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  1. Microstructural Evolution Based on Fundamental Interfacial Properties

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    A. D. Rollett; D. J. Srolovitz; A. Karma

    2003-07-11

    This first CMSN project has been operating since the summer of 1999. The main achievement of the project was to bring together a community of materials scientists, physicists and mathematicians who share a common interest in the properties of interfaces and the impact of those properties on microstructural evolution. Six full workshops were held at Carnegie Mellon (CMU), Northwestern (NWU), Santa Fe, Northeastern University (NEU), National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST), Ames Laboratory, and at the University of California in San Diego (UCSD) respectively. Substantial scientific results were obtained through the sustained contact between the members of the project. A recent issue of Interface Science (volume 10, issue 2/3, July 2002) was dedicated to the output of the project. The results include: the development of methods for extracting anisotropic boundary energy and mobility from molecular dynamics simulations of solid/liquid interfaces in nickel; the extraction of anisotropic energies and mobilities in aluminum from similar MD simulations; the application of parallel computation to the calculation of interfacial properties; the development of a method to extract interfacial properties from the fluctuations in interface position through consideration of interfacial stiffness; the use of anisotropic interface properties in studies of abnormal grain growth; the discovery of abnormal grain growth from random distributions of orientation in subgrain networks; the direct comparison at the scale of individual grains between experimentally observed grain growth and simulations, which confirmed the importance of including anisotropic interfacial properties in the simulations; the classification of a rich variety of dendritic morphologies based on slight variations in the anisotropy of the solid-liquid interface; development of phase field methods that permit both solidification and grain growth to be simulated within the same framework.

  2. Microstructure Evolution of Gas Atomized Iron Based ODS Alloys

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    Rieken, J.R.; Anderson, I.E.; Kramer, M.J.

    2011-08-09

    In a simplified process to produce precursor powders for oxide dispersion-strengthened (ODS) alloys, gas-atomization reaction synthesis (GARS) was used to induce a surface oxide layer on molten droplets of three differing erritic stainless steel alloys during break-up and rapid solidification. The chemistry of the surface oxide was identified using auger electron spectroscopy (AES) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) with energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS). The precursor iron-base powders were consolidated at 850 C and 1,300 C using hot isostatic pressing (HIPing). Consolidation at the lower temperature resulted in a fully dense microstructure, while preventing substantial prior particle-boundary-oxide dissociation. Microstructural analysis of the alloys consolidated at the higher temperature confirmed a significant reduction in prior-particle-boundary-oxide volume fraction, in comparison with the lower-temperature-consolidated sample. This provided evidence that a high-temperature internal oxygen-exchange reaction occurred between the metastable prior particle-boundary-oxide phase (chromium oxide) and the yttrium contained within each prior particle. This internal oxygen-exchange reaction is shown to result in the formation of yttrium-enriched oxide dispersoids throughout the alloy microstructure. The evolving microstructure was characterized using transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and high-energy X-ray diffraction (HE-XRD).

  3. Microstructure Evolution of Gas Atomized Iron Based ODS Alloys

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    Rieken, J.R.; Anderson, I.E.; Kramer, M.J.; Anderegg, J.W.; Shechtman, D.

    2009-12-01

    In a simplified process to produce precursor powders for oxide dispersion-strength- ened (ODS) alloys, gas-atomization reaction synthesis (GARS) was used to induce a surface oxide layer on molten droplets of three differing erritic stainless steel alloys during break-up and rapid solidification. The chemistry of the surface oxide was identified using auger electron spectroscopy (AES) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) with energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS). The precursor iron-base powders were consolidated at 850 C and 1,300 C using hot isostatic pressing (HIPing). Consolidation at the lower temperature resulted in a fully dense microstructure, while preventing substantial prior particle-boundary-oxide dissociation. Microstructural analysis of the alloys consolidated at the higher temperature confirmed a significant reduction in prior-particle-boundary-oxide volume fraction, in comparison with the lower-temperature-consolidated sample. This provided evidence that a high-temperature internal oxygen-exchange reaction occurred between the metastable prior particle-boundary-oxide phase (chromium oxide) and the yttrium contained within each prior particle. This internal oxygen-exchange reaction is shown to result in the formation of yttrium-enriched oxide dispersoids throughout the alloy microstructure. The evolving microstructure was characterized using transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and high-energy X-ray diffraction (HE-XRD).

  4. Evolution of Microstructure in a Nickel-based Superalloy as a Function of Ageing Time

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    Chen, Wei-Ren; Smith, Gregory Scott; Porcar, L.; Liaw, Peter K; Kai, Ji-Jung; Ren, Yang

    2011-01-01

    An experimental investigation, combining synchrotron X-ray powder diffraction, small-angle neutron-scattering, and transmission electron microscopy, has been undertaken to study the microstructure of nanoprecipitates in a nickel-based superalloy. Upon increasing the ageing time during a heat-treatment process, the average size of the precipitates first decreases before changing to a monotonical growth stage. Possible reasons for this observed structural evolution, which is predicted thermodynamically, are suggested.

  5. Modelling microstructure evolution during recrystallization

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    Brahme, Abhijit P.

    The main aim of this work was to model microstructural evolution during recrystallization. This was achieved by characterizing it in terms of recrystallization kinetics and texture development and by identifying factors that exert the greatest effect on the recrystallization process. To achieve the above, geometric and crystallographic observations from two orthogonal sections through a polycrystal were used. Using these as input to the computer simulations, a statistically representative three dimensional model was created. Assignment of orientations to the grains was done such that nearest neighbor relationships match the observed distributions. The microstructures thus obtained were allowed to evolve using a Monte-Carlo simulation. A parametric study was done to study the effects of various factors on recrystallization kinetics and texture development during microstructural evolution. A set of software tools (Microstructure builder) were developed to generate the microstructures. The process involved the use of a ellipsoidal packing method combined with a voxel-based tessellation technique to create a 3 dimensional digital microstructure having the desired set of grain aspect ratios. Orientation assignment to the grains in the microstructure was done using a simulated annealing method that minimized the error between the orientation distribution function (ODF) and misorientation distribution function (MDF) of the measured and simulated materials. The effect of grain geometry and placement of nuclei on recrystallization kinetics was studied. A close match in the recrystallization kinetics as measured in the experiments and the simulations was found to be most sensitive to the accuracy with which the geometry of the simulated microstructure matched that observed in experiments. Also the effects of anisotropy, both in energy and in mobility, stored energy and oriented nucleation on overall texture development were studied in the light of various established

  6. Microstructure evolution and mechanical property of pulsed laser welded Ni-based superalloy

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    Ma, Guangyi; Wu, Dongjiang; Niu, Fangyong; Zou, Helin

    2015-09-01

    For evaluating the microstructure evolution and mechanical property of Ni-based Hastelloy C-276 weld joint by the pulsed laser welding, the influence of pulsed laser welding on the microstructure and mechanical property of the weld joint is investigated by the analysis of the microstructure morphology, microhardness, phase structure and tensile property. The results indicate that, in the fusion zone three sections are divided on the basis of the patterns of grain structures. In the weld joint, the element segregation is found, but the trend of brittle phase's formation is weakened. The weld microhardness presents just a little higher than that of base metal, and there is no obvious the softened heat affected zone. Meanwhile in the weld joint, the phase structure is still the face-center cubic with the tiny shift of peak positions and widened Full Width at Half-Maximum. The yield strength of weld joint is the same as that of base metal, and the tensile strength is nearly 90% of that of base metal. The decreased tensile strength is mainly attributed to the dislocation piling-up.

  7. Microstructural Evolution and Mechanical Properties of Fusion Welds in an Iron-Copper-Based Multicomponent Steel

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    Farren, Jeffrey D.; Hunter, Allen H.; Dupont, John N.; Seidman, David N.; Robino, Charles V.; Kozeschnik, Ernst

    2012-11-01

    NUCu-140 is a copper-precipitation-strengthened steel that exhibits excellent mechanical properties with a relatively simple chemical composition and processing schedule. As a result, NUCu-140 is a candidate material for use in many naval and structural applications. Before NUCu-140 can be implemented as a replacement for currently used materials, the weldability of this material must be determined under a wide range of welding conditions. This research represents an initial step toward understanding the microstructural and mechanical property evolution that occurs during fusion welding of NUCu-140. Microhardness traverses and tensile testing using digital image correlation show local softening in the heat-affected zone (HAZ). Microstructural characterization using light optical microscopy (LOM) revealed very few differences in the softened regions compared with the base metal. Local-electrode atom-probe (LEAP) tomography demonstrates that local softening occurs as a result of dissolution of the Cu-rich precipitates. MatCalc kinetic simulations (Vienna, Austria) were combined with welding heat-flow calculations to model the precipitate evolution within the HAZ. Reasonably good agreement was obtained between the measured and calculated precipitate radii, number density, and volume fraction of the Cu-rich precipitates in the weld. These results were used with a precipitate-strengthening model to understand strength variations within the HAZ.

  8. Evidence of microstructure evolution in solid elastic media based on a power law analysis

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    Scalerandi, M.; Idjimarene, S.; Bentahar, M.; El Guerjouma, R.

    2015-05-01

    Complex and consolidated granular media or microcracked composites and metals usually exhibit a high level of nonlinearity in their elastic response already at low amplitudes of excitation. To quantify it, a proper nonlinear indicator y is introduced and its dependence on the excitation amplitude x is studied. The dependence of y on x is found in experiments to be a power law. Here we show that the different power law exponents measured for different materials could be predicted by proper classes of discrete models. An application is presented to link the exponent evolution and the changes of the microstructure due to the progression of damage mechanically induced.

  9. Solute segregation and microstructural evolution in ion-irradiated vanadium-base alloys

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    Loomis, B.A.; Kestel, B.J.; Gerber, S.B.

    1986-02-01

    The microstructural evolution in V+14.7 a/o Cr, V+2.5 a/o Mo, V+2.5 a/o W, V+8.0 a/o Ni, V+5.3 a/o Ti, V+14.7 a/o Cr + 5.2 a/o Ti, V+9.6 a/o Cr + 3.1 a/o Fe+0.7 a/o Zr, and V+3.2 a/o Ti + 1.8 a/o Si alloys, and unalloyed V was determined from observations of specimens by TEM following 4.0-MeV /sup 51/V/sup + +/ ion irradiation at 900 to 970/sup 0/K to 50 dpa. The RIS of solutes in the ion-irradiated alloys was investigated by AES, EDXS, and EELS analyses. The RIS of solutes and microstructural evolution in the irradiated alloys were correlated with the solute diffusivity and the relative chemical affinity of the substitutional solutes for oxygen.

  10. Laser Clad Nickel Based Superalloys: Microstructure Evolution And High Temperature Oxidation Studies

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    Sircar, S.; Ribaudo, C.; Mazumder, J.

    1988-10-01

    Application of alloy coatings with superior oxidation resistance at elevated temperatures (1200°C) on superalloy components is of interest at present. There is a general consensus that the addition of rare earths such as hafnium (Hf) to these alloys has a pronounced effect on their performance. An in situ laser cladding technique was used to produce Ni-Al-Cr-Hf alloys on a nickel alloy substrate. Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM), Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM), and Scanning Transmission Electron Microscope (STEM) attached with Energy Dispersive X-ray (EDX) analyzers were employed for microstructural evolution studies of alloys produced during the laser cladding process. The microstructure of these alloys mainly consists of dendrites of Y' of the Ni3Al type with about 11-14 wt% Hf and an interdendritic eutectic phase. Electron microscopy in the dendritic zones reveals ordered domains whose morphology depends on laser cladding process parameters. Variation in these parameters produced only subtle changes in the composition and cell spacing of the dendritic phase. The eutectic constituent consists of a Hf-rich phase and a Hf-lean phase in an alternating lamellar structure. Convergent beam diffraction and x-ray spectroscopy techniques were used to characterize the constituents. A possible phase transformation sequence has been suggested. Differential Thermal Analysis (DTA) work indicates that the Y' dissolution temperature for the claddings is at least as high as the substrate material (Rene 80). Single cycle oxidation tests of eight hours at 1200°C in slowly flowing air reveal that the claddings have a lower weight gain rate than the substrate itself. Microchemistry and microstructure of the oxidized samples are examined using SEM attached with EDX and Auger Electron Spectroscopic (AES) techniques. The improvement in the oxidation resistance is believed to be at least partially due to the mechanical pegging between alumina coated hafnia protrusions and the

  11. Microstructure evolution process of Ferro-Aluminum based sandwich composite for electromagnetic shielding.

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    Luo, Zhichao; Zhang, Qiang; Ma, Xiangyu; Wu, Gaohui

    2014-09-01

    In this paper, sandwich composite (SWC) with Fe-Al soft magnetic alloy sandwiched between pure iron substrates was proposed and fabricated by hot pressing and diffusion treatment. The microstructure evolution process of the composite was investigated. Fe/Fe2Al5/Fe diffusion couple was obtained at 700 °C and subsequently kept at 900 °C for further isothermal diffusion. During the diffusion reactive process, we confirmed that major FeAl2 and minor Fe4Al13 were produced when Fe2Al5 dissolved. After 10h of diffusion treatment, FeAl and α-Fe(Al) were the only two intermetallic phases left. Except FeAl2, the thickness of each intermetallic layer held good parabolic relationship with the diffusion annealing time. PMID:24981211

  12. Creep property and microstructure evolution of a nickel-base single crystal superalloy in [011] orientation

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    Han, G.M. Yu, J.J.; Hu, Z.Q.; Sun, X.F.

    2013-12-15

    The creep property and microstructure evolution of a single crystal superalloy with [011] orientation were investigated at the temperatures of 700 °C, 900 °C and 1040 °C. It is shown that there exist stages of primary, steady-state, and tertiary creep under the lower temperature 700 °C. As the temperature increases to high temperatures of 900 °C and 1040 °C, steady-state creep stage is reduced or disappears and the shape of creep curves is dominated by an extensive tertiary stage. The minimum creep strain rate exhibits power law dependence on the applied stress; the stress exponents at 700 °C, 900 °C and 1040 °C are 28, 13 and 6.5, respectively. Microstructure observation shows that the morphologies of γ′ phase almost keep original shape at the lower temperature 700 °C and high applied stress. With the increasing creep temperature, γ′ precipitates tend to link together and form lamellar structure at an angle of 45° inclined to the applied stress. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) investigations reveal that multiple < 110 > (111) slip systems gliding in the matrix channels and shearing γ′ precipitates by stacking faults or bending dislocation pairs are the main deformation mechanism at the lower temperature of 700 °C. At the high temperatures of 900 °C and 1040 °C, dislocation networks are formed at γ/γ′ interfaces and the γ′ rafts are sheared by dislocation pairs. - Highlights: • Creep properties of < 011 >-oriented single crystal superalloys were investigated. • γ′ phases become rafting at an angle of 45° inclined to the applied stress. • Creep deformation mechanisms depend on temperature and stress.

  13. Microstructural evolution and castability prediction in newly designed modern third-generation nickel-based superalloys

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    Naffakh-Moosavy, Homam

    2016-05-01

    The present research aims to establish a quantitative relation between microstructure and chemical composition (i.e., Ti, Al, and Nb) of newly designed nickel-based superalloys. This research attempts to identify an optimum microstructure at which the minimum quantities of γ/γ' and γ/γ″ compounds are achieved and the best castability is predicted. The results demonstrate that the highest quantity of intermetallic eutectics (i.e., 41.5wt%) is formed at 9.8wt% (Ti + Al). A significant quantity of intermetallics formed in superalloy 1 (with a composition of γ - 9.8wt% (Ti + Al)), which can deteriorate its castability. The type and morphology of the eutectics changed and the amount considerably decreased with decreasing Ti + Al content in superalloy 2 (with a composition of γ - 7.6wt% (Ti + Al), 1.5wt% Nb). Thus, it is predicted that the castability would improve for superalloy 2. The same trend was observed for superalloy 4 (with a composition of γ - 3.7wt% (Ti + Al), 4.4wt% Nb). This means that the amount of Laves increases with increasing Nb (to 4.4wt%) and decreasing Ti + Al (to 3.7wt%) in superalloy 4. The best castability was predicted for superalloy 3 (with a composition of γ - 5.7wt% (Ti + Al), 2.8wt% Nb).

  14. Oxidation and microstructure evolution of Al-Si coated Ni3Al based single crystal superalloy with high Mo content

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    Tu, Xiaolu; Peng, Hui; Zheng, Lei; Qi, Wenyan; He, Jian; Guo, Hongbo; Gong, Shengkai

    2015-01-01

    A Si modified aluminide (Al-Si) coating was prepared on a Ni3Al based single crystal superalloy with high Mo content by high-activity pack cementation. Cyclic oxidation test at 1150 °C was carried out and the microstructure evolution of the coating was investigated. The results show that the oxidation resistance of the substrate was greatly increased by applying an Al-Si coating. During oxidation, outward diffusion of Mo was effectively blocked due to its high affinity with Si. Besides, a layered structure was formed as a result of the elements inter-diffusion. An obvious degradation of the Al-Si coating was observed after 100 h oxidation. Possible mechanisms related to the oxidation and elements inter-diffusion behaviours were also discussed.

  15. Effects of sintering temperature on the microstructural evolution and wear behavior of WCp reinforced Ni-based coatings

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    Chen, Chuan-hui; Bai, Yang; Ye, Xu-chu

    2014-12-01

    This article focuses on the microstructural evolution and wear behavior of 50wt%WC reinforced Ni-based composites prepared onto 304 stainless steel substrates by vacuum sintering at different sintering temperatures. The microstructure and chemical composition of the coatings were investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD), differential thermal analysis (DTA), scanning and transmission electron microscopy (SEM and TEM) equipped with energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS). The wear resistance of the coatings was tested by thrust washer testing. The mechanisms of the decomposition, dissolution, and precipitation of primary carbides, and their influences on the wear resistance have been discussed. The results indicate that the coating sintered at 1175°C is composed of fine WC particles, coarse M6C (M=Ni, Fe, Co, etc.) carbides, and discrete borides dispersed in solid solution. Upon increasing the sintering temperature to 1225°C, the microstructure reveals few incompletely dissolved WC particles trapped in larger M6C, Cr-rich lamellar M23C6, and M3C2 in the austenite matrix. M23C6 and M3C2 precipitates are formed in both the γ/M6C grain boundary and the matrix. These large-sized and lamellar brittle phases tend to weaken the wear resistance of the composite coatings. The wear behavior is controlled simultaneously by both abrasive wear and adhesive wear. Among them, abrasive wear plays a major role in the wear process of the coating sintered at 1175°C, while the effect of adhesive wear is predominant in the coating sintered at 1225°C.

  16. Microstructural and continuum evolution modeling of sintering.

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    Braginsky, Michael V.; Olevsky, Eugene A.; Johnson, D. Lynn; Tikare, Veena; Garino, Terry J.; Arguello, Jose Guadalupe, Jr.

    2003-12-01

    deformation during. The continuum portion is based on a finite element formulation that allows 3D components to be modeled using SNL's nonlinear large-deformation finite element code, JAS3D. This tool provides a capability to model sintering of complex three-dimensional components. The model was verified by comparing to simulations results published in the literature. The model was validated using experimental results from various laboratory experiments performed by Garino. In addition, the mesoscale simulations were used to study anisotropic shrinkage in aligned, elongated powder compacts. Anisotropic shrinkage occurred in all compacts with aligned, elongated particles. However, the direction of higher shrinkage was in some cases along the direction of elongation and in other cases in the perpendicular direction depending on the details of the powder compact. In compacts of simple-packed, mono-sized, elongated particles, shrinkage was higher in the direction of elongation. In compacts of close-packed, mono-sized, elongated particles and of elongated particles with a size and shape distribution, the shrinkage was lower in the direction of elongation. We also explored the concept of a sintering stress tensor rather than the traditional sintering stress scalar concept for the case of anisotropic shrinkage. A thermodynamic treatment of this is presented. A method to calculate the sintering stress tensor is also presented. A user-friendly code that can simulate microstructural evolution during sintering in 2D and in 3D was developed. This code can run on most UNIX platforms and has a motif-based GUI. The microstructural evolution is shown as the code is running and many of the microstructural features, such as grain size, pore size, the average grain boundary length (in 2D) and area (in 3D), etc. are measured and recorded as a function of time. The overall density as the function of time is also recorded.

  17. Microstructural evolution of Udimet 720 superalloy

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    Calliari, I.; Magrini, M.; Dabala, M.

    1999-02-01

    The microstructural evolution of the nickel-base superalloy Udimet 720 (Special Metals Corp., New Hartford, NY) aged at 850 C for 1000 to 2000 h is presented. After aging, the {gamma}{prime} precipitates change from cubic to globular morphology. Secondary {gamma}{prime} particles and topologically close-packed phases were not found. The {gamma}{prime} mean diameter increases with aging times, following the Lifshitz-Wagner model. The experimented aging times have no strong effects on mechanical properties of Udimet 720.

  18. Microstructural evolution and mechanical behavior of nickel-based superalloy 625 made by selective laser melting

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    Witkin, David B.; Adams, Paul; Albright, Thomas

    2015-03-01

    The mechanical properties and microstructures of Selective Laser Melted (SLM) alloy 625 procured from different suppliers were compared. The post-SLM process of hot isostatic pressing (HIP) led to a relatively coarse recrystallized gamma matrix phase that was similar in all the suppliers' materials, resulting in nearly identical tensile properties. These similarities obscure significant differences between them with respect to the population of second phase particles, which consisted of carbides or Laves phase. During solidification, the final liquid phase is concentrated in Nb, Mo, Si and C, and leads to L --> γ + carbide/Laves eutectic reactions. Secondary particles are very small prior to HIP and their composition has not been analyzed yet, but are limited to the fine-grained eutectic regions of the material prior to HIP. During HIP the gamma phase recrystallizes to remove the original as-solidified SLM microstructure, but secondary particles nucleate and grow where their elemental constituents first solidified, leading to a non-homogeneous distribution. Quasi-static tensile properties do not appear to be sensitive to these differences, but it is likely that other mechanical properties will be affected, especially fatigue and fracture behavior. Surface roughness, large grain size, and pores and voids left unhealed by the HIP cycle will also influence fatigue and fracture. Surface roughness and porosity in particular are features that could be improved by implementing novel approaches to laser processing in SLM.

  19. Understanding the solidification and microstructure evolution during CSC-MIG welding of Fe–Cr–B-based alloy

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    Sorour, A.A. Chromik, R.R. Gauvin, R. Jung, I.-H. Brochu, M.

    2013-12-15

    The present is a study of the solidification and microstructure of Fe–28.2%Cr–3.8%B–1.5%Si–1.5%Mn (wt.%) alloy deposited onto a 1020 plain carbon steel substrate using the controlled short-circuit metal inert gas welding process. The as-solidified alloy was a metal matrix composite with a hypereutectic microstructure. Thermodynamic calculation based on the Scheil–Gulliver model showed that a primary (Cr,Fe){sub 2}B phase formed first during solidification, followed by an eutectic formation of the (Cr,Fe){sub 2}B phase and a body-centered cubic Fe-based solid solution matrix, which contained Cr, Mn and Si. Microstructure analysis confirmed the formation of these phases and showed that the shape of the (Cr,Fe){sub 2}B phase was irregular plate. As the welding heat input increased, the weld dilution increased and thus the volume fraction of the (Cr,Fe){sub 2}B plates decreased while other microstructural characteristics were similar. - Highlights: • We deposit Fe–Cr–B-based alloy onto plain carbon steel using the CSC-MIG process. • We model the solidification behavior using thermodynamic calculation. • As deposited alloy consists of (Cr,Fe){sub 2}B plates embedded in Fe-based matrix. • We study the effect of the welding heat input on the microstructure.

  20. Microstructure evolution in irradiated materials

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    Caturla, M

    1999-11-30

    Study the interaction of defects produced during irradiation or deformation of a metal with the microstructure of that particular material, such as dislocations and grain boundaries. In particular we will study the interaction of dislocation with interstitial loops and stacking fault tetrahedral, and the production of displacement cascades close to dislocations and grain boundaries. The data obtained from these simulations will be used as input to diffusion models and dislocation dynamics models.

  1. Microstructural evolution of tungsten oxide thin films

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    Hembram, K. P. S. S.; Thomas, Rajesh; Rao, G. Mohan

    2009-10-01

    Tungsten oxide thin films are of great interest due to their promising applications in various optoelectronic thin film devices. We have investigated the microstructural evolution of tungsten oxide thin films grown by DC magnetron sputtering on silicon substrate. The structural characterization and surface morphology were carried out using X-ray diffraction and Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM). The as deposited films were amorphous, where as, the films annealed above 400 °C were crystalline. In order to explain the microstructural changes due to annealing, we have proposed a "instability wheel" model for the evolution of the microstructure. This model explains the transformation of mater into various geometries within them selves, followed by external perturbation.

  2. Computational and mathematical models of microstructural evolution

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    Bullard, J.W.; Chen, L.Q.; Kalia, R.K.; Stoneham, A.M.

    1998-12-31

    This symposium was designed to bring together the foremost materials theorists and applied mathematicians from around the world to share and discuss some of the newest and most promising mathematical and computational tools for simulating, understanding, and predicting the various complex processes that occur during the evolution of microstructures. Separate abstracts were prepared for 25 papers.

  3. Microstructural evolution and mechanical properties of an Fe-18Ni-16Cr-4Al base alloy during aging at 950°C

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    Wang, Man; Sun, Yong-duo; Feng, Jing-kai; Zhang, Rui-qian; Tang, Rui; Zhou, Zhang-jian

    2016-03-01

    The development of Gen-IV nuclear systems and ultra-supercritical power plants proposes greater demands on structural materials used for key components. An Fe-18Ni-16Cr-4Al (316-base) alumina-forming austenitic steel was developed in our laboratory. Its microstructural evolution and mechanical properties during aging at 950°C were investigated subsequently. Micro-structural changes were characterized by scanning electron microscopy, electron backscatter diffraction, and transmission electron microscopy. Needle-shaped NiAl particles begin to precipitate in austenite after ageing for 10 h, whereas round NiAl particles in ferrite are coarsened during aging. Precipitates of NiAl with different shapes in different matrices result from differences in lattice misfits. The tensile plasticity increases by 32.4% after aging because of the improvement in the percentage of coincidence site lattice grain boundaries, whereas the tensile strength remains relatively high at approximately 790 MPa.

  4. 3D finite element simulation of microstructure evolution in blade forging of Ti-6Al-4V alloy based on the internal state variable models

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    Luo, Jiao; Wu, Bin; Li, Miao-Quan

    2012-02-01

    The physically-based internal state variable (ISV) models were used to describe the changes of dislocation density, grain size, and flow stress in the high temperature deformation of titanium alloys in this study. The constants of the present models could be identified based on experimental results, which were conducted at deformation temperatures ranging from 1093 K to 1303 K, height reductions ranging from 20% to 60%, and the strain rates of 0.001, 0.01, 0.1, 1.0, and 10.0 s-1. The physically-based internal state variable models were implemented into the commercial finite element (FE) code. Then, a three-dimensional (3D) FE simulation system coupling of deformation, heat transfer, and microstructure evolution was developed for the blade forging of Ti-6Al-4V alloy. FE analysis was carried out to simulate the microstructure evolution in the blade forging of Ti-6Al-4V alloy. Finally, the blade forging tests of Ti-6Al-4V alloy were performed to validate the results of FE simulation. According to the tensile tests, it is seen that the mechanical properties, such as tensile strength and elongation, satisfy the application requirements well. The maximum and minimum differences between the calculated and experimental grain size of primary α phase are 11.71% and 4.23%, respectively. Thus, the industrial trials show a good agreement with FE simulation of blade forging.

  5. Internal microstructure evolution of aluminum foams under compression

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    Wang Min; Hu Xiaofang . E-mail: huxf@ustc.edu.cn; Wu Xiaoping

    2006-10-12

    In this paper, the internal microstructure deformation of open-cell and closed-cell aluminum foams under compression was investigated by using synchrotron radiation X-ray computed tomography (SR-CT) technique and digital image analysis method. The reconstructed images were obtained by using filtered back projection algorithm based on the original images taken from SR-CT experiments. Several important parameters including cross-section porosity, total porosity and cross-section deformation were computed from the reconstructed images. The variation of these parameters provided useful evolution information of internal microstructure of aluminum foams under compression.

  6. Microstructural Evolution and Bonding Behavior during Transient Liquid-Phase Bonding of a Duplex Stainless Steel using two Different Ni-B-Based Filler Materials

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    Yuan, Xinjian; Kim, Myung Bok; Kang, Chung Yun

    2011-05-01

    Microstructural evolution and bonding behavior of transient liquid-phase (TLP) bonded joint for a duplex stainless steel using MBF-30 (Ni -4.5Si -3.2B [wt pct]) and MBF-50 (Ni -7.5Si -1.4B -18.5Cr [wt pct]) were investigated. Using MBF-30, the microstructure of the athermally solidified zone was dependent on B diffusion at 1333.15 K (1060 °C). Ni3B and a supersaturated γ-Ni phase were observed in this zone. BN appeared in the bonding-affected zone. However, using MBF-50, the influences of base metal alloying elements, particularly N and Cr as well as Si in the filler material, on the bond microstructure development were more pronounced at 1448.15 K (1175 °C). BN and (Cr, Ni)3Si phase were present in the bond centerline. The formation of BN precipitates in the bonding-affected zone was suppressed. A significant deviation in the isothermal solidification rate from the conventional TLP bonding diffusion models was observed in the joints prepared at 1448.15 K (1175 °C) using MBF-50.

  7. Stress Rupture Fracture Model and Microstructure Evolution for Waspaloy

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    Yao, Zhihao; Zhang, Maicang; Dong, Jianxin

    2013-07-01

    Stress rupture behavior and microstructure evolution of nickel-based superalloy Waspaloy specimens from tenon teeth of an as-received 60,000-hour service-exposed gas turbine disk were studied between 923 K and 1088 K (650 °C and 815 °C) under initial applied stresses varying from 150 to 840 MPa. Good microstructure stability and performance were verified for this turbine disk prior to stress rupture testing. Microstructure instability, such as the coarsening and dissolution of γ' precipitates at the varying test conditions, was observed to be increased with temperature and reduced stress. Little microstructure variation was observed at 923 K (650 °C). Only secondary γ' instability occurred at 973 K (700 °C). Four fracture mechanisms were obtained. Transgranular creep fracture was exhibited up to 923 K (650 °C) and at high stress. A mixed mode of transgranular and intergranular creep fracture occurred with reduced stress as a transition to intergranular creep fracture (ICF) at low stress. ICF was dominated by grain boundary sliding at low temperature and by the nucleation and growth of grain boundary cavities due to microstructure instability at high temperature. The fracture mechanism map and microstructure-related fracture model were constructed. Residual lifetime was also evaluated by the Larson-Miller parameter method.

  8. Microstructural evolutions and cyclic softening of 9%Cr martensitic steels

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    Benjamin, Fournier; Maxime, Sauzay; Alexandra, Renault; Françoise, Barcelo; André, Pineau

    2009-04-01

    Detailed TEM and EBSD measurements were carried out to quantify the microstructural evolutions and to identify the physical mechanisms taking place during fatigue and creep-fatigue at 823 K on a P91 martensitic steel. The coarsening of former martensitic laths is shown to be heterogeneous for low applied strains, whereas for higher applied strains and longer holding periods the whole microstructure coarsens. Based on these observations and on a careful study of the stress partition (backstress, isotropic and viscous stress), the softening effect in creep-fatigue is found to be mainly related to the cumulated viscoplastic strain at a given fatigue strain range. The microstructural coarsening taking place during cyclic loadings is shown to increase significantly the minimum creep rate of this steel.

  9. Microstructure Evolution of a Multifunctional Titanium Alloy

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    Tian, Yu Xing; Hao, Yu Lin

    2016-03-01

    To optimize both mechanical and functional properties of multifunctional titanium alloys via grain refinement, an example of such alloys termed as Ti2448 is adopted to investigate its microstructure evolution and strain rate sensitivity by compression in the single β-phase field. The results show that flow stress and strain rate follow a bilinear relation, which is in sharp contrast with other metallic materials exhibiting a monotonic linearity. Below the critical strain of 1 s-1, the alloy has a normal strain rate sensitivity factor of 0.265. Above the critical value, its hardening rate is ultra-low with a factor of 0.03. Inspite of ultra-low hardening, the alloy is plastic stable under the tested conditions. With the aid of electron back-scattering diffraction and transmission electron microscopy analyses, microstructure evolution via several mechanisms such as dynamic recovery and recrystallization is evaluated by quantitative measurements of grain misorientation and its distribution, sub-grain formation, and localized grain refinement. These results are helpful to obtain the homogenous ultrafine-grained alloy by multi-step thermo-mechanical processing.

  10. Microstructure Evolution of a Multifunctional Titanium Alloy

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    Tian, Yu Xing; Hao, Yu Lin

    2016-06-01

    To optimize both mechanical and functional properties of multifunctional titanium alloys via grain refinement, an example of such alloys termed as Ti2448 is adopted to investigate its microstructure evolution and strain rate sensitivity by compression in the single β-phase field. The results show that flow stress and strain rate follow a bilinear relation, which is in sharp contrast with other metallic materials exhibiting a monotonic linearity. Below the critical strain of 1 s-1, the alloy has a normal strain rate sensitivity factor of 0.265. Above the critical value, its hardening rate is ultra-low with a factor of 0.03. Inspite of ultra-low hardening, the alloy is plastic stable under the tested conditions. With the aid of electron back-scattering diffraction and transmission electron microscopy analyses, microstructure evolution via several mechanisms such as dynamic recovery and recrystallization is evaluated by quantitative measurements of grain misorientation and its distribution, sub-grain formation, and localized grain refinement. These results are helpful to obtain the homogenous ultrafine-grained alloy by multi-step thermo-mechanical processing.

  11. Microstructure Evolution and Analysis of A [011] Orientation, Single-Crystal, Nickel-Based Superalloy During Tensile Creep

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    Tian, Sugui; Zhang, Shu; Li, Chenxi; Yu, Huichen; Su, Yong; Yu, Xingfu; Yu, Lili

    2012-10-01

    By means of the elastic-plastic finite-element method (FEM) for calculating the distribution features of the von Mises stress and strain energy density, the influences of the applied stress on the von Mises stress of the γ'/ γ phases and the rafting of the γ' phase for the [011] orientation, single-crystal, nickel-based superalloy are investigated. The results show that, after being fully heat treated, the microstructure of the [011] orientation, single-crystal, nickel-based superalloy consists of the cuboidal γ' phase embedded coherently in the γ matrix, and the cuboidal γ' phase on (100) plane is regularly arranged along a 45 deg angle relative to the [011] orientation. Compared with the matrix channel of [010] orientation, the bigger von Mises stress is produced within the [001] matrix channel when the tensile stress is applied along the [011] orientation. Under the action of the larger principal stress component, the bigger expanding lattice strain occurs on the (001) plane of the cuboidal γ' phase along the [010] direction, which may trap the Al, Ti atoms with a bigger atomic radius for promoting the directional growth of the γ' phase into the stripe-like rafted structure along the [001] orientation. The changes of the interatomic potential energy, misfit stress, and interfacial energy during the tensile creep are thought to be the driving forces of promoting the elements' diffusion and directional growth of the γ' phase.

  12. Microstructure evolution and FEM analysis of a [111] oriented single crystal nickel-based superalloy during tensile creep

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    Tian, Sugui; Li, Qiuyang; Su, Yong; Yu, Huichen; Xie, Jun; Zhang, Shu

    2015-03-01

    By means of the elastic-plastic stress-strain finite element method (FEM), the distribution of the von Mises stress and strain energy density in the regions near the interfaces of the cuboidal γ/ γ' phases is calculated to investigate the rafted behaviors of γ' phase in a [111] oriented single crystal (SC) nickel-based superalloy. Results show that, after fully heat treated, the microstructure of the superalloy consists of the cuboidal γ' phase embedded coherently in the γ matrix and arranged regularly along the <100> orientation. And the parameters and misfits of γ'/ γ phases in the alloy increase with the temperature. After crept for 50 h, the γ' phase in alloy has transformed into the mesh-like rafted structure on (010) plane along [001] and [100] orientations. When the tensile stress is applied along [111] direction, the change of the strain energy on the planes of the cuboidal γ' phase results in the directional diffusion of the elements. Thereinto, compared with (010) plane, the bigger expanding strain occurs on (100) and (001) planes along the [010], [001] and [010], [100] directions, which may trap the Al and Ti atoms with bigger radius to promote the directional growth of γ' phase on (010) plane along [100] and [001] directions. This is thought to be the main reason for the γ' phase directionally growing into the mesh-like rafted structure on (010) plane.

  13. Diffuse Interface Model for Microstructure Evolution

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    Nestler, Britta

    A phase-field model for a general class of multi-phase metallic alloys is proposed which describes both, multi-phase solidification phenomena as well as polycrystalline grain structures. The model serves as a computational method to simulate the motion and kinetics of multiple phase boundaries and enables the visualization of the diffusion processes and of the phase transitions in multi-phase systems. Numerical simulations are presented which illustrate the capability of the phase-field model to recover a variety of complex experimental growth structures. In particular, the phase-field model can be used to simulate microstructure evolutions in eutectic, peritectic and monotectic alloys. In addition, polycrystalline grain structures with effects such as wetting, grain growth, symmetry properties of adjacent triple junctions in thin film samples and stability criteria at multiple junctions are described by phase-field simulations.

  14. Simulating microstructural evolution during the hot working of alloy 718

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    Mataya, Martin C.

    1999-01-01

    The simulation of microstructural evolution during the primary breakdown of production-sized alloy 718 ingots and billets by radial forging was accomplished in the laboratory via multiple-stroke axial compression testing of cylindrical specimens. The dwell or hold time between strokes was varied to simulate the deformation-time history for three different locations along the radial-forging work piece: lead-end, mid-length, and tail-end positions. The microstructural evolution varied with simulated work piece position. Static, rather than dynamic, recrystallization was responsible for the observed grain-size refinement, and its repetitive occurrence during consecutive dwell periods resulted in the maintenance of a fine-grain microstructure during multiple-stroke deformation sequences. For comparison, the total plastic strain was also applied in a single-stroke test. The single- and multiple-stroke techniques gave differing microstructural results, indicating that multiple-stroke testing is necessary in modeling microstructural evolution during primary breakdown.

  15. Microstructure evolution of lime putty upon aging

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    Mascolo, Giuseppe; Mascolo, Maria Cristina; Vitale, Alessandro; Marino, Ottavio

    2010-08-01

    The microstructure evolution of lime putty upon aging was investigated by slaking quicklime (CaO) with an excess of water for 3, 12, 24, 36, 48 and 66 months. The as-obtained lime putties were characterized in the water retention and in the particle size distribution using the static laser scattering (SLS). The same lime putties, dehydrated by lyophilization, were also investigated in the pore size distribution by mercury intrusion porosimetry, in the surface area by the BET method and, finally, in particle morphology by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The effect of the extended exposure of quicklime to water confirms a shape change from prismatic crystals of portlandite, Ca(OH) 2, into platelike ones. Simultaneously a growth of larger hexagonal crystals at the expense of the smallest ones (Ostwald ripening) favours a secondary precipitation of submicrometer platelike crystals of portlandite. The shape change and the broader particles size distribution of portlandite crystals upon aging seem to contribute to a better plasticity of lime putty.

  16. Microstructural evolution of eutectic Au-Sn solder joints

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    Song, Ho Geon

    2002-05-31

    Current trends toward miniaturization and the use of lead(Pb)-free solder in electronic packaging present new problems in the reliability of solder joints. This study was performed in order to understand the microstructure and microstructural evolution of small volumes of nominally eutectic Au-Sn solder joints (80Au-20Sn by weight), which gives insight into properties and reliability.

  17. Compositional and Microstructural Evolution of Olivine During Pulsed Laser Irradiation: Insights Based on a FIB/Field-Emission TEM Study

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    Christoffersen, R.; Loeffler, M. J.; Dukes, C. A.; Baragiola, R. A.

    2015-01-01

    Introduction: The use of pulsed laser irradiation to simulate the short duration, high-energy conditions characteristic of micrometeorite impacts is now an established approach in experimental space weathering studies. The laser generates both melt and vapor deposits that contain nanophase metallic Fe (npFe(sup 0)) grains with size distributions and optical properties similar to those in natural impact-generated melt and vapor deposits. There remains uncertainty, however, about how well lasers simulate the mechanical work and internal (thermal) energy partitioning that occurs in actual impacts. We are currently engaged in making a direct comparison between the products of laser irradiation and experimental/natural hypervelocity impacts. An initial step reported here is to use analytical TEM is to attain a better understanding of how the microstructure and composition of laser deposits evolve over multiple cycles of pulsed laser irradiation. Experimental Methods: We irradiated pressed-powder pellets of San Carlos olivine (Fo(sub 90)) with up to 99 rastered pulses of a GAM ArF excimer laser. The irradiated surface of the sample were characterized by SEM imaging and areas were selected for FIB cross sectioning for TEM study using an FEI Quanta dual-beam electron/focused ion beam instrument. FIB sections were characterized using a JEOL2500SE analytical field-emission scanning transmission electron microscope (FE-STEM) optimized for quantitative element mapping at less than 10 nm spatial resolutions. Results: In the SEM the 99 pulse pressed pellet sample shows a complex, inhomogeneous, distribution of laser-generated material, largely concentrated in narrow gaps and larger depressions between grains. Local concentrations of npFe0 spherules 0.1 to 1 micrometers in size are visible within these deposits in SEM back-scatter images. Fig. 1 shows bright-field STEM images of a FIB cross-section of a one of these deposits that continuously covers the top and sloping side of an

  18. Fusion boundary microstructure evolution in aluminum alloys

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    Kostrivas, Anastasios Dimitrios

    2000-10-01

    A melting technique was developed to simulate the fusion boundary of aluminum alloys using the GleebleRTM thermal simulator. Using a steel sleeve to contain the aluminum, samples were heated to incremental temperatures above the solidus temperature of a number of alloys. In alloy 2195, a 4wt%Cu-1wt%Li alloy, an equiaxed non-dendritic zone (EQZ) could be formed by heating in the temperature range from approximately 630 to 640°C. At temperatures above 640°C, solidification occurred by the normal epitaxial nucleation and growth mechanism. Fusion boundary behavior was also studied in alloys 5454-H34, 6061-T6, and 2219-T8. Additionally, experimental alloy compositions were produced by making bead on plate welds using an alloy 5454-H32 base metal and 5025 or 5087 filler metals. These filler metals contain zirconium and scandium additions, respectively, and were expected to influence nucleation and growth behavior. Both as-welded and welded/heat treated (540°C and 300°C) substrates were tested by melting simulation, resulting in dendritic and EQZ structures depending on composition and substrate condition. Orientation imaging microscopy (OIM(TM)) was employed to study the crystallographic character of the microstructures produced and to verify the mechanism responsible for EQZ formation. OIM(TM) proved that grains within the EQZ have random orientation. In all other cases, where the simulated microstructures were dendritic in nature, it was shown that epitaxy was the dominant mode of nucleation. The lack of any preferred crystallographic orientation relationship in the EQZ supports a theory proposed by Lippold et al that the EQZ is the result of heterogeneous nucleation within the weld unmixed zone. EDS analysis of the 2195 on STEM revealed particles with ternary composition consisted of Zr, Cu and Al and a tetragonal type crystallographic lattice. Microdiffraction line scans on EQZ grains in the alloy 2195 showed very good agreement between the measured Cu

  19. Microstructure and texture evolution of Cu–Nb composite wires

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    Deng, Liping; Yang, Xiaofang; Han, Ke; Lu, Yafeng; Liang, Ming; Liu, Qing

    2013-07-15

    The evolution of microstructure and texture in Cu–Nb composite wires fabricated by an accumulative drawing and bundling process was investigated by backscattered electron (BSE), electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Results indicate the onset of severe curling and shape changing occurred at the size of Nb ∼ 400 nm with a surface increase of about 6.91 μm{sup 2}/μm{sup 3} (the area per unit volume). Two kinds of grain boundaries in Nb are suggested: one is 20°–50° boundary with a rotate/tilt axis around <110> parallel to drawing direction (DD), and another is > 50° boundary with the axis perpendicular to DD. The curling phenomenon occurred at the Cu–Nb interface and is related not only to the deformation mechanism of Nb but also to the presence of interface. This result is distinct from reported works showing that curling takes place when BCC metals are heavily drawn (Area reduction > 73%). The variation in microstructure and texture evolution between Cu and Nb filaments was discussed based on the differences in deformation mechanisms of these two metals. - Highlights: • Microstructure and texture evolution were studied systematically by EBSD. • In Nb, grain boundaries of 20°–50° have a rotate/tile axis around <110>//DD. • The rotation axes of above 50° boundaries are concentrated around <111> ⊥ DD in Nb. • Curling is related to not only deformation mode of BCC but also Cu–Nb interface.

  20. Monitoring microstructural evolution in irradiated steel with second harmonic generation

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    Matlack, Kathryn H.; Kim, Jin-Yeon; Jacobs, Laurence J.; Wall, James J.; Qu, Jianmin

    2015-03-31

    Material damage in structural components is driven by microstructural evolution that occurs at low length scales and begins early in component life. In metals, these microstructural features are known to cause measurable changes in the acoustic nonlinearity parameter. Physically, the interaction of a monochromatic ultrasonic wave with microstructural features such as dislocations, precipitates, and vacancies, generates a second harmonic wave that is proportional to the acoustic nonlinearity parameter. These nonlinear ultrasonic techniques thus have the capability to evaluate initial material damage, particularly before crack initiation and propagation occur. This paper discusses how the nonlinear ultrasonic technique of second harmonic generation can be used as a nondestructive evaluation tool to monitor microstructural changes in steel, focusing on characterizing neutron radiation embrittlement in nuclear reactor pressure vessel steels. Current experimental evidence and analytical models linking microstructural evolution with changes in the acoustic nonlinearity parameter are summarized.

  1. Microstructural Evolution and interfacial motion in systems with diffusion barriers

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    Perry H. Leo

    2009-03-05

    This research program was designed to model and simulate phase transformations in systems containing diffusion barriers. The modeling work included mass flow, phase formation, and microstructural evolution in interdiffusing systems. Simulation work was done by developing Cahn-Hilliard and phase field equations governing both the temporal and spatial evolution of the composition and deformation fields and other important phase variables.

  2. MICROSTRUCTURE EVOLUTION MODELING FOR SOLUTION TREATMENT OF ALUMINUM ALLOYS

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    Yin, Hebi; Sabau, Adrian S; Skszek, Timothy; Niu, X

    2013-01-01

    The microstructure evolution during solution treatment plays an important role in mechanical properties of heat-treated aluminum alloys. In this paper, models were reviewed that can predict the microstructure evolution during the solutionizing process of the aging heat treatment of aluminum alloys. The dissolution of Mg2Si particles has been modeled as a diffusion process of Mg in the -Al matrix. The evolution of volumetric fraction of fragmented silicon as a function of time and temperature was also considered. The growth and coarsening of silicon particles during the heat treatment was considered. It was found that constitutive equations and required property data for most of the phenomena that need to be considered are available. Several model parameters that need to be obtained from material characterization were identified. Pending the availability of these model parameters, this comprehensive model can be used to describe the microstructure evolution of aluminum alloys in order to optimize the solutionizing heat treatment for energy savings.

  3. Mechanical Properties and Microstructural Evolution of Welded Eglin Steel

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    Leister, Brett M.

    Eglin steel is a new ultra-high strength steel that has been developed at Eglin Air Force Base in the early 2000s. This steel could be subjected to a variety of processing steps during fabrication, each with its own thermal history. This article presents a continuous cooling transformation diagram developed for Eglin steel to be used as a guideline during processing. Dilatometry techniques performed on a Gleeble thermo-mechanical simulator were combined with microhardness results and microstructural characterization to develop the diagram. The results show that four distinct microstructures form within Eglin steel depending on the cooling rate. At cooling rates above about 1 °C/s, a predominately martensitic microstructure is formed with hardness of ˜520 HV. Intermediate cooling rates of 1 °C/s to 0.2 °C/s produce a mixed martensitic/bainitic microstructure with a hardness that ranges from 520 - 420 HV. Slower cooling rates of 0.1 °C/s to 0.03 °C/s lead to the formation of a bainitic microstructure with a hardness of ˜420 HV. The slowest cooling rate of 0.01 °C/s formed a bainitic microstructure with pearlite at the prior austenite grain boundaries. A comprehensive study was performed to correlate the mechanical properties and the microstructural evolution in the heat affected zone of thermally simulated Eglin steel. A Gleeble 3500 thermo-mechanical simulator was used to resistively heat samples of wrought Eglin steel according to calculated thermal cycles with different peak temperatures at a heat input of 1500 J/mm. These samples underwent mechanical testing to determine strength and toughness, in both the `as-simulated' condition and also following post-weld heat treatments. Mechanical testing has shown that the inter-critical heat affected zone (HAZ) has the lowest strength following thermal simulation, and the fine-grain and coarse-grain heat affected zone having an increased strength when compared to the inter-critical HAZ. The toughness of the heat

  4. General introduction to microstructural evolution under cascade damage conditions

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    Wiedersich, H.

    1993-06-01

    A short overview of the processes that affect the evolution of the microstructure during irradiation is given. The processes include defect production with an emphasis on the effects of the dynamic cascade events, defect clustering, irradiation-enhanced diffusion, radiation-induced segregation, phase decompositions and phase transformations. A simple model for the description of the development of the defect microstructure in a pure metal during cascade producing irradiation is also outlined which can provide, in principle, defect fluxes required for the description of the microstructural processes such as phase decomposition and irradiation-induced precipitation.

  5. Microstructural Evolution in the 2219 Aluminum Alloy During Severe Plastic Deformation

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    Kaibyshev, R.O.; Safarov, I.M.; Lesuen, D.R.

    2000-03-29

    Numerous investigations have demonstrated that intense plastic deformation is an attractive procedure for producing an ultrafine grain size in metallic materials. Torsional deformation under high pressure and equal-channel angular extrusion are two techniques that can produce microstructures with grain sizes in the submicrometer and nanometer range. Materials with these microstructures have many attractive properties. The microstructures formed by these two processing techniques are essentially the same and thus the processes occurring during deformation should be the same. Most previous studies have examined the final microstructures produced as a result of severe plastic deformation and the resulting properties. Only a limited number of studies have examined the evolution of microstructure. As a result, some important aspects of ultra-fine grain formation during severe plastic deformation remain unknown. There is also limited data on the influence of the initial state of the material on the microstructural evolution and mechanisms of ultra-fine grain formation. This limited knowledge base makes optimization of processing routes difficult and retards commercial application of these techniques. The objective of the present work is to examine the microstructure evolution during severe plastic deformation of a 2219 aluminum alloy. Specific attention is given to the mechanism of ultrafine grain formation as a result of severe plastic deformation.

  6. Microstructural and geochemical evolution of sliding surfaces in landslides

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    Schaebitz, M.; Janssen, C.; Wirth, R.; Dresen, G. H.

    2014-12-01

    The formation of basal sliding surfaces in mass movements is known to be associated with chemical and physical alteration of rock and regolith. To evaluate its microstructural and geochemical evolution we collected samples from the host rock to the sliding surface and adjacent deposits within landslides in Kirgizstan and central China. The sample locations represent different morphological and geological conditions to evaluate if the weakness of the sliding surface derives from general factors such as (micro)structural or mineralogical changes within the landslide body. Based on qualitative and quantitative geochemical analysis we could not find neither indication for notable weathering of the parent bedrock nor accumulation of clay minerals along the sliding surface to explain its reduced shear strength in the investigated near-surface landslides. The cataclasites are mainly composed of quartz, illite, calcite, kaolinite and feldspar with grain sizes between 5 μm down to < 50 nm. XRD and XRF data show no increase in Al2O3, Fe2O3 or decrease in SiO2, CaO or MgO contents towards the sliding surface, pointing to alteration processes. Transmission electron microscopy and focused ion beam technique for TEM sample preparation were used to compare the microstructures. It clearly revealed a severe reduction of grain size, and increase of pore space due to grain comminution by creeping and moving processes, indicating that elevated pore pressures are the main reason for the weakness of the sliding surfaces in shallow landslides. The comminution process within sliding surface formation seems to be comparable to fault gauge formation.

  7. Simulated evolution process of core-shell microstructures

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    Qin, Tao; Wang, Haipeng; Wei, Bingbo

    2007-08-01

    The evolution process of core-shell microstructures formed in monotectic alloys under the space environment condition was investigated by the numerical simulation method. In order to account for the effect of surface segregation on phase separation, Model H was modified by introducing a surface free energy term into the total free energy of alloy droplet. Three Fe-Cu alloys were taken as simulated examples, which usually exhibit metastable phase separation in undercooled and microgravity states. It was revealed by the dynamic simulation process that the formation of core-shell microstructures depends mainly on surface segregation and Marangoni convection. The phase separation of Fe65Cu35 alloy starts from a dispersed structure and gradually evolves into a triple-layer core-shell micro-structure. Similarly, Fe50Cu50 alloy experiences a structural evolution process of “bicontinuous phase → quadruple-layer core-shell → triple-layer core-shell”, while the microstructures of Fe35Cu65 alloy transfer from the dispersed structure into the final double-layer core-shell morphology. The Cu-rich phase always forms the outer layer because of surface segregation, whereas the internal microstructural evolution is controlled mainly by the Marangoni convection resulting from the temperature gradient.

  8. Microstructural Evolution of Alloy Powder for Electronic Materials with Liquid Miscibility Gap

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    Ohnuma, I.; Saegusa, T.; Takaku, Y.; Wang, C. P.; Liu, X. J.; Kainuma, R.; Ishida, K.

    2009-01-01

    The microstructure of powders that are applicable for electronic materials were studied for some systems in which there is a liquid miscibility gap. The characteristic morphologies of an egg-like core type and a uniform second-phase dispersion are shown in relation to the phase diagram, where thermodynamic calculations are a powerful tool for alloy design and the prediction of microstructure. Typical examples of microstructural evolution and properties of Pb-free solders and Ag-based micropowders with high electrical conductivity produced by a gas-atomizing method are presented.

  9. Modeling of microstructure evolution in austenitic stainless steels irradiated under light water reactor condition

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    Gan, J.; Was, G. S.; Stoller, R. E.

    2001-10-01

    A model for microstructure development in austenitic alloys under light water reactor irradiation conditions is described. The model is derived from the model developed by Stoller and Odette to describe microstructural evolution under fast neutron or fusion reactor irradiation conditions. The model is benchmarked against microstructure measurements in 304 and 316 SS irradiated in a boiling water reactor core using one material-dependent and three irradiation-based parameters. The model is also adapted for proton irradiation at higher dose rate and higher temperature and is calibrated against microstructure measurements for proton irradiation. The model calculations show that for both neutron and proton irradiations, in-cascade interstitial clustering is the driving mechanism for loop nucleation. The loss of interstitial clusters to sinks by interstitial cluster diffusion was found to be an important factor in determining the loop density. The model also explains how proton irradiation can produce an irradiated dislocation microstructure similar to that in neutron irradiation.

  10. Numerical Study of Microstructural Evolution During Homogenization of Al-Si-Mg-Fe-Mn Alloys

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    Priya, Pikee; Johnson, David R.; Krane, Matthew J. M.

    2016-09-01

    Microstructural evolution during homogenization of Al-Si-Mg-Fe-Mn alloys occurs in two stages at different length scales: while holding at the homogenization temperature (diffusion on the scale of the secondary dendrite arm spacing (SDAS) in micrometers) and during quenching to room temperature (dispersoid precipitation at the nanometer to submicron scale). Here a numerical study estimates microstructural changes during both stages. A diffusion-based model developed to simulate evolution at the SDAS length scale predicts homogenization times and microstructures matching experiments. That model is coupled with a Kampmann Wagner Neumann-based precipitate nucleation and growth model to study the effect of temperature, composition, as-cast microstructure, and cooling rates during posthomogenization quenching on microstructural evolution. A homogenization schedule of 853 K (580 °C) for 8 hours, followed by cooling at 250 K/h, is suggested to optimize microstructures for easier extrusion, consisting of minimal α-Al(FeMn)Si, no β-AlFeSi, and Mg2Si dispersoids <1 μm size.

  11. Numerical Study of Microstructural Evolution During Homogenization of Al-Si-Mg-Fe-Mn Alloys

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    Priya, Pikee; Johnson, David R.; Krane, Matthew J. M.

    2016-06-01

    Microstructural evolution during homogenization of Al-Si-Mg-Fe-Mn alloys occurs in two stages at different length scales: while holding at the homogenization temperature (diffusion on the scale of the secondary dendrite arm spacing (SDAS) in micrometers) and during quenching to room temperature (dispersoid precipitation at the nanometer to submicron scale). Here a numerical study estimates microstructural changes during both stages. A diffusion-based model developed to simulate evolution at the SDAS length scale predicts homogenization times and microstructures matching experiments. That model is coupled with a Kampmann Wagner Neumann-based precipitate nucleation and growth model to study the effect of temperature, composition, as-cast microstructure, and cooling rates during posthomogenization quenching on microstructural evolution. A homogenization schedule of 853 K (580 °C) for 8 hours, followed by cooling at 250 K/h, is suggested to optimize microstructures for easier extrusion, consisting of minimal α-Al(FeMn)Si, no β-AlFeSi, and Mg2Si dispersoids <1 μm size.

  12. Microstructural Evolution and Mechanical Properties of Fusion Welds and Simulated Heat-Affected Zones in an Iron-Copper Based Multi-Component Steel

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    Farren, Jeffrey David

    NUCu-140 is a copper-precipitation strengthened steel that exhibits excellent mechanical properties with a relatively simple chemical composition and processing schedule. As a result, NUCu-140 is a candidate material for use in many naval and structural applications. Before NUCu-140 can be implemented as a replacement for currently utilized materials, a comprehensive welding strategy must be developed under a wide range of welding conditions. This research represents an initial step toward understanding the microstructural and mechanical property evolution that occurs during fusion welding of NUCu-140. The following dissertation is presented as a series of four chapters. Chapter one is a review of the relevant literature on the iron-copper system including the precipitation of copper in steel, the development of the NUCu family of alloys, and the formation of acicular ferrite in steel weldments. Chapter two is a detailed study of the precipitate, microstructural, and mechanical property evolution of NUCu-140 fusion welds. Microhardness testing, tensile testing, local-electrode atom probe (LEAP) tomography, MatCalc kinetic simulations, and Russell-Brown strengthening results for gas-tungsten and gas-metal arc welds are presented. Chapter three is a thorough study of the microstructural and mechanical property evolution that occurs in the four critical regions of the HAZ. Simulated HAZ specimens were produced and evaluated using microhardness, tensile testing, and charpy impact testing. MatCalc simulations and R-B strengthening calculations were also performed in an effort to model the experimentally observed mechanical property trends. Chapter 4 is a brief investigation into the capabilities of MatCalc and the R-B model to determine if the two techniques could be used as predictive tools for a series of binary iron-copper alloys without the aid of experimentally measured precipitate data. The mechanical property results show that local softening occurs in the heat

  13. Microstructural evolution of pure copper during friction-stir welding

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    Mironov, S.; Inagaki, K.; Sato, Y. S.; Kokawa, H.

    2015-02-01

    The microstructural evolution of pure copper during friction-stir welding was found to be principally influenced by welding temperature. At temperatures below ~0.5 Tm (where Tm is melting point), the microstructure was shown to be essentially determined by continuous recrystallization, leading to significant grain refinement and related material strengthening in the stir zone. In contrast, grain structure development at temperatures above ~0.5 Tm was dominated by discontinuous recrystallization producing a relatively coarse grain structure in the stir zone and giving rise to material softening.

  14. In Situ Transmission Electron Microscopy Heating Studies of Particle Coalescence and Microstructure Evolution in Nanosized Ceramics

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    2006-06-02

    Final report on in-situ transmission microscopy heating studies of particle coalescence and microstructure evolution in nanosized ceramics. Report includes summary of work on particle shape changes and stress effects, and novel infiltration techniques in the processing of alumina based ceramics.

  15. Coupled finite element-Monte Carlo simulation of microstructure and texture evolution during thermomechanical processing

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    Radhakrishnan, B.; Sarma, G.; Zacharia, T.

    1998-11-01

    A novel simulation technique for predicting the microstructure and texture evolution during thermomechanical processing is presented. The technique involves coupling a finite element microstructural deformation model based on crystal plasticity with a Monte Carlo simulation of recovery and recrystallization. The finite element model captures the stored energy and the crystallographic orientation distributions in the deformed microstructure. The Monte Carlo simulation captures the microstructural evolution associated with recovery and recrystallization. A unique feature of the Monte Carlo simulation is that it treats recrystallization as a heterogeneous subgrain growth process, thus providing the natural link between nucleation and growth phenomena, and quantifying the role of recovery in these phenomena. Different nucleation mechanisms based on heterogeneous subgrain growth as well as strain induced boundary migration are automatically included in the recrystallization simulation. The simulations are shown to account for the extent of prior deformation on the microstructure and kinetics of recrystallization during subsequent annealing. The simulations also capture the influence of the presence of cube orientations in the initial microstructure, and the operation of non-octahedral slip during deformation of fcc polycrystals, on the recrystallization texture.

  16. Microstructure Evolution of a Medium Manganese Steel During Thermomechanical Processing

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    Sun, Binhan; Aydin, Huseyin; Fazeli, Fateh; Yue, Stephen

    2016-04-01

    An as-cast Fe-0.2C-10Mn-3Si-3Al medium manganese steel with a ferrite plus austenite duplex microstructure was subjected to hot compression tests at deformation temperatures within two-phase ( α + γ) range and various strain rates. The microstructure evolution of the experimental steel during hot deformation was investigated. The flow curves were characterized by a discontinuous yielding at the beginning of plastic deformation, followed by a weak work hardening to a peak and a subsequent mild softening stage. Two restoration processes took place during hot deformation, namely dynamic recrystallization (DRX) of austenite and continuous dynamic recrystallization of ferrite. The DRX of austenite was believed to dominate the softening stage of the flow curves. The discontinuous yielding stemmed from the existing Kurdjumov-Sachs (K-S) orientation relationship between ferrite and austenite in the initial undeformed microstructure, which gradually weakened during subsequent deformation.

  17. Microstructural evolution in fast-neutron-irradiated austenitic stainless steels

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    Stoller, R.E.

    1987-12-01

    The present work has focused on the specific problem of fast-neutron-induced radiation damage to austenitic stainless steels. These steels are used as structural materials in current fast fission reactors and are proposed for use in future fusion reactors. Two primary components of the radiation damage are atomic displacements (in units of displacements per atom, or dpa) and the generation of helium by nuclear transmutation reactions. The radiation environment can be characterized by the ratio of helium to displacement production, the so-called He/dpa ratio. Radiation damage is evidenced microscopically by a complex microstructural evolution and macroscopically by density changes and altered mechanical properties. The purpose of this work was to provide additional understanding about mechanisms that determine microstructural evolution in current fast reactor environments and to identify the sensitivity of this evolution to changes in the He/dpa ratio. This latter sensitivity is of interest because the He/dpa ratio in a fusion reactor first wall will be about 30 times that in fast reactor fuel cladding. The approach followed in the present work was to use a combination of theoretical and experimental analysis. The experimental component of the work primarily involved the examination by transmission electron microscopy of specimens of a model austenitic alloy that had been irradiated in the Oak Ridge Research Reactor. A major aspect of the theoretical work was the development of a comprehensive model of microstructural evolution. This included explicit models for the evolution of the major extended defects observed in neutron irradiated steels: cavities, Frank faulted loops and the dislocation network. 340 refs., 95 figs., 18 tabs.

  18. Tectonic Evolution of the Cretaceous Sava-Klepa Massif, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, based on field observations and microstructural analysis - Towards a new geodynamic Model

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    Altmeyer, Tobias; Peternell, Mark; Prelević, Dejan; Köpping, Jonas

    2016-04-01

    The Balkan Peninsula was formed during the Mesozoic collision of Gondwana and Eurasia, associated with the closure of the Neo-Tethyan Ocean. As a result, two ophiolitic belts were formed: Dinaride-Hellenide ophiolitic belt in the southwest and the Vardar ophiolitic belt in the northeast. The bulk of Balkan ophiolites originated in the Jurassic (Robertson & Karamata, 1994), and only recently the Late Cretaceous Sava-zone ophiolites are discovered. Ophiolit-like outcrops of Mount Klepa in the Central Macedonia represents a part of Late Cretaceous oceanic lithosphere within the Sava Zone, comprising of pillow lavas, sheet flows, columns, hyaloclastites, dikes as well as cumulates. In this study we investigate the geodynamic setting and evolution of the Late Cretaceous Klepa Massif. Our working hypotheses we want to test is that Klepa Massif represents a new ocean opened through rifting after the closure of Tethyan ocean(s) and collision of Europe and Gondwana already in the Late Jurassic to Early Cretaceous. This hypothesis contradicts the accepted model suggesting that Sava ophiolites represent a relic of the Neo-Tethyan Ocean that closed in the Late Cretaceous. During detailed structural geology field studies, the ophiolitic rock sequence of Klepa Mountain area was mapped in several profiles and about 60 rock samples were taken. These field data in addition to the north-south trending outcrops of the Klepa ophiolite and the north-south trending shear zones which bound the Klepa basalt, lead to the assumption of the existence of a pull apart basin. With the help of microstructural analyses we will determine the deformation history and temperatures which also will be confirmed by the analyses of calcite twins (Ferril et al., 2004). Quartz grain size analysis of quartz bearing rocks, were used for stress piezometry. Furthermore, quartz crystal geometry and crystallographic orientations, which were measured with the Fabric Analyser G60 (Peternell et al., 2010), reveal

  19. Mesoscale evolution of voids and microstructural changes in HMX-based explosives during heating through the β-δ phase transition

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    Willey, Trevor M.; Lauderbach, Lisa; Gagliardi, Franco; van Buuren, Tony; Glascoe, Elizabeth A.; Tringe, Joseph W.; Lee, Jonathan R. I.; Springer, H. Keo; Ilavsky, Jan

    2015-08-01

    HMX-based explosives LX-10 and PBX-9501 were heated through the β-δ phase transition. Ultra-small angle x-ray scattering (USAXS) and molecular diffraction were simultaneously recorded as the HMX was heated. Mesoscale voids and structure dramatically change promptly with the β-δ phase transition, rather than with other thermal effects. Also, x-ray induced damage, observed in the USAXS, occurs more readily at elevated temperatures; as such, the dose was reduced to mitigate this effect. Optical microscopy performed during a similar heating cycle gives an indication of changes on longer length scales, while x-ray microtomography, performed before and after heating, shows the character of extensive microstructural damage resulting from the temperature cycle and solid-state phase transition.

  20. Mesoscale evolution of voids and microstructural changes in HMX-based explosives during heating through the β-δ phase transition

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    Willey, Trevor M. Lauderbach, Lisa; Gagliardi, Franco; Buuren, Tony van; Glascoe, Elizabeth A.; Tringe, Joseph W.; Lee, Jonathan R. I.; Springer, H. Keo; Ilavsky, Jan

    2015-08-07

    HMX-based explosives LX-10 and PBX-9501 were heated through the β-δ phase transition. Ultra-small angle x-ray scattering (USAXS) and molecular diffraction were simultaneously recorded as the HMX was heated. Mesoscale voids and structure dramatically change promptly with the β-δ phase transition, rather than with other thermal effects. Also, x-ray induced damage, observed in the USAXS, occurs more readily at elevated temperatures; as such, the dose was reduced to mitigate this effect. Optical microscopy performed during a similar heating cycle gives an indication of changes on longer length scales, while x-ray microtomography, performed before and after heating, shows the character of extensive microstructural damage resulting from the temperature cycle and solid-state phase transition.

  1. Microstructural evolution of diamond growth during HFCVD

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    Singh, J.

    1994-01-01

    High resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) was used to study the nucleation and growth mechanism of diamond by hot filament chemical vapor deposition (HFCVD) process. A novel technique has shown a direct evidence for the formation of the diamond-like carbon layer 8-14 nm thick in which small diamond micro-crystallites were embedded. These diamond micro-crystallites were formed as a result of transformation of diamond-like carbon into diamond. The diamond micro-crystallites present in the amorphous diamond-like carbon layer provided nucleation sites for diamond growth. Large diamond crystallites were observed to grow from these micro-crystallites. The mechanism of diamond growth will be presented based on experimental findings.

  2. Modeling of Microstructural Evolution in an MCrAlY Overlay Coating on Different Superalloy Substrates

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    Karunaratne, M. S. A.; di Martino, I.; Ogden, S. L.; Oates, D. L.; Thomson, R. C.

    2012-02-01

    A multicomponent, one-dimensional diffusion model that was developed for simulating microstructure evolution in coated gas turbine blade systems has been used to compare the phase structures of three MCrAlY coated superalloy systems. The model is based on finite differences and incorporates oxidation and equilibrium thermodynamic computations. The superalloy substrates considered were the nickel-based superalloy CMSX-4, a high-Cr single-crystal superalloy, and a cobalt-based MAR-M509, and these were all coated with an MCrAlY bond coat of similar composition. The results predicted by the model have been compared with similar experimental systems. The model can predict many features observed experimentally and therefore can be expected to be a useful tool in lifetime prediction and microstructural assessment of turbine blade systems based on superalloys. The work also highlighted the fact that for a given coating, the phase evolution within system is dependent on the substrate material.

  3. Nonlinear acoustics experimental characterization of microstructure evolution in Inconel 617

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    Yao, Xiaochu; Liu, Yang; Lissenden, Cliff J.

    2014-02-18

    Inconel 617 is a candidate material for the intermediate heat exchanger in a very high temperature reactor for the next generation nuclear power plant. This application will require the material to withstand fatigue-ratcheting interaction at temperatures up to 950°C. Therefore nondestructive evaluation and structural health monitoring are important capabilities. Acoustic nonlinearity (which is quantified in terms of a material parameter, the acoustic nonlinearity parameter, β) has been proven to be sensitive to microstructural changes in material. This research develops a robust experimental procedure to track the evolution of damage precursors in laboratory tested Inconel 617 specimens using ultrasonic bulk waves. The results from the acoustic non-linear tests are compared with stereoscope surface damage results. Therefore, the relationship between acoustic nonlinearity and microstructural evaluation can be clearly demonstrated for the specimens tested.

  4. Microstructural evolution during stress relaxation of gold thin films

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    Syarbaini, Luthfia Amra

    Microstructure evolution in metal thin films for use in microelectronic devices was studied due to the formation of defects such as whiskers and hillocks that may cause problems in electrical circuits. Thin film stress relaxation can occur through a variety of processes. Understanding such mechanisms and the conditions under which certain mechanism dominate can potentially lead to the improved control of thin film stability. Studies of the 3D microstructural changes in Au thin films on silicon and other substrates with different thermal expansion coefficients aid us in understanding thin film relaxation phenomena such as hillock/whisker formation. Techniques such as in-situ scanning electron microscopy (SEM) heating and cooling experiments, electron backscattered diffraction (EBSD), focus ion beam (FIB) cross sections and atomic force microscopy (AFM) enabled us to quantify the kinetic relationships between relaxation mechanisms and local morphological changes.

  5. Microstructural evolution during dynamic deformation of cubic metals: copper

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    Cerreta, Ellen K; Koller, Darcie D; Bronkhorst, Curt A; Excobedo, Juan P; Hansen, Benjamin L; Patterson, Brian M; Lebensohn, Ricardo A; Livescu, Veronica; Tonks, Davis; Mourad, Hashem M; Germann, Timothy C; Perez - Bergquist, Alex; Gray Ill, George T

    2010-12-22

    Shockwave shape can influence dynamic damage evolution. Features such as rise time, pulse duration, peak shock pressure, pull back, and release rate are influenced as wave shape changes. However, their individual influence on dynamic damage evolution is not well understood. Specifically, changing from a square to triangular or Taylor wave loading profile can alter the release kinetics from peak shock pressure and the volume of material sampled during release. This creates a spatial influence. In high purity metals, because damage is often linked to boundaries within the microstructure (grain or twin), changing the volume of material sampled during release, can have a drastic influence on dynamic damage evolution as the number of boundaries or defects sampled is altered. In this study, model-driven dynamic experiments have been conducted on eu with four different grain sizes to examine, for a given shockwave shape, how the spatial effect of boundary distribution influences dynamic damage evolution. Both two and three dimensional damage characterization techniques have been utilized. This study shows the critical influence of spatial effects, in this case boundary density, on dynamic damage evolution. As the boundary density decreases, the damage evolution transitions from nucleation controlled to growth controlled. It also shows that specific boundaries, those with high Schmid factor orientations on either side, maybe a necessary condition for void formation.

  6. Epitaxy and Microstructure Evolution in Metal Additive Manufacturing

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    Basak, Amrita; Das, Suman

    2016-07-01

    Metal additive manufacturing (AM) works on the principle of incremental layer-by-layer material consolidation, facilitating the fabrication of objects of arbitrary complexity through the controlled melting and resolidification of feedstock materials by using high-power energy sources. The focus of metal AM is to produce complex-shaped components made of metals and alloys to meet demands from various industrial sectors such as defense, aerospace, automotive, and biomedicine. Metal AM involves a complex interplay between multiple modes of energy and mass transfer, fluid flow, phase change, and microstructural evolution. Understanding the fundamental physics of these phenomena is a key requirement for metal AM process development and optimization. The effects of material characteristics and processing conditions on the resulting epitaxy and microstructure are of critical interest in metal AM. This article reviews various metal AM processes in the context of fabricating metal and alloy parts through epitaxial solidification, with material systems ranging from pure-metal and prealloyed to multicomponent materials. The aim is to cover the relationships between various AM processes and the resulting microstructures in these material systems.

  7. 4D analysis of the microstructural evolution of Si-based electrodes during lithiation: Time-lapse X-ray imaging and digital volume correlation

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    Paz-Garcia, J. M.; Taiwo, O. O.; Tudisco, E.; Finegan, D. P.; Shearing, P. R.; Brett, D. J. L.; Hall, S. A.

    2016-07-01

    Silicon is a promising candidate to substitute or complement graphite as anode material in Li-ion batteries due, mainly, to its high energy density. However, the lithiation/delithiation processes of silicon particles are inherently related to drastic volume changes which, within a battery's physically constrained case, can induce significant deformation of the fundamental components of the battery that can eventually cause it to fail. In this work, we use non-destructive time-lapse X-ray imaging techniques to study the coupled electrochemo-mechanical phenomena in Li-ion batteries. We present X-ray computed tomography data acquired at different times during the first lithiation of custom-built silicon-lithium battery cells. Microstructural volume changes have been quantified using full 3D strain field measurements from digital volume correlation analysis. Furthermore, the extent of lithiation of silicon particles has been quantified in 3D from the grey-scale of the tomography images. Correlation of the volume expansion and grey-scale changes over the silicon-based electrode volume indicates that the process of lithiation is kinetically affected by the reaction at the Si/LixSi interface.

  8. Microstructural evolution and nanoscale crystallography in scleractinian coral spherulites.

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    van de Locht, Renée; Verch, Andreas; Saunders, Martin; Dissard, Delphine; Rixen, Tim; Moya, Aurélie; Kröger, Roland

    2013-07-01

    One of the most important aspects in the research on reef-building corals is the process by which corals accrete biogenic calcium carbonate. This process leads to the formation of a mineral/organic composite and it is believed that the development of the nano- and microstructure of the mineral phase is highly sensitive to the growth conditions. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) analysis of large-scale (10×30μm) focused ion beam (FIB) prepared lamellae was performed on adult and juvenile scleractinian coral skeleton specimens. This allowed for the investigation of the nano and microstructure and the crystallographic orientation of the aragonite mineral. We found the following microstructural evolution in the adult Porites lobata specimens: randomly oriented nanocrystals with high porosity, partly aligned nanocrystals with high porosity and areas of dense acicular crystals of several micrometers extension, the latter two areas are aligned close to the [001] direction (Pmcn space group). To the best of our knowledge, for the first time the observed microstructure could be directly correlated with the dark/bright bands characteristic of the diurnal growth cycle. We hypothesize that this mineral structure sequence and alignment in the adult specimen is linked to the photosynthetic diurnal cycle of the zooxanthellea regulating the oxygen levels and organic molecule transport to the calcifying medium. These observations reveal a strong control of crystal morphology by the organism and the correlation of the accretion process. No indication for a self-assembly of nanocrystalline units, i.e., a mesocrystal structure, on the micrometer scale could be found. PMID:23685125

  9. Microstructural evolution in an austenitic stainless steel fusion reactor first wall

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    Stoller, R.E.; Odette, G.R.

    1986-01-01

    A detailed rate-theory-based model of microstructural evolution under fast neutron irradiation has been developed. The prominent new aspect of this model is a treatment of dislocation evolution in which Frank faulted loops nucleate, grow and unfault to provide a source for network dislocations while the dislocation network can be simultaneously annihilated by a climb/glide process. The predictions of this model compare very favorably with the observed dose and temperature dependence of these key microstructural features over a broad range. This new description of dislocation evolution has been coupled with a previously developed model of cavity evolution and good agreement has been obtained between the predictions of the composite model and fast reactor swelling data as well. The results from the composite model also reveal that the various components of the irradiation-induced microstructure evolve in a highly coupled manner. The predictions of the composite model are more sensitive to parametric variations than more simple models. Hence, its value as a tool in data analysis and extrapolation is enhanced.

  10. Microstructural evolution and electrical properties of base-metal electroded BaTi4O9 materials with B-Si-Ba-Zn-O glass system.

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    Chou, Chen-Chia; Su, Yu-Hsuan; Liu, Ze-Ming; Utami, Brianti Satrianti; Chen, Cheng-Sao; Chu, Li-Wen

    2012-09-01

    Barium titanate-based microwave dielectrics usually require relatively high temperatures to sinter, which prevents the use of base metals such as copper for electrodes. In this work, BaTi(4)O(9) microwave dielectric ceramics co-fired with copper electrodes are made possible by adding B-Si-Ba- Zn-O glass to induce liquid-phase sintering at sufficiently low temperature and in reduced atmosphere. The microstructures and electric properties of the BaTi(4)O(9) ceramics thus obtained are carefully examined and studied. Proper glass composition may significantly facilitate mass transportation in the low-temperature co-fired ceramic (LTCC) material, resulting in better densification without serious degradation of electric properties. Although the B2O3/SiO2 ratio enhances the glass mobility during sintering, the BaO/ZnO ratio contributes to the chemical affinity of glass to BaTi(4)O(9) ceramics. In addition, various Ba-Ti-O phases with different Ba/Ti ratios may be found in the specimen through the X-ray diffraction patterns when the BaO/ZnO ratio is varied. If the BaO/ZnO ratio is high and the glass flows easily in the material, the Ba(4)Ti(13)O(30) phase is formed. If the BaO/ZnO ratio is low and the glass flows easily in the material, the BaTi(6)O(13) phase appears. We find that glass-induced Ba(4)Ti(13)O(30) transformation may significantly decrease Qxf values in the BT4-BSBZ materials. Therefore, the appropriate glass composition must be selected to ensure the phase stability of dielectrics to achieve the best performance possible. PMID:23007760

  11. Microstructure evolution of 7050 Al alloy during age-forming

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    Chen, Junfeng; Zou, Linchi; Li, Qiang; Chen, Yulong

    2015-04-15

    The microstructure evolution of the 7050 Al alloy treated by age-forming was studied using a designed device which can simulate the age-forming process. The grain shape, grain boundary misorientation and grain orientation evolution of 7050 Al alloy during age-forming have been quantitatively characterized by electron backscattering diffraction technique. The results show that age-forming produced abundant low-angle boundaries and elongated grains, which attributed to stress induced dislocation movement and grain boundary migration during the age-forming process. On the other side, the stress along rolling direction caused some unstable orientation grains to rotate towards the Brass and S orientations during the age-forming process. Hence, the intensity of the rolling texture orientation in age-formed samples is enhanced. But this effect decays gradually with increasing aging time, since stress decreases and precipitation hardening occurs during the age-forming process. - Highlights: • Quantitative analysis of grain evolution of 7050 Al alloys during age-forming • Stress induces some grain rotation of 7050 Al alloys during age-forming. • Creep leads to elongate grain of 7050 Al alloys during age-forming. • Obtains a trend on texture evolution during age-forming applied stress.

  12. Microstructural evolution in the HAZ of Inconel 718 and correlation with the hot ductility test

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    Thompson, R. G.; Genculu, S.

    1983-01-01

    The nickel-base alloy 718 was evaluated to study the role of preweld heat treatment in reducing or eliminating heat-affected zone hot cracking. Three heat treatments were studied using the Gleeble hot ductility test. A modified hot ductility test was also used to follow the evolution of microstructure during simulated welding thermal cycles. The microstructural evolution was correlated with the hot ductility data in order to evaluate the mechanism of hot cracking in alloy 718. The correlation of hot ductility with microstructure showed that recrystallization, grain growth, and dissolution of precipitates did not in themselves cause any loss of ductility during cooling. Ductility loss during cooling was not initiated until the constitutional liquation of NbC particles was observed in the microstructure. Laves-type phases were found precipitated in the solidified grain boundaries but were not found to correlate with any ductility loss parameter. Mechanisms are reviewed which help to explain how heat treatment controls the hot crack susceptibility of alloy 718 as measured in the hot ductility test.

  13. Laser assisted high entropy alloy coating on aluminum: Microstructural evolution

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    Katakam, Shravana; Joshi, Sameehan S.; Mridha, Sanghita; Mukherjee, Sundeep; Dahotre, Narendra B.

    2014-09-14

    High entropy alloy (Al-Fe-Co-Cr-Ni) coatings were synthesized using laser surface engineering on aluminum substrate. Electron diffraction analysis confirmed the formation of solid solution of body centered cubic high entropy alloy phase along with phases with long range periodic structures within the coating. Evolution of such type of microstructure was a result of kinetics associated with laser process, which generates higher temperatures and rapid cooling resulting in retention of high entropy alloy phase followed by reheating and/or annealing in subsequent passes of the laser track giving rise to partial decomposition. The partial decomposition resulted in formation of precipitates having layered morphology with a mixture of high entropy alloy rich phases, compounds, and long range ordered phases.

  14. Microstructure evolution of compressible granular systems under large deformations

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    Gonzalez, Marcial; Cuitiño, Alberto M.

    2016-08-01

    We report three-dimensional particle mechanics static calculations that predict the microstructure evolution during die-compaction of elastic spherical particles up to relative densities close to one. We employ a nonlocal contact formulation that remains predictive at high levels of confinement by removing the classical assumption that contacts between particles are formulated locally as independent pair-interactions. The approach demonstrates that the coordination number depends on the level of compressibility, i.e., on Poisson's ratio, of the particles. Results also reveal that distributions of contact forces between particles and between particles and walls, although similar at jamming onset, are very different at full compaction. Particle-wall forces are in remarkable agreement with experimental measurements reported in the literature, providing a unifying framework for bridging experimental boundary observations with bulk behavior.

  15. Evolution of Local Microstructures: Spatial Instabilities of Coarsening Clusters

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    Frazier, Donald O.

    1999-01-01

    dynamics at various volume fractions. Preliminary results of numerical and experimental investigations, focused on the growth of finite particle clusters, provide important insight into the nature of the transition between the two scaling regimes. The companion microgravity experiment centers on the growth within finite particle clusters, and follows the temporal dynamics driving microstructural evolution, using holography.

  16. Microstructure Evolution in a New Refractory High-Entropy Alloy W-Mo-Cr-Ti-Al

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    Gorr, Bronislava; Azim, Maria; Christ, Hans-Juergen; Chen, Hans; Szabo, Dorothee Vinga; Kauffmann, Alexander; Heilmaier, Martin

    2016-02-01

    The microstructure of a body-centered cubic 20W-20Mo-20Cr-20Ti-20Al alloy in the as-cast condition as well as its microstructural evolution during heat treatment was investigated. Different characterization techniques, such as focused ion beam-scanning electron microscope, X-ray diffraction, and transmission electron microscope, were applied. Experimental observations were supported by thermodynamic calculations. The alloy exhibits a pronounced dendritic microstructure in the as-cast condition with the respective dendritic and interdendritic regions showing significant fluctuations of the element concentrations. Using thermodynamic calculations, it was possible to rationalize the measured element distribution in the dendritic and the interdendritic regions. Observations of the microstructure evolution reveal that during heat treatment, substantial homogenization takes place leading to the formation of a single-phase microstructure. Driving forces for the microstructural evolution were discussed from a thermodynamic point of view.

  17. Conventional and Multiscale Modeling of Microstructure Evolution During Laminar Cooling of DP Steel Strips

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    Pietrzyk, Maciej; Kusiak, Jan; Kuziak, Roman; Madej, Łukasz; Szeliga, Danuta; Gołąb, Rafał

    2014-12-01

    Physical and numerical simulations of the hot rolling and laminar cooling of DP steel strips are presented in the paper. The objectives of the paper were twofold. Physical simulations of hot plastic deformation were used to identify and validate numerical models. Validated models were applied to simulate the manufacturing of DP steel strips. Conventional flow stress model and microstructure evolution model were used in the hot deformation part. The approach to the complex systems analysis based on global thermodynamic characterization and detailed microstructure characterization was applied to determine equilibrium state at various temperatures. Finally, two numerical models were used to simulate kinetics of austenite decomposition at varying temperatures: the first, conventional model based on the Avrami equation, and the second, the discrete Cellular Automata approach. Plastometric tests and stress relaxation tests were used for identification of the hot rolling model for the DP steel. Dilatometric tests were performed to identify the phase transformation models. Verification confirmed good accuracy of all models. Validated models were applied to simulate the manufacturing of DP steel strips. Influence of technological parameters ( e.g., strip thickness and velocity, active sections in the laminar cooling, and water flux in the sections) on the DP microstructure was analyzed. The cooling schedules, which give required microstructures were proposed. The numerical tool, which simulates manufacturing chain for DP steel strips is the main output of the paper.

  18. Microstructural evolution and ductile phase toughening in brazed joints

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    Philips, Noah Robinson

    In typical brazed joints, melting point depressants degrade the structural robustness by concentrating as brittle phases into continuous seams along the centerline. The objective of this dissertation is to sufficiently understand the mechanisms governing the microstructure of a typical braze that approaches for modifying the fabrication to eliminate brittleness can be identified and demonstrated. A characterization of a quaternary braze (Nicrobraze 31) used for stainless steel bonds, containing P and Si melting point depressants, reveals that the thermochemical interactions governing the microstructure include dissolution/reprecipitation, solid-state diffusion, and solidification. It is shown that the Si can be incorporated into a solid solution gamma-Ni(Fe, Si) phase that forms by reprecipitation. A fracture toughness test for intermediate toughness materials is developed to quantify the performance of brazed joints. The test configuration is a wedge driven DCB (Double Cantilever Beam), with design guided by analytical solutions for the energy release rate and compliance. The fracture resistance of a typical braze joint is found to be significantly greater than that for the intermetallic constituents. Approximately half of the toughening is attributed to plastic stretch of the ductile phase within the eutectic. The remainder is attributed to dissipation within a plastic zone that forms in the primary gamma-Ni(Fe, Si) regions. Heat treatments are presented that use ductile phase toughening to mitigate the effect of brittle intermetallics in a Ni-based braze alloy. The development of this beneficial microstructure is based on an understanding of the transient dissolution and isothermal solidification phenomena. By rapid cooling after a short brazing time, gamma-Ni(Fe, Si) is redistributed to the midline where it disrupts the intermetallics and forms a network of ductile ligaments upon fracture. Reinforcement by the modified ductile phase nearly doubles the toughness

  19. Tomography and Simulation of Microstructure Evolution of a Closed-Cell Polymer Foam in Compression

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    Daphalapurkar, N.P.; Hanan, J.C.; Phelps, N.B.; Bale, H.; Lu, H.

    2010-10-25

    Closed-cell foams in compression exhibit complex deformation characteristics that remain incompletely understood. In this paper the microstructural evolution of closed-cell polymethacrylimide foam was simulated in compression undergoing elastic, compaction, and densification stages. The three-dimensional microstructure of the foam is determined using Micro-Computed Tomography ({micro}-CT), and is converted to material points for simulations using the material point method (MPM). The properties of the cell-walls are determined from nanoindentation on the wall of the foam. MPM simulations captured the three stages of deformations in foam compression. Features of the microstructures from simulations are compared qualitatively with the in-situ observations of the foam under compression using {micro}-CT. The stress-strain curve simulated from MPM compares reasonably with the experimental results. Based on the results from {micro}-CT and MPM simulations, it was found that elastic buckling of cell-walls occurs even in the elastic regime of compression. Within the elastic region, less than 35% of the cell-wall material carries the majority of the compressive load. In the experiment, a shear band was observed as a result of collapse of cells in a weak zone. From this collapsed weak zone a compaction (collapse) wave was seen traveling which eventually lead to the collapse of the entire foam cell-structure. Overall, this methodology will allow prediction of material properties for microstructures driving the optimization of processing and performance in foam materials.

  20. Microstructural Evolution During Multi-Pass Friction Stir Processing of a Magnesium Alloy

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    Tripathi, A.; Tewari, A.; Kanjarla, A. K.; Srinivasan, N.; Reddy, G. M.; Zhu, S. M.; Nie, J. F.; Doherty, R. D.; Samajdar, I.

    2016-05-01

    A commercial magnesium alloy was processed through multi-pass and multi-directional (unidirectional, reverse, and transverse tool movements) friction stir processing (FSP). Based on the FSP location, the dominant prior-deformation basal texture was shifted along the arc of a hypothetical ellipse. The patterns of deformation texture developments were captured by viscoplastic self-consistent modeling with appropriate velocity gradients. The simulated textures, however, had two clear deficiencies. The simulations involved shear strains of 0.8 to 1.0, significantly lower than those expected in the FSP. Even at such low shear, the simulated textures were significantly stronger. Microstructural observations also revealed the presence of ultra-fine grains with relatively weak crystallographic texture. Combinations of ultra-fine grain superplasticity followed by grain coarsening were proposed as the possible mechanism for the microstructural evolution during FSP.

  1. Numerical simulation of temperature field, microstructure evolution and mechanical properties of HSS during hot stamping

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    Shi, Dongyong; Liu, Wenquan; Ying, Liang Hu, Ping Shen, Guozhe

    2013-12-16

    The hot stamping of boron steels is widely used to produce ultra high strength automobile components without any spring back. The ultra high strength of final products is attributed to the fully martensitic microstructure that is obtained through the simultaneous forming and quenching of the hot blanks after austenization. In the present study, a mathematical model incorporating both heat transfer and the transformation of austenite is presented. A FORTRAN program based on finite element technique has been developed which permits the temperature distribution and microstructure evolution of high strength steel during hot stamping process. Two empirical diffusion-dependent transformation models under isothermal conditions were employed respectively, and the prediction capability on mechanical properties of the models were compared with the hot stamping experiment of an automobile B-pillar part.

  2. Mathematical modeling of microstructure evolution in the heat affected zone of electroslag cladding

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    Li, M.V.; Atteridge, D.G.; Meekisho, L.

    1996-12-31

    An algorithm is presented for computing microstructure evolution in weld heat affected zone of low alloy steels. It contains computational models for multicomponent Fe-C-M system equilibria, austenite grain growth kinetics, and austenite decomposition kinetics. A new kinetics model for austenite decomposition has been developed based on first principles of phase transformations expressed with Zener-Hillert type formulas. Coefficients in this model were calibrated with CCT diagrams of low alloy steels. This algorithm has the capability of computing TTT diagrams, CCT diagrams Jominy hardness curves, and phase transformations in the weld heat affected zone of low alloy steels. Excellent agreement was observed between the experimentally observed and the predicted microstructure and hardness.

  3. Microstructure evolution of electron beam welded Ti{sub 3}Al-Nb joint

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    Feng Jicai; Wu Huiqiang . E-mail: huiqiang_wu@hit.edu.cn; He Jingshan; Zhang Bingang

    2005-02-15

    The microstructure evolution characterization in high containing Nb, low Al titanium aluminide alloy of electron beam welded joints was investigated by means of OM, SEM, XRD, TEM and microhardness analysis. The results indicated that the microstructure of the weld metal made with electron beam under the welding conditions employed in this work was predominantly metastable, retaining ordered {beta} phase (namely B2 phase), and was independent of the welding parameters but independent of the size and the orientation of the weld solidification structures. As the heat input is decreased, the cellular structure zone is significantly reduced, and then the crystallizing morphology of fusion zone presented dendritically columnar structure. There existed grain growth coarsening in heat affected zone (HAZ) for insufficient polygonization. Both fusion zone (FZ) and the HAZ had higher microhardness than the base metal.

  4. Microstructural Evolution of a C-Mn Steel During Hot Compression Above the Ae3

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    Aranas, Clodualdo M.; Shen, Yu-Jack; Rodrigues, Samuel F.; Jonas, John J.

    2016-09-01

    In order to study the microstructural evolution during deformation, hot compression tests were carried out on a 0.06 wt pct C-0.30 wt pct Mn-0.01 wt pct Si steel at temperatures above the Ae3. The volume fraction of ferrite produced dynamically increased with the applied strain and decreased with increasing temperature. The present data are used to generate an isothermal strain-temperature-transformation diagram based on the applied strain. Results of this type can be employed to predict the effect of dynamic transformation during thermomechanical processing.

  5. Final Report: A Transport Phenomena Based Approach to Probe Evolution of Weld Macro and Microstructures and A Smart Bi-directional Model of Fusion Welding

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    Dr. Tarasankar DebRoy

    2009-12-11

    In recent years, applications of numerical heat transfer and fluid flow models of fusion welding have resulted in improved understanding of both the welding processes and welded materials. They have been used to accurately calculate thermal cycles and fusion zone geometry in many cases. Here we report the following three major advancements from this project. First, we show how microstructures, grain size distribution and topology of welds of several important engineering alloys can be computed starting from better understanding of the fusion welding process through numerical heat transfer and fluid flow calculations. Second, we provide a conclusive proof that the reliability of numerical heat transfer and fluid flow calculations can be significantly improved by optimizing several uncertain model parameters. Third, we demonstrate how the numerical heat transfer and fluid flow models can be combined with a suitable global optimization program such as a genetic algorithm for the tailoring of weld attributes such as attaining a specified weld geometry or a weld thermal cycle. The results of the project have been published in many papers and a listing of these are included together with a list of the graduate thesis that resulted from this project. The work supported by the DOE award has resulted in several important national and international awards. A listing of these awards and the status of the graduate students are also presented in this report.

  6. Microstructural Evolution of Chloride-Cleaned Silicon Carbide Aluminum Composites

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    Adeosun, S. O.; Akpan, E. I.; Gbenebor, O. P.; Balogun, S. A.

    2016-02-01

    This study examines the synergy between reinforcement surface modifications on the evolution of microstructures of AA6011-silicon carbide particle (SiCp) composites in multidirectional solidification. Silicon carbide particles (SiCp) were cleaned with ammonium chloride, tin(II) chloride, sodium chloride, and palladium(II) chloride and used as reinforcement to cast AA6011-SiCp composites by applying the stir casting method. A scanning electron microscope and x-ray diffractometer were used to investigate the morphology and phases present, respectively, in the composite material. Results show that wetting agents were effective as they inhibited the formation of Al4C3 in all modified composites. The modified SiCp was found to have varying effects on the morphology, dendrite arm size and direction, size and configuration of AlFeSi, and the amount of eutectic silicon depending on the concentration of the reagent and cleaning time. The highest effect was shown by the use of 40 g/L of tin(II) chloride. The composites had short dendritic arms, good interfacial interaction, and only a few crystals of AlFeSi.

  7. Study on the microstructural evolution of AZ31 magnesium alloy in a vertical twin-roll casting process

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    Chen, Ming; Hu, Xiao-Dong; Han, Bing; Deng, Xiao-Hu; Ju, Dong-Ying

    2016-02-01

    Finite element method was employed to calculate the macroflow velocity and temperature distribution of the pool domain's biting zone in twin-roll casting. Macroanalysis results were inducted as boundary conditions into microanalysis. Phase field method (PFM) was adopted to investigate the microstructure evolution. Based on the Kim-Kim-Suzuki model, the effect of metal flow velocity was coupled on the solute gradient item, and the real physical parameters of AZ31 were inducted into the numerical calculation. We used the marker and cell method in the discrete element solution of microstructural pattern prediction of AZ31 magnesium alloys. The different flow velocity values that predicted the columnar dendrite evolution were discussed in detail. Numerical simulation results were also compared with the experiment analysis. The microstructure obtained by PFM agrees with the actual pattern observed via optical microscopy.

  8. A hierarchical framework for the multiscale modeling of microstructure evolution in heterogeneous materials

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    Luscher, Darby J.

    treated using a mixed-field finite element approach. The coarse scale constitutive equations are implemented in a finite deformation hyperelastic inelastic integration scheme developed for second gradient constitutive models. An example problem based on an idealized porous microstructure is presented to illustrate the approach and highlight its predictive utility. This example and a few variations are explored to address the boundary-value-problem dependant nature of length scale parameters employed in nonlocal continuum theories. Finally, strategies for developing meaningful kinematic ISVs, free energy functions, and the associated evolution kinetics are presented. These strategies are centered on the goal of accurately representing the energy stored and dissipated during irreversible processes.

  9. Microstructural Evolution of Ti-6Al-4V during High Strain Rate Conditions of Metal Cutting

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    Dong, Lei; Schneider, Judy

    2009-01-01

    The microstructural evolution following metal cutting was investigated within the metal chips of Ti-6Al-4V. Metal cutting was used to impose a high strain rate on the order of approx.10(exp 5)/s within the primary shear zone as the metal was removed from the workpiece. The initial microstructure of the parent material (PM) was composed of a bi-modal microstructure with coarse prior grains and equiaxed primary located at the boundaries. After metal cutting, the microstructure of the metal chips showed coarsening of the equiaxed primary grains and lamellar. These metallographic findings suggest that the metal chips experienced high temperatures which remained below the transus temperature.

  10. Microstructural Evolution and Compressive Properties of Two-Phase Nb-Fe Alloys Containing the C14 Laves Phase NbFe2 Intermetallic Compound

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    Li, K. W.; Wang, X. B.; Wang, W. X.; Li, S. M.; Gong, D. Q.; Fu, H. Z.

    2016-02-01

    Microstructural evolution and compressive properties of two-phase Nb-Fe binary alloys based on the C14 Laves phase NbFe2 were characterized at both the hypo- and hypereutectic compositions. The experimental results indicated that the microstructures of the two alloys consisted of fully eutectics containing Fe and NbFe2 phases at the bottom of the ingots corresponding to the largest solidification rates. With the decrease of solidification rate, the microstructures developed into primary Fe (NbFe2) dendrites plus eutectics in the middle and top parts of the ingots. The microstructural evolutions along the axis of the ingots were analyzed by considering the competitive growth between the primary phase and eutectic as well as using microstructure selection models based on the maximum interface temperature criterion. Furthermore, the compressive properties of the two alloys were measured and the enhancements were explained in terms of the second Fe phase and halo toughening mechanisms.

  11. A Monte Carlo Potts Investigation of Microstructural Evolution: Particle Assisted Abnormal Grain Growth

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    Guebels, Corentin Alain Pierre Nicolas

    The microstructural changes that occur in metals and alloys due to deformation and heat treatment are often characterized according to the macroscale deformation process (i.e. cold or hot working). The general problem of this type of characterization is that it only distinguishes the general microstructural trends. For many decades, these microstructural phenomena have been described empirically or with limited experimental verification. This shortcoming is apparent for recrystallization and abnormal grain growth processes. Understanding and characterizing the thermal and mechanical processes that compete to control grain boundary kinetics and the subsequent microstructural evolution is critical. These include but are not limited to: the input and recovery of deformation energy, the influence of deformation energy on grain boundary migration, the mechanisms controlling the nucleation of new grains, and the effect of second-phase particles. The present work introduces a new temporal scaling method and investigates the conditions in which some grain boundaries may become unpinned in an otherwise stable, pinned microstructure and extends work done by E. Holm. The temporal scaling method contributes to resolving some of the limitations of Monte Carlo Potts (MCP) simulations in the investigation of the conditions and mechanisms that distinguish recrystallization from dynamic abnormal grain growth (DAGG). Grain boundary unpinning is then investigated for the case of an idealized spherical grain and for a polycrystalline microstructure. The mechanisms of grain boundary pinning and grain growth inhibition by second-phase particles are well known. The influence of simulation temperature on grain boundary unpinning is investigated numerically using a 3D Monte Carlo Potts approach. MCP based models are commonly implemented to simulate microstructural evolution. However, the numerical implementations of recrystallization and other deformation-induced phenomena often elude

  12. Microstructural Evolution During Friction Surfacing of Austenitic Stainless Steel AISI 304 on Low Carbon Steel

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    Khalid Rafi, H.; Kishore Babu, N.; Phanikumar, G.; Prasad Rao, K.

    2013-01-01

    Austenitic stainless steel AISI 304 coating was deposited over low carbon steel substrate by means of friction surfacing and the microstructural evolution was studied. The microstructural characterization of the coating was carried out by optical microscopy (OM), electron back scattered diffraction (EBSD), and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The coating exhibited refined grains (average size of 5 μm) as compared to the coarse grains (average size of 40 μm) in as-received consumable rod. The results from the microstructural characterization studies show that discontinuous dynamic recrystallization (DDRX) is the responsible mechanism for grain evolution as a consequence of severe plastic deformation.

  13. Cow-eye microstructure evolution of laser pulse processed for ductile iron

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    Ba, Fahai; Gan, Cuihua; Yu, Gang

    2003-04-01

    Pulsed laser beam with lattice distribution was used to modify surface processing for ductile iron. The microstructures around the graphite were observed using OM, and Nanoindentation and micro-hardness of that measured from surface to inner of sample. The result shows that the graphite ball has an important effect on cow-eye microstructure evolution either in light molten area or in phase change hardened are. It is not true that assuming the material is uniform during laser rapid heating and fast cooling for the graphite ball as a dependant composition phase. The microstructures of cow-eye is made up of fine remnant austenite in light molten area, and consisted of martensite and bainite in laser modified are. The cow-eye microstructure has a transformation from martensite and bainite to pearlite with the distance increasing from surfce. At last, the microstructure evolution of cow-eye has been discussed.

  14. Sequence of Stages in the Microstructure Evolution in Copper under Mild Reciprocating Tribological Loading.

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    Greiner, Christian; Liu, Zhilong; Strassberger, Luis; Gumbsch, Peter

    2016-06-22

    Tailoring the surface properties of a material for low friction and little wear has long been a goal of tribological research. Since the microstructure of the material under the contact strongly influences tribological performance, the ability to control this microstructure is thereby of key importance. However, there is a significant lack of knowledge about the elementary mechanisms of microstructure evolution under tribological load. To cover different stages of this microstructure evolution, high-purity copper was investigated after increasing numbers of sliding cycles of a sapphire sphere in reciprocating motion. Scanning electron and focused ion beam (FIB) microscopy were applied to monitor the microstructure changes. A thin tribologically deformed layer which grew from tens of nanometers to several micrometers with increasing number of cycles was observed in cross-sections. By analyzing dislocation structures and local orientation changes in the cross-sectional areas, dislocation activity, the occurrence of a distinct dislocation trace line, and the emergence of new subgrain boundaries could be observed at different depths. These results strongly suggest that dislocation self-organization is a key elementary mechanism for the microstructure evolution under a tribological load. The distinct elementary processes at different stages of sliding identified here will be essential for the future modeling of the microstructure evolution in tribological contacts. PMID:27246396

  15. Evolution of the microstructure during the process of consolidation and bonding in soft granular solids.

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    Yohannes, B; Gonzalez, M; Abebe, A; Sprockel, O; Nikfar, F; Kiang, S; Cuitiño, A M

    2016-04-30

    The evolution of microstructure during powder compaction process was investigated using a discrete particle modeling, which accounts for particle size distribution and material properties, such as plasticity, elasticity, and inter-particle bonding. The material properties were calibrated based on powder compaction experiments and validated based on tensile strength test experiments for lactose monohydrate and microcrystalline cellulose, which are commonly used excipient in pharmaceutical industry. The probability distribution function and the orientation of contact forces were used to study the evolution of the microstructure during the application of compaction pressure, unloading, and ejection of the compact from the die. The probability distribution function reveals that the compression contact forces increase as the compaction force increases (or the relative density increases), while the maximum value of the tensile contact forces remains the same. During unloading of the compaction pressure, the distribution approaches a normal distribution with a mean value of zero. As the contact forces evolve, the anisotropy of the powder bed also changes. Particularly, during loading, the compression contact forces are aligned along the direction of the compaction pressure, whereas the tensile contact forces are oriented perpendicular to direction of the compaction pressure. After ejection, the contact forces become isotropic. PMID:26902721

  16. A Multiscale Model Based On Intragranular Microstructure — Prediction Of Dislocation Patterns At The Microscopic Scale

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    Franz, Gérald; Abed-Meraim, Farid; Zineb, Tarak Ben; Lemoine, Xavier; Berveiller, Marcel

    2007-04-01

    A large strain elastic-plastic single crystal constitutive law, based on dislocation annihilation and storage, is implemented in a new self-consistent scheme, leading to a multiscale model which achieves, for each grain, the calculation of plastic slip activity, with help of regularized formulation drawn from visco-plasticity, and dislocation microstructure evolution. This paper focuses on the relationship between the deformation history of a BCC grain and induced microstructure during monotonic and two-stage strain paths.

  17. Microstructural evolution of a model, shear-banding micellar solution during shear startup and cessation.

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    López-Barrón, Carlos R; Gurnon, A Kate; Eberle, Aaron P R; Porcar, Lionel; Wagner, Norman J

    2014-04-01

    We present direct measurements of the evolution of the segmental-level microstructure of a stable shear-banding polymerlike micelle solution during flow startup and cessation in the plane of flow. These measurements provide a definitive, quantitative microstructural understanding of the stages observed during flow startup: an initial elastic response with limited alignment that yields with a large stress overshoot to a homogeneous flow with associated micellar alignment that persists for approximately three relaxation times. This transient is followed by a shear (kink) band formation with a flow-aligned low-viscosity band that exhibits shear-induced concentration fluctuations and coexists with a nearly isotropic band of homogenous, highly viscoelastic micellar solution. Stable, steady banding flow is achieved only after approximately two reptation times. Flow cessation from this shear-banded state is also found to be nontrivial, exhibiting an initial fast relaxation with only minor structural relaxation, followed by a slower relaxation of the aligned micellar fluid with the equilibrium fluid's characteristic relaxation time. These measurements resolve a controversy in the literature surrounding the mechanism of shear banding in entangled wormlike micelles and, by means of comparison to existing literature, provide further insights into the mechanisms driving shear-banding instabilities in related systems. The methods and instrumentation described should find broad use in exploring complex fluid rheology and testing microstructure-based constitutive equations. PMID:24827245

  18. Dynamic Recrystallization Kinetics and Microstructural Evolution for LZ50 Steel During Hot Deformation

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    Du, Shiwen; Chen, Shuangmei; Song, Jianjun

    2016-06-01

    The dynamic recrystallization (DRX) behavior of LZ50 steel was investigated using hot compression tests at a deformation temperature of 870-1170 °C and a strain rate of 0.05-3 s-1. The effects of deformation temperature, strain, strain rate, and initial austenite grain size on the microstructural evolution during DRX were studied in detail. The austenite grain size of DRX was refined with increasing strain rate and decreasing temperature, whereas the initial grain size had no influence on DRX grain size. A model based on the Avrami equation was proposed to estimate the kinetics of the DRX under different deformation conditions. A DRX map, which was derived from the DRX kinetics, the recrystallized microstructure, and the flow stress analysis, can be used to identify optimal deformation conditions. The initiation of DRX was lower than Z c (critical Zener-Hollomon parameter) and higher than ɛc (critical strain). The relationship between the DRX microstructure and the Z parameter was analyzed. Fine DRX grain sizes can be achieved with a moderate Z value, which can be used to identify suitable deformation parameters.

  19. Evolution of microstructure of Haynes 230 and Inconel 617 under mechanical testing at high temperatures

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    Hrutkay, Kyle

    Haynes 230 and Inconel 617 are austenitic nickel based superalloys, which are candidate structural materials for next generation high temperature nuclear reactors. High temperature deformation behavior of Haynes 230 and Inconel 617 have been investigated at the microstructural level in order to gain a better understanding of mechanical properties. Tensile tests were performed at strain rates ranging from 10-3-10-5 s -1 at room temperature, 600 °C, 800 °C and 950 °C. Subsequent microstructural analysis, including Scanning Electron Microscopy, Transmission Electron Microscopy, Energy-Dispersive X-ray Spectroscopy, and X-Ray Diffraction were used to relate the microstructural evolution at high temperatures to that of room temperature samples. Grain sizes and precipitate morphologies were used to determine high temperature behavior and fracture mechanics. Serrated flow was observed at intermediate and high temperatures as a result of discontinuous slip and dynamic recrystallization. The amplitude of serration increased with a decrease in the strain rate and increase in the temperature. Dynamic strain ageing was responsible for serrations at intermediate temperatures by means of a locking and unlocking phenomenon between dislocations and solute atoms. Dynamic recrystallization nucleated by grain and twin bulging resulting in a refinement of grain size. Existing models found in the literature were discussed to explain both of these phenomena.

  20. Microstructural Evolution of Lead-Free Solder Joints in Ultrasonic-Assisted Soldering

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    Ji, Hongjun; Wang, Qiang; Li, Mingyu

    2016-01-01

    Solder joint reliability greatly depends on the microstructure of the solder matrix and the morphology of intermetallic compounds (IMCs) in the joints. Addition of strengthening phases such as carbon nanotubes and ceramic particles to solder joints to improve their properties has been widely studied. In this work, ultrasonic vibration (USV) of casting ingots was applied to considerably improve their microstructure and properties, and the resulting influence on fluxless soldering of Cu/Sn-3.0Ag-0.5Cu/Cu joints and their microstructural evolution was investigated. It was demonstrated that USV application during reflow of Sn-based solder had favorable effects on β-Sn grain size refinement as well as the growth and distribution of various IMC phases within the joints. The β-Sn grain size was significantly refined as the ultrasound power was increased, with a reduction of almost 90% from more than 100 μm to below 10 μm. Long and large Cu6Sn5 tubes in the solder matrix of the joints were broken into tiny ones. Needle-shaped Ag3Sn was transformed into flake-shaped. These IMCs were mainly precipitated along β-Sn phase boundaries. High-temperature storage tests indicated that the growth rate of interfacial IMCs in joints formed with USV was slower than in conventional reflow joints. The mechanisms of grain refinement and IMC fragmentation are discussed and related to the ultrasonic effects.

  1. Effect of Strain on Microstructure Evolution of 1Cr18Ni9Ti Stainless Steel During Adiabatic Shearing

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    Yang, Y.; Jiang, L. H.; Luo, S. H.; Hu, H. B.; Tang, T. G.; Zhang, Q. M.

    2016-01-01

    Dynamic shear test was conducted on the hat-shaped specimen of the thermo-mechanical-processed 1Cr18Ni9Ti stainless steel by using the split Hopkinson pressure bar at ambient temperature. The effect of the shear strain on the microstructure evolution was investigated during adiabatic shearing. The results revealed that the development of adiabatic shear localization went through three stages, including the incubation period, the development stage, and the maturity period. TEM observations showed that the grains in the shear region were elongated, and the elongated grains were gradually evolved into equiaxed nano-grains of 100 nm as shear strain increased. The rotational dynamic recrystallization kinetics calculation showed that subgrains had sufficient time to generate an equiaxed microcrystalline structure by rotation within the deformation time. Based on the observation of the evolution of dislocations and sub-grains in the adiabatic shear region, a model of the microstructure evolution was established during the adiabatic shearing.

  2. Evolution of the microstructure of a VT6 alloy during friction stir welding

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    Mironov, S. Yu.

    2015-04-01

    The evolution of the microstructure of a VT6 alloy during friction stir welding (FSW) is studied. The β-α phase transformation that takes place after FSW is found to obey the Burgers orientation relationship. The granular structure and the crystallographic texture of the high-temperature β phase are reconstructed. The mechanisms of structural evolution during FSW are discussed.

  3. Spatially dependent cluster dynamics modeling of microstructure evolution in low energy helium irradiated tungsten

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    Faney, T.; Wirth, B. D.

    2014-09-01

    In fusion reactors, plasma facing components (PFC) and in particular the divertor will be irradiated with high fluxes of low energy (˜100 eV) helium and hydrogen ions. Tungsten is one of the leading candidate divertor materials for ITER and DEMO fusion reactors. However, the behavior of tungsten under high dose, coupled helium/hydrogen exposure remains to be fully understood. The PFC response and performance changes are intimately related to microstructural changes, such as the formation of point defect clusters, helium and hydrogen bubbles or dislocation loops. Computational materials modeling has been used to investigate the mechanisms controlling microstructural evolution in tungsten following high dose, high temperature helium exposure. The aim of this study is to understand and predict helium implantation, primary defect production and defect diffusion, helium-defect clustering and interactions below a tungsten surface exposed to low energy helium irradiation. The important defects include interstitial clusters, vacancy clusters, helium interstitials and helium-vacancy clusters. We report results from a one-dimensional, spatially dependent cluster dynamics model based on the continuum reaction-diffusion rate theory to describe the evolution in space and time of all these defects. The key parameter inputs to the model (diffusion coefficients, migration and binding energies, initial defect production) are determined from a combination of atomistic materials modeling and available experimental data.

  4. Microstructure evolution with varied layer thickness in magnetron-sputtered Ni/C multilayer films

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    Peng, Jichang; Li, Wenbin; Huang, Qiushi; Wang, Zhanshan

    2016-01-01

    The microstructure evolution of magnetron-sputtered Ni/C multilayers was investigated by varying the Ni and C layer thickness in the region of a few nanometers. For the samples having 2.6-nm-thick C layers, the interface width increases from 0.37 to 0.81 nm as the Ni layer thickness decreases from 4.3 to 1.3 nm. Especially for the samples with Ni layers less than 2.0 nm, the interface width changes significantly due to the discontinuously distributed Ni crystallites. For the samples having 2.8-nm-thick Ni layers, the interface width increases from 0.37 to 0.59 nm when the C layer thickness decreases from 4.3 to 0.7 nm. The evolution of interface microstructures with varied Ni and C layers is explained based on a proposed simple growth model of Ni and C layers. PMID:27515586

  5. Compliant electrostatic chuck based on hairy microstructure

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    Saito, Shigeki; Soda, Fumiaki; Dhelika, Radon; Takahashi, Kunio; Takarada, Wataru; Kikutani, Takeshi

    2013-01-01

    An electrostatic chuck (ESC) is a device used to clamp and transport flat-surfaced objects such as thin semiconductor wafers. Working by the principle of electrostatic force, its functionality is limited in handling objects with rough surfaces, as the attractive forces at work are significantly reduced. To improve this weak point, by employing 70 μm diameter polymer-based electrostatic inductive fibers with a conductive core, we develop a device prototype with an adhesional mechanism having a hairy microstructure with appropriate mechanical compliance. We theoretically and experimentally investigate how the prototype works, and how the fibers’ mechanical compliance affects the performance of ESC.

  6. Atomic kinetic Monte Carlo model based on ab initio data: Simulation of microstructural evolution under irradiation of dilute Fe CuNiMnSi alloys

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    Vincent, E.; Becquart, C. S.; Domain, C.

    2007-02-01

    The embrittlement of pressure vessel steels under radiation has been long ago correlated with the presence of Cu solutes. Other solutes such as Ni, Mn and Si are now suspected to contribute also to the embrittlement. The interactions of these solutes with radiation induced point defects thus need to be characterized properly in order to understand the elementary mechanisms behind the formation of the clusters formed upon radiation. Ab initio calculations based on the density functional theory have been performed to determine the interactions of point defects with solute atoms in dilute FeX alloys (X = Cu, Mn, Ni or Si) in order to build a database used to parameterise an atomic kinetic Monte Carlo model. Some results of irradiation damage in dilute Fe-CuNiMnSi alloys obtained with this model are presented.

  7. Microstructural Evolution of Type 304 and 316 Stainless Steels Under Neutron Irradiation at LWR Relevant Conditions

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    Tan, L.; Stoller, R. E.; Field, K. G.; Yang, Y.; Nam, H.; Morgan, D.; Wirth, B. D.; Gussev, M. N.; Busby, J. T.

    2016-02-01

    Life extension of light water reactors will expose austenitic internal core components to irradiation damage levels beyond 100 displacements per atom (dpa), leading to profound microstructural evolution and consequent degradation of macroscopic properties. Microstructural evolution, including Frank loops, cavities, precipitates, and segregation at boundaries and the resultant radiation hardening in type 304 and 316 stainless steel (SS) variants were studied in this work via experimental characterization and multiple simulation methods. Experimental data for up to 40 heats of type 304SS and 316SS variants irradiated in different reactors to 0.6-120 dpa at 275-375°C were generated from this work or collected from literature reports. These experimental data were then combined with models of Frank loop and cavity evolution, computational thermodynamics and precipitation, and ab initio and rate theory integrated radiation-induced segregation models to provide insights into microstructural evolution and degradation at higher doses.

  8. Microstructural evolution of type 304 and 316 stainless steels under neutron irradiation at LWR relevant conditions

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    Tan, Lizhen; Stoller, Roger E.; Field, Kevin G.; Yang, Ying; Morgan, Dane; Wirth, Brian D.; Gussev, Maxim N.; Busby, Jeremy T.; Nam, H.

    2015-12-11

    Extension of light water reactors' useful life will expose austenitic internal core components to irradiation damage levels beyond 100 displacements per atom (dpa), which will lead to profound microstructural evolution and consequent degradation of macroscopic properties. Microstructural evolution, including Frank loops, cavities, precipitates, and segregation at boundaries and the resultant radiation hardening in type 304 and 316 stainless steel (SS) variants, were studied in this work via experimental characterization and multiple simulation methods. Experimental data for up to 40 heats of type 304SS and 316SS variants irradiated in different reactors to 0.6–120 dpa at 275–375°C were either generated from this work or collected from literature reports. These experimental data were then combined with models of Frank loop and cavity evolution, computational thermodynamics and precipitation, and ab initio and rate theory integrated radiation-induced segregation models to provide insights into microstructural evolution and degradation at higher radiation doses.

  9. Microstructural evolution of the Yugu peridotites in the Gyeonggi Massif, Korea

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    Park, M.; Jung, H.

    2015-12-01

    The Yugu peridotite is the largest and freshest ultramafic body in the Gyeonggi Massif, Korean Peninsula, which potentially has a tectonic affinity to the eastward extension of the Qinling-Dabie-Sulu collision belt in China. In spite of its tectonic and rheological importance, only few mineralogical and petrological studies have been reported from Yugu peridotite. In order to understand the microstructural evolution of the Yugu peridotites, we conducted a detailed analysis of the microstructures and petro-fabrics. The majority of Yugu peridotite body is significantly serpentinized, and it consists predominantly of spinel harzburgite together with minor lherzolite, dunite, and clinopyroxenite. We collected peridotites from mainly two areas (northwestern and southwestern parts) of the Yugu ultramafic body, and all samples are spinel harzburgites consisting of olivine, orthopyroxene, clinopyroxene, spinel, and amphibole. These samples have similar mineralogy except for the varied amount of clinopyroxene and amphibole. These mineral contents are generally increasing from proto-mylonite peridotites to mylonite peridotites. Based on microstructural characteristics of highly deformed peridotites (especially grain-size of olivine), we classified the samples into four textural types, which are proto-mylonite, proto-mylonite to mylonite transition, mylonite, and ultra-mylonite. Depending on the texture of specimen, it is found that the lattice-preferred orientation (LPO) of olivine varies from A-type (proto-mylonite) via D-type like (mylonite) to E-type (ultra-mylonite). The fabric strength of olivine (M-index and J-index) systematically decreases with decreasing grain-size of olivine from proto-mylonite via mylonite to ultra-mylonite. The cause of fabric evolution in the Yugu peridotites will be discussed.

  10. Evolution of Local Microstructures: Spatial Instabilities in Coarsening Clusters

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    2003-01-01

    Diffusion-limited capillarity-driven coarsening of precipitates is an important and intensively studied phenomenon. The classic coarsening theory developed by Lifshitz and Syozov and Wagner (LSW theory) is limited to infinitesimally small volume fractions, V(sub nu), therefore neglects all direct interparticle interactions. This work uses modeling and holographic imaging to compare coarsening rates in "high" volume fraction versus low volume fraction microstructures by observing mixed-dimensional droplets (spherical caps on a surface coarsening by two-dimensional diffusion) during ground-based investigations. The method involves filling a cell with selected homogeneous parent phase, and cooling below the consolute temperature to the isopycnic temperature in the two-phase region of a monotectic system. A microgravity holographic experiment is required for three-dimensional observations to minimize sedimentation during long-term coarsening. Determination of sizes and positions of the many droplets in the holographic images requires automation. We have developed software for automated data analysis, and demonstrated good agreement between regenerated maps and scaled photographs of the original holograms for mixed dimensional coarsening. The results of these experiments were presented in a formal microgravity Science Concept Review (SCR) on December 18, 2000.

  11. Microstructural Characterization of Co-Based ODS Alloys

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    Zhang, Lin; Qu, Xuanhui; He, Xinbo; Din, Rafi-ud; Liu, Hengsan; Qin, Mingli; Zhu, Hongmin

    2012-11-01

    Co-based ODS alloys, strengthened by nanosized oxide dispersion and γ' precipitates, are potential high-temperature structural materials. The characteristics of the mechanically alloyed powder and the microstructural evolution of the Co-based ODS alloys were investigated. The results revealed that mechanical alloying had induced the formation of supersaturated solid solution in immiscible Co-Al-W-based alloys, originating mainly from extensive grain boundary region, high dislocation density, and ample point defect. Chemical compositions of mechanically alloyed Co-Al-W-based ODS alloys easily deviate from the γ/γ' two-phase region, leading to the existence of Al x Co, Co3W, Co7W6, and W phases in addition to the γ and γ' phases. Nonuniform distribution of alloying elements brings about the differences in morphologies and sizes of γ' precipitates. Microstructural formation process is impelled by spinodal decomposition mode, and spinodal decomposition behavior has been accelerated in the fine-grained alloy because of the presence of short-circuited diffusion paths for atomic movement.

  12. Microstructural evolution of fusion zone in laser beam welds of pure titanium

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    Liu, H.; Nakata, K.; Zhang, J.X.; Yamamoto, N.; Liao, J.

    2012-03-15

    Microstructural evolution of fusion zone in laser beam welds of pure titanium was studied by means of electron backscattering diffraction. The microstructural evolution is strongly affected by the {beta} {yields} {alpha} transformation mechanism dependent on the cooling rate during phase transformation. The long-range diffusional transformation mainly occurs in the fusion zone at the low cooling rate, and the massive transformation dominantly takes place at the high cooling rate. For this reason, the grain morphologies probably change from the granular-like to columnar-like grains with the cooling rate increasing. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Microstructures of fusion zone in laser beam welds of pure titanium are studied. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Increasing cooling rate changes grain morphology from granular to columnar one. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Final microstructures depend on the {beta}{yields}{alpha} transformation mechanisms.

  13. Modeling the evolution of microstructure during the processing of maraging steels

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    Sha, W.; Guo, Z.; Wilson, E. A.

    2004-03-01

    The main theme of the research described in this article was to develop computer-based models to predict micro-structural evolution and precipitation-hardening kinetics during the processing of maraging steels. The prediction made by the computer-based models, when compared with experimental observations and characterization, proved to be within useful accuracy. The research outputs cover the topics of characterization of precipitates, quantification of precipitate fraction, calculation of thermodynamics and kinetics of phase transformations, and modeling of precipitation hardening. A heat-treatment procedure was also developed to improve the toughness of a commercial precipitation-hardening grade, and the design of the chemistry and processing route of low-cost maraging grades was attempted.

  14. Persistence and variation in microstructural design during the evolution of spider silk

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    Madurga, R.; Blackledge, T. A.; Perea, B.; Plaza, G. R.; Riekel, C.; Burghammer, M.; Elices, M.; Guinea, G.; Pérez-Rigueiro, J.

    2015-01-01

    The extraordinary mechanical performance of spider dragline silk is explained by its highly ordered microstructure and results from the sequences of its constituent proteins. This optimized microstructural organization simultaneously achieves high tensile strength and strain at breaking by taking advantage of weak molecular interactions. However, elucidating how the original design evolved over the 400 million year history of spider silk, and identifying the basic relationships between microstructural details and performance have proven difficult tasks. Here we show that the analysis of maximum supercontracted single spider silk fibers using X ray diffraction shows a complex picture of silk evolution where some key microstructural features are conserved phylogenetically while others show substantial variation even among closely related species. This new understanding helps elucidate which microstructural features need to be copied in order to produce the next generation of biomimetic silk fibers. PMID:26438975

  15. Persistence and variation in microstructural design during the evolution of spider silk.

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    Madurga, R; Blackledge, T A; Perea, B; Plaza, G R; Riekel, C; Burghammer, M; Elices, M; Guinea, G; Pérez-Rigueiro, J

    2015-01-01

    The extraordinary mechanical performance of spider dragline silk is explained by its highly ordered microstructure and results from the sequences of its constituent proteins. This optimized microstructural organization simultaneously achieves high tensile strength and strain at breaking by taking advantage of weak molecular interactions. However, elucidating how the original design evolved over the 400 million year history of spider silk, and identifying the basic relationships between microstructural details and performance have proven difficult tasks. Here we show that the analysis of maximum supercontracted single spider silk fibers using X ray diffraction shows a complex picture of silk evolution where some key microstructural features are conserved phylogenetically while others show substantial variation even among closely related species. This new understanding helps elucidate which microstructural features need to be copied in order to produce the next generation of biomimetic silk fibers. PMID:26438975

  16. Persistence and variation in microstructural design during the evolution of spider silk

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    Madurga, R.; Blackledge, T. A.; Perea, B.; Plaza, G. R.; Riekel, C.; Burghammer, M.; Elices, M.; Guinea, G.; Pérez-Rigueiro, J.

    2015-10-01

    The extraordinary mechanical performance of spider dragline silk is explained by its highly ordered microstructure and results from the sequences of its constituent proteins. This optimized microstructural organization simultaneously achieves high tensile strength and strain at breaking by taking advantage of weak molecular interactions. However, elucidating how the original design evolved over the 400 million year history of spider silk, and identifying the basic relationships between microstructural details and performance have proven difficult tasks. Here we show that the analysis of maximum supercontracted single spider silk fibers using X ray diffraction shows a complex picture of silk evolution where some key microstructural features are conserved phylogenetically while others show substantial variation even among closely related species. This new understanding helps elucidate which microstructural features need to be copied in order to produce the next generation of biomimetic silk fibers.

  17. Predicting mesoscale microstructural evolution in electron beam welding

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    Rodgers, Theron M.; Madison, Jonathan D.; Tikare, Veena; Maguire, Michael C.

    2016-03-16

    Using the kinetic Monte Carlo simulator, Stochastic Parallel PARticle Kinetic Simulator, from Sandia National Laboratories, a user routine has been developed to simulate mesoscale predictions of a grain structure near a moving heat source. Here, we demonstrate the use of this user routine to produce voxelized, synthetic, three-dimensional microstructures for electron-beam welding by comparing them with experimentally produced microstructures. When simulation input parameters are matched to experimental process parameters, qualitative and quantitative agreement for both grain size and grain morphology are achieved. The method is capable of simulating both single- and multipass welds. As a result, the simulations provide anmore » opportunity for not only accelerated design but also the integration of simulation and experiments in design such that simulations can receive parameter bounds from experiments and, in turn, provide predictions of a resultant microstructure.« less

  18. Predicting Mesoscale Microstructural Evolution in Electron Beam Welding

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    Rodgers, T. M.; Madison, J. D.; Tikare, V.; Maguire, M. C.

    2016-05-01

    Using the kinetic Monte Carlo simulator, Stochastic Parallel PARticle Kinetic Simulator, from Sandia National Laboratories, a user routine has been developed to simulate mesoscale predictions of a grain structure near a moving heat source. Here, we demonstrate the use of this user routine to produce voxelized, synthetic, three-dimensional microstructures for electron-beam welding by comparing them with experimentally produced microstructures. When simulation input parameters are matched to experimental process parameters, qualitative and quantitative agreement for both grain size and grain morphology are achieved. The method is capable of simulating both single- and multipass welds. The simulations provide an opportunity for not only accelerated design but also the integration of simulation and experiments in design such that simulations can receive parameter bounds from experiments and, in turn, provide predictions of a resultant microstructure.

  19. Microstructural Evolution and Wear Resistance of Friction Stir-Processed AISI 52100 Steel

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    Seraj, R. A.; Abdollah-zadeh, A.; Hajian, M.; Kargar, F.; Soltanalizadeh, R.

    2016-04-01

    Friction stir processing (FSP) was successfully applied on AISI 52100 steel. The influence of process parameters on the microstructure and mechanical properties of the material was evaluated. It was observed that the initial ferritic-pearlitic microstructure of the base metal is transformed to the martensitic microstructure with retained austenite in the stir zone. The results also showed that microhardness and wear resistance of the FSP samples are, respectively, at least 2 and 15 times higher than those of the base metal. The improvement of the mechanical properties of FSP samples was attributed to their microstructural characteristics. The mechanisms controlling the wear behavior of the base metal and FSP samples were also discussed.

  20. Microstructural Evolution and Wear Resistance of Friction Stir-Processed AISI 52100 Steel

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    Seraj, R. A.; Abdollah-zadeh, A.; Hajian, M.; Kargar, F.; Soltanalizadeh, R.

    2016-07-01

    Friction stir processing (FSP) was successfully applied on AISI 52100 steel. The influence of process parameters on the microstructure and mechanical properties of the material was evaluated. It was observed that the initial ferritic-pearlitic microstructure of the base metal is transformed to the martensitic microstructure with retained austenite in the stir zone. The results also showed that microhardness and wear resistance of the FSP samples are, respectively, at least 2 and 15 times higher than those of the base metal. The improvement of the mechanical properties of FSP samples was attributed to their microstructural characteristics. The mechanisms controlling the wear behavior of the base metal and FSP samples were also discussed.

  1. Microstructure evolution and tensile properties of Zr-2.5 wt.% Nb pressure tubes processed from billets with different microstructures

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    Kapoor, K.; Saratchandran, N.; Muralidharan, K.

    1999-02-01

    Pressurized heavy water reactors (PHWR) use zirconium-base alloys for their low neutron-absorption cross section, good mechanical strength, low irradiation creep, and high corrosion resistance in reactor atmospheres. Starting with identical ingots, billets having different microstructures were obtained by three different processing methods for fabrication of Zr-2.5 wt%Nb pressure tubes., The billets were further processed by hot extrusion and cold Pilger tube reducing to the finished product. Microstructural characterization was done at each stage of processing. The effects of the initial billet microstructure on the intermediate and final microstructure and mechanical property results were determined. It was found that the structure at each stage and the final mechanical properties depend strongly on the initial billet microstructure. The structure at the final stage consists of elongated alpha zirconium grains with a network of metastable beta zirconium phase. Some of this metastable phase transforms into stable beta niobium during thermomechanical processing. Billets with quenched structure resulted in less beta niobium at the final stage. The air cooled billets resulted in a large amount of beta niobium. The tensile properties, especially the percentage elongation, were found to vary for the different methods. Higher percentage elongation was observed for billets having quenched structure. Extrusion and forging did not produce any characteristic differences in the properties. The results were used to select a process flow sheet which yields the desired mechanical properties with suitable microstructure in the final product.

  2. Microstructural Evolution and Creep-Rupture Behavior of A-USC Alloy Fusion Welds

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    Bechetti, Daniel H.; DuPont, John N.; Siefert, John A.; Shingledecker, John P.

    2016-06-01

    Characterization of the microstructural evolution of fusion welds in alloys slated for use in advanced ultrasupercritical (A-USC) boilers during creep has been performed. Creep-rupture specimens involving INCONEL® 740, NIMONIC® 263 (INCONEL and NIMONIC are registered trademarks of Special Metals Corporation), and Haynes® 282® (Haynes and 282 are registered trademarks of Haynes International) have been analyzed via light optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, and thermodynamic and kinetic modeling. Focus has been given to the microstructures that develop along the grain boundaries in these alloys during creep at temperatures relevant to the A-USC process cycle, and particular attention has been paid to any evidence of the formation of local γ'-denuded or γ'-free zones. This work has been performed in an effort to understand the microstructural changes that lead to a weld strength reduction factor (WSRF) in these alloys as compared to solution annealed and aged alloy 740 base metal. γ' precipitate-free zones have been identified in alloy 740 base metal, solution annealed alloy 740 weld metal, and alloy 263 weld metal after creep. Their development during long-term thermal exposure is correlated with the stabilization of phases that are rich in γ'-forming elements (e.g., η and G) and is suppressed by precipitation of phases that do not contain the γ' formers (e.g., M23C6 and μ). The location of failure and creep performance in terms of rupture life and WSRF for each welded joint is presented and discussed.

  3. Microstructural Evolution and Creep-Rupture Behavior of A-USC Alloy Fusion Welds

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    Bechetti, Daniel H.; DuPont, John N.; Siefert, John A.; Shingledecker, John P.

    2016-09-01

    Characterization of the microstructural evolution of fusion welds in alloys slated for use in advanced ultrasupercritical (A-USC) boilers during creep has been performed. Creep-rupture specimens involving INCONEL® 740, NIMONIC® 263 (INCONEL and NIMONIC are registered trademarks of Special Metals Corporation), and Haynes® 282® (Haynes and 282 are registered trademarks of Haynes International) have been analyzed via light optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, and thermodynamic and kinetic modeling. Focus has been given to the microstructures that develop along the grain boundaries in these alloys during creep at temperatures relevant to the A-USC process cycle, and particular attention has been paid to any evidence of the formation of local γ'-denuded or γ'-free zones. This work has been performed in an effort to understand the microstructural changes that lead to a weld strength reduction factor (WSRF) in these alloys as compared to solution annealed and aged alloy 740 base metal. γ' precipitate-free zones have been identified in alloy 740 base metal, solution annealed alloy 740 weld metal, and alloy 263 weld metal after creep. Their development during long-term thermal exposure is correlated with the stabilization of phases that are rich in γ'-forming elements ( e.g., η and G) and is suppressed by precipitation of phases that do not contain the γ' formers ( e.g., M23C6 and μ). The location of failure and creep performance in terms of rupture life and WSRF for each welded joint is presented and discussed.

  4. Microstructure Evolution of a Platinum-Modified Nickel-Aluminide Coating During Thermal and Thermo-mechanical Fatigue

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    Sallot, Pierre; Maurel, Vincent; Rémy, Luc; N'Guyen, Franck; Longuet, Arnaud

    2015-10-01

    The microstructure evolution of a platinum-modified nickel-aluminide coating on single-crystal nickel-based superalloy was investigated for various thermal cycling and thermo-mechanical fatigue (TMF) conditions in air for a long-term exposure. An increase in roughness and in β→γ' transformation rate depends similarly on maximum temperature, holding time at maximum temperature and applied stress. Moreover, the evolution of the interdiffusion zone (IDZ) is analyzed by making the distinction between two layers, according to the major phases observed within these layers, namely β-(Ni,Pt)Al and γ'-Ni3Al. This distinction highlighted that the respective thickness evolution of these two layers are sensitive to each parameter of TMF tests with similar increase in evolution rate when increasing time, temperature, as well as applied stress. The distinctive features of phase transformation are finally discussed together with localization of phase transformation and measured evolution of phase transformation within the external coating and β- and γ'-IDZ layer thicknesses under thermal and thermo-mechanical fatigue. This analysis leads to a conclusion that grain boundaries within the external coating as well as interfaces, between thermally grown oxide, external coating, and IDZ, respectively, play a major role in diffusion, phase transformation, and microstructure evolution of typical platinum-modified nickel-aluminide coating.

  5. Microstructure evolution of a multiphase superalloy processed by severe plastic deformation

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    Sauvage, Xavier; Mukhtarov, Shamil

    2014-08-01

    This paper presents an overview and some original results about the microstructure evolution of an Ultra Fine Grained (UFG) nickel-iron based alloy INCONEL 718 processed by Severe Plastic Deformation (SPD). The ultrafine grain structure of this alloy that contains a high density of γ" and γ' precipitates was characterized by Scanning Transmission Electron Microscopy (STEM). We propose a comparison between two SPD processes, High Pressure Torsion (HPT) and Multiple Forging (MF). The grain refinement is much more pronounced by HPT but intermetallic particles are partly dissolved during SPD. The UFG structure after MF is obviously very different and exhibits a much better thermal stability especially because second phase particles do not reprecipitate during post-deformation annealing.

  6. Microstructural evolution and mechanical properties of friction stir welded ODS alloy MA754

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    Wang, Jiye; Yuan, Wei; Mishra, Rajiv S.; Charit, Indrajit

    2013-11-01

    Microstructural evolution and mechanical properties of MA754, an yttrium oxide dispersion-strengthened nickel-based superalloy, were investigated after friction stir welding (FSW). A tool rotation rate of 1000 revolution per minute and a traverse speed of 50.8 mm per minute were employed using a cermet (WC-Co) tool. After FSW, fine equiaxed grain structure with a high dislocation density and a random texture was achieved. Agglomeration of yttrium oxide dispersoids was observed in FSW MA754. Room-temperature tensile properties of FSW MA754 were compared to those of as-received MA754 alloy, and the results indicated that particle strengthening contribution decreased as a result of dispersoid agglomeration.

  7. Composite model of microstructural evolution in austenitic stainless steel under fast neutron irradiation

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    Stoller, R.E.; Odette, G.R.

    1986-01-01

    A rate-theory-based model has been developed which includes the simultaneous evolution of the dislocation and cavity components of the microstructure of irradiated austenitic stainless steels. Previous work has generally focused on developing models for void swelling while neglecting the time dependence of the dislocation structure. These models have broadened our understanding of the physical processes that give rise to swelling, e.g., the role of helium and void formation from critically-sized bubbles. That work has also demonstrated some predictive capability by successful calibration to fit the results of fast reactor swelling data. However, considerable uncertainty about the values of key parameters in these models limits their usefulness as predictive tools. Hence the use of such models to extrapolate fission reactor swelling data to fusion reactor conditions is compromised.

  8. The relationship between microstructure and damage evolution in hot-rolled complex-phase steel sheet

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    Bell, Grant A. S.

    Complex-phase (CP) steels are employed in applications that require high-strength and good edge formability. These steels derive their strength from a fine-grained bainite-ferrite microstructure, and alloying to provide solid-solution and precipitation strengthening. CP steels are produced industrially through a process of controlled rolling and cooling to produce desirable microstructures. Hole-expansion tests are typically used as a measure of edge formability for applications such as stretch-flanges. It has been shown that CP microstructures are susceptible to large fluctuations in hole-expansion performance with little change in processing or resulting tensile properties. The steel's characteristics of damage evolution are critical to the hole-expansion performance. This study investigates the role of microstructure in the development of damage in CP microstructural variants. Two variant pairs of different thicknesses were produced from the leading and trailing edge of industrially produced hot-rolled sheet. Each pair consisted of a variant with poor hole-expansion performance, and a variant with good hole-expansion performance. Each variant was tested via interrupted double-notched uniaxial tension testing to induce damage. Damage evolution in each variant was quantified by X-ray micro-computed tomography (XmicroCT), and supplementary optical micrography. The damage results were correlated with microstructural characteristics. It was shown that poor hole-expansion variants failed by intergranular fracture. In these variants, void damage induced by hard martensite and retained austenite was not critical in producing failure. Purely void-damaged microstructures failed by ductile fracture, whereas cracked microstructures failed in a mixed brittle-ductile failure initiated by planar cracks. Microstructural banding of large elongated ferrite grains correlated with the existence of intergranular planar fractures.

  9. Modeling Of Microstructure Evolution Of BCC Metals Subjected To Severe Plastic Deformation

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    Svyetlichnyy, Dmytro; Majta, Janusz; Muszka, Krzysztof; Lach, Lukasz

    2011-01-17

    Prediction of microstructure evolution and properties of ultrafine-grained materials is one of the most significant, current problems in materials science. Several advanced methods of analysis can be applied for this issue: vertex models, phase field models, Monte Carlo Potts, finite element method (FEM) discrete element method (DEM) and finally cellular automata (CA). The main asset of the CA is ability for a close correlation of the microstructure with the mechanical properties in micro- and meso-scale simulation. Joining CA with the DEM undoubtedly improves accuracy of modeling of coupled phenomena during the innovative forming processes in both micro- and macro-scale. Deformation in micro-scale shows anisotropy, which connected with that the polycrystalline material contains grains with different crystallographic orientation, and grain deformation is depended from configuration of directions of main stresses and axis of grain. Then, CA and DEM must be joint solutions of crystal plasticity theory. In the present model, deformation in macro-scale is transferred to meso-sale, where a block contains several, score or hundreds grains, and then is applied in micro-scale to each grain. Creation of low-angle boundaries and their development into high-angle boundaries are simulated by the cellular automata on the base of calculations using finite element method and crystal plasticity theory. The idea proposed in this study and particular solutions are discussed for the case of ultrafine-grained low-carbon steel.

  10. Modeling of microstructure evolution of magnesium alloy during the high pressure die casting process

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    Wu, Mengwu; Xiong, Shoumei

    2012-07-01

    Two important microstructure characteristics of high pressure die cast magnesium alloy are the externally solidified crystals (ESCs) and the fully divorced eutectic which form at the filling stage of the shot sleeve and at the last stage of solidification in the die cavity, respectively. Both of them have a significant influence on the mechanical properties and performance of magnesium alloy die castings. In the present paper, a numerical model based on the cellular automaton (CA) method was developed to simulate the microstructure evolution of magnesium alloy during cold-chamber high pressure die casting (HPDC) process. Modeling of dendritic growth of magnesium alloy with six-fold symmetry was achieved by defining a special neighbourhood configuration and calculating of the growth kinetics from complete solution of the transport equations. Special attention was paid to establish a nucleation model considering both of the nucleation of externally solidified crystals in the shot sleeve and the massive nucleation in the die cavity. Meanwhile, simulation of the formation of fully divorced eutectic was also taken into account in the present CA model. Validation was performed and the capability of the present model was addressed by comparing the simulated results with those obtained by experiments.

  11. The evolution of microstructural changes in pressed HMX explosives

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    Skidmore, C.B.; Phillips, D.S.; Howe, P.M.; Mang, J.T.; Romero, J.A.

    1998-12-31

    Recently developed techniques for investigating the microstructure of plastic-bonded explosives have been applied to HMX explosives pressed to various levels of porosity. Microstructural changes in PBX 9501 area followed from the early stages of prill consolidation through typical density to very low porosity (0.6%). As porosity is reduced, the following sequence is observed. Large inter- and intra-prill voids are eliminated with first damage to HMX crystals occurring at prill boundaries. This is followed by increased incidence of crystal twinning and cracking. At the lowest porosities, spall pullout artifacts are observed, cracks associated with particle contact points are more obvious, and the results of intercrystalline indentation or intergrowth migration processes are apparent. A comparison is made, at lowest porosities achieved, with PX 9404 and X-0242 (a formulation like PBX 9501 with higher binder volume). Possible implications on porosity trends in shock sensitivity data are discussed.

  12. Evolution of Local Microstructures: Spatial Instabilities of Coarsening Clusters

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    Glicksman, Martin E.; Frazier, Donald O.; Rogers, Jan R.; Witherow, William K.; Downey, J. Patton

    2001-01-01

    This work examines the diffusional growth of discrete phase particles dispersed within a matrix. Engineering materials are often microstructurally heterogeneous, and the details of the microstructure determine how well that material performs in a given application. Critical to the development of designing multiphase microstructures with long-term stability is the process of Ostwald ripening. Ripening, or phase coarsening, is diffusion-limited and arises in polydisperse multiphase materials. Growth and dissolution occur because fluxes of solute, driven by chemical potential gradients at the interfaces of the dispersed phase material, depend on particle size. Competitive kinetics of these processes dictates that larger particles grow at the expense of smaller ones, overall leading to an increase of the average particle size. The classical treatment of phase coarsening was done by Todes, Lifshitz, and Slyozov, (TLS) in the limit of zero volume fraction, V(sub V)=0 of the dispersed phase. Since the publication of TLS theory, there have been numerous investigations, many of which sought to describe the kinetic scaling behavior over a range of volume fractions. Some studies in the literature report that the relative increase in coarsening rate at low (but not zero) volume fractions compared to that predicted by TLS is proportional to V(exp 1/2)(sub v) whereas others suggest V(exp 1/3)(sub v).This issue has been addressed recently by simulation studies at low volume fractions in three dimensions by members of the Rensselaer/MSFC team.

  13. Evolution of Local Microstructures (ELMS): Spatial Instabilities of Coarsening

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    Glicksman, Martin E.; Frazier, Donald O.; Rogers, Jan R.; Witherow, William K.; Downey, J. Patton; Facemire, Barbara R.

    1999-01-01

    This work examines the diffusional growth of discrete phase particles dispersed within a matrix. Engineering materials are microstructurally heterogeneous, and the details of the microstructure determine how well that material performs in a given application. Critical to the development of designing multiphase microstructures with long-term stability is the process of Ostwald ripening. Ripening, or phase coarsening, is a diffusion-limited process which arises in polydisperse multiphase materials. Growth and dissolution occur because fluxes of solute, driven by chemical potential gradients at the interfaces of the dispersed phase material, depend on particle size. The kinetics of these processes are "competitive," dictating that larger particles grow at the expense of smaller ones, overall leading to an increase of the average particle size. The classical treatment of phase coarsening was done by Todes, Lifshitz, and Slyozov, (TLS) in the limit of zero volume fraction, V(sub v), of the dispersed phase. Since the publication of TLS theory there have been numerous investigations, many of which sought to describe the kinetic scaling behavior over a range of volume fractions. Some studies in the literature report that the relative increase in coarsening rate at low (but not zero) volume fractions compared to that / 2 1/ 3 predicted by TLS is proportional to V(sub v)(exp 1/2), whereas others suggest V(sub v)(exp 1/3). This issue has been resolved recently by simulation studies at low volume fractions in three dimensions by members of the Rensselaer/MSFC team.

  14. Calculation of the evolution of the fuel microstructure in UMo alloys and implications for fuel swelling.

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    Rest, J.; Hofman, G. L.; Konovalov, I.; Maslov, A.

    1999-10-01

    The evolution of a cellular dislocation structure and subsequent recrystallization have been identified as important aspects of the irradiated UMo alloy microstructure that can have a strong impact on dispersion fuel swelling. Dislocation kinetics depends on the preferential bias of dislocations for interstitial compared to vacancies. This paper presents theoretical calculations for the evolution of a cellular dislocation structure, and recrystallization in U-10Mo. Implications for fuel swelling are discussed.

  15. Interpreting solidification phenomena and microstructural evolution in metals through the use of transparent model alloy systems

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    Grugel, R.N. . Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering); Trivedi, R. )

    1991-01-01

    It is well established that the material properties of alloys are directly related to the scale and distribution of their microstructural constituents. The advances and applications of metallogrpahic techniques for the examination of solidified microstructures have proven invaluable in ascertaining these structure-property relationships. Unfortunately, many aspects of microstructural evolution can only be inferred from a post-solidification examination. The use of transparent compounds which freeze in a manner analogous to metals circumvents this problem by allowing direct and continual observation of solidification events during both transient and steady-state growth. This paper discusses the role of these compounds in promoting our understanding of solidification phenomena. Examples of dendritic, eutectic, and monotectic microstructural development, pertinent to theory and practice, are presented and compared with their metal counterparts. 12 figs., 2 tabs.

  16. Microstructure Evolution in Cut Metal Chips of Ti-6Al-4V

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    Dong, L.; Schneider, J. A.

    2008-01-01

    The microstructural evolution following metal cutting was investigated within metal chips of Ti-6Al-4V. Metal cutting was used to impose a high strain rate on the order of approx.10(exp 5)/s within the primary shear zone as the metal was removed from the workpiece. The initial microstructure of the parent material (PM) was composed of a bi-modal microstructure with coarse prior beta grains and equiaxed primary alpha located at the boundaries. After metal cutting, the microstructure of the metal chips showed coarsening of the equiaxed primary alpha grains and beta lamellar. These metallographic findings suggest that the metal chips experienced high temperatures which remained below the beta transus temperature.

  17. Supersoft lithography: candy-based fabrication of soft silicone microstructures.

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    Moraes, Christopher; Labuz, Joseph M; Shao, Yue; Fu, Jianping; Takayama, Shuichi

    2015-01-01

    We designed a fabrication technique able to replicate microstructures in soft silicone materials (E < 1 kPa). Sugar-based 'hard candy' recipes from the confectionery industry were modified to be compatible with silicone processing conditions, and used as templates for replica molding. Microstructures fabricated in soft silicones can then be easily released by dissolving the template in water. We anticipate that this technique will be of particular importance in replicating physiologically soft, microstructured environments for cell culture, and demonstrate a first application in which intrinsically soft microstructures are used to measure forces generated by fibroblast-laden contractile tissues. PMID:26245893

  18. Microstructure, Mechanical Properties, and Texture Evolution of Aluminum Alloy 7005 by Accumulative Roll Bonding

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    Xie, Hu; Wang, M. P.; Chen, Wei; Jia, Yanlin

    2016-03-01

    In the present work, the accumulative roll bonding process was carried out on a 7005 aluminum alloy sheet to six passes. The microstructure and texture evolution was investigated by transmission electron microscope, electron backscatter diffraction analysis, and x-ray texture goniometer. With the increase of ARB passes, the microstructure was refined and the fraction of high angle boundaries increased. The hardness of different ARB process specimens was measured and showed that as the ARB passes increased, the hardness rose obviously. The tensile strength of 6 passes reaches 423.4 MPa and the elongation is 4.6%. The material is strongly textured where individual layers possess typical FCC rolling texture components and the variation of each texture is different. This is attributed to the microstructure evolution during the ARB process.

  19. Effects of Forging Process Parameters on Microstructure Evolution of Aluminum Alloy 7050

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    Yi Youping; Shi Yan; Yang Jihui; Lin Yongcheng

    2007-04-07

    The objective of this work is to investigate the behavior of microstructure evolution of aluminum alloy 7050 under the condition of different forging process parameters by means of combining materials physical model with finite element code. For the purpose of establishing constitutive equation and physical model of microstructure evolution, the isothermal compression test were performed by machine Gleeble 1500 on the condition of temperatures ranging from 250 deg. C to 450 deg. C and constant strain rates of 0.01s-1, 0.1s-1, 1s-1 and 10s-1. The behaviors of microstructure evolutions of aluminum alloy 7050 under difference process parameters were studied by metallographic observations. The experiment results showed that recrystallization during forming process occurred at the critical strain and the volume fraction of recrystallization changed with the temperature and strain rate. According to the results of isothermal compression test, a constitutive equation and an empirical model of DRX were obtained. A finite element code DEFORM 3D was used to analyze the influence of different forging process parameters on the behavior of microstructure evolution in details. The present model and simulation method can be served as a useful tool to predict and control the properties and shape of aluminum alloy 7050 components during forging.

  20. Direct handling of sharp interfacial energy for microstructural evolution

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    Hernández–Rivera, Efraín; Tikare, Veena; Noirot, Laurence; Wang, Lumin

    2014-08-24

    In this study, we introduce a simplification to the previously demonstrated hybrid Potts–phase field (hPPF), which relates interfacial energies to microstructural sharp interfaces. The model defines interfacial energy by a Potts-like discrete interface approach of counting unlike neighbors, which we use to compute local curvature. The model is compared to the hPPF by studying interfacial characteristics and grain growth behavior. The models give virtually identical results, while the new model allows the simulator more direct control of interfacial energy.

  1. Electrospun nickel oxide nanofibers: Microstructure and surface evolution

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    Khalil, Abdullah; Hashaikeh, Raed

    2015-12-01

    Nickel oxide (NiO) nanofibers with controlled microstructure were synthesized through the electrospinning technique using a solution composed of nickel acetate and polyvinyl alcohol. The microstructure of NiO nanofibers was found to be highly dependent on nickel acetate concentration in the solution and the post-heat treatment. As the nickel acetate concentration increases, the crystallinity index of NiO nanofibers increases from nearly 50 percent to 90 percent and the average crystallite size in the nanofibers increases from about 20 nm to 30 nm. Further, it was found that annealing the nanofibers at 1000 °C for 2 h leads to nearly full crystallization of nanofibers with significant increase in the crystallite size to about 50 nm while maintaining the fibrous shape. For low nickel acetate concentration, and because of the small nanofibers size, the surface of the calcined nanofibers showed oxygen deficiency which promises a superior activity of these NiO nanofibers for catalytic and sensing applications.

  2. Evolution of the viscosity of Earth's upper mantle: Grain-boundary sliding and the role of microstructure in olivine deformation

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    Hansen, Lars N.

    Many features of plate tectonics cannot be explained with standard rheological models of the upper mantle. In particular, the localization of deformation at plate boundaries requires the viscosity of the constituent rocks to evolve spatially and temporally. Such rheological complexity may arise from changing microstructural state variables (e.g., grain size and crystallographic-fabric strength), but the degree to which microstructure contributes to the evolution of viscosity is unclear given our current understanding of deformation mechanisms in mantle minerals. Dislocation-accommodated grain-boundary sliding (GBS) is a potentially critical mechanism for localizing deformation in olivine because it imparts a sensitivity of the viscosity to the state of the microstructure while simultaneously providing mechanisms for changing the microstructure. However, many details of GBS in olivine are currently unknown including 1) the magnitude of the sensitivity of strain rate to crystallographic fabric and grain size, 2) the strength of the crystallographic fabrics produced, and 3) the anisotropy in viscosity of polycrystalline aggregates. Detailed knowledge of these unknowns is necessary to assess the importance of microstructural evolution in the operation of plate tectonics. This dissertation investigates the details of GBS in olivine through four sets of laboratory-based experiments. In Chapter 2, triaxial compressive creep experiments on aggregates of San Carlos olivine are used to develop a flow law for olivine deforming by GBS. Extrapolations of strain rate to geological conditions using the derived flow law indicate that GBS is the dominant deformation mechanism throughout the uppermost mantle. Crystallographic fabrics observed in deformed samples are consistent with upper-mantle seismic anisotropy. In Chapter 3, torsion experiments on iron-rich olivine are used to determine the rheological behavior of olivine deforming by GBS at large strains. The sensitivity of the

  3. Modeling the microstructural changes during hot tandem rolling of AA5 XXX aluminum alloys: Part I. Microstructural evolution

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    Wells, M. A.; Samarasekera, I. V.; Brimacombe, J. K.; Hawbolt, E. B.; Lloyd, D. J.

    1998-06-01

    A comprehensive mathematical model of the hot tandem rolling process for aluminum alloys has been developed. Reflecting the complex thermomechanical and microstructural changes effected in the alloys during rolling, the model incorporated heat flow, plastic deformation, kinetics of static recrystallization, final recrystallized grain size, and texture evolution. The results of this microstructural engineering study, combining computer modeling, laboratory tests, and industrial measurements, are presented in three parts. In this Part I, laboratory measurements of static recrystallization kinetics and final recrystallized grain size are described for AA5182 and AA5052 aluminum alloys and expressed quantitatively by semiempirical equations. In Part II, laboratory measurements of the texture evolution during static recrystallization are described for each of the alloys and expressed mathematically using a modified form of the Avrami equation. Finally, Part III of this article describes the development of an overall mathematical model for an industrial aluminum hot tandem rolling process which incorporates the microstructure and texture equations developed and the model validation using industrial data. The laboratory measurements for the microstructural evolution were carried out using industrially rolled material and a state-of-the-art plane strain compression tester at Alcan International. Each sample was given a single deformation and heat treated in a salt bath at 400 °C for various lengths of time to effect different levels of recrystallization in the samples. The range of hot-working conditions used for the laboratory study was chosen to represent conditions typically seen in industrial aluminum hot tandem rolling processes, i.e., deformation temperatures of 350 °C to 500 °C, strain rates of 0.5 to 100 seconds and total strains of 0.5 to 2.0. The semiempirical equations developed indicated that both the recrystallization kinetics and the final recrystallized

  4. Microstructure and Texture Evolution in Double-Cone Samples of Ti-6Al-4V Alloy with Colony Preform Microstructure

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    Yang, Kun Vanna; Lim, Chao Voon Samuel; Zhang, Kai; Sun, Jifeng; Yang, Xiaoguang; Huang, Aijun; Wu, Xinhua; Davies, Christopher H.

    2015-12-01

    Heat-treated Ti-6Al-4V forged bar with colony microstructure was machined into double-cone-shaped samples for a series of isothermal uniaxial compression test at 1223 K (950 °C) with varying constant crosshead speeds of 12.5, 1.25, and 0.125 mms-1 to a height reduction of 70 pct. Another set of samples deformed under the same conditions were heat treated at 1173 K (900 °C) for an hour followed by water quench. Finite element modeling was used to provide the strains, strain rates, and temperature profiles of the hot compression samples, and the microstructure and texture evolution was examined at four positions on each sample, representative of different strain ranges. Lamellae fragmentation and kinking are the dominant microstructural features at lower strain range up to a maximum of 2.0, whereas globularization dominates at strains above 2.0 for the as-deformed samples. The globularization fraction generally increases with strain, or by post-deformation heat treatment, but fluctuates at lower strain. The grain size of the globular α is almost constant with strain and maximizes for samples with the lowest crosshead speed due to the longer deformation time. The globular α grain also coarsens because of post-deformation heat treatment, with its size increasing with strain level. With respect to texture evolution, a basal transverse ring and another component 30 deg from ND is determined for samples deformed at 12.5 mms-1, which is consistent with the temperature increase to close to β-transus from simulation results. The texture type remains unchanged with its intensity increased and spreads with increasing strain.

  5. Microstructurally based model of fatigue initiation and growth

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    Brockenbrough, J. R.; Hinkle, A. J.; Magnusen, P. E.; Bucci, R. J.

    1994-01-01

    A model to calculate fatigue life is developed based on the assumption that fatigue life is entirely composed of crack growth from an initial microstructural inhomogeneity. Specifically, growth is considered to start from either an ellipsoidal void, a cracked particle, or a debonded particle. The capability of predicting fatigue life from material microstructure is based on linear elastic fracture mechanics principles, the sizes of the crack-initiating microstructural inhomogeneities, and an initiation parameter that is proportional to the cyclic plastic zone size. A key aspect of this modeling approach is that it is linked with a general purpose probability program to analyze the effect of the distribution of controlling microstructural features within the material. This enables prediction of fatigue stress versus life curves for various specimen geometries using distributional statistics obtained from characterizations of the microstructure. Results are compared to experimental fatigue data from an aluminum alloy.

  6. Microstructural and phase evolution in metakaolin geopolymers with different activators and added aluminosilicate fillers

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    Sarkar, Madhuchhanda; Dana, Kausik; Das, Sukhen

    2015-10-01

    This work aims to investigate the microstructural and phase evolution of alkali activated metakaolin products with different activators and added aluminosilicate filler phases. The added filler phases have different reactivity to the alkali activated metakaolin system. Microstructural evolution in the alkali activated products has been investigated by X-ray Diffraction (XRD), Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR) and Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscope (FESEM). Variation in strength development in alkali activated metakaolin products was followed by compressive strength measurement test. Microstructural study shows that in case of metakaolin with NaOH activator crystalline sodalite formed in all the product samples irrespective of the added filler phases. The microstructure of these NaOH activated products investigated by FESEM showed crystalline and inhomogeneous morphology. Mixed activator containing both NaOH and sodium silicate in a fixed mass ratio formed predominantly amorphous phase. Microstructure of these samples showed more homogeneity than that of NaOH activated metakaolin products. The study further shows that addition of α-Al2O3 powder, non reactive phase to the alkali activated metakaolin system when used in larger amount increased crystalline phase in the matrix. α-Al2O3 powder addition increased the compressive strength of the product samples for both the activator compositions. Added phase of colloidal silica, reactive to the alkali activated metakaolin system when used in larger amount was found to increase amorphous nature of the matrix. Addition of colloidal silica influenced the compressive strength property differently with different activator compositions.

  7. Microstructural Evolution during DPRM Process of Semisolid Ledeburitic D2 Tool Steel

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    Mohammed, M. N.; Omar, M. Z.; Syarif, J.; Sajuri, Z.; Salleh, M. S.; Alhawari, K. S.

    2013-01-01

    Semisolid metal processing is a relatively new technology that offers several advantages over liquid processing and solid processing because of the unique behaviour and characteristic microstructure of metals in this state. With the aim of finding a minimum process chain for the manufacture of high-quality production at minimal cost for forming, the microstructural evolution of the ledeburitic AISI D2 tool steel in the semisolid state was studied experimentally. The potential of the direct partial remelting (DPRM) process for the production of AISI D2 with a uniform globular microstructure was revealed. The liquid fraction was determined using differential scanning calorimetry. The microstructures of the samples were investigated using an optical microscope and a scanning electron microscope equipped with an energy dispersive spectroscopy analyser, while X-ray phase analysis was performed to identify the phase evolution and the type of carbides. Mechanical characterisation was completed by hardness measurements. The typical microstructure after DPRM consists of metastable austenite which was located particularly in the globular grains (average grain size about 50 μm), while the remaining interspaces were filled by precipitated eutectic carbides on the grain boundaries and lamellar network. PMID:24223510

  8. Microstructural evolution during DPRM process of semisolid ledeburitic D2 tool steel.

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    Mohammed, M N; Omar, M Z; Syarif, J; Sajuri, Z; Salleh, M S; Alhawari, K S

    2013-01-01

    Semisolid metal processing is a relatively new technology that offers several advantages over liquid processing and solid processing because of the unique behaviour and characteristic microstructure of metals in this state. With the aim of finding a minimum process chain for the manufacture of high-quality production at minimal cost for forming, the microstructural evolution of the ledeburitic AISI D2 tool steel in the semisolid state was studied experimentally. The potential of the direct partial remelting (DPRM) process for the production of AISI D2 with a uniform globular microstructure was revealed. The liquid fraction was determined using differential scanning calorimetry. The microstructures of the samples were investigated using an optical microscope and a scanning electron microscope equipped with an energy dispersive spectroscopy analyser, while X-ray phase analysis was performed to identify the phase evolution and the type of carbides. Mechanical characterisation was completed by hardness measurements. The typical microstructure after DPRM consists of metastable austenite which was located particularly in the globular grains (average grain size about 50 μ m), while the remaining interspaces were filled by precipitated eutectic carbides on the grain boundaries and lamellar network. PMID:24223510

  9. Synthetic Microstructure-Based Lifing of Nickel-Based Superalloys

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    Tucker, Joseph C.

    This work focuses on the root cause of life limiting behavior in Ni-based superalloys for high pressure and temperature turbine disks applications in low cycle fatigue (LCF) by generating statistical volume elements (SVEs) of directly measured 3D microstructures for finite element method (FEM) simulations with crystal plasticity. Synthetic microstructures with experimentally determined microstructurally small fatigue crack (MSFC) weakest link features of as large as (ALA) grains and long annealing twins comprise the test cases. Upper limit truncated log-normal distributions account for the log-normal upper tail departure in grain size distributions of Ni-based superalloys more accurately representing ALA grains. Probability plots quantify the log-normality of grain sizes more effectively than traditional histograms. Twins are inserted into synthetic microstructures according to the coherent Sigma3 orientation relationship. A 3D measured dataset of the Inconel 100 (IN100) validates the Saltykov method stereology technique for estimating 3D grain size distributions from 2D; the 3D grain size distribution mean field and upper tail of IN100 is accurately predicted. The Saltykov method gave 3D grain sizes from a Rene 88 Damage Tolerant (R88DT) 2D dataset resulting in fatigue SVEs of approximately 1.5 million elements and 200 grains from FEM sensitivity studies. Changing mesh resolution minimally impacted global damage response, but converging locally requires significantly higher refinement. Fatigue interrogating FEM studies evolved hot spots in the local MSFC environment in one SVE, but not in another SVE with different crystallographic orientations, suggesting strong 3D full-field neighbor effects. The study revealed a need for slip line length considerations in crystal plasticity to better capture life limiting behavior. The findings point towards strictly limiting the ALA grain size in Ni-based superalloys to extend service life.

  10. Hybrid models for the simulation of microstructural evolution influenced by coupled, multiple physical processes.

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    Tikare, Veena; Hernandez-Rivera, Efrain; Madison, Jonathan D.; Holm, Elizabeth Ann; Patterson, Burton R.; Homer, Eric R.

    2013-09-01

    Most materials microstructural evolution processes progress with multiple processes occurring simultaneously. In this work, we have concentrated on the processes that are active in nuclear materials, in particular, nuclear fuels. These processes are coarsening, nucleation, differential diffusion, phase transformation, radiation-induced defect formation and swelling, often with temperature gradients present. All these couple and contribute to evolution that is unique to nuclear fuels and materials. Hybrid model that combines elements from the Potts Monte Carlo, phase-field models and others have been developed to address these multiple physical processes. These models are described and applied to several processes in this report. An important feature of the models developed are that they are coded as applications within SPPARKS, a Sandiadeveloped framework for simulation at the mesoscale of microstructural evolution processes by kinetic Monte Carlo methods. This makes these codes readily accessible and adaptable for future applications.

  11. Microstructure Evolution During Rapid Debinding of MIM Compact

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    Omar, M. A.; Subuki, I.

    2010-03-01

    This paper discusses the microstructure changes during solvent solvent extraction and polymer burnout process of injection moulded component using a new developed palm stearin binder system. The samples were prepared by injection moulding mixture of stainless steel with palm stearin and polyethylene. Debinding was carried out in two steps; first, the moulded parts were immersed in heptane at a temperature of 40° C, 60° C and 80° C to remove the palm stearin (solvent extraction process) then followed by thermal debinding to remove the insoluble binder of polyethylene. The results show that large pore were formed from the surface to the interior of the debound part during solvent extraction, allowed easy escape of pyrolysis gases during thermal debinding. The rate of extraction of palm stearin from the green body increased with increasing solvent extraction temperature.

  12. Microstructural evolution and trace element mobility in Witwatersrand pyrite

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    Reddy, Steven M.; Hough, Robert M.

    2013-11-01

    Microstructural analysis of pyrite from a single sample of Witwatersrand conglomerate indicates a complex deformation history involving components of both plastic and brittle deformation. Internal deformation associated with dislocation creep is heterogeneously developed within grains, shows no systematic relationship to bulk rock strain or the location of grain boundaries and is interpreted to represent an episode of pyrite deformation that predates the incorporation of detrital pyrite grains into the Central Rand conglomerates. In contrast, brittle deformation, manifest by grain fragmentation that transects dislocation-related microstructures, is spatially related to grain contacts and is interpreted to represent post-depositional deformation of the Central Rand conglomerates. Analysis of the low-angle boundaries associated with the early dislocation creep phase of deformation indicates the operation of <010>{100} slip systems. However, some orientation boundaries have geometrical characteristics that are not consistent with simple <010>{100} deformation. These boundaries may represent the combination of multiple slip systems or the operation of the previously unrecognized <001>{120} slip system. These boundaries are associated with order of magnitude enrichments in As, Ni and Co that indicate a deformation control on the remobilization of trace elements within pyrite and a potential slip system control on the effectiveness of fast-diffusion pathways. The results confirm the importance of grain-scale elemental remobilization within pyrite prior to their incorporation into the Witwatersrand gold-bearing conglomerates. Since the relationship between gold and pyrite is intimately related to the trace element geochemistry of pyrite, the results have implications for the application of minor element geochemistry to ore deposit formation, suggest a reason for heterogeneous conductivity and localized gold precipitation in natural pyrite and provide a framework for

  13. Understanding the Evolution of Microstructure: What is the Role of Molecular Dynamics?

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    Foiles, Stephen

    2013-03-01

    The microstructure of a material, as characterized for example by grain size, determines a wide range of materials properties such as strength, toughness, and corrosion resistance. Understanding how the microstructure influences properties and how to obtain a desired microstructure are some of the enduring central problems of materials science. This challenge is inherently multi-scale since the fundamental mechanisms by which microstructures change occur at the atomic scale while the network of interfaces is on a scale of microns and up. In this talk, the role of molecular dynamics (MD) simulations in understanding the evolution of microstructure will be examined. The successes and outstanding challenges of using MD simulations to determine the properties of grain boundaries, in particular free energy and mobility, will be described. Further, microstructures with nanoscale grains evolve in times accessible to MD simulation. The insights into grain growth and deformation that can be obtained from such simulations will be described. Sandia National Laboratories isa multi-program laboratory managed and operated by Sandia Corporation, a subsidiary of Lockheed Martin Corporation, for the U.S. Dept. of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration under contract DE-AC04-94AL85000.

  14. 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.

  15. Microstructure evolution and mechanical behavior of a high strength dual-phase steel under monotonic loading

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    Nesterova, E.V.; Bouvier, S.; Bacroix, B.

    2015-02-15

    Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) microstructures of a high-strength dual-phase steel DP800 have been examined after moderate plastic deformations in simple shear and uniaxial tension. Special attention has been paid to the effect of the intergranular hard phase (martensite) on the microstructure evolution in the near-grain boundary regions. Quantitative parameters of dislocation patterning have been determined and compared with the similar characteristics of previously examined single-phase steels. The dislocation patterning in the interiors of the ferrite grains in DP800 steel is found to be similar to that already observed in the single-phase IF (Interstitial Free) steel whereas the martensite-affected zones present a delay in patterning and display very high gradients of continuous (gradual) disorientations associated with local internal stresses. The above stresses are shown to control the work-hardening of dual-phase materials at moderate strains for monotonic loading and are assumed to influence their microstructure evolution and mechanical behavior under strain-path changes. - Highlights: • The microstructure evolution has been studied by TEM in a DP800 steel. • It is influenced by both martensite and dislocations in the initial state. • The DP800 steel presents a high work-hardening rate due to internal stresses.

  16. Microstructure-based modelling of multiphase materials and complex structures

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    Werner, Ewald; Wesenjak, Robert; Fillafer, Alexander; Meier, Felix; Krempaszky, Christian

    2015-10-01

    Micromechanical approaches are frequently employed to monitor local and global field quantities and their evolution under varying mechanical and/or thermal loading scenarios. In this contribution, an overview on important methods is given that are currently used to gain insight into the deformational and failure behaviour of multiphase materials and complex structures. First, techniques to represent material microstructures are reviewed. It is common to either digitise images of real microstructures or generate virtual 2D or 3D microstructures using automated procedures (e.g. Voronoï tessellation) for grain generation and colouring algorithms for phase assignment. While the former method allows to capture exactly all features of the microstructure at hand with respect to its morphological and topological features, the latter method opens up the possibility for parametric studies with respect to the influence of individual microstructure features on the local and global stress and strain response. Several applications of these approaches are presented, comprising low and high strain behaviour of multiphase steels, failure and fracture behaviour of multiphase materials and the evolution of surface roughening of the aluminium top metallisation of semiconductor devices.

  17. A hierarchical framework for the multiscale modeling of microstructure evolution in heterogeneous materials.

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    Luscher, Darby J.

    2010-04-01

    All materials are heterogeneous at various scales of observation. The influence of material heterogeneity on nonuniform response and microstructure evolution can have profound impact on continuum thermomechanical response at macroscopic “engineering” scales. In many cases, it is necessary to treat this behavior as a multiscale process thus integrating the physical understanding of material behavior at various physical (length and time) scales in order to more accurately predict the thermomechanical response of materials as their microstructure evolves. The intent of the dissertation is to provide a formal framework for multiscale hierarchical homogenization to be used in developing constitutive models.

  18. Electron microscopy observations on the role of twinning in the evolution of microstructures.

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    Dahmen, U; Hetherington, C J D; Radmilovic, V; Johnson, E; Xiao, S Q; Luo, C P

    2002-08-01

    Twinning plays an important role in phase transformations and can have significant effects on microstructural evolution. Different roles of twinning in the development of microstructures during precipitation and phase transformations are reviewed and illustrated with examples from investigations by high-resolution electron microscopy, including the effect of multiple twinning on the development of Ge precipitates in Al-Ge and Ag-Ge alloys, the twin dissociation of grain boundaries in Au, the formation of hexagonal Si at twin intersections and the effect of twin boundaries on the equilibrium shape of Pb inclusions in Al. PMID:12533222

  19. Microstructural evolution of 6063 aluminum during friction-stir welding

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    Sato, Y.S.; Kokawa, Hiroyuki; Enomoto, Masatoshi; Jogan, Shigetoshi

    1999-09-01

    The microstructural distribution associated with a hardness profile in a friction-stir-welded, age-hardenable 6063 aluminum alloy has been characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and orientation imaging microscopy (OIM). The friction-stir process produces a softened region in the 6063 Al weld. Frictional heating and plastic flow during friction-stir welding create fine recrystallized grains in the weld zone and recovered grains in the thermomechanically affected zone. The hardness profile depends greatly on the precipitate distribution and only slightly on the grain size. The softened region is characterized by dissolution and growth of the precipitates during the welding. Simulated weld thermal cycles with different peak temperatures have shown that the precipitates are dissolved at temperatures higher than 675 K and that the density of the strengthening precipitate was reduced by thermal cycles lower than 675 K. A comparison between the thermal cycles and isothermal aging has suggested precipitation sequences in the softened region during friction-stir welding.

  20. Microstructural evolution during strain localization in dolomite aggregates

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    Holyoke, Caleb W.; Kronenberg, Andreas K.; Newman, Julie

    2014-12-01

    Dolomite aggregates deformed by dislocation creep over a wide range of conditions (T = 700-1000 °C, effective pressure of 900 MPa, strain rates of 10-7 - 10-4/s) strain weaken by up to 75% of the peak differential stress. Microstructural study of samples shortened to different finite strains beyond the peak differential stress shows that strain becomes highly localized within shear zones by high-temperature creep processes, with no contribution of brittle cracking. At low strains (8%), dolomite deforms homogeneously by recrystallization-accommodated dislocation creep. At progressively higher sample strains, deformation is localized into narrow shear zones made up of very fine (˜3 μm) recrystallized grains and relict porphyroclasts (20-100 μm). Finely-recrystallized dolomite grains in the shear zones are largely dislocation free and localized shear is facilitated by diffusion creep. In contrast, original dolomite grains and porphyroclasts in shear zones have high dislocation densities and do not deform after shear zone formation. Calculated strain rates in the shear zones are two to three orders of magnitude faster than the imposed bulk strain rate of the samples and these strain rates are consistent with predictions of the diffusion creep flow law for fine-grained dolomite.

  1. Microstructural evolution of char under oxidation induced by uneven heating

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    Kantorovich, I.I.; Bar-Ziv, E. |

    1996-04-01

    Single spherical char particles were intentionally irradiated nonuniformly in an electrodynamic chamber, in the temperature range 600--1,000 K. The char particles were irradiated from one side (bottom) and consequently heated unevenly. Nonuniform shrinkage of an initially spherical char particle has been observed during oxidation. The features of nonuniform shrinkage are rather peculiar: (1) up to 40%--60% conversion, the particle shrank uniformly. Then spatial preferential consumption initiated, indicating the threshold nature of the phenomenon; (2) preferential consumption, in most experiments, was observed to start from the top of the particle; (3) above the threshold conversion, a disk structure became clear; (4) at very high conversion the particle became like a center-hole doughnut. A model was developed to explain these features by nonuniform transformation of the micropore structure due to oxidation of the unevenly heated particle. The threshold nature of the phenomenon was also explained in terms of the dynamic stability of a particle. The threshold of nonuniform shrinkage corresponds to the transition of the particle to a stable position. After initiation of nonuniform shrinkage, the macroporosity distribution inside the particle becomes nonuniform. Macroporosity was shown to increase near the particle`s center; this eventually creates a hole at high conversion. The good agreement of modeling results with experimental observation confirms the notion that nonuniform shrinkage in regime 1 (kinetically controlled) is an indication of the fundamental microstructural transformations in the course of oxidation.

  2. Microstructural evolution of type 304 and 316 stainless steels under neutron irradiation at LWR relevant conditions

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    Tan, Lizhen; Stoller, Roger E.; Field, Kevin G.; Yang, Ying; Morgan, Dane; Wirth, Brian D.; Gussev, Maxim N.; Busby, Jeremy T.; Nam, H.

    2015-12-11

    Extension of light water reactors' useful life will expose austenitic internal core components to irradiation damage levels beyond 100 displacements per atom (dpa), which will lead to profound microstructural evolution and consequent degradation of macroscopic properties. Microstructural evolution, including Frank loops, cavities, precipitates, and segregation at boundaries and the resultant radiation hardening in type 304 and 316 stainless steel (SS) variants, were studied in this work via experimental characterization and multiple simulation methods. Experimental data for up to 40 heats of type 304SS and 316SS variants irradiated in different reactors to 0.6–120 dpa at 275–375°C were either generated from thismore » work or collected from literature reports. These experimental data were then combined with models of Frank loop and cavity evolution, computational thermodynamics and precipitation, and ab initio and rate theory integrated radiation-induced segregation models to provide insights into microstructural evolution and degradation at higher radiation doses.« less

  3. Microstructural evolution in nickel alloy C-276 after Ar-ion irradiation at elevated temperature

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    Jin, Shuoxue; He, Xinfu; Li, Tiecheng; Ma, Shuli; Tang, Rui; Guo, Liping

    2012-10-15

    In present work, the irradiation damage in nickel-base alloy C-276 irradiated with Ar-ions was studied. Specimens of C-276 alloy were subjected to an irradiation of Ar-ions (with 120 keV) to dose levels of 6 and 10 dpa at 300 and 550 Degree-Sign C, respectively. The size distributions and densities of dislocation loops caused by irradiation were investigated with transmission electron microscopy. Irradiation hardening due to the formation of the loops was calculated using the dispersed barrier-hardening model, showing that irradiation hardening was greatest at 300 Degree-Sign C/6 dpa. The microstructure evolution induced by Ar-ion irradiation (0-10 dpa) in nickel-base alloy C-276 has been studied using a multi-scale modeling code Radieff constructed based on rate theory, and the size of dislocation loops simulated by Radieff was in good agreement with the experiment. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer High density of dislocation loops appeared after Ar ions irradiation. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Irradiation hardening due to the formation of loops was calculated by the DBH model. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Size of loops simulated by Radieff was in good agreement with the experiment.

  4. Microstructure evolution during annealing of TiAl/NiCoCrAl multilayer composite prepared by EB-PVD

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    Zhang, Rubing; Zhang, Deming; Chen, Guiqing; Wang, Yuesheng

    2014-07-01

    TiAl/NiCoCrAl laminate composite sheet with a thickness of 0.4–0.6 mm as well as a dimension of 150 mm × 100 mm was fabricated successfully by using electron beam physical vapor deposition (EB-PVD) method. The annealing treatment was processed at 1123 and 1323 K for 3 h in a high vacuum atmosphere, respectively. The phase composition and microstructure of TiAl/NiCoCrAl microlaminated sheet have been analyzed by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Based on the sheet characterization and results of the microstructure evolution during annealing treatment process, the diffusion mechanism of interfacial reaction in TiAl/NiCoCrAl microlaminate was investigated and discussed.

  5. Microstructural evolution of nanocrystalline Fe–Zr alloys upon annealing treatment

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    Shi, X.H.; Chen, Y.Z.; Ma, X.Y.; Wang, H.T.; Liu, F.

    2015-05-15

    Nanocrystalline Fe–Zr alloys exhibit an extraordinary thermal stability at elevated temperatures, which enables their potential applications in various fields. However, there remain concerns regarding the controlling stabilization mechanisms responsible for their thermal stability. In this work, two nanocrystalline Fe–Zr alloys containing 1 at.% Zr and 5 at.% Zr were annealed at various temperatures (T{sub ann}) up to 900 °C. Microstructural evolution of the alloys upon annealing was investigated by means of an X-ray diffractometer equipped with a 2-dimensional detector and transmission electron microscopy. Below 600 °C, microstructures of the two alloys consist of single nanocrystalline ferrite whose grain size is rather stable upon annealing treatments. Above 600 °C, accompanying the precipitation of Fe{sub 3}Zr phase, an apparent grain coarsening of ferrite is observed, whereas the thermal stability of the alloys is still considerably higher than that of nanocrystalline pure Fe. Based on the experimental results, it was claimed that stabilization of the nanocrystalline Fe–Zr alloys should not be totally ascribed to the thermodynamic stabilization mechanism due to the reduction in grain boundary energy as suggested in earlier investigations [K.A. Darling et al., Scr. Mater. 59 (2008) 530 and K.A. Darling et al., Mater. Sci. Eng. A527 (2010) 3572]; when T{sub ann} is higher than 600 °C, along with the precipitation of Fe{sub 3}Zr, the effect of thermodynamic stabilization is weakened, the kinetic effect arising from Zener pinning of Fe{sub 3}Zr precipitates turns to be an important mechanism contributing to the stabilization of the nanoscale grain size. - Highlights: • We show clear evidence of precipitation of Fe{sub 3}Zr phase above 600 °C. • Stabilization of nanostructure is not solely controlled by thermodynamic mechanism. • Above 600 °C, Zener pinning plays an important role in stabilizing nanostructure.

  6. Evolution of microstructure, strain and physical properties in oxide nanocomposite films

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    Chen, Aiping; Weigand, Marcus; Bi, Zhenxing; Zhang, Wenrui; Lü, Xuejie; Dowden, Paul; MacManus-Driscoll, Judith L.; Wang, Haiyan; Jia, Quanxi

    2014-01-01

    We, using LSMO:ZnO nanocomposite films as a model system, have studied the effect of film thickness on the physical properties of nanocomposites. It shows that strain, microstructure, as well as magnetoresistance strongly rely on film thickness. The magnetotransport properties have been fitted by a modified parallel connection channel model, which is in agreement with the microstructure evolution as a function of film thickness in nanocomposite films on sapphire substrates. The strain analysis indicates that the variation of physical properties in nanocomposite films on LAO is dominated by strain effect. These results confirm the critical role of film thickness on microstructures, strain states, and functionalities. It further shows that one can use film thickness as a key parameter to design nanocomposites with optimum functionalities. PMID:24958206

  7. Microstructure Evolution of Biphasic TiNi1+x Sn Thermoelectric Materials

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    Verma, Nisha; Douglas, Jason E.; Krämer, Stephan; Pollock, Tresa M.; Seshadri, Ram; Levi, Carlos G.

    2016-05-01

    The effects of thermal treatment on the microstructure of biphasic materials comprising half-Heusler (hH) and full-Heusler (fH) phases, as well as on their associated thermal conductivity, are discussed. The focus of this study was on a biphasic hH/fH alloy of nominal stoichiometry TiNi1.2Sn, synthesized by containerless (magnetic levitation) induction melting. The alloy samples were exposed to various heat treatments to generate microstructures containing second-phase precipitates ranging in size from ~10 nm to a few micrometers. The materials were characterized with regard to morphology, size, shape, and orientation relationship of the fH and hH phases, both of which were present as precipitates within larger regions of the counterpart phase. The solidification path of the alloy and its implications for the subsequent microstructure evolution during heat treatment were elucidated, and relationships with the ensuing thermal conductivity were characterized.

  8. Microstructure Evolution of Biphasic TiNi1+ x Sn Thermoelectric Materials

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    Verma, Nisha; Douglas, Jason E.; Krämer, Stephan; Pollock, Tresa M.; Seshadri, Ram; Levi, Carlos G.

    2016-08-01

    The effects of thermal treatment on the microstructure of biphasic materials comprising half-Heusler (hH) and full-Heusler (fH) phases, as well as on their associated thermal conductivity, are discussed. The focus of this study was on a biphasic hH/fH alloy of nominal stoichiometry TiNi1.2Sn, synthesized by containerless (magnetic levitation) induction melting. The alloy samples were exposed to various heat treatments to generate microstructures containing second-phase precipitates ranging in size from ~10 nm to a few micrometers. The materials were characterized with regard to morphology, size, shape, and orientation relationship of the fH and hH phases, both of which were present as precipitates within larger regions of the counterpart phase. The solidification path of the alloy and its implications for the subsequent microstructure evolution during heat treatment were elucidated, and relationships with the ensuing thermal conductivity were characterized.

  9. Deformation behavior and microstructure evolution of wrought magnesium alloys

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    Wang, Shouren; Song, Linghui; Kang, Sukbong; Cho, Jaehyung; Wang, Yingzi

    2013-05-01

    There are many researches on the deformation behavior of wrought magnesium alloys, such as AZ31, AZ80, AZ91, and ZK60 magnesium alloys at different temperatures and strain rates, but few of them focuses on the deformation behavior of AZ41M and ZK60M alloys, especially under the twin-roll casting (TRC) state. Meanwhile, the existing researches only focus on the grain refinement law of the magnesium alloys under deformation conditions, the deformation mechanism has not been revealed yet. The hot compression behavior of AZ41M and ZK60M magnesium alloys under the temperature and strain rate ranges of 250-400 °C and 0.001-1 s-1 are studied by thermal simulation methods using Gleeble 1500 machine and virtual simulation using finite element analysis software. Simulation results show that sine hyperbolic law is the most suitable flow stress model for wider deformation conditions. The most reasonable selected deformation conditions of ZK60M alloy is 350 °C/0.1 s-1 for TRC and 350 °C/1 s-1 for conventional casting (CC), while AZ41M alloy is 300 °C/0.01 s-1 for TRC and 350 °C/0.1 s-1 for CC. Deformation behavior and dynamic recrystallization (DRX) mechanism of them are analyzed at the same deformation conditions. The microstructures of AZ41M and ZK60M alloys are observed at different deformed conditions by optical microscopy (OM) and electron back scatter diffraction (EBSD) and it reveals the flow behavior and deformation mechanism of them. Working harden and work soften contribute to the activation of basal, non-basal slip systems which promote DRX. The proposed research reveals the deformation behavior and mechanism of the AZ41M and ZK 60M magnesium alloys and concludes their optimized deformation parameters and processes and provides a theory basis for their manufacturing and application.

  10. Manupulation of microstructure, phase evolution and mechanical properties by devitrification of andesite for use as proppant

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    Koseski, Ryan P.

    Small, roughly spherical ceramic particles, approximately 1mm in size are used for a number of applications including casting sands, catalysts, and cement fillers. The oil and natural gas industry utilizes such materials in tonnage quantities yearly as extraction aids. Particles intended for this application are referred to as proppants. Proppants are composed of materials that differ by density, strength and cost, and are selected on a site by site basis. Recently, competing usage and depletion of reserves of one of the most popular category of proppant materials, sintered aluminosilicates (e.g. kaolinite, bauxite) have driven the need for alternative raw materials for proppant manufacturing. Andesite, a by-product of mining operations in the south-west United States was identified as an abundant, readily available, and low cost alternative proppant material that can be fused and net-shaped into a glass which when crystallized results in microstructures which may offer substantial toughening and fracture characteristics which may serve to their advantage for use as proppants that do not decrease the permeability ("blind") the particle bed. This study addressed the devitrification behavior and its role on the mechanical properties of andesite-based glass-ceramic spheres for use as proppants. Timetemperature- transformation studies were performed to evaluate the devitrification behavior of andesite glass. Crystalline phase evolution and microstructural development were evaluated using quantitative x-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, differential thermal analysis, and spectrophotometry. The andesite glass devitrification commenced with the precipitation of iron oxides (magnetite) which served as seeds for the epitaxial growth of dendritic pyroxenes. Mechanical properties, such as diametral compressive strength, fracture toughness, hardness, and fracture morphology were correlated with crystalline phase evolution. Selected heat treatments resulting in the

  11. Microstructure Modeling of a Ni-Fe-Based Superalloy During the Rotary Forging Process

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    Loyda, A.; Hernández-Muñoz, G. M.; Reyes, L. A.; Zambrano-Robledo, P.

    2016-06-01

    The microstructure evolution of Ni-Fe superalloys has a great influence on the mechanical behavior during service conditions. The rotary forging process offers an alternative to conventional bulk forming processes where the parts can be rotary forged with a fraction of the force commonly needed by conventional forging techniques. In this investigation, a numerical modeling of microstructure evolution for design and optimization of the hot forging operations has been used to manufacture a heat-resistant nickel-based superalloy. An Avrami model was implemented into finite element commercial platform DEFORM 3D to evaluate the average grain size and recrystallization during the rotary forging process. The simulations were carried out considering three initial temperatures, 980, 1000, and 1050 °C, to obtain the microstructure behavior after rotary forging. The final average grain size of one case was validated by comparing with results of previous experimental work of disk forging operation. This investigation was aimed to explore the influence of the rotary forging process on microstructure evolution in order to obtain a homogenous and refined grain size in the final component.

  12. Mechanical and Microstructural Evolution of Ductile Shear Zones: Implications for the Deep Structure of Lithospheric Faults

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    Platt, J. P.; Behr, W. M.

    2010-12-01

    We offer three new concepts that help place constraints on the mechanics and width of plate-boundary shear zones below the brittle-ductile transition. 1. Lithospheric shear zones operate at approximately constant stress at any given depth (temperature). This is because shear zones form by microstructural changes that cause weakening and hence strain localization. These changes occur when the ambient stress reaches the yield strength σy of intact rock. As a result, the cumulative width w of shear zones reaches a value such that they can accommodate plate motion at a flow stress equal to σy. 2. Exhuming shear zones preserve a record of the stress-temperature profile through the deforming crust. Increasing strain localization as the rocks cool, and quenching of the microstructure outside the narrowing shear zone, allow preservation of the microstructure and mineral chemistry at various stages in their evolution. If the flow stress in the shear zone at any depth is a measure of the yield strength of the surrounding rock, we can use this information to construct strength-depth profiles through the lithosphere. 3. Dislocation creep causes dynamic recrystallization and grainsize reduction. This may result in a switch to grainsize-sensitive creep, which is the main cause of weakening and strain localization in shear zones. At constant strain-rate, this results in a stress drop, which may be followed by grain growth, preventing a permanent switch in mechanism. If shear zones operate at constant stress, however, dislocation density in the deforming grains remains the same after the switch, so that dynamic recrystallization and grain-boundary migration driven by dislocation strain energy continue at the same rate as before. This inhibits grain growth driven by surface energy, so that the deformation mechanism switch is permanent. We calculate shear zone widths at depth in the lithosphere based on these concepts. We use a stress-temperature profile obtained from the Whipple

  13. Microstructural evolution in bitaxial crack-seal veins: A phase-field study

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    Ankit, Kumar; Urai, Janos L.; Nestler, Britta

    2015-05-01

    Bitaxial crack sealing by epitaxial crystal growth is the most common vein-forming process in Earth's crust, but the details of the microstructural processes in these are not well understood. Here we model the evolution of bitaxial crack-seal quartz veins in two and three dimensions, using the phase-field method. Our numerical simulations show the influence of different parameters, such as the obliquity of crack opening and crack location, grain size, and orientations on the evolving vein microstructure. We examine the underlying growth competition observed during epitaxial growth of quartz. Results show many similarities with natural microstructures such as stretched crystals and compare well with the previous numerical findings. As the ratio of crack aperture and matrix grain size for the present studies is chosen to be sufficiently large for growth competition to occur before complete sealing, it leads to the formation of crystal fragments along the crack-opening trajectory. We explain how such fragment trails act as potential indicators of the opening of crack-seal veins, if they are confirmed to be common in natural microstructures. Finally, we highlight the importance of accounting for the third dimension in the numerical simulations by analyzing the evolution of fluid connectivity in 2-D and 3-D during the sealing process.

  14. Effect of heavy ion irradiation on microstructural evolution in CF8 cast austenitic stainless steel

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    Chen, Wei-Ying; Li, Meimei; Kirk, Marquis A.; Baldo, Peter M.; Lian, Tiangan

    2016-04-01

    The microstructural evolution in ferrite and austenitic in cast austenitic stainless steel (CASS) CF8, as received or thermally aged at 400 °C for 10,000 h, was followed under TEM with in situ irradiation of 1 MeV Kr ions at 300 and 350 °C to a fluence of 1.9 × 1015 ions/cm2 (∼3 dpa) at the IVEM-Tandem Facility. For the unaged CF8, the irradiation-induced dislocation loops appeared at a much lower dose in the austenite than in the ferrite. At the end dose, the austenite formed a well-developed dislocation network microstructure, while the ferrite exhibited an extended dislocation structure as line segments. Compared to the unaged CF8, the aged specimen appeared to have lower rate of damage accumulation. The rate of microstructural evolution under irradiation in the ferrite was significantly lower in the aged specimen than in the unaged. This difference is attributed to the different initial microstructures in the unaged and aged specimens, which implies that thermal aging and irradiation are not independent but interconnected damage processes.

  15. Phase-Field Simulation of Microstructure Evolution in Industrial A2214 Alloy During Solidification

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    Wei, Ming; Tang, Ying; Zhang, Lijun; Sun, Weihua; Du, Yong

    2015-07-01

    By linking to the thermodynamic and atomic mobility databases in Al alloys well established in our research group, the microstructure evolution in industrial A2214 alloy (Al-4.5Cu-0.5Mg-1.0Si, in wt pct) during solidification process was studied by means of two-dimensional phase-field simulation via MICRostructure Evolution Simulation Software in the framework of the multi-phase-field formalism. The thermophysical parameters including interfacial energies and interfacial mobilities were carefully chosen for reproducing the experimental features. The solidification sequence due to the present phase-field simulation conforms to both equilibrium calculation and Scheil simulation. The predicted microstructure reproduces the experimental data very well. These facts indicate that a quantitative phase-field simulation was achieved in the present work. Moreover, the mechanisms of characteristic patterns and microstructure formation were revealed with the aid of the phase-field simulation. In addition, the effect of cooling rate on the secondary dendrite arm spacing and microsegregation was also investigated through comprehensive comparison with the experimental data.

  16. Microstructural Evolution and Mechanical Properties of Au-20wt.%Sn|Ni Interconnection

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    Dong, H. Q.; Vuorinen, V.; Liu, X. W.; Laurila, T.; Li, J.; Paulasto-Kröckel, M.

    2016-01-01

    In this paper, the microstructural evolution and properties of Au-20wt.%Sn|Ni reaction couples were investigated from two perspectives: (1) by analyzing the microstructure of the as-soldered and aged samples, as well as (2) by measuring the mechanical properties of the intermetallic compounds formed within the reaction zone. The evolution of interfacial reaction products for both the as-soldered and aged interconnections was rationalized by using the experimental results in combination with assessed thermodynamic data from the Au-Ni-Sn system. Moreover, nanoindentation tests were implemented to measure the indentation modulus and hardness of the compounds formed at the interface. It was found that aging had a negligible influence on the elastic modulus and hardness of AuSn and Au5Sn, while the solubility of the third element significantly changed the indentation modulus and hardness of the intermetallic compounds.

  17. Mechanism behind the surface evolution and microstructure changes of laser fabricated nanostructured carbon composite

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    Foong, Y. M.; Koh, A. T. T.; Ng, H. Y.; Chua, D. H. C.

    2011-09-01

    Many studies have shown that amorphous carbon films with reduced internal stress, improved adhesion strength, and diversified material properties are obtainable through doping process, but the presence of dopants was reported to promote surface evolution and alter the microstructures of carbon matrix. By combining analyses from experimental results and theoretical estimations, this work examines the mechanism behind the surface evolution and microstructural changes in laser fabricated nanostructured copper-carbon composite. We showed that the presence of metal ions during laser deposition increased the heat dissipation on carbon matrix, which enhanced the formation of nanoislands but graphitized the carbon matrix. In addition, theoretical estimations and XPS hinted that the presence of energetic species may force the carbon ions to react with the substrate interface and form silicon carbide bonds, which contributed to the improved adhesion strength observed in copper doped carbon films, along with a reduction in internal stress owing to the presence of nanoclusters.

  18. Systematic Study of Microwave Absorption, Heating, and Microstructure Evolution of Porous Copper Powder Metal Compacts

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    Zimmerman, Darin; Diehl, John; Johnson, Earnie; Martin, Kelly; Miskovsky, Nicholas; Smith, Charles; Weisel, Gary; Weiss, Brock; Ma, Junkun

    2008-03-01

    We present a systematic study of the absorption, heating behavior, and microstructure evolution of porous copper powder metal powder compacts subjected to 2.45 GHz microwave radiation and explain our observations using known physical mechanisms. Using a single mode microwave system, we place the compacts in pure electric (E) or magnetic (H) fields and compare the heating trends. The observed trends in the E- and H-field heating reflect the dramatic changes in the conductivity, permittivity, and permeability of the samples caused by the microstructure evolution during heating in the two types of fields. The observed dependence of the initial microwave heating of the samples suggests that the microwave absorption in the sample is dominated by the properties of the individual metal particles composing the sample.

  19. Application of Phase-field Method in Predicting Gas Bubble Microstructure Evolution in Nuclear Fuels

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    Hu, Shenyang Y.; Li, Yulan; Sun, Xin; Gao, Fei; Devanathan, Ramaswami; Henager, Charles H.; Khaleel, Mohammad A.

    2010-04-30

    Fission product accumulation and gas bubble microstructure evolution in nuclear fuels strongly affect thermo-mechanical properties such as thermal conductivity, gas release, volumetric swelling and cracking, and hence the fuel performance. In this paper, a general phase-field model is developed to predict gas bubble formation and evolution. Important materials processes and thermodynamic properties including the generation of gas atoms and vacancies, sinks for vacancies and gas atoms, the elastic interaction among defects, gas re-solution, and inhomogeneity of elasticity and diffusivity are accounted for in the model. The simulations demonstrate the potential application of the phase-field method in investigating 1) heterogeneous nucleation of gas bubbles at defects; 2) effect of elastic interaction, inhomogeneity of material properties, and gas re-solution on gas bubble microstructures; and 3) effective properties from the output of phase-field simulations such as distribution of defects, gas bubbles, and stress fields.

  20. Evolution of microstructures in materials induced by electropulsing.

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    Zhang, W; Sui, M L; Zhou, Y Z; Li, D X

    2003-01-01

    Nanostructures were formed in several conventional materials under single electropulsing, that is nanophases of alpha-Cu(Zn) and beta'-(CuZn) in a cold-worked alpha-Cu(Zn) alloy, nanosized gamma-Fe in a low-carbon steel, nanosized alpha-Al in a superduralumin, and orientated nanosized TiC in a TiC/NiCr cermet. The mechanisms responsible for the above nanostructured transitions can be attributed to the competition of many factors induced by electropulsing, including high-rate heating, thermal stress, reduced thermodynamic energy barrier and high-rate electron impacting. Also, many low-energy dislocation configurations, twins and stacking faults were formed in the copper alloy and cermet under the electropulsing. Such evolution of defects was associated with the electrical, thermal and stress energies induced by the electropulsing. PMID:12895490

  1. Effect of deformation path on microstructure, microhardness and texture evolution of interstitial free steel fabricated by differential speed rolling

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    Hamad, Kotiba; Chung, Bong Kwon; Ko, Young Gun

    2014-08-15

    This paper reports the effect of the deformation path on the microstructure, microhardness, and texture evolution of interstitial free (IF) steel processed by differential speed rolling (DSR) method. For this purpose, total height reductions of 50% and 75% were imposed on the samples by a series of differential speed rolling operations with various height reductions per pass (deformation levels) ranging from 10 to 50% under a fixed roll speed ratio of 1:4 for the upper and lower rolls, respectively. Microstructural observations using transmission electron microscopy and electron backscattered diffraction measurements showed that the samples rolled at deformation level of 50% had the finest mean grain size (∼ 0.5 μm) compared to the other counterparts; also the samples rolled at deformation level of 50% showed a more uniform microstructure. Based on the microhardness measurements along the thickness direction of the deformed samples, gradual evolution of the microhardness value and its homogeneity was observed with the increase of the deformation level per pass. Texture analysis showed that, as the deformation level per pass increased, the fraction of alpha fiber and gamma fiber in the deformed samples increased. The textures obtained by the differential speed rolling process under the lubricated condition would be equivalent to those obtained by the conventional rolling. - Highlights: • Effect of DSR deformation path on microstructure of IF steel is significant. • IF steel rolled at deformation level of 50% has the ultrafine grains of ∼ 0.5 μm. • Rolling texture components are pronounced with increasing deformation level.

  2. Microstructure evolution in age-hardenable aluminium alloy during processing by hydrostatic extrusion.

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    Lewandowska, M

    2006-10-01

    In the present work, scanning and transmission electron microscopy were used to investigate the microstructural evolution occurring during the hydrostatic extrusion of an age-hardenable aluminium alloy. It was shown that processing by hydrostatic extrusion leads to grain refinement to 95 nm in equivalent diameter. Hydrostatic extrusion also influences the geometrical parameters of two different types of particle: intermetallic inclusions and precipitates. The intermetallic inclusions slightly decrease in mean equivalent diameter, but their size remains at the micrometre level. The precipitates are fragmented to nanoscale spherical particles, and their evolution delays the process of grain refinement. PMID:17100901

  3. Theory and modeling of microstructural evolution in polycrystalline materials: Solute segregation, grain growth and phase transformations

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    Ma, Ning

    2005-11-01

    To accurately predict microstructure evolution and, hence, to synthesis metal and ceramic alloys with desirable properties involves many fundamental as well as practical issues. In the present study, novel theoretical and phase field approaches have been developed to address some of these issues including solute drag and segregation transition at grain boundaries and dislocations, grain growth in systems of anisotropic boundary properties, and precipitate microstructure development in polycrystalline materials. The segregation model has allowed for the prediction of a first-order segregation transition, which could be related to the sharp transition of solute concentration of grain boundary as a function of temperature. The incorporating of interfacial energy and mobility as functions of misorientation and inclination in the phase field model has allowed for the study of concurrent grain growth and texture evolution. The simulation results were analyzed using the concept of local grain boundary energy density, which simplified significantly the development of governing equations for texture controlled grain growth in Ti-6Al-4V. Quantitative phase field modeling techniques have been developed by incorporating thermodynamic and diffusivity databases. The models have been validated against DICTRA simulations in simple 1D problems and applied to simulate realistic microstructural evolutions in Ti-6Al-4V, including grain boundary a and globular a growth and sideplate development under both isothermal aging and continuous cooling conditions. The simulation predictions agree well with experimental observations.

  4. A process model for the heat-affected zone microstructure evolution in duplex stainless steel weldments: Part I. the model

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    Hemmer, H.; Grong, Ø.

    1999-11-01

    The present investigation is concerned with modeling of the microstructure evolution in duplex stainless steels under thermal conditions applicable to welding. The important reactions that have been modeled are the dissolution of austenite during heating, subsequent grain growth in the delta ferrite regime, and finally, the decomposition of the delta ferrite to austenite during cooling. As a starting point, a differential formulation of the underlying diffusion problem is presented, based on the internal-state variable approach. These solutions are later manipulated and expressed in terms of the Scheil integral in the cases where the evolution equation is separable or can be made separable by a simple change of variables. The models have then been applied to describe the heat-affected zone microstructure evolution during both thick-plate and thin-plate welding of three commercial duplex stainless steel grades: 2205, 2304, and 2507. The results may conveniently be presented in the form of novel process diagrams, which display contours of constant delta ferrite grain size along with information about dissolution and reprecipitation of austenite for different combinations of weld input energy and peak temperature. These diagrams are well suited for quantitative readings and illustrate, in a condensed manner, the competition between the different variables that lead to structural changes during welding of duplex stainless steels.

  5. A process model for the heat-affected zone microstructure evolution in duplex stainless steel weldments: Part I. The model

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    Hemmer, H.; Grong, O.

    1999-11-01

    The present investigation is concerned with modeling of the microstructure evolution in duplex stainless steels under thermal conditions applicable to welding. The important reactions that have been modeled are the dissolution of austenite during heating, subsequent grain growth in the delta ferrite regime, and finally, the decomposition of the delta ferrite to austenite during cooling. As a starting point, a differential formulation of the underlying diffusion problem is presented, based on the internal-state variable approach. These solutions are later manipulated and expressed in terms of the Scheil integral in the cases where the evolution equation is separable or can be made separable by a simple change of variables. The models have then been applied to describe the heat-affected zone microstructure evolution during both thick-plate and thin-plate welding of three commercial duplex stainless steel grades: 2205, 2304, and 2507. The results may conveniently be presented in the form of novel process diagrams, which display contours of constant delta ferrite grain size along with information about dissolution and reprecipitation of austenite for different combinations of weld input energy and peak temperature. These diagrams are well suited for quantitative readings and illustrate, in a condensed manner, the competition between the different variables that lead to structural changes during welding of duplex stainless steels.

  6. Microstructural evolution of garnet in a greenschist facies transpression zone

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    Massey, M. A.; Prior, D. J.; Moecher, D. P.

    2007-12-01

    Natural observations, laboratory experiments, and theoretical modeling support the interpretation of Grt plasticity in the lower crust and upper mantle; however, these processes are thought to be of little importance in shallow to middle crustal levels. Multiple textural varieties of Grt from the western boundary (Mt. Dumplin high strain zone) of an upper greenschist facies dextral transpression zone in southern New England, USA, display mesoscopic and microscopic evidence of syn-tectonic deformation and recrystallization. These microstructures were examined further by optical microscopy, electron probe microanalysis, orientation contrast imaging (OCI), and automated electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) in order to understand possible low-grade deformation mechanisms and their significance. The N-S-striking shear zone dips steeply W, the mylonitic foliation is defined by aligned Ms- Chl-Rt, layers of Qtz and fine-grained Grt; Qtz-Chl-Ms and fine-grained Grt aggregates define lineations that plunge moderately SW. S-C-C¡¦ fabrics, asymmetric folds and porphyroclasts (delta- and sigma-type) are well developed on foliation-normal/lineation-parallel planes, and display sinistral kinematics; surfaces normal to foliation and normal to lineation exhibit strong asymmetries that indicate normal motion. Pre-tectonic mineral parageneses consist of St pseudomorphed by Chl-Ms-Ctd, Als pseudomorphed by Ms, and coarse-grained Grt and Ab porphyroclasts with associated asymmetric tails. Grt is manifest as three types: 1) equant Grt porphyroclasts; 2) elongate Grt aggregates consisting of 50-100 Ým equant Grt porphyroblasts; 3) type 1-type 2 transitional Grt morphology. Elemental x-ray mapping of Ca and Mn reveals at least two periods of growth in Grt types 1 and 3, and one period of growth in type 2 that correlates with type 1 and 3 rims; Mg is completely homogenized. Detailed mapping of type 3 Grt cores reveals ¡¥fractured¡¦ Ca-enriched cores ¡¥healed¡¦ with Ca

  7. Effects of twin boundary mobility on domain microstructure evolution in magnetic shape memory alloys: Phase field simulation

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    Jin, Yongmei M.

    2009-02-09

    Effects of twin boundary mobility on domain microstructure evolution during magnetic field-induced deformation in magnetic shape memory alloys are studied by phase field micromagnetic microelastic modeling. The simulations show that different twin boundary mobilities lead to drastically different domain microstructures and evolution pathways, yielding very different magnetization and strain responses, even with opposite signs. The study also reveals complex domain phenomena in magnetic shape memory alloys.

  8. Microstructure and Property Evolution in Advanced Cladding and Duct Materials Under Long-Term and Elevated Temperature Irradiation: Modeling and Experimental Investigation

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    Wirth, Brian; Morgan, Dane; Kaoumi, Djamel; Motta, Arthur

    2013-12-01

    irradiation. This project will focus on modeling microstructural and microchemical evolution of irradiated alloys by performing detailed modeling of such microstructure evolution processes coupled with well-designed in situ experiments that can provide validation and benchmarking to the computer codes. The broad scientific and technical objectives of this proposal are to evaluate the microstructure and microchemical evolution in advanced ferritic/martensitic and oxide dispersion strengthened (ODS) alloys for cladding and duct reactor materials under long-term and elevated temperature irradiation, leading to improved ability to model structural materials performance and lifetime. Specifically, we propose four research thrusts, namely Thrust 1: Identify the formation mechanism and evolution for dislocation loops with Burgers vector of a<100> and determine whether the defect microstructure (predominately dislocation loop/dislocation density) saturates at high dose. Thrust 2: Identify whether a threshold irradiation temperature or dose exists for the nucleation of growing voids that mark the beginning of irradiation-induced swelling, and begin to probe the limits of thermal stability of the tempered Martensitic structure under irradiation. Thrust 3: Evaluate the stability of nanometer sized Y- Ti-O based oxide dispersion strengthened (ODS) particles at high fluence/temperature. Thrust 4: Evaluate the extent to which precipitates form and/or dissolve as a function of irradiation temperature and dose, and how these changes are driven by radiation induced segregation and microchemical evolutions and determined by the initial microstructure.

  9. Mechanical Properties and Microstructural Evolution of Simulated Heat-Affected Zones in Wrought Eglin Steel

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    Leister, Brett M.; DuPont, John N.; Watanabe, Masashi; Abrahams, Rachel A.

    2015-12-01

    A comprehensive study was performed to correlate the mechanical properties and microstructural evolution in the heat-affected zone of Eglin steel. A Gleeble 3500 thermo-mechanical simulator was used to simulate weld thermal cycles with different peak temperatures at a heat input of 1500 J/mm. These samples underwent mechanical testing to determine strength and toughness in the as-welded and post-weld heat-treated conditions. The inter-critical heat-affected zone (HAZ) had the lowest strength following thermal simulation, while the fine-grain and coarse-grain heat-affected zone exhibited increased strength when compared to the inter-critical HAZ. The toughness of the heat-affected zone in the as-simulated condition is lower than that of the base metal in all regions of the HAZ. Post-weld heat treatments (PWHTs) increased the toughness of the HAZ, but at the expense of strength. In addition, certain combinations of PWHTs within specific HAZ regions exhibited low toughness caused by tempered martensite embrittlement or intergranular failure. Synchrotron X-ray diffraction data have shown that Eglin steel has retained austenite in the fine-grain HAZ in the as-simulated condition. In addition, alloy carbides (M23C6, M2C, M7C3) have been observed in the diffraction spectra for the fine-grain and coarse-grain HAZ following a PWHT of 973 K (700 °C)/4 hours.

  10. Homogeneous nucleation and microstructure evolution in million-atom molecular dynamics simulation

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    Shibuta, Yasushi; Oguchi, Kanae; Takaki, Tomohiro; Ohno, Munekazu

    2015-01-01

    Homogeneous nucleation from an undercooled iron melt is investigated by the statistical sampling of million-atom molecular dynamics (MD) simulations performed on a graphics processing unit (GPU). Fifty independent instances of isothermal MD calculations with one million atoms in a quasi-two-dimensional cell over a nanosecond reveal that the nucleation rate and the incubation time of nucleation as functions of temperature have characteristic shapes with a nose at the critical temperature. This indicates that thermally activated homogeneous nucleation occurs spontaneously in MD simulations without any inducing factor, whereas most previous studies have employed factors such as pressure, surface effect, and continuous cooling to induce nucleation. Moreover, further calculations over ten nanoseconds capture the microstructure evolution on the order of tens of nanometers from the atomistic viewpoint and the grain growth exponent is directly estimated. Our novel approach based on the concept of “melting pots in a supercomputer” is opening a new phase in computational metallurgy with the aid of rapid advances in computational environments. PMID:26311304

  11. Effect of Intercritical Annealing on Microstructural Evolution and Properties of Quenched & Partitioned (Q&P) Steels

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    Wu, Riming; Jin, Xuejun; Wang, Chenglin; Wang, Li

    2016-04-01

    Transformation of metastable austenite into martensite in novel quenched & partitioned (Q&P) steels improves sheet formability, allowing this class of high-strength steels to be used for automotive structural components. The current work studies the microstructural evolution by varying intercritical annealing time ( t a), as well as its influence on the martensite-austenite constituent and mechanical properties of Q&P steels. As the t a was prolonged, the morphology of retained austenite progressively transformed from block to a mixture of block and film, and finally changed to totally film. Based on electron back-scatter diffraction (EBSD) measurements and uniaxial tensile response, the holding time of 600 s at 760 °C was determined to produce the best results in terms of highest volume fraction of retained austenite ( f γ = 15.8%) and largest strain (26.8%) at the ultimate tensile strength (892 MPa). This difference in work-hardening behavior corresponds directly to the transformation rate of retained austenite with different morphology. The slower rate of transformation of filmy austenite allowed for work hardening to persist at high strains where the transformation effect had already been exhausted in the blocky one. There is great potential for properties improvement through adjustment of metastability of retained austenite.

  12. Homogeneous nucleation and microstructure evolution in million-atom molecular dynamics simulation

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    Shibuta, Yasushi; Oguchi, Kanae; Takaki, Tomohiro; Ohno, Munekazu

    2015-08-01

    Homogeneous nucleation from an undercooled iron melt is investigated by the statistical sampling of million-atom molecular dynamics (MD) simulations performed on a graphics processing unit (GPU). Fifty independent instances of isothermal MD calculations with one million atoms in a quasi-two-dimensional cell over a nanosecond reveal that the nucleation rate and the incubation time of nucleation as functions of temperature have characteristic shapes with a nose at the critical temperature. This indicates that thermally activated homogeneous nucleation occurs spontaneously in MD simulations without any inducing factor, whereas most previous studies have employed factors such as pressure, surface effect, and continuous cooling to induce nucleation. Moreover, further calculations over ten nanoseconds capture the microstructure evolution on the order of tens of nanometers from the atomistic viewpoint and the grain growth exponent is directly estimated. Our novel approach based on the concept of “melting pots in a supercomputer” is opening a new phase in computational metallurgy with the aid of rapid advances in computational environments.

  13. Microstructural analysis of faulting in quartzite, Assynt, NW Scotland: Implications for fault zone evolution

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    Knipe, Robert J.; Lloyd, Geoffrey E.

    1994-03-01

    Macroscopic fracture arrays, microstructures and interpreted deformation mechanisms are used to assess the development of a minor reverse fault (backthrust) in quartzite from the Moine Thrust Zone, Assynt, NW Scotland. Fracturing dominates the faulting via the progression: intragranular extension microcracks; transgranular, cataclasite absent extension fractures; through-going, cataclasite filled shear microfaults, within which fracturing and particulate flow operate. However, both diffusive mass transfer (DMT) and intracrystalline plasticity (low temperature plasticity, LTP) processes also contribute to the fault zone deformation and lead to distinct associations of deformation mechanisms (e.g., DMT-fracture and LTP-fracture or low-temperature ductile fracture, LTDF). Over a large range of scales the fault zone consists of blocks of relatively intact rock separated by narrow zones of intense deformation where fracture processes dominate. The populations of fragments/blocks of different sizes in the fault zone have a power-law relationship which is related to the dimension of the fault zone. These observations are used to develop a general model for fault zone evolution based on the distribution of deformation features as a function of either time or space. A systematic variation in the deformation rate: time histories is recognised, associated with different positions within the fault zone. Thus, the fault zone preserves elements of the “birth, life and death” sequences associated with the displacement history and strain accommodation.

  14. A Multiscale Model Based On Intragranular Microstructure: Influence Of Grain-Scale Substructure On Macroscopic Behaviour Of An IF-Steel During Complex Load Paths

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    Franz, Gerald; Abed-Meraim, Farid; Berveiller, Marcel; Zineb, Tarak Ben; Lemoine, Xavier

    2007-05-17

    A microstructural model, based on Peeters' works, is implemented into a large strain self-consistent scheme, leading to the multiscale model which achieves, for each grain, the calculation of slip activity, with help of regularized formulation drawn from the visco-plasticity framework, and the dislocation microstructure evolution. This paper focuses on the relationship between macroscopic hardening/softening effects and induced microstructure during monotonic and two-stage strain paths.

  15. A Multiscale Model Based On Intragranular Microstructure: Influence Of Grain-Scale Substructure On Macroscopic Behaviour Of An IF-Steel During Complex Load Paths

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    Franz, Gérald; Abed-Meraim, Farid; Zineb, Tarak Ben; Lemoine, Xavier; Berveiller, Marcel

    2007-05-01

    A microstructural model, based on Peeters' works, is implemented into a large strain self-consistent scheme, leading to the multiscale model which achieves, for each grain, the calculation of slip activity, with help of regularized formulation drawn from the visco-plasticity framework, and the dislocation microstructure evolution. This paper focuses on the relationship between macroscopic hardening/softening effects and induced microstructure during monotonic and two-stage strain paths.

  16. Evolution of titanium arc weldment macro and microstructures -- Modeling and real time mapping of phases

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    Yang, Z.; Elmer, J.W.; Wong, J.; Debroy, T.

    2000-04-01

    Macro and microstructural features in gas tungsten arc (GTA) welded titanium were modeled for the first time based on a combination of transport phenomena and phase transformation theory. A transient, three-dimensional, turbulent heat transfer and fluid flow model was developed to calculate the temperature and velocity fields, thermal cycles, and the shape and size of the fusion zone. The kinetics of the {alpha}{r_arrow}{beta} allotropic transformation during continuous heating and the corresponding ({alpha}+{beta})/{beta} phase boundary were calculated using a modified Johnson-Mehl-Avrami (JMA) equation and the calculated thermal cycles. The modeling results were compared with the real-time phase mapping data obtained using a unique spatially resolved X-ray diffraction technique with synchrotron radiation. The real-time evolution of grain structure within the entire weld heat-affected zone (HAZ) was modeled in three dimensions using a Monte Carlo technique. The following are the major findings. First, the rates of heat transfer and fluid flow in the titanium weld pool during gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW) are significantly enhanced by turbulence, and previous calculations of laminar fluid flow and heat transfer in arc-melted pools need to be re-examined. The fusion zone geometry, and the {alpha}/({alpha}+{beta})/{beta} phase boundaries in the HAZ could be satisfactorily predicted. Second, comparison of real-time {alpha}{r_arrow}{beta} transformation kinetics with the rates computed assuming various alternative reaction mechanisms indicates the transition was most likely controlled by the transport of Ti atoms across the {alpha}/{beta} interface. Third, comparison of the experimental data with the simulated results indicates the real-time evolution of the grain structure around the weld pool could be simulated by the Monte Carlo technique. Finally, the insight developed in this research could not have been achieved without concomitant modeling and experiments.

  17. Incorporating physically-based microstructures in materials modeling: Bridging phase field and crystal plasticity frameworks

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    Lim, Hojun; Abdeljawad, Fadi; Owen, Steven J.; Hanks, Byron W.; Foulk, James W.; Battaile, Corbett C.

    2016-05-01

    The mechanical properties of materials systems are highly influenced by various features at the microstructural level. The ability to capture these heterogeneities and incorporate them into continuum-scale frameworks of the deformation behavior is considered a key step in the development of complex non-local models of failure. In this study, we present a modeling framework that incorporates physically-based realizations of polycrystalline aggregates from a phase field (PF) model into a crystal plasticity finite element (CP-FE) framework. Simulated annealing via the PF model yields ensembles of materials microstructures with various grain sizes and shapes. With the aid of a novel FE meshing technique, FE discretizations of these microstructures are generated, where several key features, such as conformity to interfaces, and triple junction angles, are preserved. The discretizations are then used in the CP-FE framework to simulate the mechanical response of polycrystalline α-iron. It is shown that the conformal discretization across interfaces reduces artificial stress localization commonly observed in non-conformal FE discretizations. The work presented herein is a first step towards incorporating physically-based microstructures in lieu of the overly simplified representations that are commonly used. In broader terms, the proposed framework provides future avenues to explore bridging models of materials processes, e.g. additive manufacturing and microstructure evolution of multi-phase multi-component systems, into continuum-scale frameworks of the mechanical properties.

  18. Incorporating physically-based microstructures in materials modeling: Bridging phase field and crystal plasticity frameworks

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    Lim, Hojun; Abdeljawad, Fadi; Owen, Steven J.; Hanks, Byron W.; Foulk, James W.; Battaile, Corbett C.

    2016-04-25

    Here, the mechanical properties of materials systems are highly influenced by various features at the microstructural level. The ability to capture these heterogeneities and incorporate them into continuum-scale frameworks of the deformation behavior is considered a key step in the development of complex non-local models of failure. In this study, we present a modeling framework that incorporates physically-based realizations of polycrystalline aggregates from a phase field (PF) model into a crystal plasticity finite element (CP-FE) framework. Simulated annealing via the PF model yields ensembles of materials microstructures with various grain sizes and shapes. With the aid of a novel FEmore » meshing technique, FE discretizations of these microstructures are generated, where several key features, such as conformity to interfaces, and triple junction angles, are preserved. The discretizations are then used in the CP-FE framework to simulate the mechanical response of polycrystalline α-iron. It is shown that the conformal discretization across interfaces reduces artificial stress localization commonly observed in non-conformal FE discretizations. The work presented herein is a first step towards incorporating physically-based microstructures in lieu of the overly simplified representations that are commonly used. In broader terms, the proposed framework provides future avenues to explore bridging models of materials processes, e.g. additive manufacturing and microstructure evolution of multi-phase multi-component systems, into continuum-scale frameworks of the mechanical properties.« less

  19. Microstructural evolution of a uranium-10 wt.% molybdenum alloy for nuclear reactor fuels

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    Clarke, A. J.; Clarke, K. D.; McCabe, R. J.; Necker, C. T.; Papin, P. A.; Field, R. D.; Kelly, A. M.; Tucker, T. J.; Forsyth, R. T.; Dickerson, P. O.; Foley, J. C.; Swenson, H.; Aikin, R. M.; Dombrowski, D. E.

    2015-10-01

    Low-enriched uranium-10 wt.% molybdenum (LEU-10wt.%Mo) is of interest for the fabrication of monolithic fuels to replace highly-enriched uranium (HEU) dispersion fuels in high performance research and test reactors around the world. In this work, depleted uranium-10 wt.%Mo (DU-10wt.%Mo) is used to simulate the solidification and microstructural evolution of LEU-10wt.%Mo. Electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) and complementary electron probe microanalysis (EPMA) reveal significant microsegregation present in the metastable γ-phase after solidification. Homogenization is performed at 800 and 1000 °C for times ranging from 1 to 32 h to explore the time-temperature combinations that will reduce the extent of microsegregation, as regions of higher and lower Mo content may influence local mechanical properties and provide preferred regions for γ-phase decomposition. We show for the first time that EBSD can be used to qualitatively assess microstructural evolution in DU-10wt.%Mo after homogenization treatments. Complementary EPMA is used to quantitatively confirm this finding. Homogenization at 1000 °C for 2-4 h may the regions that contain 8 wt.% Mo or lower, whereas homogenization at 1000 °C for longer than 8 h effectively saturates Mo chemical homogeneity, but results in substantial grain growth. The appropriate homogenization time will depend upon additional microstructural considerations, such as grain growth and intended subsequent processing. Higher carbon LEU-10wt.%Mo generally contains more inclusions within the grains and at grain boundaries after solidification. The effect of these inclusions on microstructural evolution (e.g. grain growth) during homogenization and as potential γ-phase decomposition nucleation sites is unclear, but likely requires additional study.

  20. Microstructural evolution of ferritic-martensitic steels under heavy ion irradiation

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    Topbasi, Cem

    Ferritic-martensitic steels are primary candidate materials for fuel cladding and internal applications in the Sodium Fast Reactor, as well as first-wall and blanket materials in future fusion concepts because of their favorable mechanical properties and resistance to radiation damage. Since microstructure evolution under irradiation is amongst the key issues for these materials in these applications, developing a fundamental understanding of the irradiation-induced microstructure in these alloys is crucial in modeling and designing new alloys with improved properties. The goal of this project was to investigate the evolution of microstructure of two commercial ferritic-martensitic steels, NF616 and HCM12A, under heavy ion irradiation at a broad temperature range. An in situ heavy ion irradiation technique was used to create irradiation damage in the alloy; while it was being examined in a transmission electron microscope. Electron-transparent samples of NF616 and HCM12A were irradiated in situ at the Intermediate Voltage Electron Microscope (IVEM) at Argonne National Laboratory with 1 MeV Kr ions to ˜10 dpa at temperatures ranging from 20 to 773 K. The microstructure evolution of NF616 and HCM12A was followed in situ by systematically recording micrographs and diffraction patterns as well as capturing videos during irradiation. In these irradiations, there was a period during which no changes are visible in the microstructure. After a threshold dose (˜0.1 dpa between 20 and 573 K, and ˜2.5 dpa at 673 K) black dots started to become visible under the ion beam. These black dots appeared suddenly (from one frame to the next) and are thought to be small defect clusters (2-5 nm in diameter), possibly small dislocation loops with Burgers vectors of either ½ or . The overall density of these defect clusters increased with dose and saturated around 6 dpa. At saturation, a steady-state is reached in which defects are eliminated and created at the same rates so that the

  1. Microstructural evolution of ferritic-martensitic steels under heavy ion irradiation

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    Topbasi, Cem

    Ferritic-martensitic steels are primary candidate materials for fuel cladding and internal applications in the Sodium Fast Reactor, as well as first-wall and blanket materials in future fusion concepts because of their favorable mechanical properties and resistance to radiation damage. Since microstructure evolution under irradiation is amongst the key issues for these materials in these applications, developing a fundamental understanding of the irradiation-induced microstructure in these alloys is crucial in modeling and designing new alloys with improved properties. The goal of this project was to investigate the evolution of microstructure of two commercial ferritic-martensitic steels, NF616 and HCM12A, under heavy ion irradiation at a broad temperature range. An in situ heavy ion irradiation technique was used to create irradiation damage in the alloy; while it was being examined in a transmission electron microscope. Electron-transparent samples of NF616 and HCM12A were irradiated in situ at the Intermediate Voltage Electron Microscope (IVEM) at Argonne National Laboratory with 1 MeV Kr ions to ˜10 dpa at temperatures ranging from 20 to 773 K. The microstructure evolution of NF616 and HCM12A was followed in situ by systematically recording micrographs and diffraction patterns as well as capturing videos during irradiation. In these irradiations, there was a period during which no changes are visible in the microstructure. After a threshold dose (˜0.1 dpa between 20 and 573 K, and ˜2.5 dpa at 673 K) black dots started to become visible under the ion beam. These black dots appeared suddenly (from one frame to the next) and are thought to be small defect clusters (2-5 nm in diameter), possibly small dislocation loops with Burgers vectors of either ½ or . The overall density of these defect clusters increased with dose and saturated around 6 dpa. At saturation, a steady-state is reached in which defects are eliminated and created at the same rates so that the

  2. Dielectric Characteristics of Microstructural Changes and Property Evolution in Engineered Materials

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    Clifford, Jallisa Janet

    Heterogeneous materials are increasingly used in a wide range of applications such as aerospace, civil infrastructure, fuel cells and many others. The ability to take properties from two or more materials to create a material with properties engineered to needs is always very attractive. Hence heterogeneous materials are evolving into more complex formulations in multiple disciplines. Design of microstructure at multiple scales control the global functional properties of these materials and their structures. However, local microstructural changes do not directly cause a proportional change to the global properties (such as strength and stiffness). Instead, local changes follow an evolution process including significant interactions. Therefore, in order to understand property evolution of engineered materials, microstructural changes need to be effectively captured. Characterizing these changes and representing them by material variables will enable us to further improve our material level understanding. In this work, we will demonstrate how microstructural features of heterogeneous materials can be described quantitatively using broadband dielectric spectroscopy (BbDS). The frequency dependent dielectric properties can capture the change in material microstructure and represent these changes in terms of material variables, such as complex permittivity. These changes in terms of material properties can then be linked to a number of different conditions, such as increasing damage due to impact or fatigue. Two different broadband dielectric spectroscopy scanning modes are presented: bulk measurements and continuous scanning to measure dielectric property change as a function of position across the specimen. In this study, we will focus on ceramic materials and fiber reinforced polymer matrix composites as test bed material systems. In the first part of the thesis, we will present how different micro-structural design of porous ceramic materials can be captured

  3. Microstructure evolution of WC/steel composite by laser surface re-melting

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    Xianqing, You; Chengjun, Zhang; Xuefeng, Song; Manping, Huang; Jianguo, Ma

    2007-02-01

    WC/steel composites fabricated by electro-slag melting and casting were re-melted by transverse flow CO 2 laser. Optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy were used to analyze the microstructure evolution in laser melted layer. It was found that the laser-affected zone has three distinguished zones, the melted, transient and heat affected zone. The phases of the melted zone were composed of WC, Fe 3W 3C, (Cr,Fe) 7C 3, martensite and retained austenite. The microstructure evolution in the melted zone was represented by the transformation of three parts including the steel matrix, WC particles cluster and dispersed carbides. A significant reactant was herringbone eutectic carbide of Fe 3W 3C. The effect of laser scanning rate was mainly behaved in affecting the melt depth, microstructure of transient zone and dissolution of medium carbides. In comparison with the substrate, the melted zone has much higher microhardness.

  4. Recrystallization Process in Fe-Cr-Al Oxide Dispersion-Strengthened Alloy: Microstructural Evolution and Recrystallization Mechanism

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    Pimentel, G.; Chao, J.; Capdevila, C.

    2014-05-01

    Mechanically alloyed iron-base oxide dispersion-strengthened (ODS) alloys are the class of advanced materials for application in heat exchangers tubing in which creep and oxidation resistance are paramount. The yttria dispersion in such alloys improves the high-temperature creep and stress rupture life. The strength is further enhanced by the development of a coarse-grained microstructure during recrystallization. Factors controlling the evolution of this desirable microstructure are explored in this work, focusing specifically on PM 2000. The results presented in terms of orientation imaging, transmission electron microscopy, and scanning electron microscopy indicate that the recrystallization process consists of two different stages. Before the coarse grain takes place, the alloy undergoes an extended recovery process followed by abnormal grain growth. The initial microstructure consisted of subgrains (submicrometer sizes) with a strong <110>∥RD fiber texture ( α fiber), which are transformed into coarse grains (mm sizes) with orientations <112>∥RD. The aim of this study is to describe the mechanisms involved in the intermediate stages of recrystallization process from the submicrometer grain size to the abnormal grain size.

  5. Microstructural evolution during ultra-rapid annealing of severely deformed low-carbon steel: strain, temperature, and heating rate effects

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    Mostafaei, M. A.; Kazeminezhad, M.

    2016-07-01

    An interaction between ferrite recrystallization and austenite transformation in low-carbon steel occurs when recrystallization is delayed until the intercritical temperature range by employing high heating rate. The kinetics of recrystallization and transformation is affected by high heating rate and such an interaction. In this study, different levels of strain are applied to low-carbon steel using a severe plastic deformation method. Then, ultra-rapid annealing is performed at different heating rates of 200-1100°C/s and peak temperatures of near critical temperature. Five regimes are proposed to investigate the effects of heating rate, strain, and temperature on the interaction between recrystallization and transformation. The microstructural evolution of severely deformed low-carbon steel after ultra-rapid annealing is investigated based on the proposed regimes. Regarding the intensity and start temperature of the interaction, different microstructures consisting of ferrite and pearlite/martensite are formed. It is found that when the interaction is strong, the microstructure is refined because of the high kinetics of transformation and recrystallization. Moreover, strain shifts an interaction zone to a relatively higher heating rate. Therefore, severely deformed steel should be heated at relatively higher heating rates for it to undergo a strong interaction.

  6. Linking stress-driven microstructural evolution in nanocrystalline aluminium with grain boundary doping of oxygen

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    He, Mo-Rigen; Samudrala, Saritha K.; Kim, Gyuseok; Felfer, Peter J.; Breen, Andrew J.; Cairney, Julie M.; Gianola, Daniel S.

    2016-01-01

    The large fraction of material residing at grain boundaries in nanocrystalline metals and alloys is responsible for their ultrahigh strength, but also undesirable microstructural instability under thermal and mechanical loads. However, the underlying mechanism of stress-driven microstructural evolution is still poorly understood and precludes rational alloy design. Here we combine quantitative in situ electron microscopy with three-dimensional atom-probe tomography to directly link the mechanics and kinetics of grain boundary migration in nanocrystalline Al films with the excess of O atoms at the boundaries. Site-specific nanoindentation leads to grain growth that is retarded by impurities, and enables quantification of the critical stress for the onset of grain boundary migration. Our results show that a critical excess of impurities is required to stabilize interfaces in nanocrystalline materials against mechanical driving forces, providing new insights to guide control of deformation mechanisms and tailoring of mechanical properties apart from grain size alone. PMID:27071458

  7. Linking stress-driven microstructural evolution in nanocrystalline aluminium with grain boundary doping of oxygen

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    He, Mo-Rigen; Samudrala, Saritha K.; Kim, Gyuseok; Felfer, Peter J.; Breen, Andrew J.; Cairney, Julie M.; Gianola, Daniel S.

    2016-04-01

    The large fraction of material residing at grain boundaries in nanocrystalline metals and alloys is responsible for their ultrahigh strength, but also undesirable microstructural instability under thermal and mechanical loads. However, the underlying mechanism of stress-driven microstructural evolution is still poorly understood and precludes rational alloy design. Here we combine quantitative in situ electron microscopy with three-dimensional atom-probe tomography to directly link the mechanics and kinetics of grain boundary migration in nanocrystalline Al films with the excess of O atoms at the boundaries. Site-specific nanoindentation leads to grain growth that is retarded by impurities, and enables quantification of the critical stress for the onset of grain boundary migration. Our results show that a critical excess of impurities is required to stabilize interfaces in nanocrystalline materials against mechanical driving forces, providing new insights to guide control of deformation mechanisms and tailoring of mechanical properties apart from grain size alone.

  8. Linking stress-driven microstructural evolution in nanocrystalline aluminium with grain boundary doping of oxygen.

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    He, Mo-Rigen; Samudrala, Saritha K; Kim, Gyuseok; Felfer, Peter J; Breen, Andrew J; Cairney, Julie M; Gianola, Daniel S

    2016-01-01

    The large fraction of material residing at grain boundaries in nanocrystalline metals and alloys is responsible for their ultrahigh strength, but also undesirable microstructural instability under thermal and mechanical loads. However, the underlying mechanism of stress-driven microstructural evolution is still poorly understood and precludes rational alloy design. Here we combine quantitative in situ electron microscopy with three-dimensional atom-probe tomography to directly link the mechanics and kinetics of grain boundary migration in nanocrystalline Al films with the excess of O atoms at the boundaries. Site-specific nanoindentation leads to grain growth that is retarded by impurities, and enables quantification of the critical stress for the onset of grain boundary migration. Our results show that a critical excess of impurities is required to stabilize interfaces in nanocrystalline materials against mechanical driving forces, providing new insights to guide control of deformation mechanisms and tailoring of mechanical properties apart from grain size alone. PMID:27071458

  9. TRXRD observations of microstructural evolution in self-shielded flux cored arc weld deposits

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    Babu, S S; Elmer, J W; David, S A; Quintana, M

    2000-06-28

    Inclusion formation and microstructure development in self-shielded flux cored arc welds has been investigated before [1,2]. Results showed that the liquid metal reactions could promote either Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} or AlN formation depending upon the aluminum concentration in the weld metal. The residual aluminum that remained in solution was found to modify the solidification behavior of liquid to {delta}-ferrite and subsequent transformation of {delta}-ferrite to austenite during weld cooling. In this work, the microstructure evolution in the heat-affected-zone (HAZ) of self-shielded flux cored arc weld (FCAW-S) overlays were investigated using in-situ Time-Resolved X-ray Diffraction (TRXRD) with a high flux Synchrotron radiation beam [3, 4].

  10. Microstructural evolution of Al-Cu thin-film conducting lines during post-pattern annealing

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    Kang, S. H.; Morris, J. W., Jr.

    1997-07-01

    This work reports a statistical analysis of the evolution of polygranular segment lengths during high-temperature annealing of Al(Cu) thin-film interconnects with quasi-bamboo microstructures. To create samples of Al(Cu) lines that could be imaged by transmission electron microscopy without breaking or thinning, the lines were deposited on electron-transparent silicon nitride films (the "silicon nitride window" technique). The microstructures of the lines were studied as a function of annealing time and temperature. In particular, the distribution of polygranular segment lengths was measured. The results show that the longer polyglranular segments are preferentially eliminated during post-pattern annealing. As a consequence, the segment-length distribution narrows monotonically during annealing, and changes in shape. The preferential loss of the longest polygranular segments leads to a dramatic increase in resistance to electromigration failure.

  11. Microstructure evolution and grain refinement of Ti-6Al-4V alloy by laser shock processing

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    Ren, X. D.; Zhou, W. F.; Liu, F. F.; Ren, Y. P.; Yuan, S. Q.; Ren, N. F.; Xu, S. D.; Yang, T.

    2016-02-01

    Microstructure evolution and grain refinement of Ti-6Al-4V alloy after laser shock processing (LSP) are systematically investigated in this paper. Laser shock waves were induced by a Q-switched Nd:YAG laser system operated with a wave-length of 1064 nm and 10 ns pulse width. The microstructures of LSP samples were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscope (TEM). Present results indicate that the surface hardness of samples subjected to LSP impacts has significantly improved. Multidirectional twin intersections and dislocation movements lead to grain subdivision in α phase with ultra-high plastic deformation. High-density dislocations are found in β phase. Multidirectional twin intersections and division of sub-grain boundaries play an important role in the grain refinement of Ti-6Al-4V alloy under LSP loading conditions.

  12. Microstructure evolution in solution treated Ti15Mo alloy processed by high pressure torsion

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    Janeček, Miloš; Čížek, Jakub; Stráský, Josef; Václavová, Kristína; Hruška, Petr; Polyakova, Veronika; Gatina, Svetlana; Semenova, Irina

    2014-12-15

    Microstructure evolution and mechanical properties of ultra-fine grained Ti15Mo alloy processed by high pressure torsion were investigated. High pressure torsion straining resulted in strong grain refinement as-observed by transmission electron microscopy. Microhardness and light microscopy showed two distinct regions — (i) a central region with radial material flow and low microhardness (340 HV) and (ii) a peripheral region with rotational material flow and high microhardness (430 HV). Positron annihilation spectroscopy showed that the only detectable defects in the material are dislocations, whose density increases with the radial distance and the number of high pressure torsion revolutions. The local chemical environment around defects does not differ significantly from the average composition. - Highlights: • Beta-Ti alloy Ti15Mo was processed by high pressure torsion (HPT). • Lateral inhomogeneity of the microstructure and microhardness was found. • Dislocations are the only lattice defects detectable by positron annihilation. • Molybdenum is not preferentially segregated along dislocation cores.

  13. Effect of alloying on microstructure and precipitate evolution in ferritic weld metal

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    Narayanan, Badri Kannan

    The effect of alloying on the microstructure of ferritic weld metal produced with an self-shielded flux cored arc welding process (FCAW-S) has been studied. The welding electrode has a flux core that is intentionally alloyed with strong deoxidizers and denitriding elements such as aluminum, titanium and zirconium in addition to austenite formers such as manganese and nickel. This results in formation of microstructure consisting of carbide free bainite, retained austenite and twinned martensite. The work focuses on characterization of the microstructures and the precipitates formed during solidification and the allotropic phase transformation of the weld metal. Aluminum, manganese and nickel have significant solubility in iron while aluminum, titanium and zirconium have very strong affinity for nitrogen and oxygen. The effect of these alloying elements on the phase transformation and precipitation of oxides and nitrides have been studied with various characterization techniques. In-situ X-ray synchrotron diffraction has been used to characterize the solidification path and the effect of heating and cooling rates on microstructure evolution. Scanning Transmission Electron Microscopy (STEM) in conjunction with Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy (EDS) and Electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS) was used to study the effect of micro-alloying additions on inclusion evolution. The formation of core-shell structure of oxide/nitride is identified as being key to improvement in toughness of the weld metal. Electron Back Scattered Diffraction (EBSD) in combination with Orientation Imaging Microscopy (OIM) and Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) has been employed to study the effect of alloying on austenite to ferrite transformation modes. The prevention of twinned martensite has been identified to be key to improving ductility for achieving high strength weld metal.

  14. The origin of GEMS in IDPs as deduced from microstructural evolution of amorphous silicates with annealing

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    Davoisne, C.; Djouadi, Z.; Leroux, H.; D'Hendecourt, L.; Jones, A.; Deboffle, D.

    2006-03-01

    Aims.We present laboratory studies of the micro-structural evolution of an amorphous ferro-magnesian silicate, of olivine composition, following thermal annealing under vacuum.Methods.The amorphous silicate was prepared as a thin film on a diamond substrate. Annealing under vacuum was performed at temperatures ranging from 870 to 1020 K. After annealing the thin films were extracted from the substrate and analysed by transmission electron microscopy to infer their microstructural and compositional evolution.Results.Spheroidal metallic nano-particles (2-50 nm) are found within the silicate films, which are still amorphous after annealing at 870 K and partially crystallized into forsterite for annealing up to 1020 K. We interpret this microstructure in terms of a reduction of the initial amorphous silicate FeO component, because of the carbon-rich partial pressure in the furnace due to pumping mechanism. Annealing in a controlled oxygen-rich atmosphere confirms this interpretation. Conclusions.The observed microstructures closely resemble those of the GEMS (Glass with Embedded Metal and Sulphides) found in chondritic IDPs (Interplanetary Dust Particles). Since IDPs contain abundant carbonaceous matter, a solid-state reduction reaction may have occurred during heating in the hot inner regions of the proto-solar disc. Related to this, the presence of forsterite grains grown from the amorphous precursor material clearly demonstrates that condensation from gaseous species is not required to explain the occurrence of forsterite around young protostars and in comets. Forsterite grains in these environments can be formed directly in the solid phase by thermal annealing of amorphous ferro-magnesian silicates precursor under reducing conditions. Finally, locking iron as metallic particles within the silicates explains why astronomical silicates always appear observationally Mg-rich.

  15. Modeling the Microstructure Evolution During Additive Manufacturing of Ti6Al4V: A Comparison Between Electron Beam Melting and Selective Laser Melting

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    Vastola, G.; Zhang, G.; Pei, Q. X.; Zhang, Y.-W.

    2016-05-01

    Beam-based additive manufacturing (AM) is an innovative technique in which parts are built layerwise, starting from the material in powder form. As a developing manufacturing technique, achievement of excellent mechanical properties in the final part is of paramount importance for the mainstream adoption of this technique in industrial manufacturing lines. At the same time, AM offers an unprecedented opportunity to precisely control the manufacturing conditions locally within the part during build, enabling local influence on the formation of the texture and microstructure. In order to achieve the control of microstructure by tailoring the AM machine parameters, a full understanding and modeling of the heat transfer and microstructure evolution processes is needed. Here, we show the implementation of the non-equilibrium equations for phase formation and dissolution in an AM modeling framework. The model is developed for the Ti6Al4V alloy and allows us to show microstructure evolution as given by the AM process. The developed capability is applied to the cases of electron beam melting and selective laser melting AM techniques to explain the significantly different microstructures observed in the two processes.

  16. Microstructural evolution from stable sliding to fast stick slip: insights from rock deformation experiments on quartz

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    Collettini, Cristiano; Scuderi, Marco M.; Viti, Cecilia; Marone, Chris

    2016-04-01

    Inferring microstructural evolution and associated fault slip behaviour along natural and/or experimental faults is a long-standing problem in fault mechanics. For example, does grain-size reduction and shear localization facilitate earthquake slip or vice versa? We have sheared granular layers of quartz gouge in a double direct shear configuration using a biaxial apparatus. We varied loading stiffness and applied normal stresses to produce a spectrum of slip modes from stable sliding at 10 μm/s, slow stick-slip (average slip velocity 100 μm/s) and fast stick slip (average slip velocity 4 mm/s). At the end of the experiments we collected the experimental fault rocks for microstructural investigations. Additional samples were collected from control experiments to investigate shear fabric development and microstructural features before the onset of stick-slip instabilities. We investigated the role of normal stress and stick-slip properties, including slip velocity, in determining fault zone microstructural features. Ranging from stable sliding to fast stick-slip we observe a progressive localization of deformation along fault parallel boundary shear planes. Only during fast stick-slip is the deformation localized along continuous, thin (1-2 microns wide), boundary parallel shear planes. The shear zones are composed of nanograins dispersed within a patchy matrix. We conducted TEM analyses to characterize these materials. In experiments at the same normal stress, fast stick-slip results in localized shear zones and fabric with nanograins whereas for stable sliding the microstructure does not show a significant grain size reduction and localization. Our results indicate that the fault rheological properties and fault slip behaviour, ranging from stable to unstable slip, plays a significant role in shear localization and fault zone fabric development.

  17. Deformation behavior and microstructural evolution of nanocrystalline aluminum alloys and composites

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    Ahn, Byungmin

    Nanocrystalline or ultrafine-grained Al alloys are often produced by severe plastic deformation methods and exhibit remarkably enhanced strength and hardness compared to conventional coarse-grained materials, resulting in great potential for structural applications. To achieve nanocrystalline structure, grains were refined by cryomilling (mechanical milling at cryogenic temperature) pre-alloyed powders. Cryomilling provides capability for rapid grain refinement and synthesis of commercial quantities (30-40 kg). The cryomilled powder was primarily consolidated by hot or cold isostatic pressing in general. Secondary consolidation was achieved by extrusion or forging. Alternatively, quasi-isostatic forging was applied either as an initial consolidation or as a further deformation step. To improve insufficient ductility and toughness of nanocrystalline materials, an intelligent design with microstructural modification was introduced by generation of multiple size scales. A bimodal grain structure consisting of nanocrystalline grains and inclusions of coarse-grained material was produced by consolidation of blended powders. The resulting materials exhibited enhanced ductility compared to 100% nanocrystalline materials, with only moderate decreases in strength. A similar process was used to produce hybrid trimodal microstructures comprised of regions of nanocrystalline and coarse grains, as well as hard ceramic particles, providing super-high compressive strength. For cryomilled nanocrystalline Al alloys, effects of degassing temperature were investigated in terms of microstructural evolution. Higher degassing temperatures resulted in higher density and lower hydrogen content, which can reduce loss of toughness in consolidated materials. Different consolidation methods were compared with regard to the relation between the microstructures and mechanical properties. Quasi-isostatic forging led to greater and more isotropic fracture toughness, compared with other processing

  18. Phase field modeling of microstructure evolution of electrocatalyst-infiltrated solid oxide fuel cell cathodes

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    Liang, Linyun; Li, Qun; Hu, Jiamian; Lee, Shiwoo; Gerdes, Kirk; Chen, Long-Qing

    2015-02-01

    A phase field model is developed to examine microstructural evolution of an infiltrated solid oxide fuel cell cathode. It is employed to generate the three-phase backbone microstructures and morphology of infiltrate nano-particles [La1-xSrxMnO3 (LSM)]. Two-phase Y2O3 + ZrO2 and LSM backbones composed of 0.5-1 μm particles are first generated and then seeded with infiltrate, and evolution is compared for starting infiltrate particle diameters of 5 nm and 10 nm. The computed lifetime triple phase boundary (3PB) density of the infiltrated cathode is then compared to the cathode backbone. Results indicate that initial coarsening of infiltrate nano-particles is the primary evolution process, and infiltrate coarsening is the majority contributor to 3PB reduction. However, at all times, the infiltrated cathode possesses significantly greater 3PB length than even the uncoarsened backbone. Infiltrate particle size effects indicate that the smaller particle size produces greater 3PB length for the same infiltration amount, consistent with intuition. A maximum 3PB enhancement is reached when increasing infiltrate particle loading, and the maximum enhancement depends on infiltrate particle size. It is found that architectural degradation modes will insignificantly affect the lifetime performance of infiltrated cathodes. This work suggests that lifetime optimized particle size/loading combinations are identifiable, and can be precise if additional fundamental data become available.

  19. First direct 3D visualisation of microstructural evolutions during sintering through X-ray computed microtomography

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    Bernard, Dominique . E-mail: bernard@icmcb.u-bordeaux.fr; Gendron, Damien; Heintz, Jean-Marc; Bordere, Sylvie; Etourneau, Jean

    2005-01-03

    X-ray computed microtomography (XCMT) has been applied to ceramic samples of different materials to visualise, for the first time at this scale, real 3D microstructural evolutions during sintering. Using this technique, it has been possible to follow the whole sintering process of the same grains set. Two materials have been studied; a glass powder heat treated at 700 deg. C and a crystallised lithium borate (Li{sub 6}Gd(BO{sub 3}){sub 3}) powder heat treated at 720 deg. C. XCMT measurements have been done after different sintering times. For each material, a sub-volume was individualised and localised on the successive recordings and its 3D images numerically reconstructed. Description of the three-dimensional microstructures evolution is proposed. From the 3D experimental data, quantitative evolutions of parameters such as porosity and neck size are presented for the glass sample. Possibilities offered by this technique to study complex sintering processes, as for lithium borate, are illustrated.

  20. Microstructure evolution of hot-deformed Nd-Fe-B anisotropic magnets

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    Liu, J. Hono, K.; Sepehri-Amin, H.; Ohkubo, T.; Hioki, K.; Hattori, A.

    2014-05-07

    The microstructural evolution of hot-deformed Nd-Fe-B magnets in each stage of hot-deformation process was studied using transmission electron microscopy and three dimensional atom probe (3DAP). The anisotropic growth of initially isotropic grains in rapidly solidified alloy occurs by annealing without pressing. 3DAP analyses showed a higher concentration of rare-earth elements in the intergranular phase parallel to the flat surface of platelet shaped Nd{sub 2}Fe{sub 14}B grains compared to that in the intergranular phase at the side of platelets.

  1. Microstructural Evolution in 2101 Lean Duplex Stainless Steel During Low- and Intermediate-Temperature Aging.

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    Maetz, Jean-Yves; Cazottes, Sophie; Verdu, Catherine; Danoix, Frédéric; Kléber, Xavier

    2016-04-01

    The microstructural evolution of a 2101 lean duplex stainless steel (DSS) during isothermal aging from room temperature to 470 °C was investigated using thermoelectric power (TEP) measurements to follow the kinetics, atom probe tomography, and transmission electron microscopy. Despite the low Ni, Cr, and Mo contents, the lean DSS was sensitive to α-α' phase separation and Ni-Mn-Si-Al-Cu clustering at intermediate temperatures. The time-temperature pairs characteristic of the early stages of ferrite decomposition were determined from the TEP kinetics. Considering their composition and locations, the clusters are most likely G phase precursors. PMID:26940550

  2. Microstructural evolution of CANDU spacer material Inconel X-750 under in situ ion irradiation

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    Zhang, He Ken; Yao, Zhongwen; Judge, Colin; Griffiths, Malcolm

    2013-11-01

    Work on Inconel®Inconel® is a registered trademark of Special Metals Corporation that refers to a family of austenitic nickel-chromium-based superalloys.1 X-750 spacers removed from CANDU®CANDU® is a registered trademark of Atomic Energy of Canada Limited standing for ''CANada Deuterium Uranium''.2 reactors has shown that they become embrittled and there is development of many small cavities within the metal matrix and along grain boundaries. In order to emulate the neutron irradiation induced microstructural changes, heavy ion irradiations (1 MeV Kr2+ ions) were performed while observing the damage evolution using an intermediate voltage electron microscope (IVEM) operating at 200 kV. The irradiations were carried out at various temperatures 60-400 °C. The principal strengthening phase, γ‧, was disordered at low doses (˜0.06 dpa) during the irradiation. M23C6 carbides were found to be stable up to 5.4 dpa. Lattice defects consisted mostly of stacking fault tetrahedras (SFTs), 1/2<1 1 0> perfect loops and small 1/3<1 1 1> faulted Frank loops. The ratio of SFT number density to loop number density for each irradiation condition was found to be neither temperature nor dose dependent. Under the operation of the ion beam the SFT production was very rapid, with no evidence for further growth once formed, indicating that they probably formed as a result of cascade collapse in a single cascade. The number density of the defects was found to saturate at low dose (˜0.68 dpa). No cavities were observed regardless of the irradiation temperature between 60 °C and 400 °C for doses up to 5.4 dpa. In contrast, cavities have been observed after neutron irradiation in the same material at similar doses and temperatures indicating that helium, produce during neutron irradiation, may be essential for the nucleation and growth of cavities.

  3. The Effect of Cool Deformation on the Microstructural Evolution and Flow Strength of Microalloyed Steels

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    Mousavi Anijdan, Seyyed Hashem

    Cool deformation is a process in which a small amount of plastic deformation is applied at temperatures well below the end of the austenite transformation temperature. In this thesis, a systematic study was conducted to evaluate the microstructural evolution and mechanical properties of microalloyed steels processed by thermomechanical schedules incorporating cool deformation. Thermodynamic analysis was conducted to predict equilibrium phases formed by the presence of microalloying elements such as Ti, Nb, Mo and their appearance were then elaborated by means of TEM microscopy. As well, continuous cooling torsion (CCT) was employed to study the transformation behavior of steels for austenite conditioned and unconditioned. Cool deformation was incorporated into a full scale simulation of hotrolling, and the effect of prior austenite conditioning on the cool deformability of microalloyed steels was investigated. Out of these studies, a new definition of no-recystallization temperature (Tnr) was proposed based on dynamic precipitation, which was then recognized in the Nb bearing steels by using TEM analysis as well as flow curves analysis. Results show that cool deformation greatly improves the strength of microalloyed steels. Of the several mechanisms identified, such as work hardening, precipitation, grain refinement, and strain induced transformation (SIT) of retained austenite, SIT was proposed, for the first time in microalloyed steels, to be the significant mechanism of strengthening due to the deformation in ferrite. Results also show that the effect of ferrite precipitation is greatly overshadowed by SIT at room temperature. Finally, considering the interplay of SIT and precipitation for the Nb bearing steels, a rolling schedule was designed incorporating austenite conditioning, cooling rate and cool deformation that maximized the strength.

  4. Effects of initial microstructure and texture on microstructure, texture evolution and magnetic properties of non-oriented electrical steel

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    Liu, Hai-Tao; Li, Hua-Long; Wang, Hui; Liu, Yi; Gao, Fei; An, Ling-Zi; Zhao, Shi-Qi; Liu, Zhen-Yu; Wang, Guo-Dong

    2016-05-01

    An equiaxed grained as-cast strip and a columnar grained as-cast strip was produced by using twin-roll strip casting, respectively. Both as-cast strips mainly containing 0.71 wt%Si and 0.44 wt%Al were cold rolled and annealed with or without the hot rolling prior to cold rolling. Microstructure, texture evolution along the whole processing routes and the magnetic properties were investigated in detail. It was found that the equiaxed grained strip was characterized by almost random texture while the columnar grained strip was dominated by strong λ-fiber (<001>‖ND) texture. After cold rolling and annealing, all the final sheets of both the as-cast strips showed extremely weak γ-fiber (<111>‖ND) recrystallization texture. In addition, the finally annealed sheets of the equiaxed grained strip were dominated by relatively weak λ-fiber and strong Goss ({110}<001>) recrystallization texture while those of the columnar grained strip were dominated by much stronger λ-fiber and much weaker Goss recrystallization texture regardless of whether the hot rolling was adopted before cold rolling, thus the former showed much lower magnetic induction than the latter. On the other hand, even though the finally annealed sheets of the equiaxed grained strip showed a little more homogeneous recrystallization microstructure with a little bigger grain size than those of the columnar grained strip in the case of no hot rolling, a much higher iron loss was displayed. By contrast, in the case of hot rolling, the former exhibited a little lower iron loss than the latter as a result of the more significant increase in grain size and λ-fiber recrystallization texture. The introduction of the hot rolling could increase the grain size, strengthen λ-fiber texture and weaken Goss texture of the finally annealed sheets of both the as-cast strips, leading to a much improvement in both the magnetic induction and iron loss.

  5. Microstructural Evolution and Phase Stability in Shock-Loaded Tantalum Single Crystals

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    Zhou, Jikou; Saw, Cheng; Chau, Ricky; Hsiung, Luke

    2007-06-01

    Deformation of tantalum and tantalum alloys has been studied repeatedly in order to understand their constitutive behavior and microstructural stability under dynamic pressure conditions. Shock-induced microstructures including dislocation patterning, deformation twinning, and phase change have been reported in shock-deformed poly-crystalline tantalum, and the strain hardening of post-shocked polycrystalline tantalum was mainly attributed to deformation twinning. However, the underlying mechanisms for shock-induced deformation twinning remain unclear. In this presentation, we report the results of a systematic study, which investigate the microstructural evolution and mechanical properties of shocked tantalum single crystals. Shock impact experiments were carried out in a two-stage gas gun under three different pressures: 25 GPa, 50 GPa and 70 GPa. The effects of crystal orientation and pressure on deformation substructures and mechanical properties are investigated by analyzing shock-recovered samples using x-ray diffraction, nanoindentation, and transmission electron microscopy techniques. This work was performed under the auspices of the U. S. Department of Energy by the University of California, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory under Contract No. W-7405-Eng-48.

  6. Microstructural evolution and rheology of quartz in a mid-crustal shear zone

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    Rahl, Jeffrey M.; Skemer, Philip

    2016-06-01

    We present microstructural and crystallographic preferred orientation (CPO) data on quartz deformed in the middle crust to explore the interaction and feedback between dynamic recrystallization, deformation processes, and CPO evolution. The sample investigated here is a moderately deformed quartz-rich mylonite from the Blue Ridge in Virginia. We have created high-resolution crystallographic orientation maps using electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) of 51 isolated quartz porphyroclasts with recrystallized grain fractions ranging from 10 to 100%. Recrystallized grains are internally undeformed and display crystallographic orientations dispersed around the orientation of the associated parent porphyroclast. We document a systematic decrease in fabric intensity with recrystallization, suggesting that progressive deformation of the recrystallized domains involves processes that can weaken a pre-existing CPO. Relationships between recrystallization fraction and shear strain suggest that complete microstructural re-equilibration requires strains in excess of γ = 5. Variation in the degree of recrystallization implies that strain was accumulated heterogeneously, and that a steady-state microstructure and rheology were not achieved.

  7. Microstructural evolution in ultra-fine grained copper processed by severe plastic deformation

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    Mishra, Anuj

    Equal Channel Angular Pressing (ECAP) is a severe plastic deformation technique that was used to produce ultra-fine grained copper. The microstructure was optimized using different deformation sequences. A steady state grain size of 200--500 nm was routinely obtained after eight passes (with an effective strain of ˜1 per pass). This resulted in a random texture evidenced by EBSD results. The mechanical response was obtained under quasi-static and dynamic conditions. The evolution of microstructure upon repeated ECAP passes was characterized by TEM and EBSD techniques. The features of grain refinement process were captured using analytical models. The minimum grain size obtained, 200--500 nm, was quantitatively explained by means of grain boundary rotation and grain boundary mobility calculations at the temperature reached in deformation process (˜360 K). The ultra-fine grained structure produced in Cu by ECAP was found to be thermally unstable. The microstructure recrystallized upon being dynamically deformed due to the adiabatic temperature rise imparted by plastic deformation. This was observed in three modes of high-strain rate plastic deformation experiments: cylindrical and hat-shaped specimens in Hopkinson bar experiments and cylindrical specimens in reverse Taylor impact experiments.

  8. Synthesis and Microstructural Evolution of Amorphous/Nanocrystalline Steel Coatings by Different Thermal-Spray Processes

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    Varadaraajan, V.; Guduru, Ramesh K.; Mohanty, P. S.

    2013-04-01

    Amorphous/nanocrystalline coatings are useful in high strength and wear-resistant applications. In the present study, the microstructural evolution of a nanocrystalline high performance steel coatings developed by different spray processes along with a novel "hybrid thermal spray" technique was studied. The hybrid-spray process combines arc and high-velocity oxy-fuel (HVOF) techniques, in which the molten metal at the arcing tip is atomized and rapidly propelled toward the substrate by HVOF jet. This so-called hybrid concept offers the benefits of productivity of electric arc spray combined with improved coating densities of HVOF. The microstructural characterization of the hybrid-spray coatings was performed by x-ray diffraction, electron microscopy, and differential scanning calorimetry, and then compared with coatings of the similar material developed by plasma-, HVOF-, and arc-spray processes individually. The HVOF- and plasma-spray coatings showed amorphous structures with very fine nanocrystals embedded, whereas hybrid- and arc-spray techniques yielded completely crystalline coatings with grain size in the range of several nanometers. The final microstructures in different spray processes could be attributed to the precursor materials employed, process temperatures, and cooling rates during the deposition process.

  9. Microstructural evolution of PET under stretching and during stretch blow moulding

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    Picard, Martine; Billon, Noëlle

    2007-04-01

    Strain induced crystallisation of PET designed for stretch blow molding is studied combining well-controlled tensile tests and free blowing on a stretch blow prototype. Microstructure evolution is followed by WAXS and SAXS. Observations on blown parts clearly show that the microstructure can differ along the bottle and from processing conditions to another. Difference can be observed on crystalline orientation, periodic arrangement at the level of lamellae and long period. Range of long period, 8.5 to 13 nm is in agreement with literature. In certain case lamellar organisation disappears. Despite of high level of strain and evidence for strain hardening to occur during blowing no perfect crystalline pattern is observed, except in very thick zones. Interrupted tensile tests followed by quenching demonstrates that strain hardening is not correlated to prefect crystallisation. Microstructure clearly depends on the three parameters: temperature, strain rate and strain. It is concluded that strain hardening is mainly controlled by first stages of crystallisation and that actual crystallisation occurs during a following relaxation step. This later is then highly dependent upon cooling step.

  10. Nonequilibrium synthesis of NbAl3 and Nb-Al-V alloys by laser cladding. I - Microstructure evolution

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    Sircar, S.; Chattopadhyay, K.; Mazumder, J.

    1992-01-01

    The evolution of the microstructure in NbAl3 synthesized by a laser cladding technique (a rapid solidification process, with cooling rates up to 10 exp 6 C/sec) is investigated, and the phases are identified using convergent beam electron diffraction. Two new metastable phases were identified and characterized in detail. The effect of adding V on the final microstructure was also investigated, and the various phase chemistries and the partitioning of different elements into different phases were studied.

  11. Microstructural impact of anodic coatings on the electrochemical chlorine evolution reaction.

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    Chen, Ruiyong; Trieu, Vinh; Zeradjanin, Aleksandar R; Natter, Harald; Teschner, Detre; Kintrup, Jürgen; Bulan, Andreas; Schuhmann, Wolfgang; Hempelmann, Rolf

    2012-05-28

    Sol-gel Ru(0.3)Sn(0.7)O(2) electrode coatings with crack-free and mud-crack surface morphology deposited onto a Ti-substrate are prepared for a comparative investigation of the microstructural effect on the electrochemical activity for Cl(2) production and the Cl(2) bubble evolution behaviour. For comparison, a state-of-the-art mud-crack commercial Ru(0.3)Ti(0.7)O(2) coating is used. The compact coating is potentially durable over a long term compared to the mud-crack coating due to the reduced penetration of the electrolyte. Ti L-edge X-ray absorption spectroscopy confirms that a TiO(x) interlayer is formed between the mud-crack Ru(0.3)Sn(0.7)O(2) coating and the underlying Ti-substrate due to the attack of the electrolyte. Meanwhile, the compact coating shows enhanced activity in comparison to the commercial coating, benefiting from the nanoparticle-nanoporosity architecture. The dependence of the overall electrode polarization behaviour on the local activity and the bubble evolution behaviour for the Ru(0.3)Sn(0.7)O(2) coatings with different surface microstructure are evaluated by means of scanning electrochemical microscopy and microscopic bubble imaging. PMID:22531826

  12. A process model for the microstructure evolution in ductile cast iron. Part 1: The model

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    Onsoeien, M.I.; Gundersen, O.; Grong, O.; Skaland, T.

    1999-04-01

    In the present investigation, the multiple phase changes occurring during solidification and subsequent cooling of near-eutectic ductile cast iron have been modeled using the internal state variable approach. According to this formalism, the microstructure evolution is captured mathematically in terms of differential variation of the primary state variables with time for each of the relevant mechanisms. Separate response equations have then been developed to convert the current values of the state variables into equivalent volume fractions of constituent phases utilizing the constraints provided by the phase diagram. The results may conveniently be represented in the form of C curves and process diagrams to illuminate how changes in alloy composition, graphite nucleation potential, and thermal program affect the microstructure evolution at various stages of the process. The model can readily be implemented in a dedicated numerical code for the thermal field in real castings and used as a guiding tool in design of new treatment alloys for ductile cast irons. An illustration of this is given in an accompanying article (Part 2).

  13. The role of bedding in the evolution of meso- and microstructural fabrics in fault zones

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    Ishii, Eiichi

    2016-08-01

    To investigate the role of bedding in the evolution of meso- and microstructural fabrics in fault zones, detailed microscopic, mineralogical, and geochemical analyses were conducted on bedding-oblique and bedding-parallel faults that cut a folded Neogene siliceous mudstone that contains opal-CT, smectite, and illite. An analysis of asymmetric structures in the fault gouges indicates that the secondary fractures associated with each fault exhibit contrasting characteristics: those of the bedding-oblique fault are R1 shears, whereas those of the bedding-parallel fault are reactivated S foliation. The bedding-oblique fault shows the pervasive development of S foliation, lacks opal-CT, and has low SiO2/TiO2 ratios only in gouge, whereas the bedding-parallel fault exhibits these characteristics in both gouge and wall rocks. The development of S foliation and the lack of silica can result from local ductile deformation involving the sliding of phyllosilicates, coupled with pressure solution of opal-CT. Although such deformation can occur in gouge, the above results indicate that it may occur preferentially along bedding planes, preceding the formation of a gouge/slip surface. Thus, in sedimentary rocks that contain phyllosilicates and soluble minerals, bedding can influence the rheological evolution of meso- and microstructural fabrics in fault zones.

  14. Microstructural Evolution of Cu/Solder/Cu Pillar-Type Structures with Different Diffusion Barriers

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    Cheng, Hsi-Kuei; Lin, Yu-Jie; Chen, Chih-Ming; Liu, Kuo-Chio; Wang, Ying-Lang; Liu, Tzeng-Feng

    2016-08-01

    Microstructural evolution of the Cu/solder/Cu pillar-type bonding structures with a reduced solder volume subjected to thermal aging at 423 K to 473 K(150 °C to 200 °C) was investigated. In a bonding structure employing a Ni single layer as the diffusion barrier, solder was consumed with formation of the Ni3Sn4 phase at the bonding interfaces due to an usual Sn/Ni interfacial reaction. However, an unusual Sn/Cu reaction occurred with formation of the Cu6Sn5 (and Cu3Sn) phase on the periphery of the Cu pillar due to out-diffusion of Sn toward the pillar periphery. Consumption of solder was accelerated by the above two reactions which led to the formation of a continuous gap in the bonding structure. Employment of a thicker Ni layer plus a Cu cap layer as the diffusion barrier in the bonding structure effectively blocked out-diffusion of Sn toward the periphery of the Cu pillar and therefore retarded the gap formation. The retardation effect was attributed to an increment of diffusion distance on the pillar periphery due to an effective diffusion barrier composed by Ni and thicker Cu-Sn (Cu6Sn5 + Cu3Sn) phase layers. Detailed phase identification and microstructural evolution in the bonding structures were also investigated using scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy.

  15. Microstructural Evolution of Cu/Solder/Cu Pillar-Type Structures with Different Diffusion Barriers

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    Cheng, Hsi-Kuei; Lin, Yu-Jie; Chen, Chih-Ming; Liu, Kuo-Chio; Wang, Ying-Lang; Liu, Tzeng-Feng

    2016-06-01

    Microstructural evolution of the Cu/solder/Cu pillar-type bonding structures with a reduced solder volume subjected to thermal aging at 423 K to 473 K(150 °C to 200 °C) was investigated. In a bonding structure employing a Ni single layer as the diffusion barrier, solder was consumed with formation of the Ni3Sn4 phase at the bonding interfaces due to an usual Sn/Ni interfacial reaction. However, an unusual Sn/Cu reaction occurred with formation of the Cu6Sn5 (and Cu3Sn) phase on the periphery of the Cu pillar due to out-diffusion of Sn toward the pillar periphery. Consumption of solder was accelerated by the above two reactions which led to the formation of a continuous gap in the bonding structure. Employment of a thicker Ni layer plus a Cu cap layer as the diffusion barrier in the bonding structure effectively blocked out-diffusion of Sn toward the periphery of the Cu pillar and therefore retarded the gap formation. The retardation effect was attributed to an increment of diffusion distance on the pillar periphery due to an effective diffusion barrier composed by Ni and thicker Cu-Sn (Cu6Sn5 + Cu3Sn) phase layers. Detailed phase identification and microstructural evolution in the bonding structures were also investigated using scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy.

  16. Alloying effect of Ni and Cr on irradiated microstructural evolution of type 304 stainless steels

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    Tan, L.; Busby, J. T.

    2013-11-01

    Life extension of the existing nuclear power plants imposes significant challenges to core structural materials that suffer increased fluences. This paper presents the microstructural evolution of a type 304 stainless steel and its variants alloyed with extra Ni and Cr under neutron irradiation at ˜320 °C for up to 10.2 dpa. Similar to the reported data of type 304 variants, a large amount of Frank loops, ultrafine G-phase/M23C6 particles, and limited amount of cavities were observed in the irradiated samples. The irradiation promoted the growth of pre-existing M23C6 at grain boundaries and resulted in some phase transformation to CrC in the alloy with both extra Ni and Cr. A new type of ultrafine precipitates, possibly (Ti,Cr)N, was observed in all the samples, and its amount was increased by the irradiation. Additionally, α-ferrite was observed in the type 304 steel but not in the Ni or Ni + Cr alloyed variants. The effect of Ni and Cr alloying on the microstructural evolution is discussed.

  17. Mechanics, microstructure and AMS evolution of a synthetic porphyritic calcite aggregate deformed in torsion

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    Marques, F. O.; Machek, M.; Roxerová, Z.; Burg, J.-P.; Almqvist, B. S. G.

    2015-08-01

    In order to investigate the mechanical, microstructural and AMS evolution of porphyritic mylonites, we made a synthetic aggregate composed of 70% fine calcite (< 50 μm) and 30% coarse calcite (200-700 μm), and deformed cylindrical specimens in torsion at 300 MPa, 727 °C, a constant strain rate of 3.0E- 4 s- 1, to shear strains γ ≈ 1 and 5. After peak stress, dynamic recrystallization of porphyroclasts resulted in grain size reduction and weakening till a mechanical steady state was reached. Microstructural, AMS and EBSD analyses show the consistent evolution of pre-torsion (cold-pressed) planar fabric from perpendicular to sample cylinder axis at γ ≈ 0, to oblique at γ ≈ 1, and finally to low angle to the shear plane at γ ≈ 5, as expected for approximate simple shear. At γ ≈ 1, stretched calcite grains > 3 mm in length defined a conspicuous foliation, and showed aligned twins. At γ ≈ 5, calcite porphyroclasts were highly stretched (aspect ratio around 20), and had rotated towards the shear plane. Between γ = 1 and 5, a composite fabric formed, one at low and the other at high angle to the shear plane, from which shear sense can be deduced. The AMS patterns were sensitive to increasing shearing, and tracked strain reasonably well, despite the reduced size and low susceptibility of specimens. From the CPO and the microstructure, we infer that a balance compatible with an optimal dissipation of the applied stress was achieved between grain growth and grain reduction processes.

  18. Microstructural modeling during multi-pass rolling of a nickel-base superalloy

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    Subramanian, Kannan

    2009-08-01

    Microstructure present at the end of rolling and cooling operations controls the product properties. Therefore, control of grain size is an important characteristic in any hot-working. The narrow temperature range for hot working of Alloy 718 makes the grain size control more difficult. In the current work, a systematic numerical approach to predict the microstructure of Alloy 718 during multi-pass rolling is developed. This approach takes into account the severe deformation that takes place during each pass and also the possible reheating between passes. In order to predict the grain size at the end of rolling process, microstructural processes such as dynamic recrystallization (DRX), metadynamic recrystallization (MDRX), and static grain growth need to be captured at every deformation step for superalloys. Empirical relationships between the average grain size from various microstructural processes and the macroscopic variables such as temperature (T), effective strain 3¯ and strain rate 3¯˙ form the basis for the current work. The empirical relationships considered in this work are based on Avrami equations and utilize data taken from various forging analyses. The macroscopic variables are calculated using the Finite Element Method (FEM) by modeling the rolling process as a creeping flow problem. FEM incorporates a mesh re-zoning algorithm that enables the analysis to continue for several passes. A two-dimensional transient thermal analysis is carried out between passes that can capture the MDRX and/or static grain growth during the microstructural evolution. The microstructure prediction algorithm continuously updates two families of grains, namely, the recrystallized family and strained family at the start of deformation in any given pass. In addition, the algorithm calculates various subgroups within these two families at every deformation step within a pass. As the material undergoes deformation between the rolls, recrystallization equations are invoked

  19. Quantification of the microstructural evolution of polycrystalline fabrics using FAME: Application to in situ deformation of ice

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    Peternell, Mark; Dierckx, Marie; Wilson, Christopher J. L.; Piazolo, Sandra

    2014-04-01

    In geology, glaciology and material science new technological advances result in an ever increasing amount of data and datasets, in particular when in situ experiments are conducted. Rapid, rigorous and reliable statistical treatment is needed to allow researchers to access these large datasets for further analysis. Here, we present FAME (Fabric Analyser based Microstructure Evaluation), a suite of Matlab® scripts that utilize the Matlab® open-source toolboxes MTEX and PolyLX (optional) for rapid quantification of thin section data. The data has been collected using an automated Fabric Analyser at a spatial resolution of 5 μm/pixel. From the dataset, grain maps are reconstructed and, grain and grain boundary statistics are determined. The same scripts calculate orientation density distribution diagrams and eigenvalues of the orientation tensor. In the case of 2D in situ plane-strain deformation experiments on polycrystalline heavy water (D2O), a Matlab® script-based batch analysis for each deformation step was performed. FAME offers the possibility to generate movie files that combine optical data with c-axes orientation data and grain statistics. Application of the presented scripts, to analyse in situ deformation experiments of polycrystalline ice, shows the value of rigorous quantification of the microstructural evolution data for process oriented research.

  20. Atomic scale modeling of defect production and microstructure evolution in irradiated metals

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    Diaz de la Rubia, T.; Soneda, N.; Shimomura, Y.

    1997-04-01

    Irradiation effects in materials depend in a complex way on the form of the as-produced primary damage state and its spatial and temporal evolution. Thus, while collision cascades produce defects on a time scale of tens of picosecond, diffusion occurs over much longer time scales, of the order of seconds, and microstructure evolution over even longer time scales. In this report the authors present work aimed at describing damage production and evolution in metals across all the relevant time and length scales. They discuss results of molecular dynamics simulations of displacement cascades in Fe and V. They show that interstitial clusters are produced in cascades above 5 keV, but not vacancy clusters. Next, they discuss the development of a kinetic Monte Carlo model that enables calculations of damage evolution over much longer time scales (1000`s of s) than the picosecond lifetime of the cascade. They demonstrate the applicability of the method by presenting predictions on the fraction of freely migrating defects in {alpha}Fe during irradiation at 600 K.

  1. Micro-structural Evolution in Metals Subjected to Simple Shear by a Particular Severe Plastic Deformation Method

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    Li, Jinghui; Li, Fuguo; Li, Pan; Ma, Zhanchao; Wang, Chengpeng; Wang, Lei

    2015-08-01

    Simple shear (SS) has been considered an optimal deformation method of severe plastic deformation (SPD). To achieve SS, a particular SPD method known as mutative channel torsion extrusion (MCTE) was designed based on the geometric equivalence of SS, and the cavity parameters of a die were calculated according to strain equivalence. To investigate the characteristics of micro-structural evolution subjected to MCTE, simulated and experimental investigations were conducted. The simulated results indicate that equivalent strain distribution on the cross section is relatively uniform, and the metallographic observations confirm the simulated phenomenon. Transmission electron microscopy investigations show that the process of grain refinement undergoes the formation of shear bands, dislocation cells, dislocation forests, large-angle grain boundaries, and recrystallization nuclei. Two types of mechanisms are proposed in view of the different effects of SS on grain refinement. Eventually, MCTE is ensured as an effective method for grain refinement.

  2. Effect of micro-gravity on the microstructural evolution during liquid phase sintering

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    Tewari, Asim

    The effect of gravity on the evolution of microstructure during liquid phase sintering was studied using Ni-Fe tungsten heavy alloy, for varying sintering times, compositions, and gravity conditions (microgravity and normal gravity). A serial sectioning of the samples was carried out and the three dimensional microstructure was reconstructed. The microstructure was quantified using volume-probe techniques developed in the course of this research. Computer codes were written to extract descriptors of spatial arrangement of grains from the image data. It was seen that the microstructure in gravity evolves as just a scale factor change with sintering time whereas it is not so in microgravity. The scale factor change in gravity was seen in the evolution of grain size distribution function, radial distribution function and 1st, 2nd and 3rd nearest neighbor distribution functions. In specimens processed in both gravity and microgravity environment there are practically no isolated grains suspended in the matrix. This was expected in gravity where the grains have to contact each other to provide normal force to balance gravity, but it was surprising to see this in microgravity. At a given sintering time, the coordination number in microgravity was significantly lower than that in gravity. In microgravity, the coordination number remains constant whereas in gravity, it increases with time. This increase is attributed to grain shape accommodation. A strong correlation was found between the coordination number and the mean surface area of grains forming that coordination which was expressed by a linear equation. Inspite of significant differences between the volume fractions of gravity and microgravity samples, the 1st and 2nd 3D nearest neighbor distances are only a scale change, with the scale factor being the mean grain size. In the initial stages of sintering, the kinetics of grain growth is slower in microgravity than in gravity environment resulting in a significant

  3. Microstructure and Property Evolution in Advanced Cladding and Duct Materials Under Long-Term Irradiation at Elevated Temperature: Critical Experiments

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    Was, Gary; Jiao, Zhijie; Allen, Todd; Yang, Yong

    2013-12-20

    The in-service degradation of reactor core materials is related to underlying changes in the irradiated microstructure. During reactor operation, structural components and cladding experience displacement of atoms by collisions with neutrons at temperatures at which the radiation-induced defects are mobile, leading to microstructure evolution under irradiation that can degrade material properties. At the doses and temperatures relevant to fast reactor operation, the microstructure evolves by microchemistry changes due to radiation-induced segregation, dislocation loop formation and growth, radiation induced precipitation, destabilization of the existing precipitate structure, as well as the possibility for void formation and growth. These processes do not occur independently; rather, their evolution is highly interlinked. Radiation-induced segregation of Cr and existing chromium carbide coverage in irradiated alloy T91 track each other closely. The radiation-induced precipitation of Ni-Si precipitates and RIS of Ni and Si in alloys T91 and HCM12A are likely related. Neither the evolution of these processes nor their coupling is understood under the conditions required for materials performance in fast reactors (temperature range 300-600°C and doses to 200 dpa and beyond). Further, predictive modeling is not yet possible, as models for microstructure evolution must be developed along with experiments to characterize these key processes and provide tools for extrapolation. To extend the range of operation of nuclear fuel cladding and structural materials in advanced nuclear energy and transmutation systems to that required for the fast reactor, the irradiation-induced evolution of the microstructure, microchemistry, and the associated mechanical properties at relevant temperatures and doses must be understood. This project builds upon joint work at the proposing institutions, under a NERI-C program that is scheduled to end in September, to understand the effects of

  4. Microstructural Evolution and Creep-Rupture Behavior of Fusion Welds Involving Alloys for Advanced Ultrasupercritical Power Generation

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    Bechetti, Daniel H., Jr.

    Projections for large increases in the global demand for electric power produced by the burning of fossil fuels, in combination with growing environmental concerns surrounding these fuel sources, have sparked initiatives in the United States, Europe, and Asia aimed at developing a new generation of coal fired power plant, termed Advanced Ultrasupercritical (A-USC). These plants are slated to operate at higher steam temperatures and pressures than current generation plants, and in so doing will offer increased process cycle efficiency and reduced greenhouse gas emissions. Several gamma' precipitation strengthened Ni-based superalloys have been identified as candidates for the hottest sections of these plants, but the microstructural instability and poor creep behavior (compared to wrought products) of fusion welds involving these alloys present significant hurdles to their implementation and a gap in knowledge that must be addressed. In this work, creep testing and in-depth microstructural characterization have been used to provide insight into the long-term performance of these alloys. First, an investigation of the weld metal microstructural evolution as it relates to creep strength reductions in A-USC alloys INCONELRTM 740, NIMONICRTM 263 (INCONEL and NIMONIC are registered trademarks of Special Metals Corporation), and HaynesRTM 282RTM (Haynes and 282 are registered trademarks of Haynes International) was performed. gamma'-precipitate free zones were identified in two of these three alloys, and their development was linked to the evolution of phases that precipitate at the expense of gamma'. Alloy 282 was shown to avoid precipitate free zone formation because the precipitates that form during long term aging in this alloy are poor in the gamma'-forming elements. Next, the microstructural evolution of INCONELRTM 740H (a compositional variant of alloy 740) during creep was investigated. Gleeble-based interrupted creep and creep-rupture testing was used to

  5. Evolution of phase, texture, microstructure and magnetic properties of Fe-Cr-Co-Mo-Ti permanent magnets

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    Ahmad, Zubair; ul Haq, A.; Yan, Mi; Iqbal, Zafar

    2012-08-01

    Magnetic phase evolution, crystallographic texture, microstructure and magnetic properties of Fe-28Cr-15Co-3.5Mo-1.8Ti alloy have been investigated by X-ray diffractometry, scanning transmission electron microscopy and magnetometry techniques as a function of processing conditions. Heat treatment conditions for obtaining optimum textural, microstructural and magnetic properties have been established by the experimentations. The Goss {110}<001> and cube type {001}<010> textures have been developed in an optimal treated Fe-28Cr-15Co-3.5Mo-1.8Ti magnets. The coercive force in Fe-28Cr-15Co-3.5Mo-1.8Ti magnets depends critically on the shape anisotropy of rod-like Fe Co Ti-rich α1 particles and remanence on the alignment and elongation of α1 particles parallel to applied magnetic field <100> directions. The optimum magnetic properties obtained in Fe-28Cr-15Co-3.5Mo-1.8Ti alloy are intrinsic coercive force, iHc, of 78.8 kA/m (990 Oe), remanence, Br of 1.12 T (11.2 kG) and energy product, (BH)max of 52.5 kJ/m3 (6.5 MGOe). The development of Fe-28Cr-15Co-3.5Mo-1.8Ti magnets as well as characterization of texture, microstructural and magnetic properties in the current study would be helpful in designing the new Fe-Cr-Co-Mo based magnets suitable for scientific and technological applications.

  6. Evolution of microstructure during formation of Nb3Sn superconducting phase

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    Singh, A. K.; Kumar, Shivendra; Pasi, Satya Prakash; Laik, A.; Hussain, M. M.; Abdulla, K. K.; Dey, G. K.

    2013-02-01

    Nb3Sn based multi-filamentary superconducting wires with critical temperature (Tc) of 17.5 K was indigenously developed. A critical temperature (Tc) of 17.5 K was obtained. Characterization of the microstructure of the wires revealed almost complete conversion of the Nb filaments to Nb3Sn phase. The phase formed was nano-crystalline in nature and was slight hypo-stoichiometric with respect to Sn.

  7. Thermal and temporal evolution of microstructure in polycrystalline ZnO

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    Kondal, Neha; Tiwari, Sanjiv Kumar

    2016-05-01

    Tug between electronics and spintronics has opened up new area of research named as dilute magnetic semiconductors (DMS), ZnO is one of the most reliable candidates for spintronic devices and DMS. Since, pure and transition metal doped polycrystalline ZnO shows room temperature ferromagnetism, therefore it is very important to gain insight into its microstructure (MS) evolution. We report thermal evolution of MS of pure ZnO on sintering it at 200 °C, 400 °C, 600 °C, and 800 °C in ambient atmosphere for two hours. Temporal evolution at fixed temperature was analyzed using mean field model of internal energy and entropy. Grain size of ZnO MS were analyzed using integral breadth method of X-ray diffraction (XRD) lines using Voigt profile fit,. XRD line corresponding to [101] plane shifts from 36.17° to 36.28° whereas grain size increases from 67.5 nm to 93.7 nm with increase of temperature from 23°C to 800°C respectively. Grain growth with increase of temperature show Arrhenius type behavior with activation energy of 30.77 kJ-mol-1 and temporal growth shows diffusive behavior with exponent 0.5.

  8. FEM Analysis of Defects and Microstructure Evolution during Hot Working of Specialty Alloys

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    Mendoza, Victor

    2010-06-15

    The main goals of process simulation in manufacturing are to reduce manufacturing/part development time and cost as well as increasing quality and productivity. In this study, porosity evolution is modeled by introducing a porosity evolution parameter, which is function of strain rate and stress triaxiality factor. Applicability is shown by simulating the first two stages of an ingot conversion process; variables are die geometry and bite size. Moreover, application is extended to hot shape rolling, where the geometry of the oval passes is the variable. Validation is carried out through evaluation of samples from final products. Also, surface defects in hot shape rolling are tracked by studying the instability during the rolling of the material. Plastic work approach was used to judge the occurrence of instability during the process. The effect of number of passes and roll gap was examined to predict the occurrence of surface cracking. On the other hand, unrecrystallized grains and coarse grain problem are other significant problems in the metalworking industry. A recrystallization model is implemented in a finite element framework, to study the effect of forging parameters on the microstructure evolution during ingot conversion process of a superalloy.

  9. The evolution of the Elastic, Transport, and Microstructural Properties of Carbonates Upon Laboratory-Induced Diagenesis

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    Vanorio, T.; Ebert, Y.; Grombacher, D. J.

    2013-12-01

    Compaction, rock-fluid chemical interaction, and deformation upon burial diagenesis all contribute to the long-term evolution of the pore space and its geophysical attributes. Although this is applicable to all porous rocks, carbonates are especially susceptible to alteration by chemical processes, contributing to their heterogeneous texture and fabric. This greatly increases the chance for the microstructural and rock physics variability, complicating how transport and elastic properties relate to the diagenetic trends of these rocks. The pivotal idea of this study is to unfold the processes that control the heterogeneity in the attributes of the pore space in carbonates and, in turn, in the transport and elastic properties. We use starting rocks of variable fabric -i.e., a depositional-dependent microstructure, induce a specific process -e.g., chemical dissolution under stress, then observe the development of the microstructure by SEM and microtomography imaging, permeability, porosity, and velocity due to chemo-mechanical processes occurring under stress. We find that the changes in the rock can lead to two different evolutionary trends of permeability and velocity, depending on the effectiveness of dissolution against compaction. which, in turn, depend on (a) the fraction of the carbonate phase characterized by high surface area and (b) the pore stiffness of the rock. Packstones compact significantly upon dissolution and show a reduction in contact stiffness leading to a decrease in velocity and an increase in permeability. The latter is curbed by the ongoing compaction. Tight mudstones experience instead minimal or negligible compaction showing a slight change in porosity and velocity; however large permeability changes are observed that are related to an enhancement in connectivity or decrease in the tortuosity of the pathways.

  10. Competing effects of electronic and nuclear energy loss on microstructural evolution in ionic-covalent materials

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    Zhang, Yanwen; Varga, Tamas; Ishimaru, Dr. Manabu; Edmondson, Dr. Philip; Xue, Haizhou; Liu, Peng; Moll, Sandra; Namavar, Fereydoon; Hardiman, Chris; Shannon, Prof. Steven; Weber, William J

    2014-01-01

    Ever increasing energy needs have raised the demands for advanced fuels and cladding materials that withstand the extreme radiation environments with improved accident tolerance over a long period of time. Ceria (CeO2) is a well known ionic conductor that is isostructural with urania and plutonia-based nuclear fuels. In the context of nuclear fuels, immobilization and transmutation of actinides, CeO2 is a model system for radiation effect studies. Covalent silicon carbide (SiC) is a candidate for use as structural material in fusion, cladding material for fission reactors, and an inert matrix for the transmutation of plutonium and other radioactive actinides. Understanding microstructural change of these ionic-covalent materials to irradiation is important for advanced nuclear energy systems. While displacements from nuclear energy loss may be the primary contribution to damage accumulation in a crystalline matrix and a driving force for the grain boundary evolution in nanostructured materials, local non-equilibrium disorder and excitation through electronic energy loss may, however, produce additional damage or anneal pre-existing defect. At intermediate transit energies where electronic and nuclear energy losses are both significant, synergistic, additive or competitive processes may evolve that affect the dynamic response of materials to irradiation. The response of crystalline and nanostructured CeO2 and SiC to ion irradiation are studied under different nuclear and electronic stopping powers to describe some general material response in this transit energy regime. Although fast radiation-induced grain growth in CeO2 is evident with no phase transformation, different fluence and dose dependence on the growth rate is observed under Si and Au irradiations. While grain shrinkage and amorphization are observed in the nano-engineered 3C SiC with a high-density of stacking faults embedded in nanosize columnar grains, significantly enhanced radiation resistance is

  11. Evolution of Microstructure and Texture During Hot Compression of a Ni-Fe-Cr Superalloy

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    Coryell, S. P.; Findley, K. O.; Mataya, M. C.; Brown, E.

    2012-02-01

    Superalloys are being employed in more extreme conditions requiring higher strength, which requires producers to forge products to finer grain sizes with less grain size variability. To assess grain size, crystallographic texture, and substructure as a function of forging conditions, frictionless uniaxial compression testing characteristic of hot working was performed on INCOLOY 945 (Special Metals Corporation, Huntington, WV), which is a newly developed hybrid of alloys 718 and 925, over a range of temperatures and strain rates. The microstructure and texture were investigated comprehensively using light optical microscopy, electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD), electron channeling contrast imaging (ECCI), and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) to provide detailed insight into microstructure evolution mechanisms. Dynamic recrystallization, nucleated by grain/twin boundary bulging with occasional subgrain rotation, was found to be a dominant mechanism for grain refinement in INCOLOY 945. At higher strain rates, static recrystallization occurred by grain boundary migration. During deformation, duplex slip along {111} planes occurred until a stable <110> fiber compression texture was established. Recrystallization textures were mostly random but shifted toward the compression texture with subsequent deformation. An exception occurred at 1423 K (1150 °C) and 0.001 seconds-1, the condition with the largest fraction of recrystallized grains, where a <100> fiber texture developed, which may be indicative of preferential growth of specific grain orientations.

  12. Precipitation hardening and microstructure evolution of the Ti-7Nb-10Mo alloy during aging.

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    Yi, Ruowei; Liu, Huiqun; Yi, Danqing; Wan, Weifeng; Wang, Bin; Jiang, Yong; Yang, Qi; Wang, Dingchun; Gao, Qi; Xu, Yanfei; Tang, Qian

    2016-06-01

    A biomedical β titanium alloy (Ti-7Nb-10Mo) was designed and prepared by vacuum arc self-consumable melting. The ingot was forged and rolled to plates, followed by quenching and aging. Age-hardening behavior, microstructure evolution and its influence on mechanical properties of the alloy during aging were investigated, using X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, tensile and hardness measurements. The electrochemical behavior of the alloy was investigated in Ringer's solution. The microstructure of solution-treated (ST) alloy consists of the supersaturated solid solution β phase and the ωath formed during athermal process. The ST alloy exhibits Young's modulus of 80 GPa, tensile strength of 774 MPa and elongation of 20%. The precipitation sequences during isothermal aging at different temperatures were determined as β+ωath→β+ωiso (144 h) at Taging=350-400 °C, β+ωath→β+ωiso+α→β+α at Taging=500°C, and β+ωath→β+α at Taging=600-650 °C, where ωiso forms during isothermal process. The mechanical properties of the alloy can be tailored easily through controlling the phase transition during aging. Comparing with the conventional Ti-6Al-4V alloy, the Ti-7Nb-10Mo alloy is more resistant to corrosion in Ringer's solution. Results show that the Ti-7Nb-10Mo alloy is promising for biomedical applications. PMID:27040253

  13. Microstructural Evolution and Fracture Behavior of Friction-Stir-Welded Al-Cu Laminated Composites

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    Beygi, R.; Kazeminezhad, Mohsen; Kokabi, A. H.

    2014-01-01

    In this study, we attempt to characterize the microstructural evolution during friction stir butt welding of Al-Cu-laminated composites and its effect on the fracture behavior of the joint. Emphasis is on the material flow and particle distribution in the stir zone. For this purpose, optical microscopy and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) images, energy-dispersive spectroscopy EDS and XRD analyses, hardness measurements, and tensile tests are carried out on the joints. It is shown that intermetallic compounds exist in lamellas of banding structure formed in the advancing side of the welds. In samples welded from the Cu side, the banding structure in the advancing side and the hook formation in the retreating side determine the fracture behavior of the joint. In samples welded from the Al side, a defect is formed in the advancing side of the weld, which is attributed to insufficient material flow. It is concluded that the contact surface of the laminate (Al or Cu) with the shoulder of the FSW tool influences the material flow and microstructure of welds.

  14. Thixoforming of an ECAPed Aluminum A356 Alloy: Microstructure Evolution, Rheological Behavior, and Mechanical Properties

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    Campo, Kaio Niitsu; Zoqui, Eugênio José

    2016-04-01

    Thixoforming depends upon three aspects: (a) solid to liquid transformation; (b) size and morphology of the remaining solid phase in the semisolid state, and (c) the effect of both input factors on rheology of the semisolid slurry. The aluminum A356 alloy presents an ideal solid to liquid transformation, but the solidification process generates coarse aluminum dendrites surrounded by eutectic. In this regard, Equal Channel Angular Pressing (ECAP) has great potential as a method for manufacturing thixotropic raw material due to its grain refining effect. Therefore, the microstructure evolution and rheological behavior in the semisolid state of an ECAPed aluminum A356 alloy were investigated. Samples were heated up to 853 K (580 °C) and held for 0, 30, 60, 90, 210, and 600 seconds at this temperature. The isothermal heat treatment caused the globularization of the solid phase without any significant microstructure coarsening. Compression tests were carried out at the same temperature and holding times using an instrumented mechanical press. Apparent viscosities values close to 250 Pa s were obtained, revealing the exceptional rheological behavior of the produced samples. The thixoformed material also presented good mechanical properties, with high yield and ultimate tensile strength values (YS = 110/122 MPa, UTS = 173/202), and good ductility (E = 6.9/7.5 pct). These results indicate that the production of the A356 alloy via the ECAP process increases its thixoformability.

  15. Microstructure and texture evolution of TRC A8006 alloy by homogenization

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    Chen, Zhong-wei; Zhao, Jing; Hao, Xiao-lei

    2013-05-01

    The microstructure and texture evolution of twin-roll cast A8006 alloy by homogenization were characterized using scanning and transmission electron microscopy, and the microhardness was tested as well. According to the relationship between dendritic arm spacing and cooling rate the cooling rate of the as-cast twin-roll cast A8006 sheet of 6 mm in thickness was estimated as 1.48×103 K·s-1. It is found that the grains and the nanostructural precipitates of the twin-roll cast sheet become coarser after homogenization at 580°C for 4 h in comparison with those after homogenization at 500°C for 8 h. The textures formed after cold rolling and became weaker during homogenization. The increase in hardness of the as-cast twin-roll cast sheets is related to the supersaturated α-Al solid solution and fine microstructure, but the decrease in hardness after homogenization can be attributed to the coarsening of grains and Al6Fe(Mn) precipitates.

  16. Evolution of the rheological and microstructural properties of olivine aggregates during dislocation creep under hydrous conditions

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    Tasaka, Miki; Zimmerman, Mark E.; Kohlstedt, David L.

    2016-01-01

    Since hydrogen plays an important role in dynamic processes in Earth's mantle, we conducted torsion experiments to shear strains of 0.6 to 5.0 on Fe-bearing olivine aggregates [(Mg0.5Fe0.5)2SiO4: Fo50] under hydrous conditions at T = 1200°C and P = 300 MPa. We deformed samples to high enough strains that a steady state microstructures were achieved, which allowed us to investigate the evolution of both the rheological and microstructural properties. The stress exponent of n ≈ 5.0 and the grain size exponent of p ≈ 0 determined by fitting the strain rate, stress, and grain size data indicate that our samples deformed by dislocation creep. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy measurements on embedded olivine single crystals demonstrated that our samples were saturated with hydrogen during the deformation experiments. The lattice preferred orientation (LPO) of olivine changes as a function of strain due to competition among three slip systems: (010)[100], (100)[001], and (001)[100]. Observed strain weakening can be attributed to geometrical softening associated with development of LPO, which reduces the stress by ~1/3 from its peak value in constant strain rate experiments. The geometrical softening coefficient determined in this study is an important constraint for modeling and understanding dynamical processes in the upper mantle under hydrous conditions.

  17. Microstructural evolution in a low carbon steel during cold rolling and subsequent annealing.

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    Ghassemali, E; Kermanpur, A; Najafizadeh, A

    2010-09-01

    Cold rolling with subsequent annealing of lath martensite structure could lead to the formation of nanostructures in low carbon steels. In the present work, the microstructural evolution of a 0.13% C steel during this process was studied. The specimens were austenitized at 950 degrees C followed by quenching in ice-brine to get martensitic structure. The quenched samples were aged at 200 degrees C for 30 min. These specimens were cold rolled up to 90% reduction in thickness without any intermediate annealing and then annealed at the temperatures from 400 to 600 degrees C. Scanning and transmission electron microscopy and color metallography was used to investigate the microstructure. Microscopic investigations showed that a multiphase nanostructure composed of equiaxed ferrite grains with the mean grain size of about 188 nm and small blocks of tempered martensite can be achieved under annealing at 400 degrees C for 90 min. Formation of the nanostructure was discussed from the viewpoint of characteristics of the martensite starting structure. Fragmentation of martensite lathes in cold rolling stage play an important role on recrystallization at annealing stage to get the ultrafine structure. PMID:21133169

  18. Microstructural aspects of fatigue in Ni-base superalloys.

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    Antolovich, Stephen D

    2015-03-28

    Nickel-base superalloys are primarily used as components in jet engines and land-based turbines. While compositionally complex, they are microstructurally simple, consisting of small (50-1000 nm diameter), ordered, coherent Ni(3)(Al,Ti)-type L1(2) or Ni(3)Nb-type DO(22) precipitates (called γ(') and γ(''), respectively) embedded in an FCC substitutional solid solution consisting primarily of Ni and other elements which confer desired properties depending upon the application. The grain size may vary from as small as 2 μm for powder metallurgy alloys used in discs to single crystals the actual size of the component for turbine blades. The fatigue behaviour depends upon the microstructure, deformation mode, environment and cycle time. In many cases, it can be controlled or modified through small changes in composition which may dramatically change the mechanism of damage accumulation and the fatigue life. In this paper, the fundamental microstructural, compositional, environmental and deformation mode factors which affect fatigue behaviour are critically reviewed. Connections are made across a range of studies to provide more insight. Modern approaches are pointed out in which the wealth of available microstructural, deformation and damage information is used for computerized life prediction. The paper ends with a discussion of the very important and highly practical subject of thermo-mechanical fatigue (TMF). It is shown that physics-based modelling leads to significantly improved life prediction. Suggestions are made for moving forward on the critical subject of TMF life prediction in notched components. PMID:25713453

  19. Effect of Impact and Penetration on Microstructural Evolution of High-performance Concretes

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    Ren, Fei; Mattus, Catherine H; Wang, Jy-An John; Dipaolo, Beverly P

    2013-01-01

    Due to the increased concern of public safety in recent years, blast resistance of infrastructures has become an emerging research focus in the cement and concrete industry. Ultra High Performance Concrete (UHPC) with fiber reinforcement usually possesses compressive strengths greater than 200 MPa, which makes them promising candidates for blast-resistant building materials. In the current project, two UHPC materials, Ductal and ERDC-M, were subject to projectile penetration testing. The microstructural evolution due to projectile impact was examined via scanning electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction. Possible phase changes were observed in the impact volume, which was likely a result of the high temperature and high pressure induced by the impact.

  20. Microstructure and Texture Evolutions in AISI 1050 Steel by Flow Forming

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    Bedekar, Vikram; Pauskar, Praveen; Shivpuri, Rajiv; Howe, Jane Y

    2014-01-01

    Hot rolled and annealed AISI 1050 steel cylindrical coupons were flow formed at different levels of deformation (66% and 90% wall thickness reduction). TEM studies revealed development of ultra fine (sub) grain cell structure due to severe plastic deformation. The transverse subgrain size changed from 10 m (beginning) to 300nm (66% deformation) to 40nm (90% deformation). EBSD study revealed decreased recrystallization fraction at 90% deformation compared with 66% deformation due to orientation pinning from preferred orientation along {002} planes. No evidence of dislocation pinning or cracking was observed on any samples. The aim of the present work is to study the deformation behaviour and microstructural evolution during conventional flow forming process. The study also sheds light on the strengthening behaviour and structural changes during severe straining.

  1. Effect of localized microstructural evolution on higher harmonic generation of guided wave modes

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    Choi, Gloria; Liu, Yang; Yao, Xiaochu; Lissenden, Cliff J.

    2015-03-01

    Higher harmonic generation of ultrasonic waves has the potential to be used to detect precursors to macroscale damage of phenomenon like fatigue due to microstructural evolution contributing to nonlinear material behavior. Aluminum plates having various plastic zone sizes were plastically deformed to different levels. The fundamental shear horizontal mode was then generated in the plate samples via a magnetostrictive transducer. After propagating through the plastic zone the primary wave mode (SH0) and its third harmonic (sh0) were received by a second transducer. Results of a parallel numerical study using the S1-s2 Lamb mode pair, where sensitivity to changes in third order elastic constants were investigated, are described within the context of the experimental results. Specimens used within both studies are geometrically similar and have double edge notches for dog bone samples that introduce localized plastic deformation. Through both studies, the size of the plastic zone with respect to the propagation distance and damage intensity influence the higher harmonics.

  2. Microstructural evolution in Al-Zn-Mg-Cu-Sc-Zr alloys during short-time homogenization

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    Liu, Tao; He, Chun-nian; Li, Gen; Meng, Xin; Shi, Chun-sheng; Zhao, Nai-qin

    2015-05-01

    Microstructural evolution in a new kind of aluminum (Al) alloy with the chemical composition of Al-8.82Zn-2.08Mg-0.80Cu-0.31Sc-0.3Zr was investigated. It is found that the secondary phase MgZn2 is completely dissolved into the matrix during a short homogenization treatment (470°C, 1 h), while the primary phase Al3(Sc,Zr) remains stable. This is due to Sc and Zr additions into the Al alloy, high Zn/Mg mass ratio, and low Cu content. The experimental findings fit well with the results calculated by the homogenization diffusion kinetics equation. The alloy shows an excellent mechanical performance after the short homogenization process followed by hot-extrusion and T6 treatment. Consequently, a good combination of low energy consumption and favorable mechanical properties is obtained.

  3. Microstructural evolution of V-4Cr-4Ti during ion irradiation at 200{degrees}C

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    Gazda, J.; Meshii, M.; Loomis, B.A. Chung, H.M.

    1996-04-01

    The results of a transmission electron microscopy (TEM) investigation of the microstructural evolution of V-4Cr-4Ti (Heat no. 832665) that was irradiated with 4.5 MeV {sup 58}Ni{sup ++} ions at 200 {degrees}C are presented. Dose effects were investigated for fluences ranging from 0.5 to 5 dpa. When the irradiation dose was increased, the relative number density of black dots and dislocation loops was nearly constant and accompanied by an increase in the size of the defects. Cavity formation was not observed in any of the specimens, indicating high resistance of the alloy to void swelling at the lower temperature of the experiments.

  4. Evolution of microstructure in vanadium oxide bolometer film during annealing process

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    Su, Yu-Yu; Cheng, Xing-Wang; Li, Jing-Bo; Dou, Yan-Kun; Rehman, Fida; Su, De-Zhi; Jin, Hai-Bo

    2015-12-01

    Vanadium oxide thin films were prepared through direct current magnetron reactive sputtering and post annealing process. The evolution of composition, microstructure, and electrical properties of as-deposited amorphous films during the annealing process was clarified by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy and temperature-dependent resistance measurement. A new composition of thin film was acquired which consisted of crystalline V6O13 and amorphous phase. Sheet resistance and temperature coefficient of resistance (TCR) of the thin film are 90 kΩ/□ (measured at room temperature) and 2.52%/K, respectively. No metal-to-semiconductor transition was observed in the obtained film at temperatures ranging from room-temperature to 90 °C, suggesting the thin film is suitable for the application in microbolometer.

  5. Intergrannular strain evolution in a zircaloy-4 alloy with Widmanstatten microstructure

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    Clausen, Bjorn; Vogel, Sven C; Garlea, Eena; Choo, Hahn; Pang, Judy W L; Kenik, Edward A

    2009-01-01

    A Zircaloy-4 alloy with Widmanstatten-Basketweave microstructure and random texture has been used to study the deformation systems responsible for the polycrystalline plasticity at the grain level. The evolution of internal strain and bulk texture is investigated using neutron diffraction and an elasto-plastic self-consistent (EPSC) modeling scheme. The macroscopic stress-strain behavior and intergranular (hkil-specific) strain development, parallel and perpendicular to the loading direction, were measured in-situ during uniaxial tensile loading. Then, the EPSC model was employed to simulate the experimental results. This modeling scheme accounts for the thermal anisotropy; elastic-plastic properties of the constituent grains; and activation, reorientation, and stress relaxation associated with twinning. The agreement between the experiment and the model will be discussed as well as the critical resolved shear stresses (CRSS) and the hardening coefficients obtained from the model.

  6. Microstructural Evolutions During Annealing of Plastically Deformed AISI 304 Austenitic Stainless Steel: Martensite Reversion, Grain Refinement, Recrystallization, and Grain Growth

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    Naghizadeh, Meysam; Mirzadeh, Hamed

    2016-06-01

    Microstructural evolutions during annealing of a plastically deformed AISI 304 stainless steel were investigated. Three distinct stages were identified for the reversion of strain-induced martensite to austenite, which were followed by the recrystallization of the retained austenite phase and overall grain growth. It was shown that the primary recrystallization of the retained austenite postpones the formation of an equiaxed microstructure, which coincides with the coarsening of the very fine reversed grains. The latter can effectively impair the usefulness of this thermomechanical treatment for grain refinement at both high and low annealing temperatures. The final grain growth stage, however, was found to be significant at high annealing temperatures, which makes it difficult to control the reversion annealing process for enhancement of mechanical properties. Conclusively, this work unravels the important microstructural evolution stages during reversion annealing and can shed light on the requirements and limitations of this efficient grain refining approach.

  7. Microstructure and texture evolution of strip casting 3 wt% Si non-oriented silicon steel with columnar structure

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    Liu, Haitao; Liu, Zhenyu; Cao, Guangming; Li, Chenggang; Wang, Guodong

    2011-11-01

    An Fe-3 wt%Si strip with columnar structure and pronounced {0 0 1}<0 v w> texture was produced using a twin-roll strip caster. Then the as-cast strip was cold-rolled and annealed. The microstructure and texture evolution along the processing steps was investigated. It is found that inhomogeneous microstructure is produced in both cold-rolled and final annealed samples due to the large initial grains. The cold rolling texture is dominated by pronounced a-fiber texture and relatively strong γ-fiber texture. The final recrystallization texture is characterized by {0 0 1}<0 1 0>, {0 0 1}<2 1 0>, {1 1 0}<0 0 1> texture and a slightly shifted {1 1 1}<1 1 2> component. The microstructural inhomogeneity plays an important role in the texture evolution.

  8. Microstructural Evolutions During Annealing of Plastically Deformed AISI 304 Austenitic Stainless Steel: Martensite Reversion, Grain Refinement, Recrystallization, and Grain Growth

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    Naghizadeh, Meysam; Mirzadeh, Hamed

    2016-08-01

    Microstructural evolutions during annealing of a plastically deformed AISI 304 stainless steel were investigated. Three distinct stages were identified for the reversion of strain-induced martensite to austenite, which were followed by the recrystallization of the retained austenite phase and overall grain growth. It was shown that the primary recrystallization of the retained austenite postpones the formation of an equiaxed microstructure, which coincides with the coarsening of the very fine reversed grains. The latter can effectively impair the usefulness of this thermomechanical treatment for grain refinement at both high and low annealing temperatures. The final grain growth stage, however, was found to be significant at high annealing temperatures, which makes it difficult to control the reversion annealing process for enhancement of mechanical properties. Conclusively, this work unravels the important microstructural evolution stages during reversion annealing and can shed light on the requirements and limitations of this efficient grain refining approach.

  9. Evolution of magnetic properties and microstructure of Hf2Co11B alloys

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    McGuire, Michael A.; Rios, Orlando

    2015-02-05

    Amorphous Hf2Co11B alloys produced by melt-spinning have been crystallized by annealing at 500-800 °C, and the products have been investigated using magnetization measurements, x-ray diffraction, and scanning electron microscopy. The results reveal the evolution of the phase fractions, microstructure, and magnetic properties with both annealing temperature and time. Crystallization of the phase denoted HfCo7, which is associated with the development of coercivity, occurs slowly at 500 °C. Annealing at intermediate temperatures produces mixed phase samples containing some of the HfCo7 phase with the highest values of remanent magnetization and coercivity. The equilibrium structure at 800 °C contains HfCo3B2, Hf6Co23 and Co, and displays soft ferromagnetism. Maximum values for the remanent magnetization, intrinsic coercivity, and magnetic energy product among the samples are approximately 5.2 kG, 2.0 kOe, and 3.1 MGOe, respectively, which indicates that the significantly higher values observed in crystalline, melt-spun Hf2Co11B ribbons are a consequence of the non-equilibrium solidification during the melt-spinning process. Application of high magnetic fields during annealing is observed to strongly affect the microstructural evolution, which may provide access to higher performance materials in Zr/Hf-Co hard ferromagnets. The crystal structure of HfCo7 and the related Zr analogues is unknown, and without knowledge of atomic positions powder diffraction cannot distinguish among proposed unit cells and symmetries found in the literature.

  10. Evolution of magnetic properties and microstructure of Hf2Co11B alloys

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    McGuire, Michael A.; Rios, Orlando

    2015-02-05

    Amorphous Hf2Co11B alloys produced by melt-spinning have been crystallized by annealing at 500-800 °C, and the products have been investigated using magnetization measurements, x-ray diffraction, and scanning electron microscopy. The results reveal the evolution of the phase fractions, microstructure, and magnetic properties with both annealing temperature and time. Crystallization of the phase denoted HfCo7, which is associated with the development of coercivity, occurs slowly at 500 °C. Annealing at intermediate temperatures produces mixed phase samples containing some of the HfCo7 phase with the highest values of remanent magnetization and coercivity. The equilibrium structure at 800 °C contains HfCo3B2, Hf6Co23 andmore » Co, and displays soft ferromagnetism. Maximum values for the remanent magnetization, intrinsic coercivity, and magnetic energy product among the samples are approximately 5.2 kG, 2.0 kOe, and 3.1 MGOe, respectively, which indicates that the significantly higher values observed in crystalline, melt-spun Hf2Co11B ribbons are a consequence of the non-equilibrium solidification during the melt-spinning process. Application of high magnetic fields during annealing is observed to strongly affect the microstructural evolution, which may provide access to higher performance materials in Zr/Hf-Co hard ferromagnets. The crystal structure of HfCo7 and the related Zr analogues is unknown, and without knowledge of atomic positions powder diffraction cannot distinguish among proposed unit cells and symmetries found in the literature.« less

  11. MEMS-based microstructures for nanomechanical characterization of thin films

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    Boé, A.; Safi, A.; Coulombier, M.; Fabrègue, D.; Pardoen, T.; Raskin, J.-P.

    2009-11-01

    The measurement of mechanical properties of thin films is a major issue for the design of reliable microelectronic devices, microsensors or thin coatings. New simple microstructures actuated through the release of internally stressed long beams made of high temperature, low pressure chemical vapour deposition silicon nitride have been developed to test under uniaxial tension submicron thin film material specimens. The relative displacement between a fixed and a moving cursor is used to determine the strain applied to the specimen. The stress is inferred based on the mismatch strain and Young's modulus of the silicon nitride actuator beam. By multiplying the tensile test microstructures with different lengths, the full stress-strain curve characterizing the thin material sample is generated from which the elastic stiffness, yield strength, ductility and fracture stress can be extracted. The potential of the method is demonstrated through applications on both brittle and ductile thin films. The Young's modulus of 238 GPa for a 373 nm thick silicon nitride film is extracted and size effects are observed for the yield strength of pure aluminium with a value of 220 and 550 MPa, respectively, for 373 and 205 nm thick films. An original variant of the procedure based on this new test microstructure for measuring Young's modulus is also presented.

  12. Compositional Effects on Nickel-Base Superalloy Single Crystal Microstructures

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    MacKay, Rebecca A.; Gabb, Timothy P.; Garg,Anita; Rogers, Richard B.; Nathal, Michael V.

    2012-01-01

    Fourteen nickel-base superalloy single crystals containing 0 to 5 wt% chromium (Cr), 0 to 11 wt% cobalt (Co), 6 to 12 wt% molybdenum (Mo), 0 to 4 wt% rhenium (Re), and fixed amounts of aluminum (Al) and tantalum (Ta) were examined to determine the effect of bulk composition on basic microstructural parameters, including gamma' solvus, gamma' volume fraction, volume fraction of topologically close-packed (TCP) phases, phase chemistries, and gamma - gamma'. lattice mismatch. Regression models were developed to describe the influence of bulk alloy composition on the microstructural parameters and were compared to predictions by a commercially available software tool that used computational thermodynamics. Co produced the largest change in gamma' solvus over the wide compositional range used in this study, and Mo produced the largest effect on the gamma lattice parameter and the gamma - gamma' lattice mismatch over its compositional range, although Re had a very potent influence on all microstructural parameters investigated. Changing the Cr, Co, Mo, and Re contents in the bulk alloy had a significant impact on their concentrations in the gamma matrix and, to a smaller extent, in the gamma' phase. The gamma phase chemistries exhibited strong temperature dependencies that were influenced by the gamma and gamma' volume fractions. A computational thermodynamic modeling tool significantly underpredicted gamma' solvus temperatures and grossly overpredicted the amount of TCP phase at 982 C. Furthermore, the predictions by the software tool for the gamma - gamma' lattice mismatch were typically of the wrong sign and magnitude, but predictions could be improved if TCP formation was suspended within the software program. However, the statistical regression models provided excellent estimations of the microstructural parameters based on bulk alloy composition, thereby demonstrating their usefulness.

  13. Microstructure Evolution During Friction Stir Processing and Hot Torsion Simulation of Ti-6Al-4V

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    Lippold, John C.; Livingston, Jason J.

    2013-08-01

    Friction stir processing of three variants of Ti-6Al-4V was conducted at processing temperatures both above and below the β-transus. The base metal substrates that were processed included wrought base metal in the α/ β-processed and β-processed condition and weld overlay that was deposited using the gas tungsten arc welding process. Friction stir processing below the β-transus for the α/ β-processed condition and the weld overlay produced fully equiaxed- α grains with submicron grain size, while in the β-processed condition, elongated equiaxed- α grains and regions of transformed- β with grain size in the 1 to 2 μm range were observed. Friction stir processing above the β-transus was microstructurally evident by a stir zone composed of 10 to 40 μm recrystallized β-grains with either a basket weave or colony structure and a continuous network of α at the grain boundary. Path and normal forces were recorded for in situ processing of Ti-6Al-4V in all three initial conditions. Comparatively, above-transus processing reduced the path force at the tool-to-workpiece interface, while processing below the β-transus caused the path force to increase by ~300 pct. Based on the dimensionless heat input, it appears that the stir zone microstructure is more dependent on spindle speed (RPM) than travel speed and that the heat input parameter is not a good indicator of the processing temperature. Hot torsion testing of α/ β-processed Ti-6Al-4V was used as a method for physically simulating the stir zone microstructure produced from friction stir processing. At a strain rate of 2.5 s-1 (250 RPM rotation rate), the transition from equiaxed- α to a transformed beta microstructure occurred at approximately 1223 K (950 °C). A comparison of FSP and hot torsion microstructures revealed nearly identical matching depending on the selection of hot torsion conditions.

  14. Evolution of stress and microstructure in silicon-doped aluminum gallium nitride thin films

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    Manning, Ian C.

    The present work examines the effects of the Si incorporation on the stress evolution of AlxGa1-xN thin films deposited using metalorganic chemical vapor deposition. Specifically, tensile stress generation was evaluated using an in situ wafer curvature measurement technique, and correlated with the inclination of edge-type threading dislocations observed with transmission electron microscopy (TEM). This microstructural process had been theorized to relax compressive strain with increasing film thickness by expanding the missing planes of atoms associated with the dislocations. Prior work regarded dislocation bending as being the result of an effective climb mechanism. In a preliminary investigation, the accuracy of the model derived to quantify the strain induced by dislocation inclination was tested. The relevant parameters were measured to calculate a theoretical stress gradient, which was compared with the gradient as extract from experimental stress data. The predicted value was found to overestimate the measured value. It was also confirmed during the preliminary investigation that Si incorporation alone was sufficient to initiate dislocation bending. The overestimation of the stress gradient yielded by the prediction of the model was then addressed by exploring the effects of dislocation annihilation and fusion reactions occurring during film growth. Si-doped Al0.42Ga 0.58N layers exhibiting inclined threading dislocations were grown to different thicknesses. The dislocation density at the surface of each sample was then measured using plan-view TEM, and was found to be inversely proportional to the thickness. As the original model assumed a constant dislocation density, applying the correction for its reduction yielded a better prediction of the stress evolution. In an attempt to extend the predictive capabilities of the model beyond the single composition examined above, and to better understand the interaction of Si with the host AlxGa1-xN lattice, several

  15. Competing Effects Of Electronic And Nuclear Energy Loss On Microstructural Evolution In Ionic-covalent Materials

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    Zhang, Yanwen; Varga, Tamas; Ishimaru, Manabu; Edmondson, P. D.; Xue, H.; Liu, Peng; Moll, Sandra; Hardiman, Christopher M.; Shannon, Steven; Weber, William J.

    2014-05-01

    Ever increasing energy needs have raised the demands for advanced fuels and cladding materials that withstand the extreme radiation environments with improved accident tolerance over a long period of time. Ceria (CeO2) is a well known ionic conductor that is isostructural with urania and plutonia-based nuclear fuels. In the context of nuclear fuels, immobilization and transmutation of actinides, CeO2 is a model system for radiation effect studies. Covalent silicon carbide (SiC) is a candidate for use as structural material in fusion, cladding material for fission reactors, and an inert matrix for the transmutation of plutonium and other radioactive actinides. Understanding microstructural change of these ionic-covalent materials to irradiation is important for advanced nuclear energy systems. While displacements from nuclear energy loss may be the primary contribution to damage accumulation in a crystalline matrix and a driving force for the grain boundary evolution in nanostructured materials, local non-equilibrium disorder and excitation through electronic While displacements from nuclear energy loss may be the primary contribution to damage accumulation in a crystalline matrix and a driving force for the grain boundary evolution in nanostructured materials, local non-equilibrium disorder and excitation through electronic energy loss may, however, produce additional damage or anneal pre-existing defect. At intermediate transit energies where electronic and nuclear energy losses are both significant, synergistic, additive or competitive processes may evolve that affect the dynamic response of materials to irradiation. The response of crystalline and nanostructured CeO2 and SiC to ion irradiation are studied under different nuclear and electronic stopping powers to describe some general material response in this transit energy regime. Although fast radiation-induced grain growth in CeO2 is evident with no phase transformation, different fluence and dose dependence

  16. Monitoring microstructural evolution of alloy 617 with non-linear acoustics for remaining useful life prediction; multiaxial creep-fatigue and creep-ratcheting

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    Lissenden, Cliff; Hassan, Tasnin; Rangari, Vijaya

    2014-10-30

    The research built upon a prior investigation to develop a unified constitutive model for design-­by-­analysis of the intermediate heat exchanger (IHX) for a very high temperature reactor (VHTR) design of next generation nuclear plants (NGNPs). Model development requires a set of failure data from complex mechanical experiments to characterize the material behavior. Therefore uniaxial and multiaxial creep-­fatigue and creep-­ratcheting tests were conducted on the nickel-­base Alloy 617 at 850 and 950°C. The time dependence of material behavior, and the interaction of time dependent behavior (e.g., creep) with ratcheting, which is an increase in the cyclic mean strain under load-­controlled cycling, are major concerns for NGNP design. This research project aimed at characterizing the microstructure evolution mechanisms activated in Alloy 617 by mechanical loading and dwell times at elevated temperature. The acoustic harmonic generation method was researched for microstructural characterization. It is a nonlinear acoustics method with excellent potential for nondestructive evaluation, and even online continuous monitoring once high temperature sensors become available. It is unique because it has the ability to quantitatively characterize microstructural features well before macroscale defects (e.g., cracks) form. The nonlinear acoustics beta parameter was shown to correlate with microstructural evolution using a systematic approach to handle the complexity of multiaxial creep-­fatigue and creep-­ratcheting deformation. Mechanical testing was conducted to provide a full spectrum of data for: thermal aging, tensile creep, uniaxial fatigue, uniaxial creep-­fatigue, uniaxial creep-ratcheting, multiaxial creep-fatigue, and multiaxial creep-­ratcheting. Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM), Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), and Optical Microscopy were conducted to correlate the beta parameter with individual microstructure mechanisms. We researched

  17. Processing, microstructural evolution and electrochemical performance relationships in solid oxide fuel cells

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    Sarikaya, Ayhan

    The relationships between the processing parameters, microstructures and electrochemical performance of solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) components were investigated. The operating regimes (i.e., reducing vs. oxidizing) as well as the elevated temperatures (e.g. 800°C) for their operation introduce several material challenges. Therefore, composite materials are employed to withstand operating conditions while providing sufficient electrochemical performance for fuel cell operation. Analyses on lanthanum-strontium manganite (LSM) - yttria stabilized zirconia (YSZ) compositions (45 vol%-55 vol%) by impedance spectroscopy demonstrated that two competing polarization mechanisms (i.e. charge-exchange and surface adsorption-diffusion of oxygen) limit performance. Optimization of microstructures resulted in total resistances as low as 0.040 Ohm cm2. Studies on Ag composites revealed that incorporation of up to 25 vol% oxide particles (LSM and YSZ) with sizes comparable to the Ag grains (~0.5 microm) can minimize the densification and coarsening of the Ag matrix. While the powder based oxide additions increased the stability limit of porous Ag composites from <550°C to 800°C, the use of nanostructured coatings increased the stability limit to 900°C for cathodes and current collectors. Investigations of Ni-YSZ anode microstructures demonstrated that uniform distribution of percolating isometric pores (>5 microm) allows forming desired continuous percolation of all phases (Ni, YSZ and pores) lowering activation polarization below 0.100 Ohm cm2 and maintaining significant electrical conductivity (>1000 S/cm). Identification of polarization mechanisms by deconvolution of impedance spectra and tailoring the corresponding microstructures was demonstrated as an effective method for optimization of SOFC components.

  18. The microstructural evolution of clay-bearing carbonate faults during high-velocity friction experiments

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    Bullock, Rachael; De Paola, Nicola; Holdsworth, Robert

    2014-05-01

    nanoparticles and often containing bubbles as evidence for frictional heating and thermal decomposition of calcite. Initial microstructure of the wet gouges, on the other hand, is characterized by a distributed and interconnected network of wet clay surrounding calcite grains. The microstructure of the sheared wet gouges is characterized by a diffuse PSS, limited fabric development, and no PSZ; deformation is much more distributed. In addition, grain-size reduction in the wet gouges is ~1 order of magnitude less than in dry gouge equivalents. Thus, we attribute the contrasting frictional behaviour and microstructural evolution in the dry vs. wet gouges to the fact that in the wet gouges, distributed slip preferentially occurs on the pre-existing, weak clay network. This reduces the need for grain-breakage to occur before slip is able to localize, explaining the lack of a slip-hardening phase. Shear induced compaction of the wet clay-bearing gouges is also likely to generate a considerable pore-fluid overpressure within the impermeable clay network, further contributing to their weak behaviour. The lack of resistance to frictional sliding shown by the wet clay-bearing gouges contrasts with the traditional concept that phyllosilicates, due to their velocity-strengthening nature, should have a stabilizing role in upper crustal fault zones, and has significant implications for seismic hazard in the Apennines.

  19. Microstructural Evolution and Functional Properties of Fe-Mn-Al-Ni Shape Memory Alloy Processed by Selective Laser Melting

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    Niendorf, Thomas; Brenne, Florian; Krooß, Philipp; Vollmer, Malte; Günther, Johannes; Schwarze, Dieter; Biermann, Horst

    2016-06-01

    In the current study, a Fe-Mn-Al-Ni shape memory alloy is processed by additive manufacturing for the first time. Microstructural evolution upon processing is strongly affected by thermal gradients and solidification velocity and, thus, by processing parameters and the actual specimen geometry. By single-step solutionizing heat treatment pronounced grain growth is initiated leading to microstructures showing good reversibility. The compressive stress-strain response revealed maximum reversible pseudo-elastic strain of about 7.5 pct. Critical steps toward further optimization of additively manufactured Fe-Mn-Al-Ni shape memory alloys are discussed.

  20. Microstructural Evolution and Functional Properties of Fe-Mn-Al-Ni Shape Memory Alloy Processed by Selective Laser Melting

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    Niendorf, Thomas; Brenne, Florian; Krooß, Philipp; Vollmer, Malte; Günther, Johannes; Schwarze, Dieter; Biermann, Horst

    2016-03-01

    In the current study, a Fe-Mn-Al-Ni shape memory alloy is processed by additive manufacturing for the first time. Microstructural evolution upon processing is strongly affected by thermal gradients and solidification velocity and, thus, by processing parameters and the actual specimen geometry. By single-step solutionizing heat treatment pronounced grain growth is initiated leading to microstructures showing good reversibility. The compressive stress-strain response revealed maximum reversible pseudo-elastic strain of about 7.5 pct. Critical steps toward further optimization of additively manufactured Fe-Mn-Al-Ni shape memory alloys are discussed.

  1. Evolution of Mineral Fabrics and Microstructures in Kimmeridge Shale upon Kerogen Maturation

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    Kanitpanyacharoen, J.; Vanorio, T.; Liu, Y.; Xiao, X.; Benmore, C.

    2013-12-01

    Shale has increasingly received attention due to its recent recognition as a potential game changer of US energy outlook. However a fundamental relationship between mineral lattice preferred orientation (LPO or fabrics), kerogen, and elastic properties of shale remains questionable. Here we present different synchrotron X-ray techniques to capture microstructural transformations in Kimmeridge Shale upon temperature-induced anhydrous maturation. At room condition, the sample is mainly composed of clays 72 vol.%, quartz (15 vol.%), pyrite (11 vol.%), and a small amount of pyrite (2 vol.%). Illite-group is the dominating clay with 50 vol.% present. Illite-mica (30 vol.%) shows the highest degree of LPO (3.33 m.r.d.), which is consistent with previous studies (Wenk et al 2008, Voltolini et al. 2009, Kanitpanyacharoen et al. 2011). However the illite-smectite group exhibits relatively weaker degree of LPO due to the disordered nature of the structure. Chlorite shows the least degree of LPO due to its total clay content, which is only 2 vol.%. Upon heating to 300 °C, the phase proportions did not change much and the degrees of all clay minerals fabrics remain fairly consistent. The high-resolution 3D imaging technique allows us to record different stages of kerogen transformation, particularly a significant gas bubble formation at 400 °C. Upon heating up to 500 °C, kerogen shrinkage (17 vol.%) and clay matrix expansion continued and appeared more pronounced after 10 hours of heating. The consistent results from both experiments confirm that no significant change of mineral fabrics and microstructural features below 300 °C observed. These findings further infer that the evolution of clay fabrics and kerogen maturation may affect elastic anisotropy consistently at the temperature below 300 °C. The reduction of kerogen greatly influences elastic anisotropy properties and the identification of the promising source in the hydrocarbon reservoir.

  2. Microstructural Evolution of Boron Nitride Particles in Advanced 9Cr Power Plant Steels

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    Li, Letian; MacLachlan, Ryan; Jepson, Mark A. E.; Thomson, Rachel

    2013-07-01

    B and N can be used to increase the creep strength of advanced 9Cr power plant steels by means of microstructural stabilization and precipitation strengthening; however, the formation of boron nitride (BN) particles removes B and N from solution and reduces the strengthening effect of B and N simultaneously. In the current study, the BN precipitation/dissolution conditions in 9Cr-3W-3Co-V-Nb steels have been investigated to understand how to prevent the formation of BN. A series of austenitizing heat treatments have been designed using thermodynamic predictions as a guide in an attempt to dissolve the BN present after the production of 9Cr-3W-3Co-V-Nb type steels and to prevent also the precipitation of BN during the subsequent heat treatments. Advanced electron microscopy has been carried out to investigate the evolution of the BN particles in relation to the austenitization temperature. Energy Dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS) has been used to identify the B-containing phases, and a method has been developed using secondary electron images to quantify the amount of BN present within the microstructure. It has been found that BN solubility is sensitive to the B and N levels in the steel composition, as indicated by thermodynamic calculations. However, it is proposed that austenitizing heat treatments at temperatures ranging from 1448 K to 1473 K (from 1175 °C to 1200 °C) with durations from 1 to 7 hours can effectively prevent the precipitation of BN as well as dissolving most of the BN particles formed during initial steel manufacture.

  3. Evolution of Local Microstructures: Spatial and Temporal Correlation in Clusters Undergoing 2-Dimensional Diffusion

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    Curreri, Peter A. (Technical Monitor); Frazier, D. O.; Rogers, J. R.; Witherow, W. K.; Facemire, B. R.; Inguva, R.; Glicksman, M. E.

    2003-01-01

    Diffusion-limited, capillarity-driven, coarsening of precipitates is an important and intensively studied phenomenon. Coarsening can occur among several microstructural constituents ranging from the primary phases to widely dispersed precipitates. Moreover, coarsening of three-dimensional (3-D) phase domains, occurring via mass transport through a two-dimensional (2-D) diffusion field (called mixed-dimensional phase coarsening) is a cooperative phenomenon that is of practical importance, especially in thin film technologies and catalysis. A primary objective of our current work is to focus on the details of evolving microstructures through a study of 'island' formation in heteroepitaxial film/substrate systems. Whereas this work has been designed for space-based coarsening studies, which require long-duration quality microgravity to observe 3-D Ostwald ripening, a significant amount of work has been performed during ground-based studies to observe diffusional coarsening in a liquid-liquid two-phase system. We have performed the experiment at an isopycnic point to maximize exclusion of gravity-based system disturbance. This has allowed observations of 3-D droplets, immobilized by container wall contact, undergoing coarsening by 2-D diffusion for the required long times (approximately 4 months) using a holographic imaging technique. Although such systems may not be as reliant on long-duration microgravity processing as 3-D systems are, they are of direct relevance to so-called mixed-dimensional coarsening and to the study of heterostructures grown by thin-film technique

  4. Microstructurally-based homogenization of electromagnetic properties of periodic media

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    Amirkhizi, Alireza V.; Nemat-Nasser, Sia

    2008-01-01

    A general method for homogenization of the electromagnetic properties of a heterogeneous periodic medium is developed, based on its microstructure. This method is inspired by micromechanics (Nemat-Nasser and Hori, 1999). Contrary to other conventional techniques, commonly used in electromagnetism to calculate the overall properties of composites, this microstructurally-based method does not require an explicit numerical solution of the Maxwell equations. We define the macroscopic field quantities as volume averages of the spatially variable fields, taken over a representative volume element (RVE), consisting of a unit cell of the periodic medium (Hill, 1963; Willis, 1981; Hashin, 1983; Nemat-Nasser, 1986). The boundary conditions are based on the Bloch representation of wave propagation in the heterogeneous media. Instead of explicitly solving the Maxwell equations, these equations are directly used in the averaging scheme. This distinguishes our method from others, where usually a known point-wise solution is used to obtain the average field quantities. The resulting constitutive relations therefore may be used to directly estimate the response of any heterogeneous periodic assembly of material constituents of given geometry and properties. To cite this article: A.V. Amirkhizi, S. Nemat-Nasser, C. R. Mecanique 336 (2008).

  5. Microstructure evolution in austenitic Fe-Cr-Ni alloys irradiated with rotons: comparison with neutron-irradiated microstructures

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    Gan, J.; Was, G. S.

    2001-08-01

    Irradiation-induced microstructures of high purity and commercial purity austenitic stainless steels were investigated using proton-irradiation. For high purity alloys, Fe-20Cr-9Ni (HP 304 SS), Fe-20Cr-24Ni and Ni-18Cr-9Fe were irradiated using 3.2 MeV protons between 300°C and 600°C at a dose rate of 7×10 -6 dpa/ s to doses up to 3.0 dpa. The commercial purity alloys, CP 304 SS and CP 316 SS were irradiated at 360°C to doses between 0.3 and 5.0 dpa. The dose, temperature and composition dependence of the number density and size of dislocation loops and voids were characterized. The changes in yield strength due to irradiation were estimated from Vickers hardness measurements and compared to calculations using a dispersed-barrier-hardening (DBH) model. The dose and temperature dependence of proton-irradiated microstructure (loops, voids) and the irradiation hardening are consistent with the neutron-data trend. Results indicate that proton-irradiation can accurately reproduce the microstructure of austenitic alloys irradiated in LWR cores.

  6. Phase-field model simulation of ferroelectric/antiferroelectric materials microstructure evolution under multiphysics loading

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    Zhang, Jingyi

    Ferroelectric (FE) and closely related antiferroelectric (AFE) materials have unique electromechanical properties that promote various applications in the area of capacitors, sensors, generators (FE) and high density energy storage (AFE). These smart materials with extensive applications have drawn wide interest in the industrial and scientific world because of their reliability and tunable property. However, reliability issues changes its paradigms and requires guidance from detailed mechanism theory as the materials applications are pushed for better performance. A host of modeling work were dedicated to study the macro-structural behavior and microstructural evolution in FE and AFE material under various conditions. This thesis is focused on direct observation of domain evolution under multiphysics loading for both FE and AFE material. Landau-Devonshire time-dependent phase field models were built for both materials, and were simulated in finite element software Comsol. In FE model, dagger-shape 90 degree switched domain was observed at preexisting crack tip under pure mechanical loading. Polycrystal structure was tested under same condition, and blocking effect of the growth of dagger-shape switched domain from grain orientation difference and/or grain boundary was directly observed. AFE ceramic model was developed using two sublattice theory, this model was used to investigate the mechanism of energy efficiency increase with self-confined loading in experimental tests. Consistent results was found in simulation and careful investigation of calculation results gave confirmation that origin of energy density increase is from three aspects: self-confinement induced inner compression field as the cause of increase of critical field, fringe leak as the source of elevated saturation polarization and uneven defects distribution as the reason for critical field shifting and phase transition speed. Another important affecting aspect in polycrystalline materials is the

  7. Microstructural Evolution of INCONEL® Alloy 740H® Fusion Welds During Creep

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    Bechetti, Daniel H.; DuPont, John N.; de Barbadillo, John J.; Baker, Brian A.; Watanabe, Masashi

    2015-02-01

    Electron microscopy techniques have been used to investigate the cause of premature creep failure in the fusion zone of INCONEL® Alloy 740H® (INCONEL and 740H are registered trademarks of Special Metals Corporation) welds. The reduced creep rupture lives of all-weld-metal and cross-weld creep specimens (relative to base metal specimens) have been attributed to the presence of large grain boundary regions that were denuded in fine γ' but contained coarse, elongated particles. Investigation of creep rupture specimens has revealed four factors that influence the formation of these coarsened zones, and the large particles found within them have been identified as γ'. Comparisons of the microstructural characteristics of these zones to the characteristics that are typical of denuded zones formed by a variety of mechanisms identified in the literature have been made. It is concluded that the mechanism of γ'-denuded zone formation in alloy 740H is discontinuous coarsening of the γ' phase. The discontinuous reaction is catalyzed by the grain boundary migration and sliding which occur during creep and likely promoted by the inhomogeneous weld metal microstructure that results from solute segregation during solidification. The increased susceptibility to the formation of the observed γ'-denuded zones in the weld metal as compared to the base metal is discussed in the context of differences in the contributions to the driving force for the discontinuous coarsening reaction.

  8. Interfacial Microstructure Evolution and Shear Strength of Titanium Sandwich Structures Fabricated by Brazing

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    Wang, Wentao; Fan, Minyu; Li, Jinlong; Tao, Jie

    2016-03-01

    The corrugated sandwich structure, consisting of a CP Ti (commercially pure titanium) core between two Ti-6Al-4V face sheets, was brazed using pasty Ti-37.5Zr-15Cu-10Ni as filler alloy, at the temperature of 870°C for 5, 10, 20, and 30 min. The effect of brazing time on the microstructure and elemental distribution of the brazed joints was examined by means of SEM, EDS, and XRD analyses. It was found that various intermetallic phases were formed in the brazed joints, following a brazing time of 5 min, and their contents were decreased by the increment of brazing time, while prolonged brazing time resulted in a fine, acicular Widmanstätten microstructure throughout the entire joint. In addition, shear testing was performed in the brazed corrugated specimens in order to indirectly assess the quality of the joints. The debonding between CP Ti and Ti-6Al-4V was observed in the specimen brazed for 5 min and the fracture of the CP Ti corrugated core occurred after 30 min of brazing time. Additionally, when brazed for 10 min or 20 min, brittle intermetallic compounds in the joints and the grain growth of the base metal were controllable. Therefore, the sandwich structures failed without debonding in the joints or fracture within the base metal, demonstrating a good combination of strength and ductility.

  9. Effects of Different Modes of Hot Cross-Rolling in 7010 Aluminum Alloy: Part I. Evolution of Microstructure and Texture

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    Mondal, Chandan; Singh, A. K.; Mukhopadhyay, A. K.; Chattopadhyay, K.

    2013-06-01

    The current study describes the evolution of microstructure and texture in an Al-Zn-Mg-Cu-Zr-based 7010 aluminum alloy during different modes of hot cross-rolling. Processing of materials involves three different types of cross-rolling. The development of texture in the one-step cross-rolled specimen can be described by a typical β-fiber having the maximum intensity near Copper (Cu) component. However, for the multi-step cross-rolled specimens, the as-rolled texture is mainly characterized by a strong rotated-Brass (Bs) component and a very weak rotated-cube component. Subsequent heat treatment leads to sharpening of the major texture component ( i.e., rotated-Bs). Furthermore, the main texture components in all the specimens appear to be significantly rotated in a complex manner away from their ideal positions because of non-symmetric deformations in the two rolling directions. Detailed microstructural study indicates that dynamic recovery is the dominant restoration mechanism operating during the hot rolling. During subsequent heat treatment, static recovery dominates, while a combination of particle-stimulated nucleation (PSN) and strain-induced grain boundary migration (SIBM) causes partial recrystallization of the grain structure. The aforementioned restoration mechanisms play an important role in the development of texture components. The textural development in the current study could be attributed to the combined effects of (a) cross-rolling and inter-pass annealing that reduce the intensity of Cu component after each successive pass, (b) recrystallization resistance of Bs-oriented grains, (c) stability of Bs texture under cross-rolling, and (d) Zener pinning by Al3Zr dispersoids.

  10. The microstructural evolution, crystallography, and thermal processing of ultrahigh carbon Fe-1.85 pct C melt-spun ribbon

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    Spanos, G.; Ayers, J. D.; Vold, C. L.; Locci, I. E.

    1993-01-01

    A study is presented to determine if fine microstructures could be achieved using rapid solidification to produce a fine-grained fully austenitic starting structure and then using thermal processing cycles to produce an even finer ferrite-cementite structure. The evolution, mechanisms of grain refinement, and crystallography of the resultant microstructures were examined by TEM. A thermal processing cycle consisted of quenching the ribbon in liquid nitrogen, tempering at 600 C for 10 sec, 'upquenching' to 750 C for 10 sec, and subsequently quenching again in liquid nitrogen. The heat-treatment resulted in martensite grains with sizes of about 1 micron or less in both length and thickness and cementite particles of 0.4 micron or less. It is concluded that these microstructures could be used for producing fine-grained ultrahigh carbon steels of very high strength without the brittleness associated with the formation of coarse carbide particles of the loss of strength due to graphite formation.

  11. Physical Simulation of Hot Deformation and Microstructural Evolution of Fe-0.05C-0.13P Steel

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    Mehta, Yashwant; Rajput, S. K.; Dabhade, V. V.; Chaudhari, G. P.

    2016-04-01

    High-phosphorus steels are important for structural applications where corrosion resistance is required and are subjected to hot deformation processing. Therefore, hot deformation behavior of Fe-0.05C-0.13P steel is studied by conducting hot compression tests in the temperature range 750-1050 °C after austenitization at 1050 °C for 10 s. The strain rates ranged from 0.001 to 10 s-1. Optical and scanning electron microscopy was performed to determine the microstructural evolution. EBSD measurement on selected samples was used to determine the microstructural changes in the ferrite phase. Processing windows were determined using modified dynamic material model in order to determine the safe hot working domains and these are correlated with the microstructural developments.

  12. Evolution of microstructure, texture and inhibitor along the processing route for grain-oriented electrical steels using strip casting

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    Liu, Hai-Tao; Yao, Sheng-Jie; Sun, Yu; Gao, Fei; Song, Hong-Yu; Liu, Guo-Huai; Li, Lei; Geng, Dian-Qiao; Liu, Zhen-Yu; Wang, Guo-Dong

    2015-08-15

    In the present work, a regular grade GO sheet was produced successively by strip casting, hot rolling, normalizing annealing, two-stage cold rolling with intermediate annealing, primary recrystallization annealing, secondary recrystallization annealing and purification. The aim of this paper was to characterize the evolution of microstructure, texture and inhibitor along the new processing route by comprehensive utilization of optical microscopy, X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy. It was found that a fine microstructure with the ferrite grain size range of 7–12 μm could be obtained in the primary recrystallization annealed sheet though a very coarse microstructure was produced in the initial as-cast strip. The main finding was that the “texture memory” effect on Goss texture started on the through-thickness intermediate annealed strip after first cold rolling, which was not similar to the “texture memory” effect on Goss texture starting on the surface layers of the hot rolled strip in the conventional production route. As a result, the origin of Goss nuclei capable of secondary recrystallization lied in the grains already presented in Goss orientation in the intermediate annealed strip after first cold rolling. Another finding was that fine and dispersive inhibitors (mainly AlN) were easy to be produced in the primary recrystallization microstructure due to the initial rapid solidification during strip casting and the subsequent rapid cooling, and the very high temperature reheating usually used before hot rolling in the conventional production route could be avoided. - Highlights: • A regular grade grain-oriented electrical steel was produced. • Evolution of microstructure, texture and inhibitor was characterized. • Origin of Goss nuclei lied in the intermediate annealed strip. • A fine primary recrystallization microstructure could be produced. • Effective inhibitors were easy to be obtained in the new processing route.

  13. Microstructures and oxidation behavior of some Molybdenum based alloys

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    Ray, Pratik Kumar

    2011-01-01

    The advent of Ni based superalloys revolutionized the high temperature alloy industry. These materials are capable of operating in extremely harsh environments, comprising of temperatures around 1050 C, under oxidative conditions. Demands for increased fuel efficiency, however, has highlighted the need for materials that can be used under oxidative conditions at temperatures in excess of 1200 C. The Ni based superalloys are restricted to lower temperatures due to the presence of a number of low melting phases that melt in the 1250 - 1450 C, resulting in softening of the alloys above 1000 C. Therefore, recent research directions have been skewed towards exploring and developing newer alloy systems. This thesis comprises a part of such an effort. Techniques for rapid thermodynamic assessments were developed and applied to two different systems - Mo-Si alloys with transition metal substitutions (and this forms the first part of the thesis) and Ni-Al alloys with added components for providing high temperature strength and ductility. A hierarchical approach towards alloy design indicated the Mo-Ni-Al system as a prospective candidate for high temperature applications. Investigations on microstructures and oxidation behavior, under both isothermal and cyclic conditions, of these alloys constitute the second part of this thesis. It was seen that refractory metal systems show a marked microstructure dependence of oxidation.

  14. Phase transformation and microstructural evolution of nanostructured oxides and nitrides under ion irradiations

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    Lu, Fengyuan

    Material design at the nanometer scale is an effective strategy for developing advanced materails with enhanced radiation tolerance for advanced nuclear energy systems as high densities of surfaces and interfaces of the nanostructured materials may behave as effective sinks for defect recovery. However, nanostructured materials may not be intrinsically radiation tolerant, and the interplay among the factors of crystal size, temperature, chemical composition, surface energy and radiation conditions may eventually determine material radiation behaviors. Therefore, it is necessary to understand the radiation effects of nanostructured materials and the underlying physics for the design of advanced nanostructured nuclear materials. The main objective of this doctoral thesis is to study the behavior of nanostructured oxides and nitrides used as fuel matrix and waste forms under extreme radiation conditions with the focus of phase transformation, microstructural evolution and damage mechanisms. Radiation experiments were performed using energetic ion beam techniques to simulate radiation damage resulting from energetic neutrons, alpha-decay events and fission fragments, and various experimental approaches were employed to characterize materials’ microstructural evolution and phase stability upon intense radiation environments including transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Raman spectroscopy. Thermal annealing experiments indicated that nanostructured ZrO2 phase stability is strongly affected by the grain size. Radiation results on nanostructured ZrO2 indicated that thermodynamically unstable or metastable high temperature phases can be induced by energetic beam irradiation at room temperature. Various phase transformation among different polymorphs of monoclinic, tetragonal and amorphous states can be induced, and different mechanisms are responsible for structural transformations including oxygen vacancies accumulation upon displacive

  15. Microstructure Evolution during Friction Stir Welding of Mill-Annealed Ti-6Al-4V

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    Pilchak, A. L.; Tang, W.; Sahiner, H.; Reynolds, A. P.; Williams, J. C.

    2011-03-01

    In this study, mill-annealed Ti-6Al-4V plates were successfully friction stir welded over a wide range of processing parameters using a tungsten-1 pct La2O3 tool. Two K-type thermocouples embedded in the tool indicated that approximately 25 pct of the heat generated during welding was transferred out of the workpiece and into the tool. The thermocouple data, combined with observations of the microstructure, indicated that the stir zone of all welds exceeded the β transus. The microstructure and texture of two representative welds made just above and high above the β transus were investigated with scanning electron microscopy and electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD). The β phase orientations were reconstructed with a fully automated technique from the as-collected α phase data through knowledge of the Burgers orientation relationship. The results suggest that the fine β grains in the stir zone are formed from the base material ahead of the advancing tool by dissolution of secondary and primary α phase, and there is no further recrystallization. These grains subsequently deform by slip and rotate toward the orientations that are most stable with respect to the shear deformation induced by the tool. In the highest temperature weld, diffusion tool wear in the form of periodically spaced bands provided an internal marker of the tool/workpiece interface during welding. The flow patterns evident within the tungsten-enriched bands suggest that flow is considerably more chaotic on the advancing side than in the central stir zone.

  16. Evolution of the microstructure of unmodified and polymer modified asphalt binders with aging in an accelerated weathering tester.

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    Menapace, Ilaria; Masad, Eyad

    2016-09-01

    This paper presents findings on the evolution of the surface microstructure of two asphalt binders, one unmodified and one polymer modified, directly exposed to aging agents with increasing durations. The aging is performed using an accelerated weathering tester, where ultraviolet radiation, oxygen and an increased temperature are applied to the asphalt binder surface. Ultraviolet and dark cycles, which simulated the succession of day and night, alternated during the aging process, and also the temperature varied, which corresponded to typical summer day and night temperatures registered in the state of Qatar. Direct aging of an exposed binder surface is more effective in showing microstructural modifications than previously applied protocols, which involved the heat treatment of binders previously aged with standardized methods. With the new protocol, any molecular rearrangements in the binder surface after aging induced by the heat treatment is prevented. Optical photos show the rippling and degradation of the binder surface due to aging. Microstructure images obtained by means of atomic force microscopy show gradual alteration of the surface due to aging. The original relatively flat microstructure was substituted with a profoundly different microstructure, which significantly protrudes from the surface, and is characterized by various shapes, such as rods, round structures and finally 'flower' or 'leaf' structures. PMID:27059404

  17. The Flow Behavior and Microstructural Evolution of Ti-5Al-5Mo-5V-3Cr during Subtransus Isothermal Forging

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    Jones, N. G.; Dashwood, R. J.; Dye, D.; Jackson, M.

    2009-08-01

    High-strength metastable β alloys, for example, Ti-5Al-5Mo-5V-3Cr, have replaced steel as the material of choice for large components, such as the main truck beam on the latest generation of airframes. The production of these components is carried out by hot near-net-shape forging, during which process variable control is essential to achieve the desired microstructural condition and subsequent mechanical properties. The flow behavior and microstructural evolution during subtransus isothermal forging of Ti-5Al-5Mo-5V-3Cr has been investigated for two different starting microstructures and analysis has incorporated previously published results. The flow behavior, irrespective of initial microstructural condition, is found to be very similar at strains ≥0.35. It is thought that this is due to a common microstructural state being reached, where dynamic recovery of the β phase is the dominating deformation mechanism. At strains <0.35, the flow behavior is believed to be dominated by the morphology and volume fraction of the α phase. Small globular α particles are thought to have little effect on the flow behavior, while the observed flow softening is directly linked to the fragmentation of acicular α precipitates.

  18. Hardening and microstructural evolution of A533b steels irradiated with Fe ions and electrons

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    Watanabe, H.; Arase, S.; Yamamoto, T.; Wells, P.; Onishi, T.; Odette, G. R.

    2016-04-01

    Radiation hardening and embrittlement of A533B steels is heavily dependent on the Cu content. In this study, to investigate the effect of copper on the microstructural evolution of these materials, A533B steels with different Cu levels were irradiated with 2.4 MeV Fe ions and 1.0 MeV electrons. Ion irradiation was performed from room temperature (RT) to 350 °C with doses up to 1 dpa. At RT and 290 °C, low dose (<0.1 dpa) hardening trend corresponded with ΔH ∝ (dpa)n, with n initially approximately 0.5 and consistent with a barrier hardening mechanism, but saturating at ≈0.1 dpa. At higher dose levels, the radiation-induced hardening exhibited a strong Cu content dependence at 290 °C, but not at 350 °C. Electron irradiation using high-voltage electron microscopy revealed the growth of interstitial-type dislocation loops and enrichment of Ni, Mn, and Si in the vicinities of pre-existing dislocations at doses for which the radiation-induced hardness due to ion irradiation was prominent.

  19. Microstructural Evolution of the 55 Wt Pct Al-Zn Coating During Press Hardening

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    Lee, Chang Wook; De Cooman, Bruno Charles

    2014-09-01

    Press hardening is increasingly being used to produce ultra-high strength steel parts for passenger cars. Al-Si, Zn, and Zn-alloy coatings have been used to provide corrosion protection to press hardening steel grades. The use of coatings has drawbacks such as coating delamination or liquid metal-induced embrittlement. In the present work, the microstructural evolution of Al-Zn coating during press hardening was studied. The 55 wt pct Al-Zn coating can in principle provide both Al barrier protection and Zn cathodic protection to press hardened steel. During the heat treatment associated with the press hardening, the 55 wt pct Al-Zn alloy coating is converted to an intermetallic surface layer of Fe2Al5 and a FeAl intermetallic diffusion layer. The Zn is separated from both intermetallic compounds and accumulates at grain boundaries and at the surface. This Zn separation process is beneficial in terms of providing cathodic protection to Al-Zn coated press hardening steel.

  20. The effect of deformation temperature on the microstructure evolution of Inconel 625 superalloy

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    Guo, Qingmiao; Li, Defu; Guo, Shengli; Peng, Haijian; Hu, Jie

    2011-07-01

    Hot compression tests of Inconel 625 superalloy were conducted using a Gleeble-1500 simulator between 900 °C and 1200 °C with different true strains and a strain rate of 0.1 s -1. Scanning electron microscope (SEM) and electron backscatter diffraction technique (EBSD) were employed to investigate the effect of deformation temperature on the microstructure evolution and nucleation mechanisms of dynamic recrystallization (DRX). It is found that the relationship between the DRX grain size and the peak stress can be expressed by a power law function. Significant influence of deformation temperatures on the nucleation mechanisms of DRX are observed at different deformation stages. At lower deformation temperatures, continuous dynamic recrystallization (CDRX) characterized by progressive subgrain rotation is considered as the main mechanism of DRX at the early deformation stage. However, discontinuous dynamic recrystallization (DDRX) with bulging of the original grain boundaries becomes the operating mechanism of DRX at the later deformation stage. At higher deformation temperatures, DDRX is the primary mechanism of DRX, while CDRX can only be considered as an assistant mechanism at the early deformation stage. Nucleation of DRX can also be activated by the twinning formation. With increasing the deformation temperature, the effect of DDRX accompanied with twinning formation grows stronger, while the effect of CDRX grows weaker. Meanwhile, the position of subgrain formation shifts gradually from the interior of original grains to the vicinity of the original boundaries.

  1. Microstructural evolution and atomic transport by thermomigration in eutectic tin-lead flip chip solder joints

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    Yang, Dan; Wu, B. Y.; Chan, Y. C.; Tu, K. N.

    2007-08-15

    The thermomigration behavior of eutectic tin-lead flip chip solder joints at an ambient temperature of 150 deg. C was investigated in terms of microstructural evolution, atomic transport, and numerical simulation. Pb accumulation and phase separation were observed in solder joints near a melting temperature after 50 h, which was supported by energy dispersive x-ray and element mapping analysis. It is believed that Pb atoms migrated from the chip side (the hot side) to the substrate side (the cold side) under a temperature gradient. Thermal electrical finite element simulation for the real flip chip test structure showed the existence of a temperature difference between the substrate side and the chip side. In addition, a temperature gradient above 1000 deg. C/cm across the adjacent unpowered solder joints was predicted. This was also verified by temperature measurements with thermocouples. The atomic flux of Pb due to thermomigration was calculated here, which was agreeable with the values originally reported. Also, the driving force of thermomigration was estimated to be 10{sup -17} N, even approaching the same order with that of electromigration under a current density of 10{sup 4} A/cm{sup 2}.

  2. Microstructural and textural evolution of AZ61 magnesium alloy sheet during bidirectional cyclic bending

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    Huo, Qinghuan; Yang, Xuyue Ma, Jijun; Sun, Huan; Qin, Jia; Jiang, Yupei

    2013-05-15

    In this work, the microstructural and textural evolution in the sheets of AZ61 magnesium alloy was studied by means of bidirectional cyclic bending for 8 passes at 623 K. The bended samples were examined by optical microscopy and electron backscatter diffraction analysis. The results showed that a gradient structure with fine grains about 3 μm in the regions near two surfaces and, in contrast, coarse grains in the middle of the sheet were formed. The evident grain refinement was attributed to twin-assisted dynamic recrystallization and continuous dynamic recrystallization induced by kink bands. The texture intensity was clearly reduced, resulting in a negative gradient distribution, with the texture intensity decreases from the center of the sheet to two surfaces. The weakened texture greatly facilitated the reduction of the yield strength. A higher fracture elongation and a slightly improved ultimate tensile strength were achieved concurrently. - Highlights: • The AZ61 Mg alloy is deformed at 623 K by bidirectional cyclic bending. • A symmetric gradient distribution of fine grains along the thickness is formed. • The basal texture in the regions near two surfaces is weakened significantly.

  3. Evolutions of Microstructure and Properties During Cold Rolling of 19Cr Duplex Stainless Steel

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    Ran, Qingxuan; Xu, Wanjian; Wu, Zhaoyu; Li, Jun; Xu, Yulai; Xiao, Xueshan; Hu, Jincheng; Jiang, Laizhu

    2016-07-01

    Evolutions of microstructure, mechanical, and corrosion properties of 19Cr (Fe-18.9Cr-10.1Mn-0.3Ni-0.261N-0.030C-0.5Si) duplex stainless steel have been investigated during cold rolling at room temperature. Dislocation slip dominated deformation mode of ferrite phase. However, deformation mechanism of austenite phase was different with the increasing cold-rolling reductions. Dislocation slip and strengthening effect of twin boundaries caused pile-up phenomenon at the initial deformation stage. When the amount of cold-rolling reduction attained greater than 50 pct, induced α'-martensite appeared in deformed austenite phase. Hardness of austenite phase was higher than that of the deformed ferrite because of its higher strengthening effect during cold-rolling process. Cold-rolling deformation caused deterioration of the pitting corrosion resistance in 3.5 wt pct NaCl aqueous solution. Pitting corrosion always initiated in the ferrite phase and the phase boundary in the solution-treated alloy. Additional pitting holes appeared in deformed austenite phase because of the decrease in corrosion resistance caused by dislocation accumulation and induced α'-martensite.

  4. Dislocations via incompatibilities in phase-field models of microstructure evolution

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    Gröger, R.; Marchand, B.; Lookman, T.

    2016-08-01

    We develop a phase-field model that describes the elastic distortion of a ferroelastic material with cubic anisotropy due to an arbitrary dislocation network and a uniform external load. The dislocation network is characterized using the Nye tensor and enters the formulation via a set of incompatibility constraints for the internal strain field. The long-range elastic response of the material is obtained by minimization of the free energy that accounts for higher-order terms of the order parameters and symmetry-adapted strain gradients. The influence of dislocations on the microstructure is studied using a static equilibrium analysis of a material without dislocations and with a random array of parallel edge dislocations. A minimal continuum dislocation dynamics is then used to investigate the simultaneous evolution of the network of geometrically necessary dislocations and the internal strain field. The model developed here is directly applicable to single-phase cubic crystals with an arbitrary degree of anisotropy as well as to ferroelastic materials undergoing temperature-driven cubic-to-tetragonal phase transitions.

  5. Transmitted light relaxation and microstructure evolution of ferrofluids under gradient magnetic fields

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    Huang, Yan; Li, Decai; Li, Feng; Zhu, Quanshui; Xie, Yu

    2015-03-01

    Using light transmission experiments and optical microscope observations with a longitudinal gradient magnetic field configuration, the relationship between the behavior of the transmitted light relaxation and the microstructure evolution of ionic ferrofluids in the central region of an axisymmetric field is investigated. Under a low-gradient magnetic field, there are two types of relaxation process. When a field is applied, the transmitted light intensity decreases to a minimum within a time on the order of 101-102 s. It is then gradually restored, approaching its initial value within a time on the order of 102 s. This is type I relaxation, which corresponds to the formation of magnetic columns. After the transmission reaches this value, it either increases or decreases slowly, stabilizing within a time on the order of 103 s, according to the direction of the field gradient. This is a type II relaxation, which results from the shadowing effect, corresponding to the motion of the magnetic columns under the application of a gradient force. Under a magnetic field with a centripetal high-gradient (magnetic materials subjected to a force pointing toward the center of the axisymmetric field), the transmitted light intensity decreases monotonously and more slowly than that under a low-gradient field. Magnetic transport and separation resulted from magnetophoresis under high-gradient fields, changing the formation dynamics of the local columns and influencing the final state of the column system.

  6. Microstructural evolution of RPV steels under proton and ion irradiation studied by positron annihilation spectroscopy

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    Jiang, J.; Wu, Y. C.; Liu, X. B.; Wang, R. S.; Nagai, Y.; Inoue, K.; Shimizu, Y.; Toyama, T.

    2015-03-01

    The microstructural evolution of reactor pressure vessel (RPV) steels induced by proton and heavy ion irradiation at low temperature (∼373 K) has been investigated using positron annihilation spectroscopy (PAS), atom probe tomography (APT), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and nanoindentation. The PAS results indicated that both proton and heavy ion irradiation produce a large number of matrix defects, which contain small-size defects such as vacancies, vacancy-solute complexes, dislocation loops, and large-size vacancy clusters. In proton irradiated RPV steels, the size and number density of vacancy cluster defects increased rapidly with increasing dose due to the migration and agglomeration of vacancies. In contrast, for Fe ion irradiated steels, high density, larger size vacancy clusters can be easily induced at low dose, showing saturation in PAS response with increasing dose. No clear precipitates, solute-enriched clusters or other forms of solute segregation were observed by APT. Furthermore, dislocation loops were observed by TEM after 1.0 dpa, 240 keV proton irradiation, and an increase of the average nanoindentation hardness was found. It is suggested that ion irradiation produces many point defects and vacancy cluster defects, which induce the formation of dislocation loops and the increase of nanoindentation hardness.

  7. Current transport and microstructural evolution in BSCCO tapes fabricated by groove rolling.

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    Balachandran, U.; Iyer, A. N.; Mironova, M.; Salama, K.; Stolbov, S.; Vipulanandan, C.

    1999-01-27

    The powder-in-tube technique, consisting of wire drawing and rolling, has been widely used to fabricate superconducting tapes for possible electric power applications. In this study, instead of wire drawing, the starting billet was reduced in size by groove rolling. To optimize the deformation and thermomechanical treatment process, wires of varying dimensions were fabricated. The wires were flat-rolled to a final thickness of 250 mm. Short-length tapes were subjected to a series of thermal and deformation steps. Phase development and microstructural evolution during the process were monitored by XRD, SEM, and TEM. The BSCCO-2223 tapes, which were subjected to thermomechanical treatment, had average critical current densities of 18,000 A cm{sup {minus}2}. Colony boundaries, examined by TEM, near the superconductor-silver interface were found to form in certain preferred orientations. Polytypoids of 2212 phase were also observed at the colony boundary. The effects of grain boundary on superconducting order parameter and critical current density have also been examined.

  8. Microstructure evolution and properties of Al/Al-Mg-Si alloy clad wire during heat treatment

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    Wang, Xiang; Guan, Ren-guo; Zhang, Yang; Su, Ning; Ji, Lian-ze; Li, Yuan-dong; Chen, Ti-jun

    2016-06-01

    In this paper, heat treatment was carried out on Al/Al-Mg-Si alloy clad wire, and microstructure evolution and properties of Al/Al-Mg-Si alloy clad wire during heat treatment were investigated. During solution, contents of Mg and Si in inner matrix increased due to dissolution of primary Mg2Si, and they also increased in outer matrix because Mg and Si diffused across the interface. Tensile strength of the clad wire increased firstly and then decreased, and elongation continuously increased, while conductivity continuously decreased with the increase in solution time. In aging process, Mg2Si precipitated in both inner core and outer layer, and the content and average diameter of the precipitate increased with the increase in aging time. The content of precipitate was higher, and the average diameter was bigger in inner core. Tensile strength of the clad wire increased firstly and then decreased with the increase in aging time, and the elongation continuously decreased, while the conductivity continuously increased. The peak tensile strength of 202 MPa occurred at 8 h, when the corresponding elongation was 20 % and the conductivity reached 56.07 %IACS. Even tensile strength of the prepared clad wire approximately equaled to that of Al-0.5Mg-0.35Si alloy 203 MPa, the conductivity was obviously improved from 54.2 to 56.07 %IACS.

  9. Synthesis and Microstructure Evolution of Nano-Titania Doped Silicon Coatings

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    Moroz, N. A.; Umapathy, H.; Mohanty, P.

    2010-01-01

    The Anatase phase of Titania (TiO2) in nanocrystalline form is a well known photocatalyst. Photocatalysts are commercially used to accelerate photoreactions and increase photovoltaic efficiency such as in solar cells. This study investigates the in-flight synthesis of Titania and its doping into a Silicon matrix resulting in a catalyst-dispersed coating. A liquid precursor of Titanium Isopropoxide and ethanol was coaxially fed into the plasma gun to form Titania nanoparticles, while Silicon powder was externally injected downstream. Coatings of 75-150 μm thick were deposited onto flat coupons. Further, Silicon powder was alloyed with aluminum to promote crystallization and reduce the amorphous phase in the Silicon matrix. Dense coatings containing nano-Titania particles were observed under electron microscope. X-ray diffraction showed that both the Rutile and Anatase phases of the Titania exist. The influence of process parameters and aluminum alloying on the microstructure evolution of the doped coatings is analyzed and presented.

  10. TEM examination of microstructural evolution during processing of 14CrYWTi nanostructured ferritic alloys

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    Kishimoto, H.; Alinger, M. J.; Odette, G. R.; Yamamoto, T.

    2004-08-01

    A transmission electron microscopy (TEM) study was carried out on the co-evolution of the coarser-scale microstructural features in mechanically alloyed (MA) powders and hot isostatic press (HIP) consolidated Fe-14Cr-3W-0 and 0.4Ti-0.25Y 2O 3 nanostructured ferritic alloys (NFAs). The pancake shaped nanoscale grains in the as-MA powders are textured and elongated parallel to the particle surface. Powder annealing results in re-crystallization at 850 °C and grain growth at 1150 °C. The grains also recrystallize and may grow in the alloys HIPed at 850 °C, but appear to retain a polygonized sub-grain structure. The grains are larger and more distinct in the alloys HIPed at 1000 and 1150 °C. However, annealing resulted in bi-modal grain size distribution. Finer grains retained a significant dislocation density and populations of small precipitates with crystal structures distinct form the matrix. The grains and precipitates were much larger in alloys without Ti.

  11. A method for studying weld fusion boundary microstructure evolution in aluminum alloys

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    Kostrivas, A.; Lippold, J.C.

    2000-01-01

    Aluminum alloys may exhibit a variety of microstructures within the fusion zone adjacent to the fusion boundary. Under conventional weld solidification conditions, epitaxial nucleation occurs off grains in the heat-affected zone (HAZ) and solidification proceeds along preferred growth directions. In some aluminum alloys, such as those containing Li and Zr, a nondendritic equiaxed grain zone (EQZ) has been observed along the fusion boundary that does not nucleate epitaxially from the HAZ substrate. The EQZ has been the subject of considerable study because of its susceptibility to cracking during initial fabrication and repair. The motivation of this investigation was to develop a technique that would allow the nature and evolution of the fusion boundary to be studied under controlled thermal conditions. A melting technique was developed to simulate the fusion boundary of aluminum alloys using the Gleeble{reg{underscore}sign} thermal simulator. Using a steel sleeve to contain the aluminum, samples wee heated to incremental temperatures above the solidus temperature of a number of alloys. In Alloy 2195, a 4Cu-1Li alloy, an EQZ could be formed by heating in the temperature range approximately from 630--640 C. At temperatures above 640 C, solidification occurred by the normal epitaxial nucleation and growth mechanism. Fusion boundary behavior was also studied in Alloys 5454-H34, 6061-T6 and 2219-T8. Nucleation in these alloys was observed to be epitaxial. Details of the technique and its effectiveness for performing controlled melting experiments at incremental temperatures above the solidus are described.

  12. Helium effects on microstructural evolution in tempered martensitic steels: In situ helium implanter studies in HFIR

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    Yamamoto, Takuya; Odette, George R.; Miao, Pifeng; Edwards, Danny J.; Kurtz, Richard J.

    2009-04-30

    Microstructural evolutions in tempered martensitic steels (TMS) under neutron-irradiation, at fusion relevant He/dpa ratios and dpa rates, were characterized using a novel in situ He-implanter technique. F82H-mod3 was irradiated at 500 C in HFIR to a nominal 9 dpa and 190 or 380 appm He in both in the as-tempered (AT) and 20% cold-worked (CW) conditions. In all cases, a high number density of 1-2 nm He-bubbles were observed, along with fewer but larger 10 nm void-like faceted cavities. The He-bubbles form preferentially on dislocations and various interfaces. A slightly larger number of smaller He bubbles were observed in the CW condition. The lower He/dpa ratio produced slightly smaller and fewer He-bubbles. Comparisons of these observations to the results in nano-structured ferritic alloy (NFA) MA957 provide additional evidence that TMS may be susceptible to He-embrittlement as well as void swelling at fusion relevant He concentrations, while NFA are much more resistant to these degradation phenomena.

  13. Thermal evolution of microstructure in ion-irradiated GaN

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    Bae, In-Tae; Jiang, Weilin; Wang, Chong M.; Weber, William J.; Zhang, Yanwen

    2009-04-20

    The thermal evolution of the microstructure created by irradiation of a GaN single crystal with 2 MeV Au2+ ions at 150 K is characterized following annealing at 973 K using transmission electron microscopy. In the as-irradiated sample characterized at 300 K, Ga nanocrystals with the diamond structure, which is an unstable configuration for Ga, are directly observed together with nitrogen bubbles in the irradiation-induced amorphous layer. Upon thermal annealing, the thickness of the amorphous layer decreases by ~13.1 %, and nano-beam electron diffraction analysis indicates no evidence for residual Ga nanocrystals, but instead reveals a mixture of hexagonal and cubic GaN phases in the annealed sample. Nitrogen molecules, captured in the as-irradiated bubbles, appear to debond and react with the Ga nanocrystals during the thermal annealing to form crystalline GaN. In addition, electron energy loss spectroscopy measurements reveal an atomic volume change of 18.9 % for the as-irradiated amorphous layer relative to the virgin single crystal GaN. This relative swelling of the damaged layer reduces to 7.7 % after thermal annealing. Partial recrystallization and structural relaxation of the GaN amorphous state are believed responsible for the volume change.

  14. Microstructure and properties of pitch-based carbon composites

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    Blanco; Santamaria; Bermejo; Bonhomme; Menendez

    1999-11-01

    Pitches prepared in the laboratory by thermal treatment and air-blowing of a commercial coal-tar pitch were used as matrix precursors of carbon composites using granular petroleum coke, foundry coke, amorphous graphite and anthracite. Pitches were characterized by standard procedures (elemental analysis, softening point, solubility tests and carbon yield) and light microscopy (mesophase content). Pitch pyrolysis behaviour was monitored by thermogravimetric analysis and from the optical texture of cokes. Pitch wettability to the different carbons, at different temperatures, was also studied. Experimental conditions selected for the preparation of composites were based on pitch composition and properties. The main microstructural features of composites were determined by light microscopy and scanning electron microscopy. Composite properties were described in terms of their density, porosity and compressive strength, and related to composite microstructure and the characteristics of the precursors. Thermal treatment and air-blowing of pitch improved carbon composite structure and properties. The lowest porosities and best mechanical properties were observed in those composites obtained with the thermally treated pitches combined with foundry coke and anthracite. PMID:10540274

  15. Bridging Microstructure, Properties and Processing of Polymer Based Advanced Materials

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    Li, Dongsheng; Ahzi, Said; Khaleel, Mohammad A.

    2012-01-01

    This is a guest editorial for a special issue in Journal of Engineering Materials and Technology. The papers collected in this special issue emphasize significant challenges, current approaches and future strategies necessary to advance the development of polymer-based materials. They were partly presented at the symposium of 'Bridging microstructure, properties and processing of polymer based advanced materials' in the TMS 2011 annual conference meeting, which was held in San Diego, US, on Feb 28 to March 3, 2011. This symposium was organized by the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (USA) and the Institute of Mechanics of Fluids and Solids of the University of Strasbourg (France). The organizers were D.S. Li, S. Ahzi, and M. Khaleel.

  16. Microstructurally based thermomechanical fatigue lifetime model of solder joints for electronic applications

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    Frear, D.R.; Rashid, M.M.; Burchett, S.N.

    1993-07-01

    We present a new methodology for predicting the fatigue life of solder joints for electronics applications. This approach involves integration of experimental and computational techniques. The first stage involves correlating the manufacturing and processing parameters with the starting microstructure of the solder joint. The second stage involves a series of experiments that characterize the evolution of the microstructure during thermal cycling. The third stage consists of a computer modeling and simulation effort that utilizes the starting microstructure and experimental data to produce a reliability prediction of the solder joint. This approach is an improvement over current methodologies because it incorporates the microstructure and properties of the solder directly into the model and allows these properties to evolve as the microstructure changes during fatigue.

  17. Refractory Boride Formation and Microstructure Evolution during Solidification of Titanium-Boron and Titanium Aluminum-Boron Alloys

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    Hyman, Mark Edward

    1990-01-01

    gamma-TiAl alloys targeted for use as a structural material in advanced aerospace applications lack adequate creep strength at high temperatures. Incorporation of hard refractory second phase particles (e.g. TiB _2) exhibiting large aspect ratios (i.e. needles) can increase creep strength by constraining the plastic flow of the matrix during high temperature service. Matrix microstructure evolution and refractory boride formation in binary Ti-B and Ti-(25-52) at% Al and <= ~ 6 at% B alloys during conventional solidification is examined. The effects of rapid solidification processing (RSP) on microstructure evolution and boride morphology in ternary alloys is examined in electromagnetically levitated droplets processed via gas and splat quenching. A liquidus projection near the Ti-Al edge binary is deduced from a combination of computer modelling efforts and experimental evidence. The primary fields of crystallization sequentially traversed with increasing Al content starting from the Ti-B edge binary are: TiB to Ti_3B_4 to TiB_2 and beta to alpha to gamma for B-rich (i.e. ~5 at% B) and dilute alloys, respectively. A monovariant line of the type, L to M + TiB_2 (where M = beta, alpha , and gamma) was found to run slightly below the ~1 at% B isoconcentration line near the equiatomic TiAl composition. Matrix microstructure evolution and boride formation in these ternary alloys can be explained using the proposed liquidus projection for the Ti-Al-B system. TiB_2 forms in Ti-Al-B alloys (i.e. >= 35 at% Al) with various morphologies--blocky, plate/needle and flakes--and are extensively characterized by TEM and SEM. Their growth mechanisms leading to their various morphologies is discussed. Aside from the boride phases formed, the solidification microstructures of the Ti-Al -B alloys of interest showed essentially the same constituent phases as those of binary Ti-Al alloys of similar composition. Characterization of supercooled ternary droplets dilute in B (i.e. <=1 at% B

  18. Microstructural Evolution in Novel Suction Cast Multicomponent Ti-Fe-Co Alloys

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    Samal, Sumanta; Agarwal, Swapnil; Gautam, Priya; Biswas, Krishanu

    2015-02-01

    The present work is aimed at understanding the solidification pathways of the Ti-rich Ti-Fe-Co in situ composites consisting of ultrafine eutectic with micron-scale dendrites. The effect of addition of Co in the Ti-rich binary Ti-Fe alloys has been systematically investigated. The series of Ti-Fe-Co ternary alloys i.e., Ti75Fe25- x Co x ( x = 0, 5, 10, 12.5, 15, 20), (Ti70.5Fe29.5)100- x Co x ( x = 0, 2, 4, 6, 8, and 10), Ti70Fe30- x Co x ( x = 0, 5, 10, 15, 20, 25), Ti65Fe35- x Co x ( x = 0, 10, 15, 17.5, 20, 25), and Ti60Fe40- x Co x ( x = 0, 16, 18, 20, 22, 24) are synthesized by arc melting cum suction casting technique under high purity Ar atmosphere to obtain alloy cylinders having diameter ( ϕ) of 3 mm. Detailed X-ray diffraction and electron microscopic (SEM and TEM) study are carried out to identify the phases as well as to monitor the sequence of phase evolution in the ternary alloys. The present study conclusively proves that the Ti65Fe10Co25, Ti70Fe30- x Co x ( x = 10, 20, 25), and Ti75Fe15Co10 alloys show the ternary quasi-peritectic reaction of L + Ti(Co,Fe) → ( β-Ti)ss + Ti2(Co,Fe) at invariant point P (=Ti75.5±0.8Fe6.3±2.1Co18.2±2.7) which is cooperated by means of eutectic reaction of L → ( β-Ti)ss + Ti2(Co,Fe) below P and peritectic reaction L + Ti(Co,Fe) → Ti2(Co,Fe) for Ti65Fe10Co25,Ti70Fe10Co20, and Ti70Fe5Co25 alloys or eutectic reaction L → ( β-Ti)ss +Ti(Co,Fe) for Ti70Fe20Co10, and Ti75Fe15Co10 alloys above the point P. In addition, the peritectic reaction L + Ti(Co,Fe) → Ti2(Co,Fe) plays a significant role in the phase evolution. The microstructural evolution, phase equilibria and solidification pathways have been explained by generating liquidus projection of the investigated alloys. Interestingly, the Co addition leads to the formation of complex Ti2Co phase and significantly affects the compositional stability of TiFe phase. This is found to have significant influence on the microstructural development during suction

  19. Processing effects of the evolution of the microstructure and preferred orientation of hydrothermal perovskite thin films

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    Li, Hsin-Yu

    Ferroelectric ceramics such as BaTiO3, PbTiO3 and Pb(Zr, Ti)O3 have been widely studied due to their variety of potential application, including ultrasonic sensors, infrared detectors, and ferroelectric random access memories. Ferroelectric films have been synthesized by metal-organic chemical-vapor deposition (MOCVD), laser ablation, sputtering, and sol-gel techniques but all require high temperature treatments to obtain high quality films. However, high temperature processing degrades device performance and thus, a low-temperature route is desirable. The hydrothermal processing method enables the synthesis of ferroelectric thin films at low temperatures (usually below 200°C) which greatly suppress the interdiffusion between substrates, electrodes and thin films. This thesis describes research on the effects of substrate preparation and hydrothermal processing conditions as well as laser post heat treatment on the microstructure and preferred orientation of barium titanate and lead titanate thin films. Post laser treatment is more desirable compared to conventional furnace heating because of its high ramping rate and the ability to heat the sample locally, thereby avoiding potential interdiffusion problems. In previous literature, laser treatment has been applied to amorphous thin films to successfully enhanced the crystallinity, and improve the electrical and ferroelectric properties. In this study, a KrF laser treatment was applied to crystalline hydrothermal barium titanate thin films to investigate the evolution of microstructures, electrical and ferroelectric properties as well as film orientation. The second part of the thesis emphasizes texture analysis on films with the spontaneous polarization direction preferentially-oriented normal to the substrate surface as is necessary to attain a high remanent polarization. PbTiO3 thin films usually undergo phase transformation from a cubic paraelectric structure to a tetragonal ferroelectric structure upon cooling

  20. Effect of irradiation spectrum on the microstructural evolution in ceramic insulators

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    Zinkle, S.J.

    1995-04-01

    The objective of this study is to determine and examine the effect of variations in the ionizing and displacive radiation environments on the microstructure of oxide ceramic insulators. Cross section transmission electron microscopy has been used to investigate the microstructure of MgAl{sub 2}O{sub 4} (spinel) and Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} (alumina) following irradiation with ions of varying mass and energy at room temperature and 650{degree}C. These results clearly indicate that light ion and electron irradiations produce microstructures which are not representative of the microstructure that would form in these ceramics during fission or fusion neutron irradiation.

  1. Microstructural Evolution and Local Mechanical Properties of Friction Stir Processed Mg-3Gd-1Zn Cast Alloy

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    Sabbaghian, M.; Mahmudi, R.

    2016-05-01

    Microstructural evolution, hardness, and shear strength of the cast plates of GZ31 magnesium alloy were investigated after friction stir processing (FSP). Due to severe plastic deformation and dynamic recrystallization, FSP breaks the dendrites and results in a fine homogenous structure in the stirred zone (SZ) having average grain sizes of about 4.0 and 2.5 μm in the one and two-pass FSPed plates, respectively. As a novel approach, strength of the processed plates was examined by shear punch testing in three regions of the SZ on the surface layer, namely, center line (CL), retreating side (RS), and advancing side (AS). FSP showed great potential in the enhancement of SZ ultimate shear strength from 114 to about 152 and 155 MPa in the one and two-pass FSPed materials, respectively. The same trend was observed in hardness values of the SZ, where the average hardness of the base material increased from 41 to 60 and 68 Vickers after one and two passes of FSP, respectively. The variations in the shear strength of the CL, RS, and AS zones of the SZ were about 5% for the first pass of FSP, the effect which was decreased to less than 2% after two passes of FSP.

  2. Morphological and microstructural evolution in the two-step growth of nonpolar a-plane GaN on r-plane sapphire

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    Sun, Qian; Kong, Bo Hyun; Yerino, Christopher D.; Ko, Tsung-Shine; Leung, Benjamin; Cho, Hyung Koun; Han, Jung

    2009-12-01

    In this paper, we report a detailed study on the evolution of surface morphology and microstructure of nonpolar a-plane GaN (a-GaN) through controlled growth interruptions. Microscopy imaging shows that the two-step a-GaN growth went through a roughening-recovery process. The first-step growth (under high V/III and high pressure) produced a rough surface with tall mesas separated by voids. The second-step growth (under low V/III and low pressure) promoted the lateral growth and filled up the voids. Striations that formed during the island coalescence persisted throughout the second-step growth, but could be relieved by an additional third-step growth. The morphological evolution was explained according to the kinetic Wulff plots. The microstructure of the a-GaN films was investigated by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and x-ray rocking curve analysis. Most of the extended defects observed in the plan-view TEM images were I1 type basal-plane stacking faults (BSFs) and their associated partial dislocations (PDs). It is found that the bending of PDs (at the inclined/vertical growth fronts) within the basal plane toward the m-axes was responsible for the substantial reduction in threading PDs and the increase in BSF dimension. Based on a careful correlation between the morphological evolution and the microstructure development, we proposed a model explaining the possible mechanisms for the great reduction in defect density during the two-step growth process.

  3. Microstructural Evolution and Creep Rupture Behavior of INCONEL RTM Alloy 740H Fusion Welds

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    Bechetti, Daniel H., Jr.

    Electron microscopy techniques were used to investigate the causes of reduced creep-rupture life in INCONEL® alloy 740H ® fusion welds with a specific focus on understanding the formation and evolution of γ'-free zones along grain boundaries. Investigation of creep-rupture specimens revealed four operational factors that influence the formation of these precipitate-free zones, and the identity of large second phase particles typically found within them has been determined. A stress-free aging has demonstrated the influence of stress on the formation of the precipitate-free regions and has illustrated what appear to be the initial stages of their development. It is concluded that the mechanism of precipitate-free zone formation in alloy 740H is moderate discontinuous precipitation accompanied by significant discontinuous growth of the γ' phase. These discontinuous reactions are likely exacerbated by microsegregation within the welded microstructure and by the mechanical deformation associated with grain boundary sliding during creep. Thermodynamic and kinetic modeling were used to determine appropriate heat treatment schedules for homogenization and second phase dissolution of welds in alloy 740H. Following these simulations, a two-step heat treatment process was applied to specimens from a single pass gas tungsten arc weld (GTAW). Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) has been used to assess the changes in the distribution of alloying elements as well as changes in the fraction of second phase particles within the fusion zone. Experimental results demonstrate that homogenization of alloy 740H weld metal can be achieved by an 1100°C/4hr treatment. Complete dissolution of second phase particles could not be completely achieved, even at exposure to temperatures near the alloy's solidus temperature. These results are in good agreement with thermodynamic and kinetic predictions.

  4. Mechanical Properties and Microstructural Evolution in Al 2014 Alloy Processed Through Multidirectional Cryoforging

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    Joshi, Amit; Kumar, Nikhil; Yogesha, K. K.; Jayaganthan, R.; Nath, S. K.

    2016-07-01

    Mechanical properties and microstructure evolution of Al 2014 alloy subjected to cryoforging (MDF) to a cumulative strain of 1.2, 1.8, and 2.4 were investigated in the present work. The deformed samples after 4 cycles at a cumulative strain of 2.4 shows the formation of ultrafine grain sizes in the range of 100-450 nm with high-angle grain boundaries as observed from TEM analysis. The tensile and hardness of the deformed sample were measured by Universal Testing machine and Vickers hardness Tester, respectively. The tests were also conducted for sample deformed at room temperature to compare with cryo-forged samples. The sample deformed at cryogenic temperature up to a cumulative strain 2.4 shows an improvement of tensile strength, hardness, and apparent fracture toughness (KQ) from 318 MPa to 470 MPa, 103HV to 171 HV, and 23.93 MPa √ m to 37.7 MPa √ m, respectively, with decrease in ductility from 18% to 6% as compared with solution-treated alloy. The cryo-forged Al 2014 alloy exhibits an increment of 7% in tensile strength, 3% in yield strength, and 3% in hardness up to cumulative true strain of 2.4 as compared to the samples forged at room temperature. The improvement in tensile properties of MDFed alloy is attributed to dislocation strengthening and grain boundary strengthening effect at both temperatures. The effective suppression of cross slip and climb at liquid nitrogen temperature improves the strength of cryo-forged sample better than that of room temperature-forged alloy.

  5. Mechanical Properties and Microstructural Evolution in Al 2014 Alloy Processed Through Multidirectional Cryoforging

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    Joshi, Amit; Kumar, Nikhil; Yogesha, K. K.; Jayaganthan, R.; Nath, S. K.

    2016-06-01

    Mechanical properties and microstructure evolution of Al 2014 alloy subjected to cryoforging (MDF) to a cumulative strain of 1.2, 1.8, and 2.4 were investigated in the present work. The deformed samples after 4 cycles at a cumulative strain of 2.4 shows the formation of ultrafine grain sizes in the range of 100-450 nm with high-angle grain boundaries as observed from TEM analysis. The tensile and hardness of the deformed sample were measured by Universal Testing machine and Vickers hardness Tester, respectively. The tests were also conducted for sample deformed at room temperature to compare with cryo-forged samples. The sample deformed at cryogenic temperature up to a cumulative strain 2.4 shows an improvement of tensile strength, hardness, and apparent fracture toughness (KQ) from 318 MPa to 470 MPa, 103HV to 171 HV, and 23.93 MPa √ m to 37.7 MPa √ m, respectively, with decrease in ductility from 18% to 6% as compared with solution-treated alloy. The cryo-forged Al 2014 alloy exhibits an increment of 7% in tensile strength, 3% in yield strength, and 3% in hardness up to cumulative true strain of 2.4 as compared to the samples forged at room temperature. The improvement in tensile properties of MDFed alloy is attributed to dislocation strengthening and grain boundary strengthening effect at both temperatures. The effective suppression of cross slip and climb at liquid nitrogen temperature improves the strength of cryo-forged sample better than that of room temperature-forged alloy.

  6. Investigation on the evolution of microstructure and texture of electroplated Ni-Ti composite coating by Rietveld method

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    Zhao, Yuantao; Cai, Fei; Wang, Chengxi; Chai, Ze; Zhu, Kaiyuan; Xu, Zhou; Jiang, Chuanhai

    2015-10-01

    Rietveld refinement was utilized to investigate the evolution of microstructure and texture of the Ni-Ti composite coatings electroplated at different applied current densities. Scanning Electron Microscope and Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy were utilized to investigate the morphology and chemical composition of the coatings. Relative texture coefficients (RTC) and measured pole figures were utilized to investigate the texture evolution of the coatings. The results showed that the surface morphology of the coatings changed from a colonial structure to a polyhedral one. And the incorporated Ti content decreased with increasing applied current density. As the applied current density increased, the crystallite sizes increased and their distribution got less uniform, and the microstrain and dislocation density decreased. The results of simulated pole figures obtained from Rietveld refinement illustrated that the texture of the coatings changed from no obvious texture to a strong [2 0 0] fiber texture with increasing applied current density. The texture evolution obtained from simulated pole figures was confirmed by the result of RTC and the measured pole figures. The evolutions of the microstructure and texture were derived from the change of the applied current density and incorporated Ti content in the Ni-Ti composite coatings.

  7. SAFOD Brittle Microstructure and Mechanics Knowledge Base (BM2KB)

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    Babaie, Hassan A.; Broda Cindi, M.; Hadizadeh, Jafar; Kumar, Anuj

    2013-07-01

    Scientific drilling near Parkfield, California has established the San Andreas Fault Observatory at Depth (SAFOD), which provides the solid earth community with short range geophysical and fault zone material data. The BM2KB ontology was developed in order to formalize the knowledge about brittle microstructures in the fault rocks sampled from the SAFOD cores. A knowledge base, instantiated from this domain ontology, stores and presents the observed microstructural and analytical data with respect to implications for brittle deformation and mechanics of faulting. These data can be searched on the knowledge base‧s Web interface by selecting a set of terms (classes, properties) from different drop-down lists that are dynamically populated from the ontology. In addition to this general search, a query can also be conducted to view data contributed by a specific investigator. A search by sample is done using the EarthScope SAFOD Core Viewer that allows a user to locate samples on high resolution images of core sections belonging to different runs and holes. The class hierarchy of the BM2KB ontology was initially designed using the Unified Modeling Language (UML), which was used as a visual guide to develop the ontology in OWL applying the Protégé ontology editor. Various Semantic Web technologies such as the RDF, RDFS, and OWL ontology languages, SPARQL query language, and Pellet reasoning engine, were used to develop the ontology. An interactive Web application interface was developed through Jena, a java based framework, with AJAX technology, jsp pages, and java servlets, and deployed via an Apache tomcat server. The interface allows the registered user to submit data related to their research on a sample of the SAFOD core. The submitted data, after initial review by the knowledge base administrator, are added to the extensible knowledge base and become available in subsequent queries to all types of users. The interface facilitates inference capabilities in the

  8. Microstructural evolution in advanced boiler materials for ultra-supercritical coal power plants

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    Wu, Quanyan

    The goal of improving the efficiency of pulverized coal powerplants has been pursued for decades. The need for greater efficiency and reduced environmental impact is pushing utilities to ultra supercritical conditions (USC), i.e. steam temperatures approaching 760°C under a stress of 35 MPa. The long-term creep strength and environmental resistance requirements imposed by these conditions are clearly beyond the capacity of the currently used ferritic steels and other conventional alloys. As part of a large DOE-funded consortium, new and existing materials based on advanced austenitic stainless steels and nickel base superalloys are being evaluated for these very demanding applications. In the present work, the nickel base superalloys of Inconel 617, CCA617, Haynes 230 and Inconel 740, and austenitic alloys Super 304H and HR6W, were evaluated on their microstructural properties over elevated temperature ageing and creep rupture conditions. The materials were aged for different lengths of time at temperatures relevant to USC applications, i.e., in the range from 700 to 800°C. The precipitation behaviors, namely of the gamma', carbides and eta phase in some conditions in nickel base superalloys, carbides in Haynes 230, Cu-rich precipitates in Super 304H and Laves phase particles in HR6W, were studied in detail using scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and related analytical techniques. Particular attention has been given on the structure, morphology and compositional distinctiveness of various phases (including gamma, gamma', carbides, secondary phase precipitates, and other types of particles) and their nature, dislocation structures and other types of defects. The results were presented and discussed in light of associated changes in microhardness in the cases of aged samples, and in close reference to mechanical testing (including tensile and creep rupture tests) wherever available. Several mechanical strengthening

  9. The Relationship Between Microstructural Evolution and Mechanical Properties of Heavy Plate of Low-Mn Steel During Ultra Fast Cooling

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    Wang, Bin; Wang, Zhao-dong; Wang, Bing-xing; Wang, Guo-dong; Misra, R. D. K.

    2015-07-01

    We describe here the electron microscopy and mechanical property studies that were conducted in an industrially processed 20- and 40-mm C-Mn thick plates that involved a new approach of ultrafast cooling (UFC) together with significant reduction in Mn-content of the steel by ~0.3 to 0.5 pct, in relation to the conventional C-Mn steels, with the aim of cost-effectiveness. The study demonstrated that nanoscale cementite precipitation occurred during austenite transformation in the matrix of heavy plate during UFC, providing significant precipitation strengthening. With decrease in UFC stop temperature and consequent increase in the degree of undercooling, there was a transition in the morphology of cementite from lamellar to irregular-shaped nanoscale particles in the 20 mm heavy plate. With the increase in plate thickness, nanoscale cementite precipitated in bainitic lath at the surface of 40 mm heavy plate, which significantly increased the strength and decreased the elongation. Simultaneously, microstructural evolution in hot-rolled sheets was studied via simulation experiments using laboratory rolling mill to define the limits of microstructural evolution that can obtained in the UFC process and develop an understanding of the evolved microstructure in terms of process parameters.

  10. Microstructure evolution of eutectic Al-Cu strips by high-speed twin-roll strip casting process

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    Sahoo, Seshadev; Ghosh, Sudipto

    2015-10-01

    In the present investigation, microstructural evolutions of functionally graded eutectic Al-Cu strips prepared by high-speed twin-roll strip caster at different casting speeds and liquid melt superheats were studied. The as-cast sample was subjected to scanning electron microscope to study the evolution of microstructure of the strip at different casting speeds and liquid melt superheats. At different casting speeds, non-equilibrium eutectic structure observed on the Al-Cu eutectic strip consists of lamellar as well as wavy structure with a distinct boundary. The lamellar microstructure consists of alternating layers of well-bonded α-Al phase and θ-Al2Cu phase. The globular flowery structure within the eutectic matrix was observed on the strip at different liquid melt superheats. The microhardness of the as-cast strip was studied by Vickers hardness tester, and it was found that hardness value increases with increasing casting speed and decreases with increasing liquid melt superheat.

  11. Creep-Fatigue Interactions in a 9 Pct Cr-1 Pct Mo Martensitic Steel: Part II. Microstructural Evolutions

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    Fournier, B.; Sauzay, M.; Barcelo, F.; Rauch, E.; Renault, A.; Cozzika, T.; Dupuy, L.; Pineau, A.

    2009-02-01

    A multiscale characterization of the microstructural evolutions taking place in 9 to 12 pct Cr martensitic steels subjected to fatigue and creep-fatigue (CF) loadings is presented. Specimens of a P91 steel subjected to high-temperature cyclic loadings are examined using several experimental techniques. Bright-field transmission electron microscopy (TEM), electron backscattered diffraction (EBSD), and TEM orientation mapping are used to characterize and quantify the microstructural evolutions. A recovery phenomenon consisting of the coarsening of the subgrains and a decrease of the dislocation density is observed. This coarsening is heterogeneous and depends on the strain amplitude and on the applied hold time. The size distribution of subgrains and the dislocation density are measured from bright-field TEM observations. Orientation mapping on scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and TEM show that, even though a correlation between the crystallographic orientation and the recovery phenomenon is highlighted, a complex dependency related to the orientation of neighboring blocks exists. These microstructural observations are consistent with the very fast deterioration of creep properties due to cyclic loadings (reported in the first part of this study).

  12. The Impact of Strain Reversal on Microstructure Evolution and Orientation Relationships in Ti-6Al-4V with an Initial Alpha Colony Microstructure

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    Muszka, K.; Lopez-Pedrosa, M.; Raszka, K.; Thomas, M.; Rainforth, W. M.; Wynne, B. P.

    2014-09-01

    The effect of forward and reverse torsion on flow behavior and microstructure evolution, particularly dynamic and static spheroidization, on Ti-6Al-4V with an alpha lamella colony microstructure was studied. Testing was undertaken sub beta transus [1088 K (815 °C)] at strain rates of either 0.05 or 0.5 s-1. Quantitative metallography and electron back scatter diffraction has identified that a critical monotonic strain (ɛ c) in the range of 0.3 to 0.6 is required to initiate rapid dynamic spheroidization of the alpha lamella. For material deformed to strains below ɛ c and then reversed to a zero net strain the orientation relationships between alpha colonies are close to ideal Burgers, enabling prior beta grains to be fully reconstructed. Material deformed to strains greater than ɛ c and reversed lose Burgers and no beta reconstruction is possible, suggesting ɛ c is the strain required to generate break-up of lamella. Static spheroidization is, however, sensitive to strain path around ɛ c. Annealing at 1088 K (815 °C) for 4 hours for material subjected to 0.25 forward + 0.25 forward strain produces 48 pct spheroidized grains while material with 0.25 forward + 0.25 reverse strain has 10 pct spheroidization. This is believed to be a direct consequence of different levels of the stored energy between these two strain paths.

  13. The Impact of Strain Reversal on Microstructure Evolution and Orientation Relationships in Ti-6Al-4V with an Initial Alpha Colony Microstructure

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    Muszka, K.; Lopez-Pedrosa, M.; Raszka, K.; Thomas, M.; Rainforth, W. M.; Wynne, B. P.

    2014-12-01

    The effect of forward and reverse torsion on flow behavior and microstructure evolution, particularly dynamic and static spheroidization, on Ti-6Al-4V with an alpha lamella colony microstructure was studied. Testing was undertaken sub beta transus [1088 K (815 °C)] at strain rates of either 0.05 or 0.5 s-1. Quantitative metallography and electron back scatter diffraction has identified that a critical monotonic strain ( ɛ c) in the range of 0.3 to 0.6 is required to initiate rapid dynamic spheroidization of the alpha lamella. For material deformed to strains below ɛ c and then reversed to a zero net strain the orientation relationships between alpha colonies are close to ideal Burgers, enabling prior beta grains to be fully reconstructed. Material deformed to strains greater than ɛ c and reversed lose Burgers and no beta reconstruction is possible, suggesting ɛ c is the strain required to generate break-up of lamella. Static spheroidization is, however, sensitive to strain path around ɛ c. Annealing at 1088 K (815 °C) for 4 hours for material subjected to 0.25 forward + 0.25 forward strain produces 48 pct spheroidized grains while material with 0.25 forward + 0.25 reverse strain has 10 pct spheroidization. This is believed to be a direct consequence of different levels of the stored energy between these two strain paths.

  14. A microstructurally based model of solder joints under conditions of thermomechanical fatigue

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    Frear, D.R.; Burchett, S.N.; Rashid, M.M.

    1994-12-31

    The thermomechanical fatigue failure of solder joints in increasingly becoming an important reliability issue. In this paper we present two computational methodologies that have been developed to predict the behavior of near eutectic Sn-Pb solder joints under fatigue conditions that are based on metallurgical tests as fundamental input for constitutive relations. The two-phase model mathematically predicts the heterogeneous coarsening behavior of near eutectic Sn-Pb solder. The finite element simulations from this model agree well with experimental thermomechanical fatigue tests. The simulations show that the presence of an initial heterogeneity in the solder microstructure could significantly degrade the fatigue lifetime. The single phase model is a computational technique that was developed to predict solder joint behavior using materials data for constitutive relation constants that could be determined through straightforward metallurgical experiments. A shear/torsion test sample was developed to impose strain in two different orientations. Materials constants were derived from these tests and the results showed an adequate fit to experimental results. The single-phase model could be very useful for conditions where microstructural evolution is not a dominant factor in fatigue.

  15. Microstructural evolution in NaNbO3-based antiferroelectrics

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    Guo, Hanzheng; Shimizu, Hiroyuki; Randall, Clive A.

    2015-11-01

    Our recent study found that CaZrO3 doping can effectively enhance the antiferroelectric P phase in NaNbO3 ceramics, leading to a double polarization hysteresis loop characteristic of a reversible antiferroelectric ↔ ferroelectric phase transition [Shimizu et al., Dalton Trans. 44, 10763 (2015)]. Here, a thorough transmission electron microscope study was performed to illustrate the CaZrO3 doping-assisted antiferroelectricity stabilization. In parallel to the bright-field imaging and selected area electron diffraction from multiple zone axes, detailed dark-field imaging was utilized to determine the superlattice structural origins, from either oxygen octahedral tilting or antiparallel cation displacements. By analogy with Pb(Zr1-xTix)O3 and rare-earth doped BiFeO3 systems, the chemical substitutions are such as to an induced polar-to-antipolar transition that is consistent with a tolerance factor reduction. The resultant chemical pressure has a similar effect to the compressive hydrostatic pressure where the antiferroelectric state is favored over the ferroelectric state.

  16. Dynamic evolution process of multilayer core-shell microstructures within containerlessly solidifying Fe(50)Sn(50) immiscible alloy.

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    Wang, W L; Wu, Y H; Li, L H; Geng, D L; Wei, B

    2016-03-01

    Multilayer core-shell structures are frequently formed in polymers and alloys when temperature and concentration fields are well symmetrical spatially. Here we report that two- to five-layer core-shell microstructures were the dominant structural morphology of a binary Fe(50)Sn(50) immiscible alloy solidified under the containerless and microgravity states within a drop tube. Three dimensional phase field simulation reveals that both the uniformly dispersive structure and the multilayer core-shells are the various metastable and transitional states of the liquid phase separation process. Only the two-layer core-shell is the most stable microstructure with the lowest chemical potential. Because of the suppression of Stokes motion, solutal Marangoni migration becomes important to drive the evolution of core-shell structures. PMID:27078410

  17. Dynamic evolution process of multilayer core-shell microstructures within containerlessly solidifying F e50S n50 immiscible alloy

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    Wang, W. L.; Wu, Y. H.; Li, L. H.; Geng, D. L.; Wei, B.

    2016-03-01

    Multilayer core-shell structures are frequently formed in polymers and alloys when temperature and concentration fields are well symmetrical spatially. Here we report that two- to five-layer core-shell microstructures were the dominant structural morphology of a binary F e50S n50 immiscible alloy solidified under the containerless and microgravity states within a drop tube. Three dimensional phase field simulation reveals that both the uniformly dispersive structure and the multilayer core-shells are the various metastable and transitional states of the liquid phase separation process. Only the two-layer core-shell is the most stable microstructure with the lowest chemical potential. Because of the suppression of Stokes motion, solutal Marangoni migration becomes important to drive the evolution of core-shell structures.

  18. A process model for the microstructure evolution in ductile cast iron. Part 2: Applications of the model

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    Onsoeien, M.I.; Gundersen, O.; Grong, O.; Skaland, T.

    1999-04-01

    In the present investigation, the process model developed in Part 1 has been implemented in a dedicated numerical code to reveal the evolution of the coupled thermal and microstructural fields during directional solidification of ductile iron. In a calibrated form, the model predicts adequately both the variation in the graphite nodule count and the resulting microstructural profiles (i.e., graphite, iron carbide, ferrite, and pearlite) in the length direction of the bar. At the same time, the model has the required flexibility to serve as a research tool and predict behavior under conditions that have not yet been explored experimentally. In this article, the aptness of the model to alloy design and optimization of melt treatment practice for ductile iron is illustrated in different case studies and numerical examples.

  19. The Effect of Hot Deformation Parameters on Microstructure Evolution of the α-Phase in Ti-6Al-4V

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    Perumal, Bama; Rist, Martin A.; Gungor, Salih; Brooks, Jeffery W.; Fitzpatrick, Michael E.

    2016-08-01

    The effect of high-temperature deformation and the influence of hot working parameters on microstructure evolution during isothermal hot forging of Ti-6Al-4V in the alpha phase field were investigated. A series of hot isothermal axis-symmetric compression tests were carried out at temperatures both low and high in the alpha stability field [(1153 K and 1223 K (880 °C and 950 °C), respectively], using three strain rates (0.01, 0.1 and 1.0/s) relevant to industrial press forging. The microstructures and orientation of the alpha laths were determined using optical microscopy and electron backscatter diffraction techniques. The experimental results show that there is a change in lath morphology of the secondary α phase under the influence of the deformation parameters, and that α lath thickness appears to have little influence on flow behavior.

  20. Influence of dispersoids on microstructure evolution and work hardening of aluminium alloys during tension and cold rolling

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    Zhao, Qinglong; Holmedal, Bjørn; Li, Yanjun

    2013-08-01

    The influence of dispersoids on work hardening of aluminium during tension and cold rolling has been studied by comparing Al-Mn alloys containing similar amounts of solutes but various dispersoid densities. The microstructure evolution with deformation strain was examined in transmission and scanning electron microscopy. It is found that a high density of fine dispersoids strengthens the materials significantly, but their strengthening effect diminishes as the strain increases. From a series of Bauschinger tests, it is found that the internal stress, due to particles, increases rapidly at the initial stage of deformation, but saturates at strains larger than 5%. It is concluded that the internal stress makes a small contribution to the work hardening and contributes to less than 10% of the total flow stress during monotonic loading at strains larger than 5%. The work-hardening behaviour has been correlated to the corresponding microstructure, and the strengthening mechanisms are discussed.

  1. The Effect of Hot Deformation Parameters on Microstructure Evolution of the α-Phase in Ti-6Al-4V

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    Perumal, Bama; Rist, Martin A.; Gungor, Salih; Brooks, Jeffery W.; Fitzpatrick, Michael E.

    2016-05-01

    The effect of high-temperature deformation and the influence of hot working parameters on microstructure evolution during isothermal hot forging of Ti-6Al-4V in the alpha phase field were investigated. A series of hot isothermal axis-symmetric compression tests were carried out at temperatures both low and high in the alpha stability field [(1153 K and 1223 K (880 °C and 950 °C), respectively], using three strain rates (0.01, 0.1 and 1.0/s) relevant to industrial press forging. The microstructures and orientation of the alpha laths were determined using optical microscopy and electron backscatter diffraction techniques. The experimental results show that there is a change in lath morphology of the secondary α phase under the influence of the deformation parameters, and that α lath thickness appears to have little influence on flow behavior.

  2. Evolution of microstructure and precipitates in 2xxx aluminum alloy after severe plastic deformation

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    Adamczyk-Cieslak, B.; Zdunek, J.; Mizera, J.

    2016-04-01

    This paper investigates the influence of precipitation on the microstructure development in a 2xxx aluminum alloy subjected to hydrostatic extrusion. A three step reduction of the diameter was performed using hydrostatic extrusion (HE) process: from 20mm (initial state) to 10 mm, 5 mm and 3 mm, which corresponds to the logarithmic deformations ɛ = 1.4, ɛ = 2.8 and ɛ = 3.8 respectively. The microstructure and precipitation analysis before and after deformation was performed using transmission electron microscope (TEM), and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). As a result of the tests, a very significant influence of precipitation on the degree of refinement and mechanism of microstructure transformation was stated.

  3. THEORETICAL INVESTIGATION OF MICROSTRUCTURE EVOLUTION AND DEFORMATION OF ZIRCONIUM UNDER CASCADE DAMAGE CONDITIONS

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    Barashev, Alexander V; Golubov, Stanislav I; Stoller, Roger E

    2012-06-01

    This work is based on our reaction-diffusion model of radiation growth of Zr-based materials proposed recently in [1]. In [1], the equations for the strain rates in unloaded pure crystal under cascade damage conditions of, e.g., neutron or heavy-ion irradiation were derived as functions of dislocation densities, which include contributions from dislocation loops, and spatial distribution of their Burgers vectors. The model takes into account the intra-cascade clustering of self-interstitial atoms and their one-dimensional diffusion; explains the growth stages, including the break-away growth of pre-annealed samples; and accounts for some striking observations, such as of negative strain in prismatic direction, and co-existence of vacancy- and interstitial-type prismatic loops. In this report, the change of dislocation densities due to accumulation of sessile dislocation loops is taken into account explicitly to investigate the dose dependence of radiation growth. The dose dependence of climb rates of dislocations is calculated, which is important for the climb-induced glide model of radiation creep. The results of fitting the model to available experimental data and some numerical calculations of the strain behavior of Zr for different initial dislocation structures are presented and discussed. The computer code RIMD-ZR.V1 (Radiation Induced Microstructure and Deformation of Zr) developed is described and attached to this report.

  4. Effect of Alloying Elements in Hot-Rolled Metastable β-Titanium Alloys: Part I. Evolution of Microstructure and Texture

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    Manda, Premkumar; Ghosal, P.; Chakkingal, Uday; Singh, A. K.

    2015-06-01

    The present work describes the evolution of microstructures and textures in alloys Ti-5Al-5Mo-5V-3Cr (A1), Ti-5Al-3.5Mo-7.2V-3Cr (A2), Ti-5Al-5Mo-8.6V-1.5Cr (A3), and Ti-5Al-3.5Mo-5V-3.94Cr (A4) during unidirectional hot rolling. The hot-rolled microstructures of the alloy A1 exhibit large fraction of recovered/recrystallized grains, while the alloy A3 shows small fraction of recovered/recrystallized grains. The alloy A2 displays subgrains and recrystallized grains, while the alloy A4 exhibits the microstructure consisting of the features of both the alloys A1 and A2. The alloys A1, A3, and A4 show the presence of shear bands within the β grains and also small volume fraction of the α phase. The dominance of deformation and/or recrystallization components in respective α and γ fibers varies with alloy compositions and hot rolling reductions. In alloys A1 and A2, deformation components dominate from 30 to 50 pct rolling reductions, while recrystallization components govern in 70 pct rolled samples. The deformation components prevail from 30 to 70 pct rolling reductions in alloy A3. The alloy A4 exhibits softening of texture due to recovery or early stage of recrystallization from 30 to 50 pct reductions, while texture present in 70 pct rolled sample consists of mainly the deformation components. The role of molybdenum appears to be quite critical in the evolution of microstructures and textures of these alloys. The alloys with low and high Mo contents display high and low amount of the α phase, respectively.

  5. Stress corrosion crack tip microstructure in nickel-based alloys

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    Shei, S.A.; Yang, W.J.

    1994-04-01

    Stress corrosion cracking behavior of several nickel-base alloys in high temperature caustic environments has been evaluated. The crack tip and fracture surfaces were examined using Auger/ESCA and Analytical Electron Microscopy (AEM) to determine the near crack tip microstructure and microchemistry. Results showed formation of chromium-rich oxides at or near the crack tip and nickel-rich de-alloying layers away from the crack tip. The stress corrosion resistance of different nickel-base alloys in caustic may be explained by the preferential oxidation and dissolution of different alloying elements at the crack tip. Alloy 600 (UNS N06600) shows good general corrosion and intergranular attack resistance in caustic because of its high nickel content. Thermally treated Alloy 690 (UNS N06690) and Alloy 600 provide good stress corrosion cracking resistance because of high chromium contents along grain boundaries. Alloy 625 (UNS N06625) does not show as good stress corrosion cracking resistance as Alloy 690 or Alloy 600 because of its high molybdenum content.

  6. Laves phase-based materials: Microstructure, deformation modes and properties

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    Kumar, K.S.

    1997-12-31

    Intermetallic compounds with the AB{sub 2} stoichiometry can exist with the C14, C15 or C36 structures, otherwise called Laves phases. In the past, single-phase Laves compounds, particularly Mg-containing binary compounds, have been examined to obtain an understanding of the dislocation structures as well as their mobility; alternately, effort has also been expended in examining the polytypic transformations that occur in such Laves phases. More recently however, Laves phases and polyphase alloys containing the Laves phase have been examined with the intent of developing structural alloys for elevated temperature applications. Specifically, alloys based on the Cr-Group IV (Ti, Zr, Hf) and Group V (Nb, Ta) elements as well as the ternary V-Hf-Nb system have been the focus of several investigations. Physical and mechanical properties have been measured, and microstructure has been characterized as a function of heat treatment. Deformation modes have been re-examined in detail. New ideas based on synchroshear have been put forth to explain the polytypic transformations that occur in these systems, and have been extended to also explain twinning and slip. Earlier observations are first summarized and then these recent advances are reviewed and the potential for these materials is assessed. 57 refs., 8 figs.

  7. Microstructure and Texture Evolution in Cold Rotary Forging of Spur Bevel Gears of 20CrMnTi Alloy Steel

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    Han, Xinghui; Dong, Liying; Hua, Lin; Zhuang, Wuhao

    2016-03-01

    The microstructure of cold rotary forged gears greatly affects their working life. Therefore, the aim of this study is to reveal the evolution of microstructure and texture that occurs during the cold rotary forging of spur bevel gears of 20CrMnTi alloy steel. The evolution of grains of the gear tooth is investigated through optical microscopy. By employing scanning electron microscopy and electron backscatter diffraction, the evolution of the cementite particles and the texture of the gear tooth is also revealed. The results indicate that the grain size distribution is non-uniform from the tooth profile to its center. The cementite particles in the tooth profile are finer and more uniformly distributed than those in the tooth center. After cold rotary forging, the tooth center has a combination of α- and γ-fibers, and the γ-fibers are more developed than the α-fibers, while most of the components in the tooth profile are assembled along the α-fibers.

  8. Dolomite microstructures between 390° and 700 °C: Indications for deformation mechanisms and grain size evolution

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    Berger, Alfons; Ebert, Andreas; Ramseyer, Karl; Gnos, Edwin; Decrouez, Danielle

    2016-08-01

    Dolomitic marble on the island of Naxos was deformed at variable temperatures ranging from 390 °C to >700 °C. Microstructural investigations indicate two end-member of deformation mechanisms: (1) Diffusion creep processes associated with small grain sizes and weak or no CPO (crystallographic preferred orientation), whereas (2) dislocation creep processes are related with larger grain sizes and strong CPO. The change between these mechanisms depends on grain size and temperature. Therefore, sample with dislocation and diffusion creep microstructures and CPO occur at intermediate temperatures in relative pure dolomite samples. The measured dolomite grain size ranges from 3 to 940 μm. Grain sizes at Tmax >450 °C show an Arrhenius type evolution reflecting the stabilized grain size in deformed and relative pure dolomite. The stabilized grain size is five times smaller than that of calcite at the same temperature and shows the same Arrhenius-type evolution. In addition, the effect of second phase particle influences the grain size evolution, comparable with calcite. Calcite/dolomite mixtures are also characterized by the same difference in grain size, but recrystallization mechanism including chemical recrystallization induced by deformation may contribute to apparent non-temperature equilibrated Mg-content in calcite.

  9. Microstructure evolution of highly Ga-doped ZnO nanocrystals

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    Oh, S. J.; Jung, M. N.; Ha, S. Y.; Choi, S. G.; Kim, J. J.; Kobayashi, K.; Lee, S. T.; Lee, H. C.; Cho, Y. R.; Yao, T.; Chang, J. H.

    2008-10-01

    Ga-doped zinc oxide (ZnO) (ZnO:Ga) nanocrystals were synthesized by the vapor-solidification method to investigate morphological and structural evolution induced by Ga-incorporation. Ga-content was controlled in the full composition range (0-100%). As the Ga-content increased, the shape of nanocrystals changed from tetrapod- to rod-type. Hard X-ray photoemission spectroscopy (HXPES) measurement indicates that highly Ga-doped uniphase ZnO:Ga nanocrystals without a serious deterioration of morphology are achieved, which strongly suggests the feasibility of Ga as a successful n-type dopant for ZnO-based nanocrystals.

  10. Helium reemission, desorption and microstructure evolution of graphites under helium ion implantation

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    Alimov, V. Kh.; Scherzer, B. M. U.; Chernikov, V. N.; Ullmaier, H.

    1995-07-01

    Helium reemission, trapping, and thermal desorption from highly ordered pyrolytic graphite (HOPG and HPG) of different orientation, polycrystalline graphite (EK98), and titanium doped graphite (RG-Ti-91) have been measured at irradiation temperatures of 300 K and 800 K. The implantation was performed with a 40 keV 4He ion beam. Detailed transmission electron microscopy (TEM) investigation of the microstructure evolution was made on the implanted specimens. He reemission from basal oriented (BO) highly oriented pyrolytic graphite is accompanied by blistering and flaking leading to repetitive gas bursts. On edge oriented (EO) pyrolytic graphite three reemission peaks are observed during room temperature implantation, the first and smallest one being assigned to He release from intrinsic lenticular cavities, the second one occurs during early bubble formation when a small amount of implanted gas still escapes accumulation, and the third and largest peak being due to He release by bubble coalescence. The He reemission rate grows very slowly at room temperature and does not reach 100% up to the highest implanted fluence of 3.5ṡ1018 He/cm2. At 800 K the He reemission rate from EO pyrolytic graphite reaches 100% immediately after starting implantation due to the high diffusive mobility of He. EK98 and RG-Ti-91 show similar reemission behaviour. No gas bursts due to blistering are observed. The initial reemission rate at 300 K is higher than in EO pyrolytic graphite due to release of He via a network of intergranular channels. At 800 K reemission is rather similar to that from EO pyrolytic graphite. No thermal desorption of He from BO HOPG up to 1200 K is observed for implanted fluences ≤1016 He/cm2. At higher fluences the onset temperature of desorption decreases from 750 K at 2ṡ1016 He/cm2 to 380 K at 1017 He/cm2 caused by thermal flaking due to pressure increase of He in submicroscopic cracks. In the other materials two desorption peaks are observed, the first one

  11. Hot Compression of TC8M-1: Constitutive Equations, Processing Map, and Microstructure Evolution

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    Yue, Ke; Chen, Zhiyong; Liu, Jianrong; Wang, Qingjiang; Fang, Bo; Dou, Lijun

    2016-06-01

    Hot compression of TC8M-1 was carried out under isothermal working conditions with temperature from 1173 K to 1323 K (900 °C to 1050 °C), strain rate from 0.001 to 10/s, and height reduction from 20 to 80 pct (corresponding true strain from 0.22 to 1.61). Constitutive equations were constructed and apparent activation energies of 149.5 and 617.4 kJ/mol were obtained for deformation in the β and upper α/ β phase regions, respectively. Microstructure examination confirmed the dominant role of dynamic recrystallization in the α/ β phase region and that of dynamic recovery in the β phase region, with the occurrence of grain boundary sliding at very low strain rate (0.001/s) in both regions. Based on the dynamic materials model, processing maps were constructed, providing optimal domains for hot working at the temperature of 1253 K (980 °C) and the strain rate of 0.01 to 0.1/s, or at 1193 K to 1213 K (920 °C to 940 °C) and 0.001/s. Moreover, our results indicated that the initial temperature non-uniformity along the specimen axis before compression existed and influenced the strain distribution, which contributed to the abnormal oscillations and/or abrupt rise-up of true stress and inhomogeneous deformation.

  12. Evolution of Microstructures During Austempering of Ductile Irons Alloyed with Manganese and Copper

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    Dasgupta, Ranjan Kumar; Mondal, Dipak Kumar; Chakrabarti, Ajit Kumar

    2013-03-01

    The influences of relatively high manganese (0.45 through 1.0 wt pct) and copper (0.56 through 1.13 wt pct) contents on microstructure development and phase transformation in three austempered ductile irons have been studied. The experimental ductile irons alloyed with copper and manganese are found to be practically free from intercellular manganese segregation. This suggests that the positive segregation of manganese is largely neutralized by the negative segregation of copper when these alloying elements are added in appropriate proportions. The drop in unreacted austenite volume (UAV) with increasing austempering temperature and time is quite significant in irons alloyed with copper and manganese. The ausferrite morphology also undergoes a transition from lenticular to feathery appearance of increasing coarseness with the increasing austempering temperature and time. SEM micrographs of the austempered samples from the base alloy containing manganese only, as well as copper plus manganese-alloyed irons, clearly reveal the presence of some martensite along with retained austenite and ferrite. X-ray diffraction analysis also confirms the presence of these phases. SEM examination further reveals the presence of twinned martensite in the copper plus manganese-alloyed samples. The possibility of strain-induced transformation of austenite to martensite during austempering heat treatment is suggested.

  13. Hot Compression of TC8M-1: Constitutive Equations, Processing Map, and Microstructure Evolution

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    Yue, Ke; Chen, Zhiyong; Liu, Jianrong; Wang, Qingjiang; Fang, Bo; Dou, Lijun

    2016-04-01

    Hot compression of TC8M-1 was carried out under isothermal working conditions with temperature from 1173 K to 1323 K (900 °C to 1050 °C), strain rate from 0.001 to 10/s, and height reduction from 20 to 80 pct (corresponding true strain from 0.22 to 1.61). Constitutive equations were constructed and apparent activation energies of 149.5 and 617.4 kJ/mol were obtained for deformation in the β and upper α/β phase regions, respectively. Microstructure examination confirmed the dominant role of dynamic recrystallization in the α/β phase region and that of dynamic recovery in the β phase region, with the occurrence of grain boundary sliding at very low strain rate (0.001/s) in both regions. Based on the dynamic materials model, processing maps were constructed, providing optimal domains for hot working at the temperature of 1253 K (980 °C) and the strain rate of 0.01 to 0.1/s, or at 1193 K to 1213 K (920 °C to 940 °C) and 0.001/s. Moreover, our results indicated that the initial temperature non-uniformity along the specimen axis before compression existed and influenced the strain distribution, which contributed to the abnormal oscillations and/or abrupt rise-up of true stress and inhomogeneous deformation.

  14. Microstructural evolution during transient liquid phase bonding of Inconel 738LC using AMS 4777 filler alloy

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    Jalilvand, V.; Omidvar, H.; Shakeri, H.R.; Rahimipour, M.R.

    2013-01-15

    IN-738LC nickel-based superalloy was joined by transient liquid phase diffusion bonding using AMS 4777 filler alloy. The bonding process was carried out at 1050 Degree-Sign C under vacuum atmosphere for various hold times. Microstructures of the joints were studied by optical and scanning electron microscopy. Continuous centerline eutectic phases, characterized as nickel-rich boride, chromium-rich boride and nickel-rich silicide were observed at the bonds with incomplete isothermal solidification. In addition to the centerline eutectic products, precipitation of boron-rich particles was observed in the diffusion affected zone. The results showed that, as the bonding time was increased to 75 min, the width of the eutectic zone was completely removed and the joint was isothermally solidified. Homogenization of isothermally solidified joints at 1120 Degree-Sign C for 300 min resulted in the elimination of intermetallic phases formed at the diffusion affected zone and the formation of significant {gamma} Prime precipitates in the joint region. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer TLP bonding of IN-738LC superalloy was performed using AMS 4777 filler alloy. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Insufficient diffusion time resulted in the formation of eutectic product. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Precipitation of B-rich particles was observed within the DAZ. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The extent of isothermal solidification increased with increasing holding time. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Homogenizing of joints resulted in the dissolution of DAZ intermetallics.

  15. Computer simulations of realistic microstructures: Implications for simulation-based materials design

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    Singh, Harpreet

    The conventional route of materials development typically involves fabrication of numerous batches of specimens having a range of different microstructures generated via variations of process parameters and measurements of relevant properties of these microstructures to identify the combination of processing conditions that yield the material having desired properties. Clearly, such a trial and error based materials development methodology is expensive, time consuming, and inefficient. Consequently, it is of interest to explore alternate strategies that can lead to a decrease in the cost and time required for development of advanced materials such as composites. Availability of powerful and inexpensive computational power and progress in computational materials science permits advancement of modeling and simulations assisted materials design methodology that may require fewer experiments, and therefore, lower cost and time for materials development. The key facets of such a technology would be computational tools for (i) creating models to generate computer simulated realistic microstructures; (ii) capturing the process-microstructure relationship using these models; and (iii) implementation of simulated microstructures in the computational models for materials behavior. Therefore, development of a general and flexible methodology for simulations of realistic microstructures is crucial for the development of simulations based materials design and development technology. Accordingly, this research concerns development of such a methodology for simulations of realistic microstructures based on experimental quantitative stereological data on few microstructures that can capture relevant details of microstructural geometry (including spatial clustering and second phase particle orientations) and its variations with process parameters in terms of a set of simulation parameters. The interpolation and extrapolation of the simulation parameters can then permit generation

  16. Microstructural evolution of welded austenitic stainless steels irradiated in the spectrally-tailored ORR experiment at 400$deg;C*1

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    Sawai, T.; Maziasz, P. J.; Hishinuma, A.

    1991-03-01

    Microstructural evolution of austenitic stainless steels and their welds has been examined after spectrally-tailored neutron irradiation. JPCA and 316W, containing 0.24 and 0.08 wt% of titanium, respectively, were electron-beam welded. TEM disks taken from these weld joints were irradiated in the ORR (Oak Ridge Research Reactor), to 7.4 dpa and almost 100 appm He. Base metal specimens of 316R with very low titanium content (0.005 wt%) were also irradiated. Specimens were examined by precision immersion densitometry before TEM observation. Only the 316R base metal showed measurable swelling by density change. Cavity swelling, determined by TEM observations in the base metals, was 0.29% for 316R, 0.06% for 316W and 0.03% for JPCA. Titanium effectively suppressed the cavity swelling of the base metals. The cellular microstructure of fusion zone remained after this irradiation both in JPCA and 316W with uniform distribution of cavities. Welding did not degrade the swelling resistance as measured either by immersion densitometry or TEM.

  17. The Evolution of As-cast Microstructure of Ternary Mg-Al-Zn Alloys: An Experimental and Modeling Study

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    Paliwal, Manas; Kang, Dae Hoon; Essadiqi, Elhachmi; Jung, In-Ho

    2014-07-01

    A numerical formulation of solidification model which can predict the microsegregation and microstructural features for multicomponent alloys is presented. The model incorporates the kinetic features during solidification such as solute back diffusion, dendrite tip undercooling, and secondary arm coarsening. The model is dynamically linked to thermodynamic library for accurate input of thermodynamic data. The modeling results are tested against the directional solidification experiments for Mg-Al-Zn alloys. The experiments were conducted in the cooling rate range of 0.13 to 2.33 K/s and microstructural features such as secondary arm spacing, primary dendrite arm spacing, second phase fraction, and microsegregation were compared with the modeling results. Based on the model and the experimental data, a solidification map was built in order to provide guidelines for as-cast microstructural features of Mg-Al-Zn alloys in a wide range of solidification conditions.

  18. Impact of Materials Processing on Microstructural Evolution and Hydrogen Isotope Storage Properties of Pd-Rh Alloy Powders.

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    Yee, Joshua K

    2015-02-01

    Cryomilled Pd - 10Rh was investiga ted as potential solid - state storage material of hydrogen. Pd - 10Rh was first atomized, and then subsequently cryomilled. The cryomilled Pd - 10Rh was then examined using microstructural characterization techniques including op tical microscopy, electron microscopy, and X - ray diffraction. Pd - 10Rh particles were significantly flattened, increasing the apparent surface area. Microstructural refinement was observed in the cryomilled Pd - 10Rh, generating grains at the nanom etric scale through dislocation - based activity. Hydrogen sorption properties were also characterized, generating both capacity as well as kinetics measurements. It was found that the microstructural refinement due to cryomilling did not play a significant role on hyd rogen sorption properties until the smallest grain size (on the order of %7E25 nm) was achieved. Additionally, the increased surface area and other changes in particle morphology were associated with cryomilling changed the kinetics of hydrogen absorption.

  19. Bond Coat Engineering Influence on the Evolution of the Microstructure, Bond Strength, and Failure of TBCs Subjected to Thermal Cycling

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    Lima, R. S.; Nagy, D.; Marple, B. R.

    2015-01-01

    Different types of thermal spray systems, including HVOF (JP5000 and DJ2600-hybrid), APS (F4-MB and Axial III), and LPPS (Oerlikon Metco system) were employed to spray CoNiCrAlY bond coats (BCs) onto Inconel 625 substrates. The chemical composition of the BC powder was the same in all cases; however, the particle size distribution of the powder employed with each torch was that specifically recommended for the torch. For optimization purposes, these BCs were screened based on initial evaluations of roughness, porosity, residual stress, relative oxidation, and isothermal TGO growth. A single type of standard YSZ top coat was deposited via APS (F4MB) on all the optimized BCs. The TBCs were thermally cycled by employing a furnace cycle test (FCT) (1080 °C-1 h—followed by forced air cooling). Samples were submitted to 10, 100, 400, and 1400 cycles as well as being cycled to failure. The behavior of the microstructures, bond strength values (ASTM 633), and the TGO evolution of these TBCs, were investigated for the as-sprayed and thermally cycled samples. During FCT, the TBCs found to be both the best and poorest performing and had their BCs deposited via HVOF. The results showed that engineering low-oxidized BCs does not necessarily lead to an optimal TBC performance. Moreover, the bond strength values decrease significantly only when the TBC is about to fail (top coat spall off) and the as-sprayed bond strength values cannot be used as an indicator of TBC performance.

  20. Evolution of microstructure during fabrication of Zr-2.5 wt pct Nb ally pressure tubes

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    Srivastava, D.; Dey, G.K.; Banerjee, S.

    1995-10-01

    Microstructural changes occurring during the fabrication of Zr-2.5 pct Nb alloy pressure tubes by a modified route, involving hot extrusion followed by two pilgering operations with an intermediate annealing step, have been examined in detail. In the conventional fabrication route, the hot extrusion step is followed by a single cold drawing operation in which the cold work to the extent of 25 pct is imparted to the material for achieving the required mechanical properties. Tensile properties obtained at each stage of fabrication have been evaluated and compared between the two processes. The main aim of this work has been to produce a microstructure and texture which are know n to yield a lower irradiation growth. Additionally, suitable annealing conditions have been optimized for the intermediate annealing which annihilates the cold work introduced by the first cold pilgering operation without disturbing the two-phase elongated microstructure. This elongated {alpha} + {beta}{sub I} microstructure is required for obtaining the desired level of strength at 310 C. The final microstructure and the crystallographic texture of the finished pressure tube have been compared with those reported for the conventionally processed material.

  1. The Microstructural Evolution of Inconel Alloy 740 During Solution Treatment, Aging, and Exposure at 760 °C

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    Cowen, Christopher J.; Danielson, Paul E.; Jablonski, Paul D.

    2010-08-10

    In this study, the microstructural evolution of Inconel alloy 740 during solution treatment and aging was characterized using optical and scanning electron microscopy. During double solution heat treatment, carbon is liberated from the dissolution of MC carbides during the first solution treatment at 1150 °C, and fine MC carbides are precipitated on gamma grain boundaries during the second solution treatment at 1120 °C. Due to the concurrent decrease in carbon solubility and the increase in the contribution of grain boundary diffusion at lower temperatures, the MC carbides on the gamma grain boundaries provide a localized carbon reservoir that aids in M23C6 carbide precipitation on gamma grain boundaries during exposure at 760 °C. The γ' phase, which is the key strengthening phase in alloy 740, is incorporated into the alloy microstructure during aging at 850 °C. Finally, the main source of microstructural instability observed during exposure at 760 °C was the coarsening of the γ' phase.

  2. Microstructural evolution and mechanical properties of a low-carbon quenching and partitioning steel after partial and full austenitization

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    Li, Wan-song; Gao, Hong-ye; Nakashima, Hideharu; Hata, Satoshi; Tian, Wen-huai

    2016-08-01

    In this work, low-carbon steel specimens were subjected to the quenching and partitioning process after being partially or fully austenitized to investigate their microstructural evolution and mechanical properties. According to the results of scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy observations, X-ray diffraction analysis, and tensile tests, upper bainite or tempered martensite appears successively in the microstructure with increasing austenitization temperature or increasing partitioning time. In the partially austenitized specimens, the retained austenite grains are carbon-enriched twice during the heat treatment, which can significantly stabilize the phases at room temperature. Furthermore, after partial austenitization, the specimen exhibits excellent elongation, with a maximum elongation of 37.1%. By contrast, after full austenitization, the specimens exhibit good ultimate tensile strength and high yield strength. In the case of a specimen with a yield strength of 969 MPa, the maximum value of the ultimate tensile strength reaches 1222 MPa. During the partitioning process, carbon partitioning and carbon homogenization within austenite affect interface migration. In addition, the volume fraction and grain size of retained austenite observed in the final microstructure will also be affected.

  3. Dendritic Growth and Microstructure Evolution with Different Cooling Rates in Ti48Al2Cr2Nb Alloy

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    Liu, Yi; Hu, Rui; Zhang, Tiebang; Kou, Hongchao; Wang, Jun; Yang, Guang; Li, Jinshan

    2016-01-01

    The influence of cooling rates on the dendritic growth and microstructure evolution of Ti48Al2Cr2Nb alloy is studied by electromagnetic levitation combined with copper mold casting. The different cooling rates of the conical as-cast sample with diameters from 4.7 to 0.8 mm were calculated by ANSYS software. The results show that primary dendrite arm spacing decreases with increase in cooling rate. Peritectic transformation (L + β → α) and the transformation of α → (α2 + γ) are restrained at cooling rate of 2.3 × 104 K s-1. With further increase in cooling rate (2.6 × 104 K s-1), a fine and homogeneous microstructure can be observed in the conical casting sample with the diameter of 0.8 mm. It consists of a large amount of massive γ phase, lath-like γ phase, and only few lamellar structures (α2 + γ). The formation of the microstructure in the alloy is attributed to the strong chilling, giving rise to the high undercooling and the high dislocation density during rapid solidification.

  4. Microstructure evolution and density behavior of CP Ti parts elaborated by Self-developed vacuum selective laser melting system

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    Zhang, Baicheng; Liao, Hanlin; Coddet, Christian

    2013-08-01

    This work mainly focuses on the evolution of density behavior and microstructure of commercial pure (CP) Ti parts elaborated by SLM under vacuum system (1 × 10-4 bar) developed at the IRTES-LERMPS laboratory. The mechanism of melt and evaporation process during selective laser melting (SLM) under vacuum environment is also presented in this paper. The surface quality, density and microhardness of Ti samples were measured as a mechanical property. Fine hexagonal crystal structure of α can be found with low scanning velocity, martensitic formation α‧ can be observed with high scanning velocity, the method of scanning twice can enlarge the of grain size. A systemic SLM process under vacuum is proposed to calculate the maximum temperature of the molten pool and reveals the evolution of the solidification of melting pool under the laser beam irradiation.

  5. Modelling of the microstructure and strength evolution in Al-Mg-Si alloys during multistage thermal processing

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    Myhr, O.R.; Grong, O. . E-mail: Oystein.Grong@sintef.no; Fjaer, H.G.; Marioara, C.D.

    2004-10-04

    A numerical solution is presented, capable of handling nucleation, growth and coarsening, and likewise dissolution, of hardening precipitates in Al-Mg-Si alloys during ageing, welding and post weld heat treatment (PWHT). By coupling this to a separate strength model for shearing and bypassing of particles by dislocations, the evolution of the macroscopic yield stress at room temperature can be calculated at each time step. Following testing of the model against reliable hardness and transmission electron microscope (TEM) data obtained from dedicated Gleeble simulation experiments, the connectivity on a micro/macro level throughout a multistage manufacturing route is illustrated by means of a numerical example. These simulations show how a past process step influences the microstructure and strength evolution in the subsequent process steps due to interactions between different groups or classes of particles that form at various temperatures.

  6. Constitutive Modeling, Microstructure Evolution, and Processing Map for a Nitride-Strengthened Heat-Resistant Steel

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    Zhang, Wen-Feng; Sha, Wei; Yan, Wei; Wang, Wei; Shan, Yi-Yin; Yang, Ke

    2014-08-01

    A constitutive equation was established to describe the deformation behavior of a nitride-strengthened (NS) steel through isothermal compression simulation test. All the parameters in the constitutive equation including the constant and the activation energy were precisely calculated for the NS steel. The result also showed that from the stress-strain curves, there existed two different linear relationships between critical stress and critical strain in the NS steel due to the augmentation of auxiliary softening effect of the dynamic strain-induced transformation. In the calculation of processing maps, with the change of Zener-Hollomon value, three domains of different levels of workability were found, namely excellent workability region with equiaxed-grain microstructure, good workability region with "stripe" microstructure, and the poor workability region with martensitic-ferritic blend microstructure. With the increase of strain, the poor workability region first expanded, then shrank to barely existing, but appeared again at the strain of 0.6.

  7. Microstructural evolution and mechanical properties of cryomilled nanograined near Al-5083 alloy following deformation processing

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    Kaisar, Khan Hasib

    Nanocrystalline Al-Mg alloys are being considered for light weight transportation applications because they possess significantly higher strength than the conventional coarse grained alloys. Failure strengths higher than 1000 MPa have been reported for Al-5083 alloy at New Mexico Tech, which are almost double the strength of commercial precipitation strengthened Al-alloys. Unfortunately, the ductility tends to exhibit inverse relationship to strength and therefore there is a need to find ways to increase the ductility while maintaining high strength. In this work, we utilize a near Al-5083 alloy that was cryomilled for 24 hours in liquid nitrogen environment and consolidated by vacuum hot-pressing. The as-atomized Al-Mg powder was especially fabricated to minimize undesired impurity content to prevent premature fracture from intermetallic particles. It turned out that the final composition was slightly lower in Mn and Mg content and so the alloy is better designated as a near Al-5083 alloy. The as-vacuum hot pressed material had poor ductility because of inadequate prior-particle bonding, and therefore was subjected to deformation processing using low strain-rate extrusion at elevated temperatures. Both the strain-rate and temperature of extrusion were varied in an effort to obtain a good combination of tensile strength and ductility. In addition, the samples were annealed following extrusion in order to reduce residual stresses. The microstructure of extruded samples were characterized using a combination of electron microscope and X-ray diffraction techniques, and revealed a multi-scale morphology that could be binned into three different sizes of grains: i) those less than 100 nm that were analyzed using the X-ray based Williamson-Hall technique and transmission electron microscopy (TEM), ii) grain sizes in the 100-300 nm regime that were best revealed using TEM and scanning electron microscope (SEM) based electron-backscatter diffraction (EBSD) techniques, and

  8. Microstructures and crystallographic preferred orientations evolution in upper mantle rocks submitted to HT-HP extension tests

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    Ben-Ismail, W.; Tommasi, A.; Rutter, E.; Holloway, R.

    2003-04-01

    We analyse the changes in microstructure and the development of lattice preferred orientation (LPO) in upper mantle rocks deformed in extension. Extension experiments have been chosen because although the bulk extensional strain was under 50%, the non-linearity of the flow was sufficient to provoke the formation of a neck, in the center of which strain attained up to 1000%. These extension tests been performed using a gas medium, internally heated apparatus at 1200 deg C, 300 MPa confining pressure at an unloading rate of 0.015 mm/minutes corresponding to a strain rate of 10 5 S-1. The development of LPO as a function of strain has been studied in a natural harzburgite from the Oman ophiolite and two dunites from the Balmuccia massif in the Alps. The Oman harburgite is a fine-grained mylonite (500 to 10 micron) with a foliation marked by alignment of spinels and by a weak shape fabric of small olivine and enstatite porphyroclasts and a weak crystallographic preferred orientation. The extension tests resulted in the development of a new foliation marked by elongated olivine and spinel grains as well as in a significant grain size reduction by dynamic recrystallisation (mainly by bulging). This microstructure suggests that the deformation is accommodated by mainly by dislocation creep and, in the fine-grained, highly-recrystallised domains, also by grain boundary sliding. EBSD measurements made in a thin section parallel to the extension direction allow the investigation of the evolution of the crystallographic fabric as a function of finite strain. The dunites from the Balmuccia massif display a annealed microstructure characterized by polygonal grains of olivine (1 to 6 mm) displaying no internal deformation features. Although similar in microstructure one sample displays a strong [100](010) olivine LPO while the other is almost isotropic. For this sample, extension experiments have been performed in four different directions in respect to the original

  9. Effects of aging temperature on microstructural evolution at dissimilar metal weld interfaces

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    Choi, Kyoung Joon; Yoo, Seung Chang; Kim, Taeho; Bahn, Chi Bum; Kim, Ji Hyun

    2015-07-01

    From the earlier study which characterized the region of a fusion boundary between a low-alloy steel (LAS) and a Ni-based weld metal of as-welded and aged samples at 450 °C for a 30-y-equivalent time, it was observed in the microstructure that the aging treatment induced the formation and growth of Cr precipitates in the fusion boundary region because of the thermodynamic driving force. Now, this research extends the text matrix and continues the previous study by compiling all the test data, with an additional aging heat treatment conducted at 400 °C for 15- and 30-y-equivalent times (6450 and 12,911 h, respectively). The results for the extended test matrix primarily represent the common features of and disparities in the effects of thermal aging on the aged samples at two different heat-treatment temperatures (400 and 450 °C). Although no difference was expected between the samples, because the heat treatment conditions simulate thermal aging effects during the same service time of 30 y, the sample aged at 450 °C exhibited slightly more severe effects of thermal aging than the sample aged at 400 °C. Nevertheless, the trends for these effects are similar and the simulation of thermal aging effects for a light-water reactor appears to be reliable. However, according to a simulation of the same degree of thermal aging effects, it appears that the activation energy for Cr diffusion should be larger than the numerical value used in this study.

  10. The effect of postprocessing on tensile property and microstructure evolution of friction stir welding aluminum alloy joint

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    Hu, Z.L.; Wang, X.S.; Pang, Q.; Huang, F.; Qin, X.P.; Hua, L.

    2015-01-15

    Friction stir welding is an efficient manufacturing method for joining aluminum alloy and can dramatically reduce grain size conferring excellent plastic deformation properties. Consequently, friction stir welding is used to manufacture tailor welded blanks to optimize weight or performance in the final component. In the study, the microstructural evolution and mechanical properties of friction stir welding joint during plastic forming and subsequent heat treatment were investigated. The microstructural characteristics of the friction stir welding joints were studied by Electron Backscattered Diffraction and Transmission Electron Microscopy. The mechanical properties were evaluated by tensile and microhardness tests. It is found that the tensile and yield strengths of friction stir welding joints are significantly improved after severe plastic deformation due to the grain refinement. Following heat treatment, the strength of the friction stir welding joints significantly decrease due to the obvious abnormal grain growth. Careful attention must be given to the processing route of any friction stir welding joint intended for plastic forming, especially the annealing between forming passes. Severe plastic deforming of the friction stir welding joint leads to a high level of stored energy/dislocation density, which causes the abnormal grain growth during subsequent heat treatment, and consequently reduce the mechanical properties of the friction stir welding joint. - Highlights: • Great changes are observed in the microstructure of FSW joint after postprocessing. • Postprocessing shows great effect on the microstructure stability of FSW joint. • The weld shows more significant decrease in strength than the BM due to the AGG. • Attention must be given to the processing route of FSW joint for plastic forming.

  11. 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 + α-Al phases; the main ternary eutectic reaction forming Mg2Si + Si + α-Al; and two post-eutectic reactions resulting in the precipitation of the Q-Al5Mg8Cu2Si6 and θ-Al2Cu phases, respectively. Microstructures of the four alloys studied confirmed the presence of these phases, in addition to that of the π-Al8Mg3FeSi6 (π-Fe) phase. The presence of the π-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.

  12. Temperature dependence of microstructure and strain evolution in strained ZnO films on Al2O3(0001)

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    Kim, In-Woo; Lee, Kyu-Mann

    2008-09-01

    We have studied the temperature dependence of the growth mode and microstructure evolution in highly mismatched sputter-grown ZnO/Al2O3(0001) heteroepitaxial films. The growth mode was studied by real-time synchrotron x-ray scattering. We find that the growth mode changes from a two-dimensional (2D) layer to a 3D island in the early growth stage with temperature (300-600 °C), in sharp contrast to the reported transition from three dimensions to two dimensions in metal-organic vapor phase epitaxy. At around 400 °C intermediate 2D platelets nucleate in the early stage, which act as nucleation cores of 3D islands and transform to a misaligned state during further growth. Meanwhile, at high temperature (above 500 °C), the spinel structure of ZnAl2O4 grows in the early stage, and it undergoes a transition to wurtzite-ZnO (w-ZnO) with thickness. The spinel formation is presumably driven by high temperature and large incident energy of impacting atoms during sputtering. The results of the strain evolution as functions of temperature and thickness during growth suggest that the surface diffusion is a major factor determining the microstructural properties in the strained ZnO/Al2O3(0001) heteroepitaxy.

  13. Effect of proteins on the surface microstructure evolution of a CoCrMo alloy in bio-tribocorrosion processes.

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    Wang, Zhongwei; Yan, Yu; Su, Yanjing; Qiao, Lijie

    2016-09-01

    Under tribological contact, the subsurface microstructure of CoCrMo alloys for artificial joint implants can be changed and affect the life and safety of such devices. As one of the most important and abundant components in the synovial fluid, proteins play a key role in affecting the bio-tribocorrosion behaviors of metal implants. The effect of proteins on the subsurface microstructure evolution of a CoCrMo alloy was investigated using a transmission electron microscope (TEM) in this study. The result shows that proteins have two main effects on the subsurface's evolution: forming a multilayered structure and causing severer subsurface deformation. The tribo-film can protect the passive film from scrapping, and then the passive film can reduce or even suppress the stacking fault annihilation by blocking the access to the metal surface. It leads to the stacking fault being diffused towards the deeper area and a strain accumulation in the subsurface, before inducing a severer deformation. On the other hand, the effect of proteins results in the location changing from the top surface to be underneath the top surface, where the maximum frictional shear stress occurs. This can cause a deeper deformation. PMID:27182652

  14. Microstructural evolution and the variation of tensile behavior after aging heat treatment of precipitation hardened martensitic steel

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    Shin, Jong-Ho; Jeong, JaeSuk; Lee, Jong-Wook

    2015-01-15

    The effects of aging temperature on the microstructural evolution and the tensile behavior of precipitation hardened martensitic steel were investigated. Microscopic analysis using transmission electron microscope (TEM) was combined with the microstructural analysis using the synchrotron X-ray diffraction (XRD) to characterize the microstructural evolution with aging temperature. Peak hardness was obtained by precipitation of the Ni{sub 3}Al ordered phase. After aging at temperature range from 420 to 590 °C, spherical Ni{sub 3}Al precipitates and ellipsoidal M{sub 23}C{sub 6} carbides were observed within laths and at lath boundaries, respectively. Strain hardening behavior was analyzed with Ludwik equation. It is observed that the plastic strain regimes can be divided into two different stages by a rapid increase in strain hardening followed by a comparatively lower increase. At the first strain hardening stage, the aged specimen exhibited higher strain hardening exponent than the as-quenched specimen, and the exponent in the aged specimen was not changed considerably with increasing aging temperature. It is revealed that the strain hardening exponents at the first and the second stages were associated with the Ni{sub 3}Al precipitates and the domain size representing the coherent scattering area, respectively. - Highlights: • All of aged specimen exhibited higher strain hardening exponent than the as-quenched specimen at the first stage. • The value of strain hardening exponent in the aged specimen was nearly constant with aging temperature. • Ni{sub 3}Al precipitation dominantly influenced to the increase of strain hardening exponent at the first strain hardening stage. • Domain size was associated with strain hardening exponent at the second strain hardening stage.

  15. Microstructure Evolution and Shear Behavior of the Solder Joints for Flip-Chip LED on ENIG Substrate

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    Liu, Yang; Sun, Fenglian; Luo, Liangliang; Yuan, Cadmus A.; Zhang, Guoqi

    2015-07-01

    The microstructure evolution and shear behavior of the solder joints for the flip-chip light-emitting diode on the electroless nickel/immersion gold (ENIG) substrate were investigated in this study. The experimental results reveal that the solder joints for the anode and cathode have different microstructures and failure characteristics during the shear test before and after isothermal aging. For the solder joints for the anode, the interfacial intermetallic compound (IMC) is (Au, Ni)Sn4 at the solder/anode interface but dendritic Ni3Sn4 grains at the solder/ENIG interface after reflow. Meanwhile, the dendritic Ni3Sn4 grains are surrounded by (Au, Ni)Sn4, which suppresses the growth of the Ni3Sn4 grains during aging. For the solder joints for the cathode, a nano scaled Au-rich layer can be observed near the cathode/solder layer interface after reflow. And the Au-rich layer moves toward the bulk solder because of the volume expansion by the transformation from Au into (Au, Ni)Sn4 during reflow and isothermal aging. Due to the diffusion of the Au atom from the Au-rich layer into the bulk solder, the Au-rich layer transformed into an interface inside of the solder joint. The average shear force of the solder joints shows a decrease from 380 gf to 250 gf because of the microstructure evolution during the isothermal aging for 1000 h at 85°C. After long time aging, the primary failure mode of the solder joint for the anode changed from the anode broken to the brittle failure of the solder layer. The delamination between the IMC layer and the insulation layer is suggested to be the dominated failure mode of the solder joint for the cathode after aging.

  16. Voronoi based microstructure modelling for elastic wave propagation

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    Shivaprasad, S.; Balasubramaniam, Krishnan; Krishnamurthy, C. V.

    2016-02-01

    Ultrasonic assessment of materials and defects are affected by microstructural parameters like grain size and texture. When a beam of ultrasound propagates in a polycrystalline medium, it undergoes extensive scattering by grains, grain boundaries and other microstructural features such as dislocations, voids, micro cracks etc. To understand the role of anisotropy and grain size distribution on an ultrasonic beam, a model system is proposed for carrying out ultrasonic wave propagation in a model characterized by grain size distribution and grain orientation distribution. A 2D polycrystalline medium constructed using Voronoi tessellations with a specific grain size distribution is considered and orientational averaging studies are carried out.

  17. Evolution and Control of 2219 Aluminum Microstructural Features Through Electron Beam Freeform Fabrication

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    Taminger, Karen M.; Hafley, Robert A.; Domack, Marcia S.

    2006-01-01

    The layer-additive nature of the electron beam freeform fabrication (EBF3) process results in a tortuous thermal path producing complex microstructures including: small homogeneous equiaxed grains; dendritic growth contained within larger grains; and/or pervasive dendritic formation in the interpass regions of the deposits. Several process control variables contribute to the formation of these different microstructures, including translation speed, wire feed rate, beam current and accelerating voltage. In electron beam processing, higher accelerating voltages embed the energy deeper below the surface of the substrate. Two EBF3 systems have been established at NASA Langley, one with a low-voltage (10-30kV) and the other a high-voltage (30-60 kV) electron beam gun. Aluminum alloy 2219 was processed over a range of different variables to explore the design space and correlate the resultant microstructures with the processing parameters. This report is specifically exploring the impact of accelerating voltage. Of particular interest is correlating energy to the resultant material characteristics to determine the potential of achieving microstructural control through precise management of the heat flux and cooling rates during deposition.

  18. Microstructural evolution of a heat-treated H23 tool steel

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    Nurbanasari, Meilinda; Tsakiropoulos, Panos; Palmiere, Eric J.

    2015-03-01

    The microstructure and the stability of carbides after heat treatments in an H23 tool steel were investigated. The heat treatments consisted of austenization at two different austenizing temperatures (1100°C and 1250°C), followed by water quenching and double-aging at 650°C, 750°C, and 800°C with air cooling between the first and second aging treatments. Martensite did not form in the as-quenched microstructures, which consisted of a ferrite matrix, M6C, M7C3, and MC carbides. The double-aged microstructures consisted of a ferrite matrix and MC, M6C, M7C3, and M23C6 carbides. Secondary hardening as a consequence of secondary precipitation of fine M2C carbides did not occur. There was disagreement between the experimental microstructure and the results of thermodynamic calculations. The highest double-aged hardness of the H23 tool steel was 448 HV after austenization at 1250°C and double-aging at 650°C, which suggested that this tool steel should be used at temperatures below 650°C.

  19. Morphological Evolution of Electrochemically Plated/Stripped Lithium Microstructures Investigated by Synchrotron X-ray Phase Contrast Tomography.

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    Sun, Fu; Zielke, Lukas; Markötter, Henning; Hilger, André; Zhou, Dong; Moroni, Riko; Zengerle, Roland; Thiele, Simon; Banhart, John; Manke, Ingo

    2016-08-23

    Due to its low redox potential and high theoretical specific capacity, Li metal has drawn worldwide research attention because of its potential use in next-generation battery technologies such as Li-S and Li-O2. Unfortunately, uncontrollable growth of Li microstructures (LmSs, e.g., dendrites, fibers) during electrochemical Li stripping/plating has prevented their practical commercialization. Despite various strategies proposed to mitigate LmS nucleation and/or block its growth, a fundamental understanding of the underlying evolution mechanisms remains elusive. Herein, synchrotron in-line phase contrast X-ray tomography was employed to investigate the morphological evolution of electrochemically deposited/dissolved LmSs nondestructively. We present a 3D characterization of electrochemically stripped Li electrodes with regard to electrochemically plated LmSs. We clarify fundamentally the origin of the porous lithium interface growing into Li electrodes. Moreover, cleavage of the separator caused by growing LmS was experimentally observed and visualized in 3D. Our systematic investigation provides fundamental insights into LmS evolution and enables us to understand the evolution mechanisms in Li electrodes more profoundly. PMID:27463258

  20. Investigation of a Novel NDE Method for Monitoring Thermomechanical Damage and Microstructure Evolution in Ferritic-Martensitic Steels for Generation IV Nuclear Energy Systems

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    Nagy, Peter

    2013-09-30

    The main goal of the proposed project is the development of validated nondestructive evaluation (NDE) techniques for in situ monitoring of ferritic-martensitic steels like Grade 91 9Cr-1Mo, which are candidate materials for Generation IV nuclear energy structural components operating at temperatures up to ~650{degree}C and for steam-generator tubing for sodium-cooled fast reactors. Full assessment of thermomechanical damage requires a clear separation between thermally activated microstructural evolution and creep damage caused by simultaneous mechanical stress. Creep damage can be classified as "negligible" creep without significant plastic strain and "ordinary" creep of the primary, secondary, and tertiary kind that is accompanied by significant plastic deformation and/or cavity nucleation and growth. Under negligible creep conditions of interest in this project, minimal or no plastic strain occurs, and the accumulation of creep damage does not significantly reduce the fatigue life of a structural component so that low-temperature design rules, such as the ASME Section III, Subsection NB, can be applied with confidence. The proposed research project will utilize a multifaceted approach in which the feasibility of electrical conductivity and thermo-electric monitoring methods is researched and coupled with detailed post-thermal/creep exposure characterization of microstructural changes and damage processes using state-of-the-art electron microscopy techniques, with the aim of establishing the most effective nondestructive materials evaluation technique for particular degradation modes in high-temperature alloys that are candidates for use in the Next Generation Nuclear Plant (NGNP) as well as providing the necessary mechanism-based underpinnings for relating the two. Only techniques suitable for practical application in situ will be considered. As the project evolves and results accumulate, we will also study the use of this technique for monitoring other GEN IV

  1. alpha'-SiAlON: Phase stability, phase transformations and microstructural evolutions

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    Rosenflanz, Anatoly Zhanovich

    1997-11-01

    Silicon nitride is a prominent member of a ceramic family developed for use in structural applications at ambient and elevated temperatures. It exists in two polymorphic forms, alpha and beta. The predominant form in use today is beta-Sisb3Nsb4. The other form of silicon nitride, alpha-Sisb3Nsb4, is not used even though it is much harder. This is because only beta-Sisb3Nsb4 can be made into a tough and strong ceramic by forming a microstructure that resembles a fiber-reinforced composite. alpha-Sisb3Nsb4, which is unstable at high temperature, can be stabilized by forming solid solutions with Al, O, and interstitial cations, but it always appears with a microstructure of fine, equiaxed grains and has low toughness and strength. Microstructural development of silicon nitride is closely related to phase transformations mediated by a liquid. To help guide the development of new silicon nitride alloys, various aspects of these transformations, and some reverse transformations among them, have been studied. This dissertation sheds light on such issues as the determination of equilibrium phase relations at different temperatures for different compositions, the kinetics of forward and reverse transformations, and the connection of these transformations to the microstructure. Among the outstanding issues that have been resolved by this work are the stability of alphasp'-SiAlON at low temperature and the role of starting powders and rare-earth cations in determining the rate of phase transformations. A new class of alphasp'-SiAlON, which combines the toughness of beta-Sisb3Nsb4 and the hardness of alpha-Sisb3Nsb4, with a whisker-like microstructure, has also been discovered by exploiting the nucleation and growth kinetics of phase transformations.

  2. Microstructure Evolution in a Cu-0.5Cr-0.2Zr Alloy Subjected to Equal Channel Angular Pressing, Rolling or Aging

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    Alexandrov, Igor V.; Sitdikov, Vil D.; Abramova, Marina M.; Sarkeeva, Elena A.; Wei, Kun Xia; Wei, Wei

    2016-08-01

    The evolution of microstructure in the Cu-0.5%Cr-0.2%Zr alloy subjected to thermomechanical treatment has been studied by means of the x-ray analysis. The workpieces have been subjected to 1, 2, 4 and 8 passes of equal channel angular pressing, plain cold rolling and aging treatment. The results of the XRD investigations reflect the evolution of the lattice parameter, the size of coherently scattering domains, the elastic microdistortions and the dislocation density in Cu matrix. The observed changes in the microstructure are explained by the competition between the developing defects and precipitation of the Cr phase particles from the Cu matrix.

  3. Microstructure evolution in proton-irradiated austenitic Fe-Cr-Ni alloys under LWR core conditions

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    Gan, Jian

    1999-11-01

    Irradiation-induced microstructure of austenitic stainless steel was investigated using proton irradiation. High-purity alloys of Fe-20Cr-9Ni (UHP 304 SS), Fe-20Cr-24Ni and Ni-18Cr-9Fe were irradiated using 3.2 MeV protons at a dose rate of 7 × 10-6 dpa/s between 300°C and 600°C. The irradiation produced a microstructure consisting of dislocation loops and voids. The dose and temperature dependence of the number density and size of dislocation loops and voids were investigated. The changes in yield strength due to irradiation were estimated from Vickers hardness measurements and compared to calculations using a dispersed-barrier hardening model. The dose and temperature dependence of microstructure and hardness change for proton irradiation follows the same trend as that for neutron irradiation at comparable irradiation conditions. Commercial purity alloys of CP 304 SS and CP 316 SS were irradiated at 360°C to doses between 0.3 and 3.0 dpa. The irradiated microstructure consists of dislocation loops. No voids were detected at doses up to 3.0 dpa. Loop size distributions are in close agreement with that in the same alloys neutron-irradiated in a LWR core. The loop density also agrees with neutron irradiation data. The yield strength as a function of dose in proton irradiated commercial purity alloys is consistent with the neutron- data trend. A fast-reactor microstructure model was adapted for light water reactor (LWR) irradiation conditions (275°C, 7 × 10 -8 dpa/s) and then applied to proton irradiation under conditions (360°C, 7 × 10-6 dpa/s) relevant to LWRs. The original model was modified by including in-cascade interstitial clustering and the loss of interstitial clusters to sinks by cluster diffusion. It was demonstrated that loop nucleation for both LWR irradiation condition and proton irradiation are driven by in-cascade interstitial clustering. One important result from this modeling work is that the difference in displacement cascade between

  4. Evolution of platinum hierarchical microstructure amine - Assisted growth via solvothermal method

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    Ooi, Mahayatun Dayana Johan; Aziz, Azlan Abdul

    2015-04-01

    Here we studied the formation of Platinum hierarchical microstructure by varying the synthesis time using amine assisted growth via solvothermal method. A small cluster of particles was produced at a shorter synthesis time (5h) while fully grown flower-like microstructure were formed at 9h of reaction. The synthesized Pt particles exhibit high absorption peak at 230 nm corresponding to Pt absorption peak. The catalytic property of the synthesized Pt is greatly influenced by its geometrical shape. The fully grown flower-like particles exhibit large electrochemical surface area (4.88 cm-2 g-1) and catalytic stability at a longer period, which can serve as a potential catalyst for electro-oxidation of formic acid.

  5. Microstructural Evolution and Magnetic Properties of Aged CoNiGaAl Shape Memory Alloy

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    El-Bagoury, N.; Rashad, M. M.

    2016-05-01

    A study on the influence of aging heat treatment conditions at 823 K for 3 h, 24 h, and 120 h, on microstructure, martensitic transformation, and magnetic and mechanical properties of Co50Ni23Ga27- X Al X alloys ( X = 0 and 1 at.%) was performed by using x-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis, optical microscopy (OM), energy-dispersive spectrometer (EDS), differential scanning calorimeter (DSC), and vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM). The results show that the microstructure of both aged alloys consists of martensite and fcc second γ phase in addition to ordered cubic gamma prime ( γ') phase precipitates in martensite. The martensitic transformation temperature peak ( M p) elevates with prolonging aging time and decreasing valence electron concentration ( e v/ a). Saturation magnetization ( M s) decreases, whereas both remanence magnetization ( M r) and coercivity ( H c) increase with aging time. Meanwhile, the aging time enhances the hardness property ( H v) of the investigated alloys.

  6. Evolution and Control of 2219 Aluminum Microstructural Features through Electron Beam Freeform Fabrication

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    Taminger, Karen M.; Hafley, Robert A.; Domack, Marcia S.

    2006-01-01

    Electron beam freeform fabrication (EBF3) is a new layer-additive process that has been developed for near-net shape fabrication of complex structures. EBF3 uses an electron beam to create a molten pool on the surface of a substrate. Wire is fed into the molten pool and the part translated with respect to the beam to build up a 3-dimensional structure one layer at a time. Unlike many other freeform fabrication processes, the energy coupling of the electron beam is extremely well suited to processing of aluminum alloys. The layer-additive nature of the EBF3 process results in a tortuous thermal path producing complex microstructures including: small homogeneous equiaxed grains; dendritic growth contained within larger grains; and/or pervasive dendritic formation in the interpass regions of the deposits. Several process control variables contribute to the formation of these different microstructures, including translation speed, wire feed rate, beam current and accelerating voltage. In electron beam processing, higher accelerating voltages embed the energy deeper below the surface of the substrate. Two EBF3 systems have been established at NASA Langley, one with a low-voltage (10-30kV) and the other a high-voltage (30-60 kV) electron beam gun. Aluminum alloy 2219 was processed over a range of different variables to explore the design space and correlate the resultant microstructures with the processing parameters. This report is specifically exploring the impact of accelerating voltage. Of particular interest is correlating energy to the resultant material characteristics to determine the potential of achieving microstructural control through precise management of the heat flux and cooling rates during deposition.

  7. Effects of titanium additions to austenitic ternary alloys on microstructural evolution and void swelling

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    Okita, T; Wolfer, W G; Garner, F A; Sekimura, N

    2003-12-01

    Ternary austenitic model alloys were modified with 0.25 wt.% titanium and irradiated in FFTF reactor at dose rates ranging over more than two orders in magnitude. While lowering of dose rate strongly increases swelling by shortening the incubation dose, the steady state swelling rate is not affected by dose rate. Although titanium addition strongly alters the void microstructure, swelling at {approx} 420 C does not change with titanium additions, but the sensitivity to dose rate is preserved.

  8. Microstructure and microhardness evolution of melt-spun Al-Si-Cu alloy

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    Ahmed, Emad M.; Ebrahim, M. R.

    2014-04-01

    Al-11 wt.% Si-11 wt.% Cu (11.29 at.% Si-5.1 at.% Cu) melt was rapidly solidified into ribbons and characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS) and microhardness technique. The Rietveld X-ray diffraction analysis was applied successfully to analyze the microstructure and phase precipitations. The high cooling rate obtained in rapid solidification has a significant influence on the microstructure and microhardness of this alloy. On the basis of the Al peaks shift measured in the XRD scans, a solid solubility extension value of 3.95 at.% Si and 3.54 at.% Cu in α-Al were determined. No XRD peaks of the Si phase have been detected. XRD peaks of the intermetallic Al2Cu phase have been observed clearly with estimated content of 12.6 wt.%. During prolonged annealing process at 350°C/25 h, XRD peaks of the Si phase clearly appeared with estimated content of 8.6 wt.% and, moreover, the Al2Cu phase content increased to 16 wt.%. The estimated crystallite size and micro-strain % of α-Al are 30 nm and 0.056, respectively. The melt-spun wheel side ribbon represents ultra-fine microstructure with particles size less than 1μm and exhibits enhancement of hardness to 241 HV. Hardness has further increased to 291 HV during heat treatment (150°C/12 h). Rapid solidification exhibited a great influence on microstructure and microhardness of the Al-Si-Cu alloy.

  9. Lattice mismatch-induced evolution of microstructural properties in FePt films

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    Dong, K. F.; Li, H. H.; Chen, J. S.

    2013-06-01

    FePt (10, 20, 40, and 60 nm) films were fabricated on four different single crystal substrates [MgO (001), KTaO3 (001), SrTiO3 (001), and LaAlO3 (001)], and the effects of lattice mismatch on the microstructure and magnetic properties of FePt films were systematically investigated. The X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) results showed that the different lattice mismatch between the substrates and FePt films resulted in the different crystallographic texture and microstructure of the FePt films. Under the tensile strain between the FePt and substrates (MgO, KTaO3, SrTiO3), the FePt films preferred to form L10 FePt (001) texture. The perpendicular anisotropy of the FePt films grown on MgO was larger than that grown on KTaO3 and SrTiO3. For the FePt films grown on the LaAlO3 substrate, both FePt (110) and (001) orientations were found, which indicated the presence of tensile and compressive strain, respectively. With the reduction of the lattice mismatch between the FePt (10 nm) and substrate from 5.8% (MgO) to 2.4% (KTaO3), and 0.1% (SrTiO3), the microstructure of the FePt films changed gradually from granular to continuous films (SEM and TEM results). The microstructure of the 10 nm FePt film grown on LaAlO3 substrate showed granular structure.

  10. Microstructural Evolution in Friction Stir Welding of Ti-6Al-4V

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    Rubisoff, H.; Querin, J.; Magee, D.; Schneider, J.

    2008-01-01

    Friction stir welding (FSW) is a thermo-mechanical process that utilizes a nonconsumable rotating pin tool to consolidate a weld joint. In the conventional FSW process, the pin tool is responsible for generating both the heat required to soften the material and the forces necessary to deform and combine the weld seam. As such, the geometry of the pin tool is important to the quality of the weld and the process parameters required to produce the weld. Because the geometry of the pin tool is limitless, a reduced set of pin tools was formed to systematically study their effect on the weldment with respect to mechanical properties and resultant microstructure. In this study 0deg, 15deg, 30deg, 45deg, and 60deg tapered, microwave sintered, tungsten carbide (WC) pin tools were used to FSW Ti-6Al-4V. Transverse sections of the weld were used to test for mechanical properties and to document the microstructure using optical microscopy. X-ray diffraction (XRD) was also used to characterize the microstructure in the welds. FSW results for the 45deg and 60deg pin tools are reported in this paper.

  11. Microstructural evolution of bainitic steel severely deformed by equal channel angular pressing.

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    Nili-Ahmadabadi, M; Haji Akbari, F; Rad, F; Karimi, Z; Iranpour, M; Poorganji, B; Furuhara, T

    2010-09-01

    High Si bainitic steel has been received much of interest because of combined ultra high strength, good ductility along with high wear resistance. In this study a high Si bainitic steel (Fe-0.22C-2.0Si-3.0Mn) was used with a proper microstructure which could endure severe plastic deformation. In order to study the effect of severe plastic deformation on the microstructure and properties of bainitic steel, Equal Channel Angular Pressing was performed in two passes at room temperature. Optical, SEM and TEM microscopies were used to examine the microstructure of specimens before and after Equal Channel Angular Pressing processing. X-ray diffraction was used to measure retained austenite after austempering and Equal Channel Angular Pressing processing. It can be seen that retained austenite picks had removed after Equal Channel Angular Pressing which could attributed to the transformation of austenite to martensite during severe plastic deformation. Enhancement of hardness values by number of Equal Channel Angular Pressing confirms this idea. PMID:21133137

  12. A microstructural approach to cytoskeletal mechanics based on tensegrity

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    Stamenovic, D.; Fredberg, J. J.; Wang, N.; Butler, J. P.; Ingber, D. E.

    1996-01-01

    Mechanical properties of living cells are commonly described in terms of the laws of continuum mechanics. The purpose of this report is to consider the implications of an alternative approach that emphasizes the discrete nature of stress bearing elements in the cell and is based on the known structural properties of the cytoskeleton. We have noted previously that tensegrity architecture seems to capture essential qualitative features of cytoskeletal shape distortion in adherent cells (Ingber, 1993a; Wang et al., 1993). Here we extend those qualitative notions into a formal microstructural analysis. On the basis of that analysis we attempt to identify unifying principles that might underlie the shape stability of the cytoskeleton. For simplicity, we focus on a tensegrity structure containing six rigid struts interconnected by 24 linearly elastic cables. Cables carry initial tension ("prestress") counterbalanced by compression of struts. Two cases of interconnectedness between cables and struts are considered: one where they are connected by pin-joints, and the other where the cables run through frictionless loops at the junctions. At the molecular level, the pinned structure may represent the case in which different cytoskeletal filaments are cross-linked whereas the looped structure represents the case where they are free to slip past one another. The system is then subjected to uniaxial stretching. Using the principal of virtual work, stretching force vs. extension and structural stiffness vs. stretching force relationships are calculated for different prestresses. The stiffness is found to increase with increasing prestress and, at a given prestress, to increase approximately linearly with increasing stretching force. This behavior is consistent with observations in living endothelial cells exposed to shear stresses (Wang & Ingber, 1994). At a given prestress, the pinned structure is found to be stiffer than the looped one, a result consistent with data on

  13. Microstructures and Mechanical Properties of High-Mn TRIP Steel Based on Warm Deformation of Martensite

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    Guo, Zhikai; Li, Longfei; Yang, Wangyue; Sun, Zuqing

    2015-04-01

    High-Mn TRIP steel with about 5 wt pct Mn was prepared by a thermo-mechanical treatment based on warm deformation of martensite and subsequent short-time annealing in the intercritical region. The microstructural evolution and the mechanical properties of the used steel during such treatment were investigated. The results indicate that during warm deformation of martensite in the intercritical region, the decomposition of martensite was accelerated by warm deformation and the occurrence of dynamic recrystallization of ferrite led to the formation of equiaxed ferrite grains. Meanwhile, the reverse transformation of austenite was accelerated by warm deformation to some extent. During subsequent annealing in the intercritical region, static recrystallization of ferrite led to the increase in the fraction of equiaxed ferrite grains, and the formation of the reversed austenite was accelerated by the addition of the deformation-stored energy, while the stability of the reversed austenite was improved by the accelerated diffusions of C atoms and Mn atoms. As a whole, the mechanical properties of the used steel by the thermo-mechanical treatment based on warm deformation of martensite and subsequent short-time annealing in the intercritical region were comparable to the steels with similar compositions subjected to intercritical annealing for hours after cold rolling of martensite.

  14. Influence of coarsened and rafted microstructures on the thermomechanical fatigue of a Ni-base superalloy

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    Kirka, M. M.; Brindley, K. A.; Neu, R. W.; Antolovich, S. D.; Shinde, S. R.; Gravett, P. W.

    2015-08-17

    The aging of the microstructure of Ni-base superalloys during service is mainly characterized by coarsening and rafting of the γ' precipitates. The influence of these different aged microstructures on thermomechanical fatigue (TMF) under either continuously cycled (CC) and creep-fatigue (CF) was investigated. Three different aged microstructures, generated through accelerated aging and pre-creep treatments, were studied: stress-free coarsened γ', rafted with orientation perpendicular to loading direction (N-raft), and rafted with orientation parallel to loading direction (P-raft). Under most conditions, the aged microstructures were less resistant to TMF than the virgin microstructure; however, there were exceptions. Both stress-free coarsened and N-raft microstructures resulted in a reduction in TMF life under both CC and CF conditions in comparison to the virgin material. P-raft microstructure also resulted in reduction in TMF life under CC conditions; however, an increase in life over that of the virgin material was observed under CF conditions. Finally, these differences are discussed and hypothesized to be related to the interactions of the dislocations in the γ channels with γ' precipitates.

  15. Effect of simultaneous helium implantation on the microstructure evolution of Inconel X-750 superalloy during dual-beam irradiation

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    Changizian, P.; Zhang, H. K.; Yao, Z.

    2015-12-01

    This study focuses on investigation into the effect of helium implantation on microstructure evolution in Inconel X-750 superalloy during dual-beam (Ni+/He+) irradiation. The 1 MeV Ni+ ions with the damage rate of 10-3 dpa/s as well as 15 keV He+ ions using rate of 200 appm/dpa were simultaneously employed to irradiate specimens at 400 °C to different doses. Microstructure characterization has been conducted using high-resolution analytical transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The TEM results show that simultaneous helium injection has significant influence on irradiation-induced microstructural changes. The disordering of γ‧ (Ni3 (Al, Ti)) precipitates shows noticeable delay in dose level compared to mono heavy ion irradiation, which is attributed to the effect of helium on promoting the dynamic reordering process. In contrast to previous studies on single-beam ion irradiation, in which no cavities were reported even at high doses, very small (2-5 nm) cavities were detected after irradiation to 5 dpa, which proved that helium plays crucial role in cavity formation. TEM characterization also indicates that the helium implantation affects the development of dislocation loops during irradiation. Large 1/3 <1 1 1> Frank loops in the size of 10-20 nm developed during irradiation at 400 °C, whereas similar big loops detected at higher irradiation temperature (500 °C) during sole ion irradiation. This implies that the effect of helium on trapping the vacancies can help to develop the interstitial Frank loops at lower irradiation temperatures.

  16. The Effect of Long-Term Thermal Exposure on the Microstructure and Stress Rupture Property of a Directionally Solidified Ni-Based Superalloy

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    Jiang, X. W.; Wang, D.; Xie, G.; Li, H.; Lou, L. H.; Zhang, J.

    2014-09-01

    Microstructural degradation and microstructure-property relationship during long-term thermal exposure in a directionally solidified Ni-based superalloy are systematically studied. The coarsening kinetics of γ' precipitation conforms well to the LSW model during the long-term thermal exposure. The detailed time dependence of MC decomposition during the long-term thermal exposure is revealed. Grain boundary coarsening was mainly facilitated by γ' and M23C6 precipitates coarsening in GBs region, and the GB coarsening kinetics conforms well to the JMAK theory. During different stages of the thermal exposure, dominant factors for the decrease of stress-rupture lifetime vary due to the evolution of multiple microstructures (γ' coarsening, MC decomposition, and grain boundary coarsening).

  17. The Effect of Long-Term Thermal Exposure on the Microstructure and Stress Rupture Property of a Directionally Solidified Ni-Based Superalloy

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    Jiang, X. W.; Wang, D.; Xie, G.; Li, H.; Lou, L. H.; Zhang, J.

    2014-12-01

    Microstructural degradation and microstructure-property relationship during long-term thermal exposure in a directionally solidified Ni-based superalloy are systematically studied. The coarsening kinetics of γ' precipitation conforms well to the LSW model during the long-term thermal exposure. The detailed time dependence of MC decomposition during the long-term thermal exposure is revealed. Grain boundary coarsening was mainly facilitated by γ' and M23C6 precipitates coarsening in GBs region, and the GB coarsening kinetics conforms well to the JMAK theory. During different stages of the thermal exposure, dominant factors for the decrease of stress-rupture lifetime vary due to the evolution of multiple microstructures ( γ' coarsening, MC decomposition, and grain boundary coarsening).

  18. Nanostructured aluminium titanate (Al{sub 2}TiO{sub 5}) particles and nanofibers: Synthesis and mechanism of microstructural evolution

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    Azarniya, Abolfazl; Azarniya, Amir; Hosseini, Hamid Reza Madaah; Simchi, Abdolreza

    2015-05-15

    In this study, aluminium titanate (AT) particles and nanofibers were synthesized through citrate sol gel and sol gel-assisted electrospinning methods in both nanostructured powder and nanofiber forms. The results of X-ray diffraction analysis, field-emission scanning electron microscopy and differential thermal analysis showed that the synthetic products benefit a nanostructured nature with a grain size less than 70 nm. The optimal values for time and temperature at which a roughly pure AT is attained were determined as 2 h and 900 °C, respectively. It was found that the sol gel precursor bears an amorphous structure till 700 °C and begins to be crystallized to alumina, anatase and AT at higher temperatures. Moreover, AT tends to decompose into rutile and alumina at temperatures higher than 900 °C and its degradation rate reaches a maximum at temperatures near to 1100 °C. In this synthesis, citric acid was used as a chelating agent for Al{sup 3} {sup +} and Ti{sup 4} {sup +} ions and it was shown that a low citric acid-to-metal cation ratio leads to larger numbers of nuclei during crystallization and smaller grain size. Finally, a model was suggested to describe the microstructural evolution of AT compound based on a nucleation and growth regime. - Graphical abstract: Display Omitted - Highlights: • We synthesized aluminium titanate ceramic in both powder and nanofiber forms. • The methods in use were citrate sol gel and sol gel-assisted electrospinning. • Powders and nanofibers bear a nanostructured nature with a grain size less than 70 nm. • A model is suggested to describe microstructural evolution of synthetic products.

  19. A Study on Laser Beam Welding (LBW) Technique: Effect of Heat Input on the Microstructural Evolution of Superalloy Inconel 718

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    Odabaşı, Akın; Ünlü, Necip; Göller, Gültekin; Eruslu, Mehmet Niyazi

    2010-09-01

    The effect of heat input from laser beam welding (LBW) on the microstructural evolution of superalloy Inconel 718 was investigated. LBW was carried out on 1.6-mm-thick sheets with an average grain size of 13 μm (ASTM # 9.5), and four different heat inputs in the range of 74.5 mm-1 to 126.6 J mm-1 were used. Full penetration was achieved in all weld experiments. Microstructures of the welds were evaluated using an optical microscope and a field emission scanning electron microscope. Increasing the heat input changed the resulting weld shape from a wine glass shape to a stemless glass shape with wider surface bead widths, and the measured average dendrite arm spacing was increased from 1.06 μm to 2.30 μm, indicating the corresponding solidification rate in the range of 1.75 × 105 K s-1 (°C s-1) to 3.5 × 106 K s-1 (°C s-1). The welds also were free from microfissuring even at the lowest heat input trials. The Nb concentration of Laves phase for the current LBW samples was ≈20.0 wt pct. The coefficients of partition and distribution for Nb were determined to be approximately 3.40 and 0.50, respectively.

  20. Effects of Recrystallization on Microstructure and Texture Evolution of Cold-Rolled Ti-6Al-4V Alloy

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    Jiang, Haitao; Dong, Peng; Zeng, Shangwu; Wu, Bo

    2016-04-01

    The effects of recrystallization during annealing process on microstructure and texture evolution of cold-rolled Ti-6Al-4V alloy plates were investigated. The plates after cold rolling with a thickness reduction of 5, 10, and 15% were annealed under different conditions of 750 °C for 1 h, 800 °C for 1 h, and 800 °C for 1.5 h, respectively. It was found out that the recrystallization temperature decreased with increasing rolling reduction due to higher storage energy, while the extension of annealing time caused grain growth. For the cold-rolled plate with a reduction of 10%, the resulting microstructure showed more equal-axis grains after annealing at 800 °C for 1 h, among different conditions. Moreover, the XRD results showed that the cold-rolled plate composed mainly of {0001} <10-10> basal texture, {10-11} <1-210> and {01-12} <10-10> pyramidal textures, and {01-10} <10-10> prismatic texture, and that the weak {10-11} <1-210> texture was transformed to components {01-12} <10-10> and {01-10} <10-10>, which were expected to improve formability. Electron back-scattered diffraction results ascertained that two mechanisms, i.e., recrystallization sites of preferred orientations and favorable grain growth both played important roles in static recrystallization.

  1. High-resolution characterization of microstructural evolution in RbxFe2-ySe2 crystals on annealing

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    Speller, S. C.; Dudin, P.; Fitzgerald, S.; Hughes, G. M.; Kruska, K.; Britton, T. B.; Krzton-Maziopa, A.; Pomjakushina, E.; Conder, K.; Barinov, A.; Grovenor, C. R. M.

    2014-07-01

    The superconducting and magnetic properties of phase-separated AxFe2-ySe2 compounds are known to depend on postgrowth heat treatments and cooling profiles. This paper focuses on the evolution of microstructure on annealing and how this influences the superconducting properties of RbxFe2-ySe2 single crystals. We find that the minority phase in the as-grown crystal has increased unit cell anisotropy (c /a ratio), reduced Rb content, and increased Fe content compared to the main phase. The microstructure is rather complex, with two-phase mesoscopic plate-shaped features aligned along {113} habit planes. The minority phases are strongly faceted on the {113} planes, which we have shown to be driven by minimizing the volume strain energy introduced as a result of the phase transformation. Annealing at 488 K results in coarsening of the mesoscopic plate-shaped features and the formation of a third distinct phase. The subtle differences in structure and chemistry of the minority phase(s) in the crystals are thought to be responsible for changes in the superconducting transition temperature. In addition, scanning photoemission microscopy has clearly shown that the electronic structure of the minority phase has a higher occupied density of states of the low binding energy Fe3d orbitals, which is characteristic of crystals that exhibit superconductivity. This demonstrates a clear correlation between the Fe-vacancy-free phase with high c /a ratio and the electronic structure characteristics of the superconducting phase.

  2. Evolution of recrystallization microstructure and texture during rapid annealing in strip-cast non-oriented electrical steels

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    Fang, Feng; Xu, Yun-Bo; Zhang, Yuan-Xiang; Wang, Yang; Lu, Xiang; Misra, R. D. K.; Wang, Guo-Dong

    2015-05-01

    Non-oriented electrical steel as-cast strip was produced by twin roll strip casting process, and subsequently cold rolled and annealed at heating rates in the range of 3-450 °C/s with the aim to elucidate the effect of heating rate on the evolution of recrystallized microstructure and texture. The average grain size was rapidly increased when the heating rate was increased from 3 to 25 °C/s, and decreased when the heating rate was greater than 25 °C/s. The average grain size did not increase linearly with heating rate, which was related to different degree of nucleation and growth rate. The recrystallization texture exhibited pronounced improvement during rapid annealing. At high heating rate, the Goss and Cube had a higher probability of nucleation of shear bands with high stored energy, while the intensity of the γ-fiber texture was significantly reduced. The highest B50 value attained was 1.803 T at a heating rate of 300 °C/s. The study indicates that rapid heating has strong effect on the recrystallization behavior in non-oriented electrical steels, which facilitates optimization of microstructure and texture, especially in the coarse-grained structure.

  3. Microstructure and Crystallographic Texture Evolution During the Friction-Stir Processing of a Precipitation-Hardenable Aluminum Alloy

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    Nadammal, Naresh; Kailas, Satish V.; Szpunar, Jerzy; Suwas, Satyam

    2015-05-01

    Friction-stir processing (FSP) has been proven as a successful method for the grain refinement of high-strength aluminum alloys. The most important attributes of this process are the fine-grain microstructure and characteristic texture, which impart suitable properties in the as-processed material. In the current work, FSP of the precipitation-hardenable aluminum alloy 2219 has been carried out and the consequent evolution of microstructure and texture has been studied. The as-processed materials were characterized using electron back-scattered diffraction, x-ray diffraction, and electron probe microanalysis. Onion-ring formation was observed in the nugget zone, which has been found to be related to the precipitation response and crystallographic texture of the alloy. Texture development in the alloy has been attributed to the combined effect of shear deformation and dynamic recrystallization. The texture was found heterogeneous even within the nugget zone. A microtexture analysis revealed the dominance of shear texture components, with C component at the top of nugget zone and the B and A2* components in the middle and bottom. The bulk texture measurement in the nugget zone revealed a dominant C component. The development of a weaker texture along with the presence of some large particles in the nugget zone indicates particle-stimulated nucleation as the dominant nucleation mechanism during FSP. Grain growth follows the Burke and Turnbull mechanism and geometrical coalescence.

  4. Effects of Recrystallization on Microstructure and Texture Evolution of Cold-Rolled Ti-6Al-4V Alloy

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    Jiang, Haitao; Dong, Peng; Zeng, Shangwu; Wu, Bo

    2016-05-01

    The effects of recrystallization during annealing process on microstructure and texture evolution of cold-rolled Ti-6Al-4V alloy plates were investigated. The plates after cold rolling with a thickness reduction of 5, 10, and 15% were annealed under different conditions of 750 °C for 1 h, 800 °C for 1 h, and 800 °C for 1.5 h, respectively. It was found out that the recrystallization temperature decreased with increasing rolling reduction due to higher storage energy, while the extension of annealing time caused grain growth. For the cold-rolled plate with a reduction of 10%, the resulting microstructure showed more equal-axis grains after annealing at 800 °C for 1 h, among different conditions. Moreover, the XRD results showed that the cold-rolled plate composed mainly of {0001} <10-10> basal texture, {10-11} <1-210> and {01-12} <10-10> pyramidal textures, and {01-10} <10-10> prismatic texture, and that the weak {10-11} <1-210> texture was transformed to components {01-12} <10-10> and {01-10} <10-10>, which were expected to improve formability. Electron back-scattered diffraction results ascertained that two mechanisms, i.e., recrystallization sites of preferred orientations and favorable grain growth both played important roles in static recrystallization.

  5. Microstructural evolution of Fe grown on a (001) Cu film and its implication to the elastic anomaly in metallic superlattices

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    Koike, J.; Nastasi, M.

    1990-01-01

    A large softening of the shear modulus has been reported in metallic superlattices composed of insoluble bcc/fcc metals. In an attempt to understand this elastic anomaly, we have studied the microstructure of Fe/Cu bilayers as a function of the Fe thickness with transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Analysis of the moire fringes observed in plan-view TEM images revealed that the fcc Fe structure epitaxially grows on the (001) Cu up to a thickness of 2.0 nm. At 2.3 nm. At 2.3 nm, the bcc Fe structure nucleates, accompanying lattice rotation around the growth direction with respect to the underlying fcc structure. As the Fe thickness further increases, the submicron polycrystalline grains formed. Based on these results, the microstructure of the metallic superlattices and its relation to the softening of the shear modulus will be discussed. 22 refs., 2 figs

  6. Microstructural evolution of NF709 (20Cr–25Ni–1.5MoNbTiN) under neutron irradiation

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    Kim, Byoungkoo; Tan, Lizhen; Xu, C.; Yang, Yong; Zhang, Xuan; Li, Meimei

    2015-12-30

    In this study, because of its superior creep and corrosion resistance as compared with general austenitic stainless steels, NF709 has emerged as a candidate structural material for advanced nuclear reactors. To obtain fundamental information about the radiation resistance of this material, this study examined the microstructural evolution of NF709 subjected to neutron irradiation to 3 displacements per atom at 500 °C. Transmission electron microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, and high-energy x-ray diffraction were employed to characterize radiation-induced segregation, Frank loops, voids, as well as the formation and reduction of precipitates. Radiation hardening of ~76% was estimated by nanoindentation, approximately consistent withmore » the calculation according to the dispersed barrier-hardening model, suggesting Frank loops as the primary hardening source.« less

  7. Microstructural evolution of NF709 (20Cr-25Ni-1.5MoNbTiN) under neutron irradiation

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    Kim, B. K.; Tan, L.; Xu, C.; Yang, Y.; Zhang, X.; Li, M.

    2016-03-01

    Because of its superior creep and corrosion resistance as compared with general austenitic stainless steels, NF709 has emerged as a candidate structural material for advanced nuclear reactors. To obtain fundamental information about the radiation resistance of this material, this study examined the microstructural evolution of NF709 subjected to neutron irradiation to 3 displacements per atom at 500 °C. Transmission electron microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, and high-energy x-ray diffraction were employed to characterize radiation-induced segregation, Frank loops, voids, as well as the formation and reduction of precipitates. Radiation hardening of ∼76% was estimated by nanoindentation, approximately consistent with the calculation according to the dispersed barrier-hardening model, suggesting Frank loops as the primary hardening source.

  8. Evolution of the texture, mechanical properties, and microstructure of Cu-2.7Be alloys during hot cross-rolling

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    Zhu, Daibo; Liu, Chuming; Liu, Yadi; Han, Tan; Gao, Yonghao; Jiang, Shunong

    2015-09-01

    The evolution of the microstructure and texture of Cu-2.7Be alloys during hot rolling was investigated and related to the mechanical properties of the resulting sheets. Hot cross-rolling is shown to be an effective way to refine the hard and brittle secondary-phase particles in Cu-2.7Be alloys. The Cu- and brass-type textures increase and decrease in prevalence, respectively, during the rolling process. The yield strengths along the first and second rolling directions, and 45° to the former, are all enhanced because the corresponding Schmid factors decrease as the sheets are rolled thinner. The ductility anisotropy of the as-rolled sheets is related to the distribution and shape of the secondary-phase particles therein.

  9. Microstructural evolution of NF709 (20Cr–25Ni–1.5MoNbTiN) under neutron irradiation

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    Kim, Byoungkoo; Tan, Lizhen; Xu, C.; Yang, Yong; Zhang, Xuan; Li, Meimei

    2015-12-30

    In this study, because of its superior creep and corrosion resistance as compared with general austenitic stainless steels, NF709 has emerged as a candidate structural material for advanced nuclear reactors. To obtain fundamental information about the radiation resistance of this material, this study examined the microstructural evolution of NF709 subjected to neutron irradiation to 3 displacements per atom at 500 °C. Transmission electron microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, and high-energy x-ray diffraction were employed to characterize radiation-induced segregation, Frank loops, voids, as well as the formation and reduction of precipitates. Radiation hardening of ~76% was estimated by nanoindentation, approximately consistent with the calculation according to the dispersed barrier-hardening model, suggesting Frank loops as the primary hardening source.

  10. 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.

  11. Microstructural Evolution of Inconel 625 and Inconel 686CPT Weld Metal for Clad Carbon Steel Linepipe Joints: A Comparator Study

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    Maltin, Charles A.; Galloway, Alexander M.; Mweemba, Martin

    2014-07-01

    Microstructural evolution of Inconel 625 and Inconel 686CPT filler metals, used for the fusion welding of clad carbon steel linepipe, has been investigated and compared. The effects of iron dilution from the linepipe parent material on the elemental segregation potential of the filler metal chemistry have been considered. The results obtained provide significant evidence to support the view that, in Inconel 686CPT weld metal, the segregation of tungsten is a function of the level of iron dilution from the parent material. The data presented indicate that the incoherent phase precipitated in the Inconel 686CPT weld metal has a morphology that is dependent on tungsten enrichment and, therefore, iron dilution. Furthermore, in the same weld metal, a continuous network of finer precipitates was observed. The Charpy impact toughness of each filler metal was evaluated, and the results highlighted the superior impact toughness of the Inconel 625 weld metal over that of Inconel 686CPT.

  12. Time-Resolved SAXS/WAXS Study of the Phase Behavior and Microstructural Evolution of Drug/PEG Solid Dispersions

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    Zhu, Qing; Harris, Michael T.; Taylor, Lynne S.

    2013-03-07

    Simultaneous small-angle X-ray scattering/wide-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS/WAXS) was employed to elucidate the physical state and location of various small molecule drugs blended with polyethylene glycol (PEG), as well as the time dependent microstructural evolution of the systems. Samples were prepared by comelting physical mixtures of the drug and PEG, followed by solidification at 25 C. The model drugs selected encompassed a wide variety of physicochemical properties in terms of crystallization tendency and potential for interaction with PEG. It was observed that compounds which crystallized rapidly and had weak interactions with PEG tended to be excluded from the interlamellar region of the PEG matrix. In contrast, drugs which had favorable interactions with PEG were incorporated into the interlamellar regions of the polymer up until the point at which the drug crystallized whereby phase separation occurred. These factors are likely to impact the effectiveness of drug/PEG systems as drug delivery systems.

  13. Evolution of hardness, microstructure, and strain rate sensitivity in a Zn-22% Al eutectoid alloy processed by high-pressure torsion

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    Kawasaki, Megumi; Lee, Han-Joo; Choi, In-Chul; Jang, Jae-il; Ahn, Byungmin; Langdon, Terence G.

    2014-08-01

    Severe plastic deformation (SPD) is an attractive processing method for refining microstructures of metallic materials to give ultrafine grain sizes within the submicrometer to even the nanometer levels. Experiments were conducted to discuss the evolution of hardness, microstructure and strain rate sensitivity, m, in a Zn-22% Al eutectoid alloy processed by high- pressure torsion (HPT). The data from microhardness and nanoindentation hardness measurements revealed that there is a significant weakening in the Zn-Al alloy during HPT despite extensive grain refinement. Excellent room-temperature (RT) plasticity was observed in the alloy after HPT from nanoindentation creep in terms of an increased value of m. The microstructural changes with increasing numbers of HPT turns show a strong correlation with the change in the m value. Moerover, the excellent RT plasticity in the alloy is discussed in terms of the enhanced level of grain boundary sliding and the evolution of microsturucture.

  14. Texture and microstructure evolution in single-phase Ti{sub x}Ta{sub 1-x}N alloys of rocksalt structure

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    Koutsokeras, L. E.; Abadias, G.; Patsalas, P.

    2011-08-15

    The mechanisms controlling the structural and morphological features (texture and microstructure) of ternary transition metal nitride thin films of the Ti{sub x}Ta{sub 1-x}N system, grown by various physical vapor deposition techniques, are reported. Films deposited by pulsed laser deposition, dual cathode magnetron sputtering, and dual ion beam sputtering have been investigated by means of x-ray diffraction in various geometries and scanning electron microscopy. We studied the effects of composition, energetic, and kinetics in the evolution of the microstructure and texture of the films. We obtain films with single and mixed texture as well as films with columnar ''zone-T'' and globular type morphology. The results have shown that the texture evolution of ternary transition metal nitrides as well as the microstructural features of such films can be well understood in the framework of the kinetic mechanisms proposed for their binary counterparts, thus giving these mechanisms a global application.

  15. Cranial base evolution within the hominin clade

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    Nevell, L; Wood, B

    2008-01-01

    The base of the cranium (i.e. the basioccipital, the sphenoid and the temporal bones) is of particular interest because it undergoes significant morphological change within the hominin clade, and because basicranial morphology features in several hominin species diagnoses. We use a parsimony analysis of published cranial and dental data to predict the cranial base morphology expected in the hypothetical last common ancestor of the Pan–Homo clade. We also predict the primitive condition of the cranial base for the hominin clade, and document the evolution of the cranial base within the major subclades within the hominin clade. This analysis suggests that cranial base morphology has continued to evolve in the hominin clade, both before and after the emergence of the genus Homo. PMID:18380865

  16. Evolution of magnetic properties and microstructure of Hf{sub 2}Co{sub 11}B alloys

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    McGuire, Michael A. Rios, Orlando

    2015-02-07

    Amorphous Hf{sub 2}Co{sub 11}B alloys produced by melt-spinning have been crystallized by annealing at 500–800 °C, and the products have been investigated using magnetization measurements, x-ray diffraction, and scanning electron microscopy. The results reveal the evolution of the phase fractions, microstructure, and magnetic properties with both annealing temperature and time. Crystallization of the phase denoted HfCo{sub 7}, which is associated with the development of coercivity, occurs slowly at 500 °C. Annealing at intermediate temperatures produces mixed phase samples containing some of the HfCo{sub 7} phase with the highest values of remanent magnetization and coercivity. The equilibrium structure at 800 °C contains HfCo{sub 3}B{sub 2}, Hf{sub 6}Co{sub 23}, and Co, and displays soft ferromagnetism. Maximum values for the remanent magnetization, intrinsic coercivity, and magnetic energy product among the samples are approximately 5.2 kG, 2.0 kOe, and 3.1 MGOe, respectively, which indicates that the significantly higher values observed in crystalline, melt-spun Hf{sub 2}Co{sub 11}B ribbons are a consequence of the non-equilibrium solidification during the melt-spinning process. Application of high magnetic fields during annealing is observed to strongly affect the microstructural evolution, which may provide access to higher performance materials in Zr/Hf-Co hard ferromagnets. The crystal structure of HfCo{sub 7} and the related Zr analogues is unknown, and without knowledge of atomic positions powder diffraction cannot distinguish among proposed unit cells and symmetries found in the literature.

  17. Microstructural evolution and macroscopic shrinkage in the presence of density gradients and agglomeration

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    Lu, Peizhen

    X-ray computed tomography (CT) can characterize internal density gradients. An in-situ laser dilatometry has been constructed to track dimensional change at different positions of a sample during binder removal and sintering. This combination of tools not only allows us to better understand how microscopic change affects macroscopic dimensions, but also provides guidance for a variety of ceramic processes. Non-uniform agglomerate packing and deformation provide density gradients which drive binder migration during binder removal. Simultaneously, density undergoes a slight decrease accompanied by a 1.0% loss in dimensional tolerance. This and CT difference images suggest that capillary forces generated during binder melting can change the density distribution. During sintering, nonuniformities present in the green state persist into the fired state and become exaggerated. Regions of different initial density can occupy different stages sintering. At ˜88% sintered density, CT clearly showed that open porosity follows the distribution of low density areas. Mercury porosimetry detected three distinct levels of porosity. Microstructural examination correlated the porosity level with the coordination of (i) two to three or (ii) multiple grains around pores. Microstructural packing controls both the observed macroscopic expansion at T ≤ 1000°C and the onset of shrinkage. Neck formation initiates during expansion and not exclusively during shrinkage. Inter- and intra-agglomerate expansion/shrinkage proceed simultaneously but the effective 'transmission' of particle-level behavior to the macroscopic level appears to be controlled by the initial agglomerate bonding and internal agglomerate densities. Discrete element modeling provides corroborating evidence regarding the importance of compact continuity. Following the expansion-shrinkage transition, the higher the zone density the faster the initial shrinkage. The 25% RH sample shrank more rapidly than the same zone in

  18. Microstructural evolution in H ion induced splitting of freestanding GaN

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    Moutanabbir, O.; Scholz, R.; Senz, S.; Goesele, U.; Chicoine, M.; Schiettekatte, F.; Suesskraut, F.; Krause-Rehberg, R.

    2008-07-21

    We investigated the microstructural transformations during hydrogen ion-induced splitting of GaN thin layers. Cross-sectional transmission electron microscopy and positron annihilation spectroscopy data show that the implanted region is decorated with a high density of 1-2 nm bubbles resulting from vacancy clustering during implantation. These nanobubbles persist up to 450 deg. C. Ion channeling data show a strong dechanneling enhancement in this temperature range tentatively attributed to strain-induced lattice distortion. The dechanneling level decreases following the formation of plateletlike structures at 475 deg. C. Extended internal surfaces develop around 550 deg. C leading to the exfoliation of GaN thin layer.

  19. The evolution of microstructure and photoluminescence of SiCN films with annealing temperature

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    Du Xiwen; Fu Yang; Sun Jing; Yao Pei

    2006-05-01

    Silicon carbonitride (SiCN) films were deposited by radio-frequency magnetron sputtering and then annealed at different temperatures from 1100 to 1300 deg. C in hydrogen atmosphere. The as-deposited films and films annealed at 1100 deg. C did not show photoluminescence (PL), whereas strong PL peaks appeared at 355 and 469 nm after annealing at 1200 and 1300 deg. C. X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscope, and Fourier transform infrared spectrometer results show that the enhancement of PL properties is due to the change of microstructure and composition.

  20. Microstructures and Mechanical Properties of Two-Phase Alloys Based on NbCr(2)

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    Cady, C.M.; Chen, K.C.; Kotula, P.G.; Mauro, M.E.; Thoma, D.J.

    1998-12-07

    A two-phase, Nb-Cr-Ti alloy (bee+ C15 Laves phase) has been developed using several alloy design methodologies. In effort to understand processing-microstructure-property relationships, diffment processing routes were employed. The resulting microstructure and mechanical properties are discussed and compared. Plasma arc-melted samples served to establish baseline, . . . as-cast properties. In addition, a novel processing technique, involving decomposition of a supersaturated and metastable precursor phase during hot isostatic pressing (HIP), was used to produce a refined, equilibrium two-phase microstructure. Quasi-static compression tests as a ~ function of temperature were performed on both alloy types. Different deformation mechanisms were encountered based upon temperature and microstructure.

  1. Mechanical and Microstructural Behavior of Cold-Sprayed Titanium- and Nickel-Based Coatings

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    Cavaliere, P.; Silvello, A.

    2015-12-01

    Cold spraying is a coating technology that can deposit materials with unique properties. The coating forms through intensive plastic deformation of particles impacting on a substrate at temperature well below the melting point of the sprayed material. Recently, various studies have been published regarding the microstructural and mechanical evolution of metal-matrix composite coatings produced by cold spraying. Herein, we describe the principal results of the available literature in the field of cold-sprayed composites. It is shown that more research is required to solve various questions in this field, for example, the different deformation modes of the material exhibited for various processing conditions, the reinforcing percentage of different material combinations, and the mechanical properties resulting from these complex systems. In the present study, this issue is approached and described for cold-sprayed Ni- and Ti-based composites. Materials were produced with varying ceramic phase (BN and TiAl3) fraction. The variation of the grain size, adhesion strength, porosity, and hardness of the deposits as a function of the ceramic phase fraction and processing parameters (impacting particle speed) is described. The interaction mechanisms between the cold-sprayed particles and the metal matrix during the coating process are presented and described. The results demonstrate a beneficial effect on grain size and porosity with increasing reinforcing phase percentage, as well as narrow processing parameter ranges to achieve the optimal properties with respect to the pure parent materials.

  2. Effects of neutron irradiation on microstructural evolution in candidate low activation ferritic steels

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    Kohno, Yutaka; Kohyama, Akira; Yoshino, Masahiko; Asakura, Kentaro

    1994-09-01

    Fe-(2.25-12)Cr-2W-V, Ta low activation ferritic steels (JLF series steels) were developed in the fusion materials development program of Japanese universities. Microstructural observations, including precipitation response, were performed after neutron irradiation in the FFTF/MOTA. The preirradiation microstructure was stable after irradiation at low temperature (< 683 K). Recovery of martensitic lath structure and coarsening of precipitates took place above 733 K. Precipitates observed after irradiation were the same as those in unirradiated materials in 7-9Cr steels, and no irradiation induced phase was identified. The irradiation induced shift in DBTT in the 9Cr-2W steel proved to be very small which is a reflection of stable precipitation response in these steels. A high density of fine α' precipitates was observed in the 12Cr steel which might be responsible for the large irradiation hardening found in the 12Cr steel. Void formation was observed in 7-9Cr steels irradiated at 683 K, but the amount of void swelling was very small.

  3. Evolution of microstructures in Precambrian shear zones: An example from eastern India

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    Banerjee, Sayandeep; Matin, Abdul

    2013-05-01

    Shear zones are areas of intense deformation in localized zones which can be used as natural laboratories for studying deformation characteristics. Metre to-micro scale structures that develop in response to a progressive simple shear in a shear zone are characterized by a protracted history of deformation and are immensely useful in delineating the history of progressive deformation. To decipher these localized zones of deformation and to establish the continuous non-coaxial character of deformation, detail microstructural studies are very useful. Singhbhum shear zone (SSZ), a regional Precambrian tectonic dislocation zone in eastern India, depicting a top-to-south thrust movement of the hanging wall provides a scope for studying microstructural characteristics developed in response to a progressive shear at mid-crustal level. SSZ is characterized by intense stretching lineation, isoclinal folds, shear planes, superposed schistosity and deformed quartz veins. Quasi-plastic (QP) deformation mechanisms were predominantly active in the SSZ. The overprinting relationship between the earlier and later schistosity with a consistent sense of shear indicates that earlier schistosity is transposed to later schistosity through the intermediate stages of crenulation cleavage during a progressive non-coaxial deformation. The recrystallization of quartz in mylonitic quartzite suggests protracted history of deformation. The analysis of the character of quartz grains of both the porphyroclasts and recrystallized grains suggests that strain was partitioned between the most intensely deformed central part of the shear zone and the shear-related deformation zone outside the central part of the shear zone.

  4. Interfacial Microstructure Evolution Between Sn-Zn Solders and Ag Substrate During Solid-State Annealing

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    Wang, Chao-hong; Li, Po-yi; Li, Kuan-ting

    2014-12-01

    In this study, solid-state interfacial reactions between Ag and Sn-Zn alloys with varying Zn content (0.1 wt.% to 9 wt.%) were investigated at 170°C. The reaction couples were prepared by electroplating Ag on the Sn-Zn alloy to avoid dissolution of Ag into the molten solder during soldering. The Zn content greatly influenced the reaction products and the interfacial microstructures. When the Zn content was less than 4 wt.%, Ag3Sn and AgZn layers were simultaneously formed. Notably, Zn could actively diffuse through the Ag3Sn layer and react with Ag to form the AgZn phase. With the proceeding reaction, small α-Ag particulates were produced within the AgZn phase. With 9 wt.% Zn, the dominant reactions formed Ag5Zn8 and AgZn layers. The interfacial microstructure evolved significantly with reaction time. Interface instability due to Zn depletion in the solder resulted in massive spalling of the Ag5Zn8 layer. The Ag3Sn phase was then produced next to the AgZn layer. Moreover, another reaction couple, Sn-9 wt.%Zn/Sn(15 μm)/Ag, was prepared, in which fast interdiffusion between Zn and Ag across the Sn layer was demonstrated due to the strong chemical affinity of Zn.

  5. Dynamic Loading to Study Damage Evolution in Heterogeneous Microstructures using IMPULSE at the Advanced Photon Source

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    Yeager, John; Ramos, Kyle; Jensen, Brian; Graff Thompson, Darla; Iverson, Adam; Carlson, Carl; Fezzaa, Kamel; Hooks, Dan

    2013-06-01

    The performance, safety, and thermo-mechanical response of heterogeneous materials such as plastic-bonded explosives (PBXs) is inherently linked to microstructural phenomena. Experimental resolution of the physics and chemistry of the microstructure at appropriate length scales, both at ambient conditions and under dynamic loading, are highly desirable to develop new materials and models to predict their behavior. Here, the dynamic response of several heterogeneous materials is studied with real-time, in situ, spatially resolved measurements using the IMPULSE platform at the Advanced Photon Source (APS) at Argonne National Laboratory. Known PBX damage mechanisms such as void collapse, crack propagation, and plasticity or material flow are imaged at ultrafast speeds under shock loading conditions with simultaneous X-ray phase contrast imaging (PCI). PCI at APS beam line 32-ID is an improvement over radiography because it detects phase shifts in the transmitted X-ray beam, making PCI an ideal technique to image interfaces (i.e. heterogeneity) with high spatial resolution (2um) in-plane. IMPULSE experiments are compared with similar experiments at other length and time scales to discern relevant processing-structure-properties relationships for several PBX materials.

  6. Microstructural evolution during containerless rapid solidification of Co-Si alloys

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    Yao, Wen-Jing; Wei, Bing-Bo

    2003-11-01

    The Co-12%Si hypoeutectic, Co-12.52%Si eutectic and Co-13%Si hypereutectic alloys are rapidly solidified in a containerless environment in a drop tube. Undercoolings up to 207K (0.14TE) are obtained, which play a dominant role in dendritic and eutectic growth. The coupled zone around Co-12.52%Si eutectic alloy has been calculated, which covers a composition range from 11.6 to 12.7%Si. A microstructural transition from lamellar eutectic to divorced eutectic occurs to Co-12.52%Si eutectic droplets with increasing undercooling. The lamellar eutectic structure of the Co-12.52%Si alloy consists of varepsilonCo and Co3Si phases at small undercooling. The Co3Si phase cannot decompose completely into varepsilonCo and alphaCo2Si phases. As undercooling becomes larger, the Co3Si phase grows very rapidly from the highly undercooled alloy melt to form a divorced eutectic. The structural morphology of the Co-12%Si alloy droplets transforms from varepsilonCo primary phase plus lamellar eutectic to anomalous eutectic, whereas the microstructure of Co-13%Si alloy droplets experiences a `dendritic to equiaxed' structural transition. No matter how large the undercooling is, the varepsilonCo solid solution is the primary nucleation phase. In the highly undercooled alloy melts, the growth of varepsilonCo and Co3Si phases is controlled by solutal diffusion.

  7. Evolution of microstructure and texture during recovery and recrystallization in heavily rolled aluminum

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    Mishin, O. V.; Godfrey, A.; Yu, T.; Hansen, N.; Jensen, D. Juul

    2015-04-01

    The annealing behavior of nanostructured aluminum AA1050 prepared by cold rolling to an ultrahigh strain (εvM = 6.4) has been investigated using both transmission electron microscopy and electron backscatter diffraction techniques, paying particular attention to changes in microstructure and texture during recovery and their influence on subsequent recrystallization. It is found that coarsening of lamellar structures during recovery can occur via triple junction motion, and that this process can modify the proportion of different boundary types and texture components compared to those in the cold rolled material. Additionally, the heavily deformed material is characterized by different textures and different spatial arrangements of rolling texture components in the center and subsurface. It is found that changes in the misorientation distribution and texture during coarsening are greatly affected by the initial spatial distribution of crystallographic orientations. In particular, the reduction in the fraction of high angle boundaries observed during recovery is much more pronounced in the subsurface layers than in the center layer. The initial through-thickness heterogeneity is thus greatly enhanced during recovery, which leads to significant differences in recrystallized microstructure and texture in the different layers.

  8. Role of spall in microstructure evolution during laser-shock-driven rapid undercooling and resolidification

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    Colvin, Jeffrey D.; Jankowski, Alan F.; Kumar, Mukul; MoberlyChan, Warren J.; Reed, Bryan W.; Paisley, Dennis L.; Tierney, Thomas E.

    2009-01-01

    We previously reported [Colvin et al., J. Appl. Phys. 101, 084906 (2007)] on the microstructure morphology of pure Bi metal subjected to rapid laser-shock-driven melting and subsequent resolidification upon release of pressure, where the estimated effective undercooling rates were of the order of 10{sup 9}-10{sup 10} K/s. More recently, we repeated these experiments, but with a Bi/Zn alloy (Zn atomic fraction of 2%-4%) instead of elemental Bi and with a change in target design to suppress spall in the Bi/Zn samples. We observed a similar microstructure morphology in the two sets of experiments, with initially columnar grains recrystallizing to larger equiaxed grains. The Bi samples, however, exhibited micron-scale dendrites on the spall surfaces, whereas there were no dendritic structures anywhere in the nonspalled Bi/Zn, even down to the nanometer scale as observed by transmission electron microscopy. We present the simulations and the interferometry data that show that the samples in the two sets of experiments followed nearly identical hydrodynamic and thermodynamic paths apart from the presence of (probably partially liquid) spall in pure Bi. Simulations also show that the spall occurs right at the moving phase front and, hence, the spall itself cuts off the principal direction for latent heat dissipation across the phase boundary. We suggest that it is the liquid spall itself that creates the conditions for dendrite formation.

  9. Microstructure evolution of Ti-48Al-xNb gamma intermetallics

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    Li, Y. G.; Loretto, M. H.

    1994-06-01

    The microstructures of Ti-48Al alloys containing either 2 at.% or 8 at.% Nb have been studied in as-cast, as-HIPped and in heat-treated samples. The as-cast Ti-48Al-2Nb and Ti-48Al-8Nb are heterogeneous and lower Nb content has been detected in the interdentiritic gamma by EDX analysis. Depending on the heat-treatment temperature and cooling rate, the microstructure obtained vary from martensitic structure in the water quenched samples to duplex structure consisting of gamma grains and lamellar alpha(sub 2)/gamma and to fully lamellar structure in the furnace cooled samples. Nb was found to have a high solubility in both alpha and gamma phases and to expand the gamma phase region so that a fully gamma structure is obtained in the Ti-48Al-8Nb sample by annealing at 1200 C. A dense array of planar defects (antiphase boundaries, stacking faults and microtwins) was obtained in the Ti-48Al-8Nb alloy water quenched from 1400 C.

  10. Effect of sample size on intermetallic Al2Cu microstructure and orientation evolution during directional solidification

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    Gao, Ka; Li, Shuangming; Xu, Lei; Fu, Hengzhi

    2014-05-01

    Al-40% Cu hypereutectic alloy samples were successfully directionally solidified at a growth rate of 10 μm/s in different sizes (4 mm, 1.8 mm, and 0.45 mm thickness in transverse section). Using the serial sectioning technique, the three-dimensional (3D) microstructures of the primary intermetallic Al2Cu phase of the alloy can be observed with various growth patterns, L-shape, E-shape, and regular rectangular shape with respect to growth orientations of the (110) and (310) plane. The L-shape and regular rectangular shape of Al2Cu phase are bounded by {110} facets. When the sample size was reduced from 4 mm to 0.45 mm, the solidified microstructures changed from multi-layer dendrites to single-layer dendrite along the growth direction, and then the orientation texture was at the plane (310). The growth mechanism for the regular faceted intermetallic Al2Cu at different sample sizes was interpreted by the oriented attachment mechanism (OA). The experimental results showed that the directionally solidified Al-40% Cu alloy sample in a much smaller size can achieve a well-aligned morphology with a specific growth texture.

  11. Microstructure-Based Constitutive Modeling of TRIP Steel: Prediction of Ductility and Failure Modes under Different Loading Conditions

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    Choi, Kyoo Sil; Liu, Wenning N.; Sun, Xin; Khaleel, Mohammad A.

    2009-05-01

    In this study, an advanced micromechanics-based finite element model is developed based on the actual microstructure of a TRIP (TRansformation-Induced Plasticity) 800 steel to model complex deformation behavior of TRIP steels, including its ductile failure behaviors. The evolution of volume fraction of retained austenite during loading and the mechanical properties of the constituent phases of the TRIP 800 steel are obtained from the synchrotron-based in-situ high-energy X-ray diffraction (HEXRD) experiments and a self-consistent (SC) model. The ductile failure of the TRIP 800 under different loading conditions is predicted in the form of plastic strain localization without any prescribed failure criteria for the individual phases. The computational results suggest that the response of the microstructure-based representative volume element (RVE) well represents the overall macroscopic behavior of the deformed TRIP 800 steel under different loading and boundary conditions. The methodology described in this study may be extended for studying the ultimate ductile failure mechanisms of TRIP steels as well as the effects of the various processing parameters on the macroscopic behaviors of TRIP steels.

  12. Microstructure, mechanical properties and texture evolution of AZ31 alloy containing trace levels of strontium

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    Sadeghi, Alireza Pekguleryuz, Mihriban

    2011-08-15

    The effect of low levels of Sr (0.01, 0.03, 0.05 wt.%) on the microstructure, mechanical properties and texture of AZ31 magnesium alloy has been investigated. Thermodynamic modeling has been used to study the effect of Sr on phase precipitation at different temperatures. Cooling curve analysis reveals a decrease in solidification superheat with the addition of 0.03 wt.% Sr to AZ31. The as-cast microstructures of the alloys have been studied using optical microscopy (OM) and electron probe micro analysis (EPMA). Results show the refining effect of Sr on the grain size and on the {beta}-Mg{sub 17}Al{sub 12} precipitates through growth poisoning and inoculation, respectively. To investigate the mechanical properties of the alloys, as-cast samples were compression tested at elevated temperatures. Hot compression peak stress ({sigma}{sub max}) and critical strain before recrystallization ({epsilon}{sub c}) initially drop but then increase. {sigma}{sub max} first decreases due to the depletion of Al from solid solution and then increases when the amount of the Al-Sr precipitates reach a significant amount. {epsilon}{sub c} drops due to the acceleration of dynamic recrystallization kinetics as a result of grain refinement. It increases with increasing Sr when the concentration Sr in solid solution is increased leading to dislocation pinning and retardation of recrystallization. X-ray texture measurements on the hot compressed and extruded samples show a decrease in maximum intensity of the basal pole figures with increasing Sr as a result of reduced twining and the changes in Al and Sr concentrations in solid solution. - Research Highlights: {yields} Microstructures/precipitates of AZ31+trace levels of Sr were examined by OM and EPMA. {yields} Thermodynamic calculations and cooling curve analysis were used to predict ppt formation. {yields} It has been shown that Sr refines the grains and Mg17Al12 precipitates. {yields} Mechanical properties and texture were studied using

  13. Microstructural evolution during solution treatment of Co-Cr-Mo-C biocompatible alloys

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    Giacchi, J.V.; Fornaro, O.; Palacio, H.

    2012-06-15

    Three different Co-Cr-Mo-C alloys conforming to ASTM F75 standard were poured in an industrial environment and subjected to a conventional solution treatment at 1225 Degree-Sign C for several time intervals. The microstructural changes and transformations were studied in each case in order to evaluate the way in which treatment time influences the secondary phase fraction and clarify the microstructural changes that could occur. To assess how treatment time affects microstructure, optical microscopy and image analyzer software, scanning electron microscopy and energy dispersion spectrometry analysis were employed. The main phases detected in the as-cast state were: {sigma}-phase, M{sub 6}C, and M{sub 23}C{sub 6} carbides. The latter presented two different morphologies, blocky type and lamellar type. Despite being considered the most detrimental feature to mechanical properties, {sigma}-phase and lamellar carbides dissolution took place in the early stages of solution treatment. M{sub 23}C{sub 6} carbides featured two different behaviors. In the alloy obtained by melting an appropriate quantity of alloyed commercial materials, a decrease in size, spheroidization and transformation into M{sub 6}C carbides were simultaneously observed. In the commercial ASTM F75 alloy, in turn, despite being the same phase, only a marked decrease in precipitates size was noticed. These different behaviors could be ascribed to the initial presence of other phases in the alloy obtained from alloyed materials, such as {sigma}-phase and 'pearlitic' carbides, or to the initial precipitate size which was much larger in the first than in the commercial ASTM F75 alloy studied. M{sub 6}C carbides dissolved directly in the matrix as they could not be detected in samples solution-treated for 15 min. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Three different Co-Cr-Mo alloys were poured under an industrial environment. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Transformation of existing phases followed during

  14. Influence of coarsened and rafted microstructures on the thermomechanical fatigue of a Ni-base superalloy

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    Kirka, M. M.; Brindley, K. A.; Neu, R. W.; Antolovich, S. D.; Shinde, S. R.; Gravett, P. W.

    2015-08-17

    The aging of the microstructure of Ni-base superalloys during service is mainly characterized by coarsening and rafting of the γ' precipitates. The influence of these different aged microstructures on thermomechanical fatigue (TMF) under either continuously cycled (CC) and creep-fatigue (CF) was investigated. Three different aged microstructures, generated through accelerated aging and pre-creep treatments, were studied: stress-free coarsened γ', rafted with orientation perpendicular to loading direction (N-raft), and rafted with orientation parallel to loading direction (P-raft). Under most conditions, the aged microstructures were less resistant to TMF than the virgin microstructure; however, there were exceptions. Both stress-free coarsened and N-raft microstructuresmore » resulted in a reduction in TMF life under both CC and CF conditions in comparison to the virgin material. P-raft microstructure also resulted in reduction in TMF life under CC conditions; however, an increase in life over that of the virgin material was observed under CF conditions. Finally, these differences are discussed and hypothesized to be related to the interactions of the dislocations in the γ channels with γ' precipitates.« less

  15. What lies beneath? Diffusion EAP-based study of brain tissue microstructure.

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    Zucchelli, Mauro; Brusini, Lorenza; Andrés Méndez, C; Daducci, Alessandro; Granziera, Cristina; Menegaz, Gloria

    2016-08-01

    Diffusion weighted magnetic resonance signals convey information about tissue microstructure and cytoarchitecture. In the last years, many models have been proposed for recovering the diffusion signal and extracting information to constitute new families of numerical indices. Two main categories of reconstruction models can be identified in diffusion magnetic resonance imaging (DMRI): ensemble average propagator (EAP) models and compartmental models. From both, descriptors can be derived for elucidating the underlying microstructural architecture. While compartmental models indices directly quantify the fraction of different cell compartments in each voxel, EAP-derived indices are only a derivative measure and the effect of the different microstructural configurations on the indices is still unclear. In this paper, we analyze three EAP indices calculated using the 3D Simple Harmonic Oscillator based Reconstruction and Estimation (3D-SHORE) model and estimate their changes with respect to the principal microstructural configurations. We take advantage of the state of the art simulations to quantify the variations of the indices with the simulation parameters. Analysis of in-vivo data correlates the EAP indices with the microstructural parameters obtained from the Neurite Orientation Dispersion and Density Imaging (NODDI) model as a pseudo ground truth for brain data. Results show that the EAP derived indices convey information on the tissue microstructure and that their combined values directly reflect the configuration of the different compartments in each voxel. PMID:27086167

  16. Design of an expert system based on neuro-fuzzy inference analyzer for on-line microstructural characterization using magnetic NDT method

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    Ghanei, S.; Vafaeenezhad, H.; Kashefi, M.; Eivani, A. R.; Mazinani, M.

    2015-04-01

    Tracing microstructural evolution has a significant importance and priority in manufacturing lines of dual-phase steels. In this paper, an artificial intelligence method is presented for on-line microstructural characterization of dual-phase steels. A new method for microstructure characterization based on the theory of magnetic Barkhausen noise nondestructive testing method is introduced using adaptive neuro-fuzzy inference system (ANFIS). In order to predict the accurate martensite volume fraction of dual-phase steels while eliminating the effect and interference of frequency on the magnetic Barkhausen noise outputs, the magnetic responses were fed into the ANFIS structure in terms of position, height and width of the Barkhausen profiles. The results showed that ANFIS approach has the potential to detect and characterize microstructural evolution while the considerable effect of the frequency on magnetic outputs is overlooked. In fact implementing multiple outputs simultaneously enables ANFIS to approach to the accurate results using only height, position and width of the magnetic Barkhausen noise peaks without knowing the value of the used frequency.

  17. Temperature-Dependent Flow Behavior and Microstructural Evolution During Compression of As-Cast Mg-7.7Al-0.4Zn

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    Kulkarni, Rahul R.; Prabhu, Nityanand; Hodgson, Peter D.; Kashyap, Bhagwati P.

    2016-08-01

    The microstructure and mechanical properties improve substantially by hot working. This aspect in as-cast Mg-7.7Al-0.4Zn (AZ80) alloy is investigated by compression tests over temperature range of 30-439°C and at strain rates of 5 × 10-2, 10-2, 5 × 10-4 and 10-4 s-1. The stress exponent (n) and activation energy (Q) were evaluated and analyzed for high-temperature deformation along with the microstructures. Upon deformation to a true strain of 0.80, which corresponds to the pseudo-steady-state condition, n and Q were found to be 5 and 151 kJ/mol, respectively. This suggests the dislocation climb-controlled mechanism for deformation. Prior to attaining the pseudo-steady-state condition, the stress-strain curves of AZ80 Mg alloy exhibit flow hardening followed by flow softening depending on the test temperature and strain rate. The microstructures obtained upon deformation revealed dissolution of Mg17Al12 particles with concurrent grain growth of α-matrix. The parameters like strain rate sensitivity and activation energy were analyzed for describing the microstructure evolution also as a function of strain rate and temperature. This exhibited similar trend as seen for deformation per se. Thus, the mechanisms for deformation and microstructure evolution are suggested to be interdependent.

  18. Microstructure and Sn Crystal Orientation Evolution in Sn-3.5Ag Lead-Free Solders in High-Temperature Packaging Applications

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    Zhou, Bite; Muralidharan, Govindarajan; Kurumadalli, Kanth; Parish, Chad M.; Leslie, Scott; Bieler, Thomas R.

    2014-01-01

    Understanding the reliability of eutectic Sn-3.5Ag lead-free solders in high-temperature packaging applications is of significant interest in power electronics for the next-generation electric grid. Large-area (2.5 mm × 2.5 mm) Sn-3.5Ag solder joints between silicon dies and direct bonded copper substrates were thermally cycled between 5°C and 200°C. Sn crystal orientation and microstructure evolution during thermal cycling were characterized by electron backscatter diffraction in the scanning electron microscope. Comparisons were made between the observed initial texture and microstructure and its evolution during thermal cycling. Gradual lattice rotation and grain boundary misorientation evolution observed due to thermal cycling suggested a continuous recrystallization mechanism. Recrystallization behavior was correlated with dislocation slip activities.

  19. Microstructure and Sn crystal orientation evolution in Sn-3.5Ag lead-free solders in high temperature packaging applications

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    Zhou, Bite; Muralidharan, Govindarajan; Kurumaddali, Nalini Kanth; Parish, Chad M; Leslie, Dr Scott; Bieler, T. R.

    2014-01-01

    Understanding the reliability of eutectic Sn-3.5Ag lead-free solders in high temperature packaging applications is of significant interest in power electronics for the next generation electric grid. Large area (2.5mm 2.5mm) Sn-3.5Ag solder joints between silicon dies and direct bonded copper substrates were thermally cycled between 5 C and 200 C. Sn crystal orientation and microstructure evolution during thermal cycling were characterized by electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) in scanning electron microscope (SEM). Comparisons are made between observed initial texture and microstructure and its evolution during thermal cycling. Gradual lattice rotation and grain boundary misorientation evolution suggested the continuous recrystallization mechanism. Recrystallization behavior was correlated with dislocation slip activities.

  20. Effects of process parameters on microstructural evolution and properties of AZ61 alloy during hot extrusion

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    Lu, Y. L.; Li, X. C.; Xu, W. T.; Wu, D.; Yang, M.

    2015-12-01

    Extrusion testing of AZ61 alloys were conducted at deformation temperatures of 300°C to 410°C and extrusion ratios of 3, 10 and 16 respectively to optimize the process parameters. The experimental results show that deformation process parameters significantly affect microstructures and properties. Optical microscope observation shows that grains are refined greatly during hot extrusion and the mechanical properties are improved with increasing the extrusion ratio. For AZ61 alloy, the optimal extrusion temperature is 370 °C. When deformation temperature increases, more slip systems participate in the plastic deformation, which leads to the decrease of the cleavage surface. After severe plastic deformation, a remarkable improvement of ductility of AZ61 alloy has been found. The ductile fracture mechanism is gradually dominant instead of brittle fracture with increasing the extrusion ratio.

  1. Evolution of the microstructure and oxidation resistance in co-sputtered Zr-Y-N coatings

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    Wu, Zhengtao; Qi, Zhengbing; Zhang, Dongfang; Wang, Zhoucheng

    2014-12-01

    This study investigates the influence of Y addition to the microstructure and oxidation resistance of ZrN coating. Zr-Y-N coatings with a 0-5.8 at.% Y addition were fabricated by reactive co-sputtering in an Ar-N2 atmosphere. The results indicate that solid solution-type Zr-Y-N coatings show a columnar structure with a strong (1 1 1) preferred orientation. The grain size decreases from 76 to 21 nm with an increase in the amount of Y from 0 to 5.8 at.%. The oxidation results demonstrate that the most beneficial addition of Y to improve the oxidation resistance of ZrN coating is 1.0 at.%. An excessive addition of Y produces detrimental effects. Cracking in the oxide scale and oxygen inward diffusion through the scale have been identified as the primary reasons for the loss of oxidation resistance.

  2. Rheological behavior and microstructural evolution of semi-solid hypereutectic aluminum-silicon-magnesium-copper alloys using rheoforming process

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    Tebib, Mehand

    The aim of the current study was to investigate the rheological behavior and microstructural evolution of hypereutectic Al-Si-Cu and Al-Si-Mg-Cu alloys using conventional and modified SEED process (Swirled Enthalpy Equilibration Device). In the first part; the feasibility of semi-solid processing of hypereutectic Al-Si-Cu A390 alloys using a novel rheoforming process was investigated. A combination of the SEED process, isothermal holding using insulation and addition of solid alloy during swirling was introduced as a novel method to improve the processability of semi-solid A390 slurries. The effects of isothermal holding and the addition of solid alloy on the temperature gradient between the centre and the wall and on the formation of alpha-Al particles were examined. In addition, phosphorus and strontium were added to the molten metal to refine the primary and eutectic silicon structure to facilitate semi-solid processing. It was found that the combination of the SEED process with two additional processing steps can produce semisolid 390 alloys that can be rheoformed. In the second part, the effects of Mg additions ranging from 6 to 15% on the solidification behaviour of hypereutectic Al-155i-xMg-4Cu alloys was investigated 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 behaviour. Thermodynamic predictions using ThermoCalc software reported the occurrence of six reactions, comprising the formation of primary Mg2 Si, two pre-eutectic binary reactions, forming either Mg2Si + Si or Mg2Si + alpha-Al phases, the main ternary eutectic reaction forming Mg2Si + Si + alpha-Al, and two post-eutectic reactions resulting in the precipitation of the Q-Al5Mg8Cu 2Si6 and theta-Al2Cu phases, respectively. Microstructures of the four alloys studied confirmed the presence of these phases, in addition to that of the pi

  3. Effect of Post-weld Heat Treatment on Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of Laser Beam Welded TiAl-based Alloy

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    Liu, Jie; Ventzke, Volker; Staron, Peter; Schell, Norbert; Kashaev, Nikolai; Huber, Norbert

    2014-01-01

    Post-weld heat treatment is carried out on the laser beam welded γ-TiAl-based alloy Ti-48Al-1Cr-1.5Nb-1Mn-0.2Si-0.5B (at. pct). The macro/microstructure and mechanical properties of both as-welded and heat-treated specimens are investigated by radiography, SEM, and tensile tests. Moreover, high energy synchrotron X-ray diffraction is performed to measure the residual stresses and evaluate the microstructure evolution. It is found that the residual stresses are distributed in a three-peak shape in the region of the weld zone and heat-affected zone of the as-welded specimen due to the microstructural transformation and heat softening. The residual stresses are largely relieved after the heat treatment. The heat-treated specimens have a near fully lamellar microstructure and show balanced mechanical properties of strength and ductility. The diffraction shows that the phase transformation from α 2 to γ takes place under tensile load at 1023 K (750 °C), and the grain size and lamellar spacing are refined in the weld zone. Finally, the fracture mechanisms are found to be controlled by the local stress concentration-induced strain misfit between α 2 and γ phases in the near γ grains and delamination and debonding in the lamellae. Boride ribbons of 5 μm in the near fully lamellar microstructure are found not to be detrimental to the tensile properties.

  4. Surface microstructure profilometry based on laser confocal feedback

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    Wang, Weiping; Zhang, Shulian; Li, Yan

    2015-10-01

    We demonstrate a surface microstructure profile measurement method, which utilizes the positioning ability of confocal technology and the high sensitivity of frequency-shift feedback of a microchip laser. The surface profile is measured by combination of the amplitude and phase information of the feedback light reflected by the sample. The amplitude information is used for coarse measurement and to determine the integral number of half lasing wavelengths contained in the sample profile variation. The phase information is used for fine measurement and to determine the fractional number. The measurement realizes both a large axial measuring range of tens of microns and a high axial resolution of ˜2 nm. Meanwhile, a heterodyne phase measurement approach is introduced to compensate for environmental disturbance and to realize high axial resolution measurement under common room conditions. The surface profile of a grating is measured and proves the feasibility of the method.

  5. Microstructure Modeling of Third Generation Disk Alloys

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    Jou, Herng-Jeng

    2010-01-01

    The objective of this program was to model, validate, and predict the precipitation microstructure evolution, using PrecipiCalc (QuesTek Innovations LLC) software, for 3rd generation Ni-based gas turbine disc superalloys during processing and service, with a set of logical and consistent experiments and characterizations. Furthermore, within this program, the originally research-oriented microstructure simulation tool was to be further improved and implemented to be a useful and user-friendly engineering tool. In this report, the key accomplishments achieved during the third year (2009) of the program are summarized. The activities of this year included: Further development of multistep precipitation simulation framework for gamma prime microstructure evolution during heat treatment; Calibration and validation of gamma prime microstructure modeling with supersolvus heat treated LSHR; Modeling of the microstructure evolution of the minor phases, particularly carbides, during isothermal aging, representing the long term microstructure stability during thermal exposure; and the implementation of software tools. During the research and development efforts to extend the precipitation microstructure modeling and prediction capability in this 3-year program, we identified a hurdle, related to slow gamma prime coarsening rate, with no satisfactory scientific explanation currently available. It is desirable to raise this issue to the Ni-based superalloys research community, with hope that in future there will be a mechanistic understanding and physics-based treatment to overcome the hurdle. In the mean time, an empirical correction factor was developed in this modeling effort to capture the experimental observations.

  6. Neuron-based heredity and human evolution

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    Gash, Don M.; Deane, Andrew S.

    2015-01-01

    It is widely recognized that human evolution has been driven by two systems of heredity: one DNA-based and the other based on the transmission of behaviorally acquired information via nervous system functions. The genetic system is ancient, going back to the appearance of life on Earth. It is responsible for the evolutionary processes described by Darwin. By comparison, the nervous system is relatively newly minted and in its highest form, responsible for ideation and mind-to-mind transmission of information. Here the informational capabilities and functions of the two systems are compared. While employing quite different mechanisms for encoding, storing and transmission of information, both systems perform these generic hereditary functions. Three additional features of neuron-based heredity in humans are identified: the ability to transfer hereditary information to other members of their population, not just progeny; a selection process for the information being transferred; and a profoundly shorter time span for creation and dissemination of survival-enhancing information in a population. The mechanisms underlying neuron-based heredity involve hippocampal neurogenesis and memory and learning processes modifying and creating new neural assemblages changing brain structure and functions. A fundamental process in rewiring brain circuitry is through increased neural activity (use) strengthening and increasing the number of synaptic connections. Decreased activity in circuitry (disuse) leads to loss of synapses. Use and disuse modifying an organ to bring about new modes of living, habits and functions are processes in line with Neolamarckian concepts of evolution (Packard, 1901). Evidence is presented of bipartite evolutionary processes—Darwinian and Neolamarckian—driving human descent from a common ancestor shared with the great apes. PMID:26136649

  7. Microstructural evolution of Al-8.59Zn-2.00Mg-2.44Cu during homogenization

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    Shu, Wen-xiang; Liu, Jun-cheng; Hou, Long-gang; Cui, Hua; Liu, Jun-tao; Zhang, Ji-shan

    2014-12-01

    The microstructural evolution and phase transformations of a high-alloyed Al-Zn-Mg-Cu alloy (Al-8.59Zn-2.00Mg-2.44Cu, wt%) during homogenization were investigated. The results show that the as-cast microstructure mainly contains dendritic α(Al), non-equilibrium eutectics (α(Al) + Mg(Zn,Al,Cu)2), and the θ (Al2Cu) phase. Neither the T (Al2Mg3Zn3) phase nor the S (Al2CuMg) phase was found in the as-cast alloy. The calculated phase components according to the Scheil model are in agreement with experimental results. During homogenization at 460°C, all of the θ phase and most of the Mg(Zn,Al,Cu)2 phase were dissolved, whereas a portion of the Mg(Zn,Al,Cu)2 phase was transformed into the S phase. The type and amount of residual phases remaining after homogenization at 460°C for 168 h and by a two-step homogenization process conducted at 460°C for 24 h and 475°C for 24 h (460°C/24 h + 475°C/24 h) are in good accord with the calculated phase diagrams. It is concluded that the Al-8.59Zn-2.00Mg-2.44Cu alloy can be homogenized adequately under the 460°C/24 h + 475°C/24 h treatment.

  8. Characterization and modeling of microstructural evolution of near-eutectic tin-silver-copper solder joints

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    Zbrzezny, Adam R.

    Near-eutectic Sn-Ag-Cu (SAC) solders are currently considered as major lead-free replacement candidates for Sn-Pb eutectic alloys in microelectronics applications. In this thesis, the microstructural thermal stability including recrystallization, grain growth behavior, Pb and Au contamination effects and interaction of the SAC solder with Cu and Ni substrates were investigated. The true eutectic composition of the Sn-Ag-Cu alloy was verified to be Sn3.5Ag0.9Cu wt.%, and the eutectic melting temperature was determined to be 217.4 +/- 0.8°C. The system was classified as belonging to faceting (Cu6Sn5)-faceting (Ag3Sn)-nonfaceting (Sn matrix) ternary eutectic. The most significant consequence of Pb contamination was the formation of a quaternary eutectic phase (Sn-Ag-Cu-Pb) with a melting point at 176°C. Similarly, the presence of gold in the SAC alloy led to a development of a new quaternary phase (Sn-Ag-Cu-Au) melting at 204°C. Prolonged aging of SAC-4 wt.% Au on nickel resulted in the deposition of a new, previously unreported, intermetallic (IMC) layer, ((Au1-xCUx)6Sn 5, 15 wt.% of Au) on top of the existing (Cu1-yNi y)6Sn5 layer. The interfacial products that formed during soldering to copper were Cu6Sn5 and Cu3Sn. Soldering to nickel resulted in the formation of one layer, (Cu1-yNiy) 6Sn5, which was different from the expected Ni3Sn 4 layer. A small copper content in the SAC solder (0.7 wt.%) was sufficient to promote this thermodynamic shift. Intermetallic growth on Cu during solid state aging was established to be bulk diffusion controlled. The IMC layers in the SAC system grew at a slower rate than in the Sn-Pb system. It was found that the reliability of SAC solder joints on copper was considerably better than on nickel due to copper enrichment during reflow and subsequent Cu6Sn5 intermetallic precipitation. Enhanced copper and silver diffusion followed by tin recrystallization and grain growth, cavity nucleation and subsequent micro-crack linkage formed

  9. Effect of Microstructure on the High Temperature Fatigue Properties of Two Ni-based Superalloys

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    Muralidharan, Govindarajan; Battiste, Rick; Kenik, Edward A; Bentley, James; Bunting, Bruce G

    2010-01-01

    There is significant need for Ni-based superalloys in the next generation automotive engine components such as exhaust valves. High temperature, high cycle fatigue life is one of the important properties required for such applications. The focus of this work is to evaluate the effect of microstructure on the high cycle fatigue properties of two Ni-based alloys, alloy 751, an alloy used in these applications at lower temperatures, and Waspaloy. High cycle fatigue lives of the alloys at 870oC were evaluated using in-situ high temperature fully reversed fatigue tests at 870oC and a nominal frequency of 30 Hz. Scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy were used to characterize the microstructure of the alloys. Computational modeling was used to calculate the equilibrium microstructure and microstructural coarsening at 870oC. Correlation of fatigue properties with microstructure of the alloys shows that for the experimental conditions used in the study, the fatigue life of Waspaloy, which has greater high temperature strength and larger volume fraction, is better than that of alloy 751.

  10. Microstructural Evolution During Normal/Abnormal Grain Growth in Austenitic Stainless Steel

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    Shirdel, Mohammad; Mirzadeh, Hamed; Habibi Parsa, Mohammad

    2014-10-01

    The grain growth behavior of 304L stainless steel was studied in a wide range of annealing temperatures and times with emphasis on the distinction between normal and abnormal grain growth (AGG) modes. The dependence of AGG (secondary recrystallization) at homologous temperatures of around 0.7 upon microstructural features such as dispersed carbides, which were rich in Ti but were almost free of V, was investigated by optical micrographs, X-ray diffraction patterns, scanning electron microscopy images, and energy dispersive X-ray analysis spectra. The bimodality in grain-size distribution histograms signified that a transition in grain growth mode from normal to abnormal was occurred at homologous temperatures of around 0.7 due to the dissolution/coarsening of carbides. Continued annealing to a long time led to completion of secondary recrystallization and the subsequent reappearance of normal growth mode. Another noticeable abnormality in grain growth was observed at very high annealing temperatures, which may be related to grain boundary faceting/defaceting. Finally, a versatile grain growth map was proposed, which can be used as a practical guide for estimation of the resulting grain size after exposure to high temperatures.

  11. Microstructure and oxygen evolution of Fe-Ce mixed oxides by redox treatment

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    Li, Kongzhai; Haneda, Masaaki; Ning, Peihong; Wang, Hua; Ozawa, Masakuni

    2014-01-01

    The relationship between structure and reduction/redox properties of Fe-Ce mixed oxides with a Fe content of 5, 10, 20 or 30 mol%, prepared by a coprecipitation method, were investigated by XRD, Raman, TEM, TPR and TPO techniques. It is found that all the iron ions can be incorporated into the ceria lattice to form a solid solution for the FeCe 5 (Fe 5%) sample, but amorphous or crystal Fe2O3 particles were found to be present on the Fe-Ce oxide samples with higher the iron content. The reducibility of single solid solution was much better than the pure CeO2, and the appearance of dispersed Fe2O3 particles improved the surface reducibility of materials. The iron ions incorporated into the CeO2 lattice accelerated the oxygen release from bulk to surface, and surface Fe2O3 particles in close contact to CeO2 acted as a catalyst for the reaction between solid solution and hydrogen. The microstructure of exposed Fe2O3 with Ce-Fe-O solid solution allows the Fe-Ce mixed oxides to own good reducibility and high OSC, which also counteracts the deactivation of the reducibility resulting from the sintering of materials in the redox cycling.

  12. Computational Modeling of Microstructural-Evolution in AISI 1005 Steel During Gas Metal Arc Butt Welding

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    Grujicic, M.; Ramaswami, S.; Snipes, J. S.; Yavari, R.; Arakere, A.; Yen, C.-F.; Cheeseman, B. A.

    2013-05-01

    A fully coupled (two-way), transient, thermal-mechanical finite-element procedure is developed to model conventional gas metal arc welding (GMAW) butt-joining process. Two-way thermal-mechanical coupling is achieved by making the mechanical material model of the workpiece and the weld temperature-dependent and by allowing the potential work of plastic deformation resulting from large thermal gradients to be dissipated in the form of heat. To account for the heat losses from the weld into the surroundings, heat transfer effects associated with natural convection and radiation to the environment and thermal-heat conduction to the adjacent workpiece material are considered. The procedure is next combined with the basic physical-metallurgy concepts and principles and applied to a prototypical (plain) low-carbon steel (AISI 1005) to predict the distribution of various crystalline phases within the as-welded material microstructure in different fusion zone and heat-affected zone locations, under given GMAW-process parameters. The results obtained are compared with available open-literature experimental data to provide validation/verification for the proposed GMAW modeling effort.

  13. Effect of He implantation on fracture behavior and microstructural evolution in F82H

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    Yabuuchi, Kiyohiro; Sato, Kiminori; Nogami, Shuhei; Hasegawa, Akira; Ando, Masami; Tanigawa, Hiroyasu

    2014-12-01

    Reduced-activation ferritic/martensitic steels (RAFMs) are the primary candidate structural materials for fusion reactor blanket components. He bubbles, which formed under 14 MeV neutron irradiation, is considered to cause some mechanical property changes. In a previous study, Hasegawa et al. investigated the fracture behavior using Charpy impact test of He implanted F82H by 50 MeV α-particles with cyclotron accelerator, and the ductile brittle transition temperature (DBTT) was increased and intergranular fracture (IGF) was observed. However, the cause of the IGF was not shown in the previous study. To clarify the cause of the IGF of the He implanted F82H by 50 MeV α-particles with cyclotron accelerator, the microstructure of the He implanted F82H was investigated. After Charpy impact test at 233 K, the brittle fracture surface of the He implanted specimen was observed by SEM and TEM. By SEM observation, grain boundary surface was clearly observed from the bottom of the notch to a depth of about 400 μm. This area correspond to the He implanted region. On the other hand, at unimplanted region, river pattern was observed and transgranular fracture occurred. TEM observation revealed the He bubbles agglomeration at dislocations, lath boundaries, and grain boundaries, and the coarsening of precipitates on grain boundaries. IGF of the He implanted F82H was caused by both He bubbles and coarsening precipitates.

  14. Microstructural evolution in a 17-4 PH stainless steel after aging at 400 C

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    Murayama, M.; Hono, K.; Katayama, Y.

    1999-02-01

    The microstructure of 17-4 PH stainless steel at various stages of heat treatment, i.e., after solution heat treatment, tempering at 580 C, and long-term aging at 400 C, have been studied by atom probe field ion microscopy (APFIM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The solution-treated specimen consists largely of martensite with a small fraction of {delta}-ferrite. No precipitates are present in the martensite phase, while spherical fcc-Cu particles are present in the {delta}-ferrite. No precipitates are present in the martensite phase, while spherical fcc-Cu particles are present in the {delta}-ferrite. After tempering for 4 hours as 580 C, coherent Cu particles precipitate in the martensite phase. At this stage, the Cr concentration in the martensite phase is still uniform. After 5000 hours aging at 400 C, the martensite spinodaly decomposes into Fe-rich {alpha} and Cr-enriched {alpha}{prime}. In addition, fine particles of the G-phase (structure type D8{sub a}, space group Fm{bar 3}m) enriched in Si, Ni, and Mn have been found in intimate contact with the Cu precipitates. Following spinodal decomposition of the martensite phase, G-phase precipitation occurs after long-term aging.

  15. Microstructure Evolution During Spray Rolling and Heat Treatment of 2124 Al

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    K.M. McHugh; Y. Lin; Y. Zhou; S.B. Johnson; J.P. Delplanque; E.J. Lavernia

    2006-09-01

    Spray rolling is a strip casting technology that combines elements of spray forming and twin-roll casting. It consists of atomizing molten metal with a high velocity inert gas, quenching the resultant droplets in flight, and directing the spray between mill rolls. In-flight convection heat transfer from atomized droplets and conduction heat transfer at the rolls rapidly move an alloy’s latent heat. Hot deformation of the semi-solid material in the rolls results in fully consolidated, rapidly-solidified product. While similar in many ways to twin-roll casting, spray rolling is able to process a broader range of alloys and operates at a higher production rate. A laboratory-scale strip caster has been constructed at INL and used to evaluate the interplay of processing parameters and strip quality while producing strips up to 200 mm wide and 1.6 – 6.4 mm thick. Plans are underway to scale to 600 mm width and demonstrate steady-state operation. As-spray-rolled strip is characterized by a flat, uniformly thick profile with minimal porosity or segregation. This paper examines how processing parameters influence the microstructure transformations that take place during spray rolling and post-deposition heat treatment of 2124 Al.

  16. Microstructural evolution during aging of an Al-Cu-Li-Ag-Mg-Zr alloy

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    Kumar, K. S.; Brown, S. A.; Pickens, Joseph R.

    1991-01-01

    Alloys in the Al-Cu-Li Ag-Mg subsystem were developed that exhibit desirable combinations of strength and ductility. These Weldalite (trademark) alloys, are unique for Al-Cu-Li alloys in that with or without a prior cold stretching operation, they obtain excellent strength-ductility combinations upon natural and artificial aging. This is significant because it enables complex, near-net shape products such as forgings and super plastically formed parts to be heat treated to ultra-high strengths. On the other hand, commercial extrusions, rolled plates and sheets of other Al-Cu-Li alloys are typically subjected to a cold stretching operation before artificial aging to the highest strength tempers to introduce dislocations that provide low-energy nucleation sites for strengthening precipitates such as the T(sub 1) phase. The variation in yield strength (YS) with Li content in the near-peak aged condition for these Weldalite (trademark) alloys and the associated microstructures were examined, and the results are discussed.

  17. Microstructure and phase evolution in laser clad chromium carbide-NiCrMoNb

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    Venkatesh, L.; Samajdar, I.; Tak, Manish; Doherty, Roger D.; Gundakaram, Ravi C.; Prasad, K. Satya; Joshi, S. V.

    2015-12-01

    Microstructural development in laser clad layers of Chromium carbide (CrxCy)-NiCrMoNb on SA 516 steel has been investigated. Although the starting powder contained both Cr3C2 and Cr7C3, the clad layers showed only the presence of Cr7C3. Microtexture measurements by electron back scattered diffraction (EBSD) revealed primary dendritic Cr7C3 with Ni rich FCC metallic phase being present in the interdendritic spaces. Further annealing of the laser clad layers and furnace melting of the starting powder confirmed that Cr7C3 is the primary as well as stable carbide phase in this multi component system. Increase in laser power and scanning speed progressively reduced carbide content in the laser clad layers. Increased scanning speed, which enhances the cooling rate, also led to reduction in the secondary arm spacing (λ2) of the Cr7C3 dendrites. The clad layer hardness increased with carbide content and with decreased dendrite arm spacing.

  18. High-resolution non-invasive 3D imaging of paint microstructure by synchrotron-based X-ray laminography

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    Reischig, Péter; Helfen, Lukas; Wallert, Arie; Baumbach, Tilo; Dik, Joris

    2013-06-01

    The characterisation of the microstructure and micromechanical behaviour of paint is key to a range of problems related to the conservation or technical art history of paintings. Synchrotron-based X-ray laminography is demonstrated in this paper to image the local sub-surface microstructure in paintings in a non-invasive and non-destructive way. Based on absorption and phase contrast, the method can provide high-resolution 3D maps of the paint stratigraphy, including the substrate, and visualise small features, such as pigment particles, voids, cracks, wood cells, canvas fibres etc. Reconstructions may be indicative of local density or chemical composition due to increased attenuation of X-rays by elements of higher atomic number. The paint layers and their interfaces can be distinguished via variations in morphology or composition. Results of feasibility tests on a painting mockup (oak panel, chalk ground, vermilion and lead white paint) are shown, where lateral and depth resolution of up to a few micrometres is demonstrated. The method is well adapted to study the temporal evolution of the stratigraphy in test specimens and offers an alternative to destructive sampling of original works of art.

  19. Influence of composition on microstructural parameters of single crystal nickel-base superalloys

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    MacKay, R.A.; Gabb, T.P.; Garg, A.; Rogers, R.B.; Nathal, M.V.

    2012-08-15

    Fourteen nickel-base superalloy single crystals containing a range of chromium (Cr), cobalt (Co), molybdenum (Mo), and rhenium (Re) levels, and fixed amounts of aluminum (Al) and tantalum (Ta), were examined to determine the effect of bulk composition on basic microstructural parameters, including {gamma} Prime solvus, {gamma} Prime volume fraction, topologically close-packed (TCP) phases, {gamma} and {gamma} Prime phase chemistries, and {gamma}-{gamma} Prime lattice mismatch. Regression models describing the influence of bulk alloy composition on each of the microstructural parameters were developed and compared to predictions by a commercially-available software tool that used computational thermodynamics. Co produced the largest change in {gamma} Prime solvus over the wide compositional range explored and Mo produced the biggest effect on the {gamma} lattice parameter over its range, although Re had a very potent influence on all microstructural parameters investigated. Changing the Cr, Co, Mo, and Re contents in the bulk alloy had an impact on their concentrations in the {gamma} matrix and to a smaller extent in the {gamma} Prime phase. The software tool under-predicted {gamma} Prime solvus temperatures and {gamma} Prime volume fractions, and over-predicted TCP phase volume fractions at 982 Degree-Sign C. However, the statistical regression models provided excellent estimations of the microstructural parameters and demonstrated the usefulness of such formulas. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Effects of Cr, Co, Mo, and Re on microstructure in new low density superalloys Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Co produced a large change in {gamma} Prime solvus; Mo had a large effect on lattice mismatch. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Re exhibited very potent influence on all microstructural parameters was investigated. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer {gamma} and {gamma} Prime phase chemistries both varied with temperature and alloy composition. Black

  20. Evolution of the Microstructure of Polycrystalline Magnesium at Mega Plastic Deformation in Bridgeman Anvils

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    Vlasova, A. M.; Pilyugin, V. P.; Antonova, O. V.

    2016-07-01

    The method of transmission electron microscopy is used to study the evolution of polycrystalline magnesium structure after shear under high pressure at room temperature. In the initial deformation stages (shrinkage), band structures are observed. It is established that after shear at 5°, the predominant deformation mode is twinning in the (I0Ī2) plane. For shear at 90°, electron microscopic cells, grains with enhanced level of internal stress, and small fraction of recrystallized grains and fragments are distinguished. For high deformation degrees (1-5 revolutions), uniformly distributed recrystallized grains and fragments are observed, and basal deformation structure is clearly distinguished by the radiographic method.

  1. Physical properties of emulsion-based hydroxypropyl methylcellulose films: effect of their microstructure.

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    Zúñiga, R N; Skurtys, O; Osorio, F; Aguilera, J M; Pedreschi, F

    2012-10-01

    The initial characteristics of emulsions and the rearrangement of the oil droplets in the film matrix during film drying, which defines its microstructure, has an important role in the physical properties of the emulsion-based films. The objective of this work was to study the effect of the microstructure (two droplet size distributions) and stability (with or without surfactant) of HPMC oil-in-water emulsions over physical properties of HPMC emulsion-based edible films. HPMC was used to prepare sunflower oil-in-water emulsions containing 0.3 or 1.0% (w/w) of oil with or without SDS, as surfactant, using an ultrasonic homogenizer. Microstructure, rheological properties and stability of emulsions (creaming) were measured. In addition, microstructure, coalescence of oil droplets, surface free energy, optical and mechanical properties and water vapor transfer of HPMC films were evaluated. Image analysis did not show differences among droplet size distributions of emulsions prepared at different oil contents; however, by using SDS the droplet size distributions were shifted to lower values. Volume mean diameters were 3.79 and 3.77 μm for emulsions containing 0.3 and 1.0% without surfactant, respectively, and 2.72 and 2.71 μm for emulsions with SDS. Emulsions formulated with 1.0% of oil presented higher stability, with almost no change during 5 and 3 days of storage, for emulsions with and without SDS, respectively. Internal and surface microstructure of emulsion-based films was influenced by the degree of coalescence and creaming of the oil droplets. No effect of microstructure over the surface free energy of films was found. The incorporation of oil impaired the optical properties of films due to light scattering of light. Addition of oil and SDS decreased the stress at break of the emulsion-based films. The replace of HPMC by oil and SDS produce a lower "amount" of network structure in the films, leading to a weakening of their structure. The oil content and SDS

  2. Periodical Microstructures Based on Novel Piezoelectric Material for Biomedical Applications.

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    Janusas, Giedrius; Ponelyte, Sigita; Brunius, Alfredas; Guobiene, Asta; Prosycevas, Igoris; Vilkauskas, Andrius; Palevicius, Arvydas

    2015-01-01

    A novel cantilever type piezoelectric sensing element was developed. Cost-effective and simple fabrication design allows the use of this element for various applications in the areas of biomedicine, pharmacy, environmental analysis and biosensing. This paper proposes a novel piezoelectric composite material whose basic element is PZT and a sensing platform where this material was integrated. Results showed that a designed novel cantilever-type element is able to generate a voltage of up to 80 µV at 50 Hz frequency. To use this element for sensing purposes, a four micron periodical microstructure was imprinted. Silver nanoparticles were precipitated on the grating to increase the sensitivity of the designed element, i.e., Surface Plasmon Resonance (SPR) effect appears in the element. To tackle some issues (a lack of sensitivity, signal delays) the element must have certain electronic and optical properties. One possible solution, proposed in this paper, is a combination of piezoelectricity and SPR in a single element. PMID:26694398

  3. Periodical Microstructures Based on Novel Piezoelectric Material for Biomedical Applications

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    Janusas, Giedrius; Ponelyte, Sigita; Brunius, Alfredas; Guobiene, Asta; Prosycevas, Igoris; Vilkauskas, Andrius; Palevicius, Arvydas

    2015-01-01

    A novel cantilever type piezoelectric sensing element was developed. Cost-effective and simple fabrication design allows the use of this element for various applications in the areas of biomedicine, pharmacy, environmental analysis and biosensing. This paper proposes a novel piezoelectric composite material whose basic element is PZT and a sensing platform where this material was integrated. Results showed that a designed novel cantilever-type element is able to generate a voltage of up to 80 µV at 50 Hz frequency. To use this element for sensing purposes, a four micron periodical microstructure was imprinted. Silver nanoparticles were precipitated on the grating to increase the sensitivity of the designed element, i.e., Surface Plasmon Resonance (SPR) effect appears in the element. To tackle some issues (a lack of sensitivity, signal delays) the element must have certain electronic and optical properties. One possible solution, proposed in this paper, is a combination of piezoelectricity and SPR in a single element. PMID:26694398

  4. Use of High Magnetic Field to Control Microstructural Evolution in Metallic and Magnetic Materials

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    Ludtka, G.M.; Mackiewicz- Ludtka, G.; Wilgen, J.B.; Kisner, R.A.

    2010-06-27

    The Amendment 1, referred to as Phase 2, to the original CRADA NFE-06-00414 added tasks 3 through 7 to the original statement of work that had two main tasks that were successfully accomplished in Phase 1 of this project. In this Phase 2 CRADA extension, extensive research and development activities were conducted using high magnetic field processing effects for the purpose of manipulating microstructure in the SAE 5160 steel to refine grain size isothermally and to develop nanocrystalline spacing pearlite during continuous cooling, and to enhance the formability/forgability of the non-ferrous precipitation hardening magnesium alloy AZ90 by applying a high magnetic field during deformation processing to investigate potential magnetoplasticity in this material. Significant experimental issues (especially non-isothermal conditions evolving upon insertion of an isothermal sample in the high magnetic field) were encountered in the isothermal phase transformation reversal experiments (Task 4) that later were determined to be due to various condensed matter physics phenomenon such as the magnetocaloric (MCE) effect that occurs in the vicinity of a materials Curie temperature. Similarly the experimental deformation rig had components for monitoring deformation/strain (Task 3) that were susceptible to the high magnetic field of the ORNL Thermomagnetic Processing facility 9-T superconducting magnet that caused electronic components to fail or record erroneous (very noisy) signals. Limited experiments on developing nanocrystalline spacing pearlite were not sufficient to elucidate the impact of high magnetic field processing on the final pearlite spacing since significant statistical evaluation of many pearlite colonies would need to be done to be conclusive. Since extensive effort was devoted to resolving issues for Tasks 3 and 7, only results for these focused activities are included in this final CRADA report along with those for Task 7 (described in the Objectives Section

  5. Microstructural evolution of thin film vanadium oxide prepared by pulsed-direct current magnetron sputtering

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    Motyka, M. A.; Gauntt, B. D.; Horn, M. W.; Dickey, E. C.; Podraza, N. J.

    2012-11-01

    Vanadium oxide (VOx) thin films have been deposited by pulsed-DC magnetron sputtering using a metallic vanadium target in a reactive argon and oxygen environment. While the process parameters (power, total pressure, oxygen-to-argon ratio) remained constant, the deposition time was varied to produce films between 75 ± 6 and 2901 ± 30 Å thick, which were then optically and electrically characterized. The complex dielectric function spectra (ɛ = ɛ1 + iɛ2) of the films from 0.75 to 5.15 eV were extracted by ex situ, multiple-angle spectroscopic ellipsometry (SE) measurements for the series of varied thickness VOx samples. Significant changes in ɛ and resistivity occur as a function of thickness, indicating the correlations exist between the electrical and the optical properties over this spectral range. In addition, in situ measurements via real time SE (RTSE) were made on the film grown to the largest thickness to track optical property and structural variations during growth. RTSE was also used to characterize changes in the film occurring after growth was completed, namely during post sputtering in the presence of argon and oxygen while the sample is shielded, and atmospheric exposure. RTSE indicates that the exposure of the film to the argon and oxygen environment, regardless of the shutter isolating the target, causes up to 200 Å of the top surface of the deposited film to become more electrically resistive as evidenced by variations in ɛ. Exposure of the VOx thin film to atmospheric conditions introduces a similar change in ɛ, but this change occurs throughout the bulk of the film. A combination of these observations with RTSE results indicates that thinner, less ordered VOx films are more susceptible to drastic changes due to atmospheric exposure and that microstructural variations in this material ultimately control its environmental stability.

  6. Effects of Two-Stage Cold Rolling Schedule on Microstructure and Texture Evolution of Strip Casting Grain-Oriented Silicon Steel with Extra-Low Carbon

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    Song, Hong-Yu; Liu, Hai-Tao; Liu, Wen-Qiang; Wang, Yin-Ping; Liu, Zhen-Yu; Wang, Guo-Dong

    2016-04-01

    A 0.27 mm-thick grain-oriented silicon steel sheet with extra-low carbon was successfully produced by a novel processing route including strip casting, normalizing, two-stage cold rolling with an intermediate annealing, primary annealing, and secondary recrystallization annealing. The evolutions of microstructure and texture along the whole processing route were investigated with a special emphasis on the effects of two-stage cold rolling schedule. It was found that Goss orientation originated in the first cold rolling due to shear banding and relatively strong Goss texture evolved through the whole thickness after intermediate annealing. This is significantly different from the results in conventional process in which the origin of Goss texture is in the hot rolling stage and Goss texture only develops below the sheet surface. Besides, it was found that cold rolling schedule had significant influences on microstructure homogeneity, evolution of λ-fiber texture in primary annealed state and, thus, on secondary recrystallization. In case of appropriate cold rolling schedule, a homogeneous microstructure with Goss texture, relatively strong γ-fiber texture and medium α-fiber texture was observed in the primary annealed strip. Although Goss texture in primary annealed state was much weaker than that in two-stage route in conventional process, a perfect secondary recrystallization microstructure was produced and the magnetic induction B8 was as high as 1.85 T. By contrast, when the cold rolling schedule was inappropriate, the primary annealed strips exhibited inhomogeneous microstructure, together with weak γ-fiber texture, medium α-fiber and λ-fiber texture. Finally, the sheets showed incomplete secondary recrystallization microstructure in which a large number of fine grains still existed.

  7. Design and characteristics of refractive index sensor based on thinned and microstructure fiber Bragg grating.

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    Huang, Xue-Feng; Chen, Zhe-Min; Shao, Li-Yang; Cen, Ke-Fa; Sheng, De-Ren; Chen, Jun; Zhou, Hao

    2008-02-01

    A refractive index sensor based on the thinned and microstructure fiber Bragg grating (ThMs-FBG) was proposed and realized as a chemical sensing. The numerical simulation for the reflectance spectrum of the ThMs-FBG was calculated and the phase shift down-peak could be observed from the reflectance spectrum. Many factors influencing the reflectance spectrum were considered in detail for simulation, including the etched depth, length, and position. The sandwich-solution etching method was utilized to realize the microstructure of the ThMs-FBG, and the photographs of the microstructure were obtained. Experimental results demonstrated that the reflectance spectrum, phase shift down-peak wavelength, and reflected optical intensity of the ThMs-FBG all depended on the surrounding refractive index. However, only the down-peak wavelength of the ThMs-FBG changed with the surrounding temperature. Under the condition that the length and cladding diameter of the ThMs-FBG microstructure were 800 and 14 mum, respectively, and the position of the microstructure of the ThMs-FBG is in the middle of grating region, the refractive index sensitivity of the ThMs-FBG was 0.79 nm/refractive index unit with the wide range of 1.33-1.457 and a high resolution of 1.2 x 10(-3). The temperature sensitivity was 0.0103 nm/ degrees C, which was approximately equal to that of common FBG. PMID:18239709

  8. Microstructure and residual stress of laser rapid formed Inconel 718 nickel-base superalloy

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    Liu, Fencheng; Lin, Xin; Yang, Gaolin; Song, Menghua; Chen, Jing; Huang, Weidong

    2011-02-01

    The microstructure and residual stress of laser rapid formed (LRFed) nickel-base superalloy Inconel 718 was investigated. The as-deposited microstructure of an LRFed Inconel 718 alloy is composed of columnar dendrites growing epitaxially along the deposition direction, and the columnar dendrites transformed to unevenly distributed equiaxed grains after annealing treatment at high temperature. Residual stress evaluation in microstructure scale by Vickers micro-indentation method indicates that the residual thermal stress is unevenly distributed in the LRFed sample, and it has a significant effect on the recrystallization during solution annealing treatment. The residual stress is introduced by rapid heating and cooling during laser rapid forming. There is an alternative distribution between high residual stress regions and low residual stress regions, within a single deposited layer, resulting in a similar distribution of recrystallized grain size.

  9. Investigation of the microstructure, mechanical properties and thermal stability of nanocomposite coatings based on amorphous carbon

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    Andreev, A. V.; Litovchenko, I. Y.; Korotaev, A. D.; Borisov, D. P.

    2015-10-01

    The Ti-C-Ni-Cr and Ti-C-Ni-Cr-Al-Si nanocomposite coatings based on amorphous carbon and the nanosized particles were synthesized by magnetron method. The results of the microstructure features and mechanical properties investigations of these coatings are presented. The thermal stability of microstructure and properties of these coatings at tempering up to 900°C were investigated. These coatings have a high (11-18 GPa) hardness, low (μ < 0.2) the coefficient of friction and high thermal stability of the microstructure and properties up to 700°C. The features of elastically stressed state of nanosized particles in these coatings were founded. A high local internal stresses in the TiC nanoscale particles do not observed.

  10. Microstructural developments in TLP bonds using thin interlayers based on Ni-B coatings

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    Saha, R.K.; Khan, T.I.

    2009-09-15

    Oxide dispersion strengthened alloy MA 758 was transient liquid phase (TLP) bonded using thin interlayers based on Ni-B electrodeposited coatings and the microstructural developments across the joint region were studied. The bonding surfaces were electrodeposited with a coat thickness of 2-9 {mu}m and microstructural features were characterized by scanning electron microscopy and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy. The homogeneity of the joint was assessed performing micro-hardness test. The results showed that the coating thickness as well as the amount of melting point depressants (boron) in the coatings had a significant effect on the microstructural developments within the joint region. TLP bonds made using a 2 {mu}m thick coating interlayer produced a joint with no visible precipitate formation and parent metal dissolution, and the absence of precipitates was attributed to the lower volume concentration of boron in the 2 {mu}m thick coating interlayer.

  11. Deformation Microstructures and Creep Mechanisms in Advanced ZR-Based Cladding Under Biazal Loading

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    K. Linga Murty

    2008-08-11

    Investigate creep behavior of Zr-based cladding tubes with attention to basic creep mechanisms and transitions in them at low stresses and/or temperatures and study the dislocation microstructures of deformed samples for correlation with the underlying micromechanism of creep

  12. Microstructure and mechanical properties of hip-consolidated Rene 95 powders. [hot-isostatic pressed nickel-based powder metal

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    Shimanuki, Y.; Nishino, Y.; Masui, M.; Doi, H.

    1980-01-01

    The effects of heat-treatments on the microstructure of P/M Rene 95 (a nickel-based powder metal), consolidated by the hot-isostatic pressing (HIP), were examined. The microstructure of as-HIP'd specimen was characterized by highly serrated grain boundaries. Mechanical tests and microstructural observations reveal that the serrated grain boundaries improved ductility at both room and elevated temperatures by retarding crack propagation along grain boundaries.

  13. Microhardness Distribution and Microstructural Evolution in Pure Aluminum Subjected to Severe Plastic Deformation: Elliptical Cross-Sectioned Spiral Equal-Channel Extrusion (ECSEE)

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    Li, Jinghui; Li, Fuguo; Ma, Xinkai; Chen, Han; Ma, Zhanchao; Li, Jiang

    2015-11-01

    Elliptical cross-sectioned spiral equal-channel extrusion (ECSEE), one of the severe plastic deformation techniques, is of great efficiency in producing bulk ultrafine or nanostructured materials. In this paper, the simulation and experimental researches on ECSEE of high-purity aluminum were conducted to investigate the equivalent strain distribution and microhardness distribution on three orthogonal planes, as well as microstructural evolution. Simulation result shows a significant strain gradient on three planes. Microhardness tests comprise the similar results to strain distribution. According to transmission electron microscopy (TEM) results, microstructural evolution ranged from coarse structures to ultrafine structures by undergoing the shear bands, subgrains, high-angle misorientation grain boundaries and equiaxed structures. There are also some distinctions with reference to grain refinement level, grain boundary styles and dislocation distribution on different positions. The TEM investigations are in good agreement with microhardness tests.

  14. Application of a Three-Dimensional Microstructure Evolution Model to Identify Key Process Settings for the Production of Dual-Phase Steels

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    Bos, C.; Mecozzi, M. G.; Hanlon, D. N.; Aarnts, M. P.; Sietsma, J.

    2011-12-01

    During the production of dual-phase (DP) steels, many transformation phenomena occur, each of which may significantly influence the final properties of the product. In the continuous annealing line, recovery, recrystallization, carbide dissolution, austenite formation, ferrite formation, and martensite formation may all occur. These processes can strongly influence each other. Furthermore, these processes may overlap. This metallurgical complexity makes both establishing the root cause of property variations and the design of new chemistries experimentally expensive and time consuming. With the recent introduction of a computationally efficient three-dimensional (3-D) microstructure evolution model that describes all transformation processes that occur during the processing of DP steels, a tool has become available to study in detail the effect of individual process parameters on the final microstructure. The model has been applied to study the transformation processes on the run-out table of the hot strip mill and in the continuous annealing line. In this study, emphasis has been placed on the role the hot-rolled microstructure plays in the final DP microstructure. Therefore, the model was extended to include the influence of manganese segregation on band formation. Details of the model and findings on the relation between the final microstructure and process settings are presented.

  15. Structural evolution of La-Cr-O thin films: Part I. Microstructure and phase development

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    Orlovskaya, N.; Coratolo, A.; Lugovy, M.; Johnson, C.D.; Gemmen, R.S.

    2006-12-05

    The structural evolution of La–Cr–O thin films and the formation mechanisms of the LaCrO3 perovskite phase have been studied. X-ray amorphous La–Cr–O protective coatings were deposited by magnetron sputtering on metallic interconnect materials. During the annealing of the material in air a two-step phase transition from La–Cr–O to a monoclinic LaCrO4 monazite and further to an orthorhombic LaCrO3 perovskite phase was observed. The formation of a fine nanoporous structure is a result of the significant increase in density of the final LaCrO3 perovskite in comparison with monazite LaCrO4 phase. While the porous structure was not sought after for this application, these distinctive nanostructures may have numerous applications in catalysis, separation membranes or for other SOFC components.

  16. Effect of Annealing Time on Microstructural Evolution and Deformation Characteristics in 10Mn1.5Al TRIP Steel

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    Han, Qihang; Zhang, Yulong; Wang, Li

    2015-05-01

    To investigate microstructural evolution and its effects on the deformation behaviors of cold-rolled 10Mn1.5Al TRIP steel, a series of intercritical annealing treatments with various holding times from 3 minutes to 48 hours were conducted. With the increase of the holding time from 3 minutes to 12 hours, the elongation was improved from 15 to 42 pct, while the tensile strength was only reduced from 1210 to 1095 MPa; the strength-ductility combination thus exceeded 45 GPa pct. Austenite was found to coexist with martensite within deformed grains, which reduced the strain concentration at the interface. The austenite transformation fraction, as measured from the {220} peaks, after 3 minutes annealing was half that after 12 hours annealing. This is an indication that the slip systems were more easily activated in the micro-scaled grains compared with nano-scaled grains. Therefore, although the stability of austenite would have increased during annealing, size-induced slip suppression was reduced. Thus, more strain was accommodated in the austenite, facilitating a greater strain-induced transformation and better ductility.

  17. Temperature-dependent microstructural evolution of Ti2AlN thin films deposited by reactive magnetron sputtering

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    Zhang, Zheng; Jin, Hongmei; Chai, Jianwei; Pan, Jisheng; Seng, Hwee Leng; Goh, Glen Tai Wei; Wong, Lai Mun; Sullivan, Michael B.; Wang, Shi Jie

    2016-04-01

    Ti2AlN MAX-phase thin films have been deposited on MgO (1 1 1) substrates between 500 and 750 °C using DC reactive magnetron sputtering of a Ti2Al compound target in a mixed N2/Ar plasma. The composition, crystallinity, morphology and hardness of the thin films have been characterized by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, atomic force microscopy and nano-indentation, respectively. The film initially forms a mixture of Ti, Al and (Ti,Al)N cubic solid solution at 500 °C and nucleates into polycrystalline Ti2AlN MAX phases at 600 °C. Its crystallinity is further improved with an increase in the substrate temperature. At 750 °C, a single-crystalline Ti2AlN (0 0 0 2) thin film is formed having characteristic layered hexagonal surface morphology, high hardness, high Young's modulus and low electrical resistivity. The mechanism behind the evolution of the microstructure with growth temperature is discussed in terms of surface energies, lattice mismatch and enhanced adatom diffusion at high growth temperatures.

  18. Effects of ball milling parameters on microstructural evolution and mechanical properties of W-3% Y composites

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    Zhao, Mingyue; Zhou, Zhangjian; Tan, Jun; Ding, Qingming; Zhong, Ming

    2015-10-01

    The W-3 Y composites were successfully prepared by spark plasma sintering of milled W-3 Y powders with different milling times (0 h, 5 h, 15 h, 30 h). X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscope (SEM), and laser particle size analysis were used to study the microstructural evolution and morphological change during the milling process. The crystallite sizes exhibited a continuous refinement along with the increased milling time. The median particle sizes, measured by the laser diffraction method, showed a similar change tendency. Due to the existence of Y particles, the W-Y milled powders exhibited spherical-like morphology while pure tungsten milled powders exhibited lamellar morphology at the early milling stage (5-15 h). The microhardness of W-3 Y compacts showed a slight increase with the increase of milling time. The maximum bending strength of 795 MPa was obtained by sintering W-3 Y powders milled for 15 h. As the milling time was prolonged to 30 h, the increased oxygen impurity resulted in a slight decrease of density as well as the degradation of bending strength.

  19. Microstructural Evolution and Flow Behavior of Twin-Roll Cast AZ41 Magnesium Alloy during Hot Compression

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    Liu, Zhiyi; Chen, Xu; Hou, Yanhui; Kang, Sukbong

    2012-12-01

    Microstructural evolution and flow behavior of twin-roll cast AZ41 magnesium alloy during hot compression were characterized by employing deformation temperature of 300°C, 350°C and 400°C, and strain rate ranging from 10-3 to 10-2s-1. When compressed at different temperature (300°C, 350°C and 400°C) and strain rate (10-3 and 10-2s-1) all stress strain curves showed a flow softening behavior before strained to 0.51 due to dynamic recrystallization, even though concurrent twinning was quite active. Twinning contributed to the flow hardening behavior appeared during the end of hot compression (ɛ > 0.51) at a strain rate of 10-2s-1 and elevated temperature (300°C, 350°C and 400°C) in spite of the softening effect of concurrently occurred dynamic recrystallization. TEM image showed that discontinuous recrystallization occurred when deformed at elevated temperature as high as 400°C and the strain rate ranging from 10-2 to 10-3s-1. It is suggested that dislocation slip, twinning and recrystallization develop in a cyclic mode from initial stage to the end of hot compression.

  20. Molecular dynamics study of radiation damage and microstructure evolution of zigzag single-walled carbon nanotubes under carbon ion incidence

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    Li, Huan; Tang, Xiaobin; Chen, Feida; Huang, Hai; Liu, Jian; Chen, Da

    2016-07-01

    The radiation damage and microstructure evolution of different zigzag single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) were investigated under incident carbon ion by molecular dynamics (MD) simulations. The radiation damage of SWCNTs under incident carbon ion with energy ranging from 25 eV to 1 keV at 300 K showed many differences at different incident sites, and the defect production increased to the maximum value with the increase in incident ion energy, and slightly decreased but stayed fairly stable within the majority of the energy range. The maximum damage of SWCNTs appeared when the incident ion energy reached 200 eV and the level of damage was directly proportional to incident ion fluence. The radiation damage was also studied at 100 K and 700 K and the defect production decreased distinctly with rising temperature because radiation-induced defects would anneal and recombine by saturating dangling bonds and reconstructing carbon network at the higher temperature. Furthermore, the stability of a large-diameter tube surpassed that of a thin one under the same radiation environments.

  1. Effects of Dynamic Multi-directional Loading on the Microstructural Evolution and Thermal Stability of Pure Aluminum

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    Yang, Yang; Zhang, Hua; Chen, Yadong

    2016-07-01

    Microstructural evolution and thermal stability of 1050 commercial pure aluminum processed by means of split Hopkinson pressure bar and Instron-3369 mechanical testing machine to an accumulated strain of 3.6 were investigated. The nominal strain rates reached up to 3.0 × 103 and 1 × 10-3/s, respectively. Samples in the deformed state and annealed in the temperature interval 423-523 K for 1 h were characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM). TEM observations reveal that the initial coarse grains are refined significantly, and the deformed structures mainly consist of equiaxed subgrains and dislocation cells with a high density of interior dislocation. In addition, the average subgrain/cell sizes of these two kinds of deformed samples are nearly the same. As to recovery behavior, recovered subgrains are observed at 473 (dynamic) versus 523 K (quasi-static), that is to say, recovery is fairly slow in the quasi-static deformed samples. It is therefore to be expected that thermal stability of this dynamic deformed aluminum is weaker than that of the quasi-static compressed one, which is due to the higher density of dislocation and nonequilibrium dislocation configurations produced during dynamic loading.

  2. Effect of Austenite Stability on Microstructural Evolution and Tensile Properties in Intercritically Annealed Medium-Mn Lightweight Steels

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    Song, Hyejin; Sohn, Seok Su; Kwak, Jai-Hyun; Lee, Byeong-Joo; Lee, Sunghak

    2016-06-01

    The microstructural evolution with varying intercritical-annealing temperatures of medium-Mn ( α + γ) duplex lightweight steels and its effects on tensile properties were investigated in relation to the stability of austenite. The size and volume fraction of austenite grains increased as the annealing temperature increased from 1123 K to 1173 K (850 °C to 900 °C), which corresponded with the thermodynamic calculation data. When the annealing temperature increased further to 1223 K (950 °C), the size and volume fraction were reduced by the formation of athermal α'-martensite during the cooling because the thermal stability of austenite deteriorated as a result of the decrease in C and Mn contents. In order to obtain the best combination of strength and ductility by a transformation-induced plasticity (TRIP) mechanism, an appropriate mechanical stability of austenite was needed and could be achieved when fine austenite grains (size: 1.4 μm, volume fraction: 0.26) were homogenously distributed in the ferrite matrix, as in the 1123 K (850 °C)—annealed steel. This best combination was attributed to the requirement of sufficient deformation for TRIP and the formation of many deformation bands at ferrite grains in both austenite and ferrite bands. Since this medium-Mn lightweight steel has excellent tensile properties as well as reduced alloying costs and weight savings, it holds promise for new automotive applications.

  3. Microstructure evolution and magnetic properties of FeB/Pt multilayers and FeBPt composite films

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    Su, Hao; Schwarm, Samuel C.; Gupta, Subhadra; Martens, Richard L.

    2014-05-07

    Comparisons of microstructural evolution and magnetic properties were made of a FeB12/Pt10/[FeB1.2/Pt1]{sub 15}/Ta5 nm multilayered structure with a FeB12/Pt10/FeBPt33/Ta5 nm co-deposited structure. The Ta capping layer was used to protect the films from oxidation. Both these samples were sputtered in the same planetary deposition system onto thermally oxidized silicon substrates. They both represent layer-by-layer deposition, with the second type of deposition having atomically fine layers, more than an order of magnitude finer than the first type. The samples were annealed at a range of times, temperatures, and vacuum conditions. X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy, and alternating gradient magnetometry were employed to characterize the structural and magnetic properties, respectively. Significant differences were observed between the two types of structures. A maximum coercivity of 8.9 kOe was seen for the atomically fine multilayer, about 10% more than that for the coarse multilayer. XRD analysis confirmed that both the coarse and fine multilayers were in the L1{sub 0} phase after annealing. Our results indicate that the co-deposited film, which is really composed of atomically fine multilayers, is superior to the coarse multilayered FeB/Pt for the formation of L1{sub 0}-phase FePt.

  4. Microchemical and microstructural evolution of AISI 304 stainless steel irradiated in EBR-II at PWR-relevant dpa rates

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    Dong, Y.; Sencer, B. H.; Garner, F. A.; Marquis, E. A.

    2015-12-01

    AISI 304 stainless steel was irradiated at 416 °C and 450 °C at a 4.4 × 10-9 and 3.05 × 10-7 dpa/s to ∼0.4 and ∼28 dpa, respectively, in the reflector of the EBR-II fast reactor. Both unirradiated and irradiated conditions were examined using standard and scanning transmission electron microscopy, energy dispersive spectroscopy, and atom probe tomography on very small specimens produced by focused ion beam milling. These results are compared with previous electron microscopy examination of 3 mm disks from essentially the same material. By comparing a very low dose specimen with a much higher dose specimen, both derived from a single reactor assembly, it has been demonstrated that the coupled microstructural and microchemical evolution of dislocation loops and other sinks begins very early, with elemental segregation producing at these sinks what appears to be measurable precursors to fully formed precipitates found at higher doses. The nature of these sinks and their possible precursors are examined in detail.

  5. Changes in Precipitate Distributions and the Microstructural Evolution of P24/P91 Dissimilar Metal Welds During PWHT

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    Dawson, Karl E.; Tatlock, Gordon J.; Chi, Kuangnan; Barnard, Peter

    2013-11-01

    The effect of post-weld heat treatments (PWHTs) on the evolution of precipitate phases in dissimilar metal welds made between 9 pct Cr P91 alloy and 2.25 pct Cr T/P24-type weld metal has been investigated. Sections of multi-pass fusion welds were analyzed in their as welded condition and after PWHTs of 2 and 8 hour duration at 1003 K (730 °C). Thin foil specimens and carbon extraction replicas have been examined in transmission electron microscopes in order to identify precipitate phases and substantiate their distributions in close proximity to the fusion line. The findings of these studies confirm that a carbon-depleted region develops in the lower alloyed weld material, adjacent to the weld interface, during thermal processing. A corresponding carbon enriched region is formed, simultaneously, in the coarse grain heat affected zone of the P91 parent alloy. It has been demonstrated that carbon depletion from the weld alloy results in the dissolution of M7C3 and M23C6 chromium carbides. However, micro-alloying additions of vanadium and niobium which are made to both the P24 and P91 alloys facilitate the precipitation of stable, nano-scale, MX carbonitride particles. This work demonstrates that these particles, which are of key importance to the strength of ferritic creep resistant alloys, are retained in carbon-depleted regions. The microstructural stability which is conferred by their retention means that the pernicious effects of recrystallization are largely avoided.

  6. Microstructure Evolution and Hardness of an Ultra-High Strength Cu-Ni-Si Alloy During Thermo-mechanical Processing

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    Lei, Q.; Li, Z.; Hu, W. P.; Liu, Y.; Meng, C. L.; Derby, B.; Zhang, W.

    2016-07-01

    Microstructure evolution and hardness changes of an ultra-high strength Cu-Ni-Si alloy during thermo-mechanical processing have been investigated. For hot-compressive deformation specimens, dynamic recrystallization preferentially appeared on deformation bands. As deformation temperature increased from 750 to 900 °C, elongated grains with the Cubic texture {001} <100> were substituted by recrystallized grains with Copper texture {112} <111>. For the samples having undergone cold rolling followed by annealing, static recrystallization preferentially occurred in the deformation bands, and then complete recrystallization occurred. Goss, Cubic, and Brass textures remained after annealing at 600 and 700 °C for 1 h; R texture {111} <211> and recrystallization texture {001} <100> were formed in samples annealed at 800 and 900 °C for 1 h, respectively. For samples processed under multi-directional forging at cryogenic temperature, the hardness was increased as a result of work hardening and grain refinement strengthening. These were attributed to the formation of equiaxed sub-grain structures and a high dislocation density.

  7. Microstructure Evolution and Hardness of an Ultra-High Strength Cu-Ni-Si Alloy During Thermo-mechanical Processing

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    Lei, Q.; Li, Z.; Hu, W. P.; Liu, Y.; Meng, C. L.; Derby, B.; Zhang, W.

    2016-05-01

    Microstructure evolution and hardness changes of an ultra-high strength Cu-Ni-Si alloy during thermo-mechanical processing have been investigated. For hot-compressive deformation specimens, dynamic recrystallization preferentially appeared on deformation bands. As deformation temperature increased from 750 to 900 °C, elongated grains with the Cubic texture {001} <100> were substituted by recrystallized grains with Copper texture {112} <111>. For the samples having undergone cold rolling followed by annealing, static recrystallization preferentially occurred in the deformation bands, and then complete recrystallization occurred. Goss, Cubic, and Brass textures remained after annealing at 600 and 700 °C for 1 h; R texture {111} <211> and recrystallization texture {001} <100> were formed in samples annealed at 800 and 900 °C for 1 h, respectively. For samples processed under multi-directional forging at cryogenic temperature, the hardness was increased as a result of work hardening and grain refinement strengthening. These were attributed to the formation of equiaxed sub-grain structures and a high dislocation density.

  8. Evolution of RNA-Based Networks.

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    Stadler, Peter F

    2016-01-01

    RNA molecules have served for decades as a paradigmatic example of molecular evolution that is tractable both in in vitro experiments and in detailed computer simulation. The adaptation of RNA sequences to external selection pressures is well studied and well understood. The de novo innovation or optimization of RNA aptamers and riboswitches in SELEX experiments serves as a case in point. Likewise, fitness landscapes building upon the efficiently computable RNA secondary structures have been a key toward understanding realistic fitness landscapes. Much less is known, however, on models in which multiple RNAs interact with each other, thus actively influencing the selection pressures acting on them. From a computational perspective, RNA-RNA interactions can be dealt with by same basic methods as the folding of a single RNA molecule, although many details become more complicated. RNA-RNA interactions are frequently employed in cellular regulation networks, e.g., as miRNA bases mRNA silencing or in the modulation of bacterial mRNAs by small, often highly structured sRNAs. In this chapter, we summarize the key features of networks of replicators. We highlight the differences between quasispecies-like models describing templates copied by an external replicase and hypercycle similar to autocatalytic replicators. Two aspects are of importance: the dynamics of selection within a population, usually described by conventional dynamical systems, and the evolution of replicating species in the space of chemical types. Product inhibition plays a key role in modulating selection dynamics from survival of the fittest to extinction of unfittest. The sequence evolution of replicators is rather well understood as approximate optimization in a fitness landscape for templates that is shaped by the sequence-structure map of RNA. Some of the properties of this map, in particular shape space covering and extensive neutral networks, give rise to evolutionary patterns such as drift

  9. Microstructure and Magnetic Properties of Iron-Cobalt-Based Soft Magnetic Alloys

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    Yu, R. H.; Basu, S.; Taylor, R.; Unruh, K. M.; Xiao, J. Q.

    1998-03-01

    The magnetic properties in a temperature range of 20-700^circ C of Fe_49Co_49V2 (Hiperco50), Fe_49Co_49V_1.7Nb_0.3 (Hiperco 50HS), and Fe_72Co_27Cr_0.5Mn_0.5 (Hiperco 27) have been studied. The samples were annealed at high temperature followed by cooling to room temperature with different rates to achieve different microstructures. The details of the microstructures have been analyzed in association with temperature dependence of the magnetic properties. The structural evolution has also been studied using differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and TEM. The ordering parameter was determined by neutron diffraction. The coercivity H_c, saturation magnetization Ms and initial magnetic permeability μ were found to decrease with increasing temperature up to 750^circ C. Microstructural observation indicates that the second phase was formed during thermal cycling or aging at 600^circ C. For the ordered Hiperco 50 series, this second phase acts as a barrier for the domain wall movement resulting in the increase of Hc and decrease of Ms and μ. Hiperco 27 samples, which retains their disordered phase, exhibit relatively high H_c, and lower Ms and μ at room temperature. Mössbauer analysis indicates that the magnetic moments tends to align parallel to the surfaces of the sample and the average hyperfine fields decrease as the ordering parameter increases.

  10. Evolution-Based Functional Decomposition of Proteins

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    Rivoire, Olivier; Reynolds, Kimberly A.; Ranganathan, Rama

    2016-01-01

    The essential biological properties of proteins—folding, biochemical activities, and the capacity to adapt—arise from the global pattern of interactions between amino acid residues. The statistical coupling analysis (SCA) is an approach to defining this pattern that involves the study of amino acid coevolution in an ensemble of sequences comprising a protein family. This approach indicates a functional architecture within proteins in which the basic units are coupled networks of amino acids termed sectors. This evolution-based decomposition has potential for new understandings of the structural basis for protein function. To facilitate its usage, we present here the principles and practice of the SCA and introduce new methods for sector analysis in a python-based software package (pySCA). We show that the pattern of amino acid interactions within sectors is linked to the divergence of functional lineages in a multiple sequence alignment—a model for how sector properties might be differentially tuned in members of a protein family. This work provides new tools for studying proteins and for generally testing the concept of sectors as the principal units of function and adaptive variation. PMID:27254668

  11. Evolution-Based Functional Decomposition of Proteins.

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    Rivoire, Olivier; Reynolds, Kimberly A; Ranganathan, Rama

    2016-06-01

    The essential biological properties of proteins-folding, biochemical activities, and the capacity to adapt-arise from the global pattern of interactions between amino acid residues. The statistical coupling analysis (SCA) is an approach to defining this pattern that involves the study of amino acid coevolution in an ensemble of sequences comprising a protein family. This approach indicates a functional architecture within proteins in which the basic units are coupled networks of amino acids termed sectors. This evolution-based decomposition has potential for new understandings of the structural basis for protein function. To facilitate its usage, we present here the principles and practice of the SCA and introduce new methods for sector analysis in a python-based software package (pySCA). We show that the pattern of amino acid interactions within sectors is linked to the divergence of functional lineages in a multiple sequence alignment-a model for how sector properties might be differentially tuned in members of a protein family. This work provides new tools for studying proteins and for generally testing the concept of sectors as the principal units of function and adaptive variation. PMID:27254668

  12. Local microstructure evolution at shear bands in metallic glasses with nanoscale phase separation

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    He, Jie; Kaban, Ivan; Mattern, Norbert; Song, Kaikai; Sun, Baoan; Zhao, Jiuzhou; Kim, Do Hyang; Eckert, Jürgen; Greer, A. Lindsay

    2016-01-01

    At room temperature, plastic flow of metallic glasses (MGs) is sharply localized in shear bands, which are a key feature of the plastic deformation in MGs. Despite their clear importance and decades of study, the conditions for formation of shear bands, their structural evolution and multiplication mechanism are still under debate. In this work, we investigate the local conditions at shear bands in new phase-separated bulk MGs containing glassy nanospheres and exhibiting exceptional plasticity under compression. It is found that the glassy nanospheres within the shear band dissolve through mechanical mixing driven by the sharp strain localization there, while those nearby in the matrix coarsen by Ostwald ripening due to the increased atomic mobility. The experimental evidence demonstrates that there exists an affected zone around the shear band. This zone may arise from low-strain plastic deformation in the matrix between the bands. These results suggest that measured property changes originate not only from the shear bands themselves, but also from the affected zones in the adjacent matrix. This work sheds light on direct visualization of deformation-related effects, in particular increased atomic mobility, in the region around shear bands. PMID:27181922

  13. Microstructural Evolution and Mechanical Properties in (AuSn)eut-Cu Interconnections

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    Dong, Hongqun; Vuorinen, Vesa; Laurila, Tomi; Paulasto-Kröckel, Mervi

    2016-06-01

    The interfacial reactions between the widely employed solder Au-20wt.%Sn and the common contact metallizations (e.g. Ni, Cu and Pt) are normally complex and not well determined. In order to identify the proper contactor for Au-20wt.%Sn solder, the present study focuses on (1) rationalizing the interfacial reaction mechanisms of Au-20wt.%Sn|Cu as well as (2) measuring the mechanical properties of individual intermetallics formed at the interface. The evolution of interfacial reaction products were rationalized by using the experimental results in combination with the calculated Au-Cu-Sn phase diagram information. It was found that the growth of the AuCu interfacial intermetallic layer was diffusion-controlled. The diffusion path of Au-20wt.%Sn|Cu at 150°C was proposed. The hardness and indentation modulus of the interfacial reaction products were measured using nanoindentation tests. The results revealed a significant influence of the Cu solubility on the mechanical properties of (Au,Cu)Sn and (Au,Cu)5Sn, i.e. their hardness and contact modulus increased with the increase in the amount of Cu. Furthermore, results obtained here for the Au-20wt.%Sn|Cu joints were compared to those from Au-20wt.%Sn|Ni in order to assess the similarities and differences between these widely used interconnection metallization systems.

  14. Local microstructure evolution at shear bands in metallic glasses with nanoscale phase separation.

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    He, Jie; Kaban, Ivan; Mattern, Norbert; Song, Kaikai; Sun, Baoan; Zhao, Jiuzhou; Kim, Do Hyang; Eckert, Jürgen; Greer, A Lindsay

    2016-01-01

    At room temperature, plastic flow of metallic glasses (MGs) is sharply localized in shear bands, which are a key feature of the plastic deformation in MGs. Despite their clear importance and decades of study, the conditions for formation of shear bands, their structural evolution and multiplication mechanism are still under debate. In this work, we investigate the local conditions at shear bands in new phase-separated bulk MGs containing glassy nanospheres and exhibiting exceptional plasticity under compression. It is found that the glassy nanospheres within the shear band dissolve through mechanical mixing driven by the sharp strain localization there, while those nearby in the matrix coarsen by Ostwald ripening due to the increased atomic mobility. The experimental evidence demonstrates that there exists an affected zone around the shear band. This zone may arise from low-strain plastic deformation in the matrix between the bands. These results suggest that measured property changes originate not only from the shear bands themselves, but also from the affected zones in the adjacent matrix. This work sheds light on direct visualization of deformation-related effects, in particular increased atomic mobility, in the region around shear bands. PMID:27181922

  15. Local microstructure evolution at shear bands in metallic glasses with nanoscale phase separation

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    He, Jie; Kaban, Ivan; Mattern, Norbert; Song, Kaikai; Sun, Baoan; Zhao, Jiuzhou; Kim, Do Hyang; Eckert, Jürgen; Greer, A. Lindsay

    2016-05-01

    At room temperature, plastic flow of metallic glasses (MGs) is sharply localized in shear bands, which are a key feature of the plastic deformation in MGs. Despite their clear importance and decades of study, the conditions for formation of shear bands, their structural evolution and multiplication mechanism are still under debate. In this work, we investigate the local conditions at shear bands in new phase-separated bulk MGs containing glassy nanospheres and exhibiting exceptional plasticity under compression. It is found that the glassy nanospheres within the shear band dissolve through mechanical mixing driven by the sharp strain localization there, while those nearby in the matrix coarsen by Ostwald ripening due to the increased atomic mobility. The experimental evidence demonstrates that there exists an affected zone around the shear band. This zone may arise from low-strain plastic deformation in the matrix between the bands. These results suggest that measured property changes originate not only from the shear bands themselves, but also from the affected zones in the adjacent matrix. This work sheds light on direct visualization of deformation-related effects, in particular increased atomic mobility, in the region around shear bands.

  16. NODDI and Tensor-Based Microstructural Indices as Predictors of Functional Connectivity

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    Deligianni, Fani; Carmichael, David W.; Zhang, Gary H.; Clark, Chris A.; Clayden, Jonathan D.

    2016-01-01

    In Diffusion Weighted MR Imaging (DWI), the signal is affected by the biophysical properties of neuronal cells and their relative placement, as well as extra-cellular tissue compartments. Typically, microstructural indices, such as fractional anisotropy (FA) and mean diffusivity (MD), are based on a tensor model that cannot disentangle the influence of these parameters. Recently, Neurite Orientation Dispersion and Density Imaging (NODDI) has exploited multi-shell acquisition protocols to model the diffusion signal as the contribution of three tissue compartments. NODDI microstructural indices, such as intra-cellular volume fraction (ICVF) and orientation dispersion index (ODI) are directly related to neuronal density and orientation dispersion, respectively. One way of examining the neurophysiological role of these microstructural indices across neuronal fibres is to look into how they relate to brain function. Here we exploit a statistical framework based on sparse Canonical Correlation Analysis (sCCA) and randomised Lasso to identify structural connections that are highly correlated with resting-state functional connectivity measured with simultaneous EEG-fMRI. Our results reveal distinct structural fingerprints for each microstructural index that also reflect their inter-relationships. PMID:27078862

  17. High-temperature microstructural stability in iron- and nickel-base alloys from rapid solidification processing

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    Flinn, J.E. ); Bae, J.C.; Kelly, T.F. )

    1991-08-01

    The properties and performance of metallic alloys for heat resistant applications depend on the fineness, homogeneity, and stability of their microstructures, particularly after high temperature exposures. Potential advantages of rapid solidification processing (RSP) of alloys for such applications are the homogeneity in composition and fine microstructural features derived from the nature of the RSP process. The main RSP product form is powder, is which obtained by atomizing a narrow melt stream into fine molten droplets. Rapid cooling of the droplets is typically achieved through convective cooling with noble gases such as argon or helium. Consolidation of RSP powder, either using near-net-shape methods or into forms that can be converted to final product shapes, requires exposures to fairly high temperatures, usually 900 to 1200{degrees}C for iron- and nickel-base alloys. Full consolidation, i.e., complete densification with accompanying particle bonding, usually requires pressure or stress assistance. Consolidation, as well as any subsequent thermal-mechanical processing, may affect the chemical homogeneity and fine microstructures. A study has been performed on a series of RSP iron- and nickel-base alloys. The results of microstructure examinations and mechanical properties tests of the consolidated powders, and their correlation, will be covered in this paper. 14 refs., 10 figs., 1 tab.

  18. Pore- and micro-structural characterization of a novel structural binder based on iron carbonation

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    Das, Sumanta; Stone, David; Convey, Diana; Neithalath, Narayanan

    2014-12-15

    The pore- and micro-structural features of a novel binding material based on the carbonation of waste metallic iron powder are reported in this paper. The binder contains metallic iron powder as the major ingredient, followed by additives containing silica and alumina to facilitate favorable reaction product formation. Compressive strengths sufficient for a majority of concrete applications are attained. The material pore structure is investigated primarily through mercury intrusion porosimetry whereas electron microscopy is used for microstructural characterization. Reduction in the overall porosity and the average pore size with an increase in carbonation duration from 1 day to 4 days is noticed. The pore structure features are used in predictive models for gas and moisture transport (water vapor diffusivity and moisture permeability) through the porous medium which dictates its long-term durability when used in structural applications. Comparisons of the pore structure with those of a Portland cement paste are also provided. The morphology of the reaction products in the iron-based binder, and the distribution of constituent elements in the microstructure are also reported. - Highlights: • Carbonation of iron produces a dense microstructure. • Pore volume in iron carbonate lower, critical size higher than those in OPC pastes • Reaction product contains iron, carbon, silicon, aluminum and calcium. • Power-law for porosity-moisture permeability relationship was established.