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  1. A new type of Cu-Al-Ta shape memory alloy with high martensitic transformation temperature

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    Wang, C. P.; Su, Y.; Y Yang, S.; Shi, Z.; Liu, X. J.

    2014-02-01

    In this study, a new type of Cu-Al-Ta (Cu86Al12Ta2 wt%) shape memory alloy with high martensitic transformation temperature is explored. The microstructure, reversible martensitic transformation and shape memory properties are investigated by means of optical microscopy, back-scattered electron, electron probe microanalysis, x-ray diffraction, differential scanning calorimetry and tensile tests. It is proposed that Cu86Al12Ta2 alloy consists of a mixture of primarily {\\beta }_{1}^{\\prime} martensite and a little {\\gamma }_{1}^{\\prime} martensite and some different precipitates. The tiny thin-striped Ta2(Al,Cu)3 precipitate is predominant in the as-quenched condition, whereas the particle-shaped Cu(Al, Ta) precipitate is dominant after hot-rolling. Additionally, the dendritic-shaped γ1(Cu9Al4) phase begins to appear after hot-rolling, but it disappears when the sample is re-quenched. All studied samples have reversible martensitic transformation temperatures higher than 450 ° C. The results show that two-step martensitic transformation behavior is observed for Cu86Al12Ta2 alloy in all three different conditions due to the transformations between ({\\beta }_{1}^{\\prime}+{\\gamma }_{1}^{\\prime}) martensites and the austenite parent phase. The results further show that the recovery ratios are almost 100% when the pre-strains are ≤2.5%, then they gradually decrease with further increase of the pre-strains. The shape memory effects clearly increase as a result of increase of the pre-strains, up to a maximum value of 3.2%.

  2. A new RHQT Nb3Al superconducting wire with a Ta/Cu/Ta three-layer filament-barrier structure

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    Takeuchi, Takao; Tsuchiya, Kiyosumi; Nakagawa, Kazuhiko; Nimori, Shigeki; Banno, Nobuya; Iijima, Yasuo; Kikuchi, Akihiro; Nakamoto, Tatsushi

    2012-06-01

    To suppress the low-magnetic-field instability (flux jumps in low magnetic fields) of a rapid-heating, quenching and transformation (RHQT) processed Nb3Al superconductor, we had previously modified the cross-sectional design of an RHQT Nb3Al by adopting a Ta filament-barrier structure. Unlike Nb barriers, Ta barriers are not superconducting in magnetic fields at 4.2 K so that they electromagnetically decouple filaments. However, small flux jumps still occurred at 1.8 K, which is a typical operating temperature for the magnets used in high-energy particle accelerators. Furthermore, poor bonding at the Ta/Ta interface between neighboring Ta-coated jelly-roll (JR) filaments frequently caused precursor wires to break during drawing. To overcome these problems, we fabricated a new RHQT Nb3Al wire with a Ta/Cu/Ta three-layer filament-barrier structure for which an internal stabilization technique (Cu rods encased in Ta are dispersed in the wire cross section) was extended. Removing the Ta/Ta interface in the interfilamentary barrier (JR filament/Ta/Cu/Ta/JR filament) allowed precursor wires to be drawn without breaking. Furthermore, the Cu filament barrier electromagnetically decoupled filaments to suppress flux jumps at 1.8 K. The ductile Cu layer also improved the bending strain tolerance of RHQT Nb3Al.

  3. INVESTIGATION OF Ta/Ni-Al INTEGRATED FILM USED AS A DIFFUSION BARRIER LAYER BETWEEN Cu AND Si

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    Yang, Lim; Wang, Shi Jie; Huo, Ji Chuan; Li, Xiao Hong; Guo, Jian Xin; Dai, Xiu Hong; Ma, Lian Xi; Zhang, Xiang Yi; Liu, Bao Ting

    2014-09-01

    Ta (3.3 nm)/Ni-Al (3.3 nm) integrated films deposited on Si substrates by magnetron sputtering, annealed at various temperatures in a ultra-high vacuum, have been studied as diffusion barrier layers between Cu and Si for application in Cu interconnection. The images of transmission electron microscopy (TEM) prove that the cross-sectional interfaces of Cu/Ta/Ni-Al/Si sample annealed at 600°C are clear and sharp. No Cu-silicide peaks can be found from the X-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns of the 850°C annealed sample, but the sheet resistance of the sample increases abruptly. Moreover, large grooves are found from the image of atomic force microscopy (AFM) for the 850°C annealed sample, implying the failure of the diffusion barrier. The integrated Ta/Ni-Al barrier layer retains thermally stable nature up to at least 800°C, indicating that the Ta/Ni-Al integrated film is an excellent diffusion barrier between Cu and Si.

  4. All-YBa2Cu3O7 trilayer tunnel junctions with Sr2AlTaO6 barrier

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    Ying, Q. Y.; Hilbert, Claude

    1994-12-01

    A new barrier material, Sr2AlTaO6, was employed in fabricating all-YBa2Cu3O7 trilayer tunnel junctions using in situ coevaporation and sputtering deposition. It was found that the superior material properties of Sr2AlTaO6 allow the use of a very thin barrier layer. A dramatic increase in the quasiparticle density of states at the YBa2Cu3O7 superconductive gap was observed for the first time from thin-film all-YBa2Cu3O7 devices. Well-defined gap structures were observed at temperatures up to 47 K. The tunneling characteristics are consistent with the typical superconductor-insulator-superconductor behavior. The temperature dependence of the superconductive gap is compared with the BCS theory.

  5. 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.

  6. 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

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. The problem of intermixing of metals possessing no mutual solubility upon explosion welding (Cu-Ta, Fe-Ag, Al-Ta)

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    Greenberg, B.A.; Ivanov, M.A.; Rybin, V.V.; Elkina, O.A.; Antonova, O.V.; Patselov, A.M.; Inozemtsev, A.V.; Plotnikov, A.V.; Volkova, A.Yu.; Besshaposhnikov, Yu.P.

    2013-01-15

    On the basis of the results obtained for joints of dissimilar metals such as copper-tantalum and iron-silver, the reason of immiscible suspensions mixing upon explosion welding has been cleared out. It has been found that the interface (plain or wavy) is not smooth and contains inhomogeneities, namely, cusps and local melting zones. The role of granulating fragmentation providing partitioning of initial materials as a main channel of input energy dissipation has been revealed. It has been shown that in joints of metals possessing normal solubility the local melting zones are true solutions, but if metals possess no mutual solubility the local melting zones are colloidal solutions. Realization of either emulsion or suspension variant takes place. The results can be used in the development of new joints of metals possessing no mutual solubility. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Immiscible pairs Ta/Cu and Fe/Ag are welded successfully by explosive welding. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Fragmentation provides for partitioning as the main energy dissipation channel. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Immiscible metals form colloidal solid solutions during solidification. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Melting and boiling temperatures ratio determines the colloidal solution type. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Local melting zones being in suspension form enhance welds hardening.

  10. 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.

  11. 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

  12. O 2-annealing effects on dielectric properties of Sr 2AlTaO 6/YBa 2Cu 3O y films

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    Takahashi, Yoshihiro; Zama, Hideaki; Morishita, Tadataka; Tanabe, Keiichi

    2001-08-01

    Approximately 160-nm-thick Sr 2AlTaO 6 (SAT) thin films were prepared by metalorganic chemical vapor deposition on liquid phase epitaxy-grown 60-μm-thick YBa 2Cu 3O 7- δ (YBCO) films. The effects of oxygen postannealing on the dielectric properties of SAT and the superconducting properties of YBCO were investigated. The c-axis length of YBCO decreased from 11.82 to 11.70 Å and its Tc of 90 K was observed after oxidation for 250 h at 500°C in 1 atm O 2 atmosphere, indicating that YBCO is almost fully oxygenated through SAT. Postannealed samples showed reasonably low dielectric constants for SAT of approximately 24 and low conductance of 10 -8 S at 10 5 Hz which corresponds to a loss tangent of 5×10 -4. On the other hand, the SAT films without postannealing exhibited an order of magnitude larger conductance. The improved dielectric properties of the annealed samples are probably attributed to compensation of oxygen defects at the SAT grain boundaries as well as oxidation of the lower YBCO film.

  13. 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

  14. On the effect of Ta on improved oxidation resistance of Ti-Al-Ta-N coatings

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    Pfeiler, M.; Scheu, C.; Hutter, H.; Schnoeller, J.; Michotte, C.; Mitterer, C.; Kathrein, M.

    2009-05-15

    Formation of protective oxide scales is the main reason for the high oxidation resistance of TiAlN based coatings. Here the authors report on further improvement in the oxidation resistance of TiAlN by Ta alloying. An industrial-scale cathodic arc evaporation facility was used to deposit Ti-Al-Ta-N coatings from powder metallurgically produced Ti{sub 38}Al{sub 57}Ta{sub 5} targets. After oxidation in ambient air, a significantly reduced oxide layer thickness in comparison to unalloyed TiAlN reference material was observed. Energy-dispersive x-ray spectroscopy line scans and secondary ion mass spectroscopy depth profiling showed that the oxide scale consists of an Al-rich top layer without detectable amount of Ta and a Ti-Ta-rich sublayer. Transmission electron microscopy investigations revealed {alpha}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}, rutile-type TiO{sub 2}, and anatase-type TiO{sub 2} as the scale forming oxides. Furthermore, the Ti-Ta-rich sublayer consists of a porous layer at the oxide-nitride interface but appears dense toward the Al-rich top layer. The improved oxidation resistance is explained by doping the TiO{sub 2} lattice by replacing Ti{sup 4+} with Ta{sup 5+} in the rutile lattice, which decreases the oxygen mass transport. This leads to reduced oxidation of Ti under formation of TiO{sub 2} at the oxide-nitride interface and is the reason for the excellent oxidation behavior of Ti-Al-Ta-N coatings.

  15. High Density Sliding at Ta/Al and Al/Al Interfaces

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    Hammerberg, J. E.; Germann, T. C.; Ravelo, R.

    2006-07-28

    We present 3D-nonequilibrium molecular dynamics results for the velocity dependence of the frictional force at smooth sliding interfaces for Ta and Al single crystals. For Ta/Al we consider Al(100)/Ta(100) and Al(111)/Ta(110) interfaces sliding along [001] and [11(bar sign)0]fcc /[001]bcc respectively. These are compared with Al(111)/Al(100) interfaces at the same loads, corresponding to a pressure of 15 GPa. Both interfacial pairs show similar behavior in the velocity dependence of the frictional force: a low velocity regime with an increasing frictional force followed by a strain induced transformation regime at velocities above approximately 1/10 the transverse sound speed, followed by a fluidized interface at high velocities. For both interfacial pairs, the high velocity dependence of the frictional force exhibits power law behavior, Ft {proportional_to} v-{beta} with {beta}=3/4. We discuss the structural changes that influence dissipation in each of these regimes.

  16. 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.

  17. (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

  18. 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.

  19. Processing and Mechanical Properties of Directionally Solidified NiAl/NiAlTa Alloys

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

    1994-01-01

    Promising creep strengths were found for a directionally solidified NiAl-NiAlTa alloy when compared to other NiAl based intermetallics. The directionally solidified alloy had an off-eutectic composition that resulted in microstructures consisting of NiAl dendrites surrounded by aligned eutectic regions. The room temperature toughness of the two phase alloy was similar to that of polycrystalline NiAl even with the presence of the brittle Laves phase NiAlTa. Alloying additions that may improve the room temperature toughness by producing multiphase alloys are discussed.

  20. 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.

  1. 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.

  2. Interfacial Phenomena in Al/Al, Al/Cu, and Cu/Cu Joints Soldered Using an Al-Zn Alloy with Ag or Cu Additions

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    Pstruś, Janusz; Gancarz, Tomasz

    2014-05-01

    The studies of soldered joints were carried out in systems: Al/solder/Al, Al/solder/Cu, Cu/solder/Cu, where the solder was (Al-Zn)EUT, (Al-Zn)EUT with 0.5, 1.0, and 1.5 at.% of Ag and (Al-Zn)EUT with 0.5, 1.0, and 1.5 at.% of Cu addition. Brazing was performed at 500 °C for 3 min. The EDS analysis indicated that the composition of the layers starting from the Cu pad was CuZn, Cu5Zn8, and CuZn4, respectively. Wetting tests were performed at 500 °C for 3, 8, 15, and 30 min, respectively. Thickness of the layers and their kinetics of growth were measured based on the SEM micrographs. The formation of interlayers was not observed from the side of Al pads. On the contrary, dissolution of the Al substrate and migration of Al-rich particles into the bulk of the solder were observed.

  3. Angular distributions of differential X-ray production cross sections for Cu and Ta in photoionization

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    Wang, Xing; Xu, Zhongfeng; Cheng, Lin

    2016-05-01

    The characteristic K-shell X-ray emission of Cu and L X-rays of Ta in photoionization has been measured at excitation energy of 15.9 keV. The differential X-ray production cross sections of Kα and Kβ for Cu and Lα, Lβ1, Lβ2, Lγ1 for Ta are derived at emission angles ranging from 100° to 150°. The ratio of Kβ and Kα X-ray production cross sections, Kβ/Kα, is calculated for Cu and it is found to be consistent with other work even at different incident energy. While the ratios of Lα/Lβ, Lα/Lγ1 and Lβ/Lγ1 for Ta are found to be different with other results at different excitation energy. The reasons giving rise to this discrepancy are clarified with thorough analysis.

  4. 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.

  5. 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}.

  6. Pulsed laser deposition growth of heteroepitaxial YBa2Cu3O7/La0.67Ca0.33MnO3 superlattices on NdGaO3 and Sr0.7La0.3Al0.65Ta0.35O3 substrates

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    Malik, V. K.; Marozau, I.; Das, S.; Doggett, B.; Satapathy, D. K.; Uribe-Laverde, M. A.; Biskup, Nevenko; Varela del Arco, Maria; Schneider, C. W.; Marcelot, C.; Stahn, J.; Bernhard, C.

    2012-01-01

    Heteroepitaxial superlattices of [YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7}(n)/La{sub 0.67}Ca{sub 0.33}MnO{sub 3}(m)]{sub x} (YBCO/LCMO), where n and m are the number of YBCO and LCMO monolayers and x the number of bilayer repetitions, have been grown with pulsed laser deposition on NdGaO{sub 3} (110) and Sr{sub 0.7}La{sub 0.3}Al{sub 0.65}Ta{sub 0.35}O{sub 3} (001). These substrates are well lattice matched with YBCO and LCMO and, unlike the commonly used SrTiO{sub 3}, they do not give rise to complex and uncontrolled strain effects at low temperature. The growth dynamics and the structure have been studied in situ with reflection high-energy electron diffraction and ex situ with scanning transmission electron microscopy, x-ray diffraction, and neutron reflectometry. The individual layers are found to be flat and continuous over long lateral distances with sharp and coherent interfaces and with a well-defined thickness of the individual layer. The only visible defects are antiphase boundaries in the YBCO layers that originate from perovskite unit-cell height steps at the interfaces with the LCMO layers. We also find that the first YBCO monolayer at the interface with LCMO has an unusual growth dynamics and is lacking the CuO chain layer, while the subsequent YBCO layers have the regular Y-123 structure. Accordingly, the CuO{sub 2} bilayers at both the LCMO/YBCO and the YBCO/LCMO interfaces are lacking one of their neighboring CuO chain layers and, thus, half of their hole-doping reservoir. Nevertheless, from electric transport measurements on a superlattice with n = 2 we obtain evidence that the interfacial CuO{sub 2} bilayers remain conducting and even exhibit the onset of a superconducting transition at very low temperature. Finally, we show from dc magnetization and neutron reflectometry measurements that the LCMO layers are strongly ferromagnetic.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. Thermal and structural stability of cosputtered amorphous Ta(x)Cu(1-x) alloy thin films on GaAs

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    Oh, J. E.; Woolam, J. A.; Aylesworth, K. D.; Sellmyer, D. J.; Pouch, J. J.

    1986-01-01

    The characteristics of thin films of Ta-Cu, prepared over a wide range of compositions by cosputter deposition onto GaAs and fused quartz substrates, are studied by X-ray diffraction and van der Pauw resistivity measurement. Results show films to be amorphous over the range of 55-95 at. pct, and show Ta(93)Cu(7) barriers to be effective in preventing Au in-diffusion, with a 3000-A layer remaining unpenetrated after an annealing at 700 C for 20 min. Diffusion of Ga and/or As into amorphous 93 at. pct Ta is found to be more rapid than that of Au, and interfacial reactions were shown to form compounds including Ta3Au, CuAu, TaAs2, and Ga3Cu7 above 700 C.

  10. Syntheses, optical properties and electronic structures of copper(I) tantalates: Cu{sub 5}Ta{sub 11}O{sub 30} and Cu{sub 3}Ta{sub 7}O{sub 19}

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    Palasyuk, Olena; Palasyuk, Andriy; Maggard, Paul A.

    2010-04-15

    Two copper tantalates, Cu{sub 5}Ta{sub 11}O{sub 30} (1) and Cu{sub 3}Ta{sub 7}O{sub 19} (2), were synthesized by solid-state and flux synthetic methods, respectively. A synthetic route yielding 2 in high purity was found using a CuCl flux at 800deg. C and its structure was characterized using powder X-ray diffraction (XRD) data (P6{sub 3}/m (no. 176), Z=2, a=6.2278(1) A, and c=20.1467(3) A). The solid-state synthesis of 1 was performed using excess Cu{sub 2}O that helped to facilitate the growth of single crystals and their characterization by XRD (P6-bar2c (no. 190), Z=2, a=6.2252(1) A, and c=32.516(1) A). The atomic structures of both copper tantalates consist of alternating single and double layers of TaO{sub 7} pentagonal bipyramids that are bridged by a single layer of isolated TaO{sub 6} octahedra and linearly-coordinated Cu{sup +}. Measured optical bandgap sizes of {approx}2.59 and {approx}2.47 eV for 1 and 2 were located well within visible-light energies and were consistent with their orange-yellow colours. Each also exhibits optical absorption coefficients at the band edge of {approx}700 and {approx}275 cm{sup -1}, respectively, and which were significantly smaller than that for NaTaO{sub 3} of {approx}1450 cm{sup -1}. Results of LMTO calculations indicate that their visible-light absorption is attributable mainly to indirect bandgap transitions between Cu 3d{sup 10} and Ta 5d{sup 0} orbitals within the TaO{sub 7} pentagonal bipyramids. - Graphical abstract: The copper(I) tantalates, Cu{sub 5}Ta{sub 11}O{sub 30} and Cu{sub 3}Ta{sub 7}O{sub 19}, were synthesized by high-temperature solid-state reactions and by a new CuCl flux method, respectively. Their structures consist of single and double layers of TaO{sub 7} pentagonal bipyramids separated by isolated TaO{sub 6} octahedra and Cu atoms. UV-vis spectra show visible-light bandgap sizes of {approx}2.5-2.6 eV, which LMTO calculations show arise primarily from indirect transitions between the filled Cu 3d

  11. Prediction of novel alloy phases of Al with Sc or Ta.

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    Bilić, Ante; Gale, Julian D; Gibson, Mark A; Wilson, Nick; McGregor, Kathie

    2015-01-01

    Using the evolutionary optimization algorithm, as implemented in the USPEX crystal predictor program, and first principles total energy calculations, the compositional phase diagrams for Al-Sc and Al-Ta alloy systems at zero temperature and pressure have been calculated. In addition to the known binary intermetallic phases, new potentially stable alloys, AlSc3 and AlTa7, have been identified in the Al-poor region of the phase diagram. The dynamic and thermal stability of their lattices has been confirmed from the calculated vibrational normal mode spectra in the harmonic approximation. PMID:25950915

  12. Prediction of novel alloy phases of Al with Sc or Ta

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    Bilić, Ante; Gale, Julian D.; Gibson, Mark A.; Wilson, Nick; McGregor, Kathie

    2015-01-01

    Using the evolutionary optimization algorithm, as implemented in the USPEX crystal predictor program, and first principles total energy calculations, the compositional phase diagrams for Al-Sc and Al-Ta alloy systems at zero temperature and pressure have been calculated. In addition to the known binary intermetallic phases, new potentially stable alloys, AlSc3 and AlTa7, have been identified in the Al-poor region of the phase diagram. The dynamic and thermal stability of their lattices has been confirmed from the calculated vibrational normal mode spectra in the harmonic approximation. PMID:25950915

  13. High-pressure x-ray diffraction study of Ta4AlC3

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    Manoun, Bouchaib; Saxena, S. K.; El-Raghy, T.; Barsoum, M. W.

    2006-05-01

    Using a synchrotron radiation source and a diamond anvil cell, we measured the pressure dependence of the lattice parameters of a recently discovered phase, Ta4AlC3. This phase adopts a hexagonal structure with the space group P63/mmc; at room conditions, the a and c parameters are 3.087(5) and 23.70(4)Å, respectively. Up to a pressure of 47GPa, no phase transformations were observed. Like Ta2AlC, but unlike many related phases such as Ti4AlN3, Ti3SiC2, Ti3GeC2, and Zr2InC, the compressibility of Ta4AlC3 along the c and a axes are almost identical. The bulk modulus of Ta4AlC3, 261±2GPa, is ≈4% greater than that of Ta2AlC. Both, however, are ≈37% lower than the 345±9GPa of TaC.

  14. 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

  15. NiAl-based Polyphase in situ Composites in the NiAl-Ta-X (X = Cr, Mo, or V) Systems

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

    1995-01-01

    Polyphase in situ composites were generated by directional solidification of ternary eutectics. This work was performed to discover if a balance of properties could be produced by combining the NiAl-Laves phase and the NiAl-refractory metal phase eutectics. The systems investigated were the Ni-Al-Ta-X (X = Cr, Mo, or V) alloys. Ternary eutectics were found in each of these systems and the eutectic composition, temperature, and morphology were determined. The ternary eutectic systems examined were the NiAl-NiAlTa-(Mo, Ta), NiAl-(Cr, Al) NiTa-Cr, and the NiAl-NiAlTa-V systems. Each eutectic consists of NiAl, a C14 Laves phase, and a refractory metal phase. Directional solidification was performed by containerless processing techniques in a levitation zone refiner to minimize alloy contamination. Room temperature fracture toughness of these materials was determined by a four-point bend test. Preliminary creep behavior was determined by compression tests at elevated temperatures, 1100-l400 K. Of the ternary eutectics, the one in the NiAl-Ta-Cr system was found to be the most promising. The fracture toughness of the NiAl-(Cr, Al)NiTa-Cr eutectic was intermediate between the values of the NiAl-NiAlTa eutectic and the NiAl-Cr eutectic. The creep strength of this ternary eutectic was similar to or greater than that of the NiAl-Cr eutectic.

  16. Effect of Ti doping on Ta 2O 5 stacks with Ru and Al gates

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    Paskaleva, A.; Tapajna, M.; Atanassova, E.; Frohlich, K.; Vincze, A.; Dobročka, E.

    2008-07-01

    The Ti-doped Ta 2O 5 thin films (<10 nm) obtained by rf sputtering are studied with respect to their composition, dielectric and electrical properties. The incorporation of Ti is performed by two methods - a surface doping, where a thin Ti layer is deposited on the top of Ta 2O 5 and a bulk doping where the Ti layer is sandwiched between two layers of Ta 2O 5. The effect of the process parameters (the method and level of doping) on the elemental distribution in-depth of the films is investigated by the time of flight secondary ion mass spectroscopy (ToF-SIMS). The Ti and Ta 2O 5 are intermixed throughout the whole thickness but the layers are very inhomogeneous. Two sub-layers exist in all the samples — a near interfacial region which is a mixture of Ta-, Ti-, Si-oxides as well as TaSiO, and an upper Ti-doped Ta 2O 5 sub-layer. For both methods of doping, Ti tends to pile-up at the Si interface. The electrical characterisation is performed on capacitors with Al- and Ru-gate electrodes. The two types of MIS structures exhibit distinctly different electrical behavior: the Ru gate provides higher dielectric permittivity while the stacks with Al electrode are better in terms of leakage currents. The specific metal-dielectric reactions and metal-induced electrically active defects for each metal electrode/high- k dielectric stack define its particular electrical behavior. It is demonstrated that the Ti doping of Ta 2O 5 is a way of remarkable improvement of leakage characteristics (the current reduction with more than four orders of magnitude as compared with undoped Ta 2O 5) of Ru-gated capacitors which originates from Ti induced suppression of the oxygen vacancy related defects.

  17. 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.

  18. Conduction mechanism of non-gold Ta/Si/Ti/Al/Ni/Ta ohmic contacts in AlGaN/GaN high-electron-mobility transistors

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    Li, Yang; Ng, Geok Ing; Arulkumaran, Subramaniam; Ye, Gang; Mohan Manoj Kumar, Chandra; Jesudas Anand, Mulagumoottil; Liu, Zhi Hong

    2015-04-01

    This work investigates the conduction mechanism of non-gold Ta/Si/Ti/Al/Ni/Ta ohmic contact in un-doped AlGaN/GaN high-electron-mobility transistors (HEMTs) grown on Si. Temperature-dependent current-voltage (I-V) measurements reveal that the conduction occurs primarily via thermionic emission (TE). The extracted mean barrier height (ΦB) values are 0.113 and 0.121 eV and the mean contact resistance (Rc) values are 0.24 and 0.28 Ω mm, for annealing temperatures of 850 and 900 °C, respectively. The low Rc is attributed to the formation of low work function TixSiy at the metal-semiconductor interface. The high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HR-TEM) and energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX) analysis provide further structural evidence in support of the TE mechanism.

  19. Development of Ta-matrix Nb3Al Strand and Cable for High-Field Accelerator Magnet

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    Tsuchiya, K.; Ghosh, A.; Kikuchi, A.; Takeuchi, T.; Banno, N.; Iijima, Y.; Nimori, S.; Takigawa, H.; Terashima, A.; Nakamoto, T.; Kuroda, Y.; Maruyama, M.; Takao, T.; Tanaka, K.; Nakagawa, K.; Barzi, E.; Yamada, R.; Zlobin, A.

    2011-08-03

    Research and development of Nb{sub 3}Al strands and cables for a high field accelerator magnet is ongoing under the framework of the CERN-KEK collaboration. In this program, new Ta-matrix Nb{sub 3}Al strands were developed and their mechanical properties and superconducting properties were studied. The non-Cu J{sub c} values of these strands were 750 {approx} 800 A/mm{sup 2} at 15 T and 4.2 K. Using these strands, test fabrication of 27-strand Rutherford cable was carried out in collaboration with NIMS and Fermilab. The properties of the strands extracted from the cable were examined and it was found that there was no degradation of the superconducting properties of the strands. In this paper, we report the fabrication of the strands and the cable in brief and present some of the results obtained by studying their properties.

  20. Mechanism of Corrosion in Al-Si-Cu

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

    1991-07-01

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

  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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…

  5. 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.

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

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    Amani, H.; Soltanieh, M.

    2016-05-01

    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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. Electrochemical characterization of surface complexes formed on Cu and Ta in succinic acid based solutions used for chemical mechanical planarization

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    Sulyma, Christopher M.; Roy, Dipankar

    2010-02-01

    Open-circuit potential measurements, cyclic voltammetry and Fourier transform impedance spectroscopy have been used to study pH dependent surface reactions of Cu and Ta rotating disc electrodes (RDEs) in aqueous solutions of succinic acid (SA, a complexing agent), hydrogen peroxide (an oxidizer), and ammonium dodecyl sulfate (ADS, a corrosion inhibitor for Cu). The surface chemistries of these systems are relevant for the development of a single-slurry approach to chemical mechanical planarization (CMP) of Cu lines and Ta barriers in the fabrication of semiconductor devices. It is shown that in non-alkaline solutions of H 2O 2, the SA-promoted surface complexes of Cu and Ta can potentially support chemically enhanced material removal in low-pressure CMP of surface topographies overlying fragile low-k dielectrics. ADS can suppress Cu dissolution without significantly affecting the surface chemistry of Ta. The data analysis steps are discussed in detail to demonstrate how the D.C. and A.C. electrochemical probes can be combined in the framework of the RDE technique to design and test CMP slurry solutions.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. Fluoride (F) is not taken up by Salmonella typhimurium TA98 (TA98), used for Ames mutagenicity test, unless aluminum (Al) is present

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    Ahn, H.W.; Jeffery, E.H. )

    1991-03-11

    TA98 is commonly used for the Ames test to detect frame-shift mutations. Ames test results for fluoride mutagenicity are controversial. Since Al and F, both present in finished drinking water, form a stable complex, the authors determined the effect of Al on F uptake by TA98 to evaluate any Al effect on Ames test results for F. A known number of TA98 in 0.1M potassium phosphate buffer was incubated with various concentrations of Al, F or aluminum fluoride for 1 hr at 37C in a shaking incubator. The cells were washed twice in potassium phosphate buffer and then resuspended in water. After breaking the cells open by sonication, the resulting supernatant was analyzed for Al by graphite furnace atomic absorption and for F using a F ion-selective electrode. Al accumulated in a concentration-dependent manner to 4.5 ppm then decreased rapidly as the Al was increased to 9 ppm. Intracellular F was below the limit of detection even when the medium contained 590 ppm F. However, F was taken up from media containing greater than 200 ppm F, providing that aluminum was also present. The authors conclude that the Ames test, using TA98, is not suitable for the detection of F mutagenicity.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. Mercury embrittlement of Cu-Al alloys under cyclic loading

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    Regan, T. M.; Stoloff, N. S.

    1977-01-01

    The effect of mercury on the room temperature, high cycle fatigue properties of three alloys: Cu-5.5 pct Al, Cu-7.3 pct Al, and Cu-6.3 pct Al-2.5 pct Fe has been determined. Severe embrittlement under cyclic loading in mercury is associated with rapid crack propagation in the presence of the liquid metal. A pronounced grain size effect is noted under mercury, while fatigue properties in air are insensitive to grain size. The fatigue results are discussed in relation to theories of adsorption-induced liquid metal embrittlement.

  18. Stable self-compliance resistive switching in AlOδ/Ta2O(5-x)/TaOy triple layer devices.

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    Wu, Huaqiang; Li, Xinyi; Huang, Feiyang; Chen, An; Yu, Zhiping; Qian, He

    2015-01-21

    Stable self-compliance property was observed in the AlOδ/Ta2O(5-x)/TaOy triple-layer resistive random access memory structure. The impact of AlOδ barrier layer was studied with different thicknesses. Endurance of more than 10(10) cycles and data retention for more than 3 h at 125 °C were demonstrated. All the measurements were carried out without external current compliance and no hard breakdown was observed. Systematic analysis reveals the self-compliance property is due to the built-in series resistance of the thin AlOδ barrier layer. A model is proposed to explain this self-compliance property. PMID:25549017

  19. 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.

  20. Wetting and Interfacial Chemistry of SnZnCu Alloys with Cu and Al Substrates

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    Fima, Przemysław; Pstruś, Janusz; Gancarz, Tomasz

    2014-05-01

    Wetting of Cu and Al pads by Sn-Zn eutectic-based alloys with 0.5, 1, and 1.5 wt.% of Cu was studied at 250 °C, in the presence of ALU33® flux, with wetting times of 15, 30, 60, and 180 s, respectively. With increasing wetting time the wetting angle decreases only slightly and the angles on Cu pads are higher than those on Al pads. Selected, solidified solder-pad couples were cross-sectioned and subjected to SEM-EDS study of the interfacial microstructure. The results revealed that the microstructure of the SnZnCu/Cu interface is much different from SnZnCu/Al interface. In the first case continuous interlayers are observed while in the latter case there is no interlayer but the alloy dissolves the substrate along grain boundaries.

  1. 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.

  2. Cyclic Deformation Behavior of Aged FeNiCoAlTa Single Crystals

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    Krooß, P.; Niendorf, T.; Karaman, I.; Chumlyakov, Y.; Maier, H. J.

    2012-11-01

    The cyclic deformation behavior of [001] oriented Fe-28Ni-17Co-11.5Al-2.5Ta (at.%) shape memory single crystals was investigated under tension. Dog-bone shaped specimens were tested up to 100 cycles after different aging heat treatments in order to characterize the cyclic stress-strain response and functional degradation. The smaller particles formed as a consequence of short aging for 1 h at 700°C, as compared to longer aging for 7 h, resulted in significantly enhanced resistance to cyclic degradation.

  3. 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.

  4. Model for projectile fragmentation: Case study for Ni on Ta and Be, and Xe on Al

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    Mallik, S.; Chaudhuri, G.; Das Gupta, S.

    2011-04-15

    For projectile fragmentation, we work out details of a model whose origin can be traced back to the Bevalac era. The model positions itself between the phenomenological empirical parametrization of fragmentation cross sections (EPAX) and microscopic transport models like the heavy ion phase-space exploration (HIPSE) model and antisymmetrized molecular dynamics (AMD) model. We apply the model to some recent data of projectile fragmentation of Ni on Ta and Be at beam energy 140 MeV/nucleon and some older data of Xe on Al at beam energy 790 MeV/nucleon. Reasonable values of cross sections for various composites populated in the reactions are obtained.

  5. Electrical Transport Properties of Liquid Al-Cu Alloys

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    Thakore, B. Y.; Khambholja, S. G.; Suthar, P. H.; Jani, A. R.

    2010-06-01

    Electrical transport properties viz. electrical resistivity, thermoelectric power and thermal conductivity of liquid Al-Cu alloys as a function of Cu concentration have been studied in the present paper. Ashcroft empty core model potential has been used to incorporate the ion-electron interaction. To incorporate the exchange and correlation effects, five different forms of local field correction functions viz. Hartree, Taylor, Ichimaru et al., Farid et al. and Sarkar et al. have been used. The transport properties of binary system have been studied using Faber-Ziman formulation combined with Ashcroft-Langreth (AL) partial structure factor. The computed values of electrical resistivity are compared with experimental data and for low Cu concentration, good agreement has been observed. Further, thermoelectric power and thermal conductivity have also been predicted.

  6. Enhancing the Reactivity of Al/CuO Nanolaminates by Cu Incorporation at the Interfaces.

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    Marín, Lorena; Nanayakkara, Charith E; Veyan, Jean-Francois; Warot-Fonrose, Bénédicte; Joulie, Sébastien; Estève, Alain; Tenailleau, Christophe; Chabal, Yves J; Rossi, Carole

    2015-06-10

    In situ deposition of a thin (∼5 nm) layer of copper between Al and CuO layers is shown to increase the overall nanolaminate material reactivity. A combination of transmission electron microscopy imaging, in situ infrared spectroscopy, low energy ion scattering measurements, and first-principles calculations reveals that copper spontaneously diffuses into aluminum layers (substantially less in CuO layers). The formation of an interfacial Al:Cu alloy with melting temperature lower than pure Al metal is responsible for the enhanced reactivity, opening a route to controlling the stochiometry of the aluminum layer and increasing the reactivity of the nanoenergetic multilayer systems in general. PMID:25988997

  7. Adhesion enhancement of ion beam mixed Cu/Al/polyimide

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    Chang, G. S.; Jung, S. M.; Lee, Y. S.; Choi, I. S.; Whang, C. N.; Woo, J. J.; Lee, Y. P.

    1997-01-01

    Cu (400 Å)/polyimide was mixed with 80 keV Ar+ and N2+ from 1.0×1015 to 2.0×1016 ions/cm2. The same processes were repeated for the Cu (400 Å)/Al (50 Å)/polyimide system which has Al as a buffer layer. The quantitative adhesion strength was measured by a standard scratch test. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy was employed to investigate the change in the chemical bonds of the ion beam mixed polyimide substrate and the intermediate effects for the adhesion enhancement in Cu/Al/polyimide. Two distinct tendencies are observed in the adhesion strength: Cu/Al/polyimide is more adhesive than Cu/polyimide after ion beam mixing, and N2+ ions are more effective in the adhesion enhancement than Ar+. The formation of an interlayer compound of CuAl2O4 accounts for the former, while the latter is understood by the fact that N2+ ions produce more pyridinelike moiety, amide group and tertiary amine moiety which are known as adhesion promoters.

  8. 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.

  9. Corrosion Behavior of Al-Al3Ni and Al-Al2Cu Functionally Graded Materials Fabricated by a Centrifugal Method

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    Noda, Kazuhiko; Miyahara, Keita; Watanabe, Yoshimi

    2008-02-01

    Intermetallic compounds, such as Al3Ni and Al2Cu, are effective for enhancing the mechanical properties of an alloy. Al-Al3Ni and Al-Al2Cu functionally graded materials (FGMs) might be attractive materials for advanced materials. Al-Al3Ni and Al-Al2Cu FGMs were fabricated by a centrifugal method; the centrifugal method is an extremely effective method for fabricating FGMs. Al-Al3Ni and Al-Al2Cu FGMs that had a graded distribution of intermetallic compounds could be produced by this in-situ centrifugal method. Particle size, particle shape and the distribution of intermetallic compounds were controlled by varying the content of the alloy element (Ni, Cu) in the master alloy, the cooling rate in casting and the gravity number. The casting mechanism is explained in terms of the microstructures of the Al-Al3Ni and Al-Al2Cu FGMs fabricated by this method. The corrosion behavior of the FGMs was investigated by electrochemical analysis. Polarization curves of the FGMs in a borate solution were measured by a potentiodynamic method. The presence of Al2Cu exerted a larger effect on the corrosion behavior of the FGMs than Al3Ni. Analysis of the polarization curve parameters was effective for evaluating the corrosion resistance of the FGMs.

  10. Controlling microstructure, preferred orientation, and mechanical properties of Cr-Al-N by bombardment and alloying with Ta

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    Hollerweger, R.; Zhou, L.; Holec, D.; Koller, C. M.; Rachbauer, R.; Polcik, P.; Mayrhofer, P. H.

    2016-02-01

    Recent ab initio studies showed that the inherent ductility of cubic structured Cr1-xAlxN coatings (as compared with similar hard coatings) significantly increases when alloyed with Ta. As there is only little experimental and theoretical information available, we have performed a combined experimental and ab initio based study on the influence of Ta additions (0, 2, 6, 12, and 26 at. % on the metal sublattice) on structure and mechanical properties of arc evaporated Cr1-x-yAlxTayN coatings with Al/(Cr + Al) ratios >0.61. With increasing Ta-content, the droplet number density decreases and the coating surface smoothens, which is much more pronounced as with increasing the bias potential from -40 to -120 V. Simultaneously, the columnar structure observed for Ta-free Cr0.37Al0.63N significantly changes into a fine-grained structure (crystallite size ˜5 nm) with clearly reduced columnar character. Increasing the Ta content also favors the formation of a preferred 200 growth orientation resulting in a reduction of the indentation moduli E from ˜500 to ˜375 GPa, which is in agreement with ab initio calculations. As the hardness H remains between 34 and 41 GPa, an increased resistance against brittle fracture is indicated with increasing Ta.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. Interdiffusion in. beta. phase Cu--Al alloys

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    Romig, A.D. Jr.

    1983-06-01

    The diffusion behavior of ..beta.. phase Cu--Al has been studied at 800, 850, and 950 /sup 0/C using the experimental approach and analysis scheme of Kirkendall and Darken. Diffusion couples were made using the window frame technique and concentration profiles were determined by electron probe microanalysis. The chemical diffusion coefficient, D was found to be D = 0.65 exp(-42200/RT) cm/sup 2//s. The diffusivity was observed to be independent of composition over the range 11--13 wt. % Al. The self-diffusion coefficients D/sub Cu/ and D/sub Al/ were determined to be D/sub Al/ = 0.13 exp(-38900/RT) cm/sup 2//s and D/sub Cu/ = 2.2 exp(-43400/RT) cm/sup 2//s. All activation energies are in calories/mole.

  14. Effects of oxygen pressure in preparation of insulating Sr 2AlTaO 6 thin films by MOCVD

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    Takahashi, Yoshihiro; Nakajima, Yuuichi; Morishita, Tadataka; Tanabe, Keiichi

    2002-10-01

    Approximately 300-nm-thick insulating Sr 2AlTaO 6 (SAT) films were prepared on 10-μm-thick YBa 2Cu 3O 7- δ (YBCO) films by metalorganic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) in the range of oxygen partial pressure from 13 Pa (0.1 Torr) to 667 Pa (5 Torr) for total deposition pressure of 13 hPa (10 Torr). Stoichiometric SAT films with good crystallinity and square-like grains originating from the cubic structure of SAT were obtained for all the oxygen partial pressure conditions. However, extraordinary areas were partially observed on the sample prepared in the low oxygen partial pressure below 67 Pa (0.5 Torr), which are supposed to be caused by unstableness of YBCO surface. Under the highest oxygen partial pressure condition of 667 Pa, the lower tetragonal YBCO film exhibited a Tc of 80 K, indicating a possibility of in situ oxygenation during cooling. It was also confirmed that the SAT film fabricated under this condition has good dielectric properties such as the dielectric constant of approximately 24 and the conductance below 10 -8 S.

  15. 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.

  16. Comparative Study of CuO Species on CuO/Al2O3, CuO/CeO2-Al2O3 and CuO/La2O-Al2O3 Catalysts for CO Oxidation

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    Jin, Ling-yun; He, Mai; Lu, Ji-qing; Luo, Meng-fei; Fang, Ping; Xie, Yun-long

    2007-10-01

    CuO/Al2O3, CuO/CeO2-Al2O3, and CuO/La2O3-Al2O3 (denoted as Cu/Al, Cu/CeAl, and Cu/LaAl) catalysts were prepared by an impregnation method. CuO species and CuO/Al2O3 thermal solid-solid interaction were characterized by in situ XRD, Raman spectroscopy and H2-TPR techniques. For the Cu/Al catalyst, a CuAl2O4 phase exists between the CuO and Al2O3 layer and the CuO phase exists on the surface in both highly dispersed and bulk forms. For the Cu/CeAl catalyst, there is highly dispersed and bulk CuO on the surface, but most of the CuO has transferred into the internal layer of CeO2 as bulk CuO and CuAl2O4. For the Cu/LaAl catalyst, only bulk CuO is present on the surface of the catalyst and no CuAl2O4 is formed. The catalytic activity order for CO oxidation is Cu/CeAl>Cu/Al>Cu/LaAl. The highly dispersed CuO on the catalyst surface may be the active phase for CO oxidation. The results show that the addition of CeO2 not only promotes both the transference of CuO and the formation of CuAl2O4 but also favors the CO oxidation due to the association of highly dispersed CuO with CeO2, while La2O3 hinders the transference of CuO and the formation of CuAl2O4.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. Controlling Bulk Cu6Sn5 Nucleation in Sn0.7Cu/Cu Joints with Al Micro-alloying

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    Xian, J. W.; Belyakov, S. A.; Gourlay, C. M.

    2016-01-01

    We show that dilute Al additions can control the size of primary Cu6Sn5 rods in Sn-0.7Cu/Cu ball grid array joints. In Sn-0.7Cu-0.05Al/Cu joints, the number of primary Cu6Sn5 per mm2 is ˜7 times higher and the mean three-dimensional length of rods is ˜4 times smaller than in Al-free Sn-0.7Cu/Cu joints, while the area fraction of primary Cu6Sn5 is similar. It is shown that epitaxial nucleation of primary Cu6Sn5 occurs on δ-Cu33Al17 or γ 1-Cu9Al4 particles, which are stable in the Sn-0.7Cu-0.05Al melt during holding at 250°C. The observed facet relationships agree well with previously determined orientation relationships between δ-Cu33Al17 and Cu6Sn5 in hypereutectic Sn-Cu-Al alloys and result in a good lattice match with <˜2.5% lattice mismatch on two different interfacial planes.

  1. Improved Diffusion-Resistant Ability of Multicomponent Nitrides: From Unitary TiN to Senary High-Entropy (TiTaCrZrAlRu)N

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    Chang, Shou-Yi; Huang, Yi-Ching; Li, Chen-En; Hsu, Hsun-Feng; Yeh, Jien-Wei; Lin, Su-Jien

    2013-12-01

    Multicomponent high-entropy nitrides have been attempted as robust diffusion barrier materials to inhibit the severe interdiffusion of Cu and Si; however, the improvement in their diffusion resistance relative to the abilities of few-component nitrides has actually not been verified. Thus, in this study, nitride barriers with different numbers of components (metallic elements), from unitary TiN to senary high-entropy (TiTaCrZrAlRu)N (with the same face-centered cubic structure and a thickness of 5 nm), were prepared. The failure of these nitride barriers in resisting the interdiffusion of Cu and Si was examined, and the activation energy of Cu diffusion through the nitrides was determined. With more components incorporated, the failure temperature of the nitrides was found to markedly increase from 550°C to 900°C, and the activation energy of Cu diffusion was effectively raised from 107 kJ/mol to 161 kJ/mol. Severe lattice distortions and random cohesions are suggested as the dominant factors for the improved diffusion-resistant ability of the multicomponent high-entropy nitrides.

  2. Influence of surface coating on the performance of V-Cu, V-Ti, and Ta membranes for hydrogen separation

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    Paglieri, S. N.; Pesiri, D. R.; Dye, R. C.; Tewell, C. R.; Snow, R. C.; Smith, F. M.; Birdsell, S. A.

    2004-01-01

    Foils of V{sub 0.95}Ti{sub 0.05}, V{sub 1-x}Cu{sub x} (x = 0.01-0.12, atom fraction) and Ta coated with thin films of Pd or Pd alloys (Pd-Cu or Pd-Ag), and other metal interlayers were fabricated and tested for hydrogen permeability and stability at temperatures from 320-450 C. Vanadium-alloy or Ta foils were ion-milled and coatings between 30 and 250 nm thick were applied to both sides in-situ via electron beam evaporation. Membranes were between 40 and 75 {mu}m thick and were completely permselective for hydrogen. Pt or Ni surface coatings on VTi{sub 5} foils reduced the permeability by at least an order of magnitude while the membrane coated with the thinnest Pd layer (30 nm) exhibited the fastest hydrogen flux decline at 450 C. The hydrogen flux through a 75 {mu}m thick Pd/V{sub 0.99}Cu{sub 0.01}/Pd composite membrane with 100 nm Pd per side was 0.66 mol (STP)/m{sup 2} {center_dot} s at 350 C and a transmembrane pressure differential ({Delta}P) of 3.5 atm compared to 0.44 mol (STP)/m{sup 2} {center_dot} s for a 71 {mu}m thick Pd/V{sub 0.88}Cu{sub 0.12}/Pd membrane at the same conditions. Foils of Ta were coated with layers of Ti, Mo and Pd to increase the hydrogen flux stability during operation above 400 C. Although the hydrogen flux through the coated Ta foils was generally an order of magnitude less than through the vanadium-alloy membranes, the hydrogen flux stability was greater. Metallic interdiffusion at different temperatures between various surface coatings and foils was characterized with AES depth profiles. Methods are being developed for welding the thin foil membranes into modules for testing.

  3. Composition and Structure Control of Cu-Al-O Films Prepared by Reactive Sputtering and Annealing

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    Tsuboi, Nozomu; Itoh, Yuji; Ogata, Junya; Kobayashi, Satoshi; Shimizu, Hidehiko; Kato, Keizo; Kaneko, Futao

    2007-01-01

    Cu-Al-O films were prepared on quartz glass substrates at 500-700 °C by sputtering the Cu and Al targets alternately on atomic-layer scale under an Ar-diluted O2 (5-20%) gas atmosphere, and then annealed at 1050 °C under a nitrogen atmosphere. The [Cu]/[Al] ratio was controlled by changing the Cu and Al deposition periods. The composition of as-deposited films corresponded to the slightly oxygen-rich region of the CuO-CuAl2O4-Al2O3 system. Films as-deposited at 500 °C had an amorphous structure, while films as-deposited at 700 °C had CuAl2O4 and CuO phases. After thermal annealing in a nitrogen atmosphere, the composition of the films approached that of the Cu2O-CuAlO2-Al2O3 system line, causing a noticeable appearance of the CuAlO2 phase along with the disappearance of the CuAl2O4 and CuO phases. Cu- and Al-rich annealed films had in addition a Cu2O phase and an amorphous Al2O3 phase, respectively. All annealed films exhibited p-type conductivity. The annealed films with [Cu]/[Al]≈ 1 had an absorption edge corresponding to the energy gap of CuAlO2. These results indicate that the change in the Cu ion from divalent to monovalent through nitrogen annealing results in the preparation of transparent conductive films dominated by CuAlO2.

  4. Complex permeability spectra of PbO and Ta2O5 added nanocrystalline MgCuZn ferrites

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    V, Seetha Rama Raju

    2015-05-01

    PbO and Ta2O5 added MgCuZn ferrites are prepared by the Microwave-Hydrothermal (M-H) processing. The nanocrystalline ferrites are sintered to a temperature of 900 °C/4 h. SEM pictures reveal that, the addition of PbO causes a small amount of grain growth, whereas the addition of Ta2O5 causes a fine-grained microstructure. The complex permeability spectra (μ*=μ‧-iμ″) of the prepared samples were measured in the frequency range from 1 MHz to 1.8 GHz, the μ* spectra are analyzed into two magnetization processes with focus on the particle size of ferrite samples. In addition to the spin rotation relaxation in 130-200 MHz, it is initially identified the contribution from reversible domain wall bowing rising at 6-40 MHz. The magnetic state of the ferrite is also influenced by the addition of PbO and Ta2O5. The spin rotation mechanism of the present ferrites is enhanced by the preparation of nanocrystalline samples.

  5. 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.

  6. 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

    2016-03-01

    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 [Formula: see text] is dominant, and in the Cu-rich one the distorted icosahedral orders, especially [Formula: see text] and [Formula: see text], are prominent. And the [Formula: see text] polyhedra in Cu50Zr45Al5 MG mainly originate from Al-centered clusters, while the [Formula: see text] 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. 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. PMID:26828778

  7. 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.

    2016-03-01

    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 Cu50Zr45Al5 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. 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.

  8. 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

  9. 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

    In this study, 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 Cu50Zr45Al5 MG mainly originate from Al-centeredmore » 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. 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

  10. 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.

  11. Compliance current induced non-reversible transition from unipolar to bipolar resistive switching in a Cu/TaOx/Pt structure

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    Kurnia, F.; Jung, C. U.; Lee, B. W.; Liu, Chunli

    2015-08-01

    Unipolar resistive switching (URS) as well as bipolar resistive switching (BRS) behaviors in a Cu/TaOx/Pt structure were investigated. Upon increasing the compliance current (Ic), the current-voltage characteristics of the Cu/TaOx/Pt structure showed a URS behavior at Ic = 0.1 mA then experienced a non-reversible transition from the URS to a BRS mode at Ic = 10 mA. Through a detailed analysis of the electrical properties in each resistance state of URS and BRS, we revealed that the permanent transition from the URS to the BRS mode was induced by the formation of stronger Cu metal conductive filaments within the TaOx thin film. More interestingly, both URS and BRS modes were governed by the formation and rupture of conductive filaments, whereas the rupture of these filamentary paths in BRS was proposed due to both Joule heating and electric field effects.

  12. 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).

  13. 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

  14. Relationships involving process, microstructure, and properties of weldments of Al-Cu and Al-Cu-Li alloys

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    Martukanitz, R.P.; Howell, P.R.

    1996-12-31

    The evolution of microstructure within the heat affected zone for Al-Cu and Al-Cu-Li alloys is qualitatively described in terms of diffusion controlled modifications that result in the minimization of chemical free energy. Coarsening of strengthening precipitate is anticipated at relatively low peak temperatures; whereas, dissolution is expected to dominate the microstructural modifications within the heat affected zone for these alloys. Transmission electron microscopy of alloy 2195-T8 was performed to validate the analysis. Dissolution of {theta}{prime} (Al{sub 2}Cu) was seen to occur within the heat affected zone at temperatures below 220 C. The primary strengthening phase, T{sub 1} (Al{sub 2}CuLi), exhibited partial dissolution at peak temperatures of 320 C. Peak temperatures up to 500 C resulted in partial dissolution of T{sub 1} during heating and growth upon cooling. Positions near the fusion zone interface resulted in complete dissolution of strengthening precipitate and re-precipitation of copper-rich zones upon cooling. The effect of microstructural modifications within the heat affected zone on mechanical properties is discussed in terms of strengthening mechanisms.

  15. Ferromagnetism studies of Cu-doped and (Cu, Al) co-doped ZnO thin films

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    Wu, S. Z.; Yang, H. L.; Xu, X. G.; Miao, J.; Jiang, Y.

    2011-01-01

    We have studied the room temperature ferromagnetism (FM) in Cu-doped and (Cu, Al) co-doped ZnO thin films which were grown on quartz substrates by chemical method based on a sol-gel process combining with spin-coating technology. X-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns demonstrate that both the Cu-doped and (Cu, Al) co-doped ZnO films have the hexagonal wurtzite structure with c-axis orientation. Alternating Gradient Magnetometer (AGM) measurements confirm that all the doped ZnO samples are ferromagnetic at room temperature. When the doped Cu content is 1 %, the Cu-doped ZnO film has the strongest FM. The FM significantly decreases in the (Cu, Al) co-doped ZnO films. The doping of Al ions suppresses the FM induced by the doped Cu ions.

  16. 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. PMID:25055167

  17. Primary creep of Ni{sub 3}(Al, Ta) single crystals at room temperature

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    Uchic, M.D.; Nix, W.D.

    1997-12-31

    This study examines the time-dependent deformation of Ni{sub 3}(Al, Ta) at room temperature. Tension creep experiments have been performed on single crystals with one [111]<101> slip system active at the start of the test, where the applied stress ranged from 66.4 MPa (the measured 0.01% flow stress) to 143 MPa (which produced approximately 9% plastic strain). All creep curves displayed primary creep leading to eventual exhaustion, where the measured creep strain declined at a rate faster than predicted for logarithmic creep. However, no correlation between the applied stress and the form of the declining creep rate can be made at this time. Many creep curves can be obtained from one sample, as the creep curves from both virgin samples and samples with prior deformation history (at the same test stress) were indistinguishable. At the beginning of an incremental creep test, where the stress is increased by a small amount to reinitiate plastic flow in an exhausted sample, a significant retardation of the plastic response of the sample occurred when the stress increment was below 4 MPa. Preliminary TEM studies of a sample strained to 6% suggest that room temperature creep tests may not be ideal for examining the flow of Anti-Phase-Boundary (APB) dissociated dislocations.

  18. 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

  19. 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.

  20. Dendrite coherency of Al-Si-Cu alloys

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    Veldman, Natalia L. M.; Dahle, Arne K.; Stjohn, David H.; Arnberg, Lars

    2001-01-01

    The dendrite coherency point of Al-Si-Cu alloys was determined by thermal analysis and rheological measurement methods by performing parallel measurements at two cooling rates for aluminum alloys across a wide range of silicon and copper contents. Contrary to previous findings, the two methods yield significantly different values for the fraction solid at the dendrite coherency point. This disparity is greatest for alloys of low solute concentration. The results from this study also contradict previously reported trends in the effect of cooling rate on the dendritic coherency point. Consideration of the results shows that thermal analysis is not a valid technique for the measurement of coherency. Analysis of the results from rheological testing indicates that silicon concentration has a dominant effect on grain size and dendritic morphology, independent of cooling rate and copper content, and thus is the factor that determines the fraction solid at dendrite coherency for Al-Si-Cu alloys.

  1. The Zeno Line for Al, Cu, and U.

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    Apfelbaum, E M; Vorob'ev, V S

    2016-06-01

    We show that the property of linearity for a line of unit compressibility factor (Zeno line) can be confirmed for metals (Al, Cu, and U) in liquid phase. The embedded atom potentials (EAM) have been used to describe the interaction between the particles. The numerical simulations within Monte Carlo (MC) technique with the EAM potential have resulted in the straight Zeno-line for considered metals and have allowed us to define the Zeno line parameters. The similarity relations between the critical and the Zeno line parameters, which were observed previously for nonmetallic substances, have appeared to be valid for Al and Cu as well. For uranium there is a contradiction between the calculated and experimental data, indicating the limitation for these similarities. PMID:27158747

  2. Investigation of new type Cu-Hf-Al bulk glassy alloys

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    Nagy, E.; Rontó, V.; Sólyom, J.; Roósz, A.

    2009-01-01

    In the last years new type Cu-Hf-Al ternary alloys were developed with high glass forming ability and ductility. The addition of Al to Cu-Hf alloys results in improvements in glass formation, thermal stability and mechanical properties of these alloys. We have investigated new Cu-based bulk amorphous alloys in Cu-Hf-Al ternary system. The alloys with Cu49Hf42Al9, Cu46Hf45Al9, Cu50Hf42.5Al7.5 and Cu50Hf45Al5 compositions were prepared by arc melting. The samples were made by centrifugal casting and were investigated by X-ray diffraction method. Thermodynamic properties were examined by differential scanning calorimetry and the structure of the crystallising phases by scanning electron microscopy. The determination of liquidus temperatures of alloys were measured by differential thermal analysis.

  3. 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.

  4. 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).

  5. Mirroring the dynamic magnetic behavior of magnetostrictive Co/(Ag,Cu,Ta) multilayers grown onto rigid and flexible substrates

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    Agra, K.; Gomes, R. R.; Della Pace, R. D.; Dorneles, L. S.; Bohn, F.; Corrêa, M. A.

    2015-11-01

    We investigate the magnetoimpedance effect in a wide frequency range in magnetostrictive Co/(Ag,Cu,Ta) multilayers grown onto rigid and flexible substrates. We observe a direct correlation between structural and quasi-static magnetic properties and the magnetoimpedance effect, since they are directly dependent on the nature of the spacer material. Moreover, we verify that all these properties are insensitive to the kind of employed substrate. We compare the magnetoimpedance results measured for multilayers in rigid and flexible substrates and discuss them in terms of different mechanisms that govern the impedances changes, magnetic anisotropy, structural character, and of numerical calculation results found in the literature. The fact that magnetostrictive multilayers can be reproduced in distinct kinds of substrates corresponds to an important advance for their applicability. The results place multilayers grown onto flexible substrates as attractive candidates for application as probe element in the development of MI-based sensor devices.

  6. 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

  7. 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.

  8. The influence of Cu /Al ratio on properties of chemical-vapor-deposition-grown p-type Cu-Al-O transparent semiconducting films

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    Cai, Jianling; Gong, Hao

    2005-08-01

    Transparent p-type copper aluminum oxide (Cu-Al-O) semiconducting thin films, with Cu /Al atomic ratios ranging from 1.0 to 4.3, were deposited by plasma-enhanced metal-organic chemical-vapor deposition. The films were grown on z-cut single-crystal quartz substrates, at a substrate temperature of 450°C. Crystalline CuAlO2 was found dominant in the films, including small amounts of CuAl2O4, Al2O3, and amorphous Cu2O. The effect of varying Cu /Al ratio on the structural, electrical, and optical properties of the films were studied by x-ray diffraction, energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy, x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy, and Seebeck technique, and discussed. We were able to optimize the Cu /Al ratio for the p-type conductivity and transmittance in copper aluminum oxide thin films, and the best conductive film, with a room-temperature conductivity of 0.289Scm-1 and a transparency of 80%, was found to have a Cu /Al ratio of 1.4±0.3. In addition, the mechanism of the p-type conduction of copper aluminum oxide was discussed.

  9. 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)

  10. 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

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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

  14. /Al-4Cu Composite Material Produced by Squeeze Casting Method

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    Ficici, Ferit

    2014-05-01

    The wear behavior of a weight fraction of particles with up to 30 wt.% in situ AlB2 flakes reinforced in Al-4Cu matrix alloy composites and fabricated by a squeeze casting method was investigated in a pin-on-disk abrasion test instrument against different SiC abrasives at room conditions. Wear tests were performed under the load of 10 N against SiC abrasive papers of 80, 100, and 120 mesh grits. The effects of sliding speed, AlB2 flake content, and abrasive grit sizes on the abrasive wear properties of the matrix alloy and composites have been evaluated. The main wear mechanisms were identified using an optical microscope. The results showed that in situ AlB2 flake reinforcement improved the abrasion resistance against all the abrasives used, and the abrasive wear resistance decreased with an increase in the sliding speed and the abrasive grit size. The wear resistances of the composites were considerably bigger than those of the matrix alloy and increased with increases in in situ AlB2 flake contents.

  15. Al-Si-Cu/TiN multilayer interconnection and Al-Ge reflow sputtering technologies for quarter-micron devices

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    Kikkawa, Takamaro; Kikuta, Kuniko

    1993-05-01

    Issues of interconnection technologies for quarter-micron devices are the reliability of metal lines with quarter-micron feature sizes and the formation of contact-hole-plugs with high aspect ratios. This paper describes a TiN/Al-Si-Cu/TiN/Al-Si-Cu/TiN/Ti multilayer conductor structure as a quarter-micron interconnection technology and aluminum-germanium (Al-Ge) reflow sputtering as a contact-hole filling technology. The TiN/Al-Si-Cu/TiN/Al-Si-Cu/TiN/Ti multilayer conductor structure could suppress stress-induced voiding and improve the electromigration mean-time to failure. These improvements are attributed to the fact that the grain boundaries for the Al-Si-Cu film and the interfaces between the Al-Si-Cu and the TiN films are strengthened by the rigid intermetallic compound, TiAl3. The Al-Ge alloy reflow sputtering is a candidate for contact- and via-hole filling technologies in terms of reducing fabrication costs. The Al-Ge reflow sputtering achieved low temperature contact hole filling at 300 degree(s)C. Contact holes with a diameter of 0.25 micrometers and aspect ratio of 4 could be filled. This is attributed to the low eutectic temperature for Al-Ge (424 degree(s)C) and the effect of thin polysilicon underlayer on the enhancement of Al-Ge reflow.

  16. 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.

  17. 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).

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  1. Vortex phase diagram of the layered superconductor Cu0.03TaS2 for H is parallel to c.

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    Zhu, X D; Lu, J C; Sun, Y P; Pi, L; Qu, Z; Ling, L S; Yang, Z R; Zhang, Y H

    2010-12-22

    The magnetization and anisotropic electrical transport properties have been measured in high quality Cu(0.03)TaS(2) single crystals. A pronounced peak effect has been observed, indicating that high quality and homogeneity are vital to the peak effect. A kink has been observed in the magnetic field, H, dependence of the in-plane resistivity ρ(ab) for H is parallel to c, which corresponds to a transition from activated to diffusive behavior of the vortex liquid phase. In the diffusive regime of the vortex liquid phase, the in-plane resistivity ρ(ab) is proportional to H(0.3), which does not follow the Bardeen-Stephen law for free flux flow. Finally, a simplified vortex phase diagram of Cu(0.03)TaS(2) for H is parallel to c is given. PMID:21406807

  2. Effects of water absorption of dielectric underlayers on Al-Si-Cu film properties and electromigration performance in Al-Si-Cu/Ti/TiN/Ti interconnects

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    Yoshida, Tomoyuki; Hashimoto, Shoji; Ohwaki, Takeshi; Mitsushima, Yasuichi; Taga, Yasunori

    1998-01-01

    The effects of underlying dielectric (phosphosilicate glass and borophosphosilicate glass) films to a humid air ambient on Al-Si-Cu film properties and electromigration (EM) performance in Al-Si-Cu/Ti/TiN/Ti layered films have been investigated as a function of the boron content and exposure time of the dielectric films. The Al(111) orientation in the layered films was found to improve drastically with increasing boron content and exposure time. The full width at half maximum value of an Al(111) x-ray rocking curve reached less than 1°. It was also found that the Al-Si-Cu surface becomes smoother and grain sizes increase as the Al(111) orientation improves. The improved Al(111) orientation was attributed to the improved Ti(002) orientation of the bottom Ti films. Further, it was demonstrate that interconnects fabricated from the improved layered film have excellent EM performance.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. First-principles study of Al-Cu energetics and consequences on athermal formation of Cu-rich compounds

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    Besson, R.; Kwon, J.; Thuinet, L.; Avettand-Fènoël, M.-N.; Legris, A.

    2014-12-01

    In spite of its practical interest, the Al-Cu system remains largely unexplored, especially on its Cu-rich side. In order to improve the knowledge of this system, we perform a thorough ab initio study of fcc-based Al-Cu energetics, using the recently proposed M2BCE reciprocal-space cluster expansion approach. We demonstrate the existence of two clearly distinct composition domains, revealing complex ground-state properties. Below 50% Cu, the GP 2 -A l3Cu compound appears as highly favored, in agreement with the well-documented transformation sequence in Al-based alloys. Conversely, the domain between 50% and 80% Cu displays a much shallower landscape, characterized by the existence of a wealth of compounds undergoing fcc →bcc structural instabilities. While such "Bain paths" have been identified for a long time in iron-based alloys, our work gives evidence for their existence in the Al-Cu system. As a striking application, these instabilities provide plausible athermal mechanisms for the formation of Cu-rich phases, in particular for the unexpected emergence of γ1-A l4C u9 , a Hume-Rothery compound observed in various nonequilibrium conditions.

  9. Recoil studies of photonuclear reactions on natCu, natAg, natTa, and 197Au at intermediate energies

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    Fujiwara, I.; Haba, H.; Matsumura, H.; Sakamoto, K.; Miyamoto, Y.; Oura, Y.; Shibata, S.; Furukawa, M.

    1999-01-01

    The recoil properties of nuclides produced in the photonuclear reactions on natCu, natAg, natTa, and 197Au induced by bremsstrahlung of end-point energies (E o) of 250 to 1000 MeV have been investigated using the thick-target thick-catcher method. The obtained mean ranges of produced nuclides smoothly increase with an increase of the mass difference (ΔA) between products and target, and show E 0-independence at E 0≥600 MeV, reflecting the limiting behavior above (3, 3) resonance region. The mean kinetic energies, T, deduced from the mean ranges show the following two components; (1) (γ, xn) products by giant-resonance and/or quasi-deuteron resonance absorption, (2) (γ, xnyp) products by mainly (3, 3) resonance absorption. Slightly rapid increase of T was found around ΔA=15, 18, 24, and 25 for natCu, natAg, natTa and 197Au, respectively, reflecting a change in mechanism. Kinematic properties of the product nuclei were calculated by using the PICA (Photon-Induced Intranuclear Cascade Analysis) code. The T calculated by the PICA code at E 0=400 MeV well reproduced the experimental results of natCu, but the same calculation for natAg, natTa, and 197Au gave lower mean kinetic energies than the experimental results.

  10. Recoil studies of photonuclear reactions on natCu, natAg, natTa, and 197Au at intermediate energies

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    Fujiwara, I.; Haba, H.; Matsumura, H.; Sakamoto, K.; Miyamoto, Y.; Oura, Y.; Shibata, S.; Furukawa, M.

    1999-01-01

    The recoil properties of nuclides produced in the photonuclear reactions on natCu, natAg, natTa, and 197Au induced by bremsstrahlung of end-point energies ( E o) of 250 to 1000 MeV have been investigated using the thick-target thick-catcher method. The obtained mean ranges of produced nuclides smoothly increase with an increase of the mass difference (ΔA) between products and target, and show E 0-independence at E 0≥600 MeV, reflecting the limiting behavior above (3, 3) resonance region. The mean kinetic energies, T, deduced from the mean ranges show the following two components; (1) (γ, xn) products by giant-resonance and/or quasi-deuteron resonance absorption, (2) (γ, xnyp) products by mainly (3, 3) resonance absorption. Slightly rapid increase of T was found around ΔA=15, 18, 24, and 25 for natCu, natAg, natTa and 197Au, respectively, reflecting a change in mechanism. Kinematic properties of the product nuclei were calculated by using the PICA (Photon-Induced Intranuclear Cascade Analysis) code. The T calculated by the PICA code at E 0=400 MeV well reproduced the experimental results of natCu, but the same calculation for natAg, natTa, and 197Au gave lower mean kinetic energies than the experimental results.

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

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

    2011-01-01

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

  12. Fracture toughness of an Al-Li-Cu-In alloy

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    Wagner, J.A.; Gangloff, R.P. Virginia, University, Charlottesville )

    1992-06-01

    The crack initiation and growth fracture toughness of select AL-Li-Cu alloy variants are characterized and elucidated. Conventionally processed plates form large DC cast ingots are investigated to eliminate the variation in microstructure associated with laboratory scale and SPF-processed material. Fracture resistance is characterized using the J-integral method to establish crack initiation and growth behavior at 25 and -185 C. It is shown that state-of-the-art 2090-T81 has superior toughness compared to 2090 + In-T6 at both test temperatures, with the low toughness of 2090 + In-T6 associated with intersubgranular fracture attributed to a high density of subboundary precipitates. 21 refs.

  13. Fracture toughness of an Al-Li-Cu-In alloy

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    Wagner, John A.; Gangloff, Richard P.

    1992-01-01

    The crack initiation and growth fracture toughness of select AL-Li-Cu alloy variants are characterized and elucidated. Conventionally processed plates form large DC cast ingots are investigated to eliminate the variation in microstructure associated with laboratory scale and SPF-processed material. Fracture resistance is characterized using the J-integral method to establish crack initiation and growth behavior at 25 and -185 C. It is shown that state-of-the-art 2090-T81 has superior toughness compared to 2090 + In-T6 at both test temperatures, with the low toughness of 2090 + In-T6 associated with intersubgranular fracture attributed to a high density of subboundary precipitates.

  14. 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.

  15. Photoluminescence Studies in CuAlS2 Crystals

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    Shirakata, Sho; Aksenov, Igor; Sato, Katsuaki; Isomura, Shigehiro

    1992-08-01

    Photoluminescence (PL) measurements have been carried out at low temperature (77 and 10 K) on CuAlS2 crystals grown by the chemical vapor transport method. Seven sharp PL lines have been observed near the band edge. Based on the photoreflectance measurements, the PL line at 3.550 eV has been assigned to a free exciton emission. The lines at 3.540, 3.532, 3.500 and 3.475 eV are tentatively assigned to the bound excitons, and they are discussed in terms of the crystal composition and the annealing conditions. This study also refers to the PL lines and peaks at about 2.9 eV.

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

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    Yaokawa, Ritsuko; Aota, Katsumi; Uda, Satoshi

    2013-12-14

    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

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. Undercooling and solidification behavior of melts of the quasicrystal-forming alloys Al-Cu-Fe and Al-Cu-Co

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    Holland-Moritz, D.; Schroers, J.; Herlach, D.M.; Grushko, B.; Urban, K.

    1998-03-02

    Al-Cu-Fe, Al-Fe and Al-Cu-Co melts of different compositions were undercooled by containerless processing in an electromagnetic levitation facility. The phase selection during solidification from the undercooled melt was determined by direct measurements of the temperature changes during recalescence. Complimentarily, the phase selection and microstructure development was studied by scanning- and transmission electron microscopy (SEM, TEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) on the as-solidified samples with the undercooling and the alloy composition as experimental parameters. For comparison, rapidly quenched samples of the same alloys were produced by splat-cooling and investigated by TEM and XRD. The undercooling results were analyzed within the framework of classical nucleation theory. The activation threshold for the nucleation was found to be small for the icosahedral quasicrystalline phase in Al-Cu-Fe, medium for the decagonal D-phase in Al-Cu-Co and crystalline phases with polytetrahedral symmetry elements (Al{sub 13}Fe{sub 4} and Al{sub 5}Fe{sub 2}), but large for the cubic phase of Al{sub 50}(CuCo){sub 50} with non-polytetrahedral crystalline symmetry. These results are explained assuming of an icosahedral short-range order that prevails in the undercooled melt and gives rise to an interfacial energy decreasing with increasing degree of polytetrahedral order in the solid nucleus.

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

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    Lv, Ming; Liu, Haiqiang

    2015-07-01

    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 CO2 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 M2+ 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.

  1. 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

  2. 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.

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. Friction Stir Welding of Al-Cu Bilayer Sheet by Tapered Threaded Pin: Microstructure, Material Flow, and Fracture Behavior

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    Beygi, R.; Kazeminezhad, M.; Kokabi, A. H.; Loureiro, A.

    2015-06-01

    The fracture behavior and intermetallic formation are investigated after friction stir welding of Al-Cu bilayer sheets performed by tapered threaded pin. To do so, temperature, axial load, and torque measurements during welding, and also SEM and XRD analyses and tensile tests on the welds are carried out. These observations show that during welding from Cu side, higher axial load and temperature lead to formation of different kinds of Al-Cu intermetallics such as Al2Cu, AlCu, and Al4Cu9. Also, existence of Al(Cu)-Al2Cu eutectic structures, demonstrates liquation during welding. The presence of these intermetallics leads to highly brittle fracture and low strength of the joints. In samples welded from Al side, lower axial load and temperature are developed during welding and no intermetallic compound is observed which results in higher strength and ductility of the joints in comparison with those welded from Cu side.

  6. 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.

  7. The Low-Lying States of AlCu and AlAg

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

    1994-01-01

    The singlet and triplet states of AlCu and AlAg below about 32 000/cm are studied using the internally contracted multireference configuration-interaction method. A more elaborate study of the X(sup 1)Sum(sup +) ground state of AlCu is undertaken using extended Gaussian basis sets, including the effect of inner-shell correlation and including a perturbational estimate of relativistic effects. Our best estimate of the spectroscopic constants (r(sub 0), DeltaG(sub 1/2), and D(sub 0)) for the X(sup 1)Sum(sup+) state with the experimental values in parentheses are: 4.416(4.420) a(sub 0), 295 (294) /cm, and 2.318 (2.315) eV. The calculations definitively assign the upper state in the observed transition at 14 892/cm to the lowest (sup 1)Prod state. The calculated spectroscopic constants and radiative lifetime for the (sup 1)Prod state are in good agreement with experiment. The calculations support the tentative assignments of Behm et al. for three band systems observed in the visible region between 25 000 and 28 000 / cm. However, the computed spectroscopic constants are in very poor agreement with those deduced from an analysis of the spectra. Analogous theoretical results for AlAg suggest that the (2)(sup 3)Prod, (3)(sup 3)Prod, and (3)(sup 1)Sum(sup +) states account for the bands observed, but not assigned, by Duncan and co-workers.

  8. Influence of heating rates on in situ resistance measurements of a bronze route Nb Sn Cu Ta multifilamentary conductor

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    Tan, K. S.; Hopkins, S. C.; Glowacki, B. A.

    2004-11-01

    The superconducting properties of a bronze process multifilamentary conductor are controlled by the structure, dimensions and composition of the intermetallic layers, which are strongly influenced by the details of the heat treatments applied to the conductor. It has previously been reported that the electrical resistivity of a Vacuumschmelze bronze process conductor varies during heat treatment, and that analysis of the conductor as a set of parallel resistors allows the features of the resistivity variation to be assigned to the progress of Nb 3Sn intermetallic phase formation. The behaviour of NSP2 Nb-Sn-Cu-Ta bronze process multifilamentary conductors (Imperial Metal Industries) is now reported as a function of the heating rate, in preparation for more complex non-isothermal heat treatment procedures. It is shown that the resistance of the wire measured in situ by an alternating current (AC) technique can be used to observe the progress of the formation of Nb 3Sn, and that the comparison of resistometric measurements at different heating rates can give an indication of other processes (such as recovery and recrystallisation) occurring at lower temperatures during the heating up process prior to isothermal annealing. In addition, this wire containing only about 1% of copper was carefully chosen because of the broken tantalum barriers around individual copper filaments. Therefore, the resistometric measurements were used to attempt to detect the diffusion of tin from the bronze matrix into the copper filaments at lower temperatures without noticeable influence on Nb 3Sn phase formation. Treating the NSP2 wire as a set of parallel resistors also permits estimates to be made of the intermetallic layer thicknesses from resistometric measurements, and these are shown to be in good agreement with estimates from scanning electron microscopy. The difference in critical temperature, Tc, between wires heated at different rates, with the presence of the bronze matrix and

  9. A study on in situ growth of TaC whiskers in Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} matrix powder for ceramic cutting tools

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    Zhao, Guolong; Huang, Chuanzhen; Liu, Hanlian; Xu, Liang; Chong, Xuewen; Zou, Bin; Zhu, Hongtao

    2012-08-15

    Graphical abstract: In situ growth of TaC whiskers (TaC{sub w}) was synthesized in an α-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} matrix powder via a carbothermal reduction technique. The whiskers were 0.2–0.5 μm in diameter and 5–15 μm in length; they were straight and had smooth surfaces. Highlights: ► In situ growth of TaC whiskers was synthesized in an α-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} matrix powder. ► The wet mixing method and 1450 °C were suitable for whiskers growth. ► The growth of TaC whiskers is not influenced by the Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} powder. ► The major impurities were TaC particles, nickel and unreacted carbon. -- Abstract: In situ growth of tantalum carbide (TaC) whiskers was synthesized in an α-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} matrix powder via a carbothermal reduction technique within a temperature range of 1350–1500 °C in an argon atmosphere. The starting materials consisted of Ta{sub 2}O{sub 5}, C, Ni and NaCl powders. Different mixing methods and various reaction temperatures were employed. Most of the prepared whiskers were 0.2–0.5 μm in diameter and 5–15 μm in length. The reaction temperature of 1400–1450 °C was suitable for the growth of TaC whiskers and a wet mixing method was beneficial to increase the whisker yield. Some of the whiskers exhibited the needle shape while others exhibited the screw shape. The growth mechanism of the whiskers was a complex mechanism involving a helical screw dislocation mechanism and a vapor–liquid–solid process. No obvious influences of the Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} matrix powder on the growth of TaC whiskers were found and the major impurities in the obtained powder were TaC particles, nickel and unreacted carbon.

  10. 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. PMID:25090358

  11. Tantalum Aluminum Alkoxide as a Double-Metal Precursor for Metalorganic Chemical Vapor Deposition of Sr2AlTaO6

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    Zama, Hideaki; Takahashi, Yoshihiro; Tanabe, Keiichi; Morishita, Tadataka

    2001-02-01

    We proposed resolving the poor controllability in the metalorganic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) of a complex oxide film consisting of a few metal elements, Sr2AlTaO6 (SAT) film, by using a double-metal source, tantalum aluminum isopropoxide TaAl(O-iC3H7)8. It had a melting point as low as 93°C and generated suitable vapor pressure for MOCVD at a temperature of 100°C. The supply metal ratio, Al/Ta, was ˜ 1, because it remained a double-metal structure in the vapor phase. We grew stoichiometric SAT films using it as a metal source.

  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. Defects in semipolar (1122) ZnO grown on (112) LaAlO3/(La,Sr)(Al,Ta)O3 substrate by pulsed laser deposition.

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    Tian, Jr-Sheng; Wu, Yue-Han; Peng, Chun-Yen; Chiu, Kun-An; Shih, Yi-Sen; Do, Hien; Lin, Pei-Yin; Ho, Yen-Teng; Chu, Ying-Hao; Chang, Li

    2013-03-27

    The microstructure of semipolar [Formula: see text] ZnO deposited on (112) LaAlO3/(La,Sr)(Al,Ta)O3 was investigated by transmission electron microscopy. The ZnO shows an in-plane epitaxial relationship of [Formula: see text] with oxygen-face sense polarity. The misfit strain along [Formula: see text] and [Formula: see text] is relieved through the formation of misfit dislocations with the Burgers vectors [Formula: see text] and [Formula: see text], respectively. The line defects in the semipolar ZnO are predominantly perfect dislocations, and the dislocation density decreases with increasing ZnO thickness as a result of dislocation reactions. Planar defects were observed to lie in the M-plane and extend along 〈0001〉, whereas basal stacking faults were rarely found. PMID:23449009

  14. Application of Al-Nb alloy film to metal capping layer on Cu

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    Takeyama, Mayumi B.; Noya, Atsushi

    2016-02-01

    An Al-Nb alloy film with the Al72Nb28 composition is applied as a candidate metal capping layer on Cu interconnects. In the Al72Nb28/Cu/SiO2/Si model system, the preferential oxidation of Al forming a thin surface Al2O3 layer occurs owing to oxidation in air for 1 h at temperatures up to ˜300 °C, resulting in the protection of the layers underneath from further oxidation, although a slight Cu intermixing into Al-Nb occurs. With increasing oxidation temperature up to 500 °C, the surface Al2O3 layer still grows by the preferential oxidation of Al and rejects Cu atoms from the surface oxidized layer. Although Nb atoms are left behind in the surface oxidized layer, they are in a metallic state owing to the high solubility of oxygen before forming an oxide. The extremely low solubility of Nb in Cu also protects Cu without excess intermixing. A good passivation characteristic of the Al72Nb28 alloy film on Cu is demonstrated.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. Thermal- and electromigration-induced stresses in passivated Al- and AlSiCu-interconnects

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    Beckers, D.; Schroeder, H.; Schilling, W.; Eppler, I.

    1997-05-01

    Mechanical stresses in microelectronic devices are of special interest because of degradation effects in microelectronic circuits such as stress induced voiding or electromigration. Al and al-alloys are commonly used as interconnect materials in integrated electronic devices. Stress induced voiding and degradation of metal lines by electromigration are closely related to the stresses in the lines. The authors have studied the strain and stress evolution during thermal cycling, isothermal relaxation and due to electromigration in passivated Al and AlSi(1%)Cu(0.5%) lines by X-Ray diffraction with variation of experimental parameters such as the aspect ratio and the electrical current density. Furthermore the extent of voiding and plastic shear deformation has been determined from the experimental metal strains with the help of finite element calculations. Main results are: (1) During thermal cycling the voiding is less than 2 {center_dot} 10{sup {minus}3}. The extent of plastic shear deformation increases with increasing line width and with decreasing flowstress. (2) During isothermal relaxation void growth occurs but no significant change in the plastic shear deformation. (3) An electric current in the lines causes no measurable additional change of the volume averaged stresses up to line failure.

  19. 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.

  20. Thermal imaging of Al-CuO thermites

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    Densmore, John; Sullivan, Kyle; Kuntz, Joshua; Gash, Alex

    2013-06-01

    We have performed spatial in-situ temperature measurements of aluminum-copper oxide thermite reactions using high-speed color pyrometry. Electrophoretic deposition was used to create thermite microstructures. Tests were performed with micron- and nano-sized particles at different stoichiometries. The color pyrometry was performed using a high-speed color camera. The color filter array on the image sensor collects light within three spectral bands. Assuming a gray-body emission spectrum a multi-wavelength ratio analysis allows a temperature to be calculated. An advantage of using a two-dimensional image sensor is that it allows heterogeneous flames to be measured with high spatial resolution. Light from the initial combustion of the Al-CuO can be differentiated from the light created by the late time oxidization with atmosphere. This work performed under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Energy by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory under Contract DE-AC52-07NA27344.

  1. Quantification of Microsegregation in Cast Al-Si-Cu Alloys

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    Ganesan, M.; Thuinet, L.; Dye, D.; Lee, P. D.

    2007-08-01

    The random sampling approach offers an elegant yet accurate way of validating microsegregation models. However, both instrumental errors and interference from secondary phases complicate the treatment of randomly sampled microprobe data. This study demonstrates that the normal procedure of sorting the data for each element independently can lead to inaccurate estimation of segregation profiles within multicomponent, multiphase, aluminum alloys. A recently proposed alloy-independent approach is shown to more reliably isolate these interferences, allowing more accurate validation of microsegregation models. Application of this approach to examine solidification segregation of a 319-type alloy demonstrated that, for these slowly cooled castings, neither Sr or TiB2 additions significantly affected coring of Cu within the primary α-Al dendrites. Comparison against predictions of CALPHAD-type Gulliver-Scheil models was less satisfactory. Consideration of back-diffusion and morphology effects through a one-dimensional (1-D) numerical model do not improve the agreement. Possible reasons for the lack of agreement are hypothesized.

  2. Research of Mechanical Property Gradient Distribution of Al-Cu Alloy in Centrifugal Casting

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    Sun, Zhi; Sui, Yanwei; Liu, Aihui; Li, Bangsheng; Guo, Jingjie

    Al-Cu alloy castings are obtained using centrifugal casting. The regularity of mechanical property gradient distribution of Al-Cu alloy castings with the same centrifugal radius at different positions is investigated. The result shows that the tensile strength, yield strength, elongation and microscope hardness exhibit the following gradient distribution characteristic — high on both sides and low on the center. The trend of mechanical property gradient distribution of Al-Cu alloy increases with the increase in the rotation speed. Moreover, the mechanical properties of casting centerline two sides have asymmetry. The reason is that the grain size of casting centerline two sides and Al2Cu phase and Cu content change correspondingly.

  3. RF reactive sputter deposition and characterization of transparent CuAlO2 thin films

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    Lu, Y. M.; He, Y. B.; Yang, B.; Polity, A.; Volbers, N.; Neumann, C.; Hasselkamp, D.; Meyer, B. K.

    2006-09-01

    CuAlO2 thin films have been prepared on quartz glass and sapphire substrates by radio-frequency (RF) reactive sputtering using a CuAlO2 ceramic target. The deposition process was optimized by varying the sputter parameters, such as the substrate temperature and the oxygen flow. In addition a post-growth annealing has been carried out. X-ray diffraction (XRD) revealed that the as-sputtered films are amorphous, and crystallize in the delafossite-type CuAlO2 or in a phase mixture of CuAlO2 and CuAl2O4 after annealing in air at 1100°C. The surface morphology of the films was characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The as-grown films are nearly stoichiometric in terms of Cu to Al ratio and have good depth homogeneity as examined by Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy (RBS) and secondary ion mass spectroscopy (SIMS), respectively. The optical bandgap of the films was estimated by wavelength-dependent transmission measurements at room temperature, which revealed a direct bandgap of 3.38 and 3.80 eV for the as-sputtered and post-growth annealed CuAlO2 films, respectively.

  4. Structural and Superconducting Properties of (Al2O3) y /CuTl-1223 Composites

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    Jabbar, Abdul; Qasim, Irfan; Waqee-ur-Rehman, M.; Zaman, Munawar; Nadeem, K.; Mumtaz, M.

    2015-01-01

    The effects of nano-Alumina (Al2O3) particles inclusion on the structural and superconducting transport properties of (Cu0.5Tl0.5)Ba2Ca2Cu3O10-δ (CuTl-1223) matrix were explored in detail. Different concentrations (i.e. y = 0-1.5 wt.%) of Al2O3 nanoparticles were added to a CuTl-1223 matrix to obtain the desired (Al2O3) y /CuTl-1223 nano-superconducting composites. No significant change was observed in the crystal structure and stoichiometry of the host CuTl-1223 superconducting phase after the addition of Al2O3 nanoparticles. This indicates the occupancy of these nanoparticles at the inter-granular spaces. The superconductivity was suppressed with increasing Al2O3 nanoparticles contents in the CuTl-1223 matrix. The suppression of superconducting properties is most probably due to a pair-breaking mechanism caused by the reflection/scattering of carriers across the insulating nano-Al2O3 particles present at the grain boundaries. The non-monotonic variation of the superconducting properties may be due to inhomogeneous distribution of Al2O3 nanoparticles at the grain boundaries.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. Microstructural dependence of annealing temperature in magnetron-sputtered Al-Si-Cu films

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    Liang, Ming-Kaan; Ling, Yong-Chien

    1993-09-01

    The effect of sputtering temperature, sputtering bias, and annealing temperature upon the sheet resistance, WO3 formation at the Al-Si-Cu/Ti-W interface, and diffraction intensity of the Al2Cu precipitates of magnetron-sputtered Al-Si-Cu films were investigated. Statistical methods and microcharacterization techniques were applied to study these effects. Statistical analysis verifies the effect of annealing temperature on the measured sheet resistance. Annealing temperature alone is the dominant factor upon the WO3 formation at the Al-Si-Cu/Ti-W interface and the Al2Cu (211) plane diffraction intensity. Annealed samples are of higher sheet resistance. Increase in sheet resistance is ascribed to the formation of interfacial WO3. Reduced electromigration is related to the formation of Al2Cu precipitates. Secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS) analysis of the as-deposited sample depicts the presence of an excess amount of oxygen atoms at the surface and the Al-Si-Cu/Ti-W and Ti-W/Ti interfaces. Rutherford backscattering spectrometry and SIMS analyses reveal the outdiffusion of W from the Ti-W layer toward the Al-Si-Cu layer, the presence of Si nodules at the Al-Si-Cu/Ti-W interface, and the formation of Ti silicides at the Ti/Si interface. These phenomena are confirmed by transmission electron microscopy, energy dispersive x-ray analysis, and scanning electron microscopy analyses. It is concluded that interfacial oxygen, which reacts with W to form WO3 upon annealing, warrants further reduction to yield films of better sheet resistance.

  8. 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.

  9. Lattice Changes in Shape Memory CuZnAl Alloys on Aging at Room Temperature

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    Çakmak, Seyfettýn; Artunç, Ekrem; Kayali, Nejdet; Adigüzel, Osman

    2001-09-01

    The aging behavior of CuZnAl martensites (Cu-21.62 wt.% Zn-5.68 wt.% Al and Cu-24.98 wt.% Zn-4.43 wt.% Al) at about 297 K was studied by analyzing diffraction line profiles obtained by X-ray diffractometry. For the alloys, the change of the lattice parameters and the tetragonality associated with the aging time at room temperature were investigated. The habit planes versus the aging time at room temperature were calculated using the De Vos-Aernoundt-Delaey model, based on the crystallographic theory of Wechsler-Lieberman-Read(WLR), and from the DO3→ 18R martensite transformation theory.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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

  13. After-Corrosion Suppression Using Low-Temperature Al-Si-Cu Etching

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    Aoki, Hidemitsu; Ikawa, Eiji; Kikkawa, Takamaro; Teraoka, Yuden; Nishiyama, Iwao

    1991-07-01

    The authors investigated the low-temperature etching effect on Al-Si-Cu after-corrosion. The after-corrosion extent was evaluated from the corrosion point density generated on the rinsed Al-Si-Cu stripes after dry etching. As the etching temperature was reduced, after-corrosion was suppressed. In order to study the low-temperature etching effect, the authors analyzed the Cl compounds remaining on the Al-Si-Cu film by thermal desorption spectroscopy (TDS). TDS revealed that the Cl concentration remaining on the Al-Si-Cu film etched at -60°C after rinsing in water was smaller than that remaining on the film etched at 30°C. Consequently, suppression of after-corrosion by low temperature etching could be attributed to the smaller number of Al-Cu bonds remaining in the Al-Si-Cu etch surface after removal of the AlClx layer by rinsing with water. This fact is due to the reduction of chemical reaction and diffusion rate by lowering the substrate temperature.

  14. Effect of Silicon on the Thixoformability of Al-Si-Cu Alloys

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    Benati, Davi Munhoz; Zoqui, Eugênio José

    2014-09-01

    The thixoformability of new Al-Si-Cu alloys was evaluated and characterized by their microstructural and rheological behavior. Alloys Al1Si2.6Cu, Al2Si2.6Cu, Al4Si2.6Cu, and Al7Si2.6Cu were produced with the addition of Al5Ti1B grain refiner alloy. The materials were heat treated under two controlled conditions: holding times of 0, 30, 90, and 210 s and solid fraction of 45 and 60%. The evaluation of the microstructure and semisolid behavior was characterized by globule size, shape factor (SF), minimum stress to flow, maximum stress, and apparent viscosity. The heat treatment times promoted the globularization of solid phase particles to achieve better apparent viscosity results for the alloys treated for 210 s. Both 45 and 60% solid fraction showed no significant differences in terms of SF, but the alloys containing lower solid fraction showed better performance for apparent viscosity. Better working ranges for these new Al-Si-Cu alloys were determined reaching average strain of 0.5 MPa and apparent viscosity of 105 Pa s.

  15. 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.

  16. Effect of current reversal on the failure mechanism of Al-Cu-Si narrow interconnects

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    Kim, Choong-Un; Kang, S. H.; Morris, J. W.

    1996-02-01

    The work reported here concerns the effect of a brief exposure to a reversed current on the electromigration failure of narrow Al-Cu thin-film conducting lines. While the precise mechanism by which Cu retards electromigration in AlCu alloys is not fully understood, the consistent observation that electromigration failure is preceded by the sweeping of Cu from the failure site can be used to improve electromigration resistance by stabilizing the distribution of Cu. One way of doing this is to expose the Al-Cu line to a reverse current for some period of time. The present work shows that this method is particularly effective in thin lines with “quasi-bamboo” microstructures. It has the effect of building a reservoir of Cu at the upstream ends of the polygranular segments that are the preferred failure sites, and significantly increases both the mean time to failure, and the time to first failure of a distribution of lines. It can be inferred from these results that Al-Cu lines that conduct alternating current should be exceptionally resistant to electromigration failure.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Spark plasma sintering of a nanocrystalline Al-Cu-Mg-Fe-Ni-Sc alloy

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    Zúñiga, Alejandro; Ajdelsztajn, Leonardo; Lavernia, Enrique J.

    2006-04-01

    The microstructure and aging behavior of a nanocrystalline Al-Cu-Mg-Fe-Ni-Sc alloy was studied. The nanocrystalline powders were produced by milling at liquid nitrogen temperature and then consolidated using spark plasma sintering (SPS). The microstructure after SPS consisted of a bimodal aluminum grain structure (coarse-grained and fine-grained regions), along with Al9FeNi and Al2CuMg particles dispersed throughout. The microstructure observed in the as-consolidated sample is rationalized on the basis of high current densities that are generated during sintering. Solution treatment and aging of the SPS Al-Cu-Mg-Fe-Ni-Sc sample resulted in softening instead of hardening. This observation can be explained by the reduced amount of Cu, Mg, and Si in solid solution available to form S' Al2CuMg due to the precipitation of Al7FeCu2 and Si-rich particles, and by the fact that rodlike S' Al2CuMg particles could only precipitate out in the coarse-grained regions, greatly decreasing their influence on the hardness. This lack of precipitation in the fine-grained region is argued to represent a new physical observation and is rationalized on the basis of physical and thermodynamic effects. The nanocrystalline SPS Al-Cu-Mg-Fe-Ni-Sc sample was also extremely thermally stable, retaining a fine-grained structure even after solution treatment at 530°C for 5 h. The observed thermal stability is rationalized on the basis of solute drag and Zener pinning caused by the impurities introduced during the cryomilling process.

  4. Interatomic force interaction in an i-AlCuFe quasicrystal

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    Parshin, P. P.; Zemlyanov, M. G. Brand, R. A.

    2007-11-15

    Partial spectra of thermal vibrations of Al, Cu, and Fe atoms in an icosahedral quasicrystal have been obtained by the isotopic-contrast method in inelastic neutron scattering. Joint analysis of these results and the published data on the atomic and electronic structures of the icosahedral i-AlCuFe quasicrystal has been performed. A physical model of the quasicrystal structure is proposed that is in agreement with the existing experimental data and qualitatively describes the peculiarities of interatomic interaction.

  5. Thermal and structural characterization of Cu-Al-Mn-X (Ti, Ni) shape memory alloys

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    Canbay, C. Aksu; Genc, Z. Karagoz; Sekerci, M.

    2014-05-01

    In this study, the Cu-Al-Mn-X (X = Ni, Ti) shape memory alloys at the range of 10-12 at.% of aluminum and 4-5 at.% manganese were produced by arc melting. We have investigated the effects of the alloying elements on the transformation temperatures, and the structural and the magnetic properties of the quaternary Cu-Al-Mn-X (X = Ni, Ti) shape memory alloys. The evolution of the transformation temperatures was studied by differential scanning calorimetry with different heating and cooling rates. The characteristic transformation temperatures and the thermodynamic parameters were highly sensitive to variations in the aluminum and manganese content, and it was observed that the nickel addition into the Cu-Al-Mn system decreased the transformation temperature although Ti addition caused an increase in the transformation temperatures. The effect of the nickel and the titanium on the thermodynamic parameters such as enthalpy and entropy values was investigated. The structural changes of the samples were studied by X-ray diffraction measurements and by optical microscope observations at room temperature. It is evaluated that the element Ni has been completely soluble in the matrix, and the main phase of the Cu-Al-Mn-Ni sample is martensite, and due to the low solubility of the Ti, the Cu-Al-Mn-Ti sample has precipitates, and a martensite phase at room temperature. The magnetic properties of the Cu-Al-Mn, Cu-Al-Mn-Ni and Cu-Al-Mn-Ti samples were investigated, and the effect of the nickel and the titanium on the magnetic properties was studied.

  6. 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.

  7. Growth process of Cu2Al6B4O17 whiskers

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    Zhu, Chengcai; Nai, Xueying; Zhu, Donghai; Guo, Fengqin; Zhang, Yongxing; Li, Wu

    2013-01-01

    The reactions occurred and growth process in the preparation of copper aluminum borate (Cu2Al6B4O17) whiskers based on flux method (Al2(SO4)3/CuSO4/H3BO3 as raw materials, K2SO4 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 K2SO4-Al2(SO4)3 system and B2O3-Al2O3 system showed that the reaction process proceeds through three steps: the formation and decomposition of two different kinds of potassium aluminum sulfate (K3Al(SO4)3 and KAl(SO4)2); the formation of aluminum borate (Al4B2O9) and decomposition of copper sulfate (CuSO4) and boric acid (H3BO3); growth and formation of copper aluminum borate (Cu2Al6B4O17) whiskers. The scanning electron microscopy (SEM) analysis results indicated that morphology in growth of Cu2Al6B4O17 whiskers develops through three stages: nanoparticles, fan-shaped whiskers and agminate-needlelike whiskers.

  8. Phase formation in Au-Al and Cu-Al thin-film systems under ion beam bombardment

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    Chang, C.T.; Campisano, S.U.; Cannavo, S.; Rimini, E.

    1984-05-01

    Au-Al and Cu-Al thin film bilayers were bombarded at 80 K with Kr/sup +/ ions of 60--240 keV energy. The Au/sub 2/Al+AuAl/sub 2/ and Al/sub 4/Cu/sub 9/ phases formed during bombardment and they were investigated by backscattering and x-ray diffraction techniques. In all the cases the growth kinetics is linear with the parameter (fluence x interfacial deposited energy density)/sup 1//sup ///sup 2/ suggesting a correlation with a diffusion-like process. Comparison with calculations of diffusion enhanced within the collision cascade gives good agreement with the experimental results.

  9. 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.

  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

    2015-10-01

    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.

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

    PubMed

    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

  12. 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

  13. Surface characteristics and protein adsorption on combinatorial binary Ti-M (Cr, Al, Ni) and Al-M (Ta, Zr) library films.

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    Bai, Zhijun; Filiaggi, M J; Sanderson, R J; Lohstreter, L B; McArthur, M A; Dahn, J R

    2010-02-01

    Systematic studies of protein adsorption onto metallic biomaterial surfaces are generally lacking. Here, combinatorial binary library films with compositional gradients of Ti(1-x)Cr(x), Ti(1-x)Al(x), Ti(1-x)Ni(x) and Al(1-x)Ta(x), (0 Al(1-y)Zr(y) (0 < y <0.5) as well as corresponding pure metal films were sputtered onto clean Si surfaces. Bulk and surface chemistry, film microstructure, and surface roughness were subsequently correlated to fibrinogen or albumin adsorption measured using a high throughput wavelength dispersive spectroscopy technique. X-ray diffraction revealed these binary films to have crystalline phases present primarily at either extreme of the compositional library and an amorphous zone dominating along the gradient. These mirror-like films were generally found by atomic force microscopy to have a roughness of less than 8 nm, with any relative increases in roughness consistent with the development of crystalline phases. Surface chemistry by quantitative high-resolution X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy differed significantly from bulk film composition as measured by electron microprobe, with TiO(2) and Al(2)O(3) preferentially forming on the binary film surfaces. Correspondingly, protein adsorption onto these films closely correlated with their surface oxide fractions. Aluminum deposited as either a constant-composition film or as part of a binary library consistently adsorbed the least amount of albumin and fibrinogen, with alumina-enrichment of the surface oxide correlating with this adsorption. Overall, this combinatorial materials approach coupled with high-throughput surface analytical methods provides an efficient method of screening potential metallic biomaterials that may enable as well systematic studies of surface properties driving protein adsorption on these metal / metal oxide systems. PMID:19235218

  14. Effects of La-doping on crystallinity and dielectric properties of SrAl 0.5Ta 0.5O 3 thin films for high- Tc superconductor multilayer structure

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    Takahashi, Yoshihiro; Wakana, Hironori; Ogawa, Akihiro; Morishita, Tadataka; Tanabe, Keiichi

    2003-10-01

    La xSr 1- xAl 0.5Ta 0.5O 3 (La-SAT) thin films were prepared to examine the effects of La-doping to SrAl 0.5Ta 0.5O 3 (SAT) as intermediate insulating films for high- Tc devices. 300-nm-thick La-SAT films were grown on approximately 10-μm-thick YBa 2Cu 3O 7- δ (YBCO) films by metalorganic chemical vapor deposition with the La-doping ratio x of 0-0.2. The La-SAT films with x⩽0.1 exhibited good crystallinity and monotonic lattice contraction with increasing x. 300-nm-thick La 0.2Y 0.9Ba 1.9Cu 3O 7- δ (La-YBCO) films deposited on these La-SAT films had good Tc and Jc values comparable to those for the SAT films without La-doping. On the other hand, the La-SAT film with x≅0.2 changed to have random orientation and a La-YBCO film on the La-SAT film showed much poorer Tc and Jc values. These results suggest that the La solubility limit to SAT exists in the range of x=0.1-0.2, although a monotonic decrease in the dielectric constant with increasing x was observed for all the La-SAT films in the x range of 0-0.2 and low conductance less than 10 -6 S.

  15. Wetting of TiC by Al-Cu alloys and interfacial characterization.

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    Contreras, A

    2007-07-01

    The wetting behavior and the interfacial reactions that occurred between molten Al-Cu alloys (1, 4, 8, 20, 33, and 100 wt% Cu) and solid TiC substrates were studied by the sessile drop technique in the temperature range of 800-1130 degrees C. The effect of wetting behavior on the interfacial reaction layer was studied. All the Al-Cu alloys react with TiC at the interface forming an extensive reaction layer. The interface thickness varied with the samples, and depends on the temperature, chemical composition of the alloy and the time of the test. Wetting increases with increasing concentration of copper in the Al-Cu alloy at 800 and 900 degrees C. In contrast, at higher temperature such as 1000 degrees C wetting decreases with increasing copper content. The spreading kinetics and the work of adhesion were evaluated. The high values of activation energies indicated that spreading is not a simple viscosity controlled phenomenon but is a chemical reaction process. The spreading of the aluminum drop is observed to occur according to the formation of Al4C3, CuAl2O4, CuAl2, TiCux mainly, leading to a decreases in the contact angle. As the contact angle decreases the work of adhesion increases with increasing temperature. Al-Cu/TiC assemblies showed cohesive fracture corresponding to a strong interface. However, using pure Cu the adhesion work is poor, and the percentage of cohesion work is also too low (27-34%). PMID:17359993

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. Quantification of microsegregation during rapid solidification of Al-Cu powders

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    Prasad, Arvind; Nenein, Hani; Conlon, Kelly

    2006-05-01

    A new technique is introduced to quantify microsegregation during rapid solidification. The quantification involves calculation of the average solute solubility in the primary phase during solidification of an Al-Cu binary alloy. The calculation is based on using volume percent eutectic and weight percent of second phase (in the eutectic), which were obtained experimentally. Neutron diffraction experiments and stereology calculation on scanning electron microscope images were done on impulse atomized Al-Cu alloys of three compositions (nominal), 5 wt pct Cu, 10 wt pct Cu, and 17 wt pct Cu, atomized under N2 and He gas. Neutron diffraction experiments yielded weight percent CuAl2 data and stereology yielded volume percent eutectic data. These two data were first used to determine the weight percent eutectic. Using the weight percent eutectic and weight percent CuAl2 in mass and volume balance equations, the average solute solubility in the primary phase could be calculated. The experimental results of the amount of eutectic, tomography results from previous work, and results from the calculations suggest that the atomized droplets are in metastable state during the nucleation undercooling of the primary phase, and the effect of metastability propagates through to the eutectic formation stage. The metastable effect is more pronounced in alloys with higher solute composition.

  19. 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.

  20. An analytical electron microscopic investigation of precipitation in an Al-Cu-Zn-Mg-Ag alloy.

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    Hasan, F; Lorimer, G W

    1993-03-01

    The distribution, morphology, chemistry, and crystallography of the precipitates formed during aging of an Al-Cu-Zn-Mg-Ag alloy have been studied using analytical transmission electron microscopy. The first precipitates to appear during aging at 150 degrees C were thin hexagonal-shaped plate-like precipitates which formed on the (111)Al planes. These precipitates had a face-centred orthorhombic crystal structure and their composition was essentially CuAl2 although they contained a trace of silver. At peak hardness the microstructure consisted of the plate-like precipitates on (111)Al planes and theta' precipitates on (100)Al planes. Overaging resulted in the precipitation of equilibrium theta, CuAl2, which exhibited a lath morphology and an orientation-relationship with the matrix (210)Al magnitude of (110)gamma; (001)Al misoriented from (001)gamma by approximately 6 degrees. Prolonged overaging at 250 degrees C resulted in the formation of cuboid-shaped Al5(Cu,Zn)6Mg2 precipitates which had a cubic crystal structure and a cube:cube orientation-relationship with the matrix. PMID:8513176

  1. Cyclic Oxidation Behavior of CuCrAl Cold-Sprayed Coatings for Reusable Launch Vehicles

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    Raj, Sai; Karthikeyan, J.

    2009-01-01

    The next generation of reusable launch vehicles is likely to use GRCop-84 [Cu-8(at.%)Cr-4%Nb] copper alloy combustion liners. The application of protective coatings on GRCop-84 liners can minimize or eliminate many of the environmental problems experienced by uncoated liners and significantly extend their operational lives and lower operational cost. A newly developed Cu- 23 (wt.%) Cr-5% Al (CuCrAl) coating, shown to resist hydrogen attack and oxidation in an as-cast form, is currently being considered as a protective coating for GRCop-84. The coating was deposited on GRCop-84 substrates by the cold spray deposition technique, where the CuCrAl was procured as gas-atomized powders. Cyclic oxidation tests were conducted between 773 and 1,073 K to characterize the coated substrates.

  2. Coercivity enhancement in Mn-Al-Cu flakes produced by surfactant-assisted milling

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    Saravanan, P.; Hsu, Jen-Hwa; Vinod, V. T. P.; Černík, Miroslav; Kamat, S. V.

    2015-11-01

    We herein report the achievement of exceptionally high coercivity (Hc) values: 9.92 and 5.86 kOe at 5 and 300 K, respectively, for Mn55Al43Cu2 flakes produced by surfactant-assisted milling process without employing any heat-treatment. The use of surfactants such as oleic acid and oleylamine during milling yielded high-aspect ratio flakes for the Mn-Al-Cu alloy. Structural studies confirmed the presence of τ- and β-phases as the major constituents in the Mn-Al-Cu flakes. The observed Hc enhancement is due to the increase in anisotropy field and structural defects, which is hypothesized to originate from the domain-wall pinning as a consequence of precipitation of fine Cu-particles present at the grain boundaries.

  3. 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

  4. 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.

  5. Microwave Dielectric Resonance and Negative Permittivity Behavior in Al2O3-CuO-Cu Nanocomposites

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    Calame, Jeffrey; Battat, Jacob

    2006-03-01

    The frequency-dependent microwave (0.1-18 GHz) complex permittivity of nanocomposites based on the Al2O3/CuO/Cu system is investigated. The composites are formed by solution infusion of copper precursors into a porous Al2O3 matrix, followed by thermal decomposition to copper oxides and localized formation of CuAl2O4 spinels, and finally partial reduction by H2 firing. The final material has a complicated microstructure and exhibits strong amplitude, relatively narrowband dielectric resonance in the microwave regime at intermediate concentrations (˜15-18% by volume) of Cu. The resonances are superficially similar in structure to plasmon and Reststrahlen resonances typically seen in conductors at far-infrared to optical frequencies, but occurring at much lower frequencies in the composites. This is in contrast to the usual broadband induced-polarization dielectric relaxations observed in standard composites. Large concentrations of copper cause negative permittivity behavior below 6 GHz. Permittivity data, SEM micrographs, and possible explanations will be presented.

  6. Characterization of CuAlO2 Thin Films Prepared on Sapphire Substrates by Reactive Sputtering and Annealing

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    Tsuboi, Nozomu; Moriya, Tomohiro; Kobayashi, Satoshi; Shimizu, Hidehiko; Kato, Keizo; Kaneko, Futao

    2008-01-01

    As-deposited films were prepared on sapphire substrates at 500-680 °C by alternately sputtering Cu and Al targets in Ar-diluted O2 gas atmosphere. The composition of the as-deposited films corresponded to that of the slightly oxygen-rich region of the CuO-CuAl2O4-Al2O3 system. The films as-deposited at 500 °C had an amorphous structure, while the films as-deposited at 680 °C had CuAl2O4 phase but no CuAlO2 phase. Annealing at 1050 °C in nitrogen flow caused a reduction in the molar fraction of oxygen, i.e., the composition of the annealed films with [Cu]/[Al] ≈1 corresponded to CuAlO2. The annealed films were predominated by the CuAlO2 phase. The preferential orientation of the films toward the c-axis normal to the substrate surface is due to the small lattice mismatch between the rhombohedral [010] of delafossite-type CuAlO2 and the hexagonal [1100] of the sapphire substrate. The annealed films had an absorption edge corresponding to the energy gap of CuAlO2 and exhibited p-type conductivity.

  7. Microstructural Observations in a Cast Al-Si-Cu/TiC Composite

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    Karantzalis, A. E.; Lekatou, A.; Georgatis, E.; Poulas, V.; Mavros, H.

    2010-06-01

    A 3-5 vol.% TiC particulate Al-Si-Cu composite was prepared by diluting Al/20 vol.% TiC composite in an Al-7Si-4Cu alloy matrix. TiC particle distribution consists of isolated and clustered particles which are both located at the primary-α grain boundaries and at the areas of the last solidified liquid. Particle pushing by the solidification front is responsible for the final particle location. The solidified microstructure consists of primary and intermetallic phases formed by a sequence of possible eutectic reactions. No evidence of TiC particle degradation was observed.

  8. Nb and Ta layer doping effects on the interfacial energetics and electronic properties of LaAlO3/SrTiO3 heterostructure: first-principles analysis.

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    Nazir, Safdar; Behtash, Maziar; Cheng, Jianli; Luo, Jian; Yang, Kesong

    2016-01-28

    The two-dimensional electron gas (2DEG) formed at the n-type (LaO)(+1)/(TiO2)(0) interface in the polar/nonpolar LaAlO3/SrTiO3 (LAO/STO) heterostructure (HS) has emerged as a prominent research area because of its great potential for nanoelectronic applications. Due to its practical implementation in devices, desired physical properties such as high charge carrier density and mobility are vital. In this respect, 4d and 5d transition metal doping near the interfacial region is expected to tailor electronic properties of the LAO/STO HS system effectively. Herein, we studied Nb and Ta-doping effects on the energetics, electronic structure, interfacial charge carrier density, magnetic moment, and the charge confinements of the 2DEG at the n-type (LaO)(+1)/(TiO2)(0) interface of LAO/STO HS using first-principles density functional theory calculations. We found that the substitutional doping of Nb(Ta) at Ti [Nb(Ta)@Ti] and Al [Nb(Ta)@Al] sites is energetically more favorable than that at La [Nb(Ta)@La] and Sr [Nb(Ta)@Sr] sites, and under appropriate thermodynamic conditions, the changes in the interfacial energy of HS systems upon Nb(Ta)@Ti and Nb(Ta)@Al doping are negative, implying that the formation of these structures is energetically favored. Our calculations also showed that Nb(Ta)@Ti and Nb(Ta)@Al doping significantly improve the interfacial charge carrier density with respect to that of the undoped system, which is because the Nb(Ta) dopant introduces excess free electrons into the system, and these free electrons reside mainly on the Nb(Ta) ions and interfacial Ti ions. Hence, along with the Ti 3d orbitals, the Nb 4d and Ta 5d orbitals also contribute to the interfacial metallic states; accordingly, the magnetic moments on the interfacial Ti ions increase significantly. As expected, the Nb@Al and Ta@Al doped LAO/STO HS systems show higher interfacial charge carrier density than the undoped and other doped systems. In contrast, Nb@Ti and Ta@Ti doped systems may

  9. Brazeability of a 3003 Aluminum alloy with Al-Si-Cu-based filler metals

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    Tsao, L. C.; Weng, W. P.; Cheng, M. D.; Tsao, C. W.; Chuang, T. H.

    2002-08-01

    Al-Si-Cu-based filler metals have been used successfully for brazing 6061 aluminum alloy as reported in the authors’ previous studies. For application in heat exchangers during manufacturing, the brazeability of 3003 aluminum alloy with these filler metals is herein further evaluated. Experimental results show that even at such a low temperature as 550 °C, the 3003 alloys can be brazed with the Al-Si-Cu fillers and display bonding strengths that are higher than 77 MPa as well. An optimized 3003 joint is attained in the brazements with the innovative Al-7Si-20Cu-2Sn-1Mg filler metal at 575 °C for 30 min, which reveals a bonding strength capping the 3003 Al matrix.

  10. Photoluminescence and long persistent luminescence properties of a novel green emitting phosphor Sr3TaAl3Si2O14:Tb3+

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    Xue, Feihong; Hu, Yihua; Ju, Guifang; Chen, Li; He, Miao; Wang, Tao; Jin, Yahong; Zhang, Shaoan; Lin, Jun

    2016-06-01

    A series of green emitting persistent phosphors Sr3TaAl3Si2O14:Tb3+ were synthesized via a conventional solid-state reaction method. These phosphors show a green persistent luminescence dominated at ~542 nm at room temperature after irradiated by 254 nm ultraviolet light for minutes. X-ray diffraction, scanning micrograph images, photoluminescence spectra, decay curves, afterglow spectra and thermal luminescence were performed to investigate the physical properties of the persistent phosphors. The influence of Tb3+ concentrations on the photoluminescence and long persistent luminescence properties was studied. The optimal concentration of Tb3+ ions for the best afterglow characteristic was experimentally to be 0.5 mol%. A feasible model was proposed on the basis of experimental results to discuss mechanism of long afterglow in Sr3TaAl3Si2O14:Tb3+ in detail.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. Elementary surface chemistry during CuO/Al nanolaminate-thermite synthesis: copper and oxygen deposition on aluminum (111) surfaces.

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    Lanthony, Cloé; Guiltat, Mathilde; Ducéré, Jean Marie; Verdier, Agnes; Hémeryck, Anne; Djafari-Rouhani, Mehdi; Rossi, Carole; Chabal, Yves J; Estève, Alain

    2014-09-10

    The surface chemistry associated with the synthesis of energetic nanolaminates controls the formation of the critical interfacial layers that dominate the performances of nanothermites. For instance, the interaction of Al with CuO films or CuO with Al films needs to be understood to optimize Al/CuO nanolaminates. To that end, the chemical mechanisms occurring during early stages of molecular CuO adsorption onto crystalline Al(111) surfaces are investigated using density functional theory (DFT) calculations, leading to the systematic determination of their reaction enthalpies and associated activation energies. We show that CuO undergoes dissociative chemisorption on Al(111) surfaces, whereby the Cu and O atoms tend to separate from each other. Both Cu and O atoms form islands with different properties. Copper islanding fosters Cu insertion (via surface site exchange mechanism) into the subsurface, while oxygen islands remain stable at the surface. Above a critical local oxygen coverage, aluminum atoms are extracted from the Al surface, leading to oxygen-aluminum intermixing and the formation of aluminum oxide (γ-alumina). For Cu and O co-deposition, copper promotes oxygen-aluminum interaction by oxygen segregation and separates the resulting oxide from the Al substrate by insertion into Al and stabilization below the oxide front, preventing full mixing of Al, Cu, and O species. PMID:25089744

  15. Synthesis, Structure, and Physical Properties of Ln(Cu,Al,Ga)13-x (Ln = La-Pr, and Eu) and Eu(Cu,Al)13-x

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    Phelan, W Adam; Kangas, Michael J; McCandless, Gregory T; Drake, Brenton L; Haldolaarachchige, Neel; Zhao, Liang L; Wang, Jiakui K; Wang, Xiaoping P; Young, David P; Morosan, Emilia; Hoffmann, Christina; Chan, Julia Y

    2012-09-10

    Ln(Cu,Al,Ga)13–x (Ln = La–Pr, and Eu; x ~ 0.2) were synthesized by a combined Al/Ga flux. Single crystal X-ray and neutron diffraction experiments revealed that these compounds crystallize in the NaZn13 structure-type (space group Fm3⁻c) with lattice parameters of a ~ 12 Å, V ~ 1600 Å, and Z ~ 8. Our final neutron models led us to conclude that Cu is occupationally disordered on the 8b Wyckoff site while Cu, Al, and Ga are substitutionally disordered on the 96i Wyckoff site of this well-known structure-type. The magnetic susceptibility data show that Ce(Cu,Al,Ga)13–x and Pr(Cu,Al,Ga)13–x exhibit paramagnetic behavior down to the lowest temperatures measured while Eu(Cu,Al,Ga)13–x displays ferromagnetic behavior below 6 K. Eu(Cu,Al)13–x was prepared via arc-melting and orders ferromagnetically below 8 K. The magnetocaloric properties of Eu(Cu,Al,Ga)13–x and Eu(Cu,Al)13–x were measured and compared. Additionally, an enhanced value of the Sommerfeld coefficient (γ = 356 mJ/mol-K2) was determined for Pr(Cu,Al,Ga)13–x. Herein, we present the synthesis, structural refinement details, and physical properties of Ln(Cu,Al,Ga)13–x (Ln = La–Pr, and Eu) and Eu(Cu,Al)13–x.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. CONSTITUTIVE BEHAVIOR OF AS-QUENCHED Al-Cu-Mn ALLOY

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    Yang, Xia-Wei; Zhu, Jing-Chuan; Nong, Zhi-Sheng; Ye, Mao; Lai, Zhong-Hong; Liu, Yong

    2013-07-01

    The hot flow stress of as-quenched Al-Cu-Mn alloy was modeled using the constitutive equations. The as-quenched Al-Cu-Mn alloy were treated with isothermal hot compression tests in the temperature range of 350-500°C, the strain rate range of 0.001-1 s-1. The hyperbolic sine equation was found to be appropriate for flow stress modeling and prediction. Based on the hyperbolic sine equation, a constitutive equation is a relation between 0.2 pct yield stress and deformation conditions (strain rate and deformation temperature) was established. The corresponding hot deformation activation energy (Q) for as-quenched Al-Cu-Mn alloy was determined to be 251.314 kJ/mol. Parameters of constitutive equation of as-quenched Al-Cu-Mn alloy were calculated at different small strains (≤ 0.01). The calculated flow stresses from the constitutive equation are in good agreement with the experimental results. Therefore, this constitutive equation can be used as an accurate temperature-stress model to solve the problems of quench distortion of Al-Cu-Mn alloy parts.

  19. Micro-chip initiator realized by integrating Al/CuO multilayer nanothermite on polymeric membrane

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    Taton, G.; Lagrange, D.; Conedera, V.; Renaud, L.; Rossi, C.

    2013-10-01

    We have developed a new nanothermite based polymeric electro-thermal initiator for non-contact ignition of a propellant. A reactive Al/CuO multilayer nanothermite resides on a 100 µm thick SU-8/PET (polyethyleneterephtalate) membrane to insulate the reactive layer from the silicon bulk substrate. When current is supplied to the initiator, the chemical reaction Al+CuO occurs and sparkles are spread to a distance of several millimeters. A micro-manufacturing process for fabricating the initiator is presented and the electrical behaviors of the ignition elements are also investigated. The characteristics of the initiator made on a 100 µm thick SU-8/PET membrane were compared to two bulk electro-thermal initiators: one on a silicon and one on a Pyrex substrate. The PET devices give 100% of Al/CuO ignition success for an electrical current >250 mA. Glass based reactive initiators give 100% of Al/CuO ignition success for an electrical current >500 mA. Reactive initiators directly on silicon cannot initiate even with a 4 A current. At low currents (<1 A), the initiation time is two orders of magnitude longer for Pyrex initiator compared to those obtained for PET initiator technology. We also observed that, the Al/CuO thermite film on PET membrane reacts within 1 ms (sparkles duration) whereas it reacts within 4 ms on Pyrex. The thermite reaction is 40 times greater in intensity using the PET substrate in comparison to Pyrex.

  20. Effect of sample size on intermetallic Al2Cu microstructure and orientation evolution during directional solidification

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    Gao, Ka; Li, Shuangming; Xu, Lei; Fu, Hengzhi

    2014-05-01

    Al-40% Cu hypereutectic alloy samples were successfully directionally solidified at a growth rate of 10 μm/s in different sizes (4 mm, 1.8 mm, and 0.45 mm thickness in transverse section). Using the serial sectioning technique, the three-dimensional (3D) microstructures of the primary intermetallic Al2Cu phase of the alloy can be observed with various growth patterns, L-shape, E-shape, and regular rectangular shape with respect to growth orientations of the (110) and (310) plane. The L-shape and regular rectangular shape of Al2Cu phase are bounded by {110} facets. When the sample size was reduced from 4 mm to 0.45 mm, the solidified microstructures changed from multi-layer dendrites to single-layer dendrite along the growth direction, and then the orientation texture was at the plane (310). The growth mechanism for the regular faceted intermetallic Al2Cu at different sample sizes was interpreted by the oriented attachment mechanism (OA). The experimental results showed that the directionally solidified Al-40% Cu alloy sample in a much smaller size can achieve a well-aligned morphology with a specific growth texture.

  1. 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.

  2. Microstructure and microhardness evolution of melt-spun Al-Si-Cu alloy

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    Ahmed, Emad M.; Ebrahim, M. R.

    2014-04-01

    Al-11 wt.% Si-11 wt.% Cu (11.29 at.% Si-5.1 at.% Cu) melt was rapidly solidified into ribbons and characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS) and microhardness technique. The Rietveld X-ray diffraction analysis was applied successfully to analyze the microstructure and phase precipitations. The high cooling rate obtained in rapid solidification has a significant influence on the microstructure and microhardness of this alloy. On the basis of the Al peaks shift measured in the XRD scans, a solid solubility extension value of 3.95 at.% Si and 3.54 at.% Cu in α-Al were determined. No XRD peaks of the Si phase have been detected. XRD peaks of the intermetallic Al2Cu phase have been observed clearly with estimated content of 12.6 wt.%. During prolonged annealing process at 350°C/25 h, XRD peaks of the Si phase clearly appeared with estimated content of 8.6 wt.% and, moreover, the Al2Cu phase content increased to 16 wt.%. The estimated crystallite size and micro-strain % of α-Al are 30 nm and 0.056, respectively. The melt-spun wheel side ribbon represents ultra-fine microstructure with particles size less than 1μm and exhibits enhancement of hardness to 241 HV. Hardness has further increased to 291 HV during heat treatment (150°C/12 h). Rapid solidification exhibited a great influence on microstructure and microhardness of the Al-Si-Cu alloy.

  3. Cu-based catalyst resulting from a Cu,Zn,Al hydrotalcite-like compound: a microstructural, thermoanalytical, and in situ XAS study.

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    Kühl, Stefanie; Tarasov, Andrey; Zander, Stefan; Kasatkin, Igor; Behrens, Malte

    2014-03-24

    A Cu-based methanol synthesis catalyst was obtained from a phase pure Cu,Zn,Al hydrotalcite-like precursor, which was prepared by co-precipitation. This sample was intrinsically more active than a conventionally prepared Cu/ZnO/Al2O3 catalyst. Upon thermal decomposition in air, the [(Cu0.5Zn0.17Al0.33)(OH)2(CO3)0.17]⋅mH2O precursor is transferred into a carbonate-modified, amorphous mixed oxide. The calcined catalyst can be described as well-dispersed "CuO" within ZnAl2 O4 still containing stabilizing carbonate with a strong interaction of Cu(2+) ions with the Zn-Al matrix. The reduction of this material was carefully analyzed by complementary temperature-programmed reduction (TPR) and near-edge X-ray absorption fine structure (NEXAFS) measurements. The results fully describe the reduction mechanism with a kinetic model that can be used to predict the oxidation state of Cu at given reduction conditions. The reaction proceeds in two steps through a kinetically stabilized Cu(I) intermediate. With reduction, a nanostructured catalyst evolves with metallic Cu particles dispersed in a ZnAl2 O4 spinel-like matrix. Due to the strong interaction of Cu and the oxide matrix, the small Cu particles (7 nm) of this catalyst are partially embedded leading to lower absolute activity in comparison with a catalyst comprised of less-embedded particles. Interestingly, the exposed Cu surface area exhibits a superior intrinsic activity, which is related to a positive effect of the interface contact of Cu and its surroundings. PMID:24615857

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. Magnetic States in Ensemble of Ferromagnetic Nanoparticles in Cu-Mn-Al Alloy.

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    Konoplyuk, S M; Kozlova, L E; Kokorin, V V; Perekos, A O; Kolomiets, O V

    2016-12-01

    Two Cu-Mn-Al samples of different compositions were studied: one exhibiting martensitic transformation, another without structural transition. X-ray diffraction and magnetic measurements demonstrate that different magnetic behaviors of alloys originate from different concentrations and sizes of ferromagnetic nanoparticles, which appear after solid solution decomposition.Estimation of magnetic moments of ferromagnetic nanoparticles from magnetization curves was performed using Langevin function and compared to those obtained from X-ray examination. Granular systems are known to show giant magnetoresistance. Therefore, magnetoresistance of Cu-Mn-Al melt-spun ribbons after different aging times was measured. The study has shown that increase in the concentration of Mn atoms and time of aging in Cu-Mn-Al alloy leads to an increase in the amount of precipitated phase appearing as ferromagnetic nanoparticles. PMID:26762264

  7. Local crystallography and stress voiding in Al-Si-Cu versus copper interconnects

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    Keller, R. R.; Kalnas, C. E.; Phelps, J. M.

    1999-07-01

    We compare the local crystallographic orientations associated with stress voids in Al-1Si-0.5Cu (wt %) with those in pure copper interconnects. Orientations were sorted by whether grains were immediately adjacent to voids. Grains adjacent to voids in Al-Si-Cu showed a <111> fiber texture that was slightly stronger than those in intact regions. This is in contrast to copper, which showed weaker local <111> texture around voids. We postulate the difference to be due to the relative effectiveness of the diffusion paths available in the lines. For Al-Si-Cu, the presence of defects associated with precipitates may allow more rapid diffusion than grain boundaries. Voiding in copper, which is free from such defects, depends more on grain boundary structure.

  8. Joule-Heating-Induced Damage in Cu-Al Wedge Bonds Under Current Stressing

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    Yang, Tsung-Han; Lin, Yu-Min; Ouyang, Fan-Yi

    2014-01-01

    Copper wires are increasingly used to replace gold wires in wire-bonding technology owing to their better electrical properties and lower cost. However, not many studies have been conducted on electromigration-induced failure of Cu wedge bonds on Al metallization. In this study, we investigated the failure mechanism of Cu-Al wedge bonds under high current stressing from 4 × 104 A/cm2 to 1 × 105 A/cm2 at ambient temperature of 175°C. The resistance evolution of samples during current stressing and the microstructure of the joint interface between the Cu wire and Al-Si bond pad were examined. The results showed that abnormal crack formation accompanying significant intermetallic compound growth was observed at the second joint of the samples, regardless of the direction of electric current for both current densities of 4 × 104 A/cm2 and 8 × 104 A/cm2. We propose that this abnormal crack formation at the second joint is mainly due to the higher temperature induced by the greater Joule heating at the second joint for the same current stressing, because of its smaller bonded area compared with the first joint. The corresponding fluxes induced by the electric current and chemical potential difference between Cu and Al were calculated and compared to explain the failure mechanism. For current density of 1 × 105 A/cm2, the Cu wire melted within 0.5 h owing to serious Joule heating.

  9. Effect of a low axial magnetic field on the primary Al 2 Cu phase growth in a directionally solidified Al-Cu hypereutectic alloy

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    Shen, Yu; Ren, Zhongming; Li, Xi; Ren, Weili; Xi, Yan

    2011-12-01

    Effect of a low axial magnetic field on the growth behavior of the primary Al 2Cu phase in the Al-40 wt% Cu hypereutectic alloy during directional solidification at a low growth speed has been investigated experimentally. The results show that the application of a low magnetic field (≤1 T) causes the primary Al 2Cu phase to become deformed and irregular opposed to the well developed strip-like primary phase in the absence of the field. The deformation of the primary phase is maximum when a 0.5 T magnetic field is applied. Moreover, it has been found that the magnetic field promotes a transition of the primary phase morphology from faceted growth to irregular cellular structure and makes the primary phase spacing decrease with the increase of the magnetic field intensity. From the macroscopic scale, the magnetic field causes the occurrence of a considerable radial macrosegregation. These experimental results may be attributed to the effects of thermoelectric magnetic force (TEMF) in the solid and thermoelectromagnetic convection (TEMC) in the liquid. Further, the model of these effects is presented and evaluated numerically. The results indicate that the numerical magnitude of the TEMF during directional solidification under a 0.5 T low axial magnetic field can be of the order of 10 3 N/m 3. The force causes TEMC at different scales to modify the distribution of solute at the interface and should be responsible for the deformation, fracture and deflection of the primary phase.

  10. Thermodynamics calculation of reactions between phosphorus and main elements in Al-Si-Cu alloys

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    Li, Wangxing; Zhang, Ying; Yi, Danqing; Kong, Fanxiao; Chen, Xingyu

    2011-05-01

    The Gibbs free energy was calculated between phosphorus and the main elements in Al-Si-Cu alloys sampled as A390 to study the reaction process and give theoretical directions for the adding of phosphorus in industry. The results show that the elements such as aluminum, silicon, and copper have the capabilities to react with phosphorus according to the preference of Al, Cu, Si. As temperature increases, the reactions between phosphorus and the elements become more difficult. If aluminum is in existence, the phosphides of other elements will transform to aluminum phosphide.

  11. Effects of Pulse Electromagnetic Field on Corrosion Resistance of Al-5 % Cu Alloy

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    Wang, B.; Tang, L. D.; Qi, J. G.; Wang, J. Z.

    2013-03-01

    It was investigated that corrosion resistance of Al-5 % Cu alloy was influenced by pulse electromagnetic field (PEMF). The morphologies were observed by scanning election microscopy (SEM). The corrosion behaviors were investigated by potentiodynamic polarization tests and immersion tests. The results indicated that corrosion resistance of samples could be increased by using pulse electromagnetic field, moreover, the optimum parameter of pulse electromagnetic field in this experiment was showed as follows: 500 V, 3 Hz, 30 s. Decreasing the quantity of eutectic in grain boundaries and refining the grains were main causations for increasing corrosion resistance of Al-5 % Cu alloy with pulse electromagnetic field.

  12. 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.

  13. 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

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. Influence of Al2O3 sol concentration on the microstructure and mechanical properties of Cu-Al2O3 composite coatings

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    Wei, Xiaojin; Yang, Zhendi; Tang, Ying; Gao, Wei

    2015-03-01

    Copper (Cu) is widely used as electrical conducting and contacting material. However, Cu is soft and does not have good mechanical properties. In order to improve the hardness and wear resistance of Cu, sol-enhanced Cu-Al2O3 nanocomposite coatings were electroplated by adding a transparent Al oxide (Al2O3) sol into the traditional electroplating Cu solution. It was found that the microstructure and mechanical properties of the nanocomposite coatings were largely influenced by the Al2O3 sol concentration. The results show that the Al2O3 nanoparticle reinforced the composite coatings, resulting in significantly improved hardness and wear resistance in comparison with the pure Cu coatings. The coating prepared at the sol concentration of 3.93 mol/L had the best microhardness and wear resistance. The microhardness has been improved by 20% from 145.5 HV (Vickers hardness number) of pure Cu coating to 173.3 HV of Cu-Al2O3 composite coatings. The wear resistance was also improved by 84%, with the wear volume loss dropped from 3.2 × 10-3 mm3 of Cu coating to 0.52 × 10-3 mm3 of composite coatings. Adding excessive sol to the electrolyte deteriorated the properties.

  17. 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.

  18. The fabricability and corrosion resistance of several Al-Cu-Li aerospace alloys

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    Walsh, D.W.; Danford, M.; Sanders, J.

    1996-12-31

    Al-Li-Cu alloys are attractive to the aerospace industry. The high specific strength and stiffness of these alloys will improve lift efficiency, fuel economy, performance and increase payload capabilities. The objectives of this study were to measure the fabricability of Al 2195 (Al-4Cu-1Li) and to assess the effect of welding on corrosion behavior. Al 2219 samples were used in parallel tests to provide a baseline for the data generated. In this study samples were exposed to 3.5% NaCl and mild corrosive water solutions in both the as received and as welded conditions. Fabricability was assessed using Gleeble testing, Varestraint testing and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). Results indicate that Alloy 2195 is much more susceptible to hot cracking than Al 2219, and that cracking sensitivity is a strong function of chemical composition within specification ranges for Al 2195. Furthermore, for base metal samples, corrosion in mild corrosive water was more severe than corrosion in salt water. In addition, welding increases the corrosion rate in Al 2195 and 2219, and causes severe localization in Al 2195. Furthermore, autogenously welded Al 2195 samples were more susceptible to attack than heterogeneously welded Al 2195 samples and autogenously welded Al2219 samples were less susceptible to corrosion than autogenously welded Al 2195 samples. Heterogeneously welded samples in both materials had high corrosion rates, but only the Al 2195 material was subject to localization of attack. The partially melted zones of Al 2195 samples were subject to severe, focused attack. In all cases, interdendritic constituents in welded areas and intergranular constituents in base material were cathodic to the Al rich matrix materials. Fabricability and corrosion resistance were correlated to material microstructure using optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, electron probe microanalysis, polarization resistance and environmental scanning electron microscopy.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  1. 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.

  2. Zero-point entropy of the spinel spin glasses CuGa2O4 and CuAl2O4

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    Fenner, L. A.; Wills, A. S.; Bramwell, S. T.; Dahlberg, M.; Schiffer, P.

    2009-01-01

    The zero-point entropy of a spin glass is a difficult property to experimentally determine and interpret. Spin glass theory provides various predictions, including unphysical ones, for the value of the zero-point entropy, however experimental results have been lacking. We have investigated the magnetic properties and zero-point entropy of two spinel Cu2+ based spin glasses, CuGa2O4 and CuAl2O4. Dc- and ac-susceptibility and specific heat measurements show many characteristic spin glass features for both materials. The spin glass freezing temperature is determined to be Tf = 2.89 ± 0.05 K for CuGa2O4 and Tf = 2.30 ± 0.05 K for CuAl2O4. By integrating the specific heat data we have found that CuGa2O4 and CuAl2O4 have zero-point entropies of S0 = 4.96 JK-1mol-1 and S0 = 4.76 JK-1mol-1 respectively. These values are closest to the prediction for a Sherrington-Kirkpatrick XY spin glass, however they are notably higher than all of the theoretical predictions. This indicates that CuGa2O4 and CuAl2O4 have a greater degeneracy in their ground states than any of the spin glass models.

  3. Plane wave density functional molecular dynamics study of exothermic reactions of Al/CuO thermites

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    Oloriegbe, Suleiman; Sewell, Thomas; Chen, Zhen; Jiang, Shan; Gan, Yong

    2014-03-01

    Exothermic reactions between nanosize aluminum (Al) and copper oxide (CuO) structures are of current interest because of their high reaction enthalpy and energy density which exceed those of traditional monomolecular energetic compounds such as TNT, RDX, and HMX. In this work, molecular dynamics simulations with forces obtained from plane wave density functional theory are used to investigate the atomic-scale and electronic processes that occur during the fast thermite reactions between Al and CuO nanostructures under adiabatic conditions. Aluminum surfaces in contact with O-exposed and Cu-exposed CuO surfaces are studied. Starting from initial temperature T = 800 K, we have observed: faster chemical reaction at the oxygen-rich interface during the initial 0.5 ps, linear temperature rise, and fast oxygen diffusion into the Al region with the rate 1.87 X 10-3 cm2/s. The density-derived electrostatic and chemical method is used to evaluate the net atomic charges and charge transfer during the important redox processes. High charge density around the oxygen-exposed interface may be responsible for the faster initial reactions at that interface. The overall reaction rate, determined using the time evolution of Cu-O charge orbital overlap population, is approximately first order.

  4. Perpendicular magnetic anisotropy in Ta|Co40Fe40B20|MgAl2O4 structures and perpendicular CoFeB|MgAl2O4|CoFeB magnetic tunnel junction

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    Tao, B. S.; Li, D. L.; Yuan, Z. H.; Liu, H. F.; Ali, S. S.; Feng, J. F.; Wei, H. X.; Han, X. F.; Liu, Y.; Zhao, Y. G.; Zhang, Q.; Guo, Z. B.; Zhang, X. X.

    2014-09-01

    Magnetic properties of Co40Fe40B20 (CoFeB) thin films sandwiched between Ta and MgAl2O4 layers have been systematically studied. For as-grown state, Ta/CoFeB/MgAl2O4 structures exhibit good perpendicular magnetic anisotropy (PMA) with interface anisotropy Ki = 1.22 erg/cm2, which further increases to 1.30 erg/cm2 after annealing, while MgAl2O4/CoFeB/Ta multilayer shows in-plane magnetic anisotropy and must be annealed in order to achieve PMA. For bottom CoFeB layer, the thickness window for PMA is from 0.6 to 1.0 nm, while that for top CoFeB layer is between 0.8 and 1.4 nm. Perpendicular magnetic tunnel junctions (p-MTJs) with a core structure of CoFeB/MgAl2O4/CoFeB have also been fabricated and tunneling magnetoresistance ratio of about 36% at room temperature and 63% at low temperature have been obtained. The intrinsic excitations in the p-MTJs have been identified by inelastic electron-tunneling spectroscopy.

  5. The influence of growth speed, orientation and environment on fracture of aligned Al-CuAl2

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    Skiff, P. K.; Stoloff, N. S.

    1977-01-01

    There has been considerable interest in the mechanical properties of aligned eutectics as functions of microstructure, orientation between reinforcement and stress axis, and temperature of testing. However, little is known about the behavior of these alloys in aggressive environments, such as liquid metals, with the exception of a recent paper on embrittlement of several eutectic alloys in gallium and gallium-indium alloys. This paper is concerned with the effects of a liquid Ga-16%In solution on tensile behavior of an aligned Al-CuAl2 eutectic.

  6. 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.

  7. Intergranular fracture in an Al-Li-Cu-Mg-Zr alloy

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    Wert, J.A.; Lumsden, J.B.

    1985-02-01

    The intergranular fracture characteristics of the Al-Li-Cu-Mg-Zr alloy is studied for underaged (170 C/4 hr) and overaged (230 C/4 hr) conditions. In addition, extensive intergranular fracture parallel to the tensile axis (delamination) in longitudinal tensile specimens is found together with equal concentration of K on all intergranular fracture surfaces independent of aging treatment. K is believed to promote intergranular fracture in Al-Li alloys similarly to a Na presence. 7 references.

  8. 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.

  9. On yield loci of HY80, HY100 steels and Ti-6Al-2Nb-1Ta-0. 8Mo

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    Chan, K.S.; Lindholm, U.S.; Wise, J.

    1984-11-01

    This paper extends other findings by examining the biaxial yield behavior of Ti-6A1-1Nb-1Ta-0.8Mo and HY 100 steel. The results of the study are compared with previous findings of HY80 steel to assess the effect of crystallography on the shape of the yield surface.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. Effects of Li content on precipitation in Al-Cu-(Li)-Mg-Ag-Zr alloys

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    Huang, B.P.; Zheng, Z.Q.

    1998-01-06

    Although much attention has been paid to Al-Cu-Li-Mg-Ag-Zr alloys, there are sparse reports about the influence of Li on precipitation in these alloys. The aim of the present study is to determine the effects of Li on modifying precipitation in a baseline aluminum alloy 2195 and the accompanying variants with 0--1.6 wt.% Li.

  14. 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.

  15. 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. PMID:27045947

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  1. The role of magnetism in the formation of the two-phase miscibility gap in β Cu-Al-Mn

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    Lanzini, Fernando; Alés, Alejandro

    2015-12-01

    A theoretical study of the ground state properties of alloys with compositions along the pseudobinary line Cu3Al-Cu2AlMn is presented. Cohesive energies, lattice parameters and magnetic moments of the two limiting compounds and three intermediate compositions are calculated by means of density functional theory. In order to evaluate the role of magnetism, both the spin-polarized (SP) and the non spin-polarized (NSP) cases have been considered. It is shown that magnetism plays a central role on the stabilization of the L21 crystal structure in Cu2AlMn, and in the formation of the miscibility gap in Cu3Al-Cu2AlMn. The considerable lattice mismatch between the end compounds can be attributed also to magnetic effects.

  2. High density Al2O3/TaN-based metal insulator metal capacitors in application to radio frequency integrated circuits

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    Ding, Shi-Jin; Huang, Yu-Jian; Huang, Yue; Pan, Shao-Hui; Zhang, Wei; Wang, Li-Kang

    2007-09-01

    Metal-insulator-metal (MIM) capacitors with atomic-layer-deposited Al2O3 dielectric and reactively sputtered TaN electrodes in application to radio frequency integrated circuits have been characterized electrically. The capacitors exhibit a high density of about 6.05 fF/μm2, a small leakage current of 4.8×10-8 A/cm2 at 3V, a high breakdown electric field of 8.61MV/cm as well as acceptable voltage coefficients of capacitance (VCCs) of 795 ppm/V2 and 268ppm/V at 1 MHz. The observed properties should be attributed to high-quality Al2O3 film and chemically stable TaN electrodes. Further, a logarithmically linear relationship between quadratic VCC and frequency is observed due to the change of relaxation time with carrier mobility in the dielectric. The conduction mechanism in the high field ranges is dominated by the Poole-Frenkel emission, and the leakage current in the low field ranges is likely to be associated with trap-assisted tunnelling. Meanwhile, the Al2O3 dielectric presents charge trapping under low voltage stresses, and defect generation under high voltage stresses, and it has a hard-breakdown performance.

  3. Optical characterization and evaluation of the laser properties of Yb(3+)-doped (La, Sr)(Al, Ta)O(3) single crystals.

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    Zhao, Chengchun; Hang, Yin; He, Xiaoming; Zhang, Lianhan; Yin, Jigang; Hu, Pengchao; He, Mingzhu; Ma, En

    2011-03-30

    A Yb(3+)-doped mixed-perovskite single crystal (La, Sr)(Al, Ta)O(3) (LSAT) crystal is grown by the Czochralski method. The absorption spectrum, fluorescence spectrum and fluorescence lifetime of Yb(3+) ions have been investigated, and the spectroscopic parameters of Yb:LSAT have also been calculated. This crystal exhibits a remarkably large ground-state splitting (about 1100 cm(-1)), a relatively long fluorescence lifetime (0.85 ms) and broad absorption and emission bandwidths. The results indicate that the Yb(3+):LSAT crystal is a good candidate for diode-pumped ultrashort and tunable solid-state laser applications. PMID:21378445

  4. 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.

  5. Multilayered Al/CuO thermite formation by reactive magnetron sputtering: Nano versus micro

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    Petrantoni, M.; Rossi, C.; Salvagnac, L.; Conédéra, V.; Estève, A.; Tenailleau, C.; Alphonse, P.; Chabal, Y. J.

    2010-10-01

    Multilayered Al/CuO thermite was deposited by a dc reactive magnetron sputtering method. Pure Al and Cu targets were used in argon-oxygen gas mixture plasma and with an oxygen partial pressure of 0.13 Pa. The process was designed to produce low stress (<50 MPa) multilayered nanoenergetic material, each layer being in the range of tens nanometer to one micron. The reaction temperature and heat of reaction were measured using differential scanning calorimetry and thermal analysis to compare nanostructured layered materials to microstructured materials. For the nanostructured multilayers, all the energy is released before the Al melting point. In the case of the microstructured samples at least 2/3 of the energy is released at higher temperatures, between 1036 and 1356 K.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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

  10. 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.

    2014-09-01

    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 \\bar{1} 0] and [1 \\bar{2} 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\\,\\bar{2}\\,1]}) in Cu reveals structural instabilities, indicating that the energy barrier (γusf) along the (1 1 1)[1 \\bar{2} 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.

  11. 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.

  12. First-principles generalized gradient approximation + U study of cubic CuAl2O4

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    Liu, Qi-Jun; Liu, Zheng-Tang

    2011-08-01

    We have investigated the electronic, magnetic, mechanical, and optical properties in cubic CuAl2O4 by a first-principles ultrasoft pseudopotential of the plane-wave within the density-functional theory (DFT) plus the generalized gradient approximation (GGA) + U (Hubbard parameter) formalism. We find the polarized hole dz2 character induced the dz2 magnetic orbital ordering and the p-d hybridization results in the covalent bonding between Cu and O. The origins of electrons transitions in dielectric function are consistent with electronic structure aroused by crystal-field and Janhn-Teller effect.

  13. 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.

  14. Study on the Microstructure and Wettability of an Al-Cu-Si Braze Containing Small Amounts of Rare Earth Erbium

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    Shi, Yaowu; Yu, Yang; Li, Yapeng; Xia, Zhidong; Lei, Yongping; Li, Xiaoyan; Guo, Fu

    2009-04-01

    The effect of adding small amounts of rare earth Er on the microstructure of an Al-Cu-Si braze alloy has been investigated. Several Al-20Cu-7Si braze alloys containing various contents of Er were prepared, and their melting temperature, microstructure, hardness, and wettability in contact with 3003 aluminum alloy substrates were determined. The results indicate that the constituents of the microstructure of Al-20Cu-7Si-Er braze alloys are similar to those in the Al-20Cu-7Si alloy, and comprise of solid solutions of aluminum, silicon, and the intermetallic compound CuAl2. When the Er content increases, the size of the Al phase decreases, and the needle-like Si phase is thickened, and transformed to a blocky shape. Moreover, small amounts of Er can improve the wettability and hardness of the Al-20Cu-7Si braze alloy; however, the melting temperature of the Al-20Cu-7Si alloy does not change.

  15. 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.

  16. The microstructure of submicrometer wide planar-reactive ion etched versus trench-damascene AlCu lines

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    Rodbell, K. P.; Gignac, L. M.; Hurd, J. L.; Filippi, R.; Wang, Yun-Yu; Clevenger, L. A.; Iggulden, R. C.; Schnabel, R. F.; Weber, S.

    2000-11-01

    The microstructure was measured for AlCu lines, formed using either a traditional planar metal subtractive etch process or a newly developed hot AlCu-trench-damascene process. It was found that 0.35 μm wide damascene AlCu lines formed a large grained bamboo microstructure with little or no Al (111) texture. The local crystallographic texture was measured in a scanning electron microscope using electron backscatter pattern analysis often referred to as backscatter Kikuchi diffraction. Damascene structures consisted of AlCu films deposited at greater than 400 °C onto Ti or Ti/TiN into preformed amorphous SiO2 trenches, 0.3-5.0 μm wide by 0.4 μm deep, followed by aluminum chemical mechanical polishing to remove the metal overburden. Standard planar metal control samples consisted of blanket Al or AlCu films deposited onto either an amorphous SiO2 substrate or onto SiO2/Ti/TiN substrates, followed by subtractive etching to define 0.45-10 μm wide lines as well as large (e.g., 10×10 μm2) pads. The planar metal samples exhibited either little change or a slight strengthening of their (111) fiber texture with decreasing line width; this was in sharp contrast to the damascene films in which a marked weakening in the (111) fiber texture with decreasing line width was found. In addition a trimodal (111) texture distribution developed in trenches where TiAl3 intermetallic formed. The role of intermetallic formation (TiAl3), elevated (>400 °C) AlCu deposition temperature, large bamboo grain size, local AlCu crystallographic texture and differences in sidewall coverage between subtractive etched and trench-damascene processed AlCu on film microstructure are examined.

  17. Nanoscale analysis on interfacial reactions in Al-Si-Cu alloys and Ti underlayer films

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    Yang, Jun-Mo; Lee, Sukjae; Park, Ju-Chul; Lee, Deok-Won; Lee, Tae-Kwon; Choi, Jin-Tae; Lee, Soun-Young; Kawasaki, Masahiro; Oikawa, Tetsuo

    2003-01-01

    Solid-phase reactions at the interface between sputtered Al-Si-Cu alloys and Ti films were investigated at the atomic scale by high-resolution transmission electron microscopy and energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy (EDS) coupled with a field-emission (scanning) transmission electron microscope. The analysis results showed that the interface is composed of an amorphous-like Ti-Si layer, an intermediate-crystalline layer, and a Si-dissolved TiAl3 layer containing dissolved Si TiAl3 with a crystallographic relationship with the Al film. The nanometer-scaled interlayers effectively play a role as a barrier suppressing the interdiffusion reaction of Al and Ti during annealing treatment. Further, the quantitative composition of the interlayers was revealed by the analysis of the intensity profiles obtained from EDS elemental maps.

  18. Local Structures of Mechanically Alloyed Al70Cu20Fe10 Nanocomposites Studied by XRD and XAFS

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    Yin Shilong; Qian Liying; He Bo; Zou Shaobo; Wei Shiqiang; Bian Qing

    2007-02-02

    Ternary Al70Cu20Fe10 alloy nano-composites prepared by mechanical alloying are characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and X-ray absorption fine structure (XAFS). The results indicate that after milled for 10 hours, the coordination environment around Cu atoms is changed largely and becomes disordered, but the local structure of Fe atoms still remains as that of {alpha}-Fe. This indicates the forming of inter-metallic compound Al2Cu with body center cubic structure. Even if the milling time is extended to 40 hours, only small amount of {alpha}-Fe can be alloyed to produce Al-Fe-Cu alloy. However, the annealing treatment at 700 deg. C can drive the {alpha}-Fe to incorporate into the Al2Cu compound to form an icosahedral alloy phase.

  19. 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.

  20. 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

  1. 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

  2. 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

    2016-02-01

    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.

  3. 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.

  4. Transition metals doped CuAlSe2 for promising intermediate band materials

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    Wang, Tingting; Li, Xiaoguang; Li, Wenjie; Huang, Li; Ma, Cencen; Cheng, Ya; Cui, Jun; Luo, Hailin; Zhong, Guohua; Yang, Chunlei

    2016-04-01

    Introducing an isolated intermediate band (IB) into a wide band gap semiconductor can potentially improve the optical absorption of the material beyond the Shockley–Queisser limitation for solar cells. Here, we present a systematic study of the thermodynamic stability, electronic structures and optical properties of transition metals (M = Ti, V and Fe) doped CuAlSe2 for potential IB thin film solar cells, by adopting the first-principles calculation based on the hybrid functional method. We found from chemical potential analysis that for all dopants considered, the stable doped phase only exists when the Al atom is substituted. More importantly, with this substitution, the IB feature is determined by 3d electronic nature of M 3+ ion, and the electronic configuration of 3d1 can drive a optimum IB that possesses half-filled character and suitable subbandgap from valence band or conduction band. We further show that Ti-doped CuAlSe2 is the more promising candidate for IB materials since the resulted IB in it is half filled and extra absorption peaks occurs in the optical spectrum accompanied with a largely enhanced light absorption intensity. The result offers a understanding for IB induced by transition metals into CuAlSe2 and is significant to fabricate the related IB materials.

  5. 3D Epitaxy of Graphene nanostructures in the Matrix of Ag, Al and Cu

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    Salamanca-Riba, Lourdes; Isaacs, Romaine; Wuttig, Manfred; Lemieux, Melburne; Hu, Liangbing; Iftekhar, Jaim; Rashkeev, Sergey; Kukla, Maija; Rabin, Oded; Mansour, Azzam

    2015-03-01

    Graphene nanostructures in the form ribbons were embedded in the lattice of metals such as Ag, Cu, and Al in concentrations up to 36.4 at.%, 21.8 at% and 10.5 at.%, respectively. These materials are called covetics. Raman scattering from Ag and Al covetics indicate variations in the intensity of peaks at ~ 1,300 cm-1 and 1,600 cm-1 with position on the sample. These peaks are associated with the D (defects) and G (graphite E2g mode) peaks of graphitic carbon with sp2 bonding and reveal various degrees of imperfections in the graphene layers. First principles calculations of the dynamic matrix of Ag and Al covetics show bonding between C and the metal. EELS mapping of the C-K edge and high resolution lattice images show that the graphene-like regions form ribbons with epitaxial orientation with the metal lattice of Ag and Al. The temperature dependences of the resistivites of Ag and Cu covetics are similar to those of the pure metals with only slight increase in resistivity. Films of Cu covetic deposited by e-beam evaporation and PLD show higher transmittance and resistance to oxidation than pure metal films of the same thickness indicating that copper covetic films can be used for transparent electrodes. Funded by DARPA/ARL Grant No. W911NF-13-1-0058, and ONR Award No N000141410042.

  6. Environmental Fatigue-Crack Surface Crystallography for Al-Zn-Cu-Mg-Mn/Zr

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    Ro, Yunjo; Agnew, Sean R.; Gangloff, Richard P.

    2008-06-01

    The scanning electron microscope (SEM)-based electron backscattered diffraction (EBSD)/stereology technique quantitatively establishes distributions of the crystallographic characteristics of environmental-fatigue crack features for slightly overaged Al-Zn-Cu-Mg-X (X = Zr or Mn) alloys stressed in the low-growth-rate regime. Results for these homogeneous slip alloys conform to a substantial companion study of planar slip-prone Al-Cu-Mg/Li. Transgranular-crack characteristics are similar for the Mn and Zr variants, independent of grain size and recrystallization. Two morphologies of facetlike features exhibit a wide range of crystallographic orientations, change character at grain boundaries indicating an important role of grain orientation, and form in highly tensile-stressed spatial orientations about a crack tip. Similar characteristics for Al-Zn and Al-Cu suggest a common damage mechanism, speculatively attributed to hydrogen-environment embrittlement by decohesion. Slip-deformation band cracking resulting in facets near {111}, stimulated by H-enhanced localized plasticity, is not a viable mechanism for environmental fatigue. Repetitively stepped facets with surface curvature may involve H-enhanced cleavage along {100} or {110} planes subsequently distorted by plasticity. Broad-flat facets speculatively result from tensile stress-based cracking through dislocation cell structure, evolved by cyclic plasticity and containing trapped H.

  7. 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

  8. 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.

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

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    Fei Tang

    2004-12-19

    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. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. Microstructure characterization in upward directional solidification of Al-Cu and Mg-Al alloys under transient conditions

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    Amoorezaei, Morteza; Gurevich, Sebastian; Provatas, Nikolas

    Predicting and controlling the microstructure of cast alloys has been a driving force behind various studies on solidification of materials. Dendritic spacing and morphology established during casting often sets the final microstructure during manufacturing of alloys. This is par-ticularly true in emerging technologies such as twin belt casting, where a reduced amount of thermomechanical processing reduced the possibility of modifying microstructure from that de-termined at the time of solidification. Mg-based alloys are gaining importance due to the high demand for weight reduction in the transportation industry which accordingly reduces the gas consumption. While the solidified microstructure and its effect on the material properties have been the subject of intensive studies, little is known about the fundamental mechanisms that determine the microstructure and its evolution under directional growth conditions. We study the relationship between the microstructure and cooling conditions in unsteady state upward directional solidification of Al-Cu and Mg-Al alloys. The four-fold symmetry of Al-Cu alloys allows studying the dynamical spacing selection between dendrites, as the growth conditions vary dynamically, whereas, Mg-Al system with a six-fold symmetry introduces a competition between neighbouring, misoriented grains and remarkably influences the resulting microstruc-ture. We also present new phase field simulations wherein we dynamically vary the cooling conditions. Analysis of the phase field simulations is used to shed some light on the morpho-logical development of dendrite arms during solidification under transient conditions. We find that the final microstructure under transient conditions is strongly dependent on the history of the growth conditions changes as well as the initial morphology of the system, consistent with the results previously obtained by Warren and Langer and Losert et. al. Our phase field results are validated qualitatively by the

  14. 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.

  15. 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

  16. Microstructural evolution of Al-8.59Zn-2.00Mg-2.44Cu during homogenization

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    Shu, Wen-xiang; Liu, Jun-cheng; Hou, Long-gang; Cui, Hua; Liu, Jun-tao; Zhang, Ji-shan

    2014-12-01

    The microstructural evolution and phase transformations of a high-alloyed Al-Zn-Mg-Cu alloy (Al-8.59Zn-2.00Mg-2.44Cu, wt%) during homogenization were investigated. The results show that the as-cast microstructure mainly contains dendritic α(Al), non-equilibrium eutectics (α(Al) + Mg(Zn,Al,Cu)2), and the θ (Al2Cu) phase. Neither the T (Al2Mg3Zn3) phase nor the S (Al2CuMg) phase was found in the as-cast alloy. The calculated phase components according to the Scheil model are in agreement with experimental results. During homogenization at 460°C, all of the θ phase and most of the Mg(Zn,Al,Cu)2 phase were dissolved, whereas a portion of the Mg(Zn,Al,Cu)2 phase was transformed into the S phase. The type and amount of residual phases remaining after homogenization at 460°C for 168 h and by a two-step homogenization process conducted at 460°C for 24 h and 475°C for 24 h (460°C/24 h + 475°C/24 h) are in good accord with the calculated phase diagrams. It is concluded that the Al-8.59Zn-2.00Mg-2.44Cu alloy can be homogenized adequately under the 460°C/24 h + 475°C/24 h treatment.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. Characterization of Cold Sprayed CuCrAl Coated GRCop-84 Substrates for Reusable Launch Vehicles

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    Raj, S . V.; Barrett, C. A.; Lerch, B. A.; Karthikeyan, J.; Ghosn, L. J.; Haynes, J.

    2005-01-01

    An advanced Cu-8(at.%)Cr-4%Nb alloy developed at NASA's Glenn Research Center, and designated as GRCop-84, is currently being considered for use as combustor liners and nozzles in NASA's future generations of reusable launch vehicles (RLVs). Despite the fact that this alloy has superior mechanical and oxidation properties compared to many commercially available copper alloys, it is felt that its high temperature and environmental resistance capabilities can be further enhanced with the development and use of suitable coatings. Several coatings and processes are currently being evaluated for their suitability and future down selection. A newly developed CuCrAl has shown excellent oxidation resistance compared to current generation Cu-Cr coating alloys. Cold spray technology for depositing the CuCrAl coating on a GRCop-84 substrate is currently being developed under NASA's Next Generation Launch Technology (NGLT) Propulsion Research and Technology (PR&T) project. The microstructures, mechanical and thermophysical properties of overlay coated GRCop-84 substrates are discussed.

  1. Graphene-like Networks in the lattice of Ag, Cu and Al metals

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    Salamanca-Riba, Lourdes; Ge, Xiaoxiao; Isaacs, Romaine; Jaim, Hm Iftekar; Wuttig, Manfred; Rashkeev, Sergey; Kuklja, Maija; Hu, Lianbing; Covetics Team Team

    Graphene-like networks form in the lattice of metals such as silver, copper and aluminum via an electrocharging assisted process. In this process a high current of >80A is applied to the liquid metal containing particles of activated carbon. The resulting material is called M covetic (M =Al, Ag Cu). We have previously reported that this process gives rise to carbon nanostructures with sp2 bonding embedded in the lattice of the metal. The carbon bonds to the metal as evidenced by Raman scattering and first principles simulation of the phonon density of states. With this process we have observed that graphene nanoribbons form along preferential crystalline directions and form 3D epitaxial structures with Al and Ag hosts. Bulk Cu covetic was used to deposit films by e-beam deposition and PLD. The PLD films contain higher C content and show higher transmittance (~90%) and resistance to oxidation than pure copper films of the same thickness. We compare the electrical and mechanical properties of covetics containing C in the 0 to 10 wt % and the transmittance of Cu covetic films compared to pure Cu films of the same thickness. Supported by ONR Grant N000141410042

  2. Generalized stacking fault energies, cleavage energies, ionicity and brittleness of Cu(Al/Ga/In)Se2 and CuGa(S/Se/Te)2

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    Xue, H. T.; Tang, F. L.; Gruhn, T.; Lu, W. J.; Wan, F. C.; Rui, Z. Y.; Feng, Y. D.

    2014-04-01

    We calculate the generalized stacking fault (GSF) energies and cleavage energies γcl of the chalcopyrite compounds CuAlSe2, CuGaSe2, CuInSe2, CuGaS2 and CuGaTe2 using first principles. From the GSF energies, we obtain the unstable stacking fault energies γus and intrinsic stacking fault energies γisf. By analyzing γus and γisf, we find that the \\langle \\bar{{1}}\\,1\\,0\\rangle (1 1 2) direction is the easiest slip direction for these five compounds. Also, for CuInSe2, it is most possible to undergo a dislocation-nucleation-induced plastic deformation along the \\langle \\bar{{1}}\\,1\\,0\\rangle (1 1 2) slip direction. We show that the (1 1 2) plane is the preferable plane for fracture in the five compounds by comparing γcl of the (0 0 1) and (1 1 2) planes. It is also found that both γus and γcl decrease as the cationic or anionic radius increases in these chalcopyrites, i.e. along the sequences CuAlSe2 → CuGaSe2 → CuInSe2 and CuGaS2 → CuGaSe2 → CuGaTe2. Based on the values of the ratio γcl/γus, we discuss the brittle-ductile properties of these compounds. All of the compounds can be considered as brittle materials. In addition, a strong relationship between γcl/γus and the total proportion of ionic bonding in these compounds is found.

  3. 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.

  4. Effect of Minor al Addition on Glass-Forming Ability and Thermal Stability of Zr-Cu Binary Alloy

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    Yu, Z. H.; Ding, D.; Lu, T.; Xia, L.; Dong, Y. D.

    By adding 2 at.% Al element in Zr50Cu50 binary glass-forming alloy, we obtained Zr50Cu48Al2 glassy rods with diameter larger than 3 mm. The reduced glass transition temperature, parameter γ and the critical section thickness obtained from the differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) traces indicate the better glass-forming ability (GFA) of Zr50Cu48Al2 bulk metallic glass (BMG). The super-cooled liquid region and the continuous heating transformation diagram constructed from Vogel-Fulcher-Tammann fitting of crystallization temperature illustrate the enhanced thermal stability of the Zr50Cu48Al2 BMG. The mechanism of effect of minor Al addition on GFA was investigated in more detail from Angell's fragility concept and from the thermodynamic point of view respectively.

  5. Effect of cooling rate on the microstructure and microhardness of the CuZrAgAl alloy

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    Liu, Y.; Blandin, J.J.; Suery, M.; Kapelski, G.

    2012-08-15

    The effect of cooling rate on the microstructure and microhardness of the Cu{sub 40}Zr{sub 44}Ag{sub 8}Al{sub 8} (at.%) alloy has been studied. The crystalline phases were characterized by X-ray diffraction, optical microscopy and scanning electron microscopy with energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, and identified as AlCu{sub 2}Zr, Cu{sub 10}Zr{sub 7} and CuZr{sub 2}. The solidification sequence was established as following: the Cu{sub 10}Zr{sub 7} phase forms first in the periphery of the rod, then following with AlCu{sub 2}Zr phase in the rod center and finally CuZr{sub 2} crystals in Cu-depleted areas. The effect of crystals on the mechanical properties of the Cu{sub 40}Zr{sub 44}Ag{sub 8}Al{sub 8} alloy was also estimated through the microhardness. According to the value of microhardness, inhomogeneous structure of the amorphous matrix is more easily formed for the alloy in the low cooling rate (i.e., 9 mm) as compared with the alloy with fully amorphous state in the large cooling rate (i.e., 3 mm). This inhomogeneous structure was attributed to the composition change of amorphous matrix arising from the forming of crystalline phases due to the low cooling rate. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The crystalline phases in the Cu{sub 40}Zr{sub 44}Ag{sub 8}Al{sub 8} alloy were identified. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The solidification sequence of Cu{sub 40}Zr{sub 44}Ag{sub 8}Al{sub 8} alloy was verified. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The softening and hardening of alloy could be observed due to the crystallization.

  6. Effect of solidified structure on hot tear in Al-Cu alloy

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    Yoshida, Y.; Esaka, H.; Shinozuka, K.

    2015-06-01

    Hot tear is the one of the biggest problems of cast products of aluminum alloy. The effect of solidified structure on the hot tear has not been clear. Therefore, this study has been carried out to correlate solidified structure and hot tear. Al-2.0 wt% Cu alloy was cast at 750 °C in a moldcavity, which could intentionally form hot tear. To change solidified structure, some amount of refiner was added to the molten alloy. Length of hot tear decreased with increasing the amount of refiner. Further, the area of fine eutectic Al2Cu increased as amount of refiner increased. These may indicate that probability of healing increased in case of equiaxed structure. Therefore, the length of hot tear decreased with increasing the amount of refiner. great care should be taken in constructing both.

  7. 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.

  8. Ab Initio Analysis of Guinier–Preston–Bagaryatsky Zone Nucleation in Al-Cu-Mg Alloys

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    Kovarik, Libor; Mills, M. J.

    2012-05-01

    Due to the inherit difficulties associated with microstructure characterization in the early stages of aging, the origin of rapid hardening in Al-Cu-Mg alloys remains a poorly understood and controversial issue. This works addresses the precipitation processes in the early stages by ab-initiomodeling of GPB zone nucleation. We derive the structural nature of GPB zone nuclei and establish that the nucleation starts with 1D-GPB1 crystals, which represent thermodynamically stable configurations at the size scale previously associated only with solute clusters. It is also established that the 1D-GPB1 can form very rapidly due a simple structural transition from FCC based configurations (clusters). The formation of GPB zones in the early stages of aging is validated by comparison with previous experimental measurements. Based on previous experimental evidence, it is postulated that GPB zones rather than solute clusters may be able to rationalize the rapid hardening in the Al-Cu-Mg alloys.

  9. 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.

  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. 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.

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

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

    1997-07-01

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

  13. Superplastic formability of Al-Cu-Li alloy Weldalite (TM) 049

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    Ma, Bao-Tong; Pickens, Joseph R.

    1991-01-01

    Extensive research during the past decade shows that several aluminum lithium alloys can be processed to attain a microstructure that enables superplasticity. The high tensile stress of Al-Cu-Li alloy Weldalite (TM) 049 in the T4 and T6 tempers offers tremendous potential for attaining exceptional post-SPF (superplastic formability) properties. The used SPF material is Weldalite, which was shown to induce SPF behavior in other Al-Cu-Li alloys. The superplastic behavior and resulting post-SPF mechanical properties of this alloy, which was designed to be the next major structural alloy for space applications, were evaluated. The results indicate that Weldalite alloy does indeed exhibit excellent superplasticity over a wide range of temperatures and strain rates and excellent post-SPF tensile strength at various potential service temperatures.

  14. Effect of homogenization process on the hardness of Zn-Al-Cu alloys

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    Villegas-Cardenas, Jose D.; Saucedo-Muñoz, Maribel L.; Lopez-Hirata, Victor M.; De Ita-De la Torre, Antonio; Avila-Davila, Erika O.; Gonzalez-Velazquez, Jorge Luis

    2015-10-01

    The effect of a homogenizing treatment on the hardness of as-cast Zn-Al-Cu alloys was investigated. Eight alloy compositions were prepared and homogenized at 350 °C for 180 h, and their Rockwell "B" hardness was subsequently measured. All the specimens were analyzed by X-ray diffraction and metallographically prepared for observation by optical microscopy and scanning electron microscopy. The results of the present work indicated that the hardness of both alloys (as-cast and homogenized) increased with increasing Al and Cu contents; this increased hardness is likely related to the presence of the θ and τ' phases. A regression equation was obtained to determine the hardness of the homogenized alloys as a function of their chemical composition and processing parameters, such as homogenization time and temperature, used in their preparation.

  15. 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.

  16. Enhanced adhesion and conductivity of Cu electrode on AlN substrate for thin film thermoelectric device

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    Hu, Shaoxiong; Chen, Xin; Deng, Yuan; Wang, Yao; Gao, Hongli; Zhu, Wei; Cao, Lili; Luo, Bingwei; Zhu, Zhixiang; Ma, Guang; Han, Yu

    2015-02-01

    The Cu thin film electrode grown on aluminum nitride (AlN) substrate is widely used in the thin film thermoelectric devices due to its high electrical conductivity. We have developed a new type of buffer layer by co-sputtering Ti and Cu forming Ti-Cu layer. The Ti-Cu layer was sputtered on the Ti buffered AlN substrate so that the adhesion and electrical conductivity properties of the Cu film electrode on AlN substrate could be improved. The interface between the thin films and the substrate were characterized by the scanning electron microscope (SEM). Nanoscratch tests were conducted on a nanomechanical test system to investigate the adhesion between the Cu film electrodes and AlN substrate. Meanwhile, accelerated ageing test under thermal cycling was conducted to evaluate the reliability of the thin film electrode. The results show that the adhesion and the reliability of Cu film electrode on AlN substrate have been greatly improved by employing Ti-Cu/Ti buffer layers.

  17. A comparable study of structural and electrical transport properties of Al and Cu nanowires using first-principle calculations

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    Gao, N.; Li, J. C. E-mail: jiangq@jlu.edu.cn; Jiang, Q. E-mail: jiangq@jlu.edu.cn

    2013-12-23

    The structural and quantum transport properties of Al and Cu nanowires with diameters up to 3.6 nm are studied using density functional theory combined with Landauer formalism. Contrary to the classical electronic behavior, the conductance of Al wires is larger than that of Cu. This is mainly attributed to the larger contribution of conductance channels from Al-3p, which is determined by the chemical nature. Meanwhile, the stronger axial contraction of Al wires plays a minor role to conductance. This makes Al wires possible candidate interconnects in integrated circuits.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. Nqrs Data for Al10Cu20Ni8Ti3Zr59 (Subst. No. 0110)

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    Chihara, H.; Nakamura, N.

    This document is part of Subvolume A `Substances Containing Ag … C10H15' of Volume 48 `Nuclear Quadrupole Resonance Spectroscopy Data' of Landolt-Börnstein - Group III `Condensed Matter'. It contains an extract of Section `3.2 Data tables' of the Chapter `3 Nuclear quadrupole resonance data' providing the NQRS data for Al10Cu20Ni8Ti3Zr59 (Subst. No. 0110)

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Anelastic relaxation in Al-4 wt pct Cu-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} fiber-reinforced composites

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    Sgobba, S.; Parrini, L.; Kuenzi, H.U.; Ilschner, B.

    1995-10-01

    In many industrial applications, like high precision weighing and positioning, the elastic and dimensional stability of materials is required at a nanometric scale. High-resolution laser interferometry and mechanical spectroscopy have been employed to measure low-temperature anelastic creep of the short-fiber-reinforced composite Al-4 wt pct Cu-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}. The typical strain resolution of the laser interferometer is 10{sup {minus}10}. Fiber reinforcement has been found to increase the dislocation density n the metal matrix; in parallel, damping and anelastic creep are enhanced. This behavior has been explained on the basis of the structure of interparticle dislocations and {theta}{prime} relaxation.

  4. Imprinting Chirality into inorganic CuO Thin Films

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    Widmer, Roland; Fasel, Roman; Groening, Oliver; Haug, Franz-Josef; Groening, Pierangelo

    2006-03-01

    Switzer et al. [1] have shown, that thick (>300nm) films of CuO grown electrochemically in the presence of chiral tartaric acid (TA) acquires a chiral orientation with respect to the growth surface. We have investigated this growth on Au(100) in the presence of chiral TA for low film thicknesses by X-ray Photoelectrons Spectroscopy and X-ray Photoelectron Diffraction (XPD). The resulting XPD patterns were analyzed by single scattering cluster calculations. XPD revealed that using chiral L(+)- or D(-)-TA in the deposition process results in a chiral CuO surface which exhibits mirror-symmetric, non-superimposable patterns with the corresponding chirality imprinted already for film thicknesses below 3nm. Whereas the XPD patterns of the CuO films deposited with the racemic DL-TA and the ``achiral'' meso-TA are completely symmetric. The selectivity of enantiomeric CuO films was demonstrated by subsequent deposition of CuO from a solution containing DL-TA onto a CuO film grown with only one of the enantiomeric forms. Additionally, films with alternating chirality were produced. [1] J. A. Switzer, H. M. Kothari, P. Poizot, S. Nakanishi, E. W. Bohannan, Nature, 2003, 425, 490

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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

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

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

    2014-01-01

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

  14. 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.

  15. 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

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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

  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. Microstructure control of Al-Cu films for improved electromigration resistance

    DOEpatents

    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.

  2. Microstructure control of Al-Cu films for improved electromigration resistance

    DOEpatents

    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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Multiscale Study of Interfacial Intermetallic Compounds in a Dissimilar Al 6082-T6/Cu Friction-Stir Weld

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    Avettand-Fenoël, M. N.; Taillard, R.; Ji, G.; Goran, D.

    2012-12-01

    The objective of this work was to characterize the Al x Cu y intermetallic compounds (IMCs) formed at the abutting interface during solid-state friction-stir welding (FSW) of 6082 aluminum alloy and pure copper. As IMCs are potential sources of flaws in case of mechanical loading of welds, their study is essential at various scale lengths. In the present case, they have been identified by neutron diffraction, electron backscattered diffraction, and transmission electron microscopy. Neutron diffraction analyses have shown that a shift of the tool from the interface, in particular towards the Cu part, generates an increase of the IMCs' volume fraction. In accordance with an exacerbation of its kinetics of formation by FSW, a 4- μm-thick layer has precipitated at the interface despite the shortness of the thermal cycle. This layer is composed of two sublayers with the Al4Cu9 and Al2Cu stoichiometry, respectively. Convergent beam electron diffraction analyses have, however, disclosed that the crystallography of the current Al2Cu compound does not comply with the usual tetragonal symmetry of this phase. The Al2Cu phase formation results from both the local chemical composition and thermodynamics, whereas the development of Al4Cu9 is rather due to both the local chemical composition and the shortness of the local FSW thermal cycle.

  6. Synthesis of the p-type semiconducting ternary oxide CuAlO{sub 2} using the Pechini method

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    Jarman, Richard H.; Bafia, Julie; Gebreslasse, Tsige; Ingram, Brian J.; Carter, J. David

    2013-10-15

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • We have prepared single-phase samples of the semiconducting oxide CuAlO{sub 2} using the Pechini method. • Reaction times are reduced relative to conventional solid-state synthesis. • Products have high surface area suitable for ceramic processing. • Product composition is dictated by thermodynamic control; CuAl{sub 2}O{sub 4} is obtained preferentially at lower temperature. - Abstract: The synthesis of the delafossite phase CuAlO{sub 2} using the Pechini method was investigated. Powder X-ray diffraction data showed that pure, single-phase samples were obtained after only 3 h heating at 1100 °C. CuAl{sub 2}O{sub 4}, which contains Cu(II) rather than Cu(I), was the dominant phase between 700 and 1100 °C. Conversion to CuAlO{sub 2} is promoted by the positive entropy change associated with the evolution of oxygen. No mixed Cu–Al oxide was formed below 700 °C.

  7. 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

  8. Preparation of Bi2Sr2CaCu2Oy films on alumina substrates with a CuAl2O4 buffer layer

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    Lee, Kiejin; Song, Insang; Park, Gwangseo

    1993-07-01

    High-Tc Bi2Sr2CaCu2Oy films have been prepared using the surface diffusion process, with the screen printing of Bi2O3, SrCO3, and CaCO3 (Bi:Sr:Ca=2:2:2) mixed powders on Cu-deposited alumina substrates. Through the heating at temperatures above 400 °C, CuAl2O4 buffer layers were formed via an interaction between the Cu layer and alumina. The Bi2Sr2CaCu2Oy films, heat treated at 860 °C for 30 min in air, have a zero resistance at 72 K. The x-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscope, and energy dispersive x-ray analysis studies show that the Bi2Sr2Ca1Cu2Oy films are strongly c-axis oriented along the direction normal to the alumina substrate, and the CuAl2O4 buffer layer acted as a barrier to suppress the interdiffusion of Al ions into the superconducting films.

  9. Observations of Guinier-Preston zones in an as-deposited Al-1wt.%Si-0.5wt.%Cu thin film

    SciTech Connect

    Tung, C.H.; Chiu, R.L.; Chang, P.H.

    1996-05-01

    Aluminum-copper (Al-Cu) and aluminum-silicon-copper (Al-Si-Cu) films are widely used as interconnects and contacts in contemporary very large scale integration (VLSI) technology. Cu alloying in Al results in the formation of intermetallic Al{sub 2}Cu precipitates, which increase corrosion susceptibility as well as process difficulty. Understanding the formation of Al2Cu theta-phase precipitates within Al alloy thin films is thus of great scientific and technical value. For the first time Guinier-Preston zones are observed by HRTEM to form on Al{l_brace}111{r_brace} planes in an as-deposited Al-1wt%Si-0.5wt%Cu thin films sputtered on oxidized Si substrate. At present time the chemical nature (Si or Cu) of the precipitation in the observed GP zones is still uncertain.

  10. Gd{sub 3+}-ESR and magnetic susceptibility of GdCu{sub 4}Al{sub 8} and GdMn{sub 4}Al{sub 8}

    SciTech Connect

    Coldea, R.; Coldea, M.; Pop, I.

    1994-03-01

    Gd ESR of GdCu{sub 4}Al{sub 8} and GdMn{sub 4}Al{sub 8} and magnetic susceptibility of GdCu{sub 4}Al{sub 8}, GdMn{sub 4}Al{sub 8}, and YMn{sub 4}Al{sub 8} were measured in the temperature range of 290K--460K and 90K--1050K, respectively. The occurrence of the Mn moment in YMn{sub 4}Al{sub 8} and GdMn{sub 4}Al{sub 8} is strongly correlated with the critical value of d{approx}2.6{angstrom} of the Mn-Mn distance below which the Mn moment is not stable. The experimental data for GdMn{sub 4}Al{sub 8}, compared with the data for the isostructural compounds GdCu{sub 4}Al{sub 8} and YMn{sub 4}Al{sub 8}, show that near the critical value of d, the existence of Mn moment depends not only on the value of d, but also on the local magnetic surroundings. It has been revealed that the magnetic character of Mn moment in YMn{sub 4}Al{sub 8} and GdMn{sub 4}Al{sub 8} changes from an itinerant electron type to a local-moment type with increasing temperature.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  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. Elevated temperature fracture toughness of Al-Cu-Mg-Ag sheet: Characterization and modeling

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    Haynes, M.J.; Gangloff, R.P.

    1997-09-01

    The plane-strain initiation fracture toughness (K{sub JlCi}) and plane-stress crack growth resistance of two Al-Cu-Mg-Ag alloy sheets are characterized as a function of temperature by a J-integral method. For AA2519 + Mg + Ag, K{sub JlCi} decreases from 32.5 MPa {radical}m at 250 C to 28.5 MPa {radical}m at 175 C, while K{sub JlCi} for a lower Cu variant increases from 34.2 MPa {radical}m at 25 C to 36.0 Mpa {radical}m at 150 C. Crack-tip damage in AA2519 + Mg + Ag evolves by nucleation and growth of voids from large undissolved Al{sub 2}Cu particles, but fracture resistance is controlled by void sheeting coalescence associated with dispersoids. Quantitative fractography, three-dimensional (3-D) reconstruction of fracture surfaces, and metallographic crack profiles indicate that void sheeting is retarded as temperature increases from 25 C to 150 C, consistent with a rising fracture resistance. Primary microvoids nucleate from smaller constituent particles in the low Cu alloy, and fracture strain increases. A strain-controlled micromechanical model accurately predicts K{sub JlCi} as a function of temperature, but includes a critical distance parameter (l*) that is not definable a priori. Nearly constant initiation toughness for AA2519 + Mg + Ag is due to rising fracture strain with temperature, which balances the effects of decreasing flow strength, work hardening, and elastic modulus on the crack-tip strain distribution. Ambient temperature toughnesses of the low Cu variant are comparable to those of AA2519 + Mg + Ag, despite increased fracture strain, because of reduced constituent spacing and l*.

  15. 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.

  16. Ferroelectric Properties of Ba2Bi4Ti5O18 Doped with Pb2+, Al3+, Ga3+, In3+, Ta5+ Aurivillius Phases

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    Rosyidah, A.; Onggo, D.; Khairurrijal, Ismunandar

    2008-03-01

    In recent years, bismuth layer structured ferroelectrics (BLSFs) have been given much attention because some materials, such as Ba2Bi4Ti5O18, are excellent candidate materials for nonvolatile ferroelectric random access memory (FRAM) applications. BLSFs are also better candidates because of their higher Curie points. Recently, we have carried out computer simulation in atomic scale in order to predict the energies associated with the accommodation of aliovalent and isovalent dopants (Pb2+, Al3+, Ga3+, In3+, Ta5+) in the Aurivillius structure of Ba2Bi4Ti5O18. In this work, the predicted stable phases were synthesized using solid state reactions and their products then were characterized using powder X-ray diffraction method. The cell parameters were determined using Rietveld refinement in orthorhombic system with space group of B2cb. The cell parameters for Ba2Bi4Ti5O18 doped with Pb2+, Al3+, Ga3+, In3+, Ta5+ were a = 5.5006(6) b = 5.4990(5) c = 50.5440(7) Å; a = 5.5012(4) b = 5.4986(8) c = 50.5449(7) Å; a = 5.5006(3) b = 5.4999(3) c = 50.5437(9) Å; a = 5.5007(4) b = 5.4989(7) c = 50.5446(6) Å; and a = 5.5000(5) b = 5.4995(8) c = 50.5436(6) Å. Results from the ferroelectric properties measurement for Ba2Bi4Ti5O18 doped with Pb2+, Al3+, Ga3+, In3+, Ta5+ were Pr = 16.7 μC/cm2, Ec = 35.1 kV/cm; Pr = 15.9 μC/cm2, Ec = 33.8 kV/cm; Pr = 15.6 μC/cm2, Ec = 34.2 kV/cm; Pr = 15.3 μC/cm2, Ec = 34.0 kV/cm; Pr = 16.9 μC/cm2, Ec = 35.6 kV/cm.

  17. Hydrogen purification for fuel cell using CuO/CeO 2-Al 2O 3 catalyst

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    Maciel, Cristhiane Guimarães; Profeti, Luciene Paula Roberto; Assaf, Elisabete Moreira; Assaf, José Mansur

    CuO/CeO 2, CuO/Al 2O 3 and CuO/CeO 2-Al 2O 3 catalysts, with CuO loading varying from 1 to 5 wt.%, were prepared by the citrate method and applied to the preferential oxidation of carbon monoxide in a reaction medium containing large amounts of hydrogen (PROX-CO). The compounds were characterized ex situ by X-ray diffraction, specific surface area measurements, temperature-programmed reduction and temperature-programmed reduction of oxidized surfaces; XANES-PROX in situ experiments were also carried out to study the copper oxidation state under PROX-CO conditions. These analyses showed that in the reaction medium the Cu 0 is present as dispersed particles. On the ceria, these metallic particles are smaller and more finely dispersed, resulting in a stronger metal-support interaction than in CuO/Al 2O 3 or CuO/CeO 2-Al 2O 3 catalysts, providing higher PROX-CO activity and better selectivity in the conversion of CO to CO 2 despite the greater BET area presented by samples supported on alumina. It is also shown that the lower CuO content, the higher metal dispersion and consequently the catalytic activity. The redox properties of the ceria support also contributed to catalytic performance.

  18. 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.

  19. Synthesis, crystal growth, and structure of Ta{sub 3}Al{sub 2}CoC-An ordered quarternary cubic {eta}-carbide and the first single crystal study of a {eta}-carbide

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    Etzkorn, Johannes; Hillebrecht, Harald

    2008-06-15

    Single crystals of the new carbide Ta{sub 3}Al{sub 2}CoC were synthesised from metallic melt and characterized by XRD, EDX and WDX measurements. The crystal structure of Ta{sub 3}Al{sub 2}CoC was refined on the basis of single crystal data (cF112, Fd3-bar m, a=11.6153(13) A, Z=16, 169 reflections, 13 parameters, R{sub 1}(F)=0.0315, wR{sub 2}(F{sup 2})=0.0857). Ta{sub 3}Al{sub 2}CoC belongs to the great family of {eta}-carbides M{sub 3}M{sub 3}{sup '}C or M{sub 4}M{sub 2}{sup '}C which are important components for cermets. Its crystal structure is characterised by TaC{sub 6}-octahedra, which are connected to a three-dimensional net. Co and Al have icosahedral surroundings without contacts to C-atoms. All positions show full occupation. Ta{sub 3}Al{sub 2}CoC represents the first {eta}-carbide with a complete structure refinement on the basis of single crystal data. - Graphical abstract: Single crystals of the {eta}-carbide Ta{sub 3}Al{sub 2}CoC were grown from a Co-melt. Although {eta}-carbides are technologically very important as a constituent of cermets this is the first report on a single crystal study. The structure analysis of this quarternary variant shows the close similarity to the Ni{sub 2}Ti-structure as an ordering and filling variant. All sites are completely occupied and well ordered. Display Omitted.

  20. 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

  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. Investigation on macrosegregation and dendrite morphology during directional solidification of Al-Cu hypereutectic alloys under a strong magnetic field

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    Li, Xi; Du, DaFan; Fautrelle, Yves; Ren, ZhongMing; Moreau, Rene

    2015-08-01

    The effect of a strong magnetic field (up to 12 T) on the macrosegregation and dendrite morphology during directional solidification of the Al-22at.%Cu alloy has been investigated. Experimental results show that the application of the magnetic field caused the freckle macrosegregation and the fracture of the Al2Cu dendrites during directional solidification. With the increase of the magnetic field, the size of the freckle and dendrite decreases. Moreover, the electron back-scatter diffraction (EBSD) was applied to study the effect of the magnetic field on the morphology and orientation of the Al2Cu dendrite. The EBSD results revealed that although the dendrites were destroyed under the magnetic field, the magnetic field did not yet change the orientation of the Al2Cu crystal. The formation of the freckles and the fracture of the dendrites under the magnetic field may be attributed to the TE magnetic effects.

  5. H2 dissociation on γ-Al2O3 supported Cu/Pd atoms: A DFT investigation

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    Wang, Hongtao; Chen, Lijuan; Lv, Yongkang; Ren, Ruipeng

    2014-01-01

    The density functional theory (DFT) was applied to investigate the promotion effects of single Cu and Pd atoms deposition on γ-Al2O3 surface for the adsorption and dissociation of H2 molecule, which is of importance for many catalysis reactions. Due to its strong Lewis acidity, the tri-coordinated surface Al site was identified to be the most preferable site for both Cu and Pd location. The inner surface electrons rearrangement from O to Al of alumina was found to be a key factor to stabilize the Cu/Pd adsorption configurations, rather than the total electrons transfer between Cu/Pd and the surface. It was found that the supported Cu and Pd atoms are more active for H2 dissociation than the clean γ-Al2O3 surface. The supported Pd is more active than Cu for H2 dissociation. In addition, the metal-support interaction of the γ-Al2O3 supported Cu/Pd atoms are more favored than the metal-metal interaction of the metal clusters for the H2 dissociated adsorption.

  6. Intrinsic fatigue crack growth rates for Al-Li-Cu-Mg alloys in vacuum

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    Slavik, D.C.; Gangloff, R.P.; Starke, E.A. Jr ); Blankenship, C.P. Jr )

    1993-08-01

    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] (Al[sub 3]Li) 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[sub 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 ([Delta]K/([sigma][sub ys]E)[sup 1/2]), growth rates were equivalent for 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 [sigma][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. Better understanding of crack tip damage accumulation and fracture surface facet crystallography is required for Al-Li alloys with varying slip localization.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. Correlation between S' precipitation and the PortevinLe Chatelier effect in an Al-Li-Cu-Mg-Zr alloy

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    Wert, J.A.; Wycliffe, P.A.

    1985-04-01

    Serrated yielding, also known as the Portevin-le Chatelier effect, occurs in a variety of aluminum alloys when solutes such as Mg or Cu are present in solid solution. Despite frequent observations of serrated yielding in Al-Li alloys, the phenomenon has not been extensively investigated in these alloys. Tamura, Mori and Nakamura reported finding serrated yielding in Al-3 wt.% Li single crystals deformed at room temperature at a strain rate near 10/sup -3/ 5/sup -1/. However, similar polycrystalline samples did not exhibit serrated yielding, a observation which Tamura et al ascribed to interference of the primary slip system by grain boundaries or by operation of multiple slip systems. Although the cause of serrated yielding in Al-Li single crystals was not discussed, an interaction between dislocations and Li atoms in solid solution is consistent with results reported by Tamura et al. The goal of the present investigation was to show that occurrence of serrated yielding of an Al-Li-Cu-Mg-Zr alloy coincides with absence of S' precipitates (precursor to Al/sub 2/CuMg) in the microstructure. Evidence is presented to show that when Cu and Mg remain in solid solution (S' absent), serrated yielding is observed. However, aging treatments that lead to copious precipitation of S' inhibit serrated yielding in this alloy. Thus, links are established between aging treatment, microstructure and the Portevin-le Chatelier effect in an Al-Li-Cu-Mg-Zr alloy.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. Elevated-temperature flow strength, creep resistance and diffusion welding characteristics of Ti-gAl-2Nb-1Ta-0.8Mo

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    Whittenberger, J. D.; Moore, T. J.

    1977-01-01

    A study of the flow strength, creep resistance and diffusion welding characteristics of the titanium alloy Ti-6Al-2Nb-1Ta-0.8Mo was conducted. Two mill-processed forms of this alloy were examined. The forged material was essentially processed above the beta transus while the rolled form was subjected to considerable work below the beta transus. Between 1150 and 1250 K, the forged material was stronger and more creep resistant than the rolled alloy. Both forms exhibit superplastic characteristics in this temperature range. Strain measurements during diffusion welding experiments at 1200 K reveal that weld interfaces have no measurable effect on the overall creep deformation. Significant deformation appears to be necessary to produce a quality diffusion weld between superplastic materials. A 'soft' interlayer inserted between faying surfaces would seemingly allow manufacture of quality diffusion welds with little overall deformation.

  14. Elevated temperature flow strength, creep resistance and diffusion welding characteristics of Ti-6Al-2Nb-1Ta-0.8Mo

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    Whittenberger, J. D.; Moore, T. J.

    1979-01-01

    A study of the flow strength, creep resistance and diffusion welding characteristics of the titanium alloy Ti-6Al-2Nb-1Ta-0.8Mo has been conducted. Two mill-processed forms of this alloy were examined. The forged material had been processed above the beta transus (approximately 1275 K) while the rolled form had been subjected to work below the beta transus. Between 1150 and 1250 K, the forged material was stronger and more creep resistant than the rolled alloy. Both forms exhibit superplastic characteristics in this temperature range. Strain measurements during diffusion welding experiments at 1200 K reveal that weld interfaces have no measurable effect on the overall creep deformation. Significant deformation appears to be necessary to produce a quality diffusion weld between superplastic materials. A 'soft' interlayer inserted between faying surfaces would seemingly allow manufacture of quality diffusion welds with little overall deformation.

  15. 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

  16. 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.

  17. Magnetic properties of Nd-Fe-Co(Cu)-Al-B amorphous alloys prepared by nonequilibrium techniques

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    Kumar, G.; Eckert, J.; Roth, S.; Löser, W.; Ram, S.; Schultz, L.

    2002-03-01

    The amorphous alloys Nd40Fe40Co5Al8B7, Nd57Fe20Co5Al10B8, and Nd57Fe20Cu5Al10B8 were prepared by copper mold casting, melt spinning, and mechanical alloying. Despite their similar x-ray diffraction patterns, samples display different magnetic and thermal behavior correlated with the method of preparation. The fully amorphous melt-spun ribbons exhibit relatively soft magnetic properties with coercivities ≈40 kA/m at room temperature and a Curie temperature (TC)≈474 K. Apparently only the mold-cast cylinders of 3 mm diameter show hard magnetic behavior with a coercivity in the range of 258-270 kA/m (depending on composition) and have approximately the same TC as that of the melt-spun ribbons. An additional magnetic transition at 585 K due to the presence of Nd2Fe14B phase in the case of Nd40Fe40Co5Al8B7 cast rod has been observed. Heat treatment above crystallization temperature in as-cast Nd57Fe20Co5Al10B8 and Nd57Fe20Cu5Al10B8 samples destroys the hard magnetic properties. In contrast, mechanically alloyed amorphous samples are soft magnetic with maximum coercivity up to 11 kA/m but show an entirely different TC≈680-740 K, which is rather characteristic of an Fe solid solution. The magnetic properties are discussed in terms of different local atomic environment and cluster sizes in amorphous samples prepared by different methods.

  18. 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.

  19. Combination of ToF-SIMS imaging and AFM to study the early stages of corrosion in Al-Cu thin films

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    Seyeux, A.; Missert, Nancy; Frankel, Gerald; Unocic, Kinga A; Klein, L. H.; Galtayries, A.; Marcus, P

    2011-01-01

    The pitting corrosion of Al-Cu thin film alloys was investigated using samples that were heat treated in air to form through-thickness Al2Cu particles within an Al-0.5%Cu matrix. Time-of-Flight SIMS (ToF-SIMS) analysis revealed Cu-rich regions 250 - 800 nm in lateral extent near the metal/oxide interface. Following exposure that generated pitting corrosion, secondary electron, secondary ion, and AFM images showed pits with size and density similar to those of the Cu-rich regions. The role of the Cu-rich regions is addressed.

  20. 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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Clathrates with Me = Mg, Pd, Ni, Au, Ag, Cu, Zn, Al, Sn

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    Wunderlich, Wilfried; Amano, Mao; Matsumura, Yoshihito

    2014-06-01

    Clathrate materials of AlSi, CuSi or NiSi type consisting of abundant elements have a realistic chance of becoming useful thermoelectrics in the near future, because the rattling effect due to their crystal cage structure provides a large figure of merit ZT even in experiments measured under large temperature gradients. In the search for better thermoelectrics, new element combinations in the clathrate type I structure with cubic space group Pm3n were calculated using VASP ab initio software. Predictions of the Seebeck coefficient were made by checking the electronic band structure and density of states for a large variety of input data. For x values around 4 to 6 in the structural formula Ba8Me x Si46- x the substituents Cu, Au, and Ag are best for good thermoelectric behavior, which is discussed in this paper as a result of the low electron-phonon interaction parameter.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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. PMID:26073589

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. Microstructure and microhardness of nanostructured Al-4.6Cu-Mn alloy ribbons

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    Chen, Zhong-wei; Fan, Qin-ying; Zhao, Kai

    2015-08-01

    The microstructural characteristics and microhardness of nanostructured Al-4.6Cu-Mn ribbons produced by melt spinning were investigated using field-emission gun scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and hardness testing, and the results were compared to those of similar ribbons manufactured by direct-chill casting. It is shown that the nanostructure of the as-melt-spun ribbons consists of α-Al dendrites with a secondary dendrite arm spacing of approximately 0.55-0.80 μm and ultrafine eutectic crystals of a nanosized scale of approximately 100-200 nm on dendritic boundaries. The solidification time and cooling rate of 46-μm-thick ribbons were estimated to be 1.3 × 10-6 s and 4.04 × 106 K·s-1, respectively. At an aging temperature of 190°C, the coherent θ″ phase in aged ribbons gradually transforms into nanoscale θ'-phase platelets as the aging time is extended from 2 to 8 h; the rod-like morphology of the T (Al20Cu2Mn3) dispersoid with 120-160-nm diameter also forms, which results in peak aging hardness. The precipitation behaviors of aged ribbons cannot be changed at the high cooling rates of as-cast ribbons. However, a finer and more uniformly distributed microstructure and a supersaturated solid solution at a high cooling rate can shorten the time required to obtain a certain aging hardness before peak hardness.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. Factors Affecting the Hydrogen Environment Assisted Cracking Resistance of an AL-Zn-Mg-(Cu) Alloy

    SciTech Connect

    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.

  14. Hydrogenolysis of Glycerol to Propylene Glycol on Nanosized Cu-Zn-Al Catalysts Prepared Using Microwave Process.

    PubMed

    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

  15. 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.

  16. The effect of quaternary element on the thermodynamic parameters and structure of CuAlMn shape memory alloys

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    Aksu Canbay, C.; Karagoz, Z.

    2013-10-01

    In this study, the Cu-based shape memory alloys were produced by arc melting. We have investigated the effects of the alloying elements on the characteristic transformation temperatures, enthalpy, entropy values, and the structure of Cu-Al-Mn ternary system. The evolution of the transformation temperatures was studied by the differential scanning calorimetry. The characteristic transformation temperatures can be controlled by the variations in the aluminum and manganese content. Additionally, the effect of magnesium and iron on the transformation temperatures and thermodynamic parameters was investigated in the Cu-Al-Mn ternary system. The addition of the magnesium decreases the characteristic transformation temperatures of the Cu-Al-Mn system, but that of the iron increases. The structural changes of the samples were studied by X-ray diffraction measurements and optical microscope observations. Due to the low solubility of the magnesium, the magnesium addition into the Cu-Al-Mn system forms precipitates in the matrix. It is evaluated that the transformation parameters of the CuAlMn shape memory alloys can be controlled by the change of the alloying elements and the weight percentages of alloying elements.

  17. Effect of enhanced convection on the microstructure of Al-Cu-Li welds

    SciTech Connect

    Aidun, D.K.; Dean, J.P.

    1999-10-01

    The effects of enhanced convection induced by a high-gravity environment on the resulting weld microstructure of a 2195-T8 (Al-Cu-Li) alloy have been investigated. Stationary (spot) bead-on-plate gas tungsten arc welds were performed at 1, 5, and 10 g (1 g = 9.8 m/s{sup 2}) using the multigravity research welding system (MGRWS). Of particular interest was the gradual disappearance of a narrow band of fine equiaxed grains (EQ) located along the fusion boundary of the weld as g level increased. The presence of this equiaxed zone (EQZ) may affect weld mechanical properties and therefore compromise structures incorporating welds of Al-Cu-Li alloys. The qualitative verification of a proposed mechanism for equiaxed grain formation along the fusion boundary of Al-Cu-Li alloy welds by Gutierrez and Lippold is also presented. The high-g environment causing enhanced convection is believed to alter the thermal and fluid flow conditions within the weld pool, thereby creating an environment in which there is neither a stagnant boundary layer nor an unmixed zone. Furthermore, the precipitates aiding in the precipitation of the fine, equiaxed grains are believed to be swept into the weld pool at high-g and completely dissolved. As a result, the environment for equiaxed grain formation has been eliminated. The analysis of the microstructural evolution from 1 to 5 to 10 g qualitatively verifies this proposed mechanism. At 1 g, a prominent EQZ formed; at 5 g, the EQZ was scattered in location along the fusion boundary and of reduced width; at 10 g, the EQZ had completely disappeared leaving a near perfect line separating the large grains of the heat-affected zone from the fine dendrites of the fusion zone.

  18. Microwave losses in MgO, LaAlO3, and (La0.3Sr0.7)(Al0.65Ta0.35)O3 dielectrics at low power and in the millikelvin temperature range

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    Arzeo, M.; Lombardi, F.; Bauch, T.

    2014-05-01

    We have investigated both the temperature and the power dependence of microwave losses for various dielectrics commonly used as substrates for the growth of high critical temperature superconductor thin films. We present measurement of niobium superconducting λ/2 coplanar waveguide resonators, fabricated on MgO, LaAlO3, and (La0.3Sr0.7)(Al0.65Ta0.35)O3 (LSAT), at the millikelvin temperature range and at low input power. By comparing our results with the two-level system model, we have discriminated among different dominant loss mechanisms. LSAT has shown the best results as regards the dielectric losses in the investigated regimes.

  19. 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.

  20. The rate dependence of the saturation flow stress of Cu and 1100 Al

    SciTech Connect

    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.

  1. Recrystallization textures and microstructures of Al-0.3%Cu alloy after deformation to high strains

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    Li, X. R.; Wakeel, A.; Huang, T. L.; Wu, G. L.; Huang, X.

    2015-08-01

    An Al-0.3%Cu alloy was deformed to high strains by cold rolling. The as-deformed samples were annealed at different temperatures until complete recrystallization. The cold rolling textures were determined by X-ray diffraction while the recrystallization textures and microstructures were characterized by electron backscatter diffraction. It was found that the rolling texture was characterized by a strong Brass component. After complete recrystallization Goss and Cube textures were developed. The effects of deformation strain and annealing temperature on the recrystallization textures are discussed.

  2. 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.

  3. Interfacial Heat Transfer during Die Casting of an Al-Si-Cu Alloy

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    Hamasaiid, A.; Wang, G.; Davidson, C.; Dour, G.; Dargusch, M. S.

    2009-12-01

    The relationship between in-cavity pressure, heat flux, and heat-transfer coefficient during high-pressure die casting of an Al-9 pct Si-3 pct Cu alloy was investigated. Detailed measurements were performed using infrared probes and thermocouple arrays that accurately determine both casting and die surface temperatures during the pressure die casting of an aluminum A380 alloy. Concurrent in-cavity pressure measurements were also performed. These measurements enabled the correlation between in-cavity pressure and accurate heat-transfer coefficients in high-pressure die-casting operations.

  4. Electromigration performance improvement of Al-Si-Cu/TiN/Ti/n+Si contact

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    Shi, Gang; Sun, Zhen; Xu, Geng-Fu; Min, Yun-Hao; Luo, Jun-Yi; Lu, Yong; Li, Bing-Zong; Qu, Xin-Ping; Qian, Gang; Doan, My T.; Lee, Edmund

    1998-02-01

    In this study, two different processes, with and without rapid thermal annealing (RTA), have been compared for the Al-Si- Cu/TiN/Ti multilayer contact on n+ diffusions. A series of wafer level reliability (WLR) measurement performed on a test structure with two 1.08 X 1.08 micrometer2 contacts on n+ diffusion. The results show that RTA can increase contact electromigration (EM) lifetime dramatically. The XRD, AES and TEM analysis indicate that this improvement is attributed to oxygen stuffing in TiN, phase change of TiN and TiSi2 formation at the interface of Ti and Si.

  5. Transmission electron microscopy characterization of microstructural features of Al-Li-Cu alloys

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    Avalos-Borja, M.; Pizzo, P. P.; Larson, L. A.

    1983-01-01

    A transmission electron microscopy (TEM) examination of aluminum-lithium-copper alloys was conducted. The principal purpose is to characterize the nature, size, and distribution of stringer particles which result from the powder metallurgy (P/M) processing of these alloys. Microstructural features associated with the stringer particles are reported that help explain the stress corrosion susceptibility of the powder metallurgy-processed Al-Li-Cu alloys. In addition, matrix precipitation events are documented for a variety of heat treatments and process variations. Hot rolling is observed to significant alter the nature of matrix precipitation, and the observations are correlated with concomitant mechanical property variations.

  6. CuAlTe{sub 2} under high temperature: An ab initio approach

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    Sharma, Monika Singh, Poonam Kumari, Meena Verma, U. P.

    2014-04-24

    The structural properties of the ternary CuAlTe{sub 2} semiconductor are investigated using the full-potential linearized augmented plane wave plus local orbital (FP−LAPW+lo) method within the local density approximation in the frame of the density functional theory. Our calculated results for structural properties are in excellent agreement with experimental values in comparison to the previous theoretical results. Through the quasi - harmonic Debye model, we have obtained successfully the thermodynamic properties in the pressure range from 0 to 50 GPa and the temperature range from 0 to 1100 K.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. Absolute energy distributions of Al, Cu, and Ta ions produced by nanosecond laser-generated plasmas at 1013 Wcm-2

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    Comet, M.; Versteegen, M.; Gobet, F.; Denis-Petit, D.; Hannachi, F.; Meot, V.; Tarisien, M.

    2016-01-01

    The charge state and energy distributions of ions produced by a pulsed 1 J, 9 ns Nd:YAG laser focused onto solid aluminum, copper, and tantalum targets were measured with an electrostatic analyzer coupled with a windowless electron multiplier detector. Special attention was paid to the detector response function measurements and to the determination of the analyzer transmission. Space charge effects are shown to strongly affect this transmission. Measured absolute energy distributions are presented for several charge states. They follow Boltzmann-like functions characterized by an effective ion temperature and an equivalent accelerating voltage. These parameters exhibit power laws as a function of I λ 2 which open the possibility to predict the expected shape of the relative energy distributions of ions on a large range of laser intensities (106-1016 Wcm-2 μm2).

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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

  13. 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.

  14. Nanostructured Al-ZnO/CdSe/Cu2O ETA solar cells on Al-ZnO film/quartz glass templates

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    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

  15. 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

  16. 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.

  17. 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}.

  18. 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%.

  19. 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.

  20. TA Collaborations

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    Diefendorf, Martha

    2010-01-01

    This paper highlights several current collaborative activities of the National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (NECTAC). There are many specific examples of TA (Technical Assistance) collaborations that take place on a regular basis; the seven examples presented here were selected to represent different types of collaboration. The…

  1. A model of the interfacial processes inhibiting the environmental degradation of Al-Cu alloys

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    Kearns, Jeffery Robert

    A better understanding of the composition and structure of chemically treated Al alloy surfaces is necessary to devise new, more environmentally benign, coating systems for aircraft. In this work, the surface of AA2024-T3, as well as analogs for constituent intermetallic compounds (IMC), were examined at various stages of the Al alloy pretreatment and chromate conversion coating (CCC) process. A complement of techniques were used: imaging and dyanmic Secondary Ion Mass Spectroscopy (SIMS), Variable-Angle X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (VA/XPS), Synchrotron Infrared Microspectroscopy (SIRS), X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy (XAS), and Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy (EIS). The water and hydrocarbons in commercial CCC destabilized Cr(VI) during exposure to soft x-rays. However, it was possible to prevent photochemical reduction with the ultra-clean vacuum pumping practice recently developed at Stony Brook. The type of pretreatment used prior to chromate conversion coating influenced the extent of IMC removal, Cu (re)distribution, and surface activity. Cu(I) was observed on all the chemically treated surfaces. Samples pretreated in Sanchem 1000 while galvanically coupled to a Pt mesh had a more desirable distribution of Cu for subsequent processing. Chromate reduction was not a significant factor in CCC aging over a 24-hr period, but surface dehydration and structural change were correlated and causative. Imaging SIMS revealed heterogeneities in the CCC that varied laterally with IMC in the alloy substrate. These regions were depleted in compounds containing Cr, F, and CN. Cu was found at localized sites in the CCC contact surface. Cyano groups were bound as Cr(IlI)-CNFe(H). The chromate available for CCC repair was located on matrix regions through the entire bulk of the CCC. The presence of residual contaminants (e.g. cleaning agents, metal working fluid, ink) affected the distribution of activator compounds (e.g. ferricyanide) in a CCC. The cyanide complex

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Comparison of laser ablation and sputter desorption of clusters from Au7Cu5Al4

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    King, B. V.; Moore, J. F.; Cui, Y.; Veryovkin, I. V.; Tripa, C. E.

    2014-12-01

    Ionized and neutral clusters were desorbed from spangold, a polycrystalline ternary alloy with composition Au7Cu5Al4, using both a femtosecond laser beam and an energetic ion beam and the resulting time of flight mass spectra compared. Neutral clusters containing up to 7 atoms were ejected by the 15 keV Ar+ beam whereas only smaller positively and negatively charged clusters were observed from the laser ablated spangold surface. Laser ionization mass spectrometry (LIMS) positive ion spectra were dominated by Al containing cluster ions whereas Au containing ions dominated the negative LIMS spectrum. An odd-even variation in LIMS cluster yield was observed, consistent with previous results and due to fragmentation of photoionized clusters. The laser sputtered neutral mass spectrometry (laser SNMS) spectrum showed that larger desorbed clusters were gold rich. The cluster signals also followed a power law dependence with cluster size with the exponent value of 6-7.6 for sputtered mixed clusters being greater than that found from sputtering of pure elements, similar to the result found previously in the Cu-Au system.

  6. 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.

  7. Cold Spraying of Cu-Al-Bronze for Cavitation Protection in Marine Environments

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    Krebs, S.; Gärtner, F.; Klassen, T.

    2015-01-01

    Traveling at high speeds, ships have to face the problem of rudder cavitation-erosion. At present, the problem is countered by fluid dynamically optimized rudders, synthetic, and weld-cladded coatings on steel basis. Nevertheless, docking and repair is required after certain intervals. Bulk Cu-Al-bronzes are in use at ships propellers to withstand corrosion and cavitation. Deposited as coatings with bulk-like properties, such bronzes could also enhance rudder life times. The present study investigates the coating formation by cold spraying CuAl10Fe5Ni5 bronze powders. By calculations of the impact conditions, the range of optimum spray parameters was preselected in terms of the coating quality parameter η on steel substrates with different temperatures. As-atomized and annealed powders were compared to optimize cavitation resistance of the coatings. Results provide insights about the interplay between the mechanical properties of powder and substrate for coating formation. Single particle impact morphologies visualize the deformation behavior. Coating performance was assessed by analyzing microstructures, bond strength, and cavitation resistance. These first results demonstrate that cold-sprayed bronze coatings have a high potential for ensuring a good performances in rudder protection. With further optimization, such coatings could evolve towards a competitive alternative to existing anti-cavitation procedures.

  8. Application of Cu-Al-Mn superelastic alloy bars as reinforcement elements in concrete beams

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    Shrestha, Kshitij C.; Araki, Yoshikazu; Nagae, Takuya; Yano, Hayato; Koetaka, Yuji; Omori, Toshihiro; Sutou, Yuji; Kainuma, Ryosuke; Ishida, Kiyohito

    2012-04-01

    Experimental works are done to assess the seismic behavior of concrete beams reinforced with superelastic alloy (SEA) bars. Applicability of newly developed Cu-Al-Mn SEA bars, characterized by large recovery strain, low material cost, and high machinability, have been proposed as partial replacements for conventional steel bars in order to reduce residual deformations in structures during and after intense earthquakes. Four-point reverse-cyclic bending tests were done on 1/3 scale concrete beams comprising three different types of specimens - conventional steel reinforced concrete (ST-RC), SEA reinforced concrete (SEA-RC), and SEA reinforced concrete with pre-tensioning (SEA-PC). The results showed that SEA reinforced concrete beams demonstrated significant enhancement in crack recovery capacity in comparison to steel reinforced beam. Average recovery of cracks for each of the specimens was 21% for ST-RC, 84% for SEA-RC, and 86% for SEA-PC. In addition, SEA-RC and SEA-PC beams demonstrated strong capability of recentering with comparable normalized strength and ductility relative to conventional ST-RC beam specimen. ST-RC beam, on the other hand, showed large residual cracks due to progressive reduction in its re-centering capability with each cycle. Both the SEA-RC and SEA-PC specimens demonstrated superiority of Cu-Al-Mn SEA bars to conventional steel reinforcing bars as reinforcement elements.

  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. Accumulative Roll Bonding and Post-Deformation Annealing of Cu-Al-Mn Shape Memory Alloy

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    Moghaddam, Ahmad Ostovari; Ketabchi, Mostafa; Afrasiabi, Yaser

    2014-09-01

    Accumulative roll bonding is a severe plastic deformation process used for Cu-Al-Mn shape memory alloy. The main purpose of this study is to investigate the possibility of grain refinement of Cu-9.5Al-8.2Mn (in wt.%) shape memory alloy using accumulative roll bonding and post-deformation annealing. The alloy was successfully subjected to 5 passes of accumulative roll bonding at 600 °C. The microstructure, properties as well as post-deformation annealing of this alloy were investigated by optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, x-ray diffraction, differential scanning calorimeter, and bend and tensile testing. The results showed that after 5 passes of ARB at 600 °C, specimens possessed α + β microstructure with the refined grains, but martensite phases and consequently shape memory effect completely disappeared. Post-deformation annealing was carried out at 700 °C, and the martensite phase with the smallest grain size (less than 40 μm) was obtained after 150 s of annealing at 700 °C. It was found that after 5 passes of ARB and post-deformation annealing, the stability of SME during thermal cycling improved. Also, tensile properties of alloys significantly improved after post-deformation annealing.

  11. Accumulative Roll Bonding and Post-Deformation Annealing of Cu-Al-Mn Shape Memory Alloy

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    Moghaddam, Ahmad Ostovari; Ketabchi, Mostafa; Afrasiabi, Yaser

    2014-12-01

    Accumulative roll bonding is a severe plastic deformation process used for Cu-Al-Mn shape memory alloy. The main purpose of this study is to investigate the possibility of grain refinement of Cu-9.5Al-8.2Mn (in wt.%) shape memory alloy using accumulative roll bonding and post-deformation annealing. The alloy was successfully subjected to 5 passes of accumulative roll bonding at 600 °C. The microstructure, properties as well as post-deformation annealing of this alloy were investigated by optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, x-ray diffraction, differential scanning calorimeter, and bend and tensile testing. The results showed that after 5 passes of ARB at 600 °C, specimens possessed α + β microstructure with the refined grains, but martensite phases and consequently shape memory effect completely disappeared. Post-deformation annealing was carried out at 700 °C, and the martensite phase with the smallest grain size (less than 40 μm) was obtained after 150 s of annealing at 700 °C. It was found that after 5 passes of ARB and post-deformation annealing, the stability of SME during thermal cycling improved. Also, tensile properties of alloys significantly improved after post-deformation annealing.

  12. 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

  13. 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.

  14. Characterization of a CuAlBe Alloy with Different Cr Contents

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    da M. Candido, Gemierson Valois; de A. Melo, Tadeu Antônio; De Albuquerque, Victor Hugo C.; Gomes, Rodinei Medeiros; de Lima, Severino Jackson G.; Tavares, João Manuel R. S.

    2012-11-01

    In this article, the use of chromium (Cr) as a grain refiner for a CuAlBe shape memory alloy is discussed. Alloys with 0.1, 0.2, 0.3, and 0.5 wt.% Cr were characterized by optical microscopy, scanning electron microscope, and x-ray diffraction. Also, the influence of the different percentages of Cr on the grain size and on the mechanical properties was analyzed through macro- and microscopic evaluations and by tensile and hardness tests, respectively. Finally, the phase transformation temperatures of the alloys were determined by thermal analysis using differential scanning calorimetry. The results showed that the higher the Cr content, the greater the grain refinement effect and lower the hardness. In addition, at room temperature the alloys with 0.1 and 0.2 wt.% Cr were austenitic, while the rest were martensitic. The tensile tests showed that the alloy with 0.2 wt.% Cr provided the best strain-stress performance. The conclusion was that the use of 0.2 wt.% Cr as a grain refiner improved the mechanical properties of the CuAlBe alloy; however, the same was not observed for the other Cr contents.

  15. Effects of Annealing Temperature on Thermomechanical Properties of Cu-Al-Ni Shape Memory Alloys

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    Canbay, C. Aksu; Karagoz, Z.

    2013-07-01

    The effects of the annealing temperature on structural properties and the phase transformation of a Cu-14.1Al-3.9Ni (mass %) shape memory alloy (SMA) have been investigated. The annealing process was carried out at temperatures in the range of to . The structural changes of the as-quenched and annealed samples were studied by optical microscope and X-ray diffraction measurements. The evolution of the transformation temperatures was studied by differential scanning calorimetry with different heating and cooling rates. The activation energy and thermodynamic parameters of the samples were determined. It was found that the heat treatment has an effect on the characteristic transformation temperatures and on thermodynamic parameters such as enthalpy, entropy, and activation energy. The crystallite size of the as-quenched and annealed samples were determined. Vickers hardness measurements of the as-quenched and annealed samples were also carried out. It is evaluated that the transformation parameters of a CuAlNi SMA can be controlled by heat treatment.

  16. 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.

  17. 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

  18. 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.

  19. 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

  20. 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.

  1. Mechanical properties of superelastic Cu Al Be wires at cold temperatures for the seismic protection of bridges

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    Zhang, Yunfeng; Camilleri, Joseph A.; Zhu, Songye

    2008-04-01

    This paper examines the suitability of superelastic copper-aluminum-beryllium (Cu-Al-Be) alloy wires for the seismic protection of bridges in cold regions. Experimental results for the mechanical properties of superelastic Cu-Al-Be alloy wires at a variety of temperatures and loading rates are presented. This research is motivated by the recent use of shape memory alloys for bridge restrainers subject to harsh winter conditions, especially in cold regions. Bridge restrainers made of superelastic Cu-Al-Be wire strands are expected to be used for protecting bridge decks from excessive displacement when subjected to strong earthquakes. Using a temperature chamber, superelastic Cu-Al-Be wires with a diameter of 1.4 mm were tested under uniaxial cyclic loading at various loading rates and cold temperatures. The test results from 23 to -50 °C demonstrate that Cu-Al-Be exhibits superelastic behavior at cold temperatures down to -85 °C. It is also found that with decreasing temperature the transformation plateau stress is reduced while its fatigue life increases under cyclic testing.

  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. X-ray crystal structures of Al-doped (Y,Ca)Ba2Cu3O(7-y) whiskers.

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    Bertolotti, Federica; Calore, Leandro; Gervasio, Giuliana; Agostino, Angelo; Truccato, Marco; Operti, Lorenza

    2014-04-01

    Al(+3)-doped (Y,Ca)Ba2Cu3O(7-y) (YBCO) whiskers have been synthesized using a solid-state reaction technique. These materials are promising candidates for solid-state THz applications based on sequences of Josephson Junctions (IJJs). Alumina addition was systematically varied and the effect of aluminium incorporation on the structure has been investigated using single-crystal X-ray diffraction. Aluminium only replaces Cu atoms in the O-Cu-O-Cu chains and a gradual transition from orthorhombic to tetragonal space group occurs, thus increasing the Al content. A gradual modification of the coordination sphere of the copper site has also been observed. The Ca(2+) ion substitutes mainly the Y(3+) ion and also, to a small extent, the Ba(2+) ion. PMID:24675593

  4. Integration of amorphous tantalum silicon nitride (TaSiN) films as diffusion barriers in a Cu/SiLK(TM) metallization scheme

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    Padiyar, Sumant Devdas

    2003-09-01

    Current and future performance requirements for high- speed integrated circuit (IC) devices have placed great emphasis on the introduction of novel materials, deposition techniques and improved metrology techniques. The introduction of copper interconnects and more currently low-k dielectric materials in IC fabrication are two such examples. This introduction necessitates research on the compatibility of these materials and process techniques with adjacent diffusion barrier materials. One candidate, which has attracted significant attention is tantalum-silicon-nitride (TaSiN) on account of its superior diffusion barrier performance and high recrystallization temperature1. The subject of this dissertation is an investigation of the integration compatibility and performance of TaSiN barrier layers with a low-k dielectric polymer (SiLK ®2). A plasma- enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD) approach is taken for growth of TaSiN films in this work due to potential advantages in conformal film coverage compared to more conventional physical vapor deposition methods. A Design of Experiment (DOE) methodology was introduced for PECVD of TaSiN on SiLK to optimize film properties such as film composition, resistivity, growth rate and film roughness with respect to the predictors viz. substrate temperature, precursor gas flow and plasma power. The first pass study determined the response window for optimized TaSiN film composition, growth rate and low halide contamination and the compatibility of the process with an organic polymer substrate, i.e. SiLK. Second-pass studies were carried out to deposit ultra- thin (10nm) films on: (a)blanket SiLK to investigate the performance of TaSiN films against copper diffusion, and (b)patterned SiLK to evaluate step coverage and conformality. All TaSiN depositions were carried out on SiO2 substrates for baseline comparisons. A second purpose of the diffusion barrier in IC processing is to improve interfacial adhesion between the

  5. Ab Initio Calculations and Experimental Properties of CuAl x Ga1- x Te2 for Photovoltaic Solar Cells

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    Benabdeslem, M.; Sehli, H.; Rahal, S.; Benslim, N.; Bechiri, L.; Djekoun, A.; Touam, T.; Boujnah, M.; El Kenz, A.; Benyoussef, A.; Portier, X.

    2016-02-01

    Nanostructured chalcopyrite CuAl x Ga1- x Te2 ( x = 0.25, 0.50, and 0.75) has been prepared by ball milling of Cu, Al, Ga, and Te precursors. Preliminary ab initio calculations of the main properties have been performed on the prototype chalcopyrite semiconductor CuAlGaTe2. The simulation method used is based on the density functional theory within the framework of pseudo-potentials and plane waves. Band Structure calculations suggest that CuAlGaTe2 is a direct bandgap semiconductor having a band gap = 1.35 eV. In the experimental part, x-ray diffraction analysis revealed the presence of (112), (220)/(204), (312)/(116), and (400) reflections for all the milled powders characteristic of the chalcopyrite structure. A shift in peaks towards a higher value of 2 θ is observed with the increase in Al composition. With increasing Al content, it is found that the average crystallite size decreases whereas the bandgap energy increases from 1.34 eV to 1.51 eV. Compared with experimental data, calculated results by GGA-mBJ functional quantitatively agree with experimental data.

  6. Effect of crystal grain dimension on the magnetic properties and magnetocaloric effects in DyCuAl compound.

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    Dong, Qiaoyan; Shen, Baogen; He, Shuli; Jiang, Hongwei; Zheng, Wu; Sun, Jirong

    2012-02-01

    The influence of crystal grain dimension (approximately 38 nm and approximately 90 nm) on magnetic properties and magnetocaloric effects has been investigated for DyCuAl compound. The reduction of crystal grain dimension leads to the decrease of the Curie temperature (from 27 K to 24 K) and the evident enhancement of magnetic anisotropy. The peak values of magnetic entropy change under a field change of 0-5 T are 14.9 J kg(-1) K(-1) and 20.4 J kg(-1) K(-1) for DyCuAl compounds (approximately 38 nm and approximately 90 nm), respectively. A large refrigerant capacity is also produced in DyCuAl compounds (423 J kg(-1) and 379 J kg(-1) for the same field change, respectively). Large magnetic entropy changes and refrigerant capacities jointly make them attractive candidates for low-temperature magnetic refrigerant. PMID:22629891

  7. Study of local structure in hyper-eutectic Zr-Cu-Al bulk glassy alloys by positron annihilation techniques

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    Ishiyama, T.; Ishii, K.; Yokoyama, Y.; Konno, T. J.; Iwase, A.; Hori, F.

    2016-01-01

    The Zr-Cu-Al bulk glassy (BG) alloy, which has amorphous structure, possesses various properties such as high strength and toughness with compositional dependence. In the present study, density, positron annihilation lifetime and coincidence Doppler Broadening measurement have been performed for various compositional hyper-eutectic Zr-Cu-Al BG alloys. The density of hyper-eutectic Zr-Cu-Al BG alloys increases with decreasing of Zr fraction. In contrast, positron lifetime for all compositional alloys is almost constant about 165 psec. In addition, the CDB ratio profile is almost the same for hyper-eutectic alloys. This unchanging trend of CDB ratio profile is quite different from that of hypo-eutectic BG alloys. These results reveal that different internal structure exists in hyper and hypo-eutectic BG alloys.

  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. The mechanism of electromigration failure of narrow Al-2Cu-1Si thin-film interconnects

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    Kim, Choongun; Morris, J. W., Jr.

    1993-05-01

    This work is principally concerned with the microstructure of electromigration failure in narrow Al-2Cu-1Si conducting lines on Si. Samples were patterned from 0.5-μm-thick vapor-deposited films with mean grain size of 2.4 μm, and had linewidths of 1.3 μm (W/G≊0.5), 2 μm (W/G≊0.8), and 6 μm (W/G≊2.5). The lines were tested to failure at T=226 °C and j=2.5×106 A/cm2. Other samples were tested over a range of substrate temperatures and current densities to test the effect of these variables, and 1.3 μm lines were tested after preaging at 226 °C for various times to change the Cu-precipitate distribution prior to testing. Three failure modes were observed: The 6 μm specimens failed by separation along grain boundaries with an apparent activation energy of 0.65 eV; the 1.3 μm specimens that were preaged for 24 h failed after very long times by gradual thinning to rupture; all other narrow lines failed by the transgranular-slit mechanism with an activation energy near 0.93 eV. Microstructural studies suggest that the transgranular-slit failure mechanism is due to the accumulation of a supersaturation of vacancies in the bamboo grains that terminate polygranular segments in the line. Failure occurs after Cu has been swept from the grain that fails. Failure happens first at the end of the longest polygranular segment of the line, at a time that decreases exponentially with the polygranular segment length. Preaging the line to create a more stable distribution of Cu lengthens the time required to sweep Cu from the longest polygranular segment, and significantly increases the time to failure. In the optimal case the transgranular-slit failure mechanism is suppressed, and the bamboo grain fails by diffuse thinning to rupture. Preaging is particularly effective in increasing the lifetimes of lines that contain very long polygranular segments, and has the consequence that the time to first failure in an array of lines is much longer than predicted by a log

  10. 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.

  11. Influence of MnC2O4 microadditives on combustion characteristics of CuO/Al nanoenergetics

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    Painuly, Madhusudan; Patel, Vinay Kumar; Bhattacharya, Shantanu

    2016-05-01

    In this work, we have investigated the catalytic effect of MnC2O4 microrods on combustion characteristics of CuO/nAl nanoenergetic composites. CuO nanorods were prepared by solid state synthesis method using the nonionic surfactant of poly(ethylene)glycol of molecular weight 400 (PEG400). The crystal information and microstructure of CuO/nAl nanoenergetics were studied by X-ray diffractometry and Transmission Electron microscopy. Microrods shaped manganese oxalate (MnC2O4) were fabricated by using mild thermal precipitation and aging process and confirmed by energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS). The microstructures of MnC2O4 microrods and the nanoenergetic composites of CuO/nAl/MnC2O4 were characterized by Field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM) imaging. The addition of MnC2O4 microrods has demonstrated a significant enhancement in dynamic pressure-time characteristics of CuO/nAl nanoenergetics.

  12. 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

  13. Mechanical Properties and Electrochemical Corrosion Behavior of Al/Sn-9Zn- xAg/Cu Joints

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    Huang, M. L.; Huang, Y. Z.; Ma, H. T.; Zhao, J.

    2011-03-01

    The effect of Ag content on the wetting behavior of Sn-9Zn- xAg on aluminum and copper substrates during soldering, as well as the mechanical properties and electrochemical corrosion behavior of Al/Sn-9Zn- xAg/Cu solder joints, were investigated in the present work. Tiny Zn and coarsened dendritic AgZn3 regions were distributed in the Sn matrix in the bulk Sn-9Zn- xAg solders, and the amount of Zn decreased while that of AgZn3 increased with increasing Ag content. The wettability of Sn-9Zn-1.5Ag solder on Cu substrate was better than those of the other Sn-9Zn- xAg solders but worse than that of Sn-9Zn solder. The wettability of Sn-9Zn-1.5Ag on the Al substrate was also better than those of the other Sn-9Zn- xAg solders, and even better than that of Sn-9Zn solder. The Al/Sn-9Zn/Cu joint had the highest shear strength, and the shear strength of the Al/Sn-9Zn- xAg/Cu ( x = 0 wt.% to 3 wt.%) joints gradually decreased with increasing Ag content. The corrosion resistance of the Sn-9Zn- xAg solders in Al/Sn-9Zn- xAg/Cu joints in 5% NaCl solution was improved compared with that of Sn-9Zn. The corrosion potential of Sn-9Zn- xAg solders continuously increased with increasing Ag content from 0 wt.% to 2 wt.% but then decreased for Sn-9Zn-3Ag. The addition of Ag resulted in the formation of the AgZn3 phase and in a reduction of the amount of the eutectic Zn phase in the solder matrix; therefore, the corrosion resistance of the Al/Sn-9Zn- xAg/Cu joints was improved.

  14. Effect of Zn Content on the Microstructure and Properties of Super-High Strength Al-Zn-Mg-Cu Alloys

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    Chen, Ziyong; Mo, Yuanke; Nie, Zuoren

    2013-08-01

    The microstructure and properties of three different Al-Zn-Mg-Cu alloys with high Zn content (9 wt pct, 10 wt pct, and 11 wt pct, marked as 9Zn, 10Zn, and 11Zn, respectively) were investigated. The strength of alloys increases as the Zn content increases from 9 wt pct to 10 wt pct, while it does not increase any more as the Zn content increases continuously from 10 wt pct to 11 wt pct. The stress-corrosion cracking (SCC) resistance decreases as the Zn content increases from 9 wt pct to 10 wt pct, while it changes unobviously as the Zn content increases continuously from 10 wt pct to 11 wt pct. The elongation and fracture toughness of alloys decrease as the Zn content increases in these Al-Zn-Mg-Cu alloys. The Zn content has little effect on the precipitation reaction of Al-Zn-Mg-Cu alloys that contain the mixture of GP zones, and η' are the main Matrix Precipitates (MPt) in the peak-aging state, and the mixture of η' and η are the main MPt in the over-aging state. The amount of MPt and coarse T (AlZnMgCu) phases are shown to increase with the increasing Zn content in Al-Zn-Mg-Cu alloys. The coarse T phases hardly dissolve into the matrix and are the source for the crack initiation, which may be the responsibility for the negative effect on the properties of high Zn content Al-Zn-Mg-Cu alloys.

  15. 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

  16. 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

  17. 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. PMID:21489846

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

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

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

    2016-05-01

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

  1. 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.

  2. The effects of thermal procedure on transformation temperature, crystal structure and microstructure of Cu-Al-Co shape memory alloy

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    Aydoğdu, Y.; Kök, M.; Dağdelen, F.; Aydoğdu, A.; Turabi, A. S.; Karaca, H. E.

    2016-01-01

    The purpose of this study is to investigate the effects of different thermal procedures of the Cu-Al-Co shape memory alloy on its crystal structure, transformation temperature and microstructure. The alloys were subjected to a heat treatment and then cooling was applied at four different conditions. After the thermal process, XRD, DSC, optical microscopy and micro-hardness measurements were carried out. The experimental studies showed that crystal structure, microstructure and transformation temperature of Cu-Al-Co alloy were changed from the cooling conditions.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Numerical Simulation Microstructure Morphology Evolution and Solute Microsegregation of Al-Si-Cu Ternary Alloys during Solidification Process

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    Xie, Shuisheng; Huang, Guojie; Cheng, Lei; Fu, Yao; Li, Qiang

    2011-06-01

    A 2D microstructure and solute microsegregation model of Al-Si-Cu ternary alloys is presented by using cellular automaton(CA) method. In CA model, an improved algorithm was presented that abandoned the assumption of solid/liquid interface position and velocity so as to calculate the solid fraction in the solid/liquid interface unit. Then, using CA model, a dendrite of Al-Si-Cu ternary alloys is simulated. Finally, solidification microstructure and solute microsegregation are simulated, and the simulated results can reflect the microstructure and different solute microsegregation during solidification process.

  6. 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.

  7. Investigation on the structural properties of GaN films grown on La0.3Sr1.7AlTaO6 substrates

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    Wang, Wenliang; Zhou, Shizhong; Liu, Zuolian; Yang, Weijia; Lin, Yunhao; Qian, Huirong; Gao, Fangliang; Li, Guoqiang

    2014-04-01

    Gallium nitride (GaN) films with excellent structural, electrical and optical properties have been epitaxially grown on La0.3Sr1.7AlTaO6 (LSAT) (111) substrates by radio-frequency molecular beam epitaxy at low temperature. The GaN films grown at 500 °C exhibits high crystalline quality with the (0002) and (10-12) full width at half maximum of 0.056° and 0.071°. There is a maximum of 1.1-nm-thick interfacial layer existing between the as-grown GaN and LSAT (111) substrate, and the as-grown about 300-nm-thick GaN films are almost fully relaxed only with a 0.0094% in-plane tensile strain. Hall and photoluminescence (PL) measurements also reveal outstanding electrical and optical properties of the as-grown GaN films on LSAT. This achievement brings the prospect for achieving highly-efficient GaN-based optoelectronic devices on LSAT (111) substrates.

  8. 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 (...

  9. 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.

  10. Mechanisms of wear in single- and two-phase materials: Final report. [Cu, Pb, Al/sub 2/O/sub 3/, Pb borosilicate glass, SiC (Pb-Cu), (Pb-Al/sub 2/O/sub 3/), (glass-Cu), (glass-Al/sub 2/O/sub 3/)

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    Macmillan, N.H.

    1987-11-01

    A comparative study has been made of the rolling-tumbling-sliding wear and solid particle erosion behavior of four single-phase materials (Cu, Pb, Al/sub 2/O/sub 3/, and a lead borosilicate glass and of series of ductile-ductile (Pb-Cu), ductile-brittle (Pb-Al/sub 2/O/sub 3/), brittle-ductile (glass-Cu), and brittle-brittle (glass-Al/sub 2/O/sub 3/) composites prepared from them. The same irregularly shaped 600 ..mu..m WC-8 wt.% Co abrasive particles were used throughout this work. Additional erosion measurements have been made on Danto Koruntz, Abresist, and sintered ..cap alpha..-SiC, using similar particles. Some subtle influences of erosive particle wear are documented for the first time, and the inadequacy of the currently available theoretical models to describe the influence of microstructure on erosion is exposed. 77 refs., 154 figs.

  11. Analysis and optimisation of ohmic contact resistance and surface morphology of a Ta-based diffusion barrier layer in AlGaN/GaN HEMTs on Si (1 1 1) substrates

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    Cho, Sung-Jin; Wang, Cong; Kim, Nam-Young

    2013-11-01

    Various rapid thermal annealing (RTA) conditions for the Ti/Al/Ta/Au ohmic contact process and the resulting surface analysis have been investigated to characterise AlGaN/GaN high-electron-mobility transistors (HEMTs) on Si (1 1 1) substrates. The use of Ta as an effective diffusion barrier in Ti/Al/metal/Au ohmic metallisation yields better ohmic contacts than other metal formations. To achieve low ohmic contact resistance (Rc) and good surface morphology, we tested different Ta layer thicknesses (20, 40, 60, and 80 nm) in a deoxidation process with smooth O2/H2 plasma-etching pre-treatments comprised of five annealing temperatures (700, 750, 800, 850, and 900 °C) and two annealing times (15 and 30 s). The best ohmic resistance, 0.03 Ω mm (7.27 × 10-7 Ω cm2), is obtained for a Ta barrier layer thickness of 40 nm, annealing temperature of 850 °C and annealing time of 30 s. In atomic force microscopy (AFM) images, nano-scale surface morphology with a root-mean-square (RMS) deviation of 6.9 nm is observed. Through comparative energy dispersive spectrometry (EDS) analysis of the surface morphologies at the bulge and sunken areas at 800 °C annealing temperature, we found that the surface degradation phenomenon is easily generated at 800 °C annealing temperature by a significant reaction of the Au-Al alloy. As a result, Au and Al are diffused into the Ta barrier layer, and a bulge and sunken are generated on the ohmic contact surface. From the EDS spectra, the Au ratio continually decreases from the optimised area (63%) to the sunken area (32%) due to the diffusion of Au through the Ta barrier layer. Conversely, the Au ratio continually increases from the optimised area (63%) to the bulged area (90%) due to the inability of Au to diffuse downward; Al diffuses upward and causes the Au bulge.

  12. Synthesis of CuAl2(acac)4(O(i)Pr)4, its hydrolysis and formation of bulk CuAl2O4 from the hydrolyzed gels; a case study of molecules to materials.

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    Ghanti, Epsita; Nagarajan, R

    2010-07-14

    CuAl(2)(acac)(4)(O(i)Pr)(4) was obtained by the reaction driven by the ligand rearrangement between anhydrous Cu(acac)(2) and Al(OPr(i))(3) in toluene under refluxing conditions. The single molecular nature and the stability of the precursor were evidenced by the presence of the molecular ion peak at m/z 749 in the EI mass spectrum. The FT-IR spectrum also confirmed the formation of the molecular precursor with strong bands appearing at 961, 1021, 1289, 1394, 1527 and 1594 cm(-1). Very low solubility as well as low stability of the precursor in common solvents hindered the growth of single crystals. The stability could be improved in acetic acid medium which was further used for the controlled hydrolysis of the precursor. A blue gel obtained on hydrolysis for 11 days showed the presence of acetate, isopropoxy and acac moieties in addition to the hydroxide group in the FT-IR spectrum. Fast hydrolysis assisted by ultrasonication with 1.5 ml of the hydrolyzing agent for 6 h resulted in a blue colored gel, the FT-IR spectrum of which also indicated the presence of acetate, isopropoxy, acac and hydroxide moieties. Both the gels showed a mass loss up to 78% according to thermal analysis in air up to 900 degrees C. While the PXRD pattern of the gel from the controlled hydrolysis yielded monophasic cubic CuAl(2)O(4) on heating at 900 degrees C in air for 12 h, phase pure product could be obtained within 12 h at 700 degrees C from the sonicated gel. Both the oxides were nanosized as observed in the TEM images. The particle size distribution obtained from the laser light scattering method showed monodispersity. The room-temperature Raman spectrum of CuAl(2)O(4) exhibited broad bands at 476, 505, 610, 712, 792 cm(-1) typical of nanosized crystallites and were assigned based on group theoretical analysis. The (27)Al NMR spectrum of CuAl(2)O(4) showed a sharp and intense resonance signal at around delta = 0.112 ppm characteristic of aluminium in octahedral coordination and one

  13. 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.

  14. Composition and anisotropy in Al-Cu-Li-Ag-Mg-Zr alloys

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    Gayle, F.W. . Metallurgy Div.); Tack, W.T.; Swanson, G. ); Heubaum, F.H.; Pickens, J.R. )

    1994-03-15

    Aluminum-lithium alloys that have been hot worked generally suffer from an anisotropy of mechanical properties, both through thickness (surface to centerline) and in plane (from longitudinal to 45[degree] to transverse). Although such anisotropy is present in all tempers, it is more pronounced in the commercially-important, high strength, artificially aged conditions. Yield strength differences between the longitudinal and long transverse orientations ([Delta]YS) of up to 240 MPa for Al-Cu-Li alloy 2090 have been reported. Since minimum properties in all orientations must be considered in applications design, mechanical property anisotropy can limit the use of an alloy. To investigate the role composition plays in the development of mechanical property anisotropy, the authors have examined a range of compositions in the Weldalite[reg sign] 049 alloy family as well as certain model alloys. This novel approach is in contrast to most attempts to reduce anisotropy which have been based on established alloys of relatively narrow composition ranges. In the present study, a baseline aluminum alloy 2195 (4.0 Cu-0.95 Li-0.4 Ag-0.4 Mg-0.14 Zr, in wt.%) with accompanying experimental variants containing 0 to 1.4% Li and 0.4 and 1.2% Mg, were evaluated for tensile property anisotropy, fracture toughness, and microstructure.

  15. Electromigration of substitutional impurities in metals: Theory and application in Al and Cu

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    van Ek, J.; Dekker, J. P.; Lodder, A.

    1995-09-01

    A theory describing scattering of Bloch electrons by an atom halfway along its path towards a neighboring vacancy is cast in a computationally convenient form. This allows for the computation of the electromigration wind force at the saddle-point position in an elementary diffusion step, where the cross section for Bloch electron-impurity scattering of the migrating ion is at a maximum. Results for atoms migrating into a neighboring vacancy in Al and Cu are presented The outcome is found to be consistent with experimetnal information, even though only a two-atom cluster was embedded in the host metal. it is concluded that even more realistic calculations of the electromigration wind force on substitutional impurities in metals are possible upon incorporation of the effects of local lattice deformation and charge transfer.

  16. 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%.

  17. 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.

  18. Real-Time X-Ray Microscopy of Al-Cu Eutectic Solidification

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    Kaukler, William F.; Curreri, Peter A.; Sen, Subhayu

    1998-01-01

    Recent improvements in the resolution of the X-ray Transmission Microscope (XTM) for Solidification Studies provide microstructure feature detectability down to 5 micrometers during solidification. This presentation will show the recent results from observations made in real-time of the solid-liquid interfacial morphologies of the Al-CuAI2 eutectic alloy. Lamellar dimensions and spacings, transitions of morphology caused by growth rate changes, and eutectic grain structures are open to measurements. A unique vantage point viewing the face of the interface isotherm is possible for the first time with the XTM due to its infinite depth of field. A video of the solid-liquid interfaces seen in-situ and in real-time will be shown.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  1. Thermoelectric properties of CuAlCh2 (Ch = S, Se and Te)

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    Gudelli, Vijay Kumar; Vaitheeswaran, G.; Kanchana, V.

    2015-06-01

    Electronic and thermoelectric properties of ternary chalcopyrite-type CuAlCh2 (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.

  2. 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.

  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 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

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. Homogeneity and structure of CuZrAlY metallic glass ribbons

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    Fetić, A. Salčinović; Selimović, A.; Fakić, B.; Hrvat, K.; Djekić, M.

    2016-03-01

    Metallic glasses are metastable amorphous structures produced by quenching-rapid cooling technique. Due to very high cooling rates during the production process, it is very difficult to produce homogeneous samples with identical chemical composition. In this paper we will present preliminary results of homogeneity and structure examinations of a CuZrAlY metallic glass ribbon. The ribbon, approximately 1.5 m long and 1 mm wide, was produced using melt spinning technique. Samples from the middle and the end of the ribbon were chosen for further examination. Surface was checked by metallographic and electron scanning microscopy. Chemical composition in different areas of each sample was checked by energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy. Electrical resistivity measurements in the temperature range from 80 K to 280 K were also conducted.

  9. Effects of via-conductor geometry in the electromigration failure of Al:Cu wires

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    Leon, R.; Vu, D.; Johnson, A. S.; Ruiz, R.; Okuno, J.; Uribe, J.; Hather, G.; Lloyd, J. R.

    2001-01-01

    Electromigration (EM) experiments conducted using two types of via/plug to conductor alignment indicate a geometrical dependence of electromigration failure in Al:Cu conductors. The resistance vs time curves show distinctive steps when the alignment is parallel. This is explained by a successive loss of conductivity through the plug due to void formation. In the perpendicular via/conductor arrangement, resistance increases by smaller and closely spaced steps. EM experiments without vias, found that the conductor life under stress increases by at least an order of magnitude. Kinetic studies at four temperatures between 180-240 C found activation energies to be 1.0 plus or minus 0.1eV.

  10. Experimental observation of the ion energy spectra of Al, Co, and Cu laser produced plasmas

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    Imanol Apiñaniz, Jon; Peralta Conde, Alvaro; Martínez Perez de Mendiola, Roberto

    2015-12-01

    It is well known that nanosecond laser produced plasmas (LPPs) produce high kinetic energy ions when they expand to vacuum. The acceleration process is nowadays accepted to be due to the formation of a sharp double layer (DL) in the plasma-vacuum boundary. With the purpose of studying this acceleration process, kinetic energy spectra of the plasma ions are measured for each charge state separately. Experimental results are obtained by irradiating planar targets of Cu, Co and Al at a laser wavelength of 532 nm and fluences up to 58.1 J cm-2. The obtained results show two new insights in the ion energy spectra. Firstly, they are non-maxwellian despite the widely accepted local thermal equilibrium in these type of plasmas. Secondly they show non-expected bicomponents distributions. The average energy of each species does not vary linearly with the charge state, suggesting complex acceleration processes.

  11. Suppression of shear banding in amorphous ZrCuAl nanopillars by irradiation

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    Xiao, Qiran; Huang, Liping; Shi, Yunfeng

    2013-02-01

    Using molecular dynamics simulations, model Zr50Cu40Al10 metallic glass (MG) nanopillars were subjected to simulated irradiation processes followed by uniaxial compression tests. As the intensity or dosage of irradiation increases, the plastic deformation mode of the MG nanopillars transits from localized shear banding to homogeneous shear flow. The suppression of shear banding in MG nanopillars is due to irradiation-induced structural disordering. Furthermore, a correlation is found between the average potential energy of MG nanopillars and their deformation modes, common to both irradiation processing and thermal processing. Our results imply that the homogeneous shear flow observed in experimental MG nanopillars carved by focused ion beam may be due to irradiation damage instead of size effect.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. Crystallography of Fatigue Crack Propagation in Precipitation-Hardened Al-Cu-Mg/Li

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    Ro, Yunjo; Agnew, Sean R.; Gangloff, Richard P.

    2007-12-01

    A combined electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD)/stereology method successfully quantifies the orientation of fatigue crack surfaces for Al-Li-Cu and Al-Cu-Mg alloys stressed at low Δ K, in which deformation is localized in slip bands and cracking is highly faceted. The method orients features as small as ˜1 μm in complex microstructures. Vacuum fatigue facets align within 15 deg of up to four variants of {111} slip planes, governed by the distribution of crack tip resolved shear stress. The small fraction of precisely oriented {111} facets suggests that cracking involves complex intraband and multiple-band interface paths. Water vapor and NaCl solution affect a similar dramatic change in the crack path; near-{111} facets are never observed, at odds with mechanisms for H-enhanced slip localization and associated slip band cracking. Rather, two environmental crack facet morphologies, broad flat and repeating step, exhibit a wide range of orientations between {001} and {110}, as governed by crack tip resolved normal stresses. The repetitive stepped facets appear to contain areas parallel to {100}/{110} on the ˜1- μm scale, coupled with surface curvature consistent with a mechanism of discontinuous fatigue crack growth involving H-enhanced {100}/{110} cleavage and intermingled crack tip plasticity. Broad-flat faceted regions are parallel to a variety of planes, consistent with a mechanism combining high crack tip tensile stresses and H trapped at the dislocation structure from cyclic deformation, within 1 μm of the crack tip.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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%.

  19. Effect of Mn, Si, and Cooling Rate on the Formation of Iron-Rich Intermetallics in 206 Al-Cu Cast Alloys

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    Liu, K.; Cao, X.; Chen, X.-G.

    2012-10-01

    The solidification structures of commercial 206 Al-Cu cast alloys with 0.15 pct Fe have been studied using thermal analysis (TA), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and electron backscattered diffraction (EBSD). The EBSD results have shown that there are two iron-rich intermetallics: Chinese script α-Fe and platelet-like β-Fe. The addition of either Mn or Si has helped to promote the formation of α-Fe and hinder the precipitate of β-Fe. The combined addition of both Mn and Si is even more effective than the individual addition of either Mn or Si. The full solidification sequence of the 206 cast alloy has been established. The volume percent and formation temperature increase for α-Fe but decrease for β-Fe with increasing cooling rate. The platelet β-Fe can be effectively suppressed in 206 cast alloys by controlling the alloy chemistry and cooling rate. A casting process map is proposed to correlate the Mn and Si contents with cooling rates for the 206 cast alloys.

  20. 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