi is linked to its unconventional magnetic properties. Electronic states mediating conventional electron-phonon coupling are only activated in the presence of strong magnetic fluctuations. Furthermore, phonons entailing strongly varying Fe-Fe distances are damped via dynamic coupling to the temperature-induced magnetic moments, highlighting FeSi as a material with direct spin-phonon coupling and multiple interaction paths.

  9. Amorphous FeCo-SiB alloys with zero magnetostriction

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    Kohmoto, O.; Ohya, K.

    1981-02-01

    The saturation induction Bs and the relation between Curie temperature Tc and crystallization temperature Tx were systematically studied for Co-rich (FeCo)100-y(SizB1-z)y systems with zero magnetostriction in the range of 20⩽y⩽30 and 0⩽z⩽0.6. With increasing metalloid content y, Bs and Tc decrease and Tx increases. Small addition of Si into FeCo-B alloys greatly increases Tx, while it slightly decreases Bs and Tc . The highest Bs alloy with Tx⩾Tc was determined to be (FeCo)75.5(Si0.15B0.85)24.5 (Bs = 9.8 kG). Magnetic annealing was studied for toroidal shape alloys with different Si/(Si+B) content z but with the same Bs of 10.6 kG (TxSi (z = 0) was anomalously small (5.6 kG), while small additions of Si (z = 0.1) greatly increased Br (10 kG). This is mainly attributed to increases in the magnetically induced anisotropy Ku by a small addition of Si. The change in Ku is unexplainable by the pair model. Another contribution to the change in Br may be the weak random local anisotropy due to the intrinsic amorphous structure of the alloy. Interstitially sited Si plays an important role in increasing the magnetic ordering as well as structural stability.

  10. Dielectric properties of spark plasma sintered AlN/SiC composite ceramics

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    Gao, Peng; Jia, Cheng-chang; Cao, Wen-bin; Wang, Cong-cong; Liang, Dong; Xu, Guo-liang

    2014-06-01

    In this study, we have investigated how the dielectric loss tangent and permittivity of AlN ceramics are affected by factors such as powder mixing methods, milling time, sintering temperature, and the addition of a second conductive phase. All ceramic samples were prepared by spark plasma sintering (SPS) under a pressure of 30 MPa. AlN composite ceramics sintered with 30wt%-40wt% SiC at 1600°C for 5 min exhibited the best dielectric loss tangent, which is greater than 0.3. In addition to AlN and β-SiC, the samples also contained 2H-SiC and Fe5Si3, as detected by X-ray difraction (XRD). The relative densities of the sintered ceramics were higher than 93%. Experimental results indicate that nano-SiC has a strong capability of absorbing electromagnetic waves. The dielectric constant and dielectric loss of AlN-SiC ceramics with the same content of SiC decreased as the frequency of electromagnetic waves increased from 1 kHz to 1 MHz.

  11. Origin of Fe3+ in Fe-containing, Al-free mantle silicate perovskite

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    Xu, Shenzhen; Shim, Sang-Heon; Morgan, Dane

    2015-01-01

    We have studied the ferrous (Fe2+) and ferric (Fe3+) iron concentrations in Al-free Fe containing Mg-silicate perovskite (Mg-Pv) at pressure (P), temperature (T), and oxygen fugacity (fO2) conditions related to the lower mantle using a thermodynamic model based on ab initio calculations. We consider the oxidation reaction and the charge disproportionation reaction, both of which can produce Fe3+ in Mg-Pv. The model shows qualitatively good agreement with available experimental data on Fe3+/ΣFeFe = total Fe in system), spin transitions, and equations of state. We predict that under lower-mantle conditions Fe3+/ΣFe determined by the charge disproportionation is estimated to be 0.01-0.07 in Al-free Mg-Pv, suggesting that low Al Mg-Pv in the uppermost pyrolitic mantle (where majoritic garnet contains most of the Al) and in the harzburgitic heterogeneities throughout the lower mantle contains very little Fe3+. We find that the volume reduction by the spin transition of the B-site Fe3+ leads to a minimum Fe3+/ΣFe in Mg-Pv at mid-mantle pressures. The model shows that configurational entropy is a key driving force to create Fe3+ and therefore Fe3+ content is highly temperature sensitive. The temperature sensitivity may lead to a maximum Fe3+/ΣFe in Mg-Pv in warm regions at the core-mantle boundary region, such as Large Low Shear Velocity Provinces (LLSVPs), potentially altering the physical (e.g., bulk modulus) and transport (e.g., thermal and electrical conductivities) properties of the heterogeneities.

  12. Impact of firing on surface passivation of p-Si by SiO2/Al and SiO2/SiNx/Al stacks

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    Chen, J.; Cornagliotti, E.; Loozen, X.; Simoen, E.; Vanhellemont, J.; Lauwaert, J.; Vrielinck, H.; Poortmans, J.

    2011-12-01

    Firing impacts on surface passivation provided by a SiO2 and SiO2/SiNx stack with evaporated Al films are studied by capacitance-based techniques on MIS capacitors. For devices with insulator layers consisting solely of as-deposited SiO2, the densities of either interface states (Dit) or fixed charges (Qfc) are hardly influenced by firing. Capping the SiO2 layer with a SiNx layer results in a shift of the peak activation energy of Dit toward the valence band (Ev) of Si. Firing this SiO2/SiNx stack leads to an increase of Qfc, a reduction of Dit, and a moderate shift of peak activation energy of Dit toward Ev. Co-firing with the Al film on top significantly reduces the Qfc, Dit, and Dit peak activation energy, which is resulting from the atomic hydrogen passivation. These results are of particular interest for the development of solar cells with rear surface passivation and local contacts.

  13. Magnetic properties, morphology and interfaces of (Fe/Si)n nanostructures

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    Bartolomé, J.; Badía-Romano, L.; Rubín, J.; Bartolomé, F.; Varnakov, S. N.; Ovchinnikov, S. G.; Bürgler, D. E.

    2016-02-01

    A systematic study of the iron-silicon interfaces formed upon preparation of (Fe/Si) multilayers has been performed by the combination of modern and powerful techniques. Samples were prepared by molecular beam epitaxy under ultrahigh vacuum onto Si wafers or single crystalline Ag(100) buffer layers grown on GaAs(100). The morphology of these films and their interfaces was studied by a combination of scanning transmission electron microscopy, X-ray reflectivity, angle resolved X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and hard X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The Si-on-Fe interface thickness and roughness were determined to be 1.4(1) nm and 0.6(1) nm, respectively. Moreover, determination of the stable phases formed at both Fe-on-Si and Si-on-Fe interfaces was performed using conversion electron Mössbauer spectroscopy on multilayers with well separated Si-on-Fe and Fe-on-Si interfaces. It is shown that while a fraction of Fe remains as α-Fe, the rest has reacted with Si, forming the paramagnetic FeSi phase and a ferromagnetic Fe rich silicide. We conclude that there is an identical paramagnetic c-Fe1-xSi silicide sublayer in both Si-on-Fe and Fe-on-Si interfaces, whereas an asymmetry is revealed in the composition of the ferromagnetic silicide sublayer.

  14. Strength anomaly in B2 FeAl single crystals

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    Yoshimi, K.; Hanada, S.; Yoo, M.H.; Matsumoto, N.

    1994-12-31

    Strength and deformation microstructure of B2 Fe-39 and 48%Al single crystals (composition given in atomic percent), which were fully annealed to remove frozen-in vacancies, have been investigated at temperatures between room temperature and 1073K. The hardness of as-homogenized Fe-48Al is higher than that of as-homogenized Fe-39Al while after additional annealing at 698K the hardness of Fe-48Al becomes lower than that of Fe-39Al. Fe-39Al single crystals slowly cooled after homogenizing at a high temperature were deformed in compression as a function of temperature and crystal orientation. A peak of yield strength appears around 0.5T{sub m} (T{sub m} = melting temperature). The orientation dependence of the critical resolved shear stress does not obey Schmid`s law even at room temperature and is quite different from that of b.c.c. metals and B2 intermetallics at low temperatures. At the peak temperature slip transition from <111>-type to <001>-type is found to occur macroscopically and microscopically, while it is observed in TEM that some of the [111] dislocations decompose into [101] and [010] on the (1096I) plane below the peak temperature. The physical sources for the positive temperature dependence of yield stress of B2 FeAl are discussed based on the obtained results.

  15. Formation of β-FeSi 2 thin films by partially ionized vapor deposition

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    Harada, Noriyuki; Takai, Hiroshi

    2003-05-01

    The partially ionized vapor deposition (PIVD) is proposed as a new method to realize low temperature formation of β-FeSi 2 thin films. In this method, Fe is evaporated by E-gun and a few percents of Fe atoms are ionized. We have investigated influences of the ion content and the accelerating voltage of Fe ions on the structural properties of β-FeSi 2 films deposited on Si substrates. It was confirmed that β-FeSi 2 can be formed on Si(1 0 0) substrate by PIVD even at substrate temperature as low as 350, while FeSi by the conventional vacuum deposition. It was concluded that the influence of Fe ions on preferential orientation of β-FeSi 2 depends strongly on the content and the acceleration energy of ions.

  16. Influence of Some Trace Elements on Solidification Path and Microstructure of Al-Si Foundry Alloys

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    Ludwig, Thomas Hartmut; Schaffer, Paul Louis; Arnberg, Lars

    2013-08-01

    In the present study, Ca, Ni, V, and Zn were added to a high purity binary Al-7wt pct Si and commercial purity A356 foundry alloy in the nominal range of 50 to 600 ppm in order to study their effect on the solidification path and the resultant microstructure. Thermal analysis was used to assess nucleation and growth of the various phases. It was found that Ca and Ni additions suppress characteristic temperatures associated with nucleation and growth of the eutectic by up to 4 and 1.5 K, respectively. Additionally, Ca was observed to modify the eutectic Si and a concentration as low as 39 ppm Ca was sufficient to precipitate the geometrically unfavored polyhedral Al2Si2Ca phase. Furthermore, Ni addition resulted in the formation of two intermetallic phases when the Ni concentration exceeded 300 ppm. These phases have been quantified as Al3Ni and Al9FeNi by SEM-EDS. V and Zn had no apparent effect on the cooling curve and the microstructure. Even though it could be shown that V accumulates preferably in β-Al5FeSi particles, V concentrations of 600 ppm were too low to have any influence on the phase's morphology.

  17. State-of-the-art SiAlON materials

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    Dutta, S.

    1980-01-01

    The state of the art of SiAlONs is examined. The review includes work on phase relations, crystal structure, synthesis, fabrication, and properties of various SiAlONs. The essential features of compositions, fabrication methods, and microstructure are reviewed. High temperature flexure strength, creep, fracture toughness, oxidation, and thermal shock resistance are discussed. These data are compared to those for some currently produced silicon nitride ceramics to assess the potential of SiAlON materials for use in advanced gas turbine engines.

  18. Texture development in SiC-seeded AlN

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    Sandlin, M.S.; Bowman, K.J.; Root, J.

    1997-01-01

    Polycrystalline AlN specimens containing 15 volume percent SiC seed particles were slip-cast then hot-pressed at 1,800 C. These processing steps resulted in oriented SiC platelets in a nearly random AlN matrix. Samples were then annealed for up to 18 hours at 2,150 C under nitrogen. Quantitative texture measurements of the AlN and SiC basal poles, and powder diffraction measurements were performed using neutron and X-ray diffraction. The results indicate that SiC platelets effectively seed AlN-SiC alloy textures by a coalescence and growth mechanism during annealing. Texture intensification does not occur in AlN specimens without SiC platelet additions, or in specimens containing non-oriented SiC powder. The most effective seeing was observed in specimens containing 15 volume percent SiC platelets. Optical microscopy and electron microscopy were used in conjunction with texture analysis to elucidate texture development mechanisms.

  19. Oxidation behavior of FeAl+Hf,Zr,B

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    Smialek, James L.; Doychak, Joseph

    1988-01-01

    The oxidation behavior of Fe-40Al-1Hf, Fe-40Al-1Hf-0.4B, and Fe-40Al-0.1Zr-0.4B (at. percent) alloys was characterized after 900, 1000, and 100 C exposures. Isothermal tests revealed parabolic kinetics after a period of transitional theta-alumina scale growth. The parabolic growth rates for the subsequent alpha-alumina scales were about five times higher than those for NiAl+0.1Zr alloys. The isothermally grown scales showed a propensity toward massive scale spallation due to both extensive rumpling from growth stresses and to an inner layer of HfO2. Cyclic oxidation for 200 1-hr cycles produced little degradation at 900 or 1000 C, but caused significant spallation at 1100 C in the form of small segments of the outer scale. The major difference in the cyclic oxidation of the three FeAl alloys was increased initial spallation for FeAl+Zr,B. Although these FeAl alloys showed many similarities to NiAl alloys, they were generally less oxidation resistant. It is believed that this resulted from nonoptimal levels of dopants and larger thermal expansion mismatch stresses.

  20. Angular variation of oblique Hanle effect in CoFe/SiO2/Si and CoFe/Ta/SiO2/Si tunnel contacts

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    He, Shumin; Lee, Jeong-Hyeon; Grünberg, Peter; Cho, B. K.

    2016-03-01

    Oblique Hanle effect (OHE) with magnetic field applied at an oblique angle θ (0 ≤ θ ≤ 180°) was systematically investigated using the 3-terminal (3T) geometry with CoFe/SiO2/Si tunnel contacts. Clear Hanle-like signals with asymmetric voltage dependence are obtained for all angles. It is found that the asymptotic value of the OHE uniquely depends on the angle θ and its angular variation can be fitted well with both functions of cos2θ and /1 1 - α γ 2 cos 2 θ as predicted from spin injection and impurity-assisted magnetoresistance models, respectively. In addition, no Hanle signal is observed in tunnel junctions with spin-unpolarized CoFe/Ta/SiO2/Si structure, which is also understandable by both models. The experimental data in this study demonstrate clearly that further study should be still done to uncover the underlying physics of the Hanle-like signal in 3T tunnel contacts.

  1. Electrical and optical properties of Fe doped AlGaN grown by molecular beam epitaxy

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    Polyakov, A. Y.; Smirnov, N. B.; Govorkov, A. V.; Kozhukhova, E. A.; Dabiran, A. M.; Chow, P. P.; Wowchak, A. M.; Pearton, S. J.

    2010-01-15

    Electrical and optical properties of AlGaN grown by molecular beam epitaxy were studied in the Al composition range 15%-45%. Undoped films were semi-insulating, with the Fermi level pinned near E{sub c}-0.6-0.7 eV. Si doping to (5-7)x10{sup 17} cm{sup -3} rendered the 15% Al films conducting n-type, but a large portion of the donors were relatively deep (activation energy 95 meV), with a 0.15 eV barrier for capture of electrons giving rise to strong persistent photoconductivity (PPC) effects. The optical threshold of this effect was {approx}1 eV. Doping with Fe to a concentration of {approx}10{sup 17} cm{sup -3} led to decrease in concentration of uncompensated donors, suggesting compensation by Fe acceptors. Addition of Fe strongly suppressed the formation of PPC-active centers in favor of ordinary shallow donors. For higher Al compositions, Si doping of (5-7)x10{sup 17} cm{sup -3} did not lead to n-type conductivity. Fe doping shifted the bandedge luminescence by 25-50 meV depending on Al composition. The dominant defect band in microcathodoluminescence spectra was the blue band near 3 eV, with the energy weakly dependent on composition.

  2. Surface acoustic wave devices on AlN/3C-SiC/Si multilayer structures

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    Lin, Chih-Ming; Chen, Yung-Yu; Felmetsger, Valery V.; Lien, Wei-Cheng; Riekkinen, Tommi; Senesky, Debbie G.; Pisano, Albert P.

    2013-02-01

    Surface acoustic wave (SAW) propagation characteristics in a multilayer structure including a piezoelectric aluminum nitride (AlN) thin film and an epitaxial cubic silicon carbide (3C-SiC) layer on a silicon (Si) substrate are investigated by theoretical calculation in this work. Alternating current (ac) reactive magnetron sputtering was used to deposit highly c-axis-oriented AlN thin films, showing the full width at half maximum (FWHM) of the rocking curve of 1.36° on epitaxial 3C-SiC layers on Si substrates. In addition, conventional two-port SAW devices were fabricated on the AlN/3C-SiC/Si multilayer structure and SAW propagation properties in the multilayer structure were experimentally investigated. The surface wave in the AlN/3C-SiC/Si multilayer structure exhibits a phase velocity of 5528 m s-1 and an electromechanical coupling coefficient of 0.42%. The results demonstrate the potential of AlN thin films grown on epitaxial 3C-SiC layers to create layered SAW devices with higher phase velocities and larger electromechanical coupling coefficients than SAW devices on an AlN/Si multilayer structure. Moreover, the FWHM values of rocking curves of the AlN thin film and 3C-SiC layer remained constant after annealing for 500 h at 540 °C in air atmosphere. Accordingly, the layered SAW devices based on AlN thin films and 3C-SiC layers are applicable to timing and sensing applications in harsh environments.

  3. Morphology of α-Si3N4 in Fe-Si3N4 prepared via flash combustion

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    Li, Bin; Chen, Jun-hong; Su, Jin-dong; Yan, Ming-wei; Sun, Jia-lin; Li, Yong

    2015-12-01

    The state and formation mechanism of α-Si3N4 in Fe-Si3N4 prepared by flash combustion were investigated by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, and transmission electron microscopy. The results indicate that α-Si3N4 crystals exist only in the Fe-Si3N4 dense areas. When FeSi75 particles react with N2, which generates substantial heat, a large number of Si solid particles evaporate. The product between Si gas and N2 is a mixture of α-Si3N4 and β-Si3N4. At the later stage of the flash combustion process, α-Si3N4 crystals dissolve and reprecipitate as β-Si3N4 and the β-Si3N4 crystals grow outward from the dense areas in the product pool. As the temperature decreases, the α-Si3N4 crystals cool before transforming into β-Si3N4 crystals in the dense areas of Fe-Si3N4. The phase composition of flash-combustion-synthesized Fe-Si3N4 is controllable through manipulation of the gas-phase reaction in the early stage and the α→β transformation in the later stage.

  4. Magnetic moments induce strong phonon renormalization in FeSi

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    Krannich, S.; Sidis, Y.; Lamago, D.; Heid, R.; Mignot, J.-M.; Löhneysen, H. v.; Ivanov, A.; Steffens, P.; Keller, T.; Wang, L.; Goering, E.; Weber, F.

    2015-01-01

    The interactions of electronic, spin and lattice degrees of freedom in solids result in complex phase diagrams, new emergent phenomena and technical applications. While electron–phonon coupling is well understood, and interactions between spin and electronic excitations are intensely investigated, only little is known about the dynamic interactions between spin and lattice excitations. Noncentrosymmetric FeSi is known to undergo with increasing temperature a crossover from insulating to metallic behaviour with concomitant magnetic fluctuations, and exhibits strongly temperature-dependent phonon energies. Here we show by detailed inelastic neutron-scattering measurements and ab initio calculations that the phonon renormalization in FeSi is linked to its unconventional magnetic properties. Electronic states mediating conventional electron–phonon coupling are only activated in the presence of strong magnetic fluctuations. Furthermore, phonons entailing strongly varying Fe–Fe distances are damped via dynamic coupling to the temperature-induced magnetic moments, highlighting FeSi as a material with direct spin–phonon coupling and multiple interaction paths. PMID:26611619

  5. Synthesis of ternary Si clathrates in the A-Al-Si (A = Na and K) system

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    Imai, Motoharu; Singh, Shiva Kumar; Nishio, Mitsuaki; Yamada, Takahiro; Yamane, Hisanori

    2015-07-01

    With the aim of producing functional materials based on earth-abundant elements, we examined the synthesis of the ternary type-I clathrates A8AlxSi46-x (A = Na and K). The type-I Si clathrate K7.9(1)Al7.1(1)Si38.9(4), having a lattice parameter of 10.434(1) Å, was successfully synthesized via the direct reaction of K, Al, and Si by optimization of both the synthesis temperature and the molar ratios among the raw ingredients. K8Al7Si39 exhibited metallic conduction: its electrical resistivity increased with increasing temperature. The high pressure synthesis of Na8AlxSi46-x was also examined, using a belt-type apparatus and employing a mixture of NaSi, Al, and Si as the reagents. In this manner, the type-I Si clathrate Na8.7(9)Al0.5(1)Si45(2), having a lattice parameter of 10.211(1) Å, was synthesized at 5.5 GPa and 1570 K.

  6. Role of Si on the Al behavior in the reaction layer of Al/UMo diffusion couples

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    Garces, Jorge E.; Bozzolo, Guillermo; Hofman, Gerard; Rest, Jeffrey

    2007-02-12

    The basic experimental features characterizing the Al-Si/U-Mo interface are identified in this atomistic modeling effort, such as the formation of interfacial compounds, Si depletion in the Al matrix near the interface, reduced Al diffusion in the UMo solid solution, and the interaction between Mo and Si which inhibits Al and Si diffusion to the UMo bulk.

  7. Microstructure Evolution of Atomized Al-0.61 wt pct Fe and Al-1.90 wt pct Fe Alloys

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    Chen, Jian; Dahlborg, Ulf; Bao, Cui Min; Calvo-Dahlborg, Monique; Henein, Hani

    2011-06-01

    The microstructure evolution of impulse atomized powders of Al-0.61 wt pct and Al-1.90 wt pct Fe compositions have been investigated with a scanning electron microscope, transmission electron microscope, neutron diffraction, and backscattering electron diffraction (EBSD). Both hypoeutectic and hypereutectic compositions demonstrated similar macrostructure ( i.e., primary α-Al dendrites/cells with eutectic Al-Fe intermetallics decorated at the dendritic/cellular walls). Selected area electron diffraction (SAED) analysis and SAED pattern simulation identified the eutectic Al-Fe intermetallic as AlmFe ( m = 4.0-4.4). This is verified by neutron diffraction analysis. Cubic texture was observed by EBSD on the droplets with dendritic growth direction close to <111>. The possible reasons are discussed.

  8. Electronic structure of Fe{sub 3}Si on Si(100) substrates

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    Lal, Chhagan; Di Santo, G.; Caputo, M.; Panighel, M.; Goldoni, A.; Taleatu, B. A.; Jain, I. P.

    2014-04-24

    The improved performance of large-scale integrated circuits (LSIs) by the shrinking of devices is becoming difficult due to physical limitations. Here we report, the growth and formation of Fe{sub 3}Si on Si(100) and characterized by x-ray photoemission, UV photoemission and low energy electron diffraction to study the electronic structure. The results revealed that the DO{sub 3} phase formation is exist and photoemission results also support the electron diffraction outcome.

  9. Work of Adhesion in Al/SiC Composites with Alloying Element Addition

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    Fang, Xin; Fan, Tongxiang; Zhang, Di

    2013-11-01

    In the current work, a general methodology was proposed to demonstrate how to calculate the work of adhesion in a reactive multicomponent alloy/ceramic system. Applying this methodology, the work of adhesion of Al alloy/SiC systems and the influence of different alloying elements were predicted. Based on the thermodynamics of interfacial reaction and calculation models for component activities, the equilibrium compositions of the melts in Al alloy/SiC systems were calculated. Combining the work of adhesion models for reactive metal/ceramic systems, the work of adhesion in Al alloy/SiC systems both before and after the reaction was calculated. The results showed that the addition of most alloying elements, such as Mg, Si, and Mn, could increase the initial work of adhesion, while Fe had a slightly decreasing effect. As for the equilibrium state, the additions of Cu, Fe, Mn, Ni, Ti, and La could increase the equilibrium work of adhesion, but the additions of Mg and Zn had an opposite effect. Si was emphasized due to its suppressing effect on the interfacial reaction.

  10. Nucleation and Growth of Eutectic Si in Al-Si Alloys with Na Addition

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    Li, J. H.; Barrirero, J.; Engstler, M.; Aboulfadl, H.; Mücklich, F.; Schumacher, P.

    2015-03-01

    Al-5 wt pct Si-based alloys with Na additions (19 and 160 ppm) have been produced by controlled sand casting and melt spinning. Entrained droplet technique and differential scanning calorimetry were employed to investigate the nucleation behavior of eutectic Si. High-resolution transmission electron microscopy and atom probe tomography were used to investigate the distribution of Na atoms within eutectic Si and at the interfaces between eutectic Si and eutectic Al. It was found that (i) only 19 ppm Na addition results into a high undercooling (49 K (49 °C)) of the entrained eutectic droplet. However, further increasing Na addition up to 160 ppm exerts no positive effect on the nucleation of eutectic Si, instead a decreased undercooling (29 K (29 °C)) was observed. (ii) Na addition suppresses the growth of eutectic Si due to the Na segregation at the interface between eutectic Si and eutectic Al, and (iii) Na addition promotes significant multiple Si twins, which can be attributed to the proposed adsorption of Na atoms at the intersection of Si twins and along the <112>Si growth direction of Si. The present investigation demonstrates, for the first time, a direct observation on the distribution of Na atoms within eutectic Si and thereby provides strong experimental supports to the well-accepted impurity-induced twinning growth mechanism and poisoning of the twin plane re-entrant edge growth mechanism.

  11. First-principles study of spin transport in Fe-SiCNT-Fe magnetic tunnel junction

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    Choudhary, Sudhanshu; Jalu, Surendra

    2015-08-01

    We report first-principles calculations of spin-dependent quantum transport in Fe-SiCNT-Fe magnetic tunnel junction (MTJ). Perfect spin filtration effect and substantial tunnel magnetoresistance are obtained, which suggests SiCNTs as a suitable candidate over CNTs for implementing 1D MTJs. The calculated tunnel magnetoresistance is several hundred percent at zero bias voltage, it reduces to nearly zero after the bias voltage of about 1 V. When the orientation of magnetic configurations of both electrodes is parallel, the zero bias spin injection factor is staggering 99% and remains reasonably high in the range of 60%-75% after the bias voltage of 0.6 V.

  12. Phase relations in the Fe-FeSi system at high pressures and temperatures

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    Fischer, Rebecca A.; Campbell, Andrew J.; Reaman, Daniel M.; Miller, Noah A.; Heinz, Dion L.; Dera, Przymyslaw; Prakapenka, Vitali B.

    2013-06-12

    The Earth's core is comprised mostly of iron and nickel, but it also contains several weight percent of one or more unknown light elements, which may include silicon. Therefore it is important to understand the high pressure, high temperature properties and behavior of alloys in the Fe–FeSi system, such as their phase diagrams. We determined melting temperatures and subsolidus phase relations of Fe–9 wt% Si and stoichiometric FeSi using synchrotron X-ray diffraction at high pressures and temperatures, up to ~200 GPa and ~145 GPa, respectively. Combining this data with that of previous studies, we generated phase diagrams in pressure–temperature, temperature–composition, and pressure–composition space. We find the B2 crystal structure in Fe–9Si where previous studies reported the less ordered bcc structure, and a shallower slope for the hcp+B2 to fcc+B2 boundary than previously reported. In stoichiometric FeSi, we report a wide B2+B20 two-phase field, with complete conversion to the B2 structure at ~42 GPa. The minimum temperature of an Fe–Si outer core is 4380 K, based on the eutectic melting point of Fe–9Si, and silicon is shown to be less efficient at depressing the melting point of iron at core conditions than oxygen or sulfur. At the highest pressures reached, only the hcp and B2 structures are seen in the Fe–FeSi system. We predict that alloys containing more than ~4–8 wt% silicon will convert to an hcp+B2 mixture and later to the hcp structure with increasing pressure, and that an iron–silicon alloy in the Earth's inner core would most likely be a mixture of hcp and B2 phases.

  13. Growth of ?-FeSi 2 thin film on textured silicon substrate for solar cell application

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    Xu, Jiaxiong; Yao, Ruohe; Liu, Yurong

    2011-09-01

    (2 0 2)/(2 2 0)-oriented epitaxial ?-FeSi2 thin films were deposited on textured Si (1 0 0) substrate by magnetron sputtering. The influences of thickness and annealing temperature on the ?-FeSi2 crystallization were studied to find the optimal condition. The results of surface morphology and optical property measurements showed that the inverted pyramid array in the surface of ?-FeSi2 thin films could reduce the surface reflection of ?-FeSi2. In dark condition, the ?-FeSi2/textured-Si heterojunction showed diode property with rectifying ratio of 2.89 105 and built-in potential of 0.58 V. These results indicated the potential application of textured Si substrate in ?-FeSi2 solar cells.

  14. Effect of AL on Electric Conductivity and Superconductivity of NB-Si-AL-O Ceramic

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    Koba, S.; Higo, S.; Hakuraku, Y.; Kawano, I.; Ogushi, T.; Nakao, A.

    Metal-insulator transition and superconductivity with changing Al composition were observed in the Nb-Si-Al-O system. Semiconductor-like characteristic and normal conductive characteristic were observed for Al<40% and Al>50% respectively. Super-conductive compositions are distributed around the boundary between those two types of conductivity, such as NbxSiAl(α-x)Oz((α, x)=(1.5, 0.7), (2.0,0.8), (3.0, 0.7~1.4)). The superconductivity was confirmed by resistive transitions and diamagnetic transitions. The superconductors in this study have Tc=10.0~11.5 K with resistive transitions, and the amplitudes of the diamagnetism reach 30~58% of that of pure Nb powder. X-ray diffraction patterns of any other superconducting Nb-systems such as Nb, Nb3Al, Nb3Si, NbN, and NbC, have not been observed in Nb-Si-Al-O.

  15. SiAlON ceramic compositions and methods of fabrication

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    O'Brien, M.H.; Park, B.H.

    1994-05-31

    A method of fabricating a SiAlON ceramic body includes: (a) combining quantities of Si[sub 3]N[sub 4], Al[sub 2]O[sub 3] and CeO[sub 2] to produce a mixture; (b) forming the mixture into a desired body shape; (c) heating the body to a densification temperature of from about 1,550 C to about 1,850 C; (d) maintaining the body at the densification temperature for a period of time effective to densify the body; (e) cooling the densified body to a devitrification temperature of from about 1,200 C to about 1,400 C; and (f) maintaining the densified body at the devitrification temperature for a period of time effective to produce a [beta][prime]-SiAlON crystalline phase in the body having elemental or compound form Ce incorporated in the [beta][prime]-SiAlON crystalline phase. Further, a SiAlON ceramic body comprises: (a) an amorphous phase; and (b) a crystalline phase, the crystalline phase comprising [beta][prime]-SiAlON having lattice substituted elemental or compound form Ce.

  16. Experimental investigations of Si-isotope fractionation associated with Fe-Si co-precipitates in simulated Precambrian seawater

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    Zheng, X.; Beard, B. L.; Reddy, T. R.; Johnson, C.

    2014-12-01

    The Si cycle was dramatically different in the Precambrian ocean due to the absence of marine Si-secreting organisms. Precambrian Si isotopic compositions were largely controlled by chemical precipitation of Si, input of Si with different isotopic compositions (e.g., continental versus hydrothermal sources) and later alteration and diagenetic processes associated with silicification. In Precambrian banded iron formations (BIFs) and chert deposits there is an over 4‰ spread of Si isotopes (δ30Si), which stands in marked contrast to the narrow range (<0.5) measured in igneous rocks, highlighting the potential of using Si isotopes to reconstruct those processes that controlled the Precambrian marine Si cycle. However, unequivocal interpretations of Si isotope compositions measured in Precambrian Fe-Si rich sediments is hampered by a lack of understanding of Si-isotope fractionation factors associated with formation of these sediments and subsequent diagenetic processes. This study experimentally investigates Si isotope fractionation during the formation of Fe-Si co-precipitates, and between aqueous Si and Fe-Si co-precipitates. All experiments are conducted in an artificially prepared medium that mimics Archean seawater (e.g. Si: ~60 ppm), rather than in a simple Fe-Si solution, because previous studies have revealed distinct Fe isotope fractionation behaviors in artificial Archean seawater (AAS) compared to simple solutions. One set of experiments investigated oxidation of Fe2+ in the AAS at room temperature, which produced amorphous Fe-Si precipitates. Preliminary results show that δ30Si values of Fe-Si co-precipitates are ~2‰ lower than the initial AAS (Δ30Siprecip-AAS = -2.13 ± 0.18‰ (2σ)). A second set of experiments trace Si-isotope exchange between aqueous Si (AAS) and Fe-Si co-precipitates in an anaerobic chamber, using a 29Si spike (i.e. three-isotope method). The results of these experiments will form a basis for reliable interpretations of Si isotopes recorded in Precambrian sediments.

  17. Observations of Al, Fe and Ca(+) in Mercury's Exosphere

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    Bida, Thomas A.; Killen, Rosemary M.

    2011-01-01

    We report 5-(sigma) tangent column detections of Al and Fe, and strict 3-(sigma) tangent column upper limits for Ca(+) in Mercury's exosphere obtained using the HIRES spectrometer on the Keck I telescope. These are the first direct detections of Al and Fe in Mercury's exosphere. Our Ca(-) observation is consistent with that reported by The Mercury Atmospheric and Surface Composition Spectrometer (MASCS) on the MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry, and Ranging (MESSENGER) spacecraft.

  18. Luminescence properties of Si-capped β-FeSi{sub 2} nanodots epitaxially grown on Si(001) and (111) substrates

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    Amari, Shogo; Ichikawa, Masakazu; Nakamura, Yoshiaki

    2014-02-28

    We studied the luminescence properties of Si-capped β-FeSi{sub 2} nanodots (NDs) epitaxially grown on Si substrates by using photoluminescence (PL) and electroluminescence (EL) spectroscopies. Codepositing Fe and Si on ultrathin SiO{sub 2} films induced the self-assembly of epitaxial β-FeSi{sub 2} NDs. The PL spectra of the Si/β-FeSi{sub 2} NDs/Si structure depended on the crystal orientation of the Si substrate. These structures exhibited a broad PL peak near 0.8 eV on both Si(001) and (111) substrates. The PL intensity depended on the shape of the β-FeSi{sub 2} NDs. For the flat NDs, which exhibited higher PL intensity, we also recorded EL spectra. We explained the luminescence properties of these structures by the presence of nanostructured Si offering radiative electronic states in the Si cap layers, generated by nano-stressors for upper Si layer: the strain-relaxed β-FeSi{sub 2} NDs.

  19. The influence of the iron content on the reductive decomposition of A{sub 3−x}Fe{sub x}Al{sub 2}Si{sub 3}O{sub 12} garnets (A = Mg, Mn; 0.47 ≤ x ≤ 2.85)

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    Aparicio, Claudia Filip, Jan Mashlan, Miroslav Zboril, Radek

    2014-10-27

    Thermally-induced reductive decomposition of natural iron-bearing garnets of the almandine-pyrope and almandine-spessartine series were studied at temperatures up to 1200 °C (heating rate of 10 °C/min) under atmosphere of forming gas (10% of H{sub 2} in N{sub 2}). Crystallochemical formula of the studied garnet was calculated as {sup VIII}(A{sub 3−x}Fe{sub x}{sup 2+}){sup VI}(Al,Fe{sup 3+}){sub 2}Si{sub 3}O{sub 12}, where the amount of Fe{sup 3+} in the octahedral sites is negligible with the exception of pyrope, A = Mg, Mn, and 0.47 ≤ x ≤ 2.85. The observed decomposition temperature, determined from differential scanning calorimetry and thermogravimetry, is greater than 1000 °C in all cases and showed almost linear dependence on the iron content in the dodecahedral sites of the studied garnets, with the exception of garnet with a near-pyrope composition (Prp{sub 80}Alm{sub 20}). The initial garnet samples and decomposition products were characterized in details by means of X-ray powder diffraction and {sup 57}Fe Mössbauer spectroscopy. We found that all studied garnets have common decomposition products such as metallic iron (in general, rounded particles below 4 μm) and Fe-spinel; the other identified decomposition products depend on starting chemical composition of the garnet: Fe-cordierite, olivine (fayalite or tephroite), cristobalite, pyroxene (enstatite or pigeonite), and anorthite. Anorthite and pigeonite were only present in garnets with Ca in the dodecahedral site. All the identified phases were usually well crystallized.

  20. Alloy development and processing of FeAl: An overview

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    Maziasz, P.J.; Goodwin, G.M.; Alexander, D.J.; Viswanathan, S.

    1997-03-01

    In the last few years, considerable progress has been made in developing B2-phase FeAl alloys with improved weldability, room-temperature ductility, and high-temperature strength. Controlling the processing-induced microstructure is also important, particularly for minimizing trade-offs in various properties. FeAl alloys have outstanding resistance to high-temperature oxidation, sulfidation, and corrosion in various kinds of molten salts due to formation of protective Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} scales. Recent work shows that FeAl alloys are carburization-resistant as well. Alloys with 36 to 40 at. % Al have the best combination of corrosion resistance and mechanical properties. Minor alloying additions of Mo, Zr, and C, together with microalloying additions of B, produce the best combination of weldability and mechanical behavior. Cast FeAl alloys, with 200 to 400 {mu}m grain size and finely dispersed ZrC, have 2 to 5% tensile ductility in air at room-temperature, and a yield strength > 400 MPa up to about 700 to 750{degrees}C. Extruded ingot metallurgy (I/M) and powder metallurgy (P/M) materials with refined grain sizes ranging from 2 to 50 {mu}m, can have 10 to 15% ductility in air and be much stronger, and can even be quite tough, with Charpy impact energies ranging from 25 to 105 J at room-temperature. This paper highlights progress made in refining the alloy composition and exploring processing effects on FeAl for monolithic applications. It also includes recent progress on developing FeAl weld-overlay technology, and new results on welding of FeAl alloys. It summarizes some of the current industrial testing and interest for applications.

  1. Magnetic properties of epitaxial and polycrystalline Fe/Si multilayers

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    Chaiken, A.; Michel, R.P.; Wang, C.T.

    1995-08-01

    Fe/Si multilayers with antiferromagnetic interlayer coupling have been grown via ion-beam sputtering on both glass and single-crystal substrates. X-ray diffraction measurements show that both sets of films have crystalline iron silicide spacer layers and a periodic composition modulation. Films grown on glass have smaller crystallite sizes than those grown on single-crystal substrates and have a significant remanent magnetization. Films grown on single-crystal substrates have a smaller remanence. The observation of magnetocrystalline anisotropy in hysteresis loops and (hkl) peaks in x-ray diffraction demonstrates that the films grown on MgO and Ge are epitaxial. The smaller remanent magnetization in Fe/Si multilayers with better crystallinity suggests that the remanence is not intrinsic.

  2. 57Fe Mössbauer study of Lu2Fe3Si5 iron silicide superconductor

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    Ma, Xiaoming; Ran, Sheng; Pang, Hua; Li, Fashen; Canfield, Paul C.; Bud'ko, Sergey L.

    2015-08-01

    With the advent of Fe–As based superconductivity it has become important to study how superconductivity manifests itself in details of 57Fe Mössbauer spectroscopy of conventional, Fe-bearing superconductors. The iron-based superconductor Lu2Fe3Si5 has been studied by 57Fe Mössbauer spectroscopy over the temperature range from 4.4 K to room temperature with particular attention to the region close to the superconducting transition temperature (Tc=6.1 K). Consistent with the two crystallographic sites for Fe in this structure, the observed spectra appear to have a pattern consisting of two doublets over the whole temperature range. Furthermore, the value of Debye temperature was estimated from temperaturemore » dependence of the isomer shift and the total spectral area and compared with the specific heat capacity data. Neither abnormal behavior of the hyperfine parameters at or near Tc, nor phonon softening were observed.« less

  3. Interdiffusion in Diffusion Couples: U-Mo v. Al and Al-Si

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    D. D. Keiser, Jr.; E. Perez; B. Yao; Y. H. Sohn

    2009-11-01

    Interdiffusion and microstructural development in the U-Mo-Al system was examined using solid-tosolid diffusion couples consisting of U-7wt.%Mo, U-10wt.%Mo and U-12wt.%Mo vs. pure Al, annealed at 600°C for 24 hours. The influence of Si alloying addition (up to 5 wt.%) in Al on the interdiffusion microstructural development was also examined using solid-to-solid diffusion couples consisting of U-7wt.%Mo, U-10wt.%Mo and U-12wt.%Mo vs. pure Al, Al-2wt.%Si, and Al-5wt.%Si annealed at 550°C up to 20 hours. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and electron probe microanalysis (EPMA) were employed to examine the development of a very fine multiphase intermetallic layer. In ternary U-Mo-Al diffusion couples annealed at 600°C for 24 hours, interdiffusion microstructure varied of finely dispersed UAl3, UAl4, U6Mo4Al43, and UMo2Al20 phases while the average composition throughout the interdiffusion zone remained constant at approximately 80 at.% Al. Interdiffusion microstructure observed by SEM/TEM analyses and diffusion paths drawn from concentration profiles determined by EPMA appear to deviate from the assumption of “local thermodynamic equilibrium,” and suggest that interdiffusion occurs via supersaturated UAl4 followed by equilibrium transformation into UAl3, U6Mo4Al43, UAl4 and UMo2Al20 phases. Similar observation was made for U-Mo vs. Al diffusion couples annealed at 550°C. The addition of Si (up to 5 wt.%) in Al significantly reduced the thickness of the intermetallic layer by changing the constituent phases of the interdiffusion zone developed in U-Mo vs. Al-Si diffusion couples. Specifically, the formation of (U,Mo)(Al,Si)3 with relatively large solubility for Mo and Si, along with UMo2Al20 phases was observed along with disappearance of U6Mo4Al43 and UAl4 phases. Simplified understanding based on U-Al, U-Si, and Mo-Si binary phase diagrams is discussed in the light of the beneficial effect of Si alloying addition.

  4. Charge storage in β-FeSi{sub 2} nanoparticles

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    Theis, Jens; Küpper, Sebastian; Lorke, Axel; Bywalez, Robert; Wiggers, Hartmut

    2015-02-07

    We report on the observation of a surprisingly high specific capacitance of β-FeSi{sub 2} nanoparticle layers. Lateral, interdigitated capacitor structures were fabricated on thermally grown silicon dioxide and covered with β-FeSi{sub 2} particles by drop or spin casting. The β-FeSi{sub 2}-nanoparticles, with crystallite sizes in the range of 10–30 nm, were fabricated by gas phase synthesis in a hot wall reactor. Compared to the bare electrodes, the nanoparticle-coated samples exhibit a 3–4 orders of magnitude increased capacitance. Time-resolved current voltage measurements show that for short times (seconds to minutes), the material is capable of storing up to 1 As/g at voltages of around 1 V. The devices are robust and exhibit long-term stability under ambient conditions. The specific capacitance is highest for a saturated relative humidity, while for a relative humidity below 40% the capacitance is almost indistinguishable from a nanoparticle-free reference sample. The devices work without the need of a fluid phase, the charge storing material is abundant and cost effective, and the sample design is easy to fabricate.

  5. Epoxy-bonded La-Fe-Co-Si magnetocaloric plates

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    Pulko, Barbara; Tušek, Jaka; Moore, James D.; Weise, Bruno; Skokov, Konstantin; Mityashkin, Oleg; Kitanovski, Andrej; Favero, Chiara; Fajfar, Peter; Gutfleisch, Oliver; Waske, Anja; Poredoš, Alojz

    2015-02-01

    We report the processing, analysis and testing of magnetocaloric composite materials consisting of La-Fe-Co-Si particles of various size fractions and a polymer matrix. All of the composites have working temperatures close to room temperature. The composites were pressed into thin plates, a geometry favorable for testing the composites in an active magnetic regenerator (AMR). In order to investigate the influence of particle size and binder type (epoxy), eight different epoxy-bonded La-Fe-Co-Si plates were made and analyzed. We found that the higher filling factor that can be achieved by using a mixture of several particle size fractions has beneficial influence on the thermal conductivity. Tests in the AMR revealed that a maximum temperature span of approximately ΔT=10 K under magnetic field change of μ0H=1.15 T can be obtained at no cooling load conditions. The stability of the measured ΔT values and the mechanical integrity of sample after cyclic application of a magnetic field have been monitored for 90,000 cycles and showed no significant changes. We therefore conclude that epoxy-bonded La-Fe-Co-Si magnetocaloric composites have good magnetocaloric properties at low material-processing costs and hence represent a competitive way to produce magnetocaloric materials to be used in AMR.

  6. Oxidation Resistant Ti-Al-Fe Diffusion Barrier for FeCrAlY Coatings on Titanium Aluminides

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    Brady, Michael P. (Inventor); Smialke, James L. (Inventor); Brindley, William J. (Inventor)

    1996-01-01

    A diffusion barrier to help protect titanium aluminide alloys, including the coated alloys of the TiAl gamma + Ti3Al (alpha2) class, from oxidative attack and interstitial embrittlement at temperatures up to at least 1000 C is disclosed. The coating may comprise FeCrAlX alloys. The diffusion barrier comprises titanium, aluminum, and iron in the following approximate atomic percent: Ti-(50-55)Al-(9-20)Fe. This alloy is also suitable as an oxidative or structural coating for such substrates.

  7. Structure and optical properties of aSiAl and aSiAlHx magnetron sputtered thin films

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    Thøgersen, Annett; Stange, Marit; Jensen, Ingvild J. T.; Røyset, Arne; Ulyashin, Alexander; Diplas, Spyros

    2016-03-01

    Thin films of homogeneous mixture of amorphous silicon and aluminum were produced with magnetron sputtering using 2-phase Al-Si targets. The films exhibited variable compositions, with and without the presence of hydrogen, aSi1-xAlx and aSi1-xAlxHy. The structure and optical properties of the films were investigated using transmission electron microscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, UV-VisNIR spectrometry, ellipsometry, and atomistic modeling. We studied the effect of alloying aSi with Al (within the range 0-25 at. %) on the optical band gap, refractive index, transmission, and absorption. Alloying aSi with Al resulted in a non-transparent film with a low band gap (<1 eV). Hydrogenation of the films increased the band gap to values >1 eV. Variations of the Al and hydrogen content allowed for tuning of the optoelectronic properties. The films are stable up to a temperature of 300 °C. At this temperature, we observed Al induced crystallization of the amorphous silicon and the presence of large Al particles in a crystalline Si matrix.

  8. Ion channeling studies of epitaxial Fe and Co silicides on Si

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    Schwarz, C.; Onda, N.; Goncalves-Conto, S.; Sirringhaus, H.; von Kanel, H.; Pixley, R. E.

    1994-12-01

    High quality epitaxial Co and Fe silicides have been grown by molecular beam epitaxy on Si(111) and Si(001) substrates with film thicknesses ranging between 25 and 8400 A. We used Rutherford backscattering spectrometry channeling techniques to measure the lattice distortion as a function of film thickness. The critical thickness h(sub c) corresponding to the film thickness at which strain relieving dislocations begin to appear was determined for CoSi2 on Si(111) and Si(001) as well as for Si on CoSi2(111). For CoSi2 on Si(001), a larger critical thickness was obtained on Si(111), where h(sub c) is about 45A. Epitaxial Si on CoSi2(111) was found to be under a compressive strain up to thicknesses of about 350 a depending on substrate misorientation. Strain measurements were also performed on epitaxially stabilized Co and Fe monosilicides with the CsCl structure. Channeling measurements on thick epitaxial films of bcc-Fe, Fe3Si, FeSi, and Fe0.5Si were used to determine the crystalline quality. Excellent channeling minimum yields of 4.0% were found for bcc-Fe/Si(111). The results are compared with structural information obtained from x-ray diffraction and Brillouin scattering spectroscopy.

  9. Influence of FeCrAl Content on Microstructure and Bonding Strength of Plasma-Sprayed FeCrAl/Al2O3 Coatings

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    Zhou, Liang; Luo, Fa; Zhou, Wancheng; Zhu, Dongmei

    2016-02-01

    Low-power plasma-sprayed FeCrAl/Al2O3 composite coatings with 1.5 mm thickness have been fabricated for radar absorption applications. The effects of FeCrAl content on the coating properties were studied. The FeCrAl presents in the form of a few thin lamellae and numerous particles, demonstrating relatively even distribution in all the coatings. Results show that the micro-hardness and porosity decrease with the increase in FeCrAl content. With FeCrAl content increasing from 28 to 47 wt.%, the bonding strength of the coatings with 1.5 mm thickness increases from 10.5 to 27 MPa, and the failure modes are composed of cohesive and adhesive failure, which are ascribed to the coating microstructure and the residual stress, respectively.

  10. Influence of FeCrAl Content on Microstructure and Bonding Strength of Plasma-Sprayed FeCrAl/Al2O3 Coatings

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    Zhou, Liang; Luo, Fa; Zhou, Wancheng; Zhu, Dongmei

    2015-12-01

    Low-power plasma-sprayed FeCrAl/Al2O3 composite coatings with 1.5 mm thickness have been fabricated for radar absorption applications. The effects of FeCrAl content on the coating properties were studied. The FeCrAl presents in the form of a few thin lamellae and numerous particles, demonstrating relatively even distribution in all the coatings. Results show that the micro-hardness and porosity decrease with the increase in FeCrAl content. With FeCrAl content increasing from 28 to 47 wt.%, the bonding strength of the coatings with 1.5 mm thickness increases from 10.5 to 27 MPa, and the failure modes are composed of cohesive and adhesive failure, which are ascribed to the coating microstructure and the residual stress, respectively.

  11. Recycling of Al-Si die casting scraps for solar Si feedstock

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    Seo, Kum-Hee; Jeon, Je-Beom; Youn, Ji-Won; Kim, Suk Jun; Kim, Ki-Young

    2016-05-01

    Recycling of aluminum die-casting scraps for solar-grade silicon (SOG-Si) feedstock was performed successfully. 3 N purity Si was extracted from A383 die-casting scrap by using the combined process of solvent refining and an advanced centrifugal separation technique. The efficiency of separating Si from scrap alloys depended on both impurity level of scraps and the starting temperature of centrifugation. Impurities in melt and processing temperature governed the microstructure of the primary Si. The purity of Si extracted from the scrap melt was 99.963%, which was comparable to that of Si extracted from a commercial Al-30 wt% Si alloy, 99.980%. The initial purity of the scrap was 2.2% lower than that of the commercial alloy. This result confirmed that die-casting scrap is a potential source of high-purity Si for solar cells.

  12. Magnetic properties of Fe and Fe-Si alloys with {100}<0vw> texture

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    Kyung Sung, Jin; Mo Koo, Yang

    2013-05-01

    When iron and its alloy sheets with clean metal surfaces undergo the γ to α phase transformation, they develop strong {100}<0vw> texture with grain size being larger than the sheet thickness. For example, when Fe or Fe-1%Si sheets were subjected to the γ to α phase transformation in a reducing gas atmosphere (hydrogen gas having the dew point below -50 °C), strong {100}<0vw> texture developed. Magnetic properties of Fe and Fe-Si alloys show that, by developing the {100}<0vw> texture, the core loss can be reduced by more than 25% and the permeability can be increased by 2-5 times. With 0.35 mm-thick Fe-1%Si with the {100}<0vw> texture, the magnetic properties are W15/50 (core loss at 1.5 T, 50 Hz) = 2.7 W/kg and B50 (magnetic flux density at 5000 A/m) = 1.80 T. The improvement of permeability together with reducing iron loss by texture control will make a significant contribution to improving power density as well as reducing copper losses in induction motors.

  13. Investigation of mechanosynthesized Fe50Ni40Al10 powders

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    Hadef, F.; Otmani, A.; Djekoun, A.; Grenèche, J. M.

    2013-10-01

    The synthesis of Fe50Ni40Al10 powder mixture has been performed in a high-energy planetary ball mill. The phase transformations and structural changes occurring during mechanical alloying were investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Mössbauer spectroscopy. XRD analysis and Rietveld method revealed the formation of a single nanocrystalline fcc γ-Ni(Fe,Al) solid solution with a lattice parameter close to aγ-Ni(Fe,Al)=0.3612 nm, after 4 h of milling. The final powder is characterized by an average crystallite size of 14 nm accompanied by the introduction of a lattice strain of order of 1.37%. These values are markedly higher than those reported for mechanically alloyed Fe50Ni50 powders. It was found that the formation of the bcc phase, which coexisted with the fcc structure in the Fe-Ni phase diagram, was inhibited. However, mechanical alloying process gives rise to the Ni3Al intermetallic phase, at the early stages of milling. Mössbauer spectroscopy showed that all powders exhibited a ferromagnetic behavior and no paramagnetic phase was detected. The addition of low aluminium content caused more broadening of hyperfine field distributions and lower magnetic field due to the diffusion of Al atoms into γ-FeNi lattice.

  14. Analysis of optical and magnetooptical spectra of Fe{sub 5}Si{sub 3} and Fe{sub 3}Si magnetic silicides using spectral magnetoellipsometry

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    Lyashchenko, S. A. Popov, Z. I.; Varnakov, S. N.; Popov, E. A.; Molokeev, M. S.; Yakovlev, I. A.; Kuzubov, A. A.; Ovchinnikov, S. G.; Shamirzaev, T. S.; Latyshev, A. V.; Saranin, A. A.

    2015-05-15

    The optical, magnetooptical, and magnetic properties of polycrystalline (Fe{sub 5}Si{sub 3}/SiO{sub 2}/Si(100)) and epitaxial Fe{sub 3}Si/Si(111) films are investigated by spectral magnetoellipsometry. The dispersion of the complex refractive index of Fe{sub 5}Si{sub 3} is measured using multiangle spectral ellipsometry in the range of 250–1000 nm. The dispersion of complex Voigt magnetooptical parameters Q is determined for Fe{sub 5}Si{sub 3} and Fe{sub 3}Si in the range of 1.6–4.9 eV. The spectral dependence of magnetic circular dichroism for both silicides has revealed a series of resonance peaks. The energies of the detected peaks correspond to interband electron transitions for spin-polarized densities of electron states (DOS) calculated from first principles for bulk Fe{sub 5}Si{sub 3} and Fe{sub 3}Si crystals.

  15. A polarized neutron study of the magnetization distribution in Co₂FeSi.

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    Brown, P J; Kainuma, R; Kanomata, T; Neumann, K-U; Okubo, A; Umetsu, R Y; Ziebeck, K R A

    2013-05-22

    The magnetization distribution in Co2FeSi which has the largest moment per formula unit ∼6 μB of all Heusler alloys, has been determined using polarized neutron diffraction. The experimentally determined magnetization has been integrated over spheres centred on the three sites of the L12 structure giving μ Fe = 3.10(3) μB and μ Co = 1.43(2) μB, results which are slightly lower than the moments in atomic spheres of similar radii obtained in recent LDA + U band structure calculations (Li et al 2010 Chin. Phys. B 19 097102). Approximately 50% of the magnetic carriers at the Fe sites were found to be in orbitals with eg symmetry. This was higher, ≃65%, at the Co sites. Both Fe and Co were found to have orbital moments that are larger than those predicted. Comparison with similar results obtained for related alloys suggests that there must be a finite density of states in both spin bands at the Fermi energy indicating that Co2FeSi is not a perfect half-metallic ferromagnet. PMID:23612471

  16. Coarsening and phase transition of FeSi[sub 2] precipitates in Si

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    Lin, X.W.; Washburn, J.; Liliental-Weber, Z. ); Bernas, H. )

    1994-05-01

    FeSi[sub 2] precipitates were produced in Si(001) wafers by an ion-beam induced epitaxial crystallization process and subsequently annealed at temperatures in the range 650--900 [degree]C. The resulting precipitate coarsening and phase transition were studied by transmission electron microscopy. The coarsening process basically involves the evolution of plate-shaped precipitates. The lengthening rate of the precipitates is considerably greater than the thickening rate, because the two broad faces of a plate are coherent or semicoherent, while the plate edges are incoherent. The lengthening kinetics was shown to be volume-diffusion controlled and obey a cube power law. The corresponding activation energy was determined to be 3.55 eV, in excellent agreement with the value predicted by the classical Ostwald ripening model. In contrast, we demonstrated that the thickening process is interface controlled, which involves the migration of the interfaces via a ledge mechanism. Accordingly, an apparent activation energy of 2.18 eV was obtained. The precipitate coarsening is accompanied by phase transitions. Upon annealing at 650 [degree]C, it was observed that [gamma]-FeSi[sub 2] precipitates tend to transform from a fully aligned (A-type) to a twinned (B-type) orientation with respect to the Si matrix. For higher temperature anneals, nearly all the precipitates transform from the [gamma] phase into the [beta] phase, except those having a relatively small diameter ([lt][approx]5 nm) which remain as A-type [gamma]-FeSi[sub 2]. These observations suggest that the phase transition of FeSi[sub 2] is size dependent. This can be understood, in terms of the interfacial energy versus the volume free energy of a precipitate as a function of precipitate size.

  17. Effect of Cr, Ti, V, and Zr Micro-additions on Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of the Al-Si-Cu-Mg Cast Alloy

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    Shaha, S. K.; Czerwinski, F.; Kasprzak, W.; Friedman, J.; Chen, D. L.

    2016-05-01

    Uniaxial static and cyclic tests were used to assess the role of Cr, Ti, V, and Zr additions on properties of the Al-7Si-1Cu-0.5Mg (wt pct) alloy in as-cast and T6 heat-treated conditions. The microstructure of the as-cast alloy consisted of α-Al, eutectic Si, and Cu-, Mg-, and Fe-rich phases Al2.1Cu, Al8.5Si2.4Cu, Al5.2CuMg4Si5.1, and Al14Si7.1FeMg3.3. In addition, the micro-sized Cr/Zr/Ti/V-rich phases Al10.7SiTi3.6, Al6.7Si1.2TiZr1.8, Al21.4Si3.4Ti4.7VZr1.8, Al18.5Si7.3Cr2.6V, Al7.9Si8.5Cr6.8V4.1Ti, Al6.3Si23.2FeCr9.2V1.6Ti1.3, Al92.2Si16.7Fe7.6Cr8.3V1.8, and Al8.2Si30.1Fe1.6Cr18.8V3.3Ti2.9Zr were present. During solution treatment, Cu-rich phases were completely dissolved, while the eutectic silicon, Fe-, and Cr/Zr/Ti/V-rich intermetallics experienced only partial dissolution. Micro-additions of Cr, Zr, Ti, and V positively affected the alloy strength. The modified alloy in the T6 temper during uniaxial tensile tests exhibited yield strength of 289 MPa and ultimate tensile strength of 342 MPa, being significantly higher than that for the Al-Si-Cu-Mg base. Besides, the cyclic yield stress of the modified alloy in the T6 state increased by 23 pct over that of the base alloy. The fatigue life of the modified alloy was substantially longer than that of the base alloy tested using the same parameters. The role of Cr, Ti, V, and Zr containing phases in controlling the alloy fracture during static and cyclic loading is discussed.

  18. Effect of Cr, Ti, V, and Zr Micro-additions on Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of the Al-Si-Cu-Mg Cast Alloy

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    Shaha, S. K.; Czerwinski, F.; Kasprzak, W.; Friedman, J.; Chen, D. L.

    2016-02-01

    Uniaxial static and cyclic tests were used to assess the role of Cr, Ti, V, and Zr additions on properties of the Al-7Si-1Cu-0.5Mg (wt pct) alloy in as-cast and T6 heat-treated conditions. The microstructure of the as-cast alloy consisted of α-Al, eutectic Si, and Cu-, Mg-, and Fe-rich phases Al2.1Cu, Al8.5Si2.4Cu, Al5.2CuMg4Si5.1, and Al14Si7.1FeMg3.3. In addition, the micro-sized Cr/Zr/Ti/V-rich phases Al10.7SiTi3.6, Al6.7Si1.2TiZr1.8, Al21.4Si3.4Ti4.7VZr1.8, Al18.5Si7.3Cr2.6V, Al7.9Si8.5Cr6.8V4.1Ti, Al6.3Si23.2FeCr9.2V1.6Ti1.3, Al92.2Si16.7Fe7.6Cr8.3V1.8, and Al8.2Si30.1Fe1.6Cr18.8V3.3Ti2.9Zr were present. During solution treatment, Cu-rich phases were completely dissolved, while the eutectic silicon, Fe-, and Cr/Zr/Ti/V-rich intermetallics experienced only partial dissolution. Micro-additions of Cr, Zr, Ti, and V positively affected the alloy strength. The modified alloy in the T6 temper during uniaxial tensile tests exhibited yield strength of 289 MPa and ultimate tensile strength of 342 MPa, being significantly higher than that for the Al-Si-Cu-Mg base. Besides, the cyclic yield stress of the modified alloy in the T6 state increased by 23 pct over that of the base alloy. The fatigue life of the modified alloy was substantially longer than that of the base alloy tested using the same parameters. The role of Cr, Ti, V, and Zr containing phases in controlling the alloy fracture during static and cyclic loading is discussed.

  19. Preparation of Fe-doped colloidal SiO(2) abrasives and their chemical mechanical polishing behavior on sapphire substrates.

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    Lei, Hong; Gu, Qian; Chen, Ruling; Wang, Zhanyong

    2015-08-20

    Abrasives are one of key influencing factors on surface quality during chemical mechanical polishing (CMP). Silica sol, a widely used abrasive in CMP slurries for sapphire substrates, often causes lower material removal rate (MRRs). In the present paper, Fe-doped colloidal SiO2 composite abrasives were prepared by a seed-induced growth method in order to improve the MRR of sapphire substrates. The CMP performance of Fe-doped colloidal SiO2 abrasives on sapphire substrates was investigated using UNIPOL-1502 CMP equipment. Experimental results indicate that the Fe-doped colloidal SiO2 composite abrasives exhibit lower surface roughness and higher MRR than pure colloidal SiO2 abrasives for sapphire substrates under the same testing conditions. Furthermore, the acting mechanism of Fe-doped colloidal SiO2 composite abrasives in sapphire CMP was analyzed by x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. Analytical results show that the Fe in the composite abrasives can react with the sapphire substrates to form aluminum ferrite (AlFeO3) during CMP, which promotes the chemical effect in CMP and leads to improvement of MRR. PMID:26368752

  20. B Removal by Zr Addition in Electromagnetic Solidification Refinement of Si with Si-Al Melt

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    Lei, Yun; Ma, Wenhui; Sun, Luen; Dai, Yongnian; Morita, Kazuki

    2016-02-01

    This study investigated a new process of enhancing B removal by adding small amounts of Zr in the electromagnetic solidification refinement of Si with Si-Al melt. B in Si was removed by as much as 97.2 pct by adding less than 1057 ppma Zr, and the added Zr was removed by as much as 99.7 pct. In addition, Zr is more effective in enhancing B removal than Ti in the same electromagnetic solidification refining process.

  1. Iron spin state and site distribution in FeAlO3-bearing bridgmanite

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    Mohn, Chris E.; Trønnes, Reidar G.

    2016-04-01

    DFT at the GGA, GGA + U and hybrid functional levels were used to investigate thousands of different Al and Fe3+ configurations of MgSiO3-FeAlO3 (MS-FA) and MgSiO3-FeAlO3-Al2O3 bridgmanite at deep mantle conditions. Comparison of the different functionals and atomic charge analysis suggests that GGA, frequently used to explain high to low spin transitions observed in several Mössbauer and X-ray emission spectroscopy experiments, is hampered by spurious self-interaction errors in the exchange-correlation energy. Configurational Boltzmann averaging shows that the B site is thermally inaccessible to Fe3+ at the GGA + U and hybrid levels, and we find no evidence for a spin-pairing transition in fully (thermodynamically) equilibrated samples of bridgmanite, even at the lowermost mantle conditions. The comparison of the cation radii of Fe3+ and Mg supports a spin transition accompanied by a site exchange, but the flexibility of Fesbnd O bonds to locally adapt promotes the incorporation of iron in the irregularly coordinated A-site. The concept of ionic radii is therefore unsuitable for analysis of spin state and site exchange in bridgmanite at these conditions. Consistent with previous computational work and experimental studies with glass and gel as starting material, we find that ferric iron kinetically trapped at the B site undergoes a spin transition under lowermost mantle conditions. In bridgmanite with mole fraction of Fe3+ >Al a charge-balancing amount of low spin Fe3+ will be thermodynamically stable at the B site, but because bridgmanite in peridotitic and basaltic lithologies mostly has Al/Fetotal above unity, FA with high spin Fe3+ in the A-site will be the dominant iron component. The lack of a Fe3+ spin transition in the FA-component has important implications for bridgmanite-ferropericlase partitioning of iron and magnesium and the mineral physics of the lowermost mantle.

  2. Sound velocity and density of liquid Fe-Ni-Si under pressure: Application to the composition of planetary molten core

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    Terasaki, H. G.; Kuwabara, S.; Shimoyama, Y.; Takubo, Y.; Urakawa, S.; Nishida, K.; Takeuchi, A.; Suzuki, Y.; Uesugi, K.; Watanuki, T.; Katayama, Y.; Kondo, T.; Higo, Y.

    2014-12-01

    The cores of Mercury, Mars and Moon are reported to be partially/totally molten (e.g., Margot et al. 2007, Yoder et al. 2003, Williams et al. 2001). In order to constrain the core compositions of those bodies from observed and future-planned seismic data, sound velocity and density of the core material, i.e., liquid Fe-alloy, are necessary. In this study, we have performed simultaneous measurements on these physical properties of liquid Fe-Ni-Si alloys, which is one of the major candidates for the core constituent. The effects of pressure and Si content on these properties were studied. High pressure experiments were performed using 80-ton uniaxial press designed for CT measurement or 180-ton cubic type multi-anvil press installed at BL20XU and BL22XU beamlines of SPring-8 synchrotron facility, respectively. Used samples were Fe-Ni-Si with Si content of 10-30 at%. The sample pellet was sandwiched by the single crystal sapphire buffer rod for sound velocity measurement. P-wave sound velocity was measured using pulse-echo overlapping ultrasonic method. LiNbO3 transducer was attached to the backside of the anvil to generate and receive elastic wave signals. Density was determined based on 3D volume data obtained from CT measurement or X-ray absorption profile. The P-wave velocity (VP) and density of liquid Fe-Ni-Si were successfully measured up to 2.5 GPa and 1773 K. Obtained VP of the Fe-Ni-Si is found to increase rapidly with pressure below 1 GPa and increase gradually above 1 GPa. It is also found that VP increases slightly with Si content on the density-VP plot. These trends provide a constraint on the core composition of the planets and moon by comparing with observed data.

  3. Superconductivity in Al-substituted Ba8Si46 clathrates

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    Li, Yang; Garcia, Jose; Chen, Ning; Liu, Lihua; Li, Feng; Wei, Yuping; Bi, Shanli; Cao, Guohui; Feng, Z. S.

    2013-05-01

    There is a great deal of interest vested in the superconductivity of Si clathrate compounds with sp3 network, in which the structure is dominated by strong covalent bonds among silicon atoms, rather than the metallic bonding that is more typical of traditional superconductors. A joint experimental and theoretical investigation of superconductivity in Al-substituted type-I silicon clathrates is reported. Samples of the general formula Ba8Si46-xAlx, with different values of x were prepared. With an increase in the Al composition, the superconducting transition temperature TC was observed to decrease systematically. The resistivity measurement revealed that Ba8Si42Al4 is superconductive with transition temperature at TC = 5.5 K. The magnetic measurements showed that the bulk superconducting Ba8Si42Al4 is a type II superconductor. For x = 6 sample Ba8Si40Al6, the superconducting transition was observed down to TC = 4.7 K which pointed to a strong suppression of superconductivity with increasing Al content as compared with TC = 8 K for Ba8Si46. Suppression of superconductivity can be attributed primarily to a decrease in the density of states at the Fermi level, caused by reduced integrity of the sp3 hybridized networks as well as the lowering of carrier concentration. These results corroborated by first-principles calculations showed that Al substitution results in a large decrease of the electronic density of states at the Fermi level, which also explains the decreased superconducting critical temperature within the BCS framework. The work provided a comprehensive understanding of the doping effect on superconductivity of clathrates.

  4. Growth of β-FeSi2 films via noble-gas ion-beam mixing of Fe/Si bilayers

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    Milosavljević, M.; Dhar, S.; Schaaf, P.; Bibić, N.; Huang, Y.-L.; Seibt, M.; Lieb, K. P.

    2001-11-01

    A detailed study of the formation of β-FeSi2 films by ion-beam mixing of Fe/Si bilayers with noble gas ions is presented. Fe films of 35-50 nm deposited on Si (100) were irradiated with 80-700 keV Ar, Kr, or Xe ions in a wide temperature interval, from room temperature to 600 °C. The structures were analyzed by Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy, x-ray diffraction, conversion electron Mössbauer spectroscopy, elastic recoil detection analysis, cross-section high resolution transmission electron microscopy, and energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy. Already after Xe irradiation at 300 °C the whole Fe layer is transformed to a mixture of Fe3Si, ɛ-FeSi, and β-FeSi2 phases. At 400-450 °C, a unique, layer by layer growth of β-FeSi2 starting from the surface was found. A full transformation of 35 nm Fe on Si to a 105 nm β-FeSi2 layer was achieved by irradiation with 205 keV Xe to 2×1016 ions/cm2, at a temperature of 600 °C. The fully ion-beam grown layers exhibit a pronounced surface roughness, but a sharp interface to Si. This structure is assigned to a growth of β-FeSi2 grains in a local surrounding of interdiffused silicon. Rapid diffusion of silicon to the surface was observed during all ion irradiations. Single-phase β-FeSi2 layers were also synthesized by vacuum annealing for 2 h at 600 °C of 35 nm Fe/Si bilayers premixed with Xe at 450 °C. In this case, the layers form with a smoother surface topography. It is concluded that ion-beam mixing can be used successfully for growth of β-FeSi2 layers at moderate temperatures, either directly or combined with postirradiation annealing.

  5. (Si){sub 5-2y}(AlP){sub y} alloys assembled on Si(100) from Al-P-Si{sub 3} building units

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    Watkins, T.; Chizmeshya, A. V. G.; Kouvetakis, J.; Jiang, L.; Xu, C.; Smith, D. J.; Menendez, J.

    2012-01-09

    An original class of IV/III-V hybrid (Si){sub 5-2y}(AlP){sub y}/Si(100) semiconductors have been produced via tailored interactions of molecular P(SiH{sub 3}){sub 3} and atomic Al yielding tetrahedral ''Al-P-Si{sub 3}'' building blocks. Extensive structural, optical, and vibrational characterization corroborates that these units condense to assemble single-phase, monocrystalline alloys containing 60%-90% Si (y = 0.3-1.0) as nearly defect-free layers lattice-matched to Si. Spectroscopic ellipsometry and density functional theory band structure calculations indicate mild compositional bowing of the band gaps, suggesting that the tuning needed for optoelectronic applications should be feasible.

  6. Dissolution of Si in Molten Al with Gas Injection

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    Seyed Ahmadi, Mehran

    Silicon is an essential component of many aluminum alloys, as it imparts a range of desirable characteristics. However, there are considerable practical difficulties in dissolving solid Si in molten Al, because the dissolution process is slow, resulting in material and energy losses. It is thus essential to examine Si dissolution in molten Al, to identify means of accelerating the process. This thesis presents an experimental study of the effect of Si purity, bath temperature, fluid flow conditions, and gas stirring on the dissolution of Si in molten Al, plus the results of physical and numerical modeling of the flow to corroborate the experimental results. The dissolution experiments were conducted in a revolving liquid metal tank to generate a bulk velocity, and gas was introduced into the melt using top lance injection. Cylindrical Si specimens were immersed into molten Al for fixed durations, and upon removal the dissolved Si was measured. The shape and trajectory of injected bubbles were examined by means of auxiliary water experiments and video recordings of the molten Al free surface. The gas-agitated liquid was simulated using the commercial software FLOW-3D. The simulation results provide insights into bubble dynamics and offer estimates of the fluctuating velocities within the Al bath. The experimental results indicate that the dissolution rate of Si increases in tandem with the melt temperature and bulk velocity. A higher bath temperature increases the solubility of Si at the solid/liquid interface, resulting in a greater driving force for mass transfer, and a higher liquid velocity decreases the resistance to mass transfer via a thinner mass boundary layer. Impurities (with lower diffusion coefficients) in the form of inclusions obstruct the dissolution of the Si main matrix. Finally, dissolution rate enhancement was observed by gas agitation. It is postulated that the bubble-induced fluctuating velocities disturb the mass boundary layer, which increases the mass transfer rate. Correlations derived for mass transfer from solids in liquids under various operating conditions were applied to the Al--Si system. A new correlation for combined natural and forced convection mass transfer from vertical cylinders in cross flow is presented, and a modification is proposed to take into account free stream turbulence in a correlation for forced convection mass transfer from vertical cylinders in cross flow.

  7. The roles of Eu during the growth of eutectic Si in Al-Si alloys

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    Li, Jiehua; Hage, Fredrik; Wiessner, Manfred; Romaner, Lorenz; Scheiber, Daniel; Sartory, Bernhard; Ramasse, Quentin; Schumacher, Peter

    2015-01-01

    Controlling the growth of eutectic Si and thereby modifying the eutectic Si from flake-like to fibrous is a key factor in improving the properties of Al-Si alloys. To date, it is generally accepted that the impurity-induced twinning (IIT) mechanism and the twin plane re-entrant edge (TPRE) mechanism as well as poisoning of the TPRE mechanism are valid under certain conditions. However, IIT, TPRE or poisoning of the TPRE mechanism cannot be used to interpret all observations. Here, we report an atomic-scale experimental and theoretical investigation on the roles of Eu during the growth of eutectic Si in Al-Si alloys. Both experimental and theoretical investigations reveal three different roles: (i) the adsorption at the intersection of Si facets, inducing IIT mechanism, (ii) the adsorption at the twin plane re-entrant edge, inducing TPRE mechanism or poisoning of the TPRE mechanism, and (iii) the segregation ahead of the growing Si twins, inducing a solute entrainment within eutectic Si. This investigation not only demonstrates a direct experimental support to the well-accepted poisoning of the TPRE and IIT mechanisms, but also provides a full picture about the roles of Eu atoms during the growth of eutectic Si, including the solute entrainment within eutectic Si. PMID:26328541

  8. The roles of Eu during the growth of eutectic Si in Al-Si alloys

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    Li, Jiehua; Hage, Fredrik; Wiessner, Manfred; Romaner, Lorenz; Scheiber, Daniel; Sartory, Bernhard; Ramasse, Quentin; Schumacher, Peter

    2015-09-01

    Controlling the growth of eutectic Si and thereby modifying the eutectic Si from flake-like to fibrous is a key factor in improving the properties of Al-Si alloys. To date, it is generally accepted that the impurity-induced twinning (IIT) mechanism and the twin plane re-entrant edge (TPRE) mechanism as well as poisoning of the TPRE mechanism are valid under certain conditions. However, IIT, TPRE or poisoning of the TPRE mechanism cannot be used to interpret all observations. Here, we report an atomic-scale experimental and theoretical investigation on the roles of Eu during the growth of eutectic Si in Al-Si alloys. Both experimental and theoretical investigations reveal three different roles: (i) the adsorption at the intersection of Si facets, inducing IIT mechanism, (ii) the adsorption at the twin plane re-entrant edge, inducing TPRE mechanism or poisoning of the TPRE mechanism, and (iii) the segregation ahead of the growing Si twins, inducing a solute entrainment within eutectic Si. This investigation not only demonstrates a direct experimental support to the well-accepted poisoning of the TPRE and IIT mechanisms, but also provides a full picture about the roles of Eu atoms during the growth of eutectic Si, including the solute entrainment within eutectic Si.

  9. Assessment of Mn-Fe-Si-C Melt in Unified Interaction Parameter Formalism

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    Shin, Jung Pil; Lee, Young E.

    2016-02-01

    The solubility of C in Mn-Fe-Si-C melt decreases with increasing Si content, and its decrease becomes greater when the phase in equilibrium with Mn-Fe-Si-C melt changes from carbon to SiC. Such behavior has an industrial implication for low carbon products and processes of steels and Mn alloys. Li and Morris assessed the solution properties of Mn-Fe-Si-C system in the UIP formalism, but the effectiveness of their assessment was limited in applicable ranges of composition to Mn-rich solution and of temperature to around 1673 K (1400 °C). This study develops the information of activity coefficients of C and Si of Mn-Fe-Si-C system from the consistent experimental solubility of C and assesses them in the UIP formalism. This assessment of Mn-Fe-Si-C system describes confidently the behavior of solution properties in a wide range of composition and temperature.

  10. Host Atom Diffusion in Ternary Fe-Cr-Al Alloys

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    Rohrberg, Diana; Spitzer, Karl-Heinz; Dörrer, Lars; Kulińska, Anna J.; Borchardt, Günter; Fraczkiewicz, Anna; Markus, Torsten; Jacobs, Michael H. G.; Schmid-Fetzer, Rainer

    2014-01-01

    In the Fe-rich corner of the Fe-Cr-Al ternary phase diagram, both interdiffusion experiments [1048 K to 1573 K (775 °C to 1300 °C)] and 58Fe tracer diffusion experiments [873 K to 1123 K (600 °C to 850 °C)] were performed along the Fe50Cr50-Fe50Al50 section. For the evaluation of the interdiffusion data, a theoretical model was used which directly yields the individual self-diffusion coefficients of the three constituents and the shift of the original interface of the diffusion couple through inverse modeling. The driving chemical potential gradients were derived using a phenomenological Gibbs energy function which was based on thoroughly assessed thermodynamic data. From the comparison of the individual self-diffusivities of Fe as obtained from interdiffusion profiles and independent 58Fe tracer diffusivities, the influence of the B2-A2 order-disorder transition becomes obvious, resulting in a slightly higher activation enthalpy for the bcc-B2 phase and a significantly lower activation entropy for this phase.

  11. Characterization of β-FeSi II films as a novel solar cell semiconductor

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    Fukuzawa, Yasuhiro; Ootsuka, Teruhisa; Otogawa, Naotaka; Abe, Hironori; Nakayama, Yasuhiko; Makita, Yunosuke

    2006-04-01

    β-FeSi II is an attractive semiconductor owing to its extremely high optical absorption coefficient (α>10 5 cm -1), and is expected to be an ideal semiconductor as a thin film solar cell. For solar cell use, to prepare high quality β-FeSi II films holding a desired Fe/Si ratio, we chose two methods; one is a molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) method in which Fe and Si were evaporated by using normal Knudsen cells, and occasionally by e-gun for Si. Another one is the facing-target sputtering (FTS) method in which deposition of β-FeSi II films is made on Si substrate that is placed out of gas plasma cloud. In both methods to obtain β-FeSi II films with a tuned Fe/Si ratio, Fe/Si super lattice was fabricated by varying Fe and Si deposition thickness. Results showed significant in- and out-diffusion of host Fe and Si atoms at the interface of Si substrates into β-FeSi II layers. It was experimentally demonstrated that this diffusion can be suppressed by the formation of template layer between the epitaxial β-FeSi II layer and the substrate. The template layer was prepared by reactive deposition epitaxy (RDE) method. By fixing the Fe/Si ratio as precisely as possible at 1/2, systematic doping experiments of acceptor (Ga and B) and donor (As) impurities into β-FeSi II were carried out. Systematical changes of electron and hole carrier concentration in these samples along variation of incorporated impurities were observed through Hall effect measurements. Residual carrier concentrations can be ascribed to not only the remaining undesired impurities contained in source materials but also to a variety of point defects mainly produced by the uncontrolled stoichiometry. A preliminary structure of n-β-FeSi II/p-Si used as a solar cell indicated a conversion efficiency of 3.7%.

  12. Effect of Different Production Methods on the Mechanical and Microstructural Properties of Hypereutectic Al-Si Alloys

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    Fatih Kilicaslan, M.; Uzun, Orhan; Yilmaz, Fikret; Çağlar, Seyit

    2014-10-01

    In this study, the effects of different production methods like melt spinning, high-energy ball milling, and combined melt spinning and high-energy ball milling on the mechanical and microstructural properties of hypereutectic Al-20Si-5Fe alloys were investigated. While microstructural and spectroscopic analyses were performed using scanning electron microscopy and X-ray diffractometry, mechanical properties were measured using a depth-sensing indentation instrument with a Berkovich tip. Microstructural and spectroscopic analyses demonstrate that high-energy ball milling process applied on the melt-spun Al-20-Si-5Fe alloy for 10 minutes brings about a reduction in the size of silicon particles and intermetallic compounds. However, further increase in milling time does not yield any significant reduction in size. High-energy ball milling for 10 minutes on the starting powders is not enough to form any intermetallic phase. According to the depth-sensing indentation experiments, high-energy milling of melt-spun Al-20Si-5Fe alloys shows an incremental behavior in terms of hardness values. For the Al-20Si-5Fe alloys investigated in this study, the production technique remarkably influences their elastic-plastic response to the indentation process in terms of both magnitude and shape of P- h curves.

  13. Ab Initio Study of the Composition Dependence of the Pressure-Induced Spin Transition in the (Mg,Fe)SiO3 Perovskite System

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    Bengtson, A.; Persson, K. A.; Ceder, G.; Morgan, D.

    2006-12-01

    We present ab initio calculations of the zero-temperature compositional dependent spin transition in (Mg1-xFex)SiO3. Equations of state are fit for a range of compositions and used to predict the Fe spin transition pressure and associated changes in volume and bulk modulus. We predict a relatively constant transition pressure for x<0.25, but a significant decrease for higher Fe concentrations, contrary to the trend for rocksalt (Mg,Fe)O. Volume trends show that high-spin Fe2+ is larger than Mg2+, but low-spin Fe2+ is approximately equal in size. Fe3+ in (Mg,Fe,Al)SiO3 is found to have a significantly lower transition pressure than the Fe2+. Specific transition pressures are found to differ dramatically between LDA and GGA exchange correlation methods (with GGA higher by factors ranging from 2-9), but trends are reproduced reliably.

  14. Newly developed Ti-Nb-Zr-Ta-Si-Fe biomedical beta titanium alloys with increased strength and enhanced biocompatibility.

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    Kopova, Ivana; Stráský, Josef; Harcuba, Petr; Landa, Michal; Janeček, Miloš; Bačákova, Lucie

    2016-03-01

    Beta titanium alloys are promising materials for load-bearing orthopaedic implants due to their excellent corrosion resistance and biocompatibility, low elastic modulus and moderate strength. Metastable beta-Ti alloys can be hardened via precipitation of the alpha phase; however, this has an adverse effect on the elastic modulus. Small amounts of Fe (0-2 wt.%) and Si (0-1 wt.%) were added to Ti-35Nb-7Zr-6Ta (TNZT) biocompatible alloy to increase its strength in beta solution treated condition. Fe and Si additions were shown to cause a significant increase in tensile strength and also in the elastic modulus (from 65 GPa to 85 GPa). However, the elastic modulus of TNZT alloy with Fe and Si additions is still much lower than that of widely used Ti-6Al-4V alloy (115 GPa), and thus closer to that of the bone (10-30 GPa). Si decreases the elongation to failure, whereas Fe increases the uniform elongation thanks to increased work hardening. Primary human osteoblasts cultivated for 21 days on TNZT with 0.5Si+2Fe (wt.%) reached a significantly higher cell population density and significantly higher collagen I production than cells cultured on the standard Ti-6Al-4V alloy. In conclusion, the Ti-35Nb-7Zr-6Ta-2Fe-0.5Si alloy proves to be the best combination of elastic modulus, strength and also biological properties, which makes it a viable candidate for use in load-bearing implants. PMID:26706526

  15. Melting phase relations in MgO-FeO-SiO2 ternary system at high pressure

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    Morishita, A.; Nomura, R.; Hirose, K.

    2014-12-01

    Seismological observations show that the presence of a small fraction of partial melt at the base of the mantle. The knowledge of chemical composition of such partial melt is key to understand its buoyancy and stability in the lowermost mantle. Recent melting experiments performed in the deep lower mantle conditions demonstrated that 1) MgSiO3-rich perovskite (bridgemanite) is the first phase to crystallize from melts with a wide range of (Mg + Fe)/ Si ratios in the middle to deep lower mantle and 2) iron is preferentially partitioned into melt rather than solid [Nomura et al., 2011 Nature; Tateno et al., 2014 JGR], suggesting that melts evolves towards a FeO-rich / SiO2-poor composition upon crystallization. Here we carried out melting experiments under both shallow and deep lower mantle pressures using a laser-heated diamond-anvil cell (DAC), in order to determine melting phase equilibria in the MgO-FeO-SiO2 ternary system. Several different starting materials were used. After heating at high pressure, sample was recovered from a DAC, and then examined with dual beam scanning microprobe (FIB + FE-SEM) (Versa 3DTM, FEI) and field-emission-type electron probe microanalyzer (FE-EPMA) (JXA-8530F, JEOL). On the basis of X-ray maps and quantitative point-analyses, quenched partial melt with non-stoichiometric composition was found at the center of the sample (the hottest part) and surrounded by a liquidus phase. The partial melts were sometimes in direct contact with more than one solid phases such as bridgemanite + ferropericlase or bridgemanite + stishovite, which can tightly constrain the locations of cotectic lines. These results imply that eutectic melt is strongly enriched in FeO in the MgO-FeO-SiO2 ternary system in a wide range of lower mantle pressures.

  16. Hysteresis and Domain Behaviors Analysis of High Purity Fe-(5, 6) wt% Si Alloys

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    Lei, Zhe; Horiuchi, Takuro; Sasaki, Iwao; Kaido, Chikara; Yochi, Horibe; Hata, Satoshi; Ogawa, Toshifumi; Era, Hidenori

    We investigated the improvement in magnetic properties of high-purity Fe-(5, 6) wt% Si formed by cold crucible levitation melting. The results showed that Fe-6 wt% Si alloy has a smaller coercivity than Fe-5 wt% Si. The hysteresis loss of both alloys increases linearly and slightly with maximum magnetization, and increases significantly after a certain maximum magnetization. Additionally, demagnetized domain structure and domain wall motion in both samples was studied by means of Lorentz microscopy. The results indicated that the domain wall motion of Fe-6 wt% Si can be activated in lower external fields and displaces more rapidly than Fe-5 wt% Si. Moreover, the displacement of domain walls that penetrate symmetrical grain boundaries and dislocations in Fe-6 wt% Si was analyzed. The boundaries and dislocations have no pinning effect on domain wall motion.

  17. Infrared observation of thermally activated oxide reduction within Al/SiOx/Si tunnel diodes

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    Brendel, R.; Hezel, R.

    1992-05-01

    Electron-beam-evaporated aluminum/silicon oxide/silicon tunnel diodes with an initial oxide thickness of 1.3 nm have been annealed for up to 1 h at temperatures from 213 to 369 °C. They have been investigated by infrared grazing internal reflection (GIR) spectroscopy and current-voltage measurements. The measured IR spectra were analyzed by computer modeling. All spectral features could be explained self-consistently within a Al/AlOy/SiOx/Si layer model. In the as-deposited state less than 0.6 monolayers of Al—O bonds are formed at the Al/SiOx interface. A thermally activated reduction of the ultrathin oxide film by Al was observed. The changes in the current-voltage curves induced by slight annealing (1 min at 213 °C) are accompanied by changes in the insulator-bonding structure, which GIR is sensitive enough to detect.

  18. FeAl-TiC and FeAl-WC composites - melt infiltration processing, microstructure and mechanical properties

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    Subramanian, R.; Schneibel, J.H.

    1997-04-01

    TiC-based and WC-based cermets were processed with iron aluminide, an intermetallic, as a binder by pressureless melt infiltration to near full density (> 97 % theoretical density). Phase equilibria calculations in the quaternary Fe-Al-Ti-C and Fe-Al-W-C systems at 145{degrees}C were performed to determine the solubility of the carbide phases in liquid iron aluminide. This was done by using Thermocalc{trademark} and the results show that molten Fe-40 at.% Al in equilibrium with Ti{sub 0.512}C{sub 0.488} and graphite, dissolves 4.9 at% carbon and 64 atomic ppm titanium. In the Fe-Al-W-C system, liquid Fe-40 at.% Al in equilibrium with graphite dissolves about 5 at.% carbon and 1 at.% tungsten. Due to the low values for the solubility of the carbide phases in liquid iron aluminide, liquid phase sintering of mixed powders does not yield a dense, homogeneous microstructure for carbide volume fractions greater than 0.70. Melt infiltration of molten FeAl into TiC and WC preforms serves as a successful approach to process cermets with carbide contents ranging from 70 to 90 vol. %, to greater than 97% of theoretical density. Also, the microstructures of cermets prepared by melt infiltration were very homogeneous. Typical properties such as hardness, bend strength and fracture toughness are reported. SEM observations of fracture surfaces suggest the improved fracture toughness to result from the ductility of the intermetallic phase. Preliminary experiments for the evaluation of the oxidation resistance of iron aluminide bonded cermets indicate that they are more resistant than WC-Co cermets.

  19. Thermoelectric Properties of n-Type Si0,8Ge0,2-FeSi2 Multiphase Nanostructures

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    Usenko, Andrey; Moskovskikh, Dmitry; Korotitskiy, Andrey; Gorshenkov, Mikhail; Voronin, Andrey; Arkhipov, Dmitry; Lyange, Maria; Isachenko, Grigory; Khovaylo, Vladimir

    2016-04-01

    We report on thermoelectric properties of n-type nanostructured bulk Si0.8Ge0.2 with the addition of FeSi2 prepared via two sintering routes: the conventional spark plasma sintering method and a direct current pressing technique. The thermal conductivity, the electrical conductivity, and the Seebeck coefficient have been determined over the temperature range from 25°C to 900°C in a helium atmosphere. The highest ZT value for the multiphase nanostructured composite was reached at ˜0.6 at 900°C. Embedding of 10 at.% FeSi2 phase had a positive impact on thermal properties but dramatically affected the power factor, which eventually resulted in a drop of the thermoelectric efficiency. It was also shown that the orthorhombic β-FeSi2 phase transforms to a tetragonal α-FeSi2 phase during high temperature sintering.

  20. Mullite/SiAlON/alumina composites by infiltration processing

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    Albano, M.P.; Scian, A.N.

    1997-01-01

    The formation of mullite/SiAlON/alumina composites was studied by infiltrating a SiAlON/alumina-base composite with two different solutions, followed by thermal treatment. The base composite was prepared from a mixture of tabular Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} grains, fume SiO{sub 2}, and aluminum powders. The mixture was pressed into test bars and nitrided in a nitrogen-gas (N{sub 2}) atmosphere at 1,480 C. The infiltrants were prehydrolyzed ethyl polysilicate solution and ethyl polysilicate-aluminum nitrate solution. The composites were infiltrated under vacuum, cured at 100 C, and precalcined in air at 700 C. This infiltration process was repeated several times to produce bars that had been subjected to multiple infiltrations, then the bars were calcined in a N{sub 2} atmosphere at 1,480 C to obtain mullite/SiAlON/alumina composites. The infiltration process increased the percentage of nitrogenous crystalline and mullite phases in the matrix; therefore, a decrease of the composite microporosity was observed. The infiltration increased the mechanical strength of the composites. Of the two composites, the one produced using prehydrolyzed ethyl polysilicate as the infiltrant had a higher mechanical strength, before and after being subjected to a severe thermal shock.

  1. Formation of Al2O3/Al Composites by Directed Melt Oxidation of Al-Si-Zn Alloy

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    Zhao, Jingzhong; Chai, Huiping; Zhang, Fajian

    2010-02-01

    Observations are presented on the initiation and growth of Al2O3/Al composites by the directed melt oxidation of Al-Si alloys containing metallic Zn or using external dopant ZnO. Thermal gravimetric analysis, optical microscopy, and x-ray diffraction analysis were employed to characterize the progress of oxidation and the nature of oxidation products. Both Zn and ZnO dopants were able to initiate the directed melt oxidation of Al-Si alloys without any Mg being present. Al2O3/Al composites were produced when the alloying Zn concentration exceeding 3 wt.%. The incubation period of the oxidation process for Al-Si-Zn alloys was shortened markedly and the amount of composite products increased with the increasing of Zn content in the alloy. In addition, doping with ZnO powder resulted in dense composite formation. A macroscopically planar surface and a fine microstructure promote oxidation growth in Al2O3/Al composites. Doping with ZnO powder offers a significant advantage over using metallic Zn for the directed melt oxidation of Al-Si alloy.

  2. Processing and properties of FeAl-bonded composites

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    Schneibel, J.H.; Subramanian, R.; Alexander, K.B.; Becher, P.F.

    1996-12-31

    Iron aluminides are thermodynamically compatible with a wide range of ceramics such as carbides, borides, oxides, and nitrides, which makes them suitable as the matrix in composites or cermets containing fine ceramic particulates. For ceramic contents varying from 30 to 60 vol.%, composites of Fe-40 at. % Al with WC, TiC, TiB{sub 2}, and ZrB{sub 2} were fabricated by conventional liquid phase sintering of powder mixtures. For ceramic contents from 70 to 85 vol.%, pressureless melt infiltration was found to be a more suitable processing technique. In FeAl-60 vol.% WC, flexure strengths of up to 1.8 GPa were obtained, even though processing defects consisting of small oxide clusters were present. Room temperature fracture toughnesses were determined by flexure testing of chevron-notched specimens. FeAl/WC and FeAl/TiC composites containing 60 vol.% carbide particles exhibited K{sub Q} values around 20 MPa m{sup 1/2}. Slow crack growth measurements carried out in water and in dry oxygen suggest a relatively small influence of water-vapor embrittlement. It appears therefore that the mechanical properties of iron aluminides in the form of fine ligaments are quite different from their bulk properties. Measurements of the oxidation resistance, dry wear resistance, and thermal expansion of iron aluminide composites suggest many potential applications for these new materials.

  3. Correlation between microstructure evolution and high temperature properties of TiAlSiN hard coatings with different Si and Al content

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    Chen, Tian; Xie, Zhiwen; Gong, Feng; Luo, Zhuangzhu; Yang, Zhi

    2014-09-01

    TiAlSiN coatings with different Si and Al content are synthesized by multi-plasma immersion ion implantation and deposition (MPIIID). The microstructure, oxidation resistance and wear resistance of as-deposited coatings are characterized by x-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), nano-indentation, thermo gravimetric analysis (TGA) and friction tests. Studies show that TiAlSiN coating has nc-TiAlN/a-Si3N4 structure. The grain size of nc-TiAlN decreases gradually and the volume fraction of the interfacial a-Si3N4 increases with the increased Si level. The obvious reduction in grain size together with the increase in interfacial a-Si3N4 eventually leads to the superior oxidation resistance of TiAlSiN coating. In addition, TiAlSiN coating with low Si and Al content exhibits poor oxidation stability and thermal stability, which results in its unsatisfied wear resistance at 800 ̊C. However, TiAlSiN coating with higher Si and Al content possesses better oxidation stability and thermal stability, and this coating shows excellent wear resistance both at RT and 800 ̊C. The correlation between microstructure evolution and oxidation resistance and wear resistance of as-deposited coatings are systematically discussed.

  4. Development of a Cast Al-Mg2Si-Si In Situ Composite: Microstructure, Heat Treatment, and Mechanical Properties

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    Georgatis, E.; Lekatou, A.; Karantzalis, A. E.; Petropoulos, H.; Katsamakis, S.; Poulia, A.

    2013-03-01

    An Al-11Mg2Si-Si in situ composite was prepared by a modified investment casting technique that employs sub-pressure for castability improvement and immersion of ceramic shell molds in fluidized beds of silica sand and iron particles for heat extraction improvement. The microstructure of the as-cast composite is explained according to the pseudoeutectic Al-Mg2Si phase diagram. The positive effect of a decreased number of mold investment layers and cooling assisted by immersion of the mold in a metallic bed on the tensile strength and hardness of the heat treated composite is noted. A minor presence of Fe in the master alloys constitutes an essential factor for the brittleness of the composite. Solution treatment notably improves the tensile strength of the composite; however, prolonged treatment deteriorates its ductility. The effect of time and temperature of the aging treatment on the hardness of the composite is investigated. The positive influence of cooling assisted by a metallic fluidized bed on the effectiveness of the aging treatment is noticed.

  5. Crystal structure of the compound Lu/sub 3/FeSi/sub 6/

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    Krivulya, L.V.; Bodak, O.I.; Gorelenko, Yu.K.

    1987-04-01

    The crystal structure of Lu/sub 3/FeSi/sub 6/ was determined by the powder method. The filling coefficient and thermal and atomic parameters are given for the title structure. The results of calculation and experimental diffraction pattern of the title structure are given. Also shown are the atomic parameters of structural types CeNiSi/sub 2/ and ZrSi/sub 2/ and compound Lu/sub 3/FeSi/sub 6/. The parameters and volume of the unit cell of R/sub 3/FeSi/sub 6/ (R = Y, Tb, Ho, Er, Tm, Lu) are listed.

  6. Microstructure of as-fabricated UMo/Al(Si) plates prepared with ground and atomized powder

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    Jungwirth, R.; Palancher, H.; Bonnin, A.; Bertrand-Drira, C.; Borca, C.; Honkimäki, V.; Jarousse, C.; Stepnik, B.; Park, S.-H.; Iltis, X.; Schmahl, W. W.; Petry, W.

    2013-07-01

    UMo-Al based fuel plates prepared with ground U8wt%Mo, ground U8wt%MoX (X = 1 wt%Pt, 1 wt%Ti, 1.5 wt%Nb or 3 wt%Nb) and atomized U7wt%Mo have been examined. The first finding is that that during the fuel plate production the metastable γ-UMo phases partly decomposed into two different γ-UMo phases, U2Mo and α'-U in ground powder or α″-U in atomized powder. Alloying small amounts of a third element to the UMo had no measurable effect on the stability of the γ-UMo phase. Second, the addition of some Si inside the Al matrix and the presence of oxide layers in ground and atomized samples is studied. In the case with at least 2 wt%Si inside the matrix a Silicon rich layer (SiRL) forms at the interface between the UMo and the Al during the fuel plate production. The SiRL forms more easily when an Al-Si alloy matrix - which is characterized by Si precipitates with a diameter ⩽1 μm - is used than when an Al-Si mixed powder matrix - which is characterized by Si particles with some μm diameter - is used. The presence of an oxide layer on the surface of the UMo particles hinders the formation of the SiRL. Addition of some Si into the Al matrix [7-11]. Application of a protective barrier at the UMo/Al interface by oxidizing the UMo powder [7,12]. Increase of the Mo content or use of UMo alloys with ternary element addition X (e.g. X = Nb, Ti, Pt) to stabilize the γ-UMo with respect to α-U or to control the UMo-Al interaction layer kinetics [9,12-24]. Use of ground UMo powder instead of atomized UMo powder [10,25] The points 1-3 are to limit the formation of the undesired UMo/Al layer. Especially the addition of Si into the matrix has been suggested [3,7,8,10,11,26,27]. It has been often mentioned that Silicon is efficient in reducing the Uranium-Aluminum diffusion kinetics since Si shows a higher chemical affinity to U than Al to U. Si suppresses the formation of brittle UAl4 which causes a huge swelling during the irradiation. Furthermore it enhances the formation of more stable UAl3 within the diffusion layer [14]. In addition, Si will not notably influence the reactor neutronics due to its low absorption cross section for thermal neutrons of σabs = 0.24 barn. Aluminum has σabs = 0.23 barn.Williams [28], Bierlein [29], Green [30] and de Luca [31] showed the first time in the 1950s that alloying Aluminum with some Silicon reduces the Uranium-Aluminum diffusion kinetics in can-type fuel elements. However, up to now uncertainties remained about the most promising Si concentration and the involved mechanisms.Ground powder - possibility 4 - introduces a high density of defects like dislocations, oxide layers and impurities into UMo grains. Fuel prepared with this kind of powder exhibits a larger porosity. It may also be combined with an AlSi matrix. As a consequence, the degree of swelling due to high-burn up is reduced compared to fuel with atomized powder [5,6,25].This study focuses on the metallurgical characterization of as-fabricated samples prepared with ground UMo and UMoX (X = Ti, Nb, Pt) powders and atomized UMo powder. The influence of some Si into the Al matrix and the presence of oxide layers on the UMo is discussed. Details of the differences of samples with ground UMo from atomized UMo will be discussed.The examined samples originate from non-irradiated spare fuel plates from the IRIS-TUM irradiation campaign [5,6]. The samples containing ground UMoX powders and atomized UMo powders with Si addition into the matrix have been produced for this study [32]. Powder mixing: The UMo powder is mixed with Al powder. Compact production: UMo-Al powder is poured into a mould and undergoes compaction under large force. Plate-processing: An AlFeNi frame is placed on an AlFeNi plate and the UMo-Al compact is placed into the frame. Afterwards it is covered with a second AlFeNi plate. This assembly is hot-rolled to reduce the total thickness to 1.4 mm. Subsequently, a blister test (1-2 h at 400-450 °C) ensures that the fuelplate is sealed. After this step, the UMo particles are tightly covered with Al as shown in Fig. 1. To access the meat layer, small samples have been cut from the fuel plates. The AlFeNi cladding has been removed using abrasive paper and diamond polishing paste. Cross sections were prepared from each sample and examined using SEM/EDX and XRD. Laboratory scale XRD Laboratory sealed-tube XRD on a STOE-STADIP diffractometer equipped with an incident beam focusing monochromator and used in reflection geometry with respect to the sample. MoK-α radiation has been used. Details on the systems used can be found in [39]. mu;-XRD using micro-focused synchrotron radiation at the Swiss Light Source μ-XAS beamline (PSI, Switzerland). At SLS, the beam size was 3 × 3 μm2, the energy was 19.7 keV. Further details on the experimental procedure can be found in [40]. Only very small sample volumes are probed with this technique, therefore the results may not be representative for the whole miniplate. The standard deviation of the lattice parameters obtained with this method is ±0.01 Å in case not different given. High-energy XRD (HE-XRD) in transmission mode using synchrotron radiation at the "High Energy Diffraction and Scattering Beamline ID15B" of ESRF. An X-ray energy of 87 keV has been used, the beam size was 0.3 × 0.3 mm2. Details on the experimental procedure are presented in [41,42]. It was possible to determine the average mass fractions of the phases present inside the sample using this technique. The standard deviation of the lattice parameters obtained with this method is ±0.001 Å in case not different given. laser granulometry to determine the size distribution of the particles, XRD for phase identification. Granulometry measurements showed that a significant amount of very fine particles of a few μm to 10 μm size are present in the first class of powder.In both cases, laboratory XRD analyses evidenced only two phases: γ-UMo and UO2. In contrast to observations on the final fuel plates, there are no signs of α-U. Comparing XRD data of atomized UMo powder (taken form the IRIS4 experiment) and ground UMo powder with almost the same Mo content, the peaks are broader in XRD patterns of ground UMo and there is a higher background [44]. This points that the lattice structure of the UMo inside the ground powder is strongly disordered during the grinding process.Complementary investigations were performed in these ground UMo powder samples using HE-XRD. The obtained data can therefore directly be compared to those measured on pre-oxidized atomized UMo powders [45] and IRIS-TUM fuel plates [41]. For both powder samples the γ-UMo lattice constant has been estimated to 3.433 ± 0.002 Å which corresponds to about 7.2 wt% for Mo in the alloy according to Dwight's law [46]. The existence of two UMo phases inside these ground particles (as in atomized case) could not be investigated because of the huge peak broadening (presence of micro distortions). Whatever the sample granulometry, the analysis of the HE-XRD data showed a non-negligible nitride contamination in ground powders (see Fig. 2). Two uranium nitride phases are indeed found in these samples: UN and U2N3+x[47]. Note that the presence of UN has also been found in the as-fabricated plates. These results confirm the high reactivity of UMo with both Oxygen and Nitrogen in the grinding conditions. As a comparison for temperatures in the 200-250 °C range, it seems that UNx phases are more difficult to grow: they were not present in outer layers obtained by heat treatment under air on atomized particles [45]. Finally it can be seen in Table 3 that the weight fractions of UO2 and U2N3+x phases are lower in the sample with larger UMo particles. This suggests the existence of an oxide, nitride outer shell around UMo ground particle with thickness that does not strongly evolve with particle size. This constant outer shell thickness has also been found in pre-oxidized atomized powders [45].The UMoX powder used for the samples MAFIA-I-18 - MAFIA-I-21 has not been investigated prior to plate fabrication. However, since the grinding process is essentially the same as for the pure UMo powder, similar characteristics are assumed. Thin oxide layers with a thickness ⩽1 μm on some of the particles that were not intentionally oxidized. Although the UMo powder was stored and handled under an inert atmosphere over the whole production process, some residual oxygen has reacted with the UMo. Already this thin oxide layers exhibits cracks (Fig. 5). Thicker oxide layers with a thickness up to 5 μm on the UMo particles that were oxidized purposely. This kind of oxide layer is very brittle and shows large cracks (Fig. 6). The oxidized UMo particles tend to detach with the matrix as gaps between the UMo particles and the oxide layer could be observed (Fig. 6). This is most obvious at spots where a UMo particle has been pulled out during polishing. A part of the oxide layer remained inside the resulting hole (Fig. 7). Atomized UMo powder 2 wt%Si in Al matrix, alloyed AlSi 2 wt%Si in Al matrix, mixed AlSi 5 wt%Si in Al matrix, mixed AlSi 7 wt%Si in Al matrix, mixed AlSi Ground UMo powder 2 wt%Si in Al matrix, alloyed AlSi The influence of an oxide layer around the UMo particles on the formation of the SiRL during fuel plate production is further discussed. The growth of a Si rich layer surrounding the UMo particles in the 2 wt%Si alloyed powder (oxidized UMo), as well as the 5 wt% and 7 wt%Si mixed powder (non-oxidized UMo) during production of the miniplates. The presence of Si precipitates in the Al-matrix (large precipitates in case of mixture, small si particles in alloy). No oxide layer: If no oxide layer is present around the UMo particles a homogeneous SiRL grows at the interface UMo-Al (Fig. 15a). Brittle oxide layer: An oxide layer is present around the UMo particles, the SiRL grows always between the UMo particle and the oxide layer (Fig. 15b). In this case the the SiRL is thin and not homogeneous. As presumed by Ripert et al. [7] it is essential that the oxide layer reveals cracks perpendicular the UMo particle surface to make path for the Si diffusion. Dense oxide layer: In case of a thin (≈1 μm) but compact oxide layer no SiRL is formed even at high Si concentrations inside the matrix (Fig. 15c). The observed effects are pronounced when the thickness of the oxide layer is increased, as shown in Fig. 16: UMo particles covered with a thicker oxide layer (>1 μm) inside an Aluminum matrix with 5 wt%Si (mixed Al-Si powder). The oxide layer is dense at the left side of the particle, no Si can be found there (Fig. 16a). In contrast, the brittle and cracked oxide layer on the right side made path for a Si diffusion but the SiRL is thinner than in the sites where the UMo particle is not covered with an oxide layer. EDX maps at different positions of the sample showed that in general no SiRL forms around UMo particles covered by oxide layers with a thickness greater than 1 μm (Fig. 16b). This behavior is identical for the samples with 5 wt%Si and 7 wt%Si added to the Aluminum matrix (mixed Al-Si powder). Obviously the presence of a (dense) oxide layer hampers the formation of a SiRL. different UXSiY phases with strongly overlapping peaks can be found in the SiRL, these phases are characterized by small sizes of the crystallites (a few tens of nanometers) and/or cell parameter gradients. Two different crystallographic phases have been usually identified: U(Al,Si)3 displaying a small lattice parameter of a0 = 4.16 Å. This indicates that about 40% of the Al lattice sites are occupied by Si atoms. The second phase is isostructural to U3Si54 with a different lattice parameter [59-61]. Although the U-Si-Al phase diagram contains a variety of phases, none of the phases reported in literature [62] could be used to fully refine the measured diagram. Therefore, three different hypotheses are suggested to explain the occurence of this unknown phase: The observed compound consists of two phases: Conventional U3Si5 and USi2, as has been suggested by the authors before [58]. However, only one literature source (Brown et al.) describing the occurrence of USi2 below 450 °C could be found [63,64]. Furthermore, it has not been possible to reproduce the experiments described by Brown et al. Therefore, this hypothesis remains doubtful [59]. The observed phase may be a new unknown phase. For example, a cubic phase with lattice constant a0 = 3.96 Å can be used to refine the observed peaks. This hypothesis can neither be confirmed nor refused based on the existing data. The observed phase can be a U3Si5 variant containing Mo and/or Al atoms. This hypothesis is supported by the authors. Hence in the following sections this structure will be denoted as U3Si5. No traces of SiRL phases are found inside the sample with 2 wt%Si mixed-powder matrix (MAFIA-I-3), all the Si remained inside the matrix. A SiRL is present inside the samples with 2.1 wt%Si alloyed powder matrix (MAFIA-I-4) and 5 wt%Si (MAFIA-I-5) and 7 wt%Si (MAFIA-I-7) mixed powder matrix. However, between 76% and 96% of the Si remained inside the matrix in form of precipitates or Si particles. The SiRL is formed readily when the Si is present inside the matrix in form of precipitates (i.e. Al-Si alloy matrix, MAFIA-I-4 and IRIS-TUM 8502) compared to particles (i.e. Al-Si mixed powder matrix, MAFIA-I-3, MAFIA-I-5 and MAFIA-I-7). This behavior can best be observed on the sample prepared with ground powder and with 2.1 wt%Si alloyed powder matrix (IRIS-TUM-8502): The matrix contains no Si, only SiRL phases are found. Since the sample with 5 wt%Si mixed powder matrix (MAFIA-I-5) has the lowest SiRL fraction but by far the highest UO2 content, it is concluded that the presence of UO2 around the UMo kernels tends to hamper the formation of a SiRL. UMo/Al samples prepared with ground powder contain irregularly shaped UMo kernels. They are in general oxidized and also contain oxide stringers. These samples have a high porosity content of around 8 vol%. In contrast, UMo/Al samples prepared with atomized powder contain spherical UMo kernels. Only the surface of the UMo kernels is oxidized in some cases. Thick oxide layers must be grown intentionally while thinner layers are the result of oxidation during the whole process. The oxide layer is in general brittle and exhibits cracks. The Uranium-oxide content of all examined samples (atomized and ground) varies between 2 and 13 wt%. gamma;-UMo present in the fresh UMo powder destabilizes to transform to an α-U-like phase, U2Mo, and two γ-UMo phases with different Mo content during the fuel plate production. For ground powder, α-U content varies in 28-38 wt%, for atomized powder in 11-14 wt%. The degree of γ-phase destabilization is therefore higher for ground powder. Ternary addition of Nb, Ti or Pt to the UMo did not impact the extent of decomposition. The γ-phase decomposition in the atomized and ground powder does not follow the expected in the U8wt%Mo TTT diagram between 400 and 450 °C [41]. According to Repas et al. [65], the route is γ-UMoa → γ-UMob + α-U → γ-UMoc+α-U + U2Mo . γ-UMoa,b,c differ in the Mo content where γ-UMoa has the lowest and γ-UMoc has the highest Mo content. We observe a new route of decomposition of ground powder into two different γ-UMo phases. One of them has approximately the original Mo content and the other has a higher Mo content. Further U2Mo and a phase with deformed lattice parameters compared to pure α-U have been observed. The latter is known as α' in literature.For atomized powder, also two different γ-UMo phases and traces of U2Mo have been found. However, a different α-U like phase has been identified: α″ [41,53-55].Repas et al. used as cast samples that have been examined with conventional XRD and different metallographic methods [65]. The difference to our data can be explained by the superior resolution of the here used HE-XRD diffraction. Most probably, conventional lab X-ray sourcces could not resolve fine differences in the lattice parameters of α-U and may not enable to separate two γ-UMo phase. To overcome this uncertainty it is highly desirable to examine the TTT diagram of UMo with high resolution. When Si is added into the matrix - by using alloyed Al-Si powder as a matrix or blending Al and Si powder - in general a SiRL is formed at the interface between the UMo and the Al matrix. An exception can be found in MAFIA-I-3 in which the overall Si content was to low to form a SiRL. The SiRL consists of U(Al,Si)3 and U3Si5. The SiRL forms less readily in case of mixed Al-Si than in case of alloyed Al-Si powder. In the latter case (MAFIA-I-4), a Si depleted zone has been observed around the UMo particles. For ground powder in combination with an Al-Si alloyed matrix, the entire Si from the matrix has reacted with the UMo forming SiRL phases. The presence of a dense oxide layer around the UMo kernels can prevent the formation of a SiRL. However, as soon as the oxide layer is cracked a SiRL forms between the UMo and the oxide layer. A dense oxide layer isolates the UMo from the Si inside the matrix and occurring cracks make path for the diffusion of Si towards the UMo. U3Si 5 is also called USi2-x or USi1.66 in literature.

  7. A nano-Si/FeSi2Ti hetero-structure with structural stability for highly reversible lithium storage

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    Jo, Mi Ru; Heo, Yoon-Uk; Lee, Yoon Cheol; Kang, Yong-Mook

    2013-12-01

    A nano-Si/FeSi2Ti hetero-structure has been synthesized for highly reversible Li-ion batteries by using a simple melt-spinning method. We demonstrate that this composite has a very peculiar core/shell structure in which the FeSi2Ti alloy plays various pivotal roles as a mechanically supporting backbone and as an electronic pathway for the active Si attached to its surface, and is responsible for the altered electrochemical reactions with relatively small volume expansion routes. The FeSi2Ti matrix significantly contributes to not only the stabilization of cyclic retention, but also the enhancement of conductivity, as well as a high rate capability unprecedented in research on Si-based anodes. This achievement demonstrates the potency of this novel hybrid design for electrode materials for energy storage.A nano-Si/FeSi2Ti hetero-structure has been synthesized for highly reversible Li-ion batteries by using a simple melt-spinning method. We demonstrate that this composite has a very peculiar core/shell structure in which the FeSi2Ti alloy plays various pivotal roles as a mechanically supporting backbone and as an electronic pathway for the active Si attached to its surface, and is responsible for the altered electrochemical reactions with relatively small volume expansion routes. The FeSi2Ti matrix significantly contributes to not only the stabilization of cyclic retention, but also the enhancement of conductivity, as well as a high rate capability unprecedented in research on Si-based anodes. This achievement demonstrates the potency of this novel hybrid design for electrode materials for energy storage. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c3nr04954j

  8. Enhancement of the Si p-n diode NIR photoresponse by embedding β-FeSi2 nanocrystallites

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    Shevlyagin, A. V.; Goroshko, D. L.; Chusovitin, E. A.; Galkin, K. N.; Galkin, N. G.; Gutakovskii, A. K.

    2015-01-01

    By using solid phase epitaxy of thin Fe films and molecular beam epitaxy of Si, a p+-Si/p-Si/β-FeSi2 nanocrystallites/n-Si(111) diode structure was fabricated. Transmission electron microscopy data confirmed a well-defined multilayered structure with embedded nanocrystallites of two typical sizes: 3–4 and 15–20 nm, and almost coherent epitaxy of the nanocrystallites with the Si matrix. The diode at zero bias conditions exhibited a current responsivity of 1.7 mA/W, an external quantum efficiency of about 0.2%, and a specific detectivity of 1.2 × 109 cm × Hz1/2/W at a wavelength of 1300 nm at room temperature. In the avalanche mode, the responsivity reached up to 20 mA/W (2% in terms of efficiency) with a value of avalanche gain equal to 5. The data obtained indicate that embedding of β-FeSi2 nanocrystallites into the depletion region of the Si p-n junction results in expansion of the spectral sensitivity up to 1600 nm and an increase of the photoresponse by more than two orders of magnitude in comparison with a conventional Si p-n junction. Thereby, fabricated structure combines advantage of the silicon photodiode functionality and simplicity with near infrared light detection capability of β-FeSi2. PMID:26434582

  9. Enhancement of the Si p-n diode NIR photoresponse by embedding β-FeSi2 nanocrystallites.

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    Shevlyagin, A V; Goroshko, D L; Chusovitin, E A; Galkin, K N; Galkin, N G; Gutakovskii, A K

    2015-01-01

    By using solid phase epitaxy of thin Fe films and molecular beam epitaxy of Si, a p(+)-Si/p-Si/β-FeSi2 nanocrystallites/n-Si(111) diode structure was fabricated. Transmission electron microscopy data confirmed a well-defined multilayered structure with embedded nanocrystallites of two typical sizes: 3-4 and 15-20 nm, and almost coherent epitaxy of the nanocrystallites with the Si matrix. The diode at zero bias conditions exhibited a current responsivity of 1.7 mA/W, an external quantum efficiency of about 0.2%, and a specific detectivity of 1.2 × 10(9) cm × Hz(1/2)/W at a wavelength of 1300 nm at room temperature. In the avalanche mode, the responsivity reached up to 20 mA/W (2% in terms of efficiency) with a value of avalanche gain equal to 5. The data obtained indicate that embedding of β-FeSi2 nanocrystallites into the depletion region of the Si p-n junction results in expansion of the spectral sensitivity up to 1600 nm and an increase of the photoresponse by more than two orders of magnitude in comparison with a conventional Si p-n junction. Thereby, fabricated structure combines advantage of the silicon photodiode functionality and simplicity with near infrared light detection capability of β-FeSi2. PMID:26434582

  10. Enhancement of the Si p-n diode NIR photoresponse by embedding β-FeSi2 nanocrystallites

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    Shevlyagin, A. V.; Goroshko, D. L.; Chusovitin, E. A.; Galkin, K. N.; Galkin, N. G.; Gutakovskii, A. K.

    2015-10-01

    By using solid phase epitaxy of thin Fe films and molecular beam epitaxy of Si, a p+-Si/p-Si/β-FeSi2 nanocrystallites/n-Si(111) diode structure was fabricated. Transmission electron microscopy data confirmed a well-defined multilayered structure with embedded nanocrystallites of two typical sizes: 3-4 and 15-20 nm, and almost coherent epitaxy of the nanocrystallites with the Si matrix. The diode at zero bias conditions exhibited a current responsivity of 1.7 mA/W, an external quantum efficiency of about 0.2%, and a specific detectivity of 1.2 × 109 cm × Hz1/2/W at a wavelength of 1300 nm at room temperature. In the avalanche mode, the responsivity reached up to 20 mA/W (2% in terms of efficiency) with a value of avalanche gain equal to 5. The data obtained indicate that embedding of β-FeSi2 nanocrystallites into the depletion region of the Si p-n junction results in expansion of the spectral sensitivity up to 1600 nm and an increase of the photoresponse by more than two orders of magnitude in comparison with a conventional Si p-n junction. Thereby, fabricated structure combines advantage of the silicon photodiode functionality and simplicity with near infrared light detection capability of β-FeSi2.

  11. Study of microstructure and magnetic properties of L10 FePt/SiO2 thin films

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    Giannopoulos, G.; Speliotis, Th.; Niarchos, D.

    2014-07-01

    Achieving magnetic recording densities in excess of 1Tbit/in2 requires not only perpendicular media with anisotropies larger than 7 MJ/m3, making FePt alloys an ideal choice, but also a narrow distribution below 10 nm for a reduced S/N ratio. Such grain size reduction and shape control are crucial parameters for high density magnetic recording, along with high thermal stability. Previous work has shown that the L10 FePt grain size can be controlled by alloying FePt with materials such as C, Ag, and insulators such as AlOx, MgO. Au and Al2O3 also act to segregate and magnetically decouple the FePt grains. Better results were obtained with C with respect to the uniformity of grains and SiO2 with respect to the shape. We present our results on co-sputtering FePt with C or SiO2 (up to 30 vol %) on MgO (001) single crystal substrates at 350 and 500 oC. With C or SiO2 addition we achieved grain size reduction, shape control and isolated structure formation, producing continuous films with high uniformity and a narrow grain size distribution. These additions thus allow us to simultaneously control the coercivity and the S/N ratio. We also will report structural and microstructural properties.

  12. Crystal structure of the NaCa(Fe{sup 2+}, Al, Mn){sub 5}[Si{sub 8}O{sub 19}(OH)](OH){sub 7} {center_dot} 5H{sub 2}O mineral: A new representative of the palygorskite group

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    Rastsvetaeva, R. K. Aksenov, S. M.; Verin, I. A.

    2012-01-15

    A specimen of a new representative of the palygorskite-sepiolite family from Aris phonolite (Namibia) is studied by single-crystal X-ray diffraction. The parameters of the triclinic (pseudomonoclinic) unit cell are as follows: a = 5.2527(2) Angstrom-Sign , b = 17.901(1) Angstrom-Sign , c = 13.727(1) Angstrom-Sign , {alpha} = 90.018(3) Degree-Sign , {beta} = 97.278(4) Degree-Sign , and {gamma} = 89.952(3) Degree-Sign . The structure is solved by the direct methods in space group P1-bar and refined to R = 5.5% for 4168 |F| > 7{sigma}(F) with consideration for twinning by the plane perpendicular to y (the ratio of the twin components is 0.52: 0.48). The crystal chemical formula (Z = 1) is (Na{sub 1.6}K{sub 0.2}Ca{sub 0.2})[Ca{sub 2}(Fe{sub 3.6}{sup 2+}Al{sub 1.6}Mn{sub 0.8})(OH){sub 9}(H{sub 2}O){sub 2}][(Fe{sub 3.9}{sup 2+}Ti{sub 0.1})(OH){sub 5} (H{sub 2}O){sub 2}][Si{sub 16}O{sub 38}(OH){sub 2}] {center_dot} 6H{sub 2}O, where the compositions of two ribbons of octahedra and a layer of Si tetrahedra are enclosed in brackets. A number of specific chemical, symmetrical, and structural features distinguish this mineral from other minerals of this family, in particular, from tuperssuatsiaite and kalifersite, which are iron-containing representatives with close unit cell parameters.

  13. Three-dimensional rigid multiphase networks providing high-temperature strength to cast AlSi10Cu5Ni1-2 piston alloys

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    Asghar, Z.; Requena, G.; Boller, E.

    2011-01-01

    The three-dimensional (3-D) architecture of rigid multiphase networks present in AlSi10Cu5Ni1 and AlSi10Cu5Ni2 piston alloys in as-cast condition and after 4 h spheroidization treatment is characterized by synchrotron tomography in terms of the volume fraction of rigid phases, interconnectivity, contiguity and morphology. The architecture of both alloys consists of α-Al matrix and a rigid long-range 3-D network of Al7Cu4Ni, Al4Cu2Mg8Si7, Al2Cu, Al15Si2(FeMn)3 and AlSiFeNiCu aluminides and Si. The investigated architectural parameters of both alloys studied are correlated with room-temperature and high-temperature (300 °C) strengths as a function of solution treatment time. The AlSi10Cu5Ni1 and AlSi10Cu5Ni2 alloys behave like metal matrix composites with 16 and 20 vol.% reinforcement, respectively. Both alloys have similar strengths in the as-cast condition, but the AlSi10Cu5Ni2 is able to retain ∼15% higher high temperature strength than the AlSi10Cu5Ni1 alloy after more than 4 h of spheroidization treatment. This is due to the preservation of the 3-D interconnectivity and the morphology of the rigid network, which is governed by the higher degree of contiguity between aluminides and Si. PMID:21977004

  14. 57Fe Mössbauer study of Lu2Fe3Si5 iron silicide superconductor

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    Ma, Xiaoming; Ran, Sheng; Pang, Hua; Li, Fashen; Canfield, Paul C.; Bud'ko, Sergey L.

    2015-03-28

    With the advent of Fe–As based superconductivity it has become important to study how superconductivity manifests itself in details of 57Fe Mössbauer spectroscopy of conventional, Fe-bearing superconductors. The iron-based superconductor Lu2Fe3Si5 has been studied by 57Fe Mössbauer spectroscopy over the temperature range from 4.4 K to room temperature with particular attention to the region close to the superconducting transition temperature (Tc=6.1 K). Furthermore, consistent with the two crystallographic sites for Fe in this structure, the observed spectra appear to have a pattern consisting of two doublets over the whole temperature range. The value of Debye temperature was estimated from temperaturemore » dependence of the isomer shift and the total spectral area and compared with the specific heat capacity data. As a result, neither abnormal behavior of the hyperfine parameters at or near Tc, nor phonon softening were observed.« less

  15. Comparison of the Crystallization Behavior of Fe-Si-B-Cu and Fe-Si-B-Cu-Nb-Based Amorphous Soft Magnetic Alloys

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    Smith, Casey; Katakam, Shravana; Nag, Soumya; Zhang, Y. R.; Law, J. Y.; Ramanujan, Raju V.; Dahotre, Narendra B.; Banerjee, Rajarshi

    2014-06-01

    The role of the solute elements, copper, and niobium, on the different stages of de-vitrification or crystallization of two amorphous soft magnetic alloys, Fe73.5Si13.5B9Nb3Cu1, also referred to as FINEMET, and a Fe76.5Si13.5B9Cu1 alloy, a model composition without Nb, has been investigated in detail by coupling atom probe tomography and transmission electron microscopy. The effects of copper clustering and niobium pile-up at the propagating interface between the ?-Fe3Si nanocrystals and the amorphous matrix, on the nucleation and growth kinetics have been addressed. The results demonstrate that while Cu clustering takes place in both alloys in the early stages, the added presence of Nb in FINEMET severely restricts the diffusivity of solute elements such as Cu, Si, and B. Therefore, the kinetics of solute partitioning and mobility of the nanocrystal/amorphous matrix interface is substantially slower in FINEMET as compared to the Fe76.5Si13.5B9Cu1 alloy. Consequently, the presence of Nb limits the growth rate of the ?-Fe3Si nanocrystals in FINEMET and results in the activation of a larger no. of nucleation sites, leading to a substantially more refined microstructure as compared to the Fe76.5Si13.5B9Cu1 alloy.

  16. Dry (Mg,Fe)SiO3 perovskite in the Earth's lower mantle

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    Panero, Wendy R.; Pigott, Jeffrey S.; Reaman, Daniel M.; Kabbes, Jason E.; Liu, Zhenxian

    2015-02-01

    Combined synthesis experiments and first-principles calculations show that MgSiO3-perovskite with minor Al or Fe does not incorporate significant OH under lower mantle conditions. Perovskite, stishovite, and residual melt were synthesized from natural Bamble enstatite samples (Mg/(Fe + Mg) = 0.89 and 0.93; Al2O3 < 0.1 wt % with 35 and 2065 ppm weight H2O, respectively) in the laser-heated diamond anvil cell at 1600-2000 K and 25-65 GPa. Combined Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, and ex situ transmission electron microscopy analysis demonstrates little difference in the resulting perovskite as a function of initial water content. Four distinct OH vibrational stretching bands are evident upon cooling below 100 K (3576, 3378, 3274, and 3078 cm-1), suggesting four potential bonding sites for OH in perovskite with a maximum water content of 220 ppm weight H2O, and likely no more than 10 ppm weight H2O. Complementary, Fe-free, first-principles calculations predict multiple potential bonding sites for hydrogen in perovskite, each with significant solution enthalpy (0.2 eV/defect). We calculate that perovskite can dissolve less than 37 ppm weight H2O (400 ppm H/Si) at the top of the lower mantle, decreasing to 31 ppm weight H2O (340 ppm H/Si) at 125 GPa and 3000 K in the absence of a melt or fluid phase. We propose that these results resolve a long-standing debate of the perovskite melting curve and explain the order-of-magnitude increase in viscosity from upper to lower mantle.

  17. Effect of Al2O3 on the Viscosity and Structure of CaO-SiO2-MgO-Al2O3-FetO Slags

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    Wang, Zhanjun; Sun, Yongqi; Sridhar, Seetharaman; Zhang, Mei; Guo, Min; Zhang, Zuotai

    2015-04-01

    The present paper provided a fundamental investigation on the effect of Al2O3 on the viscosity and structure of CaO-SiO2-MgO-Al2O3-FetO slags for the purpose of efficiently recycling the valuable elements from the steelmaking slags. The results show that the viscosity of CaO-SiO2-Al2O3-MgO-FetO slags slightly increases with increasing Al2O3 content. The degree of the polymerization (DOP) of quenched slags, determined from Raman spectra and magic angle spinning-nuclear magnetic resonance, is also found to increase with increasing Al2O3 content. It can be deduced that the increasing DOP can promote the formation of gehlenite phase (Ca2Al2SiO7), thus facilitating the formation of higher phosphorous (or vanadium) contained solid solution ( n'Ca2SiO4·Ca3((P or V)O4)2). As Al2O3 content increases up to a specific value, the charge compensating ions which present near [AlO4]-tetrahedra and [FeO4]-tetrahedra are not fully supplied due to the scarcity of Ca2+. In this case, the existing Fe3+ in the melt cannot completely form [FeO4]-tetrahedra and part of Fe3+ would form [FeO6]-octahedra to substitute Ca2+ to modify the slags.

  18. Electromigration performance improvement of Al-Si-Cu/TiN/Ti/n+Si contact

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    Shi, Gang; Sun, Zhen; Xu, Geng-Fu; Min, Yun-Hao; Luo, Jun-Yi; Lu, Yong; Li, Bing-Zong; Qu, Xin-Ping; Qian, Gang; Doan, My T.; Lee, Edmund

    1998-02-01

    In this study, two different processes, with and without rapid thermal annealing (RTA), have been compared for the Al-Si- Cu/TiN/Ti multilayer contact on n+ diffusions. A series of wafer level reliability (WLR) measurement performed on a test structure with two 1.08 X 1.08 micrometer2 contacts on n+ diffusion. The results show that RTA can increase contact electromigration (EM) lifetime dramatically. The XRD, AES and TEM analysis indicate that this improvement is attributed to oxygen stuffing in TiN, phase change of TiN and TiSi2 formation at the interface of Ti and Si.

  19. Refinement performance and mechanism of an Al-50Si alloy

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    Dai, H.S.; Liu, X.F.

    2008-11-15

    The microstructure and melt structure of primary silicon particles in an Al-50%Si (wt.%) alloy have been investigated by optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, electron probe micro-analysis and a high temperature X-ray diffractometer. The results show that the Al-50Si alloy can be effectively refined by a newly developed Si-20P master alloy, and the melting temperature is crucial to the refinement process. The minimal overheating degree {delta}T{sub min} ({delta}T{sub min} is the difference between the minimal overheating temperature T{sub min} and the liquidus temperature T{sub L}) for good refinement is about 260 deg. C. Primary silicon particles can be refined after adding 0.2 wt.% phosphorus amount at sufficient temperature, and their average size transforms from 2-4 mm to about 30 {mu}m. The X-ray diffraction data of the Al-50Si melt demonstrate that structural change occurs when the melting temperature varies from 1100 deg. C to 1300 deg. C. Additionally, the relationship between the refinement mechanism and the melt structure is discussed.

  20. Spin injection studies on thin film Fe/MgO/Si tunneling devices

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    Beardsley, Jonas; Pu, Yong; Swartz, Adrian; Bhallamudi, Vidya; Kawakami, Roland; Johnston-Halperin, Ezekiel; Hammel, Chris; Pelz, Jon

    2011-03-01

    We report progress on the injection of spin polarized electrons into 35 nm thick Si films, using Fe/MgO injector/tunnel barrier structures grown by molecular beam epitaxy on SIMOX silicon-on-insulator substrates. The device requires heavy top-surface n-type doping of the Si film to produce a suitable tunnel barrier, accomplished by diffusion from a spin-on phosphorous-doped glass. Measurements indicate a roughly exponential doping profile with 7E20 per cubic cm at the top surface and a 2 nm decay length. Three terminal measurements showed evidence of spin injection similar to reports of Jansen et al., while injection with a thinner MgO barrier shows more complicated behavior. On-going measurements and modeling will be discussed.

  1. Sound velocities and melting of Fe-Ni-Si system at high pressures under shock loading

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    Zhang, Y.; Sekine, T.; He, H.; Yu, Y.; Liu, F.; Zhang, M.

    2014-12-01

    The Earth's liquid outer core is dominantly composed of iron and nickel (~5-10%), with a density lower by ~8% than that of the liquid iron at the core conditions [e.g., 1], requiring the presence of light element(s) [e.g., 2]. Silicon, geochemically abundant, has long been considered as a major potential light element in the Earth's outer core because of its high solubility in iron, iron-silicate interactions at core-mantle boundary, the Si isotope data, and core formation modeling [3]. To examine effects of Si on physical properties of Fe-Ni system, we directly measured densities, sound velocities, and melting of Fe-9Ni-10Si (in weight percent) system up to ~280 GPa by shock experiments using a two-stage light-gas gun. The sound velocities were determined by the optical analyzer technique [4]. The results, compared with the seismic observations, show that silicon-rich liquid Fe-Ni system can satisfy the observed density deficit and seismological data simultaneously at the physical conditions of the outer core. Analyses of the melting temperatures of Fe-9Ni-10Si system imply the Fe-Ni-Si core will be at lower temperatures by ~600-1000 K than the pure iron core at ~330 GPa of the inner-core boundary. [1]. Anderson, O. and D. Isaak, Another look at the core density deficit of Earth's outer core. Physics of the Earth and Planetary Interiors, 2002. 131(1): p. 19-27.[2]. Poirier, J.-P., Light elements in the Earth's outer core: A critical review. Physics of the Earth and Planetary Interiors, 1994. 85(3): p. 319-337.[3]. Hirose, K., S. Labrosse, and J. Hernlund, Composition and State of the Core. Annual Review of Earth and Planetary Sciences, 2013. 41: p. 657-691.[4]. Huang, H., et al., Evidence for an oxygen-depleted liquid outer core of the Earth. Nature, 2011. 479(7374): p. 513-516.

  2. Ritz wavelengths of Fe I, Si II and Ni II for quasar absorption spectroscopy

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    Nave, Gillian

    2016-01-01

    The study of absorption lines in the spectra of galaxies along the line of sight to distant quasars can give important information about the abundances, ionization and kinematics of atoms within these galaxies. They have also been used to study the variability of the fine structure constant at high redshifts. However, the laboratory wavelengths need to be known to better than 6 parts in 108 (20 ms-1). A paper by M. Murphy and J. C. Berengut (2014, MNRAS 438,388) includes a table of spectral lines for which the laboratory wavelength uncertainties are greater than this, including 13 resonance lines of Fe I, 11 lines of Ni II, and 4 lines of Si II.Improved wavelengths for these lines were derived by re-analyzing archival spectra of iron hollow cathode lamps and a silicon carbide Penning discharge lamp. These spectra have previously been used in a comprehensive analysis of the spectrum of Fe I (Nave et al. 1994, ApJS 94, 221) and in a study of Si II, Si IV, and C IV for quasar spectroscopy (Griesmann & Kling, 2000, ApJ 536, L113). By re-optimizing the energy levels of Fe I, the absolute uncertainty of the resonance lines has been reduced by over a factor of 2 and the relative uncertainty by an order of magnitude. A similar analysis for Si II gives a improved values for the resonance lines with wavelength uncertainties of around 4 parts in 108. Analysis of new spectra of Ni II is in progress.

  3. Effect of electron correlations on the Fe3Si and α -FeSi2 band structure and optical properties

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    Sandalov, Igor; Zamkova, Natalia; Zhandun, Vyacheslav; Tarasov, Ivan; Varnakov, Sergey; Yakovlev, Ivan; Solovyov, Leonid; Ovchinnikov, Sergey

    2015-11-01

    We use the Vienna ab initio simulation package (vasp) for evaluation of the quasiparticle spectra and their spectral weights within Hedin's GW approximation (GWA) for Fe3Si and α -FeSi2 within the non-self-consistent one-shot approximation G0W0 and self-consistent scGWA with the vertex corrections in the particle-hole channel, taken in the form of two-point kernel. As input for G0W0 , the band structure and wave functions evaluated within the generalized gradient corrected local-density approximation to density functional theory (GGA) have been used. The spectral weights of quasiparticles in these compounds deviate from unity everywhere and show nonmonotonic behavior in those parts of bands where the delocalized states contribute to their formation. The G0W0 and scGWA spectral weights are the same within 2%-5%. The scGWA shows a general tendency to return G0W0 bands to their GGA positions for the delocalized states, while in the flat bands it flattens even more. Variable angle spectroscopic ellipsometry measurements at T =296 K on grown single-crystalline ˜50 -nm-thick films of Fe3Si on n -Si(111) wafer have been performed in the interval of energies ω ˜(1.3 -5 ) eV. The comparison of G0W0 and scGW theory with experimental real and imaginary parts of permittivity, refractive index, extinction and absorption coefficients, reflectivity, and electron energy loss function shows that both G0W0 and scGW qualitatively describe experiment correctly, the position of the low-energy peaks is described better by the scGW theory, however, its detailed structure is not observed in the experimental curves. We suggest that the angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy experiments, which can reveal the fine details of the quasiparticle band structure and spectral weights, could help to understand (i) if the scGWA with this type of vertex correction is sufficiently good for description of these iron silicides and, possibly, (ii) why some features of calculated permittivity are not seen in optical experiments.

  4. In situ resistivity of endotaxial FeSi2 nanowires on Si(110)

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    Tobler, S. K.; Bennett, P. A.

    2015-09-01

    We present in situ ultra-high vacuum measurements of the resistivity ρ of self-assembled endotaxial FeSi2 nanowires (NWs) on Si(110) using a variable-spacing two-point method with a moveable scanning tunneling microscope tip and fixed contact pad. The resistivity at room temperature was found to be nearly constant down to NW width W = 4 nm, but rose sharply to nearly double the bulk value at W = 3 nm. These data are not well-fit by a simple Fuch-Sondheimer model for boundary scattering, suggesting that other factors, possibly quantum effects, may be significant at the smallest dimensions. For a NW width of 4 nm, partial oxidation increased ρ by approximately 50%, while cooling from 300 K to 150 K decreased ρ by approximately 10%. The relative insensitivity of ρ to NW size or oxidation or cooling is attributed to a high concentration of vacancies in the FeSi2 structure, with a correspondingly short length for inelastic electron scattering, which obscures boundary scattering except in the smallest NWs. It is remarkable that the vacancy concentration persists in very small structures.

  5. Structure, bonding, and adhesion of MoSi2/Fe and SiO2/MoSi2 from first principles

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    Jiang, De-En; Carter, Emily

    2005-03-01

    The high-melting-point compound MoSi2 is a promising candidate for a high temperature coating on iron steels and refractory metals. A coherent silica scale that forms leads to the high temperature oxidation and corrosion resistance of MoSi2. Using periodic density functional theory techniques we examine the adhesion strength, interfacial geometry, and bonding characteristics of MoSi2/Fe and SiO2/MoSi2 interfaces. We predict that MoSi2/Fe interfaces have intrinsic adhesion energies of ˜3.85 J/m^2, significantly stronger than the adhesion between iron and other ceramic coating materials such as ZrC and TiC. We find that the bonding at the interface is local, with covalent character exhibited between Fe-Si and Fe-Mo across the interfaces. Experiment shows that amorphous (a) silica forms on MoSi2. We use β-cristobalite to model a-silica, since they have similar local structure. We find that Si-O covalent bonding dominates the interfacial adhesion of SiO2/MoSi2, yielding strong adhesion energy of 5.75 J/m^2. These very high interfacial adhesion energies suggest that MoSi2 indeed should be a quite thermally stable coating for steels.

  6. Thermodynamic Optimization of Ca-Fe-Si System and Its Applications to Metallurgical Grade Si-Refining Process

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    Cui, Senlin; Paliwal, Manas; Jung, In-Ho

    2014-02-01

    Thermodynamic optimization of the binary Ca-Fe and ternary Ca-Fe-Si systems has been conducted based on the critical evaluation of all phase diagram and thermodynamic properties data available in the literature. The thermodynamics of the liquid solution was described using the Modified Quasichemical Model which takes into account short-range ordering. As a result, a set of model parameters for all solid and liquid phases was produced. With the help of a Gibbs energy minimization routine, any thermodynamic properties and phase diagrams in the ternary system can be calculated. Several pseudo-binary sections and isopleths in the ternary Ca-Fe-Si system were predicted from the present thermodynamic model with optimized model parameters. In addition, Scheil cooling calculations were performed to understand the evolution of as-cast microstructure of metallurgical grade Si (Si-Fe-Ca alloy) depending on its impurity content.

  7. Screened moments and absence of ferromagnetism in FeAl

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    Galler, A.; Taranto, C.; Wallerberger, M.; Kaltak, M.; Kresse, G.; Sangiovanni, G.; Toschi, A.; Held, K.

    2015-11-01

    While the stoichiometric intermetallic compound FeAl is found to be paramagnetic in experiment, standard band-theory approaches predict the material to be ferromagnetic. We show that this discrepancy can be overcome by a better treatment of electronic correlations with density-functional plus dynamical mean-field theory. Our results show no ferromagnetism down to 100 K and since the susceptibility is decreasing at the lowest temperatures studied we also do not expect ferromagnetism at even lower temperatures. This behavior is found to originate from temporal quantum fluctuations that screen short-lived local magnetic moments of 1.6 μB on Fe.

  8. Phase range of the type-I clathrate Sr8Al(x)Si(46-x) and crystal structure of Sr8Al10Si36.

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    Roudebush, John H; Tsujii, Naohito; Hurtando, Antonio; Hope, Håkon; Grin, Yuri; Kauzlarich, Susan M

    2012-04-01

    Samples of the type-I clathrate Sr(8)Al(x)Si(46-x) have been prepared by direct reaction of the elements. The type-I clathrate structure (cubic space group Pm3n) which has an Al-Si framework with Sr(2+) guest atoms forms with a narrow composition range of 9.54(6) ≤ x ≤ 10.30(8). Single crystals with composition A(8)Al(10)Si(36) (A = Sr, Ba) have been synthesized. Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) measurements provide evidence for a peritectic reaction and melting point at ∼1268 and ∼1421 K for Sr(8)Al(10)Si(36) and Ba(8)Al(10)Si(36), respectively. Comparison of the structures reveals a strong correlation between the 24k-24k framework sites distances and the size of the guest cation. Electronic structure calculation and bonding analysis were carried out for the ordered models with the compositions A(8)Al(6)Si(40) (6c site occupied completely by Al) and A(8)Al(16)Si(30) (16i site occupied completely with Al). Analysis of the distribution of the electron localizability indicator (ELI) confirms that the Si-Si bonds are covalent, the Al-Si bonds are polar covalent, and the guest and the framework bonds are ionic in nature. The Sr(8)Al(6)Si(40) phase has a very small band gap that is closed upon additional Al, as observed in Sr(8)Al(16)Si(30). An explanation for the absence of a semiconducting "Sr(8)Al(16)Si(30)" phase is suggested in light of these findings. PMID:22433059

  9. Synthesis and characterization of AlTiSiN/CrSiN multilayer coatings by cathodic arc ion-plating

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    Yang, B.; Tian, C. X.; Wan, Q.; Yan, S. J.; Liu, H. D.; Wang, R. Y.; Li, Z. G.; Chen, Y. M.; Fu, D. J.

    2014-09-01

    AlTiSiN/CrSiN multilayer coatings were deposited on Si (1 0 0) and cemented carbide substrates using Cr, AlTi cathodes and SiH4 gases by cathodic arc ion plating system. The influences of SiH4 gases flowrate on the structural and mechanical properties of the coatings were investigated, systematically. AlTiSiN/CrSiN coatings exhibit a B1 NaCl-type nano-multilayered structure in which the CrSiN nano-layers alternate with AlTiSiN nano-layers with multiple orientations of crystal planes indicated by XRD patterns and TEM. Si contents of the coatings increase with increasing SiH4 flowrate. The hardness of the coatings increases to the maximum value of 3500 Hv0.05 with increasing SiH4 flowrate from 20 to 40 sccm and then decreases with further addition of SiH4 gases. A higher adhesive force of 73 N is obtained at the flowrate of 48 sccm. The coatings exhibit different tribological performance when the mating materials were varied from Si3N4 to cemented carbide balls and the variation of friction coefficients of the coatings against Si3N4 influenced by SiH4 flowrate are not obvious as against cemented carbide balls.

  10. Electron microscopy of Co/Fe/B/Si amorphous alloys

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    Rabenberg, L.; Mishra, R.K.; Thomas, G.; Kohmoto, O.; Ojima, T.

    1980-09-01

    Changes in magnetic structures with annealing are studied using Lorentz electron microscopy and are correlated with changes in magnetic properties for the Co/sub 71/ /sub 4/Fe/sub 4/ /sub 6/Si/sub 9/ /sub 6/B/sub 14/ /sub 4/ amorphous alloy. Domain wall stablization is shown to be the dominant factor resulting in decreasing ..mu.. and increasing H/sub c/ and K during low temperature annealing. Annealing near T/sub c/ results in an isotropic magnetic structure due to domain wall relaxation, and annealing above T/sub cry/ results in magnetically hard crystalline particles. It is concluded that treatments capable of producing a magnetically isotropic structure can produce the best soft magnetic materials.

  11. Electron microscopy of Co/Fe/B/Si amorphous alloys

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    Rabenberg, L.; Mishra, R.K.; Thomas, G.; Kohmoto, O.; Ojima, T.

    1980-09-01

    Changes in magnetic structures with annealing are studied using Lorentz electron microscopy and are correlated with changes in magnetic properties for the Co/sub 71/./sub 4/Fe/sub 4/./sub 6/Si/sub 9/./sub 6/B/sub 14/./sub 4/ amorphous alloy. Domain wall stabilization is shown to be the dominant factor resulting in decreasing ..mu.. and increasing H/sub c/ and K during low temperature annealing. Annealing near T/sub c/ results in an isotropic magnetic structure due to domain wall relaxation, and annealing above T/sub cry/ results in magnetically hard crystalline particles. It is concluded that treatments capable of producing a magnetically isotropic structure can produce the best soft magnetic materials.

  12. Itinerant magnetism in doped semiconducting β-FeSi2 and CrSi2

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    Singh, David J.; Parker, David

    2013-01-01

    Novel or unusual magnetism is a subject of considerable interest, particularly in metals and degenerate semiconductors. In such materials the interplay of magnetism, transport and other Fermi liquid properties can lead to fascinating physical behavior. One example is in magnetic semiconductors, where spin polarized currents may be controlled and used. We report density functional calculations predicting magnetism in doped semiconducting β-FeSi2 and CrSi2 at relatively low doping levels particularly for n-type. In this case, there is a rapid cross-over to a half-metallic state as a function of doping level. The results are discussed in relation to the electronic structure and other properties of these compounds. PMID:24343332

  13. Structural and electrical properties of β-FeSi2 bulk materials for thermoelectric applications

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    Yamada, H.; Katsumata, H.; Yuasa, D.; Uekusa, S.; Ishiyama, M.; Souma, H.; Azumaya, I.

    β-FeSi2 bulk materials for thermoelectric applications were prepared from high-purity (99.99%) β-FeSi2 powders or mixed Si and Fe powders. First, FeSi2 powders were milled to reduce the particle size, which can improve the thermoelectric figure of merit by reducing lattice thermal conductivity. Second, they were cold pressed and then sintered by two different sintering methods: a conventional electrical furnace and a Plasma Activated Sintering (PAS) system. The bulk densities and grain sizes were decreased by ball milling of the powders starting materials. The comparison of the two sintering methods showed that, the sample density of the PAS samples was 11%- 23% higher than that of the samples sintered in the conventional electrical furnace. Moreover, the comparison of the two types of powders, β-FeSi2 and the mixture of Fe and Si, indicated that, β-FeSi2 bulk crystals were formed only when β-FeSi2 powders were used.

  14. Surface morphology and magnetic properties of evaporated Fe/Si and Fe/glass thin films

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    Mebarki, M.; Layadi, A.; Kerkache, L.; Tiercelin, N.; Preobrazhensky, V.; Pernod, P.

    2015-07-01

    A series of Fe thin films have been deposited by thermal evaporation onto glass and Si substrates. The Fe thicknesses, t, are in the 76-431 nm range. We report experimental results on the surface morphology and the magnetic properties of these samples. The surface morphology has been studied by means of the atomic force microscopy technique. Hysteresis curves were obtained by means of the vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM) setup. The VSM experiments were done at two temperatures (room temperature and -130 °C). We investigated the effect of thickness t, substrates and deposition rate v (0.3-13.7 Å/s) on the surface roughness, the coercive field and the squareness. A correlation between the structural and the magnetic properties is established.

  15. Dendrite coherency of Al-Si-Cu alloys

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    Veldman, Natalia L. M.; Dahle, Arne K.; Stjohn, David H.; Arnberg, Lars

    2001-01-01

    The dendrite coherency point of Al-Si-Cu alloys was determined by thermal analysis and rheological measurement methods by performing parallel measurements at two cooling rates for aluminum alloys across a wide range of silicon and copper contents. Contrary to previous findings, the two methods yield significantly different values for the fraction solid at the dendrite coherency point. This disparity is greatest for alloys of low solute concentration. The results from this study also contradict previously reported trends in the effect of cooling rate on the dendritic coherency point. Consideration of the results shows that thermal analysis is not a valid technique for the measurement of coherency. Analysis of the results from rheological testing indicates that silicon concentration has a dominant effect on grain size and dendritic morphology, independent of cooling rate and copper content, and thus is the factor that determines the fraction solid at dendrite coherency for Al-Si-Cu alloys.

  16. Cordierite-garnet-sillimanite-quartz equilibrium: I. New experimental calibration in the system FeO-Al2O3-SiO2-H2O and certain P-T- X H2O relations

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    Mukhopadhyay, Biswajit; Holdaway, Michael J.

    1994-05-01

    The equilibrium in which hydrous Fe-cordierite breaks down to almandine, sillimanite, quartz, and water was previously experimentally determined by Richardson (1968) and Holdaway and Lee (1977) using QMF buffer and by Weisbrod (1973) using QIF buffer. All these studies yielded similar results — a negative dP/dT slope for the equilibrium curve. However, based on theoretical arguments, Martignole and Sisi (1981), and based on Fe-Mg partitioning experiments on coexisting cordierite and garnet in equilibrium with sillimanite and quartz, Aranovich and Podlesskii (1983) suggested that this equilibrium curve has a positive dP/dT slope and its position depends on the water content of the equilibrium cordierite. We have redetermined this equilibrium using a much improved tecnique of detecting reaction direction, and cordierite starting material that contained virtually no hercynite. Hercynite was present as a contaminant in the cordierites of previous experimental studies and possibly reacted with quartz during the experimental runs to expand the apparent stability field of Fe-cordierite. We synthesized Fe-cordierite from reagent grade oxides at 710°C and 2 kbar (using QMF buffer) with two intermediate stages of grinding and mixing. The cordierite has a unit cell volume of 1574.60 Å3 (molar volume=23.706 J/bar) and no Fe3+ as indicated by X-ray diffraction and room temperature Mössbauer studies respectively. Reaction direction was concluded by noting≥20% change of the ratios of intensities of two key X-ray diffraction peaks of cordierite and almandine. Our results show that the four-phase equilibrium curve passes through the points 2.1 kbar, 650°C and 2.5 kbar, 750°C. This disagrees with all previous experimental studies. H2O in the Fe-cordierite, equilibrated at 2.2 kbar and 700°C and determined by H-extraction line in the stable isotope laboratory, is 1.13 wt% ( n=0.41 moles). H2O content of pure Mg-cordierite equilibrated under identical conditions and determined by thermogravimentric conditions and determined by thermogravimetric analysis is 1.22 wt% ( n=0.40). Similar determinations on Fe-cordierite and Mg-cordierite equilibrated at 2.0 kbar and 650°C show 1.27 wt% ( n=0.46) and 1.47 wt% ( n=0.48) of H2O respectively. Thus, H2O content appears to be independent of Fe/Mg ratio in cordierite, a conclusion which supports previous experimental determinations. The experimentally determined equilibrium curve represents conditions of PH2O=Ptotal. From this we calculated the anhydrous curve representing equilibrium under conditions of X {H2O/V}=0.0. A family of calculated equilibrium curves of constant n {H2O/ Cord } cut the experimentally determined curve at a very small angle indicating a slight variation in n {H2O/ Cord } in cordierite in equilibrium with almandine, sillimanite, and quartz under the conditions of constant X {H2O/V}. Ancther set of calculated equilibrium curves, each representing constant a {H2O/V} demonstrate that the slopes of the curves vary with X {H2O/V}, and are all positive in the full range of 0.0≤ X {H2O/V}≤1.0.

  17. Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of Hypereutectic Al-Si/AlNp Composite

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    Park, Seulki; Choi, Jinmyung; Park, Bonggyu; Park, Ikmin; Park, Yongho; Kim, Yongjin

    Hypereutectic Al-Si alloys with fine and evenly distributed Si precipitates have superior mechanical properties In this study, hypereutectic Al-Si alloy powders which contained 15 and 20wt% Si were prepared by a gas atomization process. 1, 3 and 5wt% AlN particles were blended with the Al-Si alloy powders using turbular mixer. The mixture was consolidated by Hot Press at 550°C for 1h under 60MPa. Relative density of the sintered samples was about 98% of theoretical density. This study was investigated by two ways. One is the effect of reinforcement weight fraction and the other is the effect of Silicon contents on the mechanical properties of the composite. Microstructural characterization and phase evaluation were carried out using X-ray Diffraction, Scanning Electron Microscopy equipped with Energy Dispersive Spectrometer. The results showed that the smaller the reinforcement particle size was and the better its distribution was, the higher ultimate tensile strength and hardness were.

  18. Elasticity and inelasticity of the SiC/Al-13Si-9Mg biomorphic metal ceramics

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    Kardashev, B. K.; Orlova, T. S.; Smirnov, B. I.; Wilkes, T. E.; Faber, K. T.

    2008-10-01

    The acoustic investigations of the elastic (Young’s modulus) and microplastic properties of a composite material, the SiC/Al-13Si-9Mg biomorphic metal ceramic, were performed. The ceramic was prepared by infiltration of the Al-13Si-9Mg melt into porous silicon carbide derived from wood of two species of trees, beech and sapele. The measurements were performed with a composite piezoelectric vibrator under resonance conditions, with rod-shaped samples vibrated longitudinally at about 100 kHz over a wide range of vibrational strain amplitudes, which included both the linear (amplitude-independent) and nonlinear (microplastic) regions. It was shown that the Young’s modulus and the microplastic properties of the composite are anisotropic and depend substantially on the tree species, particularly when longitudinal vibrations are excited in samples cut along the tree fibers.

  19. Diffusion-driven crystal structure transformation: synthesis of Heusler alloy Fe3Si nanowires.

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    Seo, Kwanyong; Bagkar, Nitin; Kim, Si-in; In, Juneho; Yoon, Hana; Jo, Younghun; Kim, Bongsoo

    2010-09-01

    We report fabrication of Heusler alloy Fe(3)Si nanowires by a diffusion-driven crystal structure transformation method from paramagnetic FeSi nanowires. Magnetic measurements of the Fe(3)Si nanowire ensemble show high-temperature ferromagnetic properties with T(c) > 370 K. This methodology is also successfully applied to Co(2)Si nanowires in order to obtain metal-rich nanowires (Co) as another evidence of the structural transformation process. Our newly developed nanowire crystal transformation method would be valuable as a general method to fabricate metal-rich silicide nanowires that are otherwise difficult to synthesize. PMID:20677783

  20. Ac Impedance Spectroscopy Of Al/A-Sic/C-Si(P)/Al Heterostructure under Illumination

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    Perný, Milan; Šály, Vladimír; Váry, Michal; Mikolášek, Miroslav; Huran, Jozef; Packa, Juraj

    2014-05-01

    The amorphous silicon carbide/crystalline silicon heterojunction was prepared and analyzed. The current-voltage (I - V ) measurements showed the barrier properties of prepared sample. Biased impedance spectra of Al/a-SiC/c-Si(p)/Al heterojunction under the standard illumination are reported and analyzed. AC measurements in the illuminated conditions were processed in order to identify electronic behavior using equivalent AC circuit which was suggested and obtained by fitting the measured impedance data. A phenomenon of negative capacitance/resistance in certain frequency range has been observed.

  1. Evolution of Intermetallics, Dispersoids, and Elevated Temperature Properties at Various Fe Contents in Al-Mn-Mg 3004 Alloys

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    Liu, K.; Chen, X.-G.

    2015-12-01

    Nowadays, great interests are rising on aluminum alloys for the applications at elevated temperature, driven by the automotive and aerospace industries requiring high strength, light weight, and low-cost engineering materials. As one of the most promising candidates, Al-Mn-Mg 3004 alloys have been found to possess considerably high mechanical properties and creep resistance at elevated temperature resulted from the precipitation of a large number of thermally stable dispersoids during heat treatment. In present work, the effect of Fe contents on the evolution of microstructure as well as high-temperature properties of 3004 alloys has been investigated. Results show that the dominant intermetallic changes from α-Al(MnFe)Si at 0.1 wt pct Fe to Al6(MnFe) at both 0.3 and 0.6 wt pct Fe. In the Fe range of 0.1-0.6 wt pct studied, a significant improvement on mechanical properties at elevated temperature has been observed due to the precipitation of dispersoids, and the best combination of yield strength and creep resistance at 573 K (300 °C) is obtained in the 0.3 wt pct Fe alloy with the finest size and highest volume fraction of dispersoids. The superior properties obtained at 573 K (300 °C) make 3004 alloys more promising for high-temperature applications. The relationship between the Fe content and the dispersoid precipitation as well as the materials properties has been discussed.

  2. Wettability of AlSi5Mg on Spodumene

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    Fankhänel, Beate; Stelter, Michael; Voigt, Claudia; Aneziris, Christos G.

    2015-02-01

    The development of new filters for the aluminum industry requires investigations on the wettability of aluminum and its alloys on novel filter materials. The requested filter effects require not only an adequate wetting but also information about the interaction between the filter material and the metal. In the present work the wettability of an AlSi5Mg alloy on spodumene (LiAl[Si2O6]) containing substrates is investigated using the sessile drop technique. These measurements were carried out at 1223 K (950 °C) under vacuum. The spodumene-based substrates showed a completely different wetting behavior compared with an alumina substrate. The contact angel reduced more quickly and leveled out at a lower value (75 ± 2 deg) than in case of a pure alumina substrate (90 ± 1 deg). The reason for this behavior is a reaction between the LiAl(Si2O6) and the alloy droplet which supported deoxidation and formed a silica-rich reaction layer at the droplet/substrate interface.

  3. Surface carbon films on Al-Cu-Fe quasicrystalline powders

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    Bloomer, T.E.; Flumerfelt, J.; Kramer, M.J.

    1996-12-31

    In order to study the unique properties of quasicrystals, it is necessary to form dense, homogeneous monoliths of these alloys. Unfortunately, Al-Cu-Fe quasicrystalline alloy ingots prepared by conventional casting techniques result in large scale chemical inhomogeneities which contain numerous cracks due to differential thermal contraction between the various phases during cooling. Thus a powder metallurgical approach using gas atomized (GA) powders is being pursued in order to form large samples of phase pure Al-Cu-Fe quasicrystal. A samples of specific compositions and sizes are hot isostatic pressed (HIPed) to form dense monoliths. The effects of surface contamination of GA powders, which may inhibit particle-to-particle sintering and may also increase second phase contamination in the HIPed piece, is being studied by scanning Auger microprobe (SAM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and transmission electron microscopy (TEM).

  4. Nonmagnetostrictive glassy Co-Fe-Ni-Mo-B-Si alloys

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    Hasegawa, Ryusuke

    1982-11-01

    Magnetic properties of glassy (Co1-x-yFex-Niy)100-a-b-cMoaBbSic are presented where 0.03≤x≤0.10, 0≤y≤0.10, 0≤a≤6, 11≤b≤18, 0≤c≤14, and 18≤(b+c)≤26 atomic percent. Many of these alloys are nearly zero-magnetostrictive and exhibit properties comparable with or superior to crystalline zero magnetostrictive supermalloys. For example, heat-treated glassy Co67.4Fe4.1Ni3Mo1.5B12.5Si11.5 ribbon (25 μm thick) exhibits core loss (L) of 4 W/kg and permeability (μ) of 23 000 at f=50 kHz and Bm=0.1 T, which are superior to those (L=8 W/kg and μ=19 000) of a corresponding supermalloy. In these materials, high B-H squareness ratio close to 1 and low coercivity of 20 A/m at 50 kHz have been observed, which are useful in such devices as switch-mode power supplies. Furthermore, the glassy alloys with Si/B ratio close to 1 have been found to be relatively stable magnetically. For example, the activation energy for the kinetics at magnetization reorientation increases from 1×10-19 J to about 2×10-19 J when Si/B ratio changes from 0 to about 1.

  5. Effect of heat treatment on microstructure and interface of SiC particle reinforced 2124 Al matrix composite

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    Mandal, Durbadal; Viswanathan, Srinath

    2013-11-15

    The microstructure and interface between metal matrix and ceramic reinforcement of a composite play an important role in improving its properties. In the present investigation, the interface and intermetallic compound present in the samples were characterized to understand structural stability at an elevated temperature. Aluminum based 2124 alloy with 10 wt.% silicon carbide (SiC) particle reinforced composite was prepared through vortex method and the solid ingot was deformed by hot rolling for better particle distribution. Heat treatment of the composite was carried out at 575 °C with varying holding time from 1 to 48 h followed by water quenching. In this study, the microstructure and interface of the SiC particle reinforced Al based composites have been studied using optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) coupled with energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS), electron probe micro-analyzer (EPMA) associated with wavelength dispersive spectroscopy (WDS) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) to identify the precipitate and intermetallic phases that are formed during heat treatment. The SiC particles are uniformly distributed in the aluminum matrix. The microstructure analyses of Al–SiC composite after heat treatment reveal that a wide range of dispersed phases are formed at grain boundary and surrounding the SiC particles. The energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy and wavelength dispersive spectroscopy analyses confirm that finely dispersed phases are CuAl{sub 2} and CuMgAl{sub 2} intermetallic and large spherical phases are Fe{sub 2}SiAl{sub 8} or Al{sub 15}(Fe,Mn){sub 3}Si. It is also observed that a continuous layer enriched with Cu and Mg of thickness 50–80 nm is formed at the interface in between Al and SiC particles. EDS analysis also confirms that Cu and Mg are segregated at the interface of the composite while no carbide is identified at the interface. - Highlights: • The composite was successfully heat treated at 575°C for 1-48 hrs. • A layer of 50-75 nm is formed at interface after heat treatment. • No Carbide formation and SiC dissolution is observed at this temperature. • MgAl{sub 2}O{sub 4}, CuMgAl{sub 2} phases are segregated at interface of Al-SiC composite. • Mg and Cu are also segregated at near to the grain boundary.

  6. Towards a Superplastic Forming of Fe-Mn-Al Alloys

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    Guanabara, Paulo; Bueno, Levi de O.; Batalha, Gilmar Ferreira

    2011-01-01

    The aim is to study the characteristics of superplasticity, mostly on non qualified materials, such as austenitic steel of the Fe-Mn-Al alloy, which has some of the specific material parameters closely related to microstructural mechanisms. These parameters are used as indicators of material superplastic potentiality. The material was submitted to hot tensile testing, within a temperature range from 600° C to 1000° C and strain-rates varying from 10-6 to 1 s-1. The strain rate sensitivity parameter (m) and observed maximum elongation until rupture (ɛr) could be determined and also obtained from the hot tensile test. The experiments stated a possibility of superplastic behaviour in a Fe-Mn-Al alloy within a temperature range from 700° C to 900° C with grain size around 3 μm (ASTM grain size 12) and average strain rate sensitivity of m ˜ 0.54, as well as a maximum elongation at rupture around 600%. The results are based on a more enhanced research from the authors; however, this paper has focused just on the hot tensile test, as further creep tests results are not available herein. There are rare examples of superplasticity study of an austenitic steel Fe-Mn-Al alloy, thus this work showed some possibility of exploring the potential use of such materials in this regime at temperatures ≥700° C.

  7. Melting and casting of FeAl-based cast alloy

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    Sikka, V.K.; Wilkening, D.; Liebetrau, J.; Mackey, B.

    1998-11-01

    The FeAl-based intermetallic alloys are of great interest because of their low density, low raw material cost, and excellent resistance to high-temperature oxidation, sulfidation, carburization, and molten salts. The applications based on these unique properties of FeAl require methods to melt and cast these alloys into complex-shaped castings and centrifugal cast tubes. This paper addresses the melting-related issues and the effect of chemistry on the microstructure and hardness of castings. It is concluded that the use of the Exo-Melt{trademark} process for melting and the proper selection of the aluminum melt stock can result in porosity-free castings. The FeAl alloys can be melted and cast from the virgin and revert stock. A large variation in carbon content of the alloys is possible before the precipitation of graphite flakes occurs. Titanium is a very potent addition to refine the grain size of castings. A range of complex sand castings and two different sizes of centrifugal cast tubes of the alloy have already been cast.

  8. Microstructure analysis of Al-Si-Cu alloys prepared by gradient solidification technique

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    Borkar, Hemant; Seifeddine, Salem; Jarfors, Anders E. W.

    2015-03-01

    Al-Si-Cu alloys were cast with the unique gradient solidification technique to produce alloys with two cooling rates corresponding to secondary dendrite arm spacing (SDAS) of 9 and 27 μm covering the microstructural fineness of common die cast components. The microstructure was studied with optical microscopy and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) equipped with energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS) and electron backscattered diffraction (EBSD). The alloy with higher cooling rate, lower SDAS, has a more homogeneous microstructure with well distributed network of eutectic and intermetallic phases. The results indicate the presence of Al-Fe-Si phases, Al-Cu phases and eutectic Si particles but their type, distribution and amount varies in the two alloys with different SDAS. EBSD analysis was also performed to study the crystallographic orientation relationships in the microstructure. One of the major highlights of this study is the understanding of the eutectic formation mechanism achieved by studying the orientation relationships of the aluminum in the eutectic to the surrounding primary aluminum dendrites.

  9. Site preference of ternary alloying addition (Ti, Fe, Co and Ni) in DO3 Fe3Al, Co3Al and Ni3Al - basic compound for alnico-8 magnetic materials

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    Samolyuk, German; Újfalussy, Balazs; Stocks, Malcolm

    2014-03-01

    We performed first-principles calculations to investigate the site preference of ternary alloying additions in DO3 Fe3Al, Co3Al and Ni3Al alloys. In Fe3Al the discussed ternary elements are found to occupy the Fe sublattice. For both Fe-rich and Al-rich compounds, the ternary elements with fewer 3 d electrons than Fe (Ti) prefer to occupy α-sites of Fe sublattice and elements with larger number of 3 d electrons - the γ-sites. In Fe-rich regions, the small enthalpy difference of Ti occupying α-sites of Fe and Al sublattices, the site distribution of Ti varies with concentration and temperature. A similar dependency was obtained for Ni distribution between Co and Al sublattice in Co3Al. Similar to the Fe3Al alloy, the ternary element prefer to occupy Co sublattice with a change of preferred sites from α for Ti and Fe to γ for Ni. In the Ni-rich Ni3Al the ternary elements prefer to occupy the Al sublattice, while, in the Al-rich alloy the ternary elements prefer to occupy Ni sublattice in a similar fashion. The magnetic moments of transition metals in Fe3Al and Co3Al are ordered ferromagnetically, whereas the Ni3Al is nonmagnetic unless the Fe or Co are added as a ternary element. This work was supported by U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.

  10. In Situ Al Based Composites Fabricated in Al-SiO2-C System by Reaction Sintering

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    Mokhnache, El Oualid; Wang, Guisong; Geng, Lin; Kaveendran, Balasubramaniam; Henniche, Abdelkhalek; Ramdani, Noureddine

    2015-07-01

    In situ Al-based composites with different SiO2/C/Al molar ratios were fabricated by reaction hot pressing. Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) was used to investigate the reaction mechanisms in the Al-SiO2-C system. X-ray diffraction results revealed that no new resultant phase was observed below the melting temperature of aluminum except the SiO2, C and Al phases. Heating at different synthesis temperatures showed that, up to 1000°C with a holding time of 1 h, the reactions in the Al-SiO2-C system took place completely, where the final products were Al2O3, SiC, Al4C3 and Si. Microstructural observation showed that the in situ synthesized Al2O3, SiC, Al4C3, and Si were dispersed uniformly and had fine sizes less than 2 µm. The formed interfaces between the reinforcements and Al matrix are clean and free from any interfacial phase. During cooling, the synthesized Si formed a multilayer growth in the (111) direction. When the SiO2/C/Al molar ratio was (6/3/9), more Al2O3 and Si were produced along with the complete prevention of Al4C3 in the Al-SiO2-C system. The yield strength, ultimate tensile strength and Brinell hardness of the in situ fabricated composites are significantly higher than those of pure aluminum matrix, with a decrease of ductility. Mechanisms governing the tensile fracture process are also discussed.

  11. A comparative wear study on Al-Li and Al-Li/SiC composite

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    Okumus, S. Cem Karslioglu, Ramazan Akbulut, Hatem

    2013-12-16

    Aluminum-lithium based unreinforced (Al-8090) alloy and Al-8090/SiCp/17 vol.% metal matrix composite produced by extrusion after spray co-deposition. A dry ball-on disk wear test was carried out for both alloy and composite. The tests were performed against an Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} ball, 10 mm in diameter, at room temperature and in laboratory air conditions with a relative humidity of 40-60%. Sliding speed was chosen as 1.0 ms{sup −1} and normal loads of 1.0, 3.0 and 5.0 N were employed at a constant sliding distance of 1000 m. The wear damage on the specimens was evaluated via measurement of wear depth and diameter. Microstructural and wear characterization was carried out via scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The results showed that wear loss of the Al-8090/SiC composite was less than that of the Al-8090 matrix alloy. Plastic deformation observed on the wear surface of the composite and the matrix alloy, and the higher the applied load the greater the plastic deformation. Scanning electron microscopy examinations of wear tracks also reveal that delamination fracture was the dominant wear mechanism during the wear progression. Friction coefficient was maximum at the low applied load in the case of the Al-8090/SiC composite while a gradual increase was observed with applied load for the matrix alloy.

  12. Al-Si/SiC nanoparticles composites synthesized by double stir casting.

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    Aigbodion, V S

    2011-11-01

    The present invention provides Al-Si/SiC nanoparticles composites with the composition of 7%Si, 15%SiC with average particle size (APS) of SiC, 20, 30, 40 nm and 65μm using a novel double stir casting method. The inventive nano-composites by double stir casting show a nearly uniform distribution and good dispersion of the nano-particles within the Al matrix, although small agglomeration was found in the matrix of the micro-composite. The enhancement in values of impact strength and tensile strength observed in this study is due to small particle size and good distribution of the nano particles, which were confirmed by SEM spectrum. Patents WO 2010135848 and WO2011/011601 have some relevant information about the topic developed in this study, because the principle in both cases relies on the interactions between metal matrix and the nano-particles. Hence, novel double stir casting method can be used to improve the properties of nano-composites. PMID:21428904

  13. Effect of Mg and Si on infiltration behavior of Al alloys pressureless infiltration into porous SiCp preforms

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    Ren, Shu-Bin; Shen, Xiao-Yu; Qu, Xuan-Hui; He, Xin-Bo

    2011-12-01

    The effect of Mg and Si additon to Al matrix on infiltration kinetics and rates of Al alloys pressureless infiltration into porous SiCp preform was investigated by observing the change of infiltration distance with time as the Al alloys infiltrate into SiCp preforms at different temperatures. The results show that infiltration of SiCp preforms by Al melt is a thermal activation process and there is an incubation period before the infiltration becomes stable. With the increase of Mg content in the Al alloys from 0wt% to 8wt%, the infiltration will become much easier, the incubation period becomes shorter and the infiltration rate is faster, but these effects are not obvious when the Mg content is higher than 8wt%. As for Si addition to the Al alloys, it has no obvious effect on the incubation period, but the infiltration rate increases markedly with the increase of Si content from 0wt% to 12wt% and the rate has no obvious change when the content is bigger than 12wt%. The effect of Mg and Si on the incubation period is related to the infiltration mechanism of Al pressureless infiltration into SiCp preforms and their impact on the infiltration rate is a combined result from viscosity and surface tension of Al melt and SiC-Al wetting ability.

  14. High temperature properties of equiatomic FeAl with ternary additions

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    Titran, R. H.; Vedula, K. M.; Anderson, G. G.

    1984-01-01

    The aluminide intermetallic compounds are considered potential structural materials for aerospace applications. The B2 binary aluminide FeAl has a melting point in excess of 1500 K, is of simple cubic structure, exits over a wide range of composition with solubility for third elements and is potentially self-protecting in extreme environments. The B2 FeAl compound has been alloyed with 1 to 5 at % ternary additions of Si, Ti, Zr, Hf, Cr, Ni, Co, Nb, Ta, Mo, W, and Re. The alloys were prepared by blending a third elemental powder with prealloyed binary FeAl powder. Consolidation was by hot extrusion at 1250 K. Annealing studies on the extruded rods showed that the third element addition can be classified into three categories based upon the amount of homogenization and the extent of solid solutioning. Constant strain rate compression tests were performed to determine the flow stress as a function of temperature and composition. The mechanical strength behavior was dependent upon the third element homogenization classification.

  15. High temperature properties of equiatomic FeAl with ternary additions

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    Titran, R. H.; Vedula, K. M.; Anderson, G. G.

    1985-01-01

    The aluminide intermetallic compounds are considered potential structural materials for aerospace applications. The B2 binary aluminide FeAl has a melting point in excess of 1500 K, is of simple cubic structure, exists over a wide range of composition with solubility for third elements and is potentially self-protecting in extreme environments. The B2 FeAl compound has been alloyed with 1 to 5 at. pct ternary additions of Si, Ti, Zr, Hf, Cr, Ni, Co, Nb, Ta, Mo, W, and Re. The alloys were prepared by blending a third elemental powder with pre-alloyed binary FeAl powder. Consolidation was by hot extrusion at 1250 K. Annealing studies on the extruded rods showed that the third element addition can be classified into three categories based upon the amount of homogenization and the extent of solid solutioning. Constant strain rate compression tests were performed to determine the flow stress as a function of temperature and composition. The mechanical strength behavior was dependent upon the third element homogenization classification.

  16. FeAl and NbAl3 Intermetallic-HVOF Coatings: Structure and Properties

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    Guilemany, J. M.; Cinca, N.; Dosta, S.; Cano, I. G.

    2009-12-01

    Transition metal aluminides in their coating form are currently being explored in terms of resistance to oxidation and mechanical behavior. This interest in transition metal aluminides is mainly due to the fact that their high Al content makes them attractive for high-temperature applications. This is also a reason to study their resistance to wear; they may be suitable for use in applications that produce a lot of wear in aggressive environments, thus replacing established coating materials. In this study, the microstructure, microhardness, and wear and oxidation performance of FeAl and NbAl3 coatings produced by high-velocity oxy-fuel spraying are evaluated with two main aims: (i) to compare these two coating systems—a commonly studied aluminide (FeAl) and, NbAl3, an aluminide whose deposition by thermal spraying has not been attempted to date—and (ii) to analyze the relationship between their microstructure, composition and properties, and so clarify their wear and oxidation mechanisms. In the present study, the higher hardness of niobium aluminide coatings did not correlate with a higher wear resistance and, finally, although pesting phenomena (disintegration in oxidizing environments) were already known of in bulk niobium aluminides, here their behavior in the coating form is examined. It was shown that such accelerated oxidation was inevitable with respect to the better resistance of FeAl, but further improvements are foreseen by addition of alloying elements in that alloy.

  17. The nature of hydroxyl groups in aluminosilicate glasses: Quantifying Si-OH and Al-OH abundances along the SiO 2-NaAlSiO 4 join by 1H, 27Al- 1H and 29Si- 1H NMR spectroscopy

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    Malfait, Wim J.; Xue, Xianyu

    2010-01-01

    The combined results of 27Al- 1H and 1H- 29Si- 1H cross polarization NMR experiments for hydrous glasses (containing 0.5-2 wt% water) along the SiO 2-NaAlSiO 4 join confirm that the dissolution mechanism of water in aluminosilicate glasses is fundamentally the same as for Al-free systems, i.e. the dissolved water ruptures oxygen bridges and creates Si-OH and Al-OH groups, in addition to forming molecular water (H 2O mol). The fraction of Al-OH increases non-linearly as the Al content increases with up to half of the OH groups as Al-OH for compositions close to NaAlSiO 4. The relative abundances of the different species are controlled by the degree of Al-avoidance and the relative tendency of hydrolysis of the different types of oxygen bridges, Si-O-Si, Si-O-Al and Al-O-Al. A set of homogeneous reactions is derived to model the measured Al-OH/Si-OH speciation, and the obtained equilibrium constants are in agreement with literature data on the degree of Al-avoidance. With these equilibrium constants, the abundance of the different oxygen species, i.e. Si-O-Si, Si-O-Al, Al-O-Al, Si-OH, Al-OH and H 2O mol, can be predicted for the entire range of water and Al contents.

  18. Structural, Optical, and Electrical Characterization of Al/ n-ZnO/ p-Si/Al Heterostructures

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    Kumar, Rajender; Chand, Subhash

    2015-01-01

    For heterojunction fabrication, zinc oxide thin films were grown on p-Si by pulsed laser deposition. X-ray diffraction patterns were used to study the grain size and morphology of the films. The optical properties of the films were studied by UV-visible and photoluminescence spectroscopy. Experimental observations confirmed that the deposited films have potential for sharp emission in the visible region. High-purity (99.999%) vacuum evaporated aluminium metal was used to make contacts to the n-ZnO and p-Si. The current-voltage characteristics of the Al/ n-ZnO/ p-Si(100)/Al heterostructure measured over the temperature range 60-300 K were studied on the basis of the thermionic emission diffusion mechanism. The equivalent Schottky barrier height and the diode ideality factor were determined by fitting measured current-voltage data to the thermionic emission diffusion equation. It was observed that the barrier height decreased and the ideality factor increased with decreasing temperature, and that the activation energy plot was non-linear at low temperature. These characteristics are attributed to the Gaussian distribution of barrier heights. The capacitance-voltage characteristics of the Al/ n-ZnO/ p-Si(100)/Al heterostructure diode were studied over a wide temperature range. The impurity concentration in deposited n-type ZnO films was estimated from measured capacitance-voltage data.

  19. Structure of AlSi-SiC composite foams surface formed by mechanical and thermal cutting

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    Krajewski, Sławomir; Nowacki, Jerzy

    2015-02-01

    The article presents the geometric structure of AlSi-SiC composite foam surface after thermal, mechanical and erosive cutting with regards to its subsequent practical applications. In stereometric measurements of foam surfaces, confocal microscopy was suggested as a method fit for measuring surfaces of high discontinuity ratio that results from porosity. Basic quality parameters of cutting plane were characterised, and technical as well as methodological problems deriving from atypical porous structure of metallic foams were identified. On the basis of the results obtained, the influence of cutting methods on the geometric parameters of foam plane was established, and most favourable cutting conditions were determined.

  20. Endotaxially stabilized B2-FeSi nanodots in Si (100) via ion beam co-sputtering

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    Cassidy, Cathal Singh, Vidyadhar; Grammatikopoulos, Panagiotis; Kioseoglou, Joseph; Lal, Chhagan; Sowwan, Mukhles

    2014-04-21

    We report on the formation of embedded B2-FeSi nanodots in [100]-oriented Si substrates, and investigate the crystallographic mechanism underlying the stabilization of this uncommon, bulk-unstable, phase. The nanodots were approximately 10 nm in size, and were formed by iron thin film deposition and subsequent annealing. Cross-sectional transmission electron microscopy, energy loss spectroscopy mapping, and quantitative image simulation and analysis were utilized to identify the phase, strain, and orientational relationship of the nanodots to the host silicon lattice. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy was utilized to analyze the surface composition and local bonding. Elasticity calculations yielded a nanodot residual strain value of −18%. Geometrical phase analysis graphically pinpointed the positions of misfit dislocations, and clearly showed the presence of pinned (11{sup ¯}1{sup ¯}){sub Si}//(100){sub FeSi}, and unpinned (2{sup ¯}42){sub Si}//(010){sub FeSi}, interfaces. This partial endotaxy in the host silicon lattice was the mechanism that stabilized the B2-FeSi phase.

  1. Endotaxially stabilized B2-FeSi nanodots in Si (100) via ion beam co-sputtering

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    Cassidy, Cathal; Kioseoglou, Joseph; Singh, Vidyadhar; Grammatikopoulos, Panagiotis; Lal, Chhagan; Sowwan, Mukhles

    2014-04-01

    We report on the formation of embedded B2-FeSi nanodots in [100]-oriented Si substrates, and investigate the crystallographic mechanism underlying the stabilization of this uncommon, bulk-unstable, phase. The nanodots were approximately 10 nm in size, and were formed by iron thin film deposition and subsequent annealing. Cross-sectional transmission electron microscopy, energy loss spectroscopy mapping, and quantitative image simulation and analysis were utilized to identify the phase, strain, and orientational relationship of the nanodots to the host silicon lattice. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy was utilized to analyze the surface composition and local bonding. Elasticity calculations yielded a nanodot residual strain value of -18%. Geometrical phase analysis graphically pinpointed the positions of misfit dislocations, and clearly showed the presence of pinned (11¯1¯)Si//(100)FeSi, and unpinned (2¯42)Si//(010)FeSi, interfaces. This partial endotaxy in the host silicon lattice was the mechanism that stabilized the B2-FeSi phase.

  2. XPS study of the Al/SiO2 interface viewed from the SiO2 side

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    Hecht, M. H.; Grunthaner, F. J.; Maserjian, J.

    1984-01-01

    The first nondestructive measurement of the chemical and physical characteristics of the interface between bulk SiO2 and thick aluminum films is presented. Both X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and electrical measurements of unannealed resistively evaporated Al films on thermal SiO2 indicate an atomically abrupt interface. Postmetallization annealing (PMA) at 450 C induces reduction of the SiO2 by the aluminum, resulting in the layer ordering SiO2/Al2O3/Si/Al. The XPS measurement is performed from the SiO2 side after removal of the Si substrate after etching with XeF2 gas and thinning of the SiO2 layer with HF:ETOH. This represents a powerful new approach to the study of metal-insulator and other interfaces.

  3. Phosphorus Equilibrium Between Liquid Iron and CaO-SiO2-MgO-Al2O3-FeO-P2O5 Slag Part 1: Literature Review, Methodology, and BOF Slags

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    Assis, Andre N.; Tayeb, Mohammed A.; Sridhar, Seetharaman; Fruehan, Richard J.

    2015-10-01

    Although the phosphorus reaction in steelmaking has been extensively studied, it continues to be a relevant topic as low phosphorus iron sources become less available and more expensive, necessitating the need for more accurate predictions of the partitioning of phosphorous as function of slag composition and temperature. The current study revisits some of the relevant literature on the topic and details the methodology and experimental setup used in recent studies on phosphorus equilibrium between liquid iron and slags. New data for BOF-type slags are presented, where equilibrium was approached from both metal and slag sides i.e., phosphorus was transferred from metal to slag and vice versa. It was found that slags with basicities higher than 2.5 and FeO contents around 20 to 25 wt pct can promote extensive dephosphorization, and high L P, ((pct P)/[pct P]), values were observed i.e., greater than 500.

  4. Fracture toughness of SiC/Al metal matrix composite

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    Flom, Yury; Parker, B. H.; Chu, H. P.

    1989-01-01

    An experimental study was conducted to evaluate fracture toughness of SiC/Al metal matrix composite (MMC). The material was a 12.7 mm thick extrusion of 6061-T6 aluminum alloy with 40 v/o SiC particulates. Specimen configuration and test procedure conformed to ASTM E399 Standard for compact specimens. It was found that special procedures were necessary to obtain fatigue cracks of controlled lengths in the preparation of precracked specimens for the MMC material. Fatigue loading with both minimum and maximum loads in compression was used to start the precrack. The initial precracking would stop by self-arrest. Afterwards, the precrack could be safely extended to the desired length by additional cyclic tensile loading. Test results met practically all the E399 criteria for the calculation of plane strain fracture toughness of the material. A valid K sub IC value of the SiC/Al composite was established as K sub IC = 8.9 MPa square root of m. The threshold stress intensity under which crack would cease to grow in the material was estimated as delta K sub th = 2MPa square root of m for R = 0.09 using the fatigue precracking data. Fractographic examinations show that failure occurred by the micromechanism involved with plastic deformation although the specimens broke by brittle fracture. The effect of precracking by cyclic loading in compression on fracture toughness is included in the discussion.

  5. Preliminary Results on FeCrAl Alloys in the As-received and Welded State Designed to Have Enhanced Weldability and Radiation Tolerance

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    Field, Kevin G.; Gussev, Maxim N.; Hu, Xunxiang; Yamamoto, Yukinori

    2015-09-30

    The present report summarizes and discusses the recent results on developing a modern, nuclear grade FeCrAl alloy designed to have enhanced radiation tolerance and weldability. The alloys used for these investigations are modern FeCrAl alloys based on a Fe-13Cr-5Al-2Mo-0.2Si-0.05Y alloy (in wt.%, designated C35M). Development efforts have focused on assessing the influence of chemistry and microstructure on the fabricability and performance of these newly developed alloys. Specific focus was made to assess the weldability, thermal stability, and radiation tolerance.

  6. A thermokinetic model for Mg-Si couple formation in Al-Mg-Si alloys

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    Svoboda, J.; Shan, Y. V.; Kozeschnik, E.; Fischer, F. D.

    2016-03-01

    Mg-Si couples formed from atomic Mg and Si represent the first step in Mg-Si cluster formation in a dilute Al-Mg-Si system. Based on the thermodynamic extremal principle, a kinetic model for Mg-Si couple formation is developed. The model utilizes the trapping concept for the calculation of Gibbs energy of the non-equilibrium system and provides a generalized (multiplicative) form of the Oriani equation for description of the equilibrium state. The dissipation in the system accounts for diffusion of both Mg and Si atoms in the lattice. The model is compared with the classical Lidiard and Howard equilibrium theory. Some demonstrative examples are presented. Finally the model is applied to an experimentally studied system. Good quantitative agreement with quenching experiments is obtained, if, simultaneously, the impact of excess quenched-in vacancies and their gradual annihilation in the system, which has been already treated in a previous paper, are accounted for. The model is generally applicable for any couple (and pair) formation.

  7. Elevated Temperature Deformation of Fe-39.8Al and Fe-15.6Mn-39.4Al

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    Whittenberger, J. Daniel

    2004-01-01

    The elevated temperature compressive properties of binary Fe-39.8 at % Al and Fe-15.6Mn-39.4Al have been measured between 1000 and 1300 K at strain rates between 10(exp 7) and 10(exp 3)/ s. Although the Mn addition to iron aluminide did not change the basic deformation characteristics, the Mn-modified alloy was slightly weaker. In the regime where deformation of FeAl occurs by a high stress exponent mechanism (n = 6), strength increases as the grain size decreases at least for diameters between approx. 200 and approx. 10 microns. Due to the limitation in the grain size-flow stress-temperature-strain rate database, the influence of further reductions of the grain size on strength is uncertain. Based on the appearance of subgrains in deformed iron aluminide, the comparison of grain diameters to expected subgrain sizes, and the grain size exponent and stress exponent calculated from deformation experiments, it is believed that grain size strengthening is the result of an artificial limitation on subgrain size as proposed by Sherby, Klundt and Miller.

  8. Wear and Friction Behavior of the Spray-Deposited SiCp/Al-20Si-3Cu Functionally Graded Material

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    Su, B.; Yan, H. G.; Chen, J. H.; Zeng, P. L.; Chen, G.; Chen, C. C.

    2013-05-01

    The spray-deposited SiCp/Al-20Si-3Cu functionally graded material (FGM) can meet the structure design requirements of brake disk. The effects of rotational speed and load on the wear and friction behaviors of the SiCp/Al-20Si-3Cu FGM sliding against the resin matrix friction material were investigated. For comparison, the wear and friction behaviors of a commercially used cast iron (HT250) brake rotor were also studied. The results indicate that the friction coefficient of the SiCp/Al-20Si-3Cu FGM decreases constantly with the increase of load or rotational speed and is affected by the gradient distribution of SiC particles. The wear rate of the SiCp/Al-20Si-3Cu FGM firstly increases, then decreases and finally increases again with increasing load or speed, and is about 1/10 of that of HT250. Based on observations and analyses on the morphology and substructure of the worn surface, the mechanical mixing layer acts as a protective coating and lubricant, and its thickness reduces with the SiC content increasing. Furthermore, it is proposed that the dominant wear mechanism of SiCp/Al-20Si-3Cu FGM changes from the abrasive wear to the oxidative wear and further to the delamination wear with increasing load or speed.

  9. Wear resistance of TiAlSiN thin coatings.

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    Silva, F J G; Martinho, R P; Alexandre, R J D; Baptista, A P M

    2012-12-01

    In the last decades TiAIN coatings deposited by PVD techniques have been extensively investigated but, nowadays, their potential development for tribological applications is relatively low. However, new coatings are emerging based on them, trying to improve wear behavior. TiAlSiN thin coatings are now investigated, analyzing if Si introduction increases the wear resistance of PVD films. Attending to the application, several wear test configurations has been recently used by some researchers. In this work, TiAISiN thin coatings were produced by PVD Unbalanced Magnetron Sputtering technique and they were conveniently characterized using Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) provided with Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy (EDS), Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM), Electron Probe Micro-Analyzer (EPMA), Micro Hardness (MH) and Scratch Test Analysis. Properties as morphology, thickness, roughness, chemical composition and structure, hardness and film adhesion to the substrate were investigated. Concerning to wear characterization, two very different ways were chosen: micro-abrasion with ball-on-flat configuration and industrial non-standardized tests based on samples inserted in a feed channel of a selected plastic injection mould working with 30% (wt.) glass fiber reinforced polypropylene. TiAISiN coatings with a small amount of about 5% (wt.) Si showed a similar wear behavior when compared with TiAIN reported performances, denoting that Si addition does not improve the wear performance of the TiAIN coatings in these wear test conditions. PMID:23447962

  10. Al-Ca and Al-Fe metal-metal composite strength, conductivity, and microstructure relationships

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    Kim, Hyong June

    2011-12-01

    Deformation processed metal-metal composites (DMMC’s) are composites formed by mechanical working (i.e., rolling, swaging, or wire drawing) of two-phase, ductile metal mixtures. Since both the matrix and reinforcing phase are ductile metals, the composites can be heavily deformed to reduce the thickness and spacing of the two phases. Recent studies have shown that heavily drawn DMMCs can achieve anomalously high strength and outstanding combinations of strength and conductivity. In this study, Al-Fe wire composite with 0.07, 0.1, and 0.2 volume fractions of Fe filaments and Al-Ca wire composite with 0.03, 0.06, and 0.09 volume fractions of Ca filaments were produced in situ, and their mechanical properties were measured as a function of deformation true strain. The Al-Fe composites displayed limited deformation of the Fe phase even at high true strains, resulting in little strengthening effect in those composites. Al-9vol%Ca wire was deformed to a deformation true strain of 13.76. The resulting Ca second-phase filaments were deformed to thicknesses on the order of one micrometer. The ultimate tensile strength increased exponentially with increasing deformation true strain, reaching a value of 197 MPa at a true strain of 13.76. This value is 2.5 times higher than the value predicted by the rule of mixtures. A quantitative relationship between UTS and deformation true strain was determined. X-ray diffraction data on transformation of Al + Ca microstructures to Al + various Al-Ca intermetallic compounds were obtained at the Advanced Photon Source at Argonne National Laboratory. Electrical conductivity was measured over a range of true strains and post-deformation heat treatment schedules.

  11. High Curie temperature of Ce-Fe-Si compounds with ThMn12 structure

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    Zhou, C; Pinkerton, FE; Herbst, JF

    2015-01-15

    We report the discovery of ternary CeFe(12-x)Si(x)compounds possessing the ThMn12 structure. The samples were prepared by melt spinning followed by annealing. In contrast to other known Ce Fe-based binary and ternary compounds, CeFe12-xSix compounds exhibit exceptionally high Curie temperatures whose values increase with added Si substitution. The highest T. = 583 K in CeFe10Si2 rivals that of the well-established Nd2Fe14B compound. We ascribe the T-c behavior to a combination of Si-induced 3d band structure changes and partial Ce3+ stabilization. (C) 2014 Published by Elsevier Ltd.

  12. Novel Fe@C-TiO2 and Fe@C-SiO2 water-dispersible magnetic nanocomposites

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    Fleaca, Claudiu Teodor; Dumitrache, Florian; Morjan, Ion; Alexandrescu, Rodica; Luculescu, Catalin; Niculescu, Ana; Vasile, Eugeniu; Kuncser, Victor

    2013-08-01

    We report the synthesis of novel nanocomposites based on Fe@C nanoparticles obtained from Fe(CO)5 and C2H4/H2 by laser pyrolysis technique using a three nozzles injector. The αFe-FexCy@C particles (below 24 nm diameter) were first functionalized with hydrophilic groups using Na carboxymethylcellulose. Oxidic precursors (Si(OC2H5)4 or Ti(OC2H5)4) dissolved in ethanol were mixed with ethanolic suspensions of hydrophilized Fe@C nanoparticles using strong ultrasonication, then with water (at different pH values) and finally the Fe-containing composites were recovered by magnetic separation. The SiO2 and TiO2-coated powders were characterized by XRD, FT-IR and TEM techniques and their magnetic hysteresis curves were recorded at different temperatures. Both composites contain submicron aggregates of Fe@C nanoparticles embedded in/surrounded by a disordered porous oxidic matrix/shell. Near superparamagnetic behavior and room temperature and 26 A m2/kg (for Fe@C/SiO2) or 57 A m2/kg (for Fe@C/TiO2) saturation magnetization values were recorded and a blocking temperature around 500 K was extrapolated.

  13. Photoelectric properties of p-β-FeSi2/n-4H-SiC heterojunction near-infrared photodiode

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    Chunlei, Zheng; Hongbin, Pu; Hong, Li; Zhiming, Chen

    2015-05-01

    We give the first report on the experimental investigation of a p-β-FeSi2/n-4H-SiC heterojunction. A p-β-FeSi2/n-4H-SiC heterojunction near-infrared photodiode was fabricated on 4H-SiC substrate by magnetron sputtering and rapid thermal annealing (RTA). Sharp film—substrate interfaces were confirmed by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The current density—voltage and photoresponse characteristics were measured. The measurements showed that the device exhibited good rectifying properties. The photocurrent density was about 1.82 mA/cm2 at a bias voltage of -1 V under illumination by a 5 mW, 1.31 μm laser, and the dark current density was approximately 0.537 mA/cm2. The detectivity was estimated to be 8.8 × 109 cmHz1/2/W at 1.31 μm. All of the measurements were made at room temperature. The results suggest that the p-β-FeSi2/n-4H-SiC heterojunctions can be used as near-infrared photodiodes that are applicable to optically-activated SiC-based devices. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 51177134).

  14. Hydrogen permeation characteristics of some Fe-Cr-Al alloys

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    Van Deventer, E. H.; Maroni, V. A.

    1983-01-01

    Hydrogen permeation data are reported for two Fe-Cr-Al alloys, Type-405 SS (Cr 14-A1 0.2) and a member of the Fecralloy family of alloys (Cr 16-A1 5). The hydrogen permeability of each alloy (in a partially oxidized condition) was measured over a period of several weeks at randomly selected temperatures (between 150 and 850°C) and upstream H 2 pressures (between 2 and 1.5 × 10 4 Pa). The permeabilities showed considerable scatter with both time and temperature and were 10 2 to 10 3 times lower than those of pure iron, even in strongly reducing environments. The exponent, n, for the relationship between upstream H 2 pressure, P, and permeability, φ, ( φ ~ Pn) was closer to 0.7 than to the expected 0.5, indicating a process limited by surface effects (e.g., surface oxide films) as opposed to bulk material effects. Comparison of these results with prior permeation measurements on other Fe-Cr-Al alloys, on Fe-Cr alloys, and on pure iron shows that the presence of a few weight percent aluminum offers the best prospects for achieving low tritium permeabilities with martensitic and ferritic steels used in fusion-reactor first wall and blanket applications.

  15. Diffraction at GaAs/Fe3Si core/shell nanowires: The formation of nanofacets

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    Jenichen, B.; Hanke, M.; Hilse, M.; Herfort, J.; Trampert, A.; Erwin, S. C.

    2016-05-01

    GaAs/Fe3Si core/shell nanowire structures were fabricated by molecular-beam epitaxy on oxidized Si(111) substrates and investigated by synchrotron x-ray diffraction. The surfaces of the Fe3Si shells exhibit nanofacets. These facets consist of well pronounced Fe3Si{111} planes. Density functional theory reveals that the Si-terminated Fe3Si{111} surface has the lowest energy in agreement with the experimental findings. We can analyze the x-ray diffuse scattering and diffraction of the ensemble of nanowires avoiding the signal of the substrate and poly-crystalline films located between the wires. Fe3Si nanofacets cause streaks in the x-ray reciprocal space map rotated by an azimuthal angle of 30° compared with those of bare GaAs nanowires. In the corresponding TEM micrograph the facets are revealed only if the incident electron beam is oriented along [1 1 ¯ 0] in accordance with the x-ray results. Additional maxima in the x-ray scans indicate the onset of chemical reactions between Fe3Si shells and GaAs cores occurring at increased growth temperatures.

  16. Investigation of Fe-Si-N films as magnetic overcoat for high density recording disk drives

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    Gauvin, M.; Talke, F. E.; Fullerton, E. E.

    2010-09-15

    A 50-nm-thick Fe-Si-N films were deposited via reactive magnetron cosputtering of independent Fe and Si targets, in Ar/N{sub 2} gas mixture, under different dc Fe target power conditions. Magnetic properties, mechanical hardness and tribological properties were characterized as a function of the Fe target power by magnetometry, nanoindentation, and nanoscratch testing, respectively. Deposited samples were found to be ferromagnetic with a coercivity of approximately 20 Oe and a saturation magnetization increasing from 200 to 1100 emu/cm{sup 3} as a function of Fe sputter power, i.e., values typical of soft magnetic materials. The mechanical hardness was found to be between 50% and 70% of the hardness of a pure SiN{sub x} film. Nanotribological properties of films deposited with a Fe target power {>=}80 W degraded rapidly.

  17. Study of Fe-S-Si immiscible system at high pressure and high temperature: implications for planetary cores

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    Morard, G.; Sanloup, C.; Katsura, T.; Guillot, B. B.; Fiquet, G.; Mezouar, M.

    2009-12-01

    Even if it is not really quantified, there is a general agreement on the fact that the Earth's core is an alloy of Fe with 5-15 % of light elements. The list of the light elements that are sufficiently abundant in cosmochemical models, siderophile and not too volatile under proto Earth's conditions is not very long: S, Si, O, C and H. The nature and proportion of these elements are important not only because it is necessary to power the geodynamo (Alfè et al., Earth Planet. Sc. Lett. 195, 91-98 2002), but also because it has large influences on the global geochemical balance (Rubie et al., Nature 429, 58-61 2004), and on segregation processes during Earth’s differentiation (Terasaki et al., Earth Planet. Sc. Lett. 232, 379-392 2005). Fe-S-Si immiscibility has been investigated using in situ X-ray methods at high pressure and high temperature (Morard et al., J. Geophys. Res. 113, B10205 2008). On one hand, in order to prove that quench textures represent the high temperature-high pressure state, we performed X-ray radiography experiments using multi anvil apparatus at Spring8 facility. On the other hand, we studied the liquid structure by in situ X-ray diffraction in order to bring crucial information to understand the cause of the immiscibility at low pressure and the reason of the closure of the gap at high pressure. Hard sphere models have been applied to the high pressure Fe-S liquid diffraction signal, and compressibility data has been extracted. The closure of miscibility gap in the Fe-S-Si system has been studied from 4 GPa to 12 GPa up to 2200 K, highlighting a stable immiscible zone up to 4 GPa. The evolution of Fe-S-Si miscibility gap is linked with the change in the local order in Fe and Fe-S liquids. Earth’s core composition, derived from chondritic models, needs to be inherited from processes at higher pressure than 4 GPa. Planetesimal differentiation would be affected by immiscibility up to size similar to the Moon.

  18. Near surface silicide formation after off-normal Fe-implantation of Si(001) surfaces

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    Khanbabaee, B. Pietsch, U.; Lützenkirchen-Hecht, D.; Hübner, R.; Grenzer, J.; Facsko, S.

    2014-07-14

    We report on formation of non-crystalline Fe-silicides of various stoichiometries below the amorphized surface of crystalline Si(001) after irradiation with 5 keV Fe{sup +} ions under off-normal incidence. We examined samples prepared with ion fluences of 0.1 × 10{sup 17} and 5 × 10{sup 17} ions cm{sup −2} exhibiting a flat and patterned surface morphology, respectively. Whereas the iron silicides are found across the whole surface of the flat sample, they are concentrated at the top of ridges at the rippled surface. A depth resolved analysis of the chemical states of Si and Fe atoms in the near surface region was performed by combining X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) using synchrotron radiation. The chemical shift and the line shape of the Si 2p core levels and valence bands were measured and associated with the formation of silicide bonds of different stoichiometric composition changing from an Fe-rich silicides (Fe{sub 3}Si) close to the surface into a Si-rich silicide (FeSi{sub 2}) towards the inner interface to the Si(001) substrate. This finding is supported by XAS analysis at the Fe K-edge which shows changes of the chemical environment and the near order atomic coordination of the Fe atoms in the region close to surface. Because a similar Fe depth profile has been found for samples co-sputtered with Fe during Kr{sup +} ion irradiation, our results suggest the importance of chemically bonded Fe in the surface region for the process of ripple formation.

  19. Phase relation of C-Mg-Fe-Si-O system under various oxygen fugacity conditions at high pressure and high temperature

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    Takahashi, S.; Ohtani, E.; Terasaki, H.; Ito, Y.; Shibazaki, Y.; Ishii, M.; Funakoshi, K.; Higo, Y.

    2010-12-01

    Many exoplanets have been found recently based on the spectroscopic observation. A carbon-rich circumstellar gas was reported to exist around “beta-Pictoris”, which has an exoplanet (Roberge et al., 2006). In such gas, carbon-enriched planet, “carbon-planet” may be formed. Carbon-bearing phase, such as carbide, carbonate, graphite and diamond are likely to compose the carbon-planet interior. Therefore, it is important to investigate phase relations of carbon-rich systems under high pressure conditions. In this study, C-enriched Mg-Si-Fe-O-C system was investigated at high pressure and temperature in order to understand the internal structure of the carbon-planet. Phase relations were studied based on 2 series of experiments; (I)textural observation and chemical analysis of the recovered sample from 4 GPa and 1873K and (II)in situ X-ray diffraction experiments under high pressure and temperature. For the starting materials, we used several different mineral assemblages, as shown below: (i) MgCO3 + Fe + Si + C, (ii) (Mg1.8,Fe0.2)SiO4 + Fe + SiO2 + C, (iii) (Mg1.8,Fe0.2)SiO4 + Fe + Si + C, (iv) MgO + Fe + SiO2 + C, (v) MgO + Fe + Si + C. Oxygen fugacity (fO2) of the sample vaies dependign on these assembleges due to different O amount in the starting materials. The sample was enclosed in graphite or MgO capsule. MgO capsule enables us to estimate fO2 in the sample based on the FeO content of the capsule contacting with the samples. Chemical analyses of the recovered samples were performed using electron microprobe. In situ X-ray diffraction experiments were conducted at 4 GPa and up to 1873 K at BL04B1 beamline, SPring-8 synchrotron facility. Different mineral assemblages and their compositions were observed in the recovered samples depending on the redox condition of the sample. The compositions of metallic melt phases changes from Fe-C composition (C = 6.9~8.2 wt.%) in oxidizing conditions (ΔIW = -2.4 ~ -1.7) to Fe-Si composition (Si = 18 wt.%) in the more reducing condition (ΔIW < -4.8). SiC grains were also found in the most reducing condition. The solubility of C into the Fe-melt phase increases with fO2, whereas the solubility of Si decreases with increasing fO2. Based on in situ X-ray diffraction experiments, Fe3C was formed at 1073 K in the all samples. Fe3C peak disappeared and FeSi and SiC peaks appeared at 1373 K in the most reducing sample (v), whereas Fe3C remained in the other samples. Metallic phases in all samples were melted at 1673 K. Any carbonates was not observed under the present experimental conditions. Therefore, carbon-bearing phases are graphite, SiC and Fe-C alloy or Fe-Si-C alloy in the present redox conditions at 4 GPa. These results may suggest existence of carbon in the mantle and/or core in some carbon-planets.

  20. Chemical behavior of indigenous impurities (Al, Fe, Si, Mg, F, K, Na, NH{sub 3}, Ca, and SO{sub 4}) during the production of filter-grade wet-process phosphoric acid

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    Sullivan, J.M.; Frazier, A.W.; Griffin, C.L.; Grinstead, J.H. Jr.; Kim, Y.K.; Kohler, J.J.

    1992-12-01

    The conventional (dihydrate process) extraction of phosphate rocks with sulfuric acid and subsequent filtration results in a dilute ``filter-grade`` wet-process phosphoric acid (WPA) containing many cationic and anionic impurities which can cause problems during fertilizer production. Most of these problems result because many of the impurities are present in amounts above saturation. This factorial study was designed to define the nature and amounts of components precipitating from simulated filter-grade (28% P{sub 2}O{sub 5}) phosphoric acid at 85, 68, and 25 C, with 2-day retention times. Results show that the precipitation of the iron ammonium and iron potassium phosphates generally provide the largest source of solids in filter-grade phosphoric acid; Mg and Ca fluoroaluminates and alkali fluorosilicates also provide a significant proportion of solids. The distribution of solids between these 3 groups is governed by the F/Si ratio in the acid. The study also delineates the deleterious effect of ammonia contamination (such as from ammonia leakage to gypsum ponds).

  1. Chemical behavior of indigenous impurities (Al, Fe, Si, Mg, F, K, Na, NH[sub 3], Ca, and SO[sub 4]) during the production of filter-grade wet-process phosphoric acid

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    Sullivan, J.M.; Frazier, A.W.; Griffin, C.L.; Grinstead, J.H. Jr.; Kim, Y.K.; Kohler, J.J.

    1992-01-01

    The conventional (dihydrate process) extraction of phosphate rocks with sulfuric acid and subsequent filtration results in a dilute ''filter-grade'' wet-process phosphoric acid (WPA) containing many cationic and anionic impurities which can cause problems during fertilizer production. Most of these problems result because many of the impurities are present in amounts above saturation. This factorial study was designed to define the nature and amounts of components precipitating from simulated filter-grade (28% P[sub 2]O[sub 5]) phosphoric acid at 85, 68, and 25 C, with 2-day retention times. Results show that the precipitation of the iron ammonium and iron potassium phosphates generally provide the largest source of solids in filter-grade phosphoric acid; Mg and Ca fluoroaluminates and alkali fluorosilicates also provide a significant proportion of solids. The distribution of solids between these 3 groups is governed by the F/Si ratio in the acid. The study also delineates the deleterious effect of ammonia contamination (such as from ammonia leakage to gypsum ponds).

  2. Magneto-optical AlN/Fe/AlN structures optimized for operation in the violet spectral region

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    Liskova, Eva; Visnovsky, Stefan; Lopusnik, Radek; Harward, Ian; Wenger, Matt; Christensen, Thomas; Celinski, Zbigniew

    2008-08-01

    The magneto-optical (MO) polar Kerr response of AlN/Fe/AlN/Cu/Si structures was optimized for a wavelength of 410 nm. Prior to the growth of the structures, the optimal thicknesses of the individual layers were determined by modelling to find the maximum MO figure of merit. Then the structures with different thicknesses of AlN layers were grown by sputtering. The optical properties of the AlN layers, grown by reactive sputtering, were characterized by ellipsometry. The MO polar Kerr spectroscopy was employed to measure the performance of the structures in the field of 3 kOe. The MO signal was scaled for saturation (factor 7) and saturation azimuth rotation greater than 20° was observed. The agreement between calculation and experimental data was remarkable, verifying the correct set of optical and MO parameters used in the model. These results provide a guide for the design of a MO sensor with optimal performance at a desired wavelength.

  3. Y-Si-Al-O-N glass fibers. Final report

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    Messier, D.R.; Gleisner, R.P.; Rich, R.E.

    1989-05-01

    The excellent mechanical properties and outstanding water corrosion resistance of Y-Si-Al-O-N glasses indicate that they are attractive candidate materials for forming into high-performance glass fibers. Fibers of glasses containing, respectively, 3.2 and 6.6 wt% N were drawn freehand in air, and from glass rods in N2. Continuous fibers (100-m long) of the former glass were melt-drawn in N2 while being wound in air outside of the glass-melting furnace. Some fibers had diameters as small as 10 um, and characterization data show that the fibers retain all of the desirable properties of the bulk glass.

  4. Viscosity Measurements of SiO2-"FeO"-CaO System in Equilibrium with Metallic Fe

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    Chen, Mao; Zhao, Baojun

    2015-04-01

    Viscosities of the synthetic slags have been measured at the temperature range of 1423 K to 1773 K (1150 °C to 1500 °C) in the SiO2-"FeO"-CaO system in equilibrium with Fe. The rotational spindle technique was employed in the measurements using molybdenum crucibles and spindles. Analysis of the quenched sample by electron probe X-ray microanalysis after the viscosity measurement enables the composition and microstructure of the slag to be directly linked with the viscosity. Effects of CaO and "FeO" on viscosity have been compared at different SiO2 concentrations. It was found that at low SiO2 concentration, the viscosities increase with the increasing CaO/"FeO" ratio. At high SiO2 concentration, the viscosities first decrease and then increase with the increasing CaO/"FeO" ratio. The activation energies increase with the increasing CaO/"FeO" ratio. The modified Quasi-chemical viscosity model has been further optimized in this system using the new viscosity measurements.

  5. Analysis Si/Al ratio in zeolites type FAU by laser induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS)

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    Contreras, W. A.; Cabanzo, R.; Mejía-Ospino, E.

    2011-01-01

    In this work, Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS) is used to determine the Si/Al ratio of Zeolite type Y. The catalytic activity of zeolite is strongly dependent of the Si/Al ratio. We have used Si lines in the spectral region between 245-265 nm to determine temperature of the plasma generated on pelletized sample of zeolite, and stoichiometry relation between Si and Al.

  6. A declaration of independence for Mg/Si. [Al/Si intensity ratio predictive usefulness for Mg/Si intensity ratio in lunar X-ray fluorescence

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    Hubbard, N.; Keith, J. E.

    1978-01-01

    The weak covariation that exists between Al/Si and Mg/Si for large areas of the lunar surface is little, if any, stronger than that forced on a random set of numbers that are subject to closure. The Mg and Al variations implied by the Mg/Si and Al/Si intensity ratio data are qualitatively like those seen in lunar soil sample data. Two petrogenetic provinces are suggested for terra materials; one appears to have 50% higher Mg values than the other. Using the improved data, Mg/Si variations can be studied at a signal-to-noise ratio greater than 5/1.

  7. On the entropy of glaucophane Na2Mg3Al2Si8O22(OH)2

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    Robie, R.A.; Hemingway, B.S.; Gillet, P.; Reynard, B.

    1991-01-01

    The heat capacity of glaucophane from the Sesia-Lanza region of Italy having the approximate composition (Na1.93Ca0.05Fe0.02) (Mg2.60Fe0.41) (Al1.83Fe0.15Cr0.01) (Si7.92Al0.08)O22(OH)2 was measured by adiabatic calorimetry between 4.6 and 359.4 K. After correcting the Cp0data to values for ideal glaucophane, Na2Mg3Al2Si8O22(OH)2 the third-law entropy S2980-S00was calculated to be 541.2??3.0 J??mol-1??K-1. Our value for S2980-S00is 12.0 J??mol-1??K-1 (2.2%) smaller than the value of Likhoydov et al. (1982), 553.2??3.0, is within 6.2 J??mol-1??K-1 of the value estimated by Holland (1988), and agrees remarkably well with the value calculated by Gillet et al. (1989) from spectroscopic data, 539 J??mol-1??K-1. ?? 1991 Springer-Verlag.

  8. Properties of AlN film grown on Si (111)

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    Dai, Yiquan; Li, Shuiming; Sun, Qian; Peng, Qing; Gui, Chengqun; Zhou, Yu; Liu, Sheng

    2016-02-01

    Stress and strain in an AlN film grown on Si (111) substrate have been evaluated by measuring Raman frequency shifts. Mechanical properties and phonon deformation potentials of AlN are evaluated by first principles calculations. The calculation model is verified by comparing the calculated Raman frequencies and frequencies detected from a bulk single crystal. Results show that the two sets of frequencies agree very well with each other. Thus, with the same verified model and parameters, elastic constants and phonon deformation potentials are calculated. Additionally, we successfully develop a numerical model to verify the calculation above and the model itself is also useful to predict properties of crystal films. Finally, the stress, strain, and piezoelectric properties are analyzed and compared for films on different substrates.

  9. MOKE Study of Fe/Co/Al Multilayers

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    Jani, Snehal; Lakshmi, N.; Venugopalan, K.; Rajput, Parasmani; Zajaoc, M.; Rueffer, R.; Reddy, V. R.; Gupta, Ajay

    2011-07-15

    The multilayer system (MLS)-[{sup 57}Fe{sub 25}A/Co{sub 11}A/Al{sub 17}A]x20 has been deposited by Ion beam sputtering (IBS) technique. The MLS has been annealed at 700 deg. C for 1 h. Overall composition of as deposited and annealed MLS have been characterized by EDX and magnetic properties have been studied through angular dependent magneto optic Kerr effect (MOKE) hysteresis curves. The study shows that the as-deposited MLS has excellent soft magnetic properties coupled with perpendicular magnetic isotropy which is destroyed on annealing.

  10. Welding of Very Dissimilar Materials (Fe-Al)

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    Schneider, Judy; Radzilowski, Ron

    2014-09-01

    Designers of transportation vehicles (air, land, or sea) continually seek ways to reduce vehicle weight in response to increasing fuel economy mandates, mission requirements, or other competitive pressures. One way to do this is by the selection of material types and their properties based on functional and structural requirements. While these material changes can help meet performance mandates, their implementation in a production environment relies on retaining economic competitiveness. This article traces the history of the various joining processes relevant to the current challenge in joining the very dissimilar families of steel (Fe) and aluminum (Al) alloys.

  11. Welding of Very Dissimilar Materials (Fe-Al)

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    Schneider, Judy; Radzilowski, Ron

    2014-10-01

    Designers of transportation vehicles (air, land, or sea) continually seek ways to reduce vehicle weight in response to increasing fuel economy mandates, mission requirements, or other competitive pressures. One way to do this is by the selection of material types and their properties based on functional and structural requirements. While these material changes can help meet performance mandates, their implementation in a production environment relies on retaining economic competitiveness. This article traces the history of the various joining processes relevant to the current challenge in joining the very dissimilar families of steel (Fe) and aluminum (Al) alloys.

  12. Dopant species with Al-Si and N-Si bonding in the MOCVD of AlN implementing trimethylaluminum, ammonia and silane

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    dos Santos, R. B.; Rivelino, R.; de Brito Mota, F.; Gueorguiev, G. K.; Kakanakova-Georgieva, A.

    2015-07-01

    We have investigated gas-phase reactions driven by silane (SiH4), which is the dopant precursor in the metalorganic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) of aluminum nitride (AlN) doped by silicon, with prime focus on determination of the associated energy barriers. Our theoretical strategy is based on combining density-functional methods with minimum energy path calculations. The outcome of these calculations is suggestive for kinetically plausible and chemically stable reaction species with Al-Si bonding such as (CH3)2AlSiH3 and N-Si bonding such as H2NSiH3. Within this theoretical perspective, we propose a view of these reaction species as relevant for the actual MOCVD of Si-doped AlN, which is otherwise known to be contributed by the reaction species (CH3)2AlNH2 with Al-N bonding. By reflecting on experimental evidence in the MOCVD of various doped semiconductor materials, it is anticipated that the availability of dopant species with Al-Si, and alternatively N-Si bonding near the hot deposition surface, can govern the incorporation of Si atoms, as well as other point defects, at the AlN surface.

  13. Cyclic Oxidation of FeCrAlY/Al2O3 Composites

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    Nesbitt, James A.; Draper, Susan L.; Barrett, Charles A.

    1999-01-01

    Three-ply FeCrAlY/Al2O3 composites and FeCrAlY matrix-only samples were cyclically oxidized at 1000 C and 1100 C for up to 1000 1-hr cycles. Fiber ends were exposed at the ends of the composite samples. Following cyclic oxidation, cracks running parallel to and perpendicular to the fibers were observed on the large surface of the composite. In addition, there was evidence of increased scale damage and spallation around the exposed fiber ends, particularly around the middle ply fibers. This damage was more pronounced at the higher temperature. The exposed fiber ends showed cracking between fibers in the outer plies, occasionally with Fe and Cr-rich oxides growing out of the cracks. Large gaps developed at the fiber/matrix interface around many of the fibers, especially those in the outer plies. Oxygen penetrated many of these gaps resulting in significant oxide formation at the fiber/matrix interface far within the composite sample. Around several fibers, the matrix was also internally oxidized showing Al2O3 precipitates in a radial band around the fibers. The results show that these composites have poor cyclic oxidation resistance due to the CTE mismatch and inadequate fiber/matrix bond strength at temperatures of 1000 C and above.

  14. Microstructure Evolution of Cold-Sprayed Al-Si Alloy Coatings on γ-TiAl During Heat Treatment

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    Wang, Jiqiang; Kong, Lingyan; Li, Tiefan; Xiong, Tianying

    2015-08-01

    This paper investigated the influence of heat treatment on the microstructure of Al-Si alloy coatings on γ-TiAl alloy. The coatings were prepared by cold spraying with Al-12Si and Al-20Si alloy powders as the feedstock, and then the as-sprayed coatings were subjected to heat treatment. The microstructure, chemical composition, and phase transformation of the coatings were studied by SEM, XRD, and EPMA. The diffusing behavior of Al and Si during heat treatment was investigated. The results showed that a silicon-aluminizing coating was formed through the inward diffusion of Al/Si elements into the substrate. The obtained kinetics curve of the formation of silicon-aluminizing coating at 580 °C similarly followed parabolic law.

  15. Preparation of Al-Si Master Alloy by Electrochemical Reduction of Volcanic Rock in Cryolite Molten Salt

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    Liu, Aimin; Shi, Zhongning; Xu, Junli; Hu, Xianwei; Gao, Bingliang; Wang, Zhaowen

    2016-04-01

    Volcanic rock found in the Longgang Volcano Group in Jilin Province of China has properties essentially similar to Apollo lunar soils and previously prepared lunar soil simulants, such as Johnson Space Center Lunar simulant and Minnesota Lunar simulant. In this study, an electrochemical method of preparation of Al-Si master alloy was investigated in 52.7 wt.%NaF-47.3 wt.%AlF3 melt adding 5 wt.% volcanic rock at 1233 K. The cathodic electrochemical process was studied by cyclic voltammetry, and the results showed that the cathodic reduction of Si(IV) is a two-step reversible diffusion-controlled reaction. Si(IV) is reduced to Si(II) by two electron transfers at -1.05 V versus platinum quasi-reference electrode in 52.7 wt.%NaF-47.3 wt.%AlF3 molten salt adding 5 wt.% volcanic rock, while the reduction peak at -1.18 V was the co-deposition of aluminum and silicon. In addition, the cathodic product obtained by galvanostatic electrolysis for 4 h was analyzed by means of x-ray diffraction, x-ray fluorescence, scanning electron microscopy and energy dispersive spectrometry. The results showed that the phase compositions of the products are Al, Si, Al5FeSi, and Al3.21Si0.47, while the components are 90.5 wt.% aluminum, 4.4 wt.% silicon, 1.9 wt.% iron, and 0.2 wt.% titanium.

  16. Phase Separation kinetics in an Fe-Cr-Al alloy

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    Capdevila, C.; Miller, Michael K; Chao, J.

    2012-01-01

    The {alpha}-{alpha}{prime} phase separation kinetics in a commercial Fe-20 wt.% Cr-6 wt.% Al oxide dispersion-strengthened PM 2000{trademark} steel have been characterized with the complementary techniques atom probe tomography and thermoelectric power measurements during isothermal aging at 673, 708, and 748 K for times up to 3600 h. A progressive decrease in the Al content of the Cr-rich {alpha}{prime} phase was observed at 708 and 748 K with increasing time, but no partitioning was observed at 673 K. The variation in the volume fraction of the {alpha}{prime} phase well inside the coarsening regime, along with the Avrami exponent 1.2 and activation energy 264 kJ mol{sup -1}, obtained after fitting the experimental results to an Austin-Rickett type equation, indicates that phase separation in PM 2000{trademark} is a transient coarsening process with overlapping nucleation, growth, and coarsening stages.

  17. Metastable-stable phase transformation behavior of Al2O3 scale formed on Fe-Ni-Al alloys

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    Hayashi, Shigenari; Takada, Yuto; Yoneda, S.; Ukai, Shigeharu

    2016-02-01

    The oxidation behavior of Ni-Fe-41.5Al alloy with different Fe/Ni ratio was investigated in air at 1000°C using in-situ high-temperature X-ray diffraction study by means of Synchrotron radiation. The oxidation mass gain of alloys decreased with increasing Fe content, particularly initial oxidation mass gain significantly decreased with increasing alloy Fe content. In-situ X-ray diffraction study indicated that the stable α-Al2O3 formed from beginning of oxidation on the alloy with higher Fe ratio, but metastable Al2O3 formed on the alloy with lower Fe ratio, and it remained longer when alloy Fe ratio was decreased. The effect of Fe on promoting α-Al2O3 formation is explained due to initial formation of α-Fe2O3, which has isomorphous structure with α-Al2O3. The additional effect of Fe on the growth rate of α-Al2O3 was also discussed.

  18. Al-Si-Cu/TiN multilayer interconnection and Al-Ge reflow sputtering technologies for quarter-micron devices

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    Kikkawa, Takamaro; Kikuta, Kuniko

    1993-05-01

    Issues of interconnection technologies for quarter-micron devices are the reliability of metal lines with quarter-micron feature sizes and the formation of contact-hole-plugs with high aspect ratios. This paper describes a TiN/Al-Si-Cu/TiN/Al-Si-Cu/TiN/Ti multilayer conductor structure as a quarter-micron interconnection technology and aluminum-germanium (Al-Ge) reflow sputtering as a contact-hole filling technology. The TiN/Al-Si-Cu/TiN/Al-Si-Cu/TiN/Ti multilayer conductor structure could suppress stress-induced voiding and improve the electromigration mean-time to failure. These improvements are attributed to the fact that the grain boundaries for the Al-Si-Cu film and the interfaces between the Al-Si-Cu and the TiN films are strengthened by the rigid intermetallic compound, TiAl3. The Al-Ge alloy reflow sputtering is a candidate for contact- and via-hole filling technologies in terms of reducing fabrication costs. The Al-Ge reflow sputtering achieved low temperature contact hole filling at 300 degree(s)C. Contact holes with a diameter of 0.25 micrometers and aspect ratio of 4 could be filled. This is attributed to the low eutectic temperature for Al-Ge (424 degree(s)C) and the effect of thin polysilicon underlayer on the enhancement of Al-Ge reflow.

  19. Importance of Doping and Frustration in Itinerant Fe-doped Cr2Al

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    Susner, Michael A; Parker, David S; Safa-Sefat, Athena

    2015-01-01

    We have performed an experimental and theoretical study comparing the effects of Fe-doping of Cr2Al, an antiferromagnet with a N el temperature of 670 K, with known results on Fe-doping of antiferromagnetic bcc Cr. (Cr1-xFex)2Al materials are found to exhibit a rapid suppression of antiferromagnetic order with the presence of Fe, decreasing TN to 170 K for x=0.10. Antiferromagnetic behavior disappears entirely at x 0.125 after which point increasing paramagnetic behavior is exhibited. This is unlike the effects of Fe doping of bcc antiferromagnetic Cr, in which TN gradually decreases followed by the appearance of a ferromagnetic state. Theoretical calculationsmore » explain that the Cr2Al-Fe suppression of magnetic order originates from two effects: the first is band narrowing caused by doping of additional electrons from Fe substitution that weakens itinerant magnetism; the second is magnetic frustration of the Cr itinerant moments in Fe-substituted Cr2Al. In pure-phase Cr2Al, the Cr moments have an antiparallel alignment; however, these are destroyed through Fe substitution and the preference of Fe for parallel alignment with Cr. This is unlike bulk Fe-doped Cr alloys in which the Fe anti-aligns with the Cr atoms, and speaks to the importance of the Al atoms in the magnetic structure of Cr2Al and Fe-doped Cr2Al.« less

  20. Importance of Doping and Frustration in Itinerant Fe-doped Cr2Al

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    Susner, Michael A; Parker, David S; Safa-Sefat, Athena

    2015-01-01

    We have performed an experimental and theoretical study comparing the effects of Fe-doping of Cr2Al, an antiferromagnet with a N el temperature of 670 K, with known results on Fe-doping of antiferromagnetic bcc Cr. (Cr1-xFex)2Al materials are found to exhibit a rapid suppression of antiferromagnetic order with the presence of Fe, decreasing TN to 170 K for x=0.10. Antiferromagnetic behavior disappears entirely at x 0.125 after which point increasing paramagnetic behavior is exhibited. This is unlike the effects of Fe doping of bcc antiferromagnetic Cr, in which TN gradually decreases followed by the appearance of a ferromagnetic state. Theoretical calculations explain that the Cr2Al-Fe suppression of magnetic order originates from two effects: the first is band narrowing caused by doping of additional electrons from Fe substitution that weakens itinerant magnetism; the second is magnetic frustration of the Cr itinerant moments in Fe-substituted Cr2Al. In pure-phase Cr2Al, the Cr moments have an antiparallel alignment; however, these are destroyed through Fe substitution and the preference of Fe for parallel alignment with Cr. This is unlike bulk Fe-doped Cr alloys in which the Fe anti-aligns with the Cr atoms, and speaks to the importance of the Al atoms in the magnetic structure of Cr2Al and Fe-doped Cr2Al.

  1. Formation of layered Fe(II)-Al(III)-hydroxides during reaction of Fe(II) with aluminum oxide.

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    Elzinga, Evert J

    2012-05-01

    The reactivity of aqueous Fe(II) with aluminum oxide in anoxic solutions was investigated with batch kinetic experiments combined with Fe K edge X-ray absorption spectroscopy measurements to characterize Fe(II) sorption products. Formation of Fe(II)-Al(III)-layered double hydroxides with an octahedral sheet structure similar to nikischerite (NaFe(II)(6) Al(3)(SO(4))(2)(OH)(18) (H(2)O)(12)) was observed within a few hours during sorption at pH 7.5 and aqueous Fe(II) concentrations of 1-3 mM. These Fe(II) phases are composed of brucite-like Fe(II)(OH)(2) sheets with partial substitution of Al(III) for Fe(II), charge balanced by anions coordinated along the basal planes. Their fast rate of formation suggests that these previously unrecognized Fe(II) phases, which are structurally and compositionally similar to green rust, may be an important sink of Fe(II) in suboxic and anoxic geochemical environments, and impact the fate of structurally compatible trace metals, such as Co(II), Ni(II), and Zn(II), as well as redox-reactive species including Cr(VI) and U(VI). Further studies are required to assess the thermodynamics, formation kinetics, and stability of these Fe(II) minerals under field conditions. PMID:22409244

  2. Al/SiOx/Al single and multiband metamaterial absorbers for terahertz sensor applications

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    Kearney, Brian; Alves, Fabio; Grbovic, Dragoslav; Karunasiri, Gamani

    2013-01-01

    To increase the sensitivity of uncooled thermal sensors in the terahertz (THz) spectral range (1 to 10 THz), we investigated thin metamaterial layers exhibiting resonant absorption in this region. These metamaterial films are comprised of periodic arrays of aluminum (Al) squares and an Al ground plane separated by a thin silicon-rich silicon oxide (SiOx) dielectric film. These standard MEMS materials are also suitable for fabrication of bi-material and microbolometer thermal sensors. Using SiOx instead of SiO2 reduced the residual stress of the metamaterial film. Finite element simulations were performed to establish the design criteria for very thin films with high absorption and spectral tunability. Single-band structures with varying SiOx thicknesses, square size, and periodicity were fabricated and found to absorb nearly 100% at the designed frequencies between three and eight THz. Multiband absorbing structures were fabricated with two or three distinct peaks or a single-broad absorption band. Experimental results indicate that is possible to design very efficient thin THz absorbing films to match specific applications.

  3. Fabrication, phase transformation studies and characterization of SiC-AlN-Al sub 2 OC ceramics

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    Virkar, A.V.

    1992-01-12

    SiC and AlN are two of the important high temperature structural ceramics. AlN and the 2H polytype of SiC are isostructural. Prior work has shown that they form an extension solid solution at temperatures {ge} 2000{degrees}C. At lower temperatures, the solid solution can undergo phase separation. Additionally, Al{sub 2}OC is also isostructural and can form extensive solid solutions with SiC and AlN. The formation of solid solutions in such refractory materials as well as the tendency to undergo diffusional phase transformations suggests that a potential exists to improve properties through alloying. The principal objective of the proposed work is to examine phase relations, phase transformations, the resulting precipitate morphologies and their influence on mechanical properties of SiC-AlN-Al{sub 2}OC ceramics. Formation of modulated structures have been documented in SiC-AlN ceramics in our work. It has been shown that modulations occur along directions other than the (0001) direction and this results in the formation of a tweed type of a microstructure. In the AlN-Al{sub 2}OC system, the occurrence of cellular precipitates as well as coherent, disc-shaped precipitates has been observed. During the past year, work has progressed in the following areas: (1) Phase separation in SiC-AlN system: The effect of coherency strain energy on the precipitate morphology. (2) High temperature creep of SiC-AlN ceramics containing modulated structures and SiC-Al{sub 2}OC ceramics. (3) Fabrication and characterization of damage-resistant SiC-AlN ceramics. Three manuscripts have been submitted for publication.

  4. Fabrication, phase transformation studies and characterization of SiC-AlN-Al{sub 2}OC ceramics. Progress report

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    Virkar, A.V.

    1992-01-12

    SiC and AlN are two of the important high temperature structural ceramics. AlN and the 2H polytype of SiC are isostructural. Prior work has shown that they form an extension solid solution at temperatures {ge} 2000{degrees}C. At lower temperatures, the solid solution can undergo phase separation. Additionally, Al{sub 2}OC is also isostructural and can form extensive solid solutions with SiC and AlN. The formation of solid solutions in such refractory materials as well as the tendency to undergo diffusional phase transformations suggests that a potential exists to improve properties through alloying. The principal objective of the proposed work is to examine phase relations, phase transformations, the resulting precipitate morphologies and their influence on mechanical properties of SiC-AlN-Al{sub 2}OC ceramics. Formation of modulated structures have been documented in SiC-AlN ceramics in our work. It has been shown that modulations occur along directions other than the [0001] direction and this results in the formation of a tweed type of a microstructure. In the AlN-Al{sub 2}OC system, the occurrence of cellular precipitates as well as coherent, disc-shaped precipitates has been observed. During the past year, work has progressed in the following areas: (1) Phase separation in SiC-AlN system: The effect of coherency strain energy on the precipitate morphology. (2) High temperature creep of SiC-AlN ceramics containing modulated structures and SiC-Al{sub 2}OC ceramics. (3) Fabrication and characterization of damage-resistant SiC-AlN ceramics. Three manuscripts have been submitted for publication.

  5. Predictions of the shear response of (Mg,Fe)SiO3 post-perovskite

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    Metsue, A.; Tsuchiya, T.

    2011-12-01

    Observation of seismic data put in forth evidence of a spatial anisotropy in the seismic wave velocities in the D'' layer, the lowermost part of the mantle. (Mg,Fe)SiO3 post-perovskite (PPv) is thought to be the most abundant phase in this part of the mantle, and this mineral exhibits a strong elastic anisotropy and may contribute significantly to the seismic anisotropy in the D'' layer. However, the seismic anisotropy cannot be expressed at the rock scale if the orientations of the grains are distributed randomly. Consequently, the formation of lattice preferred orientations with an anisotropic mechanism of plasticity, such as dislocation creep, can cause the seismic anisotropy in the D'' layer. Some experiments have been done on the plasticity of pure and Fe-bearing MgSiO3 post-perovskite and lead to textures of deformation dominated by the (100) and (110) slip planes (Merkel et al., 2007) and by the (001) slip plane (Miyagi et al., 2010). On the other hand, theoretical calculations on the dislocations mobility on pure MgSiO3 (Carrez et al., 2007; Metsue et al., 2009) suggested a texture dominated by the (010) slip plane. A first step to understanding the mechanisms of plasticity and, therefore, the shear wave splitting occurring in the deep Earth is to test the response of the PPv phase to a plastic shear in a geophysical relevant composition. In this study, we present new results from first-principles calculations on the shear response of pure and ferrous iron-bearing MgSiO3 PPv. The originality of this work is the use of internally consistent LSDA+U formalism to accurately describe the local interactions between the d-states of iron. About 8% of iron is incorporated in the high spin state as a Mg substitution defect, since several studies suggest that iron is in the high spin in the D'' layer pressure range (Stackhouse et al., 2006; Metsue and Tsuchiya, 2011). We also performed the calculations for incorporated iron in the low spin state if an eventual spin transition of Fe occurs. The response of the PPv to a plastic shear is investigated at 120 GPa through the calculations of the Generalized Stacking Faults (GSF) energy in pure and iron-bearing systems for ten potential {hkl} slip systems, since these latter are not well constrained for the PPv phase. The GSF energies are obtained by shearing homogeneously half of an infinite crystal over the other half for every slip plane and give the value of the ideal shear stress (ISS), which can be defined as the theoretical elastic limit of the crystal. The [100](001) slip system in pure and iron-bearing phases exhibits the lowest ISS and may play an important role in the plastic deformation of the PPv phase. The activation of this slip system is compatible with the observed shear wave splitting VSH>VSV. We show that incorporation of iron decreases the GSF energy and the ISS of all slip systems. We discuss the plastic anisotropy of pure and iron-bearing phases from the values of the ISS and the orientation of applied tensile stress. Our results suggest that the incorporation of ferrous iron in the PPv phase has a limited effect on its plastic anisotropy.

  6. Positron annihilation study on the effect of Si-content on the recovery of deformed cast Al-Si alloys

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    El-Gamal, S.

    2013-09-01

    Isochronal annealing of Al-1100 and cast Al-Si alloys (Si-content 2, 4, 6 and 8 wt%) after deformation of 66% thickness reduction was investigated between room temperature (RT) and 500 °C. The annealing of defects was studied using Doppler Broadening Spectroscopy (DBS), Total Strain (εT) and Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM). It was found that; (i) three annealing stages of microstructure have been identified for Al-1100 and Al-Si alloys which are related to recovery, partial recrystallization and complete recrystallization (ii) the interaction between Si-precipitates and dislocations in Al-Si alloys leads to higher values of normalized line shape parameter (Snor) and lower values of εT than those for Al-1100 alloy also, it retarded the recovery and recrystallization with temperature (iii) the S-W plot revealed the presence of one type of defects in Al-1100 alloy but in Al-Si alloys the slope of the trajectory changes, which may indicate the occurrence of another defect type (Si-dislocation interaction) (iv) a negative correlation is observed between εT and Snor while a positive correlation between εT and normalized wing parameter (Wnor) is obvious.

  7. Relationship between wettability and reactivity in Fe/SiC system

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    Kalogeropoulou, S.; Baud, L.; Eustathopoulos, N.

    1995-03-01

    In this work, both surface and bulk interactions between Fe and SiC are studied. Surface interactions are quantified by contact angles measured by the sessile drop technique under high vacuum. Products of Fe-SiC bulk reactions are characterized by scanning electron microscopy and microprobe analysis. The interpretation of the experimental results on reactivity is based on classical thermodynamics applied to equilibria of bulk phases. The results are used to discuss the general relationship between bulk reactivity and wettability.

  8. Impact behavior of FeAl alloy FA-350

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    Alexander, D.J.

    1994-09-01

    The tensile properties and impact behavior of the iron aluminide FeAl-type alloy FA-350 [Fe-35.8Al-0.05Zr-0.24B (at. %)] have been studied over the temperature range of {minus}100 to 800C. Half-size Charpy specimens were either oil quenched from 700C or furnace cooled. The energy absorbed during the impact test showed a maximum value at 100 to 200C, with decreasing energy as the temperature was increased, for both heat treatments. The furnace-cooled material had greater energy absorption than the oil-quenched material. The tensile tests showed increasing ductility (as measured by total elongation) with increasing temperature. The furnace-cooled material had lower strength and higher ductility than the oil-quenched material. Fractographic examination of the oil-quenched impact specimens revealed that several different fracture modes operated, depending on the test temperature. Fracture occurred by intergranular and quasicleavage fracture at low temperatures, predominantly quasicleavage at intermediate temperatures, and intergranular fracture at 800C. For the furnace-cooled material fracture was predominantly quasicleavage at all temperatures. The higher ductility and energy absorption for the furnace-cooled material is believed to be the result of softening due to a decrease in the retained vacancy concentration.

  9. Weldability of Fe[sub 3]Al-type Aluminide

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    David, S.A.; Zacharia, T. )

    1993-05-01

    An investigation was carried out to determine the weldability of a series of Fe[sub 3]Al-type alloys. Autogenous welds were made on thin sheets of iron aluminide alloys using gas tungsten arc (GTA) and electron beam (EB) welding processes at different travel speeds and power levels. The results indicate that although these alloys can be successfully welded using the EB welding process, some compositions may hot crack during GTA welding. Boron and zirconium additions have been found to promote hot cracking in these alloys. Among the alloys investigated, Fe[sub 3]Al modified with chromium, niobium and carbon (FA-129) showed the most promise for good weldability. Hot-cracking severity of this alloy was further investigated using the Sigmajig test. The minimum threshold stress of 25 ksi measured is within the material range of other aluminides and some commercial stainless steels. Also, some of these alloys exhibited a tendency for cold cracking. This is related to severe hydrogen embrittlement associated with this class of alloys.

  10. Thermodynamic Phase Relations in the MgO-FeO-SiO2 System in the Lower Mantle

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    Wolf, A. S.; Caracas, R.; Asimow, P. D.

    2008-12-01

    The perovskite (Pv) to post-perovskite (PPv) phase transition at pressures near the Earth's core-mantle boundary (CMB) is currently the favored candidate for explaining most, if not all, of the peculiarities of the D" layer (~200 km region above core) [1, 2]. Additionally, the pressure- and temperature-dependence of this phase boundary in the Earth provides the possibility of an important new thermo-barometer at the bottom of the convecting mantle. The post-perovskite phase boundary in pure MgSiO3 is fairly well known, but the experimental and calculated results on the partitioning of Fe among the stable coexisting phases and its influence on the transition pressure are currently contradictory [3, 4, 5, 6]. Using density functional theory (DFT), we investigate the MgO-FeO-SiO2 ternary system over the temperatures and pressures relevant to the core-mantle boundary. We use DFT to calculate the energies of the relevant stable phases (Pv, PPv, (Mg,Fe)O magnesio-wustite, and SiO2 stishovite) for a range of Fe compositions along the Mg-Fe binary. These results are fit with a Vinet equation of state, allowing us to parameterize the effect of both pressure and Fe composition. The effect of temperature is modeled using a Grüneisen thermal correction, where the vibrational heat capacities are determined using DFT perturbation calculations and the quasi-harmonic approximation. These pressure-, temperature-, and composition-dependent equations of state are then used to explore the predicted phase relations. The results of this investigation are a complete thermodynamic description of the stable phases for this simplified chemistry and a theoretical prediction for iron partioning in the lower mantle. In particular, we find that there may be a coincidence point (azeotrope) on the Pv-PPv phase loop, across which the sense of Fe-partitioning changes sign, as well as significant immiscibility between Mg-rich and Fe-rich post-perovskite. These findings help explain many of the seemingly incongruent experimental results on the effect of iron and are also useful in the planning of future experiments. [1] Murakami et al. (2004) Science 304, 855-858. [2] Oganov & Ono (2004) Nature 430, 445-448. [3] Caracas & Cohen (2005) GRL 32, L16310. [4] Kobayashi et al. (2005) GRL 32, L19301. [5] Auzende et al. (2007) Goldschmidt Abstract. [6] Caracas and Cohen (2008) PEPI 168, 147.

  11. Seismic parameters of hcp-Fe alloyed with Ni and Si in the Earth's inner core

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    Liu, Jin; Lin, Jung-Fu; Alatas, Ahmet; Hu, Michael Y.; Zhao, Jiyong; Dubrovinsky, Leonid

    2016-02-01

    Iron alloyed with Ni and Si has been suggested to be a major component of the Earth's inner core. High-pressure results on the combined alloying effects of Ni and Si on seismic parameters of iron are thus essential for establishing satisfactory geophysical and geochemical models of the region. Here we have investigated the compressional (VP) and shear (Vs) wave velocity-density (ρ) relations, Poisson's ratio (ν), and seismic heterogeneity ratios (dlnρ/dlnVP, dlnρ/dlnVS, and dlnVP/dlnVS) of hcp-Fe and hcp-Fe86.8Ni8.6Si4.6 alloy up to 206 GPa and 136 GPa, respectively, using multiple complementary techniques. Compared with the literature velocity values for hcp-Fe and Fe-Ni-Si alloys, our results show that the combined addition of 9.0 wt % Ni and 2.3 wt % Si slightly increases the VP but significantly decreases the VS of hcp-Fe at a given density relevant to the inner core. Such distinct alloying effects on velocities of hcp-Fe produce a high ν of about 0.40 for the alloy at inner core densities, which is approximately 20% higher than that for hcp-Fe. Analysis of the literature high P-T results on VP and VS of Fe alloyed with light elements shows that high temperature can further enhance the ν of hcp-Fe alloyed with Ni and Si. Most significantly, the derived seismic heterogeneity ratios of this hcp alloy present a better match with global seismic observations. Our results provide a multifactored geophysical constraint on the compositional model of the inner core which is consistent with silicon being a major light element alloyed with Fe and 5 wt % Ni.

  12. Bonding of WC with an iron aluminide (FeAl) intermetallic

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    Schneibel, J.H.; Subramanian, R.

    1996-08-01

    FeAl, which has high oxidation and sulfidation resistance, was shown to be thermodynamically compatible with WC. Calculations indicate that soly. of WC in liq. Fe-40at.%Al at 1450 C is about 2 at.%. Since liquid FeAl wets WC very well, the WC/FeAl system lends itself to liquid-phase sintering, resulting in close to theoretical densities. Almost fully dense cermets with 20.6 wt% FeAl binder were produced. With one-step infiltration, 98% dense cermets with only 7 wt% FeAl binder were fabricated. RT bend strengths and fracture toughness for WC-20.6 wt% FeAl reached 1680 MPa and 22 MPa{center_dot}m{sup 1/2}. Ductile binder fracture was observed on the fracture surfaces. Pores containing oxide inclusions were found, suggesting that improvements in processing are likely to further improve the mechanical properties. Insufficient process control may explain why WC/FeAlNi cermets did not show improved mechanical properties, although Ni strengthens FeAl. For WC bonded with FeAl, mechanical properties were measured at RT and 800 C. Bend strengths at 800 C in air increased with WC volume fraction, and fracture toughness were higher than at RT.

  13. Cryogenic Resistivities of NbTiAlVTaLax, CoCrFeNiCu and CoCrFeNiAl High Entropy Alloys

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    Yang, Xiao; Zhang, Yong

    2011-06-01

    In the paper, NbTiAlVTaLax (molar ratio, x=0, 0.1, 0.2) high entropy alloys were prepared by arc melting mixtures of the pure metal elements. The NbTiAlVTaLax alloys are composed mainly of BCC solid solution, and have a typical cast dendritic microstructure. The cryogenic resistivities of NbTiAlVTaLax, CoCrFeNiCu and CoCrFeNiAl high entropy alloys had been investigated. With the increase of La addition, the resistivities of NbTiAlVTaLax alloys increase. With the temperature increasing, the resistivity of CoCrFeNiCu alloy decreases, while that of CoCrFeNiAl alloy increases.

  14. Simulation Study of Al-1Mn/Al-10Si Circular Clad Ingots Prepared by Direct Chill Casting

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    Wu, Li; Kang, Huijun; Chen, Zongning; Fu, Ying; Wang, Tongmin

    2016-02-01

    A modified direct chill casting process based on Novelis FusionTM Technology co-casting process was used recently to prepare Al-1Mn/Al-10Si circular clad ingots. In the current study, a comprehensive simulation model was developed to investigate the direct chill casting process for preparing the Al-1Mn/Al-10Si circular clad ingots, and a parametric study and experimental research of the direct chill casting process was conducted to explore potential success and failure casting conditions. The simulation results revealed the bonding mechanism of the Al-1Mn/Al-10Si interface in the direct chill casting process and identified the effect of certain parameters on casting performance. The results indicated that the effect of casting speed and Al-1Mn casting temperature on the variations of the minimum solid fraction of Al-1Mn at the interface is stronger than that of cooling water flow rate in inner mold, while Al-10Si casting temperature is the weakest of the four casting parameters. The corresponding experimental results verified that Al-1Mn/Al-10Si circular clad ingot with acceptable metallurgical bonding can be successfully prepared by direct chill casting process under the proper casting parameters. The thickness of diffusion zone is about 40 μm, and the fractured position in tensile test was located in the Al-1Mn alloy side which indicated the strength of the interfacial region is higher than that of Al-1Mn alloy.

  15. Prediction of a potential high-pressure structure of FeSiO3

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    Cohen, R. E.; Lin, Yangzheng

    2014-10-01

    We predict a candidate high-temperature, high-pressure structure of FeSiO3 with space-group symmetry Cmmm by applying an evolutionary algorithm within density functional theory (DFT)+U that we call post-perovskite II (PPv-II). An exhaustive search found no other competitive candidate structures with ABO3 composition. We compared the x-ray diffraction pattern of FeSiO3 PPv-II with experimental results of the recently reported "H phase" of (Fe,Mg)SiO3. The intensities and positions of two main x-ray diffraction peaks of PPv-II FeSiO3 compare well with those of the H phase. We also calculated the static equation of state, the enthalpy, and the bulk modulus of the PPv-II phase and compared it with those of the perovskite (Pv) and post-perovskite (PPv) phases of FeSiO3. According to the static DFT+U computations, the PPv-II phase of FeSiO3 is less stable than the Pv and PPv phases under lower mantle pressure conditions at T =0 K and has a higher volume. PPv-II may be entropically stabilized, and may be a stable phase in Earth's lower mantle, coexisting with -PbO2 (columbite-structure) silica and perovskite, or with magnesiowustite and/or ferropericlase, depending on the bulk composition.

  16. High-Temperature Oxidation Behavior of Fe-Si-Ce Alloys

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    Su, Yong; Zhang, Shunke; Fu, Guangyan; Liu, Qun; Tang, Yuanze

    2016-02-01

    The oxidation behavior of Fe-Si-Ce alloys with different Ce content at 1,173 and 1,273 K has been studied by means of optical microscope (OM), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscope (SEM). Results show that the Ce addition refines the grain size of Fe-Si alloys, and correspondingly the grain size of the oxides decreases, which increases the grain boundary concentration and promotes the short-path diffusion of the alloying elements and oxygen. During oxidation, the positive effect of the grain refinement on the oxidation behavior of the alloy is more obvious than negative effect, so the Ce addition improves the oxidation resistances of the Fe-3Si alloys. Compared to Fe-3Si-0.5Ce alloy, Fe-3Si-5.0Ce alloy has the larger mass gain for the preferential oxidation of the excessive content of Ce exceeding its beneficial effects. The rare earth Ce changes the oxidation mechanism of Fe-Si alloys. Oxygen penetrates the oxide scales and reacts preferentially with Ce-rich phases, which results in the pinning effect and improves the adhesion of the oxide scales.

  17. Structure and wear behavior of AlCrSiN-based coatings

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    Chen, Yun; Du, Hao; Chen, Ming; Yang, Jun; Xiong, Ji; Zhao, Haibo

    2016-05-01

    AlCrN, AlCrSiCN, AlCrSiN/MoN, and AlCrSiN/NbN coatings have been deposited on high-polished WC-Co cemented carbide substrate and tools by mid-frequency magnetron sputtering in Ar/N2 mixtures. Al0.6Cr0.4, Al0.6Cr0.3Si0.1, and C/Mo/Nb targets were used during the deposition. The microstructure and mechanical properties of as-deposited coatings were investigated. Investigations of the wear behaviors of coated tools were also performed. The results showed that cubic structure was formed in the coatings. Broader CrAlN (1 1 1) and (2 0 0) peaks without SiNx peak were formed in the AlCrSiN/MexN coatings, which showed a nanocomposited structure. Meanwhile, according to SEM micrographs, AlCrN exhibited a columnar structure, while, AlCrSiCN, AlCrSiN/MoN, and AlCrSiN/NbN coatings showed nanocrystalline morphology. The nano-multilayered coatings performed higher hardness, H/E, and H3/E2 ratios compared with AlCrN coating. Through the Rockwell adhesion test, all the coatings exhibited adhesion strength quality HF1. After turning Inconel 718 under dry condition, the nano-multilyered coatings showed better wear resistance than AlCrN coating. Due to the molybdenum and niobium in the coating, AlCrSiN/MoN and AlCrSiN/NbN coatings showed the best wear resistance.

  18. Large-scale synthesis of ear-like Si{sub 3}N{sub 4} dendrites from SiO{sub 2}/Fe composites and Si powders

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    Wang Feng; Jin Guoqiang; Wang Yingyong; Guo Xiangyun

    2008-07-01

    Large-scale ear-like Si{sub 3}N{sub 4} dendrites were prepared by the reaction of SiO{sub 2}/Fe composites and Si powders in N{sub 2} atmosphere. The product was characterized by field emission scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, and transmission electron microscopy. The results reveal that the product mainly consists of ear-like Si{sub 3}N{sub 4} dendrites with crystal structures, which have a length of several microns and a diameter of 100-200 nm. Nanosized ladder-like Si{sub 3}N{sub 4} was also obtained when changing the Fe content in the SiO{sub 2}/Fe composites. The Si{sub 3}N{sub 4} nanoladders have a length of hundreds nanometers to several microns and a width of 100-300 nm. The ear-like Si{sub 3}N{sub 4} dendrites are formed from a two-step growth process, the formation of inner stem structures followed by the epitaxial growth of secondary branches.

  19. Infiltration of Saffil alumina fiber with AlCu and AlSi alloys

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    Garbellini, O.; Morando, C.; Biloni, H.; Palacio, H. . Inst. de Fisica de Materiales)

    1999-06-18

    Currently there is a considerable scientific and technological interest in the composite materials, which a strong ceramic reinforcement is incorporated into a metal matrix (MMC) to tailor its properties for specific applications. Among the various techniques for fabricating MMC, the liquid metal infiltration process by means of a pressurized gas is an attractive fabrication route for near net shaped metal matrix composite and has been successfully used to fabricate Al, Mg and more recently, Ni and Ni aluminide matrix composites, which can be reinforced by SiC or Al[sub 2]O[sub 3] particles, whiskers, or short fibers. This paper describes the experimental technique used and presents an experimental investigation of the effects of the process parameters employed, such as the preform and melt temperatures, the volume fraction of fibers in the preform and the applied pressure upon the infiltration length of a chopped preform during a unidirectional infiltration aided by gas pressure casting. The experiments of the present work were conducted to provide kinetic data with a view to optimizing the selection of the process initial conditions for infiltration which have an effect on the infiltration length of the molten matrix alloy into a preform and it is a first step in investigating the correlation between the infiltration length (fluidity) of AlCuSi matrix alloys and the microstructure of the composites fabricated by pressure casting. For this purpose, this paper focuses on AlCu and AlSi matrix alloys reinforced by short-fibers [delta]-alumina SAFFIL. The experiments reported here were performed with the fibers initially at a temperature significantly below the metal melting point. This is the case of practical interest for the fabrication of many fiber-reinforced metal components.

  20. Refinement of Eutectic Si in High Purity Al-5Si Alloys with Combined Ca and P Additions

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    Ludwig, Thomas Hartmut; Li, Jiehua; Schaffer, Paul Louis; Schumacher, Peter; Arnberg, Lars

    2015-01-01

    The effects of combined additions of Ca and P on the eutectic Si in a series of high purity Al-5 wt pct Si alloys have been investigated with the entrained droplet technique and complementary sets of conventional castings. Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and thermal analysis were used to investigate the eutectic droplet undercooling and the recalescence undercooling, respectively. Optical microscopy, SEM, EPMA, and TEM were employed to characterize the resultant microstructures. It was found that 250 ppm Ca addition to Al-5Si wt pct alloys with higher P contents leads to a significant increase of the eutectic droplet undercooling. For low or moderate cooling rates, the TEM results underline that Ca additions do not promote Si twinning. Thus, a higher twin density cannot be expected in Ca containing Al-Si alloys after, e.g., sand casting. Consequently, a refinement of the eutectic Si from coarse flake-like to fine plate-like structure, rather than a modification of the eutectic Si to a fibrous morphology, was achieved. This strongly indicates that the main purpose of Ca additions is to counteract the coarsening effect of the eutectic Si imposed by higher P concentrations. Significant multiple Si twinning was observed in melt-spun condition; however, this can be attributed to the higher cooling rate. After DSC heating (slow cooling), most of Si twins disappeared. Thus, the well-accepted impurity-induced twinning mechanism may be not valid in the case of Ca addition. The possible refinement mechanisms were discussed in terms of nucleation and growth of eutectic Si. We propose that the pre-eutectic Al2Si2Ca phase and preferential formation of Ca3P2 deactivate impurity particles, most likely AlP, poisoning the nucleation sites for eutectic Si.

  1. Influence of SiC surface polarity on the wettability and reactivity in an Al/SiC system

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    Shen, Ping; Wang, Yi; Ren, Lihua; Li, Shixin; Liu, Yuhua; Jiang, Qichuan

    2015-11-01

    The wetting of (0 0 0 1) 6H-SiC single crystals by molten Al was investigated using a dispensed sessile drop method in a high vacuum at 973-1173 K. The wettability and reactivity in this system are sensitive to the surface polarity of SiC. The interfacial reaction on the Si-terminated surface is rapid. The formation of a continuous Al4C3 product layer at the interface leads to an equilibrium contact angle of 56 ± 1° at 1173 K. In comparison, the interfacial reaction on the C-terminated surface is sluggish. The interface is only partially covered by discrete Al4C3 platelets even after dwelling at 1173 K for 2 h. The final wettability, however, is much better (θF = 41 ± 1°) than that of the Si-terminated surface which was covered by a dense Al4C3 layer, suggesting that the formation of Al4C3 should not always contribute to the wetting in the Al/SiC system. A plausible explanation is that the clean (i.e., deoxidized) C-terminated surface should be well wetted by molten Al in nature, owing to the strong chemical interactions between liquid Al and the surface atoms of the C-terminated SiC. It is likely that the presence of the oxide film at the surface of the molten Al drop or the SiC substrate and the rapid formation of Al4C3, which prevent the establishment of a real Al/SiC interface, conceal the intrinsic wettability of this system.

  2. Mössbauer spectroscopy study of surfactant sputtering induced Fe silicide formation on a Si surface

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    Beckmann, C.; Zhang, K.; Hofsäss, H.; Brüsewitz, C.; Vetter, U.; Bharuth-Ram, K.

    2015-12-01

    The formation of Fe silicides in surface ripple patterns, generated by erosion of a Si surface with keV Ar and Xe ions and simultaneous co-deposition of Fe, was investigated with conversion electron Mössbauer spectroscopy, atomic force microscopy and Rutherford backscattering spectrometry. For the dot and ripple patterns studied, we find an average Fe concentration in the irradiated layer between 6 and 25 at.%. The Mössbauer spectra clearly show evidence of the formation of Fe disilicides with Fe content close to 33 at.%, but very little evidence of the formation of metallic Fe particles. The results support the process of ion-induced phase separation toward an amorphous Fe disilicide phase as pattern generation mechanism. The observed amorphous phase is in agreement with thermodynamic calculations of amorphous Fe silicides.

  3. Detection of the diatomic dications SiH 2+ and AlH 2+

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    Franzreb, Klaus; Sobers, Richard C.; Lörincík, Jan; Williams, Peter

    2004-06-01

    The diatomic dications SiH 2+ and AlH 2+ were produced by Ar + sputtering of a hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) layer deposited on an Al substrate. These exotic dications were observed in positive SIMS mass spectra taken at low ( 30Si1H2+ at m/ z 15.5) and at high mass resolution. More intense signals of SiH 2+ or AlH 2+ could be produced by toluene (C 7H 8) vapor flooding of an Ar + bombarded Si or Al surface. The ion energy distributions of SiH 2+ for both a-Si:H/Al and toluene-flooded Si show that it is formed at or near the sputtered surface. Ion formation by collisional processes in the gas phase several micrometers away from the surface is found to be negligible. Exposure of the sputtered a-Si:H surface to oxygen reduced the intensity of SiH 2+. This argues strongly against an association of Si + and H + at or near the surface. It is conjectured that ion formation of SiH 2+ may be caused by Auger shake-off decay of Si2p core-excited molecules of SiH * a few nanometers in front of the sputtered surface.

  4. Microstructure and degradation behavior of forged Fe-Mn-Si alloys

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    Xu, Zhigang; Hodgson, Michael A.; Cao, Peng

    2015-03-01

    This work presents a comparative study of a series of Fe-Mn-Si alloys proposed as degradable biomaterials for medical applications. Five Fe-28wt.%Mn-xSi (where x = 0 to 8 wt.%) alloys were fabricated by an arc-melting method. All the as-cast alloys were subsequently subjected to homogenization treatment and hot forging. The microstructure and phase constituents were investigated. It is found that the grain size of the as-forged alloys ranged approximately from 30 to 50 μm. The as-forged Fe-Mn-Si alloys containing Si from 2 to 6 wt.% was comprised of duplex martensitic ɛ and austenitic γ phases; however, the Si-free and 8 wt.% Si alloys only consisted of a single γ phase. After 30 days of static immersion test in a simulated body fluid (SBF) medium, it is found that pitting and general corrosion occur on the sample surfaces. Potentiodynamic analysis reveals that the degradation rate of the Fe-Mn-Si alloys increased gradually with Si content up to 6 wt.%, beyond which the degradation slows down.

  5. Effect of Multi-Scale Thermoelectric Magnetic Convection on Solidification Microstructure in Directionally Solidified Al-Si Alloys Under a Transverse Magnetic Field

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    Li, Xi; Du, Dafan; Gagnoud, Annie; Ren, Zhongming; Fautrelle, Yves; Moreau, Rene

    2014-11-01

    The influence of a transverse magnetic field ( B < 1 T) on the solidification structure in directionally solidified Al-Si alloys was investigated. Experimental results indicate that the magnetic field caused macrosegregation, dendrite refinement, and a decrease in the length of the mushy zone in both Al-7 wt pct Si alloy and Al-7 wt pct Si-1 wt pct Fe alloys. Moreover, the application of the magnetic field is capable of separating the Fe-rich intermetallic phases from Al-7 wt pct Si-1 wt pct Fe alloy. Thermoelectric magnetic convection (TEMC) was numerically simulated during the directional solidification of Al-Si alloys. The results reveal that the TEMC increases to a maximum () when the magnetic field reaches a critical magnetic field strength (), and then decreases as the magnetic field strength increases further. The TEMC exhibits the multi-scales effects: the and values are different at various scales, with decreasing and increasing as the scale decreases. The modification of the solidification structure under the magnetic field should be attributed to the TEMC on the sample and dendrite scales.

  6. Formation enthalpies of Al-Fe-Zr-Nd system calculated by using geometric and Miedema's models

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    Zhang, Lei; Wang, Rongcheng; Tao, Xiaoma; Guo, Hui; Chen, Hongmei; Ouyang, Yifang

    2015-04-01

    Formation enthalpy is important for the phase stability and amorphous forming ability of alloys. The formation enthalpies of Fe17RE2 (RE=Ce, Pr, Nd, Gd and Er) obtained by Miedema's theory are in good agreement with those of the experiments. The dependence of formation enthalpy on concentration of Al for intermetallic (AlxFe1-x)17Nd2 have been calculated by Miedema's theory and the geometric model. The solid solubility of Al in (AlxFe1-x)17Nd2 is coincident with the concentration dependence of formation enthalpy. The mixing enthalpies of liquid alloys and formation enthalpies of alloys for Al-Fe-Zr-Nd system have been predicted. The calculated mixing enthalpy indicates that the adding of Fe or Nd decreases monotonously the magnitude of enthalpy. The formation enthalpies of Al-Fe-Zr-Nd system indicate that the shape of the enthalpy contour map changes when the content of Al is less than 50.0 at% and then it remains unchanged except the decrease of magnitude. The formation enthalpy of Al-Fe-Zr-Nd increases with the increase of Fe and/or Nd content. The negative formation enthalpy indicates that Al-Fe-Zr-Nd system has higher amorphous forming ability and wide amorphous forming range. The certain contents of Zr and/or Al are beneficial for the formation of Al-Fe-Zr-Nd intermetallics.

  7. Influence of testing environment on the room temperature ductility of FeAl alloys

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    Gaydosh, D. J.; Nathal, M. V.

    1990-01-01

    The effects of testing atmospheres (air, O2, N2, and vacuum) on the room-temperature ductility of Fe-40Al, Fe-40Al-0.5B, and Fe-50Al alloys were investigated. The results confirmed the decrease in room-temperature ductility of Fe-rich FeAl alloys by the interaction of the aluminide with water vapor, reported previously by Liu et al. (1989). The highest ductilities were measured in the atmosphere with the lowest moisture levels, i.e., in vacuum. It was found that significant ductility is still restricted to Fe-rich alloys (Fe-40Al), as the Fe-50Al alloy remained brittle under all testing conditions. It was also found that slow cooling after annealing was beneficial, and the effect was additive to the environmental effect. The highest ductility measurements in this study were 9 percent elongation in furnace-cooled Fe-40Al and in Fe-40Al-0.5B, when tested in vacuum.

  8. Electromagnetic and Microwave Absorption Properties of Fe Coating on SiC with Metal Organic Chemical Vapor Reaction

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    Liu, Yuan; Liu, Xiang-Xuan; Wang, Xuan-Jun; Wen, Wu

    2014-04-01

    SiC-Fe composites are prepared by metal organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) using silicon carbide (SiC) and iron pentacarbonyl (Fe(CO)5) as the precursors. The structure and morphology analyses demonstrate that the Fe nanoparticles have been deposited on the surface of the SiC particles. In terms of reflection loss (RL), the absorbing frequency band (AFB, the value of RL < -10 dB), and the matching thickness (tm), SiC-Fe composites show the best performances: minimum RL of -31.6 dB with tm = 2.0 mm at 15.1 GHz, AFB of 12.9-17.3 GHz, indicating that Fe-doped SiC by MOCVD can significantly improve the electromagnetic properties of SiC and that SiC-Fe composites could be used as an effective microwave absorption material.

  9. Fe-implanted 6H-SiC: Direct evidence of Fe{sub 3}Si nanoparticles observed by atom probe tomography and {sup 57}Fe Mössbauer spectroscopy

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    Diallo, M. L.; Fnidiki, A. Lardé, R.; Cuvilly, F.; Blum, I.; Lechevallier, L.; Debelle, A.; Thomé, L.; Viret, M.; Marteau, M.; Eyidi, D.; Declémy, A.

    2015-05-14

    In order to understand ferromagnetic ordering in SiC-based diluted magnetic semiconductors, Fe-implanted 6H-SiC subsequently annealed was studied by Atom Probe Tomography, {sup 57}Fe Mössbauer spectroscopy and SQUID magnetometry. Thanks to its 3D imaging capabilities at the atomic scale, Atom Probe Tomography appears as the most suitable technique to investigate the Fe distribution in the 6H-SiC host semiconductor and to evidence secondary phases. This study definitely evidences the formation of Fe{sub 3}Si nano-sized clusters after annealing. These clusters are unambiguously responsible for the main part of the magnetic properties observed in the annealed samples.

  10. Effects of water absorption of dielectric underlayers on Al-Si-Cu film properties and electromigration performance in Al-Si-Cu/Ti/TiN/Ti interconnects

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    Yoshida, Tomoyuki; Hashimoto, Shoji; Ohwaki, Takeshi; Mitsushima, Yasuichi; Taga, Yasunori

    1998-01-01

    The effects of underlying dielectric (phosphosilicate glass and borophosphosilicate glass) films to a humid air ambient on Al-Si-Cu film properties and electromigration (EM) performance in Al-Si-Cu/Ti/TiN/Ti layered films have been investigated as a function of the boron content and exposure time of the dielectric films. The Al(111) orientation in the layered films was found to improve drastically with increasing boron content and exposure time. The full width at half maximum value of an Al(111) x-ray rocking curve reached less than 1°. It was also found that the Al-Si-Cu surface becomes smoother and grain sizes increase as the Al(111) orientation improves. The improved Al(111) orientation was attributed to the improved Ti(002) orientation of the bottom Ti films. Further, it was demonstrate that interconnects fabricated from the improved layered film have excellent EM performance.

  11. Laser shock processing of Al-SiC composite coatings

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    Schnick, T.; Steinhäuser, S.; Wielage, B.; Hofmann, U.; Tondu, S.; Peyre, P.; Bartnicki, E.; Pawlowski, L.

    1999-06-01

    Laser shock processing (LSP) is a technique of surface treatment (similar to shot peening) in which laser-induced mechanical shocks develop compressive stresses in the material. The stresses are of sufficient intensity to modify microstructure and properties of the coatings. In the present study, laser shocks of power density of 5 to 8 GW/cm2 power density, generated by means of a neodymium-glass laser, were used to treat Al + SiC composite coatings deposited by means of a HVOF spraying technique. The laser processed samples were metallographically prepared, and their microstructure was investigated by optical microscope and SEM. The latter was also used to investigate the surface morphology of the laser treated specimens. Finally, the microhardness and oscillating wear resistance of the coatings were tested and compared to data obtained for as-sprayed samples.

  12. Pulse TIG Welding of Two Al-Mg-Si Alloys

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    Manti, Rajesh; Dwivedi, D. K.; Agarwal, A.

    2008-10-01

    This article reports the influence of pulse tungsten inert gas (TIG) welding parameters on the microstructure, hardness and tensile strength of weld joints of two Al-(0.5-0.8%)Si-(0.5-0.6%)Mg alloy (T4) produced by using three pulse frequencies (25, 33, and 50 Hz) and two duty cycles (40 and 50%). It has been observed that the mechanical properties (hardness and tensile strength) are sensitive to microstructure of weld metal, which is appreciably affected by the pulse parameters. Low frequency produced higher strength and hardness than high pulse frequency under identical welding conditions. Weld metal and HAZ were found stronger than the base metal. SEM study showed that the fracture of weldment was mostly brittle type.

  13. Investigation of the {Fe}/{Si} interface and its phase transformations

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    Fanciulli, M.; Degroote, S.; Weyer, G.; Langouche, G.

    1997-04-01

    Thin 57Fe films (3-10 Å) have been grown by molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) on (7 × 7) reconstructed Si(111) and (2 × 1) reconstructed Si(001) surfaces and by e-gun evaporation on an H-terminated Si(111) surface. Conversion electron Mössbauer spectroscopy (CEMS) with high statistical accuracy and resolution allowed a detailed microscopic investigation of the silicide formation mechanism and of the structural phase transformations upon annealing.

  14. Anomalous codeposition of Fe-Ni alloys and Fe-Ni-SiO{sub 2} composites under potentiostatic conditions: Experimental study and mathematical model

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    Ramasubramanian, M.; Popova, S.N.; Popov, B.N.; White, R.E.; Yin, K.M.

    1996-07-01

    A mathematical model has been developed to describe the electrodeposition of Fe-Ni alloys and Fe-Ni-SiO{sub 2} composites under potentiostatic conditions. This model can be used to predict the polarization behavior, partial current densities, and alloy composition of each of the components as a function of the applied potential. Fe-Ni-SiO{sub 2} samples were deposited on platinum rotating disk electrodes from sulfate electrolytes under potentiostatic conditions, and the results obtained were compared to the model. The model predictions were found to agree well with the experimental observations for the Fe-Ni and Fe-Ni-SiO{sub 2} systems.

  15. Microstructural Development in Al-Si Powder During Rapid Solidification

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    Amber Lynn Genau

    2004-12-19

    Powder metallurgy has become an increasingly important form of metal processing because of its ability to produce materials with superior mechanical properties. These properties are due in part to the unique and often desirable microstructures which arise as a result of the extreme levels of undercooling achieved, especially in the finest size powder, and the subsequent rapid solidification which occurs. A better understanding of the fundamental processes of nucleation and growth is required to further exploit the potential of rapid solidification processing. Aluminum-silicon, an alloy of significant industrial importance, was chosen as a model for simple eutectic systems displaying an unfaceted/faceted interface and skewed coupled eutectic growth zone, Al-Si powder produced by high pressure gas atomization was studied to determine the relationship between microstructure and alloy composition as a function of powder size and atomization gas. Critical experimental measurements of hypereutectic (Si-rich) compositions were used to determine undercooling and interface velocity, based on the theoretical models which are available. Solidification conditions were analyzed as a function of particle diameter and distance from nucleation site. A revised microstructural map is proposed which allows the prediction of particle morphology based on temperature and composition. It is hoped that this work, by providing enhanced understanding of the processes which govern the development of the solidification morphology of gas atomized powder, will eventually allow for better control of processing conditions so that particle microstructures can be optimized for specific applications.

  16. Microstructural development of rapid solidification in Al-Si powder

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    Jin, F.

    1995-11-01

    The microstructure and the gradient of microstructure that forms in rapidly solidificated powder were investigated for different sized particles. High pressure gas atomization solidification process has been used to produce a series of Al-Si alloys powders between 0.2 {mu}m to 150 {mu}m diameter at the eutectic composition (12.6 wt pct Si). This processing technique provides powders of different sizes which solidify under different conditions (i.e. interface velocity and interface undercooling), and thus give different microstructures inside the powders. The large size powder shows dendritic and eutectic microstructures. As the powder size becomes smaller, the predominant morphology changes from eutectic to dendritic to cellular. Microstructures were quantitatively characterized by using optical microscope and SEM techniques. The variation in eutectic spacing within the powders were measured and compared with the theoretical model to obtain interface undercooling, and growth rate during the solidification of a given droplet. Also, nucleation temperature, which controls microstructures in rapidly solidified fine powders, was estimated. A microstructural map which correlates the microstructure with particle size and processing parameters is developed.

  17. Compositions and morphologies of TiAlSi intermetallics in different diffusion couples

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    Gao, Tong; Liu, Guiliang; Liu, Xiangfa

    2014-09-15

    Two kinds of diffusion couples were designed to investigate the formation of ternary TiAlSi phases in Al–Si–Ti alloys. It was found that different diffusion processes result in various compositions and morphologies of TiAlSi intermetallics. The melted Al, Si and Ti atoms in the diffusion couple leads to the formation of flake-like TiAlSi phase through liquid–liquid reaction. Besides, unidirectional diffusion of Al and Si atoms into blocky TiAl{sub 3} particles or Ti powders via a liquid–solid diffusion process also results in the formation of TiAlSi, while keeping the block-like morphology. This kind of diffusion is a gradual process, driven by the concentration gradient. The reactions in the diffusion couples are helpful to understand the compositional and morphological evolutions of TiAlSi as reported in previous work. - Highlights: • Two diffusion couples were designed to investigate the formation of TiAlSi phases. • Compositions and morphologies of TiAlSi are influenced by the diffusion process. • Liquid–liquid and liquid–solid diffusions were detected. • The corresponding mechanisms were discussed.

  18. Structural investigation of the (010) surface of the Al13 Fe4 catalyst.

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    Ledieu, J; Gaudry, É; Loli, L N Serkovic; Villaseca, S Alarcón; de Weerd, M-C; Hahne, M; Gille, P; Grin, Y; Dubois, J-M; Fournée, V

    2013-02-15

    We have investigated the structure of the Al(13)Fe(4)(010) surface using both experimental and ab initio computational methods. The results indicate that the topmost surface layers correspond to incomplete puckered (P) planes present in the bulk crystal structure. The main building block of the corrugated termination consists of two adjacent pentagons of Al atoms, each centered by a protruding Fe atom. These motifs are interconnected via additional Al atoms referred to as "glue" atoms which partially desorb above 873 K. The surface structure of lower atomic density compared to the bulk P plane is explained by a strong Fe-Al-Fe covalent polar interaction that preserves intact clusters at the surface. The proposed surface model with identified Fe-containing atomic ensembles could explain the Al(13)Fe(4) catalytic properties recently reported in line with the site-isolation concept [M. Armbrüster et al., Nat. Mater. 11, 690 (2012)]. PMID:25166385

  19. Oxidation Control of Atmospheric Plasma Sprayed FeAl Intermetallic Coatings Using Dry-Ice Blasting

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    Song, Bo; Dong, Shujuan; Coddet, Pierre; Hansz, Bernard; Grosdidier, Thierry; Liao, Hanlin; Coddet, Christian

    2013-03-01

    The performance of atmospheric plasma sprayed FeAl coatings has been remarkably limited because of oxidation and phase transformation during the high-temperature process of preparation. In the present work, FeAl intermetallic coatings were prepared by atmospheric plasma sprayi