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  1. Detection of indentation induced Fe-to-Afe phase transformation in lead zirconate titanate.

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    Baddorf, Arthur P.; Shin, Junsoo; Gogotsi, Yury G.; Buchheit, Thomas Edward; Watson, Chad Samuel; Kalinin, Sergei; Juliano, Thomas F.

    2005-08-01

    Instrumented indentation was combined with microscopy and spectroscopy analysis to investigate the local mechanically induced ferroelectric to anti-ferroelectric phase transformation of niobium-modified lead zirconate titanate 95/5. Indentation experiments to a depth of 2 {micro}m were performed using a Berkovich pyramidal three-sided diamond tip. Subsequent Raman spectroscopy and piezoelectric force microscopy revealed that indentation locally induced the ferroelectric to antiferroelectric phase transformation. Piezoelectric force microscopy demonstrated the ability to map the individual phases within and near indented regions on the niobium-modified lead zirconate titanate ceramics.

  2. Coupled effects of hydrostatic pressure and bipolar electric field on the FE-AFE phase transformation in 95/5 PZT

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    Valadez, J. C.; Pisani, David M.; Lynch, C. S.

    2013-04-01

    The behavior of 95/5 PZT subjected to bipolar electrical loading and hydrostatic pressure is studied experimentally. When 95/5 PZT is subjected to high enough hydrostatic pressure it undergoes a ferroelectric to antiferroelectric (FEAFE) phase transformation. Specimens were subjected to two pressure cycles from 0 to 550 MPa at a rate of 50 MPa/min under short circuit conditions. It was found that under the first pressure cycle the specimens undergo a FEAFE phase transformation at 330 MPa indicated by an abrupt compression of 2500 microstrain. Under the second pressure cycle, the transformation no longer occurs at a single pressure level, but is smoothed throughout loading. In another set of experiments, bipolar electric fields were applied up to 3 MV/m at discrete pressure levels. At low pressures, electric displacement-electric field plots exhibited open loop behavior characteristic of soft ferroelectrics. As the pressure was increased past the FE-AFE phase transformation threshold, the open loops closed to nearly linear dielectric. When the driving pressure was decreased the open loop behavior returned at a notably lower pressure level. The transformation pressure is therefore path dependent and is evidence of a pressure hysteresis.

  3. The effect of a hydrostatic pressure induced phase transformation on the unipolar electrical response of Nb modified 95/5 lead zirconate titanate

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    Valadez, J. C.; Sahul, R.; Alberta, E.; Hackenberger, W.; Lynch, C. S.

    2012-01-01

    Niobium doped lead zirconate titanate (95/5 NbPZT) undergoes a hydrostatic pressure induced ferroelectric rhombohedral to antiferroelectric orthorhombic phase transformation (FE-AFE). This work reports on the experimental characterization of the large field dielectric response to unipolar electric field as it passes through the forward and reverse FE-AFE transformations. The poled ceramic was hydrostatically depoled by driving the FE-AFE phase transformation and stress-strain and stress-electric displacement responses were measured. After this initial characterization, specimens of 95/5 NbPZT were subjected to unipolar electric field loading at different hydrostatic pressure levels. Electric field was varied from zero to 1 MV/m at a series of fixed pressure levels between zero and 550 MPa. This resulted in minor hysteresis loops with the area inside the loops dependent on both pressure and electric field amplitude. Two different slopes were taken from the D-E loops, identified as the small field and large field slopes. Each changed with pressure and displayed distinct jumps at the forward and reverse FE-AFE phase transformations. The area within the loops in the ferroelectric regime, attributed to domain wall motion, increased as pressure was increased and dropped abruptly as the material passed through the pressure induced phase transformation.

  4. Phase transformation of "chem-prep" PZT 95/5-2Nb HF1035 ceramic under quasi-static loading conditions.

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    Montgomery, Stephen Tedford; Lee, Moo Yul; Meier, Diane A.; Hofer, John H.

    2006-07-01

    Specimens of poled and unpoled ''chem-prep'' PNZT ceramic from batch HF1035 were tested under hydrostatic, uniaxial, and constant stress difference loading conditions at -55, 25, and 75 C. The objective of this experimental study was to characterize the mechanical properties and conditions for the ferroelectric (FE) to antiferroelectric (AFE) phase transformations of this ''chem-prep'' PNZT ceramic to aid grain-scale modeling efforts in developing and testing realistic response models for use in simulation codes. As seen from a previously characterized material (batch HF803), poled ceramic from HF1035 was seen to undergo anisotropic deformation during the transition from a FE to an AFE phase. Also, the phase transformation was found to be permanent for the two low temperature conditions, whereas the transformation can be completely reversed at the highest temperature. The rates of increase in the phase transformation pressures with temperature were practically identical for both unpoled and poled PNZT HF1035 specimens. We observed that temperature spread the phase transformation over mean stress analogous to the observed spread over mean stress due to shear stress. Additionally, for poled ceramic samples, the FE to AFE phase transformation was seen to occur when the normal compressive stress, acting perpendicular to a crystallographic plane about the polar axis, equals the hydrostatic pressure at which the transformation otherwise takes place.

  5. Phase transformations in engineering materials

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    Bourke, M.A.M.; Lawson, A.C.; Dunand, D.C.; Priesmeyer, H.G.

    1996-06-01

    Phase transformations in engineering materials are inevitably related to mechanical behavior and are often precursors to residual stress and distortion. Neutron scattering in general is a valuable tool for studying their effects, and pulsed neutrons are of special value, because of the inherently comprehensive crystallographic coverage they provide in each measurement. At the Manuel Lujan neutron scattering center several different research programs have addressed the relationships between phase transformation/mechanical behavior and residual strains. Three disparate examples are presented; (1) stress induced transformation in a NiTi shape memory alloy, (2) cryogenically induced transformation in a quenched 5180 steel, and (3) time resolved evolution of strain induced martensite in 304 stainless steel. In each case a brief description of the principle result will be discussed in the context of using neutrons for the measurement.

  6. Phase Transformations in Confined Nanosystems

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    Shield, Jeffrey E.; Belashchenko, Kirill

    2014-04-29

    This project discovered that non-equilibrium structures, including chemically ordered structures not observed in bulk systems, form in isolated nanoscale systems. Further, a generalized model was developed that effectively explained the suppression of equilibrium phase transformations. This thermodynamic model considered the free energy decrease associated with the phase transformation was less than the increase in energy associated with the formation of an interphase interface, therefore inhibiting the phase transformation. A critical diameter exists where the system transitions to bulk behavior, and a generalized equation was formulated that successfully predicted this transition in the Fe-Au system. This provided and explains a new route to novel structures not possible in bulk systems. The structural characterization was accomplished using transmission electron microscopy in collaboration with Matthew Kramer of Ames Laboratory. The PI and graduate student visited Ames Laboratory several times a year to conduct the experiments.

  7. Electric-field-induced AFE-FE transitions and associated strain/preferred orientation in antiferroelectric PLZST

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    Lu, Teng; Studer, Andrew J.; Noren, Lasse; Hu, Wanbiao; Yu, Dehong; McBride, Bethany; Feng, Yujun; Withers, Ray L.; Chen, Hua; Xu, Zhuo; Liu, Yun

    2016-01-01

    Electric-field-induced, antiferroelectric-ferroelectric (AFE-FE) phase transitions are common for AFE materials. To date, the strain and preferred orientation evolution as well as the role of the intermediate FE state during the successive AFE-FE-AFE phase transitions has not been clear. To this end, we have herein studied a typical AFE Pb0.97La0.02(Zr0.56Sn0.33Ti0.11)O3 (PLZST) material using in-situ neutron diffraction. It is striking that the AFE-FE phase transition is not fully reversible: in the electric-field-induced FE state, the induced strain exhibits an elliptical distribution, which in turn leads to significant preferred orientation in the final AFE state after withdrawal of the applied electric-field. The ω-dependent neutron diffraction patterns show clear evidence of the induced strain distribution and associated preferred orientation arising from the AFE-FE phase transition. The current work also provides an explanation for several temperature and electric-field dependent dielectric anomalies as well as unrecovered strain change which appear in AFE materials after exposure to sufficiently high electric fields. PMID:27025685

  8. Electric-field-induced AFE-FE transitions and associated strain/preferred orientation in antiferroelectric PLZST.

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    Lu, Teng; Studer, Andrew J; Noren, Lasse; Hu, Wanbiao; Yu, Dehong; McBride, Bethany; Feng, Yujun; Withers, Ray L; Chen, Hua; Xu, Zhuo; Liu, Yun

    2016-01-01

    Electric-field-induced, antiferroelectric-ferroelectric (AFE-FE) phase transitions are common for AFE materials. To date, the strain and preferred orientation evolution as well as the role of the intermediate FE state during the successive AFE-FE-AFE phase transitions has not been clear. To this end, we have herein studied a typical AFE Pb0.97La0.02(Zr0.56Sn0.33Ti0.11)O3 (PLZST) material using in-situ neutron diffraction. It is striking that the AFE-FE phase transition is not fully reversible: in the electric-field-induced FE state, the induced strain exhibits an elliptical distribution, which in turn leads to significant preferred orientation in the final AFE state after withdrawal of the applied electric-field. The ω-dependent neutron diffraction patterns show clear evidence of the induced strain distribution and associated preferred orientation arising from the AFE-FE phase transition. The current work also provides an explanation for several temperature and electric-field dependent dielectric anomalies as well as unrecovered strain change which appear in AFE materials after exposure to sufficiently high electric fields. PMID:27025685

  9. Pressure Induced Phase Transformation of Pb(Zr(0.95)Ti(0.05))O(3) Based Ceramics: Grain Size Dependence

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    TUTTLE,BRUCE A.; VOIGT,JAMES A.; SCOFIELD,TIMOTHY W.; ASELAGE,TERRENCE L.; RODRIGUEZ,MARK A.; YANG,PIN; ZEUCH,DAVID H.; OLSON,WALTER R.; SIPOLA,DIANA L.

    1999-12-21

    A substantial decrease in hydrostatic ferroelectric (FE) to antiferroelectric (AFE) transformation pressure was measured for Pb(Zr{sub 0.949}Ti{sub 0.051}){sub 0.989}Nb{sub 0.0182}O{sub 3} ceramics with decreasing grain size. The 150 MPa decrease in hydrostatic FE to AFE transformation pressure over the grain size range of 8.5 {micro}m to 0.7{micro}m was shown to be consistent with enhanced internal stress with decreasing grain size. Further, the Curie Point decreased and the dielectric constant measured at 25 C increased with decreasing grain size. All three properties: dielectric constant magnitude, Curie point shift and FE to AFE phase transformation pressure were shown to be semi-quantitatively consistent with internal stress differences on the order of 100 MPa. Calculations of Curie point shifts from the Clausius-Clapeyron equation, using internal stress levels derived from the hydrostatic depoling characteristics, were consistent with measured values.

  10. Pressure-temperature phase diagram for a tin modified lead zirconate titanate ceramic.

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    Grubbs, Robert K.; DiAntonio, Christopher Brian; Yang, Pin; Roesler, Alexander William; Montgomery, Stephen Tedford; Moore, Roger Howard

    2010-06-01

    Structural phase transformations between ferroelectric (FE), antiferroelectric (AFE), and paraelectric (FE) phases are frequently observed in the zirconia-rich phase region on the lead zirconate-titanate (PZT) phase diagram. Since the free energy difference among these phases is small, phase transformation can be easily induced by temperature, pressure and electric field. These induced transformation characteristics have been used for many practical applications. This study focuses on a hydrostatic pressure induced FE-to-AFE phase transformation in a tin modified PZT ceramic (PSZT). The relative phase stability between FE and AFE phases is determined by the dielectric permittivity measurement as a function of temperature from -60 C to 125 C. A pressure-temperature phase diagram for the PSZT system will be presented.

  11. Phase transformations coupled to deformation processes

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    Lookman, Turab

    2013-06-01

    Phase transformation processes have a substantial impact on the inelastic and damage response of materials. Yet, our understanding of how different loading conditions affect volume fractions of transformed phases, microstructure and transformation pathways is very much in its infancy. With an emphasis on distilling single crystal physics that can, in principle, be incorporated into higher length scale models, I will discuss how recent atomistic simulations on Ti are beginning to provide insights into transformation pathways and the interplay of phase transformations and deformation processes. These simulations are complemented by shock experiments on Zr, Ti together with characterization studies at the Advanced Photon Source.

  12. Reversible nanodiamond-carbon onion phase transformations.

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    Xiao, J; Ouyang, G; Liu, P; Wang, C X; Yang, G W

    2014-06-11

    Because of their considerable science and technical interest, nanodiamonds (3-5 nm) are often used as a model to study the phase transformation between graphite and diamond. Here we demonstrated that a reversible nanodiamond-carbon onion phase transformation can become true when laser irradiates colloidal suspensions of nanodiamonds at the ambient temperature and pressure. Nanodiamonds are first transformed to carbon onions driven by the laser-induced high temperature in which an intermediary bucky diamond phase is observed. Sequentially, carbon onions are transformed back to nanodiamonds driven by the laser-induced high temperature and high pressure from carbon onions as nanoscaled temperature and pressure cell upon the laser irradiation process in liquid. Similarly, the same bucky diamond phase serving as an intermediate phase is found during the carbon onion-to-nanodiamond transition. To have a clear insight into the unique phase transformation the thermodynamic approaches on the nanoscale were proposed to elucidate the reversible phase transformation of nanodiamond-to-carbon onion-to-nanodiamond via an intermediary bucky diamond phase upon the laser irradiation in liquid. This reversible transition reveals a series of phase transformations between diamond and carbon allotropes, such as carbon onion and bucky diamond, having a general insight into the basic physics involved in these phase transformations. These results give a clue to the root of meteoritic nanodiamonds that are commonly found in primitive meteorites but their origin is puzzling and offers one suitable approach for breaking controllable pathways between diamond and carbon allotropes. PMID:24823241

  13. Genetic and Functional Analyses of the Actinobacillus actinomycetemcomitans AfeABCD Siderophore-Independent Iron Acquisition System

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    Rhodes, Eric R.; Tomaras, Andrew P.; McGillivary, Glen; Connerly, Pamela L.; Actis, Luis A.

    2005-01-01

    The Actinobacillus actinomycetemcomitans afeABCD iron transport system, the expression of which is controlled by iron and Fur, was identified in three different isolates. The protein products of this locus are related to bacterial ABC transporters involved in metal transport. Transformation of the Escherichia coli 1017 iron acquisition mutant with a plasmid harboring afeABCD promoted cell growth under iron-chelated conditions. However, insertion disruption of each of the afeABCD coding regions abolished this growth-relieving effect. The replacement of the parental afeA allele with the derivative afeA::EZ::TN drastically reduced the ability of A. actinomycetemcomitans cells to grow under iron-chelated conditions. PMID:15908408

  14. Coupled dislocation and martensitic phase transformation dynamics

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    Barros, Kipton; Acharya, Amit; Lookman, Turab

    2013-03-01

    We present a field theoretic model that couples dislocation dynamics and plasticity with martensitic phase transformation. Dislocations produce long-range stress via incompatibility of the elastic-distortion field. Phase transformations are modeled with a non-convex elastic potential that contains the crystal symmetries of austenite and martensite phases. We discuss the effects of dislocation dynamics on material microstructure produced under extreme conditions.

  15. High temperature phase transformation studies in magnetite nanoparticles doped with Co2+ ion

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    Pati, S. S.; Gopinath, S.; Panneerselvam, G.; Antony, M. P.; Philip, John

    2012-09-01

    We investigate the effect of Co2+ ion doping in magnetite (Fe3O4) on its crystal structure, magnetic properties, and phase stability during air and vacuum annealing. The nanoparticles are prepared by co-precipitation method and the particles are characterized by XRD, small angle x-ray scattering (SAXS), themogravimetric and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), and vibrating sample magnetometer. The SAXS analysis on the doped samples show the most probable size, shape, and the polydispersity of particles, synthesized with different fractions (0-0.6) of Co2+ ion doping remains almost the same. On increasing cobalt content ferrimagnetic to the antiferromagnetic hematite (α-Fe2O3) phase transformation temperature is found to increase dramatically. For 0.1 fraction of Co2+ metal ion doping, an enhancement of 100 °C in the γ-Fe2O3 to α-Fe2O3 phase transition temperature is observed in the air annealed samples, whereas magnetic nature remains stable up to 1000 °C in vacuum annealed samples. On increasing the cobalt fractions beyond 0.2, air annealed samples show no change in the phase transition temperature. The observed enhancement in the phase transition temperature is attributed to the increased activation energy for phase transformation in presence of Co2+. Further, the DSC results corroborate the finding of an increase in the maghemite to hematite phase transition temperature with increase in cobalt fraction (x). The decrease in enthalpy from 89.86 to 17.62 J g-1 with an increase in cobalt content indicates that the degree of conversion of maghemite to hematite decreases with the cobalt content, which is in good agreement with the Rietveld analysis. The decrease in the Ms value in air annealed sample is attributed to the re-distribution of cations in the tetrahedral and octahedral sites, as the Fe3+A-Fe3+B super-exchange interaction is different from the Co2+A-Fe3+B interaction. These results suggest that a very small percentage of Co2+ metal ion doping can

  16. The Kinetics of Phase Transformation in Welds

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    Elmer, J W; Wong, J; Palmer, T

    2002-02-06

    The fundamentals of welding-induced phase transformations in metals and alloys are being investigated using a combination of advanced synchrotron based experimental methods and modem computational science tools. In-situ experimental methods have been developed using a spatially resolved x-ray probe to enable direct observations of phase transformations under the real non- isothermal conditions experienced during welding. These experimental techniques represent a major step forward in the understanding of phase transformations that occur during welding, and are now being used to aid in the development of models to predict microstructural evolution under the severe temperature gradients, high peak temperatures and rapid thermal fluctuations characteristic of welds. Titanium alloys, stainless steels and plain carbon steels are currently under investigation, and the phase transformation data being obtained here cannot be predicted or measured using conventional metallurgical approaches. Two principal synchrotron-based techniques have been developed and refined for in-situ investigations of phase transformation dynamics in the heat-affected zone (HAZ) and fusion zone (FZ) of welds: Spatially Resolved X-Ray Diffraction (SRXRD) and Time Resolved X-Ray Diffraction (TRXRD). Both techniques provide real-time observations of phases that exist during welding, and both have been developed at the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory (SSRL) using a high flux wiggler beam line. The SRXRD technique enables direct observations of the phases existing in the HAZ of quasi-stationary moving arc welds, and is used to map the HAZ phases by sequentially jogging the weld with respect to the x-ray beam while taking x-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns at each new location. These spatially resolved XRD patterns are collected in linear traverses perpendicular to the direction of weld travel. The XRD data contained in multiple traverses is later compiled to produce an areal map of the phases

  17. Phase transformation of strontium hexagonal ferrite

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    Bilovol, V.; Martínez-García, R.

    2015-11-01

    The phase transformation of strontium hexagonal ferrite (SrFe12O19) to magnetite (Fe3O4) as main phase and strontium carbonate (SrCO3) as secondary phase is reported here. SrFe12O19 powder was obtained by a heat treatment at 250 °C under controlled oxygen flow. It was observed that the phase transformation occurred when the SrFe12O19 ferrite was heated up to 625 °C in confinement conditions. This transformation took place by a combination of three factors: the presence of stresses in the crystal lattice of SrFe12O19 due to a low synthesis temperature, the reduction of Fe3+ to Fe2+ during the heating up to 625 °C, and the similarity of the coordination spheres of the iron atoms present in the S-block of SrFe12O19 and Fe3O4. X-ray diffraction analysis confirmed the existence of strain and crystal deformation in SrFe12O19 and the absence of them in the material after the phase transformation. Dispersive X-ray absorption spectroscopy and Fe57 Mössbauer spectroscopy provided evidences of the reduction of Fe3+ to Fe2+ in the SrFe12O19 crystal.

  18. Collapse of the magnetic moment under pressure of AFe2 (A=Y, Zr, Lu and Hf) in the cubic Laves phase

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    Zhang, Wenxu; Zhang, Wanli

    2016-04-01

    The electronic structures of four Laves phase iron compounds (e.g. YFe2, ZrFe2, LuFe2 and HfFe2) have been calculated with a state-of-the-art full potential electronic structure code. Our theoretical work predicted that the magnetic moments collapse under hydrostatic pressure. This feature is found to be universal in these materials. Its electronic origin is provided by the sharp peaks in the density of states near the Fermi level. It is shown that a first order quantum phase transition can be expected under pressure in Y(Zr, or Lu)Fe2, while a second order one in HfFe2. The bonding characteristics are discussed to elucidate the equilibrium lattice constant variation. The large spontaneous volume magnetostriction gives one of the most important characteristics of these compounds. Invar anomalies in these compounds can be partly explained by the current work when the fast continuous magnetic moment decrease with the decrease of the lattice constant was properly considered. This work may be as a first insight into the rich world of quantum phase transition and Invar mechanism in these Laves phase compounds.

  19. Phase Transformation in Cast Superaustenitic Stainless Steels

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    Nathaniel Steven Lee Phillips

    2006-12-12

    Superaustenitic stainless steels constitute a group of Fe-based alloys that are compositionally balanced to have a purely austenitic matrix and exhibit favorable pitting and crevice corrosion resistant properties and mechanical strength. However, intermetallic precipitates such as sigma and Laves can form during casting or exposure to high-temperature processing, which degrade the corrosion and mechanical properties of the material. The goal of this study was to accurately characterize the solid-solid phase transformations seen in cast superaustenitic stainless steels. Heat treatments were performed to understand the time and temperature ranges for intermetallic phase formations in alloys CN3MN and CK3MCuN. Microstructures were characterized using scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and energy and wavelength dispersive spectroscopy (EDS, WDS). The equilibrium microstructures, composed primarily of sigma and Laves within purely austenitic matrices, showed slow transformation kinetics. Factors that determine the extent of transformation, including diffusion, nucleation, and growth, are discussed.

  20. Grain nucleation and growth during phase transformations.

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    Offerman, S E; van Dijk, N H; Sietsma, J; Grigull, S; Lauridsen, E M; Margulies, L; Poulsen, H F; Rekveldt, M Th; van der Zwaag, S

    2002-11-01

    The mechanical properties of polycrystalline materials are largely determined by the kinetics of the phase transformations during the production process. Progress in x-ray diffraction instrumentation at synchrotron sources has created an opportunity to study the transformation kinetics at the level of individual grains. Our measurements show that the activation energy for grain nucleation is at least two orders of magnitude smaller than that predicted by thermodynamic models. The observed growth curves of the newly formed grains confirm the parabolic growth model but also show three fundamentally different types of growth. Insight into the grain nucleation and growth mechanisms during phase transformations contributes to the development of materials with optimal mechanical properties. PMID:12411699

  1. Phase transformations in binary colloidal monolayers.

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    Yang, Ye; Fu, Lin; Marcoux, Catherine; Socolar, Joshua E S; Charbonneau, Patrick; Yellen, Benjamin B

    2015-03-28

    Phase transformations can be difficult to characterize at the microscopic level due to the inability to directly observe individual atomic motions. Model colloidal systems, by contrast, permit the direct observation of individual particle dynamics and of collective rearrangements, which allows for real-space characterization of phase transitions. Here, we study a quasi-two-dimensional, binary colloidal alloy that exhibits liquid-solid and solid-solid phase transitions, focusing on the kinetics of a diffusionless transformation between two crystal phases. Experiments are conducted on a monolayer of magnetic and nonmagnetic spheres suspended in a thin layer of ferrofluid and exposed to a tunable magnetic field. A theoretical model of hard spheres with point dipoles at their centers is used to guide the choice of experimental parameters and characterize the underlying materials physics. When the applied field is normal to the fluid layer, a checkerboard crystal forms; when the angle between the field and the normal is sufficiently large, a striped crystal assembles. As the field is slowly tilted away from the normal, we find that the transformation pathway between the two phases depends strongly on crystal orientation, field strength, and degree of confinement of the monolayer. In some cases, the pathway occurs by smooth magnetostrictive shear, while in others it involves the sudden formation of martensitic plates. PMID:25677504

  2. Hydrothermal phase transformation of hematite to magnetite

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    2014-01-01

    Different phases of iron oxide were obtained by hydrothermal treatment of ferric solution at 200°C with the addition of either KOH, ethylenediamine (EDA), or KOH and EDA into the reaction system. As usually observed, the α-Fe2O3 hexagonal plates and hexagonal bipyramids were obtained for reaction with KOH and EDA, respectively. When both KOH and EDA were added into the reaction system, we observed an interesting phase transformation from α-Fe2O3 to Fe3O4 at low-temperature hydrothermal conditions. The phase transformation involves the formation of α-Fe2O3 hexagonal plates, the dissolution of the α-Fe2O3 hexagonal plates, the reduction of Fe3+ to Fe2+, and the nucleation and growth of new Fe3O4 polyhedral particles. PMID:24940172

  3. New-Structure-Type Fe-Based Superconductors: CaAFe4As4 (A = K, Rb, Cs) and SrAFe4As4 (A = Rb, Cs).

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    Iyo, Akira; Kawashima, Kenji; Kinjo, Tatsuya; Nishio, Taichiro; Ishida, Shigeyuki; Fujihisa, Hiroshi; Gotoh, Yoshito; Kihou, Kunihiro; Eisaki, Hiroshi; Yoshida, Yoshiyuki

    2016-03-16

    Fe-based superconductors have attracted research interest because of their rich structural variety, which is due to their layered crystal structures. Here we report the new-structure-type Fe-based superconductors CaAFe4As4 (A = K, Rb, Cs) and SrAFe4As4 (A = Rb, Cs), which can be regarded as hybrid phases between AeFe2As2 (Ae = Ca, Sr) and AFe2As2. Unlike solid solutions such as (Ba1-xKx)Fe2As2 and (Sr1-xNax)Fe2As2, Ae and A do not occupy crystallographically equivalent sites because of the large differences between their ionic radii. Rather, the Ae and A layers are inserted alternately between the Fe2As2 layers in the c-axis direction in AeAFe4As4 (AeA1144). The ordering of the Ae and A layers causes a change in the space group from I4/mmm to P4/mmm, which is clearly apparent in powder X-ray diffraction patterns. AeA1144 is the first known structure of this type among not only Fe-based superconductors but also other materials. AeA1144 is formed as a line compound, and therefore, each AeA1144 has its own superconducting transition temperature of approximately 31-36 K. PMID:26943024

  4. Phase transformations in cast duplex stainless steels

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    Kim, Yoon-Jun

    Duplex stainless steels (DSS) constitute both ferrite and austenite as a matrix. Such a microstructure confers a high corrosion resistance with favorable mechanical properties. However, intermetallic phases such as sigma (sigma) and chi (chi) can also form during casting or high-temperature processing and can degrade the properties of the DSS. This research was initiated to develop time-temperature-transformation (TTT) and continuous-cooling-transformation (CCT) diagrams of two types of cast duplex stainless steels, CD3MN (Fe-22Cr-5Ni-Mo-N) and CD3MWCuN (Fe-25Cr-7Ni-Mo-W-Cu-N), in order to understand the time and temperature ranges for intermetallic phase formation. The alloys were heat treated isothermally or under controlled cooling conditions and then characterized using conventional metallographic methods that included tint etching, and also using electron microscopy (SEM, TEM) and wavelength dispersive spectroscopy (WDS). The kinetics of intermetallic-phase (sigma + chi) formation were analyzed using the Johnson-Mehl-Avrami (JMA) equation in the case of isothermal transformations and a modified form of this equation in the case of continuous cooling transformations. The rate of intermetallic-phase formation was found to be much faster in CD3MWCuN than CD3MN due mainly to differences in the major alloying contents such as Cr, Ni and Mo. To examine in more detail the effects of these elements of the phase stabilities, a series of eight steel castings was designed with the Cr, Ni and Mo contents systematically varied with respect to the nominal composition of CD3MN. The effects of varying the contents of alloying additions on the formation of intermetallic phases were also studied computationally using the commercial thermodynamic software package, Thermo-Calc. In general, a was stabilized with increasing Cr addition and chi by increasing Mo addition. However, a delicate balance among Ni and other minor elements such as N and Si also exists. Phase equilibria in

  5. Phase Transformations in Cast Duplex Stainless Steels

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    Yoon-Jun Kim

    2004-12-19

    Duplex stainless steels (DSS) constitute both ferrite and austenite as a matrix. Such a microstructure confers a high corrosion resistance with favorable mechanical properties. However, intermetallic phases such as {sigma} and {chi} can also form during casting or high-temperature processing and can degrade the properties of the DSS. This research was initiated to develop time-temperature-transformation (TTT) and continuous-cooling-transformation (CCT) diagrams of two types of cast duplex stainless steels, CD3MN (Fe-22Cr-5Ni-Mo-N) and CD3MWCuN (Fe-25Cr-7Ni-Mo-W-Cu-N), in order to understand the time and temperature ranges for intermetallic phase formation. The alloys were heat treated isothermally or under controlled cooling conditions and then characterized using conventional metallographic methods that included tint etching, and also using electron microscopy (SEM, TEM) and wavelength dispersive spectroscopy (WDS). The kinetics of intermetallic-phase ({sigma} + {chi}) formation were analyzed using the Johnson-Mehl-Avrami (MA) equation in the case of isothermal transformations and a modified form of this equation in the case of continuous cooling transformations. The rate of intermetallic-phase formation was found to be much faster in CD3MWCuN than CD3MN due mainly to differences in the major alloying contents such as Cr, Ni and Mo. To examine in more detail the effects of these elements of the phase stabilities; a series of eight steel castings was designed with the Cr, Ni and Mo contents systematically varied with respect to the nominal composition of CD3MN. The effects of varying the contents of alloying additions on the formation of intermetallic phases were also studied computationally using the commercial thermodynamic software package, Thermo-Calc. In general, {sigma} was stabilized with increasing Cr addition and {chi} by increasing Mo addition. However, a delicate balance among Ni and other minor elements such as N and Si also exists. Phase equilibria in

  6. Thermal effects of phase transformations: A review

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    Umantsev, A.

    2007-11-01

    All the stages of phase transformations in materials, nucleation, growth, and coarsening, are subject to thermal effects that stem from the redistribution of energy in the system, like release of latent heat, and heat conduction. The thermal effects change the rate and outcome of the transformation and may result in the appearance of unusual states or phases, in particular in nanosystems. This review will cover the attempts of researchers to build a comprehensive theory of thermal effects in different phase transformations. Although the dynamical Ginzburg-Landau (continuum) approach will be used for the analysis of the effects, they are robust and conceivably independent of the theoretical method employed. On general physical grounds a possibility of an oscillatory regime in nucleation is considered and evolution equations for the interfacial motion are derived. The equations show that there are two distinctly different sets of thermal effects of interface motion: one set originates from the existence of the Gibbs-Duhem thermodynamic force on the interface, which has opposite directions compared to the velocity of the interface in the cases of continuous and discontinuous transitions, resulting in a heat trapping effect for the latter and a drag effect for the former. The other set of thermal effects stems from the existence of the surface internal energy and the necessity to carry it over together with the moving interface. As a result, temperature double layers accompany moving domain boundaries after a continuous transition or the surface creation and dissipation effect appear after a discontinuous one. An unusual, novel phase that may appear in isolated nanosystems (adiabatic nanophase) is described. Several experiments are suggested for the verification of the thermal effects in different material systems.

  7. Phase Transformations upon Doping in Tungsten Trioxide

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    Wang, Wennie; Janotti, Anderson; van de Walle, Chris G.

    Tungsten trioxide (WO3) is an emerging semiconductor material, with a growing number of applications in Li-ion batteries, photocatalysis, gas sensors and electrochromic devices. As an electrochromic material, WO3 turns from transparent to blue upon doping with monovalent species. Due to it having an empty A-site in the ABO3 perovskite structure, high doping concentrations are possible through intercalation. Tungsten trioxide has been experimentally shown to transform from the ground-state monoclinic symmetry to cubic symmetry with increasing monovalent doping. We use first-principles calculations to understand this transformation. Our calculations show that the addition of electrons to the conduction band is a primary driver of the phase transformation. We quantify the energetics and structural aspects of this transformation using density functional theory, allowing us to elucidate the mechanism. Comparison with experiment, role of the dopant species, and implications of structural changes for device applications will be discussed. This work is supported by the DOE and NSF GRFP.

  8. Phase amplitude conformal symmetry in Fourier transforms

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    Kuwata, S.

    2015-04-01

    For the Fourier transform ℑ : L2(R) → L2(R) of a complex-valued even or odd function ψ, it is found that the amplitude invariance |ℑψ| = |ψ| leads to a phase invariance or inversion as arg(ℑψ) = ±argψ + θ (θ = constant). The converse holds unless arg ψ = constant. The condition |ψ| = |ℑψ| is required in dealing with, for example, the minimum uncertainty relation between position and momentum. Without the evenness or oddness of ψ, |ℑψ| = |ψ| does not necessarily imply arg(ℑψ) = ±argψ + θ, nor is the converse.

  9. Phase transformations in xerogels of mullite composition

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    Hyatt, Mark J.; Bansal, Narottam P.

    1990-01-01

    Monophasic and diphasic xerogels have been prepared as precursors for mullite (3Al203-2Si02). Monophasic xerogel was synthesized from tetraethyl orthosilicate and aluminum nitrate nanohydrate and the diphasic xerogel from colloidal suspension of silica and boehmite. The chemical and structural evolutions, as a function of thermal treatment, in these two types of sol-gel derived mullite precursor powders have been characterized by DTA, TGA, X-ray diffraction, SEM and infrared spectroscopy. Monophasic xerogel transforms to an Al-Si spinel from an amorphous structure at approximately 980 C. The spinel then changes into mullite on further heating. Diphasic xerogel forms mullite at approximately 1360 C. The components of the diphasic powder react independently up to the point of mullite formation. The transformation in the monophasic powder occurs rapidly and yields strongly crystalline mullite with no other phases present. The diphasic powder, however, transforms rather slowly and contains remnants of the starting materials (alpha-Al203, cristobalite) even after heating at high temperatures for long times (1600 C, 6 hr). The diphasic powder could be sintered to high density but not the monophasic powder in spite of its molecular level homogeneity.

  10. Phase transformations in xerogels of mullite composition

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    Hyatt, Mark J.; Bansal, Narottam P.

    1988-01-01

    Monophasic and diphasic xerogels have been prepared as precursors for mullite (3Al2O3-2SiO2). Monophasic xerogel was synthesized from tetraethyl orthosilicate and aluminum nitrate nanohydrate and the diphasic xerogel from colloidal suspension of silica and boehmite. The chemical and structural evolutions, as a function of thermal treatment, in these two types of sol-gel derived mullite precursor powders have been characterized by DTA, TGA, X-ray diffraction, SEM and infrared spectroscopy. Monophasic xerogel transforms to an Al-Si spinel from an amorphous structure at approximately 980 C. The spinel then changes into mullite on further heating. Diphasic xerogel forms mullite at approximately 1360 C. The components of the diphasic powder react independently up to the point of mullite formation. The transformation in the monophasic powder occurs rapidly and yields strongly crystalline mullite with no other phases present. The diphasic powder, however, transforms rather slowly and contains remnants of the starting materials (alpha-Al2O3, cristobalite) even after heating at high temperatures for long times (1600 C, 6 hr). The diphasic powder could be sintered to high density but not the monophasic powder in spite of its molecular level homogeneity.

  11. Aerosol phase transformation in the atmosphere

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    Tang, I.N.; Munkelwitz, H.R.

    1992-09-01

    Ambient aerosols are frequently composed of hygroscopic inorganic salts such as chlorides, sulfates and nitrates in either pure or mixed forms. Such inorganic salt aerosols exhibit the properties of deliquescence and efflorescence in air. The phase transformation from a solid particle to a saline droplet usually occurs spontaneously when atmospheric relative humidity reaches a level specific to the chemical composition of the aerosol particle. Conversely, when relative humidity decreases and becomes low enough, a saline droplet will evaporate and suddenly crystallize, expelling all its water content. Information on the composition and temperature dependence of these properties is required in mathematical models for describing the dynamic and transport behavior of ambient aerosols. Experiments are carried out in the temperature range 5--35{degrees}C, using single particles individually suspended in an electrodynamic cell that can be evacuated and back filled with water vapor. The phase transformation of the aerosol particle is monitored by laser light scattering and the relative humidity at the transition point is determined by directly measuring the water vapor pressure in the cell. Results are obtained for particles containing either a single salt or a preselected mixture of NaCl, KCl, NaNO{sub 3}, Na{sub 2}SO{sub 4} and (NH{sub 4}){sub 2}SO{sub 4}, which are common constituents of ambient aerosols. A theoretical model on the composition and temperature dependence of the deliquescence properties is developed for single and two-salt aerosol systems.

  12. Multiscale Modeling of Phase Transformations in Steels

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    Militzer, M.; Hoyt, J. J.; Provatas, N.; Rottler, J.; Sinclair, C. W.; Zurob, H. S.

    2014-05-01

    Multiscale modeling tools have great potential to aid the development of new steels and processing routes. Currently, industrial process models are at least in part based on empirical material parameters to describe microstructure evolution and the resulting material properties. Modeling across different length and time scales is a promising approach to develop next-generation process models with enhanced predictive capabilities for the role of alloying elements. The status and challenges of this multiscale modeling approach are discussed for microstructure evolution in advanced low-carbon steels. First-principle simulations of solute segregation to a grain boundary and an austenite-ferrite interface in iron confirm trends of important alloying elements (e.g., Nb, Mo, and Mn) on grain growth, recrystallization, and phase transformation in steels. In particular, the linkage among atomistic simulations, phase-field modeling, and classic diffusion models is illustrated for the effects of solute drag on the austenite-to-ferrite transformation as observed in dedicated experimental studies for iron model alloys and commercial steels.

  13. Phase transformations in shock compacted magnetic materials

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    Wehrenberg, Christopher

    Shock compaction experiments were performed on soft magnetic phases Fe 4N and Fe16N2, and hard magnetic phases Nd 2Fe14B and Sm2Fe17N3 in order to determine their thermo-mechanical stability during shock loading and explore the possibility of fabricating a textured nanocomposite magnet. Gas gun experiments performed on powders pressed in a three capsule fixture showed phase transformations occurring in Fe4N, Fe16N 2, and Nd2Fe14B, while Sm2Fe17 N3 was observed to be relatively stable. Shock compaction of FCC Fe4N resulted in a partial transformation to HCP Fe3N, consistent with previous reports of the transition occurring at a static pressure of ~3 GPa. Shock compaction of Fe16N 2 produced decomposition products α-Fe, Fe4N, and FeN due to a combination of thermal effects associated with dynamic void collapse and plastic deformation. Decomposition of Nd-Fe-B, producing α-Fe and amorphous Nd-Fe-B, was observed in several shock consolidated samples and is attributed to deformation associated with shock compaction, similar to decomposition reported in ball milled Nd-Fe-B. No decomposition was observed in shock compacted samples of Sm-Fe-N, which is consistent with literature reports showing decomposition occurring only in samples compacted at a pressure above ~15 GPa. Nd-Fe-B and Sm-Fe-N were shown to accommodate deformation primarily by grain size reduction, especially in large grained materials. Hard/Soft composite magnetic materials were formed by mixing single crystal particles of Nd-Fe-B with iron nanoparticles, and the alignment-by-magnetic-field technique was able to introduce significant texture into green compacts of this mixture. While problems with decomposition of the Nd2Fe14B phase prevented fabricating bulk magnets from the aligned green compacts, retention of the nanoscale morphology of the α-Fe particles and the high alignment of the green compacts shows promise for future development of textured nanocomposite magnets through shock compaction.

  14. Phase transformations in neutron-irradiated Zircaloys

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    Chung, H.M.

    1986-04-01

    Microstructural evolution in Zircaloy-2 and -4 spent-fuel cladding specimens after approx.3 years of irradiation in commercial power reactors has been investigated by TEM and HVEM. Two kinds of precipitates induced by the fast-neutron irradiation in the reactors have been identified, i.e., Zr/sub 3/O and cubic-ZrO/sub 2/ particles approximately 2 to 10 nm in size. By means of a weak-beam dark-field ''2-1/2D-microscopy'' technique, the bulk nature of the precipitates and the surficial nature of artifact oxide and hydride phases could be discerned. The Zr(Fe/sub x/,Cr/sub 1-x/)/sub 2/ and Zr/sub 2/(Fe/sub x/,Ni/sub 1-x/) intermetallic precipitates normally present in the as-fabricated material virtually dissolved in the spent-fuel cladding specimens after a fast-neutron fluence of approx.4 x 10/sup 21/ ncm/sup -2/ in the power reactors. The observed radiation-induced phase transformations are compared with predictions based on the currently available understanding of the alloy characteristics. 29 refs.

  15. Crystal Level Continuum Modeling of Phase Transformations: The (alpha) <--> (epsilon) Transformation in Iron

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    Barton, N R; Benson, D J; Becker, R; Bykov, Y; Caplan, M

    2004-10-18

    We present a crystal level model for thermo-mechanical deformation with phase transformation capabilities. The model is formulated to allow for large pressures (on the order of the elastic moduli) and makes use of a multiplicative decomposition of the deformation gradient. Elastic and thermal lattice distortions are combined into a single lattice stretch to allow the model to be used in conjunction with general equation of state relationships. Phase transformations change the mass fractions of the material constituents. The driving force for phase transformations includes terms arising from mechanical work, from the temperature dependent chemical free energy change on transformation, and from interaction energy among the constituents. Deformation results from both these phase transformations and elasto-viscoplastic deformation of the constituents themselves. Simulation results are given for the {alpha} to {epsilon} phase transformation in iron. Results include simulations of shock induced transformation in single crystals and of compression of polycrystals. Results are compared to available experimental data.

  16. Phase transformations in a model mesenchymal tissue

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    Newman, Stuart A.; Forgacs, Gabor; Hinner, Bernhard; Maier, Christian W.; Sackmann, Erich

    2004-06-01

    Connective tissues, the most abundant tissue type of the mature mammalian body, consist of cells suspended in complex microenvironments known as extracellular matrices (ECMs). In the immature connective tissues (mesenchymes) encountered in developmental biology and tissue engineering applications, the ECMs contain varying amounts of randomly arranged fibers, and the physical state of the ECM changes as the fibers secreted by the cells undergo fibril and fiber assembly and organize into networks. In vitro composites consisting of assembling solutions of type I collagen, containing suspended polystyrene latex beads (~6 µm in diameter) with collagen-binding surface properties, provide a simplified model for certain physical aspects of developing mesenchymes. In particular, assembly-dependent topological (i.e., connectivity) transitions within the ECM could change a tissue from one in which cell-sized particles (e.g., latex beads or cells) are mechanically unlinked to one in which the particles are part of a mechanical continuum. Any particle-induced alterations in fiber organization would imply that cells could similarly establish physically distinct microdomains within tissues. Here we show that the presence of beads above a critical number density accelerates the sol-gel transition that takes place during the assembly of collagen into a globally interconnected network of fibers. The presence of this suprathreshold number of beads also dramatically changes the viscoelastic properties of the collagen matrix, but only when the initial concentration of soluble collagen is itself above a critical value. Our studies provide a starting point for the analysis of phase transformations of more complex biomaterials including developing and healing tissues as well as tissue substitutes containing living cells.

  17. Phase transformations and microstructure development in low alloy steel welds

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    Babu, S.S.; David, S.A.; Vitek, J.M.

    1995-07-01

    Microstructure development in low alloy steel welds depends on various phase transformations that are a function of weld heating and cooling. The phase changes include non-metallic oxide inclusion formation in the liquid state, weld pool solidification, and solid state transformations. In this paper the mechanism of inclusion formation during low alloy steel welding is considered and the model predictions are compared with published results. The effect of inclusions on the austenite to ferrite transformation kinetics is measured and the mechanisms of transformation are discussed. The austenite gain development is related to the driving force for transformation of {delta} ferrite to austenite.

  18. Navigation systems requirement analysis for the Aeroassist Flight Experiment (AFE)

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    Huang, K. H.; Chang, Ho-Pen; Wells, Eugene M.

    1990-01-01

    Navigation requirements for Aeroassist Flight Experiment (AFE) spacecraft passing through the earth's atmosphere have been studied using a 6-DOF dynamics model, an Inertial Measurement Unit model, a baseline AFE aeropass flight guidance logic, and a baseline AFE aeropass control model. The goal of this study is to determine, in a statistical sense, how much flight path angle error can be tolerated at Entry Interface (EI) and still have acceptable delta-V requirements at exit to position the AFE spacecraft for recovery. Assuming there is fuel available to produce 370 ft/sec of delta-V at atmospheric exit, a 3-sigma standard deviation in flight path angle error of 0.04 degree at EI would result in a 98 percent probability of mission success. In addition to the required delta-V at exit, other aeropass parameters such as maximum aeroheating rate, fuel consumption, and the science requirements affecting mission success are also investigated.

  19. Theory of antiferroelectric phase transitions

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    Tolédano, Pierre; Guennou, Mael

    2016-07-01

    At variance with structural ferroic phase transitions which give rise to macroscopic tensors coupled to macroscopic fields, criteria defining antiferroelectric (AFE) phase transitions are still under discussion due to the absence of specific symmetry properties characterizing their existence. They are recognized by the proximity of a ferroelectric (FE) phase induced under applied electric field, with a double hysteresis loop relating the induced polarization to the electric field and a typical anomaly of the dielectric permittivity. Here, we show that there exist indeed symmetry criteria defining AFE transitions. They relate the local symmetry of the polar crystallographic sites emerging at an AFE phase transition with the macroscopic symmetry of the AFE phase. The dielectric properties of AFE transitions are deduced from a Landau theoretical model in which ferroelectric and ferrielectric phases are shown to stabilize as the result of specific symmetry-allowed couplings of the AFE order parameter with the field-induced polarization.

  20. Phase transformations in ternary monotectic aluminum alloys

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    Gröbner, Joachim; Schmid-Fetzer, Rainer

    2005-09-01

    Monotectic aluminum alloys are of interest for the development of new alloys for technological applications such as self-lubricating bearings. In contrast to the well-known binary phase diagrams, many of the ternary systems are not well established. Moreover, in a ternary monotectic alloy one may encounter the four-phase equilibrium L‧+L″+solid1+solid2, whereas in a binary system only a three-phase equilibrium L‧+L″+solid1 is possible. This opens a window for generating entirely new monotectic microstructures. The basis for such developments is the knowledge of the ternary phase diagrams and the conditions under which such four-phase reactions or different extensions of the binary monotectic reactions may form. This work presents a systematic classification of monotectic ternary aluminum alloys, illustrated by real systems. The study employs thermodynamic calculations of the ternary phase diagrams.

  1. Non-gauge phase transformations in quantum transition amplitudes

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    Reiss, H. R.

    1993-01-01

    The prescription for introducing a gauge transformation into a quantum transition amplitude, nominally well known, contains an ambiguous feature. It is presumed by some authors that an appropriate transformation of the phase of a wave function will generate the associated gauge transformation. It is shown that this is a necessary but not sufficient step. Examples from the literature are cited to show the consequences of the failure of this procedure. One must distinguish between true gauge transformations and unitary transformations within a fixed gauge.

  2. Effects of phase transformation of steam-water relative permeabilities

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    Verma, A.K.

    1986-03-01

    A combined theoretical and experimental study of steam-water relative permeabilities (RPs) was carried out. First, an experimental study of two-phase concurrent flow of steam and water was conducted and a set of RP curves was obtained. These curves were compared with semi-empirical and experimental results obtained by other investigators for two-phase, two-component flow (oil/gas; gas/water; gas/oil). It was found that while the wetting phase RPs were in good agreement, RPs for the steam phase were considerably higher than the non-wetting phase RPs in two-component systems. This enhancement of steam RP is attributed to phase transformation effects at the pore level in flow channels. The effects of phase transformation were studied theoretically. This study indicates that there are two separate mechanisms by which phase transformation affects RP curves: (1) Phase transformation is converging-diverging flow channels can cause an enhancement of steam phase RP. In a channel dominated by steam a fraction of the flowing steam condenses upstream from the constriction, depositing its latent heat of condensation. This heat is conducted through the solid grains around the pore throat, and evaporation takes place downstream from it. Therefore, for a given bulk flow quality; a smaller fraction of steam actually flows through the throat segments. This pore-level effect manifests itself as relative permeability enhancement on a macroscopic level; and (2) phase transformation along the interface of a stagnant phase and the phase flowing around it controls the irreducible phase saturation. Therefore, the irreducible phase saturation in steam-water flow will depend, among other factors, on the boundary conditions of the flow.

  3. Typical Phases of Transformative Learning: A Practice-Based Model

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    Nohl, Arnd-Michael

    2015-01-01

    Empirical models of transformative learning offer important insights into the core characteristics of this concept. Whereas previous analyses were limited to specific social groups or topical terrains, this article empirically typifies the phases of transformative learning on the basis of a comparative analysis of various social groups and topical…

  4. Atomic Structure and Phase Transformations in Pu Alloys

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    Schwartz, A J; Cynn, H; Blobaum, K M; Wall, M A; Moore, K T; Evans, W J; Farber, D L; Jeffries, J R; Massalski, T B

    2008-04-28

    Plutonium and plutonium-based alloys containing Al or Ga exhibit numerous phases with crystal structures ranging from simple monoclinic to face-centered cubic. Only recently, however, has there been increased convergence in the actinides community on the details of the equilibrium form of the phase diagrams. Practically speaking, while the phase diagrams that represent the stability of the fcc {delta}-phase field at room temperature are generally applicable, it is also recognized that Pu and its alloys are never truly in thermodynamic equilibrium because of self-irradiation effects, primarily from the alpha decay of Pu isotopes. This article covers past and current research on several properties of Pu and Pu-(Al or Ga) alloys and their connections to the crystal structure and the microstructure. We review the consequences of radioactive decay, the recent advances in understanding the electronic structure, the current research on phase transformations and their relations to phase diagrams and phase stability, the nature of the isothermal martensitic {delta} {yields} {alpha}{prime} transformation, and the pressure-induced transformations in the {delta}-phase alloys. New data are also presented on the structures and phase transformations observed in these materials following the application of pressure, including the formation of transition phases.

  5. Acceleration of the initial phase transformation of mineralization by phosvitin

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    Zhang, Xiaowei; Geng, Fang; Huang, Xi; Ma, Meihu

    2015-01-01

    Phosvitin has a similar structure and similar properties to the phosphorylated proteins that play an important role in biomineralization, suggesting that phosvitin may have similar regulation properties. This study investigated the effect of phosvitin on regulating the phase transformation of the mineral calcium phosphate in a biomimetic mineralization solution; the characterization techniques used were Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive spectroscopy and fluorescence spectroscopy. The results clearly demonstrated that phosvitin significantly promotes the initiation of phase transformation, accelerated the transformation process and shortened the transformation time from 6 to 0.5 h. Phosvitin was involved in the phase transformation and incorporated into or strongly absorbed on the mineral, as evidenced by the protein peaks observed in the FTIR spectra and XRD patterns. The effects of the substrate-addition sequence on the phase transformation demonstrated that the phosvitin-Ca2+ interaction played a key role in the regulation of mineralization. Compared with those for BSA, the results revealed that the role of phosvitin in mineralization is closely associated with its high level of phosphorylation. This study provides useful information about using phosvitin as a potential candidate for biomaterials.

  6. Modeling interface-controlled phase transformation kinetics in thin films

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    Pang, E. L.; Vo, N. Q.; Philippe, T.; Voorhees, P. W.

    2015-05-01

    The Johnson-Mehl-Avrami-Kolmogorov (JMAK) equation is widely used to describe phase transformation kinetics. This description, however, is not valid in finite size domains, in particular, thin films. A new computational model incorporating the level-set method is employed to study phase evolution in thin film systems. For both homogeneous (bulk) and heterogeneous (surface) nucleation, nucleation density and film thickness were systematically adjusted to study finite-thickness effects on the Avrami exponent during the transformation process. Only site-saturated nucleation with isotropic interface-kinetics controlled growth is considered in this paper. We show that the observed Avrami exponent is not constant throughout the phase transformation process in thin films with a value that is not consistent with the dimensionality of the transformation. Finite-thickness effects are shown to result in reduced time-dependent Avrami exponents when bulk nucleation is present, but not necessarily when surface nucleation is present.

  7. Solid state phase detector replaces bulky transformer circuit

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    Moberly, C. L.

    1967-01-01

    Miniature solid state phase detector using MOSFETs is used in a phase lock loop with a sun-bit detector in an integrated data-link circuit. This replaces bulky transformer circuits. It uses an inverter amplifier, a modulator switch, and a buffer amplifier.

  8. Phase-filed modelling and synchrotron validation of phase transformations in martensitic dual-phase steel

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    Thiessen, R.G.; Sietsma, J.; Palmer, T.A.; Elmer, J.W.; Richardson, I.M.

    2008-11-12

    A thermodynamically based method to describe the phase transformations during heating and cooling of martensitic dual-phase steel has been developed, and in situ synchrotron measurements of phase transformations have been undertaken to support the model experimentally. Nucleation routines are governed by a novel implementation of the classical nucleation theory in a general phase-field code. Physically-based expressions for the temperature-dependent interface mobility and the driving forces for transformation have also been constructed. Modelling of martensite was accomplished by assuming a carbon supersaturation of the body-centred-cubic ferrite lattice. The simulations predict kinetic aspects of the austenite formation during heating and ferrite formation upon cooling. Simulations of partial austenitising thermal cycles predicted peak and retained austenite percentages of 38.2% and 6.7%, respectively, while measurements yielded peak and retained austenite percentages of 31.0% and 7.2% ({+-}1%). Simulations of a complete austenitisation thermal cycle predicted the measured complete austenitisation and, upon cooling, a retained austenite percentage of 10.3% while 9.8% ({+-}1%) retained austenite was measured.

  9. Kinetics of Propagating Phase Transformation in Compressed Bismuth

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    Bastea, M; Bastea, S; Emig, J; Springer, P; Reisman, D

    2004-08-18

    The authors observed dynamically driven phase transitions in isentropically compressed bismuth. By changing the stress loading conditions they explored two distinct cases one in which the experimental signature of the phase transformation corresponds to phase-boundary crossings initiated at both sample interfaces, and another in which the experimental trace is due to a single advancing transformation front in the bulk of the material. They introduce a coupled kinetics-hydrodynamics model that for this second case enables them, under suitable simplifying assumptions, to directly extract characteristic transition times from the experimental measurements.

  10. Phase transformation controlled tetragonality of MnNi-based nanocrystals

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    Shen, Jian; Dai, Qilin; Ren, Shenqiang

    2016-03-01

    The phase transformation controlled tetragonality of MnNi nanostructures has attracted wide interest for their shape memory effect. In this study, MnNi nanocrystals were selected to epitaxially grow an FeCo shell, where the antiferromagnetic L10 phase transformation of the MnNi core triggers the tetragonal distortion in the magnetically soft FeCo shell. The tetragonality change of L10 MnNi under thermal annealing enables the control of the tetragonality of the FeCo phase, ultimately increasing magnetocrystalline anisotropy and coercivity. This study opens up a new route to fabricate functional nanostructures with unique magnetic properties.

  11. A model for heterogeneous materials including phase transformations

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    Addessio, F.L.; Clements, B.E.; Williams, T.O.

    2005-04-15

    A model is developed for particulate composites, which includes phase transformations in one or all of the constituents. The model is an extension of the method of cells formalism. Representative simulations for a single-phase, brittle particulate (SiC) embedded in a ductile material (Ti), which undergoes a solid-solid phase transformation, are provided. Also, simulations for a tungsten heavy alloy (WHA) are included. In the WHA analyses a particulate composite, composed of tungsten particles embedded in a tungsten-iron-nickel alloy matrix, is modeled. A solid-liquid phase transformation of the matrix material is included in the WHA numerical calculations. The example problems also demonstrate two approaches for generating free energies for the material constituents. Simulations for volumetric compression, uniaxial strain, biaxial strain, and pure shear are used to demonstrate the versatility of the model.

  12. Nanoscale Transforming Mineral Phases in Fresh Nacre.

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    DeVol, Ross T; Sun, Chang-Yu; Marcus, Matthew A; Coppersmith, Susan N; Myneni, Satish C B; Gilbert, Pupa U P A

    2015-10-21

    Nacre, or mother-of-pearl, the iridescent inner layer of many mollusk shells, is a biomineral lamellar composite of aragonite (CaCO3) and organic sheets. Biomineralization frequently occurs via transient amorphous precursor phases, crystallizing into the final stable biomineral. In nacre, despite extensive attempts, amorphous calcium carbonate (ACC) precursors have remained elusive. They were inferred from non-nacre-forming larval shells, or from a residue of amorphous material surrounding mature gastropod nacre tablets, and have only once been observed in bivalve nacre. Here we present the first direct observation of ACC precursors to nacre formation, obtained from the growth front of nacre in gastropod shells from red abalone (Haliotis rufescens), using synchrotron spectromicroscopy. Surprisingly, the abalone nacre data show the same ACC phases that are precursors to calcite (CaCO3) formation in sea urchin spicules, and not proto-aragonite or poorly crystalline aragonite (pAra), as expected for aragonitic nacre. In contrast, we find pAra in coral. PMID:26403582

  13. Fracture of Materials Undergoing Solid-Solid Phase Transformation

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    Penmecha, Bharat

    A large number of technologically important materials undergo solid-solid phase transformations. Examples range from ferroelectrics (transducers and memory devices), zirconia (Thermal Barrier Coatings) to nickel superalloys and (lithium) iron phosphate (Li-ion batteries). These transformations involve a change in the crystal structure either through diffusion of species or local rearrangement of atoms. This change of crystal structure leads to a macroscopic change of shape or volume or both and results in internal stresses during the transformation. In certain situations this stress field gives rise to cracks (tin, iron phosphate etc.) which continue to propagate as the transformation front traverses the material. In other materials the transformation modifies the stress field around cracks and effects crack growth behavior (zirconia, ferroelectrics). These observations serve as our motivation to study cracks in solids undergoing phase transformations. Understanding these effects will help in improving the mechanical reliability of the devices employing these materials. In this thesis we present work on two problems concerning the interplay between cracks and phase transformations. First, we consider the directional growth of a set of parallel edge cracks due to a solid-solid transformation. We conclude from our analysis that phase transformations can lead to formation of parallel edge cracks when the transformation strain satisfies certain conditions and the resulting cracks grow all the way till their tips cross over the phase boundary. Moreover the cracks continue to grow as the phase boundary traverses into the interior of the body at a uniform spacing without any instabilities. There exists an optimal value for the spacing between the cracks. We ascertain these conclusion by performing numerical simulations using finite elements. Second, we model the effect of the semiconducting nature and dopants on cracks in ferroelectric perovskite materials, particularly

  14. Phase transformation near the classical limit of stability

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    Maibaum, Lutz

    2008-11-06

    Successful theories of phase transformation processes include classical nucleation theory (CNT), which envisions a local equilibrium between coexisting phases, and non--equilibrium kinetic cluster theories. Using computer simulations of the magnetization reversal of the Ising model in three different ensembles we make quantitative connections between these physical pictures. We show that the critical nucleus size of CNT is strongly correlated with a dynamical measure of metastability, and that the metastable phase persists to thermodynamic conditions previously thought of as unstable.

  15. Partially transformed relaxor ferroelectric single crystals with distributed phase transformation behavior

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    Gallagher, John A.

    2015-11-01

    Relaxor ferroelectric single crystals such as PMN-PT and PIN-PMN-PT undergo field driven phase transformations when electrically or mechanically loaded in crystallographic directions that provide a positive driving force for the transformation. The observed behavior in certain compositions is a phase transformation distributed over a range of fields without a distinct forward or reverse coercive field. This work focuses on the material behavior that is observed when the crystals are loaded sufficiently to drive a partial transformation and then unloaded, as might occur when driving a transducer to achieve high power levels. Distributed transformations have been modeled using a normal distribution of transformation thresholds. A set of experiments was conducted to characterize the hysteresis loops that occur with the partial transformations. In this work the normal distribution model is extended to include the partial transformations that occur when the field is reversed before the transformation is complete. The resulting hysteresis loops produced by the model are in good agreement with the experimental results.

  16. The mathematical modeling of phase transformation of steel during quenching

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    Jahanian, S.; Mosleh, M.

    1999-02-01

    In the heat treatment of steel, uneven cooling invariably introduces residual stresses in the workpiece. These residual stresses can combine with the thermomechanical stresses encountered in operation to cause premature fatigue failure of the material. A prediction of the residual and thermoelastoplastic stresses developed during heat treatment would be beneficial for component design. In this article a numerical model is developed to predict the thermoelastoplastic and residual stresses during rapid cooling of a long solid cylinder. The total strains developed during cooling of the cylinder comprise elastic, thermal, and plastic strains and strains due to phase transformation. For plastic deformation an extension of Jiang`s constitutive equations developed by Jahanian is adopted. The properties of the material are assumed to be temperature dependent and characterized by nonlinear strain hardening. For phase transformation two parts are considered: nucleation according to Scheil`s method and phase growth according to Johnson and Mehl`s law. For martensitic transformation, a law established by Koisteinin and Marburger is used. Non-additivity of pearlitic and bainitic nucleation suggested by Manning and Lorig is taken into account by means of a correction factor to Scheil`s summation of the transition from pearlitic to bainitic. The effect of phase transformation and temperature dependence of material properties is investigated. It is shown that by neglecting the temperature dependency and phase transformation in numerical calculations, the results are underestimated. The numerical results are compared with the available experimental data in the literature, and good agreement is observed.

  17. Phase Transformation in Tantalum under Extreme Laser Deformation

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    Lu, C. -H.; Hahn, E. N.; Remington, B. A.; Maddox, B. R.; Bringa, E. M.; Meyers, M. A.

    2015-10-19

    The structural and mechanical response of metals is intimately connected to phase transformations. For instance, the product of a phase transformation (martensite) is responsible for the extraordinary range of strength and toughness of steel, making it a versatile and important structural material. Although abundant in metals and alloys, the discovery of new phase transformations is not currently a common event and often requires a mix of experimentation, predictive computations, and luck. High-energy pulsed lasers enable the exploration of extreme pressures and temperatures, where such discoveries may lie. The formation of a hexagonal (omega) phase was observed in recovered monocrystalline body-centered cubic tantalum of four crystallographic orientations subjected to an extreme regime of pressure, temperature, and strain-rate. This was accomplished using high-energy pulsed lasers. The omega phase and twinning were identified by transmission electron microscopy at 70 GPa (determined by a corresponding VISAR experiment). It is proposed that the shear stresses generated by the uniaxial strain state of shock compression play an essential role in the transformation. Lastly, molecular dynamics simulations show the transformation of small nodules from body-centered cubic to a hexagonal close-packed structure under the same stress state (pressure and shear).

  18. Phase Transformation in Tantalum under Extreme Laser Deformation.

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    Lu, C-H; Hahn, E N; Remington, B A; Maddox, B R; Bringa, E M; Meyers, M A

    2015-01-01

    The structural and mechanical response of metals is intimately connected to phase transformations. For instance, the product of a phase transformation (martensite) is responsible for the extraordinary range of strength and toughness of steel, making it a versatile and important structural material. Although abundant in metals and alloys, the discovery of new phase transformations is not currently a common event and often requires a mix of experimentation, predictive computations, and luck. High-energy pulsed lasers enable the exploration of extreme pressures and temperatures, where such discoveries may lie. The formation of a hexagonal (omega) phase was observed in recovered monocrystalline body-centered cubic tantalum of four crystallographic orientations subjected to an extreme regime of pressure, temperature, and strain-rate. This was accomplished using high-energy pulsed lasers. The omega phase and twinning were identified by transmission electron microscopy at 70 GPa (determined by a corresponding VISAR experiment). It is proposed that the shear stresses generated by the uniaxial strain state of shock compression play an essential role in the transformation. Molecular dynamics simulations show the transformation of small nodules from body-centered cubic to a hexagonal close-packed structure under the same stress state (pressure and shear). PMID:26478106

  19. Phase transformation in tantalum under extreme laser deformation

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    Lu, C. -H.; Hahn, E. N.; Remington, B. A.; Maddox, B. R.; Bringa, E. M.; Meyers, M. A.

    2015-10-19

    The structural and mechanical response of metals is intimately connected to phase transformations. For instance, the product of a phase transformation (martensite) is responsible for the extraordinary range of strength and toughness of steel, making it a versatile and important structural material. Although abundant in metals and alloys, the discovery of new phase transformations is not currently a common event and often requires a mix of experimentation, predictive computations, and luck. High-energy pulsed lasers enable the exploration of extreme pressures and temperatures, where such discoveries may lie. The formation of a hexagonal (omega) phase was observed in recovered monocrystalline body-centeredmore » cubic tantalum of four crystallographic orientations subjected to an extreme regime of pressure, temperature, and strain-rate. This was accomplished using high-energy pulsed lasers. The omega phase and twinning were identified by transmission electron microscopy at 70 GPa (determined by a corresponding VISAR experiment). It is proposed that the shear stresses generated by the uniaxial strain state of shock compression play an essential role in the transformation. In conclusion, molecular dynamics simulations show the transformation of small nodules from body-centered cubic to a hexagonal close-packed structure under the same stress state (pressure and shear).« less

  20. Phase transformation in tantalum under extreme laser deformation

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    Lu, C. -H.; Hahn, E. N.; Remington, B. A.; Maddox, B. R.; Bringa, E. M.; Meyers, M. A.

    2015-10-19

    The structural and mechanical response of metals is intimately connected to phase transformations. For instance, the product of a phase transformation (martensite) is responsible for the extraordinary range of strength and toughness of steel, making it a versatile and important structural material. Although abundant in metals and alloys, the discovery of new phase transformations is not currently a common event and often requires a mix of experimentation, predictive computations, and luck. High-energy pulsed lasers enable the exploration of extreme pressures and temperatures, where such discoveries may lie. The formation of a hexagonal (omega) phase was observed in recovered monocrystalline body-centered cubic tantalum of four crystallographic orientations subjected to an extreme regime of pressure, temperature, and strain-rate. This was accomplished using high-energy pulsed lasers. The omega phase and twinning were identified by transmission electron microscopy at 70 GPa (determined by a corresponding VISAR experiment). It is proposed that the shear stresses generated by the uniaxial strain state of shock compression play an essential role in the transformation. In conclusion, molecular dynamics simulations show the transformation of small nodules from body-centered cubic to a hexagonal close-packed structure under the same stress state (pressure and shear).

  1. Phase Transformation in Tantalum under Extreme Laser Deformation

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    Lu, C.-H.; Hahn, E. N.; Remington, B. A.; Maddox, B. R.; Bringa, E. M.; Meyers, M. A.

    2015-01-01

    The structural and mechanical response of metals is intimately connected to phase transformations. For instance, the product of a phase transformation (martensite) is responsible for the extraordinary range of strength and toughness of steel, making it a versatile and important structural material. Although abundant in metals and alloys, the discovery of new phase transformations is not currently a common event and often requires a mix of experimentation, predictive computations, and luck. High-energy pulsed lasers enable the exploration of extreme pressures and temperatures, where such discoveries may lie. The formation of a hexagonal (omega) phase was observed in recovered monocrystalline body-centered cubic tantalum of four crystallographic orientations subjected to an extreme regime of pressure, temperature, and strain-rate. This was accomplished using high-energy pulsed lasers. The omega phase and twinning were identified by transmission electron microscopy at 70 GPa (determined by a corresponding VISAR experiment). It is proposed that the shear stresses generated by the uniaxial strain state of shock compression play an essential role in the transformation. Molecular dynamics simulations show the transformation of small nodules from body-centered cubic to a hexagonal close-packed structure under the same stress state (pressure and shear). PMID:26478106

  2. Phase Transformation in Tantalum under Extreme Laser Deformation

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    Lu, C. -H.; Hahn, E. N.; Remington, B. A.; Maddox, B. R.; Bringa, E. M.; Meyers, M. A.

    2015-10-19

    The structural and mechanical response of metals is intimately connected to phase transformations. For instance, the product of a phase transformation (martensite) is responsible for the extraordinary range of strength and toughness of steel, making it a versatile and important structural material. Although abundant in metals and alloys, the discovery of new phase transformations is not currently a common event and often requires a mix of experimentation, predictive computations, and luck. High-energy pulsed lasers enable the exploration of extreme pressures and temperatures, where such discoveries may lie. The formation of a hexagonal (omega) phase was observed in recovered monocrystalline body-centeredmore » cubic tantalum of four crystallographic orientations subjected to an extreme regime of pressure, temperature, and strain-rate. This was accomplished using high-energy pulsed lasers. The omega phase and twinning were identified by transmission electron microscopy at 70 GPa (determined by a corresponding VISAR experiment). It is proposed that the shear stresses generated by the uniaxial strain state of shock compression play an essential role in the transformation. Lastly, molecular dynamics simulations show the transformation of small nodules from body-centered cubic to a hexagonal close-packed structure under the same stress state (pressure and shear).« less

  3. Coherent phase transformation under nonhydrostatic stress-wave loading

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    Grady, D E

    1989-12-01

    Coherent phase transformation occurs under conditions of stress wave loading and there are indications that transformation is dependent on the nonhydrostatic state of stress in the body. Studies under static loading show transformation proceeds at lower confining pressure when combined with shearing stress and similar effects appear to occur under stress-wave loading. Nonlinearities in the stress-strain behavior due to the transformation strain lead to complicated wave propagation, including wave separation and rarefaction shock waves. In the present study a thermodynamic theory of the combined elastic and phase transformtion deformation is developed which incorporates the interrelation of pressure and shear effects. The theory is focused on wave propagation in solids and is compared with earlier experimental work on Oakhall limestone. A thermodynamic Gibbs potential is derived for the material and a phase equilibrium relation identified, which constrains the volume and shape change through the transformation. The theory is extended to account for the effect of microstructural heterogeneities on the transformation process which has been observed experimentally.

  4. Phase transformations in superconducting and non-superconducting perovskites

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    Mitchell, T.E.

    1992-01-01

    Most of the high {Tc} superconductors and other perovskite-related cuprates exhibit some kind of structural instability. For example, tetragonal-to-orthorhombic phase transformations occur in the Y-Ba-Cu-O and La-Sr-Cu-O systems while crystal structures in the Bi-Ca-Sr-Cu-O and Tl-Ba-Ca-Cu-O systems have incommensurate periodicities associated with displacements of the heavy cations. In YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7{minus}{delta}}, the transformation is due to the ordering of oxygen vacancies while in La{sub 2-x}Sr{sub x}CuO{sub 4} the transformation is accompanied by tilting of the (CuO{sub 6}) octahedra. Such tilting and distortion of the co-ordination octahedra commonly occur in perovskite-related compounds and transformations between the structures are frequently martensitic. Phase transformations in the superconducting cuprates have been investigated by transmission electron microscopy but none of them appear to be martensitic. The phase transformations are accompanied by twinning and the resulting configurations are used to calculate twin boundary energies.

  5. Phase transformations in superconducting and non-superconducting perovskites

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    Mitchell, T.E.

    1992-07-01

    Most of the high {Tc} superconductors and other perovskite-related cuprates exhibit some kind of structural instability. For example, tetragonal-to-orthorhombic phase transformations occur in the Y-Ba-Cu-O and La-Sr-Cu-O systems while crystal structures in the Bi-Ca-Sr-Cu-O and Tl-Ba-Ca-Cu-O systems have incommensurate periodicities associated with displacements of the heavy cations. In YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7{minus}{delta}}, the transformation is due to the ordering of oxygen vacancies while in La{sub 2-x}Sr{sub x}CuO{sub 4} the transformation is accompanied by tilting of the [CuO{sub 6}] octahedra. Such tilting and distortion of the co-ordination octahedra commonly occur in perovskite-related compounds and transformations between the structures are frequently martensitic. Phase transformations in the superconducting cuprates have been investigated by transmission electron microscopy but none of them appear to be martensitic. The phase transformations are accompanied by twinning and the resulting configurations are used to calculate twin boundary energies.

  6. Using Neural Networks to Describe Complex Phase Transformation Behavior

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    Vitek, J.M.; David, S.A.

    1999-05-24

    Final microstructures can often be the end result of a complex sequence of phase transformations. Fundamental analyses may be used to model various stages of the overall behavior but they are often impractical or cumbersome when considering multicomponent systems covering a wide range of compositions. Neural network analysis may be a useful alternative method of identifying and describing phase transformation beavior. A neural network model for ferrite prediction in stainless steel welds is described. It is shown that the neural network analysis provides valuable information that accounts for alloying element interactions. It is suggested that neural network analysis may be extremely useful for analysis when more fundamental approaches are unavailable or overly burdensome.

  7. Phase transformations in steels: Processing, microstructure, and performance

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    Gibbs, Paul J.

    2014-04-03

    In this study, contemporary steel research is revealing new processing avenues to tailor microstructure and properties that, until recently, were only imaginable. Much of the technological versatility facilitating this development is provided by the understanding and utilization of the complex phase transformation sequences available in ferrous alloys. Today we have the opportunity to explore the diverse phenomena displayed by steels with specialized analytical and experimental tools. Advances in multi-scale characterization techniques provide a fresh perspective into microstructural relationships at the macro- and micro-scale, enabling a fundamental understanding of the role of phase transformations during processing and subsequent deformation.

  8. Metallurgical Properties and Phase Transformations of Barium-Strontium Modifier

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    Platonov, M. A.; Sulimova, I. S.; Rozhikhina, I. D.; Dmitrienko, V. I.; Horoshun, G. V.

    2016-04-01

    Metallurgical properties and phase transformations of barium-strontium modifier were tested in laboratory conditions resembling steel processing in furnace and ladle. When heating barium-strontium modifier start of melting, kinetics of decomposition, phase and structure transformation were studied. The concentrate under consideration has been revealed to be a complex mineral compound containing barytocalcite, calcite, calciostrontianite, dolomite and siderite. The reaction kinetics of decomposing mineral components of barium-strontium modifier to oxides does not considerably affect slag formation in conditions of out-of-furnace steel processing.

  9. MUB Entanglement Patterns by Transformations in Phase Space

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    Lawrence, Jay

    2011-03-01

    All possible MUB entanglement patterns for systems of N prime-state particles are obtained from standard ones by unitary transformations in the Hilbert space, thus preserving the relationships between the generalized Pauli operators, the phase point operators, and the MUB projectors. The transformations are described geometrically in discrete phase space. Illustrative examples show the invariance of the total entanglement content and the connection of entanglement with Galois fields. Different field representations for the same dimension may produce inequivalent MUB sets. This work provides alternative constructions and generalizes previous work on qubit systems [1,2].

  10. Pressure-induced phase transformation of In2Se3

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    Rasmussen, Anya M.; Teklemichael, Samuel T.; Mafi, Elham; Gu, Yi; McCluskey, Matthew D.

    2013-02-01

    In2Se3 has potential as a phase-change material for memory applications. Understanding its phase diagram is important to achieve controlled switching between phases. Using x-ray diffraction and a diamond-anvil cell, the pressure-dependent structural properties of In2Se3 powder were studied at room temperature. α-In2Se3 transforms into the β phase at 0.7 GPa, an order of magnitude lower than phase-transition critical pressures in typical semiconductors. The β phase persists upon decompression to ambient pressure. Raman spectroscopy experiments confirm this result. The bulk moduli are reported and the c/a ratio for the β phase is shown to have a highly nonlinear dependence on pressure.

  11. Elastic aging from coexistence and transformations of ferroelectric and antiferroelectric states in PZT

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    Cordero, F.; Craciun, F.; Trequattrini, F.; Galizia, P.; Galassi, C.

    2016-08-01

    Materials undergoing antiferroelectric/ferroelectric (AFE/FE) transitions are studied for possible applications that exploit the large volume, charge, and entropy differences between the two states, such as electrocaloric cooling, energy storage, and electromechanical actuators. Though certain compositions of PbZr1-xTixO3 codoped with La and Sn may withstand millions of electrically induced AFE/FE cycles, in other cases few thermally induced cycles and room temperature aging may cause noticeable changes in the material properties. This is particularly evident in the elastic moduli, which at room temperature can become as much as four times softer. In order to get more insight into the mechanisms involved in such elastic aging and full recovering with mild annealing at 600-800 K, the effect of La doping on PbZr0.954Ti0.046O3 is studied with anelastic measurements. Complete suppression of the time dependent phenomena is found after the transformation of the intermediate FE phase into incommensurate AFE by 2% La doping. This is discussed in terms of disappearance of the stress and electric fields at the FE/AFE interfaces, in the light of the thermally activated anelastic relaxation processes that are observed at high temperature and are due to mobile defects, presumably O vacancies.

  12. Sharp-Interface Nematic-Isotropic Phase Transformations With Flow

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    Fried, Eliot

    2008-11-01

    We develop a sharp-interface theory for phase transformations between the isotropic and uniaxial nematic phases of a flowing liquid crystal. Aside from conventional evolution equations for the bulk phases and corresponding interface conditions, the theory includes a supplemental interface condition expressing the balance of configurational momentum. As an idealized illustrative application of the theory, we consider the problem of an evolving spherical droplet of the isotropic phase surrounded by the nematic phase in a radially-oriented state. For this problem, the bulk and interfacial equations collapse to a single nonlinear second-order ordinary differential equation for the radius of the droplet—an equation which, in essence, expresses the balance of configurational momentum on the interface. This droplet evolution equation, which closely resembles a previously derived and extensively studied equation for the expansion of contraction of a spherical gas bubble in an incompressible viscous liquid, includes terms accounting for the curvature elasticity and viscosity of the nematic phase, interfacial energy, interfacial viscosity, and the ordering kinetics of the phase transformation. We determine the equilibria of this equation and study their stability. Additionally, we find that motion of the interface generates a backflow, without director reorientation, in the nematic phase. Our analysis indicates that a backflow measurement has the potential to provide an independent means to determine the density difference between the isotropic and uniaxial nematic phases.

  13. In-situ characterization of transformation plasticity during an isothermal austenite-to-bainite phase transformation

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    Holzweissig, M.J.; Canadinc, D.; Maier, H.J.

    2012-03-15

    This paper elucidates the stress-induced variant selection process during the isothermal austenite-to-bainite phase transformation in a tool steel. Specifically, a thorough set of experiments combining electron backscatter diffraction and in-situ digital image correlation (DIC) was carried out to establish the role of superimposed stress level on the evolution of transformation plasticity (TP) strains. The important finding is that TP increases concomitant with the superimposed stress level, and strain localization accompanies phase transformation at all stress levels considered. Furthermore, TP strain distribution within the whole material becomes more homogeneous with increasing stress, such that fewer bainitic variants are selected to grow under higher stresses, yielding a more homogeneous strain distribution. In particular, the bainitic variants oriented along [101] and [201] directions are favored to grow parallel to the loading axis and are associated with large TP strains. Overall, this very first in-situ DIC investigation of the austenite-to-bainite phase transformation in steels evidences the clear relationship between the superimposed stress level, variant selection, and evolution of TP strains. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Local variations of strain were observed by DIC throughout the phase transformation. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The study clearly established the role of the stress-induced variant selection. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Variant selection is a key parameter that governs distortion.

  14. Phase transformations during the growth of paracetamol crystals from the vapor phase

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    Belyaev, A. P.; Rubets, V. P.; Antipov, V. V.; Bordei, N. S.

    2014-07-01

    Phase transformations during the growth of paracetamol crystals from the vapor phase are studied by differential scanning calorimetry. It is found that the vapor-crystal phase transition is actually a superposition of two phase transitions: a first-order phase transition with variable density and a second-order phase transition with variable ordering. The latter, being a diffuse phase transition, results in the formation of a new, "pretransition," phase irreversibly spent in the course of the transition, which ends in the appearance of orthorhombic crystals. X-ray diffraction data and micrograph are presented.

  15. Anomalous compression behavior of germanium during phase transformation

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    Yan, Xiaozhi; Tan, Dayong; Ren, Xiangting; Yang, Wenge E-mail: duanweihe@scu.edu.cn; He, Duanwei E-mail: duanweihe@scu.edu.cn; Mao, Ho-Kwang

    2015-04-27

    In this article, we present the abnormal compression and plastic behavior of germanium during the pressure-induced cubic diamond to β-tin structure transition. Between 8.6 GPa and 13.8 GPa, in which pressure range both phases are co-existing, first softening and followed by hardening for both phases were observed via synchrotron x-ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopy. These unusual behaviors can be interpreted as the volume misfit between different phases. Following Eshelby, the strain energy density reaches the maximum in the middle of the transition zone, where the switch happens from softening to hardening. Insight into these mechanical properties during phase transformation is relevant for the understanding of plasticity and compressibility of crystal materials when different phases coexist during a phase transition.

  16. Hydrogen-related phase transformations in austenitic stainless steels

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    Narita, N.; Altstetter, C. J.; Birnbaum, H. K.

    1982-08-01

    The effect of hydrogen and stress (strain) on the stability of the austenite phase in stainless steels was investigated. Hydrogen was introduced by severe cathodic charging and by elevated temperature equilibration with high pressure H2 gas. Using X-ray diffraction and magnetic techniques, the behavior of two “stable” type AISI310 steels and an “unstable” type AISI304 steel was studied during charging and during the outgassing period following charging. Transformation from the fcc γ phase to an expanded fcc phase, γ*, and to the hcp ɛ phase occurred during cathodic charging. Reversion of the γ* and e phases to the original γ structure and formation of the bcc α structure were examined, and the kinetics of these processes was studied. The γ* phase was shown to be ferromagnetic with a subambient Curie temperature. The γ⇆ɛ phase transition was studied after hydrogen charging in high pressure gas, as was the formation of a during outgassing. These results are interpreted as effects of hydrogen and stress (strain) on the stability of the various phases. A proposed psuedo-binary phase diagram for the metal-hydrogen system was proposed to account for the formation of the γ* phase. The relation of these phase changes to hydrogen embrittlement and stress corrosion cracking of stainless steel is discussed.

  17. Iterative-Transform Phase Retrieval Using Adaptive Diversity

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    Dean, Bruce H.

    2007-01-01

    A phase-diverse iterative-transform phase-retrieval algorithm enables high spatial-frequency, high-dynamic-range, image-based wavefront sensing. [The terms phase-diverse, phase retrieval, image-based, and wavefront sensing are defined in the first of the two immediately preceding articles, Broadband Phase Retrieval for Image-Based Wavefront Sensing (GSC-14899-1).] As described below, no prior phase-retrieval algorithm has offered both high dynamic range and the capability to recover high spatial-frequency components. Each of the previously developed image-based phase-retrieval techniques can be classified into one of two categories: iterative transform or parametric. Among the modifications of the original iterative-transform approach has been the introduction of a defocus diversity function (also defined in the cited companion article). Modifications of the original parametric approach have included minimizing alternative objective functions as well as implementing a variety of nonlinear optimization methods. The iterative-transform approach offers the advantage of ability to recover low, middle, and high spatial frequencies, but has disadvantage of having a limited dynamic range to one wavelength or less. In contrast, parametric phase retrieval offers the advantage of high dynamic range, but is poorly suited for recovering higher spatial frequency aberrations. The present phase-diverse iterative transform phase-retrieval algorithm offers both the high-spatial-frequency capability of the iterative-transform approach and the high dynamic range of parametric phase-recovery techniques. In implementation, this is a focus-diverse iterative-transform phaseretrieval algorithm that incorporates an adaptive diversity function, which makes it possible to avoid phase unwrapping while preserving high-spatial-frequency recovery. The algorithm includes an inner and an outer loop (see figure). An initial estimate of phase is used to start the algorithm on the inner loop, wherein

  18. Nanowire growth by an electron beam induced massive phase transformation

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    Sood, Shantanu; Kisslinger, Kim; Gouma, Perena

    2014-11-15

    Tungsten trioxide nanowires of a high aspect ratio have been synthesized in-situ in a TEM under an electron beam of current density 14A/cm² due to a massive polymorphic reaction. Sol-gel processed pseudocubic phase nanocrystals of tungsten trioxide were seen to rapidly transform to one dimensional monoclinic phase configurations, and this reaction was independent of the substrate on which the material was deposited. The mechanism of the self-catalyzed polymorphic transition and accompanying radical shape change is a typical characteristic of metastable to stable phase transformations in nanostructured polymorphic metal oxides. A heuristic model is used to confirm the metastable to stable growth mechanism. The findings are important to the control electron beam deposition of nanowires for functional applications starting from colloidal precursors.

  19. Reconstructing solute-induced phase transformations within individual nanocrystals.

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    Narayan, Tarun C; Baldi, Andrea; Koh, Ai Leen; Sinclair, Robert; Dionne, Jennifer A

    2016-07-01

    Strain and defects can significantly impact the performance of functional nanomaterials. This effect is well exemplified by energy storage systems, in which structural changes such as volume expansion and defect generation govern the phase transformations associated with charging and discharging. The rational design of next-generation storage materials therefore depends crucially on understanding the correlation between the structure of individual nanoparticles and their solute uptake and release. Here, we experimentally reconstruct the spatial distribution of hydride phases within individual palladium nanocrystals during hydrogen absorption, using a combination of electron spectroscopy, dark-field imaging, and electron diffraction in an environmental transmission electron microscope. We show that single-crystalline cubes and pyramids exhibit a uniform hydrogen distribution at equilibrium, whereas multiply twinned icosahedra exclude hydrogen from regions of high compressive strains. Our technique offers unprecedented insight into nanoscale phase transformations in reactive environments and can be extended to a variety of functional nanomaterials. PMID:27088234

  20. Isomorphic phase transformation in shocked cerium using molecular dynamics

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    Dupont, Virginie; Germann, Timothy C; Chen, Shao - Ping

    2010-08-12

    Cerium (Ce) undergoes a significant ({approx}16%) volume collapse associated with an isomorphic fcc-fcc phase transformation when subject to compressive loading. We present here a new Embedded Atom Method (EAM) potential for Cerium that models two minima for the two fcc phases. We show results from its use in Molecular Dynamics (MD) simulations of Ce samples subjected to shocks with pressures ranging from 0.5 to 25 GPa. A split wave structure is observed, with an elastic precursor followed by a plastic wave. The plastic wave causes the expected fcc-fcc phase transformation. Comparisons to experiments and MD simulations on Cesium (Cs) indicate that three waves could be observed. The construction of the EAM potential may be the source of the difference.

  1. Nanowire growth by an electron beam induced massive phase transformation

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    Sood, Shantanu; Kisslinger, Kim; Gouma, Perena

    2014-11-15

    Tungsten trioxide nanowires of a high aspect ratio have been synthesized in-situ in a TEM under an electron beam of current density 14A/cm² due to a massive polymorphic reaction. Sol-gel processed pseudocubic phase nanocrystals of tungsten trioxide were seen to rapidly transform to one dimensional monoclinic phase configurations, and this reaction was independent of the substrate on which the material was deposited. The mechanism of the self-catalyzed polymorphic transition and accompanying radical shape change is a typical characteristic of metastable to stable phase transformations in nanostructured polymorphic metal oxides. A heuristic model is used to confirm the metastable to stablemore » growth mechanism. The findings are important to the control electron beam deposition of nanowires for functional applications starting from colloidal precursors.« less

  2. The olivine-wadsleyite phase transformation in mantle peridotite

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    Zhang, J.; Zhao, Y.; Wang, L.; Wang, Y.

    2009-12-01

    One of the most important goals in the study of the olivine (α) - wadsleyite (β) transformation is to understand the seismic discontinuity observed near the depth of 410 km in the Earth’s mantle. Although one school of thought attributes this discontinuity to radical chemical changes from lherzolite to picritic eclogite[1], the α-β transformation in an isochemical peridotitic mantle has widely been accepted as the underlying cause. If the latter interpretation is valid, the composition and temperature can be inferred by the depth and magnitude of the discontinuity, providing useful information for understanding the present state of the Earth’s transition zone. In spite of extensive experimental investigations of this transformation, most studies were conducted in the simple system Mg2SiO4-Fe2SiO4 and/or using the quenching technique[2]. No efforts have been directed to study the kinetic barrier of the α-β transformation under normal mantle conditions. In addition, recent studies have demonstrated increasing needs for the study of the α-β transformation in multi-component systems relevant to the Earth’s mantle[3,4]. We choose the KLB-1 spinel lherzolite, a xenolith from Kilborne Hole Crater in New Mexico USA, as starting material because it represents one of the most undepleted mantle compositions. The high P-T x-ray diffraction experiments were conducted using a two-stage multi-anvil press on beamline 13-BM-D of Advanced Photon source, Argonne National Laboratory. Phase identifications were made by observing the first appearance of a phase that was absent in the starting sample and by closely monitoring complete disappearance of a low-pressure phase from the assembly. In the presence of both α and β phases, transformation direction was identified by observing a significant change in the relative intensity between the two phases. Our results demonstrate the experimental feasibility of studying α-β transformation in complex systems and of resolving

  3. In situ phase transformation of Laves phase from Chi-phase in Mo-containing Fe–Cr–Ni alloys

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    Tan, L.; Yang, Y.

    2015-11-01

    For an in situ phase transformation of the Chi (χ) phase to the Laves phase we observed in a Fe–Cr–Ni–Mo model alloy. The morphology, composition, and crystal structure of the χ and Laves phases, and their orientation relationship with the matrix austenite phase were investigated. The resulted Laves phase has larger lattice mismatch with the matrix phase than the χ phase, leading to the increase of local strain fields and the formation of dislocations. Moreover, this finding is helpful to understand the precipitation behavior of the intermetallic phases in the Mo-containing austenitic stainless steels.

  4. Thickness-induced structural phase transformation of layered gallium telluride.

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    Zhao, Q; Wang, T; Miao, Y; Ma, F; Xie, Y; Ma, X; Gu, Y; Li, J; He, J; Chen, B; Xi, S; Xu, L; Zhen, H; Yin, Z; Li, J; Ren, J; Jie, W

    2016-07-28

    The thickness-dependent electronic states and physical properties of two-dimensional materials suggest great potential applications in electronic and optoelectronic devices. However, the enhanced surface effect in ultra-thin materials might significantly influence the structural stability, as well as the device reliability. Here, we report a spontaneous phase transformation of gallium telluride (GaTe) that occurred when the bulk was exfoliated to a few layers. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) results indicate a structural variation from a monoclinic to a hexagonal structure. Raman spectra suggest a critical thickness for the structural transformation. First-principle calculations and thermodynamic analysis show that the surface energy and the interlayer interaction compete to dominate structural stability in the thinning process. A two-stage transformation process from monoclinic (m) to tetragonal (T) and then from tetragonal to hexagonal (h) is proposed to understand the phase transformation. The results demonstrate the crucial role of interlayer interactions in the structural stability, which provides a phase engineering strategy for device applications. PMID:27198938

  5. Fundamental Mechanisms Driving the Amorphous to Crystalline Phase Transformation

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    Reed, B W; Browning, N D; Santala, M K; LaGrange, T; Gilmer, G H; Masiel, D J; Campbell, G H; Raoux, S; Topuria, T; Meister, S; Cui, Y

    2011-01-04

    Phase transformations are ubiquitous, fundamental phenomena that lie at the heart of many structural, optical and electronic properties in condensed matter physics and materials science. Many transformations, especially those occurring under extreme conditions such as rapid changes in the thermodynamic state, are controlled by poorly understood processes involving the nucleation and quenching of metastable phases. Typically these processes occur on time and length scales invisible to most experimental techniques ({micro}s and faster, nm and smaller), so our understanding of the dynamics tends to be very limited and indirect, often relying on simulations combined with experimental study of the ''time infinity'' end state. Experimental techniques that can directly probe phase transformations on their proper time and length scales are therefore key to providing fundamental insights into the whole area of transformation physics and materials science. LLNL possesses a unique dynamic transmission electron microscope (DTEM) capable of taking images and diffraction patterns of laser-driven material processes with resolution measured in nanometers and nanoseconds. The DTEM has previously used time-resolved diffraction patterns to quantitatively study phase transformations that are orders of magnitude too fast for conventional in situ TEM. More recently the microscope has demonstrated the ability to directly image a reaction front moving at {approx}13 nm/ns and the nucleation of a new phase behind that front. Certain compound semiconductor phase change materials, such as Ge{sub 2}Sb{sub 2}Te{sub 5} (GST), Sb{sub 2}Te and GeSb, exhibit a technologically important series of transformations on scales that fall neatly into the performance specifications of the DTEM. If a small portion of such material is heated above its melting point and then rapidly cooled, it quenches into an amorphous state. Heating again with a less intense pulse leads to recrystallization into a vacancy

  6. The use of Fourier reverse transforms in crystallographic phase refinement

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    Ringrose, S.

    1997-10-08

    Often a crystallographer obtains an electron density map which shows only part of the structure. In such cases, the phasing of the trial model is poor enough that the electron density map may show peaks in some of the atomic positions, but other atomic positions are not visible. There may also be extraneous peaks present which are not due to atomic positions. A method for determination of crystal structures that have resisted solution through normal crystallographic methods has been developed. PHASER is a series of FORTRAN programs which aids in the structure solution of poorly phased electron density maps by refining the crystallographic phases. It facilitates the refinement of such poorly phased electron density maps for difficult structures which might otherwise not be solvable. The trial model, which serves as the starting point for the phase refinement, may be acquired by several routes such as direct methods or Patterson methods. Modifications are made to the reverse transform process based on several assumptions. First, the starting electron density map is modified based on the fact that physically the electron density map must be non-negative at all points. In practice a small positive cutoff is used. A reverse Fourier transform is computed based on the modified electron density map. Secondly, the authors assume that a better electron density map will result by using the observed magnitudes of the structure factors combined with the phases calculated in the reverse transform. After convergence has been reached, more atomic positions and less extraneous peaks are observed in the refined electron density map. The starting model need not be very large to achieve success with PHASER; successful phase refinement has been achieved with a starting model that consists of only 5% of the total scattering power of the full molecule. The second part of the thesis discusses three crystal structure determinations.

  7. Magnetostructural phase transformations in Tb 1-x Mn 2

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    Zou, Junding; Paudyal, Durga; Liu, Jing; Mudryk, Yaroslav; Pecharsky, Vitalij K.; Gschneidner, Karl A.

    2015-01-16

    Magnetism and phase transformations in non-stoichiometric Tb1-xMn2 (x = 0.056, 0.039) have been studied as functions of temperature and magnetic field using magnetization, heat capacity, and X-ray powder diffraction measurements. Lowering the temperature, the compounds sequentially order ferrimagnetically and antiferromagnetically, and finally, exhibit spin reorientation transitions. Moreover, these structural distortions from room temperature cubic to low temperature rhombohedral structures occur at TN, and are accompanied by large volume changes reaching ~-1.27% and -1.42%, respectively. First principles electronic structure calculations confirm the phase transformation from the ferrimagnetic cubic structure to the antiferromagnetic rhombohedral structure in TbMn2.

  8. Simplified three-phase transformer model for electromagnetic transient studies

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    Chimklai, S.; Marti, J.R.

    1995-07-01

    This paper presents a simplified high-frequency model for three-phase, two- and three-winding transformers. The model is based on the classical 60-Hz equivalent circuit, extended to high frequencies by the addition of the winding capacitances and the synthesis of the frequency-dependent short-circuit branch by an RLC equivalent network. By retaining the T-form of the classical model, it is possible to separate the frequency-dependent series branch from the constant-valued shunt capacitances. Since the short-circuit branch can be synthesized by a minimum-phase-shift rational approximation, the mathematical complications of fitting mutual impedance or admittance functions are avoided and the model is guaranteed to be numerically absolutely stable. Experimental tests were performed on actual power transformers to determine the parameters of the model. EMTP simulation results are also presented.

  9. Application of phase coherent transform to cloud clutter suppression

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    Ng, L.C.

    1994-11-15

    This paper describes a tracking algorithm using frame-to-frame correlation with frequency domain clutter suppression. Clutter suppression was mechanized via a `Phase Coherent Transform` (PCT) approach. This approach was applied to explore the feasibility of tracking a post-boost rocket from a low earth orbit satellite with real cloud background data. Simulation results show that the PCT/correlation tracking algorithm can perform satisfactorily at signal-to-clutter ratio (SCR) as low as 5 or 7 dB.

  10. A multi-scale strength model with phase transformation

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    Barton, Nathan; Arsenlis, Athanasios; Rhee, Moono; Marian, Jaime; Bernier, Joel V.; Tang, Meijie; Yang, Lin

    2012-03-01

    We present a multi-scale strength model that includes phase transformation. In each phase, strength depends on pressure, strain rate, temperature, and evolving dislocation density descriptors. A donor cell type of approach is used for the transfer of dislocation density between phases. While the shear modulus can be modeled as smooth through the BCC to rhombohedral transformation in vanadium, the multi-phase strength model predicts abrupt changes in the material strength due to changes in dislocation kinetics. In the rhombohedral phase, the dislocation density is decomposed into populations associated with short and long Burgers vectors. Strength model construction employs an information passing paradigm to span from the atomistic level to the continuum level. Simulation methods in the overall hierarchy include density functional theory, molecular statics, molecular dynamics, dislocation dynamics, and continuum based approaches. We demonstrate the behavior of the model through simulations of Rayleigh Taylor instability growth experiments of the type used to assess material strength at high pressure and strain rate.

  11. A multi-scale strength model with phase transformation

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    Barton, N.; Arsenlis, A.; Rhee, M.; Marian, J.; Bernier, J.; Tang, M.; Yang, L.

    2011-06-01

    We present a multi-scale strength model that includes phase transformation. In each phase, strength depends on pressure, strain rate, temperature, and evolving dislocation density descriptors. A donor cell type of approach is used for the transfer of dislocation density between phases. While the shear modulus can be modeled as smooth through the BCC to rhombohedral transformation in vanadium, the multi-phase strength model predicts abrupt changes in the material strength due to changes in dislocation kinetics. In the rhombohedral phase, the dislocation density is decomposed into populations associated with short and long Burgers vectors. Strength model construction employs an information passing paradigm to span from the atomistic level to the continuum level. Simulation methods in the overall hierarchy include density functional theory, molecular statics, molecular dynamics, dislocation dynamics, and continuum based approaches. We demonstrate the behavior of the model through simulations of Rayleigh Taylor instability growth experiments of the type used to assess material strength at high pressure and strain rate. This work was performed under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Energy by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory under Contract DE-AC52-07NA27344 (LLNL-ABS-464695).

  12. Phase transformations in some hafnium-tantalum-titanium-zirconium alloys

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    Ohriner, E.K.; Kapoor, D.

    1997-11-01

    Phase transformations in hafnium alloys are of interest as a means of achieving a material which exhibits flow softening and high localized strains during deformation at high strain rates. Hafnium transforms from a body-centered-cubic beta phase to a hexagonal alpha phase upon cooling below 1749{degrees}C. Hafnium-based alloys containing up to 17.5% Ti, up to 17.5% Ta, and up to 7.3% Zr by weight were button-arc melted and, in some cases, hot extruded to obtain a refined grain size. A number of alloys were shown to have beta solvus temperatures in the range of 1100 to 1300{degrees}C and showed evidence of a shear transformation upon water quenching. The Vickers microhardness of the quenched materials are typically above 350 HV as compared to 300 HV or less for materials with an alpha plus beta structure. Quenching dilatometry indicates a martensite start temperature of about 750{degrees}C for the Hf-7.5 Ta-10 Ti-1 Zr alloy and 800{degrees}C or more for the Hf-7.5 Ta-7.5 Ti-1 Zr alloy. Tensile tests at 1 s{sup {minus}1} strain rate show a constant ultimate tensile strength for temperatures up to 600{degrees}C for the above two alloys and a rapid decrease in strength with a further increase in temperature.

  13. Construction of a Fourier-transform phase-modulation fluorometer

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    Shibata, Hironobu; Iwata, Tetsuo

    2005-12-01

    We have constructed a Fourier-transform phase-modulation fluorometer (FT-PMF) by which a fluorescence decay waveform can be obtained. In the FT-PMF, the modulation frequency of the excitation light source is swept continuously from a direct current (dc) to a high frequency f max with a time duration T. The resultant fluorescence signal waveform is Fourier-transformed to obtain its amplitude and phase spectra. The ratio of the amplitude spectrum and the difference of the phase spectrum over those of the reference spectra that are obtained from a non-fluorescent material are calculated, respectively, and the pair of both spectral data is inverse-Fourier-transformed again to obtain the fluorescence decay waveform. The light source used was an ultraviolet light emitting- diode (UV LED) whose typical operating condition was f max = 100 MHz and T = 10 μs. To demonstrate the performance of the FT-PMF, we carried out (1) measurement of a fluorescent decay waveform of YAG materials packed in a white LED, and (2) determination of fluorescence lifetime of 10 ppm quinine sulfate in 0.1N H IISO 4.

  14. Construction of a Fourier-transform phase-modulation fluorometer

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    Iwata, Tetsuo; Shibata, Hironobu; Araki, Tsutomu

    2005-11-01

    We have constructed a Fourier-transform phase-modulation fluorometer (FT-PMF) by which a fluorescence decay waveform can be obtained. In the FT-PMF, the modulation frequency of the excitation light source is swept continuously from a direct current (dc) to a high frequency fmax with a time duration T. The resultant fluorescence signal waveform is Fourier transformed to obtain its amplitude and phase spectra. The ratio of the amplitude spectrum and the difference of the phase spectrum over those of the reference spectra from an excitation waveform are calculated, respectively, and the pair of both spectral data is inverse-Fourier-transformed again to obtain the fluorescence decay waveform. The light source used was an ultraviolet light-emitting diode (UV LED) whose operating condition was fmax = 50-120 MHz and T = 10 µs. To demonstrate the performance of the FT-PMF, we carried out (1) the measurement of a fluorescent decay waveform of YAG materials enclosed in a white LED and (2) determinations of fluorescence lifetimes of 10 ppm quinine sulfate in 0.1 N H2SO4 and 10 ppm rhodamine 6G in ethanol.

  15. Stress and phase transformation phenomena in oxide films

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    Exarhos, G.J.; Hess, N.J.

    1992-04-01

    In situ optical methods are reviewed for characterization of phase transformation processes and evaluation of residual stress in solution- deposited metastable oxide films. Such low density films most often are deposited as disordered phases making them prone to crystallization and attendant densification when subjected to increased temperature and/or applied pressure. Inherent stress imparted during film deposition and its evolution during the transformation are evaluated from phonon frequency shifts seen in Raman spectra (TiO{sub 2}) or from changes in the laser-induced fluorescence emission spectra for films containing rare earth (Sm{sup +3}:Y{sub 3}Al{sub 5}O{sub 12}) or transition metal (Cr{sup +3}:Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}) dopants. The data in combination with measured increases in line intensities intrinsic to the evolving phase are used to follow crystallization processes in thin films. In general, film deposition parameters are found to influence the crystallite ingrowth kinetics and the magnitude of stress and stress relaxation in the film during the transformation. The utility of these methods to probe crystallization phenomena in oxide films will be addressed.

  16. Phase field modeling of tetragonal to monoclinic phase transformation in zirconia

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    Mamivand, Mahmood

    Zirconia based ceramics are strong, hard, inert, and smooth, with low thermal conductivity and good biocompatibility. Such properties made zirconia ceramics an ideal material for different applications form thermal barrier coatings (TBCs) to biomedicine applications like femoral implants and dental bridges. However, this unusual versatility of excellent properties would be mediated by the metastable tetragonal (or cubic) transformation to the stable monoclinic phase after a certain exposure at service temperatures. This transformation from tetragonal to monoclinic, known as LTD (low temperature degradation) in biomedical application, proceeds by propagation of martensite, which corresponds to transformation twinning. As such, tetragonal to monoclinic transformation is highly sensitive to mechanical and chemomechanical stresses. It is known in fact that this transformation is the source of the fracture toughening in stabilized zirconia as it occurs at the stress concentration regions ahead of the crack tip. This dissertation is an attempt to provide a kinetic-based model for tetragonal to monoclinic transformation in zirconia. We used the phase field technique to capture the temporal and spatial evolution of monoclinic phase. In addition to morphological patterns, we were able to calculate the developed internal stresses during tetragonal to monoclinic transformation. The model was started form the two dimensional single crystal then was expanded to the two dimensional polycrystalline and finally to the three dimensional single crystal. The model is able to predict the most physical properties associated with tetragonal to monoclinic transformation in zirconia including: morphological patterns, transformation toughening, shape memory effect, pseudoelasticity, surface uplift, and variants impingement. The model was benched marked with several experimental works. The good agreements between simulation results and experimental data, make the model a reliable tool for

  17. Effect of Intercritical Annealing Temperature on Phase Transformations in Medium Carbon Dual Phase Steels

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    Erişir, Ersoy; Bilir, Oğuz Gürkan

    2014-03-01

    This paper presents a study concerning phase transformations during quenching of a medium carbon dual phase steel using thermodynamic equilibrium calculations and dilatometry. Medium carbon steel was subjected to the intermediate quenching to produce a fine grained ferrite/martensite dual phase steel. 4 samples quenched after intercritical annealing at 725, 730, 740, and 750 °C. Martensite-start and bainite-start temperatures were calculated from dilatometric curves using plastodilotemeter. Experimental findings are supported by calculated phase diagrams and equilibrium phase compositions using ThermoCalc® and calculations from different empirical formulas. It is concluded that martensite-start temperature depend on chemical composition and grain size of austenite.

  18. Phase transformation diffusion bonding of titanium alloy with stainless steel

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    Qin, B. . E-mail: jjj-jenny@163.com; Sheng, G.M.; Huang, J.W.; Zhou, B.; Qiu, S.Y.; Li, C.

    2006-01-15

    Phase transformation diffusion bonding between a titanium alloy (TA17) and an austenitic stainless steel (0Cr18Ni9Ti) has been carried out in vacuum. Relationships between the bonding parameters and the tensile strength of the joints were investigated, and the optimum bond parameters were obtained: maximum cyclic temperature = 890 deg. C, minimum cyclic temperature = 800 deg. C, number of cycles = 10, bonding pressure = 5 MPa and heating rate = 30 deg. C/s. The maximum tensile strength of the joint was 307 MPa. The reaction products and the interface structure of the joints were investigated by light optical and scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction. The study indicated the existence of {sigma} phase, Fe{sub 2}Ti, Fe-Ti intermetallic and {beta}-Ti in the reaction zone. The presence of the brittle Fe-Ti intermetallic phase lowered both the strength and the ductility of the phase transformation diffusion-bonded joint significantly.

  19. Fast fringe pattern phase demodulation using FIR Hilbert transformers

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    Gdeisat, Munther; Burton, David; Lilley, Francis; Arevalillo-Herráez, Miguel

    2016-01-01

    This paper suggests the use of FIR Hilbert transformers to extract the phase of fringe patterns. This method is computationally faster than any known spatial method that produces wrapped phase maps. Also, the algorithm does not require any parameters to be adjusted which are dependent upon the specific fringe pattern that is being processed, or upon the particular setup of the optical fringe projection system that is being used. It is therefore particularly suitable for full algorithmic automation. The accuracy and validity of the suggested method has been tested using both computer-generated and real fringe patterns. This novel algorithm has been proposed for its advantages in terms of computational processing speed as it is the fastest available method to extract the wrapped phase information from a fringe pattern.

  20. Fourier transform infrared phase shift cavity ring down spectrometer

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    Schundler, Elizabeth; Mansur, David J.; Vaillancourt, Robert; Benedict-Gill, Ryan; Newbry, Scott P.; Engel, James R.; Rentz Dupuis, Julia

    2013-05-01

    We report on our current status towards the development of a prototype Fourier transform infrared phase shift cavity ring down spectrometer (FTIR-PS-CRDS) system under a U.S. EPA SBIR contract. Our system uses the inherent wavelength-dependent modulation imposed by the FTIR on a broadband thermal source for the phase shift measurement. This spectrally-dependent phase shift is proportional to the spectrally-dependent ring down time, which is proportional to the losses of the cavity including those due to molecular absorption. Our approach is a broadband and spectral range enhancement to conventional CRDS which is typically done in the near IR at a single wavelength; at the same time our approach is a sensitivity enhancement to traditional FTIR owing to the long effective path of the resonant cavity. In this paper we present a summary of the theory including performance projections and the design details of the prototype FTIR-PS-CRDS system.

  1. A study of geometric phase topology using Fourier transform method

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    Samlan, C. T.; Naik, Dinesh N.; Viswanathan, Nirmal K.

    2016-07-01

    Topological aspect of the geometric phase (GP) due to pure polarization projection is studied using the 2D Fourier transform (2D-FT) method. Projection of orthogonal polarization state results in a phase singularity in the 2D parameter space of ellipticity and orientation of polarization ellipse. Projection of its surrounding states results in an accumulation of GP in different amount that form a spiral structure. A half wave plate–quarter wave plate combination is used to generate different polarization states which are projected using a polarizer. The accumulated phase for each orientation of the wave plate is extracted from 2D-FT of the interferogram, obtained by interfering it with a reference beam in a Mach–Zehnder like interferometer.

  2. Texture evolution during nitinol martensite detwinning and phase transformation

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    Cai, S.; Schaffer, J. E.; Ren, Y.

    2013-12-09

    Nitinol has been widely used to make medical devices for years due to its unique shape memory and superelastic properties. However, the texture of the nitinol wires has been largely ignored due to inherent complexity. In this study, in situ synchrotron X-ray diffraction has been carried out during uniaxial tensile testing to investigate the texture evolution of the nitinol wires during martensite detwinning, variant reorientation, and phase transformation. It was found that the thermal martensitic nitinol wire comprised primarily an axial (1{sup ¯}20), (120), and (102)-fiber texture. Detwinning initially converted the (120) and (102) fibers to the (1{sup ¯}20) fiber and progressed to a (1{sup ¯}30)-fiber texture by rigid body rotation. At strains above 10%, the (1{sup ¯}30)-fiber was shifted to the (110) fiber by (21{sup ¯}0) deformation twinning. The austenitic wire exhibited an axial (334)-fiber, which transformed to the near-(1{sup ¯}30) martensite texture after the stress-induced phase transformation.

  3. Texture evolution during nitinol martensite detwinning and phase transformation

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    Cai, S.; Schaffer, J. E.; Ren, Y.; Yu, C.

    2013-12-01

    Nitinol has been widely used to make medical devices for years due to its unique shape memory and superelastic properties. However, the texture of the nitinol wires has been largely ignored due to inherent complexity. In this study, in situ synchrotron X-ray diffraction has been carried out during uniaxial tensile testing to investigate the texture evolution of the nitinol wires during martensite detwinning, variant reorientation, and phase transformation. It was found that the thermal martensitic nitinol wire comprised primarily an axial (1¯20), (120), and (102)-fiber texture. Detwinning initially converted the (120) and (102) fibers to the (1¯20) fiber and progressed to a (1¯30)-fiber texture by rigid body rotation. At strains above 10%, the (1¯30)-fiber was shifted to the (110) fiber by (21¯0) deformation twinning. The austenitic wire exhibited an axial (334)-fiber, which transformed to the near-(1¯30) martensite texture after the stress-induced phase transformation.

  4. Phase transformations and thermodynamics of aluminum-based metallic glasses

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    Gao, Changhua (Michael)

    This thesis examines the thermodynamics and associated kinetics and phase transformations of the glass forming Al-Ni-Gd and Al-Fe-Gd systems. In order to fully understand the unique glass forming ability (GFA) of Al-based metallic glasses, the ternary Al-Fe-Gd and Al-Ni-Gd systems in their Al-rich corners were examined experimentally to assist in a thermodynamic assessment. The solid-state phase equilibria are determined using XRD and TEM-EDS techniques. While this work basically confirms the solid-state equilibria in Al-Fe-Gd reported previously, the ternary phase in Al-Ni-Gd system has been identified to be Al15Ni3Gd2 rather than Al16Ni 3Gd reported in the literature. DTA analysis of 24 alloys in the Al-Fe-Gd system and 42 alloys in the Al-Ni-Gd system have yielded critical temperatures pertaining to the solid-liquid transition. Based on these data and information from the literature, a self-consistent thermodynamic database for these systems has been developed using the CALPHAD technique. Parameters describing the Gibbs free energy for various phases of the Al-Gd, Al-Fe-Gd and Al-Ni-Gd systems are manually optimized in this study. Once constructed, the database is used to calculate driving forces for nucleation of crystalline phases which can qualitatively explain the phase formation sequence during crystallization at low temperatures. It was also confirmed that alloy compositions with the lowest Gibbs free energy difference between the equilibrium state and undercooled liquid state exhibit better GFA than other chemistries. Based on 250°C isothermal devitrification phase transformations of 17 Al-Ni-Gd alloys, a phase formation sequence map is constructed. Fcc-Al nanocrystals are formed first in most of the alloys studied, but eutectic crystallization of a metastable phase and fcc-Al is also observed. Addition of Al or Ni promotes fcc-Al phase formation, while increasing Gd suppresses it. The continuous heating DSC scans revealed that crystallization in Al

  5. Bistable optical information storage using antiferroelectric-phase lead lanthanum zirconate titanate ceramics

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    Land, C.E.

    1988-11-01

    A recently discovered photostorage effect in antiferroelectric-phase (AFE-phase) lead lanthanum zirconate titanate (PLZT) compositions appears to be particularly applicable to binary optical information storage. The basis for bistable optical information storage is that exposure to near-UV or visible light shifts the electric field threshold of the phase transition between the field-induced ferroelectric (FE) phase and the stable AFE phase in the direction of the initial AFE /yields/ FE phase transition. Properties of this photoactivated shift of the FE /yields/ AFE phase transition, including preliminary photosensitivity measurements and photostorage mechanisms, are presented. Photosensitivity enhancement by ion implantation is also discussed.

  6. An integrated power, area and noise efficient AFE for large scale multichannel neural recording systems.

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    Krishnan K, Ashwath; Farshchi, Shahin; Judy, Jack

    2014-01-01

    A wideband, low-power, low-noise and area-efficient analog front-end (AFE) for acquiring neural signals is described. The AFE builds upon existing architectures but uses block-wise optimization to achieve superior performance when used in a multichannel system with scalable channel count. The AFE is also the first of its kind to enable acquisition from extended neural bandwidths greater than 10 kHz. The AFE is designed in 65 nm CMOS technology and consumes 11.3 μW of power while occupying 0.06 mm(2) per channel and delivering an NEF of 2.92. PMID:25570535

  7. Target tracking using log-polar transform-based shifted phase-encoded joint transform correlation

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    Islam, Mohammed Nazrul; Bitew, Worku T.

    2014-04-01

    Automatic target detection and tracking requires efficient recognition of the target pattern in variable environmental conditions. Optical joint transform correlation (JTC) method has been proven to be efficient in recognizing a target without requiring complex optical set up. However, the classical JTC suffers from poor correlation performance, which can be improved through the use of different and modified designs. A very successful scheme is developed by employing phase-shifted and phase-encoded fringe-adjusted JTC (SPFJTC), which provides with a high discrimination between a target and non-target objects in a given scene and better utilization of the space-bandwidth resource. Further enhancement of the target detection performance can be achieved by incorporating log-polar transform in the SPFJTC technique. We applied the SPFJTC technique to the log-polar transformation of both the reference image and the input scene that makes the pattern recognition invariant to rotation and scale variations. Peak-to-side lobe ratio is measured and a threshold operation is employed to detect and track a target in an unknown input scene.

  8. Two-dimensional phase transformation probed by second harmonic generation: Oscillatory transformation of the K/Al(111) system

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    Ying, Z.C.; Plummer, E.W. |

    1995-12-31

    The technique of optical second harmonic generation is used to study phase transformations at two-dimensional surfaces and interfaces. Examples are given to illustrate that changes in surface symmetry, adsorption configuration, and electronic structure can be detected by this nonlinear optical technique. An oscillatory phase transformation of potassium adsorbed atoms on Al(111) probed by second harmonic generation is analyzed in detail.

  9. Neutron depolarization study of phase transformations in steel

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    van Dijk, N. H.; Te Velthuis, S. G. E.; Rekveldt, M. Th.; Sietsma, J.; van der Zwaag, S.

    1999-06-01

    Three-dimensional neutron depolarization experiments have been performed in order to study the phase transformations from austenite (γ-Fe) into ferrite (α-Fe) and cementite (Fe 3C) in two medium-carbon steel samples with different carbon concentrations. The rotation of the neutron polarization vector during transmission through the sample is a direct measure for the ferromagnetic ferrite fraction. The degree of depolarization is related to the magnetic correlation length, which gives an indication of the characteristic length scales of the microstructure.

  10. 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.

  11. Modelling a single phase voltage controlled rectifier using Laplace transforms

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    Kraft, L. Alan; Kankam, M. David

    1992-01-01

    The development of a 20 kHz, AC power system by NASA for large space projects has spurred a need to develop models for the equipment which will be used on these single phase systems. To date, models for the AC source (i.e., inverters) have been developed. It is the intent of this paper to develop a method to model the single phase voltage controlled rectifiers which will be attached to the AC power grid as an interface for connected loads. A modified version of EPRI's HARMFLO program is used as the shell for these models. The results obtained from the model developed in this paper are quite adequate for the analysis of problems such as voltage resonance. The unique technique presented in this paper uses the Laplace transforms to determine the harmonic content of the load current of the rectifier rather than a curve fitting technique. Laplace transforms yield the coefficient of the differential equations which model the line current to the rectifier directly.

  12. Phase-field-crystal methodology for modeling of structural transformations.

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    Greenwood, Michael; Rottler, Jörg; Provatas, Nikolas

    2011-03-01

    We introduce and characterize free-energy functionals for modeling of solids with different crystallographic symmetries within the phase-field-crystal methodology. The excess free energy responsible for the emergence of periodic phases is inspired by classical density-functional theory, but uses only a minimal description for the modes of the direct correlation function to preserve computational efficiency. We provide a detailed prescription for controlling the crystal structure and introduce parameters for changing temperature and surface energies, so that phase transformations between body-centered-cubic (bcc), face-centered-cubic (fcc), hexagonal-close-packed (hcp), and simple-cubic (sc) lattices can be studied. To illustrate the versatility of our free-energy functional, we compute the phase diagram for fcc-bcc-liquid coexistence in the temperature-density plane. We also demonstrate that our model can be extended to include hcp symmetry by dynamically simulating hcp-liquid coexistence from a seeded crystal nucleus. We further quantify the dependence of the elastic constants on the model control parameters in two and three dimensions, showing how the degree of elastic anisotropy can be tuned from the shape of the direct correlation functions. PMID:21517507

  13. Local phase transformation in alloys during charged-particle irradiation

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    Lam, N.Q.; Okamoto, P.R.

    1984-10-01

    Among the various mechanisms and processes by which energetic irradiation can alter the phase stability of alloys, radiation-induced segregation is one of the most important phenomena. Radiation-induced segregation in alloys occurs as a consequence of preferential coupling between persistent fluxes of excess defects and solute atoms, leading to local enrichment or depletion of alloying elements. Thus, this phenomenon tends to drive alloy systems away from thermodynamic equilibrium, on a local scale. During charged-particle irradiations, the spatial nonuniformity in the defect production gives rise to a combination of persistent defect fluxes, near the irradiated surface and in the peak-damage region. This defect-flux combination can modify the alloy composition in a complex fashion, i.e., it can destabilize pre-existing phases, causing spatially- and temporally-dependent precipitation of new metastable phases. The effects of radiation-induced segregation on local phase transformations in Ni-based alloys during proton bombardment and high-voltage electron-microscope irradiation at elevated temperatures are discussed.

  14. The HCP To BCC Phase Transformation in Ti Characterized by Nanosecond Electron Microscopy

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    Campbell, G; LaGrange, T; King, W; Colvin, J; Ziegler, A; Browning, N; Kleinschmidt, H; Bostanjoglo, O

    2005-06-21

    The general class of martensitic phase transformations occurs by a rapid lattice-distortive mechanism, where kinetics and morphology of the transformation are dominated by the strain energy. Since transformation is diffusionless, phase fronts propagate through a crystal with great speed that can approach the speed of sound. We have observed a particular example of this class of phase transformation, the hexagonal close packed (HCP) to body centered cubic (BCC) transformation in titanium that is driven by a rapid increase in temperature. We have used a novel nanosecond electron microscope (the dynamic transmission electron microscope, DTEM) to acquire diffraction and imaging information on the transformation, which is driven in-situ by nanosecond laser irradiation. Using nanosecond exposure times that are possible in the DTEM, data can be collected about the transient events in these fast transformations. We have identified the phase transformation with diffraction patterns and correlated the time of the phase transformation with calculated conditions in the sample.

  15. Diffusion and Phase Transformations of Transition Metals on Silicon Surfaces

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    Lee, Ming-Yi.

    The role of surface diffusion and surface phase reaction kinetics of nickel (Ni) and cobalt (Co) on Si(111) and Si(100) are investigated under Ultra High Vacuum (UHV) conditions using Auger Spectroscopy (AES), Reflection High Electron Energy Diffraction (RHEED) and surface X-ray diffraction. The surface segregation phenomenon and the formation conditions for Si(111)-sqrt{19 } x sqrt{19}- rm R+/-23.4^circ phase (hereafter called sqrt{19}) for Ni/Si(111) are studied by RHEED and AES. Quench cooling induces surface segregation which restores the total accumulated dose of Ni to two surfaces of the wafer. The coverage dependence of phases thus produced follows: 7 x 7 to 1 x 1-RC(0.05Ml) to sqrt{19} (0.16Ml) then to B-type NiSi_2. It is found that there are 3 Ni atoms in the sqrt{19 } unit cell. A "race" of bulk diffusion versus surface diffusion for Ni in/on Si(111) is studied by depositing a laterally confined dot of metal on one side of the double side polished and UHV cleaned Si wafer and then measuring the lateral Auger profile on the reverse side following annealing and quenching. Ni reaches the far side of the wafer at temperatures as low as 500C via bulk diffusion with no measurable contribution from the surface paths, which are short-circuited by numerous, fast bulk paths. Similar results are found for Ni and Co on Si(111) and Si(100). The diffusivity and solid solubility calculated from the experiments are close to the bulk values known from the literature. In addition, the thermal stability, phase transformation and different dissolution mechanisms of sqrt {19} and 1 x 1-RC surface phases of Ni/Si(111) are carefully examined. The activation energies of these processes are compared on an Arrhenius plot. These are discussed in terms of the migration and formation mechanisms involved in these phase transformations. An energy level diagram is used to summarize the atomistic kinetics.

  16. Phase transformations and residual stresses in environmental barrier coatings

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    Harder, Bryan J.

    Silicon-based ceramics (SiC, Si3N4) are promising materials for high-temperature structural applications in turbine engines. However, the silica layer that forms on these materials is susceptible to attack from water vapor present in combustion environments. To protect against this degradation, environmental barrier coatings (EBCs) were developed to protect the underlying substrate. In the case of silicon carbide (SiC), multilayer coating systems consist of a Ba1-xSrxAl2Si 2O8 (BSAS) topcoat, a mullite or mullite + SrAl2Si 2O8 (SAS) interlayer, and a silicon bond coat. In this work, biaxial strains were measured on as-sprayed and heat-treated samples to analyze the stress and phase evolution in the coating system as a function of depth and temperature. Models were used to compare the results with an ideal coating system. In the assprayed state, tensile stresses as high as 175 MPa were measured, and cracking was observed. After thermally cycling the samples, stresses were significantly reduced and cracks in the topcoat had closed. The addition of SAS to the interlayer increased the compressive stress in the BSAS topcoat in thermally-cycled samples, which was desirable for EBC applications. The BSAS topcoat transformed from the as-deposited hexacelsian state to the stable celsian above 1200°C. This phase transformation is accompanied by a CTE reduction. The kinetics of the hexacelsian-to-celsian transformation were quantified for freestanding plasma-sprayed BSAS. Activation energies for bulk bars and crushed powder were determined to be ˜340 kJ/mol and ˜500 kJ/mol, respectively. X-ray diffraction and electron backscatter diffraction were used to establish how microstructural constraints reduce the transformation energy. Barrier coating lifetime and stability are also influenced by exposure to reactive, low-melting point calcium-magnesium-aluminosilicate (CMAS) deposits formed from dust and sand. Multilayer doped aluminosilicate coatings and bulk BSAS material were

  17. Amniotic Fluid Embolism (AFE) in China: Are maternal mortality and morbidity preventable?

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    Mo, Xiuting; Feng, Aihua; Liu, Xiaoyan; Tobe, Ruoyan Gai

    2014-08-01

    A case of hospital-patient conflict has occurred in China that has lifted billows in the public and highlighted the lethality of amniotic fluid embolism (AFE). AFE is a rare but severe obstetric complication with high maternal mortality and morbidity. Globally, the incidence of AFE is estimated to be approximately 2 to 6 per 100,000 deliveries. The maternal mortality rate (MMR) attributable to AFE ranges between 0.5 to 1.7 deaths per 100,000 deliveries in the developed world and 1.9 to 5.9 deaths per 100,000 deliveries in the developing world. In developed countries, AFE often accounts for a leading cause of maternal mortality; whereas the proportion of maternal death caused by AFE tends to be not as dominant compared to common perinatal complications in developing countries. With the mechanism remaining to be elucidated, AFE can neither be predicted nor prevented even in developed countries. Treatment requires a set of highly intensive advanced emergency obstetric care, challenging obstetric care in developing countries. Although this complication is currently far from preventable, China has potential to improve the prognosis of AFE by strengthening the emergency obstetric care system. PMID:25364652

  18. Nanoscale heat transfer and phase transformation surrounding intensely heated nanoparticles

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    Sasikumar, Kiran

    Over the last decade there has been significant ongoing research to use nanoparticles for hyperthermia-based destruction of cancer cells. In this regard, the investigation of highly non-equilibrium thermal systems created by ultrafast laser excitation is a particularly challenging and important aspect of nanoscale heat transfer. It has been observed experimentally that noble metal nanoparticles, illuminated by radiation at the plasmon resonance wavelength, can act as localized heat sources at nanometer-length scales. Achieving biological response by delivering heat via nanoscale heat sources has also been demonstrated. However, an understanding of the thermal transport at these scales and associated phase transformations is lacking. A striking observation made in several laser-heating experiments is that embedded metal nanoparticles heated to extreme temperatures may even melt without an associated boiling of the surrounding fluid. This unusual phase stability is not well understood and designing experiments to understand the physics of this phenomenon is a challenging task. In this thesis, we will resort to molecular dynamics (MD) simulations, which offer a powerful tool to investigate this phenomenon, without assumptions underlying continuum-level model formulations. We present the results from a series of steady state and transient non-equilibrium MD simulations performed on an intensely heated nanoparticle immersed in a model liquid. For small nanoparticles (1-10 nm in diameter) we observe a stable liquid phase near the nanoparticle surface, which can be at a temperature well above the boiling point. Furthermore, we report the existence of a critical nanoparticle size (4 nm in diameter) below which we do not observe formation of vapor even when local fluid temperatures exceed the critical temperature. Instead, we report the existence of a stable fluid region with a density much larger than that of the vapor phase. We explain this stability in terms of the

  19. Single beam Fourier transform digital holographic quantitative phase microscopy

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    Anand, A. Chhaniwal, V. K.; Mahajan, S.; Trivedi, V.; Faridian, A.; Pedrini, G.; Osten, W.; Dubey, S. K.; Javidi, B.

    2014-03-10

    Quantitative phase contrast microscopy reveals thickness or height information of a biological or technical micro-object under investigation. The information obtained from this process provides a means to study their dynamics. Digital holographic (DH) microscopy is one of the most used, state of the art single-shot quantitative techniques for three dimensional imaging of living cells. Conventional off axis DH microscopy directly provides phase contrast images of the objects. However, this process requires two separate beams and their ratio adjustment for high contrast interference fringes. Also the use of two separate beams may make the system more vulnerable to vibrations. Single beam techniques can overcome these hurdles while remaining compact as well. Here, we describe the development of a single beam DH microscope providing whole field imaging of micro-objects. A hologram of the magnified object projected on to a diffuser co-located with a pinhole is recorded with the use of a commercially available diode laser and an arrayed sensor. A Fourier transform of the recorded hologram directly yields the complex amplitude at the image plane. The method proposed was investigated using various phase objects. It was also used to image the dynamics of human red blood cells in which sub-micrometer level thickness variation were measurable.

  20. Fourier transform infrared phase shift cavity ring down spectrometer

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    Schundler, Elizabeth; Mansur, David J.; Vaillancourt, Robert; Benedict-Gill, Ryan; Newbry, Scott P.; Engel, James R.; Dupuis, Julia Rentz

    2014-05-01

    OPTRA has developed a Fourier transform infrared phase shift cavity ring down spectrometer (FTIR-PS-CRDS) system under a U.S. EPA SBIR contract. This system uses the inherent wavelength-dependent modulation imposed by the FTIR on a broadband thermal source for the phase shift measurement. This spectrally-dependent phase shift is proportional to the spectrally-dependent ring down time. The spectral dependence of both of these values is introduced by the losses of the cavity including those due to the molecular absorption of the sample. OPTRA's approach allows broadband detection of chemicals across the feature-rich fingerprint region of the long-wave infrared. This represents a broadband and spectral range enhancement to conventional CRDS which is typically done at a single wavelength in the near IR; at the same time the approach is a sensitivity enhancement to traditional FTIR, owing to the long effective path of the resonant cavity. In previous papers1,2, OPTRA has presented a breadboard system aimed at demonstrating the feasibility of the approach and a prototype design implementing performance enhancements based on the results of breadboard testing. In this final paper in the series, we will present test results illustrating the realized performance of the fully assembled and integrated breadboard, thereby demonstrating the utility of the approach.

  1. Role of valence electrons in phase transformation kinetics of thallium and its dilute alloys

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    Ahmed, R.; Ahmed, S.

    1991-01-01

    The kinetics of the phase transformation of thallium and its dilute alloys were investigated using XRD and calorimetry. Pure thallium exhibits a beta(bcc) to alpha(hcp) phase transformation on cooling at 508 K. With alloying additions, the crystal structure for each phase does not change, although the size of the unit cell increases. The enthalpy and the temperature of phase transformation of each alloy have been determined. The chemical free energy change associated with the phase transformation of each alloy was calculated. The valence electrons make an outstanding contribution to the chemical free energy change required for the phase change.

  2. Atomic structure and pressure-induced phase transformations in a phase-change alloy

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    Xu, Ming

    Phase-change materials exist in at least two phases under the ambient condition. One is the amorphous state and another is crystalline phase. These two phases have vastly different physical properties, such as electrical conductivity, optical reflectivity, mass density, thermal conductivity, etc. The distinct physical properties and the fast transformation between amorphous and crystalline phases render these materials the ability to store information. For example, the DVD and the Blue-ray discs take advantage of the optical reflectivity contrast, and the newly developed solid-state memories make use of the large conductivity difference. In addition, both the amorphous and crystalline phases in phase-change memories (PCMs) are very stable at room temperature, and they are easy to be scaled up in the production of devices with large storage density. All these features make phase-change materials the ideal candidates for the next-generation memories. Despite of the fast development of these new memory materials in industry, many fundamental physics problems underlying these interesting materials are still not fully resolved. This thesis is aiming at solving some of the key issues in phase-change materials. Most of phase-change materials are composed of Ge-Sb-Te constituents. Among all these Ge-Sb-Te based materials, Ge2Sb2Te5 (GST) has the best performance and has been frequently studied as a prototypical phase-change material. The first and foremost issue is the structure of the two functioning phases. In this thesis, we investigate the unique atomic structure and bonding nature of amorphous GST (a-GST) and crystalline GST ( c-GST), using ab initio tools and X-ray diffraction (XRD) methods. Their local structures and bonding scenarios are then analyzed using electronic structure calculations. In order to gain insight into the fast phase transformation mechanism, we also carried out a series of high-pressure experiments on GST. Several new polymorphs and their

  3. Phase-field modeling of the beta to omega phase transformation in Zr–Nb alloys

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    Yeddu, Hemantha Kumar; Lookman, Turab

    2015-05-01

    A three-dimensional elastoplastic phase-field model is developed, using the Finite Element Method (FEM), for modeling the athermal beta to omega phase transformation in Zr–Nb alloys by including plastic deformation and strain hardening of the material. The microstructure evolution during athermal transformation as well as under different stress states, e.g. uni-axial tensile and compressive, bi-axial tensile and compressive, shear and tri-axial loadings, is studied. The effects of plasticity, stress states and the stress loading direction on the microstructure evolution as well as on the mechanical properties are studied. The input data corresponding to a Zr – 8 at.% Nb alloy are acquired from experimental studies as well as by using the CALPHAD method. Our simulations show that the four different omega variants grow as ellipsoidal shaped particles. Our results show that due to stress relaxation, the athermal phase transformation occurs slightly more readily in the presence of plasticity compared to that in its absence. The evolution of omega phase is different under different stress states, which leads to the differences in the mechanical properties of the material. The variant selection mechanism, i.e. formation of different variants under different stress loading directions, is also nicely captured by our model.

  4. On Inclusion-Matrix Interfacial Stresses in Composites Containing Phase-Transforming Phases

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    Wang, Y.-C.; Ko, C.-C.

    2010-05-21

    Recent development in composites containing phase-transforming particles, such as vanadium dioxide or barium titanate, reveals the overall stiffness and viscoelastic damping of the composites may be unbounded. Negative stiffness is induced from phase transformation predicted by the Landau phase transformation theory. Although this unbounded phenomenon is theoretically supported with the composite homogenization theory, detailed stress analyses of the composites are still lacking. In this work, we analyze the two-dimensional plane stress elasticity problem of a square plate containing a circular inclusion, under the assumption that the Young's modulus of the inclusion is negative. Assumption of negative stiffness is a priori in the present analysis. A static loading condition is adopted to estimate the effective modulus of the composites by the ratio of applied stress to averaged strain on the loading edges. It is found that the interfacial stresses between the circular inclusion and matrix increase dramatically when the negative stiffness is so tuned that overall stiffness is unbounded. Furthermore, it is found that stress distributions in the inclusion are not uniform, contrary to Eshelby's theorem, which states, for two-phase, infinite composites, the inclusion's stress distribution is uniform when the shape of the inclusion has higher symmetry than an ellipse. The rationale for this nonuniform stress distributions is due to nonlocal effects induced from negative stiffness.

  5. Phase-field modeling of the beta to omega phase transformation in Zr–Nb alloys

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    Yeddu, Hemantha Kumar; Lookman, Turab

    2015-05-01

    A three-dimensional elastoplastic phase-field model is developed, using the Finite Element Method (FEM), for modeling the athermal beta to omega phase transformation in Zr–Nb alloys by including plastic deformation and strain hardening of the material. The microstructure evolution during athermal transformation as well as under different stress states, e.g. uni-axial tensile and compressive, bi-axial tensile and compressive, shear and tri-axial loadings, is studied. The effects of plasticity, stress states and the stress loading direction on the microstructure evolution as well as on the mechanical properties are studied. The input data corresponding to a Zr – 8 at.% Nb alloy aremore » acquired from experimental studies as well as by using the CALPHAD method. Our simulations show that the four different omega variants grow as ellipsoidal shaped particles. Our results show that due to stress relaxation, the athermal phase transformation occurs slightly more readily in the presence of plasticity compared to that in its absence. The evolution of omega phase is different under different stress states, which leads to the differences in the mechanical properties of the material. The variant selection mechanism, i.e. formation of different variants under different stress loading directions, is also nicely captured by our model.« less

  6. Phase-field modeling of the beta to omega phase transformation in Zr-Nb alloys

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    Yeddu, Hemantha Kumar; Lookman, Turab

    2015-03-17

    A three-dimensional elastoplastic phase-field model is developed, using the finite element method (FEM), for modeling the athermal beta to omega phase transformation in Zr–Nb alloys by including plastic deformation and strain hardening of the material. The microstructure evolution during athermal transformation as well as under different stress states, e.g. uni-axial tensile and compressive, bi-axial tensile and compressive, shear and tri-axial loadings, is studied. The effects of plasticity, stress states and the stress loading direction on the microstructure evolution as well as on the mechanical properties are studied. The input data corresponding to a Zr – 8 at% Nb alloy are acquired from experimental studies as well as by using the CALPHAD method. Our simulations show that the four different omega variants grow as ellipsoidal shaped particles. Our results show that due to stress relaxation, the athermal phase transformation occurs slightly more readily in the presence of plasticity compared to that in its absence. The evolution of omega phase is different under different stress states, which leads to the differences in the mechanical properties of the material. As a result, the variant selection mechanism, i.e. formation of different variants under different stress loading directions, is also nicely captured by our model.

  7. Zig-zag twins and helical phase transformations.

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    Ganor, Yaniv; Dumitrică, Traian; Feng, Fan; James, Richard D

    2016-04-28

    We demonstrate the large bending deformation induced by an array of permanent magnets (applied field ∼0.02 T) designed to minimize poles in the bent state of the crystal. Planar cantilevers of NiMnGa (5M modulated martensite) ferromagnetic shape memory alloy deform into an arched shape according to theory, with a zig-zag microstructure that complies with the kinematic and magnetic compatibility between adjacent twin variants. A general theory of bent and twisted states is given, applicable to both twinning and austenite/martensite transformations. Some of these configurations achieve order-of-magnitude amplification of rotation and axial strain. We investigate also atomistic analogues of these bent and twisted configurations with perfect interfaces between phases. These mechanisms of large deformation, induced by small magnetic fields or temperature changes, have potential application to the development of new actuation technologies for micro-robotic systems. PMID:27002072

  8. Kinetics of phase transformation in glass forming systems

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    Ray, Chandra S.

    1994-01-01

    The objectives of this research were to (1) develop computer models for realistic simulations of nucleation and crystal growth in glasses, which would also have the flexibility to accomodate the different variables related to sample characteristics and experimental conditions, and (2) design and perform nucleation and crystallization experiments using calorimetric measurements, such as differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and differential thermal analysis (DTA) to verify these models. The variables related to sample characteristics mentioned in (1) above include size of the glass particles, nucleating agents, and the relative concentration of the surface and internal nuclei. A change in any of these variables changes the mode of the transformation (crystallization) kinetics. A variation in experimental conditions includes isothermal and nonisothermal DSC/DTA measurements. This research would lead to develop improved, more realistic methods for analysis of the DSC/DTA peak profiles to determine the kinetic parameters for nucleation and crystal growth as well as to assess the relative merits and demerits of the thermoanalytical models presently used to study the phase transformation in glasses.

  9. Solid-solid phase transformation: Roughening of stylolites

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    Angheluta, L.; Jettestuen, E.; Mathiesen, J.; Renard, F.; Jamtveit, B.

    2007-12-01

    Sedimentary rocks under uniaxial compression often react by changing the texture during compaction or cementation, which is accompanied by the formation of stylolites spanning the grain contacts or the rocks along surfaces normal to the applied stress. Many field observations corroborate a common feature of stylolites, namely that they are rough interfaces that contain insoluble minerals. Stylolites are outstanding examples of interfacial patterns developed in out-of-equilibrium systems. We study the roughening of stylolites within a model of a moving interface boundary between two stressed solids. The set up of our model consists of two dissimilar elastic bodies that are separated by a sharp interface and subjected to uniform compression in the direction perpendicular to the interface profile. Based on the balance laws of force and energy, we derive the jump conditions for a moving interface driven by a phase transformation process, i.e. the solid phase with higher energy (more porous) is removed and replaced by the same amount of less porous solid phase. An initially flat interface perturbed with small irregularities develops grooves or finger like structures, which align with the principal direction of compaction. The system is dissipative and approaches asymptotically the equilibrium configuration between the two phases. Our numerical investigations reveal several issues: 1) a morphological instability of the solid-solid interface does develop; 2) the instability is driven by the porosity jump across the interface; 3) the energy concentration at the tip of the fingers may influence the development of cracks perpendicular to the stylolites planes, as observed in nature.

  10. Finite element method for conserved phase fields: Stress-mediated diffusional phase transformation

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    Zaeem, Mohsen Asle; Mesarovic, Sinisa Dj.

    2010-12-01

    Phase-field models with conserved phase-field variables result in a 4th order evolution partial differential equation (PDE). When coupled with the usual 2nd order thermo-mechanics equations, such problems require special treatment. In the past, the finite element method (FEM) has been successfully applied to non-conserved phase fields, governed by a 2nd order PDE. For higher order equations, the convergence of the standard Galerkin FEM requires that the interpolation functions belong to a higher continuity class. We consider the Cahn-Hilliard phase-field model for diffusion-controlled solid state phase transformation in binary alloys, coupled with elasticity of the solid phases. A Galerkin finite element formulation is developed, with mixed-order interpolation: C 0 interpolation functions for displacements, and C 1 interpolation functions for the phase-field variable. To demonstrate convergence of the mixed interpolation scheme, we first study a one-dimensional problem - nucleation and growth of the intermediate phase in a thin-film diffusion couple with elasticity effects. Then, we study the effects of completeness of C 1 interpolation on parabolic problems in two space dimensions by considering the growth of the intermediate phase in a binary system. Quadratic convergence, expected for conforming elements, is achieved for both one- and two-dimensional systems.

  11. Phase-field modeling of shock-induced α- γ phase transformation of RDX

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    Rahul, -; de, Suvranu

    2015-06-01

    A thermodynamically consistent continuum phase field model has been developed to investigate the role of shock-induced α- γ phase transition in the sensitivity of RDX. Dislocations and phase transformations are distinguished and modeled within a crystal plasticity framework. The Landau potential is derived for the finite elastic deformation analysis. The response of the shock loaded RDX crystal is obtained by solving the continuum momentum equation along with phase evolution equation using a Helmholtz free energy functional, which consists of elastic potential energy and local interfacial energy that follows from the Cahn-Hilliard formalism. We observe that the orientations for which there is a resolved shear stress along the slip direction, the material absorbs large shear strain through plastic deformation, allowing it to be less sensitive as less mechanical work is available for temperature rise. Therefore, plastic slip should be associated with greater shear relaxation and, hence, decreased sensitivity. For elastic orientations, large shear stress arises from steric hindrance that may provides much more mechanical work to increase the temperature and hence more sensitive to detonation. Our simulations suggest that the α- γ phase transformation in RDX may be associated with the increased temperature rise and hence the shock sensitivity. The authors gratefully acknowledge the support of this work through Office of Naval Research (ONR) Grants N000140810462 and N000141210527 with Dr. Clifford Bedford as the cognizant Program Manager.

  12. Phase Transformation Hysteresis in a Plutonium Alloy System: Modeling the Resistivity during the Transformation

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    Haslam, J J; Wall, M A; Johnson, D L; Mayhall, D J; Schwartz, A J

    2001-11-14

    We have induced, measured, and modeled the {delta}-{alpha}' martensitic transformation in a Pu-Ga alloy by a resistivity technique on a 2.8-mm diameter disk sample. Our measurements of the resistance by a 4-probe technique were consistent with the expected resistance obtained from a finite element analysis of the 4-point measurement of resistivity in our round disk configuration. Analysis by finite element methods of the postulated configuration of {alpha}' particles within model {delta} grains suggests that a considerable anisotropy in the resistivity may be obtained depending on the arrangement of the {alpha}' lens shaped particles within the grains. The resistivity of these grains departs from the series resistance model and can lead to significant errors in the predicted amount of the {alpha}' phase present in the microstructure. An underestimation of the amount of {alpha}' in the sample by 15%, or more, appears to be possible.

  13. The effects of non-hydrostatic compression and applied electric field on the electromechanical behavior of poled PZT 95/5-2Nb ceramic during the F{sub R1} {yields} A{sub 0} polymorphic phase transformation

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    Zeuch, D.H.; Montgomery, S.T.; Zimmerer, D.J.

    1995-10-01

    We conducted hydrostatic and constant-stress-difference (CSD) experiments at room temperature on two different sintered batches of poled, niobium-doped lead-zirconate-titanate ceramic (PZT 95/5-2Nb). The objective of this test plan was to quantify the effects of nonhydrostatic stress on the electromechanical behavior of the ceramic during the ferroelectric, rhombohedral {yields} antiferroelectric, orthorhombic (FE {yields} AFE) phase transformation. We also performed a series of hydrostatic and triaxial compression experiments in which a 1000 V potential was applied to poled specimens to evaluate any effect of a sustained bias on the transformation. As we predicted from earlier tests on unpoled PZT 95/5-2Nb, increasing the stress difference up to 200 MPa (corresponding to a maximum resolved shear stress of 100 MPa) decreases the mean stress and confining pressure at which the transformation occurs by 25--33%, for both biased and unbiased conditions. This same stress difference also retards the rate of transformation at constant pressurization rate, resulting in reductions of up to an order of magnitude in the rate of charge release and peak voltage attained in our tests. This shear stress-voltage effect offers a plausible, though qualitative explanation for certain systematic failures that have occurred in neutron generator power supplies when seemingly minor design changes have been made. Transformation strains in poled ceramic are anisotropic (differing by up to 33%) in hydrostatic compression, and even more anisotropic under non-hydrostatic stress states. Application of a 1000 V bias appears to slightly increase (by {le}2%) the transformation pressure for poled ceramic, but evidence for this conclusion is weak.

  14. Dynamic observation of phase transformation behaviors in indium(III) selenide nanowire based phase change memory.

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    Huang, Yu-Ting; Huang, Chun-Wei; Chen, Jui-Yuan; Ting, Yi-Hsin; Lu, Kuo-Chang; Chueh, Yu-Lun; Wu, Wen-Wei

    2014-09-23

    Phase change random access memory (PCRAM) has been extensively investigated for its potential applications in next-generation nonvolatile memory. In this study, indium(III) selenide (In2Se3) was selected due to its high resistivity ratio and lower programming current. Au/In2Se3-nanowire/Au phase change memory devices were fabricated and measured systematically in an in situ transmission electron microscope to perform a RESET/SET process under pulsed and dc voltage swept mode, respectively. During the switching, we observed the dynamic evolution of the phase transformation process. The switching behavior resulted from crystalline/amorphous change and revealed that a long pulse width would induce the amorphous or polycrystalline state by different pulse amplitudes, supporting the improvement of the writing speed, retention, and endurance of PCRAM. PMID:25133955

  15. STS-32 crewmembers conduct DSO 0478 LBNP and AFE experiments on middeck

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    1990-01-01

    STS-32 crewmembers work with the American Flight Echocardiograph (AFE) equipment, located in forward middeck locker MF43G, on the middeck of Columbia, Orbiter Vehicle (OV) 102. AFE is an off-the-shelf medical ultrasonic imaging system used in conjunction with the Detailed Supplementary Objective (DSO) 0478 lower body negative pressure (LBNP) device. Mission Specialist (MS) Marsha S. Ivins holds AFE device to MS G. David Low's chest as MS Bonnie J. Dunbar reviews checklist and records data. Low's lower torso is inside the cylindrical LBNP device.

  16. Chemically and temperature-induced phase transformations of metal vanadates

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    Patridge, Christopher James

    different individual beta'-Cu xV2O5 nanowires vary widely. Using scanning transmission X-ray microspectroscopy of individual beta'-CuxV2O 5 nanowires, correlations appear to exist between MIT characteristics and the markedly different orbital hybridization of vanadium and oxygen at the O K and V L absorption edges. These comprehensive nanostructure studies hint at the possibility of approaching the incredibly important realm of single-domain measurements which are needed to understand and exploit the intrinsic physical properties of materials. In addition to the bronze MIT studies, the classical MIT material vanadium dioxide, VO2, also shows new properties when scaling down to nanoscale dimensions as well as incorporation of substitutional dopants such as tungsten. X-ray absorption spectroscopy of the dopant local structure suggests an increased symmetry and depairing of V4+-V 4+, which is critical for transition to the lower temperature insulating phase thereby super-cooling the metallic phase to temperatures as low as 254 K. Mechanistic insight and structural changes associated with the intercalation of Li+ are key aspects in understanding and designing useful secondary Li ion batteries. In similarity to the MxV2O 5 studies, another metal vanadate, Ag2VO2PO 4, undergoes phase transformations due to introduction of Li and the vacancy of Ag ions. Employing a comprehensive study on Ag2VO 2PO4 using X-ray absorption spectroscopy, information about chemical state changes and rehybridization of frontier orbitals allows for a more precise understanding of how the material discharges, what, if any, intermediate phases exist during the process, and provides evidence for the posited structural stability at high depths of discharge.

  17. Phase transformation, thermal expansion and electrical conductivity of lanthanum chromite

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    Gupta, Sapna; Mahapatra, Manoj K.; Singh, Prabhakar

    2013-09-01

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Orthorhombic and rhombohedral phases co-exist at ≥260 °C and cubic above 1000 °C. • Polymorphic changes with temperature in air and Ar–3%H{sub 2} are observed. • Lattice volume change in Ar–3%H{sub 2} atmosphere corresponds to Cr{sup 4+} → Cr{sup 3+} transition. • Change in valence state of Cr{sup 4+} to Cr{sup 3+} results in lower electrical conductivity. • Experimental evidence is provided for poor densification of LaCrO{sub 3} in air. - Abstract: This paper addresses discrepancies pertaining to structural, thermal and electrical properties of lanthanum chromite. Experimental evidence is provided to support the hypothesis for poor densification in air as well as reduction in electrical conductivity in reducing atmosphere. Sintering condition for the synthesis of LaCrO{sub 3} was optimized to 1450 °C and 10 h. Thermo-analytical (differential scanning calorimetry – DSC) and high temperature X-ray diffraction (HT-XRD) studies show that orthorhombic lanthanum chromite transforms into rhombohedral structure at ∼260 °C and cubic structure above 1000 °C. Co-existence of the structural phases and the variation in each polymorph with temperature in both air and 3%H{sub 2}–Ar atmosphere is reported. Presence and absence of Cr-rich phase at inter-particle neck are observed in oxidizing and reducing atmospheres respectively. The linear thermal expansion co-efficient was calculated to be 10.8 ± 0.2 × 10{sup −6} °C{sup −1} in the temperature range of RT–1400 °C. Electrical conductivity of lanthanum chromite was found to be 0.11 S/cm in air. A decrease in electrical conductivity (0.02 S/cm at 800 °C) of LaCrO{sub 3}, as observed in reducing atmosphere (3%H{sub 2}–Ar), corresponds to lattice volume change as indicated by peak shift in HT-XRD results.

  18. Volumetric and timescale analysis of phase transformation in single-crystal silicon during nanoindentation

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    Huang, Hu; Yan, Jiwang

    2016-06-01

    Clarifying the phase transformation process and mechanism of single-crystal silicon induced by high pressure is essential for preparation of new silicon phases. Although many previous researches have focused in this area, the volume of high-pressure phases and the duration of phase transformation are still unclear. In this paper, the volume change and the duration of phase transformation from Si-II phase into Si-XII/Si-III phases were investigated quantitatively by introducing a holding process in the unloading stage of a nanoindentation test. Experimental results indicate that the high-pressure phase volume is dependent strongly on the maximum indentation load and independent of the loading/unloading rate and the holding time at the maximum indentation load, while phase transformation duration is independent of the aforementioned experimental parameters. By analyzing the results, a critical volume of Si-XII/Si-III phases was identified which determines the occurrence of sudden phase transformation, and a modified nucleation and growth mechanism of high-pressure phases was proposed. These results provide new insights into high-pressure phase transformations in single-crystal silicon.

  19. Interaction between phase transformations and dislocations at the nanoscale. Part 1. General phase field approach

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    Levitas, Valery I.; Javanbakht, Mahdi

    2015-09-01

    Thermodynamically consistent, three-dimensional (3D) phase field approach (PFA) for coupled multivariant martensitic transformations (PTs), including cyclic PTs, variant-variant transformations (i.e., twinning), and dislocation evolution is developed at large strains. One of our key points is in the justification of the multiplicative decomposition of the deformation gradient into elastic, transformational, and plastic parts. The plastic part includes four mechanisms: dislocation motion in martensite along slip systems of martensite and slip systems of austenite inherited during PT and dislocation motion in austenite along slip systems of austenite and slip systems of martensite inherited during reverse PT. The plastic part of the velocity gradient for all these mechanisms is defined in the crystal lattice of the austenite utilizing just slip systems of austenite and inherited slip systems of martensite, and just two corresponding types of order parameters. The explicit expressions for the Helmholtz free energy and the transformation and plastic deformation gradients are presented to satisfy the formulated conditions related to homogeneous thermodynamic equilibrium states of crystal lattice and their instabilities. In particular, they result in a constant (i.e., stress- and temperature-independent) transformation deformation gradient and Burgers vectors. Thermodynamic treatment resulted in the determination of the driving forces for change of the order parameters for PTs and dislocations. It also determined the boundary conditions for the order parameters that include a variation of the surface energy during PT and exit of dislocations. Ginzburg-Landau equations for dislocations include variation of properties during PTs, which in turn produces additional contributions from dislocations to the Ginzburg-Landau equations for PTs. A complete system of coupled PFA and mechanics equations is presented. A similar theory can be developed for PFA to dislocations and other

  20. Phase transformation of calcium phenyl phosphate in calcium hydroxyapatite

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    Tanaka, Hidekazu . E-mail: hidekazu@riko.shimane-u.ac.jp; Ibaraki, Koshiro; Uemura, Masao; Hino, Ryozi; Kandori, Kazuhiko; Ishikawa, Tatsuo

    2007-07-03

    Calcium phenyl phosphate (CaPP) was synthesized from a mixture of Ca(OH){sub 2} and phenyl phosphate (C{sub 6}H{sub 5}PO{sub 4}H{sub 2}) in an aqueous media. XRD pattern of CaPP exhibited five diffraction peaks at 2{theta} = 6.6, 13.3, 20.0, 26.8 and 33.7{sup o}. The d-spacing ratio of these peaks was ca. 1:1/2:1/3:1/4:1/5. The molar ratios of Ca/P and phenyl/P of CaPP were 1.0 and 0.92, respectively, and the chemical formula of the material was expressed as (C{sub 6}H{sub 5}PO{sub 4}){sub 0.92}(HPO{sub 4}){sub 0.08}Ca.1.3H{sub 2}O, similar to that of dicalcium phosphate dihydrate (CaHPO{sub 4}.2H{sub 2}O: DCPD). These results allowed us to infer that CaPP is composed of a multilayer alternating bilayer of phenyl groups of the phosphates and DCPD-like phase. The structure of the material was essentially not altered after aging at pH 9.0-11.0 and 85 deg. C in an aqueous media. While, after aging at pH {<=}8.0, the diffraction peaks of CaPP were suddenly weakened and disappeared at pH 7.0. Besides, new peaks due to calcium hydroxyapatite (Ca{sub 10}(PO{sub 4}){sub 6}(OH){sub 2}: Hap) appeared and their intensity was strengthened with decreasing the solution pH. TEM observation revealed that the Hap particles formed at pH 6.0 are fibrous with ca. 1.5 {mu}m in length and ca. 0.2 {mu}m in width. From these results, it is presumed that the layered CaPP was dissolved, hydrolyzed and reprecipitated to fibrous Hap particles at pH {<=}8.0 and 85 deg. C in aqueous media. This phase transformation of CaPP in Hap resembled to the formation mechanism of Hap in animal organism.

  1. State estimation of voltage and phase-shift transformer tap settings

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    Teixeira, P.A.; Brammer, S.R.; Rutz, W.L. ); Merritt, W.C.; Salmonsen, J.L. )

    1992-08-01

    Traditionally, state estimation algorithms have treated each transformer tap setting (voltage transformer turns ratio or phase-shift transformer angle) as a fixed parameter of the network, even though the real-time measurement may be in error or non-existent. In this paper, a new transformer tap estimation technique is presented which incorporates the function directly into the state estimation algorithm. The procedure provides for turns ratio and phase angle measurements and treats each transformer tap setting as an independent state variable. Test results for an actual 300-bus network demonstrate the tap estimation capability.

  2. 15. Historic American Buildings Survey Norma L. McAfee Photographer ...

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    15. Historic American Buildings Survey Norma L. McAfee - Photographer National Park Service San Francisco, California Photo Taken: June 22, 1940 VIEW FROM SOUTHWEST - Custom House, Custom House Plaza, Monterey, Monterey County, CA

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    14. Historic American Buildings Survey Norma L. McAfee - Photographer National Park Service San Francisco, California Photo Taken: June 22, 1940 GENERAL VIEW - Custom House, Custom House Plaza, Monterey, Monterey County, CA

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    13. Historic American Buildings Survey Norma L. McAfee - Photographer National Park Service San Francisco, California Photo Taken: June 22, 1940 VIEW FROM SOUTHWEST - Custom House, Custom House Plaza, Monterey, Monterey County, CA

  5. Aerodynamic heating on AFE due to nonequilibrium flow with variable entropy at boundary layer edge

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    Ting, P. C.; Rochelle, W. C.; Bouslog, S. A.; Tam, L. T.; Scott, C. D.; Curry, D. M.

    1991-01-01

    A method of predicting the aerobrake aerothermodynamic environment on the NASA Aeroassist Flight Experiment (AFE) vehicle is described. Results of a three dimensional inviscid nonequilibrium solution are used as input to an axisymmetric nonequilibrium boundary layer program to predict AFE convective heating rates. Inviscid flow field properties are obtained from the Euler option of the Viscous Reacting Flow (VRFLO) code at the boundary layer edge. Heating rates on the AFE surface are generated with the Boundary Layer Integral Matrix Procedure (BLIMP) code for a partially catalytic surface composed of Reusable Surface Insulation (RSI) times. The 1864 kg AFE will fly an aerobraking trajectory, simulating return from geosynchronous Earth orbit, with a 75 km perigee and a 10 km/sec entry velocity. Results of this analysis will provide principal investigators and thermal analysts with aeroheating environments to perform experiment and thermal protection system design.

  6. In-situ phase transformation in the field ion microscope.

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    Miller, M. K.; Russell, K. F.

    1991-04-01

    Many materials undergo an athermal martensite transformation when cooled. This transformation has been observed in the Tishomingo meteorite during cooling to cryogenic temperatures. The meteorite is unstable when cooled to the cryogenic temperatures (40 - 85K) suitable for field ion imaging since the martensite start temperature of this material (Fe-32.5 wt%Ni) is approximately 235K.

  7. Interaction between phase transformations and dislocations at the nanoscale. Part 2: Phase field simulation examples

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    Javanbakht, Mahdi; Levitas, Valery I.

    2015-09-01

    The complete system of phase field equations for coupled martensitic phase transformations (PTs), dislocation evolution, and mechanics at large strains is presented. Finite element method (FEM) is utilized to solve this system for two important problems. The first one is related to the simulation of shear strain-induced PT at the evolving dislocation pile-ups in a nanosized bicrystal. Plasticity plays a dual part in the interaction with PT. Dislocation pile-ups produce strong stress tensor concentrators that lead to barrierless martensite (M) nucleation. On the other hand, plasticity in the transforming grain relaxes these stress concentrators suppressing PT. The final stationary M morphology is governed by the local thermodynamic equilibrium, either at the interfaces or in terms of stresses averaged over the martensitic region or the entire grain. This is very surprising because of strong heterogeneity of stress fields and is in contrast to previous statements that phase equilibrium conditions do not enter the description of strain-induced PTs. The second problem is devoted to martensitic plate propagation through a bicrystal during temperature-induced PT. For elastic growth (without dislocations) and a large thermal driving force, a complex transformation path with plate branching and direct and reverse PTs is observed, which still ends with the same stationary nanostructure as for a smaller driving force and a traditional transformation path. Sharp grain boundary arrests plate growth at a relatively small driving force, exhibiting an athermal friction. For elastoplastic growth, the generation of dislocations produces athermal friction and arrests the plate below some critical driving force, leading to a morphological transition from plate to lath M. The width of the martensitic plate increases in comparison with elastic growth due to internal stress relaxation. Plate growth is accompanied by the nucleation of dislocations within M and remaining in M, the

  8. Near-equilibrium polymorphic phase transformations in Praseodymium under dynamic compression

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    Bastea, M; Reisman, D

    2007-02-12

    We report the first experimental observation of sequential, multiple polymorphic phase transformations occurring in Praseodymium dynamically compressed using a ramp wave. The experiments also display the signatures of reverse transformations occuring upon pressure release and reveal the presence of small hysteresys loops. The results are in very good agreement with equilibrium hydrodynamic calculations performed using a thermodynamically consistent, multi-phase equation of state for Praseodymium, suggesting a near-equilibrium transformation behavior.

  9. Phase Stability and Stress-Induced Transformations in Beta Titanium Alloys

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    Kolli, R. Prakash; Joost, William J.; Ankem, Sreeramamurthy

    2015-06-01

    In this article, we provide a brief review of the recent developments related to the relationship between phase stability and stress-induced transformations in metastable body-centered-cubic β-phase titanium alloys. Stress-induced transformations occur during tensile, compressive, and creep loading and influence the mechanical response. These transformations are not fully understood and increased understanding of these mechanisms will permit future development of improved alloys for aerospace, biomedical, and energy applications. In the first part of this article, we review phase stability and discuss a few recent developments. In the second section, we discuss the current status of understanding stress-induced transformations and several areas that require further study. We also provide our perspective on the direction of future research efforts. Additionally, we address the occurrence of the hcp ω-phase and the orthorhombic α″-martensite phase stress-induced transformations.

  10. Low-temperature solid-state phase transformations in 2H silicon carbide.

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    Powell, J. A.; Will, H. A.

    1972-01-01

    Study of the phase transformations taking place in 2H SiC single crystals at temperatures as low as 400 C. Some crystals transformed to a structure with one-dimensional disorder along the crystal c axis. Others transformed to a faulted cubic/6H structure. The transformation is time and temperature dependent, and is greatly enhanced by dislocations. The transformation takes place by means of a slip process perpendicular to the c axis. Cubic SiC crystals were observed to undergo a solid-state transformation above 1400 C.

  11. Low-temperature solid-state phase transformations in 2H silicon carbide

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    Will, H. A.; Powell, J. A.

    1972-01-01

    Single crystals of 2H SiC were observed to undergo phase transformations at temperatures as low as 400 C. Some 2H crystals transformed to a structure with one-dimensional disorder along the crystal c axis. Others transformed to a faulted cubic/6H structure. The transformation is time and temperature dependent and is greatly enhanced by dislocations. Observations indicate that the transformation takes place by means of a slip process perpendicular to the c axis. Cubic SiC crystals were observed to undergo a solid state transformation above 1400 C.

  12. Pressure-induced phase transformation of In2Se3

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    Rasmussen, Anya; Teklemichael, Samuel; Mafi, Elham; Gu, Yi; McCluskey, Matthew

    2013-06-01

    Phase-change memory, with fast read-write speeds and small dimensions, will soon replace flash memory in our cell phones and tablets. This type of memory relies on phase change materials like indium selenide, In2Se3, a III-VI semiconductor that exists in multiple crystalline phases. To achieve controlled switching between phases, it is important to understand both the thermal and elastic properties of In2Se3. Using synchrotron x-ray diffraction and a diamond-anvil cell, a pressure-induced phase transition in powder In2Se3 from the α phase to β phase was discovered at 0.7 GPa. This pressure is an order of magnitude lower than phase-transition pressures in most semiconductors. Raman spectroscopy experiments confirm this result. The bulk moduli are reported for both α and β phases, and the c / a ratio for the β phase is shown to have a nonlinear dependence on pressure.

  13. Phase retrieval by using the transport-of-intensity equation with Hilbert transform.

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    Li, Wei-Shuo; Chen, Chun-Wei; Lin, Kuo-Feng; Chen, Hou-Ren; Tsai, Chih-Ya; Chen, Chyong-Hua; Hsieh, Wen-Feng

    2016-04-01

    Phase recovery by solving the transport-of-intensity equation (TIE) is a non-iterative and non-interferometric phase retrieval technique. From solving the TIE with conventional, one partial derivative and Hilbert transform methods for both the periodic and aperiodic samples, we demonstrate that the Hilbert transform method can provide the smoother phase images with edge enhancement and fine structures. Furthermore, compared with the images measured by optical and atomic force microscopy, the Hilbert transform method has the ability to quantitatively map out the phase images for both the periodic and aperiodic structures. PMID:27192301

  14. Deformation-induced {alpha}{sub 2} {yields} {gamma} phase transformation in TiAl alloys

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    Chen, C.L.; Lu, W.; Sun Dai; He, L.L.; Ye, H.Q.

    2010-11-15

    Deformation-induced {alpha}{sub 2} {yields} {gamma} phase transformation in high Nb containing TiAl alloys was investigated using high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HREM) and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS). The dislocations appearing at the tip of deformation-induced {gamma} plate (DI-{gamma}) and the stacking sequence change of the {alpha}{sub 2} matrix were two key evidences for determining the occurrence of the deformation-induced {alpha}{sub 2} {yields} {gamma} phase transformation. Compositional analysis revealed that the product phase of the room-temperature transformation was not standard {gamma} phase; on the contrary, the product phase of the high-temperature transformation was standard {gamma} phase.

  15. Three-Dimensional Numerical Model Considering Phase Transformation in Friction Stir Welding of Steel

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    Cho, Hoon-Hwe; Kim, Dong-Wan; Hong, Sung-Tae; Jeong, Yong-Ha; Lee, Keunho; Cho, Yi-Gil; Kang, Suk Hoon; Han, Heung Nam

    2015-12-01

    A three-dimensional (3D) thermo-mechanical model is developed considering the phase transformation occurring during the friction stir welding (FSW) of steel, and the simulated result is compared with both the measured temperature distribution during FSW and the microstructural changes after FSW. The austenite grain size (AGS) decreases significantly because of the frictional heat and severe plastic deformation generated during FSW, and the decreased AGS accelerates the diffusional phase transformation during FSW. The ferrite phase, one of the diffusional phases, is developed mainly in mild steel, whereas the bainite phase transformation occurs significantly in high-strength steel with large hardenability. Additionally, transformation-induced heat is observed mainly in the stir zone during FSW. The measured temperature distribution and phase fraction agree fairly well with the predicted data.

  16. Metastable phase transformation and hcp-ω transformation pathways in Ti and Zr under high hydrostatic pressures

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    Gao, Lei; Ding, Xiangdong; Lookman, Turab; Sun, Jun; Salje, E. K. H.

    2016-07-01

    The energy landscape of Zr at high hydrostatic pressure suggests that its transformation behavior is strongly pressure dependent. This is in contrast to the known transition mechanism in Ti, which is essentially independent of hydrostatic pressure. Generalized solid-state nudged elastic band calculations at constant pressure shows that α-Zr transforms like Ti only at the lowest pressure inside the stability field of ω-phase. Different pathways apply at higher pressures where the energy landscape contains several high barriers so that metastable states are expected, including the appearance of a transient bcc phase at ca. 23 GPa. The global driving force for the hcp-ω transition increases strongly with increasing pressure and reaches 23.7 meV/atom at 23 GPa. Much of this energy relates to the excess volume of the hcp phase compared with its ω phase.

  17. Characterization, Modeling, and Energy Harvesting of Phase Transformations in Ferroelectric Materials

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    Dong, Wenda

    Solid state phase transformations can be induced through mechanical, electrical, and thermal loading in ferroelectric materials that are compositionally close to morphotropic phase boundaries. Large changes in strain, polarization, compliance, permittivity, and coupling properties are typically observed across the phase transformation regions and are phenomena of interest for energy harvesting and transduction applications where increased coupling behavior is desired. This work characterized and modeled solid state phase transformations in ferroelectric materials and assessed the potential of phase transforming materials for energy harvesting applications. Two types of phase transformations were studied. The first type was ferroelectric rhombohedral to ferroelectric orthorhombic observed in lead indium niobate lead magnesium niobate lead titanate (PIN-PMN-PT) and driven by deviatoric stress, temperature, and electric field. The second type of phase transformation is ferroelectric to antiferroelectric observed in lead zirconate titanate (PZT) and driven by pressure, temperature, and electric field. Experimental characterizations of the phase transformations were conducted in both PIN-PMN-PT and PZT in order to understand the thermodynamic characteristics of the phase transformations and map out the phase stability of both materials. The ferroelectric materials were characterized under combinations of stress, electric field, and temperature. Material models of phase transforming materials were developed using a thermodynamic based variant switching technique and thermodynamic observations of the phase transformations. These models replicate the phase transformation behavior of PIN-PMN-PT and PZT under mechanical and electrical loading conditions. The switching model worked in conjunction with linear piezoelectric equations as ferroelectric/ferroelastic constitutive equations within a finite element framework that solved the mechanical and electrical field equations

  18. Pressure and Temperature effects on the High Pressure Phase Transformation in Zirconium

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    Escobedo-Diaz, Juan P.; Cerreta, Ellen K.; Brown, Donald W.; Trujillo, Carl P.; Rigg, Paulo A.; Bronkhorst, Curt A.; Addessio, Francis L.; Lookman, Turab

    2012-06-20

    At high pressure zirconium is known to undergo a phase transformation from the hexagonal close packed (HCP) alpha phase ({alpha}) to the simple hexagonal omega phase ({omega}). Under conditions of shock loading, the high-pressure omega phase is retained upon release. However, the hysteresis in this transformation is not well represented by equilibrium phase diagrams. For this reason, the influence of peak shock pressure and temperature on the retention of omega phase in Zr is explored in this study. In situ VISAR measurements along with post-mortem metallographic and neutron diffraction characterization of soft recovered specimens have been utilized to quantify the volume fraction of retained omega phase, morphology of the shocked alpha and omega phases, and qualitatively understand the kinetics of this transformation. This understanding of the role of peak shock stress will be utilized to address physics to be encoded in our present macro-scale models.

  19. In Situ TEM Nanoindentation Studies on Stress-Induced Phase Transformations in Metallic Materials

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    Liu, Y.; Wang, H.; Zhang, X.

    2015-11-30

    Though abundant phase transformations are in general thermally driven processes, there are many examples wherein stresses can induce phase transformations. We applied numerous in situ techniques, such as in situ x-ray diffraction and neutron diffraction in order to reveal phase transformations. Recently, an in situ nanoindentation technique coupled with transmission electron microscopy demonstrated the capability to directly correlating stresses with phase transformations and microstructural evolutions at a submicron length scale. We briefly review in situ studies on stress-induced diffusional and diffusionless phase transformations in amorphous CuZrAl alloy and NiFeGa shape memory alloy. Moreover, in the amorphous CuZrAl, in situ nanoindentationmore » studies show that the nucleation of nanocrystals (a diffusional process) occurs at ultra-low stresses manifested by a prominent stress drop. In the NiFeGa shape memory alloy, two distinctive types of martensitic (diffusionless) phase transformations accompanied by stress plateaus are observed, including a reversible gradual phase transformation at low stress levels, and an irreversible abrupt phase transition at higher stress levels.« less

  20. In Situ TEM Nanoindentation Studies on Stress-Induced Phase Transformations in Metallic Materials

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    Liu, Y.; Wang, H.; Zhang, X.

    2016-01-01

    Although abundant phase transformations are in general thermally driven processes, there are many examples wherein stresses can induce phase transformations. Numerous in situ techniques, such as in situ x-ray diffraction and neutron diffraction, have been applied to reveal phase transformations. Recently, an in situ nanoindentation technique coupled with transmission electron microscopy demonstrated the capability to directly correlating stresses with phase transformations and microstructural evolutions at a submicron length scale. Here we briefly review in situ studies on stress-induced diffusional and diffusionless phase transformations in amorphous CuZrAl alloy and NiFeGa shape memory alloy. In the amorphous CuZrAl, in situ nanoindentation studies show that the nucleation of nanocrystals (a diffusional process) occurs at ultra-low stresses manifested by a prominent stress drop. In the NiFeGa shape memory alloy, two distinctive types of martensitic (diffusionless) phase transformations accompanied by stress plateaus are observed, including a reversible gradual phase transformation at low stress levels, and an irreversible abrupt phase transition at higher stress levels.

  1. In Situ TEM Nanoindentation Studies on Stress-Induced Phase Transformations in Metallic Materials

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    Liu, Y.; Wang, H.; Zhang, X.

    2015-11-30

    Though abundant phase transformations are in general thermally driven processes, there are many examples wherein stresses can induce phase transformations. We applied numerous in situ techniques, such as in situ x-ray diffraction and neutron diffraction in order to reveal phase transformations. Recently, an in situ nanoindentation technique coupled with transmission electron microscopy demonstrated the capability to directly correlating stresses with phase transformations and microstructural evolutions at a submicron length scale. We briefly review in situ studies on stress-induced diffusional and diffusionless phase transformations in amorphous CuZrAl alloy and NiFeGa shape memory alloy. Moreover, in the amorphous CuZrAl, in situ nanoindentation studies show that the nucleation of nanocrystals (a diffusional process) occurs at ultra-low stresses manifested by a prominent stress drop. In the NiFeGa shape memory alloy, two distinctive types of martensitic (diffusionless) phase transformations accompanied by stress plateaus are observed, including a reversible gradual phase transformation at low stress levels, and an irreversible abrupt phase transition at higher stress levels.

  2. Phase diagram of the Y-Y2Se3 system, enthalpies of phase transformations

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    Andreev, O. V.; Kharitontsev, V. B.; Polkovnikov, A. A.; Elyshev, A. V.; Andreev, P. O.

    2015-10-01

    A phase diagram for the Y-Y2Se3 system has been constructed in which the YSe and Y2Se3 phases melt congruently. The daltonide type YSe phase (ST Y0,75Se, a=1.1393 nm, melting point=2380 K, H=2200 MPa) forms a double-sided solid solution from 49-50-53 at% Se. In the 50-53 at% Se range, the unit cell parameter increases to 1.1500 nm, the microhardness increases to 4100 MPa and electrical resistivity increases from 0.018 to 0.114 Ω m. These changes are caused by the dominating influx of newly formed structural cationic vacancies arising from the selenium anions that are surplus for the 1:1 Y:Se stoichiometry. The full-valence Y2Se3 composition exists as a low-temperature modification of ε-Y2Se3 (ST Sc2S3, a=1.145 nm, b=0.818 nm, c=2.438 nm, melting point=1780 K, ∆fusion enthalpy=4±0.4 J/g) and transforms into a modification of ξ-Y2Se3 that does not undergo fixing by thermo-hardening. The eutectic melting point between the YSe and Y2Se3 phases is 1625±5 K, with a eutectic composition that is assumed to be 57.5 at% Se and have an enthalpy of fusion of 43±4.3 J/g. The eutectic for the Y and YSe phases appears at a temperature of 1600 K and 5 at% Se.

  3. Multi-scale modeling of the iron bcc arrow hcp martensitic phase transformation

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    Caspersen, Kyle; Carter, Emily; Lew, Adrian; Ortiz, Michael

    2004-03-01

    Pressures exceeding 10 GPa induce a martensitic phase transformation in iron, where ferro-magnetic bcc transforms into non-magnetic hcp. The transition pressure is not known precisely, but is thought to depend strongly on shear. To investigate the properties of this transformation and the role of shear, we have developed a multi-scale iron model. This model contains a free energy derived from an ab-initio based non-linear elastic expansion, a kinematically compatible spinodal decomposition of phases, ab-initio based interfacial energies, and a dependence on the bcc rightarrow hcp transformation path(s). The model shows spinodal decomposition behavior (with a slight expected deviation) as well as predicting 10 GPa to be the transformation pressure. Additionally, the model predicted that the inclusion of shear facilitates the transformation, causing transformation pressure to decrease.

  4. Comparison between thermochemical and phase stability data for the quartz-coesite-stishovite transformations

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    Weaver, J. S.; Chipman, D. W.; Takahashi, T.

    1979-01-01

    Phase stability and elasticity data have been used to calculate the Gibbs free energy, enthalpy, and entropy changes at 298 K and 1 bar associated with the quartz-coesite and coesite-stishovite transformations in the system SiO2. For the quartz-coesite transformation, these changes disagree by a factor of two or three with those obtained by calorimetric techniques. The phase boundary for this transformation appears to be well determined by experiment; the discrepancy, therefore, suggests that the calorimetric data for coesite are in error. Although the calorimetric and phase stability data for the coesite-stishovite transformation yield the same transition pressure at 298 K, the phase-boundary slopes disagree by a factor of two. At present, it is not possible to determine which of the data are in error. Thus serious inconsistencies exist in the thermodynamic data for the polymorphic transformations of silica.

  5. Investigation on phase transformation mechanism of zeolite NaY under alkaline hydrothermal conditions

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    Li, Peng Ding, Tian Liu, Liping Xiong, Guang

    2013-12-15

    The phase transformation mechanism of zeolite NaY under alkaline hydrothermal conditions was investigated by UV Raman spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, X-ray fluorescence and scanning electron microscopy techniques. The results revealed that the products and transformation rate are dependent on the alkalinities. All of the starting and resulting zeolites are constructed with the 4-ring and 6-ring secondary building units. The products have lower Si/Al ratio, higher framework density and smaller pore size, which are more stable under alkaline hydrothermal condition. During the phase transformation the fragments of faujasite are formed, then the fragments combine to form different zeolites depending on basicity. Zeolite NaY crystals are consumed as the reservoir for the transformation products during the recrystallization process. For the first time, a 4-membered ring intermediate was found at the early stage of the recrystallization process. A cooperative interaction of liquid and solid phases is required for inducing the phase transformation. - Graphical Abstract: Phase transformation of NaY zeolite under alkaline hydrothermal condition is achieved by the cooperative interaction of the liquid and solid phases. A 4-membered ring species is an intermediate for recrystallization process. Highlights: • The products and transformation rate are dependent on the alkalinity. • A 4-membered ring species is an intermediate for recrystallization process. • A cooperative interaction of liquid and solid phases is required.

  6. LANSCE wire scanner AFE: analysis, design, and fabrication

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    Gruchalla, Mike; Chacon, Phillip; Gilpatrick, John D; Martinez, Derwin; Power, John F; Smith, Brian

    2010-01-01

    The goal of the design LANSCE-R Wire-Scanner Analog Front-end Electronics is to develop a high-performance, dual-axis wire-scanner analog front-end system implemented in a single cRIO module. This new design accommodates macropulse widths as wide as 700 {mu}s at a maximum pulse rate of 120Hz. A lossey integrator is utilized as the integration element to eliminate the requirement for providing gating signals to each wire scanner. The long macropulse and the high repetition rate present conflicting requirements for the design of the integrator. The long macropulse requires a long integration time constant to assure minimum integrator droop for accurate charge integration, and the high repetition rate requires a short time constant to assure adequate integrator reset between macropulses. Also, grounding is a serious concern due to the small signal levels. This paper reviews the basic Wire Scanner AFE system design implemented in the cRIO-module form factor to capture the charge information from the wire sensors and the grounding topology to assure minimum noise contamination of the wire signals.

  7. Fast 3D shape measurement using Fourier transform profilometry without phase unwrapping

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    Song, Kechen; Hu, Shaopeng; Wen, Xin; Yan, Yunhui

    2016-09-01

    This paper presents a novel, simple, yet fast 3D shape measurement method using Fourier transform profilometry. Different from the conventional Fourier transform profilometry, this proposed method introduces the binocular stereo vision and employs two image pairs (i.e., original image pairs and fringe image pairs) to restructure 3D shape. In this proposed method, instead of phase unwrapping algorithm, a coarse disparity map is adopted as a constraint condition to realize phase matching using wrapped phase. Since the local phase matching and sub-pixel disparity refinement are proposed to obtain high measuring accuracy, high-quality phase is not required. The validity of the proposed method is verified by experiments.

  8. Effects of Forming Induced Phase Transformation on Crushing Behavior of TRIP Steel

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    Liu, Wenning N.; Choi, Kyoo Sil; Soulami, Ayoub; Sun, Xin; Khaleel, Mohammad A.

    2010-04-15

    In this paper, results of finite element crash simulation are presented for a TRIP steel side rail with and without considering the phase transformation during forming operations. A homogeneous phase transformation model is adapted to model the mechanical behavior of the austenite-to-martensite phase. The forming process of TRIP steels is simulated with the implementation of the material model. The distribution and volume fraction of the martensite in TRIP steels may be greatly influenced by various factors during forming process and subsequently contribute to the behavior of the formed TRIP steels during the crushing process. The results indicate that, with the forming induced phase transformation, higher energy absorption of the side rail can be achieved. The phase transformation enhances the strength of the side rail

  9. Visualization of anisotropic-isotropic phase transformation dynamics in battery electrode particles

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    Wang, Jiajun; Karen Chen-Wiegart, Yu-chen; Eng, Christopher; Shen, Qun; Wang, Jun

    2016-01-01

    Anisotropy, or alternatively, isotropy of phase transformations extensively exist in a number of solid-state materials, with performance depending on the three-dimensional transformation features. Fundamental insights into internal chemical phase evolution allow manipulating materials with desired functionalities, and can be developed via real-time multi-dimensional imaging methods. Here, we report a five-dimensional imaging method to track phase transformation as a function of charging time in individual lithium iron phosphate battery cathode particles during delithiation. The electrochemically driven phase transformation is initially anisotropic with a preferred boundary migration direction, but becomes isotropic as delithiation proceeds further. We also observe the expected two-phase coexistence throughout the entire charging process. We expect this five-dimensional imaging method to be broadly applicable to problems in energy, materials, environmental and life sciences. PMID:27516044

  10. Visualization of anisotropic-isotropic phase transformation dynamics in battery electrode particles.

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    Wang, Jiajun; Karen Chen-Wiegart, Yu-Chen; Eng, Christopher; Shen, Qun; Wang, Jun

    2016-01-01

    Anisotropy, or alternatively, isotropy of phase transformations extensively exist in a number of solid-state materials, with performance depending on the three-dimensional transformation features. Fundamental insights into internal chemical phase evolution allow manipulating materials with desired functionalities, and can be developed via real-time multi-dimensional imaging methods. Here, we report a five-dimensional imaging method to track phase transformation as a function of charging time in individual lithium iron phosphate battery cathode particles during delithiation. The electrochemically driven phase transformation is initially anisotropic with a preferred boundary migration direction, but becomes isotropic as delithiation proceeds further. We also observe the expected two-phase coexistence throughout the entire charging process. We expect this five-dimensional imaging method to be broadly applicable to problems in energy, materials, environmental and life sciences. PMID:27516044

  11. Orientation-dependent mechanical behavior and phase transformation of mono-crystalline silicon

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    Sun, Jiapeng; Ma, Aibin; Jiang, Jinghua; Han, Jing; Han, Ying

    2016-03-01

    We perform a large-scale molecular dynamics simulation of nanoindentation on the (100), (110), and (111) oriented silicon surface to investigate the orientation-dependent mechanical behavior and phase transformation of monocrystalline silicon. The results show both the remarkable anisotropic mechanical behavior and structure phase transformation of monocrystalline silicon. The mechanical behavior of the (110) and (111) oriented surfaces are similar (has a high indentation modulus, low critical indentation depth for the onset of plastic deformation) but quite different from the (100) oriented surface. The mechanical behavior is carefully linked to the phase transformation. The formation of crystalline bct5 phase and β-Si phase is the fundamental phase transformation mechanism for (100) oriented surface. But, a large number of amorphous silicon can be found beneath the indenter for (110) and (111) oriented surface beside the bct5 phase and β-Si phase. The β-Si phase region is relatively small for (110) and (111) oriented surface, even cannot be detected for (111) oriented surface. This result highlights the dominating role of the amorphous transformation in the mechanical behavior of monocrystalline silicon. Additionally, our results indicate that the high pressure phases form a symmetrical, anisotropic pattern on the indented surface for all three oriented surface which is linked to the active {111}<110> slip systems.

  12. Structural and dynamical transformations between neighboring dense microemulsion phases

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    Kotlarchyk, M. ); Sheu, E.Y. ); Capel, M. )

    1992-07-15

    A small-angle x-ray scattering (SAXS) study of dense AOT-water-decane microemulsions (AOT denotes sodium bis(2-ethylhexyl) sulfosuccinate) was undertaken in order to delineate clearly the phase behavior and corresponding structural transitions for AOT-plus-water volume fractions ranging from {phi}=0.60 to 0.95. Spectra were collected for temperatures between {ital T}=3 and 65 {degree}C. The resulting {ital T}-vs-{phi} phase diagram indicates three distinct structural domains when the water-to-AOT molar ratio is fixed at {ital W}=40.8, namely, the previously investigated {ital L}{sub 2} droplet phase, a high-temperature {ital L}{sub {alpha}} lamellar phase, and a low-temperature {ital L}{sub 3} phase consisting of randomly connected lamellar sheets. A significantly wide coexistence region accompanies the droplet-to-lamellar phase transition, which is demonstrated to be first order. For {ital W} between 15 and 40, an analysis of the lamellar structure using a one-dimensional paracrystal model produces a Hosemann {ital g} factor indicative of an approximately constant variation in the lamellar spacing of about 8%. The SAXS study was supplemented by dielectric-relaxation, shear-viscosity, and quasielastic light-scattering measurements in order to substantiate the observed phase transitions and further our understanding of the structural and dynamical properties of the {ital L}{sub 3} phase. It was found that the {ital L}{sub 3} phase exhibits Newtonian behavior up to a shear rate of 790 s{sup {minus}1}, in contradiction to previous theoretical considerations. The phase exhibits two distinct relaxation modes. A relaxation time of {similar to}1 ms characterizes the Brownian motion of a single lamellar sheet, while the motion of the entire interconnected sheet assembly has a relaxation time on the order of 1 s.

  13. Phase transformation and deformation behavior of NiTi-Nb eutectic joined NiTi wires

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    Wang, Liqiang; Wang, Cong; Zhang, Lai-Chang; Chen, Liangyu; Lu, Weijie; Zhang, Di

    2016-01-01

    NiTi wires were brazed together via eutectic reaction between NiTi and Nb powder deposited at the wire contact region. Phase transformation and deformation behavior of the NiTi-Nb eutectic microstructure were investigated using transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and cyclic loading-unloading tests. Results show that R phase and B19′ martensite transformation are induced by plastic deformation. R phase transformation, which significantly contributes to superelasticity, preferentially occurs at the interfaces between NiTi and eutectic region. Round-shaped Nb-rich phase with rod-like and lamellar-type eutectics are observed in eutectic regions. These phases appear to affect the deformation behavior of the brazed NiTi-Nb region via five distinct stages in stress-strain curves: (I) R phase reorientation, (II) R phase transformation from parent phase, (III) elastic deformation of reoriented martensite accompanied by the plastic deformation of Nb-rich phase and lamellar NiTi-Nb eutectic, (IV) B19′ martensitic transformation, and (V) plastic deformation of the specimen. PMID:27049025

  14. Phase transformation and deformation behavior of NiTi-Nb eutectic joined NiTi wires.

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    Wang, Liqiang; Wang, Cong; Zhang, Lai-Chang; Chen, Liangyu; Lu, Weijie; Zhang, Di

    2016-01-01

    NiTi wires were brazed together via eutectic reaction between NiTi and Nb powder deposited at the wire contact region. Phase transformation and deformation behavior of the NiTi-Nb eutectic microstructure were investigated using transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and cyclic loading-unloading tests. Results show that R phase and B19' martensite transformation are induced by plastic deformation. R phase transformation, which significantly contributes to superelasticity, preferentially occurs at the interfaces between NiTi and eutectic region. Round-shaped Nb-rich phase with rod-like and lamellar-type eutectics are observed in eutectic regions. These phases appear to affect the deformation behavior of the brazed NiTi-Nb region via five distinct stages in stress-strain curves: (I) R phase reorientation, (II) R phase transformation from parent phase, (III) elastic deformation of reoriented martensite accompanied by the plastic deformation of Nb-rich phase and lamellar NiTi-Nb eutectic, (IV) B19' martensitic transformation, and (V) plastic deformation of the specimen. PMID:27049025

  15. α-Phase transformation kinetics of U - 8 wt% Mo established by in situ neutron diffraction

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    Steiner, M. A.; Calhoun, C. A.; Klein, R. W.; An, K.; Garlea, E.; Agnew, S. R.

    2016-08-01

    The α-phase transformation kinetics of as-cast U - 8 wt% Mo below the eutectoid temperature have been established by in situ neutron diffraction. α-phase weight fraction data acquired through Rietveld refinement at five different isothermal hold temperatures can be modeled accurately utilizing a simple Johnson-Mehl-Avrami-Kolmogorov impingement-based theory, and the results are validated by a corresponding evolution in the γ-phase lattice parameter during transformation that follows Vegard's law. Neutron diffraction data is used to produce a detailed Time-Temperature-Transformation diagram that improves upon inconsistencies in the current literature, exhibiting a minimum transformation start time of 40 min at temperatures between 500 °C and 510 °C. The transformation kinetics of U - 8 wt% Mo can vary significantly from as-cast conditions after extensive heat treatments, due to homogenization of the typical dendritic microstructure which possesses non-negligible solute segregation.

  16. Transient analyses using symmetrical component calculus in three-phase resistive and transformer-type SFCLs

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    Cho, Y. S.; Choi, H. S.; Jung, B. I.

    2010-11-01

    A transformer-type superconducting fault current limiter (SFCL) can control fault current by adjusting a turn’s ratio of the primary and secondary windings. In addition, by inserting a neutral line into the secondary winding, the power burden of the superconducting elements can be evenly distributed. We compared the operating and transient characteristics of the three-phase resistive and transformer-type SFCLs in the balanced and unbalanced faults that occur in power systems. In transformer-type SFCLs, where the primary and secondary windings of each phase were connected to one iron core, flux was induced to each winding of the normal phases by the fault current of the fault phase, thus causing simultaneous quench between superconducting elements. In the three-phase power systems, however, when faults occurred in more than two phases, the flux from fault current of the fault phase affected the other normal phase, thus decreasing the reduction ratio of fault current. We confirmed, however, that the fault current was reduced by 70% relative to cases without SFCLs. The results of the analysis of the transient characteristics of the three-phase transformer-type SFCL through the symmetrical component calculus showed that in the case of triple line-to-ground fault, a difference between positive and negative phase currents was large enough to cause an increase in the phase angle ( δ) between the generator creating the power and the motor acting as a load. Thus, we expect that the transient stability deteriorates.

  17. Power Electronic Transformer based Three-Phase PWM AC Drives

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    Basu, Kaushik

    A Transformer is used to provide galvanic isolation and to connect systems at different voltage levels. It is one of the largest and most expensive component in most of the high voltage and high power systems. Its size is inversely proportional to the operating frequency. The central idea behind a power electronic transformer (PET) also known as solid state transformer is to reduce the size of the transformer by increasing the frequency. Power electronic converters are used to change the frequency of operation. Steady reduction in the cost of the semiconductor switches and the advent of advanced magnetic materials with very low loss density and high saturation flux density implies economic viability and feasibility of a design with high power density. Application of PET is in generation of power from renewable energy sources, especially wind and solar. Other important application include grid tied inverters, UPS e.t.c. In this thesis non-resonant, single stage, bi-directional PET is considered. The main objective of this converter is to generate adjustable speed and magnitude pulse width modulated (PWM) ac waveforms from an ac or dc grid with a high frequency ac link. The windings of a high frequency transformer contains leakage inductance. Any switching transition of the power electronic converter connecting the inductive load and the transformer requires commutation of leakage energy. Commutation by passive means results in power loss, decrease in the frequency of operation, distortion in the output voltage waveform, reduction in reliability and power density. In this work a source based partially loss-less commutation of leakage energy has been proposed. This technique also results in partial soft-switching. A series of converters with novel PWM strategies have been proposed to minimize the frequency of leakage inductance commutation. These PETs achieve most of the important features of modern PWM ac drives including 1) Input power factor correction, 2) Common

  18. Uncovering the intrinsic size dependence of hydriding phase transformations in nanocrystals

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    Bardhan, Rizia; Hedges, Lester O.; Pint, Cary L.; Javey, Ali; Whitelam, Stephen; Urban, Jeffrey J.

    2013-10-01

    A quantitative understanding of nanocrystal phase transformations would enable more efficient energy conversion and catalysis, but has been hindered by difficulties in directly monitoring well-characterized nanoscale systems in reactive environments. We present a new in situ luminescence-based probe enabling direct quantification of nanocrystal phase transformations, applied here to the hydriding transformation of palladium nanocrystals. Our approach reveals the intrinsic kinetics and thermodynamics of nanocrystal phase transformations, eliminating complications of substrate strain, ligand effects and external signal transducers. Clear size-dependent trends emerge in nanocrystals long accepted to be bulk-like in behaviour. Statistical mechanical simulations show these trends to be a consequence of nanoconfinement of a thermally driven, first-order phase transition: near the phase boundary, critical nuclei of the new phase are comparable in size to the nanocrystal itself. Transformation rates are then unavoidably governed by nanocrystal dimensions. Our results provide a general framework for understanding how nanoconfinement fundamentally impacts broad classes of thermally driven solid-state phase transformations relevant to hydrogen storage, catalysis, batteries and fuel cells.

  19. The correlation of local deformation and stress-assisted local phase transformations in MMC foams

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    Berek, H.; Ballaschk, U.; Aneziris, C.G.; Losch, K.; Schladitz, K.

    2015-09-15

    Cellular structures are of growing interest for industry, and are of particular importance for lightweight applications. In this paper, a special case of metal matrix composite foams (MMCs) is investigated. The investigated foams are composed of austenitic steel exhibiting transformation induced plasticity (TRIP) and magnesia partially stabilized zirconia (Mg-PSZ). Both components exhibit martensitic phase transformation during deformation, thus generating the potential for improved mechanical properties such as strength, ductility, and energy absorption capability. The aim of these investigations was to show that stress-assisted phase transformations within the ceramic reinforcement correspond to strong local deformation, and to determine whether they can trigger martensitic phase transformations in the steel matrix. To this end, in situ interrupted compression experiments were performed in an X-ray computed tomography device (XCT). By using a recently developed registration algorithm, local deformation could be calculated and regions of interest could be defined. Corresponding cross sections were prepared and used to analyze the local phase composition by electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD). The results show a strong correlation between local deformation and phase transformation. - Graphical abstract: Display Omitted - Highlights: • In situ compressive deformation on MMC foams was performed in an XCT. • Local deformation fields and their gradient amplitudes were estimated. • Cross sections were manufactured containing defined regions of interest. • Local EBSD phase analysis was performed. • Local deformation and local phase transformation are correlated.

  20. Stress-induced phase transformation in nanocrystalline UO2

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    Uberuaga, Blas Pedro; Desai, Tapan

    2009-01-01

    We report a stress-induced phase transfonnation in stoichiometric UO{sub 2} from fluorite to the {alpha}-PbO{sub 2} structure using molecular dynamics (MD) simulations and density functional theory (DFT) calculations. MD simulations, performed on nanocrystalline microstructure under constant-stress tensile loading conditions, reveal a heterogeneous nucleation of the {alpha}-PbO{sub 2} phase at the grain boundaries followed by the growth of this phase towards the interior of the grain. The DFT calculations confinn the existence of the {alpha}-PbO{sub 2} structure, showing that it is energetically favored under tensile loading conditions.

  1. Transformation of phase transitions driven by an anisotropic random field

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    Popa-Nita, V.; Kralj, Samo

    2005-04-01

    We carry out a comparative study of the influence of a random anisotropy field on continuous and discontinuous phase transitions. The ordered phase, which is reached via a continuous symmetry breaking phase transition, is characterized by an order parameter and by a corresponding hydrodynamic continuum field. We assume that the response of the hydrodynamic field to the imposed disorder results in a domainlike pattern of the system. For a strong enough disorder both transitions become gradual. For weaker disorder strengths the disorder converts a second order transition into a discontinuous one.

  2. Phase transformations of erythromycin A dihydrate during pelletisation and drying.

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    Römer, Meike; Heinämäki, Jyrki; Miroshnyk, Inna; Sandler, Niklas; Rantanen, Jukka; Yliruusi, Jouko

    2007-08-01

    An at-line process analytical approach was applied to better understand process-induced transformations of erythromycin dihydrate during pellet manufacture (extrusion-spheronisation and drying process). The pellets contained 50% (w/w) erythromycin dihydrate and 50% (w/w) microcrystalline cellulose, with purified water used as a granulating fluid. To characterise changes in solid-state properties during processing, near infrared (NIR) spectroscopy and X-ray powder diffraction (XRPD) were applied. Samples were taken after every processing step (blending, granulation, extrusion, and spheronisation) and at predetermined intervals during drying at 30 or 60 degrees C. During pelletisation and drying at 30 degrees C no changes occurred. Partial transformation to the dehydrated form was observed for the pellets dried at 60 degrees C by NIR and XRPD. The variable temperature XRPD measurements of the wet pellets (from 25 to 200 degrees C) also confirmed the change to erythromycin dehydrate at approximately 60 degrees C. PMID:17270405

  3. Mechanism of the α -ɛ phase transformation in iron

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    Dewaele, A.; Denoual, C.; Anzellini, S.; Occelli, F.; Mezouar, M.; Cordier, P.; Merkel, S.; Véron, M.; Rausch, E.

    2015-05-01

    The α -Fe↔ɛ -Fe pressure-induced transformation under pure hydrostatic static compression has been characterized with in situ x-ray diffraction using α -Fe single crystals as starting samples. The forward transition starts at 14.9 GPa, and the reverse at 12 GPa, with a width of α -ɛ coexistence domain of the order of 2 GPa. The elastic stress in the sample increases in this domain, and partially relaxes after completion of the transformation. Orientation relations between parent α -Fe and child ɛ -Fe have been determined, which definitely validates the Burgers path for the direct transition. On the reverse transition, an unexpected variant selection is observed. X-ray diffraction data, complemented with ex situ microstructural observations, suggest that this selection is caused by defects and stresses accumulated during the direct transition.

  4. Origins of asymmetric stress-strain response in phase transformations

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    Sehitoglu, H.; Gall, K.

    1997-12-31

    It has been determined that the transformation stress-strain behavior of CuZnAl and NiTi shape memory alloys is dependent on the applied stress state. The uniaxial compressive stress necessary to macroscopically trigger the transformation is approximately 34% (CuZnAl) and 26% (NiTi) larger than the required uniaxial tensile stress. For three dimensional stress states, the response of either alloy system is dependent on the directions of the dominant principal stresses along with the hydrostatic stress component of the stress state. The stress state effects are dominated by the favored growth and nucleation of more martensite plates in tension versus compression. The effect of different hydrostatic pressure levels between stress states on martensite plates volume change is considered small.

  5. Transformation temperatures of martensite in beta-phase nickel aluminide.

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    Smialek, J. L.; Hehemann, R. F.

    1973-01-01

    Resistivity and thermal arrest measurements determined that the compositional dependence of M sub s temperatures for NiAl martensite was linear between 60 and 69 at. % Ni, with M sub s = (124 Ni - 7410)K. Resistivity and surface relief experiments for selected alloys indicated the presence of thermoelastic martensite. Some aspects of the transformation were studied by hot-stage microscopy and related to the behavior observed for alloys exhibiting the shape-memory effect.

  6. Transformation temperatures of martensite in beta phase nickel aluminide

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    Smialek, J. L.; Hehemann, R. F.

    1972-01-01

    Resistivity and thermal arrest measurements determined that the compositional dependence of Ms (martensite state) temperatures for NiAl martensite was linear between 60 and 69 atomic percent nickel, with Ms = 124 Ni - 7410 K. Resistivity and surface relief experiments indicated the presence of thermoelastic martensite for selected alloys. Some aspects of the transformation were studied by hot stage microscopy and related to the behavior observed for alloys exhibiting the shape-memory effect.

  7. Texture Evolution and Phase Transformation in Titanium Investigated by In-Situ Neutron Diffraction

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    Ma, Dong; Stoica, Alexandru Dan; An, Ke; Yang, Ling; Bei, Hongbin; Mills, Rebecca A; Skorpenske, Harley David; Wang, Xun-Li

    2011-01-01

    We report in-situ neutron diffraction studies of texture evolution and the (hcp) (bcc) phase transformation in commercially pure cold-drawn titanium upon continuous heating and cooling, complemented by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) measurements. We show that the recrystallization of the phase at elevated temperature enhanced the preexisting fiber texture, which eventually facilitated the nucleation and growth of the phase favored by the Burgers orientation relationship, i.e., {0001} //{110} . More strikingly, upon completion of the transformation, the {110} texture (or preferred orientation) in was eliminated immediately by the rapid grain growth of intergranular allotriomorphs. This resulted in the loss of the original -texture when Ti was transformed back to from to upon subsequent cooling, distinct from the known texture memory effect for rolling textures in titanium. Our present work provides useful experimental results for understanding the mechanisms of texture evolution and phase transformation in titanium and its alloys and, by and large, low-symmetry alloys such as zirconium.

  8. In-situ phase mapping and direct observations of phase transformations during arc welding of 1045 steel

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    Elmer, J. W.; Palmer, T. A.

    2006-07-01

    In-situ spatially resolved X-ray diffraction (SRXRD) experiments were performed during gas tung-sten arc (GTA) welding of AISI 1045 C-Mn steel. Ferrite (α) and austenite (γ) phases were identified and quantified in the weld heat-affected zone (HAZ) from the real time SRXRD data. The results were compiled with weld temperatures calculated using a coupled thermal fluids model to create a phase map of the HAZ. Kinetics of the α → γ transformation during weld heating and the reverse γ → α transformation during weld cooling were extracted from the map. Superheating as high as 250 °C above the A3 temperature was observed for the α → γ phase transformation to reach completion at locations near the fusion zone (FZ) boundary. The SRXRD experiments revealed that the newly created γ phase exists with two distinct lattice parameters, resulting from the inhomogeneous distribution of carbon and manganese in the starting pearlitic/ferritic microstructure. During cooling, the reverse γ → α phase transformation was shown to depend on the HAZ location. In the fine-grained region of the HAZ, the γ → α transformation begins near the A3 temperature and ends near the A1 temperature. In this region, where the cooling rates are below 40 °C/s, the transformation occurs by nucleation and growth of pearlite. In the coarse-grained region of the HAZ, the γ → α transformation requires 200 °C of undercooling for completion. This high degree of undercooling is caused by the large grains coupled with cooling rates in excess of 50 °C/s that result in a bainitic transformation mechanism.

  9. In-Situ Phase Mapping and Direct Observations of Phase Transformations During Arc Welding of 1045 Steel

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    Elmer, J; Palmer, T

    2005-09-13

    In-situ Spatially Resolved X-Ray Diffraction (SRXRD) experiments were performed during gas tungsten arc (GTA) welding of AISI 1045 C-Mn steel. Ferrite ({alpha}) and austenite ({gamma}) phases were identified and quantified in the weld heat-affected zone (HAZ) from the real time x-ray diffraction data. The results were compiled along with weld temperatures calculated using a coupled thermal fluids weld model to create a phase map of the HAZ. This map shows the {alpha} {yields} {gamma} transformation taking place during weld heating and the reverse {gamma} {yields} {alpha} transformation taking place during weld cooling. Superheating is required to complete the {alpha} {yields} {gamma} phase transformation, and the amount of superheat above the A3 temperature was shown to vary with distance from the centerline of the weld. Superheat values as high as 250 C above the A3 temperature were observed at heating rates of 80 C/s. The SRXRD experiments also revealed details about the {gamma} phase not observable by conventional techniques, showing that {gamma} is present with two distinct lattice parameters as a result of inhomogeneous distribution of carbon and manganese in the starting pearlitic/ferritic microstructure. During cooling, the reverse {gamma} {yields} {alpha} phase transformation was shown to depend on the HAZ location. In the fine grained region of the HAZ, at distances greater than 2 mm from the fusion line, the {gamma} {yields} {alpha} transformation begins near the A3 temperature and ends near the A1 temperature. In this region of the HAZ where the cooling rates are below 40 C/s, the transformation occurs by nucleation and growth of pearlite. For HAZ locations closer to the fusion line, undercoolings of 200 C or more below the A1 temperature are required to complete the {gamma} {yields} {alpha} transformation. In this region of the HAZ, grain growth coupled with cooling rates in excess of 50 C/s causes the transformation to occur by a bainitic mechanism.

  10. Investigation of aerothermodynamics and optical radiation in the AFE hypersonic flow field

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    Palumbo, Giusseppe; Craig, Roger A.; Davy, William C.

    1993-01-01

    Research for the radiation experiments on the Aeroassist Flight Experiment (AFE) was performed to obtain a data base for development of engineering requirements for aerobrakes. Due to funding restrictions, the necessary Aerobrake design data were obtained from ground based experiments, specifically arc-jet wind tunnels. Except for the instrument windows, final development of the AFE radiometers was completed. Window definition included several designs to be flight validated in arc-jets. This work was completed, and successful designs have evolved which will yield full scientific return from the flight experiment. The theoretical work includes final code development to describe the spacecraft environment to support instrument definition, optical radiation codes that operate at significantly improved speeds, and calculation of radiation forebody loads and effects on experiment objectives for varying AFE weights and trajectories. Furthermore, radiant flux vectors at the AFE base were predicted to be used for afterbody instrument definition. The Vacuum Ultraviolet Experiment for the Arc-Jet was completed, and arc-jet experiment conditions and experiment objectives were refined to incorporate the most current thinking. Ballistic range experiments were completed. Several shadowgraphs indicating corner turning angles and waviness structures were obtained, and the results were used to estimate the compression region location for the AFE flight. The waviness measured has helped to model the temporal variations of wake radiation for purposes of defining radiometers to measure the energy content of wake dynamics.

  11. A concise model for mixed-mode phase transformations in the solid state

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    Sietsma, Jilt; Zwaag, Sybrand van der

    2004-08-16

    Using a Zener-like approach, the character of partitioning mixed-mode phase transformations in the solid state is shown to be governed by a single parameter Z. The parameter is proportional to the diffusivity of the partitioning element and the area-to-volume ratio of the growing grain, and inversely proportional to the interface mobility and to the driving pressure per unit of concentration difference. A value Z=0 implies a diffusion-controlled transformation, for Z{yields}{infinity} the transformation is interface-controlled. The significance of the parameter, both for the character of the transformation and for the transformation kinetics, is shown by the example of the austenite-to-ferrite transformation in iron-carbon alloys. A remarkable outcome is that all phase transformations start as an interface-controlled transformation and with proceeding growth of the newly forming phase gradually shift towards diffusion control. This gradual change in transformation character is accompanied by a gradual decrease of the interface velocity.

  12. Microstructure and Phase Transformation of a Sinter Bearing Low Ti During Reduction

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    Zhang, Jianliang; Zhang, Yapeng; Li, Kejiang; Wang, Yaozu; Liu, Zhengjian; Wang, Guangwei

    2016-07-01

    To discuss the reduction behaviors and the transformation mechanism of the Fe containing phases and slag phases of low Ti-bearing sinter (LTS), reduction experiments of the LTS were conducted. The reduction of the LTS was divided into four stages based on the reduction rate, deformation quantity of LTS particle column, phase changes, and microstructural changes. The reduction process could be explained with quasi unreacted core model as three stratifications with different phases and microstructures were observed clearly in the medium-temperature reducing stage. For the reduction of Ti-SFCA, a middle phase of the reduction was found and the phase was surrounded by metallic iron. According to the composites of the reduced Ti-SFCA, the middle phase was a solid solution and difficult to be reduced which consisted mainly of brownmillerite-perovskite and monocalcium silicate. The phase transformation and microstructure changes were mutual coupling in the complicated reduction process of the LTS.

  13. Grid-Based Fourier Transform Phase Contrast Imaging

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    Tahir, Sajjad

    Low contrast in x-ray attenuation imaging between different materials of low electron density is a limitation of traditional x-ray radiography. Phase contrast imaging offers the potential to improve the contrast between such materials, but due to the requirements on the spatial coherence of the x-ray beam, practical implementation of such systems with tabletop (i.e. non-synchrotron) sources has been limited. One recently developed phase imaging technique employs multiple fine-pitched gratings. However, the strict manufacturing tolerances and precise alignment requirements have limited the widespread adoption of grating-based techniques. In this work, we have investigated a technique recently demonstrated by Bennett et al. that utilizes a single grid of much coarser pitch. Our system consisted of a low power 100 microm spot Mo source, a CCD with 22 microm pixel pitch, and either a focused mammography linear grid or a stainless steel woven mesh. Phase is extracted from a single image by windowing and comparing data localized about harmonics of the grid in the Fourier domain. A Matlab code was written to perform the image processing. For the first time, the effects on the diffraction phase contrast and scattering amplitude images of varying grid types and periods, and of varying the window function type used to separate the harmonics, and the window widths, were investigated. Using the wire mesh, derivatives of the phase along two orthogonal directions were obtained and new methods investigated to form improved phase contrast images.

  14. The Pegg-Barnett phase operator and the discrete Fourier transform

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    Perez-Leija, Armando; Andrade-Morales, Luis A.; Soto-Eguibar, Francisco; Szameit, Alexander; Moya-Cessa, Héctor M.

    2016-04-01

    In quantum mechanics the position and momentum operators are related to each other via the Fourier transform. In the same way, here we show that the so-called Pegg-Barnett phase operator can be obtained by the application of the discrete Fourier transform to the number operators defined in a finite-dimensional Hilbert space. Furthermore, we show that the structure of the London-Susskind-Glogower phase operator, whose natural logarithm gives rise to the Pegg-Barnett phase operator, is contained in the Hamiltonian of circular waveguide arrays. Our results may find applications in the development of new finite-dimensional photonic systems with interesting phase-dependent properties.

  15. X-ray diffraction study of the phase transformations in NiTi shape memory alloy

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    Uchil, J.; Fernandes, F.M. Braz . E-mail: kkmahesh@rediffmail.com

    2007-03-15

    The phase transformations occurring in heat-treated NiTi shape memory alloys have been studied through the analysis of variation in integrated peak area (integrated intensity) with temperature, under the XRD peak profiles in the transformation temperature range. For this purpose, integrated peak area under the prominent peak corresponding to (110) plane of the austenitic phase has been chosen. The results so obtained are compared with those got from the DSC method. The XRD method is found to be more sensitive.

  16. In-situ Monitoring of Dynamic Phenomena during Solidification and Phase Transformation Processing

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    Clarke, Amy J.; Cooley, Jason C.; Morris, Christopher; Merrill, Frank E.; Hollander, Brian J.; Mariam, Fesseha G.; Patterson, Brian M.; Imhoff, Seth D.; Lee, Wah Keat; Fezzaa, Kamel; Deriy, Alex; Tucker, Tim J.; Clarke, Kester D.; Field, Robert D.; Thoma, Dan J.; Teter, David F.; Beard, Timothy V.; Hudson, Richard W.; Freibert, Franz J.; Korzekwa, Deniece R.; Farrow, Adam M.; Cross, Carl E.; Mihaila, Bogdan; Lookman, Turab; Hunter, Abigail; Choudhury, Samrat; Karma, Alain; Ott, Thomas J. Jr.; Barker, Martha R.; O'Neill, Finian; Hill, Joshua; Emigh, Megan G.

    2012-07-30

    The purpose of this project is to: (1) Directly observe phase transformations and microstructure evolution using proton (and synchrotron x-ray) radiography and tomography; (2) Constrain phase-field models for microstructure evolution; (3) Experimentally control microstructure evolution during processing to enable co-design; and (4) Advance toward the MaRIE vision. Understand microstructure evolution and chemical segregation during solidification {yields} solid-state transformations in Pu-Ga.

  17. Critical indices for reversible gamma-alpha phase transformation in metallic cerium

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    Soldatova, E. D.; Tkachenko, T. B.

    1980-08-01

    Critical indices for cerium have been determined within the framework of the pseudobinary solution theory along the phase equilibrium curve, the critical isotherm, and the critical isobar. The results obtained verify the validity of relationships proposed by Rushbrook (1963), Griffiths (1965), and Coopersmith (1968). It is concluded that reversible gamma-alpha transformation in metallic cerium is a critical-type transformation, and cerium has a critical point on the phase diagram similar to the critical point of the liquid-vapor system.

  18. The investigation of the dynamics of the phase transformation in triolein and oleic acid under pressure

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    Tefelski, D. B.; Siegoczyński, R. M.; Rostocki, A. J.; Kos, A.; Kościesza, R.; Wieja, K.

    2008-07-01

    An aim of our work is the understanding of processes happening during phase transformations under the pressure in triglycerides and unsaturated fatty acids. Particles of investigated liquids possess the double bond between carbon atoms, which causes the bended shape of the particle and makes its free rotation impossible. This property causes low temperatures of melting point and high temperatures of boiling and also investigated by us phase transformations. For study of the dynamics of phase transformation in these liquids we measured light transmission and light scattering at 90 degrees angle, temperature, permittivity and internal pressure versus time. We applied pressure using computer controlled pump with a stepping motor, which makes increase of the pressure steady. The phase transformation in oleic acid lasts several seconds, in triolein it lasts several minutes. We think that the elongated time of phase transformation is caused by a hooked shape of particles of triolein and the dynamics of that process is determined by the tangling of particles. We checked the influence of smaller particles of oleic acid on the phase transformation by investigating the mixture of these liquids.

  19. Elastically driven metamagnetic-like phase transformations of shape memory alloys

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    Danilevich, A. G.; L'vov, V. A.

    2016-03-01

    A theoretical model of metamagnetic-like (ferromagnetic-paramagnetic and ferromagnetic-antiferromagnetic) phase transitions is developed for the interpretation of experimental results obtained recently for the Ni-Mn-Co-X (X  =  In, Sn, Ga) shape memory alloys. The conditions of elastically driven (caused by the martensitic transformation of alloy) metamagnetic-like phase transitions are determined. These conditions are: high magnetic susceptibility of paramagnetic/antiferromagnetic phase; large (but real for some alloys) volume change during the martensitic transformation; and large value of volume magnetostriction caused by the metamagnetic-like phase transition. The magnetoelastic mechanism is proposed for the explanation of magnetic field influence on the martensitic transformation. The elastically driven ferromagnetic-paramagnetic phase transition is considered in more detail and the results of corresponding magnetic measurements are described.

  20. Amphiphilic phase-transforming catalysts for transesterification of triglycerides

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    Nawaratna, Gayan Ivantha

    Heterogeneous catalytic reactions that involve immiscible liquid-phase reactants are challenging to conduct due to limitations associated with mass transport. Nevertheless, there are numerous reactions such as esterification, transesterification, etherification, and hydrolysis where two immiscible liquid reactants (such as polar and non-polar liquids) need to be brought into contact with a catalyst. With the intention of alleviating mass transport issues associated with such systems but affording the ability to separate the catalyst once the reaction is complete, the overall goal of this study is geared toward developing a catalyst that has emulsification properties as well as the ability to phase-transfer (from liquid-phase to solid-phase) while the reaction is ongoing and evaluating the effectiveness of such a catalytic process in a practical reaction. To elucidate this concept, the transesterification reaction was selected. Metal-alkoxides that possess acidic and basic properties (to catalyze the reaction), amphiphilic properties (to stabilize the alcohol/oil emulsion) and that can undergo condensation polymerization when heated (to separate as a solid subsequent to the completion of the reaction) were used to test the concept. Studies included elucidating the effect of metal sites and alkoxide sites and their concentration effects on transesterification reaction, effect of various metal alkoxide groups on the phase stability of the reactant system, and kinetic effects of the reaction system. The studies revealed that several transition-metal alkoxides, especially, titanium and yttrium based, responded positively to this reaction system. These alkoxides were able to be added to the reaction medium in liquid phase and were able to stabilize the alcohol/oil system. The alkoxides were selective to the transesterification reaction giving a range of ester yields (depending on the catalyst used). It was also observed that transition-metal alkoxides were able to be

  1. Phase Transformation of VO2 Nanoparticles Assisted by Microwave Heating

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    Sikong, Lek.

    2014-01-01

    The microwave assisted synthesis nowadays attracts a great deal of attention. Monoclinic phase VO2 (M) was prepared from NH4VO3 and H2C2O4 · 2H2O by a rapid microwave assisted technique. The synthesis parameters, microwave irradiation time, microwave power, and calcinations temperature were systematically varied and their influences on the structure and morphology were evaluated. The microwave power level has been carried out in range 180–600 W. TEM analysis demonstrated nanosized samples. The structural and morphological properties were measured using XRD, TEM, and thermal analyses. The variations of vanadium phase led to thermochromic properties. PMID:24688438

  2. Phase Transformations and Formation of Ultra-Fine Microstructure During Hydrogen Sintering and Phase Transformation (HSPT) Processing of Ti-6Al-4V

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    Sun, Pei; Fang, Zhigang Zak; Koopman, Mark; Xia, Yang; Paramore, James; Ravi Chandran, K. S.; Ren, Yang; Lu, Jun

    2015-12-01

    The hydrogen sintering and phase transformation (HSPT) process is a novel powder metallurgy method for producing Ti alloys, particularly the Ti-6Al-4V alloy, with ultra-fine microstructure in the as-sintered state. The ultra-fine microstructure is obtained as a direct result of the use of H2 gas during sintering. The refinement of the microstructure during HSPT is similar to that of thermal hydrogen processing (THP) of bulk Ti alloys. For both THP and HSPT of Ti-6Al-4V alloy, the mechanisms of the grain refinement depend on the phase equilibria and phase transformations in the presence of hydrogen, which are surprisingly still not well established to date and are still subjected to research and debate. In recent work by the present authors, a pseudo-binary phase diagram of (Ti-6Al-4V)-H has been determined by using in situ synchrotron XRD and TGA/DSC techniques. Aided by this phase diagram, the current paper focuses on the series of phase transformations during sintering and cooling of Ti-6Al-4V in a hydrogen atmosphere and the mechanisms for the formation of the ultra-fine microstructures obtained. Using experimental techniques, including in situ synchrotron XRD, SEM, EBSD, and TEM, the microstructural refinement was found to be the result of (1) the precipitation of ultra-fine α/α2 within coarse β grains during an isothermal hold at intermediate temperatures, and (2) the eutectoid transformation of β → α + δ at approximately 473 K (200 °C).

  3. Nonadiabaticity in the iron bcc to hcp phase transformation

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    Johnson, Donald F.; Carter, Emily A.

    2008-03-01

    Iron is known to undergo a pressure-induced phase transition from the ferromagnetic (FM) body-centered-cubic (bcc) α-phase to the nonmagnetic (NM) hexagonal-close-packed (hcp) ɛ-phase, with a large observed pressure hysteresis whose origin is still a matter of debate. Long ago, Burgers [Physica (Amsterdam) 1, 561 (1934)] proposed an adiabatic pathway for bcc to hcp transitions involving crystal shear followed by atom shuffles. However, a quantum mechanics search in six-dimensional stress-strain space reveals a much lower energy path, where the crystal smoothly shears along the entire path while the atoms shuffle only near the transition state (TS). The energy profile for this phase transition path exhibits a cusp at the TS and closely follows bcc and hcp diabatic energy wells. Both the cusp and the overlap with diabatic energy surfaces are hallmarks of nonadiabaticity, analogous to, e.g., electron transfer (ET) reactions in liquids. Fluctuations in the positions of FM bcc iron atoms near the TS induce magnetic quenching (akin to solvent fluctuations inducing ET), which then promotes NM hcp iron formation (akin to solvent reorganization after ET). We propose that the nonadiabatic nature of this transition at the atomic scale may contribute to the observed pressure hysteresis.

  4. Monoclinic phase transformations of zirconia-based dental prostheses, induced by clinically practised surface manipulations.

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    Mochales, C; Maerten, A; Rack, A; Cloetens, P; Mueller, W D; Zaslansky, P; Fleck, C

    2011-07-01

    Full-ceramic zirconia crowns and bridges have become very popular with dentists and patients because of their excellent esthetics and mechanical properties. We studied phase transformations within the outermost surface layer of 3 mol.% yttria-stabilized zirconia (Y-TZP) samples of small, clinically relevant thicknesses, manipulated by polishing, grinding and fracture as might be encountered in everyday clinical practice. Stress-induced transformations of the tetragonal phase were studied in three dimensions in order to better understand the organization and extent of the monoclinically transformed phase. By means of laboratory- and synchrotron-based X-ray diffraction measurements, coupled with electron microscopy and multimodal tomography, it was possible for the first time to visualize and quantify the phase distributions non-destructively and in three dimensions. Highly variable degrees of local transformation result in ragged transformed zones of very inhomogeneous thickness. The overall thickness of the transformation layers strongly depends on the severity and rate of loading. Gentle diamond cutting resulted in surprisingly low transformation ratios of less than 0.1%. When Y-TZP constructions are manipulated before bonding, toughness of the outer layers is reduced and they may become brittle with important implications for the stability of the bond: dental practitioners thus need to be cautious when altering the surfaces of these materials after sintering. PMID:21515417

  5. Nanoclusters first: a hierarchical phase transformation in a novel Mg alloy

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    Okuda, Hiroshi; Yamasaki, Michiaki; Kawamura, Yoshihito; Tabuchi, Masao; Kimizuka, Hajime

    2015-01-01

    The Mg-Y-Zn ternary alloy system contains a series of novel structures known as long-period stacking ordered (LPSO) structures. The formation process and its key concept from a viewpoint of phase transition are not yet clear. The current study reveals that the phase transformation process is not a traditional spinodal decomposition or structural transformation but, rather a novel hierarchical phase transformation. In this transformation, clustering occurs first, and the spatial rearrangement of the clusters induce a secondary phase transformation that eventually lead to two-dimensional ordering of the clusters. The formation process was examined using in situ synchrotron radiation small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS). Rapid quenching from liquid alloy into thin ribbons yielded strongly supersaturated amorphous samples. The samples were heated at a constant rate of 10 K/min. and the scattering patterns were acquired. The SAXS analysis indicated that small clusters grew to sizes of 0.2 nm after they crystallized. The clusters distributed randomly in space grew and eventually transformed into a microstructure with two well-defined cluster-cluster distances, one for the segregation periodicity of LPSO and the other for the in-plane ordering in segregated layer. This transformation into the LPSO structure concomitantly introduces the periodical stacking fault required for the 18R structures. PMID:26387813

  6. Understanding metastable phase transformation during crystallization of RDX, HMX and CL-20: experimental and DFT studies.

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    Ghosh, Mrinal; Banerjee, Shaibal; Shafeeuulla Khan, Md Abdul; Sikder, Nirmala; Sikder, Arun Kanti

    2016-09-14

    Multiphase growth during crystallization severely affects deliverable output of explosive materials. Appearance and incomplete transformation of metastable phases are a major source of polymorphic impurities. This article presents a methodical and molecular level understanding of the metastable phase transformation mechanism during crystallization of cyclic nitramine explosives, viz. RDX, HMX and CL-20. Instantaneous reverse precipitation yielded metastable γ-HMX and β-CL-20 which undergo solution mediated transformation to the respective thermodynamic forms, β-HMX and ε-CL-20, following 'Ostwald's rule of stages'. However, no metastable phase, anticipated as β-RDX, was evidenced during precipitation of RDX, which rather directly yielded the thermodynamically stable α-phase. The γ→β-HMX and β→ε-CL-20 transformations took 20 and 60 minutes respectively, whereas formation of α-RDX was instantaneous. Density functional calculations were employed to identify the possible transition state conformations and to obtain activation barriers for transformations at wB97XD/6-311++G(d,p)(IEFPCM)//B3LYP/6-311G(d,p) level of theory. The computed activation barriers and lattice energies responsible for transformation of RDX, HMX and CL-20 metastable phases to thermodynamic ones conspicuously supported the experimentally observed order of phase stability. This precise result facilitated an understanding of the occurrence of a relatively more sensitive and less dense β-CL-20 phase in TNT based melt-cast explosive compositions, a persistent and critical problem unanswered in the literature. The crystalline material recovered from such compositions revealed a mixture of β- and ε-CL-20. However, similar compositions of RDX and HMX never showed any metastable phase. The relatively long stability with the highest activation barrier is believed to restrict complete β→ε-CL-20 transformation during processing. Therefore a method is suggested to overcome this issue. PMID

  7. Modelling of Nb influence on phase transformation behaviours from austenite to ferrite in low carbon steels

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    Wang, L.; Parker, S. V.; Rose, A. J.; West, G. D.; Thomson, R. C.

    2016-03-01

    In this paper, a new model has been developed to predict the phase transformation behaviours from austenite to ferrite in Nb-containing low carbon steels. The new model is based on some previous work and incorporates the effects of Nb on phase transformation behaviours, in order to make it applicable for Nb-containing steels. Dissolved Nb atoms segregated at prior austenite grain boundaries increase the critical energy for ferrite nucleation, and thus the ferrite nucleation rate is decreased. Dissolved Nb atoms also apply a solute drag effect to the moving transformation interface, and the ferrite grain growth rate is also decreased. The overall transformation kinetics is then calculated according to the classic Johnson-Mehl-Avrami-Kolmogorov (JMAK) theory. The new model predictions are quite consistent with experimental results for various steels during isothermal transformations or continuous cooling.

  8. Phase transformation in Mg—Sb3Te thin films

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    Li, Jun-Jian; Wang, Guo-Xiang; Chen, Yi-Min; Shen, Xiang; Nie, Qiu-Hua; Lü, Ye-Gang; Dai, Shi-Xun; Xu, Tie-Feng

    2014-08-01

    Mg-doped Sb3Te films are proposed to improve the performance of phase-change memory (PCM). We prepare Mg-doped Sb3Te films and investigate their crystallization behaviors, structural, optical and electrical properties. We find that Mg-doping can increase the crystallization temperature, enhance the activation energy, and improve the 10-year data retention of Sb3Te. Especially Mg25.19(Sb3Te)74.81 shows higher Tc (~ 190 °C) and larger Ea (~ 3.49 eV), which results in a better data retention maintaining for 10 yr at ~ 112 °C. Moreover Ra/Rc value is also improved. These excellent properties make Mg—Sb—Te material a promising candidate for the phase-change memory (PCM).

  9. Shock-induced phase transformations in gallium single crystals by atomistic methods

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    Kadau, Kai; Cherne, Frank J.; Ravelo, Ramon; Germann, Timothy C.

    2013-10-01

    Utilizing a modified embedded atom method potential, we performed large-scale classical molecular dynamics simulations (with up to 50 million atoms) to investigate the response of Ga single crystals to shock compression along the three major orientations of the orthorhombic A11 ground state, i.e., [001], [010], and [100]. For weak shocks with particle velocity up<300 m/s, these defect-free single crystals respond elastically, but for stronger shocks, they undergo a structural phase transformation and then (for even stronger shocks) melt. For intermediate shock strengths (300m/stransformation wave. The transformed region consists of a mixed phase, with stripes of the product phase embedded into the uniaxially compressed parent phase, with the ratio of product to parent phase increasing with increasing shock strength, much like in martensitic phase transformations. Upon shock release from the free surface at the end of the sample, the transformation is reversed, leaving only some defects behind, which makes it difficult to experimentally investigate the structural transformation in shock-recovered samples. We investigated the structure produced by the shock and found it to be similar to the β phase of Ga which is obtained by supercooling from the liquid state. However, the product phase shows only half the period along [100] in the calculated diffraction pattern. Further investigation showed that this is due to a different stacking sequence in this direction, namely ABCD instead of AB for the β phase.

  10. A Synthetic Quadrature Phase Detector/Demodulator for Fourier Transform Transform Spectrometers

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    Campbell, Joel

    2008-01-01

    A method is developed to demodulate (velocity correct) Fourier transform spectrometer (FTS) data that is taken with an analog to digital converter that digitizes equally spaced in time. This method makes it possible to use simple low cost, high resolution audio digitizers to record high quality data without the need for an event timer or quadrature laser hardware, and makes it possible to use a metrology laser of any wavelength. The reduced parts count and simplicity implementation makes it an attractive alternative in space based applications when compared to previous methods such as the Brault algorithm.

  11. Multi phase field model for solid state transformation with elastic strain

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    Steinbach, I.; Apel, M.

    2006-05-01

    A multi phase field model is presented for the investigation of the effect of transformation strain on the transformation kinetics, morphology and thermodynamic stability in multi phase materials. The model conserves homogeneity of stress in the diffuse interface between elastically inhomogeneous phases, in which respect it differs from previous models. The model is formulated consistently with the multi phase field model for diffusional and surface driven phase transitions [I. Steinbach, F. Pezzolla, B. Nestler, M. Seeßelberg, R. Prieler, G.J. Schmitz, J.L.L. Rezende, A phase field concept for multiphase systems, Physica D 94 (1996) 135-147; J. Tiaden, B. Nestler, H.J. Diepers, I. Steinbach, The multiphase-field model with an integrated concept for modeling solute diffusion, Physica D 115 (1998) 73-86; I. Steinbach, F. Pezzolla, A generalized field method for multiphase transformations using interface fields, Physica D 134 (1999) 385] and gives a consistent description of interfacial tension, multi phase thermodynamics and elastic stress balance in multiple junctions between an arbitrary number of grains and phases. Some aspects of the model are demonstrated with respect to numerical accuracy and the relation between transformation strain, external stress and thermodynamic equilibrium.

  12. Phase transformation of oxide film in zirconium alloy in high temperature hydrogenated water

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    Kim, Taeho; Kim, Jongjin; Choi, Kyoung Joon; Yoo, Seung Chang; Kim, Seung Hyun; Kim, Ji Hyun

    2015-07-23

    The effect of the variation of the dissolved hydrogen concentration on the oxide phase transformation under high-temperature hydrogenated water conditions was investigated using in situ Raman spectroscopy. The Raman spectrum in 50 cm(3)/kg of dissolved hydrogen concentration indicated the formation of monoclinic and tetragonal zirconium oxide at the water-substrate interface. As the dissolved hydrogen concentration decreased to 30 cm(3)/kg, the Raman peaks corresponding to the zirconium oxide phase changed, indicating an oxide phase transformation. And, the results of SEM and TEM analyses were compared with those of in situ analyses obtained for the oxide structure formed on the zirconium alloy.

  13. Deep-cryogenic-treatment-induced phase transformation in the Al-Zn-Mg-Cu alloy

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    Li, Chun-mei; Cheng, Nan-pu; Chen, Zhi-qian; Guo, Ning; Zeng, Su-min

    2015-01-01

    An aluminum alloy (Al-Zn-Mg-Cu) subjected to deep cryogenic treatment (DCT) was systematically investigated. The results show that a DCT-induced phase transformation varies the microstructures and affects the mechanical properties of the Al alloy. Both Guinier-Preston (GP) zones and a metastable η' phase were observed by high-resolution transmission electron microscopy. The phenomenon of the second precipitation of the GP zones in samples subjected to DCT after being aged was observed. The viability of this phase transformation was also demonstrated by first-principles calculations.

  14. Ultra-fast dynamic compression technique to study kinetics of phase transformations in Bismuth

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    Smith, R F; Kane, J O; Eggert, J H; Saculla, M D; Jankowski, A F; Bastea, M; Hicks, D G; Collins, G W

    2007-12-28

    Pre-heated Bi was ramp compressed within 30 ns to a peak stress of {approx}11 GPa to explore structural phase transformation kinetics under dynamic loading conditions. Under these ultra-fast compression time-scales the equilibrium Bi I-II phase boundary is overpressurized by {Delta}P {approx} 0.8 GPa. {Delta}P is observed to increase logarithmically with strain rate, {var_epsilon}, above 10{sup 6} s{sup -1}. Estimates from a kinetics model predict that the Bi I phase is fully transformed within 3 ns.

  15. Crystalline-crystalline phase transformation in two-dimensional In2Se3 thin layers.

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    Tao, Xin; Gu, Yi

    2013-08-14

    We report, for the first time, the fabrication of single-crystal In2Se3 thin layers using mechanical exfoliation and studies of crystalline-crystalline (α → β) phase transformations as well as the corresponding changes of the electrical properties in these thin layers. Particularly, using electron microscopy and correlative in situ micro-Raman and electrical measurements, we show that, in contrast to bulk single crystals, the β phase can persist in single-crystal thin layers at room temperature (RT). The single-crystal nature of the layers before and after the phase transition allows for unambiguous determination of changes in the electrical resistivity. Specifically, the β phase has an electrical resistivity about 1-2 orders of magnitude lower than the α phase. Furthermore, we find that the temperature of the α → β phase transformation increases by as much as 130 K with the layer thickness decreasing from ~87 nm to ~4 nm. These single-crystal thin layers are ideal for studying the scaling behavior of the phase transformations and associated changes of the electrical properties. For these In2Se3 thin layers, the accessibility of the β phase at RT, with distinct electrical properties than the α phase, provides the basis for multilevel phase-change memories in a single material system. PMID:23841523

  16. Thermally phase-transformed In2Se3 nanowires for highly sensitive photodetectors.

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    Kang, Daegun; Rim, Taiuk; Baek, Chang-Ki; Meyyappan, M; Lee, Jeong-Soo

    2014-09-24

    The photoresponse characteristics of In2Se3 nanowire photodetectors with the κ-phase and α-phase structures are investigated. The as-grown κ-phase In2Se3 nanowires by the vapor-liquid-solid technique are phase-transformed to the α-phase nanowires by thermal annealing. The photoresponse performances of the κ-phase and α-phase In2Se3 nanowire photodetectors are characterized over a wide range of wavelengths (300-900 nm). The phase of the nanowires is analyzed using a high-resolution transmission microscopy equipped with energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction. The electrical conductivity and photoresponse characteristics are significantly enhanced in the α-phase due to smaller bandgap structure compared to the κ-phase nanowires. The spectral responsivities of the α-phase devices are 200 times larger than those of the κ-phase devices. The superior performance of the thermally phase-transformed In2Se3 nanowire devices offers an avenue to develop highly sensitive photodetector applications. PMID:24828147

  17. The backward phase flow and FBI-transform-based Eulerian Gaussian beams for the Schroedinger equation

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    Leung Shingyu; Qian Jianliang

    2010-11-20

    We propose the backward phase flow method to implement the Fourier-Bros-Iagolnitzer (FBI)-transform-based Eulerian Gaussian beam method for solving the Schroedinger equation in the semi-classical regime. The idea of Eulerian Gaussian beams has been first proposed in . In this paper we aim at two crucial computational issues of the Eulerian Gaussian beam method: how to carry out long-time beam propagation and how to compute beam ingredients rapidly in phase space. By virtue of the FBI transform, we address the first issue by introducing the reinitialization strategy into the Eulerian Gaussian beam framework. Essentially we reinitialize beam propagation by applying the FBI transform to wavefields at intermediate time steps when the beams become too wide. To address the second issue, inspired by the original phase flow method, we propose the backward phase flow method which allows us to compute beam ingredients rapidly. Numerical examples demonstrate the efficiency and accuracy of the proposed algorithms.

  18. Raman studies of pressure and temperature induced phase transformations in calcite

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    Exarhos, G.J.; Hess, N.J.

    1990-11-01

    Phase stability in the calcium carbonate system was investigated as a simultaneous function of pressure and temperature up to 40 kbar and several hundred degrees Kelvin using micro-Raman techniques to interrogate samples constrained within a resistively heated diamond anvil cell. Measured spectra allow unequivocal identification of crystalline phases and are used to refine the P,T phase diagram. Calcium carbonate was found to exhibit both reversible and irreversible transformation phenomena among the four known phases which exist under these conditions. Time-dependent Raman intensity variations as the material is perturbed from its equilibrium state allow real-time kinetics measurements to be performed. Evidence suggests that the order of certain observed transformations may be pressure dependent. The utility of Raman spectroscopy to follow transformation phenomena and to estimate fundamental thermophysical properties from the stress dependence of vibrational mode frequencies is demonstrated. 14 refs., 3 figs.

  19. Phase coexistence and transformations in field-cooled ternary piezoelectric single crystals near the morphotropic phase boundary

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    Luo, Chengtao; Wang, Yaojin; Wang, Zhiguang; Ge, Wenwei; Li, Jiefang; Luo, Haosu; Viehland, D.

    2014-12-01

    Structural phase transformations in (100)-oriented Pb(In1/2Nb1/2)O3-Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3-PbTiO3 single crystals have been investigated by X-ray diffraction. A cubic (C) → tetragonal (T) → monoclinic-C (MC) transformation sequence was observed in the field-cooled condition. Two phase coexistence regions of C + T and T + MC were found. In addition to an increase in the C → T phase transition temperature and a decrease of the T → MC one, a broadening of the coexistence regions was also found with increasing field. This broadening can be explained by the presence of polar nano regions within the C, T, and MC phase regions.

  20. Fe-Solid Phase Transformations Under Highly Basic Conditions

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    Qafoku, Nik; Qafoku, Odeta; Ainsworth, Calvin C.; Dohnalkova, Alice; McKinley, Susan G.

    2007-09-01

    Hyperalkaline and saline radioactive waste fluids with elevated temperatures from S-SX high-level waste tank farm at Hanford, WA accidentally leaked into sediments beneath the tanks, initiating a series of geochemical processes and reactions whose significance and extent was unknown. Among the most important processes was the dissolution of soil minerals and precipitation of stable secondary phases. The objective of this investigation was to study the release of Fe into the aqueous phase upon dissolution of Fe-bearing soil minerals, and the subsequent formation of Fe rich precipitates. Batch reactors were used to conduct experiments at 50 0C using solutions similar in composition to the waste fluids. Results clearly showed that, similarly to Si and Al, Fe was released from the dissolution of soil minerals (most likely phyllosilicates such as biotite, smectite, and chlorite). The extent of Fe release increased with base concentration and decreased with Al concentration in the contacting solution. The maximum apparent rate of Fe release (0.566 × 10-13 mol m-2 s-1) was measured in the treatment with no Al and a concentration of 4.32 mol L-1 NaOH in the contacting solution. Results from electron microscopy indicated that while Si and Al precipitated together to form feldspathoids in the groups of cancrinite and/or sodalite, Fe precipitation followed a different pathway leading to the formation of hematite and goethite. The newly formed Fe oxy-hydroxides may increase the sorption capacity of the sediments, promote surface mediated reactions such as precipitation and heterogeneous redox reactions, and affect the phase distribution of contaminant and radionuclides.

  1. Phase Transformation in Radially Merged Wurtzite GaAs Nanowires

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    2015-01-01

    III–V Nanowires (NWs) grown with metal–organic chemical vapor deposition commonly show a polytypic crystal structure, allowing growth of structures not found in the bulk counterpart. In this paper we studied the radial overgrowth of pure wurtzite (WZ) GaAs nanowires and characterized the samples with high resolution X-ray diffraction (XRD) to reveal the crystal structure of the grown material. In particular, we investigated what happens when adjacent WZ NWs radially merge with each other by analyzing the evolution of XRD peaks for different amounts of radial overgrowth and merging. By preparing cross-sectional lamella samples we also analyzed the local crystal structure of partly merged NWs by transmission electron microscopy. Once individual NWs start to merge, the crystal structure of the merged segments is transformed progressively from initial pure WZ to a mixed WZ/ZB structure. The merging process is then modeled using a simple combinatorial approach, which predicts that merging of two or more WZ NWs will result in a mixed crystal structure containing WZ, ZB, and 4H. The existence large and relaxed segments of 4H structure within the merged NWs was confirmed by XRD, allowing us to accurately determine the lattice parameters of GaAs 4H. We compare the measured WZ and 4H unit cells with an ideal tetrahedron and find that both the polytypes are elongated in the c-axis and compressed in the a-axis compared to the geometrically converted cubic ZB unit cell. PMID:26494983

  2. Characterization of Solid State Phase Transformation in Continuously Heated and Cooled Ferritic Weld Metal

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    Narayana, B; Mills, Michael J.; Specht, Eliot D; Santella, Michael L; Babu, Sudarsanam Suresh

    2010-12-01

    Arc welding processes involve cooling rates that vary over a wide range (1-100 K/s). The final microstructire is thus a product of the heating and cooling cycles experienced by the weld in addition to the weld composition. It has been shown that the first phase to form under weld cooling conditions may not be that predicted by equilibrium calculations. The partitioning of different interstitial/substitutional alloying elements at high temperatures can dramatically affect the subsequent phase transformations. In order to understand the effect of alloying on phase transformation temperatures and final microstructures time-resolved X-ray diffraction technique has been successfully used for characterization. The work by Jacot and Rappaz on pearlitic steels provided insight into austenitization of hypoeutectic steels using a finite volume model. However there is very little work done on the effect of heating and cooling rates on the phase transformation paths in bainitic/martensitic steels and weld metals. Previous work on a weld with higher aluminum content, deposited with a FCAW-S process indicated that even at aluminum levels where the primary phase to solidify from liquid should be delta ferrite, non-equilibrium austenite was observed. The presence of inhomogeneity in composition of the parent microstructure has been attributed to differences in transformation modes, temperatures and microstructures in dual-phase, TRIP steels and ferritic welds. The objectives of the work included the identification of the stability regions of different phases during heating and cooling, differences in the effect of weld heating and cooling rates on the phase transformation temperatures, and the variation in phase fractions of austenite and ferrite in the two phase regions as a function of temperature. The base composition used for the present work is a Fe-1%Al-2%Mn-1%Ni-0.04%C weld metal. A pseudo-binary phase diagram shows the expected solidification path under equilibrium

  3. Organizational transformation into the operational phase of the GTC

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    van der Hoeven, Michiel; Rutten, René; Alvarez Martin, Pedro

    2012-09-01

    In this paper we review various organizational issues encountered when GRANTECAN, the Spanish organization responsible for the construction and operation of the GTC telescope, evolved from the construction phase of a large telescope facility into the phase of scientific operation. GRANTECAN now operates and further develops the 10.4m segmented telescope, GTC. The advent of operational pressures to scientifically exploit the telescope enforced a number of organizational changes as priorities shifted towards achieving the best possible level of operational effectiveness. In this paper we will treat the GRANTECAN experience as a case study of the limitations and problems that were encountered throughout this change. We will focus on the processes and strategies applied in order to achieve the necessary changes. We will place our experience in the framework of the McKinsey 7S model, highlight a number of key performance indicators, and will indicate the organizational changes that have taken place, that influenced the way the objectives are achieved. We will present a forward look based on our experience to date.

  4. X-ray diffraction studies of phase transformations in heavy-metal fluoride glasses

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    Bansal, N. P.; Doremus, R. H.

    1985-01-01

    Powder X-ray diffraction and differential scanning calorimetry studies of the crystallization properties of five ZrF4-based glass compositions have indicated that the crystalline phase in Zr-Ba-La-Pb fluoride glass is beta-BaZrF6; no such identification of crystal phases was obtainable, however, for the other glasses. Reversible polymorphic phase transformations occur in Zr-Ba-La-Li and Zr-Ba-La-Na fluoride glasses, upon heating to higher temperatures.

  5. Molecular Dynamics Simulation of Nanoindentation-induced Mechanical Deformation and Phase Transformation in Monocrystalline Silicon

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    2008-01-01

    This work presents the molecular dynamics approach toward mechanical deformation and phase transformation mechanisms of monocrystalline Si(100) subjected to nanoindentation. We demonstrate phase distributions during loading and unloading stages of both spherical and Berkovich nanoindentations. By searching the presence of the fifth neighboring atom within a non-bonding length, Si-III and Si-XII have been successfully distinguished from Si-I. Crystallinity of this mixed-phase was further identified by radial distribution functions.

  6. Finite element analysis of the tetragonal to monoclinic phase transformation during oxidation of zirconium alloys

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    Platt, P.; Frankel, P.; Gass, M.; Howells, R.; Preuss, M.

    2014-11-01

    Corrosion is a key limiting factor in the degradation of zirconium alloys in light water reactors. Developing a mechanistic understanding of the corrosion process offers a route towards improving safety and efficiency as demand increases for higher burn-up of fuel. Oxides formed on zirconium alloys are composed of both monoclinic and meta-stable tetragonal phases, and are subject to a number of potential mechanical degradation mechanisms. The work presented investigates the link between the tetragonal to monoclinic oxide phase transformation and degradation of the protective character of the oxide layer. To achieve this, Abaqus finite element analysis of the oxide phase transformation has been carried out. Study of the change in transformation strain energy shows how relaxation of oxidation induced stress and fast fracture at the metal-oxide interface could destabilise the tetragonal phase. Central to this is the identification of the transformation variant most likely to form, and understanding why twinning of the transformed grain is likely to occur. Development of transformation strain tensors and analysis of the strain components allows some separation of dilatation and shear effects. Maximum principal stress is used as an indication of fracture in the surrounding oxide layer. Study of the stress distributions shows the way oxide fracture is likely to occur and the differing effects of dilatation and shape change. Comparison with literature provides qualitative validation of the finite element simulations.

  7. Devil's vortex Fresnel lens phase masks on an asymmetric cryptosystem based on phase-truncation in gyrator wavelet transform domain

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    Singh, Hukum

    2016-06-01

    An asymmetric scheme has been proposed for optical double images encryption in the gyrator wavelet transform (GWT) domain. Grayscale and binary images are encrypted separately using double random phase encoding (DRPE) in the GWT domain. Phase masks based on devil's vortex Fresnel Lens (DVFLs) and random phase masks (RPMs) are jointly used in spatial as well as in the Fourier plane. The images to be encrypted are first gyrator transformed and then single-level discrete wavelet transformed (DWT) to decompose LL , HL , LH and HH matrices of approximation, horizontal, vertical and diagonal coefficients. The resulting coefficients from the DWT are multiplied by other RPMs and the results are applied to inverse discrete wavelet transform (IDWT) for obtaining the encrypted images. The images are recovered from their corresponding encrypted images by using the correct parameters of the GWT, DVFL and its digital implementation has been performed using MATLAB 7.6.0 (R2008a). The mother wavelet family, DVFL and gyrator transform orders associated with the GWT are extra keys that cause difficulty to an attacker. Thus, the scheme is more secure as compared to conventional techniques. The efficacy of the proposed scheme is verified by computing mean-squared-error (MSE) between recovered and the original images. The sensitivity of the proposed scheme is verified with encryption parameters and noise attacks.

  8. Phase transformations in Ln2O3 materials irradiated with swift heavy ions

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    Tracy, Cameron L.; Lang, Maik; Zhang, Fuxiang; Trautmann, Christina; Ewing, Rodney C.

    2015-11-01

    Phase transformations induced in the cubic C-type lanthanide sesquioxides, Ln2O3 (Ln = Sm, Gd, Ho, Tm, and Lu), by dense electronic excitation are investigated. The structural modifications resulting from exposure to beams of 185 MeV Xe and 2246 MeV Au ions are characterized using synchrotron x-ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopy. The formation of a B-type polymorph, an X-type nonequilibrium phase, and an amorphous phase are observed. The specific phase formed and the transformation rate show dependence on the material composition, as well as the ion beam mass and energy. Atomistic mechanisms for these transformations are determined, indicating that formation of the B-type phase results from the production of anti-Frenkel defects and the aggregation of anion vacancies into planar clusters, whereas formation of the X-type and amorphous phases requires extensive displacement of both anions and cations. The observed variations in phase behavior with changing lanthanide ionic radius and deposited electronic energy density are related to the energetics of these transformation mechanisms.

  9. Calorimetric Study of Phase Stability and Phase Transformation in U- xZr ( x = 2, 5, 10 wt pct) Alloys

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    Rai, Arun Kumar; Subramanian, Raju; Hajra, Raj Narayan; Tripathy, Haraprasanna; Rengachari, Mythili; Saibaba, Saroja

    2015-11-01

    A comprehensive calorimetric study of high-temperature phase equilibria and phase transformation characteristics in U- xZr ( x = 2, 5, 10 wt pct) alloys has been undertaken, as a function of heating and cooling rates. It is found that the following sequence of phase transformation takes place upon slow heating in annealed U-2 wt pct Zr alloy: α + α' + δ-UZr2 → α + γ 2 → β + γ 2 → β + γ 1 → γ. For alloys of 5 and 10 wt pct Zr, the additional presence of a miscibility gap ( γ 1 U-rich bcc + γ 2 Zr-rich bcc) in the high-temperature γ(bcc) phase region resulted in the following transformation sequence: α + α' + δ-UZr2 → α + γ 2 → β + γ 2 → γ 1 + γ 2 → γ. Further, it has been demonstrated that depending on the nature of starting microstructure, namely whether it is α eq + δ-UZr2, or a mix of α' + α eq + δ-UZr2 phases, the relative extents of two possible co-occurring modes of the first on-heating phase transformation step differ. In case of starting microstructure having mixture of three phases α' + α eq + δ-UZr2, it is found that α'-martensite relaxation via α' + α eq + δ-UZr2 → α eq + δ-UZr2 constitutes the first on-heating thermal response. The α'-martensitic relaxation is very closely followed by the dissolution of δ-UZr2. The co-occurrence of these two events gives rise to a composite thermal arrest in a normal dynamic calorimetry profile. However, if the starting microstructure is the one having the equilibrium mix of α eq and δ-UZr2, then only the peritectoidal dissolution of δ-UZr2 is found in the calorimetry profile. Unless, a very slow cooling rate of the order of 0.1 K min-1 is adopted from high-temperature γ(bcc) phase, it is not possible to obtain 100 pct of α eq phase along with equilibrium amount of δ-UZr2. At normal and high cooling rates, it is possible to suppress the diffusional decomposition of γ to varying extents. The direct γ → α'-martensite transformation has been observed at

  10. Understanding strain-induced phase transformations in BiFeO3 thin films

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    Dixit, Hemant; Beekman, Christianne; Schlepütz, Christian M.; Siemons, Wolter; Yang, Yongsoo; Senabulya, Nancy; Clarke, Roy; Chi, Miaofang; Christen, Hans M.; Cooper, Valentino R.

    2015-05-01

    Experiments demonstrate that under large epitaxial strain a coexisting striped phase emerges in BiFeO₃ thin films, which comprises a tetragonal-like (T´) and an intermediate S´ polymorph. It exhibits a relatively large piezoelectric response when switching between the coexisting phase and a uniform T´ phase. This strain-induced phase transformation is investigated through a synergistic combination of first-principles theory and experiments. The results show that the S´ phase is energetically very close to the T´ phase, but is structurally similar to the bulk rhombohedral (R) phase. By fully characterizing the intermediate S´ polymorph, it is demonstrated that the flat energy landscape resulting in the absence of an energy barrier between the T´ and S´ phases fosters the above-mentioned reversible phase transformation. This ability to readily transform between the S´ and T´ polymorphs, which have very different octahedral rotation patterns and c/a ratios, is crucial to the enhanced piezoelectricity in strained BiFeO3 films. Additionally, a blueshift in the band gap when moving from R to S´ to T´ is observed. These results emphasize the importance of strain engineering for tuning electromechanical responses or, creating unique energy harvesting photonic structures, in oxide thin film architectures.

  11. Understanding strain-induced phase transformations in BiFeO3 thin films

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    Dixit, Hemant; Beekman, Christianne; Schlepütz, Christian M.; Siemons, Wolter; Yang, Yongsoo; Senabulya, Nancy; Clarke, Roy; Chi, Miaofang; Christen, Hans M.; Cooper, Valentino R.

    2015-05-01

    Experiments demonstrate that under large epitaxial strain a coexisting striped phase emerges in BiFeO₃ thin films, which comprises a tetragonal-like (T´) and an intermediate S´ polymorph. It exhibits a relatively large piezoelectric response when switching between the coexisting phase and a uniform T´ phase. This strain-induced phase transformation is investigated through a synergistic combination of first-principles theory and experiments. The results show that the S´ phase is energetically very close to the T´ phase, but is structurally similar to the bulk rhombohedral (R) phase. By fully characterizing the intermediate S´ polymorph, it is demonstrated that the flat energy landscape resultingmore » in the absence of an energy barrier between the T´ and S´ phases fosters the above-mentioned reversible phase transformation. This ability to readily transform between the S´ and T´ polymorphs, which have very different octahedral rotation patterns and c/a ratios, is crucial to the enhanced piezoelectricity in strained BiFeO3 films. Additionally, a blueshift in the band gap when moving from R to S´ to T´ is observed. These results emphasize the importance of strain engineering for tuning electromechanical responses or, creating unique energy harvesting photonic structures, in oxide thin film architectures.« less

  12. Earth physics and phase transformations program: A concept and proposal

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    Bonavito, N. L.; Tanaka, T.

    1971-01-01

    A program to study the geophysical characteristics of the earth is presented as an integration of the different disciplines that constitute the earth sciences, through the foundation of a generalized geodynamic theory of earth physics. A program is considered for defining the physical constants of the earth's material which parametrize the hydrodynamic equation in the microscopic solid state behavior of the crystals of the lithosphere. In addition, in order to lay the foundation for a generalized theory in earth physics, specific research areas are considered, such as the nature of the kinetics of the phase transitions in mineral assemblages, the equilibrium thermodynamic properties of crystals which are major constituents of mineral assemblages, and the transport properties of pure crystals which are major constituents of mineral assemblages.

  13. Thermodynamics and Kinetics of Phase Transformations in Hydrogen Storage Materials

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    Ceder, Gerbrand; Marzari, Nicola

    2011-08-31

    The aim of this project is to develop and apply computational materials science tools to determine and predict critical properties of hydrogen storage materials. By better understanding the absorption/desorption mechanisms and characterizing their physical properties it is possible to explore and evaluate new directions for hydrogen storage materials. Particular emphasis is on the determination of the structure and thermodynamics of hydrogen storage materials, the investigation of microscopic mechanisms of hydrogen uptake and release in various materials and the role of catalysts in this process. As a team we have decided to focus on a single material, NaAlH{sub 4}, in order to fully be able to study the many aspects of hydrogen storage. We have focused on phase stability, mass transport and size-dependent reaction mechanisms in this material.

  14. A new phase transformation path from nanodiamond to new-diamond via an intermediate carbon onion.

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    Xiao, J; Li, J L; Liu, P; Yang, G W

    2014-12-21

    The investigation of carbon allotropes such as graphite, diamond, fullerenes, nanotubes and carbon onions and mechanisms that underlie their mutual phase transformation is a long-standing problem of great fundamental importance. New diamond (n-diamond) is a novel metastable phase of carbon with a face-centered cubic structure; it is called "new diamond" because many reflections in its electron diffraction pattern are similar to those of diamond. However, producing n-diamond from raw carbon materials has so far been challenging due to n-diamond's higher formation energy than that of diamond. Here, we, for the first time, demonstrate a new phase transformation path from nanodiamond to n-diamond via an intermediate carbon onion in the unique process of laser ablation in water, and establish that water plays a crucial role in the formation of n-diamond. When a laser irradiates colloidal suspensions of nanodiamonds at ambient pressure and room temperature, nanodiamonds are first transformed into carbon onions serving as an intermediate phase, and sequentially carbon onions are transformed into n-diamonds driven by the laser-induced high temperature and high pressure from the carbon onion as a nanoscaled temperature and pressure cell upon the process of laser irradiation in a liquid. This phase transformation not only provides new insight into the physical mechanism involved, but also offers one suitable opportunity for breaking controllable pathways between n-diamond and carbon allotropes such as diamond and carbon onions. PMID:25369973

  15. Phase transformations and phase relations in Ti{sub 50}Pd{sub (50-x)}TM{sub x} alloys

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    Schwartz, A.J.; Sluiter, M.H.; Harmon, B.N.; Tanner, L.E.

    1994-07-15

    The effect of transition metal (TM) substitution for Pd in Ti{sub 5O}Pd{sub (50-x}TM{sub x} alloys with x between 5 and 37.5 at.% and TM = V, Cr, Mn and Fe are being characterized by transmission electron microscopy and First-Principles Alloy Theory modeling. The goal is to obtain detailed structural information related to the ternary phase relations and transformations that are necessary for effective shape-memory alloy development. Thus far, the authors have found that the tend to have pseudobinary eutectoid-like configurations with a terminal TiPd and a non-close-packed long period ordered structure type crystal structure) based on the stoichiometry Ti{sub 2}PdTM. The systems exhibit a conventional martensitic transformation, as well as a new type of displacive transformation that shear-modulates B2 to produce a periodically distorted, but non-close-packed metastable product phase.

  16. Phase transformations of nano-sized cubic boron nitride to white graphene and white graphite

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    Dang, Hongli; Liu, Yingdi; Xue, Wenhua; Anderson, Ryan S.; Sewell, Cody R.; Xue, Sha; Crunkleton, Daniel W.; Shen, Yaogen; Wang, Sanwu

    2014-03-03

    We report quantum-mechanical investigations that predict the formation of white graphene and nano-sized white graphite from the first-order phase transformations of nano-sized boron nitride thin-films. The phase transformations from the nano-sized diamond-like structure, when the thickness d > 1.4 nm, to the energetically more stable nano-sized white graphite involve low activation energies of less than 1.0 eV. On the other hand, the diamond-like structure transforms spontaneously to white graphite when d ≤ 1.4 nm. In particular, the two-dimensional structure with single-layer boron nitride, the so-called white graphene, could be formed as a result of such transformation.

  17. In Situ Observation of Phase Transformation in Low-Carbon, Boron-Treated Steels

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    Zhang, Di; Shintaku, Yoshiaki; Suzuki, Shuichi; Komizo, Yu-Ichi

    2012-02-01

    It is known that adding the appropriate amount of boron to steels dramatically increases their hardness and toughness as a result of the transition of the microstructure from grain boundary nucleation to intragranular nucleation. In this study, precipitation and phase transformation kinetics in heat-affected zones of low-carbon, boron-treated steels are observed directly by high-temperature laser scanning confocal microscopy. The effects of boron content and austenite grain size on the phase transformation process are investigated systematically by quantifying the transformation product, the transformation start temperature, the average length of the ferrite plates, and the average number of potent nucleation sites. Finally, detailed methods for controlling and optimizing the microstructure in the heat-affected zones of low-carbon, boron-treated steels are discussed.

  18. Robust two-dimensional weighted and unweighted phase unwrapping that uses fast transforms and iterative methods

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    Ghiglia, D.C.; Romero, L.A. )

    1994-01-01

    Two-dimensional (2D) phase unwrapping continues to find applications in a wide variety of scientific and engineering areas including optical and microwave interferometry, adaptive optics, compensated imaging, and synthetic-aperture-radar phase correction, and image processing. We have developed a robust method (not based on any path-following scheme) for unwrapping 2D phase principal values (in a least-squares sense) by using fast cosine transforms. If the 2D phase values are associated with a 2D weighting, the fast transforms can still be used in iterative methods for solving the weighted unwrapping problem. Weighted unwrapping can be used to isolate inconsistent regions (i.e., phase shear) in an elegant fashion.

  19. Restriction of Phase Transformation in Carbon Nanotube-Reinforced Yttria-Stabilized Zirconia

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    Mohapatra, Pratyasha; Rawat, Siddharth; Mahato, Neelima; Balani, Kantesh

    2015-07-01

    The present research aims to investigate the effect of multi-walled carbon nanotube (MWNT) reinforcement on the mechanism of transformation toughening in zirconia matrix, and consequently, its fracture toughness. Monoclinic zirconia (un-doped ZrO2), partially stabilized zirconia (3 mol pct yttria-stabilized zirconia (3 mol pct YSZ)), and fully stabilized cubic zirconia (8 mol pct YSZ) with and without 6 vol pct MWNT-reinforced nanocomposites were processed via multi-stage spark plasma sintering. Phase analysis of powders, and sintered and crushed pellets performed using X-ray diffraction reveals the absence of any phase transformation in monoclinic ZrO2, 8 mol pct YSZ and their MWNT-reinforced nanocomposites upon application of stress by means of crushing. However, a significant decrease in the stress-induced phase transformation (81.1 pct metastable tetragonal phase retained with 6 vol pct MWNT reinforcement when compared to that of 68.4 pct tetragonal phase in 3 mol pct YSZ) is observed in the crushed pellet samples of partially stabilized zirconia upon 6 vol pct MWNT reinforcement. Transmission electron microscopy has been utilized for complementary phase analysis. Evaluation of mechanical properties indicates enhancement in fracture toughness (~23.6 to 26.4 pct) with the incorporation of 6 vol pct MWNT. Isolation of the net toughening contribution suggests that MWNT toughening mechanisms are ~3.8 times more effective than transformation toughening in enhancing the fracture toughness of YSZ/MWNT nanocomposites.

  20. A test of the Johnson-Mehl-Avrami equation. [for phase transformations

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    Weinberg, Michael C.

    1987-01-01

    The accuracy of the Johnson-Mehl-Avrami (JMA) equation is evaluated for the special case of two-dimensional crystallization. The volume fraction transformed is determined directly by computer modeling, and the evaluation of the secondary phase obtained is compared with predictions of the JMA equation. The JMA equation if found to be highly acccurate over virtually the entire range of the transformation process.

  1. Crystal Phase Transformation in Self-Assembled InAs Nanowire Junctions on Patterned Si Substrates.

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    Rieger, Torsten; Rosenbach, Daniel; Vakulov, Daniil; Heedt, Sebastian; Schäpers, Thomas; Grützmacher, Detlev; Lepsa, Mihail Ion

    2016-03-01

    We demonstrate the growth and structural characteristics of InAs nanowire junctions evidencing a transformation of the crystalline structure. The junctions are obtained without the use of catalyst particles. Morphological investigations of the junctions reveal three structures having an L-, T-, and X-shape. The formation mechanisms of these structures have been identified. The NW junctions reveal large sections of zinc blende crystal structure free of extended defects, despite the high stacking fault density obtained in individual InAs nanowires. This segment of zinc blende crystal structure in the junction is associated with a crystal phase transformation involving sets of Shockley partial dislocations; the transformation takes place solely in the crystal phase. A model is developed to demonstrate that only the zinc blende phase with the same orientation as the substrate can result in monocrystalline junctions. The suitability of the junctions to be used in nanoelectronic devices is confirmed by room-temperature electrical experiments. PMID:26881450

  2. Martensitic phase transformation in Nb/sub 3/Sn - X-Ray observations

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    Roberge, R.; Foner, S.; Lehuy, H.

    1985-03-01

    A compilation is presented of room temperature lattice spacing, a /SUB o/ , versus martensitic phase transformation temperature, T /SUB m/ , of Nb/sub 3/Sn for over 50 set of data including data of other investigations. The low temperature tetragonal phase transition occurs with c/a < 1 for a /SUB o/ between 5.289 and 5.2933 A, with c/a > 1 for a /SUB o/ between 5.2865 and 5.2883 A. Nb/sub 3/Sn remains in the cubic phase (no transformation) for a /SUB o/ < 5.2865 A and a /SUB o/ > 5.2933 A, and for a very narrow region between 5.2883 A and 5.289 A. The effect of additives and the effect of matrix strain on the width of T /SUB m/ is also discussed. A detailed tabulation is presented for the various Nb/sub 3/Sn materials and their resultant transformation characteristics.

  3. Influence of Laser Peening on Phase Transformation and Corrosion Resistance of AISI 321 steel

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    Karthik, D.; Swaroop, S.

    2016-06-01

    The objective of this study is to investigate the influence of laser peening without coating (LPwC) on austenitic to martensitic (γ → α') phase transformation and corrosion behavior of austenitic stainless steel AISI 321 in 3.5% NaCl environment. Results indicate that LPwC induces a large compressive residual stresses of nearly -854 MPa and γ → α' phase transformation of about 18% (volume fraction). Microstructures of peened surface confirmed the γ → α' phase transformation and showed no grain refinement. Hardness increased slightly with a case depth of 900 μm. Despite the smaller surface roughness introduced, corrosion resistance improved after peening due to compressive residual stresses.

  4. Neural network calibration of a snapshot birefringent Fourier transform spectrometer with periodic phase errors.

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    Luo, David; Kudenov, Michael W

    2016-05-16

    Systematic phase errors in Fourier transform spectroscopy can severely degrade the calculated spectra. Compensation of these errors is typically accomplished using post-processing techniques, such as Fourier deconvolution, linear unmixing, or iterative solvers. This results in increased computational complexity when reconstructing and calibrating many parallel interference patterns. In this paper, we describe a new method of calibrating a Fourier transform spectrometer based on the use of artificial neural networks (ANNs). In this way, it is demonstrated that a simpler and more straightforward reconstruction process can be achieved at the cost of additional calibration equipment. To this end, we provide a theoretical model for general systematic phase errors in a polarization birefringent interferometer. This is followed by a discussion of our experimental setup and a demonstration of our technique, as applied to data with and without phase error. The technique's utility is then supported by comparison to alternative reconstruction techniques using fast Fourier transforms (FFTs) and linear unmixing. PMID:27409947

  5. Influence of Laser Peening on Phase Transformation and Corrosion Resistance of AISI 321 steel

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    Karthik, D.; Swaroop, S.

    2016-07-01

    The objective of this study is to investigate the influence of laser peening without coating (LPwC) on austenitic to martensitic (γ → α') phase transformation and corrosion behavior of austenitic stainless steel AISI 321 in 3.5% NaCl environment. Results indicate that LPwC induces a large compressive residual stresses of nearly -854 MPa and γ → α' phase transformation of about 18% (volume fraction). Microstructures of peened surface confirmed the γ → α' phase transformation and showed no grain refinement. Hardness increased slightly with a case depth of 900 μm. Despite the smaller surface roughness introduced, corrosion resistance improved after peening due to compressive residual stresses.

  6. Phase transformations in amorphous fullerite C60 under high pressure and high temperature

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    Borisova, P. A.; Blanter, M. S.; Brazhkin, V. V.; Somenkov, V. A.; Filonenko, V. P.

    2015-08-01

    First phase transformations of amorphous fullerite C60 at high temperatures (up to 1800 K) and high pressures (up to 8 GPa) have been investigated and compared with the previous studies on the crystalline fullerite. The study was conducted using neutron diffraction and Raman spectroscopy. The amorphous fullerite was obtained by ball-milling. We have shown that under thermobaric treatment no crystallization of amorphous fullerite into С60 molecular modification is observed, and it transforms into amorphous-like or crystalline graphite. A kinetic diagram of phase transformation of amorphous fullerite in temperature-pressure coordinates was constructed for the first time. Unlike in crystalline fullerite, no crystalline polymerized phases were formed under thermobaric treatment on amorphous fullerite. We found that amorphous fullerite turned out to be less resistant to thermobaric treatment, and amorphous-like or crystalline graphite were formed at lower temperatures than in crystalline fullerite.

  7. On pressure-shear plate impact for studying the kinetics of stress-induced phase transformations

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    Escobar, Joanne C.; Clifton, Rodney J.

    1992-07-01

    Pressure-shear plate impact experiments are proposed for studying the kinetics of stress-induced phase transformations. The purpose of this paper is to determine loading conditions and specimen orientations which can be expected to activate a single habit plane variant parallel to the impact plane, thereby simplifying the study of the kinetics of the transformation through monitoring the wave profiles associated with the propagating phase boundary. The Wechsler Lieberman-Read phenomenological theory was used to determine habit plane indices and directions of shape deformation for a Cu-Al-Ni shape memory alloy which undergoes a martensitic phase transformation under stress. Elastic waves generated by pressure-shear impact were analyzed for wave propagation in the direction of the normal to a habit plane. A critical resolved shear stress criterion was used to predict variants which are expected to be activated for a range of impact velocities and relative magnitudes of the normal and transverse components of the impact velocity.

  8. The 1980-81 AFE Pool: The End of an Era.

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    Knight, Peter

    1981-01-01

    The Advanced Further Education (AFE) Pool was conceived in Britain in the 1950s to distribute public funds for higher education. The 1980-81 pool broke with tradition by having a fixed amount to be apportioned by local authorities rather than having a size determined by institutional needs. The change is seen as fundamentally political. (SE)

  9. Theory of the amplitude-phase retrieval in any linear-transform system and its applications

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    Yang, Guozhen; Gu, Ben-Yuan; Dong, Bi-Zhen

    1992-12-01

    This paper is a summary of the theory of the amplitude-phase retrieval problem in any linear transform system and its applications based on our previous works in the past decade. We describe the general statement on the amplitude-phase retrieval problem in an imaging system and derive a set of equations governing the amplitude-phase distribution in terms of the rigorous mathematical derivation. We then show that, by using these equations and an iterative algorithm, a variety of amplitude-phase problems can be successfully handled. We carry out the systematic investigations and comprehensive numerical calculations to demonstrate the utilization of this new algorithm in various transform systems. For instance, we have achieved the phase retrieval from two intensity measurements in an imaging system with diffraction loss (non-unitary transform), both theoretically and experimentally, and the recovery of model real image from its Hartley-transform modulus only in one and two dimensional cases. We discuss the achievement of the phase retrieval problem from a single intensity only based on the sampling theorem and our algorithm. We also apply this algorithm to provide an optimal design of the phase-adjusted plate for a phase-adjustment focusing laser accelerator and a design approach of single phase-only element for implementing optical interconnect. In order to closely simulate the really measured data, we examine the reconstruction of image from its spectral modulus corrupted by a random noise in detail. The results show that the convergent solution can always be obtained and the quality of the recovered image is satisfactory. We also indicated the relationship and distinction between our algorithm and the original Gerchberg- Saxton algorithm. From these studies, we conclude that our algorithm shows great capability to deal with the comprehensive phase-retrieval problems in the imaging system and the inverse problem in solid state physics. It may open a new way to

  10. Phase Field Modeling of Cyclic Austenite-Ferrite Transformations in Fe-C-Mn Alloys

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    Chen, Hao; Zhu, Benqiang; Militzer, Matthias

    2016-08-01

    Three different approaches for considering the effect of Mn on the austenite-ferrite interface migration in an Fe-0.1C-0.5Mn alloy have been coupled with a phase field model (PFM). In the first approach (PFM-I), only long-range C diffusion is considered while Mn is assumed to be immobile during the phase transformations. Both long-range C and Mn diffusions are considered in the second approach (PFM-II). In the third approach (PFM-III), long-range C diffusion is considered in combination with the Gibbs energy dissipation due to Mn diffusion inside the interface instead of solving for long-range diffusion of Mn. The three PFM approaches are first benchmarked with isothermal austenite-to-ferrite transformation at 1058.15 K (785 °C) before considering cyclic phase transformations. It is found that PFM-II can predict the stagnant stage and growth retardation experimentally observed during cycling transformations, whereas PFM-III can only replicate the stagnant stage but not the growth retardation and PFM-I predicts neither the stagnant stage nor the growth retardation. The results of this study suggest a significant role of Mn redistribution near the interface on reducing transformation rates, which should, therefore, be considered in future simulations of austenite-ferrite transformations in steels, particularly at temperatures in the intercritical range and above.

  11. Phase Field Modeling of Cyclic Austenite-Ferrite Transformations in Fe-C-Mn Alloys

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    Chen, Hao; Zhu, Benqiang; Militzer, Matthias

    2016-06-01

    Three different approaches for considering the effect of Mn on the austenite-ferrite interface migration in an Fe-0.1C-0.5Mn alloy have been coupled with a phase field model (PFM). In the first approach (PFM-I), only long-range C diffusion is considered while Mn is assumed to be immobile during the phase transformations. Both long-range C and Mn diffusions are considered in the second approach (PFM-II). In the third approach (PFM-III), long-range C diffusion is considered in combination with the Gibbs energy dissipation due to Mn diffusion inside the interface instead of solving for long-range diffusion of Mn. The three PFM approaches are first benchmarked with isothermal austenite-to-ferrite transformation at 1058.15 K (785 °C) before considering cyclic phase transformations. It is found that PFM-II can predict the stagnant stage and growth retardation experimentally observed during cycling transformations, whereas PFM-III can only replicate the stagnant stage but not the growth retardation and PFM-I predicts neither the stagnant stage nor the growth retardation. The results of this study suggest a significant role of Mn redistribution near the interface on reducing transformation rates, which should, therefore, be considered in future simulations of austenite-ferrite transformations in steels, particularly at temperatures in the intercritical range and above.

  12. Neutron Scattering Studies of Pre-Transitional Effects in Solid-Solid Phase Transformations

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    Shapiro, S. M.

    1999-06-30

    Neutron scattering studies have played a fundamental role in understanding solid-solid phase transformations, particularly in studying the lattice dynamical behavior associated with precursor effects. A review of the studies performed on solids exhibiting Martensitic transformations is given below. The mode softening and associated elastic diffuse scattering, previously observed in NiAl alloys, will be discussed as well as more recent work on Ni{sub 2}MnGa, a system exhibiting magnetic order as well as a Martensitic transformation. Also, new results on the precursor effects in ordered and disordered FePt alloys will be presented.

  13. Study of the Effect of Transition Metals on Titanium Dioxide Phase Transformation

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    Bellifa, A.; Choukchou-Braham, A.; Kappenstein, C.; Pirault-Roy, L.

    MTiX samples with different atomic metal percentage were synthesised by sol-gel method and calcined at 400 °C under air. The anatase-rutile transformation in TiO2 in the presence of transition metals (Cr, V and Mn) was investigated. The kinetics of anatase-rutile transformations were determined by XRD over the temperature range 500-800 °C. It was found that the presence of V and Mn accelerate the transformation anatase-to-rutile. However, the anatase phase stability increases as the chromium content increases.

  14. Analysis of transformation plasticity in steel using a finite element method coupled with a phase field model.

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    Cho, Yi-Gil; Kim, Jin-You; Cho, Hoon-Hwe; Cha, Pil-Ryung; Suh, Dong-Woo; Lee, Jae Kon; Han, Heung Nam

    2012-01-01

    An implicit finite element model was developed to analyze the deformation behavior of low carbon steel during phase transformation. The finite element model was coupled hierarchically with a phase field model that could simulate the kinetics and micro-structural evolution during the austenite-to-ferrite transformation of low carbon steel. Thermo-elastic-plastic constitutive equations for each phase were adopted to confirm the transformation plasticity due to the weaker phase yielding that was proposed by Greenwood and Johnson. From the simulations under various possible plastic properties of each phase, a more quantitative understanding of the origin of transformation plasticity was attempted by a comparison with the experimental observation. PMID:22558295

  15. Analysis of Transformation Plasticity in Steel Using a Finite Element Method Coupled with a Phase Field Model

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    Cho, Yi-Gil; Kim, Jin-You; Cho, Hoon-Hwe; Cha, Pil-Ryung; Suh, Dong-Woo; Lee, Jae Kon; Han, Heung Nam

    2012-01-01

    An implicit finite element model was developed to analyze the deformation behavior of low carbon steel during phase transformation. The finite element model was coupled hierarchically with a phase field model that could simulate the kinetics and micro-structural evolution during the austenite-to-ferrite transformation of low carbon steel. Thermo-elastic-plastic constitutive equations for each phase were adopted to confirm the transformation plasticity due to the weaker phase yielding that was proposed by Greenwood and Johnson. From the simulations under various possible plastic properties of each phase, a more quantitative understanding of the origin of transformation plasticity was attempted by a comparison with the experimental observation. PMID:22558295

  16. Titanium α-ω phase transformation pathway and a predicted metastable structure

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    Zarkevich, Nickolai A.; Johnson, Duane D.

    2016-01-15

    A titanium is a highly utilized metal for structural lightweighting and its phases, transformation pathways (transition states), and structures have scientific and industrial importance. Using a proper solid-state nudged elastic band method employing two climbing images combined with density functional theory DFT + U methods for accurate energetics, we detail the pressure-induced α (ductile) to ω (brittle) transformation at the coexistence pressure. We also find two transition states along the minimal-enthalpy path and discover a metastable body-centered orthorhombic structure, with stable phonons, a lower density than the end-point phases, and decreasing stability with increasing pressure.

  17. Titanium α -ω phase transformation pathway and a predicted metastable structure

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    Zarkevich, N. A.; Johnson, D. D.

    2016-01-01

    As titanium is a highly utilized metal for structural lightweighting, its phases, transformation pathways (transition states), and structures have scientific and industrial importance. Using a proper solid-state nudged elastic band method employing two climbing images combined with density functional theory DFT + U methods for accurate energetics, we detail the pressure-induced α (ductile) to ω (brittle) transformation at the coexistence pressure. We find two transition states along the minimal-enthalpy path and discover a metastable body-centered orthorhombic structure, with stable phonons, a lower density than the end-point phases, and decreasing stability with increasing pressure.

  18. 2-D Continuous Wavelet Transform for ESPI phase-maps denoising

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    Escalante, Nivia; Villa, Jesús; de la Rosa, Ismael; de la Rosa, Enrique; González-Ramírez, Efrén; Gutiérrez, Osvaldo; Olvera, Carlos; Araiza, María

    2013-09-01

    In this work we introduce a 2-D Continuous Wavelet Transform (2-D CWT) method for denoising ESPI phase-maps. Multiresolution analysis with 2-D wavelets can provide high directional sensitivity and high anisotropy which are proper characteristics for this task. In particular, the 2-D CWT method using Gabor atoms (Gabor mother wavelets) which can naturally model phase fringes, has a good performance against noise and can preserve phase fringes. We describe the theoretical basis of the proposed technique and show some experimental results with real and simulated ESPI phase-maps. As can be verified the proposal is robust and effective.

  19. Statistical theory of phase transformations in the lithium-nitrogen-hydrogen system

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    Matysina, Z. A.; Zaginaichenko, S. Yu.; Shchur, D. V.

    2011-12-01

    A statistical theory of phase transformations in the course of chemical reactions of hydrogen absorption-desorption in lithium nitride with the formation of lithium amide and hydride has been developed. Free energies of all phases involved in the reactions have been calculated and their dependences on temperature, pressure, hydrogen concentration, and energy parameters have been determined. The solubility of hydrogen in the related phases has been calculated; some features of its temperature dependence have been established. A phase diagram of the system has been constructed. The possibility of the manifestation of a hysteresis effect has been substantiated. The theoretical results are compared with the experimental data available in the literature.

  20. Critical kinetic control of non-stoichiometric intermediate phase transformation for efficient perovskite solar cells

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    Rong, Yaoguang; Venkatesan, Swaminathan; Guo, Rui; Wang, Yanan; Bao, Jiming; Li, Wenzhi; Fan, Zhiyong; Yao, Yan

    2016-06-01

    Organometal trihalide perovskites (OTP) have attracted significant attention as a low-cost and high-efficiency solar cell material. Due to the strong coordination between lead iodide (PbI2) and dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) solvent, a non-stoichiometric intermediate phase of MA2Pb3I8(DMSO)2 (MA = CH3NH3+) usually forms in the one-step deposition method that plays a critical role in attaining high power conversion efficiency. However, the kinetic understanding of how the non-stoichiometric intermediate phase transforms during thermal annealing is currently absent. In this work, we investigated such a phase transformation and provided a clear picture of three phase transition pathways as a function of annealing conditions. The interdiffusion of MAI and DMSO varies strongly with the annealing temperature and time, thus determining the final film composition and morphology. A surprising finding reveals that the best performing cells contain ~18% of the non-stoichiometric intermediate phase, instead of pure phase OTP. The presence of such an intermediate phase enables smooth surface morphology and enhances the charge carrier lifetime. Our results highlight the importance of the intermediate phase growth kinetics that could lead to large-scale production of efficient solution processed perovskite solar cells.Organometal trihalide perovskites (OTP) have attracted significant attention as a low-cost and high-efficiency solar cell material. Due to the strong coordination between lead iodide (PbI2) and dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) solvent, a non-stoichiometric intermediate phase of MA2Pb3I8(DMSO)2 (MA = CH3NH3+) usually forms in the one-step deposition method that plays a critical role in attaining high power conversion efficiency. However, the kinetic understanding of how the non-stoichiometric intermediate phase transforms during thermal annealing is currently absent. In this work, we investigated such a phase transformation and provided a clear picture of three phase transition

  1. Arcjet exploratory tests of ARC optical window design for the AFE vehicle

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    Whiting, Ellis E.; Terrazas-Salinas, Imelda; Craig, Roger A.; Sobeck, Charles K.; Sarver, George L., III; Salerno, Louis J.; Love, Wendell; Maa, Scott; Covington, AL

    1991-01-01

    Tests were made in the 20 MW arc jet facility at the NASA ARC to determine the suitability of sapphire and fused silica as window materials for the Aeroassist Flight Experiment (AFE) entry vehicle. Twenty nine tests were made; 25 at a heating rate about 80 percent of that expected during the AFE entry and 4 at approximately the full, 100 percent AFE heating rate profile, that produces a temperature of about 2900 F on the surface of the tiles that protect the vehicle. These tests show that a conductively cooled window design using mechanical thermal contacts and sapphire is probably not practical. Cooling the window using mechanical thermal contacts produces thermal stresses in the sapphire that cause the window to crack. An insulated design using sapphire, that cools the window as little as possible, appears promising although some spectral data in the vacuum-ultra-violet (VUV) will be lost due to the high temperature reached by the sapphire. The surface of the insulated sapphire windows, tested at the 100 percent AFE heating rate, showed some slight ablation, and cracks appeared in two of three test windows. One small group of cracks were obviously caused by mechanical binding of the window in the assembly, which can be eliminated with improved design. Other cracks were long, straight, thin crystallographic cracks that have very little effect on the optical transmission of the window. Also, the windows did not fall apart along these crystallographic cracks when the windows were removed from their assemblies. Theoretical results from the thermal analysis computer program SINDA indicate that increasing the window thickness from 4 to 8 mm may enable surface ablation to be avoided. An insulated design using a fused silica window tested at the nominal AFE heating rate experienced severe ablation, thus fused silica is not considered to be an acceptable window material.

  2. Avalanching strain dynamics during the hydriding phase transformation in individual palladium nanoparticles

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    Ulvestad, A.; Welland, M. J.; Collins, S. S. E.; Harder, R.; Maxey, E.; Wingert, J.; Singer, A.; Hy, S.; Mulvaney, P.; Zapol, P.; et al

    2015-12-11

    Phase transitions in reactive environments are crucially important in energy and information storage, catalysis and sensors. Nanostructuring active particles can yield faster charging/ discharging kinetics, increased lifespan and record catalytic activities. However, establishing the causal link between structure and function is challenging for nanoparticles, as ensemble measurements convolve intrinsic single-particle properties with sample diversity. Here we study the hydriding phase transformation in individual palladium nanocubes in situ using coherent X-ray diffractive imaging. The phase transformation dynamics, which involve the nucleation and propagation of a hydrogen-rich region, are dependent on absolute time (aging) and involve intermittent dynamics (avalanching). A hydrogen-rich surfacemore » layer dominates the crystal strain in the hydrogen-poor phase, while strain inversion occurs at the cube corners in the hydrogen-rich phase. A three-dimensional phase-field model is used to interpret the experimental results. In conclusion, our experimental and theoretical approach provides a general framework for designing and optimizing phase transformations for single nanocrystals in reactive environments.« less

  3. Avalanching strain dynamics during the hydriding phase transformation in individual palladium nanoparticles

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    Ulvestad, A.; Welland, M. J.; Collins, S. S. E.; Harder, R.; Maxey, E.; Wingert, J.; Singer, A.; Hy, S.; Mulvaney, P.; Zapol, P.; Shpyrko, O. G.

    2015-12-11

    Phase transitions in reactive environments are crucially important in energy and information storage, catalysis and sensors. Nanostructuring active particles can yield faster charging/ discharging kinetics, increased lifespan and record catalytic activities. However, establishing the causal link between structure and function is challenging for nanoparticles, as ensemble measurements convolve intrinsic single-particle properties with sample diversity. Here we study the hydriding phase transformation in individual palladium nanocubes in situ using coherent X-ray diffractive imaging. The phase transformation dynamics, which involve the nucleation and propagation of a hydrogen-rich region, are dependent on absolute time (aging) and involve intermittent dynamics (avalanching). A hydrogen-rich surface layer dominates the crystal strain in the hydrogen-poor phase, while strain inversion occurs at the cube corners in the hydrogen-rich phase. A three-dimensional phase-field model is used to interpret the experimental results. In conclusion, our experimental and theoretical approach provides a general framework for designing and optimizing phase transformations for single nanocrystals in reactive environments.

  4. Avalanching strain dynamics during the hydriding phase transformation in individual palladium nanoparticles

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    Ulvestad, A.; Welland, M. J.; Collins, S. S. E.; Harder, R.; Maxey, E.; Wingert, J.; Singer, A.; Hy, S.; Mulvaney, P.; Zapol, P.; Shpyrko, O. G.

    2015-01-01

    Phase transitions in reactive environments are crucially important in energy and information storage, catalysis and sensors. Nanostructuring active particles can yield faster charging/discharging kinetics, increased lifespan and record catalytic activities. However, establishing the causal link between structure and function is challenging for nanoparticles, as ensemble measurements convolve intrinsic single-particle properties with sample diversity. Here we study the hydriding phase transformation in individual palladium nanocubes in situ using coherent X-ray diffractive imaging. The phase transformation dynamics, which involve the nucleation and propagation of a hydrogen-rich region, are dependent on absolute time (aging) and involve intermittent dynamics (avalanching). A hydrogen-rich surface layer dominates the crystal strain in the hydrogen-poor phase, while strain inversion occurs at the cube corners in the hydrogen-rich phase. A three-dimensional phase-field model is used to interpret the experimental results. Our experimental and theoretical approach provides a general framework for designing and optimizing phase transformations for single nanocrystals in reactive environments. PMID:26655832

  5. Avalanching strain dynamics during the hydriding phase transformation in individual palladium nanoparticles.

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    Ulvestad, A; Welland, M J; Collins, S S E; Harder, R; Maxey, E; Wingert, J; Singer, A; Hy, S; Mulvaney, P; Zapol, P; Shpyrko, O G

    2015-01-01

    Phase transitions in reactive environments are crucially important in energy and information storage, catalysis and sensors. Nanostructuring active particles can yield faster charging/discharging kinetics, increased lifespan and record catalytic activities. However, establishing the causal link between structure and function is challenging for nanoparticles, as ensemble measurements convolve intrinsic single-particle properties with sample diversity. Here we study the hydriding phase transformation in individual palladium nanocubes in situ using coherent X-ray diffractive imaging. The phase transformation dynamics, which involve the nucleation and propagation of a hydrogen-rich region, are dependent on absolute time (aging) and involve intermittent dynamics (avalanching). A hydrogen-rich surface layer dominates the crystal strain in the hydrogen-poor phase, while strain inversion occurs at the cube corners in the hydrogen-rich phase. A three-dimensional phase-field model is used to interpret the experimental results. Our experimental and theoretical approach provides a general framework for designing and optimizing phase transformations for single nanocrystals in reactive environments. PMID:26655832

  6. Avalanching strain dynamics during the hydriding phase transformation in individual palladium nanoparticles

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    Ulvestad, A.; Welland, M. J.; Collins, S. S. E.; Harder, R.; Maxey, E.; Wingert, J.; Singer, A.; Hy, S.; Mulvaney, P.; Zapol, P.; Shpyrko, O. G.

    2015-12-01

    Phase transitions in reactive environments are crucially important in energy and information storage, catalysis and sensors. Nanostructuring active particles can yield faster charging/discharging kinetics, increased lifespan and record catalytic activities. However, establishing the causal link between structure and function is challenging for nanoparticles, as ensemble measurements convolve intrinsic single-particle properties with sample diversity. Here we study the hydriding phase transformation in individual palladium nanocubes in situ using coherent X-ray diffractive imaging. The phase transformation dynamics, which involve the nucleation and propagation of a hydrogen-rich region, are dependent on absolute time (aging) and involve intermittent dynamics (avalanching). A hydrogen-rich surface layer dominates the crystal strain in the hydrogen-poor phase, while strain inversion occurs at the cube corners in the hydrogen-rich phase. A three-dimensional phase-field model is used to interpret the experimental results. Our experimental and theoretical approach provides a general framework for designing and optimizing phase transformations for single nanocrystals in reactive environments.

  7. Phase transformation of Ho[subscript 2]O[subscript 3] at high pressure

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    Jiang, Sheng; Liu, Jing; Li, Xiaodong; Bai, Ligang; Xiao, Wansheng; Zhang, Yufeng; Lin, Chuanlong; Li, Yanchun; Tang, Lingyun

    2012-01-20

    The structural stability of cubic Ho{sub 2}O{sub 3} under high pressure has been investigated by angle-dispersive x-ray diffraction (ADXD) in a diamond anvil cell up to 63.0 GPa at room temperature. The diffraction data reveal two structural transformations on compression. The structural transformation from a cubic to a monoclinic structure starts at 8.9 GPa and is complete at 16.3 GPa with an {approx}8.1% volume collapse. A hexagonal phase begins to appear at {approx}14.8 GPa and becomes dominant at 26.4 GPa. This high-pressure hexagonal phase with a small amount of retained monoclinic phase is stable up to the highest pressure of 63.0 GPa in this study. After release of pressure, the hexagonal phase transforms to a monoclinic structure. A third-order Birch-Murnaghan fit yields zero pressure bulk moduli (B{sub 0}) of 206(3), 200(7) and 204(19) GPa and their pressure derivatives (B'{sub 0}) of 4.8(4), 2.1(4), 3.8(5) for the cubic, monoclinic and hexagonal phases, respectively. Comparing with other rare-earth sesquioxides, it is suggested that the transition pressure from cubic to monoclinic phase, as well as the bulk modulus of the cubic phase, increases with the decreasing of the cation radius of rare-earth sesquioxides.

  8. Avalanching Strain Dynamics During the Hydriding Phase Transformation in Individual Palladium Nanoparticles

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    Ulvestad, A.; Welland, M. J.; Collins, S. S. E.; Harder, R.; Maxey, E.; Wingert, J.; Singer, A.; Hy, S.; Mulvaney, P.; Zapol, P.; Shpyrko, O. G.

    2015-12-01

    Phase transitions in reactive environments are crucially important in energy and information storage, catalysis and sensors. Nanostructuring active particles can yield faster charging/ discharging kinetics, increased lifespan and record catalytic activities. However, establishing the causal link between structure and function is challenging for nanoparticles, as ensemble measurements convolve intrinsic single-particle properties with sample diversity. Here we study the hydriding phase transformation in individual palladium nanocubes in situ using coherent X-ray diffractive imaging. The phase transformation dynamics, which involve the nucleation and propagation of a hydrogen-rich region, are dependent on absolute time (aging) and involve intermittent dynamics (avalanching). A hydrogen-rich surface layer dominates the crystal strain in the hydrogen-poor phase, while strain inversion occurs at the cube corners in the hydrogen-rich phase. A three-dimensional phase-field model is used to interpret the experimental results. Our experimental and theoretical approach provides a general framework for designing and optimizing phase transformations for single nanocrystals in reactive environments.

  9. Crystal-amorphous transformation via defect-templating in phase-change materials

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    Nukala, Pavan

    Phase-change materials (PCM) such as GeTe and Ge-Sb-Te alloys are potential candidates for non-volatile memory applications, because they can reversibly and rapidly transform between a crystalline phase and an amorphous phase with medium-range order. Traditionally, crystal-amorphous transformation in these materials has been carried out via melt-quench pathway, where the crystalline phase is heated beyond its melting point by the rising edge of an electric pulse, and the melt phase is quenched by the falling edge into a glassy phase. Formation of an intermediate melt phase in this transformation pathway requires usage of large switching current densities, resulting in energy wastage, and device degradation issues. Furthermore, melt-quench pathway is a brute force strategy of amorphizing PCM, and does not utilize the peculiar structural properties in crystalline phase. It will be beneficial from a device perspective that crystal-amorphous transformation is carried out via subtler solid-state pathways. Single-crystalline nanowire phase-change memory, owing to its lateral geometry and large volumes of active material, offers a platform to construct a crystal-amorphous transformation pathway via gradually increasing disorder in the crystalline phase, and study it. Using in situ transmission electron microscopy on GeTe and Ge2Sb2Te5 systems, we showed that the application of an electric pulse (heat-shock) creates dislocations in the PCM that migrate with the hole-wind force, and interact with the already existing ferroelectric boundaries in case of GeTe, changing their nature. We adapted novel tools such as optical second harmonic generation polarimety to carefully study these defect interactions. These defects accumulate at a region of local inhomogeneity, and upon addition of defects beyond a critical limit to that region via electrical pulsing, an amorphous phase "nucleates". We also studied the effect of defect dynamics on carrier transport using temperature

  10. Study of phase transformations in CMSX-6 and CMSX-8 superalloys

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    Szczotok, Agnieszka; Wierzbicka-Miernik, Anna

    2014-09-01

    Nickel-based superalloys are extensively used mainly in the aircraft and aeronautic industry, particularly in the hottest parts of engines or turbo-reactors. The phase reactions occurring in these heat-resistant materials play a crucial role in many aspects of the processing and service of the highly alloyed materials. Cast Ni-based superalloys are obtained in a complex way and their structure is complicated. Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) technique was applied for determination of temperature ranges of the phase transformations occurring in the CMSX-6 and CMSX-8 superalloys during heating/cooling processes. Thermophysical properties, including temperatures of the phase transformation, are the critical input parameters in mathematical models of solidification and casting of metallic materials. The literature data concerning phase transformations and performance of the heat treatment for CMSX-6 and CMSX-8 are incomplete and ambiguous. DSC results accompanied by scanning electron microscopy characterization of microstructure of CMSX-6 and CMSX-8 superalloy was applied. The present study will improve the understanding of the fundamental mechanisms of phase transformations of single-crystal nickel-based superalloys.

  11. Fully phase multiple information encoding based on superposition of two beams and Fresnel-transform domain

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    Abuturab, Muhammad Rafiq

    2015-12-01

    A novel asymmetric multiple information encoding using superposition of two beams and Fresnel transform, is proposed. In this scheme, each channel of individual user image is separately phase encoded and then modulated by random phase mask. The three modulated user channels are independently multiplied to produce three complex user channels. They are individually multiplied with three channels of carrier image and Fresnel transformed, and then phase- and amplitude truncated to produce first set of three encrypted channels and three asymmetric keys. Now each channel of secret image is normalized, phase-only masked, and then independently multiplied by corresponding modulated user channels. The three resultant channels are separately multiplied to construct three complex secret channels. Afterward, the three encrypted channels are multiplied with corresponding three complex secret channels and Fresnel transformed, and then phase- and amplitude truncated to obtain second set of three encrypted channels and three asymmetric keys. The wavelengths and propagation distances of two Fresnel transforms, and two asymmetric keys are common keys to all authorized-users, while two individual keys are provided to each authorized-user. The encryption process is implemented digitally while the decryption process can be performed optoelectronically. The proposed method is asymmetric, noniterative and larger multiplexing capacity without any cross-talk noise effects. Owing to the individual user image based method, high robustness against existing attacks can be achieved. Numerical simulation results demonstrate that the proposed method is feasible and efficient.

  12. White Layer Formation Due to Phase Transformation to Orthogonal machine of AISI 1045 Annealed Steel

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    Han, Sangil; Melkote, Shreyes N; Haluska, Dr. Michael S; Watkins, Thomas R

    2008-01-01

    It is commonly believed that the white layer formed during machining of steels is caused primarily by a thermally induced phase transformation resulting from rapid heating and quenching. As a result, it is often assumed that if the temperature at the tool flank-workpiece interface exceeds the nominal phase transformation temperature for the steel, a white layer forms. However, no attempt has been made to actually measure the temperatures produced at the tool flank-workpiece interface and correlate it with microstructural evidence of phase transformation. This paper aims to address these limitations through suitably designed experiments and analysis. Orthogonal machining tests were performed on AISI 1045 annealed steel at different cutting speeds and tool flank wear. During machining, temperature measurements at the tool flank-workpiece interface were made using an exposed thermocouple technique. Metallographic studies of the machined sub-surface and X-ray diffraction (XRD) measurements were performed to determine the presence and depth of white layer, and the presence of the retained austenite phase in the machined surface layer, respectively. Analysis of the data shows that the white layer can form due to phase transformation at temperatures below the nominal austenitization temperature of the steel. Possible causes of this result are presented.

  13. Slip, twinning and transformation in Laves phases. Technical progress report, August 1, 1990--July 31, 1993

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    Allen, S.M.; Livingston, J.D.

    1993-01-26

    Research was concentrated on two-phase Ti-TiCr{sub 2} alloys, two- phase Fe-ZrFe{sub 2} alloys, and two-phase ternary Ni-Cu-Mg alloys containing MgNi{sub 2} and MgCu{sub 2} phases. Work demonstrated that a variety of room-temperature deformation processes are possible in Laves phases. A strain-induced phase transformation from C36{r_arrow}C15 structures is one mechanism for plastic deformation in ZrFe{sub 2}. The C15 structure in TiCr{sub 2} deforms by slip and twinning. The microstructure after indentation of specimens containing C36 phases ZrFe{sub 2} and MgNi{sub 2} indicates that a variety of slip systems operate in this form. 8 figs.

  14. [Simulated annealing based phase correction of interferogram in Fourier transform imaging spectrometer].

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    Huang, Feng-zhen; Yuan, Yan; Zhang, Xiu-bao; Wang, Qian; Zhou, Zhi-liang

    2011-07-01

    Phase correction is one of the key technologies in the spectrum recovery of the Fourier transform imaging spectrometer. The present paper proposes a correction method based on simulated annealing algorithm to calculate phase error, which overcomes the disadvantage of the existing methods that can not correct the interferogram with noise. The method determines the phase optimum solution by controlling the phase decrease function, attaining objective function value by correcting interferogram data with random phase value generated in the phase range, and determining the objective function increment in accordance with the Metropolis criterion. The simulation result of the algorithm indicates that the optimized phase error is less than 0.5%, and both the error accuracy and stability of the spectrum-recovered relative spectrum is less than 1%, which is a great improvement compared with the existing algorithm. PMID:21942072

  15. Experimental and computational investigation of the effect of phase transformation on fracture parameters of an SMA

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    Haghgouyan, Behrouz; Shafaghi, Nima; Aydıner, C. Can; Anlas, Gunay

    2016-07-01

    A comprehensive, multi-method experimental characterization of fracture is conducted on shape memory alloy NiTi that exhibits superelasticity due to austenite-to-martensite stress induced phase transformation. This characterization includes (i) load-based measurement of critical stress intensity factor (K max) using ASTM standard E399, (ii) measurement of crack tip opening displacement (CTOD) per ASTM standard E1290, (iii) the digital image correlation (DIC) characterization of the transformation zone as well as the displacement-field based measurement of K max from the DIC data. Samples have also been tested at T = 100 °C to suppress the martensitic transformation to investigate transformation toughening. The experimental investigation is complemented with finite element (FE) analysis that uses Auricchio–Taylor–Lubliner constitutive model. A direct observation with DIC revealed a small scale transformation (K-dominance). K max of the transforming material is higher than that of the transformation-suppressed material tested at 100 °C, suggesting transformation toughening. At 100 °C, the material becomes quite brittle with a very small crack-tip plastic zone when the transformation mechanism is blocked. By measures of critical CTOD, the gap widens even more between the superelastic and transformation-suppressed cases, particularly because of the side effect that, in this very interesting material, material modulus increases with temperature. Evaluating the transformation zone from the DIC strains with reference to the uniaxial stress–strain curve, an equivalent strain form is proposed in conjunction with the plane stress FE prediction.

  16. Statistical physics concepts for the explanation of effects observed in martensitic phase transformations

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    Oberaigner, Eduard Roman; Leindl, Mario

    2012-09-01

    Structural solid-to-solid transformations play a key role for the behaviour of several materials, e.g., shape memory alloys, steels, polymers and ceramics. A novel theoretical approach modelling martensitic phase transformation is demonstrated in the present study. The generally formulated model is based on the block-spin approach and on renormalization in statistical mechanics and is applied to a representative volume element (resp. representative mole element) which is assumed to be in a local thermodynamic equilibrium. The neighbouring representative volume elements are in a generally different thermodynamic equilibrium. This leads to fluxes between those elements. Using fundamental physical properties of a shape memory alloy (SMA) single crystal as input data the model predicts the order parameter ‘total strain’, the martensitic phase fraction and the stress-assisted transformation accompanied by pseudo-elasticity without the requirement of evolution equations for internal variables and assumptions on the mathematical structure of the classical free energy. In order to demonstrate the novel approach the first computations are carried out for a simple one-dimensional case, which can be generalized to the two- and three-dimensional case. Results for total strain and martensitic phase fraction are in good qualitative agreement with well known experimental data according to their macroscopic strain rearrangement when phase transformation occurs. Further a material softening effect during phase transformation in SMAs is predicted by the statistical physics approach. Formulas are presented for the relevant quantities such as volume fraction, total strain, transformation strain, rates of the volume fractions and of the strains.

  17. High-speed Single-Phase PLL Control by Quasi dq Transformation Using FPGA

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    Yokoyama, Tomoki; Komiyama, Tsuyoshi

    In this paper, we propose a high-speed frequency detection method for a single phase utility interactive inverter. Distributed power systems are considered to be a solution to environmental problems. As the use of distributed power systems spreads, the stability and reliability of utility interactive systems become important. In a utility interactive system, it is necessary to synchronize an internal phase of controller to a utility voltage. In the case of a single phase system, it is difficult to detect the instantaneous phase angle of the utility voltage. In this paper, we describe a new high-speed frequency detection method. In this method, a quasi dq transformation is applied by using an FPGA-based hardware controller. The quasi dq transformation is applied to develop PLL control. In this PLL control method, multiple samples can be processed in parallel by adopting an FPGA implementation. The hardware implementations are demonstrated by performing simulations and experiments.

  18. Self-generated overvoltages due to open-phasing of ungrounded-wye delta transformer banks

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    Walling, R.A.; Hartana, R.K.; Ros, W.J.

    1994-12-31

    Disconnecting one phase of an ungrounded-wye delta transformer bank from the source can result in severe overvoltages due to neutral shift and ferroresonance. Neutral shift overvoltages are quantified and their impact on metal-oxide surge arresters are evaluated. Ferroresonance is shown by test data to occur when low-loss banks, 15 kV and higher, are open phased. Design and operating practices to eliminate or mitigate these self-generated overvoltages are discussed.

  19. Self-generated overvoltages due to open-phasing of ungrounded-wye delta transformer banks

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    Walling, R.A.; Hartana, R.K.; Ros, W.J.

    1995-01-01

    Disconnecting one phase of an ungrounded-wye delta transformer bank from the source can result In severe overvoltages due to neutral shirt and ferroresonance. Neutral shirt overvoltages are quantified and their Impact on metal-oxide surge arresters are evaluated. Ferroresonance is shown by test data to occur when low-loss banks, 15 kV and higher, are open phased. Design and operating practices to eliminate or mitigate these self-generated overvoltages are discussed.

  20. Phase transformations of hydrocarbon accumulations in the Upper Cretaceous complex of the Northeast Caucasus

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    Reznikov, A.N.; Yaroshenko, A.A.

    1982-10-01

    The geologic structure and development of the Northeast Caucasus has produced a complex distribution of hydrocarbons in different phases throughout Upper Cretaceous deposits. A comprehensive study of the thermobaric conditions in the region are presented so that the patterns of hydrocarbon phase transformations can be identified. In addition the maturation of the geologic formations in the area that led to the oil formation is discussed. (JMT)

  1. Phase-space distributions in quasi-polar coordinates and the fractional Fourier transform.

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    Alieva, T; Bastiaans, M J

    2000-12-01

    The ambiguity function and Cohen's class of bilinear phase-space distributions are represented in a quasipolar coordinate system instead of in a Cartesian system. Relationships between these distributions and the fractional Fourier transform are derived; in particular, derivatives of the ambiguity function are related to moments of the fractional power spectra. A simplification is achieved for the description of underspread signals, for optical beam characterization, and for the generation of signal-adaptive phase-space distributions. PMID:11140493

  2. Manipulating mammalian cell by phase transformed titanium surface fabricated through ultra-short pulsed laser synthesis.

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    Chinnakkannu Vijayakumar, Sivaprasad; Venkatakrishnan, Krishnan; Tan, Bo

    2016-01-15

    Developing cell sensitive indicators on interacting substrates that allows specific cell manipulation by a combination of physical, chemical or mechanical cues is a challenge for current biomaterials. Hence, various fabrication approaches have been created on a variety of substrates to mimic or create cell specific cues. However, to achieve cell specific cues a multistep process or a post-chemical treatment is often necessitated. So, a simple approach without any chemical or biological treatment would go a long way in developing bio-functionalized substrates to effectively modulate cell adhesion and interaction. The present investigation is aimed to study the manipulative activity induced by phase transformed titanium surface. An ultra-short laser is used to fabricate the phase transformed titanium surface where a polymorphic titanium oxide phases with titanium monoxide (TiO), tri-titanium oxide (Ti3O) and titanium dioxide (TiO2) have been synthesized on commercially pure titanium. Control over oxide phase transformed area was demonstrated via a combination of laser scanning time (laser pulse interaction time) and laser pulse widths (laser pulse to pulse separation time). The interaction of phase transformed titanium surface with NIH3T3 fibroblasts and MC3T3-E1 osteoblast cells developed a new bio-functionalized platforms on titanium based biomaterials to modulate cell migration and adhesion. The synthesized phase transformed titanium surface on the whole appeared to induce directional cues for cell migration with unique preferential cell adhesion unseen by other fabrication approaches. The precise bio-functionalization controllability exhibited during fabrication offers perceptible edge for developing a variety of smart bio-medical devices, implants and cardiovascular stents where the need in supressing specific cell adhesion and proliferation is of great demand. PMID:26546983

  3. Nondestructive inspection of phase transformation in zirconia-containing hip joints by confocal Raman spectroscopy

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    Zhu, Wenliang; Sugano, Nobuhiko; Pezzotti, Giuseppe

    2013-12-01

    Environmental metastability of zirconia (ZrO2) ceramic in the human body [represented by a tetragonal-to-monoclinic (t→m) phase transformation] takes place on the surface of the artificial joint and proceeds with time toward its interior. Its quantitative characterization is mandatory for the safety of joint implants and consists of the assessment of the in-depth monoclinic profile fraction as compared to that of the initially untransformed material. We attempt to fully establish a characterization protocol and present two different nondestructive approaches for resolving highly graded phase-transformation profiles along the hip-joint subsurface by confocal Raman microprobe technique. A series of partially transformed tetragonal zirconia polycrystal and zirconia-toughened alumina ceramics are used as screening samples. Probe biases could be eliminated and the real transformation profiles retrieved through a deconvolution procedure of Raman experimental data collected as a function of pinhole aperture and focal depth, respectively. Confirmation of the confocal assessments was made by a destructive cross-sectional inspection by both laser optical microscope and Raman spectral line scans. This study unveils for the first time the real quantitative amount of surface phase-transformation fractions and the related subsurface profiles in zirconia-based retrieved medical samples.

  4. Nondestructive inspection of phase transformation in zirconia-containing hip joints by confocal Raman spectroscopy.

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    Zhu, Wenliang; Sugano, Nobuhiko; Pezzotti, Giuseppe

    2013-12-01

    Environmental metastability of zirconia (ZrO2) ceramic in the human body [represented by a tetragonal-to-monoclinic (t→m) phase transformation] takes place on the surface of the artificial joint and proceeds with time toward its interior. Its quantitative characterization is mandatory for the safety of joint implants and consists of the assessment of the in-depth monoclinic profile fraction as compared to that of the initially untransformed material. We attempt to fully establish a characterization protocol and present two different nondestructive approaches for resolving highly graded phase-transformation profiles along the hip-joint subsurface by confocal Raman microprobe technique. A series of partially transformed tetragonal zirconia polycrystal and zirconia-toughened alumina ceramics are used as screening samples. Probe biases could be eliminated and the real transformation profiles retrieved through a deconvolution procedure of Raman experimental data collected as a function of pinhole aperture and focal depth, respectively. Confirmation of the confocal assessments was made by a destructive cross-sectional inspection by both laser optical microscope and Raman spectral line scans. This study unveils for the first time the real quantitative amount of surface phase-transformation fractions and the related subsurface profiles in zirconia-based retrieved medical samples. PMID:24297000

  5. In-Situ Observations of Phase Transformations in the HAZ of 2205 Duplex Stainless Steel Weldments

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    Palmer, T A; Elmer, J W; Wong, J

    2001-08-15

    Ferrite ({delta})/austenite ({gamma}) transformations in the heat affected zone (HAZ) of a gas tungsten arc (GTA) weld in 2205 duplex stainless steel are observed in real-time using spatially resolved X-ray diffraction (SRXRD) with high intensity synchrotron radiation. A map showing the locations of the {delta} and {gamma} phases with respect to the calculated weld pool dimensions has been constructed from a series of SRXRD scans. Regions of liquid, completely transformed {gamma}, a combination of partially transformed {gamma} with untransformed {delta}, and untransformed {delta}+{gamma} are identified. Analysis of each SRXRD pattern provides a semi-quantitative definition of both the {delta}/{gamma} phase balance and the extent of annealing which are mapped for the first time with respect to the calculated weld pool size and shape. A combination of these analyses provides a unique real-time description of the progression of phase transformations in the HAZ. Using these real-time observations, important kinetic information about the transformations occurring in duplex stainless steels during heating and cooling cycles typical of welding can be determined.

  6. TRANSFORMATION

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    LACKS,S.A.

    2003-10-09

    Transformation, which alters the genetic makeup of an individual, is a concept that intrigues the human imagination. In Streptococcus pneumoniae such transformation was first demonstrated. Perhaps our fascination with genetics derived from our ancestors observing their own progeny, with its retention and assortment of parental traits, but such interest must have been accelerated after the dawn of agriculture. It was in pea plants that Gregor Mendel in the late 1800s examined inherited traits and found them to be determined by physical elements, or genes, passed from parents to progeny. In our day, the material basis of these genetic determinants was revealed to be DNA by the lowly bacteria, in particular, the pneumococcus. For this species, transformation by free DNA is a sexual process that enables cells to sport new combinations of genes and traits. Genetic transformation of the type found in S. pneumoniae occurs naturally in many species of bacteria (70), but, initially only a few other transformable species were found, namely, Haemophilus influenzae, Neisseria meningitides, Neisseria gonorrheae, and Bacillus subtilis (96). Natural transformation, which requires a set of genes evolved for the purpose, contrasts with artificial transformation, which is accomplished by shocking cells either electrically, as in electroporation, or by ionic and temperature shifts. Although such artificial treatments can introduce very small amounts of DNA into virtually any type of cell, the amounts introduced by natural transformation are a million-fold greater, and S. pneumoniae can take up as much as 10% of its cellular DNA content (40).

  7. Magnetic, Mössbauer and optical spectroscopic properties of the AFe3O(PO4)3 (A = Ca, Sr, Pb) series of powder compounds

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    El Hafid, Hassan; Velázquez, Matias; El Jazouli, Abdelaziz; Wattiaux, Alain; Carlier, Dany; Decourt, Rodolphe; Couzi, Michel; Goldner, Philippe; Delmas, Claude

    2014-10-01

    AFe3O(PO4)3 (A = Ca, Sr and Pb) powder compounds were studied by means of X-ray diffraction (XRD), electron-probe microanalysis (EPMA) coupled with wavelength dispersion spectroscopy (WDS), Raman and diffuse reflectance spectroscopies, specific heat and magnetic properties measurements. Magnetization, magnetic susceptibility and specific heat measurements carried out on AFe3O(PO4)3 (A = Sr, Ca and Pb) powders firmly establish a series of three ferromagnetic (FM)-like second order phase transitions spanned over the 32-8 K temperature range. Room temperature Mössbauer spectroscopy and associated DFT calculations confirm the existence of three crystallographically non equivalent Fe3+ sites in the three compounds. Mössbauer spectra recorded as a function of temperature in the PbFe3O(PO4)3 compound also establishes the occurrence of two purely magnetic and reversible phase transitions at 32 and 10 K. Diffuse reflectance measurements reveal two broad absorption bands at 1047 and 837 nm, in both PbFe3O(PO4)3 and SrFe3O(PO4)3 powders, with peak cross sections ˜10-20 cm2 typical of spin-forbidden and forced electric dipole intraconfigurational transitions.

  8. Phase transformation as the single-mode mechanical deformation of silicon

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    Wong, Sherman; Haberl, Bianca; Williams, James S.; Bradby, Jodie E.

    2015-06-25

    The mixture of the metastable body-centered cubic (bc8) and rhombohedral (r8) phases of silicon that is formed via nanoindentation of diamond cubic (dc) silicon exhibits properties that are of scientifc and technological interest. This letter demonstrates that large regions of this mixed phase can be formed in crystalline Si via nanoindentation without signifcant damage to the surrounding crystal. Cross-sectional transmission electron microscopy is used to show that volumes 6 μm wide and up to 650 nm deep can be generated in this way using a spherical tip of ~21.5 μm diameter. The phase transformed region is characterised using both Raman microspectroscopy and transmission electron microscopy. It is found that uniform loading using large spherical indenters can favor phase transformation as the sole deformation mechanism as long as the maximum load is below a critical level. We suggest that the sluggish nature of the transformation from the dc-Si phase to the metallic (b-Sn) phase normally results in competing deformation mechanisms such as slip and cracking but these can be suppressed by controlled loading conditions.

  9. Phase transformation as the single-mode mechanical deformation of silicon

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    Wong, Sherman; Haberl, Bianca; Williams, James S.; Bradby, Jodie E.

    2015-06-25

    The mixture of the metastable body-centered cubic (bc8) and rhombohedral (r8) phases of silicon that is formed via nanoindentation of diamond cubic (dc) silicon exhibits properties that are of scientifc and technological interest. This letter demonstrates that large regions of this mixed phase can be formed in crystalline Si via nanoindentation without signifcant damage to the surrounding crystal. Cross-sectional transmission electron microscopy is used to show that volumes 6 μm wide and up to 650 nm deep can be generated in this way using a spherical tip of ~21.5 μm diameter. The phase transformed region is characterised using both Ramanmore » microspectroscopy and transmission electron microscopy. It is found that uniform loading using large spherical indenters can favor phase transformation as the sole deformation mechanism as long as the maximum load is below a critical level. We suggest that the sluggish nature of the transformation from the dc-Si phase to the metallic (b-Sn) phase normally results in competing deformation mechanisms such as slip and cracking but these can be suppressed by controlled loading conditions.« less

  10. Hilbert versus Concordia transform for three-phase machine stator current time-frequency monitoring

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    Trajin, Baptiste; Chabert, Marie; Regnier, Jérémi; Faucher, Jean

    2009-11-01

    This paper deals with mechanical fault diagnosis in three-phase induction machines from stator current measurements. According to machine models, mechanical faults lead to amplitude and/or phase modulations of the measured stator current with possibly time varying carrier frequency. The modulation diagnosis requires a univocal definition of the instantaneous phase and amplitude. This is performed by associating a complex signal to the real measured one. For a convenient separate modulation diagnosis, the complex signal instantaneous phase and amplitude are expected to carry, respectively, information about the phase and amplitude modulations. The complex signal is classically obtained through the Hilbert transform. Under Bedrosian conditions, the so-called analytic signal allows a separate modulation diagnosis. However, mechanical faults may also produce fast modulations violating the Bedrosian conditions. This study proposes an alternative complex signal representation which takes advantage of the three stator current measurements available in a three-phase machine. From two stator current measurements, the Concordia transform builds a complex vector, the so-called space vector, which unconditionally allows separate modulation diagnosis. This paper applies and compares the Hilbert and Concordia transforms, theoretically and in case of simulated and experimental signals with various modulation frequency ranges.

  11. Structural and phase transformation of apatite and quartz in the indentation process single crystals

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    Chaikina, Marina

    2014-11-14

    Using the method of scanning and high-resolution electron microscopy, the zones of indentation by scratching for apatite and quartz single crystals were investigated. The textural, structural and phase transformations revealed have been conventionally ascribed to “deformation” and “diffusion” processes of plastic deformation. In zones of indentation by scratching of single crystals there have been two levels of structural transformations revealed, with a sharp boundary between them, at a stress equal to the theoretical ultimate stress limit (σ{sub TSL}). In the top zone of scratches, within the range of stress from the microhardness value H{sub s} up to the σ{sub TSL} value the substance undergoes profound structural and phase transformations. In the bed of scratches at the stress value lower than σ{sub TSL} values, single crystal fragmentation occurs with the formation of blocks and steps.

  12. Phase transformations in SrAl2Si2O8 glass

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    Drummond, Charles H., III; Bansal, Narottam P.

    Bulk glass of SrAl2Si2O8 composition crystallized at temperatures below 1000 C into hexacelsian, a hexagonal phase which undergoes a reversible, rapid transformation to an orthorhombic phase at 758 C, and at higher temperatures crystallized as celsian, a monoclinic phase. The glass transition temperature and crystallization onset temperature were determined to be 883 C and 1086 C, respectively, from DSC at a heating rate of 20 C/min. Thermal expansion of the various phases and density and bend strengths of cold isostatically pressed glass powder bars, sintered at various temperatures, were measured. The kinetics of the hexacelsian-to-celsian transformation for SrAl2Si2O8 were studied. Hexacelsian flakes were isothermally heat treated at temperatures from 1025-1200 C for various times. Avrami plots were determined by quantitatively measuring the amount of monoclinic celsian formed at various times using x ray diffraction. The Avrami constant was determined to be 1.1, suggesting a diffusionless, one dimensional transformation mechanism. The activation energy was determined from an Arrhenius plot of 1n k vs. 1/T to be 125 kilocal/mole. This value is consistent with a mechanism which transforms the layered hexacelsian structure to a three dimensional framework celsian structure and involves the breaking of Si-O bonds.

  13. On the thermodynamic criterion for detonability of a phase-transforming substance

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    Fowles, G. Richard

    1990-05-01

    The thermodynamic criterion for detonability of a phase-transforming substance derived by Kuznetsov [Sov. Phys. JETP 22, 1047 (1966)] is shown to be an approximation to the more general criterion for detonability, namely, (∂P/∂λ)E,V>0, where E is internal energy, V is volume, and λ is the reaction coordinate measured positive as the reaction proceeds toward equilibrium.

  14. Phase transformations in SrAl2Si2O8 glass

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    Drummond, Charles H., III; Bansal, Narottam P.

    1992-01-01

    Bulk glass of SrAl2Si2O8 composition crystallized at temperatures below 1000 C into hexacelsian, a hexagonal phase which undergoes a reversible, rapid transformation to an orthorhombic phase at 758 C, and at higher temperatures crystallized as celsian, a monoclinic phase. The glass transition temperature and crystallization onset temperature were determined to be 883 C and 1086 C, respectively, from DSC at a heating rate of 20 C/min. Thermal expansion of the various phases and density and bend strengths of cold isostatically pressed glass powder bars, sintered at various temperatures, were measured. The kinetics of the hexacelsian-to-celsian transformation for SrAl2Si2O8 were studied. Hexacelsian flakes were isothermally heat treated at temperatures from 1025-1200 C for various times. Avrami plots were determined by quantitatively measuring the amount of monoclinic celsian formed at various times using x ray diffraction. The Avrami constant was determined to be 1.1, suggesting a diffusionless, one dimensional transformation mechanism. The activation energy was determined from an Arrhenius plot of 1n k vs. 1/T to be 125 kilocal/mole. This value is consistent with a mechanism which transforms the layered hexacelsian structure to a three dimensional framework celsian structure and involves the breaking of Si-O bonds.

  15. fcc-hcp phase transformation in Co nanoparticles induced by swift heavy-ion irradiation

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    Sprouster, D. J.; Giulian, R.; Schnohr, C. S.; Araujo, L. L.; Kluth, P.; Byrne, A. P.; Foran, G. J.; Johannessen, B.; Ridgway, M. C.

    2009-09-01

    We demonstrate a face-centered cubic (fcc) to hexagonally close-packed (hcp) phase transformation in spherical Co nanoparticles achieved via swift heavy-ion irradiation. Co nanoparticles of mean diameter 13.2 nm and fcc phase were first formed in amorphous SiO2 by ion implantation and thermal annealing and then irradiated at room temperature with 9-185 MeV Au ions. The crystallographic phase was identified with x-ray absorption spectroscopy and electron diffraction and quantified, as functions of the irradiation energy and fluence, with the former. The transformation was complete at low fluence prior to any change in nanoparticle shape or size and was governed by electronic stopping. A direct-impact mechanism was identified with the transformation interaction cross-section correlated with that of a molten ion track in amorphous SiO2 . We suggest the shear stress resulting from the rapid thermal expansion about an ion track in amorphous SiO2 was sufficient to initiate the fcc-to-hcp phase transformation in the Co nanoparticles.

  16. Colloidal Nanocrystals: A Model System for the Study of Phase Transformations Since 1950

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    Wittenberg, Joshua

    2011-06-01

    Shock waves provide a means of rapidly compressing a condensed phase sample and studying the resulting structural changes. However, shock studies to date have focused on bulk materials, in which multiple uncorrelated nucleation events lead to complex transformation kinetics. An individual nanocrystal, by comparison, can transform completely with ~10ps following nucleation of the daughter phase, reducing the likelihood that a second nucleation event will occur during the transformation time. In a diamond anvil cell, the wurtzite to rocksalt phase transformation in CdSe nanocrystals, for example, has been shown to follow simple first-order kinetics. The slow, ensemble kinetics observed in those experiments, however, obscured the dynamics within each nanocrystal. Rapidly compressing a nanocrystalline sample using a laser-driven shock wave, the pressure around each nanocrystal can rise on a timescale comparable to that for a sound wave to traverse the crystal. Shock experiments on nanoscale materials therefore have the potential to elucidate aspects of the transformation mechanism inaccessible to further quasi-static diamond anvil cell measurements behavior of CdSe nanocrystals under shock stresses of 2--3.75 GPa has been studied. Above 3 GPa a near-complete disappearance of the first excitonic feature and broadening of the low-energy absorption edge were observed, consistent with a wurtzite to rocksalt structural transformation. The transformation pressure was reduced relative to hydrostatic compression in a diamond anvil cell, and the rate increased, attributed to shock induced shear stress along the reaction coordinate. The especially rapid rate observed for a 3.75 GPa shock suggests multiple nucleation events occurring in each particle.

  17. Critical kinetic control of non-stoichiometric intermediate phase transformation for efficient perovskite solar cells.

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    Rong, Yaoguang; Venkatesan, Swaminathan; Guo, Rui; Wang, Yanan; Bao, Jiming; Li, Wenzhi; Fan, Zhiyong; Yao, Yan

    2016-07-14

    Organometal trihalide perovskites (OTP) have attracted significant attention as a low-cost and high-efficiency solar cell material. Due to the strong coordination between lead iodide (PbI2) and dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) solvent, a non-stoichiometric intermediate phase of MA2Pb3I8(DMSO)2 (MA = CH3NH3(+)) usually forms in the one-step deposition method that plays a critical role in attaining high power conversion efficiency. However, the kinetic understanding of how the non-stoichiometric intermediate phase transforms during thermal annealing is currently absent. In this work, we investigated such a phase transformation and provided a clear picture of three phase transition pathways as a function of annealing conditions. The interdiffusion of MAI and DMSO varies strongly with the annealing temperature and time, thus determining the final film composition and morphology. A surprising finding reveals that the best performing cells contain ∼18% of the non-stoichiometric intermediate phase, instead of pure phase OTP. The presence of such an intermediate phase enables smooth surface morphology and enhances the charge carrier lifetime. Our results highlight the importance of the intermediate phase growth kinetics that could lead to large-scale production of efficient solution processed perovskite solar cells. PMID:26890121

  18. A new phase transformation path from nanodiamond to new-diamond via an intermediate carbon onion

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    Xiao, J.; Li, J. L.; Liu, P.; Yang, G. W.

    2014-11-01

    The investigation of carbon allotropes such as graphite, diamond, fullerenes, nanotubes and carbon onions and mechanisms that underlie their mutual phase transformation is a long-standing problem of great fundamental importance. New diamond (n-diamond) is a novel metastable phase of carbon with a face-centered cubic structure; it is called ``new diamond'' because many reflections in its electron diffraction pattern are similar to those of diamond. However, producing n-diamond from raw carbon materials has so far been challenging due to n-diamond's higher formation energy than that of diamond. Here, we, for the first time, demonstrate a new phase transformation path from nanodiamond to n-diamond via an intermediate carbon onion in the unique process of laser ablation in water, and establish that water plays a crucial role in the formation of n-diamond. When a laser irradiates colloidal suspensions of nanodiamonds at ambient pressure and room temperature, nanodiamonds are first transformed into carbon onions serving as an intermediate phase, and sequentially carbon onions are transformed into n-diamonds driven by the laser-induced high temperature and high pressure from the carbon onion as a nanoscaled temperature and pressure cell upon the process of laser irradiation in a liquid. This phase transformation not only provides new insight into the physical mechanism involved, but also offers one suitable opportunity for breaking controllable pathways between n-diamond and carbon allotropes such as diamond and carbon onions.The investigation of carbon allotropes such as graphite, diamond, fullerenes, nanotubes and carbon onions and mechanisms that underlie their mutual phase transformation is a long-standing problem of great fundamental importance. New diamond (n-diamond) is a novel metastable phase of carbon with a face-centered cubic structure; it is called ``new diamond'' because many reflections in its electron diffraction pattern are similar to those of diamond

  19. TRANSFORMER

    DOEpatents

    Baker, W.R.

    1959-08-25

    Transformers of a type adapted for use with extreme high power vacuum tubes where current requirements may be of the order of 2,000 to 200,000 amperes are described. The transformer casing has the form of a re-entrant section being extended through an opening in one end of the cylinder to form a coaxial terminal arrangement. A toroidal multi-turn primary winding is disposed within the casing in coaxial relationship therein. In a second embodiment, means are provided for forming the casing as a multi-turn secondary. The transformer is characterized by minimized resistance heating, minimized external magnetic flux, and an economical construction.

  20. Integrated frequency comb source based Hilbert transformer for wideband microwave photonic phase analysis.

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    Nguyen, Thach G; Shoeiby, Mehrdad; Chu, Sai T; Little, Brent E; Morandotti, Roberto; Mitchell, Arnan; Moss, David J

    2015-08-24

    We demonstrate a photonic RF Hilbert transformer for broadband microwave in-phase and quadrature-phase generation based on an integrated frequency optical comb, generated using a nonlinear microring resonator based on a CMOS compatible, high-index contrast, doped-silica glass platform. The high quality and large frequency spacing of the comb enables filters with up to 20 taps, allowing us to demonstrate a quadrature filter with more than a 5-octave (3 dB) bandwidth and an almost uniform phase response. PMID:26368182

  1. In operando tracking phase transformation evolution of lithium iron phosphate with hard X-ray microscopy

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    Wang, Jiajun; Chen-Wiegart, Yu-Chen Karen; Wang, Jun

    2014-08-01

    The delithiation reaction in lithium ion batteries is often accompanied by an electrochemically driven phase transformation process. Tracking the phase transformation process at nanoscale resolution during battery operation provides invaluable information for tailoring the kinetic barrier to optimize the physical and electrochemical properties of battery materials. Here, using hard X-ray microscopy—which offers nanoscale resolution and deep penetration of the material, and takes advantage of the elemental and chemical sensitivity—we develop an in operando approach to track the dynamic phase transformation process in olivine-type lithium iron phosphate at two size scales: a multiple-particle scale to reveal a rate-dependent intercalation pathway through the entire electrode and a single-particle scale to disclose the intraparticle two-phase coexistence mechanism. These findings uncover the underlying two-phase mechanism on the intraparticle scale and the inhomogeneous charge distribution on the multiple-particle scale. This in operando approach opens up unique opportunities for advancing high-performance energy materials.

  2. In operando tracking phase transformation evolution of lithium iron phosphate with hard X-ray microscopy.

    PubMed

    Wang, Jiajun; Chen-Wiegart, Yu-chen Karen; Wang, Jun

    2014-01-01

    The delithiation reaction in lithium ion batteries is often accompanied by an electrochemically driven phase transformation process. Tracking the phase transformation process at nanoscale resolution during battery operation provides invaluable information for tailoring the kinetic barrier to optimize the physical and electrochemical properties of battery materials. Here, using hard X-ray microscopy--which offers nanoscale resolution and deep penetration of the material, and takes advantage of the elemental and chemical sensitivity--we develop an in operando approach to track the dynamic phase transformation process in olivine-type lithium iron phosphate at two size scales: a multiple-particle scale to reveal a rate-dependent intercalation pathway through the entire electrode and a single-particle scale to disclose the intraparticle two-phase coexistence mechanism. These findings uncover the underlying two-phase mechanism on the intraparticle scale and the inhomogeneous charge distribution on the multiple-particle scale. This in operando approach opens up unique opportunities for advancing high-performance energy materials. PMID:25087693

  3. Note: An improved calibration system with phase correction for electronic transformers with digital output

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    Cheng, Han-miao; Li, Hong-bin

    2015-08-01

    The existing electronic transformer calibration systems employing data acquisition cards cannot satisfy some practical applications, because the calibration systems have phase measurement errors when they work in the mode of receiving external synchronization signals. This paper proposes an improved calibration system scheme with phase correction to improve the phase measurement accuracy. We employ NI PCI-4474 to design a calibration system, and the system has the potential to receive external synchronization signals and reach extremely high accuracy classes. Accuracy verification has been carried out in the China Electric Power Research Institute, and results demonstrate that the system surpasses the accuracy class 0.05. Furthermore, this system has been used to test the harmonics measurement accuracy of all-fiber optical current transformers. In the same process, we have used an existing calibration system, and a comparison of the test results is presented. The system after improvement is suitable for the intended applications.

  4. Note: An improved calibration system with phase correction for electronic transformers with digital output

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    Cheng, Han-miao Li, Hong-bin

    2015-08-15

    The existing electronic transformer calibration systems employing data acquisition cards cannot satisfy some practical applications, because the calibration systems have phase measurement errors when they work in the mode of receiving external synchronization signals. This paper proposes an improved calibration system scheme with phase correction to improve the phase measurement accuracy. We employ NI PCI-4474 to design a calibration system, and the system has the potential to receive external synchronization signals and reach extremely high accuracy classes. Accuracy verification has been carried out in the China Electric Power Research Institute, and results demonstrate that the system surpasses the accuracy class 0.05. Furthermore, this system has been used to test the harmonics measurement accuracy of all-fiber optical current transformers. In the same process, we have used an existing calibration system, and a comparison of the test results is presented. The system after improvement is suitable for the intended applications.

  5. Note: An improved calibration system with phase correction for electronic transformers with digital output.

    PubMed

    Cheng, Han-miao; Li, Hong-bin

    2015-08-01

    The existing electronic transformer calibration systems employing data acquisition cards cannot satisfy some practical applications, because the calibration systems have phase measurement errors when they work in the mode of receiving external synchronization signals. This paper proposes an improved calibration system scheme with phase correction to improve the phase measurement accuracy. We employ NI PCI-4474 to design a calibration system, and the system has the potential to receive external synchronization signals and reach extremely high accuracy classes. Accuracy verification has been carried out in the China Electric Power Research Institute, and results demonstrate that the system surpasses the accuracy class 0.05. Furthermore, this system has been used to test the harmonics measurement accuracy of all-fiber optical current transformers. In the same process, we have used an existing calibration system, and a comparison of the test results is presented. The system after improvement is suitable for the intended applications. PMID:26329248

  6. ISOTHERMAL PHASE TRANSFORMATION CYCLING IN STEEL BY APPLICATION OF A HIGH MAGNETIC FIELD

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    Ludtka, Gerard Michael; Jaramillo, Roger A; Ludtka, Gail Mackiewicz-; Kisner, Roger A; Wilgen, John B

    2007-01-01

    A phase transformation reversal via the application and removal of a large magnetic field was investigated. Because a large magnetic field can alter the phase equilibrium between paramagnetic austenite and ferromagnetic ferrite, volume fractions for each phase constituent can be modified at constant temperature by changing the magnetic field strength. In this research elevated temperature isothermal hold experiments were performed for 5160 steel. During the isothermal hold, the magnetic field was cycled between 0 and 30 Tesla. As companion experiments, temperature cycling and isothermal holds were performed without magnetic fields. The resulting microstructures were examined using optical and SEM metallography. These microstructures indicate that a portion of the microstructure experiences isothermal transformation cycling between austenite and ferrite due to the application and removal of the 30T (Tesla) magnetic field.

  7. Swift heavy ion irradiation induced phase transformation in calcite single crystals

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    Nagabhushana, H.; Nagabhushana, B. M.; Lakshminarasappa, B. N.; Singh, Fouran; Chakradhar, R. P. S.

    2009-11-01

    Ion irradiation induced phase transformation in calcite single crystals have been studied by means of Raman and infrared spectroscopy using 120 MeV Au 9+ ions. The observed bands have been assigned according to group theory analysis. For higher fluence of 5×10 12 ion/cm 2, an extra peak on either side of the 713 cm -1 peak and an increase in the intensity of 1085 cm -1 peak were observed in Raman studies. FTIR spectra exhibit extra absorption bands at 674, 1589 cm -1 and enhancement in bands at 2340 and 2374 cm -1 was observed. This might be due to the phase transformation from calcite to vaterite. The damage cross section ( σ) for all the Raman and FTIR active modes was determined. The increase of FWHM, shift in peak positions and appearance of new peaks indicated that calcite phase is converted into vaterite.

  8. Status on Iterative Transform Phase Retrieval Applied to the GBT Data

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    Dean, Bruce; Aronstein, David; Smith, Scott; Shiri, Ron; Hollis, Jan M.; Lyons, Richard; Prestage, Richard; Hunter, Todd; Ghigo, Frank; Nikolic, Bojan

    2007-01-01

    This slide presentation reviews the use of iterative transform phase retrieval in the analysis of the Green Bank Radio Telescope (GBT) Data. It reviews the NASA projects that have used phase retrieval, and the testbed for the algorithm to be used for the James Webb Space Telescope. It shows the comparison of phase retrieval with an interferometer, and reviews the two approaches used for phase retrieval, iterative transform (ITA) or parametric (non-linear least squares model fitting). The concept of ITA Phase Retrieval is reviewed, and the application to Radio Antennas is reviewed. The presentation also examines the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) data from the GBT, and the Fourier model that NRAO uses to analyze the data. The challenge for ITA phase retrieval is reviewed, and the coherent approximation for incoherent data is shown. The validity of the approximation is good for a large tilt. There is a review of the proof of concept of the Phase Review simulation using the input wavefront, and the initial sampling parameters estimate from the focused GBT data.

  9. Microstructure and plastic deformation of orthorhombic titanium aluminides Ti2AlNb. IV. Formation of the transformation twins upon the α2 → O phase transformation

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    Kazantseva, N. V.; Demakov, S. L.; Popov, A. A.

    2007-04-01

    X-ray diffraction transmission electron microscopy, and measurements of microhardness and resistivity were used to study the formation of the orthorhombic O phase upon the α2 → O phase transformation. It has been found that the orthorhombic O phase is formed by the diffusion mechanism in the form of thin lamellar precipitates (domains). Upon subsequent growth, these domains form packets of twins with a twinning plane {110}. It is shown that the (130) twinning plane is not realized directly, but it appears as a result of joining of twin packets. No formation of an intermediate metastable phase was observed upon this transformation.

  10. Stability analysis of the martensitic phase transformation in Co2NiGa Heusler alloy

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    Talapatra, Anjana; Arróyave, Raymundo; Entel, Peter; Valencia-Jaime, I.; Romero, Aldo H.

    2015-08-01

    Phase competition and the subsequent phase selection are important characteristics of alloy systems exhibiting numerous states of distinct symmetry but comparable energy. The stoichiometric Co2NiGa Heusler alloy exhibits a martensitic transformation with concomitant reduction in symmetry from an austenitic L 21 phase (cubic) to a martensitic L 10 phase (tetragonal). A structural search was carried out for this alloy and it showed the existence of a number of structures with monoclinic and orthorhombic symmetry with ground state energies comparable to and even less than that of the L 10 structure, usually reported as the ground state at low temperatures. We describe these structures and focus in particular on the structural transition path from the L 21 to tetragonal and orthorhombic structures for this material. Calculations were carried out to study the Bain (L 21-L 10 ) and Burgers (L 21-hcp ) transformations. The barrierless Burgers path yielded a stable martensitic phase with orthorhombic symmetry (O ) with energy much lower—beyond the expected uncertainty of the calculation methods—than the known tetragonal L 10 martensitic structure. This low-energy structure (O ) has yet to be observed experimentally and it is thus of scientific interest to discern the cause for the apparent discrepancy between experiments and calculations. It is postulated that the Co2NiGa Heusler system exhibits a classic case of the phase selection problem: although the unexpected O phase may be relatively more stable than the L 10 phase, the energy barrier for the (L 21-O ) transformation may be much higher than the barrier to the (L 21-L 10 ) transformation. To validate this hypothesis, the stability of this structure was investigated by considering the contributions of elastic and vibrational effects, configurational disorder, magnetic disorder, and atomic disorder. The calculations simulating the effect of magnetic disorder/high temperature as well as the atomic disorder

  11. A three-phase cylinder model for residual and transformational stresses in SMA composites

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    Berman, J.B.; White, S.R.

    1994-12-31

    SMA composites are a class of smart materials in which shape memory alloy (SMA) actuators are embedded in a polymer matrix composite. The difference in thermal expansion between the SMA and the host material leads to residual stresses during processing. Similarly, the SMA transformations from martensite to austenite, or the reverse, also generate stresses. These stresses acting in combination can lead to SMA/epoxy interfacial debonding. In this study the residual and transformational stresses are investigated for an SMA wire embedded in a graphite/epoxy composite. A three phase micromechanical model is developed. The SMA wire is assumed to behave as a thermoelastic material. Nitinol{trademark} SMA austenitic and martensitic transformations are modeled using linear piecewise interpolation of the experimental data. The interphase is modeled as a thermoelastic polymer. A transversely isotropic thermoelastic composite is used for the outer phase. Stress-free conditions are assumed immediately before cool down from the cure temperature. The effect of SMA and coating properties on residual and transformational stresses are evaluated. A decrease in stresses at the composite/coating interface is predicted through the use of thick, compliant coatings. Reducing the recovery strain and moving the transformation to higher temperatures are also effective in reducing residual stresses.

  12. Influence of processing-induced phase transformations on the dissolution of theophylline tablets.

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    Debnath, Smita; Suryanarayanan, Raj

    2004-02-12

    The object of this investigation was to evaluate the influence of (1) processing-induced decrease in drug crystallinity and (2) phase transformations during dissolution, on the performance of theophylline tablet formulations. Anhydrous theophylline underwent multiple transformations (anhydrate --> hydrate --> anhydrate) during processing. Although the crystallinity of the anhydrate obtained finally was lower than that of the unprocessed drug, it dissolved at a slower rate. This decrease in dissolution rate was attributed to the accelerated anhydrate to hydrate transformation during the dissolution run. Water vapor sorption studies proved to be a good predictor of powder dissolution behavior. While a decrease in crystallinity was brought about either by milling or by granulation, the effect on tablet dissolution was pronounced only in the latter. Tablet formulations prepared from the granules exhibited higher hardness, longer disintegration time, and slower dissolution than those containing the milled drug. The granules underwent plastic deformation during compression resulting in harder tablets, with delayed disintegration. The high hardness coupled with rapid anhydrate --> hydrate transformation during dissolution resulted in the formation of a hydrate layer on the tablet surface, which further delayed tablet disintegration and, consequently, dissolution. Phase transformations during processing and, more importantly, during dissolution influenced the observed dissolution rates. Product performance was a complex function of the physical state of the active and the processing conditions. PMID:15198529

  13. Phase transformation of iron-based catalysts for Fischer-Tropsch synthesis

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    Jin, Yaming

    Fischer-Tropsch (F-T) synthesis is used to convert syngas to liquid hydrocarbons using iron-based catalysts. However, the nature of the active phase and phase transformations during F-T synthesis are not well understood. In this work, the phase transformations of Fe catalysts both during F-T synthesis and controlled treatment conditions have been studied using cross-section transmission electron microscopy, x-ray diffraction and Mossbauer spectroscopy. Catalyst samples were obtained from F-T synthesis runs at medium pressure (1.48 MPa) with a H2:CO ratio of 0.7. Samples were analyzed without removal of the wax to preserve the catalyst microstructure intact and prevent oxidation due to air exposure. In all active Fe catalysts, a highly dispersed chi-carbide (Fe5C2) phase with an average particle size <10 nm was seen to be present along with larger sized particles of hexagonal Fe 7C3. On the other hand, the carbide phase whose XRD pattern resembles that obtained by the Barton and Gale was found to be associated with catalysts of low activity. All carbide particles are covered with amorphous carbonaceous layers as seen by electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS). In a series of separate experiments, phase transformations that occur during catalyst activation at atmospheric pressure were studied. During direct CO carburization of iron oxide at 250°C, multiple nucleation sites lead to formation of smaller Fe carbide particles predominantly of the Barton-Gale carbide. However, starting from metallic Fe we obtain a chi-carbide phase without significant change in particle size. Treatment in syngas (H 2:CO = 0.7) results in less complete carburization and larger particle sizes for both the carbide and the magnetite phases. The presence of trace amounts of water vapor during reduction appears to cause formation of large faceted magnetite crystals, which are difficult to further transform to the active carbide phase. The silica support is effective at keeping the Fe phases

  14. THERMODYNAMICS AND KINETICS OF PHASE TRANSFORMATIONS IN PLUTONIUM ALLOYS - PART I

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    Turchi, P A; Kaufman, L; Liu, Z; Zhou, S

    2004-08-18

    In this report we investigate order, stability, and phase transformations for a series of actinide-based alloys. The statics and kinetics of precipitation and ordering in this class of alloys are modeled with a scheme that couples fundamental information on the alloy energetics obtained from experimental and assessed thermo-chemical data to the CALPHAD approach commonly used in industry for designing alloys with engineering specificity with the help of the Thermo-Calc software application. The CALPHAD approach is applied to the study of the equilibrium thermodynamic properties of Pu-based alloys, Pu-X, where X=Al, Fe, Ga. The assessment of the equilibrium phase diagrams in the whole range of alloy composition has been performed with the PARROT module of the Thermo-Calc application software. Predictions are made on the low temperature and Pu-rich side of the phase diagrams of Pu-Ga and Pu-Al for which controversy has been noted in the past. The validity of the assessed thermo-chemical database will be discussed by comparing predicted heats of transformation for pure Pu with measured values from differential scanning calorimetry analysis. An overall picture for the stability properties of Pu-Ga and Pu-Al that reconciles the results of past studies carried out on these alloys is proposed. Results on phase stability in the ternary Fe-Ga-Pu and Al-Fe-Pu alloys are discussed. The information collected in this study is then used to model metastability, long-term stability and aging for this class of alloys by coupling Thermo-Calc with DICTRA, a series of modules that allow the analysis of DIffusion Controlled TRAnsformations. Kinetics information is then summarized in so-called TTT (temperature-time-transformations) diagrams for the most relevant phases of actinide alloys. Specifically, results are presented on kinetics of phase transformations associated with the eutectoid-phase decomposition reaction occurring at low temperature, and with the martensitic transformation

  15. Ab-initio phasing using nanocrystal shape transforms with incomplete unit cells

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    Liu, Haiguang; Zatsepin, Nadia A.; Spence, John C. H.

    2014-01-01

    X-ray free electron lasers are used in measuring diffraction patterns from nanocrystals in the ‘diffract-before-destroy’ mode by outrunning radiation damage. The finite-sized nanocrystals provide an opportunity to recover intensity between Bragg spots by removing the modulating function that depends on crystal shape, i.e. the transform of the crystal shape. This shape-transform dividing-out scheme for solving the phase problem has been tested using simulated examples with cubic crystals. It provides a phasing method which does not require atomic resolution data, chemical modification to the sample, or modelling based on the protein databases. It is common to find multiple structural units (e.g. molecules, in symmetry-related positions) within a single unit cell, therefore incomplete unit cells (e.g. one additional molecule) can be observed at surface layers of crystals. In this work, the effects of such incomplete unit cells on the ‘dividing-out’ phasing algorithm are investigated using 2D crystals within the projection approximation. It is found that the incomplete unit cells do not hinder the recovery of the scattering pattern from a single unit cell (after dividing out the shape transforms from data merged from many nanocrystals of different sizes), assuming that certain unit-cell types are preferred. The results also suggest that the dynamic range of the data is a critical issue to be resolved in order to apply the shape transform method practically. PMID:25075316

  16. Phase transformation in thiamine hydrochloride tablets: Influence on tablet microstructure, physical properties, and performance.

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    Chakravarty, Paroma; Suryanarayanan, Raj; Govindarajan, Ramprakash

    2012-04-01

    The objective of this article was to monitor phase transformation in thiamine hydrochloride, from a nonstoichiometric hydrate (NSH) to a hemihydrate (HH), in stored tablets, prepared both by direct compression and wet granulation, and to relate the storage-induced phase transformation with changes in tablet microstructure, physical properties, and performance. Raman spectroscopy revealed complete NSH → HH transformation in tablets, within 30 h of storage at 40°C/75% relative humidity. When the tablets were prepared by wet granulation of NSH alone, there was a marked increase in both tablet volume and hardness on storage. However, when microcrystalline cellulose (MCC) was included in granulation, the resulting stored tablets also exhibited a pronounced increase in disintegration time. In contrast, tablets prepared by dry processing via compression of a NSH-MCC physical mixture did not exhibit any changes in properties, despite the in situ solid form conversion. Scanning electron microscopy revealed growth of needle-like HH crystals in all stored tablets and mercury porosimetry revealed considerable changes in the pore size distribution during storage. Longer storage led to crystal growth (Ostwald ripening), causing further gradual but less dramatic changes in properties. The phase transformation and the complex interparticulate associations in the tablet influenced the changes in tablet microstructure, compact physical properties, and product behavior. PMID:22213350

  17. Phase coexistence and transformations in field-cooled ternary piezoelectric single crystals near the morphotropic phase boundary

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    Luo, Chengtao; Wang, Yaojin Wang, Zhiguang; Ge, Wenwei; Li, Jiefang; Viehland, D.; Luo, Haosu

    2014-12-08

    Structural phase transformations in (100)-oriented Pb(In{sub 1/2}Nb{sub 1/2})O{sub 3}-Pb(Mg{sub 1/3}Nb{sub 2/3})O{sub 3}-PbTiO{sub 3} single crystals have been investigated by X-ray diffraction. A cubic (C) → tetragonal (T) → monoclinic-C (M{sub C}) transformation sequence was observed in the field-cooled condition. Two phase coexistence regions of C + T and T + M{sub C} were found. In addition to an increase in the C → T phase transition temperature and a decrease of the T → M{sub C} one, a broadening of the coexistence regions was also found with increasing field. This broadening can be explained by the presence of polar nano regions within the C, T, and M{sub C} phase regions.

  18. Phase-space analysis for ionization processes in the laser-atom interaction using Gabor transformation

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    Shu, X. F.; Liu, S. B.; Song, H. Y.

    2016-04-01

    In this paper, the ionization processes during laser-atom interaction are investigated in phase-space using Gabor transformation. Based on the time-dependent Schrödinger equation (TDSE), the depletion of the whole system caused by the mask function is taken into consideration in calculating the plasma density. We obtain the momentum distribution via the Gabor transformation of the escaping portions of the time-dependent wave packet at the detector-like points on the interior boundaries from which the kinetic energies carried by the escaping portions are calculated.

  19. Comments on 'Kinetic Study on the Hexacelsian-Celsian Phase Transformation'

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    Bansal, Narottam P.; Drummond, Charles H., III

    1992-01-01

    A value of 20.1 +/- 4 kcal/mole for the activation energy (E) for the hexacelsian to celsian phase transformation in BaAl2Si2O8 was reported in an earlier work. In the present work, the earlier experimental data were reanalyzed and a much higher value of E was obtained. This revised E value is consistent with the transformation mechanism of a layered hexacelsian structure into a three-dimensional feldspar structure of celsian which would necessitate the breaking of the Si-O and/or the Al-O bonds.

  20. Metastable mantle phase transformations and deep earthquakes in subducting oceanic lithosphere

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    Kirby, S.H.; Stein, S.; Okal, E.A.; Rubie, David C.

    1996-01-01

    Earth's deepest earthquakes occur as a population in subducting or previously subducted lithosphere at depths ranging from about 325 to 690 km. This depth interval closely brackets the mantle transition zone, characterized by rapid seismic velocity increases resulting from the transformation of upper mantle minerals to higher-pressure phases. Deep earthquakes thus provide the primary direct evidence for subduction of the lithosphere to these depths and allow us to investigate the deep thermal, thermodynamic, and mechanical ferment inside slabs. Numerical simulations of reaction rates show that the olivine ??? spinel transformation should be kinetically hindered in old, cold slabs descending into the transition zone. Thus wedge-shaped zones of metastable peridotite probably persist to depths of more than 600 km. Laboratory deformation experiments on some metastable minerals display a shear instability called transformational faulting. This instability involves sudden failure by localized superplasticity in thin shear zones where the metastable host mineral transforms to a denser, finer-grained phase. Hence in cold slabs, such faulting is expected for the polymorphic reactions in which olivine transforms to the spinel structure and clinoenstatite transforms to ilmenite. It is thus natural to hypothesize that deep earthquakes result from transformational faulting in metastable peridotite wedges within cold slabs. This consideration of the mineralogical states of slabs augments the traditional largely thermal view of slab processes and explains some previously enigmatic slab features. It explains why deep seismicity occurs only in the approximate depth range of the mantle transition zone, where minerals in downgoing slabs should transform to spinel and ilmenite structures. The onset of deep shocks at about 325 km is consistent with the onset of metastability near the equilibrium phase boundary in the slab. Even if a slab penetrates into the lower mantle, earthquakes

  1. Unconventional transformation of spin Dirac phase across a topological quantum phase transition.

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    Xu, Su-Yang; Neupane, Madhab; Belopolski, Ilya; Liu, Chang; Alidoust, Nasser; Bian, Guang; Jia, Shuang; Landolt, Gabriel; Slomski, Batosz; Dil, J Hugo; Shibayev, Pavel P; Basak, Susmita; Chang, Tay-Rong; Jeng, Horng-Tay; Cava, Robert J; Lin, Hsin; Bansil, Arun; Hasan, M Zahid

    2015-01-01

    The topology of a topological material can be encoded in its surface states. These surface states can only be removed by a bulk topological quantum phase transition into a trivial phase. Here we use photoemission spectroscopy to image the formation of protected surface states in a topological insulator as we chemically tune the system through a topological transition. Surprisingly, we discover an exotic spin-momentum locked, gapped surface state in the trivial phase that shares many important properties with the actual topological surface state in anticipation of the change of topology. Using a spin-resolved measurement, we show that apart from a surface bandgap these states develop spin textures similar to the topological surface states well before the transition. Our results offer a general paradigm for understanding how surface states in topological phases arise from a quantum phase transition and are suggestive for the future realization of Weyl arcs, condensed matter supersymmetry and other fascinating phenomena in the vicinity of a quantum criticality. PMID:25882717

  2. Unconventional transformation of spin Dirac phase across a topological quantum phase transition

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    Xu, Su-Yang; Neupane, Madhab; Belopolski, Ilya; Liu, Chang; Alidoust, Nasser; Bian, Guang; Jia, Shuang; Landolt, Gabriel; Slomski, Batosz; Dil, J. Hugo; Shibayev, Pavel P.; Basak, Susmita; Chang, Tay-Rong; Jeng, Horng-Tay; Cava, Robert J.; Lin, Hsin; Bansil, Arun; Hasan, M. Zahid

    2015-01-01

    The topology of a topological material can be encoded in its surface states. These surface states can only be removed by a bulk topological quantum phase transition into a trivial phase. Here we use photoemission spectroscopy to image the formation of protected surface states in a topological insulator as we chemically tune the system through a topological transition. Surprisingly, we discover an exotic spin-momentum locked, gapped surface state in the trivial phase that shares many important properties with the actual topological surface state in anticipation of the change of topology. Using a spin-resolved measurement, we show that apart from a surface bandgap these states develop spin textures similar to the topological surface states well before the transition. Our results offer a general paradigm for understanding how surface states in topological phases arise from a quantum phase transition and are suggestive for the future realization of Weyl arcs, condensed matter supersymmetry and other fascinating phenomena in the vicinity of a quantum criticality. PMID:25882717

  3. Unconventional transformation of spin Dirac phase across a topological quantum phase transition

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    Xu, Su -Yang; Neupane, Madhab; Belopolski, Ilya; Liu, Chang; Alidoust, Nasser; Bian, Guang; Jia, Shuang; Landolt, Gabriel; Slomski, Batosz; Dil, J. Hugo; et al

    2015-04-17

    The topology of a topological material can be encoded in its surface states. These surface states can only be removed by a bulk topological quantum phase transition into a trivial phase. Here we use photoemission spectroscopy to image the formation of protected surface states in a topological insulator as we chemically tune the system through a topological transition. Surprisingly, we discover an exotic spin-momentum locked, gapped surface state in the trivial phase that shares many important properties with the actual topological surface state in anticipation of the change of topology. Using a spin-resolved measurement, we show that apart from amore » surface bandgap these states develop spin textures similar to the topological surface states well before the transition. Our results provide a general paradigm for understanding how surface states in topological phases arise from a quantum phase transition and are suggestive for the future realization of Weyl arcs, condensed matter supersymmetry and other fascinating phenomena in the vicinity of a quantum criticality.« less

  4. Unconventional transformation of spin Dirac phase across a topological quantum phase transition

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    Xu, Su -Yang; Neupane, Madhab; Belopolski, Ilya; Liu, Chang; Alidoust, Nasser; Bian, Guang; Jia, Shuang; Landolt, Gabriel; Slomski, Batosz; Dil, J. Hugo; Shibayev, Pavel P.; Basak, Susmita; Chang, Tay -Rong; Jeng, Horng -Tay; Cava, Robert J.; Lin, Hsin; Bansil, Arun; Hasan, M. Zahid

    2015-04-17

    The topology of a topological material can be encoded in its surface states. These surface states can only be removed by a bulk topological quantum phase transition into a trivial phase. Here we use photoemission spectroscopy to image the formation of protected surface states in a topological insulator as we chemically tune the system through a topological transition. Surprisingly, we discover an exotic spin-momentum locked, gapped surface state in the trivial phase that shares many important properties with the actual topological surface state in anticipation of the change of topology. Using a spin-resolved measurement, we show that apart from a surface bandgap these states develop spin textures similar to the topological surface states well before the transition. Our results provide a general paradigm for understanding how surface states in topological phases arise from a quantum phase transition and are suggestive for the future realization of Weyl arcs, condensed matter supersymmetry and other fascinating phenomena in the vicinity of a quantum criticality.

  5. Unconventional transformation of spin Dirac phase across a topological quantum phase transition

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    Xu, Su-Yang; Neupane, Madhab; Belopolski, Ilya; Liu, Chang; Alidoust, Nasser; Bian, Guang; Jia, Shuang; Landolt, Gabriel; Slomski, Batosz; Dil, J. Hugo; Shibayev, Pavel P.; Basak, Susmita; Chang, Tay-Rong; Jeng, Horng-Tay; Cava, Robert J.; Lin, Hsin; Bansil, Arun; Hasan, M. Zahid

    2015-04-01

    The topology of a topological material can be encoded in its surface states. These surface states can only be removed by a bulk topological quantum phase transition into a trivial phase. Here we use photoemission spectroscopy to image the formation of protected surface states in a topological insulator as we chemically tune the system through a topological transition. Surprisingly, we discover an exotic spin-momentum locked, gapped surface state in the trivial phase that shares many important properties with the actual topological surface state in anticipation of the change of topology. Using a spin-resolved measurement, we show that apart from a surface bandgap these states develop spin textures similar to the topological surface states well before the transition. Our results offer a general paradigm for understanding how surface states in topological phases arise from a quantum phase transition and are suggestive for the future realization of Weyl arcs, condensed matter supersymmetry and other fascinating phenomena in the vicinity of a quantum criticality.

  6. Wind-tunnel based definition of the AFE aerothermodynamic environment. [Aeroassist Flight Experiment

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    Miller, Charles G.; Wells, W. L.

    1992-01-01

    The Aeroassist Flight Experiment (AFE), scheduled to be performed in 1994, will serve as a precursor for aeroassisted space transfer vehicles (ASTV's) and is representative of entry concepts being considered for missions to Mars. Rationale for the AFE is reviewed briefly as are the various experiments carried aboard the vehicle. The approach used to determine hypersonic aerodynamic and aerothermodynamic characteristics over a wide range of simulation parameters in ground-based facilities is presented. Facilities, instrumentation and test procedures employed in the establishment of the data base are discussed. Measurements illustrating the effects of hypersonic simulation parameters, particularly normal-shock density ratio (an important parameter for hypersonic blunt bodies), and attitude on aerodynamic and aerothermodynamic characteristics are presented, and predictions from computational fluid dynamic (CFD) computer codes are compared with measurement.

  7. Superconductivity in Fe-Based Compound EuAFe4As4 (A = Rb and Cs)

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    Kawashima, Kenji; Kinjo, Tatsuya; Nishio, Taichiro; Ishida, Shigeyuki; Fujihisa, Hiroshi; Gotoh, Yoshito; Kihou, Kunihiro; Eisaki, Hiroshi; Yoshida, Yoshiyuki; Iyo, Akira

    2016-06-01

    We report the discovery of a novel Fe-based superconductor EuAFe4As4 (A = Rb, Cs) and describe its superconducting properties. EuAFe4As4 has a tetragonal unit cell with a P4/mmm (No. 123) space group, indicating that this material is an 1144-type compound. The magnetic susceptibility and electrical resistivity indicate superconducting transitions at approximately 36 and 35 K for EuRbFe4As4 and EuCsFe4As4, respectively. Moreover, an anomalous magnetic transition appears at approximately 15 K, suggesting the coexistence of superconductivity and a magnetic ordered state formed by the Eu2+ ions. The determined upper critical magnetic fields and coherence lengths are approximately 920 kOe and 1.8 nm for EuRbFe4As4 and 875 kOe and 1.9 nm for EuCsFe4As4, respectively.

  8. Transformers: the changing phases of low-dimensional vanadium oxide bronzes.

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    Marley, Peter M; Horrocks, Gregory A; Pelcher, Kate E; Banerjee, Sarbajit

    2015-03-28

    In this feature article, we explore the electronic and structural phase transformations of ternary vanadium oxides with the composition MxV2O5 where M is an intercalated cation. The periodic arrays of intercalated cations ordered along quasi-1D tunnels or layered between 2D sheets of the V2O5 framework induce partial reduction of the framework vanadium atoms giving rise to charge ordering patterns that are specific to the metal M and stoichiometry x. This periodic charge ordering makes these materials remarkably versatile platforms for studying electron correlation and underpins the manifestation of phenomena such as colossal metal-insulator transitions, quantized charge corrals, and superconductivity. We describe current mechanistic understanding of these emergent phenomena with a particular emphasis on the benefits derived from scaling these materials to nanostructured dimensions wherein precise ordering of cations can be obtained and phase relationships can be derived that are entirely inaccessible in the bulk. In particular, structural transformations induced by intercalation are dramatically accelerated due to the shorter diffusion path lengths at nanometer-sized dimensions, which cause a dramatic reduction of kinetic barriers to phase transformations and facilitate interconversion between the different frameworks. We conclude by summarizing numerous technological applications that have become feasible due to recent advances in controlling the structural chemistry and both electronic and structural phase transitions in these versatile frameworks. PMID:25692185

  9. Influence of Dynamic Compression on Phase Transformation of Martensitic NiTi Shape Memory Alloys

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    Qiu, Ying; Young, Marcus L.; Nie, Xu

    2015-10-01

    Shape memory alloys (SMAs) exhibit high damping capacity in both austenitic and martensitic phases, due to either a stress-induced martensite phase transformation or a stress-induced martensite variant reorientation, making them ideal candidates for vibration suppression devices to protect structural components from damage due to external forces. In this study, both quasi-static and dynamic compression was conducted on a martensitic NiTi SMA using a mechanical loading frame and on a Kolsky compression bar, respectively, to examine the relationship between microstructure and phase transformation characteristics of martensitic NiTi SMAs. Both endothermic and exothermic peaks disappear completely after experiencing deformation at a strain rate of 103 s-1 and to a strain of about 10 pct. The phase transformation peaks reappear after the deformed specimens were annealed at 873 K (600 °C) for 30 minutes. As compared to samples from quasi-static loading, where a large amount of twinning is observed with a small amount of grain distortion and fracture, samples from dynamic loading show much less twinning with a larger amount of grain distortion and fracture.

  10. Microstructure of massively transformed {gamma}-TiAl phase studied by high-resolution electron microscopy

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    Abe, E.; Kumagai, T.; Kajiwara, S.; Nakamura, M.

    1997-12-31

    A microstructure of the massively transformed {gamma}-TiAl ({gamma}{sub m}) phase in a Ti-48at.%Al alloy, which was heat treated in the high-temperature {alpha}-Ti (disordered hcp) single phase field (1,683 K), followed by ice water quenching, has been examined using high-resolution electron microscopy. The characteristic features of the microstructure originated from the {alpha}{yields}{gamma} massive transformation have been clarified in detail, which are as follows. (1) Extremely thin hcp plates (about 0.8--2nm in thickness), which are considered to be a retained {alpha} phase, are found to exist in the {gamma}{sub m} phase. (2) Twin boundaries are found to be not flat interfaces, that is, twin interfaces are not on the exact (111) mirror plane. This situation is attributed to the existence of a number of partial dislocations at the twin boundaries. (3) Antiphase relationship between the regions either side of the thin rotated domain wall is confirmed. The validity of this situation is explained by assuming that the thin rotated domain wall has been grown from a simple antiphase domain boundary. On the basis of these facts, mechanism of the {alpha}{yields}{gamma} massive transformation has been discussed.

  11. In-situ measurement of phase transformation kinetics in austempered ductile iron

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    Meier, Leopold; Hofmann, Michael; Saal, Patrick; Volk, Wolfram; Hoffmann, Hartmut

    2013-11-15

    Austempered ductile iron (ADI) alloyed with 0.42% Mn and 0.72% Cu was heat treated in a mirror furnace and the phase transitions were studied in-situ by neutron diffraction. The heat treatment consisted of austenitisation at 920 °C and isothermal austempering at 400 °C, 350 °C and 300 °C, respectively. Due to the growth of ferrite platelets, the austenite content decreases rapidly at all temperatures within the first 15–20 min and reaches a stable plateau after 35 min (400 °C) to 80 min (300 °C). The carbon content of the residual austenite, which was monitored and characterised by the change of the lattice parameter, increases up to 1.6 wt.% caused by redistribution from the newly formed ferrite. While at higher austempering temperatures this takes place almost parallel to the phase transformation, at 300 °C the redistribution of carbon to austenite lags behind considerably. Furthermore the neutron data revealed an austenite peak asymmetry during austempering which is attributed to successive phase transformation. It results temporarily in two fractions of austenite, an initial low-carbon and an enriched high-carbon modification. - Highlights: • The heat treatment of ADI was studied in detail by in-situ neutron diffraction. • The phase fractions were monitored and evaluated quantitatively. • The austenite carbon content increased up to 1.6 wt.% during austempering. • Peak asymmetries indicate two austenite fractions during highest transformation rates.

  12. Solid-gaseous phase transformation of elemental contaminants during the gasification of biomass.

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    Jiang, Ying; Ameh, Abiba; Lei, Mei; Duan, Lunbo; Longhurst, Philip

    2016-09-01

    Disposal of plant biomass removed from heavy metal contaminated land via gasification achieves significant volume reduction and can recover energy. However, these biomass often contain high concentrations of heavy metals leading to hot-corrosion of gasification facilities and toxic gaseous emissions. Therefore, it is of significant interest to gain a further understanding of the solid-gas phase transition of metal(loid)s during gasification. Detailed elemental analyses (C, H, O, N and key metal/metalloid elements) were performed on five plant species collected from a contaminated site. Using multi-phase equilibria modelling software (MTDATA), the analytical data allows modelling of the solid/gas transformation of metal(loid)s during gasification. Thermodynamic modelling based on chemical equilibrium calculations was carried out in this study to predict the fate of metal(loid) elements during typical gasification conditions and to show how these are influenced by metal(loid) composition in the biomass and operational conditions. As, Cd, Zn and Pb tend to transform to their gaseous forms at relatively low temperatures (<1000°C). Ni, Cu, Mn and Co converts to gaseous forms within the typical gasification temperature range of 1000-1200°C. Whereas Cr, Al, Fe and Mg remain in solid phase at higher temperatures (>1200°C). Simulation of pressurised gasification conditions shows that higher pressures increase the temperature at which solid-to-gaseous phase transformations takes place. PMID:26603198

  13. Target tracking using nonlinear reference phase-encoded joint transform correlation

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    Islam, Mohammed N.; Asari, Vijayan K.; Karim, Mohammad A.; Alam, Mohammad S.

    2012-04-01

    Optical joint transform correlation (JTC) has been proven to be an efficient pattern recognition tool, especially, for real-time applications. However, the classical JTC suffers from a lot of limitations such as broad correlation peaks, large side lobes, duplicate correlation peaks and low discrimination between target and non-target objects. This paper proposes a nonlinear JTC based target detection and tracking technique, where the reference image is phase-shifted and phase-encoded and then fed to two parallel processing channels. Each channel introduces the unknown input scene and performs Fourier transformations to obtain the joint power spectra signals, which are then combined and phase-encoded. Then a nonlinear operation is performed on the modified power spectrum followed by the application of fringe-adjusted filtering operation. A subsequent inverse Fourier transform operation yields the correlation output containing a highly distinct peak corresponding to each target present in the input scene. The reference image phase-encoding process removes any overlapping issue among the input scene objects, which is a drawback of classical JTC technique. An updated decision criterion is developed for the correlation plane so that it can accurately identify the location of the target. The proposed pattern recognition technique offers an excellent alternative for target tracking in an unknown video sequence.

  14. Phase transformation during mechano-synthesis of nanocrystalline/amorphous Fe–32Mn–6Si alloys

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    Amini, Rasool; Shamsipoor, Ali; Ghaffari, Mohammad; Alizadeh, Morteza; Okyay, Ali Kemal

    2013-10-15

    Mechano-synthesis of Fe–32Mn–6Si alloy by mechanical alloying of the elemental powder mixtures was evaluated by running the ball milling process under an inert argon gas atmosphere. In order to characterize the as-milled powders, powder sampling was performed at predetermined intervals from 0.5 to 192 h. X-ray florescence analyzer, X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscope, and high resolution transmission electron microscope were utilized to investigate the chemical composition, structural evolution, morphological changes, and microstructure of the as-milled powders, respectively. According to the results, the nanocrystalline Fe–Mn–Si alloys were completely synthesized after 48 h of milling. Moreover, the formation of a considerable amount of amorphous phase during the milling process was indicated by quantitative X-ray diffraction analysis as well as high resolution transmission electron microscopy image and its selected area diffraction pattern. It was found that the α-to-γ and subsequently the amorphous-to-crystalline (especially martensite) phase transformation occurred by milling development. - Graphical abstract: Mechano-synthesis of nanocrystalline/amorphous Fe–32Mn–6Si shape memory alloys in the powder form: amorphous phase formation, α-to-γ phase transformation, mechano-crystallization of the amorphous, and martensite phase formation during the process. Highlights: • During MA, the α-to-γ phase transformation and amorphization occurred. • Mechano-crystallization of the amorphous phase occurred at sufficient milling time. • The formation of high amount of ε-martensite was evidenced at high milling times. • The platelet, spherical, and then irregular particle shapes was extended by MA. • By MA, the particles size was increased, then reduced, and afterward re-increased.

  15. Conductor Formation Through Phase Transformation in Ti-Oxide Thin Films

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    Liu, Y. S.; Lin, Y. H.; Wei, Y. S.; Liu, C. Y.

    2012-01-01

    The resistance and transmittance of Ti-oxide thin films sputtered on quartz substrates were studied. The electrical and optical properties can be changed by varying the percentage of O2 introduced during the sputtering. The lowest resistivity for the sputtered Ti-oxide thin film was 2.30 × 10-2 Ω cm for 12.5% O2, which was obtained after annealing at 400°C in ambient oxygen. The results of x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) curve-fitting indicate that the Ti-oxide thin film contained both Ti2O3 and TiO2 phases during deposition. The Ti2O3 phase was transformed into the stable TiO2 phase during annealing. The Ti2O3-TiO2 phase transformation initiated the substitution reaction. The substitution of Ti4+ ions in the TiO2 phase for the Ti3+ ions in the Ti2O3 phase created the free electrons. This Ti2O3-TiO2 phase transformation demonstrates the potential mechanism for conduction in the annealed Ti-oxide thin films. The transmittance of the annealed Ti-oxide thin films can be as high as approximately 90% at the 400 nm wavelength with the introduction of 16.5% O2. This result indicates that the annealed Ti-oxide thin films are excellent candidates for use as transparent conducting layers for ultraviolet (UV) or near-UV light-emitting diode (LED) devices.

  16. Indirect Phase Transformation of CuO to Cu2O on a Nanowire Surface.

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    Wu, Fei; Banerjee, Sriya; Li, Huafang; Myung, Yoon; Banerjee, Parag

    2016-05-10

    The reduction of CuO nanowires (NWs) to Cu2O NWs undergoes an indirect phase transformation on the surface: from single crystalline CuO, to a disordered Cu2-δO phase, and then to crystalline Cu2O. A 9-12 nm disordered Cu2-δO is formed on the NW surface by exposing CuO NWs to CO at 1 Torr, 300 °C for 30 min. After 60 min, this layer decreases to 2-3 nm and is eliminated after 180 min. Energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy using a scanning tunneling electron microscope and across a single NW reveals the disordered layer to be O-rich with respect to Cu2O with a maximum at. % Cu:O = 1.8. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy shows adsorbed CO on the surface as evidence of the reduction reaction. Micro-Raman spectroscopy tracks the transformation in NWs as a function of reduction time. A CO enabled surface reduction reaction coupled to diffusion-limited transport of "nonlattice" O to the surface is proposed as a mechanism for Cu2-δO formation. The initial buildup of out-diffusing O to the surface appears to aid the formation of the disordered surface layer. The transformation follows Ostwald-Lussac's law which predicts formation of unstable phases over stable phases, when phase transformation rates are limited by kinetic or diffusional processes. The study provides a generalized approach for facile growth of few nanometer transient layers on multivalent, metal oxide NW surfaces. PMID:27093222

  17. Impact of quasi-dc currents on three-phase distribution transformer installations

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    McConnell, B.W.; Barnes, P.R. ); Tesche, F.M. , Dallas, TX ); Schafer, D.A. )

    1992-06-01

    This report summarizes a series of tests designed to determine the response of quasi-dc currents on three-phase power distribution transformers for electric power systems. In general, if the dc injection is limited to the primary side of a step-down transformer, significant harmonic distortion is noted and an increase in the reactive power demand results. For dc injection on the secondary (load) side of the step-down transformer the harmonic content at the secondary side is quite high and saturation occurs with a relatively low level of dc injection; however, the reactive power demand is significantly lower. These tests produced no apparent damage to the transformers. Transformer damage is dependent on the duration of the dc excitation, the level of the excitation, and on thermal characteristics of the transfer. The transformer response time is found to be much shorter than seen in power transformer tests at lower dc injection levels. This shorter response time suggests that the response time is strongly dependent on the injected current levels, and that higher levels of dc injection for shorter durations could produce very high reactive power demands and harmonic distortion within a few tenths of a second. The added reactive power load could result in the blowing of fuses on the primary side of the transformer for even moderate dc injection levels, and neutral currents are quite large under even low-level dc injection. This smoking neutral'' results in high-level harmonic injection into equipment via the neutral and in possible equipment failure.

  18. Measured and predicted aerodynamic coefficients and shock shapes for Aeroassist Flight Experiment (AFE) configuration

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    Wells, William L.

    1989-01-01

    Two scaled models of the Aeroassist Flight Experiment (AFE) vehicle were tested in two air wind tunnels and one CF4 tunnel. The tests were to determine the static longitudinal aerodynamic characteristics, and shock shapes for the configuration in hypersonic continuum flow. The tests were conducted with a range of angle of attack to evaluate the effects of Mach number, Reynolds numbers, and normal shock density ratio.

  19. Minimal implementation of an AFE4300-based spectrometer for electrical impedance spectroscopy measurements

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    Sanchez, B.; Praveen, A.; Bartolome, E.; Soundarapandian, K.; Bragos, R.

    2013-04-01

    The AFE4300 is a new low-cost on-chip impedance spectrometer developed by Texas Instruments able to handle multiple four electrode interface measurements. In this work, we present a brief description and characterization of this device and, besides its interesting features as a body-composition impedancemeter system; we evaluate its potential to develop minimal implementations for other biomedical applications. As the case study presented in this paper, its use to monitor ventilatory time-varying bioimpedance.

  20. Pressure, temperature, and electric field dependence of phase transformations in niobium modified 95/5 lead zirconate titanate

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    Dong, Wen D.; Carlos Valadez, J.; Gallagher, John A.; Jo, Hwan R.; Lynch, Christopher S.; Sahul, Raffi; Hackenberger, Wes

    2015-06-28

    Ceramic niobium modified 95/5 lead zirconate-lead titanate (PZT) undergoes a pressure induced ferroelectric to antiferroelectric phase transformation accompanied by an elimination of polarization and a volume reduction. Electric field and temperature drive the reverse transformation from the antiferroelectric to ferroelectric phase. The phase transformation was monitored under pressure, temperature, and electric field loading. Pressures and temperatures were varied in discrete steps from 0 MPa to 500 MPa and 25 °C to 125 °C, respectively. Cyclic bipolar electric fields were applied with peak amplitudes of up to 6 MV m{sup −1} at each pressure and temperature combination. The resulting electric displacement–electric field hysteresis loops were open “D” shaped at low pressure, characteristic of soft ferroelectric PZT. Just below the phase transformation pressure, the hysteresis loops took on an “S” shape, which split into a double hysteresis loop just above the phase transformation pressure. Far above the phase transformation pressure, when the applied electric field is insufficient to drive an antiferroelectric to ferroelectric phase transformation, the hysteresis loops collapse to linear dielectric behavior. Phase stability maps were generated from the experimental data at each of the temperature steps and used to form a three dimensional pressure–temperature–electric field phase diagram.

  1. Entanglement under the renormalization-group transformations on quantum states and in quantum phase transitions

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    Wei, T.-C.

    2010-06-15

    We consider quantum states under the renormalization-group (RG) transformations introduced by Verstraete et al. [Phys. Rev. Lett. 94, 140601 (2005)] and propose a quantification of entanglement under such RGs (via the geometric measure of entanglement). We examine the resulting entanglement under RG transformations for the ground states of ''matrix-product-state'' Hamiltonians constructed by Wolf et al. [Phys. Rev. Lett. 97, 110403 (2006)] that possess quantum phase transitions. We find that near critical points, the ground-state entanglement exhibits singular behavior. The singular behavior within finite steps of the RG obeys a scaling hypothesis and reveals the correlation length exponent. However, under the infinite steps of RG transformation, the singular behavior is rendered different and is universal only when there is an underlying conformal-field-theory description of the critical point.

  2. Effects of transformed ferrite growth on the tensile fracture characteristics of a dual-phase steel

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    Jeong, W. C.; Kim, C. H.

    1988-02-01

    The effects of transformed ferrite growth on the tensile fracture characteristics of a dual-phase steel were investigated by observing crack initiation, propagation, and fracture behaviors. Crack initiation occurred by decohesion between martensite and ferrite. However, cracks propagated along the ferrite-martensite interface in a high temperature quenched specimen, whereas in specimens quenched from lower temperature cracks propagated into the martensite particle. Tensile fracture behaviors were not strongly influenced by the cooling rate. At both cooling rates of 5.6 and 0.1 °C/sec, specimens quenched from high temperature fractured by partially brittle fracture mode, but fracture mode changed to ductile mode as the quenching temperature decreased. The effect of transformed ferrite on the fracture mode was not substantially different from that of retained ferrite. However, the crack initiation and propagation was influenced by the variation in martensite distribution caused by different growth behavior of transformed ferrite.

  3. Entanglement under the renormalization-group transformations on quantum states and in quantum phase transitions

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    Wei, Tzu-Chieh

    2010-06-01

    We consider quantum states under the renormalization-group (RG) transformations introduced by Verstraete [Phys. Rev. Lett.PRLTAO0031-900710.1103/PhysRevLett.94.140601 94, 140601 (2005)] and propose a quantification of entanglement under such RGs (via the geometric measure of entanglement). We examine the resulting entanglement under RG transformations for the ground states of “matrix-product-state” Hamiltonians constructed by Wolf [Phys. Rev. Lett.PRLTAO0031-900710.1103/PhysRevLett.97.110403 97, 110403 (2006)] that possess quantum phase transitions. We find that near critical points, the ground-state entanglement exhibits singular behavior. The singular behavior within finite steps of the RG obeys a scaling hypothesis and reveals the correlation length exponent. However, under the infinite steps of RG transformation, the singular behavior is rendered different and is universal only when there is an underlying conformal-field-theory description of the critical point.

  4. Effect of grain structure on phase transformation events in Inconel 718

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    Dahotre, N.B.; McCay, M.H.; McCay, T.D. ); Hubbard, C.R.; Porter, W.D.; Cavin, O.B. )

    1993-06-01

    Nickel base superalloys generally obtain their maximum strength from [gamma][prime][Ni[sub 3](Al,Ti)] and [gamma][double prime][Ni[sub 3](Al,Ti,Nb)] age hardening precipitates. During welding the [gamma][prime] precipitation is very rapid and can lead to strain age cracking, which limits weldability. Thus, the weldable superalloys are limited in their Al and Ti content and hence in their ultimate strength. One method of increasing the ultimate strength of a superalloy, while avoiding strain age cracking, is the addition of Nb. This produces Ni[sub 3]Nb([delta]), and when used in conjunction with a limited amount of [gamma][prime], results in an increase in strength without strain age cracking problems. The [gamma][double prime] does not lead to strain age cracking because its transformation kinetics are too slow for formation during ordinary welding practice. This combination of [gamma][prime] and [gamma][double prime] strengthening is incorporated into the Inconel 718 alloys. The research reported herein was undertaken to determine the time-temperature response of Inconel 718 in the as-cast, wrought and wrought-grain-grown states, using differential thermal analysis (DTA). It is essential to locate the temperature regime of each phase transformation event and to study the transformation sequence in order to tailor sound laser welding techniques for Inconel 718. In the present research, a DTA technique was employed to study both the phase transformation events and the phase transformation sequence as a function of the pre-existing condition of the alloy.

  5. Volume and Mass Estimation of Three-Phase High Power Transformers for Space Applications

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    Kimnach, Greg L.

    2004-01-01

    Spacecraft historically have had sub-1kW(sub e), electrical requirements for GN&C, science, and communications: Galileo at 600W(sub e), and Cassini at 900W(sub e), for example. Because most missions have had the same order of magnitude power requirements, the Power Distribution Systems (PDS) use existing, space-qualified technology and are DC. As science payload and mission duration requirements increase, however, the required electrical power increases. Subsequently, this requires a change from a passive energy conversion (solar arrays and batteries) to dynamic (alternator, solar dynamic, etc.), because dynamic conversion has higher thermal and conversion efficiencies, has higher power densities, and scales more readily to higher power levels. Furthermore, increased power requirements and physical distribution lengths are best served with high-voltage, multi-phase AC to maintain distribution efficiency and minimize voltage drops. The generated AC-voltage must be stepped-up (or down) to interface with various subsystems or electrical hardware. Part of the trade-space design for AC distribution systems is volume and mass estimation of high-power transformers. The volume and mass are functions of the power rating, operating frequency, the ambient and allowable temperature rise, the types and amount of heat transfer available, the core material and shape, the required flux density in a core, the maximum current density, etc. McLyman has tabulated the performance of a number of transformers cores and derived a "cookbook" methodology to determine the volume of transformers, whereas Schawrze had derived an empirical method to estimate the mass of single-phase transformers. Based on the work of McLyman and Schwarze, it is the intent herein to derive an empirical solution to the volume and mass estimation of three-phase, laminated EI-core power transformers, having radiated and conducted heat transfer mechanisms available. Estimation of the mounting hardware, connectors

  6. Effect of calcination temperature on phase transformation of HfO{sub 2} nanoparticles

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    Tripathi, S. K.; Kaur, Charanpreet; Kaur, Ramneek; Kaur, Jagdish

    2015-08-28

    Oxides nanomaterials exhibit unique physical, chemical and structural properties and motivated a big research that focus in the integration of these materials for various optoelectronic device applications. In present work, hafnium oxide (HfO{sub 2}) nanoparticles (NPs) have been synthesized using precipitation method. Hafnium tetrachloride and sodium hydroxide has been used as starting precursors. Prepared oxide material has been characterized by X-Ray Diffraction (XRD), Fourier Transform Infra-Red (FTIR) and UV-Vis spectroscopy. The phase transformation from amorphous to monoclinic is observed with the increase in calcination temperature from 500 °C and 800 °C. In FTIR spectra, the characteristic bands at ν ∼ 758.53 and 509.57 cm{sup −1} reveals the monoclinic phase of prepared HfO{sub 2} NPs. UV-Vis spectroscopy shows an absorption peak at 204 nm and the bandgap calculated is 6.07 eV.

  7. Magnetostructural phase transformations in Tb 1-x Mn 2

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    Zou, Junding; Paudyal, Durga; Liu, Jing; Mudryk, Yaroslav; Pecharsky, Vitalij K.; Gschneidner, Karl A.

    2015-01-16

    Magnetism and phase transformations in non-stoichiometric Tb1-xMn2 (x = 0.056, 0.039) have been studied as functions of temperature and magnetic field using magnetization, heat capacity, and X-ray powder diffraction measurements. Lowering the temperature, the compounds sequentially order ferrimagnetically and antiferromagnetically, and finally, exhibit spin reorientation transitions. Moreover, these structural distortions from room temperature cubic to low temperature rhombohedral structures occur at TN, and are accompanied by large volume changes reaching ~-1.27% and -1.42%, respectively. First principles electronic structure calculations confirm the phase transformation from the ferrimagnetic cubic structure to the antiferromagnetic rhombohedral structure in TbMn2.

  8. Surface-Stress-Induced Phase Transformation of Ultrathin FeCo Nanowires.

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    Shen, Jian; Gong, Maogang; Dai, Qilin; Ren, Shenqiang

    2016-01-13

    Ultrathin metal nanowires have attracted wide attention becau se oftheir unique anisotropy and surface-to-volume effects. In this study, we use ultrathin Au nanowires as the templating core to epitaxially grow magnetic iron-cobalt (FeCo) shell through metal-redox with the control on their thickness and stoichiometry. Large surface-stress-induced phase transformation in Au nanowires triggers and stabilizes metastable tetragonal FeCo nanostructure to enhance its magnetic anisotropy and coercivity. Meanwhile, under illumination, plasmon-induced hotspot in ultrathin Au nanowires enables the light-control on magnetic characteristics of FeCo shell. This study demonstrates the feasibility of surface-stress-induced phase transformation to stabilize and control metastable nanostructures for enhanced magnetic anisotropy, which is one of the key properties of functional magnetic materials. PMID:26709528

  9. Optical bandgap widening and phase transformation of nitrogen doped cupric oxide

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    Masudy-Panah, Saeid; Radhakrishnan, K.; Kumar, Avishek; Wong, Ten It; Yi, Ren; Dalapati, Goutam Kumar

    2015-12-01

    The structural and optical properties of sputter deposited nitrogen (N) doped CuO (CuO(N)) thin films are systematically investigated. It is found that the incorporation of N into CuO causes an enlargement of optical bandgap and reduction in resistivity of the CuO(N) films. Furthermore, a gradual phase transformation from CuO to Cu2O is observed with the increase in N concentration. The effects of annealing temperature on the structural properties of CuO (N) and its dependence on N concentration are also investigated. It is observed that the phase transformation process from CuO to Cu2O significantly depends on the N concentration and the annealing temperature. Heterojunction solar cells of p-type CuO(N) on n-type silicon (Si) substrate, p-CuO(N)/n-Si, are fabricated to investigate the impact of N doping on its photovoltaic properties.

  10. Phase Transformation Surfaces Analysis for SMA Around a Crack Tip with Curvature

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    Laydi, Mohamed Rachid; Lexcellent, Christian

    2015-09-01

    Under loading, for a shape memory alloy, the stress concentration around the crack tip, inside a plate, is a serious fracture problem. The tip shape constitutes an important data. In a recent paper (Lexcellent et al. in Int J Fract 169:1-13, 2011), the determination of phase transformation surfaces around a crack tip without curvature was investigated. For crack with curvature, the approximate stress field solution proposed by Creager and Paris is used (Int J Fract 3:247-252, 1967). The knowledge of phase transformation surfaces dimensions and shapes can help us to define a fracture criterion. The study is focussed on mode I because this opening mode is the most dangerous for the structure. Also, comparisons between experiments and computing can be made. Qualitative agreement was obtained.

  11. [Radiation transformation mechanism in a photocatalytic reactor of three-phase internal circulating fluidized bed].

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    You, Hong; Luo, Wei-nan; Yao, Jie; Chen, Ping; Cai, Wei-min

    2005-01-01

    A novel three-phase internal circulating fluidized bed photocatalytic reactor was established and the radiation transformation in which was investigated. The experimental results indicate that with the interaction of gas and solid (gas flux > 0.3m3/h), the radiation transformation in the reactor along radial direction conforms to a definite exponential function, which agrees to formula Rose about the rules of light intensity distribution through evenly suspended particles. The value of radiation energy is affected by the initial light intensity, the concentration of photocatalyst and the thickness of liquid layer. The aerated gas amount only influence the state of the fluidized bed and has little effect on the distribution of light intensity along radical direction. Photocatalytic degradation of Rhodamine B indicate that the efficiency of three-phase internal circulating fluidized bed is much higher than slurry bed. The optimal catalyst concentration of this system is 10 - 12g/L. PMID:15859420

  12. Effect of calcination temperature on phase transformation of HfO2 nanoparticles

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    Tripathi, S. K.; Kaur, Charanpreet; Kaur, Ramneek; Kaur, Jagdish

    2015-08-01

    Oxides nanomaterials exhibit unique physical, chemical and structural properties and motivated a big research that focus in the integration of these materials for various optoelectronic device applications. In present work, hafnium oxide (HfO2) nanoparticles (NPs) have been synthesized using precipitation method. Hafnium tetrachloride and sodium hydroxide has been used as starting precursors. Prepared oxide material has been characterized by X-Ray Diffraction (XRD), Fourier Transform Infra-Red (FTIR) and UV-Vis spectroscopy. The phase transformation from amorphous to monoclinic is observed with the increase in calcination temperature from 500 °C and 800 °C. In FTIR spectra, the characteristic bands at ν ˜ 758.53 and 509.57 cm-1 reveals the monoclinic phase of prepared HfO2 NPs. UV-Vis spectroscopy shows an absorption peak at 204 nm and the bandgap calculated is 6.07 eV.

  13. Transformable optical dipole trap using a phase-modulated standing wave

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    Lee, Seung Koo; Kim, Jae Jin; Cho, D.

    2006-12-01

    We demonstrate a new type of a cavity-enhanced optical trap whose standing-wave potential well can be transformed by using phase modulation. When the modulation frequency is matched to the free spectral range of the cavity, the potential well can be changed continuously from a corrugated form of a standing wave to a flattened form of a traveling wave depending on the modulation index. With the phase modulation, more atoms are trapped due to the increase in the trap volume, and there is a pronounced increase by a factor of 1.9 when an optimal modulation is applied. From the increase in number of trapped atoms we also infer that the temperature associated with longitudinal motion is strongly affected by the transformation of the potential well. This technique can be used to study collective behavior of trapped atoms and to manipulate atomic distribution for quantum information processing.

  14. Optical cryptosystem of color images using random phase masks in the fractional wavelet transform domain

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    Singh, Hukum

    2016-05-01

    An optical color image encryption in the Fractional Wavelet Transform (FWT) domain is carried out. The original images are segregated into three colors components: R (red), G (green) and B (blue). After that the components are encrypted separately using double random phase encoding (DRPE) in the FWT domain. Random phase masks (RPMs) are used in the input as well as in Fourier plane. The images to be encrypted are transformed with the discrete wavelet transform (DWT), the resulting coefficients from the DWT are multiplied each one by masks different form RPM. Masks are independent each other and the results are applied an inverse discrete Wavelet Transform (IDWT), obtaining the encrypted images. The input images are recovered from their corresponding encrypted images by using the correct parameters of the FWT, and its digital implementation has been performed using MATLAB 7.6.0 (R2008a). The mother wavelet family and fractional orders associated with the FWT are extra keys that access difficulty an attacker; thereby the scheme is more secure as compared to conventional techniques. The sensitivity of proposed scheme is verified with encryption parameters, occlusions, and noise attacks.

  15. Phase transformation as the single-mode mechanical deformation of silicon

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    Wong, S. Williams, J. S.; Bradby, J. E.; Haberl, B.

    2015-06-22

    The metastable body-centered cubic (bc8) and rhombohedral (r8) phases of silicon that are formed after the nanoindentation of diamond cubic silicon exhibit properties that are of both scientific and technological interest. This letter demonstrates that large regions of these phases can be readily formed from crystalline silicon via nanoindentation with minimal damage to the surrounding crystal. Cross-sectional transmission electron microscopy is used to show that volumes of these phases 6 μm wide and up to 650 nm deep can be generated using a symmetrical spherical tip of ∼21.5 μm diameter. This result indicates that the use of large symmetrical spherical tips result in highly hydrostatic conditions that can favor the single phase transformation mode without extensive damage to the surrounding crystalline regions that are observed in previous studies.

  16. Multiscale model for phase transformation in magnetic shape memory alloy single crystals

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    Stoilov, Vesselin

    2006-03-01

    This paper investigates the nano-macro transition in magnetic shape memory alloy(MSMA) thin films using a recently developed sharp phase front-based three-dimensional (3D) constitutive model outlined by Stoilov (JSMS 2005), and originally proposed in the 1D context by Stoilov and Bhattacharyya (Acta Mat 2002). The key ingredient in the model is the recognition of martensitic variants as separate phases in a MSMA domain. Evolution of the interface between these phases is taken as an indicator of the process of reorientation in progress. A formulation of the Helmholtz free energy potential based on Ising model has been derived. The implications of the external magnetic field on the initiation of phase transformation are studied for various mechanical loading modes.

  17. Transformation toughened ceramics for the heavy duty diesel engine technology program, phase 2

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    Musikant, S.; Samanta, S. C.; Architetto, P.; Feingold, E.

    1985-01-01

    The objective of this program is to develop an insulating structural ceramic for application in a heavy duty adiabatic diesel engine. The approach is to employ transformation toughening (TT) by additions of zirconia-hafnia solid solution (ZHSS). The feasibility of using ZHSS as a toughening agent in mullite and alumina has been demonstrated in Phase 1 of this work. Based on Phase 1 results, a decision was made to concentrate the Phase 2 effort on process optimization of the TT mullite. A strong factor in that decision was the low thermal conductivity and high thermal shock resistance of the mullite. Results of the Phase 2 effort indicate that optimum toughening of mullite by additions of ZHSS is difficult to achieve due to apparent sensitivity to morphology. The 48 ksi room temperature modulus-of-rupture (MOR) achieved in selected specimens is approximately 50% of the original strength target. The MOR deteriorated to 34 ksi at 800 C.

  18. Color image encryption using iterative phase retrieve process in quaternion Fourier transform domain

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    Sui, Liansheng; Duan, Kuaikuai

    2015-02-01

    A single-channel color image encryption method is proposed based on iterative phase iterative process in quaternion Fourier transform domain. First, three components of the plain color image is confused respectively by using cat map. Second, the confused components are combined into a pure quaternion image, which is encode to the phase only function by using an iterative phase retrieval process. Finally, the phase only function is encrypted into the gray scale ciphertext with stationary white noise distribution based on the chaotic diffusion, which has camouflage property to some extent. The corresponding plain color image can be recovered from the ciphertext only with correct keys in the decryption process. Simulation results verify the feasibility and effectiveness of the proposed method.

  19. Direct phase extraction of self-mixing displacement measurement using Hilbert transform

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    Tao, Yufeng; Wang, Ming; Guo, Dongmei; Zhang, Jiahuan

    2016-01-01

    Signals of a self-mixing interferometer established on a semiconductor laser diode are analyzed. Phase is extracted out for decoding measurement which contained in self-mixing fringes. The semiconductor laser diode works as light source and receiver without modulation. By combining Hilbert transform with phase condition of self-mixing interference, micron- displacement is reconstructed by phase information at week or even moderate feedback level. Theoretical analysis and simulation results are presented before verification of experimental measurement. Practical feedback level is estimated by a data fitting technique with a programmable high-resolution PZT. Consistence of the results promises that direct phase extraction on self-mixing interferometer is available for micron-displacement measurement with a nanometer accuracy.

  20. Improving the efficiency of molecular replacement by utilizing a new iterative transform phasing algorithm.

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    He, Hongxing; Fang, Hengrui; Miller, Mitchell D; Phillips, George N; Su, Wu Pei

    2016-09-01

    An iterative transform method proposed previously for direct phasing of high-solvent-content protein crystals is employed for enhancing the molecular-replacement (MR) algorithm in protein crystallography. Target structures that are resistant to conventional MR due to insufficient similarity between the template and target structures might be tractable with this modified phasing method. Trial calculations involving three different structures are described to test and illustrate the methodology. The relationship of the approach to PHENIX Phaser-MR and MR-Rosetta is discussed. PMID:27580202

  1. Modeling the cure kinetics of crosslinking free radical polymerizations using the Avrami theory of phase transformation

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    Finnegan, G.R.; Shine, A.D.

    1995-12-01

    A model, based on Avrami`s theory of phase transformation, has been developed to describe the cure kinetics of crosslinking free radical polymerizations. The model assumes the growing polymer can be treated as a distinct phase and the nucleation rate is proportional to the initiation rate of the polymerization. The Avrami time exponent was verified to be 4.0. This physically-based, two-parameter model fits vinyl ester resin heat flow data as well as the empirical, four-parameter autocatalytic model, and is capable of describing both neat and fiber-containing resin.

  2. Improving the efficiency of molecular replacement by utilizing a new iterative transform phasing algorithm

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    He, Hongxing; Fang, Hengrui; Miller, Mitchell D.; Phillips, George N.; Su, Wu-Pei

    2016-01-01

    An iterative transform method proposed previously for direct phasing of high-solvent-content protein crystals is employed for enhancing the molecular-replacement (MR) algorithm in protein crystallography. Target structures that are resistant to conventional MR due to insufficient similarity between the template and target structures might be tractable with this modified phasing method. Trial calculations involving three different structures are described to test and illustrate the methodology. The relationship of the approach to PHENIX Phaser-MR and MR-Rosetta is discussed. PMID:27580202

  3. Dynamics of Structural Transformations between Lamellar and Inverse Bicontinuous Cubic Lyotropic Phases

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    Conn, Charlotte E.; Ces, Oscar; Mulet, Xavier; Seddon, John M.; Templer, Richard H.; Finet, Stephanie; Winter, Roland

    2006-03-17

    The liquid crystalline lamellar (L{sub {alpha}}) to double-diamond inverse bicontinuous cubic (Q{sub II}{sup D}) phase transition for the amphiphile monoelaidin in excess water exhibits a remarkable sequence of structural transformations for pressure or temperature jumps. Our data imply that the transition dynamics depends on a coupling between changes in molecular shape and the geometrical and topological constraints of domain size. We propose a qualitative model for this coupling based on theories of membrane fusion via stalks and existing knowledge of the structure and energetics of bicontinuous cubic phases.

  4. Machining and Phase Transformation Response of Room-Temperature Austenitic NiTi Shape Memory Alloy

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    Kaynak, Yusuf

    2014-09-01

    This experimental work reports the results of a study addressing tool wear, surface topography, and x-ray diffraction analysis for the finish cutting process of room-temperature austenitic NiTi alloy. Turning operation of NiTi alloy was conducted under dry, minimum quantity lubrication (MQL) and cryogenic cooling conditions at various cutting speeds. Findings revealed that cryogenic machining substantially reduced tool wear and improved surface topography and quality of the finished parts in comparison with the other two approaches. Phase transformation on the surface of work material was not observed after dry and MQL machining, but B19' martensite phase was found on the surface of cryogenically machined samples.

  5. Transformation of the {beta}-(Ti,V) phase in Ti-V-C alloys

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    Bursik, J.; Weatherly, G.C.

    1999-05-21

    The importance of Ti and V compounds with C and/or N, e.g. in precipitation strengthened steels, hard coatings, cutting tools, fuel cladding materials and in electronics, has stimulated extensive experimental work resulting in several isothermal sections of the Ti-V-C equilibrium phase diagram. The present paper reports on a study of the transformation of the {beta} phase in Ti-V-C alloys. The microstructure was studied by means of analytical TEM and HREM. Special attention was paid to the {beta} to {omega} transition and to a qualitative description of the influence of carbon on this process.

  6. Phase-recovery improvement using analytic wavelet transform analysis of a noisy interferogram cepstrum.

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    Etchepareborda, Pablo; Vadnjal, Ana Laura; Federico, Alejandro; Kaufmann, Guillermo H

    2012-09-15

    We evaluate the extension of the exact nonlinear reconstruction technique developed for digital holography to the phase-recovery problems presented by other optical interferometric methods, which use carrier modulation. It is shown that the introduction of an analytic wavelet analysis in the ridge of the cepstrum transformation corresponding to the analyzed interferogram can be closely related to the well-known wavelet analysis of the interferometric intensity. Subsequently, the phase-recovery process is improved. The advantages and limitations of this framework are analyzed and discussed using numerical simulations in singular scalar light fields and in temporal speckle pattern interferometry. PMID:23041878

  7. Phase and structural transformations in annealed copper coatings in relation to oxide whisker growth

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    Dorogov, M. V.; Priezzheva, A. N.; Vlassov, S.; Kink, I.; Shulga, E.; Dorogin, L. M.; Lõhmus, R.; Tyurkov, M. N.; Vikarchuk, A. A.; Romanov, A. E.

    2015-08-01

    We describe structural and phase transformation in copper coatings made of microparticles during heating and annealing in air in the temperature range up to 400 °C. Such thermal treatment is accompanied by intensive CuO nanowhisker growth on the coating surface and the formation of the layered oxide phases (Cu2O and CuO) in the coating interior. X-ray diffraction and focused ion beam (FIB) are employed to characterize the multilayer structure of annealed copper coatings. Formation of volumetric defects such as voids and cracks in the coating is demonstrated.

  8. Phase Transformation of BN Nanoparticles Under High Pressure Low Temperature Conditions

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    Chen, Z.; Lai, Z. F.; Li, K.; Cui, D. L.; Lun, N.; Wang, Q. L.; Jiang, M. H.

    Phase transformation of BN nanoparticles under high pressure (580~860MPa) and low temperature (270~325°C) hot press conditions was investigated. It was found that the contents of orthorhombic boron nitride (oBN) and cubic boron nitride (cBN) increased with the increase of temperature and the prolonging of hot pressing time under high pressure conditions. At the same time, because of the intergrowth of hBN, oBN and cBN. there are strong interactions among these three phases.

  9. Glass transition, kinetics of crystallization and anomalous phase transformations in tellurite melts

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    Chakraborty, Soumee; Venkata Krishnan, R.; Sivasubramanian, V.; Kalavathi, S.

    2014-12-01

    A lead-tellurite (0.3PbO:0.7TeO2) eutectic glass was investigated through a combination of thermal, structural and vibrational spectroscopic studies to examine the kinetics of crystallization and phase transformations during the heating of the glass and the cooling of the liquid. A linear relation was found to correlate the glass transition and crystallization temperatures, from which the ideal glass transition was determined. Among the several kinetic models that were analyzed, the primary crystallization was found to agree most to the Johnson-Mehl-Avrami model, suggesting the microstructural evolution as a two-dimensional crystallization and growth. The complexity of the transformation process was evidenced from the dependence of activation energy (E) on the crystallized fraction (α) using model-free isoconversional methods. The decreasing trend of E(α) was found to be characteristic of a reversible process followed by an irreversible one. Furthermore, nucleation was found to maximize at a temperature much lower than the experimentally observed crystallization onset. The structural evolution of the devitrified phases depicted the coexistence of phases (PbTeO3 and α-TeO2) during the two-stage crystallization. Anomalous crystallization into the Pb2Te3O8 phase was observed when the devitrified melt was cooled. Such an anomaly is explained using amorphous phase separation, which is inherent to the tellurite glass system owing to the presence of unique asymmetric structural units in the corresponding melts.

  10. Precipitation and Phase Transformations in 2101 Lean Duplex Stainless Steel During Isothermal Aging

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    Maetz, Jean-Yves; Cazottes, Sophie; Verdu, Catherine; Kleber, Xavier

    2016-01-01

    The effect of isothermal aging at 963 K (690 °C) on the microstructure of a 2101 lean duplex stainless steel, with the composition Fe-21.5Cr-5Mn-1.6Ni-0.22N-0.3Mo, was investigated using a multi-technique and multi-scale approach. The kinetics of phase transformation and precipitation was followed from a few minutes to thousands of hours using thermoelectric power measurements; based on these results, certain aging states were selected for electron microscopy characterization. Scanning electron microscopy, electron back-scattered diffraction, and transmission electron microscopy were used to quantitatively describe the microstructural evolution through crystallographic analysis, chemical analysis, and volume fraction measurements from the macroscopic scale down to the nanometric scale. During aging, the precipitation of M23C6 carbides, Cr2N nitrides, and σ phase as well as the transformation of ferrite into austenite and austenite into martensite was observed. These complex microstructural changes are controlled by Cr volume diffusion. The precipitation and phase transformation mechanisms are described.

  11. The Effect of Hardenability Variation on Phase Transformation of Spiral Bevel Gear in Quenching Process

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    Zhang, Yingtao; Shi, Wankai; Yang, Lin; Gu, Zhifei; Li, Zhichao

    2016-05-01

    The hardenability of gear steel is dependent on the composition of alloying elements and is one of important criteria to assess process of phase transformation. The variation of hardenability has to be considered in control of the microstructures and distortion during gear quenching. In this paper, the quantitative effect of hardenability has been investigated on phase transformations of spiral bevel gears in die quenching. The hardenability deviation of 22CrMoH steel was assessed by using Jominy test. The dilatometry experiments were conducted to build phase transformation kinetic models for steels with low and high hardenability, respectively. The complete die quenching process of spiral bevel gear was modeled to reveal the significant difference on microstructures and temperature history with variation of hardenability. The final microstructures of the gear are martensite in surface layer after quenching process. There are bainite inside the gear tooth and the mixture of bainite and ferrite inside gear for the gear with low hardenability. The microstructure is bainite inside the gear with high hardenability.

  12. Temperature-dependent mechanical deformation of silicon at the nanoscale: Phase transformation versus defect propagation

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    Kiran, M. S. R. N. Tran, T. T.; Smillie, L. A.; Subianto, D.; Williams, J. S.; Bradby, J. E.; Haberl, B.

    2015-05-28

    This study uses high-temperature nanoindentation coupled with in situ electrical measurements to investigate the temperature dependence (25–200 °C) of the phase transformation behavior of diamond cubic (dc) silicon at the nanoscale. Along with in situ indentation and electrical data, ex situ characterizations, such as Raman and cross-sectional transmission electron microscopy, have been used to reveal the indentation-induced deformation mechanisms. We find that phase transformation and defect propagation within the crystal lattice are not mutually exclusive deformation processes at elevated temperature. Both can occur at temperatures up to 150 °C but to different extents, depending on the temperature and loading conditions. For nanoindentation, we observe that phase transformation is dominant below 100 °C but that deformation by twinning along (111) planes dominates at 150 °C and 200 °C. This work, therefore, provides clear insight into the temperature dependent deformation mechanisms in dc-Si at the nanoscale and helps to clarify previous inconsistencies in the literature.

  13. Stress-induced phase transformation and optical coupling of silver nanoparticle superlattices into mechanically stable nanowires.

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    Li, Binsong; Wen, Xiaodong; Li, Ruipeng; Wang, Zhongwu; Clem, Paul G; Fan, Hongyou

    2014-01-01

    One-dimensional silver materials display unique optical and electrical properties with promise as functional blocks for a new generation of nanoelectronics. To date, synthetic approaches and property engineering of silver nanowires have primarily focused on chemical methods. Here we report a simple physical method of metal nanowire synthesis, based on stress-induced phase transformation and sintering of spherical Ag nanoparticle superlattices. Two phase transformations of nanoparticles under stress have been observed at distinct length scales. First, the lattice dimensions of silver nanoparticle superlattices may be reversibly manipulated between 0-8 GPa compressive stresses to enable systematic and reversible changes in mesoscale optical coupling between silver nanoparticles. Second, stresses greater than 8 GPa induced an atomic lattice phase transformation, which induced sintering of silver nanoparticles into micron-length scale nanowires. The nanowire synthesis mechanism displays a dependence on both nanoparticle crystal surface orientation and presence of particular grain boundaries to enable nanoparticle consolidation into nanowires. PMID:24957078

  14. The Effect of Hardenability Variation on Phase Transformation of Spiral Bevel Gear in Quenching Process

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    Zhang, Yingtao; Shi, Wankai; Yang, Lin; Gu, Zhifei; Li, Zhichao

    2016-07-01

    The hardenability of gear steel is dependent on the composition of alloying elements and is one of important criteria to assess process of phase transformation. The variation of hardenability has to be considered in control of the microstructures and distortion during gear quenching. In this paper, the quantitative effect of hardenability has been investigated on phase transformations of spiral bevel gears in die quenching. The hardenability deviation of 22CrMoH steel was assessed by using Jominy test. The dilatometry experiments were conducted to build phase transformation kinetic models for steels with low and high hardenability, respectively. The complete die quenching process of spiral bevel gear was modeled to reveal the significant difference on microstructures and temperature history with variation of hardenability. The final microstructures of the gear are martensite in surface layer after quenching process. There are bainite inside the gear tooth and the mixture of bainite and ferrite inside gear for the gear with low hardenability. The microstructure is bainite inside the gear with high hardenability.

  15. Residual stress delaying phase transformation in Y-TZP bio-restorations

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    Allahkarami, Masoud; Hanan, Jay C.

    2012-01-01

    Engineering favorable residual stress for the complex geometry of bi-layer porcelain-zirconia crowns potentially prevents crack initiation and improves the mechanical performance and lifetime of the dental restoration. In addition to external load, the stress field depends on initial residual stress before loading. Residual stress is the result of factors such as the thermal expansion mismatch of layers and compliance anisotropy of zirconia grains in the process of sintering and cooling. Stress induced phase transformation in zirconia extensively relaxes the residual stress and changes the stress state. The objective of this study is to investigate the coupling between tetragonal to monoclinic phase transformations and residual stress. Residual stress, on the surface of the sectioned single load to failure crown, at 23 points starting from the pure tetragonal and ending at a fully monoclinic region were measured using the micro X-ray diffraction sin2 ψ method. An important observation is the significant range in measured residual stress from a compressive stress of -400 MPa up to tensile stress of 400 MPa and up to 100% tetragonal to monoclinic phase transformation.

  16. Phase transformation upon cooling path in Ca2SiO4: Possible geological implication

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    Chang, Yun-Ting; Kung, Jennifer; Hsu, Han

    2016-04-01

    At the contact metamorphism zone two different Ca2SiO4 phases can be found; calcio-olivine (γ phase) and larnite (β phase). In-situ experiments illustrated the existence of five various polymorphs in Ca2SiO4, i.e., α, α'H, α'L, β and γ. The path of phase transformation and the transformation temperatures are shown as follows. γ → α'L(700° C) → α'H(1100° C) → α (1450° C) α'L → β (680° C) → γ (500° C) Experiments showed that the phase transitions at lower temperature is not reversible and seemed to be complicated; β phase is only stable from 500° C to 680° C upon cooling. To understand the possible mechanism of the β phase being metastable at room temperature, atmosphere condition, we were motivated to investigate the route of phase transition in Ca2SiO4 in different thermal process. Powder samples were synthesized by the solid-state reaction. Pure reagent oxides CaCO3 and SiO2 were mixed in 2:1 stoichiometric mole. Two control factors were designated in the experiments; the sintering temperature of starting materials and the cooling path. The sintering temperature was set within the range of stable phase field of α'L phase (˜900° C) and α'H phase (1300° C). The cooling process was designed in three different routes: 1) the quenched procedure from sintering temperature with rate of 900° C/min and 1300° C/min, 2) the furnace cooling procedure, 3) set a slow cooling rate (0.265 ° C/min). The products were examined for the crystal structure by X-ray powder diffraction. First-principle calculation was also applied to investigate the thermodynamic properties of α'H, β and γ phases. A major finding in this study showed that the γ phase presented in the final product when the sintering temperature was set at the stable field of α'H phase; on the other hand, the β phase would present when the sintering temperature was set within the field of α'L phase. It was noted that the existing phase in the product would be modified by the

  17. Liquid-Gas Relative Permeabilities in Fractures: Effects of Flow Structures, Phase Transformation and Surface Roughness

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    Chih-Ying Chen

    2005-06-30

    Two-phase flow through fractured media is important in petroleum, geothermal, and environmental applications. However, the actual physics and phenomena that occur inside fractures are poorly understood, and oversimplified relative permeability curves are commonly used in fractured reservoir simulations. In this work, an experimental apparatus equipped with a high-speed data acquisition system, real-time visualization, and automated image processing technology was constructed to study three transparent analog fractures with distinct surface roughnesses: smooth, homogeneously rough, and randomly rough. Air-water relative permeability measurements obtained in this study were compared with models suggested by earlier studies and analyzed by examining the flow structures. A method to evaluate the tortuosities induced by the blocking phase, namely the channel tortuosity, was proposed from observations of the flow structure images. The relationship between the coefficients of channel tortuosity and the relative permeabilities was studied with the aid of laboratory experiments and visualizations. Experimental data from these fractures were used to develop a broad approach for modeling two-phase flow behavior based on the flow structures. Finally, a general model deduced from these data was proposed to describe two-phase relative permeabilities in both smooth and rough fractures. For the theoretical analysis of liquid-vapor relative permeabilities, accounting for phase transformations, the inviscid bubble train models coupled with relative permeability concepts were developed. The phase transformation effects were evaluated by accounting for the molecular transport through liquid-vapor interfaces. For the steam water relative permeabilities, we conducted steam-water flow experiments in the same fractures as used for air-water experiments. We compared the flow behavior and relative permeability differences between two-phase flow with and without phase transformation effects

  18. Transformation between spin-Peierls and incommensurate fluctuating phases of Sc-doped TiOCl

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    Zhang, Jian; Wölfel, Alexander; Bykov, Maxim; Schönleber, Andreas; van Smaalen, Sander; Kremer, Reinhard K.; Williamson, Hailey L.

    2014-07-01

    Single crystals of ScxTi1-xOCl(x=0.005) have been grown by the vapor phase transport technique. Specific heat measurements prove the absence of phase transitions for 4-200 K. Instead, an excess entropy is observed over a range of temperatures that encompasses the incommensurate phase transition at 90 K and the spin-Peierls transition at 67 K of pure TiOCl. Temperature-dependent x-ray diffraction on ScxTi1-xOCl gives broadened diffraction maxima at incommensurate positions between Tc1=61.5(3) and ˜90 K, and at commensurate positions below 61.5 K. These results are interpreted as due to the presence of an incommensurate phase without long-range order at intermediate temperatures, and of a highly disturbed commensurate phase without long-range order at low temperatures. The commensurate phase is attributed to a fluctuating spin-Peierls state on an orthorhombic lattice. The monoclinic symmetry and local structure of the fluctuations are equal to the symmetry and structure of the ordered spin-Peierls state of TiOCl. A novel feature of ScxTi1-xOCl(x =0.005) is a transformation from one fluctuating phase (the incommensurate phase at intermediate temperatures) to another fluctuating phase (the spin-Peierls-like phase). This transformation is not a phase transition occurring at a critical temperature, but it proceeds gradually over a temperature range of ˜10 K wide. The destruction of long-range order requires much lower levels of doping in TiOCl than in other low-dimensional electronic crystals, like the canonical spin-Peierls compound CuGeO3. An explanation for the higher sensitivity to doping has not been found, but it is noticed that it may be the result of an increased two-dimensional character of the doped magnetic system. The observed fluctuating states with long correlation lengths are reminiscent of Kosterlitz-Thouless-type phases in two-dimensional systems.

  19. Dynamic Thermo-Mechanical Phase-Field Models for Martensitic Transformations in Shape Memory Alloys

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    Dhote, Rakesh

    Shape memory alloys (SMAs) exhibit complex microstructures and non-linear hysteretic behaviors that arise from a strong interaction between mechanical and thermal phenomena. It is imperative to couple the thermal physics and the mechanical dynamics to study the influence of such coupling on the mechanical properties of SMA systems, including nanostructures. However, the majority of phase-field models in the literature related to SMAs account for structural physics only. With the aim to incorporate thermal physics, in this thesis, first the 2D and 3D dynamic fully coupled thermo-mechanical phase-field models are developed based on the strain-based order parameters. The developed models are highly nonlinear, strongly hysteretic with fourth-order spatial differential terms, which impose several computational challenges. Secondly, to overcome these computational challenges, a numerical formulation based on the isogeometric analysis is developed for a straightforward solution to the fourth-order differential equations using continuously differentiable non-uniform rational B-splines (NURBS). Several numerical examples of microstructure evolution in SMA systems, in particular nanostructures of different geometries, under temperature and stress induced loadings illustrated the flexibility, accuracy and robustness of the developed numerical formulation. The numerical simulations revealed a significant impact of the temperature dynamics on mechanical properties of SMAs. The developed models successfully captured experimentally observed mechanical and thermal hysteresis phenomena, local non-uniform phase transformations and corresponding non-uniform temperature and deformations distributions. The predicted microstructure evolution is in qualitative agreement with the results reported in the literature. The material properties of austenite and martensite phases are different, as observed experimentally during phase transformations. However, the majority of macroscale non

  20. Instrumental phase-based method for Fourier transform spectrometer measurements processing

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    Saggin, Bortolino; Scaccabarozzi, Diego; Tarabini, Marco

    2011-04-20

    Phase correction is a critical procedure for most space-borne Fourier transform spectrometers (FTSs) whose accuracy (owing to often poor signal-to-noise ratio, SNR) can be jeopardized from many uncontrollable environmental conditions. This work considers the phase correction in an FTS working under significant temperature change during the measurement and affected by mechanical disturbances. The implemented method is based on the identification of an instrumental phase that is dependent on the interferometer temperature and on the extraction of a linear phase component through a least-squares approach. The use of an instrumental phase parameterized with the interferometer temperature eases the determination of the linear phase that can be extracted using only a narrow spectral region selected to be immune from disturbances. The procedure, in this way, is made robust against phase errors arising from instrumental effects, a key feature to reduce the disturbances through spectra averaging. The method was specifically developed for the Mars IR Mapper spectrometer, that was designed for operation onboard a rover on the Mars surface; the validation was performed using ground and in-flight measurements of the Fourier transform IR spectrometer planetary Fourier spectrometer, onboard the MarsExpress mission. The symmetrization has been exploited also for the spectra calibration, highlighting the issues deriving from the cases of relevant beamsplitter emission. The applicability of this procedure to other instruments is conditional to the presence in the spectra of at least one spectral region with a large SNR along with a negligible (or known) beamsplitter emission. For the PFS instrument, the processing of data with relevant beamsplitter emission has been performed exploiting the absorption carbon dioxide bands present in Martian spectra.

  1. Instrumental phase-based method for Fourier transform spectrometer measurements processing.

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    Saggin, Bortolino; Scaccabarozzi, Diego; Tarabini, Marco

    2011-04-20

    Phase correction is a critical procedure for most space-borne Fourier transform spectrometers (FTSs) whose accuracy (owing to often poor signal-to-noise ratio, SNR) can be jeopardized from many uncontrollable environmental conditions. This work considers the phase correction in an FTS working under significant temperature change during the measurement and affected by mechanical disturbances. The implemented method is based on the identification of an instrumental phase that is dependent on the interferometer temperature and on the extraction of a linear phase component through a least-squares approach. The use of an instrumental phase parameterized with the interferometer temperature eases the determination of the linear phase that can be extracted using only a narrow spectral region selected to be immune from disturbances. The procedure, in this way, is made robust against phase errors arising from instrumental effects, a key feature to reduce the disturbances through spectra averaging. The method was specifically developed for the Mars IR Mapper spectrometer, that was designed for operation onboard a rover on the Mars surface; the validation was performed using ground and in-flight measurements of the Fourier transform IR spectrometer planetary Fourier spectrometer, onboard the MarsExpress mission. The symmetrization has been exploited also for the spectra calibration, highlighting the issues deriving from the cases of relevant beamsplitter emission. The applicability of this procedure to other instruments is conditional to the presence in the spectra of at least one spectral region with a large SNR along with a negligible (or known) beamsplitter emission. For the PFS instrument, the processing of data with relevant beamsplitter emission has been performed exploiting the absorption carbon dioxide bands present in Martian spectra. PMID:21509063

  2. High pressure phase-transformation induced texture evolution and strengthening in zirconium metal: Experiment and modeling

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    Yu, Xiaohui; Zhang, Ruifeng; Weldon, David; Vogel, Sven C.; Zhang, Jianzhong; Brown, Donald W.; Wang, Yanbin; Reiche, Helmut M.; Wang, Shanmin; Du, Shiyu; Jin, Changqing; Zhao, Yusheng

    2015-07-28

    We studied the phase-transition induced texture changes and strengthening mechanism for zirconium metal under quasi-hydrostatic compression and uni-axial deformation under confined high pressure using the deformation-DIA (D-DIA) apparatus. It is shown that the experimentally obtained texture for ω-phase Zr can be qualitatively described by combining a subset of orientation variants previously proposed in two different models. The determined flow stress for the high-pressure ω-phase is 0.5–1.2 GPa, more than three times higher than that of the α-phase. Using first-principles calculations, we investigated the mechanical and electronic properties of the two Zr polymorphs. We find that the observed strengthening can be attributed to the relatively strong directional bonding in the ω phase, which significantly increases its shear plastic resistance over the α-phase Zr. The present findings provide an alternate route for Zr metal strengthening by high-pressure phase transformation.

  3. High pressure phase-transformation induced texture evolution and strengthening in zirconium metal: Experiment and modeling

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    Yu, Xiaohui; Zhang, Ruifeng; Weldon, David; Vogel, Sven C.; Zhang, Jianzhong; Brown, Donald W.; Wang, Yanbin; Reiche, Helmut M.; Wang, Shanmin; Du, Shiyu; et al

    2015-07-28

    We studied the phase-transition induced texture changes and strengthening mechanism for zirconium metal under quasi-hydrostatic compression and uni-axial deformation under confined high pressure using the deformation-DIA (D-DIA) apparatus. It is shown that the experimentally obtained texture for ω-phase Zr can be qualitatively described by combining a subset of orientation variants previously proposed in two different models. The determined flow stress for the high-pressure ω-phase is 0.5–1.2 GPa, more than three times higher than that of the α-phase. Using first-principles calculations, we investigated the mechanical and electronic properties of the two Zr polymorphs. We find that the observed strengthening can bemore » attributed to the relatively strong directional bonding in the ω phase, which significantly increases its shear plastic resistance over the α-phase Zr. The present findings provide an alternate route for Zr metal strengthening by high-pressure phase transformation.« less

  4. Determination of phase derivatives from a single fringe pattern using Teager Hilbert Huang transform

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    Deepan, B.; Quan, C.; Tay, C. J.

    2016-01-01

    In this paper, a novel sequential algorithm for the estimation of phase derivatives from a single fringe pattern using electronic speckle pattern interferometry (ESPI) is proposed. The algorithm is based on empirical mode decomposition (EMD), vortex operator (VO) and Teager-Kaiser energy operator (TKEO). The empirical mode decomposition normalizes the fringe pattern; while vortex operator provides a 2D complex image and the phase derivatives are obtained using a novel image demodulation method called discrete higher order image demodulation algorithm (DHODA). Unlike phase shifting and Fourier transform methods, the proposed method does not require complex experimental setup or more than one fringe pattern for each deformation state. The proposed method is also able to provide phase derivatives in both the x and ydirections from a single fringe pattern, which is difficult to achieve using shearography. Since the algorithm provides unwrapped phase derivatives directly, it does not require separate phase unwrapping process. Hence it is suitable for dynamic strain and curvature measurement. The proposed algorithm is validated by both simulation and experiment. The results are found to be accurate and the method requires less computation time than existing phase demodulation techniques.

  5. High Pressure Phase-Transformation Induced Texture Evolution and Strengthening in Zirconium Metal: Experiment and Modeling

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    Yu, Xiaohui; Zhang, Ruifeng; Weldon, David; Vogel, Sven C.; Zhang, Jianzhong; Brown, Donald W.; Wang, Yanbin; Reiche, Helmut M.; Wang, Shanmin; Du, Shiyu; Jin, Changqing; Zhao, Yusheng

    2015-01-01

    We studied the phase-transition induced texture changes and strengthening mechanism for zirconium metal under quasi-hydrostatic compression and uni-axial deformation under confined high pressure using the deformation-DIA (D-DIA) apparatus. It is shown that the experimentally obtained texture for ω-phase Zr can be qualitatively described by combining a subset of orientation variants previously proposed in two different models. The determined flow stress for the high-pressure ω-phase is 0.5–1.2 GPa, more than three times higher than that of the α-phase. Using first-principles calculations, we investigated the mechanical and electronic properties of the two Zr polymorphs. We find that the observed strengthening can be attributed to the relatively strong directional bonding in the ω phase, which significantly increases its shear plastic resistance over the α-phase Zr. The present findings provide an alternate route for Zr metal strengthening by high-pressure phase transformation. PMID:26218405

  6. High Pressure Phase-Transformation Induced Texture Evolution and Strengthening in Zirconium Metal: Experiment and Modeling

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    Yu, Xiaohui; Zhang, Ruifeng; Weldon, David; Vogel, Sven C.; Zhang, Jianzhong; Brown, Donald W.; Wang, Yanbin; Reiche, Helmut M.; Wang, Shanmin; Du, Shiyu; Jin, Changqing; Zhao, Yusheng

    2015-07-01

    We studied the phase-transition induced texture changes and strengthening mechanism for zirconium metal under quasi-hydrostatic compression and uni-axial deformation under confined high pressure using the deformation-DIA (D-DIA) apparatus. It is shown that the experimentally obtained texture for ω-phase Zr can be qualitatively described by combining a subset of orientation variants previously proposed in two different models. The determined flow stress for the high-pressure ω-phase is 0.5-1.2 GPa, more than three times higher than that of the α-phase. Using first-principles calculations, we investigated the mechanical and electronic properties of the two Zr polymorphs. We find that the observed strengthening can be attributed to the relatively strong directional bonding in the ω phase, which significantly increases its shear plastic resistance over the α-phase Zr. The present findings provide an alternate route for Zr metal strengthening by high-pressure phase transformation.

  7. Shear-Induced Phase Transformation: From Single-Crystal Silicon to Si-IV

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    Zeng, Guosong; Krick, Brandon; Tansu, Nelson

    2015-03-01

    Silicon has been recognized as one of the most important semiconductors in modern electronics industry. Investigations in the past decades have led to observation of more than 12 different polymorphs of silicon. Among these polymorphs, the wurtzite silicon (Si-IV) shows promising application potential. It has been widely accepted that Si-IV is a metastable phase of silicon forming from annealing Si-III at temperature range between 200 C and 600 C. Besides the annealing, the shear stress can also lead to the phase transition from Si-I into Si-IV. It has been confirmed that the mechanism of shear-induced phase transition is different from that observed from hydrostatic pressure-induced phase transition. However, this shear-induced phase transition has not been studied systematically, and further investigations are required to clarify this transition on silicon. In this work, we develop a new method to study the formation of Si-IV. Combining nanoscratching and micro-Raman spectroscopy, shear effect on Si-I to Si-IV phase transformation has been studied qualitatively and quantitatively. A clear evolution of phase transition of silicon has been recorded. The stability of Si-IV has been analyzed by applying an in-situ Raman measurement under various temperature.

  8. Geometric phase analysis based on the windowed Fourier transform for the deformation field measurement

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    Dai, Xianglu; Xie, Huimin; Wang, Qinghua

    2014-06-01

    The geometric phase analysis (GPA), an important image-based deformation measurement method, has been used at both micro- and nano-scale. However, when a deformed image has apparent distortion, non-ignorable error in the obtained deformation field could occur by using this method. In this paper, the geometric phase analysis based on the windowed Fourier transform (WFT) is proposed to solve the above-mentioned issue, defined as the WFT-GPA method. In WFT-GPA, instead of the Fourier transform (FT), the WFT is utilized to extract the phase field block by block, and therefore more accurate local phase information can be acquired. The simulation tests, which include detailed discussion of influence factors for measurement accuracy such as window size and image noise, are conducted with digital deformed grids. The results verify that the WFT-GPA method not only keeps all advantages of traditional GPA method, but also owns a better accuracy for deformation measurement. Finally, the WFT-GPA method is applied to measure the machining distortion incurred in soft ultraviolet nanoimprint lithography (UV-NIL) process. The successful measurement shows the feasibility of this method and offers a full-field way for characterizing the replication quality of UV-NIL process.

  9. Evidence for the temperature dependence of phase transformation behavior of silicon at nanoscale

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    Mangalampalli S. R. N. Kiran; Tran, Tuan; Smillie, Lachlan; Haberl, Bianca; Subianto, D.; Williams, James S.; Bradby, Jodie E.

    2015-05-27

    This study uses the in-situ high-temperature nanoindentation coupled with electrical measurements to investigate the temperature dependence (25 to 200 C) of the phase transformation behavior of crystalline silicon (dc-Si) at the nanoscale. Along with in-situ indentation and electrical data, ex-situ characterizations such as Raman and cross-sectional transmission electron microscopy (XTEM) have been used to reveal the dominant mode of deformation under the indenter. In contrast to the previous studies, the dominant mode of deformation under the nanoindenter at elevated temperatures is not the dc-Si to metallic phase ( -Sn) transformation. Instead, XTEM images from 150 C indents reveal that the dominant mode of deformation is twinning along {111} planes. While the in-situ high-temperature electrical measurements show an increase in the current due to metallic phase formation up to 125 C, it is absent 150 C, revealing that the formation of the metallic phase is negligible in this regime. Thus, this work provides clear insight into the temperature dependent deformation mechanisms in dc-Si at the nanoscale.

  10. Nanoalloying and phase transformations during thermal treatment of physical mixtures of Pd and Cu nanoparticles

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    Mukundan, Vineetha; Yin, Jun; Joseph, Pharrah; Luo, Jin; Shan, Shiyao; Zakharov, Dmitri N.; Zhong, Chuan-Jian; Malis, Oana

    2014-04-01

    Nanoscale alloying and phase transformations in physical mixtures of Pd and Cu ultrafine nanoparticles are investigated in real time with in situ synchrotron-based x-ray diffraction complemented by ex situ high-resolution transmission electron microscopy. The combination of metal-support interaction and reactive/non-reactive environment was found to determine the thermal evolution and ultimate structure of this binary system. At 300 °C, the nanoparticles supported on silica and carbon black intermix to form a chemically ordered CsCl-type (B2) alloy phase. The B2 phase transforms into a disordered fcc alloy at higher temperature (> 450 °C). The alloy nanoparticles supported on silica and carbon black are homogeneous in volume, but evidence was found of Pd surface enrichment. In sharp contrast, when supported on alumina, the two metals segregated at 300 °C to produce almost pure fcc Cu and Pd phases. Upon further annealing of the mixture on alumina above 600 °C, the two metals interdiffused, forming two distinct disordered alloys of compositions 30% and 90% Pd. The annealing atmosphere also plays a major role in the structural evolution of these bimetallic nanoparticles. The nanoparticles annealed in forming gas are larger than the nanoparticles annealing in helium due to reduction of the surface oxides that promotes coalescence and sintering.

  11. In-situ characterization of highly reversible phase transformation by synchrotron X-ray Laue microdiffraction

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    Chen, Xian; Tamura, Nobumichi; MacDowell, Alastair; James, Richard D.

    2016-05-01

    The alloy Cu25Au30Zn45 undergoes a huge first-order phase transformation (6% strain) and shows a high reversibility under thermal cycling and an unusual martensitc microstructure in sharp contrast to its nearby compositions. This alloy was discovered by systematically tuning the composition so that its lattice parameters satisfy the cofactor conditions (i.e., the kinematic conditions of compatibility between phases). It was conjectured that satisfaction of these conditions is responsible for the enhanced reversibility as well as the observed unusual fluid-like microstructure during transformation, but so far, there has been no direct evidence confirming that these observed microstructures are those predicted by the cofactor conditions. To verify this hypothesis, we use synchrotron X-ray Laue microdiffraction to measure the orientations and structural parameters of variants and phases near the austenite/martensite interface. The areas consisting of both austenite and multi-variants of martensite are scanned by microLaue diffraction. The cofactor conditions have been examined from the kinematic relation of lattice vectors across the interface. The continuity condition of the interface is precisely verified from the correspondent lattice vectors between two phases.

  12. Characterization of carbon ion implantation induced graded microstructure and phase transformation in stainless steel

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    Feng, Kai; Wang, Yibo; Li, Zhuguo; Chu, Paul K.

    2015-08-15

    Austenitic stainless steel 316L is ion implanted by carbon with implantation fluences of 1.2 × 10{sup 17} ions-cm{sup −} {sup 2}, 2.4 × 10{sup 17} ions-cm{sup −} {sup 2}, and 4.8 × 10{sup 17} ions-cm{sup −} {sup 2}. The ion implantation induced graded microstructure and phase transformation in stainless steel is investigated by X-ray diffraction, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and high resolution transmission electron microscopy. The corrosion resistance is evaluated by potentiodynamic test. It is found that the initial phase is austenite with a small amount of ferrite. After low fluence carbon ion implantation, an amorphous layer and ferrite phase enriched region underneath are formed. Nanophase particles precipitate from the amorphous layer due to energy minimization and irradiation at larger ion implantation fluence. The morphology of the precipitated nanophase particles changes from circular to dumbbell-like with increasing implantation fluence. The corrosion resistance of stainless steel is enhanced by the formation of amorphous layer and graphitic solid state carbon after carbon ion implantation. - Highlights: • Carbon implantation leads to phase transformation from austenite to ferrite. • The passive film on SS316L becomes thinner after carbon ion implantation. • An amorphous layer is formed by carbon ion implantation. • Nanophase precipitate from amorphous layer at higher ion implantation fluence. • Corrosion resistance of SS316L is improved by carbon implantation.

  13. Evidence for the temperature dependence of phase transformation behavior of silicon at nanoscale

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    Mangalampalli S. R. N. Kiran; Tran, Tuan; Smillie, Lachlan; Haberl, Bianca; Subianto, D.; Williams, James S.; Bradby, Jodie E.

    2015-05-27

    This study uses the in-situ high-temperature nanoindentation coupled with electrical measurements to investigate the temperature dependence (25 to 200 C) of the phase transformation behavior of crystalline silicon (dc-Si) at the nanoscale. Along with in-situ indentation and electrical data, ex-situ characterizations such as Raman and cross-sectional transmission electron microscopy (XTEM) have been used to reveal the dominant mode of deformation under the indenter. In contrast to the previous studies, the dominant mode of deformation under the nanoindenter at elevated temperatures is not the dc-Si to metallic phase ( -Sn) transformation. Instead, XTEM images from 150 C indents reveal that themore » dominant mode of deformation is twinning along {111} planes. While the in-situ high-temperature electrical measurements show an increase in the current due to metallic phase formation up to 125 C, it is absent 150 C, revealing that the formation of the metallic phase is negligible in this regime. Thus, this work provides clear insight into the temperature dependent deformation mechanisms in dc-Si at the nanoscale.« less

  14. Novel copyright information hiding method based on random phase matrix of Fresnel diffraction transforms

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    Cao, Chao; Chen, Ru-jun

    2009-10-01

    In this paper, we present a new copyright information hide method for digital images in Moiré fringe formats. The copyright information is embedded into the protected image and the detecting image based on Fresnel phase matrix. Firstly, using Fresnel diffraction transform, the random phase matrix of copyright information is generated. Then, according to Moiré fringe principle, the protected image and the detecting image are modulated respectively based on the random phase matrix, and the copyright information is embedded into them. When the protected image and the detecting image are overlapped, the copyright information can reappear. Experiment results show that our method has good concealment performance, and is a new way for copyright protection.

  15. Controlling magnetoelectric coupling by nanoscale phase transformation instrain engineered bismuth ferrite

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    Liu, Y. Y.; Vasudevan, Rama K; Pan, K.; Xie, S. H.; Liang, W. -I.; Kumar, Amit; Jesse, Stephen; Chen, Y. -C.; Chu, Y.-H.; Nagarajan, Valanoor; Kalinin, Sergei V; Li, J. Y.

    2012-01-01

    The magnetoelectric coupling in multiferroic materials is promising for a wide range of applications, yet manipulating magnetic ordering by electric field proves elusive to obtain and difficult to control. In this paper, we explore the prospect of controlling magnetic ordering in misfit strained bismuth ferrite (BiFeO3, BFO) films, combining theoretical analysis, numerical simulations, and experimental characterizations. Electric field induced transformation from a tetragonal phase to a distorted rhombohedral one in strain engineered BFO films has been identified by thermodynamic analysis, and realized by scanning probe microscopy (SPM) experiment. By breaking the rotational symmetry of a tip-induced electric field as suggested by phase field simulation, the morphology of distorted rhombohedral variants has been delicately controlled and regulated. Such capabilities enable nanoscale control of magnetoelectric coupling in strain engineered BFO films that is difficult to achieve otherwise, as demonstrated by phase field simulations.

  16. ISAR Imaging of Maneuvering Targets Based on the Modified Discrete Polynomial-Phase Transform.

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    Wang, Yong; Abdelkader, Ali Cherif; Zhao, Bin; Wang, Jinxiang

    2015-01-01

    Inverse synthetic aperture radar (ISAR) imaging of a maneuvering target is a challenging task in the field of radar signal processing. The azimuth echo can be characterized as a multi-component polynomial phase signal (PPS) after the translational compensation, and the high quality ISAR images can be obtained by the parameters estimation of it combined with the Range-Instantaneous-Doppler (RID) technique. In this paper, a novel parameters estimation algorithm of the multi-component PPS with order three (cubic phase signal-CPS) based on the modified discrete polynomial-phase transform (MDPT) is proposed, and the corresponding new ISAR imaging algorithm is presented consequently. This algorithm is efficient and accurate to generate a focused ISAR image, and the results of real data demonstrate the effectiveness of it. PMID:26404299

  17. Small interfering ribonucleic acid induces liquid-to-ripple phase transformation in a phospholipid membrane

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    Choubey, Amit; Nomura, Ken-ichi; Kalia, Rajiv K.; Nakano, Aiichiro; Vashishta, Priya

    2014-09-15

    Small interfering ribonucleic acid (siRNA) molecules play a pivotal role in silencing gene expression via the RNA interference mechanism. A key limitation to the widespread implementation of siRNA therapeutics is the difficulty of delivering siRNA-based drugs to cells. Here, we examine changes in the structure and dynamics of a dipalmitoylphosphatidylcholine bilayer in the presence of a siRNA molecule and mechanical barriers to siRNA transfection in the bilayer. Our all-atom molecular dynamics simulation shows that siRNA induces a liquid crystalline-to-ripple phase transformation in the bilayer. The ripple phase consists of a major region of non-interdigitated and a minor region of interdigitated lipid molecules with an intervening kink. In the ripple phase, hydrocarbon chains of lipid molecules have large compressive stresses, which present a considerable barrier to siRNA transfection.

  18. ISAR Imaging of Maneuvering Targets Based on the Modified Discrete Polynomial-Phase Transform

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    Wang, Yong; Abdelkader, Ali Cherif; Zhao, Bin; Wang, Jinxiang

    2015-01-01

    Inverse synthetic aperture radar (ISAR) imaging of a maneuvering target is a challenging task in the field of radar signal processing. The azimuth echo can be characterized as a multi-component polynomial phase signal (PPS) after the translational compensation, and the high quality ISAR images can be obtained by the parameters estimation of it combined with the Range-Instantaneous-Doppler (RID) technique. In this paper, a novel parameters estimation algorithm of the multi-component PPS with order three (cubic phase signal-CPS) based on the modified discrete polynomial-phase transform (MDPT) is proposed, and the corresponding new ISAR imaging algorithm is presented consequently. This algorithm is efficient and accurate to generate a focused ISAR image, and the results of real data demonstrate the effectiveness of it. PMID:26404299

  19. Variant selection in transformation texture from the {beta} to {alpha} phase in Cu-40 mass% Zn alloy

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    Yasuda, H.Y.; Sakata, T.; Umakoshi, Y.

    1999-04-23

    The rolling texture and variant selection in texture during the phase transformation from {beta} to {alpha} in Cu-40 mass% Zn were investigated using X-ray back reflection and electron back-scatter diffraction pattern (EBSP) techniques. The rolling texture of the {beta} parent phase, before the phase transformation, was composed of {l_brace}111{r_brace}{l_angle}1{bar 1}0{r_angle}, {l_brace}001{r_brace}{l_angle}110{r_angle} and {l_brace}111{r_brace}{l_angle}{bar 1}{bar 1}2{r_angle}. Variant selection occurred during the {beta} to {alpha} phase transformation from the cold-rolled parent {beta} phase, even when the phase transformation following the Kurdjumov-Sachs relationship was controlled by a diffusion process. The variant selection was related to the Bain distortion for each {alpha} variant during the phase transformation from the {beta} to {alpha} phase. A limited set of {alpha} variants was chosen to minimize the residual stress induced in the deformed {beta} parent phase by the Bain distortion. The type of selected variants changed with the rolling texture of {beta} parent phase. The selectivity of specific variants increased and was stimulated by both annealing temperature and rolling reduction.

  20. Electric field effect on the rhombohedral-rhombohedral phase transformation in tin modified lead zirconate titanate ceramics

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    Yang, Pin; Rodriguez, Mark A.; Burns, George R.; Stavig, Mark E.; Moore, Roger H.

    2004-04-01

    The ferroelectric-to-ferroelectic phase transformation between the high temperature (FERH) and the low temperature (FERL) rhomobohedral phases in lead based perovskite under the dc bias conditions was investigated. Dielectric measurements show that an external electric field stabilizes the FERL phase and moves the phase transformation to a higher temperature. The observation has been further verified by an in situ microfocused x-ray study where an external field can effectively induce the oxygen octahedral tilting in the crystalline lattice and extends the thermal stability region of the FERL phase to a higher temperature. An analysis based on the combination of the Clausius-Clapeyron relationship with lattice dynamic principles suggests that the transformation from FERH to FERL is driven by a short-range interaction in the crystalline lattice. The origin of this short-range interaction is proposed, based on the structural evolution during the phase transformation. Experimental evidence suggests that such interaction driving the structural instability can be exploited by an external electric field near the phase transformation temperature and leads to an unusual, transient field-enhanced deformation near the FERH/FERL phase transformation.

  1. The mechansims by which solute nitrogen affects phase transformations and mechanical properties of automotive dual-phase sheet steel

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    Brown, Tyson W.

    Dual-phase steels have seen increased use in automotive applications in recent years, in order to meet the goals of weight reduction and occupant safety. Variations in nitrogen content that may be encountered in steel sourced from a basic oxygen furnace process compared to an electric arc furnace process require that dual-phase steel producers understand the ways that nitrogen affects processing and properties. In the current work, the distribution of nitrogen was investigated in a dual-phase steel with a base chemistry of 0.1 C, 2.0 Mn, 0.2 Cr, 0.2 Mo (wt pct) across a range of nitrogen contents (30-159 ppm) with Al (0.2 and 0.08 wt pct), and Ti (0.02 wt pct) additions used for precipitation control of nitrogen amounts. The distribution of nitrogen amongst trapping sites, including precipitates, grain boundaries, dislocations, and interstitial sites (away from other types of defects) was determined from a combination of electrolytic dissolution, internal friction, and three-dimensional atom probe tomography experiments. Various mechanisms by which different amounts and locations of nitrogen affect phase transformations and mechanical properties were identified from quantitative metallography, dilatometric measurement of phase transformations, tensile testing, and nanoindentation hardness testing. Results indicate nitrogen that is not precipitated with Ti or Al (free nitrogen) partitions to austenite (and thus martensite) during typical intercritical annealing treatments, and is mostly contained in Cottrell atmospheres in martensite. Due to the austenite stabilizing effect of nitrogen, the presence of free nitrogen during intercritical annealing leads to a higher austenite fraction in certain conditions. Thus, the presence of free nitrogen in a dual-phase microstructure will lead to an increase in tensile and yield strengths from both an increase in martensite fraction, and an increase in martensite hardness due to solid solution strengthening. Despite the presence

  2. Stress dependence of thermally driven pyroelectric charge release during FER-FEO phase transformations in [011] cut relaxor ferroelectric crystals

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    Dong, Wen D.; Finkel, Peter; Amin, Ahmed; Lynch, Christopher S.

    2012-06-01

    The stress dependence of thermally driven polarization change is reported for a ferroelectric rhombohedral to ferroelectric orthorhombic phase transformation in [011] cut and poled Pb(In1/2Nb1/2)O3-Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3-PbTiO3 (PIN-PMN-PT). A jump in polarization and strain is associated with a phase transformation of the ferroelectric material. The phase transformation temperature can be tuned, over a broad temperature range, through the application of bias stress. This phenomenon has applications in the field of energy harvesting and thermal sensing.

  3. Development of a carburizing and quenching simulation tool: A material model for low carbon steels undergoing phase transformations

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    Bammann, D.; Prantil, V.; Kumar, A.

    1996-06-24

    An internal state variable formulation for phase transforming alloy steels is presented. We have illustrated how local transformation plasticity can be accommodated by an appropriate choice for the corresponding internal stress field acting between the phases. The state variable framework compares well with a numerical micromechanical calculation providing a discrete dependence of microscopic plasticity on volume fraction and the stress dependence attributable to a softer parent phase. The multiphase model is used to simulate the stress state of a quenched bar and show qualitative trends in the response when the transformation phenomenon is incorporated on the length scale of a global boundary value problem.

  4. Identifying stable phase coupling associated with cerebral autoregulation using the synchrosqueezed cross-wavelet transform and low oscillation morlet wavelets.

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    Addison, Paul S

    2015-08-01

    A novel method of identifying stable phase coupling behavior of two signals within the wavelet transform time-frequency plane is presented. The technique employs the cross-wavelet transform to provide a map of phase coupling followed by synchrosqueezing to collect the stable phase regime information. The resulting synchrosqueezed cross-wavelet transform method (Synchro-CrWT) is illustrated using a synthetic signal and then applied to the analysis of the relationship between biosignals used in the analysis of cerebral autoregulation function. PMID:26737649

  5. In-situ Phase Transformation and Deformation of Iron at High Pressure andTemperature

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    Miyagi, Lowell; Kunz, Martin; Knight, Jason; Nasiatka, James; Voltolini, Marco; Wenk, Hans-Rudolf

    2008-07-01

    With a membrane based mechanism to allow for pressure change of a sample in aradial diffraction diamond anvil cell (rDAC) and simultaneous infra-red laser heating, itis now possible to investigate texture changes during deformation and phasetransformations over a wide range of temperature-pressure conditions. The device isused to study bcc (alpha), fcc (gamma) and hcp (epislon) iron. In bcc iron, room temperature compression generates a texture characterized by (100) and (111) poles parallel to the compression direction. During the deformation induced phase transformation to hcp iron, a subset of orientations are favored to transform to the hcp structure first and generate a texture of (01-10) at high angles to the compression direction. Upon further deformation, the remaining grains transform, resulting in a texture that obeys the Burgers relationship of (110)bcc // (0001)hcp. This is in contrast to high temperature results that indicate that texture is developed through dominant pyramidal {2-1-12}<2-1-13> and basal (0001)-{2-1-10} slip based on polycrystal plasticity modeling. We also observe that the high temperature fcc phase develops a 110 texture typical for fcc metals deformed in compression.

  6. Phase transformations in the transition zone of the mantle and possible changes in the earth's radius

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    Barsukov, V. L.; Urusov, V. S.

    1982-12-01

    A survey of the sequence of phase transitions in the MgO-FeO-SiO2 system under the conditions of the earth's mantle shows that experimentally observed structural state transformations correctly explain the principal discontinuities encountered in the increase in density with depth within the earth. The properties of the ilmenite, corundum, and perovskite modifications of MgSiO3 are evaluated for what is believed to be the first time. It is shown that all the transformations occurring in the upper mantle and in the transition zone proceed with a positive slope of dP/dT, whereas the transition into a mixture of the perovskite modification and periclase (MgO), which explains the boundary between the transition zone and the lower mantle, has a negative slope. An assessment is made of the changes that may have occurred in the density of individual layers deep within the earth in response to the increasing depth of phase transformations. It is believed that this effect may have been responsible for increases in the earth's radius by 3-5% over the last two billion years.

  7. Structural and optical properties of short peptides: nanotubes-to-nanofibers phase transformation.

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    Handelman, Amir; Natan, Amir; Rosenman, Gil

    2014-07-01

    Thermally induced phase transformation in bioorganic nanotubes, which self-assembled from two ultrashort dipeptides of different origin, aromatic diphenylalanine (FF) and aliphatic dileucine (LL), is studied. In both FF and LL nanotubes, irreversible phase transformation found at 120-180 °C is governed by linear-to-cyclic dipeptide molecular modification followed by formation of extended β-sheet structure. As a result of this process, native open-end FF and LL nanotubes are transformed into ultrathin nanofibrils. Found deep reconstructions at all levels from macroscopic (morphology) and structural space symmetry to molecular give rise to new optical properties in both aromatic FF and aliphatic LL nanofibrils and generation of blue photoluminescence (PL) emission. It is shown that observed blue PL peak is similar in these supramolecular nanofibrillar structures and is excited by the network of non-covalent hydrogen bonds that link newly thermally induced neighboring cyclic dipeptide strands to final extended β-sheet structure of amyloid-like nanofibrils. The observed blue PL peak in short dipeptide nanofibrils is similar to the blue PL peak that was recently found in amyloid fibrils and can be considered as the optical signature of β-sheet structures. Nanotubular structures were characterized by environmental scanning electron microscope, ToF-secondary ion mass spectroscopy, CD and fluorescence spectroscopy. PMID:24895323

  8. Kinetics of hexacelsian to celsian phase transformation in SrAl2Si2O8

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    Bansal, Narottam P.; Drummond, Charles H., III

    1992-01-01

    The kinetics of hexacelsian to celsian phase transformation in SrAl2Si2O8 have been investigated. Phase pure hexacelsian was prepared by heat treatment of glass flakes at 990 C for 10 h. Bulk hexacelsian was isothermally heat treated at 1026, 1050, 1100, 1152, and 1200 C for various times. The amounts of monoclinic celsian formed were determined using quantitative X-ray diffraction. Values of reaction rate constant, k, at various temperatures were evaluated from the Avrami equation. The Avrami parameter was determined to be 1.1, suggesting a diffusionless, one-dimensional transformation mechanism. From the temperature dependence of k, the activation energy for this reaction was evaluated to be 527 plus or minus 50 kJ/mole (126 plus or minus 12 kcal/mole). This value is consistent with a mechanism involving the transformation of the layered hexacelsian structure to a three-dimensional network celsian structure which necessitates breaking of the strongest bonds, the Si-O bonds.

  9. Large-aperture continuous-phase diffractive optical element for beam transform

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    Tan, Qiaofeng; Yan, Yingbai; Jin, Guofan; Wu, Minxian

    1999-11-01

    Beam transform, such as to obtain uniform focal spot with flat top, steep edge, low side lobes and high light efficiency, can be realized well by diffractive optical element (DOE). The DOE has many advantages, such as high light efficiency and strong phase distribution design flexibility. To increase the light efficiency and decrease large-angle scattering, continuous phase DOE should be used. The phase design is competed by a kind of multi-resolution hybrid algorithm based on hill-climbing and simulated annealing, which exploits sufficiently strong convergence ability of the hill climbing and global optimization potential of the simulated annealing. A kind of phase distribution with good geometrical structure and diameter 80 mm is obtained by choosing disturbance function, receipt and refused probability and so on. The simulated results show that the light efficiency is more than 95 percent, and the non-uniformity is less than 5 percent. Because the etching depth is direct proportion to the exposure time, to obtain continuous phase DOE, a kind of hollowed-out mask, namely gray-scale mask is used to control exposure time of each are. The mask is manufactured by linear cutting machine. The continuous phase DOE with diameter 80mm is fabricated by ion-etching with the mask. Finally, the tolerance of manufacturing error including depth error and alignment error are analyzed.

  10. Structural transformation of Sb-based high-speed phase-change material.

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    Matsunaga, Toshiyuki; Kojima, Rie; Yamada, Noboru; Kubota, Yoshiki; Kifune, Kouichi

    2012-12-01

    The crystal structure of a phase-change recording material (the compound Ag(3.4)In(3.7)Sb(76.4)Te(16.5)) enclosed in a vacuum capillary tube was investigated at various temperatures in a heating process using a large Debye-Scherrer camera installed in BL02B2 at SPring-8. The amorphous phase of this material turns into a crystalline phase at around 416 K; this crystalline phase has an A7-type structure with atoms of Ag, In, Sb or Te randomly occupying the 6c site in the space group. This structure was maintained up to around 545 K as a single phase, although thermal expansion of the crystal lattice was observed. However, above this temperature, phase separation into AgInTe(2) and Sb-Te transpired. The first fragment, AgInTe(2), reliably maintained its crystal structure up to the melting temperature. On the other hand, the atomic configuration of the Sb-Te gradually varied with increasing temperature. This gradual structural transformation can be described as a continuous growth of the modulation period γ. PMID:23165592

  11. Effects of Nereis diversicolor on the transformation of 1-methylpyrene and pyrene: transformation efficiency and identification of phase I and II products.

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    Malmquist, Linus M V; Christensen, Jan H; Selck, Henriette

    2013-05-21

    Transformation of nonsubstituted and alkyl-substituted polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) by the benthic invertebrate Nereis diversicolor was compared in this study. Pyrene and 1-methylpyrene were used as model compounds for nonsubstituted and alkyl-substituted PAHs, respectively. Qualitative and quantitative analyses of metabolites and parent compounds in worm tissue, water, and sediment were performed. Transformation of 1-methylpyrene generated the benzylic hydroxylated phase I product, 1-pyrenecarboxylic acid that comprised 90% of the total metabolites of 1-methylpyrene, and was mainly found in water extracts. We tentatively identified 1-methylpyrene glucuronides and 1-carbonylpyrene glycine as phase II metabolites not previously reported in literature. Pyrene was biotransformed to 1-hydroxypyrene, pyrene-1-sulfate, pyrene-1-glucuronide, and pyrene glucoside sulfate, with pyrene-1-glucuronide as the most prominent metabolite. Transformation of 1-methylpyrene (21% transformed) was more than 3 times as efficient as pyrene transformation (5.6% transformed). Because crude oils contain larger amounts of C₁-C₄-substituted PAHs than nonsubstituted PAHs, the rapid and efficient transformation of sediment-associated 1-methylpyrene may result in a high exposure of water-living organisms to metabolites of alkyl-substituted PAHs, whose toxicities are unknown. This study demonstrates the need to consider fate and effects of substituted PAHs and their metabolites in risk assessments. PMID:23611659

  12. Characterization of solid phases and study of transformation kinetics in m-chlorofluorobenzene by 35Cl nuclear quadrupole resonance.

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    Pérez, Silvina; Wolfenson, Alberto

    2012-02-01

    Polymorphism is of widespread occurrence in the world of molecular crystals. In this work we present experimental results showing the existence of four solid phases in m-chlorofluorobenzene. A glass structure is achieved by quenching the liquid phase at 77 K. This glassy state crystallizes in a disordered phase at T~143 K, which in turn transforms to the high-temperature stable phase (phase I) at T~153 K. Depending on the thermal history of the sample, a different ordered phase (phase III) can be obtained. The disorder is attributed to a molecular orientational disorder. There is no evidence of molecular reorientation in any phase. A study of the disorder-order phase transformation kinetics, using nuclear quadrupole resonance, is presented. The results are analyzed following Cahn's theory. Nucleation seems to take place at grain boundaries. Growth rates for different temperatures have been determined. PMID:22209621

  13. Phase transformation studies in unirradiated and proton beam irradiated Ni-Ti alloy between 25 and 100°C

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    Ayub, Rana; Afzal, Naveed; Ahmad, R.

    2012-06-01

    The stress-induced phase transformation characteristics of unirradiated and proton beam irradiated NiTi alloy were investigated at different tests temperatures. The wire-shaped NiTi specimens were irradiated by 2 MeV proton beam for 30 min at room temperature to a flux of 1019 protons/m2 s. Engineering stress-strain (S-S) curves of both unirradiated and irradiated specimens were obtained using a materials testing machine at 25, 50, 75 and 100°C. The results indicate a single-stage phase transformation from austenite to martensite (B2-B19‧) in unirraidated specimens at all the test temperatures. In contrast, in the case of the irradiated specimens, a two-stage austenite-rhombohedral-martensite (B2-R-B19‧) phase transformation is observed at 25 and 50°C. The B2-R-B19‧ phase transformation, however, is found to change into B2-B19‧ transformation at 75 and 100°C. The stress required to initiate the B19‧ phase transformation (σMS) and the plateau range are found to be lower in irradiated specimens compared with those of the unirradiated specimens. The results obtained are discussed on the basis of the formation of Ni4Ti3 precipitates in irradiated specimens and their consequences on the phase transformations.

  14. 1D linear-phase band-pass multiplierless FIR Hilbert transformers and filters

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    Pavlović, Vlastimir D.; Dončov, Nebojša S.; Ćirić, Dejan G.

    2016-06-01

    An original analytical method, based on modified Christoffel-Darboux formula, is used in the paper in order to synthesise a linear-phase band-pass finite impulse response (FIR) filter function that can have an effect of Hilbert transformer. New structure of the band-pass FIR filter in recursive realisation, together with the corresponding difference equation, is presented providing the efficient filter solution without multipliers. Several examples of filter types for different parity of two real free integer parameters, including a particular solution of Hilbert transformer, are considered in terms of required number of adders and values of cut-off frequencies of the pass and stop bands. A comparison of the proposed band-pass filter characteristics with those of a classical filter solution is provided in the paper.

  15. Time resolved optical methods for investigation of phase transformations in materials exposed to nanosecond laser pulses

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    Martan, J.; Semmar, N.; Cibulka, O.

    2011-06-01

    Infrared (IR) radiometry and time resolved reflectivity (TRR) methods can be used for investigation of laser pulse effects on materials in nanosecond time scale. The methods in combination are capable to quantify object temperature and detect phase transformations in the solid state, melting and plasma formation from vapour. Measurements with different laser pulse energy densities provide threshold of the transformation. The melt duration can be also determined. The experimental system is described. It contains KrF excimer laser with homogenizer and variable attenuator, fast IR detector for radiometry, continuous probing laser with Si photodiode for reflectivity measurement and UV detector for pump laser pulse reflection measurement. The system was applied to investigation of responses to laser light of silicon and different pure metals and alloys. The range of energy densities used was 1-5500 mJ.cm-2 and measurements were done with temporal resolution of 6 ns for radiometry and 1 ns for reflectivity.

  16. Structural and phase transformations and properties of TiNi-TiCu quasi-binary alloys

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    Kuranova, N. N.; Pushin, A. V.; Pushin, V. G.; Korolev, A. V.; Kourov, N. I.

    2016-04-01

    The influence of copper doping (25 at. %) upon the structural and phase transformations of triple alloys of the TiNi-TiCu quasi-binary cut is studied by transmission and scanning electron microscopy and electron and X-ray diffraction. A generalized complete diagram of B2 ↔ B19', B2 ↔ B19 ↔ B19', and B2 ↔ B19 thermoelastic transformations proceeding upon cooling as the copper content increases in the intervals of 0-8, 8-15, and 15-25 at. %, respectively, is constructed. Specificities of changes in the mechanical properties and microstructure of B19 and B19' martensites in relation to copper doping are studied.

  17. Phase transformations and the spectral reflectance of solid sulfur - Can metastable sulfur allotropes exist on Io?

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    Moses, Julianne I.; Nash, Douglas B.

    1991-01-01

    Laboratory investigations have been conducted on the effects of variations in sulfur sample histories on their solid-state transformation rate and the corresponding spectral variation of freshly frozen sulfur. The temporal variations in question may be due to differences in the amount and type of metastable allotropes present in the sulfur after solidification, as well as to the physics of the phase-transformation process itself. The results obtained are pertinent to the physical behavior and spectral variation of such freshly solidified sulfur as may exist on the Jupiter moon Io; this would initially solidify into a glassy solid or monoclinic crystalline lattice, then approach ambient dayside temperatures. Laboratory results imply that the monoclinic or polymeric allotropes can in these circumstances be maintained, and will take years to convert to the stable orthorhombic crystalline form.

  18. Cost-Optimal Design of a 3-Phase Core Type Transformer by Gradient Search Technique

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    Basak, R.; Das, A.; Sensarma, A. K.; Sanyal, A. N.

    2014-04-01

    3-phase core type transformers are extensively used as power and distribution transformers in power system and their cost is a sizable proportion of the total system cost. Therefore they should be designed cost-optimally. The design methodology for reaching cost-optimality has been discussed in details by authors like Ramamoorty. It has also been discussed in brief in some of the text-books of electrical design. The paper gives a method for optimizing design, in presence of constraints specified by the customer and the regulatory authorities, through gradient search technique. The starting point has been chosen within the allowable parameter space the steepest decent path has been followed for convergence. The step length has been judiciously chosen and the program has been maneuvered to avoid local minimal points. The method appears to be best as its convergence is quickest amongst different optimizing techniques.

  19. Phase transformation theory: A powerful tool for the design of advanced steels

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    Caballero, F. G.; Miller, M. K.; Garcia-Mateo, C.; Capdevila, C.; Garcia de Andrés, C.

    2008-12-01

    An innovative design procedure based on phase transformation theory alone has been successfully applied to design steels with a microstructure consisting of a mixture of bainitic ferrite, retained austenite, and some martensite. An increase in the amount of bainitic ferrite is needed in order to avoid the presence of large regions of untransformed austenite, which under stress decompose to brittle martensite. The design procedure addresses this diffi culty by adjusting the T'o curve to greater carbon concentrations with the use of substitutional solutes such as manganese and chromium. The concepts of bainite transformation theory can be exploited even further to design steels with strength in excess of 2.5 GPa and considerable toughness.

  20. Automated pathologies detection in retina digital images based on complex continuous wavelet transform phase angles.

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    Lahmiri, Salim; Gargour, Christian S; Gabrea, Marcel

    2014-10-01

    An automated diagnosis system that uses complex continuous wavelet transform (CWT) to process retina digital images and support vector machines (SVMs) for classification purposes is presented. In particular, each retina image is transformed into two one-dimensional signals by concatenating image rows and columns separately. The mathematical norm of phase angles found in each one-dimensional signal at each level of CWT decomposition are relied on to characterise the texture of normal images against abnormal images affected by exudates, drusen and microaneurysms. The leave-one-out cross-validation method was adopted to conduct experiments and the results from the SVM show that the proposed approach gives better results than those obtained by other methods based on the correct classification rate, sensitivity and specificity. PMID:26609393

  1. Phase Transformations and Crack Initiation in a High-Chromium Cast Steel Under Hot Compression Tests

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    Tchuindjang, Jérôme Tchoufang; Torres, Ingrid Neira; Flores, Paulo; Habraken, Anne Marie; Lecomte-Beckers, Jacqueline

    2015-05-01

    The mechanical behavior of the fully austenitic matrix of high-chromium cast steel (HCCS) alloy is determined by external compression stress applied at 300 and 700 °C. The microstructure is roughly characterized toward both optical and scanning electron microscopy analyses. Dilatometry is used during heating from room temperature up to austenitization to study the solid-state phase transformations, precipitation, and dissolution reactions. Two various strengthening phenomena (precipitation hardening and stress-induced bainite transformation) and one softening mechanism (dynamic recovery) are highlighted from compression tests. The influence of the temperature and the carbide type on the mechanical behavior of the HCCS material is also enhanced. Cracks observed on grain boundary primary carbides allow establishing a rough damage model. The crack initiation within the HCCS alloy is strongly dependent on the temperature, the externally applied stress, and the matrix strength and composition.

  2. Microstructural Evidence for Conditioning-dependent (delta) -> (alpha)' Transformations in Retained (delta)-phase Pu-Ga

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    Jeffries, J R; Blobaum, K M; Wall, M A; Schwartz, A J

    2008-06-16

    The retained {delta} phase of a Pu-1.9 at.% Ga alloy is metastable with respect to the martensitic {delta} {yields} {alpha}{prime} transformation that occurs at low temperatures. This transformation has been shown to proceed by means of an isothermal martensitic mode, but the kinetics of the transformation are atypical. The transformation exhibits a 'double-C' in a time-temperature-transformation diagram, wherein there exist two temperatures where a given amount of transformation occurs in a minimum amount of time. The cause of the double-C kinetics remains uncertain, eliciting proposals of multiple mechanisms, multiple paths, or different morphologies as possible origins. Recently, a 'conditioning' treatment was found to affect the {delta} {yields} {alpha}{prime} transformation, but the underlying mechanism by which the conditioning treatment influences the transformation has not yet been resolved. In this study, microstructural characterization as a function of temperature, time, and conditioning has been employed to illuminate the role of conditioning in the {delta} {yields} {alpha}{prime} transformation. Conditioning is found to enhance transformation in the upper-C and to enable transformation in the lower-C. The data garnered from these experiments suggest that conditioning is intimately linked to nucleation processes and of little consequence to the growth and morphology of the {alpha}{prime} product phase.

  3. TEM Study of the Growth Mechanism, Phase Transformation, and Core/shell Structure of Semiconductor Nanowires

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    Wong, Tai Lun

    In this thesis, the fabrication and characterization of one-dimensional nanostructures have been studied systematically to understand the growth mechanism and structure transformation of one-dimensional nanostructures. The growth behavior of the ultrathin ZnSe nanowires with diameter less than 60 nm was found to be different from classical vapor-liquid-solid (VLS) process. The growth rate increases when the diameter of nanowires decreases, in contrast to the classical VLS process in which the growth rate increases with the diameter. The nucleation, initial growth, growth rates, defects, interface structures and growth direction of the nanowires were investigated by high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM). We found the structure and growth direction of ultra-thin nanowires are highly sensitive to growth temperatures and diameters of nanowires. At a low growth temperature (380°C), the growth direction for most nanowires is along <111>. Planar defects were found throughout the nanowires. At a high growth temperature (530°C), uniform nanowires with diameters around 10nm were grown along <110> and <112> directions, and the nanowires with diameters larger than 20nm were mainly grown along <111> direction. The possible growth mechanism of ultrathin nanowires was proposed by combining the solid catalytic growth with the interface diffusion theory, in order to explain how the growth temperature and the size of the catalysts influent the morphology, growth direction and growth rate of ultrathin nanowires. Structural and phase transformation of a nickel coated Si nanowire to NiSi2/SiC core-shell nanowire heterostructures has been investigated by the in-situ Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM). The phase transformation is a single-site nucleation process and therefore a single crystalline NiSi2 core resulted in the core-shell nanowire heterostructures. The transformation of the Si nanowire to NiSi2/SiC core-shell nanowire heterostructures was extremely

  4. Numerical estimation of phase transformations in solid state during Yb:YAG laser heating of steel sheets

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    Kubiak, Marcin Piekarska, Wiesława; Domański, Tomasz; Saternus, Zbigniew; Stano, Sebastian

    2015-03-10

    This work concerns the numerical modeling of heat transfer and phase transformations in solid state occurring during the Yb:YAG laser beam heating process. The temperature field is obtained by the numerical solution into transient heat transfer equation with convective term. The laser beam heat source model is developed using the Kriging interpolation method with experimental measurements of Yb:YAG laser beam profile taken into account. Phase transformations are calculated on the basis of Johnson - Mehl - Avrami (JMA) and Koistinen - Marburger (KM) kinetics models as well as continuous heating transformation (CHT) and continuous cooling transformation (CCT) diagrams for S355 steel. On the basis of developed numerical algorithms 3D computer simulations are performed in order to predict temperature history and phase transformations in Yb:YAG laser heating process.

  5. In situ observation of quasimelting of diamond and reversible graphite-diamond phase transformations.

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    Huang, J Y

    2007-08-01

    Because of technique difficulties in achieving the extreme high-pressure and high-temperature (HPHT) simultaneously, direct observation of the structures of carbon at extreme HPHT conditions has not been possible. Banhart and Ajayan discovered remarkably that carbon onions can act as nanoscopic pressure cells to generate high pressures. By heating carbon onions to approximately 700 degrees C and under electron beam irradiation, the graphite-to-diamond transformation was observed in situ by transmission electron microscopy (TEM). However, the highest achievable temperature in a TEM heating holder is less than 1000 degrees C. Here we report that, by using carbon nanotubes as heaters and carbon onions as high-pressure cells, temperatures higher than 2000 degrees C and pressures higher than 40 GPa were achieved simultaneously in carbon onions. At such HPHT conditions and facilitated by electron beam irradiation, the diamond formed in the carbon onion cores frequently changed its shape, size, orientation, and internal structure and moved like a fluid, implying that it was in a quasimelting state. The fluctuation between the solid phase of diamond and the fluid/amorphous phase of diamond-like carbon, and the changes of the shape, size, and orientation of the solid diamond, were attributed to the dynamic crystallization of diamond crystal from the quasimolten state and the dynamic graphite-diamond phase transformations. Our discovery offers unprecedented opportunities to studying the nanostructures of carbon at extreme conditions in situ and at an atomic scale. PMID:17628113

  6. Atomic-Level Simulation of Epitaxial Recrystallization and Phase Transformation in SiC

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    Gao, Fei; Devanathan, Ram; Zhang, Yanwen; Posselt, Matthias; Weber, William J.

    2006-06-01

    A nano-sized amorphous layer embedded in a perfect crystal has been created to study the amorphous-to-crystalline (a-c) transition and subsequent phase transformation in 3C-SiC by means of classical molecular dynamics methods. The recovery of bond defects and the rearrangement of atoms at the interfaces are important processes driving the initial epitaxial recrystallization of the amorphous layer, which is eventually hindered by the nucleation and growth of a polycrystalline 2H-SiC phase. A spectrum of activation energies, ranging from about 0.8 eV to 2.0 eV, is associated with these processes. Following formation of the 2H phase, the kink sites and triple junctions formed at the interfaces between 2H- and 3C-SiC provide low-energy paths for 2H-SiC atoms to transform to 3C-SiC atoms, and complete recrystallization back to the 3C structure occurs at 2000 K with an activation energy on the order of 2.3 eV.

  7. Phase Transformation Textures in Hot-Rolled Binary Ti-Nb Alloys

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    Banumathy, S.; Mandal, R. K.; Singh, A. K.

    2013-06-01

    The present work describes the phase transformation textures of three alloys, namely Ti-8Nb, Ti-12Nb, and Ti-16Nb after β and α + β solution treatments with different cooling rates. The strong, moderate, and weak variant selections have been observed depending on the alloy compositions and cooling rates. The β solution treated and water quenched (STWQ) specimens always exhibit a higher overall intensity than those of β solution treated and furnace cooled (STFC) specimens. This has been attributed to the presence of β phase, which has inhibited the growth of selected variants during cooling. The evidence of texture memory has also been observed after α → β→ α and α″ → β → α″ transformations. A combined effect of α p, β, and ω phases has introduced different textures after α+ β heat treatment than those of β heat-treated specimens. Extent of anisotropy in pole figures is more in water quenched (WQ) than those of furnace cooling (FC) specimens due to the development of equivalent orientations of individual crystallites during slow cooling.

  8. Study of phase transformation and crystal structure for 1D carbon-modified titania ribbons

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    Zhou, Lihui Zhang, Fang; Li, Jinxia

    2014-02-15

    One-dimensional hydrogen titanate ribbons were successfully prepared with hydrothermal reaction in a highly basic solution. A series of one-dimensional carbon-modified TiO{sub 2} ribbons were prepared via calcination of the mixture of hydrogen titanate ribbons and sucrose solution under N{sub 2} flow at different temperatures. The phase transformation process of hydrogen titanate ribbons was investigated by in-situ X-ray diffraction at various temperatures. Besides, one-dimensional carbon-modified TiO{sub 2} ribbons calcined at different temperatures were characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, nitrogen adsorption isotherms, diffuse reflectance ultraviolet–visible spectroscopy, and so on. Carbon-modified TiO{sub 2} ribbons showed one-dimensional ribbon crystal structure and various crystal phases of TiO{sub 2}. After being modified with carbon, a layer of uniform carbon film was coated on the surface of TiO{sub 2} ribbons, which improved their adsorption capacity for methyl orange as a model organic pollutant. One-dimensional carbon-modified TiO{sub 2} ribbons also exhibited enhanced visible-light absorbance with the increase of calcination temperatures. - Highlights: • The synthesis of 1D carbon-modified TiO{sub 2} ribbons. • The phase transformation of 1D carbon-modified TiO{sub 2} ribbons. • 1D carbon-modified TiO{sub 2} exhibites enhanced visible-light absorbance.

  9. Experimental and Numerical Simulations of Phase Transformations Occurring During Continuous Annealing of DP Steel Strips

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    Wrożyna, Andrzej; Pernach, Monika; Kuziak, Roman; Pietrzyk, Maciej

    2016-04-01

    Due to their exceptional strength properties combined with good workability the Advanced High-Strength Steels (AHSS) are commonly used in automotive industry. Manufacturing of these steels is a complex process which requires precise control of technological parameters during thermo-mechanical treatment. Design of these processes can be significantly improved by the numerical models of phase transformations. Evaluation of predictive capabilities of models, as far as their applicability in simulation of thermal cycles thermal cycles for AHSS is considered, was the objective of the paper. Two models were considered. The former was upgrade of the JMAK equation while the latter was an upgrade of the Leblond model. The models can be applied to any AHSS though the examples quoted in the paper refer to the Dual Phase (DP) steel. Three series of experimental simulations were performed. The first included various thermal cycles going beyond limitations of the continuous annealing lines. The objective was to validate models behavior in more complex cooling conditions. The second set of tests included experimental simulations of the thermal cycle characteristic for the continuous annealing lines. Capability of the models to describe properly phase transformations in this process was evaluated. The third set included data from the industrial continuous annealing line. Validation and verification of models confirmed their good predictive capabilities. Since it does not require application of the additivity rule, the upgrade of the Leblond model was selected as the better one for simulation of industrial processes in AHSS production.

  10. The quantum state vector in phase space and Gabor's windowed Fourier transform

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    Bracken, A. J.; Watson, P.

    2010-10-01

    Representations of quantum state vectors by complex phase space amplitudes, complementing the description of the density operator by the Wigner function, have been defined by applying the Weyl-Wigner transform to dyadic operators, linear in the state vector and anti-linear in a fixed 'window state vector'. Here aspects of this construction are explored, and a connection is established with Gabor's 'windowed Fourier transform'. The amplitudes that arise for simple quantum states from various choices of windows are presented as illustrations. Generalized Bargmann representations of the state vector appear as special cases, associated with Gaussian windows. For every choice of window, amplitudes lie in a corresponding linear subspace of square-integrable functions on phase space. A generalized Born interpretation of amplitudes is described, with both the Wigner function and a generalized Husimi function appearing as quantities linear in an amplitude and anti-linear in its complex conjugate. Schrödinger's time-dependent and time-independent equations are represented on phase space amplitudes, and their solutions described in simple cases.

  11. Liquid-vapor transformations with surfactants. Phase-field model and Isogeometric Analysis

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    Bueno, Jesus; Gomez, Hector

    2016-09-01

    Surfactants are compounds that find energetically favorable to be located at the boundaries between fluids. They are able to modify the properties of those interfaces, for example, reducing surface tension. Here, we propose a new model for liquid-vapor flows with surfactants which captures the dynamics of the surfactant and accounts for phase transformations in the fluid. The aforementioned model is derived from a free energy functional by using a Coleman-Noll approach. The proposed theory emanates from the isothermal Navier-Stokes-Korteweg equations, which describe single-component two-phase flow and naturally allow for phase transformations. We believe that our model has significant potential to study the influence of surfactants in vaporization and condensation processes. From a numerical point of view, the proposed model poses significant challenges to existing discretization methods, including stiffness in space and time, internal and boundary layers as well as higher-order partial differential operators. To overcome these challenges we propose algorithms based on Isogeometric Analysis, which permit an accurate and efficient discretization. Finally, we illustrate the viability of the theoretical framework and the effectiveness of our algorithms by solving several numerical problems in two and three dimensions.

  12. Microstructure and phase transformations in laser clad CrxSy/Ni coating on H13 steel

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    Lei, Yiwen; Sun, Ronglu; Tang, Ying; Niu, Wei

    2015-03-01

    Laser cladding was carried out onto H13 steel with preplaced NiCrBSi+Ni/MoS2 powders using CO2 laser under the optimized experimental parameters of laser power 2 kW, scanning velocity 6 mm/s and laser beam diameter 3 mm. An X-ray diffractometer and scanning electron microscope with energy dispersive spectroscopy were applied to analyze the microstructure and phase compositions of the coating. Thermodynamic calculation was performed with Thermo-Calc software on the basis of a commercially available Ni-based Alloys' database. The experimental results show that MoS2 decomposed and S reacted with Cr to form nonstoichiometric CrxSy during the laser cladding process. The coating consists of spherical CrxSy particles, primary γ-Ni dendrite, interdendritic eutectic (γ-Ni+NiMo) and precipitated NiMo. The precipitated NiMo was fine and uniformly distributed in primary γ-Ni dendrite. The calculated results and experimental data indicate that the solidification process in the coating during laser cladding process was liquid→liquid+CrxSy→ liquid+CrxSy+γ-Ni→liquid+CrxSy+γ-Ni+ eutectic (γ-Ni+NiMo). A solid state phase transformation (fine and uniformly distributed NiMo precipitated from γ-Ni) occurred after the solidification process. The calculations agree well with the experimental data and it is helpful to understand the phase transformation and microstructure evolution in the coating.

  13. Simulation of shock-recovered samples: dislocations, twins, porosity and phase transformations

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    Bringa, Eduardo

    2015-06-01

    Atomistic molecular dynamics (MD) simulations of shock compression of metals often display tremendous plastic activity in the material, including immense dislocation densities during loading, of the order of 1e16-1e17m-2. These high densities are in stark contrast with dislocation densities in recovered samples, measured by electron microscopy to be the order of 1e13-1e14m-2. This large disparity sometimes generated lack of confidence in simulation results as representative of experimental results, but the outlook has changed in the last few years thanks to novel experiments estimating dislocation densities during loading, and thanks to new simulations trying to mimic recovery of shocked samples. Experiments measuring instability growth, or using dynamic X-Ray Diffraction seem to agree with the immense dislocation densities predicted by MD. Simulated recovery has been shown to provide significant reduction of dislocation densities in fcc samples. Here it will be shown that this is also true in bcc Ta samples, where low dislocation mobility might have been expected to reduce dislocation disappearance. In addition to dislocations, recovered samples might display twins and porosity. Twinning has been observed in many loading simulations, but it might be reversed upon unloading. On the other hand, unloading itself might cause twinning, as it will be discussed for the case of polycrystalline Fe. Regarding porosity, it might appear due to different scenarios. For instance, dislocation recovery in fcc Au leads to vacancy clusters which would then decay into the stacking fault tetrahedra (SFTs) observed experimentally in recovered samples. Finally, phase transformations might occur during loading, including solid-solid transformations and melting. Recovery might revert those phase transformations, as it has been shown for Fe, or it might lead to further transformations and changes in the microstructure, as it will be shown for additional examples. EMB thanks support from

  14. Phase transformations in alloy and bilayer thin films of vanadium and silicon

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    Nava, F.; Psaras, P.A.; Takai, H.; Tu, K.N.

    1986-04-01

    Phase transformations in coevaporated amorphous vanadium-silicon thin alloy films and bilayer vandium/silicon films have been studied as a function of heat treatment by in situ electrical resistivity measurement together with Rutherford backscattering spectrometry, Seeman--Bohlin glancing angle incidence x-ray diffraction, and scanning and transmission electron microscopy. In the as-deposited state the amorphous alloy films were silicon rich, having an atomic ratio of 1:3 for vanadium and silicon, respectively. Upon heat treatment a sharp decrease in resistivity occurs at approximately 250/sup 0/C, which has been determined to be a transformation from the amorphous to crystalline VSi/sub 2/ phase. The kinetics of the transformation have been obtained by isothermal treatment over the temperature range of 184-220/sup 0/C. The transformation is described by a Johnson-Mehl-Avrami-type equation with an apparent activation energy of 1.30 +- 0.06 eV. Subsequent heat treatment causes a gradual decrease in resistivity up to 850/sup 0/C. Upon cooling, a monotonic decrease in resistivity was observed. Heat treatment at high temperatures (900/sup 0/C) promotes the growth of nonuniformly distributed silicon grains. For the bilayer vanadium/silicon films, the sheet resistance increases gradually upon heat treatment up to 500/sup 0/C, then a sharp decrease is observed, which is due to the formation of VSi/sub 2/. Further heat treatment at higher temperatures (850/sup 0/C) promotes a monotonical decrease in the resistance. The cooling behavior is similar to that of the crystallized alloy specimens except for having a slightly lower resistivity value.

  15. Phase Transformation and Magnetic Property of Ni-Mn-Ga Powders Prepared by Dry Ball Milling

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    Tian, B.; Chen, F.; Tong, Y. X.; Li, L.; Zheng, Y. F.

    2012-12-01

    This study investigated the phase transformations and magnetic properties of Ni-Mn-Ga alloy powders prepared by dry ball milling in argon atmosphere. The Fe and Cr elements were found to be introduced in the alloy after ball milling, which should result from the severe collision and friction among the particles, balls, and vial. The x-ray diffraction result indicated that the Fe and Cr elements should have alloyed with the Ni-Mn-Ga matrix. The martensitic transformation temperature and Curie temperature of the 800 °C annealed powders decreased by ~33 °C and increased by ~28 °C, respectively, as compared to that of the bulk alloy. The comprehensive effect of the changing of valence electron concentration of the alloy due to the introduction of Fe and Cr and the grain refinement of the alloy caused by ball milling should be responsible for the reduction of martensitic transformation temperature. The saturation magnetization of the 800 °C annealed powders became larger (~5 emu/g) than that of the bulk alloy. The enhancement of magnetic properties, such as the increase of Curie temperature and enhancement of saturation magnetization of the annealed Ni-Mn-Ga powders, should be attributed to the increase of magnetic exchange caused by introduction of Fe in the alloy. The contaminations of Fe and Cr elements emerging from the dry ball milling process changed the phase transformation and magnetic properties of the Ni-Mn-Ga alloy. Therefore, the dry ball milling process is difficult to control the contamination from the milling medium and not suitable to prepare Ni-Mn-Ga powders. On the contrary, the wet ball milling method under liquid medium should be a better method to prevent the contamination and fabricate pure Ni-Mn-Ga ferromagnetic shape memory alloy powders.

  16. Use of EBSD to study electropulsing induced reverse phase transformations in a Zn-Al alloy (ZA22).

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    Zhu, Y H; To, S; Liu, X M

    2011-04-01

    Multi-phase identification and phase transformations in electropulsing treated Zn-Al based alloy wire specimens were studied using electron back-scattered diffraction, back-scattered scanning electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction techniques. By using electron back-scattered diffraction, two phases: η'(S) and η'(T) with a small difference of about 1% in lattice parameters (c(0)/a(0) ) were identified, based on the determined lattice parameters of the phases, and the reverse eutectoid phase transformations: η'(T) +ɛ'(T) +α'(T) →η'(S) and ɛ+α→T'+η were successfully detected. Electron back-scattered diffraction appeared to be an effective technique for studying complex electropulsing induced phase transformations. PMID:21118233

  17. Pressure-induced phase transformations during femtosecond-laser doping of silicon

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    Smith, Matthew J.; Lin, Yu-Ting; Sher, Meng-Ju; Winkler, Mark T.; Mazur, Eric; Gradečak, Silvija

    2011-09-01

    Silicon hyperdoped with chalcogens via femtosecond-laser irradiation exhibits unique near-unity sub-bandgap absorptance extending into the infrared region. The intense light-matter interactions that occur during femtosecond-laser doping produce pressure waves sufficient to induce phase transformations in silicon, resulting in the formation of metastable polymorphic phases, but their exact formation mechanism and influence on the doping process are still unknown. We report direct observations of these phases, describe their formation and distribution, and consider their potential impact on sub-bandgap absorptance. Specifically, the transformation from diamond cubic Si-I to pressure-induced polymorphic crystal structures (amorphous Si, Si-XII, and Si-III) during femtosecond-laser irradiation was investigated using scanning electron microscopy, Raman spectroscopy, and transmission electron microscopy. Amorphous Si, Si-XII, and Si-III were found to form in femtosecond-laser doped silicon regardless of the presence of a gaseous or thin-film dopant precursor. The rate of pressure loading and unloading induced by femtosecond-laser irradiation kinetically limits the formation of pressure-induced phases, producing regions of amorphous Si 20 to 200 nm in size and nanocrystals of Si-XII and Si-III. The surface texturing that occurs during femtosecond-laser irradiation produces inhomogeneous pressure distributions across the surface and causes delayed development of high-pressure silicon polymorphs over many laser pulses. Finally, we find that the polymorph phases disappear during annealing more rapidly than the sub-bandgap absorptance decreases, enabling us to decouple these two processes through post-treatment annealing.

  18. The formation, transformation, and stability of environmentally relevant uranyl mineral phases

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    Sowder, Andrew Gene

    Characterization of contaminated soils and sediments has identified discrete uranyl minerals as important source terms, controlling the environmental transport and biological uptake of uranium. Fundamental kinetic and thermodynamic data describing the formation, transformation, and stability of uranyl minerals in the environment are incomplete or lacking. This work examines the fate of the uranyl oxide hydrate schoepite (UOL·2H2O) in calcium, phosphate, and silicate bearing systems. Transformation of schoepite to uranyl phosphate phases was rapid and extensive, even at room temperature. The calcium uranyl phosphate autunite (Ca[(UO2)(PO4)]2·xH2O) was the chief alteration product in Ca-PO4 bearing systems. Becquerelite (Ca[(UO2)6O4(OH)6]·8H 2O) was identified as an important metastable weathering product in the presence of calcium and formed in parallel with autunite in certain systems. Uranyl silicates were not observed. Instead, the presence of dissolved silica inhibited the transformation of schoepite to becquerelite. Reaction pathways for the transformation of schoepite to becquerelite and autunite were deduced from structural and topological arguments and from experimental observations. Schoepite transforms to becquerelite via a solid state reaction without dissolution of its sheet structure. In contrast, the formation of autunite requires the complete dissolution of schoepite. Kinetic dissolution studies were conducted to determine the relative impact of four minerals (schoepite, becquerelite, chernikovite, and meta-autunite) on the environmental availability of uranium. Significant variations were observed in the rate and extent of dissolution among the mineral-treatment combinations examined. The uranyl phosphates, chernikovite and meta-autunite, proved to be far more resistant to dissolution than the uranyl oxide hydrates, schoepite and becquerelite. Exceptions to this rule, however, indicate the importance of specific mineral dissolution kinetics in

  19. Method of bistable optical information storage using antiferroelectric phase PLZT ceramics

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    Land, C.E.

    1990-07-31

    A method for bistable storage of binary optical information includes an antiferroelectric (AFE) lead lanthanum zirconate titanate (PLZT) layer having a stable antiferroelectric first phase and a ferroelectric (FE) second phase obtained by applying a switching electric field across the surface of the device. Optical information is stored by illuminating selected portions of the layer to photoactivate an FE to AFE transition in those portions. Erasure of the stored information is obtained by reapplying the switching field. 8 figs.

  20. Method of bistable optical information storage using antiferroelectric phase PLZT ceramics

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    Land, Cecil E.

    1990-01-01

    A method for bistable storage of binary optical information includes an antiferroelectric (AFE) lead lanthanum zirconate titanate (PLZT) layer having a stable antiferroelectric first phase and a ferroelectric (FE) second phase obtained by applying a switching electric field across the surface of the device. Optical information is stored by illuminating selected portions of the layer to photoactivate an FE to AFE transition in those portions. Erasure of the stored information is obtained by reapplying the switching field.

  1. Experimental evidence of α → β phase transformation in SiC quantum dots and their size-dependent luminescence

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    Guo, Xiaoxiao; Dai, Dejian; Fan, Baolu; Fan, Jiyang

    2014-11-10

    Phase transformation can occur among different SiC polytypes under extreme conditions such as high pressure or temperature. It remains unknown whether phase transformation can occur under normal conditions. We demonstrate that the α → β phase transformation can occur at ambient temperature and pressure in nanoscale SiC. The microstructural characterization and light absorption and emission spectroscopy demonstrate the occurrence of this phase transformation. It is found that the quantum-confinement luminescence dominates in larger SiC quantum dots (QDs) and the surface-defect luminescence dominates in ultrasmall SiC QDs. The rare phenomenon of multiple-phonon-assisted light absorption is observed in the SiC QDs.

  2. The evolution of phase transformation in Ni/Ni3Al laminated composite under high temperature treatments

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    Shmorgun, V.; Gurevich, L.; Bogdanov, A.; Trunov, M.

    2016-02-01

    In this study the impact of isothermal annealing on the phase transformation rate in laminated Ni/Ni2Al3 composite was investigated. The method of nickel-aluminide coatings of the required chemical composition fabrication was proposed.

  3. Zirconia phase transformation, metal transfer, and surface roughness in retrieved ceramic composite femoral heads in total hip arthroplasty.

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    Elpers, Marcella; Nam, Denis; Boydston-White, Susie; Ast, Michael P; Wright, Timothy M; Padgett, Douglas E

    2014-11-01

    Ceramic femoral heads have had promising results as a bearing surface in total hip arthroplasty. Our objective was to evaluate a series of retrieved alumina-zirconia composite ceramic femoral heads for evidence of the tetragonal to monoclinic zirconia phase transformation, metal transfer and articular surface roughness. Raman spectra showed evidence of the zirconia phase transformation in all retrieved specimens, with distinct monoclinic peaks at 183, 335, 383, and 479 cm(-1). All components displayed metal transfer. An increase in the zirconia phase transformation was seen with increasing time in vivo. No correlation between extent of zirconia phase transformation and the surface roughness was found. These short-term results suggest that the use of an alumina-zirconia composite ceramic is a viable option for femoral heads in THA. PMID:25212282

  4. 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

  5. Ion beam induced cubic to monoclinic phase transformation of nanocrystalline yttria

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    Shivaramu, N. J.; Lakshminarasappa, B. N.; Nagabhushana, K. R.; Singh, Fouran

    2016-07-01

    Sol gel derived nanocrystalline yttria pellets are irradiated with 120 MeV Ag9+ ions for fluence in the range 1 × 1012-3 × 1013 ions cm-2. Pristine and irradiated samples are characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and Raman spectroscopy. XRD pattern of pristine Y2O3 nanocrystal reveal cubic structure. A new XRD peak at 30.36° is observed in pellet irradiated with 1 × 1013 ions cm-2. The peak at 30.36° is corresponding to (4 0 2 bar) plane of monoclinic phase. The diffraction intensity of (4 0 2 bar) plane increases with Ag9+ ion fluence. Raman spectrum of pristine pellet show bands corresponding to cubic phase. And, ion irradiated sample show new peaks at 410, 514 and 641 cm-1 corresponding monoclinic phase. HR-TEM and SAED pattern of ion irradiated sample confirmed the presence of monoclinic phase. Hence, it is confirmed that, 120 MeV Ag9+ ions induce phase transformation in nanocrystalline Y2O3.

  6. Phase transformation and phonon anomalies in Ni{sub 2}MnGa

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    Zheludev, A.; Shapiro, S.M.; Wochner, P.; Schwartz, A.; Wall, M.; Tanner, L.E.

    1995-07-01

    Inelastic neutron scattering experiments and transmission electron microscopy have been used to study a single crystal of the Ni{sub 2}MnGa shape memory Hustler alloy in a wide temperature range covering the parent phase (T>T{sub 1}=265 K), a recently discovered pemartensitic (T{sub 1}T>T{sub M}) and martensitic (Tphase regions. A temperature-dependent anomaly in the TA{sub 2} phonon dispersion in the parent phase was observed and related to the phase transformations. The premartensitic phase involves a transverse modulation of the parent cubic structure with a simple periodicity of 1/3 [110]. The approximately tetragonal lattice of the low-temperature martensite is distorted by transverse modulations with incommensurate wave vectors [{zeta}M {zeta}M {sup 0}] and [{sup 2}{zeta}M {sup 2}{zeta}M {sup 0}], {zeta}M {approx}0.43. The observed phenomena are attributed to electron-phonon interactions and anharmonic effects.

  7. LiMO{sub 2} (M=Mn, Fe, and Co): Energetics, polymorphism and phase transformation

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    Wang Miaojun; Navrotsky, Alexandra . E-mail: anavrotsky@ucdavis.edu

    2005-04-15

    LiMO{sub 2} materials (M=Mn, Fe, and Co) with different structures were synthesized and their enthalpies of formation from oxides (Li{sub 2}O and M{sub 2}O{sub 3}, M=Mn and Fe), or from oxides (Li{sub 2}O and CoO) plus oxygen at 25{sup o}C were determined by high-temperature oxide melt solution calorimetry. The relative stability of the polymorphs of the compound LiMO{sub 2} was established based on their enthalpies of formation. Phase transformations in LiFeO{sub 2} were investigated by differential scanning calorimetry and high-temperature oxide melt solution calorimetry. The phase transition enthalpies at 25{sup o}C for {beta}->{alpha}, {gamma}->{beta}, and {gamma}->{alpha} are 4.9+/-0.7, 4.3+/-0.8 and 9.2+/-0.9kJ/mol, respectively. Thus the {gamma} phase (ordered cations) is the stable form of LiFeO{sub 2} at room temperature, the {alpha} phase (disordered cations) is stable at high temperature and the {beta} phase may have a stability field at intermediate temperatures.

  8. Mechanisms of kinetic trapping in self-assembly and phase transformation

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    Hagan, Michael F.; Elrad, Oren M.; Jack, Robert L.

    2011-09-01

    In self-assembly processes, kinetic trapping effects often hinder the formation of thermodynamically stable ordered states. In a model of viral capsid assembly and in the phase transformation of a lattice gas, we show how simulations in a self-assembling steady state can be used to identify two distinct mechanisms of kinetic trapping. We argue that one of these mechanisms can be adequately captured by kinetic rate equations, while the other involves a breakdown of theories that rely on cluster size as a reaction coordinate. We discuss how these observations might be useful in designing and optimising self-assembly reactions.

  9. Gyrator transform based double random phase encoding with sparse representation for information authentication

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    Chen, Jun-xin; Zhu, Zhi-liang; Fu, Chong; Yu, Hai; Zhang, Li-bo

    2015-07-01

    Optical information security systems have drawn long-term concerns. In this paper, an optical information authentication approach using gyrator transform based double random phase encoding with sparse representation is proposed. Different from traditional optical encryption schemes, only sparse version of the ciphertext is preserved, and hence the decrypted result is completely unrecognizable and shows no similarity to the plaintext. However, we demonstrate that the noise-like decipher result can be effectively authenticated by means of optical correlation approach. Simulations prove that the proposed method is feasible and effective, and can provide additional protection for optical security systems.

  10. Iterative Transform Phase Diversity: An Image-Based Object and Wavefront Recovery

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    Smith, Jeffrey

    2012-01-01

    The Iterative Transform Phase Diversity algorithm is designed to solve the problem of recovering the wavefront in the exit pupil of an optical system and the object being imaged. This algorithm builds upon the robust convergence capability of Variable Sampling Mapping (VSM), in combination with the known success of various deconvolution algorithms. VSM is an alternative method for enforcing the amplitude constraints of a Misell-Gerchberg-Saxton (MGS) algorithm. When provided the object and additional optical parameters, VSM can accurately recover the exit pupil wavefront. By combining VSM and deconvolution, one is able to simultaneously recover the wavefront and the object.

  11. In situ x-ray diffraction of shock-driven deformation and phase transformation in titanium

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    Bolme, Cynthia; Lazicki, Amy; Brown, Don; Gleason, Arianna; Cerreta, Ellen; Morrow, Ben; Ali, Suzanne; Swift, Damian; Nagler, Bob; Galtier, Eric; Granados, Eduardo; Milathianaki, Despina; Heimann, Phil

    2015-06-01

    Titanium alloys are employed in demanding engineering applications due to their high strength-to-weight ratio and their resistance to corrosion. Pure titanium and titanium with high levels of oxygen impurities were studied under laser-driven shock compression at the Matter in Extreme Conditions endstation at the Linac Coherent Light Source. In situ x-ray diffraction data were acquired during compression, showing the lattice-level response of titanium as it underwent plastic deformation and phase transformation. The kinetics of these processes and the influence of oxygen impurities on the deformation behavior will be presented.

  12. Influence of phase transformation on stress evolution during growth of metal thin films on silicon.

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    Fillon, A; Abadias, G; Michel, A; Jaouen, C; Villechaise, P

    2010-03-01

    In situ stress measurements during two-dimensional growth of low mobility metal films on amorphous Si were used to demonstrate the impact of interface reactivity and phase transformation on stress evolution. Using Mo1-xSix films as examples, the results show that the tensile stress rise, which develops after the film has become crystalline, is correlated with an increase in lateral grain size. The origin of the tensile stress is attributed to the volume change resulting from the alloy crystallization, which occurs at a concentration-dependent critical thickness. PMID:20366996

  13. Universal and special keys based on phase-truncated Fourier transform

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    Qin, Wan; Peng, Xiang; Meng, Xiangfeng; Gao, Bruce

    2011-08-01

    We propose a novel optical asymmetric cryptosystem based on a phase-truncated Fourier transform. Two decryption keys independent of each other are generated. They are referred to as universal key and special key, respectively. Each of them can be used for decryption independently in absence of the other. The universal key is applicable to decrypt any ciphertext encoded by the same encryption key, but with poor legibility. On the contrary, the special key is adequate for legible decryption, but only valid for one ciphertext corresponding to the specified plaintext. A set of simulation results show the interesting performance of two types of decryption keys.

  14. Phase transformations and indications for acoustic mode softening in Tb-Gd orthophosphate

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    Tschauner, Oliver; Ushakov, Sergey V.; Navrotsky, Alexandra; Boatner, Lynn A.

    2016-01-06

    At ambient conditions the anhydrous rare-earth orthophosphates assume either the xenotime (zircon) or the monazite structure, with the latter favored for the heavier rare earths. Tb0.5Gd0.5PO4 assumes the xenotime structure at ambient conditions but is at the border between the xenotime and monazite structures. Here we show that, at high pressure, Tb0.5Gd0.5PO4 does not transform directly to monazite but through an intermediate anhydrite-type structure. We show softening of (c1133 + c1313) combined elastic moduli close to the transition from the anhydrite to the monazite structure. Stress response of rare-earth orthophosphate ceramics can be affected by both formation of the anhydrite-typemore » phase and the elastic softening in the vicinity of the monazite-phase. In conclusion, we report the first structural data for an anhydrite-type rare earth orthophosphate.« less

  15. Quantum mechanics based multiscale modeling of stress-induced phase transformations in iron

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    Lew, A.; Caspersen, K.; Carter, E. A.; Ortiz, M.

    2006-06-01

    The ground state crystal structure of Fe, ferromagnetic body-centered cubic (bcc), undergoes a stress-induced martensitic phase transformation to a hexagonally close-packed (hcp) structure. Both bcc and hcp have been observed to coexist over a large range deformations, such that the nonlinearities in the constitutive behavior of each phase need to be included for an accurate description. We present herein a methodology to construct high-fidelity quantum mechanics based nonlinear elastic energy densities, amenable to be included in microstructural optimization procedures like sequential lamination. We use the model to show that the transition pressure (TP) has a strong dependence on relatively small amounts of shear deformation, and to investigate the value of the TP under uniaxial compressions, presumably found in shock-loaded materials. Results hint that more complex deformation patterns may need be present to be consistent with measured experimental values.

  16. Size-dependent phase transformation of catalytically active nanoparticles captured in situ.

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    Fischer, Nico; Clapham, Brett; Feltes, Theresa; van Steen, Eric; Claeys, Michael

    2014-01-27

    The utilization of metal nanoparticles traverses across disciplines and we continue to explore the intrinsic size-dependent properties that make them so unique. Ideal nanoparticle formulation to improve a process's efficiency is classically presented as exposing a greater surface area to volume ratio through decreasing the nanoparticle size. Although, the physiochemical characteristics of the nanoparticles, such as phase, structure, or behavior, may be influenced by the nature of the environment in which the nanoparticles are subjected1, 2 and, in some cases, could potentially lead to unwanted side effects. The degree of this influence on the particle properties can be size-dependent, which is seldom highlighted in research. Herein we reveal such an effect in an industrially valuable cobalt Fischer-Tropsch synthesis (FTS) catalyst using novel in situ characterization. We expose a direct correlation that exists between the cobalt nanoparticle's size and a phase transformation, which ultimately leads to catalyst deactivation. PMID:24449054

  17. Ultra-thin optical vortex phase plate based on the metasurface and the angular momentum transformation

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    Wang, Wei; Li, Yan; Guo, Zhongyi; Li, Rongzhen; Zhang, Jingran; Zhang, Anjun; Qu, Shiliang

    2015-04-01

    The ultra-thin optical vortex phase plate (VPP) has been designed and investigated based on the metasurface of the metal rectangular split-ring resonators (MRSRRs) array. The circularly polarized incident light can convert into corresponding cross-polarization transmission light, and the phase and the amplitude of cross-polarization transmission light can be simultaneously governed by modulating two arms of the MRSRR. The MRSRR has been arranged in a special order for forming an ultra-thin optical VPP that can covert a plane wave into a vortex beam with a variety of the topological charges, and the transformation between spin angular momentum (SAM) and orbital angular momentum (OAM) has been discussed in detail. The multi-spectral characteristics of the VPP have also been investigated, and the operating bandwidth of the designed VPP is 190 nm (in the range of 710-900 nm), which enable a potential implication for integrated optics and vortex optics.

  18. Multiple Plane Phase Retrieval Based On Inverse Regularized Imaging and Discrete Diffraction Transform

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    Migukin, Artem; Katkovnik, Vladimir; Astola, Jaakko

    2010-04-01

    The phase retrieval is formulated as an inverse problem, where the forward propagation is defined by Discrete Diffraction Transform (DDT) [1], [2]. This propagation model is precise and aliasing free for pixelwise invariant (pixelated) wave field distributions in the sensor and object planes. Because of finite size of sensors DDT can be ill-conditioned and the regularization is an important component of the inverse. The proposed algorithm is designed for multiple plane observations and can be treated as a generalization of the Gerchberg-Saxton iterative algorithm. The proposed algorithm is studied by numerical experiments produced for phase and amplitude modulated object distributions. Comparison versus the conventional forward propagation models such as the angular spectrum decomposition and the convolutional model used in the algorithm of the same structure shows a clear advantage of DDT enabling better accuracy and better imaging.

  19. Multiresolution phase retrieval in the fresnel region by use of wavelet transform.

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    Souvorov, Alexei; Ishikawa, Tetsuya; Kuyumchyan, Armen

    2006-02-01

    A multiresolution (multiscale) analysis based on wavelet transform is applied to the problem of optical phase retrieval from the intensity measured in the in-line geometry (lens-free). The transport-of-intensity equation and the Fresnel diffraction integral are approximated in terms of a wavelet basis. A solution to the phase retrieval problem can be efficiently found in both cases using the multiresolution concept. Due to the hierarchical nature of wavelet spaces, wavelets are well suited to multiresolution methods that contain multigrid algorithms. Appropriate wavelet bases for the best solution approximation are discussed. The proposed approach reduces the computational complexity and accelerates the convergence of the solution. It is robust and reliable, and successful on both simulated and experimental images obtained with hard x rays. PMID:16477833

  20. High Pressure Phase Transformations in Heavy Rare Earth Metals and Connections to Actinide Crystal Structures

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    Vohra, Yogesh K.; Sangala, Bagvanth Reddy; Stemshorn, Andrew K.; Hope, Kevin M.

    2008-07-01

    High-pressure studies have been performed on heavy rare earth metals Terbium (Tb) to 155 GPa and Holmium (Ho) to 134 GPa in a diamond anvil cell at room temperature. The following crystal structure sequence was observed in both metals hcp {yields} Sm-type {yields} dhcp {yields} distorted fcc (hR-24) {yields} monoclinic (C2/m) with increasing pressure. The last transformation to a low symmetry monoclinic phase is accompanied by a volume collapse of 5 % for Tb at 51 GPa and a volume collapse of 3 % for Ho at 103 GPa. This volume collapse under high pressure is reminiscent of f-shell delocalization in light rare earth metal Cerium (Ce), Praseodymium (Pr), and heavy actinide metals Americium (Am) and Curium (Cm). The orthorhombic Pnma phase that has been reported in Am and Cm after f-shell delocalization is not observed in heavy rare earth metals under high pressures. (authors)

  1. Phase Transformation of U3O8 and Enhanced Structural Stability at Extreme Conditions

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    Zhang, Fuxiang; Lang, Maik; Ewing, Rodney

    2013-06-01

    A powder sample of β-U3O8 was pressurized at room temperature up to 37.5 GPa with a symmetric diamond anvil cell. XRD patterns clearly indicated that a phase transition occurred between 3-11 GPa. The high-pressure phase is a fluorite-like structure. The fluorite-like structure is stable up to 37.5 GPa. The high-pressure phase was then laser heated to over 1700 K in the diamond anvil cell at high pressure conditions. No phase transition was found at high pressure/ temperature conditions, and the fluorite-like structure of U3O8 is even fully quenchable. The lattice parameter of the fluorite-like high-pressure phase is 5.425 Å at ambient conditions, which is smaller than that of the stoichiometric UO2. Previous experiments have shown that the stoichiometric uranium dioxide (UO2) is not stable at high pressure conditions and starts to transform to a cotunnite structure at ~30 GPa. When heating the sample at high pressure, the critical transtion pressure is greatly reduced. However, the fluorite-like high-pressure phase of U3O8 is very stable at high pressure/high temperature conditions. The enhanced phase stability is believed to be related to the presence of extra oxygen (or U vacancies) in the structure. This work was supported by Materials Science of Actinides, an Energy Frontier Research Center funded by the US Department of Energy, Office of Science, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, under Award No. DE-SC0001089.

  2. Phase diagram of the Y–Y{sub 2}Se{sub 3} system, enthalpies of phase transformations

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    Andreev, O.V.; Kharitontsev, V.B.; Polkovnikov, A.A.; Elyshev, A.V.; Andreev, P.O.

    2015-10-15

    A phase diagram for the Y–Y{sub 2}Se{sub 3} system has been constructed in which the YSe and Y{sub 2}Se{sub 3} phases melt congruently. The daltonide type YSe phase (ST Y{sub 0,75}Se, a=1.1393 nm, melting point=2380 K, H=2200 MPa) forms a double-sided solid solution from 49–50–53 at% Se. In the 50–53 at% Se range, the unit cell parameter increases to 1.1500 nm, the microhardness increases to 4100 MPa and electrical resistivity increases from 0.018 to 0.114 Ω m. These changes are caused by the dominating influx of newly formed structural cationic vacancies arising from the selenium anions that are surplus for the 1:1 Y:Se stoichiometry. The full-valence Y{sub 2}Se{sub 3} composition exists as a low-temperature modification of ε-Y{sub 2}Se{sub 3} (ST Sc{sub 2}S{sub 3}, a=1.145 nm, b=0.818 nm, c=2.438 nm, melting point=1780 K, ∆fusion enthalpy=4±0.4 J/g) and transforms into a modification of ξ-Y{sub 2}Se{sub 3} that does not undergo fixing by thermo-hardening. The eutectic melting point between the YSe and Y{sub 2}Se{sub 3} phases is 1625±5 K, with a eutectic composition that is assumed to be 57.5 at% Se and have an enthalpy of fusion of 43±4.3 J/g. The eutectic for the Y and YSe phases appears at a temperature of 1600 K and 5 at% Se. - Highlights: • Phase equilibria in the Y–Y{sub 2}Se{sub 3} system from 1000 K to melt were studies. • High-temperature polymorphic transition for Y{sub 2}Se{sub 3} were observed. • Singular points in solid solutions areas for YSe and Y{sub 2}Se{sub 3} were found.

  3. Influence of Temperature on Fatigue-Induced Martensitic Phase Transformation in a Metastable CrMnNi-Steel

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    Biermann, Horst; Glage, Alexander; Droste, Matthias

    2016-01-01

    Metastable austenitic steels can exhibit a fatigue-induced martensitic phase transformation during cyclic loading. It is generally agreed that a certain strain amplitude and a threshold of the cumulated plastic strain must be exceeded to trigger martensitic phase transformation under cyclic loading. With respect to monotonic loading, the martensitic phase transformation takes place up to a critical temperature—the so-called M d temperature. The goal of the present investigation is to determine an M d,c temperature which would be the highest temperature at which a fatigue-induced martensitic phase transformation can take place. For this purpose, fatigue tests controlled by the total strain were performed at different temperatures. The material investigated was a high-alloy metastable austenitic steel X3CrMnNi16.7.7 (16.3Cr-7.2Mn-6.6Ni-0.03C-0.09N-1.0Si) produced using the hot pressing technique. The temperatures were set in the range of 283 K (10 °C) ≤ T ≤ 473 K (200 °C). Depending on the temperature and strain amplitude, the onset of the martensitic phase transformation shifted to different values of the cumulated plastic strain, or was inhibited completely. Moreover, it is known that metastable austenitic CrMnNi steels with higher nickel contents can exhibit the deformation-induced twinning effect. Thus, at higher temperatures and strain amplitudes, a transition from the deformation-induced martensitic transformation to deformation-induced twinning takes place. The fatigue-induced martensitic phase transformation was monitored during cyclic loading using a ferrite sensor. The microstructure after the fatigue tests was examined using the back-scattered electrons, the electron channeling contrast imaging and the electron backscatter diffraction techniques to study the temperature-dependent dislocation structures and phase transformations.

  4. Carbon deposition and phase transformations in red mud on exposure to methane.

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    Sushil, S; Alabdulrahman, A M; Balakrishnan, M; Batra, V S; Blackley, R A; Clapp, J; Hargreaves, J S J; Monaghan, A; Pulford, I D; Rico, J L; Zhou, W

    2010-08-15

    A characterization study detailing the phase transformations and microstructural nature of the carbon deposited during methane decomposition over red mud has been undertaken. In situ XRD was carried out to study the phase transformation sequences of red mud during the reaction. Scanning electron microscopy, high resolution transmission electron microscopy, thermogravimetric analysis, BET surface area determination and CHN analysis were carried out to investigate the properties of the post-reaction samples. Exposure to methane with increasing temperature caused a stepwise reduction of iron oxides in red mud and promoted methane cracking leading to carbon deposition. The presence of carbon nanostructures was confirmed by HRTEM observations. The carbon formed was graphitic in nature and the spent red mud, rich in Fe and Fe(3)C formed as a result of the reduction of the iron oxide, was magnetic in nature. The surface area of the material was enhanced upon reaction. In addition, reactivity comparisons between goethite and red mud were carried out to study the formation of carbon oxides during reaction. PMID:20462696

  5. Methotrexate intercalated calcium carbonate nanostructures: Synthesis, phase transformation and bioassay study.

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    Dai, Chao-Fan; Wang, Wei-Yuan; Wang, Lin; Zhou, Lei; Li, Shu-Ping; Li, Xiao-Dong

    2016-12-01

    The formation and stabilization of amorphous calcium carbonate (ACC) is an active area of research owing to the presence of stable ACC in various biogenic minerals. In this paper, the synthesis of calcium carbonate (CaCO3) under the participation of methotrexate (MTX) via a facile gas diffusion route was reported. The results indicated that the addition of MTX can result in the phase transformation of CaCO3, and then two kinds of hybrids, i.e., MTX-vaterite and stable MTX-ACC came into being. Interestingly, the functional agent MTX served as both the target anticancer drug loaded and effective complexation agents to modify and control the morphology of final samples. The examination of MTX-ACC biodegradation process revealed that the collapse of MTX-ACC nanoparticles was due to the synergistic effect of drug release and the phase transformation. Finally, our study also proved that MTX-ACC exhibited the most excellent suppressing function on the viability of cancer cells, especially after long-time duration. PMID:27612750

  6. The use of solid-phase fluorescence spectroscopy in the characterisation of organic matter transformations.

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    Albrecht, R; Verrecchia, E; Pfeifer, H-R

    2015-03-01

    Given its high sensitivity and non-destructive nature, fluorescence excitation-emission matrix (EEM) spectroscopy is widely used to differentiate changes and transformations of dissolved or water-extracted organic matter (OM) in natural environments. The same technique applied directly on solid samples (solid-phase fluorescence spectroscopy, SPF-EEM) provides accurate results when used with pharmaceutical products or food samples, but only a few studies have considered natural OM. This study reports on the use of SPF-EEM on solid compost samples and emphasises the way the different maturation phases can be distinguished with fluorophores closely resembling those found in dissolved samples. A very good correlation has been found with data from Rock-Eval pyrolysis, nuclear magnetic resonance ((13)C CPMAS NMR), and humic-fulvic acid ratios determined by conventional NaOH-extraction. SPF-EEM appears as a much simpler method than the conventional ones to detect transformations in natural OM samples with low mineral contents. However, direct application to soil samples requires some additional studies. PMID:25618693

  7. A 3-D constitutive model for pressure-dependent phase transformation of porous shape memory alloys.

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    Ashrafi, M J; Arghavani, J; Naghdabadi, R; Sohrabpour, S

    2015-02-01

    Porous shape memory alloys (SMAs) exhibit the interesting characteristics of porous metals together with shape memory effect and pseudo-elasticity of SMAs that make them appropriate for biomedical applications. In this paper, a 3-D phenomenological constitutive model for the pseudo-elastic behavior and shape memory effect of porous SMAs is developed within the framework of irreversible thermodynamics. Comparing to micromechanical and computational models, the proposed model is computationally cost effective and predicts the behavior of porous SMAs under proportional and non-proportional multiaxial loadings. Considering the pressure dependency of phase transformation in porous SMAs, proper internal variables, free energy and limit functions are introduced. With the aim of numerical implementation, time discretization and solution algorithm for the proposed model are also presented. Due to lack of enough experimental data on multiaxial loadings of porous SMAs, we employ a computational simulation method (CSM) together with available experimental data to validate the proposed constitutive model. The method is based on a 3-D finite element model of a representative volume element (RVE) with random pores pattern. Good agreement between the numerical predictions of the model and CSM results is observed for elastic and phase transformation behaviors in various thermomechanical loadings. PMID:25528691

  8. Abnormal correlation between phase transformation and cooling rate for pure metals

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    Han, J. J.; Wang, C. P.; Liu, X. J.; Wang, Y.; Liu, Z.-K.; Zhang, T.-Y.; Jiang, J. Z.

    2016-03-01

    This work aims to achieve deep insight into the phenomenon of phase transformation upon rapid cooling in metal systems and reveal the physical meaning of scatter in the time taken to reach crystallization. The total number of pure metals considered in this work accounts for 14. Taking pure copper as an example, the correlation between phase selection of crystal or glass and cooling rate was investigated using molecular dynamic simulations. The obtained results demonstrate that there exists a cooling rate region of 6.3 × 1011–16.6 × 1011 K/s, in which crystalline fractions largely fluctuate along with cooling rates. Glass transformation in this cooling rate region is determined by atomic structure fluctuation, which is controlled by thermodynamic factors. According to the feature of bond-orientation order at different cooling rates, we propose two mechanisms of glass formation: (i) kinetic retardation of atom rearrangement or structural relaxation at a high cooling rate; and (ii) competition of icosahedral order against crystal order near the critical cooling rate.

  9. Correlating Hardness Retention and Phase Transformations of Al and Mg Cast Alloys for Aerospace Applications

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    Kasprzak, W.; Czerwinski, F.; Niewczas, M.; Chen, D. L.

    2015-03-01

    The methodology based on correlating hardness and phase transformations was developed and applied to determine the maximum temperature of hardness retention of selected Al-based and Mg-based alloys for aerospace applications. The Al alloys: A356, F357, and C355 experienced 34-66% reduction of the initial hardness, in comparison to 4-22% hardness reduction observed in Mg alloys: QE22A, EV31A, ZE41A, and WE43B after the same annealing to 450 °C. For Al alloys the hardness reduction showed a steep transition between 220 and 238 °C. In contrast, Mg alloys showed a gradual hardness decrease occurring at somewhat higher temperatures between 238 and 250 °C. The hardness data were correlated with corresponding phase transformation kinetics examined by dilatometer and electrical resistivity measurements. Although Mg alloys preserved hardness to higher temperatures, their room temperature tensile strength and hardness were lower than Al alloys. The experimental methodology used in the present studies appears to be very useful in evaluating the softening temperature of commercial Al- and Mg-based alloys, permitting to assess their suitability for high-temperature applications.

  10. Abnormal correlation between phase transformation and cooling rate for pure metals.

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    Han, J J; Wang, C P; Liu, X J; Wang, Y; Liu, Z-K; Zhang, T-Y; Jiang, J Z

    2016-01-01

    This work aims to achieve deep insight into the phenomenon of phase transformation upon rapid cooling in metal systems and reveal the physical meaning of scatter in the time taken to reach crystallization. The total number of pure metals considered in this work accounts for 14. Taking pure copper as an example, the correlation between phase selection of crystal or glass and cooling rate was investigated using molecular dynamic simulations. The obtained results demonstrate that there exists a cooling rate region of 6.3 × 10(11)-16.6 × 10(11) K/s, in which crystalline fractions largely fluctuate along with cooling rates. Glass transformation in this cooling rate region is determined by atomic structure fluctuation, which is controlled by thermodynamic factors. According to the feature of bond-orientation order at different cooling rates, we propose two mechanisms of glass formation: (i) kinetic retardation of atom rearrangement or structural relaxation at a high cooling rate; and (ii) competition of icosahedral order against crystal order near the critical cooling rate. PMID:26939584

  11. Triple-image encryption based on phase-truncated Fresnel transform and basic vector operation.

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    Pan, Xuemei; Meng, Xiangfeng; Yang, Xiulun; Wang, Yurong; Peng, Xiang; He, Wenqi; Dong, Guoyan; Chen, Hongyi

    2015-10-01

    A triple-image encryption method is proposed that is based on phase-truncated Fresnel transform (PTFT), basic vector composition, and XOR operation. In the encryption process, two random phase masks, with one each placed at the input plane and the transform plane, are generated by basic vector resolution operations over the first and the second plaintext images, and then a ciphered image in the input plane is fabricated by XOR encoding for the third plaintext image. When the cryptosystem is illuminated by an on-axis plane, assisted by PTFT, the ciphered image is finally encrypted into an amplitude-only noise-like image in the output plane. During decryption, possessing the correct private key, decryption keys, and the assistant geometrical parameter keys, and placing them at the corresponding correct positions, the original three plaintext images can be successfully decrypted by inverse PTFT, basic vector composition, and XOR decoding. Theoretical analysis and numerical simulations both verify the feasibility of the proposed method. PMID:26479627

  12. Abnormal correlation between phase transformation and cooling rate for pure metals

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    Han, J. J.; Wang, C. P.; Liu, X. J.; Wang, Y.; Liu, Z.-K.; Zhang, T.-Y.; Jiang, J. Z.

    2016-01-01

    This work aims to achieve deep insight into the phenomenon of phase transformation upon rapid cooling in metal systems and reveal the physical meaning of scatter in the time taken to reach crystallization. The total number of pure metals considered in this work accounts for 14. Taking pure copper as an example, the correlation between phase selection of crystal or glass and cooling rate was investigated using molecular dynamic simulations. The obtained results demonstrate that there exists a cooling rate region of 6.3 × 1011–16.6 × 1011 K/s, in which crystalline fractions largely fluctuate along with cooling rates. Glass transformation in this cooling rate region is determined by atomic structure fluctuation, which is controlled by thermodynamic factors. According to the feature of bond-orientation order at different cooling rates, we propose two mechanisms of glass formation: (i) kinetic retardation of atom rearrangement or structural relaxation at a high cooling rate; and (ii) competition of icosahedral order against crystal order near the critical cooling rate. PMID:26939584

  13. Swift heavy ion irradiation induced phase transformation in undoped and niobium doped titanium dioxide composite thin films

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    Gautam, Subodh K.; Chettah, Abdelhak; Singh, R. G.; Ojha, Sunil; Singh, Fouran

    2016-07-01

    Study reports the effect of swift heavy ion (SHI) irradiation induced phase transformation in undoped and Niobium doped anatase TiO2 composite thin films. Investigations were carried out at different densities of electronic excitations (EEs) using 120 MeV Ag and 130 MeV Ni ions irradiations. Films were initially annealed at 900 °C and results revealed that undoped films were highly stable in anatase phase, while the Nb doped films showed the composite nature with the weak presence of Niobium penta-oxide (Nb2O5) phase. The effect at low density of EEs in undoped film show partial anatase to rutile phase transformation; however doped film shows only further growth of Nb2O5 phase beside the anatase to rutile phase transformation. At higher density of EEs induced by Ag ions, registered continuous ion track of ∼3 nm in lattice which leads to nano-crystallization followed by decomposition/amorphization of rutile TiO2 and Nb2O5 phases in undoped and doped films, respectively. However, Ni ions are only induced discontinuous sequence of ion tracks with creation of damage and disorder and do not show amorphization in the lattice. The in-elastic thermal spike calculations were carried out for anatase TiO2 phase to understand the effect of EEs on anatase to rutile phase transformation followed by amorphization in NTO films in terms of continuous and discontinuous track formation by SHI irradiation.

  14. Ion beam-induced amorphous-to-tetragonal phase transformation and grain growth of nanocrystalline zirconia

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    Lian, Jie; Zhang, Jiaming; Namavar, Fereydoon; Zhang, Yanwen; Lu, Fengyuan; Haider, Hani; Garvin, Kevin; Weber, William J.; Ewing, Rodney C.

    2009-05-26

    Nanocrystalline zirconia has recently attracted extensive research interest due to its unique mechanical, thermal and electrical properties as compared to bulk zirconia counterparts, and it is of particular importance to control the phase stability of different polymorphs (amorphous, cubic, tetragonal and monoclinic phases) at different size regimes. In this paper, we performed ion beam bombardments on bilayers (amorphous and cubic) of pure nano-zirconia using 1 MeV Kr2+ irradiation. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) analysis reveals that amorphous zirconia transforms to a tetragonal structure under irradiation at room temperature, suggesting that the tetragonal phase is more energetically favorable under these conditions. The final grain size of the tetragonal zirconia can be controlled by irradiation conditions. The irradiation-induced nanograins of tetragonal ZrO2 are stable at ambient conditions and maintain their physical integrity over a long period of time after irradiation. These results demonstrated that ion-beam modification methods provide the means to control the phase stability and structure of zirconia polymorphs.

  15. In situ HVEM studies of phase transformation in Zr alloys and compounds under irradiation

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    Motta, A.T.; Faldowski, J.A.; Howe, L.M.; Okamoto, P.R.

    1996-01-01

    The High Voltage Electron Microscope (HVEM)/Tandem facility at Argonne National Laboratory has been used to conduct detailed studies of the phase stability and microstructural evolution in zirconium alloys and compounds under ion and electron irradiation. Detailed kinetic studies of the crystalline-to-amorphous transformation of the intermetallic compounds Zr{sub 3}(Fe{sub 1-x}Ni{sub x}), Zr(Fe{sub 1-x},Cr{sub x}){sub 2}, Zr{sub 3}Fe, and Zr{sub 1.5} Nb{sub 1.5} Fe, both as second phase precipitates and in bulk form, have been performed using the in-situ capabilities of the Argonne facility, under a variety of irradiation conditions (temperature, dose rate). Results include a verification of a dose rate effect on amorphization and the influence of material variables (stoichiometry x, presence of stacking faults, crystal structure) on the critical temperature and on the critical dose for amorphization. Studies were also conducted of the microstructural evolution under irradiation of specially tailored binary and ternary model alloys. The stability of the {omega}-phase in Zr-20%Nb under electron and Ar ion irradiation was investigated as well as the {beta}-phase precipitation in Zr-2.5%Nb under Ar ion irradiation. The ensemble of these results is discussed in terms of theoretical models of amorphization and of irradiation-altered solubility.

  16. Phase transformations in aged CF 8 and CF 8M stainless steels

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    Bentley, J.; Miller, M.K.

    1987-01-01

    The mechanical properties of CF 8 and CF 8M cast stainless steels used for the primary coolant pipes in pressurized light-water nuclear reactors (service temperature about 300C) may be degraded by extended aging at 300 to 400C. Of particular concern is the dramatic loss in impact properties to approximately 15% of the initial value. The cast steels have a duplex microstructure consisting of austenite (el) with 15 to 20% delta-ferrite. The ferrite increases the yield strength and reduces the susceptibility to hot cracking. During aging, the ferrite decomposes spinodally into a fine scaled interconnected network of iron-rich phase and chromium-enriched ' phase. In addition, fine particles of G-phase, a complex silicide, are formed in the ferrite. In some cases, extensive carbide formation at el-delta interfaces occurs. These fine scale phase transformations are believed to be responsible for the degradation of mechanical properties. This paper describes the results of microstructural analysis by atom-probe field-ion microscopy and analytical electron microscopy which provide a powerful combination for a complete characterization of these steels for reliable structure-property correlations.

  17. Swift heavy ion induced phase transformation and thermoluminescence properties of zirconium oxide

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    Lokesha, H. S.; Nagabhushana, K. R.; Singh, Fouran

    2016-07-01

    Zirconium oxide (ZrO2) powder is synthesized by combustion technique. XRD pattern of ZrO2 shows monoclinic phase with average crystallite size 35 nm. Pellets of ZrO2 are irradiated with 100 MeV swift Si7+, Ni7+ and 120 MeV swift Ag9+ ions in the fluence range 3 × 1010-3 × 1013 ions cm-2. XRD pattern show the main diffraction peak correspond to monoclinic and tetragonal phase of ZrO2 in 2θ range 27-33°. Structural phase transformation is observed for Ni7+ and Ag9+ ion irradiated samples at a fluence 1 × 1013 ions cm-2 and 3 × 1012 ions cm-2 respectively, since the deposited electronic energy loss exceeds an effective threshold (>12 keV nm-1). Phase transition induced by Ag9+ ion is nearly 2.9 times faster than Ni7+ ion at 1 × 1013 ions cm-2. Ag9+ ion irradiation leads two ion impact processes. Thermoluminescence (TL) glow curves exhibit two glows, a well resolved peak at ∼424 K and unresolved peak at 550 K for all SHI irradiated samples. TL response is decreased with increase of ion fluence. Beyond 3 × 1012 ions cm-2, samples don't exhibit TL due to annihilation of defects.

  18. Influence of annealing temperature on the phase transformation of Al2O3

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    Mahat, Annie Maria; Mastuli, Mohd Sufri; Kamarulzaman, Norlida

    2016-02-01

    In the present study, Al2O3 powders were prepared via a self-propagating combustion method using citric acid as a combustion agent. Effects of annealing temperature on the phase transformation of the prepared powders were studied on samples annealed at 800 °C and 1000 °C. The Al2O3 samples were characterized using X-Ray diffraction (XRD), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM) and N2 adsorption-desorption measurements. The XRD results showed that pure η-phase and pure α-phase of Al2O3 were obtained at 800 °C and 1000 °C, respectively. Their crystallite sizes are totally different as can be seen clearly from the FESEM micrographs. The η-Al2O3 sample annealed at low temperature has crystallite size smaller than 10 nm compared to the α-Al2O3 sample annealed at higher temperature which has crystallites from few microns to hundreds microns in size. From the BET (Brunauer-Emmett-Teller) method, the specific surface area for both samples are 59.4 m2g-1 and 3.1 m2g-1, respectively. It is proposed that the annealing temperature less pronounced for the morphology, but, it is significant for the phase transitions as well as the size and the specific surface area of the Al2O3 samples.

  19. An Exploratory Study of the Viscoelasticity of Phase-Transforming Material

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    Li, L.; Wang, L; Vaughan, M

    2009-01-01

    Attenuation and modulus dispersion are typically associated with shear stress and strain. Time-dependent volume changes accompanying pressure variations can give rise to bulk modulus attenuation and dispersion. Phase transformations in a two-phase region are candidates for such phenomena. Here we report laboratory data that are consistent with bulk modulus softening as pressure is cycled in a region of coexisting olivine and spinel. We use Fay70For30 olivine as our sample. Experiments are performed in a multi-anvil high-pressure apparatus (Deformation DIA) using synchrotron (NSLS) X-ray radiation as the probing tool. Pressure is up to 12 GPa and temperature is up to 1450 C. Measurements were carried out within the binary loop where the olivine and spinel phases coexist. We apply a uniaxial oscillation stress onto the sample and Young's modulus and Q{sup -1} are measured at frequencies of 0.1-0.01 Hz. Our results indicate that the sinusoidal force applied to the sample in olivine-ringwoodite region has much lower bulk modulus and higher Q{sup -1} than in the single-phase regions. Our data are consistent with the diffusion controlled model of (Jackson, I., 2007. Physical origins of anelasticity and attenuation in rock, In: Price, G.D. (Ed.) Mineral Physics. Treatise On Geophysics. Elsevier), where the characteristic time decreases with decreasing strain.

  20. An exploratory study of the viscoelasticity of phase-transforming material

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    Li, Li; Wang, Liping; Vaughan, Michael

    2009-05-01

    Attenuation and modulus dispersion are typically associated with shear stress and strain. Time-dependent volume changes accompanying pressure variations can give rise to bulk modulus attenuation and dispersion. Phase transformations in a two-phase region are candidates for such phenomena. Here we report laboratory data that are consistent with bulk modulus softening as pressure is cycled in a region of coexisting olivine and spinel. We use Fay70For30 olivine as our sample. Experiments are performed in a multi-anvil high-pressure apparatus (Deformation DIA) using synchrotron (NSLS) X-ray radiation as the probing tool. Pressure is up to 12 GPa and temperature is up to 1450 °C. Measurements were carried out within the binary loop where the olivine and spinel phases coexist. We apply a uniaxial oscillation stress onto the sample and Young's modulus and Q-1 are measured at frequencies of 0.1-0.01 Hz. Our results indicate that the sinusoidal force applied to the sample in olivine-ringwoodite region has much lower bulk modulus and higher Q-1 than in the single-phase regions. Our data are consistent with the diffusion controlled model of [Jackson, I., 2007. Physical origins of anelasticity and attenuation in rock, In: Price, G.D. (Ed.) Mineral Physics. Treatise On Geophysics. Elsevier], where the characteristic time decreases with decreasing strain.

  1. Dual phase transformation and resultant magnetic properties in Fe{sub 3}Pt thin films

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    Hsiao, S. N.; Lee, H. Y.; Chen, S. K.; Liu, S. H.

    2012-04-01

    Fifty-nm-thick Fe{sub 75}Pt{sub 25} thin films have been made on glass substrates by rf magnetron sputtering at room temperature, and subsequently annealed at 300 -700 deg. C (T{sub a}) for 1 h. The as-deposited Fe{sub 3}Pt film exhibits high magnetization of 1530 emu/cm{sup 3} and a disordered bcc structure, confirmed by high-resolution synchrotron radiation x-ray diffractometry. First-phase transformation from the bcc to disorder fcc structure occurs for samples annealed at 300 deg. C. With increasing of T{sub a} up to 375 deg. C, the film displays a nearly disordered fcc phase with low magnetization of 1083 emu/cm{sup 3}. The fcc phase changes to ordered L1{sub 2} structure for samples with T{sub a} {>=} 400 deg. C. The highly ordered L1{sub 2} phase with magnetization of 1270 emu/cm{sup 3} and coercivity of 66 Oe was obtained in Fe{sub 3}Pt film at 700 deg. C-annealing.

  2. Phase transformation and fluorescent enhancement of ErF3 at high pressure

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    Li, Wentao; Ren, Xiangting; Huang, Yanwei; Yu, Zhenhai; Mi, Zhongying; Tamura, Nobumichi; Li, Xiaodong; Peng, Fang; Wang, Lin

    2016-09-01

    Pressure-induced phase transformation and fluorescent properties of ErF3 were investigated here using in-situ synchrotron X-ray diffraction and photoluminescence up to 32.1 GPa at room temperature. Results showed that ErF3 underwent a reversible pressure-induced phase transition from the β-YF3-type to the fluocerite LaF3-type at 9.8 GPa. The bulk moduli B0 for low- and high-pressure phases were determined to be 130 and 208 GPa, respectively. Photoluminescencent studies showed that new emission lines belonging to the transition of 2H11/2→4I15/2, 4S3/2→4I15/2, and 4F9/2→4I15/2 appeared during phase transition, suggesting pressure-induced electronic band splitting. Remarkably, significant pressure-induced enhancement of photoluminescence was observed, which was attributed to lattice distortion of the material under high pressure.

  3. Thermal Behavior and Phase Transformation of TiO2 Nanocrystallites Prepared by a Coprecipitation Route

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    Yeh, Shang-Wei; Chen, Yen-Ling; Hsi, Chi-Shiung; Ko, Horng-Huey; Wang, Moo-Chin

    2014-01-01

    TiO2 freeze-dried precursor powders were synthesized using a coprecipitation route that includes titanium tetrachloride (TiCl4) as initial material prepared at 348 K (75 °C) and pH 7. Differential scanning calorimetry/thermogravimetry (DSC/TG), X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and selected area electron diffraction (SAED) and high resolution TEM were utilized to characterize the thermal behavior and phase transformation of the TiO2 freeze-dried precursor powders after calcination. The main compound of the TiO2 freeze-dried precursor powders was TiO2·H2O based on a TG analysis conducted at a heating rate of 20 K (20 °C)/min. The anatase TiO2 (a-TiO2) first appeared at 473 K (200 °C), then from a-TiO2 transformed to rutile TiO2 (r-TiO2) at 773 K (500 °C). The activation energy of a-TiO2 formation from TiO2 freeze-dried precursor powders was 242.4 ± 33.9 kJ/mol, whereas, the activation energy of phase transformation from a-TiO2 to r-TiO2 was 267.5 ± 19.1 kJ/mol. The crystallite size of a-TiO2 grew from 3.5 to 23.2 nm when raising the calcination temperature from 473 K to 873 K (200 °C to 600 °C). In addition, the crystallite size of r-TiO2 increased from 17.4 to 48.1 nm when calcination temperature increased from 773 K to 1073 K (500 °C to 800 °C).

  4. First order phase transformations: scaling relations for grain self-correlation functions

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    Axe, J.D.; Shapiro, S.M.; Yamada, Y.; Hamaya, N.

    1985-06-01

    At high pressure many alkali halides transform from the NaCl (B1) structure to the CsCl (B2) structure. We have recently studied this transformation in polycrystalline RbI, which transforms at a critical pressure, P/sub c/ = 3.5 kbar. By observing the time development of the neutron diffraction pattern after sudden increase of hydrostatic pressure from P

    P/sub c/ we directly deduced X(t), the fraction of the sample converted from metastable to stable phase, as a function of time. We showed that X(t) taken at different P could be approximately scaled onto a universal growth curve by introducing an adjustable characteristic time tau(P) for each curve. The success of the Kolmogorov in fitting X(t) suggests that comparisons of model predictions with other experimental observables be made on the system. For example, by a trivial (in principle) extension of the neutron diffraction techniques described above, one might determine the broadening of the powder diffraction peaks due to finite grain size as a function of time throughout growth. This particle size broadening is related by Fourier transformation to the grain autocorrelation function, G/sub s/(r,t), which measures the ensemble average of the overlap of grains with themselves upon translation of the grain pattern by an amount r. We present some results of a study of the scaling properties of G/sub s/(r,t) for the Kolmogorov model for d=1 and d=2. Although the model is highly idealized, it is perhaps the simplest conceivable one which obeys correlation function scaling in early stages of growth and undergoes nontrivial saturation due to volume fraction effects in the late stages. 4 refs., 6 figs.

  5. Modeling the viscoplastic micromechanical response of two-phase materials using fast Fourier transforms

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    Lebensohn, Ricardo A; Lee, Sukbin; Rollett, Anthony D

    2009-01-01

    A viscoplastic approach using the Fast Fourier Transform (FFT) method for obtaining local mechanical response is utilized to study microstructure-property relationships in composite materials. Specifically, three-dimensional, two-phase digital materials containing isotropically coarsened particles surrounded by a matrix phase, generated through a Kinetic Monte Carlo Potts model for Ostwald ripening, are used as instantiations in order to calculate the stress and strain rate fields under uniaxial tension. The effects of the morphology of the matrix phase, the volume fraction and the contiguity of particles, and the polycrystallinity of matrix phase, on the stress and strain rate fields under uniaxial tension are examined. It is found that the first moments of the stress and strain rate fields have a different dependence on the particle volume fraction and the particle contiguity from their second moments. The average stresses and average strain rates of both phases and of the overall composite have rather simple relationships with the particle volume fraction whereas their standard deviations vary strongly, especially when the particle volume fraction is high, and the contiguity of particles has a noticeable effect on the mechanical response. It is also found that the shape of stress distribution in the BCC hard particle phase evolves as the volume fraction of particles in the composite varies, such that it agrees with the stress field in the BCC polycrystal as the volume of particles approaches unity. Finally, it is observed that the stress and strain rate fields in the microstructures with a polycrystalline matrix are less sensitive to changes in volume fraction and contiguity of particles.

  6. Effects of magnetomechanical vibrations and bending stresses on three-phase three-leg transformers with amorphous cores

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    Hsu, Chang-Hung; Chang, Yeong-Hwa; Lee, Chun-Yao; Yao, Chia-Shiang; He, Yan-Lou; Chu, Huei-Lung; Chang, Chia-Wen; Chan, Wei-Shou

    2012-04-01

    This paper explores the influence of bending stresses on the magnetic characteristics of three-phase transformers with amorphous cores. Different types of core structures, including C-cores and toroidal cores, and their magnetic properties are compared using VSM and XRD. The losses in the magnetic core of the three-phase transformer are analyzed using the finite element analysis for both design and measurement. In addition, experimental results indicated that amorphous-core transformers with rectangular corners had higher audible noise and vibration intensities. This is because the condensed distribution of magnetic flux lines in the corners of the core may create high magnetic inductions associated with high magnetostriction. Finally, experiments with three-phase amorphous-core transformers were performed to study the effects of magnetism and magnetostriction on their performance in terms of core loss, vibration, and audible noise.

  7. Phase transformation of ZnMoO{sub 4} by localized thermal spike

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    Agarwal, D. C.; Avasthi, D. K.; Kabiraj, D.; Varma, S.; Kremer, Felipe; Ridgway, M. C.

    2014-04-28

    We show that ZnMoO{sub 4} remains in stable phase under thermal annealing up to 1000 °C, whereas it decomposes to ZnO and MoO{sub 3} under transient thermal spike induced by 100 MeV Ag irradiation. The transformation is evidenced by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Raman spectroscopy, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). Thin films of ZnMoO{sub 4} were synthesized by thermal evaporation and subsequent annealing in oxygen ambient at 600 °C for 4 h. XRD results show that as the irradiation fluence increases, the peak related to ZnMoO{sub 4} decreases gradually and eventually disappear, whereas peaks related to ZnO grow steadily up to fluence of 3 × 10{sup 12} ions/cm{sup 2} and thereafter remain stable till highest fluence. This indicates that polycrystalline ZnMoO{sub 4} film has transformed to polycrystalline ZnO thin film. The Raman lines related to ZnMoO{sub 4} are observed to have disappeared with increasing irradiation fluence. XPS results show modification in bonding and depletion of Mo from near surface region after the ion irradiation. Cross-sectional transmission electron microscopy result shows the formation of ion track of diameter 12–16 nm. These results demonstrate that ion beam methods provide the means to control phase splitting of ZnMoO{sub 4} to ZnO and MoO{sub 3} within nanometric dimension along the ion track. The observation of phase splitting and Mo loss are explained in the framework of ion beam induced thermal spike formalism.

  8. Identifying the multiplicity of crystallographically equivalent variants generated by iterative phase transformations in Ti.

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    Grammatikopoulos, Panagiotis; Pond, Robert Charles

    2016-02-01

    This work describes phase transformations in Ti from a purely crystallographic perspective. Iterative heating and cooling above and below 1155 K induce phase transitions between a low-temperature h.c.p. (hexagonal close packed) (6/m mm) and a high-temperature b.c.c. (body centred cubic) (m3m) structure. The crystallography of the two phases has been found to be related by the Burgers Orientation Relationship (Burgers OR). The transitions are accompanied by changes in texture, as an ever-increasing number of crystallographically equivalent variants occur with every cycle. Identifying their multiplicity is important to relate the textures before and after the transformation, in order to predict the resultant one and refine its microstructure. The four-dimensional Frank space was utilized to describe both h.c.p. and b.c.c. structures within the same orthogonal framework, and thus allow for their easy numerical manipulation through matrix algebra. Crystallographic group decomposition showed that the common symmetry maintained in both groups was that of group 2/m; therefore, the symmetry operations that generated the variants were of groups 3m and 23 for cubic and hexagonal generations, respectively. The number of all potential variants was determined for the first three variant generations, and degeneracy was indeed detected, reducing the number of variants from 72 to 57 and from 432 to 180 for the second and third generations, respectively. Degeneracy was attributed on some special alignments of symmetry operators, as a result of the Burgers OR connecting the relative orientation of the two structures. PMID:26830797

  9. Anatase-rutile phase transformation of titanium dioxide bulk material: a DFT + U approach

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    Vu, Nam H.; Le, Hieu V.; Cao, Thi M.; Pham, Viet V.; Le, Hung M.; Nguyen-Manh, Duc

    2012-10-01

    The anatase-rutile phase transformation of TiO2 bulk material is investigated using a density functional theory (DFT) approach in this study. According to the calculations employing the Perdew-Burke-Ernzerhof (PBE) exchange-correlation functional with the Vanderbilt ultrasoft pseudopotential, it is suggested that the anatase phase is more energetically stable than rutile, which is in variance with the experimental observations. Consequently, the DFT + U method is employed in order to predict the correct structural stability in titania from electronic-structure-based total energy calculations. The Hubbard U term is determined by examining the band structure of rutile with various values of U from 3 to 10 eV. At U = 5 eV, a theoretical bandgap for rutile is obtained as 3.12 eV, which is in very good agreement with the reported experimental bandgap. Hence, we choose the DFT + U method (with U = 5 eV) to investigate the transformation pathway using the newly-developed solid-state nudged elastic band (ss-NEB) method, and consequently obtain an intermediate transition structure that is 9.794 eV per four-TiO2 above the anatase phase. When the Ti-O bonds in the transition state are examined using charge density analysis, seven Ti-O bonds (out of 24 bonds in the anatase unit cell) are broken, and this result is in excellent agreement with a previous experimental study (Penn and Banfield 1999 Am. Miner. 84 871-6).

  10. A phase-field approach to nonequilibrium phase transformations in elastic solids via an intermediate phase (melt) allowing for interface stresses.

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    Momeni, Kasra; Levitas, Valery I

    2016-04-28

    A phase-field approach for phase transformations (PTs) between three different phases at nonequilibrium temperatures is developed. It includes advanced mechanics, thermodynamically consistent interfacial stresses, and interface interactions. A thermodynamic Landau-Ginzburg potential developed in terms of polar order parameters satisfies the desired instability and equilibrium conditions for homogeneous phases. The interfacial stresses were introduced with some terms from large-strain formulation even though the small-strain assumption was utilized. The developed model is applied to study the PTs between two solid phases via a highly disordered intermediate phase (IP) or an intermediate melt (IM) hundreds of degrees below the melting temperature. In particular, the β ↔ δ PTs in HMX energetic crystals via IM are analyzed. The effects of various parameters (temperature, ratios of widths and energies of solid-solid (SS) to solid-melt (SM) interfaces, elastic energy, and interfacial stresses) on the formation, stability, and structure of the IM within a propagating SS interface are studied. Interfacial and elastic stresses within a SS interphase and their relaxation and redistribution with the appearance of a partial or complete IM are analyzed. The energy and structure of the critical nucleus (CN) of the IM are studied as well. In particular, the interfacial stresses increase the aspect-ratio of the CN. Although including elastic energy can drastically reduce the energy of the CN of the IM, the activation energy of the CN of the IM within the SS interface increases when interfacial tension is taken into account. The developed thermodynamic potential can also be modified to model other multiphase physical phenomena, such as multi-variant martensitic PTs, grain boundary and surface-induced pre-melting and PTs, as well as developing phase diagrams for IPs. PMID:27078783

  11. Phase transformations in alloy and bilayer thin films of vanadium and silicon

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    Nava, F.; Psaras, P. A.; Takai, H.; Tu, K. N.

    1986-04-01

    Phase transformations in coevaporated amorphous vanadium-silicon thin alloy films and bilayer vandium/silicon films have been studied as a function of heat treatment by in situ electrical resistivity measurement together with Rutherford backscattering spectrometry, Seeman-Bohlin glancing angle incidence x-ray diffraction, and scanning and transmission electron microscopy. In the as-deposited state the amorphous alloy films were silicon rich, having an atomic ratio of 1:3 for vanadium and silicon, respectively. Upon heat treatment a sharp decrease in resistivity occurs at approximately 250 °C, which has been determined to be a transformation from the amorphous to crystalline VSi2 phase. The kinetics of the transformation have been obtained by isothermal treatment over the temperature range of 184-220 °C. The transformation is described by a Johnson-Mehl-Avrami-type equation with an apparent activation energy of 1.30±0.06 eV. Subsequent heat treatment causes a gradual decrease in resistivity up to 850 °C. Upon cooling, a monotonic decrease in resistivity was observed. Heat treatment at high temperatures (900 °C) promotes the growth of nonuniformly distributed silicon grains. For the bilayer vanadium/silicon films, the sheet resistance increases gradually upon heat treatment up to 500 °C, then a sharp decrease is observed, which is due to the formation of VSi2. Further heat treatment at higher temperatures (850 °C) promotes a monotonical decrease in the resistance. The cooling behavior is similar to that of the crystallized alloy specimens except for having a slightly lower resistivity value. In a model for the two thin films connected electrically in parallel, the growth kinetics of VSi2 in the bilayer films has been found to be linear in time over the temperature range of 500-535 °C with an activation energy of 2.23±0.09 eV. The microstructure of films at various stages of annealing have been studied by x-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy

  12. On a phase field approach for martensitic transformations in a crystal plastic material at a loaded surface

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    Schmitt, Regina; Kuhn, Charlotte; Müller, Ralf

    2015-06-01

    A continuum phase field model for martensitic transformations is introduced, including crystal plasticity with different slip systems for the different phases. In a 2D setting, the transformation-induced eigenstrain is taken into account for two martensitic orientation variants. With aid of the model, the phase transition and its dependence on the volume change, crystal plastic material behavior, and the inheritance of plastic deformations from austenite to martensite are studied in detail. The numerical setup is motivated by the process of cryogenic turning. The resulting microstructure qualitatively coincides with an experimentally obtained martensite structure. For the numerical calculations, finite elements together with global and local implicit time integration scheme are employed.

  13. Solid-solid phase transformations induced through cation exchange and strain in 2D heterostructured copper sulfide nanocrystals.

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    Ha, Don-Hyung; Caldwell, Andrew H; Ward, Matthew J; Honrao, Shreyas; Mathew, Kiran; Hovden, Robert; Koker, Margaret K A; Muller, David A; Hennig, Richard G; Robinson, Richard D

    2014-12-10

    We demonstrate dual interface formation in nanocrystals (NCs) through cation exchange, creating epitaxial heterostructures within spherical NCs. The thickness of the inner-disk layer can be tuned to form two-dimensional (2D), single atomic layers (<1 nm). During the cation exchange reaction from copper sulfide to zinc sulfide (ZnS), we observe a solid-solid phase transformation of the copper sulfide phase in heterostructured NCs. As the cation exchange reaction is initiated, Cu ions replaced by Zn ions at the interfaces are accommodated in intrinsic Cu vacancy sites present in the initial roxbyite (Cu1.81S) phase of copper sulfide, inducing a full phase transition to djurleite (Cu1.94S)/low chalcocite (Cu2S), a more thermodynamically stable phase than roxbyite. As the reaction proceeds and reduces the size of the copper sulfide layer, the epitaxial strain at the interfaces between copper sulfide and ZnS increases and is maximized for a copper sulfide disk ∼ 5 nm thick. To minimize this strain energy, a second phase transformation occurs back to the roxbyite phase, which shares a similar sulfur sublattice to wurtzite ZnS. The observation of a solid-solid phase transformation in our unique heterostructured NCs provides a new pathway to control desired phases and an insight into the influence of cation exchange on nanoscale phase transitions in heterostructured materials. PMID:25337657

  14. Atomistic Modeling of Diffusion and Phase Transformations in Metals and Alloys

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    Purja Pun, Ganga Prasad

    Dissertation consists of multiple works. The first part is devoted to self-diffusion along dislocation cores in aluminum followed by the development of embedded atom method potentials for Co, NiAl, CoAl and CoNi systems. The last part focuses on martensitic phase transformation (MPT) in Ni xAl1--x and Al xCoyNi1-- x--y alloys. New calculation methods were developed to predict diffusion coefficients in metal as functions of temperature. Self-diffusion along screw and edge dislocations in aluminum was studied by molecular dynamic (MD) simulations. Three types of simulations were performed with and without (intrinsic) pre-existing vacancies and interstitials in the dislocation core. We found that the diffusion along the screw dislocation was dominated by the intrinsic mechanism, whereas the diffusion along the edge dislocation was dominated by the vacancy mechanism. The diffusion along the screw dislocation was found to be significantly faster than the diffusion along the edge dislocation, and the both diffusivities were in reasonable agreement with experimental data. The intrinsic diffusion mechanism can be associated with the formation of dynamic Frenkel pairs, possibly activated by thermal jogs and/or kinks. The simulations show that at high temperatures the dislocation core becomes an effective source/sink of point defects and the effect of pre-existing defects on the core diffusivity diminishes. First and the foremost ingredient needed in all atomistic computer simulations is the description of interaction between atoms. Interatomic potentials for Co, NiAl, CoAl and CoNi systems were developed within the Embedded Atom Method (EAM) formalism. The binary potentials were based on previously developed accurate potentials for pure Ni and pure Al and pure Co developed in this work. The binaries constitute a version of EAM potential of AlCoNi ternary system. The NiAl potential accurately reproduces a variety of physical properties of the B2-NiAl and L12--Ni3Al phases

  15. Phase Transformation Behavior of Porous TiNi Alloys Produced by Powder Metallurgy Using Magnesium as a Space Holder

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    Aydoğmuş, Tarik; Bor, Elif Tarhan; Bor, Şakir

    2011-09-01

    Porous TiNi alloys with porosities in the range of 51 to 73 pct were prepared successfully applying a new powder metallurgy fabrication route in which magnesium was used as a space holder, resulting in either single austenite phase or a mixture of austenite and martensite phases dictated by the composition of the starting powders, but entirely free from secondary brittle intermetallics, oxides, nitrides, and carbonitrides. Since transformation temperatures are very sensitive to composition, deformation, and oxidation, for the first time, transformation temperatures of porous TiNi alloys were investigated using chemically homogeneous specimens in as-sintered and aged conditions eliminating secondary phase, contamination, and deformation effects. It was found that the porosity content of the foams has no influence on the phase transformation temperatures both in as-sintered and aged conditions, while deformation, oxidation, and aging treatment are severely influential.

  16. Development of Continuous Cooling Transformation Diagrams of Zirconium-Niobium Alloy Phase Transformations within the Kolmogorov-Johnson-Mehl-Avrami Framework

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    Kautz, Elizabeth J.

    Microstructure and chemistry of zirconium alloys have a major influence on material performance, including mechanical properties and corrosion resistance. Therefore, it is essential to thoroughly understand processing required to obtain desired microstructures for application in commercial nuclear reactors. Zirconium-niobium alloys are of particular interest for commercial nuclear applications (e.g., in boiling water reactors, pressurized water reactors, Canadian deuterium uranium reactors) due to increased corrosion resistance in aqueous environments over other zirconium alloys. Heat treatments of zirconium-niobium alloys affect overall microstructure, precipitate distributions and size, and ultimately determine material performance. Phase transformations in zirconium-niobium alloys were modeled for a range of niobium concentrations and heat treatment conditions, by conducting controlled experiments. Heat-flux differential scanning calorimetry was performed and data was collected and analyzed for zirconium-niobium alloys with niobium content ranging from 0.6-3.0 weight percent. Continuous cooling transformation diagrams were constructed for slow cooling rate conditions (9-34°C/minute) based on calorimetry test results. A standard operating procedure for performing these calorimetry tests and corresponding data analysis technique was developed specifically to study the zirconium-niobium material system. A mathematical model was developed utilizing the Kolmogorov-Johnson-Mehl-Avrami theory that accurately describes phase transformations upon continuous cooling in zirconium-niobium binary alloys. This model relates fraction of phase transformed to kinetic parameters that were calculated from experimental test results in order to model the phase transformation for various cooling rates from 10-40°C/minute.

  17. Existence, numerical convergence and evolutionary relaxation for a rate-independent phase-transformation model.

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    Heinz, Sebastian; Mielke, Alexander

    2016-04-28

    We revisit the model for a two-well phase transformation in a linearly elastic body that was introduced and studied in Mielke et al. (2002 Arch. Ration. Mech. Anal. 162: , 137-177). This energetic rate-independent system is posed in terms of the elastic displacement and an internal variable that gives the phase portion of the second phase. We use a new approach based on mutual recovery sequences, which are adjusted to a suitable energy increment plus the associated dissipated energy and, thus, enable us to pass to the limit in the construction of energetic solutions. We give three distinct constructions of mutual recovery sequences which allow us (i) to generalize the existence result in Mielke et al. (2002), (ii) to establish the convergence of suitable numerical approximations via space-time discretization and (iii) to perform the evolutionary relaxation from the pure-state model to the relaxed-mixture model. All these results rely on weak converge and involve the H-measure as an essential tool. PMID:27002066

  18. Transformation Mechanism and Kinetics for the Pressure-Induced Phase Transition in Shocked CdS

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    Gupta, Y.M.; Knudson, M.D.; Kunz, A.B.

    1999-06-24

    The pressure-induced phase transition in CdS was investigated using picosecond time-resolved electronic spectroscopy in plate impact shock wave experiments. Real-time changes in the electronic spectra were observed, with 100 ps time resolution, in single crystals of CdS shocked along the c and a axes to peak stresses between 35 and 90 kbar (above the phase transition stress of approximately 30 kbar measured in continuum studies). When shocked to stresses above approximately 50 kbar along the crystal c axis and 60 to 70 kbar along the crystal a axis, the crystals undergo a very rapid change in electronic structure, indicating that significant structural changes occur within the first 100 ps. These results, along with previous ns continuum measurements, make a strong case for a metastable state during the phase transition in shocked CdS. Ab-initio periodic Hartree-Fock calculations (with DFT correlation corrections) were employed to examine the compression of CdS and to determine a possible lattice structure for the proposed metastable structure. These results, along with details of the transformation kinetics and orientational dependence, will be discussed. Work supported by ONR.

  19. Unraveling overtone interferences in Love-wave phase velocity measurements by radon transform

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    Luo, Yinhe; Yang, Yingjie; Zhao, Kaifeng; Xu, Yixian; Xia, Jianghai

    2015-10-01

    Surface waves contain fundamental mode and higher modes, which could interfere with each other. If different modes are not properly separated, the inverted Earth structures using surface waves could be biased. In this study, we apply linear radon transform (LRT) to synthetic seismograms and real seismograms from the USArray to demonstrate the effectiveness of LRT in separating fundamental-mode Love waves from higher modes. Analysis on synthetic seismograms shows that two-station measurements on reconstructed data obtained after mode separation can completely retrieve the fundamental-mode Love-wave phase velocities. Results on USArray data show that higher mode contamination effects reach up to ˜10 per cent for two-station measurements of Love waves, while two-station measurements on mode-separated data obtained by LRT are very close to the predicted values from a global dispersion model of GDM52, demonstrating that the contamination of overtones on fundamental-mode Love-wave phase velocity measurements is effectively mitigated by the LRT method and accurate fundamental-mode Love-wave phase velocities can be measured.

  20. Nanostructures and porous silicon: activity and phase transformation in sensors and photocatalytic reactors

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    Gole, James L.; Lewis, Stephen E.; Fedorov, Andrei; Prokes, Sharka

    2005-08-01

    Porous interfaces are being transformed within the framework of nanotechnology to develop highly efficient sensors, nanostructure modified microreactors, and active battery electrodes. We demonstrate the rapid and reversible sensing of HCl, NH3, CO, SO2, H2S, and NOx at or below the ppm level. Gold and tin-based nanostructured coatings are introduced to improve the detection of NH3, CO, and NOx as these coatings form the initial basis for introducing significant selectivity. These sensor suites are being extended to develop microreactors, with a goal to introduce quantum dot (QD) based photocatalysts within the porous interface structure. Highly efficient, visible light absorbing, anatase TiO2-xNx nanophotocatalysts have been formed in seconds at room temperature via the direct nitridation of anatase TiO2 nanocolloids. A tunability throughout the visible is found to depend upon the degree of nanoparticle agglomeration and upon the ready ability to seed these nanoparticles with metal (metal ions) including Pt, Co, and Ni. This metal ion seeding also leads to unique efficient phase transformations, including that of anatase to rutile TiO2, at room temperature. The visible light absorbing photocatalysts readily photodegrade methylene blue and gaseous ethylene. They can be transformed from liquids to gels and, in addition, can be placed on the surfaces of sensor and microreactor based configurations 1) to produce an improved photocatalytically induced solar based sensor response, and 2) with a goal to facilitate catalytically induced disinfection of airborne pathogens. In contrast to the nitridation process which is facile at the nanoscale, we find little or no direct nitridation of micrometer sized anatase or rutile TiO2 powders at room temperature. Thus, we illustrate an example of how a traversal to the nanoscale can vastly improve the efficiency for producing important submicron particles.