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  1. Imprinting bulk amorphous alloy at room temperature

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    Kim, Song-Yi; Park, Eun-Soo; Ott, Ryan T.; Lograsso, Thomas A.; Huh, Moo-Young; Kim, Do-Hyang; Eckert, Jürgen; Lee, Min-Ha

    2015-01-01

    We present investigations on the plastic deformation behavior of a brittle bulk amorphous alloy by simple uniaxial compressive loading at room temperature. A patterning is possible by cold-plastic forming of the typically brittle Hf-based bulk amorphous alloy through controlling homogenous flow without the need for thermal energy or shaping at elevated temperatures. The experimental evidence suggests that there is an inconsistency between macroscopic plasticity and deformability of an amorphous alloy. Moreover, imprinting of specific geometrical features on Cu foil and Zr-based metallic glass is represented by using the patterned bulk amorphous alloy as a die. These results demonstrate the ability of amorphous alloys or metallic glasses to precisely replicate patterning features onto both conventional metals and the other amorphous alloys. Our work presents an avenue for avoiding the embrittlement of amorphous alloys associated with thermoplastic forming and yields new insight the forming application of bulk amorphous alloys at room temperature without using heat treatment. PMID:26563908

  2. Imprinting bulk amorphous alloy at room temperature

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    Kim, Song-Yi; Park, Eun-Soo; Ott, Ryan T.; Lograsso, Thomas A.; Huh, Moo-Young; Kim, Do-Hyang; Eckert, Jürgen; Lee, Min-Ha

    2015-11-13

    We present investigations on the plastic deformation behavior of a brittle bulk amorphous alloy by simple uniaxial compressive loading at room temperature. A patterning is possible by cold-plastic forming of the typically brittle Hf-based bulk amorphous alloy through controlling homogenous flow without the need for thermal energy or shaping at elevated temperatures. The experimental evidence suggests that there is an inconsistency between macroscopic plasticity and deformability of an amorphous alloy. Moreover, imprinting of specific geometrical features on Cu foil and Zr-based metallic glass is represented by using the patterned bulk amorphous alloy as a die. These results demonstrate the ability of amorphous alloys or metallic glasses to precisely replicate patterning features onto both conventional metals and the other amorphous alloys. In conclusion, our work presents an avenue for avoiding the embrittlement of amorphous alloys associated with thermoplastic forming and yields new insight the forming application of bulk amorphous alloys at room temperature without using heat treatment.

  3. Imprinting bulk amorphous alloy at room temperature

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    Kim, Song-Yi; Park, Eun-Soo; Ott, Ryan T.; ...

    2015-11-13

    We present investigations on the plastic deformation behavior of a brittle bulk amorphous alloy by simple uniaxial compressive loading at room temperature. A patterning is possible by cold-plastic forming of the typically brittle Hf-based bulk amorphous alloy through controlling homogenous flow without the need for thermal energy or shaping at elevated temperatures. The experimental evidence suggests that there is an inconsistency between macroscopic plasticity and deformability of an amorphous alloy. Moreover, imprinting of specific geometrical features on Cu foil and Zr-based metallic glass is represented by using the patterned bulk amorphous alloy as a die. These results demonstrate the abilitymore » of amorphous alloys or metallic glasses to precisely replicate patterning features onto both conventional metals and the other amorphous alloys. In conclusion, our work presents an avenue for avoiding the embrittlement of amorphous alloys associated with thermoplastic forming and yields new insight the forming application of bulk amorphous alloys at room temperature without using heat treatment.« less

  4. Newtonian Flow in Bulk Amorphous Alloys

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    Wadsworth, J.; Nieh, T.G.

    2000-09-27

    Bulk amorphous alloys have many unique properties, e.g., superior strength and hardness, excellent corrosion resistance, reduced sliding friction and improved wear resistance, and easy formability in a viscous state. These properties, and particularly easy formability, are expected to lead to applications in the fields of near-net-shape fabrication of structural components. Whereas large tensile ductility has generally been observed in the supercooled liquid region in metallic glasses, the exact deformation mechanism, and in particular whether such alloys deform by Newtonian viscous flow, remains a controversial issue. In this paper, existing data are analyzed and an interpretation for the apparent controversy is offered. In addition, new results obtained from an amorphous alloy (composition: Zr-10Al-5TI-17.9Cu-14.6Ni, in at. %) are presented. Structural evolution during plastic deformation is particularly characterized. It is suggested that the appearance of non-Newtonian behavior is a result of the concurrent crystallization of the amorphous structure during deformation.

  5. Bulk amorphous steels based on Fe alloys

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    Lu, ZhaoPing; Liu, Chain T.

    2006-05-30

    A bulk amorphous alloy has the approximate composition: Fe.sub.(100-a-b-c-d-e)Y.sub.aMn.sub.bT.sub.cM.sub.dX.sub.e wherein: T includes at least one of the group consisting of: Ni, Cu, Cr and Co; M includes at least one of the group consisting of W, Mo, Nb, Ta, Al and Ti; X includes at least one of the group consisting of Co, Ni and Cr; a is an atomic percentage, and a<5; b is an atomic percentage, and b.ltoreq.25; c is an atomic percentage, and c.ltoreq.25; d is an atomic percentage, and d.ltoreq.25; and e is an atomic percentage, and 5.ltoreq.e.ltoreq.30.

  6. Bulk amorphous metallic alloys: Synthesis by fluxing techniques and properties

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    He, Yi; Shen, Tongde; Schwarz, R.B.

    1997-05-01

    Bulk amorphous alloys having dimensions of at least 1 cm diameter have been prepared in the Pd-Ni-P, Pd-Cu-P, Pd-Cu-Ni-P, and Pd-Ni-Fe-P systems using a fluxing and water quenching technique. The compositions for bulk glass formation have been determined in these systems. For these bulk metallic glasses, the difference between the crystallization temperature T{sub x}, and the glass transition temperature T{sub g}, {Delta}T = T{sub x} - T{sub g}, ranges from 60 to 1 10 K. These large values of {Delta}T open the possibility for the fabrication of amorphous near net-shape components using techniques such as injection molding. The thermal, elastic, and magnetic properties of these alloys have been studied, and we have found that bulk amorphous Pd{sub 40}Ni{sub 22.5}Fe{sub 17.5}P{sub 20} has spin glass behavior for temperatures below 30 K. 65 refs., 14 figs., 3 tabs.

  7. Effect of Viscosity on the Microformability of Bulk Amorphous Alloy in Supercooled Liquid Region

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    Cheng Ming; Zhang Shihong; Wang Ruixue

    2010-06-15

    Previously published results have shown that viscosity greatly influences on the deformation behavior of the bulk amorphous alloy in supercooled liquid region during microforming process. And viscosity is proved to be a component of the evaluation index which indicating microformability. Based on the fluid flow theory and assumptions, bulk amorphous alloy can be regarded as the viscous materials with a certain viscosity. It is helpful to understand how the viscosity plays an important role in viscous materials with various viscosities by numerical simulation on the process. Analysis is carried out by linear state equation in FEM with other three materials, water, lubricant oil and polymer melt, whose viscosities are different obviously. The depths of the materials flow into the U-shaped groove during the microimprinting process are compared in this paper. The result shows that the deformation is quite different when surface tension effect is not considered in the case. With the lowest viscosity, water can reach the bottom of micro groove in a very short time. Lubricant oil and polymer melt slower than it. Moreover bulk amorphous alloys in supercooled liquid state just flow into the groove slightly. Among the alloys of different systems including Pd-, Mg- and Zr-based alloy, Pd-based alloy ranks largest in the depth. Mg-based alloy is the second. And Zr-based alloy is the third. Further more the rank order of the viscosities of the alloys is Pd-, Mg- and Zr-based. It agrees well with the results of calculation. Therefore viscosity plays an important role in the microforming of the bulk amorphous alloy in the supercooled liquid state.

  8. Densification behavior, nanocrystallization, and mechanical properties of spark plasma sintered Fe-based bulk amorphous alloys

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    Singh, Ashish Kumar

    Fe-based amorphous alloys are gaining increasing attention due to their exceptional wear and corrosion resistance for potential structural applications. Two major challenges that are hindering the commercialization of these amorphous alloys are difficulty in processing of bulk shapes (diameter > 10 mm) and lack of ductility. Spark plasma sintering (SPS) is evolving as a promising technique for processing bulk shapes of amorphous and nanocrystalline materials. The objective of this work is to investigate densification behavior, nanocrystallization, and mechanical properties of SPS sintered Fe-based amorphous alloys of composition Fe48Cr15Mo14Y2C15B6. SPS processing was performed in three distinct temperature ranges of amorphous alloys: (a) below glass transition temperature (Tg), (b) between Tg and crystallization temperature (Tx), and (c) above Tx. Punch displacement data obtained during SPS sintering was correlated with the SPS processing parameters such as temperature, pressure, and sintering time. Powder rearrangement, plastic deformation below T g, and viscous flow of the material between Tg and Tx were observed as the main densification stages during SPS sintering. Micro-scale temperature distributions at the point of contact and macro-scale temperature distribution throughout the sample during SPS of amorphous alloys were modeled. The bulk amorphous alloys are expected to undergo structural relaxation and nanocrystallization during SPS sintering. X-ray diffraction (XRD), small angle neutron scattering (SANS), and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) was performed to investigate the evolution of nanocrystallites in SPS sintered Fe-based bulk amorphous alloys. The SANS analysis showed significant scattering for the samples sintered in the supercooled region indicating local structural and compositional changes with the profuse nucleation of nano-clusters (~4 nm). Compression tests and microhardness were performed on the samples sintered at different

  9. Electron transport behaviour and soft magnetic properties of bulk amorphous Fe72Si4B20Nb4 alloy

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    Panda, A. K.; Ghosh Chowdhury, S.; Mitra, A.; Nishiyama, N.; Inoue, A.

    2006-08-01

    The crystallization behaviour, electrical resistivity, magnetic and mechanical properties of as-quenched bulk amorphous Fe72Si4B20Nb4 alloy was investigated. The alloy, prepared in the form of rods by a copper mould casting technique, revealed an amorphous structure as observed from x-ray diffractometry. Differential scanning calorimetry and thermal variation of electrical resistivity measurements showed distinct glass transition temperature, Tg occurring 50-60 K below the crystallization onset (TX). Such a wide supercooled range was also attributed to the highly reduced glass transition temperature, Trg which was in the range of 0.56-0.58 found to be prevalent in good glass forming alloys. The alloy also showed a non-linear decrease in stability time at different temperatures between Tg and TX. The bulk amorphous alloy exhibited a drastic decrease in electrical resistivity around the glass transition temperature which was attributed to high electron propagation due to enhanced stress relaxation as result of a decrease in viscosity. The material exhibited superior soft magnetic properties with a coercivity value of 212 mOe, which is fairly low with respect to reported bulk amorphous alloys. The amorphous alloy also showed saturation induction of 12 kG and a moderate Curie temperature of 595 K. The as-quenched bulk amorphous alloy exhibited a high mechanical hardness of 1250 HV (Vickers). The superior soft magnetic properties coupled with high mechanical hardness opens up the scope for bulk amorphous Fe-Si-B systems with Nb incorporation.

  10. Bulk amorphous materials

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    Schwarz, R.B.; Archuleta, J.I.; Sickafus, K.E.

    1998-12-01

    This is the final report for a three-year, Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) project at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). The objective of this work was to develop the competency for the synthesis of novel bulk amorphous alloys. The authors researched their synthesis methods and alloy properties, including thermal stability, mechanical, and transport properties. The project also addressed the development of vanadium-spinel alloys for structural applications in hostile environments, the measurement of elastic constants and thermal expansion in single-crystal TiAl from 300 to 750 K, the measurement of elastic constants in gallium nitride, and a study of the shock-induced martensitic transformations in NiTi alloys.

  11. Crystallization and nanoindentation behavior of a bulk Zr-Al-Ti-Cu-Ni amorphous alloy

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    Wang, J. G.; Choi, B. W.; Nieh, T. G.; Liu, C. T.

    2000-03-01

    The crystallization and nanoindentation behavior of a Zr-10Al-5Ti-17.9Cu-14.6Ni (at.%) bulk amorphous alloy (BAA) were studied. Resulting from the kinetic nature of phase transformation in multicomponent alloys, the crystallization path is complex. Despite the complexity of different crystallization paths, the main final crystallized product in the Zr-based BAA is Zr{sub 2}Cu. Young's modulus and hardness of the BAA were found to increase with an increase in annealing temperature. The observed mechanical properties were correlated with the microstructure of the material. Also, in the present paper, both the observed crystallization and nanoindentation behavior are compared with existing data. Zr-based BAAs exhibit a ratio of hardness to Young's modulus (H/E ratio) of about 1/10, suggesting the interatomic bonding in the alloys is close to being covalent. (c) 2000 Materials Research Society.

  12. Laser Processing of Fe-Based Bulk Amorphous Alloy Coatings on Titanium

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    Sahasrabudhe, Himanshu; Dittrick, Stanley A.; Bandyopadhyay, Amit

    2013-11-01

    Laser Engineered Net Shaping (LENS™), a solid freeform fabrication technique, was employed for the processing of Fe-based bulk amorphous alloy (Fe BAA) powder on titanium. One and two layers of the Fe BAA were deposited with the same processing parameters. SEM and XRD analyses of the Fe BAA coatings revealed the retention of the feedstock powder's amorphous nature. The mixing of the feedstock powder in the titanium substrate was very small. A crystalline-amorphous composite microstructure evolved from the laser processing in all types of coatings. The coatings were further laser remelted. The amorphous character was found to increase and the crystallites were found to grow during remelting. The Fe BAA coatings showed higher hardness and smaller wear volume compared to the Ti substrate. A further increase in these properties was observed after laser remelting treatment. During the wear testing in NaCl solution, Ti substrate showed intergranular corrosion, whereas the Fe BAA coatings showed signs of low and localized fretting corrosion in a saline environment. Our results demonstrate that using LENS™, amorphous coatings can be deposited on metallic substrates.

  13. Structural and thermal properties of Cu-Hf-Ti bulk amorphous alloys

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    Rontó, V.; Nagy, E.; Svéda, M.; Roósz, A.; Tranta, F.

    2009-01-01

    Cu-Hf-Ti amorphous alloys are high strength and wear resistant materials. Master alloys of Cu57.5Hf27.5Ti15 and Cu57.5Hf25Ti17.5 ternary alloys have been prepared by arc melting, and wedge and rod shaped samples have been cast by centrifugal casting. Liquidus and solidus temperatures of the alloys were determined by DTA. The fully amorphous size was determined by X-ray diffraction. Thermodynamic properties of the amorphous alloys were studied by DSC measurements and Kissinger analyses were performed.

  14. Fe-Zr-Nd-Y-B permanent magnet derived from crystallization of bulk amorphous alloy

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    Tan, Xiaohua; Xu, Hui; Bai, Qin; Dong, Yuanda

    2007-12-01

    The microstructure and magnetic properties of Nd2Fe14B/(Fe3B,α-Fe) nanocomposite magnet derived form crystallization of bulk amorphous Fe68Zr2Y4B21Nd5 alloy, which was prepared by copper mold casting, have been investigated. The obtaining maximum values of Ms, Mr, Hci, and (BH)max annealed at 963K for Fe68Zr2Nd5Y4B21 alloy are 86Am2/kg, 49Am2/kg, 380kA/m, and 43kJ/m3, respectively. δM plot, high resolution transmission electron microscopy observation, and three-dimensional atom probe technique clarified that the hard magnetic behavior is due to the exchange coupling between soft and hard magnetic nanophases.

  15. Microstructure and magnetic viscosity of bulk amorphous Nd60Fe20Al5Co10B5 alloy

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    Tan, X. H.; Xu, H.; Man, H.; Tang, Y. J.; Yang, L. P.; Bai, Q.

    2011-04-01

    The microstructure and magnetic viscosity of bulk amorphous Nd60Fe20Al5Co10B5,prepared by suction casting the molten alloy into a copper mold under an argon atmosphere, have been investigated. The results show that clusters with size 3-5 nm are found to be embedded in the amorphous matrix of as-cast bulk amorphous Nd60Fe20Al5Co10B5 alloy. The Nd60Fe20Al5Co10B5 alloy shows hard magnetic behavior at room temperature, with an intrinsic coercivity of 360 kA/m and a remanence of 69.39 mT. The magnetic viscosity of bulk amorphous Nd60Fe20Al5Co10B5 has been investigated on the major hysteresis loop, and simple logarithmic time dependence is observed. A value for the fluctuation field of 8.24 kA/m is obtained. Analysis based on a Henkel plot is used to confirm the existence of magnetic interaction among clusters. The coercivity mechanism responsible for the hard magnetic behavior of bulk amorphous Nd60Fe20Al5Co10B5 alloy is also discussed.

  16. Effect of compositional variation on the shock wave response of bulk amorphous alloys

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    Jaglinski, T.; Turneaure, Stefan J.; Gupta, Y. M.

    2012-09-01

    The objective of this work was to determine how variations in composition influence the shock wave response of bulk amorphous alloys (BAAs). Toward this end, (Hf,Zr)-based bulk amorphous alloy specimens (nominal composition of (Hf0.5Zr0.5)56.7Cu15.3Ni12.5Nb5.0Al10.0Y0.5) were subjected to peak stresses of 4-16 GPa in plate impact experiments and their response was compared to a previously studied Zr-based BAA (nominal composition of Zr56.7Cu15.3Ni12.5Nb5.0Al10.0Y0.5). The (Hf,Zr)-based BAA displayed a Hugoniot elastic limit (HEL) of ˜7.4 GPa corresponding to an elastic strain of 4.3%. (Hf,Zr)-based BAAs shock compressed above the HEL exhibited distinct two wave structures, small elastic precursor relaxation, non-steady plastic waves, and strength loss. All of these features are qualitatively similar to previous observations in various Zr-based BAAs. One dimensional wave propagation simulations incorporating a strain-softening strength model, developed previously for a Zr-based BAA, showed excellent agreement between measured and simulated particle velocity histories for the (Hf,Zr)-based BAA. The only significant differences in the shock wave responses of the (Hf,Zr)-based alloy and the Zr-based alloy are elastic shock velocity and plastic shock velocity differences which are due to the different ambient densities and different elastic moduli for the two alloy compositions. These findings demonstrate that, apart from differences related to ambient density and elastic stiffness, the substitution of Hf for 50% of the Zr did not significantly alter the shock compression response of the (Hf,Zr)-based BAA as compared to the previously examined Zr-based BAA. Based on the results of this study and other relevant data in the literature, it is expected that monolithic BAAs displaying brittle quasi-static compression behavior will likely display shock compression response that is comparable to Zr-based and (Hf,Zr)-based BAAs.

  17. Method of casting articles of a bulk-solidifying amorphous alloy

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    Lin, X.; Johnson, W.L.; Peker, A.

    1998-08-25

    A casting charge of a bulk-solidifying amorphous alloy is cast into a mold from a temperature greater than its crystallized melting temperature, and permitted to solidify to form an article. The oxygen content of the casting charge is limited to an operable level, as excessively high oxygen contents produce premature crystallization during the casting operation. During melting, the casting charge is preferably heated to a temperature above a threshold temperature to eliminate heterogeneous crystallization nucleation sites within the casting charge. The casting charge may be cast from above the threshold temperature, or it may be cooled to the casting temperature of more than the crystallized melting point but not more than the threshold temperature, optionally held at this temperature for a period of time, and thereafter cast. 8 figs.

  18. Fe-based bulk amorphous alloys with iron contents as high as 82 at%

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    Li, Jin-Feng; Liu, Xue; Zhao, Shao-Fan; Ding, Hong-Yu; Yao, Ke-Fu

    2015-07-01

    Fe-based bulk amorphous alloys (BAAs) with high Fe contents are advantageous due to their high saturation magnetization and low cost. However, preparing Fe-based BAAs with Fe contents higher than 80 at% is difficult due to their poor glass forming abilities (GFA). In this study, an Fe81P8.5C5.5B2Si3 BAA with a diameter of 1 mm and a saturation magnetization of 1.56 T was successfully prepared using the fluxing and copper mold casting methods. In addition, by introducing a small amount of elemental Mo to the alloy, an Fe82Mo1P6.5C5.5B2Si3 BAA rod with a diameter of 1 mm, a high saturation magnetization of 1.59 T, a high yield stress of 3265 MPa, and a clear plasticity of 1.3% was prepared in the same way. The cost effectiveness and good magnetic properties of these newly-developed Fe-based BAAs with Fe contents as high as 82 at% would be advantageous and promising for industrial applications.

  19. In situ observation of defect annihilation in Kr ion-irradiated bulk Fe/amorphous-Fe 2 Zr nanocomposite alloy

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    Yu, K. Y.; Fan, Z.; Chen, Y.; ...

    2014-08-26

    Enhanced irradiation tolerance in crystalline multilayers has received significant attention lately. However, little is known on the irradiation response of crystal/amorphous nanolayers. We report on in situ Kr ion irradiation studies of a bulk Fe96Zr4 nanocomposite alloy. Irradiation resulted in amorphization of Fe2Zr and formed crystal/amorphous nanolayers. α-Fe layers exhibited drastically lower defect density and size than those in large α-Fe grains. In situ video revealed that mobile dislocation loops in α-Fe layers were confined by the crystal/amorphous interfaces and kept migrating to annihilate other defects. This study provides new insights on the design of irradiation-tolerant crystal/amorphous nanocomposites.

  20. Spall Fracture Morphologies and Mechanisms of Zr-based Bulk Amorphous Alloys

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    Gupta, Y. M.; Escobedo, J. P.

    2011-06-01

    Plate impact experiments were conducted to examine the dynamic tensile response of Zr-based bulk amorphous alloys (BAAs). Tensile loading was preceded by elastic compressive loading (3.6 to 6.0 GPa). Microscopy results revealed that the BAA samples exhibit brittle behavior (glass like) macroscopically and ductile behavior (metal like) microscopically; corrugations and bumps are observed at the nanoscale. The observed fracture morphologies are related to three key features of our spall experiments and the free volume content of the BAAs. With increasing compressive stress, the available free volume decreases causing a suppression of shear stresses during tension, resulting in brittle cleavage at higher stresses. The high tensile loading rate likely causes cracking by multiple shear band propagation and interception, rendering a serrated surface morphology. Finally, the corrugations are likely created due to a succession of arrest and propagation of mode I cracks. A subsequent dilatation, an effect of the tensile mean stress, caused the corrugations to evolve to bump-type features (10-100 nm). Work supported by DOE/NNSA.

  1. Test environments and mechanical properties of Zr-base bulk amorphous alloys

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    Liu, C.T.; Heatherly, L.; Easton, D.S.

    1998-07-01

    The mechanical properties of two Zr-base bulk amorphous alloys (BAA), Zr-10Al-30Cu-5Ni (BAA-10) and Zr-10Al-5Ti-17.9Cu-14.6Ni (BAA-11), were studied by both tensile and compressive tests at room temperature in various test environments. The BAA ingots up to 7 mm in diameter were successfully produced by both arc melting and drop casting and induction melting and injection casting. The BAA specimens deformed mainly elastically, followed by catastrophic failure along shear bands. Examination of the fracture region revealed ductile fracture features resulting from a substantial increase in temperature, which was attributable to the conversion of the stored elastic strain energy to heat. Surprisingly, liquid droplets located at major shear-band cracks adjacent to the fracture section were observed, indicating the occurrence of local melting during fracture. The angle orientation of shear bands, shear-band cracks, and fracture surfaces relative to the stress axis is quite different for BAA specimens tested in tension and compression. This suggests that both shear stress and normal stress may play a role in developing shear bands during plastic deformation. The tensile properties of BAAs were found to be insensitive to the test environment at room temperature. However, the reaction of BAAs with distilled water and heavy water was detected by laser desorption mass spectrometry (LDMS). These results suggest that moisture-induced hydrogen embrittlement in BAAs may be masked by catastrophic fracture following shear bands.

  2. Influence of laser irradiation on change properties of bulk amorphous Zr-Pd metallic alloys

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    Fedorov, V. A.; Yakovlev, A. V.; Pluzhnikova, T. N.; Shlikova, A. A.; Berezner, A. D.

    2017-01-01

    We study the morphological features of laser irradiation zones formed on the surface of the bulk metallic glasses. We use the nanoindentation method for estimation alloys properties caused by impulse heating during irradiation.

  3. Dynamic tensile response of Zr-based bulk amorphous alloys: Fracture morphologies and mechanisms

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    Escobedo, J. P.; Gupta, Y. M.

    2010-06-01

    Plate impact experiments were conducted to examine the dynamic tensile response of Zr-based bulk amorphous alloys (BAAs) having a nominal composition of Zr56.7Cu15.3Ni12.5Nb5.0Al10.0Y0.5. The experimental configuration used in our work permitted soft recovery of the samples to allow a careful examination of the fractured samples along with real-time measurements of the sample free-surface velocity (FSV) histories. Tensile loading was preceded by elastic compressive loading to peak stresses in the 3.6 to 6.0 GPa range. Tensile damage in the recovered samples was examined using optical and electron microscopy. The microscopy results showed that the BAA samples exhibit a brittle behavior (as a glass) at the macroscopic level and a ductile behavior (as a metal) at the microscopic level; in addition, corrugations and bumps are observed at the nanoscale. The observed fracture morphologies are related to three key features present in our spall experiments: preceding compressive stress (3.6-6.0 GPa), high tensile loading rate (˜106/s), high mean tensile stress (˜2.3 GPa); and are intrinsically related to the amorphous glassy structure of the BAAs (free volume content). We propose that the compressive stress depletes the free volume content. With increasing compressive stress, the available free volume decreases causing a suppression of shear stresses during tension. Thus, the mean tensile component becomes more dominant at higher stresses. Consequently, the observed surface morphology results from brittle cleavage, causing an increased damage localization in the recovered samples spalled at higher stresses. These observations support the inferences made from measurements of FSV histories. The high tensile loading rate is proposed to be responsible for cracking by multiple shear band propagation and interception, rendering the observed serrated surface morphology. Finally, we proposed that the corrugations are created due to a succession of arrest and propagation of mode

  4. Amorphous metal alloy

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    Wang, R.; Merz, M.D.

    1980-04-09

    Amorphous metal alloys of the iron-chromium and nickel-chromium type have excellent corrosion resistance and high temperature stability and are suitable for use as a protective coating on less corrosion resistant substrates. The alloys are stabilized in the amorphous state by one or more elements of titanium, zirconium, hafnium, niobium, tantalum, molybdenum, and tungsten. The alloy is preferably prepared by sputter deposition.

  5. In situ observation of defect annihilation in Kr ion-irradiated bulk Fe/amorphous-Fe 2 Zr nanocomposite alloy

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    Yu, K. Y.; Fan, Z.; Chen, Y.; Song, M.; Liu, Y.; Wang, H.; Kirk, M. A.; Li, M.; Zhang, X.

    2014-08-26

    Enhanced irradiation tolerance in crystalline multilayers has received significant attention lately. However, little is known on the irradiation response of crystal/amorphous nanolayers. We report on in situ Kr ion irradiation studies of a bulk Fe96Zr4 nanocomposite alloy. Irradiation resulted in amorphization of Fe2Zr and formed crystal/amorphous nanolayers. α-Fe layers exhibited drastically lower defect density and size than those in large α-Fe grains. In situ video revealed that mobile dislocation loops in α-Fe layers were confined by the crystal/amorphous interfaces and kept migrating to annihilate other defects. This study provides new insights on the design of irradiation-tolerant crystal/amorphous nanocomposites.

  6. Effects of Mo additions on the glass-forming ability and magnetic properties of bulk amorphous Fe-C-Si-B-P-Mo alloys

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    Jiao, Zengbao; Li, Hongxiang; Wu, Yuan; Gao, Jingen; Wang, Shanlin; Yi, Seonghoon; Lu, Zhaoping

    2010-03-01

    Glass formation, mechanical and magnetic properties of the Fe76- x C7.0Si3.3B5.0P8.7Mo x ( x=0, 1 at.%, 3 at.% and 5 at.%) alloys prepared using an industrial Fe-P master alloy have been studied. With the substitution of Mo for Fe, glass-forming ability (GFA) was significantly enhanced and fully amorphous rods with a diameter of up to 5 mm were produced in the alloy with 3% Mo. The Mo-containing amorphous alloys also exhibited high fracture strength of 3635-3881 MPa and excellent magnetic properties including a high saturation magnetization of 1.10-1.41 T, a high Curie temperature and a low coercive force. The unique combination of high GFA, high fracture strength and excellent magnetic properties make the newly developed bulk metallic glasses viable for practical engineering applications.

  7. Nanocrystal dispersed amorphous alloys

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    Perepezko, John H. (Inventor); Allen, Donald R. (Inventor); Foley, James C. (Inventor)

    2001-01-01

    Compositions and methods for obtaining nanocrystal dispersed amorphous alloys are described. A composition includes an amorphous matrix forming element (e.g., Al or Fe); at least one transition metal element; and at least one crystallizing agent that is insoluble in the resulting amorphous matrix. During devitrification, the crystallizing agent causes the formation of a high density nanocrystal dispersion. The compositions and methods provide advantages in that materials with superior properties are provided.

  8. Predicted Optimum Composition for the Glass-Forming Ability of Bulk Amorphous Alloys: Application to Cu-Zr-Al.

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    An, Qi; Samwer, Konrad; Goddard, William A; Johnson, William L; Jaramillo-Botero, Andres; Garret, Glenn; Demetriou, Marios D

    2012-11-01

    Metallic glasses have been established to have unique properties such as ductility, toughness, and soft magnetism with promising engineering applications. However, the glass-forming ability (GFA) has not been sufficient to synthesize the bulk metallic glasses (BMGs) required for many engineering applications. Attempts to develop the understanding of the GFA required to predict the optimum alloys have not yet been proven successful. We develop here a computational model based on molecular dynamics simulations that explains the dramatic change of GFA with alloying small amounts of Al into Cu-Zr. We find that the high GFA to form BMGs depends on a combination of three factors, (a) a low thermodynamic driving force for crystallization, (b) a high melt viscosity, and (c) large ratios of icosahedral structures in the liquid phase. These computational methods to predict these factors that suppress formation of crystal nuclei and slow the dynamic motions in the liquids are practical for in silico prediction of new alloys with optimal GFA.

  9. Characterization Techniques for Amorphous Alloys

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    Carow-Watamura, U.; Louzguine, D. V.; Takeuchi, A.

    This document is part of Part 2 http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/9getType="URL"/> 'Systems from B-Be-Fe to Co-W-Zr' of Subvolume B 'Physical Properties of Ternary Amorphous Alloys' of Volume 37 'Phase Diagrams and Physical Properties of Nonequilibrium Alloys' of Landolt-Börnstein - Group III 'Condensed Matter'. It contains the Chapter '2 Characterization Techniques for Amorphous Alloys' with the content:

  10. Amorphous metal alloy and composite

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    Wang, Rong; Merz, Martin D.

    1985-01-01

    Amorphous metal alloys of the iron-chromium and nickel-chromium type have excellent corrosion resistance and high temperature stability and are suitable for use as a protective coating on less corrosion resistant substrates. The alloys are stabilized in the amorphous state by one or more elements of titanium, zirconium, hafnium, niobium, tantalum, molybdenum, and tungsten. The alloy is preferably prepared by sputter deposition.

  11. Amorphous phase formation in mechanically alloyed iron-based systems

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    Sharma, Satyajeet

    Bulk metallic glasses have interesting combination of physical, chemical, mechanical, and magnetic properties which make them attractive for a variety of applications. Consequently there has been a lot of interest in understanding the structure and properties of these materials. More varied applications can be sought if one understands the reasons for glass formation and the methods to control them. The glass-forming ability (GFA) of alloys can be substantially increased by a proper selection of alloying elements and the chemical composition of the alloy. High GFA will enable in obtaining large section thickness of amorphous alloys. Ability to produce glassy alloys in larger section thicknesses enables exploitation of these advanced materials for a variety of different applications. The technique of mechanical alloying (MA) is a powerful non-equilibrium processing technique and is known to produce glassy (or amorphous) alloys in several alloy systems. Metallic amorphous alloys have been produced by MA starting from either blended elemental metal powders or pre-alloyed powders. Subsequently, these amorphous alloy powders could be consolidated to full density in the temperature range between the glass transition and crystallization temperatures, where the amorphous phase has a very low viscosity. This Dissertation focuses on identifying the various Fe-based multicomponent alloy systems that can be amorphized using the MA technique, studying the GFA of alloys with emphasis on improving it, and also on analyzing the effect of extended milling time on the constitution of the amorphous alloy powder produced at earlier times. The Dissertation contains seven chapters, where the lead chapter deals with the background, history and introduction to bulk metallic glasses. The following four chapters are the published/to be published work, where the criterion for predicting glass formation, effect of Niobium addition on glass-forming ability (GFA), lattice contraction on

  12. Crystallization Kinetics of Fe76.5-x C6.0Si3.3B5.5P8.7Cu x (x = 0, 0.5, and 1 at. pct) Bulk Amorphous Alloy

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    Jung, Hyo Yun; Stoica, Mihai; Yi, Seonghoon; Kim, Do Hyang; Eckert, Jürgen

    2014-08-01

    The influence of Cu on crystallization kinetics of Fe76.5-x C6.0Si3.3B5.5P8.7Cu x (x = 0, 0.5, and 1 at. pct) bulk amorphous alloys was investigated by isothermal and isochronal differential scanning calorimetry combined with X-ray diffraction. The thermal analysis revealed that the crystallization of the amorphous matrix proceeds through at least two exothermic events. The Cu-free glassy alloy forms by primary crystallization the metastable Fe23C6 phase, while upon 0.5 at. pct Cu addition the primary crystallized phase is α-Fe. The activation energy for crystallization, calculated using both Kissinger and Ozawa methods, decreases from about 500 kJ/mol to about 330 kJ/mol. Further increase of Cu addition to 1 at. pct promotes the concomitant crystallization of several phases, as α-Fe, FeB, Fe3C, and Fe2P. In order to understand the crystallization behavior of the alloys as a function of Cu content, the Avrami exponent n, evaluated from the Johnson-Mehl-Avrami equation, was in details analyzed. The current study reveals that the minor Cu addition plays a crucial role at the initial stage of the crystallization. Among the studied alloys, the glassy samples with 0.5 at. pct Cu addition have the optimum compositional condition for the single α-Fe formation with a high nucleation rate.

  13. Crystallization Kinetics of Fe76.5- x C6.0Si3.3B5.5P8.7Cu x ( x = 0, 0.5, and 1 at. pct) Bulk Amorphous Alloy

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    Jung, Hyo Yun; Stoica, Mihai; Yi, Seonghoon; Kim, Do Hyang; Eckert, Jürgen

    2015-06-01

    The influence of Cu on crystallization kinetics of Fe76.5- x C6.0Si3.3B5.5P8.7Cu x ( x = 0, 0.5, and 1 at. pct) bulk amorphous alloys was investigated by isothermal and isochronal differential scanning calorimetry combined with X-ray diffraction. The thermal analysis revealed that the crystallization of the amorphous matrix proceeds through at least two exothermic events. The Cu-free glassy alloy forms by primary crystallization the metastable Fe23C6 phase, while upon 0.5 at. pct Cu addition the primary crystallized phase is α-Fe. The activation energy for crystallization, calculated using both Kissinger and Ozawa methods, decreases from about 500 kJ/mol to about 330 kJ/mol. Further increase of Cu addition to 1 at. pct promotes the concomitant crystallization of several phases, as α-Fe, FeB, Fe3C, and Fe2P. In order to understand the crystallization behavior of the alloys as a function of Cu content, the Avrami exponent n, evaluated from the Johnson-Mehl-Avrami equation, was in details analyzed. The current study reveals that the minor Cu addition plays a crucial role at the initial stage of the crystallization. Among the studied alloys, the glassy samples with 0.5 at. pct Cu addition have the optimum compositional condition for the single α-Fe formation with a high nucleation rate.

  14. Nanocrystallization in spark plasma sintered Fe{sub 48}Cr{sub 15}Mo{sub 14}Y{sub 2}C{sub 15}B{sub 6} bulk amorphous alloy

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    Singh, Ashish; Harimkar, Sandip P.; Katakam, Shravana; Dahotre, Narendra B.; Ilavsky, Jan

    2013-08-07

    Spark plasma sintering (SPS) is evolving as an attractive process for the processing of multi-component Fe-based bulk amorphous alloys and their in-situ nanocomposites with controlled primary nanocrystallization. Extended Q-range small angle neutron scattering (EQ-SANS) analysis, complemented by x-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy, was performed to characterize nanocrystallization behavior of SPS sintered Fe-based bulk amorphous alloys. The SANS experiments show significant scattering for the samples sintered in the supercooled region indicating local structural/compositional changes associated with the profuse nucleation of nanoclusters (∼4 nm). For the samples spark plasma sintered near and above crystallization temperature (>653 °C), the SANS data show the formation of interference maximum indicating the formation and growth of (Fe,Cr){sub 23}C{sub 6} crystallites. The SANS data also indicate the evolution of bimodal crystallite distribution at higher sintering temperatures (above T{sub x1}). The growth of primary nanocrystallites results in impingement of concentration gradient fields (soft impingement effect), leading to non-random nucleation of crystallites near the primary crystallization.

  15. Rate-dependent serrated flow and plastic deformation in Ti45Zr16Be20Cu10Ni9 bulk amorphous alloy during nanoindentation

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    Kumar Misra, Dinesh; Woo Sohn, Sung; Tae Kim, Won; Hyang Kim, Do

    2008-01-01

    The plastic deformation of Ti45Zr16Be20Cu10Ni9 bulk metallic glass has been investigated by nanoindentation performed with loads ranging from 10 to 200 mN in a wide range of loading rates. The plastic flow in the alloy exhibited conspicuous serrations at low loading rates. The serrations, however, became less prominent as the rate of indentation increased. Atomic force microscopy showed a significant pile-up of materials around the indents, indicating that a highly localized plastic deformation occurred under nanoindentation. The possible mechanism governing the plastic deformation in bulk metallic glass specimens is tentatively discussed in terms of strain-induced free volume. PMID:27878032

  16. Iron-based amorphous alloys and methods of synthesizing iron-based amorphous alloys

    DOEpatents

    Saw, Cheng Kiong; Bauer, William A.; Choi, Jor-Shan; Day, Dan; Farmer, Joseph C.

    2016-05-03

    A method according to one embodiment includes combining an amorphous iron-based alloy and at least one metal selected from a group consisting of molybdenum, chromium, tungsten, boron, gadolinium, nickel phosphorous, yttrium, and alloys thereof to form a mixture, wherein the at least one metal is present in the mixture from about 5 atomic percent (at %) to about 55 at %; and ball milling the mixture at least until an amorphous alloy of the iron-based alloy and the at least one metal is formed. Several amorphous iron-based metal alloys are also presented, including corrosion-resistant amorphous iron-based metal alloys and radiation-shielding amorphous iron-based metal alloys.

  17. Plasma deposition of amorphous metal alloys

    DOEpatents

    Hays, Auda K.

    1986-01-01

    Amorphous metal alloy coatings are plasma-deposited by dissociation of vapors of organometallic compounds and metalloid hydrides in the presence of a reducing gas, using a glow discharge. Tetracarbonylnickel, phosphine, and hydrogen constitute a typical reaction mixture of the invention, yielding a NiPC alloy.

  18. Plasma deposition of amorphous metal alloys

    DOEpatents

    Hays, A.K.

    1979-07-18

    Amorphous metal alloy coatings are plasma-deposited by dissociation of vapors of organometallic compounds and metalloid hydrides in the presence of a reducing gas, using a glow discharge. Tetracarbonylnickel, phosphine, and hydrogen constitute a typical reaction mixture of the invention, yielding a NiPC alloy.

  19. Annealing behavior of high permeability amorphous alloys

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    Rabenberg, L.

    1980-06-01

    Effects of low temperature annealing on the magnetic properties of the amorphous alloy Co/sub 71/ /sub 4/Fe/sub 4/ /sub 6/Si/sub 9/ /sub 6/B/sub 14/ /sub 4/ were investigated. Annealing this alloy below 400/sup 0/C results in magnetic hardening; annealing above 400/sup 0/C but below the crystallization temperature results in magnetic softening. Above the crystallization temperature the alloy hardens drastically and irreversibly. Conventional and high resolution transmission electron microscopy were used to show that the magnetic property changes at low temperatures occur while the alloy is truly amorphous. By imaging the magnetic microstructures, Lorentz electron microscopy has been able to detect the presence of microscopic inhomogeneities in this alloy. The low temperature annealing behavior of this alloy has been explained in terms of atomic pair ordering in the presence of the internal molecular field. Lorentz electron microscopy has been used to confirm this explanation.

  20. Unveiling descriptors for predicting the bulk modulus of amorphous carbon

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    Takahashi, Keisuke; Tanaka, Yuzuru

    2017-02-01

    Descriptors for the bulk modulus of amorphous carbon are investigated through the implementation of data mining where data sets are prepared using first-principles calculations. Data mining reveals that the number of bonds in each C atom and the density of amorphous carbon are found to be descriptors representing the bulk modulus. Support vector regression (SVR) within machine learning is implemented and descriptors are trained where trained SVR is able to predict the bulk modulus of amorphous carbon. An inverse problem, starting from the bulk modulus towards structural information of amorphous carbon, is performed and structural information of amorphous carbon is successfully predicted from the desired bulk modulus. Thus, treating several physics factors in multidimensional space allows for the prediction of physical phenomena. In addition, the reported approach proposes that "big data" can be generated from a small data set using machine learning if descriptors are well defined. This would greatly change how amorphous carbon would be treated and help accelerate further development of amorphous carbon materials.

  1. Microstructure and surface chemistry of amorphous alloys important to their friction and wear behavior

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    Miyoshi, K.; Buckley, D. H.

    1983-01-01

    An investigation was conducted to examine the microstructure and surface chemistry of amorphous alloys, and their effects on tribological behavior. The results indicate that the surface oxide layers present on amorphous alloys are effective in providing low friction and a protective film against wear in air. Clustering and crystallization in amorphous alloys can be enhanced as a result of plastic flow during the sliding process at a low sliding velocity, at room temperature. Clusters or crystallines with sizes to 150 nm and a diffused honeycomb-shaped structure are produced on the wear surface. Temperature effects lead to drastic changes in surface chemistry and friction behavior of the alloys at temperatures to 750 C. Contaminants can come from the bulk of the alloys to the surface upon heating and impart to the surface oxides at 350 C and boron nitride above 500 C. The oxides increase friction while the boron nitride reduces friction drastically in vacuum.

  2. Multiple cell photoresponsive amorphous alloys and devices

    SciTech Connect

    Ovshinsky, S.R.; Adler, D.

    1990-01-02

    This patent describes an improved photoresponsive tandem multiple solar cell device. The device comprising: at least a first and second superimposed cell of various materials. The first cell being formed of a silicon alloy material. The second cell including an amorphous silicon alloy semiconductor cell body having an active photoresponsive region in which radiation can impinge to produce charge carriers, the amorphous cell body including at least one density of states reducing element. The element being fluorine. The amorphous cell body further including a band gap adjusting element therein at least in the photoresponsive region to enhance the radiation absorption thereof, the adjusting element being germanium: the second cell being a multi-layer body having deposited semiconductor layers of opposite (p and n) conductivity type; and the first cell being formed with the second cell in substantially direct Junction contact therebetween. The first and second cells designed to generate substantially matched currents from each cell from a light source directed through the first cell and into the second cell.

  3. Amorphous Alloy Surpasses Steel and Titanium

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    2004-01-01

    In the same way that the inventions of steel in the 1800s and plastic in the 1900s sparked revolutions for industry, a new class of amorphous alloys is poised to redefine materials science as we know it in the 21st century. Welcome to the 3rd Revolution, otherwise known as the era of Liquidmetal(R) alloys, where metals behave similar to plastics but possess more than twice the strength of high performance titanium. Liquidmetal alloys were conceived in 1992, as a result of a project funded by the California Institute of Technology (CalTech), NASA, and the U.S. Department of Energy, to study the fundamentals of metallic alloys in an undercooled liquid state, for the development of new aerospace materials. Furthermore, NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center contributed to the development of the alloys by subjecting the materials to testing in its Electrostatic Levitator, a special instrument that is capable of suspending an object in midair so that researchers can heat and cool it in a containerless environment free from contaminants that could otherwise spoil the experiment.

  4. Unusual Thermal Stability of High-Entropy Alloy Amorphous Structure

    DTIC Science & Technology

    2012-06-20

    1    REPORT Unusual Thermal Stability of High - Entropy Alloy Amorphous Structure Basic research for AOARD 114009 Award No. FA2386-11-1...stability of high - entropy alloy amorphous structure 5a. CONTRACT NUMBER FA23861114009 5b. GRANT NUMBER 5c. PROGRAM ELEMENT NUMBER 6. AUTHOR(S) Jien-Wei...at least 3 h. If substrate effect could be eliminated, the crystallization temperature would be higher. 15. SUBJECT TERMS high entropy alloys 16

  5. Salt Fog Testing Iron-Based Amorphous Alloys

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    Rebak, Raul B.; Aprigliano, Louis F.; Day, S. Daniel; Farmer, Joseph C.

    2007-07-01

    Iron-based amorphous alloys are hard and highly corrosion resistant, which make them desirable for salt water and other applications. These alloys can be produced as powder and can be deposited as coatings on any surface that needs to be protected from the environment. It was of interest to examine the behavior of these amorphous alloys in the standard salt-fog testing ASTM B 117. Three different amorphous coating compositions were deposited on 316L SS coupons and exposed for many cycles of the salt fog test. Other common engineering alloys such as 1018 carbon steel, 316L SS and Hastelloy C-22 were also tested together with the amorphous coatings. Results show that amorphous coatings are resistant to rusting in salt fog. Partial devitrification may be responsible for isolated rust spots in one of the coatings. (authors)

  6. Nucleation of shear bands in amorphous alloys

    PubMed Central

    Perepezko, John H.; Imhoff, Seth D.; Chen, Ming-Wei; Wang, Jun-Qiang; Gonzalez, Sergio

    2014-01-01

    The initiation and propagation of shear bands is an important mode of localized inhomogeneous deformation that occurs in a wide range of materials. In metallic glasses, shear band development is considered to center on a structural heterogeneity, a shear transformation zone that evolves into a rapidly propagating shear band under a shear stress above a threshold. Deformation by shear bands is a nucleation-controlled process, but the initiation process is unclear. Here we use nanoindentation to probe shear band nucleation during loading by measuring the first pop-in event in the load–depth curve which is demonstrated to be associated with shear band formation. We analyze a large number of independent measurements on four different bulk metallic glasses (BMGs) alloys and reveal the operation of a bimodal distribution of the first pop-in loads that are associated with different shear band nucleation sites that operate at different stress levels below the glass transition temperature, Tg. The nucleation kinetics, the nucleation barriers, and the density for each site type have been determined. The discovery of multiple shear band nucleation sites challenges the current view of nucleation at a single type of site and offers opportunities for controlling the ductility of BMG alloys. PMID:24594599

  7. Enhanced Corrosion Resistance of Iron-Based Amorphous Alloys

    SciTech Connect

    Rebak, R B; Day, S D; Lian, T; Aprigliano, L F; Hailey, P D; Farmer, J C

    2007-02-18

    Iron-based amorphous alloys possess enhanced hardness and are highly resistant to corrosion, which make them desirable for wear applications in corrosive environments. It was of interest to examine the behavior of amorphous alloys during anodic polarization in concentrated salt solutions and in the salt-fog testing. Results from the testing of one amorphous material (SAM2X5) both in ribbon form and as an applied coating are reported here. Cyclic polarization tests were performed on SAM2X5 ribbon as well as on other nuclear engineering materials. SAM2X5 showed the highest resistance to localized corrosion in 5 M CaCl{sub 2} solution at 105 C. Salt fog tests of 316L SS and Alloy 22 coupons coated with amorphous SAM2X5 powder showed resistance to rusting. Partial devitrification may be responsible for isolated pinpoint rust spots in some coatings.

  8. Amorphous and Metastable Microcrystalline Rapidly Solidified Alloys: Status and Potential.

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1980-05-01

    Curie temperatures of amorphous FeNi alloys . 75 Figure 14 Magnetically induced anisotropy as a function 77 of composition. Figure 15 The maximum...also needed in developing certain phase diagrams, understanding the role of alloying elements , predicting glassy behavior from thermo- dynamic...especially useful in determining the surroundings for elements that are a minor component of the alloy and/or have low relative scattering power. In

  9. Parametrized dielectric functions of amorphous GeSn alloys

    SciTech Connect

    D'Costa, Vijay Richard Wang, Wei; Yeo, Yee-Chia; Schmidt, Daniel

    2015-09-28

    We obtained the complex dielectric function of amorphous Ge{sub 1−x}Sn{sub x} (0 ≤ x ≤ 0.07) alloys using spectroscopic ellipsometry from 0.4 to 4.5 eV. Amorphous GeSn films were formed by room-temperature implantation of phosphorus into crystalline GeSn alloys grown by molecular beam epitaxy. The optical response of amorphous GeSn alloys is similar to amorphous Ge and can be parametrized using a Kramers-Kronig consistent Cody-Lorentz dispersion model. The parametric model was extended to account for the dielectric functions of amorphous Ge{sub 0.75}Sn{sub 0.25} and Ge{sub 0.50}Sn{sub 0.50} alloys from literature. The compositional dependence of band gap energy E{sub g} and parameters associated with the Lorentzian oscillator have been determined. The behavior of these parameters with varying x can be understood in terms of the alloying effect of Sn on Ge.

  10. Amorphous Alloy Membranes for High Temperature Hydrogen Separation

    SciTech Connect

    Coulter, K

    2013-09-30

    At the beginning of this project, thin film amorphous alloy membranes were considered a nascent but promising new technology for industrial-scale hydrogen gas separations from coal- derived syngas. This project used a combination of theoretical modeling, advanced physical vapor deposition fabricating, and laboratory and gasifier testing to develop amorphous alloy membranes that had the potential to meet Department of Energy (DOE) targets in the testing strategies outlined in the NETL Membrane Test Protocol. The project is complete with Southwest Research Institute® (SwRI®), Georgia Institute of Technology (GT), and Western Research Institute (WRI) having all operated independently and concurrently. GT studied the hydrogen transport properties of several amorphous alloys and found that ZrCu and ZrCuTi were the most promising candidates. GT also evaluated the hydrogen transport properties of V, Nb and Ta membranes coated with different transition-metal carbides (TMCs) (TM = Ti, Hf, Zr) catalytic layers by employing first-principles calculations together with statistical mechanics methods and determined that TiC was the most promising material to provide catalytic hydrogen dissociation. SwRI developed magnetron coating techniques to deposit a range of amorphous alloys onto both porous discs and tubular substrates. Unfortunately none of the amorphous alloys could be deposited without pinhole defects that undermined the selectivity of the membranes. WRI tested the thermal properties of the ZrCu and ZrNi alloys and found that under reducing environments the upper temperature limit of operation without recrystallization is ~250 °C. There were four publications generated from this project with two additional manuscripts in progress and six presentations were made at national and international technical conferences. The combination of the pinhole defects and the lack of high temperature stability make the theoretically identified most promising candidate amorphous alloys

  11. The thermal stability of amorphous nickel-niobium alloys

    SciTech Connect

    Farrens, S.N.

    1989-01-01

    Amorphous metallic alloys have been found to have features that make them exciting candidate materials for the electron device industry. Some of these features include resistance to electromigration and interdiffusion with other component materials. These features are primarily the result of the absence of grain boundaries in the amorphous alloy. However, if these materials are to be used in devices exposed to elevated temperatures it is important to understand the thermal stability of the amorphous alloy. The thermal stability of amorphous nickel niobium alloys was investigated in this work. The assessment of thermal performance was based on crystallization temperature, diffusion properties, and interface stability of the amorphous alloys with metallic overlayers and silicon substrates. Thermal treatments spanned the temperature range from 400{degree}C to 850{degree}C for times of 5 minutes to 96 hours. The primary experimental methods included x-ray diffraction, Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy, and electron microscopy. The alloys studied had compositions of 60, 65, 70 and 75 atomic percent nickel and are listed in order of their thermal stability. The 60 at% alloys have the highest one hour crystallization temperatures of 700{degree}C. All alloys are very stable until crystallization occurs. This is evidenced by the sluggish diffusion rates (10{sup {minus}19} cm{sup 2}/sec) measured at the overlayer/glass interface. Similarly, substrate interactions are not observed until crystallization has began. Once the grain boundaries develop with the initiation of crystallization interdiffusion of Ni and Si proceeds and eventual silicide formation is observed. Combining the results of the silicide reaction kinetics and the x-ray diffraction data allowed the estimation of the time-temperature-transformation curve.

  12. Computer-assisted infrared spectra interpretation for amorphous silicon alloys

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    Kavak, Hamide; Esen, Ramazan

    2005-12-01

    A computer program for the structural interpretation of the infrared (IR) spectra is developed and tested. The interpretation of the IR spectra is made by using an hybrid system which includes library search and rule-based interpretation methods together. The computer programs were written in Pascal Codes. The prototype IR library of silicon alloys includes amorphous silicon (a-Si), amorphous silicon dioxide (a-SiOx), amorphous silicon nitride (a-Si3N4) and amorphous silicon carbide (a-SiC) references. The known spectra of these compounds were fed into the system as an unknown samples. The performance of the developed program was evaluated on a test set of 157 spectra and the percentages of successful identification ranged between 78% and 99% for different alloys.

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

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    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.

  14. Electronic specific heats for amorphous and crystallized alloys.

    PubMed

    Hou, Long; Mo, Jinyong; Liu, Qingling; Liu, Haishun; Yang, Weiming; Shen, Baolong

    2016-01-01

    The low temperature specific heats of (Fe0.5Co0.5)72B20Si4Nb4 amorphous and crystallized alloys are measured and analyzed from 1.4 to 110 K. Specific heats can be well fitted by electronic and phonon contribution terms. It is found that the electronic contribution term in specific heat for amorphous alloy is larger than that for crystallized one, and this phenomenon has been interpreted in detail. The research shows that the electronic density of states at the Fermi level and the localized loose "rattler" atoms in oversized cage structure may make contributions to the enhancement of electronic specific heat coefficient γ, and result in a larger electronic contribution term. This study is significant for further understanding the structure-property relationship for amorphous alloys at low temperature.

  15. Microstructure and surface chemistry of amorphous alloys important to their friction and wear behavior

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Miyoshi, K.; Buckley, D. H.

    1986-01-01

    An investigation was conducted to examine the microstructure and surface chemistry of amorphous alloys, and their effects on tribological behavior. The results indicate that the surface oxide layers present on amorphous alloys are effective in providing low friction and a protective film against wear in air. Clustering and crystallization in amorphous alloys can be enhanced as a result of plastic flow during the sliding process at a low sliding velocity, at room temperature. Clusters or crystallines with sizes to 150 nm and a diffused honeycomb-shaped structure are produced on sizes to 150 nm and a diffused honeycomb-shaped structure are produced on the wear surface. Temperature effects lead to drastic changes in surface chemistry and friction behavior of the alloys at temperatures to 750 C. Contaminants can come from the bulk of the alloys to the surface upon heating and impart to the surface oxides at 350 C and boron nitride above 500 C. The oxides increase friction while the boron nitride reduces friction drastically in vacuum.

  16. Bulk Formation of Metallic Glasses and Amorphous Silicon from the Melt

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Spaepen, F.

    1985-01-01

    By using metallic glass compositions with a high relative glass transition temperature, such as Pd40Ni40P20, homogeneous nucleation also becomes negligible. Large (5g) masses of this alloys were obtained using a molten B2O3 flux. Presently, bulk glass formation in iron based glasses is being investigated. It is expected that if an undercooling of about 250K can be achieved in a Ge or Si melt, formation of the amorphous semiconductor phase (rather than the crystal) may be kinetically favored. The volumetric behavior of undercooled liquid Ga droplet dispersion is investigated by dilatometry. A theoretical model (both analytical and numerical) was developed for transient nucleation in glass forming melts. The model, originally designed for isothermal conditions, was extended to continuous quenching. It is being applied to glass formation in various metallic and oxide systems. A further refinement will be the inclusion of diffusion controlled interfacial rearrangements governing the growth of the crystal embryos.

  17. Transformation of bulk alloys to oxide nanowires

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    Lei, Danni; Benson, Jim; Magasinski, Alexandre; Berdichevsky, Gene; Yushin, Gleb

    2017-01-01

    One dimensional (1D) nanostructures offer prospects for enhancing the electrical, thermal, and mechanical properties of a broad range of functional materials and composites, but their synthesis methods are typically elaborate and expensive. We demonstrate a direct transformation of bulk materials into nanowires under ambient conditions without the use of catalysts or any external stimuli. The nanowires form via minimization of strain energy at the boundary of a chemical reaction front. We show the transformation of multimicrometer-sized particles of aluminum or magnesium alloys into alkoxide nanowires of tunable dimensions, which are converted into oxide nanowires upon heating in air. Fabricated separators based on aluminum oxide nanowires enhanced the safety and rate capabilities of lithium-ion batteries. The reported approach allows ultralow-cost scalable synthesis of 1D materials and membranes.

  18. Application of Laser Design of Amorphous Feco-Based Alloys for the Formation of Amorphous-Crystalline Composites

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    Permyakova, I. E.; Glezer, A. M.; Ivanov, A. A.; Shelyakov, A. V.

    2016-01-01

    Morphological and fractographic features of change of FeCo-based amorphous alloy surfaces after laser treatment are studied in detail. Regimes of laser treatment that allow various degrees of crystallization of the examined alloys to be obtained, including thin (<1 •m) crystal layers on amorphous alloy surfaces, amorphous-crystalline composites, and completely crystalline alloys are adjusted. The Vickers hardness is estimated in zones of selective laser irradiation. The structure of the examined alloys attendant to the change of their mechanical properties is analyzed.

  19. Integral bypass diodes in an amorphous silicon alloy photovoltaic module

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    Hanak, J. J.; Flaisher, H.

    1991-01-01

    Thin-film, tandem-junction, amorphous silicon (a-Si) photovoltaic modules were constructed in which a part of the a-Si alloy cell material is used to form bypass protection diodes. This integral design circumvents the need for incorporating external, conventional diodes, thus simplifying the manufacturing process and reducing module weight.

  20. Neutron scattering studies of amorphous Invar alloys

    SciTech Connect

    Fernandez-Baca, J.A.

    1989-01-01

    This paper reviews recent inelastic neutron scattering experiments performed to study the spin dynamics of two amorphous Invar systems: Fe/sub 100-x/B/sub x/ and Fe/sub 90-x/Ni/sub x/Zr/sub 10/. As in crystalline Invar Fe/sub 65/Ni/sub 35/ and Fe/sub 3/Pt, the excitation of conventional long-wavelength spin waves in these amorphous systems cannot account for the relatively rapid change of their magnetization with temperature. These results are discussed in terms of additional low-lying excitations which apparently have a density of states similar to the spin waves.

  1. Theory of bond-length variations in relaxed, strained, and amorphous silicon-germanium alloys

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    Tzoumanekas, C.; Kelires, P. C.

    2002-11-01

    We present a theoretical study of bond-length and angle variations in relaxed, epitaxially strained, and amorphous Si1-xGex alloys. Our approach is based on Monte Carlo simulations, within the semigrand-canonical ensemble utilizing Ising-like identity flips, and in conjuction with energies calculated using the empirical potential of Tersoff [Phys. Rev. B 39, 5566 (1989)]. The method offers great statistical precision enabling us to extract clear variations through the whole composition range and for all types of bonds. Our simulations show that in relaxed crystalline alloys, where the lattice constant takes its natural value, bond lengths depend on composition x and that these variations are type specific, in agreement with recent experimental studies. Similar type-specific variations are found for the angles and the second-nearest-neighbor distances. This analysis also reveals that the negative deviation of the lattice constant from Vegard's law is mainly due to radial, and not angular, relaxations. In the epitaxially strained alloys, bond lengths decrease with x due to the two-dimensional confinement in the growth layers, in good agreement with predictions based on the macroscopic theory of elasticity. The dimer bond lengths at the (100)-(2×1)-reconstructed alloy surface remain nearly constant, and they are elongated with respect to the bulk values. In the amorphous alloys, we unravel a remarkable behavior of bond lengths at the dilute low-x alloy limit, characterized by strong relaxations and elongation. Furthermore, the bond lengths decrease with increasing Ge content. We offer an explanation of this effect based on the analysis of the enthalpy of formation of the amorphous alloy.

  2. Developments in the Ni-Nb-Zr amorphous alloy membranes

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Sarker, S.; Chandra, D.; Hirscher, M.; Dolan, M.; Isheim, D.; Wermer, J.; Viano, D.; Baricco, M.; Udovic, T. J.; Grant, D.; Palumbo, O.; Paolone, A.; Cantelli, R.

    2016-03-01

    Most of the global H2 production is derived from hydrocarbon-based fuels, and efficient H2/CO2 separation is necessary to deliver a high-purity H2 product. Hydrogen-selective alloy membranes are emerging as a viable alternative to traditional pressure swing adsorption processes as a means for H2/CO2 separation. These membranes can be formed from a wide range of alloys, and those based on Pd are the closest to commercial deployment. The high cost of Pd (USD ~31,000 kg-1) is driving the development of less-expensive alternatives, including inexpensive amorphous (Ni60Nb40)100- x Zr x alloys. Amorphous alloy membranes can be fabricated directly from the molten state into continuous ribbons via melt spinning and depending on the composition can exhibit relatively high hydrogen permeability between 473 and 673 K. Here we review recent developments in these low-cost membrane materials, especially with respect to permeation behavior, electrical transport properties, and understanding of local atomic order. To further understand the nature of these solids, atom probe tomography has been performed, revealing amorphous Nb-rich and Zr-rich clusters embedded in majority Ni matrix whose compositions deviated from the nominal overall composition of the membrane.

  3. Tungsten solution kinetics and amorphization of nickel in mechanically alloyed Ni-W alloys

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    Aning, A. O.; Wang, Z.; Courtney, T. H.

    1993-01-01

    The kinetics of solution of W, and the subsequent amorphization of Ni, in mechanically alloyed Ni-W alloys has been investigated. As W is a highly abrasive material in the energy intensive devices used for mechanical alloying, we studied the above reactions in different mills. One used hardened steel balls as the grinding media, and the other Al2O3. Abrasion is common to both mills, but Fe wear debris from the hardened steel enters into solution in the Ni rich phases whereas Al2O3 debris is present as small dispersoids. The kinetics of W solution and those of subsequent amorphization do not appear strongly affected by the Fe in solution or the Al2O3 dispersoid. Tungsten dissolves in crystalline Ni in amounts in excess of the equilibrium solubility during alloying. Amorphization of the Ni phase occurs if the W content in this phase exceeds ca. 28 at. pct.

  4. Correlation of atomic packing with the boson peak in amorphous alloys

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    Yang, W. M.; Liu, H. S. E-mail: blshen@seu.edu.cn E-mail: jiangjz@zju.edu.cn; Zhao, Y. C.; Liu, X. J.; Chen, G. X.; Man, Q. K.; Chang, C. T.; Li, R. W. E-mail: blshen@seu.edu.cn E-mail: jiangjz@zju.edu.cn; Dun, C. C.; Shen, B. L. E-mail: blshen@seu.edu.cn E-mail: jiangjz@zju.edu.cn; Inoue, A.; and others

    2014-09-28

    Boson peaks (BP) have been observed from phonon specific heats in 10 studied amorphous alloys. Two Einstein-type vibration modes were proposed in this work and all data can be fitted well. By measuring and analyzing local atomic structures of studied amorphous alloys and 56 reported amorphous alloys, it is found that (a) the BP originates from local harmonic vibration modes associated with the lengths of short-range order (SRO) and medium-range order (MRO) in amorphous alloys, and (b) the atomic packing in amorphous alloys follows a universal scaling law, i.e., the ratios of SRO and MRO lengths to solvent atomic diameter are 3 and 7, respectively, which exact match with length ratios of BP vibration frequencies to Debye frequency for the studied amorphous alloys. This finding provides a new perspective for atomic packing in amorphous materials, and has significant implications for quantitative description of the local atomic orders and understanding the structure-property relationship.

  5. Ultralight amorphous silicon alloy photovoltaic modules for space applications

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    Hanak, J. J.; Chen, Englade; Fulton, C.; Myatt, A.; Woodyard, J. R.

    1987-01-01

    Ultralight and ultrathin, flexible, rollup monolithic PV modules have been developed consisting of multijunction, amorphous silicon alloys for either terrestrial or aerospace applications. The rate of progress in increasing conversion efficiency of stable multijunction and multigap PV cells indicates that arrays of these modules can be available for NASA's high power systems in the 1990's. Because of the extremely light module weight and the highly automated process of manufacture, the monolithic a-Si alloy arrays are expected to be strongly competitive with other systems for use in NASA's space station or in other large aerospace applications.

  6. Formation of amorphous metal alloys by chemical vapor deposition

    DOEpatents

    Mullendore, Arthur W.

    1990-01-01

    Amorphous alloys are deposited by a process of thermal dissociation of mixtures or organometallic compounds and metalloid hydrides, e.g., transition metal carbonyl such as nickel carbonyl, and diborane. Various sizes and shapes of deposits can be achieved, including near-net-shape free standing articles, multilayer deposits, and the like. Manipulation or absence of a magnetic field affects the nature and the structure of the deposit.

  7. Formation of amorphous metal alloys by chemical vapor deposition

    DOEpatents

    Mullendore, A.W.

    1988-03-18

    Amorphous alloys are deposited by a process of thermal dissociation of mixtures of organometallic compounds and metalloid hydrides,e.g., transition metal carbonyl, such as nickel carbonyl and diborane. Various sizes and shapes of deposits can be achieved, including near-net-shape free standing articles, multilayer deposits, and the like. Manipulation or absence of a magnetic field affects the nature and the structure of the deposit. 1 fig.

  8. Electrodeposition of amorphous ternary nickel-chromium-phosphorus alloy

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    Guilinger, Terry R.

    1990-01-01

    Amorphous ternary nickel-chromium-phosphorus alloys are electrodeposited from a bath comprising a nickel salt, a chromium salt, a phosphorus source such as sodium hypophosphite, a complexing agent for the nickel ions, supporting salts to increase conductivity, and a buffering agent. The process is carried out at about room temperature and requires a current density between about 20 to 40 A/dm.sup.2.

  9. Composition Dependence of Bulk Alloy Properties

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    Bozzolo, Guillermo; Ferrante, John

    1994-01-01

    We introduce an approximate expression for the direct calculation of properties of alloys in terms of the pure components. This rule can be obtained as a particular case from the Bozzolo-Ferrante-Smith (BFS) method, a recently developed semiempirical method for alloys. In particular, we examine the application of this rule to several examples of the concentration dependence of the lattice parameter of binary and ternary alloys.

  10. Deformation-driven catalysis of nanocrystallization in amorphous Al alloys.

    PubMed

    Hebert, Rainer J; Perepezko, John H; Rösner, Harald; Wilde, Gerhard

    2016-01-01

    Nanocrystals develop in amorphous alloys usually during annealing treatments with growth- or nucleation-controlled mechanisms. An alternative processing route is intense deformation and nanocrystals have been shown to develop in shear bands during the deformation process. Some controversy surrounded the idea of adiabatic heating in shear bands during their genesis, but specific experiments have revealed that the formation of nanocrystals in shear bands has to be related to localized deformation rather than thermal effects. A much less debated issue has been the spatial distribution of deformation in the amorphous alloys during intense deformation. The current work examines the hypothesis that intense deformation affects the regions outside shear bands and even promotes nanocrystal formation in those regions upon annealing. Melt-spun amorphous Al88Y7Fe5 alloy was intensely cold rolled. Microcalorimeter measurements at 60 °C indicated a slight but observable growth of nanocrystals in shear bands over the annealing time of 10 days. When the cold-rolled samples were annealed at 210 °C for one hour, transmission electron images did not show any nanocrystals for as-spun ribbons, but nanocrystals developed outside shear bands for the cold rolled samples. X-ray analysis indicated an increase in intensity of the Al peaks following the 210 °C annealing while the as-spun sample remained "X-ray amorphous". These experimental observations strongly suggest that cold rolling affects regions (i.e., spatial heterogeneities) outside shear bands and stimulates the formation of nanocrystals during annealing treatments at temperatures well below the crystallization temperature of undeformed ribbons.

  11. Characterization of amorphous Co-P alloy coatings electrodeposited with pulse current using gluconate bath

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    Bera, Parthasarathi; Seenivasan, H.; Rajam, K. S.; William Grips, V. K.

    2012-10-01

    Co-P alloy coatings were electrodeposited with pulse current using gluconate bath and characterized by XRD, FESEM, AFM, DSC and XPS. Co-P alloy coatings are amorphous in nature as demonstrated by XRD. FESEM exhibits the “cauliflower type” morphology that is distinctive of nanocrystalline metals and alloys. Co-P alloys are found to follow instantaneous growth mechanism as revealed by AFM studies. Two exothermic peaks at 320 and 340 °C in DSC profiles of Co-P deposit correspond to the crystallization of the deposit. Detailed XPS studies of these alloy coatings have shown that as-deposited coatings consist of Co metal as well as oxidized Co species. P has mostly been present as bulk alloy on the surface as Pδ- form. Increase in the amounts of Co metal and Pδ- are observed upon intermittent sputtering. No appreciable increase in microhardness is observed with increase in the phosphorous content, but it increases with heat treatment significantly.

  12. Shielding, the bulk chemical potential, and cohesion in alloys

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    Stern, E. A.

    1976-01-01

    It is shown that the bulk chemical potential in alloys is intimately related to the spatial dependence of the shielding cloud that results when the electronic charge rearranges itself as one atom type is replaced by another at a given site. Such a relationship fixes the relative energy scale between the alloy and its pure constituents, important in determining the stability of alloys. A correct treatment of shielding is thus essential to quantitative calculations of alloy stability. A model calculation of the bulk chemical potential and cohesion of alloys in the tight-binding approximation is presented as a numerical example. In the course of this investigation a general invariant of an integral over the shielding cloud is derived.

  13. On the Tendency of the Co-, Ni-, and Fe-Based Melts to the Bulk Amorphization

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    Sterkhova, Irina V.; Lad'yanov, Vladimir I.; Kamaeva, Larisa V.; Umnova, Nadezhda V.; Umnov, Pavel P.

    2016-11-01

    In this article, the influence of the liquid phase state on the glass-forming ability and solidification processes of the Co65.5Fe6.5Si18B10, Ni64.4Fe4Cr4.9Mn2B16.2C0.5Si8, and Fe50Cr15Mo14C15B6 alloys was studied. It was shown that in conditions of quenching from the melt at ~103 K/s, the largest fraction of the amorphous phase is achieved by cooling from a narrow temperature range near 1573 K (1300 °C) for Co65.5Fe6.5Si18B10, 1503 K (1230 °C) for Ni64.4Fe4Cr4.9Mn2B16.2C0.5Si8, and 1653 K (1380 °C) for Fe50Cr15Mo14C15B6. It was found that at these temperatures, there are anomalies in the viscosity and undercooling polytherms caused by changes in short-range ordering in these melts. Overheating the Co65.5Fe6.5Si18B10, Ni64.4Fe4Cr4.9Mn2B16.2C0.5Si8, and Fe50Cr15Mo14C15B6 melts above these temperatures is accompanied by changing the nature of their crystallization. It was shown that the analysis of the temperature dependences of undercooling and kinematic viscosity can be used to determine the optimum temperatures of the melts quenching to achieve their best bulk amorphization.

  14. Thermally Induced Structural Transformations of Fe40Ni40P14B6 Amorphous Alloy

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    Vasić, Milica M.; Roupcová, Pavla; Pizúrová, Naděžda; Stevanović, Sanja; Blagojević, Vladimir A.; Žák, Tomáš; Minić, Dragica M.

    2016-01-01

    Thermal stability and thermally induced structural transformations of Fe40Ni40P14B6 amorphous alloy were examined under non-isothermal and isothermal conditions. Formation of metastable α-(Fe,Ni), and stable γ-(Fe,Ni) and (Fe,Ni)3(P,B) crystalline phases as the main crystallization products was observed, while the presence of small amounts of other crystalline phases like Fe23B6 and Fe2NiB was indicated by electron diffraction in HRTEM. Thermomagnetic curve indicated that Fe content in different crystalline phases is very different, resulting in markedly different Curie temperatures after crystallization. Transmission electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy study suggested multiple-layered platelet-shaped morphology, both on the surface and in the bulk of the crystallized alloy sample. The thermal treatment heating rate and maximum temperature affected surface roughness and grain size inhomogeneity.

  15. Deformation-driven catalysis of nanocrystallization in amorphous Al alloys

    PubMed Central

    Perepezko, John H; Rösner, Harald; Wilde, Gerhard

    2016-01-01

    Summary Nanocrystals develop in amorphous alloys usually during annealing treatments with growth- or nucleation-controlled mechanisms. An alternative processing route is intense deformation and nanocrystals have been shown to develop in shear bands during the deformation process. Some controversy surrounded the idea of adiabatic heating in shear bands during their genesis, but specific experiments have revealed that the formation of nanocrystals in shear bands has to be related to localized deformation rather than thermal effects. A much less debated issue has been the spatial distribution of deformation in the amorphous alloys during intense deformation. The current work examines the hypothesis that intense deformation affects the regions outside shear bands and even promotes nanocrystal formation in those regions upon annealing. Melt-spun amorphous Al88Y7Fe5 alloy was intensely cold rolled. Microcalorimeter measurements at 60 °C indicated a slight but observable growth of nanocrystals in shear bands over the annealing time of 10 days. When the cold-rolled samples were annealed at 210 °C for one hour, transmission electron images did not show any nanocrystals for as-spun ribbons, but nanocrystals developed outside shear bands for the cold rolled samples. X-ray analysis indicated an increase in intensity of the Al peaks following the 210 °C annealing while the as-spun sample remained “X-ray amorphous”. These experimental observations strongly suggest that cold rolling affects regions (i.e., spatial heterogeneities) outside shear bands and stimulates the formation of nanocrystals during annealing treatments at temperatures well below the crystallization temperature of undeformed ribbons. PMID:27826517

  16. Comparison of Crevice Corrosion of Fe-Based Amorphous Metal and Crystalline Ni-Cr-Mo Alloy

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    Shan, X; Ha, H; Payer, J H

    2008-07-24

    The crevice corrosion behaviors of an Fe-based bulk metallic glass alloy (SAM1651) and a Ni-Cr-Mo crystalline alloy (C-22) were studied in 4M NaCl at 100 C with cyclic potentiodynamic polarization and constant potential tests. The corrosion damage morphologies, corrosion products and the compositions of corroded surfaces of these two alloys were studied with optical 3D reconstruction, Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy (EDS) and Auger Electron Spectroscopy (AES). It was found that the Fe-based bulk metallic glass (amorphous alloy) SAM1651 had a more positive breakdown potential and repassivation potential than crystalline alloy C-22 in cyclic potentiodynamic polarization tests and required a more positive oxidizing potential to initiate crevice corrosion in constant potential test. Once crevice corrosion initiated, the corrosion propagation of C-22 was more localized near the crevice border compared to SAM1651, and SAM1651 repassivated more readily than C-22. The EDS results indicated that the corrosion products of both alloys contained high amount of O and were enriched in Mo and Cr. The AES results indicated that a Cr-rich oxide passive film was formed on the surfaces of both alloys, and both alloys were corroded congruently.

  17. Bulk formation of metallic glasses and amorphous silicon from the melt

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    Spaepen, F.

    1984-01-01

    Procedures and compositions for producing metallic glasses in bulk at slow cooling rates were investigated. An attempt was made to form the amorphous phase of the tetrahedrally coordinated elements (Si or Ge) by undercooling the melt. The crystal nucleation behavior of pure liquids and glass formers were examined.

  18. Effect of Crystallization on the Mechanical Properties of Zr{sub 56.7}Cu{sub 15.3}Ni{sub 12.5}Nb{sub 5.0}Al{sub 10.0}Y{sub 0.5} Bulk Amorphous Alloy

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    Das, Kakoli; Bandyopadhyay, Amit; Gupta, Yogendra M.

    2005-03-15

    Effects of crystallization behavior on the mechanical properties of Zr{sub 56.7}Cu{sub 15.3}Ni{sub 12.5}Nb{sub 5.0}Al{sub 10.0}Y{sub 0.5} based bulk amorphous alloy (BAA) were studied. Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) in Ar environment showed three-exothermic peaks at 395, 472 and 659.5 C and one-endothermic peak at 852 C. Following DSC study, as received BAA samples were heat-treated in vacuum at six different temperatures 300, 450, 600, 700, 800 and 850 C. Heat-treated samples were characterized using Vickers microhardness, X-ray diffraction (XRD), differential scanning calorimetry and field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM) to study crystallization behavior. It is found that samples heat-treated above the second (472 C) and third (659.5 C) exothermic peaks show high microhardness values compared to the as processed samples, and brittle cracking along the indent diagonal. As processed samples show clear evidence of shear banding. FESEM examination revealed existence of nano-scale precipitates for samples heat-treated at 600 and 700 C, while micro-scale precipitates for 850 C samples. Quasi-static compression tests showed compressive strain to failure decrease with heat-treated samples compared to as received ones. Fracture morphology of the compression test samples changes from vein pattern for as received to flat facets with multiple cracks for heat-treated samples. Indentation fracture toughness values decrease almost an order of magnitude for heat-treated samples compared to as received samples.

  19. Amorphous phase formation in Fe-6.0wt%Si alloy by mechanical alloying

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    Filho, A.F.; Bolfarini, C.; Xu, Y.; Kiminami, C.S.

    1999-12-31

    Mechanical alloying, MA, is a high-energy ball milling technique, in which elemental blends are milled to achieve alloying at atomic level. This communication describes the results of an investigation on the phase transformation of a mixture of Fe and Si powders with 6wt%Si during MA processing. Besides the verification of the effect of milling time on the structure and on the compositional homogeneity, this study was undertaken in order to confirm, by using TEM technique, the possibility of amorphous phase formation for Si content lower than 17.7wt%.

  20. Unexpected magnetic behavior in amorphous Co{sub 90}Sc{sub 10} alloy

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    Ghafari, M. E-mail: skamali@utsi.edu; Gleiter, H.; Sakurai, Y.; Itou, M.; Peng, G.; Fang, Y. N.; Feng, T.; Hahn, H.; Kamali, S. E-mail: skamali@utsi.edu

    2015-09-28

    An amorphous alloy Co{sub 90}Sc{sub 10} has been prepared by rapid quenching from the melt. The results of magnetization measurements show that this alloy has the highest Curie temperature reported for any amorphous transition metal based alloys. Furthermore, for a Co based amorphous alloy, the magnetic moment is remarkably high. Moreover, the alloy exhibits soft magnetic properties. Based on the findings, amorphous Co{sub 90}Sc{sub 10} appears to be an attractive candidate for applications as a soft magnetic material. The temperature dependence of the reduced magnetization can be described by the Bloch power law. The results show that the B coefficient of the amorphous Co{sub 90}Sc{sub 10} alloy, which is a measure of the rigidity of spin waves, exhibits the lowest value observed until now for any amorphous alloy and is comparable to crystalline alloys. It is found that the Sc atoms in the Co{sub 90}Sc{sub 10} alloy lead to an increase of the itinerant spin moment of Co atoms, and, in contrast to this behaviour, to a decrease of the local 3d-electrons of Co.

  1. Superior Tensile Ductility in Bulk Metallic Glass with Gradient Amorphous Structure

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    Wang, Q.; Yang, Y.; Jiang, H.; Liu, C. T.; Ruan, H. H.; Lu, J.

    2014-01-01

    Over centuries, structural glasses have been deemed as a strong yet inherently ‘brittle’ material due to their lack of tensile ductility. However, here we report bulk metallic glasses exhibiting both a high strength of ~2 GPa and an unprecedented tensile elongation of 2–4% at room temperature. Our experiments have demonstrated that intense structural evolution can be triggered in theses glasses by the carefully controlled surface mechanical attrition treatment, leading to the formation of gradient amorphous microstructures across the sample thickness. As a result, the engineered amorphous microstructures effectively promote multiple shear banding while delay cavitation in the bulk metallic glass, thus resulting in superior tensile ductility. The outcome of our research uncovers an unusual work-hardening mechanism in monolithic bulk metallic glasses and demonstrates a promising yet low-cost strategy suitable for producing large-sized, ultra-strong and stretchable structural glasses. PMID:24755683

  2. Superior Tensile Ductility in Bulk Metallic Glass with Gradient Amorphous Structure

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    Wang, Q.; Yang, Y.; Jiang, H.; Liu, C. T.; Ruan, H. H.; Lu, J.

    2014-04-01

    Over centuries, structural glasses have been deemed as a strong yet inherently `brittle' material due to their lack of tensile ductility. However, here we report bulk metallic glasses exhibiting both a high strength of ~2 GPa and an unprecedented tensile elongation of 2-4% at room temperature. Our experiments have demonstrated that intense structural evolution can be triggered in theses glasses by the carefully controlled surface mechanical attrition treatment, leading to the formation of gradient amorphous microstructures across the sample thickness. As a result, the engineered amorphous microstructures effectively promote multiple shear banding while delay cavitation in the bulk metallic glass, thus resulting in superior tensile ductility. The outcome of our research uncovers an unusual work-hardening mechanism in monolithic bulk metallic glasses and demonstrates a promising yet low-cost strategy suitable for producing large-sized, ultra-strong and stretchable structural glasses.

  3. Fabrication of Nb3Al superconducting bulks by mechanical alloying method

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    Qi, Ming; Pan, Xi Feng; Zhang, Ping Xiang; Cui, Li Jun; Li, Cheng Shan; Yan, Guo; Chen, Yong Liang; Zhao, Yong

    2014-06-01

    Since it can directly prepare the Nb-Al supersaturated solid solution, mechanical alloying is thought as a promising method to make high-performance Nb3Al superconductors at a low temperature annealing condition, without the complicated rapid heating, quenching and transformation (RHQT) process. In this paper, we investigate the effects of milling time, the content of Al and annealing temperature on phase formation and superconducting properties of mechanical alloying Nb3Al bulks in detail. The study results show that Nb-Al supersaturated solid solution could be obtained by high energy ball milling, as long as the Nb-Al blended powder is ball milled for 1 h, even the amorphous phase appears with the ball milling time prolonging to 10 h, the Nb-Al intermetalics do not come out either. Amorphous phase is hardly beneficial to synthesizing the Nb3Al phase, instead, it will make the products impurity. By optimizing the milling time, elements composition and annealing temperature , pure Nb3Al phase is obtained and the highest onset superconducting transition temperature (Tc-onset) reaches 15.8 K and the critical current density (Jc) 106 A/cm2 at 8 K without outer field. This paper also discusses the main reasons that affect the superconducting properties of mechanical alloying Nb3Al superconductor.

  4. Calculating formation range of binary amorphous alloys fabricated by electroless plating

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    Zhang, Bangwei; Liao, Shuzhi; Shu, Xiaolin; Xie, Haowen

    2016-06-01

    A lot of amorphous alloy deposits in the binary (Ni, Co, Cu)-(P, B) alloy systems fabricated by electroless plating (EP) have been reported up to date. But no one reported their theoretical modeling of the amorphous formation and calculated their concentration range of amorphous formation (RAF). Using Miedema model and subregular model scheme, the RAFs for the six EP (Ni, Co, Cu)-(P, B) alloys and three Ni-Cu, Ni-Co and Co-Cu alloys have been calculated systematically for the first time. The calculated results are in agreement with experimental observations. Experiments and calculations for the RAFs in the latter three alloy systems reveal that not any RAF formed except crystalline states. The huge difference between the six metal-metalloid alloys and three metal-metal alloys in RAF has been discussed in detail in the paper.

  5. Research of creep deformation in amorphous and nanocrystalline alloys at variable temperature field

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    Fedorov, V. A.; Berezner, A. D.; Pluzhnikova, T. N.

    2017-01-01

    Investigations of Co-based amorphous alloys and Fe-based nanocrystalline alloy failure strain at creep tests within a temperature range being from 300 to 1023 K have been performed. A creep curve analytical form for all investigated alloys has been established.

  6. Radiation Resistance Studies of Amorphous Silicon Alloy Photovoltaic Materials

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    Woodyard, James R.

    1994-01-01

    The radiation resistance of commercial solar cells fabricated from hydrogenated amorphous silicon alloys was investigated. A number of different device structures were irradiated with 1.0 MeV protons. The cells were insensitive to proton fluences below 1E12 sq cm. The parameters of the irradiated cells were restored with annealing at 200 C. The annealing time was dependent on proton fluence. Annealing devices for one hour restores cell parameters for fluences below lE14 sq cm require longer annealing times. A parametric fitting model was used to characterize current mechanisms observed in dark I-V measurements. The current mechanisms were explored with irradiation fluence, and voltage and light soaking times. The thermal generation current density and quality factor increased with proton fluence. Device simulation shows the degradation in cell characteristics may be explained by the reduction of the electric field in the intrinsic layer.

  7. Fabrication of nanoporous silver by de-alloying Cu-Zr-Ag amorphous alloys

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    Wang, Hui; Xiao, Shang-gang; Zhang, Tao

    2016-07-01

    Nanoporous silver (NPS) with a ligament size ranging from 15 to 40 nm was fabricated by de-alloying (Cu50Zr50)100- x Ag x ( x = 10at%, 20at%, 30at%, and 40at%) amorphous ribbons in a mixed aqueous solution of hydrofluoric (HF) acid and nitric acid under free corrosion conditions. Nanoporous silver ligaments and pore sizes were able to be fine-tuned through tailoring the chemical composition, corrosion conditions, and de-alloying time. The ligament size increases with an increase in Ag content and de-alloying time, but decreases with an increase in HF concentration. This phenomenon may be attributed to the dissolution of Zr/Cu and the diffusion, aggregation, nucleation, and recrystallization of Ag, leading to an oriented attachment of adjacent nanocrystals as revealed by TEM analysis.

  8. Effect of High Temperature Aging on the Corrosion Resistance of Iron Based Amorphous Alloys

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    Day, S D; Haslam, J J; Farmer, J C; Rebak, R B

    2007-08-10

    Iron-based amorphous alloys can be more resistant to corrosion than polycrystalline materials of similar compositions. However, when the amorphous alloys are exposed to high temperatures they may recrystallize (or devitrify) thus losing their resistance to corrosion. Four different types of amorphous alloys melt spun ribbon specimens were exposed to several temperatures for short periods of time. The resulting corrosion resistance was evaluated in seawater at 90 C and compared with the as-prepared ribbons. Results show that the amorphous alloys can be exposed to 600 C for 1-hr. without losing the corrosion resistance; however, when the ribbons were exposed at 800 C for 1-hr. their localized corrosion resistance decreased significantly.

  9. The use of amorphous boron powder enhances mechanical alloying in soft magnetic FeNbB alloy: A magnetic study

    SciTech Connect

    Ipus, J. J.; Blazquez, J. S.; Franco, V.; Conde, A.

    2013-05-07

    Saturation magnetization and magnetic anisotropy have been studied during mechanical alloying of Fe{sub 75}Nb{sub 10}B{sub 15} alloys prepared using crystalline and commercial amorphous boron. The evolution of saturation magnetization indicates a more efficient dissolution of boron into the matrix using amorphous boron, particularly for short milling times. The magnetization of the crystalline phase increases as boron is incorporated into this phase. Two milling time regimes can be used to describe the evolution of magnetic anisotropy: a first regime governed by microstrains and a second one mainly governed by crystal size and amorphous fraction.

  10. JPRS Report, Science & Technology, Japan, Structure, Properties of Al Amorphous Alloys

    DTIC Science & Technology

    2007-11-02

    JPRS-JST-90-054 4 DECEMBER 1990 FOREIGN BROADCAST INFORMATION SERVICE JPRS Report-- Science & Technology Japan STRUCTURE , PROPERTIES OF AL...JPRS-JST-90-054 4 DECEMBER 1990 SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY JAPAN STRUCTURE . PROPERTIES OF AL AMORPHOUS ALLOYS 906C7531 Tokyo AL KEI AMORUFASU GOKIN NO KOZO...TO TOKUSEI in Japanese 6 Feb 90 pp 1-40 [Papers presented at the Symposium for Structure and Properties of Al Amorphous Alloys, held 6 Feb 90 in

  11. Microstructure Evaluation of Fe-BASED Amorphous Alloys Investigated by Doppler Broadening Positron Annihilation Technique

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    Lu, Wei; Huang, Ping; Wang, Yuxin; Yan, Biao

    2013-07-01

    Microstructure of Fe-based amorphous and nanocrystalline soft magnetic alloy has been investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electronic microscopy (TEM) and Doppler broadening positron annihilation technique (PAT). Doppler broadening measurement reveals that amorphous alloys (Finemet, Type I) which can form a nanocrystalline phase have more defects (free volume) than alloys (Metglas, Type II) which cannot form this microstructure. XRD and TEM characterization indicates that the nanocrystallization of amorphous Finemet alloy occurs at 460°C, where nanocrystallites of α-Fe with an average grain size of a few nanometers are formed in an amorphous matrix. With increasing annealing temperature up to 500°C, the average grain size increases up to around 12 nm. During the annealing of Finemet alloy, it has been demonstrated that positron annihilates in quenched-in defect, crystalline nanophase and amorphous-nanocrystalline interfaces. The change of line shape parameter S with annealing temperature in Finemet alloy is mainly due to the structural relaxation, the pre-nucleation of Cu nucleus and the nanocrystallization of α-Fe(Si) phase during annealing. This study throws new insights into positron behavior in the nanocrystallization of metallic glasses, especially in the presence of single or multiple nanophases embedded in the amorphous matrix.

  12. Laser induced crystallization of hydrogenated amorphous silicon-carbon alloys

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    Summonte, C.; Rizzoli, R.; Servidori, M.; Milita, S.; Nicoletti, S.; Bianconi, M.; Desalvo, A.; Iencinella, D.

    2004-10-01

    Laser induced crystallization of hydrogenated amorphous silicon carbon alloy (a-Si1-xCx:H) films has been investigated by means of synchrotron x-ray diffraction. The a-Si1-xCx:H films were deposited on (100) silicon wafers by very high frequency plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition at 100MHz in hydrogen diluted silane-methane gas mixtures. The substrate was kept at 250°C or 350°C and the stoichiometry was changed from x =0.20 to 0.63. The structural characterization of the as-grown films has been carried out by Rutherford backscattering (hydrogen concentration) and infrared spectroscopy (film ordering). The films were irradiated by a KrF excimer laser (248nm ) with varying energy density and number of pulses. After irradiation, the formation of SiC crystallites has been revealed by synchrotron x-ray diffraction. Besides SiC nanocrystals, the formation of crystalline Si and graphite is observed for under- (x <0.50) and over-stoichiometric (x>0.50) samples, respectively. The essential role played by hydrogen concentration and hydrogen bonding configuration in determining the melting threshold and the consequent SiC grain formation is highlighted.

  13. Deployable aerospace PV array based on amorphous silicon alloys

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    Hanak, Joseph J.; Walter, Lee; Dobias, David; Flaisher, Harvey

    1989-01-01

    The development of the first commercial, ultralight, flexible, deployable, PV array for aerospace applications is discussed. It is based on thin-film, amorphous silicon alloy, multijunction, solar cells deposited on a thin metal or polymer by a proprietary, roll-to-roll process. The array generates over 200 W at AM0 and is made of 20 giant cells, each 54 cm x 29 cm (1566 sq cm in area). Each cell is protected with bypass diodes. Fully encapsulated array blanket and the deployment mechanism weigh about 800 and 500 g, respectively. These data yield power per area ratio of over 60 W/sq m specific power of over 250 W/kg (4 kg/kW) for the blanket and 154 W/kg (6.5 kg/kW) for the power system. When stowed, the array is rolled up to a diameter of 7 cm and a length of 1.11 m. It is deployed quickly to its full area of 2.92 m x 1.11 m, for instant power. Potential applications include power for lightweight space vehicles, high altitude balloons, remotely piloted and tethered vehicles. These developments signal the dawning of a new age of lightweight, deployable, low-cost space arrays in the range from tens to tens of thousands of watts for near-term applications and the feasibility of multi-100 kW to MW arrays for future needs.

  14. Helium-3 behavior in some nickel-based amorphous alloys

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    Unlu, K.; Vincent, D.H. )

    1992-04-01

    In this paper, helium trapping and release are studied for the nickel-rich amorphous alloys Ni{sub 75.1}Cr{sub 14.0}P{sub 10.1}C{sub 0.08}, Ni{sub 63.5}Zr{sub 36.5}, and Ni{sub 87.7}P{sub 12.3}. Helium-3 is introduced into the samples by implantation at 150-kev energy. The depth distribution of the implanted helium is observed by neutron depth profiling employing he reaction {sup 3}He(n,p){sup 3}H. Two implantation doses are used: 1 {times} 10{sup 16} and 5 {times} 10{sup 16} {sup 3}He/cm{sup 2}. Both implantation doses were chosen to be low enough to avoid blistering or flaking of the surface of the samples. The helium release behavior of the samples is studied by taking depth profiles after each annealing stage. At the same time, electron diffraction is used on parallel samples to observe the microstructure of the samples as a function of annealing. The annealing sequence for each material is broken off when electron diffraction indicated the existence of relatively large crystals in a sample. Only a small fraction of the implanted helium is released in most cases, and a clear correlation between helium release and recrystallization can be found in only one case.

  15. Deployable aerospace PV array based on amorphous silicon alloys

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    Hanak, Joseph J.; Walter, Lee; Dobias, David; Flaisher, Harvey

    1989-04-01

    The development of the first commercial, ultralight, flexible, deployable, PV array for aerospace applications is discussed. It is based on thin-film, amorphous silicon alloy, multijunction, solar cells deposited on a thin metal or polymer by a proprietary, roll-to-roll process. The array generates over 200 W at AM0 and is made of 20 giant cells, each 54 cm x 29 cm (1566 sq cm in area). Each cell is protected with bypass diodes. Fully encapsulated array blanket and the deployment mechanism weigh about 800 and 500 g, respectively. These data yield power per area ratio of over 60 W/sq m specific power of over 250 W/kg (4 kg/kW) for the blanket and 154 W/kg (6.5 kg/kW) for the power system. When stowed, the array is rolled up to a diameter of 7 cm and a length of 1.11 m. It is deployed quickly to its full area of 2.92 m x 1.11 m, for instant power. Potential applications include power for lightweight space vehicles, high altitude balloons, remotely piloted and tethered vehicles. These developments signal the dawning of a new age of lightweight, deployable, low-cost space arrays in the range from tens to tens of thousands of watts for near-term applications and the feasibility of multi-100 kW to MW arrays for future needs.

  16. Corrosion-resistant amorphous metallic films of Mo49Cr33B18 alloy

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    Ramesham, R.; Distefano, S.; Fitzgerald, D.; Thakoor, A. P.; Khanna, S. K.

    1987-01-01

    Corrosion-resistant amorphous metallic alloy films of Mo49Cr33B18 with a crystallization temperature of 590 C were deposited onto glass and quartz substrates by magnetron sputter-quench technique. The amorphous nature of the films was confirmed by their diffuse X-ray diffraction patterns. The deposited films are densely packed (zone T) and exhibit low stress and good adhesion to the substrate. Corrosion current of as-deposited coating of MoCrB amorphous metallic alloy is approximately three orders of magnitude less than the corrosion current of 304 stainless steel in 1N H2SO4 solution.

  17. A discussion on decay of discharge capacity for amorphous Mg-Ni-Nd hydrogen storage alloy

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    Liang, G. Y.; Wu, D. C.; Li, Lu; Huang, L. J.

    Amorphous Mg-Ni-Nd alloys were prepared by melt-spun technique and their discharge capacity was measured. Microstructure of amorphous ribbons after different charge-discharge cycles was observed using high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and selected area electron diffraction (SAED). The structure evolution of amorphous (Mg 60Ni 25) 90Nd 10 alloy during the charge-discharge cycles was investigated in detail. Experimental results showed that the structure evolution of amorphous ribbon was responsible for the decay of discharge capacity. During the charge-discharge cycles of amorphous (Mg 60Ni 25) 90Nd 10 alloy, NdMg 2Ni 9 phase appeared after four cycles and Mg 2Ni phase appeared after six cycles. After 20 cycles the stable phases Mg 2Ni, α-Mg and Nd 2H 5 were present and the former NdMg 2Ni 9 phase disappeared. With crystallization of amorphous ribbon, the discharge capacity of amorphous (Mg 60Ni 25) 90Nd 10 alloy dropped off. After 10 cycles the curve of discharge capacity tended to be smooth.

  18. Itinerant magnetism and spin glass states of iron rich amorphous alloys

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    Krey, U.; Krompiewski, S.; Krauss, U.

    1990-04-01

    We generalize our self-consistent treatment of the itinerant magnetism of disordered or amorphous transition metal alloys, given in a series of recent papers, in such a way that now also itinerant spin glasses can be treated; i.e. not only the local magnitude, as before, also the local polarization direction can now differ from site, due to a subtle interplay between the isotropic intra-atomic Coulomb interaction and the anisotropic hopping terms in the Hamiltonian. Using a realistic approach with all relevant orbitals, this theory is then applied to a detailed numerical study of the magnetism of iron-rich amorphous Fe-Zr alloys, including hydrogenated samples, and of fictitious amorphous Fe at various densities. As a result we find that in the non-hydrogenated Fe-Zr alloys and in amorphous Fe the transverse components, although summing up to zero, can locally be almost comparable to the longitudinal polarization per atom.

  19. Crystalline-Amorphous Silicon Nanocomposites with Reduced Thermal Conductivity for Bulk Thermoelectrics.

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    Miura, Asuka; Zhou, Shu; Nozaki, Tomohiro; Shiomi, Junichiro

    2015-06-24

    Responding to the need for thermoelectric materials with high efficiency in both conversion and cost, we developed a nanostructured bulk silicon thermoelectric materials by sintering silicon crystal quantum dots of several nanometers in diameters synthesized by plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD). The material consists of hybrid structures of nanograins of crystalline silicon and amorphous silicon oxide. The percolated nanocrystalline region gives rise to high power factor with the high doping concentration realized by PECVD, and the binding amorphous region reduces thermal conductivity. Consequently, the nondimensional figure of merit reaches 0.39 at 600 °C, equivalent to the best reported value for silicon thermoelectrics. The thermal conductivity of the densely packed material is as low as 5 W m(-1) K(-1) in a wide temperature range from room temperature to 1000 °C, which is beneficial not only for the conversion efficiency but also for material cost by requiring less material to establish certain temperature gradient.

  20. Production Of Tandem Amorphous Silicon Alloy Solar Cells In A Continuous Roll-To-Roll Process

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    Izu, Masat; Ovshinsky, Stanford R.

    1983-09-01

    A roll-to-roll plasma deposition machine for depositing multi-layered amorphous alloys has been developed. The plasma deposition machine (approximately 35 ft. long) has multiple deposition areas and processes 16-inch wide stainless steel substrate continuously. Amorphous photovoltaic thin films (less than 1pm) having a six layered structure (PINPIN) are deposited on a roll of 16-inch wide 1000 ft. long stainless steel substrate, continu-ously, in a single pass. Mass production of low-cost tandem amorphous solar cells utilizing roll-to-roll processes is now possible. A commercial plant utilizing this plasma deposition machine for manufacturing tandem amorphous silicon alloy solar cells is now in operation. At Energy Conversion Devices, Inc. (ECD), one of the major tasks of the photovoltaic group has been the scale-up of the plasma deposition process for the production of amorphous silicon alloy solar cells. Our object has been to develop the most cost effective way of producing amorphous silicon alloy solar cells having the highest efficiency. The amorphous silicon alloy solar cell which we produce has the following layer structure: 1. Thin steel substrate. 2. Multi-layered photovoltaic amorphous silicon alloy layers (approximately 1pm thick; tandem cells have six layers). 3. ITO. 4. Grid pattern. 5. Encapsulant. The deposition of the amorphous layer is technologically the key process. It was clear to us from the beginning of this scale-up program that amorphous silicon alloy solar cells produced in wide width, continuous roll-to-roll production process would be ultimate lowest cost solar cells according to the following reasons. First of all, the material cost of our solar cells is low because: (1) the total thickness of active material is less than 1pm, and the material usage is very small; (2) silicon, fluorine, hydrogen, and other materials used in the device are abundant and low cost; (3) thin, low-cost substrate is used; and (4) product yield is high. In

  1. Achieving tailorable magneto-caloric effect in the Gd-Co binary amorphous alloys

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    Wu, C.; Ding, D.; Xia, L.; Chan, K. C.

    2016-03-01

    Tailorable magnetic properties and magneto-caloric effect were achieved in the Gd-Co binary amorphous alloys. It was found that the Curie temperature (Tc) of the GdxCo100-x (x=50, 53, 56, 58, 60) metallic glasses can be tuned by changing the concentration of Gd as Tc =708.8-8.83x, and the mechanism involved was investigated. On the other hand, a linear correlation between the peak value of magnetic entropy change (-Δ Smpeak) and Tc-2/3 is found in the amorphous alloys with a linear correlation coefficients of above 0.992. Therefore, the -ΔSmpeak of the Gd-Co binary amorphous alloys under different magnetic fields can be easily tailored by adjusting the composition of the alloy.

  2. Transformations induced in bulk amorphous silica by ultrafast laser direct writing.

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    Oliveira, Vitor; Sharma, Sahendra P; Herrero, Pilar; Vilar, Rui

    2013-12-01

    A transmission electron microscopy study of nanogratings formed in bulk amorphous silica by direct writing with an ultrafast pulsed laser with a radiation wavelength of 1030 nm and pulse duration of 560 fs is presented. The results achieved show that the nanogratings are composed of planar nanostructures with an average periodicity of 250 nm and typical thickness of about 30 nm, consisting of alternating layers of heavily damaged material and layers of material where a dense precipitation of nanocrystals occurred. The crystallization of silica to form these nanocrystals can be explained by the large pressures and temperatures reached in these regions as a result of nanoplasma formation and recombination.

  3. Calorimetry study of the synthesis of amorphous Ni-Ti alloys by mechanical alloying. [Ni33 Ti67

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    Schwarz, R.B.; Petrich, R.R.

    1988-01-01

    We synthesized amorphous Ni/sub 33/Ti/sub 67/ alloy powder by ball milling (a) a mixture of elemental nickel and titanium powders and (b) powders of the crystalline intermetallic NiTi/sub 2/. We characterized the reaction products as a function of ball-milling time by differential scanning calorimetry and x-ray diffraction. The measurements suggest that in process (a) the amorphous alloy forms by a solid-state interdiffusion reaction at the clean Ni/Ti interfaces generated by the mechanical attrition. In process (b), the crystalline alloy powder stores energy in the form of chemical disorder and lattice and point defects. The crystal-to-amorphous transformation occurs when the stored energy reaches a critical value. The achievement of the critical stored energy competes with the dynamic recovery of the lattice. 23 refs., 7 figs.

  4. Synthesis of amorphous alloys and amorphous-crystalline composites in the Cu-Nb-Hf system by ion beam mixing

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    Luo, S. Y.; Cui, Y. Y.; Wang, T. L.; Ding, N.; Li, J. H.; Liu, B. X.

    2011-06-15

    Seven sets of Cu-Nb-Hf multilayered films were designed and prepared with the overall compositions of Cu{sub 21}Nb{sub 65}Hf{sub 14}, Cu{sub 33}Nb{sub 49}Hf{sub 18}, Cu{sub 34}Nb{sub 34}Hf{sub 32}, Cu{sub 34}Nb{sub 10}Hf{sub 56}, Cu{sub 50}Nb{sub 23}Hf{sub 27}, Cu{sub 58}Nb{sub 10}Hf{sub 32}, and Cu{sub 70}Nb{sub 8}Hf{sub 22}, and an ion beam mixing experiment was then conducted using 200 keV xenon ions. It is found that the Cu-Nb-Hf system is a metallic glass forming one, and the single amorphous alloys could be synthesized in the Cu-Nb-based alloys with less than 18 at.% of Hf as a third addition. Also, when the Hf concentration is greater than 18 at.%, i.e., at the compositions of Cu{sub 34}Nb{sub 34}Hf{sub 32}, Cu{sub 34}Nb{sub 10}Hf{sub 56}, Cu{sub 50}Nb{sub 23}Hf{sub 27}, Cu{sub 58}Nb{sub 10}Hf{sub 32}, and Cu{sub 70}Nb{sub 8}Hf{sub 22}, ion beam mixing resulted in the formation of amorphous-crystalline composites, which might have better mechanical properties than single-phase glassy alloys. In addition, a detailed discussion was presented for the formation mechanism of the amorphous alloys and amorphous-crystalline composites.

  5. Synthesis of bulk nanostructured aluminum containing in situ crystallized amorphous particles

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    Zhang, Zhihui

    5083 Al containing in situ crystallized Al85Ni10La 5 amorphous particles (10% and 20% in volume fraction) was synthesized through a powder metallurgy route consisting of cold isostatic pressing, degassing and hot extrusion. The nanostructured 5083 Al powders (grain size ˜28 nm) were produced through mechanical milling in liquid nitrogen. The Al 85Ni10La5 powders were produced via gas atomization using helium gas and the fraction in the size range of <500 mesh (<25 mum), which appeared to be fully amorphous on the basis of X-ray diffraction studies, was isolated for further investigation. The amorphous Al85Ni10La5 alloy exhibited a glass transition at ˜259°C (at a heating rate of 40°C/min) and nanoscale crystallites (< 100 nm) with an equiaxed morphology formed during the subsequent crystallization reactions. At temperatures higher than 283°C, only the equilibrium phases Al, Al3Ni and Al11La 3 were formed. An unusually high nucleation density (1021-22 /m3) was recorded in the crystallization process. The copious nucleation sites were rationalized from the presence of quenched-in Al nuclei, which were evidenced by isothermal calorimetric tracing (235°C) and a direct HRTEM observation of the amorphous Al85Ni10La 5 powders. The feasibility of preparation of nanocrystalline/amorphous particles via melt spinning followed by ball milling was also studied. In the as-extruded composites, the amorphous Al85Ni10 La5 particles underwent complete crystallization resulting in a grain size of 100 ˜ 200 nm; the 5083 Al matrix had a grain size around 200 nm in the fine-grained region interspersed by coarse-grained region with a grain size of 600 ˜ 1500 nm. A metallurgical bond formed between the 5083 Al matrix and Al85Ni10La5 particles showing a grain-boundary-like interface. The compressive fracture strength of the as-extruded 10% and 20% Al85Ni10La5 composites were determined to be 1025 MPa and 837 MPa, respectively. The influence of secondary processing, i.e., swaging

  6. Synthesis of Amorphous Alloy Nanoparticles by Thermal Plasma Jet in a Quenching Tube

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    Choi, Sooseok; Park, Dong-Wha

    2015-09-01

    Recently, amorphous alloy nanoparticles have received a great attention in various applications such as catalysts, compact and highly efficient transformers, electrode material for Li-ion batteries, etc. Several methods such as microwave heating, laser ablation, and sonification have been studied to synthesize amorphous metal nanoparticles. In the present work, a high velocity thermal plasma jet generated by an arc plasma torch was used to produce iron alloy nanoparticles from an amorphous raw material which was a spherical shaped powder with the mean size of 25 μm. In order to synthesize amorphous alloy nanoparticles, a quenching tube where cooling gas was injected in different axial positions. Alloy nanoparticles were produced in a relatively high input power of higher than 10 kW in a fixed powder feeding at 300 mg/min. The crystallinity of synthesized nanoparticles was decreased with increasing the quenching gas flow rate. The amorphous alloy nanoparticles were found when the quenching gas injection position was 200 mm away from the exit of the plasma torch with the highest quenching gas flow rate of 20 L/min. In the numerical analysis, the highest quenching rate was also expected at the same condition.

  7. Crystallization in Fe- and Co-Based Amorphous Alloys Studied by In-Situ X-Ray Diffraction

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    Zhang, L. J.; Yu, P. F.; Cheng, H.; Zhang, M. D.; Liu, D. J.; Zhou, Z.; Jin, Q.; Liaw, P. K.; Li, G.; Liu, R. P.

    2016-12-01

    The amorphous alloys, Fe80Si20, Fe78Si9B13, and Fe4Co67Mo1.5Si16.5B11, were prepared by the spinning method in pure argon. The crystallization behaviors of the three amorphous alloys were researched by in-situ X-ray diffraction (XRD), and the crystallization activation energy was calculated, based on the results of differential scanning calorimetry. The crystallization mechanism of the Fe- and Co-based alloys was analyzed, based on the experimental data. The transformation kinetics was described in terms of Johnson-Mehl-Avrami kinetics, except that the Avrami exponent of the Fe78Si9B13 amorphous alloy annealed at 753 K (480 °C) was 4.12; the obtained values for the overall Avrami exponents of the other three amorphous alloys were below 1, as usually found for the Fe-Si amorphous alloys.

  8. Peculiarities in the plasma resonance of binary amorphous Al TM alloys

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    Stiehler, M.; Giegengack, U.; Barzola-Quiquia, J.; Rauchhaupt, J.; Schulze, S.; Häussler, P.

    2007-05-01

    Simple amorphous phases have shown to be ideal model systems for exploring the mechanisms of structure formation in a Hume-Rothery manner. In these systems the electron density is the key quantity. We briefly review measurements for simple amorphous alloys (s- and p-electrons at the Fermi energy only), especially for amorphous semiconductors. The results coincide excellently with theory, using the usual valencies of the elements. In contrary, adding elements with d-electrons as in binary amorphous Al TM alloys (TM: Ca, Ti, V, Cr, Mn, Fe, Co, Ni) causes a breakdown of this simple approach. All the 3d-TM seem to exhibit an identical effective valency. In both cases, the electron densities obtained are compared to those, necessary for explaining structural data.

  9. Length mismatch in random semiconductor alloys. III. Crystalline and amorphous SiGe

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    Mousseau, Normand; Thorpe, M. F.

    1992-12-01

    In the third paper of this series on the length mismatch problem, we study binary semiconductor alloys in both their crystalline and amorphous forms. We have concentratred on SiGe alloys. Applying the theory developed in paper I, we obtain the mean length for both nearest and next-nearest neighbors as well as the nearest-neighbor length distribution for the crystalline alloy. We show that the theoretical results fall within the limits set by experiment. We check our analytical results against computer simulations. We examine the effect of amorphization on the internal strain, using the Wooten, Winer, and Weaire model, and find that the disorders due to the length mismatch and due to amorphization decouple.

  10. Specific features of sample preparation from amorphous aluminum alloys for transmission electron microscopy

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    Volkov, P. A.; Todorova, E. V.; Bakhteeva, N. D.; Ivanova, A. G.; Vasil'ev, A. L.

    2011-05-15

    An aluminum amorphous alloy doped with transition (Fe and Ni) and rare earth (La) metals has been used as an object of systematic study of the structural transformations that are characteristic of different methods of sample preparation for transmission electron microscopy (the mechanical tearing of ribbons, electrochemical thinning, and Ar{sup +}-ion etching under different conditions). The results of X-ray diffraction analysis and a calorimetric study of the structure in comparison with electron microscopy data made it possible to determine the optimal method of sample preparation, which ensures minimum distortions in the structure of metastable amorphous alloys with a low crystallization temperature.

  11. Magnetic, magnetocaloric properties and phenomenological model in amorphous Fe60Ru20B20 alloy

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    Boutahar, A.; Lassri, H.; Hlil, E. K.

    2015-11-01

    Magnetic, magnetocaloric properties and phenomenological model of amorphous Fe60Ru20B20 alloy are investigated in detail. The amorphous alloy has been synthesized using melt spinning method. The magnetic transition nature undergoes a second-order magnetic phase transition from ferromagnetic to paramagnetic states with a Curie temperature of 254 K. Basis on the thermodynamic Maxwell's relation, magnetic entropy change (-ΔSM) is calculated. Further, we also report a theoretical investigation of the magnetocaloric effect using a phenomenological model. The best model parameters and their variation with temperature and the magnetic field were determined. The theoretical predictions are found to agree closely with experimental measurements.

  12. Nanostructure formation by dynamic densification and recrystallization of amorphous Ti-Si alloy

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    Counihan, P. J.; Crawford, A.; Thadhani, N. N.

    1998-07-01

    Dynamic densification was used to consolidate mechanically amorphized Ti-Si alloy powders, using a 3-capsule, plate-impact, gas-gun loading system at velocities of 300 and 500 m/s. The recovered amorphous compacts were subsequently annealed above the crystallization temperature. A single-phase nano-structured (50-90 nm) Ti5Si3 compound was produced, as revealed by TEM and XRD analysis. In this paper, the influence of dynamic densification on the crystallization behavior of amorphous Ti-Si, and the formation of nano-crystals will be discussed.

  13. Synthesis and Thermal Stability of Amorphous Be-B-X Alloy Coatings

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    Jankowski, A F; Wall, M A; Nieh, T G

    2004-10-14

    Amorphous Be-B-X alloys are vapor deposited as coatings. The microstructure and hardness of the Be-B-X coatings are examined using transmission electron microscopy and nanoindentation, respectively. Whereas a Be-B-2.5 at.% Cu amorphous coating is found to crystallize to a cubic Be-33 at.% B phase at 673 K, a coating of Be-B-1.8 at.% Fe-0.4 at.% Cr-0.3 at.% Co does not crystallize until at a higher temperature of 748 K. The hardness of the amorphous Be-B-X coating increases with B content but is less than its crystalline counterparts.

  14. Surface and bulk crystallization of amorphous solid water films: Confirmation of “top-down” crystallization

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    Yuan, Chunqing; Smith, R. Scott; Kay, Bruce D.

    2016-01-11

    Here, the crystallization kinetics of nanoscale amorphous solid water (ASW) films are investigated using temperature-programmed desorption (TPD) and reflection absorption infrared spectroscopy (RAIRS). TPD measurements are used to probe surface crystallization and RAIRS measurements are used to probe bulk crystallization. Isothermal TPD results show that surface crystallization is independent of the film thickness (from 100 to 1000 ML). Conversely, the RAIRS measurements show that the bulk crystallization time increases linearly with increasing film thickness. These results suggest that nucleation and crystallization begin at the ASW/vacuum interface and then the crystallization growth front propagates linearly into the bulk. This mechanism was confirmed by selective placement of an isotopic layer (5% D2O in H2O) at various positions in an ASW (H2O) film. In this case, the closer the isotopic layer was to the vacuum interface, the earlier the isotopic layer crystallized. These experiments provide direct evidence to confirm that ASW crystallization in vacuum proceeds by a “top-down” crystallization mechanism.

  15. Surface and bulk crystallization of amorphous solid water films: Confirmation of “top-down” crystallization

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    Yuan, Chunqing; Smith, R. Scott; Kay, Bruce D.

    2016-01-11

    Here, the crystallization kinetics of nanoscale amorphous solid water (ASW) films are investigated using temperature-programmed desorption (TPD) and reflection absorption infrared spectroscopy (RAIRS). TPD measurements are used to probe surface crystallization and RAIRS measurements are used to probe bulk crystallization. Isothermal TPD results show that surface crystallization is independent of the film thickness (from 100 to 1000 ML). Conversely, the RAIRS measurements show that the bulk crystallization time increases linearly with increasing film thickness. These results suggest that nucleation and crystallization begin at the ASW/vacuum interface and then the crystallization growth front propagates linearly into the bulk. This mechanism wasmore » confirmed by selective placement of an isotopic layer (5% D2O in H2O) at various positions in an ASW (H2O) film. In this case, the closer the isotopic layer was to the vacuum interface, the earlier the isotopic layer crystallized. These experiments provide direct evidence to confirm that ASW crystallization in vacuum proceeds by a “top-down” crystallization mechanism.« less

  16. Surface and bulk crystallization of amorphous solid water films: Confirmation of “top-down” crystallization

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    Yuan, Chunqing; Smith, R. Scott; Kay, Bruce D.

    2016-10-01

    The crystallization kinetics of nanoscale amorphous solid water (ASW) films are investigated using temperature-programmed desorption (TPD) and reflection absorption infrared spectroscopy (RAIRS). TPD measurements are used to probe surface crystallization and RAIRS measurements are used to probe bulk crystallization. Isothermal TPD results show that surface crystallization is independent of the film thickness (from 100 to 1000 ML). Conversely, the RAIRS measurements show that the bulk crystallization time increases linearly with increasing film thickness. These results suggest that nucleation and crystallization begin at the ASW/vacuum interface and then the crystallization growth front propagates linearly into the bulk. This mechanism was confirmed by selective placement of an isotopic layer (5% D2O in H2O) at various positions in an ASW (H2O) film. In this case, the closer the isotopic layer was to the vacuum interface, the earlier the isotopic layer crystallized. These experiments provide direct evidence to confirm that ASW crystallization in vacuum proceeds by a “top-down” crystallization mechanism.

  17. Corrosion resistance and cytocompatibility of biodegradable surgical magnesium alloy coated with hydrogenated amorphous silicon.

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    Xin, Yunchang; Jiang, Jiang; Huo, Kaifu; Tang, Guoyi; Tian, Xiubo; Chu, Paul K

    2009-06-01

    The fast degradation rates in the physiological environment constitute the main limitation for the applications of surgical magnesium alloys as biodegradable hard-tissue implants. In this work, a stable and dense hydrogenated amorphous silicon coating (a-Si:H) with desirable bioactivity is deposited on AZ91 magnesium alloy using magnetron sputtering deposition. Raman spectroscopy and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy reveal that the coating is mainly composed of hydrogenated amorphous silicon. The hardness of the coated alloy is enhanced significantly and the coating is quite hydrophilic as well. Potentiodynamic polarization results show that the corrosion resistance of the coated alloy is enhanced dramatically. In addition, the deterioration process of the coating in simulated body fluids is systematically investigated by open circuit potential evolution and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. The cytocompatibility of the coated Mg is evaluated for the first time using hFOB1.19 cells and favorable biocompatibility is observed.

  18. Investigating the Effects of Low Temperature Annealing of Amorphous Corrosion Resistant Alloys.

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    1980-11-01

    24 vii BACKGROUND The advent of amorphousalloys containing film -forming elements such as chromium has led to intensive research into corrosion...hypothesis is supported by evidence that passive films formed on Fe-Ni-Cr-P-C alloys are similar in structure to those observed on crystalline stainless...steels. 5 ’ It has also been shown that phosphorus enhances corrosion resistance, presumably by enriching the passive film in hydrated chromium

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

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

    2013-10-15

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

  20. Mechanical behavior of a bulk nanostructured iron alloy

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    Carsley, J.E.; Fisher, A.; Milligan, W.W.; Aifantis, E.C.

    1998-09-01

    Bulk, fully dense materials were prepared from Fe-10Cu with grain diameters between 45 nm and 1.7 {micro}m. The materials were prepared by ball milling of powders in a glove box, followed by hot isostatic pressing (hipping) or powder forging. Larger grain sizes were obtained by thermal treatment of the consolidated powders. The bulk materials were relatively clean, with oxygen levels below 1,500 wpm and other contaminants less than 0.1 at. pct. The mechanical behavior of these materials was unique. At temperatures from 77 to 470 K, the first and only mechanism of plastic deformation was intense shear banding, which was accompanied by a perfectly plastic stress-strain response (absence of strain hardening). There was a large tension-compression asymmetry in the strength, and the shear bands did not occur on the plane of maximum shear stress or the plane of zero extension. This behavior, while unusual for metals, has been observed in amorphous polymers and metallic glasses. On the other hand, the fine-grained Fe-10Cu materials behaved like coarse-grained iron in some respects, particularly by obeying the Hall-Petch equation with constants reasonably close to those of pure iron and by exhibiting low-temperature mechanical behavior which was very similar to that of steels. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) studies found highly elongated grains within shear bands, indicating that shear banding occurred by a dislocation-based mechanism, at least at grain sizes above 100 nm. Similarities and differences between the fine-grained Fe-10Cu and metals, polymers, metallic glasses, radiation-damaged metals, and quench-damaged metals are discussed.

  1. THE IMPACT OF PARTIAL CRYSTALLIZATION ON THE PERMEATION PROPERTIES BULK AMORPHOUS GLASS HYDROGEN SEPARATION MEMBRANES

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    Brinkman, K; Paul Korinko, P; Thad Adams, T; Elise Fox, E; Arthur Jurgensen, A

    2008-11-25

    It is recognized that hydrogen separation membranes are a key component of the emerging hydrogen economy. A potentially exciting material for membrane separations are bulk metallic glass materials due to their low cost, high elastic toughness and resistance to hydrogen 'embrittlement' as compared to crystalline Pd-based membrane systems. However, at elevated temperatures and extended operation times structural changes including partial crystallinity may appear in these amorphous metallic systems. A systematic evaluation of the impact of partial crystallinity/devitrification on the diffusion and solubility behavior in multi-component Metallic Glass materials would provide great insight into the potential of these materials for hydrogen applications. This study will report on the development of time and temperature crystallization mapping and their use for interpretation of 'in-situ' hydrogen permeation at elevated temperatures.

  2. Magnetocaloric response of amorphous and nanocrystalline Cr-containing Vitroperm-type alloys

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    Moreno-Ramírez, L. M.; Blázquez, J. S.; Franco, V.; Conde, A.; Marsilius, M.; Budinsky, V.; Herzer, G.

    2016-07-01

    The broad compositional range in which transition metal (TM) based amorphous alloys can be obtained, yields an easily tunable magnetocaloric effect (MCE) in a wide temperature range. In some TM-based alloys, anomalous behaviors are reported, as a non-monotonous trend with magnetic moment (e.g. FeZrB alloys). Moreover, in certain Cr-containing Vitroperm alloys anomalously high values of the magnetic entropy change were published. In this work, a systematic study on MCE response of Cr-containing amorphous alloys of composition Fe74-xCrxCu1Nb3Si15.5B6.5 (with x=2, 8, 10, 12, 13, 14 and 20) has been performed in a broad Curie temperature range from 100 K to 550 K. Curie temperature and magnetic entropy change peak of the amorphous alloys decrease with the increase of Cr content at rates of -25.6 K/at% Cr and -54 mJ kg-1 K-1/at% Cr, respectively, following a linear trend with the magnetic moment in both cases. The presence of nanocrystalline phases has been considered as a possible cause in order to explain the anomalies. The samples were nanocrystallized in different stages, however, the magnetocaloric response decreases as crystallization progresses due to the large separation of the Curie temperatures of the two phases.

  3. SYNTHESIS AND PERFORMANCE OF FE-BASED AMORPHOUS ALLOYS FOR NUCLEAR WASTE REPOSITORY APPLICATIONS

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    Kaufman, L; Perepezko, J; Hildal, K

    2007-02-08

    In several Fe-based alloy systems it is possible to produce glasses with cooling rates as low as 100 K/s that exhibit outstanding corrosion resistance compared to typical crystalline alloys such as high-performance stainless steels and Ni-based C-22 alloy. Moreover, novel alloy compositions can be synthesized to maximize corrosion resistance (i.e. adding Cr and Mo) and to improve radiation compatibility (adding B) and still maintain glass forming ability. The applicability of Fe-based amorphous coatings in typical environments where corrosion resistance and thermal stability are critical issues has been examined in terms of amorphous phase stability and glass-forming ability through a coordinated computational analysis and experimental validation. Similarly, a novel computational thermodynamics approach has been developed to explore the compositional sensitivity of glass-forming ability and thermal stability. Also, the synthesis and characterization of alloys with increased cross-section for thermal neutron capture will be outlined to demonstrate that through careful design of alloy composition it is possible to tailor the material properties of the thermally spray-formed amorphous coating to accommodate the challenges anticipated in typical nuclear waste storage applications over tens of thousands of years in a variety of corrosive environments.

  4. Structural transformations in amorphous ↔ crystalline phase change of Ga-Sb alloys

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    Edwards, T. G.; Sen, S.; Hung, I.; Gan, Z.; Kalkan, B.; Raoux, S.

    2013-12-21

    Ga-Sb alloys with compositions ranging between ∼12 and 50 at. % Ga are promising materials for phase change random access memory applications. The short-range structures of two such alloys with compositions Ga{sub 14}Sb{sub 86} and Ga{sub 46}Sb{sub 54} are investigated, in their amorphous and crystalline states, using {sup 71}Ga and {sup 121}Sb nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy and synchrotron x-ray diffraction. The Ga and Sb atoms are fourfold coordinated in the as-deposited amorphous Ga{sub 46}Sb{sub 54} with nearly 40% of the constituent atoms being involved in Ga-Ga and Sb-Sb homopolar bonding. This necessitates extensive bond switching and elimination of homopolar bonds during crystallization. On the other hand, Ga and Sb atoms are all threefold coordinated in the as-deposited amorphous Ga{sub 14}Sb{sub 86}. Crystallization of this material involves phase separation of GaSb domains in Sb matrix and a concomitant increase in the Ga coordination number from 3 to 4. Results from crystallization kinetics experiments suggest that the melt-quenching results in the elimination of structural “defects” such as the homopolar bonds and threefold coordinated Ga atoms in the amorphous phases of these alloys, thereby rendering them structurally more similar to the corresponding crystalline states compared to the as-deposited amorphous phases.

  5. Tribological properties of amorphous alloys and the role of surfaces in abrasive wear of materials

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    Miyoshi, K.; Buckley, D. H.

    1982-01-01

    The research approach undertaken by the authors relative to the subject, and examples of results from the authors are reviewed. The studies include programs in adhesion, friction, and various wear mechanisms (adhesive and abrasive wear). The materials which have been studied include such ceramic and metallic materials as silicon carbide, ferrites, diamond, and amorphous alloys.

  6. Superconductivity in the amorphous phase of topological insulator Bi x Sb100-x alloys

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    Barzola-Quiquia, J.; Lauinger, C.; Zoraghi, M.; Stiller, M.; Sharma, S.; Häussler, P.

    2017-01-01

    In this work we investigated the electrical properties of rapidly quenched amorphous Bi x Sb{}100-x alloys in the temperature range of 1.2 K to 345 K. The resistance reveals that for a broad range of different compositions, including that for the topological insulator (TI), a superconducting state in the amorphous phase is present. After crystallization and annealing at an intermediate temperature, we found that in pure Bi and Bi x Sb{}100-x alloys with composition corresponding to the TI, the superconductivity persists, but the transition shifts to a lower temperature. The highest superconducting transition temperature {T}{{C}0} was found for pure Bi and those TI’s, with a shift to low temperatures when the Sb content is increased. After annealing at a maximum temperature of T = 345 K, the samples are non-superconducting within the experimental range and the behavior changes from semiconducting-like for pure Bi, to metallic-like for pure Sb. Transition temperature {T}{{C}0} of the amorphous Bi x Sb{}100-x alloys have been calculated in the BCS-Eliashberg-McMillan framework, modified for binary alloys. The results can explain the experimental results and show that amorphous Bi x Sb{}100-x exhibits a strong to intermediate electron-phonon coupling.

  7. Diffusion of molecules in the bulk of a low density amorphous ice from molecular dynamics simulations.

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    Ghesquière, P; Mineva, T; Talbi, D; Theulé, P; Noble, J A; Chiavassa, T

    2015-05-07

    The diffusion of molecules in interstellar ice is a fundamental phenomenon to take into account while studying the formation of complex molecules in this ice. This work presents a theoretical study on the diffusion of H2O, NH3, CO2, CO, and H2CO in the bulk of a low density amorphous (LDA) ice, while taking into account the physical conditions prevailing in space, i.e. temperatures below 150 K and extremely low pressure. This study was undertaken by means of molecular dynamics simulations. For CO2 for which no experimental data were available we conducted our own experiments. From our calculations we show that, at low temperatures, the diffusion of molecules in the bulk of a LDA ice is driven by the self-diffusion of water molecules in the ice. With this study we demonstrate that molecular dynamics allows the calculation of diffusion coefficients for small molecules in LDA ice that are convincingly comparable to experimentally measured diffusion coefficients. We also provide diffusion coefficients for a series of molecules of astrochemical interest.

  8. adwTools Developed: New Bulk Alloy and Surface Analysis Software for the Alloy Design Workbench

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    Bozzolo, Guillermo; Morse, Jeffrey A.; Noebe, Ronald D.; Abel, Phillip B.

    2004-01-01

    A suite of atomistic modeling software, called the Alloy Design Workbench, has been developed by the Computational Materials Group at the NASA Glenn Research Center and the Ohio Aerospace Institute (OAI). The main goal of this software is to guide and augment experimental materials research and development efforts by creating powerful, yet intuitive, software that combines a graphical user interface with an operating code suitable for real-time atomistic simulations of multicomponent alloy systems. Targeted for experimentalists, the interface is straightforward and requires minimum knowledge of the underlying theory, allowing researchers to focus on the scientific aspects of the work. The centerpiece of the Alloy Design Workbench suite is the adwTools module, which concentrates on the atomistic analysis of surfaces and bulk alloys containing an arbitrary number of elements. An additional module, adwParams, handles ab initio input for the parameterization used in adwTools. Future modules planned for the suite include adwSeg, which will provide numerical predictions for segregation profiles to alloy surfaces and interfaces, and adwReport, which will serve as a window into the database, providing public access to the parameterization data and a repository where users can submit their own findings from the rest of the suite. The entire suite is designed to run on desktop-scale computers. The adwTools module incorporates a custom OAI/Glenn-developed Fortran code based on the BFS (Bozzolo- Ferrante-Smith) method for alloys, ref. 1). The heart of the suite, this code is used to calculate the energetics of different compositions and configurations of atoms.

  9. Interdiffusion in amorphous AlxZr1-x alloys

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    Noah, Martin A.; Wang, Zumin; Mittemeijer, Eric J.

    2017-01-01

    Interdiffusion in amorphous Alx Zr1 -x compositionally modulated multilayers was investigated by Auger electron spectroscopy sputter-depth profiling. Microstructural characterisation was performed by X-ray diffraction and cross-sectional transmission electron microscopy. The temperature-dependent chemical diffusion coefficient could be deduced at a series of temperatures in the range of 356 °C to 415 °C and was found to be weakly dependent on composition. The activation enthalpy for the chemical diffusion coefficients is slightly smaller at the composition of the Al-rich am- Al0.62 Zr0.38 sublayer (1.6 eV) than at the composition of the Zr-rich am- Al0.27 Zr0.73 sublayer (1.8 eV), which is not related to the concentration dependence of the excess free volume but to the smaller atomic size and mass of Al as compared to Zr. The smaller activation enthalpy for interdiffusion in partially crystallised specimens than in entirely amorphous Alx Zr1 -x multilayers is ascribed to the relatively large excess free volume in the grain boundaries of the nanocrystalline sublayers, as compared to the amorphous phase, at large Al concentrations. On the basis of an evaluation of the role of diffusion-induced stress in amorphous systems, it is shown that stresses induced by interdiffusion relax relatively fast by viscous flow and do not affect the determined diffusion coefficients.

  10. Hartree Fock and DFT Study of Models for Amorphous Chalcogenide Alloys

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    Edwards, Arthur; Shedd, Walter; Pugh, Robert

    2001-03-01

    Recently, it has been shown that certain chalcogenide alloys can be switched electrically between polycrystalline and amorphous phases for up to 10^14 cycles and that there is an accompanying large change in conductivity. The most prevalent alloy is a pseudo-binary (GeTe)_2(Sb_2Te_3). While there is some X-Ray data and one band structure calculation on the crystalline phase, there is to date neither theory nor spectroscopy on the amorphous phase. We present a series of Hartree-Fock and DFT molecular orbital studies on models for the amorphous state of the constituent materials and of the alloy. The amorphous models are built on the assumption that normal valence is preserved and that the solid should, in principle, be constructed from repeating the chosen bonding unit. For the pseudo-binary we assume single bonds between Ge and Sb. The surfaces of the clusters are terminated with hydrogen atoms to preserve the normal valence. We have calculated equilibrium geometries using a variety of bases and thes

  11. Electrode properties and the dehydrogenation process of amorphous Mg-Ni-La alloys

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    Huang, Lin-Jun; Wang, Yan-Xin; Wu, Dong-Chang; Tang, Jian-Guo; Wang, Yao; Liu, Ji-Xian; Huang, Zhen; Jiao, Ji-Qing; Liu, Jing-Quan

    2014-03-01

    Amorphous Mg-Ni-La hydrogen-storage alloys were prepared by melt-spinning. The phase structures of the ribbons before and after charge/discharge cycling were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) analysis, respectively. The effects of different contents of La are discussed on the basis of discharge-capacity, the morphology, limiting current density and electrochemical impedance spectra of the Mg-Ni-La electrodes. The Mg65Ni27La8 alloy exhibits the best reaction kinetics performance, the lowest contact resistance and a maximum discharge capacity of 582 mAh g-1 at room temperature. The non-isothermal dehydrogenation process of Mg65Ni27La8 alloy was analyzed in detail by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and thermogravimetry (TG). The experimental results showed a maximum 4.0 wt.% of released hydrogen at a heating rate of 5 °C min-1. The non-isothermal dehydrogenation process of the alloy can be divided in two steps, corresponding to the dehydrogenation of amorphous phase (1.45 wt.% H) and Mg2NiH4 (2.55 wt.% H), respectively. It indicated that the amorphous structure was a key factor to achieve high discharge capacity and good cycling stability.

  12. Industrial Environmental Testing of Coupons and Prototype Cylinders Coated With Iron-Based Amorphous Alloys

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    Rebak, R B; Aprigliano, L F; Day, S D; Lian, T; Farmer, J C

    2007-03-06

    Iron-based amorphous alloys are desirable for many industrial applications due to their dual capacity to resist corrosion and wear. These alloys may also contain a significant amount of boron which makes them candidates for criticality control, for example, in high-level nuclear waste disposition applications. The Fe-based amorphous alloys can be produced in powder form and then deposited using a HVOF thermal spray process on any surface that needs to be protected. For the current testing coupons of 316L stainless steels were coated with the amorphous alloy SAM2X5 and then tested for corrosion resistance in the salt-fog chamber and in other industrial environments. Prototype cylinders were also prepared and environmentally tested. One cylinder was 30-inch diameter, 88-inch long, and 3/8-inch thick. The coating thickness was 0.015 to 0.019-inch thick. The cylinder was in good condition after the test. Along the body of the cylinder only two pinpoint spot sized signs of rust were seen. Test results will be compared with the behavior of witness materials under the same tested conditions.

  13. Crystallization Kinetics Study on Magnetron-Sputtered Amorphous TiAl Alloy Thin Films

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    Shui, Lu-Yu; Yan, Biao

    2014-04-01

    Crystallization kinetics of magnetron-sputtered amorphous TiAl alloy thin films is investigated by differential scanning calorimetry through isothermal analysis and non-isothermal analysis. In non-isothermal analysis, the Kissinger method and the Ozawa method are used to calculate the apparent activation energy and local activation energy, respectively, in the crystallization processes of amorphous TiAl thin films. Furthermore, the crystallization mechanism is discussed from the investigation of the Avrami exponent by isothermal analysis. In addition, x-ray diffraction is utilized to reveal the grain orientation and evolution during the crystallization of TiAl thin films.

  14. Communication: Distinguishing between bulk and interface-enhanced crystallization in nanoscale films of amorphous solid water

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    Yuan, Chunqing; Smith, R. Scott; Kay, Bruce D.

    2017-01-01

    The crystallization of amorphous solid water (ASW) nanoscale films was investigated using reflection absorption infrared spectroscopy. Two ASW film configurations were studied. In one case the ASW film was deposited on top of and capped with a decane layer ("sandwich" configuration). In the other case, the ASW film was deposited on top of a decane layer and not capped ("no cap" configuration). Crystallization of ASW films in the "sandwich" configuration is about eight times slower than in the "no cap." Selective placement of an isotopic layer (5% D2O in H2O) at various positions in an ASW (H2O) film was used to determine the crystallization mechanism. In the "sandwich" configuration, the crystallization kinetics were independent of the isotopic layer placement whereas in the "no cap" configuration the closer the isotopic layer was to the vacuum interface, the earlier the isotopic layer crystallized. These results are consistent with a mechanism whereby the decane overlayer suppresses surface nucleation and provide evidence that the observed ASW crystallization in "sandwich" films is the result of uniform bulk nucleation.

  15. Preparation of Al72Ni8Ti8Zr6Nb3Y3 amorphous powders and bulk materials

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    Wu, Yu; Wang, Xin-fu; Han, Fu-sheng

    2016-10-01

    Amorphous Al72Ni8Ti8Zr6Nb3Y3 powders were successfully fabricated by mechanical alloying. The microstructure, glass-forming ability, and crystallization behavior of amorphous Al72Ni8Ti8Zr6Nb3Y3 powders were investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). The isothermal crystallization kinetics was analyzed by the Johnson-Mehl-Avrami equation. In the results, the supercooled liquid region of the amorphous alloy is as high as 81 K, as determined by non-isothermal DSC curves. The activation energy for crystallization is as high as 312.6 kJ·mol-1 obtained by Kissinger and Ozawa analyses. The values of Avrami exponent ( n) imply that the crystallization is dominated by interface-controlled three-dimensional growth in the early stage and the end stage and by diffusion-controlled two- or three-dimensional growth in the middle stage. In addition, the amorphous Al72Ni8Ti8Zr6Nb3Y3 powders were sintered under 2 GPa at temperatures of 673 K and 723 K. The results show that the Vickers hardness of the compacted powders is as high as Hv 1215.

  16. Effect of residual strain in Fe-based amorphous alloys on field induced magnetic anisotropy and domain structure

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    Azuma, Daichi; Hasegawa, Ryusuke; Saito, Shin; Takahashi, Migaku

    2013-05-01

    Field induced magnetic anisotropy in two Fe-based amorphous alloys with different saturation induction levels (1.56 T and 1.64 T) was investigated by varying magnetic field strength and annealing temperature and domain images were taken on these samples. Residual strain was evaluated by measuring coercivities of the materials after stress-relief annealing. These results are discussed, clarifying the difference between the two Fe-based amorphous alloys.

  17. Polarization and resistivity measurements of post-crystallization changes in amorphous Fe-B-Si alloys

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    Chattoraj, I.; Bhattamishra, A.K. . CRP Div.); Mitra, A. . MTP Div.)

    1993-09-01

    The effects of grain growth and compositional changes on the electrochemical behavior and the resistivity of amorphous iron-boron-silicon (Fe[sub 77.5]B[sub 15]Si[sub 7.5]) alloys after crystallization were studied. Deterioration of the protective passive film was observed, along with increased annealing. Potentiodynamic polarization provided excellent information about microstructural and chemical changes. It was concluded that electrochemical measurements could be used in conjunction with resistivity measurements in direct studies of grain growth and chemical changes occurring in different phases of the devitrified alloy.

  18. Preferential magnetic orientation in amorphous alloys determined by NFS and Mössbauer spectroscopy

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    Procházka, Vít; Vrba, Vlastimil; Šretrová, Pavla; Smrčka, David; Miglierini, Marcel

    2016-10-01

    Amorphous and nanocrystalline alloys frequently exhibit anisotropic behavior, which is a consequence of magnetic moments preferential orientation. This study reports the results obtained from a set of nuclear forward scattering experiments and transmission Mössbauer spectroscopy experiments that we have run in order to determine the degree of crystallization and the preferential orientation of magnetic moments in the material. The nuclear forward scattering of synchrotron radiation and the transmission Mössbauer spectroscopy were performed on the nanocrystalline alloy of the composition Fe79Mo8Cu1B12. The experimental data were evaluated and magnetic texture was determined. Relevance of the results was confronted with transmission Mössbauer experiments.

  19. Control of nanocrystalline orientation using the application of a stress field in an amorphous alloy

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    Ogura, A.; Tarumi, R.; Shimojo, M.; Takashima, K.; Higo, Y.

    2001-08-01

    Precipitation of nanocrystals in a Ni-P amorphous alloy film during application of a stress field has been investigated. Microsized cantilever-beam-type specimens were prepared from the film by focused-ion-beam machining and bending stress was applied to the specimen using a mechanical testing machine for microsized specimens. Transmission electron microscopy observation in the plane strain deformed region has revealed that the deformation induces the precipitation of nanocrystalline Ni particles, and a (111) plane of all crystalline particles is aligned parallel to the side surface of the specimen. This suggests that control of the nanocrystalline orientation in amorphous alloys would be possible using the application of a stress field.

  20. Effects of tensile stress on the magnetic Barkhausen effect in 2605 Co amorphous alloy

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    Mitra, A.; Jiles, D.C.

    1995-11-01

    A study of the magnetic Barkhausen effect emissions in 2605 Co amorphous alloys has been made. These emissions, which appear as magnetization pulses in the material, can be detected by a pick-up coil and analyzed in a variety of ways. In this study the Barkhausen effect signals were found to be dependent on both magnetic field and applied tensile stress. This dependence was in accordance with a theoretical model of the Barkhausen effect developed previously. The analysis and modeling of the resulting behavior was found to be particularly simple because amorphous alloys have no crystalline anisotropy, and therefore the effects of stress on the Barkhausen emission were not masked by competing effects.

  1. Icosahedral medium-range orders and backbone formation in an amorphous alloy

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    Lee, Mirim; Kim, Hong-Kyu; Lee, Jae-Chul

    2010-12-01

    Analyses of metallic amorphous solids constructed using molecular dynamics (MD) simulations have demonstrated that individual short-range orders (SROs) are linked with neighboring SROs and form various medium-range orders (MROs). These MROs have been observed to have different structural stability depending on their linking patterns. On the basis of the assessment of the structural stability of various MROs, we propose new types of structural organization, namely, icosahedral medium-range orders (I-MROs) and their extended-range order that forms the backbone of amorphous solids. We also discuss why the atomic-scale structure of an amorphous alloy can be more appropriately described in terms of I-MROs, rather than by the degree of short-range ordering as characterized by the fractions of SROs.

  2. Nanostructure Formation by Dynamic Densification and Recrystallization of Amorphous Ti-Si Alloy

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    Counihan, P. J.; Thadhani, N. N.

    1997-07-01

    Dynamic densification was used to consolidate mechanically amorphized Ti-Si alloy powders. A 3-capsule, plate-impact, gas-gun loading system was used to densify the powders at impact velocities of 300 and 500 m/s. The recovered compacts were observed to retain the amorphous structure as evidenced by x-ray diffraction (XRD) and transmission microscopy (TEM) analysis. The densified material was subsequently annealed at various temperatures (above the crystallization temperature) to produce a nanocrystalline Ti_5Si3 microstructure. TEM and XRD analysis revealed retention of a nano-grain microstructure (< 100 nm) in the crystallized compacts. In this presentation the influence of dynamic densification on the crystallization of the amorphous compound and retention of the nano-scale grain size in the crystallized compacts will be discussed.

  3. SIMS Characterization of Amorphous Silicon Germanium Alloys Grown by Hot-Wire Deposition

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    Reedy, R. C.; Mason, A. R.; Nelson, B. P.; Xu, Y.

    1998-10-16

    In this paper, we present methods for the quantitative secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS) characterization of amorphous SiGe:H alloy materials. A set of samples was grown with germanium content ranging from 5% to 77% and was subsequently analyzed by electron probe X-ray microanalysis (EPMA) and nuclear reaction analysis (NRA). Calibration of the SIMS quantification was performed with respect to EPMA data for germanium and NRA data for hydrogen.

  4. Amorphous Alloy Membranes Prepared by Melt-Spin methods for Long-Term use in Hydrogen Separation Applications

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    Chandra, Dhanesh; Kim, Sang-Mun; Adibhatla, Anasuya; Dolan, Michael; Paglieri, Steve; Flanagan, Ted; Chien, Wen-Ming; Talekar, Anjali; Wermer, Joseph

    2013-02-28

    Amorphous Ni-based alloy membranes show great promise as inexpensive, hydrogenselective membrane materials. In this study, we developed membranes based on nonprecious Ni-Nb-Zr alloys by adjusting the alloying content and using additives. Several studies on crystallization of the amorphous ribbons, in-situ x-ray diffraction, SEM and TEM, hydrogen permeation, hydrogen solubility, hydrogen deuterium exchange, and electrochemical studies were conducted. An important part of the study was to completely eliminate Palladium coatings of the NiNbZr alloys by hydrogen heattreatment. The amorphous alloy (Ni0.6Nb0.4)80Zr20 membrane appears to be the best with high hydrogen permeability and good thermal stability.

  5. Chemical, electronic, and magnetic structure of LaFeCoSi alloy: Surface and bulk properties

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    Lollobrigida, V.; Basso, V.; Kuepferling, M.; Coïsson, M.; Olivetti, E. S.; Celegato, F.; Borgatti, F.; Torelli, P.; Panaccione, G.; Tortora, L.; Stefani, G.; Offi, F.

    2014-05-28

    We investigate the chemical, electronic, and magnetic structure of the magnetocaloric LaFeCoSi compound with bulk and surface sensitive techniques. We put in evidence that the surface retains a soft ferromagnetic behavior at temperatures higher than the Curie temperature of the bulk due to the presence of Fe clusters at the surface only. This peculiar magnetic surface effect is attributed to the exchange interaction between the ferromagnetic Fe clusters located at the surface and the bulk magnetocaloric alloy, and it is used here to monitor the magnetic properties of the alloy itself.

  6. CORROSION OF AMORPHOUS AND NANOCRYSTALLINE Fe-BASED ALLOYS IN NaCl AND H2SO4 SOLUTIONS

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    Li, Xiang; Lu, Wei; Wang, Yuxin; Yan, Biao; Pan, Deng

    2013-07-01

    Corrosion resistance of nanocrystalline Fe73.5Si13.5B9Nb3Cu1 alloy was investigated and compared to its amorphous counterpart. Low-temperature crystallization occurred during the annealing of amorphous tapes was used to obtain a nanocrystalline structure. The influence of annealing condition on the structure and corrosion resistance of the alloy in NaCl and H2SO4 solutions was investigated. Based on the testing results, it was found that nanocrystalline tapes have higher corrosion resistance than amorphous counterpart and H2SO4 can promote the occurrence of corrosion compared with NaCl.

  7. Proton and deuteron nuclear magnetic resonance studies of amorphous hydrogenated silicon, carbon, and carbon alloys

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    Kernan, Mary Jane Wurth

    Despite the profound influence of semiconductors and the changes they have produced, many fundamental questions remain unanswered. We have used proton and deuteron nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) to explore the role of hydrogens in amorphous silicon and amorphous carbon and carbon alloy films. In the carbon films, dipolar filtering techniques reveal a two-component shifted lineshape in the proton NMR spectra and deuteron magnetic resonance (DMR) data demonstrate a feedstock gas dependence in the film deposition process. In these measurements, DMR is used to examine the effect of hydrogen on the photovoltaic properties of amorphous silicon thin films. We have measured the effects of photoillumination on amorphous silicon, particularly with respect to the process of metastable defect formation (the Staebler-Wronski effect). The creation and passivation of dangling silicon bonds is observed and quantified. We report large-scale light-induced atomic rearrangements which produce shifts and broadenings of the DMR lineshapes. The deuterium NMR lineshape component most affected by atomic rearrangements is a broad central feature which is shown to be molecular in origin. This spectral feature includes hydrogens trapped and immobile on surfaces created by strains and dislocations in the material. Narrowing of the lineshape at elevated temperatures indicates motion with a small activation energy. The substantial population represented by this feature is shown to account for at least 15% of the total hydrogens in high-quality amorphous silicon samples.

  8. Partial amorphization of a Cu-Zr-Ti alloy by high pressure torsion

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    Revesz, Adam; Hobor, Sandor; Labar, Janos L.; Zhilyaev, Alex P.; Kovacs, Zsolt

    2006-11-15

    High pressure torsion was applied to produce disk-shape specimen of Cu{sub 60}Zr{sub 20}Ti{sub 20} composition. Radial dependence of the microstructure was monitored by x-ray diffraction, scanning, and transmission electron microscopies. The disk consists of a top surface layer, homogeneous on a micrometer scale with an average thickness of 10-20 {mu}m, and an inhomogeneous bulk region of 200 {mu}m thickness. Calorimetric studies revealed that the disk contains detectable amount of amorphous phase. Characteristics of this amorphous content were compared to a fully amorphous melt-quenched Cu{sub 60}Zr{sub 20}Ti{sub 20} ribbon.

  9. Study of Critical Behavior in Amorphous Fe85Sn5Zr10 Alloy Ribbon

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    Han, L. A.; Hua, X. H.; Zhu, H. Z.; Yang, J.; Yang, H. P.; Yan, Z. X.; Zhang, T.

    2017-02-01

    We have investigated the critical behavior in amorphous Fe85Sn5Zr10 alloy ribbon prepared using a single-roller melt-spinning method. This alloy shows a second-order magnetic transition from paramagnetic to ferromagnetic (FM) state at the Curie temperature T C (˜306 K). To obtain more information on the features of the magnetic transition, a detailed critical exponent study was carried out using isothermal magnetization M ( H, T) data in the vicinity of the T C. Modified Arrott plot, Kouvel-Fisher plot, Widom's scaling relation and critical isotherm analysis techniques were used to investigate the critical behavior of this alloy system around its phase transition point. The values of critical exponents determined using the above methods are self-consistent. The estimated critical exponents are fairly close to the theoretical prediction of the three-dimensional (3D) Heisenberg model, implying that short-range FM interactions dominate the critical behavior in amorphous Fe85Sn5Zr10 alloy ribbon.

  10. Effect of chromium and phosphorus on the physical properties of iron and titanium-based amorphous metallic alloy films

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    Distefano, S.; Rameshan, R.; Fitzgerald, D. J.

    1991-01-01

    Amorphous iron and titanium-based alloys containing various amounts of chromium, phosphorus, and boron exhibit high corrosion resistance. Some physical properties of Fe and Ti-based metallic alloy films deposited on a glass substrate by a dc-magnetron sputtering technique are reported. The films were characterized using differential scanning calorimetry, stress analysis, SEM, XRD, SIMS, electron microprobe, and potentiodynamic polarization techniques.

  11. The corrosion resistance and neutron-absorbing properties of coatings based on amorphous alloys

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    Sevryukov, O. N.; Polyansky, A. A.

    2016-04-01

    The object of the present study was the corrosion-resistant amorphizing alloys with an increased content of boron for cladding the surface of metals, rapidly quenched alloys without boron for protective coatings on a high-boron cladding layer, as well as steel samples with a protective coating with a high content of boron and without boron. The aim of the work is to investigate the corrosion resistance of a coating in water at the temperature of 40 °C in conditions of an open access of oxygen for 1000 h, as well as the features of the microstructure of clad samples before and after the corrosion tests. New data on the corrosion resistance of Cr18Ni10Ti steel samples with a protective layer from a rapidly quenched alloy Ni-19Cr-10Si (in wt.%) on a high-boron coating have been obtained.

  12. Electrical transport properties of amorphous Ni32Pd53P15 alloy

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    Prakruti, Chaudhari; Joshi, R. H.; Bhatt, N. K.; Thakore, B. Y.

    2015-08-01

    A ternary alloy containing nickel, palladium and phosphorous in amorphous form has been studied. The electrical transport properties viz. electrical resistivity, thermoelectrical power (TEP), thermal conductivity are computed using our recently proposed potential. In the present work, five screening functions have been employed to incorporate the exchange and correlation effects. The theoretical structure factors due to hard core fluid theory have been used in the calculations. The liquid alloy is studied as a function of its composition at temperature 294 K. The partial structure factors of the compound-forming Ni32Pd53P15 ternary alloy has been calculated by considering Hoshino's m-component hard-sphere mixture, which is based on Percus-Yevic equation of Hiroike.

  13. 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.

  14. Application of the Stoner-Wohlfarth model with interaction for the determination of the saturation magnetisation, anisotropy field, and mean field interaction in bulk amorphous ferromagnets

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    Collocott, S. J.

    2011-08-01

    Magnetic hysteresis curves of bulk amorphous ferromagnet alloys of composition Nd 60Fe 30Al 10, Nd 60Fe 20Co 10Al 10 and Pr 58Fe 24Al 18 have been measured in applied magnetic fields up to 9 T at temperatures in the range 10-350 K. The behaviour of the demagnetisation curve in the first quadrant is interpreted using a mean field interaction model as proposed by Callen et al. [Phys. Rev. B 16 (1977) 263], which extends the Stoner-Wohlfarth model [Philos. Trans. Roy. Soc. A 240 (1948) 599] for a random distribution of non-interacting uniaxial grains. Application of the mean field interaction model enables the determination of the saturation magnetisation Ms, anisotropy field Ha, and interaction parameter d, and from these other magnetic parameters, such as the anisotropy constant, K, are deduced. For the three alloys, the temperature dependent behaviour of Ms, Ha, d and K over the range 20-350 K are found to be qualitatively similar, though there are quantitative differences. In all cases Ms increases with decreasing temperature, both Ha and K increase with decreasing temperature, reaching a peak in the range 75-120 K, and then decreasing, and d decreases approximately linearly as the temperature decreases. The physical mechanisms responsible for coercivity in these materials are discussed in the context of random anisotropy and a strong pinning model of domain walls.

  15. Triphenylamine-based amorphous polymers for bulk-heterojunction photovoltaic cells

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    Yasuda, Takeshi

    2014-03-01

    In this paper, the recent research progress on triphenylamine (TPA)-based donor-acceptor (D-A) amorphous polymers including our developed polymers is reviewed. TPA has three-dimensional branched structures and can provide D-A polymers containing D and A units in the main chain or side chain. The use of TPA-based amorphous polymers in the fabrication of organic photovoltaics (OPVs) offers great advantages over the use of a polycrystalline film in terms of high reproducibility of the OPV performance. The amorphous polymer design using TPA, therefore, indicates a promising direction for the development of new donor materials in OPVs.

  16. Co-Fe-B-Si-Nb bulk glassy alloys with superhigh strength and extremely low magnetostriction

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    Chang Chuntao; Shen Baolong; Inoue, Akihisa

    2006-01-02

    Co-based bulk glassy alloys with diameters up to 4 mm were formed in a [(Co{sub 1-x}Fe{sub x}){sub 0.75}B{sub 0.2}Si{sub 0.05}]{sub 96}Nb{sub 4} system. The bulk glassy alloys exhibit a superhigh fracture strength of 3980-4170 MPa and Young's modulus of 190-210 GPa. The bulk glassy alloys also exhibit excellent soft-magnetic properties, i.e., high saturation magnetization of 0.71-0.97 T, low coercive force of 0.7-1.8 A/m, high permeability of 1.48-3.25x10{sup 4}, and extremely low saturation magnetostriction of 0.55-5.76x10{sup -6}. The first successful synthesis of the Co-Fe-B-Si-based bulk glassy alloys exhibiting superhigh fracture strength and excellent soft-magnetic properties with extremely low magnetostriction is encouraging for future development of Co-based bulk glassy alloys as new engineering and functional materials.

  17. Thick amorphous hums of Ni base alloys using high energy (MeV) ion beam mixing

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    Bhattacharya, R. S.; Pronko, P. P.; Rai, A. K.; McCormick, A. W.; Raffoul, C.

    1985-03-01

    This work investigates the potential for applying ion beam mixing techniques to the fabrication of amorphous metallic alloy coatings of MoNi and TiNi on metal substrates to improve their corrosion resistant properties. Alternating layers of 100 Å Mo and 70 Å Ni with total thicknesses of 1450 Å and 2900 Å were prepared by e-beam evaporation on Ni substrates. Similarly, 80 A Ti and 50 Å Ni alternate layers with total thicknesses of 900 Å and 1560 Å were deposited on Ni. A batch of alternating films of total thickness 5200 Å of TiNi with individual thicknesses of 160 Å Ti and 100 Å Ni were also prepared on Ni substrates. The thicknesses of individual films were adjusted in this way to obtain an overall composition of Ni 50Mo 50 and Ni 50Ti 50 after mixing. The films were irradiated with 1 and 2 MeV Au + and 1.5 MeV Ni + ions depending on the total thickness. The ion beam mixing and nucrostructure of these films have been studied as a function of dose using RBS and TEM. Amorphous layers have been tested for their corrosion behavior by potentiodynamic polarization techniques. Measurements carried out in nitric acid solution reveal that both NiMo and NiTi amorphous layers are more resistant to corrosive attack than the polycrystalline multiphased alloys. NiTi exhibited much superior corrosion resistant properties than NiMo.

  18. Amorphous nickel boride membrane on a platinum-nickel alloy surface for enhanced oxygen reduction reaction

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    He, Daping; Zhang, Libo; He, Dongsheng; Zhou, Gang; Lin, Yue; Deng, Zhaoxiang; Hong, Xun; Wu, Yuen; Chen, Chen; Li, Yadong

    2016-08-01

    The low activity of the oxygen reduction reaction in polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells is a major barrier for electrocatalysis, and hence needs to be optimized. Tuning the surface electronic structure of platinum-based bimetallic alloys, a promising oxygen reduction reaction catalyst, plays a key role in controlling its interaction with reactants, and thus affects the efficiency. Here we report that a dealloying process can be utilized to experimentally fabricate the interface between dealloyed platinum-nickel alloy and amorphous nickel boride membrane. The coating membrane works as an electron acceptor to tune the surface electronic structure of the platinum-nickel catalyst, and this composite catalyst composed of crystalline platinum-nickel covered by amorphous nickel boride achieves a 27-times enhancement in mass activity relative to commercial platinum/carbon at 0.9 V for the oxygen reduction reaction performance. Moreover, this interactional effect between a crystalline surface and amorphous membrane can be readily generalized to facilitate the 3-times higher catalytic activity of commercial platinum/carbon.

  19. Amorphous nickel boride membrane on a platinum–nickel alloy surface for enhanced oxygen reduction reaction

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    He, Daping; Zhang, Libo; He, Dongsheng; Zhou, Gang; Lin, Yue; Deng, Zhaoxiang; Hong, Xun; Wu, Yuen; Chen, Chen; Li, Yadong

    2016-01-01

    The low activity of the oxygen reduction reaction in polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells is a major barrier for electrocatalysis, and hence needs to be optimized. Tuning the surface electronic structure of platinum-based bimetallic alloys, a promising oxygen reduction reaction catalyst, plays a key role in controlling its interaction with reactants, and thus affects the efficiency. Here we report that a dealloying process can be utilized to experimentally fabricate the interface between dealloyed platinum–nickel alloy and amorphous nickel boride membrane. The coating membrane works as an electron acceptor to tune the surface electronic structure of the platinum–nickel catalyst, and this composite catalyst composed of crystalline platinum–nickel covered by amorphous nickel boride achieves a 27-times enhancement in mass activity relative to commercial platinum/carbon at 0.9 V for the oxygen reduction reaction performance. Moreover, this interactional effect between a crystalline surface and amorphous membrane can be readily generalized to facilitate the 3-times higher catalytic activity of commercial platinum/carbon. PMID:27503412

  20. Compositional ordering and stability in nanostructured, bulk thermoelectric alloys.

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    Hekmaty, Michelle A.; Faleev, S.; Medlin, Douglas L.; Leonard, F.; Lensch-Falk, J.; Sharma, Peter Anand; Sugar, J. D.

    2009-09-01

    Thermoelectric materials have many applications in the conversion of thermal energy to electrical power and in solid-state cooling. One route to improving thermoelectric energy conversion efficiency in bulk material is to embed nanoscale inclusions. This report summarize key results from a recently completed LDRD project exploring the science underpinning the formation and stability of nanostructures in bulk thermoelectric and the quantitative relationships between such structures and thermoelectric properties.

  1. Effects of graphene/silver nanohybrid additives on electrochemical properties of magnesium-based amorphous alloy

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    Lin-jun, Huang; Yan-xin, Wang; Zhen, Huang; Jian-guo, Tang; Yao, Wang; Ji-xian, Liu; Ji-qing, Jiao; Jing-quan, Liu; Belfiore, Laurence A.

    2014-12-01

    Amorphous Mg-Ni-La alloys for hydrogen storage are prepared by rapid solidification. Ag nanoparticles have been deposited onto graphene sheets to form graphene/Ag (G/A) nanocomposite through solvothermal method using ethylene glycol as solvent and reducing agent. The effects of surface modification of amorphous Mg-Ni-La alloy by introduction of different contents of G/A are systematically investigated by XRD, FT-IR, SEM, TEM and conventional electrochemical tests. The results show that the discharge capacity, cycle life, discharge potential characteristics and electrochemical kinetics of the electrodes are all improved. The surface modification enhances the electrocatalytic activity of the alloy and reduces the contact resistance of the electrodes. The Mg65Ni27La8 with 20 wt.% G/A electrode has the largest discharge capacity of 814.8 mAh g-1, which is 1.33 times that of the electrode without G/A, and the best electrochemical kinetics. Further increasing of G/A content will lead to the increase of contact resistance of the electrode, resulting in the degradation of electrode performance.

  2. Invar and Elinvar type amorphous Fe-Cr-B alloys with high corrosion resistance

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    Kikuci, M.; Fukamichi, K.; Masumoto, T.

    1987-01-01

    Amorphous (Fe(1-x)Cr(x))85B15 alloys (x = 0 to 0.15) were prepared from the melts by rapid quenching using a single roller techinque, and their Invar and Elinvar characteristics and corrosion resistance were investigated. With an increase in chromium content the Curie temperature and the saturation magnetic moment per iron atom decreased monotonically, while the crystallization temperature incresed gradually. The thermal expansion coefficient alpha around room temperature became slightly larger with increasing chromium content. Nevertheless, these amorphous alloys exhibited excellent Invar characteristics below the Curie temperature. The value of Young's modulus increased remarkably in a relatively low magnetic field and then saturated at a field of about 80 kA/m, showing a large delta E effect. Its value as well as a longitudinal linear magnetostriction became smaller with an increase in chromium content. The temperature coefficient of Young's modulus changed from postive to negative, and the temperature range showing the Elinvar characteristics became narrower with chromium content. The temperature coefficient of delay time determined from the values of alpha and e was very small. The corrosion resistance of these alloys was extremely improved by chromium addition.

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

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

    2010-11-01

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

  4. Relaxation of bending stresses and the reversibility of residual stresses in amorphous soft magnetic alloys

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    Kekalo, I. B.; Mogil’nikov, P. S.

    2015-06-15

    The reversibility of residual bending stresses is revealed in ribbon samples of cobalt- and iron-based amorphous alloys Co{sub 69}Fe{sub 3.7}Cr{sub 3.8}Si{sub 12.5}B{sub 11} and Fe{sub 57}Co{sub 31}Si{sub 2.9}B{sub 9.1}: the ribbons that are free of applied stresses and bent under the action of residual stresses become completely or incompletely straight upon annealing at the initial temperatures. The influence of annealing on the relaxation of bending stresses is studied. Preliminary annealing is found to sharply decrease the relaxation rate of bending stresses, and the initial stage of fast relaxation of these stresses is absent. Complete straightening of preliminarily annealed ribbons is shown to occur at significantly higher temperatures than that of the initial ribbons. Incomplete straightening of the ribbons is explained by the fact that bending stresses relaxation at high annealing temperatures proceeds due to both reversible anelastic deformation and viscous flow, which is a fully irreversible process. Incomplete reversibility is also caused by irreversible processes, such as the release of excess free volume and clustering (detected by small-angle X-ray scattering). The revealed differences in the relaxation processes that occur in the cobalt- and iron-based amorphous alloys are discussed in terms of different atomic diffusion mobilities in these alloys.

  5. Analysis of Surface and Bulk Behavior in Ni-Pd Alloys

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    Bozzolo, Guillermo; Noebe, Rondald D.

    2003-01-01

    The most salient features of the surface structure and bulk behavior of Ni-Pd alloys have been studied using the BFS method for alloys. Large-scale atomistic simulations were performed to investigate surface segregation profiles as a function of temperature, crystal face, and composition. Pd enrichment of the first layer was observed in (111) and (100) surfaces, and enrichment of the top two layers occurred for (110) surfaces. In all cases, the segregation profile shows alternate planes enriched and depleted in Pd. In addition, the phase structure of bulk Ni-Pd alloys as a function of temperature and composition was studied. A weak ordering tendency was observed at low temperatures, which helps explain the compositional oscillations in the segregation profiles. Finally, based on atom-by-atom static energy calculations, a comprehensive explanation for the observed surface and bulk features will be presented in terms of competing chemical and strain energy effects.

  6. Reactive wetting of amorphous silica by molten Al-Mg alloys and their interfacial structures

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    Shi, Laixin; Shen, Ping; Zhang, Dan; Jiang, Qichuan

    2016-07-01

    The reactive wetting of amorphous silica substrates by molten Al-Mg alloys over a wide composition range was studied using a dispensed sessile drop method in a flowing Ar atmosphere. The effects of the nominal Mg concentration and temperature on the wetting and interfacial microstructures were discussed. The initial contact angle for pure Al on the SiO2 surface was 115° while that for pure Mg was 35° at 1073 K. For the Al-Mg alloy drop, it decreased with increasing nominal Mg concentration. The reaction zone was characterized by layered structures, whose formation was primarily controlled by the variation in the alloy concentration due to the evaporation of Mg and the interfacial reaction from the viewpoint of thermodynamics as well as by the penetration or diffusion of Mg, Al and Si from the viewpoint of kinetics. In addition, the effects of the reaction and the evaporation of Mg on the movement of the triple line were examined. The spreading of the Al-Mg alloy on the SiO2 surface was mainly attributed to the formation of Mg2Si at the interface and the recession of the triple line to the diminishing Mg concentration in the alloy.

  7. On the amorphization behavior and hydrogenation performance of high-energy ball-milled Mg{sub 2}Ni alloys

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    Kou, Hongchao; Hou, Xiaojiang; Zhang, Tiebang Hu, Rui; Li, Jinshan; Xue, Xiangyi

    2013-06-15

    Amorphous Mg{sub 2}Ni alloy was prepared by high energy ball-milling starting with polycrystalline Mg{sub 2}Ni which was prepared with the help of a metallurgy method by using a SPEX 8000D mill. The microstructural and phase structure characterization of the prepared materials was performed via scanning electron microscopy, transition electron microscope and X-ray diffraction. The thermal stabilities were investigated by differential scanning calorimetry. The apparent activation energies were determined by means of the Kissinger method. The first and second crystallization reactions take place at ∼ 255 °C and ∼ 410 °C, and the corresponding activation energy of crystallization is E{sub a1} = 276.9 and E{sub a2} = 382.4 kJ/mol, respectively. At 3 MPa hydrogen pressure and 250 °C, the hydrogen absorption capacities of crystalline, partially and fully amorphous Mg{sub 2}Ni alloy are 2.0 wt.%, 3.2 wt.% and 3.5 wt.% within 30 min, respectively. - Graphical Abstract: We mainly focus on the amorphization behavior of crystalline Mg{sub 2}Ni alloy in the high energy ball-milling process and the crystallization behavior of the amorphous Mg{sub 2}Ni alloy in a follow-up heating process. The relationship of milling, microstructure and hydrogenation properties is established and explained by models. - Highlights: • Amorphous Mg{sub 2}Ni has been obtained by high energy ball milling the as-cast alloy. • The amorphization behavior of polycrystalline Mg{sub 2}Ni is presented. • The crystallization behavior of the amorphous Mg{sub 2}Ni alloy is illustrated. • Establish the relationship of milling, microstructure and hydrogenation properties.

  8. Boundary Engineering for the Thermoelectric Performance of Bulk Alloys Based on Bismuth Telluride.

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    Mun, Hyeona; Choi, Soon-Mok; Lee, Kyu Hyoung; Kim, Sung Wng

    2015-07-20

    Thermoelectrics, which transports heat for refrigeration or converts heat into electricity directly, is a key technology for renewable energy harvesting and solid-state refrigeration. Despite its importance, the widespread use of thermoelectric devices is constrained because of the low efficiency of thermoelectric bulk alloys. However, boundary engineering has been demonstrated as one of the most effective ways to enhance the thermoelectric performance of conventional thermoelectric materials such as Bi2 Te3 , PbTe, and SiGe alloys because their thermal and electronic transport properties can be manipulated separately by this approach. We review our recent progress on the enhancement of the thermoelectric figure of merit through boundary engineering together with the processing technologies for boundary engineering developed most recently using Bi2 Te3 -based bulk alloys. A brief discussion of the principles and current status of boundary-engineered bulk alloys for the enhancement of the thermoelectric figure of merit is presented. We focus mainly on (1) the reduction of the thermal conductivity by grain boundary engineering and (2) the reduction of thermal conductivity without deterioration of the electrical conductivity by phase boundary engineering. We also discuss the next potential approach using two boundary engineering strategies for a breakthrough in the area of bulk thermoelectric alloys.

  9. A Combinatorial Approach to the Investigation of Metal Systems that Form Both Bulk Metallic Glasses and High Entropy Alloys

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    Welk, Brian A.; Gibson, Mark A.; Fraser, Hamish L.

    2016-03-01

    In this work, compositionally graded specimens were deposited using the laser engineered net-shaping (LENS™) additive manufacturing technique to study the glass-forming ability of two bulk metallic glass (BMG) and high entropy alloy (HEA) composite systems. The first graded specimen varied from Zr57Ti5Al10Cu20Ni8 (BMG) to CoCrFeNiCu0.5 (HEA) and the second graded specimen varied from TiZrCuNb (BMG) to (TiZrCuNb)65Ni35 (HEA). After deposition, laser surface melting experiments were performed parallel to the gradient to remelt and rapidly solidify the specimen. Scanning electron microscopy and energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy were used to determine the morphology and composition variations in the as-deposited and laser surface melted phases. Selected area diffraction of the melt pool regions confirmed an almost fully amorphous region in the first gradient and an amorphous matrix/crystalline dendrite composite structure in the second gradient.

  10. The effect of heat treatment on amorphous Fe74Zr19Ta7 and Fe90Y10 alloys

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    Prater, J. T.; Merz, M. D.

    1981-03-01

    Magnetic measurements are reported for two iron-based amorphous alloys: Fe90Y10 and Fe74Zr19Ta7. Each is prepared by sputter deposition. X-tay diffraction is used to established the amorphous structure and X-ray fluorescence analysis to confirm the composition. Fe74Zr19Ta7 has a Curie temperature of 195 K and a crystallization temperature of 733 K (460 °C). Annealing studies on Fe74Zr19Ta7 indicate that this alloy does not show the dramatic increases in Curie temperature that are commonly observed in amorphous alloys that contain metalloid elements. Rather, this alloy exhibits small irreversible decreases in the Curie temperature following heat treatments up to 733 K (460 °C), the crystallization temperature. The amorphous Fe90Y10 alloy shows only short range order and has a large anisotropy field that prevents the saturation of the magnetic moment in a 10 kOe field at 78 K. The anisotropy decreases upon crystallization to a bcc iron structure, but ferromagnetism is observed only after annealing the alloy at elevated temperatures.

  11. Characterization of Atomic Structure, Relaxation and Phase Transformation Mechanisms in Bulk and Thin Film Amorphous Chalcogenides and Gallium Antimonide

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    Edwards, Trenton Gerard

    intermediate between a randomly connected and a fully clustered network of GeSe4 tetrahedra and Se chains. Additionally, a new two-dimensional NMR spectroscopic technique is developed and applied to Ge-Se glasses that allowed the separation of isotropic and anisotropic chemical shifts. Through the analysis of the anisotropic sideband pattern in the second dimension it is possible to detect up to four distinct types of Se environments in the glass structure on the basis of their characteristic chemical shift anisotropies. 125Te NMR chemical shift systematics is established for coordination environments of Te atoms in a wide range of crystalline and glassy tellurides in the Ga-As-Sb-Te system. 125Te NMR spectroscopy is then used to investigate the short-range structure of amorphous and crystalline Ge1Sb2 Te4 and Ge2Sb2Te5 phase change alloys. Both alloys are found to consist of only heteropolar Ge/Sb-Te bonds in the amorphous and crystalline state and strong vacancy clustering in the nanocrystalline state that may facilitate a rapid displacive transformation between the amorphous and crystalline states without the need of significant atomic rearrangement or diffusion. Based on these 125Te NMR results a Te-centric model of the phase change mechanism in GST alloys is proposed. Structure and phase changes in amorphous Ga-Sb alloys are studied using synchrotron x-ray diffraction and 71Ga and 121Sb NMR spectroscopy. Pressure induced phase transformations in amorphous GaSb is shown to be consistent with the existence of an underlying polyamorphic phase transition between a low and a high-density amorphous phase. NMR results for amorphous Ga46Sb54 indicate that both Ga and Sb atoms are fourfold coordinated with 40% of these atoms participating in homopolar bonding in the as-deposited film. Subsequent crystallization into the zinc blend structure therefore requires extensive bond switching and elimination of homopolar bonds. For amorphous Ga14Sb86 both Ga and Sb atoms are found to be

  12. Magnetoelectric effect in layered structures of amorphous ferromagnetic alloy and gallium arsenide

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    Bichurin, M. I.; Petrov, V. M.; Leontiev, V. S.; Ivanov, S. N.; Sokolov, O. V.

    2017-02-01

    A paper devotes to theoretical and experimental studying the magnetoelectric interaction in layered structures of amorphous ferromagnetic alloy and single- crystal gallium arsenide. The authors investigated the magnetoelectric effect in the (100) plane of gallium arsenide in the electromechanical resonance range of 200-240 kHz and obtained maximal ME voltage coefficient of 120 V/A at bias field equaled 3.6 kA/m for the direction parallel to the [011] axis. Also the magnetoelectric effect in the (110) and (111) planes is discussed. The results can be used for design of new electronic devices based on the magnetostrictive-semiconductor materials.

  13. Saturation and forced volume magnetostriction of Fe-rich FeZr amorphous alloys

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    Tange, H.; Tanaka, Y.; Goto, M.; Fukamichi, K.

    1989-10-01

    AC susceptibility, saturation and forced volume magnetostriction were studied on iron-rich zirconium amorphous alloys a-Fe 100- xZr x (8 at% ≤ x ≤ 12 at%). The experimental results are discussed in relation to the re-entrant spin glass state. It is found that the transverse magnetostriction accompanies a remarkable magnetic aftereffect in the spin glass phase, and that the forced volume magnetostriction shows an apparent peak at the ferromagnet to spin glass transition where the ac susceptibility has a cusp.

  14. Nanoscale order and crystallization in nitrogen-alloyed amorphous GeTe

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    Darmawikarta, Kristof; Abelson, John R.; Raoux, Simone; Bishop, Stephen G.

    2014-11-10

    The nanoscale order in amorphous GeTe thin films is measured using fluctuation transmission electron microscopy (FTEM). The order increases upon annealing at 145 °C, which indicates a coarsening of subcritical nuclei. This correlates with a reduction in the nucleation delay time in laser crystallization. A shift in the FTEM peak positions may indicate a transformation in local bonding. In samples alloyed with 12 at. % nitrogen, the order does not change upon annealing, the peak does not shift, and the nucleation time is longer. The FTEM data indicate that nitrogen suppresses the structural evolution necessary for the nucleation process and increases the thermal stability of the material.

  15. Optical properties of surface layers of Co-based amorphous metallic alloys

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    Poperenko, L. V.; Kravets, V. G.; Lysenko, S. I.; Vinnichenko, K. L.

    2005-04-01

    The modification of roughness and structure of the surface layers of a cobalt-based amorphous metal alloy after thermal treatment at elevated and cryogenic temperatures and under the influence of an external magnetic field is studied by light scattering and atomic force microscopy. The parameters of the surface roughness were calculated from the measured indicatrices of light scattering. It is shown that heating of the metal ribbons to T=350-475 °C partially relieves stresses arising in the course of the ribbon preparation and increases the surface roughness compared to freshly prepared samples.

  16. Mechanical properties of amorphous LixSi alloys: a reactive force field study

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    Fan, Feifei; Huang, Shan; Yang, Hui; Raju, Muralikrishna; Datta, Dibakar; Shenoy, Vivek B.; van Duin, Adri C. T.; Zhang, Sulin; Zhu, Ting

    2013-10-01

    Silicon is a high-capacity anode material for lithium-ion batteries. Electrochemical cycling of Si electrodes usually produces amorphous LixSi (a-LixSi) alloys at room temperature. Despite intensive investigation of the electrochemical behaviors of a-LixSi alloys, their mechanical properties and underlying atomistic mechanisms remain largely unexplored. Here we perform molecular dynamics simulations to characterize the mechanical properties of a-LixSi with a newly developed reactive force field (ReaxFF). We compute the yield and fracture strengths of a-LixSi alloys under a variety of chemomechanical loading conditions, including the constrained thin-film lithiation, biaxial compression, uniaxial tension and compression. Effects of loading sequence and stress state are investigated to correlate the mechanical responses with the dominant atomic bonding, featuring a transition from the covalent to the metallic glass characteristics with increasing Li concentration. The results provide mechanistic insights for interpreting experiments, understanding properties and designing new experiments on a-LixSi alloys, which are essential to the development of durable Si electrodes for high-performance lithium-ion batteries.

  17. The features of CNT growth on catalyst-content amorphous alloy layer by CVD-method

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    Dubkov, S.; Bulyarskii, S.; Pavlov, A.; Trifonov, A.; Kitsyuk, E.; Mierczynski, P.; Maniecki, T.; Ciesielski, R.; Gavrilov, S.; Gromov, D.

    2016-12-01

    This work is devoted to the CVD-synthesis of arrays of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) on Co-Zr-N-(O), Ni-Nb-N-(O), Co- Ta-N-(O) catalytic alloy films from gas mixture of C2H2+NH3+Ar at a substrate temperature of about 550°C.Heating of the amorphous alloy causes its crystallization and squeezing of the catalytic metal onto the surface. As a result, small catalyst particles are formed on the surface. The CNT growth takes place after wards on these particles. It should be noted that the growth of CNT arrays on these alloys is insensitive to the thickness of alloy film, which makes this approach technically attractive. In particular, the possibility of local CNT growth at the ends of the Co-Ta-N-(O) film and three-level CNT growth at the end of more complex structure SiO2/Ni-Nb-N-O/SiO2/Ni-Nb-N-O/SiO2/Ni-Nb-N-O/SiO2 is demonstrated.

  18. Amorphous metallic foam

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    Schroers, Jan; Veazey, Chris; Johnson, William L.

    2003-01-01

    The bulk glass forming alloy Pd43Ni10Cu27P20 is processed into a low-density amorphous metallic foam. Pd43Ni10Cu27P20 is mixed with hydrated B2O3, which releases gas at elevated temperature and/or low pressure. Very homogeneous foams are achieved due to the high viscosity of the alloy even at its liquidus temperature. By processing at the liquidus temperature and decreasing the pressure to 10-2 mbar, well-distributed bubbles expand to foam the material. Foam densities as low as 1.4×103 kg/m3 were obtained, corresponding to a bubble volume fraction of 84%. The bubble diameter ranges between 2×10-4 and 1×10-3 m. Thermal analysis by differential scanning calorimetry confirms the amorphous nature of the foam. Furthermore, it reveals that the foam's thermal stability is comparable to the bulk material.

  19. Genetically engineered peptides for inorganics: study of an unconstrained bacterial display technology and bulk aluminum alloy.

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    Adams, Bryn L; Finch, Amethist S; Hurley, Margaret M; Sarkes, Deborah A; Stratis-Cullum, Dimitra N

    2013-09-06

    The first-ever peptide biomaterial discovery using an unconstrained engineered bacterial display technology is reported. Using this approach, we have developed genetically engineered peptide binders for a bulk aluminum alloy and use molecular dynamics simulation of peptide conformational fluctuations to demonstrate sequence-dependent, structure-function relationships for metal and metal oxide interactions.

  20. Effect of Ion Bombardment on the Growth and Properties of Hydrogenated Amorphous Silicon-Germanium Alloys

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    Perrin, Jérôme; Takeda, Yoshihiko; Hirano, Naoto; Matsuura, Hideharu; Matsuda, Akihisa

    1989-01-01

    We report a systematic investigation of the effect of ion bombardment during the growth of amorphous silicon-germanium alloy films from silane and germane rf-glow discharge. Independent control of the plasma and the ion flux and energy is obtained by using a triode configuration. The ion contribution to the total deposition rate can reach 20% on negatively biased substrates. Although the Si and Ge composition of the film does not depend on the ion flux and energy, the optical, structural and electronic properties are drastically modified at low deposition temperatures when the maximum ion energy increases up to 50 eV, and remain constant above 50 eV. For a Ge atomic concentration of 37% and a temperature of 135°C, the optical gap decreases from 1.67 to 1.45 eV. This is correlated with a modification of hydrogen bonding configurations. Silicon dihydride sites disappear and preferential attachment of hydrogen to silicon is reduced in favour of germanium. Moreover the photoconductivity increases which shows that ion bombardment is a key parameter to optimize the quality of low band gap amorphous silicon-germanium alloys.

  1. Room-temperature amorphous alloy field-effect transistor exhibiting particle and wave electronic transport

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    Fukuhara, M.; Kawarada, H.

    2015-02-28

    The realization of room-temperature macroscopic field effect transistors (FETs) will lead to new epoch-making possibilities for electronic applications. The I{sub d}-V{sub g} characteristics of the millimeter-sized aluminum-oxide amorphous alloy (Ni{sub 0.36}Nb{sub 0.24}Zr{sub 0.40}){sub 90}H{sub 10} FETs were measured at a gate-drain bias voltage of 0–60 μV in nonmagnetic conditions and under a magnetic fields at room temperature. Application of dc voltages to the gate electrode resulted in the transistor exhibiting one-electron Coulomb oscillation with a period of 0.28 mV, Fabry-Perot interference with a period of 2.35 μV under nonmagnetic conditions, and a Fano effect with a period of 0.26 mV for Vg and 0.2 T under a magnetic field. The realization of a low-energy controllable device made from millimeter-sized Ni-Nb-Zr-H amorphous alloy throws new light on cluster electronics.

  2. Bimetallic non-alloyed NPs for improving the broadband optical absorption of thin amorphous silicon substrates

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    2014-01-01

    We propose the use of bimetallic non-alloyed nanoparticles (BNNPs) to improve the broadband optical absorption of thin amorphous silicon substrates. Isolated bimetallic NPs with uniform size distribution on glass and silicon are obtained by depositing a 10-nm Au film and annealing it at 600°C; this is followed by an 8-nm Ag film annealed at 400°C. We experimentally demonstrate that the deposition of gold (Au)-silver (Ag) bimetallic non-alloyed NPs (BNNPs) on a thin amorphous silicon (a-Si) film increases the film's average absorption and forward scattering over a broad spectrum, thus significantly reducing its total reflection performance. Experimental results show that Au-Ag BNNPs fabricated on a glass substrate exhibit resonant peaks at 437 and 540 nm and a 14-fold increase in average forward scattering over the wavelength range of 300 to 1,100 nm in comparison with bare glass. When deposited on a 100-nm-thin a-Si film, Au-Ag BNNPs increase the average absorption and forward scattering by 19.6% and 95.9% compared to those values for Au NPs on thin a-Si and plain a-Si without MNPs, respectively, over the 300- to 1,100-nm range. PMID:24725390

  3. Structure and Phase Separation in Ultrathin Ag/Cu Amorphous Alloy System

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    Chen, Hao

    2005-03-01

    The structure of disordered metallic alloys is an important but unsolved problem. Previous studies on Ag-Cu system showed that relatively homogeneous solid solutions formed at liquid nitrogen temperature decompose into separate phases or evolve into crystalline structure at a higher temperature. In this research project, we prepared ultra-thin Ag-Cu films on amorphous carbon support by HV magnetron sputtering with both targets. With high energy Ag and Cu atoms bombarding on the carbon substrate, they are forced to form amorphous alloy or nano-crystalline thin film at room temperature. We have investigated the structure of ultra-thin Ag-Cu films by examining their pair distribution function (PDF) using electron diffraction and observed phase separation process directly in STEM images. In the STEM Z-contrast images, since the contrast is directly related to the atomic number (Z) of the components, we can see clearly the phase separation process. Experimental results show that the sample morphology evolutions are different in samples with different thickness, and the phase separation depends on various Ag/Cu atomic ratios. In Ag50Cu50 sample, early stage phase separation is associated with increasing Cu crystallite size, indicates that Cu diffuse out of Ag-Cu solid solution phase.

  4. In-Situ Fracture Observation and Fracture Toughness Analysis of Zr-Based Amorphous Alloys Containing Ductile Dendrites

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    Jeon, Changwoo; Kim, Choongnyun Paul; Lee, Sunghak

    2012-10-01

    Effects of dendrite size on fracture properties of Zr-based amorphous alloys containing ductile β dendrites were explained by directly observing microfracture processes using an in-situ loading stage installed inside a scanning electron microscope (SEM) chamber. Three amorphous alloy plates having different thicknesses were fabricated by varying cooling rates after vacuum arc melting. The effective size of β dendrites was varied from 14.7 to 30.1 μm in the alloy plates, while their volume fraction was almost constant. According to microfracture observation of the alloy containing fine β dendrites, shear bands initiated at the amorphous matrix were connected with the notch tip as they were deepened through dendrites, which led to abrupt crack propagation. In the alloy containing coarser β dendrites, shear bands were initiated at the amorphous matrix to form a crack near the notch tip region and were expanded over large matrix areas. The crack propagation was frequently blocked by β dendrites, and many shear bands are formed near or in front of the propagating crack, thereby resulting in stable crack growth, which could be confirmed by the fracture resistance curve ( R-curve) behavior. This increase in fracture resistance with increasing crack length could be explained by mechanisms of blocking of crack growth, multiple shear band formation, and crack blunting.

  5. Fe 65B 22Nd 9Mo 4 bulk nanocomposite permanent magnets produced by crystallizing amorphous precursors

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    Tao, Shan; Ahmad, Zubair; Ma, Tianyu; Jian, Hong; Jiang, Yinzhu; Yan, Mi

    2012-04-01

    The Fe65B22Nd9Mo4 nanocomposite permanent magnets in the form of a rectangular cross sectioned rod have been prepared by annealing the amorphous precursors. The thermal behavior, structure and magnetic properties of the magnets have been investigated by differential scanning calorimetry, X-ray diffractometry, electron microscopy and magnetometry techniques. The as-cast Fe65B22Nd9Mo4 alloy showed soft magnetic properties, which changed into magnetically hard after annealing. Results provoke that the magnetic properties of the alloy are sensitive to thermal processing conditions. The optimum hard magnetic properties with a remanence (Br) of 0.56 T, coercivity (iHc) of 920.7 kA/m and maximum energy product (BH)max of 50.15 kJ/m3 were achieved after annealing the alloy at 983 K for 10 min. The good magnetic properties of Fe65B22Nd9Mo4 magnets are ascribed to the exchange coupling between the nano-scaled soft α-Fe, Fe3B and hard Nd2Fe14B magnetic grains.

  6. The Effect of Spatial Heterogeneities on Nucleation Kinetics in Amorphous Aluminum Alloys

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    Shen, Ye

    The mechanical property of the Al based metallic glass could be enhanced significantly by introducing the high number density of Al-fcc nanocrystals (1021 ˜1023 m-3) to the amorphous matrix through annealing treatments, which motivates the study of the nucleation kinetics for the microstructure control. With the presence of a high number density (1025 m-3) of aluminum-like medium range order (MRO), the Al-Y-Fe metallic glass is considered to be spatially heterogeneous. Combining the classical nucleation theory with the structural configuration, a MRO seeded nucleation model has been proposed and yields theoretical steady state nucleation rates consistent with the experimental results. In addition, this model satisfies all the thermodynamic and kinetic constraints to be reasonable. Compared with the Al-Y-Fe system, the primary crystallization onset temperature decreases significantly and the transient delay time (tau) is shorter in the Al-Y-Fe-Pb(In) systems because the insoluble Pb and In nanoparticles in the amorphous matrix served as extrinsic spatial heterogeneity to provide the nucleation sites for Al-fcc precipitation and the high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) images of the Pb-Al interface revealed a good wetting behavior between the Al and Pb nanoparticles. The study of the transient delay time (tau) could provide insight on the transport behavior during the nucleation and a more convenient approach to evaluate the delay time has been developed by measuring the Al-Y-Fe amorphous alloy glass transition temperature (Tg) shift with the increasing annealing time (tannealing) in FlashDSC. The break point in the Tg vs. log(tannealing) plot has been identified to correspond to the delay time by the TEM characterization. FlashDSC tests with different heating rates and different compositions (Al-Y-Fe-Pb and Zn-Mg-Ca-Yb amorphous alloys) further confirmed the break point and delay time relationship. The amorphous matrix composition and the

  7. Investigation of preparation methods on surface/bulk structural relaxation and glass fragility of amorphous solid dispersions.

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    Ke, Peng; Hasegawa, Susumu; Al-Obaidi, Hisham; Buckton, Graham

    2012-01-17

    The objective of this study was to investigate the effect of preparation methods on the surface/bulk molecular mobility and glass fragility of solid dispersions. Solid dispersions containing indomethacin and PVP K30 were chosen as the model system. An inverse gas chromatography method was used to determine the surface structural relaxation of the solid dispersions and these data were compared to those for bulk relaxation obtained by DSC. The values of τ(β) for the surface relaxation were 4.6, 7.1 and 1.8h for melt quenched, ball milled and spray dried solid dispersions respectively, compared to 15.6, 7.9 and 9.8h of the bulk. In all systems, the surface had higher molecular mobility than the bulk. The glass fragility of the solid dispersions was also influenced by the preparation methods with the most fragile system showing the best stability. The zero mobility temperature (T(0)) was used to correlate with the physical stability of the solid dispersions. Despite having similar T(g) (65°C), the T(0) of the melt quenched, ball milled and spray dried samples were 21.6, -4.2 and 16.7°C respectively which correlated well with their physical stability results. Therefore, T(0) appears to be a better indicator than T(g) for predicting stability of amorphous materials.

  8. Tandem solar cells made from amorphous silicon and polymer bulk heterojunction sub-cells.

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    Park, Sung Heum; Shin, Insoo; Kim, Kwang Ho; Street, Robert; Roy, Anshuman; Heeger, Alan J

    2015-01-14

    A tandem solar cell based on a combination of an amorphous silicon (a-Si) and polymer solar cell (PSC) is demonstrated. As these tandem devices can be readily fabricated by low-cost methods, they require only a minor increase in the total manufacturing cost. Therefore, a combination of a-Si and PSC provides a compelling solution to reduce the cost of electricity produced by photovoltaics.

  9. Prediction of Failure Due to Thermal Aging, Corrosion and Environmental Fracture in Amorphous and Titanium Alloys

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    Farmer, J C

    2003-04-15

    DARPA is exploring a number of advanced materials for military applications, including amorphous metals and titanium-based alloys. Equipment made from these materials can undergo degradation due to thermal aging, uniform corrosion, pitting, crevice corrosion, denting, stress corrosion cracking, corrosion fatigue, hydrogen induced cracking and microbial influenced corrosion. Amorphous alloys have exceptional resistance to corrosion, due in part to the absence of grain boundaries, but can undergo crystallization and other phase instabilities during heating and welding. Titanium alloys are extremely corrosion resistant due to the formation of a tenacious passive film of titanium oxide, but is prone to hydrogen absorption in crevices, and hydrogen induced cracking after hydrogen absorption. Accurate predictions of equipment reliability, necessary for strategic planning, requires integrated models that account for all relevant modes of attack, and that can make probabilistic predictions. Once developed, model parameters must be determined experimentally, and the validity of models must be established through careful laboratory and field tests. Such validation testing requires state-of-the-art surface analytical techniques, as well as electrochemical and fracture mechanics tests. The interaction between those processes that perturb the local environment on a surface and those that alter metallurgical condition must be integrated in predictive models. The material and environment come together to drive various modes of corrosive attack (Figure 1). Models must be supported through comprehensive materials testing capabilities. Such capabilities are available at LLNL and include: the Long Term Corrosion Test Facility (LTCTF) where large numbers of standard samples can be exposed to realistic test media at several temperature levels; a reverse DC machine that can be used to monitor the propagation of stress corrosion cracking (SCC) in situ; and banks of potentiostats with

  10. Anomalous small angle x-ray scattering studies of amorphous metal-germanium alloys

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    Rice, M.

    1993-12-01

    This dissertation addresses the issue of composition modulation in sputtered amorphous metal-germanium thin films with the aim of understanding the intermediate range structure of these films as a function of composition. The investigative tool used in this work is anomalous small-angle X-ray scattering (ASAXS). The primary focus of this investigation is the amorphous iron-germanium (a-Fe{sub x}Ge{sub 100-x}) system with particular emphasis on the semiconductor-rich regime. Brief excursions are made into the amorphous tungsten-germanium (a-W{sub x}Ge{sub 100-x}) and the amorphous molybdenum-germanium (a-Mo{sub x}Ge{sub 100-x}) systems. All three systems exhibit an amorphous structure over a broad composition range extending from pure amorphous germanium to approximately 70 atomic percent metal when prepared as sputtered films. Across this composition range the structures change from the open, covalently bonded, tetrahedral network of pure a-Ge to densely packed metals. The structural changes are accompanied by a semiconductor-metal transition in all three systems as well as a ferromagnetic transition in the a-Fe{sub x}Ge{sub 100-x} system and a superconducting transition in the a-Mo{sub x}Ge{sub 100-x} system. A long standing question, particularly in the a-Fe{sub x}Ge{sub 100-x} and the a-Mo{sub x}Ge{sub 100-x} systems, has been whether the structural changes (and therefore the accompanying electrical and magnetic transitions) are accomplished by homogeneous alloy formation or phase separation. The application of ASAXS to this problem proves unambiguously that fine scale composition modulations, as distinct from the simple density fluctuations that arise from cracks and voids, are present in the a-Fe{sub x}Ge{sub 100-x}, a-W{sub x}Ge{sub 100-x}, and a-Mo{sub x}Ge{sub 100-x} systems in the semiconductor-metal transition region. Furthermore, ASAXS shows that germanium is distributed uniformly throughout each sample in the x<25 regime of all three systems.

  11. Continuous-annealing method for producing a flexible, curved, soft magnetic amorphous alloy ribbon

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    Francoeur, Bruno; Couture, Pierre

    2012-04-01

    A method has been developed for continuous annealing of an amorphous alloy ribbon moving forward at several meters per second, giving a curved shape to the ribbon that remains flexible afterward and can be easily wound into a toroidal core with excellent soft magnetic properties. A heat pulse was applied by a compact system on a Metglas 2605HB1 ribbon moving forward at 5 m/s to initiate a thermal treatment at 460 °C, near crystallization onset. The treatment duration was less than 0.1 s, and the heating and cooling rates were above 10 000 °C/s, which helped preserve most of the alloy as-cast ductility state. Such high temperature rates were achieved by forcing a static contact between the moving ribbon and a temperature-controlled roller. A tensile stress and a series of bending configurations were applied on the moving ribbon during the treatment to induce the development of magnetic anisotropy and to obtain the desired natural curvature radius. The core losses at 60 Hz of a toroidal test core wound with the resulting ribbon are lower than the specific values reported by the alloy manufacturer. This method can be implemented at the casting plant for supplying a low-cost, ready-to-use ribbon, easy to handle and cut, for mass production of toroidal cores for distribution transformer kernels (core and coil only), pulse power cores, etc.

  12. Gallium-enhanced phase contrast in atom probe tomography of nanocrystalline and amorphous Al-Mn alloys.

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    Ruan, Shiyun; Torres, Karen L; Thompson, Gregory B; Schuh, Christopher A

    2011-07-01

    Over a narrow range of composition, electrodeposited Al-Mn alloys transition from a nanocrystalline structure to an amorphous one, passing through an intermediate dual-phase nanocrystal/amorphous structure. Although the structural change is significant, the chemical difference between the phases is subtle. In this study, the solute distribution in these alloys is revealed by developing a method to enhance phase contrast in atom probe tomography (APT). Standard APT data analysis techniques show that Mn distributes uniformly in single phase (nanocrystalline or amorphous) specimens, and despite some slight deviations from randomness, standard methods reveal no convincing evidence of Mn segregation in dual-phase samples either. However, implanted Ga ions deposited during sample preparation by focused ion-beam milling are found to act as chemical markers that preferentially occupy the amorphous phase. This additional information permits more robust identification of the phases and measurement of their compositions. As a result, a weak partitioning tendency of Mn into the amorphous phase (about 2 at%) is discerned in these alloys.

  13. Influence of boron on the magnetic and transport properties of FeZr amorphous and nanocrystalline alloys

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    Barandiaran, J.M.; Gorria, P. . Dept. de Electricidad y Electronica); Sal, J.C.G.; Brquin, L.F. ); Kaul, S.N. . School of Physics)

    1994-11-01

    The magnetic properties and electrical resistivity of amorphous and nanocrystalline FeZr and FeZrB(Cu) alloys are compared in a wide range of temperatures (4 to 1,000 K). The addition of boron increases the Curie temperature of the alloys and induces a broad minimum in the resistivity vs temperatures. A first step of crystallization occurs around 700 K in all the alloys, giving rise to [alpha]-Fe crystallites of very small size. Small amounts of boron greatly influence the exchange interactions, enhancing the ferromagnetic character of these compounds.

  14. Identification of infrared absorption peaks of amorphous silicon-carbon alloy by thermal annealing

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    Lin, Wei-Liang; Tsai, Hsiung-Kuang; Lee, Si-Chen; Sah, Wen-Jyh; Tzeng, Wen-Jer

    1987-12-01

    Amorphous silicon-carbon hydrogen alloy was prepared by radio frequency glow discharge decomposition of a silane-methane mixture. The infrared absorption spectra were measured at various stages of thermal annealing. By observing the change of relative intensities between these peaks the hydrogen bonding responsible for the absorption peaks could be assigned more accurately, for example, the stretching mode of monohydride Si-H is determined by its local environment, which supports H. Wagner's and W. Beyer's results [Solid State Commun. 48, 585 (1983)] but is inconsistent with the commonly believed view. It is also found that a significant fraction of carbon atoms are introduced into the film in -CH3 configuration which forms a local void and enhances the formation of polysilane chain and dangling bond defects. Only after high-temperature annealing are the hydrogen atoms driven out, and Si and C start to form a better silicon carbide network.

  15. Coercivity of domain wall motion in thin films of amorphous rare earth-transition metal alloys

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    Mansuripur, M.; Giles, R. C.; Patterson, G.

    1991-01-01

    Computer simulations of a two dimensional lattice of magnetic dipoles are performed on the Connection Machine. The lattice is a discrete model for thin films of amorphous rare-earth transition metal alloys, which have application as the storage media in erasable optical data storage systems. In these simulations, the dipoles follow the dynamic Landau-Lifshitz-Gilbert equation under the influence of an effective field arising from local anisotropy, near-neighbor exchange, classical dipole-dipole interactions, and an externally applied field. Various sources of coercivity, such as defects and/or inhomogeneities in the lattice, are introduced and the subsequent motion of domain walls in response to external fields is investigated.

  16. Light scattering by the surface of amorphous alloy ribbons modified by annealing and cryogenic treatment

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    Poperenko, L. V.; Lysenko, S. I.; Vinnichenko, K. L.

    2004-03-01

    The modification of the microrelief and structure of the surface layers of ribbons of an amorphous metal alloy based on iron and cobalt after thermal treatment at elevated and cryogenic temperatures and under the action of an external magnetic field is studied by the method of light scattering. The parameters of the surface roughness were calculated from the experimentally found indicatrices of light scattering. It is shown that heating of the metal ribbons to T=650-750 K partially relieves stresses arising in the course of the ribbon preparation and reduces the surface roughness as compared to that of freshly prepared samples. Cryogenic treatment at T=78 K increases the surface roughness, and application of a magnetic field to a ribbon causes anisotropy in the surface layer due to the magnetostrictive effect.

  17. Amorphous and nanocrystalline phase formation in highly-driven Al-based binary alloys

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    Kalay, Yunus Eren

    2009-01-01

    Remarkable advances have been made since rapid solidification was first introduced to the field of materials science and technology. New types of materials such as amorphous alloys and nanostructure materials have been developed as a result of rapid solidification techniques. While these advances are, in many respects, ground breaking, much remains to be discerned concerning the fundamental relationships that exist between a liquid and a rapidly solidified solid. The scope of the current dissertation involves an extensive set of experimental, analytical, and computational studies designed to increase the overall understanding of morphological selection, phase competition, and structural hierarchy that occurs under far-from equilibrium conditions. High pressure gas atomization and Cu-block melt-spinning are the two different rapid solidification techniques applied in this study. The research is mainly focused on Al-Si and Al-Sm alloy systems. Silicon and samarium produce different, yet favorable, systems for exploration when alloyed with aluminum under far-from equilibrium conditions. One of the main differences comes from the positions of their respective T0 curves, which makes Al-Si a good candidate for solubility extension while the plunging T0 line in Al-Sm promotes glass formation. The rapidly solidified gas-atomized Al-Si powders within a composition range of 15 to 50 wt% Si are examined using scanning and transmission electron microscopy. The non-equilibrium partitioning and morphological selection observed by examining powders at different size classes are described via a microstructure map. The interface velocities and the amount of undercooling present in the powders are estimated from measured eutectic spacings based on Jackson-Hunt (JH) and Trivedi-Magnin-Kurz (TMK) models, which permit a direct comparison of theoretical predictions. For an average particle size of 10 {micro}m with a Peclet number of ~0.2, JH and TMK deviate from

  18. First-principles study of the structural and dynamic properties of the liquid and amorphous Li–Si alloys

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    Chiang, Han-Hsin; Kuo, Chin-Lung; Lu, Jian-Ming

    2016-01-21

    We have performed density functional theory calculations and ab initio molecular dynamics to investigate the structures and dynamic properties of the liquid and amorphous Li{sub x}Si alloys over a range of composition from x = 1.0 − 4.8. Our results show that Si atoms can form a variety of covalently bonded polyanions with diverse local bonding structures in the liquid alloys. Like in c-LiSi, Si atoms can form a continuous bond network in liquid Li{sub 1.0}Si at 1050 K, while it gradually disintegrates into many smaller Si polyanions as the Li content increases in the alloys. The average sizes of Si polyanions in these liquid alloys were found to be relatively larger than those in their crystalline counterparts, which can even persist in the highly lithiated Li{sub 4.81}Si alloy at 1500 K. Our results also show that amorphous Li{sub x}Si alloys have similar local bonding structures but a largely increased short-range order as compared to their liquid counterparts. The differences between the average coordination number of each atomic pair in amorphous solids and that in the liquids are less than 1.1. Furthermore, our calculations reveal that Li and Si atoms can exhibit very distinct dynamic behaviors in the liquids and their diffusivities appear to be largely dependent on the chemical composition of the alloys. The diffusivity of Li was found to increase with the Li content in the alloys primarily because of the reduced interactions between Li and Si atoms, while the Si diffusivity also increases due to the gradual disintegration of the strongly interconnected Si bond network. The diffusivity of Li in amorphous Li{sub x}Si was predicted to lie in the range between 10{sup −7} and 10{sup −9} cm{sup 2}/s at 300 K, which is more than 20-fold larger than that of Si over the composition range considered. Our calculations further show that the diffusivities of both Li and Si can increase by two orders of magnitude as x increases from 1.0 to 3.57 in amorphous Li

  19. Ferromagnetic resonance studies of amorphous and nanocrystalline FeCuNbSiB alloys

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    Schmool, D.S.; Gorria, P.; Barandiaran, J.M.

    1997-04-01

    Alloys with composition Fe{sub 73.5}Cu{sub 1}Nb{sub 3}Si{sub 22.5{minus}x}B{sub x}, where x=6 and 9, have been studied from the as-cast state, through various stages of crystallization, in annealing range of 300{endash}650{degree}C, by the technique of ferromagnetic resonance (FMR). The annealing was performed isothermally at preset temperatures to produce nanocrystalline structures in an amorphous matrix. Both the nanocrystalline structures and the surrounding amorphous matrix are ferromagnetic, and will therefore contribute to the FMR spectra. The spectral features, resonance field, intensity, and linewidth have been used to characterize the structurally related changes in the sample during the crystallization process. The major changes in the spectra are observed to occur in the region of the crystallization peak in the differential thermal analysis curves for these samples. The FMR spectra exhibit a complex in-plane angular variation, which is understood in terms of preferential orientation of the magnetization vector in the direction of the ribbon, and shape effects. The square cut samples give rise to multipeaked spectra when the external magnetic field is applied in an {open_quotes}off-square{close_quotes} direction. This is the first report of the appearance of a second resonance feature of this type. This is explained as arising from the magnetic confinement of the nanocrystallites in the amorphous matrix, producing spin waves localized at the interface of the two phases. {copyright} {ital 1997 American Institute of Physics.}

  20. Self-propagating crystallization waves in the TiCu amorphous alloy

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    Rogachev, A. S.; Vadchenko, S. G.; Shchukin, A. S.; Kovalev, I. D.; Aronin, A. S.

    2016-11-01

    Self-propagating crystallization waves are detected and experimentally demonstrated in the Ti50Cu50 amorphous alloy obtained by the melt spinning (ultrafast quenching) method. High-speed thermographic recording has shown that crystallization waves can appear spontaneously at the heating of an amorphous strip to 300-350°C or at the local initiation by a hot tungsten coil of a small segment of the strip preliminarily heated to 230-250°C. In the former case, the crystallization wave propagates at a velocity of 7 cm/s; in the latter case, the crystallization wave propagates in a self-oscillation mode at an average velocity of 1.2 cm/s. The temperature gradient across the wavefront is about 150°C. The samples crystallized in the self-oscillation mode have a characteristic banded structure with a smaller grain in depression regions. The crystallization product in all samples is the TiCu tetragonal intermetallic phase.

  1. High-throughput Exploration of Glass Formation via Laser Deposition and the Study of Heterogeneous Microstructure in a Bulk Metallic Glass Alloy

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    Tsai, Peter T.

    Bulk metallic glasses are a relatively novel class of engineering alloys characterized by a "disordered" atomic structure devoid of long-range translational symmetry. Compared to crystalline alloys, the confluence of metallic bonding and amorphous structure imbues bulk metallic glasses with a unique set of properties that makes them particularly attractive for a wide variety of structural applications. Such properties include exceptional yield strengths, high elastic resilience, resistance to corrosion, and in particular, the unparalleled ability among metals to be thermoplastically formed across a wide range of length scales when heated above the glass transition temperature. Formation of metallic glass from a molten liquid depends on whether cooling is sufficiently rapid to bypass crystallization and vitrify into an amorphous solid; for a given alloy composition, the ease with which full vitrification can occur upon cooling from the liquid state is termed the alloy's "glass forming ability". Unfortunately, relatively few excellent glass formers have been reported in the vast, multicomponent composition space in which they reside. The apparent slowness of progress may be attributed largely to the inefficiency of the one-at-a-time experimental approach to discovery and design. In this thesis work, a high-throughput combinatorial methodology was developed to expedite the discovery process of new bulk metallic glasses. Laser deposition was used to fabricate continuously-graded composition libraries of Cu-Zr and Cu-Zr-Ti alloys. By processing the libraries with a range of laser heat input, the best glass formers in each alloy system could be efficiently and systematically deduced. Furthermore, instrumented nanoindentation performed on the libraries enabled rapid evaluation of mechanical property trends. Despite boasting high strengths, monolithic bulk metallic glasses generally suffer from an intrinsic lack of damage tolerance compared to other high performance alloys

  2. Highly mismatched crystalline and amorphous GaN(1-x)As(x) alloys in the whole composition range

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    Yu, K. M.; Novikov, S. V.; Broesler, R.; Demchenko, I. N.; Denlinger, J. D.; Liliental-Weber, Z.; Luckert, F.; Martin, R. W.; Walukiewicz, W.; Foxon, C. T.

    2009-08-29

    Alloying is a commonly accepted method to tailor properties of semiconductor materials for specific applications. Only a limited number of semiconductor alloys can be easily synthesized in the full composition range. Such alloys are, in general, formed of component elements that are well matched in terms of ionicity, atom size, and electronegativity. In contrast there is a broad class of potential semiconductor alloys formed of component materials with distinctly different properties. In most instances these mismatched alloys are immiscible under standard growth conditions. Here we report on the properties of GaN1-xAsx, a highly mismatched, immiscible alloy system that was successfully synthesized in the whole composition range using a nonequilibrium low temperature molecular beam epitaxy technique. The alloys are amorphous in the composition range of 0.17amorphous films have smooth morphology, homogeneous composition, and sharp, well defined optical absorption edges. The band gap energy varies in a broad energy range from ~;;3.4 eV in GaN to ~;;0.8 eV at x~;;0.85. The reduction in the band gap can be attributed primarily to the downward movement of the conduction band for alloys with x>0.2, and to the upward movement of the valence band for alloys with x<0.2. The unique features of the band structure offer an opportunity of using GaN1-xAsx alloys for various types of solar power conversion devices.

  3. Nickel Alloy Primary Water Bulk Surface and SCC Corrosion Film Analytical Characterization and SCC Mechanistic Implications

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    Morton, D.; Lewis, N.; Hanson, M.; Rice, S.; Sanders, P.

    2007-04-18

    Alloy 600 corrosion coupon tests were performed: (1) to quantify the temperature dependency of general corrosion and (2) to characterize the composition and structure of bulk surface corrosion films for comparison with ongoing primary water SCC (PWSCC) crack tip corrosion film analyses. Results suggest that the thermal activation energy of Alloy 600 corrosion is consistent with the thermal activation energy of nickel alloy PWSCC. Analytical investigations of the structure and composition of Alloy 600 bulk surface corrosion oxides revealed a duplex (inner and outer) oxide layer structure. The outer layer is discontinuous and comprised of relatively large (1 to 3 {micro}m) nickel ferrite crystals and smaller ({approx}0.1 {micro}m) chromium containing nickel ferrite crystals. The inner layer consists of a relatively continuous chromite spinel (major phase) and chromia (Cr{sub 2}O{sub 3} minor phase) which formed through non-selective oxidation. Chromia and dealloyed Alloy 600 (highly Ni enriched metal) were only observed at 337 C (640 F) and only along the boundaries of deformation induced fine grains and subcells. Specimens having deformation free surfaces exhibited continuous uniform inner chromite spinel oxide layers. Specimens with machining induced surface deformation produced non-uniform inner layer oxides (chromite spinel, Cr{sub 2}O{sub 3} and unoxidized material). PWSCC crack tip oxides, in contrast, were fine grain (no duplex structure) and consisted of both chromium rich spinels and ''NiO'' structure oxides. Generally, nickel rich oxides were more abundant under more oxidized conditions (reduced coolant hydrogen) and spinel rich crack tip oxides were favored under more reducing conditions (increased coolant hydrogen). Bulk surface corrosion film thickness did not correlate with observed SCC growth rates. These results suggest that corrosion is not the rate controlling step of PWSCC but rather that PWSCC and corrosion have a common rate controlling sub

  4. Compositional correlation and anticorrelation in quaternary alloys: competition between bulk thermodynamics and surface kinetics.

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    Albrecht, M; Abu-Farsakh, H; Remmele, T; Geelhaar, L; Riechert, H; Neugebauer, J

    2007-11-16

    We analyze the atomistic mechanisms driving the compositional correlation of In and N in the quaternary Inx Ga1-xAs1-yNy alloys combining atomic scale chemical analysis in transmission electron microscopy and density-functional theory calculations. Our results show that for typical growth conditions surface kinetics prevail over bulk thermodynamics resulting in a hitherto unexpected compositional anticorrelation between In and N.

  5. Characterization and reactivity of Pd Pt bimetallic supported catalysts obtained by laser vaporization of bulk alloy

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    Rousset, J. L.; Cadete Santos Aires, F. J.; Bornette, F.; Cattenot, M.; Pellarin, M.; Stievano, L.; Renouprez, A. J.

    2000-09-01

    Bimetallic Pd-Pt clusters produced by laser vaporization of bulk alloy have been deposited on high surface alumina. Energy dispersive X-ray (EDX) analysis and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) show that they have a perfectly well-defined stoichiometry and a narrow range of size. Therefore, they constitute ideal systems to investigate alloying effects towards reactivity. Pd-Pt alloys are already known for their applications in the hydrogenation of unsaturated hydrocarbons, especially aromatics, because this system is highly resistant to sulfur and nitrogen poisoning. In this context, the catalytic properties of this system have been investigated in the hydrogenation of tetralin in the presence of hydrogen sulfide. Preliminary results show that this model catalyst is more sulfur-resistant than each of the pure supported metals prepared by chemical methods.

  6. Ni-WC composite coatings by carburizing electrodeposited amorphous and nanocrystalline Ni-W alloys

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    Latif, Saadia; Mehmood, Mazhar; Ahmad, Jamil; Aslam, Muhammad; Ahmed, Maqsood; Zhang, Zhi-dong

    2010-03-01

    In situ formation of tungsten carbide in the matrix of FCC nickel has been achieved by carburizing of the electrodeposited Ni-W alloy coatings. The size of the carbide particles ranges between 100 and 500 nm. The carbide phase is also present in the form of very small precipitates inside the nickel grains. The size of such precipitates is between 10 and 40 nm. The carburizing environment was created by introducing a flowing mixture of vaporized 95.5% alcohol (0.25 ml/min, liquid) and argon (0.5 L/min, gas) into the carburizing furnace. Supersaturated nature of electrodeposited amorphous and nanocrystalline alloys, in addition to high diffusivity, have been attributed for the formation of carbide phase in the deposits at a temperature range of 700-850 °C. The carbide-metal interface is clean and the composite coatings are compact. Hardness values up to about 1100 KHN are achieved. Hardness increases with tungsten content and carburizing temperature.

  7. EXAFS Measurements and Reverse Monte Carlo Modeling of Atomic Structure in Amorphous Ni80P20 Alloys

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    Luo,W.; Ma, E.

    2008-01-01

    This paper presents a full account of the EXAFS measurements and reverse Monte Carlo (RMC) modeling of the atomic arrangements and short-to-medium range structure in an amorphous Ni-P alloy, expanding on the description included in our recent publication. The atomic packing is analyzed from the standpoint of solute atoms. The short-to-medium range structure is discussed based on single-solute-centered quasi-equivalent clusters that form due to strong chemical short-range ordering, and the topological order is described in terms of both intra-cluster and inter-cluster dense packing for efficient filling of space. This analysis is also conducted for amorphous Ni80P20 prepared via different processing routes, to observe if the polyamorphism suggested in literature for amorphous Ni-P can be confirmed from the local structure perspective. The structural differences between the proposed polymorphs are apparently subtle and a full resolution of this issue is found to be beyond the capabilities of our EXAFS/RMC modeling approach. The amorphous structural features uncovered are also compared briefly with those observed before in amorphous alloy systems with positive heat of mixing.

  8. Effect of Co content on structure and magnetic behaviors of high induction Fe-based amorphous alloys

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    Roy, Rajat K.; Panda, Ashis K.; Mitra, Amitava

    2016-11-01

    The replacement of Fe with Co is investigated in the (Fe1-xCox)79Si8.5B8.5Nb3Cu1 (x=0, 0.05, 0.2, 0.35, 0.5) amorphous alloys. The alloys are synthesized in the forms of ribbons by single roller melt spinning technique, and the structural and magnetic properties of annealed ribbons are characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM), B-H curve tracer, respectively. All as-cast alloys are structurally amorphous, however, their magnetic properties are varying with Co addition. The Co addition within 5-20 at% results in moderate thermal stability, saturation induction, Curie temperature and lowest coercivity, while 35 at% Co causes highest saturation induction, coercivity, Curie temperature and lowest thermal stability. On devitrification, the magnetic properties change with the generation of α-FeCo nanocrystallites and (FeCo)23B6, Fe2B phases during primary and secondary crystallization stages, respectively. A small amount Co is advantageous for maintaining finer nanocrystallites in amorphous matrix even after annealing at 600 °C, leading to high saturation magnetization (>1.5 T) and low coercivity (~35 A/m). The improved magnetic properties at elevated temperatures indicate these alloys have a potential for high frequency transformer core applications.

  9. Investigation on the crystallization mechanism difference between FINEMET and NANOMET type Fe-based soft magnetic amorphous alloys

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    Wang, Yaocen; Zhang, Yan; Takeuchi, Akira; Makino, Akihiro; Kawazoe, Yoshiyuki

    2016-10-01

    In this article, the atomic behaviors of Nb and P in Fe-based amorphous alloys during nano-crystallization process were studied by the combination of ab initio molecular dynamics simulations and experimental measurements. The inclusion of Nb is found to be tightly bonded with B, resulting in the formation of diffusion barrier that could prevent the over-growth of α-(Fe, Si) grains and the promotion of larger amount of α-(Fe, Si) participation. The P inclusion could delay the diffusion of the metalloids that have to be expelled from the α-(Fe, Si) crystallization region so that the grain growth could be reduced with fast but practically achievable heating rates. The combined addition of P and Nb in high Fe content amorphous alloys failed in exhibiting the potential of good magnetic softness with slow heating (10 K/min) annealing at various temperatures. The sample with optimum crystallization process with confined grain size was annealed at 653 K, with the grain size of 31 nm and a coercivity of ˜120 A/m, much too large to meet the application requirements and to be compared with the currently well-studied alloy systems. This attempt suggests that the inclusion of early transition metal elements might not be effective enough to suppress grain growth in crystallizing high Fe content amorphous alloys.

  10. Vacuum Brazing TC4 Titanium Alloy to 304 Stainless Steel with Cu-Ti-Ni-Zr-V Amorphous Alloy Foil

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    Dong, Honggang; Yang, Zhonglin; Wang, Zengrui; Deng, Dewei; Dong, Chuang

    2014-10-01

    Dissimilar metal vacuum brazing between TC4 titanium alloy and 304 stainless steel was conducted with newly designed Cu-Ti-Ni-Zr-V amorphous alloy foils as filler metals. Solid joints were obtained due to excellent compatibility between the filler metal and stainless steel substrate. Partial dissolution of stainless steel substrate occurred during brazing. The shear strength of the joint brazed with Cu43.75Ti37.5Ni6.25Zr6.25V6.25 foil was 105 MPa and that with Cu37.5Ti25Ni12.5Zr12.5V12.5 was 116 MPa. All the joints fractured through the gray layer in the brazed seam, revealing brittle fracture features. Cr4Ti, Cu0.8FeTi, Fe8TiZr3 and Al2NiTi3C compounds were found in the fractured joint brazed with Cu43.75Ti37.5Ni6.25Zr6.25V6.25 foil, and Fe2Ti, TiCu, Fe8TiZr3 and NiTi0.8Zr0.3 compounds were detected in the joint brazed with Cu37.5Ti25Ni12.5Zr12.5V12.5 foil. The existence of Cr-Ti, Fe-Ti, Cu-Fe-Ti, and Fe-Ti-V intermetallic compounds in the brazed seam caused fracture of the resultant joints.

  11. Amorphization of Al[sub 6]Mn phase in an Al-14 a/o Mn alloy during low energy helium ion bombardment

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    Nair, K.G.M.; Krishan, K. . Materials Science Division); Vijayalakshmi, M. . Metallurgy Division)

    1993-10-01

    Amorphization of ordered intermetallic compounds has been observed during ion, electron and neutron irradiations. Investigations have been carried out in a number of systems. It has been generally observed that intermetallic compounds with a narrow range of homogeneity (line compounds) amorphize on irradiation. The present paper reports the observation of irradiation-induced amorphization in the Al[sub 6]Mn phase in an Al-14 a/o Mn alloy. The dose and energy dependence of the amorphization process are discussed. The present studies suggest that the defects produced during irradiation rather than the implanted atoms (helium) play a major role in the crystalline to amorphous transition.

  12. Microstructure development and hydrogen gas interaction of oxidized Zr65Pd35 and Zr60Pd35Ce5 amorphous alloys

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    Ozawa, Masakuni; Kato, Shiro; Kobayashi, Katsutoshi; Yogo, Toshinobu; Yamamura, Shin-ichi

    2016-01-01

    The microstructure of composites derived from amorphous Zr65Pd35 and Zr65Pd35Ce5 alloys was studied. X-ray diffractograms, Raman spectroscopy profiles and scanning electron micrographs indicated that the mixtures containing ZrO2, metallic Pd, and PdO were formed for both amorphous alloys after heat treatment in air. The amorphous Zr60Pd35Ce5 alloy at temperatures of 280-400 °C changed to the composites in which very small Pd precipitates with a diameter less than 100 nm were embedded in a ZrO2 matrix. The hydrogen-temperature-programmed reduction was applied to study the reactivity of hydrogen gas with the oxidized Zr60Pd35Ce5 material. A rapid hydrogen absorption and release behavior was observed on the composite derived from the amorphous alloy.

  13. Effects of Changes in Chemistry on Flex Bending Fatigue Behavior of Al-Based Amorphous Alloy Ribbons

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    Huang, Chun-Kuo; Lewandowski, John J.

    2012-08-01

    The effects of changes in composition on the flow behavior and flex bending fatigue behavior of a series of Al-Gd-Ni- X ( X = Fe or Co) amorphous alloy ribbons have been determined at 1 Hz at room temperature. It has been shown that the addition of Fe, Co, and Fe/Co combination into these materials increases the strength, T g, and T x1 in addition to the activation energy for crystallization. The lowest strength ( i.e., 880 MPa) base alloy Al87Gd6Ni7 exhibited the best low-cycle fatigue (LCF) and worst high-cycle fatigue (HCF) behavior, whereas the higher strength alloys (~1100 MPa) Al85Gd6Ni7Fe2 and Al85Gd6Ni7Fe1Co1 exhibited worse LCF and better HCF behavior. The ratio of the stress amplitude at the fatigue limit at 1 × 106 cycles to uniaxial failure strength ranged from 0.25 to 0.37 (240 to 397 MPa), much higher than conventional aluminum alloys. These results are also compared with those obtained on other amorphous alloy ribbons.

  14. Magnetic properties of Fe80-xCoxZr7Si13 (x = 0 - 30) amorphous alloys

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    Kopcewicz, M.; Grabias, A.; Latuch, J.

    2011-11-01

    Amorphous Fe80-xCoxZr7Si13 (x = 0 - 30) alloys, in which boron was completely replaced by silicon as a glass forming element, have been prepared by melt quenching. Partial substitution of iron by cobalt causes the increase of the hyperfine fields from about 19 to 27 T for x = 0 and 30, respectively, as revealed by conventional Mössbauer spectroscopy. The specialized rf-Mössbauer technique permitted us to estimate the soft magnetic properties of the alloys. The rf-collapse effect, which is very sensitive to the local anisotropy field, is observed for all amorphous FeCoZrSi alloys revealing that they are magnetically very soft. The rf-sidebands intensities, which are related to the magnetostriction, increase with the increase of Co content in the alloys. In Fe60Co20Zr7Si13 and Fe50Co30Zr7Si13 samples the rf field exposure induced partial crystallization that was attributed to mechanical deformations related to high frequency magnetostrictive vibrations forced by the rf field. The magnetostrictive origin of this effect was supported by the measurements of magnetostriction constants of the studied alloys. Measurements of the hysteresis loops revealed that coercivity increases for higher Co content.

  15. Parametric Study of Amorphous High-Entropy Alloys formation from two New Perspectives: Atomic Radius Modification and Crystalline Structure of Alloying Elements.

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    Hu, Q; Guo, S; Wang, J M; Yan, Y H; Chen, S S; Lu, D P; Liu, K M; Zou, J Z; Zeng, X R

    2017-01-04

    Chemical and topological parameters have been widely used for predicting the phase selection in high-entropy alloys (HEAs). Nevertheless, previous studies could be faulted due to the small number of available data points, the negligence of kinetic effects, and the insensitivity to small compositional changes. Here in this work, 92 TiZrHfM, TiZrHfMM, TiZrHfMMM (M = Fe, Cr, V, Nb, Al, Ag, Cu, Ni) HEAs were prepared by melt spinning, to build a reliable and sufficiently large material database to inspect the robustness of previously established parameters. Modification of atomic radii by considering the change of local electronic environment in alloys, was critically found out to be superior in distinguishing the formation of amorphous and crystalline alloys, when compared to using atomic radii of pure elements in topological parameters. Moreover, crystal structures of alloying element were found to play an important role in the amorphous phase formation, which was then attributed to how alloying hexagonal-close-packed elements and face-centered-cubic or body-centered-cubic elements can affect the mixing enthalpy. Findings from this work not only provide parametric studies for HEAs with new and important perspectives, but also reveal possibly a hidden connection among some important concepts in various fields.

  16. Parametric Study of Amorphous High-Entropy Alloys formation from two New Perspectives: Atomic Radius Modification and Crystalline Structure of Alloying Elements

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    Hu, Q.; Guo, S.; Wang, J. M.; Yan, Y. H.; Chen, S. S.; Lu, D. P.; Liu, K. M.; Zou, J. Z.; Zeng, X. R.

    2017-01-01

    Chemical and topological parameters have been widely used for predicting the phase selection in high-entropy alloys (HEAs). Nevertheless, previous studies could be faulted due to the small number of available data points, the negligence of kinetic effects, and the insensitivity to small compositional changes. Here in this work, 92 TiZrHfM, TiZrHfMM, TiZrHfMMM (M = Fe, Cr, V, Nb, Al, Ag, Cu, Ni) HEAs were prepared by melt spinning, to build a reliable and sufficiently large material database to inspect the robustness of previously established parameters. Modification of atomic radii by considering the change of local electronic environment in alloys, was critically found out to be superior in distinguishing the formation of amorphous and crystalline alloys, when compared to using atomic radii of pure elements in topological parameters. Moreover, crystal structures of alloying element were found to play an important role in the amorphous phase formation, which was then attributed to how alloying hexagonal-close-packed elements and face-centered-cubic or body-centered-cubic elements can affect the mixing enthalpy. Findings from this work not only provide parametric studies for HEAs with new and important perspectives, but also reveal possibly a hidden connection among some important concepts in various fields.

  17. Parametric Study of Amorphous High-Entropy Alloys formation from two New Perspectives: Atomic Radius Modification and Crystalline Structure of Alloying Elements

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    Hu, Q.; Guo, S.; Wang, J.M.; Yan, Y.H.; Chen, S.S.; Lu, D.P.; Liu, K.M.; Zou, J.Z.; Zeng, X.R.

    2017-01-01

    Chemical and topological parameters have been widely used for predicting the phase selection in high-entropy alloys (HEAs). Nevertheless, previous studies could be faulted due to the small number of available data points, the negligence of kinetic effects, and the insensitivity to small compositional changes. Here in this work, 92 TiZrHfM, TiZrHfMM, TiZrHfMMM (M = Fe, Cr, V, Nb, Al, Ag, Cu, Ni) HEAs were prepared by melt spinning, to build a reliable and sufficiently large material database to inspect the robustness of previously established parameters. Modification of atomic radii by considering the change of local electronic environment in alloys, was critically found out to be superior in distinguishing the formation of amorphous and crystalline alloys, when compared to using atomic radii of pure elements in topological parameters. Moreover, crystal structures of alloying element were found to play an important role in the amorphous phase formation, which was then attributed to how alloying hexagonal-close-packed elements and face-centered-cubic or body-centered-cubic elements can affect the mixing enthalpy. Findings from this work not only provide parametric studies for HEAs with new and important perspectives, but also reveal possibly a hidden connection among some important concepts in various fields. PMID:28051186

  18. Saturation and forced volume magnetostrictions of Fe-rich FeZr and FeNiZr amorphous alloys

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    Tange, H.; Kamimori, T.; Goto, M.; Fukamichi, K.

    1990-12-01

    The saturation and forced volume magnetostrictions, ac susceptibility have been investigated for Fe 90Zr 10 and Fe 90-xNi xZr 10 amorphous alloys. The linear magnetostriction in the re-entrant spin glass state exhibits a hysteresis due to a remarkable magnetic after effect. The temperature dependence of the forced volume magnetostriction shows a peak at the spin freezing temperature.

  19. Thin-film amorphous silicon alloy research partnership, Phase I. Annual technical progress report, February 2, 1995--February 1, 1996

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    Guha, S.

    1996-04-01

    The principal objective of this R&D program is to expand, enhance and accelerate knowledge and capabilities for the development of high-performance, two-terminal multifunction amorphous silicon (a-Si) alloy modules. The near-term goal of the program is to achieve 12% stable module efficiency by 1998 using the multifunction approach. This report describes research on back reflectors of Ag/TiO{sub 2}/ZnO.

  20. Large Magnetocaloric Effect Around Room Temperature in Amorphous Fe-Gd-Zr Alloy Ribbon with Short-Range Interactions

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    Thanh, Tran Dang; Yen, Nguyen Hai; Duc, Nguyen Huu; Phan, The-Long; Dan, Nguyen Huy; Yu, Seong-Cho

    2016-05-01

    In this work, we present a detailed study on the magnetocaloric effect and the critical behaviors of an amorphous Fe88Gd2Zr10 alloy ribbon prepared by using a rapid quenching method. We point out that the value of maximum magnetic entropy change (|∆ S max|) of amorphous Fe88Gd2Zr10 alloy ribbon appeared at near room temperature and versus Δ H obeys a power law, |∆ S max| = a·Δ H n. In addition, all Δ S m( T, Δ H) data measured at different Δ H values are collapsed onto a universal master curve. Interestingly, M 2 versus H/ M curves prove amorphous Fe88Gd2Zr10 ribbon exhibitied a second-order magnetic phase transition. The critical exponents ( β, γ, and δ) obtained from the modified Arrott plots and the Kouvel-Fisher methods, and critical isotherm analysis are very close to those expected for the 3D-Heisenberg model, proving ferromagnetic short-range interactions exist in amorphous Fe88Gd2Zr10 ribbon.

  1. In vitro metal ion release and biocompatibility of amorphous Mg67Zn28Ca5 alloy with/without gelatin coating.

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    Chan, W Y; Chian, K S; Tan, M J

    2013-12-01

    Amorphous zinc-rich Mg-Zn-Ca alloys have exhibited good tissue compatibility and low hydrogen evolution in vivo. However, suboptimal cell-surface interaction on magnesium alloy surface observed in vitro could lead to reduced integration with host tissue for regenerative purpose. This study aims to improve cell-surface interaction of amorphous Mg67Zn28Ca5 alloy by coating a gelatin layer by electrospinning. Coated/uncoated alloys were immersed and extracted for 3 days under different CO2. The immersion results showed that pH and metal ion release in the alloy extracts were affected by gelatin coating and CO2, suggesting their roles in alloy biocorrosion and a mechanism has been proposed for the alloy-CO2 system with/without coating. Cytotoxicity results are evident that gelatin-coated alloy with 2-day crosslinking not only exhibited no indirect cytotoxicity, but also supported attachment of L929 and MG63 cell lines around/on the alloy with high viability. Therefore, amorphous Mg67Zn28Ca5 alloy coated with gelatin by electrospinning technique provides a useful method to improve alloy biocompatibility.

  2. Non-isothermal kinetic parameters and models of crystallization for amorphous Fe-Co-Nb-Cu-B alloys

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    Wang, Xin; Deng, Longjiang; Xie, Jianliang; Liang, Difei

    2013-02-01

    The non-isothermal differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) measurements are often used to study kinetics of amorphous alloys. However non-isothermal kinetic parameters and models of amorphous alloy crystallization process were unclear. In our research, amorphous (FexCo1-x)NbCuB (x=0.33, 0.5 and 0.75) alloys were produced in the form of ribbon by a single roller melt-spinning method. DSC curves at heating rate 5, 10, 15, 20 and 25 K/min were obtained. Kissinger, Ozawa and model-free methods obtain identical activation energies at each exothermic peak of all compositions. We conclude that first exothermic reaction is determined by the migration activation energy of Fe or Co atom; second reaction determined by the energy between parent and product boride phases; and the third reaction determined by the energy between parent α-FeCo phase and product bcc-Fe/fcc-Co phases. We hypothesized a non-isothermal kinetic modelf(α)=α(1, which fit our experiment results well. In this model, m depends on nucleus shape and growth dimension, and n are determined by lattice positions participated in new phase formation.

  3. Microstructures of the silicon carbide nanowires obtained by annealing the mechanically-alloyed amorphous powders

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    Zhang, Pengfei Li, Xinli

    2015-07-15

    Silicon, graphite and boron nitride powders were mechanically alloyed for 40 h in argon. The as-milled powders were annealed at 1700 °C in nitrogen for 30 min. The annealed powders are covered by a thick layer of gray–green SiC nanowires, which are 300 nm to 1000 nm in diameter and several hundred microns in length. Trace iron in the raw powders acts as a catalyst, promoting the V–L–S process. It follows that the actual substances contributing to the growth of the SiC nanowires may be silicon, graphite and the metal impurities in the raw powders. The results from HRTEM and XRD reveal that the products contain both straight α/β-SiC nanowires and nodular α/β-SiC nanochains. It is interestingly found that 6H–SiC coexists with 3C–SiC in one nodular nanowire. This novel structure may introduce periodic potential field along the longitudinal direction of the nanowires, and may find applications in the highly integrated optoelectronic devices. - Graphical abstract: Display Omitted - Highlights: • SiC nanowires were prepared by annealing the mechanically alloyed amorphous powders. • SiC nanowires are 300 nm to 1000 nm in diameter and several hundred microns in length. • The products contain both straight α/β-SiC nanowires and nodular α/β-SiC nanochains. • Trace Fe in the raw powders acts as a catalyst, promoting the V–L–S process. • 6H–SiC coexists with 3C–SiC in one nodular SiC nanowire.

  4. Predicting the Glass-Forming-Ability of Alloys by Molecular Dynamics Simulation: A Working Example of Ti-Co Bulk Metallic Glasses

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    Kao, Su-Wen; Yang, Ke-Chin; Wang, Shuo-Hong; Hwang, Chi-Chuan; Lee, Pee-Yew; Huang, Rong-Tan; Chin, Tsung-Shune

    2009-06-01

    Predicting the glass-forming-ability (GFA) of alloys before experimental trials has long been a pursuit in the exploration of bulk metallic glasses (BMGs). Researchers can determine GFA criteria, such as reduced glass-transition temperature (Trg) and gamma factor concluded only from experimental data in prepared amorphous metals, but not beforehand. This study predicts the GFA of binary TixCo100-x system, where x = 60, 70, 77 and 84 (hyper-eutectic, eutectic to hypo-eutectic compositions) by calculating their Trg using molecular dynamics simulation with modified tight-binding potentials. The same compositions were also melted and injection-cast into 1 mm rods. Experiment tests confirm that the compositions Ti60Co40 and Ti70Co30, having calculated Trg> 0.5, were able to produce BMGs. Both calculation and differential thermal analysis indicate that Ti-Co BMGs have exceptionally high glass-transition temperatures.

  5. Amorphous LiCoO2sbnd Li2SO4 active materials: Potential positive electrodes for bulk-type all-oxide solid-state lithium batteries with high energy density

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    Nagao, Kenji; Hayashi, Akitoshi; Deguchi, Minako; Tsukasaki, Hirofumi; Mori, Shigeo; Tatsumisago, Masahiro

    2017-04-01

    Newly amorphous Li2-x/100Cox/100S1-x/100O4-x/50 (xLiCoO2·(100-x)Li2SO4 (mol%)) positive electrode active materials are synthesized using mechanochemical techniques. SEM observation indicates that average radii of the Li1.2Co0.8S0.2O2.4 (80LiCoO2·20Li2SO4 (mol%)) particles are about 3 μm. HR-TEM images indicate that the particles comprise nano-crystalline and amorphous phases. The crystalline phase is attributable to cubic LiCoO2 phase. These active materials exhibit a high electronic conductivity of around 10-5-10-1 S cm-1 and an ionic conductivity of around 10-7-10-6 S cm-1 at room temperature. Bulk-type all-oxide solid-state cells (Lisbnd In alloy/Li3BO3-based glass-ceramic electrolyte/amorphous Li2-x/100Cox/100S1-x/100O4-x/50) are fabricated by pressing at room temperature without high temperature sintering. Although the cell with the milled LiCoO2 shows no capacity, the cell using the Li1.2Co0.8S0.2O2.4 electrode with no conductive components (ca. 150 μm thickness) operates as a secondary battery at 100 °C, with an average discharge potential of 3.3 V (vs. Li+/Li) and discharge capacity of 163 mAh g-1. A positive electrode with large amounts of active materials is suitable for achieving high energy density in all-solid-state batteries. These newly synthesized amorphous Li2-x/100Cox/100S1-x/100O4-x/50 electrodes with ionic and electronic conductivities and good processability meet that demand.

  6. Electron cyclotron resonance deposition of amorphous silicon alloy films and devices

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    Shing, Y.H. )

    1992-10-01

    This report describes work to develop a state-of-the-art electron cyclotron resonance (ECR) plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD) system. The objective was to understand the deposition processes of amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) and related alloys, with a best-effort improvement of optoelectronic material properties and best-effort stabilization of solar cell performance. ECR growth parameters were systematically and extensively investigated; materials characterization included constant photocurrent measurement (CPM), junction capacitance, drive-level capacitance profiling (DLCP), optical transmission, light and dark photoconductivity, and small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS). Conventional ECR-deposited a-Si:H was compared to a new form, a-Si:(Xe, H), in which xenon gas was added to the ECR plasma. a-Si:(Xe,H) possessed low, stable dark conductivities and high photosensitivites. Light-soaking revealed photodegradation rates about 35% lower than those of comparable radio frequency (rf)-deposited material. ECR-deposited p-type a SiC:H and intrinsic a-Si:H films underwent evaluation as components of p-i-n solar cells with standard rf films for the remaining layers.

  7. Amorphous oxide alloys as interfacial layers with broadly tunable electronic structures for organic photovoltaic cells

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    Zhou, Nanjia; Kim, Myung-Gil; Loser, Stephen; Smith, Jeremy; Yoshida, Hiroyuki; Guo, Xugang; Song, Charles; Jin, Hosub; Chen, Zhihua; Yoon, Seok Min; Freeman, Arthur J.; Chang, Robert P. H.; Facchetti, Antonio; Marks, Tobin J.

    2015-01-01

    In diverse classes of organic optoelectronic devices, controlling charge injection, extraction, and blocking across organic semiconductor–inorganic electrode interfaces is crucial for enhancing quantum efficiency and output voltage. To this end, the strategy of inserting engineered interfacial layers (IFLs) between electrical contacts and organic semiconductors has significantly advanced organic light-emitting diode and organic thin film transistor performance. For organic photovoltaic (OPV) devices, an electronically flexible IFL design strategy to incrementally tune energy level matching between the inorganic electrode system and the organic photoactive components without varying the surface chemistry would permit OPV cells to adapt to ever-changing generations of photoactive materials. Here we report the implementation of chemically/environmentally robust, low-temperature solution-processed amorphous transparent semiconducting oxide alloys, In-Ga-O and Ga-Zn-Sn-O, as IFLs for inverted OPVs. Continuous variation of the IFL compositions tunes the conduction band minima over a broad range, affording optimized OPV power conversion efficiencies for multiple classes of organic active layer materials and establishing clear correlations between IFL/photoactive layer energetics and device performance. PMID:26080437

  8. Amorphous oxide alloys as interfacial layers with broadly tunable electronic structures for organic photovoltaic cells

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    Zhou, Nanjia; Kim, Myung -Gil; Loser, Stephen; Smith, Jeremy; Yoshida, Hiroyuki; Guo, Xugang; Song, Charles; Jin, Hosub; Chen, Zhihua; Yoon, Seok Min; Freeman, Arthur J.; Chang, Robert P. H.; Facchetti, Antonio; Marks, Tobin J.

    2015-06-15

    In diverse classes of organic optoelectronic devices, controlling charge injection, extraction, and blocking across organic semiconductor– inorganic electrode interfaces is crucial for enhancing quantum efficiency and output voltage. To this end, the strategy of inserting engineered interfacial layers (IFLs) between electrical contacts and organic semiconductors has significantly advanced organic light-emitting diode and organic thin film transistor performance. For organic photovoltaic (OPV) devices, an electronically flexible IFL design strategy to incrementally tune energy level matching between the inorganic electrode system and the organic photoactive components without varying the surface chemistry would permit OPV cells to adapt to ever-changing generations of photoactive materials. Here we report the implementation of chemically/environmentally robust, low-temperature solution-processed amorphous transparent semiconducting oxide alloys, In-Ga-O and Ga-Zn-Sn-O, as IFLs for inverted OPVs. Lastly, continuous variation of the IFL compositions tunes the conduction band minima over a broad range, affording optimized OPV power conversion efficiencies for multiple classes of organic active layer materials and establishing clear correlations between IFL/photoactive layer energetics and device performance.

  9. Amorphous oxide alloys as interfacial layers with broadly tunable electronic structures for organic photovoltaic cells.

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    Zhou, Nanjia; Kim, Myung-Gil; Loser, Stephen; Smith, Jeremy; Yoshida, Hiroyuki; Guo, Xugang; Song, Charles; Jin, Hosub; Chen, Zhihua; Yoon, Seok Min; Freeman, Arthur J; Chang, Robert P H; Facchetti, Antonio; Marks, Tobin J

    2015-06-30

    In diverse classes of organic optoelectronic devices, controlling charge injection, extraction, and blocking across organic semiconductor-inorganic electrode interfaces is crucial for enhancing quantum efficiency and output voltage. To this end, the strategy of inserting engineered interfacial layers (IFLs) between electrical contacts and organic semiconductors has significantly advanced organic light-emitting diode and organic thin film transistor performance. For organic photovoltaic (OPV) devices, an electronically flexible IFL design strategy to incrementally tune energy level matching between the inorganic electrode system and the organic photoactive components without varying the surface chemistry would permit OPV cells to adapt to ever-changing generations of photoactive materials. Here we report the implementation of chemically/environmentally robust, low-temperature solution-processed amorphous transparent semiconducting oxide alloys, In-Ga-O and Ga-Zn-Sn-O, as IFLs for inverted OPVs. Continuous variation of the IFL compositions tunes the conduction band minima over a broad range, affording optimized OPV power conversion efficiencies for multiple classes of organic active layer materials and establishing clear correlations between IFL/photoactive layer energetics and device performance.

  10. Amorphous oxide alloys as interfacial layers with broadly tunable electronic structures for organic photovoltaic cells

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    Zhou, Nanjia; Kim, Myung -Gil; Loser, Stephen; ...

    2015-06-15

    In diverse classes of organic optoelectronic devices, controlling charge injection, extraction, and blocking across organic semiconductor– inorganic electrode interfaces is crucial for enhancing quantum efficiency and output voltage. To this end, the strategy of inserting engineered interfacial layers (IFLs) between electrical contacts and organic semiconductors has significantly advanced organic light-emitting diode and organic thin film transistor performance. For organic photovoltaic (OPV) devices, an electronically flexible IFL design strategy to incrementally tune energy level matching between the inorganic electrode system and the organic photoactive components without varying the surface chemistry would permit OPV cells to adapt to ever-changing generations of photoactivemore » materials. Here we report the implementation of chemically/environmentally robust, low-temperature solution-processed amorphous transparent semiconducting oxide alloys, In-Ga-O and Ga-Zn-Sn-O, as IFLs for inverted OPVs. Lastly, continuous variation of the IFL compositions tunes the conduction band minima over a broad range, affording optimized OPV power conversion efficiencies for multiple classes of organic active layer materials and establishing clear correlations between IFL/photoactive layer energetics and device performance.« less

  11. Structure and magnetic properties of amorphous Fe-(Zr,Nb)-B melt spun alloys

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    Zamora, J.; Betancourt, I.

    2017-04-01

    In this work, we report the structure and magnetic behavior of an amorphous Fe81Zr5Nb4B10 melt-spun alloy. The radial distribution function (RDF) afforded the resolution of the nearest-neighbor configuration on the basis of the atom-pair distance information, for which the positions of each peak indicated the atom-to-atom separation involved for short-range ordering. The first peaks of RDF were attributed to the distances of B-B, Fe-Fe and Zr-Nb atomic pairs, indicating a glassy structure equivalent to a distorted bcc-Fe cluster. From magnetic measurements, a magnetic moment of 0.65 Bohr magneton per Fe atom was established, together with a Curie temperature of 334 K and an initial ac permeability of 550 for frequencies as high as 250 kHz. In addition, the magnetocaloric effect, quantified from isothermal magnetization measurements through the magnetic entropy variation, reached a maximum of 2.0 J/kg K for a magnetic field change of 2.0 T.

  12. On-demand release of corrosion-inhibiting ions from amorphous Al-Co-Ce alloys.

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    Jakab, M A; Scully, J R

    2005-09-01

    Controlled release technologies are often used to supply chemicals or drugs at given rates. Release often occurs on contact with solution. However, some applications, such as corrosion protection, require containment of the active species in a reservoir and their slow release when needed. Conductive polymers have been used as reservoirs for corrosion inhibitors whose triggered release occurs by galvanic reduction or ion exchange. This work shows one of the first examples of pH-controlled release of corrosion-inhibiting ions from an amorphous metallic coating where the pH change that triggers release is a consequence of the onset of corrosion. This corrosion-inhibition strategy provides further corrosion protection beyond the traditional roles of barrier and sacrificial cathodic protection using a metal coating. For instance, zinc galvanizing provides sacrificial cathodic protection and acts as a barrier, but does not supply inhibitor ions. In the coating described here, protection of an underlying structural alloy exposed at coating defects is demonstrated by inhibitor ion release in addition to barrier function and sacrificial cathodic protection.

  13. In vivo evaluation of a Ti-based bulk metallic glass alloy bar.

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    Kokubun, Ryo; Wang, Wei; Zhu, Shengli; Xie, Guoqiang; Ichinose, Shizuko; Itoh, Soichiro; Takakuda, Kazuo

    2015-01-01

    Ti-based bulk metallic glasses are reported with high strength, low Young modulus and high corrosion resistance, suggesting their potentials in biomedical applications. However a thorough in vivo evaluation of its biocompatibilities has not been conducted yet. In this study, we implanted bars of Ti-based bulk metallic glass in the femoral bone of rats, followed up local tissue reaction as well as its component ions' diffusion in local area and whole body. The Ti-based BMG (Ti40Zr10Cu34Pd14Sn2) alloy exhibited favorable features of both high strength and high elasticity. In vivo implant evaluation showed that it has a good tissue compatibility, equivalent bone integration and bonding ability with Ti sample. No component ion diffusion was detected up to 3 months post implantation. The possibility and efficacy of its use for bone implant is confirmed. Thus further long term implant study is recommended.

  14. Characterization of oxide layers on amorphous Mg-based alloys by Auger electron spectroscopy with sputter depth profiling.

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    Baunack, S; Subba Rao, R V; Wolff, U

    2003-04-01

    Amorphous ribbons of Mg-Y-TM-[Ag] (TM: Cu, Ni), prepared by melt spinning, were subjected to electrochemical investigations. Oxide layers formed anodically under potentiostatic control in different electrolytes were investigated by AES and sputter depth profiling. Problems and specific features of characterization of the composition of oxide layers and amorphous ternary or quaternary Mg-based alloys have been investigated. In the alloys the Mg(KL(23)L(23)) peak exhibits a different shape compared to that in the pure element. Analysis of the peak of elastically scattered electrons proved the absence of plasmon loss features, characteristic of pure Mg, in the alloy. A different loss feature emerges in Mg(KL(23)L(23)) and Cu(L(23)VV). The system Mg-Y-TM-[Ag] suffers preferential sputtering. Depletion of Mg and enrichment of TM and Y are found. This is attributed mainly to the preferential sputtering of Mg. Thickness and composition of the formed oxide layer depend on the electrochemical treatment. After removing the oxide by sputtering the concentration of the underlying alloy was found to be affected by the treatment.

  15. Prediction of Formation of Amorphous Alloys During Annealing of Ti-binary Alloys and Validation of the Same

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    2009-11-22

    several titanium binary alloys and also in some other alloys such as niobium binary systems. The following observations have been made: (a) the formation...Annealing of Titanium Binary Alloys and Validation of the Same 5a. CONTRACT NUMBER FA48690810005 5b. GRANT NUMBER 5c. PROGRAM ELEMENT NUMBER 6. AUTHOR(S...thermodynamics of the phenomenon of this inverse melting in Ti-binary alloys and validate the same. 15. SUBJECT TERMS Thermodynamics, Titanium Alloy

  16. Interpretation of Fracture Toughness and R-Curve Behavior by Direct Observation of Microfracture Process in Ti-Based Dendrite-Containing Amorphous Alloys

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    Jeon, Changwoo; Kim, Choongnyun Paul; Kim, Hyoung Seop; Lee, Sunghak

    2015-04-01

    Fracture properties of Ti-based amorphous alloys containing ductile β dendrites were explained by directly observing microfracture processes. Three Ti-based amorphous alloys were fabricated by adding Ti, Zr, V, Ni, Al, and Be into a Ti-6Al-4V alloy by a vacuum arc melting method. The effective sizes of dendrites varied from 63 to 104 μm, while their volume fractions were almost constant within the range from 74 to 76 pct. The observation of the microfracture of the alloy containing coarse dendrites revealed that a microcrack initiated at the amorphous matrix of the notch tip and propagated along the amorphous matrix. In the alloy containing fine dendrites, the crack propagation was frequently blocked by dendrites, and many deformation bands were formed near or in front of the propagating crack, thereby resulting in a zig-zag fracture path. Crack initiation toughness was almost the same at 35 to 36 MPa√m within error ranges in the three alloys because it was heavily affected by the stress applied to the specimen at the time of crack initiation at the crack tip as well as strength levels of the alloys. According to the R-curve behavior, however, the best overall fracture properties in the alloy containing fine dendrites were explained by mechanisms of blocking of the crack growth and crack blunting and deformation band formation at dendrites.

  17. Surface amorphization of NiTi alloy induced by Ultrasonic Nanocrystal Surface Modification for improved mechanical properties.

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    Ye, Chang; Zhou, Xianfeng; Telang, Abhishek; Gao, Hongyu; Ren, Zhencheng; Qin, Haifeng; Suslov, Sergey; Gill, Amrinder S; Mannava, S R; Qian, Dong; Doll, Gary L; Martini, Ashlie; Sahai, Nita; Vasudevan, Vijay K

    2016-01-01

    We report herein the effects of Ultrasonic Nano-crystal Surface Modification (UNSM), a severe surface plastic deformation process, on the microstructure, mechanical (hardness, wear), wettability and biocompatibility properties of NiTi shape memory alloy. Complete surface amorphization of NiTi was achieved by this process, which was confirmed by X-ray diffraction and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy. The wear resistance of the samples after UNSM processing was significantly improved compared with the non-processed samples due to increased surface hardness of the alloy by this process. In addition, cell culture study demonstrated that the biocompatibility of the samples after UNSM processing has not been compromised compared to the non-processed sample. The combination of high wear resistance and good biocompatibility makes UNSM an appealing process for treating alloy-based biomedical devices.

  18. Synthesis of Nanostructured GAMMA-TiAl Based Powders and Bulk Alloys Using High Energy Mechanical Milling and Hip

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    Yu, Hongbao; Zhang, Deliang; Chen, Yuyong; Liu, Zhiguang

    The microstructural evolution and powder particle morphology change in the process used to synthesize bulk nanostructured γ-TiAl intermetallic based binary Ti-47Al (in at%) alloy (TA-1) and complex Ti-45Al-2Cr-2Nb-1B-0.5Ta (in at%) alloy (TA-2) have been studied. This process combines high energy mechanical milling of elemental powder mixtures, thermal treatment and HIP. The bulk alloys consist of predominantly TiAl phase and a small fraction of Ti3Al phase, with the average grain sizes of the TiAl and Ti3Al phases being approximately 45nm and 40nm respectively in the bulk TA-1 alloy and being 37nm and 35nm respectively in the bulk TA-2 alloy. The study also shows that addition of a small fraction of hard powder particles such as Nb, Cr, B and Ta powder particles to the starting powder mixture has a significant effect in maintaining a small average particle size during high energy mechanical milling without using PCA and thus significantly enhances the mechanical alloying effect of the milling process.

  19. Hyperfine and X-ray investigations of amorphous Fe2Er and Fe2Ce alloys and the effect of hydrogenation on short-range order

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    Ghafari, M.; Keune, W.; Matsuura, M.; Schletz, K. P.

    1990-07-01

    The effect of hydrogenation on the short-range order of amorphous Fe2Er and Fe2Ce alloys has been investigated by Mössbauer, X-ray and magnetization measurements. The hydrogenation leads to drastic changes in the short-range order. The results of Mössbauer measurements show two different distributions of magnetic hyperfine fields for amorphous Fe2CeH4 alloys (a-Fe2CeH4). For a-Fe2ErH3 alloys we found drastic changes in magnetic structure, which is different from the well-known magnetic structures.

  20. Irradiation effect of swift heavy ion for Zr50Cu40Al10 bulk glassy alloy

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    Onodera, Naoto; Ishii, Akito; Ishii, Kouji; Iwase, Akihiro; Yokoyama, Yoshihiko; Saitoh, Yuichi; Ishikawa, Norito; Yabuuchi, Atsushi; Hori, Fuminobu

    2013-11-01

    It has been reported that heavy ion irradiation causes softening in some cases of Zr-based bulk metallic glass alloys. However, the fundamental mechanisms of such softening have not been clarified yet. In this study, Zr50Cu40Al10 bulk glassy alloys were irradiated with heavy ions of 10 MeV I at room temperature. The maximum fluence was 3 × 1014 ions/cm2. The positron annihilation measurements have performed before and after irradiation to investigate changes in free volume. We discuss the relationship between the energy loss and local open volume change after 10 MeV I irradiation compared with those obtained for 200 MeV Xe and 5 MeV Al. The energy loss analysis in ion irradiation for the positron lifetime has revealed that the decreasing trend of positron lifetime is well expressed as a function of total electronic energy deposition rather than total elastic energy deposition. It means that the positron lifetime change by the irradiation has a relationship with the inelastic collisions with electrons during heavy ion irradiation.

  1. Effect of the nanocrystallization of a soft magnetic amorphous Fe-P-Mo alloy on its corrosion resistance in a damp industrial SO2-contaminated atmosphere

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    Vavilova, V. V.; Korneev, V. P.; Anosova, M. O.

    2016-09-01

    The study of the electrochemical behavior of a soft magnetic amorphous Fe-P-Mo alloy in a 0.1M Na2SO4 solution, which simulates a damp SO2-contaminated atmosphere, shows that the corrosion resistance of the nanocrystalline Fe80.2P17.1Mo2.7 alloy is comparable to that of a FINEMET alloy. No molybdenum is required for manufacturing the Fe80.2P17.1Mo2.7 alloy, because it can be prepared using natural alloy ferrophosphorus containing molybdenum.

  2. High strength bulk Fe-Co alloys produced by powder metallurgy

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

    2008-04-01

    Fe-Co alloys are extensively used in lamination form, but there are certain power generation applications that require Fe-Co rotors in bulk form. Experiencing only a dc magnetic field, these rotors can be as large as 0.5 m in diameter, depending on the size of the generator. The forging of such large pieces of Fe-Co has proven to be difficult. The present study investigates powder metallurgy processing of a gas atomized FeCoNbV alloy through hot isostatic pressing (HIP) for manufacturing large size rotors with improved mechanical strength. Gas atomized FeCoNbV alloy powders with and without ball milling were hot isostatic pressed at temperatures between 675 and 850 deg. C at a fixed pressure of 193 MPa for up to 6 h. Ball milling prior to HIP improved the yield strength. A further improvement in yield strength and in ductility was obtained after a disordering heat treatment at 730 deg. C followed by a rapid quench to room temperature. The optimum HIP and annealing conditions resulted in samples with yield strengths of 870 MPa. The compacts exhibited average coercivity values of 6.4 Oe and maximum permeability values of 1100.

  3. In situ controlled growth of titanium nitride in amorphous silicon nitride: a general route toward bulk nitride nanocomposites with very high hardness.

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    Bechelany, Mirna Chaker; Proust, Vanessa; Gervais, Christel; Ghisleni, Rudy; Bernard, Samuel; Miele, Philippe

    2014-10-01

    Bulk nanocomposites possessing very high hardness in which TiN nanocrystallites are homogeneously embedded in an amorphous Si3N4 matrix are produced from perhydropolysilazane and tetrakisdimethylaminotitanium. That is, a low-molecular-weight TiN molecule is mixed in controlled molar ratio with a polymeric Si3N4 precursor; further processing, including ammonolysis, warm pressing, and controlled nanocrystal growth, yields nanocomposites with the desired properties.

  4. Initial stage densification during spark plasma sintering of Fe-based amorphous alloy powder: Analysis of viscous flow

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    Paul, Tanaji; Harimkar, Sandip P.

    2016-10-01

    Understanding the mechanism of densification of amorphous alloy powders is important for determining the parameters during sintering of these materials. In this paper, we report on the analysis of densification of Fe48Cr15Mo14Y2C15B6 amorphous alloy powder during spark plasma sintering. Sintering up to 1000 °C resulted in two clearly distinguishable stages of densification: stage I from 320 °C to 740 °C and stage II from 830 °C to 1000 °C. The maximum densification rate during stage I was attained at 585 °C up to which the sample remained fully amorphous. During the entire stage II, the sample was fully crystalline, and the maximum densification rate attained at 935 °C was much lower than that observed during stage I. Viscous flow during stage I was analyzed, yielding an estimate of the activation energy to be 94.0 ± 0.2 kJ mol-1 in the temperature range from 525 °C to 580 °C.

  5. Development of radiation detectors based on hydrogenated amorphous silicon and its alloys

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    Hong, Wan-Shick

    1995-04-01

    Hydrogenated amorphous silicon and related materials have been applied to radiation detectors, utilizing their good radiation resistance and the feasibility of making deposits over a large area at low cost. Effects of deposition parameters on various material properties of a-Si:H have been studied to produce a material satisfying the requirements for specific detection application. Thick(-~50 μm), device quality a-Si:H p-i-n diodes for direct detection of minimum ionizing particles have been prepared with low internal stress by a combination of low temperature growth, He-dilution of silane, and post annealing. The structure of the new film contained voids and tiny crystalline inclusions and was different from the one observed in conventional a-Si:H. Deposition on patterned substrates was attempted as an alternative to controlling deposition parameters to minimize substrate bending and delamination of thick a-Si:H films. Growth on an inversed-pyramid pattern reduced the substrate bending by a factor of 3 ≈ 4 for the same thickness film. Thin (0.1 ≈ 0.2 μm) films of a-Si:H and a-SiC:H have been applied to microstrip gas chambers to control gain instabilities due to charges on the substrate. Light sensitivity of the a-Si:H sheet resistance was minimized and the surface resistivity was successfully` controlled in the range of 1012 ≈ 1017 Ω/(four gradient) by carbon alloying and boron doping. Performance of the detectors with boron-doped a-Si:C:H layers was comparable to that of electronic-conducting glass. Hydrogen dilution of silane has been explored to improve electrical transport properties of a-Si:H material for high speed photo-detectors and TFT applications.

  6. Dynamic tensile deformation behavior of Zr-based amorphous alloy matrix composites reinforced with tungsten or tantalum fibers

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    Lee, Hyungsoo; Kim, Gyeong Su; Jeon, Changwoo; Sohn, Seok Su; Lee, Sang-Bok; Lee, Sang-Kwan; Kim, Hyoung Seop; Lee, Sunghak

    2016-07-01

    Zr-based amorphous alloy matrix composites reinforced with tungsten (W) or tantalum (Ta) continuous fibers were fabricated by liquid pressing process. Their dynamic tensile properties were investigated in relation with microstructures and deformation mechanisms by using a split Hopkinson tension bar. The dynamic tensile test results indicated that the maximum strength of the W-fiber-reinforced composite (757 MPa) was much lower than the quasi-statically measured strength, whereas the Ta-fiber-reinforced composite showed very high maximum strength (2129 MPa). In the W-fiber-reinforced composite, the fracture abruptly occurred in perpendicular to the tensile direction because W fibers did not play a role in blocking cracks propagated from the amorphous matrix, thereby resulting in abrupt fracture within elastic range and consequent low tensile strength. The very high dynamic tensile strength of the Ta-fiber-reinforced composite could be explained by the presence of ductile Ta fibers in terms of mechanisms such as (1) interrupted propagation of cracks initiated in the amorphous matrix, (2) formation of lots of cracks in the amorphous matrix, and (3) sharing of loads and severe deformation (necking) of Ta fibers in cracked regions.

  7. Corrosion-resistant amorphous metallic films of Mo/sub 49/Cr/sub 33/B/sub 18/ alloy

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    Ramesham, R.; DiStefano, S.; Fitzgerald, D.; Thakoor, A.P.; Khanna, S.K.

    1987-09-01

    Amorphous metallic films of Mo/sub 49/Cr/sub 33/B/sub 18/ have been deposited onto glass and quartz substrates by the magnetron sputter quenching technique. The amorphous nature of the as-deposited films was confirmed by their diffuse x-ray diffraction patterns. The crystallization temperature of the as-deposited films was 590/sup 0/C, according to the differential scanning calorimetry studies. Surface texture and cross-sectional features of the coatings were examined by scanning electron microscopy. Electron microprobe analysis was used to determine the chemical composition of the films. Chemical compositional uniformity of the as-deposited amorphous metallic films was verified by secondary ion mass spectrometry. As-deposited films exhibited microhardness of the order of 600-850 HV. Kinetics of corrosion of the alloy films in H/sub 2/SO/sub 4/ (1N) solution has been studied by potentiodynamic and galvanostatic techniques. As-deposited amorphous films exhibited corrosion current density three orders of magnitude less than the corrosion current density of 304 stainless steel in H/sub 2/SO/sub 4/ (1N) solution. A reaction mechanism at the corrosion potential is proposed.

  8. Influence of tool speeds on dissimilar friction stir spot welding characteristics of bulk metallic glass/Mg alloy

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    Shin, Hyung-Seop; Jung, Yoon-Chul; Lee, Jin-Kyu

    2012-08-01

    A small-scale joining technique of dissimilar friction stir spot welding (FSSW) between bulk metallic glass and Mg alloy sheet has been tried using an apparatus which was devised with a CNC milling machine to give a precise control of tool speeds. The influence of tool speeds on the joining characteristics during FSSW was investigated. As a result, it was found that the rotation speed and plunge speed of a tool during FSSW significantly influenced the welding performance of dissimilar FSSW between bulk metallic glasses and Mg alloy.

  9. Study of the effects of metalloid elements (P, C, B) on Fe-based amorphous alloys by ab initio molecular dynamics simulations

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    Zhang, Wenbiao; Li, Qiang E-mail: dhm@xju.edu.cn; Duan, Haiming E-mail: dhm@xju.edu.cn

    2015-03-14

    In order to understand the effects of the metalloid elements M (M: P, C, B) on the atomic structure, glass formation ability (GFA) and magnetic properties of Fe-based amorphous alloys, Fe{sub 80}P{sub 13}C{sub 7}, Fe{sub 80}P{sub 14}B{sub 6} and Fe{sub 80}B{sub 14}C{sub 6} amorphous alloys are chosen to study through first-principle simulations in the present work. The atomic structure characteristic of the three amorphous alloys is investigated through the pair distribution functions (PDFs) and Voronoi Polyhedra (VPs) analyses. The PDFs and VPs analyses suggest that the GFA of the three alloys dropped in the order of Fe{sub 80}P{sub 13}C{sub 7}, Fe{sub 80}P{sub 14}B{sub 6}, and Fe{sub 80}B{sub 14}C{sub 6}, which is well consistent with the experimental results. The density of state (DOS) of the three amorphous alloys is calculated to investigate their magnetic properties. Based on the DOS analysis, the average magnetic moment of Fe atom in Fe{sub 80}P{sub 13}C{sub 7} and Fe{sub 80}P{sub 14}B{sub 6} amorphous alloys can be estimated to be 1.71 μ{sub B} and 1.70 μ{sub B}, respectively, which are in acceptable agreement with the experimental results. However, the calculated average magnetic moment of Fe atom in Fe{sub 80}B{sub 14}C{sub 6} amorphous alloy is about 1.62 μ{sub B}, which is far less than the experimental result.

  10. From chemistry to mechanics: bulk modulus evolution of Li-Si and Li-Sn alloys via the metallic electronegativity scale.

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    Li, Keyan; Xie, Hui; Liu, Jun; Ma, Zengsheng; Zhou, Yichun; Xue, Dongfeng

    2013-10-28

    Toward engineering high performance anode alloys for Li-ion batteries, we proposed a useful method to quantitatively estimate the bulk modulus of binary alloys in terms of metallic electronegativity (EN), alloy composition and formula volume. On the basis of our proposed potential viewpoint, EN as a fundamental chemistry concept can be extended to be an important physical parameter to characterize the mechanical performance of Li-Si and Li-Sn alloys as anode materials for Li-ion batteries. The bulk modulus of binary alloys is linearly proportional to the combination of average metallic EN and atomic density of alloys. We calculated the bulk moduli of Li-Si and Li-Sn alloys with different Li concentrations, which can agree well with the reported data. The bulk modulus of Li-Si and Li-Sn alloys decreases with increasing Li concentration, leading to the elastic softening of the alloys, which is essentially caused by the decreased strength of constituent chemical bonds in alloys from the viewpoint of EN. This work provides a deep understanding of mechanical failure of Si and Sn anodes for Li-ion batteries, and permits the prediction of the composition dependent bulk modulus of various lithiated alloys on the basis of chemical formula, metallic EN and cell volume (or alloy density), with no structural details required.

  11. The chemically-specific structure of an amorphous molybdenum germanium alloy by anomalous x-ray scattering

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    Ishii, Hope Ami

    2002-09-01

    Since its inception in the late 1970s, anomalous x-ray scattering (AXS) has been employed for chemically-specific structure determination in a wide variety of non-crystalline materials. These studies have successfully produced differential distribution functions (DDFs) which provide information about the compositionally-averaged environment of a specific atomic species in the sample. Despite the wide success in obtaining DDFs, there are very few examples of successful extraction of the fully-chemically-specific partial pair distribution functions (PPDFs), the most detailed description of an amorphous sample possible by x-ray scattering. Extracting the PPDFs is notoriously difficult since the matrix equation involved is ill-conditioned and thus extremely sensitive to errors present in the experimental quantities that enter the equation. Instead of addressing this sensitivity by modifying the data through mathematical regularization methods, sources of error have been removed experimentally: A focussing analyzer crystal was combined with a position-sensitive linear detector to experimentally eliminate unwanted inelastic scattering intensity over most of the reciprocal space range probed. This instrumentation has been used in data collection for the extraction of PPDFs from amorphous (a)-MoGe3, the phase separation endpoint in the sputter-deposited Mo-Ge amorphous alloys. This alloy is of particular interest because it acts as the conducting phase in a percolative metal-insulator transition but has a composition with no crystalline analogue. Since the first Ge-rich compound in the Mo-Ge equilibrium system is MoGe 2, previous workers have speculated that perhaps a unique MoGe 3 compound exists in the amorphous system. Rather than indicating a distinct MoGe3 compound with definitive local structure, however, the coordination results are more consistent with a densely-packed alloy having a wide range of solid solubility. Significant improvement in the quality and

  12. AB Initi Molecular Dynamics Simulation of the Amorphous Structure of Ca-Mg-Cu and Ca-Mg-Zn Alloys (Postprint)

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    2012-09-26

    order (SRO) and medium range order ( MRO ) of alloying elements in the amorphous structure. It is therefore interesting to analyze the amorphous...allowed calculation of local structural features (SRO and MRO ) such as total and partial CN, type and distribution of characteristic coordination...Statement A. Approved for public release; distribution unlimited. MRO , in metallic glasses can produce structures that have only a small energetic

  13. Improvement of Thermoelectric-Properties for Mg-Based Quaternary Compounds With Doping via Bulk Mechanical Alloying

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    2010-02-05

    solid - state synthesis . The melting and solidification method 4-6) suffers from many...materials with practical reliability via the solid - state synthesis . In the present project, this processing route is first applied to make solid state synthesis of...Experiment: Intense straining to drive the solid - state synthesis is applied to a starting material by the bulk mechanical alloying (BMA). As

  14. Growth and characterization of CVD ruthenium and amorphous ruthenium-phosphorus alloy films for liner application in copper interconnect

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    Shin, Jinhong

    Copper interconnect requires liner materials that function as a diffusion barrier, a seed layer for electroplating, and an adhesion promoting layer. Ruthenium has been considered as a promising liner material, however it has been reported that Ru itself is not an effective Cu diffusion barrier due to its microstructure, which is polycrystalline with columnar grains. The screening study of Ru precursors revealed that all Ru films were polycrystalline with columnar structure, and, due to its strong 3D growth mode, a conformal and ultrathin Ru film was difficult to form, especially on high aspect ratio features. The microstructure of Ru films can be modified by incorporating P. Amorphous Ru(P) films are formed by chemical vapor deposition at 575 K using a single source precursor, cis-RuH2(P(CH3) 3)4, or dual sources, Ru3(CO)12 and P(CH3)3 or P(C6H5)3. The films contain Ru and P, which are in zero-valent states, and C as an impurity. Phosphorus dominantly affects the film microstructure, and incorporating >13% P resulted in amorphous Ru(P) films. Metastable Ru(P) remains amorphous after annealing at 675 K for 3 hr, and starts recrystallization at ˜775 K. The density of states analysis of the amorphous Ru(P) alloy illustrates metallic character of the films, and hybridization between Ru 4d and P 3p orbitals, which contributes to stabilizing the amorphous structure. Co-dosing P(CH) 3 with Ru3(CO)12 improves film step coverage, and the most conformal Ru(P) film is obtained with cis-RuH 2(P(CH3)3)4; a fully continuous 5 nm Ru(P) film is formed within 1 mum deep, 8:1 aspect ratio trenches. First principles density functional theory calculations illustrate degraded Cu/Ru adhesion by the presence of P at the interface, however, due to the strong Ru-Cu bonds, amorphous Ru(P) forms a stronger interface with Cu than Ta and TaN do. Cu diffusion studies at 575 K suggests improved barrier property of amorphous Ru(P) films over polycrystalline PVD Ru.

  15. Microstructural and nuclear magnetic resonance studies of solid-state amorphization in Al-Ti-Si composites prepared by mechanical alloying

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    Manna, I.; Nandi, P.; Bandyopadhyay, B.; Ghoshray, K.; Ghoshray, A

    2004-08-16

    Three Al{sub 30}Ti{sub 70-x} Si{sub x} (x=10, 20, 30), along with an Al-rich (Al{sub 50}Ti{sub 40}Si{sub 10}) and an Al-lean (Al{sub 10}Ti{sub 60}Si{sub 30}) elemental powder blends were subjected to mechanical alloying by high-energy planetary ball milling to yield a composite microstructure with varying proportions of amorphous and nanocrystalline intermetallic phases. Microstructural characterization at different stages of milling was carried out by X-ray diffraction, high-resolution transmission electron microscopy and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy. Furthermore, {sup 27}Al nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) studies were undertaken to probe the mechanism of solid-state amorphization. Ball milling leads to alloying, nanocrystallization and partial solid-state amorphization followed/accompanied by strain-induced nucleation of nanocrystalline intermetallic phases from an amorphous solid solution. Both these amorphous and nano-intermetallic phases are associated with characteristic NMR peaks at lower frequencies (than that of pure Al). Thus, mechanical alloying of Al-Ti-Si appears a suitable technique for developing nanocrystalline intermetallic phase/compound dispersed amorphous matrix composites.

  16. Electrical and Magneto-Resistivity Measurements on Amorphous Copper-Titanium Alloys at Low Temperatures

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    Fan, Renyong

    1992-01-01

    The anomalous transport properties of highly disordered metallic glasses, which require corrections to the classical Boltzmann theory, are due to quantum interference effects of the scattered electron waves. These corrections provide new contributions to the resistivity: "weak localization" and "electron-electron interaction". To study these quantum interference effects, we have made the highest-precision measurements, so far, of the resistances of the amorphous rm Cu_{50}Ti_{50 } and rm Cu_{60}Ti _{40} ribbons at much lower temperatures than before (15mK < T < 6K) and in small magnetic fields (0T < B < 0.2T). To measure the resistance and temperature accurately, we developed a novel method: measuring the resistance perpendicular to the ribbons with potassium as the non-superconducting glue between the CuTi ribbons and two Cu electrodes in order to make excellent electrical and thermal contact. With this method, we were able to measure the resistances with a relative precision of Deltarho/rho = 10^{-7}-10 ^{-8} and temperatures reliably down to 15mK with an error of less than 1mK. The zero field resistances and magnetoresistances were analyzed using weak localization theories that include the Zeeman splitting and electron-electron interaction theories. Possible background contributions from the K layers, the Cu electrodes, and their boundaries are quantified in the analysis. In zero field, these background contributions were negligible for T<3K. At zero magnetic field and T<0.15K, we found that electron -electron interaction dominates the resistance, while weak localization makes a nontrivial contribution to the resistance for T>0.15K. In contrast, at the lowest temperatures, the magnetoresistances were dominated by weak localization with Zeeman splitting and Maki-Thompson superconducting fluctuations. For higher magnetic fields and lowest temperatures (B/T > 1 T/K), we find discrepancies between our data and the theoretical calculations. We found that most of the

  17. The influence of Sc addition on the welding microstructure of Zr-based bulk metallic glass: The stability of the amorphous phase

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    Wang, Shing Hoa; Kuo, Pei Hung; Tsang, Hsiao Tsung; Jeng, Rong Ruey; Lin, Yu Lon

    2007-10-01

    Pulsed direct current autogeneous tungsten inert gas arc welding was conducted on rods of bulk metallic glasses (BMGs) Zr55Cu30Ni5Al10 and (Zr55Cu30Ni5Al10)99.98Sc0.02 under two different cooling conditions. The crystalline precipitates in the fusion zone of BMG Zr55Cu30Ni5Al10 were confirmed by microfocused x-ray diffraction pattern analysis as Zr2Ni and Zr2(Cu,Al) intermetallic compounds. In contrast, BMG with Sc addition (Zr55Cu30Ni5Al10)99.98Sc0.02 shows an excellent stable glass forming ability. The fusion zone of BMG (Zr55Cu30Ni5Al10)99.98Sc0.02 remains in the same amorphous state as that of the amorphous base metal when the weld is cooled with accelerated cooling.

  18. Estimation of Density of Localized States in Amorphous Se80Te20 and Se80Te10M10 (M = Cd, In, Sb) Alloys Using AC Conductivity Measurements

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    Chandel, N.; Mehta, N.; Kumar, A.

    2015-08-01

    The ac conductivity of amorphous Se80Te20 (a-Se80Te20) and amorphous Se80Te10M10 (a-Se80Te10M10) alloys has been measured as a function of temperature and frequency in a low-temperature regime. An analysis of the experimental data confirms that ac conductivity is reasonably well interpreted by the Austin-Mott model. The density of localized states was determined in the low-temperature region from 201 K to 280 K. Possible explanations of "metal-induced effects" on the conduction mechanism of a-Se80Te20 alloy are discussed.

  19. The effect of microstructure on properties and behaviors of annealed Fe/sub 78/B/sub 13/Si/sub 9/ amorphous alloy ribbon

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    Liebermann, H.H.; Martis, R.J.; Wong, C.P. ); Marti, J. )

    1989-01-01

    Changes in various properties with annealing of amorphous alloys have been studied by many researchers. The present work examines the annealing treatment dependence of mechanical relaxation, thermal, and magnetic properties and behaviors in light of microstructure as determined by TEM. The experimental results show that both the onset of embrittlement and the change in DC coercive field with annealing are consistent with microstructural development. An interrelationship among the various experimental measurements and observations is advanced as a unifying construct of the annealing treatment dependence of various properties in Fe/sub 78/B/sub 13/Si/sub 9/ amorphous alloy.

  20. Formation of amorphous alloys on 4H-SiC with NbNi film using pulsed-laser annealing

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    De Silva, Milantha; Ishikawa, Seiji; Miyazaki, Takamichi; Kikkawa, Takamaro; Kuroki, Shin-Ichiro

    2016-07-01

    Amorphous alloys containing Ni-Si-Nb-C were formed on 4H-SiC creating a low resistance Ohmic contact electrode. In a conventional nickel silicide (NiSi) electrode on SiC, a carbon agglomeration at the silicide/SiC interface occurs, and contact resistance between NiSi and SiC substrate becomes larger. For carbon agglomeration suppression, nanosecond non-equilibrium laser annealing was introduced, and to form metal carbides, carbon-interstitial type metals Nb and Mo were introduced. Ni, Nb, Mo, Nb/Ni, Mo/Ni multilayer contacts, and NbNi mixed contact were formed on the C-face side of n-type 4H-SiC wafers. The electrical contact properties were investigated after a 45 ns pulse laser annealing in N2 ambient. As a result, with NbNi film, an amorphous alloy with Ni-Si-Nb-C was formed, and a low specific contact resistance of 5.3 × 10-4 Ω cm2 was realized.

  1. Magnetic and Distribution of Magnetic Moments in Amorphous Fe89.7 P10.3 Alloy Nanowire Arrays

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    Shi, Hui-Gang; Xue, De-Sheng

    2008-01-01

    Binary amorphous Fe89.7P10.3 alloy nanowire arrays in diameter of about 40nm and length of about 3 μm have been fabricated in an anodic aluminium oxide template by electrodeposition. Magnetic properties of the samples are investigated by mean of vibrating sample magnetometer, transmission Mössbauer spectroscopy and conversion electron Mössbauer spectroscopy at room temperature. It is found that the nanowire arrays have obvious perpendicular magnetic anisotropy and are ferromagnetic at room temperature, with its Mössbauer spectra consisting of six broad lines. The average angles between the Fe magnetic moment and the wire axis are about 14° inside and 28° at the end of the amorphous Fe89.7P10.3 alloy nanowire arrays, respectively. The magnetic behaviour is decided by the shape anisotropy and the dipolar interaction between wires. In addition, the magnetic moments distribution is theoretically demonstrated by using the symmetric fanning mechanism of the spheres chain model.

  2. STRUCTURAL INTERACTIONS OF HYDROGEN WITH BULK AMORPHOUS MICROSTRUCTURES IN METALLIC SYSTEMS UNDERSTANDING THE ROLE OF PARTIAL CRYSTALLINITY ON PERMEATION AND EMBRITTLEMENT

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    Brinkman, Kyle; Fox, Elise; Korinko, Paul; Adams, Thad

    2010-05-10

    The development of metallic glasses in bulk form has led to a resurgence of interest into the utilization of these materials for a variety of applications. A potentially exciting application for these bulk metallic glass (BMG) materials is their use as composite membranes to replace high cost Pd/Pd-alloy membranes for enhanced gas separation processes. One of the major drawbacks to the industrial use of Pd/Pd-alloy membranes is that during cycling above and below a critical temperature an irreversible change takes place in the palladium lattice structure which can result in significant damage to the membrane. Furthermore, the cost associated with Pd-based membranes is a potential detractor for their continued use and BMG alloys offer a potentially attractive alternative. Several BMG alloys have been shown to possess high permeation rates, comparable to those measured for pure Pd metal. In addition, high strength and toughness when either in-situ or ex-situ second phase dispersoids are present. Both of these properties, high permeation and high strength/toughness, potentially make these materials attractive for gas separation membranes that could resist hydrogen 'embrittlement'. However, a fundamental understanding of the relationship between partially crystalline 'structure'/devitrification and permeation/embrittlement in these BMG materials is required in order to determine the operating window for separation membranes and provide additional input to the material synthesis community for improved alloy design. This project aims to fill the knowledge gap regarding the impact of crystallization on the permeation properties of metallic glass materials. The objectives of this study are to (i) determine the crystallization behavior in different gas environments of Fe and Zr based commercially available bulk metallic glass and (ii) quantify the effects of partial crystallinity on the hydrogen permeation properties of these metallic glass membranes.

  3. Anisotropic phase separation through the metal-insulator transition in amorphous Mo-Ge and Fe-Ge alloys

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    Regan, Michael J.

    1993-12-01

    Since an amorphous solid is often defined as that which lacks long-range order, the atomic structure is typically characterized in terms of the high-degree of short-range order. Most descriptions of vapor-deposited amorphous alloys focus on characterizing this order, while assuming that the material is chemically homogeneous beyond a few near neighbors. By coupling traditional small-angle x-ray scattering which probes spatial variations of the electron density with anomalous dispersion which creates a species-specific contrast, one can discern cracks and voids from chemical inhomogeneity. In particular, one finds that the chemical inhomogeneities which have been previously reported in amorphous FexGe1-x and MoxGe1-x are quite anisotropic, depending significantly on the direction of film growth. With the addition of small amounts of metal atoms (x<0.2), no films appear isotropic nor homogeneous through the metal/insulator transition. The results indicate that fluctuations in the growth direction play a pivotal role in preventing simple growth models of a columnar structure or one that evolves systematically as it grows. The anomalous scattering measurements identify the metal atoms (Fe or Mo) as the source of the anisotropy, with the Ge atoms distributed homogeneously. The author has developed a method for using these measurements to determine the compositions of the phase-separating species. The results indicate phase separation into an amorphous Ge and an intermetallic phase of stoichiometry close to FeGe2or MoGe3. Finally, by manipulating the deposited power flux and rates of growth, FexGe1-x films which have the same Fe composition x can be grown to different states of phase separation. These results may help explain the difficulty workers have had in isolating the metal/insulator transition for these and other vapor-deposited amorphous alloys.

  4. Itenerant spin glass states and asperomagnetism of amorphous Fe and iron-rich Fe/Zr alloys

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    Krey, U.; Krauss, U.; Krompiewski, S.

    1992-01-01

    A realistic tight-binding approach for the self-consistent calculation of the itinerant spin configurations of disordered metallic systems has been developed and is used to study numerically the problem of the magnetic states at T = 0 K of iron-rich amorphous alloys of the type Fe 1- xZr xH y, and of fictitious amorphous Fe of different densities. In our approach, the local spin polarization is not restricted to the z-direction, i.e. the polarization magnitude as well as its direction can vary from site to site. The calculations show that the spin configurations depend strongly on the preparation, and that changes of the relative spin orientations can lead to drastic changes of the itinerant atomic moments. Metastable spin configurations with essentially isotropic distribution can be prepared by relaxing the system in gradually vanishing external fields with isotropically distributed randomness and zero spatial average, whereas with a non-vanishing average the so-called asperomagnetic configurations are obtained, i.e. ferromagnetic states with randomly frozen transverse components. For iron-rich Fe 1- xZr x alloys with x = 0.07, according to our calculation, the isotropic spin glass configuration would have slightly lower energy than the asperomagnetic state, by amounts corresponding to ≈ 0.003 eV per electron, while for the hydrogenated system Fe 1- xZr xH y with y ≈ 2 x, the asperomagnetic state would be favoured by ≈ 0.004 eV. For two computer models of (fictitious) amorphous Fe with densities of 7.39 and 9.19 g cm -3, the spin-glass and the asperomagnetic states have roughly the same energy, although for the low-density sample the magnitudes of the moments are quite different in both states.

  5. Ab Initio Molecular Dynamics Simulation of the Amorphous Structure of Ca-Mg-Cu and Ca-Mg-Zn Alloys (Preprint)

    DTIC Science & Technology

    2012-08-01

    believed to depend on the type of short range order (SRO) and medium range order ( MRO ) of alloying elements in the amorphous structure. It is...which allowed calculation of local structural features (SRO and MRO ) such as total and partial CN, type and distribution of characteristic...indicate the presence of MRO in these alloys [32,33], as well as the fluctuation in the atomic scattering cross-sections: The solutes, Cu, Zn and Mg

  6. Effect of chromium and phosphorus on the physical properties of iron and titanium-based amorphous metallic alloy films. [FEPC; TIPC; TIBC; CR

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    DiStefano, S.; Ramesham, R.; Fitzgerald, D.J. )

    1991-07-01

    Amorphous iron and titanium-based alloys containing various amounts of chromium, phosphorus, and boron exhibit high corrosion resistance. We report some physical properties of Fe and Ti-based metallic alloy films deposited on a glass substrate by a dc-magnetron sputtering technique. The films were characterized using differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), stress analysis, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), x-ray diffraction (XRD), secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS), electron microprobe, and potentiodynamic polarization technique.

  7. Increase of interface and bulk density of states in amorphous-indium-gallium-zinc-oxide thin-film transistors with negative-bias-under-illumination-stress time

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    Gwang Um, Jae; Mativenga, Mallory; Migliorato, Piero; Jang, Jin

    2012-09-01

    The evolution with time of interface trap density and bulk density of states in amorphous-indium-gallium-zinc-oxide thin-film transistors (TFTs), for negative-bias-under-illumination-stress (NBIS), is traced. Based on the combined analysis of TFT current-voltage and capacitance-voltage characteristics, position of Fermi energy, flat band voltage, interface trap density, and gap state density per unit energy are investigated as function of NBIS time and applied gate voltage. These key parameters help to identify the degradation phenomena responsible for the negative threshold voltage shift caused by NBIS. In particular, the interface trap density becomes more positive; from 0.03 × 1011/cm2 to 0.65 × 1011/cm2, while the gap trap density per unit energy also increases after NBIS, supporting defect creation in the bulk and build-up of positive charge at the gate insulator/active-layer interface as the mechanism responsible for NBIS instability.

  8. Magnetic entropy change in amorphous and partially crystallized Fe-Mo-Cu-B alloy

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    Świerczek, Jan; Kupczyk, Anna

    2015-07-01

    Microstructure of the amorphous Fe76Mo10Cu1B13 ribbons in the as-quenched state and after the annealing at 723 K for 0.5 h is studied by transmission electron microscopy and Mössbauer spectroscopy. In the as-cast state α-Fe medium range ordered (MRO) regions are revealed and become the nuclei of crystalline grains. Nanograins 6 nm in the average diameter are observed in the sample subjected to the heat treatment. Mössbauer spectrum at 300 K of the annealed sample is decomposed into three subspectra ascribed to the amorphous paramagnetic and ferromagnetic phases and interface. At room temperature nanograins do not contribute to the spectra in the form of a single sextet due to magnetic relaxations. At 77 K the single sextet can be evidently introduced and its hyperfine parameters indicate the existence of the α-Fe(Mo) crystalline phase. The Curie point (TC) of the amorphous phase in the annealed samples shifts from 277 K in the as-cast state to 320 K after the annealing. The maximum of the magnetic entropy change (- ΔSM) in the as-quenched state occurs at temperature around TC of the amorphous phase and distinctly decreases after the annealing and shifts towards higher temperature but lower than TC of the amorphous remainder. - ΔSM in the superparamagnetic temperature range, i.e. above the Curie temperature of the amorphous phase obeys the phenomenological relation: - ΔSM = a(T)Bm / T + b B.m 2 / (T - Θ) 2 . The excellent | ΔSM | × Bm-2 = f(Bm-1) linear dependences for both, as-quenched and annealed samples are observed.

  9. Glass formation and magnetic properties in the Co and Fe-based amorphous alloy with small Mo or Nb additions

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    Jo, Hye-In; Choi-Yim, Haein

    2012-02-01

    The ferromagnetic metallic glass alloys in the Co-Fe-B-Si-M (M = Mo or Nb) system were investigated. Ingots of [(Co1- x Fe x )0.75B0.2Si0.05]96Mo4 ( x = 0, 0.2, 0.5, 0.8, 1.0) and [(Co1- x Fe x )0.75 B0.2Si0.05]96Nb4 ( x = 0, 0.2, 0.5, 0.8, 1.0) alloys were cast into about 30 µm-thick ribbons by using a melt spinning method. As-spun ribbons were identified as being fully amorphous by using X-ray diffraction (XRD). The thermal stability parameters, such as the supercooled liquid region (Δ T x = T g - T x ) and the exothermic heat (Δ H Exo ), were measured by using differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). For Co-Fe-B-Si-Mo alloys, Δ T x and Δ H Exo were in the range of 41.4-81.7 K and 23.40-104.21 J/g, and for Co-Fe-B-Si-Nb alloys, Δ T x and Δ H Exo were in the range of 60.4-88.0 K and 18.45-62.05 J/g, respectively. These glassy ribbons also exhibited semi-hard magnetic properties, i.e., a coercive force ( H c ) of 67.26-100.68 Oe and a saturation magnetization ( M s ) of 341.288-746.176 emu·cm3.

  10. Characterization of atomic-level structure in Fe-based amorphous and nanocrystalline alloy by experimental and modeling methods

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    Babilas, Rafał

    2015-09-15

    The atomic structure of Fe{sub 70}Nb{sub 10}B{sub 20} alloy in “as-cast” state and after annealing was investigated using high-energy X-ray diffraction (XRD), Mössbauer spectroscopy (MS) and high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM). The HRTEM observations allowed to indicate some medium-range order (MRO) regions about 2 nm in size and formation of some kinds of short-range order (SRO) structures represented by atomic clusters with diameter ca. 0.5 nm. The Reverse Monte Carlo (RMC) method basing on the results of XRD measurements was used in modeling the atomic structure of Fe-based alloy. The structural model was described by peak values of partial pair correlation functions and coordination numbers determined by Mössbauer spectroscopy investigations. The three-dimensional configuration box of atoms was obtained from the RMC simulation and the representative Fe-centered clusters were taken from the calculated structure. According to the Gonser et al. approach, the measured spectra of alloy studied were decomposed into 5 subspectra representing average Fe–Fe coordination numbers. Basing on the results of disaccommodation of magnetic permeability, which is sensitive to the short order of the random packing of atoms, it was stated that an occurrence of free volume is not detected after nanocrystallization process. - Highlights: • Atomic cluster model of amorphous structure was proposed for studied glassy alloy. • Short range order (ca. 0.5 nm) regions interpreted as clusters were identified by HREM. • Clusters correspond to coordination numbers (N = 4,6,8,9) calculated by using Gonser approach. • Medium-range order (ca. 2 nm) could be referred to few atomic clusters. • SRO regions are able to grow up as nuclei of crystalline bcc Fe and iron borides. • Crystalline particles have spherical morphology with an average diameter of 20 nm.

  11. Deuterium dynamics in the icosahedral and amorphous phases of the Ti40Zr40Ni20 hydrogen-absorbing alloy studied by 2H NMR

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    Gradišek, A.; Kocjan, A.; McGuiness, P. J.; Apih, T.; Kim, Hae Jin; Dolinšek, J.

    2008-11-01

    The Ti40Zr40Ni20 hydrogen-absorbing alloy was prepared in the icosahedral and amorphous phases by controlling the rotation speed of the melt-spinning method of sample preparation, and the deuterium dynamics was investigated by 2H NMR dynamic lineshape and spin-lattice relaxation. The results were analysed by the lineshape and relaxation models that assume deuterium thermally activated hopping within a manifold of different chemical environments. The observed 8% larger activation energy for the deuterium hopping over the interstitial sites and the 10% larger static spectrum width of the amorphous phase, as compared to the icosahedral phase, can be accounted for by the larger deuterium content of the investigated amorphous sample. From the deuterium dynamics point of view, the icosahedral phase is not special with respect to the amorphous modification of the same material.

  12. Morphology and magnetic behavior of cobalt rich amorphous/nanocrystalline (Co-Ni)70Ti10B20 alloyed powders

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    Raanaei, Hossein; Mohammad-Hosseini, Vahid

    2016-09-01

    The effect of milling time on microstructural and magnetic behavior of mechanically alloyed Co49Ni21Ti10B20 is investigated by using X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, differential scanning calorimetry and vibrating sample magnetometer. It is shown, with increasing milling time, the crystallite size decreases and finally reaches to a low value after 190 h of milling time. The increase in microstrain is also observed during the milling process. The results indicate the coexistence between amorphous and nanocrystalline phases after 190 h of milling time. Moreover, the lowest magnetic coercivity of about 39 Oe at the final milling stage is observed. The results of annealed sample reveal structural ordering of constituent elements.

  13. Structure of Al87Y8Ni5 Amorphous Alloy Analyzed by Anomalous X-ray Scattering

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    Arima, Hiroshi; Kawamata, Toru; Yokoyama, Yoshihiko; Sugiyama, Kazumasa

    The structure of Al87Y8Ni5 amorphous alloy was investigated by the anomalous X-ray scattering (AXS) coupled with a model calculation using reverse Monte Carlo (RMC) simulation, and a three-dimensional structural model was obtained. The model showed the existence of a pre-peak on the small-Q side of the first main peak for the structure factor, and the geometrical origin of this peak is discussed. Partial structure factors indicated that pre-peaks for environmental structure factors around Ni and Y were caused by pair correlations associated with Ni atoms. Further, Voronoi analysis of the nearest-neighbor region suggested that the structure around Ni atoms was dominated by a tetragonal dodecahedron. The origin of the pre-peak would be attributed to the unique local atomic arrangement of prism-like polyhedra around Ni atoms.

  14. A tunable amorphous p-type ternary oxide system: The highly mismatched alloy of copper tin oxide

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    Isherwood, Patrick J. M. Walls, John M.; Butler, Keith T.; Walsh, Aron

    2015-09-14

    The approach of combining two mismatched materials to form an amorphous alloy was used to synthesise ternary oxides of CuO and SnO{sub 2}. These materials were analysed across a range of compositions, and the electronic structure was modelled using density functional theory. In contrast to the gradual reduction in optical band gap, the films show a sharp reduction in both transparency and electrical resistivity with copper contents greater than 50%. Simulations indicate that this change is caused by a transition from a dominant Sn 5s to Cu 3d contribution to the upper valence band. A corresponding decrease in energetic disorder results in increased charge percolation pathways: a “compositional mobility edge.” Contributions from Cu(II) sub band-gap states are responsible for the reduction in optical transparency.

  15. Density and glass forming ability in amorphous atomic alloys: The role of the particle softness

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    Douglass, Ian; Hudson, Toby; Harrowell, Peter

    2016-04-01

    A key property of glass forming alloys, the anomalously small volume difference with respect to the crystal, is shown to arise as a direct consequence of the soft repulsive potentials between metals. This feature of the inter-atomic potential is demonstrated to be responsible for a significant component of the glass forming ability of alloys due to the decrease in the enthalpy of fusion and the associated depression of the freezing point.

  16. Thermal conductivity of bulk and nanowire Mg₂SixSn1–x alloys from first principles

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    Li, Wu; Lindsay, L.; Broido, D. A.; ...

    2012-11-29

    The lattice thermal conductivity (κ) of the thermoelectric materials, Mg₂Si, Mg₂Sn, and their alloys, are calculated for bulk and nanowires, without adjustable parameters. We find good agreement with bulk experimental results. For large nanowire diameters, size effects are stronger for the alloy than for the pure compounds. For example, in 200 nm diameter nanowires κ is lower than its bulk value by 30%, 20%, and 20% for Mg₂Si₀.₆Sn₀.₄, Mg₂Si, and Mg₂Sn, respectively. For nanowires less than 20 nm thick, the relative decrease surpasses 50%, and it becomes larger in the pure compounds than in the alloy. At room temperature, κmore » of Mg₂SixSn1–x is less sensitive to nanostructuring size effects than SixGe1–x, but more sensitive than PbTexSe1–x. This suggests that further improvement of Mg₂SixSn1–x as a nontoxic thermoelectric may be possible.« less

  17. Structural analysis of quaternary Se{sub 85−x}Sb{sub 10}In{sub 5}Ag{sub x} bulk glassy alloys

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    Sharma, Rita Sharma, Shaveta; Kumar, Praveen; Chander, Ravi; Thangaraj, R.; Mian, M.

    2015-08-28

    The physical properties of chalcogenide semiconductor have attracted much attention recently due to their applications in optical recording media and inorganic resist due to photo induced structural transformations observed in these materials. The bulk samples of Se{sub 85-x}Sb{sub 10}In{sub 5}Ag{sub x} system are prepared by melt-quenching technique. X-ray diffraction technique and RAMAN spectroscopy have been used to study the role of Ag additive on the amorphous/crystalline nature and molecular structure of Se{sub 85}Sb{sub 10}In{sub 5} glassy alloys. The phases Sb{sub 2}Se{sub 3}, In-Sb and In{sub 2}Se{sub 3} has been observed by X-ray diffraction. The formation of AgInSe{sub 2} phase along with the enhancement in intensity has been observed with the Ag addition.Three bands observed by raman spectroscopy for Se85Sb10In5 are at 70 cm-1, 212cm-1 and 252cm-1. The formation of small bands up to wavenumber 188cm{sup -1} and shifting in second band along with the increase in intensity up to sample x=5 has been observed with the Ag addition. The enhancement in intensity in third band with Ag content has been observed.

  18. Replication of surface features from a master model to an amorphous metallic article

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    Johnson, William L.; Bakke, Eric; Peker, Atakan

    1999-01-01

    The surface features of an article are replicated by preparing a master model having a preselected surface feature thereon which is to be replicated, and replicating the preselected surface feature of the master model. The replication is accomplished by providing a piece of a bulk-solidifying amorphous metallic alloy, contacting the piece of the bulk-solidifying amorphous metallic alloy to the surface of the master model at an elevated replication temperature to transfer a negative copy of the preselected surface feature of the master model to the piece, and separating the piece having the negative copy of the preselected surface feature from the master model.

  19. "Bulk" Nanocrystalline Metals: Review of the Current State of the Art and Future Opportunities for Copper and Copper Alloys

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    Tschopp, M. A.; Murdoch, H. A.; Kecskes, L. J.; Darling, K. A.

    2014-06-01

    It is a new beginning for innovative fundamental and applied science in nanocrystalline materials. Many of the processing and consolidation challenges that have haunted nanocrystalline materials are now more fully understood, opening the doors for bulk nanocrystalline materials and parts to be produced. While challenges remain, recent advances in experimental, computational, and theoretical capability have allowed for bulk specimens that have heretofore been pursued only on a limited basis. This article discusses the methodology for synthesis and consolidation of bulk nanocrystalline materials using mechanical alloying, the alloy development and synthesis process for stabilizing these materials at elevated temperatures, and the physical and mechanical properties of nanocrystalline materials with a focus throughout on nanocrystalline copper and a nanocrystalline Cu-Ta system, consolidated via equal channel angular extrusion, with properties rivaling that of nanocrystalline pure Ta. Moreover, modeling and simulation approaches as well as experimental results for grain growth, grain boundary processes, and deformation mechanisms in nanocrystalline copper are briefly reviewed and discussed. Integrating experiments and computational materials science for synthesizing bulk nanocrystalline materials can bring about the next generation of ultrahigh strength materials for defense and energy applications.

  20. The detrimental effect of flux-induced boron alloying in Pd–Si–Cu bulk metallic glasses

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    Granata, D.; Fischer, E.; Wessels, V.; Löffler, J. F.

    2015-01-05

    We report on advanced insights into the fluxing of Pd–Si–Cu bulk metallic glasses. Flux-induced boron alloying and trapping of oxides are found to be associated with the employed boron oxide fluxing agent, and both influence the attainable glass-forming ability (GFA) in opposite ways. Incorporated boron strongly deteriorates the GFA due to a rising liquidus temperature, while the oxygen reduction improves it. Thus, proper fine-tuning of the fluxing time and overheating characteristics leads to an enhancement of GFA. In the current case, the critical diameter of Pd{sub 77.5}Si{sub 16.5}Cu{sub 6} bulk metallic glasses can be increased to 15 mm, as compared to 3 mm in the unfluxed case. Based on these results, we illustrate that the development of further fluxing agents is crucial for enhancement of the key properties of bulk metallic glasses.

  1. Anomalous small-angle X-ray scattering of nanoporous two-phase atomistic models for amorphous silicon–germanium alloys

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    Chehaidar, A.

    2015-09-15

    The present work deals with a detailed analysis of the anomalous small-angle X-ray scattering in amorphous silicon–germanium alloy using the simulation technique. We envisage the nanoporous two-phase alloy model consisting in a mixture of Ge-rich and Ge-poor domains and voids at the nanoscale. By substituting Ge atoms for Si atoms in nanoporous amorphous silicon network, compositionally heterogeneous alloys are generated with various composition-contrasts between the two phases. After relaxing the as-generated structure, we compute its radial distribution function, and then we deduce by the Fourier transform technique its anomalous X-ray scattering pattern. Using a smoothing procedure, the computed X-ray scattering patterns are corrected for the termination errors due to the finite size of the model, allowing so a rigorous quantitative analysis of the anomalous small-angle scattering. Our simulation shows that, as expected, the anomalous small-angle X-ray scattering technique is a tool of choice for characterizing compositional heterogeneities coexisting with structural inhomogeneities in an amorphous alloy. Furthermore, the sizes of the compositional nanoheterogeneities, as measured by anomalous small-angle X-ray scattering technique, are X-ray energy independent. A quantitative analysis of the separated reduced anomalous small-angle X-ray scattering, as defined in this work, provided a good estimate of their size.

  2. Magnetic and Mossbauer study of amorphous and nanocrystalline Fe[sub 86]Zr[sub 7]Cu[sub 1]B[sub 6] alloys

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    Gorria, P.; Orue, I.; Plazaola, F.; Fernandez-Gubieda, M.L.; Barandiaran, J.M. . Dept. de Electricidad y Electronica)

    1993-11-01

    Amorphous alloys of composition Fe[sub 86]Zr[sub 7]Cu[sub 1]B[sub 6] have been prepared and annealed in the temperature range from 570 to 950 K, obtaining several degrees of nanocrystallization. Magnetic and Moessbauer measurements show the different phases that appear in the samples after the heating, and their percentage, depending on the annealing temperature. The Curie temperature of the amorphous phase is shown to remain almost unchanged during the crystallization. Moessbauer spectroscopy however, reveals subtle changes in the structure.

  3. Highly improved hydrogen storage capacity and kinetics of the nanocrystalline and amorphous PrMg12-type alloys by mechanical milling

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    Zhang, Y. H.; Shang, H. W.; Li, Y. Q.; Yuan, Z. M.; Yang, T.; Zhao, D. L.

    2017-01-01

    Nanocrystalline and amorphous PrMg11Ni + x wt.% Ni (x = 100, 200) alloys were synthesized by mechanical milling. Effects of Ni content and milling duration on the structures, hydrogen storage capacity and kinetics of the as-milled alloys were investigated systematically. The structures were characterized by XRD and HRTEM. The hydrogen desorption activation energy was calculated by using Kissinger method. The results show that increasing Ni content dramatically improves the electrochemical discharge capacity of the as-milled alloys. Furthermore, the variation of milling time has a significant impact on the kinetics of the alloys. As the milling time increased, the high-rate discharge ability (HRD), gaseous hydrogen absorption capacity and hydrogenation rate increased at first but decreased finally, while the dehydrogenation rate always increased.

  4. Internal friction in the bulk metallic glass Zr41.2Ti13.8Cu12.5Ni10Be22.5 in amorphous and crystalline states

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    Arzhavitin, V. M.; Vasil'ev, A. A.; Kovtun, K. V.; Sungurov, M. S.; Trembach, O. V.; Finkel', V. A.

    2015-07-01

    The low-frequency temperature dependences of the internal friction and the Young's modulus of the Vitreloy-1 alloy (Zr41.2Ti13.8Cu12.5Ni10Be22.5) have been studied in amorphous and crystalline states. The increase and maxima of the Young's modulus due to structural transformations are observed during the crystallization of the Vitreloy-1 alloy from the amorphous phase in the range from the glass transition temperature (325°C) to the temperature of the secondary crystallization (460°C). At 200°C, the internal friction in a partially crystallized Vitreloy-1 alloy exhibits a peak of presumably an interface nature.

  5. Spin-orbit torques in Ta/TbxCo100-x ferrimagnetic alloy films with bulk perpendicular magnetic anisotropy

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    Ueda, Kohei; Mann, Maxwell; Pai, Chi-Feng; Tan, Aik-Jun; Beach, Geoffrey S. D.

    2016-12-01

    We quantified the bulk perpendicular magnetic anisotropy (PMA) and spin-orbit torques (SOTs) in bilayer Ta/TbxCo100-x ferrimagnetic alloy films with varying Tb concentration. The coercivity increases dramatically with increasing TbxCo100-x thickness and is enhanced by the presence of a Ta underlayer. The Ta underlayer simultaneously serves as a source of SOT due to the spin Hall effect, which we show provides an efficient means to manipulate the magnetization in bulk PMA materials. It is further shown that the sign of the anomalous Hall voltage is different for rare-earth (RE) and transition-metal (TM) dominated alloy compositions, whereas the sign of the SOT effective field remains the same, suggesting that the former is related to the TM sublattice magnetization whereas the latter is related to the net magnetization. Our results suggest that Ta/TbxCo100-x is a potential candidate for spin-orbitronic device applications and give insight into spin transport and SOTs in rare-earth/transition-metal alloys.

  6. Magnetic characterisation of large grain, bulk Y-Ba-Cu-O superconductor-soft ferromagnetic alloy hybrid structures

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    Philippe, M. P.; Fagnard, J.-F.; Kirsch, S.; Xu, Z.; Dennis, A. R.; Shi, Y.-H.; Cardwell, D. A.; Vanderheyden, B.; Vanderbemden, P.

    2014-07-01

    Large grain, bulk Y-Ba-Cu-O (YBCO) high temperature superconductors (HTS) have significant potential for use in a variety of practical applications that incorporate powerful quasi-permanent magnets. In the present work, we investigate how the trapped field of such magnets can be improved by combining bulk YBCO with a soft FeNi, ferromagnetic alloy. This involves machining the alloy into components of various shapes, such as cylinders and rings, which are attached subsequently to the top surface of a solid, bulk HTS cylinder. The effect of these modifications on the magnetic hysteresis curve and trapped field of the bulk superconductor at 77 K are then studied using pick-up coil and Hall probe measurements. The experimental data are compared to finite element modelling of the magnetic flux distribution using Campbell’s algorithm. Initially we establish the validity of the technique involving pick-up coils wrapped around the bulk superconductor to obtain its magnetic hysteresis curve in a non-destructive way and highlight the difference between the measured signal and the true magnetization of the sample. We then consider the properties of hybrid ferromagnet/superconductor (F/S) structures. Hall probe measurements, together with the results of the model, establish that flux lines curve outwards through the ferromagnet, which acts, effectively, like a magnetic short circuit. Magnetic hysteresis curves show that the effects of the superconductor and the ferromagnet simply add when the ferromagnet is saturated fully by the applied field. The trapped field of the hybrid structure is always larger than that of the superconductor alone below this saturation level, and especially when the applied field is removed. The results of the study show further that the beneficial effects on the trapped field are enhanced when the ferromagnet covers the entire surface of the superconductor for different ferromagnetic components of various shapes and fixed volume.

  7. The Construction and Validation of All-Atom Bulk-Phase Models of Amorphous Polymers Using the TIGER2/TIGER3 Empirical Sampling Method.

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    Li, Xianfeng; Murthy, Sanjeeva; Latour, Robert A

    2011-07-12

    A new empirical sampling method termed "temperature intervals with global exchange of replicas and reduced radii" (TIGER3) is presented and demonstrated to efficiently equilibrate entangled long-chain molecular systems such as amorphous polymers. The TIGER3 algorithm is a replica exchange method in which simulations are run in parallel over a range of temperature levels at and above a designated baseline temperature. The replicas sampled at temperature levels above the baseline are run through a series of cycles with each cycle containing four stages - heating, sampling, quenching, and temperature level reassignment. The method allows chain segments to pass through one another at elevated temperature levels during the sampling stage by reducing the van der Waals radii of the atoms, thus eliminating chain entanglement problems. Atomic radii are then returned to their regular values and re-equilibrated at elevated temperature prior to quenching to the baseline temperature. Following quenching, replicas are compared using a Metropolis Monte Carlo exchange process for the construction of an approximate Boltzmann-weighted ensemble of states and then reassigned to the elevated temperature levels for additional sampling. Further system equilibration is performed by periodic implementation of the previously developed TIGER2 algorithm between cycles of TIGER3, which applies thermal cycling without radii reduction. When coupled with a coarse-grained modeling approach, the combined TIGER2/TIGER3 algorithm yields fast equilibration of bulk-phase models of amorphous polymer, even for polymers with complex, highly branched structures. The developed method was tested by modeling the polyethylene melt. The calculated properties of chain conformation and chain segment packing agreed well with published data. The method was also applied to generate equilibrated structural models of three increasingly complex amorphous polymer systems: poly(methyl methacrylate), poly

  8. Investigation into the Origin of Magnetic Properties of Amorphous Metallic Alloys.

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    1981-10-01

    alloys investigated. Rksums-Nous avons trouve que certains verres metalliques etaient fragilises par un recuit a basse temperature, comme certains aciers ...article, nous pr sentons les effets de I’addition de Sb, Sc and Te, qui sont des elements fragilisant des aciers , sur des verres metalliques dont les...les aciers . On augmente l’effect d’un element fragilisant en remplaqant du Ni par du Fe. Nous n’avons pas vu de changement notable du DSC ou des

  9. Critical behavior and its correlation with magnetocaloric effect in amorphous Fe80-xVxB12Si8 (x=8, 10 and 13.7) alloys

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    Boutahar, A.; Lassri, H.; Hlil, E. K.; Fruchart, D.

    2016-01-01

    The critical exponents in Fe80-xVxB12Si8 (x=8, 10 and 13.7) amorphous alloys were investigated near ferromagnetic to paramagnetic phase transition temperature. All amorphous alloys exhibit a second order ferromagnetic to paramagnetic phase transition (SOMT). The critical exponents (β, γ and δ) were estimated using the modified Arrott plot technique (MAP), the Widom scaling relation (WSR), and the critical isotherm analysis (CIA). In addition, an independent analysis of the critical behavior is presented in terms of the magnetocaloric effect (MCE). It shows in accordance with conclusion from magnetization data analysis. The estimated critical exponent values are found to be consistent and comparable to those predicted by the mean field model. This result points out to the ferromagnetic exchange interaction of long-range type.

  10. Abrasion Resistance of Al-Ni-Mm-Fe Amorphous and Nanocrystalline Composite Coating on the Surface of AZ91 Magnesium Alloy

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    Zhang, Z. B.; Liang, X. B.; Chen, Y. X.; Xu, B. S.

    An Al-Ni-Mm-Fe amorphous and nanocrystalline composite coating was prepared onto the surface of AZ91 magnesium alloy by high velocity arc spraying process. And the microstructure of the coating was analyzed by scanning electron microscope (TEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD). The analysis results indicated that the coating consists of amorphous, nanocrystalline and crystalline phases. It has a dense structure with a low porosity of about 2.0%. Its average micro Vickers hardness value is about 330 HV0.1, which is five times than that of AZ91 magnesium alloy (62 HV0.1) and four times than that of pure Al coating (71 HV0.1). The abrasion tests showed that the Al-Ni-Mm-Fe coating exhibits a good abrasion resistance.

  11. New class of Si-based superlattices - Alternating layers of crystalline Si and porous amorphous Si(1-x)Ge(x) alloys

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    Fathauer, R. W.; George, T.; Jones, E. W.; Pike, W. T.; Ksendzov, A.; Vasquez, R. P.

    1992-01-01

    Superlattices consisting of alternating layers of crystalline Si and porous amorphous Si(1-x)Ge(x) have been fabricated. This is accomplished by first growing a Si/Si(0.7)Ge(0.3) superlattice by molecular beam epitaxy, followed by Ar-ion milling to form mesa structures, and finally by immersion in HF:HNO3:H2O. This solution creates a porous structure similar to that created by anodic etching, and a high selectivity is observed for the conversion of the alloy layers relative to the Si layers. The degree of selectivity is found to depend on alloy-layer thickness and strain. Superlattices have been fabricated from 1-micron wide mesas with Si(0.7)Ge(0.3) layers fully converted to 5-nm thick porous amorphous material.

  12. Semiconductor to metallic transition in bulk accumulated amorphous indium-gallium-zinc-oxide dual gate thin-film transistor

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    Chun, Minkyu; Chowdhury, Md Delwar Hossain; Jang, Jin

    2015-05-15

    We investigated the effects of top gate voltage (V{sub TG}) and temperature (in the range of 25 to 70 {sup o}C) on dual-gate (DG) back-channel-etched (BCE) amorphous-indium-gallium-zinc-oxide (a-IGZO) thin film transistors (TFTs) characteristics. The increment of V{sub TG} from -20V to +20V, decreases the threshold voltage (V{sub TH}) from 19.6V to 3.8V and increases the electron density to 8.8 x 10{sup 18}cm{sup −3}. Temperature dependent field-effect mobility in saturation regime, extracted from bottom gate sweep, show a critical dependency on V{sub TG}. At V{sub TG} of 20V, the mobility decreases from 19.1 to 15.4 cm{sup 2}/V ⋅ s with increasing temperature, showing a metallic conduction. On the other hand, at V{sub TG} of - 20V, the mobility increases from 6.4 to 7.5cm{sup 2}/V ⋅ s with increasing temperature. Since the top gate bias controls the position of Fermi level, the temperature dependent mobility shows metallic conduction when the Fermi level is above the conduction band edge, by applying high positive bias to the top gate.

  13. Crystallization and Corrosion Resistance in Different Aqueous Solutions of Zr50.7Ni28Cu9Al12.3 Amorphous Alloy and Its Crystallization Counterparts

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    Ge, Wenjuan; Li, Boyu; Axinte, Eugen; Zhang, Zitang; Shang, Caiyun; Wang, Yan

    2017-02-01

    The Zr50.7Ni28Cu9Al12.3 amorphous alloy and its crystallization counterparts have been prepared using a melt spinning technique and proper annealing treatment. The as-annealed products at 768 K are amorphous composites consisting of a main amorphous phase and a few ZrO2 nanocrystals. The corrosion behaviors have been investigated in 0.5-M NaCl, 1-M HCl, and 0.5-M H2SO4 solutions. The results show that amorphous composites present the enhanced corrosion resistance in Cl- containing solutions due to the formation of compact passive films, which are promoted by an appropriate quantity of ZrO2 nanocrystals. Nevertheless, the relaxed samples possess good corrosion resistance in H2SO4 solution, which is attributed to the existence of Zr(Al, Ni)-rich protective film induced by the depletion of Cu. In addition, corrosion resistance of the tested alloys is relatively superior in H2SO4 solution, especially for pitting corrosion resistance, and inferior in HCl solution.

  14. Small-angle x-ray scattering study of phase separation in amorphous alloys during heating with use of synchrotron radiation

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    Yavari, A.R.; Osamura, K.; Okuda, H.; Amemia, Y.

    1988-05-01

    Some recent reports suggest that amorphous Pd/sub 46/Ni/sub 36/P/sub 18/ and Cu/sub 50/Zr/sub 50/ alloys phase separate during heating at temperatures 50--200 K below their crystallization temperatures. We have therefore obtained improved small-angle x-ray scattering (SAXS) measurements during heating of these alloys using a new experimental setup. The experimental improvements included in-the-beam heating using the very-high-intensity x-ray radiation available at the Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory, K.E.K., the use of Joule self-heating of the samples, which is made possible by the high resistivity of the amorphous phase and the use of regularly shaped, constant thickness amorphous tapes obtained by planar flow casting. No evidence of phase separation during heating prior to crystallization was obtained in glassy Pd/sub 46/Ni/sub 36/P/sub 18/ and Cu/sub 50/Zr/sub 50/ alloys.

  15. Oxide composite prepared from intermetallic and amorphous Zr67Fe30M3- (M=Au, Pt) alloys and their catalytic activity for CO oxidation

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    Huang, Yung-Han; Wang, Sea-Fue; Kameoka, Satoshi; Miyamoto, Kanji; Tsai, An-Pang

    2017-01-01

    In this study, Zr67Fe30M3 (M=Au, Pt) intermetallic compounds and amorphous alloys were prepared and used as precursors for the synthesis of oxides. Oxidation treatment of the intermetallic compounds at 500 °C followed by X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis indicated that zirconium and iron were oxidized to ZrO2 and Fe2O3, respectively. In the case of Zr67Fe30M3 amorphous alloys, cubic Zr6Fe3O was observed on the surface of the ribbons after heat treatment at 500 °C in vacuum. Addition of 3% of gold or platinum to the alloy resulted in an increase in the lattice constants of the Zr6Fe3O phase. Grounding the treated ribbons into powders followed by an oxidation treatment at 500 °C in air produced Fe2O3 and ZrO2 supports, where Au and Pt are dissolved in the oxides as confirmed by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). No matter precursors are intermetallics or amorphous phases, the resultant oxides are the same. Although Pt and Au dissolved in the oxides, catalytic activities for CO oxidation were significant improved.

  16. Synthesis and photocatlytic performance of nano-sized TiO{sub 2} materials prepared by dealloying Ti–Cu–Pd amorphous alloys

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    Jiang, Jing; Zhu, Shengli; Xu, Wence; Cui, Zhenduo; Yang, Xianjin

    2015-05-15

    Highlights: • TiO{sub 2} nanospindles were synthesized by dealloying Ti–Cu–Pd amorphous alloy. • Pd significantly enhanced the exposure of high-energy (0 0 1) facet of TiO{sub 2}. • TiO{sub 2} with high-energy (0 0 1) facet showed good photocatalytic activity. - Abstract: TiO{sub 2} nanospindles with exposed (0 0 1) facet were synthesized through a simple dealloying reaction. The rutile photocatalysts were characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscope and transmission electron microscope, inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectrometry and ultraviolet–visible spectrophotometer. A Rhodamine B dye (RhB) was used to detect the photocatalytic activity of TiO{sub 2} under full light irradiation. The presence of Pd in the original amorphous alloy reduced the surface free energy of TiO{sub 2}, stabilized the (0 0 1) facet. The Pd8-TiO{sub 2} sample exhibited the largest crystal size along the direction which is perpendicular to the (0 0 1) facet. The photocatalytic degradation rate of RhB was improved due to the Pd addition in the original amorphous alloy. This indicated that the exposure of (0 0 1) facets could enhance the activity of TiO{sub 2} photocatalyst. In addition, the presence of isolated Pd atoms on the surface of TiO{sub 2} would be another probable reason for the improvement of photocatalytic activity.

  17. Phase separation and crystallization process of amorphous Fe{sub 78}B{sub 12}Si{sub 9}Ni{sub 1} alloy

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    Mukhgalin, V. V.; Lad’yanov, V. I.

    2015-08-17

    The influence of the melt heat treatment on the structure and crystallization process of the rapidly quenched amorphous Fe{sub 78}B{sub 12}Si{sub 9}Ni{sub 1} alloys have been investigated by means of x-ray diffraction, DSC and TEM. Amorphous phase separation has been observed in the alloys quenched after the preliminary high temperature heat treatment of the liquid alloy (heating above 1400°C). Comparative analysis of the pair distribution functions demonstrates that this phase separation accompanied by a changes in the local atomic arrangement. It has been found that crystallization process at heating is strongly dependent on the initial amorphous phase structure - homogeneous or phase separated. In the last case crystallization goes through the formation of a new metastable hexagonal phase [a=12.2849(9) Ǻ, c=7.6657(8) Ǻ]. At the same time the activation energy for crystallization (Ea) reduces from 555 to 475 kJ mole{sup −1}.

  18. Regularities of the effect of the value of initial bending stresses on their relaxation under the annealing of amorphous magnetically soft alloys of various classes

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    Kekalo, I. B.; Mogil'nikov, P. S.

    2017-02-01

    It has been shown that, in some amorphous alloys, the value of initial bending stresses σm can influence the development of the relaxation of these stresses during the annealing of the alloys. These alloys include Co69Fe3.7Cr3.8Si12.5B11, with a nearly zero saturation magnetostriction (λs < 10-7) and the Fe78Ni1Si8B13 alloy with λs = 25 × 10-6. In the iron-based Fe81Si4B13C2 and Fe57Co31Si2.9B9.1 alloys, no effect of the initial bending stresses on their relaxation has been observed. No this effect has also been observed in the metalloid-free alloys Co80Mo10Zr10 and Co80Mo8Ni2Zr10 with a nearly zero saturation magnetostriction λs. When this effect manifests itself, the activation energy U of the given process becomes a function of two factors; i.e., this energy depends on both the composition of the alloy (that is, interatomic forces) and the value of the initial bending stresses. In this case, the activation energy U cannot be considered to be characteristic of the material.

  19. Hydrogen Storage Characteristics of Nanocrystalline and Amorphous Nd-Mg-Ni-Based NdMg12-Type Alloys Synthesized via Mechanical Milling

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    Zhang, Yanghuan; Shang, Hongwei; Hou, Zhonghui; Yuan, Zeming; Yang, Tai; Qi, Yan

    2016-12-01

    In this study, Mg was partially substituted by Ni with the intent of improving the hydrogen storage kinetics performance of NdMg12-type alloy. Mechanical milling technology was adopted to fabricate the nanocrystalline and amorphous NdMg11Ni + x wt pct Ni ( x = 100, 200) alloys. The effects of Ni content and milling duration on the microstructures and hydrogen storage kinetics of as-milled alloys have been systematically investigated. The structures were characterized by XRD and HRTEM. The electrochemical hydrogen storage properties were tested by an automatic galvanostatic system. Moreover, the gaseous hydrogen storage properties were investigated by Sievert apparatus and a differential scanning calorimeter connected with a H2 detector. Hydrogen desorption activation energy of alloy hydrides was estimated by using Arrhenius and Kissinger methods. The results reveal that the increase of Ni content dramatically ameliorates the gaseous and electrochemical hydrogen storage kinetics performance of the as-milled alloys. Furthermore, high rate discharge ability (HRD) reach the maximum value with the variation of milling time. The maximum HRDs of the NdMg11Ni + x wt pct Ni ( x = 100, 200) alloys are 80.24 and 85.17 pct. The improved gaseous hydrogen storage kinetics of alloys via increasing Ni content and milling time can be attributed to a decrease in the hydrogen desorption activation energy.

  20. XRD technique: a way to discriminate structural changes in iron-based amorphous materials [An Alternative Method of Synthesizing Iron-based Amorphous Alloys

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    Saw, Cheng K.; Day, Dan; Farmer, Joe C.; Bauer, William

    2008-02-06

    Prevention of corrosion is a vital goal for the Department of Defense when billions of dollars are spent every year. Corrosion resistant materials have applications in all sort of military vehicles, and more importantly in naval vessels and submarines which come in contact with the seawater. It is known that corrosion resistance property can be improved by the used of structurally designed materials in the amorphous state where the atoms are arranged in a non-periodic fashion and specific atoms, tailored to the required properties can be interjected into the matrix for specific application. The XRD techniques reported here is to demonstrate the optimal conditions for characterization of these materials. The samples, which normally contain different compositions of Fe, Cr, B, Mo, Y, Mn, Si and W, are in the form of powders, ribbons and coatings. These results will be compared for the different forms of the sample which appears to correlate to the cooling rate during sample processing. In most cases, the materials are amorphous or amorphous with very small amount of crystallinity. In the ribbon samples for different compositions we observed that the materials are essentially amorphous. In most cases, starting from an amorphous powder sample, the coatings are also observed to be amorphous with a small amount of iron oxide on the surface, probably due to exposure to air.

  1. Mathematical modelling of frequency-dependent hysteresis and energy loss of FeBSiC amorphous alloy

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    Koprivica, Branko; Milovanovic, Alenka; Mitrovic, Nebojsa

    2017-01-01

    The aim of this paper is to present a novel mathematical model of frequency-dependent magnetic hysteresis. The major hysteresis loop in this model is represented by the ascending and descending curve over an arctangent function. The parameters of the hysteresis model have been calculated from a measured hysteresis loop of the FeBSiC amorphous alloy sample. A number of measurements have been performed with this sample at different frequencies of the sinusoidal excitation magnetic field. A variation of the coercive magnetic field with the frequency has been observed and used in the modelling of frequency-dependent hysteresis with the proposed model. A comparison between measured and modelled hysteresis loops has been presented. Additionally, the areas of the obtained hysteresis loops, representing the energy loss per unit volume, have been calculated and the dependence of the energy loss on the frequency is shown. Furthermore, two models of the frequency dependence of the coercivity and two models of the energy loss separation have been used for fitting the experimental and simulation results. The relations between these models and their parameters have been observed and analysed. Also, the relations between parameters of the hysteresis model and the parameters of the energy loss separation models have been analysed and discussed.

  2. Loading Rate-Dependent Mechanical Properties of Bulk Two-Phase Nanocrystalline Al-Pb Alloys Studied by Nanoindentation

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    Varam, Sreedevi; Rajulapati, Koteswararao V.; Bhanu Sankara Rao, K.; Scattergood, Ronald O.; Murty, Korukonda L.; Koch, Carl C.

    2014-10-01

    Bulk samples (dia. = 20 mm) of various nanocrystalline (nc) Al-Pb alloys with Pb content varying from 1 to 4 at. pct are fabricated using spark plasma sintering of ball-milled powders. Al matrix in Al-2 at. pct Pb alloy had a grain size of 53 nm, and Pb particle size was 6 ± 2 nm. High angle annular dark-field image obtained in STEM mode of TEM indicates the presence of Pb along the nc Al grain boundaries as well as dispersion of smaller Pb particles in the intra-granular regions. Hardness studies are carried out using microindentation and nanoindentation with load varying over three orders of magnitude (100 - 0.1 g). Microindentation yielded slightly smaller hardness values in comparison to nanoindentation possibly because of indentation size effect. Nevertheless both microindentation and nanoindentation resulted in the same trend of hardness for various nc Al-Pb alloys. Hardness of Al-Pb alloys increased with increase in Pb content up to the additions of 2 at. pct Pb, beyond that the hardness is decreased for higher Pb additions of 3 and 4 pct. The initial hardening behavior is explained based on the Orowan particle strengthening. Strain rate sensitivity (SRS) has increased with increase in Pb content reaching a value of 0.1 for Al-4 at. pct Pb alloy. Activation volumes measured are between 2.84 and 6.15 b 3. Higher SRS and lower activation volume suggest that grain boundary-mediated processes are controlling the deformation characteristics.

  3. Atomic simulation of mechanical behavior of Mg in a super-lattice of nanocrystalline Mg and amorphous Mg-Al alloy

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    Song, H. Y.; An, M. R.; Li, Y. L. Deng, Q.

    2014-12-07

    The mechanical properties of a super-lattice architecture composed of nanocrystalline Mg and Mg-Al amorphous alloy are investigated using molecular dynamics simulation. The results indicate that deformation mechanism of nanocrystalline Mg is obviously affected by the amorphous boundary spacing and temperature. The strength of the material increases with the decrease of amorphous boundary spacing, presenting a Hall-Petch effect at both 10 K and 300 K. A stress platform and following stiffness softening, as well as a linear strengthening in the plastic stage, are observed when the amorphous boundary spacing below 8.792 nm at 10 K. The implying reason may be that the amorphous boundary acts as the dislocations emission and absorption source. However, the second stress peak is not observed for the models at 300 K. Instead, the flow stress in plastic stage is a nearly constant value. The simulation demonstrates the emergence of the new grain, accompanied by the deformation twins and stacking faults associated with the plastic behaviors at 300 K. The general conclusions derived from this work may provide a guideline for the design of high-performance hexagonal close-packed metals.

  4. Molecular Packing and Electronic Processes in Amorphous-like Polymer Bulk Heterojunction Solar Cells with Fullerene Intercalation

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    Xiao, Ting; Xu, Haihua; Grancini, Giulia; Mai, Jiangquan; Petrozza, Annamaria; Jeng, U-Ser; Wang, Yan; Xin, Xin; Lu, Yong; Choon, Ng Siu; Xiao, Hu; Ong, Beng S.; Lu, Xinhui; Zhao, Ni

    2014-01-01

    The interpenetrating morphology formed by the electron donor and acceptor materials is critical for the performance of polymer:fullerene bulk heterojunction (BHJ) photovoltaic (PV) cells. In this work we carried out a systematic investigation on a high PV efficiency (>6%) BHJ system consisting of a newly developed 5,6-difluorobenzo[c]125 thiadiazole-based copolymer, PFBT-T20TT, and a fullerene derivative. Grazing incidence X-ray scattering measurements reveal the lower-ordered nature of the BHJ system as well as an intermixing morphology with intercalation of fullerene molecules between the PFBT-T20TT lamella. Steady-state and transient photo-induced absorption spectroscopy reveal ultrafast charge transfer (CT) at the PFBT-T20TT/fullerene interface, indicating that the CT process is no longer limited by exciton diffusion. Furthermore, we extracted the hole mobility based on the space limited current (SCLC) model and found that more efficient hole transport is achieved in the PFBT-T20TT:fullerene BHJ as compared to pure PFBT-T20TT, showing a different trend as compared to the previously reported highly crystalline polymer:fullerene blend with a similar intercalation manner. Our study correlates the fullerene intercalated polymer lamella morphology with device performance and provides a coherent model to interpret the high photovoltaic performance of some of the recently developed weakly-ordered BHJ systems based on conjugated polymers with branched side-chain. PMID:24909640

  5. High thermal shock resistance of the hot rolled and swaged bulk W-ZrC alloys

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    Xie, Z. M.; Liu, R.; Miao, S.; Yang, X. D.; Zhang, T.; Fang, Q. F.; Wang, X. P.; Liu, C. S.; Lian, Y. Y.; Liu, X.; Luo, G. N.

    2016-02-01

    The thermal shock (single shot) resistance and mechanical properties of the W-0.5wt% ZrC (WZC) alloys manufactured by ordinary sintering followed by swaging or rolling process were investigated. No cracks or surface melting were detected on the surface of the rolled WZC alloy plates after thermal shock at a power density of 0.66 GW/m2 for 5 ms, while primary intergranular cracks appear on the surface of the swaged WZC samples after thermal shock at a power density of 0.44 GW/m2 for 5 ms. Three point bending tests indicate that the rolled WZC alloy has a flexural strength of ˜2.4 GPa and a total strain of 1.8% at room temperature, which are 100% and 260% higher than those of the swaged WZC, respectively. The fracture energy density of the rolled WZC alloy is 3.23 × 107 J/m3, about 10 times higher than that of the swaged WZC (2.9 × 106 J/m3). The high thermal shock resistance of the rolled WZC alloys can be ascribed to their extraordinary ductility and plasticity.

  6. Microstructure and tribological properties of Zr-based amorphous-nanocrystalline coatings deposited on the surface of titanium alloys by Electrospark Deposition

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    Hong, Xiang; Tan, Yefa; Zhou, Chunhua; Xu, Ting; Zhang, Zhongwei

    2015-11-01

    In order to improve the wear resistance of titanium alloys, the Zr-based amorphous-nanocrystalline coatings were prepared by Electrospark Deposition (ESD) on the surface of TC11. The microstructure of the coatings was analyzed and the tribological behavior and mechanism of the coatings were investigated. The results show that the coating is mainly composed of amorphous phase Zr55Cu30Al10Ni5 and distributed a large number of nano particles with the diameter between 2 nm and 4 nm such as CuZr3, Ni2Zr3, NiZr2, etc. The new alloy system made up of molten electrode material of Zr-based alloy and TC11 substrate has a large glass forming ability, which transforms to amorphous phase in the rapid heating and cooling ESD process. The long-range diffusions of atoms such as Zr and Cu in amorphous microstructure play an important role in nano nucleation growth. The coating is dense, uniform, bonding with TC11 substrate metallurgically. The thickness of the coating is from 55 μm to 60 μm and the average microhardness is 801.3 HV0.025. The coating has good friction-reducing and anti-wear properties. The friction coefficient of the coating changes between 0.13 and 0.21 with small fluctuation, decreasing about 60% compared to that of TC11 substrate. And the wear resistance of the coating is increased by 57% than that of TC11 substrate. The main wear mechanism of the coating is micro-cutting wear accompanied with oxidation wear.

  7. Ion irradiation induced nanocrystal formation in amorphous Zr 55Cu 30Al 10Ni 5 alloy

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    Carter, Jesse; Fu, E. G.; Martin, Michael; Xie, Guoqiang; Zhang, X.; Wang, Y. Q.; Wijesundera, D.; Wang, X. M.; Chu, Wei-Kan; McDeavitt, Sean M.; Shao, Lin

    2009-09-01

    Ion irradiation can be used to induce partial crystallization in metallic glasses to improve their surface properties. We investigated the microstructural changes in ribbon Zr 55Cu 30Al 10Ni 5 metallic glass after 1 MeV Cu-ion irradiation at room temperature, to a fluence of 1.0 × 10 16 cm -2. In contrast to a recent report by others that there was no irradiation induced crystallization in the same alloy [S. Nagata, S. Higashi, B. Tsuchiya, K. Toh, T. Shikama, K. Takahiro, K. Ozaki, K. Kawatusra, S. Yamamoto, A. Inouye, Nucl. Instr. and Meth. B 257 (2007) 420], we have observed nanocrystals in the as-irradiated samples. Two groups of nanocrystals, one with diameters of 5-10 nm and another with diameters of 50-100 nm are observed by using high resolution transmission electron microscopy. Experimentally measured planar spacings ( d-values) agree with the expectations for Cu 10Zr 7, NiZr 2 and CuZr 2 phases. We further discussed the possibility to form a substitutional intermetallic (Ni xCu 1-x)Zr 2 phase.

  8. Changes in cluster magnetism and suppression of local superconductivity in amorphous FeCrB alloy irradiated by Ar+ ions

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    Okunev, V. D.; Samoilenko, Z. A.; Szymczak, H.; Szewczyk, A.; Szymczak, R.; Lewandowski, S. J.; Aleshkevych, P.; Malinowski, A.; Gierłowski, P.; Więckowski, J.; Wolny-Marszałek, M.; Jeżabek, M.; Varyukhin, V. N.; Antoshina, I. A.

    2016-02-01

    We show that сluster magnetism in ferromagnetic amorphous Fe67Cr18B15 alloy is related to the presence of large, D=150-250 Å, α-(Fe Cr) clusters responsible for basic changes in cluster magnetism, small, D=30-100 Å, α-(Fe, Cr) and Fe3B clusters and subcluster atomic α-(Fe, Cr, B) groupings, D=10-20 Å, in disordered intercluster medium. For initial sample and irradiated one (Φ=1.5×1018 ions/cm2) superconductivity exists in the cluster shells of metallic α-(Fe, Cr) phase where ferromagnetism of iron is counterbalanced by antiferromagnetism of chromium. At Φ=3×1018 ions/cm2, the internal stresses intensify and the process of iron and chromium phase separation, favorable for mesoscopic superconductivity, changes for inverse one promoting more homogeneous distribution of iron and chromium in the clusters as well as gigantic (twice as much) increase in density of the samples. As a result, in the cluster shells ferromagnetism is restored leading to the increase in magnetization of the sample and suppression of local superconductivity. For initial samples, the temperature dependence of resistivity ρ(T) T2 is determined by the electron scattering on quantum defects. In strongly inhomogeneous samples, after irradiation by fluence Φ=1.5×1018 ions/cm2, the transition to a dependence ρ(T) T1/2 is caused by the effects of weak localization. In more homogeneous samples, at Φ=3×1018 ions/cm2, a return to the dependence ρ(T) T2 is observed.

  9. Flow and Fracture of Bulk Metallic Glass Alloys and their Composites

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    Flores, K M; Suh, D; Howell, R; Asoka-Kumar, P; Dauskardt, R H

    2001-06-20

    The fracture and plastic deformation mechanisms of a Zr-Ti-Ni-Cu-Be bulk metallic glass and a composite utilizing a crystalline reinforcement phase are reviewed. The relationship between stress state, free volume and shear band formation are discussed. Positron annihilation techniques were used to confirm the predicted increase in free volume after plastic straining. Strain localization and failure were examined for a wide range of stress states. Finally, methods for toughening metallic glasses are considered. Significant increases in toughness are demonstrated for a composite bulk metallic glass containing a ductile second phase which stabilizes shear band formation and distributes plastic deformation.

  10. Ultrafast crystalline-to-amorphous phase transition in Ge{sub 2}Sb{sub 2}Te{sub 5} chalcogenide alloy thin film using single-shot imaging spectroscopy

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    Takeda, Jun Oba, Wataru; Minami, Yasuo; Katayama, Ikufumi; Saiki, Toshiharu

    2014-06-30

    We have observed an irreversible ultrafast crystalline-to-amorphous phase transition in Ge{sub 2}Sb{sub 2}Te{sub 5} chalcogenide alloy thin film using broadband single-shot imaging spectroscopy. The absorbance change that accompanied the ultrafast amorphization was measured via single-shot detection even for laser fluences above the critical value, where a permanent amorphized mark was formed. The observed rise time to reach the amorphization was found to be ∼130–200 fs, which was in good agreement with the half period of the A{sub 1} phonon frequency in the octahedral GeTe{sub 6} structure. This result strongly suggests that the ultrafast amorphization can be attributed to the rearrangement of Ge atoms from an octahedral structure to a tetrahedral structure. Finally, based on the dependence of the absorbance change on the laser fluence, the stability of the photoinduced amorphous phase is discussed.

  11. Effect of amorphous Mg{sub 50}Ni{sub 50} on hydriding and dehydriding behavior of Mg{sub 2}Ni alloy

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    Guzman, D.; Ordonez, S.; Fernandez, J.F.; Sanchez, C.; Serafini, D.; Rojas, P.A.; Aguilar, C.; Tapia, P.

    2011-04-15

    Composite Mg{sub 2}Ni (25 wt.%) amorphous Mg{sub 50}Ni{sub 50} was prepared by mechanical milling starting with nanocrystalline Mg{sub 2}Ni and amorphous Mg{sub 50}Ni{sub 50} powders, by using a SPEX 8000 D mill. The morphological and microstructural characterization of the powders was performed via scanning electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction. The hydriding characterization of the composite was performed via a solid gas reaction method in a Sievert's-type apparatus at 363 K under an initial hydrogen pressure of 2 MPa. The dehydriding behavior was studied by differential thermogravimetry. On the basis of the results, it is possible to conclude that amorphous Mg{sub 50}Ni{sub 50} improved the hydriding and dehydriding kinetics of Mg{sub 2}Ni alloy upon cycling. A tentative rationalization of experimental observations is proposed. - Research Highlights: {yields} First study of the hydriding behavior of composite Mg{sub 2}Ni (25 wt.%) amorphous Mg{sub 50}Ni{sub 50}. {yields} Microstructural characterization of composite material using XRD and SEM was obtained. {yields} An improved effect of Mg{sub 50}Ni{sub 50} on the Mg{sub 2}Ni hydriding behavior was verified. {yields} The apparent activation energy for the hydrogen desorption of composite was obtained.

  12. Nano-crystallization and magnetic mechanisms of Fe{sub 85}Si{sub 2}B{sub 8}P{sub 4}Cu{sub 1} amorphous alloy by ab initio molecular dynamics simulation

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    Wang, Yaocen; Takeuchi, Akira; Makino, Akihiro; Liang, Yunye; Kawazoe, Yoshiyuki

    2014-05-07

    Iron-based amorphous and nano-crystalline alloys have attracted a growing interest due to their potential in the application of magnetic coil production. However, fundamental understanding of the nano-crystallization mechanisms and magnetic features in the amorphous structure are still lack of knowledge. In the present work, we performed ab initio molecular dynamics simulation to clarify the ionic and electronic structure in atomic scale, and to derive the origin of the good magnetic property of Fe{sub 85}Si{sub 2}B{sub 8}P{sub 4}Cu{sub 1} amorphous alloy. The simulation gave a direct evidence of the Cu-P bonding preference in the amorphous alloy, which may promote nucleation in nano-crystallization process. On the other hand, the electron transfer and the band/orbital features in the amorphous alloy suggests that alloying elements with large electronegativity and the potential to expand Fe disordered matrix are preferred for enhancing the magnetization.

  13. Time of isothermal holding in the course of in-air heat treatment of soft magnetic Fe-based amorphous alloys and their magnetic properties

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    Skulkina, N. A.; Ivanov, O. A.; Pavlova, I. O.; Minina, O. A.

    2011-12-01

    On the example of soft magnetic Fe81B13Si4C2 and Fe77Ni1Si9B13 amorphous alloys, the relation between the level of magnetic properties and duration of isothermal holding in the course of heat treatment in air has been studied. The optimum temperature-dependent time τ of isothermal holding has been shown to be related to the volume fraction of domains ( V orth) with orthogonal magnetization in the initial (quenched) ribbon by equation V orth = ττ1/3. A temperature dependence of the proportionality coefficient α, which determines the degree of diffusion-process activity, has been determined. The results obtained allow us to substantially simplify the choice of optimum conditions of atmospheric heat treatment of soft magnetic Fe-based amorphous ribbons.

  14. Comparison of high temperature, high frequency core loss and dynamic B-H loops of two 50 Ni-Fe crystalline alloys and an iron-based amorphous alloy

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    Wieserman, W. R.; Schwarze, G. E.; Niedra, J. M.

    1991-01-01

    The availability of experimental data that characterizes the performance of soft magnetic materials for the combined conditions of high temperature and high frequency is almost nonexistent. An experimental investigation was conducted over the temperature range of 23 to 300 C and frequency range of 1 to 50 kHz to determine the effects of temperature and frequency on the core loss and dynamic B-H loops of three different soft magnetic materials; and oriented grain 50Ni-50Fe alloy, a nonoriented grain 50Ni-Fe alloy, and an iron based amorphous material (Metglas 2605SC). A comparison of these materials shows that the nonoriented grain 50Ni-50Fe alloy tends to have either the lowest or next lowest core loss for all temperatures and frequencies investigated.

  15. Experimental and Theoretical Studies on Oxidation of Cu-Au Alloy Surfaces: Effect of Bulk Au Concentration

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    Okada, Michio; Tsuda, Yasutaka; Oka, Kohei; Kojima, Kazuki; Diño, Wilson Agerico; Yoshigoe, Akitaka; Kasai, Hideaki

    2016-01-01

    We report results of our experimental and theoretical studies on the oxidation of Cu-Au alloy surfaces, viz., Cu3Au(111), CuAu(111), and Au3Cu(111), using hyperthermal O2 molecular beam (HOMB). We observed strong Au segregation to the top layer of the corresponding clean (111) surfaces. This forms a protective layer that hinders further oxidation into the bulk. The higher the concentration of Au in the protective layer formed, the higher the protective efficacy. As a result, of the three Cu-Au surfaces studied, Au3Cu(111) is the most stable against dissociative adsorption of O2, even with HOMB. We also found that this protective property breaks down for oxidations occurring at temperatures above 300 K. PMID:27516137

  16. Molar volume, thermal expansion, and bulk modulus in liquid Fe-Ni alloys at 1 bar: Evidence for magnetic anomalies?

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    Nasch, P. M.; Manghnani, M. H.

    New experimental data on the molar volume Ω, thermal expansion coefficient α, and ultrasonic sound velocity vp in liquid Fe-Ni systems at temperatures between melting and 1975 K are reported. The molar volume and thermal expansion data were acquired using a penetrating γ radiation method; the sound velocity data were obtained by ultrasonic interferometry. In the temperature range of this study, the molar volume Ω increases and the sound velocity vp decreases, both linearly with temperature. The adiabatic bulk modulus KS ∝ v2p/Ωp of liquid Fe-Ni alloys is nearly independent of composition at Fe content greater than 65 wt%. The temperature derivative ∂K/∂T of both adiabatic and isothermal bulk modulus of pure liquid Fe decreases by approximately 50% upon being alloyed with 15 wt% Ni. The mixing behavior of thermodynamic and cohesive properties of liquid Fe-Ni is interpreted as resulting from the existence of disordered and localized magnetic states and correlations in the liquid state, i.e., well above the Curie temperature and extending from pure Fe into the Fe-Ni stability field. These magnetic contributions have strong mechanical effects on the structure in modifying the volume and elastic modulus by as much as 13% and 31%, respectively, in the case of pure liquid Fe. It is believed that the magnetic contribution, which is likely to be absent at core temperatures, should be removed from the measured 1-bar values of density and elastic moduli if these latter were to be used as precise anchoring points in high pressure-temperature EOS.

  17. In-situ observation of dynamic recrystallization in the bulk of zirconium alloy.

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    Liss, K.-D.; Garbe, U.; Li, H. J.; Schambron, T.; Almer, J. D.; Yan, K.; Australian Nuclear Science and Tech. Organisation; Univ. of Wollongong

    2009-08-01

    Dynamic recrystallization and related effects have been followed in situ and in real time while a metal undergoes rapid thermo-mechanical processing. Statistics and orientation correlations of embedded/bulk material grains were deduced from two-dimensional X-ray diffraction patterns and give deep insight into the formation of the microstructure. Applications are relevant in materials design, simulation, and in geological systems.

  18. Critical behavior of amorphous Fe80 - xMxB14Si6 alloys with M=Mo, V, Mn, and 2 <= x <= 14

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    Jen, S. U.; Lee, C. C.; Huang, P. L.; Lin, S. T.

    1990-05-01

    Amorphous Fe80-xMxB14Si6 alloys with M=Mo, V, Mn, and 2≤x≤14 have been made by the rapid quenching method. The critical exponents β, γ, δ, and Tc were determined by two independent methods: the method of Kouvel-Fisher and the scaling plot. With the addition of M, β, and γ deviate more from the values predicted by the three-dimensional Heisenberg model, and are closer to the values proposed by Sobotta and Wagner. δ remains less changed. The magnetic inhomogeneity of these alloys is evidenced by the specific heat, the forced magnetoresistance, and the Mössbauer measurements. By increasing x, the peak of specific heat becomes smeared and less divergent, and forced magnetoresistance changes from negative to positive around Tc.

  19. Effect of addition of soft magnetic alloy particles on the flux trapping in Gd123 bulk superconductors

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    Xu, Y.; Tsuzuki, K.; Zhang, Y.; Kimura, Y.; Izumi, M.

    2010-06-01

    Pinning stability and the introduction of magnetic flux pinning is an essential problem in applications of high-Tc superconductors. Study on the role of addition of a variety of metal oxides into GdBa2Cu3O7-δ (Gd123) bulk superconductors was carried out. We found that the addition of 0.05 wt. % of soft magnetic alloy particles Fe-Cu-Nb-Si-Cr-B (Fe-B) into the Gd123 contributes to the enhancement of the critical current density (Jc) under a wide range of applied magnetic fields up to 3 T. The Fe-B particles refined less than 10 μm by ball milling indicate no remarkable contribution on the Jc under the magnetic field. The reduction of the Ba content resulted in the appearance of a peak of Jc which has been observed in the Gd/Ba solid solution with rich Ba content. These results let us discriminate the effect of the magnetic particles from other conventional flux pinning mechanism. The peak of Jc under magnetic field was not only observed in the part along the c-axis under the seed of the sample but also in the growth sector around the periphery of the Gd123 bulk with Fe-B addition. It indicates that the magnetic particles inclusions play an important role on the homogeneous enhancement of Jc and the high flux pinning performance.

  20. Enthalpy Effect of Adding Cobalt to Liquid Sn-3.8Ag-0.7Cu Lead-Free Solder Alloy: Difference between Bulk and Nanosized Cobalt

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    2016-01-01

    Heat effects for the addition of Co in bulk and nanosized forms into the liquid Sn-3.8Ag-0.7Cu alloy were studied using drop calorimetry at four temperatures between 673 and 1173 K. Significant differences in the heat effects between nano and bulk Co additions were observed. The considerably more exothermic values of the measured enthalpy for nano Co additions are connected with the loss of the surface enthalpy of the nanoparticles due to the elimination of the surface of the nanoparticles upon their dissolution in the liquid alloy. This effect is shown to be independent of the calorimeter temperature (it depends only on the dropping temperature through the temperature dependence of the surface energy of the nanoparticles). Integral and partial enthalpies of mixing for Co in the liquid SAC-alloy were evaluated from the experimental data. PMID:26877829

  1. Enthalpy Effect of Adding Cobalt to Liquid Sn-3.8Ag-0.7Cu Lead-Free Solder Alloy: Difference between Bulk and Nanosized Cobalt.

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    Yakymovych, Andriy; Kaptay, George; Roshanghias, Ali; Flandorfer, Hans; Ipser, Herbert

    2016-01-28

    Heat effects for the addition of Co in bulk and nanosized forms into the liquid Sn-3.8Ag-0.7Cu alloy were studied using drop calorimetry at four temperatures between 673 and 1173 K. Significant differences in the heat effects between nano and bulk Co additions were observed. The considerably more exothermic values of the measured enthalpy for nano Co additions are connected with the loss of the surface enthalpy of the nanoparticles due to the elimination of the surface of the nanoparticles upon their dissolution in the liquid alloy. This effect is shown to be independent of the calorimeter temperature (it depends only on the dropping temperature through the temperature dependence of the surface energy of the nanoparticles). Integral and partial enthalpies of mixing for Co in the liquid SAC-alloy were evaluated from the experimental data.

  2. Molecular dynamics study of the ternary Cu50Ti25Zr25 bulk glass forming alloy

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    Senturk Dalgic, S.; Celtek, M.

    2011-05-01

    The structure and thermodynamic properties of a ternary Cu50Ti25Zr25 metallic glass forming alloy in solid-liquid to glass phases were studied using molecular dynamics (MD) method based on tight-binding (TB) potentials. An atomic description of the melting, glass formation and crystallization process has been analyzed using different heating and cooling rates. The computed Glass Forming Ability (GFA) parameters are in good agreement with experimental data. The structure analysis of the Cu50Ti25Zr25 based on molecular dynamics simulation will be also presented and compared with available MD results. We have also discussed the crystallization transition with two different interatomic potentials used in this work

  3. Caltech Center for Structural and Amorphous Metals

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    2005-05-10

    fracture resistance and subcritical-crack growth behavior in BMG’s and their composites. We have shown that hydrogen significantly increases the glass...Science des Materiaux , 2713], 2002 L. Shadowspeaker, M. B. Shah and R. Busch, "On the crystalline equilibrium phases of the Zr5 7 Nb 5 Cu 15 .4Ni12.6 A lI0...Lowhaphandu, L.A. Ludrosky, and J.J. Lewandowski "Fracture Resistance of Zr-Ti-Ni-Cu-Be Bulk Amorphous Alloy",, TMS-AIME Fall Meeting, Cincinnati, OH

  4. Itinerant magnetic properties of amorphous metallic systems II: Magnetic moment distribution in the Fe-B alloys and the magnetism of amorphous Fe

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    Krompiewski, S.; Krey, U.; Krauss, U.; Ostermeier, H.

    1988-05-01

    For realistic structural models of amorphous Fe 1- xB x with 0.2⩽x⩽0.6 and for the fictitious case of x = 0 (amorphous iron, a-Fe), we calculate the distribution function p( ml) of the local magnetic moments ml by means of a self-consistent itinerant electron approach. Generally, p( ml) is rather broad and agrees with experimental hyperfine field distributions. For x→0 and x > 0.5, even negative moments appear, although overlinem remains positive. Additionally we find that for a-Fe a rather drastic transition from paramagnetic behaviour at densities ρ<ρ c(≈8.3 g/cm 3) to ferromagnetism at ρ > ρ c would happen, if the magnetization could be forced to remain homogeneous. However, if the ml are allowed to relax to their local values, no such transition happens. Finally, we study the question whether the spread of the local moments is important for the density of states and find that this is the case except for 0.2⩽x⩽0.35.

  5. High-Efficiency Amorphous Silicon Alloy Based Solar Cells and Modules; Final Technical Progress Report, 30 May 2002--31 May 2005

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    Guha, S.; Yang, J.

    2005-10-01

    The principal objective of this R&D program is to expand, enhance, and accelerate knowledge and capabilities for development of high-efficiency hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) and amorphous silicon-germanium alloy (a-SiGe:H) related thin-film multijunction solar cells and modules with low manufacturing cost and high reliability. Our strategy has been to use the spectrum-splitting triple-junction structure, a-Si:H/a-SiGe:H/a-SiGe:H, to improve solar cell and module efficiency, stability, and throughput of production. The methodology used to achieve the objectives included: (1) explore the highest stable efficiency using the triple-junction structure deposited using RF glow discharge at a low rate, (2) fabricate the devices at a high deposition rate for high throughput and low cost, and (3) develop an optimized recipe using the R&D batch large-area reactor to help the design and optimization of the roll-to-roll production machines. For short-term goals, we have worked on the improvement of a-Si:H and a-SiGe:H alloy solar cells. a-Si:H and a-SiGe:H are the foundation of current a-Si:H based thin-film photovoltaic technology. Any improvement in cell efficiency, throughput, and cost reduction will immediately improve operation efficiency of our manufacturing plant, allowing us to further expand our production capacity.

  6. Deformation behavior of an amorphous Cu64.5Zr35.5 alloy: A combined computer simulation and experimental study

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    Mendelev, M. I.; Ott, R. T.; Heggen, M.; Feuerebacher, M.; Kramer, M. J.; Sordelet, D. J.

    2008-12-01

    Molecular dynamics (MD) simulations were performed to examine the temperature-dependent elastic properties and high-temperature deformation behavior of a Cu64.5Zr35.5 amorphous alloy. From the simulations we find that the elastic constants of the amorphous solid and supercooled liquid exhibit an approximately linear temperature dependence. The predicted temperature dependence of the Young's modulus for the amorphous solid obtained from the MD simulations is in good agreement with experimental measurements using dynamic mechanical analysis. Furthermore, the high-temperature plastic deformation behavior determined by MD simulations is qualitatively in good agreement with results from plastic deformation experiments performed on 1 mm diameter Cu64.5Zr35.5 metallic glass rods at 698 K. Notably, the MD simulations reveal that the flow softening regime of the stress-strain curve corresponds to an increase in the free volume in the atomic structure. Moreover, the simulations indicate that the atomic mobility significantly increases within the same regime.

  7. Influence of germanium nano-inclusions on the thermoelectric power factor of bulk bismuth telluride alloy

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    Satyala, Nikhil; Zamanipour, Zahra; Norouzzadeh, Payam; Krasinski, Jerzy S.; Vashaee, Daryoosh; Tahmasbi Rad, Armin; Tayebi, Lobat

    2014-05-28

    Nanocomposite thermoelectric compound of bismuth telluride (Bi{sub 2}Te{sub 3}) with 5 at. % germanium nano-inclusions was prepared via mechanically alloying and sintering techniques. The influence of Ge nano-inclusions and long duration annealing on the thermoelectric properties of nanostructured Bi{sub 2}Te{sub 3} were investigated. It was found that annealing has significant effect on the carrier concentration, Seebeck coefficient, and the power factor of the thermoelectric compound. The systematic heat treatment also reduced the density of donor type defects thereby decreasing the electron concentration. While the as-pressed nanocomposite materials showed n-type properties, it was observed that with the increase of annealing time, the nanocomposite gradually transformed to an abundantly hole-dominated (p-type) sample. The long duration annealing (∼500 h) resulted in a significantly enhanced electrical conductivity pertaining to the augmentation in the density and the structural properties of the sample. Therefore, a simultaneous enhancement in both electrical and Seebeck coefficient characteristics resulted in a remarkable increase in the thermoelectric power factor.

  8. Experimental and molecular dynamics simulation study of structure of liquid and amorphous Ni 62 Nb 38 alloy

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    Zhang, Y.; Ashcraft, R.; Mendelev, M. I.; Wang, C. Z.; Kelton, K. F.

    2016-11-28

    The state-of-the-art experimental and atomistic simulation techniques were utilized to study the structure of the liquid and amorphous Ni62Nb38 alloy. First, the ab initio molecular dynamics (AIMD) simulation was performed at rather high temperature where the time limitations of the AIMD do not prevent to reach the equilibrium liquid structure. A semi-empirical potential of the Finnis-Sinclair (FS) type was developed to almost exactly reproduce the AIMD partial pair correlation functions (PPCFs) in a classical molecular dynamics simulation. This simulation also showed that the FS potential well reproduces the bond angle distributions. The FS potential was then employed to elongate the AIMD PPCFs and determine the total structure factor (TSF) which was found to be in excellent agreement with X-ray TSF obtained within the present study demonstrating the reliability of the AIMD for the simulation of the structure of the liquid Ni–Nb alloys as well as the reliability of the developed FS potential. The glass structure obtained with the developed potential was also found to be in excellent agreement with the X-ray data. The analysis of the structure revealed that a network of the icosahedra clusters centered on Ni atoms is forming during cooling the liquid alloy down to Tg and the Nb Z14, Z15, and Z16 clusters are attached to this network. This network is the main feature of the Ni62Nb38 alloy and further investigations of the properties of this alloy should be based on study of the behavior of this network.

  9. Development and structural characterization of exchange-spring-like nanomagnets in (Fe,Co)-Pt bulk nanocrystalline alloys

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    Crisan, O.; Crisan, A. D.; Mercioniu, I.; Nicula, R.; Vasiliu, F.

    2016-03-01

    FePt-based alloys are currently under scrutiny for their possible use as materials for perpendicular magnetic recording. Another possible application is in the field of permanent magnets without rare-earths, magnets that may operate at higher temperatures than the classic Nd-Fe-B magnets. Within this study, FeCoPt alloys prepared by rapid solidification from the melt are structurally and magnetically characterized. In the as-cast FeCoPt ribbons, a three-phase structure comprising well-ordered CoFePt and CoPt L10 phases embedded in a disordered fcc FePt matrix was evidenced by XRD, HREM and SAED. Extended transmission electron microscopy analysis demonstrates the incipient formation of ordered L10 phases. X-ray diffraction was used to characterize the phase structure and to obtain the structural parameters of interest for L10 ordering. In the as-cast state, the co-existence of hard magnetic CoFePt and CoPt L10 tetragonal phases with the soft fcc FePt phase is obtained within a refined microstructure made of alternatively disposed grains (grain sizes from 1 to 7 nm). Following a thermal treatment of 1 h at 670 °C, the soft magnetic fcc matrix phase transforms to tetragonal L10 phases (disorder-order transition). The resulting CoPt and CoFePt L10 phases have grains of around 5-20 nm in size. In the as-cast state, magnetic measurements show a quite large remanence (0.75 T), close to the value of the parent L10 FePt phase. Coercive fields of about 200 kA/m at 5 K were obtained, comparable with those reported for some FePt-based bulk alloys. Upon annealing both remanence and coercivity are increased and values of up to 254 kA/m at 300 K are obtained. The polycrystalline structure of the annealed FeCoPt samples, as well as the formation of multiple c-axis domains in different CoPt and CoFePt regions (which leads to a reduction of the magneto-crystalline anisotropy) may account for the observed coercive fields that are lower than in the case of very thin FeCoPt films. A

  10. Study of the nanocrystalline bulk Al alloys synthesized by high energy mechanical milling followed by room temperature high pressing consolidation

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    Makhlouf, T.; Azabou, M.; Ghrib, M.; Ghrib, T.; Yacoubi, N.; Khitouni, M.

    2009-11-01

    In the present study high energy mechanical milling followed by high-pressing consolidation has been used to obtain bulk nanocrystalline Al-Fe-Si alloy. Quantitative XRD analysis and scanning electron microscopy were used to characterize the material evolution during thermal treatments in the temperature range 25- 500∘ C. The cold-worked structure have been synthesized with microstructure showing a mixture of a significant low size of crystallite (70 nm) and a high level of lattice strains (0.85%). Starting from the nanocrystalline specimens, isochronal experiments were carried out to monitor the reserve microstructure and transformations. The high temperature annealing is required for ameliorating the quality of room temperature consolidated materials by removing all porosity and obtaining good interparticle bonding. The thermal conductivity and the thermal diffusivity are investigated with the Photothermal deflection technique. These thermal parameters increase with the annealing temperatures. This behavior is attributed to the increase in the rate of diffusion coefficient of added elements inside the aluminum matrix.

  11. Castable Amorphous Metal Mirrors and Mirror Assemblies

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    Hofmann, Douglas C.; Davis, Gregory L.; Agnes, Gregory S.; Shapiro, Andrew A.

    2013-01-01

    A revolutionary way to produce a mirror and mirror assembly is to cast the entire part at once from a metal alloy that combines all of the desired features into the final part: optical smoothness, curvature, flexures, tabs, isogrids, low CTE, and toughness. In this work, it has been demonstrated that castable mirrors are possible using bulk metallic glasses (BMGs, also called amorphous metals) and BMG matrix composites (BMGMCs). These novel alloys have all of the desired mechanical and thermal properties to fabricate an entire mirror assembly without machining, bonding, brazing, welding, or epoxy. BMGs are multi-component metal alloys that have been cooled in such a manner as to avoid crystallization leading to an amorphous (non-crystalline) microstructure. This lack of crystal structure and the fact that these alloys are glasses, leads to a wide assortment of mechanical and thermal properties that are unlike those observed in crystalline metals. Among these are high yield strength, carbide-like hardness, low melting temperatures (making them castable like aluminum), a thermoplastic processing region (for improving smoothness), low stiffness, high strength-to-weight ratios, relatively low CTE, density similar to titanium alloys, high elasticity and ultra-smooth cast parts (as low as 0.2-nm surface roughness has been demonstrated in cast BMGs). BMGMCs are composite alloys that consist of a BMG matrix with crystalline dendrites embedded throughout. BMGMCs are used to overcome the typically brittle failure observed in monolithic BMGs by adding a soft phase that arrests the formation of cracks in the BMG matrix. In some cases, BMGMCs offer superior castability, toughness, and fatigue resistance, if not as good a surface finish as BMGs. This work has demonstrated that BMGs and BMGMCs can be cast into prototype mirrors and mirror assemblies without difficulty.

  12. Low temperature diffusion process using rare earth-Cu eutectic alloys for hot-deformed Nd-Fe-B bulk magnets

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

    2014-05-07

    The low temperature grain boundary diffusion process using RE{sub 70}Cu{sub 30} (RE = Pr, Nd) eutectic alloy powders was applied to sintered and hot-deformed Nd-Fe-B bulk magnets. Although only marginal coercivity increase was observed in sintered magnets, a substantial enhancement in coercivity was observed when the process was applied to hot-deformed anisotropic bulk magnets. Using Pr{sub 70}Cu{sub 30} eutectic alloy as a diffusion source, the coercivity was enhanced from 1.65 T to 2.56 T. The hot-deformed sample expanded along c-axis direction only after the diffusion process as RE rich intergranular layers parallel to the broad surface of the Nd{sub 2}Fe{sub 14}B are thickened in the c-axis direction.

  13. Appearance of perfect amorphous linear bulk polyethylene under applied electric field and the analysis by radial distribution function and direct tunneling effect.

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    Zhang, Rong; Bin, Yuezhen; Yang, Wenxiao; Fan, Shaoyan; Matsuo, Masaru

    2014-02-27

    Without melting flow, linear ultrahigh molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) provided X-ray intensity curve from only amorphous halo at 129.0 °C (surface temperature, Ts arisen by Joule heat) lower than the conventionally known melting point 145.5 °C on applying electric field to UHMWPE-nickel-coated carbon fiber (NiCF) composite. Such surprising phenomenon was analyzed by simultaneous measurements of X-ray intensity, electric current, and Ts as a function of time. The calculated radial distribution function revealed the amorphous structure with disordered chain arrangement. The appearance of such amorphous phase was arisen by the phenomenon that the transferring electrons between overlapped adjacent NiCFs by tunneling effect struck together with X-ray photons and some of the transferring electron flown out from the gap to UHMWPE matrix collided against carbon atoms of UHMWPE. The impact by the collision caused disordering chain arrangement in crystal grains.

  14. Study of dynamic properties for NaK binary liquid alloy using first principle and theoretical predictions of isothermal bulk modulus using elastic constants

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    Thakur, Anil; Sharma, Nalini; Kashyap, Rajinder; Ahluwalia, P. K.

    2014-04-01

    Study of atomic motions in the binary liquid alloys have been studied in terms of dynamical variables like velocity auto correlation, power spectrum and mean square displacement. Elastic constants and isothermal bulk modulus have been calculated to see the effeectiveness of ab-initio pseudopotentials which has been used in this paper. This appraoch is free from the fitting parameters and results obtained using this appraoch have been found very close to the average values.

  15. Thermal conductivity of bulk and nanowire Mg₂SixSn1–x alloys from first principles

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    Li, Wu; Lindsay, L.; Broido, D. A.; Stewart, Derek A.; Mingo, Natalio

    2012-11-29

    The lattice thermal conductivity (κ) of the thermoelectric materials, Mg₂Si, Mg₂Sn, and their alloys, are calculated for bulk and nanowires, without adjustable parameters. We find good agreement with bulk experimental results. For large nanowire diameters, size effects are stronger for the alloy than for the pure compounds. For example, in 200 nm diameter nanowires κ is lower than its bulk value by 30%, 20%, and 20% for Mg₂Si₀.₆Sn₀.₄, Mg₂Si, and Mg₂Sn, respectively. For nanowires less than 20 nm thick, the relative decrease surpasses 50%, and it becomes larger in the pure compounds than in the alloy. At room temperature, κ of Mg₂SixSn1–x is less sensitive to nanostructuring size effects than SixGe1–x, but more sensitive than PbTexSe1–x. This suggests that further improvement of Mg₂SixSn1–x as a nontoxic thermoelectric may be possible.

  16. Microwave properties of /Fe(0.82)B(0.18)/(0.90)La(0.05)R(0.05) amorphous metal alloys

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    Vittoria, C.; Koon, N. C.; Lubitz, P.; Geohegan, J. A.

    1984-03-01

    Microwave properties of amorphous metal alloys of /Fe(0.82)B(0.18)/(0.90)La(0.05)R(0.05), where R = La, Pr, Nd, Sm, Gd, Tb, Dy, Ho, and Er, are reported. The microwave measurements consisted of fixed (9 GHz) and swept (0.01-18 GHz) frequency magnetic resonance experiments. The ferromagnetic resonance linewidth, Delta H, and g factor were measured. Delta H has a minimum for R = Gd and is equal to 100 Oe. Delta H appears to scale with the product of the spin and orbital angular momentum operators of the R ion. The measured g factor obeys the Wangsness relation as R is varied.

  17. Effect of heat treatment in air and a chemically active environment on the magnetic properties of cobalt-based soft magnetic amorphous alloys

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    Skulkina, N. A.; Ivanov, O. A.; Stepanova, E. A.; Blinova, O. V.; Kuznetsov, P. A.; Mazeeva, A. K.

    2016-10-01

    The influence of heat treatment in air on the level of magnetic properties has been studied on the example of a ribbon of an amorphous cobalt-based (Co-Fe-Ni-Cr-Si-B) soft-magnetic alloy with a nearzero saturation magnetostriction. The investigation of the interaction of the ribbon surface with water and water vapor and its influence on the magnetization distribution showed the possibility of applying surface treatment to determine the sign of saturation magnetostriction. The sign of saturation magnetostriction in the initial (quenched) state confirmed the presence of a negative magnetostriction in the ribbon. Based on the results obtained, the dependence of the sign of saturation magnetostriction on the structural state that is obtained upon heat treatment has been revealed.

  18. Investigation of the stability and 1.0 MeV proton radiation resistance of commercially produced hydrogenated amorphous silicon alloy solar cells

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    Lord, Kenneth R., II; Walters, Michael R.; Woodyard, James R.

    1994-01-01

    The radiation resistance of commercial solar cells fabricated from hydrogenated amorphous silicon alloys is reported. A number of different device structures were irradiated with 1.0 MeV protons. The cells were annealing at 200 C. The annealing time was dependent on proton fluence. Annealing devices for one hour restores cell parameters or fluences below 1(exp 14) cm(exp -2); fluences above 1(exp 14) cm(exp -2) require longer annealing times. A parametric fitting model was used to characterize current mechanisms observed in dark I-V measurements. The current mechanisms were explored with irradiation fluence, and voltage and light soaking times. The thermal generation current density and quality factor increased with proton fluence. Device simulation shows the degradation in cell characteristics may be explained by the reduction of the electric field in the intrinsic layer.

  19. Investigation of the Stability and 1.0 MeV Proton Radiation Resistance of Commercially Produced Hydrogenated Amorphous Silicon Alloy Solar Cells

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    Lord, Kenneth R., II; Walters, Michael R.; Woodyard, James R.

    1994-01-01

    The radiation resistance of commercial solar cells fabricated from hydrogenated amorphous silicon alloys is reported. A number of different device structures were irradiated with 1.0 MeV protons. The cells were insensitive to proton fluences below 1E12 sq cm. The parameters of the irradiated cells were restored with annealing at 200 C. The annealing time was dependent on proton fluence. Annealing devices for one hour restores cell parameters for fluences below 1E14 sq cm fluences above 1E14 sq cm require longer annealing times. A parametric fitting model was used to characterize current mechanisms observed In dark I-V measurements. The current mechanism were explored with irradiation fluence, and voltage and light soaking times. The thermal generation current density and quality factor increased with proton fluence. Device simulation shows the degradation in cell characteristics may be explained by the reduction of the electric field in the intrinsic layer.

  20. Increasing Ti-6Al-4V brazed joint strength equal to the base metal by Ti and Zr amorphous filler alloys

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    Ganjeh, E.; Sarkhosh, H.; Bajgholi, M.E.; Khorsand, H.; Ghaffari, M.

    2012-09-15

    Microstructural features developed along with mechanical properties in furnace brazing of Ti-6Al-4V alloy using STEMET 1228 (Ti-26.8Zr-13Ni-13.9Cu, wt.%) and STEMET 1406 (Zr-9.7Ti-12.4Ni-11.2Cu, wt.%) amorphous filler alloys. Brazing temperatures employed were 900-950 Degree-Sign C for the titanium-based filler and 900-990 Degree-Sign C for the zirconium-based filler alloys, respectively. The brazing time durations were 600, 1200 and 1800 s. The brazed joints were evaluated by ultrasonic test, and their microstructures and phase constitutions analyzed by metallography, scanning electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction analysis. Since microstructural evolution across the furnace brazed joints primarily depends on their alloying elements such as Cu, Ni and Zr along the joint. Accordingly, existence of Zr{sub 2}Cu, Ti{sub 2}Cu and (Ti,Zr){sub 2}Ni intermetallic compounds was identified in the brazed joints. The chemical composition of segregation region in the center of brazed joints was identical to virgin filler alloy content which greatly deteriorated the shear strength of the joints. Adequate brazing time (1800 s) and/or temperature (950 Degree-Sign C for Ti-based and 990 Degree-Sign C for Zr-based) resulted in an acicular Widmanstaetten microstructure throughout the entire joint section due to eutectoid reaction. This microstructure increased the shear strength of the brazed joints up to the Ti-6Al-4V tensile strength level. Consequently, Ti-6Al-4V can be furnace brazed by Ti and Zr base foils produced excellent joint strengths. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Temperature or time was the main factors of controlling braze joint strength. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Developing a Widmanstaetten microstructure generates equal strength to base metal. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Brittle intermetallic compounds like (Ti,Zr){sub 2}Ni/Cu deteriorate shear strength. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Ti and Zr base filler alloys were the best choice for brazing Ti

  1. Pressure tunes electrical resistivity by four orders of magnitude in amorphous Ge2Sb2Te5 phase-change memory alloy.

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    Xu, M; Cheng, Y Q; Wang, L; Sheng, H W; Meng, Y; Yang, W G; Han, X D; Ma, E

    2012-05-01

    Ge-Sb-Te-based phase-change memory is one of the most promising candidates to succeed the current flash memories. The application of phase-change materials for data storage and memory devices takes advantage of the fast phase transition (on the order of nanoseconds) and the large property contrasts (e.g., several orders of magnitude difference in electrical resistivity) between the amorphous and the crystalline states. Despite the importance of Ge-Sb-Te alloys and the intense research they have received, the possible phases in the temperature-pressure diagram, as well as the corresponding structure-property correlations, remain to be systematically explored. In this study, by subjecting the amorphous Ge(2)Sb(2)Te(5) (a-GST) to hydrostatic-like pressure (P), the thermodynamic variable alternative to temperature, we are able to tune its electrical resistivity by several orders of magnitude, similar to the resistivity contrast corresponding to the usually investigated amorphous-to-crystalline (a-GST to rock-salt GST) transition used in current phase-change memories. In particular, the electrical resistivity drops precipitously in the P = 0 to 8 GPa regime. A prominent structural signature representing the underlying evolution in atomic arrangements and bonding in this pressure regime, as revealed by the ab initio molecular dynamics simulations, is the reduction of low-electron-density regions, which contributes to the narrowing of band gap and delocalization of trapped electrons. At P > 8 GPa, we have observed major changes of the average local structures (bond angle and coordination numbers), gradually transforming the a-GST into a high-density, metallic-like state. This high-pressure glass is characterized by local motifs that bear similarities to the body-centered-cubic GST (bcc-GST) it eventually crystallizes into at 28 GPa, and hence represents a bcc-type polyamorph of a-GST.

  2. Reversible amorphous-crystalline phase changes in a wide range of Se1-xTex alloys studied using ultrafast differential scanning calorimetry

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    Vermeulen, Paul. A.; Momand, Jamo; Kooi, Bart J.

    2014-07-01

    The reversible amorphous-crystalline phase change in a chalcogenide material, specifically the Se1-xTex alloy, has been investigated for the first time using ultrafast differential scanning calorimetry. Heating rates and cooling rates up to 5000 K/s were used. Repeated reversible amorphous-crystalline phase switching was achieved by consecutively melting, melt-quenching, and recrystallizing upon heating. Using a well-conditioned method, the composition of a single sample was allowed to shift slowly from 15 at. %Te to 60 at. %Te, eliminating sample-to-sample variability from the measurements. Using Energy Dispersive X-ray Spectroscopy composition analysis, the onset of melting for different Te-concentrations was confirmed to coincide with the literature solidus line, validating the use of the onset of melting Tm as a composition indicator. The glass transition Tg and crystallization temperature Tc could be determined accurately, allowing the construction of extended phase diagrams. It was found that Tm and Tg increase (but Tg/Tm decrease slightly) with increasing Te-concentration. Contrarily, the Tc decreases substantially, indicating that the amorphous phase becomes progressively unfavorable. This coincides well with the observation that the critical quench rate to prevent crystallization increases about three orders of magnitude with increasing Te concentration. Due to the employment of a large range of heating rates, non-Arrhenius behavior was detected, indicating that the undercooled liquid SeTe is a fragile liquid. The activation energy of crystallization was found to increase 0.5-0.6 eV when the Te concentration increases from 15 to 30 at. % Te, but it ceases to increase when approaching 50 at. % Te.

  3. Reversible amorphous-crystalline phase changes in a wide range of Se(1-x)Te(x) alloys studied using ultrafast differential scanning calorimetry.

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    Vermeulen, Paul A; Momand, Jamo; Kooi, Bart J

    2014-07-14

    The reversible amorphous-crystalline phase change in a chalcogenide material, specifically the Se1-xTex alloy, has been investigated for the first time using ultrafast differential scanning calorimetry. Heating rates and cooling rates up to 5000 K/s were used. Repeated reversible amorphous-crystalline phase switching was achieved by consecutively melting, melt-quenching, and recrystallizing upon heating. Using a well-conditioned method, the composition of a single sample was allowed to shift slowly from 15 at. %Te to 60 at. %Te, eliminating sample-to-sample variability from the measurements. Using Energy Dispersive X-ray Spectroscopy composition analysis, the onset of melting for different Te-concentrations was confirmed to coincide with the literature solidus line, validating the use of the onset of melting Tm as a composition indicator. The glass transition Tg and crystallization temperature Tc could be determined accurately, allowing the construction of extended phase diagrams. It was found that Tm and Tg increase (but Tg/Tm decrease slightly) with increasing Te-concentration. Contrarily, the Tc decreases substantially, indicating that the amorphous phase becomes progressively unfavorable. This coincides well with the observation that the critical quench rate to prevent crystallization increases about three orders of magnitude with increasing Te concentration. Due to the employment of a large range of heating rates, non-Arrhenius behavior was detected, indicating that the undercooled liquid SeTe is a fragile liquid. The activation energy of crystallization was found to increase 0.5-0.6 eV when the Te concentration increases from 15 to 30 at. % Te, but it ceases to increase when approaching 50 at. % Te.

  4. Pressure tunes electrical resistivity by four orders of magnitude in amorphous Ge[subscript 2]Sb[subscript 2]Te[subscript 5] phase-change memory alloy

    SciTech Connect

    Xu, M.; Cheng, Y.Q.; Wang, L.; Sheng, H.W.; Meng, Y.; Yang, W.G.; Hang, X.D.; Ma, E.

    2012-05-22

    Ge-Sb-Te-based phase-change memory is one of the most promising candidates to succeed the current flash memories. The application of phase-change materials for data storage and memory devices takes advantage of the fast phase transition (on the order of nanoseconds) and the large property contrasts (e.g., several orders of magnitude difference in electrical resistivity) between the amorphous and the crystalline states. Despite the importance of Ge-Sb-Te alloys and the intense research they have received, the possible phases in the temperature-pressure diagram, as well as the corresponding structure-property correlations, remain to be systematically explored. In this study, by subjecting the amorphous Ge{sub 2}Sb{sub 2}Te{sub 5} (a-GST) to hydrostatic-like pressure (P), the thermodynamic variable alternative to temperature, we are able to tune its electrical resistivity by several orders of magnitude, similar to the resistivity contrast corresponding to the usually investigated amorphous-to-crystalline (a-GST to rock-salt GST) transition used in current phase-change memories. In particular, the electrical resistivity drops precipitously in the P = 0 to 8 GPa regime. A prominent structural signature representing the underlying evolution in atomic arrangements and bonding in this pressure regime, as revealed by the ab initio molecular dynamics simulations, is the reduction of low-electron-density regions, which contributes to the narrowing of band gap and delocalization of trapped electrons. At P > 8 GPa, we have observed major changes of the average local structures (bond angle and coordination numbers), gradually transforming the a-GST into a high-density, metallic-like state. This high-pressure glass is characterized by local motifs that bear similarities to the body-centered-cubic GST (bcc-GST) it eventually crystallizes into at 28 GPa, and hence represents a bcc-type polyamorph of a-GST.

  5. X-Ray Diffraction in Situ Study of Phase Formation and Amorphous-To Transformation in FeCuNbSiB Alloys

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    Tuong, Le Thi Cat; Phuc, Phan Vinh; Nghi, Nguyen Hoang

    2001-04-01

    This paper presents some reeenl results of a X-ray in situ study of phase formation process and amorphous-to-nanocrystalline transformation in FeCuNbSiB alloy. Measurements were carried out on the diffractometer Siemens-D5000 with high temperature attachment. Our experiments were performed in both isothermal and nonisothermal regimes in argon atmosphere with time periods from a minute to 3 hours and different temperatures ranging from room temperature to 900°C. The X-ray diffraction data were used to determine the amount of crystalline fraction rs temperature and vs time. Both the first amorphous halo and the (110) diffraction peak of the bcc Fe-based solid solution were fitted, after background substruction. by means of the pseudo-voigt function. The grain sizes for even annealing temperature were determined by the X-ray profile analysis and using Bruker Win-Crysize program package. The kinetics of the nanocrystallization process was investigated and the activation energy was estimated. All the obtained results were compared with those of conventional studies.

  6. The half-metallicity of the Co2FeSi full Heusler alloy in bulk, clean surface and interfaces with Si ; first-principles investigation

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    Kim, Miyoung; Lim, Hanjo; Lee, Jaeil

    2010-03-01

    We report the ab-initio calculational results on the half-metallicity of Co2FeSi full Heusler alloys in bulk, (001) surfaces and interface with Si. Employing the +U corrections within the FLAPW[1] method, we investigate the effect of correlation interaction on half-metallicity and magnetic properties. For bulk, the +U approach reproduces experimental values of the minority spin band gap and total spin magnetic moment. The (001) surfaces and interfaces with Si are calculated to be metallic by both LDA and GGA due to the surface and interface states developed at EF. Upon +U correction, the Co-terminated clean surface recovers half-metallicity with a reduced band gap (0.40 eV) from the bulk value while the rest of the systems are still metallic, which can be explained by the correlation and hybridization effects. [1] E. Wimmer, H. Krakauer, M. Weinert, and A. J. Freeman, PRB 24, 864 (1981).

  7. 19F solid-state NMR spectroscopic investigation of crystalline and amorphous forms of a selective muscarinic M3 receptor antagonist, in both bulk and pharmaceutical dosage form samples.

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    Wenslow, Robert M

    2002-05-01

    The purpose of the following investigation was to display the utility of 19F solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) in both distinguishing between solid forms of a selective muscarinic M3 receptor antagonist and characterizing the active pharmaceutical ingredient in low-dose tablets. Ambient- and elevated-temperature solid-state 19F fast (15 kHz) magic-angle spinning (MAS) NMR experiments were employed to obtain desired spectral resolution in this system. Ambient sample temperature combined with rotor frequencies of 15 kHz provided adequate 19F peak resolution to successfully distinguish crystalline and amorphous forms in this system. Additionally, elevated-temperature 19F MAS NMR further characterized solid forms through 19F resonance narrowing brought about by the phenomenon of solvent escape. Similar solvent dynamics at elevated temperatures were utilized in combination with ambient-temperature 19F MAS NMR analysis to provide excipient-free spectra to unambiguously identify the active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) conversion from crystalline Form I to the amorphous form in low-dose tablets. It is shown that 19F solid-state NMR is exceptionally powerful in distinguishing amorphous and crystalline forms in both bulk and formulation samples.

  8. Effect of Electromagnetic Field on Microstructure and Properties of Bulk AlCrFeNiMo0.2 High-Entropy Alloy

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    Dong, Yong; Jiang, Li; Tang, Zhongyi; Lu, Yiping; Li, Tingju

    2015-11-01

    The bulk AlCrFeNiMo0.2 high-entropy alloy was successfully prepared by vacuum medium frequency induction melting. The effects of electromagnetic field on microstructure and properties were investigated. The alloy possessed a mixed structure of B2 and BCC, and the phase types were not changed by the electromagnetic field treatment. The microstructure exhibited typical lamellar eutectic cell and rod eutectic cell structures. These eutectic cell structures were constituted by the AlNi-type intermetallic compound and the FeCr-type solid solution. With the increase of electromagnetic field intensity, the hardness increases, while the compressive fracture strength and fracture strain of the alloy first increases and then decreases. The alloy with 15 mT electromagnetic field has the largest fracture strength 2282.3 MPa, yield strength 1160.5 MPa, and fracture strain 0.29. The alloy shows typical ferromagnetic behavior, and the homogenized lamellar eutectic cell microstructure significantly decreased the specific saturation magnetizations.

  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. GMI field sensitivity near a zero external field in Co-based amorphous alloy ribbons: experiments and model

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    Zhao, Chenbo; Zhang, Xinlei; Liu, Qingfang; Wang, Jianbo

    2016-02-01

    The giant magnetoimpedance (GMI) effect in Co66Fe4Ni1Si15B14 amorphous ribbons was investigated, and the obvious blunt peaks of GMI curves were observed in a weak external magnetic field (0~3 Oe). The shape of the blunt peaks could be changed by different treatments, such as changing the aspect ratio of the ribbons, premagnetization before magnetoimpedance measurement, and rapid heat-treatment, and the GMI sensitivity is improved. Based on the experimental results, a model in view of magnetostrictive energy is proposed to analyze the bluntness of the peak of the GMI curve and the process of transverse permeability varying with the external field near zero-field in the Co-based amorphous ribbons, and all the experimental results have good agreement with our model.

  11. Magnetization distribution in a soft magnetic amorphous alloy ribbon in as-quenched state and efficiency of heat treatment

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    Skulkina, N. A.; Ivanov, O. A.; Shubina, L. N.; Blinova, O. V.

    2016-11-01

    The effect of heat treatment in air on the formation of magnetic properties has been studied based on the example of soft magnetic Fe77Ni1Si9B13 and Fe81B13Si4C2 amorphous ribbons characterized by positive magneto-striction. The magnetization distribution in the ribbons in the as-quenched state was shown to affect the efficiency of annealing. Under certain conditions, heat treatment, which results in the formation of mainly amorphous state of ribbon surface, is more efficient for samples characterized by high volume of orthogonally magnetized domains. This can be related to high in-plane tensile stresses, which are induced by hydrogen and oxygen atoms introduced into the ribbon surface upon its interaction with atmospheric water vapor.

  12. Effect of bending stresses on the high-frequency magnetic properties and their time stability in a cobalt-based amorphous alloy with an extremely low magnetostriction

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    Kekalo, I. B.; Mogil'nikov, P. S.

    2015-12-01

    An unusual effect of the stresses of bending (toroidal sample diameter D) on the hysteretic magnetic properties ( H c , μ5) of an amorphous Co69Fe3.7Cr3.8Si12B11 alloy with an extremely low magnetostriction (|λ s | ≤ 10-7) is revealed. These properties are measured in a dynamic regime at a magnetic-field frequency f = 0.1-20 kHz. The coercive force of the alloy H c weakly depends on D at low frequencies ( f < 1 kHz), and permeability μ5 ( H = 5 mOe), in contrast, is independent of D at high frequencies and is dependent on D at low frequencies. The samples subjected to high-temperature (390°C) annealing followed by water quenching exhibit "anomalous" dependences: permeability μ5 increases with decreasing toroidal sample radius, i.e., with increasing bending stresses. The detected dependences are related to the fact that magnetization reversal via the displacement of rigid domain walls is predominant at low frequencies and during static measurements and magnetization reversal via the displacement of flexible domain walls is predominant at high frequencies.

  13. Effect of an amorphous titania nanotubes coating on the fatigue and corrosion behaviors of the biomedical Ti-6Al-4V and Ti-6Al-7Nb alloys.

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    Campanelli, Leonardo Contri; Bortolan, Carolina Catanio; da Silva, Paulo Sergio Carvalho Pereira; Bolfarini, Claudemiro; Oliveira, Nilson Tadeu Camarinho

    2017-01-01

    An array of self-organized TiO2 nanotubes with an amorphous structure was produced on the biomedical Ti-6Al-4V and Ti-6Al-7Nb alloys, and the resulting fatigue and corrosion behaviors were studied. The electrochemical response of the nanotubular oxide surfaces was investigated in Ringer physiological solution through potentiodynamic polarization and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy measurements. The absence of transpassivation in the chloride-containing solution, in addition to the micron-scale values of the passivation current density, indicated the excellent corrosion behavior of the coating and the satisfactory protection against the creation of potential stress concentrators in the surface. Axial fatigue tests were performed in physiological solution on polished and coated conditions, with characterization of the treated surfaces by scanning electron microscopy before and after the tests. The surface modification was not deleterious to the fatigue response of both alloys mainly due to the nano-scale dimension of the nanotubes layer. An estimation based on fracture mechanics revealed that a circumferential crack in the range of 5μm depth would be necessary to affect the fatigue performance, which is far from the thickness of the studied coating, although no cracks were actually observed in the oxide surfaces after the tests.

  14. High-Velocity Oxygen Fuel Thermal Spray of Fe-Based Amorphous Alloy: a Numerical and Experimental Study

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    Ajdelsztajn, L.; Dannenberg, J.; Lopez, J.; Yang, N.; Farmer, J.; Lavernia, E. J.

    2009-09-01

    The fabrication of dense coatings with appropriate properties using a high velocity oxygen fuel (HVOF) spray process requires an in-depth understanding of the complete gas flow field and particle behavior during the process. A computational fluid dynamics (CFD) model is implemented to investigate the gas flow behavior that occurs during the HVOF process and a simplified one-dimensional decoupled model of the in-flight thermal behavior of the amorphous Fe-based powder particles was developed and applied for three different spray conditions. The numerical results were used to rationalize the different coating microstructures described in the experimental results. Low porosity and amorphous coatings were produced using two different particle size distributions (16 to 25 μm and 25 to 53 μm). The amorphous characteristics of the powder were retained in the coating due to melting and rapid solidification in the case of very fine powder or ligaments (<16 μm) and to the fact that the crystallization temperature was not reached in the case of the large particles (16 to 53 μm).

  15. Plasticity in the Supercooled Liquid Region of Bulk Metallic Glasses

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    Nieh, T G; Wadsworth, J; Liu, C T; Ice, G E

    2000-10-30

    Intensive efforts have been carried out over the past decade to develop means to slow down the phase transformation kinetics during the forming of metallic glasses. As a result of these efforts, some metallic glasses can now be fabricated in bulk forms (BMG) from the liquid state at cooling rates on the order of 1-10 K/s, which is close to that of conventional casting. This enables the production of bulk amorphous alloys with a thickness of {approx}10 mm. While advances in amorphous metallic alloy development have been impressive, they have been made largely through experience [1]. Three main conclusions drawn from this study are: (1) Bulk metallic glasses generally have excellent mechanical formability in the supercooled liquid region. (2) Bulk metallic glasses may not be necessarily behave like a Newtonian fluid (i.e. m=1). The non-Newtonian behavior is associated with glass instability during deformation. (3) Multi-component Bulk metallic glasses can be used as the precursor of a nanocrystalline solid. However, the nanocrystalline solid is not necessarily superplastic. The non-superplastic behavior is caused by the difficult strain accommodation at grain triple junctions.

  16. Structure and dielectric properties of amorphous high-κ oxides: HfO2, ZrO2, and their alloys

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    Wang, Yin; Zahid, Ferdows; Wang, Jian; Guo, Hong

    2012-06-01

    High-κ metal oxides are a class of materials playing an increasingly important role in modern device physics and technology. Here we report theoretical investigations of the properties of structural and lattice dielectric constants of bulk amorphous metal oxides by a combined approach of classical molecular dynamics (MD), for structure evolution, and quantum mechanical first-principles density function theory (DFT), for electronic structure analysis. Using classical MD based on the Born-Mayer-Buckingham potential function within a melt and quench scheme, amorphous structures of high-κ metal oxides Hf1-xZrxO2 with different values of the concentration x are generated. The coordination numbers and the radial distribution functions of the structures are in good agreement with the corresponding experimental data. We then calculate the lattice dielectric constants of the materials from quantum mechanical first principles, and the values averaged over an ensemble of samples agree well with the available experimental data and are very close to the dielectric constants of their cubic form.

  17. Narrow band gap amorphous silicon semiconductors

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    Madan, A.; Mahan, A.H.

    1985-01-10

    Disclosed is a narrow band gap amorphous silicon semiconductor comprising an alloy of amorphous silicon and a band gap narrowing element selected from the group consisting of Sn, Ge, and Pb, with an electron donor dopant selected from the group consisting of P, As, Sb, Bi and N. The process for producing the narrow band gap amorphous silicon semiconductor comprises the steps of forming an alloy comprising amorphous silicon and at least one of the aforesaid band gap narrowing elements in amount sufficient to narrow the band gap of the silicon semiconductor alloy below that of amorphous silicon, and also utilizing sufficient amounts of the aforesaid electron donor dopant to maintain the amorphous silicon alloy as an n-type semiconductor.

  18. Combined effects of magnetic interaction and domain wall pinning on the coercivity in a bulk Nd60Fe30Al10 ferromagnet

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    Tan, X. H.; Chan, S. F.; Han, K.; Xu, H.

    2014-01-01

    Understanding the coercivity mechanism has a substantial impact on developing novel permanent materials. However, the current coercivity mechanisms used widely in permanent alloys cannot explain well the amorphous phase produced hard magnetic behavior of Nd-based bulk amorphous alloys (BAAs). Here, we propose that the coercivity in as-cast Nd60Fe30Al10 alloy is from the combination of magnetic interaction and strong pinning of domain walls. Moreover, the role of domain wall pinning is less affected after crystallization, while the magnetic interaction is dependent on the annealing temperature. Our findings give further insight into the coercivity mechanism of Nd-based bulk ferromagnets and provide a new idea to design prospective permanent alloys with coercivity from the combination of magnetic interaction and pinning of domain walls. PMID:25348232

  19. Evolution of thermoelectric performance for (Bi,Sb){sub 2}Te{sub 3} alloys from cutting waste powders to bulks with high figure of merit

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    Fan, Xi'an; Cai, Xin zhi; Han, Xue wu; Zhang, Cheng cheng; and others

    2016-01-15

    Bi{sub 2}Te{sub 3} based cutting waste powders from cutting wafers were firstly selected as raw materials to prepare p-type Bi{sub 2}Te{sub 3} based thermoelectric (TE) materials. Through washing, reducing, composition correction, smelting and resistance pressing sintering (RPS) process, p-type (Bi,Sb){sub 2}Te{sub 3} alloy bulks with different nominal stoichiometries were successfully obtained. The evolution of microstructure and TE performance for (Bi,Sb){sub 2}Te{sub 3} alloys were investigated in detail. All evidences confirmed that most of contaminants from line cutting process such as cutting fluid and oxides of Bi, Sb or Te could be removed by washing, reducing and smelting process used in this work. The carrier content and corresponding TE properties could be adjusted effectively by appropriate composition correction treatment. At lastly, a bulk with a nominal stoichiometry of Bi{sub 0.44}Sb{sub 1.56}Te{sub 3} was obtained and its' dimensionless figure of merit (ZT) was about 1.16 at 90 °C. The ZT values of Bi{sub 0.36}Sb{sub 1.64}Te{sub 3} and Bi{sub 0.4}Sb{sub 1.6}Te{sub 3} alloy bulks could also reach 0.98 and 1.08, respectively. Different from the conventional recycling technology such as hydrometallurgy extraction methods, the separation and extraction of beneficial elements such as Bi, Sb and Te did not need to be performed and the Bi{sub 2}Te{sub 3} based bulks with high TE properties could be directly obtained from the cutting waste powders. In addition, the recycling technology introduced here was green and more suitable for practical industrial application. It can improve material utilization and lower raw material costs of manufacturers. - Graphical abstract: Three kinds of typical morphologies for the fractographs: typical lamellar structure, agglomerated submicron-sized granules and dispersed cubic particles from the initial cutting waste powders. - Highlights: • Bi{sub 2}Te{sub 3} based wastes were directly selected as raw materials for TE

  20. Theoretical investigation of the electronic structures and magnetic properties of the bulk and surface (001) of the quaternary Heusler alloy NiCoMnGa

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    Al-zyadi, Jabbar M. Khalaf; Gao, G. Y.; Yao, Kai-Lun

    2015-03-01

    In this paper, we study the electronic structures, magnetic properties, and half-metallicity of the bulk and (001) surface of Heusler alloy NiCoMnGa. Our first-principles calculations exhibit that, within the generalized gradient approximation (GGA) of the electronic exchange-correlation functional, the quaternary Heusler alloy NiCoMnGa is a half-metallic ferromagnet at the equilibrium lattice constant of 5.795 Ǻ with a total spin magnetic moment of 5 μB per formula unit. The calculated total atomic magnetic moment follows the Slater-Pauling rule. At the same equilibrium lattice constant, the half-metallicity confirmed in the bulk NiCoMnGa, is destroyed at both MnGa- and NiCo-terminated (001) surfaces and subsurfaces. Based on the magnetic property calculations, the magnetic moments of Co, Mn, and Ga atoms at the NiCo- and MnGa-terminated surfaces increase with respect to the corresponding bulk values while the atomic magnetic moment of Ni at the NiCo-terminated surface decreases.

  1. Surface energy driven crystallization of amorphous Ni{sub 69}Cr{sub 14}P{sub 17} alloy

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    Schumacher, G.; Wanderka, N.; Wahi, R.P.

    1994-11-01

    Amorphous Ni{sub 69}Cr{sub l4}P{sub l7} specimens thinned for transmission electron microscopy have been studied in situ during thermal treatment. In the thinnest regions of the specimens (thickness d < 50 nm), a metastable hexagonal (Ni,Cr){sub 3}P phase nucleates at the perforation edge with the c-axis perpendicular to the specimen surface. The crystal width of this phase grows linearly with time. Above 530{degrees}C the hexagonal phase transforms into a stable b.c.t. (Ni,Cr){sub 3}P phase. It is concluded that the surface and grain boundary energies dominate nucleation and growth.

  2. Annealing characteristics of amorphous silicon alloy solar cells irradiated with 1.00 MeV protons

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    Abdulaziz, Salman S.; Woodyard, James R.

    1991-01-01

    Amorphous Si:H and amorphous Si sub x, Ge sub (1-x):H solar cells were irradiated with 1.00 MeV proton fluences in the range of 1.00E14 to 1.25E15 cm (exp -2). Annealing of the short circuit current density was studied at 0, 22, 50, 100, and 150 C. Annealing times ranged from an hour to several days. The measurements confirmed that annealing occurs at 0 C and the initial characteristics of the cells are restored by annealing at 200 C. The rate of annealing does not appear to follow a simple nth order reaction rate model. Calculations of the short-circuit current density using quantum efficiency measurements and the standard AM1.5 global spectrum compare favorably with measured values. It is proposed that the degradation in J sub sc with irradiation is due to carrier recombination through the fraction of D (o) states bounded by the quasi-Fermi energies. The time dependence of the rate of annealing of J sub sc does appear to be consistent with the interpretation that there is a thermally activated dispersive transport mechanism which leads to the passivation of the irradiation induced defects.

  3. Influence of the chemical composition of rapidly quenched amorphous alloys (Ni, Fe, Cr)-B-Si on its crystallization process

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    Elmanov, G.; Dzhumaev, P.; Ivanitskaya, E.; Skrytnyi, V.; Ruslanov, A.

    2016-04-01

    This paper presents results of research of the structure and phase transformations during the multistage crystallization of the metallic glasses with the compositions Ni71,5Cr6,8Fe2,7B11,9Si7,1 and Ni63,4Cr7,4Fe4,3Mn0,8B15,6Si8,5 labeled as AWS BNi-2 according to American Welding Society. Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), X-ray diffraction analysis (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and energy-dispersive X-ray microanalysis (EDX) were used as experimental research methods. The influence of the alloys chemical composition (boron, manganese and iron) on the temperatures and the exothermic heat effects of phase transformations, as well as on the phase composition of alloys at three stages of crystallization was analyzed. We present a thermodynamic explanation of the observed heat effects. It has been shown that manganese has the main influence on the phase transformations temperatures and heat effects in these two alloys. It is also assumed that at the final crystallization stage simultaneously with the formation of phases Ni3B and β1-Ni3Si should occur the nucleation of borides of CrB type with high Cr and low Si content.

  4. Atomic packing and diffusion in Fe{sub 85}Si{sub 2}B{sub 9}P{sub 4} amorphous alloy analyzed by ab initio molecular dynamics simulation

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    Wang, Yaocen; Takeuchi, Akira; Makino, Akihiro; Liang, Yunye; Kawazoe, Yoshiyuki

    2015-05-07

    In the work reported in this paper, ab initio molecular dynamics simulation was performed on Fe{sub 85}Si{sub 2}B{sub 9}P{sub 4} amorphous alloy. Preferred atomic environment of the elements was analyzed with Voronoi polyhedrons. It showed that B and P atoms prefer less neighbors compared with Fe and Si, making them structurally incompatible with Fe rich structure and repulsive to the formation of α-Fe. However, due to the low bonding energy of B and P caused by low coordination number, the diffusion rates of them were considerably large, resulting in the requirement of fast annealing for achieving optimum nano-crystallization for its soft magnetic property. The simulation work also indicates that diffusion rate in amorphous alloy is largely determined by bonding energy rather than atomic size.

  5. Superconducting property of Zr-Co and Zr-Co-Al alloys fabricated by rapid solidification

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    Okai, D.; Nagai, R.; Motoyama, G.; Fukami, T.; Yamasaki, T.; Yokoyama, Y.; Kimura, H. M.; Inoue, A.

    2010-11-01

    The superconducting property of Zr(1-x)Cox (x = 10-50 at.%) alloys and a Zr55Co30Al15 bulk metallic glass fabricated using techniques of rapid solidification was investigated. The Zr55Co30Al15 alloy crystallized by heat treatment in a vacuum atmosphere exhibited superconductivity of Tc,on = 2.4 K. This was attributable to the superconducting property of a crystalline Zr-Co alloy precipitated in the Zr55Co30Al15 alloy. The Tc,on of the crystalline Zr(1-x)Cox alloy was sensitive to the Co content. The increase of Co content for the Zr(1-x)Cox alloy led to the decrease of Tc,on. The Zr(1-x)Cox alloy exhibited superconductivity of a maximum Tc,on = 3.9 K for the Zr80Co20 alloy with superconducting nanocrystal particles embedded in the amorphous matrix.

  6. Structural Amorphous Steels

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    Lu, Z. P.; Liu, C. T.; Thompson, J. R.; Porter, W. D.

    2004-06-01

    Recent advancement in bulk metallic glasses, whose properties are usually superior to their crystalline counterparts, has stimulated great interest in fabricating bulk amorphous steels. While a great deal of effort has been devoted to this field, the fabrication of structural amorphous steels with large cross sections has remained an alchemist’s dream because of the limited glass-forming ability (GFA) of these materials. Here we report the discovery of structural amorphous steels that can be cast into glasses with large cross-section sizes using conventional drop-casting methods. These new steels showed interesting physical, magnetic, and mechanical properties, along with high thermal stability. The underlying mechanisms for the superior GFA of these materials are discussed.

  7. Atomic structure of amorphous Mg40Cu35Ti25 alloy: An ab initio molecular dynamics study

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    Durandurdu, Murat

    2013-01-01

    Ab initio molecular dynamics simulations are carried out to model amorphous Mg40Cu35Ti25 and its local structural packing are investigated using a variety of analyzing techniques. Cu-atoms commonly form 12 fold coordinated clusters and some of which are perfect or defective types icosahedrons, implying an icosohedral short range order around Cu atoms. Mg and Ti atoms, on the other hand, favor to structure in higher coordinated polyhedrons. The coordination number of Ti atoms is slightly less than Mg atoms. The immiscibility effect between Ti and Mg is reflected by a low fraction of Mg-Ti bonding in the model. The atomic packing of Mg40Cu35Ti25 appears to be noticeably different from that of Mg-Cu-X (X=Y and Gd) metallic glasses even though all these materials exhibit primarily the same type of bonding natures.

  8. Formation of amorphous materials

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    Johnson, William L.; Schwarz, Ricardo B.

    1986-01-01

    Metastable amorphous or fine crystalline materials are formed by solid state reactions by diffusion of a metallic component into a solid compound or by diffusion of a gas into an intermetallic compound. The invention can be practiced on layers of metals deposited on an amorphous substrate or by intermixing powders with nucleating seed granules. All that is required is that the diffusion of the first component into the second component be much faster than the self-diffusion of the first component. The method is practiced at a temperature below the temperature at which the amorphous phase transforms into one or more crystalline phases and near or below the temperature at which the ratio of the rate of diffusion of the first component to the rate of self-diffusion is at least 10.sup.4. This anomalous diffusion criteria is found in many binary, tertiary and higher ordered systems of alloys and appears to be found in all alloy systems that form amorphous materials by rapid quenching. The method of the invention can totally convert much larger dimensional materials to amorphous materials in practical periods of several hours or less.

  9. Microstructural characterization of Mg-based bulk metallic glass and nanocomposite

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    Babilas, Rafał; Nowosielski, Ryszard; Pawlyta, Mirosława; Fitch, Andy; Burian, Andrzej

    2015-04-15

    New magnesium-based bulk metallic glasses Mg{sub 60}Cu{sub 30}Y{sub 10} have been prepared by pressure casting. Glassy alloys were successfully annealed to become nanocomposite containing 200 nm crystallites in an amorphous matrix. The microstructure of bulk glassy alloy and nanocomposite obtained during heat treatment was examined by X-ray diffraction and scanning and high-resolution electron microscopy. Metallic glass has been also studied to explain the structural characteristics by the reverse Monte Carlo (RMC) modeling based on the diffraction data. The HRTEM images allow to indicate some medium-range order (MRO) regions about 2–3 nm in size and formation of local atomic clusters. The RMC modeling results confirmed some kinds of short range order (SRO) structures. It was found that the structure of bulk metallic glass formed by the pressure casting is homogeneous. The composite material contained very small particles in the amorphous matrix. Homogeneous glassy alloy had better corrosion resistance than a composite containing nanocrystalline particles in a glassy matrix. - Highlights: • RMC modeling demonstrates some kinds of SRO structures in Mg-based BMGs. • HRTEM indicated MRO regions about 2–3 nm and SRO regions about 0.5 nm in size. • Mg-based glassy alloys were successfully annealed to become nanocomposite material. • Crystalline particles have spherical morphology with an average diameter of 200 nm. • Glassy alloy had higher corrosion resistance than a nanocomposite sample.

  10. The study on surface chemical modification of Fe71.5Cu1Nb3Si13.5B9V2 amorphous alloy ribbons and its piezomagnetic effect

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    Chen, Jie; Zhu, Zhenghou

    2016-12-01

    In this paper, a type of smooth even endogeny conversion coat composed of Cu0.86Fe2.14O4 and (Cu0.18Fe0.82)Cu0.82Fe1.18O4 phases was successfully obtained by a conversion reaction on the surfaces of Fe71.5Cu1Nb3Si13.5B9V2 amorphous alloy ribbons. In this way, its ribbon thickness was decreased about 6-8 μm equivalently. The phase composition and microstructure of the conversion coat were investigated by XRD and SEM. In addition, the adhesion test of epoxy resin and amorphous alloy ribbon was verified by dipping experiments. It is found that the interface bonding strength between the conversion coat and ribbons is strong comparatively. On one hand, the proper interface between conversion coat and epoxy resin make it easy for ribbons to be encapsulated; on the other hand, the ribbons perform better significant piezomagnetic effect than the untreated ones due to a thinner thickness. This work may be a good basic for the applications of Fe71.5Cu1Nb3Si13.5B9V2 amorphous alloy ribbons in piezomagnetic sensor and other devices based on the piezomagnetism effect.

  11. Activation properties of Ag+-ion conduction in bulk amorphous AgI: estimation from extrapolation of the AgI composition dependence in AgI Ag2O P2O5 glasses

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    Hanaya, M.; Hatate, A.; Oguni, M.

    2003-06-01

    AgI-based fast-ion conducting glasses with very high AgI compositions from the (AgI)x(AgPO3)1-x, (AgI)x(Ag2PO3.5)1-x, and (AgI)x(Ag3PO4)1-x systems were prepared successfully by using a rapid-press quenching and a twin-roller quenching method. The ac dielectric measurements showed common relaxation properties of Ag+-ion conduction in the glasses independently of the species of the glass network formers of AgPO3, Ag2PO3.5, and Ag3PO4, and the activation energies, Δɛa, for Ag+-ion conduction were observed to converge upon the same magnitude of ~26 kJ mol-1 at the AgI composition limit of x = 1. This indicates the formation of amorphous AgI regions in the glasses, and the value of Δɛa = 26 +/- 1 kJ mol-1 estimated at x = 1 was concluded to correspond to that for bulk amorphous AgI which has never been obtained experimentally.

  12. Far-Infrared and Raman Spectroscopy Investigation of Phonon Modes in Amorphous and Crystalline Epitaxial GeTe-Sb2Te3 Alloys

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    Bragaglia, V.; Holldack, K.; Boschker, J. E.; Arciprete, F.; Zallo, E.; Flissikowski, T.; Calarco, R.

    2016-06-01

    A combination of far-infrared and Raman spectroscopy is employed to investigate vibrational modes and the carrier behavior in amorphous and crystalline ordered GeTe-Sb2Te3 alloys (GST) epitaxially grown on Si(111). The infrared active GST mode is not observed in the Raman spectra and vice versa, indication of the fact that inversion symmetry is preserved in the metastable cubic phase in accordance with the Fm3 space group. For the trigonal phase, instead, a partial symmetry break due to Ge/Sb mixed anion layers is observed. By studying the crystallization process upon annealing with both the techniques, we identify temperature regions corresponding to the occurrence of different phases as well as the transition from one phase to the next. Activation energies of 0.43 eV and 0.08 eV for the electron conduction are obtained for both cubic and trigonal phases, respectively. In addition a metal-insulator transition is clearly identified to occur at the onset of the transition between the disordered and the ordered cubic phase.

  13. Electron cyclotron resonance deposition of amorphous silicon alloy films and devices. Final subcontract report, 1 April 1991--31 March 1992

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    Shing, Y.H.

    1992-10-01

    This report describes work to develop a state-of-the-art electron cyclotron resonance (ECR) plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD) system. The objective was to understand the deposition processes of amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) and related alloys, with a best-effort improvement of optoelectronic material properties and best-effort stabilization of solar cell performance. ECR growth parameters were systematically and extensively investigated; materials characterization included constant photocurrent measurement (CPM), junction capacitance, drive-level capacitance profiling (DLCP), optical transmission, light and dark photoconductivity, and small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS). Conventional ECR-deposited a-Si:H was compared to a new form, a-Si:(Xe, H), in which xenon gas was added to the ECR plasma. a-Si:(Xe,H) possessed low, stable dark conductivities and high photosensitivites. Light-soaking revealed photodegradation rates about 35% lower than those of comparable radio frequency (rf)-deposited material. ECR-deposited p-type a SiC:H and intrinsic a-Si:H films underwent evaluation as components of p-i-n solar cells with standard rf films for the remaining layers.

  14. Thin-film amorphous silicon alloy research partnership. Phase 2, Annual technical progress report, 2 February 1996--1 February 1997

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    Guha, S

    1997-06-01

    This is Phase II of a 3-phase, 3-year program. It is intended to expand, enhance, and accelerate knowledge and capabilities for developing high-performance, two-terminal multijunction amorphous Si alloy modules. We discuss investigations on back reflectors to improve cell performance and investigate uniformity in performance over a 1-sq.-ft. area. We present results on component cell performance, both in the initial and in the light-degraded states, deposited over a 1-sq.-ft. area. The uniformity in deposited is investigated by studying the performance of subcells deposited over the entire area. We also present results on the performance of triple- junction cells and modules. The modules use grid-lines and encapsulants compatible with our production technology. We discuss the novel laser-processing technique that has bee developed at United Solar to improve energy-conversion efficiency and reduce manufacturing costs. We discuss in detail the optimization of the processing steps, and the performance of a laser-processed, triple- junction device of 12.6 cm{sup 2} area is presented. We also present experimental results on investigations of module reliability.

  15. Low-Energy Amorphization of Ti1Sb2Te5 Phase Change Alloy Induced by TiTe2 Nano-Lamellae

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    Ding, Keyuan; Rao, Feng; Lv, Shilong; Cheng, Yan; Wu, Liangcai; Song, Zhitang

    2016-07-01

    Increasing SET operation speed and reducing RESET operation energy have always been the innovation direction of phase change memory (PCM) technology. Here, we demonstrate that ∼87% and ∼42% reductions of RESET operation energy can be achieved on PCM cell based on stoichiometric Ti1Sb2Te5 alloy, compared with Ge2Sb2Te5 and non-stoichiometric Ti0.4Sb2Te3 based PCM cells at the same size, respectively. The Ti1Sb2Te5 based PCM cell also shows one order of magnitude faster SET operation speed compared to that of the Ge2Sb2Te5 based one. The enhancements may be caused by substantially increased concentration of TiTe2 nano-lamellae in crystalline Ti1Sb2Te5 phase. The highly electrical conduction and lowly thermal dissipation of the TiTe2 nano-lamellae play a major role in enhancing the thermal efficiency of the amorphization, prompting the low-energy RESET operation. Our work may inspire the interests to more thorough understanding and tailoring of the nature of the (TiTe2)n(Sb2Te3)m pseudobinary system which will be advantageous to realize high-speed and low-energy PCM applications.

  16. Urchin-Like Amorphous Ni2B Alloys: Efficient Antibacterial Materials and Catalysts for Hydrous Hydrazine Decomposition to Produce H2.

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    Deng, Miao; Fu, Shi Yan; Yang, Fan; Wu, Ping; Tong, Dong Ge

    2016-03-01

    Urchin-like amorphous Ni2B alloys were successfully prepared for the first time from a mixture of Ni(NH3)6(2+) and polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) via a solution plasma process (SPP). The as-synthesized samples were characterized by X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectrometry (ICP-AES) X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM), selected-area electron diffraction patterns (SAED) and nitrogen adsorption-desorption isotherms. In the performance test, the obtained Ni-B urchins showed great antibacterial activities, comparable with those of amikacin and kanamycin, especially towards Pseudomonas aeruginosa (P. aeruginosa). Meanwhile, the magnetic properties of Ni-B urchins are enhanced in comparison with those of conventional Ni-B. During hydrous hydrazine (N2H4) decomposition, the dehydrogenation performance of Ni-B urchins is superior to those of Raney Ni and conventional Ni-B. The enhanced catalytic performance of Ni-B urchins is attributed to their high surface area of active species nickel and the enhanced intrinsic activity resulting from their unique structure.

  17. Far-Infrared and Raman Spectroscopy Investigation of Phonon Modes in Amorphous and Crystalline Epitaxial GeTe-Sb2Te3 Alloys

    PubMed Central

    Bragaglia, V.; Holldack, K.; Boschker, J. E.; Arciprete, F.; Zallo, E.; Flissikowski, T.; Calarco, R.

    2016-01-01

    A combination of far-infrared and Raman spectroscopy is employed to investigate vibrational modes and the carrier behavior in amorphous and crystalline ordered GeTe-Sb2Te3 alloys (GST) epitaxially grown on Si(111). The infrared active GST mode is not observed in the Raman spectra and vice versa, indication of the fact that inversion symmetry is preserved in the metastable cubic phase in accordance with the Fm3 space group. For the trigonal phase, instead, a partial symmetry break due to Ge/Sb mixed anion layers is observed. By studying the crystallization process upon annealing with both the techniques, we identify temperature regions corresponding to the occurrence of different phases as well as the transition from one phase to the next. Activation energies of 0.43 eV and 0.08 eV for the electron conduction are obtained for both cubic and trigonal phases, respectively. In addition a metal-insulator transition is clearly identified to occur at the onset of the transition between the disordered and the ordered cubic phase. PMID:27340085

  18. Low-Energy Amorphization of Ti1Sb2Te5 Phase Change Alloy Induced by TiTe2 Nano-Lamellae

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    Ding, Keyuan; Rao, Feng; Lv, Shilong; Cheng, Yan; Wu, Liangcai; Song, Zhitang

    2016-01-01

    Increasing SET operation speed and reducing RESET operation energy have always been the innovation direction of phase change memory (PCM) technology. Here, we demonstrate that ∼87% and ∼42% reductions of RESET operation energy can be achieved on PCM cell based on stoichiometric Ti1Sb2Te5 alloy, compared with Ge2Sb2Te5 and non-stoichiometric Ti0.4Sb2Te3 based PCM cells at the same size, respectively. The Ti1Sb2Te5 based PCM cell also shows one order of magnitude faster SET operation speed compared to that of the Ge2Sb2Te5 based one. The enhancements may be caused by substantially increased concentration of TiTe2 nano-lamellae in crystalline Ti1Sb2Te5 phase. The highly electrical conduction and lowly thermal dissipation of the TiTe2 nano-lamellae play a major role in enhancing the thermal efficiency of the amorphization, prompting the low-energy RESET operation. Our work may inspire the interests to more thorough understanding and tailoring of the nature of the (TiTe2)n(Sb2Te3)m pseudobinary system which will be advantageous to realize high-speed and low-energy PCM applications. PMID:27469931

  19. Extraordinary high ductility/strength of the interface designed bulk W-ZrC alloy plate at relatively low temperature

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    Xie, Z. M.; Liu, R.; Miao, S.; Yang, X. D.; Zhang, T.; Wang, X. P.; Fang, Q. F.; Liu, C. S.; Luo, G. N.; Lian, Y. Y.; Liu, X.

    2015-01-01

    The refractory tungsten alloys with high ductility/strength/plasticity are highly desirable for a wide range of critical applications. Here we report an interface design strategy that achieves 8.5 mm thick W-0.5 wt. %ZrC alloy plates with a flexural strength of 2.5 GPa and a strain of 3% at room temperature (RT) and ductile-to-brittle transition temperature of about 100 °C. The tensile strength is about 991 MPa at RT and 582 MPa at 500 °C, as well as total elongation is about 1.1% at RT and as large as 41% at 500 °C, respectively. In addition, the W-ZrC alloy plate can sustain 3.3 MJ/m2 thermal load without any cracks. This processing route offers the special coherent interfaces of grain/phase boundaries (GB/PBs) and the diminishing O impurity at GBs, which significantly strengthens GB/PBs and thereby enhances the ductility/strength/plasticity of W alloy. The design thought can be used in the future to prepare new alloys with higher ductility/strength. PMID:26531172

  20. Fundamental studies of defect generation in amorphous silicon alloys grown by remote plasma-enhanced chemical-vapor deposition. Final subcontract report, 1 July 1989--31 December 1992

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    Lucovsky, G.

    1993-08-01

    This report describes research to reduce the intrinsic bonding defects in amorphous and microcrystalline Si alloys by controlling the bonding chemistry and the microstructure via the deposition process reactions. The specific approach was to use remote plasma-enhanced, chemical-vapor deposition (PECVD) and reactive magnetron sputtering to limit the multiplicity of deposition inaction pathways, and thereby gain increased control over the thin-film chemistry and microstrucre. The research included (1) the deposition of amorphous and microcrystalline Si alloy materials by the PECVD process and by reactive magnetron sputtering, and (2) the evaluation of the material properties of these films for potential applications in PV devices. The focus of the research was on pining a fundamental understanding of the relationships between deposition reaction pathways, the bonding of dopant and alloy atoms, and the electrical provides of importance for PV applications. This involved studying the factors that contribute to defect generation and to defect removal and/or neutralization. In addition to the experimental studies, the research also included theoretical and modeling studies aimed at understanding the relationships between local atomic arrangements of Si and alloy atoms, and the electrical, optical, vibrational, and defect properties.

  1. Characterisation of radiation damage in W and W-based alloys from 2MeV self-ion near-bulk implantations

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    Yi, Xiaoou; Culham Science Centre, Abingdon; Jenkins, Michael L.; ...

    2015-04-21

    The displacement damage induced in bulk W and W-5 wt.% Re and W-5 wt.% Ta alloys by 2 MeV W+ irradiation to doses 3.3×1017 - 2.5×1019 W+/m2 at temperatures ranging from 300 to750°C has been characterized by transmission electron microscopy. An automated sizing and counting approach based on Image J has been proposed and performed for all irradiation data. In all cases the damage comprised dislocation loops, mostly of interstitial type, with Burgers vectors b = ½<111> (> 60%) and b = <100>. The diameters of loops did not exceed 20 nm, with the majority being ≤ 6 nm. Themore » loop number density varied between 1022 and 1023 loops/m3 . With increasing irradiation temperature, the loop size distributions shifted towards larger sizes, and there was a substantial decrease in loop number densities. The damage microstructure was less sensitive to dose than to temperature. Under the same irradiation conditions, loop number densities in the alloys were higher than in pure W but loops were smaller. In grains with normals close to z = <001>, loop strings developed in W at temperatures ≥ 500°C and doses ≥ 1.2 dpa, but such strings were not observed in the W-Re or W-Ta alloys. However, in other grain orientations complex structures appeared in all materials and dense dislocation networks formed at higher doses.« less

  2. Sn and Nb modified ultrafine Ti-based bulk alloys with high-strength and enhanced ductility

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    Cao, G. H.; Schneider, R.; Gerthsen, D.; Chulist, R.; Schaarschuch, R.; Oertel, C.-G.; Skrotzki, W.

    2013-02-11

    Sn and Nb modified ultrafine eutectic Ti-Fe alloys with high strength and plasticity prepared by cold crucible levitation melting were tested in compression at room temperature. (Ti{sub 70.5}Fe{sub 29.5}){sub 93.15}Sn{sub 3.85}Nb{sub 3} alloy exhibited an ultimate compressive strength of 2.36 GPa at 15% plastic strain. Electron microscopy revealed that lamellar structures in Ti{sub 70.5}Fe{sub 29.5} alloy could be tailored by the addition of Sn and Nb to obtain a globular structure. The microstructural refinement, morphology of phase constituents, and their relationships to the mechanical properties are discussed.

  3. Amorphous Ni-B alloy nanoparticle film on Ni foam: rapid alternately dipping deposition for efficient overall water splitting

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    Liang, Yanhui; Sun, Xuping; Asiri, Abdullah M.; He, Yuquan

    2016-03-01

    It is highly attractive, but still remains challenging, to develop noble metal-free bifunctional electrocatalysts efficient for both the hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) and oxygen evolution reaction (OER) in alkaline media. In this letter, we describe the rapid electroless deposition of amorphous Ni-B nanoparticle film on Ni foam (Ni-B/Ni foam) by alternative dipping of Ni foam into Ni precursor and reducing solutions. This Ni-B/Ni foam acts as an efficient and durable 3D catalytic electrode for water splitting, affording 100 mA cm-2 at 360 mV overpotential for the OER and 20 mA cm-2 at 125 mV overpotential for the HER in 1.0 M KOH, and its two-electrode electrolyzer demands a cell voltage of 1.69 V to afford 15 mA cm-2 water-splitting current. Moreover, the catalyst loading can be easily tuned and this alternately dipping deposition technique works universally for other conductive substrates.

  4. Surface passivation and interface properties of bulk GaAs and epitaxial-GaAs/Ge using atomic layer deposited TiAlO alloy dielectric.

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    Dalapati, G K; Chia, C K; Tan, C C; Tan, H R; Chiam, S Y; Dong, J R; Das, A; Chattopadhyay, S; Mahata, C; Maiti, C K; Chi, D Z

    2013-02-01

    High quality surface passivation on bulk-GaAs substrates and epitaxial-GaAs/Ge (epi-GaAs) layers were achieved by using atomic layer deposited (ALD) titanium aluminum oxide (TiAlO) alloy dielectric. The TiAlO alloy dielectric suppresses the formation of defective native oxide on GaAs layers. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) analysis shows interfacial arsenic oxide (As(x)O(y)) and elemental arsenic (As) were completely removed from the GaAs surface. Energy dispersive X-ray diffraction (EDX) analysis and secondary ion mass spectroscopy (SIMS) analysis showed that TiAlO dielectric is an effective barrier layer for reducing the out-diffusion of elemental atoms, enhancing the electrical properties of bulk-GaAs based metal-oxide-semiconductor (MOS) devices. Moreover, ALD TiAlO alloy dielectric on epi-GaAs with AlGaAs buffer layer realized smooth interface between epi-GaAs layers and TiAlO dielectric, yielding a high quality surface passivation on epi-GaAs layers, much sought-after for high-speed transistor applications on a silicon platform. Presence of a thin AlGaAs buffer layer between epi-GaAs and Ge substrates improved interface quality and gate dielectric quality through the reduction of interfacial layer formation (Ga(x)O(y)) and suppression of elemental out-diffusion (Ga and As). The AlGaAs buffer layer and TiAlO dielectric play a key role to suppress the roughening, interfacial layer formation, and impurity diffusion into the dielectric, which in turn largely enhances the electrical property of the epi-GaAs MOS devices.

  5. Effects of working pressure and annealing on bulk density and nanopore structures in amorphous In-Ga-Zn-O thin-film transistors

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    Ide, Keisuke; Kikuchi, Mitsuho; Ota, Masato; Sasase, Masato; Hiramatsu, Hidenori; Kumomi, Hideya; Hosono, Hideo; Kamiya, Toshio

    2017-03-01

    Microstructures of amorphous In-Ga-Zn-O (a-IGZO) thin films of different densities were analyzed. Device-quality a-IGZO films were deposited under optimum conditions, e.g., the total pressure P tot = 0.55 Pa produced high film densities of ˜6.1 g/cm3, while a very high P tot = 5.0 Pa produced low film densities of 5.5 g/cm3. Both films formed uniform high-density layers in the vicinity of the glass substrate, 10-20 nm in thickness depending on P tot, while their growth mode changed to a sparse columnar structure in thicker regions. X-ray reflectivity and in situ spectroscopic ellipsometry provided different results on densification by post deposition thermal annealing; i.e., the latter has a higher sensitivity. High-Z-contrast images obtained by high-angle annular dark-field scanning transmission electron microscopy were also useful for detecting nanometer-size non uniformity even in device-quality a-IGZO films.

  6. Bulk undercooling

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    Kattamis, T. Z.

    1984-01-01

    Bulk undercooling methods and procedures will first be reviewed. Measurement of various parameters which are necessary to understand the solidification mechanism during and after recalescence will be discussed. During recalescence of levitated, glass-encased large droplets (5 to 8 mm diam) high speed temperature sensing devices coupled with a rapid response oscilloscope are now being used at MIT to measure local thermal behavior in hypoeutectic and eutectic binary Ni-Sn alloys. Dendrite tip velocities were measured by various investigators using thermal sensors or high speed cinematography. The confirmation of the validity of solidification models of bulk-undercooled melts is made difficult by the fineness of the final microstructure, the ultra-rapid evolution of the solidifying system which makes measurements very awkward, and the continuous modification of the microstructure which formed during recalescence because of precipitation, remelting and rapid coarsening.

  7. Growth and microstructure formation of isothermally-solidified Zircaloy-4 joints brazed by a Zr-Ti-Cu-Ni amorphous alloy ribbon

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    Kim, K. H.; Lim, C. H.; Lee, J. G.; Lee, M. K.; Rhee, C. K.

    2013-10-01

    The microstructure and growth characteristics of Zircaloy-4 joints brazed by a Zr48Ti16Cu17Ni19 (at.%) amorphous filler metal have been investigated with regard to the controlled isothermal solidification and intermetallic formation. Two typical joints were produced depending on the isothermal brazing temperature: (1) a dendritic growth structure including bulky segregation in the central zone (at 850 °C), and (2) a homogeneous dendritic structure throughout the joint without segregation (at 890 °C). The primary α-Zr phase was solidified isothermally, nucleating to grow into a joint with a cellular or dendritic structure. Also, the continuous Zr2Ni and particulate Zr2Cu phases were formed in the segregated center zone and at the intercellular region, respectively, owing to the different solubility and atomic mobility of the solute elements (Ti, Cu, and Ni) in the α-Zr matrix. A disappearance of the central Zr2Ni phase was also rate-controlled by the outward diffusion of the Cu and Ni elements. When the detrimental Zr2Ni intermetallic phase was eliminated by a complete isothermal solidification at 890 °C, the strengths of the joints were high enough to cause yielding and fracture in the base metal, exceeding those of the bulk Zircaloy-4, at room temperature as well as at elevated temperatures (up to 400 °C).

  8. Origin of Magnetic Properties in Amorphous Metals.

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    1979-12-01

    Magnetic Properties of Fe-Ni-B Amorphous Alloys," F. E. Luborsky, J. L. Walter, and H. H. Liebermann , IEEE Trans. on Magnetics MAG-15, 909 (1979). Also GE...Report 78CRD132. 2. "Formation and Magnetic Properties of Fe-B-Si Amorphous Alloys," F. E. Luborsky, J. J. Becker, J. L. Walter, and H. H. Liebermann ...Amorphous Alloys," F. E. Luborsky and H. H. Liebermann , J. Appl. Phys., to appear. Also GE Report 79CRD177. 4. "The Effect of Temperature on Magnetic

  9. Theoretical study on the composition location of the best glass formers in Cu-Zr amorphous alloys.

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    Wang, Da; Zhao, Shi-Jin; Liu, Li-Min

    2015-01-29

    This study combines the molecular dynamics (MD) simulations and first-principles approach to explain the experimental observation that the best glass formers of Cu-Zr bulk metallic glasses (BMGs) have the compositions Cu50Zr50 and Cu64Zr36. These two best glass formers are first calculated to be most abundantly composed of Cu6Zr7 and Cu8Zr5 icosahedral clusters when compared in the compositional range of CuxZr100-x (45 ≤ x ≤ 70), and then these two icosahedral clusters are calculated to have the lowest formation energy among the icosahedral clusters CuxZr13-x (3 ≤ x ≤ 10), as well as possessing some characteristics in electronic structure and chemical hardness. Through understanding the properties of specific icosahedral clusters in metallic glasses, the structural and energetic contribution to the glass-forming ability are systematically discussed.

  10. The effect of high energy concentration source irradiation on structure and properties of Fe-based bulk metallic glass

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    Pilarczyk, Wirginia

    2016-06-01

    Metallic glasses exhibit metastable structure and maintain this relatively stable amorphous state within certain temperature range. High intensity laser beam was used for the surface irradiation of Fe-Co-B-Si-Nb bulk metallic glasses. The variable parameter was laser beam pulse energy. For the analysis of structure and properties of bulk metallic glasses and their surface after laser remelting the X-ray analysis, microscopic observation and test of mechanical properties were carried out. Examination of the nanostructure of amorphous materials obtained by high pressure copper mold casting method and the irradiated with the use of TITAN 80-300 HRTEM was carried out. Nanohardness and reduced Young's modulus of particular amorphous and amorphous-crystalline material zone of the laser beam were examined with the use of Hysitron TI950 Triboindenter nanoindenter and with the use of Berkovich's indenter. The XRD and microscopic analysis showed that the test material is amorphous in its structure before irradiation. Microstructure observation with electron transmission microscopy gave information about alloy crystallization in the irradiated process. Identification of given crystal phases allows to determine the kind of crystal phases created in the first place and also further changes of phase composition of alloy. The main value of the nanohardness of the surface prepared by laser beam has the order of magnitude similar to bulk metallic glasses formed by casting process irrespective of the laser beam energy used. Research results analysis showed that the area between parent material and fusion zone is characterized by extraordinarily interesting structure which is and will be the subject of further analysis in the scope of bulk metallic glasses amorphous structure and high energy concentration source. The main goal of this work is the results' presentation of structure and chosen properties of the selected bulk metallic glasses after casting process and after irradiation

  11. Wetting and reaction characteristics of crystalline and amorphous SiO2 derived rice-husk ash and SiO2/SiC substrates with Al-Si-Mg alloys

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    Bahrami, A.; Pech-Canul, M. I.; Gutiérrez, C. A.; Soltani, N.

    2015-12-01

    A study of the wetting behavior of three substrate types (SiC, SiO2-derived RHA and SiC/SiO2-derived RHA) by two Al-Si-Mg alloys using the sessile drop method has been conducted, using amorphous and crystalline SiO2 in the experiment. Mostly, there is a transition from non-wetting to wetting contact angles, being the lowest θ values achieved with the alloy of high Mg content in contact with amorphous SiO2. The observed wetting behavior is attributed to the deposited Mg on the substrates. A strong diffusion of Si from the SiC/Amorphous RHA substrate into the metal drop explains the free Si segregated at the drop/substrate interface and drop surface. Although incorporation of both SiO2-derived RHA structures into the SiC powder compact substrates increases the contact angles in comparison with the SiC substrate alone, the still observed acute contact angles in RHA/SiC substrates make them promising for fabrication of composites with high volume fraction of reinforcement by the pressureless infiltration technique. The observed wetting characteristics, with decrease in surface tension and contact angles is explained by surface related phenomena. Based on contact angle changes, drop dimensions and surface tension values, as well as on the interfacial elemental mapping, and XRD analysis of substrates, some wetting and reaction pathways are proposed and discussed.

  12. Electrical and magneto resistance studies of bulk Ga 1- xNi xSb ternary alloys

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    Kamilla, S. K.; Hazra, S. K.; Samantaray, B. K.; Basu, S.

    2011-01-01

    Ternary semiconductor alloys of Ga 1- xNi xSb were grown with different Ni concentrations by vertical Bridgman method with well-defined temperature profile for possible applications as Diluted Magnetic Semiconductor (DMS). The electrical properties of the grown samples were studied in the temperature range 78-300 K by Hall effect measurements using van der Pauw configurations. The positive sign of Hall coefficient confirmed p-type conductivity of the grown samples. The results of the measurements at 300 K indicate that resistivity, Hall coefficient and hole mobility decrease while the hole concentration increases with the increasing Ni concentrations from 0.5% to 2.8% in Ga 1- xNi xSb ternary alloys. The magneto resistance studies at different magnetic fields (≤10 kG) and in the temperature range 78-300 K showed positive magneto resistance and the Arrott plots revealed very low Curie temperature of the material ( <78 K).

  13. Electrum, the Gold-Silver Alloy, from the Bulk Scale to the Nanoscale: Synthesis, Properties, and Segregation Rules.

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    Guisbiers, Grégory; Mendoza-Cruz, Rubén; Bazán-Díaz, Lourdes; Velázquez-Salazar, J Jesús; Mendoza-Perez, Rafael; Robledo-Torres, José Antonio; Rodriguez-Lopez, José-Luis; Montejano-Carrizales, Juan Martín; Whetten, Robert L; José-Yacamán, Miguel

    2016-01-26

    The alloy Au-Ag system is an important noble bimetallic phase, both historically (as "Electrum") and now especially in nanotechnology, as it is applied in catalysis and nanomedicine. To comprehend the structural characteristics and the thermodynamic stability of this alloy, a knowledge of its phase diagram is required that considers explicitly its size and shape (morphology) dependence. However, as the experimental determination remains quite challenging at the nanoscale, theoretical guidance can provide significant advantages. Using a regular solution model within a nanothermodynamic approach to evaluate the size effect on all the parameters (melting temperature, melting enthalpy, and interaction parameters in both phases), the nanophase diagram is predicted. Besides an overall shift downward, there is a "tilting" effect on the solidus-liquidus curves for some particular shapes exposing the (100) and (110) facets (cube, rhombic dodecahedron, and cuboctahedron). The segregation calculation reveals the preferential presence of silver at the surface for all the polyhedral shapes considered, in excellent agreement with the latest transmission electron microscopy observations and energy dispersive spectroscopy analysis. By reviewing the nature of the surface segregated element of different bimetallic nanoalloys, two surface segregation rules, based on the melting temperatures and surface energies, are deduced. Finally, the optical properties of Au-Ag nanoparticles, calculated within the discrete dipole approximation, show the control that can be achieved in the tuning of the local surface plasmon resonance, depending of the alloy content, the chemical ordering, the morphology, the size of the nanoparticle, and the nature of the surrounding environment.

  14. Bulk Nanocrystalline Metals: Review of the Current State of the Art and Future Opportunities for Copper and Copper Alloys

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    2014-05-13

    powder into bulk form uses various powder metallurgy consoli- dation processes: spark - plasma sintering , equal- channel angular extrusion, flash... sintering , hot iso- static pressing, etc. These processes use high pres- sures, elevated temperatures (typically above 50% Tm), and time to compact and sinter ...Thermal Stability The most convenient way to deal with consolidation of metal particles is through powder metallurgy techniques such as sintering

  15. Study on glass-forming ability and hydrogen storage properties of amorphous Mg{sub 60}Ni{sub 30}La{sub 10−x}Co{sub x} (x = 0, 4) alloys

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    Lv, Peng; Wang, Zhong-min Zhang, Huai-gang; Balogun, Muhammad-Sadeeq; Ji, Zi-jun; Deng, Jian-qiu; Zhou, Huai-ying

    2013-12-15

    Mg{sub 60}Ni{sub 30}La{sub 10−x}Co{sub x} (x = 0, 4) amorphous alloys were prepared by rapid solidification, using a melt-spinning technique. X-ray diffraction and differential scanning calorimetry analysis were employed to measure their microstructure, thermal stability and glass-forming ability, and hydrogen storage properties were studied by means of PCTPro2000. Based on differential scanning calorimetry results, their glass-forming ability and thermal stability were investigated by Kissinger method, Lasocka curves and atomic cluster model, respectively. The results indicate that glass-forming ability, thermal properties and hydrogen storage properties in the Mg-rich corner of Mg–Ni–La–Co system alloys were enhanced by Co substitution for La. It can be found that the smaller activation energy (ΔΕ) and frequency factor (υ{sub 0}), the bigger value of B (glass transition point in Lasocka curves), and higher glass-forming ability of Mg–Ni–La–Co alloys would be followed. In addition, atomic structure parameter (λ), deduced from atomic cluster model is valuable in the design of Mg–Ni–La–Co system alloys with good glass-forming ability. With an increase of Co content from 0 to 4, the hydrogen desorption capacity within 4000 s rises from 2.25 to 2.85 wt.% at 573 K. - Highlights: • Amorphous Mg{sub 60}Ni{sub 30}La{sub 10−x}Co{sub x} (x = 0 and 4) alloys were produced by melt spinning. • The GFA and hydrogen storage properties were enhanced by Co substitution for La. • With an increase of Co content, the hydrogen desorption capacity rises at 573 K.

  16. Observation of giant exchange bias in bulk Mn{sub 50}Ni{sub 42}Sn{sub 8} Heusler alloy

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    Sharma, Jyoti; Suresh, K. G.

    2015-02-16

    We report a giant exchange bias (EB) field of 3520 Oe in bulk Mn{sub 50}Ni{sub 42}Sn{sub 8} Heusler alloy. The low temperature magnetic state of the martensite phase has been studied by DC magnetization and AC susceptibility measurements. Frequency dependence of spin freezing temperature (T{sub f}) on critical slowing down relation and observation of memory effect in zero field cooling mode confirms the super spin glass (SSG) phase at low temperatures. Large EB is attributed to the strong exchange coupling between the SSG clusters formed by small regions of ferromagnetic order embedded in an antiferromagnetic (AFM) matrix. The temperature and cooling field dependence of EB have been studied and related to the change in unidirectional anisotropy at SSG/AFM interface. The training effect also corroborates with the presence of frozen (SSG) moments at the interface and their role in EB.

  17. Enhanced mechanical properties and in vitro corrosion behavior of amorphous and devitrified Ti40Zr10Cu38Pd12 metallic glass.

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    Fornell, J; Van Steenberge, N; Varea, A; Rossinyol, E; Pellicer, E; Suriñach, S; Baró, M D; Sort, J

    2011-11-01

    The effects of annealing treatments on the microstructure, elastic/mechanical properties, wear resistance and corrosion behavior of rod-shaped Ti40Zr10Cu38Pd12 bulk glassy alloys, synthesized by copper mold casting, are investigated. Formation of ultrafine crystals embedded in an amorphous matrix is observed for intermediate annealing temperatures, whereas a fully crystalline microstructure develops after heating to sufficiently high temperatures. The glassy alloy exhibits large hardness, relatively low Young's modulus, good wear resistance and excellent corrosion behavior. Nanoindentation measurements reveal that the sample annealed in the supercooled liquid region exhibits a hardness value of 9.4 GPa, which is 20% larger than in the completely amorphous state and much larger than the hardness of commercial Ti-6Al-4V alloy. The Young's modulus of the as-cast alloy (around 100 GPa, as determined from acoustic measurements) increases only slightly during partial devitrification. Finally, the anticorrosion performance of the Ti40Zr10Cu38Pd12 alloy in Hank's solution has been shown to ameliorate as crystallization proceeds and is roughly as good as in the commercial Ti-6Al-4V alloy. The outstanding mechanical and corrosion properties of the Ti40Zr10Cu38Pd12 alloy, both in amorphous and crystalline states, are appealing for its use in biomedical applications.

  18. An environment-dependent semi-empirical tight binding model suitable for electron transport in bulk metals, metal alloys, metallic interfaces, and metallic nanostructures. I. Model and validation

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    Hegde, Ganesh Povolotskyi, Michael; Kubis, Tillmann; Klimeck, Gerhard; Boykin, Timothy

    2014-03-28

    Semi-empirical Tight Binding (TB) is known to be a scalable and accurate atomistic representation for electron transport for realistically extended nano-scaled semiconductor devices that might contain millions of atoms. In this paper, an environment-aware and transferable TB model suitable for electronic structure and transport simulations in technologically relevant metals, metallic alloys, metal nanostructures, and metallic interface systems are described. Part I of this paper describes the development and validation of the new TB model. The new model incorporates intra-atomic diagonal and off-diagonal elements for implicit self-consistency and greater transferability across bonding environments. The dependence of the on-site energies on strain has been obtained by appealing to the Moments Theorem that links closed electron paths in the system to energy moments of angular momentum resolved local density of states obtained ab initio. The model matches self-consistent density functional theory electronic structure results for bulk face centered cubic metals with and without strain, metallic alloys, metallic interfaces, and metallic nanostructures with high accuracy and can be used in predictive electronic structure and transport problems in metallic systems at realistically extended length scales.

  19. An environment-dependent semi-empirical tight binding model suitable for electron transport in bulk metals, metal alloys, metallic interfaces, and metallic nanostructures. I. Model and validation

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    Hegde, Ganesh; Povolotskyi, Michael; Kubis, Tillmann; Boykin, Timothy; Klimeck, Gerhard

    2014-03-01

    Semi-empirical Tight Binding (TB) is known to be a scalable and accurate atomistic representation for electron transport for realistically extended nano-scaled semiconductor devices that might contain millions of atoms. In this paper, an environment-aware and transferable TB model suitable for electronic structure and transport simulations in technologically relevant metals, metallic alloys, metal nanostructures, and metallic interface systems are described. Part I of this paper describes the development and validation of the new TB model. The new model incorporates intra-atomic diagonal and off-diagonal elements for implicit self-consistency and greater transferability across bonding environments. The dependence of the on-site energies on strain has been obtained by appealing to the Moments Theorem that links closed electron paths in the system to energy moments of angular momentum resolved local density of states obtained ab initio. The model matches self-consistent density functional theory electronic structure results for bulk face centered cubic metals with and without strain, metallic alloys, metallic interfaces, and metallic nanostructures with high accuracy and can be used in predictive electronic structure and transport problems in metallic systems at realistically extended length scales.

  20. Characterisation of radiation damage in W and W-based alloys from 2MeV self-ion near-bulk implantations

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    Yi, Xiaoou; Jenkins, Michael L.; Hattar, Khalid; Edmondson, Philip D.; Roberts, Steve G.

    2015-04-21

    The displacement damage induced in bulk W and W-5 wt.% Re and W-5 wt.% Ta alloys by 2 MeV W+ irradiation to doses 3.3×1017 - 2.5×1019 W+/m2 at temperatures ranging from 300 to750°C has been characterized by transmission electron microscopy. An automated sizing and counting approach based on Image J has been proposed and performed for all irradiation data. In all cases the damage comprised dislocation loops, mostly of interstitial type, with Burgers vectors b = ½<111> (> 60%) and b = <100>. The diameters of loops did not exceed 20 nm, with the majority being ≤ 6 nm. The loop number density varied between 1022 and 1023 loops/m3 . With increasing irradiation temperature, the loop size distributions shifted towards larger sizes, and there was a substantial decrease in loop number densities. The damage microstructure was less sensitive to dose than to temperature. Under the same irradiation conditions, loop number densities in the alloys were higher than in pure W but loops were smaller. In grains with normals close to z = <001>, loop strings developed in W at temperatures ≥ 500°C and doses ≥ 1.2 dpa, but such strings were not observed in the W-Re or W-Ta alloys. However, in other grain orientations complex structures appeared in all materials and dense dislocation networks formed at higher doses.

  1. Microstructure, thermal properties, and corrosion behaviors of FeSiBAlNi alloy fabricated by mechanical alloying and spark plasma sintering

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    Wang, Hong-lei; Gao, Tai-xiu; Niu, Jia-zheng; Shi, Pei-jian; Xu, Jing; Wang, Yan

    2016-01-01

    An equiatomic FeSiBAlNi amorphous high-entropy alloy (HEA) was fabricated by mechanical alloying (MA). A fully amorphous phase was obtained in the FeSiBAlNi HEA after 240 h of MA. The bulk FeSiBAlNi samples were sintered by spark plasma sintering (SPS) at 520 and 1080°C under a pressure of 80 MPa. The sample sintered at 520°C exhibited an amorphous composite structure comprising solid-solution phases (body-centered cubic (bcc) and face-centered cubic (fcc) phases). When the as-milled amorphous HEA was consolidated at 1080°C, another fcc phase appeared and the amorphous phase disappeared. The sample sintered by SPS at 1080°C exhibited a slightly higher melting temperature compared with those of the as-milled alloy and the bulk sample sintered at 520°C. The corrosion behaviors of the as-sintered samples were investigated by potentiodynamic polarization measurements and immersion tests in seawater solution. The results showed that the HEA obtained by SPS at 1080°C exhibited better corrosion resistance than that obtained by SPS at 520°C.

  2. Electrum, the Gold–Silver Alloy, from the Bulk Scale to the Nanoscale: Synthesis, Properties, and Segregation Rules

    PubMed Central

    2015-01-01

    The alloy Au–Ag system is an important noble bimetallic phase, both historically (as “Electrum”) and now especially in nanotechnology, as it is applied in catalysis and nanomedicine. To comprehend the structural characteristics and the thermodynamic stability of this alloy, a knowledge of its phase diagram is required that considers explicitly its size and shape (morphology) dependence. However, as the experimental determination remains quite challenging at the nanoscale, theoretical guidance can provide significant advantages. Using a regular solution model within a nanothermodynamic approach to evaluate the size effect on all the parameters (melting temperature, melting enthalpy, and interaction parameters in both phases), the nanophase diagram is predicted. Besides an overall shift downward, there is a “tilting” effect on the solidus–liquidus curves for some particular shapes exposing the (100) and (110) facets (cube, rhombic dodecahedron, and cuboctahedron). The segregation calculation reveals the preferential presence of silver at the surface for all the polyhedral shapes considered, in excellent agreement with the latest transmission electron microscopy observations and energy dispersive spectroscopy analysis. By reviewing the nature of the surface segregated element of different bimetallic nanoalloys, two surface segregation rules, based on the melting temperatures and surface energies, are deduced. Finally, the optical properties of Au–Ag nanoparticles, calculated within the discrete dipole approximation, show the control that can be achieved in the tuning of the local surface plasmon resonance, depending of the alloy content, the chemical ordering, the morphology, the size of the nanoparticle, and the nature of the surrounding environment. PMID:26605557

  3. In-situ study of crystallization kinetics in ternary bulk metallic glass alloys with different glass forming abilities

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    Lan, Si; Wei, Xiaoya; Zhou, Jie; ...

    2014-11-18

    In-situ transmission electron microcopy and time-resolved neutron diffraction were used to study crystallization kinetics of two ternary bulk metallic glasses during isothermal annealing in the supercooled liquid region. It is found that the crystallization of Zr56Cu36Al8, an average glass former, follows continuous nucleation and growth, while that of Zr46Cu46Al8, a better glass former, is characterized by site-saturated nucleation, followed by slow growth. Possible mechanisms for the observed differences and the relationship to the glass forming ability are discussed.

  4. Corrosive electrochemical behavior of amorphous and nanocrystalline Fe-P-Si-Mn-V alloys in a moist SO2-contaminated atmosphere

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    Vavilova, V. V.; Korneev, V. P.; Anosova, M. O.

    2016-01-01

    Nanocrystalline soft magnetic Finemet alloys, which are currently used in power electrical engineering and electrical equipment, are alloyed with expensive and scarce metals (Nb, Cu). We searched for low-cost soft magnetic alloys that are comparable with Finemets in the corrosion resistance.

  5. Soft magnetic composites manufactured by warm co-extrusion of bulk metallic glass and steel powders

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    Johnson, Francis; Raber, Thomas R.; Zabala, Robert J.; Buresh, Steve J.; Tanico, Brian

    2013-05-07

    Soft magnetic composites of Fe-based bulk metallic glass and low-alloy steel have been manufactured by warm co-extrusion of precursor powders at temperatures within the supercooled liquid region of the glass. Composites were manufactured with amorphous volume fractions of 75%, 67%, and 100%. Full consolidation of the constituent powders was observed with the bulk metallic glass remaining substantially amorphous. The composite electrical resistivity was observed to be anisotropic with a resistivity of 79 {mu}{Omega} cm measured transverse to the extrusion axis in a sample with 75% amorphous volume fraction. A 0-3 connectivity pattern with the low-resistivity steel phase embedded in a 3-dimensionally connected high-resistivity bulk metallic glass phase was observed with scanning electron microscopy. This confirms that the flow characteristics of the bulk metallic glass and the steel powders were comparable during extrusion at these temperatures. The saturation magnetization of 1.3 T was consistent with the volume weighted average of the saturation magnetization of the two phases. A relatively high quasistatic coercivity of 8 Oe was measured and is likely due to slight crystallization of the bulk metallic glass as well as domain wall pinning at prior particle boundaries. Careful control of the thermal environment during the extrusion process is required to minimize glass crystallization and achieve the desired balance of magnetic and electrical properties.

  6. Soft magnetic composites manufactured by warm co-extrusion of bulk metallic glass and steel powders

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    Johnson, Francis; Raber, Thomas R.; Zabala, Robert J.; Buresh, Steve J.; Tanico, Brian

    2013-05-01

    Soft magnetic composites of Fe-based bulk metallic glass and low-alloy steel have been manufactured by warm co-extrusion of precursor powders at temperatures within the supercooled liquid region of the glass. Composites were manufactured with amorphous volume fractions of 75%, 67%, and 100%. Full consolidation of the constituent powders was observed with the bulk metallic glass remaining substantially amorphous. The composite electrical resistivity was observed to be anisotropic with a resistivity of 79 μΩ cm measured transverse to the extrusion axis in a sample with 75% amorphous volume fraction. A 0-3 connectivity pattern with the low-resistivity steel phase embedded in a 3-dimensionally connected high-resistivity bulk metallic glass phase was observed with scanning electron microscopy. This confirms that the flow characteristics of the bulk metallic glass and the steel powders were comparable during extrusion at these temperatures. The saturation magnetization of 1.3 T was consistent with the volume weighted average of the saturation magnetization of the two phases. A relatively high quasistatic coercivity of 8 Oe was measured and is likely due to slight crystallization of the bulk metallic glass as well as domain wall pinning at prior particle boundaries. Careful control of the thermal environment during the extrusion process is required to minimize glass crystallization and achieve the desired balance of magnetic and electrical properties.

  7. Computer simulation of the matrix-inclusion interphase in bulk metallic glass based nanocomposites

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    Kokotin, V.; Hermann, H.; Eckert, J.

    2011-10-01

    Atomistic models for matrix-inclusion systems are generated. Analyses of the systems show that interphase layers of finite thickness appear interlinking the surface of the nanocrystalline inclusion and the embedding amorphous matrix. In a first approximation, the interphase is characterized as an amorphous structure with a density slightly reduced compared to that of the matrix. This result holds for both monatomic hard sphere systems and a Cu47.5Zr47.5Al5 alloy simulated by molecular dynamics (MD). The elastic shear and bulk modulus of the interphase are calculated by simulated deformation of the MD systems. Both moduli diminish with decreasing density but the shear modulus is more sensitive against density reduction by one order of magnitude. This result explains recent observations of shear band initiation at the amorphous-crystalline interface during plastic deformation.

  8. In-situ study of crystallization kinetics in ternary bulk metallic glass alloys with different glass forming abilities

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    Lan, Si; Wei, Xiaoya; Zhou, Jie; Lu, Zhaoping; Wu, Xuelian; Feygenson, Mikhail; Neuefeind, Jorg C.; Wang, Xun-Li

    2014-11-18

    In-situ transmission electron microcopy and time-resolved neutron diffraction were used to study crystallization kinetics of two ternary bulk metallic glasses during isothermal annealing in the supercooled liquid region. It is found that the crystallization of Zr56Cu36Al8, an average glass former, follows continuous nucleation and growth, while that of Zr46Cu46Al8, a better glass former, is characterized by site-saturated nucleation, followed by slow growth. Possible mechanisms for the observed differences and the relationship to the glass forming ability are discussed.

  9. Effects of configurational changes on electrical resistivity during glass-liquid transition of two bulk metal-alloy glasses

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    Aji, D. P. B.; Johari, G. P.

    2014-12-01

    Consequences of increase in structural fluctuations on heating Pd40Ni10Cu30P20 and Zr46.75Ti8.25Cu7.5Ni10Be27.5 through their glass to liquid transition range were investigated by measuring the electrical resistivity, ρ, an electron scattering property. The temperature coefficient of resistivity (TCR = (1/ρ) dρ/dT) of the liquid and glassy states is negative. The plots of their ρ against T in the Tg (glass to liquid transition) range show a gradual change in the slope similar to the change observed generally for the plots of the density, elastic modulus, and refractive index. As fluctuations in the melt structure involve fewer configurations on cooling, ρ increases. In the energy landscape description, the melt's structure explores fewer minima with decrease in T, vibrational frequencies increase, and electron scattering and ρ increase. Plots of (-dρ/dT) against T resemble the plot of the specific heat of other glasses and show a sub-Tg feature and a rapid rise at T near Tg. Analysis shows that the magnitude of negative TCR is dominated by change in the phonon characteristics, and configurational fluctuations make it more negative. The TCR of the liquid and glassy states seems qualitatively consistent with the variation in the structure factor in Ziman's model for pure liquid metals as extended by Nagel to metal alloys and used to explain the negative TCR of a two-component metal glass.

  10. Local structure of the crystalline and amorphous states of Ga2Te3 phase-change alloy without resonant bonding: A combined x-ray absorption and ab initio study

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    Kolobov, A. V.; Fons, P.; Krbal, M.; Mitrofanov, K.; Tominaga, J.; Uruga, T.

    2017-02-01

    Phase-change memories are usually associated with GeTe-Sb2Te3 quasibinary alloys, where the large optical contrast between the crystalline and amorphous phases is attributed to the formation of resonant bonds in the crystalline phase, which has a rocksalt-like structure. The recent findings that tetrahedrally bonded Ga2Te3 possesses a similarly large property contrast and very low thermal conductivity in the crystalline phase and undergoes low-energy switching [H. Zhu et al., Appl. Phys. Lett. 97, 083504 (2010), 10.1063/1.3483762; K. Kurosaki et al., Appl. Phys. Lett. 93, 012101 (2008), 10.1063/1.2940591] challenge the existing paradigm. In this work we report on the local structure of the crystalline and amorphous phases of Ga2Te3 obtained from x-ray absorption measurements and ab initio simulations. Based on the obtained results, a model of phase change in Ga2Te3 is proposed. We argue that efficient switching in Ga2Te3 is due to the presence of primary and secondary bonding in the crystalline phase originating from the high concentration of Ga vacancies, whereas the structural stability of both phases is ensured by polyvalency of Te atoms due to the presence of lone-pair electrons and the formation of like-atom bonds in the amorphous phase.

  11. Effects of configurational changes on electrical resistivity during glass-liquid transition of two bulk metal-alloy glasses

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    Aji, D. P. B.; Johari, G. P.

    2014-12-14

    Consequences of increase in structural fluctuations on heating Pd{sub 40}Ni{sub 10}Cu{sub 30}P{sub 20} and Zr{sub 46.75}Ti{sub 8.25}Cu{sub 7.5}Ni{sub 10}Be{sub 27.5} through their glass to liquid transition range were investigated by measuring the electrical resistivity, ρ, an electron scattering property. The temperature coefficient of resistivity (TCR = (1/ρ) dρ/dT) of the liquid and glassy states is negative. The plots of their ρ against T in the T{sub g} (glass to liquid transition) range show a gradual change in the slope similar to the change observed generally for the plots of the density, elastic modulus, and refractive index. As fluctuations in the melt structure involve fewer configurations on cooling, ρ increases. In the energy landscape description, the melt's structure explores fewer minima with decrease in T, vibrational frequencies increase, and electron scattering and ρ increase. Plots of (−dρ/dT) against T resemble the plot of the specific heat of other glasses and show a sub-T{sub g} feature and a rapid rise at T near T{sub g}. Analysis shows that the magnitude of negative TCR is dominated by change in the phonon characteristics, and configurational fluctuations make it more negative. The TCR of the liquid and glassy states seems qualitatively consistent with the variation in the structure factor in Ziman's model for pure liquid metals as extended by Nagel to metal alloys and used to explain the negative TCR of a two-component metal glass.

  12. Containerless processing of hypermonotectic and glass forming alloys using the Marshall Space Flight Center 100 meter drop tube facility

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    Andrews, J. B.

    1986-01-01

    Two separate projects were carried out to study alloys whose solidification structures can be strongly influenced by the presence of a container during melting and solidifications. One project involved containerless solidification of hypermonotectic Au35Rh65 alloys. This alloy exhibits liquid immiscibility over a temperature range. It has been suggested that containerless melting might be one solution to the problem of sedimentation in the dispersions of immiscible liquid phases. However, surface tension driven flows could also lead to accumulation of the minority liquid phase at the external surface of a containerlessly melted alloy. The research underway is a first step in determining the influence of containerless, microgravity processing on immiscible alloys. Nickel-niobium alloys were studied using the drop tube facility. One alloy in this system, a Ni60Nb40 alloy, is a good candidate for the formation of a bulk metallic glass. Amorphous alloys of this composition were produced using thin film and mechanical alloying techniques. However, theory indicates that if heterogeneous nucleation can be avoided, it should be possible to produce an amorphous structure in this system using a moderate cooling rate from the melt. The containerless melting and solidification capabilities of the drop tube faciltiy provide ideal conditions for a study of this type. To date, several Ni60Nb40 samples have been levitated, melted and cooled during 4.6 seconds of free fall in the 100 meter drop tube. Structures obtained are discussed.

  13. Liquid-to-glass transition in bulk glass-forming Cu60Ti20Zr20 alloy by molecular dynamics simulations

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    Han, X. J.; Teichler, H.

    2007-06-01

    We report results from molecular dynamics studies concerning the microscopic structure and dynamics of the ternary, bulk metallic glass-forming Cu60Ti20Zr20 alloy. In detail we consider the partial radial distribution functions, nearest-neighbor numbers, specific heat, simulated glass temperature, diffusion coefficients, and incoherent intermediate scattering function (ISF). The applied atomic model reproduces well experimental x-ray data of the total radial distribution function. It provides for Cu60Ti20Zr20 a structure with marked intermediate-range order. The ISF is analyzed within an extension of mode-coupling theory, where the effective memory kernel is evaluated from the Laplace transform of the ISF. The dynamics of the system fulfills in most respects the predictions of mode-coupling theory (MCT), up to an absence of the algebraic t-a decay in the early β range. Comparison with the calculated memory kernel shows that this absence can be traced back to deviations of the kernel from its approximate form analyzed in MCT. As by-product, our investigation provides a method to reconstruct around the critical temperature major parts of the memory kernel from λ and the plateau value fc of the ISF, and it indicates why the critical dynamics predicted by mode-coupling theory can be observed in a temperature interval of more than 500K .

  14. First-principles study on magnetism and half-metallicity in bulk and various (001) surfaces of Heusler alloy Zr2VSn with Hg2CuTi-type structure

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    Deng, Zun-Yi; Zhang, Jian-Min

    2016-07-01

    Structural, electronic and magnetic properties in the bulk and five different (001) surfaces (ZrV-, ZrSn-, VV-, ZrZr- and SnSn-terminations) of Zr2 VSn Heusler alloy with Hg2 CuTi -type structure are studied by using first-principles calculations based on density-functional theory. The bulk Zr2 VSn Heusler alloy is ferrimagnetic half-metallicity with equilibrium lattice constant 6.815 Å and total magnetic moment -1.000 μB / f.u . , following the Slater-Pauling rule μt =Zt - 18 . The atoms on different surface layers exhibit different displacements, electronic and magnetic properties. All five (001) surfaces lose the half-metallicity and are not usable in spintronics devices.

  15. Tellurium n-type doping of highly mismatched amorphous GaN1-xAsx alloys in plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy

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    Novikov, S. V.; Ting, M.; Yu, K. M.; ...

    2014-10-01

    In this paper we report our study on n-type Te doping of amorphous GaN1-xAsx layers grown by plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy. We have used a low temperature PbTe source as a source of tellurium. Reproducible and uniform tellurium incorporation in amorphous GaN1-xAsx layers has been successfully achieved with a maximum Te concentration of 9×10²⁰ cm⁻³. Tellurium incorporation resulted in n-doping of GaN1-xAsx layers with Hall carrier concentrations up to 3×10¹⁹ cm⁻³ and mobilities of ~1 cm²/V s. The optimal growth temperature window for efficient Te doping of the amorphous GaN1-xAsx layers has been determined.

  16. Femtosecond laser-induced phase transformations in amorphous Cu{sub 77}Ni{sub 6}Sn{sub 10}P{sub 7} alloy

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    Zhang, Y.; Zou, G.; Wu, A.; Bai, H.; Liu, L.; Chen, N.; Zhou, Y.

    2015-01-14

    In this study, the femtosecond laser-induced crystallization of CuNiSnP amorphous ribbons was investigated by utilizing an amplified Ti:sapphire laser system. X-ray diffraction and scanning electronic microscope were applied to examine the phase and morphology changes of the amorphous ribbons. Micromachining without crystallization, surface patterning, and selective crystallization were successfully achieved by changing laser parameters. Obvious crystallization occurred under the condition that the laser fluence was smaller than the ablation threshold, indicating that the structural evolution of the material depends strongly on the laser parameters. Back cooling method was used to inhibit heat accumulation; a reversible transformation between the disordered amorphous and crystalline phases can be achieved by using this method.

  17. Nanophase Nickel-Zirconium Alloys for Fuel Cells

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    Narayanan, Sekharipuram; Whitacre, jay; Valdez, Thomas

    2008-01-01

    Nanophase nickel-zirconium alloys have been investigated for use as electrically conductive coatings and catalyst supports in fuel cells. Heretofore, noble metals have been used because they resist corrosion in the harsh, acidic fuel cell interior environments. However, the high cost of noble metals has prompted a search for less-costly substitutes. Nickel-zirconium alloys belong to a class of base metal alloys formed from transition elements of widely different d-electron configurations. These alloys generally exhibit unique physical, chemical, and metallurgical properties that can include corrosion resistance. Inasmuch as corrosion is accelerated by free-energy differences between bulk material and grain boundaries, it was conjectured that amorphous (glassy) and nanophase forms of these alloys could offer the desired corrosion resistance. For experiments to test the conjecture, thin alloy films containing various proportions of nickel and zirconium were deposited by magnetron and radiofrequency co-sputtering of nickel and zirconium. The results of x-ray diffraction studies of the deposited films suggested that the films had a nanophase and nearly amorphous character.

  18. Systems and Methods for Fabricating Objects Including Amorphous Metal Using Techniques Akin to Additive Manufacturing

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    Hofmann, Douglas (Inventor)

    2017-01-01

    Systems and methods in accordance with embodiments of the invention fabricate objects including amorphous metals using techniques akin to additive manufacturing. In one embodiment, a method of fabricating an object that includes an amorphous metal includes: applying a first layer of molten metallic alloy to a surface; cooling the first layer of molten metallic alloy such that it solidifies and thereby forms a first layer including amorphous metal; subsequently applying at least one layer of molten metallic alloy onto a layer including amorphous metal; cooling each subsequently applied layer of molten metallic alloy such that it solidifies and thereby forms a layer including amorphous metal prior to the application of any adjacent layer of molten metallic alloy; where the aggregate of the solidified layers including amorphous metal forms a desired shape in the object to be fabricated; and removing at least the first layer including amorphous metal from the surface.

  19. Thermoplastic Micro-Forming of Bulk Metallic Glasses: A Review

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    Li, Ning; Chen, Wen; Liu, Lin

    2016-04-01

    Bulk metallic glasses are a fascinating class of metallic alloys with an isotropic amorphous structure that is rapidly quenched from liquid melts. The absence of a crystalline micro-structure endows them with a portfolio of properties such as high strength, high elasticity, and excellent corrosion resistance. Whereas the limited plasticity and hence poor workability at ambient temperature impede the structural application of bulk metallic glasses, the unique superplasticity within the supercooled liquid region opens an alternative window of so-called thermoplastic forming, which allows precise and versatile net-shaping of complex geometries on length scales ranging from nanometers to centimeters that were previously unachievable with conventional crystalline metal processing. Thermoplastic forming not only breaks through the bottleneck of the manufacture of bulk metallic glasses at ambient temperature but also offers an alluring prospect in micro-engineering applications. This paper comprehensively reviews some pivotal aspects of bulk metallic glasses during thermoplastic micro-forming, including an in-depth understanding of the crystallization kinetics of bulk metallic glasses and the thermoplastic processing time window, the thermoplastic forming map that clarifies the relationship between the flow characteristics and the formability, the interfacial friction in micro-forming and novel forming methods to improve the formability, and the potential applications of the hot-embossed micro-patterns/components.

  20. Bulk metallic glass coating of polymer substrates

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    Soinila, Erno; Sharma, Parmanand; Heino, Markku; Pischow, Kaj; Inoue, Akihisa; Hänninen, Hannu

    2009-01-01

    Bulk Metallic Glass (BMG) alloy with the composition of Zr55Cu30Al10Ni5 was deposited by sputtering as thin films on several different engineering polymers and polymer composites. Polycarbonate, polymethyl methacrylate, polyamide 12, polyarylamide (50GF=50 % glass fibers), polyphenylene sulfide (30GF) and polybutylene terephthalate (30GF) were used as substrates. The microstructure of the deposited BMG coatings was studied by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The results of XRD and SEM studies were consistent with amorphous microstructure. Elemental compositions of the coatings were verified by energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS). Mechanical properties of the coatings were compared to copper mould cast BMG using nano- indentation tests with similar results. According to the cross-cut tape tests good adhesion was achieved between the studied BMG alloy and all other polymer substrates except polycarbonate. Nano-indentation results showed similar mechanical properties for coating and cast BMG. The results of this study look promising as they open new opportunities for BMG- polymer composite applications.

  1. Amorphous rare earth magnet powders

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    Sellers, C.H.; Branagan, D.J.; Hyde, T.A.; Lewis, L.H.; Panchanathan, V.

    1996-08-01

    Gas atomization (GA) processing does not generally have a high enough cooling rate to produce the initial amorphous microstructure needed to obtain optimal magnetic properties in RE{sub 2}Fe{sub 14}B alloys. Phase separation and an underquenched microstructure result from detrimental {alpha}-Fe precipitation, and the resulting magnetic domain structure is very coarse. Additionally, there is a dramatic dependence of the magnetic properties on the cooling rate (and therefore the particle size) and the powders can be sensitive to environmental degradation. Alloy compositions designed just for GA (as opposed to melt spinning) are necessary to produce an amorphous structure that can be crystallized to result in a fine structure with magnetic properties which are independent of particle size. The addition of titanium and carbon to the melt has been found to change the solidification process sufficiently to result in an ``overquenched`` state in which most of the powder size fractions have an amorphous component. Crystallization with a brief heat treatment produces a structure which has improved magnetic properties, in part due to the ability to use compositions with higher Fe contents without {alpha}-Fe precipitation. Results from magnetometry, magnetic force microscopy, and x-ray analyses will be used to contrast the microstructure, domain structure, and magnetic properties of this new generation of amorphous powders with their multiphase predecessors.

  2. Spin wave stiffness constant on the amorphous and nanocrystalline state of Fe{sub 76}Cu{sub 1}Nb{sub 3}Si{sub 14}B{sub 6} alloys

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    Yu, S.C.; Kepa, H. |; Kim, W.T.; Zeiske, T.; Weiss, L.

    1995-11-01

    The authors report here on the effect of annealing temperatures on the spin wave excitations for the amorphous and nanocrystalline state of Fe{sub 76}Cu{sub 1}Nb{sub 3}Si{sub 14}B{sub 6} alloys, observed from the low temperature magnetization curves and the spectroscopic splitting g factors. The temperature dependence of saturation magnetization was measured with a vibrating sample magnetometer and the SQUID magnetometer. Spectroscopic splitting g-values were estimated from ferromagnetic resonance experiments (FMR). The thermo-magnetization curve is found to obey Bloch`s law, M{sub s}(T) = M{sub s}(0)(1- BT{sup 3/2}-CT{sup 5/2}). The spin wave stiffness constants were also observed from the preliminary results of the neutron inelastic scattering measurements. The spin wave stiffness constants obtained from two different experimental methods on the Fe{sub 76}Cu{sub 1}Nb{sub 3}Si{sub 14}B{sub 6} alloys agree fairly well.

  3. Mechanical relaxations of a (Zr77.5Ti22.5)55(Ni48Cu52)21.25Be23.75 amorphous alloy studied using dynamic mechanical analysis

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    Jeong, H. T.; Fleury, E.; Kim, W. T.; Kim, D. H.

    2007-12-01

    The dynamic mechanical properties of a (Zr77.5Ti22.5)55(Ni48Cu52)21.25Be23.75 amorphous alloy were investigated by frequency-dependent elastic moduli and isothermal multi-frequency measurements. The frequency-dependent loss modulus showed a relaxation behavior resulting from a glass transition, and the variation of the peak frequency was related to the Arrhenius equation. Isothermal multi-frequency measurement data were used to construct the master curves of the elastic moduli and tan δ by applying the time-temperature superposition principle. The temperature dependence of the shift factor was found to follow the Arrhenius relationship, and the activation energies for the low temperature relaxation and glass transition were approximately 156.6kJ/mol and 554kJ/mol, respectively. The glass transition temperature ( T g) was manifested by the crossover region of the shift factor dependence, and from the relationship between the shift factors and the temperature above T g), the fragility index of this alloy was estimated.

  4. Amorphic complexity

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    Fuhrmann, G.; Gröger, M.; Jäger, T.

    2016-02-01

    We introduce amorphic complexity as a new topological invariant that measures the complexity of dynamical systems in the regime of zero entropy. Its main purpose is to detect the very onset of disorder in the asymptotic behaviour. For instance, it gives positive value to Denjoy examples on the circle and Sturmian subshifts, while being zero for all isometries and Morse-Smale systems. After discussing basic properties and examples, we show that amorphic complexity and the underlying asymptotic separation numbers can be used to distinguish almost automorphic minimal systems from equicontinuous ones. For symbolic systems, amorphic complexity equals the box dimension of the associated Besicovitch space. In this context, we concentrate on regular Toeplitz flows and give a detailed description of the relation to the scaling behaviour of the densities of the p-skeletons. Finally, we take a look at strange non-chaotic attractors appearing in so-called pinched skew product systems. Continuous-time systems, more general group actions and the application to cut and project quasicrystals will be treated in subsequent work.

  5. Microfabrication with femtosecond laser processing : (A) laser ablation of ferrous alloys, (B) direct-write embedded optical waveguides and integrated optics in bulk glasses.

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    Guo, Junpeng; McDaniel, Karen Lynn; Palmer, Jeremy Andrew; Yang, Pin; Griffith, Michelle Lynn; Vawter, Gregory Allen; Harris, Marc F.; Tallant, David Robert; Luk, Ting Shan; Burns, George Robert

    2004-11-01

    At Sandia National Laboratories, miniaturization dominates future hardware designs, and technologies that address the manufacture of micro-scale to nano-scale features are in demand. Currently, Sandia is developing technologies such as photolithography/etching (e.g. silicon MEMS), LIGA, micro-electro-discharge machining (micro-EDM), and focused ion beam (FIB) machining to fulfill some of the component design requirements. Some processes are more encompassing than others, but each process has its niche, where all performance characteristics cannot be met by one technology. For example, micro-EDM creates highly accurate micro-scale features but the choice of materials is limited to conductive materials. With silicon-based MEMS technology, highly accurate nano-scale integrated devices are fabricated but the mechanical performance may not meet the requirements. Femtosecond laser processing has the potential to fulfill a broad range of design demands, both in terms of feature resolution and material choices, thereby improving fabrication of micro-components. One of the unique features of femtosecond lasers is the ability to ablate nearly all materials with little heat transfer, and therefore melting or damage, to the surrounding material, resulting in highly accurate micro-scale features. Another unique aspect to femtosecond radiation is the ability to create localized structural changes thought nonlinear absorption processes. By scanning the focal point within transparent material, we can create three-dimensional waveguides for biological sensors and optical components. In this report, we utilized the special characteristics of femtosecond laser processing for microfabrication. Special emphasis was placed on the laser-material interactions to gain a science-based understanding of the process and to determine the process parameter space for laser processing of metals and glasses. Two areas were investigated, including laser ablation of ferrous alloys and direct

  6. Glass forming range of the Ti-Fe-Si amorphous alloys: An effective materials-design approach coupling CALPHAD and topological instability criterion

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    Zhao, Guo-Hua; Mao, Huahai; Louzguine-Luzgin, Dmitri V.

    2016-11-01

    A method of composition design for metallic glasses was proposed by using the Calculation of Phase Diagrams (CALPHAD) with the assistance of the topological instability criterion. This methodology was demonstrated in the quick and effective searching of glass-forming regions for Ti-Fe-Si and Ti-Zr-Fe-Si alloys containing no biologically toxic elements, e.g., Ni and Cu. In addition, the Ti-Fe-Si system may promote the glass formation owing to the existence of a deep eutectic at the Ti-rich corner. A self-consistent thermodynamic database was constructed based on the CALPHAD approach. The liquidus projection, isothermal sections, and the enthalpy of mixing were calculated by using the database. On the basis of these calculations coupling with the topological instability "lambda λ criterion," the potential glass-forming alloy compositions in a narrow region were suggested for experimental validation. Thereafter, the isothermal sections of the Ti-Zr-Fe-Si quaternary system were calculated at certain contents of Zr. The designed alloys were prepared by arc-melting and followed by melt-spinning to the ribbon shape. The experimental verifications matched reasonably well with the theoretical calculations. This work offers new insights for predicting glass-forming alloys based on thermodynamic arguments; it shall be of benefit for the exploration of new metallic glasses.

  7. Design and Characterisation of Metallic Glassy Alloys of High Neutron Shielding Capability

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    Khong, J. C.; Daisenberger, D.; Burca, G.; Kockelmann, W.; Tremsin, A. S.; Mi, J.

    2016-01-01

    This paper reports the design, making and characterisation of a series of Fe-based bulk metallic glass alloys with the aim of achieving the combined properties of high neutron absorption capability and sufficient glass forming ability. Synchrotron X-ray diffraction and pair distribution function methods were used to characterise the crystalline or amorphous states of the samples. Neutron transmission and macroscopic attenuation coefficients of the designed alloys were measured using energy resolved neutron imaging method and the very recently developed microchannel plate detector. The study found that the newly designed alloy (Fe48Cr15Mo14C15B6Gd2 with a glass forming ability of Ø5.8 mm) has the highest neutron absorption capability among all Fe-based bulk metallic glasses so far reported. It is a promising material for neutron shielding applications. PMID:27848991

  8. Design and Characterisation of Metallic Glassy Alloys of High Neutron Shielding Capability

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    Khong, J. C.; Daisenberger, D.; Burca, G.; Kockelmann, W.; Tremsin, A. S.; Mi, J.

    2016-11-01

    This paper reports the design, making and characterisation of a series of Fe-based bulk metallic glass alloys with the aim of achieving the combined properties of high neutron absorption capability and sufficient glass forming ability. Synchrotron X-ray diffraction and pair distribution function methods were used to characterise the crystalline or amorphous states of the samples. Neutron transmission and macroscopic attenuation coefficients of the designed alloys were measured using energy resolved neutron imaging method and the very recently developed microchannel plate detector. The study found that the newly designed alloy (Fe48Cr15Mo14C15B6Gd2 with a glass forming ability of Ø5.8 mm) has the highest neutron absorption capability among all Fe-based bulk metallic glasses so far reported. It is a promising material for neutron shielding applications.

  9. Magnetic anisotropy of Fe{sub 1−y}X{sub y}Pt-L1{sub 0} [X = Cr, Mn, Co, Ni, Cu] bulk alloys

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    Cuadrado, R.; Chantrell, R. W.; Klemmer, Timothy J.

    2014-10-13

    We demonstrate by means of fully relativistic first principles calculations that, by substitution of Fe by Cr, Mn, Co, Ni, or Cu in FePt-L1{sub 0} bulk alloys, with fixed Pt content, it is possible to tune the magnetocrystalline anisotropy energy by adjusting the content of the non-magnetic species in the material. The changes in the geometry due to the inclusion of each element induces different values of the tetragonality and hence changes in the magnetic anisotropy and in the net magnetic moment. The site resolved magnetic moments of Fe increase with the X content while those of Pt and X are simultaneously reduced. The calculations are in good quantitative agreement with experimental data and demonstrate that models with fixed band structure but varying numbers of electrons per unit cell are insufficient to describe the experimental data for doped FePt-L1{sub 0} alloys.

  10. Growth Induced Magnetic Anisotropy in Crystalline and Amorphous Thin Films

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    Hellman, Frances

    1998-10-03

    OAK B204 Growth Induced Magnetic Anisotropy in Crystalline and Amorphous Thin Films. The work in the past 6 months has involved three areas of magnetic thin films: (1) amorphous rare earth-transition metal alloys, (2) epitaxial Co-Pt and hTi-Pt alloy thin films, and (3) collaborative work on heat capacity measurements of magnetic thin films, including nanoparticles and CMR materials.

  11. Preparation of amorphous sulfide sieves

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    Siadati, Mohammad H.; Alonso, Gabriel; Chianelli, Russell R.

    2006-11-07

    The present invention involves methods and compositions for synthesizing catalysts/porous materials. In some embodiments, the resulting materials are amorphous sulfide sieves that can be mass-produced for a variety of uses. In some embodiments, methods of the invention concern any suitable precursor (such as thiomolybdate salt) that is exposed to a high pressure pre-compaction, if need be. For instance, in some cases the final bulk shape (but highly porous) may be same as the original bulk shape. The compacted/uncompacted precursor is then subjected to an open-flow hot isostatic pressing, which causes the precursor to decompose and convert to a highly porous material/catalyst.

  12. Thermodynamic properties and amorphization of Zr-Si melts

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    Arutyunyan, N. A.; Zaitsev, A. I.; Dunaev, S. F.; Shaposhnikov, N. G.

    2016-02-01

    The relationship between the thermodynamic properties of Zr-Si liquid alloys and their propensity to amorphization is studied. The temperature-concentration dependences of the thermodynamic properties of melts are presented using the concept of associated solutions. It is shown that the range of amorphization coincides with the range of the predominant concentration of Zr3Si associative groups with low formation entropy.

  13. Amorphization and nanocrystallization of silcon under shock compression

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    Remington, B. A.; Wehrenberg, C. E.; Zhao, S.; Hahn, E. N.; Kad, B.; Bringa, E. M.; Meyers, M. A.

    2015-11-06

    High-power, short-duration, laser-driven, shock compression and recovery experiments on [001] silicon unveiled remarkable structural changes above a pressure threshold. Two distinct amorphous regions were identified: (a) a bulk amorphous layer close to the surface and (b) amorphous bands initially aligned with {111} slip planes. Further increase of the laser energy leads to the re-crystallization of amorphous silicon into nanocrystals with high concentration of nano-twins. This amorphization is produced by the combined effect of high magnitude hydrostatic and shear stresses under dynamic shock compression. Shock-induced defects play a very important role in the onset of amorphization. Calculations of the free energy changes with pressure and shear, using the Patel-Cohen methodology, are in agreement with the experimental results. Molecular dynamics simulation corroborates the amorphization, showing that it is initiated by the nucleation and propagation of partial dislocations. As a result, the nucleation of amorphization is analyzed qualitatively by classical nucleation theory.

  14. Growth induced magnetic anisotropy in amorphous thin films. Annual progress report year 1, November 4, 1994--October 31, 1995

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    Hellman, F.

    1995-07-01

    The work in the past year has primarily involved three areas of magnetic thin films: amorphous rare earth-transition metal alloys, epitaxial COPt3 thin films, and exchange coupled antiferromagnetic insulators. In the amorphous alloys, the authors have focused on understanding the cause and the effect of the growth-surface-induced perpendicular magnetic anisotropy. Using the results of previous work, they are able to control this anisotropy quite precisely. This anisotropy is predicted to have dramatic and as-yet unobserved effects on the underlying nature of the magnetism. The work on the epitaxial Co-Pt alloys was originally undertaken as a comparison study to the amorphous alloys. The authors have discovered that these alloys exhibit a remarkable new phenomena; a surface-induced miscibility gap in a material which is believed to be completely miscible in the bulk. This miscibility gap is 100% correlated with the perpendicular anisotropy, although the connection is not yet clear, and is presumably linked to a magnetic energy of mixing which tends to drive a material towards clustering. The problem of exchange coupling in multilayers impacts many of the current research areas in magnetism. NiO/CoO multilayers can be prepared with coherent interfaces. The specific heat shows unambiguously the ordering of the spins in the layers. The results show clearly the transition from a single transition temperature to two distinct transitions with increasing thickness of the individual layers. From this data, the authors are able to determine the interface magnetic exchange coupling constant and the effect on the transition temperature of finite layer thickness.

  15. Laser surface treatment of amorphous metals

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    Katakam, Shravana K.

    Amorphous materials are used as soft magnetic materials and also as surface coatings to improve the surface properties. Furthermore, the nanocrystalline materials derived from their amorphous precursors show superior soft magnetic properties than amorphous counter parts for transformer core applications. In the present work, laser based processing of amorphous materials will be presented. Conventionally, the nanocrystalline materials are synthesized by furnace heat treatment of amorphous precursors. Fe-based amorphous/nanocrystalline materials due to their low cost and superior magnetic properties are the most widely used soft magnetic materials. However, achieving nanocrystalline microstructure in Fe-Si-B ternary system becomes very difficult owing its rapid growth rate at higher temperatures and sluggish diffusion at low temperature annealing. Hence, nanocrystallization in this system is achieved by using alloying additions (Cu and Nb) in the ternary Fe-Si-B system. Thus, increasing the cost and also resulting in reduction of saturation magnetization. laser processing technique is used to achieve extremely fine nanocrystalline microstructure in Fe-Si-B amorphous precursor. Microstructure-magnetic Property-laser processing co-relationship has been established for Fe-Si-B ternary system using analytical techniques. Laser processing improved the magnetic properties with significant increase in saturation magnetization and near zero coercivity values. Amorphous materials exhibit excellent corrosion resistance by virtue of their atomic structure. Fe-based amorphous materials are economical and due to their ease of processing are of potential interest to synthesize as coatings materials for wear and corrosion resistance applications. Fe-Cr-Mo-Y-C-B amorphous system was used to develop thick coatings on 4130 Steel substrate and the corrosion resistance of the amorphous coatings was improved. It is also shown that the mode of corrosion depends on the laser processing

  16. Effect of Surface Modifications of Ti40Zr10Cu38Pd12 Bulk Metallic Glass and Ti-6Al-4V Alloy on Human Osteoblasts In Vitro Biocompatibility

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    Blanquer, Andreu; Hynowska, Anna; Nogués, Carme; Ibáñez, Elena; Sort, Jordi; Baró, Maria Dolors; Özkale, Berna; Pané, Salvador; Pellicer, Eva

    2016-01-01

    The use of biocompatible materials, including bulk metallic glasses (BMGs), for tissue regeneration and transplantation is increasing. The good mechanical and corrosion properties of Ti40Zr10Cu38Pd12 BMG and its previously described biocompatibility makes it a potential candidate for medical applications. However, it is known that surface properties like topography might play an important role in regulating cell adhesion, proliferation and differentiation. Thus, in the present study, Ti40Zr10Cu38Pd12 BMG and Ti6-Al-4V alloy were surface-modified electrochemically (nanomesh) or physically (microscratched) to investigate the effect of material topography on human osteoblasts cells (Saos-2) adhesion, proliferation and differentiation. For comparative purposes, the effect of mirror-like polished surfaces was also studied. Electrochemical treatments led to a highly interconnected hierarchical porous structure rich in oxides, which have been described to improve corrosion resistance, whereas microscratched surfaces showed a groove pattern with parallel trenches. Cell viability was higher than 96% for the three topographies tested and for both alloy compositions. In all cases, cells were able to adhere, proliferate and differentiate on the alloys, hence indicating that surface topography plays a minor role on these processes, although a clear cell orientation was observed on microscratched surfaces. Overall, our results provide further evidence that Ti40Zr10Cu38Pd12 BMG is an excellent candidate, in the present two topographies, for bone repair purposes. PMID:27243628

  17. Stress-corrosion fatigue-crack growth in a Zr-based bulk amorphousmetal

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    Schroeder, V.; Ritchie, R.O.

    2005-09-21

    Electrochemical and mechanical experiments were conducted to analyze the environmentally-influenced cracking behavior of a bulk amorphous metal, Zr41.2Ti13.8Cu12.5Ni10Be22.5. This study was motivated by a scientific interest in mechanisms of fatigue-crack propagation in an amorphous metal, and by a practical interest in the use of this amorphous metal in applications that take advantage of its unique properties, including high specific strength, large elastic strains and low damping. The objective of the work was to determine the rate and mechanisms of subcritical crack growth in this metallic glass in an aggressive environment. Specifically, fatigue-crack propagation behavior was investigated at a range of stress intensities in air and aqueous salt solutions by examining the effects of loading cycle, stress-intensity range, solution concentration, anion identity, solution de-aeration, and bulk electrochemical potential. Results indicate that crack growth in aqueous solution in this alloy is driven by a stress-assisted anodic reaction at the crack tip. Rate-determining steps for such behavior are reasoned to be electrochemical, stress-dependent reaction at near-threshold levels, and mass transport at higher (steady-state) growth rates.

  18. Alloy with metallic glass and quasi-crystalline properties

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    Xing, Li-Qian; Hufnagel, Todd C.; Ramesh, Kaliat T.

    2004-02-17

    An alloy is described that is capable of forming a metallic glass at moderate cooling rates and exhibits large plastic flow at ambient temperature. Preferably, the alloy has a composition of (Zr, Hf).sub.a Ta.sub.b Ti.sub.c Cu.sub.d Ni.sub.e Al.sub.f, where the composition ranges (in atomic percent) are 45.ltoreq.a.ltoreq.70, 3.ltoreq.b.ltoreq.7.5, 0.ltoreq.c.ltoreq.4, 3.ltoreq.b+c.ltoreq.10, 10.ltoreq.d.ltoreq.30, 0.ltoreq.e.ltoreq.20, 10.ltoreq.d+e.ltoreq.35, and 5.ltoreq.f.ltoreq.15. The alloy may be cast into a bulk solid with disordered atomic-scale structure, i.e., a metallic glass, by a variety of techniques including copper mold die casting and planar flow casting. The as-cast amorphous solid has good ductility while retaining all of the characteristic features of known metallic glasses, including a distinct glass transition, a supercooled liquid region, and an absence of long-range atomic order. The alloy may be used to form a composite structure including quasi-crystals embedded in an amorphous matrix. Such a composite quasi-crystalline structure has much higher mechanical strength than a crystalline structure.

  19. Growth induced magnetic anisotropy in crystalline and amorphous thin films

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    Hellman, F.

    1998-07-20

    The work in the past 6 months has involved three areas of magnetic thin films: (1) amorphous rare earth-transition metal alloys, (2) epitaxial Co-Pt and Ni-Pt alloy thin films, and (3) collaborative work on heat capacity measurements of magnetic thin films, including nanoparticles and CMR materials. A brief summary of work done in each area is given.

  20. Growth mechanisms and characterization of hydrogenated amorphous-silicon-alloy films. Final subcontract report, 15 February 1991--14 April 1994

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    Gallagher, A.; Tanenbaum, D.; Laracuente, A.; Kalra, P.

    1994-07-01

    This report describes work performed to better understand the atomic-scale structure of glow-discharge-produced a-Si:H, a-Ge:H, and a-Si:Ge:H films; its effect on film quality; and its dependence on deposition discharge conditions. Hydrogenated a-Si films are from a silane rf discharge onto atomically flat crystal Si and GaAs substrates. The substrates are then transferred in a scanning tunneling microscope, where the atomic-scale surface morphology is measured. The films were deposited using device-quality deposition conditions; IR absorption, {sigma}{sub L}, and {sigma}{sub D} indicate high-quality intrinsic films. From the thickness dependence of the surface morphology, we determined that the films initially conform smoothly to an atomically flat Si or GaAs substrate, but as the thickness increases the roughness steadily increases to approximately 10% of the length of the scanned region. The surface of 100--400-nm-thick films is highly inhomogeneous, with steep hills and canyons in some areas and large atomically smooth regions in others. These unexpectedly large surface irregularities indicate severe and often connected void structures in the growing film, as well as relatively limited-range surface diffusion of the incorporating SiH{sub 3} radicals. On the other hand, large atomically flat surface were occasionally found, indicating the possibility of growing a homogeneous and compact amorphous film if appropriate growth conditions could be discovered.

  1. Amorphous metal composites

    DOEpatents

    Byrne, Martin A.; Lupinski, John H.

    1984-01-01

    An improved amorphous metal composite and process of making the composite. The amorphous metal composite comprises amorphous metal (e.g. iron) and a low molecular weight thermosetting polymer binder. The process comprises placing an amorphous metal in particulate form and a thermosetting polymer binder powder into a container, mixing these materials, and applying heat and pressure to convert the mixture into an amorphous metal composite.

  2. Fundamental studies of defect generation in amorphous silicon alloys grown by remote plasma-enhanced chemical-vapor deposition (Remote PECVD)

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    Lucovsky, G.; Nemanich, R.J.; Bernholc, J.; Whitten, J.; Wang, C.; Davidson, B.; Williams, M.; Lee, D.; Bjorkman, C.; Jing, Z. )

    1993-01-01

    We demonstrated that the remote PECVD process can be used to deposit heavily doped n-type and p-type a-Si:H thin films. We optimized conditions for depositing undoped, near-intrinsic and heavily doped thin films of [mu]c(microcrystalline)-Si by remote PECVD. We extended the remote PECVD process to the deposition of undoped and doped a-Si,C:H and [mu]c-Si,C alloy films. We analyzed transport data for the dark conductivity in undoped and doped a-Si:H, a-Si,C:H, [mu]c-Si and [mu]c-Si,C films. We studied the properties of doped a-Si:H and [mu]c-Si in MOS capacitors using [approximately]10 [Omega]-cm p-type crystalline substrates and thermally grown Si0[sub 2] dielectric layers. We collaborated with a group at RWTH in Aachen, Germany, and studied the contributions of process induced defect states to the recombination of photogenerated electron pairs. We applied a tight-binding model to Si-Bethe lattice structures to investigate the effects of bond angle, and dihedral angle disorder. We used ab initio and empirical calculations to study non-random bonding arrangements in a-Si,O:H and doped a-Si:H films.

  3. Pressure-dependent structure of the null-scattering alloy Ti0.676 Zr0.324

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    Zeidler, Anita; Guthrie, Malcolm; Salmon, Philip S.

    2015-07-01

    The room temperature structure of the alloy ? was measured by X-ray diffraction under compression at pressures up to ?. This alloy is used as a construction material in high pressure neutron-scattering research and has a mean coherent neutron scattering length of zero, that is, it is a so-called null-scattering alloy. A broad phase transition was observed from a hexagonal close-packed α-phase to a hexagonal ω-phase, which started at a pressure of ? and was completed by ?. The data for the α-phase were fitted by using a third-order Birch-Murnaghan equation of state, giving an isothermal bulk modulus ? and pressure derivative ?. The results will help to ensure that accurate structural information can be gained from in situ high pressure neutron diffraction work on amorphous and liquid materials where the ? alloy is used as a gasket material.

  4. Deformation analysis of amorphous metals based on atomic elastic stiffness coefficients

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    Yashiro, K.; Nishimura, M.; Tomita, Y.

    2006-06-01

    The elastic limit of a crystal can be evaluated by the positiveness of elastic stiffness coefficients, Bijkl. We had demonstrated that the nucleation of lattice defects such as dislocation and cleavage cracking can be predicted by the atomic Bijkl at each atom point. Amorphous metals and bulk metallic glasses draw intense interest whether the criteria are applicable or not since they are regarded as the ultimate of lattice defects. In the present study, an amorphous Ni-Al binary alloy is made by a usual melt-quench simulation and subjected to tension by means of molecular dynamics simulation. During simulations, the positiveness of atomic Bijkl is discussed for all atoms. Contrary to an Ni-Al crystal, many atoms show negative value even in the initial equilibrium of the amorphous before loading. These unstable atoms turn out to be the non-clustered atom or the outer-shell of the local cluster such as 12(0, 0, 12, 0) icosahedron. On the other hand, the centre atoms of the local clusters show high stability resulting in the positive Bijkl of the whole system. It is also demonstrated that the change in the atomic Bijkl can reveal the collapse and re-configuration of local clusters during the deformation.

  5. Calculations of the magnetic entropy change in amorphous through a microscopic anisotropic model: Applications to Dy{sub 70}Zr{sub 30} and DyCo{sub 3.4} alloys

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    Ranke, P. J. von Nóbrega, E. P.; Ribeiro, P. O.; Alvarenga, T. S. T.; Lopes, P. H. O.; Sousa, V. S. R. de; Oliveira, N. A. de; Caldas, A.; Alho, B. P.; Carvalho, G.; Magnus, A.

    2014-10-14

    We report theoretical investigations on the magnetocaloric effect, described by the magnetic entropy change in rare earth—transition metal amorphous systems. The model includes the local anisotropy on the rare earth ions in Harris-Plischke-Zuckermann assumptions. The transition metals ions are treated in terms of itinerant electron ferromagnetism and the magnetic moment of rare earth ions is coupled to the polarized d-band by a local exchange interaction. The magnetocaloric effect was calculated in DyCo{sub 3.4} system, which presents amorphous sperimagnetic configuration. The calculations predict higher refrigerant capacity in the amorphous DyCo{sub 3.4} than in DyCo{sub 2} crystal, highlighting the importance of amorphous magnetocaloric materials. Our calculation of the magnetocaloric effect in Dy{sub 70}Zr{sub 30}, which presents amorphous asperomagnetic configuration, is in good agreement with the experimental result. Furthermore, magnetic entropy changes associated with crystal-amorphous configurations change are estimated.

  6. Wear Resistant Amorphous and Nanocomposite Steel Coatings

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    Branagan, Daniel James; Swank, William David; Haggard, Delon C; Fincke, James Russell; Sordelet, D.

    2001-10-01

    In this article, amorphous and nanocomposite thermally deposited steel coatings have been formed by using both plasma and high-velocity oxy-fuel (HVOF) spraying techniques. This was accomplished by developing a specialized iron-based composition with a low critical cooling rate (?104 K/s) for metallic glass formation, processing the alloy by inert gas atomization to form micron-sized amorphous spherical powders, and then spraying the classified powder to form coatings. A primarily amorphous structure was formed in the as-sprayed coatings, independent of coating thickness. After a heat treatment above the crystallization temperature (568°C), the structure of the coatings self-assembled (i.e., devitrified) into a multiphase nanocomposite microstructure with 75 to 125 nm grains containing a distribution of 20 nm second-phase grain-boundary precipitates. Vickers microhardness testing revealed that the amorphous coatings were very hard (10.2 to 10.7 GPa), with further increases in hardness after devitrification (11.4 to 12.8 GPa). The wear characteristics of the amorphous and nanocomposite coatings were determined using both two-body pin-on-disk and three-body rubber wheel wet-slurry sand tests. The results indicate that the amorphous and nanocomposite steel coatings are candidates for a wide variety of wear-resistant applications.

  7. Ti-based glassy alloys in Ti-Cu-Zr-Sn system

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    Wang, ZengRui; Dong, DanDan; Qiang, JianBing; Wang, Qing; Wang, YingMin; Dong, Chuang

    2013-07-01

    Bulk amorphous formation in Ti-Cu-based multicomponent alloys, free of Ni, Pd and Be elements, were studied using the cluster-plus-glue-atom model. The basic cluster formula was revealed as [Ti9Cu6]Cu3 to explain the best binary glass forming composition Ti50Cu50=Ti9Cu9, where the CN14 rhombi-dodecahedron Ti9Cu6 was the principal cluster in the devitrification phase CuTi. This basic cluster formula was further alloyed with Zr and Sn and a critical glass forming ability was reached at (Ti7.2Zr1.8)(Cu8.72Sn0.28) and (Ti7.2Zr1.8)(Cu8.45Sn0.55) up to 5 mm in diameter by suction casting, which was the largest in Ti-Cu-based and Ni-, Pd- and Be-free alloys.

  8. Amorphous Metals and Composites as Mirrors and Mirror Assemblies

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    Hofmann, Douglas C. (Inventor); Davis, Gregory L. (Inventor); Agnes, Gregory S. (Inventor); Shapiro, Andrew A. (Inventor)

    2016-01-01

    A mirror or mirror assembly fabricated by molding, pressing, assembling, or depositing one or more bulk metal glass (BMG), bulk metal glass composite (BMGMC), or amorphous metal (AM) parts and where the optical surface and backing of the mirror can be fabricated without machining or polishing by utilizing the unique molding capabilities of this class of materials.

  9. Corrosion Behavior of Fe41Co7Cr15Mo14C15B6Y2 Bulk Metallic Glass in Sulfuric Acid Solutions

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    Fan, H. B.; Zheng, W.; Wang, G. Y.; Liaw, P. K.; Shen, J.

    2011-06-01

    An Fe41Co7Cr15Mo14C15B6Y2 bulk metallic glass with a diameter of 5 mm was prepared with the copper-mold-casting method. The corrosion resistance of this amorphous steel in sulfuric-acid solutions was determined by electrochemical measurements. The passive film formed on the surface of the alloy after immersion in the 0.5-mol/l H2SO4 solution for 1 week was analyzed by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). Electrochemical measurements show that the corrosion resistance of the amorphous steel in the 1 mol/l-H2SO4 solution is superior to a stainless steel (SUS 321), and is almost the same as Ti6Al4V, which shows that the amorphous steel has an excellent corrosion resistance in sulfuric-acid solutions. As the concentration of the sulfuric-acid solutions increases from 0.5 mol/l to 4 mol/l, the corrosion resistance of the amorphous steel decreases. The XPS result reveals that a bilayer structure of protective film formed on the surface of the amorphous steel in a H2SO4 solution. The compositions of the inner part of the film are MoO2, Cr2O3, CoO, and FeO, and those of the outer film are MoO3, Cr(OH)3, Co(OH)2, and Fe(OH)3.

  10. Theory of amorphous ices

    PubMed Central

    Limmer, David T.; Chandler, David

    2014-01-01

    We derive a phase diagram for amorphous solids and liquid supercooled water and explain why the amorphous solids of water exist in several different forms. Application of large-deviation theory allows us to prepare such phases in computer simulations. Along with nonequilibrium transitions between the ergodic liquid and two distinct amorphous solids, we establish coexistence between these two amorphous solids. The phase diagram we predict includes a nonequilibrium triple point where two amorphous phases and the liquid coexist. Whereas the amorphous solids are long-lived and slowly aging glasses, their melting can lead quickly to the formation of crystalline ice. Further, melting of the higher density amorphous solid at low pressures takes place in steps, transitioning to the lower-density glass before accessing a nonequilibrium liquid from which ice coarsens. PMID:24858957

  11. Nanoporosity induced by ion implantation in deposited amorphous Ge thin films

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    Romano, L.; Impellizzeri, G.; Ruffino, F.; Miritello, M.; Grimaldi, M. G.; Bosco, L.

    2012-06-01

    The formation of a nano-porous structure in amorphous Ge thin film (sputter-deposited on SiO{sub 2}) during ion irradiation at room temperature with 300 keV Ge{sup +} has been observed. The porous film showed a sponge-like structure substantially different from the columnar structure reported for ion implanted bulk Ge. The voids size and structure resulted to be strongly affected by the material preparation, while the volume expansion turned out to be determined only by the nuclear deposition energy. In SiGe alloys, the swelling occurs only if the Ge concentration is above 90%. These findings rely on peculiar characteristics related to the mechanism of voids nucleation and growth, but they are crucial for future applications of active nanostructured layers such as low cost chemical and biochemical sensing devices or electrodes in batteries.

  12. Thermal transport in amorphous materials: a review

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    Wingert, Matthew C.; Zheng, Jianlin; Kwon, Soonshin; Chen, Renkun

    2016-11-01

    Thermal transport plays a crucial role in performance and reliability of semiconductor electronic devices, where heat is mainly carried by phonons. Phonon transport in crystalline semiconductor materials, such as Si, Ge, GaAs, GaN, etc, has been extensively studied over the past two decades. In fact, study of phonon physics in crystalline semiconductor materials in both bulk and nanostructure forms has been the cornerstone of the emerging field of ‘nanoscale heat transfer’. On the contrary, thermal properties of amorphous materials have been relatively less explored. Recently, however, a growing number of studies have re-examined the thermal properties of amorphous semiconductors, such as amorphous Si. These studies, which included both computational and experimental work, have revealed that phonon transport in amorphous materials is perhaps more complicated than previously thought. For instance, depending on the type of amorphous materials, thermal transport occurs via three types of vibrations: propagons, diffusons, and locons, corresponding to the propagating, diffusion, and localized modes, respectively. The relative contribution of each of these modes dictates the thermal conductivity of the material, including its magnitude and its dependence on sample size and temperature. In this article, we will review the fundamental principles and recent development regarding thermal transport in amorphous semiconductors.

  13. Neutron irradiation induced amorphization of silicon carbide

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    Snead, L. L.; Hay, J. C.

    1999-07-01

    This paper provides the properties of bulk stoichiometric silicon carbide which has been amorphized under neutron irradiation. Both high purity single crystal hcp and high purity, highly faulted (cubic) chemically vapor deposited (CVD) SiC were irradiated at approximately 60°C to a total fast neutron fluence of 2.6 × 10 25 n/m 2. Amorphization was seen in both materials as evidenced by TEM, electron diffraction and X-ray diffraction techniques. Physical properties for the amorphized single crystal material are reported including large changes in density (-10.8%), elastic modulus as measured using a nanoindentation technique (-45%), hardness as measured by nanoindentation (-45%), and standard Vickers hardness (-24%). Similar property changes are observed for the amorphized CVD SiC. Using measured thermal conductivity data for the CVD SiC sample, the critical temperature for amorphization at this neutron dose and flux, above which amorphization is not possible, is estimated to be greater than ˜125°C.

  14. Processes of structural relaxation in the amorphous alloy Co69Fe3.7Cr3.8Si12.5B11 with a near-zero magnetostriction and their effect on the magnetic properties and the characteristics of magnetic noise caused by Barkhausen jumps

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    Kekalo, I. B.; Lubyanyi, D. Z.; Mogil'nikov, P. S.; Chichibaba, I. A.

    2015-07-01

    The evolution of hysteretic magnetic properties and the characteristics of magnetic noise caused by Barkhausen jumps have been studied in different ranges of annealing temperature where different processes of structural relaxation develop. It has been shown that the amorphous cobalt-based alloy under study is characterized by a high (in comparison with the iron-based alloys) spatial homogeneity of magnetic noise. The stabilization of domain walls was caused by directional ordering (at annealing temperatures T a < T C) and the processes of clustering (at T a > T C) fixed by the method of small-angle X-ray scattering not only affect the level of hysteretic magnetic properties, but also determine the magnetic-noise characteristics of the alloy. A comparison of the dynamics of magnetic-noise behavior with changes in the saturation magnetostriction λs made it possible to conclude that the magnetic-noise characteristics depend not only on the directional, but also on the isotropic short-range ordering. The ranges of annealing temperature that ensure acceptable values of hysteretic magnetic properties and, simultaneously, a low level of magnetic noise have been established. This situation takes place at a certain optimum concentration of clusters arising in the alloy studied.

  15. 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.

  16. Characteristics of amorphous kerogens fractionated from terrigenous sedimentary rocks

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    Suzuki, Noriyuki

    1984-02-01

    A preliminary attempt to fractionate amorphous kerogens from terrigenous bulk kerogen by a benzene-water two phase partition method under acidic condition was made. Microscopic observation revealed that amorphous kerogens and structured kerogens were fractionated effectively by this method. Characteristics of the amorphous and structured kerogens fractionated by this method were examined by some chemical analyses and compared with those of the bulk kerogen and humic acid isolated from the same rock sample (Haizume Formation, Pleistocene, Japan). The elemental and infrared (IR) analyses showed that the amorphous kerogen fraction had the highest atomic H/C ratio and the lowest atomic N/C ratio and was the richest in aliphatic structures and carbonyl and carboxyl functional groups. Quantities of fatty acids from the saponification products of each geopolymer were in agreement with the results of elemental and IR analyses. Distribution of the fatty acids was suggestive that more animal lipids participate in the formation of amorphous kerogens because of the abundance of relatively lower molecular weight fatty acids (such as C 16 and C 18 acids) in saponification products of amorphous kerogens. On the other hand, although the amorphous kerogen fraction tends to be rich in aliphatic structures compared with bulk kerogen of the same rock samples, van Krevelen plots of elemental compositions of kerogens from the core samples (Nishiyama Oil Field, Tertiary, Japan) reveal that the amorphous kerogen fraction is not necessarily characterized by markedly high atomic H/C ratio. This was attributed to the oxic environment of deposition and the abundance of biodegraded terrestrial amorphous organic matter in the amorphous kerogen fraction used in this work.

  17. Nonequilibrium phase transformations in bcc titanium and niobium alloys

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    Doherty, Kevin James

    The major goal throughout this entire study was to find a bulk beta-titanium amorphous system. In this case, the feasibility of bulk amorphization by destabilizing the crystalline phase in bcc titanium alloys is developed. The binary Ti-Cr system was previously reported, by others, to undergo spontaneous vitrification. This work was later proven to be irreproducible by several other groups. With the proper alloying additions to the Ti-Cr system, the resultant bcc matrix is extremely unstable, however, the formation of alpha, o, and intermetallics is inhibited. Powders of the complex system Ti65Cr13Cu 16Mn4Fe2 transform to a fully amorphous structure after just 3 to 4 hours of mechanical milling. In bulk, this system forms nanoscale disordered regions, totaling 20 to 30% of the microstructure, upon annealing of the metastable bcc phase. The phase separation, beta → beta + beta' accompanies this transformation and induces strain into the matrix. Analytical high resolution transmission electron microscopy (TEM) is used to characterize the decomposition behavior by obtaining physical measurements of the microstructure and chemistry, and to determine the mechanism of the phase separation. High resolution and analytical TEM data map the development of successive chromium rich (copper poor) and chromium poor (copper rich) regions formed in <100> directions during heat treatment. This reaction is shown to occur by spinodal decomposition. A known bcc, binary spinodal decomposition system, Nb-Zr, was chosen as a reference system to verify the spinodal mechanism in the 5-component titanium system and to validate the use of analytical TEM to characterize spinodal decomposition. The Ti-Cr system is also investigated for comparison with the complex Ti-Cr-Cu-Mn-Fe system and to resolve some of the issues presented during the earlier spontaneous vitrification studies. Finally, a combination of high resolution TEM and chemical analysis is utilized to differentiate between the

  18. Microstructure and magnetic properties of mechanically alloyed FeSiBAlNi (Nb) high entropy alloys

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    Wang, Jian; Zheng, Zhou; Xu, Jing; Wang, Yan

    2014-04-01

    In this paper, the effects of milling duration and composition on the microstructure and magnetic properties of equi-atomic FeSiBAlNi and FeSiBAlNiNb high entropy alloys during mechanical alloying have been investigated using X-ray diffraction, differential scanning calorimetry, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy and alternating gradient magnetometry. The amorphous high entropy alloys have been successfully fabricated using the mechanical alloying method. The results show that the Nb addition prolongs the milling time for the formation of the fully FeSiBAlNi amorphous phase and decreases the glass forming ability. However, FeSiBAlNiNb amorphous high entropy alloy has the higher thermal stability and heat resisting properties. Moreover, the as-milled FeSiBAlNi(Nb) powders are soft-magnetic materials indicated by their low coercivity. The saturation magnetization of the as-milled FeSiBAlNi(Nb) powders decreases with prolonging of the milling time and shows the lowest value when the amorphous high entropy alloys are formed. It suggests that the as-milled products with solid solution phases show the better soft-magnetic properties than those with fully amorphous phases. The Nb addition does not improve the soft-magnetic properties of the FeSiBAlNi high entropy alloys. Rather, both amorphous high entropy alloys have similar soft-magnetic properties after a long milling time.

  19. Crystallization kinetics of Fe based amorphous alloy

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    Shanker Rao, T.; Lilly Shanker Rao, T.

    2015-02-01

    Differential Scanning Calorimetry(DSC) experimental data under non-isothermal conditions for Fe based Metglas 2605SA1 (wt% Fe=85-95, Si=5-10, B=1-5) metallic glass ribbons are reported and discussed. The DSC Scans performed at different heating rates showed two step crystallization processes and are interpreted in terms of different models like Kissinger, Ozawa, Boswell, Augis & Bennett and Gao & Wang. From the heating rate dependence of the onset temperature (To) and the crystallization peak temperature (Tp), the kinetic triplet, activation energy of crystallization (E), Avrami exponent (n) and the frequency factor (A) are determined. The determined E for peak I is 354.5 ± 2.5 kJ/mol and for the peak II is 348.2 ± 2.2 kJ/mol, respectively. The frequency factor for peak I is 1.1 × 1023sec-1 and for peak II is 6.1 × 1020sec-1.

  20. Comparison of the corrosion behavior of a bulk amorphous metal, Zr{sub 41.2}Ti{sub 13.8}Cu{sub 12.5}Ni{sub 10}Be{sub 22.5}, with its crystallized form

    SciTech Connect

    Schroeder, V.; Gilbert, C.J.; Ritchie, R.O.

    1998-04-14

    Amorphous metals have generated much interest, both in basic research and for structural applications, because of their near-theoretical strength to stiffness ratio and extremely low damping characteristics. In addition, a number of amorphous metals exhibit excellent corrosion resistance, which has been explained in terms of their structural homogeneity. Since amorphous metals are in principle structurally and chemically homogeneous and thus lack any microstructure, such as grain boundaries, which could act as local electrochemically-active sites, many researchers attribute good corrosion resistance to the entire class of amorphous metals. It is this point, whether the amorphous condition itself confers improved corrosion resistance, that the authors examine in the present note.

  1. Amorphous carbon for photovoltaics

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    Risplendi, Francesca; Grossman, Jeffrey C.

    2015-03-01

    All-carbon solar cells have attracted attention as candidates for innovative photovoltaic devices. Carbon-based materials such as graphene, carbon nanotubes (CNT) and amorphous carbon (aC) have the potential to present physical properties comparable to those of silicon-based materials with advantages such as low cost and higher thermal stability.In particular a-C structures are promising systems in which both sp2 and sp3 hybridization coordination are present in different proportions depending on the specific density, providing the possibility of tuning their optoelectronic properties and achieving comparable sunlight absorption to aSi. In this work we employ density functional theory to design suitable device architectures, such as bulk heterojunctions (BHJ) or pn junctions, consisting of a-C as the active layer material.Regarding BHJ, we study interfaces between aC and C nanostructures (such as CNT and fullerene) to relate their optoelectronic properties to the stoichiometry of aC. We demonstrate that the energy alignment between the a-C mobility edges and the occupied and unoccupied states of the CNT or C60 can be widely tuned by varying the aC density to obtain a type II interface.To employ aC in pn junctions we analyze the p- and n-type doping of a-C focusingon an evaluation of the Fermi level and work function dependence on doping.Our results highlight promising features of aC as the active layer material of thin-film solar cells.

  2. Characterization of Amorphous Silicon Advanced Materials and PV Devices: Final Technical Report, 15 December 2001--31 January 2005

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    Taylor, P. C.

    2005-11-01

    The major objectives of this subcontract have been: (1) understand the microscopic properties of the defects that contribute to the Staebler-Wronski effect to eliminate this effect, (2) perform correlated studies on films and devices made by novel techniques, especially those with promise to improve stability or deposition rates, (3) understand the structural, electronic, and optical properties of films of hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) made on the boundary between the amorphous and microcrystalline phases, (4) search for more stable intrinsic layers of a-Si:H, (5) characterize the important defects, impurities, and metastabilities in the bulk and at surfaces and interfaces in a-Si:H films and devices and in important alloy systems, and (6) make state-of-the-art plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD) devices out of new, advanced materials, when appropriate. All of these goals are highly relevant to improving photovoltaic devices based on a-Si:H and related alloys. With regard to the first objective, we have identified a paired hydrogen site that may be the defect that stabilizes the silicon dangling bonds formed in the Staebler-Wronski effect.

  3. Temperature dependence of the electrical resistivity and electronic structure of amorphous Fe100-xZrx films and multilayers.

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    Kapaklis, V; Pálsson, G K; Vegelius, J; Haverhals, M M; Korelis, P T; Butorin, S M; Modin, A; Kavčič, M; Zitnik, M; Bučar, K; Kvashnina, K O; Hjörvarsson, B

    2012-12-12

    The electrical resistivity of amorphous Fe(100-x)Zr(x) metal alloy films and multilayers has been investigated in a wide temperature and composition range. The overall behavior of the resistivity is consistent with bulk measurements, exhibiting prominent semiconductor-like changes at low temperatures. The transition from positive (metallic) to negative temperature coefficient of resistivity behavior is accompanied by minute changes in magnetoresistance and we can therefore rule out magnetic phase changes as being the cause for the observed changes in the resistivity. Using x-ray absorption and emission spectroscopies we are able to probe the unoccupied and occupied electronic densities of states. The corresponding spectra are found to significantly overlap, as expected for a metallic-like electronic structure and the absence of a band gap. Besides a broadening of the x-ray emission lines expected from an amorphous material, remarkably small differences are observed in the electronic structures when changing the amount of Zr. The resistivity data were modeled and agreement with the Mott variable range hopping model was found, indicating localized electronic states due the disordered structure of the Fe(100-x)Zr(x) alloys.

  4. Mechanical alloying of brittle materials

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    Davis, R. M.; McDermott, B.; Koch, C. C.

    1988-12-01

    Mechanical alloying by high energy ball milling has been observed in systems with nominally brittle components. The phases formed by mechanical alloying of brittle components include solid solutions (Si + Ge → SiGe solid solution), intermetallic compounds (Mn + Bi → MnBi), and amorphous alloys (NiZr2 + Ni11Zr9 → amorphous Ni50Zr50). A key feature of possible mechanisms for mechanical alloying of brittle components is the temperature of the powders during milling. Experiments and a computer model of the kinetics of mechanical alloying were carried out in order to esti-mate the temperature effect. Temperature rises in typical powder alloys during milling in a SPEX mill were estimated to be ≤350 K using the kinetic parameters determined from the computer model. The tempering response of fresh martensite in an Fe-1.2 wt pct C alloy during milling was consistent with the maximum results of the computer model, yielding temperatures in the pow-ders of ≤575 K i.e., ΔT ≤ 300 K). Thermal activation was required for mechanical alloying of Si and Ge powder. No alloying occurred when the milling vial was cooled by liquid nitrogen. The pos-sible mechanisms responsible for material transfer during mechanical alloying of brittle components are considered.

  5. THE PREPARATION AND CRYSTALLIZATION BEHAVIOR OF AMORPHOUS NICKEL - PHOSPHORUS THIN FILMS.

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    Flash evaporation was used to produce homogeneous amorphous nickel-phosphorus alloy thin films . The amorphous to crystalline transformation in these... thin films was observed by electron microscopy and found to proceed, depending on composition, either by crystallite coarsening (87.6 wt. % Ni) or

  6. Abnormal behavior of supercooled liquid region in bulk-forming metallic glasses

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    Park, E. S.; Na, J. H.; Kim, D. H.

    2010-09-01

    A metallic glass is often viewed as an amorphous alloy exhibiting a single endothermic reaction in the supercooled liquid region (SCLR, ΔTx=Tx-Tg). Here we discuss the origin and consequences of abnormal behavior of SCLR in various bulk-forming metallic glasses (BMGs). The two-stage-like endothermic reaction in Ni-based, Cu-based, Zr-based, and Mg-based BMGs can originate from the local immiscibility of liquids, which is closely related to chemical heterogeneity in as-cast BMG. These inflections can be attributed to the overlap of the exothermic reaction for the formation and growth of clusters in SCLR. The abnormal behavior of SCLR can be modulated by controlling cooling rate as well as by tailoring alloy composition, with the consequence that the modulated local heterogeneity in these BMGs can lead to enhanced flexibility of the BMGs. This correlation assists in understanding toughening mechanism and in guiding alloy design to alleviate brittleness of BMGs.

  7. Layered amorphous silicon as negative electrodes in lithium-ion batteries

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    Zhao, Leyi; Dvorak, D. J.; Obrovac, M. N.

    2016-11-01

    Chemical delithiation is used to prepare bulk quantities of amorphous silicon powder from lithium-silicon compounds. The amorphous silicon materials formed are air and water stable and are found to have layered structures. When cycled in Li-ion half cells, coatings containing layered amorphous silicon are found to have significantly lower volume expansion during lithiation and improved cycling characteristics compared to that of bulk crystalline Si. We suggest chemical delithiation as a convenient method to synthesize bulk quantities of Si powders containing self-organized void spaces that can accommodate volume expansion during lithiation.

  8. Hierarchical surface patterning of Ni- and Be-free Ti- and Zr-based bulk metallic glasses by thermoplastic net-shaping.

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    Sarac, Baran; Bera, Supriya; Balakin, Sascha; Stoica, Mihai; Calin, Mariana; Eckert, Jürgen

    2017-04-01

    In order to establish a strong cell-material interaction, the surface topography of the implant material plays an important role. This contribution aims to analyze the formation kinetics of nickel and beryllium-free Ti- and Zr-based Bulk Metallic Glasses (BMGs) with potential biomedical applications. The surface patterning of the BMGs is achieved by thermoplastic net-shaping (TPN) into anisotropically etched cavities of silicon chips. The forming kinetics of the BMG alloys is assessed by thermal and mechanical measurements to determine the most suitable processing temperature and time, and load applied. Array of pyramidal micropatterns with a tip resolution down to 50nm is achievable for the Zr-BMG, where the generated hierarchical features are crucial for surface functionalization, acting as topographic cues for cell attachment. The unique processability and intrinsic properties of this new class of amorphous alloys make them competitive with the conventional biomaterials.

  9. Physical and optical properties of binary amorphous selenium-antimony thin films

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    Sharma, Pankaj; Sharma, Ishu; Katyal, S. C.

    2009-03-01

    Amorphous thin films with compositions Se1-xSbx (x =0, 0.025, 0.05, 0.075, and 0.10 at. %) have been deposited by thermal evaporation (at ˜10-4 Pa) from bulk samples. The compositional dependence of their optical properties, refractive index, extinction coefficient, absorption coefficient, and optical band gap with increasing Sb content is investigated using transmission spectra in the range of 400-1200 nm. The refractive-index dispersion has been analyzed on the basis of the Wemple-DiDomenico single-oscillator approach. It has been found that the refractive index increases with increasing Sb content. The behavior of the optical band gap, when the composition of the material is varied, shows, as expected, just the opposite trends. The optical band gap decreases from 2.025 to 1.753 eV with ±0.001 eV uncertainty. Band gap calculated theoretically also shows a decrease with the increase in Sb content. The optical behavior is supported by physical properties, i.e., decrease in optical band gap is supported by the decrease in cohesive energy of the system. Some other physical properties, viz., coordination number, lone-pair electrons, and glass transition temperature, are also investigated theoretically. The optical results may lead to yield more sensitive detectors based on amorphous selenium, and physical properties may be useful in achieving more stable alloys which are favorable in x-ray imaging applications.

  10. Amorphous metallizations for high-temperature semiconductor device applications

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    Wiley, J. D.; Perepezko, J. H.; Nordman, J. E.; Kang-Jin, G.

    1981-01-01

    The initial results of work on a class of semiconductor metallizations which appear to hold promise as primary metallizations and diffusion barriers for high temperature device applications are presented. These metallizations consist of sputter-deposited films of high T sub g amorphous-metal alloys which (primarily because of the absence of grain boundaries) exhibit exceptionally good corrosion-resistance and low diffusion coefficients. Amorphous films of the alloys Ni-Nb, Ni-Mo, W-Si, and Mo-Si were deposited on Si, GaAs, GaP, and various insulating substrates. The films adhere extremely well to the substrates and remain amorphous during thermal cycling to at least 500 C. Rutherford backscattering and Auger electron spectroscopy measurements indicate atomic diffussivities in the 10 to the -19th power sq cm/S range at 450 C.

  11. Trehalose amorphization and recrystallization.

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    Sussich, Fabiana; Cesàro, Attilio

    2008-10-13

    The stability of the amorphous trehalose prepared by using several procedures is presented and discussed. Amorphization is shown to occur by melting (T(m)=215 degrees C) or milling (room temperature) the crystalline anhydrous form TRE-beta. Fast dehydration of the di-hydrate crystalline polymorph, TRE-h, also produces an amorphous phase. Other dehydration procedures of TRE-h, such as microwave treatment, supercritical extraction or gentle heating at low scan rates, give variable fractions of the polymorph TRE-alpha, that undergo amorphization upon melting (at lower temperature, T(m)=130 degrees C). Additional procedures for amorphization, such as freeze-drying, spray-drying or evaporation of trehalose solutions, are discussed. All these procedures are classified depending on the capability of the undercooled liquid phase to undergo cold crystallization upon heating the glassy state at temperatures above the glass transition temperature (T(g)=120 degrees C). The recrystallizable amorphous phase is invariably obtained by the melt of the polymorph TRE-alpha, while other procedures always give an amorphous phase that is unable to crystallize above T(g). The existence of two different categories is analyzed in terms of the transformation paths and the hypothesis that the systems may exhibit different molecular mobilities.

  12. Hydrogen in amorphous silicon

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    Peercy, P. S.

    1980-01-01

    The structural aspects of amorphous silicon and the role of hydrogen in this structure are reviewed with emphasis on ion implantation studies. In amorphous silicon produced by Si ion implantation of crystalline silicon, the material reconstructs into a metastable amorphous structure which has optical and electrical properties qualitatively similar to the corresponding properties in high-purity evaporated amorphous silicon. Hydrogen studies further indicate that these structures will accomodate less than or equal to 5 at.% hydrogen and this hydrogen is bonded predominantly in a monohydride (SiH/sub 1/) site. Larger hydrogen concentrations than this can be achieved under certain conditions, but the excess hydrogen may be attributed to defects and voids in the material. Similarly, glow discharge or sputter deposited amorphous silicon has more desirable electrical and optical properties when the material is prepared with low hydrogen concentration and monohydride bonding. Results of structural studies and hydrogen incorporation in amorphous silicon were discussed relative to the different models proposed for amorphous silicon.

  13. Selective dissolution in binary alloys

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    McCall, Carol Rene

    Corrosion is an important issue in the design of engineering alloys. De-alloying is an aspect of alloy corrosion related to the selective dissolution of one or more of the components in an alloy. The work reported herein focuses on the topic of de-alloying specific to single-phase binary noble metal alloy systems. The alloy systems investigated were gold-silver and gold-copper. The onset of a bulk selective dissolution process is typically marked by a critical potential whereby the more reactive component in the alloy begins dissolving from the bulk, leading to the formation of a bi-continuous solid-void morphology. The critical potential was investigated for the entire composition range of gold-silver alloys. The results presented herein include the formulation of an expression for critical potential as a function of both alloy and electrolyte composition. Results of the first investigation of underpotential deposition (UPD) on alloys are also presented herein. These results were implemented as an analytical tool to provide quantitative measurements of the surface evolution of gold during de-alloying. The region below the critical potential was investigated in terms of the compositional evolution of the alloy surface. Below the critical potential, there is a competition between the dissolution of the more reactive alloying constituent (either silver or copper) and surface diffusion of gold that serves to cover dissolution sites and prevent bulk dissolution. By holding the potential at a prescribed value below the critical potential, a time-dependent gold enrichment occurs on the alloy surface leading to passivation. A theoretical model was developed to predict the surface enrichment of gold based on the assumption of layer-by-layer dissolution of the more reactive alloy constituent. The UPD measurements were used to measure the time-dependent surface gold concentration and the results agreed with the predictions of the theoretical model.

  14. Reversible Cycling of Silicon and Silicon Alloys

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    Obrovac, Mark

    2012-02-01

    Lithium ion batteries typically use a graphite negative electrode. Silicon can store more lithium than any other element and has long been considered as an attractive replacement for graphite. The theoretical lithium storage capacity of silicon is nearly ten times higher than graphite volumetrically and three times higher gravimetrically. The equilibrium Si-Li binary system is well known. Completely new phase behaviors are observed at room temperature. This includes the formation of a new phase, Li15Si4, which is the highest lithium containing phase at room temperature [1]. The formation of Li15Si4 is accompanied by a 280 percent volume expansion of silicon. During de-alloying this phase contracts, forming amorphous silicon. The volume expansion of alloys can cause intra-particle fracture and inter-particle disconnection; leading to loss of cycle life. To overcome issues with volume expansion requires a detailed knowledge of Li-Si phase behavior, careful design of the composition and nanostructure of the alloy and the microstructure of the negative electrode [2]. In this presentation the phase behavior of the Li-Si system will be described. Using this knowledge alone, strategies can be developed so that silicon can be reversibly cycled in a battery hundreds of times. Further increases in energy density and efficiency can be gained by alloying silicon with other elements, while controlling microstructure [2]. Coupled with negative electrode design strategies, practical negative electrodes for lithium ion cells can be developed based on bulk materials, with significant energy density improvement over conventional electrodes. [4pt] [1] M.N. Obrovac and L.J. Krause, J. Electrochem. Soc., 154 (2007) A103. [0pt] [2] M.N. Obrovac, Leif Christensen, Dinh Ba Le, and J.R. Dahn, J. Electrochem. Soc., 154 (2007) A849

  15. Solid state amorphization in the Al-Fe binary system during high energy milling

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    Urban, P. Montes, J. M.; Cintas, J.

    2013-12-16

    In the present study, mechanical alloying (MA) of Al75Fe25 elemental powders mixture was carried out in argon atmosphere, using a high energy attritor ball mill. The microstructure of the milled products at different stages of milling was characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). The results showed that the amorphous phase content increased by increasing the milling time, and after 50 hours the amorphization process became complete. Heating the samples resulted in the crystallization of the synthesized amorphous alloys and the appearance of the equilibrium intermetallic compounds Al{sub 5}Fe{sub 2}.

  16. 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.

  17. Amorphization and nanocrystallization of silcon under shock compression

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    Remington, B. A.; Wehrenberg, C. E.; Zhao, S.; ...

    2015-11-06

    High-power, short-duration, laser-driven, shock compression and recovery experiments on [001] silicon unveiled remarkable structural changes above a pressure threshold. Two distinct amorphous regions were identified: (a) a bulk amorphous layer close to the surface and (b) amorphous bands initially aligned with {111} slip planes. Further increase of the laser energy leads to the re-crystallization of amorphous silicon into nanocrystals with high concentration of nano-twins. This amorphization is produced by the combined effect of high magnitude hydrostatic and shear stresses under dynamic shock compression. Shock-induced defects play a very important role in the onset of amorphization. Calculations of the free energymore » changes with pressure and shear, using the Patel-Cohen methodology, are in agreement with the experimental results. Molecular dynamics simulation corroborates the amorphization, showing that it is initiated by the nucleation and propagation of partial dislocations. As a result, the nucleation of amorphization is analyzed qualitatively by classical nucleation theory.« less

  18. Amorphous diamond films

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    Falabella, S.

    1998-06-09

    Amorphous diamond films having a significant reduction in intrinsic stress are prepared by biasing a substrate to be coated and depositing carbon ions thereon under controlled temperature conditions. 1 fig.

  19. Amorphous pharmaceutical solids.

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    Vranić, Edina

    2004-07-01

    Amorphous forms are, by definition, non-crystalline materials which possess no long-range order. Their structure can be thought of as being similar to that of a frozen liquid with the thermal fluctuations present in a liquid frozen out, leaving only "static" structural disorder. The amorphous solids have always been an essential part of pharmaceutical research, but the current interest has been raised by two developments: a growing attention to pharmaceutical solids in general, especially polymorphs and solvates and a revived interest in the science of glasses and the glass transition. Amorphous substances may be formed both intentionally and unintentionally during normal pharmaceutical manufacturing operations. The properties of amorphous materials can be exploited to improve the performance of pharmaceutical dosage forms, but these properties can also give rise to unwanted effects that need to be understood and managed in order for the systems to perform as required.

  20. Time-resolved synchrotron x-ray diffraction studies of the crystallization of amorphous Co(80-x)FexB20

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    Simmons, L. M.; Greig, D.; Lucas, C. A.; Kilcoyne, S. H.

    2014-09-01

    This paper addresses the time-dependent crystallization process occurring in "bulk" amorphous Co80-xFexB20 (x = 20, 40) metallic ribbons by means of synchrotron x-ray diffraction (SXRD) and transmission electron microscopy. Metallic ribbons, produced via melt-spinning technique, were annealed in-situ, with SXRD patterns collected every 60 s. SXRD reveals that Co40Fe40B20 alloys crystallize from an amorphous structure to a primary bcc α-(Co,Fe) phase, whereas Co60Fe20B20 initially crystallizes into the same bcc α-(Co,Fe) but exhibits cooperative growth of both stable and metastable boride phases later into the hold. Johnson-Mehl-Avrami-Kolmogorov statistics was used on post annealed samples to determine the mechanisms of growth and the activation energy (Ea) of the α-(Co,Fe) phase. Results indicate that the growth mechanisms are similar for both alloy compositions for all annealing temperatures, with the Avrami exponent of n = 1.51(1) and 2.02(6) for x = 20 and 40, respectively, suggesting one-dimensional growth, with a decreasing nucleation rate. Activation energy for α-(Co,Fe) was determined to be 2.7(1) eV and 2.4(3) eV in x = 20 and 40, respectively, suggesting that those alloys with a lower Co content have a stronger resistance to crystallization. Based on these results, fabrication of CoFeB magnetic tunnel junctions via depositing amorphous layers and subsequently annealing to induce lattice matching presents itself as a viable and efficient method, for increasing the giant magnetoresistance in magnetic tunnel junctions.

  1. Examination of Applying Amorphous Rolled Core to Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motors

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    Amano, Hisato; Enomoto, Yuji; Ito, Motoya; Itabashi, Hiromitsu; Tanigawa, Sigeho; Masaki, Ryoso

    Amorphous alloy exhibits high permeability and extremely low iron loss compared to magnetic steel sheet. Therefore, it is expected to contribute to the efficiency improvement of electromagnetic application products such as motors, generators, and transformers. In this paper, we examined an axial-type motor that uses the rolled amorphous core as a stator core for the purpose of applying amorphous alloy to a motor for air-conditioning equipments. We propose the motor structure to use amorphous alloy as a rolled core without complicated processing, and the evaluation results of the trial motor clarified that this structure is able to meet the target motor efficiency of 85% under the conditions that the size of the motor is below φ100mm × 60mm and that ferrite magnets are used.

  2. Corrosion Properties of Ca Based Bulk Metallic Glasses (Preprint)

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    2006-10-01

    calipers accurate to within ±.01 mm. Less than twenty minutes after polishing, the samples were placed in a desiccator until testing began. The...became very fragile and required careful handling to avoid braking apart. SEM analysis of the Ca55Mg15Al10Zn15Cu5 amorphous alloy showed a double oxide...water this alloy becomes very fragile and brakes easily under small finger pressure. Acknowledgements Discussions with Dr. Nathan Klingbeil and

  3. A Hydrogen-Deuterium Exchange Study on Nickel-based Binary-Ternary Amorphous and Crystalline Membranes

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    Adibhatla, Anasuya

    Hydrogen is a major role player in current global sustainable energy scenario. Research around the world is carried out to harness hydrogen from all possible sources. One of these sources is water gas shift reaction after the coal gasification process. Sustainable infrastructure can be viable in countries like USA and Australia, making this process viable. Various methods are used to harness this hydrogen from the water gas. One of these methods is the use of inorganic membranes based on Pd, Ag, Ni, Zr and other transition metals. Pd addition to the membranes makes the membranes more expensive for commercial use. Various bulk properties like hydrogen permeation and absorption are studied on Pd and Pd-based alloys. Alternate alloys based on Ni, V, Ta etc are being studied to substitute the use of Pd making this technology more cost efficient. A current balance in research in this area is fund to exist by coating the non-precious metal membranes with Pd to improve the surface interaction with hydrogen. The nature of membranes used for hydrogen separation is important aspect for the overall performance. Crystalline materials provide better bulk properties, however, are not durable under high temperature and hydrogen pressure. In this research, non-Pd coated Ni-based amorphous membranes were made by melt spin technique, which have been studied for their surface properties. Gas phase H2-D2 exchange reaction has been carried out on the membrane surface. This provides a measure of catalytic activity of the above mentioned membranes. More studies included the crystallographic phase change determination, bulk hydrogen solubility measurements, surface conduction measurements and surface morphological studies. During this research, it has been observed that crystalline materials provide more surface activity for hydrogen than their amorphous counterparts. Ni64Zr36 alloy has been shown to exhibit similar kinetic rates as metallic Ni. Also, microkinetic analysis was performed

  4. Applications of Non-Crystalline Materials — A. APPLICATIONS OF GLASSES, AMORPHOUS AND DISORDERED MATERIALS

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    Ovshinsky, Stanford R.

    The following sections are included: * Introduction * Information Technology * History * Phase change erasable optical memory * Basic physical process * Materials * Direct-overwrite recording * Device configurations * Structural analysis * Thermal stability * Phase transformation kinetics induced by a laser diode * Media performance * Manufacturing * Commercial applications * The Ovonic threshold switch * The Ovonic electronic phase change memory * Data storage mechanism * Basic device operation * Commercial applications of Ovonic unified semiconductor memories * Amorphous silicon alloy diode and TFT AMLCD display addressing * Long-life amorphous silicon alloy copier drums * Energy Generation and Storage * Amorphous silicon alloy thin-film photovoltaics * Introduction * Using science and technology to break the cost barrier * Multi-phase disordered hydrogen storage materials * Ovonic nickel metal-hydride batteries * NiMH cell chemistry * Metal hydride alloy development * Positive electrode development * Hydrogen storage for fuel cell applications * Fuel cells * The fuel * Conclusion * Acknowledgments * References

  5. Processing of bulk metallic glass.

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    Schroers, Jan

    2010-04-12

    Bulk metallic glass (BMG) formers are multicomponent alloys that vitrify with remarkable ease during solidification. Technological interest in these materials has been generated by their unique properties, which often surpass those of conventional structural materials. The metastable nature of BMGs, however, has imposed a barrier to broad commercial adoption, particularly where the processing requirements of these alloys conflict with conventional metal processing methods. Research on the crystallization of BMG formers has uncovered novel thermoplastic forming (TPF)-based processing opportunities. Unique among metal processing methods, TPF utilizes the dramatic softening exhibited by a BMG as it approaches its glass-transition temperature and decouples the rapid cooling required to form a glass from the forming step. This article reviews crystallization processes in BMG former and summarizes and compares TPF-based processing methods. Finally, an assessment of scientific and technological advancements required for broader commercial utilization of BMGs will be made.

  6. Microcavity effects in the photoluminescence of hydrogenated amorphous silicon nitride

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    Serpenguzel, Ali; Aydinli, Atilla; Bek, Alpan

    1998-07-01

    Fabry-Perot microcavities are used for the alteration of photoluminescence in hydrogenated amorphous silicon nitride grown with and without ammonia. The photoluminescence is red-near-infrared for the samples grown without ammonia, and blue-green for the samples grown with ammonia. In the Fabry- Perot microcavities, the amplitude of the photoluminescence is enhanced, while its linewidth is reduced with respect to the bulk hydrogenated amorphous silicon nitride. The microcavity was realized by a metallic back mirror and a hydrogenated amorphous silicon nitride--air or a metallic front mirror. The transmittance, reflectance, and absorbance spectra were also measured and calculated. The calculated spectra agree well with the experimental spectra. The hydrogenated amorphous silicon nitride microcavity has potential for becoming a versatile silicon based optoelectronic device such as a color flat panel display, a resonant cavity enhanced light emitting diode, or a laser.

  7. Multi-scale Characterisation of the 3D Microstructure of a Thermally-Shocked Bulk Metallic Glass Matrix Composite

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    Zhang, Wei; Bodey, Andrew J.; Sui, Tan; Kockelmann, Winfried; Rau, Christoph; Korsunsky, Alexander M.; Mi, Jiawei

    2016-01-01

    Bulk metallic glass matrix composites (BMGMCs) are a new class of metal alloys which have significantly increased ductility and impact toughness, resulting from the ductile crystalline phases distributed uniformly within the amorphous matrix. However, the 3D structures and their morphologies of such composite at nano and micrometre scale have never been reported before. We have used high density electric currents to thermally shock a Zr-Ti based BMGMC to different temperatures, and used X-ray microtomography, FIB-SEM nanotomography and neutron diffraction to reveal the morphologies, compositions, volume fractions and thermal stabilities of the nano and microstructures. Understanding of these is essential for optimizing the design of BMGMCs and developing viable manufacturing methods. PMID:26725519

  8. Multi-scale Characterisation of the 3D Microstructure of a Thermally-Shocked Bulk Metallic Glass Matrix Composite

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    Zhang, Wei; Bodey, Andrew J.; Sui, Tan; Kockelmann, Winfried; Rau, Christoph; Korsunsky, Alexander M.; Mi, Jiawei

    2016-01-01

    Bulk metallic glass matrix composites (BMGMCs) are a new class of metal alloys which have significantly increased ductility and impact toughness, resulting from the ductile crystalline phases distributed uniformly within the amorphous matrix. However, the 3D structures and their morphologies of such composite at nano and micrometre scale have never been reported before. We have used high density electric currents to thermally shock a Zr-Ti based BMGMC to different temperatures, and used X-ray microtomography, FIB-SEM nanotomography and neutron diffraction to reveal the morphologies, compositions, volume fractions and thermal stabilities of the nano and microstructures. Understanding of these is essential for optimizing the design of BMGMCs and developing viable manufacturing methods.

  9. Light-induced metastable structural changes in hydrogenated amorphous silicon

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    Fritzsche, H.

    1996-09-01

    Light-induced defects (LID) in hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) and its alloys limit the ultimate efficiency of solar panels made with these materials. This paper reviews a variety of attempts to find the origin of and to eliminate the processes that give rise to LIDs. These attempts include novel deposition processes and the reduction of impurities. Material improvements achieved over the past decade are associated more with the material`s microstructure than with eliminating LIDs. We conclude that metastable LIDs are a natural by-product of structural changes which are generally associated with non-radiative electron-hole recombination in amorphous semiconductors.

  10. New Fe-Ni based metal-metalloid glassy alloys prepared by mechanical alloying and rapid solidification

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    Sunol, J.J.; Clavaguera-Mora, M.T.; Clavaguera, N.; Pradell, T.

    1997-12-31

    Mechanical alloying and rapid solidification are two important routes to obtain glassy alloys. New Fe-Ni based metal-metalloid (P-Si) alloys prepared by these two different processing routes were studied by differential scanning calorimetry and transmission Moessbauer spectroscopy. Mechanical alloyed samples were prepared with elemental precursors, and different nominal compositions. Rapidly solidified alloys were obtained by melt-spinning. The structural analyses show that, independent of the composition, the materials obtained by mechanical alloying are not completely disordered whereas fully amorphous alloys were obtained by rapid solidification. Consequently, the thermal stability of mechanically alloyed samples is lower than that of the analogous material prepared by rapid solidification. The P/Si ratio controls the magnetic interaction of the glassy ribbons obtained by rapid solidification. The experimental results are discussed in terms of the degree of amorphization and crystallization versus processing route and P/Si ratio content.

  11. Effects of temperature dependent pre-amorphization implantation on NiPt silicide formation and thermal stability on Si(100)

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    Ozcan, Ahmet S.; Wall, Donald; Jordan-Sweet, Jean; Lavoie, Christian

    2013-04-29

    Using temperature controlled Si and C ion implantation, we studied the effects of pre-amorphization implantation on NiPt alloy silicide phase formation. In situ synchrotron x-ray diffraction and resistance measurements were used to monitor phase and morphology evolution in silicide films. Results show that substrate amorphization strongly modulate the nucleation of silicide phases, regardless of implant species. However, morphological stability of the thin films is mainly enhanced by C addition, independently of the amorphization depth.

  12. Glass nanoimprint using amorphous Ni-P mold etched by focused-ion beam

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    Mekaru, Harutaka; Kitadani, Takeshi; Yamashita, Michiru; Takahashi, Masaharu

    2007-07-15

    The authors succeeded in glass-nanoimprint lithography of micropatterns and nanopatterns using an amorphous Ni-P alloy mold. Glasslike carbon has been used as a mold material to mold not only Pyrex glass but also quartz, because it is still stable at a temperature of 1650 deg. C. However, it is difficult to process glasslike carbon substrates into arbitrary shapes by machining. They thought that amorphous Ni-P alloy could be used as a mold material for industrial glass molding. If Ni is electroless plated when mixed with suitable amount of P on a Si wafer, the Ni-P alloy layer becomes amorphous. An appropriate ratio of Ni and P was determined by the results of x-ray-diffraction measurements. The optimized composition ratio of Ni-P was Ni:P=92:8 wt %. Moreover, line and space patterns and dot arrays with linewidths of as little as 500 nm were etched on the mold using focused-ion beam (FIB) and the processing accuracy for the amorphous Ni-P layer was compared with that for the pure Ni layer. The result was that patterns of 500 nm width were etched to a depth of 2 {mu}m on an amorphous Ni-P alloy mold and the processed surfaces were smooth. In contrast, in the case of the pure Ni layer, the processing line was notched and the sidewalls were very rough. The crystal grain seems to hinder the processing of the nanopattern. After FIB etching, the amorphous Ni-P alloy was thermally treated at 400 deg. C to improve the hardness. Finally, line and space patterns and dot arrays on the amorphous Ni-P alloy mold were nanoimprinted on Pyrex glass using a glass-nanoimprint system (ASHE0201) that National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology developed.

  13. Crystallization of amorphous lactose at high humidity studied by terahertz time domain spectroscopy

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    McIntosh, Alexander I.; Yang, Bin; Goldup, Stephen M.; Watkinson, Michael; Donnan, Robert S.

    2013-02-01

    We report the first use of terahertz time-domain spectroscopy (THz-TDS) to study the hydration and crystallization of an amorphous molecular solid at high humidity. Lactose in its amorphous and monohydrate forms exhibits different terahertz spectra due to the lack of long range order in the amorphous material. This difference allowed the transformation of amorphous lactose to its monohydrate form at high humidity to be studied in real time. Spectral fitting of frequency-domain data allowed kinetic data to be obtained and the crystallization was found to obey Avrami kinetics. Bulk changes during the crystallization could also be observed in the time-domain.

  14. Amorphous silicon research. Final technical progress report, 1 August 1994--28 February 1998

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    Guha, S

    1998-05-01

    This report describes the status and accomplishments of work performed under this subcontract by United Solar Systems. United Solar researchers explored several new deposition regimes/conditions to investigate their effect on material/device performance. To facilitate optimum ion bombardment during growth, a large parameter space involving chamber pressure, rf power, and hydrogen dilution were investigated. United Solar carried out a series of experiments using discharge modulation at various pulsed-plasma intervals to study the effect of Si-particle incorporation on solar cell performance. Hydrogen dilution during deposition is found to improve both the initial and stable performance of a-Si and a-SiGe alloy cells. Researchers conducted a series of temperature-ramping experiments on samples prepared with high and low hydrogen dilutions to study the effect of hydrogen effusion on solar cell performance. Using an internal photoemission method, the electrical bandgap of a microcrystalline p layer used in high-efficiency solar cells was measured to be 1.6 eV. New measurement techniques were developed to evaluate the interface and bulk contributions of losses to solar cell performance. Researchers replaced hydrogen with deuterium and found deuterated amorphous silicon alloy solar cells exhibit reduced light-induced degradation. The incorporation of a microcrystalline n layer in a multijunction cell is seen to improve cell performance. United Solar achieved a world-record single-junction a-Si alloy stable cell efficiency of 9.2% with an active area of 0.25 cm{sup 2} grown with high hydrogen dilution. They also achieved a world-record triple-junction, stable, active-area cell efficiency of 13.0% with an active area of 0.25 cm{sup 2}.

  15. The glass-forming ability of model metal-metalloid alloys

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    Zhang, Kai; Liu, Yanhui; Schroers, Jan; Shattuck, Mark D.; O’Hern, Corey S.

    2015-03-14

    Bulk metallic glasses (BMGs) are amorphous alloys with desirable mechanical properties and processing capabilities. To date, the design of new BMGs has largely employed empirical rules and trial-and-error experimental approaches. Ab initio computational methods are currently prohibitively slow to be practically used in searching the vast space of possible atomic combinations for bulk glass formers. Here, we perform molecular dynamics simulations of a coarse-grained, anisotropic potential, which mimics interatomic covalent bonding, to measure the critical cooling rates for metal-metalloid alloys as a function of the atomic size ratio σ{sub S}/σ{sub L} and number fraction x{sub S} of the metalloid species. We show that the regime in the space of σ{sub S}/σ{sub L} and x{sub S} where well-mixed, optimal glass formers occur for patchy and LJ particle mixtures, coincides with that for experimentally observed metal-metalloid glass formers. Thus, our simple computational model provides the capability to perform combinatorial searches to identify novel glass-forming alloys.

  16. A combined arc-melting and tilt-casting furnace for the manufacture of high-purity bulk metallic glass materials.

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    Soinila, E; Pihlajamäki, T; Bossuyt, S; Hänninen, H

    2011-07-01

    An arc-melting furnace which includes a tilt-casting facility was designed and built, for the purpose of producing bulk metallic glass specimens. Tilt-casting was chosen because reportedly, in combination with high-purity processing, it produces the best fatigue endurance in Zr-based bulk metallic glasses. Incorporating the alloying and casting facilities in a single piece of equipment reduces the amount of laboratory space and capital investment needed. Eliminating the sample transfer step from the production process also saves time and reduces sample contamination. This is important because the glass forming ability in many alloy systems, such as Zr-based glass-forming alloys, deteriorates rapidly with increasing oxygen content of the specimen. The challenge was to create a versatile instrument, in which high purity conditions can be maintained throughout the process, even when melting alloys with high affinity for oxygen. Therefore, the design provides a high-vacuum chamber to be filled with a low-oxygen inert atmosphere, and takes special care to keep the system hermetically sealed throughout the process. In particular, movements of the arc-melting electrode and sample manipulator arm are accommodated by deformable metal bellows, rather than sliding O-ring seals, and the whole furnace is tilted for tilt-casting. This performance of the furnace is demonstrated by alloying and casting Zr(55)Cu(30)Al(10)Ni(5) directly into rods up to ø 10 mm which are verified to be amorphous by x-ray diffraction and differential scanning calorimetry, and to exhibit locally ductile fracture at liquid nitrogen temperature.

  17. Responses of bone-forming cells on pre-immersed Zr-based bulk metallic glasses: Effects of composition and roughness.

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    Huang, L; Cao, Z; Meyer, H M; Liaw, P K; Garlea, E; Dunlap, J R; Zhang, T; He, W

    2011-01-01

    Bulk metallic glasses (BMGs) demonstrate attractive properties for potential biomedical applications, owing to their amorphous structure. The present work has investigated the biocompatibility of Zr-based BMGs by studying the cellular behavior of bone-forming mouse MC3T3-E1 pre-osteoblast cells. A Ti-6Al-4V alloy was used as a reference material. Pre-immersion treatment was performed on BMG samples in phosphate-buffered saline prior to cell experiments. The effects of 1at.% yttrium alloying and surface roughness on cellular behavior were examined. The general biosafety of Zr-based BMGs for MC3T3-E1 cells was revealed as normal cell responses. Pre-immersion treatment was found to effectively reduce the surface concentrations of alloying elements. Micro-alloying with 1 at.% yttrium did not significantly affect cell adhesion and proliferation, but slightly decreased alkaline phosphatase (ALP) activity on rough surfaces. Lower cell adhesion and proliferation were found on smooth surfaces of Zr-based BMGs compared to their rougher counterparts. Higher ALP activity was detected on rougher surfaces. To obtain a mechanistic understanding surface free energy was correlated with cell adhesion.

  18. Crystallization pathway in the bulk metallic glass Zr{sub 41.2}Ti{sub 13.8}Cu{sub 12.5}Ni{sub 10}Be{sub 22.5}

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    Schneider, S.; Geyer, U.; Thiyagarajan, P.; Johnson, W.L.

    1996-12-31

    A new family of multicomponent metallic alloys exhibits an excellent glass forming ability at moderate cooling rates of about 10K/s and a wide supercooled liquid region. These glasses are eutectic or nearly eutectic, and thus far away from the compositions of competing crystalline phases. The nucleation of crystals from the homogeneous amorphous phase requires large thermally activated composition fluctuations for which the time scale is relatively long, even in the supercooled liquid. In the Zr{sub 41.2}Ti{sub 13.8}Cu{sub 12.5}Ni{sub 10}Be{sub 22.5} alloy therefore a different pathway to crystallization is observed. The initially homogeneous alloy separates into two amorphous phases. In the decomposed regions, crystallization probability increases and finally polymorphic crystallization occurs. The evolution of decomposition and succeeding primary crystallization in the bulk amorphous Zr{sub 41.2}Ti{sub 13.8}Cu{sub 12.5}Ni{sub 10}Be{sub 22.5} alloy have been studied by small angle neutron scattering. Samples annealed isothermally in the supercooled liquid and in the solid state exhibit interference peaks indicating quasiperiodic inhomogeneities in the scattering length density. The related wavelengths increase with temperature according to the linear Cahn-Hilliard theory for spinodal decomposition. Also the time evolution of the interference peaks in the early stages is consistent with this theory. At later stages, X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy investigations confirm the formation of nanocrystals in the decomposed regions.

  19. Crystallization pathway in the bulk metallic glass Zr{sub 41.2}Ti{sub 13.8}Cu{sub 12.5}Ni{sub 10}Be{sub 22.5}.

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    Geyer, U.; Johnson, W. L.; Schneider, S.; Thiyagarajan, P.

    1997-06-24

    A new family of multicomponent metallic alloys exhibits an excellent glass forming ability at moderate cooling rates of about 10K/s and a wide supercooled liquid region. These glasses are eutectic or nearly eutectic, thus far away from the compositions of competing crystalline phases. The nucleation of crystals from the homogeneous amorphous phase requires large thermally activated composition fluctuations for which the time scale is relatively long, even in the supercooled liquid. In the Zr{sub 41.2}Ti{sub 13.8}Cu{sub 12.5}Ni{sub 10}Be{sub 22.5} alloy therefore a different pathway to crystallization is observed. The initially homogeneous alloy separates into two amorphous phases. In the decomposed regions, crystallization probability increases and finally polymorphic crystallization occurs. The evolution of decomposition and succeeding primary crystallization in the bulk amorphous Zr{sub 41.2}Ti{sub 13.8}Cu{sub 12.5}Ni{sub 10}Be{sub 22.5}, alloy have been studied by small angle neutron. Samples annealed isothermally in the supercooled liquid and in the solid state exhibit interference peaks indicating quasiperiodic inhomogeneities in the scattering length density. The related wavelengths increase with temperature according to the linear Cahn-Hilliard theory for spinodal decomposition. Also the time evolution of the interference peaks in the early stages is consistent with this theory. At later stages, X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy investigations confirm the formation of nanocrystals in the decomposed regions.

  20. Sputtering deposition and characterization of ultrathin amorphous carbon films

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    Lu, Wei

    1999-11-01

    This dissertation focuses on experimental investigations of ultrathin, ultrasmooth amorphous carbon (a-C) films deposited on Si(100) substrates by radio frequency (RF) sputtering and characterization of the nanomechanical and nanotribological properties and thermal stability of the films. Ultrathin a-C films of thickness 5--100 nm and typical root-mean-square roughness of 0.15--1 nm were deposited on ultrasmooth Si(100) substrates using pure argon as the sputtering gas. A low-pressure RF argon discharge model was used to analyze the plasma parameters in the film growth environment. These plasma parameters correlate the deposition conditions with the film growth processes. Atomic force microscopy (AFM) and surface force microscopy (SFM) were used to characterize the nanomechanical and nanotribological properties of the a-C films. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) was used to investigate the compositions and microstructures of the films. Sputter-etching measurements of the a-C films by energetic argon ion bombardment were used to study the surface binding energy of carbon atoms in a-C films deposited under different conditions. The dependence of film properties on deposition conditions was studied, and relations between nanomechanical and nanotribological properties were discussed in terms of a modified deformation index. The deformation and nanotribology mechanisms of the a-C films were compared with those of other films, such as TiC and Cr films (both 100 nm thick), and bulk Si(100). Reactive RF sputtering of nitrogenated amorphous carbon (a-CNx) films was investigated by introducing nitrogen into the a-C films during film growth by using an argon-nitrogen gas mixture as the sputtering gas. The alloying effect of nitrogen on the film growth and properties, such as hardness and surface energy, was studied and interpreted in terms of the changes in the plasma environment induced due to differences in the composition of the sputtering gas mixture. The thermal