Identification of precipitate phases in a mechanically alloyed rapidly solidified Al-Fe-Ce alloy

M. L. Öveçoglu*, C. Suryanarayana, W. D. Nix

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The stable and metastable precipitate phases which form during mechanical alloying of a rapidly solidified (RS) Al-8.4Fe-3.4Ce alloy have been unambiguously identified using X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and energy dispersive spectroscopy techniques. The metastable Al10Fe2Ce and stable Al13Fe3Ce and Al13Fe4 intermetallic phases, with crystal structures and lattice parameters as reported in the literature, have been identified. It is shown that the metastable Al10Fe2Ce intermetallic phase particles have elongated shapes and their sizes range between 100 and 200 nm and are free of any localized faults, whereas the equilibrium Al13Fe3Ce and Al13Fe4 intermetallic phases are equiaxed in shape and have particle sizes ranging from 200 to 500 nm. It is suggested that the presence of the metastable Al10Fe2Ce in this material is due to its incomplete transformation to the equilibrium Al13Fe3Ce phase.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1033-1041
Number of pages9
JournalMetallurgical and Materials Transactions A: Physical Metallurgy and Materials Science
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1996


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