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  1. Wetting and spontaneous infiltration: the case study of TaC/(Au, Al and Cu) compared to TiC/Cu

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    Aizenshtein, M.; Froumin, N.; Nafman, O.; Frage, N.

    2016-06-01

    Spontaneous infiltration of molten metals in to ceramic skeletons, in the course MMCs' production, is related to improved wetting of the ceramic by metals. TiC is considered a "metal-like" carbide and is supposed to be wetted well by metals through metallic bonding mechanism. Nevertheless, TiC/Cu exhibit an unusual behavior since spontaneous infiltration of molten Cu takes place, while TiC is partially wetted by Cu (θ=90°).In this work we studied the relation between wetting and spontaneous infiltration in the TaC/Au, Al and Cu systems. TaC is also considered a "metal-like" carbide and indeed no chemical interaction was observed at the interfaces of the studied systems.Sessile drop experiments showed almost perfect wetting in the three system but spontaneous infiltration occurred only in the first two (e.g. TaC/Au or Al). Thermodynamic calculation shows the difference between the systems which also has its' influence on the mechanical properties of the MMCs'. Further calculation clarifies the difference between TaC/Cu and TiC/Cu infiltration behavior, but is unable to explain the wetting results differences.Correlation between wetting and spontaneous infiltration in some cases is not straight forward and more studies and calculations on the atomistic level should be done in order to clarify this matter.

  2. Probing off-Hugoniot states in Ta, Cu, and Al to 1000 GPa compression with magnetically driven liner implosions

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    Lemke, R. W.; Dolan, D. H.; Dalton, D. G.; Brown, J. L.; Tomlinson, K.; Robertson, G. R.; Knudson, M. D.; Harding, E.; Mattsson, A. E.; Carpenter, J. H.; Drake, R. R.; Cochrane, K.; Blue, B. E.; Robinson, A. C.; Mattsson, T. R.

    2016-01-01

    We report on a new technique for obtaining off-Hugoniot pressure vs. density data for solid metals compressed to extreme pressure by a magnetically driven liner implosion on the Z-machine (Z) at Sandia National Laboratories. In our experiments, the liner comprises inner and outer metal tubes. The inner tube is composed of a sample material (e.g., Ta and Cu) whose compressed state is to be inferred. The outer tube is composed of Al and serves as the current carrying cathode. Another aluminum liner at much larger radius serves as the anode. A shaped current pulse quasi-isentropically compresses the sample as it implodes. The iterative method used to infer pressure vs. density requires two velocity measurements. Photonic Doppler velocimetry probes measure the implosion velocity of the free (inner) surface of the sample material and the explosion velocity of the anode free (outer) surface. These two velocities are used in conjunction with magnetohydrodynamic simulation and mathematical optimization to obtain the current driving the liner implosion, and to infer pressure and density in the sample through maximum compression. This new equation of state calibration technique is illustrated using a simulated experiment with a Cu sample. Monte Carlo uncertainty quantification of synthetic data establishes convergence criteria for experiments. Results are presented from experiments with Al/Ta, Al/Cu, and Al liners. Symmetric liner implosion with quasi-isentropic compression to peak pressure ˜1000 GPa is achieved in all cases. These experiments exhibit unexpectedly softer behavior above 200 GPa, which we conjecture is related to differences in the actual and modeled properties of aluminum.

  3. Probing off-Hugoniot states in Ta, Cu, and Al to 1000 GPa compression with magnetically driven liner implosions

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    Lemke, R. W.; Dolan, D. H.; Dalton, D. G.; Brown, J. L.; Tomlinson, K.; Robertson, G. R.; Knudson, M. D.; Harding, E.; Mattsson, A. E.; Carpenter, J. H.; et al

    2016-01-07

    We report on a new technique for obtaining off-Hugoniot pressure vs. density data for solid metals compressed to extreme pressure by a magnetically driven liner implosion on the Z-machine (Z) at Sandia National Laboratories. In our experiments, the liner comprises inner and outer metal tubes. The inner tube is composed of a sample material (e.g., Ta and Cu) whose compressed state is to be inferred. The outer tube is composed of Al and serves as the current carrying cathode. Another aluminum liner at much larger radius serves as the anode. A shaped current pulse quasi-isentropically compresses the sample as itmore » implodes. The iterative method used to infer pressure vs. density requires two velocity measurements. Photonic Doppler velocimetry probes measure the implosion velocity of the free (inner) surface of the sample material and the explosion velocity of the anode free (outer) surface. These two velocities are used in conjunction with magnetohydrodynamic simulation and mathematical optimization to obtain the current driving the liner implosion, and to infer pressure and density in the sample through maximum compression. This new equation of state calibration technique is illustrated using a simulated experiment with a Cu sample. Monte Carlo uncertainty quantification of synthetic data establishes convergence criteria for experiments. Results are presented from experiments with Al/Ta, Al/Cu, and Al liners. Symmetric liner implosion with quasi-isentropic compression to peak pressure ~1000 GPa is achieved in all cases. Lastly, these experiments exhibit unexpectedly softer behavior above 200 GPa, which we conjecture is related to differences in the actual and modeled properties of aluminum.« less

  4. Probing off-Hugoniot states in Ta, Cu, and Al to 10 Mbar compression with magnetically driven liner implosions

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    Mattsson, T. R.; Lemke, R. W.; Dolan, D. H.; Dalton, D. G.; Brown, J. L.; Robertson, G. R.; Knudson, M. D.; Harding, E.; Mattsson, A. E.; Carpenter, J. H.; Drake, R. R.; Cochrane, K.; Robinson, A. C.; Tomlinson, K.; Blue, B. E.

    We report on a technique for obtaining off-Hugoniot equation of state data on solid metals by a magnetically driven cylindrical liner implosion on Sandia's Z-machine (Z). The sample material is in an inner tube with an outer tube composed of Al that serves as the current carrying cathode. A shaped current pulse quasi-isentropically compresses the sample as it implodes. Photonic Doppler velocimetry measures the implosion velocity of the free inner surface of the sample material, and the explosion velocity of the return current anode free outer surface. The velocimetry measurements are used in conjunction with magnetohydrodynamic simulations and optimization to infer pressure and density in the sample. Results are presented for experiments on the Z-machine in which Ta, Cu, and Al samples were compressed to peak pressure 10 Mbar. Sandia National Laboratories is a multi-program laboratory managed and operated by Sandia Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin Corporation, for the U.S. Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration under contract DE-AC04-94AL85000.

  5. Preparation of Sr2AlTaO6 Insulating Films on YBa2Cu3O7-δ by Metalorganic Chemical Vapor Deposition with Purified Sr Source

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    Takahashi, Yoshihiro; Zama, Hideaki; Ishimaru, Yoshihiro; Inoue, Nobuyoshi; Wu, Yuan; Morishita, Tadataka; Tanabe, Keiichi

    2002-02-01

    200-nm-thick Sr2AlTaO6 (SAT) insulating films were prepared on 10-μm-thick superconducting YBa2Cu3O7-δ (YBCO) films by metalorganic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD). By employing a purified Sr(thd)2 metalorganic source, instead of Sr(thd)2-2tetraene, and a higher evaporation temperature, we could reproducibly obtain stoichiometric SAT films with high crystallinity as revealed by the full-width at half maximum value of the SAT (004) X-ray rocking curve which was as small as 0.2°. Moreover, a 200-nm-thick c-axis-oriented YBCO film with a Tc of 90 K and a Jc higher than 107 A/cm2 below 60 K could be grown on the SAT film. These results confirm that the SAT films prepared by MOCVD are suitable for use as insulating layers in high-Tc multilayer electronic devices.

  6. Atomically engineering Cu/Ta interfaces.

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    Webb, Edmund Blackburn, III; Zhou, Xiao Wang

    2007-09-01

    This report summarizes the major research and development accomplishments for the late start LDRD project (investment area: Enable Predictive Simulation) entitled 'Atomically Engineering Cu/Ta Interfaces'. Two ultimate goals of the project are: (a) use atomistic simulation to explore important atomistic assembly mechanisms during growth of Cu/Ta multilayers; and (b) develop a non-continuum model that has sufficient fidelity and computational efficiency for use as a design tool. Chapters 2 and 3 are essentially two papers that address respectively these two goals. In chapter 2, molecular dynamics simulations were used to study the growth of Cu films on (010) bcc Ta and Cu{sub x}Ta{sub 1-x} alloy films on (111) fcc Cu. The results indicated that fcc crystalline Cu films with a (111) texture are always formed when Cu is grown on Ta. The Cu films are always polycrystalline even when the Ta substrate is single crystalline. These polycrystalline films are composed of grains with only two different orientations, which are separated by either orientational grain boundaries or misfit dislocations. Periodic misfit dislocations and stacking fault bands are observed. The Cu film surface roughness was found to decrease with increasing adatom energy. Due to a Cu surface segregation effect, the Cu{sub x}Ta{sub 1-x} films deposited on Cu always have a higher Cu composition than that used in the vapor mixture. When Cu and Ta compositions in the films are comparable, amorphous structures may form. The fundamental origins for all these phenomena have been studied in terms of crystallography and interatomic interactions. In chapter 3, a simplified computational method, diffusional Monte Carlo (dMC) method, was developed to address long time kinetic processes of materials. Long time kinetic processes usually involve material transport by diffusion. The corresponding microstructural evolution of materials can be analyzed by kinetic Monte Carlo simulation methods, which essentially

  7. Amorphous layer formation at the TaC/Cu interface in the Si/TaC/Cu metallization system

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    Laurila, Tomi; Zeng, Kejun; Kivilahti, Jorma K.; Molarius, Jyrki; Suni, Ilkka

    2002-02-01

    An amorphous Ta(O,C)x layer was found to form at the TaC/Cu interface in the Si/TaC/Cu metallization system. The formation of the layer was induced by oxygen trapped in the as-deposited films, since on the basis of thermodynamic evaluation of the ternary Ta-C-O system, the dissociation of the TaC layer and the formation of the Ta2O5 and graphite can be expected to occur during subsequent annealings in this case. However, as observed experimentally, the formation of the amorphous Ta(O,C)x preceded the formation of the stable tantalum oxide.

  8. Failure mechanism of Ta diffusion barrier between Cu and Si

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    Laurila, Tomi; Zeng, Kejun; Kivilahti, Jorma K.; Molarius, Jyrki; Suni, Ilkka

    2000-09-01

    The reaction mechanisms in the Si/Ta/Cu metallization system and their relation to the microstructure of thin films are discussed on the basis of experimental results and the assessment of the ternary Si-Ta-Cu phase diagram at 700 °C. With the help of sheet resistance measurements, Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy, x-ray diffraction, a scanning electron microscope, and a transmission electron microscope, the Ta barrier layer was observed to fail at temperatures above 650 °C due to the formation of TaSi2, the diffusion of Cu through the silicide layer, and the resulting formation of Cu3Si precipitates. However, in order for the TaSi2 phase to form first, the Ta diffusion barrier layer must be thick enough (e.g., 50-100 nm) to prevent Cu diffusion into the Si substrate up to the temperature of TaSi2 formation (˜650 °C). Independent of the Ta layer thickness, Cu3Si was present as large nodules, whereas the TaSi2 existed as a uniform layer. The resulting reaction structure was found to be in local equilibrium on the basis of the assessed Si-Ta-Cu phase diagram at 700 °C, and therefore no further reactions were expected. The role of oxygen was also found to be important in the reactions and it seems to have a strong effect on the thermal stability of the barrier layer.

  9. Excellent resistive memory characteristics and switching mechanism using a Ti nanolayer at the Cu/TaOx interface

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    2012-01-01

    Excellent resistive switching memory characteristics were demonstrated for an Al/Cu/Ti/TaOx/W structure with a Ti nanolayer at the Cu/TaOx interface under low voltage operation of ± 1.5 V and a range of current compliances (CCs) from 0.1 to 500 μA. Oxygen accumulation at the Ti nanolayer and formation of a defective high-κ TaOx film were confirmed by high-resolution transmission electron microscopy, energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, and X-ray photo-electron spectroscopy. The resistive switching memory characteristics of the Al/Cu/Ti/TaOx/W structure, such as HRS/LRS (approximately 104), stable switching cycle stability (>106) and multi-level operation, were improved compared with those of Al/Cu/TaOx/W devices. These results were attributed to the control of Cu migration/dissolution by the insertion of a Ti nanolayer at the Cu/TaOx interface. In contrast, CuOx formation at the Cu/TaOx interface was observed in an Al/Cu/TaOx/W structure, which hindered dissolution of the Cu filament and resulted in a small resistance ratio of approximately 10 at a CC of 500 μA. A high charge-trapping density of 6.9 × 1016 /cm2 was observed in the Al/Cu/Ti/TaOx/W structure from capacitance-voltage hysteresis characteristics, indicating the migration of Cu ions through defect sites. The switching mechanism was successfully explained for structures with and without the Ti nanolayer. By using a new approach, the nanoscale diameter of Cu filament decreased from 10.4 to 0.17 nm as the CC decreased from 500 to 0.1 μA, resulting in a large memory size of 7.6 T to 28 Pbit/sq in. Extrapolated 10-year data retention of the Ti nanolayer device was also obtained. The findings of this study will not only improve resistive switching memory performance but also aid future design of nanoscale nonvolatile memory. PMID:22734564

  10. Interfacial dynamnics at sliding Ta/Al interfaces

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    Hammerberg, J. E.; Ravelo, R.; Holian, B. L.; Germann, T. C.; Olson, C. J.

    2002-03-01

    We present results of large-scale MD simulations of sliding Al(100)/Ta(100) interfaces at high shearing velocties. The Ta and Al interactions are modeled using EAM potentials. We discuss the structural evolution near the interface and compare our results with known 2-dimensional simulations which make use of Lennard-Jones potentials but in similar scaled-velocity regimes, namely, 0.01

  11. Analysis of NiAlTa precipitates in beta-NiAl + 2 at. pct Ta alloy

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    Pathare, V.; Michal, G. M.; Vedula, K.; Nathal, M. V.

    1987-01-01

    Results are reported from experiments performed to identify the precipitates, and their orientation in the matrix, in a beta-NiAl alloy containing 2 at. pct. Ta after undergoing creep test at 1300 K. Test specimens formed by extruding hot powders were compressed at 1300 K for about 50 hr at a strain rate averaging 6/1 million per sec. The specimens were then thinned and examined under an electron microscope and by X-ray diffractometry. An intermetallic NiAlTa compound with a hexagonal Cl4 structure appeared as second phase precipitates in the samples, exhibiting plate-like shapes and a habit plane close to (012). The prism planes of the hexagonal NiAlTa precipitates paralleled the closest packed planes in the cubic beta-NiAl matrix.

  12. (Ag,Cu)-Ta-O ternaries as high-temperature solid-lubricant coatings.

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    Gao, Hongyu; Otero-de-la-Roza, Alberto; Gu, Jingjing; Stone, D'Arcy; Aouadi, Samir M; Johnson, Erin R; Martini, Ashlie

    2015-07-22

    Ternary oxides have gained increasing attention due to their potential use as solid lubricants at elevated temperatures. In this work, the tribological properties of three ternary oxides-AgTaO3, CuTaO3, and CuTa2O6-were studied using a combination of density-functional theory (DFT), molecular dynamics (MD) simulations with newly developed empirical potential parameters, and experimental measurements (AgTaO3 and CuTa2O6 only). Our results show that the MD-predicted friction force follows the trend AgTaO3 < CuTaO3 < CuTa2O6, which is consistent with the experimentally measured coefficients of friction. The wear performance from both MD and experiment exhibits the opposite trend, with CuTa2O6 providing the best resistance to wear. The sliding mechanisms are investigated using experimental characterization of the film composition after sliding, quantification of Ag or Cu cluster formation at the interface during the evolution of the film in MD, and DFT energy barriers for atom migration on the material surface. All our observations are consistent with the hypothesis that the formation of metal (or metal oxide) clusters on the surface are responsible for the friction and wear behavior of these materials. PMID:26106877

  13. Microstructural Investigations On Ni-Ta-Al Ternary Alloys

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    Negache, M.; Souami, N.

    2010-01-05

    The Ni-Al-Ta ternary alloys in the Ni-rich part present complex microstructures. They are composed of multiple phases that are formed according to the nominal composition of the alloy, primary Ni(gamma), Ni{sub 3}Al(gamma'), Ni{sub 6}AlTa(tau{sub 3}), Ni{sub 3}Ta(delta) or in equilibrium: two solid phases (gamma'-tau{sub 3}), (tau{sub 3}-delta), (tau{sub 3}-gamma), (gamma-delta) or three solid phases (gamma'-tau{sub 3}-delta). The nature and the volume fraction of these phases give these alloys very interesting properties at high temperature, and this makes them attractive for specific applications. We have developed a series of ternary alloys in electric arc furnace, determining their solidification sequences using Differential Thermal Analysis (DTA), characterized by SEM-EDS, X-ray diffraction and by a microhardness tests. The follow-up results made it possible to make a correlation between the nature of the formed phases and their solidifying way into the Ni{sub 75}Al{sub x}Ta{sub y} (x+y = 25at.%) system, which are varied and complex. In addition to the solid solution Ni (gamma), the formed intermetallics compounds (gamma', tau{sub 3} and delta) has been identified and correlated with a complex balance between phases.We noticed that the hardness increases with the tantalum which has a hardening effect and though the compound Ni{sub 3}Ta(delta) is the hardest. The below results provide a better understanding of the complex microstructure of these alloys.

  14. TaC as a diffusion barrier between Si and Cu

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    Laurila, Tomi; Zeng, Kejun; Kivilahti, Jorma K.; Molarius, Jyrki; Suni, Iikka

    2002-04-01

    The reaction mechanisms and related microstructures in the Si/TaC/Cu metallization system have been studied experimentally and theoretically by utilizing ternary Si-Ta-C and Ta-C-Cu phase diagrams as well as activity diagrams calculated at 800 °C. With the help of sheet resistance measurements, Rutherford backscattering spectrometry, x-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, and transmission electron microscopy, the metallization structure with the 70 nm thick TaC barrier layer was observed to fail completely at temperatures above 725 °C because of the formation of large Cu3Si protrusions. However, the formation of amorphous Ta layer containing significant amounts of carbon and oxygen was already observed at the TaC/Cu interface at 600 °C. This layer also constituted an additional barrier layer for Cu diffusion, which occurred only after the crystallization of the amorphous layer. The formation of Ta2O5 was observed at 725 °C with x-ray diffraction, indicating that the oxygen rich amorphous layer had started to crystallize. The formation of SiC and TaSi2 occurred almost simultaneously at 800 °C. The observed reaction structure was consistent with the thermodynamics of the ternary system. The metallization structures with 7 nm and 35 nm TaC barrier layers failed above 550 °C and 650 °C, respectively, similarly because of the formation of Cu3Si. The high formation temperature of TaSi2 and SiC implies high stability of Si/TaC interface, thus making TaC layer a potential candidate to be used as a diffusion barrier for Cu metallization.

  15. Effects of annealing on antiwear and antibacteria behaviors of TaN-Cu nanocomposite thin films

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    Hsieh, J. H.; Cheng, M. K.; Chang, Y. K.; Li, C.; Chang, C. L.; Liu, P. C.

    2008-07-15

    TaN-Cu nanocomposite films were deposited by reactive cosputtering on Si and tool steel substrates. The films were then annealed using rapid thermal annealing (RTA) at 400 deg. C for 2, 4, and 8 min, respectively, to induce the nucleation and growth of Cu particles in TaN matrix and on film surface. Field emission scanning electron microscopy was applied to characterize Cu nanoparticles emerged on the surface of TaN-Cu thin films. The effects of annealing on the antiwear and antibacterial properties of these films were studied. The results reveal that annealing by RTA can cause Cu nanoparticles to form on the TaN surface. Consequently, the tribological behaviors, as well as the antibacterial behavior may vary depending on particle size, particle distribution, and total exposed Cu amount. For the samples with large Cu particles, the reduction of averaged friction and wear rate is obvious. Apparently, it is due to the smeared Cu particles adhered onto the wear tracks. This Cu layer may act as a solid lubricant. From the antibacterial testing results, it is found that both Cu particle size and total exposed Cu amount are critical in making short-term antibacterial effect. Overall, all the annealed TaN-Cu samples can reach >99% antibacterial efficiency in 24 h, with respect to uncoated Si substrate.

  16. Directional Solidification and Mechanical Properties of NiAl-NiAlTa Alloys

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    Johnson, D. R.; Chen, X. F.; Oliver, B. F.; Noebe, R. D.; Whittenberger, J. D.

    1995-01-01

    Directional solidification of eutectic alloys is a promising technique for producing in-situ composite materials exhibiting a balance of properties. Consequently, the microstructure, creep strength and fracture toughness of directionally solidified NiAl-NiAlTa alloys were investigated. Directional solidification was performed by containerless processing techniques to minimize alloy contamination. The eutectic composition was found to be NiAl-15.5 at% Ta and well-aligned microstructures were produced at this composition. A near-eutectic alloy of NiAl-14.5Ta was also investigated. Directional solidification of the near-eutectic composition resulted in microstructures consisting of NiAl dendrites surrounded by aligned eutectic regions. The off-eutectic alloy exhibited promising compressive creep strengths compared to other NiAl-based intermetallics, while preliminary testing indicated that the eutectic alloy was competitive with Ni-base single crystal superalloys. The room temperature toughness of these two-phase alloys was similar to that of polycrystalline NiAl even with the presence of the brittle Laves phase NiAlTa.

  17. Interface structure and sliding friction at a Ta/Al interface

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    Ravelo, R.; Germann, T. C.; Hammerberg, J. E.; Holian, B. L.; Kress, J. D.

    2003-03-01

    We have carried out large-scale molecular dynamics simulations of sliding Ta/Al interfaces. The atomic interactions are modeled employing Embedded Atom Method (EAM) potentials. These potentials predict strong bonding between Ta and Al atoms consistent with first principles simulations and with experimentally known heats of formation of Ta-Al alloys. The Al(100)/Ta(100) interface is characterized by near epitaxial growth of Al onto the Ta for the first 3 layers followed by a deformed transition region that leads to fcc stacking after about 5 layers. Ab-initio Molecular Dynamics simulations also show near epitaxial growth of Al on Ta(100). The Al(111)/Ta(110) interface, by contrast, exhibits no structural transformation of the Al layers which maintain their six-fold symmetry. The velocity dependence of the frictional force as a function of velocity has been determined for both Al(100)/Ta(100) and Al(111)/Ta(110) sliding using large-scale MD simulations. The frictional force shows a characteristic maximum at velocities of order 0.1 c, where c is the transverse sound speed in Al, followed by a power-law decrease.

  18. Preparation and investigation of the quaternary alloy CuTaInSe{sub 3}

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    Grima-Gallardo, P. Munoz, M.; Duran, S.; Delgado, G.E.; Quintero, M.; Ruiz, J.

    2007-12-04

    Polycrystalline samples of the quaternary alloy CuTaInSe{sub 3} were prepared by the usual melt and anneal technique. The analysis of the diffraction pattern indicates a single phase which indexes as a tetragonal chalcopyrite-like structure with lattice parameters a = 5.7837 {+-} 0.0002 A; c = 11.6208 {+-} 0.0007 A and V = 389 {+-} 1 A{sup 3}. Differential thermal analysis shows that the melting transition of CuTaInSe{sub 3} is incongruent with large liquid + solids regions.

  19. Conduction paths in Cu/amorphous-Ta{sub 2}O{sub 5}/Pt atomic switch: First-principles studies

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    Xiao, Bo Tada, Tomofumi; Watanabe, Satoshi; Gu, Tingkun

    2014-01-21

    We have examined the structure of Cu filaments in Cu/amorphous-Ta{sub 2}O{sub 5} (a-Ta{sub 2}O{sub 5})/Pt atomic switch from first principles. We have found that the Cu single atomic chains are unstable during the molecular dynamics (MD) simulation and thus cannot work as conduction paths. On the other hand, Cu nanowires with various diameters are stable and can form conductive paths. In this case, the Cu-Cu bonding mainly contributes to the conductive, delocalized defect state. These make a sharp contrast with the case of single Cu chains in crystalline Ta{sub 2}O{sub 5}, which can be conductive paths through the alternant Cu-Ta bonding structure. A series of MD simulations suggest that even Cu nanowires with a diameter of 0.24 nm can work as conduction paths. The calculations of the transport properties of Cu/a-Ta{sub 2}O{sub 5}/Pt heterostructures with Cu nanowires between two electrodes further confirm the conductive nature of the Cu nanowires in the a-Ta{sub 2}O{sub 5}.

  20. High Nb, Ta, and Al creep- and oxidation-resistant austenitic stainless steel

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    Brady, Michael P [Oak Ridge, TN; Santella, Michael L [Knoxville, TN; Yamamoto, Yukinori [Oak Ridge, TN; Liu, Chain-tsuan [Oak Ridge, TN

    2010-07-13

    An austenitic stainless steel HTUPS alloy includes, in weight percent: 15 to 30 Ni; 10 to 15 Cr; 2 to 5 Al; 0.6 to 5 total of at least one of Nb and Ta; no more than 0.3 of combined Ti+V; up to 3 Mo; up to 3 Co; up to 1 W; up to 0.5 Cu; up to 4 Mn; up to 1 Si; 0.05 to 0.15 C; up to 0.15 B; up to 0.05 P; up to 1 total of at least one of Y, La, Ce, Hf, and Zr; less than 0.05 N; and base Fe, wherein the weight percent Fe is greater than the weight percent Ni wherein said alloy forms an external continuous scale comprising alumina, nanometer scale sized particles distributed throughout the microstructure, said particles comprising at least one composition selected from the group consisting of NbC and TaC, and a stable essentially single phase fcc austenitic matrix microstructure, said austenitic matrix being essentially delta-ferrite-free and essentially BCC-phase-free.

  1. Confinement of electromigration induced void propagation in Cu interconnect by a buried Ta diffusion barrier layer

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    Yan, M. Y.; Tu, K. N.; Vairagar, A. V.; Mhaisalkar, S. G.; Krishnamoorthy, Ahila

    2005-12-01

    Direct observation, by means of in situ scanning electron microscopy, of void heterogeneous nucleation and migration controlled electromigration failure mechanism in Cu dual damascene interconnect structures has been recently reported [A. V. Vairagar, S. G. Mhaisalkar, A. Krishnamoorthy, K. N. Tu, A. M. Gusak, M. A. Meyer, and E. Zschech, Appl. Phys. Lett. 85, 2502 (2004)] In the present study, a dual damascene structure with an additional 25nm Ta diffusion barrier embedded into the upper Cu layer was fabricated. This thin layer of diffusion barrier blocked voids from propagating into the via, thus eliminating the previously reported failure mechanism. With this structure, a lifetime improvement of at least 40 times was achieved. Analysis on failed samples suggested that failures in samples with the embedded Ta barrier layer occurred at the bottom of the via, which were caused by void migration along the bottom of the Cu lines.

  2. Imaging spectroscopy with Ta/Al DROIDs: Performance for different Al trapping layer thicknesses

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    Hijmering, R. A.; Verhoeve, P.; Martin, D. D. E.; Peacock, A.; Kozorezov, A. G.

    2006-04-01

    To overcome the limited field of view, which can be achieved with single superconducting tunneling junction (STJ) arrays, distributed read-out imaging devices (DROIDs) are being developed. DROIDs consist of a superconducting absorber strip with proximized STJs on either end. The ratio of the two signals from the STJs provides information on the absorption position, and the sum signal is a measure for the energy of the absorbed photon. In our devices, the absorber is an epitaxial Ta strip that extends underneath the Ta/Al read-out STJs. Thus, the bottom electrode of the STJs is an integral part of the absorber. Due to the proximity effect, the STJs have a lower energy gap than the absorber, causing trapping of quasiparticles (QPs) in the STJs. The trapping will change with thicker Al layers because the energy gap of the devices will decrease. A series of 50×200 μm 2 and 20×200 μm 2 absorbers (including 50×50 μm 2 STJs) and different Al trapping layer thicknesses, ranging from 65 to 130 nm, have been tested. The devices have been illuminated with 6 keV 55Fe photons. The position resolution is found to improve with increasing Al thickness. It is found that the current model needs to be adapted for DROIDs to account for different injection of QPs into the STJ and extra losses to the absorber.

  3. Interactive intoxicating and ameliorating effects of tannic acid, aluminum (Al), copper (Cu), and selenate (SeO) in wheat roots: a descriptive and mathematical assessment.

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    Kinraide, Thomas B; Hagermann, Ann E

    2010-05-01

    Tannic acids and tannins are produced by plants and are important components of soil and water organic matter. These polyphenolic compounds form complexes with proteins, metals and soil particulate matter and perform several physiological and ecological functions. The tannic acid (TA) used in our study was a mixture of gallic acid and galloyl glucoses ranging up to nonagalloyl glucose. TA inhibited root elongation in wheat seedlings (Triticum aestivum L. cv. Scout 66) at concentrations >4 mg l(-1); but TA alleviated the toxicity of Al(3+), Cu(2+) and SeO(4)(2-); and Al(3+) and SeO(4)(2-) alleviated the toxicity of TA. The interactions of Al(3+) and TA (each toxic but each alleviating the toxicity of the other) were stoichiometric. Growth was affected as though 1 kg TA bound 2.76 mol Al so strongly that if (mol Al)/(kg TA) <2.76, then free Al approximately 0, and if (mol Al)/(kg TA) >2.76, then free TA approximately 0. This stoichiometry is consistent with one mole of galloyl groups binding approximately 0.5 mol Al. Using this binding scheme, growth was modeled successfully on the basis of free TA and free Al. TA enhanced the negativity of root surfaces and enhanced the binding of Al and Cu there without enhancing their toxicity. These and other interactions among TA, Al(3+), Cu(2+), SeO(4)(2-), Ca(2+), Na(+) and H(+) were quantified with a comprehensive non-linear equation with statistically significant coefficients.

  4. Role of spin mixing conductance in spin pumping: Enhancement of spin pumping efficiency in Ta/Cu/Py structures

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    Deorani, Praveen; Yang, Hyunsoo

    2013-12-02

    From spin pumping measurements in Ta/Py devices for different thicknesses of Ta, we determine the spin Hall angle to be 0.021–0.033 and spin diffusion length to be 8 nm in Ta. We have also studied the effect of changing the properties of non-magnet/ferromagnet interface by adding a Cu interlayer. The experimental results show that the effective spin mixing conductance increases in the presence of Cu interlayer for Ta/Cu/Py devices whereas it decreases in Pt/Cu/Py devices. Our findings allow the tunability of the spin pumping efficiency by adding a thin interlayer at the non-magnet/ferromagnet interface.

  5. Room Temperature Radiolytic Synthesized Cu@CuAlO2-Al2O3 Nanoparticles

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    Abedini, Alam; Saion, Elias; Larki, Farhad; Zakaria, Azmi; Noroozi, Monir; Soltani, Nayereh

    2012-01-01

    Colloidal Cu@CuAlO2-Al2O3 bimetallic nanoparticles were prepared by a gamma irradiation method in an aqueous system in the presence of polyvinyl pyrrolidone (PVP) and isopropanol respectively as a colloidal stabilizer and scavenger of hydrogen and hydroxyl radicals. The gamma irradiation was carried out in a 60Co gamma source chamber with different doses up to 120 kGy. The formation of Cu@CuAlO2-Al2O3 nanoparticles was observed initially by the change in color of the colloidal samples from colorless to brown. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) confirmed the presence of bonds between polymer chains and the metal surface at all radiation doses. Results of transmission electron microscopy (TEM), energy dispersive X-ray spectrometry (EDX), and X-ray diffraction (XRD) showed that Cu@CuAlO2-Al2O3 nanoparticles are in a core-shell structure. By controlling the absorbed dose and precursor concentration, nanoclusters with different particle sizes were obtained. The average particle diameter increased with increased precursor concentration and decreased with increased dose. This is due to the competition between nucleation, growth, and aggregation processes in the formation of nanoclusters during irradiation. PMID:23109893

  6. Room temperature radiolytic synthesized Cu@CuAlO(2)-Al(2)O(3) nanoparticles.

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    Abedini, Alam; Saion, Elias; Larki, Farhad; Zakaria, Azmi; Noroozi, Monir; Soltani, Nayereh

    2012-01-01

    Colloidal Cu@CuAlO(2)-Al(2)O(3) bimetallic nanoparticles were prepared by a gamma irradiation method in an aqueous system in the presence of polyvinyl pyrrolidone (PVP) and isopropanol respectively as a colloidal stabilizer and scavenger of hydrogen and hydroxyl radicals. The gamma irradiation was carried out in a (60)Co gamma source chamber with different doses up to 120 kGy. The formation of Cu@CuAlO(2)-Al(2)O(3) nanoparticles was observed initially by the change in color of the colloidal samples from colorless to brown. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) confirmed the presence of bonds between polymer chains and the metal surface at all radiation doses. Results of transmission electron microscopy (TEM), energy dispersive X-ray spectrometry (EDX), and X-ray diffraction (XRD) showed that Cu@CuAlO(2)-Al(2)O(3) nanoparticles are in a core-shell structure. By controlling the absorbed dose and precursor concentration, nanoclusters with different particle sizes were obtained. The average particle diameter increased with increased precursor concentration and decreased with increased dose. This is due to the competition between nucleation, growth, and aggregation processes in the formation of nanoclusters during irradiation. PMID:23109893

  7. Chemical stability of highly (0001) textured Sm(CoCu)5 thin films with a thin Ta capping layer

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    Zhao, Haibao; Wang, Hao; Liu, Xiaoqi; Zhang, Tao; Wang, Jian-Ping

    2011-04-01

    With the highest magnetocrystalline anisotropy constant (Ku) among practical magnetic materials, SmCo5 could be a very attractive candidate for future high areal density magnetic recording. However, its corrosion resistance is always a concern in recording media applications. In this paper, the chemical stability and microstructures of highly (0001) textured Sm(CoCu)5 thin films with and without a 3 nm Ta capping layer were reported. For Sm(CoCu)5 thin films without a capping layer, the coercivity decreases significantly (from 8kOe to 1kOe) within one month. Sm(CoCu)5 thin films capped with a thin Ta layer (3 nm) behave differently. Even exposed to a laboratory environment (25 °C) over 3 years, the Ta-capped Sm(CoCu)5 thin films are stable in terms of structural and magnetic properties, i.e., there were no changes in X-ray diffraction peaks and vibrating sample magnetometer hysteresis loops. Microstructure of Ta-capped Sm(CoCu)5 thin films showed that Sm(CoCu)5 formed a domelike particle assembly structure on a smooth Ru underlayer and were well covered by partially oxidized Ta capping layer, as shown by TEM cross-section micrographs. Accelerated corrosion treatment (130 °C, 95% relative humidity, 6 h) was performed on Ta-capped Sm(CoCu)5 thin films. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) results showed that no Co was detected on the sample surface before the corrosion treatment, but strong XPS signals of CoOx and Co(OH)x were observed after treatment. Therefore, none of our Sm(CoCu)5 thin films can pass the accelerated corrosion test. Hcp-phased CoPt-alloys are proposed as better capping materials for Sm(CoCu)5 thin films in future high-density magnetic recording applications.

  8. Chemical stability of highly (0001) textured Sm(CoCu){sub 5} thin films with a thin Ta capping layer

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    Zhao Haibao; Wang Hao; Liu Xiaoqi; Wang Jianping; Zhang Tao

    2011-04-01

    With the highest magnetocrystalline anisotropy constant (Ku) among practical magnetic materials, SmCo{sub 5} could be a very attractive candidate for future high areal density magnetic recording. However, its corrosion resistance is always a concern in recording media applications. In this paper, the chemical stability and microstructures of highly (0001) textured Sm(CoCu){sub 5} thin films with and without a 3 nm Ta capping layer were reported. For Sm(CoCu){sub 5} thin films without a capping layer, the coercivity decreases significantly (from 8kOe to 1kOe) within one month. Sm(CoCu){sub 5} thin films capped with a thin Ta layer (3 nm) behave differently. Even exposed to a laboratory environment (25 deg. C) over 3 years, the Ta-capped Sm(CoCu){sub 5} thin films are stable in terms of structural and magnetic properties, i.e., there were no changes in X-ray diffraction peaks and vibrating sample magnetometer hysteresis loops. Microstructure of Ta-capped Sm(CoCu){sub 5} thin films showed that Sm(CoCu){sub 5} formed a domelike particle assembly structure on a smooth Ru underlayer and were well covered by partially oxidized Ta capping layer, as shown by TEM cross-section micrographs. Accelerated corrosion treatment (130 deg. C, 95% relative humidity, 6 h) was performed on Ta-capped Sm(CoCu){sub 5} thin films. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) results showed that no Co was detected on the sample surface before the corrosion treatment, but strong XPS signals of CoOx and Co(OH)x were observed after treatment. Therefore, none of our Sm(CoCu){sub 5} thin films can pass the accelerated corrosion test. Hcp-phased CoPt-alloys are proposed as better capping materials for Sm(CoCu){sub 5} thin films in future high-density magnetic recording applications.

  9. Structure and microhardness of cu-ta joints produced by explosive welding.

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    Maliutina, Iu N; Mali, V I; Bataev, I A; Bataev, A A; Esikov, M A; Smirnov, A I; Skorokhod, K A

    2013-01-01

    The structure and microhardness of Cu-Ta joints produced by explosive welding were studied. It was found that, during explosive welding, an intermediate layer 20⋯40  μ m thick with a finely dispersed heterophase structure, formed between the welded copper and tantalum plates. The structure of the layer was studied by scanning and transmission electron microscopy. Microvolumes with tantalum particles distributed in a copper matrix and microvolumes of copper particles in a tantalum matrix were detected. The tantalum particles in copper have a size of 5⋯500 nm, with a predominance of 5⋯50 nm particles. A mechanism for the formation of the finely dispersed heterophase structure in explosive welding is proposed. The microhardness of interlayers with the heterophase structure reaches 280 HV, which far exceeds the microhardness of copper (~130 HV) and tantalum (~160 HV). Many twins of deformation origin were found in the structure of the copper plate. The effect of heating temperature in the range from 100 to 900°C on the microhardness of copper, tantalum, and the Cu-Ta welded joint was studied. Upon heating to 900°C, the microhardness of the intermediate layer decreases from 280 to 150 HV. The reduction in the strength properties of the weld material is mainly due to structural transformations in copper. PMID:24453818

  10. Structure and Microhardness of Cu-Ta Joints Produced by Explosive Welding

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    Maliutina, Iu. N.; Mali, V. I.; Bataev, I. A.; Bataev, A. A.; Esikov, M. A.; Smirnov, A. I.; Skorokhod, K. A.

    2013-01-01

    The structure and microhardness of Cu-Ta joints produced by explosive welding were studied. It was found that, during explosive welding, an intermediate layer 20⋯40 μm thick with a finely dispersed heterophase structure, formed between the welded copper and tantalum plates. The structure of the layer was studied by scanning and transmission electron microscopy. Microvolumes with tantalum particles distributed in a copper matrix and microvolumes of copper particles in a tantalum matrix were detected. The tantalum particles in copper have a size of 5⋯500 nm, with a predominance of 5⋯50 nm particles. A mechanism for the formation of the finely dispersed heterophase structure in explosive welding is proposed. The microhardness of interlayers with the heterophase structure reaches 280 HV, which far exceeds the microhardness of copper (~130 HV) and tantalum (~160 HV). Many twins of deformation origin were found in the structure of the copper plate. The effect of heating temperature in the range from 100 to 900°C on the microhardness of copper, tantalum, and the Cu-Ta welded joint was studied. Upon heating to 900°C, the microhardness of the intermediate layer decreases from 280 to 150 HV. The reduction in the strength properties of the weld material is mainly due to structural transformations in copper. PMID:24453818

  11. Islamic Education Philosophy Development (Study Analysis on Ta'lim Al-Kitab Al-Zarnuji Muta'allim Works)

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    Asrori, H. Achmad

    2016-01-01

    "Ta'lim Muta'allim" is one of the monumental works of Shaykh Tajuddin Nu'man ibn Ibrahim ibn al-Khalil al-Zarnuji, who lived in the 6th century H/13-14 M. The reason for writing this study ie: (1) it is very rich with the basic values of Islamic education, (2) the values are already widely practiced in the world of education, especially…

  12. Elastocaloric effect in CuAlZn and CuAlMn shape memory alloys under compression.

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    Qian, Suxin; Geng, Yunlong; Wang, Yi; Pillsbury, Thomas E; Hada, Yoshiharu; Yamaguchi, Yuki; Fujimoto, Kenjiro; Hwang, Yunho; Radermacher, Reinhard; Cui, Jun; Yuki, Yoji; Toyotake, Koutaro; Takeuchi, Ichiro

    2016-08-13

    This paper reports the elastocaloric effect of two Cu-based shape memory alloys: Cu68Al16Zn16 (CuAlZn) and Cu73Al15Mn12 (CuAlMn), under compression at ambient temperature. The compression tests were conducted at two different rates to approach isothermal and adiabatic conditions. Upon unloading at a strain rate of 0.1 s(-1) (adiabatic condition) from 4% strain, the highest adiabatic temperature changes (ΔTad) of 4.0 K for CuAlZn and 3.9 K for CuAlMn were obtained. The maximum stress and hysteresis at each strain were compared. The stress at the maximum recoverable strain of 4.0% for CuAlMn was 120 MPa, which is 70% smaller than that of CuAlZn. A smaller hysteresis for the CuAlMn alloy was also obtained, about 70% less compared with the CuAlZn alloy. The latent heat, determined by differential scanning calorimetry, was 4.3 J g(-1) for the CuAlZn alloy and 5.0 J g(-1) for the CuAlMn alloy. Potential coefficients of performance (COPmat) for these two alloys were calculated based on their physical properties of measured latent heat and hysteresis, and a COPmat of approximately 13.3 for CuAlMn was obtained.This article is part of the themed issue 'Taking the temperature of phase transitions in cool materials'. PMID:27402936

  13. Elastocaloric effect in CuAlZn and CuAlMn shape memory alloys under compression.

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    Qian, Suxin; Geng, Yunlong; Wang, Yi; Pillsbury, Thomas E; Hada, Yoshiharu; Yamaguchi, Yuki; Fujimoto, Kenjiro; Hwang, Yunho; Radermacher, Reinhard; Cui, Jun; Yuki, Yoji; Toyotake, Koutaro; Takeuchi, Ichiro

    2016-08-13

    This paper reports the elastocaloric effect of two Cu-based shape memory alloys: Cu68Al16Zn16 (CuAlZn) and Cu73Al15Mn12 (CuAlMn), under compression at ambient temperature. The compression tests were conducted at two different rates to approach isothermal and adiabatic conditions. Upon unloading at a strain rate of 0.1 s(-1) (adiabatic condition) from 4% strain, the highest adiabatic temperature changes (ΔTad) of 4.0 K for CuAlZn and 3.9 K for CuAlMn were obtained. The maximum stress and hysteresis at each strain were compared. The stress at the maximum recoverable strain of 4.0% for CuAlMn was 120 MPa, which is 70% smaller than that of CuAlZn. A smaller hysteresis for the CuAlMn alloy was also obtained, about 70% less compared with the CuAlZn alloy. The latent heat, determined by differential scanning calorimetry, was 4.3 J g(-1) for the CuAlZn alloy and 5.0 J g(-1) for the CuAlMn alloy. Potential coefficients of performance (COPmat) for these two alloys were calculated based on their physical properties of measured latent heat and hysteresis, and a COPmat of approximately 13.3 for CuAlMn was obtained.This article is part of the themed issue 'Taking the temperature of phase transitions in cool materials'.

  14. Phase correlations in the CuAlSe2-CuAlTe2 system

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    Korzun, B. V.; Fadzeyeva, A. A.; Bente, K.; Schmitz, W.; Kommichau, G.

    2005-07-01

    Alloys in the CuAlSe2-CuAlTe2 system were synthesized in BN-crucibles in silica tubes under vacuum to obtain the corresponding phase equilibria. X-ray powder diffraction and thermal analytic data of the T-x phase diagram revealed a complete solid solutions series in the subsolidus region. Within the CuAlSe2xTe2(1-x) system the refined lattice parameters a and c approximately obey the Vegard rule and also the cell volume and the heat of fusion confirm linear correlations with the composition of the mixed crystals. The anion position parameter calculated after S. C. Abrahams & J. L. Bernstein (uAB) and J. E Jaffe & A. Zunger (uJZ) is greater than 0.25 and reveals a linear dependence on composition. The liquidus part of the CuAlSe2xTe2(1-x) system with x < 0.35 exhibits vertical section behaviour with a ternary peritectic followed up by a ternary monotectic whereas the region with x > 0.35 shows quasibinary equilibria.

  15. Flux-mediated syntheses, structural characterization and low-temperature polymorphism of the p-type semiconductor Cu2Ta4O11

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    King, Nacole; Sullivan, Ian; Watkins-Curry, Pilanda; Chan, Julia Y.; Maggard, Paul A.

    2016-04-01

    A new low-temperature polymorph of the copper(I)-tantalate, α-Cu2Ta4O11, has been synthesized in a molten CuCl-flux reaction at 665 °C for 1 h and characterized by powder X-ray diffraction Rietveld refinements (space group Cc (#9), a=10.734(1) Å, b = 6.2506(3) Å, c=12.887(1) Å, β = 106.070(4)°). The α-Cu2Ta4O11 phase is a lower-symmetry monoclinic polymorph of the rhombohedral Cu2Ta4O11 structure (i.e., β-Cu2Ta4O11 space group R 3 ̅ c (#167), a = 6.2190(2) Å, c=37.107(1) Å), and related crystallographically by ahex=amono/√3, bhex=bmono, and chex=3cmonosinβmono. Its structure is similar to the rhombohedral β-Cu2Ta4O11 and is composed of single layers of highly-distorted and edge-shared TaO7 and TaO6 polyhedra alternating with layers of nearly linearly-coordinated Cu(I) cations and isolated TaO6 octahedra. Temperature dependent powder X-ray diffraction data show the α-Cu2Ta4O11 phase is relatively stable under vacuum at 223 K and 298 K, but reversibly transforms to β-Cu2Ta4O11 by at least 523 K and higher temperatures. The symmetry-lowering distortions from β-Cu2Ta4O11 to α-Cu2Ta4O11 arise from the out-of-center displacements of the Ta 5d0 cations in the TaO7 pentagonal bipyramids. The UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectrum of the monoclinic α-Cu2Ta4O11 shows an indirect bandgap transition of ∼2.6 eV, with the higher-energy direct transitions starting at ∼2.7 eV. Photoelectrochemical measurements on polycrystalline films of α-Cu2Ta4O11 show strong cathodic photocurrents of ∼1.5 mA/cm2 under AM 1.5 G solar irradiation.

  16. Isothermal oxidation behavior and microstructure of plasma surface Ta coating on γ-TiAl

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    Song, Jian; Zhang, Ping-Ze Wei, Dong-Bo; Wei, Xiang-Fei; Wang, Ya

    2014-12-15

    The oxidation behavior of γ-TiAl with Ta surface coating fabricated by double glow plasma surface alloying technology was investigated by thermogravimetric method. Oxidation experiments were carried out at 750 °C and 850 °C in air for 100 h. The modification layer was comprised of deposition layer and diffusion layer, which metallurgically adhered to the substrate. Tantalum element decreased with the case depth. The oxidation morphology was studied by a scanning electron microscope and X-ray diffraction. The results highlighted that in the oxidizing process of the oxidation, the phase containing Ta-richer may restrain diffusing outward of the element Al in the matrix. Ti diffused outward, and formed the TiO{sub 2} scales, while the middle layer was rich in Al, and formed the continuous Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} scales after oxidation, which was effective to prevent further infiltration of oxygen atoms, and as a result the oxidation resistance increased immensely. - Highlights: • A Ta modified coating was prepared on γ-TiAl using DGP surface alloying technology. • The modification layer metallurgically adhered to the substrate. • The bonding force is about 60 N, satisfying the demands of practical use. • The oxidation resistance increased immensely at 750 °C and 850 °C.

  17. Intermetallic Phase Formation in Explosively Welded Al/Cu Bimetals

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    Amani, H.; Soltanieh, M.

    2016-08-01

    Diffusion couples of aluminum and copper were fabricated by explosive welding process. The interface evolution caused by annealing at different temperatures and time durations was investigated by means of optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy equipped with energy dispersive spectroscopy, and x-ray diffraction. Annealing in the temperature range of 573 K to 773 K (300 °C to 500 °C) up to 408 hours showed that four types of intermetallic layers have been formed at the interface, namely Al2Cu, AlCu, Al3Cu4, and Al4Cu9. Moreover, it was observed that iron trace in aluminum caused the formation of Fe-bearing intermetallics in Al, which is near the interface of the Al-Cu intermetallic layers. Finally, the activation energies for the growth of Al2Cu, AlCu + Al3Cu4, Al4Cu9, and the total intermetallic layer were calculated to be about 83.3, 112.8, 121.6, and 109.4 kJ/mol, respectively. Considering common welding methods ( i.e., explosive welding, cold rolling, and friction welding), although there is a great difference in welding mechanism, it is found that the total activation energy is approximately the same.

  18. The reaction of vapor-deposited Al with Cu oxides

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    Taylor, T.N.; Martin, J.A.

    1990-01-01

    Interfaces formed by controlled deposition of Al on Cu oxides at 300K have been characterized using Auger electron spectroscopy (AES) and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). When Al is deposited onto a thin oxide grown on Cu(110) by atmospheric exposure, it completely scavenges the oxygen from the substrate material, increasing the O(1s) binding energy by 2.0 eV to give the value found for atmospheric oxidation of a thin Al film. Similar oxygen behavior is seen for Al deposition on sputter-deposited CuO with an enriched oxygen surface region, where multilayers of Al erase the shakeup satellites in the Cu(2p) region of the XPS spectrum to give features like those exhibited by Cu{sub 2}O or metallic Cu. Having calibrated the fluence of the Al source with Rutherford backscattering spectrometry, the attenuation of the Cu 2p{sub 1/2} satellite after approximately one monolayer of Al deposition is associated with the removal of oxygen from the top 20 {angstrom} of the CuO. Approximately 7--8 equivalent monolayers of Al are converted to an oxide in the initial rapid reaction process. Further deposition leads to progressive development of the metallic Al signature in both the XPS and AES spectra. These measurements clearly demonstrate the dominant role played by Al, a strong oxide former, when it is placed in intimate contact with the distinctively weaker Cu oxide. 9 refs., 5 figs.

  19. Interaction of Ta-O and perpendicular magnetic anisotropy of Ta/Pd (0-2.4 nm)/Co2FeAl0.5Si0.5/MgO/Ta structured films

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    You, C. Y.; Fu, H. R.; Zhang, X.; Tian, N.; Wang, P. W.

    2015-03-01

    Perpendicular magnetic anisotropy (PMA) was realized by inserting Pd layer into the stack of Ta/Pd (0-2.4 nm)/Co2FeAl0.5Si0.5/MgO/Ta. The realization of PMA is accompanied by the (Co, Fe)-O reduction at Co2FeAl0.5Si0.5/MgO interface under annealing. Without inserting Pd layer, the annealed Ta/Co2FeAl0.5Si0.5/MgO/Ta film presents an in-plane magnetization. Through X-ray photoelectron spectrometry analyzes, it was found that the oxygen was enriched at the interface of Ta/Co2FeAl0.5Si0.5. This work clarifies that the inserted Pd layer effectively blocks the diffusion of interfacial oxygen to Ta layer, achieving the beneficial redox reaction at Co2FeAl0.5Si0.5/MgO interface to realize PMA.

  20. Enhanced dehalogenation of halogenated methanes by bimetallic Cu/Al.

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    Lien, Hsing-Lung; Zhang, Weixian

    2002-10-01

    A low-cost and high effective copper/aluminum (Cu/Al) bimetal has been developed for treatments of halogenated methanes, including dichloromethane, in near neutral and high pH aqueous systems. Bimetallic Cu/Al was prepared by a simple two-step synthetic method where Cu was deposited onto the Al surface. The presence of Cu on Al significantly enhanced rates of degradation of halogenated methanes and reduced toxic halogenated intermediates. The stability of Cu/Al was preliminarily studied by a multi-spiking batch experiment where complete degradation of carbon tetrachloride was achieved for seven times although the Cu/Al aging was found. Roles of Cu may involve protecting Al against an undesirable oxidation with water, enhancing reaction rates through the galvanic corrosion, and increasing the selectivity to a benign compound (i.e., methane). Kinetic analyses indicated that the activity of bimetallic Cu/Al was comparable to that of iron-based bimetals (e.g., palladized iron) and zero-valent metals. Bimetallic Cu/Al could be a promising reactive reagent for remediation of halogenated solvents-contaminated groundwater associated with high pH problems.

  1. Facile synthesis of dendritic Cu by electroless reaction of Cu-Al alloys in multiphase solution

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    Wang, Ying; Liang, Shuhua; Yang, Qing; Wang, Xianhui

    2016-11-01

    Two-dimensional nano- or micro-scale fractal dendritic coppers (FDCs) were synthesized by electroless immersing of Cu-Al alloys in hydrochloric acid solution containing copper chloride without any assistance of template or surfactant. The FDC size increases with the increase of Al content in Cu-Al alloys immersed in CuCl2 + HCl solution. Compared to Cu40Al60 and Cu45Al55 alloys, the FDC shows hierarchical distribution and homogeneous structures using Cu17Al83 alloy as the starting alloy. The growth direction of the FDC is <110>, and all angles between the trunks and branches are 60°. Nanoscale Cu2O was found at the edge of FDC. Interestingly, nanoporous copper (NPC) can also be obtained through Cu17Al83 alloy. Studies showed that the formation of FDC depended on two key factors: the potential difference between CuAl2 intermetallic and α-Al phase of dual-phase Cu-Al alloys; a replacement reaction that usually occurs in multiphase solution. The electrochemical experiment further proved that the multi-branch dendritic structure is very beneficial to the proton transfer in the process of catalyzing methanol.

  2. Intermetallic compound formation at Cu-Al wire bond interface

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    Bae, In-Tae; Young Jung, Dae; Chen, William T.; Du Yong

    2012-12-15

    Intermetallic compound (IMC) formation and evolution at Cu-Al wire bond interface were studied using focused ion beam /scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy (TEM)/energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy (EDS), nano beam electron diffraction (NBED) and structure factor (SF) calculation. It was found that discrete IMC patches were formed at the Cu/Al interface in as-packaged state and they grew toward Al pad after high temperature storage (HTS) environment at 150 Degree-Sign C. TEM/EDS and NBED results combined with SF calculation revealed the evidence of metastable {theta} Prime -CuAl{sub 2} IMC phase (tetragonal, space group: I4m2, a = 0.404 nm, c= 0.580 nm) formed at Cu/Al interfaces in both of the as-packaged and the post-HTS samples. Two feasible mechanisms for the formation of the metastable {theta} Prime -CuAl{sub 2} phase are discussed based on (1) non-equilibrium cooling of wire bond that is attributed to highly short bonding process time and (2) the epitaxial relationships between Cu and {theta} Prime -CuAl{sub 2}, which can minimize lattice mismatch for {theta} Prime -CuAl{sub 2} to grow on Cu.

  3. Electrical responses and dielectric relaxations in giant permittivity NaCu3Ti3TaO12 ceramics

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    Sangwong, Nuchjarin; Somphan, Weeraya; Thongbai, Prasit; Yamwong, Teerapon; Meansiri, Santi

    2012-08-01

    Dielectric relaxations and electrical responses in NaCu3Ti3TaO12 ceramics were investigated as a function of temperature. NaCu3Ti3TaO12 ceramics exhibit giant dielectric constants with values of ɛ'˜1.45-2.08×104. Two sets of thermally activated dielectric relaxations were observed in low and high temperature ranges. Sintering conditions have an insignificant influence on the microstructure of NaCu3Ti3TaO12 ceramics, and have a slight impact on their ɛ' values. Thermally activated electrical responses of grains and grain boundaries have been studied at different temperatures by using complex admittance and impedance spectroscopy analyses, respectively. The low temperature relaxation mechanism is found to correlate closely with electrical response of semiconducting grains; whereas the apparent high ɛ' values are attributed to electrical response of insulating grain boundaries. These results support the internal barrier layer capacitor model to explain the giant dielectric properties of NaCu3Ti3TaO12 ceramics. Additionally, high temperature relaxation may be attributed to the sample-electrode effect and/or defect ordering.

  4. Temperature-dependent wear mechanisms for magnetron-sputtered AlTiTaN hard coatings.

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    Khetan, Vishal; Valle, Nathalie; Duday, David; Michotte, Claude; Mitterer, Christian; Delplancke-Ogletree, Marie-Paule; Choquet, Patrick

    2014-09-10

    AlTiTaN coatings have been demonstrated to have high thermal stability at temperatures up to 900 °C. It has been speculated that the high oxidation resistance promotes an improved wear resistance, specifically for dry machining applications. This work reports on the influence of temperature up to 900 °C on the wear mechanisms of AlTiTaN hard coatings. DC magnetron-sputtered coatings were obtained from an Al(46)Ti(42)Ta(12) target, keeping the substrate bias at -100 V and the substrate temperature at 265 °C. The coatings exhibited a single-phase face-centered cubic AlTiTaN structure. The dry sliding tests revealed predominant abrasion and tribo-oxidation as wear mechanisms, depending on the wear debris formed. At room temperature, abrasion leading to surface polishing was observed. At 700 and 800 °C, slow tribo-oxidation and an amorphous oxide formed reduced the wear rate of the coating compared to room temperature. Further, an increase in temperature to 900 °C increased the wear rate significantly due to fast tribo-oxidation accompanied by grooving. The friction coefficient was found to decrease with temperature increasing from 700 to 900 °C due to the formation of oxide scales, which reduce adhesion of asperity contacts. A relationship between the oxidation and wear mechanisms was established using X-ray diffraction, Raman spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy, surface profilometry, confocal microscopy, and dynamic secondary ion mass spectrometry.

  5. Mechanical Failure of Thin Ta and Cu/Ta Layers on Polyimide Substrates: A Synchrotron-Based Technique for In Situ Characterization

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    Frank, Stephan; Olliges, Sven; Spolenak, Ralph; Handge, Ulrich A.

    2009-06-18

    In situ synchrotron radiation diffraction and confocal light microscopy is used to study fragmentation and buckling of thin brittle Ta layers with thicknesses of 50 nm, 100 nm and 200 nm on polyimide substrates. Synchrotron-based stress measurements confirm that cracking leads to relaxation of tensile stress. Simultaneously, compressive stress arises in transverse direction, which finally leads to buckling. This behavior can be explained quantitatively by a two-dimensional shear lag model. It is well established that the properties of the coating-substrate interface determine the processes of coating fragmentation and delamination. A possible approach for influencing and controlling these processes is given by the incorporation of a ductile interlayer. It can be observed that the presence of Cu interlayers with thicknesses of 5 nm, 20 nm and 50 nm reduces the fracture strength of brittle Ta coatings on polyimide substrates, whereas the resistance to buckling is increased significantly.

  6. Mechanical Failure of Thin Ta and Cu/Ta Layers on Polyimide Substrates: A Synchrotron-Based Technique for In Situ Characterization

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    Frank, Stephan; Handge, Ulrich A.; Olliges, Sven; Spolenak, Ralph

    2009-06-01

    In situ synchrotron radiation diffraction and confocal light microscopy is used to study fragmentation and buckling of thin brittle Ta layers with thicknesses of 50 nm, 100 nm and 200 nm on polyimide substrates. Synchrotron-based stress measurements confirm that cracking leads to relaxation of tensile stress. Simultaneously, compressive stress arises in transverse direction, which finally leads to buckling. This behavior can be explained quantitatively by a two-dimensional shear lag model. It is well established that the properties of the coating-substrate interface determine the processes of coating fragmentation and delamination. A possible approach for influencing and controlling these processes is given by the incorporation of a ductile interlayer. It can be observed that the presence of Cu interlayers with thicknesses of 5 nm, 20 nm and 50 nm reduces the fracture strength of brittle Ta coatings on polyimide substrates, whereas the resistance to buckling is increased significantly.

  7. Transferrin conjugates of triazacyclononane-based bifunctional NE3TA chelates for PET imaging: Synthesis, Cu-64 radiolabeling, and in vitro and in vivo evaluation.

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    Kang, Chi Soo; Wu, Ningjie; Chen, Yunwei; Sun, Xiang; Bandara, Nilantha; Liu, Dijie; Lewis, Michael R; Rogers, Buck E; Chong, Hyun-Soon

    2016-01-01

    Three different polyaminocarboxylate-based bifunctional NE3TA (7-[2-[carboxymethyl)amino]ethyl]-1,4,7-triazacyclononane-1,4-diacetic acid) chelating agents were synthesized for potential use in copper 64-PET imaging applications. The bifunctional chelates were comparatively evaluated using transferrin (Tf) as a model targeting vector that binds to the transferrin receptor overexpressed in many different cancer cells. The transferrin conjugates of the NE3TA-based bifunctional chelates were evaluated for radiolabeling with (64)Cu. In vitro stability and cellular uptake of (64)Cu-radiolabeled conjugates were evaluated in human serum and prostate (PC-3) cancer cells, respectively. Among the three NE3TA-Tf conjugates tested, N-NE3TA-Tf was identified as the best conjugate for radiolabeling with (64)Cu. N-NE3TA-Tf rapidly bound to (64)Cu (>98% radiolabeling efficiency, 1min, RT), and (64)Cu-N-NE3TA-Tf remained stable in human serum for 2days and demonstrated high uptake in PC-3 cancer cells. (64)Cu-N-NE3TA-Tf was shown to have rapid blood clearance and increasing tumor uptake in PC-3 tumor bearing mice over a 24h period. This bifunctional chelate presents highly efficient chelation chemistry with (64)Cu under mild condition that can be applied for radiolabeling of various tumor-specific biomolecules with (64)Cu for potential use in PET imaging applications.

  8. Effects of sintering aid CuTa{sub 2}O{sub 6} on piezoelectric and dielectric properties of sodium potassium niobate ceramics

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    Yang, Song-Ling; Tsai, Cheng-Che; Hong, Cheng-Shong; Chu, Sheng-Yuan

    2012-04-15

    Graphical abstract: NKN ceramics with a sintering aid CuTa{sub 2}O{sub 6} (CT) doping increased the mechanical quality factor (Q{sub m}) and electromechanical coupling factor (k{sub p}). Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer A new sintering aid CuTa{sub 2}O{sub 6} was developed to dope into NKN ceramics. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Dense NKN ceramics were obtained as CuTa{sub 2}O{sub 6} compound doping. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer We find the soluble limit of CuTa{sub 2}O{sub 6} compound incorporated into NKN ceramics. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The maximum Q{sub m} and k{sub p} values were more than 1500 and 42%, respectively. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer CuTa{sub 2}O{sub 6} compound is a better sintering aid compared with K{sub 5.3}Cu{sub 1.3}Ta{sub 10}O{sub 29}. -- Abstract: In this study, the effects of a sintering aid CuTa{sub 2}O{sub 6} (CT) on (Na{sub 0.5}K{sub 0.5})NbO{sub 3} (NKN) ceramics were investigated. The diffracted angles in XRD profiles decreased because the Nb-sites were replaced by Cu and Ta ions, causing the expansion of lattice volume. SEM images showed smaller grain sizes at a low concentration of CuTa{sub 2}O{sub 6}, and grain sizes increased as the concentration of CuTa{sub 2}O{sub 6} doping increased because of a liquid phase formed. When CuTa{sub 2}O{sub 6} dopants were doped into NKN ceramics, the T{sub O-T} and T{sub c} phase transitions decreased because the replacement of Ta{sup 5+} ions in the B-site. A high bulk density (4.595 g/cm{sup 3}) and electromechanical coupling factor (k{sub p}, k{sub t}) were enhanced when CT dopants were doped into NKN ceramics. Moreover, the mechanical quality factor (Q{sub m}) also increased from 67 to 1550. NKN ceramics with sintering aid CuTa{sub 2}O{sub 6} doping showed excellent piezoelectric properties: k{sub p}: 42.5%; k{sub t}: 49.1%; Q{sub m}: 1550; and d{sub 33}: 96 pC/N.

  9. Comparative study on the charge-trapping properties of TaAlO and ZrAlO high-k composites with designed band alignment

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    Lu, W.; Wei, C. Y.; Jiang, K.; Liu, J. Q.; Lu, J. X.; Han, P.; Li, A. D.; Xia, Y. D.; Xu, B.; Yin, J. Liu, Z. G.

    2015-08-15

    The charge-trapping memory (CTM) structures Pt/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}/TaAlO/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}/p-Si and Pt/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}/ZrAlO/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}/p-Si were fabricated by using rf-sputtering and atomic layer deposition techniques, in which the potentials at the bottom of the conduction band (PBCB) of high-k composites TaAlO and ZrAlO were specially designed. With a lower PBCB difference between TaAlO and p-Si than that between ZrAlO and p-Si, TaAlO CTM device shows a better charge-trapping performance. A density of trapped charges 2.88 × 10{sup 13}/cm{sup 2} at an applied voltage of ±7 V was obtained for TaAlO CTM device, and it could keep about 60% of initially trapped charges after 10 years. It was suggested that the PBCB difference between high-k composite and p-Si dominates their charge-trapping behaviors.

  10. Sublimation growth of AlN bulk crystals in Ta crucibles

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    Mokhov, E. N.; Avdeev, O. V.; Barash, I. S.; Chemekova, T. Yu.; Roenkov, A. D.; Segal, A. S.; Wolfson, A. A.; Makarov, Yu. N.; Ramm, M. G.; Helava, H.

    2005-07-01

    AlN single crystals of 0.5 in diameter and up to 10-12 mm long have been grown by sublimation/recondensation in pre-treated tantalum crucibles. Growth of 45 mm diameter and 4 mm long polycrystalline AlN boules has also been demonstrated. After high-temperature pre-treatment in a carbon-containing atmosphere, the tantalum crucibles can be used for 300-400 h of AlN sublimation growth at 2200-2300 °C, without Ta impurities or additional C impurities in concentrations higher than 100 ppm appearing in the crystals. Both self-seeded growth of polycrystalline AlN on the crucible lid and seeded growth of single-crystal AlN on (0 0 0 1) SiC plates and AlN/SiC templates are demonstrated. X-ray diffractometry and topography of the grown crystals show a block structure with the characteristic block size >200 nm and the scatter of FWHMs of ω-scans in the range of 60-750 arcsec. Test slicing and polishing of the crystals and test MBE growth of AlGaN/AlN structures on the obtained AlN substrates have been successfully performed.

  11. Wide band gap p-type semiconductors Cu3TaQ4 (Q = S or Se)

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    Newhouse, Paul; Hersh, Peter; Zakutayev, Andriy; Richard, Annette; Platt, Heather; Keszler, Douglas; Tate, Janet

    2008-05-01

    The structural and optical properties of thin films, powders, and single crystals of two wide band gap (Eg> 2.4 eV) p-type semiconducting materials Cu3TaQ4 (Q = S, Se) are presented. These materials exhibit a cubic crystal structure, which is a favorable processing characteristic and unusual among Cu-based wide-gap p-type materials. Thin films have been prepared using a two-step growth process involving pulsed laser deposition of ceramic Cu3TaQ4 targets and ex-situ annealing of the as-deposited films in a chalcogenide-containing atmosphere. The resultant films exhibit mixed polycrystalline and (100)-oriented structure when grown on amorphous SiO2 substrates and show strong (100) preferential orientation when prepared on single-crystal yttria-stabilized zirconia substrates. Powders and thin films of Cu3TaS4 exhibit intense visible photoemission when irradiated by UV light, and the wavelength of the photoemission can be modulated by doping.

  12. Modelling potential photovoltaic absorbers Cu3MCh4(M = V, Nb, Ta; Ch = S, Se, Te) using density functional theory.

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    Kehoe, Aoife B; Scanlon, David O; Watson, Graeme W

    2016-05-01

    The geometric and electronic properties of a series of potential photovoltaic materials, the sulvanite structured Cu3MCh4(M = V, Nb, Ta; Ch = S, Se, Te), have been computationally examined using both PBEsol+U and HSE06 methods to assess the materials' suitability for solar cell application and to compare the predictions of the two theoretical approaches. The lattice parameters, electronic density of states, and band gaps of the compounds have been calculated to ascertain the experimental agreement obtained by each method and to determine if any of the systems have an optical band gap appropriate for photovoltaic absorber materials. The PBEsol+U results are shown to achieve better agreement with experiment than HSE06 in terms of both lattice constants and band gaps, demonstrating that higher level theoretical methods do not automatically result in a greater level of accuracy than their computationally less expensive counterparts. The PBEsol+U calculated optical band gaps of five materials suggest potential suitability as photovoltaic absorbers, with values of 1.72 eV, 1.49 eV, 1.19 eV, 1.46 eV, and 1.69 eV for Cu3VS4, Cu3VSe4, Cu3VTe4, Cu3NbTe4, and Cu3TaTe4, respectively, although it should be noted that all fundamental band gaps are indirect in nature, which could lower the open-circuit voltage and hence the efficiency of prospective devices.

  13. Nucleation and Growth of Cu-Al Intermetallics in Al-Modified Sn-Cu and Sn-Ag-Cu Lead-Free Solder Alloys

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    Reeve, Kathlene N.; Anderson, Iver E.; Handwerker, Carol A.

    2015-03-01

    Lead-free solder alloys Sn-Cu (SC) and Sn-Ag-Cu (SAC) are widely used by the microelectronics industry, but enhanced control of the microstructure is needed to improve solder performance. For such control, nucleation and stability of Cu-Al intermetallic compound (IMC) solidification catalysts were investigated by variation of the Cu (0.7-3.0 wt.%) and Al (0.0-0.4 wt.%) content of SC + Al and SAC + Al alloys, and of SAC + Al ball-grid array (BGA) solder joints. All of the Al-modified alloys produced Cu-Al IMC particles with different morphologies and phases (occasionally non-equilibrium phases). A trend of increasing Cu-Al IMC volume fraction with increasing Al content was established. Because of solidification of non-equilibrium phases in wire alloy structures, differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) experiments revealed delayed, non-equilibrium melting at high temperatures related to quenched-in Cu-Al phases; a final liquidus of 960-1200°C was recorded. During cooling from 1200°C, the DSC samples had the solidification behavior expected from thermodynamic equilibrium calculations. Solidification of the ternary alloys commenced with formation of ternary β and Cu-Al δ phases at 450-550°C; this was followed by β-Sn, and, finally, Cu6Sn5 and Cu-Al γ1. Because of the presence of the retained, high-temperature phases in the alloys, particle size and volume fraction of the room temperature Cu-Al IMC phases were observed to increase when the alloy casting temperature was reduced from 1200°C to 800°C, even though both temperatures are above the calculated liquidus temperature of the alloys. Preliminary electron backscatter diffraction results seemed to show Sn grain refinement in the SAC + Al BGA alloy.

  14. Thermal stability of Al-Cu-Fe icosahedral alloys

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    Bessière, M.; Quivy, A.; Lefebvre, S.; Devaud-Rzepski, J.; Calvayrac, Y.

    1991-12-01

    A stable ideally quasiperiodic phase exists in a small range of concentration, close to the composition Al{62}Cu{25.5}Fe{12.5}. Reducing the iron content, or replacing small amounts of copper by aluminium, lead to icosahedral alloys which exhibit around 650 ^{circ}C structural transformations of unclear nature: in the X-ray powder diffraction pattern, the peak profiles become purely Lorentzian (Al{62.3}Cu{25.3}Fe{12.4}) or diffuse “side-bands” appear in the tails of the Bragg peaks (Al{63}Cu{24.5}Fe{12.5}). In the last case long annealing treatments eventually transform the Bragg peaks into diffuse peaks located at positions clearly off the ideal icosahedral symmetry. Small deviations from this composition range lead to Bragg peaks with shoulders whatever the heat-treatment may be; perfect icosahedral order is never obtained for these compositions (Al{63,25}Cu{24,5}Fe{12,25}, Al{64}Cu{24}Fe{12}, Al{63}Cu{25}Fe{12}). Une phase stable idéalement quasipériodique existe dans un petit domaine de concentration, au voisinage de la composition Al{62}Cu{25,5}Fe{12,5}. La diminution de la teneur en fer, ou le remplacement de faibles quantités de cuivre par de l'aluminium, conduisent à des alliages icosaédriques qui subissent vers 650 ^{circ}C des transformations structurales dont la nature n'est pas clairement identifiée: dans le diagramme de diffraction des rayons X sur poudre, les profils de raies deviennent purement Lorentziens (Al{62,3}Cu{25,3}Fe{12,4}) ou bien des raies diffuses apparaissent dans le pied des pics de Bragg (Al{63}Cu{24,5}Fe{12,5}). Dans ce dernier cas un long traitement de recuit transforme finalement les pics de Bragg en des pics diffus localisés à des positions clairement en dehors de celles correspondant à la symétrie icosaédrique idéale. De faibles écarts à ce domaine de compositions conduisent à des diagrammes de rayons X où les pics de Bragg sont épaulés quel que soit le traitement thermique ; l'ordre icosaédrique parfait n

  15. Perpendicular magnetic anisotropy in Ta/Co2FeAl/MgO multilayers

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    Gabor, M. S.; Petrisor, T.; Tiusan, C.; Petrisor, T.

    2013-08-01

    In this paper, we demonstrate the stabilization of perpendicular magnetic anisotropy (PMA) in Ta/Co2FeAl/MgO multilayers sputtered on thermally oxidized Si(100) substrates. The magnetic analysis points out that these films show significant interfacial anisotropy even in the as-deposited state, KS=0.67 erg/cm2, enough to provide PMA for the as-deposited films with thicknesses below 1.5 nm. Moreover, the interfacial anisotropy is enhanced by thermal annealing up to 300 °C. The presence of a magnetic dead layer, whose thickness increases with annealing temperature, was also identified.

  16. Positron lifetime studies of decomposition in 2024 (Al-Cu-Mg) and 7010 (Al-Zn-Cu-Mg) alloys

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    Dlubek, G. |; Lademann, P.; Krause, H.; Krause, S.; Unger, R.

    1998-09-04

    In the current paper, the decomposition behavior of the engineering alloys 2024 (Al-Cu-Mg) and 7010 (Al-Zn-Cu-Mg) is studied using positron lifetime measurements. Positrons probe open volume defects such as vacancies and dislocations. However, they may also be used to investigate coherent zones and incoherent precipitates. In order to understand the rather complicated precipitation sequences and the response of positrons to different type of precipitates occurring in 2024 and 7010 alloys, binary and ternary laboratory alloys were also investigated under the same experimental conditions as the engineering alloys. The interpretations of the results are based on experiences of the group from extensive positron studies of laboratory alloys such as Al-Zn, Al-Zn-Mg, Al-Cu, and further Al alloys (see also the review (4)). Their collected results are shown as lifetimes and curve-shape parameters S of the electron-positron momentum distribution curves characteristic for different precipitates in Al alloys.

  17. Interfacial Reaction during Friction Stir Welding of Al and Cu

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    Genevois, C.; Girard, M.; Huneau, B.; Sauvage, X.; Racineux, G.

    2011-08-01

    Commercially pure copper was joined to a 1050 aluminum alloy by friction stir welding. A specific configuration where the tool pin was fully located in the aluminum plate was chosen. In such a situation, there is no mechanical mixing between the two materials, but frictional heating gives rise to a significant thermally activated interdiffusion at the copper/aluminum interface. This gives rise to the formation of defect-free joints where the bonding is achieved by a very thin intermetallic layer at the Cu/Al interface. Nanoscaled grains within this bonding layer were characterized using transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Two phases were identified, namely, Al2Cu and Al4Cu9 phases. The nucleation and growth of these two phases are discussed and compared to the standard reactive interdiffusion reactions between Cu and Al.

  18. Superconductivity in Y6Tr4Al43 (Tr = Nb, Mo, Ta) with Peanut-Shaped Cage Structure

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    Kase, Naoki; Satoh, Ryoh; Nakano, Tomohito; Takeda, Naoya

    2016-10-01

    Superconductivity is discovered in Y6Tr4Al43 (Tr = Nb, Mo, Ta) with a peanut-shaped cage structure at Tc = 0.86, 0.75, and 0.68 K, respectively. The superconducting state is revealed by performing electrical resistivity and specific heat measurements. The upper critical field is obtained to be 0.22 (Nb), 0.175 (Mo), and 0.15 T (Ta). A specific heat jump provides evidence of bulk superconductivity in these compounds.

  19. Synthesis of porous Cu from Al-Cu-Co decagonal quasicrystalline alloys

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    Kalai Vani, V.; Kwon, O. J.; Hong, S. M.; Fleury, E.

    2011-07-01

    The formation of a porous Cu structure from cast Al-Cu-Co decagonal quasicrystalline alloys has been studied using a selective corrosion technique. Two alkaline solutions were selected based on the electrochemical properties of the constituent elements. Selective corrosion of Al and Co was achieved by chemical immersion of the cast Al-Cu-Co alloy in both 5 M NaOH and 0.5 M Na2CO3 solutions; values for BET surface-to-weight ratio of up to 30 m2/g could be reached. Microstructural analyses indicated that the architecture of the resulting porous structures was composed of a needle-type phase, remaining from the decagonal phase, in addition to Cu and Cu-Co phases.

  20. Imaging spectroscopy with Ta/Al DROIDs: performance for different geometries

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    Hijmering, R. A.; Jerjen, I.; Verhoeve, P.; Martin, D. D. E.; Peacock, A.; Kozorezov, A. G.; Venn, R.

    2006-06-01

    In this paper we present the preliminary results from experiments with Distributed Read Out Imaging Devices (DROIDs) in the optical and in the X-ray regime. For the optical results DROIDs of different lengths ranging from 200 to 700 μm have been used with an STJ lay-up of Ta/Al/AlOx/Al/Ta with thicknesses of 100/30/1/30/100 nm. With this data the behavior with different absorber length has been investigated to determine an optimal absorber size for a DROID array to be used in the optical wavelength regime. The optimum absorber size has been found to be 30x400 um. The X-ray data has been obtained with a similar device structure but with 60 nm aluminium trapping layers to increase the trapping of quasiparticles in the STJs. In this paper we only present the data obtained with the standard DROID size of 400μm. With this device an extensive set of measurements have been performed which involves; a scan in photon energy ranging from 50eV to 1900 eV, a scan in temperature and a scan in bias voltage. We report here only results from the preliminary analysis of the data obtained with readout electronics comprising the normal preamplifier and subsequent shaping stage. For the final analyzes the pulses resulting from the STJs have been digitized and are ready to be analyzed. The pulses have been used to estimate the decay time of the STJs which appear to be very short. This is probably caused by the poor trapping of quasiparticles. Detailed results on this process will be presented however at a later date.

  1. Humidity effects on the redox reactions and ionic transport in a Cu/Ta2O5/Pt atomic switch structure

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    Tsuruoka, Tohru; Valov, Ilia; Mannequin, Cedric; Hasegawa, Tsuyoshi; Waser, Rainer; Aono, Masakazu

    2016-06-01

    Redox reactions at the Cu/Ta2O5 interface and subsequent Cu ion transport in a Ta2O5 film have been investigated by means of cyclic voltammetry (CV) measurements. Under positive bias to the Cu electrode, Cu is preferentially oxidized to Cu2+ and then to Cu+. Subsequent negative bias causes a reduction of the oxidized Cu ions at the interface. It was found that CV curves change drastically with varied relative humidity levels from 5 to 85%. At higher humidity levels, the ion concentrations and diffusion coefficients, estimated from the CV curves, suggest increased redox reaction rates and a significant contribution of proton conduction to the ionic transport. The results indicate that the redox reactions of moisture are rate-limiting and highlight the importance of water uptake by the matrix oxide film in understanding and controlling the resistive switching behavior of oxide-based atomic switches.

  2. Processing, physical metallurgy and creep of NiAl + Ta and NiAl + Nb alloys. Ph.D. Thesis. Final Contractor Report

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    Pathare, Viren M.

    1988-01-01

    Powder processed NiAl + Ta alloys containing 1, 2, and 4.5 at percent tantalum and NiAl + Nb alloys containing 1 and 2 at percent niobium were developed for improved creep properties. In addition, a cast alloy with 5 at percent tantalum was also studied. Hot extrusion parameters for processing alloys with 1 and 2 at percent of tantalum or niobium were designed. The NiAl + 4.5 at percent Ta alloy could be vacuum hot pressed successfully, even though it could not be extruded. All the phases in the multiphase alloys were identified and the phase transformations studied. The Ni2AlTa in NiAl + 4.5 at percent Ta alloy transforms into a liquid phase above 1700 K. Solutionizing and annealing below this temperature gives rise to a uniform distribution of fine second phase precipitates. Compressive creep properties were evaluated at 1300 K using constant load and constant velocity tests. In the higher strain rate region single phase NiAl + 1 at percent Ta and NiAl + 1 at percent Nb alloys exhibit a stress exponent of 5 characteristic of climb controlled dislocation creep. In slower strain rate regime diffusional creep becomes important. The two phase alloys containing 2 to 5 at percent Ta and 2 at percent Nb show considerable improvement over binary NiAl and single phase alloys. Loose dislocation networks and tangles stabilized by the precipitates were found in the as crept microstructure. The cast alloy which has larger grains and a distribution of fine precipitates shows the maximum improvement over binary NiAl.

  3. Icosahedral phase stabilities in Al-Cu-Ru alloys

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    Shield, J.E.; Hoppe, C.; McCallum, R.W.; Goldman, A.I. ); Kelton, K.F.; Gibbons, P.C. )

    1992-02-01

    By examining a wide region of the Al-Cu-Ru phase diagram, a thorough analysis of the compositional and thermal stability of the icosahedral phase has been completed. The primary solidification product of rapid solidification was a topologically and chemically disordered icosahedral phase with an extensive compositional region. Crystallization through exothermic events of the as-solidified materials produced crystalline phases, without the formation of the face-centered-icosahedral (FCI) phase. However, the FCI phase does form at higher temperatures through an endothermic reaction, indicating that it is a stable phase of the system, but only at elevated temperatures. Of the alloys studied, the FCI phase field was found to encompass Al{sub 65}Cu{sub 23}Ru{sub 12}, Al{sub 65}Cu{sub 20}Ru{sub 15}, Al{sub 70}Cu{sub 20}Ru{sub 10}, and Al{sub 70}Cu{sub 15}Ru{sub 15}. The transformation to the FCI phase involves an intermediate approximant phase that is very similar to the FCI structure. Also, a cubic approximant containing atomic arrangements with local icosahedral symmetry similar to {alpha}-Al Mn Si was determined to exist near the FCI phase field.

  4. Temperature dependence diode parameters studies of Al/CuPc/n-Si/Al structure

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    Kumar, Ratnesh; Kaur, Ramneek; Sharma, Mamta; Kaur, Maninder; Tripathi, S. K.

    2015-08-01

    This paper presents the fabrication of Al/CuPc/n-Si/Al metal-organic-semiconductor diode. The copper phthalocyanine as organic layer is deposited on Si substrate by thermal evaporation technique. The temperature dependent current-voltage measurements are performed on Al/CuPc/n-Si structure. The important diode parameters i.e. the barrier height and ideality factor have been calculated. The temperature dependence of barrier height and ideality factor has been studied.

  5. Modelling potential photovoltaic absorbers Cu3MCh4(M = V, Nb, Ta; Ch = S, Se, Te) using density functional theory.

    PubMed

    Kehoe, Aoife B; Scanlon, David O; Watson, Graeme W

    2016-05-01

    The geometric and electronic properties of a series of potential photovoltaic materials, the sulvanite structured Cu3MCh4(M = V, Nb, Ta; Ch = S, Se, Te), have been computationally examined using both PBEsol+U and HSE06 methods to assess the materials' suitability for solar cell application and to compare the predictions of the two theoretical approaches. The lattice parameters, electronic density of states, and band gaps of the compounds have been calculated to ascertain the experimental agreement obtained by each method and to determine if any of the systems have an optical band gap appropriate for photovoltaic absorber materials. The PBEsol+U results are shown to achieve better agreement with experiment than HSE06 in terms of both lattice constants and band gaps, demonstrating that higher level theoretical methods do not automatically result in a greater level of accuracy than their computationally less expensive counterparts. The PBEsol+U calculated optical band gaps of five materials suggest potential suitability as photovoltaic absorbers, with values of 1.72 eV, 1.49 eV, 1.19 eV, 1.46 eV, and 1.69 eV for Cu3VS4, Cu3VSe4, Cu3VTe4, Cu3NbTe4, and Cu3TaTe4, respectively, although it should be noted that all fundamental band gaps are indirect in nature, which could lower the open-circuit voltage and hence the efficiency of prospective devices. PMID:27033972

  6. Formation Mechanism of CuAlO2 Prepared by Rapid Thermal Annealing of Al2O3/Cu2O/Sapphire Sandwich Structure

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    Shih, C. H.; Tseng, B. H.

    Single-phase CuAlO2 films were successfully prepared by thin-film reaction of an Al2O3/Cu2O/sapphire sandwich structure. We found that the processing parameters, such as heating rate, holding temperature and annealing ambient, were all crucial to form CuAlO2 without second phases. Thermal annealing in pure oxygen ambient with a lower temperature ramp rate might result in the formation of CuAl2O4 in addition to CuAlO2, since part of Cu2O was oxidized to form CuO and caused the change in reaction path, i.e. CuO + Al2O3 → CuAl2O4. Typical annealing conditions successful to prepare single-phase CuAlO2 would be to heat the sample with a temperature rampt rate higher than 7.3 °C/sec and hold the temperature at 1100 °C in air ambient. The formation mechanism of CuAlO2 has also been studied by interrupting the reaction after a short period of annealing. TEM observations showed that the top Al2O3 layer with amorphous structure reacted immediately with Cu2O to form CuAlO2 in the early stage and then the remaining Cu2O reacted with the sapphire substrate.

  7. Photoelectrochemical evidence of nitrogen incorporation during anodizing sputtering--deposited Al-Ta alloys.

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    Zaffora, A; Santamaria, M; Di Franco, F; Habazaki, H; Di Quarto, F

    2016-01-01

    Anodic films were grown to 20 V on sputtering-deposited Al-Ta alloys in ammonium biborate and borate buffer solutions. According to glow discharge optical emission spectroscopy, anodizing in ammonium containing solution leads to the formation of N containing anodic layers. Impedance measurements did not evidence significant differences between the dielectric properties of the anodic films as a function of the anodizing electrolyte. Photoelectrochemical investigation allowed evidencing that N incorporation induces a red-shift in the light absorption threshold of the films due to the formation of allowed localized states inside their mobility gap. The estimated Fowler threshold for the internal photoemission processes of electrons resulted to be independent of the anodizing electrolyte confirming that N incorporation does not appreciably affect the density of states distribution close to the conduction band mobility edge. The transport of photogenerated carriers has been rationalized according to the Pai-Enck model of geminate recombination.

  8. Low-Contact-Resistance Non-Gold Ta/Si/Ti/Al/Ni/Ta Ohmic Contacts on Undoped AlGaN/GaN High-Electron-Mobility Transistors Grown on Silicon

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    Li, Yang; Ng, Geok Ing; Arulkumaran, Subramaniam; Mohan Manoj Kumar, Chandra; Ang, Kian Siong; Jesudas Anand, Mulagumoottil; Wang, Hong; Hofstetter, René; Ye, Gang

    2013-11-01

    Low-contact-resistance (Rc) non-gold Ta/Si/Ti/Al/Ni/Ta ohmic contacts were realized on an undoped AlGaN/GaN high-electron-mobility transistor (HEMT) grown on a silicon substrate. Optimization of the rapid thermal process reveals that Rc decreases drastically from the annealing temperature of 700 to 850 °C and slightly increases from 875 to 900 °C. The sample annealed at 850 °C exhibited the lowest Rc of 0.22±0.03 Ω·mm [specific contact resistivity, ρc=(0.78±0.22)×10-6 Ω·cm2] with a smooth surface morphology (RMS roughness ˜5.5 nm). The low Rc is due to the formation of TixSiy and the intermixing of TixSiy with the bottom Ta layer at the metal/semiconductor interface.

  9. Supercoducting property of Zr-Cu-Al-Ni-Nb alloys

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    Okai, D.; Motoyama, G.; Kimura, H.; Inoue, A.

    The superconducting property of Zr55Cu(30-X)Al10Ni5NbX alloys prepared by arc melting and liquid quenching methods was investigated by magnetic susceptibility measurements. The crystalline alloys with X = 0∼25 at.% prepared by arc melting method exhibited superconductivity with maximum Tc,on of 10.1 K. The alloys (X = 10∼23 at.%) with crystalline particles embedded in an amorphous structure, which were fabricated by melt spinning method, showed superconductivity with Tc,on of less than 4.0 K. The superconducting property of the Zr-Cu-Al-Ni-Nb alloys was attributed to superconducting phases of Zr2Cu, Zr2Ni, Zr65Al10Nb25 and Zr-Nb contained in the Zr-Cu-Al-Ni-Nb alloys. The melt-spun Zr55Cu(30-X)Al10Ni5NbX (X = 10∼20 at.%) alloys exhibited glass transition at 718∼743 K and were found to be superconducting metallic glasses.

  10. Thermal stability of atomic layer deposited Ru layer on Si and TaN/Si for barrier application of Cu interconnection.

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    Shin, Dong Chan; Kim, Moo Ryul; Lee, Jong Ho; Choi, Bum Ho; Lee, Hong Kee

    2012-07-01

    The thermal stability of thin Ru single layer and Ru/TaN bilayers grown on bare Si by plasma enhanced atomic layer deposition (PEALD) have been studied with Cu/Ru, Cu/Ru/TaN structures as a function of annealing temperature. To investigate the characteristics as a copper diffusion barrier, a 50 nm thick Cu film was sputtered on Ru and Ru/TaN layers and each samples subjected to thermal annealing under N2 ambient with varied temperature 300, 400, and 500 degrees C, respectively. It was found that the single 5 nm thick ALD Ru layer acted as an effective Cu diffusion barrier up to 400 degrees C. On the other hand ALD Ru (5 nm)/TaN (3.2 nm) showed the improved diffusion barrier characteristics even though the annealing temperature increased up to 500 degrees C. Based on the experimental results, the failure mechanism of diffusion barrier would be related to the crystallization of amorphous Ru thin film as temperature raised which implies the crystallized Ru grain boundary served as the diffusion path of Cu atoms. The combination of ALD Ru incorporated with TaN layer would be a promising barrier structure in Cu metallization.

  11. Electrical characterization and nanoscale surface morphology of optimized Ti/Al/Ta/Au ohmic contact for AlGaN/GaN HEMT

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    2012-01-01

    Good ohmic contacts with low contact resistance, smooth surface morphology, and a well-defined edge profile are essential to ensure optimal device performances for the AlGaN/GaN high electron mobility transistors [HEMTs]. A tantalum [Ta] metal layer and an SiNx thin film were used for the first time as an effective diffusion barrier and encapsulation layer in the standard Ti/Al/metal/Au ohmic metallization scheme in order to obtain high quality ohmic contacts with a focus on the thickness of Ta and SiNx. It is found that the Ta thickness is the dominant factor affecting the contact resistance, while the SiNx thickness affects the surface morphology significantly. An optimized Ti/Al/Ta/Au ohmic contact including a 40-nm thick Ta barrier layer and a 50-nm thick SiNx encapsulation layer is preferred when compared with the other conventional ohmic contact stacks as it produces a low contact resistance of around 7.27 × 10-7 Ω·cm2 and an ultra-low nanoscale surface morphology with a root mean square deviation of around 10 nm. Results from the proposed study play an important role in obtaining excellent ohmic contact formation in the fabrication of AlGaN/GaN HEMTs. PMID:22313812

  12. Electrical characterization and nanoscale surface morphology of optimized Ti/Al/Ta/Au ohmic contact for AlGaN/GaN HEMT.

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    Wang, Cong; Kim, Nam-Young

    2012-02-07

    Good ohmic contacts with low contact resistance, smooth surface morphology, and a well-defined edge profile are essential to ensure optimal device performances for the AlGaN/GaN high electron mobility transistors [HEMTs]. A tantalum [Ta] metal layer and an SiNx thin film were used for the first time as an effective diffusion barrier and encapsulation layer in the standard Ti/Al/metal/Au ohmic metallization scheme in order to obtain high quality ohmic contacts with a focus on the thickness of Ta and SiNx. It is found that the Ta thickness is the dominant factor affecting the contact resistance, while the SiNx thickness affects the surface morphology significantly. An optimized Ti/Al/Ta/Au ohmic contact including a 40-nm thick Ta barrier layer and a 50-nm thick SiNx encapsulation layer is preferred when compared with the other conventional ohmic contact stacks as it produces a low contact resistance of around 7.27 × 10-7 Ω·cm2 and an ultra-low nanoscale surface morphology with a root mean square deviation of around 10 nm. Results from the proposed study play an important role in obtaining excellent ohmic contact formation in the fabrication of AlGaN/GaN HEMTs.

  13. Quantifying protein adsorption on combinatorially sputtered Al-, Nb-, Ta- and Ti-containing films with electron microprobe and spectroscopic ellipsometry

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    Byrne, T. M.; Lohstreter, L.; Filiaggi, M. J.; Bai, Zhijun; Dahn, J. R.

    2009-04-01

    Although metallic biomaterials are widely used, systematic studies of protein adsorption onto such materials are generally lacking. Combinatorial binary libraries of Al 1-xNb x, Al 1-xTa x, Al 1-xTi x, Nb 1-xTa x, Nb 1-xTi x, and Ta 1-xTi x (0 ⩽ x ⩽ 1) and a ternary library of Al 1-xTi xTa y (0 ⩽ x ⩽ 1 and 0 ⩽ y ⩽ 0.7), along with their corresponding pure element films were sputtered onto glass substrates using a unique magnetron sputtering technique. Films were characterized with wavelength-dispersive spectroscopy (WDS), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). Fibrinogen and albumin adsorption amounts were measured by wavelength-dispersive spectroscopy (WDS) and spectroscopic ellipsometry (SE) equipment, both high throughput techniques with automated motion stage capabilities. Protein adsorption onto these films was found to be closely correlated to the alumina surface fraction, with high alumina content at the surface leading to low amounts of adsorbed fibrinogen and albumin. Protein adsorption amounts obtained with WDS and SE were in good agreement for all films.

  14. Imaging spectroscopy with Ta/Al DROIDs: Performance for different absorber lengths

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    Hijmering, R. A.; Verhoeve, P.; Martin, D. D. E.; Peacock, A.; Kozorezov, A. G.; Venn, R.

    2006-04-01

    To overcome the limited field of view that can be achieved with single Superconducting Tunneling Junctions (STJ) arrays, Distributed Read Out Imaging Devices (DROIDs) are being developed. DROIDs consist of a superconducting absorber strip with proximized STJs on either end. The ratio of the two signals from the STJs provides information on the absorption position and the sum signal is a measure for the energy of the absorbed photon. To produce a large field of view with the least number of connection wires possible, the size of the DROID is an important parameter. A set of devices with different lengths, ranging from 200 to 700 μm, has been tested at optical wavelengths. The widths of the DROIDs are 30 μm with 30×30 μm 2 STJs Ta/Al STJs on either side. With 30 nm layer thickness of Al the trapping of quasiparticles in the STJ is not optimal, but the devices can comfortably be operated at 300 mK. All devices have been processed on a single wafer and are located on the same chip. Thus the STJs are all identical and any variation in response can be attributed to a difference in geometry. The position resolution is found to be degraded for shorter absorbers due to cross-talk between the two STJs. The charge output of the different devices decreases with length due to reduced tunnel probability and losses in the absorber.

  15. Mechanical properties of Ta-Al-N thin films deposited by cylindrical DC magnetron sputtering: Influence of N2% in the gas mixture

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    Darabi, Elham; Moghaddasi, Naghmeh; Reza Hantehzadeh, Mohammad

    2016-06-01

    Ta-Al-N thin films were deposited by cylindrical DC magnetron sputtering on a stainless steel substrate under varying nitrogen flow ratios ( N2 with respect to N2 + Ar in the range of 1.5%-9%. The effect of the N2 content in the reactive gas mixture on crystalline structure, surface morphology, and mechanical properties of Ta-Al-N thin films was investigated. The amount of Al and Ta in deposited films was obtained by energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX) analysis and films thickness was measured by surface step profilometer. X-ray diffraction analysis (XRD) revealed that the crystalline structure of the Ta-Al-N polycrystalline thin film is a mixture of TaAl, TaN, and AlN crystalline phases. Surface morphology, roughness, and grain size were investigated by atomic force microscopy (AFM). The nano hardness of Ta-Al-N thin films, measured by the nanoindentation method, was about 9GPa maximum for samples prepared under 3% N2 , and the friction coefficient, obtained by nanoscratch analysis, was approximately 0.2 for all Ta-Al-N thin films. Other results were found to be affected considerably by increasing the N2 amount.

  16. Characterization of Cu-exchanged SSZ-13: a comparative FTIR, UV-Vis, and EPR study with Cu-ZSM-5 and Cu-β with similar Si/Al and Cu/Al ratios.

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    Giordanino, Filippo; Vennestrøm, Peter N R; Lundegaard, Lars F; Stappen, Frederick N; Mossin, Susanne; Beato, Pablo; Bordiga, Silvia; Lamberti, Carlo

    2013-09-21

    Cu-SSZ-13 has been characterized by different spectroscopic techniques and compared with Cu-ZSM-5 and Cu-β with similar Si/Al and Cu/Al ratios and prepared by the same ion exchange procedure. On vacuum activated samples, low temperature FTIR spectroscopy allowed us to appreciate a high concentration of reduced copper centres, i.e. isolated Cu(+) ions located in different environments, able to form Cu(+)(N2), Cu(+)(CO)n (n = 1, 2, 3), and Cu(+)(NO)n (n = 1, 2) upon interaction with N2, CO and NO probe molecules, respectively. Low temperature FTIR, DRUV-Vis and EPR analysis on O2 activated samples revealed the presence of different Cu(2+) species. New data and discussion are devoted to (i) [Cu-OH](+) species likely balanced by one framework Al atom; (ii) mono(μ-oxo)dicopper [Cu2(μ-O)](2+) dimers observed in Cu-ZSM-5 and Cu-β, but not in Cu-SSZ-13. UV-Vis-NIR spectra of O2 activated samples reveal an intense and finely structured d-d quadruplet, unique to Cu-SSZ-13, which is persistent under SCR conditions. This differs from the 22,700 cm(-1) band of the mono(μ-oxo)dicopper species of the O2 activated Cu-ZSM-5, which disappears under SCR conditions. The EPR signal intensity sets Cu-β apart from the others. PMID:23842567

  17. Reduced Cu concentration in CuAl-LPE-grown thin Si layers

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    Wang, T.H.; Ciszek, T.F.; Asher, S.; Reedy, R.

    1995-08-01

    Cu-Al has been found to be a good solvent system to grow macroscopically smooth Si layers with thicknesses in tens of microns on cast MG-Si substrates by liquid phase epitaxy (LPE) at temperatures near 900{degrees}C. This solvent system utilizes Al to ensure good wetting between the solution and substrate by removing silicon native oxides, and employs Cu to control Al doping into the layers. Isotropic growth is achieved because of a high concentration of solute silicon in the solution and the resulting microscopically rough interface. The incorporation of Cu in the Si layers, however, was a concern since Cu is a major solution component and is generally regarded as a bad impurity for silicon devices due to its fast diffusivity and deep energy levels in the band gap. A study by Davis shows that Cu will nonetheless not degrade solar cell performance until above a level of 10{sup 17} cm{sup -3}. This threshold is expected to be even higher for thin layer silicon solar cells owing to the less stringent requirement on minority carrier diffusion length. But to ensure long term stability of solar cells, lower Cu concentrations in the thin layers are still preferred.

  18. Ab initio molecular dynamics simulations of short-range order in Zr50Cu45Al5 and Cu50Zr45Al5 metallic glasses

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    Huang, Yuxiang; Huang, Li; Wang, C. Z.; Kramer, M. J.; Ho, K. M.

    2016-02-01

    Comparative analysis between Zr-rich Zr50Cu45Al5 and Cu-rich Cu50Zr45Al5 metallic glasses (MGs) is extensively performed to locate the key structural motifs accounting for their difference of glass forming ability. Here we adopt ab initio molecular dynamics simulations to investigate the local atomic structures of Zr50Cu45Al5 and Cu50Zr45Al5 MGs. A high content of icosahedral-related (full and distorted) orders was found in both samples, while in the Zr-rich MG full icosahedrons < 0,0,12,0 > is dominant, and in the Cu-rich one the distorted icosahedral orders, especially < 0,2,8,2 > and < 0,2,8,1 >, are prominent. And the < 0,2,8,2 > polyhedra in Cu50Zr45Al5more » MG mainly originate from Al-centered clusters, while the < 0,0,12,0 > in Zr50Cu45Al5 derives from both Cu-centered clusters and Al-centered clusters. These difference may be ascribed to the atomic size difference and chemical property between Cu and Zr atoms. Lastly, the relatively large size of Zr and large negative heat of mixing between Zr and Al atoms, enhancing the packing density and stability of metallic glass system, may be responsible for the higher glass forming ability of Zr50Cu45Al5.« less

  19. Optical properties analysis of Ta-doped TiO2 thin films on LaAlO3 substrates

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    Nurfani, Eka; Sutjahja, Inge M.; Winata, Toto; Rusydi, Andrivo; Darma, Yudi

    2015-09-01

    We study optical properties of Ta-doped TiO2 thin film on LaAlO3 substrate using spectroscopy ellipsometry (SE) analysis at energy range of 0.5 - 6.5 eV. Room temperature SE data for Ψ (amplitude ratio) and Δ (phase difference) between p- and s- polarized light waves are taken with multiple incident angles at several spots on the samples. Here, absorption coefficient has been extracted from SE measurements at photon incident angle of 70° for different Ta concentration (0.01, 0.4, and 5 at. %). Multilayer modelling is performed which takes into account reflections at each interface through Fresnel coefficients to obtain reasonably well the fitting of Ψ and Δ data simultaneously. As the results, we estimate that film thickness increases by increasing Ta concentration accompanied by the formation of a new electronic structure. By increasing Ta impurities, the blueshift of absorption coefficient (α) peaks is observable. This result indicates that TiO2 thin film becomes optically resistive by introducing Ta doping. Schematic model of interband transition inTiO2:Ta will be proposed base on obtained optical properties. This study enables us to predict the role of Ta doping on the electronic and optical band structures of TiO2 thin film. Due to a processing error by AIP Publishing, an incorrect version of the above article was published on 30 September 2015 that omitted the name of author Toto Winata. AIP Publishing apologizes for this error. All online versions of the article were corrected on 7 October 2015. The author names and affiliations appear correctly above.

  20. Effects of the Formation of Al x Cu y Gradient Interfaces on Mechanical Property of Steel/Al Laminated Sheets by Introducing Cu Binding-Sheets

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    Wei, Aili; Liu, Xinghai; Shi, Quanxin; Liang, Wei

    2015-07-01

    Steel/Cu/Al laminated sheets were fabricated by two-pass hot rolling to improve the mechanical properties of steel/Al sheets. The bonding properties and deformability of the steel/Cu/Al sheets were studied. Steel/Al and steel/Cu/Al samples were rolled at 350°C for 15 min with the first-pass reduction of 40%, and then heated at 600°C for 5 min with different reductions. It was found that the steel/Cu/Al samples rolled by the second-pass reduction of 85% could endure the maximum 90° bend cycle times of 45, exhibiting excellent fatigue resistance as well as deformability. The steel/Al samples could only reach the maximum 90° bend cycle times of 20. Furthermore, the scanning electron microscope, energy-dispersive spectrometer, and electron backscattered diffraction results showed that the preferred growth orientations of Cu, Al4Cu9, and Al2Cu on the steel/Cu/Al laminated sheets are {-1, 1, 2} <1, -1, 1>, {1, 0, 0} <0, 1, 0> and {-1, 1, 2} <1, -1, 1> {1, 1, 0} <0, 0, 1>. The orientation relationships between Cu and Al2Cu are {1, 1, 0}(fcc)//{1, 1, 0}(bct) and {1, 1, 1}(fcc)//{1, 1, 1}(bct). The improved bonding property and excellent fatigue resistance as well as deformability were mainly ascribed to the tight combination and consistent deformability across steel, Al, and the transition layers (Cu, Al4Cu9, and Al2Cu).

  1. Intermetallic Formation at Interface of Al/Cu Clad Fabricated by Hydrostatic Extrusion and Its Properties.

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    Lee, Jongbeom; Jeong, Haguk

    2015-11-01

    Al/Cu clad composed of Al core and Cu sheath has been produced by hydrostatic extrusion at 523 K, at an extrusion rate of 27. The prepared specimen was post-annealed at temperatures of 673 K and 773 K for various time durations, and the effect of annealing conditions have been analyzed. The hardness at the interface between Al and Cu matrix of the Al/Cu bimetal clad increases because of annealing. Results indicate that the hardness is more sensitive to annealing temperature than the annealing time. Three kinds of intermetallic compounds (IMC), namely, CuAl, Cu3Al2, and CuAl2, are formed at the Al-Cu interface, upon annealing at 673 K. On the other hand, four kinds of IMCs, namely, Cu4Al3, CuAl, Cu3Al2, CuAl2, are formed at the annealing temperature of 773 K. The growth of each IMC follows the parabolic law as a function of annealing times at certain annealing temperature. The growth rate of each IMC is limited to its interdiffusion rate constant. The IMC Cu4Al3 appears upon annealing at 773 K, and not during annealing at 673 K, because of the higher value of activation energy associated with its formation, when compared to other IMCs. PMID:26726557

  2. Screened coulomb hybrid DFT investigation of band gap and optical absorption predictions of CuVO3, CuNbO3 and Cu5Ta11O30 materials.

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    Harb, Moussab; Masih, Dilshad; Takanabe, Kazuhiro

    2014-09-14

    We present a joint theoretical and experimental investigation of the optoelectronic properties of CuVO3, CuNbO3 and Cu5Ta11O30 materials for potential photocatalytic and solar cell applications. In addition to the experimental results obtained by powder X-ray diffraction and UV-Vis spectroscopy of the materials synthesized under flowing N2 gas at atmospheric pressure via solid-state reactions, the electronic structure and the UV-Vis optical absorption coefficient of these compounds are predicted with high accuracy using advanced first-principles quantum methods based on DFT (including the perturbation theory approach DFPT) within the screened coulomb hybrid HSE06 exchange-correlation formalism. The calculated density of states are found to be in agreement with the UV-Vis diffuse reflectance spectra, predicting a small indirect band gap of 1.4 eV for CuVO3, a direct band gap of 2.6 eV for CuNbO3, and an indirect (direct) band gap of 2.1 (2.6) eV for Cu5Ta11O30. It is confirmed that the Cu(I)-based multi-metal oxides possess a strong contribution of filled Cu(I) states in the valence band and of empty d(0) metal states in the conduction band. Interestingly, CuVO3 with its predicted small indirect band gap of 1.4 eV shows the highest absorption coefficient in the visible range with a broad absorption edge extending to 886 nm. This novel result offers a great opportunity for this material to be an excellent candidate for solar cell applications.

  3. Hydrogen isotope trapping in Al-Cu binary alloys

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    Chao, Paul; Karnesky, Richard A.

    2016-01-01

    In this study, the trapping mechanisms for hydrogen isotopes in Al–X Cu (0.0 at. % < X < 3.5 at. %) alloys were investigated using thermal desorption spectroscopy (TDS), electrical conductivity, and differential scanning calorimetry. Constant heating rate TDS was used to determine microstructural trap energies and occupancies. In addition to the trapping states in pure Al reported in the literature (interstitial lattice sites, dislocations, and vacancies), a trap site due to Al–Cu intermetallic precipitates is observed. The binding energy of this precipitate trap is (18 ± 3) kJ•mol–1 (0.19 ± 0.03 eV). Typical occupancy of this trap is high; for Al–2.6 at. % Cu (a Cu composition comparable to that in AA2219) charged at 200 °C with 130 MPa D2 for 68 days, there is ca. there is 3.15×10–7 mol D bound to the precipitate trap per mol of Al, accounting for a third of the D in the charged sample.

  4. Hydrogen isotope trapping in Al-Cu binary alloys

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    Chao, Paul; Karnesky, Richard A.

    2016-01-01

    In this study, the trapping mechanisms for hydrogen isotopes in Al–X Cu (0.0 at. % < X < 3.5 at. %) alloys were investigated using thermal desorption spectroscopy (TDS), electrical conductivity, and differential scanning calorimetry. Constant heating rate TDS was used to determine microstructural trap energies and occupancies. In addition to the trapping states in pure Al reported in the literature (interstitial lattice sites, dislocations, and vacancies), a trap site due to Al–Cu intermetallic precipitates is observed. The binding energy of this precipitate trap is (18 ± 3) kJ•mol–1 (0.19 ± 0.03 eV). Typical occupancy of this trap is high;more » for Al–2.6 at. % Cu (a Cu composition comparable to that in AA2219) charged at 200 °C with 130 MPa D2 for 68 days, there is ca. there is 3.15×10–7 mol D bound to the precipitate trap per mol of Al, accounting for a third of the D in the charged sample.« less

  5. Structural, elastic, electronic and optical properties of Cu3MTe4 (M = Nb, Ta) sulvanites — An ab initio study

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    Ali, M. A.; Roknuzzaman, M.; Nasir, M. T.; Islam, A. K. M. A.; Naqib, S. H.

    2016-04-01

    The elastic, electronic, and optical properties of Cu3MTe4 (M = Nb, Ta) are investigated for the first time using the density-functional formalism. The optimized crystal structure is obtained and the lattice parameters are compared with available experimental data. Different elastic moduli are calculated. The Born criteria for mechanical stability are found to be fulfilled from the estimated values of the elastic moduli, Cij. The band structure and the electronic energy density of states (EDOS) are also determined. The band structure calculations show semiconducting behavior for both the compounds. The theoretically calculated values of the band gaps are found to be strongly dependent on the nature of the functional representing the exchange correlations. Technologically significant optical parameters (e.g., dielectric function, refractive index, absorption coefficient, optical conductivity, reflectivity, and loss function) have been determined. Important conclusions are drawn based on the theoretical findings.

  6. Viscous and acoustic properties of AlCu melts

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    Khusnutdinoff, R. M.; Mokshin, A. V.; Menshikova, S. G.; Beltyukov, A. L.; Ladyanov, V. I.

    2016-05-01

    The atomic dynamics of the binary Al100- x Cu x system is simulated at a temperature T = 973 K, a pressure p = 1.0 bar, and various copper concentrations x. These conditions (temperature, pressure) make it possible to cover the equilibrium liquid Al100- x Cu x phase at copper concentrations 0 ≤ x ≤ 40% and the supercooled melt in the concentration range 40% ≤ x ≤ 100%. The calculated spectral densities of the time correlation functions of the longitudinal {tilde C_L}( k, ω) and transverse {tilde C_T}( k, ω) currents in the Al100- x Cu x melt at a temperature T = 973 K reveal propagating collective excitations of longitudinal and transverse polarizations in a wide wavenumber range. It is shown that the maximum sound velocity in the v L ( x) concentration dependence takes place for the equilibrium melt at an atomic copper concentration x = 10 ± 5%, whereas the supercooled Al100- x Cu x melt saturated with copper atoms ( x ≥ 40%) is characterized by the minimum sound velocity. In the case of the supercooled melt, the concentration dependence of the kinematic viscosity ν( x) is found to be interpolated by a linear dependence, and a deviation from the linear dependence is observed in the case of equilibrium melt at x < 40%. An insignificant shoulder in the ν( x) dependence is observed at low copper concentrations ( x < 20%), and it is supported by the experimental data. This shoulder is caused by the specific features in the concentration dependence of the density ρ( x).

  7. Indium Helps Strengthen Al/Cu/Li Alloy

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    Blackburn, Linda B.; Starke, Edgar A., Jr.

    1992-01-01

    Experiments on Al/Cu/Li alloys focus specifically on strengthening effects of minor additions of In and Cd. Indium-bearing alloy combines low density with ability to achieve high strength through heat treatment alone. Tensile tests on peak-aged specimens indicated that alloy achieved yield strength approximately 15 percent higher than baseline alloy. Alloy highly suitable for processing to produce parts of nearly net shape, with particular applications in aircraft and aerospace vehicles.

  8. Ideal structure of icosahedral Al-Cu-Li quasicrystals

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    Yamamoto, Akiji

    1992-03-01

    A structure model for the icosahedral Al-Cu-Li quasicrystal has been derived. This is described in six-dimensional space as a six-dimensional crystal, having four kinds of occupation domains with complicated polyhedral shape. A general structure-factor formula is derived for such polyhedral domains, and a simple description of the structure using the site symmetry is proposed. The model gives R factors of 0.076 and 0.085 for recent x-ray and neutron-single-crystal-diffraction data [Boissieu, Janot, Dubois, Audier, and Dubost, J. Phys. 3, 1 (1991)]. The structure consists of a large number of icosahedral clusters and linking atoms joining them. It leads to an ideal cubic R-Al-Cu-Li structure and a large number of other cubic crystals when appropriate phason strains are taken into account. Two structures, the ideal R-Al-Cu-Li structure and a fictitious structure with a period (1+ √5 )/2 times longer, are shown.

  9. Band structure calculations of CuAlO2, CuGaO2, CuInO2, and CuCrO2 by screened exchange

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    Gillen, Roland; Robertson, John

    2011-07-01

    We report density functional theory band structure calculations on the transparent conducting oxides CuAlO2, CuGaO2, CuInO2, and CuCrO2. The use of the hybrid functional screened-exchange local density approximation (sX-LDA) leads to considerably improved electronic properties compared to standard LDA and generalized gradient approximation (GGA) approaches. We show that the resulting electronic band gaps compare well with experimental values and previous quasiparticle calculations, and show the correct trends with respect to the atomic number of the cation (Al, Ga, In). The resulting energetic depths of Cu d and O p levels and the valence-band widths are considerable improvements compared to LDA and GGA and are in good agreement with available x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy data. Lastly, we show the calculated imaginary part of the dielectric function for all four systems.

  10. Mixed Cu-simple metal dimers and trimers - CuLi, CuLi2, CuNa, CuK, CuBe, CuBe2, Cu2Be, CuAl, and CuAl2

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    Bauschlicher, Charles W., Jr.; Langhoff, Stephen R.; Partridge, Harry; Walch, Stephen P.

    1987-01-01

    Theoretical studies of selected diatomic and triatomic molecules containing copper and the simple metals Li, Na, K, Be, and Al are presented, with emphasis on elucidating the nature of the bonding in mixed transition metal-simple metal systems. Large Gaussian basis sets are used in the diatomic calculations, and are used to calibrate the triatomic calculations, in which somewhat smaller Gaussian basis sets are employed. Electron correlation is incorporated using both the single-reference singles plus doubles configuration interaction and coupled pair functional methods. It is found that alkali atoms form very polar sigma bonds with copper, and that the ionicity increases with the inclusion of higher excitations because they improve the electron affinity of copper, which in turn allows a larger negative charge on copper. Aluminum is found to form stronger bonds than beryllium, since it does not have to undergo sp hybridization. Some of the trimers bond by forming three-center three-electron bonds. These multicenter bonds are quite strong even when compared to the two-electron bonds in the dimers or to other bonding mechanisms in the trimers.

  11. The photosensitivity of carbon quantum dots/CuAlO2 films composites

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    Pan, Jiaqi; Sheng, Yingzhuo; Zhang, Jingxiang; Wei, Jumeng; Huang, Peng; Zhang, Xin; Feng, Boxue

    2015-07-01

    Carbon quantum dots/CuAlO2 films were prepared by a simple route through which CuAlO2 films prepared by sol-gel on crystal quartz substrates were composited with carbon quantum dots on their surface. The characterization results indicated that CuAlO2 films were well combined with carbon quantum dots. The photoconductivity of carbon quantum dots/CuAlO2 films was investigated under illumination and darkness switching, and was demonstrated to be significantly enhanced compared with CuAlO2 films. Through analysis, this enhancement of photoconductivity was attributed to the carbon quantum dots with unique up-converted photoluminescence behavior.

  12. The effect of Ti-B on stabilization of Cu-Zn-Al martensite

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    Stipcich, M.; Romero, R. |

    1998-10-05

    The application of shape memory effect in devices requires, in many cases, stable and reliable transformation temperatures. However, as a consequence of diffusional processes, in Cu-based shape memory alloys, reverse transformation temperature significantly rises after aging at temperatures above room temperature. This generally unwanted behavior is usually referred to as the stabilization of martensite. Numerous investigations have been carried out on this subject as reviewed by Ahlers and Chandrasekaran et al. Within the Cu-based alloys the Cu-Zn-Al are claimed to be more prone to stabilization than Cu-Al-Ni on aging. It has been proposed that in the Cu-Zn-Al the stabilization is due to the interchange of Cu and Zn atoms assisted by vacancies, changing, consequently, the long range order inherited from the {beta} phase. In the present work, the authors investigate the stabilization behavior of polycrystalline samples of stress induced Cu-Zn-Al and Cu-Zn-Al-B martensite.

  13. Cu-Al spinel oxide as an efficient catalyst for methanol steam reforming.

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    Xi, Hongjuan; Hou, Xiaoning; Liu, Yajie; Qing, Shaojun; Gao, Zhixian

    2014-10-27

    Cu-Al spinel oxide, which contains a small portion of the CuO phase, has been successfully used in methanol steam reforming (MSR) without prereduction. The omission of prereduction not only avoids the copper sintering prior to the catalytic reaction, but also slows down the copper-sintering rate in MSR. During this process, the CuO phase can initiate MSR at a lower temperature, and CuAl2O4 releases active copper gradually. The catalyst CA2.5-900, calcined at 900 °C with n(Al)/n(Cu) = 2.5, has a higher CuAl2O4 content, higher BET surface area, and smaller CuAl2O4 crystal size. Its activity first increases and then decreases during MSR. Furthermore, both fresh and regenerated CA2.5-900 showed better catalytic performance than the commercial Cu-Zn-Al catalyst. PMID:25213737

  14. Al-matrix composite materials reinforced by Al-Cu-Fe particles

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    Bonneville, J.; Laplanche, G.; Joulain, A.; Gauthier-Brunet, V.; Dubois, S.

    2010-07-01

    Al-matrix material composites were produced using hot isostatic pressing technique, starting with pure Al and icosahedral (i) Al-Cu-Fe powders. Depending on the processing temperature, the final reinforcement particles are either still of the initial i-phase or transformed into the tetragonal ω-Al00.70Cu0.20Fe0.10 crystalline phase. Compression tests performed in the temperature range 293K - 823K on the two types of composite, i.e. Al/i and Al/ω, indicate that the flow stress of both composites is strongly temperature dependent and exhibit distinct regimes with increasing temperature. Differences exist between the two composites, in particul ar in yield stress values. In the low temperatureregime (T <= 570K), the yield stress of the Al/ω composite is nearly 75% higher than that of the Al/i composite, while for T > 570K both composites exhibit similar yield stress values. The results are interpreted in terms of load transfer contribution between the matrix and the reinforcement particles and elementary dislocation mechanisms in the Al matrix.

  15. Structure Evolution and Electric Properties of TaN Films Deposited on Al2O3-BASED Ceramic and Glass Substrates by Magnetron Reactive Sputtering

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    Zhou, Yan Ming; Ma, Yang Zhao; Xie, Zhong; He, Ming Zhi

    2014-03-01

    Structure evolution and electric properties of tantalum nitride (TaN) films deposited on Al2O3-based ceramic and glass substrates by magnetron reactive sputtering were carried out as a function of the N2-to-Ar flow ratio. The TaN thin films on Al2O3-based ceramic substrates grow with micronclusters composed of numerous nanocrystallites, contains from single-phase of Ta2N grains to TaN, and exhibits high defect density, sheet resistance and negative TCR as the N2-to-Ar flow ratio continuously increases. However, the films on the glass substrates grow in the way of sandwich close-stack, contains from single-phase of Ta2N grains to TaN and Ta3N5 phases with the increase of N2-to-Ar flow ratio. These results indicate that the N2-to-Ar flow ratio and surface characteristic difference of substrates play a dominant effect on the structure and composition of the TaN films, resulting in different electrical properties for the films on Al2O3-based ceramic and the samples on glass substrates.

  16. Enthalpies of mixing of liquid systems for lead free soldering: Al-Cu-Sn system.

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    Flandorfer, Hans; Rechchach, Meryem; Elmahfoudi, A; Bencze, László; Popovič, Arkadij; Ipser, Herbert

    2011-11-01

    The present work refers to high-temperature drop calorimetric measurements on liquid Al-Cu, Al-Sn, and Al-Cu-Sn alloys. The binary systems have been investigated at 973 K, up to 40 at.% Cu in case of Al-Cu, and over the entire concentrational range in case of Al-Sn. Measurements in the ternary Al-Cu-Sn system were performed along the following cross-sections: x(Al)/x(Cu) = 1:1, x(Al)/x(Sn) = 1:1, x(Cu)/x(Sn) = 7:3, x(Cu)/x(Sn) = 1:1, and x(Cu)/x(Sn) = 3:7 at 1273 K. Experimental data were used to find ternary interaction parameters by applying the Redlich-Kister-Muggianu model for substitutional solutions, and a full set of parameters describing the concentration dependence of the enthalpy of mixing was derived. From these, the isoenthalpy curves were constructed for 1273 K. The ternary system shows an exothermic enthalpy minimum of approx. -18,000 J/mol in the Al-Cu binary and a maximum of approx. 4000 J/mol in the Al-Sn binary system. The Al-Cu-Sn system is characterized by considerable repulsive ternary interactions as shown by the positive ternary interaction parameters.

  17. Growth and oxidation of thin film Al{sub 2}Cu

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    Son, K.A.; Missert, N.A.; Barbour, J.C.; Hren, J.J.; Copeland, R.G.; Minor, K.G.

    1999-11-09

    Al{sub 2}Cu thin films ({approximately}382 nm) are fabricated by melting and resolidifying Al/Cu bilayers in the presence of a {approximately}3 nm Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} passivating layer. X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS) measures a 1.0 eV shift of the Cu2p{sub 3/2} peak and a 1.6 eV shift of the valence band relative to metallic Cu upon Al{sub 2}Cu formation. Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) and Electron Back-Scattered Diffraction (EBSD) show that the Al{sub 2}Cu film is composed of 30--70 {mu}m wide and 10--25 mm long cellular grains with (110) orientation. The atomic composition of the film as estimated by Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy (EDS) is 67{+-}2% Al and 33{+-}2% Cu. XPS scans of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}/Al{sub 2}Cu taken before and after air exposure indicate that the upper Al{sub 2}Cu layers undergo further oxidation to Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} even in the presence of {approximately}5 nm Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}. The majority of Cu produced from oxidation is believed to migrate below the Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} layers, based upon the lack of evidence for metallic Cu in the XPS scans. In contrast to Al/Cu passivated with Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}, melting/resolidifying the Al/Cu bilayer without Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} results in phase-segregated dendritic film growth.

  18. Selective photocatalytic reduction of CO2 to methanol in CuO-loaded NaTaO3 nanocubes in isopropanol

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    Xiang, Tianyu; Chen, Jingshuai; Wang, Yuwen; Yin, Xiaohong; Shao, Xiao

    2016-01-01

    Summary A series of NaTaO3 photocatalysts were prepared with Ta2O5 and NaOH via a hydrothermal method. CuO was loaded onto the surface of NaTaO3 as a cocatalyst by successive impregnation and calcination. The obtained photocatalysts were characterized by XRD, SEM, UV–vis, EDS and XPS and used to photocatalytically reduce CO2 in isopropanol. This worked to both absorb CO2 and as a sacrificial reagent to harvest CO2 and donate electrons. Methanol and acetone were generated as the reduction product of CO2 and the oxidation product of isopropanol, respectively. NaTaO3 nanocubes loaded with 2 wt % CuO and synthesized in 2 mol/L NaOH solution showed the best activity. The methanol and acetone yields were 137.48 μmol/(g·h) and 335.93 μmol/(g·h), respectively, after 6 h of irradiation. Such high activity could be attributed to the good crystallinity, morphology and proper amount of CuO loading, which functioned as reductive sites for selective formation of methanol. The reaction mechanism was also proposed and explained by band theory. PMID:27335766

  19. Solidification behavior and structure of Al-Cu alloy welds

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    Brooks, J.A.; Li, M.; Yang, N.C.Y.

    1997-09-01

    The microsegregation behavior of electron beam (EB) and gas tungsten arc (GTA) welds of Al-Cu alloys covering a range from 0.19 to 7.74 wt% Cu were characterized for dendrite core concentrations and fraction eutectic solidification. Although a single weld speed of 12.7 mm/sec was used, some differences were observed in the segregation behavior of the two weld types. The microsegregation behavior was also modeled using a finite differences technique considering dendrite tip and eutectic undercooling and solid state diffusion. Fairly good agreement was observed between measured and calculated segregation behavior although differences between the two weld types could not be completely accounted for. The concept of dendrite tip undercooling was used to explain the formation of a single through thickness centerline grain in the higher alloy content GTA welds.

  20. Citrate sol gel synthesis, phase formation, optical-properties and TEM analysis of nanocrystalline TaSr2SmCu2O8 materials

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    Balamurugan, S.; George, Jincymol; Parthiban, P.

    2016-05-01

    We report the citrate sol gel (CSG) derived synthesis of nanocrystalline tantalo-cuprate, TaSr2SmCu2O8 (Ta1212Sm) materials and studied the thermal, phase formation, photoluminescence (PL) and photo-catalytic properties and TEM analysis. Like Ta1212Eu phase, the present Ta1212Sm phase is also successfully crystallized in tetragonal symmetry with lattice parameter, a = 0.3875(1) nm and c = 1.1690(5) nm with average crystalline size of ~61.5 nm upon subsequent annealing of the combustion product at 1100°C for 24 h under O2 atmosphere. The room temperature PL emission spectrum of nanocrystalline Ta1212Sm materials exhibits an emission peak at ~605 nm under excitation wavelength of 404 nm. The photo-degradation (~89 %) of methyl orange (MO) by the Ta1212Sm catalyst in the presence of H2O2 is explored. The TEM micro-images reveal that the particles are in nano-scale and irregular morphology.

  1. CO sub 2 induced inhibition of the localized corrosion of aluminum, Al-0. 5% Cu, and Al-2% Cu in dilute HF solution

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    Scully, J.R. . Dept. of Materials Science); Peebles, D.E. )

    1991-01-01

    This study presents work on corrosion of aluminum, Al-.5% Cu, and Al-2% Cu. Electrochemical tests were performed in dilute HF solutions both with and without CO{sub 2} sparging. It is suggested that CO{sub 2} or its reaction products interact with the passive film so that exposure of Cu in the oxide-solution interface is minimized. CO{sub 2} is investigated as a corrosion inhibitor. 4 refs. (JDL)

  2. Photocatalytic property and structural stability of CuAl-based layered double hydroxides

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    Lv, Ming; Liu, Haiqiang

    2015-07-15

    Three types of CuMAl layered double hydroxides (LDHs, M=Mg, Zn, Ni) were successfully synthesized by coprecipitation. Powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectrometry (ICP-AES) and UV–Vis diffuse reflectance spectrum (UV–vis) were used to confirm the formation of as-synthesized solids with good crystal structure. The photocatalytic activity of those LDH materials for CO{sub 2} reduction under visible light was investigated. The experimental results show that CuNiAl-LDHs with narrowest band gap and largest surface areas behave highest efficiency for methanol generation under visible light compared with CuMgAl-LDHs and CuZnAl-LDHs. The CuNiAL-LDH showed high yield for methanol production i.e. 0.210 mmol/g h, which was high efficient. In addition, the influence of the different M{sup 2+} on the structures and stability of the CuMAl-LDHs was also investigated by analyzing the geometric parameters, electronic arrangement, charge populations, hydrogen-bonding, and binding energies by density functional theory (DFT) analysis. The theoretical calculation results show that the chemical stability of LDH materials followed the order of CuMgAl-LDHs>CuZnAl-LDHs>CuNiAl-LDHs, which is just opposite with the photocatalytic activity and band gaps of three materials. - Graphical abstract: The host–guest calculation models and XRD patterns of CuMAl-LDHs: CuMgAl-LDHs (a), CuZnAl-LDHs (b) and CuNiAl-LDHs (c). - Highlights: • Three types of CuMAl layered double hydroxides (LDHs, M=Mg, Zn, Ni) has been synthesized. • CuMgNi shows narrower band gap and more excellent textural properties than other LDHs. • The band gap: CuMgAl based on result from UV–vis analysis. • CuMgAl shows the highest stability and lowest photocatalytic activity, while CuNiAl just opposite.

  3. Corrosion behavior of Cu and the Cu-Zn-Al shape memory alloy in simulated uterine fluid.

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    Chen, Bangyi; Liang, Chenghao; Fu, Daojun; Ren, Deming

    2005-09-01

    Chemical immersion tests, electrochemical methods and atomic absorption spectrometry were employed to investigate the corrosion behavior of Cu and the Cu-Zn-Al shape memory alloy (SMA) in simulated uterine fluid. The effect of pH on corrosion rate and corrosion potential was also investigated. The results indicated that in the static state in simulated uterine fluid, dealuminumification of the Cu-Zn-Al alloy occurred with Cl- combining with aluminum ions to form hydroxyl aluminum chloride. The hydroxyl aluminum chloride hydrolyzed readily and facilitated further dealuminumification corrosion. The corrosion process of Cu and Cu-Zn-Al SMA in simulated uterine fluid was controlled by cathodic reduction of oxygen. Because the tendency for surface ionization is greater for aluminum than for zinc, a compact protective aluminum layer was formed, which inhibited the cathodic reduction of oxygen. Hence, the corrosion rate of Cu-Zn-Al SMA was smaller than that of Cu in simulated uterine fluid. With increasing pH, the corrosion rate of Cu and Cu-Zn-Al SMA in simulated uterine fluid decreased and the open-circuit potential moved in a positive direction. PMID:16102560

  4. Viscosities of aluminum-rich Al-Cu liquid alloys

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    Ganesan, S.; Speiser, R.; Poirier, D. R.

    1987-06-01

    Viscosity data for Al-Cu liquid alloys in the ranges of 0≤ C L≤33.1 wt pct Cu and 1173≤ T ≤973 K are reviewed. It was found that Andrade's equation can be used to represent the variation of viscosity with temperature for a given composition, but that each of the two parameters in Andrade's equation shows no systematic variation with composition of the liquid-alloys. Consequently, arithmetic averages of the parameters were used and assumed to apply to all compositions in the range 0≤ C L ≤33.1 wt pct Cu. Such a procedure implies that the viscosity happens to vary with composition solely because the specific volume varies with composition. In order to establish the predictability of extrapolating such simple behavior, a more complex model was considered. The latter model was recently presented by Kucharski and relates viscosity to the structure and thermodynamics of liquid alloys. Viscosities obtained by interpolating Andrade's equation and Kucharski's model compare closely; furthermore, values obtained by extrapolations to lower temperatures also compare favorably. Finally the simpler model was used to calculate the viscosity of the interdendritic liquid during solidification.

  5. Low Temperature Creep of a Titanium Alloy Ti-6Al-2Cb-1Ta-0.8Mo

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    Chu, H. P.

    1997-01-01

    This paper presents a methodology for the analysis of low temperature creep of titanium alloys in order to establish design limitations due to the effect of creep. The creep data on a titanium Ti-6Al-2Cb-1Ta-0.8Mo are used in the analysis. A creep equation is formulated to determine the allowable stresses so that creep at ambient temperatures can be kept within an acceptable limit during the service life of engineering structures or instruments. Microcreep which is important to design of precision instruments is included in the discussion also.

  6. Thermal, solution and reductive decomposition of Cu-Al layered double hydroxides into oxide products

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    Britto, Sylvia; Vishnu Kamath, P.

    2009-05-15

    Cu-Al layered double hydroxides (LDHs) with [Cu]/[Al] ratio 2 adopt a structure with monoclinic symmetry while that with the ratio 0.25 adopt a structure with orthorhombic symmetry. The poor thermodynamic stability of the Cu-Al LDHs is due in part to the low enthalpies of formation of Cu(OH){sub 2} and CuCO{sub 3} and in part to the higher solubility of the LDH. Consequently, the Cu-Al LDH can be decomposed thermally (150 deg. C), hydrothermally (150 deg. C) and reductively (ascorbic acid, ambient temperature) to yield a variety of oxide products. Thermal decomposition at low (400 deg. C) temperature yields an X-ray amorphous residue, which reconstructs back to the LDH on soaking in water or standing in the ambient. Solution decomposition under hydrothermal conditions yields tenorite at 150 deg. C itself. Reductive decomposition yields a composite of Cu{sub 2}O and Al(OH){sub 3}, which on alkali-leaching of the latter, leads to the formation of fine particles of Cu{sub 2}O (<1 {mu}m). - Graphical abstract: SEM image of (a) the Cu{sub 2}O-Al(OH){sub 3} composite obtained on reductive decomposition of CuAl{sub 4}-LDH and (b) Cu{sub 2}O obtained on leaching of Al(OH){sub 3} from (a).

  7. Cu-Al-Ni-SMA-Based High-Damping Composites

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    López, Gabriel A.; Barrado, Mariano; San Juan, Jose; Nó, María Luisa

    2009-08-01

    Recently, absorption of vibration energy by mechanical damping has attracted much attention in several fields such as vibration reduction in aircraft and automotive industries, nanoscale vibration isolations in high-precision electronics, building protection in civil engineering, etc. Typically, the most used high-damping materials are based on polymers due to their viscoelastic behavior. However, polymeric materials usually show a low elastic modulus and are not stable at relatively low temperatures (≈323 K). Therefore, alternative materials for damping applications are needed. In particular, shape memory alloys (SMAs), which intrinsically present high-damping capacity thanks to the dissipative hysteretic movement of interfaces under external stresses, are very good candidates for high-damping applications. A completely new approach was applied to produce high-damping composites with relatively high stiffness. Cu-Al-Ni shape memory alloy powders were embedded with metallic matrices of pure In, a In-10wt.%Sn alloy and In-Sn eutectic alloy. The production methodology is described. The composite microstructures and damping properties were characterized. A good particle distribution of the Cu-Al-Ni particles in the matrices was observed. The composites exhibit very high damping capacities in relatively wide temperature ranges. The methodology introduced provides versatility to control the temperature of maximum damping by adjusting the shape memory alloy composition.

  8. Al-Cu-Li and Al-Mg-Li alloys: Phase composition, texture, and anisotropy of mechanical properties (Review)

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    Betsofen, S. Ya.; Antipov, V. V.; Knyazev, M. I.

    2016-04-01

    The results of studying the phase transformations, the texture formation, and the anisotropy of the mechanical properties in Al-Cu-Li and Al-Mg-Li alloys are generalized. A technique and equations are developed to calculate the amounts of the S1 (Al2MgLi), T1 (Al2CuLi), and δ' (Al3Li) phases. The fraction of the δ' phase in Al-Cu-Li alloys is shown to be significantly higher than in Al-Mg-Li alloys. Therefore, the role of the T1 phase in the hardening of Al-Cu-Li alloys is thought to be overestimated, especially in alloys with more than 1.5% Li. A new model is proposed to describe the hardening of Al-Cu-Li alloys upon aging, and the results obtained with this model agree well with the experimental data. A texture, which is analogous to that in aluminum alloys, is shown to form in sheets semiproducts made of Al-Cu-Li and Al-Mg-Li alloys. The more pronounced anisotropy of the properties of lithium-containing aluminum alloys is caused by a significant fraction of the ordered coherent δ' phase, the deformation mechanism in which differs radically from that in the solid solution.

  9. Strain-Rate Dependence of Material Strength: Large-Scale Atomistic Simulations of Defective Cu and Ta Crystals

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    Abeywardhana, M.; Vasquez, A.; Gaglione, J.; Germann, T. C.; Ravelo, R.

    2015-06-01

    Large-Scale molecular dynamics (MD) simulations are used to model shock wave (SW) and quasi-isentropic compression (QIC) in defective copper and tantalum crystals. The atomic interactions were modeled employing embedded-atom method (EAM) potentials. In the QIC simulations, the MD equations of motion are modified by incorporating a collective strain rate function in the positions and velocities equations, so that the change in internal energy equals the PV work on the system. We examined the deformation mechanisms and material strength for strain rates in the 109-1012 s-1 range For both Cu and Ta defective crystals, we find that the strain rate dependence of the flow stress in this strain rate regime, follows a power law with an exponent close to 0.40. This work was supported by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research under AFOSR Award No. FA9550-12-1-0476. Work at Los Alamos was performed under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) under Contract No. DE-AC52-06NA25396.

  10. Discovery of New Al-Cu-Fe Minerals in the Khatyrka CV3 Meteorite

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    Ma, C.; Lin, C.; Bindi, L.; Steinhardt, P. J.

    2016-08-01

    Our nanomineralogy investigation of Khatyrka has revealed two new alloy minerals (AlCu with a Pm-3m CsCl structure and Al3Fe with a C2/m structure) and associated icosahedrite (quasicrystal Al63Cu26Fe11 with a five-fold symmetry) in section 126A of USNM 7908.

  11. Fabrication and electrical properties of p-CuAlO2/(n-, p-)Si heterojunctions

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    Suzhen, Wu; Zanhong, Deng; Weiwei, Dong; Jingzhen, Shao; Xiaodong, Fang

    2014-04-01

    CuAlO2 thin films have been prepared by the chemical solution deposition method on both n-Si and p-Si substrates. X-ray diffraction analysis indicates that the obtained CuAlO2 films have a single delafossite structure. The current transport properties of the resultant p-CuAlO2/n-Si and p-CuAlO2/p-Si heterojunctions are investigated by current-voltage measurements. The p-CuAlO2/n-Si has a rectifying ratio of ~35 within the applied voltages of -3.0 to +3.0 V, while the p-CuAlO2/p-Si shows Schottky diode-like characteristics, dominated in forward bias by the flow of space-charge-limited current.

  12. Characterization of Al/CuO nanoenergetic multilayer films integrated with semiconductor bridge for initiator applications

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    Zhu, Peng; Shen, Ruiqi; Ye, Yinghua; Fu, Shuai; Li, Dongle

    2013-05-01

    This paper describes the ignition characteristics of Al/CuO nanoenergetic multilayer films (nEMFs) integrated with semiconductor bridge (SCB). The as-deposited Al/CuO nEMFs were identified with SEM and differential scanning calorimetry. Results show that distinct Al/CuO nEMFs are sputter deposited in a layered geometry, and the Al/CuO nEMFs gives a reaction heat equal to 2181 J/g. The firing experiments show that Al/CuO nEMFs have no influence on the electrical properties of SCB. Furthermore, the rapid combustion of Al/CuO nEMFs is able to assist SCB generating high-temperature plasma and products, such that enhance the ignition reliability.

  13. Electronic Structure and Characteristics of Chemical Bonds in CuInSe2, CuGaSe2, and CuAlSe2

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    Maeda, Tsuyoshi; Wada, Takahiro

    2010-04-01

    Electronic structural calculations of chalcopyrite-type CuInSe2 and its related compounds, CuGaSe2 and CuAlSe2, were performed by a recently proposed screened-exchange local density approximation (sX-LDA) method. The theoretical band gaps of CuInSe2, CuGaSe2, and CuAlSe2, obtained by the conventional calculation method using a generalized gradient approximation (GGA) functional, were 0.04, 0.14, and 1.11 eV, respectively. These values were considerably underestimated in comparison with their experimental values of 1.04, 1.68, and 2.67 eV because the exchange-correlation energy was not precisely calculated. Therefore, electronic structural calculations of chalcopyrite-type CuInSe2 and related compounds were performed with an sX-LDA functional to obtain accurate electronic structure. The present sX-LDA calculation successfully reproduced the band gaps of CuInSe2 (0.96 eV), CuGaSe2 (1.36 eV), and CuAlSe2 (2.22 eV). The obtained electronic structures and band gap energies of CuInSe2, CuGaSe2, and CuAlSe2 are discussed on the basis of schematic molecular orbital diagrams of tetrahedral CuSe47-, InSe45-, GaSe45-, and AlSe45- clusters.

  14. Characterization of Oxide Scales Formed on High-Velocity Oxyfuel-Sprayed Ni-Co-Cr-Al-Y + ReTa Coatings

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    Lee, D. B.; Ko, J. H.; Yi, J. H.

    2005-09-01

    A high-velocity oxyfuel-sprayed 30 wt.% Ni-20 wt.% Co-30 wt.% Cr-10 wt.% Al-2 wt.% Y-4 wt.% Re-4 wt.% Ta coating was oxidized between 1000 and 1200 °C for up to 200 h in air, and the oxide scales were examined. The dense, sprayed coating consisted mainly of Cr3Ni2, Ni3Al, Ni3Ta, Ni, NiO, Al5Y3O12, and Cr2O3. Intermetallics and some oxides formed during spraying. During oxidation, mainly αAl2O3, along with some Al5Y3O12, CoAl2O4, CoCr2O4, Ta2O5, and Ta2O2.2 formed on the coating. The preferential oxidation of Al to form the Al-rich scales resulted in the formation of an Al-depleted region beneath the scales. Rhenium, being the most noble element, was distributed throughout the oxide scale and the coating, without forming any independent oxides.

  15. First principles study of CuAlO2 doping with S

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    Gao, Haigen; Zhou, Jian; Lu, Minghui

    2010-07-01

    We study the electronic properties of CuAlO2 doped with S by the first principles calculations and find that the band gap of CuAlO2 is reduced after the doping. At the same time, the effective masses are also reduced and the density of states could cross the Fermi level. These results show that the conductivity of CuAlO2 could be enhanced by doping the impurities of S, which needs to be further studied.

  16. Characteristics of Cu stabilized Nb3Al strands with low Cu ratio

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    Kikuchi, A.; Yamada, R.; Barzi, E.; Kobayashi, M.; Lamm, M.; Nakagawa, K.; Sasaki, K.; Takeuchi, T.; Turrioni, D.; Zlobin, A.V.; /NIMC, Tsukuba /Fermilab /Hitachi, Tsuchiura Works /KEK, Tsukuba

    2008-12-01

    Characteristics of recently developed F4-Nb{sub 3}Al strand with low Cu ratio are described. The overall J{sub c} of the Nb{sub 3}Al strand could be easily increased by decreasing of the Cu ratio. Although the quench of a pulse-like voltage generation is usually observed in superconducting unstable conductor, the F4 strand with a low Cu ratio of 0.61 exhibited an ordinary critical transition of gradual voltage generation. The F4 strand does not have magnetic instabilities at 4.2 K because of the tantalum interfilament matrix. The overall J{sub c} of the F4 strand achieved was 80-85% of the RRP strand. In the large mechanical stress above 100 MPa, the overall J{sub c} of the F4 strand might be comparable to that of high J{sub c} RRP-Nb{sub 3}Sn strands. The Rutherford cable with a high packing factor of 86.5% has been fabricated using F4 strands. The small racetrack magnet, SR07, was also fabricated by a 14 m F4 cable. The quench current, I{sub q}, of SR07 were obtained 22.4 kA at 4.5 K and 25.2 kA at 2.2 K. The tantalum matrix Nb{sub 3}Al strands are promising for the application of super-cooled high-field magnets as well as 4.2 K operation magnets.

  17. Electrical conductivity studies on CuBr containing Al2O3 particles

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    Dubec, P. M.; Wagner, J. B., Jr.

    1984-01-01

    The conductivity of CuBr was studied and the role of a second phase, Al2O3, dispersed in CuBr was tested. CuBr melts at 493 C and exhibits three phases in the solid state. CuBr is a good ionic conductor with a transport number for copper ions of virtually unity with weighed proportions of the appropriate chemicals used. The CuBr materials were heated above melting point of CuBr, and the samples were sandwiched between copper electrodes. The ac conductivity, was determined at 1 kHz between 25 and 440 C depending on the sample. It was shown that at low temperatures, the conductivity for CuBr (Al2O3) increased by as much as 100, whereas in the beta phase the conductivity of CuBr containing Al2O3 decreased. The electrical conductivity studies are in agreement with earlier data.

  18. Strengthening mechanism of super-hard nanoscale Cu/Al multilayers with negative enthalpy of mixing

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    Zhou, Q.; Li, S.; Huang, P.; Xu, K. W.; Wang, F.; Lu, T. J.

    2016-09-01

    We present unusual high hardness (up to 7.7 GPa) achieved in Cu/Al multilayers relative to monolithic Cu and Al films (˜2 GPa and ˜1 GPa, respectively). Nanotwins and stacking faults (SFs) were proposed to be the main contributors of hardness enhancement, especially when h < 5 nm. Using molecular dynamics simulations of deposition, we demonstrated that intermixing near Cu/Al interface was paramount in stabilizing the SFs in both Cu and Al layers. Our experimental results indicated that the high strength caused by layer intermixing was in sharp contrast to the general belief that only sharp interface structures could strengthen the multilayers.

  19. Photoelectric phenomena in the Cu (Al, In)/p-CuIn{sub 3}Se{sub 5} Schottky barriers

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    Bodnar', I. V. Rud, V. Yu. Rud', Yu. V.

    2007-01-15

    Structures are formed on the p-CuIn{sub 3}Se{sub 5} crystals and photoelectric phenomena in the Cu/p-CuIn{sub 3}Se{sub 5}, Al/p-CuIn{sub 3}Se{sub 5}, and In/p-CuIn{sub 3}Se{sub 5} Schottky barriers are studied. The spectra of quantum efficiency for photoconversion in new structures were obtained for the first time. The characteristics of the interband transitions are discussed, and the CuIn{sub 3}Se{sub 5} band gap is determined. It is concluded that CuIn{sub 3}Se{sub 5} crystals can be used in the fabrication of high-efficiency broadband photoconverters of optical radiation.

  20. Influence of Al/CuO reactive multilayer films additives on exploding foil initiator

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    Zhou Xiang; Shen Ruiqi; Ye Yinghua; Zhu Peng; Hu Yan; Wu Lizhi

    2011-11-01

    An investigation on the influence of Al/CuO reactive multilayer films (RMFs) additives on exploding foil initiator was performed in this paper. Cu film and Cu/Al/CuO RMFs were produced by using standard microsystem technology and RF magnetron sputtering technology, respectively. Scanning electron microscopy characterization revealed the distinct layer structure of the as-deposited Al/CuO RMFs. Differential scanning calorimetry was employed to ascertain the amount of heat released in the thermite reaction between Al films and CuO films, which was found to be 2024 J/g. Electrical explosion tests showed that 600 V was the most matching voltage for our set of apparatus. The explosion process of two types of films was observed by high speed camera and revealed that compared with Cu film, an extra distinct combustion phenomenon was detected with large numbers of product particles fiercely ejected to a distance of about six millimeters for Cu/Al/CuO RMFs. By using the atomic emission spectroscopy double line technique, the reaction temperature was determined to be about 6000-7000 K and 8000-9000 K for Cu film and Cu/Al/CuO RMFs, respectively. The piezoelectricity of polyvinylidene fluoride film was employed to measure the average velocity of the slapper accelerated by the explosion of the films. The average velocities of the slappers were calculated to be 381 m/s and 326 m/s for Cu film and Cu/Al/CuO RMFs, respectively, and some probable reasons were discussed with a few suggestions put forward for further work.

  1. Electrical conduction mechanism in La3Ta0.5Ga5.3Al0.2O14 single crystals

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    Yaokawa, Ritsuko; Aota, Katsumi; Uda, Satoshi

    2013-01-01

    The electrical conduction mechanism in La3Ta0.5Ga5.3Al0.2O14 (LTGA) single crystals was studied by nonstoichiometric defect formation during crystal growth. Since stoichiometric LTGA is not congruent, the single crystal grown from the stoichiometric melt was Ta-poor and Al-rich, where Al atoms were substituted not only in Ga sites but also in Ta sites. The population of the substitutional Al in Ta sites increased with increasing oxygen partial pressure during growth (growth-pO2) in the range from 0.01 to 1 atm. Below 600 °C, substitutional Al atoms in Ta sites were ionized to yield holes, and thus the electrical conductivity of the LTGA crystal depended on temperature and the growth-pO2. The dependence of the electrical conductivity on the growth-pO2 decreased as temperature increased. The temperature rise increases ionic conductivity, for which the dominant carriers are oxygen defects formed by the anion Frenkel reaction. PMID:24396153

  2. Concentric nano rings observed on Al-Cu-Fe microspheres

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    Li, Chunfei; Wang, Limin; Hampikian, Helen; Bair, Matthew; Baker, Andrew; Hua, Mingjian; Wang, Qiongshu; Li, Dingqiang

    2016-05-01

    It is well known that when particle size is reduced, surface effect becomes important. As a result, micro/nanoparticles tend to have well defined geometric shapes to reduce total surface energy, as opposed to the irregular shapes observed in most bulk materials. The surface of such micro/nanostructures are smooth. Any deviation from a smooth surface implies an increased surface energy which is not energetically favorable. Here, we report an observation of spherical particles in an alloy of Al65Cu20Fe15 nominal composition prepared by arc melting. Such spherical particles stand out from those reported so far due to the decoration of concentric nanorings on the surface. Three models for the formation of these concentric ring patterns are suggested. The most prominent ones assume that the rings are frozen features of liquid motion which could open the door to investigate the kinetics of liquid motion on the micro/nanometer scale.

  3. Microstructure Evolution in Al-Cu-Fe Quasicrystalline Thin Films

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    Widjaja, Edy; Marks, Laurence

    2003-03-01

    Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) was performed to study the microstructure evolution in Al-Cu-Fe quasicrystalline thin films. Thin films were grown by magnetron sputtering on sodium chloride crystals which were subsequently dissolved in water to acquire free-standing films. Nanocrystalline films were found in the as-deposited sample. When annealed at 400oC the films changed to metastable crystalline phases that transformed into icosahedral phases upon further annealing at 500oC. TEM imaging combined with electron diffraction revealed various features associated with the phase evolution in the crystalline-quasicrystalline phase transformation. Some grains in the film functioned as sacrificial grains allowing others to grow into icosahedral phases. Elements near the boundary of the sacrificial grains diffused to form the icosahedral phases, resulting in fragments in the center of the grain. The oxide layer of the film was amorphous aluminum oxide that exhibited poor adhesion to the quasicrystalline films.

  4. Refractive index of the CuAlO2 delafossite

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    Pellicer-Porres, J.; Segura, A.; Kim, D.

    2009-01-01

    The refractive index of the CuAlO2 delafossite has been determined from interference measurements in single crystals performed in the visible, near and mid infrared regions of the spectrum. The analysis of the refractive index dispersion corresponding to light polarization perpendicular to the c-axis (P ⊥ c) yields a static dielectric constant of epsilon0 = 7.7 ± 0.8 and a low frequency electronic constant epsilon∞ = 5.1 ± 0.1. The relevant infrared active E^{\\uparrow}_u(\\rm TO) mode is found to be at 550 ± 25 cm-1. The electronic contribution can be well described by a Penn gap at 39 000 ± 1000 cm-1. Both the refractive index and its dispersion are found to be smaller for P||c than for P ⊥ c.

  5. Temperature effect on ideal shear strength of Al and Cu

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    Iskandarov, Albert M.; Dmitriev, Sergey V.; Umeno, Yoshitaka

    2011-12-01

    According to Frenkel’s estimation, at critical shear stress τc=G/2π, where G is the shear modulus, plastic deformation or fracture is initiated even in defect-free materials. In the past few decades it was realized that, if material strength is probed at the nanometer scale, it can be close to the theoretical limit, τc. The weakening effect of the free surface and other factors has been discussed in the literature, but the effect of temperature on the ideal strength of metals has not been addressed thus far. In the present study, we perform molecular dynamics simulations to estimate the temperature effect on the ideal shear strength of two fcc metals, Al and Cu. Shear parallel to the close-packed (111) plane along the [112¯] direction is studied at temperatures up to 800 K using embedded atom method potentials. At room temperature, the ideal shear strength of Al (Cu) is reduced by 25% (22%) compared to its value at 0 K. For both metals, the shear modulus, G, and the critical shear stress at which the stacking fault is formed, τc, decrease almost linearly with increasing temperature. The ratio G/τc linearly increases with increasing temperature, meaning that τc decreases with temperature faster than G. Critical shear strain, γc, also decreases with temperature, but in a nonlinear fashion. The combination of parameters, Gγc/τc, introduced by Ogata as a generalization of Frenkel’s formula, was found to be almost independent of temperature. We also discuss the simulation cell size effect and compare our results with the results of abinitio calculations and experimental data.

  6. LPE growth of AlN from Cu-Al-Ti solution under nitrogen atmosphere

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    Kamei, K.; Inoue, S.; Shirai, Y.; Tanaka, T.; Okada, N.; Yauchi, A.

    2006-05-01

    Synthesis of single crystalline AlN has long been the subjects of intensive studies since it has exceptional properties suitable for the substrate materials for optoelectronic and electronic devices. The solution growth technique has some advantages over the sublimation growth technique. Its growth temperature is generally much lower than that of the sublimation growth. The obtained crystal is believed to show superior crystallinity since it is grown under nearly equilibrium condition. In the present study we have developed a new solution growth technique using Cu and Ti as solvents under atmospheric pressure of nitrogen. By using this solution, we have grown AlN single crystalline layer on 6H-SiC substrate at relatively low growth temperatures such as 1600-1800 °C. The thickness of the grown layer was larger than 30 μm. TEM observation revealed the fairly low dislocation density such as 105/cm2 in the obtained AlN layers.

  7. Band structure, Fermi surface, elastic, thermodynamic, and optical properties of AlZr 3 , AlCu 3 , and AlCu 2 Zr: First-principles study

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    Parvin, R.; Parvin, F.; Ali, M. S.; Islam, A. K. M. A.

    2016-08-01

    The electronic properties (Fermi surface, band structure, and density of states (DOS)) of Al-based alloys AlM 3 (M = Zr and Cu) and AlCu2Zr are investigated using the first-principles pseudopotential plane wave method within the generalized gradient approximation (GGA). The structural parameters and elastic constants are evaluated and compared with other available data. Also, the pressure dependences of mechanical properties of the compounds are studied. The temperature dependence of adiabatic bulk modulus, Debye temperature, specific heat, thermal expansion coefficient, entropy, and internal energy are all obtained for the first time through quasi-harmonic Debye model with phononic effects for T = 0 K-100 K. The parameters of optical properties (dielectric functions, refractive index, extinction coefficient, absorption spectrum, conductivity, energy-loss spectrum, and reflectivity) of the compounds are calculated and discussed for the first time. The reflectivities of the materials are quite high in the IR-visible-UV region up to ˜ 15 eV, showing that they promise to be good coating materials to avoid solar heating. Some of the properties are also compared with those of the Al-based Ni3Al compound.

  8. Band structure, Fermi surface, elastic, thermodynamic, and optical properties of AlZr 3 , AlCu 3 , and AlCu 2 Zr: First-principles study

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    Parvin, R.; Parvin, F.; Ali, M. S.; Islam, A. K. M. A.

    2016-08-01

    The electronic properties (Fermi surface, band structure, and density of states (DOS)) of Al-based alloys AlM 3 (M = Zr and Cu) and AlCu2Zr are investigated using the first-principles pseudopotential plane wave method within the generalized gradient approximation (GGA). The structural parameters and elastic constants are evaluated and compared with other available data. Also, the pressure dependences of mechanical properties of the compounds are studied. The temperature dependence of adiabatic bulk modulus, Debye temperature, specific heat, thermal expansion coefficient, entropy, and internal energy are all obtained for the first time through quasi-harmonic Debye model with phononic effects for T = 0 K–100 K. The parameters of optical properties (dielectric functions, refractive index, extinction coefficient, absorption spectrum, conductivity, energy-loss spectrum, and reflectivity) of the compounds are calculated and discussed for the first time. The reflectivities of the materials are quite high in the IR–visible–UV region up to ∼ 15 eV, showing that they promise to be good coating materials to avoid solar heating. Some of the properties are also compared with those of the Al-based Ni3Al compound.

  9. Mechanical properties of Al-Cu alloy-SiC composites

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    Anggara, B. S.; Handoko, E.; Soegijono, B.

    2014-09-25

    The synthesis of aluminum (Al) alloys, Al-Cu, from mixture 96.2 % Al and 3.8 % Cu has been prepared by melting process at a temperature of 1200°C. The adding 12.5 wt% up to 20 wt% of SiC on Al-Cu alloys samples has been investigated. The structure analyses were examined by X-Ray Diffractometer (XRD) and scanning electron microscope (SEM). Moreover, the morphology of Al-Cu alloys has been seen as structure in micrometer range. The hardness was measured by hardness Vickers method. According to the results, it can be assumed that the 15 wt% of SiC content is prefer content to get better quality of back to back hardness Vickers of Al-Cu alloys.

  10. Optoelectronic properties of novel amorphous CuAlO2/ZnO NWs based heterojunction

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    Bu, Ian Y. Y.

    2013-08-01

    Amorphous p-type CuAlO2 thin films were grown onto n-type crystalline ZnO NWs forming a heterojunction through the combination of sol-gel process and hydrothermal growth method. The effects of temperature on structure and optoelectronic properties of CuAlO2 thin films were investigated through various measurement techniques. It was found that the derived CuAlO2 is Al-rich with thin film. UV-Vis measurements showed that the deposited CuAlO2 films are semi-transparent with maximum transmittance ∼82% at 500 nm. Electrical characterization and integration into pn junction confirms that the amorphous CuAlO2 is p-type and exhibited photovoltaic behavior.

  11. Chemical trend of superconducting transition temperature in hole-doped delafossite of CuAlO2, AgAlO2 and AuAlO2

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    Nakanishi, Akitaka; Katayama-Yoshida, Hiroshi

    2012-12-01

    We have performed the first-principles calculations about the superconducting transition temperature Tc of hole-doped delafossite CuAlO2, AgAlO2 and AuAlO2. Calculated Tc are about 50 K (CuAlO2), 40 K (AgAlO2) and 3 K(AuAlO2) at maximum in the optimum hole-doping concentration. The low Tc of AuAlO2 is attributed to the weak electron-phonon interaction caused by the low covalency and heavy atomic mass.

  12. Optical properties analysis of Ta-doped TiO{sub 2} thin films on LaAlO{sub 3} substrates

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    Nurfani, Eka; Sutjahja, Inge M.; Rusydi, Andrivo; Darma, Yudi

    2015-09-30

    We study optical properties of Ta-doped TiO{sub 2} thin film on LaAlO{sub 3} substrate using spectroscopy ellipsometry (SE) analysis at energy range of 0.5 – 6.5 eV. Room temperature SE data for Ψ (amplitude ratio) and Δ (phase difference) between p- and s- polarized light waves are taken with multiple incident angles at several spots on the samples. Here, absorption coefficient has been extracted from SE measurements at photon incident angle of 70° for different Ta concentration (0.01, 0.4, and 5 at. %). Multilayer modelling is performed which takes into account reflections at each interface through Fresnel coefficients to obtain reasonably well the fitting of Ψ and Δ data simultaneously. As the results, we estimate that film thickness increases by increasing Ta concentration accompanied by the formation of a new electronic structure. By increasing Ta impurities, the blueshift of absorption coefficient (α) peaks is observable. This result indicates that TiO{sub 2} thin film becomes optically resistive by introducing Ta doping. Schematic model of interband transition inTiO{sub 2}:Ta will be proposed base on obtained optical properties. This study enables us to predict the role of Ta doping on the electronic and optical band structures of TiO{sub 2} thin film.

  13. Refinement and growth enhancement of Al2Cu phase during magnetic field assisting directional solidification of hypereutectic Al-Cu alloy

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    Wang, Jiang; Yue, Sheng; Fautrelle, Yves; Lee, Peter D.; Li, Xi; Zhong, Yunbo; Ren, Zhongming

    2016-04-01

    Understanding how the magnetic fields affect the formation of reinforced phase during solidification is crucial to tailor the structure and therefor the performance of metal matrix in situ composites. In this study, a hypereutectic Al-40 wt.%Cu alloy has been directionally solidified under various axial magnetic fields and the morphology of Al2Cu phase was quantified in 3D by means of high resolution synchrotron X-ray tomography. With rising magnetic fields, both increase of Al2Cu phase’s total volume and decrease of each column’s transverse section area were found. These results respectively indicate the growth enhancement and refinement of the primary Al2Cu phase in the magnetic field assisting directional solidification. The thermoelectric magnetic forces (TEMF) causing torque and dislocation multiplication in the faceted primary phases were thought dedicate to respectively the refinement and growth enhancement. To verify this, a real structure based 3D simulation of TEMF in Al2Cu column was carried out, and the dislocations in the Al2Cu phase obtained without and with a 10T high magnetic field were analysed by the transmission electron microscope.

  14. Refinement and growth enhancement of Al2Cu phase during magnetic field assisting directional solidification of hypereutectic Al-Cu alloy.

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    Wang, Jiang; Yue, Sheng; Fautrelle, Yves; Lee, Peter D; Li, Xi; Zhong, Yunbo; Ren, Zhongming

    2016-04-19

    Understanding how the magnetic fields affect the formation of reinforced phase during solidification is crucial to tailor the structure and therefor the performance of metal matrix in situ composites. In this study, a hypereutectic Al-40 wt.%Cu alloy has been directionally solidified under various axial magnetic fields and the morphology of Al2Cu phase was quantified in 3D by means of high resolution synchrotron X-ray tomography. With rising magnetic fields, both increase of Al2Cu phase's total volume and decrease of each column's transverse section area were found. These results respectively indicate the growth enhancement and refinement of the primary Al2Cu phase in the magnetic field assisting directional solidification. The thermoelectric magnetic forces (TEMF) causing torque and dislocation multiplication in the faceted primary phases were thought dedicate to respectively the refinement and growth enhancement. To verify this, a real structure based 3D simulation of TEMF in Al2Cu column was carried out, and the dislocations in the Al2Cu phase obtained without and with a 10T high magnetic field were analysed by the transmission electron microscope.

  15. Refinement and growth enhancement of Al2Cu phase during magnetic field assisting directional solidification of hypereutectic Al-Cu alloy.

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    Wang, Jiang; Yue, Sheng; Fautrelle, Yves; Lee, Peter D; Li, Xi; Zhong, Yunbo; Ren, Zhongming

    2016-01-01

    Understanding how the magnetic fields affect the formation of reinforced phase during solidification is crucial to tailor the structure and therefor the performance of metal matrix in situ composites. In this study, a hypereutectic Al-40 wt.%Cu alloy has been directionally solidified under various axial magnetic fields and the morphology of Al2Cu phase was quantified in 3D by means of high resolution synchrotron X-ray tomography. With rising magnetic fields, both increase of Al2Cu phase's total volume and decrease of each column's transverse section area were found. These results respectively indicate the growth enhancement and refinement of the primary Al2Cu phase in the magnetic field assisting directional solidification. The thermoelectric magnetic forces (TEMF) causing torque and dislocation multiplication in the faceted primary phases were thought dedicate to respectively the refinement and growth enhancement. To verify this, a real structure based 3D simulation of TEMF in Al2Cu column was carried out, and the dislocations in the Al2Cu phase obtained without and with a 10T high magnetic field were analysed by the transmission electron microscope. PMID:27091383

  16. Refinement and growth enhancement of Al2Cu phase during magnetic field assisting directional solidification of hypereutectic Al-Cu alloy

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    Wang, Jiang; Yue, Sheng; Fautrelle, Yves; Lee, Peter D.; Li, Xi; Zhong, Yunbo; Ren, Zhongming

    2016-01-01

    Understanding how the magnetic fields affect the formation of reinforced phase during solidification is crucial to tailor the structure and therefor the performance of metal matrix in situ composites. In this study, a hypereutectic Al-40 wt.%Cu alloy has been directionally solidified under various axial magnetic fields and the morphology of Al2Cu phase was quantified in 3D by means of high resolution synchrotron X-ray tomography. With rising magnetic fields, both increase of Al2Cu phase’s total volume and decrease of each column’s transverse section area were found. These results respectively indicate the growth enhancement and refinement of the primary Al2Cu phase in the magnetic field assisting directional solidification. The thermoelectric magnetic forces (TEMF) causing torque and dislocation multiplication in the faceted primary phases were thought dedicate to respectively the refinement and growth enhancement. To verify this, a real structure based 3D simulation of TEMF in Al2Cu column was carried out, and the dislocations in the Al2Cu phase obtained without and with a 10T high magnetic field were analysed by the transmission electron microscope. PMID:27091383

  17. Interconnection between microstructure and microhardness of directionally solidified binary Al-6wt.%Cu and multicomponent Al-6wt.%Cu-8wt.%Si alloys.

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    Vasconcelos, Angela J; Kikuchi, Rafael H; Barros, André S; Costa, Thiago A; Dias, Marcelino; Moreira, Antonio L; Silva, Adrina P; Rocha, Otávio L

    2016-05-31

    An experimental study has been carried out to evaluate the microstructural and microhardness evolution on the directionally solidified binary Al-Cu and multicomponent Al-Cu-Si alloys and the influence of Si alloying. For this purpose specimens of Al-6wt.%Cu and Al-6wt.%Cu-8wt.%Si alloys were prepared and directionally solidified under transient conditions of heat extraction. A water-cooled horizontal directional solidification device was applied. A comprehensive characterization is performed including experimental dendrite tip growth rates (VL) and cooling rates (TR) by measuring Vickers microhardness (HV), optical microscopy and scanning electron microscopy with microanalysis performed by energy dispersive spectrometry (SEM-EDS). The results show, for both studied alloys, the increasing of TR and VL reduced the primary dendrite arm spacing (l1) increasing the microhardness. Furthermore, the incorporation of Si in Al-6wt.%Cu alloy to form the Al-6wt.%Cu-8wt.%Si alloy influenced significantly the microstructure and consequently the microhardness but did not affect the primary dendritic growth law. An analysis on the formation of the columnar to equiaxed transition (CET) is also performed and the results show that the occurrence of CET is not sharp, i.e., the CET in both cases occurs in a zone rather than in a parallel plane to the chill wall, where both columnar and equiaxed grains are be able to exist.

  18. Interconnection between microstructure and microhardness of directionally solidified binary Al-6wt.%Cu and multicomponent Al-6wt.%Cu-8wt.%Si alloys.

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    Vasconcelos, Angela J; Kikuchi, Rafael H; Barros, André S; Costa, Thiago A; Dias, Marcelino; Moreira, Antonio L; Silva, Adrina P; Rocha, Otávio L

    2016-05-31

    An experimental study has been carried out to evaluate the microstructural and microhardness evolution on the directionally solidified binary Al-Cu and multicomponent Al-Cu-Si alloys and the influence of Si alloying. For this purpose specimens of Al-6wt.%Cu and Al-6wt.%Cu-8wt.%Si alloys were prepared and directionally solidified under transient conditions of heat extraction. A water-cooled horizontal directional solidification device was applied. A comprehensive characterization is performed including experimental dendrite tip growth rates (VL) and cooling rates (TR) by measuring Vickers microhardness (HV), optical microscopy and scanning electron microscopy with microanalysis performed by energy dispersive spectrometry (SEM-EDS). The results show, for both studied alloys, the increasing of TR and VL reduced the primary dendrite arm spacing (l1) increasing the microhardness. Furthermore, the incorporation of Si in Al-6wt.%Cu alloy to form the Al-6wt.%Cu-8wt.%Si alloy influenced significantly the microstructure and consequently the microhardness but did not affect the primary dendritic growth law. An analysis on the formation of the columnar to equiaxed transition (CET) is also performed and the results show that the occurrence of CET is not sharp, i.e., the CET in both cases occurs in a zone rather than in a parallel plane to the chill wall, where both columnar and equiaxed grains are be able to exist. PMID:27254454

  19. Pressure-Induced Structural Transition and Enhancement of Energy Gap of CuAlO2

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    Nakanishi, Akitaka

    2011-02-01

    By using first-principles calculations, we studied the stable crystal structures and energy gaps of CuAlO2 under high pressure. Our simulation shows that CuAlO2 transforms from a delafossite structure to a leaning delafossite structure. The critical pressure of the transition was determined to be 60 GPa. The energy gap of CuAlO2 increases through the structural transition due to the enhanced covalency of Cu 3d and O 2p states. We found that a chalcopyrite structure does not appear as a stable structure under high pressure.

  20. Infiltration of Saffil alumina fiber with AlCu and AlSi alloys

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    Garbellini, O.; Morando, C.; Biloni, H.; Palacio, H. . Inst. de Fisica de Materiales)

    1999-06-18

    Currently there is a considerable scientific and technological interest in the composite materials, which a strong ceramic reinforcement is incorporated into a metal matrix (MMC) to tailor its properties for specific applications. Among the various techniques for fabricating MMC, the liquid metal infiltration process by means of a pressurized gas is an attractive fabrication route for near net shaped metal matrix composite and has been successfully used to fabricate Al, Mg and more recently, Ni and Ni aluminide matrix composites, which can be reinforced by SiC or Al[sub 2]O[sub 3] particles, whiskers, or short fibers. This paper describes the experimental technique used and presents an experimental investigation of the effects of the process parameters employed, such as the preform and melt temperatures, the volume fraction of fibers in the preform and the applied pressure upon the infiltration length of a chopped preform during a unidirectional infiltration aided by gas pressure casting. The experiments of the present work were conducted to provide kinetic data with a view to optimizing the selection of the process initial conditions for infiltration which have an effect on the infiltration length of the molten matrix alloy into a preform and it is a first step in investigating the correlation between the infiltration length (fluidity) of AlCuSi matrix alloys and the microstructure of the composites fabricated by pressure casting. For this purpose, this paper focuses on AlCu and AlSi matrix alloys reinforced by short-fibers [delta]-alumina SAFFIL. The experiments reported here were performed with the fibers initially at a temperature significantly below the metal melting point. This is the case of practical interest for the fabrication of many fiber-reinforced metal components.

  1. A first-principles study of the tetragonal and hexagonal R 2Al (R = Cr, Zr, Nb, Hf, Ta) phases

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    Shang, Xiu; Shen, Jiang; Tian, Fuyang

    2016-10-01

    The crystal structures, elastic moduli, electronic structure, and phonon dispersion of the tetragonal R 2Al (R = Cr, Zr, Nb, Hf, Ta) intermetallic compounds are investigated by using the first-principles method. The space group number is 139 for tetragonal Cr2Al, 136 for tetragonal Nb2Al and Ta2Al, and the space group numbers are 140 and 194 for tetragonal and hexagonal Zr2Al and Hf2Al, respectively. The results of elastic constants and phonon dispersion indicate that the present intermetallic compounds are thermodynamically stable. The stability of hexagonal Zr2Al and Hf2Al is analyzed via the electronic density of state, compared to the tetragonal Zr2Al and Hf2Al compounds. For the R2Al intermetallic compounds, the less ductility and strong anisotropy are predicted. The more negative formation enthalpy and thermodynamic stability of R2Al (R = Nb, Zr, Hf) shed light on the Nb2Al, Zr2Al, Hf2Al phases found experimentally in refractory high entropy alloys.

  2. [CuO-Ru/Al2O3 catalytic ozonation of acetophenone in water].

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    Zhang, Hua; Shi, Rui; Zang, Xing-jie; Tong, Shao-ping; Ma, Chun-an

    2010-03-01

    Two-component CuO-Ru based on active Al2O3 (CuO-Ru/Al2O3) catalyst was prepared by incipient wetness impregnation and used to catalytic ozonation of acetophenone (AP). The results showed that doping Ru could significantly improve the catalytic activity of CuO/Al2O3. For example, the COD removal rates of AP solution after 30 min by ozonation alone, CuO/Al2O3/O3, and CuO-Ru/Al2O3/O3 were 6.3%, 20.0% and 54.0%, respectively. The change of pH almost had no affect on degradation efficiency of AP. However, a comparison of COD removal between ozonation alone and catalytic ozonation indicated that CuO-Ru/Al2O3 catalyst was more suitable for application in neutral or acidic condition. CuO-Ru/Al2O3 catalyst could accelerate decomposition rate of ozone in water, and its decomposition rate constant reached 2.58 x 10(-3) s(-1) while that of ozone alone in double-water was 1.19 x 10(-3) s(-1). The experimental result of t-butanol indicated that CuO-Ru/Al2O3 catalytic ozonation of AP followed a radical-type mechanism. PMID:20358832

  3. Optical behavior and structural property of CuAlS₂ and AgAlS₂ wide-bandgap chalcopyrites.

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    Ho, Ching-Hwa; Pan, Chia-Chi

    2014-08-01

    Single crystals of CuAlS₂ and AgAlS₂ were grown by chemical vapor transport method using ICl₃ as the transport. The as-grown CuAlS₂ crystals reveal transparent and light-green color. Most of them possess a well-defined (112) surface. The AgAlS₂ crystals essentially show transparent and white color in vacuum. As the AgAlS₂ was put into the atmosphere, the crystal surface gradually darkened and became brownish because of the surface reaction with humidity or hydrogen gas. After a long-term chemical reaction process, the AgAlS₂ will transform into a AgAlO₂ oxide with yellow color. From x-ray diffraction measurements, both CuAlS₂ and AgAlS₂ as-grown crystals show single-phase and isostructural to a chalcopyrite structure. The (112) face is more preferable for the formation of the chalcopyrite crystals. The energies of interband transitions of the CuAlS₂ and AgAlS₂ were determined accurately by thermoreflectance measurements in a wide energy range of 2-6 eV. The valence-band electronic structures of CuAlS₂ and AgAlS₂ have been detailed and characterized using polarized-thermoreflectance measurements in the temperature range between 30 and 300 K. The band-edge transitions belonging to the E(∥) and E(⊥) polarizations have been, respectively, identified. The band edge of AgAlS₂ is near 3.2 eV while that of AgAlS₂ is about 3.5 eV. On the basis of the experimental analyses, optical and sensing behaviors of the chalcopyrite crystals have been realized.

  4. Dependence of acoustic property on Al substitution for Ca3Ta(Ga1‑ x Al x )3Si2O14 single crystals

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    Ohashi, Yuji; Arakawa, Mototaka; Kudo, Tetsuo; Yokota, Yuui; Shoji, Yasuhiro; Kurosawa, Shunsuke; Kamada, Kei; Kushibiki, Jun-ichi; Yoshikawa, Akira

    2016-07-01

    The acoustic properties of Ca3Ta(Ga1‑ x Al x )3Si2O14 (CTGASx) were experimentally studied as a function of the Al substitution content x in the ranges from x = 0 to 0.50. Five specimens, X-, Y-, Z-, 35°Y-, and 140°Y-cut, were prepared from each crystal of CTGASx (x = 0, 0.25, and 0.50) grown by the Czochralski technique. Longitudinal wave and shear wave velocities for CTGASx linearly increase with Al content for all propagation directions. Dielectric constants and density were measured and then elastic and piezoelectric constants were determined from the measured velocities for each crystal. The results revealed that all of the constants change linearly with Al content. From the relationship, the constants for CTAS (x = 1) were estimated. Calculations of the velocities using the determined constants also suggested that the maximum electromechanical coupling factor k 2 for the slow shear wave mode propagating along the rotated Y-axis direction of CTAS was improved to 4.42% compared with 3.83% for CTGS, owing to the Al substitution effect.

  5. Energy band engineering and controlled p-type conductivity of CuAlO2 thin films by nonisovalent Cu-O alloying

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    Yao, Z. Q.; He, B.; Zhang, L.; Zhuang, C. Q.; Ng, T. W.; Liu, S. L.; Vogel, M.; Kumar, A.; Zhang, W. J.; Lee, C. S.; Lee, S. T.; Jiang, X.

    2012-02-01

    The electronic band structure and p-type conductivity of CuAlO2 films were modified via synergistic effects of energy band offset and partial substitution of less-dispersive Cu+ 3d10 with Cu2+ 3d9 orbitals in the valence band maximum by alloying nonisovalent Cu-O with CuAlO2 host. The Cu-O/CuAlO2 alloying films show excellent electronic properties with tunable wide direct bandgaps (˜3.46-3.87 eV); Hall measurements verify the highest hole mobilities (˜11.3-39.5 cm2/Vs) achieved thus far for CuAlO2 thin films and crystals. Top-gate thin film transistors constructed on p-CuAlO2 films were presented, and the devices showed pronounced performance with Ion/Ioff of ˜8.0 × 102 and field effect mobility of 0.97 cm2/Vs.

  6. The photosensitivity of carbon quantum dots/CuAlO2 films composites.

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    Pan, Jiaqi; Sheng, Yingzhuo; Zhang, Jingxiang; Wei, Jumeng; Huang, Peng; Zhang, Xin; Feng, Boxue

    2015-07-31

    Carbon quantum dots/CuAlO2 films were prepared by a simple route through which CuAlO2 films prepared by sol-gel on crystal quartz substrates were composited with carbon quantum dots on their surface. The characterization results indicated that CuAlO2 films were well combined with carbon quantum dots. The photoconductivity of carbon quantum dots/CuAlO2 films was investigated under illumination and darkness switching, and was demonstrated to be significantly enhanced compared with CuAlO2 films. Through analysis, this enhancement of photoconductivity was attributed to the carbon quantum dots with unique up-converted photoluminescence behavior. PMID:26150398

  7. Radial macrosegregation and dendrite clustering in directionally solidified Al-7Si and Al-19Cu alloys

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    Ghods, M.; Johnson, L.; Lauer, M.; Grugel, R. N.; Tewari, S. N.; Poirier, D. R.

    2016-05-01

    Hypoeutectic Al-7 wt% Si and Al-19 wt% Cu alloys were directionally solidified upward in a Bridgman furnace through a range of constant growth speeds and thermal gradients. Though processing is thermo-solutally stable, flow initiated by gravity-independent advection at, slightly leading, central dendrites moves rejected solute out ahead and across the advancing interface. Here any lagging dendrites are further suppressed which promotes a curved solid-liquid interface and the eventual dendrite "clustering" seen in transverse sections (dendrite "steepling" in longitudinal orientations) as well as extensive radial macrosegregation. Both aluminum alloys showed considerable macrosegregation at the low growth speeds (10 and 30 μm s-1) but not at higher speed (72 μm s-1). Distribution of the fraction eutectic-constituent on transverse sections was determined in order to quantitatively describe radial macrosegregation. The convective mechanisms leading to dendrite-steepling were elucidated with numerical simulations, and their results compared with the experimental observations.

  8. Multiple diffraction in an icosahedral Al-Cu-Fe quasicrystal

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    Fan, C. Z.; Weber, Th.; Deloudi, S.; Steurer, W.

    2011-07-01

    In order to reveal its influence on quasicrystal structure analysis, multiple diffraction (MD) effects in an icosahedral Al-Cu-Fe quasicrystal have been investigated in-house on an Oxford Diffraction four-circle diffractometer equipped with an Onyx™ CCD area detector and MoKα radiation. For that purpose, an automated approach for Renninger scans (ψ-scans) has been developed. Two weak reflections were chosen as the main reflections (called P) in the present measurements. As is well known for periodic crystals, it is also observed for this quasicrystal that the intensity of the main reflection may significantly increase if the simultaneous (H) and the coupling (P-H) reflections are both strong, while there is no obvious MD effect if one of them is weak. The occurrence of MD events during ψ-scans has been studied based on an ideal structure model and the kinematical MD theory. The reliability of the approach is revealed by the good agreement between simulation and experiment. It shows that the multiple diffraction effect is quite significant.

  9. Modelling potential photovoltaic absorbers Cu3 MCh 4 (M  =  V, Nb, Ta; Ch  =  S, Se, Te) using density functional theory

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    Kehoe, Aoife B.; Scanlon, David O.; Watson, Graeme W.

    2016-05-01

    The geometric and electronic properties of a series of potential photovoltaic materials, the sulvanite structured \\text{C}{{\\text{u}}3}MC{{h}4} (M  =  V, Nb, Ta; Ch  =  S, Se, Te), have been computationally examined using both PBEsol+U and HSE06 methods to assess the materials’ suitability for solar cell application and to compare the predictions of the two theoretical approaches. The lattice parameters, electronic density of states, and band gaps of the compounds have been calculated to ascertain the experimental agreement obtained by each method and to determine if any of the systems have an optical band gap appropriate for photovoltaic absorber materials. The PBEsol+U results are shown to achieve better agreement with experiment than HSE06 in terms of both lattice constants and band gaps, demonstrating that higher level theoretical methods do not automatically result in a greater level of accuracy than their computationally less expensive counterparts. The PBEsol+U calculated optical band gaps of five materials suggest potential suitability as photovoltaic absorbers, with values of 1.72 eV, 1.49 eV, 1.19 eV, 1.46 eV, and 1.69 eV for Cu3VS4, Cu3VSe4, Cu3VTe4, Cu3NbTe4, and Cu3TaTe4, respectively, although it should be noted that all fundamental band gaps are indirect in nature, which could lower the open-circuit voltage and hence the efficiency of prospective devices.

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

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

    2015-05-01

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

  11. The effects of shockwave profile shape and shock obliquity on spallation in Cu and Ta: kinetic and stress-state effects on damage evolution(u)

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    Gray, George T

    2010-12-14

    Widespread research over the past five decades has provided a wealth of experimental data and insight concerning shock hardening and the spallation response of materials subjected to square-topped shock-wave loading profiles. Less quantitative data have been gathered on the effect of direct, in-contact, high explosive (HE)-driven Taylor wave (or triangular-wave) loading profile shock loading on the shock hardening, damage evolution, or spallation response of materials. Explosive loading induces an impulse dubbed a 'Taylor Wave'. This is a significantly different loading history than that achieved by a square-topped impulse in terms of both the pulse duration at a fixed peak pressure, and a different unloading strain rate from the peak Hugoniot state achieved. The goal of this research is to quantify the influence of shockwave obliquity on the spallation response of copper and tantalum by subjecting plates of each material to HE-driven sweeping detonation-wave loading and quantify both the wave propagation and the post-mortem damage evolution. This talk will summarize our current understanding of damage evolution during sweeping detonation-wave spallation loading in Cu and Ta and show comparisons to modeling simulations. The spallation responses of Cu and Ta are both shown to be critically dependent on the shockwave profile and the stress-state of the shock. Based on variations in the specifics of the shock drive (pulse shape, peak stress, shock obliquity) and sample geometry in Cu and Ta, 'spall strength' varies by over a factor of two and the details of the mechanisms of the damage evolution is seen to vary. Simplistic models of spallation, such as P{sub min} based on 1-D square-top shock data lack the physics to capture the influence of kinetics on damage evolution such as that operative during sweeping detonation loading. Such considerations are important for the development of predictive models of damage evolution and spallation in metals and alloys.

  12. Investigation on thermal stability of Ta2O5, TiO2 and Al2O3 coatings for application at high temperature

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    Shang, Peng; Xiong, Shengming; Li, Linghui; Tian, Dong; Ai, Wanjun

    2013-11-01

    In this paper, tantalum pentoxide (Ta2O5), titanium dioxide (TiO2) and aluminum oxide (Al2O3) coatings are deposited on silicon substrates by ion beam sputtering (IBS). The influences of the thermal exposure at high temperature in air on the surface morphology, roughness, and the structure were investigated. The results indicate that the chemical composition of the as-deposited TiO2 and Ta2O5 coatings are apparently close to the stoichiometry ratios and both of them are amorphous structures. The peaks corresponding to anatase TiO2 appear at 400 °C while the anatase-to-rutile transformation is not observed after 800 °C and 1000 °C bake. Ta2O5 coating crystallizes at 800 °C and 1000 °C to form the hexagonal structure and orthorhombic structure, respectively. TiO2 and Al2O3 single layers all develop catastrophic damage at 400 °C in the form of noted spallation or blisters, whereas there is no visible damage for the Ta2O5 coating even at 1000 °C. To understand possible damage mechanisms, the thermal stress distributions through the thickness of Ta2O5 and TiO2 coatings and the influence of the microstructure transformation are discussed. Finally, some possible approaches to improve the thermal stability are also proposed.

  13. Surface structures of Al-Pd-Mn and Al-Cu-Fe icosahedral quasicrystals

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    Shen, Z.

    1999-02-12

    In this dissertation, the author reports on the surface structure of i-Al-Pd-Mn twofold, threefold, fivefold and i-Al-Cu-Fe fivefold surfaces. The LEED studies indicate the existence of two distinct stages in the regrowth of all four surfaces after Ar{sup +} sputtering. In the first stage, upon annealing at relatively low temperature: 500K--800K (depending on different surfaces), a cubic phase appears. The cubic LEED patterns transform irreversibly to unreconstructed quasicrystalline patterns upon annealing to higher temperatures, indicating that the cubic overlayers are metastable. Based upon the data for three chemically-identical, but symmetrically-inequivalent surfaces, a model is developed for the relation between the cubic overlayers and the quasicrystalline substrate. The model is based upon the related symmetries of cubic close-packed and icosahedral-packed materials. These results may be general among Al-rich, icosahedral materials. STM study of Al-Pd-Mn fivefold surface shows that terrace-step-kink structures start to form on the surface after annealing above 700K. Large, atomic ally-flat terraces were formed after annealing at 900K. Fine structures with fivefold icosahedral symmetry were found on those terraces. Data analysis and comparison of the STM images and structure model of icosahedral Al-Pd-Mn suggest that the fine structures in the STM images may be the pseudo Mackay (PMI) clusters which are the structure units of the structure model. Based upon his results, he can conclude that quasicrystalline structures are the stable structures of quasicrystal surfaces. In other words, quasicrystalline structures extend from the bulk to the surface. As a result of the effort reported in this dissertation, he believes that he has increased his understanding of the surface structure of icosahedral quasicrystals to a new level.

  14. Evaluation of the microstructure of Al-Cu-Li-Ag-Mg Weldalite (tm) alloys, part 4

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    Pickens, Joseph R.; Kumar, K. S.; Brown, S. A.; Gayle, Frank W.

    1991-01-01

    Weldalite (trademark) 049 is an Al-Cu-Li-Ag-Mg alloy designed to have ultrahigh strength and to serve in aerospace applications. The alloy displays significantly higher strength than competitive alloys in both naturally aged and artificially aged tempers. The strengthening phases in such tempers have been identified to, in part, explain the mechanical properties attained. In general, the alloy is strengthened by delta prime Al3Li and Guinier-Preston (GP) zones in the naturally aged tempers. In artificially aged tempers in slightly underaged conditions, strengthening is provided by several phases including GP zones, theta prime Al2Cu, S prime Al2CuMg, T(sub 1) Al2CuLi, and possibly a new phase. In the peak strength artificially aged tempers, T(sub 1) is the predominant strengthening phase.

  15. Effect of the composition of Al-Li alloys on the quantitative relation between the δ'(Al3Li), S1(Al2MgLi), and T1(Al2CuLi) phases

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    Betsofen, S. Ya.; Antipov, V. V.; Grushin, I. A.; Knyazev, M. I.; Khokhlatova, L. B.; Alekseev, A. A.

    2015-01-01

    Al-Li alloys are considered. A quantitative approach to the determination of the ratio of the fractions of the binary and ternary intermetallic phases in Al-Mg(Cu)-Li alloys is developed on the basis of chemical and phase composition balance equations and the experimentally measured lattice parameter of the α solid solution. The ratio of the fractions of the δ'(Al3Li) and S1(T1) phases in Al-Mg(Cu)-Li alloys is shown to be determined by the ratio of the mole fractions of Li and Mg(Cu). Equations are proposed for calculating the weight fractions of the S1(Al2MgLi), T1(Al2CuLi) and δ'(Al3Li) phases in domestic and foreign Al-Mg-Li alloys 1420, 1424, 5090 and Al-Cu-Li alloys 1440, 1460, 1461, 1441, 1469, 2090, 2095, 8090, and Weldalite 049.

  16. Microstructural variations in Cu/Nb and Al/Nb nanometallic multilayers

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    Polyakov, M. N.; Hodge, A. M.; Courtois-Manara, E.; Wang, D.; Kuebel, C.; Chakravadhanula, K.

    2013-06-17

    Miscible (Al/Nb) and immiscible (Cu/Nb) nanometallic multilayer systems were characterized by means of transmission electron microscopy techniques, primarily by automated crystallographic orientation mapping, which allows for the resolution of crystal structures and orientations at the nanoscale. By using this technique, distinctive Nb orientations in relation to the crystallographic state of the Al and Cu layer structures can be observed. Specifically, the Al and Cu layers were found to consist of amorphous, semi-amorphous, and crystalline regions, which affect the overall multilayer microstructure.

  17. [Catalytic degradation of naphthalene by CuO (-CeO2)/Al2O3].

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    Zha, Jian; Zhou, Hong-Cang; He, Du-Liang; Shan, Long; Zhang, Lu; Xie, Jie

    2014-10-01

    Three catalysts CuO/Al2O3, CeO2/Al2O3 and CuO-CeO2/Al2O3 were prepared by the impregnation method. The textural and structural properties of the synthesized catalysts were characterized by N2 adsorption/desorption, SEM and XRD, and the effect of active ingredients, flow rate and reaction temperature on catalytic degradation of naphthalene (NaP) were investigated in fixed-bed reactor. The experimental results show that the prepared 18% CeO2/Al2O3 has a low catalytic activity of NaP. Nevertheless, both 18% CuO/Al2O3 and 9% CuO-9% CeO2/Al2O3 exhibit high catalytic activity whose removal efficiencies at 300°C can reach 91% and 89%, respectively. Besides, compared with CuO/Al2O3, CuO-CeO2/Al2O3 possesses a higher low-temperature activity. Furthermore, the variation of flow rates has little effect on the performance of two catalysts.

  18. [Catalytic degradation of naphthalene by CuO (-CeO2)/Al2O3].

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    Zha, Jian; Zhou, Hong-Cang; He, Du-Liang; Shan, Long; Zhang, Lu; Xie, Jie

    2014-10-01

    Three catalysts CuO/Al2O3, CeO2/Al2O3 and CuO-CeO2/Al2O3 were prepared by the impregnation method. The textural and structural properties of the synthesized catalysts were characterized by N2 adsorption/desorption, SEM and XRD, and the effect of active ingredients, flow rate and reaction temperature on catalytic degradation of naphthalene (NaP) were investigated in fixed-bed reactor. The experimental results show that the prepared 18% CeO2/Al2O3 has a low catalytic activity of NaP. Nevertheless, both 18% CuO/Al2O3 and 9% CuO-9% CeO2/Al2O3 exhibit high catalytic activity whose removal efficiencies at 300°C can reach 91% and 89%, respectively. Besides, compared with CuO/Al2O3, CuO-CeO2/Al2O3 possesses a higher low-temperature activity. Furthermore, the variation of flow rates has little effect on the performance of two catalysts. PMID:25693411

  19. Role of the (Ta/Nb)O{sub x}/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} interface on the flatband voltage shift for Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}/(Ta/Nb)O{sub x}/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} multilayer charge trap capacitors

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    Nabatame, Toshihide; Ohi, Akihiko; Ito, Kazuhiro; Takahashi, Makoto; Chikyo, Toyohiro

    2015-01-15

    The authors studied the characteristics of Si/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}/(Ta/Nb)O{sub x}/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}/SiO{sub 2}/Pt charge trap capacitors fabricated by atomic layer deposition and postmetallization annealing at 400 °C. Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} and (Ta/Nb)O{sub x} films are amorphous and have negligible fixed charges. In program mode, a flatband voltage (V{sub fb}) drastically shifts toward the positive direction at a short program time of 10{sup −4} s. A large V{sub fb} shift of approximately 4 V arises after programming at 1 mC/cm{sup 2} because there is a large difference in the conduction band offset between the (Ta/Nb)O{sub x}-charge trapping layer (TNO-CTL) and the Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}-blocking layer (AlO-BL) (1.8 eV). In the retention mode, most of the trapped electrons in the TNO-CTL transfers across the Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}-tunneling layer (AlO-TL) rather than the AlO-BL. The thickness of the AlO-TL affects the V{sub fb} shift degradation behavior in the retention mode. The injected electrons are dominantly located at the TNO-CTL/ALO-BL interface, determined from the thickness dependence of the TNO-CTL on the V{sub fb} shift.

  20. Influence of Ta2O5-Co2O3 co-doping on the magnetic property of NiMgCuZn ferrites

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    Sun, Ke; Wang, Juntao; Yang, Yan; Li, Yao; Yu, Zhong; Lan, Zhongwen; Jiang, Xiaona; Guo, Rongdi; Wu, Chuanjian

    2015-11-01

    NiMgCuZn ferrites co-doped with Ta2O5 and Co2O3 additives have been prepared by a solid-state reaction method. The influence of Ta2O5-Co2O3 (TC) additives on the microstructure, static magnetic properties and core losses (Pcv) at high frequency of NiMgCuZn ferrites has been investigated by scanning electron microscope (SEM), LCR meter and B-H analyzer. The results revealed that the composite additives reduce the sintering density via inhibiting the grain growth. According to Zagg's report, the average grain sizes are smaller than 2.4 μm for different TC contents, hence all the samples have single domain structures. In addition, the saturation induction and initial permeability of the samples reduce monotonously with the increase of TC contents. While the coercivity and cutoff frequency show an opposite trend. For the samples with different TC contents, the core losses at high frequency have been discussed.

  1. The role of copper species on Cu/γ-Al2O3 catalysts for NH3-SCO reaction

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    Liang, Chunxia; Li, Xinyong; Qu, Zhenping; Tade, Moses; Liu, Shaomin

    2012-02-01

    UV-vis spectra, XRD, H2-TPR, TEM and ESR were used to characterize a series of Cu/γ-Al2O3 catalysts, which were prepared by incipient wetness impregnation using copper nitrate, copper acetate or copper sulfate as precursors, to study the role of Cu species on Cu/γ-Al2O3 catalysts for NH3-SCO reaction. It was found that the mixture of CuO phase and CuAl2O4 phase formed on various Cu/γ-Al2O3 catalysts, and the Cu species and dispersion had significant influence on the Cu/γ-Al2O3 activity. Highly dispersed CuO phase on the support would be related with its high activity for the NH3-SCO reaction.

  2. Nucleation Effects in Thermally Managed Graphite Fiber-Reinforced Al-Cu and Al-Si Composites

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    Seong, H. G.; Lopez, H. F.; Gajdardziska-Josifovska, M.; Rohatgi, P. K.

    2007-11-01

    The influence of heat extraction through fiber reinforcements on the resultant solidification morphologies was investigated in cast Al-Cu and Al-Si alloy composites reinforced with graphite fibers (GRFs). For this purpose, the GRFs were externally cooled by exposing their ends to ambient air during pressure infiltration. It was found that in the Al-Cu system, heat extraction through the fiber ends promoted the development of single α-Al envelopes around the GRFs. In particular, radial growth of the α envelopes occurred with a planar solid/liquid solidification front as a result of heat extraction. Apparently, the high thermal conductivity of GRFs causes significant heat extraction to enable the development of a positive temperature gradient at the GRF/melt interface. High-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) and selected area electron diffraction (SAD) unveiled the occurrence of (002) α-Al//(0002)GR orientation relationship at α-Al/GRF interfaces. Preferential nucleation of primary Si along the graphite surfaces of the GRF-reinforced Al-Si alloy composite was also promoted by external fiber heat extraction. However, in this case, numerous nucleation events along the fiber interfaces were common, as well as nucleation at active substrates within the constrained melt. Finally, differential thermal analysis (DTA) indicated that the onset temperatures for nucleation shift toward higher values (by 7 °C for the Al-Cu composite and 2 °C for the Al-Si composite) when compared with their corresponding matrix alloys.

  3. Catalytic ozonation of petroleum refinery wastewater utilizing Mn-Fe-Cu/Al2O 3 catalyst.

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    Chen, Chunmao; Yoza, Brandon A; Wang, Yandan; Wang, Ping; Li, Qing X; Guo, Shaohui; Yan, Guangxu

    2015-04-01

    There is of great interest to develop an economic and high-efficient catalytic ozonation system (COS) for the treatment of biologically refractory wastewaters. Applications of COS require options of commercially feasible catalysts. Experiments in the present study were designed to prepare and investigate a novel manganese-iron-copper oxide-supported alumina-assisted COS (Mn-Fe-Cu/Al2O3-COS) for the pretreatment of petroleum refinery wastewater. The highly dispersed composite metal oxides on the catalyst surface greatly promoted the performance of catalytic ozonation. Hydroxyl radical mediated oxidation is a dominant reaction in Mn-Fe-Cu/Al2O3-COS. Mn-Fe-Cu/Al2O3-COS enhanced COD removal by 32.7% compared with a single ozonation system and by 8-16% compared with Mn-Fe/Al2O3-COS, Mn-Cu/Al2O3-COS, and Fe-Cu/Al2O3-COS. The O/C and H/C ratios of oxygen-containing polar compounds significantly increased after catalytic ozonation, and the biodegradability of petroleum refinery wastewater was significantly improved. This study illustrates potential applications of Mn-Fe-Cu/Al2O3-COS for pretreatment of biologically refractory wastewaters.

  4. Catalytic ozonation of petroleum refinery wastewater utilizing Mn-Fe-Cu/Al2O 3 catalyst.

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    Chen, Chunmao; Yoza, Brandon A; Wang, Yandan; Wang, Ping; Li, Qing X; Guo, Shaohui; Yan, Guangxu

    2015-04-01

    There is of great interest to develop an economic and high-efficient catalytic ozonation system (COS) for the treatment of biologically refractory wastewaters. Applications of COS require options of commercially feasible catalysts. Experiments in the present study were designed to prepare and investigate a novel manganese-iron-copper oxide-supported alumina-assisted COS (Mn-Fe-Cu/Al2O3-COS) for the pretreatment of petroleum refinery wastewater. The highly dispersed composite metal oxides on the catalyst surface greatly promoted the performance of catalytic ozonation. Hydroxyl radical mediated oxidation is a dominant reaction in Mn-Fe-Cu/Al2O3-COS. Mn-Fe-Cu/Al2O3-COS enhanced COD removal by 32.7% compared with a single ozonation system and by 8-16% compared with Mn-Fe/Al2O3-COS, Mn-Cu/Al2O3-COS, and Fe-Cu/Al2O3-COS. The O/C and H/C ratios of oxygen-containing polar compounds significantly increased after catalytic ozonation, and the biodegradability of petroleum refinery wastewater was significantly improved. This study illustrates potential applications of Mn-Fe-Cu/Al2O3-COS for pretreatment of biologically refractory wastewaters. PMID:25649390

  5. Evidence of electrochemical resistive switching in the hydrated alumina layers of Cu/CuTCNQ/(native AlOx)/Al junctions

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    Knorr, Nikolaus; Bamedi, Ameneh; Karipidou, Zoi; Wirtz, René; Sarpasan, Mustafa; Rosselli, Silvia; Nelles, Gabriele

    2013-09-01

    We have investigated bipolar resistive switching of Cu/CuTCNQ/Al cross-junctions in both vacuum and different gas environments. While the generally observed S-shaped I-V hysteresis was reproduced in ambient air, it was reversibly suppressed in well-degassed samples in vacuum and in dry N2. The OFF-switching currents in ambient air peaked when approximately +2.6 V was applied to the Al electrode at low voltage sweep rates. OFF-switching at constant bias was accelerated in humid and oxygen-rich atmospheres. For unbiased samples stored in air, ON-state (RON) and OFF-state (ROFF) resistances increased with time, and RON surpassed the initial ROFF after approximately one week. Retention times were enhanced for samples stored in vacuum and those with a larger cross-junction area. We suggest that resistive switching occurs in a hydrated native alumina layer at the CuTCNQ/Al interface that grows in thickness during exposure to ambient humidity: ON-switching by electrochemical metallization of free Al and/or Cu ions and OFF-switching by anodic oxidation of the Al electrode and previously grown metal filaments.

  6. Thermoelectric properties of Ni-doped CuAlO 2

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    Wongcharoen, Ngamnit; Gaewdang, Thitinai

    2009-07-01

    The polycrystalline Ni-doped CuAlO2 were obtained by solid state reaction method. The mixture of high purity grade of CuO, Al2O3 and Ni(NO3)2.6H2O powders was ground and then pressed by using uniaxial pressure. The obtained pellet was sintered in air at 1423 K for 24 h. XRD patterns showed the crystal structure of the as-sintered CuAl1-xNixO2 (0≤x≤0.10) belonging to rhombohedral, space group. No evidence of second phase was observed when Ni doping up to x=0.01. At Ni content x≥0.01 CuAl1-xNixO2 solid solution phase along with the CuO and CuAl2O4 phases were observed. From SEM micrographs, the grain size decreased from 6 to 2 μm when the amount of Ni in CuAl1-xNixO2 samples increased. Hall mobility and hole concentration of the as-sintered samples were obtained from Hall effect measurements at room temperature. The activation energy values deduced from the electrical resistivity measurements as a function of temperature were reported. The variation of Seebeck coefficient and power factor as a function of temperature was also investigated. From the experimental results, the substitution of Ni2+ ion in Cu+ site of CuAl1-xNixO2 material may be drawn.

  7. Finite Element Modeling for the Structural Analysis of Al-Cu Laser Beam Welding

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    Hartel, Udo; Ilin, Alexander; Bantel, Christoph; Gibmeier, Jens; Michailov, Vesselin

    Laser beam welding of aluminum and copper (Al-Cu) materials is a cost efficient joining technology to produce e.g. connector elements for battery modules. Distortion low connections can be achieved, which have electrical favorable properties. Numerical simulation of the laser beam welding process of Al-Cu dissimilar materials can provide further insight into principal process mechanisms and mechanical response of the joint parts. In this paper a methodology is introduced to investigate the structural behavior of Al-Cu joints in overlap joint with respect to welding distortions and residual stresses. First the material model of the homogeneous base materials are validated. Next, a generic material model approach is used to simulate the structural behavior of heterogeneous Al-Cu connections.

  8. High Elastic Moduli of a 54Al2O3-46Ta2O5 Glass Fabricated via Containerless Processing

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    Rosales-Sosa, Gustavo A.; Masuno, Atsunobu; Higo, Yuji; Inoue, Hiroyuki; Yanaba, Yutaka; Mizoguchi, Teruyasu; Umada, Takumi; Okamura, Kohei; Kato, Katsuyoshi; Watanabe, Yasuhiro

    2015-10-01

    Glasses with high elastic moduli have been in demand for many years because the thickness of such glasses can be reduced while maintaining its strength. Moreover, thinner and lighter glasses are desired for the fabrication of windows in buildings and cars, cover glasses for smart-phones and substrates in Thin-Film Transistor (TFT) displays. In this work, we report a 54Al2O3-46Ta2O5 glass fabricated by aerodynamic levitation which possesses one of the highest elastic moduli and hardness for oxide glasses also displaying excellent optical properties. The glass was colorless and transparent in the visible region, and its refractive index nd was as high as 1.94. The measured Young’s modulus and Vickers hardness were 158.3 GPa and 9.1 GPa, respectively, which are comparable to the previously reported highest values for oxide glasses. Analysis made using 27Al Magic Angle Spinning Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (MAS NMR) spectroscopy revealed the presence of a significantly large fraction of high-coordinated Al in addition to four-coordinated Al in the glass. The high elastic modulus and hardness are attributed to both the large cationic field strength of Ta5+ ions and the large dissociation energies per unit volume of Al2O3 and Ta2O5.

  9. High Elastic Moduli of a 54Al2O3-46Ta2O5 Glass Fabricated via Containerless Processing.

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    Rosales-Sosa, Gustavo A; Masuno, Atsunobu; Higo, Yuji; Inoue, Hiroyuki; Yanaba, Yutaka; Mizoguchi, Teruyasu; Umada, Takumi; Okamura, Kohei; Kato, Katsuyoshi; Watanabe, Yasuhiro

    2015-01-01

    Glasses with high elastic moduli have been in demand for many years because the thickness of such glasses can be reduced while maintaining its strength. Moreover, thinner and lighter glasses are desired for the fabrication of windows in buildings and cars, cover glasses for smart-phones and substrates in Thin-Film Transistor (TFT) displays. In this work, we report a 54Al2O3-46Ta2O5 glass fabricated by aerodynamic levitation which possesses one of the highest elastic moduli and hardness for oxide glasses also displaying excellent optical properties. The glass was colorless and transparent in the visible region, and its refractive index nd was as high as 1.94. The measured Young's modulus and Vickers hardness were 158.3 GPa and 9.1 GPa, respectively, which are comparable to the previously reported highest values for oxide glasses. Analysis made using (27)Al Magic Angle Spinning Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (MAS NMR) spectroscopy revealed the presence of a significantly large fraction of high-coordinated Al in addition to four-coordinated Al in the glass. The high elastic modulus and hardness are attributed to both the large cationic field strength of Ta(5+) ions and the large dissociation energies per unit volume of Al2O3 and Ta2O5. PMID:26468639

  10. High Elastic Moduli of a 54Al2O3-46Ta2O5 Glass Fabricated via Containerless Processing

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    Rosales-Sosa, Gustavo A.; Masuno, Atsunobu; Higo, Yuji; Inoue, Hiroyuki; Yanaba, Yutaka; Mizoguchi, Teruyasu; Umada, Takumi; Okamura, Kohei; Kato, Katsuyoshi; Watanabe, Yasuhiro

    2015-01-01

    Glasses with high elastic moduli have been in demand for many years because the thickness of such glasses can be reduced while maintaining its strength. Moreover, thinner and lighter glasses are desired for the fabrication of windows in buildings and cars, cover glasses for smart-phones and substrates in Thin-Film Transistor (TFT) displays. In this work, we report a 54Al2O3-46Ta2O5 glass fabricated by aerodynamic levitation which possesses one of the highest elastic moduli and hardness for oxide glasses also displaying excellent optical properties. The glass was colorless and transparent in the visible region, and its refractive index nd was as high as 1.94. The measured Young’s modulus and Vickers hardness were 158.3 GPa and 9.1 GPa, respectively, which are comparable to the previously reported highest values for oxide glasses. Analysis made using 27Al Magic Angle Spinning Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (MAS NMR) spectroscopy revealed the presence of a significantly large fraction of high-coordinated Al in addition to four-coordinated Al in the glass. The high elastic modulus and hardness are attributed to both the large cationic field strength of Ta5+ ions and the large dissociation energies per unit volume of Al2O3 and Ta2O5. PMID:26468639

  11. CuO nanoparticles encapsulated inside Al-MCM-41 mesoporous materials via direct synthetic route

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    Huo, Chengli; Ouyang, Jing; Yang, Huaming

    2014-01-01

    Highly ordered aluminum-containing mesoporous silica (Al-MCM-41) was prepared using attapulgite clay mineral as a Si and Al source. Mesoporous complexes embedded with CuO nanoparticles were subsequently prepared using various copper sources and different copper loadings in a direct synthetic route. The resulting CuO/Al-MCM-41 composite possessed p6mm hexagonally symmetry, well-developed mesoporosity, and relatively high BET surface area. In comparison to pure silica, these mesoporous materials embedded with CuO nanoparticles exhibited smaller pore diameter, thicker pore wall, and enhanced thermal stability. Long-range order in the aforementioned samples was observed for copper weight percentages as high as 30%. Furthermore, a significant blue shift of the absorption edge for the samples was observed when compared with that of bulk CuO. H2-TPR measurements showed that the direct-synthesized CuO/Al-MCM-41 exhibited remarkable redox properties compared to the post-synthesized samples, and most of the CuO nanoparticles were encapsulated within the mesoporous structures. The possible interaction between CuO and Al-MCM-41 was also investigated. PMID:24419589

  12. Thermoelectric Properties of Fe2VAl and Fe2V0.75M0.25Al (M = Mo, Nb, Ta) Alloys: First-Principles Calculations

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    Al-Yamani, H.; Hamad, B.

    2016-02-01

    Ab initio investigations of the structural, electronic, and thermoelectric properties of stoichiometric Fe2VAl full-Heusler alloy and Fe2V0.75M0.25Al (M = Mo, Nb, Ta) nonstoichiometric alloys have been performed using density functional theory on the basis of the full-potential linearized augmented plane wave method with the generalized gradient approximation. The thermoelectric properties are calculated using semiclassical Boltzmann transport theory within the constant-relaxation-time approximation. Fe2VAl, Fe2V0.75Nb0.25Al, and Fe2V0.75Ta0.25Al alloys are found to exhibit a semimetallic behavior, while Fe2V0.75Mo0.25Al acts as a metal. We found that Fe2VAl has a pseudogap of about -0.13 eV, whereas Fe2V0.75Nb0.25Al and Fe2V0.75Ta0.25Al are characterized by a zero energy gap around the Fermi level. Thermoelectric calculations showed that Fe2VAl has both p- and n-type thermoelectric properties, where the p-type thermopower values are found to be higher than those of n-type. The Seebeck coefficient S has maximum values from 20 μV K-1 to 125 μV K-1 and from 19 μV K-1 to 90 μV K-1 in the temperature range of 100 K to 800 K for p- and n-type, respectively. The maximum thermoelectric properties can be obtained at carrier concentration of the order of 1020 cm-3 for p- or n-type doping. Substitution of Nb and Ta atoms enhanced the thermoelectric properties to 150 μV K-1 at 800 K. The optimum concentrations for the three partially substituted alloys were found to be between 1020 cm-3 and 1021 cm-3.

  13. Molecular characterization of the citrate transporter gene TaMATE1 and expression analysis of upstream genes involved in organic acid transport under Al stress in bread wheat (Triticum aestivum).

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    Garcia-Oliveira, Ana Luísa; Martins-Lopes, Paula; Tolrá, Roser; Poschenrieder, Charlotte; Tarquis, Marta; Guedes-Pinto, Henrique; Benito, César

    2014-11-01

    In bread wheat, besides malate, the importance of citrate efflux for Al tolerance has also been reported. For better understanding the Al tolerance mechanism in bread wheat, here, we performed both a molecular characterization of the citrate transporter gene TaMATE1 and an investigation on the upstream variations in citrate and malate transporter genes. TaMATE1 belong to multidrug transporter protein family, which are located on the long arm of homoeologous group 4 chromosomes (TaMATE1-4A, TaMATE1-4B TaMATE1-4D). TaMATE1 homoeologues transcript expression study exhibited the preponderance of homoeologue TaMATE1-4B followed by TaMATE1-4D whereas homoeologue TaMATE1-4A seemed to be silenced. TaMATE1, particularly homoeologue TaMATE1-4B and TaALMT1 transcripts were much more expressed in the root apices than in shoots of Al tolerant genotype Barbela 7/72/92 under both control and Al stress conditions. In addition, in both tissues of Barbela 7/72/92, higher basal levels of these gene transcripts were observed than in Anahuac (Al sensitive). Noticeably, the presence of a transposon in the upstream of TaMATE1-4B in Barbela 7/72/92 seems to be responsible for its higher transcript expression where it may confer citrate efflux. Thus, promoter variations (transposon in TaMATE1-4B upstream and type VI promoter in TaALMT1) associated with higher basal transcript expression of TaMATE1-4B and TaALMT1 clearly show how different mechanisms for Al tolerance operate simultaneously in a single genotype. In conclusion, our results demonstrate that Barbela 7/72/92 has favorable alleles for these organic acids transporter genes which could be utilized through genomic assisted selection to develop improved cultivars for acidic soils.

  14. Tailoring the magnetic properties of new Fe-Ni-Co-Al-(Ta,Nb)-B superelastic rapidly quenched microwires

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    Borza, F.; Lupu, N.; Dobrea, V.; Chiriac, H.

    2015-05-01

    Ferromagnetic Fe-Ni-Co-Al-(Ta,Nb)-B microwires with diameters from 170 μm to 50 μm, which possess both superelastic and good magnetic properties, have been prepared by rapid quenching from the melt using the in rotating water spinning technique followed by cold-drawing and ageing. The cold-drawing and annealing processes lead to the initialization of premartensitic phases as confirmed by the X-ray diffraction and scanning transmission electron microscopic investigations, more significantly in the 50 μm cold-drawn microwires. An increase in the coercive field and in the saturation magnetization has been obtained by annealing, more importantly in the case of Nb-containing alloy. Ageing by thermal or current annealing led to the initialization of the superelastic effect. High values of strain of up to 1.8%, very good repeatability under successive loading, and values of superelastic effect of up to 1.2% have been achieved. The structural analysis coupled with the stress-strain data suggests that these materials annealed at 800 °C have superelastic potential at reduced ageing times. The magnetic behavior was found to be easily tailored through both thermal and thermomagnetic treatments with changes in the magnetic parameters which can be contactless detected. The results are important for future applications where both mechanical and magnetic properties matter, i.e., sensing/actuating systems.

  15. Tailoring the magnetic properties of new Fe-Ni-Co-Al-(Ta,Nb)-B superelastic rapidly quenched microwires

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    Borza, F. Lupu, N.; Dobrea, V.; Chiriac, H.

    2015-05-07

    Ferromagnetic Fe-Ni-Co-Al-(Ta,Nb)-B microwires with diameters from 170 μm to 50 μm, which possess both superelastic and good magnetic properties, have been prepared by rapid quenching from the melt using the in rotating water spinning technique followed by cold-drawing and ageing. The cold-drawing and annealing processes lead to the initialization of premartensitic phases as confirmed by the X-ray diffraction and scanning transmission electron microscopic investigations, more significantly in the 50 μm cold-drawn microwires. An increase in the coercive field and in the saturation magnetization has been obtained by annealing, more importantly in the case of Nb-containing alloy. Ageing by thermal or current annealing led to the initialization of the superelastic effect. High values of strain of up to 1.8%, very good repeatability under successive loading, and values of superelastic effect of up to 1.2% have been achieved. The structural analysis coupled with the stress-strain data suggests that these materials annealed at 800 °C have superelastic potential at reduced ageing times. The magnetic behavior was found to be easily tailored through both thermal and thermomagnetic treatments with changes in the magnetic parameters which can be contactless detected. The results are important for future applications where both mechanical and magnetic properties matter, i.e., sensing/actuating systems.

  16. Solidification of hypereutectic Al-38 wt pct Cu alloy in microgravity and in unit gravity

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    Yu, H.; Tandon, K.N.; Cahoon, J.R.

    1997-05-01

    Solidification in microgravity aboard the space shuttle Endeavour resulted in a dramatic change in the morphology of the primary Al{sub 2}Cu phase compared to ground-based solidification in unit gravity. An Al-38 wt pct Cu ingot directionally solidified at a rate of 0.015 mm/s with a temperature gradient of 1.69 K/mm exhibited large, well-formed dendrites of primary Al{sub 2}Cu phase. Ingots solidified under similar conditions in unit gravity contained primary Al{sub 2}Cu phase with smooth, faceted surfaces. The primary Al{sub 2}Cu phase spacing in the microgravity ingot was much greater than that in the unit gravity ingot, 670 {micro}m compared to 171 {micro}m. It is suggested that thermosolutal mixing in the unit gravity ingot reduces the buildup of an Al-rich layer at the solid/liquid interface, which increases the stability of the interface resulting in smooth, faceted particles of Al{sub 2}Cu phase. It is also suggested that the large difference in primary phase spacings is due mostly to the difference in morphology rather than changes in parameters that might influence dendrite ripening mechanisms. The presence or absence of gravity had no effect on the interlamellar spacing of the inter-Al{sub 2}Cu phase eutectic. The ingot solidified in microgravity exhibited almost no longitudinal macrosegregation, in agreement with the theory of inverse segregation in the absence of thermosolutal convection. The ingot solidified in unit gravity exhibited considerable longitudinal macrosegregation, with the chilled end having about 6 wt pct more Cu than the average composition. It is not clear whether the segregation results from thermosolutal convection during solidification or from sedimentation during melting.

  17. Cu-doped AlN: A possible spinaligner at room-temperature grown by molecular beam epitaxy?

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    Ganz, P. R.; Schaadt, D. M.

    2011-12-23

    Cu-doped AlN was prepared by plasma assisted molecular beam epitaxy on C-plane sapphire substrates. The growth conditions were investigated for different Cu to Al flux ratios from 1.0% to 4.0%. The formation of Cu-Al alloys on the surface was observed for all doping level. In contrast to Cu-doped GaN, all samples showed diamagnetic behavior determined by SQUID measurements.

  18. Microstructure and Erosion Resistance Performance of ZrAlN/Cu Coating

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    Du, Jun; Zhu, Xiaoying; Zhang, Ping; Cai, Zhihai

    ZrAlN/Cu coating has been deposited onto Ti-6Al-4 V substrate by reactive magnetron sputtering in order to improve its erosion resistance. The morphology and microstructure were studied combined with Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscrope(FSEM), X-ray Diffraction(XRD), X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy(XPS) and Transmission Electron Microscopy(TEM). Coatings hardness and toughness were measured by nano-indentation method and Vicker indentation method respectively. It has been found that Zr0.79Al0.19Cu0.02N coating possess dense columnar structure with 20∼40 nm columnar grains exbibiting (100) preferential orientation. XRD reflection peaks slightly shifts to higher angle, showing some of 19at%Al and 2at%Cu substitutely dissolves into face-centered cubic(FCC) ZrN lattice, XPS proves the existence of AlN and Cu phase in coating. Zr0.79Al0.19Cu0.02N coating demonstrates best erosion resistance at 15°∼90° impingement angle compared with Ti6Al4 V substrate, ZrN and Zr0.80Al0.20N coating, attributing to combination of high hardness(40.7 GPa) and good toughness.

  19. Investigation of thermal, mechanical and magnetic behaviors of the Cu-11%Al alloy with Ag and Mn additions

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    Silva, R.A.G.; Paganotti, A.; Gama, S.; Adorno, A.T.; Carvalho, T.M.; Santos, C.M.A.

    2013-01-15

    The investigation of thermal, mechanical and magnetic behaviors of the Cu-11%Al, Cu-11%Al-3%Ag, Cu-11%Al-10%Mn and Cu-11%Al-10%Mn-3%Ag alloys was made using microhardness measurements, differential scanning calorimetry, X-ray diffractometry, scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersion X-ray spectroscopy and magnetic moment change with applied field measurement. The results indicated that the Mn addition changes the phase stability range, the microhardness values and makes undetectable the eutectoid reaction in annealed Cu-11%Al and Cu-11%Al-3%Ag alloys while the presence of Ag does not modify the phase transformation sequence neither microhardness values of the annealed Cu-11%Al and Cu-11%Al-10%Mn alloys, but it increases the magnetic moment of this latter at about 2.7 times and decreases the rates of eutectoid and peritectoid reactions of the former. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The microstructure of Cu-Al alloy is modified in the Ag presence. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer ({alpha} + {gamma}) phase is stabilized down to room temperature when Ag is added to Cu-Al alloy. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Ag-rich phase modifies the magnetic characteristics of Cu-Al-Mn alloy.

  20. Formation of CuAlO2 Film by Ultrasonic Spray Pyrolysis

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    Iping, S.; Lockman, Zainovia; Hutagalung, S. D.; Kamsul, A.; Matsuda, Atsunori

    2011-10-01

    Smooth, crack free and homogenous CuAlO2 film was produced by chemical solution deposition process via spray pyrolysis technique on a cleaned Si substrate. The precursor solution used was comprised of a mixture of 45.87 mmol Cu(NO3)2.3H2O and 90 mmol Al(NO3)3.9H2O at ratio of Cu:Al = 1.2:1. The precursor solution was placed in a mist chamber and was atomized by a nebulizer to produce precursor mist. The precursor mist was then carried out by Ar gas and was sprayed onto a heated Si. Two main parameters were studied: the distance between the nozzle of the precursor mist chamber and the Si and the temperature of the Si substrate. It appears that from the XRD data, CuAlO2 can be detected for samples prepared by spraying the precursor mist at temperature of > 550 °C with distance between the nozzle and the substrate of 3cm. Reaction of the Cu and Al ions in the mist near the substrate may have promoted the crystallisation of CuAlO2.

  1. Dissolution of Precipitates During Solution Treatment of Al-Mg-Si-Cu Alloys

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    Zhang, Xukai; Guo, Mingxing; Zhang, Jishan; Zhuang, Linzhong

    2016-02-01

    A model combining classical diffusion-controlled dissolution equation for a single spherical particle and Johnson-Mehl-Avrami-like equation is used to deal with dissolution process for different kinds of precipitations (Si, Mg2Si, Q(Al1.9Mg4.1Si3.3Cu)) in Al-Mg-Si-Cu alloys. The results reveal that the dissolution time of precipitates increases with increasing their sizes and solute concentrations in the alloy matrix; for the same size and concentration, their dissolution times follow Si > Q(Al1.9Mg4.1Si3.3Cu) > Mg2Si. Two precipitates (Mg2Si and Al1.9Mg4.1Si3.3Cu) with a size of about 700 nm were obtained in a cold rolled Al-Mg-Si-Cu-Zn alloy, and the complete dissolution time is about 15 seconds, which is basically the same as the calculated time by the developed model. The theoretical prediction of dissolution time can be greatly used to design solution treatment and thermomechanical processing parameters of Al-Mg-Si-Cu alloys.

  2. Electrochemical and spectroscopic studies of the chloro and oxochloro complex formation of Nb(V) and Ta(V) in NaCl-AlCl3 melts.

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    von Barner, J H; Bjerrum, N J

    2005-12-26

    The equilibrium constant for the chloro complex formation of Nb(V) NbCl6-<--->NbCl5+Cl- (i) in NaCl-AlCl3 melts at 175 degrees C was found to be pKi = 2.86(5). The oxochloro complex formation of Nb(V) and Ta(V) in NaCl-AlCl3 melts at 175 degrees C could be explained by the following equilibria: MOCl4- <-->MOCl3+Cl- (ii) MOCl3<-->MOCl2(+)+Cl- (iii) where M = Nb and Ta. The equilibrium constants determined by potentiometric measurements with chlorine-chloride electrodes were, for M = Nb, pKii = 2.21(4) and pKiii = 3.95(5) and, for M = Ta, pKii = 2.743(15) and pKiii = 4.521(13). NbCl6- has two bands in the UV-vis region, a strong one at 34.7 x 10(3) cm-1 and a weaker one at 41.6 x 10(3) cm-1. The MOCl4- complexes showed in the case of Nb(V) absorption bands at 32.7 and 42.9 x 10(3) cm-1 and in the case of Ta(V) at 38.6 and 48.1 x 10(3) cm-1. PMID:16363855

  3. Microstructure characteristics and mechanical properties of laser-TIG hybrid welded dissimilar joints of Ti-22Al-27Nb and TA15

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    Zhang, Kezhao; Lei, Zhenglong; Chen, Yanbin; Liu, Ming; Liu, Yang

    2015-10-01

    Laser-TIG-hybrid-welding (TIG - tungsten inert gas) process was successfully applied to investigate the microstructure and tensile properties of Ti-22Al-27Nb/TA15 dissimilar joints. The HAZ of the arc zone in Ti-22Al-27Nb was characterized by three different regions: single B2, B2+α2 and B2+α2+O, while the single B2 phase region was absent in the HAZ of the laser zone. As for the HAZ in TA15 alloy, the microstructure mainly contained acicular α‧ martensites near the fusion line and partially remained the lamellar structure near the base metal. The fusion zone consisted of B2 phase due to the relatively high content of β phase stabilizing elements and fast cooling rate during the welding process. The tensile strength of the welds was higher than that of TA15 alloy because of the fully B2 microstructure in the fusion zone, and the fracture preferentially occurred on the base metal of TA15 alloy during the tensile tests at room temperature and 650 °C.

  4. Effect of delayed aging on mechanical properties of an Al-Cu-Mg alloy

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    Ravindranathan, S.P.; Kashyap, K.T.; Kumar, S.R.; Ramachandra, C.; Chatterji, B.

    2000-02-01

    The effect of delayed aging on mechanical properties is characteristically found in Al-Mg-Si alloys. Delayed aging refers to the time elapsed between solutionizing and artificial aging. Delayed aging leads to inferior properties. This effect was investigated in an Al-Cu-Mg alloy (AU2GN) of nominal composition Al-2Cu-1.5Mg-1Fe-1Ni as a function of delay. This alloy also showed a drop in mechanical properties with delay. The results are explained on the basis of Pashley's kinetic model to qualitatively explain the evolution of a coarse precipitate structure with delay. It is found that all the results of delayed aging in the Al-Cu-Mg alloys are similar to those found in Al-Mg-Si alloys.

  5. First-principles study of nitrogen-doped CuAlO2

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    Xu, Ying; Ao, Zhi Min; Yuan, Ding Wang

    2012-08-01

    The electronic structure and formation energies of N-doped CuAlO2 are studied using first-principles calculations. It is found that, when a N atom is doped into CuAlO2, the N atom prefers to substitute an O atom rather than to occupy an interstitial site of the Cu layer. The NO acts as a shallow accepter while the Ni acts as a deep accepter. The results of the electronic structure show that the N-doping doesn't alter the band gap of CuAlO2 for the both cases. In the substitutional case, the N impurity states occur at the top of valance band maximum (VBM), which provides holes and increases the p-type conductivity. However, in the interstitial case, the N impurity states occur in the middle of the band gap, which are more localized and this indicates that it is not good for p-type conductivity.

  6. Structural and magnetic characterization of the complete delafossite solid solution (CuAlO₂)₁-x(CuCrO₂)x.

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    Barton, Phillip T; Seshadri, Ram; Knöller, Andrea; Rosseinsky, Matthew J

    2012-01-11

    We have prepared the complete delafossite solid solution series between diamagnetic CuAlO(2) and the t(2g)(3)frustrated antiferromagnet CuCrO(2). The evolution with composition x in CuAl(1-x)Cr(x)O(2) of the crystal structure and magnetic properties has been studied and is reported here. The room-temperature unit cell parameters follow the Végard law and increase with x as expected. The μ(eff) is equal to the Cr(3+) spin-only S = 3/2 value throughout the entire solid solution. Θ(CW) is negative, indicating that the dominant interactions are antiferromagnetic, and its magnitude increases with Cr substitution. For dilute Cr compositions, the nearest-neighbor exchange coupling constant J(BB) was estimated by mean-field theory to be 3.0 meV. Despite the sizable Θ(CW), long-range antiferromagnetic order does not develop until x is almost 1, and is preceded by glassy behavior. The data presented here, and those on dilute Al substitution from Okuda et al, suggest that the reduction in magnetic frustration due to the presence of non-magnetic Al does not have as dominant an effect on magnetism as chemical disorder and dilution of the magnetic exchange. For all samples, the 5 K isothermal magnetization does not saturate in fields up to 5 T and minimal hysteresis is observed. The presence of antiferromagnetic interactions is clearly evident in the sub-Brillouin behavior with a reduced magnetization per Cr atom. An inspection of the scaled Curie plot reveals that significant short-range antiferromagnetic interactions occur in CuCrO(2) above its Néel temperature, consistent with its magnetic frustration. Uncompensated short-range behavior is present in the Al-substituted samples and is likely a result of chemical disorder. PMID:22133702

  7. Shape Memory effect and Superelasticity in the [001] Single crystals of a FeNiCoAlTa Alloy with γ-α'-Thermoelastic Martensitic Transformations

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    Chumlyakov, Yu. I.; Kireeva, I. V.; Kretinina, I. V.; Keinikh, K. S.; Kuts, O. A.; Kirillov, V. A.; Karaman, I.; Maier, H.

    2013-12-01

    Using single crystals of a Fe - 28% Ni - 17% Co - 11.5% Al - 25% Ta (аt.%) alloy, oriented for tensile loading along the [001] direction, the shape-memory (SME) and superelasticity (SE) effects caused by reversible thermoelastic martensitic transformations (MTs) from a high-temperature fcc-phase into a bctmartensite are investigated. It is demonstrated that the conditions necessary for the thermoelastic MTs to occur are achieved by aging at 973 K within the time interval (t) from 0.5 to 7.0 hours, which is accompanied by precipitation of the γ'-phase particles, (FeNiCo)3(AlTa), whose d < 8-12 nm. When the size of the γ'-precipitates becomes as large as d ≥ 8-12 nm, the MT becomes partially reversible. The physical causes underlying the kinetics of thermoelstic reversible fcc-bct MTs are discussed.

  8. The effects of Cr, Co, Al, Mo and Ta on the cyclic oxidation behavior of a prototype cast Ni-base superalloy based on a 2(5) composite statistically designed experiment

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    Barrett, C. A.

    1984-01-01

    A series of cast Ni-base superalloys were systematically varied at selected levels of Co, Cr, Mo, Ta, and Al. The elemental levels varied were Mo, 0 to 4 percent; Cr, 6 to 18 percent; Co, 0 to 20 percent, Ta, 0 to 8 percent; and Al, 3.25 to 6.25 percent. The cyclic oxidation resistance was determined from specific weight change data as a function of time for 1 hr cycles in static air at 1100 C. The significant terms in decreasing order of their importance were Al, Ta, Cr2, Al-Cr, Cr-Co, Co2, Al-Mo, Cr-Mo, Al-Al, and Mo-Ta. The Al term alone accounted for close to 82 percent of the explained variability. The estimating equation showed that the Al level was the most important and should be at its 6.25 wt % maximum value. The Mo and Ta levels should also be at their maximum 4 and 8 wt % respectively. The cobalt composition should be as low as possible, i.e., 0 wt%. The Cr level optimum varies depending on the other 4 levels. The X-ray diffaction results indicate the most protective scales are alumina/aluminate spinel stabilizized with a tri-rutile oxide high in Ta and Mo.

  9. Processing and microstructural characterization of Al-Cu alloys produced from rapidly solidified powders

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    Conlon, K.T.; Maire, E.; Wilkinson, D.S.; Henein, H.

    2000-01-01

    This paper concerns the processing of Al-Cu alloys via a novel powder-metallurgy route. The specific technique used for powder processing involves the rapid solidification of coarse, molten droplets following impulse atomization. This produces a fine, homogeneous, dendritic microstructure within the alloy granules. Following consolidation via hot pressing, the microstructure consists mostly of an Al matrix with fine CuAl{sub 2} particles and partially recrystallized dendrites. Further heat treatment and/or thermomechanical processing completes the spheroidization process in the CuAl{sub 2} phase. Blending powders with different Cu has been used to make materials with a bimodal distribution of the local particle-volume-fraction content. The high temperature (773 K) strength of these materials decreases with increasing CuAl{sub 2} content. This can be explained using a flow model based on superplastic deformation, controlled by diffusion-accommodated sliding at Al grain boundaries. This mechanism may also explain the deformation-enhanced particle coarsening observed during channel-die forging operations.

  10. STM study of the atomic structure of the icosahedral Al-Cu-Fe fivefold surface

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    Cai, T.; Fournée, V.; Lograsso, T.; Ross, A.; Thiel, P. A.

    2002-04-01

    We use scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) to investigate the atomic structure of the icosahedral (i-) Al-Cu-Fe fivefold surface in ultra high vacuum (UHV). Studies show that large, atomically flat terraces feature many ten-petal ``flowers'' with internal structure. The observed flower patterns can be associated with features on Al rich dense atomic planes generated from two-dimensional cuts of bulk models based on x-ray and neutron diffraction experiments. The results confirm that the fivefold surface of i-Al-Cu-Fe corresponds to a bulk-terminated plane.

  11. Tuning the formation of p-type defects by peroxidation of CuAlO{sub 2} films

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    Luo, Jie; Lin, Yow-Jon; Yang, Yao-Wei; Hung, Hao-Che; Liu, Chia-Jyi

    2013-07-21

    p-type conduction of CuAlO{sub 2} thin films was realized by the rf sputtering method. Combining with Hall, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, energy dispersive spectrometer, and X-ray diffraction results, a direct link between the hole concentration, Cu vacancy (V{sub Cu}), and interstitial oxygen (O{sub i}) was established. It is shown that peroxidation of CuAlO{sub 2} films may lead to the increased formation probability of acceptors (V{sub Cu} and O{sub i}), thus, increasing the hole concentration. The dependence of the V{sub Cu} density on growth conditions was identified for providing a guide to tune the formation of p-type defects in CuAlO{sub 2}. Understanding the defect-related p-type conductivity of CuAlO{sub 2} is essential for designing optoelectronic devices and improving their performance.

  12. Large pinning forces and matching effects in YBa2Cu3O(7-δ) thin films with Ba2Y(Nb/Ta)O6 nano-precipitates.

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    Opherden, Lars; Sieger, Max; Pahlke, Patrick; Hühne, Ruben; Schultz, Ludwig; Meledin, Alexander; Van Tendeloo, Gustaaf; Nast, Rainer; Holzapfel, Bernhard; Bianchetti, Marco; MacManus-Driscoll, Judith L; Hänisch, Jens

    2016-02-18

    The addition of mixed double perovskite Ba2Y(Nb/Ta)O6 (BYNTO) to YBa2Cu3O(7-δ) (YBCO) thin films leads to a large improvement of the in-field current carrying capability. For low deposition rates, BYNTO grows as well-oriented, densely distributed nanocolumns. We achieved a pinning force density of 25 GN/m(3) at 77 K at a matching field of 2.3 T, which is among the highest values reported for YBCO. The anisotropy of the critical current density shows a complex behavior whereby additional maxima are developed at field dependent angles. This is caused by a matching effect of the magnetic fields c-axis component. The exponent N of the current-voltage characteristics (inversely proportional to the creep rate S) allows the depinning mechanism to be determined. It changes from a double-kink excitation below the matching field to pinning-potential-determined creep above it.

  13. Effect of Ag Addition on the Electrochemical Performance of Cu10Al in Artificial Saliva

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    Salgado-Salgado, R. J.; Sotelo-Mazon, O.; Rodriguez-Diaz, R. A.; Salinas-Solano, G.

    2016-01-01

    In this work we proposed to evaluate the corrosion resistance of four different alloys by electrochemical techniques, a binary alloy Cu10Al, and three ternary alloys Cu10Al-xAg (x = 5, 10, and 15 wt.%) to be used like biomaterials in dental application. Biomaterials proposed were tested in artificial saliva at 37°C for 48 h. In addition, pure metals Cu, Al, Ag, and Ti as reference materials were evaluated. In general the short time tests indicated that the Ag addition increases the corrosion resistance and reduces the extent of localized attack of the binary alloy. Moreover, tests for 48 hours showed that the Ag addition increases the stability of the passive layer, thereby reducing the corrosion rate of the binary alloy. SEM analysis showed that Cu10Al alloy was preferably corroded by grain boundaries, and the Ag addition modified the form of attack of the binary alloy. Cu-rich phases reacted with SCN− anions forming a film of CuSCN, and the Ag-rich phase is prone to react with SCN− anions forming AgSCN. Thus, binary and ternary alloys are susceptible to tarnish in the presence of thiocyanate ions. PMID:27660601

  14. Effect of Ag Addition on the Electrochemical Performance of Cu10Al in Artificial Saliva.

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    Salgado-Salgado, R J; Porcayo-Calderon, J; Sotelo-Mazon, O; Rodriguez-Diaz, R A; Salinas-Solano, G; Salinas-Bravo, V M; Martinez-Gomez, L

    2016-01-01

    In this work we proposed to evaluate the corrosion resistance of four different alloys by electrochemical techniques, a binary alloy Cu10Al, and three ternary alloys Cu10Al-xAg (x = 5, 10, and 15 wt.%) to be used like biomaterials in dental application. Biomaterials proposed were tested in artificial saliva at 37°C for 48 h. In addition, pure metals Cu, Al, Ag, and Ti as reference materials were evaluated. In general the short time tests indicated that the Ag addition increases the corrosion resistance and reduces the extent of localized attack of the binary alloy. Moreover, tests for 48 hours showed that the Ag addition increases the stability of the passive layer, thereby reducing the corrosion rate of the binary alloy. SEM analysis showed that Cu10Al alloy was preferably corroded by grain boundaries, and the Ag addition modified the form of attack of the binary alloy. Cu-rich phases reacted with SCN(-) anions forming a film of CuSCN, and the Ag-rich phase is prone to react with SCN(-) anions forming AgSCN. Thus, binary and ternary alloys are susceptible to tarnish in the presence of thiocyanate ions. PMID:27660601

  15. Effect of Ag Addition on the Electrochemical Performance of Cu10Al in Artificial Saliva

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    Salgado-Salgado, R. J.; Sotelo-Mazon, O.; Rodriguez-Diaz, R. A.; Salinas-Solano, G.

    2016-01-01

    In this work we proposed to evaluate the corrosion resistance of four different alloys by electrochemical techniques, a binary alloy Cu10Al, and three ternary alloys Cu10Al-xAg (x = 5, 10, and 15 wt.%) to be used like biomaterials in dental application. Biomaterials proposed were tested in artificial saliva at 37°C for 48 h. In addition, pure metals Cu, Al, Ag, and Ti as reference materials were evaluated. In general the short time tests indicated that the Ag addition increases the corrosion resistance and reduces the extent of localized attack of the binary alloy. Moreover, tests for 48 hours showed that the Ag addition increases the stability of the passive layer, thereby reducing the corrosion rate of the binary alloy. SEM analysis showed that Cu10Al alloy was preferably corroded by grain boundaries, and the Ag addition modified the form of attack of the binary alloy. Cu-rich phases reacted with SCN− anions forming a film of CuSCN, and the Ag-rich phase is prone to react with SCN− anions forming AgSCN. Thus, binary and ternary alloys are susceptible to tarnish in the presence of thiocyanate ions.

  16. Effect of Ag Addition on the Electrochemical Performance of Cu10Al in Artificial Saliva.

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    Salgado-Salgado, R J; Porcayo-Calderon, J; Sotelo-Mazon, O; Rodriguez-Diaz, R A; Salinas-Solano, G; Salinas-Bravo, V M; Martinez-Gomez, L

    2016-01-01

    In this work we proposed to evaluate the corrosion resistance of four different alloys by electrochemical techniques, a binary alloy Cu10Al, and three ternary alloys Cu10Al-xAg (x = 5, 10, and 15 wt.%) to be used like biomaterials in dental application. Biomaterials proposed were tested in artificial saliva at 37°C for 48 h. In addition, pure metals Cu, Al, Ag, and Ti as reference materials were evaluated. In general the short time tests indicated that the Ag addition increases the corrosion resistance and reduces the extent of localized attack of the binary alloy. Moreover, tests for 48 hours showed that the Ag addition increases the stability of the passive layer, thereby reducing the corrosion rate of the binary alloy. SEM analysis showed that Cu10Al alloy was preferably corroded by grain boundaries, and the Ag addition modified the form of attack of the binary alloy. Cu-rich phases reacted with SCN(-) anions forming a film of CuSCN, and the Ag-rich phase is prone to react with SCN(-) anions forming AgSCN. Thus, binary and ternary alloys are susceptible to tarnish in the presence of thiocyanate ions.

  17. Adhesion strength and nucleation thermodynamics of four metals (Al, Cu, Ti, Zr) on AlN substrates

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    Tao, Yuan; Ke, Genshui; Xie, Yan; Chen, Yigang; Shi, Siqi; Guo, Haibo

    2015-12-01

    Devices based on AlN generally require adherent and strong interfaces between AlN and other materials, whereas most metals are known to be nonwetting to AlN and form relatively weak interfaces with AlN. In this study, we selected four representative metals (Al, Cu, Ti, and Zr) to study the adhesion strength of the AlN/metal interfaces. Mathematical models were constructed between the adhesion strength and enthalpy of formation of Al-metal solid solutions, the surface energies of the metals, and the lattice mismatch between the metals and AlN, based on thermodynamic parameters calculated using density functional theory. It appears that the adhesion strength is mainly determined by the lattice mismatch, and is in no linear correlation with either the Al-metal solution's formation enthalpies or the metals' surface energies. We also investigated the nucleation thermodynamics of the four metals on AlN substrates. It was found that Ti forms the strongest interface with AlN, and has the largest driving force for nucleation on AlN substrates among the four metals.

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

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

    2015-07-01

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

  19. Microstructural changes to AlCu6Ni1 alloy after prolonged annealing at elevated temperature.

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    Wierzbińska, M; Sieniawski, J

    2010-03-01

    This work presents results of microstructure examination of AlCu(6)Ni(1) aluminium alloy. The commercial AlCu(4)Ni(2)Mg(2) (M-309) alloy is widely used for elements of aircraft and automotive engines. Modification its chemical composition was aimed at improving the stability of mechanical properties of the alloy subjected to long-term exposure to high temperature. The alloy after standard T6 heat treatment (solution heat treated at 818 K/10 h/water quenched followed by ageing at 498 K/8 h/air cooled) was annealed for 150 h at elevated temperature of 573 K corresponding to the maximum value at which structural elements of jet piston engines made of aluminium alloys operate. It was found that applied heat treatment caused an increasing in the particles of hardening phase (theta'-Al(2)Cu) size. The significant growth of the length of theta'-Al(2)Cu precipitations was observed in particularly. Nevertheless, it did not strongly result in change of its shape - the 'crystallites' and 'rods' were still characteristic of hardening phase morphology. The phenomena of the growth of theta'-Al(2)Cu precipitates caused decreasing the mechanical properties of the alloy, what is the subject of further investigations by the authors.

  20. Electroless Cu Plating on Anodized Al Substrate for High Power LED.

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    Rha, Sa-Kyun; Lee, Youn-Seoung

    2015-03-01

    Area-selective copper deposition on screen printed Ag pattern/anodized Al/Al substrate was attempted using a neutral electroless plating processes for printed circuit boards (PCBs), according to a range of variation of pH 6.5-pH 8 at 70 °C. The utilized basic electroless solution consisted of copper(II) sulfate pentahydrate, sodium phosphinate monohydrate, sodium citrate tribasic dihydrate, ammonium chloride, and nickel(II) sulfate hexahydrate. The pH of the copper plating solutions was adjusted from pH 6.5 to pH 8 using NH4OH. Using electroless plating in pH 6.5 and pH 7 baths, surface damage to the anodized Al layer hardly occurred; the structure of the plated Cu-rich films was a typical fcc-Cu, but a small Ni component was co-deposited. In electroless plating at pH 8, the surface of the anodized Al layer was damaged and the Cu film was composed of a lot of Ni and P which were co-deposited with Cu. Finally, in a pH 7 bath, we can make a selectively electroless plated Cu film on a PCB without any lithography and without surface damage to the anodized Al layer. PMID:26413680

  1. Microstructural changes to AlCu6Ni1 alloy after prolonged annealing at elevated temperature.

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    Wierzbińska, M; Sieniawski, J

    2010-03-01

    This work presents results of microstructure examination of AlCu(6)Ni(1) aluminium alloy. The commercial AlCu(4)Ni(2)Mg(2) (M-309) alloy is widely used for elements of aircraft and automotive engines. Modification its chemical composition was aimed at improving the stability of mechanical properties of the alloy subjected to long-term exposure to high temperature. The alloy after standard T6 heat treatment (solution heat treated at 818 K/10 h/water quenched followed by ageing at 498 K/8 h/air cooled) was annealed for 150 h at elevated temperature of 573 K corresponding to the maximum value at which structural elements of jet piston engines made of aluminium alloys operate. It was found that applied heat treatment caused an increasing in the particles of hardening phase (theta'-Al(2)Cu) size. The significant growth of the length of theta'-Al(2)Cu precipitations was observed in particularly. Nevertheless, it did not strongly result in change of its shape - the 'crystallites' and 'rods' were still characteristic of hardening phase morphology. The phenomena of the growth of theta'-Al(2)Cu precipitates caused decreasing the mechanical properties of the alloy, what is the subject of further investigations by the authors. PMID:20500428

  2. CuAl{sub 2} revisited: Composition, crystal structure, chemical bonding, compressibility and Raman spectroscopy

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    Grin, Yuri . E-mail: grin@cpfs.mpg.de; Wagner, Frank R.; Armbruester, Marc; Kohout, Miroslav; Leithe-Jasper, Andreas; Schwarz, Ulrich; Wedig, Ulrich; Georg von Schnering, Hans

    2006-06-15

    The structure of CuAl{sub 2} is usually described as a framework of base condensed tetragonal antiprisms [CuAl{sub 8/4}]. The appropriate symmetry governed periodic nodal surface (PNS) divides the space of the structure into two labyrinths. All atoms are located in one labyrinth, whereas the second labyrinth seems to be 'empty'. The bonding of the CuAl{sub 2} structure was analyzed by the electron localization function (ELF), crystal orbital Hamiltonian population (COHP) analysis and Raman spectroscopy. From the ELF representation it is seen, that the 'empty' labyrinth is in fact the place of important covalent interactions. ELF, COHP in combination with high-pressure X-ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopy show that the CuAl{sub 2} structure is described best as a network built of interpenetrating graphite-like nets of three-bonded aluminum atoms with the copper atoms inside the tetragonal-antiprismatic cavities. - Graphical abstract: Atomic interactions in the crystal structure of the intermetallic compound CuAl{sub 2}: Three-bonded aluminum atoms form interpenetrating graphite-like nets. The copper atoms are located in the channels of aluminum network by means of three-center bonds. The bonding model is in agreement with the result of polarized Raman spectroscopy and high-pressure X-ray powder diffraction.

  3. [delta] precipitation in an Al-Li-Cu-Mg-Zr alloy

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    Prasad, K.S.; Mukhopadhyay, A.K.; Gokhale, A.A.; Banerjee, D. ); Goel, D.B. Univ. of Roorkee . Dept. of Metallurgical Engineering)

    1994-05-15

    AlLi based [delta] phase has an NaTl structure (i.e., a diamond cubic) with a = 0.637nm and is an equilibrium phase in the binary Al-Li system. In heat treated binary Al-Li alloys of appropriate compositions, [delta] phase can format grain boundaries as well as within the grains. In commercially heat treated Al-Li-Cu alloys of 2090 specification, the grain boundary precipitate [delta] of the binary Al-Li system is replaced by a combination of T[sub 2](Al[sub 6]CuLi[sub 3]), R(Al[sub 5]CuLi[sub 3]) and T[sub 1](Al[sub 2]CuLi) phases. In similarly treated Al-Li-Cu-Mg alloys of 8090 specification, the copper rich T[sub 2] phase, present in the form of Al[sub 6]CuLi[sub 3[minus]x]Mg[sub x], is known to be the major coarse g.b. precipitate. The presence of an Al-Li-Cu-Mg based C phase at the grain boundaries of the commercially heat treated 8090 alloys has also been documented. No detailed study has yet been carried out to verify whether the [delta] phase can be present at the grain boundaries of the commercially heat treated 8090 alloys. Given the correlations between the g.b. phase morphology, g.b. phase chemistry, and the stress corrosion cracking resistance of these alloys, it is important that the g.b. precipitates be examined and identified. In this paper results using TEM are presented to show that the [delta] phase can be present in varying amounts at the grain boundaries in an 8090 alloy when heat treated in the temperature range of 170--350 C. An examination is also made of the [delta] precipitation within the grain to establish that the T[sub 2]/[alpha]-Al interface is the dominant nucleation site for the noncoherent [delta] phase.

  4. Two-step reset in the resistance switching of the Al/TiOx/Cu structure.

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    Shao, Xing L; Zhao, Jin S; Zhang, Kai L; Chen, Ran; Sun, Kuo; Chen, Chang J; Liu, Kai; Zhou, Li W; Wang, Jian Y; Ma, Chen M; Yoon, Kyung J; Hwang, Cheol S

    2013-11-13

    Two-step reset behaviors in the resistance switching properties of the top Al/TiOx/bottom Cu structure were studied. During the electroforming and set steps, two types of conducting filaments composed of Cu and oxygen vacancies (Cu-CF and V(O)-CF) were simultaneously (or sequentially) formed when Al was negatively biased. In the subsequent reset step with the opposite bias polarity, the Cu-CFs ruptured first at ~0.5 V, and formed an intermediate state. The trap-filled V(O)-CFs were transformed into a trap-empty state, resulting in a high-resistance state at ~1 V. Matrix phase in the electrochemical metallization cell can play an active role in resistance switching. PMID:24099490

  5. High resolution electron microscopy study of a high Cu variant of Weldalite (tm) 049 and a high strength Al-Cu-Ag-Mg-Zr alloy

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    Herring, R. A.; Gayle, Frank W.; Pickens, Joseph R.

    1991-01-01

    Weldalite (trademark) 049 is an Al-Cu-Li-Ag-Mg alloy that is strengthened in artificially aged tempers primarily by very thin plate-like precipitates lying on the set of (111) matrix planes. This precipitate might be expected to be the T(sub 1) phase, Al2CuLi, which has been observed in Al-Cu-Li alloys. However, in several ways this precipitate is similar to the omega phase which also appears as the set of (111) planes plates and is found in Al-Cu-Ag-Mg alloys. The study was undertaken to identify the set of (111) planes precipitate or precipitates in Weldalite (trademark) 049 in the T8 (stretched and artificially aged) temper, and to determine whether T(sub 1), omega, or some other phase is primarily responsible for the high strength (i.e., 700 MPa tensile strength) in this Al-Cu-Li-Ag-Mg alloy.

  6. Influences of film thickness on the structural, electrical and optical properties of CuAlO2 thin films

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    Dong, Guobo; Zhang, Ming; Wang, Mei; Li, Yingzi; Gao, Fangyuan; Yan, Hui; Diao, Xungang

    2014-07-01

    CuAlO2 films with different thickness were prepared by the radio frequency magnetron sputtering technique. The structural, electrical and optical properties of CuAlO2 were studied by X-ray diffraction, atomic force microscope, UV-Vis double-beam spectrophotometer and Hall measurements. The results indicate that the single phase hexagonal CuAlO2 is formed and the average grain size of CuAlO2 films increases with increasing film thickness. The results also exhibit that the lowering of bandgap and the increase of electrical conductivity of CuAlO2 films with the increase of their thickness, which are attributed to the improvement of the grain size and the anisotropic electrical property. According to the electrical and optical properties, the biggest figure of merit is achieved for the CuAlO2 film with the appropriate thickness of 165 nm.

  7. Effect of the Cu and Ni content on the crystallization temperature and crystallization mechanism of La-Al-Cu(Ni) metallic glasses

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    Li, Peiyou

    2016-02-01

    The effect of the Cu and Ni content on the crystallization mechanism and the crystallization temperatures of La-Al-Cu(Ni) metallic glasses (MGs) was studied by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). The experimental results have shown that the DSC curves obtained for the La-Al-Cu and La-Al-Ni MGs exhibit two and three crystallization temperatures, respectively. The crystallization temperatures of the La-Al-Cu and La-Al-Ni MGs result from the merging and splitting of thermal events related to the corresponding eutectic atomic pairs in the La72Cu28 and La81.6Al18.4 MGs, and La72Ni28 and La81.6Al18.4 MGs, respectively. In addition, Al- and Ni-containing clusters with weak or strong atomic interaction in the Al-Ni atomic pairs strongly affect the crystallization mechanism and thus the crystallization temperature of La-Al-Ni MGs. This study provides a novel understanding of the relation between the crystallization temperature and the underlying crystallization mechanisms in La-Al-Cu(Ni) MGs.

  8. Chemical Trend of Superconducting Critical Temperatures in Hole-Doped CuBO2, CuAlO2, CuGaO2, and CuInO2

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    Nakanishi, Akitaka; Katayama-Yoshida, Hiroshi; Ishikawa, Takahiro; Shimizu, Katsuya

    2016-09-01

    We calculated the superconducting critical temperature (Tc) for hole-doped CuXO2 (X = B, Al, Ga, and In) compounds using first-principles calculations based on rigid band model. The compounds with X = Al, Ga, and In have delafosite-type structures and take maximum Tc values at 0.2-0.3 with respect to the number of holes (Nh) in the unit-cell: 50 K for CuAlO2, 10 K for CuGaO2, and 1 K for CuInO2. The decrease of Tc for this change in X is involved by covalency reduction and lattice softening associated with the increase of ionic mass and radius. For CuBO2 which is a lighter compound than CuAlO2, the delafosite structure is unstable and a body-centered tetragonal structure emerges as the most stable structure. As the results, the electron-phonon interaction is decreased and Tc is lower by approximately 43 K than that of CuAlO2 at the hole-doping conditions of Nh = 0.2-0.3.

  9. Phase composition and structure of aluminum Al-Cu-Si-Sn-Pb alloys

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    Belov, N. A.; Stolyarova, O. O.; Murav'eva, T. I.; Zagorskii, D. L.

    2016-06-01

    The structure and phase composition of cast and heat treated Al-Cu-Si-Sn-Pb alloys containing 6 wt % Sn, 2 wt % Pb, 0-4 wt % Cu, 0-10 wt % Si have been studied using calculations and experimental methods. Polythermal and isothermal sections are reported, which indicate the existence of two liquid phases. It was found that the low-melting phase is inhomogeneous and consists of individual leadand tin-based particles.

  10. Surface tension of liquid Al-Cu and wetting at the Cu/Sapphire solid-liquid interface

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    Schmitz, J.; Brillo, J.; Egry, I.

    2014-02-01

    For the study of the interaction of a liquid alloy with differently oriented single crystalline sapphire surfaces precise surface tension data of the liquid are fundamental. We measured the surface tension of liquid Al-Cu contactlessly on electromagnetically levitated samples using the oscillating drop technique. Data were obtained for samples covering the entire range of composition and in a broad temperature range. The surface tensions can be described as linear functions of temperature with negative slopes. Moreover, they decrease monotonically with an increase of aluminium concentration. The observed behaviour with respect to both temperature and concentration is in agreement with a thermodynamic model calculation using the regular solution approximation. Surface tensions were used to calculate interfacial energies from the contact angles of liquid Cu droplets, deposited on the C(0001), A(11-20), R(1-102) surfaces of an α-Al2O3 substrate. The contact angles were measured by means of the sessile drop method at 1380 K. In the Cu/α-Al2O3 system, no anisotropy is evident neither for the contact angles nor for the interfacial energies of different surfaces. The work of adhesion of this system is isotropic, too.

  11. Raman scattering measurements of phonon anharmonicity in CuAlO2 thin films

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    Singh, Manoj K.; Dussan, S.; Sharma, Ganpat L.; Katiyar, Ram S.

    2008-12-01

    CuAlO2 thin films were grown on single crystalline sapphire substrates with c-axis orientation by rf sputtering method. The x-ray diffraction data indicate the formation of delafossite structure and tend to be oriented along (001). Temperature dependent Raman spectra of CuAlO2 thin films were measured from 80 to 1273 K, and we observed two optical modes at Eg (˜418 cm-1) and A1g(˜767 cm-1) showing anomalous frequency and linewidth shifts with temperature, which were interpreted as an experimental evidence of combined effect of lattice expansion and anharmonic phonon-phonon interaction in CuAlO2. At high temperature, polaronic state and change in effective mass due to lattice expansion also affect the frequency shift and the linewidth of the observed Raman modes.

  12. Optical and electrical properties of mechanochemically synthesized nanocrystalline delafossite CuAlO2.

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    Prakash, T; Prasad, K Padma; Ramasamy, S; Murty, B S

    2008-08-01

    Nanocrystalline p-type semiconductor copper aluminum oxide (CuAlO2) has been synthesized by mechanical alloying using freshly prepared Cu2O and alpha-AlO2O3 nanocrystals in toluene medium. A study on structural property performed with different alloying and post annealing durations, by X-ray diffraction (XRD) reveals the formation of single phase with average crystallite size approximately 45 nm. Optical absorbance onset at 364.5 nm confirms its wide band gap nature (E(g) = 3.4 eV) and the fluorescence emission behaviour (390 nm) confirms its direct band type transition. The activation energy for electrical conduction has been calculated by Arrhenius plots using impedance measurement. Both grain and grain boundary conductivity takes place with almost equal activation energies of approximately 0.45 eV. The paper discusses synthesis, structural, optical and electrical properties of delafossite CuAlO2 in detail. PMID:19049217

  13. Sol-gel production of Cu/Al co-doped zinc oxide: Effect of Al co-doping concentration on its structure and optoelectronic properties

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    Bu, Ian Yi-Yu

    2014-12-01

    Sol-gel deposition of ZnO:Cu:Al thin films were co-doped different Cu:Al ratio. The optoelectronic and structural properties of the resultant film were evaluated using scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, energy dispersive spectroscopy, photoluminescence spectroscopy and UV-VIS spectroscopy. It was found that the Al content leads to narrowing of the band gap and that excessive Al doping concentration greater than 5 at% degrade the film's properties.

  14. Theoretical Study of Electronic Structure and Thermoelectric Properties of Doped CuAlO2

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    Poopanya, P.; Yangthaisong, A.; Rattanapun, C.; Wichainchai, A.

    2011-05-01

    The doping level dependence of thermoelectric properties of delafossite CuAlO2 has been investigated in the constant scattering time ( τ) approximation, starting from the first principles of electronic structure. In particular, the lattice parameters and the energy band structure were calculated using the total energy plane-wave pseudopotential method. It was found that the lattice parameters of CuAlO2 are a = 2.802 Å and c = 16.704 Å, and the internal parameter is u = 0.1097. CuAlO2 has an indirect band gap of 2.17 eV and a direct gap of 3.31 eV. The calculated energy band structures were then used to calculate the electrical transport coefficients of CuAlO2. By considering the effects of doping level and temperature, it was found that the Seebeck coefficient S( T) increases with increasing acceptor doping ( A d) level. The values of S( T) in our experiments correspond to an A d level at 0.262 eV, which is identified as the Fermi level of CuAlO2. Based on our experimental Seebeck coefficient and the electrical conductivity, the constant relaxation time is estimated to be 1 × 10-16 s. The power factor is large for a low A d level and increases with temperature. It is suggested that delafossite CuAlO2 can be considered as a promising thermoelectric oxide material at high doping and high temperature.

  15. Improvement of the shape memory characteristics of a Cu-Zn-Al alloy with manganese and zirconium addition

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    Zou, W.H.; Lam, C.W.H.; Chung, C.Y.; Lai, J.K.L.

    1997-04-15

    Cu-based shape memory alloys (SMAs) possess good shape memory effect (SME) and have the advantage of lower price than Ti-Ni SMA. However, there are still some problems which should be solved before they can be used widely. Addition of suitable alloying elements can improve the mechanical properties, stabilization of martensitic transformations and also the SME of Cu-based SMAs significantly. Cu-Zn-Al is an important Cu-based SMA that suffers from the martensite stabilization and intergranular cracking in the processing procedures and service. As a modification of Cu-Zn-Al SMAs, the effects of Mn and Zr addition on the structure and martensite transformation behavior of different heat treated Cu-21Zn-6Al-1Mn-0.5Zr (wt%) SMA have been studied and compared to that of Cu-21Zn-6Al (wt%) SMA in the present paper.

  16. Electronic structure of p-type transparent conducting oxide CuAlO2

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    Mo, Sung-Kwan; Yoon, Joonseok; Liu, Xiaosong; Yang, Wanli; Mun, Bongjin; Ju, Honglyoul

    2014-03-01

    CuAlO2 is a prototypical p-type transparent conducting oxide. Despite its importance for potential applications and number of studies on its band structure and gap characteristics, experimental study on the momentum-resolved electronic structure has been lacking. We present angle-resolved photoemission data on single crystalline CuAlO2 using synchrotron light source to reveal complete band structure. Complemented by the x-ray absorption and emission spectra, we also study band gap characteristics and compare them with theory.

  17. Electron crystallography applied to the structure determination of Nb(Cu,Al,X) Laves phases.

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    Gigla, M; Lelatko, J; Krzelowski, M; Morawiec, H

    2006-09-01

    The presence of primary precipitates of the Laves phases considerably improves the mechanical properties and the resistance to thermal degradation of the high-temperature shape memory Cu-Al-Nb alloys. The structure analysis of the Laves phases was carried out on particles contained in the ternary and quaternary alloys as well on synthesized compounds related to the composition of the Nb(Cu,Al,X)(2) phase, where X = Ni, Co, Cr, Ti and Zr. The precise structure determination of the Laves phases was carried out by the electron crystallography method using the CRISP software.

  18. Characterization of Al-Cu-Mg-Ag Alloy RX226-T8 Plate

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    Lach, Cynthia L.; Domack, Marcia S.

    2003-01-01

    Aluminum-copper-magnesium-silver (Al-Cu-Mg-Ag) alloys that were developed for thermal stability also offer attractive ambient temperature strength-toughness combinations, and therefore, can be considered for a broad range of airframe structural applications. The current study evaluated Al-Cu-Mg-Ag alloy RX226-T8 in plate gages and compared performance with sheet gage alloys of similar composition. Uniaxial tensile properties, plane strain initiation fracture toughness, and plane stress tearing resistance of RX226-T8 were examined at ambient temperature as a function of orientation and thickness location in the plate. Properties were measured near the surface and at the mid-plane of the plate. Tensile strengths were essentially isotropic, with variations in yield and ultimate tensile strengths of less than 2% as a function of orientation and through-thickness location. However, ductility varied by more than 15% with orientation. Fracture toughness was generally higher at the mid-plane and greater for the L-T orientation, although the differences were small near the surface of the plate. Metallurgical analysis indicated that the microstructure was primarily recrystallized with weak texture and was uniform through the plate with the exception of a fine-grained layer near the surface of the plate. Scanning electron microscope analysis revealed Al-Cu-Mg second phase particles which varied in composition and were primarily located on grain boundaries parallel to the rolling direction. Fractography of toughness specimens for both plate locations and orientations revealed that fracture occurred predominantly by transgranular microvoid coalescence. Introduction High-strength, low-density Al-Cu-Mg-Ag alloys were initially developed to replace conventional 2000 (Al-Cu-Mg) and 7000 (Al-Zn-Cu-Mg) series aluminum alloys for aircraft structural applications [1]. During the High Speed Civil Transport (HSCT) program, improvements in thermal stability were demonstrated for candidate

  19. Effect of thermally stable Cu- and Mg-rich aluminides on the high temperature strength of an AlSi12CuMgNi alloy

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    Asghar, Z.

    2014-02-15

    The internal architecture of an AlSi12CuMgNi piston alloy, revealed by synchrotron tomography, consists of three dimensional interconnected hybrid networks of Cu-rich aluminides, Mg-rich aluminides and eutectic/primary Si embedded in an α-Al matrix. The strength at room temperature and at 300°C is studied as a function of solution treatment time at 490°C and compared with results previously reported for an AlSi12Ni alloy. The addition of 1 wt% Cu and 1 wt% Mg to AlSi12CuMgNi increases the room temperature strength by precipitation hardening while the strength at 300°C is similar for both alloys in as-cast condition. The strength of AlSi12CuMgNi decreases with solution treatment time and stabilizes at 4 h solution treatment. The effect of solution treatment time on the strength of the AlSi12CuMgNi alloy is less pronounced than for the AlSi12Ni alloy both at room temperature and at 300°C. - Highlights: • The 3D microstructure of AlSi12CuMgNi is revealed by synchrotron tomography. • An imaging analysis procedure to segment phases with similar contrasts is presented. • 1 wt% Cu and Mg results in the formation of 3D networks of rigid phases. • AlSi12CuMgNi is stronger than AlSi12Ni owing to the stability of the 3D networks.

  20. The determination of interfacial structure and phase transitions in Al/Cu and Al/Ni interfaces by means of surface extended x-ray absorption fine structure

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    Barrera, E.V. . Dept. of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science); Heald, S.M. )

    1991-01-01

    Surface extended x-ray absorption fine structure (SEXAFS) was used to investigate the interfacial conditions of Al/Cu and Al/Ni shallow buried interfaces. Previous studies using glancing angle extended x-ray absorption fine structure, x-ray reflectivity, photoemission, and SEXAFS produced conflicting results as to whether or not the interfaces between Al and Cu and Al and Ni were reacted upon room temperature deposition. In this study polycrystalline bilayers of Al/Cu and Al/Ni and trilayers of Al/Cu/Al and Al/Ni/Al were deposited on tantalum foil at room temperature in ultra high vacuum and analyzed to evaluate the reactivity of these systems on a nanometer scale. It become overwhelming apparent that the interfacial phase reactions were a function of the vacuum conditions. Samples deposited with the optimum vacuum conditions showed reaction products upon deposition at room temperature which were characterized by comparisons to standards and by least squares fitting the be CuAl{sub 2} and NiAl{sub 3} respectively. The results of this study that the reacted zone thicknesses were readily dependent on the deposition parameters. For both Al on Cu and Al on Ni as well as the metal on Al conditions 10{Angstrom} reaction zones were observed. These reaction zones were smaller than that observed for bilayers of Al on Cu (30{Angstrom}) and Al on Ni (60{Angstrom}) where deposition rates were much higher and samples were much thicker. The reaction species are evident by SEXAFS, where the previous photoemission studies only indicated that changes had occurred. Improved vacuum conditions as compared to the earlier experiments is primarily the reason reactions on deposition were seen in this study as compared to the earlier SEXAFS studies.

  1. The determination of interfacial structure and phase transitions in Al/Cu and Al/Ni interfaces by means of surface extended x-ray absorption fine structure

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    Barrera, E.V.; Heald, S.M.

    1991-12-31

    Surface extended x-ray absorption fine structure (SEXAFS) was used to investigate the interfacial conditions of Al/Cu and Al/Ni shallow buried interfaces. Previous studies using glancing angle extended x-ray absorption fine structure, x-ray reflectivity, photoemission, and SEXAFS produced conflicting results as to whether or not the interfaces between Al and Cu and Al and Ni were reacted upon room temperature deposition. In this study polycrystalline bilayers of Al/Cu and Al/Ni and trilayers of Al/Cu/Al and Al/Ni/Al were deposited on tantalum foil at room temperature in ultra high vacuum and analyzed to evaluate the reactivity of these systems on a nanometer scale. It become overwhelming apparent that the interfacial phase reactions were a function of the vacuum conditions. Samples deposited with the optimum vacuum conditions showed reaction products upon deposition at room temperature which were characterized by comparisons to standards and by least squares fitting the be CuAl{sub 2} and NiAl{sub 3} respectively. The results of this study that the reacted zone thicknesses were readily dependent on the deposition parameters. For both Al on Cu and Al on Ni as well as the metal on Al conditions 10{Angstrom} reaction zones were observed. These reaction zones were smaller than that observed for bilayers of Al on Cu (30{Angstrom}) and Al on Ni (60{Angstrom}) where deposition rates were much higher and samples were much thicker. The reaction species are evident by SEXAFS, where the previous photoemission studies only indicated that changes had occurred. Improved vacuum conditions as compared to the earlier experiments is primarily the reason reactions on deposition were seen in this study as compared to the earlier SEXAFS studies.

  2. A study of the semiconductor compound СuAlO2 by the method of nuclear quadrupole resonance of Cu

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    Matukhin, V. L.; Khabibulin, I. Kh.; Shul'gin, D. A.; Smidt, S. V.

    2012-07-01

    The method of nuclear quadrupole resonance of Cu (NQR Cu) is used to study the samples of a semiconductor compound CuAlO2. The crystal structure of CuAlO2 belongs to the family of delafossite - the mineral of a basic CuFeO2 structure. Transparent semiconductor oxides, such as CuAlO2, have attracted recent attention as promising thermoelectric materials.

  3. Enhanced 77 K vortex-pinning in Y Ba2Cu3O7-x films with Ba2Y TaO6 and mixed Ba2Y TaO6 + Ba2Y NbO6 nano-columnar inclusions with irreversibility field to 11 T

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    Rizzo, F.; Augieri, A.; Angrisani Armenio, A.; Galluzzi, V.; Mancini, A.; Pinto, V.; Rufoloni, A.; Vannozzi, A.; Bianchetti, M.; Kursumovic, A.; MacManus-Driscoll, J. L.; Meledin, A.; Van Tendeloo, G.; Celentano, G.

    2016-06-01

    Pulsed laser deposited thin Y Ba2Cu3O7-x (YBCO) films with pinning additions of 5 at. % Ba2Y TaO6 (BYTO) were compared to films with 2.5 at. % Ba2Y TaO6 + 2.5 at. % Ba2Y NbO6 (BYNTO) additions. Excellent magnetic flux-pinning at 77 K was obtained with remarkably high irreversibility fields greater than 10 T (YBCO-BYTO) and 11 T (YBCO-BYNTO), representing the highest ever achieved values in YBCO films.

  4. Dissolution of Cu/Mg Bearing Intermetallics in Al-Si Foundry Alloys

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

    2016-08-01

    Evolutions of the Cu/Mg bearing intermetallics were thoroughly investigated in four Al-Si hypoeutectic alloys containing various Cu (1 and 1.6 wt pct) and Mg (0.4 and 0.8 wt pct) contents. The area fractions of Cu/Mg bearing phases before and after solution heat treatment (SHT) were quantified to evaluate the solubility/stability of the phases. Two Mg-bearing intermetallics (Q-Al5Cu2Mg8Si6, π-Al8FeMg3Si6) which appear as gray color under optical microscope were discriminated by the developed etchant. Moreover, the concentrations of the elements (Cu, Mg, and Si) in α-Al were analyzed. The results illustrated that in the alloys containing ~0.4 pct Mg, Q-Al5Cu2Mg8Si6 phase was dissolved after 6 hours of SHT at 778 K (505 °C); but containing in the alloys ~0.8 pct Mg, it was insoluble/ partially soluble. Furthermore, after SHT at 778 K (505 °C), Mg2Si was partially substituted by Q-phase. Applying a two-step SHT [6 hours@778 K (505 °C) + 8 hours@798 K (525 °C)] in the alloys containing ~0.4 pct Mg helped to further dissolve the remaining Mg bearing intermetallics and further modified the microstructure, but in the alloys containing ~0.8 pct Mg, it caused partial melting of Q-phase. Thermodynamic calculations were carried out to assess the phase formation in equilibrium and in non-equilibrium conditions. There was an excellent agreement between the experimental results and the predicted results.

  5. Dissolution of Cu/Mg Bearing Intermetallics in Al-Si Foundry Alloys

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

    2016-10-01

    Evolutions of the Cu/Mg bearing intermetallics were thoroughly investigated in four Al-Si hypoeutectic alloys containing various Cu (1 and 1.6 wt pct) and Mg (0.4 and 0.8 wt pct) contents. The area fractions of Cu/Mg bearing phases before and after solution heat treatment (SHT) were quantified to evaluate the solubility/stability of the phases. Two Mg-bearing intermetallics (Q-Al5Cu2Mg8Si6, π-Al8FeMg3Si6) which appear as gray color under optical microscope were discriminated by the developed etchant. Moreover, the concentrations of the elements (Cu, Mg, and Si) in α-Al were analyzed. The results illustrated that in the alloys containing ~0.4 pct Mg, Q-Al5Cu2Mg8Si6 phase was dissolved after 6 hours of SHT at 778 K (505 °C); but containing in the alloys ~0.8 pct Mg, it was insoluble/ partially soluble. Furthermore, after SHT at 778 K (505 °C), Mg2Si was partially substituted by Q-phase. Applying a two-step SHT [6 hours@778 K (505 °C) + 8 hours@798 K (525 °C)] in the alloys containing ~0.4 pct Mg helped to further dissolve the remaining Mg bearing intermetallics and further modified the microstructure, but in the alloys containing ~0.8 pct Mg, it caused partial melting of Q-phase. Thermodynamic calculations were carried out to assess the phase formation in equilibrium and in non-equilibrium conditions. There was an excellent agreement between the experimental results and the predicted results.

  6. Composition dependence of superconductivity in YBa2(Cu(3-x)Al(x))Oy

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    Bansal, Narottam P.

    1991-01-01

    Eleven different compositions in the system YBa2(Cu(3-x)Al(x))O(y) (x = 0 to 0.3) have been synthesized and characterized by electrical resistivity measurements, powder x-ray diffraction, and scanning electron microscopy. The superconducting transition temperature T sub c (onset) was almost unaffected by the presence of alumina due to its limited solubility in YBa2Cu3O(7-x). However, T sub c(R = 0) gradually decreased, and the resistive tails became longer with increasing Al2O3 concentration. This was probably due to formation of BaAl2O4 and other impurity phases from chemical decomposition of the superconducting phase by reaction with Al2O3.

  7. Composition dependence of superconductivity in YBa2(Cu(3-x)Al(x))O(y)

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    Bansal, N. P.

    1993-01-01

    Eleven different compositions in the system YBa2(Cu(3-x)Al(x))O(y) (x = 0 to 0.3) have been synthesized and characterized by electrical resistivity measurements, powder X-ray diffraction, and scanning electron microscopy. The superconducting transition temperature T sub c (onset) was almost unaffected by the presence of alumina due to its limited solubility in YBa2Cu3O(7-x). However, T sub c(R = 0) gradually decreased, and the resistive tails became longer with increasing Al2O3 concentration. This was probably due to formation of BaAl2O4 and other impurity phases from chemical decomposition of the superconducting phase by reaction with Al2O3.

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

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

    2015-05-01

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

  9. The Electronic Structure and Formation Energies of Ni-doped CuAlO2 by Density Functional Theory Calculation

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    Xu, Ying; Li, Fei; Sheng, Wei; Nie, Guo-Zheng; Yuan, Ding-Wang

    2014-03-01

    The electronic structure and formation energies of Ni-doped CuAlO2 are calculated by first-principles calculations. Our results show that Ni is good for p-type doping in CuAlO2. When Ni is doped into CuAlO2, it prefers to substitute Al-site. NiAl is a shallow acceptor, while NiCu is a deep acceptor and its formation energy is high. Further electronic structure calculations show that strong hybridization happens between Ni-3d and O-2p states for Ni substituting Al-site, while localized Ni-3d states are found for Ni substituting Cu-site.

  10. A multireference configuration interaction study of CuB and CuAl molecular constants and photoionization spectra.

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    Ferrão, Luiz F A; Spada, Rene F K; Roberto-Neto, Orlando; Machado, Francisco B C

    2013-09-28

    Accurate potential energy curves and molecular constants for the low-lying electronic states of CuX(y) (X = B, Al; y = 0, +1) were investigated using the complete active space self-consistent field/multireference configuration interaction (MRCI) methodology with aug-cc-pV5Z basis set. The photoionization spectra of CuX were computed, showing electron detachment in the region of far ultraviolet. The results complement the previous theoretical characterizations and the few experimental studies. A comparative analysis was carried out concerning the different choices of reference configuration state functions in the MRCI calculations with and without the contribution of scalar relativistic effects. The results obtained with a small reference set adequately constructed are competitive to those using a much larger number of configuration state functions, and also the scalar relativistic effects improve significantly the molecular constants in this kind of system containing a 3d metal atom.

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

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

    2013-07-01

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

  12. Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of Laser-Welded Joints of Ti-22Al-25Nb/TA15 Dissimilar Titanium Alloys

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    Li, Dalong; Hu, Shengsun; Shen, Junqi; Zhang, Hao; Bu, Xianzheng

    2016-05-01

    Laser beam welding (LBW) was applied to join 1-mm-thick dissimilar titanium alloys, Ti-22Al-25Nb (at.%) and TA15, and the microstructure and mechanical properties of the welded joints were systematically analyzed. Defect-free joints were obtained, and the fusion zone mainly consisted of B2 and martensitic α' phases because of the uneven distribution of the β phase stabilizer and rapid cooling rate of LBW. The phase compositions of the heat-affected zone varied with the different thermal cycles during the welding process. The different microstructures of the dissimilar titanium alloys led to an unsymmetrical hardness profile, with the welded seam exhibiting the lowest value of 271 HV. In room-temperature tensile tests, the fractures all occurred preferentially in the fusion zone. The strengths of the joints were close to those of the base metal but with prominently decreasing ductility. In tensile tests performed at 550 °C, all the joints fractured in the TA15 base metal, and the strength and plasticity of the welds were equivalent to those of the TA15 base metal.

  13. Plasticity-improved Zr-Cu-Al bulk metallic glass matrix composites containing martensite phase

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    Sun, Y. F.; Wei, B. C.; Wang, Y. R.; Li, W. H.; Cheung, T. L.; Shek, C. H.

    2005-08-01

    Zr48.5Cu46.5Al5 bulk metallic glass matrix composites with diameters of 3 and 4mm were produced through water-cooled copper mold casting. Micrometer-sized bcc based B2 structured CuZr phase containing martensite plate, together with some densely distributed nanocrystalline Zr2Cu and plate-like Cu10Zr7 compound, was found embedded in a glassy matrix. The microstructure formation strongly depends on the composition and cooling rate. Room temperature compression tests reveal significant strain hardening and plastic strains of 7.7% and 6.4% before failure are obtained for the 3-mm- and 4-mm-diam samples, respectively. The formation of the martensite phase is proposed to contribute to the strain hardening and plastic deformation of the materials.

  14. Plasticity-improved Zr-Cu-Al bulk metallic glass matrix composites containing martensite phase

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    Sun, Y.F.; Wei, B.C.; Wang, Y.R.; Li, W.H.; Cheung, T.L.; Shek, C.H.

    2005-08-01

    Zr{sub 48.5}Cu{sub 46.5}Al{sub 5} bulk metallic glass matrix composites with diameters of 3 and 4 mm were produced through water-cooled copper mold casting. Micrometer-sized bcc based B2 structured CuZr phase containing martensite plate, together with some densely distributed nanocrystalline Zr{sub 2}Cu and plate-like Cu{sub 10}Zr{sub 7} compound, was found embedded in a glassy matrix. The microstructure formation strongly depends on the composition and cooling rate. Room temperature compression tests reveal significant strain hardening and plastic strains of 7.7% and 6.4% before failure are obtained for the 3-mm- and 4-mm-diam samples, respectively. The formation of the martensite phase is proposed to contribute to the strain hardening and plastic deformation of the materials.

  15. New type of Schottky diode-based Cu-Al-Mn-Cr shape memory material films

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    Aksu Canbay, C.; Dere, A.; Mensah-Darkwa, Kwadwo; Al-Ghamdi, Ahmed; Karagoz Genç, Z.; Gupta, R. K.; Yakuphanoglu, F.

    2016-07-01

    Cr-doped CuAlMn shape memory alloys were produced by arc melting method. The effects of Cr content on microstructure and transformation parameters of were investigated. The alloys were characterized by X-ray analysis, optical microscope observations and differential scanning calorimetry measurements. The grain size of the alloys was decreased by the addition of Cr into CuAlMn alloy system. The martensite transformation temperature was shifted both the lower temperature and higher temperature with the addition of chromium. This change was explained on the basis of the change in the thermodynamics such as enthalpy, entropy and activation energy values. The obtained results indicate that the phase transformation temperatures of the CuAlMn alloy system can be controlled by addition of Cr. We fabricated a Schottky barrier diode and observed that ideality factor and barrier height increase with increasing temperature. The diodes exhibited a thermal sensor behavior. This indicates that Schottky diode-based Cu-Al-Mn-Cr shape memory material films can be used as a sensor in high-temperature measurement applications.

  16. Chemical reactions and morphological stability at the Cu/Al2O3 interface.

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    Scheu, C; Klein, S; Tomsia, A P; Rühle, M

    2002-10-01

    The microstructures of diffusion-bonded Cu/(0001)Al2O3 bicrystals annealed at 1000 degrees C at oxygen partial pressures of 0.02 or 32 Pa have been studied with various microscopy techniques ranging from optical microscopy to high-resolution transmission electron microscopy. The studies revealed that for both oxygen partial pressures a 20-35 nm thick interfacial CuAlO2 layer formed, which crystallises in the rhombohedral structure. However, the CuAlO2 layer is not continuous, but interrupted by many pores. In the samples annealed in the higher oxygen partial pressure an additional reaction phase with a needle-like structure was observed. The needles are several millimetres long, approximately 10 microm wide and approximately 1 microm thick. They consist of CuAlO2 with alternating rhombohedral and hexagonal structures. Solid-state contact angle measurements were performed to derive values for the work of adhesion. The results show that the adhesion is twice as good for the annealed specimen compared to the as-bonded sample. PMID:12366593

  17. Influence of temperature on AC conductivity of nanocrystalline CuAlO2

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    Prakash, T.

    2012-07-01

    Nanocrystalline CuAlO2 was synthesized by mechanical alloying of Cu2O and α-Al2O3 powders in the molar ratio of 1:1 for 20 h in toluene medium with tungsten carbide balls and vials using planetary ball mill. The ball milling was carried out at 300 rpm with a ball to powder weight ratio of 10:1 and then annealed at 1373 K in a platinum crucible for 20 h to get CuAlO2 phase with average crystallite size 45 nm. Complex impedance spectroscopic measurement in the frequency region 1 Hz to 10 MHz between the temperatures 333 to 473 K was carried out for nanocrystalline CuAlO2 sample. The obtained complex impedance data was analyzed for AC conductivities, DC and AC conductivities correlations and crossover frequencies ( f co ). The BNN (Barton, Nakajima and Namikawa) relation was applied to understand the correlation between DC and AC conductivities. The observed experimental results were discussed in the paper.

  18. Energetic igniters realized by integrating Al/CuO reactive multilayer films with Cr films

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    Zhu, Peng; Shen, Ruiqi; Ye, Yinghua; Zhou, Xiang; Hu, Yan

    2011-10-01

    This paper deals with the energetic igniters realized by integrating Al/CuO reactive multilayer films (RMFs) with Cr Films, which could be used in micro-ignition system. The as-deposited Al/CuO RMFs has been characterized with varied analytical techniques. Results show that distinct Al/CuO RMFs is sputter deposited in a layered geometry, and the Al/CuO RMFs gives a heat of reaction equal to 2760 J/g. The structure of igniter is similar to a capacitor, which may place an electric field across the igniter and allow the instantaneous large-current to drift through the igniter. Firing characteristics of the igniter were accomplished using constant voltage firing set. The experiment shows that the ignition delay time and total released energy of the igniter discharged in 40 V are 0.7 ms and 482.34 mJ, respectively. In addition, the explosion temperature could keep an approximately constant value of 3500 °C for 1.4 ms.

  19. Production of Cu-Al-Ni Shape Memory Alloys by Mechanical Alloy

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    Goegebakan, Musa; Soguksu, Ali Kemal; Uzun, Orhan; Dogan, Ali

    2007-04-23

    The mechanical alloying technique has been used to produce shape memory Cu83Al13Ni4 alloy. The structure and thermal properties were examined by using scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). The morphology of the surface suggests the presence of martensite.

  20. X-ray imaging and controlled solidification of Al-Cu alloys toward microstructures by design

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    Clarke, Amy J.; Tourret, Damien; Imhoff, Seth D.; Gibbs, Paul J.; Fezzaa, Kamel; Cooley, Jason C.; Lee, Wah -Keat; Deriy, Alex; Patterson, Brian M.; Papin, Pallas A.; et al

    2015-01-30

    X-ray imaging, which permits the microscopic visualization of metal alloy solidification dynamics, can be coupled with controlled solidification to create microstructures by design. This x-ray image shows a process-derived composite microstructure being made from a eutectic Al-17.1 at.%Cu alloy by successive solidification and remelting steps.

  1. Microstructure and mechanical behavior of spray-deposited Al-Cu-Mg(-Ag-Mn) alloys

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    Del Castillo, L.; Lavernia, E. J.

    2000-09-01

    The effect of alloy composition on the microstructure and mechanical behavior of four spray-deposited Al-Cu-Mg(-Ag-Mn) alloys was investigated. Precipitation kinetics for the alloys was determined using differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and artificial aging studies coupled with transmission electron microscopy (TEM) analysis. DSC/TEM analysis revealed that the spray-deposited alloys displayed similar precipitation behavior to that found in previously published studies on ingot alloys, with the Ag containing alloys exhibiting the presence of two peaks corresponding to precipitation of both Ω-Al2Cu and θ'-Al2Cu and the Ag-free alloy exhibiting only one peak for precipitation of θ'. The TEM analysis of each of the Ag-containing alloys revealed increasing amounts of Al20Mn3Cu2 with increasing Mn. In the peak and over-aged conditions, Ag-containing alloys revealed the presence of Ω, with some precipitation of θ' for alloys 248 and 251. Tensile tests on each of the alloys in the peak-aged and overaged (1000 hours at 160 °C) conditions were performed at both room and elevated temperatures. These tests revealed that the peak-aged alloys exhibited relatively high stability up to 160 °C, with greater reductions in strength being observed at 200 °C (especially for the high Mn, low Cu/Mg ratio (6.7) alloy 251). The greatest stability of tensile strength following extended exposure at 160 °C was exhibited by the high Cu/Mg ratio (14) alloy 248, which revealed reductions in yield strength of about 2.5 pct, with respect to the peak-aged condition, for the alloys tested at both room temperature and 160 °C.

  2. Influence of temperature on Al/p-CuInAlSe2 thin-film Schottky diodes

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    Parihar, Usha; Ray, Jaymin; Panchal, C. J.; Padha, Naresh

    2016-06-01

    Al/p-CuInAlSe2 Schottky diodes were fabricated using the optimized thin layers of CuInAlSe2 semiconductor. These diodes were used to study their temperature-dependent current-voltage (I-V) and capacitance-voltage (C-V) analysis over a wide range of 233-353 K. Based on these measurements, diode parameters such as ideality factor ( η), barrier height (ϕbo) and series resistance ( R s) were determined from the downward curvature of I-V characteristics using Cheung and Cheung method. The extracted parameters were found to be strongly temperature dependent; ϕbo increases, while η and R s decrease with increasing temperature. This behavior of ϕbo and η with change in temperature has been explained on the basis of barrier inhomogeneities over the MS interface by assuming a Gaussian distribution (GD) of the ϕbo at the interface. GD of barrier height (BH) was confirmed from apparent BH (ϕap) versus q/2 kT plot, and the values of the mean BH and standard deviation (σs) obtained from this plot at zero bias were found to be 1.02 and 0.14 eV, respectively. Also, a modified ln ( {J_{{s}} /T2 } ) - q2 σ_{{s}}2 /2k2 T2 versus q/ kT plot for Al/p-CuInAlSe2 Schottky diodes according to the GD gives ϕbo and Richardson constant ( A ** ) as 1.01 eV and 26 Acm-2 K-2, respectively. The Richardson constant value of 26 Acm-2 K-2 is very close to the theoretical value of 30 Acm-2 K-2. The discrepancy between BHs obtained from I-V and C-V measurements has also been interpreted.

  3. A DFT study on CO oxidation catalyzed by subnanometer AlCu n ( n = 1-3) clusters

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    Dong, Xiaona; Guo, Ling; Wen, Caixia; Ren, Ningning; Niu, Shuangshu

    2014-07-01

    Through the first-principle density-functional theory (DFT) calculations, we have made an exhaustive study of the mechanism of CO oxidation catalyzed by AlCu n ( n = 1-3) clusters on gas phase. It is shown that mixing two different metals (Al and Cu) can have beneficial effects on the catalytic activity than monometallic Cu n + 1 ( n = 1-3) cluster toward the reaction of CO oxidation and the alloyed AlCu3 cluster is proposed as the best effective nanocatalysts.

  4. A basin-hopping Monte Carlo investigation of the structural and energetic properties of 55- and 561-atom bimetallic nanoclusters: the examples of the ZrCu, ZrAl, and CuAl systems

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    De Souza, Douglas G.; Cezar, Henrique M.; Rondina, Gustavo G.; de Oliveira, Marcelo F.; Da Silva, Juarez L. F.

    2016-05-01

    We report a basin-hopping Monte Carlo investigation within the embedded-atom method of the structural and energetic properties of bimetallic ZrCu, ZrAl, and CuAl nanoclusters with 55 and 561 atoms. We found that unary Zr55, Zr561, Cu55, Cu561, Al55, and Al561 systems adopt the well known compact icosahedron (ICO) structure. The excess energy is negative for all systems and compositions, which indicates an energetic preference for the mixing of both chemical species. The ICO structure is preserved if a few atoms of the host system are replaced by different species, however, the composition limit in which the ICO structure is preserved depends on both the host and new chemical species. Using several structural analyses, three classes of structures, namely ideal ICO, nearly ICO, and distorted ICO structures, were identified. As the amounts of both chemical species change towards a more balanced composition, configurations far from the ICO structure arise and the dominant structures are nearly spherical, which indicates a strong minimization of the surface energy by decreasing the number of atoms with lower coordination on the surface. The average bond lengths follow Vegard’s law almost exactly for ZrCu and ZrAl, however, this is not the case for CuAl. Furthermore, the radial distribution allowed us to identify the presence of an onion-like behavior in the surface of the 561-atom CuAl nanocluster with the Al atoms located in the outermost surface shell, which can be explained by the lower surface energies of the Al surfaces compared with the Cu surfaces. In ZrCu and ZrAl the radial distribution indicates a nearly homogeneous distribution for the chemical species, however, with a slightly higher concentration of Al atoms on the ZrAl surface, which can also be explained by the lower surface energy.

  5. A basin-hopping Monte Carlo investigation of the structural and energetic properties of 55- and 561-atom bimetallic nanoclusters: the examples of the ZrCu, ZrAl, and CuAl systems.

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    De Souza, Douglas G; Cezar, Henrique M; Rondina, Gustavo G; de Oliveira, Marcelo F; Da Silva, Juarez L F

    2016-05-01

    We report a basin-hopping Monte Carlo investigation within the embedded-atom method of the structural and energetic properties of bimetallic ZrCu, ZrAl, and CuAl nanoclusters with 55 and 561 atoms. We found that unary Zr55, Zr561, Cu55, Cu561, Al55, and Al561 systems adopt the well known compact icosahedron (ICO) structure. The excess energy is negative for all systems and compositions, which indicates an energetic preference for the mixing of both chemical species. The ICO structure is preserved if a few atoms of the host system are replaced by different species, however, the composition limit in which the ICO structure is preserved depends on both the host and new chemical species. Using several structural analyses, three classes of structures, namely ideal ICO, nearly ICO, and distorted ICO structures, were identified. As the amounts of both chemical species change towards a more balanced composition, configurations far from the ICO structure arise and the dominant structures are nearly spherical, which indicates a strong minimization of the surface energy by decreasing the number of atoms with lower coordination on the surface. The average bond lengths follow Vegard's law almost exactly for ZrCu and ZrAl, however, this is not the case for CuAl. Furthermore, the radial distribution allowed us to identify the presence of an onion-like behavior in the surface of the 561-atom CuAl nanocluster with the Al atoms located in the outermost surface shell, which can be explained by the lower surface energies of the Al surfaces compared with the Cu surfaces. In ZrCu and ZrAl the radial distribution indicates a nearly homogeneous distribution for the chemical species, however, with a slightly higher concentration of Al atoms on the ZrAl surface, which can also be explained by the lower surface energy.

  6. Solidification Paths and Phase Components at High Temperatures of High-Zn Al-Zn-Mg-Cu Alloys with Different Mg and Cu Contents

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    Shu, W. X.; Hou, L. G.; Liu, J. C.; Zhang, C.; Zhang, F.; Liu, J. T.; Zhuang, L. Z.; Zhang, J. S.

    2015-11-01

    Studies were carried out systematically on a series of Al-8.5 wt pct Zn- xMg- yCu alloys ( x is about 1.5, 2.0, and 2.5 wt pct, and y is about 1.5, 2.0, 2.5, and 2.9 wt pct). The effects of alloying elements Mg and Cu on the microstructures of as-cast and homogenized alloys were investigated using the computational/experimental approach. It shows that Mg(Zn,Al,Cu)2 ( σ) phase can exist in all the as-cast alloys without any observable Mg32(Al,Zn)49/Al2Mg3Zn3 ( T) or Al2CuMg ( S) phase, whereas Al2Cu ( θ) phase is prone to exist in the alloys with low Mg and high Cu contents. Thermodynamic calculation shows that the real solidification paths of the designed alloys fall in between the Scheil and the equilibrium conditions, and close to the former. After the long-time homogenization [733 K (460 °C)/168 hours] and the two-step homogenization [733 K (460 °C)/24 hours + 748 K (475 °C)/24 hours], the phase components of the designed alloys are generally consistent with the calculated phase diagrams. At 733 K (460 °C), the phase components in the thermodynamic equilibrium state are greatly influenced by Mg content, and the alloys with low Mg content are more likely to be in single-Al phase field even if the alloys contain high Cu content. At 748 K (475 °C), the dissolution of the second phases is more effective, and the phase components in the thermodynamic equilibrium state are dominated primarily by (Mg + Cu) content, except the alloys with (Mg + Cu) ≳ 4.35 wt pct, all designed alloys are in single-Al phase field.

  7. Interfacial chemistry in Al/CuO reactive nanomaterial and its role in exothermic reaction.

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    Kwon, Jinhee; Ducéré, Jean Marie; Alphonse, Pierre; Bahrami, Mehdi; Petrantoni, Marine; Veyan, Jean-Francois; Tenailleau, Christophe; Estève, Alain; Rossi, Carole; Chabal, Yves J

    2013-02-01

    Interface layers between reactive and energetic materials in nanolaminates or nanoenergetic materials are believed to play a crucial role in the properties of nanoenergetic systems. Typically, in the case of Metastable Interstitial Composite nanolaminates, the interface layer between the metal and oxide controls the onset reaction temperature, reaction kinetics, and stability at low temperature. So far, the formation of these interfacial layers is not well understood for lack of in situ characterization, leading to a poor control of important properties. We have combined in situ infrared spectroscopy and ex situ X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, differential scanning calorimetry, and high resolution transmission electron microscopy, in conjunction with first-principles calculations to identify the stable configurations that can occur at the interface and determine the kinetic barriers for their formation. We find that (i) an interface layer formed during physical deposition of aluminum is composed of a mixture of Cu, O, and Al through Al penetration into CuO and constitutes a poor diffusion barrier (i.e., with spurious exothermic reactions at lower temperature), and in contrast, (ii) atomic layer deposition (ALD) of alumina layers using trimethylaluminum (TMA) produces a conformal coating that effectively prevents Al diffusion even for ultrathin layer thicknesses (∼0.5 nm), resulting in better stability at low temperature and reduced reactivity. Importantly, the initial reaction of TMA with CuO leads to the extraction of oxygen from CuO to form an amorphous interfacial layer that is an important component for superior protection properties of the interface and is responsible for the high system stability. Thus, while Al e-beam evaporation and ALD growth of an alumina layer on CuO both lead to CuO reduction, the mechanism for oxygen removal is different, directly affecting the resistance to Al diffusion. This work reveals that it is the nature of the monolayer

  8. A comparative study on shock compression of nanocrystalline Al and Cu: Shock profiles and microscopic views of plasticity

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    Ma, Wen; Hou, Yong; Zhu, Wenjun

    2013-10-28

    Shock compressions of nanocrystalline (nc) metals Al and Cu with the same grain size and texture are studied by using molecular dynamics simulations. Results have revealed that the shock front of both Al and Cu can be divided into three stages: elastic, grain-boundary-mediated, and dislocation-mediated plastic deformation. The transition planes among these three stages are proven to be non-planar by two-dimensional shock response analysis, including local stress, shear, temperature, and atom configuration. The difference between shocked Al and Cu is that the rise rate of the elastic stage of Cu is slightly higher than that of Al, and that the shock-front width of Al is wider than Cu at the same loading conditions. For the plastic stage, the dislocation density of shocked Al is lower than Cu, and the contribution of grain-boundary-mediated plasticity to shock front and strain for nc Al is more pronounced than for nc Cu. These results are explained through intrinsic material properties and atomistic analysis of the plastic process. In the case of the shocked Al sample, partial dislocations, perfect dislocations, and twins are observed, but few evidence of perfect dislocations and twins are observed in the shocked Cu.

  9. Development of Cu alloy anode and separator coated with Al-Ni intermetallic compound

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    Toyokura, K.; Hoshino, K.; Yamamoto, M.

    1996-12-31

    Anode made of Cu alloy and separator coated with Al-Ni intermetallic compound have been developed for VCFC. Anode of Ni alloy is usually used. However, the alternative of cost lower than Ni alloy anode should be needed, because Ni is expensive. Cu is attractive as an anode material for VCFC because it is inexpensive and electrochemically noble. However, the creep resistance of Cu is not sufficient, compared with Ni alloy. In this study, strengthening due to oxide-dispersed microstructure has been developed in Cu-Ni-Al alloy with the two-step sintering process. A wet-seal technique has been widely applied for gas-sealing and supporting of electrolyte in MCFC. Since the wet-seal area is exposed to a severe corrosive environment, corrosion resistance of material for wet sealing is related with the cell performance. Al-Ni plating with post-heat treating for stainless steel has been investigated. Stainless steel substrate was plated with Al after being coated with Ni, then heat-treated at 750 {degrees}C for 1 hour in Ar gas atmosphere. Due to the treatment, Al-Ni intermetallic compound ( mainly Al3Ni2 ) layer is formed on stainless steel surface. The long-term immersion test was carried out till 14,500 hours in 62 mol% Li{sub 2}CO{sub 3}-38 mol% K{sub 2}CO{sub 3} at 650 {degrees}C under air-30%CO{sub 2} atmosphere, for the purpose of evaluating the corrosion resistance and thermal stability of Al-Ni intermetallic compound layer in actual generating with VCFC.

  10. Solid Collection Efforts: Ta Collimator Evaluation

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    Gostic, J M

    2011-11-21

    Ta collimator sets that were part of the gated x-ray detector diagnostic (GXD) at NIF were analyzed for debris distribution and damage in 2011. These disks (ranging in thickness from 250 to 750 {mu}m) were fielded approximately 10 cm from target chamber center (TCC) on various symcap, THD and re-emit shots. The nose cone holder and forward Ta collimator (facing target chamber center, TCC) from all shots show evidence of surface melt. Non-destructive analysis techniques such as optical microscopy, surface profilometry, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS), and x-ray fluorescence (XRF) were used to determine debris composition and degree of deformation associated with each Ta disk. Molten debris from the stainless steel nose cone contaminated the surface of the collimators along with other debris associated with the target assembly (Al, Si, Cu, Au and In). Surface elemental analysis of the forward collimator Ta disks indicates that Au hohlraum debris is less concentrated on these samples versus those fielded 50 cm from TCC in the wedge range filter (WRF) assembly. It is possible that the Au is distributed below or within the stainless steel melt layer covering the disk, as most of the foreign debris is captured in the melted coating. The other disks (fielded directly behind the forward collimator in a sandwiched configuration) have visible forms of deformation and warping. The degree of warping increases as the shock wave penetrates the assembly with the most damage sustained on the back collimator. In terms of developing a solid collection capability, the collimator analyses suggests that close proximity may cause more interference with capsule debris collection and more damage to the surface of the collector diagnostic. The analyses of the Ta collimators were presented to the Target and Laser Interaction Sphere (TaLIS) group; a representative presentation is attached to this document.

  11. Synthesis and characterization of CuAlO(2) and AgAlO(2) delafossite oxides through low-temperature hydrothermal methods.

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    Xiong, Dehua; Zeng, Xianwei; Zhang, Wenjun; Wang, Huan; Zhao, Xiujian; Chen, Wei; Cheng, Yi-Bing

    2014-04-21

    In this work, we present one-step low temperature hydrothermal synthesis of submicrometer particulate CuAlO2 and AgAlO2 delafossite oxides, which are two important p-type transparent conducting oxides. The synthesis parameters that affect the crystal formation processes and the product morphologies, including the selection of starting materials and their molar ratios, the pH value of precursors, the hydrothermal temperature, pressure, and reaction time, have been studied. CuAlO2 crystals have been synthesized from the starting materials of CuCl and NaAlO2 at 320-400 °C, and from Cu2O and Al2O3 at 340-400 °C, respectively. AgAlO2 crystals have been successfully synthesized at the low temperature of 190 °C, using AgNO3 and Al(NO3)3 as the starting materials and NaOH as the mineralizer. The detailed elemental compositions, thermal stability, optical properties, and synthesis mechanisms of CuAlO2 and AgAlO2 also have been studied. Noteworthy is the fact that both CuAlO2 and AgAlO2 can be stabilized up to 800 °C, and their optical transparency can reach 60%-85% in the visible range. Besides, it is believed the crystal formation mechanisms uncovered in the synthesis of CuAlO2 and AgAlO2 will prove insightful guildlines for the preparation of other delafossite oxides. PMID:24702474

  12. Scanning Tunneling Microscopy Studies of Surface Structures of Icosahedral Al-Cu-Fe Quasicrystals

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    Tanhong Cai

    2002-12-31

    Three papers are included in this dissertation. The first paper: ''Structural aspects of the fivefold quasicrystalline Al-Cu-Fe surface from STM and dynamical LEED studies'', is in press with ''Surface Science''. The second paper: ''An STM study of the atomic structure of the icosahedral Al-Cu-Fe fivefold surface'' is submitted to ''Physical Review B, Rapid Communication''. The third paper: ''Pseudomorphic starfish: arrangement of extrinsic metal atoms on a quasicrystalline substrate'' is submitted to ''Nature''. Following the third paper are general conclusions and appendices that document the published paper ''Structural aspects of the three-fold surface of icosahedral Al-Pd-Mn'' (appearing in volume 461, issue 1-3 of ''Surface Science'' on page L521-L527, 2000), the design as well as the specifications of the aluminum evaporator used in the aluminum deposition study in this dissertation, an extended discussion of the aluminum deposition on the quasicrystalline surface, and the STM database.

  13. Consistency in Al/CuPc/ n-Si Heterojunction Diode Parameters Extracted Using Different Techniques

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    Ullah, Irfan; Shah, Mutabar; Khan, Majid; Wahab, Fazal

    2016-02-01

    This paper reports fabrication and characterization of an Al/CuPc/ n-Si heterojunction diode. The heterojunction was fabricated by depositing the active organic semiconducting material copper phthalocyanine (CuPc) on the n-Si substrate using the thermal vacuum evaporation technique. Electrical characterization of the fabricated heterojunction was carried out at ambient conditions. Various diode parameters, such as the ideality factor ( n), barrier height (Φ_{{b}}), and series resistance ( R s), were extracted from the current-voltage ( I- V) characteristic curve. These parameters are consistent with techniques used by Cheung, Norde and Hernandez et al. Furthermore these parameters are consistent with capacitance-voltage (C-V) characterization method. The conduction mechanism at the interface of CuPc and n-Si was also investigated. The surface morphology of the CuPc film was studied using atomic force microscopy and scanning electron microscopy. The optical bandgap of the CuPc film was calculated from the absorption spectrum using Tauc's law.

  14. Transport, electronic, and structural properties of nanocrystalline CuAlO2 delafossites

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    Durá, O. J.; Boada, R.; Rivera-Calzada, A.; León, C.; Bauer, E.; de la Torre, M. A. López; Chaboy, J.

    2011-01-01

    This work reports on the effect of grain size on the electrical, thermal, and structural properties of CuAlO2 samples obtained by solid-state reaction combined with ball milling. Electrical characterization made in microcrystalline and nanocrystalline samples shows that the electrical conductivity decreases several orders of magnitude for the nanocrystalline samples, and, in addition, there is a large discrepancy between the activation energies associated to thermoelectric power ES. The study of the Cu K-edge x-ray absorption spectra of the CuAlO2 samples shows that the local structure around Cu is preserved after the sintering process, indicating that the observed behavior of the electrical conductivity is of intrinsic origin. Complex conductivity measurements as a function of frequency allow us to discard grain-boundaries effects on the electrical transport. Thus, the changes in σ(T) and S(T) are interpreted in terms of charge localization in the framework of small polarons. This is in agreement with the analysis of the near-edge region of the absorption spectra, which indicates that sintering favors the Cu-O hybridization. As a consequence, oxygen atoms progressively lose their capability of trapping holes, and the electrical conductivity is also enhanced.

  15. Structural stability of the icosahedral AlCuFe quasicrystal under high-pressure and high-temperature

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    Takagi, S.; Kyono, A.; Nakamoto, Y.; Hirao, N.

    2015-12-01

    We report high-pressure and high-temperature in-situ X-ray diffraction study of icosahedral (i)-AlCuFe quasicrystal "icosahedrite" which is the first known naturally occurring quasicrystal mineral discovered in the Khatyrka meteorite. The i-AlCuFe quasicrystal was synthesized in laboratory from a powder mixture with an atomic ratio of Al : Cu : Fe = 65 : 20 : 15. The high-temperature and high-pressure X-ray diffraction experiments were performed using the laser-heated diamond anvil cell system installed at BL10XU, SPring-8, Japan. The i-AlCuFe showed a characteristic X-ray diffraction pattern of quasicrystal. With only compression, the diffraction patterns of the i-AlCuFe were continued until 75 GPa. At a pressure of 87 GPa two small new peaks occurred and then kept up to the maximum pressure of 104 GPa in the study. The results indicate that the pressure-induced structural phase transition of the i-AlCuFe occurs above 87 GPa, and the structure of the i-AlCuFe remains unchanged at least up to 75 GPa. Under simultaneously high pressure and high temperature, on the other hand, the i-AlCuFe was readily transformed to crystalline phase. It can be characterized by an irreversible transformation process. The structure of the i-AlCuFe is therefore more affected by thermal metamorphism than by pressure metamorphism. The present high-pressure and high-temperature experiments clearly revealed the thermal and pressure stability of the i-AlCuFe quasicrystal which may help to explain the formation of the naturally occurring quasicrystal in the solar system.

  16. Effect of Surplus Phase on the Microstructure and Mechanical Properties in Al-Cu-Mg-Ag Alloys with High Cu/Mg Ratio

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    Xu, Xiaofeng; Zhao, Yuguang; Wang, Xudong; Zhang, Ming; Ning, Yuheng

    2015-11-01

    In order to examine the effect of surplus phase on the microstructure and mechanical properties, different compositions with high Cu/Mg ratio of the T6-temper extruded Al-Cu-Mg-Ag alloys were studied in this investigation. The results show that the Al-5.6Cu-0.56Mg-0.4Ag alloy obtains superior mechanical properties at room temperature, while the yield strength of Al-6.3Cu-0.48Mg-0.4Ag alloy is 378 MPa at 200 °C, which is 200 MPa higher than that of Al-5.6Cu-0.56Mg-0.4Ag alloy. Although the excessive Cu content causes the slight strength loss and elongation decrease in the Al-6.3Cu-0.48Mg-0.4Ag alloy at room temperature, the surplus phases and recrystallized microstructure will play an effective role in strengthening the alloy at elevated temperature.

  17. Laser micro-processing of amorphous and partially crystalline Cu45Zr48Al7 alloy

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    Aqida, S. N.; Brabazon, D.; Naher, S.; Kovacs, Z.; Browne, D. J.

    2010-11-01

    This paper presents a microstructural study of laser micro-processed high-purity Cu45Zr48Al7 alloys prepared by arc melting and Cu-mould casting. Microprocessing of the Cu45Zr48Al7 alloy was performed using a Rofin DC-015 diffusion-cooled CO2 slab laser system with 10.6-μm wavelength. The laser was defocused to a spot size of 0.2 mm on the sample surface. The laser parameters were set to give 300- and 350-W peak power, 30% duty cycle and a 3000-Hz laser pulse repetition frequency (PRF). About 100-micrometer-wide channels were scribed on the surfaces of disk-shaped amorphous and partially crystalline samples at traverse speeds of 500 and 5000 mm/min. These channels were analysed using scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and 2D stylus profilometry. The metallographic study and profile of these processed regions are discussed in terms of the applied laser processing parameters. The SEM micrographs showed that striation marks developed at the edge and inside these regions as a result of the laser processing. The results from this work showed that microscale features can be produced on the surface of amorphous Cu-Zr-Al alloys by CO2 laser processing.

  18. Temperature-dependent stability of stacking faults in Al, Cu and Ni: first-principles analysis.

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    Bhogra, Meha; Ramamurty, U; Waghmare, Umesh V

    2014-09-24

    We present comparative analysis of microscopic mechanisms relevant to plastic deformation of the face-centered cubic (FCC) metals Al, Cu, and Ni, through determination of the temperature-dependent free energies of intrinsic and unstable stacking faults along [1 1̄ 0] and [1 2̄ 1] on the (1 1 1) plane using first-principles density-functional-theory-based calculations. We show that vibrational contribution results in significant decrease in the free energy of barriers and intrinsic stacking faults (ISFs) of Al, Cu, and Ni with temperature, confirming an important role of thermal fluctuations in the stability of stacking faults (SFs) and deformation at elevated temperatures. In contrast to Al and Ni, the vibrational spectrum of the unstable stacking fault (USF[1 2̄ 1]) in Cu reveals structural instabilities, indicating that the energy barrier (γusf) along the (1 1 1)[1 2̄ 1] slip system in Cu, determined by typical first-principles calculations, is an overestimate, and its commonly used interpretation as the energy release rate needed for dislocation nucleation, as proposed by Rice (1992 J. Mech. Phys. Solids 40 239), should be taken with caution. PMID:25185834

  19. Azimuthal angular dependence of exchange bias in FeMn/Py bilayers with Ta/Cu hybrid underlayers: Effect of deposition sequence and sense of rotation

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    Kim, Ki-Yeon; Choi, Hyeok-Cheol; You, Chun-Yeol

    2014-03-01

    We have investigated the azimuthal angular dependent exchange bias of bottom-pinned Py(5nm)/FeMn(5nm) and top-pinned FeMn(5nm)/Py(5nm) bilayers prepared at the same deposition condition except deposition order by vector MOKE experiment. It was found that exchange biased (EB) direction is not collinear with an applied magnetic field during deposition. Second, the critical angle at which the phase of a transverse loop reverses is once (160° @CCW, 170 ~ 175° @CW) for Py/FeMn bilayer and twice (155 ~ 160°, 340 ~ 345° @CCW, 10 ~ 15°, 195-200° @CW) for FeMn/Py bilayer. Therefore, phase of transverse loop remains the same as the initial transverse loop or reverse after 360° rotation, depending on deposition sequence. Third, hysteresis is observed in the transverse magnetization component only if hysteresis loops are measured consecutively between cw and ccw directions over the angular range including the critical angle. This is considered to originate from thermally activated irreversible rearrangement of uncompensated AF spins via interface exchange coupling. Fourth, exchange bias field and coercivity of top-pinned FeMn/Py bilayers with Ta/Cu underlayers are enhanced compared with those of bottom-pinned Py/FeMn bilayers. This is in consistent with our previous results.

  20. Large pinning forces and matching effects in YBa2Cu3O(7-δ) thin films with Ba2Y(Nb/Ta)O6 nano-precipitates.

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    Opherden, Lars; Sieger, Max; Pahlke, Patrick; Hühne, Ruben; Schultz, Ludwig; Meledin, Alexander; Van Tendeloo, Gustaaf; Nast, Rainer; Holzapfel, Bernhard; Bianchetti, Marco; MacManus-Driscoll, Judith L; Hänisch, Jens

    2016-01-01

    The addition of mixed double perovskite Ba2Y(Nb/Ta)O6 (BYNTO) to YBa2Cu3O(7-δ) (YBCO) thin films leads to a large improvement of the in-field current carrying capability. For low deposition rates, BYNTO grows as well-oriented, densely distributed nanocolumns. We achieved a pinning force density of 25 GN/m(3) at 77 K at a matching field of 2.3 T, which is among the highest values reported for YBCO. The anisotropy of the critical current density shows a complex behavior whereby additional maxima are developed at field dependent angles. This is caused by a matching effect of the magnetic fields c-axis component. The exponent N of the current-voltage characteristics (inversely proportional to the creep rate S) allows the depinning mechanism to be determined. It changes from a double-kink excitation below the matching field to pinning-potential-determined creep above it. PMID:26887291

  1. Large pinning forces and matching effects in YBa2Cu3O7-δ thin films with Ba2Y(Nb/Ta)O6 nano-precipitates

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    Opherden, Lars; Sieger, Max; Pahlke, Patrick; Hühne, Ruben; Schultz, Ludwig; Meledin, Alexander; Van Tendeloo, Gustaaf; Nast, Rainer; Holzapfel, Bernhard; Bianchetti, Marco; MacManus-Driscoll, Judith L.; Hänisch, Jens

    2016-01-01

    The addition of mixed double perovskite Ba2Y(Nb/Ta)O6 (BYNTO) to YBa2Cu3O7−δ (YBCO) thin films leads to a large improvement of the in-field current carrying capability. For low deposition rates, BYNTO grows as well-oriented, densely distributed nanocolumns. We achieved a pinning force density of 25 GN/m3 at 77 K at a matching field of 2.3 T, which is among the highest values reported for YBCO. The anisotropy of the critical current density shows a complex behavior whereby additional maxima are developed at field dependent angles. This is caused by a matching effect of the magnetic fields c-axis component. The exponent N of the current-voltage characteristics (inversely proportional to the creep rate S) allows the depinning mechanism to be determined. It changes from a double-kink excitation below the matching field to pinning-potential-determined creep above it. PMID:26887291

  2. Modeling deformation behavior of Cu-Zr-Al bulk metallic glass matrix composites

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    Pauly, S.; Liu, G.; Wang, G.; Das, J.; Kim, K. B.; Kühn, U.; Kim, D. H.; Eckert, J.

    2009-09-01

    In the present work we prepared an in situ Cu47.5Zr47.5Al5 bulk metallic glass matrix composite derived from the shape memory alloy CuZr. We use a strength model, which considers percolation and a three-microstructural-element body approach, to understand the effect of the crystalline phase on the yield stress and the fracture strain under compressive loading, respectively. The intrinsic work-hardenability due to the martensitic transformation of the crystalline phase causes significant work hardening also of the composite material.

  3. Semiconductor bridge, SCB, ignition studies of Al/CuO thermite

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    Bickes, R.W. Jr.; Wackerbarth, D.E.; Mohler, J.H.

    1997-04-01

    The authors briefly summarize semiconductor bridge operation and review their ignition studies of Al/CuO thermite as a function of the capacitor discharge unit (CDU) firing set capacitance, charge holder material and morphology of the CuO. Ignition thresholds were obtained using a brass charge holder and a non-conducting fiber-glass-epoxy composite material, G10. At - 18 C and a charge voltage of 50V, the capacitance thresholds were 30.1 {mu}F and 2.0 {mu}F respectively. They also present new data on electrostatic discharge (ESD) and radio frequency (RF) vulnerability tests.

  4. Superelasticity of Cu-Ni-Al shape-memory fibers prepared by melt extraction technique

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    Li, Dong-yue; Zhang, Shu-ling; Liao, Wei-bing; Geng, Gui-hong; Zhang, Yong

    2016-08-01

    In the paper, a melt extraction method was used to fabricate Cu-4Ni-14Al (wt%) fiber materials with diameters between 50 and 200 μm. The fibers exhibited superelasticity and temperature-induced martensitic transformation. The microstructures and superelasticity behavior of the fibers were studied via scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and a dynamic mechanical analyzer (DMA), respectively. Appropriate heat treatment further improves the plasticity of Cu-based alloys. The serration behavior observed during the loading process is due to the multiple martensite phase transformation.

  5. Temperature dependence of the perpendicular magnetic anisotropy in Ta/Co2FeAl/MgO structures probed by Anomalous Hall Effect

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    Gabor, M. S.; Petrisor, T.; Pop, O.; Colis, S.; Tiusan, C.

    2015-10-01

    We report a detailed study of the temperature dependence of the magnetic anisotropy in Ta/Co2FeAl/MgO structures by means of Anomalous Hall Effect measurements. The volume magnetic anisotropy, although negligible at room temperature, shows a non-negligible value at low temperatures and favors an in-plane easy magnetization axis. The surface magnetic anisotropy, which promotes the perpendicular magnetic easy axis, shows an increase from 0.76 ± 0.05 erg /cm2 at 300 K, up to 1.08 ± 0.04 erg /cm2 at 5 K, attributed to the evolution of the Co2FeAl layer saturation magnetization with temperature.

  6. Changes of microstructure and magnetic properties of Nd-Fe-B sintered magnets by doping Al-Cu

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    Ni, Junjie; Ma, Tianyu; Yan, Mi

    2011-11-01

    The microstructural and magnetic properties of Al 100- xCu x (15at%≤ x≤45 at%) doped Nd-Fe-B magnets were studied. The distribution and alloying effects of Cu or Al on the intergranular microstructure were investigated by thermodynamic analysis, differential scanning calorimetery and microscopy techniques. It was observed that when the Cu content of Al 100 xCu x exceeds to 25 at%, the (Pr, Nd)Cu and CuAl 2 phases form in these magnets. The formation of (Pr, Nd)Cu phase depends on the negative formation enthalpy of (Pr, Nd)Cu and the exclusive distribution of Cu in the intergranular regions. The eutectic reaction between (Pr, Nd)Cu phase and (Pr, Nd) occurs at 480 °C, which forms the liquid phase that dissolves the (Pr, Nd) 2Fe 14B surface irregularities and thus increases the quantities of (Pr, Nd)-rich phase at the grain boundaries. These changes benefit the grain boundary microstructure, especially the distribution of (Pr, Nd)-rich phase, which effectively improves the intrinsic coercivity iHc due to the decreases of exchange coupling between the (Pr, Nd) 2Fe 14B grains.

  7. Effect of iron content on the structure and mechanical properties of Al25Ti25Ni25Cu25 and (AlTi)60-xNi20Cu20Fex (x=15, 20) high-entropy alloys

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    Fazakas, É.; Zadorozhnyy, V.; Louzguine-Luzgin, D. V.

    2015-12-01

    In this work, we investigated the microstructure and mechanical properties of Al25Ti25Ni25Cu25 Al22.5Ti22.5Ni20Cu20Fe15 and Al20Ti20Ni20Cu20Fe20 high entropy alloys, produced by arc melting and casting in an inert atmosphere. The structure of these alloys was studied by X-ray diffractometry and scanning electron microscopy. The as-cast alloys were heat treated at 773, 973 and 1173 K for 1800 s to investigate the effects of aging on the plasticity, hardness and elastic properties. Compared to the conventional high-entropy alloys the Al25Ti25Ni25Cu25, Al22.5Ti22.5Ni20Cu20Fe15 and Al20Ti20Ni20Cu20Fe20 alloys are relatively hard and ductile. Being heat treated at 973 K the Al22.5Ti22.5Ni20Cu20Fe15 alloy shows considerably high strength and relatively homogeneous deformation under compression. The plasticity, hardness and elastic properties of the studied alloys depend on the fraction and intrinsic properties of the constituent phases. Significant hardening effect by the annealing is found.

  8. Interface Development in Cu-Based Structures Transient Liquid Phase (TLP) Bonded with Thin Al Foil Intermediate Layers

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    Chen, Ke; Meng, Wen Jin; Eastman, J. A.

    2014-08-01

    Proper bonding and assembly techniques are essential for fabrication of functional metal-based microdevices. Transient liquid phase (TLP) bonding is a promising technique for making enclosed metallic microchannel devices. In this paper, we report results of TLP bonding of Cu-based structures at temperatures between 823 K and 883 K (550 °C and 610 °C) with thin elemental Al foils as intermediate boding layers. In situ X-ray diffraction was utilized to examine the structure of Cu/Al interface in real time, resulting in a proposed sequence of structural evolution of the Cu/Al/Cu TLP bonding interface region. Three different types of bonding interface structures, the " γ 1 structure," the "eutectoid structure" ("E structure"), and the "E/ γ 1/E structure," were observed through electron microscopy, and related to the proposed sequence of interfacial structural evolution. Tensile fracture tests were conducted on TLP-bonded Cu/Al/Cu coupon assemblies. Hardness of the various phases within the bonding interface region was probed with instrumented nanoindentation. Results of mechanical testing were correlated to the structure of the bonding interface region. The present results provide an understanding of the structural evolution within the Cu/Al/Cu TLP bonding interface region, and offer guidance to future bonding of Cu-based microsystems.

  9. The Microstructure-Processing-Property Relationships in an Al Matrix Composite System Reinforced by Al-Cu-Fe Alloy Particles

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    Tang, Fei

    2004-01-01

    Metal matrix composites (MMC), especially Al matrix composites, received a lot of attention during many years of research because of their promise for the development of automotive and aerospace materials with improved properties and performance, such as lighter weight and better structural properties, improved thermal conductivity and wear resistance. In order to make the MMC materials more viable in various applications, current research efforts on the MMCs should continue to focus on two important aspects, including improving the properties of MMCs and finding more economical techniques to produce MMCs. Solid state vacuum sintering was studied in tap densified Al powder and in hot quasi-isostatically forged samples composed of commercial inert gas atomized or high purity Al powder, generated by a gas atomization reaction synthesis (GARS) technique. The GARS process results in spherical Al powder with a far thinner surface oxide. The overall results indicated the enhanced ability of GARS-processed Al and Al alloy powders for solid state sintering, which may lead to simplification of current Al powder consolidation processing methods. Elemental Al-based composites reinforced with spherical Al-Cu-Fe alloy powders were produced by quasi-isostatic forging and vacuum hot pressing (VHP) consolidation methods. Microstructures and tensile properties of AYAl-Cu-Fe composites were characterized. It was proved that spherical Al-Cu-Fe alloy powders can serve as an effective reinforcement particulate for elemental Al-based composites, because of their high hardness and a preferred type of matrix/reinforcement interfacial bonding, with reduced strain concentration around the particles. Ultimate tensile strength and yield strength of the composites were increased over the corresponding Al matrix values, far beyond typical observations. This remarkable strengthening was achieved without precipitation hardening and without severe strain hardening during consolidation because of

  10. Corrosion behavior of cast Ti-6Al-4V alloyed with Cu.

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    Koike, Marie; Cai, Zhuo; Oda, Yutaka; Hattori, Masayuki; Fujii, Hiroyuki; Okabe, Toru

    2005-05-01

    It has recently been found that alloying with copper improved the inherently poor grindability and wear resistance of titanium. This study characterized the corrosion behavior of cast Ti-6Al-4V alloyed with copper. Alloys (0.9 or 3.5 mass % Cu) were cast with the use of a magnesia-based investment in a centrifugal casting machine. Three specimen surfaces were tested: ground, sandblasted, and as cast. Commercially pure titanium and Ti-6Al-4V served as controls. Open-circuit potential measurement, linear polarization, and potentiodynamic cathodic polarization were performed in aerated (air + 10% CO(2)) modified Tani-Zucchi synthetic saliva at 37 degrees C. Potentiodynamic anodic polarization was conducted in the same medium deaerated by N(2) + 10% CO(2). Polarization resistance (R(p)), Tafel slopes, and corrosion current density (I(corr)) were determined. A passive region occurred for the alloy specimens with ground and sandblasted surfaces, as for CP Ti. However, no passivation was observed on the as-cast alloys or on CP Ti. There were significant differences among all metals tested for R(p) and I(corr) and significantly higher R(p) and lower I(corr) values for CP Ti compared to Ti-6Al-4V or the alloys with Cu. Alloying up to 3.5 mass % Cu to Ti-6Al-4V did not change the corrosion behavior. Specimens with ground or sandblasted surfaces were superior to specimens with as-cast surfaces. PMID:15744719

  11. Dynamic mechanical analyze of superelastic CuMnAl shape memory alloy

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    (Dragoș Ursanu, A. I.; Stanciu, S.; Pricop, B.; Săndulache, F.; Cimpoeșu, N.

    2016-08-01

    A new shape memory alloy was obtain from high purity Cu, Mn and Al elements using a induce furnace. The intelligent material present negative transformation temperatures and an austenite like state at room temperature. The austenite state of CuMnAl shape memory alloy present superelasticity property. Five kilograms ingot was obtain of Cu10Mn10Al alloy. From the base material (melted state) were cut samples with 6 mm thickness using a mechanical saw. After an homogenization heat treatment the samples were hot rolled through four passes with a reduction coefficient of 20%. Experimental lamellas were obtained with 1.5 mm thickness and 90x10 mm length and width. After the hot rolled treatment the materials were heat treated at 800°C for 20 minutes and chilled in water. Four samples, one just laminated and three heat treated by aging, were analyzed with a Netzsch DMA equipment to establish the elastic modulus and the internal friction values of the materials. Metallic materials microstructure was analyzed using a scanning electron microscope Vega Tescan LMH II type. After the aging heat treatment a decrease of internal friction is observed on the entire analyze range which is assigned to formation of Al-based precipitates that block the internal movement of the alloy characteristic phases.

  12. Electroactive complex in thermally treated Ge-Si <Cu, Al> crystals

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    Azhdarov, G. Kh.; Zeynalov, Z. M.; Zakhrabekova, Z. M.; Kyazimova, A. I.

    2010-05-15

    It is shown by Hall measurements that quenching complexly doped Ge{sub 1-x}Si{sub x}<Cu, Al> (0 {<=} x {<=} 0.20) crystals from 1050-1080 K leads to the formation of additional electroactive acceptor centers in them. The activation energy of these centers increases linearly with an increase in the silicon content in the crystal and is described by the relation E{sub k}{sup x} = (52 + 320x) meV. Annealing these crystals at 550-570 K removes the additional acceptor levels. It is established that the most likely model for the additional electroactive centers is a pair composed of substituent copper and aluminum atoms (Cu{sub s}Al{sub s}) or interstitial copper and substituent aluminum atoms (Cu{sub i}Al{sub s}). It is shown that the generation of additional deep acceptor levels must be taken into account when using the method of precise doping of Ge{sub 1-x}Si{sub x}<Al> crystals with copper.

  13. Electrical conduction mechanism in La{sub 3}Ta{sub 0.5}Ga{sub 5.3}Al{sub 0.2}O{sub 14} single crystals

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    Yaokawa, Ritsuko Aota, Katsumi; Uda, Satoshi

    2013-12-14

    The electrical conduction mechanism in La{sub 3}Ta{sub 0.5}Ga{sub 5.3}Al{sub 0.2}O{sub 14} (LTGA) single crystals was studied by nonstoichiometric defect formation during crystal growth. Since stoichiometric LTGA is not congruent, the single crystal grown from the stoichiometric melt was Ta-poor and Al-rich, where Al atoms were substituted not only in Ga sites but also in Ta sites. The population of the substitutional Al in Ta sites increased with increasing oxygen partial pressure during growth (growth-pO{sub 2}) in the range from 0.01 to 1 atm. Below 600 °C, substitutional Al atoms in Ta sites were ionized to yield holes, and thus the electrical conductivity of the LTGA crystal depended on temperature and the growth-pO{sub 2}. The dependence of the electrical conductivity on the growth-pO{sub 2} decreased as temperature increased. The temperature rise increases ionic conductivity, for which the dominant carriers are oxygen defects formed by the anion Frenkel reaction.

  14. Tuning the formation of p-type defects by peroxidation of CuAlO2 films

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    Luo, Jie; Lin, Yow-Jon; Hung, Hao-Che; Liu, Chia-Jyi; Yang, Yao-Wei

    2013-07-01

    p-type conduction of CuAlO2 thin films was realized by the rf sputtering method. Combining with Hall, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, energy dispersive spectrometer, and X-ray diffraction results, a direct link between the hole concentration, Cu vacancy (VCu), and interstitial oxygen (Oi) was established. It is shown that peroxidation of CuAlO2 films may lead to the increased formation probability of acceptors (VCu and Oi), thus, increasing the hole concentration. The dependence of the VCu density on growth conditions was identified for providing a guide to tune the formation of p-type defects in CuAlO2. Understanding the defect-related p-type conductivity of CuAlO2 is essential for designing optoelectronic devices and improving their performance.

  15. Theoretical study of band gap in CuAlO2: Pressure dependence and self-interaction correction

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    Nakanishi, Akitaka; Katayama-Yoshida, Hiroshi

    2012-08-01

    By using first-principles calculations, we studied the energy gaps of delafossite CuAlO2: (1) pressure dependence and (2) self-interaction correction (SIC). Our simulation shows that CuAlO2 transforms from a delafossite structure to a leaning delafossite structure at 60 GPa. The energy gap of CuAlO2 increases through the structural transition due to the enhanced covalency of Cu 3d and O 2p states. We implemented a self-interaction correction (SIC) into first-principles calculation code to go beyond local density approximation and applied it to CuAlO2. The energy gap calculated within the SIC is close to experimental data while one calculated without the SIC is about 1 eV smaller than the experimental data.

  16. TPR investigations on the reducibility of Cu supported on Al 2O 3, zeolite Y and SAPO-5

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    Hoang, Dang Lanh; Dang, Thi Thuy Hanh; Engeldinger, Jana; Schneider, Matthias; Radnik, Jörg; Richter, Manfred; Martin, Andreas

    2011-08-01

    Reducibility of Cu supported on Al 2O 3, zeolite Y and silicoaluminophosphate SAPO-5 has been investigated in dependence on the Cu content using a method combining conventional temperature programmed reduction (TPR) by hydrogen with reoxidation in N 2O followed by a second the so-called surface-TPR (s-TPR). The method enables discrimination and a quantitative estimation of the Cu oxidation states +2, +1 and 0. The quantitative results show that the initial oxidation state of Cu after calcination in air at 400 °C, independent on the nature of the support, is predominantly +2. Cu 2+ supported on Al 2O 3 is quantitatively reduced by hydrogen to metallic Cu 0. Comparing the TPR of the samples calcined in air and that of samples additionally pre-treated in argon reveals that in zeolite Y and SAPO-5 Cu 2+ cations are stabilized as weakly and strongly forms. In both systems, strongly stabilized Cu 2+ ions are not auto-reduced by pre-treatment in argon at 650 °C, but are reduced in hydrogen to form Cu +. The weakly stabilized Cu 2+ ions, in contrast, may be auto-reduced by pre-treatment in argon at 650 °C forming Cu + but are reduced in hydrogen to metallic Cu 0.

  17. Comparison of the Isothermal Oxidation Behavior of As-Cast Cu-17%Cr and Cu-17%Cr-5%Al. Part 1; Oxidation Kinetics

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    Raj. Sai V.

    2008-01-01

    The isothermal oxidation kinetics of as-cast Cu-17%Cr and Cu-17%Cr-5%Al in air were studied between 773 and 1173 K under atmospheric pressure. These observations reveal that Cu- 17%Cr-5%Al oxidizes at significantly slower rates than Cu-17%Cr. The rate constants for the alloys were determined from generalized analyses of the data without an a priori assumption of the nature of the oxidation kinetics. Detailed analyses of the isothermal thermogravimetric weight change data revealed that Cu-17%Cr exhibited parabolic oxidation kinetics with an activation energy of 165.9 +/- 9.5 kJ/mol. In contrast, the oxidation kinetics for the Cu-17%Cr- 5%Al alloy exhibited a parabolic oxidation kinetics during the initial stages followed by a quartic relationship in the later stages of oxidation. Alternatively, the oxidation behavior of Cu-17%CR- 5%Al could be better represented by a logarithmic relationship. The parabolic rate constants and activation energy data for the two alloys are compared with literature data to gain insights on the nature of the oxidation mechanisms dominant in these alloys.

  18. Comparison of the Isothermal Oxidation Behavior of As-Cast Cu-17 Percent Cr and Cu-17 Percent Cr-5 Percent Al. Part 1; Oxidation Kinetics

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    Raj, S. V.

    2008-01-01

    The isothermal oxidation kinetics of as-cast Cu-17%Cr and Cu-17%Cr-5%Al in air were studied between 773 and 1173 K under atmospheric pressure. These observations reveal that Cu-17%Cr-5%Al oxidizes at significantly slower rates than Cu-17%Cr. The rate constants for the alloys were determined from generalized analyses of the data without an a priori assumption of the nature of the oxidation kinetics. Detailed analyses of the isothermal thermogravimetric weight change data revealed that Cu-17%Cr exhibited parabolic oxidation kinetics with an activation energy of 165.9+/-9.5 kJ/mol. In contrast, the oxidation kinetics for the Cu-17%Cr-5%Al alloy exhibited a parabolic oxidation kinetics during the initial stages followed by a quartic relationship in the later stages of oxidation. Alternatively, the oxidation behavior of Cu-17%CR-5%Al could be better represented by a logarithmic relationship. The parabolic rate constants and activation energy data for the two alloys are compared with literature data to gain insights on the nature of the oxidation mechanisms dominant in these alloys.

  19. Comparison of the Isothermal Oxidation Behavior of As-Cast Cu-17%Cr and Cu-17%Cr-5%Al. Part 1; Oxidation Kinetics

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    Raj. Sai V.

    2008-01-01

    The isothermal oxidation kinetics of as-cast Cu-17%Cr and Cu-17%Cr-5%Al in air were studied between 773 and 1173 K under atmospheric pressure. These observations reveal that Cu- 17%Cr-5%Al oxidizes at significantly slower rates than Cu-17%Cr. The rate constants for the alloys were determined from generalized analyses of the data without an a priori assumption of the nature of the oxidation kinetics. Detailed analyses of the isothermal thermogravimetric weight change data revealed that Cu-17%Cr exhibited parabolic oxidation kinetics with an activation energy of 165.9 9.5 kJ mol-1. In contrast, the oxidation kinetics for the Cu-17%Cr- 5%Al alloy exhibited a parabolic oxidation kinetics during the initial stages followed by a quartic relationship in the later stages of oxidation. Alternatively, the oxidation behavior of Cu-17%CR- 5%Al could be better represented by a logarithmic relationship. The parabolic rate constants and activation energy data for the two alloys are compared with literature data to gain insights on the nature of the oxidation mechanisms dominant in these alloys.

  20. Strong excitonic effects in CuAlO2 delafossite transparent conductive oxides

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    Laskowski, Robert; Christensen, Niels Egede; Blaha, Peter; Palanivel, Balan

    2009-04-01

    The imaginary part of the dielectric function of CuAlO2 has been calculated including the electron-hole correlation effects within Bethe-Salpeter formalism (BSE). In the initial step of the BSE solver the band structure was calculated within density-functional theory plus an orbital field (LDA/GGA+U) acting on Cu atoms. We discuss the influence of the strength of the additional orbital field on the band structure, electric field gradients, and the dielectric function. The calculated dielectric function shows very strong electron-hole correlation effects manifested with large binding energies of the lowest excitons. The electron-hole pair for the lowest excitations are very strongly localized at a single Cu plane and confined within only a few neighboring shells.

  1. The Effect of Premixed Al-Cu Powder on the Stir Zone in Friction Stir Welding of AA3003-H18

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    Abnar, B.; Kazeminezhad, M.; Kokabi, A. H.

    2015-02-01

    In this research, 3-mm-thick AA3003-H18 non-heat-treatable aluminum alloy plates were joined by friction stir welding (FSW). It was performed by adding pure Cu and premixed Cu-Al powders at various rotational speeds of 800, 1000, and 1200 rpm and constant traveling speeds of 100 mm/min. At first, the powder was filled into the gap (0.2 or 0.4 mm) between two aluminum alloy plates, and then the FSW process was performed in two passes. The microstructure, mechanical properties, and formation of intermetallic compounds were investigated in both cases of using pure Cu and premixed Al-Cu powders. The results of using pure Cu and premixed Al-Cu powders were compared in the stir zone at various rotational speeds. The copper particle distribution and formation of Al-Cu intermetallic compounds (Al2Cu and AlCu) in the stir zone were desirable using premixed Al-Cu powder into the gap. The hardness values were significantly increased by formation of Al-Cu intermetallic compounds in the stir zone and it was uniform throughout the stir zone when premixed Al-Cu powder was used. Also, longitudinal tensile strength from the stir zone was higher when premixed Al-Cu powder was used instead of pure Cu powder.

  2. Laser cladding of quasi-crystal-forming Al-Cu-Fe-Bi on an Al-Si alloy substrate

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    Biswas, Krishanu; Chattopadhyay, Kamanio; Galun, Rolf; Mordike, Barry L.

    2005-07-01

    We report here the results of an investigation aimed at producing coatings containing phases closely related to the quasi-crystalline phase with dispersions of soft Bi particles using an Al-Cu-Fe-Bi elemental powder mixture on Al-10.5 at. pct Si substrates. A two-step process of cladding followed by remelting is used to fine-tune the alloying, phase distribution, and microstructure. A powder mix of Al64Cu22.3Fe11.7Bi2 has been used to form the clads. The basic reason for choosing Bi lies in the fact that it is immiscible with each of the constituent elements. Therefore, it is expected that Bi will solidify in the form of dispersoids during the rapid solidification. A detailed microstructural analysis has been carried out by using the backscattered imaging mode in a scanning electron microscope (SEM) and transmission electron microscope (TEM). The microstructural features are described in terms of layers of different phases. Contrary to our expectation, the quasi-crystalline phase could not form on the Al-Si substrate. The bottom of the clad and remelted layers shows the regrowth of aluminum. The formation of phases such as blocky hexagonal Al-Fe-Si and a ternary eutectic (Al + CuAl2 + Si) have been found in this layer. The middle layer shows the formation of long plate-shaped Al13Fe4 along with hexagonal Al-Fe-Si phase growing at the periphery of the former. The formation of metastable Al-Al6Fe eutectic has also been found in this layer. The top layer, in the case of the as-clad track, shows the presence of plate-shaped Al13Fe4 along with a 1/1 cubic rational approximant of a quasi-crystal. The top layer of the remelted track shows the presence of a significant amount of a 1/1 cubic rational approximant. In addition, the as-clad and remelted microstructures show a fine-scale dispersion of Bi particles of different sizes formed during monotectic solidification. The remelting is found to have a strong effect on the size and distribution of Bi particles. The dry

  3. The influence of stacking fault energy on the mechanical behavior of Cu and Cu-Al alloys: Deformation twinning, work hardening, and dynamic recovery

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    Rohatgi, Aashish; Vecchio, Kenneth S.; Gray, George T.

    2001-01-01

    The role of stacking fault energy (SFE) in deformation twinning and work hardening was systematically studied in Cu (SFE ˜78 ergs/cm2) and a series of Cu-Al solid-solution alloys (0.2, 2, 4, and 6 wt pct Al with SFE ˜75, 25, 13, and 6 ergs/cm2, respectively). The materials were deformed under quasi-static compression and at strain rates of ˜1000/s in a Split-Hopkinson pressure bar (SHPB). The quasi-static flow curves of annealed 0.2 and 2 wt pct Al alloys were found to be representative of solid-solution strengthening and well described by the Hall-Petch relation. The quasi-static flow curves of annealed 4 and 6 wt pct Al alloys showed additional strengthening at strains greater than 0.10. This additional strengthening was attributed to deformation twins and the presence of twins was confirmed by optical microscopy. The strengthening contribution of deformation twins was incorporated in a modified Hall-Petch equation (using intertwin spacing as the “effective” grain size), and the calculated strength was in agreement with the observed quasi-static flow stresses. While the work-hardening rate of the low SFE Cu-Al alloys was found to be independent of the strain rate, the work-hardening rate of Cu and the high SFE Cu-Al alloys (low Al content) increased with increasing strain rate. The different trends in the dependence of work-hardening rate on strain rate was attributed to the difference in the ease of cross-slip (and, hence, the ease of dynamic recovery) in Cu and Cu-Al alloys.

  4. Optical properties of Bi 12TiO 20 doped with Al, P, Ag, Cu, Co and co-doped with Al+P single crystals

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    Marinova, V.

    2000-11-01

    Large optically homogeneous photorefractive Bi 12TiO 20 (BTO) single crystals doped with Al, P, Ag, Cu, Co and Al+P-co-doping were obtained by the Top Seeded Solution Growth Method (TSSG) in a Bi 2O 3 solution. A strong bleaching effect was observed for the Al, P, Ag and Al+P-doped crystals, whereas doping with Cu and Co induced a strong photochromic effect and increased the absorption coefficients in the red spectral region. Al, P, Al+P-doped crystals increased the values of optical rotator power, while Cu and Ag-doped crystals exhibited a strong decrease in optical activity in comparison with non-doped BTO. The influences of doping elements on the optical rotation power are discussed on the basis of two structural elementary cell units - MO 4 tetrahedra and BiO n polyhedra.

  5. Effect of Interfacial Microstructure Evolution on Mechanical Properties and Fracture Behavior of Friction Stir-Welded Al-Cu Joints

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    Xue, P.; Xiao, B. L.; Ma, Z. Y.

    2015-07-01

    The interfacial microstructure evolution of Al-Cu joints during friction stir welding and post-welding annealing and its influence on the tensile strength and the fracture behavior were investigated in detail. An obvious interface including three sub-layers of α-Al, Al2Cu, and Al4Cu9 intermetallic compound (IMC) layers is generated in the as-FSW joint. With the development of annealing process, the α-Al layer disappeared and a new IMC layer of AlCu formed between initial two IMC layers of Al2Cu and Al4Cu9. The growth rate of IMC layers was diffusion controlled before the formation of Kirkendall voids, with activation energy of 117 kJ/mol. When the total thickness of IMC layers was less than the critical value of 2.5 μm, the FSW joints fractured at the heat-affected zone of Al side with a high ultimate tensile strength (UTS) of ~100 MPa. When the thickness of IMC layers exceeded 2.5 μm, the joints fractured at the interface. For relatively thin IMC layer, the joints exhibited a slightly decreased UTS of ~90 MPa and an inter-granular fracture mode with crack propagating mainly between the Al2Cu and AlCu IMC layers. However, when the IMC layer was very thick, crack propagated in the whole IMC layers and the fracture exhibited trans-granular mode with a greatly decreased UTS of 50-60 MPa.

  6. Effect of ZrO2 Nanoparticles on the Microstructure of Al-Si-Cu Filler for Low-Temperature Al Brazing Applications

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    Sharma, Ashutosh; Roh, Myung-Hwan; Jung, Do-Hyun; Jung, Jae-Pil

    2016-01-01

    In this study, the effect of ZrO2 nanoparticles on Al-12Si-20Cu alloy has been studied as a filler metal for aluminum brazing. The microstructural and thermal characterizations are performed using X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscope (SEM), and differential thermal analysis (DTA). The intermetallic compound (IMC) phases are identified by the energy-dispersive spectroscopy analysis coupled with the SEM. The filler spreading test is performed according to JIS-Z-3197 standard. XRD and SEM analyses confirm the presence of Si particles, the CuAl2 ( θ) intermetallic, and the eutectic structures of Al-Si, Al-Cu, and Al-Si-Cu in the Al matrix in the monolithic and composite samples. It is observed that when the ZrO2 is added in the alloy, the CuAl2 IMCs and Si particles are found to be dispersed uniformly in the Al matrix up to 0.05 wt pct ZrO2. DTA results show that the liquidus temperature of Al-12Si-20Cu filler metal is dropped from ~806.78 K to 804.6 K (533.78 °C to 531.6 °C) with a lowering of 2 K (2 °C) in liquidus temperature, when the amount of ZrO2 is increased up to 0.05 wt pct. It is also shown that the presence of ZrO2 nanoparticles in the filler metal has no deleterious effect on wettability up to 0.05 wt pct of ZrO2. The ultimate tensile strength and elongation percentage are also found to improve with the addition of ZrO2 nanoparticles in the Al-12Si-20Cu alloy.

  7. The mechanism of theta' precipitation on climbing dislocations in Al-Cu

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    Dahmen, U.; Westmacott, K.H.

    1983-10-01

    Many examples of repeated precipitation on climbing dislocations have been reported since the original observations of NbC formation on climbing Frank partials in stainless steel. Striking precipitate arrays were observed in Cu-Ag (5), Si-Cu (6) and Al-Cu (7,8) but again the precise formation mechanisms have not been identified. The configurations of theta' in Al-4w/o Cu first described by Guyot and Wintenberger and studied in detail by Headley and Hren (8,9) can be produced by a direct quench from the solution treatment temperature to a high final aging temperature (> about 160/sup 0/C) circumventing the precursory GP zone and theta'' formation. While the overall nature of the precipitate arrays is now understood, the basic processes giving rise to the various, often complex, precipitate structures is not. Guyot and Wintenberger proposed that repeated nucleation of theta' occurred on (100) plane segments of the climbing edge dislocation, and described the slip and climb processes required to produce observed configurations.

  8. Synthesis, characterization and physical properties of Al-Cu-Fe quasicrystalline plasma sprayed coatings

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    Daniel, S.

    1995-11-09

    Our lab has been working with plasma spraying of both high pressure gas atomized (HPGA) and cast and crushed quasicrystal powders. A major component of this research includes comparative studies of PAS coatings formed with starting powders prepared by both techniques. In addition, a thorough investigation of the effects of starting powder particle size on coating microstructure is included. During the course of the overall research, an interest developed in forming Al-Cu-Fe materials with finer grain sizes. Therefore, a brief study was performed to characterize the effect of adding boron to Al-Cu-Fe materials prepared by different techniques. In addition to characterizing the microstructural features of the above materials, oxidation and wear behavior was also examined.

  9. Glass forming ability and mechanical properties of Zr50Cu42Al8 bulk metallic glass

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    Xia, L.; Chan, K. C.; Liu, L.; Wang, G.

    2008-11-01

    In this work, we report that Zr50Cu42Al8 bulk metallic glass (BMG) exhibits excellent glass forming ability and mechanical properties. Zr50Cu42Al8 glassy rods with a diameter of 3 mm were prepared using conventional copper mould suction casting. The glassy rod exhibits a modulus of about 115 GPa and a fracture strength of about 2 GPa, and, as compared with other large-scale BMGs, it has excellent room-temperature plasticity of up to 20% under compression. The fracture mechanism of the rod was investigated by microstructural investigations, and it was found that the large plasticity of the as-cast rod is closely related to the in situ formation of nano-crystalline particles embedded in the amorphous matrix.

  10. Unique properties of CuZrAl bulk metallic glasses induced by microalloying

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    Huang, B.; Bai, H. Y.; Wang, W. H.

    2011-12-15

    We studied the glass forming abilities (GFA), mechanical, and physical properties of (CuZr){sub 92.5}Al{sub 7}X{sub 0.5} (X = La, Sm, Ce, Gd, Ho, Y, and Co) bulk metallic glasses (BMGs). We find that the GFA, mechanical, and physical properties can be markedly changed and modulated by the minor rare earth addition. The Kondo screening effect is found to exist in (CuZr){sub 92.5}Al{sub 7}Ce{sub 0.5} BMG at low temperatures and the Schottky effect exists in all the rare earth element doped BMGs. Our results indicate that the minor addition is an effective way for modulating and getting desirable properties of the BMGs. The mechanisms of the effects of the addition are discussed. The results have implications for the exploration of metallic glasses and for improving the mechanical and low temperature physical properties of BMGs.

  11. Solidification analysis of a centrifugal atomizer using the Al-32.7wt.% Cu alloy

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    Osborne, M.G.

    1998-02-23

    A centrifugal atomizer (spinning disk variety) was designed and constructed for the production of spherical metal powders, 100--1,000 microns in diameter in an inert atmosphere. Initial atomization experiments revealed the need for a better understanding of how the liquid metal was atomized and how the liquid droplets solidified. To investigate particle atomization, Ag was atomized in air and the process recorded on high-speed film. To investigate particle solidification, Al-32.7 wt.% Cu was atomized under inert atmosphere and the subsequent particles were examined microscopically to determine solidification structure and rate. This dissertation details the experimental procedures used in producing the Al-Cu eutectic alloy particles, examination of the particle microstructures, and determination of the solidification characteristics (e.g., solidification rate) of various phases. Finally, correlations are proposed between the operation of the centrifugal atomizer and the observed solidification spacings.

  12. Aqueous sodium chloride induced intergranular corrosion of Al-Li-Cu alloys

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    Pizzo, P. P.; Daeschner, D. L.

    1986-01-01

    Two methods have been explored to assess the susceptibility of Al-Li-Cu alloys to intergranular corrosion in aqueous sodium chloride solution. They are: (1) constant extension rate testing with and without alternate-immersion preexposure and (2) metallographic examination after exposure to a NaCl-H2O2 corrosive solution per Mil-H-6088F. Intergranular corrosion was found to occur in both powder and ingot metallurgy alloys of similar composition, using both methods. Underaging rendered the alloys most susceptible. The results correlate to stress-corrosion data generated in conventional time-to-failure and crack growth-rate tests. Alternate-immersion preexposure may be a reliable means to assess stress corrosion susceptibility of Al-Li-Cu alloys.

  13. Point defect-induced magnetic properties in CuAlO2 films without magnetic impurities

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    Luo, Jie; Lin, Yow-Jon

    2016-03-01

    The magnetic properties of the undoped CuAlO2 thin films with different compositions are examined. In order to understand this phenomenon and to determine the correlation between the magnetic and electrical properties and point defects, the X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and Hall effect measurements are performed. Combining with Hall effect, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and alternating gradient magnetometer measurements, a direct link between the hole concentration, magnetism, copper vacancy (VCu), oxygen vacancy, and interstitial oxygen (Oi) is established. It is shown that an increase in the number of acceptors (VCu and Oi) leads to an increase in the hole concentration. Based on theoretical and experimental investigations, the authors confirmed that both acceptors (VCu and Oi) in CuAlO2 could induce the ferromagnetic behavior at room temperature.

  14. Evaluation of Laser Braze-welded Dissimilar Al-Cu Joints

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    Schmalen, Pascal; Plapper, Peter

    The thermal joining of Aluminum and Copper is a promising technology towards automotive battery manufacturing. The dissimilar metals Al-Cu are difficult to weld due to their different physicochemical characteristics and the formation of intermetallic compounds (IMC), which have reduced mechanical and electric properties. There is a critical thickness of the IMCs where the favored mechanical properties of the base material can be preserved. The laser braze welding principle uses a position and power oscillated laser-beam to reduce the energy input and the intermixture of both materials and therefore achieves minimized IMCs thickness. The evaluation of the weld seam is important to improve the joint performance and enhance the welding process. This paper is focused on the characterization and quantification of the IMCs. Mechanical, electrical and metallurgical methods are presented and performed on Al1050 and SF-Cu joints and precise weld criteria are developed.

  15. Features in the ion emission of Cu, Al, and C plasmas produced by ultrafast laser ablation

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    Kelly, T. J.; Butler, T.; Walsh, N.; Hayden, P.; Costello, J. T.

    2015-12-01

    The bi-modal nature of charge integrated ion kinetic energy distributions, which result from ultrafast laser produced plasmas, is discussed in this paper. A negatively biased Faraday cup was used as a charge collector to measure ion distributions from three different solid targets that had been irradiated with an ultrafast laser in the fluence range 0.1 -1 J/cm 2 . A bi-modal time of flight distribution is found for all three targets (C, Al, and Cu). In the case of the metallic targets (Al and Cu), high- and low-kinetic energy peaks exhibit quite different dependencies on laser fluence, whereas for the semi-metallic target (C), both peaks scale similarly with ultrafast laser fluence. The results are discussed within the framework of a one dimensional capacitor model resulting in ion acceleration.

  16. Effect of lead on the structure and phase composition of an Al-5% Si-4% Cu casting alloy

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    Belov, N. A.; Stolyarova, O. O.; Yakovleva, A. O.

    2016-03-01

    The phase transformations in the Al-Cu-Si-Pb system have been studied using calculations. It is shown that the aluminum-based solid solution is in equilibrium only with the Al2Cu, (Si), and (Pb) phases, which correspond to the relevant binary systems. Reported polythermal and isothermal sections show that the Al-Cu-Si-Pb system is characterized by a significant liquid miscibility gap. The effect of lead on the structure and phase composition of an Al-5% Si-4% Cu alloy in the as-cast and annealed states is studied. Lead inclusions are located at the boundaries of dendritic (Al) cells and are globular in the as-cast alloy and after annealing at 500°C. The presence of lead phase does not affect the precipitation hardening upon quenching and aging.

  17. The physical metallurgy of mechanically-alloyed, dispersion-strengthened Al-Li-Mg and Al-Li-Cu alloys

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    Gilman, P. S.

    1984-01-01

    Powder processing of Al-Li-Mg and Al-Li-Cu alloys by mechanical alloying (MA) is described, with a discussion of physical and mechanical properties of early experimental alloys of these compositions. The experimental samples were mechanically alloyed in a Szegvari attritor, extruded at 343 and 427 C, and some were solution-treated at 520 and 566 C and naturally, as well as artificially, aged at 170, 190, and 210 C for times of up to 1000 hours. All alloys exhibited maximum hardness after being aged at 170 C; lower hardness corresponds to the solution treatment at 566 C than to that at 520 C. A comparison with ingot metallurgy alloys of the same composition shows the MA material to be stronger and more ductile. It is also noted that properly aged MA alloys can develop a better combination of yield strength and notched toughness at lower alloying levels.

  18. Synchrotron radiation X-ray imaging of cavitation bubbles in Al-Cu alloy melt.

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    Huang, Haijun; Shu, Da; Fu, Yanan; Wang, Jun; Sun, Baode

    2014-07-01

    Cavitation bubbles in Al-10 wt.%Cu melt has been investigated by adopting synchrotron radiation X-ray imaging technology. In-situ observation reveals that most of bubbles concentrate within an intense cavitation zone nearby the radiation face. The measured near-maximum bubble radii obey a similar truncated Gaussian distribution as in water but increase by nearly the magnitude of one order due to higher ultrasonic intensity applied in aluminum melt.

  19. Synthesis and Characterization of Bulk Al-Cu-Fe Based Quasicrystals and Composites by Spray Forming

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    Mukhopadhyay, N. K.; Uhlenwinkel, V.; Srivastava, V. C.

    2015-06-01

    The bulk quasicrystalline (QC) materials and their composites have attracted considerable interest due to their promising mechanical properties. In the present investigation, spray forming has been used to synthesize bulk single-phase icosahedral quasicrystals and composites in Al62.5Cu25Fe12.5 system as well as in quaternary system containing 10% Sn. The elemental materials were induction melted under nitrogen cover and a billet of 250 mm in diameter and 350 mm in height was spray formed. The phase constitution of the spray-formed materials showed a bulk single-phase icosahedral quasicrystal as a major phase along with other crystalline phases. A large number of annealing twins were observed in the microstructure in ternary AlCuFe alloys. It is interesting to note that due to addition of Sn, the volume fraction of β-Al(CuFe) phase was found to increase and annealing twins were almost absent. The hardness of the single-phase AlCuFe alloy and Sn-containing composites was found to be 8.6 and 6.0 GPa, respectively, at a load of 300 g. In general, the hardness decreases with heat treatment at high temperatures. However, in case of Sn-containing alloy, hardness increases with low-temperature heat treatment. Long and hair-like cracks (Palmqvist type) are observed to form from the corner of the indentations of the ternary alloys, whereas in Sn-containing composites, the cracks are not sharp and long suggesting the enhancement of fracture toughness in the composites. Attempts have been made to understand the effect of Sn on the evolution of icosahedral phase, other crystalline phases and their composite effects on the mechanical properties.

  20. Magnetic properties of Cu70.9Al18.1Mn11 alloy

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    Chatterjee, S.; Majumdar, S.

    2013-02-01

    The ferromagnetic shape memory alloy of nominal composition Cu70.9Al18.1Mn11 has been investigated through dc and ac magnetization measurements. The studied alloy undergoes ferromagnetic to glassy transition below martensitic transition. Clear frequency shift in ac susceptibility measurement is observed, which actually indicates the spin glass freezing in the sample. The studied alloy also shows constricted hysteresis loop at 5 K.

  1. Bulk Properties of Ni3Al(gamma') With Cu and Au Additions

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    Bozzolo, Guillermo; Ferrante, John

    1995-01-01

    The BFS method for alloys is applied to the study of 200 alloys obtained from adding Cu and Au impurities to a Ni3Al matrix. We analyze the trends in the bulk properties of these alloys (heat of formation, lattice parameter, and bulk modulus) and detect specific alloy compositions for which these quantities have particular values. A detailed analysis of the atomic interactions that lead to the preferred ordering patterns is presented.

  2. Structure and energetics of high index Fe, Al, Cu and Ni surfaces using equivalent crystal theory

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    Rodriguez, Agustin M.; Bozzolo, Guillermo; Ferrante, John

    1993-01-01

    Equivalent crystal theory (ECT) is applied to the study of multilayer relaxations and surface energies of high-index faces of Fe, Al, Ni, and Cu. Changes in interplanar spacing as well as registry of planes close to the surface and the ensuing surface energies changes are discussed in reference to available experimental data and other theoretical calculations. Since ECT is a semiempirical method, the dependence of the results on the variation of the input used was investigated.

  3. 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.

  4. A surface analytical examination of Stringer particles in Al-Li-Cu alloys

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    Larson, L. A.; Avalos-Borja, M.; Pizzo, P. P.

    1983-01-01

    A surface analytical examination of powder metallurgy processed Al-Li-Cu alloys was conducted. The oxide stringer particles often found in these alloys was characterized. Particle characterization is important to more fully understand their impact on the stress corrosion and fracture properties of the alloy. The techniques used were SIMS (Secondary Ion Mass Spectroscopy) and SAM (Scanning Auger Microscopy). The results indicate that the oxide stringer particles contain both Al and Li with relatively high Li content and the Li compounds may be associated with the stringer particles, thereby locally depleting the adjacent matrix of Li solute.

  5. Effect of the valence electron concentration on the bulk modulus and chemical bonding in Ta{sub 2}AC and Zr{sub 2}AC (A=Al, Si, and P)

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    Schneider, Jochen M.; Music, Denis; Sun Zhimei

    2005-03-15

    We have studied the effect of the valence electron concentration, on the bulk modulus and the chemical bonding in Ta{sub 2}AC and Zr{sub 2}AC (A=Al, Si, and P) by means of ab initio calculations. Our equilibrium volume and the hexagonal ratio (c/a) agree well (within 2.7% and 1.2%, respectively) with previously published experimental data for Ta{sub 2}AlC. The bulk moduli of both Ta{sub 2}AC and Zr{sub 2}AC increase as Al is substituted with Si and P by 13.1% and 20.1%, respectively. This can be understood since the substitution is associated with an increased valence electron concentration, resulting in band filling and an extensive increase in cohesion.

  6. Scanning tunneling microscopy of Cu, Ag, Au and Al adatoms, small clusters, and islands on graphite

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    Ganz, Eric; Sattler, Klaus; Clarke, John

    1989-09-01

    We have used a scanning tunneling microscope to study the static and dynamic behaviour of Cu, Ag, Au, and Al deposited in situ on highly oriented pyrolytic graphite in an ultra-high vacuum chamber. We have imaged static monomers of Ag, Au, and Al, dimers of Ag and Au, and clusters of 3 or more atoms of Ag, Al, and Au. From the lifetime of the monomers, we estimate the energy barrier against diffusion to be greater than 0.65 eV. We have studied two-dimensional islands of Ag and Au, containing up to 100 atoms, which are atomically resolved against the supporting graphite substrate. The interiors of the islands contain ordered rectangular lattices separated by grain boundaries, while the atoms at the periphery are disordered. We show a small three-dimensional Cu crystal, the decoration of a grain boundary by Cu particles with an average diameter of 44 Å, and two examples of granular films. Finally, we present examples of dynamic processes: the shrinking of a small Au island, the contraction of the lattice spacing of a rectangular two-dimensional Au lattice on a time scale of minutes, and the diffusion of a Ag cluster along a graphite step edge on a time scale of seconds.

  7. Bulk metallic glass formation in Zr-Cu-Fe-Al alloys

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    Jin Kaifeng; Loeffler, Joerg F.

    2005-06-13

    We have discovered a series of bulk metallic glass-forming alloys of composition (Zr{sub x}Cu{sub 100-x}){sub 80}(Fe{sub 40}Al{sub 60}){sub 20} with x=68-77 and have investigated them by x-ray diffraction, small-angle neutron scattering, and differential scanning calorimetry. All of these alloys exhibit a calorimetric glass transition temperature of 670 KCu{sub 22}Fe{sub 8}Al{sub 12}. In rod shape this alloy has a critical casting thickness of 13 mm, as verified by detailed casting experiments, while alloys with x=68 and 77 can still be cast to a thickness of 5 mm. Furthermore, the region where glassy samples with a thickness of 0.5 mm can be prepared extends from x=62-81. The best glass-former, Zr{sub 58}Cu{sub 22}Fe{sub 8}Al{sub 12}, has a tensile yield strength of 1.71 GPa and shows an elastic limit of 2.25%. This new class of Ni-free Zr-based alloys is potentially very interesting for biomedical applications.

  8. Age hardening characteristics and mechanical behavior of Al-Cu-Li-Zr-In alloys

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    Wagner, John A.

    1989-01-01

    An investigation was conducted to determine the age-hardening response and cryogenic mechanical properties of superplastic Al-Cu-Li-Zr-In alloys. Two alloys with compositions Al-2.65Cu-2.17Li-O.13Zr (baseline) and Al-2.60Cu-2.34Li-0.16Zr-0.17In were scaled-up from 30 lb permanent mold ingots to 350 lb DC (direct chill) ingots and thermomechanically processed to 3.2 mm thick sheet. The microstructure of material which contained the indium addition was partially recrystallized compared to the baseline suggesting that indium may influence recrystallization behavior. The indium-modified alloy exhibited superior hardness and strength compared to the baseline alloy when solution-heat-treated at 555 C and aged at 160 C or 190 C. For each alloy, strength increased and toughness was unchanged or decreased when tested at - 185 C compared to ambient temperature. By using optimized heat treatments, the indium-modified alloy exhibited strength levels approaching those of the baseline alloy without deformation prior to aging. The increase in strength of these alloys in the T6 condition make them particularly attractive for superplastic forming applications where post-SPF parts cannot be cold deformed to increase strength.

  9. Microstructure control of Al-Cu films for improved electromigration resistance

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    Frear, Darrel R.; Michael, Joseph R.; Romig, Jr., Alton D.

    1994-01-01

    A process for the forming of Al-Cu conductive thin films with reduced electromigration failures is useful, for example, in the metallization of integrated circuits. An improved formation process includes the heat treatment or annealing of the thin film conductor at a temperature within the range of from 200.degree. C. to 300.degree. C. for a time period between 10 minutes and 24 hours under a reducing atmosphere such as 15% H.sub.2 in N.sub.2 by volume. Al-Cu thin films annealed in the single phase region of a phase diagram, to temperatures between 200.degree. C. and 300.degree. C. have .theta.-phase Al.sub.2 Cu precipitates at the grain boundaries continuously become enriched in copper, due, it is theorized, to the formation of a thin coating of .theta.-phase precipitate at the grain boundary. Electromigration behavior of the aluminum is, thus, improved because the .theta.-phase precipitates with copper hinder aluminum diffusion along the grain boundaries. Electromigration, then, occurs mainly within the aluminum grains, a much slower process.

  10. Microstructure control of Al-Cu films for improved electromigration resistance

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    Frear, D.R.; Michael, J.R.; Romig, A.D. Jr.

    1994-04-05

    A process for the forming of Al-Cu conductive thin films with reduced electromigration failures is useful, for example, in the metallization of integrated circuits. An improved formation process includes the heat treatment or annealing of the thin film conductor at a temperature within the range of from 200 C to 300 C for a time period between 10 minutes and 24 hours under a reducing atmosphere such as 15% H[sub 2] in N[sub 2] by volume. Al-Cu thin films annealed in the single phase region of a phase diagram, to temperatures between 200 C and 300 C have [theta]-phase Al[sub 2] Cu precipitates at the grain boundaries continuously become enriched in copper, due, it is theorized, to the formation of a thin coating of [theta]-phase precipitate at the grain boundary. Electromigration behavior of the aluminum is, thus, improved because the [theta]-phase precipitates with copper hinder aluminum diffusion along the grain boundaries. Electromigration, then, occurs mainly within the aluminum grains, a much slower process. 5 figures.

  11. Cu-Al-Ni Shape Memory Single Crystal Wires with High Transformation Temperature

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    Hautcoeur, Alain; Fouché, Florian; Sicre, Jacques

    2016-01-01

    CN-250X is a new material with higher performance than Nickel-Titanium Shape Memory Alloy (SMA). For space mechanisms, the main disadvantage of Nickel-Titanium Shape Memory Alloy is the limited transformation temperature. The new CN-250X Nimesis alloy is a Cu-Al-Ni single crystal wire available in large quantity because of a new industrial process. The triggering of actuators made with this Cu-Al-Ni single crystal wire can range from ambient temperature to 200 C in cycling and even to 250 C in one-shot mode. Another advantage of CN-250X is a better shape recovery (8 to 10%) than Ni-Ti (6 to 7%). Nimesis is the first company able to produce this type of material with its new special industrial process. A characterization study is presented in this work, including the two main solicitation modes for this material: tensile and torsion. Different tests measure the shape recovery of Cu-Al-Ni single crystals wires during heating from room temperature to a temperature higher than temperature of end of martensitic transformation.

  12. Effects of Ca, Cu, Al and La on pectin gel strength: implications for plant cell walls.

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    McKenna, Brigid A; Nicholson, Timothy M; Wehr, J Bernhard; Menzies, Neal W

    2010-06-16

    Rheology of Ca-pectate gels is widely studied, but the behaviour of pectate gels formed by Cu, Al and La is largely unknown. It is well known that gel strength increases with increasing Ca concentration, and it is hypothesised that this would also be the case for other cations. Pectins are a critical component of plant cell walls, imparting various physicochemical properties. Furthermore, the mechanism of metal toxicity in plants is hypothesised to be, in the short term, related to metal interactions with cell wall pectin. This study investigated the influence of Ca, Cu, Al and La ion concentrations at pH 4 on the storage modulus as a function of frequency for metal-pectin gels prepared from pectin (1%) with a degree of esterification of 30%. Gels were formed in situ over 6d in metal chloride solution adjusted daily to pH 4. Cation concentration was varied to develop a relationship between gel strength and cation concentration. At similar levels of cation saturation, gel strength increased in the order of LaAl. The swelling of the gels also varied between cations with Ca gels being the most swollen.

  13. Combinatorial development of antibacterial Zr-Cu-Al-Ag thin film metallic glasses.

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    Liu, Yanhui; Padmanabhan, Jagannath; Cheung, Bettina; Liu, Jingbei; Chen, Zheng; Scanley, B Ellen; Wesolowski, Donna; Pressley, Mariyah; Broadbridge, Christine C; Altman, Sidney; Schwarz, Udo D; Kyriakides, Themis R; Schroers, Jan

    2016-01-01

    Metallic alloys are normally composed of multiple constituent elements in order to achieve integration of a plurality of properties required in technological applications. However, conventional alloy development paradigm, by sequential trial-and-error approach, requires completely unrelated strategies to optimize compositions out of a vast phase space, making alloy development time consuming and labor intensive. Here, we challenge the conventional paradigm by proposing a combinatorial strategy that enables parallel screening of a multitude of alloys. Utilizing a typical metallic glass forming alloy system Zr-Cu-Al-Ag as an example, we demonstrate how glass formation and antibacterial activity, two unrelated properties, can be simultaneously characterized and the optimal composition can be efficiently identified. We found that in the Zr-Cu-Al-Ag alloy system fully glassy phase can be obtained in a wide compositional range by co-sputtering, and antibacterial activity is strongly dependent on alloy compositions. Our results indicate that antibacterial activity is sensitive to Cu and Ag while essentially remains unchanged within a wide range of Zr and Al. The proposed strategy not only facilitates development of high-performing alloys, but also provides a tool to unveil the composition dependence of properties in a highly parallel fashion, which helps the development of new materials by design.

  14. Effects of Ca, Cu, Al and La on pectin gel strength: implications for plant cell walls.

    PubMed

    McKenna, Brigid A; Nicholson, Timothy M; Wehr, J Bernhard; Menzies, Neal W

    2010-06-16

    Rheology of Ca-pectate gels is widely studied, but the behaviour of pectate gels formed by Cu, Al and La is largely unknown. It is well known that gel strength increases with increasing Ca concentration, and it is hypothesised that this would also be the case for other cations. Pectins are a critical component of plant cell walls, imparting various physicochemical properties. Furthermore, the mechanism of metal toxicity in plants is hypothesised to be, in the short term, related to metal interactions with cell wall pectin. This study investigated the influence of Ca, Cu, Al and La ion concentrations at pH 4 on the storage modulus as a function of frequency for metal-pectin gels prepared from pectin (1%) with a degree of esterification of 30%. Gels were formed in situ over 6d in metal chloride solution adjusted daily to pH 4. Cation concentration was varied to develop a relationship between gel strength and cation concentration. At similar levels of cation saturation, gel strength increased in the order of LaAl. The swelling of the gels also varied between cations with Ca gels being the most swollen. PMID:20457449

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

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

    2014-01-01

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

  16. Stress corrosion cracking and hydrogen embrittlement of an Al-Zn-Mg-Cu alloy

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    Song, R.G.; Dietzel, W.; Zhang, B.J.; Liu, W.J.; Tseng, M.K.; Atrens, A

    2004-09-20

    The age hardening, stress corrosion cracking (SCC) and hydrogen embrittlement (HE) of an Al-Zn-Mg-Cu 7175 alloy were investigated experimentally. There were two peak-aged states during ageing. For ageing at 413 K, the strength of the second peak-aged state was slightly higher than that of the first one, whereas the SCC susceptibility was lower, indicating that it is possible to heat treat 7175 to high strength and simultaneously to have high SCC resistance. The SCC susceptibility increased with increasing Mg segregation at the grain boundaries. Hydrogen embrittlement (HE) increased with increased hydrogen charging and decreased with increasing ageing time for the same hydrogen charging conditions. Computer simulations were carried out of (a) the Mg grain boundary segregation using the embedded atom method and (b) the effect of Mg and H segregation on the grain boundary strength using a quasi-chemical approach. The simulations showed that (a) Mg grain boundary segregation in Al-Zn-Mg-Cu alloys is spontaneous, (b) Mg segregation decreases the grain boundary strength, and (c) H embrittles the grain boundary more seriously than does Mg. Therefore, the SCC mechanism of Al-Zn-Mg-Cu alloys is attributed to the combination of HE and Mg segregation induced grain boundary embrittlement.

  17. XRD and XAS structural study of CuAlO2 under high pressure

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    Pellicer-Porres, J.; Segura, A.; Ferrer-Roca, Ch; Polian, A.; Munsch, P.; Kim, D.

    2013-03-01

    We present the results of x-ray diffraction and x-ray absorption spectroscopy experiments in CuAlO2 under high pressure. We discuss the polarization dependence of the x-ray absorption near-edge structure at the Cu K-edge. XRD under high pressure evidences anisotropic compression, the a-axis being more compressible than the c-axis. EXAFS yields the copper-oxygen bond length, from which the only internal parameter of the delafossite structure is deduced. The combination of anisotropic compression and the internal parameter decrease results in a regularization of the AlO6 octahedra. The anisotropic compression is related to the chemical trends observed in the lattice parameters when Al is substituted by other trivalent cations. Both experiments evidence the existence of an irreversible phase transition that clearly manifests at 35 ± 2 GPa. The structure of the high-pressure polymorph could not be determined, but it implies a change of the Cu environment, which remains anisotropic. Precursor effects are observed from the lowest pressures, which are possibly related to crystal breaking at a submicroscopic scale with partial reorientation of the crystallites.

  18. XRD and XAS structural study of CuAlO2 under high pressure.

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    Pellicer-Porres, J; Segura, A; Ferrer-Roca, Ch; Polian, A; Munsch, P; Kim, D

    2013-03-20

    We present the results of x-ray diffraction and x-ray absorption spectroscopy experiments in CuAlO(2) under high pressure. We discuss the polarization dependence of the x-ray absorption near-edge structure at the Cu K-edge. XRD under high pressure evidences anisotropic compression, the a-axis being more compressible than the c-axis. EXAFS yields the copper-oxygen bond length, from which the only internal parameter of the delafossite structure is deduced. The combination of anisotropic compression and the internal parameter decrease results in a regularization of the AlO(6) octahedra. The anisotropic compression is related to the chemical trends observed in the lattice parameters when Al is substituted by other trivalent cations. Both experiments evidence the existence of an irreversible phase transition that clearly manifests at 35 ± 2 GPa. The structure of the high-pressure polymorph could not be determined, but it implies a change of the Cu environment, which remains anisotropic. Precursor effects are observed from the lowest pressures, which are possibly related to crystal breaking at a submicroscopic scale with partial reorientation of the crystallites. PMID:23423689

  19. Auto-combustion synthesis and characterization of Mg doped CuAlO2 nanoparticles

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    Agrawal, Shraddha; Parveen, Azra; Naqvi, A. H.

    2015-06-01

    The synthesis of pure and Mg doped Copper aluminumoxide CuAlO2nanoparticles, a promising p-type TCO (transparent conducting oxide) have been done bysol gel auto combustion method using NaOH as a fuel, calcinated at 600°C. The structural properties were examined by XRD and SEM techniques. The optical absorption spectra of CuAlO2 sample recorded by UV-VIS spectrophotometer in the range of 200 to 800 nm have been presented. The crystallite size was determined by powder X-ray diffraction technique. The electrical behavior of pure and Mg doped CuAlO2 has been studied over a wide range of frequencies by using complex impedance spectroscopy.The variation of a.c. conductivity has been studied as function of frequency and temperature. The data taken together conclude that doping causes decreases in the ac conductivity of the nanoparticles as compared with the pure nanoparticles. Mg doping affects the optical properties and band gap.

  20. Combinatorial development of antibacterial Zr-Cu-Al-Ag thin film metallic glasses

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    Liu, Yanhui; Padmanabhan, Jagannath; Cheung, Bettina; Liu, Jingbei; Chen, Zheng; Scanley, B. Ellen; Wesolowski, Donna; Pressley, Mariyah; Broadbridge, Christine C.; Altman, Sidney; Schwarz, Udo D.; Kyriakides, Themis R.; Schroers, Jan

    2016-01-01

    Metallic alloys are normally composed of multiple constituent elements in order to achieve integration of a plurality of properties required in technological applications. However, conventional alloy development paradigm, by sequential trial-and-error approach, requires completely unrelated strategies to optimize compositions out of a vast phase space, making alloy development time consuming and labor intensive. Here, we challenge the conventional paradigm by proposing a combinatorial strategy that enables parallel screening of a multitude of alloys. Utilizing a typical metallic glass forming alloy system Zr-Cu-Al-Ag as an example, we demonstrate how glass formation and antibacterial activity, two unrelated properties, can be simultaneously characterized and the optimal composition can be efficiently identified. We found that in the Zr-Cu-Al-Ag alloy system fully glassy phase can be obtained in a wide compositional range by co-sputtering, and antibacterial activity is strongly dependent on alloy compositions. Our results indicate that antibacterial activity is sensitive to Cu and Ag while essentially remains unchanged within a wide range of Zr and Al. The proposed strategy not only facilitates development of high-performing alloys, but also provides a tool to unveil the composition dependence of properties in a highly parallel fashion, which helps the development of new materials by design. PMID:27230692

  1. Atomic and magnetic ordering in bcc Cu-Al-Mn: computational study

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    Alés, Alejandro; Lanzini, Fernando

    2014-12-01

    The β phase of the ternary alloy Cu-Al-Mn, with bcc structure, displays an interesting variety of long-range atomic ordering and magnetic transitions. In this work, we present a model that allows an accurate reproduction of the measured critical temperatures for alloys with compositions along the pseudobinary line Cu3AlCu2AlMn. The method is based on the Monte Carlo technique, allowing simultaneous evolution of the atomic distribution and the magnetic state. The configurational part of the energy is represented with a three-state Hamiltonian; the six interchange energies that govern the chemical interactions between nearest and next-nearest neighbours atoms have been determined. The magnetic counterpart is modelled by means of an Ising model. The predicted Curie temperatures agree well with the experimental values when it is assumed that the crystal configuration remains fixed and with the maximum possible degree of atomic ordering. The effects of configurational disorder on the magnetic transition have been evaluated.

  2. Removal of alachlor from water by catalyzed ozonation on Cu/Al2O3 honeycomb

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    2013-01-01

    Background The herbicide alachlor (2-chloro-2′6′-diethyl-N-methoxymethylacetanilide) has been known as a probable human carcinogen, and the MCL (minimum contamination level) for drinking water has been set at 2 μg L-1. Therefore, the advanced methods for effectively removing it from water are a matter of interest. Catalyzed ozonation is a promising method for refractory organics degradation. Cu/Al2O3 catalyzed ozonation for degrading an endocrine disruptor (alachlor) in water was investigated. Results Experimental results showed that the ozonation of alachlor can be effectively catalyzed and enhanced by Cu/Al2O3-honeycomb. The main intermediate products formed (aliphatic carboxylic acids) were mineralized to a large extent in the catalytic process. Conclusions This study has shown that Cu/Al2O3-honeycomb is a feasible and efficient catalyst in the ozonation of alachlor in water. Less intermediate oxidation product was produced in the catalytic process than in the uncatalytic one. Furthermore, the mineralization of alachlor could be enhanced by increasing the pH of the reaction solution. PMID:23977841

  3. Combinatorial development of antibacterial Zr-Cu-Al-Ag thin film metallic glasses

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    Liu, Yanhui; Padmanabhan, Jagannath; Cheung, Bettina; Liu, Jingbei; Chen, Zheng; Scanley, B. Ellen; Wesolowski, Donna; Pressley, Mariyah; Broadbridge, Christine C.; Altman, Sidney; Schwarz, Udo D.; Kyriakides, Themis R.; Schroers, Jan

    2016-05-01

    Metallic alloys are normally composed of multiple constituent elements in order to achieve integration of a plurality of properties required in technological applications. However, conventional alloy development paradigm, by sequential trial-and-error approach, requires completely unrelated strategies to optimize compositions out of a vast phase space, making alloy development time consuming and labor intensive. Here, we challenge the conventional paradigm by proposing a combinatorial strategy that enables parallel screening of a multitude of alloys. Utilizing a typical metallic glass forming alloy system Zr-Cu-Al-Ag as an example, we demonstrate how glass formation and antibacterial activity, two unrelated properties, can be simultaneously characterized and the optimal composition can be efficiently identified. We found that in the Zr-Cu-Al-Ag alloy system fully glassy phase can be obtained in a wide compositional range by co-sputtering, and antibacterial activity is strongly dependent on alloy compositions. Our results indicate that antibacterial activity is sensitive to Cu and Ag while essentially remains unchanged within a wide range of Zr and Al. The proposed strategy not only facilitates development of high-performing alloys, but also provides a tool to unveil the composition dependence of properties in a highly parallel fashion, which helps the development of new materials by design.

  4. Energetic initiators with narrow firing thresholds using Al/CuO Schottky junctions

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    Wang, Feng; Zhu, Peng; Li, Jie; Hu, Bo; Shen, Ruiqi; Ye, Yinghua

    2016-07-01

    We designed and prepared Schottky-junction-based Al/CuO energetic initiators with narrow firing thresholds according to Schottky barrier theory. Using various characterization methods, we preliminarily investigated the electrical breakdown property, withstand strike current ability, and multiple-firing performance of the energetic initiators. The breakdown voltage of the Al/CuO Schottky junction was ~8 V; and electrical breakdown in the initiators occurred one by one rather than simultaneously. The withstand strike current ability of the initiator mainly depended on the heat capacity of its ceramic plug when the electrical stimulus is more than ~8 V, its breakdown voltage. The ceramic plug can absorb heat from the initiator chip, letting the initiator withstand a constant current of 0.5 A for 20 s. More importantly, the initiators might be able to withstand hard electromagnetic interference by coupling the multiple-firing performance with an out-of-line slider in the explosive train. This knowledge of the characteristics of Schottky-junction-based Al/CuO energetic initiators will help in preparing highly insensitive, efficient initiating explosive devices for weapon systems.

  5. Auto-combustion synthesis and characterization of Mg doped CuAlO{sub 2} nanoparticles

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    Agrawal, Shraddha Parveen, Azra; Naqvi, A. H.

    2015-06-24

    The synthesis of pure and Mg doped Copper aluminumoxide CuAlO{sub 2}nanoparticles, a promising p-type TCO (transparent conducting oxide) have been done bysol gel auto combustion method using NaOH as a fuel, calcinated at 600°C. The structural properties were examined by XRD and SEM techniques. The optical absorption spectra of CuAlO{sub 2} sample recorded by UV-VIS spectrophotometer in the range of 200 to 800 nm have been presented. The crystallite size was determined by powder X-ray diffraction technique. The electrical behavior of pure and Mg doped CuAlO{sub 2} has been studied over a wide range of frequencies by using complex impedance spectroscopy.The variation of a.c. conductivity has been studied as function of frequency and temperature. The data taken together conclude that doping causes decreases in the ac conductivity of the nanoparticles as compared with the pure nanoparticles. Mg doping affects the optical properties and band gap.

  6. Numerical Simulation of Residual Stress in an Al-Cu Alloy Block During Quenching and Aging

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    Dong, Ya-Bo; Shao, Wen-Zhu; Lu, Liang-Xing; Jiang, Jian-Tang; Zhen, Liang

    2015-12-01

    In this study, residual stresses after different quenching and aging processes of Al-Cu forged blocks were investigated by numerical simulation method and experimental measurements. An iterative zone-based heat transfer calculation was coupled with the hyperbolic sine-type constitutive model to simulate the residual stress during quenching process. The simulation results were compared with experiment data using both x-ray diffraction and crack compliance methods. The simulation results were in good agreement with the experimental measurements with around 9-13% deviation at the largest. Residual stress reduction can be achieved by decreasing the cooling rate during quenching. Quenching in water with different temperatures of 60, 80, and 100 °C resulted in the maximum compressive residual stress reduction of approximately 28.2, 75.7, and 88.9%, respectively, in Al-Cu alloy samples. When quenched in 10, 20, and 30% PAG solution, the reduction of maximum compressive residual stress in Al-Cu alloy samples was approximately 35.1, 47.8, and 53.2%, respectively. In addition, in order to study the amount of residual stress relief after aging treatments, aging treatments at 140 and 170 °C for different times were also studied. Aging treatment used to obtain the peak-aged (T6) and overaged (T7) condition produces only about 22.5 to 34.7% reduction in residual stresses.

  7. Microstructural evolution during aging of an Al-Cu-Li-Ag-Mg-Zr alloy

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    Kumar, K. S.; Brown, S. A.; Pickens, Joseph R.

    1991-01-01

    Alloys in the Al-Cu-Li Ag-Mg subsystem were developed that exhibit desirable combinations of strength and ductility. These Weldalite (trademark) alloys, are unique for Al-Cu-Li alloys in that with or without a prior cold stretching operation, they obtain excellent strength-ductility combinations upon natural and artificial aging. This is significant because it enables complex, near-net shape products such as forgings and super plastically formed parts to be heat treated to ultra-high strengths. On the other hand, commercial extrusions, rolled plates and sheets of other Al-Cu-Li alloys are typically subjected to a cold stretching operation before artificial aging to the highest strength tempers to introduce dislocations that provide low-energy nucleation sites for strengthening precipitates such as the T(sub 1) phase. The variation in yield strength (YS) with Li content in the near-peak aged condition for these Weldalite (trademark) alloys and the associated microstructures were examined, and the results are discussed.

  8. Properties of Cu(In,Ga,Al)Se{sub 2} thin films fabricated by magnetron sputtering

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    Hameed, Talaat A.; Cao, Wei; Mansour, Bahiga A.; Elzawaway, Inas K.; Abdelrazek, El-Metwally M.; Elsayed-Ali, Hani E.

    2015-05-15

    Cu(In,Ga,Al)Se{sub 2} (CIGAS) thin films were studied as an alternative absorber layer material to Cu(In{sub x}Ga{sub 1−x})Se{sub 2}. CIGAS thin films with varying Al content were prepared by magnetron sputtering on Si(100) and soda-lime glass substrates at 350 °C, followed by postdeposition annealing at 520 °C for 5 h in vacuum. The film composition was measured by an electron probe microanalyzer while the elemental depth profiles were determined by secondary ion mass spectrometry. X-ray diffraction studies indicated that CIGAS films are single phase with chalcopyrite structure and that the (112) peak clearly shifts to higher 2θ values with increasing Al content. Scanning electron microscopy images revealed dense and well-defined grains, as well as sharp CIGAS/Si(100) interfaces for all films. Atomic force microscopy analysis indicated that the roughness of CIGAS films decreases with increasing Al content. The bandgap of CIGAS films was determined from the optical transmittance and reflectance spectra and was found to increase as Al content increased.

  9. First principles Study on Transparent High-Tc Superconductivity in hole-doped Delafossite CuAlO2

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    Nakanishi, Akitaka; Katayama-Yoshida, Hiroshi

    2012-02-01

    The CuAlO2 is the transparent p-type conductor without any intentional doping. Transparent superdoncutivity and high thermoelectric power are suggested in p-type CuAlO2 [1]. Katayama-Yoshida et al. proposed that it may cause a strong electron-phonon interaction and a superconductivity. But, the calculation of superconducting critical temperature Tc is not performed. We performed the first principles calculation about the Tc of hole-doped CuAlO2 by shifting the Fermi level rigidly. In lightly hole-doped CuAlO2, the Fermi level is located at Cu and O anti-bonding band. The electrons of this band strongly interact with the A1L1 phonon mode because the direction of O-Cu-O dumbbell is parallel to the oscillation direction of the A1L1 phonon mode. As a result, Tc of lightly hole-doped CuAlO2 is about 50 K. We also discuss the materials design to enhance the Tc based on the charge-excitation-induced negative effective U system.[4pt] [1] H. Katayama-Yoshida, T. Koyanagi, H. Funashima, H. Harima, A. Yanase: Solid State Communication 126 (2003) 135. [0pt] [2] A. Nakanishi and H. Katayama-Yoshida: Solid State Communication, in printing. (arXiv:1107.2477v3

  10. Molecular dynamics simulations on the melting, crystallization, and energetic reaction behaviors of Al/Cu core-shell nanoparticles

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    Cheng, Xin-Lu; Zhang, Jin-Ping; Zhang, Hong; Zhao, Feng

    2013-08-01

    Using molecular dynamics simulations combined with the embedded atom method potential, we investigate the heating, cooling, and energetic reacting of core-shell structured Al-Cu nanoparticles. The thermodynamic properties and structure evolution during continuous heating and cooling processes are also investigated through the characterization of the total potential energy distribution, mean-square-distance and radial distribution function. Some behaviors related to nanometer scale Cu/Al functional particles are derived that two-way diffusion of Al and Cu atoms, glass phase formation for the fast cooling rate, and the crystal phase formation for the low cooling rate. Two-way atomic diffusion occurs first and causes the melting and alloying. In the final alloying structure, Cu and Al atoms mixed very well except for the outmost shell which has more Al atoms. For the investigation of the thermal stability and energetic reaction properties, our study show that a localized alloying reaction between the Al core and Cu shell is very slow when the initial temperature is lower than 600 K. But a two-stage reaction may occur when the initial temperature is 700 K. The reaction rate is determined by the solid-state diffusion of Al atoms in the Cu shell at the first stage, yet the reaction rate is much faster at the second stage, due to the alloying reaction between the liquid Al core and the Cu shell. At higher temperatures such as 800 K and 900 K, the alloying reaction occurs directly between the liquid Al core and the Cu shell.

  11. Growth and characterizations of nonpolar [1 1 -2 0] ZnO on [1 0 0] (La,Sr)(Al,Ta)O 3 substrate by chemical vapor deposition

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    Chou, Mitch M. C.; Hang, Da-Ren; Chuan Wang, Shih; Chen, Chenlong; Lee, Chun-Yu

    2010-04-01

    Nonpolar a-plane ZnO film with [1 1 -2 0] orientation was grown on a nearly lattice-matched [1 0 0] (La 0.3,Sr 0.7)(Al 0.65,Ta 0.35)O 3 (LSAT) substrate from a simple chemical vapor deposition method. LSAT single crystal was grown by the Czochralski method. The dependence of growth characteristics on the growth temperatures and reactor's pressures was investigated. The surface morphologies of ZnO films were studied by a scanning electron microscope. The sample orientations were identified by X-ray diffraction pattern and transmission electron microscope. Optical properties examined by room temperature photoluminescence spectra exhibit a strong near-band-edge emission peak at 378.6 nm and a negligible green band.

  12. Effect of [Al] and [In] molar ratio in solutions on the growth and microstructure of electrodeposition Cu(In,Al)Se2 films

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    Huang, Kuo-Chan; Liu, Chien-Lin; Hung, Pin-Kun; Houng, Mau-Phon

    2013-05-01

    In this paper, the cyclic voltammetric studies were used to realize the element's reduction potential and chemical reaction mechanism for presuming the formation routes of quaternary Cu(In,Al)Se2 crystals. Thereafter, the prior adjustment of deposited potential from -0.6 V to -1.0 V can be identified a suitable potential as co-electrodeposition. The material characteristics of Cu(In,Al)Se2 films are dominated by the percentage of aluminum content. Thus, the influence of aluminum and indium concentrations in solutions on the percentage composition, surface morphology, structural and crystal properties, and optical energy band gap of Cu(In,Al)Se2 films were investigated. Energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS) indicated that the ratio of Al to (Al + In) in Cu(In,Al)Se2 films varied from 0.21 to 0.42 when adjusting aluminum and indium concentrations in solutions. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) shows that the surface morphology changed from round-like structures into cauliflower-like structures and became rough when the aluminum concentration increased and indium concentration decreased in solutions. X-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns revealed three preferred growth orientations along the (1 1 2), (2 0 4/2 2 0), and (1 1 6/3 1 2) planes for all species. The (αhυ)2 versus hυ plots (UV-Visible) shows that the optical energy band gap of the Cu(In,Al)Se2 films can be successfully controlled from 1.17 eV to 1.48 eV by adjusting the aluminum and indium concentrations. Furthermore, the shift of the (1 1 2) peak in the XRD patterns and variation of optical band gap are evidence that the incorporation of aluminum atoms into the crystallitic CuInSe2 forms Cu(In,Al)Se2 crystals.

  13. Self-Organized Al2Cu Nanocrystals at the Interface of Aluminum-Based Reactive Nanolaminates to Lower Reaction Onset Temperature.

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    Marín, Lorena; Warot-Fonrose, Bénédicte; Estève, Alain; Chabal, Yves J; Alfredo Rodriguez, Luis; Rossi, Carole

    2016-05-25

    Nanoenergetic materials are beginning to play an important role in part because they are being considered as energetic components for materials, chemical, and biochemical communities (e.g., microthermal sources, microactuators, in situ welding and soldering, local enhancement of chemical reactions, nanosterilization, and controlled cell apoptosis) and because their fabrication/synthesis raises fundamental challenges that are pushing the engineering and scientific frontiers. One such challenge is the development of processes to control and enhance the reactivity of materials such as energetics of nanolaminates, and the understanding of associated mechanisms. We present here a new method to substantially decrease the reaction onset temperature and in consequence the reactivity of nanolaminates based on the incorporation of a Cu nanolayer at the interfaces of Al/CuO nanolaminates. We further demonstrate that control of its thickness allows accurate tuning of both the thermal transport and energetic properties of the system. Using high resolution transmission electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, and differential scanning calorimetry to analyze the physical, chemical and thermal characteristics of the resulting Al/CuO + interfacial Cu nanolaminates, we find that the incorporation of 5 nm Cu at both Al/CuO and CuO/Al interfaces lowers the onset temperature from 550 to 475 °C because of the lower-temperature formation of Al-Cu intermetallic phases and alloying. Cu intermixing is different in the CuO/Cu/Al and Al/Cu/CuO interfaces and independent of total Cu thickness: Cu readily penetrates into Al grains upon annealing to 300 °C, leading to Al/Cu phase transformations, while Al does not penetrate into Cu. Importantly, θ-Al2Cu nanocrystals are created below 63% wt Cu/Al, and coexist with the Al solid solution phase. These well-defined θ-Al2Cu nanocrystals seem to act as embedded Al+CuO energetic reaction triggers that lower the onset temperature. We show that ∼10

  14. Self-Organized Al2Cu Nanocrystals at the Interface of Aluminum-Based Reactive Nanolaminates to Lower Reaction Onset Temperature.

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    Marín, Lorena; Warot-Fonrose, Bénédicte; Estève, Alain; Chabal, Yves J; Alfredo Rodriguez, Luis; Rossi, Carole

    2016-05-25

    Nanoenergetic materials are beginning to play an important role in part because they are being considered as energetic components for materials, chemical, and biochemical communities (e.g., microthermal sources, microactuators, in situ welding and soldering, local enhancement of chemical reactions, nanosterilization, and controlled cell apoptosis) and because their fabrication/synthesis raises fundamental challenges that are pushing the engineering and scientific frontiers. One such challenge is the development of processes to control and enhance the reactivity of materials such as energetics of nanolaminates, and the understanding of associated mechanisms. We present here a new method to substantially decrease the reaction onset temperature and in consequence the reactivity of nanolaminates based on the incorporation of a Cu nanolayer at the interfaces of Al/CuO nanolaminates. We further demonstrate that control of its thickness allows accurate tuning of both the thermal transport and energetic properties of the system. Using high resolution transmission electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, and differential scanning calorimetry to analyze the physical, chemical and thermal characteristics of the resulting Al/CuO + interfacial Cu nanolaminates, we find that the incorporation of 5 nm Cu at both Al/CuO and CuO/Al interfaces lowers the onset temperature from 550 to 475 °C because of the lower-temperature formation of Al-Cu intermetallic phases and alloying. Cu intermixing is different in the CuO/Cu/Al and Al/Cu/CuO interfaces and independent of total Cu thickness: Cu readily penetrates into Al grains upon annealing to 300 °C, leading to Al/Cu phase transformations, while Al does not penetrate into Cu. Importantly, θ-Al2Cu nanocrystals are created below 63% wt Cu/Al, and coexist with the Al solid solution phase. These well-defined θ-Al2Cu nanocrystals seem to act as embedded Al+CuO energetic reaction triggers that lower the onset temperature. We show that ∼10

  15. Effect of Al Doping on Performance of CuGaO2 p-Type Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells

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    Ursu, D.; Vaszilcsin, N.; Bănica, R.; Miclau, M.

    2016-01-01

    The p-type semiconductor Cu(I)-based delafossite transparent conducting oxides are good candidates to be used as hole collectors in dye-sensitized solar cells. The Al-doped CuGaO2 has been synthesized by hydrothermal method and its properties have been investigated as cathode elements in ruthenium dye N719-sensitized solar cells. The photocurrent density ( J sc) and the open-circuit voltage ( V oc) for 5% Al-doped CuGaO2 microparticles using N719 dye were approximately two times higher than undoped CuGaO2 microparticles. The integration of aluminum dopants in the delafossite structure improves the photovoltaic performance of CuGaO2 thin films, due to the excellent optical transparency of CuGaO2 in the visible range as well as the improved electrical conductivity caused by the apparition of the intrinsic acceptor defect associate (Al Cu •• 2O i ″ )″ with tetrahedrally coordinated Al on the Cu-site.

  16. Precipitation of a new platelet phase during the quenching of an Al-Zn-Mg-Cu alloy

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    Zhang, Yong; Weyland, Matthew; Milkereit, Benjamin; Reich, Michael; Rometsch, Paul A.

    2016-01-01

    A previously undescribed high aspect ratio strengthening platelet phase, herein named the Y-phase, has been identified in a commercial Al-Zn-Mg-Cu alloy. Differential scanning calorimetry indicates that this phase only precipitates at temperature and cooling rate of about 150–250 °C and 0.05–300 K/s, respectively. This precipitate is shown to be responsible for a noticeable improvement in mechanical properties. Aberration corrected scanning transmission electron microscopy demonstrates the minimal thickness (~1.4 nm) precipitate plates are isostructural to those of the T1 (Al2CuLi) phase observed in Al-Cu-Li alloys. Low voltage chemical analysis by energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy and electron energy loss spectroscopy gives evidence of the spatial partitioning of the Al, Cu and Zn within the Y-phase, as well as demonstrating the incorporation of a small amount of Mg. PMID:26979123

  17. Thermodynamic calculation and interatomic potential to predict the favored composition region for the Cu-Zr-Al metallic glass formation.

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    Cui, Y Y; Wang, T L; Li, J H; Dai, Y; Liu, B X

    2011-03-01

    For the Cu-Zr-Al system, the glass forming compositions were firstly calculated based on the extended Miedema's model, suggesting that the amorphous phase could be thermodynamically favored over a large composition region. An n-body potential was then constructed under the smoothed and long-range second-moment-approximation of tight-binding formulism. Applying the constructed Cu-Zr-Al potential, molecular dynamics simulations were conducted using solid solution models to compare relative stability of crystalline solid solution versus its disordered counterpart. Simulations reveal that the physical origin of metallic glass formation is crystalline lattice collapsing while solute concentration exceeding the critical value, thus predicting a hexagonal composition region, within which the Cu-Zr-Al ternary metallic glass formation is energetically favored. The molecular dynamics simulations predicted composition region is defined as the quantitative glass-forming-ability or glass-forming-region of the Cu-Zr-Al system. PMID:21229150

  18. Precipitation of a new platelet phase during the quenching of an Al-Zn-Mg-Cu alloy

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    Zhang, Yong; Weyland, Matthew; Milkereit, Benjamin; Reich, Michael; Rometsch, Paul A.

    2016-03-01

    A previously undescribed high aspect ratio strengthening platelet phase, herein named the Y-phase, has been identified in a commercial Al-Zn-Mg-Cu alloy. Differential scanning calorimetry indicates that this phase only precipitates at temperature and cooling rate of about 150–250 °C and 0.05–300 K/s, respectively. This precipitate is shown to be responsible for a noticeable improvement in mechanical properties. Aberration corrected scanning transmission electron microscopy demonstrates the minimal thickness (~1.4 nm) precipitate plates are isostructural to those of the T1 (Al2CuLi) phase observed in Al-Cu-Li alloys. Low voltage chemical analysis by energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy and electron energy loss spectroscopy gives evidence of the spatial partitioning of the Al, Cu and Zn within the Y-phase, as well as demonstrating the incorporation of a small amount of Mg.

  19. Evolution of atomic structure in Al75Cu25 liquid from experimental and ab initio molecular dynamics simulation studies.

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    Xiong, L H; Yoo, H; Lou, H B; Wang, X D; Cao, Q P; Zhang, D X; Jiang, J Z; Xie, H L; Xiao, T Q; Jeon, S; Lee, G W

    2015-01-28

    X-ray diffraction and electrostatic levitation measurements, together with the ab initio molecular dynamics simulation of liquid Al(75)Cu(25) alloy have been performed from 800 to 1600 K. Experimental and ab initio molecular dynamics simulation results match well with each other. No abnormal changes were experimentally detected in the specific heat capacity over total hemispheric emissivity and density curves in the studied temperature range for a bulk liquid Al(75)Cu(25) alloy measured by the electrostatic levitation technique. The structure factors gained by the ab initio molecular dynamics simulation precisely coincide with the experimental data. The atomic structure analyzed by the Honeycutt-Andersen index and Voronoi tessellation methods shows that icosahedral-like atomic clusters prevail in the liquid Al(75)Cu(25) alloy and the atomic clusters evolve continuously. All results obtained here suggest that no liquid-liquid transition appears in the bulk liquid Al(75)Cu(25) alloy in the studied temperature range. PMID:25524926

  20. Density functional theory study of 3R- and 2H-CuAlO2 under pressure

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    Liu, Qi-Jun; Liu, Zheng-Tang; Feng, Li-Ping; Tian, Hao; Liu, Wen-Ting; Yan, Feng

    2010-10-01

    We present a first-principles density-functional theory based study of the impact of pressure on the structural and elastic properties of bulk 3R- and 2H-CuAlO2. The ground state properties of 3R- and 2H-CuAlO2 are obtained, which are in good agreement with previous experimental and theoretical data. The analysis of enthalpy variation with pressure indicates the phase transition pressure between 3R and 2H is 15.4 GPa. The independent elastic constants of 3R- and 2H-CuAlO2 are calculated. As the applied pressure increases, the calculations show the presences of mechanical instability at 26.2 and 27.8 GPa for 3R- and 2H-CuAlO2, which are possibly related with the phase transitions.

  1. Evolution of atomic structure in Al75Cu25 liquid from experimental and ab initio molecular dynamics simulation studies.

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    Xiong, L H; Yoo, H; Lou, H B; Wang, X D; Cao, Q P; Zhang, D X; Jiang, J Z; Xie, H L; Xiao, T Q; Jeon, S; Lee, G W

    2015-01-28

    X-ray diffraction and electrostatic levitation measurements, together with the ab initio molecular dynamics simulation of liquid Al(75)Cu(25) alloy have been performed from 800 to 1600 K. Experimental and ab initio molecular dynamics simulation results match well with each other. No abnormal changes were experimentally detected in the specific heat capacity over total hemispheric emissivity and density curves in the studied temperature range for a bulk liquid Al(75)Cu(25) alloy measured by the electrostatic levitation technique. The structure factors gained by the ab initio molecular dynamics simulation precisely coincide with the experimental data. The atomic structure analyzed by the Honeycutt-Andersen index and Voronoi tessellation methods shows that icosahedral-like atomic clusters prevail in the liquid Al(75)Cu(25) alloy and the atomic clusters evolve continuously. All results obtained here suggest that no liquid-liquid transition appears in the bulk liquid Al(75)Cu(25) alloy in the studied temperature range.

  2. Utilizing various test methods to study the stress corrosion behavior of Al-Li-Cu alloys

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    Pizzo, P. P.; Galvin, R. P.; Nelson, H. G.

    1984-01-01

    Recently, much attention has been given to aluminum-lithium alloys because of rather substantial specific-strength and specific-stiffness advantages offered over commercial 2000and 7000-series aluminum alloys. An obstacle to Al-Li alloy development has been inherent limited ductility. In order to obtain a more refined microstructure, powder metallurgy (P/M) has been employed in alloy development programs. As stress corrosion (SC) of high-strength aluminum alloys has been a major problem in the aircraft industry, the possibility of an employment of Al-Li alloys has been considered, taking into account a use of Al-Li-Cu alloys. Attention is given to a research program concerned with the evaluation of the relative SC resistance of two P/M processed Al-Li-Cu alloys. The behavior of the alloys, with and without an addition of magnesium, was studied with the aid of three test methods. The susceptibility to SC was found to depend on the microstructure of the alloys.

  3. The solidification microstructure of Al-Cu-Si alloys metal matrix composites

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    Garbellini, O.; Palacio, H.; Biloni, H.

    1998-12-31

    The relationship between solidification microstructure and fluidity in MMC was studied. The composites were fabricated by infiltration of liquid metal into a alumina SAFFIL fibers preform under a gas pressure, using alloys of the AlCuSi system as matrices. The fluidity was measured in terms of classic foundry practice (i.e., the distance of flow liquid metal into the preform, while solidifying). The characterization of solidification microstructure in the cast composite was analyzed and correlated with the results of fluidity. The attention was particularly focused on such effects as the presence or absence of selective nucleation, the refinement of certain solidifying phases in the presence of fibers and their influence on microstructure formation and segregation of certain elements present in the liquid at the fiber matrix interface. By comparing reinforced and non reinforced zones, it was shown that the presence of fibers resulted in a refinement of the dendritic arm spacing of the {alpha}Al phase, with nucleation of Si on the fibers and without nucleation of primary Al dendrites. The results were discussed and compared with the microstructures and fluidity test of the unreinforced Al-Cu-Si alloys.

  4. Self-forming Al oxide barrier for nanoscale Cu interconnects created by hybrid atomic layer deposition of Cu–Al alloy

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    Park, Jae-Hyung; Han, Dong-Suk; Kang, You-Jin; Shin, So-Ra; Park, Jong-Wan

    2014-01-15

    The authors synthesized a Cu–Al alloy by employing alternating atomic layer deposition (ALD) surface reactions using Cu and Al precursors, respectively. By alternating between these two ALD surface chemistries, the authors fabricated ALD Cu–Al alloy. Cu was deposited using bis(1-dimethylamino-2-methyl-2-butoxy) copper as a precursor and H{sub 2} plasma, while Al was deposited using trimethylaluminum as the precursor and H{sub 2} plasma. The Al atomic percent in the Cu–Al alloy films varied from 0 to 15.6 at. %. Transmission electron microscopy revealed that a uniform Al-based interlayer self-formed at the interface after annealing. To evaluate the barrier properties of the Al-based interlayer and adhesion between the Cu–Al alloy film and SiO{sub 2} dielectric, thermal stability and peel-off adhesion tests were performed, respectively. The Al-based interlayer showed similar thermal stability and adhesion to the reference Mn-based interlayer. Our results indicate that Cu–Al alloys formed by alternating ALD are suitable seed layer materials for Cu interconnects.

  5. Development of Sn-Ag-Cu-X Solders for Electronic Assembly by Micro-Alloying with Al

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    Boesenberg, Adam; Anderson, Iver; Harringa, Joel

    2012-03-10

    Of Pb-free solder choices, an array of solder alloys based on the Sn-Ag-Cu (SAC) ternary eutectic (T eut = 217°C) composition have emerged with potential for broad use, including ball grid array (BGA) joints that cool slowly. This work investigated minor substitutional additions of Al (<0.25 wt.%) to Sn-3.5Ag-0.95Cu (SAC3595) solders to promote more consistent solder joint microstructures and to avoid deleterious product phases, e.g., Ag3Sn “blades,” for BGA cooling rates, since such Al additions to SAC had already demonstrated excellent thermal aging stability. Consistent with past work, blade formation was suppressed for increased Al content (>0.05Al), but the suppression effect faded for >0.20Al. Undercooling suppression did not correlate specifically with blade suppression since it became significant at 0.10Al and increased continuously with greater Al to 0.25Al. Surprisingly, an intermediate range of Al content (0.10 wt.% to 0.20 wt.% Al) promoted formation of significant populations of 2-μm to 5-μm faceted Cu-Al particles, identified as Cu33Al17, that clustered at the top of the solder joint matrix and exhibited extraordinary hardness. Clustering of Cu33Al17 was attributed to its buoyancy, from a lower density than Sn liquid, and its early position in the nucleation sequence within the solder matrix, permitting unrestricted migration to the top interface. Joint microstructures and implications for the full nucleation sequence for these SAC + Al solder joints are discussed, along with possible benefits from the clustered particles for improved thermal cycling resistance.

  6. Electronic properties of 3R-CuAlO2 under pressure: Three theoretical approaches

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    Christensen, N. E.; Svane, A.; Laskowski, R.; Palanivel, B.; Modak, P.; Chantis, A. N.; van Schilfgaarde, M.; Kotani, T.

    2010-01-01

    The pressure variation in the structural parameters, u and c/a , of the delafossite CuAlO2 is calculated within the local-density approximation (LDA). Further, the electronic structures as obtained by different approximations are compared: LDA, LDA+U , and a recently developed “quasiparticle self-consistent GW ” (QSGW) approximation. The structural parameters obtained by the LDA agree very well with experiments but, as expected, gaps in the formal band structure are underestimated as compared to optical experiments. The (in LDA too high lying) Cu3d states can be down shifted by LDA+U . The magnitude of the electric field gradient (EFG) as obtained within the LDA is far too small. It can be “fitted” to experiments in LDA+U but a simultaneous adjustment of the EFG and the gap cannot be obtained with a single U value. QSGW yields reasonable values for both quantities. LDA and QSGW yield significantly different values for some of the band-gap deformation potentials but calculations within both approximations predict that 3R-CuAlO2 remains an indirect-gap semiconductor at all pressures in its stability range 0-36 GPa, although the smallest direct gap has a negative pressure coefficient.

  7. Strengthening TiN diffusion barriers for Cu metallization by lightly doping Al

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    Yang, L. C.; Hsu, C. S.; Chen, G. S.; Fu, C. C.; Zuo, J. M.; Lee, B. Q.

    2005-09-01

    Thin films of Ti1-xAlxN were deposited on (100) Si by ultrahigh-vacuum dual-target reactive sputtering, and the impact of lightly doping Al of x as small as 0.09 on altering the films's microstructure upon thermal annealing, and hence the performance of the films (40nm thick) as diffusion barriers for Cu metallization was evaluated. The results of transmission electron microscopy, Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy, and grazing-incidence x-ray diffraction show that the TiN barrier layer gives the commonly observed voided, columnar grains composed of 5nm sized subgrains. Upon annealing, the subgrains tend to coalesce into 20nm sized equiaxed grains full of crystalline defects, initiating an inward penetration of Cu and a partial dissociation of TiN, transforming themselves, respectively, into pyramidal (or columnar) Cu3Si precipitates and a dendritic Ti5Si3 layer just after 550°C, 10min annealing. However, the lightly doped Al not only overrides the tendency to form intercolumnar voids inherent in sputter deposition by self-shadowing and statistical roughening, but also substantially enhances the microstructural and thermochemical stability, hence significantly improving barrier property, as evidenced from an annealing test at an elevated temperature (600°C) for a prolonged period of 30min.

  8. Diffusion of oxygen in amorphous Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}, Ta{sub 2}O{sub 5}, and Nb{sub 2}O{sub 5}

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    Nakamura, R. Tsukui, S.; Toda, T.; Tane, M.; Suzuki, T.; Ishimaru, M.; Nakajima, H.

    2014-07-21

    The self-diffusivity of oxygen in amorphous Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} (a-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}), a-Ta{sub 2}O{sub 5}, and a-Nb{sub 2}O{sub 5} was investigated along with structural analysis in terms of pair distribution function (PDF). The low activation energy, ∼1.2 eV, for diffusion in the oxides suggests a single atomic jump of oxygen ions mediated via vacancy-like defects. However, the pre-exponential factor for a-Ta{sub 2}O{sub 5} and a-Nb{sub 2}O{sub 5} with lower bond energy was two orders of magnitude larger than that for a-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} with higher bond energy. PDF analyses revealed that the short-range configuration in a-Ta{sub 2}O{sub 5} and a-Nb{sub 2}O{sub 5} was more broadly distributed than that in a-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}. Due to the larger variety of atomic configurations of a-Ta{sub 2}O{sub 5} and a-Nb{sub 2}O{sub 5}, these oxides have a higher activation entropy for diffusion than a-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}. The entropy term for diffusion associated with short-range structures was shown to be a dominant factor for diffusion in amorphous oxides.

  9. Non-Fermi-liquid scaling in U(Cu,Al){sub 5} compounds

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    Nakotte, H.; Buschow, K.H.J.; Brueck, E.; Klaasse, J.C.P.

    1996-08-01

    We report on the electronic properties of various UCu{sub x}Al{sub 5-x} compounds (2.9{le}x{le}3.5). These compounds crystallize in the hexagonal CaCu{sub 5} structure. For all compounds, we find that the low-temperature specific heat diverges logarithmitically, which may be taken as an indication of non-Fermi-liquid scaling in these materials. Also we find a large magnetic anisotropy in all compounds studied, and we show that the magnetic anisotropy should not be neglected in the analysis of other bulk properties. Though for some of UCu{sub x}Al{sub 5-x} polycrystals non-Fermi-liquid scaling is found also in the magnetic susceptibility, comparison with single-crystal results on UCu{sub 3}Al{sub 2} indicates that any temperature dependence may be due to averaging anisotropic response over all crystallographic directions.

  10. Closed and open-ended stacking fault tetrahedra formation along the interfaces of Cu-Al nanolayered metals

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    Li, Ruizhi; Beng Chew, Huck

    2015-09-01

    Stacking fault tetrahedra (SFTs) are volume defects that typically form by the clustering of vacancies in face-centred cubic (FCC) metals. Here, we report a dislocation-based mechanism of SFT formation initiated from the semi-coherent interfaces of Cu-Al nanoscale multilayered metals subjected to out-of-plane tension. Our molecular dynamics simulations show that Shockley partials are first emitted into the Cu interlayers from the dissociated misfit dislocations along the Cu-Al interface and interact to form SFTs above the triangular intrinsic stacking faults along the interface. Under further deformation, Shockley partials are also emitted into the Al interlayers and interact to form SFTs above the triangular FCC planes along the interface. The resulting dislocation structure comprises closed SFTs within the Cu interlayers which are tied across the Cu-Al interfaces to open-ended SFTs within the Al interlayers. This unique plastic deformation mechanism results in considerable strain hardening of the Cu-Al nanolayered metal, which achieves its highest tensile strength at a critical interlayer thickness of ~4 nm corresponding to the highest possible density of complete SFTs within the nanolayer structure.

  11. Corrosion and protection of heterogeneous cast Al-Si (356) and Al-Si-Cu-Fe (380) alloys by chromate adn cerium inhibitors

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    Jain, Syadwad

    In this study, the localized corrosion and conversion coating on cast alloys 356 (Al-7.0Si-0.3Mg) and 380 (Al-8.5Si-3.5Cu-1.6Fe) were characterized. The intermetallic phases presence in the permanent mold cast alloy 356 are primary-Si, Al5FeSi, Al8Si6Mg3Fe and Mg2Si. The die cast alloy 380 is rich in Cu and Fe elements. These alloying elements result in formation of the intermetallic phases Al 5FeSi, Al2Cu and Al(FeCuCr) along with primary-Si. The Cu- and Fe-rich IMPS are cathodic with respect to the matrix phase and strongly govern the corrosion behavior of the two cast alloys in an aggressive environment due to formation of local electrochemical cell in their vicinity. Results have shown that corrosion behavior of permanent mould cast alloy 356 is significantly better than the die cast aluminum alloy 380, primarily due to high content of Cu- and Fe-rich phases such as Al2Cu and Al 5FeSi in the latter. The IMPS also alter the protection mechanism of the cast alloys in the presence of inhibitors in an environment. The presence of chromate in the solution results in reduced cathodic activity on all the phases. Chromate provides some anodic inhibition by increasing pitting potentials and altering corrosion potentials for the phases. Results have shown that performance of CCC was much better on 356 than on 380, primarily due to inhomogeneous and incomplete coating deposition on Cu- and Fe- phases present in alloy 380. XPS and Raman were used to characterize coating deposition on intermetallics. Results show evidence of cyanide complex formation on the intermetallic phases. The presence of this complex is speculated to locally suppress CCC formation. Formation and breakdown of cerium conversion coatings on 356 and 380 was also analyzed. Results showed that deposition of cerium hydroxide started with heavy precipitation on intermetallic particles with the coatings growing outwards onto the matrix. Electrochemical analysis of synthesized intermetallics compounds in the

  12. Localized TiSi and TiN phases in Si/Ti/Al/Cu Ohmic contacts to AlGaN/GaN heterostructures

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    Yoon, Seonno; Song, Yunwon; Lee, Seung Min; Lee, Hi-Deok; Oh, Jungwoo

    2016-05-01

    Microstructural changes in Si/Ti/Al/Cu (10/40/60/50 nm) Ohmic contacts to AlGaN/GaN heterostructure were investigated for complementary metal-oxide semiconductor compatible processes. Si/Ti/Al/Cu metallization exhibited a low specific contact resistance of 3.6 × 10-6 Ω-cm2 and contact resistance of 0.46 Ω-mm when a Si interfacial layer was used. Without a designated barrier metal, TiSix alloys that formed in the metallic region effectively suppressed Cu diffusion. The shallow TiN junction in AlGaN/GaN was attributed to TiSix in the metallic regions. Microstructural changes were detected by systematic physical characterization.

  13. Crystallization from high temperature solutions of Si in Cu/Al solvent

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    Ciszek, Theodore F.; Wang, Tihu

    1996-01-01

    A liquid phase epitaxy method for forming thin crystalline layers of device quality silicon having less than 3.times.10.sup.16 Cu atoms/cc impurity, comprising: preparing a saturated liquid solution of Si in a Cu/Al solvent at about 20 to about 40 at. % Si at a temperature range of about 850.degree. to about 1100.degree. C. in an inert gas; immersing or partially immersing a substrate in the saturated liquid solution; super saturating the solution by lowering the temperature of the saturated solution; holding the substrate in the saturated solution for a period of time sufficient to cause Si to precipitate out of solution and form a crystalline layer of Si on the substrate; and withdrawing the substrate from the solution.

  14. Crystallization from high temperature solutions of Si in Cu/Al solvent

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    Ciszek, T.F.; Wang, T.

    1996-08-13

    A liquid phase epitaxy method is disclosed for forming thin crystalline layers of device quality silicon having less than 3{times}10{sup 16} Cu atoms/cc impurity, comprising: preparing a saturated liquid solution of Si in a Cu/Al solvent at about 20 to about 40 at. % Si at a temperature range of about 850 to about 1100 C in an inert gas; immersing or partially immersing a substrate in the saturated liquid solution; super saturating the solution by lowering the temperature of the saturated solution; holding the substrate in the saturated solution for a period of time sufficient to cause Si to precipitate out of solution and form a crystalline layer of Si on the substrate; and withdrawing the substrate from the solution. 3 figs.

  15. Cooling-rate-dependent microstructure and mechanical properties of a CuZrAlAg alloy

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    Gu, Ji; Wang, Yihan; Zhang, Lixin; Ni, Song; Song, Min

    2014-11-01

    A Cu36Zr48Al8Ag8 alloy rod with a diameter of 10 mm was fabricated using a copper-mould suction casting method. Structural characterization revealed that the rod has different microstructures along the casting direction, including a complete amorphous structure and an amorphous/crystalline composite structure with different amount of B2 CuZr phase. Nanoindentation tests showed that the hardness and the elastic modulus of the crystalline phase are lower than those of the amorphous matrix. The hardness and the elastic modulus of the amorphous matrix decrease with decreasing crystalline proportion of the alloy, while the Vickers hardness of the alloy increases with a reduction in the crystalline proportion.

  16. Atomistic Modeling of Quaternary Alloys: Ti and Cu in NiAl

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    Bozzolo, Guillermo; Mosca, Hugo O.; Wilson, Allen W.; Noebe, Ronald D.; Garces, Jorge E.

    2002-01-01

    The change in site preference in NiAl(Ti,Cu) alloys with concentration is examined experimentally via ALCHEMI and theoretically using the Bozzolo-Ferrante-Smith (BFS) method for alloys. Results for the site occupancy of Ti and Cu additions as a function of concentration are determined experimentally for five alloys. These results are reproduced with large-scale BFS-based Monte Carlo atomistic simulations. The original set of five alloys is extended to 25 concentrations, which are modeled by means of the BFS method for alloys, showing in more detail the compositional range over which major changes in behavior occur. A simple but powerful approach based on the definition of atomic local environments also is introduced to describe energetically the interactions between the various elements and therefore to explain the observed behavior.

  17. Ion irradiation induced element-enriched and depleted nanostructures in Zr-Al-Cu-Ni metallic glass

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    Chen, H. C.; Liu, R. D.; Yan, L. E-mail: zhouxingtai@sinap.ac.cn; Zhou, X. T. E-mail: zhouxingtai@sinap.ac.cn; Cao, G. Q.; Wang, G.

    2015-07-21

    The microstructural evolution of a Zr-Al-Cu-Ni metallic glass induced by irradiation with Ar ions was investigated. Under ion irradiation, the Cu- and Ni-enriched nanostructures (diameter of 30–50 nm) consisted of crystalline and amorphous structures were formed. Further, Cu- and Ni-depleted nanostructures with diameters of 5–20 nm were also observed. The formation of these nanostructures can be ascribed to the migration of Cu and Ni atoms in the irradiated metallic glass.

  18. Transparent Conductive Al-Doped ZnO/Cu Bilayer Films Grown on Polymer Substrates at Room Temperature

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    Huang, Ji-Jie; Wang, Yu-Ping; Lu, Jian-Guo; Gong, Li; Ye, Zhi-Zhen

    2011-12-01

    Al-doped ZnO (AZO)/Cu bi-layer films are deposited by dc magnetron sputtering on polycarbonate substrates at room temperature. The structural, electrical and optical properties of the films are investigated at various sputtering powers of the Cu layer. The AZO/Cu bi-layer film deposited at a moderate sputtering power of 180 W for the Cu layer displayed the highest figure of merit of 3.47 × 10-3Ω-1, with a low sheet resistance of 12.38 Ω/sq, an acceptable visible transmittance of 73%, and a high near-infrared reflectance of about 50%.

  19. Stokes-Einstein relation and excess entropy in Al-rich Al-Cu melts

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    Pasturel, A.; Jakse, N.

    2016-07-01

    We investigate the conditions for the validity of the Stokes-Einstein relation that connects diffusivity to viscosity in melts using entropy-scaling relationships developed by Rosenfeld. Employing ab initio molecular dynamics simulations to determine transport and structural properties of liquid Al1-xCux alloys (with composition x ≤ 0.4), we first show that reduced self-diffusion coefficients and viscosities, according to Rosenfeld's formulation, scale with the two-body approximation of the excess entropy except the reduced viscosity for x = 0.4. Then, we use our findings to evidence that the Stokes-Einstein relation using effective atomic radii is not valid in these alloys while its validity can be related to the temperature dependence of the partial pair-excess entropies of both components. Finally, we derive a relation between the ratio of the self-diffusivities of the components and the ratio of their pair excess entropies.

  20. Phase constitution and interface structure of nano-sized Ag-Cu/AlN multilayers: Experiment and ab initio modeling

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    Pigozzi, Giancarlo; Janczak-Rusch, Jolanta; Passerone, Daniele; Antonio Pignedoli, Carlo; Patscheider, Joerg; Jeurgens, Lars P. H.; Antusek, Andrej; Parlinska-Wojtan, Magdalena; Bissig, Vinzenz

    2012-10-29

    Nano-sized Ag-Cu{sub 8nm}/AlN{sub 10nm} multilayers were deposited by reactive DC sputtering on {alpha}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}(0001) substrates. Investigation of the phase constitution and interface structure of the multilayers evidences a phase separation of the alloy sublayers into nanosized grains of Ag and Cu. The interfaces between the Ag grains and the quasi-single-crystalline AlN sublayers are semi-coherent, whereas the corresponding Cu/AlN interfaces are incoherent. The orientation relationship between Ag and AlN is constant throughout the entire multilayer stack. These observations are consistent with atomistic models of the interfaces as obtained by ab initio calculations.

  1. Morphology and properties of a hybrid organic-inorganic system: Al nanoparticles embedded into CuPc thin film

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    Molodtsova, O. V.; Babenkov, S. V.; Aristova, I. M.; Vilkov, O. V.; Aristov, V. Yu.

    2014-04-28

    The evolution of the morphology and the electronic structure of the hybrid organic-inorganic system composed of aluminum nanoparticles (NPs) distributed in an organic semiconductor matrix—copper phthalocyanine (CuPc)—as a function of nominal aluminum content was studied by transmission electron microscopy and by photoemission spectroscopy methods. The aluminum atoms deposited onto the CuPc surface diffuse into the organic matrix and self-assemble to NPs in a well-defined manner with a narrow diameter distribution, which depends on the amount of aluminum that is evaporated onto the CuPc film. We find clear evidence of a charge transfer from Al to CuPc and we have been able to determine the lattice sites where Al ions sit. The finally at high coverage about 64 Å the formation of metallic aluminum overlayer on CuPc thin film takes place.

  2. Can natural levels of Al influence Cu speciation and toxicity to Daphnia magna in a Swedish soft water lake?

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    Hoppe, S; Gustafsson, J-P; Borg, H; Breitholtz, M

    2015-11-01

    It is well known that chemical parameters, such as natural organic matter (NOM), cation content and pH may influence speciation and toxicity of metals in freshwaters. Advanced bioavailability models, e.g. Biotic Ligand Models (BLMs), can use these and other chemical parameters to calculate site specific recommendations for metals in the aquatic environment. However, since Al is not an input parameter in the BLM v.2.2.3, used in this study, there could be a discrepancy between calculated and measured results in Al rich waters. The aim of this study was to evaluate if the presence of Al in a circumneutral (pH ∼6) soft humic freshwater, Lake St. Envättern, will affect the Cu speciation and thereby the toxicity to the cladoceran Daphnia magna. The results show a statistically significant increase in the free Cu(2+) concentration with Al additions and that measured levels of Cu(2+) significantly differed from BLM calculated levels of Cu(2+). Furthermore, there was also a statistically significant elevated acute toxic response to D. magna at low additions of Al (10 μg/L). However, since the large difference between calculated and measured Cu(2+) resulted in a significant but minor (factor of 2.3) difference between calculated and measured toxicity, further studies should be conducted in Al rich soft waters to evaluate the importance of adding Al as an input parameter into the BLM software.

  3. Intrinsic fatigue crack growth rates for Al-Li-Cu-Mg alloys in vacuum

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    Slavik, D. C.; Blankenship, C. P., Jr.; Starke, E. A., Jr.; Gangloff, R. P.

    1993-01-01

    The influences of microstructure and deformation mode on inert environment intrinsic fatigue crack propagation were investigated for Al-Li-Cu-Mg alloys AA2090, AA8090, and X2095 compared to AA2024. The amount of coherent shearable delta-prime (Al3Li) precipitates and extent of localized planar slip deformation were reduced by composition (increased Cu/Li in X2095) and heat treatment (double aging of AA8090). Intrinsic growth rates, obtained at high constant K(max) to minimize crack closure and in vacuum to eliminate any environmental effect, were alloy dependent; da/dN varied up to tenfold based on applied Delta-K or Delta-K/E. When compared based on a crack tip cyclic strain or opening displacement parameter, growth rates were equivalent for all alloys except X2095-T8, which exhibited unique fatigue crack growth resistance. Tortuous fatigue crack profiles and large fracture surface facets were observed for each Al-Li alloy independent of the precipitates present, particularly delta-prime, and the localized slip deformation structure. Reduced fatigue crack propagation rates for X2095 in vacuum are not explained by either residual crack closure or slip reversibility arguments; the origin of apparent slip band facets in a homogeneous slip alloy is unclear.

  4. Factors Affecting the Hydrogen Environment Assisted Cracking Resistance of an AL-Zn-Mg-(Cu) Alloy

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    Young, G A; Scully, J R

    2002-04-09

    Precipitation hardenable Al-Zn-Mg alloys are susceptible to hydrogen environment assisted cracking (HEAC) when exposed to aqueous environments. In Al-Zn-Mg-Cu alloys, overaged tempers are used to increase HEAC resistance at the expense of strength but overaging has little benefit in low copper alloys. However, the mechanism or mechanisms by which overaging imparts HEAC resistance is poorly understood. The present research investigated hydrogen uptake, diffusion, and crack growth rate in 90% relative humidity (RH) air for both a commercial copper bearing Al-Zn-Mg-Cu alloy (AA 7050) and a low copper variant of this alloy in order to better understand the factors which affect HEAC resistance. Experimental methods used to evaluate hydrogen concentrations local to a surface and near a crack tip include nuclear reaction analysis (NRA), focused ion beam, secondary ion mass spectroscopy (FIB/SIMS) and thermal desorption spectroscopy (TDS). Results show that overaging the copper bearing alloys both inhibits hydrogen ingress from oxide covered surfaces and decreases the apparent hydrogen diffusion rates in the metal.

  5. Microstructure analysis of Al-Si-Cu alloys prepared by gradient solidification technique

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    Borkar, Hemant; Seifeddine, Salem; Jarfors, Anders E. W.

    2015-03-01

    Al-Si-Cu alloys were cast with the unique gradient solidification technique to produce alloys with two cooling rates corresponding to secondary dendrite arm spacing (SDAS) of 9 and 27 μm covering the microstructural fineness of common die cast components. The microstructure was studied with optical microscopy and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) equipped with energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS) and electron backscattered diffraction (EBSD). The alloy with higher cooling rate, lower SDAS, has a more homogeneous microstructure with well distributed network of eutectic and intermetallic phases. The results indicate the presence of Al-Fe-Si phases, Al-Cu phases and eutectic Si particles but their type, distribution and amount varies in the two alloys with different SDAS. EBSD analysis was also performed to study the crystallographic orientation relationships in the microstructure. One of the major highlights of this study is the understanding of the eutectic formation mechanism achieved by studying the orientation relationships of the aluminum in the eutectic to the surrounding primary aluminum dendrites.

  6. Growth process of Cu{sub 2}Al{sub 6}B{sub 4}O{sub 17} whiskers

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    Zhu Chengcai; Nai Xueying; Zhu Donghai; Guo Fengqin; Zhang Yongxing; Li Wu

    2013-01-15

    The reactions occurred and growth process in the preparation of copper aluminum borate (Cu{sub 2}Al{sub 6}B{sub 4}O{sub 17}) whiskers based on flux method (Al{sub 2}(SO{sub 4}){sub 3}/CuSO{sub 4}/H{sub 3}BO{sub 3} as raw materials, K{sub 2}SO{sub 4} as flux) were investigated. The thermogravimetric and differential scanning calorimetry analysis (TG-DSC), inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectrum analysis (ICP-AES) and X-ray diffraction analysis (XRD) results of reactants mixture quenched at various temperatures and phase diagrams of K{sub 2}SO{sub 4}-Al{sub 2}(SO{sub 4}){sub 3} system and B{sub 2}O{sub 3}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} system showed that the reaction process proceeds through three steps: the formation and decomposition of two different kinds of potassium aluminum sulfate (K{sub 3}Al(SO{sub 4}){sub 3} and KAl(SO{sub 4}){sub 2}); the formation of aluminum borate (Al{sub 4}B{sub 2}O{sub 9}) and decomposition of copper sulfate (CuSO{sub 4}) and boric acid (H{sub 3}BO{sub 3}); growth and formation of copper aluminum borate (Cu{sub 2}Al{sub 6}B{sub 4}O{sub 17}) whiskers. The scanning electron microscopy (SEM) analysis results indicated that morphology in growth of Cu{sub 2}Al{sub 6}B{sub 4}O{sub 17} whiskers develops through three stages: nanoparticles, fan-shaped whiskers and agminate-needlelike whiskers. - Graphical abstract: The morphology in growth of Cu{sub 2}Al{sub 6}B{sub 4}O{sub 17} whiskers develops through three stages: nanoparticles, fan-shaped whiskers and agminate-needlelike whiskers. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Reaction process in the preparation of Cu{sub 2}Al{sub 6}B{sub 4}O{sub 17} whiskers was researched systematically. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Crystal growth mechanism of Cu{sub 2}Al{sub 6}B{sub 4}O{sub 17} whiskers was proposed by theory and experiments. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Properties of Cu{sub 2}Al{sub 6}B{sub 4}O{sub 17} were analyzed by instruments, such as TG-DSC, ICP-AES, XRD and SEM.

  7. Direct observation of B-site ordering in LSAT: (La0.3Sr0.7)(Al0.65Ta0.35)O3 single crystal

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    Okada, S.; Kobayashi, S.; Ohashi, K.; Nishikawa, N.; Tokunaga, T.; Sasaki, K.; Yamamoto, T.

    2016-06-01

    B-site atomic column regularity was directly observed in (La0.3Sr0.7)(Al0.65Ta0.35)O3 single crystals by Z-contrast imaging during high-angle annular dark-field scanning transmission electron microscopy. Two types of areas with different B-site regularity were found. One of the ordered structures, which was similar to a previously reported structure, was several tens of nanometers in size and had a rock salt-like regularity owing to variation in the B-site Al/Ta ratio. The other structure existed as disordered-like domains in the (La0.3Sr0.7)(Al0.65Ta0.35)O3 crystal. Fourier transform processing revealed that the disordered-like domains consisted of very fine ordered domains of several nanometers in size. These very fine ordered structures had a different B-site Al/Ta ratio variation with a rock salt-like regularity.

  8. Hydrogenolysis of Glycerol to Propylene Glycol on Nanosized Cu-Zn-Al Catalysts Prepared Using Microwave Process.

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    Kim, Dong Won; Ha, Sang Ho; Moon, Myung Jun; Lim, Kwon Taek; Ryu, Young Bok; Lee, Sun Do; Lee, Man Sig; Hong, Seong-Soo

    2015-01-01

    Cu-Zn-Al catalysts were prepared using microwave-assisted process and co-precipitation methods. The prepared catalysts were characterized by XRD, BET, XPS and TPD of ammonia and their catalytic activity for the hydrogenolysis of glycerol to propylene glycol was also examined. The XRD patterns of Cu/Zn/Al mixed catalysts show CuO and ZnO crystalline phase regardless of preparation method. The highest glycerol hydrogenolysis conversion is obtained with the catalyst having a Cu/Zn/Al ratio of 2:2:1. Hydrogen pre-reduction of catalysts significantly enhanced both glycerol conversions and selectivity to propylene glycol. The glycerol conversion increased with an increase of reaction temperature. However, the selectivity to propylene glycol increased with an increase of temperature, and then declined to 30.5% at 523 K. PMID:26328420

  9. Knudsen effusion mass spectrometric determination of mixing thermodynamic data of liquid Al-Cu-Sn alloy

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    Bencze, L.; Milacic, R.; Jacimovic, R.; Zigon, D.; Mátyás, L.; Popovic, A.

    2010-01-01

    The vaporisation of a liquid Al-Cu-Sn system has been investigated at 1273-1473 K by Knudsen effusion mass spectrometry (KEMS) and the data fitted to a Redlich-Kister-Muggianu (RKM) sub-regular solution model. Thirty-one different compositions (41 samples) have been examined at eight fixed copper mole fractions, XCu = 0.10, 0.20, 0.30, 0.333, 0.40, 0.50, 0.60 and 0.70. The ternary L-parameters, the thermodynamic activities and the thermodynamic functions of mixing have been evaluated using standard KEMS procedures. In addition, the same quantities were obtained from the measured ion intensity ratios of Al+ to Cu+, Al+ to Sn+ and Cu+ to Sn+ using a mathematical regression technique. The intermediate data obtained directly are the RKM ternary L-parameters that are, as a function of temperature, as follows:L(0)=(14270+/-1270)+(100.1+/-7.6)T-(11.77+/-0.93)T[thin space]ln(T);L(1)=(145600+/-9780)+(101.6+/-58.7)T-(15.56+/-7.14)T[thin space]ln(T);L(2)=(76730+/-1240)+(79.2+/-7.4)T-(15.69+/-0.91)T[thin space]ln(T). From the obtained ternary L-parameters the integral molar excess Gibbs energy, the excess chemical potentials, the activity coefficients and the activities have been evaluated. Using the temperature dependence of the activities, the integral and partial molar excess enthalpies and entropies can be also determined. In addition, for comparison, for some compositions, the Knudsen effusion isothermal evaporation method (IEM) and the Gibbs-Duhem ion intensity ratio method (GD-IIR) were used to determine activities and good agreement was obtained from the RKM model.

  10. Friction and Wear Characteristics of Cu-4Al Foil Bearing Coating at 25 and 650 degree C

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    Stanford, Malcolm K.; DellaCorte, Christopher

    2004-01-01

    The friction and wear performance of a Cu-4Al top foil coating has been investigated in Generation I foil air bearings. The copper alloy was applied by a novel deposition technique (ion diffusion) and the journal was coated with PS304, a plasma spray deposited high temperature composite solid lubricant coating. The ion diffusion coating process deposits a desirable smooth layer compared to other methods like cathodic arc deposition. The tribological performance of bearings with and without Cu-4Al foil coatings were evaluated through start-stop tests on an air bearing test rig at 25 and 650 C. The results indicate that the Cu-4Al assists during the initial break-in period, gives more stable friction performance with respect to temperature, and appears to prevent top foil wear at high temperature. The measured load capacity coefficient was 0.5, which was comparable to earlier testing of more advanced design Generation III bearings coated with standard cathodic arc deposited Cu-4Al. However, further studies are needed to determine if deeper penetration of the copper alloy into the foil would help make the transition in friction behavior from contact with the Cu-4Al coated foil to contact with the base foil material more gradual. Also, future work is recommended to assess the performance of ion diffusion coatings with different Cu-based alloy compositions and to investigate the effect the coating has on the elastic modulus of the foil material.

  11. Characterization and CO oxidation activity of Cu/Cr/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} catalysts

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    Park, P.W.; Ledford, J.S.

    1998-03-01

    X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) have been used to characterize a series of Cu/Cr/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} catalysts prepared by stepwise incipient wetness impregnation of first chromium followed by copper (designated CuCry). The copper loading was held constant at 8 wt% CuO, and chromium loadings were varied from 0 to 20 wt% Cr{sub 2}O{sub 3}. The information obtained from surface and bulk characterization has been correlated with the CO oxidation activity of the catalysts. XPS and XRD results of analogous Cry indicated that the Cr dispersion decreased and the concentration of Cr{sup 3+} species increased with increasing Cr content. The decrease in Cu dispersion of CuCry with increasing Cr content has been attributed to the formation of large crystalline CuO and CuCr{sub 2}O{sub 4}. Copper addition decreased the Cr dispersion by reacting selectively with a dispersed Cr{sup 3+} species to form CuCr{sub 2}O{sub 4} species. However, the Cu addition did not affect the Cr oxidation state distribution compared to that of Cry. For low Cr loading CuCry catalysts (Cr/Al {le} 0.027), the CO oxidation activity increased with increasing Cr content due to the formation of crystalline CuO on the Cr-modified alumina. This has been attributed to the inhibition of Cu ion diffusion into alumina lattice vacancies by highly dispersed chromium species. The CuCry catalyst of Cr/Al = 0.054 showed the highest CO oxidation activity due to the formation of CuCr{sub 2}O{sub 4} which was more active than the CuO phase. For Cr-rich catalysts (Cr/Al {ge} 0.080), the decrease in CO oxidation activity has been ascribed to the encapsulation of the active site with Cr{sub 2}O{sub 3} species.

  12. A thermodynamic prediction for microporosity formation in aluminum-rich Al-Cu alloys

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    Poirier, D. R.; Yeum, K.; Maples, A. L.

    1987-01-01

    A computer model is used to predict the formation and degree of microporosity in a directionally solidified Al-4.5 wt pct Cu alloy, considering the interplay between solidification shrinkage and gas porosity. Macrosegregation theory is used to determine the local pressure within the interdendritic liquid. Results show interdendritic porosity for initial hydrogen contents in the 0.03-1 ppm range, and none below contents of 0.03. An increase in either the thermal gradient or the solidification rate is show to decrease the amount of interdendritic porosity.

  13. Planar to cellular transition during directional solidification of Al-0.5 wt. % Cu

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    Fornaro, O.; Palacio, H.A.

    1997-02-15

    Directional solidification is one of the most widely used methods for production of high quality components, as it permits a precise control of the resultant microstructure. The formation of cellular or dendritic interfaces is influenced by microsegregation and thermal profiles ahead of the interface. These structures influence the mechanical properties of the final product. Hence, the instabilities of a planar interface and its development into a periodic array of cells or dendrites have received particular attention from the metallurgist. This transition is evaluated for a Al-0.5 wt.% Cu alloy.

  14. Melting of Pb Nanocrystals Embedded in Al, Si, and Cu Matrices

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    Wang, Huan; Zhu, Hongzhi

    2015-12-01

    Dispersions of nanoscale Pb particles embedded in Si, Al, and Cu matrices have been synthesized by ion implantation and subsequent annealing. The melting transitions of the embedded Pb nanocrystals with epitaxial particle/matrix interfaces were investigated by means of in situ high-temperature X-ray diffraction. Due to different levels of lattice mismatch, the Pb nanoprecipitates experience a different elastic strain in different matrices. Further analysis on the lattice constants of the embedded Pb nanocrystals gives unambiguous evidence of the strain-related pressure effect, which is particle size and matrix dependent, on tuning of the melting behavior of the embedded Pb nanoparticles.

  15. Effect of strain path change on precipitation behaviour of Al-Cu-Mg-Si alloy

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    Mishra, S.; Kulkarni, K.; Gurao, N. P.

    2015-04-01

    The effect of strain path change on precipitation behaviour of Al- Cu-Mg-Si alloy was investigated. Two different types of crystallographic textures were produced by changing the strain path during rolling. The deformed samples were subjected to a short recrystallization treatment and ageing to identify the effect of strain path change manifested in terms of crystallographic texture on precipitation behaviour. Preliminary characterization indicates that ageing kinetics as well as precipitate morphology vary depending upon the mode of rolling. The coherency strains associated with a coherent interface is relieved in a unlike manner for differently rolled samples.

  16. The rate dependence of the saturation flow stress of Cu and 1100 Al

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    Preston, D.L.; Tonks, D.L.; Wallace, D.C.

    1991-01-01

    The strain-rate dependence of the saturation flow stress of OFHC Cu and 1100 Al from 10{sup {minus}3}s{sup {minus}1} to nearly to 10{sup 12}s{sup {minus}1} is examined. The flow stress above 10{sup 9}s{sup {minus}1} is estimated using Wallace's theory of overdriven shocks in metals. A transition to the power-law behavior {Psi} {approximately} {tau}{sub s}{sup 5} occurs at a strain rate of order 10{sup 5}s{sup {minus}1}. 10 refs., 2 figs.

  17. Role of Ti in the formation of Zr-Ti-Cu-Ni-Al glasses

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    Kim, T H; Gangopadhyay, A K; Xing, L Q; Lee, G W; Shen, Y T; Kelton, K F; Goldman, A I; Hyers, R W; Rogers, J R

    2010-07-19

    It has been widely reported that glass formation improves in Zr{sub 62}Cu{sub 20}Ni{sub 8}Al{sub 10} alloys when small amounts of Ti are substituted for Zr. Glasses containing greater than 3 at. % Ti crystallize to a metastable icosahedral phase, suggesting that Ti enhances icosahedral short-range order in the liquid/glass, making crystallization more difficult during cooling. However, based on containerless solidification and in situ high-energy synchrotron diffraction studies of electrostatically levitated supercooled liquids of these alloys, we demonstrate that Ti inhibits surface crystallization but neither increases the icosahedral short-range order nor improves glass formation.

  18. Grain size softening effect in Al62.5Cu25Fe12.5 nanoquasicrystals

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    Mukhopadhyay, N. K.; Ali, F.; Scudino, S.; Samadi Khoshkhoo, M.; Stoica, M.; Srivastava, V. C.; Uhlenwinkel, V.; Vaughan, G.; Suryanarayana, C.; Eckert, J.

    2013-11-01

    Inverse Hall-Petch (IHP) behavior in nano-quasicrystalline Al62.5Cu25Fe12.5 is reported. Powders with varying grain sizes were produced by mechanical milling of spray-formed quasicrystals. The hardness of the milled powders increased with decreasing grain size down to about 40 nm and decreased with further refinement, demonstrating the IHP behavior. This critical grain size was found to be larger compared to other metallic nanocrystalline alloys. This IHP behaviour has been attributed to the structural complexity in quasicrystals and to thermally activated shearing events of atoms at the grain boundaries.

  19. Physical, mechanical, and tribological properties of quasicrystalline Al-Cu-Fe coatings prepared by plasma spraying

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    Lepeshev, A. A.; Rozhkova, E. A.; Karpov, I. V.; Ushakov, A. V.; Fedorov, L. Yu.

    2013-12-01

    The physical, mechanical, and tribological properties of quasicrystalline coatings based on the Al65Cu23Fe12 alloy prepared by plasma spraying have been investigated. The specific features of the phase formation due to the competitive interactions of the icosahedral ψ and cubic β phases have been elucidated. A correlation between the microhardness and the content of the icosahedral phase in the coating has been determined. The decisive role of the quasicrystalline phase in the formation of high tribological characteristics of the coatings has been revealed and tested.

  20. Melt Cleanliness Comparison of Chlorine Fluxing and Ar Degassing of Secondary Al-4Cu

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    Çolak, Murat; Kayikci, Ramazan; Dispinar, Derya

    2016-07-01

    The treatment of liquid aluminum prior to casting typically consists of purging gas and/or fluxes through the melt. By the use of several chemicals during these operations, several environmental problems can occur. Therefore, in this study, the melt cleanliness of Al-4Cu secondary alloy was investigated by comparing the use of argon degassing with or without chlorine fluxing. Reduced pressure test was used to assess the melt quality. Highest quality melt was obtained by Ar degassing with preheated graphite lance without the need to use any chemicals.

  1. Mobile Interfacial Microstructures in Single Crystals of Cu-Al-Ni Shape Memory Alloy

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    Seiner, Hanuš

    2015-06-01

    This paper summarizes the main properties of the microstructures formed during reverse (austenite → martensite) transitions in single crystals of the Cu-Al-Ni shape memory alloy, and discusses the relation between these properties and the mechanical stabilization effect. It is shown that all experimentally observed interfacial microstructures ( X- and λ-interfaces and their non-classical equivalents) are not local minimizers of the quasi-static energy, and their formation is probably governed by requirements on mobility and dissipation. This conclusion is supported by finite elements models, and acoustic emission measurements.

  2. Melt Cleanliness Comparison of Chlorine Fluxing and Ar Degassing of Secondary Al-4Cu

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    Çolak, Murat; Kayikci, Ramazan; Dispinar, Derya

    2016-10-01

    The treatment of liquid aluminum prior to casting typically consists of purging gas and/or fluxes through the melt. By the use of several chemicals during these operations, several environmental problems can occur. Therefore, in this study, the melt cleanliness of Al-4Cu secondary alloy was investigated by comparing the use of argon degassing with or without chlorine fluxing. Reduced pressure test was used to assess the melt quality. Highest quality melt was obtained by Ar degassing with preheated graphite lance without the need to use any chemicals.

  3. Comparison of the Isothermal Oxidation Behavior of As-Cast Cu-17 Percent Cr and Cu-17 Percent Cr-5 Percent Al. Part 2; Scale Microstructures

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    Raj, S. V.

    2008-01-01

    The isothermal oxidation kinetics of as-cast Cu-17%Cr and Cu-17%Cr-5%Al in air were studied between 773 and 1173 K under atmospheric pressure. Details of the oxidation kinetics of these alloys were discussed in Part I. This paper analyzes the microstructures of the scale and its composition in an attempt to elucidate the oxidation mechanisms in these alloys. The scales formed on Cu-17%Cr specimens oxidized between 773 and 973 K consisted of external CuO and subsurface Cu2O layers. The total thickness of these scales varied from about 10 m at 773 K to about 450 m at 973 K. In contrast, thin scales formed on Cu-17%Cr-5%Al alloys oxidized between 773 and 1173 K. The exact nature of these scales could not be determined by x-ray diffraction but energy dispersive spectroscopy analyses were used to construct a scale composition map. Phenomenological oxidation mechanisms are proposed for the two alloys.

  4. Comparison of the Isothermal Oxidation Behavior of As-Cast Cu-17 Percent Cr and Cu-17 Percent Cr-5 Percent Al Part II: Scale Microstructures

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    Raj, Sai V.

    2008-01-01

    The isothermal oxidation kinetics of as-cast Cu-17%Cr and Cu-17%Cr-5%Al in air were studied between 773 and 1173 K under atmospheric pressure. Details of the oxidation kinetics of these alloys were discussed in Part I. This paper analyzes the microstructures of the scale and its composition in an attempt to elucidate the oxidation mechanisms in these alloys. The scales formed on Cu-17%Cr specimens oxidized between 773 and 973 K consisted of external CuO and subsurface Cu2O layers. The total thickness of these scales varied from about 10 m at 773 K to about 450 m at 973 K. In contrast, thin scales formed on Cu-17%Cr-5%Al alloys oxidized between 773 and 1173 K. The exact nature of these scales could not be determined by x-ray diffraction but energy dispersive spectroscopy analyses were used to construct a scale composition map. Phenomenological oxidation mechanisms are proposed for the two alloys.

  5. An array of 100 Al Al2O3 Cu SIN tunnel junctions in direct-write trilayer technology

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    Otto, Ernst; Tarasov, Mikhail; Pettersson, Gustav; Gustavsson, David; Kuzmin, Leonid

    2007-12-01

    We present superconductor-insulator-normal metal (SIN) tunnel junction thermometers made of arrays of 4-100 Al-Al2O3-Cu SIN tunnel junctions fabricated in direct-write technology. The technology is based on in situ evaporation of the superconductive electrode followed by the oxidation and the normal counter-electrode as a first step and deposition of normal metal absorber as a second one. This approach allows one to realize any geometry of the tunnel junctions and of the absorber with no limitation related to the size of the junctions or the absorber, which is not possible using the shadow evaporation technique. Measurements performed at 300 mK showed the high quality of the fabricated tunnel junctions, low leakage currents, and that an Rd/Rn ratio of 500 has been achieved at that temperature. The junctions were characterized as temperature sensors, and voltage versus temperature dependence measurements showed a dV/dT of 0.5 mV K-1 for each single junction, which is typical for this kind of tunnel junction. A temperature resolution of ± 5 µK has been achieved which is much better than the previously reported value of ± 30 µK for this type of thermometer.

  6. Cu/Ba/bauxite: an Inexpensive and Efficient Alternative for Pt/Ba/Al2O3 in NOx Removal

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    Wang, Xiuyun; Chen, Zhilin; Luo, Yongjin; Jiang, Lilong; Wang, Ruihu

    2013-01-01

    Cu/Ba/bauxite possesses superior NOx storage and reduction (NSR) performances, high thermal stability, strong resistance against SO2 poisoning and outstanding regeneration ability in comparison with Pt/Ba/Al2O3. It can serve as a cheap and promising alternative for traditional Pt/Ba/Al2O3 in NOx removal from lean-burn engines. PMID:23536149

  7. Early stages of superplasticity and positron lifetime spectroscopy in an Al-Mg-Cu alloy

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    Ayciriex, M.D.; Romero, R.; Somoza, A.

    1996-07-01

    In the present paper, by using positron lifetime technique, a careful study is carried out to analyze the microstructural changes induced on samples of an Al-based commercial alloy (Al-Mg-Cu-Mn-Cr) by superplastic deformation in the early stages of superplastic behavior of the alloy (strain range from 0.2% to 100%). These results are compared with those obtained on specimens only heat treated at the same temperature and for a time equivalent to the elapsed time during each tensile test, in order to evaluate the thermal contribution to the microstructural changes induced during the superplastic deformation process. Moreover, the positron results were linked with the microstructural evolution of the samples followed by means of optical microscopy and Vickers microhardness technique.

  8. The adsorption of water on Cu2O and Al2O3 thin films

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    Deng, Xingyi; Herranz, Tirma; Weis, Christoph; Bluhm, Hendrik; Salmeron, Miquel

    2008-06-27

    The initial stages of water condensation, approximately 6 molecular layers, on two oxide surfaces, Cu{sub 2}O and Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}, have been investigated by using ambient pressure X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy at relative humidity values (RH) from 0 to >90%. Water adsorbs first dissociatively on oxygen vacancies producing adsorbed hydroxyl groups in a stoichiometric reaction: O{sub lattic} + vacancies + H{sub 2}O = 2OH. The reaction is completed at {approx}1% RH and is followed by adsorption of molecular water. The thickness of the water film grows with increasing RH. The first monolayer is completed at {approx}15% RH on both oxides and is followed by a second layer at 35-40% RH. At 90% RH, about 6 layers of H{sub 2}O film have been formed on Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}.

  9. Atomic structure of the (Al,Si)CuFe cubic approximant phase.

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    Puyraimond, Frédéric; Quiquandon, Marianne; Gratias, Denis; Tillard, Monique; Belin, Claude; Quivy, Annick; Calvayrac, Yvonne

    2002-07-01

    The structure of the alpha-(Al,Si)CuFe approximant phase is determined by a single-crystal X-ray diffraction study and compared to the ideal structure obtained by the perpendicular shear method of the parent icosahedral phase. It is shown that the local environments (typical atomic clusters) of the two phases are similar and expand significantly farther than the size of the unit cell of the approximant. The orbit Al(2) issuing from the theoretical icosahedral model corresponding to the inner dodecahedron of the Mackay-type cluster is not found in the approximant and is replaced by a partially occupied inner icosahedron with an unusually large Debye-Waller factor.

  10. Nanostructured Al-ZnO/CdSe/Cu2O ETA solar cells on Al-ZnO film/quartz glass templates

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    Wang, Xianghu; Li, Rongbin; Fan, Donghua

    2011-12-01

    The quartz/Al-ZnO film/nanostructured Al-ZnO/CdSe/Cu2O extremely thin absorber solar cell has been successfully realized. The Al-doped ZnO one-dimensional nanostructures on quartz templates covered by a sputtering Al-doped ZnO film was used as the n-type electrode. A 19- to 35-nm-thin layer of CdSe absorber was deposited by radio frequency magnetron sputtering, coating the ZnO nanostructures. The voids between the Al-ZnO/CdSe nanostructures were filled with p-type Cu2O, and therefore, the entire assembly formed a p-i-n junction. The cell shows the energy conversion efficiency as high as 3.16%, which is an interesting option for developing new solar cell devices. PACS: 88.40.jp; 73.40.Lq; 73.50.Pz.

  11. Nanostructured Al-ZnO/CdSe/Cu2O ETA solar cells on Al-ZnO film/quartz glass templates.

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    Wang, Xianghu; Li, Rongbin; Fan, Donghua

    2011-01-01

    The quartz/Al-ZnO film/nanostructured Al-ZnO/CdSe/Cu2O extremely thin absorber solar cell has been successfully realized. The Al-doped ZnO one-dimensional nanostructures on quartz templates covered by a sputtering Al-doped ZnO film was used as the n-type electrode. A 19- to 35-nm-thin layer of CdSe absorber was deposited by radio frequency magnetron sputtering, coating the ZnO nanostructures. The voids between the Al-ZnO/CdSe nanostructures were filled with p-type Cu2O, and therefore, the entire assembly formed a p-i-n junction. The cell shows the energy conversion efficiency as high as 3.16%, which is an interesting option for developing new solar cell devices.PACS: 88.40.jp; 73.40.Lq; 73.50.Pz. PMID:22136081

  12. Hot deformation mechanisms of a solution-treated Al-Li-Cu-Mg-Zr alloy

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    Avramovic-Cingara, G.; Perovic, D.D.; McQueen, H.J.

    1996-11-01

    Solution-treated 8090 and 8091 Al-based alloys were subjected to hot torsion testing in the temperature range of 300 C through 500 C at strain rates of 0.1 to 5 s{sup {minus}1}, up to an equivalent strain of 4. The flow stresses for alloys 8090 (8091) were found to depend on strain rate through a sinh function with exponent 3.98 (2.37) and on temperature through an Arrhenius behavior with activation energy of about 287 (282) kJ/mol. Studies using transmission electron microscopy (TEM) have been performed with the aim of understanding the difference in deformation mechanisms at 500 C, 400 C, and 300 C. During hot processing, the mechanism of dynamic recovery is operative. The change in average subgrain size (d) with the conditions of deformation, i.e., Zener-Hollomon parameter and steady-state flow stress ({sigma}), was quantitatively characterized. Heat treatment at 550 C induced the precipitation of Al{sub 3}Zr particles which are resistant to dislocation shear. Furthermore, electron microscopic analyses have revealed a large number of helical dislocations, prismatic loops, and some Orowan loop formation after deformation at 500 C and 400 C. The density of these defects depends on the temperature of deformation and strain rate. At 300 C, dynamic precipitation of T{sub 2} (Al{sub 6}CuLi{sub 3}) and T{sub 1} (Al{sub 2}CuLi) phases strongly affected hot deformation behavior. In all cases, the microstructural analyses were consistent with a dual-slope description of the mechanical behavior during hot deformation.

  13. Hot deformation mechanisms of a solution-treated Al-Li-Cu-Mg-Zr alloy

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    Avramovic-Cingara, G.; Perovic, D. D.; McQueen, H. J.

    1996-11-01

    Solution-treated 8090 and 8091 Al-based alloys were subjected to hot torsion testing in the temperature range of 300 °C through 500 °C at strain rates of 0.1 to 5 s-1, up to an equivalent strain of 4. The flow stresses for alloys 8090 (8091) were found to depend on strain rate through a sinh function with exponent 3.98 (2.37) and on temperature through an Arrhenius behavior with activation energy of about 287 (282) kJ/mol. Studies using transmission electron microscopy (TEM) have been performed with the aim of understanding the difference in deformation mechanisms at 500 °C, 400 °C, and 300 °C. During hot processing, the mechanism of dynamic recovery is operative. The change in average subgrain size ( d) with the conditions of deformation, i.e., Zener-Hollomon parameter and steady-state flow stress ( σ s ), was quantitatively characterized. Heat treatment at 550 °C induced the precipitation of Al3Zr particles which are resistant to dislocation shear. Furthermore, electron microscopic analyses have revealed a large number of helical dislocations, prismatic loops, and some Orowan loop formation after deformation at 500 °C and 400 °C. The density of these defects depends on the temperature of deformation and strain rate. At 300 °C, dynamic precipitation of T2 (Al6CuLi3) and T1 (Al2CuLI) phases strongly affected hot deformation behavior. In all cases, the microstructural analyses were consistent with a dual-slope description of the mechanical behavior during hot deformation.

  14. Structural evolution of Ag-Cu nano-alloys confined between AlN nano-layers upon fast heating.

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    Janczak-Rusch, J; Chiodi, M; Cancellieri, C; Moszner, F; Hauert, R; Pigozzi, G; Jeurgens, L P H

    2015-11-14

    The structural evolution of a Ag-Cu/AlN nano-multilayer (NML), as prepared by magnetron-sputtering on a α-Al2O3 substrate, was monitored during fast heating by real-time in situ XRD analysis (at the synchrotron), as well as by ex situ microstructural analysis using SEM, XPS and in-house XRD. The as-deposited NML is constituted of alternating nano-layers (thickness ≈ 10 nm) of a chemically inert AlN barrier and a eutectic Ag-Cu(40at%) nano-alloy. The nano-alloy in the as-deposited state is composed of a fcc matrix of Ag nano-grains (≈6 nm), which are supersaturated by Cu, and some smaller embedded Cu rich nano-grains (≈4 nm). Heating up to 265 °C activates segregation of Cu out of the supersaturated Ag nano-grains phase, thus initiating phase separation. At T > 265 °C, the phase-separated Cu metal partially migrates to the top NML surface, thereby relaxing thermally-accumulated compressive stresses in the confined alloy nano-layers and facilitating grain coarsening of (still confined) phase-separated nano-crystallites. Further heating and annealing up to 420 °C results in complete phase separation, forming extended Ag and Cu domains with well-defined coherent Ag/AlN interfaces. The observed outflow of Cu well below the eutectic melting point of the bulk Ag-Cu alloy might provide new pathways for designing low-temperature nano-structured brazing materials.

  15. The effect of Cu/Zn molar ratio on CO2 hydrogenation over Cu/ZnO/ZrO2/Al2O3 catalyst

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    Shaharun, Salina; Shaharun, Maizatul S.; Mohamad, Dasmawati; Taha, Mohd F.

    2014-10-01

    Catalytic hydrogenation of carbon dioxide (CO2) to methanol is an attractive way to recycle and utilize CO2. A series of Cu / ZnO / Al2O3/ZrO2 catalysts (CZAZ) containing different molar ratios of Cu/Zn were prepared by the co-precipitation method and investigated in a stirred slurry autoclave system. The catalysts were characterized by temperature-programmed reduction (TPR), field emission scanning electron microscopy-energy dispersive analysis (FESEM-EDX), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and N2 adsorption-desorption. Higher surface area, SABET values (42.6-59.9 m2/g) are recorded at low (1) and high (5) Cu/Zn ratios with the minimum value of 35.71 m2/g found for a Cu/Zn of 3. The reducibility of the metal oxides formed after calcination of catalyst samples was also affected due to change in metal-support interaction. At a low reaction temperature of 443 K, total gas pressure of 3.0 MPa and 0.1 g/mL of the CZAZ catalyst, the selectivity to methanol decreased as the Cu/Zn molar ratio increased, and the maximum selectivity of 67.73 was achieved at Cu/Zn molar ratio of 1. With a reaction time of 3h, the best performing catalyst was CZAZ75 with Cu/Zn molar ratio of 5 giving methanol yield of 79.30%.

  16. The effects of substituting B for Cu on the magnetic and shape memory properties of CuAlMnB alloys

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    Aydogdu, Y.; Turabi, A. S.; Aydogdu, A.; Vance, E. D.; Kok, M.; Kirat, G.; Karaca, H. E.

    2016-07-01

    The effects of B addition on the magnetization, mechanical and shape memory properties in Cu70- x Al24Mn6B x at.% ( x = 0, 1, 2, 3, 4) alloys have been investigated. The ductility was decreased, while the strength was improved with B addition. Transformation temperatures were increased with B content due to increased e/ a ratio. Martensite start temperature of B-free CuAlMn was found to be 37.3 °C and increased to 218.8 °C with 4 % B addition. B-free CuAlMn exhibited shape memory effect with a recoverable strain of 2.25 % under 200 MPa and a perfect superelasticity with a recoverable strain of 2.5 % at 163 °C. B addition degraded the shape memory properties and eventually resulted in the lack of recoverable strain. In addition, saturation magnetization was increased with B content. Moreover, the addition of B slightly decreased the ductility of the alloy. It was found that the magnetization, mechanical and shape memory properties CuAlMn alloys can be tailored by quaternary alloying with B.

  17. Al and Si Alloying Effect on Solder Joint Reliability in Sn-0.5Cu for Automotive Electronics

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    Hong, Won Sik; Oh, Chulmin; Kim, Mi-Song; Lee, Young Woo; Kim, Hui Joong; Hong, Sung Jae; Moon, Jeong Tak

    2016-08-01

    To suppress the bonding strength degradation of solder joints in automotive electronics, we proposed a mid-temperature quaternary Pb-free Sn-0.5Cu solder alloy with minor Pd, Al, Si and Ge alloying elements. We manufactured powders and solder pastes of Sn-0.5Cu-(0.01,0.03)Al-0.005Si-(0.006-0.007)Ge alloys (T m = 230°C), and vehicle electronic control units used for a flame-retardant-4 printed circuit board with an organic solderability preservative finish were assembled by a reflow soldering process. To investigate the degradation properties of solder joints used in engine compartments, thermal cycling tests were conducted from -40°C to 125°C (10 min dwell) for 1500 cycles. We also measured the shear strength of the solder joints in various components and observed the microstructural evolution of the solder joints. Based on these results, intermetallic compound (IMC) growth at the solder joints was suppressed by minor Pd, Al and Si additions to the Sn-0.5Cu alloy. After 1500 thermal cycles, IMC layers thicknesses for 100 parts per million (ppm) and 300 ppm Al alloy additions were 6.7 μm and 10 μm, compared to the as-reflowed bonding thicknesses of 6 μm and 7 μm, respectively. Furthermore, shear strength degradation rates for 100 ppm and 300 ppm Al(Si) alloy additions were at least 19.5%-26.2%. The cause of the improvement in thermal cycling reliability was analyzed using the (Al,Cu)-Sn, Si-Sn and Al-Sn phases dispersed around the Cu6Sn5 intermetallic at the solder matrix and bonding interfaces. From these results, we propose the possibility of a mid-temperature Sn-0.5Cu(Pd)-Al(Si)-Ge Pb-free solder for automotive engine compartment electronics.

  18. Friction Factor Evaluation Using Experimental and Finite Element Methods for Al-4%Cu Preforms

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    Desalegn, Wogaso; Davidson, M. J.; Khanra, A. K.

    2014-08-01

    In this study, ring compression tests and finite element (FE) simulations have been utilized to evaluate the friction factor, m, under different lubricating conditions for powder metallurgical (P/M) Al-4%Cu preforms. A series of ring compression tests were carried out to obtain friction factor ( m) for a number of lubricating conditions, including zinc stearate, graphite, molybdenum disulfide powder, and unlubricated condition. FE simulations were used to analyze materials deformation, densification, and geometric changes, and to derive the friction calibration curves. The friction factor has been determined for various initial relative densities and different lubricating conditions, and a proper lubricant for cold forging of P/M Al-4%Cu preforms is found. Studies show that the use of lubricants has reduced the friction. However, increase in the number of pores in the preforms leads to excessive friction. The FE simulation results demonstrate a shift in the neutral plane distance from the axis of ring specimen, which occurred due to variations in the frictional conditions and initial relative densities. The load requirement for deformation, effective stress, and effective strain induced, and bulging phenomena obtained by FE simulations have a good agreement with the experimental data.

  19. High plastic Zr-Cu-Fe-Al-Nb bulk metallic glasses for biomedical applications

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    Wang, Shu-shen; Wang, Yun-liang; Wu, Yi-dong; Wang, Tan; Hui, Xi-dong

    2015-06-01

    Four Zr-Cu-Fe-Al-based bulk metallic glasses (BMGs) with Zr contents greater than 65at% and minor additions of Nb were designed and prepared. The glass forming abilities, thermal stabilities, mechanical properties, and corrosion resistance properties of the prepared BMGs were investigated. These BMGs exhibit moderate glass forming abilities along with superior fracture and yield strengths compared to previously reported Zr-Cu-Fe-Al BMGs. Specifically, the addition of Nb into this quaternary system remarkably increases the plastic strain to 27.5%, which is related to the high Poisson's ratio and low Young's and shear moduli. The Nb-bearing BMGs also exhibit a lower corrosion current density by about one order of magnitude and a wider passive region than 316L steel in phosphate buffer solution (PBS, pH 7.4). The combination of the optimized composition with high deformation ability, low Young's modulus, and excellent corrosion resistance properties indicates that this kind of BMG is promising for biomedical applications.

  20. Subcritical bifurcation from planar to cellular interface in Al-0.5 wt% Cu directionally solidified

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    Fornaro, O.; Palacio, H.; Biloni, H.

    1998-12-31

    Samples of the Al-0.5 wt% Cu system were directionally grown under controlled conditions, to study the role played by the instabilities in the process relatives to the microstructure selection for a given value of interface velocity, and thermal gradient. Using an interface quenching technique and metallographic analysis in longitudinal and transversal cuts of the samples, the authors determine the transition mechanism between the different stages of the growth, and associate them to the stability of the solidification front. They study the planar to a cellular transition in different conditions, and although the solidification parameters are in good agreement with the perturbation theory, when analyzing the amplitude of the perturbations during the planar to a cellular transition, the same theory is not able to predict certainly the critical wavelength in this case., Also, they found a subcritical behavior during the transition from a planar to a cellular interface for the diluted Al-Cu system, detecting a hysteresis behavior for the amplitude of the perturbations when it is increasing and then decreasing the interface velocity, through the threshold.

  1. The stress-corrosion behavior of Al-Li-Cu alloys: A comparison of test methods

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    Rizzo, P. P.; Galvin, R. P.; Nelson, H. G.

    1982-01-01

    Two powder metallurgy processed (Al-Li-Cu) alloys with and without Mg addition were studied in aqueous 3.5% NaCl solution during the alternate immersion testing of tuning fork specimens, slow crack growth tests using fracture mechanics specimens, and the slow strain rate testing of straining electrode specimens. Scanning electron microscopy and optical metallography were used to demonstrate the character of the interaction between the Al-Li-Cu alloys and the selected environment. Both alloys are susceptible to SC in an aqueous 3.5% NaCl solution under the right electrochemical and microstructural conditions. Each test method yields important information on the character of the SC behavior. Under all conditions investigated, second phase particles strung out in rows along the extrusion direction in the alloys were rapidly attacked, and played principal role in the SC process. With time, larger pits developed from these rows of smaller pits and under certain electrochemical conditions surface cracks initiated from the larger pits and contributed directly to the fracture process. Evidence to support slow crack growth was observed in both the slow strain rate tests and the sustained immersion tests of precracked fracture mechanics specimens. The possible role of H2 in the stress corrosion cracking process is suggested.

  2. Tensile Properties of Al-Cu 206 Cast Alloys with Various Iron Contents

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    Liu, K.; Cao, X.; Chen, X.-G.

    2014-05-01

    The Al-Cu 206 cast alloys with varying alloy compositions ( i.e., different levels of Fe, Mn, and Si) were investigated to evaluate the effect of the iron-rich intermetallics on the tensile properties. It is found that the tensile strength decreases with increasing iron content, but its overall loss is less than 10 pct over the range of 0.15 to 0.5 pct Fe at 0.3 pct Mn and 0.3 pct Si. At similar iron contents, the tensile properties of the alloys with dominant Chinese script iron-rich intermetallics are generally higher than those with the dominant platelet phase. In the solution and artificial overaging condition (T7), the tensile strength of the 206 cast alloys with more than 0.15 pct Fe is satisfactory, but the elongation does not sufficiently meet the minimum requirement of ductility (>7 pct) for critical automotive applications. However, it was found that both the required ductility and tensile strength can be reached at high Fe levels of 0.3 to 0.5 pct for the alloys with well-controlled alloy chemistry and microstructure in the solution and natural aging condition (T4), reinforcing the motivation for developing recyclable high-iron Al-Cu 206 cast alloys.

  3. Visible light induced H2PO(4)(-) removal over CuAlO2 catalyst.

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    Benreguia, N; Omeiri, S; Bellal, B; Trari, M

    2011-09-15

    The delafossite CuAlO(2) is successfully used for the visible light driven H(2)PO(4)(-) reduction. It is prepared from the nitrates decomposition in order to increase the ratio of reaction surface per given mass. CuAlO(2) is a narrow band gap semiconductor which exhibits a good chemical stability with a corrosion rate of 1.70 μmol year(-1) at neutral pH. The flat band potential (+0.25 V(SCE)) is determined from the Mott-Schottky characteristic. Hence, the conduction band, positioned at (-1.19 V(SCE)), lies below the H(2)PO(4)(-) level yielding a spontaneous reduction under visible illumination. The photocatalytic process is investigated under mild conditions and 30% conversion occurs in less than ~6h with a quantum efficiency of 0.04% under full light. The concentration decreases by a factor of 39% after a second cycle. The photoactivity follows a first order kinetic with a rate constant of 6.6 × 10(-2)h(-1). The possibility of identifying the reaction products via the intensity-potential characteristics is explored. The decrease of the conversion rate over illumination time is due to the competitive water reduction. PMID:21782331

  4. Electronic structure and optical properties of CuAlO2 under biaxial strain

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    Ghosh, C. K.; Sarkar, D.; Mitra, M. K.; Chattopadhyay, K. K.

    2012-06-01

    An ab initio calculation has been carried out to investigate the biaxial strain ( - 10.71% < ɛ < 9.13%) effect on elastic, electronic and optical properties of CuAlO2. All the elastic constants (c11, c12, c13, c33) except c44 decrease (increase) during tensile (compressive) strain. The band gap is found to decrease in the presence of tensile as well as compressive strain. The relative decrease of the band gap is asymmetric with respect to the sign of the strain. Significant differences between the parallel and perpendicular components of the dielectric constant and the optical properties have been observed due to anisotropic crystal structure. It is further noticed that these properties are easily tunable by strain. Importantly, the collective oscillation of the valence electrons has been identified for light polarized perpendicular to the c-axis. From calculations, it is clear that the tensile strain can enhance the hole mobility as well as the transparency of CuAlO2.

  5. Poole-Frenkel effect in sputter-deposited CuAlO(2+x) nanocrystals.

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    Banerjee, Arghya Narayan; Joo, Sang Woo

    2013-04-26

    Field-assisted thermionic emission within a sputter-deposited, nanocrystalline thin film of CuAlO2.06 is observed for the first time, and explained in terms of the Poole-Frenkel model. The presence of adsorbed oxygen ions as trap-states at the grain boundary regions of the nanostructured thin film is considered to manifest this phenomenon. Under an applied field, the barrier of the trap potential is lowered and thermal emission of charge carriers takes place at different sample temperatures to induce nonlinearity in the current (I)-voltage (V) characteristics of the nanomaterial. Fitting of the Poole-Frenkel model with the I-V data shows that the nonlinearity is effective above 50 V under the operating conditions. Calculations of the energy of the trap level, acceptor level and Fermi level reveal the existence of deep level trap-states and a shallow acceptor level with acceptor concentration considerably higher than the trap-states. Hall measurements confirm the p-type semiconductivity of the film, with a hole concentration around 10(18) cm(-3). Thermopower measurements give a room-temperature Seebeck coefficient around 130 μV K(-1). This temperature-dependent conductivity enhancement within CuAlO2 nanomaterial may find interesting applications in transparent electronics and high-voltage applications for power supply networks. PMID:23535666

  6. Electronic structure and optical properties of CuAlO2 under biaxial strain.

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    Ghosh, C K; Sarkar, D; Mitra, M K; Chattopadhyay, K K

    2012-06-13

    An ab initio calculation has been carried out to investigate the biaxial strain ( - 10.71% < ε < 9.13%) effect on elastic, electronic and optical properties of CuAlO(2). All the elastic constants (c(11), c(12), c(13), c(33)) except c(44) decrease (increase) during tensile (compressive) strain. The band gap is found to decrease in the presence of tensile as well as compressive strain. The relative decrease of the band gap is asymmetric with respect to the sign of the strain. Significant differences between the parallel and perpendicular components of the dielectric constant and the optical properties have been observed due to anisotropic crystal structure. It is further noticed that these properties are easily tunable by strain. Importantly, the collective oscillation of the valence electrons has been identified for light polarized perpendicular to the c-axis. From calculations, it is clear that the tensile strain can enhance the hole mobility as well as the transparency of CuAlO(2). PMID:22551761

  7. Origin of p -type conduction in single-crystal CuAlO2

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    Tate, J.; Ju, H. L.; Moon, J. C.; Zakutayev, A.; Richard, A. P.; Russell, J.; McIntyre, D. H.

    2009-10-01

    We report measurements of the structural, optical, transport, and magnetic properties of single crystals of the anisotropic p -type transparent semiconductor CuAlO2 . The indirect and direct band gaps are 2.97 and 3.47 eV, respectively. Temperature-dependent Hall measurements yield a positive Hall coefficient in the measured range and an activated carrier temperature dependence. The resistivity is anisotropic, with the ab -plane resistivity about 25 times smaller than the c -axis resistivity at room temperature. Both are activated with similar activation energies. The room-temperature ab -plane mobility is relatively large at 3cm2V-1s-1 , and we infer a c -axis mobility of 0.12cm2V-1s-1 . The Seebeck coefficient is positive at all measured temperatures, and has a T-1 dependence over most of the measured range. The low-temperature paramagnetic moment is consistent with a spin-1/2 defect with a density of 3.4×1020cm-3 . These results suggest that the conduction mechanism for p -type carriers in CuAlO2 is charge transport in the valence band and that the holes are thermally activated from copper-vacancy acceptor states located about 700 meV above the valence-band maximum.

  8. Poole-Frenkel effect in sputter-deposited CuAlO2+x nanocrystals

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    Narayan Banerjee, Arghya; Joo, Sang Woo

    2013-04-01

    Field-assisted thermionic emission within a sputter-deposited, nanocrystalline thin film of CuAlO2.06 is observed for the first time, and explained in terms of the Poole-Frenkel model. The presence of adsorbed oxygen ions as trap-states at the grain boundary regions of the nanostructured thin film is considered to manifest this phenomenon. Under an applied field, the barrier of the trap potential is lowered and thermal emission of charge carriers takes place at different sample temperatures to induce nonlinearity in the current (I)-voltage (V) characteristics of the nanomaterial. Fitting of the Poole-Frenkel model with the I-V data shows that the nonlinearity is effective above 50 V under the operating conditions. Calculations of the energy of the trap level, acceptor level and Fermi level reveal the existence of deep level trap-states and a shallow acceptor level with acceptor concentration considerably higher than the trap-states. Hall measurements confirm the p-type semiconductivity of the film, with a hole concentration around 1018 cm-3. Thermopower measurements give a room-temperature Seebeck coefficient around 130 μV K-1. This temperature-dependent conductivity enhancement within CuAlO2 nanomaterial may find interesting applications in transparent electronics and high-voltage applications for power supply networks.

  9. Sintering characteristics of FeCuAl green compacts formed at elevated temperature

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    Rahman, M. M.; Zabri, N. H. M.

    2015-07-01

    This paper presents the sintering characteristics of FeCuAl green compacts formed at elevated temperature and sintered at different temperature. Iron ASC 100.29, copper, and aluminum powders were blended mechanically in a low speed mixer. The blended powder mass was subsequently compacted at 150°C. The defect-free green compacts were then sintered at argon gas fired furnace at a heating/cooling rate of 10°C/minute by varying the sintering temperature. The alloyability of the sintered products were examined through XRD whereas the sintered samples were also characterized for their physical and mechanical properties and their microstructures were evaluated. The results revealed that all elements in the samples appeared and single face fcc Cu and bcc Fe (Al) solid solution were found. SEM micrographs revealed that high sintering temperature caused the reduction of pores and loss of grain boundaries in the sample. The metal elements also distributed uniformly. The combination of the iron, copper and aluminum green compacts sintered at 700°C for 90 minutes produced the best mechanical and physical properties.

  10. Precipitation Effects on the Martensitic Transformation in a Cu-Al-Ni Shape Memory Alloy

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    Suru, Marius-Gabriel; Lohan, Nicoleta-Monica; Pricop, Bogdan; Mihalache, Elena; Mocanu, Mihai; Bujoreanu, Leandru-Gheorghe

    2016-04-01

    This paper describes the effects of precipitation of α-phase on a Cu-Al-Ni shape memory alloy (SMA) with chemical composition bordering on β region. By differential scanning calorimetry, a series of reproducible heat flow fluctuations was determined on heating a hot-rolled martensitic Cu-Al-Ni SMA, which was associated with the precipitation of α-phase. Two heat treatments were given to the SMA so as to "freeze" its states before and after the thermal range for precipitation, respectively. The corresponding microstructures of the two heat-treated states were observed by optical and scanning electron microscopy and were compared with the initial martensitic state. Energy dispersive spectroscopy experiments were carried out to determine the chemical compositions of the different phases formed in heat-treated specimens. The initial as well as the heat-treated specimens with a lamellar shape were further comparatively investigated by dynamic mechanical analysis and two-way shape memory effect (TWSME) tests comprising heating-cooling cycles under a bending load. Temperature scans were applied to the three types of specimens (initial and heat-treated states), so as to bring out the effects of heat treatment. The storage modulus increased, corresponding to the reversion of thermoelastic martensite and disappeared with the formation of precipitates. These features are finally discussed in association with TWSME under bending.

  11. Stress Corrosion Cracking in Al-Zn-Mg-Cu Aluminum Alloys in Saline Environments

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    Holroyd, N. J. Henry; Scamans, G. M.

    2013-03-01

    Stress corrosion cracking of Al-Zn-Mg-Cu (AA7xxx) aluminum alloys exposed to saline environments at temperatures ranging from 293 K to 353 K (20 °C to 80 °C) has been reviewed with particular attention to the influences of alloy composition and temper, and bulk and local environmental conditions. Stress corrosion crack (SCC) growth rates at room temperature for peak- and over-aged tempers in saline environments are minimized for Al-Zn-Mg-Cu alloys containing less than ~8 wt pct Zn when Zn/Mg ratios are ranging from 2 to 3, excess magnesium levels are less than 1 wt pct, and copper content is either less than ~0.2 wt pct or ranging from 1.3 to 2 wt pct. A minimum chloride ion concentration of ~0.01 M is required for crack growth rates to exceed those in distilled water, which insures that the local solution pH in crack-tip regions can be maintained at less than 4. Crack growth rates in saline solution without other additions gradually increase with bulk chloride ion concentrations up to around 0.6 M NaCl, whereas in solutions with sufficiently low dichromate (or chromate), inhibitor additions are insensitive to the bulk chloride concentration and are typically at least double those observed without the additions. DCB specimens, fatigue pre-cracked in air before immersion in a saline environment, show an initial period with no detectible crack growth, followed by crack growth at the distilled water rate, and then transition to a higher crack growth rate typical of region 2 crack growth in the saline environment. Time spent in each stage depends on the type of pre-crack ("pop-in" vs fatigue), applied stress intensity factor, alloy chemistry, bulk environment, and, if applied, the external polarization. Apparent activation energies ( E a) for SCC growth in Al-Zn-Mg-Cu alloys exposed to 0.6 M NaCl over the temperatures ranging from 293 K to 353 K (20 °C to 80 °C) for under-, peak-, and over-aged low-copper-containing alloys (<0.2 wt pct) are typically ranging from

  12. Thermal and Microstructure Characterization of Zn-Al-Si Alloys and Chemical Reaction with Cu Substrate During Spreading

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    Berent, Katarzyna; Pstruś, Janusz; Gancarz, Tomasz

    2016-08-01

    The problems associated with the corrosion of aluminum connections, the low mechanical properties of Al/Cu connections, and the introduction of EU directives have forced the potential of new materials to be investigated. Alloys based on eutectic Zn-Al are proposed, because they have a higher melting temperature (381 °C), good corrosion resistance, and high mechanical strength. The Zn-Al-Si cast alloys were characterized using differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) measurements, which were performed to determine the melting temperatures of the alloys. Thermal linear expansion and electrical resistivity measurements were performed at temperature ranges of -50 to 250 °C and 25 to 300 °C, respectively. The addition of Si to eutectic Zn-Al alloys not only limits the growth of phases at the interface of liquid solder and Cu substrate but also raises the mechanical properties of the solder. Spreading test on Cu substrate using eutectic Zn-Al alloys with 0.5, 1.0, 3.0, and 5.0 wt.% of Si was studied using the sessile drop method in the presence of QJ201 flux. Spreading tests were performed with contact times of 1, 8, 15, 30, and 60 min, and at temperatures of 475, 500, 525, and 550 °C. After cleaning the flux residue from solidified samples, the spreadability of Zn-Al-Si on Cu was determined. Selected, solidified solder/substrate couples were cross-sectioned, and the interfacial microstructures were studied using scanning electron microscopy and energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy. The growth of the intermetallic phase layer was studied at the solder/substrate interface, and the activation energy of growth of Cu5Zn8, CuZn4, and CuZn phases were determined.

  13. Thermal and Microstructure Characterization of Zn-Al-Si Alloys and Chemical Reaction with Cu Substrate During Spreading

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    Berent, Katarzyna; Pstruś, Janusz; Gancarz, Tomasz

    2016-04-01

    The problems associated with the corrosion of aluminum connections, the low mechanical properties of Al/Cu connections, and the introduction of EU directives have forced the potential of new materials to be investigated. Alloys based on eutectic Zn-Al are proposed, because they have a higher melting temperature (381 °C), good corrosion resistance, and high mechanical strength. The Zn-Al-Si cast alloys were characterized using differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) measurements, which were performed to determine the melting temperatures of the alloys. Thermal linear expansion and electrical resistivity measurements were performed at temperature ranges of -50 to 250 °C and 25 to 300 °C, respectively. The addition of Si to eutectic Zn-Al alloys not only limits the growth of phases at the interface of liquid solder and Cu substrate but also raises the mechanical properties of the solder. Spreading test on Cu substrate using eutectic Zn-Al alloys with 0.5, 1.0, 3.0, and 5.0 wt.% of Si was studied using the sessile drop method in the presence of QJ201 flux. Spreading tests were performed with contact times of 1, 8, 15, 30, and 60 min, and at temperatures of 475, 500, 525, and 550 °C. After cleaning the flux residue from solidified samples, the spreadability of Zn-Al-Si on Cu was determined. Selected, solidified solder/substrate couples were cross-sectioned, and the interfacial microstructures were studied using scanning electron microscopy and energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy. The growth of the intermetallic phase layer was studied at the solder/substrate interface, and the activation energy of growth of Cu5Zn8, CuZn4, and CuZn phases were determined.

  14. Influence of Li Addition to Zn-Al Alloys on Cu Substrate During Spreading Test and After Aging Treatment

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    Gancarz, Tomasz; Pstrus, Janusz; Cempura, Grzegorz; Berent, Katarzyna

    2016-08-01

    The spreading of Zn-Al eutectic-based alloys with 0.05 wt.%, 0.1 wt.%, and 0.2 wt.% Li on Cu substrate has been studied using the sessile drop method in presence of QJ201 flux. Wetting tests were performed after 1 min, 3 min, 8 min, 15 min, 30 min, and 60 min of contact at temperatures of 475°C, 500°C, 525°C, and 550°C. Samples after spreading at 500°C for 1 min were subjected to aging for 1 day, 10 days, and 30 days at temperature of 120°C, 170°C, and 250°C. The spreadability of eutectic Zn-5.3Al alloy with different Li contents on Cu substrate was determined in accordance with ISO 9455-10:2013-03. Selected solidified solder-substrate couples were, after spreading and aging tests, cross-sectioned and subjected to scanning electron microscopy, energy-dispersive spectroscopy (EDS), and x-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis of the interfacial microstructure. An experiment was designed to demonstrate the effect of Li addition on the kinetics of the formation and growth of CuZn, Cu5Zn8, and CuZn4 intermetallic compound (IMC) phases, during spreading and aging. The IMC layers formed at the interface were identified using XRD and EDS analyses. Increasing addition of Li to Zn-Al alloy caused a reduction in the thickness of the IMC layer at the interface during spreading, and an increase during aging. The activation energy was calculated, being found to increase for the Cu5Zn8 phase but decrease for the CuZn and CuZn4 phases with increasing Li content in the Zn-Al-Li alloys. The highest value of 142 kJ mol-1 was obtained for Zn-Al with 1.0 Li during spreading and 69.2 kJ mol-1 for Zn-Al with 0.05 Li during aging. Aging at 250°C caused an increase in only the Cu5Zn8 layer, which has the lowest Gibbs energy in the Cu-Zn system. This result is connected to the high diffusion of Cu from the substrate to the solder.

  15. Hydrothermal growth and conductivity enhancement of (Al, Cu) co-doped ZnO nanorods thin films

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    Chakraborty, Mohua; Mahapatra, Preetilata; Thangavel, R.

    2016-05-01

    The incorporation of Al, Cu co-doping in ZnO host lattice plays an important role in modification of structural, optical and electrical properties in optoelectronic devices. In the present work, we were grown one dimensional ZnO nanorods (NRs) doped with different concentration of Al (0%~5%) and Cu was kept 20 M% on ITO glass substrates using a facile hydrothermal method, and investigated the effect of the codoping on the surface morphology and the electrical and optical performances of the doped ZnO NRs as photo anodes for solar water splitting applications. The crystallite size of NRs shows tuning in the band gap between 3.194 (Zn0.79Al0.01Cu0.2O) to 3.212 eV (Zn0.75Al0.05Cu0.2O) with Aluminium doping concentration and a remarkable improvement in current density (J) from 0.05 mA/cm2 to 4.98 mA/cm2 was achieved by incorporating Al and Cu has a critical effect of ZnO nanorods.

  16. Effect of annealing temperature on the microstructure and optical-electrical properties of Cu-Al-O thin films

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    Zhang, Y. J.; Liu, Z. T.; Zang, D. Y.; Che, X. S.; Feng, L. P.; Bai, X. X.

    2013-12-01

    We have successfully prepared Cu-Al-O thin films on silicon (100) and quartz substrates by radio frequency (RF) magnetron sputtering method. The as-deposited Cu-Al-O film is amorphous in nature and post-annealing treatment in argon ambience results in crystallization of the films and the formation of CuAlO2. The annealing temperature plays an important role in the surface morphology, phase constitution and preferred growth orientation of CuAlO2 phase, thus affecting the properties of the film. The film annealed at 900 °C is mainly composed of CuAlO2 phase and shows smooth surface morphology with well-defined grain boundaries, thus exhibiting the optimum optical-electrical properties with electrical resistivity being 79.7 Ω·cm at room temperature and optical transmittance being 80% in visible region. The direct optical band gaps of the films are found in the range of 3.3-3.8 eV depending on the annealing temperature.

  17. Wear and Friction Behavior of the Spray-Deposited SiCp/Al-20Si-3Cu Functionally Graded Material

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    Su, B.; Yan, H. G.; Chen, J. H.; Zeng, P. L.; Chen, G.; Chen, C. C.

    2013-05-01

    The spray-deposited SiCp/Al-20Si-3Cu functionally graded material (FGM) can meet the structure design requirements of brake disk. The effects of rotational speed and load on the wear and friction behaviors of the SiCp/Al-20Si-3Cu FGM sliding against the resin matrix friction material were investigated. For comparison, the wear and friction behaviors of a commercially used cast iron (HT250) brake rotor were also studied. The results indicate that the friction coefficient of the SiCp/Al-20Si-3Cu FGM decreases constantly with the increase of load or rotational speed and is affected by the gradient distribution of SiC particles. The wear rate of the SiCp/Al-20Si-3Cu FGM firstly increases, then decreases and finally increases again with increasing load or speed, and is about 1/10 of that of HT250. Based on observations and analyses on the morphology and substructure of the worn surface, the mechanical mixing layer acts as a protective coating and lubricant, and its thickness reduces with the SiC content increasing. Furthermore, it is proposed that the dominant wear mechanism of SiCp/Al-20Si-3Cu FGM changes from the abrasive wear to the oxidative wear and further to the delamination wear with increasing load or speed.

  18. Icosahedral AlCuFe quasicrystal at high pressure and temperature and its implications for the stability of icosahedrite.

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    Stagno, Vincenzo; Bindi, Luca; Shibazaki, Yuki; Tange, Yoshinori; Higo, Yuji; Mao, H-K; Steinhardt, Paul J; Fei, Yingwei

    2014-01-01

    The first natural-occurring quasicrystal, icosahedrite, was recently discovered in the Khatyrka meteorite, a new CV3 carbonaceous chondrite. Its finding raised fundamental questions regarding the effects of pressure and temperature on the kinetic and thermodynamic stability of the quasicrystal structure relative to possible isochemical crystalline or amorphous phases. Although several studies showed the stability at ambient temperature of synthetic icosahedral AlCuFe up to ~35 GPa, the simultaneous effect of temperature and pressure relevant for the formation of icosahedrite has been never investigated so far. Here we present in situ synchrotron X-ray diffraction experiments on synthetic icosahedral AlCuFe using multianvil device to explore possible temperature-induced phase transformations at pressures of 5 GPa and temperature up to 1773 K. Results show the structural stability of i-AlCuFe phase with a negligible effect of pressure on the volumetric thermal expansion properties. In addition, the structural analysis of the recovered sample excludes the transformation of AlCuFe quasicrystalline phase to possible approximant phases, which is in contrast with previous predictions at ambient pressure. Results from this study extend our knowledge on the stability of icosahedral AlCuFe at higher temperature and pressure than previously examined, and provide a new constraint on the stability of icosahedrite. PMID:25070248

  19. Rapid Solidification of Sn-Cu-Al Alloys for High-Reliability, Lead-Free Solder: Part I. Microstructural Characterization of Rapidly Solidified Solders

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    Reeve, Kathlene N.; Choquette, Stephanie M.; Anderson, Iver E.; Handwerker, Carol A.

    2016-10-01

    Particles of Cu x Al y in Sn-Cu-Al solders have previously been shown to nucleate the Cu6Sn5 phase during solidification. In this study, the number and size of Cu6Sn5 nucleation sites were controlled through the particle size refinement of Cu x Al y via rapid solidification processing and controlled cooling in a differential scanning calorimeter. Cooling rates spanning eight orders of magnitude were used to refine the average Cu x Al y and Cu6Sn5 particle sizes down to submicron ranges. The average particle sizes, particle size distributions, and morphologies in the microstructures were analyzed as a function of alloy composition and cooling rate. Deep etching of the samples revealed the three-dimensional microstructures and illuminated the epitaxial and morphological relationships between the Cu x Al y and Cu6Sn5 phases. Transitions in the Cu6Sn5 particle morphologies from faceted rods to nonfaceted, equiaxed particles were observed as a function of both cooling rate and composition. Initial solidification cooling rates within the range of 103 to 104 °C/s were found to be optimal for realizing particle size refinement and maintaining the Cu x Al y /Cu6Sn5 nucleant relationship. In addition, little evidence of the formation or decomposition of the ternary-β phase in the solidified alloys was noted. Solidification pathways omitting the formation of the ternary-β phase agreed well with observed room temperature microstructures.

  20. Crystallographic Features and State Stability of the Decagonal Quasicrystal in the Al-Co-Cu Alloy System

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    Nakayama, Kei; Mizutani, Akito; Koyama, Yasumasa

    2016-11-01

    In the Al-Co-Cu alloy system, both the decagonal quasicrystal with the space group of Poverline{10}m2 and its approximant Al13Co4 phase with monoclinic Cm symmetry are present around 20 at. % Co-10 at. % Cu. In this study, we examined the crystallographic features of prepared Al-(30 - x) at. % Co-x at. % Cu samples mainly by transmission electron microscopy in order to make clear the crystallographic relation between the decagonal quasicrystal and the monoclinic Al13Co4 structure. The results revealed a coexistence state consisting of decagonal quasicrystal and approximant Al13Co4 regions in Al-20 at. % Co-10 at. % Cu alloy samples. With the help of the coexistence state, the orientation relationship was established between the monoclinic Al13Co4 structure and the decagonal quasicrystal. In the determined relationship, the crystallographic axis in the quasicrystal was found to be parallel to the normal direction of the (010)m plane in the Al13Co4 structure, where the subscript m denotes the monoclinic system. Based on data obtained experimentally, the state stability of the decagonal quasicrystal was also examined in terms of the Hume-Rothery (HR) mechanism on the basis of the nearly-free-electron approximation. It was found that a model based on the HR mechanism could explain the crystallographic features such as electron diffraction patterns and atomic arrangements found in the decagonal quasicrystal. In other words, the HR mechanism is most likely appropriate for the stability of the decagonal quasicrystal in the Al-Co-Cu alloy system.

  1. The dominant factors affecting the memory characteristics of (Ta{sub 2}O{sub 5}){sub x}(Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}){sub 1−x} high-k charge-trapping devices

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    Gong, Changjie; Lan, Xuexin; Yin, Qiaonan; Ou, Xin; Liu, Jinqiu; Sun, Chong; Wang, Laiguo; Lu, Wei; Yin, Jiang Xu, Bo; Xia, Yidong; Liu, Zhiguo; Li, Aidong

    2014-09-22

    The prototypical charge-trapping memory devices with the structure p-Si/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}/(Ta{sub 2}O{sub 5}){sub x}(Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}){sub 1−x}/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}/Pt(x = 0.5, 0.3, and 0.1) were fabricated by using atomic layer deposition and RF magnetron sputtering techniques. A memory window of 7.39 V with a charge storage density of 1.97 × 10{sup 13 }cm{sup −2} at a gate voltage of ±11 V was obtained for the memory device with the composite charge trapping layer (Ta{sub 2}O{sub 5}){sub 0.5}(Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}){sub 0.5}. All memory devices show fast program/erase speed and excellent endurance and retention properties, although some differences in their memory performance exist, which was ascribed to the relative individual band alignments of the composite (Ta{sub 2}O{sub 5}){sub x}(Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}){sub 1−x} with Si.

  2. Nanohardness, corrosion and protein adsorption properties of CuAlO2 films deposited on 316L stainless steel for biomedical applications

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    Chang, Shih-Hang; Chen, Jian-Zhang; Hsiao, Sou-Hui; Lin, Guan-Wei

    2014-01-01

    This study preliminarily assesses the biomedical applications of CuAlO2 coatings according to nanoindentation, electrochemical, and protein adsorption tests. Nanoindentation results revealed that the surface hardness of 316L stainless steel increased markedly after coating with CuAlO2 films. Electrochemical tests of corrosion potential, breakdown potential, and corrosion current density showed that the corrosion resistance properties of 316L stainless steel are considerably improved by CuAlO2 coatings. Bicinchoninic acid (BCA) protein assay results revealed that the protein adsorption behavior of 316L stainless steel did not exhibit notable differences with or without CuAlO2 coatings. A CuAlO2 coating of 100 nm thickness improved the surface nanohardness and corrosion resistance ability of 316L stainless steel. CuAlO2 is a potential candidate for biomaterial coating applications, particularly for surface modification of fine, delicate implants.

  3. Functional, structural and phylogenetic analysis of domains underlying the Al-sensitivity of the aluminium-activated malate/anion transporter, TaALMT1

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    TaALMT1 (Triticum aestivum Aluminum Activated Malate Transporter) is the founding member of a novel gene family of anion transporters (ALMTs) that mediate the efflux of organic acids. A small subgroup of root-localized ALMTs, including TaALMT1, is physiologically associated with in planta aluminum (...

  4. Surface Modification and In Vitro Characterization of Cp-Ti and Ti-5Al-2Nb-1Ta Alloy in Simulated Body Fluid

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    Sasikumar, Y.; Rajendran, N.

    2012-10-01

    Ti and its alloys are widely used in manufacturing orthopedic implants as prostheses for joint replacement because of their high corrosion resistance and excellent biocompatibility. However, they lack in bone-bonding ability and leads to higher rate of osteolysis and subsequent loosening of implants. In order to enhance the bone-bonding ability of these alloys, various surface-modification techniques are generally employed. The present investigation is mainly concerned with the surface modification of Cp-Ti and Ti-5Al-2Nb-1Ta alloy using a mixture of alkali and hydrogen peroxide followed by subsequent heat treatment to produce a porous gel layer with anatase structure, which enhances osseointegration. The morphological behavior was examined by x-ray diffractometer (XRD), atomic force microscopy (AFM), and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) coupled with energy dispersive x-ray analysis (EDX). The in vitro characterization of all the specimens was evaluated by immersing the specimens in simulated body fluid solution to assess the apatite formation over the metal surface. The apatite formation was confirmed by XRD, SEM-EDX, and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR). Further, the electrochemical corrosion behaviors of both the untreated and treated specimens were evaluated using potentiodynamic polarization and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. The results revealed that the surface-modified and heat-treated specimens exhibited higher corrosion resistance and excellent biocompatibility when compared to the chemical and untreated specimens.

  5. Structural and magnetic characterization of the complete delafossite solid solution (CuAlO2)1-x(CuCrO2)x

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    Barton, Phillip T.; Seshadri, Ram; Knöller, Andrea; Rosseinsky, Matthew J.

    2012-01-01

    We have prepared the complete delafossite solid solution series between diamagnetic CuAlO2 and the t2g3frustrated antiferromagnet CuCrO2. The evolution with composition x in CuAl1-xCrxO2 of the crystal structure and magnetic properties has been studied and is reported here. The room-temperature unit cell parameters follow the Végard law and increase with x as expected. The μeff is equal to the Cr3+ spin-only S = 3/2 value throughout the entire solid solution. ΘCW is negative, indicating that the dominant interactions are antiferromagnetic, and its magnitude increases with Cr substitution. For dilute Cr compositions, the nearest-neighbor exchange coupling constant JBB was estimated by mean-field theory to be 3.0 meV. Despite the sizable ΘCW, long-range antiferromagnetic order does not develop until x is almost 1, and is preceded by glassy behavior. The data presented here, and those on dilute Al substitution from Okuda et al, suggest that the reduction in magnetic frustration due to the presence of non-magnetic Al does not have as dominant an effect on magnetism as chemical disorder and dilution of the magnetic exchange. For all samples, the 5 K isothermal magnetization does not saturate in fields up to 5 T and minimal hysteresis is observed. The presence of antiferromagnetic interactions is clearly evident in the sub-Brillouin behavior with a reduced magnetization per Cr atom. An inspection of the scaled Curie plot reveals that significant short-range antiferromagnetic interactions occur in CuCrO2 above its Néel temperature, consistent with its magnetic frustration. Uncompensated short-range behavior is present in the Al-substituted samples and is likely a result of chemical disorder.

  6. Synthesis and characterization of compounds Sr{sub 2}{ital RM}Cu{sub 2}O{sub 8{minus}{delta}} ({ital R}=Pr, Nd, Sm, Eu, Gd; {ital M}=Nb, Ta)

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    Vybornov, M.; Perthold, W.; Michor, H.; Holubar, T.; Hilscher, G.; Rogl, P.; Fischer, P.; Divis, M.

    1995-07-01

    Although traces of superconductivity ({lt}0.2%) have been detected in Ba{sub 2}La{ital M}{sub 1{minus}{ital x}}W{sub {ital x}}Cu{sub 2}O{sub 8{minus}{delta}} ({ital x}{similar_to}0.3,{ital M}=Nb,Ta) below 30 K, the superconducting impurity phase could not be resolved. The antiferromagnetic (AF) order of the rare-earth sublattice in this {ital R}-2112 system (e.g., {ital T}{sub {ital N}}{sup Gd}=2.18 K) appears to be similar to that of the {ital R}Ba{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7{minus}{delta}} series (e.g., {ital T}{sub {ital N}}{sup Gd}=2.29 K); however, the exceptional high AF order of Pr in Pr-123 (with 17 K) is reduced to below 2.3 K for Sr{sub 2}Pr{ital M} Cu{sub 2}O{sub 8{minus}{delta}}. The temperature and field dependence of the specific heat and the susceptibility is discussed in terms of crystal field splitting derived from the {ital R}Ba{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7{minus}{delta}} compounds. Overall crystal field splitting in the title compounds is comparable with that of the {ital R}-123 compounds.

  7. Effect of B2O3 and CuO on the Sintering Temperature and Microwave Dielectric Properties of Ba(Zn1/3Ta2/3)O3 Ceramics

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    Kim, Min-Han; Nahm, Sahn; Lee, Woo-Sung; Yoo, Myong-Jae; Kang, Nam-Kee; Kim, Hyo-Tae; Lee, Hwack-Joo

    2005-05-01

    Sintering temperature of the Ba(Zn1/3Ta2/3)O3 (BZT) ceramic is about 1550°C and it decreased to 950°C when B2O3 was added. The BaB4O7 second phase whose melting temperature is 889°C was found in the B2O3 added BZT ceramics. The BaB4O7 second phase assisted the sintering of the BZT ceramics at 950°C. However, the B2O3 added BZT ceramic was not sintered below 950°C and the microwave dielecric properties were not satisfactory. On the other hand, when the B2O3 and the CuO were added, the BZT ceramic was sintered even at 870°C. The BaCu(B2O5) phase which was found in the CuO and B2O3 added BZT ceramics, existed as the liquid phase during the sintering and helped the densification of the BZT ceramics at temperatures lower than 950°C. Good microwave dielectric properties of Q× f=11{,}000 GHz, \\varepsilonr=26 and τf=0.0 ppm/°C were obtained from the BZT + 5.0 mol% B2O3 + 10.0 mol% CuO ceramic sintered at 870°C for 2 h.

  8. Heterogeneous nucleation of the primary phase in the rapid solidification of Al-4.5wt%Cu alloy droplet

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    Maitre, A.; Bogno, A.-A.; Bedel, M.; Reinhart, G.; Henein, H.

    2015-06-01

    This paper reports on rapid solidification of Al-Cu alloys. A heterogeneous nucleation/growth model coupled with a thermal model of a falling droplet through a stagnant gas was developed. The primary undercooling as well as the number of nucleation points was compared with Al-Cu alloy droplets produced by Impulse Atomization (IA). Based on experimental results from Neutron Diffraction, secondary (eutectic) phases were obtained. Then, primary and secondary undercoolings were estimated using the metastable extensions of solidus and liquidus lines calculated by Thermo-Calc. Moreover, Synchrotron X-ray microtomography has been performed on Al-4.5wt%Cu droplets. The undercoolings are in good agreement. Results also evidence the presence of one nucleation point and are in agreement with the experimental observations.

  9. Time Temperature-Precipitation Behavior in An Al-Cu-Li Alloy 2195

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    Chen, P. S.; Bhat, B. N.

    1999-01-01

    Al-Cu-Li alloy 2195, with its combination of good cryogenic properties, low density, and high modulus, has been selected by NASA to be the main structural alloy of the Super Light Weight Tank (SLWT) for the Space Shuttle. Alloy 2195 is strengthened by an aging treatment that precipitates a particular precipitate, labeled as T1(Al2CuLi). Other phases, such as GP zone, (theta)', (theta)", theta, (delta)', S' are also present in this alloy when artificially aged. Cryogenic strength and fracture toughness are critical to the -SLWT application, since the SLWT will house liquid oxygen and hydrogen. Motivation for the Time-Temperature-Precipitation (TTP) study at lower temperature (lower than 350 F) comes in part from a recent study by Chen, The study found that the cryogenic fracture toughness of alloy 2195 is greatly influenced by the phases present in the matrix and subgrain boundaries. Therefore, the understanding of TTP behavior can help develop a guideline to select appropriate heat treatment conditions for the desirable applications. The study of TTP behavior at higher temperature (400 to 1000 F) was prompted by the fact that the SLWT requires a welded construction. Heat conduction from the weld pool affects the microstructure in the heat-affected zone (HAZ), which leads to changes in the mechanical properties. Furthermore, the SLWT may need repair welding for more than one time and any additional thermal cycles will increase precipitate instability and promote phase transformation. As a result considerable changes in HAZ microstructure and mechanical properties are expected during the construction of the SLWT. Therefore, the TTP diagrams can serve to understand the thermal history of the alloy by analyzing the welded microstructure. In the case welding, the effects of thermal cycles on the microstructure and mechanical properties can be predicted with the aid of the TTP diagrams. The 2195 alloy (nominally Al + 4 pct Cu + 1 pct Li + 0.3 pct Ag + 0.3 pct Mg + 0

  10. Factors Affecting the Hydrogen Environment Assisted Cracking Resistance of an Al-Zn-Mg-(Cu) Alloy

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    G.A. Young; J.R. Scully

    2001-09-12

    It is well established that Al-Zn-Mg-(Cu) aluminum alloys are susceptible to hydrogen environment assisted cracking (HEAC) when exposed to aqueous environments. In Al-Zn-Mg-Cu alloys, overaged tempers are commonly used to increase HEAC resistance at the expense of strength. Overaging has little benefit in low copper alloys. However, the mechanism or mechanisms by which overaging imparts HEAC resistance is poorly understood. The present research investigated hydrogen uptake, diffusion, and crack growth rate in 90% relative humidity (RH) air for both a commercial copper bearing Al-Zn-Mg-Cu alloy (AA 7050) and a low copper variant of this alloy in order to better understand the factors which affect HEAC resistance. Experimental methods used to evaluate hydrogen concentrations local to a surface and near a crack tip include nuclear reaction analysis (NRA), focused ion beam, secondary ion mass spectroscopy (FIB/SIMS) and thermal desorption spectroscopy (TDS). When freshly bared coupons of AA 7050 are exposed to 90 C, 90% RH air, hydrogen ingress follows inverse-logarithmic-type kinetics and is equivalent for underaged (HEAC susceptible) and overaged (HEAC resistant) tempers. However, when the native oxide is allowed to form (24 hrs in 25 C, 40% RH lab air) prior to exposure to 90 C, 90% RH air, underaged alloy shows significantly greater hydrogen ingress than the overaged alloy. Humid air is a very aggressive environment producing local ({approx}1{micro}m) hydrogen concentrations in excess of 10,000 wt. ppm at 90 C. In the copper bearing alloy, overaging also effects the apparent diffusivity of hydrogen. As AA 7050 is aged from underaged {yields} peak aged {yields} overaged, the activation energy for hydrogen diffusion increases and the apparent diffusivity for hydrogen decreases, In the low copper alloy, overaging has little effect on hydrogen diffusion. Comparison of the apparent activation energies for hydrogen diffusion and for K independent (stage II) crack growth

  11. Co-Sputtered and Rapid-Thermal-Annealed CIAS Thin Films Using CuSe2/ln/Al Triple Targets of Varying Ln/Al Compositions.

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    Kim, Nam-Hoon; Jun, Young-Kil; Lee, Woo-Sun

    2016-02-01

    The 20.9% conversion efficiency of I-III-VI chalcopyrite-based solar cells, the highest in the world, makes them promising candidates for high-efficiency thin film solar cells. However, Ga is one of the most expensive rare materials with the critical degradation in device efficiency. Cu(ln(1-X)Al(X))Se2 (CIAS) is considered an alternative to Cu(ln(1-X)Ga(X))Se2 because of its good structural suitability and the low cost of Al. CIAS thin films were formed using triple targets of CuSe2/ln/Al in a co-sputtering system to control the composition ratio, x = [Al]/([ln]+[Al), by varying each RF power for In/Al with rapid thermal annealing. The chalcopyrite peaks shifted toward higher 2theta as x increased. The CIAS thin films had 74.24-86.81% absorption with band gap, Eg, of 2.28-2.50 eV in the 400-1600 nm range. A low resistivity of 1.1 x 10(-2) omega(-cm) was obtained in the CIAS thin films with x of 0.74. PMID:27433625

  12. Investigating the electronic properties of Al2O3/Cu(In,Ga)Se2 interface

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    Kotipalli, R.; Vermang, B.; Joel, J.; Rajkumar, R.; Edoff, M.; Flandre, D.

    2015-10-01

    Atomic layer deposited (ALD) Al2O3 films on Cu(In,Ga)Se2 (CIGS) surfaces have been demonstrated to exhibit excellent surface passivation properties, which is advantageous in reducing recombination losses at the rear metal contact of CIGS thin-film solar cells. Here, we report, for the first time, experimentally extracted electronic parameters, i.e. fixed charge density (Qf) and interface-trap charge density (Dit), for as-deposited (AD) and post-deposition annealed (PDA) ALD Al2O3 films on CIGS surfaces using capacitance-voltage (C-V) and conductance-frequency (G-f) measurements. These results indicate that the AD films exhibit positive fixed charges Qf (approximately 1012 cm-2), whereas the PDA films exhibit a very high density of negative fixed charges Qf (approximately 1013 cm-2). The extracted Dit values, which reflect the extent of chemical passivation, were found to be in a similar range of order (approximately 1012 cm-2 eV-1) for both AD and PDA samples. The high density of negative Qf in the bulk of the PDA Al2O3 film exerts a strong Coulomb repulsive force on the underlying CIGS minority carriers (ns), preventing them to recombine at the CIGS/Al2O3 interface. Using experimentally extracted Qf and Dit values, SCAPS simulation results showed that the surface concentration of minority carriers (ns) in the PDA films was approximately eight-orders of magnitude lower than in the AD films. The electrical characterization and estimations presented in this letter construct a comprehensive picture of the interfacial physics involved at the Al2O3/CIGS interface.

  13. Interfacial Reaction Between Cu Substrates and Zn-Al Base High-Temperature Pb-Free Solders

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    Takaku, Yoshikazu; Felicia, Lazuardi; Ohnuma, Ikuo; Kainuma, Ryosuke; Ishida, Kiyohito

    2008-03-01

    Chemical reactions between Cu substrates and Zn-Al high-temperature solder alloys, Zn-4Al and Zn-4Al-1Cu (mass%), at temperatures ranging from 420°C to 530°C were experimentally investigated by a scanning electron microscope using backscattered electrons (SEM-BSE) and an electron probe microanalyzer (EPMA). Intermediate phases (IMPs), β(A2) or β'(B2), γ(D82), and ɛ(A3) phases formed and grew during the soldering and aging treatments. The consumption rate of the IMP for Cu substrates is described by the square root of t in both the alloys, while the additional Cu in the molten Zn-Al alloy slightly suppresses the consumption of Cu substrates. The growth of IMPs during soldering treatment is controlled by the volume diffusion of constituent elements, and its activation energy increases in the order of Q ɛ < Q γ < Q β. In view of the aging process, the growth of IMPs is considered to be controlled by the volume diffusion. In particular, the layer thickness of γ rapidly grows over 200°C, although the thickness of the β layer grows very slowly.

  14. Interfacial reaction of intermetallic compounds of ultrasonic-assisted brazed joints between dissimilar alloys of Ti6Al4V and Al4Cu1Mg.

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    Ma, Zhipeng; Zhao, Weiwei; Yan, Jiuchun; Li, Dacheng

    2011-09-01

    Ultrasonic-assisted brazing of Al4Cu1Mg and Ti6Al4V using Zn-based filler metal (without and with Si) has been investigated. Before brazing, the Ti6Al4V samples were pre-treated by hot-dip aluminizing and ultrasonic dipping in a molten filler metal bath in order to control the formation of intermetallic compounds between the Ti6Al4V samples and the filler metal. The results show that the TiAl(3) phase was formed in the interface between the Ti6Al4V substrate and the aluminized coating. For the Zn-based filler metal without Si, the Ti6Al4V interfacial area of the brazed joint did not change under the effect of the ultrasonic wave, and only consisted of the TiAl(3) phase. For the Zn-based filler metal with Si, the TiAl(3) phase disappeared and a Ti(7)Al(5)Si(12) phase was formed at the interfacial area of the brazed joints under the effect of the ultrasonic wave. Due to the TiAl(3) phase completely changing to a Ti(7)Al(5)Si(12) phase, the morphology of the intermetallic compounds changed from a block-like shape into a lamellar-like structure. The highest shear strength of 138MPa was obtained from the brazed joint free of the block-like TiAl(3) phase.

  15. Characterization of retrogression and reaging behavior of 8090 Al-Li-Cu-Mg-Zr alloy

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    Ghosh, K. S.; Das, K.; Chatterjee, U. K.

    2004-12-01

    An 8090 Al-Li-Cu-Mg-Zr alloy in the peak-aged (T8) temper was subjected to retrogression treatment at temperatures above and below the δ' (Al3Li) solvus line and immediately reaged to various tempers. Retrogression and reaging (RRA) behavior is characterized by hardness testing, tensile testing, transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), and electrochemical polarization studies. Retrogression of the T8 temper alloy causes dissolution primarily of δ' (Al3Li) precipitates into solid solution that results in a decrease of hardness and tensile strength and an increase of ductility of the alloy. Reaging of the retrogressed state causes reprecipitation of the δ' precipitates in the matrix resulting in the restoration of strength and ductility properties. Retrogression and reaging to the peak-aged temper, designated at T77 temper, has been found to retain the strength of the conventional T8 temper, but with the gross aging time in the RRA temper almost twice that of the conventional T8 temper, the microstructure of the RRA temper approaches that of the overaged (T7) temper. Thus, RRA treatment contributes to an improvement of stress corrosion cracking (SCC) resistance over the conventional T8 temper while retaining the mechanical properties of T8 temper.

  16. Long-term superelastic cycling at nano-scale in Cu-Al-Ni shape memory alloy micropillars

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    San Juan, J. Gómez-Cortés, J. F.

    2014-01-06

    Superelastic behavior at nano-scale has been studied along cycling in Cu-Al-Ni shape memory alloy micropillars. Arrays of square micropillars were produced by focused ion beam milling, on slides of [001] oriented Cu-Al-Ni single crystals. Superelastic behavior of micropillars, due to the stress-induced martensitic transformation, has been studied by nano-compression tests during thousand cycles, and its evolution has been followed along cycling. Each pillar has undergone more than thousand cycles without any detrimental evolution. Moreover, we demonstrate that after thousand cycles they exhibit a perfectly reproducible and completely recoverable superelastic behavior.

  17. Photoconversion in n-ZnO:Al/PdPc/p-CuIn{sub 3}Se{sub 5} Structures

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    Bodnar', I.V.; Dmitrieva, E.S.; Nikitin, S.E.; Rud', Yu.V.; Terukov, E.I.; Rud', V.Yu.

    2005-04-01

    n-ZnO:Al/PdPc/p-CuIn{sub 3}Se{sub 5} photosensitive structures have been proposed and fabricated for the first time by vacuum sublimation of palladium phthalocyanine on the surface of wafers of the ternary semiconductor compound CuIn{sub 3}Se{sub 5} and by magnetron sputtering of n-ZnO:Al films on the surface of palladium phthalocyanine films. The current-voltage characteristics and spectra of the photoconversion quantum efficiency of the obtained structures are investigated. It is shown that these structures can be used as multiband white-light converters.

  18. Matrix effects in ion-induced emission as observed in Ne collisions with Cu-Mg and Cu-Al alloys

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    Ferrante, J.; Pepper, S. V.

    1983-01-01

    Ion induced Auger electron emission is used to study the surfaces of Al, Mg, Cu - 10 at. % Al, Cu - 19.6 at. % Al, and Cu - 7.4 at. % Mg. A neon (Ne) ion beam whose energy is varied from 0.5 to 3 keV is directed at the surface. Excitation of the lighter Ne occurs by the promotion mechanism of Barat and Lichten in asymmetric collisions with Al or Mg atoms. Two principal Auger peaks are observed in the Ne spectrum: one at 22 eV and one at 25 eV. Strong matrix effects are observed in the alloys as a function of energy in which the population of the second peak is greatly enhanced relative to the first over the pure materials. For the pure material over this energy range this ratio is 1.0. For the alloys it can rise to the electronic structure of alloys and to other surface tools such as secondary ion mass spectroscopy.

  19. Structural and magnetic properties CuAl1-xCrxS2 alloys

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    Ortega López, C.; Casiano Jiménez, G.; Espitia, M. J.

    2016-02-01

    In this paper computational calculations were performed based on the density functional theory DFT, to investigate the structural, electronic and magnetic properties of CuAl1-xCrxS2 (x=0.0, 0.50 and 1.00) alloys. Pseudopotential method was used, as is implemented in the Quantum-Espresso code. We found that the alloys crystallize in a tetragonal structure belonging to space group 122 (I-42d) with lattice constants a=5.290Å, c=10.378Å for x=0.5 and a=5.283Å, c=10.366Å for x=1.00. These values are in good agreement with experimental results. Additionally, we found that the alloys possess an antiferromagnetic behaviour with magnetic moments 4,20μβ/cell and 4,05μβ/cell, respectively. From the analysis of the density of states, it is clear that the alloys have a half-metallic behaviour due to the Cr-d and Cu-d states crossing the Fermi level. This compounds can be used in spintronic.

  20. Color tunable light-emitting diodes based on p+-Si/p-CuAlO2/n-ZnO nanorod array heterojunctions

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    Ling, Bo; Zhao, Jun Liang; Sun, Xiao Wei; Tan, Swee Tiam; Kyaw, Aung Ko Ko; Divayana, Yoga; Dong, Zhi Li

    2010-07-01

    Wide-range color tuning from red to blue was achieved in phosphor-free p+-Si/p-CuAlO2/n-ZnO nanorod light-emitting diodes at room temperature. CuAlO2 films were deposited on p+-Si substrates by sputtering followed by annealing. ZnO nanorods were further grown on the annealed p+-Si/p-CuAlO2 substrates by vapor phase transport. The color of the p-CuAlO2/n-ZnO nanorod array heterojunction electroluminescence depended on the annealing temperature of the CuAlO2 film. With the increase of the annealing temperature from 900 to 1050 °C, the emission showed a blueshift under the same forward bias. The origin of the blueshift is related to the amount of Cu concentration diffused into ZnO.

  1. Fracture resistance and fatigue crack growth characteristics of two Al-Cu-Mg-Zr alloys

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    Sarkar, Bhaskar; Lisagor, W. B.

    1992-01-01

    The dependence of strength, fracture resistance, and fatigue crack growth rate on the aging conditions of two alloy compositions based on Al-3.7Cu-1.85Mg-0.2Mn is investigated. Mechanical properties were evaluated in two heat treatment conditions and in two orientations (longitudinal and transverse). Compact tension specimens were used to determine fatigue crack growth characteristics and fracture resistance. The aging response was monitored on coupons using hardness measurements determined with a standard Rockwell hardness tester. Fracture resistance is found to increase with increasing yield strength during artificial aging of age-hardenable 2124-Zr alloys processed by powder metallurgy techniques. Fatigue crack growth rate increases with increasing strength. It is argued that these changes are related to deformation modes of the alloys; a homogeneous deformation mode tends to increase fracture resistance and to decrease the resistance to the fatigue crack propagation rate.

  2. Precipitation and dissolution kinetics in Al-Li-Cu-Mg alloy 8090

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    Luo, A.; Youdelis, W.V. . Dept. of Mechanical Engineering); Lloyd, D.J.; Gupta, A. )

    1993-03-01

    Resistivity and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) techniques are used to study the kinetics of precipitation and dissolution of GPB zones and metastable phases ([delta][prime] and S[prime]) in Al-Li-Cu-Mg alloy 8090. Three stages of the precipitation sequence during aging have been analyzed. A new analytical method is developed for the DSC technique, which requires only one heating rate to obtain the kinetic parameters, and the results show good agreement with the more conventional method of varying heating rate. The low-temperature endothermic peak in the DSC thermogram is interpreted as the dissolution of Li-bearing zones, which is supported by the hardness results. The activation energy, Q, and the growth parameter, n, determined by resistivity and DSC techniques are in good agreement with previously published data.

  3. Three-dimensional Dendritic Needle Network model with application to Al-Cu directional solidification experiments

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    Tourret, D.; Karma, A.; Clarke, A. J.; Gibbs, P. J.; Imhoff, S. D.

    2015-06-11

    We present a three-dimensional (3D) extension of a previously proposed multi-scale Dendritic Needle Network (DNN) approach for the growth of complex dendritic microstructures. Using a new formulation of the DNN dynamics equations for dendritic paraboloid-branches of a given thickness, one can directly extend the DNN approach to 3D modeling. We validate this new formulation against known scaling laws and analytical solutions that describe the early transient and steady-state growth regimes, respectively. Finally, we compare the predictions of the model to in situ X-ray imaging of Al-Cu alloy solidification experiments. The comparison shows a very good quantitative agreement between 3D simulations and thin sample experiments. It also highlights the importance of full 3D modeling to accurately predict the primary dendrite arm spacing that is significantly over-estimated by 2D simulations.

  4. Ferromagnetic exchange interaction between Co and Mn in the Heusler alloy CuCoMnAl

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    Feng, L.; Ma, L.; Zhu, Z. Y.; Zhu, W.; Liu, E. K.; Chen, J. L.; Wu, G. H.; Meng, F. B.; Liu, H. Y.; Luo, H. Z.; Li, Y. X.

    2010-01-15

    The ferromagnetic exchange interaction between Co and Mn in Heusler alloys has been phenomenologically investigated by analyzing the composition dependence of the magnetic moment and the Curie temperature in a series of quaternary CuCoMnAl alloys. The curves of the composition dependence of the magnetic moment show an interesting valleylike profile and their minima are positioned at different Co contents for different Mn concentrations. The ferromagnetic Co-Mn exchange interaction is a short-range effect which is only effective at the nearest-neighbor distance. At this distance, the exchange interaction can be further enhanced by a Mn-rich composition, but it might be destroyed by the lattice distortion due to the martensitic transformation.

  5. New Fe-Co-Ni-Cu-Al-Ti Alloy for Single-Crystal Permanent Magnets

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    Belyaev, I. V.; Bazhenov, V. E.; Moiseev, A. V.; Kireev, A. V.

    2016-03-01

    A new alloy intended for single-crystal permanent magnets has been suggested. The new alloy has been designed based on the well-known Fe-Co-Ni-Cu-Al-Ti system and contains to 1 wt % Hf. The alloy demonstrates an enhanced potential ability for single-crystal forming in the course of unidirectional solidification of ingot. Single-crystal permanent magnets manufactured from this alloy are characterized by a high level of magnetic properties. When designing the new alloy, computer simulation of the phase composition and calculations of solidification parameters of complex metallic systems have been performed using the Thermo-Calc software and calculation and experimental procedures based on quantitative metallographic analysis of quenched structures. After the corresponding heat treatment, the content of high-magnetic phase in the alloy is 10% higher than that in available analogous alloys.

  6. Measurement temperature increment of open-celled cellular Zn-22Al-2Cu alloy

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    Guzmán, R.; Santos, A.

    2016-08-01

    Thermo-mechanical properties of cellular materials, “metallic foams” make them very attractive in a variety of engineering applications. During plastic deformation of closedcell metallic foams, part of plastic work is converted into heat. The generated heat increases may be quantified using an infrared camera measuring radiation emitted on the surface of the metallic foam. Experimental tests were carried out under quasi-static loading conditions using Zn-22Al-2Cu (zinalco) foams featuring different pore sizes, and densities between 30% to 50% maintaining constant volume. The goal of this study was to analyse the effect of heat generation during quasistatic compression of metallic foams at constant strain rate. Some conclusions on the mechanical behaviour were obtained in terms of temperature increase, the nominal stress-strain curves and relative density.

  7. Thermophysical Properties Measurements of Zr62Cu20Al10Ni8

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    Bradshaw, Richard C.; Waren, Mary; Rogers, Jan R.; Rathz, Thomas J.; Gangopadhyay, Anup K.; Kelton, Ken F.; Hyers, Robert W.

    2006-01-01

    Thermophysical property studies performed at high temperature can prove challenging because of reactivity problems brought on by the elevated temperatures. Contaminants from measuring devices and container walls can cause changes in properties. To prevent this, containerless processing techniques can be employed to isolate a sample during study. A common method used for this is levitation. Typical levitation methods used for containerless processing are, aerodynamically, electromagnetically and electrostatically based. All levitation methods reduce heterogeneous nucleation sites, 'which in turn provide access to metastable undercooled phases. In particular, electrostatic levitation is appealing because sample motion and stirring are minimized; and by combining it with optically based non-contact measuring techniques, many thermophysical properties can be measured. Applying some of these techniques, surface tension, viscosity and density have been measured for the glass forming alloy Zr62Cu20Al10Ni8 and will be presented with a brief overview of the non-contact measuring method used.

  8. Reducing the formation of FIB-induced FCC layers on Cu-Zn-Al austenite.

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    Zelaya, Eugenia; Schryvers, Dominique

    2011-01-01

    The irradiation effects of thinning a sample of a Cu-Zn-Al shape memory alloy to electron transparency by a Ga(+) focused ion beam were investigated. This thinning method was compared with conventional electropolishing and Ar(+) ion milling. No implanted Ga was detected but surface FCC precipitation was found as a result of the focused ion beam sample preparation. Decreasing the irradiation dose by lowering the energy and current of the Ga(+) ions did not lead to a complete disappearance of the FCC structure. The latter could only be removed after gentle Ar(+) ion milling of the sample. It was further concluded that the precipitation of the FCC is independent of the crystallographic orientation of the surface.

  9. Experimental examination of strain field within GP zone in an Al-Zn-Mg-Cu alloy

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    Bai, P. C.; Liu, F.; Hou, X. H.; Zhao, C. W.; Xing, Y. M.

    2012-11-01

    The strain field of GP zone plays a very important role in strengthening of the precipitation-hardened aluminum alloys by prohibiting movement of dislocations; however, quantitative analysis about the strain field of the GP zone in the aluminum alloys has been seldom reported elsewhere. In this paper, the microstructure of GP zone in an Al-Zn-Mg-Cu alloy was explored by using high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), and the displacement field of lattice planes within the GP zone was experimentally measured by geometric phase analysis (GPA) technique; then, the quantitative results about strains of the distorted lattice planes within the GP zone were also obtained. It is found that the GP zone core is convergence region of the strains, and the maximum value of the compressive strains within the GP zone is about 7.6%.

  10. Anisotropic Responses of Mechanical and Thermal Processed Cast Al-Si-Mg-Cu Alloy

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    Adeosun, S. O.; Akpan, E. I.; Balogun, S. A.; Onoyemi, O. K.

    2015-05-01

    The effects of ambient directional rolling and heat treatments on ultimate tensile strength (UTS), hardness (HD), percent elongation (PE), and impact energy (IE) on Al-Si-Mg-Cu alloy casting with reference to inclination to rolling direction are discussed in this article. The results show that rolled and quenched (CQ) sample possess superior UTS and HD to as-cast and those of rolled and aged samples (CA). Improved IE resistance with ductility is shown by both CQ and CA samples. However, these mechanical properties are enhanced as changes in the test sample direction moved away from rolling direction for all heat-treated samples. The CQ samples displayed highest tensile strength (108 MPa) and PE (19.8%) in the 90° direction.

  11. Three-dimensional Dendritic Needle Network model with application to Al-Cu directional solidification experiments

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    Tourret, D.; Karma, A.; Clarke, A. J.; Gibbs, P. J.; Imhoff, S. D.

    2015-06-11

    We present a three-dimensional (3D) extension of a previously proposed multi-scale Dendritic Needle Network (DNN) approach for the growth of complex dendritic microstructures. Using a new formulation of the DNN dynamics equations for dendritic paraboloid-branches of a given thickness, one can directly extend the DNN approach to 3D modeling. We validate this new formulation against known scaling laws and analytical solutions that describe the early transient and steady-state growth regimes, respectively. Finally, we compare the predictions of the model to in situ X-ray imaging of Al-Cu alloy solidification experiments. The comparison shows a very good quantitative agreement between 3D simulationsmore » and thin sample experiments. It also highlights the importance of full 3D modeling to accurately predict the primary dendrite arm spacing that is significantly over-estimated by 2D simulations.« less

  12. Dendrite growth morphologies in rapidly solidified Al-4.5wt.%Cu droplets

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    Bedel, M.; Reinhart, G.; Bogno, A.-A.; Nguyen-Thi, H.; Boller, E.; Gandin, Ch-A.; Henein, H.

    2016-03-01

    The impulse atomization process developed at the University of Alberta (Canada) enables metallic powders to be solidified with controlled process parameters and improved properties. In order to investigate the microstructure morphologies in droplets of Al- 4.5wt.%Cu alloys, three-dimensional reconstructions of several droplets are obtained by using synchrotron X-ray micro-tomography, allowing a visualization of the inner microstructure in three dimensions. The analysis of the reconstructed volumes reveals that a wide range of morphology, from highly branched to “finger-bundle”, can be obtained for different droplets of similar diameter and produced in the same batch. Unexpectedly for this alloy, microstructural features also indicate that the development of the dendrite arms (primary and of higher orders) occurs in most droplets along <111> crystallographic axes, instead of the usual <100> directions observed in conventional casting technologies.

  13. Thermoelectric properties of CuAlCh{sub 2} (Ch = S, Se and Te)

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    Gudelli, Vijay Kumar; Kanchana, V.; Vaitheeswaran, G.

    2015-06-24

    Electronic and thermoelectric properties of ternary chalcopyrite-type CuAlCh{sub 2} (S, Se and Te) were studied using the first principles density functional calculations implemented in the full potential linear augmented plane wave (FP-LAPW) method. The thermoelectric properties are calculated by solving the Boltzmann transport equation within the constant relaxation time approximation. The calculated band gap using the Tran-Blaha modified Becke-Johnson potential (TB-mBJ), of all the compounds are in good agreement with the available experiment and other theoretical reports. Thermoelectric properties like thermopower, electrical conductivity scaled by relaxation time are calculated as a function of carrier concentrations at different temperatures. The calculated thermoelectric properties are compared with the available experiment and other theoretical calculations of similar materials.

  14. Anisotropy of the electric transport properties of decagonal Al-Cu-Co(Fe) quasicrystals

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    Shulyatev, D. A.; Klyueva, M. V.; Devaradjan, U.

    2016-09-01

    The method of growth from a melt solution was used to obtain iron-alloyed (0.08 at %) Al-Cu-Co single crystals with a decagonal symmetry. The temperature dependences of the electrical resistivity in magnetic fields of 0-18 T were measured using samples oriented in the periodic direction (ρ p ( T)) and in the quasi-periodic plane (ρ q ( T)). A strong anisotropy of the resistivity was observed; the ρ p ( T) curve is linear, whereas the ρ q ( T) curve is approximated well by a second-order polynomial. A strong anisotropy of the magnetoresistance was also observed; a positive magnetoresistance Δρ/ρ ~ 10-3 for the current flowing in the quasiperiodic plane; and a weak (close to zero) negative magnetoresistance for the current flowing along the periodic direction.

  15. Microstructure-property relationships in Al-Cu-Li-Ag-Mg Weldalite (tm) alloys, part 2

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    Langan, T. J.; Pickens, J. R.

    1991-01-01

    The microstructure and mechanical properties of the ultrahigh strength Al-Cu-Li-Ag-Mg alloy, Weldalite (tm) 049, were studied. Specifically, the microstructural features along with tensile strength, weldability, Young's modulus and fracture toughness were studied for Weldalite (tm) 049 type alloys with Li contents ranging from 1.3 to 1.9 wt. pct. The tensile properties of Weldalite 049 and Weldalite 049 reinforced with TiB2 particles fabricated using the XD (tm) process were also evaluated at cryogenic, room, and elevated temperatures. In addition, an experimental alloy, similar in composition to Weldalite 049 but without the Ag+Mg, was fabricated. The microstructure of this alloy was compared with that of Weldalite 049 in the T6 condition to assess the effect of Ag+Mg on nucleation of strengthening phases in the absence of cold work.

  16. XRMON-SOL: Isothermal equiaxed solidification of a grain refined Al-20 wt%Cu alloy

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    Murphy, A. G.; Mathiesen, R. H.; Houltz, Y.; Li, J.; Lockowandt, C.; Henriksson, K.; Zimmermann, G.; Melville, N.; Browne, D. J.

    2016-04-01

    A novel isothermal solidification furnace (XRMON-SOL) has been developed for operation under terrestrial and microgravity conditions, using aluminium-based alloys, in conjunction with real-time in situ X-radiography. The furnace is scheduled to fly on board the MASER 13 Sounding Rocket with a view to investigating isothermal equiaxed solidification under microgravity conditions. The present work provides details of the furnace design as well as detailed analysis of pre-flight terrestrial solidification experiments investigating nucleation and growth characteristics of a thin sample of grain refined Al-20 wt%Cu alloy isothermally solidified at a constant cooling rate of -0.05 K/s. Measurements of nucleation density, nucleation undercooling, grain orientation, grain envelope evolution, primary tip growth velocities, and equiaxed grain interactions are provided. Although the effects of gravity were minimised by choice of sample orientation, we show that such effects can only be eliminated in a microgravity environment.

  17. Microstructural evolution, oxidation and wear of Al-Cu-Fe quasicrystalline coatings

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    Sordelet, D.J.; Kramer, M.J.; Anderson, I.E.; Besser, M.F.

    1995-10-01

    Plasma arc sprayed coatings were prepared with two different size fraction starting powders having a nominal composition of Al{sub 63}Cu{sub 25}Fe{sub 12}. Powders were obtained by crushing a cast ingot and by gas atomization. Coatings were characterized by electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction and chemical analysis. Oxidation tests were performed in dry oxygen at 500 and 700 C. Finer powders produced coatings with more of the cubic phase than coatings formed with coarser powders. The as-sprayed coatings developed different phases during oxidation. Wear tests of as-sprayed coatings were performed over a range of temperatures in a pin-on-disc arrangement against aluminum oxide. The coefficient of friction increased from around 0.44 at room temperature to near 0.60 at 600 C. Differences in wear behavior of the coatings were seen as a function of temperature.

  18. Temperature effects on the deformation and fracture of Al-Li-Cu-In alloys

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    Wagner, John A.; Gangloff, Richard P.

    1991-01-01

    The crack initiation and growth fracture resistance of Al-Cu-Li and Al-Cu-Li-In alloys were characterized and optimized for cryogenic tank applications. Presently, the effects of stress state and temperature is being determined on the fracture toughness and fracture mechanisms of commercially available Vintage 3 2090-T81 and experimental 2090+In-T6. Precracked J-integral specimens of both alloys were tested at ambient and cryogenic temperatures in the plane stress and plane strain conditions. Considering ambient temperature, results showed that 2090-T81 exhibited the highest toughness in both plane strain and plane stress conditions. For the plane strain condition, reasonable crack initiation and growth toughness of 1090-T81 are associated with a significant amount of delamination and transgranular fracture. Plane stress toughnesses were higher and fracture was characterized by shear cracking with minimal delaminations. In comparisons, the fracture behavior of 2090+In-T6 is significantly degraded by subgrain boundary precipitation. Toughness is low and characterized by intersubgranular fracture with no delamination in the plane stress or plane strain conditions. Intersubgranular cracking is a low energy event which presumably occurs prior to the onset of slip band cracking. Copious grain boundary precipitation is atypical of commercially available 2090. At cryogenic temperatures, both alloys exhibit increased yield strength, toughness, and amount of delamination and shear cracking. The change in fracture mode of 2090+In-T6 from intersubgranular cracking at ambient temperature to a combination of intersubgranular cracking, shear cracking, and delamination at cryogenic temperature is the subject of further investigation.

  19. Shape memory properties and microstructural evolution of rapidly solidified CuAlBe alloys

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    Ergen, Semra; Uzun, Orhan; Yilmaz, Fikret; Kiliçaslan, M. Fatih

    2013-06-15

    In this work, the effects of Be addition on the microstructure and phase transformation temperatures of Cu–12Al–xBe (x = 0.4, 0.5 and 0.6 wt.%) shape memory alloys fabricated by using the arc-melting and melt-spinning techniques have been investigated. X-ray diffraction analysis revealed that the arc-melted alloys consisted of austenitic β{sub 1}, martensitic β{sub 1}′ and γ{sub 2} precipitate phases, whereas melt-spun ribbons were composed of a fully martensitic phase. The average grain size of martensitic phases in melt-spun ribbons was determined by electron microscopy images, showing a decrease with increasing Beryllium (Be) amount. Moreover, it was found that the Be addition in the arc-melted alloys had a distinct effect on the morphology of the γ{sub 2} precipitate phase. Transmission electron microscopy analysis showed that the thickness of martensitic plates in the melt-spun ribbons reduced with increasing Be addition. In a differential scanning calorimeter analysis, no martensitic transformation (M{sub s}) peak was observed in arc-melted alloys, but it was clearly detected in melt-spun ribbons, in which M{sub s} decreased dramatically with increasing Be addition. The improvement in the shape memory ability of melt-spun ribbons was explained in terms of the refinement in grain size and martensitic plates. - Highlights: • The CuAlBe SMAs were produced by means of arc-melter and melt-spinner techniques. • MT was directly obtained in melt-spuns without any intermediate process. • The transformation temperatures decreased with increasing Be amount. • The thickness of martensitic plates in the ribbons reduced with increasing Be. • SMP of CuAl was improved by the addition of Be together with rapid solidification.

  20. Neutron studies of nanostructured CuO-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} NOx removal catalysts

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    Ozawa, Masakuni; Loong Chun-Keung

    1997-07-14

    Nanostructured powders of automotive catalytic system CuO0Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}, targeted for nitrogen oxides (NOx) removal under lean-burn engine conditions, were investigated using neutron diffraction and small-angle neutron scattering. The crystal phases, structural transformations and microstructure of 10 mol% Cu-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} powders are characterized according to the heat-treatment conditions. These properties are correlated with the pore structure and NOx removal efficiency determined by nitrogen adsorption isotherm, electron spin resonance, and temperature programmed reaction measurements. The {gamma}-(Cu, Al){sub 2}O{sub 3} phase and the mass-fractal-like aggregate of particles (size {approx} 26 nm) at annealing temperatures below 900{degrees}C were found to be crucial to the high NOx removal performance. The transformation to bulk crystalline phases of {alpha}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} + CuAl{sub 2}O{sub 4} spinel above {approximately}1050{degrees}C corresponds to a drastic drop of Nox removal efficiency. The usefulness of neutron-scattering techniques as well as their complementarity with other traditional methods of catalytic research are discussed.

  1. Structural aspects of the fivefold quasicrystalline Al-Cu-Fe surface from STM and dynamical LEED Studies

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    Cai, T.; Shi, F.; Shen, Z.; Gierer, M.; Goldman, A.I.; Kramer, M.J.; Jenks, C.J.; Lograsso, T.A.; Delaney, D.W.; Thiel, P.A.; Van, M.A.

    2001-04-15

    We investigate the atomic structure of the fivefold surface of an icosahedral Al-Cu-Fe alloy, using scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) imaging and a special dynamical low energy-electron diffraction (LEED) method. STM indicates that the step heights adopt (primarily) two values in the ratio of tau, but the spatial distribution of these two values does not follow a Fibonacci sequence, thus breaking the ideal bulk-like quasicrystalline layer stacking order perpendicular to the surface. The appearance of screw dislocations in the STM images is another indication of imperfect quasicrystallinity. On the other hand, the LEED analysis, which was successfully applied to Al-Pd-Mn in a previous study, is equally successful for Al-Cu-Fe. Similar structural features are found for both materials, in particular for interlayer relaxations and surface terminations. Although there is no structural periodicity, there are clear atomic planes in the bulk of the quasicrystal, some of which can be grouped in recurring patterns. The surface tends to form between these grouped layers in both alloys. For Al-Cu-Fe, the step heights measured by STM are consistent with the thicknesses of the grouped layers favored in LEED. These results suggest that the fivefold Al-Cu-Fe surface exhibits a quasicrystalline layering structure, but with stacking defects.

  2. Turbulent heat transfer and pressure drop characteristics of dilute water based Al2O3-Cu hybrid nanofluids.

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    Suresh, S; Venkitaraj, K P; Hameed, M Shahul; Sarangan, J

    2014-03-01

    A study on fully developed turbulent convective heat transfer and pressure drop characteristics of Al2O3-Cu/water hybrid nanofluid flowing through a uniformly heated circular tube is presented in this paper. For this, Al2O3-Cu nanocomposite powder was synthesized in a thermo chemical route using hydrogen reduction technique and dispersed the hybrid nano powder in deionised water to form a stable hybrid nanofluid of 0.1% volume concentration. The prepared powder was characterized by X-ray Diffraction (XRD) and Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) to confirm the chemical composition, determine the particle size and study the surface morphology. Stability of the nanofluid was ensured by pH and zeta potential measurements. The average heat transfer enhancement for Al2O3-Cu/water hybrid nanofluid is 8.02% when compared to pure water. The experimental results also showed that 0.1% Al2O3-Cu/water hybrid nanofluids have slightly higher friction factor compared to 0.1% Al2O3/water nanofluid. The empirical correlations proposed for Nusselt number and friction factor were well agreed with the experimental data.

  3. Effect of a prior stretch on the aging response of an Al-Cu-Li-Ag-Mg-Zr alloy

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    Kumar, K. S.; Brown, S. A.; Pickens, Joseph R.

    1991-01-01

    Recently, a family of Al-Cu-Li alloys containing minor amounts of Ag, Mg, and Zr and having desirable combinations of strength and toughness were developed. The Weldalite (trademark) alloys exhibit a unique characteristic in that with or without a prior stretch, they obtain significant strength-ductility combinations upon natural and artificial aging. The ultra-high strength (approximately 690 MPa yield strength) in the peak-aged tempers (T6 and T8) were primarily attributed to the extremely fine T(sub 1) (Al2CuLi) or T(sub 1)-type precipitates that occur in these alloys during artificial aging, whereas the significant natural aging response observed is attributed to strengthening from delta prime (Al3Li) and GP zones. In recent work, the aging behavior of an Al-Cu-Li-Ag-Mg alloy without a prior stretch was followed microstructurally from the T4 to the T6 condition. Commercial extrusions, rolled plates, and sheets of Al-Cu-Li alloys are typically subjected to a stretching operation before artificial aging to straighten the extrusions and, more importantly, introduce dislocations to simulate precipitation of strengthening phases such as T(sub 1) by providing relatively low-energy nucleation sites. The goals of this study are to examine the microstructure that evolves during aging of an alloy that was stretch after solution treatment and to compare the observations with those for the unstretched alloy.

  4. Epitaxial growth of homogeneous single-crystalline AlN films on single-crystalline Cu (1 1 1) substrates

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    Wang, Wenliang; Yang, Weijia; Liu, Zuolian; Lin, Yunhao; Zhou, Shizhong; Qian, Huirong; Gao, Fangliang; Yang, Hui; Li, Guoqiang

    2014-03-01

    The homogeneous and crack free single-crystalline AlN thin films have been epitaxially grown on single-crystalline Cu (1 1 1) substrates with an in-plane alignment of AlN [11-20]//Cu [1-10] by pulsed laser deposition (PLD) technology with an integrated laser rastering program. The as-grown AlN films are studied by spectroscopic ellipsometry, field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM), polarized light microscopy, high-resolution X-ray diffraction, and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM). The spectroscopic ellipsometry reveals the excellent thickness uniformity of as-grown AlN films on the Cu (1 1 1) substrates with a root-mean-square (RMS) thickness inhomogeneity less than 2.6%. AFM and FESEM measurements indicate that very smooth and flat surface AlN films are obtained with a surface RMS roughness of 2.3 nm. The X-ray reflectivity image illustrates that there is a maximum of 1.2 nm thick interfacial layer existing between the as-grown AlN and Cu (1 1 1) substrates and is confirmed by HRTEM measurement, and reciprocal space mapping shows that almost fully relaxed AlN films are achieved only with a compressive strain of 0.48% within ˜321 nm thick films. This work demonstrates a possibility to obtain homogeneous and crack free single-crystalline AlN films on metallic substrates by PLD with optimized laser rastering program, and brings up a broad prospect for the application of acoustic filters that require abrupt hetero-interfaces between the AlN films and the metallic electrodes.

  5. Ni-free Zr-Cu-Al-Nb-Pd bulk metallic glasses with different Zr/Cu ratios for biomedical applications.

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    Huang, Lu; Yokoyama, Yoshihiko; Wu, Wei; Liaw, Peter K; Pang, Shujie; Inoue, Akihisa; Zhang, Tao; He, Wei

    2012-08-01

    Zr-based bulk metallic glasses (BMGs) possess attractive properties for prospective biomedical applications. The present study designs Ni-free Zr-Cu-Al-Nb-Pd BMGs and investigates their in vitro biocompatibility by studying mechanical properties, bio-corrosion resistance, and cellular responses. The Ti-6Al-4V alloy is used as a reference material. It is found that the Zr-based BMGs exhibit good mechanical properties, including high strengths above 1600 MPa, high hardness over 4700 MPa, and low elastic moduli of 85-90 GPa. The Zr-based BMGs are corrosion resistant in a simulated body environment, as revealed by wide passive regions, low passive current densities, and high pitting overpotentials. The formation of ZrO(2)-rich surface passive films of the Zr-based BMGs contributes to their high corrosion resistance, whereas their pitting corrosion in the phosphate buffered saline solution can be attributed to the sensitivity of the ZrO(2) films to the chloride ion. The general biosafety of the Zr-based BMGs is revealed by normal cell adhesions and cell morphologies. Moreover, the Zr/Cu content ratio in the alloy composition affects the biocompatibility of the Zr-based BMGs, by increasing their corrosion resistance and surface wettability with the increase of the Zr/Cu ratio. Effects of Zr/Cu ratios can be used to guide the future design of biocompatible Zr-based BMGs. PMID:22689253

  6. Obtention of low oxidation states of copper from Cu 2+-Al 3+ layered double hydroxides containing organic sulfonates in the interlayer

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    Trujillano, Raquel; Holgado, María Jesús; Rives, Vicente

    2009-03-01

    A series of hydrotalcite-type compounds containing Cu(II) and Al(III) in the layers, and carbonate or different alkylsulfonates in the interlayer, have been prepared and studied. Calcination of these solids gives rise to formation of metallic copper and Cu 2+ and Cu + oxides or sulfates, depending on the calcination temperature and on the precise nature of the interlayer alkylsulfonate.

  7. Enhancement on wettability and intermetallic compound formation with an addition of Al on Sn-0.7Cu lead-free solder fabricated via powder metallurgy method

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    Adli, Nisrin; Razak, Nurul Razliana Abdul; Saud, Norainiza

    2016-07-01

    Due to the toxicity of lead (Pb), the exploration of another possibility for lead-free solder is necessary. Nowadays, SnCu alloys are being established as one of the lead-free solder alternatives. In this study, Sn-0.7Cu lead-free solder with an addition of 1wt% and 5wt% Al were investigated by using powder metallurgy method. The effect of Al addition on the wettability and intermetallic compound thickness (IMC) of Sn-0.7Cu-Al lead-free solder were appraised. Results showed that Al having a high potential to enhance Sn-0.7Cu lead-free solder due to its good wetting and reduction of IMC thickness. The contact angle and IMC of the Sn-0.7Cu-Al lead-free solder were decreased by 14.32% and 40% as the Al content increased from 1 wt% to 5 wt%.

  8. Band alignment of epitaxial SrTiO{sub 3} thin films with (LaAlO{sub 3}){sub 0.3}-(Sr{sub 2}AlTaO{sub 6}){sub 0.7} (001)

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    Comes, Ryan B.; Chambers, Scott A.; Xu, Peng; Jalan, Bharat

    2015-09-28

    SrTiO{sub 3} (STO) epitaxial thin films and heterostructures are of considerable interest due to the wide range of functionalities they exhibit. The alloy perovskite (LaAlO{sub 3}){sub 0.3}-(Sr{sub 2}AlTaO{sub 6}){sub 0.7} (LSAT) is commonly used as a substrate for these material structures due to its structural compatibility with STO and the strain-induced ferroelectric response in STO films grown on LSAT. However, surprisingly little is known about the electronic properties of the STO/LSAT interface despite its potentially important role in affecting the overall electronic structure of system. We examine the band alignment of STO/LSAT heterostructures using x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy for epitaxial STO films deposited using two different molecular beam epitaxy approaches. We find that the valence band offset ranges from +0.2(1) eV to −0.2(1) eV depending on the film surface termination. From these results, we extract a conduction band offset from −2.4(1) eV to −2.8(1) eV, indicating that the conduction band edge is more deeply bound in STO and that LSAT will not act as a sink or trap for electrons in the supported film or multilayer.

  9. Band alignment of epitaxial SrTiO3 thin films with (LaAlO3)0.3-(Sr2AlTaO6)0.7 (001)

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    Comes, Ryan B.; Xu, Peng; Jalan, Bharat; Chambers, Scott A.

    2015-09-28

    SrTiO3 (STO) epitaxial thin films and heterostructures are of considerable interest due to the wide range of functionalities they exhibit. The alloy perovskite (LaAlO3)0.3-(Sr2AlTaO6)0.7 (LSAT) is commonly used as a substrate for these material structures due to its structural compatibility. However, surprisingly little is known about the electronic properties of the STO/LSAT interface despite its potentially important role in affecting the overall electronic structure of system. We examine the band alignment of STO/LSAT heterostructures using x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy for epitaxial STO films deposited using two different molecular beam epitaxy approaches. We find that the valence band offset ranges from +0.2(1) eV to -0.2(1) eV depending on surface conditions for the film and substrate. From these results we extract a conduction band offset from -2.4(1) eV to -2.8(1) eV, indicating that the conduction band edge is more deeply bound in STO and that LSAT will not act as a sink or trap for electrons in the supported film or multilayer.

  10. Influence of gravity level and interfacial energies on dispersion-forming tendencies in hypermonotectic Cu-Pb-Al alloys

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    Andrews, J. B.; Curreri, P. A.; Sandlin, A. C.

    1988-01-01

    Results on the nondirectional solidification of several hypermonotectic Cu-Pb-Al alloys were obtained aboard NASA's KC-135 zero-gravity aircraft in order to determine the influence of interfacial energies and gravity levels on dispersion-forming tendencies. The Al content was systematially varied in the alloys. The dispersion-forming ability is correlated with gravity level during solidification, the interfacial energy between the immiscible phases, and the tendency for the minority immiscible phase to wet the walls of the crucible.

  11. Highly-efficient GaN-based light-emitting diode wafers on La0.3Sr1.7AlTaO6 substrates

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    Wang, Wenliang; Yang, Weijia; Gao, Fangliang; Lin, Yunhao; Li, Guoqiang

    2015-03-01

    Highly-efficient GaN-based light-emitting diode (LED) wafers have been grown on La0.3Sr1.7AlTaO6 (LSAT) substrates by radio-frequency molecular beam epitaxy (RF-MBE) with optimized growth conditions. The structural properties, surface morphologies, and optoelectronic properties of as-prepared GaN-based LED wafers on LSAT substrates have been characterized in detail. The characterizations have revealed that the full-width at half-maximums (FWHMs) for X-ray rocking curves of GaN(0002) and GaN(10-12) are 190.1 and 210.2 arcsec, respectively, indicating that high crystalline quality GaN films have been obtained. The scanning electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy measurements have shown the very smooth p-GaN surface with the surface root-mean-square (RMS) roughness of 1.3 nm. The measurements of low-temperature and room-temperature photoluminescence help to calculate the internal quantum efficiency of 79.0%. The as-grown GaN-based LED wafers have been made into LED chips with the size of 300 × 300 μm2 by the standard process. The forward voltage, the light output power and the external quantum efficiency for LED chips are 19.6 W, 2.78 V, and 40.2%, respectively, at a current of 20 mA. These results reveal the high optoelectronic properties of GaN-based LEDs on LSAT substrates. This work brings up a broad future application of GaN-based devices.

  12. Highly-efficient GaN-based light-emitting diode wafers on La 0.3 Sr 1.7 AlTaO6 substrates.

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    Wang, Wenliang; Yang, Weijia; Gao, Fangliang; Lin, Yunhao; Li, Guoqiang

    2015-01-01

    Highly-efficient GaN-based light-emitting diode (LED) wafers have been grown on La 0.3 Sr 1.7 AlTaO6 (LSAT) substrates by radio-frequency molecular beam epitaxy (RF-MBE) with optimized growth conditions. The structural properties, surface morphologies, and optoelectronic properties of as-prepared GaN-based LED wafers on LSAT substrates have been characterized in detail. The characterizations have revealed that the full-width at half-maximums (FWHMs) for X-ray rocking curves of GaN(0002) and GaN(10-12) are 190.1 and 210.2 arcsec, respectively, indicating that high crystalline quality GaN films have been obtained. The scanning electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy measurements have shown the very smooth p-GaN surface with the surface root-mean-square (RMS) roughness of 1.3 nm. The measurements of low-temperature and room-temperature photoluminescence help to calculate the internal quantum efficiency of 79.0%. The as-grown GaN-based LED wafers have been made into LED chips with the size of 300 × 300 μm(2) by the standard process. The forward voltage, the light output power and the external quantum efficiency for LED chips are 19.6 W, 2.78 V, and 40.2%, respectively, at a current of 20 mA. These results reveal the high optoelectronic properties of GaN-based LEDs on LSAT substrates. This work brings up a broad future application of GaN-based devices. PMID:25799042

  13. Highly-efficient GaN-based light-emitting diode wafers on La0.3Sr1.7AlTaO6 substrates

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    Wang, Wenliang; Yang, Weijia; Gao, Fangliang; Lin, Yunhao; Li, Guoqiang

    2015-01-01

    Highly-efficient GaN-based light-emitting diode (LED) wafers have been grown on La0.3Sr1.7AlTaO6 (LSAT) substrates by radio-frequency molecular beam epitaxy (RF-MBE) with optimized growth conditions. The structural properties, surface morphologies, and optoelectronic properties of as-prepared GaN-based LED wafers on LSAT substrates have been characterized in detail. The characterizations have revealed that the full-width at half-maximums (FWHMs) for X-ray rocking curves of GaN(0002) and GaN(10-12) are 190.1 and 210.2 arcsec, respectively, indicating that high crystalline quality GaN films have been obtained. The scanning electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy measurements have shown the very smooth p-GaN surface with the surface root-mean-square (RMS) roughness of 1.3 nm. The measurements of low-temperature and room-temperature photoluminescence help to calculate the internal quantum efficiency of 79.0%. The as-grown GaN-based LED wafers have been made into LED chips with the size of 300 × 300 μm2 by the standard process. The forward voltage, the light output power and the external quantum efficiency for LED chips are 19.6 W, 2.78 V, and 40.2%, respectively, at a current of 20 mA. These results reveal the high optoelectronic properties of GaN-based LEDs on LSAT substrates. This work brings up a broad future application of GaN-based devices. PMID:25799042

  14. Highly-efficient GaN-based light-emitting diode wafers on La 0.3 Sr 1.7 AlTaO6 substrates.

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    Wang, Wenliang; Yang, Weijia; Gao, Fangliang; Lin, Yunhao; Li, Guoqiang

    2015-03-23

    Highly-efficient GaN-based light-emitting diode (LED) wafers have been grown on La 0.3 Sr 1.7 AlTaO6 (LSAT) substrates by radio-frequency molecular beam epitaxy (RF-MBE) with optimized growth conditions. The structural properties, surface morphologies, and optoelectronic properties of as-prepared GaN-based LED wafers on LSAT substrates have been characterized in detail. The characterizations have revealed that the full-width at half-maximums (FWHMs) for X-ray rocking curves of GaN(0002) and GaN(10-12) are 190.1 and 210.2 arcsec, respectively, indicating that high crystalline quality GaN films have been obtained. The scanning electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy measurements have shown the very smooth p-GaN surface with the surface root-mean-square (RMS) roughness of 1.3 nm. The measurements of low-temperature and room-temperature photoluminescence help to calculate the internal quantum efficiency of 79.0%. The as-grown GaN-based LED wafers have been made into LED chips with the size of 300 × 300 μm(2) by the standard process. The forward voltage, the light output power and the external quantum efficiency for LED chips are 19.6 W, 2.78 V, and 40.2%, respectively, at a current of 20 mA. These results reveal the high optoelectronic properties of GaN-based LEDs on LSAT substrates. This work brings up a broad future application of GaN-based devices.

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

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    Asghar, Z.; Requena, G.; Boller, E.

    2011-01-01

    The three-dimensional (3-D) architecture of rigid multiphase networks present in AlSi10Cu5Ni1 and AlSi10Cu5Ni2 piston alloys in as-cast condition and after 4 h spheroidization treatment is characterized by synchrotron tomography in terms of the volume fraction of rigid phases, interconnectivity, contiguity and morphology. The architecture of both alloys consists of α-Al matrix and a rigid long-range 3-D network of Al7Cu4Ni, Al4Cu2Mg8Si7, Al2Cu, Al15Si2(FeMn)3 and AlSiFeNiCu aluminides and Si. The investigated architectural parameters of both alloys studied are correlated with room-temperature and high-temperature (300 °C) strengths as a function of solution treatment time. The AlSi10Cu5Ni1 and AlSi10Cu5Ni2 alloys behave like metal matrix composites with 16 and 20 vol.% reinforcement, respectively. Both alloys have similar strengths in the as-cast condition, but the AlSi10Cu5Ni2 is able to retain ∼15% higher high temperature strength than the AlSi10Cu5Ni1 alloy after more than 4 h of spheroidization treatment. This is due to the preservation of the 3-D interconnectivity and the morphology of the rigid network, which is governed by the higher degree of contiguity between aluminides and Si. PMID:21977004

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

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    Asghar, Z; Requena, G; Boller, E

    2011-09-01

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

  17. High Resolution Characterization of the Precipitation Behavior of an Al-Zn-Mg-Cu alloy

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    Li, Yi-Yun; Kovarik, Libor; Phillips, Patrick J.; Hsu, Yung-Fu; Wang, Wen-Hsiung; Mills, Michael J.

    2012-04-01

    The metastable particles in an Al-Zn-Mg-Cu alloy have been examined at atomic-resolution using high-angle annular dark field (HAADF) imaging. In underaged conditions, thin {eta}' plates were formed with a thickness of 7 atomic planes parallel to the {l_brace}111{r_brace}Al planes. The five inner planes of the {eta}' phase appear to be alternatively enriched in Mg and Zn, with two outer planes forming distinct Zn-rich interfacial planes. Similar Zn rich interfacial enrichment has also been identified for the {eta} phase, which is a minimum 11-planes thick structure. In rare instances, particles less than 7 planes were found indicating a very early preference for 7-layer particle formation. Throughout the aging, the plate thickness appears constant, while the plate radius increases and no particles between 7 and 11 planes were observed. Based on the HAADF contrast, our observations do not support the {eta}' models previously set forth by other authors. Clear structural similarities between {eta}' and {eta} were observed, suggesting that drawing distinctions between {eta}' and {eta} phases may not be necessary or useful.

  18. Synchrotron quantification of ultrasound cavitation and bubble dynamics in Al-10Cu melts.

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    Xu, W W; Tzanakis, I; Srirangam, P; Mirihanage, W U; Eskin, D G; Bodey, A J; Lee, P D

    2016-07-01

    Knowledge of the kinetics of gas bubble formation and evolution under cavitation conditions in molten alloys is important for the control casting defects such as porosity and dissolved hydrogen. Using in situ synchrotron X-ray radiography, we studied the dynamic behaviour of ultrasonic cavitation gas bubbles in a molten Al-10 wt%Cu alloy. The size distribution, average radius and growth rate of cavitation gas bubbles were quantified under an acoustic intensity of 800 W/cm(2) and a maximum acoustic pressure of 4.5 MPa (45 atm). Bubbles exhibited a log-normal size distribution with an average radius of 15.3 ± 0.5 μm. Under applied sonication conditions the growth rate of bubble radius, R(t), followed a power law with a form of R(t)=αt(β), and α=0.0021 &β=0.89. The observed tendencies were discussed in relation to bubble growth mechanisms of Al alloy melts. PMID:26964960

  19. Characterization of Al-Cu-Li Alloy 2090 Near Net Shape Extrusion

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    Birt, M. J.; Domack, M. S.; Hafley, R. A.; Pollock, W. D.

    1998-01-01

    Aluminum-lithium (Al-Li) alloys near net shape extrusions are being evaluated for potential application in launch vehicle structures. The objective of this study was to determine tensile and fracture properties, corrosion resistance, and weldability of integrally stiffened panels of Al-Cu-Li alloy 2090 in the T8 temper. The microstructure was pre-dominantly unrecrystallized. Texture analyses revealed the presence of fiber components in the stiffeners and a combination of fiber and rolling components in the skin. Variations in grain morphology and texture through the extruded cross section were correlated with the tensile, fracture, and corrosion behavior. Tensile strengths at room and cryogenic temperatures of the 2090 extrusions were similar to other 2090 product forms and were higher than 2219-T87, the primary structural material in the Space Shuttle external tank; however, ductilities were lower. The fracture resistance of the 2090 extrusion was lower than 2219-T87 plate at room temperature. At cryogenic temperatures, tensile ductility and fracture behavior of the 2090 extrusion were similar to other 2090 product forms but were lower than 2219-T87 plate. The exfoliation and stress corrosion resistance of the 2090 extrusion compared favorably with the characteristics of other 2090 product forms. The weldability and weldment properties of the extrusions were similar to 2090 and 2219 plates.

  20. Crystal growth and transport properties of CuAlO2 single crystal

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    Brahimi, R.; Rekhila, G.; Trari, M.; Bessekhouad, Y.

    2014-12-01

    The transport properties of the delafossite CuAlO2 single crystal, grown by the flux method, are confined in ∞[AlO2] layers extending in the (001) plans. The dielectric properties are measured up to 490 K in the frequency range (102-105 Hz). The small variation of the dielectric loss tan(δ) is attributed to the wide space charge region. The linear plot log (conductivity) vs. 1000/ T follows an Arrhenius type law and the results are discussed in terms of electron hopping among localized states. The activation energy (0.18 eV) gives an effective mass of 16 m 0 indicating that the levels in the vicinity of the Fermi level are strongly localized. Hence, the increase of the conductivity (σ) results from a thermal activation of the mobility (μ300 K = 1.2 × 10-5 cm-2 V-1 s-1). The sign of hole like small polarons is that of p type carriers originating from oxygen intercalation. The thermopower is little temperature dependent and characteristic of non degenerate conductivity with a low holes concentration and a large concentration of surface states within the gap region.

  1. Synchrotron quantification of ultrasound cavitation and bubble dynamics in Al-10Cu melts.

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    Xu, W W; Tzanakis, I; Srirangam, P; Mirihanage, W U; Eskin, D G; Bodey, A J; Lee, P D

    2016-07-01

    Knowledge of the kinetics of gas bubble formation and evolution under cavitation conditions in molten alloys is important for the control casting defects such as porosity and dissolved hydrogen. Using in situ synchrotron X-ray radiography, we studied the dynamic behaviour of ultrasonic cavitation gas bubbles in a molten Al-10 wt%Cu alloy. The size distribution, average radius and growth rate of cavitation gas bubbles were quantified under an acoustic intensity of 800 W/cm(2) and a maximum acoustic pressure of 4.5 MPa (45 atm). Bubbles exhibited a log-normal size distribution with an average radius of 15.3 ± 0.5 μm. Under applied sonication conditions the growth rate of bubble radius, R(t), followed a power law with a form of R(t)=αt(β), and α=0.0021 &β=0.89. The observed tendencies were discussed in relation to bubble growth mechanisms of Al alloy melts.

  2. Microwave assisted sintering of Al-Cu-Mg-Si-Sn alloy.

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    Padmavathi, Chandran; Upadhyaya, Anish; Agrawal, Dinesh

    2012-01-01

    Microwave sintering has been a well-established technique to consolidate metal powders due to its instantaneous volumetric and rapid heating as compared to conventional heating. Al-3.8Cu-1Mg-0.8Si-0.3Sn (2712) alloy powders were compacted (200 and 400 MPa) and microwave sintered at different temperatures (570 to 630 degrees C) under different atmospheres (vacuum, N2, Ar and H2). Increasing sintering temperature enhanced sintered density from 91% to 98%. Sintering under vacuum at 590 degrees C was more efficient with a densification parameter of 0.36 followed by N2, Ar and H2. Regardless of the sintering condition, phase analysis via XRD revealed the presence of only alpha-Al peak attributed to lesser time available for diffusion of alloying elements. In addition, microstructural inhomogeneity leading to more intergranular melt formation was observed for all sintered compacts. Contrasting to densification, sintering in N2 resulted in better corrosion resistance. PMID:24432468

  3. Impact of Zn, Cu, Al and Fe on the partitioning and bioaccessibility of (14)C-phenanthrene in soil.

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    Obuekwe, Ifeyinwa S; Semple, Kirk T

    2013-09-01

    This investigation considered the effects of Zn, Cu, Al and Fe (50 and 500 mg kg(-1)) on the loss, sequential extractability, using calcium chloride (CaCl2), hydroxypropyl-β-cyclodextrin (HPCD) and dichloromethane (DCM) and biodegradation of (14)C-phenanthrene in soil over 63 d contact time. The key findings were that the presence of Cu and Al (500 mg kg(-1)) resulted in larger amounts of (14)C-phenanthrene being extracted by CaCl2 and HPCD. Further, the CaCl2 + HPCD extractions directly predicted the biodegradation of the PAH in the presence of the metals, with the exception of 500 mg kg(-1) Cu and Zn. The presence of high concentrations of some metals can impact on the mobility and accessibility of phenanthrene in soil, which may impact on the risk assessment of PAH contaminated soil. PMID:23770460

  4. Comment on "Molecular controls on Cu and Zn isotopic fractionation in Fe-Mn crusts" by Little et al.

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    Manceau, Alain; Nagy, Kathryn L.

    2015-02-01

    Isotopic fractionation of metals between seawater and ferromanganese deposits in marine sediments is determined at equilibrium at least in part by the strength of the chemical bonding of the metals in the two environments. A generally accepted rule is that heavy isotopes are concentrated in constituents that form the stiffest bonds with these elements, where greater stiffness empirically corresponds to shorter and stronger bonds, as is the case for lower coordination numbers (Schauble, 2004). Correlatively, light isotopes are depleted. Fe-Mn oxides are enriched in heavy Zn isotope (66Zn) compared to seawater (at ∼ 1.0 ‰ vs. ∼ 0.5 ‰) and also in light Cu isotope (63Cu, at ∼ 0.4 ‰ vs. 0.9‰) (Albarède, 2004; Little et al., 2014a; Maréchal et al., 2000), which suggests that the two elements may be coordinated differently in the Zn- and Cu-bearing oxide phases.

  5. Structural and magnetic characterization of the complete delafossite solid solution (CuAlO2)1-x(CuCrO2)x

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    Barton, Phillip; Seshadri, Ram; Knöller, Andrea; Rosseinsky, Matthew

    2012-02-01

    We have prepared the complete delafossite solid solution between diamagnetic CuAlO2 and the t2g^3 frustrated antiferromagnet CuCrO2. The crystal structure and magnetism were studied with powder x-ray diffraction and magnetometry. The unit cell parameters follow the V'egard law and μeff is equal to the Cr^3+ spin-only S = 3/2 value. θCW is negative and its magnitude increases with Cr substitution. For dilute Cr compositions, JBB was estimated by mean-field theory to be 3.0,eV. Despite the sizable θCW, long-range antiferromagnetic order does not develop until x is almost 1, and is preceeded by glassy behavior. For all samples, the 5,isothermal magnetization is sub-Brillouin and does not saturate in fields up to 5,. A scaled inverse susceptibility plot reveals that significant short-range antiferromagnetic interactions occur in CuCrO2 above its N'eel temperature. Additionally, the Al-substituted samples exhibit uncompensated short-range behavior and x = 0.75 shows glassy characteristics. It is suggested that reduction in magnetic frustration due to the presence of non-magnetic Al does not have as dominant an effect on magnetism as do chemical disorder and dilution of magnetic exchange.

  6. Site occupation, phase stability, crystal and electronic structures of the doped S phase (Al2CuMg)

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    Gu, Jianglong; Gu, Huimin; Zhai, Yuchun; Ma, Peihua

    2016-07-01

    The S phase (Al2CuMg) is an important strengthening phase for the Al-Cu-Mg alloys, which are widely used in the aerospace and transportation industries. The commonly added alloying elements (Mn, Ti, Zr) and the impurity elements (Fe and Si) in the Al-Cu-Mg alloys are always found in the S phase. First-principles calculations based on the density functional theory (DFT) were used to investigate the influence of doping Mn, Ti, Zr, Fe and Si elements on the S phase. Key findings demonstrated that these elements prefer to occupy different atomic sites in the S phase. Ti and Zr improved the structural stability of the S phase. The bulk modulus of the Fe, Si, Ti and Zr doped S phases becomes larger than that of the pure S phase. Both the crystal and electronic structures of the S phase are affected by the dopants. The results of this study provide a better theoretical understanding of the S phase, providing guidance for improved composition design and performance optimization of Al-Cu-Mg alloys.

  7. The synthesis and electrical characterization of Cu2O/Al:ZnO radial p-n junction nanowire arrays.

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    Kuo, Chien-Lin; Wang, Ruey-Chi; Huang, Jow-Lay; Liu, Chuan-Pu; Wang, Chun-Kai; Chang, Sheng-Po; Chu, Wen-Huei; Wang, Chao-Hung; Tu, Chia-Hao

    2009-09-01

    Vertically aligned large-area p-Cu(2)O/n-AZO (Al-doped ZnO) radial heterojunction nanowire arrays were synthesized on silicon without using catalysts in thermal chemical vapor deposition followed by e-beam evaporation. Scanning electron microscopy and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy results show that poly-crystalline Cu(2)O nano-shells with thicknesses around 10 nm conformably formed on the entire periphery of pre-grown Al:ZnO single-crystalline nanowires. The Al doping concentration in the Al:ZnO nanowires with diameters around 50 nm were determined to be around 1.19 at.% by electron energy loss spectroscopy. Room-temperature photoluminescence spectra show that the broad green bands of pristine ZnO nanowires were eliminated by capping with Cu(2)O nano-shells. The current-voltage (I-V) measurements show that the p-Cu(2)O/n-AZO nanodiodes have well-defined current rectifying behavior. This paper provides a simple method to fabricate superior p-n radial nanowire arrays for developing nano-pixel optoelectronic devices and solar cells.

  8. Fabrication and heat treatment of high strength Al-Cu-Mg alloy processed using selective laser melting

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    Zhang, Hu; Zhu, Haihong; Nie, Xiaojia; Qi, Ting; Hu, Zhiheng; Zeng, Xiaoyan

    2016-04-01

    The proposed paper illustrates the fabrication and heat treatment of high strength Al-Cu-Mg alloy produced by selective laser melting (SLM) process. Al-Cu-Mg alloy is one of the heat treatable aluminum alloys regarded as difficult to fusion weld. SLM is an additive manufacturing technique through which components are built by selectively melting powder layers with a focused laser beam. The process is characterized by short laser-powder interaction times and localized high heat input, which leads to steep thermal gradients, rapid solidification and fast cooling. In this research, 3D Al-Cu-Mg parts with relative high density of 99.8% are produced by SLM from gas atomized powders. Room temperature tensile tests reveal a remarkable mechanical behavior: the samples show yield and tensile strengths of about 276 MPa and 402 MPa, respectively, along with fracture strain of 6%. The effect of solution treatment on microstructure and related tensile properties is examined and the results demonstrate that the mechanical behavior of the SLMed Al-Cu-Mg samples can be greatly enhanced through proper heat treatment. After T4 solution treatment at 540°C, under the effect of precipitation strengthening, the tensile strength and the yield strength increase to 532 MPa and 338 MPa, respectively, and the elongation increases to 13%.

  9. Ideal band shape in the potential thermoelectric material CuAlO2: Comparison to NaxCoO2

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    Mori, Kouta; Sakakibara, Hirofumi; Usui, Hidetomo; Kuroki, Kazuhiko

    2013-08-01

    A potential thermoelectric material CuAlO2 is theoretically studied. We first construct a model Hamiltonian of CuAlO2 based on the first principles band calculation, and calculate the Seebeck coefficient. Then, we compare the model with that of a well-known thermoelectric material NaxCoO2, and discuss the similarities and the differences. It is found that the two materials are similar from an electronic structure viewpoint in that they have a peculiar pudding-mold type band shape, which is advantageous for thermoelectric materials. There are, however, some differences, and we analyze the origin of the difference from a microscopic viewpoint. The band shape (a very flat band top but with an overall wide bandwidth) of CuAlO2 is found to be even more ideal than that of NaxCoO2, and we predict that once a significant amount of holes is doped in CuAlO2, thermoelectric properties (especially the power factor) even better than those of NaxCoO2 can be expected.

  10. Growth and properties of transparent conducting CuAlO2 single crystals by a flux self-removal method

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    Yoon, J. S.; Nam, Y. S.; Baek, K. S.; Park, C. W.; Ju, H. L.; Chang, S. K.

    2013-03-01

    We investigated the growth and properties of CuAlO2 single crystals grown by a flux self-removal method. In this method, the flux crept up the wall of an alumina crucible completely during the slow cooling process, leaving flux-free CuAlO2 crystals on the bottom of the crucible. The resulting CuAlO2 crystals had typical dimensions of 0.5-5 mm in the ab-plane and 10-300 μm along the c-axis. The crystals had a hexagonal structure with a=b=2.857(1) Å and c=16.939(2) Å. Their resistivity was anisotropic with a c-axis resistivity (ρc) about ˜17 times higher than the ab-plane resistivity (ρab). However, both ρab and ρc showed thermally activated behavior with the same activation energy of ˜0.6 eV. The CuAlO2 crystals had direct and indirect bandgaps of 3.40 eV and 2.22 eV, respectively.

  11. The synthesis and electrical characterization of Cu2O/Al:ZnO radial p-n junction nanowire arrays.

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    Kuo, Chien-Lin; Wang, Ruey-Chi; Huang, Jow-Lay; Liu, Chuan-Pu; Wang, Chun-Kai; Chang, Sheng-Po; Chu, Wen-Huei; Wang, Chao-Hung; Tu, Chia-Hao

    2009-09-01

    Vertically aligned large-area p-Cu(2)O/n-AZO (Al-doped ZnO) radial heterojunction nanowire arrays were synthesized on silicon without using catalysts in thermal chemical vapor deposition followed by e-beam evaporation. Scanning electron microscopy and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy results show that poly-crystalline Cu(2)O nano-shells with thicknesses around 10 nm conformably formed on the entire periphery of pre-grown Al:ZnO single-crystalline nanowires. The Al doping concentration in the Al:ZnO nanowires with diameters around 50 nm were determined to be around 1.19 at.% by electron energy loss spectroscopy. Room-temperature photoluminescence spectra show that the broad green bands of pristine ZnO nanowires were eliminated by capping with Cu(2)O nano-shells. The current-voltage (I-V) measurements show that the p-Cu(2)O/n-AZO nanodiodes have well-defined current rectifying behavior. This paper provides a simple method to fabricate superior p-n radial nanowire arrays for developing nano-pixel optoelectronic devices and solar cells. PMID:19687549

  12. An experimental investigation of innovative bridge columns with engineered cementitious composites and Cu-Al-Mn super-elastic alloys

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    Hosseini, F.; Gencturk, B.; Lahpour, S.; Ibague Gil, D.

    2015-08-01

    Recent strong earthquakes have shown that reinforced concrete (RC) bridge columns constructed using conventional materials and techniques suffer from major damage and permanent deformations. The yielding of the longitudinal reinforcement as the main source of energy absorption, and cracking and spalling of concrete results in a dysfunctional bridge structure that does not support the post-disaster recovery efforts. This paper investigates the use of engineered cementitious composites (ECCs) and Cu-Al-Mn super-elastic alloys (SEAs) to improve the performance of bridge columns under seismic loads. A new column design is proposed, which is composed of a pre-fabricated ECC tube that encompasses the longitudinal and transverse steel reinforcement (rebar). The rebar in the plastic hinge region of the cantilever columns was totally or partially replaced with Cu-Al-Mn SEA bars. The tube was filled with conventional concrete after it was placed inside the rebar cage of the foundation. ECC exhibits superior tensile ductility, bonding with steel, energy absorption and shear resistance, in addition to lower permeability and reduced crack widths compared to conventional concrete. Cu-Al-Mn SEA bars are capable of recovering large inelastic deformations exceeding 12% strain. The proposed approach capitalizes on the deformability of ECC with reduced damage, and the energy absorption capacity of Cu-Al-Mn SEA bars without permanent deformation. A total of six column specimens were constructed and tested under simulated seismic loading. The number of rebars replaced with Cu-Al-Mn SEA bars, ECC mixture design, and the ratio of the concrete core area to total column cross-sectional area were the variables investigated in the test program. A comparison of the results indicated that the proposed concept with no Cu-Al-Mn SEA bars provides higher lateral strength, similar energy absorption and reduced damage compared to conventional RC columns; however, similar to a conventional column, it

  13. Rapid Solidification of Sn-Cu-Al Alloys for High-Reliability, Lead-Free Solder: Part II. Intermetallic Coarsening Behavior of Rapidly Solidified Solders After Multiple Reflows

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    Reeve, Kathlene N.; Choquette, Stephanie M.; Anderson, Iver E.; Handwerker, Carol A.

    2016-10-01

    Controlling the size, dispersion, and stability of intermetallic compounds in lead-free solder alloys is vital to creating reliable solder joints regardless of how many times the solder joints are melted and resolidified (reflowed) during circuit board assembly. In this article, the coarsening behavior of Cu x Al y and Cu6Sn5 in two Sn-Cu-Al alloys, a Sn-2.59Cu-0.43Al at. pct alloy produced via drip atomization and a Sn-5.39Cu-1.69Al at. pct alloy produced via melt spinning at a 5-m/s wheel speed, was characterized after multiple (1-5) reflow cycles via differential scanning calorimetry between the temperatures of 293 K and 523 K (20 °C and 250 °C). Little-to-no coarsening of the Cu x Al y particles was observed for either composition; however, clustering of Cu x Al y particles was observed. For Cu6Sn5 particle growth, a bimodal size distribution was observed for the drip atomized alloy, with large, faceted growth of Cu6Sn5 observed, while in the melt spun alloy, Cu6Sn5 particles displayed no significant increase in the average particle size, with irregularly shaped, nonfaceted Cu6Sn5 particles observed after reflow, which is consistent with shapes observed in the as-solidified alloys. The link between original alloy composition, reflow undercooling, and subsequent intermetallic coarsening behavior was discussed by using calculated solidification paths. The reflowed microstructures suggested that the heteroepitaxial relationship previously observed between the Cu x Al y and the Cu6Sn5 was maintained for both alloys.

  14. Aluminum Matrix Composites Strengthened with CuZrAgAl Amorphous Atomized Powder Particles

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    Dutkiewicz, Jan; Rogal, Łukasz; Wajda, Wojciech; Kukuła-Kurzyniec, Agata; Coddet, Christian; Dembinski, Lucas

    2015-06-01

    The Al-matrix composites were prepared by hot pressing in vacuum of an aluminum powder with 20 and 40 wt.% addition of the amorphous Cu43Zr43Ag7Al7 alloy (numbers indicate at.%) obtained using gas atomization method. The amorphous structure of the powder was confirmed using x-ray diffraction, DSC, and TEM. The average size of mostly spherical particles was 100 μm, so the powder was sieved to obtain maximum size of 60 μm. The composites were prepared using uniaxial cold pressing in vacuum and at a temperature of 400 °C. The composites of hardness from 43 to 53 HV were obtained for both additions of the amorphous phase. They reached compression strength of 150 MPa for 20% of amorphous phase and 250 MPa for the higher content. The modest hardening effect was caused by crack initiation at Al/amorphous interfaces. The amorphous phase was only partially crystallized in the hot-pressed composites, what did not cause hardness decrease. The application of nanocrystalline aluminum powders obtained by high-energy ball milling for the matrix of composites allowed obtaining nanocrystalline aluminum matrix composites of size near 150 nm, strengthened with the amorphous powders, whose compression strength was near 550 MPa for the composite containing 40% of the amorphous phase and slightly lower for the composite containing 20% of the phase. They showed much higher ductility of 23% in comparison with 7% for the composite containing 40% amorphous phase. The distribution of the strengthening phase in the nanocrystalline matrix was not homogeneous; the amorphous particles formed bands, where majority of cracks nucleated during compression test.

  15. Microstructures and Mechanical Properties of Transient Liquid-Phase Diffusion-Bonded Ti3Al/TiAl Joints with TiZrCuNi Interlayer

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    Ren, H. S.; Xiong, H. P.; Pang, S. J.; Chen, B.; Wu, X.; Cheng, Y. Y.; Chen, B. Q.

    2016-04-01

    Transient liquid-phase diffusion bonding of Ti3Al-based alloy to TiAl intermetallics was conducted using Ti-13Zr-21Cu-9Ni (wt pct) interlayer foil. The joint microstructures were examined using a scanning electron microscope (SEM) equipped with an electron probe micro-analyzer (EPMA). The microhardness across the joint was measured and joint strengths were tested. The results show that the Ti3Al/TiAl joint mainly consists of Ti-rich phase, Ti2Al layer, α 2-Ti3Al band, and residual interlayer alloy dissolved with Al. The amount of residual interlayer at the central part of the joint is decreased with the increase of the bonding temperature, and meantime the Ti2Al and α 2-Ti3Al reaction bands close to the joined Ti3Al-based alloy become thickened gradually. Furthermore, the central part of the joint exhibits the maximum microhardness across the whole joint. The joints bonded at 1193 K (920 °C) for 600 seconds with a pressure of 2 MPa presented the maximum shear strength of 417 MPa at room temperature, and the strength of 234 MPa was maintained at 773 K (500 °C).

  16. Numerical Analysis of Temperature Gradients and Interface Shape During Directional Solidification of Al and Al-Cu Alloy Under Microgravity Conditions

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    Bune, Andris V.; Sen, Subhayu; Stefanescu, Doru M.; Curreri, Peter A.

    1999-01-01

    Numerical modeling was undertaken to analyze the influence of radial thermal gradient on solid/liquid interface shape and convection patterns during solidification of pure Al and Al-4 wt. % Cu alloy. Steady state calculations were performed for different gravity levels and orientations. Furthermore, transient modeling was undertaken to investigate effect of the solidification velocity. The furnace configuration used in this analysis is the proposed International Space Station Furnace. Results from a thermal model of the furnace core were used as initial boundary conditions for solidification modeling. The Solidification model was adopted from previous work and was based on the finite element code FIDAP. Thermocouple data and quenched interface shape from a pure Al sample flown on the Life Sciences and Microgravity Spacelab (LMS) mission, July 1996 was used for model validation. Good agreement was obtained between the predicted interface shape and that measured from the quenched LMS sample. It was found that the imposed temperature boundary condition must be sufficiently smooth for the heat fluxes in the model to be self-consistent. The model predicted that alloy sample Al-Cu is more sensitive to variations in the gravity level compared to pure Al. For Al-Cu alloy, solute diffusivity is approximately 10(exp 4) times smaller than thermal diffusivity of pure Al. Hence, in a microgravity environment the weak convection has no measurable effect on the heat fluxes, but is still strong enough to affect concentration distribution. Since the alloy melting temperature is determined by concentration the interface shape depends on the level of convection. This was found not to be the case for pure metal.

  17. Synthesis, characterization and humidity sensing properties of Cu-Sr-Al mixed metal oxide composites

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    Vijaya, J. Judith Kennedy, L. John; Sekaran, G.; Nagaraja, K.S.

    2008-02-05

    Copper-strontium-aluminum mixed metal oxide composites prepared by sol-gel technique was investigated for humidity sensing properties. X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), FT-IR spectroscopy and nitrogen adsorption/desorption isotherm at 77 K was employed, respectively, to identify the structural phases, surface morphology, vibrational stretching frequencies and BET surface area of the composites. The composites were prepared with the mole ratios of Cu:Sr as (0.0:1.0, 0.2:0.8, 0.4:06, 0.6:0.4, 0.8:0.2 and 1.0:0.0) keeping the aluminium mole ratio as constant and were labeled as CuSA1, CuSA2, CuSA3, CuSA4, CuSA5 and CuSA6, respectively. The samples sintered at 900 deg. C for 5 h, were subjected to dc resistance measurements as a function of relative humidity (RH) in the range 5-98% and the results revealed that the sensitivity factor of CuSA5 possessed the highest humidity sensitivity of 42,000 while the pure composite copper aluminate (CuSA1) and strontium aluminate (CuSA6) possessed comparatively low sensitivities 10,000 and 20,000, respectively. The response and recovery characteristics of the composites CuSA1, CuSA5 and CuSA6 were studied.

  18. Interfacial Reactions of Zn-Al Alloys with Na Addition on Cu Substrate During Spreading Test and After Aging Treatments

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    Gancarz, Tomasz; Pstruś, Janusz; Berent, Katarzyna

    2016-08-01

    Spreading tests for Cu substrate with Zn-Al eutectic-based alloys with 0.2, 0.5, and 1.0 wt.% of Na were studied using the sessile drop method in the presence of QJ201 flux. Spreading tests were performed for 1, 3, 8, 15, 30, and 60 min of contact, at the temperatures of 475, 500, 525, and 550 °C. After cleaning the flux residue from solidified samples, the spreading area of Zn-Al + Na on Cu was determined in accordance with ISO 9455-10:2013-03. Selected, solidified solder-substrate couples were cross-sectioned and subjected to scanning electron microscopy of the interfacial microstructure. The experiment was designed to demonstrate the effect of Na addition on the kinetics of formation and growth of CuZn, Cu5Zn8, and CuZn4 phases, which were identified using x-ray diffraction and energy-dispersive spectroscopy analysis. The addition of Na to eutectic Zn-Al caused the spreading area to decrease and the thickness of intermetallic compound layers at the interface to reduce. Samples after the spreading test at 500 °C for 1 min were subjected to aging for 1, 10, and 30 days at 120,170, and 250 °C. The greater thicknesses of IMC layers were obtained for a temperature of 250 °C. With increasing Na content in Zn-Al + Na alloys, the thickness reduced, which correlates to the highest value of activation energy for Zn-Al with 1% Na.

  19. Interfacial Reactions of Zn-Al Alloys with Na Addition on Cu Substrate During Spreading Test and After Aging Treatments

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    Gancarz, Tomasz; Pstruś, Janusz; Berent, Katarzyna

    2016-04-01

    Spreading tests for Cu substrate with Zn-Al eutectic-based alloys with 0.2, 0.5, and 1.0 wt.% of Na were studied using the sessile drop method in the presence of QJ201 flux. Spreading tests were performed for 1, 3, 8, 15, 30, and 60 min of contact, at the temperatures of 475, 500, 525, and 550 °C. After cleaning the flux residue from solidified samples, the spreading area of Zn-Al + Na on Cu was determined in accordance with ISO 9455-10:2013-03. Selected, solidified solder-substrate couples were cross-sectioned and subjected to scanning electron microscopy of the interfacial microstructure. The experiment was designed to demonstrate the effect of Na addition on the kinetics of formation and growth of CuZn, Cu5Zn8, and CuZn4 phases, which were identified using x-ray diffraction and energy-dispersive spectroscopy analysis. The addition of Na to eutectic Zn-Al caused the spreading area to decrease and the thickness of intermetallic compound layers at the interface to reduce. Samples after the spreading test at 500 °C for 1 min were subjected to aging for 1, 10, and 30 days at 120,170, and 250 °C. The greater thicknesses of IMC layers were obtained for a temperature of 250 °C. With increasing Na content in Zn-Al + Na alloys, the thickness reduced, which correlates to the highest value of activation energy for Zn-Al with 1% Na.

  20. Quick photo-Fenton degradation of phenolic compounds by Cu/Al2O3-MCM-41 under visible light irradiation: small particle size, stabilization of copper, easy reducibility of Cu and visible light active material.

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    Pradhan, Amaresh C; Nanda, Binita; Parida, K M; Das, Mira

    2013-01-14

    The present study reports the photo-Fenton degradation of phenolic compounds (phenol, 2-chloro-4-nitrophenol and 4-chloro-2-nitrophenol) in aqueous solution using mesoporous Cu/Al(2)O(3)-MCM-41 nanocomposite as a heterogeneous photo-Fenton-like catalyst. The in situ incorporation of mesoporous Al(2)O(3) (MA) into the framework of MCM-41 (sol-gel method) forms Al(2)O(3)-MCM-41 and wetness impregnation of Cu(II) on Al(2)O(3)-MCM-41 generates mesoporous Cu/Al(2)O(3)-MCM-41 composite. The effects of pH and H(2)O(2) concentration on degradation of phenol, 2-chloro-4-nitrophenol and 4-chloro-2-nitrophenol are studied. Kinetics analysis shows that the photocatalytic degradation reaction follows a first-order rate equation. Mesoporous 5 Cu/Al(2)O(3)-MCM-41 is found to be an efficient photo-Fenton-like catalyst for the degradation of phenolic compounds. It shows nearly 100% degradation in 45 min at pH 4. The combined effect of small particle size, stabilization of Cu(2+) on the support Al(2)O(3)-MCM-41, ease reducibility of Cu(2+) and visible light activeness are the key factors for quick degradation of phenolic compounds by Cu/Al(2)O(3)-MCM-41. PMID:23090390