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  1. Iron - based bulk amorphous alloys

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    R. Babilas

    2010-07-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: The paper presents a structure characterization, thermal and soft magnetic properties analysis of Fe-based bulk amorphous materials in as-cast state and after crystallization process. In addition, the paper gives some brief review about achieving, formation and structure of bulk metallic glasses as a special group of amorphous materials.Design/methodology/approach: The studies were performed on Fe72B20Si4Nb4 metallic glass in form of ribbons and rods. The amorphous structure of tested samples was examined by X-ray diffraction (XRD, transmission electron microscopy (TEM and scanning electron microscopy (SEM methods. The thermal properties of the glassy samples were measured using differential thermal analysis (DTA and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC. The magnetic properties contained initial and maximum magnetic permeability, coercive force and magnetic after-effects measurements were determined by the Maxwell-Wien bridge and VSM methods.Findings: The X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy investigations revealed that the studied as-cast bulk metallic glasses in form of ribbons and rods were amorphous. Two stage crystallization process was observed for studied bulk amorphous alloy. The differences of crystallization temperature between ribbons and rods with chosen thickness are probably caused by different amorphous structures as a result of the different cooling rates in casting process. The SEM images showed that studied fractures could be classified as mixed fractures with indicated two zones contained “river” and “smooth” areas. The changing of chosen soft magnetic properties (μr, Bs, Hc obtained for samples with different thickness is a result of the non-homogenous amorphous structure of tested metallic glasses. The annealing process in temperature range from 373 to 773 K causes structural relaxation of tested amorphous materials, which leads to changes in their physical properties. The qualitative

  2. Bulk amorphous Mg-based alloys

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    Pryds, Nini

    The present paper describes the preparation and properties of bulk amorphous quarternary Mg-based alloys and the influence of additional elements on the ability of the alloy to form bulk amorphous. The main goal is to find a Mg-based alloy system which shows both high strength to weight ratio and a...... low glass transition temperature. The alloys were prepared by using a relatively simple technique, i.e. rapid cooling of the melt in a copper wedge mould. The essential structural changes that are achieved by going from the amorphous to the crystalline state through the supercooled liquid state are...... discussed in this paper. On the basis of these measurements phase diagrams of the different systems were constructed. Finally, it is demonstrated that when pressing the bulk amorphous alloy onto a metallic dies at temperatures within the supercooled liquid region, the alloy faithfully replicates the surface...

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

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    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.

  4. Excessively High Vapor Pressure of Al-based Amorphous Alloys

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    Jae Im Jeong

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available Aluminum-based amorphous alloys exhibited an abnormally high vapor pressure at their approximate glass transition temperatures. The vapor pressure was confirmed by the formation of Al nanocrystallites from condensation, which was attributed to weight loss of the amorphous alloys. The amount of weight loss varied with the amorphous alloy compositions and was inversely proportional to their glass-forming ability. The vapor pressure of the amorphous alloys around 573 K was close to the vapor pressure of crystalline Al near its melting temperature, 873 K. Our results strongly suggest the possibility of fabricating nanocrystallites or thin films by evaporation at low temperatures.

  5. Enhanced Corrosion Resistance of Iron-Based Amorphous Alloys

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    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.

  6. Corrosion resistant amorphous alloys

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    A review of publication data on corrosion resistance of amorphous alloys and the methods of amorphization of surface layers of massive materials (laser treatment, iron implantation, detonation-gas spraying, cathode and ion sputtering, electrodeposition) was made. A study was made on corrosion properties of Fe66Cr11B10Si4 alloy in cast state and after laser irradiation, rendering the surface amorphous as well as the samples of Arenco iron and steel 20 with ion-plasma coatings of Fe-Cr-Ni-Ti alloy. It was established that amorphous coatings posses much higher corrosion resistance as compared to crystalline alloys on the same base

  7. Structure and magnetic properties of Fe-based amorphous alloys

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    K. Błoch

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: This paper presents studies relating to the structure, magnetic properties and thermal stability of the following bulk amorphous alloys: Fe61Co10Ti3-xY6+xB20 (where x = 0 or 1 Design/methodology/approach: The investigated samples were prepared in the form of rods by using the suction-casting method. The material structures were investigated using X-ray diffractometry and Mössbauer spectroscopy. The thermal stability was determined on the basis of Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC plots The magnetic properties were studied using a completely automated set up for measuring susceptibility and its disaccommodation. Findings: It was found that both alloys were amorphous in the as-cast state. The DSC curve obtained for Fe61Co10Ti2Y7B20 alloy exhibited one exothermic peak, while for the Fe61Co10Ti3Y6B20 sample, two peaks were distinguishable, corresponding to the crystallization of the sample. The bifurcation of the maximum on the DSC curve for the Fe61Co10Ti3Y6B20 sample may also testify to the presence of the primary crystallizing phase (FeCo23B6 [1,2]. Data obtained from the analysis of the magnetic susceptibility disaccommodation curves clearly show that in the Fe61Co10Ti3Y6B20 alloy there is less free volumes than in the second of the investigated alloys, this results in a lesser range of relaxation time. Moreover, Fe61Co10Ti3Y6B20 alloy exhibits the better time and thermal stability of magnetic properties In both of the studied alloys, at low frequencies, the total losses were comparable with those observed in classical silicon-iron alloys. Practical implications: A Ferrometer was used for the determination of core losses. Originality/value: The paper presents some researches of the Fe-based bulk amorphous alloys obtained by the suction-casting method.

  8. Cyclic and Linear Polarization of Yttrium-Containing Iron-Based Amorphous Alloys

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

    2007-08-10

    Iron-based amorphous alloys are produced by rapid solidification from the melt. These alloys may possess unique mechanical and corrosion resistant properties. The chemical composition of the alloy may influence the cooling rate that is necessary for the alloys to be completely vitreous. At the same time, the corrosion resistance of the amorphous alloys may also depend on their chemical composition. This paper examines the anodic behavior of iron-based amorphous alloys containing three different concentrations (1, 3 and 5 atomic %) of yttrium (Y) in several electrolyte solutions. Results from polarization resistance potentiodynamic polarization show that when the alloy contains 5% atomic Y, the corrosion resistance decreases.

  9. Formation and Corrosion Resistance of Amorphous Ti Base Alloys

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    Naka, M.; Okada, T.; T. Matsui

    1996-01-01

    Corrosion resistant amorphous Ti-B and Ti-Si alloys were prepared on various substrates by RF sputtering. The alloying of B content of 8 at% or more stabilizes the amorphous structure. The corrosion properties of Ti alloys were evaluated by measuring the polarization curves in 1N HCl. Although the addition of B to crystalline bulky Ti shifts the corrosion potentials of Ti to the less nobles of -0.5 V(SCE) or less, that of B to amorphous sputtered Ti moves the corrosion potentials to the noble...

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. Welding of cobalt-based amorphous alloys with Nd: YAG laser

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    The paper describes the results concerning the investigation of the welding of cobalt-based amorphous alloys with Nd:YAG laser. Five alloys with different chemical structure and dimensions in shape of amorphous metal foils were welded. The quality of the welded joints were tested by using a microstructure analysis with an optical microscope and SEM, when the metal graphic structure, the chemical structure and the microhardness of the welded joints were tested as well. (Author)

  13. 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.

  14. High Energy Storage Mg-based amorphous alloys for nickel-metal hydride battery

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    Full text: Mg-based hydrogen storage alloys possess very high hydrogen absorption capacity (For example, Mg2NiH4 contains 3.6 wt.% of hydrogen). Magnesium is also abundant in nature, light in weight and low in cost. As a result, magnesium alloys have become the subject of increasing research world-wide. For a long period, it was thought that Mg-based alloy-hydrogen systems needed to be operated at high temperature (over 250 deg C) and under high hydrogen pressure. However, in recent years, some research work was successfully done to improve the hydrogen absorption kinetics of Mg2Ni by mechanical grinding and alloying. Some nano and amorphous structured Mg2Ni alloys could absorb hydrogen even at room temperature. Our research results show that it is possible to use Mg2Ni-type alloys as promising materials for increasing the negative electrode capacity of Ni-MH batteries because the theoretical discharge capacity of Mg2Ni alloy is approximately 1000 mAh/g, much higher than that of the main commercial LaNi5 alloy (which has a capacity of only about 370 mAh/g). Mg-based alloy electrodes were manufactured by a powder metallurgical technique or a induction melting method followed by ball milling with Ni and/or other metal powders. The discharge capacities of the Mg-based alloy electrodes were significantly improved by ball milling. An amorphous structure is a key factor in order to achieve high discharge capacities. The figure below shows the ball milled amorphous Mg-based alloy electrodes have very high discharge capacities by comparison with crystalline Mg2Ni alloys or commercial AB5 alloy

  15. Hydrogen distribution in amorphous silicon and silicon based alloys

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    The results of hydrogen evolution experiments on amorphous silicon alloys prepared by high frequency PECVD of gas mixtures containing SiH4, NH3, PH2, B2H6 are compared. Using a very low heating rate of 5 degree/min it is possible to resolve fine structure on the exodiffusion spectra. Three evolution processes are observed: (a) low temperature effusion due to included gas (b) mid temperature effusion due to 'clustered' hydrogen bonds (c) high temperature effusion due to 'isolated' hydrogen bonds In addition it is possible to oberve very fine structure 'puffing' due to the release of molecular hydrogen at mid to high temperature. Silicon and silicon nitride films have been annealed at low temperatures before the exodiffusion experiments and changes in the evolution spectra are observed, dependent on the annealing process. A scanning electron microscope study of the effect of high temperature heat treatment has also been undertaken. These results are correlated with infra-red absorption measurements and the influence of doping concentration and substrate character discussed. Under certain preparation conditions the films blister on heating and finally burst forming circular craters, and these effects are shown to be dependent on substrate material and intrinsic stress of the as-grown films

  16. 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.

  17. Synthesis and Performance of Fe-based Amorphous Alloys for Nuclear Waste Applications

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    Recent developments in multi-component Fe-based amorphous alloys have shown that these novel materials exhibit outstanding corrosion resistance compared to typical crystalline alloys such as high-performance stainless steels and Ni-based C-22 alloy. During the past decade, amorphous alloy synthesis has advanced to allow for the casting of bulk metallic glasses. In several Fe-based alloy systems it is possible to produce glasses with cooling rates as low as 100 K/s. At such low cooling rates, there is an opportunity to produce amorphous solids through industrial processes such as thermal spray-formed coatings. Moreover, since cooling rates in typical thermal spray processing exceed 1000 K/s, 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. For example, a wedge casting technique has been applied to examine bulk glass forming alloys by combining multiple thermal probes with a measurement based kinetics analysis and a computational thermodynamics evaluation to elucidate the phase selection competition and critical cooling rate conditions. Based upon direct measurements and kinetics modeling it is evident that a critical cooling rate range should be considered to account for nucleation behavior and that the relative heat flow characteristics as well as nucleation kinetics are important in judging ease of glass formation. 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

  18. Annealing temperature effect on microstructure, magnetic and microwave properties of Fe-based amorphous alloy powders

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    Fe74Ni3Si13Cr6W4 amorphous alloy powders were annealed at different temperature (T) for 1.5 h to fabricate the corresponding amorphous and nanocrystalline powders. The influences of T on the crystalline structure, morphology, magnetic and microwave electromagnetic properties of the resultant samples were investigated via X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, vibrating sample magnetometer and vector network analyzer. The results show that the powder samples obtained at T of 650 °C or more are composed of lots of ultra-fine α-Fe(Si) grains embedded in an amorphous matrix. When T increases from 350 to 750 °C, the saturated magnetization and coercivity of the as-annealed powder samples both increase monotonously whereas the relative real permittivity shows a minimal value and the relative real permeability shows a maximal value at T of 650 °C. Thus the powder samples annealed at 650 °C show optimal reflection loss under −10 dB in the whole C-band. These results here suggest that the annealing heat treatment of Fe-based amorphous alloy is an effective approach to fabricate high performance microwave absorber with reasonable permittivity and large permeability simultaneously via adjusting T. - Highlights: ► The annealing temperature effect of Fe-based amorphous alloy was studied. ► Fe-based amorphous and nanocrystalline alloy has a good absorbing property in C-band. ► There exists a correspondence between microwave properties and microstructure.

  19. Formation and crystallization kinetics of Nd-Fe-B-based bulk amorphous alloy

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    Wu, Qiong; Ge, Hongliang; Zhang, Pengyue; Li, Dongyun; Wang, Zisheng [China Jiliang University, Magnetism Key Laboratory of Zhejiang Province, Hangzhou (China)

    2014-06-15

    In order to improve the glass-forming ability (GFA) of Nd-Fe-B ternary alloys to obtain fully amorphous bulk Nd-Fe-B-based alloy, the effects of Mo and Y doping on GFA of the alloys were investigated. It was found that the substitution of Mo for Fe and Y for Nd enhanced the GFA of the Nd-Y-Fe-Mo-B alloys. It was also revealed that the GFA of the samples was optimized by 4 at.% Mo doping and increased with theYcontent. The fully amorphous structures were all formed in the Nd{sub 6-x}Y{sub x}Fe{sub 68}Mo{sub 4}B{sub 22} (x =1-5) alloy rods with 1.5 mm-diameter. After subsequent crystallization, the devitrified Nd{sub 3}Y{sub 3}Fe{sub 68}Mo{sub 4}B{sub 22} alloy rod exhibited a uniform distribution of grains with a coercivity of 364.1 kA/m. The crystallization behavior of Nd{sub 3}Y{sub 3}Fe{sub 68}Mo{sub 4}B{sub 22} BMG was investigated in isothermal situation. The Avrami exponent n determined by JAM plot is lower than 2.5, implying that the crystallization is mainly governed by a growth of particles with decreasing nucleation rate. (orig.)

  20. Fe based amorphous and compounds metallic alloys for magnetic and structural use

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    Massive amorphous metals (thicker than 1mm) are new types of material that could have a wide range of future applications due to a unique combination of their physical properties, mechanics and magnetics. Among these are the elevated tension of fracture and hardness, and excellent soft magnetic properties. Since 1960, when an amorphous metallic alloy was first discovered, progress has continued on the application possibilities for these materials. One of their main limitations, maximum obtainable thickness, has continued to increase, since at first thicknesses of a few microns were obtained. Now amorphous alloys more than 70 mm thick are obtained using different metallic elements. Since 1995 massive amorphous metals can be produced using Fe as the base element. At first they were made in order to achieve good soft magnetic properties (thicknesses of ∼5 mm) and later a renewed interest in their use as structural material led to the development of materials with thicknesses of 16 mm and paramagnetics at room temperature. Increasing the toughness of these materials is also a challenge and investigators have proposed several solutions, among them is the development of composite materials where dendrites from a solid solution act as crack stoppers of fissures that are spread by an amorphous matrix. This work presents the results of studies with two types of synthesized materials using the rapid cooling technique from injection copper mold casting at air temperature: 1) a massive amorphous metallic alloy with composition (Fe0.375Co0.375B0.2Si0.05)96Nb4 (at.%) and 2) a composite of solid solution dendrites α-(FeCo) scattered in an amorphous matrix with a composition similar to alloy 1. Using the samples obtained structural studies were made (optic and electronic microscopy SEM, XRD, EDAX, DTA), magnetic studies (coercive field and saturation magnetization) and mechanical studies (Vickers microhardness). The fully amorphous alloy could be obtained with a maximum

  1. Oxygen Behavior in Bulk Amorphous Zr-base Alloy

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    2002-01-01

    Bulk Zr55Al10Ni5Cu30 metallic glass plates with a dimension of 85 mm×35mm×4 mm and a complicated plate werefabricated by injecting casting method using spongy zirconium and industrial purity aluminum, nickel and copper asraw materials. It was shown that the holding time of liquid metals at elevated temperatures had a great influence onthe oxygen content of the plates due to the contamination resulting from the atmosphere. Increasing holding timeresulted in the increase of oxygen content in the injected alloy. The glass transition temperatures of the bulk metallicglass plates are higher than that reported in the literature and crystallization temperature is lower for the one withhigher oxygen content at the same heating rate. The extension of the undercooled liquid region △Tx reaching about87 K is 3 K higher than that previously reported and 26 K higher than that with oxygen content of 0.076 wt pct forthe one with oxygen content as high as 0.065 wt pct. Therefore the oxygen content of the alloy has a significantinfluence on the glass forming ability and thermal stability of bulk metal glass. It is suggested that direct correlationbetween high glass forming ability and large △Tx is only valid for a well-defined Iow oxygen concentration or has tobe reconsidered by incorporating oxygen as an additional alloying element.

  2. Survey of BGFA Criteria for the Cu-Based Bulk Amorphous Alloys

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    D. Janovszky

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available To verify the effect of composition on the bulk glass forming ability (BGFA of Cu-based alloys, properties have been collected from the literature (~100 papers, more than 200 alloys. Surveying the BGFA criteria published so far, it has been found that the atomic mismatch condition of Egami-Waseda is fulfilled for all the Cu-based BGFAs, the value being above 0,3. The Zhang Bangwei criterion could be applied for the binary Cu-based alloys. The Miracle and Senkov criteria do not necessarily apply for Cu based bulk amorphous alloys. The critical thickness versus =/(+ plot of Lu and Liu extrapolates to =0.36, somewhat higher than the 0.33 value found in other BGFA alloys. The Park and Kim parameter correlates rather poorly with the critical thickness for Cu based alloys. The Cheney and Vecchino parameter is a good indicator to find the best glass former if it is possible to calculate the exact liquids projection. In 2009 Xiu-lin and Pan defined a new parameter which correlates a bit better with the critical thickness. Based on this survey it is still very difficult to find one parameter in order to characterize the real GFA without an unrealized mechanism of crystallization.

  3. Low temperature irradiation effects on iron boron based amorphous metallic alloys

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    Three Fe-B amorphous alloys (Fe80B20, Fe27Mo2B20 and Fe75B25) and the crystallized Fe3B alloy have been irradiated at the temperature of liquid hydrogen. Electron irradiation and irradiation by 10B fission fragments induce point defects in amorphous alloys. These defects are characterized by an intrinsic resistivity and a formation volume. The threshold energy for the displacement of iron atoms has also been calculated. Irradiation by 235U fission fragments induces some important structural modifications in the amorphous alloys

  4. Glass forming ability of iron based amorphous alloys depending on Mo, Cr and Co content

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    The Fe41Co7Cr15Mo14C15B6Y2 multicomponent Fe-based alloy is known to be one of the best glass formers in iron-based systems and shows a critical casting thickness of 16 mm. The elements constituting the alloy have different influences on the glass forming ability. Therefore, the content of Mo, Cr and Co was systematically changed in the master alloy Fe77-x(Co,Cr,Mo)xC15B6Y2 to investigate how these three elements support the glassy microstructure. It was found that a certain content of Mo, Cr, and Co leads to a microstructure of amorphous matrix and α-Fe precipitates without any carbides.

  5. Skeletal Amorphous Nickel Based Alloy Catalysts and Magnetically Stabilized Bed Hydrogenation Technology

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    Min Enze

    2004-01-01

    Looking toward 21 century, smaller, cleaner and more energy-efficient technology will be an important trend in the development of chemical industry. In light of the new process requirements,a number of technology breakthroughs have occurred. One of these discoveries, the magnetically stabilized bed (MSB), has been proven a powerful process for intensification. Since its initial research in the late 1980's at Research Institute of Petroleum Processing (RIPP), the MSB technology and related catalytic material have matured rapidly through an intensive research and engineering program, primarily focused on its scaling-up.In this paper, we report the discovery of a novel skeletal amorphous nickel-based alloy and its use in magnetically stabilized bed (MSB). Amorphous alloys are new kinds of catalytic materials with short-range order but long-range disorder structure. In comparison with Raney Ni, the skeletal amorphous nickel-based alloy has an increasingly higher activity in the hydrogenation of reactive groups and compounds including nitro, nitrile, olefin, acetylene, aromatics, etc. Up to now, the amorphous nickel based alloy catalysts, SRNA series catalyst, one with high Ni ratio have been commercially manufactured more than four year. The new SRNA catalyst has been successfully implemented for hydrogenation applications in slurry reactor at Balin Petrochemical, SINOPEC.SRNA catalyst with further improvement in catalytic activity and stability raise its relative stability to 2~4 times of that of conventional catalyst. In the course of the long-cycle operation of SRNA-4 the excellent catalyst activity and stability can bring about such advantage as low reaction temperature, good selectivity and low catalyst resumption.Magnetically stabilized bed (MSB), a fluidized bed of magnetizable particles by applying a spatially uniform and time-invariant magnetic field oriented axially relative to the fluidizing fluid flow, had many advantages such as the low pressure drop and

  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. Spectroscopic and mechanical studies on the Fe-based amorphous alloy 2605SA1

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    Cabral P, A.; Garcia S, I. [ININ, Departamento de Quimica, Carretera Mexico-Toluca s/n, 52750 Ocoyoacac, Estado de Mexico (Mexico); Contreras V, J. A.; Garcia S, F. [Universidad Autonoma del Estado de Mexico, Facultad de Ciencias, El Cerrillo Piedras Blancas, Toluca, Estado de Mexico (Mexico); Nava, N., E-mail: agustin.cabral@inin.gob.m [Instituto Mexicano del Petroleo, Eje Central Lazaro Cardenas No. 152, Col. San Bartolo Atepehuacan, 07730 Mexico D. F. (Mexico)

    2010-07-01

    The Vickers micro-hardness of this alloy was unusually dependent on the heat treatment from 300 to 634 K, inferring important micro-structural changes and the presence of amorphous grains before its phase transition. Once the alloy is crystallized, the micro-hardness is characteristic of a brittle alloy, the main problem of these alloys. Within the amorphous state, other properties like free-volume, magnetic states and Fe-Fe distances were followed by Positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy and Moessbauer spectroscopy, respectively, to analyze those micro-structural changes, thermally induced, which are of paramount interest to understand their brittleness problem. (Author)

  8. Mechanical behaviour of nanocomposites derived from zirconium based bulk amorphous alloys

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    The effects on mechanical properties of partial crystallization of a zirconium based bulk amorphous alloy (Vit1) are investigated. Nanocomposites are produced by appropriate heat treatments at temperatures higher than the glass transition temperature. Mechanical properties at room temperature are investigated by compression tests and hardness measurements including nanoindentation. The variation of the fracture stress with the degree of crystallinity is related to the nature, the size and the dispersion of the crystals in the amorphous phase. The variations of microstructure are estimated thanks to differential scanning calorimetry, X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy. A significant connexion between crystals induces a decrease of the fracture stress whereas hardness continuously increases with crystallinity. From nanoindentation tests, Young's modulus and apparent yield stresses were roughly estimated and it is concluded that crystallization tends to increase the yield stress. Nevertheless, AFM observations of the imprints after indentation suggest that the mechanism of deformation can vary significantly with crystallization

  9. Processing and characterization of amorphous magnesium based alloy for application in biomedical implants

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    Telma Blanco Matias

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available Magnesium-based bulk metallic glasses are attractive due to their single-phase, chemically homogeneous alloy system and the absence of second-phase, which could impair the mechanical properties and corrosion resistance. However, one of the unsolved problems for the manufacturability and the applications of bulk metallic glasses is that their glass-forming ability is very sensitive to the preparation techniques and impurity of components since oxygen in the environment would markedly deteriorate the glass-forming ability. Therefore, the aim of this study was to establish proper processing conditions to obtain a magnesium-based amorphous ternary alloy and its characterization. The final composition was prepared using two binary master alloys by melting in an induction furnace. Carbon steel crucible was used in argon atmosphere with and without addition of SF6 gas in order to minimize the oxygen contamination. The microstructure, amorphous nature, thermal properties and chemical analysis of samples were investigated by scanning electron microscopy (SEM, X-ray diffraction (XRD, differential scanning calorimetry (DSC and inductively coupled plasma emission spectrometry, respectively. The oxygen content of the as-cast samples was chemically analyzed by using carrier gas hot extraction (O/N Analyzer TC-436/LECO and was kept bellow 25 ppm (without SF6 and 10 ppm (with SF6. Bulk samples were produced by rapid cooling in a cooper mold until 1.5 mm thickness, with amorphous structures being observed up to 2.5 mm.

  10. Amorphous yttrium-iron alloys

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    The magnetic properties of amorphous yttrium-iron alloys Ysub(1-x)Fesub(x) have been studied over a wide concentration range 0.32 2Fe17 alloys, lead in the amorphous state to spin-glass behaviour and asperomagnetic order. The dominant positive interactions produce short-range ferromagnetic correlations which persist up to room temperature. However magnetic saturation cannot be achieved for any of the alloys in applied fields of up to 180 kOe, indicating that strong negative interactions are also present. Exchange interactions become increasingly positive with increasing x, and the magnetic properties of iron-rich alloys approach those of a normal ferromagnet. (author)

  11. Sample-Size Effects on the Compression Behavior of a Ni-BASED Amorphous Alloy

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    Liang, Weizhong; Zhao, Guogang; Wu, Linzhi; Yu, Hongjun; Li, Ming; Zhang, Lin

    Ni42Cu5Ti20Zr21.5Al8Si3.5 bulk metallic glasses rods with diameters of 1 mm and 3 mm, were prepared by arc melting of composing elements in a Ti-gettered argon atmosphere. The compressive deformation and fracture behavior of the amorphous alloy samples with different size were investigated by testing machine and scanning electron microscope. The compressive stress-strain curves of 1 mm and 3 mm samples exhibited 4.5% and 0% plastic strain, while the compressive fracture strength for 1 mm and 3 mm rod is 4691 MPa and 2631 MPa, respectively. The compressive fracture surface of different size sample consisted of shear zone and non-shear one. Typical vein patterns with some melting drops can be seen on the shear region of 1 mm rod, while fish-bone shape patterns can be observed on 3 mm specimen surface. Some interesting different spacing periodic ripples existed on the non-shear zone of 1 and 3 mm rods. On the side surface of 1 mm sample, high density of shear bands was observed. The skip of shear bands can be seen on 1 mm sample surface. The mechanisms of the effect of sample size on fracture strength and plasticity of the Ni-based amorphous alloy are discussed.

  12. Intensity dependence of the minority-carrier difusion length in amorphous silicon based alloys

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    Hack, M.; Shur, M.

    1984-04-01

    Many of the recent measurements of the minority-carrier diffusion length (Lp) in amorphous silicon based alloys have been based on a utilization of the surface photovoltage (SPV). In this case an equation relating photon flux and Lp under ideal conditions has to be modified because of the back diffusion of carriers and the effects of high field regions. To account for the high field region, the 'aparent' diffusion length has been determined for varying intensities of bias light. In the present investigation, a theoretical analysis shows that the zero field diffusion length is indeed intensity dependent and that this dependence can be directly related to the slope of the density of states near the valence band edge. The intensity dependence of the minority carrier diffusion length and the energy slope of the density of states near the valence band edge are obtained on the basis of experimental results.

  13. Kinetics of crystallization of a Fe-based multicomponent amorphous alloy

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    Arun Pratap; T Lilly Shanker Rao; Kinnary Patel; Mukesh Chawda

    2009-10-01

    The Fe-based multicomponent amorphous alloys (also referred to as metallic glasses) are known to exhibit soft magnetic properties and, it makes them important for many technological applications. However, metallic glasses are in a thermodynamically metastable state and in case of high temperature operating conditions, the thermally activated crystallization would be detrimental to their magnetic properties. The study of crystallization kinetics of metallic glasses gives useful insight about its thermal stability. In the present work, crystallization study of Fe67Co18B14Si1 (2605CO) metallic glass has been carried out using differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) technique. Mössbauer study has also been undertaken to know the phases formed during the crystallization process. The alloy shows two-stage crystallization. The activation energy has been derived using the Kissinger method. It is found to be equal to 220 kJ/mol and 349 kJ/mol for the first and second crystallization peaks, respectively. The Mössbauer study indicates the formation of -(Fe, Co) and (Fe, Co)3B phases in the alloy.

  14. Thermal treatment of the amorphous base alloy Fe 2605SA1, analysis of its defects and microhardness

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    By means of the use of the positron lifetime technique those characteristics of the present crystalline defects in an amorphous base alloy Fe (SA1) are determined, when this is subjected to thermal treatments from 293 K until 808 K. Also, some results about the microhardness and electric resistivity are presented. (Author)

  15. Synthesis and characterization of Mg-based amorphous alloys and their use for decolorization of Azo dyes

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    Mg-based alloys are light weight and have wide range of applications in the automotive industry. These alloys are widely used because of their very attractive physical and mechanical properties and corrosion resistance. The properties and applications can be further improved by changing the nature of materials from crystalline to amorphous. In this study, melt spun ribbons (MSRs) of Mg70Zn25Ca5 Mg68Zn27Ca5 alloys were prepared by melt spinning technique by using 3-4N pure metals. Characterization of the samples was done by X-ray diffraction (XRD), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and energy dispersive x-ray analyzer (EDAX). Microstructural investigations were conducted by using scanning electron microscopy (SEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM) as well as optical and stereo scan microscopy techniques. DSC results showed multistage crystallization. Activation energy was found to be 225 kJ/mol by Kissinger method indicating good thermal stability against crystallization. XRD, DSC, SEM and EDS (energy dispersive spectroscopy) results are agreed very well. In order to study decolorization, the MSRs of Mg70Zn25Ca5 Mg68Zn27Ca5 alloys were treated repeatedly with various azo dyes at room temperature. In order to compare the results, MSRs of amorphous Zr- and Ni-based metallic glasses were also treated. Reaction of MSRs with azo dyes results in their decolorization in a few hours. Decolorization of azo dyes takes place by introducing amorphous MSRs which results in breaking the -N=N- bonds that exist in dye contents. It is concluded that Mg-based alloys are useful for paint and dye industries and will be beneficial to control water pollution. Comparison of results showed that Mg-based alloys are more efficient than Zr- and Ni-based amorphous alloys for decolorization of azo dyes

  16. Synthesis and characterization of Mg-based amorphous alloys and their use for decolorization of Azo dyes

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    Mg-based alloys are light weight and have wide range of applications in the automotive industry. These alloys are widely used because of their very attractive physical and mechanical properties and corrosion resistance. The properties and applications can be further improved by changing the nature of materials from crystalline to amorphous. In this study, melt spun ribbons (MSRs) of Mg/sub 70/Zn/sub 25/Ca/sub 5/ Mg/sub 68/Zn/sub 27/Ca/sub 5/ alloys were prepared by melt spinning technique by using 3-4N pure metals. Characterization of the samples was done by X-ray diffraction (XRD), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and energy dispersive x-ray analyzer (EDAX). Microstructural investigations were conducted by using scanning electron microscopy (SEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM) as well as optical and stereo scan microscopy techniques. DSC results showed multistage crystallization. Activation energy was found to be 225 kJ/mol by Kissinger method indicating good thermal stability against crystallization. XRD, DSC, SEM and EDS (energy dispersive spectroscopy) results are agreed very well. In order to study decolorization, the MSRs of Mg/sub 70/Zn/sub 25/Ca/sub 5/ Mg/sub 68/Zn/sub 27/Ca/sub 5/ alloys were treated repeatedly with various azo dyes at room temperature. In order to compare the results, MSRs of amorphous Zr- and Ni-based metallic glasses were also treated. Reaction of MSRs with azo dyes results in their decolorization in a few hours. Decolorization of azo dyes takes place by introducing amorphous MSRs which results in breaking the -N=N- bonds that exist in dye contents. It is concluded that Mg-based alloys are useful for paint and dye industries and will be beneficial to control water pollution. Comparison of results showed that Mg-based alloys are more efficient than Zr- and Ni-based amorphous alloys for decolorization of azo dyes. (author)

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

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    Kalay, Yunus Eren [Iowa State Univ., Ames, IA (United States)

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

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    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 each other. This

  19. Effect of replacing RE and TM on magnetic properties and thermal stability of some Al–Ni-based amorphous alloys

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    Uporov, S.A., E-mail: segga@bk.ru [Institute of Metallurgy UB RAS, Ekaterinburg (Russian Federation); Uporova, N.S. [Ural State Pedagogical University, Ekaterinburg (Russian Federation); Bykov, V.A.; Kulikova, T.V.; Pryanichnikov, S.V. [Institute of Metallurgy UB RAS, Ekaterinburg (Russian Federation)

    2014-02-15

    Highlights: ► X-ray diffraction analysis of the quenched Al–Ni-based alloys revealed a clear prepeak. ► The amorphous alloys demonstrate the superparamagnetic behavior. ► The variation of the RE and TM caused the radical changes of thermal properties. -- Abstract: Amorphous ribbons Al{sub 86}Ni{sub 8}Ho{sub 6}, Al{sub 86}Ni{sub 8}Gd{sub 6} and Al{sub 86}Ni{sub 6}Co{sub 2}Gd{sub 4}Y{sub 2} were prepared by quenching from 1580–1600 K using spinning technique at a wheel speed of 32 m/s. X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis of the quenched alloys revealed a clear prepeak located below the main amorphous peak. The specimens crystallize in three stages but glass transition temperature was not found. The crystalinity was calculated by both XRD and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) methods for all samples. Magnetic properties of ribbons were investigated in wide ranges of temperature (T = 4–900 K) and magnetic field (up to 30 kOe) by Faraday method and vibration sample magnetometry (VSM). The amorphous alloys investigated have no magnetic ordering at low temperatures down to T = 4 K but demonstrate the superparamagnetic behavior. The magnetic properties are discussed in the frames of conception of existence the superparamagnetic clusters with ferrimagnetic ordering.

  20. Effect of replacing RE and TM on magnetic properties and thermal stability of some Al–Ni-based amorphous alloys

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    Highlights: ► X-ray diffraction analysis of the quenched Al–Ni-based alloys revealed a clear prepeak. ► The amorphous alloys demonstrate the superparamagnetic behavior. ► The variation of the RE and TM caused the radical changes of thermal properties. -- Abstract: Amorphous ribbons Al86Ni8Ho6, Al86Ni8Gd6 and Al86Ni6Co2Gd4Y2 were prepared by quenching from 1580–1600 K using spinning technique at a wheel speed of 32 m/s. X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis of the quenched alloys revealed a clear prepeak located below the main amorphous peak. The specimens crystallize in three stages but glass transition temperature was not found. The crystalinity was calculated by both XRD and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) methods for all samples. Magnetic properties of ribbons were investigated in wide ranges of temperature (T = 4–900 K) and magnetic field (up to 30 kOe) by Faraday method and vibration sample magnetometry (VSM). The amorphous alloys investigated have no magnetic ordering at low temperatures down to T = 4 K but demonstrate the superparamagnetic behavior. The magnetic properties are discussed in the frames of conception of existence the superparamagnetic clusters with ferrimagnetic ordering

  1. Influence of Weak External Magnetic Field on Amorphous and Nanocrystalline Fe-based Alloys

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    Nanoperm, Hitperm and Finamet amorphous and nanocrystalline alloys were measured by Moessbauer spectrometry in a weak external magnetic field of 0.5 T. It was shown that the most sensitive parameters of Moessbauer spectra are the intensities of the 2nd and the 5th lines. Rather small changes were observed also in the case of internal magnetic field values. The spectrum of nanocrystalline Nanoperm showed the increase in A23 parameter (ratio of line intensities) from 2.4 to 3.7 and decrease of internal magnetic field from 20 to 19 T for amorphous subspectrum under the influence of magnetic field. Spectrum of nanocrystalline Finemet shown decrease in A23 parameter from 3.5 to 2.6 almost without a change in the internal magnetic field value. In the case of amorphous Nanoperm and Finemet samples, the changes are almost negligible. Hitperm alloy showed the highest sensitivity to the weak magnetic field, when the A23 parameter increased from 0.4 to 2.5 in the external magnetic fields. The A23 parameter of crystalline subspectrum increased from 2.7 to 3.8 and the value of internal magnetic field corresponding to amorphous subspectrum increased from 22 to 24 T. The behavior of nanocrystalline alloys under weak external magnetic field was analyzed within the three-level relaxation model of magnetic dynamics in an assembly of single-domain particles.

  2. Soft magnetic and microstructural investigation in Fe-based amorphous alloy

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    Highlights: • Samples were obtained using the injection-casting method. • The samples were manufactured in the shape of plates of the thickness 0.5 mm. • The amorphous and nanocrystalline structure was confirmed using XRD, SEM, TEM, CT. • Magnetic properties were analysed in terms of contents of the spin waves stiffness parameter b. - Abstract: In this paper, the results of investigations concerning Fe61Co10Y8W1B20 alloy are presented. The alloy samples were produced, using an injection-casting method, in the form of plates of approximate thickness 0.5 mm. Analysis of the results facilitates the description of structural transformations which occurred within the amorphous material as a result of isothermal annealing, the latter having been carried out under specified conditions. This thermal treatment led to the creation within the amorphous matrix of evenly distributed nanometric sized crystalline grains. The structure and microstructure of the samples in the as-quenched and nanocrystalline states were analysed by means of: X-ray diffractometry (XRD), scanning and transmission electron microscopy (SEM and TEM) and computer tomography (CT). The influence of the structural changes on the magnetic properties was studied using a vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM). Detailed analysis of the microstructure was performed on the ferromagnetic alloy samples with amorphous and nanocrystalline structure; this, in connection with the magnetic studies, facilitated full description of the influence of changes in the microstructure, and imperfections created during the production process, on the magnetic properties

  3. Structure and thermal stability of biodegradable Mg–Zn–Ca based amorphous alloys synthesized by mechanical alloying

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    Room temperature solid state diffusion reaction induced by mechanical alloying (MA) of elemental blends of Mg, Zn and Ca of nominal composition 60 at.% Mg–35 at.% Zn–5 at.% Ca has been studied. Formation of fully amorphous structure has been identified after 5 h of MA performed in a SPEX 8000M shaker mill, with milling continued up to 8 h to confirm the formation of homogeneous amorphous phase. Thermal stability of the amorphous phase has been studied using differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and isothermal heat treatment at different temperatures. The amorphous powder consolidated using cold isostatic pressing (CIP) showed an envelope density ∼80% of absolute density, which increased to an envelope density ∼84% of absolute density after sintering at an optimized temperature of ∼523 K for 9 h. Electrochemical bio-corrosion testing of the CIP compacted amorphous pellet as well as the sintered pellet performed in Dulbecco's Modified Eagle Medium, showed improved corrosion resistance in comparison to the as-cast pure Mg. Cytotoxicity testing of the CIP compacted amorphous pellet, performed using the MTT assay with MC3T3 osteoblastic cells, showed low cytotoxicity in comparison to the as-cast pure Mg.

  4. General laws of the effect of hydrogen on the crystallization of amorphous alloys based on the quasi-binary TiNi-TiCu system

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    Spivak, L. V.; Shelyakov, A. V.; Shchepina, N. E.

    2014-02-01

    The crystallization processes that occur during heating of hydrogen-containing melt-quenched alloys based on the quasi-binary TiNi-TiCu system alloyed with aluminum, iron, hafnium, and zirconium are studied by high-resolution differential scanning calorimetry. The general laws of the transition of the hydrogen-containing alloys from an amorphous into a crystalline state are determined.

  5. Tensile and compression properties of Zr-based bulk amorphous alloy at different temperatures

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    WANG; Xu; LOU; Decheng; GAO; Zhanjun; LIU; Lei; LIANG; Hong

    2005-01-01

    Mechanical properties of the Zr41Ti14Cu12.5Ni10Be22.5 bulk amorphous alloy at different temperatures were investigated. The compression test was carried out on a Gleebe-3200 machine at 345 and 375℃, respectively, in the supercooled liquid region. It is shown that decreasing the compressive rate and increasing temperature have a similar influence trend on the compressive behavior of the bulk amorphous alloy. Room and low temperature tensile strengths were tested on the Instron materials testing system. At low temperature, the tensile strength decreased with decreasing of the testing temperature.Hardness measurement indicated that below the glass transition temperature, the hardness decreased with increasing of the annealing temperature and duration time. It,however, increased when the annealing treatment was performed above the glass transition temperature.

  6. Influence of pulsing current on the glass transition and crystallizing kinetics of a Zr base bulk amorphous alloy

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    WU Wenfei; YAO Kefu; ZHAO Zhankui

    2004-01-01

    Based on the thermal analysis, the influence of pulsing current on the glass transition and crystallizing kinetics of Zr41.3Ti14.2Cu12.8Ni10.3Be21.4 bulk amorphous alloy has been studied. The obtained results show that after the Zr41.3Ti14.2Cu12.8Ni10.3Be21.4 bulk amorphous alloy was pretreated by high-density pulsing current at low temperature, its glass transition temperature Tg, the initial crystallizing temperature Tx and the corresponding exothermic peak of crystallization Tpi were reduced. But the temperature range of supercooled liquid ΔT=Tx-Tg is almost the same. The calculated results with Kissinger equation show that the activation energy of glass transition of the alloy pretreated is reduced significantly, while the activation energy of crystallization is basically unchanged. The influence of pulsing current on the glass transition and crystallization of the Zr41.3Ti14.2Cu12.8Ni10.3Be21.4 bulk amorphous alloy is believed to be related with the structure relaxation of the glass caused by the current.

  7. Composition Range of Amorphous Mg-Ni-Y Alloys

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    陈红梅; 钟夏平; 欧阳义芳

    2003-01-01

    Based on the thermodynamic point of view, a method for predication of the composition range of amorphous ternary alloys was proposed. The composition range of amorphous ternary alloys is determined by the comparison of the excess free energy of the amorphous alloy and the free energy of competing crystalline states. The free energy is extrapolated from the data of three binary alloys by using Toop′s model. The method was applied to predict the composition range of amorphous Mg-Ni-Y alloys. The theoretical results are in good agreement with the available experimental results. It indicates that the present method can be used to predict the composition range for amorphous ternary alloys.

  8. Influence of Kinetic and Thermodynamic Factors on the Glass-Forming Ability of Zirconium-Based Bulk Amorphous Alloys

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    Mukherjee, S.; Schroers, J.; Johnson, W. L.; Rhim, W. K.

    2005-01-01

    The time-temperature-transformation curves for three zirconium-based bulk amorphous alloys are measured to identify the primary factors influencing their glass-forming ability. The melt viscosity is found to have the most pronounced influence on the glass-forming ability compared to other thermodynamic factors. Surprisingly, it is found that the better glass former has a lower crystal-melt interfacial tension. This contradictory finding is explained by the icosahedral short-range order of the...

  9. 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.

  10. Soft magnetic and microstructural investigation in Fe-based amorphous alloy

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    2015-09-05

    Highlights: • Samples were obtained using the injection-casting method. • The samples were manufactured in the shape of plates of the thickness 0.5 mm. • The amorphous and nanocrystalline structure was confirmed using XRD, SEM, TEM, CT. • Magnetic properties were analysed in terms of contents of the spin waves stiffness parameter b. - Abstract: In this paper, the results of investigations concerning Fe{sub 61}Co{sub 10}Y{sub 8}W{sub 1}B{sub 20} alloy are presented. The alloy samples were produced, using an injection-casting method, in the form of plates of approximate thickness 0.5 mm. Analysis of the results facilitates the description of structural transformations which occurred within the amorphous material as a result of isothermal annealing, the latter having been carried out under specified conditions. This thermal treatment led to the creation within the amorphous matrix of evenly distributed nanometric sized crystalline grains. The structure and microstructure of the samples in the as-quenched and nanocrystalline states were analysed by means of: X-ray diffractometry (XRD), scanning and transmission electron microscopy (SEM and TEM) and computer tomography (CT). The influence of the structural changes on the magnetic properties was studied using a vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM). Detailed analysis of the microstructure was performed on the ferromagnetic alloy samples with amorphous and nanocrystalline structure; this, in connection with the magnetic studies, facilitated full description of the influence of changes in the microstructure, and imperfections created during the production process, on the magnetic properties.

  11. Hydrogen effect on properties of iron and cobalt base amorphous alloys

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    Stress relaxation studies were carried out for amorphous alloys 71KNSR (AS-1), 82k3KhSR (AS-2) and Fe78Nb3.5Cu1Si13.5 (AS-3) in their annealing and hydrogenation. Reversible change of elastic properties on hydrogenation is revealed. The restoration of elastic properties is observed in the process of holding at the temperature of 295 K. It is shown that elastic properties vary synchronously with electric conductivity and magnetic susceptibility. On the basis of electric and magnetic variables measurements as well as X-ray diffraction studies possible reasons for phenomena observed are discussed

  12. Fabrication of MEMS-based Micro-fluxgate Sensor with Runway-shaped Co-based Amorphous Alloy Core

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    Wu, Shaobin; Chen, Shi; Ouyang, Jun; Zuo, Chao; Yu, Lei; Yang, Xiaofei

    2011-01-01

    High-precision magnetic micro-sensor is an interdisciplinary subject of magnetic field measurement techniques and micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) technology. A micro-fluxgate magnetic sensor based MEMS technology was designed and fabricated in this paper. This device is a micro-magnetic sensor with a symmetric construction, closed magnetic circuits and differential form. A 25μm thick Fluxgate core of runway model, made by Co-based amorphous alloy, was etched by laser and pasted on the substrate accurately. Excitation coil and sensing coil of 3D solenoid structure were prepared by RF magnetron sputtering and UV-lithography. The minimum line width of the coil is 50 μm. The experimental result shows that micro-fluxgate devices with the size of 5.7mm×7.1mm×60μm had a stable structure.

  13. Unexpected magnetic behavior in amorphous Co90Sc10 alloy

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    An amorphous alloy Co90Sc10 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 Co90Sc10 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 Co90Sc10 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 Co90Sc10 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

  14. CVD of refractory amorphous metal alloys

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    In this work, a novel process is described for the fabrication of multi-metallic amorphous metal alloy coatings using a chemical vapor deposition (CVD) technique. Of special interest in this work are amorphous metal alloys containing Mo and/or Cr which have high crystallization temperatures and readily available low decomposition temperature metal-bearing precursors. The conditions for amorphous alloy formation via CVD are described as well as the chemical properties of these materials. High temperature, aqueous corrosion tests have shown these materials (especially those containing Cr) are among the most corrosion resistant metal alloys known

  15. Microstructural observations of the crystallization of amorphous Fe-Si-B based magnetic alloys

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    The effect of Cu and Nb alloying additions on the crystallization of Fe-Si-B based alloys were studied. DSC, XRD, TEM, EELS and VSM techniques were used to study the thermal properties, phase formation during primary crystallization, morphological transitions and magnetic properties. The additions of individual Cu or Nb alloying additions changed the crystallization temperature as well as the activation energy for primary crystallization. The phases formed during primary crystallization for the Fe77.5Si13.5B9, Fe76.5Si13.5B9Cu1 and Fe74.5Si13.5B9Nb3Cu1 alloys are the same, however the morphologies are significantly different. Alloying additions of 3 at.% Nb induced a change in the crystallization mechanism and the type of phases formed. The combined additions of Cu and Nb resulted in the formation of nanocrystals. B atoms were found to be rejected around dendrites formed during primary crystallization of the Fe77.5Si13.5B9 alloy. The highest saturation magnetization and the lowest coercivity is obtained in the Fe77.5Si13.5B9 and Fe74.5Si13.5B9Nb3Cu1 alloy respectively after annealing at 550 deg. C for 1 h

  16. Magnetic properties of iron-based amorphous and nanocrystalline Fe-Zr-X-B (X: Cu, Al) alloy films

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    Thermal stability and magnetic properties of thin films, of a few Fe-based amorphous and nanocrystalline alloys, have been studied. The alloys belong to the class Fe-M-B, whose representatives are Fe87Zr4CuB8, Fe87Zr7B6, and Fe87Zr7AlB5 and are of particular interest because of their wide variety of magnetic properties. The films were prepared by flash evaporation onto liquid nitrogen cooled substrates. Measurements of the Kerr effect, the Hall effect, and ferromagnetic resonance in the films were carried out as functions of the annealing temperature. It was found that the changes in the coercive field Hc, resonance linewidth ΔHpp, effective magnetization Meff, Hall parameters, and resistance were correlated with the structural changes in the studied films. (author)

  17. Ni-based amorphous alloy-coating for bipolar plate of PEM fuel cell by electrochemical plating

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    In this study, the Ni-Cr-P amorphous alloy-coated bipolar plates were produced by electro-plating on the Cu base plates with a flow field. The power generation tests of a single fuel cell with those Ni-Cr-P bipolar plates were conducted at 353 K. It was found that the single fuel cell with those Ni-Cr-P bipolar plates showed excellent I-V performance as well as that with the carbon graphite bipolar plates. It was also found that the single cell with those Ni-Cr-P bipolar plates showed better I-V performance than that with the Ni-P amorphous alloy-coated bipolar plates. Furthermore, the long-time operation test was conducted for 440 h with those Ni-Cr-P bipolar plates at the constant current density of 200 mA·cm−2. As a result, it was found that the cell voltage gradually decreased at the beginning of the measurement before 300 h and then the voltage was kept constant after 300 h.

  18. Stress and annealing induced changes in the Curie temperature of amorphous and nanocrystalline FeZr and FeNb based alloys

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    The stress and annealing dependence of the Curie temperature in FeZrBCu alloys is presented. A change of about 50 /GPa has been observed. The change in amorphous matrix composition upon crystallization produces an expected increase in TC (about 200 C) which is similar to the experimentally observed increase. This behaviour is opposite to that observed in Fe-Nb based alloys. (orig.)

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

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    Babilas, Rafał, E-mail: rafal.babilas@polsl.pl

    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.

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

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    The atomic structure of Fe70Nb10B20 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

  1. Preparation of hydrogenated amorphous silicon tin alloys

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    Vergnat, M.; Marchal, G.; Piecuch, M.

    1987-01-01

    This paper describes a new method to obtain hydrogenated amorphous semiconductor alloys. The method is reactive co-evaporation. Silicon tin hydrogenated alloys are prepared under atomic hydrogen atmosphere. We discuss the influence of various parameters of preparation (hydrogen pressure, tungsten tube temperature, substrate temperature, annealing...) on electrical properties of samples.

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

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    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/□ 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

  3. Crystallization of amorphous Zr-Be alloys

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    Golovkova, E. A.; Surkov, A. V.; Syrykh, G. F.

    2015-02-01

    The thermal stability and structure of binary amorphous Zr100 - x Be x alloys have been studied using differential scanning calorimetry and neutron diffraction over a wide concentration range (30 ≤ x ≤ 65). The amorphous alloys have been prepared by rapid quenching from melt. The studied amorphous system involves the composition range around the eutectic composition with boundary phases α-Zr and ZrBe2. It has been found that the crystallization of alloys with low beryllium contents ("hypoeutectic" alloys with x ≤ 40) proceeds in two stages. Neutron diffraction has demonstrated that, at the first stage, α-Zr crystallizes and the remaining amorphous phase is enriched to the eutectic composition; at the second stage, the alloy crystallizes in the α-Zr and ZrBe2 phases. At higher beryllium contents ("hypereutectic" alloys), one phase transition of the amorphous phase to a mixture of the α-Zr and ZrBe2 phases has been observed. The concentration dependences of the crystallization temperature and activation energy have been revealed.

  4. Prominent Fe-based bulk amorphous steel alloy with large supercooled liquid region and superior corrosion resistance

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    Graphical abstract: SEM images of the surface profile on the blade edge-tip for (a) commercial blade and (b) Fe-B9 BAS blade. SEM images of blade edge-tip for (c) as-received commercial blade, (d) commercial blade after cutting test of 25 cm length, (e) as-prepared Fe-B9 BAS blade, and (f) Fe-B9 BAS blade after cutting test of 25 cm length. -- Highlights: • An Fe-based BAS with high GFA and large supercooled region has been successfully produced. • Fe-B9 BAS exhibits higher corrosion resistance than 304 SS and 316 SS in Hank’s solution. • Fe-B9 BAS blade exhibits much higher sharpness than the commercial one. • Fe-B9 BAS blade presents much better durability than the commercial one on cutting test. -- Abstract: A prominent Fe-base bulk amorphous steel (BAS) alloy which presents high glass forming ability (GFA), good corrosion resistance, superior mechanical properties and relative lower cost. The Fe41Cr15Co7Mo14C21−xBxY2 (x = 5–10) BAS rods with a diameter of 2–6 mm, can be fabricated by the suction casting method. The highest GFA value can be obtained by adjusting the ratio of boron/carbon, reaching to the value of γ = 0.4 and γm = 0.69 for the alloy composition of Fe41Ce15Co7Mo14C12B9Y2. Meanwhile, this alloy also presents very large supercooled liquid region up to 81 K, favourable to be fabricated into micro-surgery tools by thermoplastic forming. In addition, the Fe-base BAS alloy exhibits extremely high hardness around 1200 Hv. The anodic polarization measurement of the Fe-based BAS exhibits a higher corrosion resistance than 304 SS and 316 SS in the Hank’s balanced salt solution. The sharpness test results reveal that the Fe-based BAS blade exhibits much higher sharpness because of its lower surface roughness and higher hardness. Moreover, the Fe-base BAS blade presents much better durability on cutting testing, it can remain relatively sharper edge-tip with a low blade sharpness index (BSI) value of 0.38 (in comparison with the BSI value

  5. An overview of uncooled infrared sensors technology based on amorphous silicon and silicon germanium alloys

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    Ambrosio, Roberto; Mireles, Jose Jr. [Technology and Engineering Institute, Ciudad Juarez University UACJ, Av. Del Charro 450N, 32310 Chihuahua (Mexico); Moreno, Mario; Torres, Alfonso; Kosarev, Andrey [National Institute for Astrophysics Optics and Electronics INAOE, Luis E. Erro 1, PO Box 51 and 216, 7200 Puebla (Mexico); Heredia, Aurelio [Universidad Popular Autonoma del Estado de Puebla, 21 sur 1103 Col. Santiago, 72160 Puebla (Mexico)

    2010-04-15

    At the present time there are commercially available large un-cooled micro-bolometer arrays (as large as 1024 x 768 pixels) for a variety of thermal imaging applications. Different thermo-sensing materials have been employed as thermo sensing elements as Vanadium Oxide (VO{sub x}), metals, and amorphous and polycrystalline semiconductors. Those materials present good characteristics but also have some disadvantages. As a consequence none of the commercially available arrays contain optimum pixels with an optimum thermo-sensing material. This paper reviews the development of the un-cooled bolometer technology and the research achievements on this area, with special attention on the key factors that would lead to improve the pixels performance characteristics. The work considers the R and D of microbolometer arrays and the integration with MEMS and IC technologies. A comparative study with the state of the art and data reported in literature is presented. Finally, further directions of uncooled bolometer based in thin films materials are also discussed in this paper. (copyright 2010 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  6. Formation of nano-porous GeOx by de-alloying of an Al–Ge–Mn amorphous alloy

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    The present study shows that nanometer-scale amorphous phase separation occurs by spinodal decomposition of the undercooled liquid in a melt-spun Al60Ge30Mn10 alloy, although there is no atomic pair with positive enthalpy of mixing. By adopting a proper de-alloying process, an interconnected nano-porous germanium oxide with an amorphous structure is successfully synthesized. The present study shows that nano-porous amorphous germanium oxide can be easily obtained by de-alloying of Al-based amorphous alloys with nm-scale composition fluctuation

  7. Cu-based bulk amorphous alloy with larger glass-forming ability and supercooled liquid region

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    Fu, H.M. [Shenyang National Laboratory for Materials Science, Institute of Metal Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shenyang 110016 (China); School of Engineering, University of Queensland, St. Lucia, Qld 4072 (Australia)], E-mail: waterdrophmfu@hotmail.com; Zhang, H.F. [Shenyang National Laboratory for Materials Science, Institute of Metal Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shenyang 110016 (China); Wang, H. [Faculty of Engineering and Surveying, University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba, Qld 4350 (Australia); Hu, Z.Q. [Shenyang National Laboratory for Materials Science, Institute of Metal Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shenyang 110016 (China)

    2008-06-30

    The glassy rod with a maximum sample thickness of 11 mm and larger supercooled liquid region of 108 K was successfully fabricated when substituting Cu with minor amount of Ag in the Cu-Zr-Al-Gd alloy system. The value of {gamma} reaches a maximum of 0.418 for the Cu{sub 45.5}Zr{sub 45}Al{sub 7}Gd{sub 2}Ag{sub 0.5} bulk metallic glass (BMG) alloy. The high glass-forming ability (GFA) and larger supercooled liquid region are discussed from atomic size, negative mixing heat among constituent elements and thermodynamics.

  8. Study of oxidation behaviour of Zr-based bulk amorphous alloy Zr65Cu17.5Ni10Al7.5 by thermogravimetric analyser

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    A Dhawan; K Raetzke; F Faupel; S K Sharma

    2001-06-01

    The oxidation behaviour of Zr-based bulk amorphous alloy Zr65Cu17.5Ni10Al7.5 has been studied in air environment at various temperatures in the temperature range 591–684 K using a thermogravimetric analyser (TGA). The oxidation kinetics of the alloy in the amorphous phase obeys the parabolic rate law for oxidation in the temperature range 591–664 K. The values of the activation energy and pre-factor as calculated from the Arrhenius temperature dependence of the rate constants have been found to be 1.80 eV and 2.12 × 109 g cm–2.sec–1/2, respectively.

  9. Influence of annealing on microstructure and magnetic properties of cobalt-based amorphous/nanocrystalline powders synthesized by mechanical alloying

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    Taghvaei, Amir Hossein, E-mail: Amirtaghvaei@gmail.com [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Shiraz University of Technology, Shiraz (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Bednarčik, Jozef [Photon Science DESY, Notkestraße 85, 22603 Hamburg (Germany); Eckert, Jürgen [IFW Dresden, Institute for Complex Materials, Helmholtzstr. 20, 01069 Dresden (Germany); TU Dresden, Institute of Materials Science, 01062 Dresden (Germany)

    2015-05-25

    Highlights: • Structural relaxation in mechanically alloyed Co{sub 40}Fe{sub 22}Ta{sub 8}B{sub 30} powders was studied. • Isochronal annealing notably changes the short-range order of the amorphous phase. • The medium-range correlations experienced volume shrinkage upon annealing. • Annealing decreased the coercivity and saturation magnetization of the powders. - Abstract: The effects of isochronal annealing on microstructure and magnetic properties of Co{sub 40}Fe{sub 22}Ta{sub 8}B{sub 30} powders with a large content of amorphous phase produced by mechanical alloying have been investigated. The differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) results indicate that the synthesized powders exhibit a huge exothermic reaction before the crystallization temperature corresponding to structural relaxation of amorphous phase. Furthermore, the structural evolution of the powders upon isochronal heating has been investigated by in-situ X-ray diffraction (XRD) using high energy synchrotron radiation. The occurrence of an irreversible structural relaxation is confirmed by significant changes in position of the first and second diffuse maxima of the total structure factor S(Q) upon isochronal heating–cooling cycles. Moreover, analysis of the reduced pair distribution functions (PDFs) yields a volume shrinkage of about 1.5% after annealing due to annihilation of the excess free volume generated upon milling. The isochronal annealing significantly affects the magnetic properties of the powders through decreasing the saturation magnetization and coercivity. The correlation between structural relaxation and magnetic properties of the powders is discussed.

  10. Material research on amorphous silicon based alloys: Application to low-cost efficient solar cells

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    Amorphous silicon solar cell technology has reached a high level of maturity, which is the result of several years of basic research and of an unprecedented industrial effort. It already occupies an unchallenged position for micro-power and indoor applications like light-powered calculators, watches, etc. With the presently available material, the technological improvements have practically reached their limits and little can be gained on the open voltage or the fill factor. The only substantial improvement to be expected is an increase in the short-circuit current by a better matching of the optical gap to the solar spectrum. In principle, one could almost double the short-circuit current by a moderate decrease of the optical gap from 1.8 eV to 1.4 eV. Unfortunately, the proper small-gap material, having good photovoltaic properties, still remains to be found and this is the subject of material research activities in many laboratories in the world. 17 refs, 4 figs

  11. Magnetic properties of sandwiches based on Nd-Co and Y-Co amorphous alloys

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    Y-Co/Nd-Co/Y-Co and Nd-Co/Y-Co/Nd-Co amorphous sandwiches have been prepared by d.c. triode sputtering. The chemical composition of the constituent layers is R0.33Co0.67 (R=Y, Nd). In such systems, the Co moments are coupled parallel through the whole sandwich thickness by strong positive 3d-3d exchange interactions. But, the coercive fields of the constituent layers taken separately differ. In the sandwiches as well, the reversal of magnetization in the different layers occurs at different values of the applied magnetic field. This phenomenon has been analysed qualitatively in terms of creation and annihilation of walls at the interfaces between layers for sandwiches where the thicknesses of the constituent layers are about 1000 A. In sandwiches where the thickness of the constituent layers is 100 A, the wall width available is very weak and the value of the applied magnetic field necessary for the creation of such a wall is higher than the coercive field of the entire sandwich system. As a result, the magnetization of the sandwich system reverses as a whole like in homogeneous systems. (orig.)

  12. Superconducting State Parameters of Bulk Amorphous Alloys

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    Aditya M. Vora

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available Well recognized empty core (EMC pseudopotential of Ashcroft is used to investigate the superconducting state parameters viz; electron-phonon coupling strength λ, Coulomb pseudopotential μ*, transition temperature TC, isotope effect exponent α and effective interaction strength NOV of some (Ni33Zr671 – xVx (x = 0, 0.05, 0.1, 0.15 bulk amorphous alloys. We have incorporated five different types of local field correction functions, proposed by Hartree (H, Taylor (T, Ichimaru-Utsumi (IU, Farid et al. (F and Sarkar et al. (S to show the effect of exchange and correlation on the aforesaid properties. Very strong influence of the various exchange and correlation functions is concluded from the present study. The TC obtained from Sarkar et al. (S local field correction function are found an excellent agreement with available theoretical data. Quadratic TC equation has been proposed, which provide successfully the TC values of bulk amorphous alloys under consideration. Also, the present results are found in qualitative agreement with other such earlier reported data, which confirms the superconducting phase in the s bulk amorphous alloys.

  13. Amorphous metal based nanoelectromechanical switch

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    Mayet, Abdulilah M.

    2013-04-01

    Nanoelectromechanical (NEM) switch is an interesting ultra-low power option which can operate in the harsh environment and can be a complementary element in complex digital circuitry. Although significant advancement is happening in this field, report on ultra-low voltage (pull-in) switch which offers high switching speed and area efficiency is yet to be made. One key challenge to achieve such characteristics is to fabricate nano-scale switches with amorphous metal so the shape and dimensional integrity are maintained to achieve the desired performance. Therefore, we report a tungsten alloy based amorphous metal with fabrication process development of laterally actuated dual gated NEM switches with 100 nm width and 200 nm air-gap to result in <5 volts of actuation voltage (Vpull-in). © 2013 IEEE.

  14. Plasma deposition of amorphous metal alloys

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    Rapid solidification, sputtering and electroless chemical deposition have been used to produce amorphous metal alloys which possess excellent corrosion and abrasion resistance. This paper discusses a new technique for obtaining amorphous metal alloy coatings. Plasma decomposition of Ni(CO)4 and PH3 in argon and hydrogen carrier gases [Ni(CO4/PH3--8/1] yielded films that were black and silver, respectively, in appearance. Both films were amorphous as determined by transmission electron microscopy. Films deposited using a hydrogen carrier gas were three orders of magnitude more conductive than those deposited using an argon carrier gas. Analysis of both films using electron microprobe analysis and inductively-coupled plasma spectroscopy showed an enrichment of P in the films over the P content in the plasma gas mixtures. Reducing the P content of the plasma gas mixture [Ni(CO)4/PH3--17/11 yielded crystalline films with no P enrichment. The grain size in these films was --60Δ as determined by x-ray line-broadening

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

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    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.

  16. Amorphous Alloy Surpasses Steel and Titanium

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    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.

  17. Amorphous Fe-based metal foam

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    A foam synthesis method that takes advantage of the viscous high-temperature liquid state of Fe-based bulk glass-forming alloys to produce amorphous steel foam is introduced. Zirconium hydride is utilized as a foaming agent taking advantage of the low hydrogen solubility of these glass-forming alloys. Amorphous foams with porosities up to 65% were produced having homogenous cellular morphologies that exhibit cell-size uniformity. Even though intracellular solid regions as thin as a few micrometers are detected, on a global scale the cellular structure is determined to be incapable of alleviating the foam from the brittle nature of the monolithic glass

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

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    Ghafari, M., E-mail: mohammad.ghafari@kit.edu, E-mail: skamali@utsi.edu; Gleiter, H. [Herbert Gleiter Institute of Nanoscience, Nanjing University of Science and Technology, Nanjing 210094 (China); Institute of Nanotechnology, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), 76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen (Germany); Sakurai, Y.; Itou, M. [Japan Synchrotron Radiation Research Institute (JASRI), SPring-8, 1-1-1 Kouto, Sayo, Sayo, Hyogo (Japan); Peng, G.; Fang, Y. N.; Feng, T. [Herbert Gleiter Institute of Nanoscience, Nanjing University of Science and Technology, Nanjing 210094 (China); Hahn, H. [Herbert Gleiter Institute of Nanoscience, Nanjing University of Science and Technology, Nanjing 210094 (China); Institute of Nanotechnology, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), 76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen (Germany); KIT-TUD Joint Research Laboratory Nanomaterials, Institute of Materials Science, Technische Universität Darmstadt (TUD), Jovanka-Bontschits-Str. 2, 64287 Darmstadt (Germany); Kamali, S., E-mail: mohammad.ghafari@kit.edu, E-mail: skamali@utsi.edu [Department of Mechanical, Aerospace and Biomedical Engineering, University of Tennessee Space Institute, Tullahoma, Tennessee 37388 (United States)

    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.

  19. Effects of Microalloying on Glass Forming Ability and Thermodynamic Fragility of Cu-Pr-Based Amorphous Alloys

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    2007-01-01

    The effects of microalloying of Ti and B on the glass formation of Cu60Pr30Ni10Al10-2xTixBx(x=0, 0.05%(atom fraction)) amorphous alloys was investigated using differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and X-ray diffraction (XRD). XRD analysis showed that microalloying with 0.05% Ti and 0.05% B improved the glass forming ability (GFA). The smaller difference in the Gibbs free energy between the liquid and crystalline states at the glass transition temperature (ΔGl-x (Tg)) and the smaller thermodynamic fragility index (ΔSf/Tm, where ΔSf is the entropy of fusion, and Tm is the melting temperature) after microalloying correlated with the higher GFA.

  20. Thermal treatment of the amorphous base alloy Fe 2605SA1, analysis of its defects and microhardness; Tratamiento termico de la aleacion amorfa base Fe 2605SA1, analisis de sus defectos y microdureza

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    Contreras V, J.A.; Cabral P, A.; Garcia Santibanez S, F.; Ramirez, J.; Lopez M, J.; Villaverde L, A.; Montoya E, A.; Merino, F.J. [Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad Autonoma del Estado de Mexico. El Cerillo Piedras Blancas, 50000 Toluca, Estado de Mexico (Mexico)

    2007-07-01

    By means of the use of the positron lifetime technique those characteristics of the present crystalline defects in an amorphous base alloy Fe (SA1) are determined, when this is subjected to thermal treatments from 293 K until 808 K. Also, some results about the microhardness and electric resistivity are presented. (Author)

  1. GMI field sensitivity near a zero external field in Co-based amorphous alloy ribbons: experiments and model

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    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. (paper)

  2. Low-Temperature Annealing Induced Amorphization in Nanocrystalline NiW Alloy Films

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    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Annealing induced amorphization in sputtered glass-forming thin films was generally observed in the supercooled liquid region. Based on X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscope (TEM analysis, however, here, we demonstrate that nearly full amorphization could occur in nanocrystalline (NC sputtered NiW alloy films annealed at relatively low temperature. Whilst the supersaturation of W content caused by the formation of Ni4W phase played a crucial role in the amorphization process of NiW alloy films annealed at 473 K for 30 min, nearly full amorphization occurred upon further annealing of the film for 60 min. The redistribution of free volume from amorphous regions into crystalline regions was proposed as the possible mechanism underlying the nearly full amorphization observed in NiW alloys.

  3. The preparation of well-dispersed Ni-B amorphous alloy nanoparticles at room temperature

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    Wen Ming [Department of Chemistry, Tongji University, Shanghai 200092 (China)], E-mail: m_wen@mail.tongji.edu.cn; Li Lujiang; Liu Qiuyan; Qi Haiquan [Department of Chemistry, Tongji University, Shanghai 200092 (China); Zhang Tao [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Beijing University of Aeronaut and Astronaut, Beijing 100083 (China)

    2008-05-08

    The air-stable well-dispersed Ni-B amorphous alloy nanoparticles in the similar size of 5 nm with narrow deviation were prepared by a chemical solution alloying process at room temperature in a positive microemulsion system. The proposed interface reaction mechanism, element analysis and thermal stability as well as the magnetic behavior of Ni-B amorphous alloy nanoparticles were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), infrared spectroscopy (IR), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM). All the results showed that as synthesized Ni-B amorphous alloy nanoparticles are air-stable in room temperature and coated by macromolecular compound oleic acid. The magnetic property of the as synthesized Ni-B amorphous alloy was discussed based on the obtained results.

  4. Soft magnetic amorphous Fe-Zr-Si(Cu) boron-free alloys

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    Research highlights: → Amorphous Fe-Zr-Si(Cu) boron-free alloys were prepared by melt quenching. → Soft magnetic properties were investigated by the specialized rf-Moessbauer technique. → Dependence of coercivity and magnetization on alloy compositions was determined. - Abstract: Amorphous Fe80ZrxSi20-x-yCuy boron-free alloys, in which boron was completely replaced by silicon as a glass forming element, have been prepared in the form of ribbons by using the melt quenching technique. X-ray diffraction and Moessbauer spectroscopy measurements revealed that the as-quenched ribbons with the compositions with x = 6-10 at.% and y = 0, 1 at.% are fully or predominantly amorphous. Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) measurements allowed the estimation of crystallization temperatures of the amorphous alloys. Soft magnetic properties have been studied by the specialized rf-Moessbauer technique. Since the rf-collapse effect observed is very sensitive to the local anisotropy fields it was possible to evaluate the soft magnetic properties of the amorphous alloys studied. The rf-Moessbauer studies were accompanied by conventional measurements of hysteresis loops from which the magnetization and coercive fields were estimated. It was found that amorphous Fe-Zr-Si(Cu) alloys are magnetically very soft, comparable with those of the conventional amorphous B-containing Fe-based alloys.

  5. NMR study in amorphous CoZr thin film alloys

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    59Co NMR study has been carried out in a series of magnetic thin film amorphous Co1-xZrx alloys in the concentration range 0.1< x<0.4. The analysis shows that every Zr nearest neighbour lowers the NMR frequency on Co in the amorphous CoZr alloys by about 30 MHz and that the alloy structure in Co-rich compositions resembles the polytetrahedrally closed packed crystalline phases. (orig.)

  6. Structural analysis of amorphous and hydrogen absorption alloys by neutron diffraction

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    Structural studies of amorphous alloys and hydrogen absorption amorphous alloys by taking advantage of neutron and X-ray diffractions and using the reverse Monte Carlo (RMC) modeling for getting information of the three dimensional atom configuration are reviewed. Voronoi analysis of the RMC models is powerful to elucidate the structural origin of the stability of amorphous state, since Ni-Zr amorphous alloys are unstable in comparison with Cu-Zr ones. The polyhedra around Ni atoms are dominated by trigonal prism-like polyhedra. In contrast, icosahedron-like polyhedra are preferred for Cu. The Ni-Zr amorphous alloys have been reported to stabilize by adding Al. The Voronoi analysis informs us that trigonal prism-like polyhedra decreased in number by adding Al to the Ni-Zr system. On the contrary, the number of icosahedron-like polyhedra was found to increase. The results apparently indicate that the icosahedron-like polyhedra play an important role to stabilize the amorphous state. Moreover, neutron diffraction is a powerful tool to clarify the location of hydrogen atoms in the hydrogen absorption materials. For TbFe2D3.8 and TbNi2D2.4 amorphous alloys, the RMC model structure based on the diffraction data teach us that about 98% of hydrogen atoms occupy tetrahedral sites formed by metal atoms and stabilize the amorphous state. (author)

  7. Crystallization kinetics and magnetic properties of FeSiCr amorphous alloy powder cores

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    Xu, Hu-ping; Wang, Ru-wu; Wei, Ding; Zeng, Chun

    2015-07-01

    The crystallization kinetics of FeSiCr amorphous alloy, characterized by the crystallization activation energy, Avrami exponent and frequency factor, was studied by non-isothermal differential scanning calorimetric (DSC) measurements. The crystallization activation energy and frequency factor of amorphous alloy calculated from Augis-Bennett model were 476 kJ/mol and 5.5×1018 s-1, respectively. The Avrami exponent n was calculated to be 2.2 from the Johnson-Mehl-Avrami (JMA) equation. Toroid-shaped Fe-base amorphous powder cores were prepared from the commercial FeSiCr amorphous alloy powder and subsequent cold pressing using binder and insulation. The characteristics of FeSiCr amorphous alloy powder and the effects of compaction pressure and insulation content on the magnetic properties, i.e., effective permeability μe, quality factor Q and DC-bias properties of FeSiCr amorphous alloy powder cores, were investigated. The FeSiCr amorphous alloy powder cores exhibit a high value of quality factor and a stable permeability in the frequency range up to 1 MHz, showing superior DC-bias properties with a "percent permeability" of more than 82% at H=100 Oe.

  8. STUDY ON MAXIMUM HYDROGEN CAPACITY FOR Zr-Ni AMORPHOUS ALLOY

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    2000-01-01

    To design the amorphous hydrogen storage alloy efficiently, the maximum hydrogen capacities for Zr-Ni amorphous alloy were calculated. Based on the Rhomb Unit Structure Model(RUSM) for amorphous alloy and the experimental result that hydrogen atoms exist in 3Zr1Ni and 4Zr tetrahedron interstices in Zr-Ni amorphous alloy, the numbers of 3Zr-1Ni and 4Zr tetrahedron interstices in a RUSM were calculated which correspond to the hydrogen capacity. The two extremum Zr distribution states were calculated, such as highly heterogeneous Zr distribution and homogeneous Zr distribution. The calculated curves of hydrogen capacity with different Zr contents at two states indicate that the hydrogen capacity increases with increasing Zr content and reaches its maximum when Zr is 75%. The theoretical maximum hydrogen capacity for Zr-Ni amorphous alloy is 2.0(H/M). Meanwhile, the hydrogen capacity of heterogeneous Zr distribution alloy is higher than that of homogenous one at the same Zr content. The experimental results prove the calculated results reasonable, and accordingly, the experimental results that the distribution of Zr atom in amorphous alloy occur heterogeneous after a few hydrogen absorption-desorption cycles can be explained.

  9. Devitrification of rapidly quenched Al–Cu–Ti amorphous alloys

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    D K Misra; R S Tiwari; O N Srivastava

    2003-08-01

    X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy and differential scanning calorimetry were carried out to study the transformation from amorphous to icosahedral/crystalline phases in the rapidly quenched Al50Cu45Ti5 and Al45Cu45Ti10 alloys. In the present investigation, we have studied the formation and stability of amorphous phase in Al50Cu45Ti5 and Al45Cu45Ti10 rapidly quenched alloys. The DSC curve shows a broad complex type of exothermic overlapping peaks (288–550°C) for Al50Cu45Ti5 and a well defined peak around 373°C for Al45Cu45Ti10 alloy. In the case of Al50Cu45Ti5 alloy amorphous to icosahedral phase transformation has been observed after annealing at 280°C for 73 h. Large dendritic growth of icosahedral phase along with -Al phase has been found. Annealing of Al50Cu45Ti5 alloy at 400°C for 8 h results in formation of Al3Ti type phase. Al45Cu45Ti10 amorphous alloy is more stable in comparison to Al50Cu45Ti5 alloy and after annealing at 400°C for 8 h it also transforms to Al3Ti type phase. However, this alloy does not show amorphous to icosahedral phase transformation.

  10. A novel approach to quantify nitrogen distribution in nanocrystalline-amorphous alloys

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    Amini, R. [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, School of Engineering, Shiraz University, Zand Blvd., 7134851154, Shiraz (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Shiraz University of Technology, Modarres Blvd., 3619995161, Shiraz (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Salahinejad, E., E-mail: erfan.salahinejad@gmail.com [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, School of Engineering, Shiraz University, Zand Blvd., 7134851154, Shiraz (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Hadianfard, M.J.; Bajestani, E. Askari [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, School of Engineering, Shiraz University, Zand Blvd., 7134851154, Shiraz (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Sharifzadeh, M. [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore 639798 (Singapore)

    2011-02-03

    Research highlights: > A novel method is introduced to determine nitrogen distribution in nanocrystalline-amorphous alloys, based on X-ray diffraction, thermogravimetry, and differential scanning calorimetery. > The technique determines the contribution of crystal interstitial sites, crystalline defects, and amorphous phase to nitrogen incorporation. > In Fe-18Cr-8Mn-2.5N alloy synthesized by mechanical alloying, about 4, 21 and 75 percent of nitrogen is distributed among the crystal interstitial sites, defects, and amorphous phase, respectively. - Abstract: A method is introduced to estimate nitrogen partitioning in the structure of nanocrystalline-amorphous alloys, based on X-ray diffraction, thermogravimetry, and differential scanning calorimetery. The technique quantitatively determines the contribution of crystal interstitial sites, crystalline defects, and amorphous phase to nitrogen incorporation. Typically, the method shows that in Fe-18Cr-8Mn-2.5N alloy synthesized by mechanical alloying, about 4, 21 and 75 percent of nitrogen is distributed among the crystal interstitial sites, defects, and amorphous phase, respectively.

  11. Amorphous silicon based particle detectors

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    Wyrsch, N; Franco, A; Riesen, Y.; Despeisse, M; S. Dunand; Powolny, F; Jarron, P.; Ballif, C.

    2012-01-01

    Radiation hard monolithic particle sensors can be fabricated by a vertical integration of amorphous silicon particle sensors on top of CMOS readout chip. Two types of such particle sensors are presented here using either thick diodes or microchannel plates. The first type based on amorphous silicon diodes exhibits high spatial resolution due to the short lateral carrier collection. Combination of an amorphous silicon thick diode with microstrip detector geometries permits to achieve micromete...

  12. Crystallization kinetics and magnetic properties of FeSiCr amorphous alloy powder cores

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    Xu, Hu-ping [School of Logistics Engineering, Wuhan University of Technology, Wuhan 430063 (China); Wang, Ru-wu, E-mail: ruwuwang@hotmail.com [National Engineering Research Center For Silicon Steel, Wuhan 430080 (China); College of Materials Science and Metallurgical Engineering, Wuhan University of Science and Technology, Wuhan 430081 (China); Wei, Ding [School of Optical and Electronic Information, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan 430074 (China); Zeng, Chun [National Engineering Research Center For Silicon Steel, Wuhan 430080 (China)

    2015-07-01

    The crystallization kinetics of FeSiCr amorphous alloy, characterized by the crystallization activation energy, Avrami exponent and frequency factor, was studied by non-isothermal differential scanning calorimetric (DSC) measurements. The crystallization activation energy and frequency factor of amorphous alloy calculated from Augis–Bennett model were 476 kJ/mol and 5.5×10{sup 18} s{sup −1}, respectively. The Avrami exponent n was calculated to be 2.2 from the Johnson–Mehl–Avrami (JMA) equation. Toroid-shaped Fe-base amorphous powder cores were prepared from the commercial FeSiCr amorphous alloy powder and subsequent cold pressing using binder and insulation. The characteristics of FeSiCr amorphous alloy powder and the effects of compaction pressure and insulation content on the magnetic properties, i.e., effective permeability μ{sub e}, quality factor Q and DC-bias properties of FeSiCr amorphous alloy powder cores, were investigated. The FeSiCr amorphous alloy powder cores exhibit a high value of quality factor and a stable permeability in the frequency range up to 1 MHz, showing superior DC-bias properties with a “percent permeability” of more than 82% at H=100 Oe. - Highlights: • The crystallization kinetics of FeSiCr amorphous alloy was investigated. • The FeSiCr powder cores exhibit a high value of Q and a stable permeability. • The FeSiCr powder cores exhibit superior DC-bias properties.

  13. An investigation of optimal interfacial film condition for Cu-Mn alloy based source/drain electrodes in hydrogenated amorphous silicon thin film transistors

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    Haruhiko Asanuma

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available To aid in developing next generation Cu-Mn alloy based source/drain interconnects for thin film transistor liquid crystal displays (TFT-LCDs, we have investigated the optimal structure of a pre-formed oxide layer on phosphorus doped hydrogenated amorphous silicon (n+a-Si:H that does not degrade TFT electrical properties. We use transmission electron microscopy (TEM and electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS to examine composition depth profiles of and structural information for the Cu-Mn alloy/n+a-Si:H interface region. In aiming to achieve the same electrical properties as those of TFTs having conventional Mo source/drain electrodes, we have obtained three important findings: (1 in typical TFT-LCD manufacturing processes, no Mn complex oxide layer is formed because Mn cannot diffuse substantially into an n+a-Si:H surface during low temperature (below 300°C processes and the growth of Mn complex oxide layer would also be limited by the absence of excess oxygen species; (2 a pre-formed silicon oxide layer much thicker than 1 nm severely degrades TFT electrical properties and therefore an ultrathin (≈1 nm silicon oxide layer is required to prevent the degradation; (3 Cu diffuses into an n+a-Si:H layer at oxygen-deficient spots and thus uniform surface oxidation is required to prevent the diffusion.

  14. Features of exoelectron emission in amorphous metallic alloys

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    Veksler, A S; Morozov, I L; Semenov, A L

    2001-01-01

    The peculiarities of the photothermostimulated exoelectron emission in amorphous metallic alloys of the Fe sub 6 sub 4 Co sub 2 sub 1 B sub 1 sub 5 composition are studied. It is established that the temperature dependences of the exoelectron emission spectrum adequately reflect the two-stage character of the amorphous alloy transition into the crystalline state. The exoelectron emission spectrum is sensitive to the variations in the modes of the studied sample thermal treatment. The thermal treatment of the amorphous metallic alloy leads to growth in the intensity of the exoelectrons yield. The highest growth in the intensify of the exoelectron emission was observed in the alloys at the initial stage of their crystallization

  15. Advances in chemical synthesis and application of metal-metalloid amorphous alloy nanoparticulate catalysts

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    WU Zhijie; LI Wei; ZHANG Minghui; TAO Keyi

    2007-01-01

    This paper reviews the advances in the chemical synthesis and application of metal-metalloid amorphous alloy nanoparticles consisting of transition metal (M) and metalloid elements (B,P).After a brief introduction on the history of amorphous alloy catalysts,the paper focuses on the properties and characterization of amorphous alloy catalysts,and recent developments in the solution-phase synthesis of amorphous alloy nanoparticles.This paper further outlines the applications of amorphous alloys,with special emphasis on the problems and strategies for the application of amorphous alloy nanoparticles in catalytic reactions.

  16. On amorphization and nanocomposite formation in Al–Ni–Ti system by mechanical alloying

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    K Das; G K Dey; B S Murty; S K Pabi

    2005-11-01

    Amorphous structure generated by mechanical alloying (MA) is often used as a precursor for generating nanocomposites through controlled devitrification. The amorphous forming composition range of ternary Al–Ni–Ti system was calculated using the extended Miedema's semi-empirical model. Eleven compositions of this system showing a wide range of negative enthalpy of mixing (− mix) and amorphization (− amor) of the constituent elements were selected for synthesis by MA. The Al88Ni6Ti6 alloy with relatively small negative mix (−0.4 kJ/mol) and amor (−14.8 kJ/mol) became completely amorphous after 120 h of milling, which is possibly the first report of complete amorphization of an Al-based rare earth element free Al–TM–TM system (TM = transition metal) by MA. The alloys of other compositions selected had much more negative mix and amor; but they yielded either nanocomposites of partial amorphous and crystalline structure or no amorphous phase at all in the as-milled condition, evidencing a high degree of stability of the intermetallic phases under the MA environment. Hence, the negative mix and amor are not so reliable for predicting the amorphization in the present system by MA.

  17. Amorphous Alloy Membranes for High Temperature Hydrogen Separation

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    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

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

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    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.

  19. Electrochemical characteristics of nanocrystalline and amorphous Mg-Y-Ni-based Mg{sub 2}Ni-Type alloys prepared by mechanical milling

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    Zhang, Yanghuan [Inner Mongolia Univ. of Science and Technology, Baotou (China). Key Lab. of Integrated Exploitation of Baiyun Obo Multi-Metal Resources; Central Iron and Steel Research Institute, Beijing (China). Dept. of Functional Material Research; Yuan, Zeming; Yang, Tai; Qi, Yan [Central Iron and Steel Research Institute, Beijing (China). Dept. of Functional Material Research; Hou, Zhonghui [Inner Mongolia Univ. of Science and Technology, Baotou (China). Key Lab. of Integrated Exploitation of Baiyun Obo Multi-Metal Resources

    2015-04-15

    Nanocrystalline and amorphous Mg{sub 2}Ni-type Mg{sub 20-x}Y{sub x}Ni{sub 10} (x = 0, 1, 2, 3 and 4) electrode alloys were prepared by mechanical milling. The structures of the as-cast and milled alloys were determined by X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy and scanning electron microscopy. The electrochemical hydrogen storage performances of the alloys were tested by an automatic galvanostatic system. The electrochemical impedance spectra, Tafel polarization curves and potential-step curves were plotted by an electrochemical workstation. The results indicate that a nanocrystalline structure can successfully be obtained through mechanical milling. The substitution of Y for Mg facilitates glass forming and leads to an obvious change in the phase composition. The substitution of Y for Mg dramatically improves the cycle stability of the as-milled alloys, while the mechanical milling more or less impairs the cycle stability of the alloys. The discharge capacity of the alloys first augments and then declines with increasing Y content and milling time. Furthermore, the high rate discharge ability, charge transfer rate, limiting current density and diffusion coefficient of hydrogen atomic all decrease with Y content and milling time increasing.

  20. Effect of Cerium on Chemical Short-Range Order of Al-Fe-Ce Amorphous Alloy

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    2000-01-01

    The chemical short-range order of Al-Fe-Ce amorphous alloy was studied by means of X-ray diffraction(XRD) and differential scanning calorimetry(DSC). It is found that the prepeak position in X-ray diffraction intensity curve shifts to higher angles as the content of Fe increases, but it shifts to smaller angles as the content of Ce increases. The crystallization character of the amorphous alloy changes with the variation of the content of Fe and Ce. Ce can improve the interaction between atoms and the capacity of compound formation, so it is favorable to Al-based glass formability.

  1. 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.

  2. Structural models for amorphous transition metal binary alloys

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    A dense random packing of 445 hard spheres with two different diameters in a concentration ratio of 3 : 1 was hand-built to simulate the structure of amorphous transition metal-metalloid alloys. By introducing appropriate pair potentials of the Lennard-Jones type, the structure is dynamically relaxed by minimizing the total energy. The radial distribution functions (RDF) for amorphous Fe0.75P0.25, Ni0.75P0.25, Co0.75P0.25 are obtained and compared with the experimental data. The calculated RDF's are resolved into their partial components. The results indicate that such dynamically constructed models are capable of accounting for some subtle features in the RDF of amorphous transition metal-metalloid alloys

  3. Neutron scattering studies of amorphous Invar alloys

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    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.

  4. Amorphous coatings deposited on aluminum alloy by plasma electrolytic oxidation

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    GUAN Yong-jun; XIA Yuan

    2005-01-01

    Amorphous [Al-Si-O] coatings were deposited on aluminum alloy by plasma electrolytic oxidation (PEO). The process parameters, composition, micrograph, and mechanical property of PEO amorphous coatings were investigated. It is found that the growth rate of PEO coatings reaches 4.44 μm/min if the current density is 0.9 mA/mm2. XRD results show that the PEO coatings are amorphous in the current density range of 0.3 - 0.9mA/mm2. EDS results show that the coatings are composed of O, Si and Al elements. SEM results show that the coatings are porous. Nano indentation results show that the hardness of the coatings is about 3 - 4 times of that of the substrate, while the elastic modulus is about the same with the substrate. Furthermore, a formation mechanism of amorphous PEO coatings was proposed.

  5. Spontaneously Passivating Amorphous Fe-Cr-Mo-Metalloid Alloys in 6 N HCl at Room Temperature and 80℃

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    Kobayashi, Ken-ichi; Hashimoto, Koji; MASUMOTO, Tsuyoshi

    1980-01-01

    Amorphous iron-base alloys capable of passivating spontaneously in 6 N HCl at 80℃ were prepared by rapid quenching of molten alloys. The corrosion resistance and passivating ability of the alloys increased with increasing chromium and molybdenum contents. The critical concentrations of chromium and molybdenum in the alloys necessary for spontaneous passivation in 6 N HCl at room temperature and 80℃ were established. These concentrations were greatly affected by coexisting metalloids. The pass...

  6. 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 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.

  7. Simulation study for atomic size and alloying effects during forming processes of amorphous alloys

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    ZHENG Caixing; LIU Rangsu; PENG Ping; ZHOU Qunyi

    2004-01-01

    A molecular dynamics (MD) simulation study has been performed for the solidification processes of two binary liquid alloys Ag6Cu4 and CuNi by adopting the quantum Sutton-Chen many-body potentials. By analyzing bond-types, it is demonstrated that at the cooling rate of 2×1012K/s, the CuNi forms fcc crystal structures, while the Ag6Cu4 forms amorphous structures. The original reason is that the atomic radius ratio (1.13) of the CuAg is bigger than that (1.025) of the CuNi. This shows that the atomic size difference is indeed the main factor for forming amorphous alloys. Moreover, for Ag60Cu40,corresponding to the deep eutectic point in the phase diagram, it forms amorphous structure easily. This confirms that as to the forming tendency and stability of amorphous alloys, the alloying effect plays a key role. In addition, having analyzed the transformation of microstructures by using the bond-type index and cluster-type index methods, not only the key role of the icosahedral configuration to the formation and stability of amorphous alloys can be explained, but also the solidification processes of liquid metals and the characteristics of amorphous structures can be further understood.

  8. 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.

  9. TEM study of amorphous alloys produced by ion implantation

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    Ion implantation is a technique for introducing foreign elements into surface layers of solids. Ions, as a suitably accelerated beam, penetrate the surface, slow down by collisions with target atoms to produce a doped layer. This non-equilibrium technique can provide a wide range of alloys without the restrictions imposed by equilibrium phase diagrams. This paper reports on the production of some amorphous transition metal-metalloid alloys by implantation. Thinned foils of Ni, Fe and stainless steel were implanted at room temperature with Dy+ and P+ ions at doses between 1013 - 1017 ions/cm2 at energies of 20 and 40 keV respectively. Transmission electron microscopy and selected area diffraction analysis were used to investigate the implanted specimens. Radial diffracted intensity measurements confirmed the presence of an amorphous implanted layer. The peak positions of the maxima are in good agreement with data for similar alloys produced by conventional techniques. Only certain ion/target combinations produce these amorphous layers. Implantations at doses lower than those needed for amorphization often result in formation of new crystalline phases such as an h.c.p. phase in nickel and a b.c.c. phase in stainless steel. (Auth.)

  10. Crystallization kinetics of Fe-B based amorphous alloys studied in-situ using X-rays diffraction and differential scanning calorimetry

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    Santos D.R. dos

    2001-01-01

    Full Text Available The crystallization processes for the amorphous metallic alloys Fe74B17Si2Ni4Mo3 and Fe86B6Zr7Cu1 (at. % were investigated using X-rays diffraction measurements performed in-situ during Joule-heating, with simultaneous monitoring of the electrical resistance. We determined the main structural transitions and crystalline phases formed during heating, and correlated these results to the observed resistance variations. As the annealing current is increased, the resistance shows an initial decrease due to stress relaxation, followed by a drop to a minimum value due to massive nucleation and growth of alpha-Fe nanocrystals. Further annealing causes the formation of small fractions of Fe-B, B2Zr or ZrO2, while the resistance increases due to temperature enhancement. In situ XRD measurements allowed the identification of metastable phases, as the gamma-Fe phase which occurs at high temperatures. The exothermal peaks observed in the differential scanning calorimetry (DSC for each alloy corroborate the results. We also have performed DSC measurements with several heating rates, which allowed the determination of the Avrami exponent and crystallization activation energy for each alloy. The obtained activation energies (362 and 301 kJ/mol for Fe-B-Zr-Cu; 323 kJ/mol for Fe-B-Si-Ni-Mo are comparable to reported values for amorphous iron alloys, while the Avrami exponent values (n = 1.0 or n = 1.2 are consistent with diffusion controlled crystallization processes with nucleation rates close to zero.

  11. Glow discharge amorphous silicon tin alloys

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    Mahan, A H; Sanchez, A; Williamson, D L; von Roedern, B; Madan, A

    1984-06-01

    We present basic density of states, photoresponse, and transport measurements made on low bandgap a-SiSn:H alloys produced by RF glow discharge deposition of SiH/sub 4/, H/sub 2/ and Sn(CH/sub 3/)/sub 4/. Although we demonstrate major changes in the local bonding structure and the density of states, the normalized photoresponse still remains poor. We provide evidence that two types of defect levels are produced with Sn alloying, and that the resultant density of states increase explains not only the n- to p-type conductivity transition reported earlier, but also the photoresponse behavior. We also report that a-SiSn:H can be doped with P. From our device analysis we suggest that in order to improve the alloy performance significantly, the density of states should be decreased to levels comparable to or lower than those presently obtained in a-Si:H.

  12. 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.

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

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    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.

  14. Domain structure and Barkhausen effect in Fe78B12Si9Ni1 amorphous alloy

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    Domain structure is investigated by using new approaches, which are based on registration of micro-volume material magnetization. One demonstrated absence of correlation of dimensions of domain structure elements of Fe78B12Si9Ni1 magnetically soft alloy in initial state upon hydrogen saturation or annealing with the Barkhausen effect characteristics in the mentioned alloy. It is pointed out that conventional view of the Barkhausen effect the nature of which is linked with domain dimensions and mobility of their boundaries, are not true in disordered structures represented by magnetically soft amorphous metal alloys

  15. Stability of (Fe-Tm-B) amorphous alloys: relaxation and crystallization phenomena

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    Fe-Tm-B base (TM = transition metal) amorphous alloys (metallic glasses) are thermodynamically metastable. This limits their use as otherwise favourable materials, e.g. magnetically soft, corrosion resistant and mechanically firm. By analogy of the mechanical strain-stress dependence, at a certain degree of thermal activation the amorphous structure reaches its limiting state where it changes its character and physical properties. Relaxation and early crystallization processes in amorphous alloys, starting already around 100 C, are reviewed involving subsequently stress relief, free volume shrinking, topological and chemical ordering, pre-crystallization phenomena up to partial (primary) crystallization. Two diametrically different examples are demonstrated from among the soft magnetic materials: relaxation and early crystallization processes in the Fe-Co-B metallic glasses and controlled crystallization of amorphous ribbons yielding rather modern nanocrystalline ''Finemet'' alloys where late relaxation and pre-crystallization phenomena overlap when forming extremely dispersive and fine-grained nanocrystals-in-amorphous-sauce structure. Moessbauer spectroscopy seems to be unique for magnetic and phase analysis of such complicated systems. (orig.)

  16. 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.

  17. Barkhausen effect during hydrogen interaction with amorphous alloy 2NSR

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    The Barkhausen effect electromotive force measurements by the two-side saturation of the 2NSR (Fe78B12Si19Ni1) alloy amorphous band through hydrogen is carried out. The multiple increase in the Barkhausen effect electromotive force by hydrogen saturation is determined. It is assumed that in the metallic alloy over-saturated by hydrogen there originates a special structural state providing for decrease in the potential barrier by transition of the 180 deg boundary of the magnetic domain from the equilibrium state to another one. The value of the Barkhausen effect link with the hydrogen content in the material is indicated

  18. Properties of amorphous FeCoB alloy particles (abstract)

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    Charles, S. W.; Wells, S.; Meagher, A.;

    1988-01-01

    Amorphous and crystalline alloy particles (0.05–0.5 nm) of FexCoyBz in which the ratio x:y ranges from 0 to 1 have been prepared by the borohydride reduction of iron and cobalt salts in aqueous solution. The structure of the particles has been studied using Mössbauer spectroscopy and x....... 1). It has been shown that the fraction of boron in the alloys (10–35 at. %) is dependent upon the rate of addition of salts to borohydride and the concentration of cobalt present; this in turn influences the crystallinity and magnetic properties . Journal of Applied Physics is copyrighted...

  19. Atomic structure of Re-Si amorphous alloys

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    The atomic structure of Re100-xSix (x=0, 4, 11, 20, 31, 47, 54, 70, 82, 88, 100) amorphous alloys (AA) was studied by X-ray diffraction. In as-quenched alloys two amorphous phase were observed: the AI-phase-10-90 at.% Si and AII-phase-45-100 at.% Si, especially that in the composition range 45-90 at.% Si is the coexistence of two phase AI and AII. A comparison of the short range order parameters of the AA and those of the corresponding crystalline compounds has been done. The short-range order of AI-phase and coordination polyhedrons of Re5Si3, ReSi2 compounds is similar. Contrary to the Gaskell's model for metal-metalloid AA (trigonal prismatic structural unit) it seems to be tetragonal antiprism. The structure of AII-phase is the same as a-Si. (orig.)

  20. Blistering and flaking of amorphous alloys bombarded with He ions

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    The blistering and flaking behavior of many kinds of amorphous alloys under helium ion bombardment at room temperature was investigated. Helium ions with energies of 40 keV and 60 keV was implanted within the fluence range (1.0-4.0) x 1018 ions/cm2. The surface topography of samples after irradiation was observed by using a scanning electron microscope. The diameter of blister and the thickness of exfoliated blister lids were measured. The results showed that many kinds of surface topography characteristics appeared for different fluences, energies and amorphous alloys, such as flaking, blistering, exfoliation, blister rupture, second generation blistering and porous structure. The dependence of surface damage modes and the critical fluence for the onset of blistering and flaking on the sort of materials and ion energy was discussed

  1. Ion beam mixing in binary amorphous metallic alloys

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    Ion beam mixing (IM) was measured in homogeneous amorphous metallic alloys of Cu-Er and Ni-Ti as a function of temperature using tracer impurities, i.e., the so-called ''marker geometry''. In Cu-Er, a strong temperature dependence in IM was observed between 80 and 3730K, indicating that radiation-enhanced diffusion mechanisms are operative in this metallic glass. Phase separation of the Cu-Er alloy was also observed under irradiation as Er segregated to the vacuum and SiO2 interfaces of the specimen. At low-temperatures, the amount of mixing in amorphous Ni-Ti is similar to that in pure Ni or Ti, but it is much greater in Cu-Er than in either Cu or Er

  2. Application of the artificial neural networks for prediction of magnetic saturation of metallic amorphous alloys

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    2008-04-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: The aim of the work is to employ the artificial neural networks for prediction of magnetic saturation ofthe amorphous alloys with the iron and cobalt matrix.Design/methodology/approach: It has been assumed that the artificial neural networks can be used toassign the relationship between the chemical compositions of amorphous alloys, temperature of heat treatment andmagnetic saturation. In order to determine the relationship it has been necessary to work out a suitable calculationmodel. It has been proved that employment of genetic algorithm to selection of input neurons can be very usefultool to improve artificial neural network calculation results. The attempt to use the artificial neural networks forpredicting the effect of the chemical composition and temperature of heat treatment on the magnetic saturation BSsucceeded, as the level of the obtained results was acceptable.Findings: Artificial neural networks, can be applied for predicting the effect of the chemical composition andtemperature of heat treatment on the magnetic saturation.Research limitations/implications: Worked out model should be used for prediction of magnetic saturationonly in particular groups of amorphous alloys, mostly because of the discontinuous character of input data.Practical implications: The results of research make it possible to calculate with a certain admissible error the magneticsaturation Bs value basing on combinations of concentrations of the particular elements and heat treatment temperature.Originality/value: In this paper it has been presented an original trial of prediction of the required magneticproperties of the iron and cobalt amorphous alloys.

  3. DOMAIN WALL PINNING IN INHOMOGENEOUSLY DEFORMED AMORPHOUS ALLOYS

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    Gibbs, M.; Evetts, J.; Horton, M.

    1980-01-01

    Inhomogeneous deformation in amorphous alloys is characterized by local regions of intense shear. Experiments on VITROVAC 0040 (Fe40Ni40B20) supplied by Vacuumschmelze (Hanau, Germany) show a direct correlation between the number density of the shear bands and the coercive field after inhomogeneous deformation by cold rolling. The deformation process is also shown to induce an off axis magnetic anisotropy whose mean value is large compared to other residual and induced anisotropies in these m...

  4. Crystallization of amorphous Hf100-xCux alloys

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    The crystallization of Hf100-xCux (x=33, 44, 50, 59) amorphous alloys was studied by the TDPAC technique. The different stages in the transformation towards equilibrium were investigated through the evolution of the quadrupole perturbation after thermal annealings. The crystallization kinetics of Hf67Cu33 and Hf56Cu44 was analyzed using the Johnson-Mehl-Avrami equation. General trends in the crystallization behavior are discussed. (orig.)

  5. Amorphous structure in a laser clad Ni-Cr-Al coating on Al-Si alloy

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    A mixing microstructure containing Ni-based amorphous structures was observed by TEM in the laser cladzones. As the uniformity of chemical composition and temperature is poor in the laser cladding, the amorphous structurewith some Ni3Al crystals coexists in the cladding. The microhardness of the mixing amorphous structure is HV 600 ~800, which is lower than that of crystal phases in the coating. Differential thermal analysis (DTA) shows that Ni-basedamorphous structure exhibits a higher initial crystallizing temperature (about 588 ℃ ), which is slightly higher than that ofthe eutectic temperature of Al-Si alloy. The wear test results indicate that there are some amorphous structures in the laserclad coating, which reduces the peeling of the granular phases from matrix, and improves the wear resistance

  6. In Situ Nanocrystallization-Induced Hardening of Amorphous Alloy Matrix Composites Consolidated by Spark Plasma Sintering

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    Singh, Ashish; Paul, Tanaji; Katakam, Shravana; Dahotre, Narendra B.; Harimkar, Sandip P.

    2016-07-01

    In situ nanocrystallization of amorphous alloys has recently emerged as a suitable technique for forming nanocomposites with improved mechanical properties. In this paper, we report on the spark plasma sintering (SPS) of Fe-based amorphous alloys with in situ-formed nanocrystals of (Fe,Cr)23(C,B)6. The SPS was performed with a range of sintering temperatures (570-800°C) in and above the supercooled liquid region of the alloy. Significant enhancement in relative density was observed with increasing sintering temperature due to particle deformation and improved interparticle contacts. The formation of nanocrystalline particles and enhanced densification resulted in an increase in the hardness of the nanocomposites from about 1150-1375 VHN.

  7. Mg amorphous alloys for biodegradable implants; Ligas amorfas de magnesio utilizadas em implantes consumiveis

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    Danez, G.P., E-mail: gabidanez@hotmail.co [Universidade Federal de Sao Carlos (PPG-CEMUFSCar), SP (Brazil). Programa de Pos-Graduacao em Ciencia e Engenharia de Materiais; Koga, G.Y.; Tonucci, S.; Bolfarini, C.; Kiminami, C.S.; Botta Filho, W.J. [Universidade Federal de Sao Carlos (DEMa/UFSCar), SP (Brazil). Dept. de Engenharia de Materiais

    2010-07-01

    The use of implants made from amorphous alloys magnesium-based with additions of zinc and calcium are promising. Properties such as biocompatibility, low density, high mechanical strength, low modulus (as compared to alloys such as stainless steel and titanium), corrosion resistance and wear resistance make it attractive for use in implants. Moreover, the by-products of corrosion and wear are not toxic and may contribute to fixation. Aiming to understand the tendency of this amorphous ternary (Mg-Zn-Ca) and expand the information about this system, this work involved the use of the topological criterion of instability ({lambda}) and the criterion of electronegativity ({Delta}e) to the choice of compositions. The alloys were processed into wedge-shaped and analyzed structurally and in X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy. (author)

  8. Electonic properties of hydrogenated amorphous silicon-germanium alloys

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    Bullot, J.; Galin, M.; Gauthier, M. (Universite de Paris-Sud, Orsay (France)); Bourdon, B. (CIT-Alcatel Transmission, Marcoussis (France))

    1983-06-01

    The electronic properties of some binary hydrogenated amorphous silicon-germanium alloys a-Sisub(x)Gesub(1-x):H in the silicon rich region (x > 0.6) are investigated. Experimental evidence is presented of photo-induced effects similar to those described in Si:H (Staebler-Wronski effect). The electronic properties are then studied from the dual point of view of the germanium content dependence and of the photo and thermal histories of the films. The dark conductivity changes between the annealed state and the light-soaked state are interpreted in terms of the variation of the temperature coefficient of the Fermi level. The photoconductivity efficiency is shown to remain close to that of a-Si:H for 1 > x >= 0.9 and to strongly decrease when the germanium content is further increased: the photoresponse of the Sisub(0.62)Gesub(0.38) alloy is 10/sup 4/ times smaller than that of a-Si:H. This deterioration of the photoconductive properties is explained in terms of the increase of the density of gap states following Ge substitution. This conclusion is based on the study of the width of the exponential absorption edge and on the results of photoconductivity time response studies. The latter data are interpreted by means of the model of Rose of trapping and recombination kinetics and it is found that for x approximately 0.6 the density of states at 0.4-0.5 eV below the mobility edge is 7 x 10/sup 17/ eV/sup -1/ cm/sup -3/ as compared to 2.4 x 10/sup 16/ eV/sup -1/ cm/sup -3/ for x = 0.97.

  9. Surface-Activated Amorphous Alloy Fuel Electrodes for Methanol Fuel Cell

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    Kawashima, Asahi; Hashimoto, Koji

    1983-01-01

    Amorphous alloy electrodes for electrochemical oxidation of methanol and its derivatives were obtained by the surface activation treatment consisting of electrodeposition of zinc on as-quenched amorphous alloy substrates, heating at 200-300℃ for 30 min, and subsequently leaching of zinc in an alkaline solution. The surface activation treatment provided a new method for the preparation of a large surface area on the amorphous alloys. The best result for oxidation of methanol, sodium formate an...

  10. Laser spot welding of cobalt-based amorphous metal foils

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    The results concerning weldability of amorphous alloy (VAC 6025F) in shape of foils and the quality of laser-spot welded joints are presented in this paper. The aim of the research was the production of a high quality welding joint, by preserving the amorphous structure. The quality of the joint was tested by shear strength analysis and microhardness measuring. The metallographic studies were made by using optical microscope and SEM. The results show that (1) overlapped Co based amorphous metals foils can be welded with high-quality by a pulsed Nd: YAG-Laser, but only within a very narrow laser parameter window; (2) the laser welded spots show comparably high strength as the basic material; (3) the structure of the welded spot remains amorphous, so that the same characteristics as the base material can be achieved. (author)

  11. Developments in the Ni-Nb-Zr amorphous alloy membranes. A review

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    Sarker, S.; Chandra, D. [University of Nevada, Materials Science and Engineering, Reno, NV (United States); Hirscher, M. [Max-Planck-Institut fuer Intelligente Systeme, Stuttgart (Germany); Dolan, M.; Viano, D. [CSIRO, QCAT, Energy, Pullenvale, QLD (Australia); Isheim, D. [Northwestern University, Materials Science and Engineering, Evanston, IL (United States); Wermer, J. [Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM (United States); Baricco, M. [University of Turin, Department of Chemistry and NIS, Turin (Italy); Udovic, T.J. [National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD (United States); Grant, D. [University of Nottingham, Nottingham (United Kingdom); Palumbo, O.; Paolone, A. [CNR-ISC, U.O.S. La Sapienza, Rome (Italy); Cantelli, R. [University of Rome, La Sapienza, Roma (Italy)

    2016-03-15

    Most of the global H{sub 2} production is derived from hydrocarbon-based fuels, and efficient H{sub 2}/CO{sub 2} separation is necessary to deliver a high-purity H{sub 2} product. Hydrogen-selective alloy membranes are emerging as a viable alternative to traditional pressure swing adsorption processes as a means for H{sub 2}/CO{sub 2} 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{sup -1}) is driving the development of less-expensive alternatives, including inexpensive amorphous (Ni{sub 60}Nb{sub 40}){sub 100-x} Zr{sub 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. (orig.)

  12. Bonding tungsten, W–Cu-alloy and copper with amorphous Fe–W alloy transition

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    W/Cu graded materials are the leading candidate materials used as the plasma facing components in a fusion reactor. However, tungsten and copper can hardly be jointed together due to their great differences in physical properties such as coefficient of thermal expansion and melting point, and the lack of solid solubility between them. To overcome those difficulties, a new amorphous Fe–W alloy transitional coating and vacuum hot pressing (VHP) method were proposed and introduced in this paper. The morphology, composition and structure of the amorphous Fe–W alloy coating and the sintering interface of the specimens were analyzed by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive spectrometer (EDS) and X-ray diffraction (XRD). The thermal shock resistance of the bonded composite was also tested. The results demonstrated that amorphous structure underwent change from amorphous to nano grains during joining process, and the joined W/Cu composite can endued plasma thermal shock resistance with energy density more than 5.33 MW/m2. It provides a new feasible technical to join refractory tungsten to immiscible copper with amorphous Fe–W alloy coating

  13. First-principle simulation on the crystallization tendency and enhanced magnetization of Fe76B19P5 amorphous alloy

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    Iron-based amorphous alloys have attracted a growing interest due to their potential in the application of magnetic coil production. However, the magnetization of this kind of material is usually low due to the lack of long range ordering and high alloying element content. In this paper, an Fe76B19P5 amorphous alloy was simulated with ab initio molecular dynamics based on a previous simulation work on an Fe76Si9B10P5 amorphous alloy exhibiting that electron absorbers such as B and P can help enhance the magnetization of nearby Fe atoms. The present simulation results show that replacing Si with B can destabilize the amorphous structure, making it easier to crystallize, but no separate α-Fe participation can be observed in experiments during annealing due to its high B/P content. The results also show an increase in saturation magnetization by 8% can be expected due to the intensified electron transfer from Fe to B/P, and the glass forming ability decreases correspondingly. The idea of enhancing electron transfer can be applied to the development of other Fe-based amorphous alloys for the purpose of larger saturation magnetization. (paper)

  14. Synthesis and characterization of a bulk amorphous alloy

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    The production and characterization of bulk metallic glasses have been an area of intense focus in materials research for many years because of their superior mechanical properties over their crystalline counterparts. A bulk metallic glass Zr/sub 55/Cu/sub 30/Al/sub 10/Ni/sub 5/ has been synthesized by copper mold casting and characterized by differential scanning calorimetry and x-ray diffraction. Crystallization behavior of the alloy is discussed. Composite of amorphous glass was produced by adding SiC and hardness and tensile strength have been measured. (author)

  15. Amorphous magnetism in Mnx Sn1-x alloys

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    Systematic low temperature in situ 119Sn Moessbauer effect (ME) studies in vapor quenched amorphous Mnx Sn1-x (0.09≤ x ≤0,95) alloys between 150 and 4.2 K, are presented. Its is shown that the magnetic behavior of the system is correctly displayed by the transferred magnetic hyperfine (hf) interactions, at the 119Sn site. A complete magnetic phase diagram is proposed, and the effect of an external magnetic field (up to about 3T) on the spin correlations in the spin-glass state is also discussed. (author)

  16. Thermal Expansion Characteristics and Thermal Conductivity of FeCo-based Bulk Amorphous Alloys%铁钴基块体非晶合金的热膨胀特性和热导率

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    陈庆军; 王健; 沈军; 周贤良; 华小珍; 董应虎

    2016-01-01

    采用真空非自耗电弧炉制备出Fe24+xCo24-xCr15Mo14C15B6Y2(x=0,2,4,6,8,at%)块体非晶合金,利用热膨胀测试仪和激光闪射热导率测试仪测量合金的热膨胀系数和热导率并与差示扫描量热曲线和高温XRD图谱进行对比,研究不同Co含量块体非晶合金的线性热膨胀行为随温度的变化规律和Co元素含量、不同组织对铁钻基块体合金热导率的影响.结果表明,随着Co含量减小,不同Co含量铁钴基非晶合金均出现规律相似的两次晶化过程,并且二次晶化起始温度依次提高.当x=0时,在875℃附近热膨胀系数出现第3个极大值点;25℃时Fe24+xCo24-xCr15Mo14C15B6Y2 (x=0,2,4,6,8)铁钴基非晶合金热导率在7.12~7.35 W/(m·K)范围内,在700℃温度退火处理的Fe24+xCo24-xCr15Mo14C15B6Y2 (x=0,2,4,6,8)铁钴基非晶合金的热导率值为7.5~9.46 W/(m·K),然而920℃退火处理后,热导率变化比较显著并出现先升高后下降的趋势.%Fe24+xCo24-xCr15Mo14C15B6Y2(x=0,2,4,6,8,at%) bulk amorphous alloys were prepared by a non-consumable arc-melting furnace.The thermal expansion coefficient and thermal conductivity of the amorphous alloy were tested by thermal expansion test instrument and laser indeed thermal conductivity tester,respectively,and the results were compared with the differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) curves and XRD patterns.Linear thermal expansion behavior with the temperature change of FeCo-based amorphous alloys with different Co contents and the effect of different Co element contents and different organizations on thermal conductivity of FeCo-base amorphous alloy were investigated.The results show that with the decrease of Co content,FeCo-base amorphous alloys have two crystallization processes,and the initial and the secondary crystallization temperature increase in turn.Thermal expansion coefficient of Fe24Co24Cr15Mo14C15B6Y2 has the third maximum point around 875 ℃.At 25 ℃,thermal conductivity of the Fe

  17. Properties and Applications of Nanocrystalline Alloys from Amorphous Precursors

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    Idzikowski, Bogdan; Miglierini, Marcel

    2005-01-01

    Metallic (magnetic and non-magnetic) nanocrystalline materials have been known for over ten years but only recent developments in the research into those complex alloys and their metastable amorphous precursors have created a need to summarize the most important accomplishments in the field. This book is a collection of articles on various aspects of metallic nanocrystalline materials, and an attempt to address this above need. The main focus of the papers is put on the new issues that emerge in the studies of nanocrystalline materials, and, in particular, on (i) new compositions of the alloys, (ii) properties of conventional nanocrystalline materials, (iii) modeling and simulations, (iv) preparation methods, (v) experimental techniques of measurements, and (vi) different modern applications. Interesting phenomena of the physics of nanocrystalline materials are a consequence of the effects induced by the nanocrystalline structure. They include interface physics, the influence of the grain boundaries, the aver...

  18. Structured analysis of iron-based amorphous alloy coating dep osited by AC-HVAF spray%通过AC-HVAF方法制备铁基非晶合金涂层的结构分析

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    叶凤霞; 陈燕; 余鹏; 罗强; 曲寿江; 沈军

    2014-01-01

    本研究通过活性燃烧高速燃气喷涂(AC-HVAF)方法制备出了均匀致密的铁基非晶化合金涂层。通过调制AC-HVAF喷涂过程的工艺参数,研究了喷涂枪长、喷涂距离和送粉率对涂层非晶化程度的影响,得出控制枪长是形成高质量非晶化涂层的关键,而喷涂距离和送粉率决定了涂层的厚度和形成速率。制备出的铁基非晶合金与基体结合致密,孔隙率较低,完全的非晶化结构有效的保持了铁基非晶合金优异的力学性能,可以对基体材料进行很好的防护。%The uniform and compact Fe-based amorphous alloy coating was prepared by active combustion high velocity air fuel (AC-HVAF) spray method. By tuning the parameters of AC-HVAF spray process, the influence of the spraying gun length, spraying distance, and powder feed rate on non-crystallization has been studied carefully. Results indicate that spraying gun length is the key factor in forming perfect amorphous coating. Spraying distance and powder feed rate may determine the thickness and formation rate of the coating. The prepared coatings have a tight adhesion with the substrate, low porosity, and good non-crystallization, which would effectively maintain the excellent mechanical properties of the Fe-based amorphous alloy. The coating can provide a good protection for the substrate material.

  19. Spectroscopic ellipsometry-based study of optical properties of amorphous and crystalline ZnSnO alloys and Zn2SnO4 thin films grown using sputtering deposition: Dielectric function and subgap states

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    Ko, Kun Hee; So, Hyeon Seob; Jung, Dae Ho; Park, Jun Woo; Lee, Hosun

    2016-04-01

    We investigated the optical properties of amorphous and crystalline zinc tin oxide (ZTO) thin films grown on SiO2/Si substrates with varying compositions via a co-sputtering deposition method at room temperature. The co-sputtering targets consist of SnO2 and ZnO. By varying the relative power ratio of the two targets, we demonstrate the ability to control the Sn and Zn composition of the resulting ZTO thin films. The ratio of [Sn]/([Sn] + [Zn]) atomic compositions was estimated at 11%, 29%, 42%, 54%, and 60%. Using a 600 °C annealing process, the as-grown amorphous ZTO films were transformed into crystalline ZTO films. The dielectric functions were obtained based on the measured ellipsometric angles, ψ and Δ. We determined the dielectric functions, absorption coefficients, and optical gap energies of ZTO thin films with varying compositions. The dielectric functions, absorption coefficients, and optical gap energies of amorphous and crystalline Zn2SnO4 thin films were obtained at 29 at. % of Sn. Subgap states at 1.6 eV (A) and 2.8 eV (B) of ZnSnO alloys and Zn2SnO4 films were found in the imaginary part of the dielectric function spectra. The subgap state intensities were reduced via a nitrogen gas annealing. Possible origins of the observed subgap states will be discussed.

  20. Ballistic impact properties of mixed multi-layered amorphous surface alloyed materials fabricated by high-energy electron-beam irradiation

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    The objective of this study is to investigate ballistic impact properties of multi-layered amorphous surface alloyed materials fabricated by high-energy electron-beam irradiation. The mixture of Zr-based amorphous alloy powders and LiF+MgF2 flux powders was deposited on a Ti alloy substrate, and then electron beam was irradiated on this powder mixture to fabricate an one-layered surface alloyed material. On top of this layer, the powder mixture was deposited again and then irradiated with electron beam whose beam current was decreased to fabricate the multi-layered surface alloyed material. In the mixed multi-layered surface alloyed materials fabricated with LM1 alloy powders and LM2 or LM10 alloy powders, the surface region consisted of amorphous phases, together with a small amount of crystalline particles, whereas the center region was complicatedly composed of amorphous phases, crystallized phases, and dendritic β phases. Since the surface region mostly composed of amorphous matrix was quite hard, the alloyed materials sufficiently blocked the travel of a projectile. When cracks formed at the surface region propagated into the center region, the formation of many cracks or debris was accelerated, which could beneficially work for absorbing the ballistic impact energy, thereby leading to the higher ballistic impact properties than the surface alloyed materials fabricated with LM1 or LM2 alloy powders

  1. Invar behavior of NANOPERM-type amorphous Fe–(Pt)–Zr–Nb–Cu–B alloys

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    Gondro, J.; Świerczek, J., E-mail: swiercz@wip.pcz.pl; Rzącki, J.; Ciurzyńska, W.; Olszewski, J.; Zbroszczyk, J.; Błoch, K.; Osyra, M.; Łukiewska, A.

    2013-09-15

    Transmission Mössbauer spectra of amorphous Fe{sub 86}Zr{sub 7}Nb{sub 1}Cu{sub 1}B{sub 5}, Fe{sub 81}Zr{sub 7}Nb{sub 1}Cu{sub 1}B{sub 10} and Fe{sub 81}Pt{sub 5}Zr{sub 7}Nb{sub 1}Cu{sub 1}B{sub 5} alloys in the as-quenched state and subjected to the accumulative annealing for 15 min in the temperature range from 573 K up to 750 K are presented. After these heat treatments the alloys remain in the amorphous state. The accumulative annealing for 15 min at 573 K and then 600 K of the Fe{sub 86}Zr{sub 7}Nb{sub 1}Cu{sub 1}B{sub 5} and Fe{sub 81}Zr{sub 7}Nb{sub 1}Cu{sub 1}B{sub 10} alloys causes the narrowing of the transmission Mössbauer spectra as compared to the as-quenched state and the decrease of the average hyperfine field induction which is connected with the invar effect. For similar behavior in Fe{sub 81}Pt{sub 5}Zr{sub 7}Nb{sub 1}Cu{sub 1}B{sub 5} alloy the accumulative annealing up to 700 K is needed. With further increase of the annealing temperature up to 750 K the broadening of the Mössbauer spectra and the increase of the average hyperfine field induction occur. The lowest value of the average hyperfine field induction of amorphous samples is accompanied by the lowest value of the Curie temperature. The investigated amorphous alloys do not reach the magnetic saturation up to the magnetizing field of 2 T and the coefficient in Holstein–Primakoff term is about one order in magnitude larger than in other classical FeCo-based amorphous alloys due to the non-collinear magnetic structure. The Mössbauer spectra and hysteresis loops of the amorphous Fe{sub 86}Zr{sub 7}Nb{sub 1}Cu{sub 1}B{sub 5} alloy in the as-quenched state and after the accumulative annealing at 573+620 K for 15 min are sensitive to the tensile stresses subjected to the sample. Such behavior is ascribed to the invar anomalies. - Highlights: • Complex magnetic transformations found in the amorphous Fe{sub 86}Zr{sub 7}Nb{sub 1}Cu{sub 1}B{sub 5}, Fe{sub 81}Zr{sub 7}Nb{sub 1}Cu{sub 1}B

  2. Formation and thermal stability of amorphous Ni-Mo-P alloys

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    ZHANG Yi; MA Jun; FANG Yong-kui; DUAN Ji-guo

    2004-01-01

    The experimental researches on the chemical deposition of Ni-Mo-P amorphous alloys were carried out by adding Na2 MoO4 into acidic solutions. The optimum technology conditions were obtained by orthogonal design experiments. The structures and the relationship between compositions and their thermal stability were studied by energy spectrum (EC), scanning electron micrograph and X-ray diffraction spectrum. Compared with Ni-P amorphous alloys, the Ni-Mo-P amorphous alloys have high crystallization temperature and thermal stability, and the hardness reaches its peak when the annealing temperature is 500 ℃. With the increase of the heat treatment temperature, the surface morphology of the alloys changes.

  3. Amorphous structure and properties in laser-clad Ni-Cr-Al coating on Al-Si alloy

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    Liang, Gongying; Wong, T. T.; Su, J. Y.; Woo, C. H.

    1999-09-01

    A Ni-Cr-Al coating was clad by a 5 kW CO2 laser with different laser power on Al-Si alloy. Using transmission electron microscopy, a mixing microstructure containing Ni- based amorphous structures was observed in the laser clad zones. As the uniformity of chemical composition and temperature is poor in the laser cladding, the amorphous structure with some Ni3Al crystals coexisted in the cladding. According to the morphologies of Ni-based amorphous structures, the amorphous structure existed not only in the net-like boundaries surrounding the granular structure but also in the granular structure. The microhardness of the mixture amorphous structure is between HV 600 - 800, which is lower than that of crystal phases in the coating. A differential thermal analysis showed that Ni- based amorphous structure exhibits a higher initial crystallizing temperature (about 588 degree(s)C), which is slightly higher than that of the eutectic temperature of Al- Si alloy. The wear experimental results showed that some amorphous structure exist in the laser cladding can reduce the peeling of the granular phases from matrix, and improve the its wear resistance.

  4. Short range ordering and microstructure property relationship in amorphous alloys

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    Shariq, A.

    2006-07-01

    A novel algorithm, ''Next Neighbourhood Evaluation (NNE)'', is enunciated during the course of this work, to elucidate the next neighbourhood atomic vicinity from the data, analysed using tomographic atom probe (TAP) that allows specifying atom positions and chemical identities of the next neighbouring atoms for multicomponent amorphous materials in real space. The NNE of the Pd{sub 55}Cu{sub 23}P{sub 22} bulk amorphous alloy reveals that the Pd atoms have the highest probability to be the next neighbours to each other. Moreover, P-P correlation corroborates earlier investigations with scattering techniques that P is not a direct next neighbour to another P atom. Analogous investigations on the Fe{sub 40}Ni{sub 40}B{sub 20} metallic glass ribbons, in the as quenched state and for a state heat treated at 350 C for 1 hour insinuate a pronounced elemental inhomogeneity for the annealed state, though, it also depicts glimpse of a slight inhomogeneity for B distribution even for the as quenched sample. Moreover, a comprehensive microstructural investigation has been carried out on the Zr{sub 53}Co{sub 23.5}Al{sub 23.5} glassy system. TEM and TAP investigations evince that the as cast bulk samples constitutes a composite structure of an amorphous phase and crystalline phase(s). The crystallization is essentially triggered at the mould walls due to heterogeneous nucleation. The three dimensional atomic reconstruction maps of the volume analysed by TAP reveal a complex stereological interconnected network of two phases. The phase that is rich in Zr and Al concentration is depleted in Co concentration while the phase that is rich in Co concentration is depleted both in Zr and Al. Zr{sub 53}Co{sub 23.5}Al{sub 23.5} glassy splat samples exhibit a single exothermic crystallization peak contrary to the as cast bulk sample with a different T{sub g} temperature. A single homogeneous amorphous phase revealed by TEM investigations depicts that the faster cooling

  5. Structural order and magnetism of rare-earth metallic amorphous alloys

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    Local symmetry (as evaluated from the electric field gradient tensor) and radial distribution functions (obtained by EXAFS measurement) are determined in a series of amorphous rare-earth base alloys. Local order is found to increase with the extent of heteroatomic interactions. Various magnetic phases (including ferromagnetic, spin-glass, reentrant spin-glass) occur for europium alloys with simple metals (Mg, Zn, Cd, Al, Au, ...). This variety reflects the sensitivity of exchange interactions to the presence of non-s conduction electrons. Asperomagnetic structures are established for the Dy alloys. The crystalline electric field interactions at the Dy3+ ions are interpreted with the help of local symmetry data. Quadratic axial and non-axial crystal field terms are sufficient and necessary in order to account for the hyperfine and bulk experimental results

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. Formation and crystallization of bulk Pd82Si18 amorphous alloys

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    蒲建; 王敬丰; 肖建中; 崔昆

    2003-01-01

    Bulk amorphous Pd82Si18 alloy with the largest diameter of 8 mm was prepared by water quenching the molten alloy with flux medium in a quartz tube. The calculation result indicates that the bulk Pd82Si18 amorphous alloys have a low critical cooling rate (Rc) of 4.589 K/s or less. The experimental results show that purifying melt may improve glass forming ability(GFA) of undercooled melt, while liquid phase separation (LPS) of undercooled melt will decrease its GFA. There are some differences in crystallization experiments between bulk metallic glass and amorphous ribbons of Pd82Si18 alloys. These include the numbers of exothermic peak, glass transition temperature Tg, crystallization temperature Tx, region of undercooling liquid (ΔT=Tx-Tg) respectively. The links of cooling rates of melt and crystallization of Pd82Si18 amorphous alloys are explored.

  9. Density of states in Mo-Ru amorphous alloys

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    The density of states is calculated for several compositions of amorphous Mo1-x Rux. In order to simulate amorphous clusters, the structures (atomic positions) utilized in the calculations were built from a small dense randomly packed unit of hard spheres with periodic boundary conditions. The density of states is calculated from a tight-binding Hamiltonian with hopping integrals parametrized in terms of the ddσ, ddΠ and ddδ molecular integrals. The results for pure Mo and pure Ru, compared in the canonical band aproximation, agree well with the literature. For binary alloys, the comparison of the calculated density of states with the rigid band aproximation results indicates that a more complex approach than the rigid band model must be used, even when the two atoms have similar bands, with band centers at nearly the same energy. The results also indicate that there is no relation between the peak in the superconducting critical temperature as a function of the number of valence eletrons per atom (e/a) in the region near Mo(e/a=6) and the peak of the density of states at the Fermi level in the same region, as has been sugested by some authors. (Author)

  10. Effect of hydrogen on the properties of amorphous alloys 'finemet' type: PEN-X effect

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    Spivak, L.V.; Skryabina, N.Ye. [Perm State Univ. (Russian Federation)

    1999-09-01

    Elastic properties of the amorphous metallic alloys based on iron and cobalt were found to decrease after hydrogenation, and to recover upon subsequent storage at 295 K. The possible causes for this unusual behaviour are discussed on the basis of measurements of electrical resistance and magnetic susceptibility, as well as X-ray diffraction data.

  11. Pressure effects on Al89La6Ni5 amorphous alloy crystallization

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    Zhuang, Yanxin; Jiang, Jianzhong; Zhou, T. J.;

    2000-01-01

    The pressure effect on the crystallization of the Al89La6Ni5 amorphous alloy has been investigated by in situ high-pressure and high-temperature x-ray powder diffraction using synchrotron radiation. The amorphous alloy crystallizes in two steps in the pressure range studied (0-4 GPa). The first......(s). The applied pressure strongly affects the crystallization processes of the amorphous alloy. Both temperatures first decrease with pressure in the pressure range of 0-1 GPa and then increase with pressure up to 4 GPa. The results are discussed with reference to competing processes between the thermodynamic...

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

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    The reversibility of residual bending stresses is revealed in ribbon samples of cobalt- and iron-based amorphous alloys Co69Fe3.7Cr3.8Si12.5B11 and Fe57Co31Si2.9B9.1: 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

  13. 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., E-mail: pavel-mog@mail.ru [National University of Science and Technology MISiS (Russian Federation)

    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.

  14. 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.

  15. High pressure magnetic behaviour of amorphous Ysub(x)Nisub(1-x) alloys

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    High pressure magnetization and Curie temperature measurements have been performed on several amorphous Ysub(x)Nisub(1-x) alloys. The results seem to indicate that ferromagnetism disappears in a rather inhomogeneous way

  16. Amorphous silicon based betavoltaic devices

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    Wyrsch, N; Riesen, Y.; Franco, A; S. Dunand; Kind, H.; Schneider, S.; Ballif, C.

    2013-01-01

    Hydrogenated amorphous silicon betavoltaic devices are studied both by simulation and experimentally. Devices exhibiting a power density of 0.1 μW/cm2 upon Tritium exposure were fabricated. However, a significant degradation of the performance is taking place, especially during the first hours of the exposure. The degradation behavior differs from sample to sample as well as from published results in the literature. Comparisons with degradation from beta particles suggest an effect of tritium...

  17. Effect of surfactants on the corrosion of amorphous 76Ni-24P alloy in neutral solutions

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    Gomaa, N.G. (Alexandria Univ. (Egypt). Physics Dept.); Khamis Ibrahim, E. (Alexandria Univ. (Egypt). Chemistry Dept.); Ahmed, A. (Alexandria Univ. (Egypt). Chemistry Dept.); Abaza, S. (Alexandria Univ. (Egypt). Physics Dept.)

    1994-04-01

    76Ni-24P amorphous alloys have been electrodeposited from solutions containing sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS) and triton-X 100 (TX-100) to improve the surface quality of the specimens. Corrosion behaviour of electrodeposited amorphous alloys in sulphate and chloride solutions at 25 C has been studied by potential-time decay, linear polarization resistance and potentiodynamic techniques. Anodic polarization curves show that the specimens exhibit mild passivity at potentials between approximately -200 mV and 200 mV (SCE) and dissolve transpassively above 200 mV (SCE). The sulphate solution was found to increase the dissolution of the samples treated by the surfactants during the substrate brass plating. The nonanionic surfactant increases the corrosion current by 10 times compared to the anionic one which enhances the current by 400 times; the interpretation was based on the enhanced dissolution of the microcrystals of the specimens in the sulphate solution and to the steric hindrance of the surfactants. In addition, the alloys are more resistant to chlorides due to the formation of a phosphate/hypophosphite film which protects the surface from dissolution. (orig.)

  18. Effect of surfactants on the corrosion of amorphous 76Ni-24P alloy in neutral solutions

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    Gomaa, N.G. (Alexandria Univ., Physics Dept. (Egypt)); Khamis, E. (Alexandria Univ., Chemistry Dept. (Egypt)); Ahmed, A. (Alexandria Univ., Chemistry Dept. (Egypt)); Abaza, S. (Alexandria Univ., Physics Dept. (Egypt))

    1993-12-01

    76Ni-24P amorphous alloys have been electrodeposited from solutions containing sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS) and triton-X 100 (TX-100) to improve the surface quality of the specimens. Corrosion behaviour of electrodeposited amorphous alloys in sulphate and chloride solutions at 25 C has been studied by potential-time decay, linear polarization resistance and potentiodynamic techniques. Anodic polarization curves show that the specimens exhibit mild passivity at potentials between approximately -200 mV and 200 mV (SCE) and dissolve transpassively above 200 mV (SCE). The sulphate solution was found to increase the dissolution of the samples treated by the surfactants during the substrate brass plating. The nonanionic surfactant increases the corrosion current by 10 times compard to the anionic one which enhances the current by 400 times; the interpretation was based on the enhanced dissolution of the microcrystals of the specimens in the sulphate solution and to the steric hindrance of the surfactants. In addition, the alloys are more resistant to chlorides due to the formation of a phosphate/hypophosphite film which protects the surface from dissolution. (orig.)

  19. Calorimetric studies of non-isothermal crystallization in amorphous CuTi100– alloys

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    N Mehta; K Singh; N S Saxena

    2011-12-01

    The present paper reports the composition dependence of pre-exponential factor and activation energy of non-isothermal crystallization in amorphous alloys of CuTi100– system using differential scanning calorimeter (DSC) technique. The applicability of Meyer–Neldel relation between the pre-exponential factor and activation energy of non-isothermal crystallization for amorphous alloys of Cu–Ti system was verified.

  20. Initial crystal structure of alloys being amorphisized, amorphous ribbon quality and good yield

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    A study is made into crystal structure of Fe75Ni2B14Si9 and Fe81C1.7B14Si3.3 alloys. It is shown that on casting magnetically soft amorphous alloys the crystals of excessive phase Fe2B are practically always precipitate from the matrix and cause the violations of casting technology for amorphous ribbon production. Accelerated cooling of ingots and melt modification are considered to be useful to prevent coarse crystal formation

  1. Amorphous Formation in an Undercooled Binary Ni-Si Alloy under Slow Cooling Rate

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    Yiping Lu; Gencang Yang; Xiong Li; Yaohe Zhou

    2009-01-01

    High undercooling up to 392 K was achieved in eutectic Ni70.2Si29.8 alloy melt by using glass fluxing combined with cyclic superheating.A small quantity of amorphous phase was obtained in bulk eutectic Ni70.2Si29.8 alloy when undercooling exceeds 240 K under slow cooling conditions (about 1 K/s).The amorphous phase was confirmed by high-resolution transmission electron microscopy and differential scanning calorimetry.

  2. Short-range order in ab initio computer generated amorphous and liquid Cu–Zr alloys: A new approach

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    Using ab initio molecular dynamics and a new approach based on the undermelt-quench method we generated amorphous and liquid samples of CuxZr100−x (x=64, 50, 36) alloys. We characterized the topology of our resulting structures by means of the pair distribution function and the bond-angle distribution; a coordination number distribution was also calculated. Our results for both amorphous and liquids agree well with experiment. Dependence of short-range order with the concentration is reported. We found that icosahedron-like geometry plays a major role whenever the alloys are Cu-rich or Zr-rich disregarding if the samples are amorphous or liquid. The validation of these results, in turn would let us calculate other properties so far disregarded in the literature

  3. Short-range order in ab initio computer generated amorphous and liquid Cu–Zr alloys: A new approach

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    Galván-Colín, Jonathan, E-mail: jgcolin@ciencias.unam.mx [Instituto de Investigaciones en Materiales, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Apartado Postal 70-360, México, D.F. 04510, México (Mexico); Valladares, Ariel A., E-mail: valladar@unam.mx [Instituto de Investigaciones en Materiales, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Apartado Postal 70-360, México, D.F. 04510, México (Mexico); Valladares, Renela M.; Valladares, Alexander [Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Apartado Postal 70-542, México, D.F. 04510, México (Mexico)

    2015-10-15

    Using ab initio molecular dynamics and a new approach based on the undermelt-quench method we generated amorphous and liquid samples of Cu{sub x}Zr{sub 100−x} (x=64, 50, 36) alloys. We characterized the topology of our resulting structures by means of the pair distribution function and the bond-angle distribution; a coordination number distribution was also calculated. Our results for both amorphous and liquids agree well with experiment. Dependence of short-range order with the concentration is reported. We found that icosahedron-like geometry plays a major role whenever the alloys are Cu-rich or Zr-rich disregarding if the samples are amorphous or liquid. The validation of these results, in turn would let us calculate other properties so far disregarded in the literature.

  4. Kinetics of glass transition and crystallization in multicomponent bulk amorphous alloys

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    2000-01-01

    Differential scanning calorimeter (DSC) is used to investigate apparent activation energy of glass transition and crystallization of Zr-based bulk amorphous alloys by Kissinger equation under non-isothermal condition. It is shown that the glass transition behavior as well as crystallization reaction depends on the heating rate and has a characteristic of kinetic effects. After being isothermally annealed near glass transition temperature, the apparent activation energy of glass transition increases and the apparent activation energy of crystallization reaction decreases. However, the kinetic effects are independent of the pre-annealing.

  5. Corrosion resistance of amorphous and crystalline Pd40Ni40P20 alloys in aqueous solutions

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    Wu, Y.F.; Chiang, Wen-Chi; Chu, J.; Nieh, T.G.; Kawamura, Y.; Wu, J.K.

    2006-01-01

    The corrosion behaviors of amorphous and crystalline Pd40Ni40P20 alloys in various aqueous solutions are reported in this paper. The corrosion resistance of crystalline (annealed) Pd40Ni40P20 is better than that of amorphous Pd40Ni40P20 in various corrosive solutions, due to crystalline Pd40Ni40P...

  6. Amorphous silicon based solar cells

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    Al Tarabsheh, Anas

    2007-01-01

    This thesis focuses on the deposition of hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) films bymeans of plasma enhanced chemical vapour deposition (PECVD). This technique allows the growth of device quality a-Si:H at relatively low deposition temperatures, below 140 °C and, therefore, enables the use of low-cost substrates, e.g. plastic foils. The maximum efficiencies of a-Si:H solar cells in this work are η= 6.8 % at a deposition temperature Tdep = 180 °C and η = 4.9 % at a deposition ...

  7. Amorphous silicon based radiation detectors

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    We describe the characteristics of thin(1 μm) and thick (>30μm) hydrogenated amorphous silicon p-i-n diodes which are optimized for detecting and recording the spatial distribution of charged particles, x-rays and γ rays. For x-ray, γ ray, and charged particle detection we can use thin p-i-n photosensitive diode arrays coupled to evaporated layers of suitable scintillators. For direct detection of charged particles with high resistance to radiation damage, we use the thick p-i-n diode arrays. 13 refs., 7 figs

  8. Anisotropic phase separation in amorphous Fe--Ge alloys

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    Magnetron sputtered amorphous FexGe100-x films have been examined with anomalous small-angle x-ray scattering (ASAXS) in an attempt to characterize composition fluctuations which have been previously reported in this system. Films grown under various deposition conditions have been studied, with the scattering vector both in and oblique to the plane of the films, to search for anisotropy. By manipulating the deposited power flux and rates of growth, films which have the same composition can be grown to different states of phase separation. The total correlation functions have been calculated from the oblique scattering experiments. The anisotropy can be successfully modeled as a close-packing of oriented prolate ellipsoidal particles, with the elongated axis along the direction of film growth. A method for using these measurements to determine the compositions of the phase-separating species has been developed and utilized. The results indicate phase separation into a-Ge and a-FeGe2 for the a-FexGe100-x (x<33) alloy

  9. Local order dynamics: its application to the study of atomic mobility, of point defects in crystalline alloys, and of structural relaxation in amorphous alloys

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    This research thesis addressed the study of the atomic mobility mechanism and of the atom movement dynamics in the case of crystalline alloys and of amorphous alloys. The first part is based on a previous study performed on an α-Cu70-Zn30 crystalline alloy, and addresses the case of an α-Au70-Ni30 alloy. The specificity of this case relies in the fact that the considered solid solution is metastable and susceptible to de-mixing in the considered temperature range. This case of off-equilibrium crystalline alloy is at the crossroad between steady crystalline alloys and metallic glasses which are studied in the second part. The third part addresses the irradiation of metallic amorphous alloys by fast particles (neutrons or electrons). The author tried to characterise atomic defects induced by irradiation and to compare them with pre-existing ones. He studied how these defects may change atomic mobility, and, more generally, to which extent the impact of energetic particles could modify local order status

  10. Effect of La addition on glass-forming ability and stability of mechanically alloyed Zr-Ni amorphous alloys

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    Research highlights: → The minor large atom La addition can improve the glass forming ability of Zr-Ni-La and enhance the stability of the amorphous phase against the mechanically induced crystallization. → The stability of the Zr-Ni-La amorphous phase decreases with increasing La content. → The effect of La addition in contrast with the small atomic size C addition plays a significant role in promoting the stability of the amorphous phase. → We try to systematically discuss the reasons of La addition effect on GFA and stability of the amorphous phase from three factor of negative heat of mixing, distance between neighboring atoms and atomic size mismatch, respectively. - Abstract: In this study, the role of La in the microstructural evolution of Zr66.7-xNi33.3Lax (x = 1, 3, 5 at.%) alloys during mechanical alloying has been investigated using X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). The results show that the single amorphous phase of Zr-Ni-La can be obtained through mechanical alloying. The minor La addition can improve the glass forming ability of Zr-Ni-La, enhance the mechanical stability of the amorphous phase against the mechanically induced crystallization and lead to an altered crystallization mode of Zr-Ni alloy. Moreover, the stability of the Zr-Ni-La amorphous phase decreases with further increasing La content. The best effect is obtained for the Zr65.7Ni33.3La1 alloy. Additionally, the effect of La addition in contrast with the small atomic size C addition plays a more significant role in promoting the stability of the amorphous phase. In addition, the reasons of La addition effect on GFA and stability have also been discussed from three factors of negative heat of mixing, distance between neighboring atoms and atomic size mismatch, respectively.

  11. Formation mechanism of amorphous Ni-Fe-P alloys by electrodeposition

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    GAO Cheng-hui

    2005-01-01

    The formation mechanism of the amorphous Ni-Fe-P coating was studied by analysis of the forming thermodynamics, dynamics, and crystallography of the amorphous alloy. The results show that, in the initial stage of deposition a thin "crystal epitaxial growth" layer first forms, and then transforms to amorphous gradually. The cross section in Ni-Fe-P coatings by electrolytic etching exhibits a banded structure of alternate dark and light bands. It is proposed that the banded structure is caused by a change in the P content with thickness,which is due to alternated depletion and enrichment of [OH-] in the diffusion layer resulting from the generation and evolution of hydrogen gas. The amorphous Ni-Fe-P coating will be formed in proper composition, high nucleation rate and strongly hindered growth of the crystal nucleus. Amorphous Ni-Fe-P alloys form as islands, and grow up by layer.

  12. Amorphous TM1−xBx alloy particles prepared by chemical reduction (invited)

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    Linderoth, Søren; Mørup, Steen

    1991-01-01

    Amorphous transition-metal boron (TM-B) alloy particles can be prepared by chemical reduction of TM ions by borohydride in aqueous solutions. ln the last few years systematic studies of the parameters which control the composition, and, in turn, many of the properties of the alloy particles, have...... been performed and are reviewed in the present paper. The most important preparation parameters which influence the composition are the concentration of the borohydride solution and the pH of the TM salt solution. By controlling these parameters it is possible to prepare amorphous alloy samples...

  13. 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

  14. Friction and wear behavior of electrodeposited amorphous Fe-Co-W alloy deposits

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    何凤姣; 雷惊天; 陆欣; 黄宇宁

    2004-01-01

    The microstructures, friction and wear behavior under dry sliding condition of electrodeposited amorphous Fe-Co-W alloy deposits heat treated at different temperatures were studied. A comparative study of hard chrome deposit under the same testing condition was also made. The experimental results show that the hardness and wear resistance of amorphous Fe-Co-W alloy deposits are improved with the increasing of heat treatment temperature, and reach the maximum value at 800 ℃, then decrease above 800 ℃. Under 40 N load, the wear resistance properties of the alloy deposits heat treated at 800 ℃ are superior to those of hard chrome deposit. The main wear mechanisms of amorphous Fe-Co-W alloy deposits heat treated below 600 ℃ are peeling, plastic and flowing deformation; when the deposits are heat treated above 700 ℃, they are plastic and flowing deformation. While the main wear mechanisms of hard chrome are abrasive wear, fatigue and peeling.

  15. Aluminium based composites strengthened with metallic amorphous phase or ceramic (Al2O3) particles

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    Highlights: • Al-based composites with amorphous Al strengthening phase were obtained. • A better adhesion of metallic amorphous particles than of ceramic phase. • Avoiding crystallization of amorphous phase during a composite pressing process. • Properties similar for 10% metallic amorphous and ceramic strengthening phases. • Better amorphization in case of melt spinning than gas atomization of the Al alloy. - Abstract: Two methods were used to obtain amorphous aluminium alloy powder: gas atomization and melt spinning. The sprayed powder contained only a small amount of the amorphous phase and therefore bulk composites were prepared by hot pressing of aluminium powder with the 10% addition of ball milled melt spun ribbons of the Al84Ni6V5Zr5 alloy (numbers indicate at.%). The properties were compared with those of a composite containing a 10% addition of Al2O3 ceramic particles. Additionally, a composite based on 2618A Al alloy was prepared with the addition of the Al84Ni6V5Zr5 powder from the ribbons used as the strengthening phase. X-ray studies confirmed the presence of the amorphous phase with a small amount of aluminium solid solution in the melt spun ribbons. Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC) studies showed the start of the crystallization process of the amorphous ribbons at 437 °C. The composite samples were obtained in the process of uniaxial hot pressing in a vacuum at 380 °C, below the crystallization temperature of the amorphous phase. A uniform distribution of both metallic and ceramic strengthening phases was observed in the composites. The hardness of all the prepared composites was comparable and amounted to approximately 50 HV for those with the Al matrix and 120 HV for the ones with the 2618A alloy matrix. The composites showed a higher yield stress than the hot pressed aluminium or 2618A alloy. Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) studies after compression tests revealed that the propagation of cracks in the composites

  16. Raman Amplifier Based on Amorphous Silicon Nanoparticles

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    M.A. Ferrara; Rendina, I.; S. N. Basu; Dal Negro, L.; Sirleto, L.

    2012-01-01

    The observation of stimulated Raman scattering in amorphous silicon nanoparticles embedded in Si-rich nitride/silicon superlattice structures (SRN/Si-SLs) is reported. Using a 1427 nm continuous-wavelength pump laser, an amplification of Stokes signal up to 0.9 dB/cm at 1540.6 nm and a significant reduction in threshold power of about 40% with respect to silicon are experimentally demonstrated. Our results indicate that amorphous silicon nanoparticles are a great promise for Si-based Raman la...

  17. An amorphous alloy stress sensor for wireless battery-free applications

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    Bowles, Adrian; Gore, Jon; Tomka, George

    2005-05-01

    Battery-free sensor systems would benefit from the availability of a stress or strain sensor that exhibits a large enough property change to allow simplification and power reductions in sensor interface and data transmission circuitry. A new sensor has been developed specifically for this purpose, which uses the large stress induced impedance changes exhibited by ribbons of amorphous magnetic alloy. In comparison to semiconductor strain gauges, which show a change in resistance of 15% when strained to their maximum recommended stress level, the amorphous alloy sensor demonstrates a change in inductance of 315%, when strained to its maximum working level. Although, amorphous magnetic alloys are inherently sensitive to external magnetic fields, a simple, biasing technique renders the stress-sensing device insensitive to modest field strengths. The amorphous magnetic alloys are produced in large volumes and realize an extremely low cost sensor. A low cost and low power analogue electrical circuit has been designed that, in combination with the amorphous alloy sensor, functions as a battery-free sensor 'tag'. The sensor tag can transmit stress data to a transceiver system via an inductive link, negating the need for battery power or a hardwire connection. The system"s range is directly related to the transceiver and tag antenna dimensions; however a system with 20cm diameter antennas has been demonstrated operating over a range of up to 60cm. This range is achieved through the extremely low power demands of the sensor tag (tyre pressure monitoring applications.

  18. Hard rhenium–boron–cobalt amorphous alloys with a wide supercooled liquid region

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    Novel Re–B–Co amorphous alloys with compositions of Re65−xB35Cox (at%, x=25, 30, 35, 40, 45, and 50) were fabricated by single-roller melt spinning. These alloys were found to exhibit a clear glass transition phenomenon. The width of supercooled liquid region (ΔTx) is in the range of 52–71 K. Such a large ΔTx allows us to produce amorphous alloy bulks by thermoplastic forming. The Vickers hardness is up to 19.10 GPa for the Re40B35Co25 alloy, which is close to that reported for some hard covalent crystals. Thus, the present alloys with a combination of large ΔTx and high hardness are expected to be used as a new type of structural materials. Furthermore, the relationships of hardness with glass transition temperature and Young's modulus were also discussed

  19. Structural relaxation and crystallization in the Fe-Cr-Si-B and Fe-Cu-Cr-Si-B amorphous alloys

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    Structural relaxation, crystallization and optimisation processes in soft magnetic amorphous alloys based on iron are examined by applying different experimental techniques: X-ray diffraction analysis, high-resolution electron microscopy, measurements of magnetic and electric properties (permeability, after-effect resistivity). The presented results are discussed in terms of annealing out of microvoids, formation of nanocrystalline phase and changes of effective magnetostriction constant. (author)

  20. Low temperature irradiation of FeB amorphous alloys

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    These experiments show that low temperature electron irradiation induce localized defects in the short range order of the amorphous structure. These defects are assumed to be of Frenkel pair type. At low temperature, 2.5 MeV electron irradiation induces an higher concentration of defects in the amorphous than in its crystallized counterpart

  1. Synthesis of amorphous Ti-Al alloys by mechanical alloying of elemental powders

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    张俊红; 黄伯云; 贺跃辉; 周科朝; 刘咏

    2002-01-01

    Blended elemental powders with the nominal compositions (mole fraction, %) of Ti54Al46, Ti52Al48 and Ti50Al50 were mechanically alloyed in a planetary ball milling system for up to 100h.The structure evolution in these powders was characterized by scanning electron microscope, X-ray diffraction and differential thermal a nalysis techniques. It was found that elemental powders were progressively trans formed into nanocrystalline Ti(Al) supersaturated solid solution, then into amor phous phase. With increasing Al content, the formation of a fully Ti(Al) supersa turated solid solution and amorphous phase were accelerated, which are attributed to the fine grain size. And the grain size condition for formation of amorpho us phase in this system is ≤16 nm.

  2. Investigations of the atomic structure of amorphous ytterbium-alloys by Moessbauer spectroscopy

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    Atomic-scale structures of the amorphous alloys Yb80X20 (X = Cu, Ag, Au, Pd, Bi) have been investigated with a 174Yb-Moessbauer source. The distribution of the quadrupole splitting parameters obtained from the analysis of the Moessbauer spectra was compared with the theoretical function for a charge distribution corresponding to dense random packing (DRP) of ions. The atomic structure deduced from the distribution of splitting parameters was consistent with the DRP-model in the amorphous alloys Yb80Cu20, Yb80Ag20, Yb80Au20, Yb80Pd20. In contrast the Moessbauer spectrum of the amorphous alloy Yb80Bi20 showed clear evidence of short range order. This is presumably due to the tendency of bismuth to form covalent bondings. (orig./GSCH)

  3. Preparation and Properties of Mg-Cu-Y-Al bulk Amorphous Alloys

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    Pryds, Nini; Eldrup, Morten Mostgaard; Ohnuma, M.; Pedersen, Allan Schrøder; Hattel, J.; Linderoth, Søren

    2000-01-01

    Bulk amorphous (Mg(1-gamma)Al(gamma))(60)CU(30)Y(10) alloys were prepared using a relatively simple technique of rapid cooling of the melt in a copper wedge mould. The temperature vs, time was recorded during the cooling and solidification process of the melt and compared with a spacial and......-ray diffraction (XRD) and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) for different alloy compositions and annealing temperatures. On annealing into the supercooled liquid state (441 K), specimens with no Al content remain basically amorphous while nanoparticles are formed and remain stable also at higher...... temperatures in specimens containing a few percent Al. The alloy with no Al crystallises apparently without the formation of nanoparticles. The critical cooling rate for the formation of an amorphous Mg(60)CU(30)Y(10) specimen was determined experimentally by a combination of DSC data and temperature vs, time...

  4. Crystallization kinetics of amorphous Zr65Cu25Al10 alloy

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    王焕荣; 石志强; 王艳; 滕新营; 叶以富; 闵光辉; 张均艳

    2002-01-01

    Crystallization behavior of amorphous Zr65Cu25Al10 alloy under isothermal annealing condition was investigated by DSC and XRD. It is found that two exothermic peaks appear in the DSC curve of amorphous Zr65Cu25Al10 alloy, indicating that the crystallization proceeds through double-stage mode. The crystallization process of amorphous Zr65Cu25Al10 alloy under isothermal annealing condition is mainly controlled by nucleation and one-dimensional growth with the crystallized volume fraction smaller than 70%. With the crystallized volume fraction ranging from 70% to 90%, crystallization process is mainly dominated by the growth of three-dimensional pre-existing quench-in nuclei. And when the crystallized volume fraction reaches above 90%, transient nucleation becomes the master of the crystallization process.

  5. Phase separation and crystallization process of amorphous Fe78B12Si9Ni1 alloy

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    The influence of the melt heat treatment on the structure and crystallization process of the rapidly quenched amorphous Fe78B12Si9Ni1 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−1

  6. Relaxation process of Fe(CuNb)SiB amorphous alloys investigated by dynamical calorimetry

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    Differential scanning calorimetry and dynamic differential scanning calorimetry were used to analyze the relaxation process of Fe(CuNb)SiB amorphous alloys. The Curie temperature (TC) evolution of the amorphous phase during relaxation as a function of heating rate, time and pre-annealing temperature were measured. Two distinct relaxation processes are observed, consequent with topological and chemical short range order changes. copyright 1997 American Institute of Physics

  7. Relaxation process of Fe(CuNb)SiB amorphous alloys investigated by dynamical calorimetry

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    Zhu, J.; Clavaguera-Mora, M. T.; Clavaguera, N.

    1997-01-01

    Differential scanning calorimetry and dynamic differential scanning calorimetry were used to analyze the relaxation process of Fe(CuNb)SiB amorphous alloys. The Curie temperature(TC) evolution of the amorphous phase during relaxation as a function of heating rate, time and pre-annealing temperature were measured. Two distinct relaxation processes are observed, consequent with topological and chemical short range order changes.

  8. Ab initio molecular dynamics simulation of the atom packing and density of Al-Ni amorphous alloys

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    2010-01-01

    Al-Ni alloys have better glass forming ability (GFA) than other Al-based alloys. However, the relationship among the atomic arrangement, glass transition, packing density and composition hasn’t been systematically studied. In this paper the ab initio molecular dynamics simulation (AIMD) was performed on the atom packing and density of AlxNi100-x (x=80, 83, 85, 86, 87 and 90) alloys. The pair correlation function and Voronoi tessellation indicated that there are obvious topological and chemical short-range orders in these alloys. The topological structure consists of Al-centered icosahedra like and Ni-centered tri-capped trigonal prism (TTP) like polyhedra. There is strong chemical short-range ordering between Al and Ni atoms indicated by the bond-length of Al-Ni pair shorter than the sum of the radii of Al and Ni atoms, which increases with the increasing of Ni content. It is shown that the densities of amorphous alloys don’t agree with the linear law with a peak at x=85. Based on the features of the structure and density, it is concluded that Al-Ni alloys at x=84–86 have high GFA, which can be extended to multi-component Al-based alloys.

  9. Magnetic circular X-ray dichroism in amorphous Fe-RE alloys

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    Magnetic circular X-ray dichroism and X-ray absorption near-edge structures were measured at the rare-earth (RE) L3,2 edges in amorphous Fe-RE alloys (RE=Pr, Sm, Gd, Tb and Dy). The Gd 5d spin and orbital moments in the amorphous 80 at% Fe-Gd alloy are evaluated to be about 0.39μB and -0.02μB per atom at room temperature using the sum rules. ((orig.))

  10. Formation Range, Mechanical Properties and Thermal Stability of Superconducting Zr-Si Amorphous Alloys

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    Inoue, Akihisa; Takahashi, Yoshimi; MASUMOTO, Tsuyoshi

    1980-01-01

    New type of refractory metal-metalloid amorphous alloys containing less than 20 at% Si have been found in binary Zr-Si system by a modified melt-spinning technique for high melting point alloys. Specimens are in the form of continuous ribbons of 1-2 mm width and 0.02-0.03 mm thickness. The silicon content in the amorphous range is limited to the range 12 to 24 at%. The Vickers hardness increases from 395 to 495 DPN with increasing silicon content and the tensile strength is of the order of 14...

  11. Compression behavior and equation of state of Ni77P23 amorphous alloy

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    LI Gong; GAO YunPeng; SUN YiNan; MA MingZhen; LIU Jing; LIU RiPing

    2007-01-01

    The compression behavior of Ni77P23 amorphous alloy is investigated at room temperature in a diamond-anvil cell instrument using in-situ high pressure energy dispersive X-ray diffraction with a synchrotron radiation source. The equation of state is determined by fitting the experimental data according to Birch-Murnaghan equation: -△V/V0=0.08606P-3.2×10-4P2+5.7×10-6P3. It is found that the structure of Ni77P23 amorphous alloy is stable under pressures up to 30.5 Gpa.

  12. Compression Behaviour of Ni77P23 Amorphous Alloy up to 30.5 GPa

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    LI Gong; ZHANG Xin-Yu; SUN Yi-Nan; QIAN Yu-Qing; LIU Jing; LIU Ri-Ping

    2005-01-01

    @@ The compression behaviour of Ni77P23 amorphous alloy is investigated at room temperature in a diamond-anvil cell instrument using in-situ high pressure energy dispersive x-ray diffraction with a synchrotron radiation source.The equation of state is determined by fitting the experimental data according to the Birch-Murnaghan equation.It is found that the structure of Ni77P23 amorphous alloy is stable under pressures up to 30.5GPa. Within the pressure range from zero to the experimental one, the pressure-induced structural relaxation is reversible.

  13. 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.

  14. Novel Fe-based amorphous magnetic powder cores with ultra-low core losses

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    2010-01-01

    Amorphous magnetic alloy powders were prepared from bulk metallic glasses Fe74Cr2Mo2Sn2P10Si4B4C2 with supercooled liq-uid region of 32 K by water atomization.Amorphous magnetic powder core precursor was produced from a mixture of the amorphous alloy powder with addition of insulation and bonding materials by mold compacting at room temperature.After annealing the core precursor,the amorphous magnetic core exhibits superior magnetic properties as compared with molypermalloy powder core.The initial permeability up to 1 MHz was about 80,the flux density at 300 Oe was 1.06 T and the core loss at 100 kHz for Bm=0.1 T was only 329 kW/m3.The ultra-low core loss is attributed to the combination of relatively high resistivity and the amorphous structure of the Fe-based amorphous powder.Besides the outstanding magnetic properties,the Fe-based amorphous magnetic powder core had a much lower cost which renders the powder cores a potential candidate for a variety of industrial applications.

  15. New Cu-Free Ti-Based Composites with Residual Amorphous Matrix

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    Mircea Nicoara; Cosmin Locovei; Viorel Aurel Șerban; R. Parthiban; Mariana Calin; Mihai Stoica

    2016-01-01

    Titanium-based bulk metallic glasses (BMGs) are considered to have potential for biomedical applications because they combine favorable mechanical properties and good biocompatibility. Copper represents the most common alloying element, which provides high amorphization capacity, but reports emphasizing cytotoxic effects of this element have risen concerns about possible effects on human health. A new copper-free alloy with atomic composition Ti42Zr10Pd14Ag26Sn8, in which Cu is completely rep...

  16. Magnetic and mechanical properties in FeXSiB (X = Cu, Zr, Co) amorphous alloys

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    P. Kwapuliński; Rasek, J.; Z. Stokłosa; G. Badura; B. Kostrubiec; Haneczok, G.

    2008-01-01

    Purpose: The idea of the paper is to study the influence of different alloying additions (Cu, Zr, Nb) on structuralrelaxation, crystallization, and improvement of soft magnetic properties in amorphous alloys of the type FeXSiBobtained by melt spinning technique.Design/methodology/approach: Magnetic and electric characteristics of the as quenched and successivelyannealed samples were determined at room temperature. Experiments were carried out by applying magneticpermeability measurements (Max...

  17. Atomic short-range order in Fe-C amorphous metal alloys

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    Within frameworks of computer experiment by the method of molecular dynamics the processes of structural organization of Fe-C system amorphous alloys are investigated. It is shown that the influence of carbon concentration on the relationship between main constituents of local composition order: atomic configurations with a central position of carbon atoms and iron atoms positioned in apices of the configurations of octahedral and trigonal-prismatic coordination is opposite to that observed in crystalline alloys of the system

  18. Evidence of eutectic crystallization and transient nucleation in Al89La6Ni5 amorphous alloy

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    Zhuang, Yanxin; Jiang, Jianzhong; Lin, Z. G.; Mezouar, M.; Crichton, W.; Inoue, A.

    2001-01-01

    The phase evolution with the temperature and time in the process of crystallization of Al89La6Ni5 amorphous alloy has been investigated by in situ high-temperature and high-pressure x-ray powder diffraction using synchrotron radiation. Two crystalline phases, fcc-Al and a metastable bcc-(AlNi)(11...

  19. Electro-oxidation of ethylene glycol on nanoporous Ti-Cu amorphous alloy

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    Chen Cuijie [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Tianjin University, Tianjin 300072 (China); Zhu Shengli, E-mail: slzhu@tju.edu.cn [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Tianjin University, Tianjin 300072 (China); Tianjin Key Laboratory of Composite and Functional Materials, Tianjin 300072 (China); Yang Xianjin [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Tianjin University, Tianjin 300072 (China); Tianjin Key Laboratory of Composite and Functional Materials, Tianjin 300072 (China); Pi Lele; Cui Zhenduo [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Tianjin University, Tianjin 300072 (China)

    2011-11-30

    Highlights: > Nanoporous Ti-Cu amorphous alloy exhibits apparent EG electrocatalytic ability EG electro-oxidation occurs more easily in alkaline medium than in acid medium. > In acid medium, heat treatment plays an enhancing role towards EG oxidation. > In alkaline medium, heat treatment has opposite effect below and above 0.1 V. - Abstract: This work describes ethylene glycol (EG) electro-oxidation over nanoporous structure catalyst prepared by dealloying Ti-Cu amorphous alloy. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) was used to characterize nanoporous catalysts. Electrocatalytic performances in acid and alkaline mediums were measured by cyclic voltammetry (CV), chronoamperometry (CA) and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS). The results showed that nanoporous Ti-Cu amorphous alloy exhibited apparent electrocatalytic ability in terms of higher oxidation current in CV and CA curves comparing to raw Ti-Cu amorphous alloy. Electro-oxidation of EG took place more easily in alkaline medium than that in acid medium. In acid medium, heat treatment improved the electrocatalytic activity of nanoporous catalyst. In alkaline medium, heat treatment played an enhancing role below 0.1 V and a depressing role above 0.1 V. Possible electro-oxidation mechanism of EG was also discussed.

  20. Crystallization behavior of amorphous Zr70Cu20Ni10 alloy annealed at 380℃

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    王焕荣; 叶以富; 闵光辉; 张均艳; 滕新营; 石志强

    2002-01-01

    Crystallization behavior of amorphous Zr70Cu20Ni10 alloy isothermally annealed at 380℃ was first investigated by employing the differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). It has been found that an exothermic peak appears in the DSC trace when the annealing time is about 17~18min, indicating a certain phase transformation occurs in the matrix of amorphous Zr70Cu20Ni10 alloy. Meanwhile, isothermal annealing experiments for amorphous Zr70Cu20Ni10 alloy ranging from 360℃ to 400℃ with a temperature interval of 10℃ were also carried out, from which no exothermic reaction can be observed except for the case of 380℃. This behavior indicates that the phase transformation during isothermal annealing of amorphous Zr70Cu20Ni10 alloy is strongly temperature- and time-dependent. Further investigations are required to reveal the nature of such phenomenon.

  1. The magnetic properties and the Barkhausen noise of the hydrogenated Fe-V-B amorphous alloy

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    As a consequence of hydrogenation-dehydrogenation process, in the present paper the study of structural changes which could be followed by measuring structure sensitive magnetic properties as the stress induced anisotropy, coercive force, demagnetizing factor and the Barkhausen noise parameters of the as-cast and hydrogenated Fe80V5B15 amorphous alloys is performed. (author)

  2. Thermally induced crystallization of amorphous Fe40Ni40P14B6 alloy

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    Vasić, M.; Blagojević, V. A.; Begović, N. N.; Žák, Tomáš; Pavlović, V. B.; Minić, Dragica M.

    2015-01-01

    Roč. 614, AUG (2015), s. 129-136. ISSN 0040-6031 R&D Projects: GA MŠk(CZ) ED1.1.00/02.0068 Institutional support: RVO:68081723 Keywords : Amorphous alloy * Crystallization * Kinetics * Deconvolution * Impingement * Surface morphology Subject RIV: BM - Solid Matter Physics ; Magnetism Impact factor: 2.184, year: 2014

  3. 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.

  4. Diffusion of 59Fe in amorphous Co79Nb14B7 alloy

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    Amorphous alloys have attracted considerable scientific and technological interest because of their unusual properties. Unfortunately, amorphous alloys are not thermodynamically stable and undergo structural transitions, such as relaxation, phase separation, and crystallization, which remarkably change their properties. Diffusion plays a dominant role in these processes. The crucial problem in carrying out direct diffusion measurements is that diffusion lengths are limited to very short distances, typically about 10 nm, to avoid any undesirable structural transition. Therefore only those experimental methods having a very good depth resolution can be used. Such a method is ion sputtering for serial sectioning, which is mostly used in combination with the radiotracer technique or secondary ion mass spectrometry. In the present paper, the iron impurity diffusion in the same amorphous alloy Co79Nb14B7 is studied. The temperature dependence of 59Fe impurity diffusion coefficients in the relaxed amorphous alloy have been compared with that of 58 Co self-diffusion coefficients determined in. Two procedures of the sample prepared were tested to check the influence of the experimental techniques on the resulting diffusion coefficients

  5. Formation and structure of V-Zr amorphous alloy thin films

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    King, Daniel J M

    2015-01-01

    Although the equilibrium phase diagram predicts that alloys in the central part of the V-Zr system should consist of V2Zr Laves phase with partial segregation of one element, it is known that under non-equilibrium conditions these materials can form amorphous structures. Here we examine the structures and stabilities of thin film V-Zr alloys deposited at room temperature by magnetron sputtering. The films were characterized by X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy and computational methods. Atomic-scale modelling was used to investigate the enthalpies of formation of the various competing structures. The calculations confirmed that an amorphous solid solution would be significantly more stable than a random body-centred solid solution of the elements, in agreement with the experimental results. In addition, the modelling effort provided insight into the probable atomic configurations of the amorphous structures allowing predictions of the average distance to the first and second nearest neighbours in the system.

  6. Molecular dynamics simulation of amorphous segregation inAg-Rh alloys

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    ZHANG Jingxiang; BIAN Xiufang

    2003-01-01

    Molecular dynamics simulation was carried out to investigate the liquid and amorphous microstructures of binary Agx-Rh(100-x) (x = 25, 50, 75 in atom fraction) alloys. Segregation feature of homogeneous interatomic binding of Ag-Rh liquid was found and probed, which can be retained into amorphous solids upon rapid cooling. Homogeneous binding may occur when the difference in the elemental atomic sizes is less than 10%. The icosahedra in liquid before the formation of amorphous state exist in a stable state and the network formed by 1551-clusters in molten alloys would inhibit the crystallization and diffusion of atoms. A higher degree of 155 1-clusters will be favorable to form metallic glasses.

  7. Formation and structure of V–Zr amorphous alloy thin films

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    Although the equilibrium phase diagram predicts that alloys in the central part of the V–Zr system should consist of V2Zr Laves phase with partial segregation of one element, it is known that under non-equilibrium conditions these materials can form amorphous structures. Here we examine the structures and stabilities of thin film V–Zr alloys deposited at room temperature by magnetron sputtering. The films were characterized by X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy and computational methods. Atomic-scale modelling was used to investigate the enthalpies of formation of the various competing structures. The calculations confirmed that an amorphous solid solution would be significantly more stable than a random body-centred solid solution of the elements, in agreement with the experimental results. In addition, the modelling effort provided insight into the probable atomic configurations of the amorphous structures allowing predictions of the average distance to the first and second nearest neighbours in the system

  8. Volume and surface magnetic anisotropy of Co75Fe5Si4B16 amorphous alloy

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    Magnetic parameters and processes of mentioned in the title amorphous alloy and its surface layer remagnetization in initial freshly-quenched state after thermomagnetic treatment (TMT) and under the effect of extermnal extension stresses are investigated. The ascertained differences in the values of coercive force and constants of magnetic anisotropy on the surface and in the volume of the alloy testify to the level character of magnetic anisotropy (MA), which is determined by the differences in magnetoelastic energy of local quenching stresses in material microvolumes. Owing to high deficiency of the surface layers, their MA, in cotrast to the alloy volume, is not monoaxial even as a result of optimal model of TMT

  9. Crystallization of the Al-Ni-Sm amorphous alloys; Cristalizacao de ligas amorfas no sistema Al-Ni-Sm

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    Danez, G.P., E-mail: gabidanez@hotmail.co [Universidade Federal de Sao Carlos (PPG-CEMUFSCar), SP (Brazil). Programa de Pos-Graduacao em Ciencia e Engenharia de Materiais; Aliaga, L.C.R.; Kiminami, C.S.; Bolfarini, C.; Botta, W.J. [Universidade Federal de Sao Carlos (DEMa/UFSCar), SP (Brazil). Dept. de Engenharia de Materiais

    2010-07-01

    Aluminum based amorphous alloys have received special attention due to unique properties such as high mechanical strength, corrosion, ductility and toughness as well as wear resistance. On the other hand, these properties can be improved by controlled crystallization of Al matrix with grain size ranged between 5 to 50 nanometers. The goal of this work was to study the thermal crystallization behavior of Al-Ni-Sm alloys. Compositions with the same topological instability ({lambda} = 0.1) were selected. Alloys were prepared in arc-melting furnace and ribbons were processed by melt-spinning technique. Samples ribbons were submitted to heating in order to induce crystallization, and its structure analyzed by x-ray diffraction. The difference in crystallization behavior is discussed in function of the topological instability due to the variation of the proportion of the transition metal to the rare-earth. (author)

  10. Miedema model based methodology to predict amorphous-forming-composition range in binary and ternary systems

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    Das, N., E-mail: nirupamd@barc.gov.in [Materials Science Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Trombay, Mumbai 400 085 (India); Mittra, J. [Materials Science Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Trombay, Mumbai 400 085 (India); Murty, B.S. [Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, IIT Madras, Chennai 600 036 (India); Pabi, S.K. [Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, IIT Kharagpur, Kharagpur 721 302 (India); Kulkarni, U.D.; Dey, G.K. [Materials Science Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Trombay, Mumbai 400 085 (India)

    2013-02-15

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer A methodology was proposed to predict amorphous forming compositions (AFCs). Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Chemical contribution to enthalpy of mixing {proportional_to} enthalpy of amorphous for AFCs. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Accuracy in the prediction of AFC-range was noticed in Al-Ni-Ti system. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Mechanical alloying (MA) results of Al-Ni-Ti followed the predicted AFC-range. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Earlier MA results of Al-Ni-Ti also conformed to the predicted AFC-range. - Abstract: From the earlier works on the prediction of amorphous forming composition range (AFCR) using Miedema based model and also, on mechanical alloying experiments it has been observed that all amorphous forming compositions of a given alloy system falls within a linear band when the chemical contribution to enthalpy of the solid solution ({Delta}H{sup ss}) is plotted against the enthalpy of mixing in the amorphous phase ({Delta}H{sup amor}). On the basis of this observation, a methodology has been proposed in this article to identify the AFCR of a ternary system that is likely to be more precise than what can be obtained using {Delta}H{sup amor} - {Delta}H{sup ss} < 0 criterion. MA experiments on various compositions of Al-Ni-Ti system, producing amorphous, crystalline, and mixture of amorphous plus crystalline phases have been carried out and the phases have been characterized using X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy techniques. Data from the present MA experiments and, also, from the literature have been used to validate the proposed approach. Also, the proximity of compositions, producing a mixture of amorphous and crystalline phases to the boundary of AFCR in the Al-Ni-Ti ternary has been found useful to validate the effectiveness of the prediction.

  11. Microstructure and magnetocaloric effects in partially amorphous Gd55Co15Al30-xSix alloys

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    Highlights: → The primary crystalline phase of the metallic glasses is identified to be Gd2Al. → Phase separation is observed in the system with negative heat of mixing. → Relationship between the microstructure and MCE of Gd-based BMG composite. - Abstract: In order to clarify the phase components and further improve the glass-forming ability of Gd55Co15Al30 alloy, substitution of Al with Si was adopted. Although the X-ray powder diffraction experiment indicated an amorphous structure of the Gd55Co15Al30-xSix (x = 1, 2, 3) alloys, precipitation of crystalline Gd2Al phase was evident from the energy-dispersive spectroscopy, selected-area diffraction, and magnetization measurements. The magnetocaloric effect of Si substituted alloys is lower than that of Gd52.5Co16.5Al31 alloy with a similar composition and full amorphous structure, which is ascribed to the presence of antiferromagnetic Gd2Al phase whose magnetic entropy change is lower.

  12. 57Fe NMR study of amorphous and rapidly quenched crystalline Fe-B alloys

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    Pokatilov, V. S.

    2009-01-01

    Amorphous and crystalline Fe-B alloys (5-25 at % B) were studied using pulsed 57Fe nuclear magneticr esonance at 4.2 K. The alloy samples were prepared from a mixture of the 57Fe and 10B isotopes by rapid quenching from the melt. In the microcrystalline Fe-(5-12 at %) B alloys, the resonance frequencies were measured for local states of 57Fe nuclei in the tetragonal and orthorhombic Fe3B phases and also in α-Fe. The resonance frequencies characteristic of 57Fe nuclei in α-Fe crystallites with substitutional impurity boron atoms in the nearest neighborhood were also revealed. In the resonance frequency distribution P( f) in the amorphous Fe-(18-25) at % B alloys, there are frequencies corresponding to local Fe atom states with short-range order of the tetragonal and orthorhombic Fe3B phases. As the boron content decreases below 18 at %, the P( f) distributions are shifted to higher frequencies corresponding to 57Fe NMR for atoms exhibiting a short-range order of the α-Fe type. The local magnetic structure of the amorphous Fe-B alloys is also considered.

  13. Wear mechanism of electrodeposited amorphous Ni-Fe-P alloys

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    2004-01-01

    The wear mechanism of amorphous Ni-Fe-P coating was discussed. The wear resistance of the amor phous Ni-Fe-P coatings was tested on a Timken wear apparatus, and the wear track of the amorphous Ni-Fe-P coat ings as-deposited and heated at various temperatures was observed by SEM. The results show that the wear resistthe coating will change with the heating temperature increasing from pitting+plowing at 200 ℃ to pitting at 400 ℃,and to plowing at 600 ℃. The pits on the worn surface of the amorphous Ni-Fe-P coating result from the tribo-fatigue fracture. The cracks of spalling initiate at pits and propagate at certain angle with the sliding direction on sur face, and then extend into sub-surface along the poor P layers or the interface between layers. Finally under repeated action of the stress in the rubbing process the cracks meet and the debris forms. The generation of the pits and spal-ling is related with the internal stress, brittleness and layer structure of the amorphous Ni-Fe-P coating.

  14. The effect of minor addition of insoluble elements on transformation kinetics in amorphous Al alloys

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    Shen, Y.; Perepezko, J.H., E-mail: perepezk@engr.wisc.edu

    2015-09-15

    Highlights: • By doping Pb or In in AlYFe alloys, the primary crystallization of Al is promoted. • The catalytic effect is based on the good wetting behavior between Al and Pb. • Pb promotes crystallization by providing heterogeneous nucleation sites. • Through doping 0.5–2 at.% of In, T{sub x} decreases by 35–47 °C. • The coherent interface shows a good contacting behavior between Al and In. - Abstract: Nanocrystalline metallic materials based on partial devitrification of amorphous aluminum alloys show an attractive combination of high strength and low density. A key feature concerning the improved mechanical properties is the high number density of Al nanocrystals (10{sup 22}–10{sup 23} m{sup −3}) that precipitate within the amorphous precursor structure upon low temperature annealing. For Al{sub 87}Y{sub 7}Fe{sub 5}Pb, the melt-spun ribbons consisted of an amorphous matrix with a dispersion of Pb nanoparticles (10 nm diameter). HRTEM images of the Pb–Al interface revealed a good wetting behavior between the Al and the Pb nanoparticles. Isothermal annealing for Al{sub 87}Y{sub 7}Fe{sub 5}Pb showed no transient stage even though the crystallization onset, T{sub x}, was at a much lower temperature (247 °C) compared with Al{sub 88}Y{sub 7}Fe{sub 5} (267 °C). For Al{sub (88−x)}Y{sub 7}Fe{sub 5}In{sub x} (x = 0.5, 1.0, 1.5, 2.0), the DSC results indicated that T{sub x} continuously decreased from 232 °C to 220 °C as the indium level increases from 0.5 at.% to 2.0 at.%. Under STEM, the image showed a coherent interface between Al and In particles. In the analysis of the transformation kinetics, the addition of minor elements can effectively promote additional nucleation of Al nanocrystals by providing heterogeneous nucleation sites. These developments offer new opportunities for the control of nanoscale microstructures.

  15. Model calculations of thermodynamic functions of crystallization of Co-B amorphous alloys

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    A model of perfectly associated solution is used for the approximation of the properties of metal melts. The calculation programs are prepared for modelling thermodynamic properties of solutions on the basis of the model of perfectly associated solution, which programs can enable optimizational calculation relying on the results of several series of experiments. Co-B liquid alloys are modelled using all available in the literature experimental data. Estimated values ΔcrH = 10 kJ/mol; ΔcrS = -2 J/(K mol); ΔcrG = -9 kJ/mol are obtained for the crystallization of amorphous Co0.815B0.185 alloy. The calculated value of amorphous alloy crystallization enthalpy is compared with the literature data. 17 refs., 1 tab

  16. Molecular dynamics study of structural and dynamical properties of amorphous Si-Ge alloys

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    Structural and dynamical properties of amorphous silicon-germanium (a-Si1-xGex) alloys have been examined by molecular dynamics simulations using the Tersoff interatomic potential. Amorphous networks were generated by rapid quenching from liquid Si1-xGex alloys. Good agreement was obtained between the simulated and experimentally measured radial distribution functions and phonon densities of states, suggesting that the Tersoff potential is useful for analyzing the atomic configurations and vibrational properties of a-Si1-xGex alloys. Local atomistic structures, such as topological and chemical short-range order states, were also examined in detail, and we compared them with experimental and theoretical results reported previously. On the basis of the results obtained here, we proposed that the bond length and bond angle around Ge atoms have more distortion than those around Si atoms in a-Si1-xGex networks

  17. Effect of composition on Curie temperature, magnetic moment, and high-field susceptibility of amorphous Fe90-xMxZr10 (M=V, Cr, Mn, Co, Ni, Cu, Si, and B) alloys

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    Magnetization measurements for amorphous Fe90-xMxZr10 (M=V, Cr, Mn, Co, Ni, Cu, Si, and B) alloys prepared by single-roller spin quenching have been made by an extracting sample magnetometer in magnetic fields up to 65 kOe and at temperatures ranging from 1.5 to 300 K. Preliminary results show that the magnetic properties of these amorphous alloys strongly depend upon the M concentration and display a similarity to those of the parent Fe-Zr base; compared with amorphous Fe-M-B alloys with the same concentration, all the samples are characterized by a large high-field susceptibility, a small magnetic moment, and a low Curie temperature, which, for low M concentration, are particularly sensitive to applied fields. The noncollinear spin structures that characterize Fe-rich Fe-Zr--based amorphous alloys have been proposed to explain the observed results

  18. Nanoporous nickel-copper-phosphorus amorphous alloy film for methanol electro-oxidation in alkaline medium

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    Highlights: • Novel Ni-Cu-P amorphous alloy with nanoporous structure was fabricated by LSV etching. • Lower onset oxidation potential of methanol at NP-NiCuP than both S-NiCuP and NP-NiCu. • Superior activity and stability for methanol oxidation at the NP-NiCuP electrode. • Long lifetime of the NP-NiCuP electrode. - Abstract: Nanoporous Ni-Cu-P amorphous alloy (NP-NiCuP) and nanoporous Ni-Cu crystalline alloy (NP-NiCu) are prepared by the linear sweep voltammetry (LSV) etching of copper from the electroless Ni-Cu-P and Ni-Cu alloy coatings, respectively. The results of X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis show that the nanoporous Ni-Cu-P alloy is amorphous structure. The scanning electron microscopy (SEM) analysis demonstrates the NP-NiCuP shows a 3-D bi-continuous porous structure with the pore size of 150–200 nm and the ligament size of around 100 nm. Electrochemical performances are measured by cyclic voltammetry (CV) and chronoamperometry (CA). The results prove that the NP-NiCuP electrode exhibits higher the proton diffusion coefficient (D0) of Ni(OH)2 and surface coverage (Γ*) of the redox species than those on smooth electroless Ni-Cu-P amorphous alloy (S-NiCuP) and NP-NiCu electrodes in alkaline solution obviously. Moreover, electro-oxidation of methanol suggests that the NP-NiCuP electrode holds higher anodic current density and lower onset potential than the S-NiCuP and NP-NiCu electrodes. Finally, the NP-NiCuP electrode has stable redox behavior and superior catalytic stability for methanol oxidation

  19. A study of the diffusion mechanisms in amorphous metallic alloys: diffusion and diffusion under high pressure in an amorphous NiZr alloy

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    The aim of this work is a better understanding of the diffusion mechanism in amorphous metallic alloys. Then interdiffusion and hafnium diffusion in amorphous NiZr alloy have been studied. Samples used are made by sputtering co-deposition under vacuum and are well relaxed before the diffusion measurements. The time evolution of resistivity during annealing due to the decay of a composition modulated film has been measured and from this change in resistivity interdiffusion coefficients have been determined. Dependence of Hf diffusion on temperature and pressure has been studied using (SIMS). In this two cases, the diffusion process obeys an Arrhenius law and gives an activation energy of 1.33 eV for interdiffusion, and 0.76 eV for Hf diffusion. An effect of pressure on Hf diffusion has been found leading to an activation volume of 8.5 angstrom3. Thanks to these results, two approaches of the diffusion mechanisms in these systems have been proposed. The first comes from a comparison with the diffusion mechanisms in crystalline metals, that is to say by point defects. The second is an hypothesis of collective motions in these non crystalline alloys. (author)

  20. Preparation and Properties of Mg-Cu-Y-Al bulk Amorphous Alloys

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    Pryds, Nini; Eldrup, Morten Mostgaard; Ohnuma, M.;

    2000-01-01

    temporal numerical simulation of that process. It is concluded that good thermal contact is maintained between the amorphous part of the solidified sample and the mould, while a rather poor contact develops between the crystalline part of the sample and the mould, probably due to the appearance of a narrow...... temperatures in specimens containing a few percent Al. The alloy with no Al crystallises apparently without the formation of nanoparticles. The critical cooling rate for the formation of an amorphous Mg(60)CU(30)Y(10) specimen was determined experimentally by a combination of DSC data and temperature vs, time...

  1. Corrosion-Resistant Amorphous Alloy Ribbons for Electromagnetic Filtration of Iron Rusts from Water

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    Kawashima, Asahi; Asami, Katsuhiko; Sato, Takeaki; Hashimoto, Koji

    1985-01-01

    An attempt was made to use corrosion-resistant amorphous Fe-9Cr-13P-7C alloy ribbons as an electromagnetic filter material for trapping various iron rusts suspended in water at 40℃. The ferrimagnetic Fe_3O_4 rust was trapped with the 100% efficiency and paramagnetic rusts such as α-Fe_2O_3, α-FeOOH and amorphous ferric oxyhydroxide were trapped with certain efficiencies at the magnetic field strength of 0.5-10 kOe. The regeneration of the filter by back-washing was easy. The trapping capacity...

  2. Comparison of surface and bulk crystallization of the amorphous Fe70Co10B20 alloy

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    The effects of surface and bulk crystallization of the amorphous Fe70Co10B22 alloy are investigated by the aid of optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, and Moessbauer spectroscopy after annealings detecting γ-radiation and conversion electrons. The chemical composition of the amorphous matrix and of crystalline particles are determined by energy and wave dispersive analyses of X-rays. Measurements show that eutectic particles of crystallizing phases are observed in the bulk. Besides the non-uniformly distributed eutectic crystallites, an appreciable amount of α-Fe-Co phase is present at the surface of the sample

  3. Investigation on corrosion and wear behaviors of nanoparticles reinforced Ni-based composite alloying layer

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    In order to investigate the role of amorphous SiO2 particles in corrosion and wear resistance of Ni-based metal matrix composite alloying layer, the amorphous nano-SiO2 particles reinforced Ni-based composite alloying layer has been prepared by double glow plasma alloying on AISI 316L stainless steel surface, where Ni/amorphous nano-SiO2 was firstly predeposited by brush plating. The composition and microstructure of the nano-SiO2 particles reinforced Ni-based composite alloying layer were analyzed by using SEM, TEM and XRD. The results indicated that the composite alloying layer consisted of γ-phase and amorphous nano-SiO2 particles, and under alloying temperature (1000 deg. C) condition, the nano-SiO2 particles were uniformly distributed in the alloying layer and still kept the amorphous structure. The corrosion resistance of composite alloying layer was investigated by an electrochemical method in 3.5%NaCl solution. Compared with single alloying layer, the amorphous nano-SiO2 particles slightly decreased the corrosion resistance of the Ni-Cr-Mo-Cu alloying layer. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) revealed that the passive films formed on the composite alloying consisted of Cr2O3, MoO3, SiO2 and metallic Ni and Mo. The dry wear test results showed that the composite alloying layer had excellent friction-reduced property, and the wear weight loss of composite alloying layer was less than 60% of that of Ni-Cr-Mo-Cu alloying layer

  4. Amorphous silicon-based microchannel plates

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    Microchannel plates (MCP) based on hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) were recently introduced to overcome some of the limitations of crystalline silicon and glass MCP. The typical thickness of a-Si:H based MCPs (AMCP) ranges between 80 and 100 μm and the micromachining of the channels is realized by deep reactive ion etching (DRIE). Advantages and issues regarding the fabrication process are presented and discussed. Electron amplification is demonstrated and analyzed using Electron Beam Induced Current (EBIC) technique. The gain increases as a function of the bias voltage, limited to −340 V on account of high leakage currents across the structure. EBIC maps on 10° tilted samples confirm that the device active area extend to the entire channel opening. AMCP characterization with the electron beam shows gain saturation and signal quenching which depends on the effectiveness of the charge replenishment in the channel walls.

  5. Amorphous silicon-based microchannel plates

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    Franco, Andrea, E-mail: andrea.franco@epfl.ch [Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL), Institute of Microengineering (IMT), Photovoltaics and thin-film electronics laboratory, Breguet 2, CH-2000 Neuchatel (Switzerland); Riesen, Yannick; Wyrsch, Nicolas; Dunand, Sylvain [Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL), Institute of Microengineering (IMT), Photovoltaics and thin-film electronics laboratory, Breguet 2, CH-2000 Neuchatel (Switzerland); Powolny, Francois; Jarron, Pierre [European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), CH-1211 Geneva 23 (Switzerland); Ballif, Christophe [Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL), Institute of Microengineering (IMT), Photovoltaics and thin-film electronics laboratory, Breguet 2, CH-2000 Neuchatel (Switzerland)

    2012-12-11

    Microchannel plates (MCP) based on hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) were recently introduced to overcome some of the limitations of crystalline silicon and glass MCP. The typical thickness of a-Si:H based MCPs (AMCP) ranges between 80 and 100 {mu}m and the micromachining of the channels is realized by deep reactive ion etching (DRIE). Advantages and issues regarding the fabrication process are presented and discussed. Electron amplification is demonstrated and analyzed using Electron Beam Induced Current (EBIC) technique. The gain increases as a function of the bias voltage, limited to -340 V on account of high leakage currents across the structure. EBIC maps on 10 Degree-Sign tilted samples confirm that the device active area extend to the entire channel opening. AMCP characterization with the electron beam shows gain saturation and signal quenching which depends on the effectiveness of the charge replenishment in the channel walls.

  6. Mössbauer investigations of amorphous Fe(80-x B20Nbx (x=0,4,6,10 alloys

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    2012-02-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: The paper presents a structural and magnetic characterization of selected Fe-based metallic glasses in as-cast state.Design/methodology/approach: The studies were performed on Fe(80-xB20Nbx metallic glasses in form of ribbons with Nb addition of 0, 4, 6, 10 at.%. The amorphous structure of tested samples was examined by X-ray diffraction (XRD and Mössbauer spectroscopy methods. The Mössbauer spectroscopy was also applied to comparison of structure in studied amorphous samples with different chemical composition. The thermal properties associated with solidus temperature of master alloys were measured using the differential thermal analysis (DTA. The soft magnetic properties examination of tested materials contained relative magnetic permeability.Findings: The XRD and Mössbauer spectroscopy investigations revealed that the studied alloys in as-cast state were amorphous. The solidus temperature assumed as the onset temperature of the melting peak on the DTA curve reached a value of 1405, 1394, 1392 and 1389 K for Fe80B20, Fe76B20Nb4, Fe74B20Nb6 and Fe70B20Nb10 alloy, adequately. The Mössbauer spectra presented broadened six line patterns characteristic to the structural disorder of amorphous ferromagnetic materials. The changing of the average hyperfine magnetic field with niobium addition is connected with structural changing. A high concentration of Nb atoms with high atomic radius can acting as diffusion barrier what lead to formation of regions rich in iron or boron atoms. The niobium addition in Fe(80-xB20Nbx alloy improves soft magnetic properties in as-cast state. Practical implications: The Mössbauer spectroscopy is very useful method in studying the structural environment of Fe atoms on a nearest-neighbor length scale allowing the analysis of iron-containing phases.Originality/value: The obtained examination results confirm the utility of investigation methods in analysis of microstructure of ferromagnetic glassy alloys.

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

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    The effects of grain growth and compositional changes on the electrochemical behavior and the resistivity of amorphous iron-boron-silicon (Fe77.5B15Si7.5) 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

  8. Mossbauer studies of amorphous Fe73.5Cu1Nb3Si13.5B9 alloy

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    Jiang, Jianzhong

    1996-01-01

    This paper reports a Mossbauer study of amorphous Fe73.5Cu1Nb3Si13.5B9 alloy between 10 and 673 K. The Curie temperature Tc is found to be 620-+ 1 K. The temperature dependence of the reduced average hyperfine field can be explained on the basis of Handrich's model of amorphous ferromagnetism, in...

  9. A non-resonant RF cavity loaded with amorphous alloy for proton cancer therapy

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    Makita, Y; Nayayama, T; Tsuchidate, H; Tsukishima, C; Yoshida, K

    1999-01-01

    A non-resonant RF cavity loaded with amorphous alloy cores has been designed and tested. The cavity has a re-entrant structure loaded with 8 amorphous alloy toroidal core and its characteristic impedance is designed as 450 Omega . The RF power is fed by 1 kW solid state amplifier using a step-up transformer with 1:9 impedance ratio. In the high power test, an accelerating gap voltage of more than 900 V was measured with input power of 1 kW in the frequency range of 1 to 10 MHz. The voltage standing wave ratio (VSWR) was less than 2.0. The results prove that the cavity may be used successfully within a compact proton synchrotron for a cancer therapy facility. (3 refs).

  10. Ion beam mixing in binary amorphous metallic alloys. [Cu-Er; Ni-Ti

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    Hahn, H.; Averback, R.S.; Diaz de la Rubia, T.; Okamoto, P.R.

    1985-12-01

    Ion beam mixing (IM) was measured in homogeneous amorphous metallic alloys of Cu-Er and Ni-Ti as a function of temperature using tracer impurities, i.e., the so-called ''marker geometry''. In Cu-Er, a strong temperature dependence in IM was observed between 80 and 373K, indicating that radiation-enhanced diffusion mechanisms are operative in this metallic glass. Phase separation of the Cu-Er alloy was also observed under irradiation as Er segregated to the vacuum and SiO2 interfaces of the specimen. At low-temperatures, the amount of mixing in amorphous Ni-Ti is similar to that in pure Ni or Ti, but it is much greater in Cu-Er than in either Cu or Er.

  11. Magnetic Properties Of Amorphous And Nanocrystalline FeNiZrCuB Alloys

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    The coercive fields Hc, saturation magnetizations Js and magnetostrictions λs of the amorphous Fe86-xNixZr7Cu1B6 alloys different contents of Ni(0-86 at.%) were investigated at room temperature. Thermomagnetic analyses by means of initial AC permeability and resistivity at the amorphous and nanocrystalline states of the investigated alloys were performed up to 5500 C. It was found that additions of Ni up to x = 33 at.% cause an increase of Hc, Js, λs. Additions of Ni (x = 0 - 43) cause drastic increase of the Curie temperature from 71 deg C for x 0at.% to 373 deg C for x = 43at.% of Ni. Higher concentration of Ni causes a decrease of Hc, Js, λs and Tc. (Authors)

  12. Structure of amorphous Ag/Ge/S alloys: experimentally constrained density functional study

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    Akola, J.; Beuneu, B.; Jones, R. O.; Jóvári, P.; Kaban, I.; Kolář, J.; Voleská, I.; Wágner, T.

    2015-12-01

    Density functional/molecular dynamics simulations have been performed to determine structural and other properties of amorphous Ag/Ge/S and Ge/S alloys. In the former, the calculations have been combined with experimental data (x-ray and neutron diffraction, extended x-ray absorption fine structure). Ag/Ge/As alloys have high ionic conductivity and are among the most promising candidates for future memristor technology. We find excellent agreement between the experimental results and large-scale (500 atoms) simulations in Ag/Ge/S, and we compare and contrast the structures of Ge/S and Ag/Ge/S. The calculated electronic structures, vibrational densities of states, ionic mobilities, and cavity distributions of the amorphous materials are discussed and compared with data on crystalline phases where available. The high mobility of Ag in solid state electrolyte applications is related to the presence of cavities and can occur via jumps to a neighbouring vacant site.

  13. Evidence of eutectic crystallization and transient nucleation in Al89La6Ni5 amorphous alloy

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    The phase evolution with the temperature and time in the process of crystallization of Al89La6Ni5 amorphous alloy has been investigated by in situ high-temperature and high-pressure x-ray powder diffraction using synchrotron radiation. Two crystalline phases, fcc-Al and a metastable bcc-(AlNi)11La3-like phase, were identified after the first crystallization reaction, revealing a eutectic reaction instead of a primary reaction suggested in the literature. Time-dependent nucleation in the amorphous alloy is detected and the experimental data can be fitted by both the Zeldovich's and Kashchiev's transient nucleation models with transient nucleation times of 220 and 120 min, respectively. Copyright 2001 American Institute of Physics

  14. Hydrogen diffusion in Zr35Ni55V10 amorphous alloy

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    CHENG Xiao-ying; WAHG Fang

    2007-01-01

    Hydrogen diffusion in Zr35Ni55V10 amorphous alloy was measured by chronopotentiometry. The results show that at lower molar ratio of hydrogen (x<0.06, x=n(H)/n(M)), the diffusivity of hydrogen increases rapidly with increasing the molar ratio of hydrogen. However, when x(H)>0.1, the diffusivity of hydrogen decreases slightly with increasing the molar ratio of hydrogen, which is similar to the change in crystalline alloy. It is proposed that hydrogen atoms mainly occupy the sites corresponding to tetrahedra with 4 Zr atoms at lower molar ratio of hydrogen. When the molar ratio of hydrogen is higher, the additional hydrogen atoms are in sites with higher energy and these sites in amorphous state are similar to these in crystalline states.

  15. The magnetic entropy change on amorphous FeMnZr alloys

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    The magnetization behaviors have been measured for amorphous Fe90-xMnxZr10 (x=0,4,6) alloys. The Curie temperature is decreased from 243 to 218K with increasing Mn concentration (x=0-6). The magnetization measurements were conducted at temperatures above the Curie temperature in the paramagnetic region. In all samples, the magnetic properties showed superparamagnetic behavior above Tc where the mean magnetic moment of the superparamagnetic spin clusters decreased with increasing temperature. A large magnetic entropy change ΔSM, which is calculated from H vs. M curves associated with the ferromagnetic-paramagnetic transitions in amorphous state, has been observed. The maximum of ΔSM was found to appear in the vicinity of the Curie temperature of the amorphous phase. The value is 2.96, 2.51 and 2.29J/kgK at x=0,4 and 6, respectively

  16. New Cu-Free Ti-Based Composites with Residual Amorphous Matrix

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    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available Titanium-based bulk metallic glasses (BMGs are considered to have potential for biomedical applications because they combine favorable mechanical properties and good biocompatibility. Copper represents the most common alloying element, which provides high amorphization capacity, but reports emphasizing cytotoxic effects of this element have risen concerns about possible effects on human health. A new copper-free alloy with atomic composition Ti42Zr10Pd14Ag26Sn8, in which Cu is completely replaced by Ag, was formulated based on Morinaga’s d-electron alloy design theory. Following this theory, the actual amount of alloying elements, which defines the values of covalent bond strength Bo and d-orbital energy Md, situates the newly designed alloy inside the BMG domain. By mean of centrifugal casting, cylindrical rods with diameters between 2 and 5 mm were fabricated from this new alloy. Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC and X-rays diffraction (XRD, as well as microstructural analyses using optical and scanning electron microscopy (OM/SEM revealed an interesting structure characterized by liquid phase-separated formation of crystalline Ag, as well as metastable intermetallic phases embedded in residual amorphous phases.

  17. Optimization of operational parameters and bath control for electrodeposion of Ni-Mo-B amorphous alloys

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    Marinho Fabiano A.; Santana François S. M.; Vasconcelos André L. S.; Santana Renato A. C.; Prasad Shiva

    2002-01-01

    Optimization of operational parameters of an electrodeposition process for deposition of boron-containing amorphous metallic layer of nickel-molybdenum alloy onto a cathode from an electrolytic bath having nickel sulfate, sodium molybdate, boron phosphate, sodium citrate, sodium-1-dodecylsulfate and ammonia for pH adjustments to 9.5 has been studied. Detailed studies of the efects on bath temperature, mechanical agitation, cathode current density and anode format have led to optimum operation...

  18. Magnetic Compton scattering study of the ferromagnetic amorphous alloys Fe1-xBx

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    The boron contribution to the total spin moment in the amorphous alloys Fe1-xBx (x=0.2,0.24) has been determined using magnetic Compton scattering. The magnitude of the induced boron moment was found to be ∼-0.04μB per formula unit which is a factor of ∼2 less than that suggested by supercell linearized muffin-tin orbital electronic structure calculations

  19. Structural transformations of Fe81B13Si4C2 amorphous alloy induced by heating

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    Minić, Dragica M.; Minić, Dušan M.; Žák, Tomáš; Roupcová, Pavla; David, Bohumil

    2011-01-01

    Roč. 323, č. 5 (2011), s. 400-404. ISSN 0304-8853 R&D Projects: GA MŠk 1M0512 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z20410507 Keywords : Amorphous material * Metallic glass * Metal and alloy * Phase transition * Thermal analysis * Mössbauer spectrum * X-ray diffraction Subject RIV: BM - Solid Matter Physics ; Magnetism Impact factor: 1.780, year: 2011

  20. Crystallization kinetics of an amorphous Co77Si11.5B11.5 alloy

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    R. Nowosielski; A. Zajdel; S. Lesz; B. Kostrubiec; Z. Stokłosa

    2006-01-01

    Purpose: This paper describes crystallization kinetics and changes magnetic properties involved by process of crystallization Co-Si-B amorphous alloy.Design/methodology/approach: The following experimental techniques were used: X-ray diffraction (XRD), electrical resistivity in situ measurements (four-point probe) static and dynamic measurements of magnetic properties (magnetic balance, fluxmeter, Maxwell-Wien bridge).Findings: In this work has been performed influence of thermal annealing on...

  1. Crystallization of the Fesub(84-x)Vsub(x)B16 amorphous alloys

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    Resistometric and Moessbauer measurements of the isothermal crystallization of nearly eutectic Fe-V-B amorphous alloys containing up to 8 at.% V were performed. The concentration dependence of the hyperfine fields of the crystallization products was found. The α-Fe-V and tetragonal mixed boride were detected and their contents in the course of crystallization estimated. The crystallization kinetics corresponds to the growth of α-phase nuclei proved by CEMS at the contact surface. (Auth.)

  2. Silicon nanocrystals on amorphous silicon carbide alloy thin films: Control of film properties and nanocrystals growth

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    The present study demonstrates the growth of silicon nanocrystals on amorphous silicon carbide alloy thin films. Amorphous silicon carbide films [a-Si1−xCx:H (with x 1−xCx:H layer. The effect of short-time annealing at 700 °C on the composition and properties of the layer was studied by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. It was observed that the silicon-to-carbon ratio in the layer remains unchanged after short-time annealing, but the reorganization of the film due to a large dehydrogenation leads to a higher density of SiC bonds. Moreover, the film remains amorphous after the performed short-time annealing. In a second part, it was shown that a high density (1 × 1012 cm−2) of silicon nanocrystals can be grown by low pressure chemical vapor deposition on a-Si0.8C0.2 surfaces at 700 °C, from silane diluted in hydrogen. The influence of growth time and silane partial pressure on nanocrystals size and density was studied. It was also found that amorphous silicon carbide surfaces enhance silicon nanocrystal nucleation with respect to SiO2, due to the differences in surface chemical properties. - Highlights: ► Silicon nanocrystals (Si-NC) growth on amorphous silicon carbide alloy thin films ► Plasma deposited amorphous silicon carbide films with well-controlled properties ► Study on the thermal effect of 700 °C short-time annealing on the layer properties ► Low pressure chemical vapor deposition (LPCVD) of Si-NC ► High density (1 × 1012 cm−2) of Si-NC was achieved on a-Si0.8C0.2 surfaces by LPCVD.

  3. Cast bulk Zr57Ti5Al10Cu20Ni8 amorphous alloy with tendency of phase separation

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    Zr-Ti-Al-Cu-Ni alloys show excellent glass forming ability (GFA). Amorphous cylindrical samples of diameter from 8 to 20 mm were produced by casting the Zr57Cu20Al10Ni8Ti5 alloy melt into a copper mould. The Zr57Cu20Al10Ni8Ti5 amorphous alloy shows some particular crystallization characteristics: measurements by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) reveal three exothermic peaks in the DSC traces at continuous heating. The third peak of the highest peak temperature shifts towards lower temperature with the decrease of the cooling rates at which the amorphous alloys were formed, while the first two peaks remain unchanged. Isothermal annealing near the glass transition temperature causes the third peak shifting towards a definitive temperature and then it becomes quite stable during further annealing. The shift of the third peak is attributed to the tendency of phase separation of the alloy. (orig.)

  4. Microstructure and properties of hydrophobic films derived from Fe-W amorphous alloy

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    Song Wang; Yun-han Ling; Jun Zhang; Jian-jun Wang; Gui-ying Xu

    2014-01-01

    Amorphous metals are totally different from crystalline metals in regard to atom arrangement. Amorphous metals do not have grain boundaries and weak spots that crystalline materials contain, making them more resistant to wear and corrosion. In this study, amorphous Fe-W alloy films were first prepared by an electroplating method and were then made hydrophobic by modification with a water repellent (heptadecafluoro-1,1,2,2-tetradecyl) trimethoxysilane. Hierarchical micro-nano structures can be obtained by slightly oxidizing the as-deposited alloy, accompanied by phase transformation from amorphous to crystalline during heat treatment. The mi-cro-nano structures can trap air to form an extremely thin cushion of air between the water and the film, which is critical to producing hydrophobicity in the film. Results show that the average values of capacitance, roughness factor, and impedance for specific surface areas of a 600°C heat-treated sample are greater than those of a sample treated at 500°C. Importantly, the coating can be fabricated on various metal substrates to act as a corrosion retardant.

  5. Structural relaxation in Fe(Co)SiAlGaPCB amorphous alloys

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    Highlights: • Structural relaxation of a Fe(Co)SiAlGaPCB amorphous alloys was studied by DSC. • Two relaxation times were use to fit the experimental values of different magnitudes. • HRTEM images suggest some medium range structural order in the amorphous. -- Abstract: The structural relaxation of multicomponent Fe(Co)SiAlGaPCB amorphous alloys was investigated calorimetrically for annealed samples over a wide temperature range below the glass transition temperature. Upon heating, the annealed samples exhibit an endothermic reaction (enthalpy relaxation) starting around the annealing temperature and continuing over a temperature range of about 50–140 K, that it is followed by a broad exothermic reaction. Changes in the heat flow curves with annealing temperature and time were analyzed. Experimental values of the overall enthalpy change, ΔH, the peak temperature of the difference in heat flow between the annealed and the as-quenched samples, Tp, and Curie temperature, TC, were fitted by exponential functions including two relaxation times. Values of the two relaxation times are the same for different annealing temperatures regardless the considered property. Saturation values of these magnitudes show a linear dependence with the inverse of the annealing temperature. Tiny domains (2–3 nm in diameter) in the matrix observed by spherical aberration corrected high-resolution transmission electron microscopy could be attributed to some medium-range order in the atomic structure of these quenched alloys

  6. Glass Forming Ability and Magnetic Property of Fe74Al4Sn2(PSiB)20 Amorphous Alloy

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    CHEN Fei-fei; ZHOU Shao-xiong

    2004-01-01

    Amorphous ribbons of Fe74Al4Sn2(PSiB)20 alloy have been synthesized by melt spinning and axial design method. The thermal properties of the amorphous ribbons have been measured by differential scanning calorimeter (DSC). The DSC results show that the Fe74Al4Sn2P12Si4B4 amorphous alloy has relatively wider supercooled liquid region with a temperature interval of 40.38 K (ΔTx=Tx-Tg). The alloys with a higher phosphorous content in the metalloid element composition triangle of Fe74Al4Sn2(PSiB)20 have high glass forming ability. The amorphous alloys also show good magnetic properties in which Fe74Al4Sn2P6.67Si6.67B6.67 alloy has a large maximum permeability (μm), Fe78Al4Sn2P3Si3B10 alloy exhibits a high square ratio (Br/B10) and Fe74Al4Sn2P4Si12B4 shows a low core loss (P0.5/1.3T). High glass forming ability and good magnetic properties make Fe74Al4Sn2(PSiB)20 amorphous alloys valuable in future research.

  7. Preparation and characterisation of electrodeposited amorphous Sn-Co-Fe ternary alloys

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    Electrochemical deposition was investigated as a process to obtain alloys of Sn-Co-Fe, which to date have not been reported in the literature. A constant current technique was used to electrochemically deposit tin-cobalt-iron alloys from a gluconate electrolyte. The gluconate system was chosen as an electrolyte, which could potentially provide an environmentally safe process. The effect of plating parameters such as current density, deposition time, temperature and pH are discussed. Results are reported for current density and plating time using an electrolyte temperature of 20-60 deg. C and pH of 7.0 in relation to phase composition, crystal structure and magnetic anisotropy of the deposited alloys. Investigations were conducted using 57Fe conversion electron Moessbauer spectroscopy (CEMS), 119Sn CEMS, transmission Moessbauer Spectroscopy and XRD. The 57Fe and 119Sn CEMS spectra and XRD showed that the dominant phase in the deposits was amorphous Sn-Co-Fe. The relative area of the 2nd and 5th lines of the sextets representing the magnetic iron containing phases was found to decrease continuously with increasing current density while at the same time no significant changes in the magnetic anisotropy was found with plating time. Magnetically split 119Sn spectra reflecting a transferred hyperfine field were also observed. A range of good quality amorphous Sn-Co-Fe ternary alloys was obtained over a range of operating conditions from an environmentally acceptable gluconate electrolyte

  8. Terbium base alloy

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    Composition of terbium-5-7 % gadolinium alloy with high magnetostriction sensitivity (180x10-8 Oe) is suggested. The alloy is designed for usage under cryogenic temperature within 500-1500 Oe fields. Magnetostriction sensitivity of the suggested alloy is by 2-2.5 times higher, than that of well-known before one. 1 tab

  9. Low-emissivity coating of amorphous diamond-like carbon/Ag-alloy multilayer on glass

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    Transparent low-emissivity (low-e) coatings comprising dielectrics of amorphous diamond-like carbon (DLC) and Ag-alloy films are investigated. All films have been prepared by dc magnetron sputtering. An index of refraction of the DLC film deposited in a gas mixture of Ar/H2 (4%) shows n = 1.80 + 0.047i at 500 nm wavelength. A multilayer stack of DLC (70 nm thick)/Ag87.5Cu12.5-alloy (10 nm)/DLC (140 nm)/Ag87.5Cu12.5-alloy (10 nm)/DLC (70 nm) has revealed clear interference spectra with spectra selectivity. This coating performs low emittance less than 0.1 for black body radiation at 297 K, exhibiting a transparent heat mirror property embedded in DLC films

  10. Control and optimization of baths for electrodeposition of Co-Mo-B amorphous alloys

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    2000-12-01

    Full Text Available Optimization and control of an electrodeposition process for depositing boron-containing amorphous metallic layer of cobalt-molybdenum alloy onto a cathode from an electrolytic bath having cobalt sulfate, sodium molybdate, boron phosphate, sodium citrate, 1-dodecylsulfate-Na, ammonium sulfate and ammonia or sulfuric acid for pH adjustments has been studied. Detailed studies on bath composition, pH, temperature, mechanical agitation and cathode current density have led to optimum conditions for obtaining satisfactory alloy deposits. These alloys were found to have interesting properties such as high hardness, corrosion resistance, wear resistance and also sufficient ductility. A voltammetric method for automatic monitoring and control of the process has been proposed.

  11. Critical behavior of electrical resistivity in amorphous Fe–Zr alloys

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    2001-04-01

    Electrical resistivity (ρ) of the amorphous (a-)Fe100-Zr ( = 8.5, 9.5 and 10) alloys has been measured in the temperature range 77 to 300 K, which embraces the second-order magnetic phase transition at the Curie temperature point . Analysis of the resistivity data particularly in the critical region reveals that these systems have a much wider range of critical region compared to other crystalline ferromagnetic materials. The value of and specific heat critical exponent, has the same values as those determined from our earlier magnetic measurements. The value of for all the present investigated alloys are in close agreement with the values predicted for three-dimensional (3D) Heisenberg ferromagnet systems, which gives contradiction to the earlier results on similar alloys. It is observed from the analysis that the presence of quenched disorder does not have any influence on critical behavior.

  12. Properties and local structure of plasma-deposited amorphous silicon-carbon alloys

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    Hydrogenated amorphous silicon-carbon alloy films were plasma-deposited from methane and silane, varying gas ratio, R.F. power and substrate temperature. Carbon addition increases the optical gap, but also raises the dangling bond density while decreasing conductivity. Low C alloys can be gas-phase doped both p and n type. In the IR spectra the various Si-C stretching modes observed between 650 and 780 cm/sup -1/ are explained by back bonding variations. A tentative method of assigning this shift to back bonding of C to the Si is given. A distribution of modes is observed for all alloys, with each mode appearing even at 2% C. The distribution is sensitive to substrate temperature, but is stable after vacuum annealing to 4000C

  13. Amorphous Structures in Laser Cladding of ZL111 Aluminum Alloy:Semi-quantitative Study by Differential Thermal Analysis (DTA)

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    LI Xianqin; CHENG Zhaogu; XIA Jin'an; XU Guoliang; LIANG Gongying

    2000-01-01

    This paper deals with amorphous structures in the laser cladding. ZL111 alloy is the substrate and Ni-Cr-Al alloy is sprayed on the substrate as the coating material. The coating is clad by a 5 kW transverse flow CO2 laser. The observation of SEM and TEM reveal that in the laser cladding there are amorphous structures of two different morphologies: one is space curved flake-like, and exists in the white web-like structures; the other is fir leaf-like, and exists in the grain-like structures. Differential thermal analysis (DTA) is used to semi-quantitatively determine the content of the amorphous structures. A relation is obtained between the content of amorphous structures and the dimensionless laser cladding parameter C. We also show the changes of the amorphous structures after annealing.

  14. Crystallization Kinetics of Pr8Fe86-xZrxB6 Amorphous Alloys

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    2002-01-01

    Crystallization kinetics of Pr8Fe86-xZrxB6 (x=0, 1, 2) amorphous alloys was studied by DTA and XRD methods. The experimental results showed that the crystalline phases of Pr8Fe86B6 alloy are composed of α-Fe phase, Pr2Fe23B3 and Pr2Fe14B, when crystallization temperature is below 900 ℃. The activation energy of α-Fe phase remains relatively constant about 306.09 kJ/mol, as the crystalline fraction of α-Fe phase is below 8 %. At the beginning of crystallization, the activation energy of Pr2Fe23B3 and Pr2Fe14B phases are 510.85 kJ/mol and 725.97 kJ/mol, respectively, and then the activation energy of three phases declines with increasing the crystalline fraction. The crystallization behavior of α-Fe and Pr2Fe14B essentially results in the formation of a α-Fe/Pr2Fe14B composite microstructure with a coarse grain size in annealed Pr8Fe86B6 alloy, which is attributed to a difficult nucleation and an easy growth for both the α-Fe and Pr2Fe14B in the alloy. Zr can be used to change the crystallization behavior of the α-Fe phase in Pr-Fe-B amorphous alloy, which is helpful to the formation of the α-Fe/Pr2Fe14B nanocomposite microstructure with a fine grain size for the α-Fe phase in the alloy.

  15. SHORT-RANGE ORDER IN AMORPHOUS Co-Sn ALLOYS THROUGH NMR AND MÖSSBAUER SPECTROSCOPIES

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    Nabli, H; Piecuch, M.; Durand, J.; Marchal, G.

    1985-01-01

    The hyperfine field distribution on 59Co obtained by NMR in ferromagnetic amorphous Co-Sn alloys is related to the distribution of Sn environment around the Co resonant nuclei. The mean values of the quadrupole splitting and of the isomershift for tin in paramagnetic Co-Sn alloys, as obtained by 119Sn Mössbauer spectroscopy, suggest that the tin atoms in these alloys are located at the center of trigonal prisms of cobalt atoms.

  16. Diode Based on Amorphous SiC

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    Full Text Available Diode structure on the basis of amorphous silicon carbide and p-type polycrystalline silicon (Eurosolar were obtained with magnetron RF-nonreactive sputtering method from solid-phase target in argon atmosphere.

  17. Diode Based on Amorphous SiC

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    V.S. Zakhvalinskii; L.V. Borisenko; A.J. Aleynikov; E.A. Piljuk; I. Goncharov; S.V. Taran

    2013-01-01

    Diode structure on the basis of amorphous silicon carbide and p-type polycrystalline silicon (Eurosolar) were obtained with magnetron RF-nonreactive sputtering method from solid-phase target in argon atmosphere.

  18. Structures of bulk amorphous Zr41Ti14Ni10Cu12.5Be22.5 alloy in amorphous, crystalline, supercooled liquid and liquid states

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    2002-01-01

    The amorphous and crystal structures of Zr41Ti14Ni10Cu12.5Be22.5 alloy have been analyzed with X-ray diffractometer. The structures of bulk amorphous Zr41Ti14Ni10Cu12.5B22.5 alloy in solid, supercooled liquid and liquid states are almost of the same structure. The RDFs (Radius Distribution Function), the first coordination number, the first coordination radius, the correlation radius and atom number of the cluster were calculated for bulk amorphous Zr41Ti14Ni10Cu12.5B22.5 alloy in different states. The first coordination sphere radii and the first coordination numbers are 0.312nm, 11.2 in solid state, 0.301nm, 10.932 in supercooled liquid region and 0.305nm, 11.296 in liquid state. The crystal structure of Zr41Ti14Ni10Cu12.5B22.5 alloy is consisted of several intermetallic compounds which are CuZr2, Be2Zr, etc. The reason of formation glass for this alloy is that there is a larger resistance for atoms to rearrange and form intermetallic compounds in a long range order.

  19. Impact Ignition and Combustion Behavior of Amorphous Metal-Based Reactive Composites

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    Mason, Benjamin; Groven, Lori; Son, Steven

    2013-06-01

    Recently published molecular dynamic simulations have shown that metal-based reactive powder composites consisting of at least one amorphous component could lead to improved reaction performance due to amorphous materials having a zero heat of fusion, in addition to having high energy densities and potential uses such as structural energetic materials and enhanced blast materials. In order to investigate the feasibility of these systems, thermochemical equilibrium calculations were performed on various amorphous metal/metalloid based reactive systems with an emphasis on commercially available or easily manufactured amorphous metals, such as Zr and Ti based amorphous alloys in combination with carbon, boron, and aluminum. Based on the calculations and material availability material combinations were chosen. Initial materials were either mixed via a Resodyn mixer or mechanically activated using high energy ball milling where the microstructure of the milled material was characterized using x-ray diffraction, optical microscopy and scanning electron microscopy. The mechanical impact response and combustion behavior of select reactive systems was characterized using the Asay shear impact experiment where impact ignition thresholds, ignition delays, combustion velocities, and temperatures were quantified, and reported. Funding from the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), Grant Number HDTRA1-10-1-0119. Counter-WMD basic research program, Dr. Suhithi M. Peiris, program director is gratefully acknowledged.

  20. Investigation of amorphous and crystalline Ni alloys response to machining with micro-second and pico-second lasers

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    The machining response of amorphous and polycrystalline Ni-based alloys (Ni78B14Si8) when subjected to micro-second and pico-second laser processing is investigated in this research. The shape and topography of craters created with single pulses as a function of laser energy together with holes drilled in both materials were studied. Focused ion beam (FIB) imaging was used to analyse the single craters and the through holes in the amorphous and polycrystalline samples. The material microstructure analysis revealed that processing both materials with micro-second and pico-second lasers does not lead to crystallisation and the short-range atomic ordering of metallic glasses can be retained. When processing the amorphous sample the material laser interactions resulted in a significant ejection of molten material from the bulk that was then followed by its partial re-deposition around the craters. Additionally, there were no signs of crack formation that indicate a higher surface integrity after laser machining. A conclusion is made that laser processing both with short- and long-pulses is a promising technique for micromachining metallic glasses because it does not lead to material crystallisation.

  1. Iron-Based Amorphous Metals:The High Performance Corrosion Resistant Materials(HPCRM) Program

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    2007-07-09

    An overview of the High-Performance Corrosion-Resistant Materials (HPCRM) Program, which was co-sponsored by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Defense Sciences Office (DSO) and the United States Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Civilian and Radioactive Waste Management (OCRWM), is discussed. Programmatic investigations have included a broad range of topics: alloy design and composition; materials synthesis; thermal stability; corrosion resistance; environmental cracking; mechanical properties; damage tolerance; radiation effects; and important potential applications. Amorphous alloys identified as SAM2X5 (Fe{sub 49.7}Cr{sub 17.7}Mn{sub 1.9}Mo{sub 7.4}W{sub 1.6}B{sub 15.2}C{sub 3.8}Si{sub 2.4}) and SAM1651 (Fe{sub 48}Mo{sub 14}Cr{sub 15}Y{sub 2}C{sub 15}B{sub 6}) have been produced as melt-spun ribbons, drop-cast ingots and thermal-spray coatings. Chromium (Cr), molybdenum (Mo) and tungsten (W) additions provided corrosion resistance, while boron (B) enabled glass formation. Earlier electrochemical studies of melt-spun ribbons and ingots of these amorphous alloys demonstrated outstanding passive film stability. More recently thermal-spray coatings of these amorphous alloys have been made and subjected to long-term salt-fog and immersion tests. Good corrosion resistance has been observed during salt-fog testing. Corrosion rates were measured in situ with linear polarization, while simultaneously monitoring the open-circuit corrosion potentials. Reasonably good performance was observed. The sensitivity of these measurements to electrolyte composition and temperature was determined. The high boron content of this particular amorphous metal makes this amorphous alloy an effective neutron absorber, and suitable for criticality control applications. In general, the corrosion resistance of such iron-based amorphous metals is maintained at operating temperatures up to the glass transition temperature. These materials are much harder than conventional

  2. Iron-Based Amorphous-Metals: High-Performance Corrosion-Resistant Material (HPCRM) Development

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    Farmer, J C; Choi, J S; Saw, C; Haslam, J; Day, D; Hailey, P; Lian, T; Rebak, R; Perepezko, J; Payer, J; Branagan, D; Beardsley, B; D' Amato, A; Aprigliano, L

    2008-01-09

    An overview of the High-Performance Corrosion-Resistant Materials (HPCRM) Program, which was co-sponsored by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Defense Sciences Office (DSO) and the United States Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Civilian and Radioactive Waste Management (OCRWM), is discussed. Programmatic investigations have included a broad range of topics: alloy design and composition; materials synthesis; thermal stability; corrosion resistance; environmental cracking; mechanical properties; damage tolerance; radiation effects; and important potential applications. Amorphous alloys identified as SAM2X5 (Fe{sub 49.7}Cr{sub 17.7}Mn{sub 1.9}Mo{sub 7.4}W{sub 1.6}B{sub 15.2}C{sub 3.8}Si{sub 2.4}) and SAM1651 (Fe{sub 48}Mo{sub 14}Cr{sub 15}Y{sub 2}C{sub 15}B{sub 6}) have been produced as melt-spun ribbons, drop-cast ingots and thermal-spray coatings. Chromium (Cr), molybdenum (Mo) and tungsten (W) additions provided corrosion resistance, while boron (B) enabled glass formation. Earlier electrochemical studies of melt-spun ribbons and ingots of these amorphous alloys demonstrated outstanding passive film stability. More recently thermal-spray coatings of these amorphous alloys have been made and subjected to long-term salt-fog and immersion tests. Good corrosion resistance has been observed during salt-fog testing. Corrosion rates were measured in situ with linear polarization, while simultaneously monitoring the open-circuit corrosion potentials. Reasonably good performance was observed. The sensitivity of these measurements to electrolyte composition and temperature was determined. The high boron content of this particular amorphous metal makes this amorphous alloy an effective neutron absorber, and suitable for criticality control applications. In general, the corrosion resistance of such iron-based amorphous metals is maintained at operating temperatures up to the glass transition temperature. These materials are much harder than conventional

  3. Iron-Based Amorphous Metals:The High Performance Corrosion Resistant Materials(HPCRM) Program

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    An overview of the High-Performance Corrosion-Resistant Materials (HPCRM) Program, which was co-sponsored by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Defense Sciences Office (DSO) and the United States Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Civilian and Radioactive Waste Management (OCRWM), is discussed. Programmatic investigations have included a broad range of topics: alloy design and composition; materials synthesis; thermal stability; corrosion resistance; environmental cracking; mechanical properties; damage tolerance; radiation effects; and important potential applications. Amorphous alloys identified as SAM2X5 (Fe49.7Cr17.7Mn1.9Mo7.4W1.6B15.2C3.8Si2.4) and SAM1651 (Fe48Mo14Cr15Y2C15B6) have been produced as melt-spun ribbons, drop-cast ingots and thermal-spray coatings. Chromium (Cr), molybdenum (Mo) and tungsten (W) additions provided corrosion resistance, while boron (B) enabled glass formation. Earlier electrochemical studies of melt-spun ribbons and ingots of these amorphous alloys demonstrated outstanding passive film stability. More recently thermal-spray coatings of these amorphous alloys have been made and subjected to long-term salt-fog and immersion tests. Good corrosion resistance has been observed during salt-fog testing. Corrosion rates were measured in situ with linear polarization, while simultaneously monitoring the open-circuit corrosion potentials. Reasonably good performance was observed. The sensitivity of these measurements to electrolyte composition and temperature was determined. The high boron content of this particular amorphous metal makes this amorphous alloy an effective neutron absorber, and suitable for criticality control applications. In general, the corrosion resistance of such iron-based amorphous metals is maintained at operating temperatures up to the glass transition temperature. These materials are much harder than conventional stainless steel and nickel-based materials, and are proving to have excellent wear

  4. Iron-Based Amorphous Metals: High-Performance Corrosion-Resistant Material Development

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    Farmer, Joseph; Choi, Jor-Shan; Saw, Cheng; Haslam, Jeffrey; Day, Dan; Hailey, Phillip; Lian, Tiangan; Rebak, Raul; Perepezko, John; Payer, Joe; Branagan, Daniel; Beardsley, Brad; D'Amato, Andy; Aprigliano, Lou

    2009-06-01

    An overview of the High-Performance Corrosion-Resistant Materials (HPCRM) Program, which was cosponsored by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Defense Sciences Office (DSO) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Civilian and Radioactive Waste Management (OCRWM), is discussed. Programmatic investigations have included a broad range of topics: alloy design and composition, materials synthesis, thermal stability, corrosion resistance, environmental cracking, mechanical properties, damage tolerance, radiation effects, and important potential applications. Amorphous alloys identified as SAM2X5 (Fe49.7Cr17.7Mn1.9Mo7.4W1.6B15.2C3.8Si2.4) and SAM1651 (Fe48Mo14Cr15Y2C15B6) have been produced as meltspun ribbons (MSRs), dropcast ingots, and thermal-spray coatings. Chromium (Cr), molybdenum (Mo), and tungsten (W) additions provided corrosion resistance, while boron (B) enabled glass formation. Earlier electrochemical studies of MSRs and ingots of these amorphous alloys demonstrated outstanding passive film stability. More recently, thermal-spray coatings of these amorphous alloys have been made and subjected to long-term salt-fog and immersion tests; good corrosion resistance has been observed during salt-fog testing. Corrosion rates were measured in situ with linear polarization, while the open-circuit corrosion potentials (OCPs) were simultaneously monitored; reasonably good performance was observed. The sensitivity of these measurements to electrolyte composition and temperature was determined. The high boron content of this particular amorphous metal makes this amorphous alloy an effective neutron absorber and suitable for criticality-control applications. In general, the corrosion resistance of such iron-based amorphous metals is maintained at operating temperatures up to the glass transition temperature. These materials are much harder than conventional stainless steel and Ni-based materials, and are proving to have excellent wear

  5. Topological and chemical short-range order in amorphous Ni-Ti alloys

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    Neutron and x-ray scattering measurements were made on amorphous Ni35Ti65 and Ni40Ti60 alloys prepared by the melt-spinning process. The x-ray interference functions (structure factors) S/sup x/(K) are dominated by the topological short-range order (TSRO) S/sub NN/(K), but exhibited a small prepeak. The neutron structure factors S/sup n/(K) are dominated by the CSRO S/sub CC/(K)/(c1c2), describing the concentration fluctuations in the alloys. Assuming that the size effect term S/sub NC/(K) which describes the correlation between number density and concentration can be approximated by the Percus-Yevick hard sphere model, the TSRO S/sub NN/(K) and CSRO S/sub CC/(K)/(c1c2) were evaluated. From their Fourier transforms it became possible to evaluate the chemical short-range order parameter α which is of the order of -0.1 to -0.15 indicating a preference for unlike nearest neighbors in the amorphous Ni-Ti alloys

  6. Effects of B upon glass forming ability of Al{sub 87}Y{sub 8}Ni{sub 5} amorphous alloy

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    Chen, Shih-Fan [Institute of Materials Science and Engineering, National Taipei University of Technology, Taipei 106, Taiwan, ROC (China); Chen, Jhewn-Kuang, E-mail: jkchen@ntut.edu.tw [Institute of Materials Science and Engineering, National Taipei University of Technology, Taipei 106, Taiwan, ROC (China); Lin, Shing-Liang [Taiwan Ductile Iron Factory Co. Ltd., Hsinchu 303, Taiwan, ROC (China); Lin, Yu-Lom [Katec R and D Corp., Taipei 104, Taiwan, ROC (China)

    2013-07-15

    Highlights: •15 at.% boron added to Al{sub 87}Y{sub 8}Ni{sub 5} alloy demonstrates glass transition in contrast to its non-boron opponent. •A large 24.6 K ΔT{sub x} (T{sub x}−T{sub g}) liquid supercooling range indicates (Al{sub 87}Y{sub 8}Ni{sub 5}){sub 85}B{sub 15} a possible ductile Al-based amorphous alloy. •Boron is effective in improving thermal stability of Al{sub 87}Y{sub 8}Ni{sub 5} amorphous alloy by increasing the activation energy for crystallization by 43%. •The hardness in crystallization of the boron-containing alloy could achieve as high as 595 Hv. •Boron could affect the short-range and medium-range symmetry which delays the nucleation and crystallization kinetics. -- Abstract: In this study, 15 at.% of boron is added to increase the thermal stability and amorphous forming ability of Al{sub 87}Y{sub 8}Ni{sub 5} alloy ribbons by single roller melt-spinning process. Thermal properties including crystallization activation energy and the Avrami exponent of crystallization are investigated using non-isothermal and isothermal analyses. Only the (Al{sub 87}Y{sub 8}Ni{sub 5}){sub 85}B{sub 15} amorphous alloy ribbon demonstrates a glass transition temperature (T{sub g}) at 529 K, and its ΔT{sub x} (=T{sub x} − T{sub g}) value is 24.6 K. Crystallization kinetic study show that the 15 at.% of boron increases the activation energy for crystallization from 159 to 228 kJ/mol. The Avrami exponent n value of Al{sub 87}Y{sub 8}Ni{sub 5} amorphous alloy is 1.5 ∼ 2.1 indicating a decreasing nucleation rate with crystallization time, whereas the n value of (Al{sub 87}Y{sub 8}Ni{sub 5}){sub 85}B{sub 15} amorphous alloy ribbon is 2.3 ∼ 3.1 or the nucleation rate increases with time. The addition of boron could affect the crystal symmetry in atomic clusters and thus the phase separation behavior in the amorphous alloy. Boron is shown to delay the nucleation of boron-containing Al nano-crystals in crystallization. The maximum hardness is obtained for

  7. Fabrication of amorphous Ti-based coating by pulsed laser deposition with potential for biomedical applications

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    Full text: Conventional biomaterials have been used in a wide range of application in our life. The major problems of these materials are low mechanical and chemical properties in long period of time that make some limits for their application. Idea of using new biomaterials that not only have superior mechanical and corrosion resistance properties but also have long lasting biocompatibility, leads us to use Ti-based amorphous alloys. Development of metallic amorphous alloys production in last decade caused a revolution in material science so that they are known as a new group of materials called metallic glass. However for technical problems it could not be produced in thicknesses more than few millimeters yet, but using metallic glass alloys as thin coat could be economical and operable. In this research a new amorphous bio material was introduced as coating for medical application .This new biocompatible coating with Ti64Cu12Zr11Co5(Mo,Nb)8 chemical formula was deposited by pulsed laser deposition technique using non amorphous composite target. By controlling process conditions such as laser power, amorphicity was maximized and coating was fully metallic glass. Achieved hardness for this coating is (570-600 HV) that was measured by micro hardness machine from generated coating surface. None of the elements known as allergic is used in this coat chemical composition. The cytotoxicity evaluations such as acute toxicity and [MTT tests] provide evidence that this coat doesn't have any toxic effect and could be candidate as a bio material in medical and dental applications. (author)

  8. Amorphous Hydrogenated Carbon-Nitrogen Alloy Thin Films for Solar Cell Application

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    ZHOU Zhi-Bin; DING Zheng-Ming; PANG Qian-Jun; CUI Rong-Qiang

    2001-01-01

    Amorphous hydrogenated carbon-nitrogen alloy (a-CNx :H) thin films have been deposited on silicon substratesby improved dc magnetron sputtering from a graphite target in nitrogen and hydrogen gas discharging. Thefilms are investigated by using Raman spectroscopy, x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, spectral ellipsometer and electron spin resonance techniques. The optimized process condition for solar cell application is discussed. Thephotovoltaic property of a-CNx:H/silicon heterojunctions can be improved by the adjustment of the pressureratio of hydrogen to nitrogen and unbalanced magnetic field intensity. Open-circuit voltage and short-circuitcurrent reach 300mV and 5.52 Ma/cm2, respectively.

  9. STUDY ON THE SHOCK WAVE CRYSTALLIZATION OF AMORPHOUS ALLOYS BY DSC

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    H.Y. Zhao; H. Wang; Q.J. Liu; J.D. Kan; Z.Q. Liu

    2002-01-01

    Shock wave and annealing crystallization of amorphous alloys FeSiB, FeMoSiB andFeCuNbSiB were studied by isothermal and non-isothermal DSC technique. It wasfound that the shock wave crystallization is very perfect, the fraction crystallized isvery close to 100%, though the period of crystallization is very short, only about10-4-10-6 s. Their produced phases differ from the parent phase in structure andcomposition. The high velocity of the transformation is very difficult to explain by thediffusion theory of solid state phase transition.

  10. Correlation between Structures of Bulk Amorphous Zr-Ti-Ni-Cu-Be Alloy in Different States

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    2001-01-01

    The structures of the bulk amorphous Zr41Ti14Cu12.5Ni10.0Be22.5 alloy have been analyzed in solid, supercooled liquid and liquid with X-ray diffraction. The first coordination sphere radii and the first coordination numbers are 0.312 nm, 11.2 in solid state, 0.301 nm, 10.932 in supercooled liquid region and 0.305 nm, 11.296 in liquid state. The structures are the same in different states. But it shows some tendency to crystallizing that the first coordination sphere radius and the first coordination number drop in supercooled liquid region.

  11. Magnetically stabilized bed reactor for selective hydrogenation of olefins in reformate with amorphous nickel alloy catalyst

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    Xuhong; Mu; Enze; Min

    2007-01-01

    A magnetically stabilized bed (MSB) reactor for selective hydrogenation of olefins in reformate was developed by combining the advantages of MSB and amorphous nickel alloy catalyst. The effects of operating conditions, such as temperature, pressure, liquid space velocity, hydrogen-to-oil ratio, and magnetic field intensity on the reaction were studied. A mathematical model of MSB reactor for hydrogenation of olefins in reformate was established. A reforming flow scheme with a post-hydrogenation MSB reactor was proposed. Finally, MSB hydrogenation was compared with clay treatment and conventional post-hydrogenation.

  12. Magnetic exchange coupling in amorphous Fe80-xDy xB20 alloys

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    Amorphous Fe80-xDy xB20 alloys have been prepared by melt spinning and their magnetic properties have been studied. The mean field theory has been used to explain the temperature dependence of the magnetization. The exchange interactions between Co-Co and Dy-Co atom pairs have been evaluated. High-field magnetization studies on samples with stoichiometry close to that of a compensated ferrimagnet show a magnetic behavior that is characteristic of a non-collinear magnetic structure of the Dy and Fe sublattices. The region of the canted moments can be described by a phase diagram in the H-T plane

  13. 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, E-mail: jun@ynu.ac.jp; Oba, Wataru; Minami, Yasuo; Katayama, Ikufumi [Department of Physics, Graduate School of Engineering, Yokohama National University, Yokohama 240-8501 (Japan); Saiki, Toshiharu [Graduate School of Science and Technology, Keio University, Yokohama 223-8522 (Japan)

    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.

  14. Silicon nanocrystals on amorphous silicon carbide alloy thin films: Control of film properties and nanocrystals growth

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    Barbe, Jeremy, E-mail: jeremy.barbe@hotmail.com [CEA, Liten, 17 rue des Martyrs, 38054 Grenoble Cedex 9 (France); Universite de Toulouse, UPS, INPT, LAPLACE (Laboratoire Plasma et Conversion d' Energie), 118 route de Narbonne, 31062 Toulouse (France); Xie, Ling; Leifer, Klaus [Department of Engineering Sciences, Uppsala University, Box 534, S-751 21 Uppsala (Sweden); Faucherand, Pascal; Morin, Christine; Rapisarda, Dario; De Vito, Eric [CEA, Liten, 17 rue des Martyrs, 38054 Grenoble Cedex 9 (France); Makasheva, Kremena; Despax, Bernard [Universite de Toulouse, UPS, INPT, LAPLACE (Laboratoire Plasma et Conversion d' Energie), 118 route de Narbonne, 31062 Toulouse (France); CNRS, LAPLACE, F-31062 Toulouse (France); Perraud, Simon [CEA, Liten, 17 rue des Martyrs, 38054 Grenoble Cedex 9 (France)

    2012-11-01

    The present study demonstrates the growth of silicon nanocrystals on amorphous silicon carbide alloy thin films. Amorphous silicon carbide films [a-Si{sub 1-x}C{sub x}:H (with x < 0.3)] were obtained by plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition from a mixture of silane and methane diluted in hydrogen. The effect of varying the precursor gas-flow ratio on the film properties was investigated. In particular, a wide optical band gap (2.3 eV) was reached by using a high methane-to-silane flow ratio during the deposition of the a-Si{sub 1-x}C{sub x}:H layer. The effect of short-time annealing at 700 Degree-Sign C on the composition and properties of the layer was studied by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. It was observed that the silicon-to-carbon ratio in the layer remains unchanged after short-time annealing, but the reorganization of the film due to a large dehydrogenation leads to a higher density of SiC bonds. Moreover, the film remains amorphous after the performed short-time annealing. In a second part, it was shown that a high density (1 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup 12} cm{sup -2}) of silicon nanocrystals can be grown by low pressure chemical vapor deposition on a-Si{sub 0.8}C{sub 0.2} surfaces at 700 Degree-Sign C, from silane diluted in hydrogen. The influence of growth time and silane partial pressure on nanocrystals size and density was studied. It was also found that amorphous silicon carbide surfaces enhance silicon nanocrystal nucleation with respect to SiO{sub 2}, due to the differences in surface chemical properties. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Silicon nanocrystals (Si-NC) growth on amorphous silicon carbide alloy thin films Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Plasma deposited amorphous silicon carbide films with well-controlled properties Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Study on the thermal effect of 700 Degree-Sign C short-time annealing on the layer properties Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Low pressure

  15. Cyclic Fatigue Fracture of Zr55Al10Ni5Cu30 Bulk Amorphous Alloy with Quenched-in Crystallites

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    2003-01-01

    The effects of quenched-in crystallites on the fracture of bulk amorphous alloys under cyclic loading condition wereinvestigated in this paper. For the fully amorphous alloy and specimen with fine crystallites the fatigue crack initiationoccurred on the surface. For the specimen with larger crystallites the crack originated from a big broken crystallitenear the surface. The average striation spacing on amorphous area is much larger than that on the crystallite.Crack initiation occurred at the crystallites is due to that the brittle crystallites broke easily under cyclic deformationcondition. The fine crystallites seemed to be protruded from the amorphous matrix and some bulges appeared onthe surface of specimen with fine crystallites under cyclic loading.

  16. Performance of single wire earth return transformers with amorphous alloy core in a rural electric energy distribution system

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    Benedito Antonio Luciano

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available In this paper are presented some considerations about the performance of single wire earth return amorphous alloy core transformers in comparison with conventional silicon steel sheets cores transformers used in rural electric energy distribution network. It has been recognized that amorphous metal core transformers improve electrical power distribution efficiency by reducing transformer core losses. This reduction is due to some electromagnetic properties of the amorphous alloys such as: high magnetic permeability, high resistivity, and low coercivity. Experimental results obtained with some single-phase, 60 Hz, 5 kVA amorphous core transformers installed in a rural area electric distribution system in Northern Brazil have been confirming their superior performance in comparison to identical nominal rated transformers built with conventional silicon steel cores, particularly with regard to the excitation power and to the no-load losses.

  17. Cu clustering stage before the crystallization in Fe-Si-B-Nb-Cu amorphous alloys

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    Ohnuma, M.; Hono, K.; Onodera, H.;

    1999-01-01

    The Cu clustering stage before the crystallization of Fe-Si-B-Nb-Cu amorphous alloys have been studied by three dimensional atom probe (3DAP) small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) and high sensitive differential calorimetry (DSC). Cu clustering occurs prior to the onset of the primary...... crystallization reaction. The number of the clusters estimated by 3DAP is large enough to provide heterogeneous nucleation sites to all bcc/D0(3) Fe-Si crystals which appear at higher temperatures. This fact indicates that the distribution of nanocrystalline Fe-Si is strongly affected by that of the Cu......-enriched clusters. The average diameter and interparticle distance of the Cu-enriched clusters have also been estimated by SANS. An exothermic reaction is observed above the Curie Temperature in the DSC curves of the Fe-Si-B-Nb-Cu alloys. The onset temperature of the exothermic reaction is shifted to lower...

  18. Synthesis and Characterization of Amorphous Carbide-based Thin Films

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    Folkenant, Matilda

    2015-01-01

    In this thesis, research on synthesis, structure and characterization of amorphous carbide-based thin films is presented. Crystalline and nanocomposite carbide films can exhibit properties such as high electrical conductivity, high hardness and low friction and wear. These properties are in many cases structure-related, and thus, within this thesis a special focus is put on how the amorphous structure influences the material properties. Thin films within the Zr-Si-C and Cr-C-based systems hav...

  19. Study of the fabrication and thermally induced transformation of amorphous Mg50Ni50 obtained by mechanical alloying

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    This work studied the amorphization process by mechanical alloying of a Mg50Ni50 alloy and its later thermal transformation into stable equilibrium phases. The amorphous alloy was produced using a SPEX 8000D mill, under controlled Ar atmosphere, with a ratio in ball mass: material of 20:1, from powders of Ni and cuttings of Mg. The evolution of the phases during the amorphization process was qualitatively determined by X-ray diffraction. The results showed that a noticeable microstructural refinement of the Mg and Ni occurs at the start of the milling, and that this accumulation of defects amorphitizes part of the system, producing an amorphous precursor, which mechanically crystallizes the Mg2Ni. As the milling time increases and more energy is added to the system, the structure of the Mg2Ni collapses giving way to the appearance of the amorphous Mg50Ni50 phase. With reference to the thermal transformation of the amorphous solid to the stable equilibrium phases, the joint results obtained by differential scanning calorimetry and X-ray diffraction, indicate that this occurs in two stages: at temperatures close to 350oC the amorphous Mg50Ni50 transforms into a mixture of phases, composed of Mg2Ni and a residual amorphous, which at temperatures close to 450oC undergoes the transformation into MgNi2. A temperature-heating rate-transformation (T-HR-T) diagram was built for the passage of the amorphous Mg50Ni50 into Mg2Ni and MgNi2 using the calorimetric data (au)

  20. Atomic structure and crystallization processes of amorphous (Co,Ni)–P metallic alloy

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    Modin, Evgeny B., E-mail: modin.eb@dvfu.ru [Far Eastern Federal University, Shukhanova 8, Vladivostok 690950 (Russian Federation); Pustovalov, Evgeny V.; Fedorets, Aleksander N.; Dubinets, Aleksander V.; Grudin, Boris N.; Plotnikov, Vladimir S. [Far Eastern Federal University, Shukhanova 8, Vladivostok 690950 (Russian Federation); Grabchikov, Sergey S. [Scientific and Practical Centre of Material Science, Belarus National Academy of Sciences, P. Brovki 19, Minsk 220072 (Belarus)

    2015-08-25

    Highlights: • The CoP–CoNiP amorphous alloys were studied by the Cs-corrected high resolution transmission electron microscopy. • In situ heating experiments showed that crystallization starts at 200–250 °C on the network frame and cell boundaries. • Crystal growth occurs at the free surface, then the remaining material in the volume is crystallized. • Adding nickel to the CoP alloy leads to higher thermal stability. • At the beginning of crystallization there are high diffusion coefficients, 1.2–2.4 ∗ 10{sup −18} m{sup 2}/s at 250 °C. - Abstract: This work concerns the in situ investigation of the atomic structure of (Co,Ni)–P alloys during relaxation and crystallization by high resolution transmission electron microscopy. The CoP–CoNiP alloys, in the initial state, have a hierarchical network-like disordered structure. Crystallization starts at 200–250 °C on the network frame and cell boundaries. In the early stages, crystal growth occurs at the free surface, then the remaining material in the volume is crystallized. The diffusion coefficient at the start of crystallization is 1.2–2.4 × 10{sup −18} m{sup 2}/s at 250 °C and we assume that the high diffusion speed is due to surface diffusion.

  1. Atomic structure and crystallization processes of amorphous (Co,Ni)–P metallic alloy

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    Highlights: • The CoP–CoNiP amorphous alloys were studied by the Cs-corrected high resolution transmission electron microscopy. • In situ heating experiments showed that crystallization starts at 200–250 °C on the network frame and cell boundaries. • Crystal growth occurs at the free surface, then the remaining material in the volume is crystallized. • Adding nickel to the CoP alloy leads to higher thermal stability. • At the beginning of crystallization there are high diffusion coefficients, 1.2–2.4 ∗ 10−18 m2/s at 250 °C. - Abstract: This work concerns the in situ investigation of the atomic structure of (Co,Ni)–P alloys during relaxation and crystallization by high resolution transmission electron microscopy. The CoP–CoNiP alloys, in the initial state, have a hierarchical network-like disordered structure. Crystallization starts at 200–250 °C on the network frame and cell boundaries. In the early stages, crystal growth occurs at the free surface, then the remaining material in the volume is crystallized. The diffusion coefficient at the start of crystallization is 1.2–2.4 × 10−18 m2/s at 250 °C and we assume that the high diffusion speed is due to surface diffusion

  2. Effect of the nanocrystallization of amorphous soft magnetic Fe-P-Nb alloys on corrosion resistance in a damp SO2-polluted atmosphere

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    Vavilova, V. V.; Zabolotnyi, V. T.; Korneev, V. P.; Anosova, M. O.; Baldokhin, Yu. V.

    2014-09-01

    The effect of the nanocrystallization of amorphous soft magnetic Fe-P-Nb alloys on their electrochemical behavior in a damp SO2-polluted industrial atmosphere is studied. It is shown that their electro-chemical characteristics shit toward positive values when the phosphorus content in the Fe-P-Nb alloys increases and when they undergo nanocrystallization from an amorphous state.

  3. Study of α-phase precipitation on crystallization of Fe88B12 amorphous alloy by NMR method

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    NMR method is used to study processes, occurring at heating of Fe88B12 amorphous alloy to determine the possibility of preparation of supersaturated boron solid solution in α-iron. Samples in the form of 15-25 mcm thickness tape were prepared by means of spinning. Crystallization of amorphous matrix begins over 593 K and passes two stages. α-Fe precipitates during the first stage. Crystallization second stage starts over 723 K and results in essential structural variations. At this stage the residual amorphous matrix is crystallized with formation of metastable tetragonal boride Fe3B. Thus, one may conclude, that boron eurichment of amorphous matrix at heating results in change of orthorhombic Fe3B type short-range order for tetragonal F3B. At 730 K residual amorphous phase approaches stoichiometric boride-Fe3B-composition

  4. Uranium-Based Cermet Alloys

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    The paper describes certain features of dispersion-hardened uranium-based cermets. As possible hardening materials, consideration was given to UO2, UC, Al2O3, MgO and UBe13. Data were obtained on the behaviour of uranium alloys containing the above-mentioned admixtures during creep tests, short-term strength tests and cyclic thermal treatment. The corrosion resistance o f UBe13-based uranium alloys was also studied. )author)

  5. Crystallization of Fe83B17 amorphous alloy by electric pulses produced by a capacitor discharge

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    Heating of conductive materials by electric current is used in many technological processes. Application of electric pulses to metallic glasses induces their fast crystallization, which is an interesting and complex phenomenon. In this work, crystallization of the Fe83B17 amorphous alloy induced by pulses of electric current produced has been studied using X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy. Ribbons of the alloy were directly subjected to single pulses of electric current 250 μs long formed by a capacitor discharge. As the value of ∫I2dt was increased from 0.33 to 2.00 A2 s, different crystallization stages could be observed. The crystallization began through the formation of the nuclei of α-Fe. At high values of ∫I2dt, α-Fe and tetragonal and orthorhombic Fe3B and Fe23B6 were detected in the crystallized ribbons with crystallites of about 50 nm. Thermal annealing of the ribbons at 600 C for 2 min resulted in the formation of α-Fe and tetragonal Fe3B. It was concluded that pulses of electric current produced by a capacitor discharge induced transformation of the Fe83B17 amorphous phase into metastable crystalline products. (orig.)

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

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    The realization of room-temperature macroscopic field effect transistors (FETs) will lead to new epoch-making possibilities for electronic applications. The Id-Vg characteristics of the millimeter-sized aluminum-oxide amorphous alloy (Ni0.36Nb0.24Zr0.40)90H10 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

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

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    Fukuhara, M., E-mail: fukuhara@niche.tohoku.ac.jp [New Industry Creation Hatchery Center, Tohoku University, Sendai 980-8579 (Japan); Kawarada, H. [Research and Development Center, Waseda University, Tokyo 162-0041 (Japan)

    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.

  8. Dynamic magnetic characteristics of Fe78Si13B9 amorphous alloy subjected to operating temperature

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    He, Aina; Wang, Anding; Yue, Shiqiang; Zhao, Chengliang; Chang, Chuntao; Men, He; Wang, Xinmin; Li, Run-Wei

    2016-06-01

    The operating temperature dependence of dynamic magnetic characteristics of the annealed Fe78Si13B9 amorphous alloy core was systematically investigated. The core loss, magnetic induction intensity and complex permeability of the amorphous core were analyzed by means of AC B-H loop tracer and impedance analyzer. It is found that the operating temperature below 403 K has little impact on core loss when the induction (B) is less than 1.25 T. As B becomes higher, core loss measured at high temperature becomes higher. For the cores measured at power frequency, the B at 80 A/m and the coercivity (Hc) at 1 T decline slightly as the temperature goes up. Furthermore, the real part of permeability (μ‧) increases with the rise of temperature. The imaginary part of permeability (μ″) maxima shifts to lower frequency side with increasing temperature, indicating the magnetic relaxation behavior in the sample. In addition, with the rise in the operating temperature of the annealed amorphous core, the relaxation time tends to increase.

  9. The effect of nitrogen on the glass-forming ability and micro-hardness of Fe-Cr-Mn-N amorphous alloys prepared by mechanical alloying

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    In this research, the effect of nitrogen on the thermal behavior and micro-hardness of Fe-Cr-Mn-N amorphous alloys synthesized by mechanical alloying under a nitrogen atmosphere has been considered. The characterization of the as-milled powders by X-ray diffraction, scanning and transmission electron microscopy showed that a fully amorphous structure has been developed by the mechanical alloying process. Differential scanning calorimetry results revealed that the glass transition temperatures and onset crystallization temperatures are in the ranges of 764-766 K and 855-861 K, respectively, for the alloys containing 3.45-3.95 wt.% nitrogen, giving considerable supercooled liquid regions of 91-95 K. The amorphous alloys exhibited an increase in the glass-forming ability by increasing the nitrogen amount. Furthermore, the as-milled amorphous powders showed high micro-hardness values of nearly 1015-1070 HV with an elastic-plastic deformation feature during the indentations. A decrease in the micro-hardness values was found by increasing the nitrogen content.

  10. X-ray diffraction study of the structure Ti{sub 1-x}Ni{sub x} amorphous alloys

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    Barmin, Yu. [State Technical Univ., Voronezh (Russian Federation). Dept. of Solid State Physics; Doonichev, I.; Kosilov, A. [Dept. of Physics of Metals, State Technical Univ., Voronezh (Russian Federation)

    2000-07-01

    The Ti-Ni amorphous alloys were prepared by high rate sputter-deposition. The Ti{sub 1-x}Ni{sub x} (x = 0,61; 0,65; 0,74) alloys structure was investigated by the X-ray diffraction method. The topological short-range order parameters (the radius of the first coordination sphere and coordination number) was established. The experimental data were compared with the results of computer simulation. (orig.)

  11. Effect of amorphous evolution on structure and absorption properties of FeSiCr alloy powders

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    The master alloys of Fe87.5−xSi13.5Crx (x=0, 4, 8, 12 at%) were prepared in vacuum induction melting furnace. Corresponding powder samples were obtained by 60 h ball milling of the crushed master alloys, and studied by morphological, microstructural, electromagnetic and microwave absorption tests in the frequency range from 0.5 to 18 GHz. The powders were characterized by a particle size less than 1 μm and a grain size less than 100 nm. In the cases of x≥8, Fe3Si phase with D03-type structure was observed, and the powders became amorphous completely. A crystallization temperature of 685 K was found for x=8. Coercivity force and saturation magnetization of the powders decreased with the increasing of Cr content. As an electromagnetic wave absorbing material, the minimum reflectivity was −15.5 dB at 8.5 GHz and the absorption band was broad for x=8 powders. - Highlights: ► When Cr is 8 at%, after 60 h milling, D03 superlattice appeared. And exothermic peak appears at 685 K. ► With increasing Cr content, Ms decreases from 145 to 99 emu/g; μ″ is larger than the others at low frequency. ► The minimum reflectivity is −15.5 dB at 8.5 GHz for Cr content is 8 at% when thickness is 2 mm. ► The amorphous Fe78.5Si13.5Cr8 alloy can be applied as electromagnetic wave absorber

  12. A new Ti-Zr-Hf-Cu-Ni-Si-Sn bulk amorphous alloy with high glass-forming ability

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    The effect of Sn substitution for Cu on the glass-forming ability was investigated in Ti41.5Zr2.5Hf5Cu42.5-xNi7.5Si1Sn x (x = 0, 1, 3, 5, 7) alloys by using differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and X-ray diffractometry. The alloy containing 5% Sn shows the highest glass-forming ability (GFA) among the Ti-Zr-Hf-Cu-Ni-Si-Sn system. Fully amorphous rod sample with diameters up to 6 mm could be successfully fabricated by the copper mold casting Ti41.5Zr2.5Hf5Cu37.5Ni7.5Si1Sn5 alloy. The activation energies for glass transition and crystallization for Ti41.5Zr2.5Hf5Cu37.5Ni7.5Si1Sn5 amorphous alloy are both larger than those values for the Sn-free alloy. The enhancement in GFA and thermal stability after the partial replacement of Cu by Sn may be contributed to the strong atomic bonding nature between Ti and Sn and the increasing of atomic packing density. The amorphous Ti41.5Zr2.5Hf5Cu37.5Ni7.5Si1Sn5 alloy also possesses superior mechanical properties

  13. Effect of cobalt on the corrosion behaviour of amorphous Fe-Co-Cr-B-Si alloys in dilute mineral acids

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    The aim of this paper was to investigate the effect of increasing cobalt content on the corrosion resistance of the Fe-Co-Cr-B-Si alloys in dilute mineral acids. The corrosion rates in 0.5N HCl, 1N HCl and 1N H2SO4 significantly decrease with an increase in cobalt content. The alloys with a larger amount of cobalt can passivate spontaneously. The high corrosion resistance of the Fe-Co-Cr-B-Si alloys is also due to the formation of chromium -enriched passive film. Generally, the corrosion resistance of chromium -bearing alloy is improved by alloying with various metalloids but it is lowered by addition of boron and silicon. The corrosion behaviour of the amorphous Fe75-xCoxCr1B7Si17 alloys obtained by the melt-spinning technique was studied using gravimetric method. The best results were obtained with Fe65Co10Cr1B7Si17 alloy. The studied amorphous alloy ribbons exhibit not only excellent physical properties which are useful for many electric and magnetic applications: magnetic sensors, power transformers, high frequency transformers, etc., but also a very good corrosion resistance which extend their application domain. (Author).

  14. Formation of ultra-thin amorphous conversion films on zinc alloy coatings

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    Within the two parts of this contribution a detailed investigation of the nucleation and growth of ultra-thin amorphous conversion coatings on hot dip galvanised steel is reported. The first part deals with the composition and reactivity of the native ultra-thin oxyhydroxide films that are formed on the zinc alloy surface during the hot dip galvanising process due to the enrichment of aluminium at the outer surface of the alloy coating. Complimentary surface analytical techniques such as FT-IR-spectroscopy at grazing incidence and X-ray photo electron spectroscopy, high resolution AFM on selected grains to study the surface topography and cyclovoltammetry as well as quasi stationary current potential curves and Kelvin probe measurements to study surface ion and electron transfer reactions were applied. Changes in the chemical composition, the electronic properties and the morphology of the ultra-thin surface could thereby be analysed. The surface of the ZnAl alloy is composed of an about 3-4 nm thick mixed Zn and Al-oxyhydroxide layer with Zn-oxyhydroxide slightly enriched at the outermost surface. This mixed oxyhydroxide causes to a significant inhibition of electron transfer reactions. During alkaline cleaning the surface is nanoscopically roughened and the mixed oxyhydroxide is converted into an electro-conducting hydroxyl rich pure Zn-oxyhydroxide layer with a thickness of about 4 nm. In the second part of this paper the effect of the inorganic surface layer on the film formation is correlated with these findings

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

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    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. - Highlights: • Electrospinning is a new method to coat amorphous Mg67Zn28Ca5 alloy with gelatin. • Gelatin-coated alloy has differential effect on pH and ion release at various CO2. • L929 cell proliferation correlates with Mg2+ level in alloy extracts. • Biomimetic gelatin coating significantly improves cell–surface interaction

  16. Plasma resonance of binary amorphous and crystalline Al-transition metal alloys: Experiments and ab initio calculations

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    Highlights: • A comprehensive study of the plasma resonance of amorphous Al-transition metal alloys is given. • A characteristic fingerprint for the plasma energy versus concentration is presented. • The experimental results are supported by DFT calculations. • Amorphous alloys are found to be model systems for studying the influence of interband transitions on the plasma resonance. - Abstract: We report on measurements of the volume plasmon loss energy EP by electron energy loss spectroscopy of binary amorphous Al–(Sc, Ti, V, Cr, Mn, Fe, Co, Ni, Y, Pd, Ce) alloys. In these systems the measured EP can be described by an effective valence of the transition metal independent of the particular transition metal. By exploiting ab initio calculations for the crystalline counterparts in the case of Al–(Ti, V, Fe, Ni) we show that this behavior can be understood in terms of the full dielectric function taking into account intra- and interband transitions mainly due to the presence of d-states close to the Fermi energy. This is validated by the comparison with published experimental data on binary Al systems with the non-transition metals Be, Mg, Ca, and Zn. Due to the absence of composition-dependent structural phase changes, amorphous alloys are found to be model-like systems for studying the influence of interband transitions on the plasma resonance

  17. Nanocrystal Growth in Thermally Treated Fe75Ni2Si8B13C2 Amorphous Alloy

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    Minić, Dragica M.; Blagojević, V.; Minić, Dušan M.; David, Bohumil; Pizúrová, Naděžda; Žák, Tomáš

    43A, č. 9 (2012), s. 3062-3069. ISSN 1073-5623 R&D Projects: GA MŠk 1M0512 Institutional support: RVO:68081723 Keywords : Nanocrystal growth * Fe75Ni2Si8B13C2 * Amorphous alloy Subject RIV: BM - Solid Matter Physics ; Magnetism Impact factor: 1.627, year: 2012

  18. Plasma resonance of binary amorphous and crystalline Al-transition metal alloys: Experiments and ab initio calculations

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    Stiehler, M., E-mail: martin.stiehler@mailbox.org [Technische Universität Chemnitz, Institute of Physics, 09107 Chemnitz (Germany); Kaltenborn, S. [Physics Department and Research Center OPTIMAS, University of Kaiserslautern, 67663 Kaiserslautern (Germany); Gillani, S.S.A.; Pudwell, P. [Technische Universität Chemnitz, Institute of Physics, 09107 Chemnitz (Germany); Schneider, H.C., E-mail: hcsch@physik.uni-kl.de [Physics Department and Research Center OPTIMAS, University of Kaiserslautern, 67663 Kaiserslautern (Germany); Häussler, P. [Technische Universität Chemnitz, Institute of Physics, 09107 Chemnitz (Germany)

    2015-07-15

    Highlights: • A comprehensive study of the plasma resonance of amorphous Al-transition metal alloys is given. • A characteristic fingerprint for the plasma energy versus concentration is presented. • The experimental results are supported by DFT calculations. • Amorphous alloys are found to be model systems for studying the influence of interband transitions on the plasma resonance. - Abstract: We report on measurements of the volume plasmon loss energy E{sub P} by electron energy loss spectroscopy of binary amorphous Al–(Sc, Ti, V, Cr, Mn, Fe, Co, Ni, Y, Pd, Ce) alloys. In these systems the measured E{sub P} can be described by an effective valence of the transition metal independent of the particular transition metal. By exploiting ab initio calculations for the crystalline counterparts in the case of Al–(Ti, V, Fe, Ni) we show that this behavior can be understood in terms of the full dielectric function taking into account intra- and interband transitions mainly due to the presence of d-states close to the Fermi energy. This is validated by the comparison with published experimental data on binary Al systems with the non-transition metals Be, Mg, Ca, and Zn. Due to the absence of composition-dependent structural phase changes, amorphous alloys are found to be model-like systems for studying the influence of interband transitions on the plasma resonance.

  19. Effect of manufacturing method on the magnetic properties and formation of structural defects in Fe61Co10Y8Zr1B20 amorphous alloy

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    Highlights: • Influence of manufacturing method on structural defects was studied. • Samples were obtained by the use of injection-casting and melt-spinning techniques. • The defects have been indirectly analyzed by approach to ferromagnetic saturation. • Prolonged solidification time allows recombination of atoms arrangement in a volume. • That reduce internal stress and leads to increase in the packing density of atoms. - Abstract: Soft magnetic properties of amorphous alloys are determined by their structure, which strongly depends on their manufacturing method. Alloys obtained in the form of conventional amorphous alloys (tapes) are cooled with a much higher rate than the material obtained in the form of tiles by the injection casting method. The cooling rate and production method determines the type and number of structural defects created in the volume of produced samples. The paper presents an indirect method for the analysis of structural defects and their effect on the magnetic properties of studied alloys. Basing on initial magnetization curve analysis in the area of so-called approach to ferromagnetic saturation was found that point defects were forming in the samples in the form of tapes. The magnetization process of tiles were influenced by the presence of conglomerates of point defects called quasidislocation dipoles

  20. Influence of Si on glass forming ability and properties of the bulk amorphous alloy Mg60Cu30Y10

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    Research highlights: → The partial substitution of Cu by the right amount of Si increases the glass forming ability of the bulk amorphous alloy Mg60Cu30Y10. → The serrations size of Mg60Cu30-xY10Six is dependent on the content of Si. → The creep displacement of Mg60Cu30-xY10Six alloys decrease with increasing Si content. → The elastic modulus and nano-hardness of Mg60Cu30-xY10Six are dependent on the Si content. - Abstract: We studied the influence of partially replacing Cu by Si in the bulk amorphous alloy Mg30Cu30Y10. Glass forming ability (GFA), examined using X-ray diffraction and a differential scanning calorimeter, was increased at 1% Si, but decreased for larger Si concentrations. Nano-indentation measured nano-hardness, elastic modulus and load-displacement curves. The elastic modulus and nano-hardness increased with increasing Si content to a maximum at 2.5%. The load-displacement curves during nano-indentation revealed displacement serrations. These increased with decreasing loading rates, decreased with increasing Si content. The load-displacement curves also indicated that these bulk amorphous alloys exhibited primary creep at room temperature just like other high strength alloys. The creep displacement decreased with increasing Si content.

  1. Electronic structure and sign reversal of the Hall coefficient in amorphous CuZr alloys

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    Manh, D.N.; Pavuna, D.; Cyrot-Lackmann, F.; Mayou, D.; Pasturel, A.

    1986-04-15

    We present calculated densities of states (DOS) for Cu/sub x/Zr/sub 1-x/ amorphous alloys across the compositional range. We find that for x<80 at. % Cu there is no ordering and the Fermi level E/sub F/ is dominated by the Zr 4d subband, while above 80 at. % Cu the local order increases and the DOS at E/sub F/ abruptly decreases and is dominated by the s states. These changes in DOS and the fact that the energy derivative of the self-energy changes its sign (implying a change of sign of the Fermi velocity) gives further insight into the experimentally observed sign reversal of the Hall coefficient which occurs for 80< or =x< or =85 at. % Cu.

  2. Electronic structure and sign reversal of the Hall coefficient in amorphous CuZr alloys

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    We present calculated densities of states (DOS) for Cu/sub x/Zr/sub 1-x/ amorphous alloys across the compositional range. We find that for x<80 at. % Cu there is no ordering and the Fermi level E/sub F/ is dominated by the Zr 4d subband, while above 80 at. % Cu the local order increases and the DOS at E/sub F/ abruptly decreases and is dominated by the s states. These changes in DOS and the fact that the energy derivative of the self-energy changes its sign (implying a change of sign of the Fermi velocity) gives further insight into the experimentally observed sign reversal of the Hall coefficient which occurs for 80< or =x< or =85 at. % Cu

  3. Computer experiments on radiation strength and radiation enhanced segregation of Al–Si amorphous alloys

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    Computer experiments of irradiated Al–Si alloys were performed to clarify the mechanism of radiation enhanced segregation. The atomic configurations of pure Al, Al–5 at%Si and Al–10 at%Si with amorphous structure after the irradiation of high energy beam were calculated by the molecular dynamics method. We estimated the threshold energies to create voids in pure Al, Al–5 at%Si and Al–10 at%Si as 0.23, 0.25 and 0.25 keV/nm, respectively. This fact means that addition of Si to Al enhances strength against void formation by beam irradiation. We also confirmed that addition of Si to Al gave strong effect on radiation enhanced segregation. The degree of enhancement depended on the degree of dispersion of Si atoms in Al matrix because the Si atoms enhances clustering of the Al atoms surrounding them. (author)

  4. SEM investigation of surface blistering for argon ion bombarded amorphous alloys

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    Surface blistering of the amorphous alloys Co70.2Fe3.9Nb3.9Si14B8 and Co66Fe4.5V2.25Ni2.25Si10B15 due to argon ion bombardment at energies of 150, 195 and 300 keV has been observed with a scanning electron microscope (SEM). The critical dose for onset of blistering and the blister diameter are determined and found to increase with increasing projectile energy. Above about 195 keV, blisters and rupture of blisters are the predominant surface damage phenomena. However, at 150 keV, there is no evidence of cracked blisters. The effects are interpreted in terms of argon agglomeration, building-up of the critical argon pressure, and argon releasing from near-surface regions

  5. A thermodynamic approach towards glass-forming ability of amorphous metallic alloys

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    Sonal R Prajapati; Supriya Kasyap; Arun Pratap

    2015-12-01

    A quantitative measure of the stability of a glass as compared to its corresponding crystalline state can be obtained by calculating the thermodynamic parameters, such as the Gibbs free energy difference (), entropy difference () and the enthalpy difference () between the super-cooled liquid and the corresponding crystalline phase. is known as the driving force of crystallization. The driving force of crystallization () provides very important information about the glass-forming ability (GFA) of metallic glasses (MGs). Lesser the driving force of crystallization more is the GFA. The varies linearly with the critical size (). According to Battezzati and Garonne the parameter ( = (1−(/))/(1−( / ))) in the expression for should be a constant (i.e., 0.8), but its uniqueness is not observed for all MGs. The thermal stability of various alloy compositions is studied by their undercooled liquid region ( = − ). Large implies greater stability against crystallization of the amorphous structure. Other GFA parameters are also calculated and correlated with critical size ().

  6. Structure of amorphous silicon alloy films: Annual subcontract report, January 15, 1988--January 14, 1989

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    Norberg, R.E.; Fedders, P.A.

    1989-06-01

    The principal objective of this research program has been to improve the understanding at the microscopic level of amorphous silicon-germanium-alloy films deposited under various conditions to assist researchers to produce higher quality films. The method has been a joint theoretical and experimental approach to the correlation of NMR, ESR, and other characterizations, especially relating to rearrangements of hydrogen. Deuteron magnetic resonance reveals the presence of (and changes in) tightly bonded hydrogen (deuterium), weakly bonded hydrogen, molecular hydrogen, and rotating silyl groups. Microvoids are investigated via observation of para D/sub 2/ for which /Delta/M/sub J/ transitions are frozen out. Solid echoes reveal HD and ortho D/sub 2/ trapped as singles in the semiconductor matrix. Theoretical calculations show dangling bonds to be more likely than floating bonds. 23 refs., 11 figs.

  7. Low-field magnetic properties of amorphous and nanocystalline FeCrCuNbSiB alloys

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    The AC susceptibility dependence on magnetic field, time and temperature of amorphous as well as nanocrystalline Fe73.5-xCrxCu1Nb3Si13.5B9 (x=0-4) alloys was studied. Micromagnetic model is used for calculating the activation energy spectra (AES) of the magnetic after-effect (MAE). It was observed that addition of Cr to the amorphous FeCrCuNbSiB alloys highly decreases the amplitude of the MAE so that no MAE is observed for Cr content higher than 2 at%. After annealing at 550 deg. C, the initial susceptibility increases as a result of magnetic softening during nanocrystallization and the MAE vanishes. The nanocrystalline state was characterized by the high magnetic as well as structural stability. Moreover, addition of 1 at% Cr makes the initial susceptibility of the nanocrytalline sample higher than in the FINEMET alloy

  8. Magneto x-ray study of a gadolinium-iron amorphous alloy

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    This work reports the measurement of the magnetic x-ray absorption of an amorphous Gd-Fe ferrimagnetic thin film. The Gd to Fe concentration in the sample was 1:4. The magnetic x-ray effect is the x-ray analog of magneto-optic absorption effects. Magneto x-ray effects arise when a solid has different indices of refraction for right and left circularly polarized x-rays. The difference in absorption of left and right circularly polarized x-rays is called the magneto x-ray absorption. This absorption is proportional to the net spin of the final state density of states. At the L3 edge, the main x-ray transition is from initial Gd(2p) core states to final Gd(5d) unoccupied states. Since the 5d states have a net spin polarization in ferromagnetic Gd, this experiment hoped to directly observe how that polarization changes for Gd in the alloy. The magneto x-ray absorption at the Gd L3 edge will be proportional to the sign and amount of the net spin polarization of the 5d electrons. The magnetic x-ray absorption coefficient was found to be at least 0.0005 smaller than the linear absorption coefficient at the Gd white line energy. This was measured for the amorphous alloy at room temperature. Lock-in techniques were used to obtain the small limit to the absorption. A simple model for the size of the magnetic x-ray absorption coefficient in Gd suggests that the Gd(5d) net spin polarization is less than 0.01 Bohr magnetons per atom

  9. Search for novel amorphous alloys with high crystallization temperature by combinatorial arc plasma deposition

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    This paper describes a combinatorial search for novel amorphous alloys with high crystallization temperatures (Tx) using combinatorial arc plasma deposition (CAPD). The CAPD technique can deposit 1089 (33 x 33) thin film samples with different compositions on a substrate at one time. These 1089 samples on the substrate are individually referred to as CAPD samples and collectively referred to as a thin film library. Thin film libraries of Ir-Zr-Fe, Ir-Zr-Al, Mo-Zr-Al, Mo-Zr-Si, Ru-Zr-Fe and Ru-Zr-Si were deposited by CAPD. The compositions and phases of the CAPD samples were measured by energy dispersive X-ray fluorescence spectrometry and X-ray diffractometry, respectively. The results revealed that each library included amorphous CAPD samples. Since it is impossible to measure the Tx, fracture strength, fracture strain and Young's modulus of the CAPD samples by conventional measurement methods, larger samples having the same compositions as the amorphous CAPD samples were fabricated by a sputtering system. Since all CAPD samples of Ir-Zr-Fe and Ir-Zr-Al were too brittle, their corresponding sputter-deposited samples were not prepared. Sputter-deposited Mo-Zr-Al, Mo-Zr-Si, Ru-Zr-Fe and Ru-Zr-Si samples with ∼50 at.% Mo- or Ru-content were fabricated, and Tx and mechanical properties of these sputter-deposited samples were evaluated. All the sputter-deposited samples of Mo-Zr-Al and Mo-Zr-Si showed high Tx exceeding 973 K and as well as brittle characteristics. Ru50Zr35Fe10 samples showed high Tx exceeding 1273 K and a low fracture strength of 0.26 GPa. Samples of Ru51Zr5Si44 showed a high Tx of 923 K and a high fracture strength of 1.25 GPa

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

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    We have performed density functional theory calculations and ab initio molecular dynamics to investigate the structures and dynamic properties of the liquid and amorphous LixSi 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 Li1.0Si 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 Li4.81Si alloy at 1500 K. Our results also show that amorphous LixSi 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 LixSi was predicted to lie in the range between 10−7 and 10−9 cm2/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 LixSi, indicating a more profound dependence on the

  11. 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, E-mail: chinlung@ntu.edu.tw [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, National Taiwan University, Taipei 10617, Taiwan (China); Lu, Jian-Ming [National Center for High-Performance Computing, Tainan 74147, Taiwan (China)

    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

  12. Highly ordered amorphous silicon-carbon alloys obtained by RF PECVD

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    Pereyra, I; Carreno, M N P; Prado, R J; Fantini, M C A

    2000-01-01

    We have shown that close to stoichiometry RF PECVD amorphous silicon carbon alloys deposited under silane starving plasma conditions exhibit a tendency towards c-Si C chemical order. Motivated by this trend, we further explore the effect of increasing RF power and H sub 2 dilution of the gaseous mixtures, aiming to obtain the amorphous counterpart of c-Si C by the RF-PECVD technique. Doping experiments were also performed on ordered material using phosphorus and nitrogen as donor impurities and boron and aluminum as acceptor ones. For nitrogen a doping efficiency close to device quality a-Si:H was obtained, the lower activation energy being 0,12 eV with room temperature dark conductivity of 2.10 sup - sup 3 (OMEGA.cm). Nitrogen doping efficiency was higher than phosphorous for all studied samples. For p-type doping, results indicate that, even though the attained conductivity values are not device levels, aluminum doping conducted to a promising shift in the Fermi level. Also, aluminum resulted a more efficie...

  13. 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.

  14. Orbital-free density functional theory study of amorphous Li-Si alloys and introduction of a simple density decomposition formalism

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    Xia, Junchao; Carter, Emily A.

    2016-03-01

    We propose a simple density decomposition formalism within orbital-free (OF) density functional theory (DFT) based on the Wang-Govind-Carter-decomposition (WGCD) kinetic energy density functional (KEDF). The resulting simple-WGCD (sWGCD) KEDF provides efficient density optimization, full cell relaxation, reasonable bulk properties for various materials compared to both the original OFDFT-WGCD and the Kohn-Sham (KS) DFT values, and has various numerical benefits including more stable convergence and lower computational cost (twice as fast as the WGCD KEDF). We also study amorphous (a-) Li-Si alloys with KSDFT and OFDFT using the Huang-Carter (HC), WGCD, and sWGCD KEDFs. The a-Li-Si alloy samples are prepared with the anneal-and-quench method using NVT molecular dynamics simulations. We report structural properties, equilibrium volumes, bulk moduli, and alloy formation energies for each a-alloy. The HC, WGCD, and sWGCD KEDFs within OFDFT all predict accurate equilibrium volumes compared against KSDFT benchmarks. The HC KEDF bulk moduli agree with KSDFT benchmarks whereas the WGCD/sWGCD KEDFs generally overestimate the bulk moduli, especially for alloys with low Li concentrations. All three KEDFs show limited ability to predict alloy formation energies, which indicates the lack of transferability of these KEDFs among such systems and motivates future developments in OFDFT and KEDF formalisms.

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

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    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 deg. 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.

  16. PIXE from thin films and amorphous alloys induced by medium energy heavy ions

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    Highlights: •Low energy heavy-ion PIXE were used for surface characterization. •It was performed in time sequence and at grazing incidence-exit geometry. •Stability of thin films against implantation and interface mixing was analyzed. •Sputtering of multicomponent alloys subjected to irradiation was monitored. -- Abstract: Characteristic X-rays emitted under impact of fast light ions with surfaces (PIXE) provide information not only on atomic excitation and further recombination processes but also on elemental composition and dynamics of restructuration of the surface. In this work radiation emitted during interaction of medium energy (∼200 keV) heavy ions (Ar, N) with Si (1 1 0) surface and with Fe/Si and Fe/Cu/Si thin (1–50 nm) films in grazing incidence-exit angle geometry were measured in time sequence in order to show that dynamics of selective modification of surface structure and composition can be monitored in-situ with PIXE. It is shown that surfaces of amorphous alloys are not stable against heavy ions (HI) irradiation due to preferential sputtering and implantation and that the dynamics of such modification can also be monitored with PIXE. The method is used for example to find detection limit for implanted Ar ions

  17. Amorphous Fe-B alloys in B-Fe-Ag multilayers studied by magnetization and Moessbauer measurements

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    Kiss, L.F., E-mail: kissl@szfki.hu [Research Institute for Solid State Physics and Optics, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, P.O. Box 49, H-1525 Budapest (Hungary); Balogh, J.; Bujdoso, L.; Kaptas, D.; Kemeny, T. [Research Institute for Solid State Physics and Optics, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, P.O. Box 49, H-1525 Budapest (Hungary); Kovacs, A. [Center for Electron Nanoscopy, Technical University of Denmark, Kgs. Lyngby 2800 (Denmark); Vincze, I. [Research Institute for Solid State Physics and Optics, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, P.O. Box 49, H-1525 Budapest (Hungary)

    2011-06-15

    Research highlights: > The magnetic properties of B-Fe-Ag multi-trilayers were investigated. > They are influenced by the Ag thickness when it is below 5 nm. > The formation of amorphous Fe-B alloys of different B content is observed. > It is due to the role of the Ag layer as barrier to the mixing of Fe and B. > The ultra-thin Fe-rich alloy between Ag and B layers shows ferromagnetic properties. - Abstract: Bulk and local magnetic properties were studied in [1 nm B + 1 nm {sup 57}Fe + x nm Ag]{sub 5}, x = 1, 2, 4, 5 and 10, multilayer samples. Although Ag does not mix with either of the other two elements the magnetic properties of the multilayers are strongly influenced by the Ag thickness below x = 5, whereas no such effect is observed above this value. The Moessbauer measurements indicate a complete amorphization of the thin Fe layers in each sample, as a result of intermixing with the B layers. The variation of the magnetic properties is explained by the variation of the average B concentration of the amorphous Fe-B layers, which depends on the thickness of the Ag barrier layers. The magnetization measurements indicate ferromagnetic behaviour of the ultra-thin amorphous layers with the presence of less than 10% superparamagnetic moments for x = 5 and 10. The average B concentration of the amorphous Fe-B alloy, as estimated from the Fe hyperfine fields, is around 40 at%. It is significantly lower than the 60 at% nominal B concentration, suggesting the presence of an unalloyed B layer, as well. This picture is supported by transmission electron microscopy investigations which reveal two amorphous layers of different B concentration in between the crystalline Ag layers.

  18. Energy reversible switching from amorphous metal based nanoelectromechanical switch

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    Mayet, Abdulilah M.

    2013-08-01

    We report observation of energy reversible switching from amorphous metal based nanoelectromechanical (NEM) switch. For ultra-low power electronics, NEM switches can be used as a complementary switching element in many nanoelectronic system applications. Its inherent zero power consumption because of mechanical detachment is an attractive feature. However, its operating voltage needs to be in the realm of 1 volt or lower. Appropriate design and lower Young\\'s modulus can contribute achieving lower operating voltage. Therefore, we have developed amorphous metal with low Young\\'s modulus and in this paper reporting the energy reversible switching from a laterally actuated double electrode NEM switch. © 2013 IEEE.

  19. Mechanically driven nanocrystallization of amorphous Fe73.5Cu1Nb3Si13.5B9 alloy induced by high-energy ball milling

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    The mechanically driven nanocrystallization of amorphous Finemet alloy caused by high-energy ball milling was investigated by XRD, DSC and TEM techniques. A structural relaxation occurred in the amorphous Finemet alloy after milling for 0.5-2 h. Further milling for more than 3.5 h, uniformly and randomly distributed nanocrystalline α-Fe with grain size from ∝2 nm to ∝5 nm formed. The kinetics of the mechanical nanocrystallization of amorphous Finemet alloy was described by JMA model with the Avrami exponent n=1.55, which indicates a zero-nucleation rate and grain growth in all shapes from very small dimensions. In addition, the mechanical crystallization of amorphous Finemet alloys is mainly due to the severe deformation and local temperature rise during ball milling. (copyright 2005 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  20. Dense and smooth amorphous films of multicomponent FeCoNiCuVZrAl high-entropy alloy deposited by direct current magnetron sputtering

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    Highlights: ► We prepare a perfect dense and smooth amorphous nitride high entropy film. ► The formation mechanism has been discussed based on thermodynamic theory. ► The hardness and Young’s modulus of the film can reach to 12 and 166 GPa. ► We discuss the effects of N2 flow ratios. - Abstract: The multicomponent amorphous nitride films of FeCoNiCuVZrAl high-entropy alloy were deposited by direct current magnetron sputtering in the mixture atmosphere of Ar and N2. The systematical investigations demonstrate that the chemical composition, microstructure, and mechanical properties of the amorphous films intimately rely on the concentration of N2 in the atmosphere mixture. When N2 flow ratio increases from 0% to 50%, the thickness of the films decreases, whereas the roughness firstly decreases and then increases. At the N2 flow ratio of 30%, a perfect dense and smooth amorphous nitride film could be achieved. While the hardness and Young’s modulus of the film reach the maximum values of 12 and 166 GPa, respectively

  1. Comparative anomalous small-angle X-ray scattering study of hotwire and plasma grown amorphous silicon-germanium alloys

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    2001-01-01

    The nanostructure of hydrogenated amorphous silicon-germanium alloys, a-Si1-xGex:H, prepared by the hotwire deposition technique (x=0.06-0.79) and by the plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition technique (x=0 and 0.50) was analyzed by anomalous small-angle x-ray scattering experiments. For all alloys with x >0 the Ge component was found to be inhomogeneously distributed with correlation lengths of about 1 nm. A systematic increase of the separated scattering was found due to the increasing ...

  2. Preparation and Cycling Performance of Iron or Iron Oxide Containing Amorphous Al-Li Alloys as Electrodes

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    Franziska Thoss

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Crystalline phase transitions cause volume changes, which entails a fast destroying of the electrode. Non-crystalline states may avoid this circumstance. Herein we present structural and electrochemical investigations of pre-lithiated, amorphous Al39Li43Fe13Si5-powders, to be used as electrode material for Li-ion batteries. Powders of master alloys with the compositions Al39Li43Fe13Si5 and Al39Li43Fe13Si5 + 5 mass-% FeO were prepared via ball milling and achieved amorphous/nanocrystalline states after 56 and 21.6 h, respectively. In contrast to their Li-free amorphous pendant Al78Fe13Si9, both powders showed specific capacities of about 400 and 700 Ah/kgAl, respectively, after the third cycle.

  3. Study on glass-forming ability and hydrogen storage properties of amorphous Mg60Ni30La10−xCox (x = 0, 4) alloys

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    Mg60Ni30La10−xCox (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 (υ0), 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 Mg60Ni30La10−xCox (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

  4. A study of the diffusion mechanism in glasses: a theoretical and experimental study of tracers diffusion in amorphous metallic alloys

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    The principal aims of this work are a better understanding of the experimental situation in amorphous metallic alloys and a tentative explanation of the role of collective mechanisms in matter transport. Self- and solute-diffusion of Hf, Au and Cu tracers in amorphous Ni Zr alloy have been studied. We study by SIMS analysis the broadening of the concentration profile with temperature and pressure, in thin amorphous layers which were prepared by sputtering and properly relaxed. The diffusion coefficient variation with temperature shows an Arrhenius behaviour for all of our tracers. The activation energy amount to 1.55 eV for Cu, 1.65 eV for Au and 1.78 eV for Hf and corresponds to nearly one half of the corresponding energy in crystalline zirconium. The diffusion coefficients variation with hydrostatic pressure yields an activation volume equal to one half of an average atomic volume of our matrix for medium and large sized tracers Au, Hf and a smaller activation volume for Cu. The second part of our work consists of numerical simulations of atomic displacements in a generic glass by two complementary methods. In a Lennard-Jones alloy with size effect, we observe by molecular dynamics (MD) some correlated displacements which consist of substitution cycles or chains. The associated energy of these collective events represents nearly 15 pc of that found in crystalline Lennard- Jones. The systematic exploration of energy surface in space configuration made with activation-relaxation technique ART yields energy distributions of stable and saddles positions and opens the way to an evaluation of diffusion coefficients. The events found by ART are qualitatively close to MD ones, but the averaged activation energy associated with these events represents only 10 pc of the crystalline one. This clearly points towards the limit of Lennard-Jones potential, which is not enough representative of actual glasses. This is the reason why an interaction model closer to amorphous

  5. Influence of Y, Gd and Sm on the glass forming ability and thermal crystallization of aluminum based alloy

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    Al-based amorphous alloys represent an important family of metals and a great scientific activity has been devoted to determine the main features of both glass forming ability (GFA) and crystallization behavior in order to have a comprehensive framework aimed at potential technological applications. Nowadays, it is well known that the best Al-based amorphous alloys are formed in ternary systems such as Al- RE-TM, where RE is a rare earth and TM a transition metal. This paper presents results of research in Al85Ni10RE5 alloys (RE = Y, Gd and Sm). Amorphous ribbons were processed by melt-spinning under the same conditions and subsequently characterized by x-ray diffraction (XRD) and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). Results show appreciable micro structural differences as function of the rare earth, thus crystal is obtained for Y, nano-glassy for Gd and, fully amorphous structure for Sm. (author)

  6. Effects of superimposed hydrostatic pressure on flow and fracture of a Zr-Ti-Ni-Cu-Be bulk amorphous alloy

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    Recent successes in producing bulk amorphous alloys have renewed interest in this class of materials. Although amorphous metallic alloys have been shown to exhibit strengths in excess of 2.0 GPa, most of the earlier studies on such materials were conducted on tape or ribbon specimens due to the high cooling rates required to achieve the amorphous structure. The primary purpose of this investigation was to determine the effects of superimposed hydrostatic pressure on the flow and fracture behavior of a Zr-Ti-Ni-Cu-Be bulk metallic glass utilizing procedures successfully utilized on a range of structural materials, as reviewed recently. In general, few studies of this type have been conducted on metallic glasses, although thin ribbons (i.e., 300 microm thick) of a Pd-Cu-Si amorphous material tested with superimposed pressure have been reported previously. In particular, the effects of superimposed hydrostatic pressure over levels ranging from 50 MPa to 575 MPa on the flow/fracture behavior of cylindrical tensile specimens were compared to the flow and fracture behavior of identical materials tested in uniaxial tension and compression. It is shown that changes in stress triaxiality, defined as σm/bar σ, over the range of -0.33 to 0.33 produced a negligible effect on the fracture stress and fracture strain, while the orientation of the macroscopic fracture plane with respect to the loading axis was significantly affected by changes in σm/bar σ

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

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    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 (x2 or 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

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

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    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

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

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    Zhang, Pengfei, E-mail: zhangpengfei1984@163.com; 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.

  10. Iron-Based Amorphous-Metals: High-Performance Corrosion-Resistant Materials (HPCRM) Development Final Report

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    Farmer, J C; Choi, J; Saw, C; Haslem, J; Day, D; Hailey, P; Lian, T; Rebak, R; Perepezko, J; Payer, J; Branagan, D; Beardsley, B; D' Amato, A; Aprigliano, L

    2009-03-16

    An overview of the High-Performance Corrosion-Resistant Materials (HPCRM) Program, which was co-sponsored by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Defense Sciences Office (DSO) and the United States Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Civilian and Radioactive Waste Management (OCRWM), is discussed. Programmatic investigations have included a broad range of topics: alloy design and composition; materials synthesis; thermal stability; corrosion resistance; environmental cracking; mechanical properties; damage tolerance; radiation effects; and important potential applications. Amorphous alloys identified as SAM2X5 (Fe{sub 49.7}Cr{sub 17.7}Mn{sub 1.9}Mo{sub 7.4}W{sub 1.6}B{sub 15.2}C{sub 3.8}Si{sub 2.4}) and SAM1651 (Fe{sub 48}Mo{sub 14}Cr{sub 15}Y{sub 2}C{sub 15}B{sub 6}) have been produced as melt-spun ribbons, drop-cast ingots and thermal-spray coatings. Chromium (Cr), molybdenum (Mo) and tungsten (W) additions provided corrosion resistance, while boron (B) enabled glass formation. Earlier electrochemical studies of melt-spun ribbons and ingots of these amorphous alloys demonstrated outstanding passive film stability. More recently thermal-spray coatings of these amorphous alloys have been made and subjected to long-term salt-fog and immersion tests. Good corrosion resistance has been observed during salt-fog testing. Corrosion rates were measured in situ with linear polarization, while simultaneously monitoring the open-circuit corrosion potentials. Reasonably good performance was observed. The sensitivity of these measurements to electrolyte composition and temperature was determined. The high boron content of this particular amorphous metal make this amorphous alloy an effective neutron absorber, and suitable for criticality control applications. In general, the corrosion resistance of these iron-based amorphous metals is maintained at operating temperatures up to the glass transition temperature. These materials are much harder than conventional

  11. Iron-Based Amorphous-Metals: High-Performance Corrosion-Resistant Materials (HPCRM) Development Final Report

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    An overview of the High-Performance Corrosion-Resistant Materials (HPCRM) Program, which was co-sponsored by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Defense Sciences Office (DSO) and the United States Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Civilian and Radioactive Waste Management (OCRWM), is discussed. Programmatic investigations have included a broad range of topics: alloy design and composition; materials synthesis; thermal stability; corrosion resistance; environmental cracking; mechanical properties; damage tolerance; radiation effects; and important potential applications. Amorphous alloys identified as SAM2X5 (Fe49.7Cr17.7Mn1.9Mo7.4W1.6B15.2C3.8Si2.4) and SAM1651 (Fe48Mo14Cr15Y2C15B6) have been produced as melt-spun ribbons, drop-cast ingots and thermal-spray coatings. Chromium (Cr), molybdenum (Mo) and tungsten (W) additions provided corrosion resistance, while boron (B) enabled glass formation. Earlier electrochemical studies of melt-spun ribbons and ingots of these amorphous alloys demonstrated outstanding passive film stability. More recently thermal-spray coatings of these amorphous alloys have been made and subjected to long-term salt-fog and immersion tests. Good corrosion resistance has been observed during salt-fog testing. Corrosion rates were measured in situ with linear polarization, while simultaneously monitoring the open-circuit corrosion potentials. Reasonably good performance was observed. The sensitivity of these measurements to electrolyte composition and temperature was determined. The high boron content of this particular amorphous metal make this amorphous alloy an effective neutron absorber, and suitable for criticality control applications. In general, the corrosion resistance of these iron-based amorphous metals is maintained at operating temperatures up to the glass transition temperature. These materials are much harder than conventional stainless steel and nickel-based materials, and are proving to have excellent wear

  12. Self-similar transformation of surface relief of amorphous alloy stressed foil

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    Paper contains a series (time sequence) of topographic patterns of the stressed surface of Fe70Cr15B15 amorphous alloy foil. It is shown that in contrast to the standard (polycrystalline) metal foil the surface relief of the mentioned material is characterized initially by the fractal properties due to the nonequilibrium conditions of its formation. Upon reaching of tensile stress equal to 500 MPa at the surface the relief fractal dimension initially increases from 1.21 ± 0.02 up to 1.22 ± 0.02 and then drops up to 1.12 ± 0.03 and, finally, increases step-by-step up to 1.22 ± 0.02. Approximately in an hour and a half a system of regular bands of shift with about 300 nm amplitude substitutes for an intricate relief with the peculiar depth equal to several tens of nanometers. Self-similar transformations of relief are explained by competition of the following processes: cracking, straightening of a stretched surface, self-diffusion

  13. Elastic and plastic characteristics of a model Cu–Zr amorphous alloy

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    Nakamura, Akiho; Kamimura, Yasushi [Institute of Industrial Science, The University of Tokyo, Komaba, Meguro-ku, Tokyo 153-8505 (Japan); Edagawa, Keiichi, E-mail: edagawa@iis.u-tokyo.ac.jp [Institute of Industrial Science, The University of Tokyo, Komaba, Meguro-ku, Tokyo 153-8505 (Japan); Takeuchi, Shin [Tokyo University of Science, Kagurazaka, Sinjuku-ku, Tokyo 162-8601 (Japan)

    2014-09-22

    Athermal quasistatic simulation of shear deformation has been conducted for a realistic model Cu–Zr amorphous alloy to investigate characteristic features of elasticity and plasticity of the material. Significant reduction of the shear modulus by nonaffine atomic displacements and appreciable nonlinearity of elasticity have been observed. The fourth-order elastic constant in shear deformation and the ideal shear strength have been evaluated. Plastic deformation has been observed to start with isolated local shear transformations (LSTs) followed by collective LSTs leading to the formation of a shear band. Participation-ratio analysis (PRA) has demonstrated how the nonaffine displacement field converges as the system approaches the critical point of losing structural stability. PRA has also evaluated quantitatively the numbers of atoms participating in LSTs – the average number is about 30. Spatially anisotropic development of nascent shear band on a plane has been shown, attributable to anisotropic internal stress field induced by an LST. The evaluated stresses for the shear-band nucleation and for its propagation have indicated that the yielding in real materials is controlled by the shear-band propagation, as previously pointed out.

  14. Investigation of the structure and properties of Fe-Co-B-Si-Nb bulk amorphous alloy obtained by pressure die casting method

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    W. Pilarczyk

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: The main aim of this paper is investigation of the microstructure and thermal properties of selected Fe-Co-B-Si-Nb bulk amorphous alloy.Design/methodology/approach: The studies were performed on Fe-Co-B-Si-Nb alloy in form of rods with diameter of ø=1.5 and ø=2 mm. Master alloy ingot with compositions of Fe37.44Co34.56B19.2Si4.8Nb4 was prepared by induction melting of pure Fe, Co, B, Si and Nb elements in argon atmosphere. The structure analysis of the studied materials in as-cast state was carried out using X-ray diffraction (XRD. The thermal properties: glass transition temperature (Tg, onset crystallization temperature (Tx and peak crystallization temperature (Tp of the as-cast alloys were examined by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC method. The microscopic observation of the fracture morphology of studied amorphous materials in rods form with different diameter was carried out by means of scanning electron microscope (SEM, within different magnification.Findings: The Fe-based bulk metallic glasses in form of rod were successfully produced by die pressure casting method. The investigation revealed that the studied rods are amorphous. These materials exhibit good glassforming ability. These tested rods with diameter of 1.5 and 2 mm exhibit similar characteristic temperatures (Tg, Tx, Tp. The exothermic peaks describing crystallization process of studied bulk metallic glasses are observed Morphology of cross section rods is changing having contact with copper mould during casting from smooth fracture inside rod to fine narrow dense veins pattern near to rod surface. These rods have smooth surface and metallic luster. The presented fractures are characteristic for metallic glasses.Practical implications: The success of production of studied Fe-based bulk metallic glasses is important for future practical application of those materials as elements of magnetic circuits, sensors and precise current transformers

  15. Modelling of primary bcc-Fe crystal growth in a Fe85B15 amorphous alloy

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    A kinetic modelling of primary crystallization in metallic glasses, based on the CALPHAD approach and the moving boundary model, has been applied to the Fe-B system. The DICTRA software has been used to perform numerical calculations. Kinetic and thermodynamic parameters (atomic mobilities and thermodynamic factors) are required and they have been obtained from the literature. Various simulations have been performed in order to evaluate the influence of different parameters choice. The soft impingement effect has been discussed. Furthermore, amorphous Fe85B15 samples have been prepared and examined by differential scanning calorimetry. Calculated and experimental results, both on continuous heating and isothermal conditions, have been compared

  16. Structural and magnetic properties of Fe76P5(Si0.3B0.5C0.2)19 amorphous alloy

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    Highlights: ► Fe76P5(Si0.3B0.5C0.2)19 amorphous alloy in ribbons and 1 mm and 2 mm rod samples. ► Good glass forming ability with ΔT = 50 K and γ = 0.37 and off-eutectic composition. ► Good soft magnetic properties with magnetization saturation of 1.44 T. ► Geometrical factors are the primary causes of magnetic losses in frequencies above 10 Hz. - Abstract: Recently, bulk amorphous alloys were produced in the Fe–B–Si–P–C system with high glass forming ability, excellent magnetic properties and the advantage of containing no expensive glass-forming elements, such as Ga, Y, Cr or Nb, having, therefore, a good perspective of commercial applications. In the present work, the Fe76P5(Si0.3B0.5C0.2)19 amorphous alloy prepared by two quenching techniques has been studied. Amorphous ribbons of about 40 μm thick were obtained by planar-flow casting together with cylinders having 1 and 2 mm diameter produced by copper mold injection casting. All the samples appear fully amorphous after X-ray diffraction analysis. A comprehensive set of thermal data (glass, crystallization, melting and liquidus temperatures) were obtained as well as a description of the melting and solidification processes. Mechanical microhardness tests showed that the samples have a hardness of 9.7 ± 0.3 GPa. Good soft-magnetic properties were obtained, including a high magnetization of 1.44 T and a low coercivity (4.5 A/m for ribbons and 7.5 A/m in the case of 1 mm rod samples, both in as-cast state). Thermomagnetic studies showed a Curie temperature around 665 K and the precipitation of new magnetic phases upon temperatures of 1000 K. Furthermore, the frequency dependence of magnetic losses at a fixed peak induction was studied. The results suggest the occurrence of a fine magnetic domain structure in bulk samples. The good soft magnetic properties of the bulk metallic glass obtained by copper mold casting for this particular Fe-based composition suggests possible applications in

  17. Polyimide based amorphous silicon solar modules

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    Jeffrey, Frank R.; Grimmer, Derrick P.; Martens, Steven A.; Abudagga, Khaled; Thomas, Michael L.; Noak, Max

    1993-01-01

    Requirements for space power are increasingly emphasizing lower costs and higher specific powers. This results from new fiscal constraints, higher power requirements for larger applications, and the evolution toward longer distance missions such as a Lunar or Mars base. The polyimide based a-Si modules described are being developed to meet these needs. The modules consist of tandem a-Si solar cell material deposited directly on a roll of polyimide. A laser scribing/printing process subdivides the deposition into discrete cell strips which are series connected to produce the required voltage without cutting the polymer backing. The result is a large, monolithic, blanket type module approximately 30 cm wide and variable in length depending on demand. Current production modules have a specific power slightly over 500 W/Kg with room for significant improvement. Costs for the full blanket modules range from $30/Watt to $150/Watt depending on quantity and engineering requirements. Work to date focused on the modules themselves and adjusting them for the AMO spectrum. Work is needed yet to insure that the modules are suitable for the space environment.

  18. Application of Be-free Zr-based amorphous sputter coatings as a brazing filler metal in CANDU fuel bundle manufacture

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    Amorphous sputter coatings of Be-free multi-component Zr-based alloys were applied as a novel brazing filler metal for Zircaloy-4 brazing. By applying the homogeneous and amorphous-structured layers coated by sputtering the crystalline targets, the highly reliable joints were obtained with the formation of predominantly grown α-Zr grains owing to a complete isothermal solidification, exhibiting high tensile and fatigue strengths as well as excellent corrosion resistance, which were comparable to those of Zircaloy-4 base metal. The present investigation showed that Be-free and Zr-based multi-component amorphous sputter coatings can offer great potential for brazing Zr alloys and manufacturing fuel rods in CANDU fuel bundle system. (author)

  19. In vitro metal ion release and biocompatibility of amorphous Mg{sub 67}Zn{sub 28}Ca{sub 5} alloy with/without gelatin coating

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    Chan, W.Y., E-mail: chan.wing.yue@sgh.com.sg [School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Nanyang Technological University (Singapore); Department of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery, Singapore General Hospital (Singapore); Chian, K.S.; Tan, M.J. [School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Nanyang Technological University (Singapore)

    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 Mg{sub 67}Zn{sub 28}Ca{sub 5} alloy by coating a gelatin layer by electrospinning. Coated/uncoated alloys were immersed and extracted for 3 days under different CO{sub 2}. The immersion results showed that pH and metal ion release in the alloy extracts were affected by gelatin coating and CO{sub 2}, suggesting their roles in alloy biocorrosion and a mechanism has been proposed for the alloy–CO{sub 2} 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 Mg{sub 67}Zn{sub 28}Ca{sub 5} alloy coated with gelatin by electrospinning technique provides a useful method to improve alloy biocompatibility. - Highlights: • Electrospinning is a new method to coat amorphous Mg{sub 67}Zn{sub 28}Ca{sub 5} alloy with gelatin. • Gelatin-coated alloy has differential effect on pH and ion release at various CO{sub 2}. • L929 cell proliferation correlates with Mg{sup 2+} level in alloy extracts. • Biomimetic gelatin coating significantly improves cell–surface interaction.

  20. Enhanced Hydrogen Storage Kinetics of Nanocrystalline and Amorphous Mg2Ni-type Alloy by Melt Spinning

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    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Mg2Ni-type Mg2Ni1−xCox (x = 0, 0.1, 0.2, 0.3, 0.4 alloys were fabricated by melt spinning technique. The structures of the as-spun alloys were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD and transmission electron microscopy (TEM. The hydrogen absorption and desorption kinetics of the alloys were measured by an automatically controlled Sieverts apparatus. The electrochemical hydrogen storage kinetics of the as-spun alloys was tested by an automatic galvanostatic system. The results show that the as-spun (x = 0.1 alloy exhibits a typical nanocrystalline structure, while the as-spun (x = 0.4 alloy displays a nanocrystalline and amorphous structure, confirming that the substitution of Co for Ni notably intensifies the glass forming ability of the Mg2Ni-type alloy. The melt spinning treatment notably improves the hydriding and dehydriding kinetics as well as the high rate discharge ability (HRD of the alloys. With an increase in the spinning rate from 0 (as-cast is defined as spinning rate of 0 m/s to 30 m/s, the hydrogen absorption saturation ratio ( of the (x = 0.4 alloy increases from 77.1 to 93.5%, the hydrogen desorption ratio ( from 54.5 to 70.2%, the hydrogen diffusion coefficient (D from 0.75 × 10−11 to 3.88 × 10−11 cm2/s and the limiting current density IL from 150.9 to 887.4 mA/g.

  1. Amorphous silicon based large format uncooled FPA microbolometer technology

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    Schimert, T.; Brady, J.; Fagan, T.; Taylor, M.; McCardel, W.; Gooch, R.; Ajmera, S.; Hanson, C.; Syllaios, A. J.

    2008-04-01

    This paper presents recent developments in next generation microbolometer Focal Plane Array (FPA) technology at L-3 Communications Infrared Products (L-3 CIP). Infrared detector technology at L-3 CIP is based on hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) and amorphous silicon germanium(a-SiGe:H). Large format high performance, fast, and compact IR FPAs are enabled by a low thermal mass pixel design; favorable material properties; an advanced ROIC design; and wafer level packaging. Currently at L-3 CIP, 17 micron pixel FPA array technology including 320x240, 640 x 480 and 1024 x768 arrays is under development. Applications of these FPAs range from low power microsensors to high resolution near-megapixel imager systems.

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

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    Regan, M.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 Fe{sub x}Ge{sub 1-x} and Mo{sub x}Ge{sub 1-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 FeGe{sub 2} or MoGe{sub 3}. Finally, by manipulating the deposited power flux and rates of growth, Fe{sub x}Ge{sub 1-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.

  3. Mechanical alloying and amorphization in Cu-Nb-Ag in situ composite wires studied by transmission electron microscopy and atom probe tomography

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    We have studied deformation-driven alloying in a Cu-5 at.% Ag-3 at.% Nb in situ composite by transmission electron microscopy and atom probe tomography. In addition to alloying at interfaces, amorphization of nanosized Cu areas was observed after heavy wire drawing (true strain: η = 10.5) at some of the Cu-Nb interfaces. We discuss the alloying in terms of trans-phase dislocation-shuffling and shear banding mechanisms where lattice dislocations penetrate the interfaces between abutting phases. We interpret local amorphization in terms of the thermodynamic destabilization of a Cu-Nb crystalline phase between 35 and 80 at.% Cu due to enforced mixing. Deformation-driven mechanical alloying and amorphization are hence closely associated phenomena.

  4. A study of the diffusion mechanisms in amorphous metallic alloys: diffusion and diffusion under high pressure in an amorphous NiZr alloy; Contribution a l`etude des mecanismes de transport dans les materiaux metalliques amorphes: diffusion et diffusion sous pression dans NiZr amorphe

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    Grandjean, A.

    1996-03-01

    The aim of this work is a better understanding of the diffusion mechanism in amorphous metallic alloys. Then interdiffusion and hafnium diffusion in amorphous NiZr alloy have been studied. Samples used are made by sputtering co-deposition under vacuum and are well relaxed before the diffusion measurements. The time evolution of resistivity during annealing due to the decay of a composition modulated film has been measured and from this change in resistivity interdiffusion coefficients have been determined. Dependence of Hf diffusion on temperature and pressure has been studied using (SIMS). In this two cases, the diffusion process obeys an Arrhenius law and gives an activation energy of 1.33 eV for interdiffusion, and 0.76 eV for Hf diffusion. An effect of pressure on Hf diffusion has been found leading to an activation volume of 8.5 angstrom{sup 3}. Thanks to these results, two approaches of the diffusion mechanisms in these systems have been proposed. The first comes from a comparison with the diffusion mechanisms in crystalline metals, that is to say by point defects. The second is an hypothesis of collective motions in these non crystalline alloys. (author).

  5. Magnetic properties and loss separation in Fe76−xAgxNb2Si13B9 amorphous alloys

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    Highlights: • Soft magnetic properties can be optimized by applying a suitable heat treatment. • Low field magnetic permeability of the optimized samples increases about 10 times. • Total magnetic loss of the optimized samples decreases at least 10 times. • Plasticity is much higher than that reported for similar nanocrystalline alloys. • Observed effects are attributed to formation of the relaxed amorphous phase. - Abstract: Some selected properties (magnetic, plastic, elastic) in amorphous Fe76−xAgxNb2Si13B9 (x = 0.5, 0.75, 1.0) alloys, obtained by melt spinning technique, are presented and discussed in detail. It was shown that a suitable heat treatment of the as quenched samples (i.e. the optimization annealing) leads to a significant improvement of soft magnetic properties (permeability increases at least 10 times). The observed effect is attributed to formation of the so-called relaxed amorphous phase free of iron nanograins. Special attention is paid for loss separation into different components: hysteresis loss, eddy-current loss and residual loss. The latter effect can be attributed to diffusion of free volume and practically disappear after the optimization annealing

  6. Structural evolution and the kinetics of Cu clustering in the amorphous phase of Fe-Cu-Nb-Si-B alloy

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    Gupta, P.; Gupta, A.; Shukla, A.; Ganguli, Tapas; Sinha, A. K.; Principi, G.; Maddalena, A.

    2011-08-01

    An attempt has been made to investigate the evolution of the structure of the amorphous phase of Fe73.9 Cu0.9 Nb3.1 Si13.2 B8.9 (finemet) alloy by a combination of wide-angle x-ray scattering, small angle x-ray scattering (SAXS), Mössbauer spectroscopy and X-ray absorption near edge spectroscopy on the supposition that they would provide complementary information. Before the onset of nanocrystallization, the amorphous phase undergoes a structural relaxation resulting in small increase in the hyperfine field and a decrease in the width of the first diffraction maxima. There is an increase in the topological ordering in the system, though chemical inhomogeneity sets-in due to the clustering of Cu atoms in the pure amorphous state of this alloy. Annealing at 400 °C (well below the crystallization temperature) for different time durations results in occurrence of Cu clusters having fcc structure. Kinetics of Cu clustering is studied using SAXS. The incubation time for the clustering at 400 °C is ˜120 min. With further annealing, the average cluster size gradually increases from the initial value of ˜0.4 nm, reaching a value of ˜0.6 nm after annealing for 720 min. Cluster size exhibits a t1/2 dependence, suggesting a diffusion controlled growth.

  7. Short- and medium-range order in (Zr70Cu20Ni10)90-xTaxAl10 bulk amorphous alloys

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    We have used x-ray scattering to examine short-range and medium-range order in (Zr70Cu20Ni10)90-xTaxAl10 amorphous alloys. Analysis of the radial distribution functions (RDF's) shows that the addition of 4 at. % Ta enhances the average short-range topological order, as the nearest-neighbor peak in the RDF becomes more sharply defined. The enhanced order due to the Ta addition persists beyond the first few atomic shells, however, out to distances of at least 15 A. From resonant x-ray scattering near the Zr K absorption edge, we are able to extract differential radial distribution functions (DRDF's) which show the atomic environment around Zr atoms only. The DRDF's show that Ta has little effect on the nearest neighbors of Zr atoms, but does significantly enhance the medium-range order (over distances of 5-15 A from an average Zr atom). To explain these observations, we propose that topologically ordered atomic clusters are a significant feature of the structure of Zr-based amorphous alloys and that the influence of Ta is to enhance the order associated with packing of these clusters

  8. Effect of amorphous Mg50Ni50 on hydriding and dehydriding behavior of Mg2Ni alloy

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    Composite Mg2Ni (25 wt.%) amorphous Mg50Ni50 was prepared by mechanical milling starting with nanocrystalline Mg2Ni and amorphous Mg50Ni50 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 Mg50Ni50 improved the hydriding and dehydriding kinetics of Mg2Ni alloy upon cycling. A tentative rationalization of experimental observations is proposed. - Research Highlights: → First study of the hydriding behavior of composite Mg2Ni (25 wt.%) amorphous Mg50Ni50. → Microstructural characterization of composite material using XRD and SEM was obtained. → An improved effect of Mg50Ni50 on the Mg2Ni hydriding behavior was verified. → The apparent activation energy for the hydrogen desorption of composite was obtained.

  9. Nickel-base alloys combat corrosion

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    Agarwal, D.C. [VDM Technologies Corp., Houston, TX (United States); Herda, W. [Krupp-VDM GmbH, Werdohl (Germany)

    1995-06-01

    The modern chemical process industry must increase production efficiency to remain competitive. Manufacturers typically meet this challenge by utilizing higher temperatures and pressures, and more-corrosive catalysts. At the same time, the industry has to solve the technical and commercial problems resulting from rigid environmental regulations. To overcome these obstacles, new alloys having higher levels of corrosion resistance have been developed. These materials are based on increased understanding of the physical metallurgy of nickel-base alloys, especially the role of alloying elements. Results of many studies have led to innovations in nickel-chromium-molybdenum alloys containing both high and low amounts of nickel. Higher molybdenum and chromium contents, together with nitrogen additions, have opened up an entirely new class of alloys having unique properties. In addition, a new chromium-base, fully wrought super stainless steel shows excellent promise in solving many corrosion problems. These newer alloys have the ability to combat uniform corrosion, localized corrosion, and stress-corrosion cracking in the harsh halogenic environment of the chemical process industry. This article briefly lists some of the major highlights and corrosion data on recent nickel-chromium-molybdenum and nickel-molybdenum alloys, and the development of a chromium-base, wrought super-austenitic alloy known as Nicrofer 3033 (Alloy 33). Some comparisons with existing alloys are presented, along with a few commercial applications.

  10. Thermal stability and glass-forming ability of amorphous Nd-Al-TM (TM=Fe, Co, Ni or Cu) alloys

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    Bulk amorphous alloys were prepared for Nd70Al10TM20 and Nd60Al10TM30 (TM=Fe or Co) alloys by copper mold casting. The maximum sample thickness for glass formation reaches 15 mm for the Nd-Al-Fe alloys and 5 mm for the Nd-Al-Co alloys. A significant difference in the phase transition upon heating is recognized between the Fe- and Co-containing alloys. No glass transition before crystallization is observed for the Nd-Al-Fe alloys, but the Nd-Al-Co alloys exhibit the glass transition. The ΔTx(=Tx-Tg) and Tg/Tm are 40-55 K and 0.65-0.67, respectively, for the latter alloys. The absence of supercooled liquid for the former alloys is different from those for all bulk amorphous alloys reported up to date. The Tx/Tm and ΔTm(=Tm-Tx) are 0.85-0.89 and 88-137 K, respectively, for the Nd-Al-Fe alloys and, hence, the large glass-forming ability is presumably due to the high Tx/Tm and small ΔTm values. (orig.)

  11. Formation of amorphous Fe 50Si 50 alloy by diffusion reaction

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    Yan, Zhihua; Wang, Wenkui; Li, Jingfeng; Wang, Yuming

    1989-02-01

    The solid state reaction in the multilayer film with alternative polycrystalline Fe and amorphous Si layers has been studied with X-ray diffraction. Amorphous Fe 50Si 50 phase was formed after annealing isothermally at 300°C, which is explained in view of the consideration that an amorphous phase can be more favorable to form than a supersaturated solution in thermodynamics as well as than an equilibrium compound FeSi in kenetics.

  12. Thermal stability of Zr55Al10Ni5Cu30 bulk amorphous alloy during continuous heating and isothermal annealing

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    高玉来; 沈军; 孙剑飞; 王刚; 邢大伟; 周彼德

    2003-01-01

    The crystallization behavior of Zr55Al10Ni5Cu30 (mole fraction, %) bulk amorphous alloy during continuous heating and isothermal annealing was investigated. The results show that there exists a first order exponential decay relation between the characteristic temperatures and the heating rates during continuous heating process. The activation energy for glass transition Eg and that for crystallization Ep and Ex during continuous heating were evaluated by Kissinger plots. In addition, there is a second order exponential decay relation between the annealing temperature and the corresponding crystallization time during isothermal annealing. The isothermal activation energy obtained by Arrhenius equation increases as crystallization proceeds, indicating the sufficient stability of the residual amorphous structure after initial crystallization.

  13. Nanocrystallization behaviour of a ternary amorphous alloy during isothermal annealing: a Monte Carlo simulation

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    Jin Shi-Feng; Wang Wei-Min; Zhou Jian-Kun; Guo Hong-Xuan; J.F. Webb; Bian Xiu-Fang

    2005-01-01

    The nanocrystallization behaviour of Zr70Cu20Ni10 metallic glass during isothermal annealing is studied by employing a Monte Carlo simulation incorporating with a modified Ising model and a Q-state Potts model. Based on the simulated microstructure and differential scanning calorimetry curves, we find that the low crystal-amorphous interface energy of Ni plays an important role in the nanocrystallization of primary Zr2Ni. It is found that when T < TImax (where TImax is the temperature with maximum nucleation rate), the increase of temperature results in a larger growth rate and a much finer microstructure for the primary Zr2Ni, which accords with the microstructure evolution in "flash annealing". Finally, the Zr2Ni/Zr2Cu interface energy σG contributes to the pinning effect of the primary nano-sized Zr2Ni grains in the later formed normal Zr2Cu grains.

  14. Ionizing radiation solid detectors on the base of amorphous arsenic chalcogenides

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    The possibility to use radiation-sensitive elements of solid chalcogenide glass-like semiconductors (CGS) - special class of oxygen-free amorphous substances, which are alloys of groups 3, 4 and 5 elements with chalcogens (S, Se, Te), was analyzed. The materials feature lower temperatures of radiation information erasure (440-470 K) than oxide glasses. Radiation-induced electron-defect processes lay at physical basis of operation of CGS-based solid detectors. The processes consist in violation of atom normal coordination at the expense of chemical bond rupture and appearance of other bonds. The main principles of operation are reduced to registration of CGS density at a certain wavelength prior to and after total dose collection. The use of helium-neon laser as a probing radiation source simplifies considerably measurement procedure and permits making measurements without sensor extraction from radiation field

  15. Internal friction and rigidity modulus change associated with structural relaxation and crystallization in amorphous Zr67Fe33 alloy

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    The internal friction and the rigidity modulus of an amorphous Zr67Fe33 alloy have been measured in an inverted torsion pendulum apparatus with a frequency range of 0.3-2 Hz. The rigidity modulus increases irreversibly with the annealing which suggests a two-step structural relaxation. It is clarified that the internal friction due to the structural relaxation and the crystallization depends on the heating rate and the vibrational frequency. It is suggested that the internal friction has a ''transient component'' which is proportional to the amount of structural change during one period of the vibration. (orig.)

  16. Effect of small additions of Cu and Cr on crystallization of Fe80B9Si11 amorphous alloy

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    By means of differential thermal and X-ray structure analyses, as well as, by measurement of microstrength one studied the effect of small additions of chromium and copper on the peculiarities of crystallization of Fe80B9Si11 amorphous alloy (Fe79Cr1B9Si11 and Fe79Cu1B9Si11). Chromium was determined to stabilize Fe3B nonequilibrium phase the formation of which resulted in eutectic type of crystallization at early stages while copper was determined to enable formation of α-Fe and Fe2B equilibrium phases and primary crystallization with precipitation of α-Fe primary crystals

  17. Uniaxial tension effect on geometrical parameters of surface relief of amorphous alloy Fe77Ni1Si9B13

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    The uniaxial tension effect on the topography of the Fe77Ni1Si9B13 amorphous alloy surface is studied within the wide range of loads (0-3 GPA) by the method of scanning tunnel microscopy. The change in the defects distributions by vertical and lateral dimensions, in particular, the increase in the number of the large-scale defects and also increase in the surface fractal dimensionality, by the load growth is determined. The supposition on the diffusion mechanism of the relief formation and also on the role of the observed effects in originating the seats of destruction on the surface is expressed

  18. Enhancement of the Thermal Stability and Mechanical Hardness of Zr-Al-Co Amorphous Alloys by Ag Addition

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    Wang, Yongyong; Dong, Xiao; Song, Xiaohui; Wang, Jinfeng; Li, Gong; Liu, Riping

    2016-05-01

    The thermal and mechanical properties of Zr57Al15Co28- X Ag X ( X = 0 and 8) amorphous alloys were investigated using differential scanning calorimetry, in situ high-pressure angle dispersive X-ray diffraction measurements with synchrotron radiation, and nanoindentation. Results show that Ag doping improves effective activation energy, nanohardness, elastic modulus, and bulk modulus. Ag addition enhances topological and chemical short-range orderings, which can improve local packing efficiency and restrain long-range atom diffusion. This approach has implications for the design of the microstructure- and property-controllable functional materials for various applications.

  19. Temperature dependence of the iron hyperfine field distribution in amorphous Fe-rich Fe-Zr alloys

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    The temperature dependence of the iron hyperfine field distribution is reported in melt-quenched amorphous Fe-Zr alloys. The most remarkable feature is the compositinal change in the shape of the average hyperfine field versus temperature curves. The unusual increase in the average hyperfine field below about 85 K is a characteristic feature of the RSG systems; however, no anomaly is observed in the width of the hyperfine field distribution as a function of temperature. The results cannot be properly explained in the framework of the existing spin glass models. (orig.)

  20. Surface Bond Strength in Nickel Based Alloys

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    Ramesh, Ganesh; Padmanabhan, T. V.; Ariga, Padma; Joshi, Shalini; Bhuminathan, S.; Vijayaraghavan, Vasantha

    2012-01-01

    Bonding of ceramic to the alloy is essential for the longevity of porcelain fused to metal restorations. Imported alloys used now a days in processing them are not economical. So this study was conducted to evaluate and compare the bond strength of ceramic material to nickel based cost effective Nonferrous Materials Technology Development Center (NFTDC), Hyderabad and Heraenium S, Heraeus Kulzer alloy. An Instron testing machine, which has three-point loading system for the application of loa...

  1. The effect of femtosecond laser micromachining on the surface characteristics and subsurface microstructure of amorphous FeCuNbSiB alloy

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    Jia Wei [Ultrafast Laser Laboratory, School of Precision Instruments and Optoelectrons Engineering, Tianjin University, Tianjin 300072 (China)]. E-mail: jiaw@tju.edu.cn; Peng Zhinong [Ultrafast Laser Laboratory, School of Precision Instruments and Optoelectrons Engineering, Tianjin University, Tianjin 300072 (China); Wang Zhijun [Ultrafast Laser Laboratory, School of Precision Instruments and Optoelectrons Engineering, Tianjin University, Tianjin 300072 (China); Ni Xiaochang [Ultrafast Laser Laboratory, School of Precision Instruments and Optoelectrons Engineering, Tianjin University, Tianjin 300072 (China); Wang Chingyue [Ultrafast Laser Laboratory, School of Precision Instruments and Optoelectrons Engineering, Tianjin University, Tianjin 300072 (China)

    2006-11-30

    Detailed studies on the effects of femtosecond laser ablation on surface characteristics and subsurface microstructure of amorphous FeCuNbSiB alloy are reported. Three types of ripple structures were observed on the material surface in the gentle ablated (damaged) zone. As observed with X-ray diffraction (XRD), amorphous form is kept in the damaged zone, and there is few crystallization form in ablation zone.

  2. Shape memory alloy based motor

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    S V Sharma; M M Nayak; N S Dinesh

    2008-10-01

    Design and characterization of a new shape memory alloy wire based Poly Phase Motor has been reported in this paper. The motor can be used either in stepping mode or in servo mode of operation. Each phase of the motor consists of an SMA wire with a spring in series. The principle of operation of the poly phase motor is presented. The motor resembles a stepper motor in its functioning though the actuation principles are different and hence has been characterized similar to a stepper motor. The motor can be actuated in either direction with different phase sequencing methods, which are presented in this work. The motor is modelled and simulated and the results of simulations and experiments are presented. The experimental model of the motor is of dimension 150 mm square, 20 mm thick and uses SMA wire of 0·4 mm diameter and 125 mm of length in each phase.

  3. A MHO-based magnetic hysteresis model for amorphous materials

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    A magnetic hysteretic operator (MHO) is proposed in this paper. Based on the constructed MHO, the input space of neural networks is expanded from one-dimension to two-dimension using the expanded space method so that the one-to-multiple mapping of magnetic hysteresis is transformed into one-to-one mapping. Based on the expanded input space, a neural network is employed to identify magnetic hysteresis. The result of an experimental example suggests the proposed approach is effective. - Highlights: • The expanded space method is improved. • A magnetic hysteretic operator (MHO) for magnetic hysteresis is presented. • A MHO-based magnetic hysteresis model for amorphous materials is obtained

  4. Thermal treatment of the Fe78Si9B13 alloy in it amorphous phase studied by means of Moessbauer spectroscopy

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    The magnetic and microhardness changes, dependents of the temperature that occur in the Fe78Si9B13 alloy in it amorphous state were studied by means of the Moessbauer spectroscopy and Vickers microhardness. According to the Moessbauer parameters and in particular that of the hyperfine magnetic field, this it changes according to the changes of the microhardness; i.e. if the microhardness increases, the hyperfine magnetic field increases. The registered increment of hardness in the amorphous state of this alloy should be considered as anomalous, according to the prediction of the Hall-Petch equation, the one that relates negative slopes with grain sizes every time but small. (Author)

  5. Vibrations of icosahedron-based networks: Application to amorphous boron

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    The structure of amorphous boron is believed to be an icosahedron-based random network. The vibrational properties of such a network are studied theoretically using a Bethe lattice of connected icosahedra. The local symmetry of each icosahedron, along with the use of effective fields, greatly reduces the complexity of the problem. We show that many intraicosahedral vibrations are not affected by the intericosahedral forces. The peak with the highest frequency, which appears commonly in various spectra of amorphous boron, has been ascribed to the intericosahedral vibrations. It is therefore concluded that the intericosahedral force is stronger than the intraicosahedral force. Examination of the density of states at the low-frequency side leads to a relatively large noncentral force for the intericosahedral bond. These conclusions support the view that the intericosahedral bond has a strong covalent character, which is consistent with available experimental data. Raman scattering and infrared absorption are discussed using the shell model and the bond-polarizability model. In these calculations, the spectra are analyzed using the correlations of atomic displacements between different molecular units. copyright 1997 The American Physical Society

  6. Deposition and characterization of amorphous electroless Ni-Co-P alloy thin film for ULSI application

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    Electroless based Ni-Co-P alloy thin films were deposited using sodium hypophosphite as a reducing agent and sodium citrate as a complexing agent in an alkaline plating bath. The effect of solution pH and temperature on the plating rate was examined. The decrease in activation energy (81.35 − 73.54 kJ mole−1) for the Ni-Co-P thin films deposited on corning glass was observed with the increase in pH (8.5–9.38) of the plating bath. There is a significant decrease in sheet resistance of alloy thin films as the post deposition annealing temperature approaches 400 °C. The presence of nickel as well as nickel phosphide peaks and transition from metastable Ni12P5, Ni8P5 and Ni5P2 phases into thermodynamically stable NiP, NiP2, Ni3P phases after annealing at 600 °C was observed in XRD spectra, indicating the crystallization of the thin films. Surface topography analysis shows the variation of grain size in the range 20–40 nm. (paper)

  7. Crystallization of Fe{sub 83}B{sub 17} amorphous alloy by electric pulses produced by a capacitor discharge

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    Georgarakis, Konstantinos [WPI-AIMR Tohoku University, Sendai (Japan); Institut Polytechnique de Grenoble (INPG), Science et Ingenierie des Materiaux et Procedes (SIMAP-CNRS), Saint-Martin-d' Heres (France); Dudina, Dina V. [Siberian Branch of Russian Academy of Sciences, Institute of Solid State Chemistry and Mechanochemistry, Novosibirsk (Russian Federation); Novosibirsk State University, Novosibirsk (Russian Federation); Mali, Vyacheslav I.; Anisimov, Alexander G. [Siberian Branch of Russian Academy of Sciences, Lavrentyev Institute of Hydrodynamics, Novosibirsk (Russian Federation); Bulina, Natalia V. [Siberian Branch of Russian Academy of Sciences, Institute of Solid State Chemistry and Mechanochemistry, Novosibirsk (Russian Federation); Moreira Jorge, Alberto Jr. [Institut Polytechnique de Grenoble (INPG), Science et Ingenierie des Materiaux et Procedes (SIMAP-CNRS), Saint-Martin-d' Heres (France); Federal University of Sao Carlos, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Sao Carlos, SP (Brazil); Yavari, Alain R. [Institut Polytechnique de Grenoble (INPG), Science et Ingenierie des Materiaux et Procedes (SIMAP-CNRS), Saint-Martin-d' Heres (France)

    2015-09-15

    Heating of conductive materials by electric current is used in many technological processes. Application of electric pulses to metallic glasses induces their fast crystallization, which is an interesting and complex phenomenon. In this work, crystallization of the Fe{sub 83}B{sub 17} amorphous alloy induced by pulses of electric current produced has been studied using X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy. Ribbons of the alloy were directly subjected to single pulses of electric current 250 μs long formed by a capacitor discharge. As the value of ∫I{sup 2}dt was increased from 0.33 to 2.00 A{sup 2} s, different crystallization stages could be observed. The crystallization began through the formation of the nuclei of α-Fe. At high values of ∫I{sup 2}dt, α-Fe and tetragonal and orthorhombic Fe{sub 3}B and Fe{sub 23}B{sub 6} were detected in the crystallized ribbons with crystallites of about 50 nm. Thermal annealing of the ribbons at 600 C for 2 min resulted in the formation of α-Fe and tetragonal Fe{sub 3}B. It was concluded that pulses of electric current produced by a capacitor discharge induced transformation of the Fe{sub 83}B{sub 17} amorphous phase into metastable crystalline products. (orig.)

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

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    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

  9. Magnetic and Distribution of Magnetic Moments in Amorphous Fe89.7P10.3Alloy 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 3μm 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 M(o)ssbauer spectroscopy and conversion electron M(o)ssbauer spectroscopy at room temperature.It is found that the nanowire arrays have obvious perpendicular magnetic anisotropy,and are ferromagnetic at room temperature,with its M(o)ssbauer spectra consisting of six broad lines.The average anglas 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.

  10. Atomically resolved surface structures of vapor deposited amorphous silicon-carbon alloys: An atomic force microscopy and spectroscopic study

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    Silicon carbide alloys are widely used in high-tech applications due to their interesting combination of chemical, mechanical and electronic properties. Growing thin films of this material in a simple and controlled way is a hot topic in modern material's science. In particular, the possibility to tailor the film properties just by tuning the deposition temperature would be an important progress. In the present work amorphous silicon-carbon alloys thin films have been deposited by electron beam sublimation of a poly-crystalline silicon carbide target in vacuum environment. The deposition temperature was varied from Room Temperature to about 1300 K. The resulting films were analyzed by means of Ultra High Vacuum-Atomic Force Microscopy (UHV-AFM) down to even atomic resolution. The observed features agree with literature data, e.g. interatomic bond lengths, as achieved by others methods, and the structural arrangements of silicon and carbon atoms as concluded from IR and Raman spectroscopy measurements carried out on the same samples. The results not only allow a correlation between film properties and deposition temperature but also support the notion of the UHV-AFM images of the amorphous surfaces being atomically resolved.

  11. The Chemically-Specific Structure of an Amorphous Molybdenum Germanium Alloy by Anomalous X-ray Scattering

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    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 noncrystalline 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 methods, sources of error have been removed experimentally: A focusing 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. This composition arises as a phase separation endpoint in the Ge-rich region of the vapor-deposited Mo-Ge amorphous alloy system but is not present at equilibrium. Since the first Ge-rich compound in the Mo-Ge equilibrium system is MoGe2, previous workers have speculated that perhaps a unique MoGe3 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 reliability of experimental PPDFs from a-MoGe3 by AXS has been achieved solely through the experimental

  12. Effect of irradiation temperature on crystallization of {alpha}-Fe induced by He irradiations in Fe{sub 80}B{sub 20} amorphous alloy

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    San-noo, Toshimasa; Toriyama, Tamotsu; Wakabayashi, Hidehiko; Iijima, Hiroshi [Musashi Inst. of Tech., Tokyo (Japan); Hayashi, Nobuyuki; Sakamoto, Isao

    1997-03-01

    Since amorphous alloys are generally highly resistant to irradiation and their critical radiation dose is an order of magnitude higher for Fe-B amorphous alloy than Mo-methods, these alloys are expected to become applicable as for fusion reactor materials. The authors investigated {alpha}-Fe crystallization in an amorphous alloy, Fe{sub 80}B{sub 20} using internal conversion electron Moessbauer spectroscopy. The amount of {alpha}-Fe component was found to increase by raising the He-irradiation dose. The target part was modified to enable He ion radiation at a lower temperature (below 400 K) by cooling with Peltier element. Fe{sub 80}B{sub 20} amorphous alloy was cooled to keep the temperature at 300 K and exposed to 40 keV He ion at 1-3 x 10{sup 8} ions/cm{sup 2}. The amount of {alpha}-Fe crystal in each sample was determined. The crystal formation was not observed for He ion radiation below 2 x 10{sup 18} ions/cm{sup 2}, but that at 3 x 10{sup 8} ions/ cm{sup 2} produced a new phase ({delta} +0.40 mm/sec, {Delta} = 0.89 mm/sec). The decrease in the radiation temperature from 430 to 300 K resulted to extremely repress the production of {alpha}-Fe crystal, suggesting that the crystallization induced by He-radiation cascade is highly depending on the radiation temperature. (M.N.)

  13. The effect of mechanical milling on the soft magnetic properties of amorphous FINEMET alloy

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    Gheiratmand, T., E-mail: t.gheiratmand@yahoo.com [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Sharif University of Technology, Azadi Ave., P.O. Box 11155-9466, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Hosseini, H.R. Madaah; Davami, P. [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Sharif University of Technology, Azadi Ave., P.O. Box 11155-9466, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Gjoka, M. [Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, National Center for Scientific Research, DEMOKRITOS, Agia Paraskevi, 15310 Athens (Greece); Song, M. [State Key Laboratory of Powder Metallurgy, Central South University, Changsha 410083 (China)

    2015-05-01

    The effect of milling time on the magnetic properties of FINEMET amorphous ribbons has been investigated using X-ray diffraction, Mössbauer spectroscopy, thermo-magnetic measurements, transmission electron microscopy and SQUID magnetometery. Ribbons were melt-spun at a wheel speed of 38 ms{sup -1} and then mechanically milled for different periods up to 45 min. The results showed that the partially crystallization of the amorphous powder occurs during milling. TEM observations confirmed the formation of small volume fraction of the crystalline phase with ~9 nm crystallite size in the amorphous matrix for the ribbon milled for 45 min. Thermo-magnetic measurements indicated the enhancement of the Curie temperature of amorphous phase during milling which is due to the annihilation of free volumes and microstructural ordering. The Hopkinson effect led to the monotonic increase of magnetization with respect to the temperature before reaching the Curie temperature of the milled samples. Moreover; the magnetization increased with the formation of the Fe(Si) phase while the coercivity decreased. Mössbauer spectroscopy and thermo-magnetic measurements revealed the existence of 13% Fe in crystalline phase. The composition of crystalline phase was determined as Fe–16.5Si. Hyperfine field values increased with milling time, suggesting the ordering of the structure and enhancement of the number of Fe–Fe atomic pairs in the crystalline phase comparing to the primary amorphous ribbon. - Highlights: • Effect of crystallization of amorphous FINEMET during milling has been investigated. • Milling of amorphous ribbons for 45 min caused the formation of nano crystals. • Annihilation of free volumes increased the Curie temperature of amorphous phase. • Hyperfine field values increased with milling time suggesting ordering of the structure. • Hopkinson effect led to the monotonic increase in magnetization before T{sub c}.

  14. Effect of milling time on the structure, micro-hardness, and thermal behavior of amorphous/nanocrystalline TiNiCu shape memory alloys developed by mechanical alloying

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    Highlights: • Potential to produce B1′ (thermal- and stress-induced) and B2 was established. • Martensitic transformation occurred without the formation of intermediate R-phase. • Formation of unwanted intermetallics during heating was hindered by milling. • During milling, microhardness was increased, then reduced, and afterward re-increased. • By milling evolution, thermal crystallization steps changed from 3 to 2. - Abstract: In the present paper, the effect of milling process on the chemical composition, structure, microhardness, and thermal behavior of Ti–41Ni–9Cu compounds developed by mechanical alloying was evaluated. The structural characteristic of the alloyed powders was evaluated by X-ray diffraction (XRD). The chemical composition homogeneity and the powder morphology and size were studied by scanning electron microscopy coupled with electron dispersive X-ray spectroscopy. Moreover, the Vickers micro-indentation hardness of the powders milled for different milling times was determined. Finally, the thermal behavior of the as-milled powders was studied by differential scanning calorimetery. According to the results, at the initial stages of milling (typically 0–12 h), the structure consisted of a Ni solid solution and amorphous phase, and by the milling evolution, nanocrystalline martensite (B19′) and austenite (B2) phases were initially formed from the initial materials and then from the amorphous phase. It was found that by the milling development, the composition uniformity is increased, the inter-layer thickness is reduced, and the powders microhardness is initially increased, then reduced, and afterward re-increased. It was also realized that the thermal behavior of the alloyed powders and the structure of heat treated samples is considerably affected by the milling time

  15. Deformation of Zr41 Ti14 CU12.5 Ni10 Be22.5 bulk amorphous alloy under isobaric pressure in super-cooled liquid region

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    ZHANG Ke-qin; LU Qi-zhu

    2005-01-01

    The curve of crystallization transition during continuous heating for the Zr41Ti14Cu12.5Ni10Be22.5 bulk amorphous alloy was measured by means of dilatation(Fully automatic transformation recording/measuring instrument) and X-ray diffraction(XRD) method. The deformation behavior of the alloy at various heating rates in the supercooled liquid region was studied. The results show that the glass transition temperature of the alloy increases slightly and the supercooled liquid region(SLR) increases significantly with increasing heating rate. The deformation amount under isobaric pressure of 1 N for the alloy in the SLR increases with increasing heating rate. As the heating rate of the alloy increases from 5 to 100 ℃/min, the amount of deformation of the alloy increases from 8.3% to 45%.

  16. F-Alloy: An Alloy Based Model Transformation Language

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    Gammaitoni, Loïc; Kelsen, Pierre

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    Model transformations are one of the core artifacts of a model-driven engineering approach. The relational logic language Alloy has been used in the past to verify properties of model transformations. In this paper we introduce the concept of functional Alloy modules. In essence a functional Alloy module can be viewed as an Alloy module representing a model transformation. We describe a sublanguage of Alloy called F-Alloy that allows the specification of functional Alloy modules. Module...

  17. Band gap structure modification of amorphous anodic Al oxide film by Ti-alloying

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    Canulescu, Stela; Rechendorff, K.; Borca, C. N.;

    2014-01-01

    The band structure of pure and Ti-alloyed anodic aluminum oxide has been examined as a function of Ti concentration varying from 2 to 20 at. %. The band gap energy of Ti-alloyed anodic Al oxide decreases with increasing Ti concentration. X-ray absorption spectroscopy reveals that Ti atoms are not...

  18. Passivation of alloys on titanium base

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    Results of passivation studies on Ti-base alloys show that the inhibition of anodic processes on these alloys is determined not by the total thickness of passive film, but by its barrier layer. The protective properties of the barrier layer increase if the passive film is formed at anodic potentials more positive than +1.4V. They were determined not by chemical stability of barrier layer, but by an inhibition which is produced by this layer for ionic current along the anodic direction. The protective properties are related to character defectiveness and semiconductor properties of the barrier layer. Additions of Al, V, Mo, Zr, and Nb to titanium increase the anodic current in the passive state. Additions of Cr and Mn decrease this current, and Sn does not influence it. The direct electrochemical transition of titanium ions into solution (as TiO2+) is a main anodic process of titanium dissolution and its low alloyed alloys in the passive state. Double phase titanium alloys (after tempering) have a lower corrosion resistance than those in the homogeneous single phase state (after hardening). The less passive phase of double phase alloys dissolves perferentially. The less passive phases are: in the active state, α-phase; in transpassive state for Ti--Mo alloys, β-phase, containing in a high Mo percentage; and for Ti--Cr alloys, γ-phase, having more chromium. (U.S.)

  19. Influence of the Changes of Free Electron density on Electrical and Magnetic Properties of the Co70Fe5Si10B15 Amorphous Alloy

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    Marčić, A.; Minić, D. M.; Žák, Tomáš

    36 2004, - (2004), s. 197-203 R&D Projects: GA MŠk(CZ) 1P04OC526.40 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z2041904 Keywords : Amorphous alloy * electrical and magnetic properties * elctron density Subject RIV: CF - Physical ; Theoretical Chemistry

  20. Hydrogen effect on properties of amorphous alloy 78Fe-3.5Nb-1Cu-4B-13.5Si

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    It is reported about the detection of a practically complete loss of elastic properties after hydrogenation, and about subsequent reconstruction of the latter during exposure of hydrogenated amorphous metal alloy at 275 K. Possible reasons for such an unusual phenomenon are discussed

  1. Preparation and Characterization of Amorphous Layer on Aluminum Alloy Formed by Plasma Electrolytic Deposition (PED)

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    GUAN Yong-jun; XIA Yuan

    2004-01-01

    In this investigation, protective layers were formed on aluminum substrate by Plasma Electrolytic Deposition (PED) using sodium silicate solution. The relation between the thickness of the layer and process time were studied. XRD,SEM, EDS were used to study the layer's structure, composition and micrograph. The results show that the deposited layers are amorphous and contain mainly oxygen, silicon, and aluminum. The possible formation mechanism of amorphous [Al-Si-O] layer was proposed: During discharge periods, Al2O3 phase of the passive film and SiO32-near the substrate surface are sintered into xSiO2(1-x)Al2O3 and then transformed into amorphous [Al-Si-O] phase.

  2. Tendency of metallic crystals to amorphization in the process of severe (Megaplastic) deformation

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    Glezer, A. M.; Sundeev, R. V.; Shalimova, A. V.

    2012-11-01

    The main features of the transition of crystalline Ni50Ti30Hf20, Ti50Ni25Cu25, Zr50Ni18Ti17Cu15, and Fe78B8.5Si9P4.5 alloys with various tendencies to amorphization into an amorphous state upon melt quenching and in the course of severe deformation in Bridgman anvils have been considered. The crystalline state of these alloys has been produced using various methods of annealing. In the iron-based alloy, single-phase and two-phase crystalline states have been studied. The nickel- and titanium-based alloys after annealing were in a single-phase crystalline state; the zirconium-based alloy, in a two-phase state. It is shown that at the same degree of deformation the rates of amorphization of crystalline alloys differ substantially; namely, the single-phase crystalline titanium- and iron-based alloys amorphize easily, whereas the Zr-based alloy amorphizes only poorly, just like the two-phase iron-based alloy. It can be assumed that the tendency to deformation-induced amorphization of crystalline alloys and the corresponding crystalline phases is mainly determined by three factors: mechanical, thermodynamic, and concentration-related.

  3. Study of local crystallization induced in FeSiNbZrB amorphous alloy by swift heavy ion (SHI) irradiation at room temperature

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    Sun, Jianrong, E-mail: sunjr@impcas.ac.cn [Institute of Modern Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Lanzhou 730000 (China); Wang, Zhiguang; Wang, Yuyu; Chang, Hailong; Song, Peng; Shen, Tielong; Zhu, Yabin; Pang, Lilong [Institute of Modern Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Lanzhou 730000 (China); Li, Fashen [Key Laboratory for Magnetism and Magnetic Materials of the Ministry of Education, Lanzhou University, Lanzhou 730000 (China)

    2013-07-15

    Amorphous FeSiNbZrB alloy (metallic glass) ribbons were prepared by melt spinning and swift heavy ion (SHI) irradiation experiments were performed on the materials research terminal of the 320 kV ECR platform at the Institute of Modern Physics (IMP), Lanzhou. XRD, TEM and Mössbauer spectroscopy was used to reveal the irradiation-induced local crystallization, plastic deformation, damages and the magnetic moments rearrangements. The dimensions of our ribbons perpendicular to ion beam direction increased slightly , but the ribbon dimension along the ion beam shrunk; Irradiation of Xe-ions could cause local crystallization of amorphous FeSiNbZrB alloy ribbons and form finer α-Fe(Si) phases precipitations with diameter of 1–2 nm; SHI irradiation could make the distribution of the magnetic moments of amorphous ribbons change their orientation from the in-plane orientation to the perpendicular one.

  4. Pressure tunes electrical resistivity by four orders of magnitude in amorphous Ge2Sb2Te5 phase-change memory alloy

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    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 Ge2Sb2Te5 (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. Amorphous Calcium Carbonate Based-Microparticles for Peptide Pulmonary Delivery.

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    Tewes, Frederic; Gobbo, Oliviero L; Ehrhardt, Carsten; Healy, Anne Marie

    2016-01-20

    Amorphous calcium carbonate (ACC) is known to interact with proteins, for example, in biogenic ACC, to form stable amorphous phases. The control of amorphous/crystalline and inorganic/organic ratios in inhalable calcium carbonate microparticles may enable particle properties to be adapted to suit the requirements of dry powders for pulmonary delivery by oral inhalation. For example, an amorphous phase can immobilize and stabilize polypeptides in their native structure and amorphous and crystalline phases have different mechanical properties. Therefore, inhalable composite microparticles made of inorganic (i.e., calcium carbonate and calcium formate) and organic (i.e., hyaluronan (HA)) amorphous and crystalline phases were investigated for peptide and protein pulmonary aerosol delivery. The crystalline/amorphous ratio and polymorphic form of the inorganic component was altered by changing the microparticle drying rate and by changing the ammonium carbonate and HA initial concentration. The bioactivity of the model peptide, salmon calcitonin (sCT), coprocessed with alpha-1-antitrypsin (AAT), a model protein with peptidase inhibitor activity, was maintained during processing and the microparticles had excellent aerodynamic properties, making them suitable for pulmonary aerosol delivery. The bioavailability of sCT after aerosol delivery as sCT and AAT-loaded composite microparticles to rats was 4-times higher than that of sCT solution. PMID:26692360

  6. Magnetization behavior and magnetocaloric effect in bulk amorphous Fe60Co5Zr8Mo5W2B20 alloy

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    Microstructure by X-ray diffraction and Mössbauer spectroscopy, and isothermal magnetic entropy changes in the bulk amorphous Fe60Co5Zr8Mo5W2B20 alloy in the as-quenched state and after annealing at 720 K for 15 min are studied. The as-cast and heat treated alloy is paramagnetic at room temperature. The quadrupole splitting distribution is unimodal after annealing indicating the more homogenous structure in comparison with that for the as-cast alloy. Curie temperature slightly increases after annealing from 265±2 K in the as-quenched state to 272±2 K and the alloy exhibits the second order magnetic phase transition. The maximum of isothermal magnetic entropy changes appears at the Curie points and is equal to 0.30 and 0.42 J/(kg·K) for the alloy in the as-quenched state and after annealing, respectively. In the paramagnetic region the material behaves as a Curie–Weiss paramagnet. - Highlights: ► Bulk amorphous Fe60Co5Zr8Mo5W2B20 alloy is paramagnetic at room temperature. ► Curie temperature slightly increases after annealing at 720 K for 15 min. ► Alloy exhibits the second order magnetic phase transition. ► Maximum magnetic entropy changes increases after annealing. ► In the paramagnetic region the material is a Curie–Weiss paramagnet.

  7. Topological and chemical short-range order in amorphous Ni35Ti sub(65-x)Zr sub(x) alloys

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    Studies of the topological and chemical short-range order in amorphous Ni(35)Ti(65-x)Zr(x) alloys were made. The amorphous alloys of Ni(35)Ti(65-x)Zr(x) with x of 0, 5, 10 and 17 percent were prepared. The X-ray scattering patterns were determined. The neutron diffraction patterns of the Ni35Ti65 samples were determined by one of the authors with the D4 instrument at the Institute Laue-Langevin in Grenoble. The observation of the X-ray total interference function I(K) for the amorphous Ni-Ti-Zr alloys and the neutron total structure factor S(K) of the Ni(35)Ti(65) alloy suggested that there exists chemical short-range order in the Ni(35)Ti(65) alloy similar to the one observed in the Ni(40)Ti(60) glass. The reduced atomic distribution function, the partial structure factors, and the partial atomic correlation functions were obtained, and the effect of chemical short-range order to these functions is discussed. The distance of nearest neighbors was obtained as 2.58 A, and was smaller than the average of the atomic sizes of Ni and Ti indicating some kind of charge transfer between the Ti and Ni atoms. The Warren chemical short-range order parameter was evaluated, and found to be -0.10. (Kato, T.)

  8. Superparamagnetic amorphous Fe1-xCx alloy particles in a ferrofluid

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    A ferrofluid with ultrasmall magnetic particles (d=3.3 nm) of amorphous Fe1-xCx has been studied by Moessbauer spectroscopy and electron microscopy. The values of the particle size estimated by the two methods are in good agreement. The magnetic anisotropy energy constant, K=(1.0±0.3)x105 J m-3 has been estimated. (orig.)

  9. Nanocrystallization in Co67Cr7Fe4Si8B14 Amorphous Alloy Ribbons

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    Zahra Jamili-Shirvan

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available The nanocrystallization of Co67Fe4Cr7Si8B14 amorphous ribbons which prepared by planar flow melt spinning process (PFMS was investigated. Crystallization of the ribbons was studied by differential thermal analysis (DTA, X-ray diffraction (XRD and transmission electron microscopy (TEM. The DTA result of amorphous ribbon at heating rate of 10˚C/min showedoccurrence of phase transitions in two stages. The ribbons were isothermally annealed for 30 minutes in argon atmosphere at different temperatures between 300 and 650ºC with 25ºC steps. The magnetic properties of annealed samples were measured using a vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM. The VSM results revealed that optimum soft magnetic properties occurred at 400ºC. XRD patterns showed that the samples isothermally annealed up to 450ºC were amorphous, while TEM results at 400ºC indicated 7-8 nm mean size nanocrytallites in amorphous matrix and size of the nanocrystallites increased by increasing temperature. Also by X-ray diffraction pattern, precipitation of different phases at higher temperatures confirmed.

  10. Effect of annealing on atomic ordering of amorphous ZrTaTiNbSi alloy

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    Yang, Tsung-Han; Huang, Rong-Tang; Wu, Cheng-An; Chen, Fu-Rong; Gan, Jon-Yiew; Yeh, Jien-Wei; Narayan, Jagdish

    2009-12-01

    In this letter, we have reported on initial stages of atomic ordering in ZrTaTiNbSi amorphous films during annealing. The atomic ordering and structure evolution were studied in Zr17Ta16Ti19Nb22Si26 amorphous films as a function of annealing temperature in the temperature range from 473 to 1173 K. Up to annealing temperature of 1173 K, the films retained amorphous structure, but the degree of disorder is increased with the increase in temperature. The formation of Si-M covalent bonds, which contributed to the local atomic arrangement, occurred in the initial stages of ordering. The bonding reactions between Si and other metal species explain the anomalous structural changes which were observed in x-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy. We discuss the stages of phase transformation for amorphous films as a function of annealing temperature. From these results, we propose that annealing leads to formation of random Si-M4 tetrahedron, and two observed rings, a first and second in the electron diffraction patterns compared to M-M and Si-M bond length, respectively.

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

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    Isherwood, Patrick J. M., E-mail: P.J.M.Isherwood@lboro.ac.uk; Walls, John M. [CREST, School of Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering, Loughborough University, Loughborough, Leicestershire LE11 3TU (United Kingdom); Butler, Keith T.; Walsh, Aron [Centre for Sustainable Technologies and Department of Chemistry, University of Bath, Claverton Down, Bath BA2 7AY (United Kingdom)

    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.

  13. 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.

  14. Hydrogenation of furfuryl alcohol to tetrahydrofurfuryl alcohol on NiB/SiO2 amorphous alloy catalyst

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    SONG Yun; LI Wei; ZHANG Minghui; TAO Keyi

    2007-01-01

    NiB/SiO2 amorphous alloy catalyst was prepared by power electroless plating method and characterized by induction coupled plasma (ICP),Brunauer-Emmett-Teller method (BET),transmission electron microscope (TEM)and X-ray diffraction (XRD) techniques.The catalytic performance of NiB/SiO2 was investigated for the hydrogenation of furfuryl alcohol (FA) to tetrahydrofurfuryl alcohol (THFA).The effects of operational conditions,such as reaction temperature,pressure,and stirring rate were carefully studied.The proper conditions were determined as the following:pressure 2.0 MPa,temperature 120℃ and stirring rate 550 r/min.A typical result with FA conversion of 99%and THFA selectivity of 100% was obtained under such conditions,which was close to that over Raney Ni.

  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. Influence of production method on the magnetic parameters and structure of Fe{sub 61}Co{sub 10}Y{sub 8}Nb{sub 1}B{sub 20} amorphous alloys in the as-quenched state

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    Pietrusiewicz, Paweł, E-mail: pietrusiewicz@wip.pcz.pl [Czestochowa University of Technology, Faculty of Materials Processing Technology and Applied Physics, Institute of Physics, 19 Armii Krajowej Av., 42-200 Czestochowa (Poland); Nabiałek, Marcin; Dośpiał, Marcin; Gruszka, Konrad; Błoch, Katarzyna [Czestochowa University of Technology, Faculty of Materials Processing Technology and Applied Physics, Institute of Physics, 19 Armii Krajowej Av., 42-200 Czestochowa (Poland); Gondro, Joanna; Brągiel, Piotr [Jan Dlugosz University in Czestochowa, The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Institute of Physics, Armii Krajowej 13/15, 42-200 Czestochowa (Poland); Szota, Michał; Stradomski, Zbigniew [Czestochowa University of Technology, Faculty of Materials Processing Technology and Applied Physics, Materials Engineering Institute, 19 Armii Krajowej Av., 42-200 Czestochowa (Poland)

    2014-12-05

    Highlights: • The paper presents the influence of rapid quenching method on structure and magnetic properties. • Classical and bulk Fe-based amorphous alloy in the as-cast state. • Samples were obtained by the use of three casting methods i.e. suction, injection and melt-spinning. • XRD and Mössbauer effect studies were used to confirm amorphous structure of samples. • The reduction of saturation of magnetization in BMGs was resulting from higher packing density of atoms. - Abstract: In this paper, the influence of production method on the basic magnetic properties and structure of amorphous alloys, in the forms of ribbons and plates, was investigated. The samples used in the investigations were obtained by three different production methods: ultrafast cooling of the liquid alloy on a rotating copper wheel (the melt-spinning method), and the injection or suction of the molten alloy into a water-cooled copper die injection- and suction-casting, respectively. The structure of the resulting samples of Fe{sub 61}Co{sub 10}Y{sub 8}Nb{sub 1}B{sub 20} alloy was investigated by means of X-ray diffractometry, Mössbauer spectroscopy and scanning electron microscopy. The results of the microstructural investigations confirmed that the obtained samples were amorphous and without crystalline precipitations. The images from the scanning electron microscope were typical for amorphous materials. Magnetic measurements were performed using a vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM) using magnetic fields of up to 2 T. The highest value of the saturation magnetization was achieved for the sample which was in the form of a ribbon. The values of this parameter for the samples which were in the form of plates were similar to each other, regardless of the production method. The values of the coercivity showed much greater differences, depending on the production method. The smallest value of coercivity was found for the sample in plate-form obtained by injection-casting; this is

  17. Influence of production method on the magnetic parameters and structure of Fe61Co10Y8Nb1B20 amorphous alloys in the as-quenched state

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    Highlights: • The paper presents the influence of rapid quenching method on structure and magnetic properties. • Classical and bulk Fe-based amorphous alloy in the as-cast state. • Samples were obtained by the use of three casting methods i.e. suction, injection and melt-spinning. • XRD and Mössbauer effect studies were used to confirm amorphous structure of samples. • The reduction of saturation of magnetization in BMGs was resulting from higher packing density of atoms. - Abstract: In this paper, the influence of production method on the basic magnetic properties and structure of amorphous alloys, in the forms of ribbons and plates, was investigated. The samples used in the investigations were obtained by three different production methods: ultrafast cooling of the liquid alloy on a rotating copper wheel (the melt-spinning method), and the injection or suction of the molten alloy into a water-cooled copper die injection- and suction-casting, respectively. The structure of the resulting samples of Fe61Co10Y8Nb1B20 alloy was investigated by means of X-ray diffractometry, Mössbauer spectroscopy and scanning electron microscopy. The results of the microstructural investigations confirmed that the obtained samples were amorphous and without crystalline precipitations. The images from the scanning electron microscope were typical for amorphous materials. Magnetic measurements were performed using a vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM) using magnetic fields of up to 2 T. The highest value of the saturation magnetization was achieved for the sample which was in the form of a ribbon. The values of this parameter for the samples which were in the form of plates were similar to each other, regardless of the production method. The values of the coercivity showed much greater differences, depending on the production method. The smallest value of coercivity was found for the sample in plate-form obtained by injection-casting; this is connected with the highest value

  18. LASER CLADDING ON ALUMINIUM BASE ALLOYS

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    Pilloz, M.; Pelletier, J; Vannes, A.; Bignonnet, A.

    1991-01-01

    laser cladding is often performed on iron or titanium base alloys. In the present work, this method is employed on aluminum alloys ; nickel or silicon are added by powder injection. Addition of silicon leads to sound surface layers, but with moderated properties, while the presence of nickel induces the formation of hard intermetallic compounds and then to an attractive hardening phenomena ; however a recovery treatment has to be carried out, in order to eliminate porosity in the near surface...

  19. Experimental and Computer Modelling Studies of Metastability of Amorphous Silicon Based Solar Cells

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    Munyeme, Geoffrey

    2003-01-01

    We present a combination of experimental and computer modelling studies of the light induced degradation in the performance of amorphous silicon based single junction solar cells. Of particular interest in this study is the degradation kinetics of different types of amorphous silicon single junction

  20. Amorphous silicon carbide passivating layers for crystalline-silicon-based heterojunction solar cells

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    Amorphous silicon enables the fabrication of very high-efficiency crystalline-silicon-based solar cells due to its combination of excellent passivation of the crystalline silicon surface and permeability to electrical charges. Yet, amongst other limitations, the passivation it provides degrades upon high-temperature processes, limiting possible post-deposition fabrication possibilities (e.g., forcing the use of low-temperature silver pastes). We investigate the potential use of intrinsic amorphous silicon carbide passivating layers to sidestep this issue. The passivation obtained using device-relevant stacks of intrinsic amorphous silicon carbide with various carbon contents and doped amorphous silicon are evaluated, and their stability upon annealing assessed, amorphous silicon carbide being shown to surpass amorphous silicon for temperatures above 300 °C. We demonstrate open-circuit voltage values over 700 mV for complete cells, and an improved temperature stability for the open-circuit voltage. Transport of electrons and holes across the hetero-interface is studied with complete cells having amorphous silicon carbide either on the hole-extracting side or on the electron-extracting side, and a better transport of holes than of electrons is shown. Also, due to slightly improved transparency, complete solar cells using an amorphous silicon carbide passivation layer on the hole-collecting side are demonstrated to show slightly better performances even prior to annealing than obtained with a standard amorphous silicon layer

  1. Amorphous silicon carbide passivating layers for crystalline-silicon-based heterojunction solar cells

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    Boccard, Mathieu; Holman, Zachary C. [School of Electrical, Computer, and Energy Engineering, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona 85287-5706 (United States)

    2015-08-14

    Amorphous silicon enables the fabrication of very high-efficiency crystalline-silicon-based solar cells due to its combination of excellent passivation of the crystalline silicon surface and permeability to electrical charges. Yet, amongst other limitations, the passivation it provides degrades upon high-temperature processes, limiting possible post-deposition fabrication possibilities (e.g., forcing the use of low-temperature silver pastes). We investigate the potential use of intrinsic amorphous silicon carbide passivating layers to sidestep this issue. The passivation obtained using device-relevant stacks of intrinsic amorphous silicon carbide with various carbon contents and doped amorphous silicon are evaluated, and their stability upon annealing assessed, amorphous silicon carbide being shown to surpass amorphous silicon for temperatures above 300 °C. We demonstrate open-circuit voltage values over 700 mV for complete cells, and an improved temperature stability for the open-circuit voltage. Transport of electrons and holes across the hetero-interface is studied with complete cells having amorphous silicon carbide either on the hole-extracting side or on the electron-extracting side, and a better transport of holes than of electrons is shown. Also, due to slightly improved transparency, complete solar cells using an amorphous silicon carbide passivation layer on the hole-collecting side are demonstrated to show slightly better performances even prior to annealing than obtained with a standard amorphous silicon layer.

  2. Amorphous silicon carbide passivating layers for crystalline-silicon-based heterojunction solar cells

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    Boccard, Mathieu; Holman, Zachary C.

    2015-08-01

    Amorphous silicon enables the fabrication of very high-efficiency crystalline-silicon-based solar cells due to its combination of excellent passivation of the crystalline silicon surface and permeability to electrical charges. Yet, amongst other limitations, the passivation it provides degrades upon high-temperature processes, limiting possible post-deposition fabrication possibilities (e.g., forcing the use of low-temperature silver pastes). We investigate the potential use of intrinsic amorphous silicon carbide passivating layers to sidestep this issue. The passivation obtained using device-relevant stacks of intrinsic amorphous silicon carbide with various carbon contents and doped amorphous silicon are evaluated, and their stability upon annealing assessed, amorphous silicon carbide being shown to surpass amorphous silicon for temperatures above 300 °C. We demonstrate open-circuit voltage values over 700 mV for complete cells, and an improved temperature stability for the open-circuit voltage. Transport of electrons and holes across the hetero-interface is studied with complete cells having amorphous silicon carbide either on the hole-extracting side or on the electron-extracting side, and a better transport of holes than of electrons is shown. Also, due to slightly improved transparency, complete solar cells using an amorphous silicon carbide passivation layer on the hole-collecting side are demonstrated to show slightly better performances even prior to annealing than obtained with a standard amorphous silicon layer.

  3. Optical position detectors based on thin film amorphous silicon

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    Henry, Jasmine; Livingstone, John

    2001-10-01

    Thin film optical position sensitive detectors (PSDs) based on novel hydrogenated amorphous silicon Schottky barrier (SB) structures are compared in this work. The three structures reported here have been tested under different light sources to measure their linear properties and wavelength response characteristics. The sputtered a-Si sensors were configured as layered structures of platinum, a-Si and indium tin oxide, forming SB-i-n devices and exhibited linear properties similar to multi-layer a-Si p-i- n devices produced by complex chemical vapor deposition procedures, which involve flammable and toxic gases. All structures were test4ed as possible configurations for 2D sensors. The devices were tested under white light, filtered white light and also a red diode laser. Each of the three structures responded quite differently to each of the sources. Results, based on the correlation coefficient, which measures the linearity of output and which has a maximum value of 1, produced r values ranging between 0.992 to 0.999, in the best performances.

  4. Domain Wall Mobility in Co-Based Amorphous Wire

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    Maria Kladivova

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available Dynamics of the domain wall between opposite circularly magnetized domains in amorphous cylindrical sample with circular easy direction is theoretically studied. The wall is driven by DC current. Various mechanisms which influence the wall velocity were taken into account: current magnitude, deformation of the mowing wall, Hall effect, axially magnetized domain in the middle of the wire. Theoretical results obtained are in a good agreement with experiments on Cobased amorphous ferromagnetic wires.

  5. Study of superficial films and of electrochemical behaviour of some nickel base alloys and titanium base alloys in solution representation of granitic, argillaceous and salted ground waters

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    The corrosion behaviour of the stainless steels 304, 316 Ti, 25Cr-20Ni-Mo-Ti, nickel base alloys Hastelloy C4, Inconel 625, Incoloy 800, Ti and Ti-0.2% Pd alloy has been studied in the aerated or deaerated solutions at 200C and 900C whose compositions are representative of interstitial ground waters: granitic or clay waters or salt brine. The electrochemical techniques used are voltametry, polarization resistance and complexe impedance measurements. Electrochemical data show the respective influence of the parameters such as temperature, solution composition and dissolved oxygen, addition of soluble species chloride, fluoride, sulfide and carbonates, on which depend the corrosion current density, the passivation and the pitting potential. The inhibition efficiency of carbonate and bicarbonate activities against pitting corrosion is determined. In clay water at 900C, Ti and Ti-Pd show very high passivation aptitude and a broad passive potential range. Alloying Pd increases cathodic overpotential and also transpassive potential. It makes the alloy less sensitive to the temperature effect. Optical Glow Discharge Spectra show three parts in the composition depth profiles of surface films on alloys. XPS and SIMS spectrometry analyses are also carried out. Electron microscopy observation shows that passive films formed on Ti and Ti-Pd alloy have amorphous structure. Analysis of the alloy constituents dissolved in solutions, by radioactivation in neutrons, gives the order of magnitude of the Ni base alloy corrosion rates in various media. It also points out the preferential dissolution of alloying iron and in certain cases of chromium

  6. The influence of structural changes on electrical and magnetic characteristics of amorphous powder of the nixmoy alloy

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    Ribić-Zelenović Lenka

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available Nickel and molybdenum alloy powder was electrodeposited on a titanium cathode from a NiSO4⋅7H2O and (NH46 Mo7O24⋅4H2O ammonium solution. The desired chemical composition, structure, size and shape of particles in the powder samples were achieved by an appropriate choice of electrolysis parameters (current density, composition and temperature of the solution, cathode material and electrolysis duration. Metal coatings form in the current density range 15 mA cm-2alloy decreases with the increase of the current density of deposition. Smaller sized particles form at higher current density. X-ray analysis, differential scanning calorimetric and measurements of the temperature dependence of electric resistance and magnetic permeability of the powder samples were all used to establish a predominantly amorphous structure of the powder samples formed at the current density of j≥70mA cm-2. The crystalline particle content in the powder samples increases with the decrease of the current density of deposition. Powder heating causes structural changes. The process of thermal stabilization of nickel and molybdenum amorphous powders takes place in the temperature interval from 463K to 573K and causes a decrease in electrical resistance and increase in magnetic permeability. The crystallization temperature depends on the value of current density of powder electrodeposition. Powder formed at j=180 mA cm-2 begins to crystallize at 573K, while the powder deposited at j=50 mA cm-2 begins to crystallize at 673K. Crystallization of the powder causes a decrease in electric resistivity and magnetic

  7. Spatial-Temporal Oscillations of Relaxation and Pre-Turbulent Type in Ideal Confined Amorphous Alloys

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    I.B. Krasnyuk

    2013-10-01

    Full Text Available The conditions for oscillating distributions at surface-induced crystallization of a quasi-binary volcanic melt, as a superposition of two travelling waves, are found. It is shown that change in the cooling conditions on the surfaces of flat walls which confine the melt leads to the change in the surface structure, i.e. surface amorphous-crystal waves penetrating the amorphous melt and initiating different types of pulse oscillations in the bulk in turn. For ideal melts, when bulk perturbations can be neglected, the solution tends to an asymptotically periodic piecewise-constant function. In the case of non-ideal melts, competition between surface and volume fluctuations arises and solution tends to an asymptotically quasi-periodic function.

  8. Relaxation studies of amorphous alloys with creep induced magnetic and structural anisotropy

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    Amorphous ferromagnetic (Fe,Co,Ni) ribbons of various compositions have been prepared by rapid solidification and annealed with applied tensile stress. This process yields both creep-induced magnetic anisotropy and structural anisotropy. Post-annealing has been done to investigate the relaxation process. X-ray diffraction and thermomechanical analysis measurement of post-annealed samples reveal a clear underlying relaxation process in the material, proving that structural anisotropy corresponds to the elastic strain induced by creep annealing.

  9. Effect of rare earth additions on magnetic properties of Fe82Nb2B14RE2 (RE = Y, Gd, Tb and Dy) amorphous alloys

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    Highlights: → We studied magnetic properties of Fe82Nb2B14RE2 (RE=Y,Gd,Tb,Dy) amorphous alloys. → In a comparison with Fe82Nb2B14Y2 alloy the rare earth editions cause an increase of the Curie temperature and a decrease of magnetic moment per magnetic atom. → Doping of Tb and Dy lead to a strong decrease of magnetic permeability and a formation of low dimensional finger-print magnetic domains. - Abstract: In the present paper the influence of RE alloying additions (Y, Gd, Tb and Dy) on magnetic properties (Curie temperatures, low temperature magnetization, zero field cooling-field cooling curves, domain structure, room temperature magnetostriction and magnetic permeability) of amorphous alloys of type Fe82Nb2B14RE2 are carefully examined. It was shown that substituting of yttrium atoms by magnetic elements, i.e. Gd, Tb and Dy leads to (i) an increase of the Curie temperature of amorphous phase from 416 K (for Fe82Nb2B14Y2) to 450 K (for Fe82Nb2B14Gd2) and (ii) a decrease of magnetization in saturation (magnetic field 7 T) which can be explained by antiferromagnetic Fe-RE coupling resulting in a decrease of magnetic moment calculated per magnetic atom from 2.00 μB for the Fe82Nb2B14Y2 alloy (Fe in amorphous phase) to 1.51 μB for the Fe82Nb2B14Tb2 alloy. It was concluded that Tb and Dy alloying additions introduce a local magnetic anisotropy responsible for significant decrease of initial magnetic permeability (about 5 times in relation to Fe82Nb2B14Y2 or Fe82Nb2B14Gd2 alloy), increase of magnetic irreversibility effect measured at 2 K (about 10 times in relation to the same alloys) and appearing of the finger-print magnetic domain regions (not observed for the Fe82Nb2B14Y2 and Fe82Nb2B14Gd2 alloys).

  10. Crystallization process in rapidly solidified Al-Nd-Ni amorphous alloy prepared by melt spinning

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    肖于德; 黎文献; 马正青

    2004-01-01

    Rapidly solidified ribbons of Al90 Nd7 Ni3 metallic glasses were prepared by using melt spinning. Crystal lization process of the totally amorphous ribbons was investigated by differential scanning calorimetry and X-ray diffraction analysis, under continuous heating regime. The results show that, under continuous heating regime, the metallic glass devitrifies via two main stages: primary crystallization, resulting in two-phase mixture of α(Al) plus residual amorphous phase, and secondary crystallization, corresponding to some inter-metallic phases appearing,successively including Al11 Nd3, Al3 Ni, and some unknown phases, in the Al amorphous/crystal matrix. Four peaks appear on the continuous heating DSC curves. Their peak temperatures are respectively 470.8, 570.8, 585.6, and731.6 K at infinitesimal heating rate, and their activation energies of the respective phase transformation are 183.0,294.7, 232.5 and 269.1 kJ/mol. The values of Avrami exponent of the four reactions decrease with increasing relative transformation degree. At the earlier stage of phase transformation, the values of n are larger than 4, and at the later stage the values of n become close to some value from 0.5 to 2.0.

  11. Co-catalytic effect of Rh and Ru for the ethanol electro-oxidation in amorphous microparticulated alloys

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    Blanco, Tamara C.; Pierna, Angel R.; Barroso, Javier [Dpto. de Ingenieria Quimica y del Medio Ambiente, Universidad del Pais Vasco, San Sebastian (Spain)

    2011-11-15

    The ethanol electro-oxidation on platinum catalyst in acid media leads to the formation of acetaldehyde and acetic acid as main products. Another problem is the poisoning of the electro-catalyst surface with CO formed during the fuel oxidation reaction. To increase the performance of Direct Ethanol Fuel Cells (DEFCs) it is necessary to develop new electrode materials or modification of the existing Pt catalysts. This work presents the electrochemical response to ethanol and CO oxidation of different compositional amorphous alloys obtained by ball milling technique, used as electrodes. Alloys with Ni{sub 59}Nb{sub 40}Pt{sub 0.6}Rh{sub 0.4} and Ni{sub 59}Nb{sub 40}Pt{sub 0.6}Rh{sub 0.2}Ru{sub 0.2} composi-tions were studied. The current density towards ethanol oxidation decreases with the presence of ruthenium; however, this electrode shows the best tolerance to CO, with lower surface coverage (copyright 2011 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  12. Co-catalytic effect of Rh and Ru for the ethanol electro-oxidation in amorphous microparticulated alloys

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    The ethanol electro-oxidation on platinum catalyst in acid media leads to the formation of acetaldehyde and acetic acid as main products. Another problem is the poisoning of the electro-catalyst surface with CO formed during the fuel oxidation reaction. To increase the performance of Direct Ethanol Fuel Cells (DEFCs) it is necessary to develop new electrode materials or modification of the existing Pt catalysts. This work presents the electrochemical response to ethanol and CO oxidation of different compositional amorphous alloys obtained by ball milling technique, used as electrodes. Alloys with Ni59Nb40Pt0.6Rh0.4 and Ni59Nb40Pt0.6Rh0.2Ru0.2 composi-tions were studied. The current density towards ethanol oxidation decreases with the presence of ruthenium; however, this electrode shows the best tolerance to CO, with lower surface coverage (copyright 2011 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  13. Crystalline Behavior and Magnetic Properties of Nd60Fe30-xAl10Cox(x=0,5,10) Bulk Amorphous Alloys

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    徐晖; 谭晓华; 董远达

    2003-01-01

    Crystalline behavior and magnetic properties of Nd60Fe30-xAl10Cox (x=0,5,10) bulk amorphous alloys were investigated by differential scanning calorimeter (DSC), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and the vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM). Neither glass transition nor supercooled liquid region before crystallization was observed for the as-cast Nd60Fe30-xAl10Cox (x=0,5,10) bulk amorphous alloys. The glass forming ability can be improved significantly by the addition of Co. The as-cast Nd60Fe30-xAl10Cox (x=0,5,10) alloys show hard magnetic behavior. With the addition of Co content, intrinsic coercivity (iHc) increases while the saturation magnetization(σs) and remanence (σr) decrease. The Curie temperature for the as-cast Nd60Fe30-xAl10Cox alloys increases from 451 K for x=0 to 468 K for x=10. Some precipitation of crystalline phases does not affect the hard magnetic properties of Nd60Fe30-xAl10Cox (x=0,5,10) alloys, while the hard magnetic behavior disappears quickly after the alloys being completely crystallized.

  14. Synthesis and structural characterization of amorphous alloys of the Fe-Ni-B type

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    It was prepared the alloy FeNiB for chemical reduction, using four p H values (5, 6, 7 and 7.5). To p H=6 partially oxidized particles were obtained, between 16 and 20%. In the synthesis to other p H values, the obtained particles were highly oxidized (65-90%) according to the X-ray diffraction results, in all the preparations the particles were partially crystallized, with crystal size that varied between 4 and 10 nm. The structure of these particles can be consider that they are formed by a nucleus due to the alloy and an oxide armor recovering it. (Author)

  15. EFFECT OF THE TEMPERATURE ON THE FRICTION AND WEAR PROPERTIES OF BULK AMORPHOUS ALLOY

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    DAWIT ZENEBE SEGU; PYUNG HWANG; SEOCK-SAM KIM

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    The present paper report the results of an experimental investigation of the temperature effect on the sliding friction and wear properties of the bulk metallic glass (BMG). To improve the friction and wear properties of the BMG, the disk specimens were developed in the alloy system of Fe67.6C7.1Si3.3B5.5P8.7Cr2.3Mo2.6Al2Co1.0 using hot metal and industrial ferro-alloys. The friction and wear test was performed using flat-on-flat contact configuration of unidirectional tribometer and Si3N4 ce...

  16. Magnetic regimes in amorphous Ni--Fe--P--B alloys. [1. 7 to 300/sup 0/K

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    Durand, J.

    1976-10-01

    A complete substitution of iron for nickel was obtained by splat-cooling in amorphous alloys of composition (Ni/sub 100-y/Fe/sub y/)/sub 79/P/sub 13/B/sub 8/. Results of high-field magnetization (up to 70 kOe), ac and dc low-field susceptibility, Curie temperature, and resistivity measurements over a temperature range of 1.7 to 300/sup 0/K are reported. The Ni/sub 79/P/sub 13/B/sub 8/ alloy is not ferromagnetic, but the magnetization behavior as a function of field and temperature is typically that of alloys in the critical concentration range for ferromagnetism. The Fe/sub 79/P/sub 13/B/sub 8/ alloy is ferromagnetic with a Curie temperature T/sub c/ of 616/sup 0/K. For y = 1 at. percent, the Fe atoms are magnetic. The variation of the moment per Fe atom as a function of y is discussed. When y is increased, the Ni atoms are likely to be polarized progressively and the moment per Ni atom would be roughly constant for y equal to or greater than 30 at. percent. Various magnetic behaviors were defined as a function of the Fe content. The value of T/sub c/ reaches a maximum for y similarly ordered 90 at. percent and extrapolates to zero for y similarly ordered 7 at. percent. Alloys within the range 1 equal to or less than y equal to or less than 10 at. percent did not exhibit well-defined Curie transition, but sharp maxima in low-field susceptibility measurements were observed at T/sub M/. The value of T/sub M/ is proportional to y for 1 equal to or less than y equal to or less than 4 at. percent, as in classical spin-glass regimes. For 4 less than y equal to or less than 10 at. percent, the variation of T/sub M/ as a function of y implies a more complicated type of magnetic ordering (micromagnetism or superparamagnetism). Homogeneous ferromagnetic ordering emerges only for y greater than 10 at. percent. Results of resistivity measurements are discussed in relation to the magnetic properties of different regimes in the magnetic phase diagram. 6 figures, 2 tables.

  17. Temperature affecting the magnetic properties of the Co79−xFe3Cr3Si15Bx amorphous alloy

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    The paper studies the effect the temperature has on the magnetic properties of the Co79−xFe3Cr3Si15Bx amorphous alloy with different boron content. Magnetic saturation induction Bs and Curie temperature TC decrease as the boron content increases. Within the range of relatively high temperatures, magnetic saturation induction Bs = μ0Ms is related to the temperature by Bs(T) ∼ (TC − T)0.38. In the Co79−xFe3Cr3Si15Bx amorphous alloys with the Curie temperature of lower than 180 °C the initial permeability of 200,000 and the coercive force of 0.1 A/m were obtained. The high initial permeability of the amorphous alloy is attributed to the absence of the crystalline, magnetoelastic and induced magnetic anisotropy in this alloy. Low Curie temperature near which the permeability appreciably increases (Hopkinson effect) is another approach to the ideal magnetic softness

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

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    Chehaidar, A., E-mail: Abdallah.Chehaidar@fss.rnu.tn

    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.

  19. Evidence for weak localization effects on the critical magnetic field for the amorphous alloys V/sub 1-//sub x/Si/sub x/

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    Ousset, J.C.; Rakoto, H.; Broto, J.M.; Dupuis, V.; Durand, J.; Marchal, G.; Pavuna, D.

    1987-04-01

    In this paper we present measurements of the temperature dependence of the upper critical field H/sub c//sub 2/ and of the magnetoresistance for V/sub 1-//sub x/Si/sub x/ superconducting amorphous alloys. Negative deviations from the classical variation of H/sub c//sub 2/ in a dirty superconductor are observed related to a positive magnetoresistance due to weak localization in amorphous systems with finite spin-orbit coupling. These deviations can be qualitatively explained through the model recently developed by Coffey et al.

  20. Electric and magnetic properties of Al86Ni8R6 (R=Sm, Gd, Ho) alloys in liquid and amorphous states

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    Sidorov, V.; Svec, P.; Svec, P.; Janickovic, D.; Mikhailov, V.; Sidorova, E.; Son, L.

    2016-06-01

    Electrical resistivity and magnetic susceptibility of Al86Ni8Sm6, Al86Ni8Gd6 and Al86Ni8Ho6 alloys are studied in a wide temperature range including amorphous, crystalline and liquid states. The negative value of resistivity temperature coefficient in amorphous ribbons is explained by the structural separation starting much before the beginning of their crystallization. The effective magnetic moments per Gd and Ho atoms are found to be essentially lower than for R3+ ions. The results are discussed in supposition of directed bonds between rare earth and aluminum atoms.

  1. 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.

  2. Optical multilayer films based on an amorphous fluoropolymer

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    Multilayered coatings were made by physical vapor deposition (PVD) of a perfluorinated amorphous polymer, Teflon AF2400, and with other optical materials. A high reflector for 1064 nm light was made with ZnS and AF2400. An all-organic 1064 nm reflector was made from AF2400 and polyethylene. Oxide (HfO2 and SiO2) compatibility with AF2400 was also tested. The multilayer morphologies were influenced by coating stress and unintentional temperature rises from the PVD process. Analysis by liquid nuclear magnetic resonance of the thin films showed slight compositional variations between the coating and starting materials of perfluorinated amorphous polymers

  3. Adjustable ultraviolet sensitive detectors based on amorphous silicon

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    TOPIC, M; Stiebig, H.; Krause, M.; Wagner, H.

    2001-01-01

    Thin-film detectors made of hydrogenated amorphous silicon (LI-Si:H) and amorphous silicon carbide (a-SiC:H) with adjustable sensitivity in the ultraviolet (UV) spectrum were developed. Thin PIN diodes deposited on glass substrates in N-I-P layer sequence with a total thickness of down to 33 nm and a semitransparent Ag front contact were fabricated. The optimized diodes with a 10 nm Ag contact exhibit spectral response values above 80 mA/W in the wavelength range from 295 to 395 nm with a max...

  4. DEFECTS IN AMORPHOUS CHALCOGENIDES AND SILICON

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    1981-01-01

    Our comprehension of the physical properties of amorphous semiconductors has improved considerably over the past few years, but many puzzles remain. From our present perspective, the major features of chalcogenide glasses appear to be well understood, and some of the fine points which have arisen recently have been explained within the same general model. On the other hand, there are a grear number of unresolved mysteries with regard to amorphous silicon-based alloys. In this paper, the valen...

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

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    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

  6. High cycle fatigue behavior of a nanostructured composite produced via extrusion of amorphous Al89Gd7Ni3Fe1 alloy powders

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    A nanostructured composite Al89Gd7Ni3Fe1 alloy was created by extruding atomized amorphous Al89Gd7Ni3Fe1 powders at different extrusion ratios (ER = 5:1, 10:1, 20:1). The microstructures and mechanical properties produced were examined with special attention given to the high cycle fatigue properties. High cycle fatigue tests were conducted at room temperature under three-point bending at a stress ratio R = 0.1. Increasing the extrusion ratio (ER) improved the hardness, bend strength, and fatigue behavior, with alloys extruded at higher ER exhibiting bend strengths exceeding 1000 MPa and high cycle fatigue behavior well in excess of conventional aluminum alloys. The results obtained are compared to conventional aluminum alloys and particulate reinforced composites.

  7. Effective magnetic anisotropy of amorphous and nanocrystalline Fe71.5Al2Cu1Nb3Si13.5B9 alloy ribbon

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    The effective magnetic anisotropy of the Fe71.5Al2Cu1Nb3Si13.5B9 alloy with different nanostructures has been investigated. The nanostructured phase was produced by means of thermal treatment (520 - 600 degreeC during 1 h) to develop the devitrification of the precursor amorphous material. The effective magnetic anisotropy was evaluated from the measurement of the bias field dependence of the transverse susceptibility. Values of the effective anisotropy field, Hk, from 20 Oe (as-quenched sample) down to 7 Oe (optimum nanocrystalline state) were obtained. Such values of Hk are close to those obtained in the classical nanocrystalline Fe73.5Cu1Nb3Si13.5B9 alloy (8 - 10 Oe) alloy. The Al could enhance the intergranular coupling, leading to the ultrasoft magnetic character of this nanocrystalline Al-containing alloy. [copyright] 2001 American Institute of Physics

  8. 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.

  9. 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

  10. Oxygen diffusion in vanadium-based alloys

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    The experimental study of transport and equilibrium properties of oxygen in vanadium-based alloys was made by EMF measurements on solid electrolytic cells over the temperature range of 873 to 14230K. The oxygen diffusion in vanadium was not significantly modified by small additions of Ti, Cr, Ni, Nb and Ta. The increase in the activation energy for oxygen diffusion in the V-based alloys containing Cr, Ni, Nb and Ta probably reflects the effect of these substitutional solutes on the activity coefficient of oxygen. The oxygen activity was increased by the addition of 1 at % of Cr, Ni and Nb, and decreased by the addition of Ti and Ta. However, the effects in the alloys containing Nb and Ta are very small

  11. Irradiation creep of vanadium-base alloys

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    Tsai, H.; Billone, M.C.; Strain, R.V.; Smith, D.L. [Argonne National Lab., IL (United States); Matsui, H. [Tohoku Univ. (Japan)

    1998-03-01

    A study of irradiation creep in vanadium-base alloys is underway with experiments in the Advanced Test Reactor (ATR) and the High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR) in the United States. Test specimens are thin-wall sealed tubes with internal pressure loading. The results from the initial ATR irradiation at low temperature (200--300 C) to a neutron damage level of 4.7 dpa show creep rates ranging from {approx}0 to 1.2 {times} 10{sup {minus}5}/dpa/MPa for a 500-kg heat of V-4Cr-4Ti alloy. These rates were generally lower than reported from a previous experiment in BR-10. Because both the attained neutron damage levels and the creep strains were low in the present study, however, these creep rates should be regarded as only preliminary. Substantially more testing is required before a data base on irradiation creep of vanadium alloys can be developed and used with confidence.

  12. Magnetoelectric effects in piezoelectric/soft magnetic amorphous FeCo-based ribbon composites

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    Magnetoelectric effect has been investigated in several multiferroic laminates generated by inserting a lead-zirconate titanate PZT plate between sheets of highly soft magnetic amorphous FeCo-based alloy ribbon. The results show that the magnetoelectric coefficient αE (= dE/dH) depends on the rest glass-forming elements as well as the concentration of Co substitution. Giant magnetoelectric is found for the composite of Fe73.5Cu1Nb3B9Si13.5 ribbon, where αE as high as 1000 mV/cmOe at low field of 50 Oe. aE can be further improved up to 1170 mV/cmOe at 20% Fe substituted by Co. The higher the Co concentration, the lower magnetoelectric effect is observed. High magnetoelectricty at low field makes these composites suitable for special applications such as smart sensors for detecting microtesla magnetic fields and especially biosensor for magnetic label detection.

  13. Internal stress and adhesion of amorphous Ni-Cu-P alloy on aluminum

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    Chen, C.-J.; Lin, K.-L. [Nat. Cheng Kung Univ., Tainan (Taiwan). Dept. of Mater. Sci. and Eng.

    2000-07-17

    This study investigated the effect of saccharin on the internal stress and the adhesion of amorphous Ni-Cu-P deposited on aluminum. An amorphous Ni-Cu-P deposit with slight compressive stress can be produced when one adds 8-10 g/l saccharin into the Ni-Cu-P deposition solution. The stress relief mechanism was investigated. The addition of saccharin restrains the coalescence of the islands within Ni-Cu-P nodules and reverses the internal stress of the electroless Ni-Cu-P deposit from tensile to compressive. The adhesion strength of the Si/Ti/Al/Ni-Cu-P multilayer specimen obtained with 10 g/l saccharin is around 35 to 45 MPa, and the fracture occurs at the silicon substrate after the pull test. The shear strength of the Ti/Al/Ni-Cu-P bump (100 x 100 {mu}m) on Si is 132.9{+-}12.7 g, and the fracture occurs at the Ni-Cu-P deposit after the shear test. Moreover, the inhibition of coalescence of the fine islands within Ni-Cu-P nodules increases the brightness and the hardness of the deposit. (orig.)

  14. Strain sensor system based on amorphous ferromagnetic ribbons

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    Jančárik, V.; Švec, P.; Kraus, Luděk

    2002-01-01

    Roč. 53, 10/S (2002), s. 92-94. ISSN 1335-3632. [Magnetic Measurements'02. Bratislava, 11.09.2002-13.09.2002] Grant ostatní: NATO(XX) SfP 973649 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z1010914 Keywords : strain sensor * magnetoelastic effect * amorphous ferromagnetic Subject RIV: BM - Solid Matter Physics ; Magnetism

  15. Design and fabrication of a mechanical alloying system for preparing intermetallic, nanocrystalline, amorphous and quasicrystalline compounds

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    In this work a grinding system was designed and fabricated which allowed to improve the operation conditions in time, frequency, temperature and selection of the grinding media and that allow the contamination decrease of the compounds. By means of this method of mechanical alloying new metallic compounds can be produced, starting from elemental powders, with fine and controlled microstructures. These compounds prepared by this method are going to be used as materials for the hydrogen storage. (Author)

  16. EXAFS study of short range order in Fe-Zr amorphous alloys

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    Room temperature X-ray absorption spectra on Fe K-edge have been performed in Fe100-x-yZrxBy and Fe86Zr7Cu1B6 alloys (x=7, 7.7, 9; y=0, 2, 4, 6). Fe-Fe coordination number and interatomic distances do not change in any sample. However, small changes in the Fe-Zr short range order, which could explain the evolution of the magnetic properties, have been observed. (orig.)

  17. 21 CFR 872.3710 - Base metal alloy.

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    2010-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 8 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Base metal alloy. 872.3710 Section 872.3710 Food... DEVICES DENTAL DEVICES Prosthetic Devices § 872.3710 Base metal alloy. (a) Identification. A base metal alloy is a device composed primarily of base metals, such as nickel, chromium, or cobalt, that...

  18. Magnetic losses and their relation with coercive force in Co80(Cr,Mo)10Zr10 system amorphous alloys with near-zero magnetostriction

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    Co80Cr10-xMoxZr10 system amorphous alloys where x=0,2,8 and 10 at.% Mo were studied. In general case similar dependence of P and Hc magnetic losses on annealing temperature is shown to b absent in Co80(Cr, Mo)10Zr10 system alloys. Uniformity of P and Hc variation is observed in the annealing temperature range where predominant relaxation process simultaneous by affects both P and H, or when single-type variations of P and Hc is caused by different processes, but affecting P and Hc in the same direction. 11 refs., 5 figs

  19. Effect of rare-earth elements on nanophase evolution, crystallization behaviour and mechanical properties in Al–Ni–R (R = La/Mischmetal) amorphous alloys

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    K L Sahoo; Amitava Mitra; Sukomal Ghosh

    2005-10-01

    The crystallization behaviour and evolution of nanoparticles in amorphous Al–Ni–Mischmetal (Mm) and Al–Ni–La alloys during heat treatment have been studied. Rapidly solidified ribbons were obtained by induction melting and ejecting the melt onto a rotating Cu wheel in an Ar atmosphere. The crystallization behaviour of the melt-spun ribbons was investigated using differential scanning calorimetry and X-ray diffractometry (XRD). XRD studies confirmed that all the ribbons were fully amorphous. Al–Ni–Mm systems showed a three-stage crystallization process whereas Al–Ni–La system, in general, showed a two-stage crystallization process on annealing. Crystallization kinetics was analysed by Kissinger and Johnson–Mehl–Avrami approaches. In Al–Ni–La alloys, the crystallization pathways depend on the La concentration. Microhardness of all the ribbons was examined at different temperatures and correlated with the corresponding evolution of phases.

  20. Atomic packing and diffusion in Fe85Si2B9P4 amorphous alloy analyzed by ab initio molecular dynamics simulation

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    In the work reported in this paper, ab initio molecular dynamics simulation was performed on Fe85Si2B9P4 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

  1. The temperature dependence of the magnetoelastic characteristics of cores for force sensors utilizing Fe70Ni8Si10B12 amorphous alloy

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    Roman Szewczyk; Adam Bieńkowski; Jacek Salach

    2008-09-01

    This paper presents the results of investigation on the influence of temperature on magnetoelastic characteristics of the two ring-shaped cores, made of Fe70Ni8Si10B12 amorphous alloy. The cores were annealed for 1 h at 350 and 400° C, respectively. The compressive force was applied perpendicular to the direction of the magnetizing field in the sample. Special cylindrical backing enables application of the uniform compressive stress to the wound ring sample. A resistive furnace heated the experimental set-up. Results presented in the paper indicate a significant influence of the temperature on the magnetoelastic characteristics of Fe70Ni8Si10B12 amorphous alloy. Information about the magnetoelastic characteristics of this material may be useful in the magnetoelastic sensor development. Also this will create new possibilities in the development of physical model of magnetoelastic effect.

  2. Creep of nickel-base alloys in high temperature water

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    Fish, J.S.; Attanasio, S.A.; Krasodomski, H.T.; Wilkening, W.W.; Was, G.S.; Cookson, J.; Yi, Y.

    1999-08-01

    Creep tests were performed to compare the creep behavior of commercial nickel-base alloys as a function of stress, temperature, and the environment. The results support earlier work that showed that low carbon alloys are more susceptible to creep and intergranular cracking than are high carbon alloys. Results also show a smaller influence of a water environment on the creep rate of commercial, creep-resistant alloys compared to high purity alloys.

  3. THE MEDIUM RANGE STRUCTURE OF HYDROGENATED Cu-Ti AMORPHOUS ALLOYS STUDIED BY ANOMALOUS SMALL-ANGLE SCATTERING OF X-RAYS AND NEUTRON DIFFRACTION

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    Goudeau, P.; Naudon, A.; Rodmacq, B.; Mangin, P; Chamberod, A.

    1985-01-01

    Amorphous Cu-Ti alloys, when hydrogenated, reveal a strong small-angle scattered intensity. The anomalous X-ray scattering effect is used to analyse this SAS intensity on both copper and titanium edges. It allows to assert the presence of very small clusters of titanium hydride having the TiH2 composition. These results are in good agreement with those obtained by neutron scattering experiments when using either hydrogen (b 0) for the hydrogenation of the samples.

  4. Molecular field analysis for melt-spun amorphous Fe sub 1 sub 0 sub 0 sub - sub x Gd sub x alloys (18<=60)

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    Yano, K

    2000-01-01

    The magnetic properties for the melt-spun amorphous Fe sub 1 sub 0 sub 0 sub - sub x Gd sub x alloys were analyzed using the molecular field theory (MFT). A concentration dependence of three exchange interaction constants was derived over a wide concentration range (18=T sub c sub o sub m sub p. Curvature of the Arrott plot in Gd-rich region was qualitatively simulated.

  5. Influence of the microstructure on the corrosion behavior of magnetron sputter-quenched amorphous metallic alloys

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    Thakoor, A. P.; Khanna, S. K.; Williams, R. M.; Landel, R. F.

    1983-01-01

    The microstructure and corrosion behavior of magnetron sputter deposited amorphous metallic films of (Mo6ORu40)82B18 under varying sputtering atmospheres have been investigated. The microstructural details and topology of the films have been studied by scanning electron microscopy and correlated with the deposition conditions. By reducing the pressure of pure argon gas, the characteristic features of rough surface and columnar growth full of vertical voids can be converted into a mirror-smooth finish with very dense deposits. Films deposited in the presence of O2 or N2 exhibit columnar structure with vertical voids. Film deposited in pure argon at low pressure show remarkably high corrosion resistance due to the formation of a uniform passive surface layer. The influence of the microstructure and surface texture on the corrosion behavior is discussed.

  6. Tailoring of magnetic anisotropy in amorphous and nanocrystalline soft magnetic alloys using swift heavy ions

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    Amorphous films of Fe0.85N0.15 and Fe73.9Cu0.9Nb3.1Si 13.2B8.9 have been prepared by using ion-beam sputtering. Magneto-optic Kerr effect (MOKE) and Moessbauer measurement shows that the FeN film has a perpendicular magnetic anisotropy while the finemet film has a uniaxial in-plane anisotropy. The anisotropy in as-deposited state may be attributed to some quenched-in stresses present in the film during deposition. Films have been irradiated with Ag and Au ions of different energies. In both the films, irradiation results in gradual removal of anisotropy and a decrease in coercivity, which may be attributed to relaxation of internal stresses. This demonstrates that swift heavy ions can be used for controlled modification of magnetic properties of thin films

  7. Magnetocaloric effect and refrigeration cooling power in amorphous Gd7Ru3 alloys

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    Pramod Kumar

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available In this paper, we report the magnetic, heat capacity and magneto-caloric effect (MCE of amorphous Gd7Ru3 compound. Both, temperature dependent magnetization and heat capacity data reveals that two transitions at 58 K and 34 K. MCE has been calculated in terms of isothermal entropy change (ΔSM and adiabatic temperature change (ΔTad using the heat capacity data in different fields. The maximum values of ΔSM and ΔTad are 21 Jmol−1K−1 and 5 K respectively, for field change of 50 kOe whereas relative cooling power (RCP is ∼735 J/kg for the same field change.

  8. Combined measurements of modulus and length and their correlation for different amorphous alloys

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    Combined measurements of length and modulus change on the same specimen of Ni78Si8B14, Cu64Ti36 and Co66Fe4(MoSiB)30 are presented. These properties are sensitive to different aspects of structural changes during relaxation in the amorphous state. The change of length is mainly sensitive to the topological long range relaxation. The change of the eigenfrequency is mainly sensitive to atomic rearrangements changing the chemical short range order. The results of the correlation between the effect of relaxation of frequency versus that of length can be described as follows: the observed structural relaxation in the amorphous states of each material can be divided up into two regimes. The first regime (I) with a prevailing change of eigenfrequency is attributed to short range rearrangements of the chemically different atomic species in the material; the second regime (II) with a larger amount of length change is interpreted as a long range topological relaxation with enhanced loss of free volume. This interpretation is supported by a comparison of the diffusion coefficients at the characteristic transition temperature Tc between the regimes I and II. It shows that the average diffusion path lengths of the possible diffusors below the characteristic temperature are in the order of 2 to 5 next neighbor distances, i.e., diffusion is only possible in a short range changing the species of neighboring atoms. Above Tc, the average diffusion path lengths are in the order of 5 to 50 next neighbor distances suggesting long range relaxation rearrangements by a diffusion process preferentially connected with the annihilation of free volume

  9. 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. [Department of Structural-Phase Transformations, Physical Technical Institute, Ural Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Kirov street 132, Izhevsk (Russian Federation)

    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}.

  10. 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 [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Tianjin University, Tianjin 300072 (China); Zhu, Shengli, E-mail: slzhu@tju.edu.cn [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Tianjin University, Tianjin 300072 (China); Tianjin Key Laboratory of Composite and Functional Materials, Tianjin 300072 (China); Xu, Wence; Cui, Zhenduo [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Tianjin University, Tianjin 300072 (China); Yang, Xianjin [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Tianjin University, Tianjin 300072 (China); Tianjin Key Laboratory of Composite and Functional Materials, Tianjin 300072 (China)

    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.

  11. Tin-alloy heterostructures encapsulated in amorphous carbon nanotubes as hybrid anodes in rechargeable lithium ion batteries

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    Sn anode in rechargeable lithium ion batteries (LIBs) is currently being intensely investigated due to high reversible capacity and energy density as compared to the commercialized graphite anode. However, large volume change upon cycling causes poor cyclic performance, which prevents the practical application of Sn anode in LIBs. In this study, the nanosized MxSn (M = Ni, Fe, and Cr) alloys were encapsulated in amorphous carbon nanotubes (ACNTs) creating hybrid anode heterostructures. The structure of the hybrid anodes was confirmed by X-ray diffraction (XRD), field emission scanning electron microscope (FE-SEM) and high angle dark field scanning transmission electron microscope (HAADF-STEM), and demonstrated that Ni3Sn4, FeSn2, and Cr2Sn3 alloys exist in the hybrid anodes as both nanowires and nanoparticles. The galvanostatic cycling originating from over 330 charge–discharge cycles indicated that encapsulation of Ni3Sn4, FeSn2, and Cr2Sn3 into ACNTs results in surprisingly excellent cycling performance, high rate capability, and increased initial coulombic efficiency (81.4%). Ex situ HAADF-STEM images of anodes after cycles showed that one-dimensional ACNTs as well as electrochemically inactive phase M (Ni, Fe, and Cr) in MxSn function as good matrices, offering “buffer zone” to effectively accommodate the mechanical stress induced by Sn anode expansion and shrinkage. Importantly, ACNTs enable electrical contact of Sn nanoparticles with the current collectors. Therefore, our design can significantly overcome electrochemical degradation of anodes with large volume change, resulting in increased LIB performance

  12. Rapid nanocrystallization of soft-magnetic amorphous alloys using microwave induction heating

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    The crystallization of Fe73Nb3Cu1Si16B7 alloy during microwave heating was investigated in situ using synchrotron radiation powder diffraction. The phase transformation comprises a primary nanocrystallization stage and a final microcrystallization step. We provide evidence for a strong enhancement of the transformation kinetics. Microwave heating occurs as a result of both ohmic and magnetic losses induced by eddy currents, which defines a volumetric microwave induction heating process. Nanocrystallization is completed within 5 s, while full crystallization is achieved in less than 10 s

  13. Glass-Forming Ability of an Iron-Based Alloy Enhanced by Co Addition and Evaluated by a New Criterion

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    CHEN Qing-Jun; SHEN Jun; FAN Hong-Bo; SUN Jian-Fei; HUANG Yong-Jiang; MCCARTNEY D. G.

    2005-01-01

    @@ A new Fe-based alloy that can be cast into a fully amorphous rod with a diameter of at least 16mm by the conventional copper-mould casting technique is obtained by partially replacing Fe with Co in a previously reported Fe-based bulk metallic glass. The preliminary thermodynamic analysis indicates that the Co-containing alloy has a significantly lower Gibbs free energy difference between the undercooled melt and the corresponding crystalline solid, compared to the Co-free alloy, reflecting the dramatic role of the Co addition in stabilizing the supercooled melt and facilitating glass formation in iron-based alloys. Here, a new criterion, derived from the classical nucleation and growth theory, is introduced to evaluate the glass-forming ability of Fe-based bulk metallic glasses.

  14. New sunscreen materials based on amorphous cerium and titanium phosphate

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    Cerium-titanium pyrophosphates Ce1-xTi xP2O7 (with x = 0, 0.50, and 1.0), which are novel phosphate materials developed as UV-shielding agents for use in cosmetics, were characterized by X-ray diffraction, X-ray fluorescent analysis, UV-vis reflectance, and Raman spectroscopy. Since the optical reflectance shifted to lower wavelengths by the crystallization of the phosphates and the stabilization of the amorphous state of the cerium-titanium pyrophosphates was carried out by doping niobium (Nb). Raman spectroscopic study of the phosphate showed that P-O-P bending and stretching modes decreased with the loading of Nb, accompanying with the formation of Nb-O stretching mode. Therefore, the increase in the amount of the non-bridging oxygen in the amorphous phosphate should be the reason for the inhibition of the crystallization. This stabilization is a significant improvement, which enables to apply these amorphous phosphates not only to cosmetics and paints, but also plastics and films

  15. New sunscreen materials based on amorphous cerium and titanium phosphate

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    Masui, Toshiyuki [Department of Applied Chemistry, Faculty of Engineering and Handai Frontier Research Center, Osaka University, 2-1 Yamadaoka, Suita, Osaka 565-0871 (Japan); Hirai, Hidekazu [Department of Applied Chemistry, Faculty of Engineering and Handai Frontier Research Center, Osaka University, 2-1 Yamadaoka, Suita, Osaka 565-0871 (Japan); Imanaka, Nobuhito [Department of Applied Chemistry, Faculty of Engineering and Handai Frontier Research Center, Osaka University, 2-1 Yamadaoka, Suita, Osaka 565-0871 (Japan)]. E-mail: imanaka@chem.eng.osaka-u.ac.jp; Adachi, Gin-ya [Juri Institute for Environmental Science and Chemistry, College of Analytical Chemistry, 2-1-8 Temma, Kita-ku, Osaka 530-0043 (Japan)

    2006-02-09

    Cerium-titanium pyrophosphates Ce{sub 1-x}Ti {sub x}P{sub 2}O{sub 7} (with x = 0, 0.50, and 1.0), which are novel phosphate materials developed as UV-shielding agents for use in cosmetics, were characterized by X-ray diffraction, X-ray fluorescent analysis, UV-vis reflectance, and Raman spectroscopy. Since the optical reflectance shifted to lower wavelengths by the crystallization of the phosphates and the stabilization of the amorphous state of the cerium-titanium pyrophosphates was carried out by doping niobium (Nb). Raman spectroscopic study of the phosphate showed that P-O-P bending and stretching modes decreased with the loading of Nb, accompanying with the formation of Nb-O stretching mode. Therefore, the increase in the amount of the non-bridging oxygen in the amorphous phosphate should be the reason for the inhibition of the crystallization. This stabilization is a significant improvement, which enables to apply these amorphous phosphates not only to cosmetics and paints, but also plastics and films.

  16. Microstructure and Wear Properties of Fe-based Amorphous Coatings Deposited by High-velocity Oxygen Fuel Spraying

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    Gang WANG; Ping XIAO; Zhong-jia HUANG; Ru-jie HE

    2016-01-01

    Fe-based powder with a composition of Fe42·87 Cr15·98 Mo16·33 C15·94 B8·88 (at·%)was used to fabricate coatings by high-velocity oxygen fuel spraying.The effects of the spraying parameters on the microstructure and the wear properties of the Fe-based alloy coatings were systematically studied.The results showed that the obtained Fe-based coatings with a thickness of about 400μm consisted of a large-volume amorphous phase and some nanocrystals.With increasing the fuel and oxygen flow rates,the porosity of the obtained coatings decreased.The coating deposited un-der optimized parameters exhibited the lowest porosity of 2·8%.The excellent wear resistance of this coating was at-tributed to the properties of the amorphous matrix and the presence of nanocrystals homogeneously distributed with-in the matrix.The wear mechanism of the coatings was discussed on the basis of observations of the worn surfaces.

  17. Experimental and Computer Modelling Studies of Metastability of Amorphous Silicon Based Solar Cells

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    Munyeme, Geoffrey

    2003-01-01

    We present a combination of experimental and computer modelling studies of the light induced degradation in the performance of amorphous silicon based single junction solar cells. Of particular interest in this study is the degradation kinetics of different types of amorphous silicon single junction solar cells and the role of dangling bond states in mediating or driving the degradation mechanism. The approach taken in this study has enabled has to examine how light induced degradation is aff...

  18. PHB, crystalline and amorphous magnesium alloys: Promising candidates for bioresorbable osteosynthesis implants?

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    In this study various biodegradable materials were tested for their suitability for use in osteosynthesis implants, in particular as elastically stable intramedullary nails for fracture treatment in paediatric orthopaedics. The materials investigated comprise polyhydroxybutyrate (PHB), which belongs to the polyester family and is produced by microorganisms, with additions of ZrO2 and a bone graft substitute; two crystalline magnesium alloys with significantly different degradation rates ZX50 (MgZnCa, fast) and WZ21 (MgYZnCa, slow); and MgZnCa bulk metallic glasses (BMG). Push-out tests were conducted after various implantation times in rat femur meta-diaphysis to evaluate the shear forces between the implant material and the bone. The most promising materials are WZ21 and BMG, which exhibit high shear forces and push-out energies. The degradation rate of ZX50 is too fast and thus the alloy does not maintain its mechanical stability long enough during the fracture-healing period. PHB exhibits insufficient mechanical properties: it degrades very slowly and the respective low shear forces and push-out energy levels are unsatisfactory. - Highlights: ► In-vivo (rat model) investigation of biodegradable materials suitable for ESIN. ► Materials: polymer PHB, crystalline Mg ZX50 and Mg WZ21, MgZnCa bulk metallic glasses. ► Evaluated interface shear strength, push-out energies, stiffness, histology. ► Mg WZ21 suitable, other materials only after alterations.

  19. Structure of amorphous Ge8Sb2Te11 : GeTe-Sb2Te3 alloys and optical storage

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    Akola, J.; Jones, R. O.

    2009-04-01

    The amorphous structure of Ge8Sb2Te11 , an alloy used in the Blu-ray Disc, the de facto successor to digital versatile disk (DVD) optical storage, has been characterized by large-scale (630 atoms, 0.4 ns) density-functional/molecular-dynamics simulations using the new PBEsol approximation for the exchange-correlation energy functional. The geometry and electronic structure agree well with available x-ray diffraction data and photoelectron measurements. The total coordination numbers are Ge: 4.0, Sb: 3.7, and Te: 2.9, and the Ge-Ge partial coordination number is 0.7. Most atoms (particularly Sb) prefer octahedral coordination but 42% of Ge atoms are “tetrahedral.” Structural details, including ring statistics, local coordination, and cavities (12% of total volume), are strikingly similar to those of Ge2Sb2Te5 , which is used in DVD-random access memory. The presence of less than 10% Sb atoms leads to significant changes from GeTe.

  20. Development of plastic elongation in nanocrystalline and amorphous Ni–W dual phase alloys by brushing technique

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    Highlights: • A novel agitation technique called the brushing technique is proposed. • A homogeneous material can be obtained with the brushing technique. • The brushed material exhibits large plastic elongation with work hardening. - Abstract: A novel agitation technique, referred to as the “brushing technique” is proposed to treat the surface of a Ni–W alloy film during electrodeposition. This technique was developed to directly remove hydrogen bubbles on the film surface and to apply Ni ions to the interfacial layer with the substrate. The intrinsic mechanical properties of the Ni–W electrodeposits are then evaluated with respect to application. High resolution transmission electron microscopy observations revealed that both treated and untreated films have nanocrystallites of approximately 5 nm in diameter and an amorphous phase. There was a compositional difference of about. 1.4 at% W between the face side and the reverse side of the film that was not subjected to the brushing technique, whereas this difference was absent in the film subjected to the brushing technique. In addition, the brushing technique reduced the surface roughness of the film and decreased the number of defects. As a result, a large plastic strain of about. 2.9% was observed with work hardening under tensile testing

  1. Structural and magnetic changes in FeNbCuSiB amorphous alloys during the crystallization process

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    Calorimetric and magnetic measurements, x-ray powder diffraction and Moessbauer spectroscopy have been used to study the magnetic and structural changes occurring after each of the two steps of crystallization that take place in FeNbCuSiB-type alloys. Two samples with different boron and silicon concentrations, Fe73.5Nb3Cu1Si22.5-xBx (x=6, 9), have been studied. They give a somewhat different composition of the crystalline phases appearing after crystallization processes. The most noticeable phenomenon is the observed increase of about 50 K in the Curie temperature of the FeSi crystalline phase between the end of the first crystallization process and the end of the second one, although the composition of this phase remains unchanged. This result is discussed in terms of crystal boundary effects. Also, the Curie temperature of the remaining amorphous phase, in the crystallized samples, is greater than the expected one, due to the coupling with magnetic phases with higher Curie points and inhomogeneities in such a phase. (author)

  2. Short-range ferromagnetism and transport properties of amorphous (Gd,Y)xSi1-x alloys

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    A theoretical description and electrical conductivity measurements for amorphous (Gd,Y)xSi1-x alloys with 0.1 < x < 0.2 is presented. In the model, the strong topological disorder in the system, causing the appearance of regions with higher electron density (electron drops) around nanoscale structural defects enriched with rare-earth ions (clusters) is took into account. The local density of electron states in the drops and in the matrix is calculated and the criterion for local instability towards ferromagnetism is established. In the framework of the local phase transition approach, it is found that short-range ferromagnetic order is more favorable inside the drops than in the matrix and exists in a wide temperature range. Recent measurements of the temperature and magnetic-field dependence of the electrical conductivity in these systems are analyzed and it is shown that the spin polarization of the electron states in the drops enhances the tendency towards the metal-insulator transition

  3. Impact of Ion Irradiation upon Structure and Magnetic Properties of NANOPERM-Type Amorphous and Nanocrystalline Alloys

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    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Structural modifications and their impact upon magnetic properties are studied in amorphous and nanocrystalline NANOPERM-type 57Fe75Mo8Cu1B16 alloy. They are introduced by irradiation with 130 keV N+ ions to the total fluencies of up to 2.5 × 1017 ions/cm2 under different cooling conditions. Increased temperature during the irradiation triggers formation of nanocrystallites of bcc-Fe in those subsurface regions that are affected by bombarding ions. No crystallization occurs when good thermal contact between the irradiated sample and a sample holder is assured. Instead, structural rearrangement which favours development of magnetically active regions was determined by the local probe methods of Mössbauer spectrometry. Dipole magnetic interactions dominate in subsurface regions on that side of the ribbons which was exposed to ion irradiation. Nevertheless, structural modifications demonstrate themselves also via macroscopic magnetic parameters such as temperature dependence of magnetization, Curie temperature, and hysteresis loops. Impact of only the temperature itself to the observed effects is assessed by the help of samples that were subjected just to heat treatment, that is, without ion irradiation.

  4. 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., E-mail: gsfshy@sohu.com [School of Aeronautics, Northwestern Polytechnical University, Xi' an 710072 (China); College of Material Science and Engineering, Xi' an Shiyou University, Xi' an 710065 (China); An, M. R.; Li, Y. L., E-mail: liyulong@nwpu.edu.cn; Deng, Q. [School of Aeronautics, Northwestern Polytechnical University, Xi' an 710072 (China)

    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.

  5. Formation of amorphous and nanocrystalline phases in high velocity oxy-fuel thermally sprayed a Fe-Cr-Si-B-Mn alloy

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    High velocity oxy-fuel (HVOF) thermal spray was used to deposit a Fe-Cr-Si-B alloy coating onto stainless steel (1Cr18Ni9Ti) substrate. Microstructures of the powder and the coating were investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning election microscopy (SEM), transmission election microscopy (TEM) and differential scanning calorimeter (DSC). The coating had layered morphologies due to the deposition and solidification of successive molten or half-molten splats. The microstructures of the coating consisted of a Fe-Cr-rich matrix and several kinds of borides. The Fe-Cr-rich matrix contained both amorphous phase and nanocrystalline grains with a size of 10-50 nm. The crystallization temperature of the amorphous phase was about 605 deg. C. The formation of the amorphous phase was attributed to the high cooling rates of molten droplets and the proper powder compositions by effective addition of Cr, Mn, Si and B. The nanocrystalline grains could result from crystallization in amorphous region or interface of the amorphous phase and borides by homogeneous and heterogeneous nucleation

  6. Fabrication and microstructure of Fe-based amorphous composite coatings by laser cladding

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    Zhu Qingjun; Zou Zengda; Qu Shiyao; Wang Xinhong

    2008-01-01

    Fe-based amorphous composite coatings were fabricated on AISI 1045 steel by laser cladding. The results of the X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy analyses show the coating is composed of an amorphous phase in majority and a nanocrystalline phase in minority. Phase composition of the coating changes along the depth of the coating. The reasonable scanning speed for fabricating an amorphous composite coating is 3 500mm/min when the laser power is 4 800W and the laser beam diameter is 2mm. If the scanning speed is lower than 3 500mm/min, the intensity of the two main diffraction peaks in X-ray diffraction patterns of the coatings decreases with the scanning speeds increasing. At the same time, a broad halo peak emerges and enlarges. High laser power and fast scanning speed are the essential conditions of amorphization. The coating exhibits high microhardness.

  7. Protective properties and structure of amorphous alumosilicophosphate coatings for niobium alloys

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    Results of thermal tests of niobium alloy samples with a protective coating in gas media with different content of oxygen are presented. Microhardness of the metal under the coating and of the coating as such prior to and after thermal testing was studied. Near the contact areas of the metal and coating were studied using electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction microprobe and X-ray phase analyses. Information on the structure, elementary and phase compositions of the near the contact areas was obtained. The processes occurring during formation and subsequent long-term annealing of the coating, which give rise to structural changes in the coating providing its adhesion to substrate and high protective efficiency, were interpreted

  8. Vanadium-base alloys for fusion reactor applications

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    Vanadium-base alloys offer potentially significant advantages over other candidate alloys as a structural material for fusion reactor first wall/blanket applications. Although the data base is more limited than that for the other leading candidate structural materials, viz., austenitic and ferritic steels, vanadium-base alloys exhibit several properties that make them particularly attractive for the fusion reactor environment. This paper presents a review of the structural material requirements, a summary of the materials data base for selected vanadium-base alloys, and a comparison of projected performance characteristics compared to other candidate alloys. Also, critical research and development (R and D) needs are defined

  9. PHB, crystalline and amorphous magnesium alloys: Promising candidates for bioresorbable osteosynthesis implants?

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    Celarek, Anna [Institute for Building Construction and Technology E-206-4, Vienna University of Technology, Karlsplatz 13, 1040 Vienna (Austria); Kraus, Tanja [Department of Paediatric Orthopaedics, Medical University of Graz, Auenbruggerplatz 34, 8036 Graz (Austria); Tschegg, Elmar K., E-mail: elmar.tschegg@tuwien.ac.at [Institute for Building Construction and Technology E-206-4, Vienna University of Technology, Karlsplatz 13, 1040 Vienna (Austria); Fischerauer, Stefan F. [Department of Paediatric and Adolescent Surgery, Medical University of Graz, Auenbruggerplatz 34, 8036 Graz (Austria); Stanzl-Tschegg, Stefanie [Department of Material Sciences and Process Engineering, Institute of Physics and Materials Science, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Peter Jordan Str. 82, 1190 Vienna (Austria); Uggowitzer, Peter J. [Department of Materials, Laboratory for Metal Physics and Technology, ETH Zurich, 8093 Zurich (Switzerland); Weinberg, Annelie M. [Department of Paediatric and Adolescent Surgery, Medical University of Graz, Auenbruggerplatz 34, 8036 Graz (Austria)

    2012-08-01

    In this study various biodegradable materials were tested for their suitability for use in osteosynthesis implants, in particular as elastically stable intramedullary nails for fracture treatment in paediatric orthopaedics. The materials investigated comprise polyhydroxybutyrate (PHB), which belongs to the polyester family and is produced by microorganisms, with additions of ZrO{sub 2} and a bone graft substitute; two crystalline magnesium alloys with significantly different degradation rates ZX50 (MgZnCa, fast) and WZ21 (MgYZnCa, slow); and MgZnCa bulk metallic glasses (BMG). Push-out tests were conducted after various implantation times in rat femur meta-diaphysis to evaluate the shear forces between the implant material and the bone. The most promising materials are WZ21 and BMG, which exhibit high shear forces and push-out energies. The degradation rate of ZX50 is too fast and thus the alloy does not maintain its mechanical stability long enough during the fracture-healing period. PHB exhibits insufficient mechanical properties: it degrades very slowly and the respective low shear forces and push-out energy levels are unsatisfactory. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer In-vivo (rat model) investigation of biodegradable materials suitable for ESIN. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Materials: polymer PHB, crystalline Mg ZX50 and Mg WZ21, MgZnCa bulk metallic glasses. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Evaluated interface shear strength, push-out energies, stiffness, histology. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Mg WZ21 suitable, other materials only after alterations.

  10. Production and processing of ultra-fine grained, nano structured and amorphous alloys by mechanical alloying; Obtencion y procesado de aleaciones de grano ultrafino, nanometrico y amorgas mediante aleado mecanico

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    Cintas, J.; Cuevas, F. G.; Montes, J. M.; Rodriguez, J. A.; Urban, P.; Gallardo, J. M.

    2007-07-01

    Several consolidation procedures have been developed during the last fifteen years to process mechanically alloyed (MA) powders at the Metallurgy and Materials Engineering Group (University of Seville). MA powders were processed by conventional cold pressing and vacuum sintering. In addition, several densification promoters were used. The resulting parts, with second phases precipitated during the consolidation, showed good tensile strength, both at room and high temperature. Nowadays, nano structured and amorphous MA alloys are being processed by electrical resistance sintering (ERS), which prevents microstructure evolution during consolidation. (Author) 49 refs.

  11. Progress in ODS Alloys: A Synopsis of a 2010 Workshop on Fe- Based ODS Alloys

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    Kad, Bimal [University of California, San Diego; Dryepondt, Sebastien N [ORNL; Jones, Andy R. [University of Liverpool; Vito, Cedro III [National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL); Tatlock, Gordon J [ORNL; Pint, Bruce A [ORNL; Tortorelli, Peter F [ORNL; Rawls, Patricia A. [National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL)

    2012-01-01

    In Fall 2010, a workshop on the role and future of Fe-based Oxide Dispersion Strengthened (ODS) alloys gathered together ODS alloy suppliers, potential industrial end-users, and technical experts in relevant areas. Presentations and discussions focused on the current state of development of these alloys, their availability from commercial suppliers, past major evaluations of ODS alloy components in fossil and nuclear energy applications, and the technical and economic issues attendant to commercial use of ODS alloys. Significant progress has been achieved in joining ODS alloys, with creep resistant joints successfully made by inertia welding, friction stir welding and plasma-assisted pulse diffusion bonding, and in improving models for the prediction of lifetime components. New powder and alloy fabrication methods to lower cost or improve endproduct properties were also described. The final open discussion centered on challenges and pathways for further development and large-scale use of ODS alloys.

  12. Preparation of Zr50Al15−Ni10Cu25Y amorphous powders by mechanical alloying and thermodynamic calculation

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    Woyun Long; Anxian Lu; Jing Li

    2013-12-01

    Amorphous Zr50Al15−Ni10Cu25Y powders were fabricated by mechanical alloying at a low rotation speed from commercial pure element powders. The beneficial effect of Al partially substituted by Y in Zr50Al15Ni10Cu25 on glass-forming ability was investigated. The as-milled powders were characterized by X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy. The results show that partial substitution of Al by Y can improve the glass-forming ability of Zr50Al15Ni10Cu25 alloy. Thermodynamic calculation of equivalent free energy shows that Zr50Al13.8Ni10Cu25Y1.2 alloy has the highest glass-forming ability, which is in good agreement with the report of orthogonal experiments.

  13. Preparation and characterization of a ferrimagnetic amorphous alloy of GdCo entering the design of magnetic tunnel junctions: ionizing radiations hardness of magnetic tunnel junctions

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    The magnetic random access memories (MRAM) are on the way to supplant the other forms of random access memories using the states of electric charge, and this thanks to their many technical advantages: not-volatility, speed, low consumption power, robustness. Also, the MRAM are alleged insensitive with the ionizing radiations, which was not checked in experiments until now. The current architecture of the MRAM is based on the use of magnetic tunnel junctions (MTJ). These MRAM can present an important disadvantage, because they are likely of present errors of addressing, in particular when integration (density of memory cells) is increasingly thorough. The work undertaken during this thesis relates to these two points: - to check the functional reliability of the MRAM containing JTM exposed to high energy ionizing radiations; - to study a ferrimagnetic amorphous alloy, GdCo, likely to enter the composition of JTM and allowing to free from the possible errors of addressing by a process of thermal inhibition of the memory cells. This work of thesis showed that the MRAM containing JTM preserve their functional properties fully when they are subjected to intense ionizing radiations, and that GdCo is a very interesting material from the point of view of the solid state physics and magnetism, that its physical properties are very promising as for its applications, and that its integration in a JTM still claims technological developments. (author)

  14. Crystalline to amorphous transition in solids upon high-pressure torsion

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    Highlights: • Ti–Ni, Zr and Fe-based alloys were deformed using HTP processing. • Ability to deformation-induced amorphization (DIA) of these alloys was studied. • Amorphization is determined by mechanical, thermodynamic and concentration factors. • The smaller stability of phases the higher their ability to deformation amorphization. • There is the difference between of DIA and to thermal amorphization in the nature. - Abstract: The amorphization behavior of the crystalline multicomponent Ni50Ti30Hf20, Ti50Ni25Cu25, Zr50Ni18Ti17Cu15, and Fe78B8.5Si9P4.5 alloys upon severe plastic deformation (SPD) has been studied. It is shown that the crystalline to amorphous transition is determined by the ability of the crystals to accumulation of deformation defects under mechanical action, by the thermodynamic stability of the crystalline phases contained in the alloy, and by the possibility of the diffusion processes necessary for the change in the chemical composition of the crystalline and amorphous phases upon deformation. It is found that the susceptibility to amorphization upon SPD does not coincide with the tendency of the alloys to amorphization upon melt quenching

  15. Saturation magnetization and amorphous Curie point changes during the early stage of amorphous-nanocrystalline transformation of a FINEMET-type alloy

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    Saturation magnetization and thermomagnetic curves were determined on FINEMET-type glassy precursors after different heat treatments below the nanocrystallization temperature. Saturation magnetization (Ms) shows a maximum at the early stage of nanocrystallization, then it drops to below the Ms characteristic for the as-quenched state. Curie temperature of the amorphous phase (Tcam) increases continuously due to structural relaxation up to the beginning of nanocrystallization. The results are interpreted on the basis of irreversible structural relaxation as well as Si redistribution between the Fe(Si) nanograins and the intergranular amorphous shell

  16. Amorphous IZO-based transparent thin film transistors

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    Active electronics implemented on cheap flexible polymer substrates offer the promise of novel display technologies, wearable electronics, large area memory, and a multitude of other, as-yet-unthought-of applications that require low cost and high volume manufacturing. Thin film transistors (TFT's) fabricated on temperature-sensitive plastic substrates at low temperatures are the key to this technology. TFT's that use metal (In, Zn, Sn, Ga) oxide channels offer both high mobility (relative to amorphous Si) and the advantage of optical transparency in the visible regime. We report on the fabrication and performance of amorphous oxide transparent thin film transistors that use dc-magnetron sputter techniques to deposit IZO (In2O3 - 10 wt.% ZnO) at low oxygen potential (0 vol.% O2) for the source, drain, and gate-contact metallization and, at higher oxygen partial pressures (10 vol.% O2), for the semi-conducting channel. The devices in this study were processed at room temperature except for a single 280 oC PECVD deposition step to deposit a 230 nm-thick SiOx gate dielectric. The devices are optically transparent and operate in depletion mode with a threshold voltage of - 5 V, mobility of 15 cm2/V s, an on-off ratio of > 106 and, a sub-threshold slope of 1.2 V/decade. In addition, we report persistent photo-conductivity in the channel region of these devices when exposed to UV illumination

  17. Embrittlement of amorphous Fe40Ni38Mo4B18 alloy by electrolytic hydrogen

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    The effects of hydrogen on the tensile properties and fracture processes at room temperature were investigated. Specimens were tested at various strain rates in air or under different cathodic charging-current densities. The slopes of the stress-strain curves were essentially identical for all the specimens, except that the fracture points varied under different test conditions. Macroscopically, hydrogen only affected the elastic deformation behavior, but microscopically, the embrittlement was caused by the heterogeneous nucleation of localized plastic deformation. The degree of hydrogen embrittlement increased as the charging current increased or as the strain rate decreased. With the same charging current and time, longer dynamic charging resulted in more severe embrittlement. Before fracture took place, the strength of the alloy could be completely restored if hydrogen had been removed. Hydrogen diffusivity and solubility were used to draw the time-dependent hydrogen concentration profiles for the specimens under different charging conditions. The difference in the mechanical properties was correlated with the hydrogen concentration within the specimen

  18. Discontinuous precipitation in copper base alloys

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    K T Kashyap

    2009-08-01

    Discontinuous precipitation (DP) is associated with grain boundary migration in the wake of which alternate plates of the precipitate and the depleted matrix form. Some copper base alloys show DP while others do not. In this paper the misfit strain parameter, , has been calculated and predicted that if 100 > ± 0.1, DP is observed. This criterion points to diffusional coherency strain theory to be the operative mechanism for DP.

  19. Effects of alloying side B on Ti-based AB2 hydrogen storage alloys

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    王家淳; 于荣海; 刘庆

    2004-01-01

    Ti-based AB2-type hydrogen storage alloys are a group of promising materials, which will probably replace the prevalent rare earth-based AB5-type alloys and be adopted as the main cathode materials of nickelmetal hydride (Ni-MH) batteries in the near future. Alloying in side B is a major way to improve the performance of Ti-based AB2-type alloys. Based on recent studies, the effects of alloying elements in side B upon the performance of Ti-based AB2 -type hydrogen storage alloys are systematically reviewed here. These performances are divided into two categories, namely PCI characteristics, including hydrogen storage capacity (HSC), plateau pressure (PP), pressure hysteresis (PH) and pressure plateau sloping (PPS) , and electrochemical properties, including discharge capacity (DC), activation property (AP), cycling stability (CS) and high-rate dischargeability (HRD). Furthermore, the existing problems in these investigations and some suggestions for future research are proposed.

  20. Influences of hydrogen-induced amorphization and annealing treatment on gaseous hydrogen storage properties of La{sub 1−x}Pr{sub x}MgNi{sub 3.6}Co{sub 0.4} (x = 0–0.4) alloys

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    Zhai, Tingting [Department of Functional Material Research, Central Iron and Steel Research Institute, Beijing 100081 (China); College of Science, Northeastern University, Shenyang 110819 (China); Yang, Tai; Yuan, Zeming; Xu, Sheng; Bu, Wengang [Department of Functional Material Research, Central Iron and Steel Research Institute, Beijing 100081 (China); Qi, Yang [College of Science, Northeastern University, Shenyang 110819 (China); Zhang, Yanghuan, E-mail: zhangyh59@sina.com [Department of Functional Material Research, Central Iron and Steel Research Institute, Beijing 100081 (China); Key Laboratory of Integrated Exploitation of Baiyun Obo Multi-Metal Resources, Inner Mongolia University of Science and Technology, Baotou 014010 (China)

    2015-08-05

    Highlights: • The La–Mg–Ni-based AB{sub 2}-type alloys were prepared by casting. • La was substituted by a small amount of Pr in the experimental alloys. • The hydrogen absorption/desorption cycling properties of the alloys were studied. • The influences of hydrogen-induced amorphization were investigated in details. • The annealing treatment was applied to recover hydrogen storage capacity. - Abstract: La{sub 1−x}Pr{sub x}MgNi{sub 3.6}Co{sub 0.4} (x = 0–0.4) alloys are prepared by vacuum induction melting. The phase composition and microstructure of the as-cast alloys is characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscope (SEM). The gaseous hydrogen absorption capacity of the alloys was measured by an automatically controlled Sieverts apparatus. The results indicate that the as-cast alloys consist of two phases of LaMgNi{sub 4} and LaNi{sub 5}. The maximum gaseous hydrogen storage capacity of the La{sub 1−x}Pr{sub x}MgNi{sub 3.6}Co{sub 0.4} (x = 0–0.4) alloys is 1.768, 1.745, 1.721, 1.681 and 1.653 wt%, respectively, under 3 MPa H{sub 2} at 373 K. But the hydrogen storage capacity after 20 cycles decays off to 0.746, 0.843, 0.947, 1.003 and 1.10 wt%, respectively. In order to reveal the mechanism of rapid degradation of the capacity, the structures of the alloys before and after hydrogen absorption/desorption cycle were analyzed. SEM observation displays that the micro-cracks can be clearly seen on the surface of the alloy particles after 20 cycles. XRD detection finds that the repeated hydrogen absorption/desorption cycles give rise to a obvious broadening of the diffraction peaks of the alloys, exhibiting a typical amorphous structure, which is termed as hydrogen-induced amorphization. The La{sub 1−x}Pr{sub x}MgNi{sub 3.6}Co{sub 0.4} (x = 0–0.4) alloys after 20 cycles were annealed at 623 K for 8 h, finding that the hydrogen storage capacity of the alloys recovers to 1.348, 1.365, 1.50, 1.485 and 1.30 wt

  1. Synthesis and thermal behavior of tin-based alloy (Sn-Ag-Cu) nanoparticles.

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    Roshanghias, Ali; Yakymovych, Andriy; Bernardi, Johannes; Ipser, Herbert

    2015-03-19

    The prominent melting point depression of nanoparticles has been the subject of a considerable amount of research. For their promising applications in electronics, tin-based nano-alloys such as near-eutectic Sn-Ag-Cu (SAC) alloys have been synthesized via various techniques. However, due to issues such as particle aggregation and oxidation or introduced impurities, the application of these nano-size particles has been confined or aborted. For instance, thermal investigations by DTA/DSC in a large number of studies revealed exothermic peaks in the range of 240-500 °C, i.e. above the melting point of SAC nanoparticles, with different and quite controversial explanations for this unclear phenomenon. This represents a considerable drawback for the application of nanoparticles. Correspondingly, in the current study, the thermal stability of SAC nanoparticles has been investigated via electron microscopy, XRD, FTIR, and DSC/TG analysis. It was found that the nanoparticles consist mainly of a metallic β-Sn core and an amorphous tin hydroxide shell structure. The SnO crystalline phase formation from this amorphous shell has been associated with the exothermic peaks on the first heating cycle of the nanoparticles, followed by a disproportionation reaction into metallic Sn and SnO₂.The results also revealed that the surfactant and reducing agent cannot only affect the size and size distribution of the nanoparticles, they might also alter the ratio between the amorphous shell and the crystalline core in the structure of particles. PMID:25757694

  2. Applications Ni59Nb40Pt(1-x) Xx (X= Sn,Sby and Ru) amorphous alloy as anodes for direct methanol (DMFC) fuel cells

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    The search of new anode materials of amorphous nature for methanol fuel cells is one of the aims of this work.The main problem that fuel cells present is related to the catalytic material and its distribution in a suitable matrix.Amorphous alloys are particularly attractive materials as catalyst supports because of their high conductivity, high corrosion resistance in sulphuric acid, as well as the possibility of a good distribution of the electrocatalytic particles, mainly platinum and platinum-tin, on a conducting matrix.The electrooxidation of methanol, in percloric acid medium, has been used as probe to evaluate the performance of metallic amorphous electrodes, with compositions Ni59Nb40Pt1, Ni59Nb40Pt0.6Sn0.4, Ni59Nb40Pt0.6Sb0.4 and Ni59Nb40Pt0.6Ru0.4.The electrocatalytic activity of the alloyed ribbons of compositions (x = 0.6, 1% at. in platinum) is improved considerably, so much for the change in their composition, as for the roughness degree that the catalytic surfaces present. The increase of the tolerance to adsorbed species, and better resistance to the poisoning of their catalytic centers, can be observed by means of voltammetric experiments at different activation times with HF 48%. The electrooxidation of methanol in the amorphous alloy of composition Ni59Nb40Pt1, is influenced by the nature of the used electrolyte, presenting smaller values of current density in solutions 1M H2SO4 than in 1M of HClO4.This behavior is not observed in the alloy Ni59Nb40Pt0.6Sn0.4, Ni59Nb40Pt0.6Sb0.4 and Ni59Nb40Pt0.6Ru0.4which does not present a poisoning of the catalytic centers depending on the used electrolyte.Adding tin to the alloys showed the existence of a synergetic effect in the methanol electrooxidation process, attaining to a descent of 20 mV vs Ag/AgCl in the onset potential, and about 200 mV in the maximun peak potential

  3. Corrosion behaviour of amorphous Ti48Cu52, Ti50Cu50 and Ti60Ni40 alloys investigated by potentiodynamic polarization method

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    A Dhawan; S Roychowdhury; P K De; S K Sharma

    2003-10-01

    Potentiodynamic polarization studies were carried out on virgin specimens of amorphous alloys Ti48Cu52, Ti50Cu50 and Ti60Ni40 in 0.5 M HNO3, 0.5 M H2SO4 and 0.5 M NaOH aqueous media at room temperature. The value of the corrosion current density (corr) was maximum for Ti48Cu52 alloy in all the three aqueous media as compared to the remaining two alloys. The value of corr for the alloy Ti48Cu52 was maximum (corr = 2.6 × 10-5 A/cm2) in 0.5 M H2SO4 and minimum (corr = 3.5 × 10-6 A/cm2) in 0.5 M NaOH aqueous solutions. In contrast, the alloy Ti60Ni40 exhibited the least corrosion current density in 0.5 M HNO3 (corr = 4.0 × 10-7 A/cm2) and in 0.5 M NaOH (corr = 5.5 × 10-7 A/cm2) aqueous media as compared to those for Ti–Cu alloys, while its value in 0.5 M H2SO4 was comparable to that for Ti50Cu50. It is suggested that the alloy Ti60Ni40 is more corrosion resistant than the alloys Ti48Cu52 and Ti50Cu50 in all the three aqueous media.

  4. Characterization of copper base alloys obtained by mechanical alloying

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    The micro and nano structure of mechanical alloys of Cu-Al, Cu-V and Cu-Ti obtained by reactive milling, using an Attritor mill, was analyzed by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and transmission electron microscope (TEM). In order to study the evolution of the alloys during the manufacturing process and during the period of service, the DSC and XRD were done before the mechanical milling, after 30 hours of milling and after hot extrusion of the alloyed powders. Using the Williamson-Hall and Klug-Alexander methods the size of the crystallites and the density of the dislocations in the prepared alloys were evaluated. In all the milled powder cases, the grain and crystallite size was found to be nanometric, the dispersoids were also nanometric and there was texture in the copper planes (220), in the cases of the milled Cu- Ti and Cu-V powders (au)

  5. New analysis of the small-angle-magnetization-rotation method for magnetostriction measurements on amorphous ribbons

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    Severino, A. M.; Missell, F. P.

    1987-09-01

    The small-angle-magnetization-rotation (SAMR) method for measuring the saturation magnetostrictin λ s has been reanalyzed, taking into account the underlying domain structure of the amorphous ribbon. Although the condition for determining λ s reamins unchenged, the modifications introduced allow one to understand many additional features of the experimental data. With the appropriate modifications, the SAMR method can be used to study stress relaxation in amorphous alloys. Examples are given Fe-based and Co-based alloys.

  6. 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

  7. 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., E-mail: danny.guzman@uda.cl [Departamento de Ingenieria en Metalurgia, Facultad de Ingenieria, Universidad de Atacama y Centro Regional de Investigacion y Desarrollo Sustentable de Atacama (CRIDESAT), Av. Copayapu 485, Copiapo (Chile); Ordonez, S. [Departamento de Ingenieria Metalurgica, Facultad de Ingenieria, Universidad de Santiago de Chile, Av. Lib. Bernardo O' Higgins 3363, Santiago (Chile); Fernandez, J.F.; Sanchez, C. [Departamento de Fisica de Materiales, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Cantoblanco 28049, Madrid (Spain); Serafini, D. [Departamento de Fisica, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad de Santiago de Chile and Center for Interdisciplinary Research in Materials, CIMAT, Av. Lib. Bernardo O' Higgins 3363, Santiago (Chile); Rojas, P.A. [Escuela de Ingenieria Mecanica, Facultad de Ingenieria, Av. Los Carrera 01567, Quilpue, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Valparaiso, PUCV (Chile); Aguilar, C. [Departamento de Ingenieria Metalurgica y Materiales, Universidad Tecnica Federico Santa Maria, Av. Espana 1680, Valparaiso (Chile); Tapia, P. [Departamento de Ingenieria en Metalurgia, Facultad de Ingenieria, Universidad de Atacama, Av. Copayapu 485, Copiapo (Chile)

    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.

  8. Fabrication and Characterization of Melt-Extracted Co-Based Amorphous Wires

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    Wang, Huan; Xing, Dawei; Wang, Xiaodong; Sun, Jianfei

    2011-04-01

    Amorphous Co68.15Fe4.35Si12.25B15.25 wires with smooth surface and circular cross section were fabricated by melt extraction technology using a copper wheel with a knife-edge cross section angle of 60 deg. The effect of some process parameters such as wheel circumference velocity, molten alloy feed rate, and temperature on the geometry and weight, i.e., melt extracted layer thickness, of wire was examined carefully. An optimum process parameter to produce high-quality circular wires was presented. A high resolution CCD video camera recorder was used to monitor the changing of the surface shape of molten alloy contacting the wheel tip under different conditions. It was found that the mechanism of the wire formation during the optimum process condition was controlled by the momentum mechanism, while in the low wheel speed region, heat transfer turned out to be a dominant factor. Some characteristics of the circular wires such as amorphous nature and tensile strength were also studied.

  9. The study of structural relaxation kinetics in amorphous alloy Fe73.5Nb3Cu1Si13.5B9 using Curie temperature measurements

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    The structural relaxation and the initial stage of crystallization of rapidly quenched finemet-type Fe73.5Nb3Cu1Si13.5B9 alloy were studied using both continuous heating and isothermal differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). It is found that Curie temperature of amorphous phase TcA increases with the annealing temperature, as well as with an increase in the heat treatment duration. The crystallization process starts at 460 deg. C. The microstructural evolution and the redistribution of elements were investigated by DSC, thermomagnetic analysis, Moessbauer spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction methods. The pre-crystallization process results in the changes of hyperfine interactions in the amorphous phase, which are caused by clustering during the relaxation process

  10. Structure transformation and elements redistribution at heating of Fe73.5Nb3Cu1Si13.5B9 amorphous alloy

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    The evolution of structure and elements redistribution in rapidly quenched Finemet-type Fe73.5Nb3Cu1Si13.5B9 alloy at heat treatments were investigated by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), thermomagnetic analysis, Moessbauer spectroscopy (MS), and X-ray diffraction methods. The effect of the structural relaxation on the Curie point of amorphous phase (TcA) has been studied using DSC and magnetic measurements. Using both heating and isothermal DSC scanning modes, we found that TcA value increases with the treatment temperature, as well as with the increase of the treatment duration. MS analysis shows that the pre-crystallization process results in the changes of fine structure of amorphous phase spectra, which are caused by the components redistribution during the relaxation process, resulting in the Cu-rich clusters formation and subsequence appearance of nanocrystals

  11. Amorphization of Zr-Al under mechanical alloying at different temperatures: A re-entrant melting phenomenon

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    Zr100-xAlx powder blends have been subjected to ball milling at different temperatures to investigate the amorphization process. At low temperatures the Zr-Al solid solutions amorphized under the polymorphous constraints, whereas at higher temperatures there was an obvious two-phase coexistence region. The Al concentration for the complete amorphization of Zr-Al increased with increasing temperature, suggesting a re-entrant melting behavior. Both of the temperature- and composition-dependent amorphization mechanisms are analyzed in terms of the thermodynamic properties of the phases involved, as well as the dynamic effects brought in by the non-equilibrium milling process

  12. Ti-V-Mn based alloys for hydrogen compression system

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    Dehouche, Z. [Institut de Recherche sur l' hydrogene, Universite du Quebec a Trois-Rivieres, C.P. 500, Trois-Rivieres, Que., G9A 5H7 (Canada)]. E-mail: zahir_dehouche@uqtr.ca; Savard, M. [Institut de Recherche sur l' hydrogene, Universite du Quebec a Trois-Rivieres, C.P. 500, Trois-Rivieres, Que., G9A 5H7 (Canada); Laurencelle, F. [Institut de Recherche sur l' hydrogene, Universite du Quebec a Trois-Rivieres, C.P. 500, Trois-Rivieres, Que., G9A 5H7 (Canada); Goyette, J. [Institut de Recherche sur l' hydrogene, Universite du Quebec a Trois-Rivieres, C.P. 500, Trois-Rivieres, Que., G9A 5H7 (Canada)

    2005-09-01

    Ti-V-Mn based hydrides are one family of alloys with improved hydrogenation properties and they have a great potential to replace the AB{sub 5} alloys as the sorption materials in hydrogen compression systems, although there still are many problems associated with their use, including unstable reversible hydrogen capacity and unfavorable thermodynamic properties. To gain a better understanding on the effect of the substitution elements and to optimize the alloy composition for high storage capacity, the influence of the alloy stoichiometry was investigated. Ti-Zr-V-Mn alloys were prepared by arc melting technique and were annealed in vacuum at temperature above 900 deg. C to obtain great sorption properties. Hydrogen absorption and desorption kinetics and PCT characteristics of these alloys at ambient temperature were measured and compared. These hydrogen storage features were also discussed in relation to the effect of alloy element compositions. Ti-Zr-V-Mn alloy cycling behavior was also examined.

  13. Ti-V-Mn based alloys for hydrogen compression system

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    Ti-V-Mn based hydrides are one family of alloys with improved hydrogenation properties and they have a great potential to replace the AB5 alloys as the sorption materials in hydrogen compression systems, although there still are many problems associated with their use, including unstable reversible hydrogen capacity and unfavorable thermodynamic properties. To gain a better understanding on the effect of the substitution elements and to optimize the alloy composition for high storage capacity, the influence of the alloy stoichiometry was investigated. Ti-Zr-V-Mn alloys were prepared by arc melting technique and were annealed in vacuum at temperature above 900 deg. C to obtain great sorption properties. Hydrogen absorption and desorption kinetics and PCT characteristics of these alloys at ambient temperature were measured and compared. These hydrogen storage features were also discussed in relation to the effect of alloy element compositions. Ti-Zr-V-Mn alloy cycling behavior was also examined

  14. Amorphous silicon-based PINIP structure for color sensor

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    A series of hydrogenated amorphous silicon carbide (a-SiC:H) films was prepared by plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD) technology. The microstructure and photoelectronic properties of the film are investigated by absorption spectra (in the ultraviolet to near-infrared range) and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectra. The results show that good band gap controllability (1.83-3.64 eV) was achieved by adjusting the plasma parameters. In the energy range around 2.1 eV, the a-Si1-xC x:H films exhibit good photosensitivity, opening the possibility to use this wide band gap material for device application, especially when blue color detectors are concerned. A multilayer device with a stack of glass/TCO(ZnO:Ga)/P(a-SiC:H)/I(a-SiC:H)/N(a-Si:H)/I(a-Si:H)/P(a-Si:H)/Al has been prepared. The devices can detect blue and red colors under different bias voltages. The optimization of the device, especially the film thickness and the band gap offset used to achieve better detectivity, is also done in this work

  15. A preliminary study of the preparation and characterization of shielding fabric coated by electrical deposition of amorphous Ni–Fe–P alloy

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    An, Zhentao; Zhang, Xiaoyi, E-mail: zxyzl66@163.com; Li, Haiguang

    2015-02-05

    Highlights: • The manufacturing process of electrical deposition amorphous Ni–Fe–P alloy on copper-coated PET fabric was determined. • The EMI SE is more than 60 dB in the wide frequency range. • This kind of material is easy to mass production, and will have a great application prospect. - Abstract: A flexible shielding fabric with dense uniform coating was prepared after electrical deposition of amorphous Ni–Fe–P alloy on copper-coated polyethylene terephthalate (PET) fabric. The manufacturing process was studied using orthogonal test with 8 factors and 3 levels. The effects of coating composition and the SE were discussed by pH value. The morphology, composition, and structure of coating were analyzed by SEM, EDS, and XRD characterizations. The electromagnetic interference (EMI) shielding effectiveness (SE) was also tested. The results indicate that the processing conditions of electrical deposition amorphous Ni–Fe–P alloy coated fabric are: 140 g/L NiSO{sub 4}⋅6H{sub 2}O, 100 g/L FeSO{sub 4}⋅7H{sub 2}O, 10 g/L NaH{sub 2}PO{sub 2}⋅H{sub 2}O, 24 g/L C{sub 6}H{sub 8}O{sub 6}, 36 g/L C{sub 6}H{sub 8}O{sub 7}⋅H{sub 2}O, 20 g/L H{sub 3}PO{sub 3}, 65 °C, pH = 1.5, and current density = 13 A/dm{sup 2}. The resulting fabric possesses dense, smooth, and uniform coating, which consists of amorphous Ni–Fe–P alloy with 17.04% P (weight percent). The EMI SE of this coated fabric achieves 59.3–70.2 dB, in a broad frequency range between 300 kHz and 1.5 GHz.

  16. Modeling Physical Stability of Amorphous Solids Based on Temperature and Moisture Stresses.

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    Zhu, Donghua Alan; Zografi, George; Gao, Ping; Gong, Yuchuan; Zhang, Geoff G Z

    2016-09-01

    Isothermal microcalorimetry was utilized to monitor the crystallization process of amorphous ritonavir (RTV) and its hydroxypropylmethylcellulose acetate succinate-based amorphous solid dispersion under various stressed conditions. An empirical model was developed: ln(τ)=ln(A)+EaRT-b⋅wc, where τ is the crystallization induction period, A is a pre-exponential factor, Ea is the apparent activation energy, b is the moisture sensitivity parameter, and wc is water content. To minimize the propagation of errors associated with the estimates, a nonlinear approach was used to calculate mean estimates and confidence intervals. The physical stability of neat amorphous RTV and RTV in hydroxypropylmethylcellulose acetate succinate solid dispersions was found to be mainly governed by the nucleation kinetic process. The impact of polymers and moisture on the crystallization process can be quantitatively described by Ea and b in this Arrhenius-type model. The good agreement between the measured values under some less stressful test conditions and those predicted, reflected by the slope and R(2) of the correlation plot of these 2 sets of data on a natural logarithm scale, indicates its predictability of long-term physical stability of amorphous RTV in solid dispersions. To further improve the model, more understanding of the impact of temperature and moisture on the amorphous physical stability and fundamentals regarding nucleation and crystallization is needed. PMID:27185539

  17. FY05 HPCRM Annual Report: High-Performance Corrosion-Resistant Iron-Based Amorphous Metal Coatings

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    Farmer, J; Choi, J; Haslam, J; Day, S; Yang, N; Headley, T; Lucadamo, G; Yio, J; Chames, J; Gardea, A; Clift, M; Blue, G; Peters, W; Rivard, J; Harper, D; Swank, D; Bayles, R; Lemieux, E; Brown, R; Wolejsza, T; Aprigliano, L; Branagan, D; Marshall, M; Meacham, B; Aprigliano, L; Branagan, D; Marshall, M; Meacham, B; Lavernia, E; Schoenung, J; Ajdelsztajn, L; Dannenberg, J; Graeve, O; Lewandowski, J; Perepezko, J; Hildal, K; Kaufman, L; Boudreau, J

    2007-09-20

    New corrosion-resistant, iron-based amorphous metals have been identified from published data or developed through combinatorial synthesis, and tested to determine their relative corrosion resistance. Many of these materials can be applied as coatings with advanced thermal spray technology. Two compositions have corrosion resistance superior to wrought nickel-based Alloy C-22 (UNS No. N06022) in some very aggressive environments, including concentrated calcium-chloride brines at elevated temperature. Two Fe-based amorphous metal formulations have been found that appear to have corrosion resistance comparable to, or better than that of Ni-based Alloy C-22, based on breakdown potential and corrosion rate. Both Cr and Mo provide corrosion resistance, B enables glass formation, and Y lowers critical cooling rate (CCR). SAM1651 has yttrium added, and has a nominal critical cooling rate of only 80 Kelvin per second, while SAM2X7 (similar to SAM2X5) has no yttrium, and a relatively high critical cooling rate of 610 Kelvin per second. Both amorphous metal formulations have strengths and weaknesses. SAM1651 (yttrium added) has a low critical cooling rate (CCR), which enables it to be rendered as a completely amorphous thermal spray coating. Unfortunately, it is relatively difficult to atomize, with powders being irregular in shape. This causes the powder to be difficult to pneumatically convey during thermal spray deposition. Gas atomized SAM1651 powder has required cryogenic milling to eliminate irregularities that make flow difficult. SAM2X5 (no yttrium) has a high critical cooling rate, which has caused problems associated with devitrification. SAM2X5 can be gas atomized to produce spherical powders of SAM2X5, which enable more facile thermal spray deposition. The reference material, nickel-based Alloy C-22, is an outstanding corrosion-resistant engineering material. Even so, crevice corrosion has been observed with C-22 in hot sodium chloride environments without buffer

  18. Fabrication and characterization of Fe-based amorphous coatings prepared by high-velocity arc spraying

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    Highlights: • Fe-based cored wires were designed to achieve high glass forming ability. • Novel highly amorphous coatings were fabricated by arc spray technology. • The as-obtained amorphous coating possessed high thermal stability up to 873 K. • The as-obtained amorphous coating exhibited a high bonding strength over 44 MPa. - Abstract: Fe-based coatings with a high amorphous content were firstly developed by the traditional twin wires arc spray technology. In consideration of empirical rules, including the multi-component system, an optimal concentration of small atoms, negative heat of mixing and an appropriate atom size mismatch among the main components, the cored wires were designed to contain eight elements, which have an optimized atomic volume strain criterion λn, in range of 0.14–0.21, to render the coatings a high glass forming ability. Then the coatings were prepared using the above-designed cored wires through a rapid arc spray melting and solidification process. Crystalline phases could not be identified from the XRD patterns within the XRD resolution limits, suggesting that the as-sprayed coatings were approximately comprised of fully amorphous phases. With a dense structure and a low porosity of only 2%, the amorphous Fe-based coatings exhibited an attractive combination of high hardness (900–1100 HV0.3) and superior bonding strength (44.9–54.8 MPa). The coating at λn = 0.21 had the lowest Gibbs free energy difference ΔG, exhibited the largest super-cooled liquid region ΔTx, Lu’s criterion factor γ value and the heat of crystallization (ΔH) values, which indicating the highest GFA

  19. Microstructures of nickel-base alloy dissimilar metal welds

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    Mouginot, Roman; Hänninen, Hannu

    2013-01-01

    Dissimilar metal welds (DMWs) between low-alloy steels (LAS), stainless steels (SS) and nickel-base alloys are very important in the design of conventional and nuclear power plants (NPPs). They help to reach better performances for high temperature environment but they can promote premature failure of components. Failure is often related to cracking in the heat affected zone of base materials. In this study, a literature review was conducted concerning the behavior of Inconel Ni-base alloy...

  20. Indentation toughness of Mo5Si3-based alloys

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    2002-01-01

    The indentation toughness of Mo5Si3 -based phases was studied with regard to different alloying elements, amount of alloying addition as well as the presence of secondary phases. Cr, Ti, Nb, Ni and Co were added as alloying elements. The results show that the indentation fracture toughness of Mo5Si3 increases with the alloying additions, from 2.4 Mpa *m1/2 for mon olithic to just over 3 Mpa*m1/2 for highly alloyed Mo5Si3. Small volume fractions of brittle secondary phases may have a positive impact on the inde ntation toughness; while larger fractions seems to lower the toughness.